Daniel Yale

Daniel Yale

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If the public are serious about wanting to protect children from online sexual abuse more investment in skilled professionals is needed now.The stark warning comes from researchers following publication of a new report commissioned by the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) which coincided with the first day of the public hearing into online child sexual abuse.Victims of online facilitated child sexual abuse often remain undetected until images or videos of their abuse are picked up by criminal investigations.And warns Professor Corinne May-Chahal, of Lancaster University, who led this piece of research: "These involve a growing number of children but the resources needed to detect abuse, trace victims and help them get support is very limited."She added that a key question asked by parents and those working with children is what made a child at risk of online sexual abuse.The Lancaster report, examines what is known about the characteristics, vulnerabilities and on-and-offline behaviour of victims of online-facilitated child sexual abuse and exploitation.
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Back in November, Adobe teased a new Photoshop feature I’d been waiting for all my life: an AI-powered selection tool.In Adobe’s demos, at least, it can do an impressive job of identifying a subject with just one click.Now it’s finally available to trySimply called ‘Select Subject’, it uses Adobe’s Sensei AI to understand what exactly you’re trying to select.While results aren’t perfect, it’ll at least give you a head start that could amount to legit time savings.Selecting subjects is one of the most vexingly menial tasks you can do in Photoshop – my curly hair is often a pain point in my own photos.
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In the UK, that includes the likes of Dua Lipa, Rita Ora, Stormzy, and talk-show host and We Buy Any Car pitchman, Phillip Schofield.So, for example, Snapchat might pick some stories from a music festival or gig.Search Stories are far simpler; these appear in organic search traffic when using the app.If it sounds confusing, that’s because it is.For whatever reason, Snapchat has allowed Stories to become fractured and complicated, but I digress…It’s worth mentioning that these stories have different longevities, for lack of a better word.
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The RED Hydrogen One, that has been up for pre-order since last year, will finally see the light of the day this year.There is no report on the specs and other details of the phone, except that it will be offered in two variants, Titanium and Aluminium, which are priced at $1595 and $1195 respectively.The camera equipment manufacturer has been tight lipped about the phone’s specs, but in a recent post on the RED user forums from Jim Jannard, the company’s founder, threw more light on the upcoming smartphone.He wrote that the President of the Company, Jarred Land and he both carry the near-final prototypes of the Hydrogen One, mentioning that it is exactly the phone that they have ever wanted.The specs that were revealed include:Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 for all variants
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Xiaomi’s high-end Mi lineup differentiates itself from the budget Redmi phones since its first Mi phone.Although the company started its journey with the Mi 3 in India, but it has been a constant focus (except for Mi 6) for them after the first phone was out.Xiaomi has not officially announced a release date for the Mi 7, but the company has scheduled to exhibit at MWC 2018.This signals at a probable showcase of the flagship next month.Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun confirmed the news at Qualcomm’s annual tech conference in Hawaii in December 2017.Also, the upcoming SoC will be focusing heavily on AI for the accompanied Hexagon digital signal processor.
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While the most hyped gaming console from Microsoft was available in global markets earlier, it's today when it made its entry to India.The console is priced at Rs 44,990 and it competes against Sony's flagship PlayStation Pro 4 console.Xbox One X is by far the mightiest gaming console in the series.It's great to see that Microsoft has decided to bring it to India soon after the global launch.It's not a new generation of consoles, so if you are an existing Xbox One or One S user, you can still play those titles on the One X.According to Microsoft, "with 6 Teraflops, 326GB/s of Memory Bandwidth and advanced, custom silicon, the Scorpio Engine is the world’s most powerful console gaming processor".
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Hackers are looking to exploit the hype surrounding Michael Wolff's new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, to spread malicious malware, security researchers have reportedly found.Kaspersky Labs researcher Michael Molsner first highlighted a piece of malware found on a pirated version of the controversial tell-all on US President Donald Trump and his presidency that has been making waves in Washington.Molsner highlighted the malware in a tweet on Friday, saying: "Sometimes we come across strange malware."While digital versions sold by official eBook retailers such as Amazon and Apple among others are not affected, free and unauthorised copies of the book found on torrenting sites and floating around social media may be infected with this malicious software, the Daily Beast noted.According to tests conducted by the Daily Beast, a sample of the malware was detected by multiple antivirus programmes.Earlier in January, Julian Assange's whistleblowing site WikiLeaks also tweeted a link to a Google Drive containing the full text of Fire and Fury.
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Tokyo-based Bitcoin exchange BitFlyer has kicked off operations in Europe, after having secured the necessary Payment Institution license to run its service across the EU.The exchange launched in the US last November, and claims that more than $250 billion in virtual currency was traded on its platform in 2017.According to Financial Times, it facilitates about 20-30 percent of all Bitcoin trades globally.With that, BitFlyer claims that it’s now the only licensed exchange to allow cross-border Bitcoin trading between Europe and Japan, among the largest markets for the virtual currency in the world.To start, it’ll only allow trading of Bitcoin/Euro pairs and will initially target professional high-volume traders; plans to support other currencies like Ethereum and Litecoin, as well as more fiat currencies, are in the works for the coming months.The news follows speculation over whether South Korea will close domestic cryptocurrency exchanges; at present, the government is having those businesses’ offices raided to investigate alleged tax evasion and is considering shutting down those are aren’t compliant with local laws.
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Wish you could do more with your phone than just run Android?Codeweavers is working to sort you out: it’s just released version 3.0 of the Wine compatibility layer for Linux-based systems, which can now be built into an APK package and installed on your Android device.Once you grab the installer from this page and install it on your device (Android Police noted that it works better on some phones like the OnePlus 5T, and crashes on others like the Google Pixel from 2016), you’ll be greeted by a full-screen Windows 7 interface – Start menu and all.In addition, Wine v3 works better with x86 Android devices than those powered by ARM processors; if you’re on the latter, you’ll be limited to running apps that were ported to Windows RT (the XDA Developers forum has a nice list of them).Regardless of your processor type, you’ll need to bring your own Windows programs to the device, because none are bundled with this build.You might also want to connect a Bluetooth keyboard for text input, as software keyboards aren’t immediately recognized and pulled up when you tap on empty fields and the command prompt.
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When Apple launched its trilogy of flagship handsets late last year, the exorbitant pricing of the iPhone X along with supply constraints had retail experts CIRP (Consumer Intelligence Research Partners) predicting the all-screen wonder wouldn’t sell as well as the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.That prediction has now largely been validated by actual sales data from CIRP, with the iPhone X making up roughly 20% of all iPhone sales in the US for 2017, while the comparatively boring iPhone 8 hit closer to 23%.Perhaps unsurprisingly, the piggy in the middle didn’t perform as well as either of the extremes, with the iPhone 8 Plus comprising roughly 18% of Apple’s handset sales.When compared to the previous year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus sales, the latest trio of Apple handsets didn’t fare nearly as well.Around 72% of all iPhone sales were attributed to the 7 and 7 Plus in 2016, while the 8, 8 Plus, and X only hit around 61% combined.While this may suggest that people aren’t as eager to adopt the latest lineup, it’s worth noting that the iPhone X launched more than a month after the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, potentially preventing prospective buyers from jumping on the 8 series and simultaneously shortening the window of time in which the iPhone X was sold.
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The LG G6 was certainly one of the most wronged handsets of the last year.The lack of appeal over the handset was one of the main reasons for the low sales suffered by LG.Although the smartphone was the one debuting the 18:9 screen, it couldn’t keep on with the Snapdragon 835 flagships.Several months later, LG released the LG V30 which fixed most of the G6 flaws while brought more updated specs.The LG V30 now is one of the lucky devices running the Android Oreo, in some parts of the world.The LG G6 in counterpart, still haven’t proved the latest Google’s Cookie.
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The first Essential Phone was a good device, and everything that the first wave of Android phone enthusiasts could have wanted.Now we’re in an era where the most fad-friendly phone is king, and only king for a half-cycle.Our first review of this device was cut short by what we perceived as not-quite-ready software.Several months later, though, and with many updates under the Essential Phone’s belt, we’re ready to pass judgement.It’s right on-part with other top-tier smartphones of the past year for pixel density at 1312 x 2560 pixels (504 PPI), and it’s covered with a pane of Gorilla Glass 5.Colors are just as full as a Galaxy S8 or an LG G6 – maybe even better.
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Patches slammed as 'complete and utter garbage' as Chipzilla U-turns on microcodeIntel's fix for Spectre variant 2 – the branch target injection design flaw affecting most of its processor chips – is not to fix it.Rather than preventing abuse of processor branch prediction by disabling the capability and incurring a performance hit, Chipzilla's future chips – at least for a few years until microarchitecture changes can be implemented – will ship vulnerable by default but will include a protection flag that can be set by software.Instead of treating Spectre as a bug, the chip maker is offering Spectre protection as a feature.The decision to address the flaw with an opt-in flag rather than activating defenses by default has left Linux kernel steward Linus Torvalds apoplectic.In a message posted to the Linux kernel mailing list on Sunday, he wrote, "As it is, the patches are COMPLETE AND UTTER GARBAGE."
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Montana will require Internet service providers to follow net neutrality principles in order to receive state government contracts.Governor Steve Bullock, a Democrat, today signed an executive order imposing that requirement beginning July 1, 2018."There has been a lot of talk around the country about how to respond to the recent decision by Federal Communications Commission to repeal net neutrality rules, which keep the Internet free and open," Bullock said."It's time to actually do something about it.We can't wait for folks in Washington, DC, to come to their senses and reinstate these rules."The FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules scrapped the US-wide regulations, and it preempts state and local governments from enacting their own, similar net neutrality rules.
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Hulu and YouTube are battling for subscribers for their respective live TV streaming services, according to a CNBC report out this morning, which says that Hulu Live has grown to 450,000 paying subscribers and YouTube TV has just over 300,000.Both are still trailing competitors, including Dish’s Sling TV, which has more than 2 million estimated subscribers, and AT’s DirecTV Now, which just hit 1 million.Of course, DirecTV Now has benefited from AT promotions that allowed customers to tack on the streaming TV service to their mobile plan for $10 per month, as well as those where it doled out free HBO.Meanwhile, Dish’s Sling TV has been around longer than the others — it opened up to users back in early 2015.Hulu’s lead over YouTube in terms of subscribers could be chalked up, in part, to availability.Hulu Live TV launched across the U.S., but didn’t make the four major networks — ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC — available in all cities, as it hashed out its deal.
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Back in the early days of digital advertising, portals and ad networks stepped in where websites struggled.They were able to aggregate sites and audiences to achieve much more scale, leading to better forecasting, larger audiences, pricing efficiencies and bigger buys.Enter demand-side platforms (DSPs), which enable advertisers to buy, track, and serve ads from one centralized hub.The downfall of portals and ad networks came from their lack of full control and transparency.It has also been driven by a desire to streamline ad tech platform operations, boosting efficiency and transparency from vendors.Ultimately, there will be small companies that will innovate for individual buyers and win some share.
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After what felt like five years of mayoral begging and media gimmicks, we finally know the top 20 finalists in the brutal battle for Amazon’s second headquarters.The cities are about as predictable as you’d think.Basically, all the big ones in North America.Here they are, and among them, there can be only one winner, as the rest cannot survive Amazon’s Thunderdome or the wrath of a fearsome, fire-breathing Jeff Bezos:Noticeably absent from the list are many cities in the West.However, if you consider that part of Amazon’s mission in building a second headquarters some distance away from its original Seattle headquarters, this is isn’t surprising.
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Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaoomi, has been invested a lot of time and efforts in the development of its own MIUI operating system.Currently, there are numerous customs skin designed based on existing Android versions, but MIUI 9 is unarguably one of the best as it is packed with multiple features.There are rumors that MIUI 9’s predecessor – MIUI 10 or MIUI X, is on its way but we know that it’s not been long since the stable version of MIUI 9 arrived many Xiaomi devices thus users will want to have a feel of the current MIUI 9 before proceeding to MIUI 10 if available for their units.Recently, Xiaomi took to its official Weibo account to unveil the full list of Xiaomi devices that will get the MIUI 9 with time.The biggest surprise on this list is the inclusion of six-year-old Xiaomi Mi 2.Well, for Mi fans and close followers of Xiaomi, this is not a surprise because the company is one of the best when it comes to releasing updates for old devices.
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Barrett-Jackson is famous for auctioning off cars for charity and at the recent auction in Arizona, two Corvettes were auctioned off.Former President George W. Bush Jr. was on hand for one of the auctions and personally dropped the gavel on the sale price for the very first 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition.That car was sold with all proceeds going to the Bush Center’s Military Service Initiative helping to rehab post 9/11 veterans.Bush Jr. also signed the car for the winning bidder, one John Staluppi, owner of the Atlantic Automotive Group.That winning bid was $1.4 million.Interestingly that Corvette Carbon version sold for considerably more money than the first production 2019 Corvette ZR1.
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A major goal is to reduce queuing times at cashiers.There are no human cashiers, only cameras and robo assistants to process transactions.On Monday, the first intrepid customers enter Amazon Go, an Internet of Things shopping experience complete with cameras, sensors and an app.Customers simply scan their smartphone at the electronic gates in the foyer, pick up the shopping items they would like and walk back out through the turnstiles.Amazon’s flagship store is in its newly opened Seattle headquarters, where a handful of human staff replenish shelves of popular items, while others check ID in the alcohol aisle and greet newcomers at the door.A major goal is to reduce queuing times at cashiers by adding automation technology to in-person retail.
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