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Microsoft has released an update for the mobile version of Edge that adds a warning label to news sites known for poor standards of accuracy and accountability.The feature, developed by third-party fact-checking organization NewsGuard, is disabled by default, but can be activated through the browser's settings menu.When a user visits a site deemed dubious, they will see a red icon in the address bar, which they can click to see what NewsGuard calls a "full nutritional label".This is a checklist of factors including whether the site repeatedly publishes false content, clearly separates fact and opinion, regularly publishes updates and corrections, and labels advertisements appropriately.Interestingly, although MailOnline (the website of British newspaper the Daily Mail) is among the websites flagged as problematic, it remains one of the preset bookmarks on users' homepages in the UK.We've reached out to Microsoft for comment, and will update this article when we receive a response.
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A patent application filed by AMD in July 2017 has just been published and it’s given us our first hints of what its next-generation graphics architecture might be.We don’t mean the newly announced Radeon VII, nor the upcoming Navi, but whatever comes after that.It could be the 7nm+ architecture allegedly code-named Arcturus, but whatever badge you slap on it, the patent hints at what AMD has planned beyond its aged Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, which has been at the core of its graphics card technologies since 2012.The patent in question is for a new “Stream processor with high bandwidth and low power vector register file.” It was originally spotted by Twitter user @Komachi and reveals a number of intriguing details about what may come next among AMD’s graphics developments.At its core, the updated design should make AMD’s graphics cards more powerful and more efficient at the same time, by making the individual compute units far more capable at independent operation.The GCN architecture AMD currently employs in all of its graphics cards utilizes compute units which share a lot of their resources, as PCGamesN explains.
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Nu läggs mobilversionen av Windows ner på allvar.Byt till Andoroid eller IOS, uppmanar Microsoft.Windows 10 Mobile hade knappt landat förrän de första dödsrunorna nedtecknades i pressen.Microsoft senaste, och kanske sista, försök med ett mobilt operativsystem var ett fiasko från dag ett.Själva operativsystemet var det inget fel på, men det fick aldrig något brett genomslag.Användarbasen minskade vilket i sin tur ledde till att apputvecklarna en efter en övergav plattformen.
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Försvarskoncernen Saab har landat ett kontrakt med brittiska försvarsministeriet gällande service och underhåll av det landbaserade radarsystemet Giraffe AMB.Kontraktet innebär att Saab kommer att tillhandahålla service och reparationer inklusive reservdelar från och med i år fram till år 2024.Avtalet förväntas generera arbetstillfällen både på plats i Thorney Island, Storbritannien och inom verksamheten i Göteborg.
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London-listed venture fund Augmentum Fintech has today announced a £4m injection into probate startup Farewill, leading the firm's £7.5m series A fundraise alongside the venture arms of the Daily Mail and M Saatchi.Other investors in the round included Transferwise chief executive Taavet Hinrikus, Innocent Smoothies parent firm Jamjar, Kindred Capital, Tiny VC and Venture Founders.Farewill claims to be the largest will writer in the UK, enabling Brits to write and manage their wills online using digital tools and round-the-clock customer service operations.It said it currently writes one in every 30 wills in the country, with plans to reach one in every 10 by the end of this year.Augmentum Fintech chief Tim Levene said the lack of competition in the probate sector to go digital has left a "considerable opportunity" in the space which Farewill seeks to fill.Read more: London tech startups raked in s rake in almost double their European counterparts in 2018
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Google’s Digital Wellbeing initiative is excellent, but it’s limited to Pixel and Android One handsets.Fortunately, Chris Lacy, the developer behind Action Launcher and other apps, just released ActionDash, bringing most of Digital Wellbeing’s features to every Android device.Just like with Digital Wellbeing, ActionDash is a cleanly-design app that provides you with phone and app usage statistics.You can view screenshots of the app below.ActionDash is split into five main sections.First, you get an overview of your usage in the form of a pie chart and several data points.
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The primary component of natural gas, methane, is itself a potent greenhouse gas.This breakthrough has been led by Professor Kwang-jin Ahn and his team in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST in collaboration with Professor Ja Hun Kwak (School of Energy and Chemical Engineering, UNIST), Professor Eun Duck Park from Ajou University, and Professor Yoon Seok Jung from Hanyang University.This material has a stable structure and high reactivity at high temperatures, increasing the efficiency of converting methane to formaldehyde more than twice as much as before.The main ingredient of shale gas, which is attracting attention in the US in recent years, is methane, and the technology to make high value-added resources with this material is also recognized as important.When these catalysts were used, the formaldehyde conversion of methane was less than 10%.Formaldehyde is a useful resource widely used as a raw material for bactericides, preservatives, functional polymers and the like.
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Researchers from MIT have announced that they have developed a new way to image the brain with “unprecedented resolution and speed.” The technique allows the location of individual neurons, the tracing of connections between them, and the visualization of organelles inside the neurons over large volumes of brain tissue.The tech combines a method for expanding brain tissue to make it possible to image the tissue at higher resolutions and a 3D microscopy technique called lattice light-sheet microscopy.The team used the technique to image an entire fruit fly brain and large sections of a mouse brain.They say that the technique is much faster than imaging with previously available technology.One key to the method developed is that it allows the mapping of large-scale circuits within the brain and insight into the individual function of neurons.“A lot of problems in biology are multiscale,” MIT’s Edward Boyden says.
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One of those problems is that millions of children under age 5 are dying from preventable health issues and diseases.Thanks in part to big global health initiatives, the number of deaths has gone down significantly, from 11.2 million children in 1990 to 5 million in 2017.The UN has a sustainable development goal to end the epidemics of malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS by 2030.But four major funds supported by the Gates Foundation and governments around the world are running out of cash: Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria; The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, or GPEI, and the Global Financing Facility, or GFF, which aids mothers and children.The original deadline to eradicate polio, for example, was 18 years ago.And so, even though a lot of money has been put into this, we can also say that we've saved literally millions of kids who were not paralyzed because of that."
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Didier Baclin, head of innovation at Zopa, says YES.A year on, Open Banking has already helped many people enjoy smoother experiences with certain financial providers, by enabling them to securely share their data through the open application programming interfaces.The initiative is about opening up competition in the banking sector, but it’s also about giving people better control over their financial data, and in turn over their money.Adoption of Open Banking is high when customers can see a clear benefit in connecting their account, and when they trust the financial provider asking for the connection.Of course there’s still work to be done, but we expect 2019 to be significant year for Open Banking.Simon Healy, industry director for Unisys Financial Services in EMEA, says NO.
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(Reuters) — Apple held talks with Samsung Electronics and MediaTek along with existing vendor Intel to supply 5G modem chips for 2019 iPhones, according to an Apple executive’s testimony at a trial between Qualcomm and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Friday.Between 2011 and 2016, Apple relied on San Diego-based Qualcomm as the sole supplier of such chips, which help iPhones connect to wireless networks.Starting in 2016, Apple split the business between Intel and Qualcomm, but in 2018, Apple moved solely to Intel for its newest phones.But Apple supply chain executive Tony Blevins testified on Friday that Apple has also considered MediaTek and Samsung, one of its largest rivals in the smart phone market, to supply the chips for the next generation of wireless networks known as 5G.Those networks are expected to start rolling out this year and provide faster data speeds than current 4G networks.The FTC is suing Qualcomm alleging the chip supplier engaged in anticompetitive patent licensing practices to preserve a dominant position in the premium modem chip market.
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Ah, the beginning of a new year: What better time to clean up, start fresh, and make sure your various work spaces are primed for productivity?A handful of simple-seeming steps can go a long way in clearing out the virtual clutter, y'see, and turning your Android phone back into the optimal work companion it oughta be.Those forgotten icons do more than just collect dust; they actively work against your efficiency-oriented interests.But beyond that, abandoned apps often take a toll on a phone's performance and stamina by needlessly eating up resources.You can probably scan through your app drawer pretty quickly and figure out which programs you haven't opened in the past month or two.Then, look for the "Disable" command, tap it with gusto, and send the thing off to unwanted app hell, where it belongs.
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While iPhone sales remain stagnant, Apple services hit $10 billion in revenueApple's services business, which currently includes Apple Music, iTunes, the App Store, and other entities, brings a lot of money into the company.Last quarter, the services business hit a milestone of $10 billion in revenue, and Apple shows no signs of slowing down.Cook didn't name it specifically, but it's likely that Apple will announce its long-awaited TV streaming service in early 2019.Last year, the company pledged $1 billion to produce and acquire original content with which to populate the streaming service.Some of that money has gone to big stars both in front of and behind the camera, including Damien Chazelle (director of La La Land), A24 studio (the production company behind films including Moonlight and Lady Bird), and Oprah Winfrey.
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VR has lost the attention of mainstream audiences.In 2019, VR is a sideshow in a theme park, a marketing stunt, a slide in a PR PowerPoint presentation, a niche hobby for people locked in rooms with a ton of money to spend, and -- worse -- no one seems to know what direction we're headed in, or even what virtual reality should .Sweet summer children, we could barely contain ourselves.All the while we grappled with the idea that incredibly smart people all over the world were having the same discussions, in more sophisticated ways, and were already on their way to making virtual reality the next big thing that would transform our lives.In seven years, I had gone from playing Snake on my Nokia 3310 to owning an iPhone with a fully activated touchscreen and video games that would melt my brain.I went from carrying CD players in my jeans pocket to MP3 players that contained more music than I could ever listen to.
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Sony has announced two new sound bars for 2019 -- a model with Dolby Atmos compatibility and one without.The X8500 is a 2.1-channel single sound bar with dual built-in "subwoofers" and the ability to simulate Atmos effects with its Vertical Surround Engine.The sound bar also includes other sound options including Cinema Mode, Game Mode and vocal enhancement.Connectivity includes HDMI eARC support for compatible televisions such as the 2019 Sony range in addition to Bluetooth.The new HT-S350 sound bar includes a wireless subwoofer and a claimed 320 watts of power.Unlike competitors which now use DTS Virtual:X, the HT-S350 uses Sony's proprietary S-Force Pro Front Surround technology.
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Apple's finally opening up its services to TV makers -- and it's doing so at CES.While Apple often has executives roaming around the massive electronics trade show floor, it doesn't have a booth or host a press conference in Las Vegas.This year, though, marked a stream of announcements from TV makers partnering with Apple on iTunes, AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.That includes the rumored launch of a new video streaming service in early 2019.Over the past year, Apple has deployed a $1 billion budget to develop content from high-profile film and television stars, including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, M. Night Shyamalan and Steven Spielberg.The company has hired two top executives from Sony Pictures Television to lead the effort.
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The new 4G version of the Vivoactive 3 Music allows you to check your text messages, download music and take advantage of new and improved safety features without having to carry around a phone.Garmin takes advantage of this near-constant connection by allowing music downloads over third-party music services like Deezer and Spotify which Garmin announced last year and plans to add in the future.With an always-on connection, the Vivoactive 3 Music (Verizon) offers new safety features unique to this watch model.Assistance makes it easy for users to call for help when they need it.Not only does the watch send a call for help, but it also shares the person’s location in real time.A valuable feature if you need search and rescue or a similar agency to help you out of a tough spot.
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The exact nature of dark matter is one of the enduring questions of physics, as it is difficult to identify and has many mysterious manifestations.Now a team from the University of Surrey, U.K., has discovered that dark matter can be heated up and can move around a galaxy due to star formation.The scientists looked for evidence of dark matter by examining the centers of nearby dwarf galaxies — small and faint galaxies which usually orbit around larger galaxies like the Milky Way that we live in.The challenge of finding dark matter is that is does not interact with light in the way that other matter does, so the only way in which it can be spotted is by inferring its presence from its gravitational effects.The team took the approach of studying the effects of star formation in dwarf galaxies.When a star forms, it can generate strong solar winds which carry gases and dust particles away from the center of the galaxy and toward its edges.
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This is as good a month as any to kick-start a newfound initiative to improve your health or get back into your routine if you’ve fallen off the wagon.That’s exactly what Fitocracy does, putting you in a position to improve yourself by completing tasks and earning experience so you can level up in real life.The app offers a host of workout routines and expert advice, along with a robust community of like-minded individuals to keep you motivated.The app allows you to track your progress and log your workout routines via four motivation coaches, each of which can feed you audio cues alongside your music to guide you through the tough times ahead.Fitbit Coach is like having a personal trainer on your smartphone.The app uses your goals to deliver custom workout curriculums, programs, and other content, all driven by your body and health data.
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We know it has been a few days since you've had that gratifying feeling of opening up a present, so treat yourself today without breaking the bank by shopping the best deals and sales from around the web.Get an additional 25% off sale items at the Nike storeIf you're trying to get into a new year running routine, now until the end of January 5 is the perfect time to get the right pair of shoes because Nike is offering an additional 25% off of all items already on sale.Access these savings on Nike's already marked down products by adding in the code SAVE25 at checkout.Find what you need at a great price with Walmart's end-of-year clearance saleYou can find basically anything you need at a discounted rate from the Walmart end-of-year clearance sale.
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