Why a former Nazi sub base in Marseille is becoming a data center

Why a former Nazi sub base in Marseille is becoming a data center

Marseille—France’s largest city on the Mediterranean coast—is many things. It’s the country’s largest commercial port, the birthplace of French hip-hop, and the home of the French Foreign Legion. It’s also a tech industry hotspot and the landing station for 13 major submarine cables. These cables connect Europe with North America, Africa, Cyprus, the Middle East, and Asia. Two more are scheduled to come online next year.

From a networking standpoint, the cables place Marseille very close to Cairo, Dubai, and Saudi Arabia. According to Fabrice Coquio (the managing director for France of data-center-operator Interxion), there are only five or six milliseconds of network latency to any of those locations—less than to Paris 800 kilometers (roughly 500 miles) away.

That has made Marseille a magnet for data-center

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SpaceX just aced a critical Air Force test of its Falcon Heavy rocket

SpaceX just aced a critical Air Force test of its Falcon Heavy rocket

On Tuesday afternoon—a little more than 12 hours after the launch of a Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida—the US Air Force’s Space & Missile Systems Center declared that all had gone well with the complicated mission. “All satellites are on orbit and have made contact,” the Air Force unit tweeted.

SpaceX had a lot on its plate with Tuesday morning’s launch, which occurred at 2:30am ET (06:30 UTC). Once again, the company recovered the two side-mounted Falcon 9 first stage boosters at a landing site along the Florida coast. But for the second time out of three Falcon Heavy launches, SpaceX was unable to land the center core on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. This is perhaps understandable because, due to

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Microsoft OneDrive gets a more secure Personal Vault, plus additional storage options

Microsoft OneDrive gets a more secure Personal Vault, plus additional storage options

Enlarge / Microsoft at a trade show. (credit: Getty Images | Justin Sullivan)

Microsoft is launching a new layer of security for users of its OneDrive cloud storage service. OneDrive Personal Vault is a new section of your storage that’s accessed through two-step verification, or a “strong authentication method,” although Microsoft didn’t define the latter term.

Microsoft notes that fingerprinting, face scans, PINs, and one-time codes by email, SMS, or an authenticator app are among the acceptable two-step verification methods. And you’ll automatically get de-authenticated after a period of inactivity—that’s the key to Microsoft’s special security argument here. Two-factor authentication using text or email is less secure than other options. Using the more heavy-duty face or fingerprint verification will require the appropriate hardware, such as a device with Windows Hello.

It also has options for transferring physical documents to the OneDrive mobile app. You can scan documents or take

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FedEx sues US government over export controls after Huawei problems

FedEx sues US government over export controls after Huawei problems

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Federal Express is suing the US Department of Commerce, arguing that US export control laws are so onerous that it’s impossible for FedEx to comply with them. US laws “require considerably more screening than possible from common carriers like FedEx,” the company argues in a legal complaint filed in a DC federal court on Monday.

The lawsuit doesn’t mention Huawei, but it was filed after a string of disputes between FedEx and Huawei that may be connected to US export control laws.

FedEx is one of the many international companies feeling pressure from the escalating trade war between the United States and China. Last month, the Trump administration added Huawei and its affiliates to an “entity list” under export control law. That made it illegal to ship a range of US-made technology to Huawei.

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Open Beta Update for OnePlus 6, 6T Includes Screen Recorder FPS Settings and Various Improvements

Open Beta Update for OnePlus 6, 6T Includes Screen Recorder FPS Settings and Various Improvements


Open Beta 21 of OxygenOS for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T is available for download today, bringing a gang of system-wide improvements and various bug fixings.

The changelog isn’t all too exciting, though, some users may get some use out of a new FPS setting for the Screen Recorder feature. Additionally, the Phone app received some tweaks that are outlined below.

What’s New

  • System
    • General bug fixes and stability improvements
    • Screen Recorder
    • Added FPS (Frames per second) option giving you more control over recording effects
  • Weather
    • Improved scrolling experience for switching between pages
    • Weather cards for multiple cities can now be rearranged or deleted by tapping and holding on them
    • Optimized user experience by allowing you to use this app while app permission to access GPS location is disabled
  • Phone
    • Improved animation effects when switching between pages
    • Improved experience with searching for contacts
    • Optimized Quick Responses for declined calls
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Apple updates Pages, Keynote, and Numbers with new text-styling features

Apple updates Pages, Keynote, and Numbers with new text-styling features

Enlarge / Pages in macOS Mojave. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Today, Apple released Pages 8.1, Numbers 6.1, and Keynote 9.1 for Mac, and the company also updated the accompanying apps on iOS. This is a small features update for the iWork suite, but some of the additions give functionality users have been requesting for a while.

For example, you can now create a link from text in one sheet to another sheet in your Numbers spreadsheet document, and the same goes for linking from one document to another in Pages. In Keynote, you can now place objects in-line so they move with text dynamically as expected, and you can edit master slides while collaborating with another user.

All three applications have new text styling options—notably, the ability to apply a gradient to text. It’s easy enough to fill text with a two-color gradient, but more colors are supported

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Giveaway: Win a MediaPad M5 lite From Huawei and Droid Life

Giveaway: Win a MediaPad M5 lite From Huawei and Droid Life


Don’t let anyone, even Google, tell you Android tablets are dead. Manufacturers such as Huawei are continuing to push them out onto the market, and thanks to a limited summer promotion ending June 30, you can save $20 on the company’s MediaPad M5 lite tablet, bringing it down to $279.

If you’re feeling lucky, though, maybe you can win one for absolutely free. That’s right, we’re partnering with Huawei to give one of these tablets out to a lucky individual.

The MediaPad M5 lite features a 10.1″ FHD display, Kirin 659 octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB built-in storage, 7,500mAh battery, quad Harman Kardon-tuned speakers, M-Pen stylus (included in box), and the tablet runs EMUI above Android “Oreo.”

Ready to win it? Let’s go.


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Prize: 1 (one) Huawei MediaPad M5 lite.

How to Enter

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Declining monarch-butterfly populations may be hard to restore

Declining monarch-butterfly populations may be hard to restore

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Monarch butterflies engage in a spectacular migration that encompasses multiple generations. They surf the green wave of spring as it spreads north, producing new generations on the way. Then, as autumn sets in, that generation of butterflies shuts down reproduction and starts heading south, eventually reaching their wintering grounds in staggering numbers. But in recent years, those numbers have grown far less staggering. The loss of some of those wintering grounds, habitat destruction across North America, and other threats have steadily reduced the migrating population to the point where it’s under consideration for endangered species designation.

The declining population has inspired people throughout North America to try to give the butterflies a hand. Their efforts include planting more of the insects’ favorite food plants, protecting the butterflies in their pupal stage, and even ordering monarch pupae from commercial suppliers. Raising monarchs is also a common

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North Korea reveals explosive HIV outbreak—after claiming to be disease-free

North Korea reveals explosive HIV outbreak—after claiming to be disease-free

Enlarge / This undated picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on October 18, 2016, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the newly built Ryugyong General Ophthalmic Hospital in Pyongyang. (credit: Getty | KCNA)

North Korea is experiencing an explosive outbreak of HIV amid limited access to diagnostic testing and treatments, according to an exclusive report by Science.

Independent researchers and government health officials tell the outlet that the isolated East Asian country confirmed its first HIV case in 1999 and has quietly watched infections balloon to over 8,300 cases in the last few years. The researchers and North Korean officials have submitted a report on the matter to the new medical preprint server medRxiv, which is scheduled to go live on Tuesday, June 25.

The case estimate stands in stark contrast to a celebration in Pyongyang last year on December

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FCC Says It’s Cool if Verizon Starts Locking Handsets Again

FCC Says It’s Cool if Verizon Starts Locking Handsets Again


Verizon was just given the green light to start SIM locking new handsets to its network for 60 days, thanks to a partial waiver granted by the FCC. This news out of the FCC is the response to Verizon requesting back in February that it be allowed to lock devices to help deter fraud and theft.

Why did they need to ask the FCC about locking? As we have explained a couple of times now, Verizon agreed to specific usage terms when it licensed 700MHz C Block spectrum for its LTE network years ago. One of the individual terms concerned handset locking, where Verizon had to acknowledge that it would leave its phones open for use on other networks at all times. Unlike AT&T or T-Mobile phones, where you have to fulfill a number of criteria in order to get either to unlock a phone for use elsewhere, Verizon’s … Read the rest

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