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UK
In the frantic battle against falsehoods produced by enterprising Macedonian teenagers, crackpot conspiracy theorists and, with alarming regularity, the White House, the weapon of choice has been facts, and with it the venerated practice of fact-checking.But it is increasingly clear that every attempt to do so will face countermeasures from those who don t like the facts or the way they are presented.On Monday, left-leaning US non-profit Media Matters put out a warning to European fact checkers that conservative outlets would attempt to discredit them with attacks on their independence, impartiality and the backgrounds of their staffers.Last month the Guardian covered Mediekollen, a Swedish Facebook page ostensibly checking the mainstream media s facts but actually putting forward counter-arguments to attack outlets and stories that did not fit what appeared to be a rightwing, anti-immigrant agenda.That was a relatively amateurish operation that was closed down shortly after the Guardian s story, but there are far more sophisticated fact-checkers out there that do not fit the model that has so far given organisations such as Snopes, Politifact or FullFact legitimacy.Almost every single post in some ways supports the actions of the Turkish government or the reputation of Turkey.
UK
But customers welcome to taste IBM's own-brand Hadoop sauce...Comment Cognitive Watsonian and mainframer IBM is making Hortonworks available for its Elastic Storage Server ESS and Spectrum Scale products.IBM now has an agreement with Hortonworks to certify the Hortonworks Data Platform HDP with Spectrum Scale on Power and x86 ESS server hardware.HDP, which is a Hadoop distribution using a centralised architecture, was recently made available on POWER8 server hardware, and this announcement moves things on a step.This will be the first IBM storage offering certified for Hortonworks' Hadoop, according to Big Blue, which makes us wonder why IBM has been so slow but see the note below about IBM's own Hadoop distribution .The deal suits both parties.
Sweden
Flexibla vingar på vindkraftverk är 35 procent mer effektiva än vanliga, säger forskare.Läs ett urval av morgonens tekniknyheter här!Flexibla vindturbiner är 35 procent mer effektiva än vanliga vindkraftverk, menar forskare vid San Diego State University.Med inspiration från bland annat trollsländors vingar kan vindkraftverkets vingar fungera mer effektivt i olika typer av väderförhållanden, skriver Science.Världens största kolkraftverk stänger och inte ens amerikanska presidenten Donald Trump kan göra något åt saken, rapporterar Washington Post.Sjunkande lönsamhet på grund av konkurrens från naturgas är den stora anledningen.
US
Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted and edited by: Tito HamzeI don t know what to wear on Crunch Report It s a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself .If you are a startup and want to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and I ll wear it in an episode.I m not going to mention the company on the shirt in the episode but it will be there.No offensive stuff, it s totally at my discretion if I wear it.
UK
But these problems are not insurmountable - as Steven Pinker argues in The Better Angels of Our Nature, despite what it looks like, war is actually on the decline.Better still, Piers Morgan is slowly fading into obscurity too, having fallen from a prime time chat show in America to picking pathetic fights with people on Twitter.If this trend continues, his career could be completely eradicated in our lifetimes.While everything else is getting better, inequality is actually increasing according to many metrics.Not wealth inequality - that problem is far too hard and I m a few economics PhDs shy of being able to figure that out.But happiness inequality - specifically regarding today, February 14th.
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Here s a quick way to beef up your PC gaming library while helping good causes and saving money.Humble Bundle, a site that lets people buy games while donating to charities, has a new, huge collection of PC games available to anyone who donates at least $30 dollars.It s called the Humble Freedom Bundle, with 100 percent of money earned going to ACLU American Civil Liberties Union , IRC International Rescue Committee , and MSF Doctors Without Borders .Humble Bundle had an original goal of earning $300,000 before the deal ended on February 20.It has already more than doubled that with $680,625 earned.The Humble Freedom Bundle currently offers 40 games, although more may become available don t worry, you ll gain access to any added games even if you pay for the bundle before .It also includes some audio and digital books.As for the games, the list includes some of the best indie efforts on PC in recent years.This includes the farming game for Stardew Valley, the first-person puzzle game The Witness, and the play-as-an-octopus-pretending-to-be-a-normal-family-man simulator Octodad: Dadliest Catch.
UK
With a little over a month to go before the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie hits cinemas, a new trailer is here, and it reveals a lot.After the mostly visual first trailer, here we get a good sense of the story, the fact this version will dive deeper into The Major s past and get to meet Kuze, the villain of the film.Of course, the film is based on the iconic Japanese franchise created by Mamoru Oshii.In this futuristic world, the human essence, also known as a ghost, can be transferred to different cyborg bodies, called shells.Scarlett Johansson is the Major, a highly-trained cyborg who has to get to the bottom of a conspiracy plot.Directed by Rupert Sanders, Ghost in the Shell stars Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Takeshi Kitano, and Juliette Binoche.
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We ve rounded up the best tech deals available on Amazon this week, including wearables, audio and gaming devices, and more, with discounts of up to 57 percent off and nearly $500 in total savings.All deals are currently active but act fast before these steals of deals sell out or products go back to their regular retail prices.If an active lifestyle is still on your list of New Year s resolutions, there s no better time to invest in an activity tracker such as this Amazon number 1 bestseller, the Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch, currently discounted 25 percent and available for only $149 for a limited time.Other fitness features include multiple sport tracking modes, from cycling to running, SmarTrack, which automatically recognizes workouts without requiring you to input what you are doing, and comprehensive workout goals and summaries to see the results of your work directly on the device.Other perks include multifaced watch faces, an up to five-day battery life, the ability to connect wirelessly to 200 leading iOS, Android and Windows devices using a 20-foot range of Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology, call, text, and calendar alerts, music controls, and sleep features such as sleep mode and a silent alarm.It works with home theaters, stereo systems, and car stereos, and easily adapts using A/V, RCA, and 3.5mm jack input.
UK
Its creators christened it "the floating space" but in Rome everybody knows it as "the cloud".The New Congress Centre opened in October 2016 after eight years of work, filling 55,000 square metres in the EUR business district in the south of the city.Designed by Roman husband-and-wife practice Studio Fuksas, the building contains another building inside it: a cloud-shaped auditorium floating in a steel-and-glass "theca"."It's a rigid, geometric element and the cloud is its polar opposite," explains architect Massimiliano Fuksas."The perception of the spaces between the theca and the cloud changes depending on the observer's point of view."The cloud's steel framework is shrouded by 15,000 square metres of glass fibre and silicone, a fabric that helps disperse and amplify light throughout the building.
Sweden
Måndagmorgon at work can feel heavy in among.And it makes an imprint in our mejlhantering.Måndagsmejlen have more typing errors than the e-mails we send the rest of the week.And skrivtabbarna affect whether we get response or not.It has in all cases the e-postföretaget Boomerang arrived at by analyzing the subject line of the around 250 000 e-mails.It turned out that Monday is the day when the largest number of typing errors made, reports the newspaper the Independent.
US
You know how old you are.You know how old your friends think you are.But at the end of the day, does anyone other than Amazon really matter?I apparently spent too much time researching sci-fi short stories yesterday because those and an Echo are all Amazon thinks I need in life — bingo, Amazon really gets that I m a tech-obsessed millennial.The team behind Amazon s Rekognition API dropped a nifty feature today that lets anyone upload their photos to get the company s best guess of their age.Today happens to be my friend s birthday, so I was curious how Amazon s tool compared against Microsoft s How-Old.net and human crowdsourcing.
Sweden
Den civila marknaden för drönare ökar kraftigt, enligt en rapport från analysföretaget Gartner.Produktionen av drönare, både de som är riktade till konsumenter och de de som används för kommerisiella ändamål, ökar snabbt och omsättningen för marknaden väntas gå upp med 34 procent i år – och därmed nå sex miljarder dollar i år, motsvarande 53 miljarder kronor.Om man ser på antalet drönare som tillverkas så väntas dessa uppgå till tre miljoner i år, vilket är en ökning med 39 procent från fjolåret.Personliga drönare blir mer och mer populära, och används för att utöka smarttelefonernas funktioner, för att ta fotografier, selfies och i andra underhållningssyften.De är billigare, och kan flyga kortare tider och distanser.Läs också: Ska robotar hållas ansvariga inför lagen för sina handlingar?
Sweden
Och det gör att allt fler vill säkra de affärer som finns att hämta där.Bolagets regionchef Peter Falk, som även är nationellt ansvarig för säkerhet, är tydlig med hur målsättningen ser ut.– Vi är nog bland de största redan nu i omsättning och antalet konsulter, men det finns många duktiga bolag därute.Därför ska vi gå in och ta den positionen, säger han.Men givetvis har Atea även insett marknadens potential.Vi har inte riktigt förstått hur viktigt det är med säkerhet, men det har verkligen gått upp för oss de senaste tre åren.
UK
It was at Donald Trump s first press conference as President-elect when the term "fake news" broke out of media discussions and into the mainstream.Bending the truth for political gain is certainly nothing new - it s propaganda, and the record of its uses stretch back to ancient times.In World War One, the British government used propaganda very effectively in motivating the population against Germany, which was frequently depicted as "The Hun".The Nazi party used the growing mass media to build a power base and then consolidate power in Germany during the 1930s, using racial stereotyping to encourage discrimination against Jews.Many creators of it were moreover looking for a path to quick dollars by distributing content and gaining an audience that would view advertising.The creation of social networks like Facebook and Twitter allowed people to exchange information on a much greater scale than ever before, while publishing platforms like WordPress allowed anyone to create a dynamic website with ease.
China
Xiaomi s Mi Mix was a rather pleasant if not very practical addition to the ever-expanding lineup of Xiaomi phones.The phone was shown off in white at CES earlier this year.News is that the phone will now go on sale in its white avatar very soon.According to the retail page on Xiaomi s website, the Mi Mix is all set to bedazzle Chinese buyers in its new incarnation.The 4GB RAM 128GB ROM version was found to have been listed on the company s website.According to the same listing, the 6GB RAM 256GB ROM was yet to make it to their inventories.Xiaomi are known for their gradual rollout of variants — across spec sets and colours — depending on the kind of reception they get from the buyers.The black version of the Mi Mix is easily available for international buyers as well, but I m guessing it s going to be tough for buyers outside of China to get their hands on the white version.
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Friday marks the end of yet another week of great Amazon deals, but look on the bright side: you ve got one more post full of the day s top daily deals to look through.Highlights from today s batch include $69 off a pair of Bose wireless speakers, ballistic glass screen protectors for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, a smart Wi-Fi AC router from Netgear, Polaroid photo printer cases for the iPhone 7/6s/6 and iPhone 7/6s/6 Plus, hot wireless earbuds for under $30, 15% off a new SiriusXM radio, a sweet Apple Watch deal, and plenty more.See all of today s top deals below.Follow @BGRDeals on Twitter to keep up with the latest and greatest deals we find around the web.BGR Deals content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and BGR may receive a commission on purchases made through our posts.
UK
The Super Bowl will have America transfixed on Sunday when the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, but EA Sports thinks it knows who s going to triumph come game day.The games developer has run the show piece match through its Madden NFL 17 game and the result it s predicting is another championship ring for Tom Brady and co.Of course, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and the rest of his team are likely to have something to say about that projected outcome come Sunday.
US
At the Machine Learning @Scale conference that Facebook is hosting today in New York, Facebook is announcing that it s enhancing the machine-generated photo descriptions that are available in screen readers like VoiceOver for iOS.Now the descriptions — which you can check out without a screen reader using your browser s Inspect Element feature on the web — will take into account the action that s captured.For example, if a group of people are seen drumming in a photo, the caption might specify that people are playing instruments, as opposed to simply mentioning people and drums.Specifically there are 12 new actions that can be included in automatic-alt text for photos, Facebook director of applied machine learning Joaquin Quiñonero Candela wrote in a blog post.That might not sound like a big change.But for people who lean heavily on screen readers to gather information about what s happening — blind people, for example — the change will likely help them get a better understanding of what their Facebook friends are sharing in the News Feed.After all, the text that people include alongside the photos they post doesn t always perfectly illustrate what s going on.Facebook first introduced automatic alt-text last April.It s one of several ways Facebook is drawing on artificial intelligence.
Finland
Kainsaivälisten pankkien tulisi varautua kovaan brexitiin suunnitelmilla, varoittaa uutistoimisto Reutersin perustaen tietonsa saamansa eurooppalaisten pankkien etujärjestön AFME:n toimialaraporttiin.Muussa tapauksessa pankit ottavat riskin liiketoimintahäriöistä tai saattavat rikkoa säääntelyvaatimuksia.PwC:n toteuttaman raportin mukaan pankkien muutosohjelmat ovat niin monimutkaisia ja pitkiä, että joissain tapauksissa niiden pitäisi käynnistää kaksiosainen väliohjelma, jolla ne varautuvat riskiin markkinahäiriöistä.Raportissa todetaan, että brexitiä pakenevat pankit tarvitsevat myös selkeyttä ja ripeyttä EU-mailta, joihin ne suunnittelevat siirtävänsä toimintojaan Britanniasta.Raportti keskittyy analysoimaan 15 eri kokoisen pankin tilannetta suunniteltujen brexit-toimenpiteiden näkökulmasta.Lisäksi siinä tarkastellaan 8 aiempaa tapausta, jossa pankin muutosohjelman toteuttaminen on vienyt yli kaksi vuotta.
US
Intel and ARM have been in a battle for years over which processor architecture would reign supreme.Much of the battle has been for the mobile market, where ARM continues to maintain an upper hand in making low-power but well-performing CPUs.Lately, though, ARM has been making inroads into Intel s PC territory.One major victory was Microsoft s announcement in late 2016 that full Windows 10 would run on ARM processors sometime in 2017.Now Apple has joined the fray, looking at ways to incorporate ARM CPUs into its Mac line of PCs,Bloomberg reports.More: Apple s Touch Bar is like having an iPhone built into your MacBook
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