Robert Flenard

Robert Flenard

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Hunting was banned in England and Wales 13 years ago – so it’s about time hunts stopped killing animals.The sight of riders in red coats following a pack of baying hounds across the countryside is one that has been seen across the UK for hundreds of years.The less glamorous denouement – that of the fox, stag or hare being ripped to shreds – was in theory banned by the Hunting Act 2004.More than eight out of 10 people want hunting to remain illegal, but many of those probably thought that the killing had stopped.Last year we had an election in which one of the most controversial issues was hunting – the public were shocked at the Prime Minister’s personal backing of a cruel sport.Then we had a campaign to ban ‘trail’ hunting on National Trust land, because increasing evidence shows that these ‘trail’ hunts are simply a cover for traditional, lethal hunting.
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Buried in the press releases for the seemingly endless array of models Mercedes-Benz and its various sub-brands plan to unveil at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show was a brief, but important, announcement.Mercedes will unveil the first production electric car from its new EQ sub-brand in Geneva, the first of what will be many new electric cars from the German automaker.Mercedes did not disclose the identity of the new model, but it’s possible that it will be an SUV based on the Generation EQ concept (pictured above), which first appeared in 2016.With a claimed 310-mile range, the Generation EQ would give Mercedes a rival to the Tesla Model X in addition to the crop of electric SUVs being raised by the German automaker’s traditional rivals.The Jaguar I-Pace will appear in production-ready form at the Geneva show, and Audi’s e-tron may show up as well.The Jag and Audi will go on sale later this year, but Mercedes may not get its new electric model into showrooms until next year.
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A surprise update for Tango Gameworks and Bethesda’s survival horror game The Evil Within 2 lets players experience Sebastian’s entire adventure from first-person perspective.The update is available now on all platforms — PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.“A lot of players like playing horror games in first-person, so for those who want to see some of the game’s situations through Sebastian’s eyes, it’s a really neat experience,” Tango Gameworks producer Shinsaku Ohara said in a press release.The Evil Within 2, like its predecessor, previously only offered the traditional third-person perspective, commonly used in action-adventure games.“I think exploring Union in first-person makes the scale feel even bigger than it does when you’re in third-person.Also, being able to see our environments and enemies up close allows players to get an even better look at how much effort went into their designs,” Ohara added.
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Woodman's Market is one of several small grocery stores aggressively pushing the envelope on technology for its customers, reports U.S. News.The store recently added a scan and go capability, where customers can pick up a device and scan product prices as they shop, and then scan the final receipt and pay at the terminal.The Madison, WI store also has "rapid checkout" lanes with 360-degree scanners that decrease checkout time by half.Grocers say that Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods increased pressure to step up their incorporation of technology, including e-commerce.Large retailers aren't the only ones grappling with how to incorporate technology in their processes.While Woodman's Market is on the aggressive end, other grocers are hesitant to introduce new technologies that may be costly and not currently in demand by customers.
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The idea behind Facebook Lookalike Audiences is simple: upload a list of customers and let Facebook find more people likely to buy.For instance, a 1% Lookalike Audience in the US targeting the 1% of the US population that looks the 'most' like the seed list.In theory, as you increase your percentage, the similarity with the seed group declines and, with it, similar activity, such as purchases.Behind this, there is another, more important layer that actually drives how well a certain Lookalike Audience will work: intent pools.Every category and every brand has a number of people who are ready to buy at any given time.This group of people is much closer to the bottom of the purchase funnel and will need fewer touchpoints to convert than consumers further up the funnel.
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Since the beginning of the contest, there have been dozens of fake “reviews” on Best Buy, and the Mate 10 Pro is not even out yet.According to 9to5Google, Huawei recruited people to write fake Mate 10 Pro reviews on Best Buy.The Huawei Mate 10 Pro was supposed to be the Chinese manufacturer’s big splash in the highly lucrative US market.In terms of specs, the Mate 10 Pro has everything that a modern Android flagship must have: a large AMOLED display, dual-lens camera, octa-core processor, 6 GB of RAM, a beefy battery, and water resistance.Huawei even managed to partner up with Verizon and AT to offer its flagship to US consumers.While Huawei has other means to sell the Mate 10 Pro in the US, losing two of the largest US carriers in a market that is dictated by carrier partnerships comes as a substantial blow.
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The White House website has yet to produce Spanish-language content more than a year into Donald Trump's presidency despite promises to develop one.After Trump took office in January 2017, Spanish articles were removed from the official website.At the time, the then White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that the content was deleted by the new administration but its IT staff were "working overtime" to develop a new website.Six months later, White House director of media affairs Helen Aguirre Ferre said in July that a Spanish language website was expected to go live by the end of 2017.However, Ferre has since declined to confirm whether a Spanish language website will ever come to fruition.The move marks a visible departure from the past two administrations who added Spanish language content to the official White House website.
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Alibaba’s Jack Ma and International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach today gave a joint preview of the ten-year partnership in which Alibaba will help digitise the Olympics using cloud technology.Alibaba Group founder and chairman, Jack Ma, said: “I remember two years ago, when I met President Bach in his office, I was moved by his vision for the future.We both believe that we are all born equal and we should all have an equal platform for the future, everyone should compete equally.""I believe in the spirit of the Olympics, the fight and the spirit of competition, and I believe the real world, and the business world, should also compete like the Olympic spirit.We believe that no matter whether from a county that is big, small, rich or poor, they should have an equal chance," he added.The deal was formalised last year and since then Alibaba has launched a major campaign around the event, including online and offline advertising, as well as an experiential space at the Olympic village, where the speech was held.
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PC Gamer Weekender 2018, a two-day celebration of all things PC gaming hosted by our friends over at PC Gamer, takes place next weekend (February 17-18) at Olympia London.From what we’ve seen so far, it looks like it’ll be the biggest and best one yet.Your advance ticket gives you exclusive early access to the show floor, as well as ‘some additional goodies’ according to PC Gamer.You'll also get a free four-pack of the award-winning game Lethal League (one copy for you and three for your friends), worth £29.99.If you haven’t made your mind up about attending, here are seven reasons why we can’t wait to go to PC Gamer Weekender 2018...PC Gamer Weekender 2018 will be host to a huge collection of pre-release games that you’ll be able to play – many for the first time in the UK.
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SpaceX is test launching its Falcon Heavy rocket, the first ever launch of the new heavy-lift orbital rocket.The Heavy’s thrust is generated by its 27 Merlin engines, which is three times the number of engines you’d find in the current Falcon 9 rocket.That amounts to over 5 million pounds of thrust, and a total cargo capacity of around 119,000 pounds.That gives it more than double the total freight moving power of its next closest competitor.In fact, the last active rocket with a greater payload capacity was NASA’s Saturn V rocket, which flew its last mission in 1973.It won’t be carrying anything all that heavy this time around, however – the payload for this first test launch is a Tesla Roadster, loaded up with a dummy wearing SpaceX suit for its planned Dragon crew missions, and destined for a large, elliptical Mars orbit.
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WASHINGTON, D.C., February 6, 2018 -- Graphene is a remarkable material: light, strong, transparent and electrically conductive.It can also convert heat to electricity.Researchers have recently exploited this thermoelectric property to create a new kind of radiation detector.Researchers describe a graphene-based radiation detector this week in Applied Physics Letters, from AIP Publishing."Nowadays, the real industrial applications of graphene are quite limited."Graphene -- composed of single sheets of carbon atoms that form a flat, hexagonal lattice structure -- has been used mainly for its mechanical properties.
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Technology heavyweights Apple and Cisco announced today that they'll team up to fight corporate risks to cyber attacks.Specifically, the solution helps participating companies to shore up defences against ransomware and malware-related dangers.As part of the initiative, data analytics firm Aon will provide risk assessment services tailored to individual businesses.Insurance group Allianz will also advise clients as to which tactics and strategies are the most effective.Once implemented, companies can expect to be insured against a wider array of internet-borne hazards.Apple declined to comment further for this story.
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The partnership between Elon Musk and the South Australian premier Jay Weatherill continues to grow as the two reach a deal to provide free Tesla solar panels and batteries to at least 50,000 homes in the state.Late last year, Tesla completed its project to build the world’s largest li-ion battery as a solution to power outages that were plaguing South Australia.The project was initiated via Twitter as a bet (which proved successful), with Musk promising the system “100 days from contract signature or it is free”.The proposed network of solar-enabled homes will constitute the “world’s biggest Virtual Power Plant", with energy companies covering the cost by selling off excess electricity generated by the homes.4000+ people have already registered their interest to be part of the world's biggest Virtual Power Plant, right here in SouthAustraliaYou can find out more and register your interest at https://t.co/TkdmqBUrG9 pic.twitter.com/LuYHMSX36ZFebruary 4, 2018Roughly 100 homes are already slated to have the Tesla tech installed by mid-year, and a further 1,000 should be fitted out throughout the following year to take part in the initial trial of the system.
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This week, we got a special present from the Mars Science Laboratory—better known as the Curiosity rover.Every now and then the SUV-sized rover sends back a photo of itself, as instructed by its human operators at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory back on Earth.Its large articulating arm extends out, snapping a series of images that human helpers can stitch together.Curiosity has been busy these last five years as it has moved along the inside of Gale Crater.In 2014, it arrived at Mt.Sharp, the highest peak inside the crater—and it has been slowly climbing the grade ever since.
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Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The VergeMicrosoft introduced a new Surface Laptop model earlier today to bring its pricing down, and now the company is doing the same to its new Surface Book 2.While the Surface Book 2 only launched in November, the new base model price is $1,199 for the 13.5-inch version.That includes an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.The previous cheapest Surface Book 2 was $1,499 with more storage (256GB), so Microsoft has cut some space to bring the price down by $300.Microsoft has consistently marketed the Surface Book 2 as a powerful laptop, and 128GB of storage will mean some people will have to consider external storage solutions for photo or video editing tasks.
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Both phones were left in Auto HDR and iPhone pictures were saved as HEIC files instead of JPEG - A new file format that makes photo files smaller than JPEGs with minimal loss to image quality.The shot from the iPhone X has more color saturation, better dynamic range and more contrast.Its noise correction significantly reduced image noise without appearing too painterly.When it came to focusing, the Note 8 was a monster.The iPhone X had fast and accurate focus when good light was present, but slowed down when things got darker.Take a look at these photos of the de Young Museum taken with 2X optical zoom.
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Trifacta, a big-data business intelligence startup that is building tools to help businesses structure and analyse data that gets generated in their networks through customer interactions and other actions, is today announcing that it has closed out its Series D round at $48 million, with a notable list of strategic and financial investors that includes Google, Ericsson, the Deutsche Börse, Accel and more.The funding brings the total raised by Trifacta to $124 million, and while it is not disclosing its valuation, this puts the company’s valuation at $258 million, based on figures from PitchBook.The rise of digital services — where all business interactions and transactions that might have once been analogue exchanges between people are now done by people using networked devices — has created both a growing opportunity and headache for organizations.On one hand, businesses are sitting on massive troves of data that they generate through those exchanges that can be used to gain more insights, and make better business choices.On the other, many companies aren’t well equipped to “read” that data to understand what it might be saying.The company describes itself as a “data wrangler” (which so far is not an official, technical term, but maybe watch this space).
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Investors panicked this morning upon the news Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway were teaming up to launch a health insurance company for their U.S. employees.Healthcare is one of the biggest operating costs for Fortune 500 companies, and the three iconic companies have joined forces to build a new health insurance company for all U.S. employees in an effort to improve satisfaction and reduce those costs.The new, yet-to-be-named company will “pursue this objective through an independent company that is free from profit-making incentives and constraints.The initial focus of the new company will be on technology solutions that will provide U.S. employees and their families with simplified, high-quality and transparent healthcare at a reasonable cost,” according to a press release issued this morning.However, CVS, UnitedHealth and others were down after the news came out, indicating investors’ displeasure at the announcement.CVS dropped by just over 4 percent by midday, UnitedHealth plunged a whopping 11.5 percent, Express Scripts was off by 3.6 percent, Cigna was down by just under 7 percent and Walgreens fell by 2.6 percent.
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When we first saw the retro Nokia 3310 last February, it was nostalgia-laced love at first sight.The colorful little phone reminded us of simpler times when T9Word was the best way to text your friends and before you'd "accidentally" spend hours scrolling through social media feeds.But although nostalgia helped the phone gain its appeal, using it was like taking a step back to the cell phone stone age.Now the Nokia 3310 is getting a much-needed update.HMD Global, the company behind today's Nokia phone brand, announced the Nokia 3310 4G, which will come with 4G LTE connectivity like most other modern smartphones, allowing you to connect to the internet at much faster speeds.The 4G Nokia also can be used as a portable WiFi hotspot to access the internet on other devices, and it comes with VoLTE, allowing you to call someone using your 4G connection even if the voice network is weak.
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A decade ago, Pablo Graiver was working as a VP at Kayak, the online airfare aggregator, when he sat down to dinner with an old friend—a heart surgeon from his home country of Argentina.Right now, the US has exactly 19,816 clinical trials open and ready to recruit patients—trials of promising new therapeutics to fight everything from HIV to cancer to Alzheimer’s.Since 2000, the government has kept details of every clinical drug trial in a national registry, but it’s a nightmare for the average human to navigate.Like, say if every time you wanted to fly somewhere you had to search on the websites of United, Delta, American, Frontier, Alaska, and Southwest one at a time.It’s what makes a patient eligible to enroll (or not) in a trial: things like age, sex, prior treatment regimes, and current health status.That lack of structure means a machine can’t read it—unless it’s been properly trained.
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