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For the 2018 National Television Awards, Holly Willoughby chose a beautifully ethereal, blue and yellow dress from a designer who who has a focus on sustainable fashion.Willoughby shared a photo of her outfit ahead of her red carpet appearance at London’s O2 Arena on Tuesday 23 January and revealed she is wearing diamonds by Boodles, Charlotte Olympia shoes and a dress by Elizabetta Franci, - an Italian designer who has pledged to use no fur or feathers in her collections.Franci has also looked into the sustainability of other areas of her business and makes her look books and bags from eco-friendly paper certified by the FSC, an organisation which ensures that forests are replanted.Willoughby’s outfit was a hit on Instagram, with her post racking up nearly 60k likes within 30 minutes of being posted.She also posed for a pre-event photo with her husband Dan Baldwin.
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Cinema camera company Red’s first smartphone has been promising big features since last summer, but despite pre-orders already being underway, few official details are available on the smartphone outside of the holographic display.Now, company founder Jim Jannard is sharing additional specs for the Red Hydrogen One — as he uses the Hydrogen One with the serial number 0001.Sharing the details in a forum post, Jannard says that there’s a few things yet to add to the smartphone, but that his working early version has “everything we need from a smartphone.” While the company has yet to share a full spec sheet, Jannard is now sharing a few more details — like the 2560 x 1440 screen resolution in 2D mode.The 4-view matches the same resolution, but those pixels appear on multiple layers rather than a flat screen so while the numbers are the same, the 4V won’t appear exactly the same.He says that in the 4V holographic mode, the screen dims a little and then displays a “better than 3D” view.The modular system previously alluded to (and supported by patent documents) will have at least a “cinema grade” camera module and an additional battery, according to Jannard.
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The release builds on the improvements made in version 57, branded Firefox Quantum, which the company calls “by far the biggest update since Firefox 1.0 in 2004.” Version 58 brings smoother graphics rendering and faster page loading, thanks to JavaScript caching improvements, and Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) on Android.Firefox 58 for the desktop is available for download now on Firefox.com, and all existing users should be able to upgrade to it automatically.In other words, it’s a major platform that web developers have to consider.Firefox 58 builds on the performance gains in Firefox Quantum by further improving the way the browser renders graphics (using Off-Main-Thread Painting on Windows) and caches JavaScript.It found that Firefox’s frame rate has improved by 30 percent (from 31 to 40 frames per second) with this change.The next performance improvement to Firefox will come thanks to the integration of WebRender, a next-generation web page renderer developed as part of Mozilla’s Servo research project.
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It's a good day for education.Apple announced a partnership with the Malala Fund on Monday that should see the non-profit double the number of grants it offers and extend its funding programs to India and Latin America.Set up in 2013 by Pakistani activist and Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, the Malala Fund partners with governments and organizations around the world to fight for every girl's right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education.Apple is becoming the fund's first Laureate partner and the company's CEO Tim Cook will join its leadership council."We believe that education is a great equalising force, and we share Malala Fund's commitment to give every girl an opportunity to go to school," said Cook in a statement.Through the partnership, Apple will also scale the organization by assisting with technology, curriculum and research into policy changes.
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Google has announced that its enterprise-focused Hangouts Meet app is now officially supported on iPads and Android tablets.The news comes almost a year after the internet giant revealed it was splitting the Hangouts platform into two core services: Hangouts Chat is all about bringing instant messaging to teams, while Hangouts Meet is focused on videoconferencing.In the intervening months since launch, Google has iterated the Hangouts Meet product — it extended support from 30 to 50 participants, for example, while it also now allows users to record meetings and save them directly to Google Drive.And a few months back, Google launched the $2,000 Hangouts Meet kit, which includes high-quality hardware for professional-grade videoconferencing.Tablet support was a requested feature in the Hangouts Meet community, so this latest announcement should go down well.
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Alibaba Group is indirectly moving into lifestyle and fitness with the Alibaba Taiwan Entrepreneurs Fund II leading an RMB 100 million B Round in gym operator Space Cycle, which describes itself as a premium boutique fitness brand.The fund helps entrepreneurs expand via the Alibaba ecosystem and the money will be invested in new studios and Space Cycle’s online platform and offline-to-online presence.The Space Group has been running yoga studios in China since 2005 and Space Cycle moved into mainland China last year and has six studios in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei.As has proved popular in the US, Space Cycle uses technology to mix entertainment with group fitness.The gyms stream specially devised playlists from music platforms in Greater China, studio software controls lighting and sound and even video-mapping.Instructors are also trained in how to use music in classes and engaging with users via social media.
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Thursday, Jan. 18th, 2018, Baltimore, MD - Insilico Medicine, a Baltimore-based company specializing in the application of artificial intelligence for drug discovery, biomarker development and aging research, is pleased to announce the lecture of its founder and CEO, Dr. Alex Zhavoronkov, at the Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) 2018, January 23, 2018, Silicon Valley.The AI panel will focus on the latest advances in artificial intelligence for biomarker development and drug discovery.This year's conference is heavily focused on AI and the organizers managed to gather pretty much everyone in the field in the Computer History Museum", said Alex Zhavoronkov, PhD, the founder and CEO of Insilico Medicine, Inc.The Precision Medicine World Conference is an independent and established conference series known as prominent medicine conference gathering recognized leaders, top global researchers, medical professionals and innovators across healthcare and biotechnology to close the gap between different sectors and to catalyze the cross-functional collaborations.The program of PMWC Silicon Valley embaraces innovative technologies, growing initiatives, and clinical case studies converting the advances of precision medicine into direct improvements in health care.The conference agenda highlights more than 70 sessions with 350+ talks covering all facets of precision medicine.
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The boyfriend of late Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan has said he is “lost” following her death earlier this week.Ole Koretsky paid an emotional tribute to the singer, who was found dead in a London Hotel room on Monday (15 January), at the age of 46.Ole, who played with Dolores in rock band D.A.R.K, said his “heart is broken” in a post on the band’s official Facebook page.“My friend, partner, and the love of my life is gone.The energy she continues to radiate is undeniable.I will continue to stumble around this planet for some time knowing well there’s no real place for me here now.”
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For those who like to dream about what their living room might look like in the near future, CES is full of inspiration.When it comes to TVs in particular, CES is reliably jam-packed with next-gen technologies that don’t hold much promise for showing up on store shelves the same year.This year’s show was a little different, though: Samsung promised that all of the futuristic tech it showed off will be marketed in 2018, and we have it on good authority that at least two major manufacturers will put out 8K TVs this year.In fact, we expect to see four of our six best TVs from CES 2018 available for purchase before we ring in 2019, and you will definitely be able to afford one of them.Sony’s 85-inch 8K HDR TV with X1 Ultimate ProcessorWhile Sony wanted the focus to be its brand-new X1 Ultimate Processor, it’s the display the impressive new processing chip was powering that got all of the attention.
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Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The VergeMicrosoft first launched its new 13- and 15-inch Surface Book 2 laptops back in November, but the larger model has only been available in the US so far.Starting today, the 15-inch Surface Book 2 will be available in 17 new countries, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.The 15-inch Surface Book 2 includes Nvidia’s GTX 1060 graphics card, making it the first Surface laptop capable of running the latest games on the go.Microsoft has also included Xbox Wireless support, so any Xbox controller works with the larger Surface Book 2.Preorders start today for the 15-inch model, and in the next couple of months both the 13- and 15-inch models will also be available in Bahrain, China, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.
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Click, click, click, click, click, click, click.You might still have the cantina band theme song from "Star Wars: A New Hope" stuck in your head after listening to a remarkable pencil-on-paper version last week.YouTube user TheCubician has now delivered a take on the tune as played on a Rubik's cube.Look at the background of the video to see the Rubik's cube wizard's notes written on the sheet music for "Cantina Band."Dani Ochoa's hit pencil version of the song inspired this creative interpretation.The 3D plastic puzzle rendition works the same way as Ochoa's.
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If you’re anything like us, you may browse your PS4 games list from time to time and come across a title you forgot you even owned.Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to ensure your PS4 game library remains relatively painless to navigate, each of which can be tailored to what makes sense to you.Gaming the ‘recently played’ barBy default, your game library will show up on the home screen carousel in order of when you last interacted — played or just downloaded — with your games.This standard system can get bothersome come PlayStation Plus time each month.If Destiny 2 starts to slide but you know new content drops soon, simply open and close the game to move it up to the front of the batch.
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FPS, RPG, MMO – the gaming world is filled with acronyms.Though they're supposed to be convenient, for the uninitiated they can simply end up more confusing.In this article we’re touching on the genre that already creates enough confusion without any acronymic obfuscation – MMOs, or Massively Multiplayer Online games.If you haven’t heard the phrase MMO or MMORPG, you’ll almost certainly have heard of one of the games that fall into this category.MMOs are huge worlds where you can essentially live another life and given the sheer number of games and the amount of money they bring in, we think it’s safe to say this is an appealing proposition for many gamers.Of course, a fun second life isn’t the same for everyone.
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Ford loves a good tease, and at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 this year that’s all about electrification.The company only has a few tidbits to share in terms of new vehicles, but they’re underscored by a big number with which to help bring them to market.Where will that money go?On a variety of different electrification strategies, many of which Ford has already outlined.The company announced twelve months ago, at CES 2017, that it would be bringing out electric versions of numerous mainstream models from its line-up, including an electrified Mustang and an autonomous electric ride-sharing car.Today, it spilled a few more tidbits.
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But in recent years cars have become the stars, and the auto industry has taken its place in Vegas.Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda took a selfie with audience members after rolling out the carmaker’s adorable autonomous shuttle concept.Chinese Tesla competitors sprang up to great fanfare.Stories you might have missed from WIRED this weekJack checks out the Byton, a sleek Chinese-made electric SUV unveiled in Vegas this week.stats: 300 miles of range, with a 71- or 95-kwh battery pack that charges to 80 percent in 30 minutes.
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On Jan. 9, Michael Cohen—President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer—filed a pair defamation lawsuits against BuzzFeed and research firm Fusion GPS for publishing a document alleging that Trump’s presidential campaign had unsanctioned meetings with Russian operatives.Last year, BuzzFeed published a 35-page dossier that “includes specific, unverified and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives, and graphic claims of sexual acts documented by the Russians.” The fact that the allegations are an unverified caveat is where the lawsuit rests.Hogan sued for copyright infringement in federal court, seeking a temporary injunction, which was denied by the U.S. district judge.The case went to trial, with Gawker arguing that running the video was protected by the First Amendment and that “awarding Hogan a victory would enable celebrities and public figures to punish the press for reporting things they didn’t like,” according to the The Washington Post.A Florida jury awarded Hogan $140 million; Gawker was forced to sell (Univision gobbled up the digital media empire for $135 million).“But, nonetheless, libel law rules make no allowances for its newsworthiness; if the publisher had serious doubts about its underlying truth, it could be in trouble for publishing these newsworthy developments.
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Samsung has started rolling out what could be the last Android Oreo beta update to the Galaxy S8/S8 + twins in India.The update tipping the scales at around 600 MB is reported in India, although other countries that come in the first and second beta phase should see it soon as well.These countries include South Korea, Great Britain, USA, Germany, France, Spain, and Poland.Samsung has already declared January 15 as the deadline for the Oreo beta program on these two devices.Considering the patch is reportedly stable and contains few bugs, we pretty much expect a stable build before the end of January.As for the patch, it arrives with build number ZRA5 and includes the January 2018 security patch.
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Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok was one of the funniest action movies to hit theaters in 2017 (and possibly ever), but a new gag reel for the film indicates that things were just as funny off-camera during production on the 2017 blockbuster.In a video that runs for just over two minutes, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi features prominently as he cracks jokes around the set of the film and alongside his colorful cast.The montage of scenes even begins with someone — possibly Waititi himself — singing his own version of the Marvel Studios logo animation that now precedes every film in its cinematic universe.It was never a secret that Waititi has an affinity for comedy, particularly given his work on- and off-screen in the vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows and other films, but the Ragnarok gag reel seemingly confirms that there’s no shortage of fun to be had on one of this projects, no matter how big the budget.(Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, says as much in the video, in fact.)The video also includes some funny moments featuring Jeff Goldblum, who plays alien known as The Grandmaster in the film, and Cate Blanchett, who plays the Asgardian death goddess, Hela.
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In a report published on January 7 by SANS Technology Institute, Morphus Labs researcher Renato Marinho revealed what appears to be an ongoing worldwide hacking campaign by multiple attackers against PeopleSoft and WebLogic servers that leverages a Web application server vulnerability patched by Oracle late last year.These attackers aren't stealing data from victims, however—at least as far as anyone can tell.In one case, according to analysis posted today by SANS Dean of Research Johannes B. Ullrich, the attacker netted at least 611 Monero coins (XMR)—$226,000 dollars' worth of the cryptocurrency.The attacks appear to have leveraged a proof-of-concept exploit of the Oracle vulnerability published in December by Chinese security researcher Lian Zhang.Almost immediately after the proof of concept was published, there were reports of it being used to install cryptominers from several different locations—attacks launched from servers (some of them likely compromised servers themselves) hosted by Digital Ocean, GoDaddy, Verizon Business Services, and Athenix."The victims are distributed worldwide," wrote Ullrich.
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Equality for women and female empowerment were undeniably the themes of the evening at this year’s Golden Globes, whether it was the black dresses on the red carpet in support of the Time’s Up movement, or the A-list actresses who chose to have activists who’ve worked towards protecting women’s rights as their guests.Host Seth Meyers’ searing opening monologue explicitly touched on the abuse allegations levelled against film industry figures like Harvey Weinstein, but here’s what the women who won had to say…“This character I play represents something that is the center of our conversation right now, abuse.“Let’s keep the conversation going.”Rachel Brosnahan, ‘Marvelous Mrs Maisel’“This is the story about a bold and brilliant and complicated woman… there are so many women’s stories out there that need and deserve to be told.
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