Yesterday was the last official day the old rounded poin coins were classified as legal tender, which means from now they're much, much harder to get rid of.Rather than letting that money go to waste, there are things you can do.If you go to the bank and make a deposit, you can still use the old pound coins and add them to your existing balance.So if you still have a big bag of old pound coins lying around, it's probably a good idea to ring ahead and check.Despite it being mentioned in passing over the past couple of weeks, the Post Office will not be swapping pound coins for people.Tesco, Poundland and Aldi have all confirmed that they will be accepting the old pound coins for a short period of time following yesterday's deadline.
Soho-based Lab, an independent full-service digital agency, has announced that Rosita Wijngaarde has joined the performance marketing team as managing partner to drive strategic growth by offering a uniquely transparent and end-to-end solution for marketers.With the recent disruption and lack of accountability in the media and performance marketing industry, Lab believes that by offering a truly transparent solution with end-to-end accountability it will help to restore some of the lost credibility.Lab founder and managing director, Jonny Tooze, said: “You don’t have to be a genius in human behaviour to see that everyone is getting a bit fed up.The lack of accountability, attribution or just valid data for advertisers has got to stop and we want to be the agency to do something about it.What’s great about bringing Rosita on board is that she is an industry leader who feels the same as we do, and she’s joined us with a mission to win some brilliant clients who just want a completely different experience.”The E2E offering is an integrated solution that combines business consultancy, creative design, UX and digital performance marketing.
"Krack" cyberattack technique can give attackers who are in range access to your data.The WPA2 protocol that secures all modern WiFi networks used by smartphones, routers, laptops and internet-of-things (IoT) devices has been cracked, meaning that all data transmitted over such connections is open to hackers and cybercriminals, research suggests.The issues were found by Mathy Vanhoef, a security researcher at Belgian university KU Leuven.The flaw, not actually in products but instead found in the WiFi standard itself, means that credit card numbers, passwords, chats, emails and documents could all be hijacked."Any device that uses WiFi is likely vulnerable," the security expert warned – a shocking assertion as so much of modern technology relies on the networks.He said any information previously thought to be encrypted is currently at risk, adding that the technique – branded Key Reinstallation Attack, or "Krack" – is able to bypass the security of devices running Android, Linux, Windows, MediaTek, OSX and more.
One of the biggest players in the dedicated gaming hardware scene is getting ready to take on the smartphone market.A debut smartphone from gaming PC and peripheral-maker Razer has been expected ever since it acquired Nexbit in January, but thanks to a new leak we finally have our first good look at the mysterious device.Eagle-eyed phone fans first spotted the angular 'Razer Phone' in the pocket of Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, and the latest photo, obtained by Techbyte, really shows off its squared-edges and all-black finish.There's also the signature Razer logo, which occupies pride of place on the phone's rear.If the phone is anything like Razer's usual products then the serpentine insignia will probably light up and change colour.Just above the logo sits a dual-camera unit alongside an LED flash.
Every since Rebellion announced it would be bringing the world of Judge Dredd to TV in the form of Mega City One, there has been speculation as to whether or not Karl Urban would reprise his role as the city's most famous judge.He's been coy about it in previous months, but now he's said exactly what it would take for him to return to the helmet.Screen Rant spoke to Urban at a press junket for the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok last week, and the topic of Judge Dredd came up:“Well, Rebellion, who owns the rights to Judge Dredd, are currently developing a television series called Mega-City One, and I’ve had many discussions with them about my involvement of which I am interested, and I said to them, ‘Listen, if you write a character that has a function and a purpose and contributes to the overall story, then I might be very interested in reprising that role.’ I certainly wouldn’t want to step into it and just pay lip service to the movie.There has to be some material there that warrants further exploration of that character.So the ball’s in their court.”
The new trailer for The Last Jedi is here, it’s “raw,” and Kylo Ren has some thoughts.Courtesy of a pretty solid impression by YouTube channel Auralnuts, this reaction video comes straight from the mouth of the Star Wars universe’s angriest, least stable boy.He’s pretty hype, that’s for sure, considering the trailer showcases his future.“I have no idea how this is going to play out,” he says.And trust me, no one is as angry at the trailer’s possibly misleading cuts and implications as Kylo Ren.Not that you can blame him.
Ordinary, stupid human mistakes are more than bad enough.For example, Accenture left hundreds of gigabytes of private user and corporate data on four unsecured Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 cloud servers.What did you need to dig into this treasure trove?With those, an attacker could have also taken control of all the company’s encrypted AWS data.According to a survey from RedLock, a public cloud security company, “53% of organizations using cloud storage services such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) had inadvertently exposed one or more such services to the public.”Worse still, “it appears that this is trending upwards despite growing awareness about the risks of misconfigurations; earlier in May this number was 40%.”
Credit-reporting agency Equifax, which has been embroiled in a richly-deserved sea of anger after losing the sensitive personal and financial info of at least 145 million people to hackers, found itself in yet another hole this week after its website began redirecting users to malware .On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported the problems with the site began because Equifax was still using a defunct web analytics plugin called Fireclick which had since been taken over by scammers.Malwarebytes Corp. researchers investigated the matter and discovered that Digital River, the company which made Fireclick, discontinued the service in mid-2016 and subsequently released the Netflame.cc domain where it was hosted.That domain was subsequently acquired by scammers and used to host “fraudulent online surveys, adware and software designed to steal online-banking credentials,” Malwarebytes analyst Jerome Segura told the Journal, adding that he had discovered a similar security hole on competitor TransUnion’s Central American site.According to the paper, the likeliest explanation is Central Source LLC, a joint venture between Equifax and TransUnion to run annualcreditreport.com which had a Fireclick contract which expired in May 2014.Picking up expired or abandoned domains is a common tactic to lure unsuspecting web users into clicking on sketchy sites or to hijack obsolete code running on older websites.
There was a Europe-wide outcry in the summer of 2017 as it emerged that hatching eggs were being treated with the insecticide fipronil, which is harmful to health.The eggs themselves were not treated directly with fipronil, but sitting hens infested with chicken lice were - and they passed on the toxic substance onto their eggs.But hatching eggs come into contact with toxic substances in quite legal, standardised ways.To prevent and fight against bacterial contaminations, the common practice of treating hatching eggs with formaldehyde has been carried out in European large-scale hatcheries for many years.A promising and eco-friendly option based on useful microorganisms has just been successfully tested by researchers at TU Graz, the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib) and the biotech start-up Roombiotic on a pre-industrial laboratory scale.The results have just been published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports.
The Blackview S8 is the latest smartphone adopting the full-screen design philosophy to come into the market.Blackview’s handset is also one of the more affordable alternatives though and that’s what makes it interesting.Let’s learn a bit more about the phone!As we just mentioned, the Blackview S8 comes with the trendy full-screen design, in this case more inspired from the Samsung S8 as opposed to the Xiaomi Mi MIX.The smartphone features a really high 90% screen-to-body ratio and a beautifully crafted body with a metal frame and a glossy looking back cover.The Blackview S8 is equipped with a large 5.7-inch display coated with IVO 2.5D glass to increase both durability and looks.
So it’s not surprising that the live action trailer is focused on reassembling the squad.It’s no Destiny 2 live action trailer, but it has its own charm.Instead of dressing actors up in WWII garb and trying to depict actual gameplay, the CoD: WWII live action trailer shows would-be players running around town to find the other members of their squad.The beta came out in late August, and has since ended.But if you want to take a look at the actual gameplay, you can check out the multiplayer trailer here.
Finally, after so many days of leaks and speculation, the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro have finally arrived.The phones sport beautifully crafted 3D glass bodies, Huawei’s own in-house Kirin 970 processor and the usual Leica dual camera setup on the back.Let’s take a closer look to find out.The NPU will supposedly be what will allow the devices to improve their speed and power efficiency.The dedicated mobile processing unit uses machine learning and works with EmUI 8.0 to get faster.The 5.9-inch display also has a 2K resolution, and has an impressive maximum brightness of 730nits.
Remember when Facebook was just a utility that helped you find your friends’ email addresses?The post announcing this previously tested food ordering feature details a truly dreadful present and an even more dreadful future.Ordering food for takeout or delivery is supposed to be simple.First you need to decide what to eat, then you have to sift through a bunch of options and services.In fact, it’s one of the most streamlined experiences ever, thanks to the likes of JustEat and Hungry House.The social network appears to be picking up the scraps left behind in some weird convergence of new revenue streams, novel advertising opportunities, and good old fashioned data collection.
The LIGO and VIRGO detectors only operated simultaneously for a few weeks, but they were a remarkably busy few weeks.And, because neutron stars don't swallow everything they encounter, the gravitational waves were accompanied by photons, including an extended afterglow.The number of major astrophysical issues cleared up by this collision is impressive.And heavy elements like gold were detected in the debris, indicating that these mergers are a source of elements that would otherwise be difficult to produce in a supernova.Finally, the gravitational waves from this event were detected over a period of roughly 100 seconds, which should allow a detailed analysis of their production.Neutron stars are the product of supernovae where the star doing the exploding doesn't have sufficient mass to form a black hole.
Mobile-first challenger banks like Atom and Monzo haven’t just built slick apps that allow their customers to do the basics.They can personalize the app with photos, store financial documents securely in Barclay’s cloud and use mobile PINsentry feature to log in to online banking without a card reader or debit card.One reviewer went so far as to state: “This app is so well designed and feature-loaded it would instantly make me switch from any other UK bank if I weren’t already a member”, which is exactly the type of sentiment banks need to create to ward off challenger banks.JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Santander and BBVA are just a handful of the large banks that have established venture funds that target fintech upstarts.In fact, in some geographic markets, collaborative investments – those made by corporate investors – have accounted for more than half of the investment dollars poured into fintech startups.BBVA had participated in Simple’s first venture funding round and eventually decided to acquire the company for $117 million.
Latest phone offerings from Leagoo are mainly centered around the Leagoo S8 and S8 Pro models, which are riding the current wave of popularity of the phones with 18:9 aspect ratio displays.And these two pieces can be obtained significantly cheaper during the global pre-sale events so it’s worth checking it out.During the presale global campaign there will be daily snap up deals with 50 % discount off the retail price so the phones would be close to dirt cheap if you get lucky.So starting tomorrow October 17th to October 22nd you should definitely try your luck getting, but even if that won’t happen you still get another shot with 999 pieces discounted by $50.You can find all the information about the campaign in here.Display: 5.72 inch SHARP 1440x1080p 18:9 screen
That means your phone won't be fighting against all the others trying to send and receive data.In other words, you'll still be able to update Facebook, send that email attachment and stream your favorite TV show -- even in crowded areas like city centers and stadiums where today's 4G networks often struggle.The conventional wisdom is that the early examples would be for what's called "fixed wireless" connections, bringing fast broadband to your house without having to dig a pesky trench for a fiber-optic cable."What drove industry support is that global demand for mobile broadband continues to rise," said Matt Branda, Qualcomm's director of 5G technical marketing."Things are lining up to make this a reality in 2019 in your smartphones."But the network industry managed to accelerate some parts of the standardization work.
A report, subsequently confirmed by both companies, states that Qualcomm is seeking to ban the sale and manufacture of Apple’s smartphones in China.The story was broken by Bloomberg, which said that Qualcomm had filed law suits at a Beijing intellectual property court, claiming patent infringement and seeking injunctive relief – i.e.a ban on commercial activity.A Qualcomm spokesperson offered a generic confirmation of the action while an Apple spokesperson gave a generic statement on how baseless it all is.This is just the latest phase of a litigation arms race between the two companies.Apple doesn’t like how much money it has to pay Qualcomm for its chips and, as ever, the move to litigation is a consequence of negotiations between the two companies breaking down.
There’s a seismic shift taking place in entertainment – and its effect on digital service providers is profound.On-demand media consumption will change every facet of your service offering – and sooner than you think.Leading service providers are already adopting new strategies to capitalize on the on-demand revolution.Download the new S analyst report: On-Demand – Video’s Present and Future.Please fill in the short form below to receive a copy of this whitepaper - Fields labelled with * are mandatory.You may use these HTML tags and attributes:
Telecoms.com periodically invites expert third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues.In this piece James Crawshaw, senior analyst with industry research firm Heavy Reading, presents his thoughts on the opportunities for automation in the telecom industry.For me, the three key themes coming from this year’s SDN NFV World congress (9-13 October, The Hague) were automation, automation and automation.The basic concept of automation – the replacement of human activities with mechanized processes – is, of course, well established.Many have spent the last decades wrestling with ways to integrate multiple B/OSS systems inherited through acquisitions or new technology rollouts (e.g.Unfortunately, many of the big-bang style transformation programs have gone massively over budget, taken far longer to complete than initially planned and ultimately delivered less impressive results than hoped for.