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Welcome to your weekly round-up of the best U.K. deals of the week for Android phones, network plans, accessories, smart home tech, and a little of whatever else is on offer in the world of mobile!This week’s deals include a massive discount on the triple-camera-toting Huawei P20 Pro, a mouth-watering Amazon Prime Day deal on the Echo Dot bundled with the Fire TV Stick with Alexa, a whopping £700 off a top-end Sony OLED Android TV, and much more.More: Amazon Prime Day 2018: Deals, dates, and everything else you should knowBelow are the most enticing deals we’ve seen this week hand-picked with a little help from the folks over at HotUKDeals – the U.K.’s biggest deal-sharing community.Have you seen any amazing deals this week?Be sure to share your finds in the comments.
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På grund av värmen kom algblomningen i gång ovanligt tidigt i år.En kylslagen midsommar fick den att avstanna, men nu sprider den sig över Östersjön.– Vi ser ansamlingar från Polen ända upp till Ålands hav, säger Johannes Johansson, oceanograf på SMHI.Det varma vädret i maj gjorde att algblomningen började tidigare än vanligt.Nu visar SMHI:s sattelitbilder över Östersjön att den är i gång igen, efter att ha tillfälligt avstannat på grund av hårda vindar.– Algblomningen är väldigt väderberoende.
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(If you’re still on the fence, then be sure to sign up for your free one-month trial to give it a test run.)Amazon Prime comes with many benefits, including that sweet free two-day shipping – if you order enough stuff, your subscription can pay for itself via this perk alone – but there is a myriad of other great features and premium content that comes with Prime.As and Amazon Prime member, you get access to a ton of newly released movies, great TV programming from channels like HBO and Starz, and a bundle of top-rated and exclusive Amazon Prime TV shows such as Bosch, Transparent, and Catastrophe.They have also teamed up with IMDB to provide its X-Ray service, which gives you on-demand access to a ton of extras like soundtracks and behind-the-scenes documentary footage.This is one of those Prime benefits that a lot of people seem to forget about, but if you have an account, don’t forget to watch your shows!This grants you unlimited access to more than 2 million songs completely ad-free.
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Apple has updated its 13-inch and 15-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pros today with Intel’s latest eighth-generation chips.It’s also offering up to 32GB of RAM and 4TB of SSD storage — if you’re willing to pay for it.While the base models of Apple’s laptops still cost the same (starting at $1,799 for the 13-inch model or $2,399 for the 15-inch model), the updated MacBook Pro now tops out at a whopping $6,699 for the top configuration.That’s $2,400 more than the best 2017 MacBook Pro you could buy.That may sound a lot at first, but Apple hasn’t really changed the prices on anything from last year to this year: the top-spec MacBook Pro is priced higher than ever because Apple is offering more options than it has in the past.Both the 2017 and 2018 models have the same starting prices: $2,799 for the “high-end” version of the 15-inch computer, with a faster processor, better GPU, and twice the SSD storage as the $2,399 “base” 15-inch model.
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Teenage drivers are eight times more likely to be involved in a collision or near miss during the first three months after getting a driver's license, compared to the previous three months on a learner's permit, suggests a study led by the National Institutes of Health.Teens are also four times more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as rapid acceleration, sudden braking and hard turns, during this period."Given the abrupt increase in driving risks when teenagers start to drive independently, our findings suggest that they may benefit from a more gradual decrease in adult supervision during the first few months of driving alone," said Bruce Simons-Morton, Ed.D., M.P.H., senior investigator at NIH's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and one of the authors of the study.The study is one of the first to follow the same individuals over time, from the beginning of the learner period through the first year of independent driving, while continuously collecting information using software and cameras installed in the participants' vehicles.The study also evaluated parents' driving in the same vehicles, over the same time, on similar roads and under similar driving conditions as their children.Near-crash events were those requiring a last-moment maneuver to avoid a crash, while crashes were physical contact between the driver's vehicle and another object.
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Ingress: The Animation will be coming to Netflix in October.Created by animation studio Crafter, with character designs by Takeshi Honda (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and directed by CG artist Yuhei Sakuragi, Ingress: The Animation will be an adaptation of the augmented-reality game Ingress.Ingress, created by Niantic, the company behind Pokémon Go, tells the story of a world where exotic matter is leaking into the world through portals, giving people psychic powers and causing a whole host of instability.The show will star Makoto and Sarah, two people impacted by the matter’s strange ingress (see, the title makes sense!)and drawn into the faction battles that make up the core of the game’s story as well.The story line will overlap with the original game and will, according to Variety’s report, be used to segue into Ingress Prime, the upcoming game sequel.
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Brazilian star Neymar is done making headlines for flopping -- or anything else World Cup related, because his team was knocked out of the tournament on Friday by Belgium.That gave fans one last chance to pull out their best Neymar memes.Many watchers were impressed by Belgium's Romelu Lukaku, who did his team proud."Lukaku is the best player of the World Cup so far don't @ me," wrote one.France also advanced to the semifinals, defeating Uruguay 2-0."For the first time in WorldCup history none of Brazil, Argentina or Germany will be in the semifinals," wrote one Twitter user.
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A strong smartphone product range hasn't helped Samsung Electronics buck what is a saturated and exhausted phone market in the developed world.The conglomerate makes TVs, phones and components.But the latter is the tail that wags the dog.The company issued guidance for its second 2018 quarter today, indicating lower consolidated sales than it had the same quarter a year ago – ₩58tr (around $52bn) vs last year's ₩61tr ($55bn)– but higher operating profits of ₩14.8tr ($13.3bn, £10bn), up 5.2 per cent from the ₩14.07tr ($12.6bn, £9.5bn) of Q2 2017.However, its quarter-on-quarter operating profit is down 5.4 per cent from the record ₩15.6tr of Q1, the first decline in seven quarters."There's a lot to be said for not buggering up a winning formula," we wrote in April, but despite remaining the most attractive all-round Android package, the S9 is likely to be the worst-selling flagship since 2012.
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There'll be no shortage of sound in your living room with the Samsung HW-K450 2.1 Wireless Sound Bar, which can blast out tracks with 160W of power – and an additional 140W from its wireless subwoofer.This speaker and sound bar set is also specifically designed to enhance vocal frequencies, providing an exceptionally crisp and clear sound when tuning in to your favourite TV show.You can choose from six preset sound modes to enhance your viewing experience, whether you're watching the football, listening to music, or putting on your favourite film.Pros: Optimised for vocal clarity, wireless subwoofer for easy placementCons: A soundbar will never replace full 5.1 soundSAMSUNG HW-K450 2.1 Sound Bar: Everything you need to know
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Samsung has put out earnings guidance for its Q2 which indicate quarterly growth at its slowest for more than a year — as a lack of new ideas to sell high end smartphones drags on the company’s bottom line.The electronics maker is reporting estimated profit of 14.8 trillion Korean won (USD$13.2BN) on revenue of 58 trillion Korean won (USD$51.9BN) for the quarter.Samsung’s expectation just misses an average estimate of 14.9 trillion won from 18 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, and shares in the company are down just over 2 per cent on the earnings guidance news.The Q2 forecast compares to profit of 15.64 trillion Korean Won (USD$14BN) on revenue of 60.56 trillion Korean Won (USD$54.2BN) for its Q1 — when Samsung reported a record operating profit off the back of growth in its semiconductor business plus the early global launch of its flagship Galaxy S9 smartphone.Despite that Q1 high, it had prepared investors for a Q2 slowdown — warning in April of challenging conditions ahead, citing weakness in the display panel segment and a decline in profitability on the mobile side, amid rising competition in the high-end smartphone segment.At the same time, the global smartphone market is shrinking — even in China, the erstwhile growth engine for smartphones after Western markets saturated.
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Today we’re having a peek at the insides of the July Xbox Update, and what it means to partake in its greatness.This includes such features as FastStart for games (SOME games, not all), Games and Apps grouping, Search Option feature additions, Mixer Share Controller improvements, and console broadcasting and stability improvements.These updates are coming out this afternoon to all users as early as this afternoon.Streaming should look some amount better than it has in the past, when you’re the one streaming from your Xbox One.This update also brings “stability improvements” come in many forms, but Microsoft notes specifically that broadcasting bandwidth-heavy multiplayer gaming should improve.In Mixer, users can now Share Controller – or with a PC, with this latest update, users can share full mouse and keyboard bindings, too.
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Det började som en hypotes av Melvin Conway 1967, och är idag känt som Conways lag.Bevis till stöd för Conways lag har publicerats av forskare från MIT och Harvard Business School.Liknande studier har gjorts av Nagappan, Murphy och Basili vid University of Maryland i samarbete med Microsoft, och av Syeed och Hammouda vid Tammerfors tekniska högskola i Finland.Vi är alla människor, vilket också gör att så som vi arbetar, så som vi lär, så som vi blir placerade och så som vi blir strukturerade – så blir också det vi skapar.Om ett system inte mår bra så gör inte teamen det heller, och då mår inte företaget bra.Det finns fem andra stora tydliga tecken förutom systemen som indikerar om företaget har en ohälsosam kultur.
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Kim Dotcom may soon be sent over to the US from New Zealand to stand trial over copyright infringements amounting to an estimated $500 million (roughly £377 million or AU$677 million converted) as well as fraud.This comes after New Zealand's Court of Appeal ruled that Dotcom and three others can be extradited to the US over the now defunct file sharing site Megaupload, according to a report by the BBC Wednesday.An earlier High Court ruling was also in favour of extradition.Dotcom still has one more chance though, and that will depend on New Zealand's justice minister, who has to decide if Dotcom, as well as three others, will be extradited.The US has been seeking Dotcom's extradition since 2012, and the process has been full of pitstops, with the Megaupload founder suing the New Zealand government for $6.8 billion and then failing in his bid to prevent the US government from seizing $40 million from his overseas accounts.
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A KAIST research group presented photonic capsules for injectable laser resonators using microfluidic technology.The capsule's diameter is comparable to a human hair and stable in gas and liquid media, so it is injectable into any target volume.The research group headed by Professor Shin-Hyun Kim in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering applied an interesting optical property from nature.Chrysina gloriosa, commonly known as the glorious beetle, shows a green color similar to leaves when illuminated by left-handed, circularly-polarized light while showing no color with right-handed, circularly-polarized light.The principle behind this interesting optical property of the beetles relies on helical nanostructures with left-handedness that are present on the shell of the beetles.The helical structures reflect a circularly-polarized light with the same handedness of the helix at the wavelength selected by the helical pitch through optical interference.
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Bio-boffins' feathers ruffled after miscreants flip 'em the bird, costing charity a lotta ZlotyA Polish charity is on the hook for 10,000 Zloty (£2,010, $2,648) after a tracking device it put on a white stork was stolen in Africa – and its SIM card used to make a ton of expensive phone calls.The nature group Grupa EkoLogiczna attached the GPS device to the back of the bird, named Kajtka, in April 2017 while it spent the spring in Poland.The gizmo was supposed to track the stork's progress as it migrated south to Africa.Kajtka made the trip safe and sound, and on February 1 this year, it started north again for a European summer vacation.One could assume was a dead stop, since the bird didn’t move again until April 26, when things got odd for the scientists monitoring Kajtka’s GPS feed.
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do you Like a little more colorful mobile and is in köptankar?Then you can take a look at the new Oneplus 6, which now comes in a deep red model will be sold starting July 10.Oneplus boasts about how manufacturing of the new color.On the rear are six layers of glass, a translucent orange, on top of the red-colored base.It should give an extra blankröd color, and it actually looks a bit like a red sports car.Oneplus 6 was released in may and when we tested, we gave it 8 out of 10 in the score and found that the right now is the world's fastest Android phone.
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Facebook notified users about another privacy-related bug, this time affecting more than 800,000 people on the social network and its Messenger application who may have had people that they blocked unblocked.Last month, 14 million people were affected by a bug that sprung up during the post-creation process, automatically suggesting that those posts be made public.The latest bug was active from May 29 through June 5, and it potentially enabled blocked users on Facebook and Messenger to see content users shared with friends, which they should not have been able to see.Chief privacy officer Erin Egan detailed the latest bug in a Newsroom post, saying that friend connections that had been severed were not reinstated, and that 83 percent of people affected by the bug had only one blocked person temporarily unblocked.However, mistakenly unblocked people may have been able to contact the users who blocked them via Messenger.Egan said the issue has been repaired, and users who were impacted will see notifications prompting them to check their blocked lists.
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I don't know how many different versions of Dairy Milk there are out there.At least two of them are made with Oreos and another two have nuts in, plus all those other amalgamations that include different Cadbury chocolate bars.Well now the chocolatiers must be out of ideas, because they're asking members of the general public to try and design their own.Apparently there are 90,000 combinations to choose from, and yet there isn't a single mention of Creme Egg filling anywhere.Toblerone is in there too, and since you don't need to use all three ingredients your dreams of a Toblerone-filled Dairy Milk are one-step closer to reality.Following the mixing you get to name the chocolate and pick the special colour on the front.
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Before a Valley startup named Cohesity landed a massive $250 million round of investment led by Softbank's Vision Fund, the founder had to pass muster with Masayoshi Son himself, Softbank's founder and one of the world's richest men.It was an unusual and whirlwind meeting at Son's California mansion, wedged into a six-hour layover.Cohesity CEO Mohit Aron and Softbank's senior managing partner Deep Nishar shared details of the meeting with Business Insider, and what it's like to be a startup working with the world-renown billionaire.Earlier this month, a computer storage startup called Cohesity announced that it had raised a massive $250 million round of investment mostly from Softbank's Vision Fund.Son has a mansion in the exclusive Portola Valley and Aron was invited there."Me and my VP of finance, we parked our cars [on the street] and the gate surrounding the property was closed," Aron described.
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In March 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a type of National Security Agency bulk monitoring known as "upstream" surveillance.But on Friday, a hearing over one such roadblock in Maryland district court could bring long-awaited progress.The Wikimedia Foundation, which the ACLU is representing along with cocounsel from the Knight First Amendment Institute and Cooley LLP, engages in more than a trillion communications per year with people around the world, and has hundreds of millions of visitors each month to Wikipedia.Now, the government is using a concept known as the “state secrets privilege,” which protects classified information from the discovery process in a lawsuit, to resist cooperating with Wikimedia's requests.As a result of these evasive tactics, the core constitutional issues of upstream surveillance remain unexamined."No public court has ever addressed the lawfulness of this surveillance," says Ashley Gorski, a staff attorney for the ACLU's National Security Project.
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