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In fact, far from dying, the VR industry is poised for explosive growth in the near-term according to analysts.Upon closer inspection, it turns out these people are usually referring to VR as a gaming platform.So why are the two biggest players in the VR industry – HTC and Oculus – seemingly unilaterally fixated on the gaming market?VR companies want to sell products to consumers because there’s a lot more people on the planet than there are businesses.But VR headsets – the real ones, not those slide-your-smartphone-inside glorified Viewmaster experiences – are not only expensive, they require a monster rig to run them.Eventually, immersive gaming could gain mainstream appeal.
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Huawei isn’t skipping MWC this year.In fact, it might have a more interesting device to show off.But if you were only interested in the Chinese OEM’s next flagship, you might want to skip the event.Huawei has just released press invites to its P30 and P30 Pro event, hinting at how it will “Rewrite the Rules”.And perhaps has part of that rebellion, it won’t be holding the event at MWC or even on the same month, settling for the city of love instead.There was a time when even major companies scrambled to flood the press with announcements at every MWC.
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Very few kids dream of becoming a database administrator.It doesn’t sound as exciting as “firefighter,” or even “sanitation engineer.” But that doesn’t make it an unworthy career choice.Quite the opposite: DBAs are well respected and tend to earn much higher salaries than those other professions.Now virtually anyone can pursue a prosperous career as a database administrator with the Ultimate Microsoft SQL Certification Bundle.The price has been slashed to just $44 for a limited time.Lifetime access to seven flexible courses that you can take at your leisure.
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A proposed settlement filed last week could give homeowners some control over whether or not Pokémon Go's augmented-reality attractions show up in and around their property.Some public places want more Pokémon Go—but the Holocaust Museum does not [Updated]Shortly after its launch in the summer of 2016, Pokémon Go developer Niantic started fielding numerous complaints about players trespassing on private property to access location-dependent Gyms and Pokéstops in the augmented-reality game.Those complaints eventually developed into numerous lawsuits alleging that Niantic was essentially encouraging trespassing by placing its digital attractions on their property.Those lawsuits were consolidated into a class action by August, and after winding through the courts for years (and surviving a motion to dismiss), that class-action suit now seems on the verge of a settlement.A proposal filed by the plaintiffs in district court last week (as noted by The Hollywood Reporter) outlines a number of ways Niantic apparently plans to solve this problem.
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Three day weekends are one of the best times to buy just about anything.With Presidents’ Day happening on Monday, February 18, this entire weekend is filled with mattress sales, smartwatch deals, and many more great Presidents’ Day savings.If you find yourself on this page, however, you’re probably only interested in this Fitbit Versa deal going on right now.So if you’re looking for a wearable that can help you track steps, sleep, and activity, now is a great time to pick one up for less.Which really isn’t a surprise considering the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 3 are two of the most popular watches on the market right now.However, if you’re looking for something more affordable, and with more of a fitness focus, the Fitbit Versa is definitely an option you should consider.
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The hardware falls in line with Huawei’s current design language, just as the software does with the company’s EMUI concept.Kids often take to tablets naturally, as if the product category was conceived just for them.My daughter seized upon the M5 Lite and preferred it to her Chromebook for catching up on her favorite YouTube channels.Despite aiming the Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite at younger users, the tablet is sculpted from fine materials.First, let me say that I’m grateful that there is a headphone jack.To make matters worse, the USB-C port is right next to headphone jack.
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Nu har bolaget riktat sin gaskanon mot himlen, med förhoppningen att en dag kunna slunga ut satelliter i omloppsbana.HyperSciences grundare och vd brukade bygga kapslar för Jeff Bezos rymdbolag Blue Origin, men Mark Russel tröttnade på miljardärens projekt och återvände till familjens gruvverksamhet.Där använde han företagets HyperCore Technology för att borra en rad väldigt djupa hål – och entreprenören insåg att samma teknik skulle kunna användas för att skjuta upp saker i omloppsbana.Den drivs av en patenterad blandning av naturgas och luft, alternativt vätgas och syre.Enligt bolaget tar sig konkurrenterna mindre än 100 meter på en vecka medan HyperDrill kan ta sig 1,6 km i veckan.Med några små modifieringar kan systemet vändas mo himlen, och Nasa nappade på tanken att slippa dyra raketsteg.
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For the first time ever, researchers are comprehensively sequencing the human immune system, which is billions of times larger than the human genome.In a new study published in Nature from the Human Vaccines Project, scientists have sequenced a key part of this vast and mysterious system -- the genes encoding the circulating B cell receptor repertoire.Sequencing these receptors in both adults and infants, the scientists found surprising overlaps that could provide potential new antibody targets for vaccines and therapeutics that work across populations.Led by scientists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the San Diego Supercomputer Center, this advancement is possible due to the merging of biological research with high-powered frontier supercomputing."Prior to the current era, people assumed it would be impossible to do such a project because the immune system is theoretically so large, but this new paper shows it is possible to define a large portion, because the size of each person's B cell receptor repertoire is unexpectedly small."The receptors randomly select and join gene segments, forming unique sequences of nucleotides known as receptor "clonotypes."
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With their delicate and gangly legs, birds aren’t necessarily the first animal you’d think of when designing a new robot that looks to nature to create effective walking abilities.But birds, with their ability to flap their wings, possess a method of stabilizing themselves that’s not available to many other animals.That’s what researchers from the California Institute of Technology seized upon when developing their new Leonardo robot.Although it is perfectly capable of walking on its two legs without help, the thrusters allow it to carry out a kind of locomotion that’s midway between hovering and walking.Should the robot lose its balance, these thrusters help provide the necessary force for it to stay on its feet.They are also capable of making the robot fly short distances while entirely supporting its weight.
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A three-dimensional “bow tie” geofence will soon prevent DJI’s drones from being able to fly too close to major European airports.While the company’s drones have included geofencing technology since 2013, the new tech — developed by aviation tech company Altitude Angel — expands the restricted zone from a simple two-dimensional circle to a much larger three-dimensional zone.The announcement comes after drone sightings caused Gatwick, the UK’s second-largest airport, to shut down in the run-up to Christmas, grounding hundreds of flights.Although a local couple was arrested by police, they were later released without charge.As a result, we still don’t know who was responsible or what brand of drone was used.Both Gatwick and Heathrow airports have also purchased their own anti-drone systems in the wake of the disruption.
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Marie Kondo and her tidying techniques have been popular for years but she’s recently gained an even bigger audience through Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.All of a sudden, many of us got obsessed with the art of tidying up.We’ve realized that tidying up can be easier if you follow a structure.Don’t just focus on words such as ‘content marketing’ and ‘social media marketing’.“content marketing” → blog, ebooks, newsletters, onboarding content, help guides, podcast“paid social” → Facebook Ads for awareness, LinkedIn ads for lead generation, Twitter Ads for engagement
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Oracle has announced the immediate availability of its new data centre in Abu Dhabi, and will offer public cloud applications services to customers in the UAE and wider Middle East.“By locating a data centre in the UAE, we will be able to better manage service levels and respond to local customers, who, for data governance requirements and other reasons, need to keep their data local,” said Arun Khehar, Senior Vice President – Business Applications, Middle East and Africa, Oracle.The Abu Dhabi data centre will support the rapid adoption of Oracle Cloud in the UAE and act as a key catalyst for the implementation of UAE’s strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution aimed at building the country’s leadership in education and advanced technology, including artificial intelligence, robotics and genomic medicine.Etisalat, one of the world’s leading telecommunication groups, is the telecom partner for Oracle’s applications data centre in Abu Dhabi.“With digital transformation driving the future, more companies are enabling digital innovation in their business and services.Our collaboration with Oracle complements very well the existing capabilities of Etisalat Digital and will help accelerate this transformation and cloud adoption to further empower government and commercial entities in the region” said Miguel Villalonga, Vice President of Cloud & Data Center, Etisalat Digital.
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Shares in Snap jumped more than 20 per cent in after-hours trading tonight, as it trounced consensus estimates on revenue and quarterly losses.Revenue in the three months to 31 December increased 36 per cent to $389.8m (£300.9m), beating the average analyst estimate of $379.4m million as collated by S Global Market Intelligence.The company's net loss fell to $191.7m, or 14 cents per share, compared with $350m, or 28 cents per share, a year earlier.Analysts had been expecting a loss of $254.4m, or 19 cents a share.Chief executive Evan Spiegel said the business is now "substantially closer" to turning a profit, maintaining a flat cost base while growing its revenue with improved advertising sales.Growth in daily active users on the firm's photo-sharing app Snapchat remained flat at 186m, narrowly avoiding a third consecutive decline in users after an unpopular design change last spring.
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This year's Six Nations adds a special factor as once the action is over the teams will go on to the Rugby World Cup later in 2019.The good news for you, dear reader, is that you can watch all the Six Nations rugby action and, a Scotland vs Italy live stream in particular, from anywhere you are in the world using this guide.While Scotland and Italy and expected to sit at the lower end of the table for this tournament, they're still putting forward ever improving and powerful teams that should make this an entertaining match.Glasgow hookers Fraser Brown and George Turner are both injured.So one of the three uncapped hookers – Edinburgh’s Dave Cherry, Leicester’s Jake Kerr and Glasgow’s Grant Stewart – should be on the touchline to fill Stuart McInally’s boots.While Italy coach Conor O'Shea said: "We’ve won in the last 18 months against Japan and Fiji away and Georgia, but we want to get to the highest level.
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On Monday, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) asked the heads of Facebook, Google, and Microsoft to pledge their companies’ support for the science suggesting that climate change has made a significant, negative impact on the environment.The lawmakers penned the letter after news broke last week that the companies sponsored a conference, LibertyCon, which promoted climate change denialism.At the libertarian-focused conference, a speaker from the CO2 Coalition gave a talk arguing that the environmental impact of climate change has been exaggerated.“We are encouraged that each of you have pledged to reduce your carbon footprint and have committed other efforts like pursuing renewable energy,” the two lawmakers wrote.“Disappointingly, though, the example you have set promoting sustainability and evidenced-based science is compromised by your implicit support of the session organized at LibertyCon.”At the conference, the session cited by the lawmakers and reports was the only in support of climate denialism.
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The lack of agreement on data flows in a no-deal Brexit is a "significant" concern and possible solutions are "burdensome and costly" to already underprepared businesses, MPs have said.The comments were made in a report issued by the Commons Exiting the EU Committee in response to UK prime minister Theresa May's historic loss in Parliament earlier this month, when the majority of MPs voted against the deal she had drawn up with the European Union.Solutions may be possible but they will be burdensome and costly compared to the current position and will have a significant... impact on the competitiveness of UK businesses involvedIt comes at the start of another crucial week, as the struggle between government and Parliament continues, with opposition MPs focused on forcing a delay to Brexit – currently scheduled for 23:00 GMT, 29 March 2019 – if a deal cannot be struck.The committee is putting its weight behind those pushing for the "no deal" option to be taken off the table, concluding that the government's so-called "managed" no deal "cannot seriously constitute the policy of any responsible government"."However, businesses have had no certainty about what to prepare for and, in the event of a no-deal exit would face an abrupt change in trading circumstances which would represent a cliff edge for many."
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A group of researchers from Rice University has been studying an ancient collision between a very early Earth and another planet.They say that most of the essential elements on Earth for life likely came from the planet that Earth collided with.Earth is thought to have received the bulk of its carbon, nitrogen, and other life-sustaining volatile elements from the planetary collision that created the moon.The team says that this collision occurred more than 4.4 billion years ago.“From the study of primitive meteorites, scientists have long known that Earth and other rocky planets in the inner solar system are volatile-depleted,” said study co-author Rajdeep Dasgupta.“But the timing and mechanism of volatile delivery has been hotly debated.
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“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez... claims that algorithms, which are driven by math, are racist”, sneered Ryan Saavedra, a reporter for the Daily Wire, on Twitter.Machine learning – the process by which computers can learn and improve the way they make decisions – is anything but perfect, and it’s high time we realise it.Machines learn from data – the textbooks in the example above – and if that data is biased, or incomplete, or just plain wrong, the machine will likely inherit the biases, the gaps in knowledge and the mistakes.Cathy O’Neil, Zeynep Tufekci and Demos’s own Jamie Bartlett are among dozens of individuals and organisations who’ve been talking about the perils of machine learning for years.If you put the wrong numbers into your calculator, you’ll get the wrong answer at the end.But Saavedra’s sneering shows how easy it is to forget this.
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Archaeologists were amazed when they first saw a newly-identified ancient arrangement of stones on a farm in Aberdeen in December.They first found out about the monument when a woman who owns the farm told local experts about the stone circle after she couldn’t find any records of the ancient ring.The experts believed it was a new discovery of what they know as Recumbent Stone Circles, which were built in the northeast region of Scotland about 3,500 to 4,500 years ago.Scottish archaeologists arrived at the scene and remarked at how unique the arrangement was.“In numbering ten stones it fits the average, but its diameter is about three [meters] smaller than any known hitherto and it is unusual in that all the stones are proportionately small,” Adam Welfare of Historic Environment Scotland said, according to an Aberdeenshire Council news release.But the experts hoped the differences might help them learn something new about local history.
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That includes the western U.S. and Canada where not only is ice vanishing, but it’s doing so at a more rapid pace than it was just a decade ago, according to a new study released this week in Geophysical Research Letters.The faster melt can be partial attributed to a shift in weather patterns over the past years, which has worked in concert with rising temperatures to speed along ice’s demise.The glaciers of North America are remnants of the Ice Age.They cling to high peaks from British Columbia to Montana where snow replenishes them each winter and temperatures have been cool enough to keep them more or less at equilibrium for centuries.But now humans have thrown that equation out of whack, pouring carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.The result has been the death of ice.
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