Oh look, it s a pretty… engraved… gold… thing.Actually, no matter how many glances you ve got, you re probably never going to guess what it is or what it does, but there s one thing we do agree on - it s easy on the eyes, and looks very, very fancy.Like a solid gold engraved biscuit, though you wouldn t want to dunk it in your tea.Thanks, that really narrows it down.Scrip is a beautifully crafted copper gadget that lets you make digital wireless payments and transfer money to other Scrip users.Designed to be loaded up with cash at ATMs, it shows you your funds decreasing in real time as you use it, buying artisan honey, mahogany coat hangers and, er, other things that you normally buy.
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Google has announced it will bring free Wi-Fi to more public places around the world with the expansion of its Google Station project.The initiative began less than a year ago in India, where the company started providing free Wi-Fi at railway stations.Now, at the second Google for India event in New Delhi this week, Caesar Sengupta, VP of Google s Next Billion Plan, announced the project would be expanded globally.Google Station will now be offered to cafes, malls, phone carriers, and all manner of location able to provide a decent internet connection.The free Wi-Fi is being touted as safe, secure, and easy to access on the Google Station site.Providers of the service will be able to make money off the project through fees and ads, or they can choose to keep the service free for users.
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Not too long ago the BBC 'closed the iPlayer loophole', to stop people watching catch-up services if they didn't have a TV license.Now the Corporation has announced that, starting sometime next year, users will need an account to access the service.The BBC states that this is ensure the service becomes more personalised, and tailored to users' individual needs.Account systems are already in place for users take advantage of features like favourites and cross-device pause-and-resume, but a new, more robust, system will launching this week.Logging in won't actually become a mandatory part of using iPlayer until next year.BBC News claims that the new account system will require users to enter their postcode, but the BBC has denied that the new system will be used to enforce the license free.
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You ll soon be able to buy the OnePlus 3 in-store as O2 becomes the phone s exclusive stockist in the UK.O2 is about to become the first operator to ever stock a OnePlus device, with plans to sell the new OnePlus 3 starting on September 29.The phone will be available on several different O2 Refresh tariffs, ranging from 500MB to 20GB of data.Examples of tariffs include £28-per-month, which gets you 500 minutes, unlimited texts, and 500MB of data, or the £35.50-per-month plan that nets you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, and 3GB of data.Neither plan will require you to pay an upfront fee.Alternatively, you can still by the OnePlus 3 outright at the official OnePlus website for £329, in Graphite or Soft Gold colour options.
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Google has announced the new YouTube Go app which will allow users to save videos for offline viewing.Announced at the Google for India event in New Delhi, the app will also enable local sharing of videos, without the need for an internet connection.It's been designed to make life easier for internet users in India who may not have the most reliable data connections.Eventually, Google intends to launch the app in other countries, but India will be the first to test out the new software.Related: Pixel phones – Everything we knowThe app will reportedly allow users to choose quality and file size when downloading videos, giving them a clear idea of the amount of data it will use.
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Sure, most of it is recorded so you can access it later, but it has far more in common with the nightly news than with modern on-demand, personalized content.To be there as it s happening, in the moment with a group of friends and strangers, sharing a singular experience.Facebook Live has realized the potential for live video combined with a social network.When you go Live, the stream will show in your follower s feeds and on your profile page.It s an unpredictable platform—you may have to contend with technical issues and an unmoderated comment stream at the same time.Finally, don t expect your entire audience to tune in all at once.
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Basketball team the Philadelphia 76ers is making an official entry into the eSports market, picking up Teams Dignitas and Apex for undisclosed sums.Basketball team the Philadelphia 76ers has announced that it is branching out into the world of eSports, acquiring and merging Teams Dignitas and Apex.In an announcement made late last night, the owners of the Philadelphia 76ers announced that they would be diversifying from basketball into games including Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch, by acquiring eSports outfits Team Dignitas and Team Apex from their respective previous owners Michael O'Dell and David Slan for undisclosed sums.Fans of the latter, though, may be displeased to hear that the Team Apex brand is no more as a result of the deal: all Team Apex members are to join their former rivals under the Team Dignitas banner.'The eSports industry is primed for incredible growth and we are thrilled to become an owner of such a storied franchise as Team Dignitas,' claimed Josh Harris, managing general partner for the Philadelphia 76ers.'There is a tremendous opportunity to leverage the infrastructure, resources and experience of the Sixers organisation to support these exciting teams as they continue to compete at the highest levels across multiple games.
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All users of the BBC's iPlayer service will have to log in with a personal account from early 2017.In another change, from Tuesday BBC ID holders will have to add a postcode to their account information.The corporation said existing systems for enforcing TV licence rules were adequate, and the changes were part of an attempt to make its services more personal and localised.Since the start of this month, anyone watching BBC programmes via iPlayer has been required to have a TV licence.A BBC ID - which allows users to personalise BBC content such as online news - currently requires only an email address and password, though anyone wishing to comment on stories must also provide a date of birth.By David Sillito, BBC media correspondent
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If you want to get your hands on one of OnePlus's cheap not-quite-Android smartphones, you have to buy it directly from the company's online storefront.O2 has just announced that it will be the first UK network to start offering the device to customers.That's means those of you who have some aversion to buying unlocked SIM free phones can instead opt to spread the price of the phone over many months.OnePlus's rather excellent budget handset will be available on O2's Refresh tariff, meaning you're not locked into a full 24 month contract before being able to upgrade.All you have to do is pay off the cost of the phone, and you're free to swap it for a better one.The OnePlus 3 will be available on the network from the 29th September this Thursday , with prices starting at £28 a month for the phone, 500 minutes, unlimited texts, and 500MB of data.
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Microsoft has announced Application Guard for Microsoft Edge, a virtualisation system designed to significantly boost the browser's security.Microsoft has revealed details of an upcoming update to its Edge web browser which is designed to enhance security by relegating the software to a dedicated lightweight virtual machine.Announced during the company's Ignite conference, Windows Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge is the company's latest attempt at one-upping its competition in the browser market.Designed to work exclusively with the Edge browser, which took over from the ageing Internet Explorer codebase with the launch of Windows 10, the update takes Microsoft's work on virtualisation and applies it to the browser in order to protect the underlying operating system.While theoretically the same technology could be used to protect other applications, including third-party browsers, Microsoft has not announced any plans to open the system up to such use.Traditionally, Microsoft's browsers have been heavily integrated into the operating system with often disastrous results.
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Roger Chen, vice president of Asia at GoDaddy, recommends business owners brush up on their digital skills in order to stay competitive in an increasingly technological world.Two-thirds of Hongkongers have plans to start a new business and become self-employed, but the top businesses that entrepreneurs want to own are still consumer-focused and not high-tech companies, according to a new study.The Global Entrepreneur Survey, conducted by US-based web-hosting company GoDaddy, found that the businesses popular with Hong Kong entrepreneurs are retail companies 26 per cent , services which consumers find valuable 17 per cent and experiential services 16 per cent .Combined, these three industries made up about 60 per cent of respondents ideal companies to manage.More than 500 professionals were surveyed, including 201 small business owners from Hong Kong.The statistics highlight Hong Kong s inclination towards a services-led economy, despite experts warning that Hong Kong may be lagging behind in technological developments and innovation compared to more advanced economies such as Singapore or South Korea.
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A new report from the Guardian, citing documents obtained under public record showed that until June, Uber required anyone riding in one of its self-driving cars to sign a legal document that kept the company free of liabilities in case of their injury or death. Risks associated with riding in an autonomous vehicle may include, without limitation, those caused by equipment failure, development vehicle operators or other safety drivers, actions of other motorists, weather, temperature, road conditions, negligence or human error.Additionally, Uber s Advanced Technologies Center group conducted a friends and family program this summer where users were asked to assume full responsibility for riding in Uber s self-driving cars.In addition to the legal document asking passengers to free Uber of liability of death or injury caused by its self-driving cars, The Guardian also points to a public interview company executives participated in.In August, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick told Bloomberg Businessweek, Nobody has set up software that can reliably drive a car safely without a human.But the story gets even is stranger: Passengers who take Uber s self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh are not required to sign any waivers and are not explicitly told of the risks involved with the ride.
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A new report from the Guardian, citing documents obtained under public record showed that until June, Uber required anyone riding in one of its self-driving cars to sign a legal document that kept the company free of liabilities in case of their injury or death. Risks associated with riding in an autonomous vehicle may include, without limitation, those caused by equipment failure, development vehicle operators or other safety drivers, actions of other motorists, weather, temperature, road conditions, negligence or human error.Additionally, Uber s Advanced Technologies Center group conducted a friends and family program this summer where users were asked to assume full responsibility for riding in Uber s self-driving cars.In addition to the legal document asking passengers to free Uber of liability of death or injury caused by its self-driving cars, The Guardian also points to a public interview company executives participated in.In August, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick told Bloomberg Businessweek, Nobody has set up software that can reliably drive a car safely without a human.But the story gets even is stranger: Passengers who take Uber s self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh are not required to sign any waivers and are not explicitly told of the risks involved with the ride.
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But you should put as much time and effort and planning into a transformational change as you do into how you re going to make the technology happen.Craven and Oracle Human Capital Management HCM Transformation Vice President Annette Wellinghoff are passionate about helping organizations find what Wellinghoff calls the intelligent intersections of people, process, and tools that can ensure they achieve the intended business value from their technology investments.Speaking at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, Craven and Wellinghoff presented some of the best practices that inform their work helping customers achieve what they call business value realization.Identify a transformation leader able to drive the program.To achieve the real business value it s about managing the executive focus.They may have one agenda today, but 30 days from now external forces…may create a reprioritization of that agenda, and you need a transformation leader paying attention to the divergence of the executive agenda, the stakeholder agenda, and the end user adoption issues.
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Google's forthcoming Pixel phone is nearly here, and we may have just been treated to our first legitimate look at the new HTC-made handset, courtesy of a leaked image render.The snap was shared by reliable tech leaker @evleaks on Twitter and looks like a stock press shot of the new device, which is set to be introduced on October 4 at a special Google event alongside a slew of other new products, including a 4K Chromecast and Google Home.The photo isn't overly revealing and doesn't show off any of the new software features like Google Allo and Assistant that are expected to set the Pixel and big sibling the Pixel XL apart from its Nexus-branded predecessors, but according to other rumours, there's plenty worth getting excited about.In addition to Allo and Assitant, the Pixel is expected to sport plenty of high-end hardware specs, including a Full HD 5-inch display, quad-core Snapdragon 821 chipset, fingerprint scanner, and USB-C port.As with some previous Nexus devices, it's thought it will be manufactured by Tiawanese electronics outfit HTC.Stay tuned, as all will almost certainly be revealed on October 4 – and we'll be covering all the action live.
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Huawei Technologies, the world s largest supplier of telecommunications equipment, has teamed up with rivals Ericsson and Nokia in a new alliance that aims to help accelerate the creation of 5G mobile standards and support the growth of connected automated driving around the world.Huawei has joined major European car makers like BMW, Audi and Daimler, as well as US semiconductor technology giants Intel and Qualcomm to form the 5G Automotive Association.The three companies, which are among the leaders in 5G research and development, on Tuesday joined major European car makers BMW, Audi and Daimler, as well as US semiconductor technology giants Intel and Qualcomm to form the 5G Automotive Association .In a joint media announcement from Munich, where BMW is headquartered, the association members said their goal was to address society s mobility and road safety needs, with applications such as connected automated driving, while ensuring ubiquitous access to services, and integration into smart cities and intelligent transportation.The creation of this association demonstrates the clear need for cross sector collaboration, said Li Yingtao, the president of Huawei s innovation engine called 2012 Labs.It will facilitate global regulation, certification and standardisation efforts for autonomous driving and future car services based on 5G technologies.
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Larry, resident cat of 10 Downing Street sits on one of the cars used by Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street in central London, Britain September 22, 2016.In the first wave, cats spread from the Middle East into the eastern Mediterranean, alongside human farmers.The second wave of expansion started in Egypt — where cats had religious significance and were often mummified — and spread by sea to Eurasia and Africa.These discoveries come courtesy a study of the mitochondrial DNA of 209 ancient cats whose remains were preserved at archaeological sites.Mitochondrial DNA is passed down through the maternal line and is separate from the nuclear DNA that comes from both parents.See Images of the Ancient Egyptian Cats
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We at Ars have made it to every Lone Star Le Mans weekend, and 2016 was no exception.Audi, Porsche, and Toyota each enter two-car teams which compete around the world, most often over the course of six hours, although at Le Mans in June the race is obviously four times that.Sure, a Formula 1 car is faster on the same FIA Grade 1 circuits; comparing fastest qualifying and racing laps at Spa for both series' visits in 2016 shows the former to be between eight and nine seconds faster over the same 4.3 miles 7km .Manufacturers simply pick how much energy they intend to deploy from the hybrid systems—currently Audi is at 6MJ per lap of Le Mans, while Toyota and Porsche are both at the maximum of 8MJ—and off they go.A look at the results suggests otherwise, with Porsche winning every round bar Spa-Francorchamps in May.As far as Porsche Team Principal Andreas Seidl is concerned, there's always room to improve.
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Deepgram co-founders, 20-year-old wunderkind Noah Shutty and his University of Michigan lab supervisor Scott Stephenson, definitely have faith in sound.The two left behind promising research in particle physics, researching the creation of Dark Matter in the bowels of underground Chinese bunkers, to develop what they call a Google for sound .Much as the Google search engine uses links between different web sites to surface the most relevant search results, the Deepgram software uses connections between certain phrases in audio files to identify the type files and yield relevant results.This audio search technology is much different from others that rely on natural language processing, according to the founders.We do train models to tell the difference between calls, says Stephenson in an interview.The business started as a side project for Shutty — a way for him to organize his thousands of hours of lifelogs — the audio and video he d amassed recording every aspect of his life.
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The 130 year-old company s 18-month-old digital marketing campaign has already paid promising initial dividends, driving increased customer satisfaction and a higher Klout score—no small accomplishment for a company with a product that is, essentially, intangible. We ve been using SRM for quite a while and have learned some lessons along the way about how content drives a conversation with customers, says Neil McFarlane, managing director at the London-based company.The ultimate goal, he says, is to turn that conversation into revenue.McFarlane thinks the company is ready to move on that strategy, and says that the following social engagement lessons were instrumental to getting the company to this point:Over the past 12 months, we have focused much more closely on what content works and what doesn t—it s a fundamental change—maybe we weren t doing that enough before, McFarlane says.It is beginning to work: Since January 2016, the company s social audience has grown 100%, and McFarlane expects that number to grow substantially.
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