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Ministers are set to abandon plans to hand themselves the power to water down anti-money laundering laws after Brexit, in order to avoid another defeat in the House of Lords.The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill has its third reading on Wednesday and the government has tabled amendments it hopes will placate its critics.The legislation is designed to ensure the UK complies with its international anti-money laundering obligations after it leaves the EU.But peers have warned it gives ministers the “unrestricted” and “alarming” ability to bypass parliament.Lib Dem Treasury spokesman Baroness Kramer has said the “inherently flawed” Bill as first drafted would allow ministers “to eliminate every anti-money laundering regulation and replace them by highly watered-down versions”.The Bill would allow the government to change laws using statutory instruments and regulations - rather than having to win votes on primary legislation.
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Acer has been busy over at the BETT show in London, revealing a pair of new Chromebooks aimed at students – with one targeting families in general, too – alongside a fresh Chromebox.Acer’s Chromebook 11 C732 is aimed at the education market and thus made to take some knocks in the classroom.It’s IP41 certified and drop-tested to 1.22m, with a spill-resistant keyboard designed to survive the ravages of a knocked-over drink.This notebook is also compliant with MIL-STD 810G testing and benefits from a reinforced case and hinge to make it a tougher customer all round.Speaking of the hinge, this opens to 180-degrees, allowing the portable to be laid flat on a desk which will be handy when students are collaborating together on a project.Powered by an Intel Celeron processor – either a dual-core N3350 or a quad-core N3450 – it’s a fanless laptop, so nice and quiet, with optional 4G LTE connectivity if you want to benefit from mobile broadband when on the move.
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Google has launched an audiobooks service in the Google Play Store that allows you to purchase individual books and listen to them on a frankly staggering range of devices.The audiobooks will work on Android, iOS, Chromecast, as a web-based application and in any device with Google Assistant.That last one is particularly interesting, as Google’s voice assistant is becoming fairly ubiquitous.This means you’ll be able to listen to your audiobooks on a vast array of first and third-party smart speakers like the Google Home range, plus Android Wear-powered wearables.It's also coming soon to Android Auto, so you can be entertained while driving, and the service will remember where you are in your novel so you can transition from one to the other without restarting the chapter.Smarter speaking from your smart speaker
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High quality headphones with noise cancelling technology aren’t always cheap and that’s because of the additional tech they have to pack.dodocool’s DA158 aren’t any different but today, thanks to the special promo, you can get them with up to 45% coupon over on Amazon; keep reading to learn more!The dodocool DA158 are an high quality pair of headphones that feature noise cancelling technology, both while working wirelessly (via Bluetooth) or using a cable through the AUX port, which makes it compatible with PCs as well.The headphones are Hi-Resolution Audio Certified thanks to the 40mm titanium drivers that provide HD sound, pushing out high quality 24-bit/96kHz audio compared to the ordinary CDs (16-bit/44.1kHz) we find on traditional headphones.Then we have ANC technology that eliminates up to 90% of ambient background noise around, so whether you are on a plane, train or noisy street, the DA158 will provide a great listening experience.Lastly, the headphone feature 4.1 CSR 8645 AptX technology for HD quality stereo sound with support for multi-device connections and a long-lasting 14 hours playtime on a full charge.
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The Chairman of News Corp – Rupert Murdoch – has issued a public statement calling for publishers to be paid along similar lines to the carriage free one used by cablecos.The statement seems to have been prompted by the tweaks Facebook has been making to its ‘news feed’ especially its recent move to grade how trustworthy a given news source is.Perhaps panicked by the implications for his polarising Fox News network, Murdoch expressed reservations about the plan, while simultaneously claiming it doesn’t go far enough.“Facebook and Google have popularized scurrilous news sources through algorithms that are profitable for these platforms but inherently unreliable,” said Murdoch.“Recognition of a problem is one step on the pathway to cure, but the remedial measures that both companies have so far proposed are inadequate, commercially, socially and journalistically.“There has been much discussion about subscription models but I have yet to see a proposal that truly recognizes the investment in and the social value of professional journalism.
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Capacity max same with 32- to 64-layer 3D NAND transitionMicron is looking to boost its high fidelity cred.The vendor has refreshed its three-model 5100 SATA SSD with a two-variant 5200, increasing reliability from two million to three million hours mean time before failure (MTBF).The 5100 SATA 2.5-inch SSD was built from 32-layer TLC 3D NAND came in three flavours: Eco (high capacity), Pro and Max (longer endurance).The 5200, which replaces it, uses 64-layer TLC 3D NAND, and yet there is no change in maximum capacity, at 7.68GB.There was a lower capacity M.2 form factor 5100 product, and that too has disappeared with the 5200.
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The RED Hydrogen One, that has been up for pre-order since last year, will finally see the light of the day this year.There is no report on the specs and other details of the phone, except that it will be offered in two variants, Titanium and Aluminium, which are priced at $1595 and $1195 respectively.The camera equipment manufacturer has been tight lipped about the phone’s specs, but in a recent post on the RED user forums from Jim Jannard, the company’s founder, threw more light on the upcoming smartphone.He wrote that the President of the Company, Jarred Land and he both carry the near-final prototypes of the Hydrogen One, mentioning that it is exactly the phone that they have ever wanted.The specs that were revealed include:Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 for all variants
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When Randal Miles woke up from a nap during his flight from Paris to Los Angeles last week, he opened the interactive map on his seat-back screen to see how much longer he'd be in the air.The Norwegian jet was flying at 770 mph—about 200 mph faster than its standard cruising velocity.“I thought, ‘Damn, this thing is hauling ass,’” Miles says.On Thursday, a Norwegian 787 on the same route briefly hit an even faster 779 mph for part of its trip, with a tailwind of 224 mph.By taking advantage of a particularly vigorous jet stream, a current of air rushing from west to east, across the Atlantic.During Norwegian's record-setting flight, that tailwind reached 202 mph and pushed a Boeing that usually cruises at 570 mph to 776 mph.
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On the 2018 list of “things that are a bad idea to shove in your face,” raw sprouts from Jimmy John’s may be up there—right behind Tide laundry pods.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration announced late Friday that a multistate outbreak of Salmonella is linked to raw sprouts served at the sandwich chain’s restaurants in Wisconsin and Illinois.While sprouts in general are a well-established source of foodborne illnesses linked to many dozens of outbreaks in recent decades, Friday’s announcement marks at least the seventh time since 2008 that raw sprouts at Jimmy John’s specifically have caused outbreaks.The company called the move a “precautionary measure.”“Food safety and the welfare of our customers are our top priorities and not negotiable in our business,” Jimmy John’s owner and president, James North, said in a statement.So far, the outbreak appears to be linked to contaminated clover sprouts, possibly purchased from two growers in Minnesota, according to Food Safety News.
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ANALYSIS: The new year has started off with a flurry of acquisition activity in the cyber-security space that is likely to continue for the rest of the year.A standard business decision made by many technology vendors is whether it is better to buy or to build new capabilities that will help to grow the business.In 2018 so far, an increasing number of vendors have decided to buy rather than build, when it comes to cyber-security technology.There will undoubtedly be many more in the weeks and months ahead as 2018 will likely be a year in which the cyber-security market consolidates somewhat.Year-after-year, new cyber-security startups emerge and in recent years there has been a dramatic growth in venture-capital that has poured into the market.Looking at the cyber-security acquisitions announced so far in 2018, provides some insight into the trends that are likely to continue to fuel the market for acquisition for some time to come.
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Joint statements from both the US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) have effectively put a freeze on cryptocurrency futures trading.The statements come after several crypto-based exchange-traded futures (ETFs) proposals were withdrawn last week, at the encouragement of the SEC.The SEC’s letter poses over 30 “significant outstanding questions concerning how funds holding substantial amounts of cryptocurrencies and related products would satisfy the requirements of the 1940 Act and its rules” to two trade groups representing fund sponsors, asking for answers to ensure they’re compliant.The subtext of many of these questions seem to be issues that the entire crypto space is currently grappling with, from ensuring investor protections and sufficient liquidity, to accounting for market manipulation.For many day traders in this space, the absence of such protections is its appeal.The letter opens with what reads as a reference to the peril faced by amateur investors who might sink their retirement funds or life savings into a coin or exchange that leaves them high and dry (emphasis ours):
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Xiaomi’s high-end Mi lineup differentiates itself from the budget Redmi phones since its first Mi phone.Although the company started its journey with the Mi 3 in India, but it has been a constant focus (except for Mi 6) for them after the first phone was out.Xiaomi has not officially announced a release date for the Mi 7, but the company has scheduled to exhibit at MWC 2018.This signals at a probable showcase of the flagship next month.Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun confirmed the news at Qualcomm’s annual tech conference in Hawaii in December 2017.Also, the upcoming SoC will be focusing heavily on AI for the accompanied Hexagon digital signal processor.
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Before the release of any flagship device, there are always rumors, leaks, and speculations regarding the expected device.Late last year, Xiaomi CEO, Lei Jun, admitted that the expected Xiaomi Mi 7 flagship smartphone would sport a Snapdragon 845 chipset.He said this during the 2017 Snapdragon Tech Summit held in Maui, Hawaii.Since then, loads of renders and speculations have surfaced online.While some renders have shown a front design with non-existent bottom bezel and a very thin top bezel, others have shown a full-screen design with a notch just like the iPhone X.Now, another render has appeared online, and this time, it reveals the back design of this smartphone.
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Unveiled at Bett 2018 today, the three new models – two Chromebook notebooks and a Chromebox desktop – each pack niceties like USB Type-C and even, on one model, includes the option of baked-in 4G LTE.First up, the Acer Chromebook 11 C732 builds on the Chromebook 11 we saw the company unveil back at CES 2018 earlier this month.It packs an 11.6-inch display running at 1366 x 768 resolution, and will be offered in either TN touch or IPS non-touch forms.Either way, the laptop’s hinge opens a full 180-degrees for groups to gather round.Inside, there’s either an Intel Celeron dual-core or quad-core N3450 processor, paired with either 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB of eMMC storage in the non-touch model, and either 32 GB or 64 GB in the touch version.Up to 8 GB of RAM will be offered.
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A WhatsApp dedicated to business users was announced last week but wasn’t available in India.On Tuesday, the company announced availability of the platform on our shores.This dedicated business version of the platform will enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to interact with their customers.The SMEs will now be able to service their customers, providing them with answers to queries and get feedback.Businesses will start off by creating a business profile on WhatsApp with general information such as address and contact details.They can even create preset replies to queries which cuts down on the time required to answer.
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New reports emerging out of China are suggesting that Xiaomi might reveal the in-house Surge S2 chip at MWC 2018.The Surge S2 would be the heir to the Surge S1 that was launched in 2017 hosted by the Xiaomi Mi 5C.The clock has now come full circle and it is probably the right time for a successor.Xiaomi Surge S2 rumoured SpecsTalk around Chinese circles is that the Surge S2 will be a cut above the Surge S1 dishing out a top-notch performance.It is believed to be an octa-core SoC based on TSMC’s 16nm manufacturing process.
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Tokyo-based Bitcoin exchange BitFlyer has kicked off operations in Europe, after having secured the necessary Payment Institution license to run its service across the EU.The exchange launched in the US last November, and claims that more than $250 billion in virtual currency was traded on its platform in 2017.According to Financial Times, it facilitates about 20-30 percent of all Bitcoin trades globally.With that, BitFlyer claims that it’s now the only licensed exchange to allow cross-border Bitcoin trading between Europe and Japan, among the largest markets for the virtual currency in the world.To start, it’ll only allow trading of Bitcoin/Euro pairs and will initially target professional high-volume traders; plans to support other currencies like Ethereum and Litecoin, as well as more fiat currencies, are in the works for the coming months.The news follows speculation over whether South Korea will close domestic cryptocurrency exchanges; at present, the government is having those businesses’ offices raided to investigate alleged tax evasion and is considering shutting down those are aren’t compliant with local laws.
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Regulator tells lawyers told to get off the fence or face unpleasant fallThe Chair of the United States’ Securities and Exchange Commission has again taken aim at cryptocurrency speculators, this time warning companies thinking of adding “Blockchain” to their names that his agency is watching them.In remarks delivered at the Securities Regulation Institute, SEC Chair Jay Clayton said “I doubt anyone in this audience thinks it would be acceptable for a public company with no meaningful track record in pursuing the commercialization of distributed ledger or blockchain technology to (1) start to dabble in blockchain activities, (2) change its name to something like "Blockchain-R-Us," and (3) immediately offer securities, without providing adequate disclosure to Main Street investors about those changes and the risks involved.”Those words were a reference to the likes of Stapleton Capital, Long Island Iced Tea and UK company On-Line, all of which added a bit of Blockchain to their names and saw their share prices soar.The next company to ponder such a change may have to think again, as Clayton said “The SEC is looking closely at the disclosures of public companies that shift their business models to capitalize on the perceived promise of distributed ledger technology and whether the disclosures comply with the securities laws, particularly in the case of an offering.”Clayton also had some choice words for professionals advising cryptocurrency concerns.
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Dust off those robes and start exercising your flinging arm.The newest mobile game out of the magical world of Harry Potter is now out.Or if you know where to get a copy in Diagon Alley.Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery has soft launched on Android in some markets, giving fans of the franchise a chance to live out their fantasies as a witch or wizard in training.But like anything related to magic, looks can be deceiving.Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery bills itself as an RPG (role-playing game for Muggles) that, for the first time, lets you create your own wizarding student instead of stepping into the shoes of already existing characters.
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Video by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at MIIS and the Nuclear Threat InitiativeEven if the populations of the US or Russia are annihilated in a nuclear apocalypse, the governments responsible for the devastation plan to fight on from vast, underground bunkers.Now, the public can peer inside the secretive complexes thanks to the efforts of arms control analysts who reconstructed these bunkers inside Minecraft.The mistaken missile alert that sent people scurrying for cover in Hawaii last week revealed just how poorly prepared the US government is to protect the public during a nuclear attack.The government’s plans for protecting itself from a rain of thermonuclear fire are much more detailed.The reconstructions are set in the low-resolution world of Minecraft to lighten the very real, and very depressing, topic of nuclear annihilation, says Jeffrey Lewis, who led the effort from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at MIIS.
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