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Marvel Studios has a habit of filling its movies with references — both subtle and blatant — teasing a wide range of elements from Marvel’s comics lore outside the film’s main narrative, and the latest installment is no exception.Homecoming director Jon Watts and the rest of the film’s creative team packed a long list of call-outs to characters, objects, and story arcs from the world of Marvel Comics that had yet to be formally introduced to Marvel’s cinematic universe.From indirect references to potential Spider-Man allies to cameos from well-known foes, Homecoming offers an impressive amount of fuel for speculation as you watch Peter Parker’s adventure unfold.If the name wasn’t enough to make the connection, however, the tattoo of a scorpion on the neck of Mando’s character certainly reinforced the reference to one of Spider-Man’s most dangerous, recurring foes.It’s also worth noting that Mac Gargan’s mention of some powerful friends on the outside during his mid-credits scene with Michael Keaton’s character could foretell the introduction of the villain super-team known as “The Sinister Six” — a team long rumored to be getting its own movie down the road.The small-time crook played by Glover is identified in the film as Aaron Davis, which also happens to be the name of a villain known as The Prowler in Marvel Comics’ “Ultimate Universe” (an alternate version of the Marvel Comics universe with slightly different, more modern versions of the classic Marvel characters).
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Apple just hit back hard in its fight with its former supplier, UK-based Imagination Technologies.It has accused the company of making "inaccurate and misleading" statements about the dispute, according to Bloomberg.The two have been fighting publicly since April, when Apple said it would drop Imagination Technologies' graphics technology.The announcement came as a shock — Imagination's stock crashed and analysts were uncertain whether the business could survive.Apple brought in more than half the company's revenue, and Imagination eventually put itself up for sale.The company opened an official dispute with Apple in May, and last month said the company had behaved unethically.
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Saying heck no to rules, manAnalysis Tegile has announced the first mainstream multi-tiered flash array in the storage industry.Tegile has a line of two-tiered hybrid flash and disk drive arrays, and now has a two-tiered all-flash array.Think of the updated IntelliFlash HD as a normal high-performance Tegile all-flash array, like its 2U T4700 with 88TB of raw fast flash capacity, hooked up to an IntelliFlash HD array with many TBs of raw slow flash.The updated IntelliFlash HD can have a tier of fast access NVMe flash and a separate tier of SAS SSD flash which is slower to access and less expensive.Tegile's IntelliFlash HD was originally announced in August 2015 as an OEM'd InfiniFlash JBOF (Just a Bunch of Flash drives) from the then-independent SanDisk, which was a Tegile investor.
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Getting to a spare set of keys, or managing access to your Airbnb, has just got a whole lot simpler.The Select Access Smart, from the US security maestros at Master Lock, is a key safe that's packed with electrickery.It may look like a simple code-operated safe, but the illuminated keypad is merely the prosaic back-up option.The Select Access Smart is really all about Bluetooth.If you've got your phone, you've got access to your keys – just a few taps in Master Lock's Vault eLocks app (Android/iOS) is required.But it doesn't stop there, thanks to some clever access-management features.
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It doesn’t matter whether you’re green-fingered or horticulturally hopeless, the best gardening apps can help you to create wonderful gardens, grow delicious food, and become a brilliant botanist.Even if you have an apartment with no outdoor space, there are plenty of great gadgets for indoor gardens available to those who have no intention of stepping outside.Below, we’ve put together a list of handy gardening apps that will help you identify plants, get expert advice, deal with pests, and plan a garden than will be the envy of your neighbors.You can also find more great app suggestions in our comprehensive roundups of the best Android apps and best iPhone apps, along with our guide on how to grow herbs indoors.You can keep a photographic journal of your garden and get reminders about pruning, or advice on the best spots for growth.You can also search the encyclopedia, see what’s popular, and follow other gardeners when you find plants and gardens that you really like.
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Conversations with robots are still pretty crummy.Now a new study from Adobe, released Thursday, provides some insights into how much folks use voice assistants and how much they like -- and dislike -- them.In all, 37 percent of people surveyed for the study described interactions with voice assistants as either "not good" or "terrible."The same percentage of people rated voice assistants positively, and the rest described them as "okay."A big reason for these less-than-stellar numbers is Apple's Siri, an underachiever that's single-handedly dragging down consumer expectations for voice assistants, said Adobe Digital Insights analyst Tamara Gaffney.An April study from digital marketer Stone Temple also showed poor results from Siri.
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Twitter has partnered with the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) to live stream its Wimbledon Channel ahead of this year’s tournament.Tennis fans around the world will be able to watch a range of daily content on Twitter from around the grounds, including news, interviews, behind the scenes footage and selected action.The live stream of the Wimbledon Channel, which is supported by the AELTC’s broadcast partners, will be accessible through the Wimbledon Twitter channel and will also include a real-time curated timeline of tweets involving live conversation surrounding the grand slam.Mick Desmond, commercial and media director of The All England Club, said the AELTC were “pleased to be evolving the offering from last year's initial live stream test, which was the first premium live video collaboration on Twitter."Twitter’s chief operating officer, Anthony Noto, said: "The All England Club continue to transform the experience for fans on Twitter, a place where tennis conversation is happening live in real time every day.Our collaboration with the All England Club will provide fans on Twitter access to coverage from around the Grounds from Wimbledon 2017, while following the conversation all on one screen."
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The UK's Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is to investigate PwC's audits of BT, following an accountancy scandal at the telecom firm's Italian unit.The accountancy regulator will probe PwC's consolidated financial statements of BT Group for the years ended 31 March 2015 to 2017, in the wake of the scandal which forced a writedown of £530m.BT's share price plunged when the news emerged in January 2017, and has yet to recover the £8bn which was wiped off its value.A BT spokesman said: “We note the FRC’s announcement that it has commenced an investigation into the audits by PWC.It would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this stage.”The company has faced a difficult year, with profits plunging 19 per cent to £2.4bn during 2016/17 amid record fines of £342m fines due to a failure to compensate ethernet customers, and a job cuts programme of 4,000.
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More than 50 years ago, the Ford Mustang burst onto the scene — and changed the game forever.It wasn’t the first muscle car ever built, but it did birth the term “pony car,” which went on to describe such classics as the Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, and Plymouth Barracuda.A revamped 2018 model is due out later this year, and even though it’s technically a mid-cycle refresh and not a new generation, there’s plenty to digest.Ford debuted the 2018 Mustang and 2018 Mustang Convertible online following the leak of a promotional video on YouTube.In fact, the 2016 Shelby Mustang GT350R won the Performance category of our Car Awards last year, beating a Lamborghini Huracan and a Mercedes-AMG GT S on track day to do so.Ford is dropping the V6 entirely for the 2018 model year, leaving buyers with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and a 5.0-liter V8.
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Update: Another month, another pair of excellent Switch games to add to our list of the best.This time we're welcoming Ultra Street Fighter 2 and Arms into the fold, both of which offer some fantastic multiplayer gaming.The Nintendo Switch is finally here which means it’s time to stop worrying about hardware, and time to focus on what matters: the games.Thankfully the Switch’s launch has seen the arrival of a number of quality games.You’ve already got a good range of experiences from fun little puzzlers like SnipperClips, to epic adventures like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which has already become one of the best reviewed games of all time.We’ve had the chance to play through most of the launch lineup for ourselves, and we’ve selected our five favorite games of the bunch.
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INTERVIEW: Chris Brazdziunas, vice president of products at security intelligence company LogRhythum, discusses women in technology with SiliconDespite the progress that has been made over the past few years, there is still a lack of women in the technology industry.Having a diverse workforce and one that has a more equal balance of male and female workers in necessary for the future success of the technology world as it equips companies with the knowledge and scope to target products at wider demographics.And given how technology touches pretty much everything in modern daily life, having that scope could be the difference between an enterprise succeeding or being left in the dust by its rivals.While coding is now enshrined in the curriculum of English schools, thereby helping bolster the pipe line of digital skills in Britain, there is a trend of women leaving technical subject behind when the reach higher education.Then there are also factors such as women leaving the theology world earlier than men, and not just due to the desire to raise a family.
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Maat sitoutuvat Reutersin mukaan myös olemaan varastamatta toisiltaan kauppasalaisuuksia tai muita luottamuksellisia yritystoimintaan liittyviä tietoja.Kanadan hallitusta on syytetty liian pehmeästä suhtautumisesta Kiinaan.Maa kutsui uutta sopimusta askeleeksi kiinalaisen vakoilun suitsimisessa."Tämä on jotakin, mistä Beijing ei olisi edes vitsaillut kolme-neljä vuotta sitten", nimeämätön virkamieslähde kommentoi asiaa Reutersille.Uusi sopimus kattaa ainoastaan yritystason kybervakoilun.Maat eivät ole sitoutuneet luopumaan valtiotason tiedustelusta.
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Ok, so you jumped on the iOS 11 public beta earlier this week to try some of the brand new features coming to iPhones and iPads this fall for yourself.But in the process, you’ve discovered that the beta has various bugs that you can’t live with.The answer is simple: Downgrade to iOS 10.3.3.Hopefully you backed up your data before installing iOS 11 (which you always should!), as you will need that backup to restore your iPhone or iPad once the downgrade is complete.What you need to do first in order to downgrade the iPhone or iPad in question is download the iOS 10.3.3 install file on your computer.
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The best smart home devices are dramatically bringing your dumb household into the future, letting you control everything from the front door lock to the bedroom lights with a phone, tablet or even a smart speaker.It’s a complicated new category of products with dozens of choices that promise a future-ready home, but vary in quality, performance and price.Here are our recommended best smart home devices to get your existing house, apartment or other domicile up to speed:Best smart speaker: Amazon EchoBest smart home hub: Wink Hub 2Best smart light bulbs: Philips Hue
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USB-toting admin 'upgraded' Windows and Linux systems with something nasty that Police can't really explainDetails aren't so much sketchy as they are confused: the virus has been identified as WannaCrypt, but the government's been told it infected both Linux and Windows-based cameras; there was no ransom demand; the main symptom was repeated camera reboots, and; contractors apparently hoped to keep things quiet by patching cameras without telling anyone.The lid came off on Friday, and Victoria Police decided to cancel 590 fines issued by 55 cameras infected by a contractor visiting the cameras to perform software upgrades with a USB drive that also carried something nasty.The number of known infections rose to 97 out of the state's total of 280 speed cameras, after one of the state's speed camera contractors, Redflex, told the Department of Justice it had identified and patched a further 42 infections earlier in June.In a weekend press conference, Victoria's Police minister Lisa Neville said Redflex knew of the problem on June 15 and fixed the cameras on that day, but only owned up after Victoria Police's first announcement on Thursday.Redflex manages 150 of the state's speed cameras; two other contractors the minister didn't identify manage the other 130, yet a single individual infected devices under separate contracts.
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If the current look of your Apple Watch‘s main screen is getting a little stale, and you’re already tired of the existing Mickey and Minnie Mouse faces, you’ll soon have the option adorning your smartwatch with Toy Story characters.As shown off at this year’s WWDC keynote, watchOS 4 will expand on the Disney tie-ins by introducing animated character faces, with options including heroes Woody and Buzz Lightyear.The second developer beta of watchOS 4 has been released, offering our first look at the new Toy Story faces.As demonstrated earlier this month, users can customize the face of their Apple Watch with a variety of poses for each character, and even hear their voice lines played.The animations play out automatically when a wearer raises the Watch, and a tap will get the characters to speak, although the latter feature isn’t included in this latest beta.As of now users can specifically choose Woody, Buzz, or Jessie to put on their watch face, while Hamm, Rex, Bullseye, and the aliens from Pizza Planet are available from a “Toy Box” option, which randomizes the character and animation shown each time the Watch is raised.
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Anyone who has watched and grappled with some of the issues raised by last year’s breakout hit Westworld knows that, when it comes to sex and the fantasy world of artificial beings, there are some pretty dark questions to explore.While we’re not yet in the technologically advanced world that show depicts, there’s no doubt that things like AI-equipped sex dolls and virtual reality pornography are (no pun intended) on the rise.What, then, will be their impact — and will they make society a better or a worse place?That’s something Central Saint Martins graduate Marta Dunjó set out to explore with a recent project called Virtual X that combines virtual reality what used to be referred to as “marital aids.” Essentially, she’s created a series of proof-of-concept VR accessories that a user could *ahem* interact with while engaging in virtual fantasies.That if regular sexually-explicit tech devices on the market aren’t meant to immediately make you reel in horror; these ones kind of are.In terms of highlighting the objectifying undercurrent of similar “tools” — and the questions they prompt about subjects like consent — Dunjó’s Virtual X products do exactly that.
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När Google 2015 slutade sälja sina smarta glasögon Google Glass var det många som trodde att glasögonen skickats till de sälla jaktmarkerna, men det var fel – för nu släpper nämligen företaget en uppdatering till glasögonen.Vilket enligt Techchrunch är den första sedan 2014.Den nya uppdateringen innehåller en uppdatering till glasögonens kompanjons-applikation MyGlass, några buggfixar och stöd för Bluetooth.Det betyder alltså att du kan koppla samman brillorna med diverse tangentbord och datormöss.Med tanke på den magra uppdateringen är det svårt att säga varför Google väljer att släppa en uppdatering till glasögonen, speciellt med tanke på att Google Glass sålde dåligt och aldrig blev mycket mer än en kuriosa bland konsumenterna – mycket på grund av det höga priset på cirka 12 000 kronor.
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I can't see why anyone would want to sign up for Samsung Pay over Android Pay, and I say that as an S7 owner.For all intents and purpose the payment system is the same as Android Pay, but also worse.Mainly because it doesn't have the support as many banks.Well the gap is closing a bit, because today it's been revealed that three more banks are supporting Samsung Pay.HSBC, First Direct, and M Bank join Santander, Nationwide, and credit company MBNA.So that's nice, but Samsung is still quite far behind Google and Apple when it gets right down to it.
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Nordea muistuttaa tiedotteessaan, että pankin asiakkaat voivat nostaa käteistä rahaa konttoreiden ja automaattien lisäksi jo parista tuhannesta toimipisteestä ympäri maan.Käteistä saa esimerkiksi K-kaupoista ja R-kioskeilta.Vaikka pankin konttoreista on tullut katoavaa kansanperinnettä ja käteisautomaatitkin ovat käyneet yhä harvinaisemmiksi, käteisen saannin ei pitäisi olla ongelma, Nordean liiketoimintajohtaja Jussi Mekkonen sanoo."Käteisen rahan saanti on viime vuosina itse asiassa helpottunut, kun rahaa saa nostaa pankkikortilla kaupan kassalta tai lähikioskista.Samaan aikaan pankkikonttoreiden ja käteisautomaattien merkitys on vähentymässä."Nordean asiakkaat voivat nostaa käteistä nyt 1200 K-kaupasta ja Neste K-liikenneasemalta, noin 170 Tokmannista sekä 600 R-kioskista.
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