A cross-party group of MPs and peers are pushing to have gambling companies treated like tobacco firms, calling on health warnings to be displayed on their products and a ban on advertising during live sporting events.The group, which includes shadow culture secretary Tom Watson and former Tory minister John Hayes, want the companies to be forced to stop any associations that gambling is “fun”.It said that the current system where “the onus of social responsibility remains subject to the self-regulation of the licensee is not working” and current regulations are being flouted “without fear of meaningful sanction”.GambleAware recently found that online casino houses have collectively spent £1.4bn on marketing since 2012; part of a 97% increase in ad spend over the past five years.Meanwhile, separate research conducted last year found that a fifth of all adverts broadcast during live football matches promoted betting companies, a proportion which rose to a high of 40% during one game.While aimed at adults, many of these ads are inadvertently being consumed by children.
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A few weeks ago a story broke revealing that the New Orleans Police Department had been using a predictive policing tool supplied by CIA-backed data mining company, Palantir, to identify gang members.The software identified ties between gang members and non-gang members, analyzed criminal histories, crawled social media, and finally, predicted the likelihood that individuals would commit violence.But this use of predictive analytics to identify risk is hardly new: it’s been used in numerous US cities, in counterintelligence operations, and — here’s the twist — in schools.‘Risk identification’ has become a highly in-vogue term in the American public school system.But the reason that predictive policing has inspired outrage, is that algorithms tend to perpetuate systemic bias, and only work through collecting swaths of data points — data that people may not know is being collected.The rise of predictive analytics in institutions such as schools and criminal justice systems raises a series of ethical questions which I’ve outlined below.
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WPP advisory group ISS is set to reveal whether it will back shareholders in a protest over the departure of Sir Martin Sorrell.Sorrell quit the company he founded in April in the midst of an investigation into allegations of financial and personal misconduct.Since then, the full circumstances behind his resignation have been kept confidential due to data privacy laws.But, the advertising group’s chairman Roberto Quarta has been under mounting pressure from WPP shareholders to reveal the results of the investigation and the full reasons behind Sorrell’s exit.Shareholder advisory groups Glass Lewis and Pirc have already advised voting against the re-election of Quarta over his refusal to disclose.“There is no disclosure regarding the reason for the sudden departure of the group chief executive.
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Alan Bean, the fourth of just 12 people to walk on the moon and one of the first Americans to spend an extended period living on a space station, died Saturday at Houston Methodist Hospital.He was the love of my life and I miss him dearly,” Leslie Bean, his wife of 40 years, said.“A native Texan, Alan died peacefully in Houston surrounded by those who loved him.”We're saddened by the passing of astronaut Alan Bean.Bean was spacecraft commander of Skylab Mission II & devoted his retirement to painting.— NASA (@NASA) 26 May 2018
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"Dolphin liberation in South Korea has raised awareness towards the welfare of marine animals and has resulted in the strengthening of animal protection policies and the level of welfare."An engineering student, affiliated with UNIST has recently carried out a scientific investigation on dolphin liberation in South Korea.The paper presents the overall analysis of the social impact of the first case of dolphin rehabilitation in Asia, which occurred in 2013.This study has been carried out by Sejoon Kim in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering in collaboration wit Professor Bradley Tatar in the Division of General Studies at UNIST.Their findings have been published in the April issue of the journal, Coastal Management and will be published online, this month."After the release of captive dolphins from South Korean marine parks, there has been a growing environmental movement towards the conservation and management of marine and coastal ecosystems," says Sejoon.
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Diamonds is the strongest naturally occurring material on Earth.It is also renowned for its incomparable properties, such as high stiffness, exceptional thermal conductivity, high chemical resistance, and high optical transparency.Although these remarkable properties of diamond make it highly desirable for many scientific and technological applications, progress has been slow due to its brittleness.A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has unveiled that brittle diamonds can be bent and stretched elastically when made into ultrafine needles.This breakthrough has been jointly conducted by Distinguished Professor Feng Ding's team from the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials (CMCM), within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) at UNIST, in collaboration with an international team of researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), City University of Hong Kong, and Nanyang Technological University.The team demonstrated that their nanoscale diamond needles could flex and stretch by as much as nine percent without breaking, then return to their original shape.
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In fact, because of GitHub’s roots in the developer community — and the increasing centrality of developers in general — understanding GitHub’s trajectory may actually provide a glimpse of what the future of work holds for businesses everywhere.It’s already clear that, even in the near future, development teams are going to be the focal points of more and more organizations, and that GitHub will, too.That’s not to overstate what it means to offer the best version control system.Instead, GitHub will win because of its power as an ecosystem to connect people with the code and insights that come from that.That’s why one of its earliest decisions may have been its most significant, then and now.GitHub helped bring people together and collaborate asynchronously, working faster and more efficiently.
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You’re reading a Vivo X21 review, so you’ve hopefully heard of the Chinese brand before.The Vivo X21 is not just a good phone, it’s innovative, thanks to its under-glass fingerprint sensor.The phone runs the latest publicly available version of Funtouch OS 4, build PD1728F_EX_A_1.6.18, based on Android 8.1, running the March security patches.Vivo also sells cheaper Vivo X21 variants with rear-mounted scanners and either 64GB or 128GB of storage space.Don’t get me wrong, the black X21 review unit I tested is quite sleek.The icons just pop, especially when you use a nice dark background.
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Welcome to your weekly round-up of the best U.K. deals of the week for Android phones, network plans, accessories, smart home tech, and a little of whatever else is on offer in the world of mobile.This week’s deals include savings on both the Gear S3 Frontier and Classic, a nice discount on the Honor 7X, a ridiculously cheap SIM only deal with loads of data, and much more.Below are the most enticing deals we’ve seen this week hand-picked with a little help from the folks over at HotUKDeals – the U.K.’s biggest deal-sharing community.Have you seen any amazing deals this week?Be sure to share your finds in the comments.
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While Survios’ offering is more akin to the virtual arcades cropping up in cities across the country and around the world (including Dubai, New York, Seoul, and Tokyo), other companies like the Los Angeles-based Two Bit Circus and Lindon, Utah’s The Void are creating site specific game experiences that promise a different kind of approach to virtual reality.For Survios and other companies that have placed multi-million dollar bets on the viability of virtual reality, the move to location-based gaming isn’t a matter of choice.It’s a matter of survival thanks to the persistent lack of demand from consumers.But that’s still a far smaller market than the 10 million game consoles that were sold in the U.S. alone in 2017 (not to mention the roughly 32 million consoles sold at the market’s peak in 2008), according data on the Statista website.The cost of premium headsets and gaming systems prohibit most U.S. households from getting the gear in their hands and until those costs come down, out-of-home experiences provide the best way to get consumers comfortable with the technology.“What’s cool about VR and a differentiator of the medium is that it gives you embodiment,” Bennett says.
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The Blu X Link watch has an introductory price of $50, but lacks the WearOS platform.Blu’s watch might not have an app store, but it does have cellular connectivity via 2G networks.The wearable also offers a heart rate monitor, pedometer, and sleep tracking functionality.If your name isn’t Apple, chances are good that you’re not selling loads of smartwatches.Now budget U.S. mobile brand Blu has taken a different approach with its X Link watch.The new watch is available to pre-order on Amazon for an introductory price of $50.
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It is well known that Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaomi or its subsidiaries are manufacturing virtually everything in the world right now.A few days ago, my colleague’s eyes dropped when he saw a Xiaomi Belt online.Yeah, Xiaomi does make that.Today, the company launched a product which makes temporary car parking much easier.We are talking about the Xiaomi Car Temporary Stop Sign and it was launched for just 49 Yuan ($8).Often times, we see a temporarily parked car having a contact number written on a paper and placed on the car screen by the owner.
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To celebrate the holiday weekend, we thought we’d ease up on the deals you need, and bring you something you might want.Today we’re spotlighting a double price drop on the Fader Stealth Drone.This alluring little quadcopter flies straight out of the box, and comes with a gaming controller to which you can attach your smartphone.This acts as a display as the on-board HD camera beams back incredible real-time footage of your flight.It’s perfect to produce beautiful overhead footage of your latest BBQ, beach trip, or backpacking adventure.You might have heard tales of novices splashing out on a new drone, only to watch it plunge to it’s doom before they’ve got to grips with the controls.
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Yesterday, Xiaomi Youpin opened its first flagship physical store in Nanjing.This store covers over 600 square meters and offers almost everything from food to technology.As of the time of the official opening of this store, it contains over 15 categories and 2000 items for sale which includes smartphones, smart home, furniture, kitchen utensils, and miscellaneous goods.Until now, Xiaomi Youpin has been an absolute e-commerce platform under Xiaomi.It sells not only Xiaomi products but also third-party independent goods.Though the store is dominated by Xiaomi or Xiaomi-supported products, the third-party products are usually those that are not available from Xiaomi.
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If Alexa’s “butt dialing” this week has made you paranoid about your Echo, you’re not alone, but luckily there’s a way to prevent inadvertent eavesdropping by the smart speaker.As one family of Echo owners discovered, to their horror, Alexa can mis-hear commands and accidentally share a private conversation with a random contact.Disappointingly, while Amazon makes it exceedingly easy to turn on Alexa communications and synchronize your contacts with the virtual assistant, actually disabling it and deleting your contacts is a lot tougher.When you enable Alexa calling, it automatically sucks the contacts stored on your phone or tablet and synchronizes them with Amazon’s system.Periodically, Alexa will check your address book and update its records accordingly.From the Alexa app, it at first looks as though you can go through each Echo smart speaker and disable communications individually.
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However, you can also get to just about everywhere in the app within two taps.The app consists of three main screens: the home screen, the Hotlist, and the library.The library shows your playlists, saved artists, saved albums, downloaded content, and your liked songs.We can definitively say that this is vastly easier than Google Play Music ever was, even if there isn’t much here yet.That gives it a list of songs greater than any streaming service.The app still gives access to every music video on YouTube, though, and that really helps fill in the blanks left my most other streaming services.
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Because, with over 2 billion monthly active users, Facebook is one of the most scaleable marketing platforms out there.And while it’s gotten more competitive (read: expensive) to run Facebook ads, making profitable campaigns isn’t rocket science.If you want to get optimal results on Facebook, you should test everything from the audience to the ad copy to the landing page.Slicing audiences with gender, age and layers of interest targetingBut if you’re forgetting to optimize your landing pages, you’re going to fall short of your Facebook advertising goals.The landing page is the place you capture leads, or compel a user to buy, click, download or sign up.
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It appears Vivo is working on a new smartphone outside the Vivo Apex/ Vivo Nex which is expected to debut on June 6.Today, an unannounced smartphone from the phone maker has visited the Geekbench site revealing a few of its internals.Bearing the name/ model number Vivo 1802, the new device is seen running Android 8.1 Oreo mobile operating system with an Octa-core 2GHz MediaTek MT6765 SoC, and what is more interesting, the said SoC hasn’t been announced as of now, but there are indications it may get announced in no distant time.Aside from its 4GB of RAM, a single-core score of 828 and multi-core score of 3610, nothing else were mentioned in the GeekBench listing, but we hope to find out more about the Vivo 1802 as it advances through the TENAA certification process, as more leaks or hopefully an official announcement comes.
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Are you getting ready to take the plunge for your first turntable?Or maybe you're a long-time vinyl vet looking to upgrade?In either case we've got you covered.Here are two dozen (!)of our favorite models, from "ultra-budget" to "sky's the limit."Technics introduced the world's first direct-drive turntable, the SP-10 in 1970, and the direct-drive SL-1200 arrived in 1972.
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Let the speculation begin: Nokia has posted news of some kind of launch event happening on Tuesday, May 29 at 7.40PM in Moscow – that's this coming Tuesday, at 9.40AM in San Francisco, 12.40PM in New York, 5.40PM in the UK and 2.40AM (Wed May 30) in Sydney, so adjust your diaries accordingly.What are we going to see?All we have to go off so far is the hashtag chargedup and a promise from Juho Sarvikas, one of the execs at Nokia parent company HMD Global, that "some new stuff" is on the way.A brand new phone perhaps?An existing phone available in more regions?A portable charging pack to juice up your Nokia phone on the go?
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