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Fancy getting stuck into Assassin's Creed: Origins today for an incredibly low price?Well, if you have an Xbox One or Xbox One X, you're in luck as we've spotted some deals that smash anything else out there.We've shopped around for the best PS4 price too.Better yet, it comes with a free code for Assassin's Creed: Unity.This is how you're meant to spend your Easter weekend, folks.Assassin's Creed: Origins on Xbox One | free code for Assassin's Creed: Unity | £22.99 / $32.89 / AU$42.09 at CDKeys
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Cloud and big data integrator Talend has joined the OpenAPI Initiative (OAI) intending to standardise how APIs are described.The partnership aims to further API Standards and Interoperability, which are highly seen as the ‘glue’ within modern data architectures.As an OAI member, Talend aims to look for effective ways of promoting and increasing the visibility and use of API standards inside the open source ecosystem.In doing so, the company will augment their use within the Talend Data Fabric platform aiming to benefit customers ad partners.Talend SVP of products Ciaran Dynes said the company has a vested interest in building a community-driven API governance organisation that is supported by major vendors and business actors.“As the API ecosystem extends to the enterprise and the Data ecosystem, our collaboration with the OAI around API standards will promote interoperability, foster closer collaboration, and ultimately further developer innovation and success,” Dynes said.
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While we’re still awaiting the results of the investigation into last week’s fatal Uber crash, we’re left wondering who or what was at fault.Even though video of the accident exists, we’re still not sure what caused it – did the car’s autonomous driving systems fail in some way, or can this accident be blamed on some other oversight?That’s what this investigation aims to discover, but while we wait for the results, a new report levels some fairly serious accusations at Uber.According to Reuters, Uber’s transition from a fleet of autonomous Ford Fusions to Volvo XC90s was more than just an aesthetic change.Reuters reports that Uber cut back on the number of LiDAR sensors present on its autonomous vehicles when it made the switch, going from the seven sensors that were present on the Ford Fusion to just one in the Volvo XC90.LiDAR is a crucial component for autonomous driving systems, as it helps detect objects in a 360-degree circle around the vehicle.
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Just ahead of Spotify’s public debut planned for early April, Pandora is punching its rival where it hurts: personalized playlists.Spotify’s playlists customized to its individual users – like Discover Weekly, Release Radar and Daily Mix – have been a key draw for its service, but Pandora believes it can do even better.The company today is launching its own take on personalization with playlists built to fit users’ moods, activities, and genres, which are all powered by Pandora’s Music Genome.The Music Genome is Pandora’s biggest asset in its battle with Spotify.This music information database has been in development for over a decade and is capable of classifying music at the song level across 450 different attributes – “genes” that can be as specific as what types of strings are on the guitar, for example.“We’ve been building out, for many years, a collection of well over 75 machine learning algorithms and techniques to help drive content discovery and delivery,” explains Chris Phillips, Pandora’s Chief Product Officer, of the personalization technology.
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In the shadow of the new model of the Ipad, Apple on Tuesday launched a variety of new cases for its tablets, mobile phones and pekpennor, and the new bracelet for the Apple Watch.The common denominator is that it is about the new bright colors that will appeal to a younger audience, including bright blue, jeansblå, kind of raspberry red, sea green, pale pink, vårgul and lemonade.do you Want to have a new leather case for Iphone X, it costs 995 sek, while a new Smart Cover to Ipad Pro 10.5 inch costs 595 sek.All news are listed on the Swedish Apple Store, where you also get to know more about the products.
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Wearables are normally connected devices like smartwatches or shirts that people wear.Researchers are expanding wearables to cover underwater creatures as well with a new wearable sensor that could help track whale sharks and dolphins in the future.The crab you see here was one of the first test subjects for a new lightweight sensor tag that could track animal movement in deep ocean environments.The sensor is dubbed “Marine Skin” and is designed to be glued to the outer shell or skin of an animal.When in water, the sensor is said to weigh about as much as a paper clip.The lightweight design would allow the sensor to be worn by a variety of large and small marine animals without disrupting their bodies or behavior underwater.
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Back before Christmas Poundland got into a bit of trouble over some risqué tweets involving a toy elf, which ended up with complaints being filed with the Advertising Standards Authority and a retroactive ban.Clearly Poundland didn't get the message that some people don't like naughty things, because it's back with some Easter-theme tweets along the same lines.The tweets in question feature two cuddly mascots, a pink rabbit and a chick.It also started off so innocent, with the account revealing them to the world in an appropriate family-friendly manner:Introducing Bunny and his side Chick!They’re hopping on board with us for Easter... Watch this space to see what they get up to.
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While production of the next season of popular Netflix series "Stranger Things" begins soon in mid-April, fans will still have to wait patiently for 2019 to see what happens next to the residents of Hawkins, Indiana.That doesn't mean fans are completely left in the dark until then.While doing press during Paleyfest in Los Angeles on Sunday, executive producer Shawn Levy disclosed that Eleven (Millie Bobbie Brown) and Mike (Finn Wolfhard), as well as Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Max (Sadie Sink) will all be continuing their romances as couples at the beginning of the season."Mike and Eleven and are going strong, so that's a relationship that continues, and same with Mad Max and Lucas," Levy told Hollywood Reporter on Sunday."But again, they're like 13 or 14-year-old kids, so what does romance mean at that stage of life?It can never be simple and stable relationships and there's fun to that instability."
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Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked of this year’s China Development Forum in Beijing today with an address that hit on a number of hot button topics, user privacy concerns and a looming U.S./China trade war.The executive touched on privacy regulations, in the wake of a breech of trust that found Cambridge Analytica harvesting information from 50 million Facebook users.“I think that this certain situation is so dire and has become so large that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary,” Cook is quoted as saying, in a report from Bloomberg.“The ability of anyone to know what you’ve been browsing about for years, who your contacts are, who their contacts are, things you like and dislike and every intimate detail of your life — from my own point of view it shouldn’t exist.”The specter of privacy concerns has, of course, been a hot button topic for Apple over the decades, particularly as devices and apps demand more and more of our personal information.Late last year, for instance, then Senator Al Franken pressed the company over Face ID — a subject to which Apple quickly responded.
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Insiders have long viewed Uber as a laggard in the driverless car race, but internal documents obtained by the New York Times suggest that the company's self-driving car program is even further behind its rivals than had been publicly known.The key statistic: prior to last Sunday's fatal crash in Tempe, Arizona, Uber's self-driving cars in Arizona were "struggling" to go 13 miles between interventions by a safety driver—known as a disengagement.In comparison, Waymo's self-driving cars in California traveled 5,600 miles per disengagement in 2017, while Cruise, GM's self-driving car subsidiary, had a disengagement once every 1,250 miles in the state.Now it's true, as an Uber spokesman pointed out to the Times, that miles per disengagement is far from a perfect metric for self-driving car performance.The disengagement rate depends on many factors, including the type of roads the car is being tested on, the kinds of tests being performed, and how a car's software is configured.Still, it's impossible to believe that the 400-fold difference between Uber's disengagement rate and Waymo's merely reflects differences in how the vehicles are tested.
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A self-driving Uber vehicle killed a woman in Arizona last week in the first case of an autonomous car being involved in a fatality.Some are calling for much higher government scrutiny and regulation of self-driving cars; Arizona has been singled out because with good year-round weather and excellent roads, along with a hands-off attitude toward testing, it's attracted many of the major players.At an auto-finance conference in Las Vegas last week, Automotive News reported that General Motors President Dan Ammann said people will develop more confidence in driverless vehicles once the cars show what they can do.GM is pushing hard, through its Cruise division, to get a fully autonomous, no-driver vehicle on the road in a ride-hailing framework in the next few years.Stakes that look much higher — but really aren'tBut if GM fails, it still has its highly profitable legacy business to fall back on.
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Frank Alsema describes himself as a “city maker.” The retired TV producer lives in north Amsterdam, where his house has become a lab for more sustainable urban lifestyle.The space was strewn with building supplies, furniture, artwork, and kitsch.More than just constructing a home out of recycled materials, the project also aims to invent new technologies and new ways of living in cities.It seems like Frank is crafting his house out of second-hand materials almost as a public display of what’s possible for the 21st century, as if to say that anybody can live a circular lifestyle if he can.Before he started Palais Récup, Frank was living in Buiksloterham Circulair, a neighbourhood in North Amsterdam that serves as a laboratory for sustainable city-building based on circular principles.“I bought these at a second-hand auto shop, and we designed the house around it.”
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Out-of-control Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is set to fall to Earth in the next few weeks, but it's unlikely to cause much damage should it make it all the way to the surface of the planet.There are, however, a number of disturbing hazards among the thousands of pieces of space junk orbiting high over our heads that we wouldn't want falling in our direction anytime soon.About 23,000 trackable objects currently orbit the planet, according to the latest numbers from the European Space Agency.Last year Harvard astronomer Jonathan McDowell broke down more than 18,000 of those objects as part of an informal "Census of Space Debris" that he presents during lectures.By his count, about 1,500 objects floating around the Earth are currently active.Putting that in perspective, less than ten percent of the trackable objects currently in orbit are actually useful to us.
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It’s no secret that for just about everyone but Facebook and Google, online ad revenue is on the decline.That’s forced some of the biggest news publications, including The New York Times and The Atlantic, to limit free content and install paywalls.It’s hard to blame them, as quality content deserves fair compensation, however this often leaves users in the awkward spot of having to manage a shedload of various login credentials.Google thinks it can help straighten out this mess.The company is introducing a new feature called Subscribe with Google that lets people buy, manage, and log in to paywalled content using a Google account.While this kind of functionality has been available before in the Google Play Newsstand, the difference with Subscribe is that now you can skip the app and see your content in a regular browser, assuming you are signed in, of course.
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My family and I didn’t leave our beautiful country because we wanted to be elsewhere, we left our belongings and loved-ones behind for basic human rights and safety.We arrived in the UK with nothing, not a penny to our name, but six years on I’ve built a profitable business from scratch.I now make and sell cheese using authentic Syrian recipes to thousands of customers up and down the country.And in doing so, I get to keep the traditions of my homeland alive.Damascus in 2012 was decaying, the signs of political unrest starting to show.The feeling of fear mixed with the heartbreak of watching our favourite shops and restaurants turn to rubble – this was not the Syria we grew up in.
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You may not have owned a BlackBerry since you were a teenager, but don’t be fooled — there are still die-hard fans of this seemingly vintage handset to be found around the world.Now, in order to bring this seemingly dwindling group together, BlackBerry launched a new BlackBerry Smartphone Fan League.Because what better way to show your support for your mobile phone than by joining its fan club?Calling its loyal supporters some of the “most loyal and passionate in the world,” BlackBerry Mobile from TCL Communication (which purchased the rights to BlackBerry back in December 2016), hopes that its new Fan League might find “new and creative ways to engage with BlackBerry smartphone fans.” After all, when there aren’t many of your kind, there’s plenty of camaraderie to be found simply in identifying your compatriots.The goal will be to improve awareness of new Android-powered BlackBerry smartphones like the BlackBerry Keyone, and also help fans “feel more connected” to the smartphone brand.Should you choose to join the Fan League, you have the opportunity to win both weekly and monthly prizes, including the ultimate prize — a new BlackBerry device.
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Ukip has been ordered to pay £175,000 in legal costs over a defamation case brought by three Labour MPs.The party has been told to pay the money towards the costs incurred by Sir Keven Barron, John Healey and Sarah Champion.The interim payment order by Justice Warby comes just days after Ukip’s leader Gerard Batten issued a plea for cash for the party.At an earlier High Court hearing it was ruled that the party took a “deliberate, informed and calculated” decision to ensure that the defamation action brought by Rotherham’s three Labour MPs against a Ukip MEP should not be settled before the 2015 General Election.In February 2017 Jane Collins, MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, was ordered to pay £54,000 in damages to each MP over remarks she made about the town’s child abuse scandal.In a joint statement the Labour MPs said: “Ukip’s actions behind the scenes forced the costs of this case to soar and compounded the damage from Jane Collins’ unfounded and hurtful allegations.
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Amazon has a pretty solid hold on the retail industry, and for some companies it's been basically impossible to compete with the convenience and relatively low prices Amazon can offer.But according to a new report from Reuters, Google is assembling a retail superteam that will see a number of large retailers index their listings on Google search for the world to find.The official line isn't that this is Google continuing its stupid feud with Amazon, nor is it doing it out of the goodness of its own heart.Any retailers involved will likely get increased exposure in search rankings and on Google Home devices that can help generate sales, and for being so helpful Google will get a cut of those sales.The fact that it's going to be helping someone compete with Amazon is just an added bonus that benefits both sides of the deal.Apparently this whole idea stems from the fact people were using Google search to look up images and ask where they could buy certain products.
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Films like National Treasure love to play on conspiracy theories, and the Eye of Providence is a favorite that shows up time and again.But what does it actually mean and is there any real conspiracy behind it?You've probably seen this eye in a bunch of conspiracy theories and Illuminati references.It's the same eye you see on the back of a dollar bill and it's even part of the Great Seal of the United States.Yes, the seal has two sides.Artists used it to represent the all-seeing eye of God.
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That may not be germane to the story, exactly, but the producer/MC makes a point of bringing it up.This was a few years ago, and he was at an arcade in San Francisco (a perfectly fine place to trip).After a few rounds on some old-school fighting games, he decided to try one of the newer machines; he sat down next to a preteen playing a then-new King of Fighters game, and put in a quarter.And that’s a good thing; the rapper/producer/animator was able to channel all that knowledge into the music video for “Zero”—the new single from Everything’s Fine, his forthcoming album with rapper (and fiance) Jean Grae.The video is a 7-minute sprint through multiple game genres, inspired by the multicart game Action 52, which let players side-scroll through all manner of titles.The duo was planning a much more grandiose video, but kept running into scheduling problems with their cast.
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