Madeleine Vogel

Madeleine Vogel

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Lord Adonis calls for a mobile universal service obligationBlighty has worse 4G coverage than that of Albania, Panama and Peru, according to major report by the National Infrastructure Commission today on 5G and telecommunication technology.It said there are too many digital deserts and partial not-spots, even within our city centres.It recommended that regulator Ofcom ensure that "essential outdoor mobile services – such as basic talk, text and data - are available wherever we live, work and travel."The government has already pledged to introduce a universal service obligation of 10Mbps by 2020 for both fixed and mobile connectivity.Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission Lord Adonis warned the UK "is currently languishing in the digital slow lane."
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But Rogue One is hands down the most emotionally satisfying Star Wars movie ever made.The story of the rebels who steal the plans for the Death Star is both darker than any of the seven other official live-action theatrical Star Wars movies and more heartbreaking in ways that are completely unexpected.It captures the messiness of being part of an ad-hoc movement to fight an overwhelming enemy and the often amoral choices that must be made if it is to have a chance of success.Most of all, it s a movie about sacrifices.A lot of them.And, as a prequel, it succeeds in telling a story that has always been just offstage and doing it in a way that will make re-watching Star Wars: A New Hope an even richer experience.Thankfully, the movie arrives in theaters one year after creative turd The Force Awakens.That first re-entry into the Star Wars universe under the helm of J.J. Abrams and Disney was a wholly unoriginal outing that basically stole every plot point from every other Star Wars movie to create a nostalgia-laden farce of a film for suckers.It worked, bringing in gigantic global box office returns.I doubt Rogue One will top TFA at the box office.I recommend you go see it ASAP.HENCEFORTH ARE PLOT SPOILERS: Hanging over this movie is the crawl that opens A New Hope:That is the dramatic climax of Rogue One, but before we get there, the movie jumps back many years, to a young girl, Jyn Erson, watching as her mother is killed and her father is taken by the Empire.
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If you have been holding off upgrading your smartphone until the Pixel XL was back in stock at the Google Store, you better whip out the wallet.For now the Pixel XL 32GB smartphone is in stock.The 128GB version is still out of stock as of writing.The 32GB version is available in very silver, quite black, and the limited edition really blue colors.No matter what color you get the smartphone sells for $769 outright or for $32.04 monthly over 24 months if you care to apply for credit with Google Store.A device protection plan is offered for $99.
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If all the new emoji weren t enough of a reason for you to upgrade to iOS 10.2, the security updates added to the release should really push you over the edge.Apple s security updates page outlines the changes, which will work on the iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation or later.One of the security issues the update fixes is the a weird unlock trick that went viral on YouTube back in November.By going through a series of convoluted steps, users were able to access photos and contacts from the lock screen—without actually unlocking the phone.That bug is now fixed, along with a few other security bugs that could have allowed someone with physical access to your phone to unlock it.Apple didn t detail exactly what these exploits were, but the bugs are patched now.
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Tinder has done some great things recently, from getting millennials involved in conversations about the US Election and the Brexit vote, to expanding the gender options to make the dating app more inclusive.Its latest venture, however, is a little out there.From today, you can use Tinder as an app on Apple TV meaning you can see your matches in full HD, or – as the app's press release suggests – get your family to help you choose your next date.Tinder claims it wants to bring the same dynamite swiping experience from the phone app and make it bigger, by allowing Tinder fans to stream live from their living room.It also takes advantage of Apple TV's new swipeable remote control, so you can swipe left, right and Super Like matches on the app using the remote.Tinder said this is all part of the fun of Christmas: your family comes together and instead of bonding around the dinner table or a game of Yahtzee, you can judge people on your TV screen.
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Ransomware scum are suggesting that victims infect their friends instead of paying for decryption keys.Thre ransomware variant "Popcorn Time", unrelated to the popular Bittorrent client by the same name, first tells users they have a week in which to pay one one bitcoin US$770 in order to have their files decryoted.The menace, spotted by the MalwareHunter group, also offers victims the chance to infect two other users to avoid payment.Friends are confirmed as having been infected using a referral link and must both pay the ransom for the first victim to receive their decryption key for free.Users who insert the wrong decryption key may see their data deleted on the fourth incorrect attempt.Ransomware authors claim the ransom will be used to pay for food and shelter in Syria.
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Over the summer, two enormous avalanches struck the Aru Glacier in Tibet back-to-back.You ll be shocked to hear it has to do with climate change.When over 70 million tons of ice broke off the Aru Glacier in the mountains of western Tibet on July 17th, it raised eyebrows in the glaciology community.Even one of these gigantic glacier avalanches is very unusual, glaciologist Andreas Kääb of the University of Oslo told NASA s Earth Observatory.Two of them within close geographical and temporal vicinity is, to our best knowledge, unprecedented.So, what the hell happened?
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Pääministeri Juha Sipilä on sitä mieltä, ettei hänelle annettu mahdollisuutta kommentoida vakavia rikosepäilyjä, kun Yle teki juttua Terrafamen yritystuista.Pääministeri Juha Sipilä kommentoi vielä kerran kiistanalaista Terrafamen rahoituspäätöstä Ylen Ykkösaamussa.Hän on sitä mieltä, että oikeuskanslerin pitää antaa tutkia rauhassa esteellisyyden ja mahdolliset jääviysepäilyt.Sipilä vakuuttaa toimineensa asiassa kaikin puolin mahdollisimman varovaiselle tavalla.Monta kertaa Terrafamen asioita kätellessä kysyin, onko kenelläkään osakkeita tai onko kukaan esteellinen.Sipilä myös vakuutti, ettei hän tiennyt lastensa ja sukulaistensa omistaman Catera Steelin sopimuksesta Terrafamen kanssa.
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The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive might offer a superior VR experience to PlayStation VR, but there s one very big reason the latter is poised to perform better on the market, at least in the short term.As seen in tweets from this week s VRX conference in San Francisco, Zvi Greenstein, General Manager at Nvidia, confirmed that there are currently 15 million VR Ready PCs using the company s GeForce graphics cards in the market, which, according to the tweet below, he predicted would rise to 30 million by the end of next year.That s not a final total of VR Ready PCs as a whole; the number doesn t count machines that use cards from rivals like AMD that haven t revealed similar statistics.We ve reached out to AMD to ask to share such data.Even so, that number is dwarfed by the massive 50 million units that Sony announced its popular PlayStation 4 console had sold through this week.That includes standard units, the slim model that released a few months back, and the new PlayStation 4 Pro, an upgraded kit that offers improved performance and visuals for some games.Each of these consoles is ready to run PS VR, provided users have the PlayStation Camera too.Neither Oculus, HTC nor Sony have revealed sales for their respective headsets, but the gap between PCs and PS4s clearly gives PS VR and advantage at this early stage in the industry.Sony s headset may have tracking issues and lack some of the features of its PC-based rivals, but the trade-off is a much more affordable headset $399 for the core unit compared to $599 for a Rift and $799 for a Vive .Factors like this may give Sony a head start in the short term, though both HTC and Oculus will be looking to make both their headsets and the machines that run them cheaper in the short term too.
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Airbnb looks to be making a key strategy change with regards to its global lobbying efforts.After a failed lawsuit that made the company little progress in the State of New York, Airbnb is rallying behind an age old political tool — the compromise.In Airbnb s case, this takes the form of a prescriptive list of policy recommendations as well as a firm bottom line of what the company feels is ultimately disruptive to its users, and in many cases, the self-interest of local municipalities themselves.Ultimately, Airbnb has limited power in stopping governments from instituting any of the following regulations, but its latest release makes it very clear what the company s preferences are and what it sees as its responsibility.Where Airbnb is willing to compromiseAirbnb will help municipalities collect tax revenue.
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If there s one thing more valuable to an author than a Richard and Judy endorsement circa 2006, it s a Bill Gates plug circa this week.So, while four of the books on his annual list cover predictable if fascinating ground genetics, tennis, electricity infrastructure and a business memoir , the fifth is quite interesting, not to say timely.In The Myth of the Strong Leader, the renowned British political scholar Archie Brown throws a dozen world leaders of the past century into a bag, shakes them up, and watches the nice guys rise to the top.Brown debunks the idea that the most successful leaders are those who dominate and mould their nations around themselves, as far as their political systems allow.A more collegial style of leadership is too often characterised as a weakness, he writes.Gates says on his blog that this year s US election prompted him to pick up the book, which was published in 2014.
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How can I see the word count of a document when using Microsoft Office for iPad?In the Office for iPad app, open the document you want to see the word count for, and do the following:Tap the Review tab in the Ribbon.Tap the second icon from the left—it has three long lines, three short lines, and 123.Tapping this icon will reveal the number of pages, a word count, and the number of characters with and without spaces .For more on Office for iPad:
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Elon Musk's are ranked highly by colleagues in startupbranschen.Elon Musk is the world's most admired tech-head, according to a vote among the 700 co-founder of various startups.the Tesla Motors co-founder took home first place for the second year in a row.Musk got 23% of the votes and outperforms their colleagues in the field.Amazon's Jeff Bezos got 10 per cent of the votes, while Facebookgrundaren Mark Zuckerberg took home 6 percent of the votes.Read more: the Full list: Sweden's 52 most powerful tech investors
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Web: Fantasy author Terry Prachett s Discworld series has spanned over 30 years of books and short stories, and there s no way for a newbie to know where to jump in and start.Luckily, All Timelines is a web service that will tell you, along with guides for virtually every other pop culture franchise.The user-contributed site covers books, comic books, TV series, movies, and video games.The objective is to find any franchise s canonical chronology, or the official timeline of events in that fictitious world.Based on its canon, All Timelines lists every book, movie, video game, or TV series that is officially a part of the franchise.The site tries to keep things objective.
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The yet to be named botnet s activities were first discovered by security researchers on Thanksgiving eveHackers have launched a new wave of massive DDoS attacks, leveraging a new botnet, which could possibly rival the prolific Mirai botnet in the coming days.Security researchers have uncovered a new DDoS botnet, which was involved in a 10-day long barrage of attacks, primarily targeting the US west coast.The yet to be named botnet's activities were first discovered by security researchers on Thanksgiving eve 23 November .The hacker/hackers behind the botnet went at it for almost eight and a half hours non-stop, bombarding unspecified targets with a stream of junk traffic, according to security firm Cloudflare.Researchers noted that the attackers kept to the routine, delivering an almost identical barrage of attacks at roughly the same time, for the rest of the week.
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Sarjojen ja elokuvien suoratoistopalvelu Netflix uudistaa palveluaan.Nyt rajattua valikoimaa ohjelmista voi katsoa mobiililaitteilla myös ilman verkkoyhteyttä.Ohjelmia voi ladata Android- ja iOS-päätelaitteille.Uudistus on tervetullut erityisesti lentomatkustajille ja muille pitkän matkan reissaajille.Alkuvaiheessa Netflix tarjoaa ladattavaksi muun muassa alkuperäissarjojaan, kuten House of cards, Narcos ja Orange is the new black.Ladattavissa oleva sisältö löytyy sovelluksen ladattavissa-osiosta.
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Just a few weeks ago, Prisma beat Facebook to the punch with artistic video filters for live videos — but now the social media giant has thwarted the app s attempts to expand into live streaming by denying API access.Prisma s popular art filters are applied to both stills and videos, using artificial intelligence to mimic a certain artistic style, often of an art era or trend.Earlier in November, an app update allowed those filters to be applied live — right around when Facebook shared that it was working on live filters.Now, however, Facebook has told the Russian app startup that since the Facebook app can already live stream video from a smartphone camera, the app doesn t qualify for access to the platform s API, which is the software that allows different apps to interact with each other.TechCrunch reported the social media platform told Prisma, Your app streams video from a mobile device camera, which can already be done through the Facebook app.The Live Video API is meant to let people publish video content from other sources, such as professional cameras, multi-camera setups, games or screencasts.
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View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f301599%2fthumbnail downloads final 1 Christmas just arrived early for binge-watchers everywhere.Netflix giving us an offline viewing option—but not necessarily for everything in its library.Starting today, Netflix subscribers can choose to download movies and TV shows to watch later—even when they don't have an internet connection.The company announced the surprise update on Tuesday in a blog post:This may be another way of saying that not all of Netflix's content is available for download.
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Following the official announcement of the super-flexible Sky Mobile, EE has stuck the boot into O2 s mobile network, which Sky will piggyback off.We ve had a few queries about Sky s launch so we thought you might be interested to see how O2, who Sky will be running on, has been performing in recent independent network tests, the company wrote in a message, referencing a selection of test results from OpenSignal, RootMetrics, P3 Group and Ofcom.Read More: Sky Mobile Revealed: Everything You Need to Know As you can see, these reports have shown slow speeds and overall poor performance, particularly in the case of streaming video, the message continues.Ofcom s recent Smartphone Cities report showed that videos failed to load in high definition or at all on O2 s network in London around 30% of the time, so customers on O2/Sky will suffer more network failures when watching anything from sport to film on the go than on any other network.Sky Mobile customers clearly won t be getting the best experience, and O2 customers will likely see their service slow down even more as Sky customers use O2 s network.
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A new VR camera product has launched on Indiegogo, this one designed for use with any Android smartphone that features a micro USB or USB-C port.When attached, the camera records 360-degree content that can be broadcast live, uploaded to services like YouTube, or shared directly with friends via social networks.The camera can also be connected directly to a laptop where it functions as a 360-degree webcam.The Insta360 Air is round and about the size of a golf ball, and it features two 210-degree fisheye lenses, one on the front and one on the back.The content captured by these two lenses/sensors is stitched in realtime to create a single 360-degree high-definition video — stills are captured at 3K resolution and videos are captured at 2K resolution, though some phones can handle 3K resolution video.The company behind Insta360 Air boasts some fairly advanced features, including electronic image stabilization that keeps videos steady despite the real-time stitching; this addresses things like shaking and vibrations.
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