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New RISC - V CPU Claims Recordbreaking Performance Per Watt

Hmmmmmm shares a report from Ars Technica: Micro Magic Inc. -- a small electronic design firm in Sunnyvale, California -- has produced a prototype CPU that is several times more efficient than world-leading competitors, while retaining reasonable raw performance.

Micro Magic adviser Andy Huang claimed the CPU could produce 13,000 CoreMarks (more on that later) at 5GHz and 1.1V while also putting out 11,000 CoreMarks at 4.25GHz -- the latter all while consuming only 200mW.

Huang demonstrated the CPU -- running on an Odroid board -- to EE Times at 4.327GHz/0.8V and 5.19GHz/1.1V. Later the same week, Micro Magic announced the same CPU could produce over 8,000 CoreMarks at 3GHz while consuming only 69mW of power.

Part of the difficulty in evaluating Micro Magic's claim for its new CPU lies in figuring out just what a CoreMark is and how many of them are needed to make a fast CPU.

Even at its efficiency-first 3GHz clockrate, the Micro Magic CPU outperformed a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820.

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Moderna, Inc. (MRNA) CEO Stéphane Bancel Presents at NASDAQ 43rd Virtual Investor Conference (Transcript

We've got quite a number of calls in the last few weeks once data got out, but still I would say – I think the U.S. has done the best job that I have seen, and I've not talked to every country in the world.

So I guess that leads to the other question, which is you've set a bar in terms of supply 500 million to 1 billion doses for next year.

We will not have been able to fund $1 billion to run the 30,000 people for Phase III study if the U.S. government had not helped us.

So let me start at the starting point, which is – on Monday, we filed the same data to all the key regulatory agencies around the world, so U.S., Canada, UK, Europe, Switzerland, Singapore, Israel, and WHO.

You know, given we've done all the studies in the U.S. FDA has seen preclinical models, challenge models, Phase I, Phase II data.

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How 5G drones are saving Canadian crops

While Penelakut’s drone problems don’t apply directly to agriculture, Neel Dayal, director of innovation and partnerships at Rogers, confirmed Iseksen’s sentiment that traffic management will need to be a top consideration.

“You can move the pilot back into the field and the drones are still smart–they’re just not as smart,” said Reece, noting the need for Canada’s continued investment in its 5G networks.

When asked whether the cost of drones will deter farmers from investing and whether the solution is feasible in developing countries, Reece said that it’s not the cost of the drones that’s an issue, it’s the need for a robust network they fly on.

IT World Canada had a chance to speak with InDro Robotics to discuss the state of drone technology in agriculture and beyond.

It’s going to be a while before drone fleets deliver packages en-masse in urban areas, but with 5G networks that improve their capabilities, they are gaining interest with industries in rural areas like farming.

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Metalla Royalty: A Perfect Jump Shot (NYSEMKT:MTA

However, during the quarter, Metalla Royalty completed an amendment of the convertible loan facility with Beedie Capital on July 29, 2020.

Total production was 252 GEOs in 3Q'20 or estimated at 20,034 Ag Oz (Based on a ratio gold/silver ratio of 79.5:1) Metalla Royalty produced 252 GEOs during the third quarter of 2020 (gold sold was 253K GEOs) from 118 GEOs during 3Q'19.

Despite this negative free cash flow regularly occurring, the company pays a quarterly dividend of C$0.004 or about 0.31% yield.

Metalla Royalty produced 252 GEOs during the third quarter of 2020 (gold sold was 253K GEOs), up from 118 GEOs during 3Q'19.

However, this quarter the company indicated production in GEOs instead of Silver Equivalent Oz, or SEO.

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Intra-Cellular Therapies: Another Growth Cycle Approaching (NASDAQ:ITCI

At this point in its life cycle, the main concern for Intra-Cellular is if Caplyta will continue to gain strong sales traction.

Leveraging positive data for both Study 402 and Study 404, you can expect approval of Caplyta for BPD.

Despite the rampaging effects of COVID-19, Intra-Cellular delivered impressive Caplyta quarterly sales.

Given the messengers' importance, you can see why Intra-Cellular is assessing Caplyta's use to alleviate the suffering in schizophrenia, bipolar depression (BPD), major depressive disorder ("MDD"), sleep, and behavioral disturbances as shown above.

After a magnificent performance last year with Caplyta approval for schizophrenia, Intra-Cellular stocks gave up some gains.

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Call of Duty made $3 billion for Activision in 12 months

"The momentum over the last year across the Call of Duty ecosystem from free-to-play Warzone as well as post-launch support of Modern Warfare, and now to Black Ops Cold War has been incredible," commented Byron Beede, EVP and general manager on the franchise.

As well as bringing home the bacon for Activision, Call of Duty also attracted 200 million players in 2020, including the biggest November ever for the franchise in terms of monthly players and hours played.

To give you more context, 'net bookings' is an operating metric defined as the net amount of products and services sold digitally and physically over a set period -- including license fees, merchandise sales, and publishing incentives -- and is equal to net revenues excluding deferrals.

The company said the action series had set new records after shifting to a shared ecosystem business model, resulting in net bookings rising by 80 percent year-on-year and unit sales increasing by 40 percent over the same period.

Activision has made over $3 billion in net bookings from the Call of Duty franchise alone over the past 12 months.

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Image of article 'Insider Transportation: The tricky math of Starlink subscriptions, Tesla's missing millions, and more'

Insider Transportation: The tricky math of Starlink subscriptions, Tesla's missing millions, and more

When General Motors and electric truck startup Nikola announced this week that they had scaled back a flashy strategic partnership they announced in September, it was hard not to see the news as a sign of failure.

Read our full breakdown of Starlink's breakeven point right here, get more of the week's transportation news below, and if you haven't yet, sign up here to get this newsletter in your inbox every week.

"There are a little over 2 million subscribers in the US and very few in other parts of the world," Roger Rusch, an engineer and satellite communications industry consultant, told us.

But before SpaceX can put that cash toward a Red Planet mortgage, it has to get Starlink to the point where it earns more than it costs.

Also, high hopes, like the idea that SpaceX's rocket launching business could eventually bring in $3 billion a year — or that Starlink, its budding satellite-internet service, could produce 10 times that and become the economic flywheel that funds voyages to Mars.

Southwest Airlines furloughing nearly 7,000 employees, including technicians in Milwaukee

Southwest Airlines, Milwaukee's dominant air carrier, will furlough airline mechanics, facilities maintenance technicians and aircraft appearance technicians at the beginning of 2021.

The airline submitted its furlough of Milwaukee employees to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development on Nov. 18.

Southwest has also raised cash of approximately $18.9 billion since the beginning of 2020, but we cannot disregard our almost 70 percent revenue loss in third quarter 2020," Southwest Airlines wrote in its letter to the DWD.

According to the Dallas Business Journal, employee workgroups impacted by furloughs include ramp, provisions, operations and cargo agents, flight attendants, pilots, customer service agents, customer support, flight instructors and flight simulation technicians.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allowed Southwest Airlines to avoid any employee pay cuts, layoffs or furloughs through Sept. 30.

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5 points to know about expense ratios of mutual fund schemes

For example, if a bond fund has a portfolio yield of 5.5 percent and expense ratio stands at 75 basis points, then the expected return stands at (5.5 minus 0.75) 4.75 percent.

Charges vary: Active vs Passive and Direct vs Regular Regular plans of the mutual fund schemes are sold by distributors and the TER of these schemes factors in the commission payable along with other expenses.

Many a time, fund houses offer low expense ratio to attract investors when the scheme is launched and the same is gradually hiked within the limit prescribed by the SEBI after a track record is established.

In case of fund of funds investing in bond funds, the TER cannot exceed 2 percent including the expense ratio of the underlying schemes.

Other factors remaining the same, a higher expense ratio means lower returns for investors Mutual funds incur various costs to manage your money.

Iconic apartment with own pool sells in five days

The apartment has dual street frontage with private access from Mosman St. Other features include airconditioning, Jetmaster fireplace, smart security cameras and level access via lift to the sandstone garage.The Clydes have also adored the view.

“We recently fully retiled our private pool with Spanish glass-mosaic which has been greatly loved by our grandchildren,” Mrs Clyde said.

Other interest came from across Sydney and internationally.But it came down to a local couple who saw the property by private inspection and had bought it by the next day.Ms Portale said she could not disclose the price but confirmed it had sold for well above expectations.

The three-bedroom apartment has a whopping 705sqm on title that includes a private pool and spa, and lush gardens.

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44yo cardiac arrest survivor thanks ‘life savers

To commemorate International Volunteers Day, Ms Fullagar on Friday met the two first-responding volunteers who she says saved her life.

“The girls hailed them down and they flew in, and they had their defib,” Ms Fullagar told reporters on Friday.

Fortunately for Ms Fullagar, an off-duty doctor and nurse were both on the beach that day and immediately sprung into action.

“I remember being out with the girls on the boat having a great time, having some champagne and playing some games and suddenly felt like I had a stitch,” she told reporters on Friday.

VMR members then transported Ms Fullagar to the mainland where she met with paramedics who stabilised her and took her to the Gold Coast University Hospital where she remained on Friday, awaiting a defib implant.

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Image of article 'Maas Group (ASX:MGH) share price jumps 30% on IPO debut'

Maas Group (ASX:MGH) share price jumps 30% on IPO debut

Following its IPO, and based on the current Maas Group share price of $2.60, the company commands a market capitalisation of around $689 million.

However, Maas Group reported that its underground business has experienced a decrease in utilisation due to some large hire contracts running off.

Maas Group reported its construction materials business is on track, and production at its fixed plant quarries is in line with its budget.

Construction materials company, Maas Group Holdings Limited (ASX: MGH), made its ASX debut today.

Maas Group says the business remains on track with earnings to be second-half weighted in line with the growth in construction materials, civil and hire and property segments.

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Image of article 'Southwest Airlines is preparing to furlough nearly 7,000 workers for the first time in its history'

Southwest Airlines is preparing to furlough nearly 7,000 workers for the first time in its history

This isn't the first time Southwest threatened furlough during the pandemic as the Dallas Business Journal also reported that mechanics and material specialists had received the required notices in November, as well.

Southwest maintains that it can avoid the furloughs if employees agree to a temporary pay cut for 2021, a similar first for the airline in its 50-year history.

Nearly 7,000 Southwest Airlines employees are facing furlough in the new year after negotiations to temporarily implement pay cuts broke down.

Workgroups that accept Southwest's proposed temporary pay cuts will be exempt from any furlough.

Southwest Airlines just sent 6,828 workers WARN notices after it couldn't come to an agreement with employees to take a pay cut to avoid furloughs.

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Every 2021 Warner Bros. movie will launch on HBO Max and in theaters at the same time

With this unique one-year plan, we can support our partners in exhibition with a steady pipeline of world-class films, while also giving moviegoers who may not have access to theaters or aren’t quite ready to go back to the movies the chance to see our amazing 2021 films.

In what likely amounts to the most significant seismic shift the movie industry has experienced in years, WarnerMedia announced on Thursday that its 2021 slate of movies will debut simultaneously in theaters as well as on the streaming service HBO Max.

Movies will only be available on HBO Max for a month after release, at which point they will be removed and continue to run in theaters until a later date.

WarnerMedia announced on Thursday that its entire 2021 movie slate — including The Matrix 4 and The Suicide Squad — will release in theaters and on HBO Max on the same day.

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Image of article 'Icra: Indian aviation to lose Rs 21,000 crore this fiscal; needs Rs 35    -    37,000 crore funding till FY23'

Icra: Indian aviation to lose Rs 21,000 crore this fiscal; needs Rs 35 - 37,000 crore funding till FY23

“Due to the low base of FY2021, the passenger growth in FY2022 for both domestic and international operations will be robust; however, it will still be significantly lower than even FY2016 levels,” Icra added.The rating agency maintains its negative credit outlook on the Indian aviation industry.

”“Icra expects FY2021 to witness a higher decline of 62-64% in domestic passenger traffic, than its earlier estimates of 41-46% decline.

With a sequential improvement in domestic passenger traffic, and continued cost rationalisation initiatives by the airlines, further supported by the benign aviation turbine fuel (ATF) prices, the daily cash burn for airlines has further reduced in Q3 FY2021.

NEW DELHI: Rating agency Icra has said Indian aviation industry could lose Rs 21,000 crore this Covid-impacted fiscal due to lower revenues and high fixed costs, against a loss of Rs 12,700 crore in the last financial year.

ICRA expects FY2021 international passenger traffic for Indian carriers to witness a y-o-y decline of 88-89%, higher than its earlier estimates of 67-72% decline.

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Image of article 'Speed limit being lowered on stretch of Padonia Road to reduce accidents in Mays Chapel community'

Speed limit being lowered on stretch of Padonia Road to reduce accidents in Mays Chapel community

Penny Noval, a Mays Chapel resident said she thinks the reduced speed limit will mark an improvement.The stretch of road has no shoulder for drivers to pull over, and she said she hopes the change will help prevent future accidents.

“That area road has been such a concern for so many years, and people have been advocates for lowering the speed limit and changing the traffic pattern,” he said.

“States are urged to use engineering and traffic surveys when setting maximum speed limits and to adopt limits that will not have a significant adverse effect on highway safety,” she wrote in an email.

Officials said the signs of the lowered speed limit should be up by the end of this week.The decision to reduce the speed limit came after the precinct conducted a number of surveys to monitor the speed of traffic along the stretch of road.

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Domestic flights: Government allows 10% more domestic flights from December 3

Accordingly, the DGCA had cleared a schedule for 12,983 weekly domestic flights covering 95 airports in winter 2020-21 — down 44.3% from 23,307 in winter 2019-20.

"When the winter schedule for domestic flights was approved, airlines were allowed to operate 60% domestic flights.

Aviation ministry is now allowing domestic carriers to increase their operations from existing 70% to 80% of pre-Covid approved capacity.

NEW DELHI: Indian carriers have been allowed to operate more domestic flights with the government on Thursday allowing them to have up to 80% of their pre-Covid flights -- up from 70% earlier.

Now, the number of domestic flights will increase as the allowed capacity has been hiked twice in recent days by 10% each time to 80% now.

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Vaccine Cards And Second-Dose Reminders Are Part Of Warp Speed's Immunization Plan

gov People getting the COVID-19 vaccine will receive a special vaccine card to record their doses, Operation Warp Speed officials say.

People getting the COVID-19 vaccine will receive a special vaccine card to record their doses, Operation Warp Speed officials say.

S. Air Force A military medical worker prepares to draw a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as part of Phase III clinical trials with AstraZeneca.

A military medical worker prepares to draw a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as part of Phase III clinical trials with AstraZeneca.

gov Millions of Americans who are expected to receive the new COVID-19 vaccinations in coming months will need to take two doses of the drug – and the U.S. government says it will issue a vaccine card and use other tools to help people follow through with their immunizations.

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Image of article 'Could a trade deal be agreed by tomorrow, after 10 months of fruitless EU-U.K. negotiations'

Could a trade deal be agreed by tomorrow, after 10 months of fruitless EU-U.K. negotiations

Read: Here’s why cod and haddock threaten to scuttle trade talks as both EU and U.K. send Brexit warnings

Rumors that some differences have begun to split the European side, with proponents of a tough line worried that Barnier is conceding too much to the U.K., may be part of the negotiating game, and intended to show London that now is really the time to sign a deal.

Read: Britain is unprepared for real Brexit: official reports The outlook: As expected, the talks are going to the wire and negotiators have just another week to strike a deal.

Irish foreign affairs minister Simon Coveney told Newstalk radio that he thought “there’s a good chance that we can get a deal across the line in the next few days.”

EU and U.K. negotiators entered the last possible days to strike an agreement, before an EU summit next week that could green light the deal and open the way for parliaments to ratify it before the end of the year.

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A Tiger Nearly Bit A Volunteer's Arm Off At Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue

A tiger nearly bit a volunteer's arm off at Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue on Thursday morning in Tampa, Florida.

Couser was still conscious when she was transported to the hospital, Baskin said, and "insisted that she did not want Kimba Tiger to come to any harm for this mistake."

The volunteer of five years, Candy Couser, was about to feed a tiger named Kimba when he "grabbed her arm and nearly tore it off at the shoulder," Baskin said in an email to BuzzFeed News.

On Thursday, Congress is set to vote on the Big Cat Public Safety Act, which would ban private ownership of big cats such as tigers, lions, and leopards.

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King County to bail out Washington State Convention Center expansion with possible $100 million loan

The convention center expansion project was to be funded by selling bonds, backed by hotel tax revenue — 9% in Seattle and 2.8% in the remainder of King County — to pay back the debt.

He said he was “absolutely confident” the loan would be repaid, noting the hotel taxes to finance the project are already in place, “unless you believe no one will ever travel to Seattle or King County again.”

Details of the potential loan are still being worked out, King County Executive Dow Constantine said Thursday, but the money would come from the county’s $3.4 billion investment pool, which invests funds for county agencies and school, water, sewer and fire districts.

But construction of an expanded convention center — one of the city’s largest-ever construction projects — is well underway, with a cement and steel armature looming above a full city block in the heart of downtown.

King County will look to bail out the Washington State Convention Center with a $100 million loan as private sources of funding for the $1.9 billion expansion project in downtown Seattle have dried up amid the coronavirus-fueled economic downturn.

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Apple researching alternative technologies to reduce bezels by hiding control circuitry

This would make it possible to have display pixels without covering up all of what Apple refers to as the "drive circuitry."

"The light pipe may function to transport or distribute light from the pixel array across, for example, the drive circuitry area... to generate a perceived active area," continues Apple.

"Electronic displays typically include a border around the display [which] may be utilized to conceal, for example, drive circuitry used to operate the display," says the patent application.

If it can't reduce the need for a bezel to house sensors and circuitry for iPhone and Mac displays, Apple is investigating how it can make them look much smaller.

Detail from the patent showing areas of a bezel that may be disguised by the proposed system "In this manner the pixel pitch (i.e., the distance between pixels) at the border area... is increased relative to the pixel pitch of the pixels in the active area," says Apple.