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At long last, The Walking Dead returns for a new season on AMC this weekend, and the all-out war between Rick and Negan is about to come to a head.Based on what we saw in the trailer back at Comic-Con, season 8 could be one of the most exciting seasons in the show’s history, but you’re going to have to tune in in order to find out.Here’s the good news: You won’t need cable to watch the season premiere on Sunday.Sling TV announced this week that it will allow new customers to access its Orange package free of charge all day — no credit card required.According to a post on Sling’s website, the free preview of Sling Orange will run from 8 AM ET on Sunday, October 22nd to 3 AM ET on Monday, October 23rd.The preview will be available on all Sling TV compatible devices, which includes iOS, Android, internet browsers, the Xbox One and a wide variety of streaming boxes.
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We expect Android updates to improve the software of our devices, but if you have a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL then Android 8.1 will actually improve the hardware.Or, more specifically, it will activate a currently dormant image processor chip called the Pixel Visual Core.It’s Google’s first custom-designed co-processor for consumer products and it’s been built specifically to improve HDR+, letting it run five times faster and at less than one tenth the energy that it would take to use HDR+ with the main chipset.So in other words it will make HDR photos faster to shoot and less battery-intensive.Google plans to ultimately enable the Pixel Visual Core for third-party apps too, meaning you’ll be able to take advantage of it even if you don’t use Google’s camera app.And because the Pixel Visual Core is programmable, more uses for it will be enabled over time, with Google promising that the Pixel 2 will continuously improve as a result.
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How to find the animals really home?The question asked the researchers at Lund university and took out of it.Researchers at Lund university can now show what is happening in the brain of a bee when it flies straight to the track home again after the middle of the night have flown long, complicated, and above all the crooked routes through the dense vegetation in search of food.Bees and other animals use so-called optical flow, in order to determine how fast it goes and how far they have travelled when they are in motion.in practice, This means that they feel that the surroundings are moving and face them while they themselves stand still.Up to now it has been unknown what actually happens in the bee brain when it finds back to the nest after flying around and looking for food.
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Twitter has once again vowed to deal with its problematic users, and once again users are skeptical.The company’s CEO Jack Dorsey recently tweeted about this topic, talking about the company’s efforts to deal with the issue over the last couple of years.More revealing, though, is a leaked Twitter email which goes into more details about how the company will be enforcing its rules.Twitter has a problem with bullies and other problematic users who utilize Twitter has a platform to harass, threaten, and other abusive things.Though the company has taken steps to deal with these individuals, efforts thus far haven’t been adequate and the site remains full of problematic users.Compounding the problem is Twitter’s seemingly unpredictable enforcement of the rules.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2017) -- Picture this: you're battling heart failure and meeting with your doctor to discuss treatment.A few moments later, she can see how your heart is doing five years down the road.Combining physiology and engineering, UK's Kenneth Campbell and Jonathan Wenk are developing computer software to deliver better therapies for patients with life-threatening heart failure.The National Institutes of Health recently awarded the team a $3 million five-year grant to create a computer model of the heart that can be customized to individual patients and predict long-term results.Folks are pretty good at predicting that, but we're trying to predict how their heart will grow over months and years after taking a pill or having a genetic mutation," said Campbell, associate professor of physiology and cardiovascular medicine.With Wenk's engineering skills and proficiency in organ-level function and Campbell's expertise in medicine and molecular-level function, they are among the first -- if not the first -- to incorporate the effects of genetic mutations into a model of the heart.
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MI5 and MI6 may be “circumventing” legal safeguards when they share bulk datasets with foreign intelligence services and commercial partners, a court has been told.Most of the bulk personal datasets relate to UK citizens who are not of “legitimate intelligence interest”, the investigatory powers tribunal (IPT) has heard.The system of independent commissioners, usually retired judges, who were supposed to maintain independent oversight over these procedures had been inadequate and was a “blatant failure”, Ben Jaffey QC, for Privacy International, told the IPT.While GCHQ has said it insists its partners adopt equivalent standards when processing bulk data, Jaffey said, neither MI5 not MI6 adopt a similar approach.The challenge brought by Privacy International alleges that data-sharing regimes and the legal oversight system are illegal.“Such datasets are very intrusive,” Jaffey said.
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Facebook, Google and Twitter have all found themselves unwitting players in Russia’s effort to disrupt and influence the 2016 election.Ironically — and in retrospect, unfortunately — these companies shared an almost utopian faith in the role of technology to improve and influence society for the better.But in the wake of the presidential election and other developments, the narrative is shifting around the large tech companies.They’re being forced to answer tough questions about how their platforms were so widely and easily exploited (some say “weaponized”) by a foreign power with an intent to undermine the American electoral process.We still don’t know to what extent Russian manipulation of voters’ opinions actually impacted the outcome of the election.We may never fully know whether digital ads and social media had a marginal or material impact on voters’ opinions in key states.
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Micheal Arrington, the founder of the tech news website TechCrunch, recently bought $60,000 flat in Ukraine.Under normal circumstances, the transaction would have involved a trip to the country and exchange of paper documents.The entire process of transferring and verifying ownership is costly, non-transparent, arduous and prone to fraud.Traditional systems ensure integrity of information by putting it in the hands of entities they trust.In the U.S., courthouses and city halls are charged with the safekeeping of land deeds.Should any of these entities turn corrupt and decide to change the records, there’s little the affected people can do to prove them wrong.
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Do you have a dying need to play Crimson Skies, or the original Halo without any of the 10th anniversary improvements?You must have been thrilled to hear that Microsoft's E3 press conference announced that original Xbox backwards compatability was on the way.But obviously we knew that already, and now we know roughly when it'll arrive.Microsoft made a big deal about how it wanted people to be able to play the entire Xbox back catalogue on a single machine, but it didn't reveal when this particular feature would actually launch.Now, though, Xbox head Phil Spencer has revealed it'll arrive before the end of the year."I know the games that are coming for the original Xbox but I don’t think we’ve announced them all.
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McDonald's long-endured mascot Ronald McDonald was grilled last week by rival Burger King in an IT movie marketing stunt.During the end credits of a premiere of Stephen King's horror movie IT in Germany, a stealthily placed projectionist emblazoned the screen with the following message, 'The Moral is: Never Trust a Clown… Burger King'.The reaction of viewers was recorded and distributed by the producing agency offering an experiential and social video exposure that gained attention during a busy media cycle.“We didn't tell them exactly what we were going to do.We wanted to make sure nothing got out before we did it,” added Heuel.The agency was keen to develop a “talking point and give the brand the right attributes” and one of the best ways to do this is to integrate with pop culture events like the release of IT.
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Following a ban on Kaspersky Lab’s anti-virus software for use by the US federal government, the Wall Street Journal reported that officials believe hackers used the software to steal sensitive NSA documents.On Wednesday, the story deepened with reports that the US government was tipped off by Israeli intelligence after its spies observed Russian agents using the software as a personal back door.The New York Times was the first to break the story that Israeli agents were able to hack into the Kaspersky Lab network in 2014, and observe in real time what the Israeli agents claimed were hackers working for the Russian government searching through the computers of Kaspersky’s 400 million users.Citing “multiple people who have been briefed on the matter,” the Times claims that the hackers were looking for code names used by American intelligence programmes.Though the NSA wasn’t one of those agencies—it has breached anti-virus software before, so it knows better—the list of departments that were using it included the State Department, Department of Defense, Department of Energy and the Army, Navy and Air Force.In the case of the NSA breach, it’s believed that an employee took the classified information home to complete some after-hours work, and hackers were able to access his personal computer through Kaspersky.
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Indie French developers The Pixel Hunt and Figs announced today that their new mobile game, Bury me, my Love, is coming out for iOS and Android on October 26.It will be a paid title.Bury me, my Love is an interactive story game where you interact with characters through an instant messaging interface.It’s about a Syrian refugee, Nour, as she tries to make her way to safety.Majd, Nour’s husband, stays behind and can only communicate with her through a cellphone.The Syrian Civil War has been going on for seven years and has resulted in at least 400,000 deaths, according to the United Nations.
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the Entrepreneur Oscar Arrsjö has been the fashion expert in the Metro newspaper in TV4's nyhetsmorgon.2008, the Oscar Arrsjö started the brand Frontmen and earlier this year became the brand a part of the ancient klädbolaget SIR of Sweden.SIR of Sweden is today owned by the Family of the Ljungström, Family Arrsjö, super-entrepreneur Erik Paulsson and venture capital firm Wellstreet.Now purchased Frontmen of the hårdsatsande and listed clothing chain RNB which owns brands like Brother, Polarn o Pyret and NK.a year ago launched RNB his wager Man of Kind, an e-commerce strategy with a focus on upscale menswear."this acquisition fits our strategy perfectly and strengthens us in our drive towards becoming the obvious destination for upscale men's fashion online.
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El Reg comes to the rescue of reader unable to control gear from smartphoneIn August, when wireless speaker maker Sonos decided to update its privacy policy to allow it to gather more data on its customers from their devices, it characterized the consequences of refusing to accept the change as being left out of future feature upgrades.Sonos' policy change, outlined by chief legal officer Craig Shelburne, allows the gizmo manufacturer to slurp personal information about each owner, such as email addresses and locations, and system telemetry – collectively referred to as functional data – in order to implement third-party services, specifically voice control through Amazon's Alexa software, and for its own internal use.A handful of customers, however, have managed to brick their Sonos speakers by refusing to accept the data harvesting terms accompanying version 7.4+ of the firmware and then subsequently updating their Sonos mobile app to a version out of sync with their legacy firmware.Numerous attempts to contact Sonos have met with silence on the issue, and the phone number in the app for support is no longer valid."The Register prodded a Sonos spokesperson, who reiterated that Sonos is not bricking the devices of privacy policy refuseniks.
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Stock photo giant Shutterstock has unveiled some nifty new search smarts that use computer vision to help you find images based on their composition.The new “composition aware” search tool is available now in beta within Shutterstock Labs, and it promises to change the game in terms of unearthing the exact kind of photo layout you want for a project.As with the standard image search tool, you enter keywords in the search box — for example, “man” and “woman.” But if you enter each word as its own search term (using a comma between the words), you’ll be able to drill down into the contents of the photo and search for the composition you’re looking for.Down the left-hand side you’ll see a box with a little circle for each entity in your search terminology — in this case, “M” and “W” for “man” and “woman.” The default in this instance shows images where the man is on the left of the photo, and the women is on the right.Though some of the results don’t exactly match this criteria, it is broadly accurate.Now, if you drag the little circles around the box on the left, the image results change accordingly, so that you can see images where the woman is on the left and the man is on the right.
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Read critiques of Siri or iCloud of the iPhone and you’ll see a lot of horse-race comparisons to competing products.Google Now is so much better than Siri!People like to scoff at such trivial concerns, it is 2017 after all.Wake up and smell the dystopia, Apple nerds.“Google is nerfing all Home Minis because mine spied on everything I said 24/7.”Yeah, so some of the review units of their new Home Minis Google sent out were recording everything and sending it to Google because of a hardware defect.
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Banks in several former Soviet states were hit with a wave of debit card fraud earlier this year that netted millions of dollars worth of cash.In a report being released by TrustWave's SpiderLabs today, SpiderLabs researchers detailed the crime spree: hackers gained access to bank systems and manipulated the overdraft protection on accounts set up by proxies and then used automated teller machines in other countries to withdraw thousands of dollars via empty or nearly empty accounts.The attackers used these backdoors to gain broader access to the banks' networks, breaking into multiple systems at each bank.The attackers then targeted a third-party payment processing provider, using banks' virtual private network credentials with the processor to gain access to their network.This allowed attackers to drop multiple malicious software packages onto the processor's network."Key amongst them was a legitimate monitoring tool installed on the processor’s Terminal Server," SpiderLabs investigators reported.
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The Essential PH-1, Andy Rubin’s newest baby, was off to a rough start.Delayed and probably overhyped, the Nexus-like bezel-less phone with a notch didn’t completely live up to expectations.And Essential does seem to be committed to doing just that.At least based on the Reddit AMA they just recently held.Given how the Essential PH-1 shipped around the same time that Android 8.0 publicly launched, it’s almost a shame the two didn’t go together.The bad news is that “several weeks” can mean anything from a month to two months.
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If you missed the chance to play the public Star Wars Battlefront 2 public beta this weekend, EA has you covered.The company has announced an extension for the beta that leaves it available for a couple more days, giving everyone a chance to try it for the first time or keep grinding away at getting those coveted crates.The game’s public beta officially launched in the early morning hours of Saturday, October 7, and it was set to go dark by Monday.On its SWBF2 Twitter account, EA fired off a tweet announcing that the beta has been extended to Wednesday, October 11.This gives everyone two extra days to keep playing.The beta, which can be downloaded now for Xbox One, PS4, and PC, offers players an opportunity to play online multiplayer in ‘Strike,’ ‘Galactic Assault,’ and ‘Starfighter Assault.’ There’s a very limited number of maps, plus access to ‘Arcade’ for local play with AI.
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To the casual user, what matters is whether the phone responds to voice commands, processes the information, and even just sits on the table and looks cool while you do other things.Check out VB Summit on October 23-24 in Berkeley, a high-level, invite-only AI event for business leaders.Google is not afraid to call out Apple in subtle ways, mentioning at the reveal event yesterday that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have some of the same optics, a swipe at the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus using different cameras.Core features are table stakes now.They walk into an AT store or shop online, and they see the fancy new features.The bot can give you directions and text your wife all in one step!
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