Facebook envisions the hubs will improve digital skills and help reduce unemployment across Europe.Three new training centres will be opened across Europe over the next two years in a push by Facebook to boost digital skills in communities.Facebook will open the three ‘community skills hubs’ across Spain, Italy and Poland, with the aim of increasing the level of digital skills to over one million people and business owners through various training programmes by 2020.In doing so it hopes to enable developers and start-ups to build better products and businesses in the future.Training within the hubs will cover digital skills, media literacy and online safety, as well as in-person training for 100,000SMBs.The hubs are also aimed at citizens who have limited access to technology, including elderly people and refugees.
Oklahoma City Thunder star forward Paul George has been an avid gamer since he was a kid.“I remember on Christmas morning, I unwrapped my gift and sure enough, it was the PS2,” he said.“I’ve been a PlayStation guy ever since.”It’s really no surprise that his latest Nike signature shoe, the PG2, combines his loves of basketball and gaming.The shoes feature his own logo on one tongue and the familiar PS logo on the other.The shoes are mostly dark blue, with neon sprinkles just above the sole, and George debuted them in a game against Cleveland last night.
The popularity and quality of Final Fantasy XIV has grown significantly since the release of the Stormblood expansion last year, and now developer Square Enix has detailed the online RPG’s latest update.Dubbed Rise of a New Sun, the new 4.2 update will be released on January 30th and include plenty of new content for players to explore.But what has series fans most excited is the tease of an iconic villain from Final Fantasy VI making a return.Square Enix has released a trailer highlighting some of the new content and changes included in Rise of a New Sun, but it’s the very end that drops a nostalgia bombshell.The clip closes out with the grinning face and distinctive laugh of Kefka, the antagonist of FF6, which was first released on the SNES.The lunatic wizard is one of the most infamous villains of the Final Fantasy series, and one that longtime players are eager to see again.
Ulefone decided to make everybody a perfect present and celebrate the new year with up to $80 off on their products selling on the online store Banggood.The offers include the Ulefone Power series and a whole lot of other all-screen smartphone models.This happens to be the latest 18:9 full display and big-battery smartphone from Ulefone, coming with a massive 6080mAh battery with a new 5V/3A fast charge support.It also features a powerful Helio P23 octa-core processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, an advanced Face ID recognition system and latest Android 8.1 Oreo as the OS.The Ulefone Power 3 is now on sale for $219.99 over on Banggood.If you’re looking for a more affordable one and still have a long lasting big battery phone, the Power 2 could be a great alternative.
A "potentially hazardous asteroid" known as 2002 AJ129 is set to fly by Earth at a whopping 67,000 miles per hour next month — but there is no need to worry, scientists say.The 0.7-mile long body larger than the tallest building on Earth, Dubai’s half-mile high Burj Khalifa skyscraper will rocket past our planet on Feb. 4 by 2.6 million miles, giving it no chance of hitting us.Potentially hazardous asteroids, or PHAs, are not uncommon.According to a 2013 report on NASA's website, there are over 1,000 PHAs out there and possibly more yet to be discovered.PHAs are defined by NASA as Near-Earth Asteroids "whose Minimum Orbit Intersection Distance (MOID) with the Earth is 0.05 [in astronomical units] or less and whose absolute magnitude is 22.0 or brighter."One astronomical unit is 149,597,870,700 meters (approximately 93 million miles), or approximately the average distance between the Earth and the Sun.
Then, last week, GM petitioned the federal government for approval to mass-produce a car with no steering wheel or pedals—with plans to release it in 2019.Tesla is the only Silicon Valley company with significant experience manufacturing cars, so, in theory, it should be perfectly positioned to take advantage of the driverless trend.But Tesla's Autopilot development efforts haven't gone smoothly."More than one year after launching V2, Autopilot still lacks some of the functionality of the original, and there are many anecdotal reports from owners of unpredictable behavior.""Current Tesla hardware lacks the ability to keep sensors clean and unobscured in poor weather as well as most of the redundant systems needed for fully automated driving," Navigant writes.Today's Tesla vehicles also lack lidar sensors, which most other companies in the industry consider essential for full autonomy.
A “strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake” struck the southern coast of Peru on Sunday morning, leaving at least one dead, several missing, and dozens injured, CNBC reported.According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck roughly 22.4 miles offshore centred about 25 miles into the Pacific Ocean from the town of Acari.CNBC reported that local officials said one man was killed by a rock in Yauca.Beyond that, there were some indications that the damage may not be as grim as originally reported.Per the BBC, Health Minister Abel Salinas disputed reports that 17 miners had gone missing inside a collapsed shaft.Reports of another death in Bella Union were also disputed by local officials.
Russian scientists from Ural Federal University (UrFU) together with their colleagues from Institute of Metal Physics of the Ural Department of Russian Academy of Sciences studied fundamental characteristics of nickel oxide nanocrystals and found excitons on the light absorption edge for the first time.An exciton is an electron-hole pair bound with electrostatic coupling that migrates in a crystal and transmits energy within it.The presence of an exciton in the studied area allows for detailed research of edge parameters in permitted energy bands.The results of the study were published in Physica B: Physics of Condensed Matter journal.It is impossible to imagine modern world without electricity.A group between them is called semiconductors.
U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientists developed ways to improve collaboration between humans and artificially intelligent agents in two projects recently completed for the Autonomy Research Pilot Initiative supported by the Office of Secretary of Defense.They did so by enhancing the agent transparency, which refers to a robot, unmanned vehicle, or software agent's ability to convey to humans its intent, performance, future plans, and reasoning process."As machine agents become more sophisticated and independent, it is critical for their human counterparts to understand their intent, behaviors, reasoning process behind those behaviors, and expected outcomes so the humans can properly calibrate their trust in the systems and make appropriate decisions," explained ARL's Dr. Jessie Chen, senior research psychologist.In order to address these issues, Chen and her colleagues developed the Situation awareness-based Agent Transparency, or SAT, model and measured its effectiveness on human-agent team performance in a series of human factors studies supported by the ARPI.The SAT model deals with the information requirements from an agent to its human collaborator in order for the human to obtain effective situation awareness of the agent in its tasking environment.At the second level, the agent reveals its reasoning process as well as the constraints/affordances that the agent considers when planning its actions.
Facebook began testing a feature aimed at providing a destination for local news, in addition to content that can already be found on News Feed and on publishers’ pages.Mobile users in six cities—Billings, Mont.; Binghamton, N.Y.; Little Rock, Ark.; New Orleans; Olympia, Wash.; and Peoria, Ill.—may start seeing alerts guiding them to the feature, which is called “Today In,” or they can access the feature via their More menus.Today In—the latest initiative from the Facebook Journalism Project—provides local news and other information including community updates, recent news, group discussions and local events, and content included in the section comes from local publishers that are selected via algorithm and by the social network’s news partnership team.That team is led by former NBC News and CNN anchor Campbell Brown, who joined the company last January.
There hasn't been an automaker that has fully integrated Waze into its infotainment system -- until today.Ford announced at CES 2018 that it will soon offer Waze integration on its Sync 3 infotainment system.Instead of having to check your phone to use Waze, you'll be able to plug in your phone and run the app directly through the infotainment screen.And it's not limited to navigation, either.Users will get the full monty, whether it's warnings from other users or newer features like HOV route support or Talk to Waze, which lets you operate the app with just voice controls.This is a pretty big deal, because up until now, using Waze required using your phone.
The networking world is undergoing a lot of change right now – and 2018 is likely to bring even more evolution.Companies are trying to figure out what Cisco's intent-based networking push means.IoT devices are popping up almost everywhere on the network edge, raising questions about what happens to all the data they're creating and whether it's secure.5G trials are in the works in targeted markets.And then there's the latest buzz-worthy technology: fog networking, or "fogging."What's a networking admin to do?
Dell has revealed a pair of new Ultrathin 24-inch and 27-inch monitors over at CES, which the company claims are the brightest ultra-slim monitors in their class (i.e.The Dell 24 Ultrathin Monitor (S2419HM) is a Full HD panel, whereas the larger 27-inch model (S2719DM) has a QHD resolution, but they’re otherwise the same.So, exactly how thin are these displays?They’re only 5.5mm at their thinnest point, at the very edge – 29mm at the thickest point – and have a slim stand to go with this svelte nature, not to mention an InfinityEdge display which means the bezels are vanishingly small.The other selling point, as mentioned, is that these Ultrathin models kick out a much higher brightness level than their predecessors, at 600 nits versus 400 nits – and that extra brightness can be put to good use when displaying HDR content, which is supported by the monitors.On top of that, Dell’s CinemaColor tech gives HDR material even more pop, with deeper blacks and vibrant colors, the company promises.
After the Amazon Echo started to get its owners hooked on smart home gadgets, Amazon went ahead and added Zigbee — a low-power smart home protocol — to the new Echo Plus, letting owners go even further.Google still hasn’t tried that with the Google Home, but another company has come along and offered what’s essentially a bizarro version of the Echo Plus: it runs Google Assistant, instead of Alexa, and it includes support for Z-Wave, a smart home protocol that competes with Zigbee.Milo is the first consumer-oriented product from the smart home company Hogar Controls.It has a little less polish than Google’s device, but it does have a couple nice additions and advantages.A simple but helpful touch is the inclusion of three programmable buttons on the top of the device, allowing owners to controls smart home gadgets without using their voice, since there’s plenty of times it’s faster and easier to just press a button.The big benefit is supposed to be the addition of Z-Wave, which opens up a huge ecosystem of smart home devices that only connect over that protocol.
The biggest trend among smartphones in 2017 was extra-wide 18:9 aspect ratio displays.Samsung and LG got things started back in the spring, and even Apple hopped on the trend earlier this fall with the iPhone X.But if you’re looking for budget handsets with one of those super-tall screens, the best you can do right now is the Honor 7X at £250.At least until Alcatel got in the mix.By leveraging the capabilities of its parent company TCL, which happens to be the third largest TV maker in the world, Alcatel is planning on bringing the price of phones with extra-wide displays down to just $100 — that's about £74 at the current exchange rate.This development is just one part of Alcatel’s roadmap to reorganise its phone portfolio, which begins by implementing a new BMW-style naming system that starts with the $100 1-series before moving up to the glass-backed 3- series I saw at CES 2018, and then topping out with the upscale 5-series.
A little more than a year after its successful Kickstarter campaign raised more than $600,000 for what’s essentially a selfie drone in a smartphone case, AirSelfie debuted the AirSelfie2 at CES 2018 in Las Vegas on Tuesday.The new drone builds upon the original design, upgrades the camera from five to 12 megapixels, increases the camera’s field of view to 85 degrees, and improves battery life by 50 percent.One of the biggest drawbacks of the original design was the factthat the AirSelfie could only fly for about three to five minutes, which was on the low end for smaller drones.That’s no longer an issue, and neither is memory capacity, as storage is quadrupled in the AirSelfie2 to 16GB.Like the original model, you’ll control the drone through an app, which includes various modes, including Selfie and Flight, depending on the type of pictures you’re trying to take.The drone also has the capability to hover in one spot, and be safely retrieved out of the air using just your hand.
Before robots become our overlords, they’ll lull us into complacency by being our servants first.Robots are as big as ever at CES 2018, especially at the press event for LG, the first major electronics and appliance company to hold an event during the CES Media Day.But one of the robots proved to be particularly uncooperative.Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa were integrated into a number of products, from refrigerators to TVs.On the robot side, LG also showed off a new personal porter robot, and shopping cart robot.“We are integrated AI into a diverse portfolio of products,” said Park Il-pyung, chief technology officer at LG Electronics, at the press event.
Turn off that Smashmouth cassette -- we have exciting news!The Psion 5, that glorious PDA that you (or your parents) rushed out to buy in 1997, has just had an update to make it usable in 2018.The Gemini phone from UK outfit Planet Computers has all the clamshell looks you'd expect out of something from the (first) Clinton era, but with a 10-core processor, 64GB of storage and 4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.CES isn't the big show of the tech year for mobile.Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is the go-to show for the latest phone news, and phone brands are increasingly launching new devices outside this event too.But that's probably a good thing for Gemini -- it's bulky for an Android phone and doesn't have the features (like dual cameras) that you'll find in the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the iPhone X.
Your favorite Twitter show about gadgets will be live at CES this year.Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn will be hosting the show, with Ashley Carman, Lauren Goode, and Paul Miller presenting all manner of gadgets from the Las Vegas trade show.We also have Verge alumni Sam Sheffer joining us at the Hypedesk.The show will be streamed live on Twitter January 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th at 2PM PT (5PM ET) each day.That’s four episodes in four days!Just tune in over at live.twitter.com/CES to watch each one as it happens.
There are countless occasions that require flowers.Sending beautiful floral bouquets to the people you love has always been a great way to show your affection and appreciation, and the internet age has now made it possible to order online and enjoy same-day flower delivery.If you want to see your loved ones aglow at the site of bright sunflower, deep blue hydrangea, or a sunlit lily, a floral surprise is the way to go.Whatever the occasion, if you need flowers, you probably need them quickly, and online delivery services conveniently let you skip the trip to the florist.We’ve picked out a handful of the best websites that offer same-day flower delivery (along with some ongoing money-saving specials), so your bouquets arrive fresh and on time.ProFlowers is one of the biggest names in the world of same-day delivery, and given its huge selection of arrangements, it’s easy to see why.