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Microsoft previously let us know that a range of its OEM partners with familiar names from the PC world would be building headsets that offer mixed reality experiences on Windows 10 hardware.The first of those, from Acer, will begin shipping out to developers this month, with a phased rollout that will see developer edition headsets continue to arrive at partner doorsteps throughout the next few months.The plan from Microsoft is to seed these with devs so that it can get a good base layer of software ready for the eventual launch of its mixed reality OS integration across the Xbox One family of devices, including the forthcoming Scorpio Xbox successor, in 2018.It’s also going to be stepping up its efforts with mixed reality on Windows 10 on PCs, which is a core feature of the forthcoming Creators Update for Microsoft’s desktop OS.Acer’s mixed reality headset will feature inside out tracking, as will forthcoming devices from Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo, which means you won’t have to install external tracker devices in the room where you plan to use them in order for them to work.Instead, the headsets have all the sensors they need on board to scan your surroundings, helping accurately track your movements for proper rendering of virtual objects.
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If I keep this up, I could soon be in the minority.Apparently, half of the developed world is addicted to something, and the numbers are growing.We used to distinguish between addicts and others, a view Alter is quick to dispel.It’s not you – it’s the world you live in that makes behavioural addiction so very likely.In just a few years, he explains, technology and the media have become adept at the lucrative business of gaining and holding our attention.Until recently, neuroscientists would have agreed.
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Förvärvet ger Telia tillgång till 11 000 kunder och innebär att man blir ansvarig för det befintliga fiber- och kabelnätverket i Södertälje, Järna och Nykvarn.För kunderna betyder det att de på sikt får tillgång till ett öppet nät och möjlighet att välja bland flera leverantörers tjänster för bredband, telefoni och tv , uppger Telia i ett pressmeddelande.Telia kommer efter köpet att låta det egna bolaget Svenska Stadsnät stå för den dagliga verksamheten.C-SAM omsatte 36 miljoner kronor förra året.
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To learn more and subscribe, please click here.Two of the most prominent issues that smart city solutions can help solve are traffic flow and public safety, and AT and GE are aiming to tackle both with a new partnership focused on building smart streetlights, according to Engadget.The companies teamed up to install the Current CityIQ sensors provided by the telco in streetlights retrofitted with connected GE bulbs in many cities.The smart streetlights will save energy for the cities that use them, and the sensors can also monitor traffic and detect unusual noises like gunshots.The solution will be first deployed in San Diego, which will install the Current sensors in 14,000 LED connected streetlights across the city.The city estimates that it will reduce its energy costs by $2.4 million.Meanwhile, 3,200 sensors will be installed and connected on those streetlights by ATThese versatile smart city solutions that solve multiple problems will become most popular moving forward.But if these same drones could also, for instance, provide connectivity to fill cellular coverage gaps, this could become a very popular smart city offering.Smart cities are cities that leverage IoT devices like sensors, smart lights, and smart meters to gather data that can be analyzed to gain new insights regarding their infrastructure, population, and public services.Few cities around the world have actually grown into truly "smart" cities — most are still in the early phases of implementing some of these IoT devices, and have yet to data processing and analysis tools that can turn vast troves of data from millions of devices into a real-time view of a city's activity and operations.Smart cities development faces many barriers around the world including tight municipal budgets, sluggish technology procurement guidelines for public agencies, privacy and cybersecurity concerns, and a pressing need for more IT staff at municipal agencies.
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It was a record-breaking year for finance and HR cloud purveyor Workday for all the right and the wrong reasons: sales reached a new high aided by Oracle’s disruptive buy of NetSuite, but losses soared too.Revenues for the firm's fiscal 2017 ended 31 January were $1.569bn, up 35 per cent year-on-year, including subscription services of $1.287bn, up from $929.3m, and professional services of $282.3m, up 21 per cent.On a conference call with analysts, CEO Aneel Bhusri said it closed Q4 - when total turnover grew to $436.6m from $323.4m - with 1,528 Human Capital Management punters including newbies BP, Deutsche Bank and Wal-Mart.Over in the Financial Management applications area - financial consolidation, reporting and management pricing - 40 punters signed, including in the quarter, taking the tally to 324 for core financials, 111 for planning and 452 for expenses.Bhusri claimed Oracle’s consumption of NetSuite “resulted in quite a bit of turmoil” in NetSuite’s customer base, “and I think it’s only at the beginning.My guess is that most of the NetSuite management team will be gone in 12 to 18 months,” he told CNBC.
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Ricoh has been showing off a new 360-camera during the MWC that is capable of live stream high-definition sfärvideo to the outside world.the Device is called the R Developer Kit and is powerful enough to automatically paste together video from cameras on the front and the back and then send out the video stream to Youtube, or another video service that can handle sfärvideo.Ricoh R Developer Kit can be pre-booked now and will be launched later in the spring.Ricoh has not told us what the device will cost.Ricoh have pulled off a liveström where you get to see how such looks like from the new camera.Unfortunately, the gang is not enabled the ability to embed the clip, so if you want to watch the stream so can you click on the box down here and take you through to their broadcast on Youtube.
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Epic Games has undergone a shift in the past year or so, with a greater focus on smaller games that the company is self-publishing.Six of those games are in the works at the moment.The Raleigh, N.C.-based company announced one of those games, Battle Breakers, today at Google s developer day event at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.Before that, he was creative director at Chair Entertainment, the studio that made the Infinity Blade mobile game trilogy.We ve got a strong focus on our game engine, but we ve also got a strong internally produced games business too.It s a sci-fi and fantasy game with hundreds of characters.We re very encouraged, Mustard said.
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Whether you love paper copies, download books to your e-reader, or listen to books on tape in the car, reading remains the best way to learn and grow.Countless entrepreneurs have launched startups before you, and this is not the time to go it alone and try to lone-wolf it.Some of the best tech founders in the world have written books imparting years of wisdom so that someone else just like you can learn from their mistakes.Wharton School professor Grant has extensive corporate consulting experience that has given him a unique perspective on creativity in the workplace.Rich20Something: Ditch Your Average Job, Start An Epic Business, and Live the Life You Want by Daniel DiPiazzaIrreverent Millennial DiPiazza has a unique voice and a comprehensive strategy for 20-somethings to “level up” and become entrepreneurs, including but not limited to building and growing an online business and working a side hustle.
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Uber is dismissing allegations that it stole trade secrets from self-driving car rival Waymo, calling them “a baseless attempt to slow down a competitor.”“We look forward to vigorously defending against them in court,” the company said in an email on Friday.The day before, Waymo, a spin-off from Google’s self-driving car initiative, filed a lawsuit against Uber, claiming that the company had stolen designs for a key technology that makes computer-led driving possible.According to the lawsuit, Uber allegedly built a LiDAR system for its own self-driving car that lifts confidential designs from Waymo’s own technology.LiDAR, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, can essentially help an autonomous car map its surroundings.Waymo, which is an Alphabet subsidiary, spent more than six years developing its own LiDAR system.
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Taxation is not a matter for individual states.Some taxation is handled at a European level for members of the EU.For example, the single market means that tariffs are set at the European level.The coordination of taxation policy - as well as the removal of non-tariff barriers and the agreement of unified standards - has been fundamental to the success of Europe.I can therefore see why the Commission sees Apple's deal with Ireland to be a barrier to trade.The issue here is that the deal is unique to Apple, and extremely favourable to them.
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Google has once again published details of a critical security vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows operating system before the company has released a patch to fully close the hole, exacerbated by the cancellation of this month's Patch Tuesday updates.Project Zero, a division of Google's Security Research division, was founded with the aim of discovering security vulnerabilities not only in the company's own products but in third-party products as well.It practices a variant of responsible disclosure in which companies are privately informed of their software's failings to give them time to develop a patch but with a ticking clock that promises to publicly reveal the vulnerability after a set period of time.Originally, that timescale was set at 90 days before being revised when Microsoft failed to patch a critical security vulnerability in Windows 8.1 before the deadline - leaving customers vulnerable following the public disclosure of the flaw.In November last year, however, Google came under fire for releasing details of another unpatched vulnerability in Windows just one week after notifying the company of the flaw, while giving rival Apple nearly five months to fix a similar flaw.Now, another zero-day vulnerability has been publicly disclosed - although at least this time Microsoft has been given the full 90-day grace period before the flaw was made public on the Project Zero bug-tracker.
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According to a report from Bloomberg yesterday, Apple is testing a fifth-generation Apple TV that will be capable of delivering streamed 4K video and "richer colors."So far as I can tell, the only surprising thing about this "news," if it s true, is that people might find it newsworthy at all.Frankly "well, it s about time" seems the only appropriate media response, while I ll think a lot more of Apple if it takes an at least slightly apologetic tone when the rumored fifth-gen box finally rolls into town.On this one, though, I m willing to see the rumors as pretty much fact, simply on the grounds that it would be unthinkable for Apple to be working on a fifth-gen Apple TV box that did not support 4K at the very least and, really, high dynamic range/wide color gamut technologies as well.Don t forget, either, that Amazon and Netflix had already established 4K content streaming services featuring high profile content before the current Apple TV launched.Given that Apple has a track record of refreshing its Apple TV hardware much less regularly than its other product lines, the device really stands or falls on its ability to think ahead where TV technology trends are concerned.
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Seems like a simple problem for AI to resolve.The car might know, based on previous driving patterns, that you always drive for a bit before clicking, but maybe you could set an option that the car won t even start unless you or one of your teen drivers are all fastened up.Ford does have a system that works a bit like this and is related to seatbelts, but I m talking about an AI that adapts to how you drive, knows what you normally do, and acts on your behalf.Modern cars don t really monitor driver behavior that much, unless you count the attention monitoring in some cars.Even that is fairly rudimentary and not that accurate — in a few Mercedes-Benz cars I ve tested, the technology is supposed to show you an icon for a coffee cup that encourages you to take a break, and it looks for erratic steering and tracks how long you ve been behind the wheel, but I ve had the alert chime after driving only a couple of hours.In the future, AI could do much more than show us a coffee cup.The 2017 Ford F-350 I m driving this week has multiple high-tech features, but I m hoping they evolve even further.An AI would go further and walk me through making better connections.Taking this to another level, AI in cars could become like a driving assistant.
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The picture turned out to be fake, but its popularity says something significant about our conception of the species: Despite thousands of years of contrary evidence, and at least one harrowing documentary, human beings still on some level want to view bears as big, cuddly, forest-dwelling dogs.The bear only acted according to its natural instincts, but to our eyes it betrayed the trust of the man who considered it his friend.Alumni Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, past editor of the Journal of Comparative Psychology and author of The Genesis of Animal Play: Testing the Limits and the chapter, Human - bear bonding in research on black bear behavior, in The Inevitable BondGetting past the issue of what is friendship and how is it measured, the question of bear-human friendship relates to cross-species bonding in general.It is also difficult, compared to dogs, for most people to read bears and their emotional expressions, so this is another impediment.Behind and inside that question is a definitional question: whether interspecies friendship is even a realistic idea.
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Amazon's revenues from its Prime subscription service have grown steadily in the past three years, but still lag behind the company's retail and web services, recent figures reveal.The web giant has for the first time released revenue figures for its membership programme, revealing slowed growth and user numbers in the tens of millions.Amazon Prime, which gives users access, to fast deliveries and its music and TV streaming service, brought in $6.4bn £5.2bn in 2016, a filing shows.By comparison, the company made $91.4bn from retail products and $12.2bn from Amazon Web Services.While revenues from the service have increased, sales growth slowed in 2016 to 43.1pc year-on-year, down from 61.7pc in 2015.Bezos founded Amazon.com in 1995 and initially set up the company in his garage.
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•Millennial drivers report texting, speeding, and running red lights.•Millennials think it's OK to speed in school zones.•The statistics improve for older drivers, but not byThe generation seemed to be far more interested in selfies than driver's licenses.But that fear is proving to be unfounded, as millennials learn to
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Speaking at the RSA conference in San Francisco, the tech giant s President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith, called on governments to sign what he calls a Digital Geneva Convention, which will "commit governments to implement the norms needed to protect civilians on the internet in times of peace."Also proposed is a neutral international organization that would investigate state-sponsored cyberattacks.And he called on private-sector tech companies to pledge to protect their users from all cyberattacks – no matter what their possible origin – and to never assist nation states in carrying out offensive operations in cyberspace.One should have been adopted a long time ago, and such a thing for I don t know how many years.News that it s finally gaining traction and there are tech big-guns throwing their weight behind it is music to my ears.In recent years cyberattacks have grown into a global threat of immense proportions.
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Adult entertainment site YouPorn is the latest technology brand to turn to the white-hat hacker community to help squish bugs in its online properties.The Los Angeles-headquartered firm — owned by a company called MindGeek that operates a slew of sites across the broader Pornhub Network — says that it s looking to boost the safety of its online visitors by offering security professionals rewards of between $50 and $25,000 to find weaknesses in its systems.Not only is YouPorn one of the most visited pornography websites in the world, it s one of the most visited websites overall, with a current Alexa ranking of 230, and claims an average of one billion video views a month.And now YouPorn is following in the footsteps of sister company Pornhub, which launched its own bug bounty program last year.Bug bounty programs are big business — back in October, Facebook revealed it had paid out $5 million in five years to hackers, while Google has paid out millions of dollars in rewards since it launched a program in 2010.And back in August, Apple launched its first bug bounty program.The demand for white-hat hackers is such that a number of businesses have sprung up dedicated to that specific cause.San Francisco startup Bugcrowd has raised around $23 million in funds to date to help connect companies with security researchers.And just last week, fellow San Francisco-based bug bounty platform HackerOne announced a $40 million funding round.And it s HackerOne that YouPorn is turning to for its own bug bounty program.
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President Donald Trump has not relented on the hardline immigration positions that served as the cornerstone of his presidential campaign.Since his inauguration on January 20, the president has signed an executive order to bar entry of immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days.That followed an executive order signed on January 25 to begin the construction of a concrete wall along the US southern border with Mexico.While many of the president's supporters view his actions as a fulfillment of his campaign promises, some are concerned about the economic ramifications of a decline in immigration and a spike in deportation.In light of these developments, WalletHub, the personal finance website, has released a report that shows certain states benefit from "foreign born populations" more than others."We determined which states benefit the most - and the least - from immigration using 18 key indicators, ranging from median household income of foreign-born population" to "jobs generated by immigrant-owned businesses as a share of total jobs," they said.Based on their analysis, these states benefit the most from immigrants: View As:
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Our conferences are very personal.To the point that I explain at the beginning of each of them that everyone should immediately complain to me if something is wrong.And then I joke that that means if you re stuck on the loo without any toilet paper, just tweet me and I ll come to the rescue!People laugh and I get funny tweets the rest of the day about toilet paper or other silly requests for help.I enjoy having that personal connection, and it seems like our audience does too.When I m not on stage, I spend my time walking around and chatting with attendees.
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