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Mary Berry has revealed she was once arrested on suspicion of smuggling drugs through a US airport.Yes, that’s right, sweet, wholesome Mary was mistaken for a drugs mule.The former ‘Great British Bake Off’ judge says she found herself banged up in a cell after airport security mistook the bags of sugar and flour she was carrying in her luggage for class A drugs.The 83-year-old made the revelation during an appearance on Friday night’s (20 April) ‘Graham Norton Show’, admitting the whole experience was “alarming”.She explains: “I was arrested 25 years ago.I was going to the US to do some cookery demonstrations and was worried that there might be problems so I weighed out all the ingredients – flour, sugar – and put them all in little plastic bags.
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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, which is developing future manufacturing concepts, has succeeded in 3D printing a smart shaft.Novel is the overall process management chain in particular: 3D printing, sensor technology, wireless data transfer, and condition monitoring in the same package.The new manufacturing methods will enable the creation of new business models and provide a competitive edge in developing AI.The digital revolution in manufacturing technology lies in additive manufacturing, the 3D printing of items based on digital models.This enables the tailoring of parts and rapid manufacture on demand.The most intense competition in technological development within this sector concerns smart solutions.
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The UK and India have announced a new tech partnership to identify and pair businesses, venture capital and universities, British and Indian entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises make a splash in the connected economy.The aim here will be to replicate a partnership with Israel, which led to £62 million worth of deals over the past five years, and also a windfall of £600 million for the UK economy, the government claims.The free-trade deal with India is hoped to generate £1 billion worth of new commercial deals, a claim which will add confidence to those fearing the economic fallout of the UK’s divorce from Europe.“This is an incredibly important partnership and something tech businesses from both countries have been driving for,” said Julian David, CEO of techUK.“The UK and India are leaders in the development and use of digital tech, and there is a huge amount we can learn from each other and big opportunities to join forces in innovation.”The initial pilot scheme, which will see the UK government contribute £1 million, will aim to build the network working with the British High Commission in New Delhi, the Indian Government and the private sector in order to increase tech investment, exports and R The first connection between the UK will be with Pune, focussing on the Future of Mobility, including low emission and autonomous vehicles.
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The 18 april is the time for a stop in Linköping, where the three companies faced a jury, competing for a direktplats.One of the companies is RMBL Strip, to automate the position on the truck takluftriktare. " Our usp (unique selling point) is that more than half of the takluftriktarna is wrong.It is clear as day that it should set itself automated, " says Gustav Kristiansson, co-founder of startupbolaget RMBL Strip from Vreta Kloster outside Linköping, sweden.On paper, there are competing solutions, but these require additional sensors and a more complex integration towards the truck.At the end of march demonstrated the RMBL Strip technology in the real environment for representatives from, among others, Scania and Volvo.
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Over the past five years PepsiCo UK has been working with prediction marketing startup Black Swan, using open online data to pinpoint which ingredients are tickling consumers’ palates.“Consumer demand has been fragmenting, this means they’re now looking to buy more individual, specific products tailored to their needs and any emerging trends,” said PepsiCo’s strategic insights director James Howarth.“Historically we’ve been very slow to respond to some of these, we needed to switch that around, so we’ve been approaching [trends] as tailwinds, rather than headwinds to fight against.”A data marketing firm Black Swan has a suite of tools which use everything from weather to search, government to social data, to help brands design products and glean value from their media and retail buys.To get to this point, PepsiCo has been using its social prediction tools Trendscope – which looks to give brands a first mover advantage by aggregating publicly available consumer conversations and insights across billions of touchpoints – with its own figures to decide which products to bring to market.The product strategy has already led to the development of snacks like salted rice and pea chips or humus, garlic, basil and tomato crisps, with concept to development taking “half the time” it usually would.
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The Volkswagen Group will soon have autonomous parking ready for its series vehicles the company has stated.The new autonomous parking tech will find its way into VW, Audi, and Porsche products with autonomous testing for those vehicles happening at Hamburg airport now.The new feature will be available in the first vehicles come 2020.The autonomous parking testing at the Hamburg airport features a car park map used by the vehicles to navigate to parking spaces on their own.The orientation details for the vehicles are provided by pictorial markers that are installed in the multi-story car park at the airport.With that information, the vehicles navigate to the parking spaces on their own.
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Poor indoor mobile connectivity is affecting the ability of British workers to do a good job.A new report from Commscope claims that many workers often have to leave their workplace to get good reception, and is calling for operators and network providers to do more.Commscope’s research found that half of UK workers have had to go out the door to get reception, while three quarters believe that inadequate signal is hampering their work and that good coverage is essential for their job.Two thirds believe this is also critical for attracting new employees.This is despite the availability of enterprise-grade Wi-Fi.Most workers want to access over the top (OTT) services such as video streaming, social media and other mobile applications while they’re working and would prefer to do this from the comfort of their desk rather than heading out the door.
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Despite being Australia's biggest telco, Telstra didn't rank too well in Netflix's ISP speed index rankings that were released last year.That's actually quite an understatement — Telstra ranked dead last in March 2017, only catching up with the rest of the pack later that year in September.Thankfully, the Aussie telco giant has completely turned things around in 2018, with an upward trajectory that has seen it go from last place to leader of the pack, edging out the competition to become the new king of Netflix streaming Down Under.Below you'll find Netflix's official ISP rankings as of March 2018, showing Telstra in the lead, followed by Exetel in second place and Optus in third.As you can see from the graph above, the Netflix ISP speed index results chart the average download speeds achieved during prime time hours, as well as the types of connection services offered by each provider.Below you'll find another graph which clearly shows the progression Telstra has made over the course of the last year, while also showing how the other ISPs have improved over the same period.
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People don’t believe gaming on a smartphone will have a future.Say, when playing games the phone’s temperature increases hugely, it drainages more battery power (therefore, there is left less power for other operations such as making calls and texting), it requires a larger memory, etc.But we know Xiaomi has invested a lot in the BlackShark, a gaming phone that is going to release on April 20.Another Chinese manufacturer, ZTE-based Nubia sub-brand has also announced its intentions of a similar handset.At the MWC 2018, it even showed off the renders of the upcoming model.Today, the company officially stated the Nubia Red Dev Mobile Phone will release on April 19.
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An APK teardown of the latest Google app update revealed some possible design changes.Because they were found in a teardown, these changes are not guaranteed to show up in a future update.With Google remaining tight-lipped about its future design direction, APK teardowns might provide the best insight into what the search giant might have in store.9to5Google completed one such teardown with version 7.26 of the Google app and gleaned some noteworthy changes.Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowThe first change is to the search bar, which floats and persists as you move through your Feed.
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For 25 years, technology companies have designed user interfaces for our eyes, largely neglecting our other senses.After heavy investments in screens and visual media, the industry has shifted towards the auditory realm and advancements in natural language processing (NLP) and artificial intelligence (AI) have made Siri, Alexa, and Cortana possible.Technologists who program AI to be more ‘human’ misunderstand how the human mind works.The rise of visual communication and asynchronicityThe dilemmas of present-day AI begin with smartphones.The decline of phone calls and the rise of text messaging was somewhat counterintuitive.
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Mainframes should be mainstream – and programmers need access to a standardised set of tools across the entire IT stack, rather than relying on outdated interfaces for specialist developers, says Compuware’s Steven Murray.Today’s digital economy relies just as heavily on the mainframe as it did 50 years ago, with the majority of large enterprises continuing to use it to store the bulk of their core data.As a result, digital transactions driven by modern mobile, web, or cloud applications remain strongly reliant upon mainframe code to analyse and serve up critical data, such as customer or financial information.However, despite this continued importance, specialist mainframe developers are quickly reaching retirement age, and fewer universities are teaching the skill-sets needed to carry the torch into its future.Organisations now face the unenviable challenge of maintaining these critical systems with a dwindling pool of resources, whilst simultaneously accelerating digital innovation.However, this is a costly and risky endeavour that delivers little to no customer benefit and often ends in failure.
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Splunk has always been known as a company that can sift through oodles of log or security data and help customers surface the important bits.Today, it announced it was going to try to apply that same skill set to Industrial Internet of Things data.IIoT is data found in manufacturing settings, typically come from sensors on the factory floor giving engineers and plant managers data about the health and well-being of the machines running in the facility.Up until now, that data hasn’t had a modern place to live.Traditionally, companies pull the data into Excel and try to slice and dice it to find the issuesSplunk wants to change that with Splunk Industrial Asset Intelligence (IAI).
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Den 16 april släpps Huawei P20 Pro på den svenska marknaden men redan nu finns ett mycket stort intresse kring flaggskeppstelefonen.Aldrig tidigare har så många förhandsbokat en telefon från Huawei.De som förhandsbokar Huawei P20 Pro just nu har dessutom chans att vinna en resa till fotbolls-VM i Ryssland.Under ett exklusivt evenemang i Paris tidigare i våras presenterade Huawei sin senaste flaggskeppstelefon Huawei P20 Pro och om en vecka är det säljstart på den svenska marknaden.Många svenskar har redan valt att förhandsboka telefonen som har världens första trippelkamera från Leica.Kameran tar högkvalitativa bilder och har en 40 megapixel RGB-sensor, 20 megapixel monokrom sensor och en sensor på 8 megapixel med teleobjektiv.
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Mercedes-Benz will soon launch the first production car in its new EQ battery-electric sub-brand.As for what's to follow, expect something big -- literally.Mercedes-Benz will introduce a full-size luxury sedan as part of its EQ sub-brand, Autocar reports, citing a conversation with Michael Kelz, manager of the automaker's large-car portfolio.It'll likely carry the name EQ S, with EQ denoting its EV status and S referring to its size relative to the rest of the lineup.It will be separate from the standard S-Class, which is expected to begin a new generation in 2020, the same year that it's believed Mercedes will debut the EQ S. The two cars will reportedly be built on separate platforms, with the EQ S relying on an EV-specific chassis engineered to accommodate large batteries.If you're not a fan of waiting, Mercedes-EQ has at least one debut up its sleeve before the EQ S breaks cover.
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Samsung Electronics has posted strong earnings guidance for Q1 of FY 2018.The headline figures were sales of between 59 and 61 trillion Korean Won (US$57-59bn and operating profit around 15 trillion Won (US$14.5bn), a record for the qurter.Those numbers jumped from 50.55 trillion and 9.9 trillion in Q1 2017.Sales were down from Q4 2018’s 66 trillion, but operating profit held steady.Even with all those lovely large numbers coming in, the company’s share price fell a point or two on Friday.Analysts believe that was because of softness in two of Samsung Electronics’ key businesses.
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A NASA Black Brant IX sounding rocket carrying the Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment or ASPIRE launches from the agency's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia on March 31, 2018.A supersonic parachute designed to land future NASA spacecraft on Mars just underwent a key test high up in Earth's skies.The Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment (ASPIRE) launched atop a sounding rocket Saturday (March 31) from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 12:19 p.m. EDT (1619 GMT).The successful launch came after several days of delays due to rough seas at the parachute's recovery zone in the Atlantic Ocean.The parachute unfurled shortly thereafter, while ASPIRE was traveling significantly faster than the speed of sound.[ How to Land on Mars: Martian Tech Explained (Infographic) ]
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Following a series of controversies over the past few weeks, Facebook sent out a poll asking users if they think the social networking platform is "good for the world," the Associated Press reports.The poll was sent to an unspecified number of people and appeared under the heading, "We'd like to do better" after users log in.Participants can choose answers ranging from "strongly agree" to "strongly disagree."The question comes as Facebook continues to grapple with a data scandal involving UK consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica, which allegedly misused information from the social network in the 2016 presidential campaign.It also took heat last week for a leaked memo that appears to champion a culture of aggressive growth.This isn't the first time Facebook has asked users this poll question.
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I’m a fan of Ernest Cline’s love letter to pop culture, although I fully admit it has problems.What I didn’t know was how much the film was going to challenge and recontextualise my feelings about the book.From the very first pages, it grabbed me.Cline certainly had things he wanted to say in the book (and things he says without knowing it) but those rarely occurred to me because the story was so propulsive.The pop culture references themselves are abundant but largely balanced across all eras, even beyond how Cline does it in his book.As a result, pop culture feels more like set dressing than the focus of the story.
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It may not be as exciting as Apple’s flagship phone, but the 2018 iPad easily retains its title as the best tablet, while managing to still be quite affordable.The sleep/wake key resides at the top of the tablet (when held in portrait), and next to it on the right edge is the volume rocker.The 9.7-inch size means the tablet easy to hold, and it’s compact enough to easily shove into most bags.Speedy performance, iOS 11.3 is polishedWhile much hasn’t changed on the outside, there are a few noteworthy improvements on the inside of the iPad.There were absolutely no issues with performance on this tablet with everyday tasks.
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