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It's a big time for 4K streaming on the BBC, since it's promised to stream all of its World Cup matches in 4K HDR.Well now it's just updated the iPlayer app for the PlayStation 4, meaning PS4 Pro owners can now watch the BBC's 4K content on their console.Assuming, of course, they have a 4K TV.The new update means the app can pump out content in the 4K UHD resolution (3840 x 2160), showing off the BBC UHD logo in the corner to let you know you've been watching things in the higher resolution.The downside is that the PS4 Pro doesn't seem to support Hybrid Log Gamma HDR, meaning you'll only be able to take advantage of the higher resolution and not the superior colours.It's also worth pointing out that the BBC is using the World Cup as a testing ground for its live 4K streaming services, so it's not a perfect beast.
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Driverless vehicles could eliminate millions of jobs in the future, from cabbies to truckers to food delivery workers.But the companies that are hoping to hasten the adoption of this disruptive technology don’t want to seem callous to this brewing labor crisis, so they are joining forces to study the “human impact” of robot cars.The Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity (PTIO) is a newly formed group comprised of most of the major companies that are building and testing on self-driving cars.This includes legacy automakers like Ford, Toyota, and Daimler; tech giants like Waymo (née Google), Uber, and Lyft; and logistics providers like FedEx and the American Trucking Association.“Concern for the safety of workers and the public is paramount to PTIO,” the group’s executive director Maureen Westphal, said in an email to The Verge, “and safe deployment of [autonomous vehicle] technology is fundamental to securing better job opportunities for workers, so we plan to engage with a variety of concerned stakeholders already having conversations and planning for this transition to an autonomous vehicle future.”The group has its work cut out for it.
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In September last year, Xiaomi collaborated with Google to release the Xiaomi Mi A1 which became the company’s first ever pure Android device.Xiaomi Mi A1 is the Google version of Xiaomi Mi 5X and this smartphone has been a success since its launch.The rumor mill has been spinning with respect to the successor of the Xiaomi Mi A1 dubbed Xiaomi Mi A2.Though the company has not officially confirmed this smartphone, a Swiss online retailer has already listed this device to start sales on August 8th.Just like Xiaomi Mi A1, Xiaomi Mi A2 structure is based on the Xiaomi Mi 6X.The Mi 6X is equipped with Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 32/64/128GB of internal storage which is not expandable.
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It’s the football season as the FIFA World Cup 2018 is underway in Russia, with the host country winning against Saudi Arabia in the first game.To celebrate the football season, many brands are announcing contests and prizes for football fans and now, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has announced its own football carnival.Xiaomi recently announced the Mi Football Carnival 2018, offering various prizes to Xiaomi users including its popular Redmi Note 5 pro smartphone.Apart from the Redmi Note 5 Pro, other prizes include the Redmi Note 5, Mi Band 2, Mi Power Bank 2i 10,000mAh and Mi Earphones Silver.Under the Mi Football Carnival 2018, users will be able to participate in various contests including Football Frenzy, daily lucky draws and complete daily tasks.The contest began on June 8 and will end on July 20.
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CHICAGO--People have a natural knack for focusing on what a single person is saying, even when there are competing conversations in the background or other distracting sounds.To date, being able to computationally--and accurately--mimic this natural human ability to isolate speech has been a difficult task."Computers are becoming better and better at understanding speech, but still have significant difficulty understanding speech when several people are speaking together or when there is a lot of noise," says Ariel Ephrat, a PhD candidate at Hebrew University of Jerusalem-Israel and lead author of the research.(Ephrat developed the new model while interning at Google the summer of 2017.)"We humans know how to understand speech in such conditions naturally, but we want computers to be able to do it as well as us, maybe even better."In this work, the researchers did not just focus on auditory cues to separate speech but also visual cues in the video--i.e., the subject's lip movements and potentially other facial movements that may lend to what he or she is saying.
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Whoa, hold on there, person about to exchange money for movies or music — do you know how much free stuff is out there on the web, all legally released and available for anyone to listen to or watch?If you want to spend less on your entertainment budget and maybe discover some interesting new stuff at the same time, here’s where to look.You won’t get any Hollywood blockbusters on Vimeo, but what you will get (more so than YouTube) is experimental short films from up and coming movie-makers looking to perfect their craft.The staff picks on the front page are a good place to start, but you can just as easily start exploring yourself, with documentaries, animations, and more.The clue’s in the title of Classic Cinema Online—classic movies, typically plucked from the 30s, 40s, or 50s, surrounded by ads.If you’ve grown up in the era of Transformers and The Avengers these movies might look a little dated, but there are some genuine gems to find here, and you’ll come away from your viewing with a much more rounded film knowledge.
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You don’t sign up to a bank account every day.And yet, German startup N26 has managed to attract 1 million clients across Europe.They generate €1 billion in transaction volume every month ($1.17 billion).It took N26 only nine months to grow from 500,000 to 1 million.It’s an aggressive goal, but N26 plans to expand beyond the Eurozone.The company confirms that customers based in the U.K. and the U.S. will be able to create an N26 account in the coming months.
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There’s no secret the tech industry suffers a reputation for harmfully disrupting a community.But not everyone in tech is to blame for the negative effects.In 2015 Ben Kovacs and Joel Lunenfeld founded the non-profit Guardian Gym, a buy-one give-one mixed martial arts gym/after-school program that now boasts over 300 adult members and youth mentees.Kovacs attributes the success of the gyms growth partly to Dick Costolo’s example at Twitter.“He talked to the people, he made everyone feel important, everyone thought he was their friend,” Kovacs said.“And I realized that we needed to build a similar type culture if we wanted to be here for the next couple of decades.”
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A little while ago Lego announced a new app that let kids play with sets in augmented reality, regardless of whether they'd actually purchased them.It was simplistic, but still a nice idea - especially for parents who could see the set in action before buying it.Now Argos is getting in on the action, by adding AR Lego sets to its own app.The new updated version of the app is available right now, with 30 different Lego sets coming packed with the new AR view.All you need to do is make sure you have an ARKit-compatible device, head into the Argos app, and hit the big green AR banner on the main page.That'll pull up a list of products with AR features, which you can access on each individual store page.
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"Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book and every event you attend—all these transactions and communications will go into … a virtual, centralized grand database,” the New York Times columnist warns.On the heels of Mark Zuckerberg’s numerous government testimonies and sustained criticism over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the author of this Times column must be talking about Facebook—right?Or perhaps the web’s broader, ad-based business model?And Safire isn’t talking about social networks or digital advertising—he’s discussing Total Information Awareness, a US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) program that proposed mining vast amounts of Americans’ data to identify potential national security threats.The ACLU called it a virtual dragnet that would require the government “to collect as much information as it can about everyone—and these days, that is a LOT of information … Not only government records of all kinds but individuals' medical and financial records, political beliefs, travel history, prescriptions, buying habits, communications (phone calls, emails and web surfing), school records, personal and family associations, and so on.” The US Senate, led by senators Ron Wyden and Byron Dorgan, voted unanimously to defund the program shortly after it was announced; some of the technological underpinnings were reshuffled, sent to other parts of the government that weren’t focused on the activities of US citizens.But as Total Information Awareness was being disassembled in Washington, DC, a similar system emerged, and began to gather momentum, in Silicon Valley.
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Nur noch vierundzwanzig stunden — only 24 hours left!That’s when we release a sweet 2-4-1 offer on Innovator passes to attend Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30.Why pay €695 for one ticket later when — in just a few short hours — you can bag two tickets for the same price?Tomorrow, May 30 at 12pm CEST / 6am EDT we will be releasing a limited number of these 2-for-1 Innovator passes on a first-come, first-served basis.This is a limited-time offer, so be sure to sign up here to get notified the moment we release this deal into the wild.TechCrunch Disrupt events provide access to the world’s leading tech leaders and venture capitalists — as well as the up-and-coming generation of founders and entrepreneurs.
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It's a huge surprise with lots of potential ramifications for future Star Wars movies.So the following discussion merits a big ol' spoiler warning concerning the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story, as well as details from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, along with speculation regarding where we think the movies will go in light of this revelation.Consider yourself warned, all ye who enter here.The last time movie viewers saw him was in 1999's Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, in which Maul murders Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) while his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) watches.But if you've been paying attention to the larger Star Wars universe -- specifically two animated shows that count as canon with the movies -- you probably knew Maul survived his encounter with Kenobi on Naboo.Maul escapes captivity in the tie-in comic Son of Dathomir, briefly battling with Count Dooku, whom Sidious took on as his replacement apprentice, and General Grievous.
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While Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are hogging the spotlight, data brokers that collect your information from hundreds of sources and sell it wholesale are laughing all the way to the bank.But they’re not laughing in Vermont, where a first-of-its-kind law hems in these dangerous data mongers and gives the state’s citizens much-needed protections.Data brokers in Vermont will now have to register as such with the state; they must take standard security measures and notify authorities of security breaches (no, they weren’t before); and using their data for criminal purposes like fraud is now its own actionable offense.These companies don’t really have a consumer-facing side, instead opting to collect information on people from as many sources as possible, buying and selling it amongst themselves like the commodity it has become.I talked with director of the World Privacy Forum, Pam Dixon, about this practice.“But if you take a thousand points like shopping habits, zip code, housing status, you can create a new credit score; you can use that and it’s not discrimination.”
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As a corporate innovator, it’s my job to lead transformational change and build new businesses in big, complex, corporations.For more than 30 years, I’ve worked in Silicon Valley, focusing on the intersection of digital evolution, emerging technologies, human-centered design, and business growth strategy.For 15 years I’ve been part of a performing troupe in Northern California called Subject to Change.Here are three skills that I use in the course of my work every day.When we perform improv we need to pay attention to what our fellow actors are saying and doing – and support it.In improv, every line, gesture and facial expression is an “offer.” They give us clues to characters, places, feelings, and the story as it unfolds.
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Enterprises and their Security Operations Centers (SOCs) are under siege.This is important because today, attackers use stealthy tactics that leverage these security challenges – after infecting an asset inside an organization, they keep a low profile, moving laterally in the hunt for valuable, sensitive data.That’s why it’s critical for organizations – both large and small – to focus their cybersecurity strategy on earlier detection and faster response.The ultimate goal of deception is to lure attackers to ‘decoy’ assets that look and feel real but aren’t.By engaging with the decoy or deception environment, attackers or malicious insiders essentially reveal themselves to the organization – but they don’t know it.However, deception technology has greatly improved beyond the honeypot concept today.
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Vernee’s Galaxy S9 Active clone – the Vernee V2 Pro – will soon kick off presales over on the online store Gearbest.The premium mid-ranger will come with military rugged features as well as a powerful hardware configuration, along with a very cost-effective price tag.The Vernee V2 Pro comes with a very fashionable design, including a 5.99-inch all-screen FHD+ with a resolution 2160×1080 display.At the same time, it uses the strong Corning Gorilla 2.5D glass, to increase durability against scratches and drops.With militar-grade materials being used and excellent sealing treatments, the smartphone manages to be completely waterproof.The Vernee V2 Pro has upgraded the interior design (over the non-Pro variant) and passed the test of the international IP68 waterproof certification.
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Google today announced that it is changing the eligibility guidelines of its free G Suite for Education service to include home-school co-ops.Parents and teachers who run home-school co-ops will be able to sign up for it in the coming weeks.G Suite for Educations includes all of Google’s usual online productivity tools and then layers a number of education-specific services like Classroom on top of that.Google Classroom, it’s worth noting, was already available to any G Suite user, but to subscribe to G Suite for Education, you needed to be affiliated with a school or school district.Now, home-school co-ops will be able to verify their status and get access to G Suite for Education, too.“Through technology, home-school co-op teachers can set and change assignments on the fly, students can work together even if geographically separated, and everyone has a common format for collaboration,” writes Darren Jones of the Home School Legal Defense Association, in today’s announcement.
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Researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand have found ways to control the spin transport in networks of the smallest electrical conductor known to man.By chemically attaching nano-particles of the rare earth element, gadolinium, to carbon nanotubes, the researchers have found that the electrical conductivity in the nanotubes can be increased by incorporating the spin properties of the gadolinium which arises from its magnetic nature.Discovered in Japan in 1993, carbon nanotubes are the thinnest tubes in the universe, consisting of a cylinder of single carbon atoms."Carbon nanotubes are known for their ability to carry a high amount of electrical current and they are very strong.They are very thin but electrons can move very fast in them, with speeds of up to Gigahertz or Terahertz, and when coupled to nanomagnets they greatly extend the functionality of the carbon nanotubes, which is required to advance modern technology through the development of high speed spintronic devices," says Siphephile Ncube, a PhD student at the Wits School of Physics and the lead author of the study.Her research was published in Scientific Reports on Wednesday (23 May 2018).
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Even by the sieve-like standards of most smartphone launches, the HTC U12 Plus has suffered an especially leak-riddled buildup to its announcement today.You already know, for instance, that this phone has a 6-inch Quad HD+ (2880 x 1440) Super LCD 6 display.You know it’s IP68-rated for water and dust resistance, that it has dual cameras on both the front and the back, and that it has HTC’s beloved BoomSound speakers.You’ve seen the images that show the absence of a screen notch and a headphone jack.And you could have guessed that HTC would bring a new version of Edge Sense, its system for squeezing the phone to perform various actions.Probably the most unique thing about this phone, though, is that it also relies on HTC’s pressure-sensitive tech for the side buttons, which are now fixed in place and provide haptic feedback instead of being mechanical.
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When Laurie Couch first joined the Affected by Addiction Support Group, a closed Facebook group with 70,000 members, she felt a sense of belonging.He simply offered to put her in touch with “someone who I have come to love over the last 12 months.”“She is the woman who helped me get sober and my life back on track and she has helped so many people and families,” he continued.Individual patients are so valuable that the system has spawned a “patient brokering” market, where centers — sometimes illegally — buy and sell the right to treat an individual person.“Outside of pay per head, it becomes a real grey, ambiguous area that people are walking in,” said David Skonezny, a consultant in the industry and the founder of It’s Time for Ethics in Addiction Treatment, a Facebook group where industry professionals discuss both general principles and specific treatment centers.A few months ago, Skonezny posted a warning in his group, encouraging members to spread it around Facebook: “CAUTION: Often times people in social media groups are solicited or respond to posts that on the surface appear to be an offer of help when these posters actually represent unscrupulous centers and are getting compensated...for referring you or your loved one to a treatment center or sober living.”
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