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US Marines play a game of bulldog to keep warm in the harsh weather during exercise White Claymore in Bardufoss, Norway, February 7, 2018.The Marine Corps is reorienting itself for operations in extreme cold, after years of operations in the Middle East.The Corps has started to draw on 3D printing to supply new and replacement parts, as well as to augment standard supply chains.The Marine Corps has, in recent months, started to shift its focus away from operations in the Middle East and begun to emphasize preparing to operate in extreme cold — like that found in northern Europe and northeast Asia.The Corps has issued requests for information on a new cap and gloves for intense cold, and it plans to spend nearly $13 million on 2,648 sets of NATO's ski system for scout snipers, reconnaissance Marines, and some infantrymen.Zippers stuck; seams ripped; backpack frames snapped; and boots repeatedly pulled loose from skis or tore on the metal bindings.
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Government has six months to revise parts of its ‘Snoopers Charter’ to bring it inline with European regsHuman rights and civil liberties organisation Liberty has forced the Government to make amendments to its hugely controversial Investigatory Powers Act, nicknamed the Snoopers’ Charter.The Government surveillance scheme had faced stiff opposition before it written into law in June 2016.But in January this year Appeal court judges ruled that the government’s mass digital surveillance regime was unlawful, after a case was brought by Liberty (on behalf of Labour MP Tom Watson and Conservative MP David Davis – Davis later withdrew from the case when he entered government).The Investigatory Powers Act had triggered widespread concerns because it expands the powers of UK intelligence organisations to have the legal right to carry out communications interception and the bulk collection of communications data, as well as force Internet Service Providers to retain the ‘Internet connection records’ of their customers for a year.Liberty had claimed that the Snoopers’ Charter was passed through Parliament during a time of “shambolic political opposition” which enabled the bill to become an act even though it believes the government had failed to provide the evidence needed to support the surveillance of everybody in the UK.
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Technology companies are facing a critical crossroads when it comes to AI.It believes the Google-founder Sergey Brin in his annual letter to Alphabets investors that The Registry has taken part.”We are indeed in a new technological renaissance, an exciting period where we can see the applications over the next every segment of modern society.But so powerful tool also comes with new questions and responsibilities,” writes Sergey Brin.”How will it affect employment in various sectors?How can we understand what happens under the hood?
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El Reg popped into Planet Computing's London office to get cosy with some of the new Gemini toys due to launch in the not-too-distant future.I spent some time earlier this month in the company of the Psion-inspired Gemini and came away impressed, but had a few complaints.The lack of a rear-facing camera was my biggest annoyance, and the keyboard and hinge also took some flak.At 5MP, nothing in the way of high-end optics and no flash, this snapper is good for the odd shot of a receipt or similar.Claiming that the Gemini will be the first European mobile phone with eSIM, Planet reckons that up to six eSIM profiles can be configured along with the existing physical SIM, depending on carrier.The party trick of the Gemini is, of course, the keyboard.
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The balmy highs of recent weeks are becoming but a distant memory for many as rain begins to pound much of Britain.Friday will see a north - south divide, with spells of heavy rain as the mercury nudges 8C in the London and the south east, and scattered sunshine and showers amidst a chilly 1-2C in Newcastle and Scotland.Thanks to a vigorous low pressure system coming out of the continent, the muggy, damp conditions of Friday will continue through to Saturday.Come Sunday and Monday, up to a month’s rain could fall in some localised areas over the course of 24 hours, predicts Met Office forecaster John West.Our weather is originating from the south once again this weekend.But unlike last weekend, this time it will bring colder, windier and wetter conditions.
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We have previously written about Breathalyzer-style tests that cops may one day be able to use in the event that they suspect a person to be driving under the influence of marijuana.But what if there was an app which could let users carry out a quick self-assessment to find out just how impaired they are after an evening with the wacky ‘baccy?That is what researchers at the University of Chicago claim to have created with an in-development mobile application called, subtly, “Am I Stoned?”“We have developed an initial prototype of a phone application that measures THC-induced cognitive and psychomotor impairments,” Elisa Pabon, a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, told Digital Trends.“The application is comprised of four tasks, which span a variety of cognitive and psychomotor skills.These were based on prior findings stating THC consumption led to impairments or changes in attention, reaction time, and various facets of memory.”
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Den digitala kapplöpningen är igång och Europa ligger efter.Andres Ansip, EU-kommissionär för den digitala inre marknaden pekar på en rapport från McKinsey som visar att den privata finansieringen av AI låg på 25–35 miljarder kronor 2016, jämfört med 100 miljarder kronor i Asien och 180 miljarder kronor i USA.Men nu höjer EU-kommissionen målen och siktar på att de totala investeringarna på AI ska nå drygt 200 miljarder kronor i slutet av 2020.– På samma sätt som ångmotorn och elektriciteten en gång gjorde, omvandlar AI vår värld.Det skapar nya utmaningar som Europa måste möta tillsammans för att AI ska lyckas och fungera för alla, säger Andrus Ansip, EU-kommissionär med ansvar för den digitala inre marknaden.Kommissionen höjer AI-investeringarna i det pågående forskningsprogrammet Horizon 2020 med nära 16 miljarder kronor, en ökning med 70 procent.
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GE’s smart air conditioners, which are the first to support Apple HomeKit in the US, are now available for sale.The new models — AEC08LX, AEC10AX, AEC12AX, AHP08LX, and AHP10LX — use GE’s Wi-Fi Connect technology making them compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT as well.Despite HomeKit not being listed on the AEC08LX, AEC10AX, and AEC12AX product pages, GE confirmed that those models do, in fact, have HomeKit support and will update its pages accordingly.The new GE air conditioners can also be found on Apple’s HomeKit accessories page.GE says users can turn the air conditioner on and off and adjust the temperature through Apple’s Home app.HomeKit also allows users to create “scenes,” so you can use GE’s air conditioner in combination with other HomeKit-compatible products.
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Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer will appear before MPs on Thursday morning.Araya Diaz/GettyFacebook will label all political ads in the UK as "political" in an effort to become more transparent about how politicians use its platform to target voters.It will also show how much political parties have spent on ads, and only accept ads from authenticated accounts.Chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer will promise the changes for May 2019 when he appears before British parliamentarians on Thursday.Schroepfer will apologise for Facebook's role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw 87 million user profiles handed to the controversial political research firm.Facebook is about to become a lot more transparent about political advertising on its platform.
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Photo by James Bareham / The VergeMicrosoft is rolling out a new Xbox One update today that centers on better audio and visual support.The biggest addition is 1440p support for the Xbox One S and X, allowing gamers to use a monitor and make the most out of QHD (2560 x 1440) displays.It’s a resolution that’s usually popular with PC gamers, and Microsoft is also adding AMD’s FreeSync support to allow compatible displays to sync refresh rates with Microsoft’s consoles.FreeSync, like Nvidia’s G-Sync, helps remove tearing or stuttering usually associated with gaming on monitors, as the feature syncs refresh rates to ensure games run smoothly.Alongside this stutter-free tech, Microsoft is also supporting automatic switching to a TV’s game mode.
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Global semiconductor revenues smashed records in 2017.Gartner thinks it knows the answer…California-based semiconductor giant Intel has been overtaken in semiconductor sales for the first time in 25 years, with South Korea’s Samsung Electronics taking the number one spot, according to research released this morning by Gartner.The research house also found that worldwide semiconductor revenue totalled a record $420.4 (£299) billion in 2017.George Brocklehurst, research director at Gartner, said: “Both milestones (semiconductor revenue surpassing $400 billion, and Intel being pushed into second place) happened due to rapid growth in the memory market, as undersupply drove pricing for DRAM and NAND flash higher.”The research company expects the memory market to go into its bust cycle in late 2019, however; the industry is notorious for its feast and famine cycles.
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John Underkoffler is the CEO of Oblong Industries, and he is perhaps best known as the science advisor for the landmark sci-fi film Minority Report.Long before the body suit of Ready Player One, Underkoffler helped envision Minority Report’s scene where actor Tom Cruise uses “data gloves” and gesture controls to manipulate a transparent computer.To bring that vision to reality, he founded Oblong Industries in 2006, and launched Mezzanine for enterprise collaborators in 2012.Oblong’s technological and design trajectories build on 15 years of foundational work at the MIT Media Lab, where Underkoffler was responsible for innovations in real-time computer graphics systems, optical and electronic holography, large-scale visualization techniques, and the I/O Bulb and Luminous Room systems.There, I saw huge video walls, curved to immerse the user inside a visual experience.You could really see data and the connections between objects in a visual way.
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We’ve all done it from time to time, and it can sometimes have disastrous results.A smart garage door opener can give you peace of mind, as it takes home automation into the garage and puts it to work on everyday issues.Most models will send you alerts in case you accidentally leave it open and allow you shut it from an app on your phone.These smart features can help improve garage security.Many good smart garage door openers are retrofits, designed to upgrade your current garage opener instead of replacing it entirely.If your garage is more than, say, 10 to 15 years old, there’s a chance the smart device won’t be compatible.
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It has made multiple attempts, some of which continue to exist independently, to offer the best messaging platform ever.Almost all of those have failed miserably.Why can’t Google just make a straight out iMessage clone?Instead, it is trying to push for a more industry-supported messaging standard that it will simply be calling “Chat”.iMessage is widely praised for the simplicity of its execution.It supports the popular features of instant messaging, like rich multimedia content and even games, but falls back to good old SMS if the situation isn’t ideal.
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Suger du i Call of Duty: WWII?Då har vi goda nyheter då Amazon Alexa har uppdaterats med ny funktionalitet som kanske kan göra dig till en bättre spelare.Spelare kan fråga Alexa hur deras senaste match gick och Alexa levererar då information om matchen i fråga och kan leverera lite tips på vad du kan tänka på under nästa runda.Alexa plockar information från spelet som din träffsäkerhet, hur du rör dig, hur långt ifrån fienden du brukar vara och förstås kill/death-ratio för att sammanställa tipsen.
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Thanks to a long experience, in-depth research and the continuous development of new products is Uddeholms AB the world leader within the steel industry. " When I visited the Company for the first time I got a tour among the labs and was really impressed.We have almost as much equipment as a Swedish university, says Seshendra Karamchedu, director of product development at Uddeholms department for Research and Development.Seshendra Karamchedu is originally from India and moved to Sweden in 2008 in connection with the studies at Chalmers.In his thesis, he explored the field of powder metallurgy, that is to say, the process used in the manufacture of components from powder steel.- Uddeholm is located in the absolute forefront in the work with powder steel and are now also in the production of powders for additive manufacture – therefore it was a natural step for me to apply myself to the company, " says Seshendra Karamchedu and adds:
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Concepts such as cloud computing, as well as fog and edge computing are becoming more frequent.the Development is driven by increasingly larger volumes of data that need to be handled at a faster rate.But when fit what is best?the Experts in Automationsnästet detangles.
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Tony Fadell, a former Apple treat who left the company in 2008, and which are often referred to as ”the ipod's father has spoken out about excessive smartphone use in the Wired, a topic which is increasingly discussed in recent years.Tony Fadell says that ”Apple is in a particularly good position” to implement new tools that provide an overview of how much we really use our phones, and proposes a number of things Apple could do.Information: this will be the biggest news in IOS 12for Example, a type of calendar similar hälsoappen, which tracks the number of steps, quality of sleep, and the like, can show us how many hours in put on the email and scrolling through Instagram.He also think that Apple should introduce a mode for ”listen” or ”only read” at the side of the do not Disturb mode for those times we just want to listen to a pod without getting disturbed by other things.– You should be able to see exactly how you spend your time and, if you so wish, be able to moderate your behaviour accordingly, " says Tony Fadell.
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Up to half of the millennial generation could still be renting in their 40s and a third could be “retiree renters”, a report warns.The Resolution Foundation think-tank said that if home ownership growth in Britain follows the “weak pattern” of the 2000s, up to half of millennials born between 1981 and 2000 could be renting either privately or in the social rented sector in their 40s.A third could still be renting by the time they claim their pensions, it found.The Foundation said radical reform is needed to make the private rental sector fit for raising children and retirement “because a generation of young people face the prospect of never owning their own home”.The report, published by the foundation for its Intergenerational Commission, said policy has failed to catch up with the fact that bringing up children in the private rental sector has become mainstream.Private renting has grown rapidly in recent decades, the Home Improvements report said.
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Hey, you know how the whole of the internet is abuzz about Tesla's continued production difficulties with its Model 3?Well, it's about to get buzzier, because despite missing production targets at every turn, Elon Musk is shutting down production for a week, although it's not the first time this has happened.Well, according to a report by BuzzFeed News, Daddy Elon is shutting down the whole show to enhance efficiencies in the automated portions of the production cycle.This is an interesting move considering his recent comments stating that over-dependence on automation might at the root be the problem.Exactly what the improvements are hasn't been made clear.According to BuzzFeed's source inside Tesla, employees can either take the week without pay or use vacation time.
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