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John Propps

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From his exquisitely preserved remains we know that Ötzi was about 45 years old when he was killed.His body was covered in tattoos (61 to be exact), and his stomach contents contained bits of wild goat, grains, and dry-cured meat.New research published yesterday in PLoS One presents an updated analysis of the Iceman’s toolkit, offering new insights into this remarkable individual and the Copper Age community in which he lived.“What we do is to examine tools from the past and reconstruct their life cycle in detail, from their production to their utilisation until they were finally discarded.Ötzi also had an antler retoucher (also known as a pressure flaker), which he used for flaking chert and for resharpening worn-out tool edges; the antler spike inside this tool was likely made from roe deer antler.(Image: U. Wierer et al., 2018/PLoS One)
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The Redmi 6 Pro is arriving on 25th of June but I doubt that there’s anything left to hide of it except for the price.There are a few details like the processor that still remain under wraps but new information has been seeping out of the pipeline every day.And one of the review units was declared to possess a Snapdragon 625 chipset.That aside, new RAM and variant information has come out today.Although TENAA data had tipped a 2GB + 16GB model to debut as well, that now doesn’t look likely to happen.As per an Indian tipster, the Redmi 6 Pro will get three variants:
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YouTube has made many changes of late in response to the scandals that its stars and content filters have brought about.But while many of these changes were made to appease authorities and sponsors, YouTube has also alienated quite a number of its own creators, making it harder for them to monetize their hard work.At VidCon 2018, the video streaming giant has announced new programs that they hope will appease those disgruntled YouTubers, including allowing them to sell without having to go to other third-party (a.k.a.YouTube may be a great way to show off a product or show how it’s made.YouTubers would always have to resort to ecommerce platforms like Etsy or Gumroad to reach their fans.And any time or transaction spent outside of YouTube is time lost for creators and viewers and money lost for YouTube.
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Fresh out of VidCon, YouTube has announced new features specifically for its content creators, not the least of which is the ability to play pre-recorded videos during livestreams.YouTube calls these “Premieres,” presenting them as a way to offer existing content as live content for ushering in a planned livestreaming event.Until now, YouTube creators could schedule a livestream and their audience would have to wait for it to start.Premieres change that, offering a way to show videos before the actual livestream starts.Creators can use this as a opportunity to help everyone get up-to-date on what they may have missed, to introduce the context for the video, or just to keep viewers entertained while they wait.Viewers can chat with each other during these premieres, as demonstrated in the video above.
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A new synthetic enzyme, crafted from DNA rather than protein, flips lipid molecules within the cell membrane, triggering a signal pathway that could be harnessed to induce cell death in cancer cells.They published their findings in the journal Nature Communications."Cell membranes are lined with a different set of molecules on the inside and outside, and cells devote a lot of resources to maintaining this," said study leader Aleksei Aksimentiev, a professor of physics at Illinois.Our synthetic scramblase could be an avenue for therapeutics."Aksimentiev's group came upon DNA's scramblase activity when looking at DNA structures that form pores and channels in cell membranes.They used the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at Illinois to model the systems at the atomic level.
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HTC wants you to spend your summer vacation indoors.To that end, today, Vive and Vive Pro owners can take advantage of Viveport’s annual Summer Sale 2018 - HTC has discounted over 100 VR games and experiences, at up to 90% off.Most of the titles available are action simulators and shooters, but you’ll also find a healthy mix of touristy experiences and fitness apps for people looking to burn some calories and explore the outdoors ... indoors.Out of those 100 deals, here are some of the most exciting-sounding experiences and best discounts available right now:The Gallery - Episode 1: Call of the Starseed ($20 $5)The Gallery - Episode 2: Heart of the Emberstone ($30 $18)
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He came up with the idea of putting a woman front and center "right on the heels of the first film," which came out in 2004."That's the oldest idea in this current movie," the filmmaker said.Incredible stays home taking care of the kids.But before we go on, a warning: If you haven't seen Incredibles 2 yet, we're going to unload a ton of spoilers.When superhero advocate Winston Deavor sets out to legalize caped crusaders, he doesn't want Mr.The stay-at-home mom dons a new dark supersuit (not designed or approved by Edna) and goes to fight crime, leaving her husband in charge of the kids.
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Field trials of Fujitsu's prototype exascale post-K supercomputer CPU have begun.The post-K exascale (1,000 petaFLOPS) system project was started by Fujitsu and Japanese research institute RIKEN in October 2014.It followed the successful development of the K supercomputer, a 10.5 petaFLOPS system with 705,000 Sparc64 V111fx cores.The K project began in 2006 and the system was delivered in 2012.Fujitsu and RIKEN expect to deliver an operational system around 2021.The Arm8A-SVE (Scalable Vector Extension) 512bit CPU architecture has been used as the base for the post-K CPU.
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Firm disputes findings of taxman and First-Tier tribunalManchester-based reseller Aria Technology Ltd is appealing against a tax tribunal finding that MD Aria Taheri “knew or ought to have known” that it took part in a VAT carousel fraud.Broadly, a chain of traders – some real, some fake – is set up to “sell” goods around the EU and reclaim VAT on each transaction.ATL, represented on appeal this week by barrister Michael Firth of Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers, argues that the FTT made findings of fact that were wrong, failed to give reasons for rejecting some of ATL’s evidence and witness statements from ATL employees, and also challenges the FTT’s decision that ATL had to pay the Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) legal costs.Between yesterday and today Firth went through the findings from the previous case in great detail before judges Mr Justice Roth and Tribunal Judge Richards, adding that public reporting of the case had caused “adverse public comment about Mr Taheri and it's important that that is put right, in reputational terms as well”.“On one hand Mr Taheri wasn’t involved on the practical side of carrying out the deals.
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This week Telecoms.com has 16 year-old Shannon O’Connor joining the team for work experience, and today she looks at Facebook’s new interactive video features in the quest to be relevant once again.Facebook recently announced the launch of its new interactive live/on-demand video features in a attempt to engage users and continue increasing annual turnover.It will allow creators to positively communicate with their viewers through live interaction.In recent weeks Facebook have been facing difficulties; the most notable being the Cambridge Analytica Scandal, with investigations made by the European Parliament back in May 2018.Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg had been roasted by politicians in which he responded with great passion,“I am determined to keep building tools that bring people together in meaningful new ways while we work to address our safety and security challenges as well.”The new feature is perhaps an attempt made by Facebook to innovate social networking for its users as way of getting back into the ‘good books’ of those affected.
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Tennent’s Lager has agreed a multi-year extension to its Scottish Rugby partnership, seeing players convene on Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow to celebrate.The seven-figure deal now sees the lager brand support the national side as well as the Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors and title sponsorship of the Scottish domestic leagues.Damien Hoyland (Edinburgh), Adam Ashe and Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors) visited the brewery to ink the contract.Jason Ash, chief marketing officer, C Group, owner of Tennent’s, said: “Tennent’s Lager has been a long-standing supporter of Scottish sport and we thoroughly enjoyed hosting some of Scottish Rugby’s most talented players at Wellpark Brewery.There is real excitement around Scottish Rugby just now, moving up to fifth in the world rankings after an incredible NatWest Six Nations campaign and historic wins over England and France at home.“To be continuing our partnership at a time when rugby is growing and diversifying into the Scottish mainstream is something we’re very excited about.
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Intel today announced the resignation of CEO Brian Krzanich, citing a violation of the company’s fraternization policy.CFO Bob Swan will fill in as interim CEO while the company conducts a search for its next top executive.The details: Krzanich’s resignation is effective immediately.He’s also giving up his seat on Intel’s board of directors.It would appear the company has a zero-tolerance policy for fraternization and Krzanich violated it.According to a company press release:
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We’re about to hit go on agenda...Events The agenda for Serverless Computing London goes live next week, so you don’t have long to grab our super value blind bird tickets for the November event.We’ve now got a programme that spans the Serverless and FaaS landscape, from the fundamentals of Serverless computing, through the nuts and bolts of individual platforms, and the tools and techniques you need to tie it all altogether.We’re confident you’ll find the conference both instructive and entertaining.As with all our events, the emphasis is on tech pros and industry experts who can offer practical, hands-on experience and advice on the technology, how to put it into practice, and how to manage both your applications and your team.Right now, blind bird tickets cost for just £500 plus VAT.
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On Thursday, the ACLU released its guide to developers on how to respond to government demands when the requests require companies to compromise their own security.Two years ago, Apple famously fought off FBI demands to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists, which would have required that the company create backdoor access, essentially installing a vulnerability that could extend across the iPhone line.Officials in the US, Australia and the UK have also called for tech companies to build "responsible encryption," which security experts argue would create more openings for hackers to penetrate systems."As the engineering becomes better, and as the encryption becomes stronger, there's still always going to be this one channel into the device, which is the software update channel," said Brett Max Kaufman, an ACLU attorney."In some sense, that's the hole that can never be closed."As digital evidence becomes more important in investigations, governments are ramping up requests to tech companies, asking tech giants like Apple and Google to provide data that police wouldn't be able to get otherwise.
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The year is half over and we’ve mostly seen all that year has to offer as far as smartphones go.Except, of course, for Apple new iPhones and Samsung’s last hurrah for the year.We already took a look at the premium phones that landed in the market in the first few months of the year and was admittedly at a loss for which one came out at the top.OnePlus kicked got the ball rolling with the, what else, OnePlus 6.HTC followed not long after with what is perhaps its one and only flagship for the year, the HTC U12+ (don’t ask where the HTC U12 went).The leaks were right about the dual front cameras, though, which is probably its most unique feature.
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The existence of a nasty bug that affected the Firefox and Edge browsers has been revealed, and although the flaw has now been patched in both cases, Mozilla’s response to the issue was a far more efficient affair than Microsoft’s.Jake Archibald, a developer advocate for Google’s Chrome browser – which wasn't impacted by the flaw – discovered the bug, which he dubbed ‘Wavethrough’, because it involves exploiting WAV audio in the browser to allow data through which shouldn't be viewable by the attacker.And it could potentially be used to spill some alarming personal data, if the user is persuaded to visit a malicious site primed to take advantage of the vulnerability.Archibald notes that: “It means you could visit my site in Edge, and I could read your emails, I could read your Facebook feed, all without you knowing.”The good news, as we noted at the outset, is that this has been patched in both the affected browsers – but what’s almost as interesting as the bug itself is how Mozilla and Microsoft reacted to the report of the problem.“I was able to engage with engineers directly on how the issue should be fixed,” Archibald added, and as the vulnerability was caught in a beta version, Mozilla patched things up before it ever made the release version of Firefox.
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We're right in the middle of the World Cup at the moment, with the BBC running all sorts of tests as it live streams each of its matches in 4K HDR.While there have been reports of hiccups, especially during the first England game, the broadcaster has just announced it's going to be extending its trial.The broadcasts are set to work much the same way as the World Cup's, with the action being beamed out over BBC iPlayer to anyone with compatible TVs and streaming devices.That means a TV capable of 4K resolution that supports HLG HDR, and a high-speed internet connection capable of pulling in all that data with minimal lag.Spaces will also be limited and on a first-come first-served basis, meaning you'll have to get onto the iPlayer stream early to reserve your spot.As with the World Cup the BBC recommends a connection of at least 40 Mb/s for 4K, and 20Mb/s for QHD.
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The Hong Kong Stock Exchange has disclosed Xiaomi’s prospectus after its hearing.According to the latest information, Xiaomi has begun to accept subscriptions and the company is expected to grab a Hong Kong IPO of up to $6.1 billion (about HK$48 billion).The legal value of Xiaomi’s statutory capital is $675,000, which consists of 70 billion A shares (worth $175,000) and 200 billion B shares ($500,000).According to current reports, Xiaomi will officially be listed on Hong Kong Stock Exchange by July 9 and it will issue 2,179,585,000 shares at a price range of between H17 ($2.17) and HK$22 ($2.80) per share.According to the data, Xiaomi’s 65% of the shares issued were new shares and 35% were old shares, which means that the original shareholders sold a fraction of their shares.Co-founders Huang Jiangji, Li Wanqiang, Liu De, and Hong Feng sold a total of 117,888,000 shares, which represents 5% of the benchmark issue shares.
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Unlike the previous years, it is launching competitive products one after another.The lately-launched Meizu 15 series handsets showed the company has refused many traditional elements and is switching to mainstream features.But this statement refers not only to the screen and overall appearance but to the hardware as well.If previously this company has been using MediaTek chips mainly, now it comes with Samsung Exynos and Qualcomm Snapdragon chips.As you remember, recently, Qualcomm announced the first 700 series SoC named the Snapdragon 710.It immediately appeared on two models.
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Back in March 2017, Microsoft announced at the Game Developer’s Conference that it would bring mixed reality experiences to its Xbox consoles in 2018.It’s walking back that promise, as it wants to focus on MR for PCs instead.Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz at E3 last week, Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Mike Nichols said, “We don’t have any plans specific to Xbox consoles in virtual reality or mixed reality.”That’s a shame, because one of the big draws to the company’s powerful Xbox One X console was that it’d come with hardware capable of driving “high-fidelity VR” fidelity experiences, in addition to running games at 4K on your TV.Microsoft confirmed to CNET that it was keener on bringing mixed reality to desktops instead:Because of the opportunity with Windows Mixed Reality, and because we believe the user experience will be best on PC right now, that is where our focus is.
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