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The road to WrestleMania goes through Elimination Chamber, arguably one of WWE's most gimmicky main events, and this year's event ended on a grand note with a surprisingly wholesome, fulfilling main event.Here's our full run down of the event, including all the winners, highlights and fan reactionsThe results from Elimination Chamber will be updated as the night wears on.Baron Corbin vs. Braun Strowman ["No DQ"]Baron Corbin wins via pinfall after Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley triple-powerbombed Strowman through two tables.Oh and don't forget Finn Balor's washboard abs new title.
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The ability of AI to generate fake visuals is not yet mainstream knowledge, but a new website — ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com — offers a quick and persuasive education.The site is the creation of Philip Wang, a software engineer at Uber, and uses research released last year by chip designer Nvidia to create an endless stream of fake portraits.The algorithm behind it is trained on a huge dataset of real images, then uses a type of neural network known as a generative adversarial network (or GAN) to fabricate new examples.“Each time you refresh the site, the network will generate a new facial image from scratch,” wrote Wang in a Facebook post.He added in a statement to Motherboard: “Most people do not understand how good AIs will be at synthesizing images in the future.”The underlying AI framework powering the site was originally invented by a researcher named Ian Goodfellow.
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More than 100 business leaders -- including tech heavyweights like Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Sundar Pichai, Apple's Tim Cook and Twitter's Jack Dorsey -- signed a letter demanding Congress work on a legislative solution to protect people who have grown up in the US after coming here illegally with their parents.The letter, which was organized by The Coalition for the American Dream, was published Monday in full-page ads in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal."Studies by economists across the ideological spectrum have determined that if Congress falls to act, our economy could lose $350 billion in GDP, and the federal government could lose $90 billion in tax revenue," said the letter."Now is the time for Congress to pass a law to provide Dreamers the certainty they need."The letter comes as President Donald Trump on Jan. 25 agreed to reopen the government after a 35-day shutdown without the $5.7 billion in funding he'd demanded for a border wall, according to CBS News.However, another partial shutdown looms as negotiations over the budget and border security have reportedly stalled.
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Last autumn announced that the Wi-Fi will get the version number from this year.In this way it becomes much easier for consumers to keep track of how modern and complete Wi-Fi a unit offering.the New and improved Wi-Fi 6 will be available in years with higher speeds, lower power consumption and, above all, increased performance when many devices are connecting simultaneously.What is presumed to be the Samsung Galaxy S10 has been found for the FCC in the united states, who examine the equipment before it can be sold.According to the FCC documents, supporting Samsung's new flagship just Wi-Fi 6.the Benefit is probably not very large in practice, in the beginning, given that the router also needs to support Wi-Fi 6, but it is, of course, a bonus and, hopefully, most of the flagship in the year to be equipped with the technology.
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Scared your team will lose the Super Bowl?You may have something far bigger to fear in the form of RoboChild, a weird-looking kid bot born to the world in Intuit's Super Bowl ad Sunday.In the commercial, the little guy with a head that's a face in the front and mechanical parts in the back stands by his sleeping dad's bed and rouses him with a "Wakey wakey papa."Judging from the tweets that followed the airing of the ad, it appears RoboChild awakened not just his father, but the nightmares of many a Super Bowl viewer.The ad, which promotes Intuit's TurboTax tax preparation software with a quick flash of the product's name at the end, presumably is meant to underscore one of the company's taglines: "Real humans, not robots."Well, at least not robot.
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Over the years there have been a number of good documentaries on the world of endurance racing.Back in the 1970s there was Le Mans, the Steve McQueen movie that, while it has a plot, is really closer to a documentary—after all, there's not a word of dialogue for the first half-hour.In the late 2000s we got the wonderful Truth in 24, about Audi's highly successful Le Mans program, then a sequel.Of the four classes that race at Le Mans and in this series, two of them are for pro-am teams."Good teammates and a good team always make the difference.The sport has a big tradition of gentleman drivers being involved, it's something that drives the customer side of racing all around the world, and now more and more you're seeing these opportunities to merge in with factory racing and the truly pro configurations.
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the city planning committee in Stockholm has given the green light for the contentious construction of the skyscrapers Tellus Towers.the Buildings, according to plans, would be northern Europe's tallest residential building, to accommodate the 1,500 homes.Byggplanerna has been marred by problems.First, set the armed Forces a stop to the building when they feared that the planned 240 metres high, the house would cause interference on the defence technical systems.Then there was this council's objections at the location at Telefonplan in southern Stockholm, and suggested that it would be built in Kista in the northern part of the city.the Building was designed, which resulted in the two towers instead of one, and moved closer to the metro.
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Apple has won a modest victory in its ongoing global legal war with Qualcomm: four of eight patent lawsuits lodged in Germany by Qualy against Apple were dismissed on Thursday.The Munich Regional Court ruled that Apple's Spotlight search function in iPhones and its Siri digital assistant did not infringe two Qualcomm European patents – 1,955,529 and 1,956,806 – and threw out a bunch of Qualcomm's attempts to assert them.The pair of patents in question define a "method and apparatus for communication channel selection," though by the looks of them, broadly cover today's smartphone user interfaces.The patents belonged to SnapTrack, which was bought by Qualcomm in a $1bn deal in 2000.This comes soon after Qualcomm secured an injunction in December that forced Apple to pull iPhone 7 and 8 handsets from sale in its stores across Germany.That squabble was over Qualcomm's European patent 2,724,461 that describes a "power supply for electrical amplifiers," which Apple was found to be ripping off in its older iGear.
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Slowly but surely, Google has been pushing its new Material Theme to its various services.After rolling out a major overhaul to Gmail on the web back in September, Google has announced that the redesign is coming to the Gmail mobile apps.If you’ve used the web client, this refresh won’t come as much of a surprise.As you can see from the screenshots, Gmail will be removing most of the app’s accent colors and sticking with a flat white design.The various smart groups and alerts will retain Google’s bright colors to help users distinguish between different areas of the app.With Android Q’s rumored push for a system-wide dark mode, fingers crossed that Gmail soon offers a way to tone down the bright design.
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Do you have an amazing idea for a killer website or app, like Uber for pets, or something equally unexpected but hopefully much more exciting than our example?Maybe you’re sitting on the next Amazon, and the only thing standing in your way is a lack of the necessary skills to bring your idea to life.With the Complete UI and UX Design Master Class Bundle, there’s never been a better time to take the plunge into website and app design.If you’ve ever tried to jump in cold to website design, even using a service that does most of the complicated behind-the-scenes work for you, it can be incredibly daunting and almost comically esoteric.The Complete UI and UX Master Class Bundle features 46 hours of expert instruction that will teach you everything you need to know about user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) to build an accessible, exciting, and successful app or website from scratch, even if the most programming you’ve ever done is set up a universal remote.Even if you haven’t come up with an idea for an awesome app just yet, this training bundle will give you the skills and toolset necessary to start a career in web design and development.
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Interest in the world of cryptocurrency might well get a boost thanks to Samsung’s next smartphone.In this next-generation smartphone, it’s been revealed that Samsung MAY be releasing its own cryptocurrency wallet.This wallet was teased today as having the ability to act as a “secure and convenient place for your cryptocurrency.”In leaked images, the so-called Samsung Blockchain KeyStore showed itself as able to work with an existing wallet (importing said wallet information as such.)It’s also able to create a new wallet from scratch.Both systems work on the blockchain with whatever cryptocurrencies Samsung decides to support – at this point that’s limited.
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A web designer found guilty of killing his internet date in a speedboat crash on the river Thames has reportedly been detained in Georgia.A spokesman for the country’s embassy in London said Jack Shepherd had surrendered to police.Shepherd, originally from Exeter, was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence in his absence over the incident on December 8 2015 after failing to attend his Old Bailey trial.The 30-year-old had been trying to impress 24-year-old Charlotte Brown after meeting her on dating website OKCupid.The news comes on the day his victim’s father Graham Brown issued a heartfelt appeal to give himself up.Justice for Charlotte is close!”
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They can be applied to nearly every facet of our lives--commerce, transportation, advertising--and when they work well, they can enrich and facilitate our experiences at home, work, and play.But decision-by-algorithm is by no means foolproof: Bias on the part of the algorithm's author can create inadvertent, false associations that serve to mislead decision making or to malign entire cultures.His methods, he says, will give technologists experience in subject domains, and subject experts some fluency with technical skills.Such an approach, he says, will hopefully yield interactive tools that better align with users' existing practices--and the questions they're asking.Furthermore, it's difficult to get people whose expertise lies outside computer science engaged with these questions of, 'How do I build the natural language classifier that pulls up documents based on a search query?'Each award provides stable support at the level of approximately $500,000 for a five-year period.
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Varumärket Desire lever än, och HTC med för den delen.En gång i tiden var Desire den taiwanesiska tillverkarens flaggskeppsserie, men efterhand började namnet istället användas för budgetmodeller.HTC har idag lanserat Desire 12s i Sverige och enheten placerar sig stadigt i budgetsegmentet, med en rekommenderad prislapp på 2090 kronor.Telefonen introducerades i andra delar av världen i december förra året.Hårdvaran består av en 5,7-tumsskärm (18:9 / 720 x 1440 pixlar), chippet Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, 3 eller 4GB RAM beroende på modell, 32/64GB lagring, ett 3075mAh-batteri, samt en 13MP-kamera både fram- och baktill.Enheten kör Android 8.1 Oreo från början och inte Android 9 Pie.
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Home theater technology is becoming more accessible and more affordable, and as in-home streaming services keep getting better (and movie tickets get increasingly expensive), more people are choosing to enjoy their entertainment at home.Although there are plenty of cheap 4K smart TVs on the market today, most televisions – even high-end models – come with pretty crummy-sounding built-in speakers.You can always go the whole nine yards and build a surround sound speaker setup to fix this, but this is not a simple task and can get expensive quickly.A more middle-of-the-road solution to upgrade your TV’s sound experience involves investing in a good soundbar.As these have grown greatly in popularity lately, there are a wealth of name-brand sound bars available today, but if you want one with unique smart speaker capabilities, similar to the Amazon Echo, then the Alexa-enabled Sonos Beam is the one – and it’s on sale right now for a short time only.Although they’re very easy to set up and have a pretty small footprint compared to a multi-speaker surround sound system, sound bars put out much deeper and more detailed sound than your TV’s built-in speakers are capable of delivering.
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Over the past four months in the run up to Star Trek: Discovery’s return, CBS All Access released four excellent mini-episodes under the Short Treks banner.Except they had a problem that was not quite as mini as the episodes: none of them were actually available outside of the U.S. and Canada.As a surprise announcement today – spotted by TrekMovie – confirmed that Netflix will now air all four Short Treks episodes starting... well, right now basically.You won’t find them by searching for “Short Treks” however – here they are sitting all pretty in the “Trailers & More” section of Star Trek: Discovery’s Netflix page in my UK account:It’s pretty much the perfect way to get set up for Discovery’s season 2 premiere, which drops on Netflix internationally today.But even if you weren’t looking for something to get you in the Trek mood ahead of Discovery’s return, you should watch Short Treks anyway.
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If you’ve ever dreamed of hearing Chance the Rapper collaborate with a boy band, well your wish will soon be granted thanks to your friends at Doritos.On Wednesday, Doritos shared that it would be putting Chance the Rapper in its 2019 Super Bowl ad, but the news got even spicier today with the addition of the Backstreet Boys.The 30-second ad will air on Feb. 3, during the Super Bowl.The teaser doesn’t offer much, but does have a few seconds of Chance the Rapper and the boys singing the iconic Backstreet Boys jam, “I Want It That Way.”The news isn’t super surprising considering the success of the brand’s 2018 Super Bowl ad in partnership with Mountain Dew, which pitted team Busta Rhymes and actor Peter Dinklage against team Missy Elliot and Morgan Freeman in a lip-sync battle.No word yet if there will be any other celebrity cameos in the ad, but the brand will be pushing its new Doritos Flamin’ Hot Nacho product.
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Thursday's Google Doodle pays tribute to Konstantin Stanislavski, a Russian actor, on what would've been his 156th birthday.Konstantin Sergeyevich Alexeyev was born in Moscow on Jan. 17, 1863, and took the stage name Stanislavski to conceal his theatrical work from his affluent family.Initially a performer, he also took an interest in directing and production, and he founded the Moscow Arts Theater with playwright and director Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko in 1898.But Stanislavksi is best known for his "system" of training actors -- which developed into method acting in Hollywood and on Broadway, where it became associated with award-winning performers like Marlon Brando, Meryl Streep and Al Pacino, among many others.He came up with seven questions, which can be seen in the animated Doodle that's visible in parts of Europe, Asia and South America, for actors to ask as they explored their characters:How will I get what I want?
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Campaigners are calling for Wales to reduce its reliance on prisons after a new study found that the country has the highest imprisonment rate in western Europe.In the first study of its kind, Cardiff University found a higher proportion of Wales’ overall population was serving time in prison than England for every year since 2013, when data became available.England and Wales jointly has the highest imprisonment rate in western Europe, but the Ministry of Justice has never broken the data down any further.This is because some Welsh prisoners end up in English prisons and vice versa.They found there were 154 prisoners per 100,000 of the population of Wales, compared with 141 per 100,000 in England.This is despite the fact that police recorded crime in Wales was lower than England in every year between 2013 and 2017.
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“The use of extra-large attacks (above 10Gbps) that can saturate most of the internet pipes globally have almost doubled in 2018.”A new survey by security specialist Radware suggests the financial cost of a single successful cyberattack climbed to an average of $1.1 million (£857,000) in 2018, up a hefty 52 percent from the previous year’s survey.Tel Aviv-headquartered DDoS mitigation specialist Radware surveyed 790 individual respondents for the report, with 28 percent having revenue of over $1 billion and those surveyed having an average of 4,300 employees.In a 64-page report dubbed “The Trust Factor: Cybersecurity’s Role in Sustaining Business Momentum” the company also pointed to a 62 percent increase in the number of companies being attacked daily (20 percent).Among the report’s other key takeaways: a 13 percent rise in the number of organisations experiencing encrypted DDoS attacks.As the company’s researchers put it: “These attacks required high-capacity resources to mitigate… Detecting and mitigating attacks in encrypted traffic was a challenge for organizations on different levels.”
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