The veteran fund manager Neil Woodford has received a multi-million pound windfall from Mastercard trialling a fingerprint-scanning credit card.Mr Woodford’s Patient Capital Trust has a 26pc holding in IDEX, the Norwegian company whose sensor is included in the next-generation biometric technology.Mastercard disclosed on Thursday it was testing a card that replaces the four-digit credit card PIN with a fingerprint scanner.Shares in Oslo-listed IDEX, which develops the scanner, surged 18pc over Thursday and Friday.Mr Woodford saw the trust’s stake in the company rise to more than £100m as IDEX increased in value by £62m.Invesco Perpetual also retains a 16pc stake in the company.
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Unicorns are miraculous creatures, but do their powers transfer to the sparkly-sour limited-edition Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino?The GizmoSlip YouTube team loves to wrap smartphones in unexpected items and see if they can survive a fall -- for Easter, they slid a phone inside a chocolate bunny.In their latest test, published Saturday, they decided to play around with Starbucks' new bizarre drink (our Amanda Kooser taste-tested it, and we rounded up Twitter's many jokes about it here).The team bought 12 -- count 'em, 12 -- unicorn frappuccinos from a Portland, Oregon, Starbucks.Then they took a gleaming new Samsung Galaxy S8 and slipped it into one of the drinks.Good thing the phone is waterproof, because it had to sit in the frap for about an hour while they raced around to retrieve a forgotten component.
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Single-box soundbars are seemingly back in fashion, with recent models from Samsung, Bose and Q Acoustics successfully beefing up TV sound without the need for an external subwoofer.Orbitsound ONE P70 – Design and ConnectionsOrbitsound tends to builds its soundbars to a high standard and the P70 is no exception, although it lacks the glossy glamour of previous models – not a huge surprise given the lower price tag.A row of lights indicates the volume, bass and treble levels, plus one of the lights glows red, green or blue to denote the selected input.Orbitsound ONE P70 – FeaturesThe P70 uses four custom 2-inch drivers – two main drivers (one on top, one on the front) and two airSOUND drivers on the sides.
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For Earth Day on Saturday, many Twitter users wanted to say something festive.However this planet-size topic means that all the memes and jokes didn't exactly fall into one category.Even saving the Earth can be funny.You knew there would be political references.Corporations and celebrities wanted to look engaged without being too controversial.Even fictional characters weighed in.
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After five years it appears that Neil Young's Pono initiative, which resulted in a hardware player and digital music store, may be finally over.Xstream will provide hi-res music at a "normal price" Young says, and in a direct dig at Tidal (and Spotify) he says that companies shouldn't charge a premium for hi-res streams.Pono's music download webstore went down in July of 2016 after music partner Omnifone was sold, and Pono announced at the time it was moving to to 7digital."The more we worked on (the webstore), the more we realized how difficult it would be to recreate what we had and how costly it was to run it", Young said."As you might imagine, I found it difficult to raise more money for this model: delivering quality music at a premium price to a limited audience that felt they were being taken advantage of with the high costs" he said."All songs should cost the same, regardless of digital resolution", Young wrote.
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Excessive intake of sugar has been linked to a huge variety of health problems, many of them a consequence of the obesity that's also linked to excessive sugar.But the study doesn't get into causality, and there's enough oddities in the data to suggest that it's not time to purge your fridge just yet.On average, every four years since, the participants have completed follow-up surveys and had their health checked out.The authors divided these populations based on how many sugar-filled and diet drinks the participants reported having in a week.One was based on recent intake according to the most recent follow-up survey.The second was cumulative and based on the responses across the three most recent surveys.
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So what are the legal options for stopping videos like the appalling killing uploaded last week from hitting Facebook?Or legislators could create new laws to criminalize the amplification of violence on social media.“We want a free and open internet, and we want a space that we aren’t paying a subscription for,” says Kate Coyer, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and an expert online extremism.Back in the salad days of the Internet, lawmakers saw the problems presented by the ease and ubiquity of this new medium approaching fast.“Congress looked and said oh god this is going to be a child porn nightmare.” So they drafted Section 230 C of the Communications Decency Act, which held that internet companies could be held liable for content they facilitated getting onto the internet only if and when they were acting as content creators.That’s in the same spirit as a law introduced in Germany to fine social media platforms for allowing hate speech or violent content to remain on its site.
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Compared to the lifespan of star, your existence is just a blip.Pondering the age of the universe puts humanity’s troubles in perspective.Naturalist Henry Beston considered this when he gazed up into space in his novel The Outermost House.“For a moment of night we have a glimpse of ourselves and of our world islanded in its stream of stars—pilgrims of mortality, voyaging between horizons across eternal seas of space and time,” he writes.Out beyond Earth’s atmosphere, the lifetime of a celestial object isn’t measured in decades, but in millions of years.And while a human heart beats in terms of seconds, a supermassive black hole’s heart—like the one in the Centaurus galaxy cluster—beats every five to ten millions years.
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Another week, another round of exploits and intrigue.We took a look at why encrypted phone calls haven’t quite taken off yet the way chat has.As always, click on the headlines to read the full story in each link posted.Man Who Stole 100 iPhones at Coachella Forgot Find My iPhone Is a Thing http://mashable.com/2017/04/17/coachella-phones-stolenSome people spend their time at Coachella enjoying the music.Because technology contains wonders beyond all reasonable expectation, many of the victims immediately activated the “Find My iPhone” feature, allowing them not only to locate the alleged perp but literally follow him around the venue https://www.facebook.com/indiopolicedepartment/photos/a.1209112925811020.1073741827.155818124473844/1279413838780928/?type 3 until security finally nabbed him.
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On Saturday, April 22, scientists and science advocates around the globe come together in a March for Science.Although the march’s official statement says it champions “robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity,” organizers and participants have disagreed on just how political (and partisan) scientists ought to be.Can scientists afford to lose their veneer of unbiased rationality by engaging in a political movement?Or, when leaders increasingly ignore scientific consensus and threaten the advance of research, can they afford not to?Today, WIRED Science writers across the United States are following those conversations from Washington DC, Boston, and San Francisco.We’ll be liveblogging throughout the day.
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“There’s a quote in the book from one of the very few executives who was behind the idea at the time, Rick Arons, and he said, ‘Your grandmother might not understand what Magic: The Gathering is, but she’ll understand what a check for $10,000 is,'” Chalk says in Episode 252 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.The strategy paid off, helping to foster a group of professional Magic players like Jon Finkel and David Williams who grew up in the spotlight and were accustomed to high-stakes card games.“As soon as they turned 18 they showed up at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and made a huge impression,” Chalk says.“They blew this very staid gaming culture out of the water.”And while computer systems have been solving games like chess and Go, and handily beating even the top-ranked human players, Chalk says that a game like Magic, where the rules can change significantly with each new card, remains the province of flesh-and-blood champions.“There’s just enough of a random factor to make the game incredibly unpredictable,” he says.
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If you follow news about Uber at all, you’ll know it’s been a difficult year for the company.From revelations about a culture of sexual harassment, to a creepy program to track government regulators and leaked footage of CEO Travis Kalanick cussing out a driver, it can’t have been a fun few months in the Uber office.But difficult times don’t mean you can’t be a CoolDude.In fact, when the going gets tough, all the best corporations know that the tough get cool as hell, organising a Team Building Day Of Organised Fun And/Or Community Service And/Or Bowling, as Uber apparently did earlier this month.The Verge reports that Uber employees have held some kind of team-building exercise in which they graffitied the slogan UnDelete on a wall in San Francisco.That’s clearly a response to deleteuber, a social media campaign that was sparked by Uber sending a notification saying it was turning off surge pricing shortly after a protest at JFK over Trump’s immigration executive order.
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Sure, you've seen the moon.But have you seen in HD?Here is a beautiful, detailed HD model of the moon.It even spins, so you can see the whole moon.This footage comes courtesy of NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which is a little satellite which has been orbiting the moon for a few years now, taking lots of photos to make this huge composite model.Its main mission is to "identify sites close to potential resources with high scientific value, favourable terrain and the environment necessary for safe future robotic and human lunar missions", but these kind of lovely videos are a nice bonus.
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Did you know that hedgehog villages exist?Before you get too excited, it's not like a model village filled with the spiky friends.It's a regular human people village that tries to be friendly to hedgehogs.There used to be 30 million hedgehogs in Britain in the 1950s, says the BBC in their hedgehog report, but now they number less than a million.They talk to Veronica Tett, from Andrew's Hedgehog Hospital (this is too cute) about how they make Burton Fleming in East Yorkshire a welcoming place for the 'hogs."Slug pellets, strimmers, bonfires," she says, calling out hedgey dangers.
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The Montana congressional race between Democrat Rob Quist and Republican just got a little more colorful.In the spot above, Quist downgrades his opponent as a “millionaire from New Jersey” (the tag previously has been “billionaire”) and takes a bullseye shot across some open space at a TV set displaying one of Gianforte’s paid spots.Per guns.com, Gianforte wasted no time firing back at Quist, literally, with an exploding-screen ad of his own.The twist, cleverly, is that Gianforte blows up one of hisBoth ads hit the airwaves April 20.Quist’s is the more successful of the two spots in terms of evoking something like a Clint Eastwood movie feel, but only time will tell who racks up the most YouTube views.
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An event that took place 90 years ago this spring at the Bath Consolidated School north of East Lansing.The headline “World’s Worst Demon” is a reference to how the farmer who dynamited the school, Andrew Kehoe, was described by neighbor Monty Ellsworth, who would go on to write the book The Bath School Disaster.The final death toll of 45 included 38 children.Unlike the school killings that would later follow it, among them Columbine High School, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook Elementary, the Bath event did not spur debate about mental health.A New York Times article that ran at the time described Kehoe as the “Michigan maniac” in the headline and as a “madman” in the first sentence.The sign on the [Kehoe farm] fence [which read ‘Criminals are made, not born], the article author wrote, “may give an inkling to the psychology of the man who with measured deliberation, it is believed, attempted to wreak vengeance on this community for what he felt was the high tax imposed on him and other financial troubles … He was notified last June that the mortgage on his farm would be foreclosed, and that may have been the circumstance that started the clockwork of anarchy and madness in his brain.
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Microsoft’s upcoming May 2nd event is only a few weeks away, and while we already know it will focus on education, new information has emerged that hints we’ll finally see the debut of Windows 10 Cloud, a scaled-back version of the operating system designed to compete with Chrome OS on low-spec hardware.Among the new details are a list of minimum specs for Windows 10 Cloud, revealing how such devices running the OS would compare to Google’s Chromebooks.The leaked specs list comes from a Microsoft document that was published by Windows Central, titled “Windows 10 Cloud performance.” Among the benchmarks for hardware running the OS include a battery life of over 10 hours, or “all day” for “most students,” and a 20-second boot-up time.The recommended minimum specs are similarly modest, allowing for devices to be affordable for students: a quad-core Celeron processor or better, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (or 64GB for 64-bit), and optional pen and touch support.Unveiling Windows 10 Cloud at an education-focused event makes perfect sense, as that’s the market where Chromebooks are most succeeding.The fact that performance benchmarks are directly compared with Google’s Chrome OS hardware indicates we’ll likely see Windows 10 Cloud-branded devices at some point as well.
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Fox has announced that the hit sci-fi TV series is getting another limited run season that will begin airing later this year.Both stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are confirmed to be reprising their roles as FBI agents Mulder and Scully, respectively, while the show’s creator, Chris Carter, will be executive producer.The X-Files originally ran from 1993 to 2002, and was first renewed for a six-episode 10th season that aired early last year.The show’s revival worked out for both Fox and viewers, as the season was one of the highest-watched dramas of 2016, bringing in almost 16 million viewers.This time around, however, the network has ordered 10 new episodes, with production to begin this summer.“Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators — these are the hallmarks of great TV shows.
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Smartphones have gone from tech luxury to gadget essential in recent years, and now many of us couldn’t imaging living without one.According to Facebook, however, we could all be about to ditch our handsets for something new.Instead of tablets or foldable devices, the social networking behemoth has claimed that smartphones will be superseded by a specific type of high-tech wearable.Speaking at the company’s annual developer conference, Facebook has predicted that lightweight smart glasses will replace smartphones as our go-to everyday gadget of choice as early as 2022.While that might should like a long way off, it’s the same timeframe in which we moved from the original iPhone to iPhone 4S.More than a simple pair of smart specs, the glasses will reportedly utilise augmented reality to overlay the everyday world with a mass of contextually aware information.
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The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a great smartphone, but its not without its faults.Chief amongst these is the positioning of its integrated fingerprint scanner.With the phone having ditched its predecessor’s biometrics hosting physical home button, Samsung has been forced to relocate the phone’s fingerprint scanner, positioning it on the rear of the device.Now, latest reports have suggested Apple will follow suit, moving the iPhone 8’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner to the back of the upcoming phone.The blueprint designs, surfaced via reputed Apple tipster Sonny Dickson, have shown off a phone with a cut-out for a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.While the repositioning is sure to annoy many, it looks set to be less frustrating that the S8’s offering.
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