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Here are our picks for the Apple Watch apps that go above and beyond the basics to add real value to your Apple-branded timepiece.Things comes with a high entry price, but as one of the best planners and to do list managers in the business, you might find it’s worth it – and it has an excellent Apple Watch app.With dynamic notifications you can interact with, complications for watch faces, and an Apple Watch layout that’s both clear and informative, it really is a textbook example of how to do an Apple Watch app.Using public transportation is one scenario when a smartwatch can be genuinely preferable to a smartphone, and this app ticks all the boxes for getting you from A to B.Nike+ Run Club hits all the marks and then some.GPS tracking is included too, and the watch app includes a simplified look at your route maps.
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Electric car company Fisker has revealed its newest model, an EV SUV the automaker promises will start under $40,000.Taking on the Tesla Model Y, when it goes on sale in a few years time, the as-yet-unnamed SUV promises cutting-edge technology along with around 300 miles of zero-emissions range, though we still have plenty of questions.There’ll be four-wheel drive available, for instance, using one electric motor at the front and one at the rear, just like the Model Y Dual Motor AWD.22-inch wheels will be optional, too.We’ll have to wait a little while to see how realistic that actually is.Fisker won’t have a drivable prototype to show until the end of this year, it concedes, at which point we’ll apparently get final pricing, too.
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Samsung will reveal a new Galaxy smartphone, or family of smartphones, on April 10, 2019.The company has teased an event for the date through its official Samsung Mobile Twitter account, with the words, “Enter the era of live,” along with an image of three smartphone-shaped devices, and a skateboarder.The announcement comes just two months after Samsung held a massive, product-filled Unpacked event where it showed the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy Fold, the Galaxy Watch Active, and more.It has not revealed what the April 10 event will be for, but speculation recently has been around a new Galaxy A-series phone called the Galaxy A90.What do we know about the rumored A90?The name has already appeared on Samsung’s own website as a device eligible to play an exclusive version of Gameloft’s Asphalt 9 racing game, so it’s certain a device called the A90 is coming.
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Apple is expected to unveil its streaming service later this month, along with a crop of original series.The hands-on approach of Apple executives has been noted by some producers.The New York Times now reports that executives have given notes on how Apple products like iPhones are portrayed.Apple is expected to unveil its new streaming service complete with original content later this month.The build-up has been intense, with Apple plugging $1 billion into original series and wrangling big-ticket names, such as Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon.But stories persist about meddling from Apple executives.
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Insider threats are not the only security challenge faced by security and risk professionals.It is generally agreed upon in the security community that insider threats persist due to a lack of understanding over exactly what an insider threat is, how it manifests and what basic steps can be taken to mitigate it.Annually, our insider threat analyst team performs assessments across our global customer base to produce our insider threat intelligence report, which is free and openly available to the security community.This group is comprised of people who do not intend to cause any harm.They end up placing their organisations at risk via mistakes, poor decisions and a lack of education and understanding regarding what smart security decisions are.Finally, we witnessed additional cases of compromised users.
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There’s an obvious gender imbalance in technology and voice assistants.Whether it’s Siri, Cortana, Alexa, or another female voice telling you when to turn right on Google Maps, it’s most commonly an AI ‘woman’ who takes our commands.With so much female servitude in our smart devices, along with the rapid deployment of AI, it should come as no surprise that technology is hardwiring sexism into our future — but Q, the world’s first genderless voice, hopes to eradicate gender bias in technology.Created by a group of linguists, technologists, and sound designers, Q hopes to “end gender bias” and encourage “more inclusivity in voice technology.” They recorded the voices of two dozen people who identify as male, female, transgender, or non-binary in search for a voice that typically “does not fit within male or female binaries.” To find this voice, the Q team conducted a test involving over 4,600 people, who were asked to rate the voice on a scale of 1 (male) to 5 (female).From this experiment, audio researchers were able to define a frequency range which is gender neutral.They recorded several voices, working on the pitch, the tone and the format filter and finally achieved “Q.”
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Currently, the HMRC’s online service accounts for 90% of all VAT submissions, but in a few short weeks, this service will be removed for those over the threshold, and all businesses will be driven to either use an advisor (who must use software) or use software that is API-enabled to perform the submissions.It’s all part of the Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT initiative, but many businesses are still unclear as to how MTD for VAT really differs from the current VAT submissions processes.There are also many firms looking for information around how MTD interfaces with accounting systems, and how exactly accountants will need to change their systems to accommodate MTD for VAT while supporting their clients.Here are some of the key questions we’re being asked more and more frequently by practices as the April deadline approaches:Will we need to become more engaged with the technical side of accounting applications?However, what practices will need to focus on is understanding what they do today - how do you currently process VAT returns on behalf of clients?
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IBM was blasted this week for using millions of photos from Flickr, the popular image sharing website, to create a dataset aimed at making facial recognition systems less biased.Sometimes corner-cutting researchers take them from dating or social media websites without consent, and promise they’re processed in a way that keeps them private.The photographers found it difficult to get their images removed from IBM's dataset, too, and it was impossible to delete them from copies that had already been given to eggheads.AI business school: Ah yes, AI and business.Do you still want to use anyway?Microsoft have released a free online course dubbed AI busines school for “business leaders to lead with confidence in the age of AI.”
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Plus, BlackBerry wants to be Uncle Sam's go-to security firm, thousands of legal docs pill online, and moreRoundup Last week we saw a conservative app exposed, the revelation of Beto's hacker past, and the rise of Slub.Researchers with MalwareHunterTeam came a across a piece of ransomware called LockerGoga that, on its face, should have been easy to spot and remove.The one-time smartphone king has since been driven out of the market by iOS and Android and has since reshuffled itself as a mobile security specialist.The brand will, as its name suggests, focus on pitching BlackBerry's mobile and IoT security products to the US government in hopes of landing lucrative agency contracts.A Japanese court found Karpeles guilty of falsifying data about the exchange's financial state, but acquitted him on the more serious charges of embezzlement.
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What happened: Fintech platform Rong360 has taken down its app after featuring in the annual Consumer Rights Day gala, organized by Chinese state media outlet CCTV, which uncovers unsavory practices seen as infringing on consumer safety or rights.The New York-listed company was singled out for hosting predatory “head-chopping” loan practices, where a portion of the principal is taken as a fee before lending.Examples included a RMB 7,000 (around $1,040) sum that eventually became a RMB 500,000 (around $74,460) debt.Some loans also garnered the nickname “714 anti-aircraft missile” for their 7 or 14-day loan cycles.After being singled out, Rong360 pledged to take down its app as well as some products.It also apologized to users who suffered losses, and said it would strengthen standards for such products in the future.
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UK signals intelligence agency GCHQ, celebrating its centenary, has released emulators for famed World War II-era cipher machines that can be run within its web-based educational encryption app CodeChef."We've brought technology from our past into the present by creating emulators for Enigma, Typex and the Bombe in CyberChef," GCHQ said Thursday via Twitter.Enigma machines turn text into ciphertext and back again; they were used by the German military, among others, to encrypt and decrypt messages during the Second World War.The machines were produced shortly after the end of World War I and initially sold as tools for keeping commercial secrets.With the approach of World War II, the Enigma machine attracted the attention of code breakers in Poland, where concerns about German belligerence were magnified by the proximity of German forces.In 1939, just before Germany invaded Poland, the British received an Enigma machine from Polish code breakers and soon after resumed a longstanding effort to crack the Enigma at the newly established Bletchley Park.
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The Internet has a pretty long memory but if content gets taken down, they will eventually disappear for good.Fortunately, the Internet Archive exists to serve as both a museum and a library for the Internet’s past, including the embarrassing ones.Soon, those will include even the publicly accessible Google+ posts that would have been forgotten forever if not for efforts of the loose collective that calls themselves “The Archive Team”.To be clear, despite the name and collaboration, the Archive Team isn’t affiliated with the Internet Archives.The team does work with the organization in bringing content that’s on the verge of disappearing to the Archive’s Wayback Machine.Its newest project is to help future generations remember that, once upon a time, Google tried to make a social network and failed.
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Cadillac will introduce its next model, the 2020 CT5 sedan, in early April at the New York Auto Show.The company provided our first look at the CT5 on Monday, and over the coming weeks will show off more of the car with an online video series called "Sensory Symphony."Any automaker introducing a sedan in this era of SUV worship seems to feel the need to justify its decision, and Cadillac President Steve Carlisle is no exception.At a presentation with journalists last week in Detroit, he said Cadillac won't give up on traditional cars because there remain many luxury shoppers who prefer them."We're very much committed to sedans, just to clear the air on that."When we look at who buys sedans today, they're actually SUV and crossover rejectors."
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Google Docs is no longer just a powerful collaboration tool for students and working professionals, as teens are now using the software as a messaging app in the middle of classes.Teens have reportedly upgraded from passing notes written on tiny pieces of paper to sending digital messages through Google Docs, and unsuspecting teachers have no way of catching them as laptops are becoming common fixtures in middle and high schools, according to The Atlantic.With their phones put away while in the classroom, a teenager told The Atlantic that they move to Google Docs to talk with one another.Sometimes, they use the software’s live chat function, which is not open by default and is not known by many teachers.The service also allows users to highlight certain words or phrases, to which the students can comment through pop-up boxes.If a teacher is sharing a file, they will clone it and chat in the comments to make it look like they are taking notes.
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Dust turns up everywhere — on bookshelves, under the sofa, and now, apparently, in rings around Mercury.Astronomers have made a surprising discovery, finding a ring of cosmic dust in an unexpected place in our solar system.Solar scientists Guillermo Stenborg and Russell Howard from the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. did not set out looking for dust.Just the opposite — they were looking for a dust-free region close to the Sun in preparation for the explorations performed by the Parker Solar Probe.Scientists believe there should be a region close to the Sun where the heat from the star would vaporize any dust, and finding the edge of this region would tell us more about what cosmic dust is made of and how planets formed in a young solar system.Instead, Stenborg and Howard stumbled across a “fine haze of cosmic dust” sprinkled across the orbit of Mercury, which forms a ring that is 9.3 million miles wide.
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When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress last April, many in the tech industry joked about the out-of-touch questions he fielded from lawmakers.Osano consolidates online companies' terms of service and privacy policies into a simple score, similar to ones used to rate consumers' credit risks.Below is the pitch deck that Gilbert used to raise $3 million for Osano in a seed round.When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress last April, many in the tech industry joked about the out-of-touch questions directed at him by lawmakers."And I'm like, 'Of course they do!But he realized from the questions that most people don't really understand what they're agreeing to when they sign up for a service like Facebook or Google, particularly about what the service will do with their data.
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There are many reasons to be critical of Google.Dunford’s incendiary comments came during a budgetary hearing by the Senate Armed Services Committee.During his time for questioning, freshman Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican, turned to the subject of Google’s decision to back away from projects with the Pentagon.Hawley asked the panel if he understood the situation correctly and that the men were saying, “that Google, an American company, supposedly, is refusing to work with the Department of Defense, but is doing work with China, in China, in a way that at least indirectly benefits the Chinese government”.Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan tempered that assertion, explaining that he hasn’t heard anyone use the word “refuse”, but that Google has shown “a lack of willingness to support DoD [Department of Defense] programs”.When given the chance to elaborate on his concerns, he told Senator Hawley:
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“All phones look the same.” Not anymore.We’re not just seeing obscure brands having the guts to introduce wild designs, but mainstream manufacturers are coming up with designs that are truly different.And as with going off the beaten path, not all of these ideas work.Manufacturers have been pursuing foldable smartphones for a long time now, but consumers have never found a compelling reason why they’d switch their perfectly functional candy bars for one that bends.Seamlessly switching between a smaller screen to a larger one for better media consumption or multi-tasking is a great idea.But there just aren’t enough gripping reasons to pick LG handsets instead of another flagship in its price range.
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There are lost tribes on archipelagos thousands of miles out in the ocean that spend their time debating who's hotter, Jon Snow or Jaime Lannister.But I failed to keep up as the show took over the world, winning a record 47 Primetime Emmy Awards and becoming HBO's biggest ever show as 30 million people tuned in and went online for each episode.That was almost precisely when I lost interest in waiting a week for new episodes of a show.With the sole exception of Doctor Who, I haven't followed any TV show week-in week-out for a decade.It might be the golden age of television, but instead of insightful conversations about the nuances of long-form storytelling, every conversation now seemed to involve everybody comparing which bit of Breaking Bad they were up to.All through the first season, the characters held barely audible whispered conversations about some dude named Stannis Baratheon who was apparently super important.
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Nearly 50 years after the Apollo missions to the Moon, NASA is breaking open samples of Moon rock for the first time.Samples collected from Apollo missions 15, 16, and 17 (launched in July 1971, April 1972, and December 1972 respectively) have been preserved and never before exposed to Earth’s atmosphere, making them invaluable resources for understanding the geology of the Moon.Nine teams have been selected to study the samples, with the hope that developments in analysis techniques and further understanding of the lunar environment will enable discoveries which were not possible at the time of the original missions.“By studying these precious lunar samples for the first time, a new generation of scientists will help advance our understanding of our lunar neighbor and prepare for the next era of exploration of the Moon and beyond, “ Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, DC, said in a statement.“This exploration will bring with it new and unique samples into the best labs right here on Earth.”Some of the samples were brought back to Earth in vacuum-sealed packages to protect them from degradation in Earth’s atmosphere.
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