Johnathan Owen

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Hey, you know that thing you don't understand that all the kids like?Today, Epic Games has confirmed that Fortnite is finally coming to Android - with Samsung owners at the front of the queue.Speaking at Unpacked 2018, at Samsung's launch event for the Note 9, CEO Tim Sweeney revealed that owners of the new Note 9 or the Samsung Tab 4 will be able to get an early invite to play the game's beta, long before other handheld gamers can get their fix of their baffling game on the go.The first invites will apparently go out this week, and to sweeten the deal, Tab 4 and Note 9 owners will get access to a special "Galaxy" skin, which is exactly the sort of artificial scarcity that will drive kids - and their parents - insane.It isn't clear what the timescale is on the game coming to other Android handsets, but we'll keep you posted about when.At least, assuming that your nine year old doesn't tell you about it first.
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Profits might have plummeted but that hasn’t stopped Deutsche Telekom from raising its full-year outlook as subscriber gains in the US business drags the rest of the group forward.Total revenues for the last three months stood at €18.367, down 2.8% year-on-year, though profit nose-dived to €495, a decrease of 43%.The team has blamed this drop on a one-off payment of €600 million to the German government, settling a long-running legal dispute over the delayed implementation of a truck toll system DT designed with Daimler.Without the fine, profits would have increased by 3%.“We remain firmly on track,” said CFO Thomas Dannenfeldt.“The trends in Germany and the United States are positive.
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Smart cities are increasingly at risk from hackers, who can take over technology to cause everything from fake natural disasters to disrupting emergency services.A new report from tech giant IBM revealed the top three ways hackers could use the connected networks embedded within smart cities such as London, New York and Singapore to chaotic effect.Most will remember the time human error caused a text message to be generated to all citizens in Hawaii, warning of an incoming ballistic missile that could have ended all life on the US island.Sensors, which are used by advancing cities to track everything from weather to unattended packages in public areas, are often at risk of being hacked to trigger false alerts as a result of being attached to legacy equipment or going unchecked on a regular basis.For example, by causing water level gauges, radiation detectors, wind speed sensors and other disaster detection and alarm systems to report incorrect data, a bad actor could cause an evacuation as a distraction from a larger crime at work.Alternatively, should an attacker crack these systems to report that everything is normal as a natural disaster approaches, a city could suffer far worse damage.
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It is, to some extent, rushing to plug up the holes of its ship with the Galaxy Note 9 later this day, a Galaxy Watch perhaps later this month, and, of course, the already announced Galaxy Tab S4.But if so, then Samsung is in bigger trouble than it might have presumed based on the early reviews of the slate that’s supposedly meant to replace your laptop.Almost all the reviewers seem to agree: the Galaxy Tab S4 is a good Android tablet.Its specs are from last year and while that might normally be a deal breaker, the 4 GB RAM is definitely pushing it when it comes to the Galaxy Tab S4’s key feature.Despite the AKG branding, phoneArena found the quad speakers to quite disappointing, lacking the punch you’d expect from an iPad Pro rival.And without a fingerprint scanner, Samsung’s less than accurate iris and face recognition makes unlocking the tablet a chore.
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The enterprise security tools have been designed to establish trust between the cloud, firmware and everything in-between.Google has released new details on their Shielded VMs security suite, a set of tools designed to protect enterprise cloud workloads.Legacy software and operational costs can be eradicated, day-to-day management of systems, services and data can become a lighter burden due to automated tools and machine learning.Also it can be easier to secure sensitive corporate networks with cloud-based solutions.Unless cloud providers are trustworthy, businesses may shy away from refreshing their corporate architecture and systems.It is not just cloud services which need protection, as today’s threat actors will take any open avenue to exploit corporate systems and this includes networks, hardware connections and virtual machines (VMs).
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OPPO has lifted the lid on its upcoming selfie-focused smartphone, the OPPO F9, which is due to be released later this month in Vietnam and the Philippines.As is the case with, well, pretty much every single phone release that’s happened over the past few years, the pertinent details of the F9 leaked online in the weeks prior to its official launch.According to details splashed on GeekBench, the F9 packs an octo-core MediaTek Helio P60 chipset, backed up with a respectable (but not earth-shattering) 6GB of RAM.It runs Android 8.1, which isn’t too surprising given Android 9 Pie only just came out, and so far is limited to a handful of phones.Prior leaks have revealed the F9 packing a discrete, triangular notch, which contains a 25 megapixel selfie camera.The rear shooter is expected to be a dual-camera setup, in a 16MP and 2MP configuration.
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Nao Tokui – a visiting associate professor at Kyushu University in California and a CEO of Qosmo, an AI and music startup – has developed a neural-network-based system that collects about 20 seconds of any sound to produce a custom drum kit, and then automatically sequences rhythms using those utterances and noises.In a video demo of the JavaScript-based code, Tokui gently slaps his cheek, and flicks a plastic bottle.The sounds are recorded by his computer’s microphone, and fed into the software to generate a rhythm from the audio:Whatever's recorded by the code is automagically split and assigned to the instruments that make up the virtual drum kit, such as the kick drum, snare, hi hat, and tom-toms.After all this, the model strings together combinations of the kit's components into a sequence to produce a loop that you can bop your head to.The project, dubbed Neural Beatboxer, is made up of two parts, Tokui explained.
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What happened: Alibaba announced its all-in-one 88VIP paid membership plan yesterday in Guangzhou.Alibaba users with a Taoqi Value (a scoring system calculating purchasing history and individual credit) higher than 1,000 can purchase an RMB 88 annual membership for Tmall Supermarket, Tmall Global, Youku, Ele.me, Xiami Music, and Taopiaopiao (their film ticket service).Users with a Taoqi Value lower than 1,000 have to pay RMB 888 for the membership.Alibaba says the membership and its exclusive discounts could on average save RMB 2,000.Why it’s important: Alibaba is hoping to secure users in increasingly fierce competition in retail and its partners’ industries.The over 1,000% difference between the 2 membership fees calculated from purchasing histories implies that a key move is to have those top buyers and users who frequently use other lifestyle services locked in.
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Is Elon Musk right to say that public companies are forced to focus on short-term gains?As Tesla is unprofitable, Musk has to play to both galleries.It’s no wonder he’s under pressure – all public companies feel compelled to focus on easy wins, and all eventually succumb.Management teams are human and, like everyone, prefer plaudits to brickbats.The problems arise when the pursuit of short-term gains damages long-term prospects.It might seem profitable to pick up pennies in front of a steamroller, but we can all see where this eventually goes wrong.
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What happened: Ele.me denied the rumored merger with Koubei and said no Ele.me executives have left.Rumors started on Wednesday, August 8 that Alibaba, the holding company of Ele.me and Koubei, would merge these two companies and seek to raise $3 billion.Japan’s SoftBank was said to lead the investment.Why it’s important: Despite Ele.me’s denial, there is evidence that the management level Ele.me has been marginalized after being bought by Alibaba in April 2018 for $9.5 billion.Currently, Ele.me and Meituan have been dominating the food delivery market and Baidu has exited.However, Zhang Xuhao, founder of Ele.me, was appointed chief executive officer of Baidu Delivery, which had been bought by Ele.me in August 2017, before Alibaba’s buyout.
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A new video shows off high-quality iPhone dummies said to showcase the designs Apple will launch with its 2018 models.Though unconfirmed, these dummies are said to accurately replicate the look of each of the three iPhone models Apple is expected to unveil in September, including a 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X update, a 6.5-inch OLED model, and a 6.1-inch model with an LCD.Apple, of course, has not confirmed any of the 2018 iPhone details.However, many leaks have surfaced in the months leading up to the unveiling, including designs and dummy units used by case and accessory makers.Popular tech YouTube personality Marques Brownlee has three high-quality dummies, one for each of the anticipated three 2018 iPhone models.Brownlee says the dummies come from the same source as dummy units he acquired last year, ones that were proven very accurate.
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But certain awkward situations wouldn't have been possible a few decades ago.Or inadvertently sending a mean-spirited text message ... to the person you were talking about.Diane Gottsman, a national etiquette expert, the author of Modern Etiquette for a Better Life, and the founder of The Protocol School of Texas, calls situations like these "oh well moments."If you accidentally liked someone's old Facebook update, "either unlike it or let it go," she said.If you were tagged in a photo at a friend's birthday party when you were supposed to be at another friend's get-together, "just say, 'I'm sorry.Below, we've listed seven of the most cringeworthy scenarios that could only happen in contemporary life.
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Whether it's from lack of ability or lack of education, I'm just not a connoisseur.It passed with flying colors.The thing that once seemed like the best, most exciting, coolest product in the world can, over time, become passé; even the coolest gadgets can lose their luster.After spending several months with the device, here's what I'm still loving about it.Look, the Google Home Max probably isn't winning any awards for innovative design.It looks like, well, a speaker, and you can barely tell it has any "smarts" inside.
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The word "defect" universally evokes some negative, undesirable feature, but researchers at the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University have a different opinion: in the realm of nanoporous materials, defects can be put to a good use, if one knows how to tame them.A team led by Dr Marco Taddei, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Fellow at Swansea University, is investigating how the properties of metal-organic frameworks, a class of materials resembling microscopic sponges, can be adjusted by taking advantage of their defects to make them better at capturing CO2.Dr Taddei said: "Metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs, are extremely interesting materials because they are full of empty space that can be used to trap and contain gases.In addition, their structure can be manipulated at the atomic level to make them selective to certain gases, in our case CO2."The researchers went on to investigate how defects take part in a process known as "post-synthetic exchange", a two-step procedure whereby a MOF is initially synthesized and then modified through exchange of some components of its structure.They studied the phenomenon in real time using nuclear magnetic resonance, a common characterization technique in chemistry.
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The batteries of the future may be made out of paper.Researchers at Binghamton University, State University at New York have created a biodegradable, paper-based battery that is more efficient than previously possible.For years, there has been excitement in the scientific community about the possibility of paper-based batteries as an eco-friendly alternative.However, the proposed designs were never quite powerful enough, they were difficult to produce and it was questionable whether they were really biodegradable.Associate Professor Seokheun "Sean" Choi from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Professor Omowunmi Sadik from the Chemistry Department worked on the project together.Choi engineered the design of the paper-based battery, while Sadik was able to make the battery a self-sustaining biobattery.
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ARLINGTON, Va.--The unique topic of artificial intelligence (AI) for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) was in the spotlight last week, as leading minds from academia, industry and the federal government met to discuss how modern technology can help victims of disasters around the globe.The Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Workshop--co-hosted by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)--took place at the university's Pittsburgh campus Aug. 2-3."The problem of catastrophes affecting humanity will unfortunately always be among us," said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. David J. Hahn."The great minds in this room are here to figure out how we can best leverage artificial intelligence and autonomy to better deliver resources and people to those in urgent need."As Hahn addressed the group, pictures of naval relief efforts over many years scrolled behind him, including Sailors and Marines assisting victims in Haiti after an earthquake, Japan after an earthquake and tsunami, New Orleans and New York after hurricanes, and more.Hahn noted the Navy and Marine Corps are uniquely suited to support rescue and relief work done by different federal agencies, when called upon.
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Magic Leap have announced that its first product will launch this summerMagic Leap developers will now be able to draw images and video from Shutterstock’s library as the company enters a partnership with the stock image and video provider.Jon Oringer, Founder of Shutterstock commented in the release: “To know that assets from Shutterstock will help provide some of the digital building blocks for developers to create new environments and entirely new worlds is the kind of thing Shutterstock is built for.”Magic Leap have announced that its first product will launch this summer.However, this announcement was accompanied by fine print at the bottom of the announcement video which stated:“Magic Leap one has not been authorised as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission.
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The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL’s presumed October 4 announcement is still a fair bit away but, thanks to new rumors, we’re getting an almost complete picture of the handset’s looks and specs.The Google Pixel 3 XL has been basically photographed in full, complete with the deepest screen notch yet, by Russian tech blogger Канал Лучкова.Likewise, it seems as if the Google Pixel 3 XL will still feature only one rear camera.Unfortunately, the photos are too dark to discern if the front of the phone includes dual selfie-cams.We also get a shot of the device information listing the Google Pixel 3 XL specs include an octa-core Qualcomm processor – which we assume to be the Snapdragon 845 – Ardreno 630 GPU, 1,440 x 2,960 screen resolution and 4GB of memory.These Google Pixel 3 XL specs match up perfectly to those taken from a leaked benchmark PlayFulDroid (seen below), which all but confirmed an Snapdragon 845 processor on top of the same screen resolution and memory capacity.
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When I first heard about Magic Leap – this was eons ago in tech terms, I frankly stopped counting the years – it seemed like an exciting proposition.The concept videos were certainly cool.As they should be, having been made by New Zealand-based special effects company WETA (you know, the one from all the Lord of the Rings films).There’s only so much “we know something you don’t know” you can take before it stars becoming annoying, but Magic Leap simply would not take a hint.And although Wired reports that Magic Leap’s CEO and Founder Rony Abovitz now recognizes that they were arrogant, I’m yet to see a significant change in attitude.What we have seen is that – based on the documentation and photos released – their ultra-hyped headset has to be tethered to what looks like a Diskman (kids, you’ll laugh, but back in the olden 90s we used to play these things called CDs…) and the FOV (Field of View) is only slightly larger than that of the HoloLens.
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The southern trains barely operate on time, and the incoming passengers all swarm around the door while people are still trying to get off the damn things.The northern trains might as well not exist, seeing as how utterly terrible they are.What's the government doing about it?No clue, but the Department for Transport has teamed up with rail companies to try and make travel apps better.The whole announcement hinges on train companies publishing more data in real time, which is supposed to help travel apps improve what they have to offer.You know, so you can see just how later your train to work is going to be before you walk into the station.
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