Michael Gove has a mantra: “You always have less time than you think.”That might explain why he has been so energetic in his first six months as Defra Secretary.CCTV in all slaughterhouses, a proposed ban on bee-killing pesticides, reintroducing beavers into the UK, making the sale of products with microbeads illegal, a ban on ivory sales – all measures pushed forward by Gove since rejoining the Cabinet in June.His work hasn’t gone unnoticed by environmentalists and others who fall under Defra’s sprawling remit, with many praising Gove for being accessible, informed and decisive.It is certainly a marked change from a year ago, when Gove was on the backbench naughty step for his betrayal of Boris Johnson.His banishment came after a brief stint as Justice Secretary – in which he never got the time to implement any radical changes; a disastrous period as chief whip – he got locked in a toilet on his first day and nearly oversaw a Government defeat on the European Arrest Warrant; and a controversial four years as Education Secretary.
In less than two weeks, Amazon Prime Video has become the most downloaded Apple TV app ever, according to TechCrunch.That’s a pretty impressive accomplishment, given Netflix and Hulu have both been in the App Store for years at this point, while Amazon Prime Video was only released earlier this month.Despite the delay — Apple announced Prime Video would be coming to the Apple TV back in June — it’s clear the demand for Amazon’s video content didn’t wane in the least.The timing of the app’s release likely helped as well: it came just two days before the second season of The Grand Tour, one of Amazon’s most popular shows.
Bowel cancer causes fear, grief and suffering and it is ripping families apart across the UK.Children are growing up without a parent, people are struggling with gruelling life altering treatment and lives are being cut short.We achieve a lot on our own as separate charities but I strongly believe that we can do much more together and it will be my huge privilege to lead the merged charity in this next phase of our development.We believe that by streamlining our operations, we can create a strong ambitious confident organisation with a clear goal – to ensure that by 2050 no one dies of bowel cancer.Within 10 years, we will transform survival rates, from only one in every two people surviving over five years, to three out of four people surviving bowel cancer.We will achieve this through four key pillars of activity: research, patient services, education and policy and campaigns.
If you've been confused by the sudden appearance of a Looking Glass plug-in in your Firefox browser, you're not alone - it's actually part of a Mr.Robot promotional campaign being run in partnership with Mozilla.While it was disabled by default, its sudden appearance had plenty of users worried.To make matters worse the original description of the extension read "MY REALITY IS JUST DIFFERENT THAN YOURS", which isn't the most comforting summary in this age of increased privacy paranoia.The extension doesn't actually do anything until you opt into the Alternate Reality Game that Mozilla is developing with the creators of Mr.Robot - as is explained on the plug-in's official support page - but it still spooked quite a few users, which is understandable.
8i, the New Zealand and Los Angeles-based augmented reality startup bringing celebrity personalities into immersive experiences, is laying off about half of its 70-person staff, according to a report in Variety and confirmed by the company.“Although we’ve made significant progress, we are continuously challenging our assumptions about where the AR/VR market is headed and how it will develop.And like any early stage company we need to be honest with ourselves and our employees about what kind of company we should build and how fast we need to grow,” 8i told TechCrunch in a statement.“Consequently, we are consulting internally on a proposal for changes to our organization that would align our teams and resources with important core technology initiatives that create the most long term value.”New Zealand law requires companies making any type of workplace changes to go through a restructuring process.While that doesn’t necessarily mean people lose jobs, it seems the internal proposal 8i came up with does in this case.
Pandora announced that free and plus listeners can now access songs, albums and playlists on-demand with a complimentary session of Pandora Premium.By watching a 15-second video spot, ad-supported users of the music streaming platform are given the ability to listen to songs on-demand in the same way as Pandora Premium customerEvery time a listener interacts with a direct link or the streaming service's 'search & play' functionality, an on-screen prompt invites them to a complementary "Premium experience," with a one-time audio message notifying listeners that they’re being delivered into a Premium session.Pandora said it's currently testing mnemonic notifications to signal entering and exiting the experience, which will evolve with different access points into Premium.The new features, they claim, will give listeners "the best mobile and tablet solution in the market for music-lovers seeking an on-demand listening experience, whether you watch an ad or pay for a subscription.”Pandora’s chief executive officer Roger Lynch cited the requests of Pandora’s ad-supported users for direct access to music in getting the feature off the ground.
Reports of rape are on the rise in New York City.Famous movie moguls, restaurateurs, Silicon Valley executives, and sitting Congressmen have all faced allegations of sexual misconduct over the past several months.Men and women have come forward to accuse at least 36 powerful men of inappropriate and sometimes abusive behavior, including groping, forced kissing, and rape.A striking new report from the New York Police Department reveals that the movement to speak out about sexual misconduct has created a shift beyond the circles of influential elites.The change is evident in the two maps below, which are generated based on reports filed to police.Here's what rape reports looked like across the city in November 2016 — darker shading in a precinct indicates more rapes reported.
Something even more exotic than baguettes is set to be served to a select crowd at Euston Station this Christmas Day, as the station is being transformed into a shelter for the homeless for the afternoon, seeing as it'll be closed to paying rail customers on the big day anyway.Network Rail and its partners at charities St Mungo's and Streets Kitchen have somehow cherrypicked 200 local homeless people and and invited them to come to Euston for a Christmas dinner, where they will be grateful for a warm meal and also disappointed at the quality of the gifts and jokes inside the crackers.The rail infrastructure giant is using this announcement to let everyone know that lots of its maintenance workers will be out there on Christmas day as well, with track team manager Steve Naybour saying: "Working on Christmas Day is pretty much par for the course for many of us who work for Network Rail but this year, because I wasn’t scheduled to work, myself and a handful of colleagues came up with this plan to feed some of London’s homeless instead."It also means British Transport Police are having to get some people in on Christmas day too, but they'll probably get the leftover potatoes so won't mind.[Network Rail via Ian Visits]
Despite not having access to UK spectrum, China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers, has decided to launch in the UK as an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) using the CMLink brand.EE will be China Mobile's launch partner for the service, with Transtel rumoured to be the designated MVNE.CMLink is a PAYG (pay as you go) offer with free calls and texts to CMLink and China Mobile users.Rates for calls to other numbers and texts are 8p per minute/per text with 5p per MP.Monthly packages will also be available, with an £18 deal offering unlimited texts, 2000 minutes and 9GB allowance (which can increase to 27GB after 40 months).Dr Li Feng, CEO of China Mobile International (CMI), said that the launch, the company's first MVNO offering in Europe, will target both the Chinese diaspora in the UK and the tens of thousands of Chinese tourists that visit the UK every year.
The recent Nokia phones have been decent Android smartphones, but they’ve failed to set the world on fire.We liked the high-end Nokia 8, and the variants like the Nokia 6 were good phones for their market.And while the Nokia 6 launched Nokia’s new foray into smartphones, and was only released in January 2017, we’re already hearing rumblings of an upgraded version of the Nokia 6, ready to launch in 2018.Among other issues the new Nokia smartphone range had, the look was one of the most glaring, as it was rather aged when compared to others in the same field.We recently saw Honor bring the bezel-less future to the budget market with the Honor 7X, and midrange phones like the OnePlus 5T have seen the bezel-less trend expand beyond flagship phones like the LG V30, the Galaxy S8, and the iPhone X.The Swedish company is likely hoping its time in the shade is over, thanks to leaked images of a 2018 model of the Nokia 6, obtained through the TENAA certification required to launch phones in China.
New South Wales TAFE's failed IT project will be a millstone around the organisation's neck for years, the state's Auditor-General warned yesterday.Terminated last year, the Learning and Management and Business Reform (LMBR) project has nonetheless managed to reach out of the grave and grab the dollars.The Auditor-General's report puts depressing numbers to the ongoing cost of the disastrous project: AU$89 million on system replacement, plus “extra costs each year to produce reliable financial information”.Since the Oracle-based replacement system won't be implemented until the 2018-2019 financial year, TAFE “again needed to implement significant compensating controls and procedures” to count student revenues, with 100 staff employed at a cost of $6 million, not counting contractors.The Department of Education launched the project in 2006, and in nine years, was only able to bring it to pilot by 2015.A NSW government committee recommended the project be scrapped in December 2015, but in a classic death-march it was still grinding on in April 2016.
In a major step toward making a quantum computer using everyday materials, a team led by researchers at Princeton University has constructed a key piece of silicon hardware capable of controlling quantum behavior between two electrons with extremely high precision.The team constructed a gate that controls interactions between the electrons in a way that allows them to act as the quantum bits of information, or qubits, necessary for quantum computing."We knew we needed to get this experiment to work if silicon-based technology was going to have a future in terms of scaling up and building a quantum computer," said Jason Petta, a professor of physics at Princeton University."The creation of this high-fidelity two-qubit gate opens the door to larger scale experiments."Although other research groups and companies have announced quantum devices containing 50 or more qubits, those systems require exotic materials such as superconductors or charged atoms held in place by lasers.The spin can point either up or down in a manner analogous to the north and south poles of a magnet.
Q: I Catch Myself Peeking at Other People's Texts on the Subway.Imagine what it feels like, the first, dangling bits of you being rent apart, ground up and ingested, while the rest of you watches.And yet for much of human history we lived acutely under such a threat.If prehistoric humans were anything like modern animals, one way they fended off predators was by vigilantly monitoring the creatures around them for signs of danger, in case they saw the terror coming a split-second sooner.There were subtler benefits to watching other people too—particularly when they didn’t expect us to be watching.Keeping tabs on private behavior helped enforce social norms; food hoarding or sexual transgressions could be exposed and censured.
Amazon is continuing to push its media services worldwide after it expanded its Alexa smart speakers and its standalone Music Unlimited service to an additional 28 countries today.The company took its Prime Video service global a year ago and last month it rolled a Fire TV Stick for over 100 countries, but now the music component of its entertainment services -- which became a standalone service last year -- is getting a wider rollout to this new range of countries across South America and Europe.Initial markets for Echo and Music Unlimited include the U.S. and the UK, with India and Japan among others recently added.The streaming service covers more than 40 million tracks and it is available independently of Amazon's Prime package -- that's important because Prime isn't offered in most of these new markets.It works on iOS, Android, Web, Fire TV, PC and Mac.Features that Amazon hope can help it stand out from competitors like Spotify and Apple Music include input via Alexa, support for Amazon smart speakers, curated content and a family plan that supports up to six accounts.
On 7 December, Luke Dolan’s east London barbershop was abuzz with excitement.Behind the glass facade, several older men sat, chatted and enjoyed complimentary haircuts, with swing music playing in the background.Luke’s Barbershop was taking part in ShaveTheDay, where elderly men across the UK were treated to complimentary services in participating barbershops for one day only.The campaign was spearheaded by TABAC on behalf of Age UK to tackle an epidemic of loneliness among elderly men.The Geezers, a local group of men aged 50+ who meet each week to take part in social activities, took advantage of the free service.“It gives me something to do and look forward to,” one of The Geezers told HuffPost UK.
Social networks are constantly evolving, as are the dimensions for the images that populate them.MakeAWebsiteHub.com shared the infographic below, which provides up-to-date information on image sizes and types for:
Here’s an app you hopefully won’t need for long: AutoNotification lets you mark Gmail messages as read – without archiving them – straight from the Android notifications panel.That’s handy, because it’s often easy enough to scan an entire email right from an alert.Gmail’s Android app presently only lets you archive or reply to messages from the notification panel – neither of which may be useful to you for certain messages – so this app intercepts those alerts and displays a custom notification with the ‘read’ button on board.It works with multiple Gmail accounts, and you can add as many or as few of them as you like.It’s worth noting that this feature isn’t free: you can try it as part of a seven-day trial at no cost, but after that, you’ll need to pony up for either just this standalone functionality, or the whole raft of AutoNotification capabilities.In India, the Gmail feature cost me Rs.
According to security firm ProofPoint, attackers will continue to exploit us fragile and fallible humans to install malware, transfer funds, and steal information.Email will remain still be the most popular way to spread malware, but known vulnerabilities and leaked exploits will allow rapid spread to other systems on internal networks.Unlike the ransomworms of 2017, however, these new attacks will include increasingly sophisticated features that limit the spread to computers on the local network of the initial infection.Banking Trojans, information stealers, downloaders, and coinminers will be the preferred payloads for attacks focused on profit, while ransomware, MBR wipers, and other destructive tools will remain top dog for campaigns focused on disruption.In 2018, malware and phishing designed to steal cryptocurrency – either directly or indirectly – will become almost as common as banking Trojans in email-based campaigns, targeting wallets, credentials, cryptocurrency exchanges, and CPU cycles.And as the computational costs for the most popular currencies like Monero and Litecoin rise, and make generation by distributed bots impractical, attackers will shift to alternatives such as Ethereum and even some "private-issue" coins that gain traction with the public.
A couple of days ago, Qualcomm and Microsoft announced they were collaborating on a category of computer called the ‘Always Connected PC.’ In other words, a PC that behaves more like a smartphone.For comparison most Windows Ultrabooks are in the 12-hour range.In particular, the company is partnering with Qualcomm, which makes the processing platform used in the vast majority of Android devices, including the Snapdragon 835 in the Galaxy S8/Note 8 (in the US), the Pixel 2, the OnePlus 5, the LG V30, etc.It’s possible the company might work with other ARM partners in the future, but Qualcomm is getting the first go at it.How is that different from existing PCs with cellular connectivity?The smaller and more efficient processors allow for bigger batteries with lower power drainage; think of how powerful and efficient our smartphones are.
Goldman Sachs will clear bitcoin futures trading for some of its clients, Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.The derivatives, which allow traders to bet on the cryptocurrency's price without buying the underlying asset, will be offered by the Cboe Futures Exchange and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.According to Bloomberg, Goldman will not act as a market-maker for bitcoin and will decide who gets to trade the derivatives on a case-by-case basis.Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein said last week that it was too early for the firm to have a bitcoin strategy."Something that moves up and down 20 percent in a day doesn’t feel like a currency, doesn’t feel like a store of value,” Blankfein told Bloomberg TV.The Wall Street Journal reported Goldman's decision earlier on Thursday, adding that Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, and the Royal Bank of Canada are telling customers that they won't have access when futures trading goes live.