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Development of proximity fuse helped the Allies win World War II

  • World War II was defined by technological breakthroughs that shaped the war and spurred rapid advances during the peacetime that followed.
  • But an upgrade to a mundane piece of hardware early in the war may have given the US its most important battlefield advantage.
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Jet engines, air-to-air rockets, drones. World War II was filled with flashy technological breakthroughs that would change warfare, both during that conflict and in wars to follow. But it was one humble piece of equipment that got an early upgrade that may have actually tipped the war in America’s favor: the fuse.

Specifically, impact and timed fuses were switched out for a weapon that had been hypothetical until then: the proximity fuse.

Anti-aircraft and other artillery rounds typically consist of an outer shell packed with a large amount of high explosives. These explosives are relatively stable, and require the

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Tumblr Hires Terry City to Lead New Streaming, Digital Video Ventures (Exclusive)

Photos: Terry City, Tumblr

Blogging site Tumblr hired seasoned media executive Terry City as vice president of entertainment partnerships, and City will be responsible for “reinvigorating” the social media platform’s work with the film, television, and digital content industries.

City started his post a week ago, and Tumblr first announced the appointment Aug. 17. He joins Tumblr after a job as vice president of brand partnerships for Vice Media and has held executive roles at BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post Media Group, and Yahoo.

Prior to his career as an executive, City got his start in media sales; he held sales management positions at both the Hollywood Reporter and Variety in the early 2000s. In 2008 City co-founded Steel Titan Productions with Cayman Grant, and the production house won a sports Emmy in 2015 for its work on “Playing for the Mob,” an ESPN “30 For 30” series.

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A record 70% of smartphones sold in the US in Q2 2020 are made in China – Canalys

This isn’t definitely good times for US-China trade relationships with the US government clamping down on several Chinese companies including tech giants Huawei, ZTE and of late, TikTok (ByteDance). Out of this turbulent water comes a report bothering on the US smartphone market performance in the second quarter of the year.

The report published by Canalys stands out in several ways but the major reason why we find this surprising is the disclosure that 70% of smartphones that were shipped in the US in Q2 2020 were manufactured by Chinese OEMs. This is noted to be 10% higher than the estimate for Q1 2020 which was estimated to be 60%.

The report equally shows that the COVID 19 pandemic was responsible for the spike in demand for cheap phones most of which were manufactured in China. This is due to consumers adopting a cost-conscious approach towards spending as a result

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