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New EU legislation allows airlines to provide in-flight 5G connectivity


On Thursday, the European Commission announced that EU-based airlines will now be allowed to provide in-flight wireless 4G and 5G access for all passengers. Once implemented, passengers can use their mobile devices in the same ways as any ground-based mobile network while in flight. Goodbye airplane mode; we can't say.

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Seattle-area health startup One Item expands CDC-backed heart study


One Item’s Health Science Index and Better Now apps. (One Item Image). Seattle-area company One Item is working with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to support a study of a rural community in Arkansas at risk of poor heart health. The UAMS Heart Healthy Communities initiative aims to reduce health outcome inequality in rural Arkansas through studying a target population with historically poor health outcomes.

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Black Friday online sales hit record $9.1B amid inflation, up 2.3% from last year


Funko’s toys were one of the hot sellers on Black Friday, according to Adobe Analytics. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser). Black Friday online sales hit a record $9.12 billion despite ongoing inflation as categories such as electronics, toys, and exercise equipment posted strong numbers. Online sales on Black Friday were up 2.3% year-over-year, according to Adobe Analytics.

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GeekWire Podcast: What we’re thankful for in tech, business, and science in 2022


Sunrise in Seattle: A photo taken with a lightweight consumer drone, one of the technologies I’m thankful for this year. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop). It doesn’t always come naturally to us, as cynical reporters, but during Thanksgiving week on the GeekWire Podcast, it’s our tradition to take a step back and take stock of the positive things in technology, business, and science.

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Peak Performance: Continuous Testing & Evaluation of LLM-Based Applications

Speaker: Aarushi Kansal, AI Leader & Author and Tony Karrer, Founder & CTO at Aggregage

Software leaders who are building applications based on Large Language Models (LLMs) often find it a challenge to achieve reliability. It’s no surprise given the non-deterministic nature of LLMs. To effectively create reliable LLM-based (often with RAG) applications, extensive testing and evaluation processes are crucial. This often ends up involving meticulous adjustments to prompts.