LOIC VENANCE via Getty ImagesCardiff City Football Club has “genuine concerns” amid reports one of its players was onboard a plane which disappeared from radar in the English Channel.The club said on Tuesday that it was “seeking clarification” over news reports that one of those on board the plane was Argentine striker Emiliano Sala, 28, who signed for the club from FC Nantes on 19 January, according to BBC Radio Wales.Sources told the radio station that Sala was back in Nantes on Monday but due to return to training on Tuesday.Rescue teams were scrambled to waters north of Alderney after the light aircraft vanished on Monday evening, Guernsey Police said.“A search and rescue operation is currently underway off the north of Alderney after a light aircraft disappeared from radar several hours ago,” the force said.
WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned chat service, has announced that it will cap the number of messages that can be forwarded at once to five, Reuters reported Monday.The move is WhatsApp’s latest effort to limit the spread of misinformation and fake news on its app.The change will reportedly be effective as of Monday.The app previously allowed users outside to forward as many as 20 messages to groups or individuals, with an exception being India, where the company previously limited forwarded messages to five following a series of deaths incited by viral hoaxes.The end-to-end encrypted chat service previously allowed users to forward up to 250 messages to users or groups, eventually whittling that number down to 20 last year.The company said Monday in a blog post that the newly lowered limit on forwarded messages “will help keep WhatsApp focused on private messaging with close contacts.”
Facebook has been quietly continuing with its plan to use high-flying drones capable of bringing internet connectivity to communities in various parts of the world, according to a report this week.The company better known for social networking than solar-powered aircraft has been working with Airbus to help further the aviation giant’s Zephyr drone project — as well as its own internet plans — according to NetzPolitik.The German publication says a document it obtained via a Freedom of Information request reveals that Facebook worked with Airbus on the project throughout much of last year.Collaboration between the two companies appears to have ramped up after Facebook announced in June 2018 that it was ending work on its Aquila internet drone after four years of development.The document shows that Zephyr test flights using Facebook payloads were scheduled for October and November 2018 in Australia, though there’s been no word on whether they took place.In addition, Facebook and Airbus held meetings with European regulators in April 2018 to explore the idea of providing internet connectivity to communities using Zephyr drones.
At the end of the month—outside of any potential, agonising last-minute delay—one of the most anticipated moments for games in 2019 is going to happen: After years and years of waiting, Kingdom Hearts 3 will finally come out.Are you a Disney fan who’s wildly confused as to what the deal is?The games primarily follow the exploits of a young boy named Sora, who finds himself suddenly in the possession of his own Keyblade and whisked away from his island home (shared with his two best friends, Riku and Kairi), tasked with fighting back a sinister darkness—an army born out of the ephemeral darkness buried within all living things, given form by shadowy-creatures called the Heartless—and finding his lost friends along the way.In the game, they’re part of Mickey’s royal court: Donald is the Royal Magician, so he becomes the spellcaster of your party (he’s pretty much a Final Fantasy Black Mage, throwing elemental spells out and what have you), while Goofy is actually the captain of Mickey’s Royal Knights, and acts as the party’s main “tank,” drawing attention and soaking up damage.That’s a trend which has continued over the series—the second game added locales based on Tron, Pirates of the Caribbean, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and more, while the upcoming third game has added worlds from the likes of Tangled, Frozen, Toy Story, Monsters Inc., and Big Hero Six.But since then, Kingdom Hearts has become much more of its own thing, focusing on the original characters and story, while the Disney and Final Fantasy elements have become more like set dressing.
Soccer (forgive me, football gods) is arguably one of the most popular sports across the globe and has loads of fans tuning into matches via illegal video streams.The company has sent a notice to /r/soccerstreams, a popular destination for fans looking to catch current matches, to stop posting links to illegal broadcast streams.I regret to inform you all that a few days ago, the Reddit Admins got in touch with us about an impending ban of this subreddit if changes weren’t made.The only way to save it, from our perspective, was to cease all user-related activity here.Due to this, and to save the history behind this subreddit over the years,/r/soccerstreams will now serve as a home base for the official Soccer Streams mod team.Many soccer leagues have been trying to crack down on unauthorized broadcasts.
On this page, you'll find the essential tutorial support files to help you get the most from your copy of APC.To find the file you need, simply locate the issue it's in from the list below.January 2019 - issue 463Click to download » Machine Learning – Computer Vision (file size: 1KB)Christmas 2018 - issue 462Click to download » Machine Learning – Coding with R (Part 3) (file size: 1KB)
UPDATE 31/12/2018: Due to a production error, the download link provided for Abelssoft AntiLogger in APC January is incorrect.The correct link is: www.apcmag.com/exclusives.We apologise for the error and any inconvenience caused.It’s time to clean up your PC and get it humming like it was new – and the January issue of APC shows you the way.Our easy to follow ideas are also a great way to get to know your PC better, so you’re always better prepared to fix issues that crop up.In this issue we also take a look into the future.
Full-version commercial software for APC magazine readers (for a limited time only)February 2019 - Issue 464Please note that these exclusive downloads will only be available for a limited time, from 28/01/2018 to 08/04/2019.EasyBackup backs up the data all by itself, as soon as a previously defined USB stick or an external hard disk is connected to the computer.It is a fast backup tool that can be used by every person immediately and is ready for everyday use in seconds.January 2019 - Issue 463
At the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, a team of about a half-dozen technicians analyzes pictures down to their pixels, trying to determine if the faces, hands, clothes or cars of suspects match images collected by investigators from cameras at crime scenes.FBI examiners have tied defendants to crime pictures in thousands of cases over the past half-century using unproven techniques, at times giving jurors baseless statistics to say the risk of error was vanishingly small.The problems with the FBI’s photo comparison work plague other subjective types of forensic science, such as fingerprint analysis, microscopic hair fiber examination and handwriting analysis, said Itiel Dror, a neuroscientist who trains U.S. law enforcement on cognitive bias in crime laboratories.Dror is a researcher at University College London, frequently teaching at agencies like the FBI and New York Police Department on ways to minimize personal beliefs from influencing casework.There is no database of shirt features allowing Vorder Bruegge to calculate the probability of a random match, a statistic used to explain results from DNA typing.“I think everyone looking back has regrets about things that they’ve done as a lawyer,” Bazelon said, “but one of mine certainly is accepting a lot of the science that I got in discovery as, ’Well, it came from the FBI Lab and it sounds really sophisticated, so it’s probably true.’”
There are plenty of multi-room audio options out there, but few have the reputation that Sonos does, which is why a Super Bowl season deal on some of its best connected speakers is worth paying attention to.Sonos kit is rarely on sale, and you have until February 3 – the kick-off date for Super Bowl LIII – to invest.If you’re new to the multi-room speaker party, here’s the rundown.You can link accounts from a wide variety of streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal, as well as play tracks locally from your smartphone, tablet, or computer, or indeed from network-attached storage.Newest speaker in the deal is the Sonos Beam.It’s designed for those people who want a compact soundbar, and is notable for also having Amazon Alexa integrated.
Cocaine is causing some eels in London's famous River Thames to be "hyperactive," new research by King's College London shows.A team of scientists at the university studied wastewater that's entering into the river from nearby sewers during storms and found traces of the drug within 24 hours of the overflow, the Independent reports.Compared to other major cities, the level of cocaine entering London's water system — likely through users' urine — is much higher."Increases in caffeine, cocaine and benzoylecgonine [a metabolite] were observed 24 hours after sewer overflow events,' King's College London researchers said in a paper that detailed their findings, according to the Evening Standard.BIZARRE DEEP-SEA FISH LIVING IN GULF OF CALIFORNIA WITH 'VIRTUALLY NO OXYGEN' PUZZLES BIOLOGISTSLondon's water treatment plants are tasked with purifying the water but major storms reportedly "overwhelm" the operations and allow some sewage water to make its way into the river.
Across every sector, businesses are looking to technology to reduce costs and improve their products and services.But most big financial services firms simply aren’t set up to create, drive, and wield new tech innovation – certainly not to the degree that a startup can.While they are shielded to a degree from disruption from startups by their immense scale, broad customer base, and ability to navigate regulation, they also remain slow at designing and implementing digital businesses.At the other end of the spectrum are the fintech startups, which have been springing up and churning out wave after wave of new digital products with the potential to reshape banking.Even the UK’s first digital-only banks took years to rack up a million customers.That’s why, when we help companies rebuild their technology from scratch or create a new digital business venture, fintechs always have a role to play.
The connection between fitness, coffee and the technology company may not be obvious at first, but once you go back in time, you’ll know right away.Apple did it 10 years ago, while WW and Dunkin’ are executing on their rebranding.When companies find themselves struggling to stay relevant in the marketplace, many turn to a brand refresh to help guide them to a stronger, more secure future.The reasons are plenty: A change in the company’s focus and direction, an opportunity to improve and/or alter public and customer perception, a way to distinguish themselves in an overcrowded vertical and even a way to attract top talent.Without a change in messaging to reset the perception that all Dunkin’ sells are donuts, Dunkin’ won’t be able to convince the largest demographic that they should still be brand loyal.The need to rebrand needs to be understood internally as well as externally.
After starting in design, branding, and content, I moved to product design and development.Together with my team at Jam3, we’ve built experiences for everyone from Google to Facebook, Universal to Warner Brothers, Ford to Hyundai.In this article I’ll give you a roadmap for bringing your AR dream project to life, or better optimizing an existing one.The story provides the framework that decides the depth and scope of your project, as well as the components needed to bring it to life.This can range from wide-scope considerations, such as whether AR is the right tool in the first place, down to the fine details like character, UI and sound design.Something worth noting is that narrative structures work a little differently in an AR experience than they would in your usual novel or TV-series.
We might have made a typoFujitsu has accused the Foreign Office of being unable to count after mandarins awarded a £350m IT outsourcing contract to incumbent rival Vodafone.In court documents seen by The Register, Fujitsu has accused the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of making "arithmetic errors and other manifest errors of assessment" when it re-awarded Vodafone its global connectivity services contract in November 2018.The four-year framework agreement would have seen the winning bidder supplying voice and data services to 550 embassies and other British government posts in 170 countries worldwide.Fujitsu's lawyers, Baker & McKenzie LLP, are arguing in the High Court that the FCO failed to apply its own bid scoring methodology properly, resulting in Vodafone unfairly winning the contract.Fujitsu said FCO civil servants had broken the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, the UK implementation of an EU legal directive.
Microsoft has finally admitted there is no recovery from its ignominious retreat from the smartphone sector, after it advised Windows 10 Mobile diehards to switch to either Android or iOS handsets.The Windows Phone platform of course has been dead as a dodo for a while now, but fans had been hoping that Redmond would be more committed to its successor (Windows 10 Mobile).But alas CEO Satya Nadella remains a cloud man first and foremost, and the firm has now announced it is ending support for Windows 10 Mobile this year.Microsoft broke the news via a ‘End of Support’ webpage, first spotted by the Thurrott website.It revealed that official support for Windows 10 Mobile platform will end from 10 December 2019.“As of December 10, 2019, Windows 10 Mobile users are no longer eligible to receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft for free,” said Redmond.
A seat at the executive table for marketers in the form of the CMO role has not come without costs.More than 25% of CEOs at large publicly traded companies have a marketing background.A CMO title has become the ultimate goal for many marketers and those that make the grade have to continue working hard on advancing their knowledge, skills and staying on top of industry trends.To help CMOs and aspiring CMOs connect to strategic, useful and engaging information, here are 5 of the top resources worthy of a CMOs time.Marketing Industry Influencers of CMOs – Of course resources for marketing knowledge come in many forms and we all know that peers are far more influential than brands, including the topics tracked by CMOs.Speaking of tracking, Forbes has reported on the top influencers of CMOs citing research from Leadtail and their tracking of nearly 1,300 North American CMOs.
Uber is going after a new autonomous vehicle project — self-driving scooters and bikes.The news came from the CEO of a robotics company, who tweeted that Uber announced its plans at a robotics event.Uber is already hiring for the new division, called "micromobility robotics."Uber is broadening its self-driving vehicle ambitions beyond just cars.Now it's going after two-wheel drives.The firm is reportedly working on self-driving scooters and electric bikes, announcing its plans at a robotics event on Sunday.
“Tell me how do I feel, Tell me now, how do I feel”, so goes the song Blue Monday by New Order.For a song released in 1983 it was prescient in describing a day that 20 years later would become known as Blue Monday.Since 2005 every third Monday in January has been dubbed ‘Blue Monday’ – the alleged most depressing day of the year – and it does tell us how we are supposed to feel: blue.The reasoning for this is supposedly formulaic; a combination of Christmas blues, bad weather, and the realisation that New Years resolutions aren’t viable render us at our lowest point in the year, or so said British psychologist Dr Cliff Arnall.However, last year research finally debunked this theory once and for all – rather than a complex scientific theory the day was found to be no more than a campaign devised by Sky Travel to encourage those ‘feeling low’ to strive for happiness in the future – by booking a summer getaway – beat the January blues ring any bells?Statistics from the Centre for Suicide Prevention show suicide rates are at their highest not in the grey months of January but in the summer months – the rate is fairly stagnant throughout the year and there is no reason attributed to the higher rate in summer.
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is looking to expand its presence in Africa amid increased domestic competition and slowing in the Chinese smartphone market, Jiemian reports (in Chinese).Xiaomi will set up a business unit for the African region to accelerate its expansion on the continent, the company said in an internal letter to its employees.Wang Lingming, vice president of the company, has been appointed head of the new unit and will report to senior vice president and global business head Wang Xiang.The company has seen success in the overseas market, where it generated more than 40% of its revenue in the third quarter of 2018.It has also steadily expanded in India on the back of its affordable pricing, replacing Samsung as the top industry player in the second half of 2018.The increased focus on Africa puts the company at odds with well-established rivals on the continent.