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Microsoft's OneDrive for Business now offers to recover files deleted a month in the past.As Redmond product marketing bod Stephen Rose explained, the feature doesn't just save your bacon from an accidental delete: there's also the matter of file corruption or, everyone's greatest fear de jour, malware.So instead of relying on backups alone (which, of course, you make daily and test weekly, right?Oh, sorry), users can now flick through the last months' file activity to get their work back.“Now your users and your administrators can rewind changes using activity data to find the exact moment to revert to”, Rose wrote.The feature is accessed from the OneDrive for Business settings pane, from where you get a choice of files (second image) and a point-in-time choice for an individual file (third image) as shown below.
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In October 2017, Vadim Pushkarev, a Moscow-based lawyer, uploaded his genetic code to a new service called Zenome that promised him more than just information about his ancestry.Zenome’s pitch is this: Upload your DNA data from a company like 23andMe, and Zenome will connect you to other companies that might want to sell you their own DNA-interpreting services or to buy your data for research.“Who is the true owner of this data: You or somebody else?” Zenome founder Alexey Gorbachev told me from Moscow, where the company launched in beta mode six months ago.If you want privacy, you can store it securely.”Now, your genetic code is extremely personal information, and for a host of reasons, like maintaining privacy around your health, it’s probably not a great idea for you to sell that data to just anybody on the internet.An electronic music-backed video on the company’s website urges people to help “start the fourth technological revolution,” an invitation that feels more related to a ‘90s-themed rave than a genomics startup.
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Mozilla’s Firefox 58 browser, to be released January 23, features a compilation technology designed to make the WebAssembly portable code format run even faster.This performance boost is enabled by streaming compilation, in which the browser compiles WebAssembly code even as it is being downloaded.Code begins compiling sooner and thus finishes executing sooner.Firefox 58 also features a new two-tiered compiler, with a new baseline compiler that compiles code 10 to 15 faster than the optimizing compiler.• Keep up with TypeScript’s frequent updates with InfoWorld’s TypeScript version feature tracker.| Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ]
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Over the past 20 years, end user demand has influenced a wave of game changing technologies for service providers, including the explosion of Over-The-Top (OTT) applications on smartphones and the […]Approximately 7.5 billion of those devices will access a cellular IoT core network, which is three times greater than the number of LTE-connected smartphones today.Over the past 20 years, end user demand has influenced a wave of game changing technologies for service providers, including the explosion of Over-The-Top (OTT) applications on smartphones and the rise of SMS.This responsibility warrants questions, such as what are the ramifications if connections are lost?Telecoms is the glue of the connected worldIndustries are keen to jump on the IoT bandwagon and it’s no surprise with predictions that total M2M revenue opportunity is forecast to reach $1.6 trillion in 2024 – a 12 per cent increase, up from $500 billion in 2014.
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Nintendo recently announced several new titles for its Switch system including Dark Souls Remastered, Mario Tennis Aces, and a port of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, but it appears another surprise is in store for younger fans.On Wednesday evening, January 17, a “new interactive experience” directed at kids will be revealed in a special presentation.The news was shared via the Nintendo UK website, and has not yet been confirmed by Nintendo of America.“Tune in to discover a new interactive experience for Nintendo Switch that’s specially crafted for kids and those who are kids at heart,” the announcement said.The experience will be revealed at 5 p.m.We’ve embedded Nintendo’s Twitch channel at the top of the page for the time being, but will swap it out for the announcement video — likely on YouTube — later on Wednesday.
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In another entire-city-abandons-Microsoft affair, Barcelona has announced that it’s dumping Windows and Office in order to migrate to Linux and other open source solutions.The idea is, obviously enough, to save money by not paying subscription fees to Microsoft, because the beauty of open source software is that it’s free.As to the reality of how the move pans out, we’ll just have to see, but as we mentioned at the outset, Barcelona isn’t the first European city to try this trick.Munich did so, initially instigating plans way back in 2003, and fully completing the move to open source by 2013.However, the city announced it was switching back to Microsoft software in 2016.Nonetheless, Barcelona is treading this brave path, which involves doing away with Windows, as well as Microsoft Office and Exchange, in favor of Linux, Libre Office and Open Xchange.
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Blizzard’s Overwatch League kicked off in January, and it instantly dominated game streaming service Twitch, with hundreds of viewers tuning in to watch their favorite teams from around the globe compete in nail-biting matches.For fans who would rather watch on their phone, Blizzard’s official Overwatch League iOS and Android apps allow you to keep up with league easily.You can every match on the go, check scores and overall standings, view replays, check up on news, and even set alerts for when your favorite team is about to play.Sign into the app and adjust your settingsIf you plan to follow the Overwatch League regularly, the first thing you’ll want to do is sign in with your Blizzard ID, A.K.A.From here, hit the “settings” option and you’ll be able to toggle match spoilers on and off – if you want to watch matches after they air, it’s best to hide them – as well as set match alerts as push notifications on your phone.
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Dentsu Aegis Network has inked a strategic deal to align and Merkle in China in a bid to bolster the companies capabilities and drive growth in the market.The merged entity, which will be named Merkle , will provide a fully integrated service across digital and performance media, data, analytics, CRM, marketing technology and loyalty programs.The strategic alignment will help Merkle to boost its growth in the China market, while will benefit from Merkle’s data and technology capabilities.A statement from Merkle claimed the company was “poised to be the undisputed leader of people-based marketing in China”.Frank Zhang, general manager of Merkle China, said, “The combination of Merkle China and will propel the continued expansion of Merkle’s offering and scale in China.We will join forces in R, business development, solution and delivery.
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Some Las Vegas restaurants accept payment in bitcoin, so I decided to try to buy bitcoin from a casino's bitcoin ATM.I lost all my money.LAS VEGAS - I've been in Las Vegas for a whole week, but I've only gambled twice: when I played $1 on The Simpsons slot machine in my hotel, and when I tried to buy $1 (and then, another $10) of bitcoin from a casino ATM.I was intrigued by my colleague's account of a bitcoin ATM in New York City, which he used to buy $5 of bitcoin back in September.I'm no cryptocurrency expert — once, many years ago, someone sent me a super-tiny sliver of bitcoin that vanished when the app he used to send it shut down, and I haven't touched it since.So to get started, I went in intending to invest a single, solitary dollar.
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Microsoft’s documentation runs all over the place, but yesterday an announcement from ‘Softie John Cable is widely interpreted as saying that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, version 1709, is now ready for business use.Full availability is the final phase of our rollout process.While Cable’s announcement seems to designate 1709 as a “Semi-Annual Channel” release (formerly Current Branch for Business), in fact Microsoft’s page still shows it as “Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)” which corresponds to the old “Current Branch.”Old terminology and new terminology are scattered willy-nilly on the site.Michael Neihaus explained the difference in mumbo-jumbo realignment, back in July.Whether 1709 is Current Branch, Current Branch for Business, or Entirely Revised New Semi-Annual Uncharted Territory Branch (Targeted), those of us running Win10 1703 who don’t want to move to 1709 are faced with a troubling prospect: how to tell Windows Update to keep its mitts off, until we’re good and ready to move to 1709?
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The modern phone has become a ravenous technology black hole, absorbing digital music players, point-and-shoot cameras and even many tablets along the way.Aside from the iPad and a handful of budget tablets like Amazon's Fire HD series, the standalone tablet has largely been subsumed by big-screen phones.Many thought the PC, especially the classic clamshell laptop, was next -- especially after a few years of anemic growth in many areas of the PC industry.But the laptop is far from dead, and it's still one of the biggest categories every year at CES.This year's crop of CES laptops -- which we'll define broadly to include Windows-based two-in-one hybrids and slates -- even show signs of a sudden evolutionary leap.So far, we've seen three of these Snapdragon systems announced: the HP Envy x2, the Asus NoveGo and the Lenovo Miix 630.
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The diversity of the Android and Windows ecosystems are one of their biggest advantages over Apple’s alternatives.However, with two different companies in charge of development, sometimes it’s hard to get everyone together to create the kind of tightly integrated platforms Mac and iPhone fans are so proud of.But now, with Mobile Connect, Dell is trying to give people using its laptops a suitable replacement for Apple Handoffs, which has long made it easy to send and recieve info, calls and texts, regardless of whether you’re using your phone or laptop.The software, which will begin shipping on all XPS, Inspiron, Vostro and Alienware notebooks in 2018, uses a proprietary combination of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to access the same info being sent to your phone on your laptop’s screen.When paired with an Android phone, you can do everything including making calls, check notifications, and even mirror your phone’s screen right on your laptop, all wire-free.Meanwhile when used with an iPhone, you’ll still be able to answer calls and texts, but due to the locked-down nature of iOS, Mobile Connect’s more advanced features won’t work.
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The number-two disk drive supplier is starting 2018 at a gallop with a dense, ClusterStor-like array, a raft of consumer drives at CES and upgraded estimates for its first-quarter results.Seagate's 5U84 drive enclosure and operating system provide up to 1PB of capacity in a 5U chassis (8PB/rack) with 84 x 3.5-inch bays, supporting 8, 10 and 12TB SAS disk drives – or SSDs.It makes the enclosure effectively self-healing, Seagate claims, because it eliminates up to 95 per cent of performance degradation during a disk drive rebuild compared to existing RAID rebuild methods.This should mitigate the risk of having a second drive fail while the rebuild process from an initial drive failure is ongoing.This 5U84 system has no brand name at all, can expand to 336 drives, meaning four 5U84 enclosures in a... what?VP Ken Claffey said the OS allows multiple cores to share the workload as specific processing tasks are distributed to individual cores, with a surveillance company for example, having fast access to data intelligence and insight, allowing them to make informed, real-time decisions.
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When we first laid eyes (and hands, and ears) upon the on-ear Avanti headphones, we were skeptical.After all, Moshi is best known as a manufacturer of phone accessories — cases, docks, cables, etc.Still, we were rather impressed with the Avanti, which look great, sound great, and feel great on your head.They were bound by wires.Enter the Avanti Air, which retains the stylish, lightweight design of their predecessor while eliminating cables altogether.The Air, which Moshi debuted on Tuesday, January 9 at CES, offers 27 hours of battery life (depending upon usage) fueled by quick-charge technology which can provide four hours of playback juice on just 15 minutes of charge time.
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SpaceX will attempt its first launch of 2018 later today, with a two-hour launch window opening at 8 PM EST (5 PM PST), with a backup launch window set for tomorrow at the same time.The launch was originally planned for late last year, but was pushed due to SpaceX wanted to review data related to fairing used in the launch.The payload for the launch is the ‘Zuma’ spacecraft, a top-secret spacecraft for an undisclosed U.S. government customer, commissioned by Northrop Grumman on their behalf.That’s about all we know about Zuma, besides that it’s targeting an insertion position somewhere in low Earth orbit.SpaceX will use the Falcon 9 to launch Zuma (not the Falcon Heavy it’s also prepping for a launch, likely sometime this month, also at Cape Canaveral in Florida where the Zuma mission will depart from).The launch today will also include a recovery attempt, with SpaceX attempting to land the Falcon 9 first stage booster back at SpaceX’s LZ-1 landing pad at Cape Canaveral.
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Pack your jerry cans and ready the war rig for a trip to Gastown, average fuel economy is down in the US.As the government has pushed for ever-higher corporate average fuel economy ratings, we've seen automakers respond with the development of smaller cars with smaller engines as well as hybrid and electric drivetrains.The result of this has been a sizable year-over-year increase in average fuel economy, until now.Gas is relatively cheap at the moment, with the average gallon of regular costing around $2.50.Cheap gas means people are thinking less critically about fuel economy in their new vehicle purchases, and when that happens, automakers sell a whole lot more SUVs and crossovers.According to data from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), US average fuel economy is down by 0.2 mile per gallon, to 25 mpg.
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It’s been quite the week for 5G launches.AT has announced its plans for its own 5G network, set to be launched by the end of this year.The news follows this week’s announcement by Verizon of trials starting in Sacramento – and its deal with Samsung.Significantly, the plans will follow 3GPP’s recent 5G NR guidelines (passed just last month).In the past, AT has rebranded existing LTE products as 5G.In its statement announcing the 5G launch, the company drew attention to its previous, pre-standard 5G trials in Texas,Michigan and, Indiana.
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We've heard little about the next version of Samsung's smartwatch range, but a new patent suggests the company is experimenting with innovative new battery tech.A patent - spotted by LetsGoDigital - shows a concept the company is playing with that will allow for extra battery to be included within the strap.The battery tech will need to be both flexible and thin to be used in the strap, but the patent suggests this battery will be on both ends of the strap and allow Samsung to include two batteries, neither of which will need to be in the body of the watch.According to the patent, Samsung will be able to include this tech within materials such as leather, polymer and rubber, so you won't be limited to just one type of material wrapped around your wrist with this wearable.With the battery moving to the strap, Samsung would then be able to fill the body of its watch with other tech or make it a touch thinner on the wrist.The patent makes it quite clear the company would want to use this space for extra features though and even lists the ideas of including a camera or fingerprint scanner, as well as extra heart rate, proximity and infrared tech too.
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Quartet, a technology platform that serves to bridge the gap between primary care and mental health providers, has raised $40 million in a series C round of funding led by F-Prime Capital Partners and Polaris Partners, with participation from existing investors including GV (Google Ventures) and Oak HC/FT.Founded out of New York in 2014, Quartet offers a collaborative platform designed to connect physical care providers with those in the mental health fraternity, thereby improving a person’s overall wellbeing, while the platform also links in with insurance companies.The general idea is this: When you’re trying to manage an injury or illness, it can have a knock-on effect in terms of how you’re feeling mentally.Quartet wants to help foster a more holistic health care approach.Quartet currently serves just a handful of markets across the U.S., including Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Washington, Northern California, and New Jersey.Prior to now, it had raised $47 million, and with its latest cash injection it said that it plans to double down on its expansion plans across the U.S., while also investing in engineering and its product roadmap.
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Crowdfunded $107k to find system just needed a HooverSorry to burst your bubble, folks, but the mysteriously dimming Tabby's Star isn't due to an "alien megastructure" after all – it's just obscured by dust, according to a paper published today.Located in the Cygnus constellation, the F-type main sequence star is about 1,000 light years away, and is about 50 per cent bigger and 1,000oC (1,832oF) hotter than the Sun.Some people thought it was due to cold comet fragments circling the star in a highly eccentric orbit.Others believed it was a sign of extraterrestrial life trying to communicate.Over 1,700 people donated more than $107,000 (£73,708) through a Kickstarter campaign to support a team of more than 200 researchers to observe the star at the Las Cumbres Observatory in Goleta, California, from March 2016 to December 2017.
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