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Send the details to desire.athow@futurenet.com with a photo if possible.A1 Comms appoints O2 alumni as Business MDSteve Heald has been named as the new Managing Director of A1 Comms' businessn division.Most recently he was Senior Advisor for Product Line Management Cellular and Wireless at Ciena.Orange CEO Stephane Richard has been named the new Chair of the GSMA.Woodward has 20 years experience in the technology industry having previously served at HTC and Sony
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High up in the Swiss Alps in Davos last month, it was clear that most of the town was pessimistic because of the outlook on trade and the global economy.But what should concern investors more is the breaking up of the global web through the arrival of what’s known as the “splinternet”.It’s increasingly likely that China, Russia, and their allies will adopt one type of internet, reinforcing the power of political regimes, and removing data privacy for citizens under the guise of security and efficiency.And meanwhile, the rest of the world is adopting a different set of common standards and principles, reflecting western values on democracy, freedom of speech, and privacy.But they will need partners if Chinese giant Huawei is shut out of 5G development in the west, or if extreme scenarios occur, where governments order the replacement of previous 3G and 4G Huawei equipment due to security fears.Remember, many ordered Huawei equipment not just because it was good technology, but because it was cheaper than the other producers.
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SpaceX founder Elon Musk is confident about his company's plans to establish a human settlement on Mars and believes that people in first-world countries would be able to afford the trip to the planet.Here's what we know about SpaceX's plans for their Mars settlement project.On Musk's Twitter, the CEO said selling your Earth home would be enough to cover the $500,000 ticket to Mars if you wish it.As of now, the SpaceX spaceflights are mostly test runs for their rockets for sending both cargo and people out of the Earth's orbit.Currently, Musk and SpaceX have to solve their spaceflight launch issues as its Crew Dragon DM-1 and Falcon Heavy flights have met some schedule snags.Previously, the Crew Dragon was originally planned to be launched in February but it was pushed to March.
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Not a fan of a color that will make your phone look like an oversized candy lemon candy?Fortunately, Samsung is going to offer the Galaxy S10e in more color options.It’s not as many as the iPhone XR, sadly, but if you prefer a more subdued but still eye-catching hue, then the Blue color option might be your best bet.But what if you want something better and more expensive than the Galaxy S10e?Good thing, then, that the Galaxy S10 will come in blue as well.Smartphone colors are almost a game of chance, not knowing which ones a company will use each year.
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What happened: The world’s largest payment card issuer, China UnionPay, said Monday that, compared with the same period last year, the number of payments through its mobile platform more than doubled and the payment amount jumped 4.4 times during this past Spring Festival.Total transactions over week-long holiday also soared 71.5% to a record RMB 1.16 trillion (around $170.6 billion).Why it’s important: Chinese banks have been eager to increase their share in mobile payment in response to the rapid expansion of the payment services provided by tech giants including Tencent and Alibaba’s Ant Financial.In 2017, Chinese tech companies’ share of retail payments soared to nearly 50%, a significant jump from 2012’s 5%.The state-controlled UnionPay has been seeking to expand its mobile and QR code payment services in not only China but also international markets as more Chinese tourists are adopting mobile payments abroad.
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In preparation for the launch of its next Mars rover, NASA is undertaking some quick, interplanetary KonMari.The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft has been orbiting Mars since September 2014, occasionally dipping into the Martian atmosphere to study how it has changed over time.However, NASA wants to load up the orbiter with an important new job: operating as a communications relay for the Mars 2020 rover mission.To do so, they're going to tidy up its orbit just a little."The MAVEN spacecraft has done a phenomenal job teaching us how Mars lost its atmosphere and providing other important scientific insights on the evolution of the Martian climate," said Jim Watzin, director of NASA's Mars Exploration Program.In the past, MAVEN has been called on to relay signals from NASA's Curiosity rover, but for it to help with the upcoming Mars 2020 mission, NASA is going to move it even closer to the Martian surface, boosting its ability to beam signals home.
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Popular virtual reality game Beat Saber has been updated with, among other things, increased controller motion limits.This change is only relevant to the best players, the experts who, the developers explain, exceed “what we thought was humanly possible.” The change was based on tracking data gathered from Beat Saber professionals capable of making moves insanely fast.Beat Saber is a highly popular virtual reality game released less than a year ago for PS VR and Windows-based VR systems.The game was made by Beat Games, which published it alongside Hyperbolic Magnetism.The game, for those unfamiliar, involves light-based sabers that are totally not lightsabers, and they’re used (via motion controllers) to slash inbound blocks, each of which represents a musical beat.Anyone who has played Rockband will see the similarity, and it’s not hard to guess why the addictive title is so popular.
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We're a little over a week away from Samsung's official reveal of the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, and Galaxy S10E, which means it's time for the more convincing leaked renders to land online ahead of launch.Posted on Twitter by noted tipster Evan Blass, the latest leaked images show what's assumed to be the Galaxy S10 Plus in a variety of color variants, with the expected black option joined by two new shades: the first is green, while the second appears to be a fetching pearlescent white.Just days ago, Blass leaked renders of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10E, each in black, giving us our best looks at the handsets' triple-lens and dual-lens cameras, ultra-thin bezels, and much ballyhooed 'pinhole' cameras.Each phone in the Galaxy S10 lineup is expected to boast either Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 processors (depending on region), with the most high-end model offering up to 1TB of storage and 12GB of RAM.Of course, Samsung has yet to confirm any details surrounding its upcoming Galaxy S10 lineup – we'll have to wait until its launch on February 20 to get any concrete information.
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Oil, gas, maritime systems affected by latest bug findingsCompanies running a popular brand of industrial Ethernet switch are being advised to update their firmware ASAP following a series of bug disclosures.Security house Positive Technologies took credit today for the discovery of six CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in the Phoenix Contact FL Switch 3xxx, 4xxx, and 48xx industrial control switches.The flaws are addressed in firmware versions 1.35 or newer.Among the now-patched flaws were several Positive described as "critical" security risks that could be exploited to knock vulnerable devices offline or pull off man-in-the-middle attacks."Successful exploitation of these weaknesses has the potential to cause disruption, or even total interruption, of ICS operations," Positive Technologies SCADA research analyst Paolo Emiliani said in the company's write-up of the issue.
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In the United States, aging civil infrastructure systems are deteriorating on a massive scale.A recent report by the American Society of Civil Engineers gave these systems a D+ rating nationwide on an A - F scale.Now scientists at the University of Missouri have developed smartphone-based technologies that can monitor civil infrastructure systems such as crumbing roads and aging bridges, potentially saving millions of lives.Based on estimations, researchers say the failure of civil infrastructure systems, such as roads and bridges, could cause a 1 percent reduction in the U.S. GDP.In 2017, that number was $200 billion.The challenges of the aging civil infrastructure systems suggest the need for developing innovative monitoring solutions.
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For those whose jobs regularly place them in harm's way, though, advanced sensing technology is not as readily available.Thanks to a rare Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), however, Kent State University researchers in the new Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute will be able to work with partners at Merck Performance Materials to advance life-saving sensory technology.The three-year grant provides $330,000 for Torsten Hegmann, Ph.D., professor, Ohio Research Scholar and associate director of the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute, and Elda Hegmann, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute and Department of Biological Sciences in Kent State's College of Arts and Sciences, to study liquid crystal-nanoparticle sensors for detection of toxic gases and vapors.This interaction is the basis for creating highly sensitive and selective sensors that produce direct visual readouts or warnings without the use of electrical power.The integrative sensor systems, which Drs.Torsten and Elda Hegmann have developed with Merck Performance Materials, can display an unmistakable warning in the form of text or an image in the presence of toxic gases and vapors, and provide parts-per-million level sensitivity.
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A Texas lawmaker is proposing a state law that would prohibit wireless carriers from throttling mobile Internet service in disaster areas.Bobby Guerra, a Democratic member of the Republican-controlled Texas House of Representatives, filed the bill last week."A mobile Internet service provider may not impair or degrade lawful mobile Internet service access in an area subject to a declared state of disaster," the bill says.If passed, it would take effect on September 1, 2019.rejects Verizon’s “customer support mistake” excuse for throttlingThe bill, reported by NPR affiliate KUT, appears to be a response to Verizon's throttling of an "unlimited" data plan used by Santa Clara County firefighters during a wildfire response in California last year.
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TUD Rector, Prof. Hans Müller-Steinhagen, emphasises the strategic importance of the new centre: "With the founding of the centre, TU Dresden and Fraunhofer are creating the prerequisites to make Dresden even more interesting as a location for large AI projects and to recruit and retain the brightest minds in AI research worldwide"."Artificial intelligence - if used responsibly - can help solve the biggest problems of humankind", says Prof. Frank Fitzek, Head of the Deutsche Telekom Chair for Communication Networks at TU Dresden.Prof. Fitzek and his colleague Prof. Jens Lehmann from the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS) are the scientific directors of the new research centre."Nowadays, artificial intelligence is an important economic factor and innovation driver", states Fitzek."The CEE -AI will contribute to training experts in artificial intelligence.We are developing pioneering technologies for a wide range of applications and are securing jobs in the process.
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The government could be forced to “manage the decline” of industries like car manufacturing and dairy farming in the event of a no-deal Brexit, two highly respected think-tanks have warned.A “very, very large” number of sectors would feel the impact of trade barriers like tariffs and regulations if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) deputy director Carl Emerson said on Monday.Ministers would be forced to target support at industries that would suffer the most, and choose whether to manage their decline or help them navigate the initial shock in the belief that they could adapt and thrive.Under a unilateral free trade approach backed by hard Brexiteers like David Davis, with zero tariffs on all imports, industries like dairy farming would all but disappear, the Institute for Government’s (IFG) chief economist Gemma Tetlow suggested.The pair were responding to questions at a Westminster event about how the government might respond to the UK leaving the EU without a deal on March 29 and reverting to World Trade Organisation rules for trade.The response would be multi-pronged, Emmerson said, with increased spending for certain departments like HM Revenue and Customs so it could manage the introduction of checks at borders.
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We've heard a lot about the various Samsung Galaxy S10 phones, despite them not launching until the 20th of February.The latest news leak is that the supermassive S10 with 1TB of storage – which we broke news of back in December – will go on sale a little later than the others.We've already heard that the S10 phones will be available for preorder from the 21st of February, aka the day after the launch event.But according to a rumour from Samsung's division in the Philippines, the actual on-sale dates will be different for the main S10 line and the top-end model.The vanilla S10, the S10 Plus and the S10E (apparently for 'everyday,' because it's the lowest-end model – does this mean we have to have a 'Sunday dress' handset now?)will apparently hit the shops on the 8th of March.
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“A broader trend toward malware infections focused on long-term PERSISTENCE and ongoing exploitation of infected systems”The number of RATs (Remote Access Trojans) infecting machines globally doubled each quarter of 2018, scratching their way from comprising just 0.04 percent of observed malware in 2017 to over eight percent of all malicious payloads in Q4 of 2018.This is according to a threat report from California-based cybersecurity company Proofpoint, which analysed the threat landscape in 2018; the rise in RATs, along with a surge in malicious email attacks, stand out as key malware dynamics in the report.Many RATs are used to initiate downloads for other tools, however some are used to take complete control of a system, allowing a hacker to remove all the valuable data they want while keeping the real user in the dark about the compromise.Proofpoint note that threat group TA505, which is one of the most active they track, has been spreading RAT malware FLAWEDAMMYY, FLAWEDGRACE and RMS RAT at an increased rate since March 2018.As of yet there is no clear reason why the use of RATs has seen an increase over the last year, however as Proofpoint note in their report: “Threat actors follow the money, meaning that they would not be increasing distribution of RATs without achieving a return on their investments in malware, command and control, and sending infrastructure.”
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Music created in the beautiful Welsh language has received a boost with the release of a playlist of the 20 most-streamed tracks on Spotify.Called Cân y Cymry, the playlist celebrates Dydd Miwsig Cymru (Welsh Language Music Day), the 8th of February.But frankly one day a year isn't enough to enjoy these tracks, which have got us wishing Wales competed separately in Eurovision.A Welsh Lordi-style rock outfit would be an amazing choice, for instance.We always want to help support music from minority languages whenever we can, and musicians performing music in the Welsh language is a particularly rich seam of talent.We have been thrilled to support a number of Welsh language artists who have broken through to international audiences on Spotify lately, including Alffa, whose ‘Gwenwyn’ has had over two million streams, and also Adwaith, who is connecting with new audiences on Spotify."
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Last year, Google I/O gave us a glimpse of what augmented reality in Maps might look like, teasing a future in which our phones orient us using our cameras.The demonstration showed us improved navigation tools to properly direct users as well as pop-ups indicating surrounding businesses and shops.There was even a bouncy fox guide.It looks like the Wall Street Journal was able to demo what it said is “an early version” of Maps with AR.The feature doesn’t look too different from the one Google previewed for developers last May, with Maps appearing on the lower half of the phone’s screen as the top half navigates the user’s real-world surroundings.With some minor tweaks, even the blinking arrow system used to steer users to turn looks similar to those from Google’s presentation.
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Two people have died in a crash during a police pursuit in west London.The Metropolitan Police said officers responded to reports of an aggravated burglary in Harrow, north-west London, at about 8.40pm on Sunday.As part of the response, a pursuit began, with a police helicopter also called to assist.At about 9pm, the vehicle being pursued moved on to the wrong side of the carriageway on the A40 and crashed with a coach near the junction of Kingsdown Avenue, Acton.A male and a female were pronounced dead at the scene, while a second man was taken to hospital for treatment.All three were occupants of the vehicle being pursued.
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Thailand-based virtual reality startup Infofed has received an undisclosed co-investment from Singapore venture capital fund KK Fund and Thai events marketing platform EventPop Shows.Infofed will use the funding to strengthen its esports business and be a regional esports organizer.It is currently preparing for the University E-Sports Championship (UEC) season 2 in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand.The event is following its first season launched in Thailand last month.The startup wants to expand across more Southeast Asian countries for UEC’s third installment.Infofed plans to develop eArena, an online esports competition platform that allows users to easily organize competitive games with players globally using a web application.
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