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Interview The EU has not seen evidence that Huawei poses a threat to its internal markets – and says that even if it had, blocking the controversial Chinese company's products is up to EU member nations, not the political bloc.In an interview with The Register Despina Spanou, director of digital society, trust and cybersecurity within the EU's Communications Network, Content and Technology directorate, said that individual European Union countries had not raised any security concerns about Huawei."It is not the EU that decides that, they make their own assessments and decisions."Spanou's comments come hot on the heels of the American envoy to the EU publicly threatening countries within the political bloc if they dare use Huawei-made networking equipment.Those who are charging ahead blindly and embracing the Chinese technology without regard to these concerns may find themselves in a disadvantage in dealing with us."Yet the EU's public line on Huawei has been noticeably softer than that of the Five Eyes spying alliance, most of whom have condemned the Chinese company – except for the UK, though some muted criticism has made its way out.
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The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active may pack a smaller display and miss out on the rotating bezel which has been a key feature on Samsung's previous smartwatches.This latest Galaxy Watch Active leak comes via SamMobile, which claims the wearable will have a 1.1-inch display - which is notably smaller than the 1.3-inch screen on the Samsung Galaxy Watch and the 1.2-inch display on the Active's predecessor, the Gear Sport.With a smaller display, it may be a little trickier to navigate around the Watch Active's interface, with your finger potentially blocking a lot of the screen from view.You'd think then, this would be a perfect opportunity for Samsung's rotating ring bezel to shine.On previous watches such as the Galaxy Watch and Gear Sport, the rotating bezel around the display allows you to scroll through menus and messages, with a physical click allowing you to select options on screen.This keeps the screen clear, as you don't have to move your finger across it as much.
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Editor’s note: A version of this originally appeared on Radii, a new media platform covering culture, innovation, and life in today’s China.Amid all the headlines about dystopian doomsday scenarios and mass surveillance of the populace, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that in some instances AI and facial recognition can be put to positive uses.A cuddly case in point: Chinese internet powerhouse Baidu has created an AI cat shelter.The shelter, which comes complete with toys, regular dispatches of food and water, and warm spaces to sleep, features feline facial recognition to grant access.It can also check its guests for various diseases and assess whether or not they’ve been neutered.If it identifies a sick cat, a message is sent to a nearby volunteer organization that looks after stray animals to come and administer the required help.
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There has been an influx of rumours and leaks around the 2019 Apple iPhones that are expected to break cover sometime around September.Earlier, it had been reported that the Cupertino giant was readying three new iPhone's for 2019 and one of them was leaked quite early in the year.The leaked variant was allegedly reported to be in the EVT (Engineering Validation Test) phase and hence came with a cautionary note.Now, according to a report by DroidShout, the 2019 iPhone lineup may not see an increase in the prices and they would largely remain the same.The report also revealed that Apple will be switching the next iPhones to USB Type-C from the company's proprietary Lightning solution.However, the source wasn't too sure about this happening.
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The world risks a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s eco-system” due to plummeting insect numbers, scientists said.More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, researchers found in a new ‘study of studies’.The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles.The study’s authors suggested the way food is farmed today has speeded up the decline in insect numbers.They said that, without remedy, the effect of insect extinction would threaten human existence.“The repercussions this will have for the planet’s ecosystems are catastrophic, to say the least,” they wrote.
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Two people have died in a crash during a police pursuit in west London.The Metropolitan Police said officers responded to reports of an aggravated burglary in Harrow, north-west London, at about 8.40pm on Sunday.As part of the response, a pursuit began, with a police helicopter also called to assist.At about 9pm, the vehicle being pursued moved on to the wrong side of the carriageway on the A40 and crashed with a coach near the junction of Kingsdown Avenue, Acton.A male and a female were pronounced dead at the scene, while a second man was taken to hospital for treatment.All three were occupants of the vehicle being pursued.
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2019 has been kind to us so far: revenue is growing, and we’re keeping operations lean and mean.TIA Subscription is also showing promising results.If you’re reading this note in full, I sincerely thank you for your support in making sure that we can continue to invest in quality journalism and exclusive content.In the interest of transparency, I want to keep you updated on a few things.First of all, I’m thrilled to share that Maria Li, an Apple and Deloitte alum, will be taking over from Andrew Wang as Tech in Asia’s new COO.This content is exclusive to subscribers.
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With awards season now in full swing, it’s time for stars from the music world to start getting in on the act, with the celebrities swarming to Los Angeles on Sunday night, for this year’s Grammys.As ever, it was a star-studded affair, with the biggest names in the industry all arriving at the Staples Centre, but before the ceremony itself, there was the not-so-small matter of the red carpet.Loads of our faves posed up a storm for the photographers on their way into the event, including the host for the evening, Alicia Keys, who made sure to make an impression as she led the charge in her bright red gown.Elsewhere, chart-topping British singer and Best New Artist contender Dua Lipa was also snapped on the red carpet, alongside Album Of The Year Janelle Monáe, dressed as elaborately as we’ve come to expect from her, and Cardi B, who took up plenty of space in her show-stopping outfit, to match her larger-than-life personality.But it wasn’t just the women who caught our attention on the red carpet.Two-time nominee Shawn Mendes kept it classic in a navy suit, while producer Mark Ronson, who was recognised for his work on the A Star Is Born soundtrack as well as his work with Sin City, took a monochrome approach in his black-and-white ensemble.
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Police have charged a man with murder following the fatal stabbing of a mother.Ricardo Godinho, 41, was on Sunday charged with killing 39-year-old Aliny Mendes who was attacked in a street in Ewell at about 3pm on Friday, Surrey Police said.Godinho, of Kingston Road, Epsom, will appear in Staines Magistrates’ Court on Monday, the force added.Officers also announced that the matter has been referred to the police watchdog, the Independent Office of Police Conduct.Police said Ms Mendes was on a road near the junction of Sparrow Farm Road and London Road when a man got out of a car and stabbed her.Ms Mendes was described as a “caring mother” with a “wonderful heart” by friends and family.
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This is the awkward moment Joe Sugg dropped girlfriend Dianne Buswell on her head in front of thousands on the Strictly Come Dancing live tour.The YouTuber came a cropper as he attempted a tricky lift during a performance at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday.Joe attempted to try and raise pro dancer Dianne onto his shoulders as part of their Paso Doble to Arctic Monkeys’ I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor.However, he struggled to lift her far enough, with Dianne ending up crashing to the floor and landing in a heap.The moment was captured on camera by audience members, who shared the video on social media.Dianne later joked about the accident on Twitter, writing: “Had to happen at the O2,” along with an embarrassed emoji.
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Arabian Automobiles, the flagship company of the AW Rostamani Group and the exclusive dealer for INFINITI in Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates, announced today the launch of an AR app that aims to make the lives of INFINITI owners a lot easier.The INFINITI Driver’s Guide app uses Augmented Reality across various car models to display information that would usually be found buried in the pages of a thick car user manual.With the app, users simply point their phone at a particular button or section of the car to get detailed information of what the button does.The AR-driven app interacts with all the various buttons of the vehicle such as steering wheel, audio system, INFINITI control, air-conditioning, parking brake, combination meter, lighting control, multi-switch panel – centre console, interior light, and security.We hopped into the INFINITI QX30 to give the app a quick spin, and sure enough it did exactly what it was supposed to do.You’ll have to first do a one-time download in either English or Arabic for the car model you own, but after that you can simply tap on the app and then point the camera at any section of the car that you need an explanation for.
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With the February 20 launch for the Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, and Galaxy S10E fast approaching, we haven't been short on leaks and rumors to keep us going until the big day – and today there are more leaked images to pore over.Courtesy of seasoned tipster Evan Blass, we now have full front and back renders of the standard Galaxy S10 flagship and the cheaper Galaxy S10E variant.You can see those triple-lens and dual-lens cameras, ultra-thin bezels, and those 'punch hole' cameras.We also get confirmation that the fingerprint sensor is going to be embedded in the screen on both these models.There's no Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus in this gallery, but we've previously seen some very revealing pictures of that model too.None of this is new information of course, and we've seen quite a few leaked renders already, but just in case you were in any doubt about what the upcoming Galaxy phones will look like, here you go.
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A popular extension has disappeared from Google’s Chrome Web Store days after it suddenly started spamming users with annoying pop-up ads.The “Automatic 4K/HD for YouTube” extension enabled its nearly 4.2 million users to automatically select the video playback quality they preferred, while preventing YouTube from streaming videos at lower resolutions.But according to a ZDNet report, the extension began annoying users sometime last week with unwanted popups that promoted an adblocker extension.The popups weren’t limited to preexisting users, either.New users were also affected as the extension reportedly started showing ads almost immediately after installation, as seen in this GIF created by ZDNet.Peeved users took to Reddit to warn others and complain about the recurring ads, which reportedly appeared as often as every hour.
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James Wan’s Aquaman was such a hit, not only will it get a sequel, even its tertiary characters are getting their own movies.Just not the ones anyone expected.Writers Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald have been hired to write The Trench, a horror-themed DC movie focused on the creatures who attack Arthur (Jason Momoa) and Mera (Amber Heard) toward the end of Aquaman.All that’s known about the film, according to the Hollywood Reporter, is that “it will be set in the kingdom of the Trench and will not feature the main cast of Aquaman.”Wan will produce along with Peter Safran and the film will be “much more modestly budgeted than the normal DC superhero tentpole,” according to the trade.The trench scene in Aquaman was super cool.
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Challenger bank Chime added 10,000 new bank accounts over the past 24 hours following an outage at Wells Fargo that left some customers unable to use their debit cards or access their online accounts.Chime is also close to raising $300 million at a $1.5 billion valuation, according to Bloomberg.Our weekly newsletter with behind-the-scenes stories about banking, business and big dealsBy clicking Sign Up, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider Inc. and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.The recent outage at Wells Fargo which left some customers unable to use their debit cards may have infuriated its customers, but it was good news for some upstart banks.Chime, a pure-play digital bank, opened nearly 10,000 new bank accounts over the past 24 hours which was a company record, according to to Chime's co-founder and CEO Chris Britt.
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Remember the websites of the 1990s?Blinking text and Comic Sans!Guestbooks and hit counters and dancing babies!Slip back into the era of slap bracelets and clear cola when you visit the official Marvel website for the upcoming Captain Marvel feature film.The movie, about Carol Danvers and her super-powered alter ego, is set in the 1990s, in part because Marvel's never done that before."It allows us to play in an area that we have never played in before, and tapping into a '90s action genre was fun for us," Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told the Toronto Sun.
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Apple Watches are one of the best smartwatches currently available on the market, offering cellular connectivity, GPS tracking, fast processing, and quite a bit more in terms of functionality.If you happen to be an iPhone owner, this is, of course, the most compatible smartwatch for you.And now for a limited time, the Apple Watch Series 3 is being offered to the smartwatch-hungry public at a discounted price from Amazon.Whether you’re looking to pick up a Valentine’s Day gift for someone you love, or just grab one of these wonderful wearables for yourself, now is a great time to buy.While the Apple Watch Series 3 is not the most recent model to be produced by the Cupertino, California computer company, it still packs all of the great features that the Apple Watch Series 4 is known for.Since Apple products don’t come cheap, this is a great a deal if you are looking to acquire one of the most advanced smartwatches.
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But if you miss it in theaters, don't expect to watch it at home on Netflix.On Feb. 6, Disney CEO Bob Iger noted it will be the company's first film to skip Netflix and instead head to Disney's own Disney+ streaming service.Iger shared that news in a conference call with Wall Street analysts, Deadline reported.We now know the film is rated PG-13 (no surprise), for "sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive language."Or spring for the deluxe version, which comes with Goose/Chewie the not-quite-cat.Fury manages to use his pager and apparently sends a message to Captain Marvel just as he, too, disappears into dust.
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Aquaman, which starred Jason Momoa in the title role, rode the waves of hype to a $1 billion take at the global box office, making it the highest-grossing film based on a DC Comics property in movie history.While director James Wan decides whether or not he’ll return to guide Aquaman‘s inevitable sequel, Warner Bros. and DC decided to keep the momentum flowing with a spin-off.The upcoming feature film is called The Trench, and will be a “horror-tinged” take on Aquaman’s bright and colorful submarine world, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Newcomers Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald will write The Trench‘s script.Wan and Peter Safran will serve as producers.The main Aquaman cast is not expected to appear.
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Since the Galaxy Edge came out in 2014, Samsung's flagship phones have had curved edges on the right and left sides of their screen.The effect when you hold a Galaxy S9 or Galaxy Note 9 is that it feels like you're kind of holding the internet right in your hand.The upcoming Galaxy S10 is expected to have the same curved right and left edges.But what about the top and bottom edges?On Tuesday, Chinese phone maker Xiaomi had a patent published for a phone screen with four curved edges (top, bottom and sides).As reported by Dutch website LetsGoDigital, the patent was published in the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) Global Design Database.
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