Dwayne Alcorn

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Less than a week ago, headlines declared that a market-shaking fork in Bitcoin had been averted.But the people backing a new cryptocurrency called Bitcoin Cash have now announced that the expected compromise between warring factions is dead.The debate over a so called “hard fork” in Bitcoin has been going on for two years.The world’s most valuable cryptocurrency is getting older and it’s reached highs of more than $2,600 in recent months.This was, in part, to keep a check on the speed of its growth and to serve as a security measure against cyber attacks.Supporters of the new Bitcoin Cash (BCC) want a larger data cap on blocks.
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The German auto cartel has flexed its muscles as Silicon Valley tries to encroach on its turf.HERE – the map consortium owned by Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz – is adding live sensor data to its Real-Time Traffic service, a first.Sensor-data such as brake information is fed into the HERE service.Ralf Herrtwich, senior VP Automotive at HERE, said the advance "moves us closer to realizing our vision of a live representation of the road environment needed for both advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and self-driving applications".Apple and Google, and other would-be auto makers, rely on your smartphone for traffic info, and they don't have access to anything like the quantity and quality of data the dozens of sensors in a modern car can collect.For example, a smartphone-hosted traffic app can extrapolate that there's a traffic jam after a few minutes.
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BEER-SHEVA, Israel...July 26, 2017 -- An international group of researchers developed a technique that results in more accurate 3-D scanning for reconstructing complex objects than what currently exists.The innovative method combines robotics and water."Using a robotic arm to immerse an object on an axis at various angles, and measuring the volume displacement of each dip, we combine each sequence and create a volumetric shape representation of an object," says Prof. Andrei Scharf, of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Department of Computer Science.The researchers used Archimedes' theory of fluid displacement -- the volume of displaced fluid is equal to the volume of a submerged object -- to turn the modeling of surface reconstruction into a volume measurement problem.The group demonstrated the new technique on 3-D shapes with a range of complexity, including an elephant sculpture, a mother and child hugging and a DNA double helix.The results show that the dip reconstructions are nearly as accurate as the original 3-D model.
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The US Air Force was a thing long before we knew it by that name.For 40 years, from the do-it-yourself days of the Wright Brothers through the hellish aerial combat of World War II, the American military flew scores of different aircraft and thousands upon thousands of missions.But in large part those flyers served as members of the US Army.(No disrespect, of course, to the many pilots of the US Navy.Here, though, we're focusing on the branch dedicated to air superiority.)Then, two years after the end of World War II, came the National Security Act of 1947.
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Stora Enso sells 35% stake to a pakistani Bulleh Shah Packaging (BSP) the major shareholder of Packages Limited.the cash purchase price from the sale of shares is 6 million.sales loss is about 19 million and it recorded Stora enso's third quarter 2017 outcome of the comparability of the active item.the Store is expected to be completed in 2017 in the third quarter.”Stora Enso will concentrate its strategy on profitable growth.Pakistan's changing business environment due to Bulleh Shah Packaging, its product range and future prospects do not fit our strategy.
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Two new headsets have been revealed by Razer with a similar look, but very different aims – one for hardcore PC gamers, the other for cross-platform play.Both go by the name Tiamat, and both are made for heavy-duty audio and comfort.Tiamat headsets come in 7.1 V2 and 2.2 V2 editions, the former coming with a higher price tag and more features, the latter coming with a slightly more basic set of features for a lower price.“Today’s games use positional audio extensively, so being able to hear which direction footsteps or shots are coming from is crucial to winning,” said Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan.“With five drivers per ear-cup, the Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2 gives gamers pinpoint audio accuracy whether they’re playing intense FPS matches or just want to lose themselves in massive soundscapes to bring their games to life.”Two headsets, one name: Razer Tiamat 2.2 V2 and Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2.
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"We are well positioned to complete air vehicle full 3F and mission systems software development by the end of 2017," said exec veep Jeff Babione, in a statement announcing that the fleet has passed its 100,000th flying hour.Ground operations will be supported by the Autonomous Logistics Information System (ALIS) suite, which was stuck on version 2.0.1.3 at the beginning of this year thanks to delays in rolling out a newer version.Meanwhile, the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation told a US Congress committee earlier this year that the aircraft won't be ready before 2019, mentioning 158 "Category 1" software flaws that could cause death, severe injury or illness unless fixed.The USAF hit back at these reports, announcing in May that Block 3F would be ready by "September or October" this year.Block 4 is said to be already in development, in spite of the delays to Block 3F.New software "drops" will be rolled out about every two years, with Block 4 scheduled for the beginning of the 2020s.
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ITHACA, N.Y. - For the first time, Cornell University researchers are using imaging capabilities at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) to explore how copper affects plant fertility.The human population is expected to surpass 9 billion by 2050, and meeting future food and energy needs requires increases in agricultural production by enhancing productivity on existing land or by increasing the amount of land used for production.Achieving these gains depends on adequate levels of soil micronutrients like copper, low levels of which can impact yield by reducing fertility and, in extreme cases, lead to total crop failure.In the U.S., 206 million hectares of soil are classified as being potentially low in copper, with particular impact on major cereal crops.Copper deficiency can be remedied by the application of copper-based fertilizers, but this strategy has significant environmental costs.Olena Vatamaniuk is an associate professor in the Section of Soil and Crop Sciences in the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell.
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One day, your smartphone will probably be recycled by a teenager on a rubbish tip; perhaps in Ghana or Nigeria.The health and livelihoods of these women and men depend on the way we design our products in the EU - the toxic chemicals we permit and the ease of repair that we require.Most of the electronic goods we dispose of eventually end up in developing countries (for computers, the figure is 90%).Most of this equipment is repaired and sold on; creating jobs and allowing access to cheap IT for those who would otherwise not benefit from it.In Accra, Ghana, for example, the refurb sector provides more than 30,000 jobs, and 80% of devices are either secondhand, repaired or refurbished.If the phone is sent to landfill, these chemicals can leach into soil and groundwater.
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Newer iPhones allow you to film videos in 4K resolution, which looks great but eats up gigabytes with ease.Eventually, you’re going to want to move the treasure trove of videos stored on your iPhone to your laptop or desktop computer.If you’re new to MacOS, don’t forget to take a look at our roundup of the best Mac apps, as well as our suggestions for the best Mac games.How to import videos with PhotosYou may be worried that you have to go through a complicated sync process with iTunes, but for photos and videos, it’s best to open the Photos app that came preinstalled on your Mac.Step 2: Select your iPhone from the left-hand menu.
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Intel has jumped into the fray surrounding the Apple-Qualcomm patent spat by accusing the world's biggest maker of mobile phone chips of trying to use the courts to snuff out competition.The chip giant made the allegation late Thursday in a public statement (PDF) to US International Trade Commission.The commission had requested the statement as part of its investigation into Qualcomm's accusation that Apple's iPhones of infringe six of Qualcomm's mobile patents.Specifically, Intel said, the case is about quashing competition from Intel, which described itself as "Qualcomm's only remaining competitor" in the market for chips for cellular phones."Qualcomm did not initiate this investigation to stop the alleged infringement of its patent rights; rather, its complaint is a transparent effort to stave off lawful competition from Qualcomm's only remaining rival," Intel said in its statement."This twisted use of the Commission's process is just the latest in a long line of anticompetitive strategies that Qualcomm has used to quash incipient and potential competitors and avoid competition on the merits."
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Committee will examine the possibilities of AI and how it could impact societyThe UK parliament has called on a Select Committee to carry out research into the future implications of artificial intelligence (AI).The study will look into the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in the technology, examining a range of topics including the current state of AI and how it might develop in the future given the pace of technological change.The committee is already calling for evidence and accepting submissions from any relevant parties, with the report scheduled for 31 March 2018.Given the potential of AI, there are of course plenty of areas to consider, such as the impact of AI on society, the public perceptions of the technology, the sectors most and least likely to benefit from it and the future ethical implications.The committee will also focus on the data-based monopolies of large corporations and the government’s role in fostering an environment for future development.
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I love how the company brought mesh networking into the mainstream.Accordingly, the company’s sophomore product is a lot like the original but with some subtle upgrades that make the whole concept feel more grown up.In fact, they double as night lights, a feature that seems gimmicky until you stumble to the bathroom at 3am and realise that a next-generation wi-fi router is keeping you from tripping over the pair of shoes you forgot you’d left in the hallway.All this means is that your Eero Gateway should be close to your TV, set-top box, gaming console, and VR rig.As someone who never plays video games, streams lots of music and movies, and gets bullied into at least one video chat per month, I don’t really notice a difference.Eero was one of the first companies to focus on making wi-fi routers easy to use, and its second generation of routers doubles down on that promise.
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They tell me drone warfare is the next big thing.But if it's this easy to take one out, modern warfare will have its elements of comedy.Here we are at a third-division playoff game on Sunday between Gimansia de Mendoza and Mitre in Argentina.A drone is flying around, presumably to entertain fans and take pictures of them.One fan, however, appears to find this all too tempting.With one toss of a toilet roll, the drone comes crashing down.
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If you’ve ever fought with a partner, parent, or roommate over who gets to charge their smartphone next, then it’s time you bought yourself one of the best USB charging hubs in existence.We all need access to that outlet to keep our smartphones and tablets fully juiced, but there’s no need to argue.A good USB charging station will plug into a single power outlet and afford you multiple USB ports.Identifying the right multi-port USB charger for you will depend on your needs, but, thankfully, we’re here to help.We’ve been testing some of the more popular USB charging hubs available, and we’ve rounded up some of the better options below.Also, you may be interested in our picks for the best portable battery chargers, if you’re looking to keep your iPhone 7, Galaxy S8, or Google Pixel juiced on the go.
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Storförlusterna fortsätter för Ericsson – bland annat inom molnaffären.Ambitionen är fortfarande att bli marknadsledande, men vägen dit är lång, säger vd Börje Ekholm.Bolagets senaste kvartalsrapport visar på en förlust före skatt på 1,2 miljarder för årets andra kvartal.Ericsson fortsätter dessutom att tappa inom det strategiskt viktiga affärsområdet it & cloud, där man säljer produkter för att bygga molntjänsten.Ericsson presenterade sin strategi för molnmarknaden under 2015, men har det varit svårt för bolaget att hävda sig mot sina konkurrenter.Inom it & cloud ligger rörelsemarginalen på minus 26 procent, ett tapp från minus 13 i fjol, visar den färska kvartalsrapporten.
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Image Credit: Lightboxx / ShutterstockBancor, the blockchain startup that raised $147 million in an initial coin offering (ICO) last month, announced today that it has added the first member to its currency-liquidity network.That new member is Invest.com, an online financial advisory, which will be launching a prediction market called Stox, with its own cryptocurrency, STX, using Bancor’s “smart token protocol.”Bancor eventually hopes to have thousands, even millions, of cryptocurrencies using its protocol, which runs on the Ethereum blockchain.Just as YouTube has allowed anyone in the world to create their own broadcasting channel and embed their video anywhere, Bancor allows anyone to create their own cryptocurrency token and operate it independently of a third-party exchange, Bancor cofounder Eyal Hertzog told VentureBeat.The announcement of this first member, while perhaps small news, signals that Bancor is operational and ready for business — not something many newly funded blockchain startups can claim.
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Från första stund har kunder varit låsta till leverantörers hårdvara, systemprogram och applikationsmiljöer.Visst pågår det ständigt arbete för att minska inlåsningseffekter, men när en ljusning skymtar vid horisonten är det dags för nästa teknikskifte med nya inlåsningseffekter som följd.Den pågående övergången till molnteknik är inget undantag.Företag som vill ha flyttbarhet för att skydda sig mot kvalitetsproblem, dåliga prestanda och prishöjningar för molntjänster har inte så mycket att hämta på dagens molnplattformar, skriver David Linthicum på Infoworld, en systersajt till IDG.se.Flyttbarhet innebär att både applikationer och data måste kunna flyttas från en leverantörs molnplattform till en annans.Och det är inte så enkelt som att kompilera om, ändra konfigurationer, testa och köra.
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Since its detailing at E3 last month, EA has released bits and pieces of details about the upcoming sequel to its 2015 hit, Star Wars Battlefront 2.We know this game, unlike the original, will contain a proper story mode, and a newly released ‘behind the scenes’ video gives us a look at that story mode…including a glimpse of some pre-alpha gameplay footage.Among other things, the story will let us look at this fantasy world from the perspective of the Galactic Empire.EA published this new behind the scenes video over the weekend, giving us a glimpse of the story mode specifically, particularly a black ops team that works for the Empire.What does the video offer?A look at the second Death Star’s explosion, for example, as well as the humans fighting in the Imperial Army.
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That’s seriously impressive for when you consider how few startup ecommerce startups that have achieved $1B+ valuations or exits – Jet.com, Dollar Shave Club, Zulily and The Honest Company – are the only that come to mind within the last 5 or so years.Warby Parker is particularly interesting because they practically invented the vertically integrated ecommerce category — ecommerce companies that own their supply chain.All ecommerce companies that followed were called “the Warby Parker of X” – they define a category.In much the same way that Alicia Silverstone owned my eyes when I first saw Clueless.Because Luxottica owns so much of the supply chain from brand to retail location, they can charge whatever they want for their products.They made fashionable, $95 glasses that people could try on from the comfort of their own homes via home try-on program.
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