U.S. House Democrats Adopt Mobile Internet Voting for Leadership Contests | World News

(Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers used a mobile phone app over the last two weeks to remotely cast votes for the first time, according to technologists and some involved in the process, embracing technology to facilitate an internal party leadership contest.

The development marks a shift in how Congress is adapting to the internet, especially in the midst of a pandemic. Use of the app, named Markup ERVS, had not been publicly disclosed before Friday.

A total of 230 House of Representatives Democrats logged into Markup on their government-provided iPhones to cast votes stating their preference for House speaker, who will be elected by the full chamber early next month, said Markup spokesperson Colby Redmond.

The House Democrats also chose their caucus chair and committee heads through the app, which transfers data to staff in Washington.

Earlier this year, the House changed its procedures for voting on legislation by the full

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Chinese Embassy Says Australia ‘Misread’ Offending Social Media Post | World News

SYDNEY (Reuters) – China’s embassy in Australia said politicians there had “misread” a tweet showing a digitally-altered image of an Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of an Afghan child, and were trying to stoke nationalism.

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday called the tweet posted by China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, “truly repugnant”, and called for an apology.

On Tuesday the tweet was pinned to the top of Zhao’s social media account, and China’s Global Times newspaper, known for nationalistic views, interviewed the Chinese artist who created the image.

“The rage and roar of some Australian politicians and media is nothing but misreading of and overreaction to Mr Zhao’s tweet,” the Chinese embassy in Canberra said in a statement on Tuesday.

Australia’s Foreign Affairs and Trade secretary had called ambassador Cheng Jingye on Monday to complain about the social media post, it confirmed, adding

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Ethereum 2.0 Beacon Chain Goes Live as ‘World Computer’ Begins Long-Awaited Overhaul

Ethereum 2.0's Beacon Chain is now live

Serenity is knocking.

The first stage of the next-generation proof-of-stake (PoS) Ethereum 2.0 is now live as of 12:00 UTC Tuesday, according to Beaconcha.in.

A generalized blockchain for decentralizing computer-based applications – from iPhone games to government bonds – Eth 2.0 has been under construction since the genesis of the current proof-of-work (PoW) network in 2015.

Related: First Mover: You Call That a Record? Bitcoin’s November Gains Are 3x Stock Market’s

Tuesday’s launch concludes the opening act, or “Phase 0,” of Ethereum’s consensus mechanism transition, which will see the network – whose native cryptocurrency, ether, is worth $70 billion by market cap – fundamentally change how it settles payments while in motion.

“The launch of the beacon chain is a huge accomplishment and lays the foundation for Ethereum’s more scalable, secure, and sustainable home,” Ethereum Foundation researcher Danny Ryan told CoinDesk in an email. “There is still much work

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These Are The “New” Wonders Of The World For The Digital Age, According To Social Media

There’s really no way around it anymore—a huge motivating factor for young travelers when deciding on a destination comes down to how aesthetically pleasing a city or its tourist hot spots are. Whether it’s really just for social media clout or that society has simply grown to appreciate the visuals of a new country more so than previous generations, Icelandair has recently developed an analysis that seems to suggest the former.

The Iceland-based airline used social media data, customer reviews, population stats, and search volume to come up with a definitive, data-driven list of the “Insta-World Wonders,” and while some, like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, should come as no surprise—there are a handful of new wonders of the world that you’ve likely yet to hit up.

Based on Icelandair’s research, below are the Seven Insta-World Wonders that are a must-visit for anyone who is driven by aesthetically-pleasing settings—or

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Currys PC World apologises after gift cards wiped



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Currys PC World has apologised after a website glitch wiped hundreds of pounds off gift cards and left Black Friday bargain hunters without their shopping.

The company is still assessing how many customers may have been affected.

But consumer website MoneySavingExpert.com says some customers saw hundreds of pounds vanish.

The retailer said the volume of shoppers seeking deals on Black Friday led to the problem.

“Due to the unprecedented volume of customers shopping online with Currys PC World this Black Friday, our website experienced a temporary outage,” the company said in an email.

“Unfortunately transactions being made by gift cards were affected. We will ensure that every customer affected by this issue has funds put back onto their gift cards in full, as soon as possible.

“We apologise for this issue and understand that customers will be disappointed they weren’t able to secure their products.”

Martin Lewis,

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The 2020 World Industrial Design Conference & China Outstanding Industrial Design Award Ceremony held in Yantai

YANTAI, China, Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On November 25, the 2020 World Industrial Design Conference (WIDC 2020) & the China Outstanding Industrial Design (CEID) Award Ceremony took place in Yantai, Shandong, according to the Information Office of the Yantai Municipal People’s Government.

WIDC 2020 City Light Show

 

WIDC 2020 Opening Ceremony

 

WIDC 2020 Exterior View of Main Venue

 

WIDC 2020 CEID Award Exhibition

 

The China Outstanding Industrial Design (CEID) Award Ceremony

With the support of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the conference was jointly hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the Shandong Provincial People’s Government. It was organized by the Shandong Province Department of Industry and Information Technology, the Yantai Municipal People’s Government, and the China Industrial Design Association.

With the theme ‘Intelligent Design, Road to the Future’, the conference collaborated with the Global Design Industry Organization (GDIO) as well as design associations, enterprises, institutions, universities and innovation leaders from more than 40 countries around the world. The innovative 3I integration initiative — Idea, Intelligence & Industrial

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A Lesson From Dubai To The World

Dubai just hosted one of the first major design events to take place in physical form since the global coronavirus pandemic started. Dubai Design Week may have taken place in exceptional circumstances, but the city’s readiness and resilience –coupled with the safety measures put in place by the relevant authorities– has showcased that physical events can get moving again.



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Within the safe open-air setting of Dubai Design District (d3), thousands of people attended the region’s largest creative festival. It was a return to life, and a major milestone in the recovery of the creative industries. The health and safety of visitors was paramount. Attendees were requested to download the Dubai Design Week app and register their preferred visiting time to help organizers manage numbers and recommend hours of lower footfall, if required.



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Among other measures, this ensured it ran smoothly as d3

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Here’s how the sports world is reacting on social media

How’s your throwing arm?



a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) in the first quarter at Empower Field against the Miami Dolphins at Mile High Nov. 20, 2020.


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Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) in the first quarter at Empower Field against the Miami Dolphins at Mile High Nov. 20, 2020.

Broncos quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were ruled ineligible for Sunday’s game against New Orleans after the NFL determined they were in close contact with Jeff Driskel, who was placed on the COVID-19/reserve list Thursday.

That’s right, Denver doesn’t have a quarterback on contract for the game.

Here’s a look at how the sports world, including several Broncos, are reacting on Twitter:

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