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Plenty of laser research already going on – but there's more than one way to melt a droneThe EU is planning to build a laser cannon with double the power of Britain's under-construction Dragonfire zapper, according to reports – but the general state of the tech doesn't automatically mean Europe will be trying to snaffle Brit raygun smarts.€90m from the EU's Preparatory Action for Defence Research programme is reportedly being spent on the Eurozapper, with a slideshow seen by a Sun source stating: "Current European high power laser effectors rely mainly on non-European technology and are based on architectures that combine incoherent beams on the target."Handily, this phrase leads the curious straight to an EU Defence Agency (EUDA) call-for-proposal paper from March (PDF, 47 pages), which says: "The EU thus risks becoming fully dependent on suppliers established in non-EU countries for this critical defence technology.End-user restrictions imposed by non-EU nations (e.g., the US International Traffic in Arms and Export Administration Regulations (ITAR and EAR)) already endanger the security-of-supply of essential components of such high power laser systems."Thus, says the EUDA, a "European" laser must immediately be researched and built, with the focus being on a product that can destroy airborne items including rockets, artillery shells and mortar bombs, drones and missiles, and also "rapid, small boats".
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Police new passbokningssystem is down.When lots of people at the same time tried to make appointments to renew their passports gave the system up. "It has collapsed completely here, but we're working on it," says Jan Schütt at the police regional ofce which is in Gothenburg, sweden, to SVT News, West.the Spring transition from a walk-in system to an appointment for the passport application on the net has been problematic.They booked the times ended quickly, and at the police stations, where a time had left the drop-insystemet has queues sometimes been several hours long.was released today the new times which were possible to book.
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När Qliro redovisar sin första rapport i år landar rörelseresultatet på -58,8 miljoner kronor, det får jämföras med förra årets siffror på 19,4 Mkr.Rörelsemarginalen går ned till -8,2 procent (-2,8).Bruttoresultatet minskar med 5 Mkr jämfört med förra året.Under första kvartalet 2018 redovisar man 135,3 Mkr, vilket ger en bruttomarginal på 18,9 procent.Däremot ökar omsättningen med 2 procent till 716,1 Mkr.Qliro har sedan tidigare varnat för att första kvartalet skulle bli svagt.
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Oracle will deliver “update releases” of Solaris every northern Summer, under a new plan it revealed this week along with news of the Solaris 11.4 beta and a hurry-along for users of old Sun hardware.In a post detailing what Oracle calls “minor changes” to its release schedule, Big Red’s director of product management for Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris Scott Lynn said the company’s new plans work as follows:Oracle Solaris 11 update releases will be released every year in approximately the first quarter of our fiscal year (that's June, July, August for most people).New features will be made available as they are ready to ship in whatever is the next available and appropriate delivery vehicle.This could be an Support Repository Update (SRU), Critical Patch Update (CPU) or a new release.Oracle Solaris 11 update releases will contain the following content:
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Netflix mobile previews are vertically aligned trailers akin to Instagram Stories.The feature is out now for iOS users and “coming soon” to Android users.Netflix hopes this will help you find new content faster.Netflix announced on its blog today that it is rolling out what it calls mobile previews to its mobile app.The feature is available now for iOS users and “coming soon” to Android devices.Mobile previews operate in much the same way that video previews work in the television app, which rolled out last year.
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A bunch of Google employees participating in the company’s Area 120 internal incubator have launched Grasshopper, a free mobile app for Android and iOS that teaches you the basics of programming.It’s beautifully designed and is suitable for just about anyone who can be trusted to use a phone on their own.By solving simple challenges and answering quiz questions, you’ll soon get the hang of basic JavaScript.The gamified app, named after programming pioneer Grace Hopper, currently includes three sets of lessons, which cover the fundamentals of coding (calling functions, using variables and objects, and so on), as well as animations.The idea is to spend a few minutes a day with it, so you can have the app remind you to hop in daily and take on a few challenges.When you’re done with the content in Grasshopper, you can move on to recommended Coursera classes to learn more about JavaScript, HTML, CSS, algorithms, and web design for a fee, or simply muck around in Grashopper’s online playground and make your own JS animations.
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After launching in China recently, Huawei’s India arm is now set to bring the P20 and P20 Pro to the India market which is considered to be a key one for the company.Huawei India has reportedly sent out press invites for a launch event on April 24.While the invite didn’t expressly says what devices will be unveiled, the “SEE MOOORE” tag is a clear indication that the Huawei P20 Pro will be the star of the show.The P20 Lite is also expected to debut alongside the P20 pro, but not the base Huawei P20.With an expected price tag of Rs 60,000 to Rs 65,000, the Huawei P20 Pro is the most sophisticated of the P20 smartphones, that is expected to compete fiercely with the Flagship Galaxy S9 duo and the overpriced Apple iPhone X with the notch display.The Huawei P20 Pro has all it takes to be a true flagship phone and does so even better with an amazing design choice that makes it the envy of others.
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Don't panic… until you finish readingRSA 2018 The iTunes Wi-Fi sync feature in Apple's iOS can be potentially abused by cops, snoops, and hackers to remotely extract information from, and control, iPhones and iPads.This is according to researchers at Symantec, who discovered that, once an iOS device trusts a physically connected computer, the device can, in certain circumstances, be accessed by miscreants sharing the same Wi-Fi network as the device and the computer.Said miscreants can make backups of the iPhone or iPad's documents, extract screenshots, and even add and remove applications without the iThing owner's knowledge.Speaking at the 2018 RSA Conference today in San Francisco, Symantec operating system research team leader Roy Iarchi and senior veep Adi Sharabani said it's all because the cryptographic keys generated for accessing devices via USB are also used when authenticating access via Wi-Fi.Thus if an iThing trusts a computer, or some other terminal, hands over its keys, and those keys land in the hands of scumbags, they can be used to hijack the handheld or fondleslab over the shared wireless network.
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Engine shrapnel pierced the airplane's fuselage, blew out a window, caused the airplane to lose cabin pressure, and left one passenger dead.Not breathing enough oxygen at high altitude can lead to loss of consciousness and hinder evacuation procedures.Shrapnel reportedly pierced the airplane's fuselage, blew out a window, and caused the cabin of the airplane to depressurize.Tammie Jo Shults, the pilot of the flight (who used to fly US Navy fighter jets), guided the Dallas-bound airplane to a safe landing in Philadelphia.Bobby Laurie, a former flight attendant and TV show host, shared one of Martinez's photos on Twitter along with a public service announcement reminding people to cover both their noses and mouths with oxygen masks during an emergency.The percentage of oxygen in the air at high altitudes isn't the issue, since that stays relatively constant at about 21% until about 70,000 feet.
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Chrome already provides effective protection against malicious sites: go somewhere with a poor reputation and you'll get a big, scary red screen telling you that you're about to do something unwise.But Microsoft believes it can do a better job than Google, and it has released a Chrome plugin, Windows Defender Browser Protection, that brings its own anti-phishing protection to Google's browser.Microsoft justifies the new plugin with reference to a 2017 report that claims that the company's Edge browser blocked 99 percent of phishing attempts, compared to 87 percent by Chrome and 70 percent in Firefox.The plugin brings Edge's protection to Chrome, so if the theory holds, it should bump the browser up to 99 percent, too.The new extension doesn't appear to disable Chrome's own checking (or at least, it doesn't seem to be doing so for me), so at the very least isn't likely to make you less safe, and with phishing being as widespread as it is, the extra protection probably doesn't hurt.While making Windows users that extra bit safer is good for the Windows platform as a whole, this release does ever so slightly erode one of the purported benefits of the Edge browser.
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XM Reality was founded in 2007 and has developed a system in which the techniques can be guided by experts at a distance with the help of a mobile phone camera, or smart glasses.the System is based on the so-called augmented reality and will save money for businesses of not having to fly the experts to the different places around the world.Xmreality, which is listed on First North, reported net sales of sek 2.0 million for the first quarter (of 0.9).the Company has also capitalized work for own account which has an income line of 1.7 million.The total revenue amounted to sek 3.8 million.Operating profit landed on a 6.6 m million (-4,1) and profit after tax was in the same county.
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A new study titled Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies has found that more than half of Android apps directed toward children under 13 potentially violate the US Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), as reported by The Guardian.Additionally, the study — led by researchers at the International Computer Science Institute at the University of California, Berkeley — says the apps that are improperly collecting and sharing data are all included in Google’s Designed for Families program.The study looked at 5,855 child-directed apps, and the researchers said they “Identified several concerning violations and trends.” According to the study, 4.8 percent had clear violations surrounding sharing location or contact information without consent, 18 percent shared identifiers for ad targeting, 40 percent shared personal information without proper security protocols, and 39 percent disregard “contractual obligations aimed at protecting children’s privacy.”In total, 28 percent of the apps accessed sensitive data protected by Android permissions, and 73 percent of the apps transmitted said sensitive data over the internet.Some of the apps named in the report include KidzInMind, TabTale’s “Pop Girls–High School Band,” and Fun Kid Racing.While Google’s Designed for Families program provides developers with information on COPPA and says it requires they certify compliance, enforcement appears to not be thorough.
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With so much focus on staying productive, it may surprise you to realise just how many things you can do with a locked iPhone.Left on by default, you can disable this feature in Settings>Display & Brightness where you toggle Raise to Wake to off.[Also read: Strong and stable: The iOS security guide]If enabled, Siri will also tell you about your agenda, create meetings and reminders and send text messages to contacts while your device is locked.If the TV widget is installed, you can control a registered Apple TV; you can even switch Wi-Fi networks and more.You can prevent Control Center access from a locked iPhone in Settings>Touch ID & Passcode, where you toggle the feature off.
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In November 2017, a study from regulator Ofcom found underage access was “on the rise” and half of 11-12-year-olds have a social media profile.So whose responsibility is it to reduce the number of children signing up to social media before they reach their teenage years?Should the government intervene or should companies like Snapchat and Facebook be doing more to ensure kids can’t sign up?When we asked parents, the government and social media networks, they all said the liability should be shared.The majority (80%) of parents of six-to 16-year-olds believe mums and dads have a ‘high level’ of responsibility for keeping their children safe online, according to a survey of 2,000 parents by nonprofit organisation Internet Matters.More than half (61%) thought this responsibility extends to social media companies too and almost 50% believed app creators and internet service providers are also responsible.
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Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of the world's largest advertising agency network, WPP has resigned from his post following an investigation being held by the company.Meanwhile, Roberto Quarta, chairman of WPP, will become executive chairman until the appointment of Sorrell's full-time successor is made.Quarta said: “Sir Martin has been the driving force behind the expansion of WPP to create the global leader in marketing services.During this time, the Company has been successful because it has valued and nurtured outstanding talent at every level – within and well beyond our leadership teams.It has been a passion, focus and source of energy for so long.Mark and Andrew and the management team at all levels have the knowledge and abilities to take WPP to even greater heights and capitalise on the geographic and functional opportunities.
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Like flying cars and robot assistants, holograms have spent almost my entire life being “only a few years away” from ubiquity.Naturally, as the sci-fi concept had finally become somewhat tangible, people began to assume that holographic TVs would soon bring realistic 3D images into their living rooms.In 1992, Sega released a single holographic arcade game, Holosseum, that turned out to be a smoke-and-mirror trick minus the smoke.Holographic homes and boardrooms have remained the stuff of science fiction.But people still dream about bringing holograms into their lives.Meanwhile, in the real world, RED apparently now plans to sell a holographic phone this summer for $1,300 and up.
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To promote the new Netflix show, you can play a Lost in Space game on your Google Home.Just say, “Hey Google, play the Lost in Space game” to try it out.The new Netflix reimagining of the classic 60s television show Lost in Space is available to watch now.But if you have some time and want to get amped up for a weekend binge watch, you can play a Lost in Space game using only your Google Home.Similar to an “escape the room” type of game, this Lost in Space game puts you into dangerous quagmires and tasks you with coming up with solutions to move on to the next area.The actors who play the main characters on the show provide voice instructions on where you are, what the problem is, and possible solutions to remedy the situation.
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A Hollywood icon and a real-life NASA astronaut walk into an Instagram Live conversation.That's the set-up for what NASA and National Geographic are calling the first-ever Instagram Live from the International Space Station.The live video feed is set to start at 8:45 a.m. PT Thursday on the National Geographic Instagram account.Actor Will Smith is known for sci-fi movie ventures like Independence Day and Men in Black, but he's also doing some nonfiction duty as the narrator and host of National Geographic's One Strange Rock documentary series about Earth, which features a collection of astronauts sharing their perspectives on our planet.Smith will chat -- from Earth -- with NASA astronaut Drew Feustel.Smith's announcement of the event hints he will be asking Feustel about how bathrooms work in space.
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Ring, the company behind the popular video doorbell, now has a new parent and a new price.On Thursday, April 12, Amazon announced that it completed the acquisition of the smart home company, and to celebrate, is offering the video doorbell for the lowered price of $100.“Our mission to reduce crime in neighborhoods has been at the core of everything we do at Ring,” said Jamie Siminoff, CEO and Chief Inventor of Ring.“Together with Amazon, we will accelerate our mission dramatically by connecting more neighbors globally and making our security devices and systems more affordable and accessible.The entire Ring team is excited to continue working hard to create products and services that bring real benefits to people’s lives and build safer communities for all our neighbors.”In a Los Angeles Police Department pilot program, the Ring Video Doorbell has proven successful in clamping down on burglaries in neighborhoods.
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What your parents probably scolded you for having a lack of when you were a kid; like the time you protested about the injustice of having to go to bed, or when you complained about the total lack of chocolate at breakfast.Gratitude was never something I thought would be a distinct focus in my life, not in a life and death sort of way, like I’m about to recall.I guess I’d always been pretty grateful.I was very aware of the sometimes overused and under-appreciated adage: There’s always someone worse off than you.I had a great job in teaching, amazing husband, lived the zero emission electric vehicle dream, travelled, and had found pretty acceptable gluten free food that didn’t make me question life’s meaning from time to time.We were planning to start a family, unaware that picking nursery furniture and baby clothes was going to be least of our troubles.
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