Mattie Wright

Mattie Wright

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China
For all its drawbacks as a system of governance, you have to admit that communism, with its rich history and Big Brother overtones, makes for an ideal video game setting.Two-fisted shooters that let you blow the brains out of evil reds?Sneaky super-spy stealth games in which you set up both sides against each other?Even communist-friendly versions of city- and world-builders are out there.All of that makes Black the Fall (for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC) easy to enjoy from the get-go.It’s a moody little thriller in which you’re a machinist trying to escape from a communist country that’s closely based on Ceausescu’s Romania – in fact, the developers called on their own experiences of living through that horrifying regime.
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UK
Alongside revealing its new partnership with high-end audio brand Devialet on the TV Sky Soundbox sound system, Sky has announced that it is bringing Dolby Atmos to its Sky Q platform.In a statement, the telecommunications company said that "those customers who have already invested in a home cinema or AV system compatible with Dolby Atmos will soon be able to enjoy the full capabilities of their speakers with Sky Q".The software update will be released later this summer, after which Sky Q subscribers will be able to watch 124 live Premier League games with Dolby Atmos sound and UHD visuals.The high-end surround sound technology has been appearing in more and more consumer tech products recently, and is no longer the preserve of audiophile brands.LG's 2017 OLED TVs are the first televisions to support Dolby Atmos audio, for example.There are also a number of soundbar systems that now feature Atmos, such as the Samsung HW-K950 and the Philips Fidelio B8.
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ON A SUNNY DAY in May, Jonathan Ive—Jony to anyone who knows him—first encounters a completed section of Apple Park, the giant campus in Cupertino, California, that has turned into one of his longest projects as Apple’s chief designer.A section of workspace in the circular, Norman Foster–designed building is finally move-in-ready: sliding-glass doors on the soundproof offices, a giant European white oak collaboration table, adjustable-height desks, and floors with aluminum-covered hinged panels, hiding cables and wires, and...
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The USB 3.0 Promoter Group on Tuesday announced an incremental update to the USB standard that’ll enable faster transmission of data across existing cables.USB hosts and devices were originally designed as single-lane solutions but as bandwidth demands increased, it became increasingly apparent that something would need to be done to scale performance.That’s why multi-lane support was built into USB Type-C cables.With the USB 3.2 specification, new hosts and devices can be designed as multi-lane solutions to take advantage of the extra lanes.The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, which is comprised of Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Renesas Electronics, ST Microelectronics and Texas Instruments, notes that new devices can support up to two lanes of 5 Gbps or two lanes of 10 Gbps operation.A USB 3.2 host connected to a USB 3.2 storage device, for example, will now be capable of data transfers of over 2 GB/sec.
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Microsoft was probably touched by the sudden outburst of love and passion coming from the creative community in support for Microsoft Paint, a.k.a.A painting program that is both loved and ridiculed, the program has been around for more than 30 years, acting as the default and sometimes only recourse of those who need a quick paint job on newly installed or very pristine Windows computers.Unsurprisingly, there was much outcry when news went out that Microsoft was deprecating Paint in favor of Paint 3D.Even when it first came out more than three decades ago, Paint was no where close to being a professional digital artist’s tool.But because it came pre-installed on every Windows machine, it was immediately accessible when you need to paint or edit an image in a pinch.Its simplicity has never stopped more creative and patient artists from creating masterpieces on it though.
UK
If there’s an apt image of what the nation is going through these days, it’s the impossible-to-forget portrait of Chris Christie, New Jersey’s two-term governor, lounging at Island Beach State Park during the July 4th holiday weekend, while a budget dispute had closed the state’s parks to the public.There’s a long history of politicians putting their own interests first, but that’s usually been accompanied by something for their constituents, as well as a capacity for shame.In the scheme of things, it doesn’t matter much if Trump turns against Jeff Sessions, his Attorney General—the first senator to endorse his candidacy, and someone who’s been among his most unwavering supporters—unless Trump does so as part of a scheme to fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed by Sessions’s deputy.Sessions says that he wants to keep his job, and Spicer, worn down and repeatedly humiliated, resigned last week; their fates suggest that no one, apart from family members, can rely on any sort of personal relationship with Trump.What matters a lot more is a President’s behavior with international leaders, especially in the absence of a reliable record that might correct reversals of memory.Trump’s improvisational impulses, and forgetfulness, are bound to increase concern about his relationship with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, with whom he met at least twice, in Hamburg, during the G-20 conference.
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One of the several brave robots to make one-way trips into Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant’s severely damaged reactors has accomplished what its less fortunate compatriots did not, sending back photos of what appears to be melted nuclear fuel from the interior of the ruined facility.The remotely controlled Toshiba robot, which is similar in design to a submarine, managed to gain some glimpses of “a hardened black, grey and orange substance” pooled below reactor No.3, Bloomberg reported on Friday.Officials with Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc. believe the substance is the remains of atomic fuel rods, which melted through and fused with other structural components of the reactor.Identifying precisely where the melted-down materials are, and what they are composed of, is critical to the ongoing Tepco cleanup efforts.“Never before have we taken such clear pictures of what could be melted fuel,” utility official Takahiro Kimoto told reporters, per Bloomberg.
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When Australian research professor Paul Glasziou checked off the 68th box on a list of ailments for which homeopathy had no effect, he let out a sigh of relief.Homeopathic remedies are sold in thousands of health stores as tinctures, tonics, pills, and pastes.The practice's origin can be traced to an 18th-century German physician named Samuel Hahnemann, who theorized that taking extremely diluted doses of the thing that is causing an ailment can cure it.Glasziou looked at nearly 200 scientific studies about the effectiveness of the regimen for 68 conditions, ranging from arthritis to HIV.Overall, the treatment had "no discernible effect" on any of those conditions, which led Glasziou to conclude that homeopathy was "a therapeutic dead-end."That was two years ago.
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Amid the dwindling home supply, the Bay Area real estate market experienced an increase in home sales during the spring.Hellbent buyers snapped up whatever was available, resulting in a year-over-year increase in units sold.And now the spring sales increase has reversed, according to the latest report from the California Association of Realtors.It shows pending sales decreasing 0.6 percent across the region in June.Breaking it down by county, sales dipped 0.4 percent year-over-year in Santa Clara County and 10.4 percent in San Mateo County.San Francisco County bounced back from last month’s double-digit sales decline, however, and rose 22.2 percent.
China
An impressive set of official teasers that have been published by Asus are surely paving the way for the official launch of the next Asus Zenfone 4 series smartphones, scheduled to take place in the coming days.Asus has already launched the Zenfone 4 Max in Russia with a price tag of 235$ but so far there’s no information on a possible availability of the device in other markets.Asus presumably plans to unveil 4 more phones during the next days: Asus ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie, and ZenFone 4V.All of them are scheduled to hit markets by the end of August (or early September) and these teasers are proof that at least one of them (we believe more) will pack dual camera support for impressive imaging capabilities.Enjoy the teasers and expect these new Zenfone 4 series models to be officially unveiled in the coming weeks.
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Level 5, the developer behind the popular Layton series, has released a new game for Android devices.Called Layton’s Mystery Journey, it’s basically a puzzle adventure game in which you take on the role of Katrielle Layton who is searching for her missing father, Professor Hershel Layton.The game takes place in the heart of London where you have to solve a puzzle after puzzle to complete your mission.It features the largest collection of puzzles in any Layton series title, a new cast of characters, customizable costumes and room decor, additional minigames, and much more.The game doesn’t require an internet connection, so you can play it anywhere you want.Check out the trailer below to learn more about it.
Sweden
Bolaget hade storslagna planer i Sverige och ville skapa en tv-tjänst på nätet genom att samla en rad play-kanaler.Företaget kallades för ett “Spotify för TV” – men den tjänsten skrotades i våras efter att man misslyckats med att knyta avtal med viktiga aktörer som TV4 och MTG.Magine skruvade om sin affärsmodell redan förra året, så att företag som skapar eller distribuerar innehåll kan använda Magines digitala plattform i stället för att bygga en egen.Samtidigt har man fortsatt att driva den digitala nordiska hyrfilms-tjänsten Plejmo bolaget köpte hösten 2015, och den ursprungliga tv-tjänsten finns fortfarande kvar i Tyskland.I praktiken består Magine-koncernen alltså numera av flera olika verksamheter.Under förra året gjorde bolaget en förlust på 366 miljoner kronor samtidigt som omsättningen ökade till 38 miljoner jämfört med de 12 miljoner som omsattes 2015.
Finland
Pihlajalinnan tytäryhtiö Pihlajalinna Terveys ostaa oululaisen Caritas Lääkärit -yhtiön.Yhtiön suurin omistaja on oululainen yleishyödyllinen Caritas-Säätiö.Caritas Lääkärit tarjoaa Oulussa ja Raahessa työterveys- ja lääkäriasemapalveluita.Pihlajalinna tavoittelee yritysostolla muun muassa merkittävää asemaa Oulun ja Raahen seudun työterveyshuollossa sekä vahvaa alkua Ouluun avattavalle lääkärikeskukselleen, Pihlajalinna kertoo tiedotteessaan.Kauppa tulee voimaan viimeistään 15. elokuuta.
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Has anyone tried the Fostex T50RP MK3?They appear to be planar, at much lower cost, and get enthusiastic reviews.That said, I have some difficulty believing anything could be better than the closed back dynamics, the AKG K550s, that I got a year or so ago.I more or less stopped looking at new headphones after getting these.There are also planars from a brand called Hifiman, which might be interesting too if anyone has experience of them.EDIT -- Also Monoprice Monolith M560, much cheaper, but are they any good?
Sweden
En del väljer istället slutna system som Sonos för sina ljudanläggningar, medan andra föredrar Googles Chromecast.Med IOS och Android kan du enkelt strömma ljudet från till exempel Spotify till antingen en hemmabioreceiver eller – med Chromecast Audio – till vilken stereo som helst.Spotify till exempel saknar stöd för Chromecast på Mac, men med det här knepet kan du ändå strömma musiken till stereon.Enkla metoden – kostar en slantDet finns två sätt att fixa det här.Det är busenkelt att använda och om du har flera ljudanläggningar där hemma och funderar på att ordna någon form av flerrumsstyrning är det otroligt prisvärt.
UK
Whether you consider yourself tech-savvy or a technophobe, in today’s world, technology touches virtually everybody’s lives in one way or another.It’s an industry that comprises hundreds of thousands of companies and is worth trillions of dollars worldwide.Now, thanks to data solutions company Utopia, you can find out which is the biggest tech firm in each US state.The data is based on company revenues listed on the 2016 Fortune 1000 list.For the lesser populated states, the Inc. 5000, which ranks the country’s top 5000 fastest-growing private companies, is used.As you can see from the breakdown infographic by Business Insider, there are huge differences between the revenues of the biggest companies in each state.
Finland
basware's operating profit for April-June was -2,149 million, while a year earlier the company's operating profit was 4,589 million to frost.earnings per Share April-June was eur 0.24 at a loss.the comparison period, losses came to 0.32 euros per share.net Sales in the second quarter was eur 37.3 million, a decrease of four percent from one year ago.Analysts expected Baswarelta second quarter to an average of 38.4 million net sales, eur -3.9 million operating income and -0,23 eur result per share, survives Factsetin from the database.Basware need the full year view unchanged.
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the Swedish lock giant Assa Abloy will continue to grow in the second quarter.Analysts ' expectations, the company does not, however, reach the.Assa abloy's operating profit grew in the April-June 3,11 billion sek last year, 2.91 billion.operating profit margin, however, was weakened by 16.1% last year to 16.3%.the profit growth fell slightly short of expectations less lively, because analysis services Factsetin according to the company was expected on average to 3.23 billion operating profit.earnings per Share strengthened 1,96 sek in the comparative period 1,82 crown.
China
Facebook has selected Meitu for its AR abilities to help it catch up in animated photography.By joining Facebook’s AR Studio as an early beta partner, Meitu will bring three AR camera effects to the Facebook camera soon, it was announced by Facebook’s director of platform partnerships, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis at RISE in Hong Kong.Facebook announced its AR Studio in April at F8 and Meitu is the first company specializing in AR facial recognition to be selected and the first company based in Asia.Xiamen-based Meitu already has its apps installed on 1.1 billion unique devices and 450 monthly active users and its tech could reach many more very soon.The China’s company also makes smartphones optimized for selfies and at TechCrunch Shenzhen announced plans to harness its users’ frequent selfie-snapping for health monitoring, picking out minute changes in users’ appearance.Facebook users will be able to use three features which utilize front or rear facing cameras—or both.
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We’re excited to be partnering with Facebook to bring our illustrious startup competition, the Startup Battlefield, to Nairobi, Kenya later this year.As a reminder, startups can apply to one of three categories: social good, productivity and utility or gaming and entertainment.As long as your company fits into one of these categories and you meet the eligibility criteria at the bottom of this post, you are encouraged to apply before the new deadline mentioned above.Companies selected to participate will be notified by August 21.Sub-Saharan Africa just produced its first unicorn, online shopping site Jumia, exits in the region are increasingly frequent and VCs all around the world are taking notice.Startups must fit into one of three categories (social good, productivity and utility or gaming and entertainment) to participate.
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