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Despite being a rising phone brand from China, Meigoo has brought some quite nice devices already.Targeting the global mobile market, today Meiigoo also announces that the Meigoo S8 is now officially available from warehouses in Germany and Spain via Ebay.Which is a huge step forward for the company.The Meiigoo S8 offers some quite solid features given its price range.The phone does indeed come with a large 6.1-inch full vision display with an 18:9 display aspect ratio and FHD+ resolution, a dual-sided 3D glass front panel and back case, with a mirror finish on the back cover which looks quite dazzling as well.Powered by a MediaTek MTK6750T octa-core processor and paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, the S8 delivers a rather smooth user experience.
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Storage boffins get flash and disk dancing togetherResearch gnomes at IBM Zurich say we should take translation layers off storage devices and run many at the same time on a server to get faster IO.They have published a research paper discussing this.An SSD has a Flash Translation Layer (FTL), which interfaces between the database and file system concepts on the host system and physical pages and blocks used on the SSD.The SSD's FTL is constrained by the processing and memory available on the SSD and is only aware of its own local flash environment on the drive, collecting deleted pages for garbage collection on the device for example.Putting a global FTL for all of a server's SSDs in the host OS would enable better optimisation of SSD resources.
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Huawei is the latest equipment maker to join LG not to launch a flagship at the MWC 2018.It was just recently revealed by the LG CEO himself that LG will no longer be following the annual release cycle.Hence, there won’t be any LG G7 at the annual trade show.Now, reports from industry sources have confirmed that the Huawei P20 will also be a no-show at the expo.If you’re fearing Huawei is headed the LG way, do know that reasons are not the same.Huawei wants to avoid any direct collisions with the Galaxy S9/ S9+ that will undoubtedly be the star of the Barcelona expo.
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Reckons GDPR will help us challenge algo-driven outcomesAlgorithms should not be solely responsible for criminal sentencing, while a change in law may be required to open up public data sets involving health information.These were just some of the topics Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham touched on today in a wide-ranging Parliamentary hearing about the use of AI in decision-making.Denham told MPs on the Science and Technology Committee that companies and organisations must be able to explain how decisions are made by machines, but stopped short of saying they should be required to make that process available to the public, citing concerns over commercial confidentiality."When dealing with public-sector data and the use of AI systems, there may be more of an argument for publication of [that] data as long as it's not personal data," she said.Asked what her biggest concerns were for the future use of AI in decision making, she said any area in which it has a significant impact on people's lives.
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As part of its efforts to make the internet a safer place, Google has begun displaying warnings when opening links posted under YouTube videos.But it appears that, in addition to malicious pages, the video sharing service is wrongly flagging tons of legitimate websites for “malware, phishing or disturbing content.”A number of users have reported that clicking on links found in the description field under videos now redirects them to a warning page, cautioning users against opening certain websites.Among others, it appears Google is targeting popular destinations like Facebook, Twitter, Patreon and – on at least one occasion – the White House.Here is how the warning looks like:It appears that Google is running a trial with this sort of warnings on YouTube – and has been for a couple of months now.
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Wine (also known as Wine Is Not an Emulator) is a popular piece of software that allows people to run Windows programs on other operating systems, particularly Linux and macOS, and it is now available for Android as well.CodeWeavers, the company behind Wine, released a commercial version of Wine for Android, named CrossOver in 2016.However, it remained in an early alpha testing stage, and was never fully released.However, Wine 3.0, is now available, and it can be installed via an APK file onto Android systems, with the app running a full-screen Windows display – including the Start menu – when the app is opened.Remember, it’s not an emulatorThe APK file, which can be downloaded from the Wine HQ website, needs to be installed as an unknown source, rather than getting it from the Google Play Store.
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The Nintendo Switch isn’t the only console that’s a popular target for hackers and homebrew enthusiasts – the PlayStation 4 system has been hacked, bringing a flood of pirated software and the chance for tinkerers to play their own PlayStation 2 games on the more modern console.According to Eurogamer, the exploit in the console’s software was discovered earlier this month, but it’s limited to consoles running system software 4.05.Given that most people automatically update their consoles and we’re now on system software 5.05, it’s safe to say there are very few PlayStation 4 consoles out there right now that will be able to actually take advantage of the exploit.However, that hasn’t stopped a sudden flurry of activity in the hacking community.Not long after the release of the exploit, we’re seeing Linux support and the creation of a homebrew enabler called PS4HEN.Now, hackers are able to install package files on PS4 consoles, use tools to decrypt games, and then re-package and install them on hacked consoles.
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As residents of Alaska were woken in the early hours of this morning by a tsunami warning, on the other side of the country, President Trump was tweeting about “fake news”.Americans along the West Coast were told to get up and head inland to higher ground after a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck 160 miles southeast of Chiniak.Just under two hours after the warning was issued, the President was apparently watching TV and deciding CNN isn’t actually “fake news’ - so long as it is praising him.Even Crazy Jim Acosta of Fake News CNN agrees: “Trump World and WH sources dancing in end zone: Trump wins again...Schumer and Dems caved...gambled and lost.” Thank you for your honesty Jim!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2018At the time of writing and three hours after the tsunami warning was issued, Trump has yet to tweet about it or release a statement.
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Early in the morning a few days before Christmas, I was sitting in the living room of my mom’s New Zealand apartment, typing away on my laptop, when a parrot flew up, perched itself on the balcony railing and stared at me expectantly, as if demanding that I bring it a treat.It was a Kaka parrot, a large, greenish-brown bird with a subtly burgundy underbelly that has long been endangered in New Zealand due to forest clearing and invasive possums that compete with the Kaka for food.The bird had tags on its ankle from nearby Zealandia, the city of Wellington’s impressive eco-sanctuary, which has been breeding Kakas since 2002.Zealandia’s Kaka are a remarkable conservation success story.Recently, New Zealand has been at the centre of a heated debate over whether it is either feasible or ethical to use a cutting-edge genetic-engineering technique known as a gene drive to kill off the land-dwelling mammals that were brought to New Zealand by European settlers, and that threaten its native birds.Gene drives are controversial for good reason: They work by overriding natural selection, allowing scientists to theoretically force a desired genetic trait through an entire wild population quickly.
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Telefonica will test 5G technologies, deployment and business models in Segovia and Talvera de la ReinaTelefonica is to turn two Spanish towns into ‘living labs’, using them to test 5G technologies, services and business models.The operator, along with network equipment partners Ericsson and Nokia, will test capacity, network deployment models and the development of use cases, while citizens will get early access to some of the features of 5G networks.Nokia was chosen for Segovia because of its ‘unique’ end-to-end product portfolio, while Ericsson was selected in Talvera de la Reina for its work with 5G standards.Both firms have been working extensively on 5G development over the past few years.Read More: What is 5G and how is it different from 4G?
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) development is picking up momentum and some manufacturing bigwigs like Xiaomi and Samsung are currently at the hub of its development.Google is further strengthening its interest in AI development and the company has chosen to establish an AI research centre in Paris.Google took this decision after a meeting between its CEO and French President – Emmanuel Macron.Google’s Chief Executive, Sundar Pichai said in a statement.“The different achievements in this country, including in science, art and the academic field make it an ideal place for the creation of a centre of theoretical research in artificial intelligence,”Earlier this week, the French President welcomed about 140 multinational business leaders to Paris for a meeting preceding the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday.
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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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Leading global LCD manufacturer Japan Display Inc. has just announced it has developed a transparent Glass-based fingerprint sensor.The manufacturer is mainly known for making liquid crystal displays or LCDs.However, it has used its LCD expertise to make inroads in the sensor-making industry.JDI’s announcement comes at a time when Vivo has already demonstrated the first working under-display fingerprint sensor in the Vivo X20 Plus UD.The company described the mechanism of the sensor, “JDI’s glass-based capacitive fingerprint sensor applies the basic touch functionality technology that is integrated in its in-cell Pixel EyesTM displays which have been used in smartphone and digital still camera applications.With Pixel EyesTM, the touch functionality is integrated into the glass substrate by detecting the changes in capacitance that occur when a finger touches the LCD surface.
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Fox currently has a 39% stake in Sky, and has been trying to buy the remaining 61%.However, the Competition and Markets Authority in the UK (the CMA) has said such a deal would not be in the public interest thanks to media plurality.The Murdoch Family Trust which currently controls Fox, also has control of several other major news outlets in the UK — The Sun, The Times and Fox News to name but a few — and should it come to own the entirety of Sky, it would have too much control over news broadcasting (and therefore too much control over political agenda and public opinion).Other than the issue of media plurality, however, the investigation carried out by the CMA found that Fox's commitment to broadcasting standards in the UK are more than adequate and in that regard, its control of Sky wouldn't be against the public interest.Of course, Fox recently agreed to a deal with Disney, in which Disney is to buy most of Fox's business — so if the Sky/Fox deal was to go through, it's likely that Sky would become a property of Disney.In light of that, the CMA will continue to investigate and will set out its final report on 1st May.
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Unsure on-shore: When it comes to staff ratio, you hit it then quit it... right?IBM's Global Technology Services says it is finally edging closer to a proposed target to base 60 per cent of the workforce in offshore locations, one fifth in nearshore and another fifth onshore.The 60-20-20 rule, as it is known within the company, replaces the previous model in which Big Blue intended to have eight in 10 GTS personnel in lower-cost areas, including India, by the end of last year.Clearly top brass (or their consultants) have had a change of heart judging by recent comments to staff in notes from an Employee Consultation Committee (ECC) seen by The Register.The ECC was formed to give employees a voice in the latest round of UK job cuts.The ECC notes carried a question from one GTS employee: "If we are going to a 60-20-20 delivery model within GTS what is the current resource model ratio for IS Project Services Delivery and Managed Services in the UK and separately Ireland?"
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A mother whose son is terminally ill has shared her joy after a stranger reached out with a gesture of kindness, which will help her cherish her child’s memory in the future.Charlene Harthorne, who lives in Bootle, Merseyside, has a five-year-old son, Toby, who suffers with a form of muscular dystrophy known as Duchenne MD.There is no cure for the condition and Harthorne says it will see her son immobilised by around eleven years old, and he will later go on to suffer organ failure.“Toby will lose his life to this so we make every moment count now,” Harthorne told HuffPost UK.In an attempt to channel her heartbreak, Harthorne wrote a poem; originally intended to go in a ‘memory box’ that the family can look back on in years to come.Harthorne said: “The poem contained my feelings about how Toby is too young to understand, but I need to be strong for him, no matter what happens.”
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We were all wowed by Samsung latest innovation at the just concluded CES 2018 when the company announced a super-sized TV named The Wall.If you think that is the best Sammy has to offer, then you may be wrong as the company has just recently requested the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) to trademark the names “Super Size TV” and “Giant TV.”The trademark applications on their own didn’t reveal anything else, but it is an indication that the company may in time to come release new bigger-screen products that fit the “Super Size TV” and “Giant TV.” monikers.There is also the likely hood that ‘The Wall’ that was showcased recently at the CES could be marketed under such names when Samsung decides to commercially release it later in the year.The latest inovation and of course the announcement at the CES is an indication that Samsung seems more determned to grab more market share which has been dominated by LG Electronics since the QLED line-up was first introduced in early 2017.
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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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Tool use among animals isn't common, but it is spread widely across our evolutionary tree.In most of these instances, however, the animal is simply using something that's found in its environment, rather than crafting a tool specifically for a task.To extract food from holes and crevices, these birds use twigs or stems that are found in their environment without modification.In other environments, however, they'll remove branches from plants and carefully strip parts of the plant to leave behind a hooked stick.A group of researchers, mostly from the University of St. Andrews, has now done just that: the researchers have quantified how tool manufacture influences food harvesting.The results show that the use of bird-crafted tools can increase food extraction by up to 12 times the rate the crows could achieve by using unmodified sticks.
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Contrary to what you might assume after hate-browsing Facebook, it seems the internet may have actually made people less dogmatic about religion.A recent study published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion has found evidence that the more we use the internet, the less likely we are to have a specific religious affiliation or to believe in and practice one religion exclusively.Paul McClure, a doctoral student in sociology at Texas’ Baylor University, decided to take a broad look at how the internet has influenced our religious proclivities.He was inspired, in part, by previous research that suggested the rise of the internet since the 1990s has contributed to an increase of people becoming religiously unaffiliated (a group otherwise known as “Nones,” which includes, but isn’t limited to, atheists and agnostics).He analysed data from an ongoing project that’s been managed by his university since 2005, the Baylor Religion Survey.He specifically relied on the 2010 version of the US-centric nationally representative survey, conducted by the Gallup Organization, which was the first to feature questions about people’s use of the internet as well as how they felt about religion.
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