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It’s official, the mercury is rising and (despite having snow across the UK less than a month ago) we’re now experiencing the hottest April in nearly 70 years.If we’re lucky Thursday will reach 28C in parts of southern England, while the rest of the UK should see the temperature rise into at least the low 20s, the Met Office said, so it feels like summer has finally arrived.And it wouldn’t be a real British summer without these 21 things.Refreshing the weather app every ten seconds before leaving the house.
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It was on a much, much smaller scale yet was reminiscent of the protests over the UK’s invasion of Iraq, except this time the protesters are on the wrong side of history.Of course, the carrying of both the Russian and Syrian flags, in this case, were the biggest indicators that the activist’s position was incorrect but this absurd minority group are still very much in the plurality when it comes to public opinion on the West’s intervention in Syria.Firstly, unlike with the sizeable Western-led denial of ‘the dodgy dossier’ in the early 00s, there is no doubt that Assad’s regime have carried out chemical weapons attacks on its own people, most recently in Douma.The only notable deniers of this version of events are Russia and Iran - two countries who have proven time and time again to be belligerents to basic diplomacy and decency.Secondly, many people, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn included, seem to be seeking pacifism beyond reason.Corbyn, and those of his mind-set, know that a UN Security Council resolution is not possible because of Russia’s veto yet that is the line they continue to take.
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For years people have speculated about different companies working on developing a 'truly foldable' smartphone, ie one that can fold thanks to flexible components rather than some sort of hinge.Folding hinge phones have been around for years, most recently with the ZTE Axon M, but a phone that can bend by itself?That would be an amazing sight.Lots of companies have been rumoured to have such devices in the works, but rumour is Huawei plans to have one in the hands of the people by November.The reports come from Korea's ETNews, which claims to have spoken with sources that supposedly have direct knowledge of the company's plans.While the sources claim Huawei is aiming for a November launch, it apparently won't be putting the phone on sale until it receives significant feedback.
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Being an online video star might seem cool or even glamorous these days, but Burnie Burns, co-founder and chief creative officer at Rooster Teeth, can remember when that wasn’t the case.Rooster Teeth, which is behind the popular web series Red vs. Blue, is turning 15 years old this month.(The studio was acquired by Fullscreen a few years ago.)And Burns has been looking back at its history as part of the upcoming documentary Why We’re Here: 15 Years of Rooster Teeth.He acknowledged that nowadays, anyone in the business is competing with “an enormous noise,” but at the same time, Burns said, “There’s the misconception that because no one was doing this when we got started, that made it easier.It’s really difficult to go into a place where no one else is and no one else cares what’s going on there.”
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If you’re a chef, you care about Michelin stars.If you make movies, you care about your Tomatometer score (maybe).And if you work in the information technology field, you care about certification from CompTIA.For 30 years, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has set the worldwide standard for how IT workers should handle system maintenance and management issues.Now, you can score yourself a boatload of CompTIA-certified credentials in some of the most in-demand tech arenas with the Complete 2018 CompTIA Certification Training Bundle ($59, an over 90 percent savings from TNW Deals).With this purchase, you get access to 14 popular courses boasting more than 140 hours worth of specialized training, to help you learn how to handle hardware and software system issues the right way.
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TravelTriangle, a startup that is digitizing travel agencies and travel bookings in India, has raised a $12 million Series C round led by Fundamentum.The startup operates like a travel booking platform to allow holidaymakers to choose and secure their travel plans online.It also works with offline travel agents to help them offer services, such as tailoring a trip, to customers as they do when they walk into their offices in person.The company also offers a suite of back-office services designed for agencies to help bring them on to its platform and generate additional revenue.The deal marks the first investment from Fundamentum, a new $100 million fund established by Nandan Nilekani, a co-founder and the former CEO of $33 billion IT services giant Infosys, and Helion Ventures partner Sanjeev Aggarwal .When the fund launched last July, Nilekani told TechCrunch it is aimed at turning promising Indian startups into unicorns.
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With the rise of touchscreen Windows devices and touchscreen Chromebooks, it makes sense for Google's web browser to become more friendly to prodding fingers and styluses, and a touch-enhanced version of Chrome is now available in the Canary channel – the early, buggy version of the app aimed at developers.It features a rounded address bar and a circular new tab button, amongst other flourishes, and makes various interface elements easier to stab with your digits or a stylus.As XDA Developers reports though, a much bigger visual overhaul is on the way.Dubbed "Material Design 2", the new look will apparently debut on the browser's birthday (September 2 if it isn't already marked in your diary).Material Design is the clean, card-based design you see in just about every Google app on the web and mobile, so presumably the new look is built on that.As for what Material Design 2 will actually change, your guess is as good as ours at this point, as there are no previews available.
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Spying on your ecommerce competition can help with product pricing and marketing strategy.The first step is to identify all competitors no matter how large or small.Other information to scrutinize is HTML tags, product categories, and product descriptions — all can help improve your search engine rankings.Use tools such as SimilarWeb to estimate the traffic of your competitors’ websites, and the sources.Search engine tools such as SEMrush, SpyFu, and Ahrefs can identify competitors’ keywords, pay-per-click ads, and backlinks.All of this can provide opportunities to increase your own traffic.
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It’s incredibly accurate making it perfect for handwritten notes or drawing.The iPad is £319 which, while not cheap, isn’t actually eye-watering and considering the sheer power Apple is providing it feels like you’re absolutely getting your money’s worth.V E R D I C TLet it never be said that Apple’s products are cheap, yet after spending just under a week using the new iPad I can’t help but feel this is the closest we might ever get to a ‘bargain’ from the Silicon Valley giant.That display is excellent but like most tablets it’s reflective as hell so you might want to consider getting a matte screen cover.It’s still not as thin as the iPad Pro but it’s more than comfortable to hold in one hand.
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Right in time for NAB, Adobe today announced the latest updates to its Premiere CC and After Effects CC video editing and motion graphics tools.The general theme of this release is the introduction of two new AI-powered tools that will make the life of editors easier, as well as a variety of small updates that all result in an improved overall workflow.“Adobe video apps like Premiere Pro and After Effects give them that power which, combined with the services available in Creative Cloud, provides broadcasters, media companies, filmmakers and YouTubers a complete ecosystem to bring their stories to screen faster than ever.”The standout feature of this release is the new Color Match feature in Premiere Pro CC.When you shoot with multiple cameras — and especially cameras from different brands — the colors between shots usually don’t match.Now, Adobe is using its Sensei AI platform to help editors match colors automatically, so that the changes they need to make are pretty small.
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In a move that was probably inevitable, LinkedIn is introducing video advertising as one its Sponsored Content formats.Although my LinkedIn newsfeed already includes plenty of video, Abhishek Shrivastava, director of product for LinkedIn Marketing Solutions, explained for advertisers, the only way to incorporate videos was to link to other websites.Now, the Microsoft -owned professional network is rolling out a native ad format, where video ads will appear as standalone posts in the feed.The video ads will play automatically, though with the sound turned off initially.Other social networks introduced video advertising years ago, but LinkedIn is a different environment — Shrivastava touted this as a way to bring “sight, sound and motion” to business marketers, while the company announcement declares that the company is going “all in on B2B video.”Shrivastava added that while most videos are seen as ideal for “top of the funnel” marketing (i.e., building awareness, rather than sealing the deal), LinkedIn’s Video for Sponsored Content is designed to work “across the funnel.”
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The 2019 RS 5 Sportback marks the seventh new Audi Sport entry.Our progressive interpretation of a five-door high-performance coupe has neither a predecessor model nor a direct competitor,” Michael-Julius Renz, managing director of Audi Sport GmbH, said of the latest member of the RS family.“The Sportback offers the ultimate in functionality with maximum performance.”The 2.9 liter TFSI V6 biturbo engine promises no shortage of power, efficiency, or that distinct RS sound.The sprint from 0-60 takes under four seconds, and the car tops out at 155 mph.With the optional Dynamic plus package, the top speed is increased to 174 mph.
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The company immediately halted its autonomous vehicle operations in all cities where it'd been testing its vehicles, including Tempe, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto."We proactively suspended our self-driving operations, including in California, immediately following the Tempe incident," an Uber spokeswoman said in an email.The DMV's Deputy Director Brian Soublet sent a letter to Uber saying that its current autonomous vehicle testing permit expires on March 31 and if the company wants to resume operations again in the state it must apply for another permit."Any application for a new permit will need to address any follow-up analysis or investigations from the recent crash in Arizona and may also require a meeting with the department," Soublet wrote in the letter, which was obtained by CNET.The fatal accident happened in Tempe, Arizona, on a Sunday night and was captured by the car's dashboard video camera.It shows a safety driver sitting behind the wheel but looking down at her lap since the vehicle was in full autonomous mode.
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It’s been a bit of a tumultuous week, to put it lightly, but one must always remember that no matter how dire things look on the global stage, there are always makers working obsessively to create something beautiful and useless — like this MIDI-driven, robotic music box.Tinkerer and music box aficionado Mitxela (via Hackaday) was pleased by this music box that takes punch cards or rolls as input, rather than having a metal drum with the notes sticking out of it.But who wants to punch cards all day to make a music box go?These things are supposed to be simple!Mitxela first made a script that takes a MIDI file and outputs an image compatible with his laser cutter, allowing cards or paper strips to be created more or less automatically.But then there’s the question of wear and tear, storing the strips, taping them together for long pieces… why not just have the MIDI controller drive the music box directly?
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The Mozilla Foundation has expressed its discomfort at the Cambridge Analytica revelations by pulling its ads from Facebook.While the disappearance of Mozilla's modest ad spend is hardly going to bring down The Social Network , the organisation's decision to “pause” its Facebook advertising came after Zuckerland tried to assure Mozilla that the conditions that prevailed in 2015 (when Cambridge Analytica breached its terms of service) had long been addressed.On March 20, Mozilla made this statement on the scandal, asking Facebook to protect privacy “by default” [Good luck with that one - Ed], and saying its app permissions leave “billions of its users vulnerable without knowing it”.Mozilla also launched a petition against apps that access data on people other than that of the individual who installed an app.Facebook apparently took exception to that.Here's what Mozilla added on March 22:
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Theresa May has been urged to explain to British workers why the new post-Brexit blue passport will be made in France.The contract to manufacture the document, which Brexiteers see as a symbol of the UK’s regained independence, is set to be awarded to Franco-Dutch firm Gemalto rather than De La Rue’s Gateshead plant.De La Rue boss Martin Sutherland said it was “disappointing and surprising” that “this icon of British identity is going to be manufactured in France”.The move has been condemned by Brexiteers and Mr Sutherland called on the Prime Minister or Home Secretary Amber Rudd to explain their decision to his workers.That's why we have announced that the iconic bluepassport will return after we leave the European Union in 2019. https://t.co/pgQvrBIna5— Theresa May (@theresa_may) December 22, 2017
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Fads come and go a lot faster on the internet, however, which is unfortunate for Casio.It’s releasing an updated version of a popular ‘80s calculator that plays music and a video game—but maybe a few weeks too late?Thirty or so years ago, when I was a primary-school student before smartphones and Game Boys existed, I would have loved a calculator like the classic Casio MG-880.In addition to basic maths calculations, it could be used to plink out electronic tunes (like Star Wars, for example), and even play a crude version of Space Invaders.Spelling out BOOBIES with numbers on a segmented LCD display loses its novelty real quick, and the MG-880 would have been a much better distraction in school, had it been sold outside Japan.The original MG-88 (Image: Casio)
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Infrared satellite data showed Tropical Cyclone 13P quickly developed powerful storms with very cold cloud top temperatures.NASA's Aqua satellite analyzed the system in infrared light to determine where its strongest storms were located.Tropical Cyclone 13P formed in the Coral Sea, located in the Southern Pacific Ocean.Infrared light provides valuable temperature data to forecasters and cloud top temperatures give clues about the location of the highest, coldest and strongest storms.On March 12 at 10:50 a.m. EDT (1450 UTC) the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite analyzed Tropical Storm 13P's cloud top temperatures in infrared light.MODIS found cloud top temperatures of strongest thunderstorms were as cold as or colder than minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 62.2 Celsius) in two areas: around the center of circulation and in a band of thunderstorms east of the center.
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Huawei announced at CES this year that it would be bringing its Honor 7X and Honor View 10 phones to the US.Now we know when to expect the View 10: March 23rd, with preorders opening today for $499.The Honor View 10 (aka the V10) has similar specs to Huawei’s flagship Mate 10 Pro.It’s got the same Kirin 970 processor, although there’s a slightly worse 16-megapixel camera (along with a second, monochrome 20-megapixel shooter), a slightly smaller 3,750mAh battery, and an LCD instead of an OLED display.There’s also 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a bezel-reducing design, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and the latest version of Android 8.1 Oreo.Not bad for a $500 phone.
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It has passed the 500 million user count, though only 2.2 per cent (11 million) of that base are paying customers – the rest use its free services.The firm had hosted its file sync'n'share data on AWS infrastructure but has started building in-house infrastructure, using leased colocation facilities to cut costs.The SEC IPO filing opens Dropbox's books from 2015 onwards, and the numbers are reassuring enough.Quarterly revenues show steady growth with no seasonal effects.The filing doesn't reveal net income per quarter, so we have used what we can, meaning loss from operations, as a proxy.The annual numbers support this view:
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