Apple Music's "Carpool Karaoke" will shift the spotlight away from musicians and hand the mic to movie stars and other high-profile figures to showcase their vocal talents, according to show's producer.Ben Winston, the co-founder of Fulwell 73 Productions, told us that the Apple show will be about "broadening out to different talents" in a way they are reluctant
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Who is peeing on XPoint?The mysterious Samsung Z-SSD was announced at the Flash Memory Summit, and positioned as a DRAM-NAND gap-filler.Samsung: We believe that Z-SSD, which is based on NAND technology, can fill the performance gap between DRAM and SSD segments.El Reg: Is it SLC, MLC, TLC or some other bit/cell organization?El Reg: What is its form factor and interface for a host system?El Reg: What performance characteristics relative to Samsung's existing SSDs can be revealed?
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The Gamescom 2016 VR Roundup: Part 1So, we went to Gamescom, and by we, I mostly mean I. I went to Gamescom, and I spent a good chunk of my time in virtual reality.See, no matter what you think about it, virtual reality is going to be all over the place for the next couple of years, and nowhere is that more apparent than here, where we saw a variety of virtual reality projects, from a game billed as VR's answer to Journey, to the VR skydiving simulator that I queued 45 minutes for and still couldn't get near.Here are some of the best games I played in virtual reality at Gamescom 2016.I didn't play everything in VR, but this is what I did get to grips with and enjoyed.Well, this is part one.
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EE agrees another content deal to ensure it maintains 4G lead, while Apple Music gets chance to expand reach in the UKEE is offering new and upgrading 4G customers a free six month subscription to Apple Music in a bid to attract and retain more customers and show off the ability of its LTE network.Apple has agreed similar deals with other mobile operators around the world but this is the first time it has partnered with a UK provider.Given EE has more than 16.7 million 4G subscribers, that s a significant number of people that might decide to keep their Apple Music subscription after the free six months expires.Apple Music currently has 15 million paying subscribers and costs £9.99 a month.As the UK s biggest and fastest network, our focus is on bringing our customers the best 4G coverage in the most places, said Marc Allera, EE CEO.
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The wildly successful manga series and an anime that preceded Wings of Freedom was engrossing because homosapiens were the underdog in a losing battle.With that in mind, let s first focus on where the game succeeds, before we descend into my myriad complaints.WoF manages to replicate this improbable equipment surprisingly well, allowing players to swing across the map semi-elegantly, and effectively removing all borders from the environment.Anyone who watched the anime s Survey Corps with envy will undoubtedly spend their first hour delightedly winging their way from place to place.The system does tend to cause collisions with buildings and other objects with annoying regularity, but when it works, you re a dual-bladed eagle of the skies.At the same time, players must remain aware of a titan s attempts to grab and gobble, as well as their cables, which become obstructed by other titans and the environment.
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3D renders, fabricated PR images, and mockups of upcoming smartphones are easy come by these days, so there is much to be said when alleged real-life photos of said devices pop up.Although we re just a good two weeks away from LG s scheduled unveiling, there s still enough time for that kind of leak for the LG V20.Despite being rather grainy, it s the discussion around what s not in the photos that are, ultimately, what s more interesting about it than the photo itself.This new not-rendered photo of the LG V20 was made public in response to another leaked image of the smartphone, which turned to be just some render .That said, this real image of the device doesn t really confirm anything other than the general front design of the phone, leaving the Internet to fill in the blanks.Which, of course, it did.
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Project Fear is back, and it wants your plonkNew alcohol advice published today reiterates that the recommended maximum intake weekly for male adults should halve from 28 to 14 units - barely enough to fill a bowl with electric soup*.To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level it is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis, the guidelines state PDF .The opinion of the UK s Chief Health Jobsworth official title: Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies is that there is no safe level of drinking.Professor Spiegelhalter, the Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk in the Statistical Laboratory at Cambridge University, pointed out that the no safe level message contradicted the working group s guiding principle that the public needed to be able to make an informed choice , not get scared into obedience.Eating a bacon sandwich, or watching an hour of TV, posed more long-term health risks than moderate alcohol consumption, he wrote.
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In an effort to promote the 2016 Paralympics, Vogue Brazil decided to launch a photo campaign highlighting Renato Leite and Bruna Alexandre, two Brazilian Paralympic athletes.But instead of, you know, just putting them in the campaign, the magazine used two able-bodied models—actors Cleo Pires and Paulo Vilhena—and photoshopped them to look like Leite and Alexandre.According to the Telegraph, Pires and Vilhena are both ambassadors for the Brazilian Paralympic Committee.On their personal Instagram accounts, both seem totally cool with the campaign, and have each posted snapshots of the athletes.The translated caption for the Vogue photo reads, in part:To attract visibility to the Paralympics and highlight the relevance of Brazilian disabled athletes in the panorama of the national sport, @cleopires oficial and @vilhenap accepted the invitation to be ambassadors of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee and star in the campaign We Are All Paralympics.
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Apple might be looking to introduce a new tap-to-pay feature to its upcoming line of iPhones exclusively for customers living in Japan, Bloomberg reports.Instead of using NFC – similarly to its Apple Pay service in North America, Europe and Australia – the iPhone maker will opt for a Sony-built technology called FeliCa that currently dominates the mobile tap-to-pay market in Japan.With this move, Apple is looking to offer customers in Japan a quick and easy way of using their iPhones for public transport payments.The feature will also be widely supported at various vending machines, convenient stores and retailers across the country.Ditching NFC in favor of FeliCa makes sense.According to Bloomberg, Japan has a total of 1.9 million payment terminals that support the standard.
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Google Duo for Android and iOS might seem like an unnecessary release given the existence of Hangouts, but if you think Google's own video chat app stable seems crowded, consider the field.There's no shortage of ways to connect with friends and family via free video calls, whether it's on a phone, tablet, or computer, and Google Duo is only the latest atop the pile.If you have an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, chances are good that you're already very familiar with FaceTime.In classic Apple fashion, FaceTime's simplicity is its calling card, as the app and UI aren't overloaded with features—nor does it have text chat included.It's you and the other person so no group calls , and if all you want to do is catch up with a pal or loved one, FaceTime is a pretty ideal way to do so on your iPhone or Mac.It's a fully-featured, multiplatform offering, which means you'll find a lot more here—whether you want it or not.
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EE customers using services outside their price plans are to be hit with a significant hike in fees next month, with international calls increasing as much as 60 per cent.Under the new price plan that will come into force from 28 September, UK calls to mobiles, landlines and voicemail will increase from 40p to 50p per minute, while international calls will rise from £1 to £1.60 per minute.In an email sent to customers, and seen by The Register, the company said: We do try to keep price changes to a minimum.We re committed to providing you with the best experience, such as investing £1.5million in our network every day.This is the first time EE has increased out-of-bundle prices in more than two years.An EE spokeswoman told The Register:
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Paul Grusevich, JetSmarter's head of global expansion is sat in the corner of the private jet lounge reception.It says it gets a "vast" discount on the prices of empty legs but declined to give anGrusevich says it results in a "win-win" scenario for operators as they're able to make money
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DEAL: EE is giving customers free access to Apple MusicMusic fans are about to be treated to six months free streaming thanks to a new offer from EE.The mobile operator has just announced that, from next month, they will be giving customers a free subscription to Apple Music for six months.The deal is available to all new customers and any existing EE users who upgrade their smartphones.EE says the offer is available on any iPhone and Android device that is purchased on contract.The deal is being supported by a multi-million pound advertising campaign featuring Kevin Bacon and Britney Spears.
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The hate for the Star Wars prequels is vociferous and seemingly unending, but a new documentary wants to go back to the movies and re-examine if they were ever worth the anger... And maybe get you to reconsider your opinion on them.The Prequels Strike Back seeks to re-examine the prequel trilogy after years of loud, wailing rage about how they destroyed childhoods across the world and how, for better or worse, they ve influenced Star Wars fandom in the modern era.The prequels are certainly flawed films, yes, but were they ever worthy of the intense vitriol lobbed at them?It s certainly a noble intent, given decades of anger these films some deserved, some undeserved have inspired across swathes of fans.Whether or not it will challenge anyone to reconsider their thoughts on the films remains to be seen, but still, this trailer looks like a set-up for a fascinating documentary.The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan s Journey will be available digitally from Amazon, Youtube, and VHX on September 14th.
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The hate for the Star Wars prequels is vociferous and seemingly unending, but a new documentary wants to go back to the movies and re-examine if they were ever worth the anger... And maybe get you to reconsider your opinion on them.The Prequels Strike Back seeks to re-examine the prequel trilogy after years of loud, wailing rage about how they destroyed childhoods across the world and how, for better or worse, they ve influenced Star Wars fandom in the modern era.The prequels are certainly flawed films, yes, but were they ever worthy of the intense vitriol lobbed at them?It s certainly a noble intent, given decades of anger these films some deserved, some undeserved have inspired across swathes of fans.Whether or not it will challenge anyone to reconsider their thoughts on the films remains to be seen, but still, this trailer looks like a set-up for a fascinating documentary.The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan s Journey will be available digitally from Amazon, Youtube, and VHX on September 14th.
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Note: Our future CPU tech feature has been fully updated.This article was first published in November 2011.But sooner or later the silicon CPU is going to reach the point where it can't be improved any further.The ever-increasing clock speeds of previous decades have gone, with CPU speeds sitting at just over 3GHz for most of the last decade.Manufacturers have been able to improve performance at that clock speed with clever design and impressive feats of miniaturisation, but that has its limits too.The reason we don't run silicon chips much faster than 3GHz is because they begin to consume large amounts of power and generate large amounts of heat.
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'Infant simulators' that cry and go Code Brown don't stop girls from having actual kidsRobot babies have been found to be an ineffective educational tool for those hoping to prevent teenaged pregnancies.Infant simulators , to give the robo-babies their proper name, are anatomically correct dolls that require burping, feeding, rocking to sleep and produce Code Brown and Code Yellow alerts in their pants.The dolls are used in educational settings to teach those about to have kids what it will be like once they have a real one.The idea is to give users a taste of life as a parent, complete with the drudgery, odours and interrupted sleep an infant offers, in the hope that they postpone parenthood.That's felt to be a good thing because young parents often use more government services and miss out on the chance to build skills and careers.
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What's a Friday without an iPhone rumour?Today's iPhone news concerns the 2017 model, and once again suggests Apple will be removing the home button from the handset.The news comes via a Bloomberg report which cites 'a person familiar with the matter' who claims the company will be focusing more on the iPhone 8's display:"Apple is already at work on a major redesign of the iPhone for 2017 that focuses more heavily on the display by removing the Home button, according to a person familiar with the matter."Most of the report concerns an iPhone made specifically to support FeliCa payments in Japan, but its brief mention of a buttonless iPhone 8 backs up previous rumours suggesting the same.A WSJ article earlier this year said Apple is creating a handset with a full single piece of glass on the front, which would leave no room for the home button – a central feature of previous iPhone models.
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MasterCard and VISA credit cards with Russian rouble banknotes are seen in this picture illustrationA US federal court has convicted the son of a Russian MP of hacking into hundreds of businesses to steal credit card information and orchestrating a global hacking ring that netted him millions of dollars.Dubbed by prosecutors as "one of the most prolific credit card thieves in history", 32-year-old Roman Seleznev - also known as "Track2" - was found guilty by a Seattle federal jury on 38 of 40 counts including wire fraud, intentional damage to a protected computer, aggravated identity theft and possession of 15 or more unauthorised access devices.The conviction came after a 10-year-long investigation by the US Secret Service that first began tracking his activities in 2005.Between October 2009 and October 2013, Seleznev allegedly hacked into retail point-of-sale PoS systems and installed malware to swipe millions of credit card numbers from businesses in the US and around the world, particularly pizza restaurants in Washington state, and sell them on underground internet forums.The son of Russian MP, Valery Seleznev, who is an ally of President Vladimir Putin, Seleznev's exploits resulted in almost $170m in credit card losses, prosecutors said.
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Even though voice recognition is now available on more apps and devices than ever, I rarely find myself using the feature to dictate text or issue commands.I ve certainly noticed improvements in the past few years, but it can still be awkward and inaccurate.A new study conducted by researchers at Stanford University, the University of Washington and Chinese search firm Baidu suggests that I should probably try it more often.According to the paper PDF , which was published earlier this week, speech recognition tools have been found to be three times faster than typing for English and Mandarin text entry.The researchers hypothesized that speech recognition, which has come a long way in recent times thanks to advancements in big data analysis and deep learning, is more accurate and faster than humans typing on keyboards.They tested this in a study with 38 participants, who used Baidu s Deep Speech 2 system, as well as standard software keyboards on the iPhone.
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