Well, Netflix said they'd be doubling down on interactive content after Bandersnatch, and they clearly meant it.The streaming platform has just announced its next choose-your-own-adventure show, and they've taken the 'adventure' part seriously – it's a Bear Grylls series called You vs. Wild.The show will be classic Bear-Grylls-travelling-the-world fare, but with the addition of interactivity whereby you can choose what Grylls does.However, while you probably can make him drink piss again, you can't kill him – VP of Netflix Original Series Cindy Holland told The Verge that it wouldn't be as dark as Bandersnatch.Netflix announced the series with an appropriately interactive video:You vs. Wild will hit Netflix on the 10th of April.
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In Australia, a suite of high-profile cryptocurrency investors (including accused drug trafficker and former football coach Mark “Bomber” Thompson) are preparing to take their Bitcoin BTC fund manager to court over $14.2 million (AU$20 million) in losses.Stefanos Papanastasiou (39), founder of what claims to be Australia‘s first online bed retailer, is under fire by a number of disgruntled investors who had been convinced of his power to reduce volatility in the cryptocurrency markets, reports The Age.Under the name Stefan Papas, he reportedly told clients he had spent $355,000 (AU$500,000) to develop a special computer algorithm capable of providing massive financial returns on money contributed to his fund, dedicated to trading Bitcoin and Ethereum tokens.Thompson, the disgraced AFL coach and accused ecstasy trafficker, is noted to have contributed more than $709,000 (AU$1 million) Papanastasiou’ fund, alongside notable lawyers and business figures.Property developer Savvas Alexiadis (Sam) and his wife have already taken action.Reported legal documents showed claims of being owed more than $1.9 million (AU$2.7 million) from investments made between July and November 2017 – just as the infamous $20,000 bull market was reaching full steam.
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Microsoft has just added the OpenXR standard to its Windows Mixed Reality devices, which aims to make it easier to port virtual reality apps and games between platforms.Virtual reality has a lot of potential, but the number of different platforms and hardware makes things complicated – especially with certain games being exclusive to different devices.For example, Robo Recall is only available on the Oculus Rift.If you’re a HTC Vive owner, then there’s no official way to play that game – though there are a few fiddly workarounds.While OpenXR won’t stop platforms from having exclusive games, it does mean that if an exclusive game moved to another platform, the process would be much easier.It could also potentially make it possible to use different headsets with different platforms, for example using the PlayStation VR headset on a PC.
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A hacker by the name of Gnosticplayers is trying to sell more than 26 million user records on the dark web in exchange for $5,000 worth of Bitcoin (1.2431 BTC).This is the fourth data dump posted on Dream Market – an online darknet marketplace founded in late 2013 – by the hacker, who previously put up more than 840 million user records since mid-February.The new data dump includes files from six new companies including Indonesian e-commerce unicorn Bukalapak, which as of last year had more than 50 million users and processed half a million transactions per day.Other affected businesses include GameSalad, a game development platform; Estante Virtual, a Brazilian book store; Coubic, an online task manager, Notebook app LifeBear; and YouthManual, an Indonesian student career site.Coubic told ZDNet it was looking into the breach.LifeBear said “most likely” its servers were hacked, but added it was still investigating.
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The UK Space Agency has also contributed to the OneWeb project, last February they committed £18 million in funding to the UK-based company.London-based satellite communication company OneWeb has secured a further £941 million ($1.25 billion) in a funding round led by SoftBank Group Corp.This brings the total amount raised by OneWeb to $3.4 billion, the latest round also included investment from Qualcomm Technologies and Grupo Salinas.The company is aiming to establish global connectivity using a constellation of 650 satellites operating in a low-earth orbit.Initially the project hopes to provide global connectivity at speeds of 500mb/s with a latency under 50ms.The service could be instrumental for emergency services as it would provide instant connectivity in hard-to-reach locations.
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While there has been no shortage of advice and guidelines on how to prepare for MTD, the implications of the latter are less clear.Even this close to the deadline, businesses are still uncertain as to how Brexit will affect their operations.Brexit and GDPR: what businesses should be doing to prepare for a ‘no deal’ scenarioPreparing for a withdrawal agreementIn the event of a withdrawal agreement, the EU and the government negotiated a withdrawal period running from Brexit on 29th March to December 2020, during which, there will be virtually no changes to trade or tax for businesses.In the world of manufacturing, we have seen manufacturers assessing the impact on supply chain and those functioning on ‘just in time’ businesses models, reconsidering the viability of this approach post-Brexit.
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Z refresh cycles slows, bruises Big Blue's server revenueIBM's worldwide server sales took a turn for the worse in Q4, declining by almost a third as the dust settled on the Z mainframe refresh rush.The latest stats from Gartner show server vendor revenues climbed globally by an estimated 17.8 per cent in the closing quarter of 2018 to $21.8bn, and all of the major players reported gains – all, that is, except Big Blue.Kiyomi Yamada, senior principal analyst, said hyperscale and service providers continued to splash the cash on their data centres, "albeit at lower levels than at the start of the 2017".Dell EMC again ruled the server market with growth of 22.7 per cent to $4.42bn, giving it a 20.2 per cent share of global sales, up from 19.4 per cent a year earlier.HPE came in a comparatively distant second with revenues of $3.876bn, up 8.4 per cent, giving it market share of 17.7 per cent, down from 19.3 per cent.
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Rita Skeeter makes move from Hogwarts to Westeros!”Miranda Richardson, who played the evil journalist in the Harry Potter franchise, is joining the upcoming, as-yet untitled Game of Thrones prequel series, according to TV Line.The show is set thousands of years before the events of the current HBO series, as Westeros transitioned from a prosperous “Age of Heroes” into “The Long Night.” As is the case with most other actors who have been cast on the show, there’s no word on who Richardson is playing, just that it’s a significant role.Richardson, a two-time Oscar nominee whose varied career has also included projects like The Crying Game, Rubicon, and Chicken Run, joins a cast that features Naomi Watts in a starring role as well as Naomi Ackie (Star Wars Episode IX), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia), Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans), Denise Gough (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt), Jamie Campbell Bower and Toby Regbo (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Sheila Atim (Harlots), and Alex Sharp (How to Talk to Girls at Parties) in supporting roles.Martin is producing the show and Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) is the showrunner.The pilot is expected to shoot later this year, so odds are we won’t have to wait as long as we did for the upcoming season of Thrones to see its follow-up prequel.
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Chinese Student Receives 10-Year Jail Term for JD.Com Fraud – Yicai GlobalWhat happened: A court in the central China province of Hunan has sentenced a college student with the surname Wang to more than 10 years of imprisonment and fined him RMB 80,000 (around $11,900) for scamming Chinese online retailer JD.com out of RMB 1.1 million in 2017.Wang, along with accomplices, exploited an identification loophole in JD Finance’s credit payment service, Baitiao, and created multiple fake Baitiao accounts in order to buy electronic devices on credit and resell them online.JD fixed the issue in 2017.Why it’s important: China has lower credit card market penetration relative to many other economies, but demand for micro-lending has surged in the past five years, especially among younger consumers.Chinese tech giants have launched online lending services to target these segments.
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Facebook said no users reported the video of the New Zealand mosque shootings while it was still live.This was disputed by a reporter for Right Wing Watch, who said he was alerted to the live video and raised the alarm immediately.The shooter streamed the attack on Facebook, and despite copies of the video spreading like wildfire, the company said the live broadcast was viewed fewer than 200 times.Facebook has provided further details of its response to the video of the mosque shooting which left 50 people dead in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday.The attack was streamed live on Facebook via what is thought to be a body-mounted camera.A link to the stream was posted on 8Chan, an imageboard site known for a being a hotbed of far-right extremist views.
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What happened: Bytedance has reportedly formed an internal platform to provide support for its live-streaming business, media outlet 36Kr reported, quoting several people familiar with the matter.Referred to as the live-streaming “big middle platform”, or dazhongtai in Chinese, it combines the technical and operations teams for live-streaming services from three of Bytedance’s video apps: Douyin, Xigua Video, and Huoshan.It is intended to systematize and unify repeatable processes to increase the efficiency of the company’s live-streaming business.Why it’s important: The formation of the platform could mean Bytedance is no longer just treating livestreaming as an additional feature to its short video apps but as more an important business.Prior to the new platform for livestreaming, Bytedance established one that helps Douyin and Jinri Toutiao with user acquisition and retention.With livestreaming being a different business to short videos, Bytedance requires a different supporting platform to speed up its expansion in the livestreaming segment without drastically driving up costs.
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We’re now very close to the March 26 launch of the Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro and one of the final pieces of the puzzle has now leaked, as we now have an idea of what these phones might cost.According to a "trusted source" speaking to WinFuture, the Huawei P30 will start at €749 (around $850/£640/AU$1,200), which will get you a model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.A Huawei P30 Pro meanwhile with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will apparently cost you €999 (roughly $1,135/£855/AU$1,600), and a Huawei P30 Pro with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage is supposedly €1,099 (around $1,250/£940/AU$1,760).There’s also said to be a 512GB model of the P30 Pro, which will presumably be even more expensive, but there’s no pricing information on that yet.These are of course all just rumors, and the pricing elsewhere probably won’t be a direct conversion, but if these rumors are right then the Huawei P30 Pro could cost a similar amount to the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, while the standard Huawei P30 might sit somewhere between the Samsung Galaxy S10e and the Samsung Galaxy S10.So these look set to be expensive phones if this pans out.
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Google has revealed it is closing down another one of its workplace apps, with its Inbox email service ending on April 2nd.Inbox had been set for the chop for some time, with a Spring 2019 date named by Google last year, but users are now starting to be alerted to the end of their apps.Some users reported yesterday seeing a pop-up screen that appears when they open the app, saying that the service will close in 15 days time - meaning Inbox could end on April 2nd.The pop-up includes a link for the user to switch to the regular Gmail app, where they are assured their messages will be there waiting for them.Google also says it is "working hard" to continue porting over some of Inbox's most-loved features.First announced in 2014 as an invitation-only service, Inbox offered a more interactive and intelligent way to access your emails away from the vanilla Gmail app.
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By 2020, an estimated $8 billion is expected to be spent on Instagram influencer marketing alone.To determine the success of your influencer program, you need to track campaign performance and make sure the return is adequate for the investment.This step-by-step plan enables you to track your influencer campaign ROI.Step 1: Set campaign goals for accurate ROI trackingThe first and most important step in any influencer marketing program is to set clear goals and objectives.Determining your goals lets you determine what kind of influencers to work with, types of content, distribution platforms, etc.
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Microsoft has been a member of the Open Compute Project since 2014, donating many of the specifications for its Azure data centers to the project.It’s where Microsoft develops its Olympus servers and its Sonic networking software.So it’s always fascinating to go along to the annual OCP Summit to see what’s happening in the world of open hardware design, and to see what aspects of Azure’s underlying infrastructure are being exposed to the world.• Tutorial: Get started with Google Cloud.Public clouds like Azure have a very different set of problems from most on-premises systems.They have to move terabytes of data around their networks, without hindering system performance.
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I’m always concerned about how enterprises pick their cloud technology configuration.It’s easy to pick virtual platforms from a menu of hundreds of configurations that include memory, storage, CPUs, I/O, and networking.Enter the new cloud-selection systems.A few new entries to the market promise to remove the guesswork when it’s time to pick a cloud configuration that’s right for specific use cases, industries, and application types.They also tout the ability to analyze existing on-premises systems and determine the proper equivalents in the cloud.| Also: InfoWorld helps you identify the right tools for the job: AWS cloud services guide.
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With just days to go before Apple unveils its much-anticipated video streaming service, Netflix has confirmed that its own service won’t be appearing on it.Netflix CEO Reed Hastings confirmed the company’s position at a press gathering in Los Angeles on Monday.In comments reported by Bloomberg, the boss of the popular streaming service described Apple as a “great company,” but added that Netflix has chosen not to integrate with the tech giant’s upcoming offering.Hastings told reporters, “We want to have people watch our content on our service.”He said Netflix has always had to deal with “massive competitors [such as Amazon],” describing them as “amazing, large, well-funded companies with very significant efforts.” But he added, “You do your best job when you have great competitors.”Reed’s decision to keep its distance from Apple comes a few months after Netflix ended the option that let people subscribe to its streaming service via Apple’s online store, an in-app transaction that gives Apple a sizable cut.
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To the ancient greeks, the chimera was a ferocious creature—part lion, part goat, and part snake.Belmonte was a young scientist at the time, working in a lab in Heidelberg, Germany.At maturity, they are dramatically different organisms, but they start out nearly identical.The child of poor, barely educated parents in rural southern Spain, he had been forced to drop out of school for a few years as a young boy to support his family with farmwork.In the US alone, around 100,000 people are on a waiting list for an organ transplant at any given time, and some 8,000 of them die each year for lack of a donor.He hoped to use the new gene-editing technique to fool the bodies of large livestock into becoming incubators for human hearts, kidneys, livers, and lungs.
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Back in the 1980s, researchers began to notice a strange pattern in the genes of many microbes.No one knew what the segments were for, but they were striking enough that a pair of scientists in Europe dubbed them “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats,” or Crispr for short.When a microbe was exposed to a new virus, it would cut a swatch of the invader’s DNA (the junk) and store it safely between two dividers (the palindromes).That way, if the virus ever returned, the microbe could simply consult its archive and dispatch the proper immune response.The task of figuring out the details of that process fell to a later generation of scientists.In 2011, a microbiologist named Emmanuelle Charpentier determined that the Crispr scheme has three key ingredients: an enzyme that acts like a scissors, snipping the strands of the DNA double helix; a guide RNA, which tells the scissors where to cut; and a component that locks the scissors into place.
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关于打击微信个人非法信贷贷类行为的公告 – WeChat Security CenterWhat happened: China’s most used messaging app, WeChat, has shut down over 2,500 user accounts and more than 1,000 group chats since the beginning of the year over illegal credit and loan activities, according to an announcement posted on the official account of WeChat Security Center.Why it’s important: The move is a response to the recent complaints from WeChat users about increasingly prevalent illegal lending behavior, and is part of a wider crackdown on illicit activities in the messaging app.Earlier this month, WeChat made a similar announcement announcing its progress on the sale of illegal and contraband products.Online lending has experienced rapid growth in China in recent years, but the sector is rife with fraud and illegal activities, largely due to a lack of oversight.WeChat, which has become a hotbed for fraud, has been trying to curb such behaviors especially as authorities tighten rules on online lending.
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