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For a few weeks now, we’ve been waiting on Samsung to push Android Oreo out to the Galaxy Note 8.At the beginning of the month, the update passed through Google’s certification process, letting us know that a release date was getting close.It would appear that day is today, with a number of users reporting that they’re receiving prompts to install the update.You’ll find reports dotted around the internet as a whole, but one of the best places to look is the Galaxy Note 8 subreddit.Users first reported that they were seeing update prompts on Verizon overnight, but more recently, Sprint has hopped on the Oreo bandwagon as well.Similarly, DroidLife reports that the update is rolling out for AT handsets, covering a fair amount the Note 8s here in the US.
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Last summer, a study claiming that the gene-editing technique CRISPR might actually be dangerous whipped labs around the biotech world into a frenzy.Researchers found that when they used CRISPR to cure blindness by changing DNA in mice, it resulted in not just a few but more than a thousand unintended effects on other genes.That meant that unless CRISPR could be fixed to to be more precise, the ballyhooed technology might be more a laboratory nightmare than a revolutionary tool poised to rid the world of devastating disease.In the months after the paper appeared in the pages of the journal Nature Methods, sceptics had already called the study’s results into question.Now, the authors have published a preprint paper with some very different results: In a new mouse experiment, the authors did not find an excess of unintended genetic mutations, as they had in their initial work.“Our previous publication suggested CRISPR-Cas9 editing at the zygotic stage might unexpectedly introduce a multitude of subtle but unintended mutations, an interpretation that not surprisingly raised numerous questions,” they wrote.
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Easter is a time for resurrections and so El Reg noted with interest that Palm, after an eight-year hiatus, has signed up Verizon as the first telco to stock the device when it launches this year.Word of the development was first broken by Android Police.Palm owner TCL, which also has a licence to use the Alcatel and BlackBerry brands, acquired the Palm tag from HP in January 2015, but has done nothing with it so far that is visible to the public.The original Palm Pilot, launched in 1996, was a smash hit, arising from the ashes of the "pen computing" hype of the early 1990s.Palm launched its first true smartphone, the Treo 600, in 2003, and was still squeezing some life from the venerable PalmOS a year after the Apple iPhone debuted.Palm's final tilt at the market was spectacular but unsuccessful.
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Telstra, Australia’s largest telco, has today announced that it has switched on the world’s first 5G-enabled Wi-Fi hotspots on Queensland’s Gold Coast, just ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.The trial next-gen Wi-Fi hotspots will be free to use and are located in the suburb of Southport, making it the first 5G-enabled precinct in the world.The connectivity is provided through Telstra’s newly set up 5G Innovation Centre located on the Gold Coast, which houses the tech for the next generation of wireless standard.As there are no commercially-available 5G devices yet on sale (phones, tablets or otherwise), Telstra’s installed a number of 5G-enabled Wi-Fi hotspots in order to more broadly trial its new infrastructure.The hotspots connect to the telco’s cellular network via 5G and will then allow any Wi-Fi enabled device to access the speeds promised by the new cellular standard.“Our 5G backhaul is capable of delivering download speeds of more than 3Gbps, which is capable of supporting around 1,000 HD movies being streamed simultaneously,” said Telstra’s Managing Director of Networks, Mike Wright.
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Google wants to make it easier for you to find that perfect GIF.The search giant on Tuesday announced it's acquiring Tenor, a platform for searching for GIFs on Android, iOS and desktop.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Google will integrate Tenor's library of GIFs into the company's image search engine, as well as using it to improve other products, like the Gboard mobile keyboard software.Last month, Tenor CEO David McIntosh reportedly said the company gets 12 billion GIF searches a month.One service that uses Tenor's platform is Facebook Messenger.
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Casio has just announced a new limited edition version of its high-tech adventure watch that runs on Wear OS.The original Casio WSD F20 was announced at CES 2017, and this new version of the watch (this time called the Casio WSD F20SC) is even better for true adventurers, boasting a new and improved durable design.If you buy the WSD F20SC, you'll get all of the same features as the original watch but it has a sapphire crystal display that'll mean it's even more resistant to scratches and bumps when you accidentally hit it on a rock when out trekking.It also has what Casio is calling its Field Composite Band, which the company claims will be more durable.The Casio website says it, "combines the elegant feel of metal with the durability and wearability of urethane and fine resin."We have to agree with Casio considering we tried the new version of the watch briefly at Baselworld 2018 and found it to still feel comfortable and luxurious enough that it's not just for Bear Grylls types.
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That’s something that researchers from China’s Guangdong University of Technology’s School of Automation have been working on with a new self-balancing robot called Jet-HR1.Thanks to jet-powered feet, Jet-HR1 is able to step over extremely large chasms equivalent to around 97 percent of its leg length.In order to do this, the robot essentially performs the splits, by balancing on one leg while reaching the other one out to bridge the gap, before repeating the process to move the other leg across as well.“The development of the electric motor and jet technologies contributed to the feasibility of the idea,” Zhifeng Huang, an associate professor at Guangdong University of Technology, told Digital Trends.“High thrust-to-weight ratio is one of the key points.In this research, we [worked] hard on the action planning, including the optimal posture and the thrust planning.
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Image credit: ridvan_celik | Getty ImagesOpinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.Content marketers are always looking for ways to increase brand awareness and engagement.With an ever-changing landscape, however, what worked a year ago won't necessarily work now.Related: 5 Tips for Creating Quality Video Content Even If You're Clueless How to Begin"Large volume spam campaigns are falling away from productivity," Michael Litt, co-founder and CEO of Vidyard, told me when asked about the latest trends, noting that marketing automation is becoming a victim of its own success.
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The British Army's massively overdue Watchkeeper drone project has failed to gain a critical air safety certificate – yet the Ministry of Defence still insists it is "a satisfactory use of public resources".Next month marks five years since the initial planned April 2013 date in which the battlefield drones were supposed to be battle-ready.The MoD's top civil servant, Permanent Secretary Sir Stephen Lovegrove, took the very unusual step of publicly writing to Parliament's Public Accounts Committee after the Watchkeeper project failed to gain its formal Release To Service (RTS), as highlighted by Jane's Defence Weekly.Lovegrove's letter (PDF, 3 pages) very briefly sets out the reasons for the "delay in meeting the Watchkeeper programme's 'Full Operating Capability 1' 90 per cent milestone in November 2017."The Watchkeeper technical flying programme was delayed between 24 March and 26 June 2017 due to investigations into the cause of an incident on 24 March 2017 and the subsequent development of relevant evidence to allow the resumption of flying under a Military Flight Test Permit.Consequently, and as acknowledged by the IAC in July and November 2017, the risk of not meeting the Full Operating Capability 1 milestone in November 2017 has now been realised.
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After maintaining a quiet presence for quite a while, Magic Leap is finally feeling a bit more chatty, at least when it comes to what they’re sharing with developers.As the Game Developers Conference kicks off in San Francisco this week, Magic Leap is opening up their “Creator Portal” to developers sharing their SDK, tutorials, design guidelines and forums.After agreeing to an arbitration clause you can dive into see more about what can be done on the Magic Leap One.The Lumin SDK is designed for Magic Leap’s operating system Lumin OS which we’re now learning is a custome OS built from open source and Linux-based components.Developers building in Unity and Unreal will have access to build for Lumin OS.It appears as thought the company’s App Store will be called Magic Leap World, there’s not a ton to go off of, but the site says that using it, developer can “create and manage your development team, then give them access to all of the tools they need to successfully share your creations with the world.”
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Mark Zuckerberg's name is ringing across Capitol Hill again, as politicians demand the Facebook founder testify to Congress in the wake of the social network's scandal with a data firm affiliated with the Donald Trump campaign.Facebook on late Friday disclosed that researchers from UK-based Cambridge Analytica had duped the social networking giant and stolen access to data from more than 50 million Facebook users through an app called "thisisyourdigitallife," which was then used for political ads during the 2016 presidential election.By Monday morning, multiple senators have demanded that Zuckerberg testify before Congress.But it's unclear whether it'll happen.While the government has summoned Facebook multiple times, Zuckerberg himself has never testified on these issues.In the past, Facebook has sent its general counsel Colin Stretch, Monika Bickert, Facebook's head of global policy management and other executives not named Mark Zuckerberg.
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I had to look twice.I'd just finished watching the seventh-seeded University of Nevada come back from being down 22 points with less than 11 minutes left in its March Madness game to beat second-seed Cincinnati, when a tweet appeared on my TweetDeck.It was from the university basketball team's Twitter account, and it read: "kljasdj;das;ew8fwer89ywef;hwero32p8efh;uasjkasd;asdhuasdiuasdjkhsd;ewioawethasdi;hasdfiohafioewrho;asdgasdgiohawoihawetb;agio;asdioawty8tiouhasgu;aefiohwe8yeroasdgj;basdghr3289y[ew;has;ads890y[fewaiohewohasuhasduhiodfsajkhasdfuior8yasjhafds;huasdu;hadsfioewhuewhuoafds8afs;hdhakdj.""What is this," was the first response, from a Twitterer called Sports Sidelined.To those more artistically inclined, it was clearly an expression of stunned shock at seeing what the university's team had just achieved.So pulsating that, for a moment, I forgot that Nevada's coach, Eric Musselman, used to coach the Golden State Warriors in very painful times.
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Adrian Lamo, a hacker known for his high-profile breaches of the New York Times, Microsoft, and Yahoo, has died, according to his family.He was 37 years old.“With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian’s friends and acquaintances that he is dead.A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son,” his father, Mario Lamo, wrote in a Facebook post.The county coroner for the area in Kansas where Lamo lived confirmed his death to ZDNet.The cause of death is not known.
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Following its appearance on the pre-order pages of two Polish retail sites, the Huawei P20 lite has now been announced in the Country.The phone and of course the rest of the Huawei P20 series have been subjects of many leaks for quite some weeks now, and while our eye was fixed on the March 27 unveiling date, the Huawei P20 Lite has been announced for the Polish Market.No, there wasn’t a special launch event for the device in the Country, instead, the company chose to silently list the Huawei P20 lite on its polish official website with detailed specifications, features and availability details.In terms of physical appearance, the Huawei P20 Lite looks more like the Huawei Honor 9 Lite, but for the presence of a screen notch the dual rear cameras orientation.Fitted with a 5.8-inch Full HD display with a 19:9 aspect ratio, the Huawei P20 lite packs the Octa-core in-house Kirin 659 chipset coupled with MaliT830-MP2 GPU and 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage, which can be expanded up to 256GB with microSD.The phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0 and powered by a 3000mAh battery which charges over the USB Type-C.
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A concept found deep at the heart of mathematics and computer science, idempotence is a highly valued attribute of operations that relates to their efficiency and effectiveness.An idempotent operation can be performed multiple times without changing the result beyond the initial application.In a simulation running on a screen projected overhead, problems occurred.The Service Desk managers decided how to fix those systems, and finally the IT Dept.then presented the fix to the game proctor, who either resolved the problem or penalized us if it was incorrect.There were many opportunities for things to go wrong.
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The self-employed are happier at work despite long hours and more uncertainty, a new study suggests.The research carried out by experts from the universities of Sheffield and Exeter showed self-employed people felt more engaged with their work, predominantly because they enjoyed more freedom to innovate and influence their working environments.Academics studied data collected from 5,000 workers in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand across a number of sectors – including heath, finance and education.Further analysis was undertaken of employees across four job grades – non-managerial workers, supervisors, middle managers and senior managers and directors.The self-employed workers who took part in the research worked in a range of sectors, including management consultancy, financial services, retail, education, insurance and real estate.The study found that those who were self-employed were not only amongst the most engaged but also experienced greater opportunities for innovation, achieving challenging targets and meeting high standards.
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Ahead of the upcoming launch of the P20 range, Huawei is showing its previous P-series flagship some love by rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the P10 and P10 Plus.News of the update arrives from Huawei Philippines’ official Facebook page.Very little information is included in the post but it appears that this is a global update, although this could be staggered by region – we’ll keep an eye out for further confirmation.We already know what to expect from the new Oreo-based EMUI 8.0 firmware thanks to a Huawei’s recent beta program for the two 2017 flagships.As well as standard Oreo features like Picture-in-Picture mode, notification dots, and much more, the update also brings with it a floating navigation dock, AI-based optimizations, and a host of other tweaks and cosmetic changes to Huawei’s custom UI.Judging by screenshots posted by Facebook users (below), the update brings the build number up to 8.0.0.360(C636) for the dual-SIM international model of both the standard P10 (VTR-L29) and the larger P10 Plus (VKY-L29).
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In what is a first not only for Afrika but the world, the country used a blockchain solution to tally, and provide proof of, the recently held elections in the country.The blockchain solution used was developed by a Switzerland based voting technology company, Agora.During the elections in Sierra Leone, Agora used their proprietary blockchain distributed ledger to keep track of the elections contested by 16 candidates.“Sorry for being silent the last days.The team is engaged in Sierra Leone’s presidential elections, and we are in Freetown with our partners, the European Commission, helping our blockchain node operators (Red Cross, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, University of Fribourg) audit today’s election results.We are proud to announce that our results in the western district are 2 hours ahead of the National Election Commission and all NGOs, with 86% tallied.
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Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76 after a long battle with ALS.On top of his contributions to physics, the scientific community and society at large, Hawkings was a prolific face in popular culture, appearing in a rich tapestry of content ranging from The Simpsons, The Big Bang Theory, Star Trek and Pink Floyd in addition to being the subject of an Oscar-winning biopic.His family released a statement on Wednesday morning (14 March) confirming his death, noting that "his courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world".He leveraged BT's technology as a means of delivering a prosperous future and just 24 years later, the telecom firm serves information to customers through the internet in what is no doubt an execution of his vision in the ad.In the creative, Hawking appeared aboard a space craft gazing at the earth and the moon.In the year 2013, GoCompare started to realise that the public loathed its long-last mascot Gio Compario and ran a campaign in which prominent celebs were 'Saving the Nation' by running assassination attempts on the troublesome tenor.
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Most of us know smoking is not good for our health, increasing our risk of multiple cancers, heart disease and stroke.But now, a new large scale study has revealed it may also have a negative impact on our hearing.According to the study of more than 50,000 participants over eight years, smoking is associated with increased risk of hearing loss as we age.Even after adjusting for factors including occupational noise exposure, the researchers found smokers are 1.2 to 1.6 times more likely to develop hearing loss compared with people who have never smoked.This is the equivalent of smokers having around a 20% increased risk of hearing loss.To establish whether there is a link between smoking and hearing loss, researchers analysed data from annual health checkups, which included audio testing performed by a technician, and a health-related lifestyle questionnaire completed by each participant.
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