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Some automakers will add features or trims between random model years, even if a vehicle was just introduced a year or two prior.Honda released the pricing information for the 2018 Ridgeline, and it starts at just $29,630, which is $155 more expensive than last year.That'll get you a base 2018 Honda Ridgeline RT with front-wheel drive and a 5-inch color infotainment screen.The RTS trim is gone in its entirety.The next step up from there is the $33,170 Ridgeline Sport, which adds keyless entry, three-zone automatic climate control and fog lights.With the removal of the RT AWD trim, it means the cheapest AWD Ridgeline is now $3,695 more than in 2017.
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So Mozilla – the foundation behind the Firefox web browser – is turning to crowdsourcing to create voice recognition systems that avoid these problems.Through Project Common Voice, which launched last month, Mozilla aims to collect 10,000 hours of spoken English from people with a wide range of accents.And while companies like Google and Amazon are getting better at balancing their data sets, particularly when it comes to gender, voice recognition systems still have a harder time understanding Americans who speak with certain accents, she says.Naomi Saphra at the University of Edinburgh, UK, uses voice recognition software to write code as she is unable to type.But as with most issues around algorithmic bias, there’s no easy fix.At the moment, voice recognition data sets are mostly concentrated in the hands of a few companies, says Kelly Davis, who leads the Mozilla project.
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Television Broadcasts (TVB) is investing US$100 million in a joint venture with Hollywood film production company Imagine Entertainment to finance development of new TV projects for the United States and international markets.“TVB needs to expand its production base for television programmes as well as its distribution markets,” company chairman Charles Chan Kwok-keung said announcing the deal on Wednesday.Under their 50-50 joint venture, TVB will also have the rights to release, reproduce, distribute, broadcast and use TV programmes developed in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.Chan said the alliance will also strengthen the library of English-language programmes under TVB, one of the world’s largest commercial producers of Chinese TV shows.The broadcaster credited CMC Holdings, an investment company formed by private equity firm China Media Capital (CMC) in 2015, for helping negotiate the deal.For Imagine Entertainment, the partnership with TVB comes more than year since Shanghai-based CMC bought a minority stake in the US company.
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I’ve underestimated the speed of ARKit adoption.I knew developers had already begun working with Apple’s new AR tech.I had not realized how advanced some of these solutions have already become in the few weeks since Apple announced iOS 11 at WWDC.I’m used to speculating on iPhone’s becoming wallets and not actually seeing this happen for years.Now I find it is already in use at a leading air flight exhibition center.I think the speed of these deployments means that enterprise readers across the board need to make a little time in their schedule to engage with these technologies.
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Divorce rates by occupation, charted.Speaking of charts, a look at the “scoundrel” who invented the pie chart, bar graph and line graph.A newly restored, 3,700-year-old Hittite jug may have the world’s oldest smiley face on it.And when the solar eclipse comes to the United States next month, what you will see in your ZIP code.Photo: The moon almost totally obscures the sun during an annular solar eclipse in this image taken at 6:33 pm PDT, May 20, 2012 from the campus of Merritt College in Oakland.A solar eclipse will be visible in the United States on Aug. 21, 2017.
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Beijing-based Momenta announced this morning that it raised a $46 million Series B round led by NIO Capital, Sequoia Capital China and Hillhouse Capital.Momenta produces self-driving car software that applies deep learning to mapping, path planning and object recognition problems.Shunwei Capital, Sinovation Ventures, Unity Ventures and Daimler also participated in the round.Quite a few U.S. startups are trying to create the software to power autonomous vehicles — Drive.ai and nuTonomy to name a few.But unlike these startups, Momenta is merely a year old.The startup counts three ex-Microsoft researchers on its team and three PhDs.
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We've all seen the photos, young people enjoying themselves at the comic convention in San Diego.And there's only so many superhero outfits we can look at before thinking "I wonder if there's any porn of this".And it seems that this is a trend that PornHub has noticed too, as it has told us that searches for Comic-Con were up a staggering 2767% over the four days of the convention.It's predictable, but Wonder Woman was an area of some interest for users of PornHub too.People obviously inspired by the powerful movie and the performance of Gal Gadot and the fact that hundreds donned her costume for the SDCC.Interestingly, Harley Quinn searches were only up 45%, but if we had to guess, that's almost certainly because Harley Quinn searchers are pretty high all the time.
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The software, not unexpectedly for such a project, was full of bugs including the discovery of an administration screen with with a password set to “adminadmin.”Government incompetence augmented by money-hungry consultants is nothing new.But what happened next is certainly something unique.He’s not even a programmer,” said one Hungarian who wished to remain anonymous – emailed BKK about a hole he found in their system.The hole, if it can be called that, let anyone with passing knowledge of modern browsers to set any price they wanted for any ticket in the system.By simply pressing F12 a “hacker” could change the price of a ticket right in the browser, and because there were no server checks, they could purchase the ticket at that price.
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Today marks Nikon's 100th anniversary, and we didn't think the company would let this landmark event pass without some kind of product announcement.While some rumors had suggested we might see a new full-frame mirrorless camera break cover, the news that the D850 has been officially confirmed is still pretty exciting.Nikon hasn't actually released any specs for its long-awaited replacement to the brilliant full-frame 36.3MP D810, (or a picture for that matter), only saying that the 'D850 will be a formidable tool for those who will not compromise on exceptional image quality and versatility, including aspiring and professional photographers, and hobbyists who capture landscapes, commercial sports, fashion and weddings, as well as multimedia content creators'.The only thing we can glean from the short teaser video below is that the new camera will be able to shoot 8K timelapses (so 4K video).What we hope/expect to seeWhen the Nikon D800 (and D800E) arrived back in 2012, its 36.3MP full-frame sensor was a game-changer.
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S-ryhmä julkisti pari viikkoa sitten Porin SuomiAreenassa uuden Ruokamanifestinsa.Tätä paperia kannattaa tutkia niin taviskuluttajan kuin ruokateollisuuden, sillä se kertoo millaista ruokaa kaupassa on lähivuosina tarjolla.S-ryhmä on valmistellut linjaustaan yhdessä kymmenien ruoka-alan asiantuntijoiden kanssa.Kaupparyhmä vastaa asiakkaiden toiveisiin ja pelkoihin muuttamalla hankintojaan.Kauppa ei halua jäädä kiinni siitä, että se syöttää asiakkailleen esimerkiksi antibioottimömmöä omien tuotemerkkiensä liharuokina.Yksi konkreettinen lupaus koskee myyntidataa.
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Silicon Valley-based blockchain startup BitClave is holding a presale of its tokens today in advance of its September initial coin offering (ICO).Instead of running a search via Google and letting Google intermediate (give your data to advertisers and pitch you appropriate ads), for example, you could search via BitClave and receive payment for the data you’re willing to share in exchange for targeted ads.Smart contracts are self-executing and run directly on the blockchain without involving an intermediary.The technology would not only be a reinvention of search but could also solve the ad-blocking problem that has been making it hard for publishers to profit from their content in recent years.With users able to profit from viewing ads, there is less incentive to block them.It’s a very interesting experiment, although to successfully pit itself against search behemoth Google, BitClave will need substantial backing and some momentum.
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With its incredible black levels, professionally-tuned colour settings and interesting design, Panasonic's EZ1000U Series is a winner.Our review covers Panasonic's 65-inch model EZ1000U (TH-65EZ1000U), which is available now for $8,899, though Panasonic has also released a cheaper alternative in the TH-65EZ950, which carries a price of $6,599 and features the same OLED display but differs in design and lacks the EZ1000's standout Dynamic Blade Speaker.Both TVs perform identically otherwise.As this OLED television does not require a backlight, the set itself is very thin (42mm at its thickest where the internals are kept, though the display itself is around the 1cm thickness mark), with a flat, minimalistic rear area that keeps the set looking attractive from all angles, should you choose not to stand it against a wall.From the front, you'll find the EZ1000 to be fairly standard looking, with a thin black bezel that doesn't distract from the glorious visuals that the display is capable of.Screen sizes available: 77-inch, 65-inch | Tuner: Freeview HD | 4K: Yes | HDR: Yes (HDR10) | Panel technology: OLED| Smart TV: Yes, Firefox OS | Curved: No | Dimensions: w/o stand: 1452 x 837 x 42 (W x H x D) | 3D: No | Inputs: Four HDMI (HDCP 2.2), one LAN port, one Digital Optical Audio output, three USB, integrated Wi-Fi
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Britannian maatalousministeri Michael Gove vaatii muutoksia maataloustukien myöntämiseen, uutisoi BBC.Goven mukaan maanviljelijöiden täytyy tulevaisuudessa sitoutua ympäristön suojeluun ja maaseudun edistämiseen.Muutokset olisivat osa ministerin lanseeraamaa "vihreää brexitiä".Goven mukaan maataloustukia ei enää jaeta, vaan ne on ansaittava.EU:n maataloustuet jaetaan tilakokojen mukaan.Gove on jo aiemmin todennut, että tukijärjestelmä tulee muuttumaan.
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According to recent rumors from Evan Blass at Venture Beat it seems that the upcoming Moto Z2 Force will be equipped with a Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with 6GB RAM (and 4GB RAM if you live in the US).The device will be packing 64/128GB of storage and a dual-12MP camera setup, a drastic change from the Moto Z Force’s 21MP averagely-performing camera.The selfie camera will remain the same at 5MP with a front-facing LED flash.However new rumors that surfaced earlier today hint at a much smaller battery for this model, in order to retain its very slim profile and allow for full Moto Mods compatibility.It seems that Moto has gone with a smaller 2,730 mAh battery for its top-of-the-line smartphone offering for the year, a significant decrease in size, when compared to the hefty 3500 mAh battery of the previous model.Don’t lose hope however on the energy consumption of the device.
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Bamboran teknologian avulla käyttäjä voi ottaa puhelimensa kameralla valokuvan luottokortistaan, ja sen numerosarja luetaan ja muunnetaan automaattisesti digitaaliseen muotoon.Ranskalainen sähköisen maksamisen turvatekniikoita kehittävä Ingenico Group ostaa ruotsalaisen Bamboran, NyTeknik kertoo.Kauppahinta on noin 1,5 miljardia euroa.Bambora kehittää tekoälytekniikkaa, jonka avulla kännykällä verkkomaksuja hoitava voi syöttää luottokorttitietonsa automaattisesti verkkopalveluihin.Palvelun taustalla on havainto siitä, miten vaivalloista numerosarjojen näpyttely kosketusnäytöllä on.Tämän vaivalloisuuden vuoksi matkapuhelinten osuus verkkomaksuista on pysynyt kohtuullisen alhaisena verrattuna siihen, miten paljon puhelinten käyttö monissa muissa nettipalveluissa on yleistynyt.
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Squirreled away in a glass-enclosed conference room at the Condé Nast Entertainment office on Wednesday, a group of ten employees hailing from different publications and departments were feverishly brainstorming ways to improve e-commerce infrastructure across the media conglomerate’s 20 brands.A bespectacled Vogue editor wearing a fedora adorned with a feather sat up straighter in his chair.The event concluded on Thursday with final presentations in front of a panel of judges that included Vogue editor-in-chief and Condé Nast artistic director Anna Wintour.The winning team debuted a product called Hopscotch, a bot that functions within the office messaging program Slack.For example, using the bot a Self employee can determine whether a Glamour post would perform well on its Facebook page, and vice-versa.Though the Condé Nast event catered to all publications — not just its fashion and beauty brands, such as Vogue, Allure and GQ — its impact has been wide-reaching.
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We talk about backlinks a lot.The content-is-king mantra, too, is omnipresent in the SEO context.But technical SEO, somehow, doesn't seem to be getting even half the attention it deserves...• Page speed is a ranking factor.• Mobile friendliness is a ranking factor.• HTTPS is a ranking factor.
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Today is the latest slice in the death by a thousand cuts that the BBC is being subjected to.As part of the most recent Charter Renewal - the legal process by which the BBC is allowed by the government to continue to exist - it has been forced to reveal the names of people who have earned more than £150,000 from the corporation in the last financial year.Today, the figures were finally released.There’s just one problem: Though the purported salaries are high - Gary Lineker is top of the table earning between £1,750,000 and £1,799,999 - they’re also pretty much meaningless.By the terms of the charter, the BBC says that it has to report people who have been paid more than £150,000 from the License Fee pot in the last financial yearIn other words, talk of “salaries” is almost certainly wildly misleading, as this isn’t a pro-rata figure, adjusted for if the stars worked full 40 hours weeks, this is just if they have been paid over £150k.
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Launched today, Bluetooth Mesh is a way that low-energy radios can build many-to-many (m:m) links between devices, evolving to encompass new gadgets, temporary blackouts, and more.Initially, it’s setting its sights on the lucrative smart lighting segment.While products like Google Wifi and eero are pushing the concept of multiple WiFi hotspots that can ensure whole-home coverage at 4K-capable speeds, Bluetooth Mesh’s value is hub-free interconnectivity.Yes, it tops out at around 1 Mbps, but it’s how it manages and uses that bandwidth which is important.There, indeed, the idea of a self-healing network with the ability to scale up to supporting thousands of nodes, all interconnected securely, has obvious appeal.Yet Bluetooth Mesh looks set to be just as useful in the home.
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ITV is reportedly close to announcing easyJet boss Carolyn McCall as its new chief executive – with confirmation expected in the coming days.McCall, who has been the airline's chief executive since 2010, is now considered the overwhelming favourite to take over from Adam Crozier, who announced his decision to stand down in May.Sky News quoted sources as saying the deal was "all but signed" and would be announced to the London Stock Exchange as early as Monday morning.McCall already has media industry experience on her CV having been chief executive of the Guardian Media Group prior to joining easyJet.She is also a former president of Women in Advertising and Communications London (WACL).Such links with the ad industry will be vital at the commercial broadcaster, where McCall will walk into a testing advertising environment if she is confirmed in the role.
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