A freelance videographer has filed a class action lawsuit against Adobe on behalf of mortified users that watched their files vanish due to a bug in video-editing software Premiere Pro.Even if this nightmare scenario hasn’t come up yet, all Premiere users should take note.He alleges that an update to Premiere Pro came with a flaw in the way it handles file management that resulted in the deletion of 500 hours of video clips that he claims were worth around $250,000 (£200,000).Adobe has acknowledged the bug and issued an update, so you might want to make sure that you’re on the latest version of Premiere.Premiere creates redundant video files that are stored in a “Media Cache” folder while a user is working on a project.This takes up a lot of hard drive space, and Cooper instructed the video editing suite to place the folder inside a “Videos” directory on an external hard drive, according to court documents.
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Court of Appeal rules it's wrong to assume regulator should pony up for cases it losesThe Court of Appeal has ruled that legal costs from BT Openreach's dark fibre bunfight against UK telcos will be reconsidered by the Competition Appeal Tribunal.Yesterday's judgment was solely about who ought to pay whose legal bills for the case, which revolves around market design cockups made by Ofcom when the regulator tried to create a new dark fibre market based around spare capacity in Openreach's cable network.Those gaffes were all in Ofcom's Business Connectivity Market Review from 2016, which dealt with the leased line market, of which dark fibre forms a part."Dark fibre" is fibre-optic cable in an operator's network that is not being used; the antonym of the term being "lit up".Other telcos wanted to be able to light up BT Openreach's cables for their own purposes, reasoning that in law the one-time state monopoly owed them access.
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By positioning Theranos as a tech company in the heart of the Valley, [founder and CEO Elizabeth] Holmes channeled this fake-it-until-you-make-it culture, and she went to extreme lengths to hide the fakery.If more than one person entered at a time, sensors set off an alarm and activated a camera that sent a photo to the security desk.As Holmes herself liked to point out in media interviews and public appearances at the height of her fame, doctors base 70 percent of their treatment decisions on lab results.Under this theory, Balwani was Holmes’s Svengali and molded her – the innocent ingénue with big dreams – into the precocious young female startup founder that the Valley craved and that he was too old, too male, and too Indian to play himself.And with actions that ranged from blackmailing her chief financial officer to suing ex-employees, she had displayed a pattern of ruthlessness at odds with the portrait of a well-intentioned young woman manipulated by an older man.“I make all the decisions here.” Her annoyance was so palpable that he thought he’d blown the interview.
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Fortnite: Battle Royale season 6, week 8 challenges are pretty standard this week, but at least they're more interesting than what Epic Games gave us last week.Last week featured dull damage-dealing challenges and one where the only goal was to destroy trees.We still haven't seen any of the scavenger hunt-like "search between" quests so far in season 6, but there is a challenge this week that we've never seen before (and can't predict how to solve it).As always, challenges are subject to change by Epic Games by the time they go live early Thursday, but here are this week's leaked challenges:Stage 1: Visit Lonely Lodge and Retail Row in a single match (0/2)Dance with a fish trophy at different named locations (0/7)
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Huawei is expanding its retail presence in the UAE with its third store in Dubai opening at the Mall of the Emirates today.The new store is based around Huawei's Intelligent Life concept that was introduced in China and is making its way across the globe.David Wang, UAE Country Manager, Huawei Consumer Business Group, said: “The United Arab Emirates is essential to Huawei's retail expansion strategy and Huawei’s goals of global leadership in the industry.We are proud to shape the retail landscape for consumers in the UAE with the launch of the flagship HES in Mall of the Emirates."According to Huawei, the store is a comfortable futuristic space inspired by nature and allows customers to have hands-on experience and explore the latest technology innovations from Huawei.The stores will house Huawei’s achievements in Artificial Intelligence and showcase all of the latest devices such as the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro, HUAWEI Watch GT, the Matebook X Pro and other products including tablets, fitness trackers and connected accessories.
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It's been a while since we had some news from Raspberry Pi, which is a shame because everyone loves a slice of those mini computer boards.But the silence has now been broken with the announcement that the company has a new Pi board to share with us.It's called the Raspberry Pi A+, and it's designed to be all sort of low.Specifically low price, and low power.The A+ is designed to sit somewhere between the dirt-cheap Pi Zero and the top-tier Pi 3 Model B+ in all ways.That means it's more functional and more expensive than the former and less than the latter, while also maintaining a small form factor.
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Despite a lull in new game titles being approved, revenue in China’s gaming sector should recover by late 2019 and rebound by 2020, but gaming companies will continue to feel pressure on their profit margins, according to a report by market research firm Niko PartnersThe lack of approvals comes after the State Administration of Radio and Television (SART) was formed in March to replace the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT), which in turn forms part of a broader push by the Chinese government to strengthen its control over cultural policies.The Ministry of Culture, which also oversaw approvals is also in the throes of restructuring.However, the regulatory upheaval has yet to be completed and new game titles haven’t been published since March, resulting in diminishing revenue and slow growth in the industry.Niko Partners says the restructuring is due to be complete by the end of 2018, but agencies have until April 2019.In October, Chinese regulators also limited game publication through a process known as the “green channel,” the only official way to get games on the market since the government froze new approvals.
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Like we anticipated in August, Instagram has rolled out a dashboard that lets you set daily time limits for using the app, and an option to temporarily mute push notifications.This is in line with the ongoing attempts by Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, to introduce new features in its apps to to help users fight social media addiction.The new feature can be accessed through the ‘Your Activity’ menu in the app, which you can find by tapping the hamburger icon in the top-right corner of your profile page.It’s available as a dashboard, and shows you the time you’ve spent in the app over the last week, along with an estimate of the average time spent every day.You can also set a daily time limit for the app; if you cross it, Instagram will alert you with a notification.The hard part is acknowledging the alert, and actually closing the app and going outside for a change.
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Take malware for example - .these sneaky exploits can sneak their way onto your devices without you knowing, then transmit your private information to criminals anywhere in the world.Unfortunately, the end result could be anything from fraudsters emptying your bank account to having all of your information held hostage until a ransom is paid to access to all your important files again.When your sensitive information is stored somewhere such as a doctor’s office, department store database or credit union, your information is only as safe as the weakest online security these companies use.Yes, it’s free and you’ve saved some cash in the process, which may help if you are on a tight budget.Many services will provide you the basic level protection needed, meaning you may have to upgrade to the paid software version to get fully comprehensive coverage.Free software may not always be able to keep up with the dynamic changes in the cyber landscape or may also come loaded with annoying pop-up advertisements that can slow your device.
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Another US government panel has warned of the dangers of over-reliance on Chinese tech vendors: the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.The commission released its 2018 annual report today, and in it warned that China's plans to dominate two key tech sectors – the Internet of Things, and 5G – represented a threat to US critical infrastructure.The report noted “significant state funding for domestic firms and 5G deployment, limited market for foreign competitors, China-specific technical standards, increased participation in global standards bodies, localisation targets, and alleged cyber espionage and intellectual property theft” as problematic, both in security and competitive terms.The well-known insecurity of IoT devices, plus their frequent dependence on vendor servers, also got a serve.The data collected by Things can “reveal information the user did not intend to share”, the report noted, and “US data could be exposed through unsecure [sic] IoT devices, or when Chinese IoT products and services transfer US customer data back to China, where the government retains expansive powers to access personal and corporate data.”The commission also warned about China's central role in the global tech supply chain, something highlighted by the huge-if-true (but widely discredited) Super Micro "motherboard tampering" story.
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Amazon may be working to rid itself of Oracle database software, but the box-and-bit shifting biz can't get enough of Oracle's coffee-themed programming technology, Java.To be fair, Java belongs to everyone.Oracle still owns the Java trademark.But the open source implementation of the Java Platform, Standard Edition, known as OpenJDK, comes without the risk of treading on the trademark of Java's notoriously litigious steward.In keeping with its Java affinity, Amazon's rent-a-server subsidiary AWS is now offering Amazon Corretto, which isn't, as its name suggests, a shot of espresso with a shot of liquor.Rather it's a no cost distribution of OpenJDK for AWS customers and anyone else who wants it, wrapped in the obligatory coffee reference.
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Grab today unveiled its remittance offering under Grab’s financial services arm.This marks a significant milestone towards Grab’s vision for one ASEAN e-wallet that will deepen financial inclusion for the region’s growing middle-class consumers and micro-entrepreneurs.As the region’s first wallet-to-wallet remittance product, Grab’s remittance product will allow both banked and unbanked senders to remit money instantly and securely to receivers in another country using their GrabPay wallets.As opposed to existing options in the market, receivers can access transferred funds instantaneously.Recipients will be able to cash out the remitted sum, or use it to make payments and complete transactions directly from their GrabPay wallet.Grab – which will take overall responsibility as the guarantor for transferred funds – said the remittance product will be followed by a multi-currency “ASEAN travel-wallet” that tourists and international workers can use across the region.
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I’ve been mad about Pocket Casts for ages, because while it’s been a reliable podcast player for Android and iOS over the years, it hadn’t been updated to include some basic features that others had – despite being a paid product.It’s now been overhauled with a glorious redesign, and I’m happy to report that it’s back in my good graces as a result.For starters, it’s solved my biggest gripe with the app.You can now tap on podcast cover art across various screens in the interface to learn more about the show.That’s handy for when you’re subscribed to some 300 podcasts and can’t remember what each of them are about.The update also brings a couple more key features: you can now play podcasts without first subscribing to them (great for checking out recommended shows quickly), and you can also search for individual episodes by using words from the show notes in your queries.
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Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, is the deputy chief of the government's cybersecurity strategy office and he is also the minister in charge of the the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which Japan will host.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe handpicked Sakurada last month to lead Japan's cyberspace defenses and Olympic cyber-preparations.Yoshitaka Sakurada, is the deputy chief of Japan's vaunted cybersecurity strategy office and is also the minister in charge of the Olympic Games that Tokyo will host in 2020.Depite these responsibilities, Sakurada has admitted that he has never used a computer, and is more or less baffled by the very idea of a USB drive and what it might do, according to a report the Guardian published on Wednesday.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promoted Sakurada, 68, to the joint posts in October, despite his left-field selection having never held a Cabinet position before during his 18 years in Japan's Diet or parliament.It was in the Diet, on Wednesday however, Sakurada came clean and admitted he is not a big computer person.
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WhatsApp is testing a new feature that should make it easier to add people to your contact list using QR codes, reports WABetaInfo.The report notes that the feature was spotted in a test version of WhatsApp on iOS, but it’ll be available on Android as well.The report suggests that each user will have their own shareable QR Code; you can add someone to your contact list by scanning the code with your phone’s camera.WhatsApp will fill out your contact’s info automatically when it successfully reads the QR code.Additionally, WhatsApp will let users revoke the code so it can’t be used indefinitely.WhatsApp is also testing a refreshed interface for adding new contacts directly from the app.
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Icy planet within cosmic spitting distance of humanityVarious science-fiction authors – notably Douglas Adams, Arthur C. Clarke and Michael Moorcock – have written about an alien world around Barnard's Star, which at six light years away is relatively close to our corner of the galaxy.If the futurists at the Breakthrough Starshot campaign are right, we could get a probe to such a system within 30 years from launch using today's tech.“Barnard’s star is among the nearby red dwarfs that represents an ideal target to search for exoplanets that could someday actually be reached by future interstellar spacecraft,” said Steven Vogt, professor emeritus of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz in the US, and coauthor of the paper on the planet which will be published in Nature.The planet, snappily dubbed GJ 699 b, is estimated to be 3.2 times the mass of Earth and orbits the dim red dwarf star every every 233 days.It's far enough away from the star to make it a most likely frozen planet, with an estimated surface temperature of -150C (-238 in Freedom units).
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While you can replace a lot of desktop apps with online equivalents when using a Chromebook—and even run Linux apps—you can’t exactly transfer your local media library wholesale from Windows or macOS to your thin and light laptop.Of course we’re not privy to exactly how you’ve got your local library set up at the moment, or your programs of choice, but you should find enough options in the list below to work out some kind of solution.Some rely on keeping another laptop or desktop around to serve media to your Chromebook, but you can also transfer everything to the cloud if you’re getting rid of your original computer.The only media files you can’t transfer at all to Chrome OS are iTunes movies and TV shows.On a very basic level, you can hand over a few pounds a month to Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Dropbox, or another service, upload all your video and audio content to the cloud, and then stream it through the web interface of your chosen service.All the apps we’ve just mentioned (and several more besides) will be only too happy to stream audio and video through a Chrome OS web tab, as long as they’re saved in a popular format, and unencumbered by any kind of DRM protection (so iTunes video is out, as we’ve already mentioned).
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CLEVELAND--Houses have been getting progressively "smarter" for decades, but the next generation of smart homes may offer what two Case Western Reserve University scientists are calling an "Internet of Ears."But a pair of electrical engineering and computer science professors in the Case School of Engineering have been experimenting with a new suite of sensors.This system would read not only the vibrations, sounds--and even the specific gait, or other movements--associated with people and animals in a building, but also any subtle changes in the existing ambient electrical field.While still maybe a decade or so away, the home of the future could be a building that adjusts to your activity with only a few small, hidden sensors in the walls and floor and without the need for invasive cameras."We are trying to make a building that is able to 'listen' to the humans inside," said Ming-Chun Huang, an assistant professor in electrical engineering and computer science.Huang is leading the research related to human gait and motion tracking, while Soumyajit Mandal, the T. and A. Schroeder Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, focuses on vibration sensing and changes in the existing electrical field caused by the presence of humans or even pets.
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Regenerative braking is a pretty cool technology, and it definitely works to help extend the range of an electric vehicle, but is it enough to charge an EV on its own?One intrepid YouTuber wanted to find out, so in a video published recently, he decided to flat-tow his Model 3 with another car.In case you're not familiar with how regenerative braking works, it basically uses the motion of the wheels to turn the armature inside the electric motor to generate current.Essentially, it turns your EV's drive motor into a big alternator.In theory, this should allow a driver to use a tow strap to pull their electric vehicle and put some charge in their battery.In this instance, Matt from the channel Tech Forum used a 2013 Ford C-Max Energi to flat-tow his Model 3 with Version 9 software around a small residential loop at speeds of around 20 miles per hour.
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5G is barely ready and yet China already has a plan to develop 6G systems.The country expects to formally begin research and development works for the sixth generation wireless systems in 2020, state media Securities Times reported this week.It cited Su Xin, leader of a 5G wireless technology working group at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.The country expects to roll out 6G services commercially by 2030, according to Su, with conceptual research having begun this year.6G could reportedly offer transmission speeds over 10 times faster than 5G, and theoretically, download speeds could reach 1TB per second, according to Su.6G could also bring "revolutionary changes" to wired and wireless network structures by extending services to broader areas and higher altitudes, connecting devices more efficiently.
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