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Critics believe a complete takeover of Sky would further reduce the public’s access to a diverse range of views and news sources.Anne Lambert, Chair of the independent investigation Group, said:“Media plurality goes to the heart of our democratic process.It is very important that no group or individual should have too much control of our news media or too much power to affect the political agenda.We have provisionally found that if the Fox/Sky merger went ahead as proposed, it would be against the public interest.Due to their existing track record in the UK, and the range of policies and procedures the companies involved have in place to ensure broadcasting standards are met, we did not find public interest concerns in this regard.”
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Microsoft has officially launched its 4K-capable Xbox One X gaming console in India, roughly half a year since its unveiling at the 2017 E3 expo.The console, which delivers Ultra HD resolution graphics with HDR support and comes with a 1TB hard drive, will be available from today at Rs.45,000 ($705) – a steep hike compared to the X’s US price tag of $500.CNet notes that most streaming music and video services for the Xbox One X that are available to players in the US won’t be open to people in Asia, but Microsoft Asia’s Xbox Business Lead, Jeremy Hinton, said that the company is working with local companies to bring such content to the console in the region.It’ll be interesting to see if Microsoft can make waves with its high-end console in India, where players are known to spend conservatively on gaming gear and content, and generally opt to spend their time on PC and mobile.For reference, the lower-end Xbox One S costs $423 for the 1TB version in India, while the 500GB variant retails for $357.
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You know how you’re supposed to flash the BIOS or update the UEFI on all of your Intel machines, to guard against Meltdown/Spectre?Well, belay that order, private!Intel just announced that you need to hold off on all of its new patches.To use the technical term, if you ran out and applied your Intel PC’s latest firmware patch, you’re hosed.In what appears to be a catastrophic curtain call to the "oops" moment that I discussed ten days ago, it now seems that the bright, new firmware versions — which Intel has had six months to patch — have a nasty habit of causing “higher system reboots.”According to executive vice president Navin Shenoy, on the Intel Newsroom site, the current advice is:
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In early January, Microsoft released build 17074 of Windows 10 to members of the Insider program, giving them a preview of what’s next for its flagship operating system.Among the new and updated features was a new version its Camera app.The update to the Camera app focuses on tweaks to its user interface, which have now been officially detailed by Microsoft in a recent blog post.The idea is to make the app a little more personal, by making some thoughtful tweaks to the nuts and bolts of how the tool operates.Under the hood, there have been some edits to the core architecture that underpins the Camera function.Windows 10 is now able to do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to unsupported devices and functionality, so the duplicate handling that’s specific to the app has been removed.
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Ford unveiled the 2019 Mustang Bullitt at the Detroit Auto Show as a tribute to the famous movie car driven by Steve McQueen in the Bullitt movie.Ford has now announced that the very first of the special edition Bullitt Mustangs, VIN 001, will go to the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction.The car will run across the block and when the gavel drops, 100% of the proceeds will be given to a charity that has special meaning to the Steve McQueen Estate.Proceeds will go to Boys Republic, a school and treatment community for youth at risk.McQueen graduated from Boys Republic in 1946.The auction will take place Friday at 7:30pm MST at the auction in Scottsdale.
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But the new A7 is not just a pretty face; under the skin, you'll find almost all the same technology that Audi is packing into its A8 flagship sedan.You get the convenience of four doors and a hatchback with almost all the elegance of a coupe—little wonder that Tesla decided upon fastback styling for the Model S.The new A7's styling was first signaled in the Prologue concept of 2014, but the production car may look even better.But those dimensions are put to good use.(With the seats up, there's 18.9 cubic feet/535L of luggage space; with the seats folded flat, that goes up to 49.1 cubic feet/1,390L.)Assuming the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) becomes cooperative, the matrix LED and laser spotlights should be available as an option; if they don't, then US A7s will have to make do with just LED high and low beams.
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As much as I praised the core game of Street Fighter V in my original review back in 2016, I have to now admit that Capcom shit-the-bed when it released it in the wrappings of a mediocre product.Mostly, a lack of them.Everyone was clamoring for an Arcade mode in Street Fighter V, yet it was conspicuously missing in the original release.Street Fighter, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter III, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter IV, and Street Fighter V. Sorry Arika fans — no Street Fighter EX.Capcom slipped some small-but-significant tools inside of Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition that are incredibly useful.For example, if you run tournaments, you’re going to love the Team Battle settings that Capcom has added.
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JLR will develop electrical architecture and advanced driver assistance systems.Jaguar Land Rover is pulling into the fast lane with its automation technology, with the automaker announcing on Monday it will open a new R centre in the UK.The new centre, to open in Shannon, Ireland, will focus on research and development of software for electric and self-driving vehicles.The expansion will add 150 jobs to the 10,000 strong workforce of Jaguar Land Rover in Britain.Software engineers will work to produce electrical architecture and advanced driver assistance systems for automated cars.The Irish Development Agency will support the automaker as its experts seek to optimize detection systems to aid navigation through a range of weather conditions over on- and off-road terrains.
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Byton's presentation at CES for its first electric car didn't answer some key questions.In a follow-up session, Byton engineers gave a more detailed picture of the car, which the company plans to put into production in late 2019.This electric car will pack in technologies that are likely be to crucial in the next decade.However, the car will also be offered in rear-wheel- or four-wheel-drive, making four potential combinations.The rear axle makes use of a 200 kilowatt motor, a component from Bosch that also integrates a reduction gearset and inverter into one compact unit.The battery pack, embedded in the chassis, consists of lithium-ion prismatic cells, a square form factor.
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There is no perfect job.For joy at work, some merely look for employers who appreciate them, investors who will give them money freely or co-workers who will do most of the work without taking credit.Yet US News and World Report is no skeptic.Yes, there are apparently that many.At the very pinnacle this year is software developer.Many of the software developers I know have bags that stretch from beneath their eyes to the sides of their mouths, smoke a little pot to alleviate the strain of unreasonable deadlines and constantly complain about the lack of tuna poke at lunch.
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Millions of people have cut the cord from their cable service, instead relying on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video for entertainment.Game consoles have also stepped into the void left by old-fashioned, scheduled programming.Nvidia’s Big Format G-Sync Displays (BFGD), which debuted on the show floor at CES 2018, show one possible future for the TV, a future that focuses on gaming, streaming video, and smooth delivery of any content thrown at it.Yeah, they’re targeting the PC, but they also have an Nvidia Shield built in.And it’ll receive all the same updates as the Shield console, which should mean a steady stream of new features over the years.A different approach to image quality
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Last week we heard news that a committee of MPs want the government to implement a 'latte levy', and charge consumers an extra 25p for using disposable coffee cups that are a pain to recycle.Now Starbucks has announced that it will be doing something similar in 20-25 of its London branches.The move is a three month trial that forms part of Starbucks' new eco-friendly plan, and is designed to encourage customers to bring their own disposable cups.At the moment the disposable cups used in many coffee chains are a mix of paper and plastic, and according to the parliamentary report last week there are only three plants capable of recycling them in the UK.Over the last couple of years Starbucks has started selling disposable cups, priced between 50p and £1.It also offered a discount to customers that brought their own cup, originally 10p then upped to 25p.
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Cyclist deaths are at a historic high: 840 bicyclists were killed by automobiles in 2016, the highest number since 1991.In an effort to prevent further mayhem on the roads, Trek Bicycle is working with Ford Motor Company and Tome Software to create a “bicycle-to-vehicle” communication system, the companies announced at CES today.Cars with the right software can use cellular technology or a high-speed, low-latency medium called dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) to communicate with each other.This effort to connect our cars to each other and the world around them is part of a broader initiative to pave the way for the mass deployment of autonomous vehicles.But what about vulnerable groups like pedestrians and bicyclists?Tome has partnered with Trek Bicycle to create an AI-based bicycle-to-vehicle (B2V) communication system to help drivers get alerts to bicycles ahead in dangerous areas of the road.
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It would have been fair to call digital voice assistants the hot new game in town a few years ago.Now, that space consists of incremental advances by titanic companies pressing ever harder to make consumers reliant on AIs you already know: Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and Google’s unnamed, data-mining Assistant.The likeliness that a new contender could blow these four voice assistants out of the water is slim.But never underestimate LG, friends.Its creation, named CLOi (pronounced like “Chloe”) is far beyond the simple call-and-response products on the market now.By all indications from LG’s CES presentation, CLOi’s programming allows for selective execution of tasks, similar to a real human toddler.
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D-Link showed up to CES 2018 in Las Vegas with a bunch of new products in tow, with many of them focused on connectivity around the house.In all, the company announced three new routers, a new mesh networking system, and five new security cameras at the show, so it certainly had quite the stockpile on hand.Developed in response to the growing number of the devices connecting to the internet and the need to keep these IoT networks safe, this dual-band 802.11ac router uses McAfee’s Global Threat Intelligence to identify and correct malware and other malicious attacks before it has a chance to infect the devices connected to your network.The DIR-2680 also uses an Intel Home WiFi chipset, which can support and eye-watering 128 connected devices at once while at the same time leaving the AnyWAN SoC free to focus on security functions.D-Link hasn’t announced a price yet – but expect it to be expensive – with the DIR-2680 launching sometime in Q2 2018.The tri-band system offers AC2200 WiFi and is capable of covering 6,000 square feet, while the dual-band system provides AC1200 WiFi to an area up to 5,000 square feet.
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Somewhere along the line, someone told Samsung execs that 8K TVs were flying off the shelves.To answer the desperate cries of the countless consumers who are suffering through the traumatic experience of lowly standard definition video, Samsung has announced it has trained an AI application to improve the resolution of images.No longer will millennials have to agonize through an episode of Love Island in mere HD, now they will be able to see every drop of sweat in 8K definition.Perhaps the Samsung execs are actually right and we are wrong.We are struggling to think of many occasions we have come across a 4K/8K TV outside of an exhibition or electronics store though.Despite the pretty shaky justification for the AI, it does sound like a pretty good bit of kit.
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We’ve certainly seen no shortage of wireless multiroom speakers in recent years, from smart speakers, to those loaded with Bluetooth, multiple Wi-Fi connection protocols, and just about every other feature you can imagine.But at Samsung’s First Look event, just before the big CES 2018 show gets properly underway, Samsung’s new VL Series speakers showed us something brand new: A wireless volume dial.Technically, it’s more than just a volume dial.It also controls play/pause, song skip, and — just for good measure — it’s magnetic, so you can stick it on virtually any metallic surface, including the speakers’ own metallic front grills.The design is fun, but it’s also pretty practical, especially for those who want to put away their phones once the music starts.The dial also sports a microphone for limited voice control functionality.
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After what can be considered a slow year for Meizu the company is preparing a new comeback in 2018 with multiple devices to be released and a whole revamp over their mid-range series.The very first smartphone to be launched by the company is the Meizu mBlu S6 or more popularly known as Meizu M6S.The smartphone has been the target of multiple leaks in the last months and the most recent comes from no other place than from the Chinese Regulatory department of TENAA.Surprisingly the new smartphone doesn’t bring the very known mBack button present in most of Meizu handsets, instead, it seems to move to On-screen buttons.That’s something really curious to see, since the latest release of Meizu’s main rival, Xiaomi, has also dropped the use of capacitive buttons to the virtual keys solution.The mBlue S6 packs a 5.7-inch display with 1440x720p resolution resulting in the trending 18:9 aspect ratio.
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Vernee X has just started its presale December 18th last month and is also considered as one of the first smartphones to come with the new Helio P23 CPU.Furthermore it’s equipped with with a 18:9 screen, 6200mAh monster battery and four cameras.Throw in the mix 6 GB RAM and 128 GB ROM and you have almost the full pictures.And today we have for you the unboxing video of this phone, enjoy.From the unboxing video you clearly see that you can find some extra freebies in the package in addition to the regular contents.You are getting a TPU phone case and screen protector as a bonus and because the phone is lacking the 3.5mm audio jack there is also an USB Type-C earphone jack adapter for your convenience.
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Neural networks sort stuff – they can't reason or inferDeep learning and neural networks may have benefited from the huge quantities of data and computing power, but they won't take us all the way to artificial general intelligence, according to a recent academic assessment.Gary Marcus, ex-director of Uber's AI labs and a psychology professor at the University of New York, argues that there are numerous challenges to deep learning systems that broadly fall into a series of categories.It may be disheartening to know that programs like DeepMind's AlphaZero can thrash all meatbags at a game of chess and Go, but that only happened after playing a total of 68 million matches against itself across both types of games.That's far above what any human professional will play in a lifetime.The relationships between the input and output data are represented and learnt by adjusting the connections between the nodes of a neural network.
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