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Black Mesa is (finally) almost ready to play in its entirety.When it comes to the Black Mesa HD recreation of the original Half-Life, we have some good and some bad news.The good news is that we have our first look at what the Xen levels will look like.The bad news is that the game’s release has been pushed back again.We now have to wait until December 2017 for its final release, though we’re told that the developers consider this as a “do-or-die” deadline.The Black Mesa remastering of the 1998 classic, Half-Life, has been in development in one guise or another since 2004 and its eventual release was questioned many times over the years.
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BMC and CA are considering a consensual acqui-merger, reports Bloomberg.Citing sources familiar with the talks, the report says the two companies have chatted to banks about how to put together the US$13bn or so needed to acquire CA's outstanding shares, to take the company private.BMC went private in 2013 in a $6.9bn deal funded by private equiteers.CA's been public since the early 1990s, but its FY 2017 revenues of US$4.0bn match the figure it recorded in 1997.The company's had a few better years in the interim, but plenty of worse years too, especially in the early 2000s as it recovered from a revenue recognition scandal that saw several senior execs jailed.It's stock price has drifted upwards to levels not seen since the 1990s in recent years and it pays decent dividends.
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OnePlus has launched its latest smartphone, the OnePlus 5, which brings with it rapid charging, a powerful dual camera and a lightning fast processor.The Chinese company has been teasing details about its new flagship phone for several weeks and today confirmed the specs and release dates for the new device ahead of its launch event in New York.The device is the company's sixth phone and comes after the OnePlus 3T, with four considered an unlucky number in some Asian cultures.It will be available from £34.00 per month with O2 for £9.99 upfront.The new smartphone was announced today at an event in London and will become available in the UK and Europe on June 27.At a glance | OnePlus 5
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SafeDK, a marketplace that monitors the use of software development kits (SDKs) in 150,000 free Android apps, found in a recent report that analytics SDKs are still the most popular form of third-party software SDKs in mobile apps.Analytics SDKs are found in 82 percent of apps, according to the report.Advertising SDKs are found in 75.3 percent of apps.Social SDKs are integrated into 46.5 percent of apps, while payment SDKs are in 41.8 percent.The analysis reveals the current state of global SDKs: usage and market share by SDK category, app or game category, app developer geography, and more.The Herzliya, Israel-based company tracks about 900 mobile SDKs.
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F-Secure has produced a very user-friendly antivirus app which is remarkably accurate, too, but note that it offers no other features at all.There's no password manager, Wi-Fi protection, banking protection, file shredder, not even browsing protection: it's just antivirus, and that's all.This kind of simplicity could be an advantage, especially if you're an experienced user and happy to combine F-Secure with your favourite URL filter, firewall and whatever other security packages you need.But if you're a beginner, or looking for the convenience of accessing multiple functions from one interface, it's going to be an issue.There's another disadvantage in the lack of bulk-buy discounting, which doesn't go beyond a three system, one-year licence for £29.95 ($37.50).If you have multiple systems to cover, Bitdefender has a far better value 10-computer 3-year licence for £110 ($138), while McAfee charges £50 ($63) a year for as many devices as you need.
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It’s apparently Galaxy Note 8 leak season, as Samsung is rumored to unveil its next flagship by early September at the latest.We’ve already seen a few images that allegedly show the Galaxy Note 8, but the following render might be our first look at an official marketing render of the Galaxy Note 8.The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to resemble the Galaxy S8 when it comes to overall design, although it’ll have a few key differences.The device will feature a dual lens camera on the back, and it’ll have an S Pen stylus inside.However, the image above only shows the Infinity Display, so we can’t really tell you whether or not it’s genuine.The source of the leak is a person who goes by the handle “Ice Universe” on Weibo and Twitter, and he has posted many similar leaks in the past covering a wide range of devices.
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BRUSSELS—The European Union’s antitrust watchdog in the coming weeks is set to hit Alphabet Inc.’s Google with a record fine for manipulating its search results to favor its own comparison-shopping service, according to people familiar with the matter.The penalty against Google is expected to top the EU’s previous record fine levied on a...
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If you have tried it, what results did you get?Chatbots have been exploding for the past few weeks, with average of around 85% open rates, and 15% CTR, according to manychats.How likely is it that facebook is going to disable this?How can we, marketers capitalize the best on this?Maybe boost an FB post with the get started button?
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When Google unveiled its brand new self-driving car prototype in May 2014 it looked like a shot at a new type of public transport system filled with pod-like autonomous cars.Now that utopian dream seems at an end.Waymo is killing off the specifically designed “Firefly” in favour of an adapted Chrysler van.The Alphabet-owned self-driving company shifted focus when it was taken out of Google’s moonshot division, X.It moved away from building its own cars and towards creating the technology for others to build autonomous cars.Taking the axe to the cute little Firefly bubble car is the next step in that change.
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is to invest in digital skills academy in London, an additional building that will strengthen its presence beyond its in-the-works headquarters.The company has announced that it will construct a 3,700 square meter facility to aid in "educating and inspiring everyone" in their use of digital skills, especially as coding is increasingly positioned as a blue collar job of the future, according to Wired.Located at 123 Buckingham Palace Road in Victoria, the venue will feature several themed rooms such as a Brighton Beach and fun fair room, and opens this week for London Tech Week.Ronan Harris, Google's UK marketing director, said: "London's ambition to grow, harness new technologies, and build the brightest and best companies has been a constant over the last decade.When the tech community with industries ranging from fashion and music to automotives and AI have worked in partnership with government, the mayor's office and passionate communities supporting startups and scaleups, new jobs have been created and London has shown it can lead the way in a competitive global environment."Upon the completion of its headquarters, the company claims it will have created 3,000 jobs in the area.
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Exclusive your album folders from major artists has long been a frequently used weapon in the musiktjänsternas battle of listeners.When megastar Taylor Swift 2014 abandoned Spotify Apple Music (she did not think she was sufficiently well paid) it was, thus, a heavy scalp for the latter service.— Taylor Nation (@taylornation13) June 8, 2017Now, however, it seems Swift have changed.the Artist's managerteam has sent out a tweet to all albums now released on a number of different streaming services – including Spotify.Even the music services Tidal and Amazon should have välsingnats with popsångerskans alster night to in the day.
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Intel AMT is a fucking disaster from a security standpoint.It is utterly dependent on security through obscurity with its "secret" coding, and anybody should know that security through obscurity is no security at all.
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The rise of a global Internet of Things network is ultimately creating a giant, internet-connected global robot which is so disparate and insecure that cyberattacks against it are going to cause major societal problems if it isn't regulated.With more and more devices becoming connected to the internet -ranging from kitchen appliances, to motor vehicles to entire power stations - soon cybersecurity professionals won't just be responsible for ensuring computer networks are safe, they'll need required to ensure all the connected devices in the world are safe."As everything turns into a computer, computer security becomes everything security, said cyber-security expert Bruce Schneier, speaking at the Infosecurity Europe conference in London."This means two things; the knowledge we have about computer security is suddenly applicable to everything and the restrictions and regulations and controls from the real world start being imposed onto us," he said, adding "The place where we're first seeing this collision is the Internet of Things"There are IoT devices for everything - sensors which collect data, sensors which sense movement, smart televisions and digital personal assistants which are always watching and listening to potential commands and there are internet connected devices which perform manual tasks.Schneier argues that if you take the standard definition of a robot, the IoT matches it but on a global scale rather than just inside a metal case.
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We had not, unfortunately, listen to the HomePod yesterday but a few were, among others, the BBC and The Verge.Apple took the journalists to a room where they got to compare it with the Amazon Echo and the Sonos Play:3.The first one I have not listened to personally, but it is a gadget costs half as much as a HomePod, so that it sounds worse well was no surprise.The other competitor was the Sonos Play:3, a speaker who both cost about the same as HomePod and that has a pretty good reputation.But one should not forget that the Play:3 was released in 2011, it has happened very much on this front in the last six years, if you say so, and the Play:3 will be replaced soon.Well, although it's maybe a little fuskiga the selection of competitors, it seems people are impressed.
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p Hallituksen toiminta saa suomalaisilta yritysjohtajilta kouluarvosanan 7,2, selviää kauppakamarien tuoreimmasta Yritysparlamentti-kyselystä.Arvosana on pysynyt samana edellisiiin kyselyihin verrattuna, jotka toteutettiin viime vuoden marras- ja kesäkuussa.Yritysjohtajat pitävät palkkamaltin repeämistä suurimpana uhkana orastavalle talouskasvulle.Toiseksi suurin uhka nähdään julkisten menojen paisumisessa.Merkittäviin uhkiin määriteltiin myös paikallisen sopimisen hankaluus sekä osaavan työvoiman puute.Hallituksen arvosanasta huolimatta Suomen kehitys nähdään Keskuskauppakamarin mukaan aiempaa myönteisempänä.
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p Zaha Hadid, an Iraqi-born British architect, was known for her dramatic designs frequently incorporating curved glass as a key element.Thirteen years ago Wednesday, Hadid shattered a metaphorical glass ceiling when she became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the most prestigious award in architecture.Known as the "queen of the curve," Hadid's major works include the aquatic center for the London 2012 Olympics, Michigan State University's Broad Art Museum and the Guangzhou Opera House in China.To celebrate Hadid's contributions to the world of architecture, Google has published a doodle that spotlights one of her more impressive works.Hadid took inspiration for the fluid form of the eight-story Heydar Aliyev Center from the surrounding topography in Baku, Azerbaijan.The gigantic cultural and conference center contains three auditoriums, a library and museum -- but not a single straight line.
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p From Man of Steel to Batman v Superman to Suicide Squad, DC has repeatedly failed to win over critics.The DC Extended Universe has its fans, but despite raking in tons of cash, the critical reception to the studio’s movies has been underwhelming.At long last, the DCEU has its first critical hit, with 49 positive reviews to just 2 negative reviews on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.Let’s take a look at some of the glowing reviews to see why critics loved Wonder Woman:Variety’s Andrew Barker was glad to finally see a DC film that wasn’t shrouded in darkness and misery:It says quite a lot about the general tenor of the DC cinematic universe that a film set in the trenches of WWI, with a plot revolving around the development of chemical warfare, is nonetheless its most cheerful and kid-friendly entry.
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p Over at Computex, Cooler Master has revealed a host of new peripherals, led by a rather tasty-looking mechanical keyboard, alongside some mice, a gaming headset and fresh PC cases.The headline revelation is the new flagship MasterKeys MK750 mechanical keyboard (pictured above), which comes with Cherry MX switches rated for 50 million-plus presses, and benefits from ‘floating keycaps’ for nifty aesthetics and better illumination.Yes, this is an RGB backlit keyboard, and it also comes with RGB lightbars around the front and sides of the chassis for more lighting tricks.Other notable design elements include a slim profile and a removable wrist rest which attaches using magnets.The MK750 comes with its own 32-bit ARM Cortex M3 processor and 512KB of memory onboard, and as a result offers on-the-fly controls for adjusting the RGB lighting and recording macros without needing to install any software on your PC.The keyboard is a ‘mem-chanical’ effort, meaning it’s a hybrid of membrane-based keyboard and mechanical, with keys offering a ‘clicky’ tactile bump when pressed.
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p Oracle Corp, the world’s largest seller of enterprise software, is partnering with Tencent Holdings in distributing its NetSuite portfolio of business applications delivered online in China’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) market, an industry segment projected for total sales of up to US$1.6 billion this year.That initiative, following Oracle’s US$9.3 billion acquisition of NetSuite last year, is part of the company’s latest investment in the world’s second-largest economy, where it’s established operations since 1989, chief executive Mark Hurd said in an interview with the South China Morning Post.These resources are managed inside data centres.SaaS is the third-biggest segment of the overall public cloud services market behind cloud advertising and infrastructure-as-a-service, according to research firm Gartner.Oracle, which has its own line of cloud products, acquired NetSuite to meet the global enterprise sector’s “huge shift from on-premise [software] to the cloud”, Hurd said.“This trend is an irresistible force that will dominate the whole [information technology] market over the next decade,” he said.
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p After months of Twitter teases and hype, Android founder Andy Rubin has finally unveiled his latest project to the world.And as expected, the vaunted Essential Phone is yet another Android phone.While the specs bear out a real-deal flagship competitor, it’s clear that Rubin’s Essential Phone is part of a new ecosystem designed to offer an alternative to Google’s Android, with a focus on design, performance, and versatility.Why this matters: Andy Rubin is the godfather of Android, so any move he makes is important.However, while the Essential Phone certainly looks great in renders, it remains to be seen whether it can compete against Samsung, LG, and even Google itself in the increasingly competitive phone market.The handset is slated to work with a 360-degree camera accessory, as well as an external digital assistant similar to Google Home, but at the core of everything is the phone.
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