p The UK is one of the worst countries in Europe to "eat, drink, smoke and vape", according to a new report studying the "heavy-handed" nature of regulations around pastimes.According to the 2017 Nanny State Index, produced by the European Policy Information Centre, the UK government is only beaten by Finland when it comes to restrictions, bans and taxes on such activities.The think-tank ranked 28 European countries out of 100, with a higher score marking a greater influence of a 'Nanny State'.Finland, which topped the chart for the second year in a row, scored 51.6, the UK was on 37.4, and Ireland came third with 36.5.By looking at the negative policies on alcohol, nicotine, and diet, report author Christopher Snowdon, listed the countries on their influence over citizens."Like Ireland, the UK has seen a rising tide of lifestyle regulations in recent years," the report says.
p Volkswagen screwed up the diesel certification process not just for itself, but also for every other automaker trying to sell diesel vehicles in the US.Mercedes-Benz has dropped its plan to sell 2017-model-year diesels in the US."The market share of diesel cars in relation to total sales is less than 1 percent [in the US]," Rob Moran, a Mercedes-Benz spokesman told Roadshow."Combined with the increased effort to certify diesel engines in the US, we have put the certification process for diesel passenger cars on hold."Late last year, Mercedes-Benz halted plans to bring a C-Class diesel to the US, in favor of ushering over a GLS-Class diesel, which the automaker believed would be a better seller.Now, it appears neither vehicle will appear at US dealerships -- for the 2017 model year, at least.
p When you go on a trip abroad for work, there are a few things you need to properly continue your job.But some might also want to meet like-minded people in their industry or have a comfortable desk with office supplies.That’s why we’re very happy to have partnered with Zoku for the upcoming TNW Conference, and have made them the official home base for conference attendees and speakers.The Zoku concept facilitates global living and working for the traveling professional.Zoku offers four different kinds of rooms.The lofts combine comfort and efficiency for both work and play with a large kitchen table, an elevated sleeping space that can be screened off for visitors and sliding doors that can conceal the shower.
the other Day, Microsoft showed off its smart home assistant, Invoke and one of the advantages of it compared with its competitors, Google Home, and Amazon Echo was that you could make voice calls via Skype.the Voice did not, however, Microsoft got to be unique in having very long, when even the Amazon Echo will soon fix it.It was in connection with that Amazon unveiled its latest Echo version, Amazon Echo Show, as Amazon announced that all of their Echo will now support voice calls.Echo-a users will be able to "call" the other Echo users, or those who have the Echo app installed on their phones.It will not be possible to make calls to regular phone numbers and third-party machines running the Alexa will not be able to use röstsamtals functionality.
p Microsoft today announced a public preview of its Cortana Skills Kit that allows developers to create voice apps for the intelligent assistant./p p The announcement was made at Build 2017, Microsoft’s annual developer conference taking place May 10-12 in Seattle./p p Third-party developers have already made hundreds of Google Assistant actions and more than 10,000 Alexa skills using Actions on Google and the Alexa Skills Kit./p p The Harman Kardon Invoke speaker with Cortana inside is due in Microsoft stores this fall.Microsoft also announced today that it will work with HP and Intel on ways to put Cortana into more devices./p p Cortana was first made available for personal computers with the release of Windows 10 in July 2015.
Multitalangen Jhno, or John Eichenseer as he is really called, has long been a favorite here at the Studio.then he just closed an important chapter in his life and left the 964 Natoma in the district of Mission.His home, studio, gallery, and sam(p)lingsplats, which had been the hub of northern California's elecrtronica-scene with names like Matmos, Twerk, Kit Clayton, and many others.The thing that made us most curious about Jhno was then, however, his work as a developer at Cycling 74, the company that created many interesting music software and plugs, but most of all, the masterminds behind Max/Msp, a sort of development environment for everything from academic ljudexperiment, classical music to electronica and interactive video.Many developers use Max/Msp to build new plugs and programs, and, for example, began to Ableton Live as a Max/Msp patch before it became a commercial product.Well, we have kept sporadically in touch with Jhno through the years and he has travelled around the world and worked both as a live-musician and programmer.
p American Gods' second episode took us to a place that the book never did: straight into the belly of the slave ship that bore the spider trickster god Anansi (Mr. Nancy) from West Africa to America.Our guest this week is Evan Narcisse, who writes for io9 and is working on a super secret comic book project for Marvel.This is his second time on the show, and it was great to have him back and force him to tell me all about the New Gods that Jack Kirby invented for DC Comics.We agreed that Orlando Jones is pretty much on fire in this role, literally and figuratively.We talked about how this scene helped create an interesting context for the lynching in episode 1, and how slavery fits into the immigration stories of so many Americans.It seemed way more obvious how Czernobog, the Central European god of sacrifice with super large hammers, made it over with immigrants in the late 19th century.
p Inkscape is to Illustrator what GIMP is to Photoshop – a feature-packed open source alternative created by a team of dedicated and talented enthusiasts.It's hugely adaptable and powerful, and an excellent tool for graphic designers.Inkscape is a great free program for creating vectors (scalable graphics that won't blur when you resize them).It's so good, in fact, that it's a serious alternative to premium tools like Adobe Illustrator.Free vector illustration software Inkscape is compatible with SVG format, but can also important EPS, PostScript, JPG, PNG, BMP or TIP images and export PNG or other vector-based formats.Inkscape provides several tools and various shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, transparency effects (alpha), transformations, gradients, patterns and groups.
p The BMW M2 is by most accounts a pretty good car.But German tuner Lightweight Performance turned up the volume on the smallest car from BMW’s M division.Its creation is called the M2 CSR, for Carbon Sports Race, and it’s both lighter and more powerful than the standard M2.A lot more powerful, actually.In place of the stock N55 turbocharged inline-six, the CSR uses the S55 twin-turbo 3.0-liter six from the M3 and M4.The engine is tuned to produce 610 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, compared to the stock M2’s 365 hp and 343 lb-ft. With all of that extra power, the CSR will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in around three seconds (about a second quicker than a stock M2), and reach a top speed of 203 mph.
p Yes guys, it’s that period of the year we have news dropping like bombs about the upcoming OnePlus 5 model, rumored to come with a dual camera setup on its back and… maybe two cameras in front – if the leaked render below proves to be true./p p /p Join GizChina on Telegram p Once again we must state that it’s a concept render, and it’s not a confirmed final product, however it looks quite impressive as you can see.It shows the OnePlus 5 covered with glass and metal, with two rear cameras positioned on its top left corner, along with really thin bezels at the top and bottom and a fingerprint scanner that can be used also as a Home button./p Order the OnePlus X now!p /p p You can compare the first video to a different render that has surfaced a few months ago, sporting a vertically designed dual camera, a dual tone LED flash etc./p p /p p Between the two renders, which one would you prefer?
p Well this is not good for HTC I guess.The Taiwanese company published its revenue results for April – while we wait for their quarterly financial results- and the results are underwhelming, with the company posting a 9% decrease in revenue, with a 6% drop in total revenue year-over-year./p p /p Join GizChina on Telegram p This means that the brand new U Series of smartphones they launched recently hasn’t managed to impress their fans, resulting in much lower sales than expected.This comes as no surprise for reviewers, who have repeatedly noted that they expected a much more intriguing product from the Taiwanese company./p p HTC however has one final word to say about this, while they’re getting ready to unveil they HTC U flagship model on May 16.The device will be equipped with a Snapdragon 835 SoC but its most intriguing (sic) feature is going to be the “squeezing” ability of its sides in order to launch apps etc.
p För ett år sedan krävde amerikanska FBI att Apple skulle hjälpa till med att låsa upp ett exemplar av Iphone 5C som använts i samband med ett terrordåd i San Bernardino.Apple vägrade, så underrättelsetjänsten fick leta efter alternativa lösningar.Enligt nyhetsbyrån AP har den demokratiska senatorn Dianne Feinstein nu råkat avslöjat att FBI betalade 900 000 dollar (motsvarande 8 miljoner svenska kronor) för hackarverktyget som till sist lyckades låsa upp mobiltelefonen.
p It turns out there might be an intriguing correlation between how often you put your genitalia on display online and how much you enjoy your love life.Online medicine retailer DrEd surveyed 2,000 people about their sexting tendencies and found out that daily sexters are much more likely to have a satisfying love life.While the poll shorts stop of elaborating on what the reasons behind this trend might be, six out of 10 daily sexters indicated they feel “very satisfied” with their activities between the sheets.By comparison, only 19 percent of all people that sext once in a blue moon were able to say the same.DrEd additionally discovered that while individuals in the age group between 18 and 24 are by far most active in the nude-sending game, adults above the age of 45 are also likely to engage in exchanging X-rated pics – though much less frequently.In fact, while 40 and 36 percent of all American men and women (respectively) aged between 18 and 24 revealed they have sent explicit images to someone in the past, only 27 and 26 percent of their counterparts in the 45 age group indicated to have done the same.
p When printing full colour documents and photos, Canon’s six ink system has a real advantage, producing vibrant and professional results.The clever foldaway design and large touchscreen are also highlights, but the Pixma’s running costs aren’t cheap.Six ink system improves colour fidelityOnly setup cartridges are included, which soon run outCanon’s remarkably compact multifunction printer has more features and functions than most large office MFPs.Printing, scanning and copying are a given, but with three in-trays, it can print onto blank compact discs as well as envelopes and paper of any size.
p Kiinteistöverotuksessa käytetty uusi maapohjan arvostamisjärjestelmä otetaan käyttöön vuonna 2020, valtionvarainministeriö kertoo tiedotteessa.Valtiovarainministeriö kertoo, että asiantuntijaselvitysten mukaan maapohjien kiinteistöverotuksen arvostamisjärjestelmä on uudistettava, koska rakennusten ja maapohjien verotusarvot ovat yleisesti jääneet jälkeen kustannus- ja hintakehityksestä."Maapohjien kauppahinnat ovat eriytyneet alueellisesti, mikä tulisi ottaa nykyistä paremmin huomioon verotusarvostuksessa", ministeriön tiedotteessa todetaan.”Uusi arvostamisjärjestelmä parantaa kiinteistöverotuksen oikeudenmukaisuutta ja läpinäkyvyyttä.Päämääränä ei ole korottaa tai keventää verotusta, vaikkakin verotusarvot voivat joillain alueilla nousta ja joillain laskea”, kertoo finanssineuvos Elina Pylkkänen valtiovarainministeriöstä.Hankkeen on asettanut valtiovarainministeriö, ja uuden maapohjan arvostamisjärjestelmän tuottaa Maanmittauslaitos.
p The developers behind popular social VR experience Rec Room posted a video showing users how players can easily block someone who is antagonizing them with a simple gesture./p p Harassment in VR is a tough subject as developers grapple with how to stop it.The sense of presence you gain in a virtual world means that when other people get close to you, or in your face saying something offensive, they really feel like they are invading your personal space./p p With Rec Room emerging as a fun social hub for a variety of activities from paintball to disc golf, the lobby of the virtual space has become a place for for folks with varying levels of maturity to interact.While Rec Room can be a cool way to meet someone and find something fun to do together, it can also be occasionally annoying.Rec Room developer Against Gravity, though, has included a “Talk To The Hand” gesture to block someone.
p With recent speculation about Spotify soon going public (without an IPO) and the belated launch of Pandora Premium, the music streaming space is increasingly nearing both maturity and saturation./p p However, it’s worth noting that in the United States, paid and ad-supported music streaming together generated $3.9 billion in revenue in 2015.This points to the large opportunity in live music, and some of the same aforementioned companies are looking to expand into the market.), as well as their existing platforms.Thanks to Facebook Live and other services, livestreaming has gone mainstream.It seems unlikely: In fact, 67 percent of livestream viewers are more likely to buy a ticket to a concert/event after watching a livestream of that concert/event or a similar one.
HTC’s official announcement for the HTC U isn’t until May 16, but that hasn’t stopped the phone from leaking all over the internet.Tech blog 91 Mobiles has teamed up with long-time tipster and journalist Steve Hemmerstoffer, who goes by the pseudonym ‘@Onleaks’.He’s got an incredible track record for accurate mobile leaks, so it’s always worth checking out what he’s got to show off.Hemmerstoffer’s latest findings include a video showcasing a supposed HTC U render from all angles:As you can see from the video, the phone features virtually bezel-less sides, and ships in a glossy red colour – although other colours will likely be available.There’s also a Home button on the front with a fingerprint scanner built in.
In december glidflög Virgin Galactic for the first time – now it has successfully demonstrated its unique method of ”re-entry” from space.Now, in the fight to be the first to launch commercial space travel, it is rather private actors fighting against each other.the latter is, however, one step ahead, and is the only company which has a licence to carry paying passengers.But unlike the earlier three – included the latest something new.It all goes to the two bottom folds up to provide aerodynamic resistance at a reentry from space.the Test was conducted at an altitude lower than where the system is supposed to be used when rymdflygningarna well drag started.
p Det är nog inte så kul att ha George Saabs jobb just nu.Han är ansvarig för utvecklingen av Javaplattformen på Oracle.Nu medger han att IBM:s och Red Hats invändningar faktiskt innebär en fara för att den länge emotsedda lanseringen av Java SE 9, grundplattformen för Java, skjuts upp.Tänkt lanseringsdatum är 27 juli.– Lanseringen kanske försenas på grund av det här.Som med alla nya versioner av Java SE kan feedback påverka schemat för lanseringen, säger George Saab till IDG News.