China’s three major telecommunications network operators are cautious about investments in 5G infrastructure, as revealed by the companies’ 2018 annual results.The combined spending of China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom is expected to reach RMB 286 billion (around $43 billion) in 2019, while their aggregate investment in 5G is estimated to be less than RMB 34 billion.The numbers show that the three giants of China’s telecom industry are cautious about their investments in 5G, given that the country is determined to become the world leader in 5G technologies and roll out 5G for commercial use in 2020.By comparison, the total investments will need to reach RMB 1.23 trillion in order to build China’s 5G networks, according to China Securities International.China Mobile said that the company would continue to conduct 5G network tests and perform trials on business applications to ensure the pre-commercial launch of 5G services this year.The company plans to spend the most among the three operators in 2019, with a capital expenditure of RMB 149.9 billion.
It’s easy enough to see the appeal of Epic’s battle cry: better profits for developers and more choices for users.But in order to effect any significant change, Epic Games is employing some business strategies to get developers on its side.Those same strategies, however, are causing gamers and even some developers to draw the line in the sand, splitting the gaming community into sometimes very vocal camps.Rather than just talk its mouth off, however, the company decided it had enough industry clout, money, and technology to throw at the problem.While yet another digital PC game distribution platform, the Epic Games Store’s biggest carrot was its 88/12 revenue split between developers and itself.In a world that has begrudgingly accepted the 70/30 imposed by almost all stores, that was nothing short of revolutionary.
Control these with your voice, and let them govern the gadgets in your smart home.If you live in an apartment building or a condo, you probably don’t have a hardwired doorbell you can rip out and replace with a smart option.Good news then: Ring’s new battery-powered Door View Cam slots into any existing peephole for an easy fix to that dilemma.If you pay for a $30 yearly cloud-storage subscription, you can check out videoclips from the last 60 days—helpful if you want to sneak a peek at your teen’s comings and goings while you’re out of town or take a gander at who has been sniffing around your bike shed.Train it by tagging friends and relatives in your videofeed, and the system will issue alerts when they arrive.It can announce them by name on your phone’s screen or through any Google Home speaker.
I’ve long thought Withings wearables are the kind of smartwatches that most people actually want to wear.The French company eschews “wrist-computer” designs, opting instead for devices that look and feel like analog watches and—hallelujah!—don’t need to be recharged every night.Withings’ first smartwatch that tracked your activity, the Activité from 2014, even had “swiss-made” emblazoned on it.Smartwatches have grown more sophisticated since then, thanks to an explosion in health-tracking apps and the proliferation of sensors to feed them.So even if you hate the battery-draining displays and toylike straps of nerdwatches, it’s hard to beat their health-measuring features.Which is why Withings’ Move ECG smartwatch caught my eye.
Matteo Franceschetti began optimizing his life long before he started a tech company dedicated to sleep: heart rate monitored on an Apple Watch, a ketogenic diet, Peloton exercise bikes—one at home, one in the office.Looking to squeeze more out of his unconscious hours, Franceschetti created Eight Sleep, to “unlock the full potential” of slumberland.Franceschetti’s mattress ($2,295 for a queen size) hacks the whole sleep experience, starting with thermoregulation—warming as you drift off, then dropping a few degrees, he says, to extend the period of deep sleep.In the morning, the bed’s “thermo alarm” cools you down just enough to speed up your heart rate and make you feel awake.Franceschetti believes these adjustments can help people get the amount of restorative sleep in six hours that would normally take eight: “That will account for six years of waking hours in your life.”Doctors have studied sleep for 50-odd years.
Add convenience and energy-saving perspective to your home with these intelligent gadgets.It may look like a smoke detector, but the RoomMe is really a human detector.The sensor-laden fixture can tell I just walked into the room (by sniffing my smartphone over Bluetooth) and will command connected thermostats, lights, and speakers to calibrate the environment to match my preferences.Here’s the clever bit: One person gets to be the “Room Master” of each sensor, and their desires override everyone else’s—no matter who was in the room first.With this three-outlet, Wi-Fi-connected surge protector, you can introduce any lamp, fan, or appliance to the internet by simply plugging it in.In the accompanying app, users can program devices to go on or off by time of day or when Siri or some other smart device in the home pings them.
Huawei just can’t catch a break with the P30, its upcoming flagship that’s due to be revealed next week.Yesterday, Evan Blass spotted that an event page for the phone on the Huawei website was posted live early (as noted by 9to5Google), confirming the rumors that the phone would feature a quad-camera array, and detailing features including improved nighttime recording, and a new “dual-view” video mode.This video mode, which the page says will be available post-launch in an update, is the most interesting new detail from the page.It suggests that you’ll be able to use two of the phones four cameras — namely the primary lens and the zoom lens — simultaneously, allowing you to see a close-up view and wide-angle view at the same time.This will potentially make it much easier to film fast-moving objects in the distance, where it’s all too easy to lose track of where they are.Huawei’s site doesn’t detail how recording in this mode will actually work however, so it’s unclear whether you’ll record both feeds simultaneously, or whether you choose between them.
UK.gov has admitted it was slow to intervene as it failed to meet “overambitious” targets for the adoption of Verify, and has been accused of splashing £154m on creating an open standard for the identity service.Civil servants were hauled in front of the influential Public Accounts Committee this week to discuss a damning assessment of the Verify scheme that was published by the UK's spending watchdog earlier this month.You are saying really that the previous GDS… had not really tuned into what users, in this case the department users, wanted, needed… You couldn’t carry on beating people up and saying, 'Would you please use the service?Despite acknowledging that some reasons for slow uptake – user demographic and the fact strong nudges can't be used for systems like benefits – should have been predictable, the witnesses attempted to pin the blame on previous leadership teams and other government departments."In 2015, we had only 25 live services across the whole of government, yet we were projecting to have 46 more incorporate Verify over the next few years," said GDS boss Kevin Cunnington.Manzoni did accept some portion of blame, saying he "might have been a bit late in the intervening" but did so "quite heavily" in 2016 – and emphasised that soon after the leadership in GDS and the programme was changed.
Line up all the world's most desirable cars, all the machines that have graced bedroom posters and computer wallpapers over the years, and a significant percentage of those would be Lamborghinis.This is the brand that gave us the decade-defining Countach, the appropriately named Diablo and the outrageously gorgeous Miura.Despite all the exotic and extreme fare the Bologna bull has produced over the decades, nothing in my book is more comprehensively bonkers than the LM002.From concept to execution, this is a vehicle that's hard to square with reality.Finally, Lamborghini engineers decided they'd put the engine in the more traditional position for off-road rigs: up in the nose.And not just any V12: It's the same 5.2-liter lump that powered the LM's stablemate, the Countach.
Following an investigative report by the Atlantic on the prevalence of misinformation on Instagram, the company appears to be scrubbing its platform of some popular anti-vaxxer content.In a sweeping report on misleading content and conspiracy theories at large on Instagram, the Atlantic reported Thursday that anti-vaxxer content was being surfaced on the platform through suggested follows and prominent hashtags.The report follows an announcement by Instagram’s parent company Facebook earlier this month that both were working to curb vaccine misinformation on their sites.Asked about reporting on the content by the Atlantic as well as CNN, a spokesperson for the photo-sharing social platform told the Hill in a statement that it was “looking at ways to minimise recommendations of this content and accounts that post it across Instagram” as part of its ongoing initiative to fight misinformation about health-related topics.The spokesperson told the Hill that immediate measures to combat the spread of misleading information relating specifically to vaccines included blocking hashtags like vaccinescauseautism, vaccinesarepoison, and vaccinescauseids.While the Hill said at the time of its reporting those hashtags remained live, they appeared to have been scrubbed from the platform by late Thursday evening.
Suffice to say, the success of Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel has made it clear that audiences are all about superhero movies starring women.With that in mind, it’s hardly surprising that Danger Girl is now on the horizon.Deadline reports that Jeff Wadlow, who’s best known for directing Kick-Ass 2 but has also directed films like Truth or Dare and Cry Wolf, will direct an adaptation of the IDW comic for Constantin Films.The script was written by Umair Aleem but Wadlow will be doing some rewrites.Danger Girl, which was created by J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell, celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.It follows a group of female secret agents kicking ass all around the world.
“Humans are the single biggest asset cyber criminals have”The Police Federation has defended its decision to wait 11 days before telling its 122,000 uniformed members that it had fallen victim to a ransomware attack on March 9.The attack on the organisation, a de facto union for police officers, affected “a number of databases and systems” it said in a Q on Thursday.“Back up data has been deleted and data has been encrypted and became inaccessible.Email services were disabled and files were inaccessible.”The decision to delay a public statement was the result of the need to protect the integrity of an investigation that involves the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) it added.
In a bid to grow its audience in India, Netflix is trialing cheaper subscriptions that allow access to its streaming video service only on mobile devices, reports The Economic Times.250 ($3.65) a month, comes in at half the price of Netflix‘ cheapest standard plan for users in the country.That could make a lot of sense for the streaming giant, which brought its service to India in 2016, and was soon followed by Amazon’s Prime Video.It’s keen to grow its audience by 100 million with viewers in the country, but it has plenty of work to do; at the end of 2017, IHS-Markit noted that the service had just over half a million subscribers in India.The country has seen the number of smartphone users grow nationwide from 199 million in 2015 to 340 million at the end of 2018, according to eMarketer.India also has the cheapest mobile data plans in the world, making this an ideal location to test subscriptions tailored for personal gadgets.
During the night every conceivable business model, every possible use case and every far-out new bit of radio technology is added to an ever-growing list, physics be damned.The Westminster Forum assembled ministers, regulator Ofcom and the industry to figure out how.In China, where property rights are largely theoretical and voting is ornamental, the government can issue sweeping edicts and simply get the thing built.Let's run through the issues vexing 5G rollout in the UK.In order to really reap the benefits of 5G, densification is going to be required, and therefore it's important to have fibre densely populated high capacity in a city, so that in the future we will be able to turn services on for small cells or macro cells in days rather than months, and allow the radio planning and the deployment of 5G networks to be really fluid and really enabled by that transmission."What it's done in Milton Keynes, Aberdeen and Edinburgh, for example, is comprehensive: new fibre in "every school and every street".
As technology evolves, so do hackers’ techniques, something which puts tremendous pressure on organizations to constantly update their security measures in order to keep their data secure.Encrypt data and install a network firewallControl over the incoming and outgoing network traffic is essential to prevent threats from making way into the company’s operating system.Reward and thank them for bringing up a concerning email, strange attachment, unknown contact or a general bad feeling about something — even if they’re wrong about it.Most attacks against a business’ web-facing software succeed because of security vulnerabilities caused by programming mistakes.Businesses that don’t install the updates are vulnerable.
The 12th edition of arguably one of the biggest cricket tournaments of the world – the Indian Premier League (IPL) – is kicking off tomorrow.Last year, more than 200 million people streamed the tournament online through Hotstar, an India-based streaming service owned by Star TV Network.As the Chennai Superkings are set to take on Royal Challengers Bangalore tomorrow, we thought you might find our guide on how to stream the IPL online handy.If you live in India, you can tune into Hostar’s site or download its iOS or Android app to watch the IPL.You can watch the matches for free, but the stream will be delayed by five minutes.If you want to watch the matches in real-time, you can either subscribe to Hotstar Premium for Rs.999 ($14.50) per year or Rs.199 ($2.89) per month – which gives you access to its library of shows like Game of Thrones, and Silicon Valley – or Hotstar VIP for Rs.365 ($5.30) per year.
They have 113 million more active buyers on an annual basis than JD.com and grew revenue 652% last year.This is measured by a figure called free cash flow, a measure of the cash produced that is free to be used by the firm for whatever they want.Pinduoduo announced 2018 results on March 13, and at first glance it looks like Pinduoduo is producing tons of cash: “net cash provided by operating activities” was over RMB 7.7 billion (about $1.15 billion).Pinduoduo’s most recent press release does not give the components of net cash from operating activities, so I need to go back to their Form F-1 filed on June 29, 2018.According to “Note 2: Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” in Pinduoduo’s IPO prospectus: “Restricted cash represents cash received from consumers and reserved in a bank supervised account for payments to merchants.” Restricted cash is not freely usable and therefore should be excluded from free cash flow.Payables to merchants appear to arise when a customer orders a product, pays for it, and the cash is held in an account waiting to be paid to the merchant.
Doctors have started to come around to the idea that hidden bacteria and viruses in the body can affect our mental health and, over the long term, contribute to diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s.The case study, published in the Journal of Central Nervous System Disease, details a 14-year-old boy who suddenly lost his grip on reality—and the 18-month nightmare he and his family went through before doctors finally found the still-mysterious cause of his breakdown.But in October 2015, he became psychotic, depressed, and even homicidal and suicidal.He suffered hallucinations and delusions that sent him into explosive rages.“Honestly, as a veterinarian, that was one of the saddest parts to hear,” lead author Ed Breitschwerdt, a veterinary internist at North Carolina State University, told Gizmodo.The “stretch mark” lesions that finally unravelled the boy’s mystery ailment, photographed in February 2017.
Takashi Sonoda, chief executive of internet of things company Uhuru, says YES.The idea that an artificial intelligence (AI) device could wholly take over the decision making at the top of the British government is pure dystopian sci-fi, from a technical standpoint as well as a democratic one.That said, Downing Street, like other public and private institutions, should seek to use and adopt machine-learning algorithms as well as other new technologies to help with the governing of the country.The advantages are that decision making – a cornerstone of governance – becomes more accurate and quicker, while fewer resources (which, let’s not forget, are funded by taxpayers) are used.The embrace of AI and the internet of things (IoT) is already underway in the private sector, and the forthcoming 5G roll-out will enhance its effects.As the former Labour foreign secretary Jack Straw has said, ministers face “a box full of decisions and another box full” while in power.
Health secretary Matt Hancock is facing backlash for sharing his personal testimony about health screenings.They highlighted that screening for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) remains controversial.Having done a bit of digging, it seems that they have a point.But I am sceptical of the vigour with which Hancock is being condemned, especially when you consider the NHS website’s own advice on PSA testing.This seems a suitably nuanced approach to medicine that is still evolving, and not wholly incompatible with the health secretary’s own article.I don’t doubt the sincerity of the authors who voiced their concerns over PSA tests, but their own language suggests that they are really concerned about a very different problem facing cancer patients in the UK.