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Sansar is a social VR platform from Linden Lab, the maker of the Second Life virtual world.And today, Sansar is now available as a free download on Viveport, the HTC Vive’s global platform and app store.This marks the first time the platform is in a VR store, giving people access to new and exciting environments inspired by Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One film.Linden Lab has reproduced Aech’s Basement, a central location in the beloved Ernest Cline novel and Steven Spielberg’s new film.In Sansar, developers previously brought Aech’s Garage from the film to life in a VR scene.The new space interprets the original ILM design for Ready Player One from Warner Brothers Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, and Village Roadshow Pictures.
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Tencent has suspended the ability to play short videos in its WeChat and QQ messaging apps, requiring users to copy the link and paste it in their browser to the view the videos, local media is reporting.The suspension will prevent users from viewing videos from the company’s own Weishi platform, along with content from Douyin, Kuaishou, and Xigua Video.The move comes amidst a broader crackdown on online content.Bytedance’s apps have received a great deal of attention from China’s media regulator, The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT).Last week, it was told to better control the “inappropriate” content on its Jinri Toutiao platform.Issuing the same order to Kuaishou, SAPPRFT said that dealing with vulgar content was of “high importance.”
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Whether you’re looking to upgrade from the thin sound coming out of your new TV or you simply want to listen to your favorite tunes in all their glory, shopping for speakers can be a humbling experience for even the audio savvy among us.Not only are there budget considerations, but there are just so many different types of speakers available, from wireless wonders that work in tandem over Wi-Fi to traditional wired speakers in of all shapes and sizes, all available in a litany of form factors, models, and configurations.For more information on those, please follow the links provided.Also known as towers, these speakers often pack multiple drivers along with one or more tweeters, allowing them to cover a wide range of frequencies.Modern floorstanding speakers can be big, depending on the size of the drivers used, but you’ll also find them in multiple slim varieties that have a relatively small footprint.You’ll certainly see these speakers in home theater setups, particularly more expensive ones, and for many, they remain the ultimate speaker for listening to music (though studio engineers may point to high-end bookshelf speakers instead).
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German insurance giant Allianz is following Google and Tencent by backing Go-Jek, the Indonesia-based ride-hailing and local services company valued at over $4.5 billion, after it announced an investment.The money comes from Allianz X, the firm’s digital investment arm, which confirmed it put in $35 million in what is its first deal in Southeast Asia.The group has previously backed startups like European challenger bank N26 (alongside Tencent), and emerging market micro-insurance service provider Bima.Allianz participated in an estimated $1.5 billion Go-Jek funding round that includes participation from the likes of Google, Tencent, Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com, China-based delivery service Meituan and others.The round opened last year when Tencent, the $500 billion Chinese firm, made an investment, but we understand that it is now closed at a valuation that exceeds $4.5 billion.Go-Jek has yet to officially announce or confirm the funding, however.
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Our exclusive £110 discount on the Galaxy S9 ends at midnight tomorrow, so you now have less than 48 hours to get a piece of the action.Not only is it a juicy saving, but the reduction makes this the best Samsung Galaxy S9 deal on the market right now.We've teamed up with the Carphone Warehouse-owned Mobiles.co.uk to give TechRadar readers an exclusive discount on the Galaxy S9 on O2 with 15GB of data.Using the voucher code TRS9EXC, you to knock an incredible £110 off the upfront cost down to £150, then pay £34 a month after that.It's by far the best S9 tariff on the market right now - and we know a thing or two about what the best Galaxy S9 deals are.Our comparison chart includes more than 3,500 individual tariffs, from which we've narrowed down the best value ones to recommend.
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The startup craze fosters a growing appetite for venture capital firms in the country.Greater China attracted $65 billion, or 36 % of the total global venture capital in 2017, next only to US’s $76.4 billion, figures from data service Preqin show.Getting the initial funds is perhaps the most important step when building a company from scratch.However, angel investors can be a confusing crowd with different industry focus and style.After getting a PhD in computer science in 1988, Lee worked as top management for Apple, Microsoft, and Google.He now serves as the founder and CEO of Sinovation Ventures, an accelerator/VC formerly known as Innovation Works.
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If you’ve been an avid Chromebook user, then the last few months have been good for you.Chromebooks are finally now running Android apps and it is about to get better.While the visual overhaul of Chrome OS will take a while, HP has launched a detachable Chromebook laptop worth writing about.Branded as Chromebook X2, the tablet comes complete with a detachable backlit keyboard, and a stylus for a price tag of $599.That is a sweet deal when you see some manufacturers selling a stylus separately for $100.The guts of the Chromebook X2 rest solely in the tablet part which is supported by the hinge.
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After Jennifer Inthavong had her first child five years ago, she realized that she wanted to stay at home and care for her son full time.However, Inthavong, who worked in LA as an advisor at a local college, knew she would need an alternative income to make that possible.One day, while scrolling through Facebook in 2013, she discovered an ad for Poshmark, a fashion marketplace that lets users sell used clothing online."But then I started looking through the closets on Poshmark, and realized that people were actually making money off of the clothes they were selling."And so, Inthavong started meticulously assembling her own online "closet" for Poshmark — an inventory of clothing and accessories that reflect a seller's available items and often, their individual fashion sense.Inthavong, who at first started listing only the goods in her closet that she no longer wore, was soon considering turning her Poshmark inventory into a full-time business: selling clothing culled from LA boutiques to buyers online.
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On 25th May the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect, and with it tech companies are going to have to make sweeping changes to how they handle user data and granting users more control over what information is stored.One Washington DC-based think tank thinks Bitcoin and the rest of the blockchain should be exempt from those rules, however.Coin Center says that because blockchain can be used to store personal data, it would likely wall under the jurisdiction of GDPR rules.Under those rules companies that store data on EU citizens will have to comply should those citizens ask for their personal data to be deleted.Unfortunately experts told The Verge that this might be totally incompatible with the way blockchain works, since modifying or deleting any stored data has consequences on the rest of the blocks in the chain.Andries Van Humbeeck, co-founder and blockchain consultant at TheLedger.be, spoke to The Verge, “If you purge a block of transactions, the truthfulness of all subsequent blocks of transactions becomes questionable", adding, "all Bitcoin transactions after that purged block become untrustworthy, which would undermine the complete system."
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Yes, when all the applications are well-designed, the databases have consistent and nonredundant structures, and security requirements are straightforward and well understood.| Also: InfoWorld helps you identify the right tools for the job: AWS cloud services guide • Google Cloud Platform services guide. ]Migrating from on-premises systems to the public cloud is hard, and it’s only getting harder.IT has already migrated the easy workloads; for very good reasons, you start with the easy migrations, the ones that need very little refactoring and have good platform analogs in a public cloud.Now you’re getting to the workloads that require a lot of refactoring efforts, and they may not have exact platform analogs.In addition, they often have strict security and compliance requirements, as well as other issues that make migration complex.
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In less than six weeks, on May 15 & 16, over 250 early stage innovators will be at Tech in Asia Singapore 2018 to flaunt their products and services.From heightened visibility and exposure, to potential funding, and connecting with senior decision makers, there’s a plethora of opportunities waiting for you to unlock at Startup Factory.Booth spaces are filling up fast, so if you’re a fledgling startup ready to showcase your product to 5,000 attendees, get your booth before all slots are taken!Apply by this Sunday, 8 April, to score 15 percent off (US$89) your booth package.Want to meet these startups face-to-face as an attendee and unlock access to our stage content chock-full of insightful talks?Tickets are going at 15 percent off (code: tiasg15) – be sure to grab your tickets before the discount ends this Sunday, 8 April.
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The OnePlus 6 may be following other recent flagship smartphones in embracing the notch, but the phone-maker has changed its mind on whether users will be able to hide it.The upcoming Android handset will, like the iPhone X, Huawei P20 Pro, and other phones, try to maximize its screen-to-bezel ratio by filling as much of the front with OLED as possible.That, of course, presents an issue.Although it has been decried as such, the “notch” was never a stylistic decision but in fact a practical one, since those other components need to go somewhere.With the OnePlus 6 confirmed to follow rivals in putting its front-facing components into a screen cut-out, the question many would-be buyers had was whether OnePlus would go Apple’s route or Huawei’s.However based on user feedback, that decision has been reversed.
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The Idaho-based grocery retailer already debuted baby and pet food products under its Open Nature brand.The private-label brand, sold only in Albertsons' family of stores, has no antibiotics, MSG-type ingredients, nitrates, and preservatives such as sulfites and benzoates, the company noted.This change follows on the heels of the store's O Organics brand expansion announced in January.According to Geoff White, president of the company's Own Brands segment, Albertsons knows customers want high-quality, clean and more natural products at affordable prices, and this is one way to deliver."We’re more committed than ever to offering customers that experience, which is why we are excited to introduce a wider variety of Open Nature products and expand the brand’s free-from approach into non-food categories.”Counting Open Nature and O Organics, Albertsons now has five exclusive core brands crossing many store categories.
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Bitmain has announced a new dedicated mining rig slated for release in a few months time, which has the potential to upturn the existing Ether mining market.If it turns out to be as powerful and efficient as Bitmain claims, it could well help combat the still ongoing problem of sky-high graphics card prices.Bitmain is the world’s leading manufacturer of mining hardware for Bitcoin and a number of other altcoins.Its application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) miners typically offer much greater performance per watt than general-purpose hardware, and that could well be the case with its new E3 miner.Bitmain claims that these numbers are conservative for now and expect them to be greater when the miners debut later this year.In comparison, a stock clocked RX 580 produces 25MH/s for 175w.
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A member of the British armed forces has been killed in Syria while on a mission fighting against so-called Islamic State, the Ministry of Defence has said.The casualty was embedded with US forces fighting Isis when they were caught in a bomb blast on Thursday.The spokesperson gave no information regarding the casualty’s service branch, unit or gender.He said: “It is with regret that we must confirm that a member of the UK Armed Forces was killed by an improvised explosive device in Syria yesterday.“The individual was embedded with US forces on a counter-Daesh operation when the incident occurred.“The family has been notified and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”
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ARLINGTON, Va.--Responding to a call from top military leaders to accelerate delivery of technology to the warfighter, officials from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) last week launched a program designed to spur innovation in the Navy and Marine Corps.The kickoff session--held at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California--officially began the Naval Innovation Process Adoption, or NIPA.Experts from across the Navy and Marine Corps met to discuss new ways to collaborate, overcome obstacles and swiftly deliver new capabilities to America's Sailors and Marines.Dr. Richard Carlin, who heads ONR's Sea Warfare and Weapons Department, said it is essential to energize how naval innovation takes place, and to empower novel ideas."We are in a new era of challenges, with adversaries making dramatic gains."As technology advances faster than ever before, and both state and non-state actors having access to it, the naval research community needs to accelerate accordingly."
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The government is coming for your torrents.Well, not your torrents, since you would never dream of illegally downloading content, but everyone else's.The new Industrial Strategy white paper published this week outlines Parliament's plan to work towards tighter anti-piracy legislation for the good of Britain's creatives."Online piracy continues to be a serious inhibitor to growth in the creative industries," the white paper argues."Technologies like stream ripping and illicit streaming devices enable illegitimate access to content without rewarding its creators [...] This sector deal sets out measures to make it easier for creative businesses to get the finance they need to grow."To that end, the government plans to oversee talks between British creative industries and various digital service providers—including online marketplaces, social media, media/content upload platforms, and advertisers—regarding copyright protections and content distribution controls.
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Government seeks candidate to lead £200m programme to sharpen cyber security resilience of the NHSThe Department of Health and Social Care had posted an job opening for ‘Deputy Director for cyber Security’.The successful candidate will be expected to oversee “the £200m programme to improve data and cyber security resilience, and adjusting the focus as new risks emerge.”The role is hugely important considering how badly the global WannaCry ransomware attack damaged NHS trusts across the United Kingdom.The job opening was listed on the Civil Service website, and will be based in around the Leeds and Humber area, including London.The Deputy Director for cyber Security role will essentially place the candidate in charge of overseeing the £200m NHS programme to improve data and cyber security resilience.
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The Chinese firm’s latest flagship has three rear-facing cameras and can see in the darkHuawei has officially introduced its P20 and P20 Pro flagship smartphones, with the higher-end of the two featuring an industry-first three rear-facing camera lenses.The move presents a challenge to No.2 smartphone maker Samsung, which emphasised the dual rear cameras found in its S9 and S9+ at their launch event last month.It can take hardware-stabilised 3x zoom images, which can be increased to 5x using software assistance.The phone features a “long exposure” mode that combines multiple shots, taken over a period of up to six seconds, to create an image that appears well-lit.
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But I'm not going to exactly do it that way—you know I like to mix things up.By "numerical," I mean that I'll create a python program that models the motion of light from A to B. I will then change the reflection point on the surface until I get the smallest travel time.Let's start with a basic program.This program starts with two points (A and B) and a beam of light that travels at a very low speed (so you can see it).The front of the light will aim towards some particular spot on the surface below—which you can change.If you scroll down in the output window above, you can see the angles and times.
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