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It was a busy week at the International Space Station (ISS), with two astronauts making lengthy spacewalks and installing equipment to welcome some new visitors.In preparation for the upcoming test launches of commercial crew capsules, astronauts installed some high-definition cameras on a crucial docking component that was originally designed for the space shuttle.In a lengthy spacewalk that was broadcast live on NASA TV, commander Drew Feustel and engineer Ricky Arnold spent nearly seven hours connecting the equipment to the exterior of the station’s Harmony module.The SpaceX Crew Dragon and the Boeing CST-100 Starliner will begin transporting astronauts to the ISS in 2020, ending the U.S. reliance on Russia’s Soyuz program.To accommodate the commercial crew vehicles, NASA had already retrofitted the module with an International Docking Adapter back in 2016.The new cameras will assist crew members aligning the arriving spacecraft as they dock.
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For the past month or so, inboxes the world over have been awash with emails about updated privacy policies and new permissions required by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).You probably haven’t been reading those emails, and that’s bad news for email marketers.Digital marketing agency Huge told the publication that nearly two in five Americans have completely ignored the emails.Another firm, PostUp, said just 25 to 30 per cent of people globally view the emails.That probably doesn’t sound out of line with the overall open rate for unsolicited emails — MailChimp estimates about 20 per cent of all marketing emails get opened — but in this instance, the lack of interaction is particularly harmful to email marketers because of one of the many new requirements found in the EU’s new rules.Under GDPR, companies are still free to send emails to customers who have purchased a product from them in the past, but they can’t continue to solicit the attention of non-customers without first asking for permission.
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As if being a race car driver, amateur or otherwise, wasn't already badass enough, now Ferrari has a special-edition version of a special edition version of its supercar that only the aforementioned group can enjoy.Say hello to the "Piloti Ferrari" variant of the Ferrari 488 Pista.It's just an aesthetics package on top of the Pista, but it's about as exclusive as a Ferrari can get.The exterior sports an Italian flag livery, an homage to the 488 GTE Le Mans racer.The side of the car has a space just for the owner's racing number, and the exterior aesthetics are rounded off with matte-black ducting and carbon fiber bits.The interior is clad in black Alcantara suede.
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A Georgia grandmother claims she strangled a rabid bobcat to death after it jumped on her in an unprovoked attack.Dede Philips of Hart County was taking a picture of a new bumper sticker she placed on her truck when she heard the neighbor’s dog frantically begin to bark.When she looked around, she saw a bobcat just steps away.“It caught me slightly on my face, but I got him before he could do much damage there.I took it straight to the ground and started inching my hands up to its throat.Philips told the publication she then began squeezing the cat’s neck, forcing herself not to scream because her 5-year-old granddaughter was inside her home.
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Steinway Lyngdorf and the Samsung has a facility for you that have won the Lottery a second time.When Danish company Lyngdorf Audio, which is not exactly something billighetsmärke from the beginning, decides to do something really exclusive, as is done under the name of Steinway Lyngdorf.Together with flygeltillverkaren Steinway & Sons has Lyngdorf recent years created a series of hi-fi equipment, which is equally koststam as it is delicious – the cheapest complete systems have a six-digit rate.But alas, they only have audio products.So what shall a poor multimillionaire complement their home theater?to resolve this problem, Steinway Lyngdorf has launched a collaboration with Samsung, which offers the matching equipment.
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The GDPR is the ‘first time’ legislation has forced ICANN to make changes, the internet governance body saysInternet governance body ICANN said it has now put preliminary measures into place to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as it continues to spar with European regulators and courts about changes to data processing practices that date back nearly 40 years, to the dawn of the internet.ICANN president Goran Marby said the organisation has now updated key policies and has deployed messages to notify users of the changes.Like every other organisation that collects data online, ICANN made the changes to comply with the GDPR, which introduces much stricter controls on how companies process individuals’ personal information.But in this case, the moves are part of a broader shift that has seen ICANN gradually lose the protection of the US government and become more directly beholden to requirements that originate in other parts of the world, such as in the EU.In 2016, as a result of the scandal around mass data collection exposed by Edward Snowden, the US handed responsibility for key ICANN functions over to a newly formed ICANN non-profit corporation.
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The next-gen Xbox will be a family of new consoles, not just a single successor to the Xbox One X, as the rumor mill works its magic as the backdrop to E3 2018.Although Microsoft launched a new Xbox only last year, work is unsurprisingly underway on its replacement, with an aggressive roadmap for just when we could see fresh gaming hardware hit shelves.Microsoft itself started the whispers, with Xbox chief Phil Spencer bringing up new console hardware during the company’s E3 2018 press conference.Instead, the exec confirmed that “the same team that delivered unprecedented performance with Xbox One X is deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles, where we will once again deliver on our commitment to set the benchmark for console gaming.”While Microsoft might not be willing to talk technical specs yet, that hasn’t stopped the leaks from starting.Rumors suggested Microsoft had pencilled in a 2020 release window for the console, which would follow on from last year’s Xbox One X.
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E3 2018 Tidigare i år stod det klart att vi skulle få återse trion med klassiska Spyro-spel.Vi har provat det första på E3, som är troget originalet – men extremt mycket snyggare!
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Read everything from this year's E3 trade show!
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Last year at E3, Ubisoft made a bold choice -- just as Disney Infinity, Skylanders and every other toys-to-life game franchise was winding down, it announced a big, complex, comprehensive space adventure that relies on physical toys and collectables.Starlink: Battle for Atlas looked cool, but fans had to wonder: how could Ubisoft make a toys-to-life game work in 2018?Turns out the answer was easy.Today at E3 2018, Ubisoft announced that the Nintendo Switch version of Starlink would feature characters from Nintendo's own action space simulator: Star Fox.The introduction of Star Fox into Ubisoft's new space game is completely unexpected, but not necessarily a surprise.Last year, Ubisoft forged a strong relationship with Nintendo when it released Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle.
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Ever said something really horrible in an online chat?Like, I’m talking a statement so lip curlingly uncomfortable that, as soon as you pressed ‘send,’ you felt shame dribble down your neck like a raw egg made of pure parental disappointment?Luckily for some of us, Snapchat now lets you delete messages you’ve sent directly to friends or in a group chat.It’s a pretty intuitive system.You press and hold on the message, at which point an option menu comes up and you can select ‘delete.’See it in action here:
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Microsoft announced Gears Pop, a new mobile game based on its Gears of War franchise.The game mashes up the Gears characters and setting with the art style of the popular Funko Pop figures.The game is due in 2019 for Android and iOS.Microsoft made a lot of game announcements on Sunday at its E3 2018 press event in Los Angeles, but one of the most surprising ones was the reveal of the first mobile game in its hit Gears of War sci-fi shooter franchise.However, instead of a dark and gritty game, this title looks like it will be, well, cute.Gears Pop!, due out sometime in 2019 for Android and iOS, will reimagine Gears characters like Marcus Fenix and others as walking, talking Funko Pop figures.
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You won’t need an Xbox system to enjoy the future of the Xbox platform.Microsoft gaming boss Phil Spencer announced that the company is building a cloud-gaming infrastructure that will enable players to get its games from in a Netflix-like stream to PCs, set-top boxes, tablets, and smartphones.Microsoft made the announcement during today during a press briefing ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles today.Microsoft launched the Xbox One in November 2013 under a cloud of policy reversals and confused messaging.The company planned to release the system as an always-connected device that would have special features for sharing digital games.It scraped those plans in the face of angry fans, and it has spent the rest of this generation recovering from those early missteps.
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Photo by Tyler Pina / The VergeMicrosoft is making its Xbox preview program more similar to its Windows Insider testing for Windows 10.A new “ship ahead” ring will be opened up for Xbox Insiders on the current alpha ring, and this will allow testers to access new Xbox features that are typically months away from being generally released.“By piloting builds well in advance of their release, Xbox Insiders will play an even bigger role in shaping the future of Xbox,” explains Savannah, an Xbox program manager.The skip ahead preview ring will be similar to the one available to Windows 10 testers, and will include new apps and features that are part of Microsoft’s Redstone 5 wave for the Xbox.Microsoft is currently testing its next major Windows 10 update, codenamed Redstone 5.
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During AMD’s Computex 2018 press conference, Huawei took the opportunity to spotlight a brand new version of the MateBook D laptop, which uses pretty much all AMD hardware inside.A sequel to last year’s Intel and Nvidia-based Huawei MateBook D, this rendition will launch later this year with an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor with Radeon Vega 8 mobile graphics.Those innards power a 14-inch, Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS display with slim bezels within a metal frame that’s just 15.8mm (0.62 inches) thin and weighs a mere 1.45kg (3.19 pounds).The MateBook D appears to include many of the same ports as the previous 15.6-inch version, but also sports a USB-C port for charging and other uses.Finally, Huawei touted a quad-speaker setup on the laptop with a split frequency arrangement, co-designed with Dolby in both hardware and software for improved audio, which includes support for Atmos.All of this will be powered by a 57.4Wh battery, though Huawei is not yet prepared to discuss battery life claims.
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While the cloud continues to grow in popularity for many, if not most, enterprise applications, IT departments remain reluctant to trust public clouds, including the Google Cloud Platform, for business-critical Microsoft SQL Server applications.Their primary concern is the increased risk and complexity of running Microsoft SQL Server, and optionally Microsoft’s Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC), in environments where high-availability clustering configurations are often less robust and more expensive than they are in a private enterprise cloud.These services work by replicating data from the master instance to one or more replica instances in different zones, which are normally located in different data centers to protect against localized disasters.In the Google Cloud (as of this writing), the standard high-availability provisions have the following five limitations:Failovers are normally triggered only by a zone outage, which is only one of the many reasons applications fail.The use of event logs to replicate data creates a “replication lag” that causes temporary outages during a failover.
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During yesterday's WWDC presentation, Apple introduced, among other things, an updated version of its augmented reality platform institute for architecture to iOS.When Apple would demonstrate the institute for architecture 2 so got LEGO's currently chief innovation officer Martin Sanders to come up on stage and show what LEGO has plans with the AR and the institute for architecture 2.You can find the entire LEGO's WWDC presentation, but do you want to just check out a few examples where it combines physical LEGO with AR so skip forward to 2:30 in the clip above.With the institute for architecture 2, it will be possible with experiences for multiple simultaneous users in the AR and also it is demonstrated in the clip above.
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All the info, none of the food and drinkIf you didn’t get along to Continuous Lifecycle London last month, we’ve got the next best thing: most of the conference sessions are now available to view at your leisure.Whether you’re looking to amp up your efforts around testing, deploying Kubernetes or monitoring, or are simply working out how to begin your journey into Continuous Delivery or DevOps, we have a wealth of practical information and guidance for you.You can access the videos by picking the sessions of your choice on the CLL website, where you can load up the relevant slides for each talk.Alternatively, you can go direct to the Continuous Lifecycle London channel on YouTube, here.For a quick info punch, check out our two keynotes from Agile pioneer Linda Rising and Weaveworks CEO and CNCF TOC chair Alexis Richardson.
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A recent report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies and the Health Foundation said taxes would have to increase by four per cent each year in order to give the ailing NHS what it needs.But the government, it seems, has got nothing left to give.Privatisation of any kind in the healthcare system has long been a contentious subject, and yet people are now coming round to the idea that private companies could take some of the stress away from the NHS.That’s the vision of Eren Ozagir, the founder of Push Doctor, a digital healthcare company that can book you an appointment with a GP in under six minutes.After registering, users simply select an appointment or choose the on-demand option, which connects them to a doctor via a video link.Ozagir is forthright, and he stresses that his company doesn’t want to usurp the NHS, but instead work with it.
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AR-emoji in the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus can be seen as Samsung's answer to Animojis from Apple.unlike Apple, which animates the existing emojis, allows Samsung users to create animated versions of themselves.These animated characters can reflect the user's facial expression.Now, Samsung offers 18 new stickers which are generated automatically when an AR-emoji is created.It means that the number of stickers has doubled, up to 36.Samsung writes that 18 new expressions will be released in the coming months.
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