But goes without saying that it ain't cheapApple has tinkered with its iPad line, resurrecting the Air and administering a bit of mouth-to-mouth to the Mini as the company battles tottering sales.Microsoft canned its Windows RT-based Surface Mini tablet around the same time and many wondered if Apple's shrunken iPad would suffer the same fate as its larger siblings continued to receive upgrades.Put up against tech almost four years old, a cynic might remark "only three?"Physically, the thing looks similar to the outgoing model, with hulking bezels around the screen that only a mother could love.Parents looking for something to slip into little hands on long journeys will be pleased to note that Apple has not been courageous enough to remove the headphone jack.
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A 9.5 tonne bronze statue is arriving in Plymouth by boat, as it's too big to get in by road.It is not of a famous local, and has instead been designed to represent the entire genre of all that is women, as women have traditionally been underrepresented in the worlds of casts and having statues made about them.Creator Joseph Hillier says the 7-metre bronze – called Messenger – represents a "young and as yet relatively unknown female performer" which is therefore suited to her location outside the Theatre Royal Plymouth, where she'll say something about aspirations or art something, or tell the local theatre goers that women can grow up to have statues made of them too, if they act really hard.Hillier carried out his artistic duties by saying something arty about it, explaining: "To represent a woman at this scale and in public space has turned out to be a more revolutionary proposition than I had first considered it; At a moment in our history when female actors have transformed the consensus in western society, about the position of women professionally and generally."
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Every day, startups are innovating ideas that move us towards a sustainable future.It’s more important than ever to make a positive impact on our society and our planet – that’s why these startups should be recognized.Chivas Venture 2019 is a global competition that gives away $1 million in no-strings funding every year to social entrepreneurs that blend profit with purpose.To date, Chivas Venture has already given away $4 million to the most promising startups making a positive impact on our world.We’re proud to say that this year’s top five finalists will go head to head at TNW Conference 2019, where the winner will be announced!After an intensive round of local pitch competitions, the 20 most promising, ambitious, and impactful startups have been chosen.
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Steven Craig Wright, the man who has, on various occasions, claimed to be Bitcoin’s legendary creator (or creators) Satoshi Nakamoto is trying to build a cryptocurrency and blockchain patent empire.A recent Hard Fork investigation showed the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) had published 95 patents applications filed by Wright – all of which were submitted under nChain Holdings Ltd, where he is the chief scientist, a role he’s held for well over three years and the only one featured in his LinkedIn profile.We wanted to delve deeper into the data to understand the true extent of his empire, so we widened our original search criteria to include ‘Wright’ and ‘nChain’ alongside the original terms.Approval relies on whether or not the patent office deems it truly “innovative.”Our most recent analysis found WIPO had published 155 patents filed by Wright over the past 19 months – with the earliest publication date relating to August 31, 2017.If (and only if) the patents are approved, this would mean Craig has the monopoly on the use, production, and distribution of the patented idea, potentially making many in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry considerably uncomfortable.
One of the world’s top 20 banks by asset value, is ditching plans to create its own digital asset – and abandoning all of its cryptocurrency experiments.Instead, it’s betting on a SWIFT.Citibank is not following in the footsteps of JP Morgan with the creation of its own cryptocurrency, believing there are better ways of making improvements to existing financial transaction systems, CoinDesk reports.“Based on our learnings from that experiment we actually decided to make meaningful improvements in the existing rails,” said Citibank global head of innovations for treasury and trade solutions, Gulru Atak.“We are considering the fintechs as well or the regulators around the world as well, including SWIFT.”The bank has been trying to get its blockchain-based “Citicoin” off the ground for some time.
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The horrendous massacre in Christchurch has prompted Sajid Javid to make the traditional vague politician's plea to tech companies to sort it out somehow.Using a platform well known for allowing horrendous things to circulate unchecked, Javid tweeted:You really need to do more @YouTube @Google @facebook @Twitter to stop violent extremism being promoted on your platforms.Using another interesting choice of platform, he writes in the Daily Express:"The live-streaming of these terrorist murders in New Zealand is absolutely repellent.This video is still circulating online and I urge everyone to stop viewing and sharing this sick material.
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Admins can revoke key access to specific messages, channels or usersSlack security has been given a notable upgrade with the launch today of a new encryption management dashboard that provides more granular security permissions for an admin.It can be purchased as an add-on for business users.The Enterprise Key Management (EKM) service allows customers to “bring your own” encryption keys (albeit keys have to be hosted on AWS’ Key Management Service, which provides its own Hardware Security Modules).Slack described the offering as allowing admins detailed logs of all the messages and files and ability to “granularly” revoke key access to specific messages, channels or users, for more bespoke security environments.It comprises “unlimited” work spaces with a centralised admin control panel, with add-ons like EKM.
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“With unique requirements and extremely diverse operations, digital technology deployed in the sector has to meet the highest standards of security and reliability.”Privately owned, public sector-focussed UKCloud has secured £25 million in investment from Cisco strategic collaborator funding group Digital Alpha Advisors.“With unique requirements and extremely diverse operations, digital technology deployed in the sector has to meet the highest standards of security and reliability.London-based UKCloud was founded in 2011 and focuses on public sector contracts providing cloud services for UK governmental bodies such as the Ministry of Justice, the Cabinet Office and Genomics England.Importantly due to the nature of its clients all of UKCloud’s infrastructure is hosted within secure, UK-based Crown Hosting services facilities.Currently its partner programme works with over 300 partners that deliver services such as system integration, MSP and software-as-a-service offering to public sector organisations.
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Fears for vulnerable amid mass migration to online servicesAlmost 4,000 computers have been cut from public libraries in England since 2010, with some 680 internet-connected machines lost in the past year.The figures, collated from Parliamentary information sources by UK Labour's shadow digital and culture team and published by Huffington Post, show the extent of budget cuts on local services across the country.In England, there were 30,967 computers in libraries in 2017-18, an 11 per cent drop from 2010-11.In Wales, however, there was an 11 per cent increase, to 3,152.The overall decline in publicly accessible computers comes amid a greater push for government and other essential service providers, such as banks, to digitise their services to cut costs.
Crucially, it's been given a huge price drop as well - meaning Apple has essentially just slashed the price of one of its Pro models and found a way to make it a 'headline' iPad sale for the next couple of years at least.It's an interesting move, and shows the shift in how Apple is approaching the creation of new products.The Touch ID sensor is there, the Pencil support is for the older model (not the wirelessly charging one), the Lightning connector remains and the stereo speakers are the same.The weight is a touch lighter on the iPad Air (we're talking a few grams), the screen possibly doesn't support 120Hz refresh on the newer model, and battery capacity is slightly lower.In just using the same manufacturing techniques it's developed already, the cost of production is reduced and means less wastage too, as it can maintain many of the same parts.In an era where the 'big new thing' is often massively different for the sake of it, having something that just rebadges the older tech and boosts it where needed is a neat move - both from a cost perspective and environmentally.
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Promising to balance affordability and specifications, the new tablets slot right into the midrange, offering not one but two options for those turned off or priced out of Apple’s existing iPads.The new iPad Air fills a big hole in Apple’s iPad rangeHad you looked at Apple’s iPad line-up yesterday, you’d have been forgiven for assuming that the Cupertino firm had decided there was no market for mid-range tablets.Priced from $499 for the iPad Air WiFi, and from $629 for the iPad Air WiFi + Cellular, it’s right in the sweet spot for those looking for more power than an entry-level iPad, but who don’t quite need (or can’t quite afford) the laptop-replacing iPad Pro at the other end of the scale.And of course, the support for a Smart Keyboard – unlike the iPad’s Bluetooth keyboard support alone – gives those wanting to ditch their Windows or macOS laptop another option versus a Chromebook.Selling a greater number of iPhone XS Max smartphones than iPad mini tablets contributes a lot more to Apple’s bottom line.
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Last month Lego announced two new sets that spawned from Lego Ideas, the user-created range of sets that's brought classics like the Yellow Submarine, TARDIS, DeLorean, and more.One of the announcements was a Lego rendition of classic-Disney short Steamboat Willie, and the company has just announced it'll go on sale on 1st April.Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse made their first appearance in “Steamboat Willie” on November 18, 1928 and have been winning our hearts ever since!Recreate this iconic animation with this new LEGO Ideas set, launching April 1.It's going to cost £80, and comes packing 751 pieces.So it's not going to be the most taxing build, but it still looks quite nice.
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If you’ve been thinking of signing up to Spotify Premium, but haven’t quite made the jump yet, this could give you the final push you needed: Spotify is now giving away a free Google Home Mini to everyone who signs up to a Family Plan.A Spotify Family Plan costs £14.99 per month, and gets you Premium account for up to six family members, which means you can all listen to music without ads, skip tracks, and download music to your device.Want to know what you're getting?Here's our Google Home Mini reviewThe offer will last until May 14, and will need to be redeemed by May 24.It's not just for new customers either; Spotify's website says that "new and existing primary account holders are eligible to redeem a Google Home Mini from the Google Store."
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Penny savers and frugal believers of the world, gather around as we are going to let you into a little secret - flagship phones don't have to cost the world.While the high-end iPhone and Samsung handsets have officially burst through the £1,000 SIM-free mark, some of the best handsets in the world are still holding onto their affordable price-tags.The likes of a OnePlus 6T deal or even the year-old Huawei P20 Pro deals are great ways to get a flagship for less.We've listed our picks of the best deals on our favourite affordable phones below so you can find the one for you.The best deals on these affordable flagship devicesiPhone 8 at Mobiles.co.uk | O2 | £125 upfront (with 10OFF code) | 2GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £26 per month
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These days, the best gaming laptops are packed with more power than we’d ever dreamed of.MSI gaming laptops, especially, packed with Nvidia Turing graphics and Intel Coffee Lake processors are able to play all the latest AAA PC games maxed out at high resolutions – some with real time ray-tracing enabled.Are you all about that eSports life, vying to top the leaderboards in Overwatch or be the last person standing in Apex Legends?This is a lot to think about, but we’ve put our laptop expertise to good use, gathering up the best MSI gaming laptops on the market right now, so that you aren’t left grasping at straws.And, because we’ve included our exclusive price comparison tool, you can be sure you’re only getting the best deal on your shiny new MSI gaming laptop.CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (6GB GDDR6 VRAM, Max-Q) - RTX 2080 (8GB GDDR6 VRAM, Max-Q) | RAM: 16GB - 32GB | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) anti-glare, wide-view 144Hz panel | Storage: 256GB - 512GB M.2 SSD
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We've already heard a bit about what the OnePlus 7 is likely to be through leaked renders and even a 360-degree video.We're expecting an all-screen phone with a pop-up selfie camera and a treble lens array on the back.Now, we also know that the phone will come in three new colourways, all of which have a gradient finish.The leak comes from Tiger Mobiles, and includes a pretty legit-looking image of the new finishes:The colours are apparently called Black Yellow, Black Purple and Cyan Grey.We'd suggest, left to right: The Hornet, The Emo and The 1980s Leisure Centre.
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Plus: UK health service sites contain commercial trackersAll but three of the European Union member states' government websites are littered with undisclosed adtech trackers from Google and other firms, with many piggy-backing on third-party scripts, according to an analysis of almost 200,000 webpages.It found that there were 112 companies slurping up information on EU citizens' browsing habits on the webpages of the governments supposedly fighting the good fight against excess stalking of netizens.Adtech trackers were found on 25 of the 28 member states' sites, with only Spain, Germany and the Netherlands clean of commercial cookies.There were 52 companies identified on France's government sites, 27 on Latvia's and 19 on Belgium's.Indeed, the search giant is described as the "kingpin of tracking" within the report, present on 82 per cent of all the sites and accounting for three of the top five trackers: YouTube, DoubleClick and Google.
Apple made a surprising move this morning, announcing two new iPads by way of a press release instead of the reveal events we’re used to seeing.We doubt many Apple fans will care about the form these announcements took, though, as the company is reviving both the iPad Air and iPad mini lines with these new devices.In the case of the iPad mini, that revival has been a particularly long time coming, as we haven’t seen a new one of those in nearly four years.Both the new iPad mini and iPad Air use Apple’s A12 chip – not the A12X variant that debuted in last year’s iPad Pros.Both of these tablets also ship with Apple Pencil support, and while that’s exciting, there’s one somewhat strange caveat to consider: They only support the first-generation Apple Pencil, not the more recent second-generation one that launched in 2018.In any case, the third-generation iPad Air has been updated with a larger 10.5-inch display, and Apple says that A12 chip gives it a 70% boost in performance and double the graphics capability of the 9.7-inch iPad that once seemed to replace the iPad Air line.
British satellite broadband firm OneWeb says it is on track to launch a commercial service in 2021 after securing $1.25bn in fresh funding.The latest round of funding included Japanese giant Softbank, Qualcomm and the Government of Rwanda and brings the total amount raised by OneWeb to £3.4bn.This, it says, will allow it to start the mass production of satellites following the first successful launch on 27 February.Everything you need to know"This latest funding round, our largest to date, makes OneWeb’s service inevitable and is a vote of confidence from our core investor base in our business model and the OneWeb value proposition," said Adrian Steckel, CEO of OneWeb."With the recent successful launch of our first six satellites, near-completion of our innovative satellite manufacturing facility with our partner Airbus, progress towards fully securing our ITU priority spectrum position, and the signing of our first customer contracts, OneWeb is moving from the planning and development stage to deployment of our full constellation.”
Researchers working for VPNMentor have accused Chinese e-commerce site Gearbest of storing user information in "completely unsecured" Elasticsearch databases after discovering "1.5 million records" which they were able to access through a browser.The wholesaler – which mostly shifts electronics and whose parent firm is Shenzhen e-commerce giant Global Egrow – disputed this, claiming that 280,000 customers' data had been exposed.Whatever the true figure, this is an embarrassing cockup that will do nothing to enhance consumer confidence in the e-shop.VPNMentor's white hats said they had found a treasure trove of personal data spread across three internal databases, including:National ID and passport information"Gearbest's database isn't just unsecured.
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