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Mozilla released on Tuesday a new version of its Firefox Quantum browser, boosting its graphics speed and improving a couple of new technologies designed to make the web more powerful.The browser, version 58, is the first major update since Mozilla's recovery plan hit full stride in November with the debut of Firefox Quantum.A decade ago, Firefox was running circles around Microsoft's Internet Explorer, but the browser market has become much more competitive now with the arrival of Google's Chrome and mobile phones.Speed is of the essence in Mozilla's recovery plan, and Firefox 58 does better than its predecessor in some graphics tasks by splitting work better across the multiple processor cores that computer chips have these days.The result should be scrolling that's smooth, uninterrupted by the stuttering that in computing circles goes by the disparaging term "jank."But even if you aren't persuaded, the plan is important for the web.
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Ninja Van, a Singapore-headquartered logistics startup with a regional presence, has raised series C funding.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Joining this round is DPDgroup, a European parcel delivery firm which claims to deliver 4 million parcels a day.The company launched in 2014 and is now in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Philippines.We’ll update the story with more details as we get them.
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We often hear stories of cybercriminals tricking people into giving up their bank details or other personal information, but it seems that most of us think we’ll never be a victim ourselves.Eighty percent of 2,300 people in a recent survey said they believe they can always spot bogus emails or similar fraud attempts, but an actual test to see how good we are at identifying scams showed that just 9 percent of 63,000 people passed with flying colors.Meaning that 91 percent of us could do with some extra training.The data comes from Take Five, a U.K. campaign with government backing that offers advice to help people protect themselves from financial fraud.Today sees the launch of Take Five To Stop Fraud Week, a nationwide multimedia push to get the word out so people can more confidently identify and deal with scam correspondence.“Many people may already know the dos and don’ts of financial fraud — that no one should ever contact them out of the blue to ask for their PIN or full password, or ever make them feel pressured into moving money to another account,” Take Five says.
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A recent study from the University of Glasgow suggested each individual dog has his or her own unique taste in music.This was music to Spotify’s ears, and the streaming service has now partnered with an animal shelter in Germany to match owners and adoptable pets based on their song choices.The program, dreamed up by agency Serviceplan, is called Adoptify.The website features dogs available for adoption at a shelter in Munich, and notes what kind of music each dog prefers (presumably based on testing various playlists).You can watch videos about the dogs, and choose to take one home that matches your own musical tastes.Here’s a sample entry on the website:
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Alexa is already available in apps, smart speakers, toilets, and showers, but today Amazon announced its AI assistant will soon be available exactly where you’d expect to find it: inside the Alexa smartphone app.Alexa voice control for the Alexa app will be made available for Android smartphone users in the coming days, while Alexa inside the Alexa app will be coming to iOS soon, an Amazon spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email.Alexa in the Alexa app will be able to do many of the things it does in other apps and devices, such as control smart home devices, play music, make phone calls, and access more than 25,000 Alexa skills.Until today, the Alexa app was only useful to the owners of Echo smart speakers and people who wanted to send messages to other users of the app.Alexa comes to the mobile app only after being added to a huge variety of other products and services.In addition to more than half a dozen Echo smart speaker devices, Alexa can be found in the Amazon shopping app for Android and iOS smartphones, as well as Amazon Music.
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Contractors left out of pocket by the collapse of alleged tax-skimming scammers Plutus Payroll have been asked to provide copious details of their employment history by receiver Deloitte, which appears to have few details of claimants’ status or relationship to Plutus and its associated companies.Plutus Payroll collapsed in May 2017 after it was discovered the organisation operated several interrelated companies that lured IT contractors with a zero-fee payroll service made possible by tax fraud.As investigations into the company came to their crescendo, it stopped paying workers.Plutus Executives have since been charged and the companies no longer trade, leaving plenty of former customers out of pocket.Deloitte was appointed receiver of the companies in October 2017 and has now sent a letter to former Plutus Clients that says “We are in the process of reviewing your claim but require additional information from you … to determine whether your claim properly relates to … one of the [Plutus] Companies (and, if so, which one); or another entity, for example, a recruiter or labour hire company that engaged you to provide services to another business, or a client of the recruiter or labour hire company.”The letter goes on to ask for details of which of the ten Plutus companies paid former customers of the now-defunct payment operation.
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Mozilla has decided to further locking down the Internet with the announcement that developers can only access new Firefox features from what it calls “secure contexts”.The decision means that sites wanting to fingerprint or snoop on users with Web features will still be able to, but only over HTTPS.Outside snoops will therefore be excluded.The announcement landed a couple of days ago in this blog post by Mozilla developer Anne van Kesteren.While HTTPS has become a near-default for serious web sites, developers sometimes leave “bells-and-whistles” features on HTTP; even migrating all the images a site pulls from a separate server can be challenging.Mozilla, however, has a long-standing drive to get rid of HTTP wherever possible, so “all new features that are web-exposed are to be restricted to secure contexts”.
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Sheep graze between the solar panels of a solar park in Waghaeusel, Germany.REUTERS/Kai PfaffenbachEnergy demand to mine cryptocurrencies "may represent a new business opportunity for renewable energy developers," Morgan Stanley said.Low-cost power regions, including the Southwest or Midwest US, and areas with the potential for wind and solar energy, stand to benefit the most from the rise in demand for energy.Crypto mania could soon have an impact on the renewable energy business, according to Morgan Stanley.In a note to clients, the US investment bank said that it costs between $3,000 and $7,000 to mine each bitcoin, making low-cost energy a key focus for bitcoin miners.That, in turn, may present an opportunity for renewable energy firms, according to Morgan Stanley.
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'I could very well have been bitten in a sensitive place, if you know what I mean'The unnamed Grenoble resident, who lives in a second-floor flat in the centre of the southeastern French city, discovered the errant snake last Saturday night while preparing to unleash his own snake upon the innocent porcelain in his smallest room."I opened the door of my restroom, and immediately I saw a snake's head coming out of the bowl.I got the fright of my life.Fortunately, I am not cardiac," the 53-year-old told Le Parisien newspaper (en Francais)."And I could very well have been bitten in a sensitive place, if you know what I mean."
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Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was built in a very different way from its predecessors so it can be regularly updated with not just fixes, but new features, too.Microsoft has released four major updates so far: November Update, Anniversary Update, Creators Update, and Fall Creators Update.The shell meanwhile has received better Quiet Hours, which can now be automatically set when you are duplicating your display (say, for a presentation), playing a full screen DirectX game, or based on a specific schedule.As for Settings, Disk Cleanup has been rolled over into Storage Settings, the Sound Settings page has received more design tweaks and helpful links, and About Settings now lets you copy your device name.Settings now also lets you manage app execution aliases (UWP apps can declare a name for launching from the command prompt).This desktop build includes the following general bug fixes and improvements:
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Spark 44, the joint venture agency in which Jaguar Land Rover has a 50% stake, has appointed Ralf Specht as chief executive, to replace Steve Woolford who is retiring from the business.Specht, one of the firm's co-founders, most recently filled the role of chief operating officer.He will be now be tasked with extending client partnerships beyond the agency's founding automotive client.The chief operating officer role will now be assumed by Eric Markgraf, who joins Spark44 with a wide range of experience from TBWA\Chiat\Day, having previously held roles Nike and Sky Media.In 2015, Jaguar consolidated its global creative and digital accounts into Spark 44, having previously these responsibilities had been divided between a number of agencies including Young & Rubicam and Ogilvy.The creative shop was behind successful campaigns like the Jaguar's 'Birtish Villians' ads and Range Rover's 'Night Sounds'.
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Researchers have previously warned that public Wi-Fi networks could be a hotbed for nefarious cyberattacks and activities.A security researcher has uncovered a new exploit that could potentially allow hackers to harness public Wi-Fi networks to secretly mine cryptocurrency.Software developer Arnau Code published a report detailing a proof-of-concept (PoC) project dubbed "CoffeeMiner" that highlights how devices connected to public Wi-Fi network in cafes could be ensnared to mine cryptocurrency for a threat actor."Some weeks ago I read about this Starbucks case where hackers hijacked laptops on the WiFi network to use the devices computing power to mine cryptocurrency, and I thought it might be interesting perform the attack in a different way," Arnau wrote in a blog post published Thursday (4 January).The attack is carried out by sending spoofed Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) messages using the dSniff library onto the targeted network.In this case, the miner used is the infamous Coinhive script.
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There's more to racing than just the cars, as a new Ferrari partnership shows.Intel announced during its keynote at CES 2018 that it is entering a three-year partnership with Ferrari North America.The two are teaming up to bring Intel's tech prowess to the Ferrari Challenge North America racing series.While you might be wondering how Intel's chips and platforms would be integrated into a race car, the partnership actually focuses more on the secondary and tertiary parts of running a racing series.Intel will use its artificial intelligence and its Xeon Scalable platform to enhance its race broadcasts.Intel brought up an excellent example of how it would work: Intel's AI system could analyze entry and exit angles for all the drivers on a specific corner, and it could push that data right to broadcasters to deliver to viewers.
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Its Yoga line is the most well-known, but its Miix line has been around for several years, offering a more affordable alternative to devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro.The screen, which is also a tablet, nestles into a backlit keyboard folio.HP’s Envy x2, Samsung’s Galaxy Book 2, and Apple’s iPad Pro are all similar.The keyboard and stylus are a standard feature, though, which makes it easier for us to forgive this nitpick.The entire Miix, keyboard and stylus included, weighs 2.93 pounds, and measures .6 inches thick.This is a more serious issue, because the HP Envy x2 with Qualcomm processor weighs 2.6 pounds overall, and the tablet alone is a mere 1.5 pounds.
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Apple was more than a little late to the wireless charging party, but that doesn't mean you should disregard its massive influence.Today Powermat, which is the only true rival to the prevailing Qi wireless charging format, conceded that Qi had essentially won the war thanks to Apple's adoption of the format for the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus.Powermat also officially joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), which is the group that's primarily responsible for promoting Qi."Qi has become the dominant wireless charging standard on the market and the recently launched Apple iPhone lineup is evidence of this success," Powermat CEO Elad Dubzinski said in a prepared statement."Powermat will share technology innovation to further unlock wireless charging potential, and will expedite the growth of the wireless charging infrastructure."That's good news for customers, as it means there will now be far less of a chance that your devices won't be compatible with a certain wireless charging pad.
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All-in-one drone management app Kittyhawk has added yet another feature: multi-waypoint automated flights.This is an essential feature for lots of commercial drone applications and testing, and the fewer apps and platforms you need to accomplish a task, the better.Kittyhawk (not to be confused with Larry Page and Sebastian Thrun’s Kitty Hawk) is an app that puts many of the most frequently needed drone-related services in one place: pre-flight checklists, airspace maps, hyperlocal weather, flight planning, live secure video, and now, direct flight automation via waypoints.It’s pretty straightforward: just set your home location, then start picking coordinates, altitudes, and attitudes — as well as some aesthetic choices like whether you want the drone to round off its turns or follow them down to inch.In a helpful touch that may prevent some embarrassing flight failures, the system won’t let you set waypoints outside the range of the drone or the control radio.So no accidentally fat-fingering a flight path that takes your Phantom a couple thousand miles off course.
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Fully obliged Uncle Sam in almost half of casesAmazon received more than 2,000 requests for information from governments – and approved almost 900 in full - in the first six months of 2017.According to the report, it received 1,936 requests for information from the US government, and 75 from non-US states.That is an increase on the previous six months, when there were 1,525 US government requests and 58 non-US requests.It's also an increase on US government requests in the first six months of 2016, when there were 1,803.The latest data - known as Amazon’s transparency report, although given the online giant buried it in the festive break that’s perhaps a misnomer - also shows how often Amazon hands over the information it is asked for.
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Samsung may not come out and admit its 2017 QLED televisions were pretty terrible, but when we actually reviewed one last year, we came away far less impressed than we should have considering the £3,000+ price of the TV.Samsung actually seems to recognise its dropped the ball, because this year it gave a select group of journalists a demo of a new and improved display.It wants you to know its changed, and if that demo is anything to go by, Samsung has.The problem was Samsung changed the way it lit the display from the 2016 model.It moved from having lights directly behind the display to using lights only in the edges of the display.This means less precision when you have a big bright spot on an otherwise dark screen.
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You know those self-balancing “hoverboards” that were all the rage a couple years ago, before they started spontaneously combusting and burning people’s houses down?What about those motorized electric unicycles that you’ll occasionally see people riding on?Well as it turns out, both of these innovative devices were originally created by the same guy — before they were copied like crazy and mass produced in Shenzhen, China.His name is Shane Chen, and this week he’s at CES showing off his third invention: an ultra-compact, self-balancing rideable gizmo called IotaTrax.In terms of both form and function, IotaTrax is a happy medium between Chen’s previous two inventions, the Hovertrax (the original “hoverboard”) and the Solowheel (the original self-balancing unicycle).Due to its unique design, the IotaTrax is far more compact and portable than any hoverboard you’ll find.
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Sansa Stark herself already told us.HBO confirmed Thursday that the eighth and final season of the hit swords-and-dragons fantasy series "Game of Thrones" won't reach our screens until 2019.For fans who were still hoping for a 2018 debut, that might feel like getting hit in the chest with the breath from an ice dragon.HBO tweeted the news on Thursday along with the instruction to "send a raven:"The final season will consist of just six episodes.The show's co-creators David Benioff and D.B.
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