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The Little Ball That Could is a game where you guide a rolling sphere through a dangerous obstacle course.If that sounds familiar, that’s perhaps because you are vaguely remembering Sega’s Super Monkey Ball series from a lifetime ago.The Little Ball That Could is out now on Steam for $8, and it could give fans of Monkey Ball and Marble Madness some of that difficult physics-based gameplay they crave.Developer Naissus Works says that its game is the return of “marble platforming,” and The Little Ball That Could looks like a combination between Super Monkey Ball and Marble Madness.It has the visual style of Sega’s game with giant obstacle courses suspended magically in the air, but it combines that with the isometric camera view of Marble Madness.But the action is all about using analog or mouse controls to carefully (or aggressively) roll the ball where you want it to go.
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It’s been a sci-fi staple for decades, and its practical roots are in the 1960s with Palo Alto researchers on RAND Tablets manually mapping out people’s features.The group, led by Woodrow William Bledsoe, even managed to calculate a compensation for any tilt, lean, rotation and scale of the head in a photograph.Cameras at a beer festival in Qingdao, China, caught 25 alleged law-breakers in under one second.This sort of efficiency guarantees the technology could go mainstream, and in turn, be exploited.Earlier this month, reports emerged that Samsung’s Note 8 facial recognition feature could be tricked by photos of the person’s face.That means that biometrics are not a full authentication factor since they’re often easy to capture and spoof (even fingerprints for phone unlock have to fall back on something secret like a passcode).
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Apple cut the strings on its smartwatch.Enter the Apple Watch Series 3, the latest entry into its growing family of wearables.At Apple's event in its new headquarters in Cupertino, Jeff Williams, Apple's senior vice president of operations announced new features for the latest smartwatch, which has cellular built in.In the Apple Watch's last upgrade, the second-generation model gained a faster processor, a larger battery and GPS, as well as becoming waterproof.The watch will be available on September 22, with orders beginning on September 15.While Apple Watch has dominated the smartwatch market, with Apple Watch driving nearly 70 percent of its growth, there's still a question of just how much mainstream appeal these products have.
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After deciding to distrust Symantec's certificates in March, Google has decided to release a more detailed plan for how that process will go.Tom's Hardware reports: Starting with Chrome 66 (we're now at version 61), the browser will remove trust in Symantec-issued certificates issued prior to June 1, 2016.Website operators that use Symantec certificates issued before that date should be looking to replace their certificates by April 2018, when Chrome 66 is expected to come out.Starting with Chrome 62 (next version), the built-in DevTools will also warn operators of Symantec certificates that will be distrusted in Chrome 66.After December 1, the new infrastructure managed by DigiCert will go into effect, and any new certificates issued by the old Symantec infrastructure will no longer be valid in Chrome.By November 2018, Chrome 70 will come out and will completely remove trust in all Symantec certificates that have ever been issued.
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the Company Earth Networks is now launching the weather service Sferic DroneFlight which is a service that is primarily directed to the commercial drönarpiloter who need to keep an eye on the weather in the area they are flying.Sferic DroneFlight should be able to give you information about the weather conditions from the three meters height above the ground of up to approximately 120 meters in height.It is the Global Weather Corporation that is responsible for a part of the technology behind the Sferic DroneFlight.They have about 10,000 vädersensorer and 1500 blixtsensorer around in 90 different countries.Sferic DroneFlight will show hyperlokala weather forecasts for the next few hours up to six days into the future.the Service is currently being tested and it is unclear when they will be launched publicly and also what it will cost.
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Looks like superhero and sci-fi fans will have to pony up for another streaming service after all, as Marvel and Star Wars movies will be leaving the likes of Netflix to join Disney's upcoming streaming service.Despite Netflix battling to keep the two film properties on its streaming service over the past month, Disney CEO Bob Iger says that the high-grossing franchises will remain exclusive to the House of Mouse, according to CNBC.Disney's streaming service, currently planned for a late 2019 launch, is said to contain not just Disney-owned films old and new, but will also carry TV programming and even exclusive series and movies.Disney's decision to not renew its movie streaming agreements leaves Netflix particularly high and dry, with the streaming company producing multiple original shows based on Marvel characters such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and even a spin-off based on The Punisher coming out later this year.This is just us guessing, but now we can see why Disney was so mum about the possibility of heroes from Netflix's The Defenders crossing over in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.As for Disney's take on streaming, few other details have been given such as regional availability and price.
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Geologian tutkimuskeskus GTK kertoo, että sienestäjän Lieksasta löytämä kivi on tutkimuksissa varmistunut rautameteoriitiksi.Lieksalainen Pekka Vallimies oli toukokuun lopulla korvasienireissulla, kun koriin päätyikin poikkeuksellisen painava saalis, GTK kertoo.Toisin kuin malmilohkareista, ruosteen alta paljastui harmaata metallia.Kesän ajan jatkuneissa tutkimuksissa on pystytty varmistamaan, että kyseessä on Suomen 14. meteoriitti ja ensimmäinen Suomesta löydetty rautameteoriitti.Meteoriitit ovat avaruudesta maanpinnalle pudonneita kiviä ja raudankappaleita.Lähes kaikki meteoriitit ovat Marsin ja Jupiterin välissä kiitävien asteroidien palasia.
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Sähköautoistaan tunnetun Teslan mukaan sen aurinkokennokatto tulee lähes 20 prosenttia halvemmaksi kuin normaali katto, kun otetaan huomioon energiansäästö ja verohyvitykset.Suurista lupauksistaan kuuluisa Tesla ei petä tässäkään asiassa: se lupaa, että yhtiön katto tulee pitkässä juoksussa halvemmaksi kuin perinteinen tiilikatto.Siellä aurinko voi paistaa Suomea enemmän, ja siellä katon rakentaja saa myös jonkinlaisia veroetuja.Joka tapauksessa yhtiö lupaa, että ihmekatto tulee 20 prosenttia halvemmaksi kuin perinteinen katto.Se maksaisi 21,85 dollaria neliöjalalta, noin 0,1 neliömetriä kohden.Neliömetrille tulee silloin hintaa vajaa 220 euroa, kirjoittaa Inhabitat.
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We’re basing these early impressions on 20 hours of play at an Activision event last month and 10 hours with the live servers.That amount of time is almost nothing when we consider that hardcore Destiny 2 players might log thousands of hours into the game over the years.The lore is in the gameIn the original Destiny, players had to go to Bungie.net or use the Destiny companion app to read the Grimoire, a series of cards that players unlocked by achieving feats and completing milestones, in order to read the game’s lore.The lack of post-story content was a chief complaint from players of the original Destiny.This may change by the endgame when you’ve maxed out your Power rating and are looking for specific weapons and armor.
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It turns out Mini had more up its sleeve for this year's Frankfurt Auto Show than just the Electric Concept we showed you last week.It's unwrapping another concept, one that looks suspiciously production-ready.It's called the John Cooper Works GP Concept, and it has me all hot and bothered.Or, as head of BMW Group design Adrian van Hooydonk says, "[what] we're looking at here is maximum performance, maximum Mini."When BMC wanted to polish its then-new Mini with a racing halo, it was to Cooper that it reached out.Success followed, notably on the Monte Carlo and other rallies, but also on road courses in touring car races.
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Xiaomi and Google make for strange bedfellows.The Chinese superstar is one of those companies that have not exactly played by Google’s rules, even if that meant being officially deprived of Google’s Play Services and all its connected benefits.It seems that Xiaomi is changing, too, by playing ball with Google and announcing the Xiaomi Mi A1 in India, the company’s first Android One smartphone, and its first not to ship with its own MIUI custom Android experience.The Xiaomi Mi A1 is going to be a risky move for the company.Although it is popular for its dirt cheap smartphones, it isn’t so popular for its heavily customized Android version.To put it another away, Xiaomi fans stay with Xiaomi not just because of the price tag but because they actually enjoy the MIUI experience.
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Upon the conclusion of this deal, a new, major player will arrive in the industrial software space, with a global reach and access to an array of markets.British engineering software firm Aveva is set to form a new software entity with the French corporation, Schneider electric, a specialist in automation solutions.This deal will see Schneider Electric, the smaller organisation, hold a majority 60 per cent stake in the new company, a business move known as a reverse takeover.Following expectations of completion before the close of this year, the new, combined company that will emerge is set to be valued at around three billion pounds.Despite the French company’s position as the dominant stakeholder, the company is set to be listed on the London Stock Exchange, with Aveva also remaining at its Cambridge headquarters.The move is intended to increase the geographical business range for the new entity, while also unlocking a fuller spectrum of industries and markets to target with its software offerings.
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Click here for the video animation of the ProtEmbo SystemAACHEN, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–September 5, 2017–Protembis GmbH, a privately held medical device company, announced today the first clinical applications of its ProtEmbo Cerebral Protection System to complement a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure.Darren Mylotte, M.D., and his team at Galway University Hospital, Ireland, performed the first-in-human procedure with the ProtEmbo System.He commented: “Over the next 10 years, TAVR procedures are expected to increase fourfold.With TAVR shifting to younger and lower-risk patients, cerebral protection becomes even more important.
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That's the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, in case you didn't know, and it's Europe's largest tech showcase.It's also where Philips Hue decided to make a bunch of news this week -- including two fairly significant announcements earlier today.First, Philips announced that the Philips Hue Motion Sensor, Philips Hue Wireless Dimmer Switch and the self-powered Philips Hue Tap light controller will all soon be syncing up with HomeKit, Apple's iOS-based platform for the connected home.They'll join Philips Hue's bulbs, which hopped on with HomeKit two years ago by way of the second-gen Philips Hue Bridge.Compatibility is slated to start working in Octobe.The second big announcement today is something called "Hue Entertainment" that's expected to arrive this December.
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Det är inte bara i Europa och Sverige som it-företagen rustar för EU:s nya dataskyddsförordning GDPR som träder i kraft i maj nästa år och som bland annat dramatiskt förändrar hur data om konsumenter hanteras.Också de stora amerikanska företagen sitter och räknar på kostnaderna och förbereder sig.En undersökning som Financial Times gjort visar att de stora företagen i it-sektorn kämpar för att hitta ny personal att anställa och för att göra om produkter – något som kommer att innebära dryga kostnader.Financial Times har kontaktat 20 av de största sociala medier- mjukvaru-, fintech- och internetföretagen som har verksamheter inom EU, om de nya GDPR-reglerna.Facebook är ett av tre företag i undersökningen som uppger att den initiala anpassningen ”kostar flera miljoner dollar”, skriver tidningen.Andra säger att de måste anlita extrapersonal och konsulter för att kunna göra de förändringar som krävs för att kunder ska kunna ta bort information eller exportera den till ett format som är kompatibelt med konkurrenters tjänster.
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Virtually every marketer or marketing software vendor I interview says they want to establish “a single source of truth” about customers by getting rid of silos and setting up a single company-wide repository.Everyone, that is, except Brian Kardon, CMO of business communication provider Fuze.The former CMO of Eloqua and Lattice Engines, Kardon is not exactly a novice in dealing with customer data.(He will be participating in a keynote discussion on the evolution and future of martech at our MarTech Conference in October.)“Each marketer has one system of record,” he told me, “and that ends up being marketing automation” like Salesforce’s ExactTarget, while salespeople have their own customer relationship management (CRM) systems.A marketing automation platform, he said, contains “all our campaigns, all your activities, who opened [emails].”
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Getting in shape can be a daunting process.Even if you've invested in a sports wearable, it can be tough to get your head round the numbers it's tracking and see if you're making progress.TomTom is updating its apps and devices with a new measure of fitness that gives you a more easily understandable way to see how you're getting on.An update to the TomTom Sport app coming in September will track your exercise with "Fitness Points" and give you your "Fitness Age".If you're in good shape, it might tell you your Fitness Age is a few years younger than your real age (with a suitably celebratory icon).Fitness Points are designed to help you understand the most effective use of your time.
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Well this time it’s official guys, as Xiaomi just posted a teaser image on Weibo, confirming that the Mi Mix successor (Mi MIX 2) will be made official on September 11 – yes, one day before Apple announces the iPhone 8 and other models (iPhone 7s/7s Plus).The teaser image basically hints at a really bezel less model, that will presumably have 95% screen to body ratio, along with a dual camera setup and really thin bezels – as you can see for yourselves.Recent rumors suggest that the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 will be equipped with a Snapdragon 835 SoC, along with 6GB RAM, and Android 7.1.1 Nougat.It will boast a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a 2540x1440px resolution, and come in 128GB and 256GB storage options.Battery capacity is said to be 4,500mAh.So, what do you think?
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Pretty short and sweet with this hot offer.For the next 48 hours, Trelab is offering their X11 wireless earbuds for $36.99.These no-nonsense, high end tune jockeys normally go for $200, so the savings here are a no-brainer.SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOTThe Trelab X11 is a pretty straightforward offering.What you’re paying for with these earbuds is quality rather than any sort of bells and whistles.
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the Omani government has opted for a Finnish consulting company Eera-led consortium to develop one of the country's environmental governance and water and waste management operating environment.the Concept is called the Environmental Center of Excellence, the Ecoa.the plan makes Eera led consortium, which includes the Lobby, Europe and VTT as well as oman Al Daud Foundation.the Establishment of environmental governance special centre of excellence aims to develop not only Oman's environmental governance and water and waste management business environment, including industry and research activities.”we're Going to international best practices take advantage of to create together with your people with a high level of excellence.the Cooperation of local authorities, enterprises, research and other stakeholders is an integral part of the project, so we are very proud of this us address for the vote of confidence,” explains project leader Eera chairman of the board Martti ore flow sheet.
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