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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that she will have a baby in office in a no-nonsense way: “I am not the first woman to multitask,” she stated.The pregnancy is sure to be heavily scrutinised and to attract a welter of stereotyped views about pregnant women losing focus during pregnancy – the whole “pregnancy brain fog” thing, being irrational and the like.She took it in her stride: “It’s what ladies do.”Of course, every woman is different and has a different experience of pregnancy, but most manage to get their job done perfectly well.Indeed, many women go out of their way to overcompensate for the stereotypes and work harder to show that they are still perfectly capable.According to research commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in 2016, three quarters of pregnant women and new mothers experience discrimination and one in nine lose their job as a result.
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Honor, the well known Huawei’s sub-brand, has announced today a new update for the recently released Honor View 10.Among all new content brought by the software update, it enables the Face Unlock through Intelligent Face scanning.The new Face Unlock can be enabled via settings, and just requires a simple look at the camera to get your face data stored.Additionally, the system can detect the specific position of your phone and your face, thus adjusting the directions accordingly.In a example, you will be able to unlock your phone even when you’re lying in your bed.Lastly, but not least, the Face Unlock will also prevent the phone to get unlocked when your eyes are closed.
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Wichita police have arrested a 25-year-old online troll who calls himself SWAuTistic, charging him with involuntary manslaughter after sending police to a Kansas address.When police arrived at the address they opened fire on the resident, a father of two named Andrew Finch.SWAuTistic, real name Tyler Raj Barriss, could face 11 years in prison.SWATting is the process of calling in a fake hostage threat to local police who, ultimately, are expected to react with a SWAT team.Barriss boasted online about the number and frequency of SWATtings he had performed.The practice usually ends quietly but in Kansas a seven-year police veteran opened fire when Finch opened his front door.
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Recently at the just concluded CES 2018, Vivo showcased a device to feature the in-display fingerprint technology.While it was mute on the name of the device that will eventually be the first to ship with the in-display fingerprint scanner, the company said the device would hit the market in early 2018.Just a few days after it was showcased, a smartphone named Vivo X20 plus UD has arrived TENAA, the Chinese regulatory body with full images alongside its specifications.The Vivo X20 plus UD is virtually the same as the base Vivo X20 plus, but with an under-display fingerprint scanner, hence the UD suffix.As for the basic specs, the Vivo X20 plus UD feature a 6.43-inch full-screen with FHD+ resolution.The under-display fingerprint technology works only with OLED screens, so we shouldn’t expect anything short of an OLED panel from the Vivo X20 UD.
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BlackBerry has announced a new software cybersecurity product called BlackBerry Jarvis.The product was announced at the North American International Automotive Show in Detroit by company CEO John Chen.Jarvis, at least initially, will be marketed at automakers, which BlackBerry says have “complex software supply chains” with use cases in which Jarvis has solutions.BlackBerry Jarvis is described as a unique “cloud-based static binary code scanning solution” for finding vulnerabilities in automotive-related software.Automakers who utilize the software will have access to “actionable insights in minutes,” according to the company, which says the companies would otherwise have to manually look for the vulnerabilities…a process that takes “an impractical amount of time.”The company is offering automakers access to Jarvis on a pay-as-you-go usage basis, BlackBerry explains.
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Good as Apple’s latest smartwatch operating system is there’s still plenty of room for improvement, so we’ve listed what we want to see below.In case you’re wondering when you’ll get watchOS 5 you’ll also find information on the release date below, and while there’s not much in the way of news or rumors yet we’ll add in everything we know, as and when we hear it.It will be a free updateBased on past form, watchOS 5 will almost certainly be announced at WWDC 2018, itself likely happening in June.What we want to seeWe might not know much about watchOS 5 yet, but we know what we want from it.
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French company Enhancia has been working on the concept for its MIDI ring for over a year, and it’s finally coming to Kickstarter in March.The tiny accessory, worn on the index finger of your right hand, allows a user to trigger musical effects like pitch bends or vibrato by making specific movements while playing a keyboard.The ring, which is lightweight and made out of a soft plastic with a metal accent, communicates with a hub that is connected to your computer.The hub both charges the ring and also tells the ring which effects are mapped to which movements.There’s also a standalone piece of software and a plugin, which can be used with a Digital Audio Workstations, like Ableton or Logic.The ring’s sensors track three specific hand movements that are by mapped to certain effects by default (though these can be swapped out for any other effects a musician chooses).
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Organisations should not be willing to let any unnecassary time pass when a vulnerability can be patched, many more should be leveraging automation technology.With patching proving to be a critical weak area making organisations vulnerable to cyber attacks, a towering 78 per cent of organisations lack urgency, saying they fix vulnerabilities within 30 days.Very few organisations were found to have the necassary zero tolerance approach to leaving patches uninstalled after release, with just 15 per cent presenting this attitude.A more substantial 46 per cent of organisations said that they would not be willing to wait longer than seven days before implementing a patch, still a worrying attitude with GDPR now at the door.It is becoming increasingly clear that automation is vital to make a real difference in security prospects, with the threat landscape now bristling with danger and organisations failing to be proactive about patching.In light of this, perhaps one of the most worrying findings of the Dimensional Research study presented by Tripwire is that just 17 per cent of organisations are automating tools for tracking down vulnerabilities.
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Sorry, make that, exiting IT bossThe outgoing head of the Defense Information Systems Agency, which handles computer security for the US Department of Defense, has warned a massive cyber-attack is "looming" at the American military's door.Over lunch on Thursday, Army Lieutenant General Alan Lynn, who retires in a few months, told the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association's Washington chapter that a few years ago, just one or two "gigabytes" – we're assuming he meant gigabits or gigabytes per second – of junk network traffic would be thrown at the military's internet gateways by miscreants, but those days are long gone."The level of attacks that we've seen actually was really truly surprising, and it still continues to surprise me just how robust the attacks have become," he said."Now, we get 600-gig attacks on the internet access points and unique, different ways of attacking that we hadn't thought of before.We're prepared for it, so we know it's coming."
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Have you ever wanted a gigantic jumbotron for your own home?Samsung has developed the MicroLED -- a version of its Cinema Screen technology used in movie theaters -- for your house.The new model, called The Wall, measures a mind-blowing 146 inches.Beyond saying it would ship this year, no pricing or availability for the MicroLED TVs was announced.
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IBM, Intel and Google have all recently announced advancements in quantum computing capabilities.Although the US administration currently allocates around $250m for quantum computing annually, this funding is predominantly for military use.Now, the Energy Department has pledged $40m specifically for the development of quantum computing algorithms for use in general sciences, including materials and chemistry.Meanwhile, tech conglomerates have been funding international academic work in a bid to be the first to attain the quantum supremacy: the creation of a machine with greater compute capability than any previous model.IBM unveiled its “game-changing” 50-qubit quantum at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week.Codenamed Tangle Lake, inventors told press its latest machine represents the latest in AI capability and will be shared with companies in the automotive, financial and materials sectors.
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The vehicle will drive fresh produce from the supermarket aisle to customers.Grocery chains can license the platform and the vehicles, which allows them to pocket the delivery fee instead of some on-demand delivery startup.A robot grocery called Robotmart is coming for the humble delivery worker in California.This week at the Consumer Electronics Show, a startup (of the same name) debuted a self-driving, nearly fully autonomous grocery store on wheels.The robot will bring fruits, vegetables, and other perishable items from the supermarket aisle to customers' doors.According to Robotmart founder Ali Ahmed, the company could compete with the on-demand giants taking on grocery delivery services, like Amazon, Instacart, and Postmates.
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HTC has increased the resolution of the dual-OLED displays to 2880 x 1600 (1400 x 1600 per eye, and 615 ppi), a 78 percent increase from the 2160 x 1200 (1080 x 1200 per eye) resolution in the current Vive.During my brief time with the HTC Vive Pro today, I was able to read text far more easily, and graphics looked a lot crisper.The only thing HTC still needs to improve is the field-of-view in my opinion.It still looks like you’re looking through a pair of goggles at times, although the resolution bump makes it feel like you’re not looking at pixels on a screen so much anymore.I disliked the original HTC Vive as it was top heavy and cumbersome to adjust.HTC has taken feedback and added a sizing dial at the rear so you can adjust the comfort level accordingly.
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‘Celebrity Big Brother’ fans were left stunned on Monday night (8 January), as housemate India Willoughby made a candid sexual confession involving a Dalek.India, who is transgender, made the revelation during a discussion with her fellow housemates about how she experienced sex differently before her transition.After explaining that she’d not had sex as a woman, she went on to share with the group the first time she felt “a fluttering” since undergoing gender confirmation surgery, and the unlikely sci-fi source of said “fluttering”.She explained: “I had my surgery in September.And then it got to Christmas Day, and it was the ‘Doctor Who’ special.And I was watching that with my tea in my lap, just eating away… and this Dalek came on screen, and then weirdly I just felt this… fluttery sort of twinge.”
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I tried the original AirSelfie drone, a tiny flying camera that attaches to your phone case, and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.But it still had some issues, including so-so image quality and poor battery life.Now we get the AirSelfie2, announced here at CES 2018, which should be significantly better.It has an upgraded 12-megapixel camera for full HD photo and video, 50 percent longer battery life (giving a total flying time of 4 minutes, 30 seconds), as well as more integrated storage (16GB) and an upgraded app for iOS and Android phones.Not much bigger than an iPhone, this mini drone is still expensive at $300 (it should cost less than $200).It'll be available in March, and comes in four colors: silver, black, gold and rose gold.
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Today at CES, Panasonic announced it has worked with Google on a new generation of automotive infotainment systems, and at the same time is working with Amazon to give in-car Alexa capabilities.The company’s automotive division says the latest version of Skip Generation In-Vehicle Infotainment was upgraded to Android 8.1 Oreo, which now gives the system Google Assistant capability.Panasonic says the system also runs natively through the infotainment system, enabling a lockout feature as a nod to curbing distracted driving.Android Automotive Applications will also be able to perform some vehicle functions that control heating and ventilation as well as media and navigation.Panasonic also said Monday it will put Alexa capability in its next-generation infotainment systems.The company says the collaboration would allow functions such as heating and ventilation systems as well as audio and navigation functions to be controlled through Alexa skills.
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China banned bitcoin, ICOs and now it appears to be clamping down on Chinese miners, an important group estimated to produce some three-quarters of the world’s supply of bitcoin.According to a leaked January 2 memo from the ‘Leading Group of Internet Financial Risks Remediation’ — the country’s internet finance regulator which initiated the clampdown on bitcoin — bitcoin miners should make an “orderly exit” from China because they have consumed “huge amounts of resources and stoked speculation of ‘virtual currencies.”Details of the memo were posted on Twitter by Chinese blockchain industry executive Elly Zhang and confirmed by Quartz.The group itself doesn’t control national energy usage but it is an influential political vehicle that’s led by the deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBC), Pan Gongsheng.To remove miners, the group asked its local offices to look into policies around price, tax, land usage and environmental concerns.Its local representatives must report back on their progress of removing miners in their region on a monthly basis, according to Quartz.
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Anker’s mobile division Roav is today announcing an in-vehicle Alexa device.Called Viva, the device plugs into a 12-volt cigarette lighter outlet and turns Alexa into a co-pilot of sorts.After using it on a 4 hour road trip, though, I found the device adequate but left much to be desired.For one, it doesn’t support Spotify and occasionally it requires the user to interact with the smartphone while driving.Setup is easy but takes a few steps.The user needs to plug the device into the vehicle and pair it with a smartphone.
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Maybe the next wave of AR toys will avoid your face entirely.Merge's 6DoF Blaster looks like a Laser Tag gun and uses a phone.And that's basically what it is: Laser Tag, for AR.It shouldn't be surprising, since Apple's ARKit and Google's ARCore made novelty augmented reality apps a hot thing for phones last year.Merge already makes a low-cost pair of VR goggles for phones, but this blaster gun adds six degree of freedom (6DoF) tracking that phone-connected headsets have a hard time with anyway, meaning you can walk around with it, duck and aim quickly.Merge calls this VR without a headset.
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Amazon is determined to get its Alexa voice assistant onto as many devices as possible.Only one day after it announced that it had released tools for developers who want to add Alexa support to ovens and microwaves, Amazon has today announced that's it's working on a development kit aimed at bringing Alexa to "mobile accessories."We've already seen Alexa-powered wearables in the form of devices like the CoWatch, but this effort marks the first time that Amazon itself is handling the bulk of the code necessary for bringing the voice service to smaller devices.As such (or so we should hope), the service should be more stable than what we'd see from a third-party developer.In some ways, though, Amazon's kit isn't quite as ambitious as what we saw in the CoWatch, considering that you'll need to have your device tethered to a smartphone in order for Alexa to work.The idea behind the kit is thus a little like what we see in the first generations of the Apple Watch, which need to be tethered to an iPhone.
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