One American, Two Russians Blast off to International Space Station | Top News

By Joey Roulette and Olzhas Auyezov

WASHINGTON/ALMATY (Reuters) – A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday and successfully reached orbit, live footage broadcast by Russia’s space agency Roscosmos showed.

The crew members travelling to the International Space Station (ISS) are Kate Rubins, a NASA microbiologist who in 2016 became the first person to sequence DNA in space, and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov.

The mission is the last scheduled Russian flight carrying a U.S. crew member.

Since the space shuttle program ended in 2011, NASA has relied on Russia to ferry its astronauts to the space station, an orbiting laboratory 250 miles above Earth that has housed international crews of astronauts continuously for nearly 20 years.

The U.S. space agency in 2014 contracted Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Boeing Co

to build competing space

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Best Prime Day Wireless Mouse Deals 2020: The Top Discounts

The second half of Prime Day is now underway. Amazon’s big blowout sale survived a months-long postponement, finally kicking off on Tuesday, and if you’ve shopped this event in previous years then you know that Prime Day offers up some of the best deals in tech that you’ll see all year.

If you’re looking to upgrade your remote work or gaming setup, get ready to shop: We’ve rounded up some of the best Prime Day wireless mouse deals right here, so keep this page bookmarked and check back often to stay on top of the latest bargains because we’ll bee keeping this list updated regularly throughout the week.

What are today’s best Prime Day wireless mouse deals?

How to choose a wireless mouse?

The first thing you need to keep in mind when buying a wireless mouse (and even a wireless keyboard, for that matter) is what you want to

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Best Prime Day Smartphone Deals 2020: Today’s Top Deals

This year’s Amazon Prime Day deals have arrived, and are out in full force. We couldn’t be more excited about all the sales now available.

Prime Day is a 48-hour extravaganza of Amazon sales that’s putting Black Friday and Cyber Monday to to the test. Load up Amazon today and tomorrow, and you’ll find some of the best Android and iPhone deals, with discounts on smartphones from the likes of Apple and Samsung.

Of course, Prime Day isn’t just about smartphones — and if you’re looking for a bigger screen, check out the best Prime Day tablet deals. Or if you want an even smaller screen to complement your smartphone, check out the best Prime Day smartwatch deals.

Today’s best Prime Day smartphone deals

  • Moto G Fast Unlocked, White
    $160, was $200
  • Blu Vivo XI+ (GSM & CDMA Unlocked)
    $200, was $250
  • Apple iPhone SE 256GB
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Eric Liaw and Tom Loverro Named on the 2020 GrowthCap’s Top 25 Software Investors List

IVP, a premier later-stage venture capital and growth equity firm, is pleased to announce that Eric Liaw and Tom Loverro have been named to the 2020 GrowthCap’s Top 25 Software Investors List. The list highlights the most exceptional private capital investors who have demonstrated deep software sector expertise, high leadership acumen, exceptional investment judgment, and consistent professional performance over a sustained period of time.

“It’s an exciting time to invest in later-stage software companies,” said Eric Liaw. “Companies are targeting hundreds of millions of users in ever larger global markets, allowing them to grow faster than ever and generate significant revenue within a very short timeframe. The acceleration of digital transformation drives a massive opportunity for our current and future portfolio companies. It is an honor to work with many talented entrepreneurs and partner with them to create the market leaders of the future.”

“IVP invests in the fastest-growing technology

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Prime Day gaming monitor deals are selling out fast, check out our top picks

Update: Looks like the gaming monitor we originally recommended here is all sold out. Be sure to move fast if you want your pick of the best gaming monitors going. Here’s some inspiration from our Prime Day gaming monitor deals hub:

Original story: It’s Prime Day, and that means a heap of PC components, gaming monitors, and even whole PCs are discounted on Amazon and across the web. If you’ve landed here, that’s probably because you’re intrigued by what the day has to offer in gaming monitor deals. Well, you’re in luck because the Acer Predator XB271HU 27-inch is going for $379.99, the cheapest it’s been all year.

The monitor is the window into the soul of your gaming PC—or something like that. What I mean is that whichever gaming monitor you choose better be a good one as it’s the way in which you get the most out of

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Tech review: Samsung Galaxy S20 FE might be the flagship smartphone for these trying times, Reviews News & Top Stories

With the Covid-19 pandemic still raging and the economy battered, many consumers are likely to be tightening their purse strings.

Perhaps keeping that in mind, Samsung has delivered a “lite” flagship smartphone – the Galaxy S20 FE 5G. This “Fan Edition” gets a $800 price cut from the flagship S20 Ultra ($1,898) launched in March.

This means Samsung had to shed some features from the S20 Ultra. The phone comes with 8GB of system memory (instead of 12GB found in the S20 Ultra), a lower-resolution display (2,400 x 1,080 pixels instead of 3,200 x 1,400 pixels), a plastic rear (instead of Gorilla Glass) and an optical in-display fingerprint sensor (instead of an ultrasonic one).

The camera also gets a downgrade. The S20 FE features a rear triple-camera system instead of S20 Ultra’s quad-camera system that comprises a high-resolution 108-megapixel (MP) wide-angle camera. The S20 FE’s telephoto camera has only a

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Top Early Dell, HP, Acer & Lenovo Monitor & PC Deals Tracked by Consumer Walk

Save on desktop PC & monitor deals at the early Prime Day sale, featuring all the top HP, Acer, Dell & Asus computer & monitor discounts

Amazon Prime Day 2020 experts at Consumer Walk are rounding-up all the top early gaming & productivity monitor & pre-built PC deals for Amazon Prime Day 2020, including discounts on HP & Dell desktop computers & various monitors. Links to the best deals are listed below.

Best PC & desktop computer deals:

  • Save up to 45% on PCs & desktop computers from HP, Dell & many more top PC manufacturers at the Amazon Prime Day sale

  • Save up to $148 on HP PCs, laptops & printers such as the HP Pavilion, Spectre, Elite & Omen – at the Amazon Prime Day sale

  • Save up to 44% on Dell PCs, laptops & more at the Amazon Prime Day sale – check the latest deals on

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Hoping to be LatAm’s top digital bank for SMBs, Xepelin launches a lending and revenue management service

There’s another entrant in the startup race to provide financial services to Latin America’s small and medium-sized businesses.

Financial services have been a huge opportunity for startups coming out of Brazil, Colombia and Mexico in recent years, and now Xepelin, a new company from Chile, is looking to join the fray.

Xepelin’s founders, Sebastian Kreis and Guillermo Molina Carvallo, launched their company with the vision of creating a new kind of online bank for Latin America’s small businesses.

Sebastian Kreis, chief executive officer, Xepelin. Image Credits: Xepelin

The company’s pitch to business owners depends on a variation of the lending tool known as factoring, where small businesses can take out loans based on the income they’re expecting to receive. In Latin America, where small businesses have limited avenues to traditional loans, according to Kreis, factoring represents a novel solution.

Xepelin already has a multimillion dollar credit line on the books

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Top remote work tools for productivity, via GitHub, GitLab, Facebook

  • With remote work a long-term reality for many companies, tools to help employees work productively from home are critical. 
  • StackShare shared which tools are most popular on its platform, while execs from companies like Facebook, GitHub, Gitlab, and Atlassian also dished on their go-to products. 
  • It’s not just about the specific tools, though, it’s about how they’re used — including to keep company culture alive. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Because of the pandemic, remote work has become the new normal for many tech companies. 

Firms like Facebook, Twitter, and Atlassian are allowing employees to work remotely permanently, if they wish — a practice already adopted by startups like GitLab — and adapting to new productivity products in the process. It’s not just about the tools a company uses though, but also how they use them. 

StackShare, a website for companies to share what apps they use, has

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Top Early GoPro Action Camera & DJI Drone & Gimbal Deals Compared by Consumer Walk

Save on a range of DJI drone & GoPro action camera deals at the early Prime Day 2020 sale, including DJI Mavic, DJI Phantom, GoPro HERO9, GoPro HERO8, & GoPro HERO7 savings

Compare the latest early GoPro & DJI drone deals for Amazon Prime Day, including lightweight DJI Mavic drones, professional DJI Phantom drones, & GoPro action camera discounts. Links to the latest deals are listed below.

Best GoPro & action camera deals:

Best DJI & drone deals:

In need of some more GoPro action cameras & DJI drone deals? Click here to check out the full range of deals on the Amazon Prime Day sale page.

Amazon Prime Day 2020 deals are live for a restricted time period. Consumer Walk earns commissions from purchases made using the links provided.

Amazon holds their Prime Day sale every year. The popular shopping and entertainment event offers numerous deals for

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