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Jose Ghosh

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Facebook rolled out a feature called "Watch Party" in July that allows users to watch and chat about a video in one spot as if they were sitting together in a digital living room.Now that tool, which was made available first within Facebook Groups, is expanding to all pages and profiles on the social network.Watch Party is part of the tech firm's efforts to get users to interact more on the social network rather than just sitting back and consuming content.As Facebook tries to get its users to spend more time watching videos, it also faces stiff competition from other tech firms, including Google-owned YouTube.Facebook has acknowledged in the past that social media can dampen a person's mood if they're just scrolling through posts.But a study published this month by the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology found that limiting social media to 30 minutes per day could also improve a person's mental health.
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It doesn't seem the least bit long-term financially viable to leave a fleet of expensive electric bikes lying about the street for people to use at £1 a go, but that's what's about to happen in the UK's technological new town of Milton Keynes, where US scooter e-renter Lime is debuting a UK presence by bunging out a few to see how it goes.The dockless electric bikes come in a vivid green to deter both thieves and normal people, and could be yours for a go on in and around Milton Keynes's Intu shopping centre, where £1 unlocks a bike and it's then a 15p per minute charge for whizzing around assisted by an electric motor for as long and as far as you like and can afford.Around 100 ebikes are now in the town, with the dockless system trusting users to leave them somewhere responsible when finished.One problem might be that the Grand Union Canal runs through Milton Keynes, and we do, as a nation, have form when it comes to telling these tedious modern startups where to stick their garish machines.
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Twenty years ago, Sega released the Dreamcast video game console in Japan.In addition to its advanced graphics and novel built-in modem, the console introduced a number of memorable game series, including Shenmue, Soul Calibur and Sonic Adventure.In honor of the console (and video games in general), CNET editors take a look back at their most cherished video game memories in the video below.From their first ever consoles and their favorite games of all time, to the games they could never beat and are still haunted by to this day, we reminisce about the budding and bewildering video games of yesteryear.Let us know about favorite memories in the comments.
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Using technology for speech recognition has been around for decades, first introduced by IBM in 1961.The Shoebox, as it was called, recognized 16 words and numbers zero through nine.It took another 50 years of technology enhancements, super-fast internet connectivity and the cloud to bring about the massive growth in virtual assistants we see today.Ninety-one million people in the U.S. alone use a voice assistant at least once a month, according to eMarketer.But how exactly do voice assistants work?How does a question get answered quickly and accurately?
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“There is no doubt that this fine would be higher if it had been post GDPR”Uber the ride-hailing application enterprise has been fined over £900,000 by data regulation authorities in the UK and the Netherlands.The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Uber £385,000 for what it calls a “series of avoidable data security flaws” that allowed hackers to obtained the personal data of 2.7 million people in the UK.The fine stems from a data breach Uber suffered in 2016 which saw the data of 57 million people across the world exposed.It was then discovered that Uber had paid the hackers to delete the compromised data, in the hope that the issue would be forgotten.Critically Uber failed to inform customers at the immediate time of the breach that their data had been stolen and was in the hands of threat actors.
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And all too often, the world is unfair with its myriad gender, race, class, and caste biases.Now, fearing one such bias might affect users and rub them the wrong way, Google has blocked Gmail’s Smart Compose AI tool from suggesting gender-based pronouns.If you still haven’t enabled the feature on your Gmail, you can learn how to do so here.Smart Compose is an example of natural language generation (NLG), in which computers learn from patterns and relationships between words in literature, emails and web pages to write sentences – similar to the predictive text feature on your phone’s keyboard or messaging app.But as I mentioned, Google’s AI was showing worrying signs that it was biased.Gmail product manager Paul Lambert told Reuters that a problem was discovered in January when a company researcher typed “I am meeting an investor next week,” and Smart Compose suggested “Do you want to meet him?” instead of “her” when attempting to auto-complete the question.
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The search giant has allegedly tracked the movements of millions of Europeans, Reuters reports.According to the BEUC’s announcement — an umbrella organization representing European consumer groups — the Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Slovenia, Sweden, and Norway have filed complaints to their national data protection authorities due to new research by Norway‘s consumer group, Forbrukerrådet.The research‘s findings were published today and, according to the BEUC, it proves that Google’s practices are unfair and invasive:The report shows that Google collects users’ location data notably through the features ‘location history’ and ’web & app activity’, which are integrated into all Google user accounts.These unfair practices leave consumers in the dark about the use of their personal data.Additionally they do not give consumers a real choice other than providing their location data, which is then used by the company for a wide range of purposes including targeted advertising.
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2.7 million Brits caught up in 'serious failure of data security' says UK data watchdogThe UK’s data watchdog has slapped a £385,000 penalty on app-not-driving-service baddie Uber for security weak spots that attackers exploited to expose the details of millions of customers.Two fiends accessed the data after snatching login credentials for Uber's AWS S3 data stores from the firm's GitHub code repo.The hack, which Uber 'fessed up to in November 2017 but which actually happened 12 to 13 months earlier, saw ne'er-do-wells nab information on 57 million punters globally, including full names, email addresses and phone numbers.The personal details of 2.7 million Brit punters were scooped up in the security skirmish, as were the records of roughly 82,000 drivers based in the UK that ranged from details of journeys made to payments taken.Rather than admitting the hack affecting tens of millions of passengers customers, Uber's co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick decided it would be better to keep schtum and not go public with the mess.
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BitPay’s popular Bitcoin BTC wallet, Copay, has been compromised – and your cryptocurrency might be at risk.Developer BitPay has warned users that its open-source wallet Copay has been infected with malware designed to steal users’ private keys.This means anyone running the malicious versions of its app “should assume that private keys on affected wallets may have been compromised.”BitPay says the malicious code was deployed on versions 5.0.2 and 5.1.0, but it remains unclear whether – or how widely – the flaw has been exploited.For the record, Copay boasts over 100,000 installs on Android.The developer says that its BitPay wallets weren’t affected by the attack.
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Lenovo has revealed the existence of 9th-generation mobile processors from Intel on one of its laptop’s product datasheets, potentially indicating that these fresh CPUs could be with us soon.The power-sipping processors – designed to be undemanding for portables, having low-power needs, and indeed low cooling requirements – will apparently arrive in three flavors: Core i7-9550U, Core i5-9250U, and Core i3-9130U.That’s according to the spec details of Lenovo’s IdeaPad S530 13-inch convertible, but sadly no further information is provided on the processors such as the clock speed or core count.What is interesting, however, is that these 9th-gen CPUs are listed as options directly alongside 8th-gen offerings – essentially the parts that they replace.Naturally, the new chips will doubtless be faster, but they will be built on the same 14nm++ process, so there may not be that much of a difference to the 8th-generation processors.As Wccftech, which spotted this development, notes, the Core i3 will doubtless be a dual-core CPU, with the others being quad-core products.
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With the arrival of Nikon's Z6 and Z7, we've heard a lot about the new Z mount and the benefits the large lens mount design provides Nikon's engineers.One of the benefits of the 55mm wide lens mount used by Nikon's full-frame mirrorless cameras is that we can now expect ultra-fast, high-quality lenses with apertures as big as f/0.95.To put that in perspective, the physical limitation of Nikon F mount is lenses with a maximum aperture of f/1.2 (though we haven't seen a autofocus lens with a faster maximum aperture than f/1.4).In fact, next year should see the first of these lenses in the shape of the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens.While we've been under the impression that a f/0.95 is the maximum possible aperture for Nikon's Z mount, it appears it could be even more impressive.In a recent interview with French photography blog Mizuwari, Nicolas Gillet, Nikon France's director of marketing and communication revealed that Z mount is theoretically capable of supporting autofocus lenses with apertures as fast f/0.65.
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The first half of The Walking Dead’s ninth season has been mostly good, something no one could have predicted after the show’s dire, audience-haemorrhaging the last few years.First and foremost, Michonne and Siddiq finally bring the new guys to Hilltop, and in doing so we really see the depth of just how bad things have gotten between the colonies.It’s also telling how when Michonne enters, pretty much all of Hilltop hates her.As we learn, whatever the hell went down to destroy the bond between the colonies was Michonne’s call: “I didn’t make the choices I made because I thought they’d be easy…at least they [the Hilltoppers] are alive to hate me.” Certainly, when Michonne arrives Tara is not at all happy to see her.We don’t see him go anywhere or do anything just yet, but hey, maybe Gabriel’s prison reform program has had some effect.Finally on his own, perturbed by seeing his mum/stone-cold badass Carol cry when she said goodbye, and immediately discovering Enid is not a potential love interest for him, Henry meets some friendly teens who talk him into hanging out with them that night at some spot outside the wall.
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Over the past couple of years, virtually every phone maker has experimented with centered cutouts on the displays of their devices, aka notches, to accommodate front cameras and sensors.Now, it looks like we’ll soon see a different sort of notch on some upcoming handsets, courtesy of Huawei and Samsung.An image from Huawei that The Verge spotted on Chinese social media depicts a bezel-less phone with a camera in the top left corner, surrounded by the screen on all sides.That’s similar to what we expect Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy A8s to look like, based on this supposedly leaked screen protector for the device:Huawei said it’ll reveal more information about its next device on December 3, while Samsung is expected to show off the A8s either next month or in January 2019 – so we’ll soon know for sure if this is going to be a thing.I’m interested to see how this will look in real life.
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For months, technology stocks have been the holy grail for growth, with valuations reaching dizzying heights.Share prices for each of the five tech giants – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google (the so-called Faangs) – fell sharply during trading on Monday last week.There is certainly cause for concern – let’s look at the five reasons why these stocks are struggling.There have been growing concerns that the share prices of tech stocks are too inflated.“If the sales are not double-digit and spectacular – as is the case in with the latest iPhone – the disappointment quickly translates into a sell-off in shares,” warns Cincotta.Last week, Fed chairman Jerome Powell confirmed that there would be more rate rises next year, which is bad news for the companies that need to borrow money because it makes debt more expensive.
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In this post, Founder Institute Munich local leader, Claudia Schaller, shares her insights on how to avoid these issues and launch a company as smoothly as possible.Written by Claudia Schaller, PhDFounding a startup can be overwhelming.From the very beginning, startup founders are barraged by uncertainty.How do I create the perfect pitch deck?Here are 3 things that you can do in the next 15 minutes which will help you lay the foundation for future success.
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65-inch TCL 6 Series Roku TV, model 65R615: $800 (save $170)This is most likely the best price you'll get for TCL's superb 65R615.You simply can't get a picture this good for any less, and the awesome Roku TV operating system is sweet icing on the cake.See at Best Buy Read the CNET reviewGoogle Home Mini: $25 (half price)Google's answer to Amazon's Alexa is a tiny, always-listening speaker that responds to "OK, Google" with everything Google Assistant has to offer.
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What happened: Chinese social app king Tencent will partner with Japanese chat app Line for mobile payment.The collaboration is widely seen as a move to improve tourism experience in Japan.Prior to the tie-up, Line Pay was already available at roughly 1 million locations.Line will lease terminals compatible with Tencent’s WeChat Pay starting from mid-December to small and midsize restaurants and stores that have yet to adopt Line’s own Line Pay offering.The service with Tencent will start next year.Why it’s important: China’s online payment services are going abroad, with Chinese giants partnering with local market leaders.
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I’m not a particularly vain person.Despite my interest in the beauty industry, I find eye shadow a bit terrifying.That being sad, I do love a good mirror, but I never had owned a smart mirror before.I was recently sent a model of the Sensor Mirror Trio, made by simplehuman, the company who claims to “design everyday tools to help people become more efficient at home.” They make functional things like soap pumps and trash bins even more functional, and also very sleek and minimal and, well, sexy.How sleek and minimal and sexy is this mirror then?I’ve never desired a super magnifying mirror before — when I was little, I used to stare into my mother’s until my eyes crossed, and ever since they’ve kind of left me with a barfy feeling.
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Inspired by Actinia, a sea organism that ensnares its prey with its tentacles, a team of researchers has developed a method for efficiently treating water.The research, a collaboration of the labs of Yale's Menachem Elimelech and Huazhang Zhao of Peking University, used a material known as a nanocoagulant to rid water of contaminants.By removing a broad range of contaminants in a single step, the discovery promises to significantly improve on the centuries-old use of coagulants for water treatment.The results are published today in Nature Nanotechnology.When added to water, conventional coagulants such as aluminum sulfate and other metallic salts remove larger particles from water by causing them to group together into larger formations and settle.Employing multiple technologies for water treatment, however, is costly, energy-intensive and can require a large amount of land.
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At first blush, the National Football League’s recent hire of Activision Blizzard’s Tim Ellis as CMO looks like a beleaguered brand’s attempt at leveraging fresh marketing insight to recapture a young male demographic abandoning traditional sports for esports.By virtue of the audiences they serve, gaming executives like Ellis are the foremost authorities on curating customer journeys and driving engagement and lifetime value across multiple touchpoints.That same discipline has made EA a cutting-edge marketing organization, one that has taken great strides toward truly owning its relationship with customers.[This business is] about applying data to personalize and curate a complex experience across multiple environments.The highly immersive and engaging world of gaming is ahead of the curve on nurturing those important skills.How did we get to this point where we find gaming brands on the bleeding edge of marketing?
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