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The contested project, the nord stream 2 has reached an agreement with five companies that will finance the pipeline, writing in a press release.the principal owner in the project are the Russian Gazprom, which in turn is owned by the Russian state.the Agreement has been concluded with the companies ENGIE, OMV, Shell, Uniper and Wintershall.the Idea is that these parties will be for 50% of the cost of the Nord Stream 2, which is estimated to be € 9.5 billion.Each company will contribute with eur 950 million.the nord stream 2 states that this is an important step on the way to realising the 1 220-kilometre-long gas pipeline.
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Beginning in 2020 users of current standalone Office products will no longer have access to Office 365 services such as Outlook, Skype and OneDriveSome businesses that have purchased perpetual licences to Microsoft Office will no longer be able to use the software to connect to the business versions of Outlook, OneDrive and Skype beginning in 2020, Microsoft has said.Beginning on 13 October, 2020, Microsoft said it will only allow versions of Office that are in mainstream support to connect to Office 365 services including Outlook, OneDrive and Skype.The change affects businesses using desktop-based versions of Office including Office 2010, Office 2013, and Office 2016, with mainstream support for Office 2016 ending on the day that the new support policy comes into effect.The move means businesses that have been accessing the services involved via a stand-alone Office licence will need to put other measures into place by the cut-off date, such as purchasing a version of Office that’s in mainstream support or purchasing an Office 365 business subscription.“We’re providing more than three years’ notice to give IT time to plan and budget for this change,” Microsoft said in a blog post.
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Bad news for those looking forward to Red Dead Red Redemption V, a mod that would have put the much-loved cowboy game’s map into Grand Theft Auto V. It appears that rights-owner Take-Two Interactive took exception to the project, and following what was likely a cease-and-desist notice from the company, the mod has now been killed off.Following the release of Red Dead Red Redemption V’s trailer last Friday, which has since been taken down, modding team .White was “contacted” by Take Two.Lead modder Mr. Leisurewear took to GTAForums.com to announce the project’s cancellation."I know this is hard pill to swallow, but as you may have noticed we did get contacted.And we sadly have to say we are stopping this project.So thanks guys, we were all so happy to see this, but it isn't going to happen, sorry,” he wrote.
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(Reuters) — Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk took many risks with the technology in his company’s cars on the way to surpassing Ford Motor Co’s market value.Now Musk is pushing boundaries in the factory that makes them.Most automakers test a new model’s production line by building vehicles with relatively cheap, prototype tools designed to be scrapped once they deliver doors that fit, body panels with the right shape and dashboards that don’t have gaps or seams.Tesla, however, is skipping that preliminary step and ordering permanent, more expensive equipment as it races to launch its Model 3 sedan by a self-imposed volume production deadline of September, Musk told investors last month.Musk’s decision underscores his high risk tolerance and willingness to forgo long-held industry norms that has helped Tesla upend the traditional auto industry.While Tesla is not the first automaker to try to accelerate production on the factory floor, no other rival is putting this much faith in the production strategy succeeding.Musk expects the Model 3 rollout to help Tesla deliver five times its current annual sales volume, a key target in the automaker’s efforts to stop burning cash.“He’s pushing the envelope to see how much time and cost he can take out of the process,” said Ron Harbour, a manufacturing consultant at Oliver Wyman.Investors are already counting on Tesla’s factory floor success, with shares soaring 39 percent since January as it makes the leap from niche producer to mass producer in far less time than rivals.There are caution signs, however.The production equipment designed to produce millions of cars is expensive to fix or replace if it doesn’t work, industry experts say.Tesla has encountered quality problems on its existing low-volume cars, and the Model 3 is designed to sell in numbers as high as 500,000 vehicles a year, raising the potential cost of recalls or warranty repairs.“It’s an experiment, certainly,” said Consumer Reports’ Jake Fisher, who has done extensive testing of Tesla’s previous Models S and X. Tesla could possibly fix errors quicker, speeding up the process, “or it could be they have unsuspected problems they’ll have a hard time dealing with.”Musk discussed the decision to skip what he referred to as “beta” production testing during a call last month with an invited group of investors.Details were published on Reddit by an investor on the call.He also said that “advanced analytical techniques” — code word for computer simulations — would help Tesla in advancing straight to production tooling.Tesla declined to confirm details of the call or comment on its production strategy.The auto industry’s incumbents have not been standing still.
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As part of a series exploring cybersecurity and its impact on consumers, marketers, and marketing (see here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5), I talked with Holly Rollo, the CMO of RSA, a Dell Technologies business.Whitler: In prior articles, we’ve talked about what cybersecurity is, the degree of threat firms face from an attack, who manages it, and why CEOs/CMOs should care.There are bells and whistles galore that can be used to capture, score, manage, nurture, clean, append, correlate, analyze, and connect customer and prospect data for the purpose of promoting, selling, enabling selling, syndicating, replicating, or socially promoting anything you can imagine.It is important that we drive a conversation about how the IT security teams can better protect the marketing infrastructure and respond in the event of a breach.We must also insist that vendors go through security audits and that we ask as many questions as we can about their ability to protect and defend our data and any possible entry points into our environment that can affect other parts of the business.There is an incredible learning opportunity right before a new website is pushed live, when all of these tools are put together for the first time, to partner with IT to run a breach scenario in the test environment and see what happens.
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Windows 10 will get more continuous updates in the future.Microsoft has through a discreet blog post on Office 365 ProPlus, announced that the company plans to start releasing two big Windows 10 updates every year.the Idea is that a is to be released in march and one in september.most Likely is månadsangivelserna intended to facilitate corporate customers when they plan to make updates on their departments.the Next big update, waiting for Windows 10-users goes under the code name Redstone 3.We know in the present time not too much of what it contains, other than that it will have a new interface called Project Neon.
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Sound in its most natural form is an analogue signal – a continuous wave with no breaks or interruptions (unlike digital).In the case of vinyl, this is done by creating grooves in a record; with tape, it’s created by the magnetisation of the tape’s particles into a particular pattern.When you see a piece of music described as 16-, 24- or 32-bit, this is referring to the bit depth and, alongside sample rate, is a key part of digital music.In its simplest form, it’s an indication to how accurately the analogue sound is encoded in digital form.The more bits there are to play with, the closer to the original signal you get, which has a direct impact on dynamic range (see also Sample rate).While bit depth is used to describe lossless PCM files, bitrate is used to convey the quality of compressed audio formats like MP3.
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I’ve avoided standing desks my entire life.Sure, sitting is killing us, but after the initial hoopla wore off, researchers started poking holes in the idea that standing was any better than sitting.Not sitting leads to decreased instances of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and premature death.Most touting the benefits of a standing desk specifically use the words “not sitting.” And not sitting can mean a lot of things: doing squats at your desk, walking on a treadmill, or quitting your job to go hike the Appalachian Trail during office hours.Even if you stand most of the day, a mere 20 minutes sitting every few hours could ease the symptoms of joint pain.Or, if you’re sitting all day, standing for 20 minutes every few hours could help with an achy lower back and shoulders.
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This evidence shows that these and other behaviours - along with things in our environment we can’t necessarily control - can cause cancer by damaging our cells’ DNA.But the picture of what causes cancer isn’t complete.Their goal is to dramatically improve our understanding of what causes cancer, potentially preventing more cases in the future.Everyone in the world is identifiable by their fingerprint - a unique pattern of marks that distinguishes one person from another.Instead of being a unique pattern of circles and whirls, these cellular ‘fingerprints’ - also called mutational ‘fingerprints’ - are made from unique patterns of genetic changes buried in our DNA.“These ‘fingerprints’ provide clues on how a cell has lived its life, so by studying them we can not only identify what mistakes are in a cell, but also what caused them.”
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One of the highlights of my visit to Akihabara last spring was visiting the Animate store located there.But beginning now, fans of Japanese cartoons won’t have to travel quite so far to shop.On Wednesday Animate, Japan’s largest retailer of anime products, opened an online store aimed at a global audience called Animate International.With 121 stores (all in Asia) and a 1983 legacy, Animate is the most established anime goods retailer in Japan.At the online store, fans all over the world can buy DVDs and Blu-Rays, official merchandise, and even exclusive items that you can only get from Animate.That means any limited edition release available only through Animate will also be available at the online store.
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Like many gamers, I greatly enjoyed when it was released last year but I have always been mystified at Respawn’s previously dismissive responses to mecha related anime.Well, it seems that has now finally changed.To understand where all this is coming from, you need to go back to the first and realize that Respawn went to great lengths to explain that the .That's like saying you don’t have cars in a racing game, so it was a bit weird to say the least.This was an anime where the mecha, called , was sentient and had a buddy relationship with its pilot, .Well, a senior game designer at Respawn , as he explains:
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I didn’t sleep well last night.I’d tried to go to bed at half nine, about two hours earlier than usual, to prepare for pre-race night where I’ll need to be up at 5AM.But I couldn’t slip into slumber because I was busy doing mental calculations and dealing with these little thought demons:‘Well, if I run at seven minutes per mile until mile 18 and I still feel strong, then I’ll only need to run 6:45 minutes per mile to the end with a sprint finish.’‘I should run well until mile 13 and see where I’m at then completely redesign every pacing strategy I’ve ever run with while trying to run a marathon.’‘I should just run without any tech and do it all on feel.
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If you’ve held back on getting the latest iPad since 2012's fourth generation, you could be in luck.According to an internal memo obtained by 9to5 Mac, users who need service on that model could walk out of the store with a shiny new iPad Air 2.According to the report, the memo simply states, “Starting March 30th, iPad 4th generation whole unit repairs may be substituted to iPad Air 2.” The fourth generation iPad was discontinued in 2014, but Apple tends to support its devices for up to 5 years after their debut.Customers who bring in a device for repair at locations that don’t offer that service will often be given a new device for the sake of convenience.Now that supplies of the fourth generation are dwindling, Apple has apparently freed its employees to substitute an iPad that’s two generations newer.The iPad Air 2 has also been discontinued but that move only occurred last month, so this is a relatively current tablet and it’s still damn good.
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On Thursday, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer is scheduled to embark on his first voyage to the International Space Station.He's excited to be working on a variety of experiments, including ones dealing with plant growth and bone growth, but he's less than thrilled about the prospect of using the loo in microgravity.In a NASA Q, Fischer reveals what he expects his greatest challenge will be.He says it's the toilet."It's all about suction, it's really difficult, and I'm a bit terrified," Fischer says.In case you think Fischer is exaggerating his toilet trepidation, here's NASA description of how the commode functions: "The toilet basically works like a vacuum cleaner with fans that suck air and waste into the commode."
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Wondering what the first Mexican director to be nominated for both an Academy Award and Directors Guild of America award for directing has been up to lately?He's been setting even more records.Alejandro Iñárritu's short film, "CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible)" is the first VR project to be chosen for the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival.It will be a six and a half minute solo experience, premiering ahead of its official opening in June at the Fondazione Prada in Milan.Emmanuel Lubezki, Iñárritu's cinematographer extraordinaire for "Birdman" and "The Revenant," is onboard.You can almost hear the movie buffs whooping.
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Gone is Moffat’s penchant for slow-paced cleverness, building up to a third act twist that everything else in the episode hinges on.Gone, even, is the obfuscating air of mystery behind the new companion like we saw with both Amy and Clara, in the form of the refreshingly normal Bill (played wonderfully by newcomer Pearl Mackie), a canteen employee at a University rather than someone with an ominous title like “The Girl Who Waited” or “The Impossible Girl.” Aside from the odd reappearance of Nardole from the past few Christmas specials—a fun if slight turn from Matt Lucas, even if I’m struggling to remember or really care why his character is still around—it was also free of the sort of continuity quagmire Moffat has loved to revel in during his time as showrunner, even in his prior “jumping-on point” episodes.If anything, this opening episode—cheekily titled to refer to both the main “villain” of the piece and its soft-reboot nature—felt a lot more like “Rose,” the one that kicked this all off again back in 2005, than anything Moffat has done since.It was, on the whole, everything Doctor Who needed to do in an episode that marks its return after essentially being off air for two years.But at the same time, “The Pilot” delves into a concept Moffat has returned to time and time again in his run on Doctor Who: the power of love, and the need sometimes to let go of something holding you back, in order to move on.After a weird fascination with an even weirder puddle, Heather gets transformed into... well, a very wet Heather, a hybrid of the sentient spaceship oil that inhabited said puddle (probably a regular occurrence on Doctor Who’s Earth) and Heather’s attraction to Bill.
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According to a arbitration need to Qualcomm to pay approximately the equivalent of sek 7.3 billion to the BlackBerry.the Reason is that the BlackBerry allegedly paid too much to Qualcomm in royalties during the period 2010 – 2015.the Matter can not be appealed, then the previously mentioned case of an arbitration, without the involvement of a court of general jurisdiction.Qualcomm also have to pay Blackberry for attorney's fees.It is a significant addition in the cashier for the canadian mobile company, which in recent years has been in dire straits.
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Pompliano claims that Snap manipulated growth figures ahead of its IPO in order to drum up interest from investors, and that the company used inaccurate metrics to calculate the number of daily active users (DAUs).According to Pompliano, Snap overstated its DAUs by 3-5 million and also lied about its monthly growth, which was increasing at a rate of less than 5% per quarter and not the double-digit figure Snap claimed.He additionally alleges that executives at the company tried to make to make him divulge confidential information about Facebook, where Pompliano had previously served as a product manager.The court documents reveal that Pompliano's previous attorneys withdrew from the case after discovering he had been hired and them promptly fired from a new job shortly after his contract with Snap was terminated, which they claim disproves his allegations that Snap "maligned him to the point of making him unemployable."His lawyers filed a ho-hum opposition to a motion – something that thousands of lawyers do in thousands of courthouses each day – but still felt compelled to trumpet that unremarkable feat of civil procedure in a press release that practically hyperventilates.His lawyers filed a ho-hum opposition to a motion-something that 3 thousands of lawyers do in thousands of courthouses each da y ut still felt compelled to trumpet 4 that umemarkable feat of civil procedure in a press release that practically hyperventilates.
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Parking inventory and booking startup SpotHero has acquired rival Parking Panda.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Founded out of Chicago in 2011, SpotHero connects garages, lots, and valets with drivers across the U.S.The company has raised $27 million in funding, and today’s news comes hot on the heels of a flurry of activity from the startup — back in February it launched its new developer platform to extend its parking inventory into third-party apps.And last month it launched SpotHero for Business.Founded out of Baltimore the very same year as SpotHero, Parking Panda is a similar proposition in that it allows drivers to find and reserve parking in dozens of cities across North America.However, Parking Panda has a particular focus on event parking reservations and has already established hundreds of partnerships with sports teams from across the NHL, NFL, MLB, and NBA, in addition to teaming up with other arenas and convention centers.Given that Parking Panda expanded into Canada in 2016, this acquisition also serves SpotHero its first international foothold, albeit only in Toronto and Edmonton, for now.Moreover, given Parking Panda’s existing focus on the B2B realm, this should go some way toward boosting SpotHero’s recent expansion into business parking.“We’ve long admired Parking Panda’s talented team and ability to drive product innovation,” explained Mark Lawrence, cofounder and CEO of SpotHero.
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Google announced today that open virtual reality gallery WebVR would be available to Cardboard users.Now all you need is an Android phone and a Cardboard headset to use WebVR games.WebVR is a VR standard that works within browsers.According to the site, “The goal is to make it easier for everyone to get into VR experiences, no matter what device you have.” Not only can you experience VR more easily, you can develop VR software as you would a browser game.Google is also opening a dedicated gallery of WebVR Experiments where users can find new things to play.At the moment, all of the games in gallery are free.
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