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All today's commercial drones use GPS, which works fine above building roofs and in high alti-tudes.But what, when the drones have to navigate autonomously at low altitude among tall buildings or in the dense, unstructured city streets with cars, cyclists or pedestrians suddenly crossing their way?Researchers of the University of Zurich and the National Centre of Competence in Research NCCR Robotics developed DroNet, an algorithm that can safely drive a drone through the streets of a city.Designed as a fast 8-layers residual network, it produces two outputs for each single input image: a steering angle to keep the drone navigating while avoiding obstacles, and a collision probability to let the drone recognise dangerous situations and promptly react to them."DroNet recognises static and dynamic obstacles and can slow down to avoid crashing into them.Instead of relying on sophisticated sensors, the drone developed by Swiss researchers uses a normal camera like that of every smartphone, and a very powerful artificial intelligence algorithm to interpret the scene it observes and react accordingly.
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Conversations about the under-display fingerprint technology have been buzzing in the net for a while.The reason why we have been thinking so is obvious.Xiaomi was known as the most innovative company, while the Mi 5 took it to new heights.But the under-glass fingerprint technology was first unveiled by VIVO at CES 2018 a week ago.Moreover, it is the first company to send this technology to a mass production.The first model will this technology on the board will be the VIVO X20 Plus UD.
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‘Tis the season to hit the gym and atone for the past year’s various and sundry transgressions.The challenge, as always, comes in maintaining that physical fitness regime well past the repentance period that your mind feels your body deserves.This workout playlist has been audio-engineered to get you on that (insert your cardio vascular machine of choice) and keep you keeping on while simultaneously inspiring you to return again at another date.As beats- and bass-driven music lends itself to a heart rate-increasing activity, the mission of this mix is take you through the journey of your exercise with fitness-related tunes.The intention is to get you going right out the gate, build up the tempo with the intensity of the thump, sustain that thumping stride to help you push through “the wall,” and then slowly let you down gently on the other side by fading ever so peacefully into your post-workout stretch.This track has a good bouncy groove to help ease you into the shock of aggressively moving your body.
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A mum has shared her disappointment at the way she was treated when she was pumping breast milk at Heathrow Airport.She asked airport staff where she could get some privacy while pumping milk and was advised to go to the baby changing room.But she claims a male staff member opened the door on her while she was in the middle of pumping and said she should have left it unlocked or pumped in the main terminal.“To explain why I was upset I compared it to someone bursting in on you while you are on the toilet and then calmly telling you, while your pants are still round your ankles, that you are hogging the public bathroom,” McBain wrote on Twitter on 22 January.But then I received this excuse-filled, non-apology to my formal complaint & I am so sad..— Sophie McBain (@SEMcBain) January 22, 2018
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Android Oreo has been rolling out to different devices since it was released last year.In the Middle East region, LG G6 will receive the Oreo update next month as confirmed by LG’s customer service.However, users with the smartphone in the US and Europe will have to wait a bit longer.Information from LG Italy says that Android Oreo update will arrive the G6 within the first half of this year.This suggests that we are expecting to see this update on or before June 2018.However, the period of arrival of this update has been narrowed by LG Italy official Twitter handle which says that Android Oreo update is scheduled to arrive LG G6 units in Europe by the second quarter of 2018.
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Capacity max same with 32- to 64-layer 3D NAND transitionMicron is looking to boost its high fidelity cred.The vendor has refreshed its three-model 5100 SATA SSD with a two-variant 5200, increasing reliability from two million to three million hours mean time before failure (MTBF).The 5100 SATA 2.5-inch SSD was built from 32-layer TLC 3D NAND came in three flavours: Eco (high capacity), Pro and Max (longer endurance).The 5200, which replaces it, uses 64-layer TLC 3D NAND, and yet there is no change in maximum capacity, at 7.68GB.There was a lower capacity M.2 form factor 5100 product, and that too has disappeared with the 5200.
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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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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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Born in 1898, Callendar was the son of Britain’s leading steam engineer, a successful academic and inventor who raised his children in a 22-room mansion.Suddenly the parched fields, forest fires, and sweltering cities added up to a coherent pattern—harbingers of a dystopian future.Before 1988 peer-reviewed journals had never published more than a score of articles in a given year that contained the terms “climate change” or “global warming.” After 1988 the figure climbed: 55 in 1989; 138 in 1990; 348 in 1991.Four decades of additional research has not brought us closer to predicting the precise impact of dumping carbon dioxide into the air.Before the Industrial Revolution, energy supplies were limited to what people had around them: wind (windmills), water (watermills), animals (horses, oxen, llamas), and biomass (wood, charcoal, dung).Little wonder that politicians have shown no appetite for pushing this on the public!
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SmartHR, a startup helping Japanese employers run HR and staffing smarter — because that’s of course its name — has raised a JPY 1.5 billion ($13.3 million) Series B round led by 500 Startups Japan.“In Japan few companies think about doing their HR online, they are accustomed to doing it in spreadsheets and paperwork,” Takafumi Kurahashi, SmartHR’s COO, told TechCrunch in an interview.SmartHR was founded in 2015 and it has 50 staff today.The service is currently targeted at new employee enrollment, which traditionally requires a hefty stack of paperwork carted back and forth between government offices.Through its service, the cumbersome process can be done digitally and that has helped it attract 10,000 customers, including unicorn e-commerce firm Mercari.Right now, the startup doesn’t cover payroll, benefits or other areas but it plans to move into those.
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Chinese bike rental firm Hellobike (哈罗单车) is going to complete $1 billion worth of round from Ant Financial (an affiliate company of Alibaba Group), Fosun Capital, and some other existing investors, people familiar with the matter told Tencent Tech.New heavyweight investors also joined this round, the source added.If true, this would add to another milestone round to the firm’s fundraising frenzy.In last December alone, Hellobike has announced two hefty financing deals in Series D1 and D2 rounds, securing a combined nearly RMB 3.3 billion from Ant Financial and Fosun Capital.Hellobike merged with a major competitor Yongon in October 2017, and Hellobike’s team is leading the new company.As of January 20, the firm is operating in 160 cities, providing service to nearly 100 million users with a daily order of 10 million, according to the firm.
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Media mogul and longtime internet adversary Rupert Murdoch today released a statement calling on Facebook to begin paying trusted publishers.The memo calls on Facebook to begin paying a carriage fee, much like the model used by cable companies for networks like CNN and ESPN.“Trusted” publishers would receive a take of overall revenue in exchange for increasing user trust on the platform.Facebook and Google have popularized scurrilous news sources through algorithms that are profitable for these platforms but inherently unreliable.Recognition of a problem is one step on the pathway to cure, but the remedial measures that both companies have so far proposed are inadequate, commercially, socially and journalistically.There has been much discussion about subscription models but I have yet to see a proposal that truly recognizes the investment in and the social value of professional journalism.
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If you own a PC or Mac using an Intel processor and have been patiently waiting for Spectre and Meltdown patches appear on Windows Update or Mac App Store updates, you shouldn't download it.That’s the latest directive from Intel, who cited spontaneous reboot and system instability problems – first reported January 11 – following its latest firmware patch aimed to defend against the Spectre and Meltdown exploit vulnerabilities.The company issued a blog post today warning both its partners and end users.“We recommend that OEMs, cloud service providers, system manufacturers, software vendors, and end users stop deployment of current versions on specific platforms,” Intel EVP Neil Shenoy writes, “as they may introduce higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behavior.”Intel is just now getting to the bottom of the problem, having identified the root cause of these issues in Broadwell and Haswell-generation chips.The firm claims to have already issued early versions of fixes for these issues to its partners, but not yet a final release.
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OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 22, 2018 - A team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has uncovered how certain soil microbes cope in a phosphorus-poor environment to survive in a tropical ecosystem.Their novel approach could be applied in other ecosystems to study various nutrient limitations and inform agriculture and terrestrial biosphere modeling.Phosphorus is a critical nutrient for global biological processes, such as collecting the sun's energy during photosynthesis and degrading plant debris and soil organic matter."This was the perfect place to test the optimal foraging theory, which is a model that helps predict an organism's behavior when searching for resources," said Chongle Pan, ORNL senior staff scientist and joint associate professor at the University of Tennessee.They also discovered more than 100 genes that work to pull phosphorus from phytate, which is a complex organic compound found in plant tissue.Conversely, she noted that when phosphorus was plentiful, more genes needed to acquire complex carbon compounds were present.
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As Apple always does, their products start new trends that are soon followed by smaller Chinese brands.This time around is the turn of the iPhone X with its iconic top notch and narrow bezels which make display cover pretty much the entirety of the front of the phone.Among the many smartphone manufacturers which have tried copying the design, OUKITEL seem to be the one getting really close to the release of an iPhone X inspired device, namely called OUKITEL U18.The OUKITEL U18 is set to feature a 5.85-inch 21:9 display with 1512×720 resolution.Similarly to what we have on the iPhone X, the top notch will encase the front camera, receiver and P/G/L sensors, meanwhile on the top left part of the display we’ll have system time, with the the SIM card info, wifi and battery indicators on the top right corner.The U18 gets more interesting when we move to the back of the phone.
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Data can now be hosted in "countries that provide an adequate level of protection for personal data", said the guidance, which was developed with the Department of Health, NHS England and NHS Improvement.The intention is to encourage NHS bodies to sign up to cloud services, with a chunk of the guidance set aside to promote the benefits of the fluffy stuff."It is for individual organisations to decide if they wish to use cloud and data offshoring but there are a huge range of benefits in doing so, such as greater data security protection and reduced running costs when implemented effectively," said Rob Shaw, deputy chief executive at NHS Digital.The touted benefits include cost savings through not having to buy and maintain hardware and software, and "comprehensive backup and fast recovery of systems".These include that critical services will depend on reliable internet access, that existing staff might not have the technical expertise, and that tech budgets may need to switch from capital expenditure to pay-as-you-go.The right cultural understanding and behaviours need to be in place to manage this portability appropriately and mitigate any risks," the document added.
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One of the things that got people excited about Bitcoin in the first place was its promise to deliver fast peer-to-peer transactions at a fraction of standard fees.But following its foray into the mainstream, the cryptocurrency has consistently struggled with slow transfers and excessive transaction costs.Indeed, crypto-obsessed Redditors have long been vocal about the compendium of technical difficulties the hype around Bitcoin has caused to the network – and what it once set out to offer to its users.So much so that its developer community has decided to update the copy on its website to better reflect the technology’s key features.Bitcoin.org (not to be confused with Bitcoin.com which has close ties with rival currency Bitcoin Cash) has made minor amendments to its marketing.Instead of “fast” transactions and “low processing fees,” the website now touts the technology for facilitating “peer-to-peer transactions,” “borderless payments,” and “fraud protection.”
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A malicous script was injected into oneplus.net’s payment page, recording card details as they were entered into the browserShenzhen, China-based smartphone maker OnePlus has confirmed that up to 40,000 customers were affected by a compromise of its website that allowed attackers to steal credit card details as they were being entered into browsers.OnePlus disabled credit card purchases on oneplus.net last week when customers reported seeing card transactions they didn’t recognise after having made purchases on the site.The company said card details are not processed or stored on its site, being sent over an encrypted connection directly to a third-party payment services provider.But the hackers injected code into oneplus.net that recorded card information, the company said.“One of our systems was attacked, and a malicious script was injected into the payment page code to sniff out credit card info while it was being entered,” OnePlus said in a statement.
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Siri may have been the one that truly kicked of the smart assistant trend, but it has fallen by the wayside in terms of capabilities and especially devices.Like smart speakers, for example.That will soon be changing as we draw even closer to the long overdue launch of Apple’s HomePod speakers.Which means the trickle of leaks is, slowly but very surely, growing into a gushing stream.The latest to come out is some functionality that other leaders in the smart assistant only recently got hold of as well: the ability to recognize more than just one voice.That smart assistants could only recognize one voice initially is no surprise.
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Although Honor has chosen to break its promise of updating Honor 8 to Oreo.The company aims to keep the smartphone’s software update, no matter the Android version.The biggest star of this new update for Honor 8, it’s the new 3D Panorama mode.The new mode will allow the users to shot 3D dynamic images.Additionally, the software also brings a recycle bin in the gallery, where users can give another chance for deleted pictures.Worth to mention that pictures will stay in the recycle bin for just 30 days before permanent removal.
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