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The same day as the announcement, Nominet Trust's chair of trustees Natalie Campbell formally resigned as did two of its directors, Nora Nanayakkara – a former Nominet board member – and Jemima Rellie.Nominet is the sole funder of its namesake trust and has given it £44m since 2008, with most of that spent on good causes and wholesome projects related to technology.The withdrawal from its own trust is just the latest in an escalating number of concerns over how the .uk overlord is being managed.As the government-designed operator of the UK's internet registry – one of the largest in the world with more than ten million domain names – Nominet benefits from stable annual revenue of £30m.The organization was set up as a non-profit, public-interest member-focused organization, however, under its previous CEO, Lesley Cowley, that structure was slowly changed to give the board more power over the outfit and its funds, resulting in a decade-long fight between members and management.A year later, members started asking questions about contracts that Nominet had signed to run dozens of new domain registries.
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Facebook is adding the ability for users to upload images and videos via desktop, reports TechCrunch.Soon, users will be able to select an upload button for photos and videos similar to the way they would for news feeds, or add a video to their story from a webcam.We’ve reached out to Facebook to clarify whether this will be a permanent feature (as we don’t yet see it on our end) and when it would be rolling out to all users.The move comes after Facebook has struggled to get users to adopt Stories as well as they have on Instagram.When Stories launched last March, Facebook users saw a number of interface changes to promote it — from ghost versions of their friends who weren’t uploading Facebook stories to Facebook adding a dedicated stories viewing tab on both mobile and desktop versions.By fall, Facebook allowed users to crosspost their Instagram stories to Facebook.
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2017 was the year facial recognition became mainstream in China.While it may not be in everyday use by many just yet, improving accuracy (and Chinese technology groups continue to win international facial recognition competitions) has allowed the concept to be deployed in more locations.As well as finding those already suspected of committing a crime, uses of facial recognition to identify people doing things such as jaywalking are a way for authorities to influence behavior.Updates continue to emerge of a national facial recognition system that would be connected to cameras.Putting a similar system to the test in Guizhou, a BBC reporter was tracked down in minutes after arranging with local police to pretend to go on the run in Guiyang.The Chinese government owns a 42% stake in Hikvision, a company that makes a fifth of all cameras currently sold worldwide.
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Popular messaging app WhatsApp rocked the BlackBerry boat at the end of 2017 when it confirmed it would pull all support for the BlackBerry 10 and BBOS operating systems, rendering the app useless on handsets such as the Z10, Q10, Q5 and Z30.However, it appears WhatsApp's decision has had a knock-on effect to the rest of the BlackBerry line of smartphones, as the firm has now seen fit to issue a statement that the messaging application still works on its Android devices.In a statement sent to TechRadar, BlackBerry said "As you may have heard, WhatsApp has decided to end support starting this week, for BlackBerry devices running BlackBerry 10 OS and BBOS."The good news is, this doesn't impact Android-powered BlackBerry smartphones like the BlackBerry KeyOne and BlackBerry Motion."Since these new modern BlackBerry smartphones are powered by Android, they receive the usual WhatsApp updates published through the Google Play Store."If you rely on WhatsApp as a main form of communication and are still rocking a handset running either BlackBerry 10 or BBOS, 1) what are you doing?
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We’ve all heard the concerns: While public clouds do a good job protecting our cloud-based systems from outside attackers, what about attacks that may come from other public cloud users?These are known as cross-tenant attacks (sometimes called side-channel attacks), where other tenants on the same public cloud somehow access your data.Should you pay more attention to this fear?Everything you need to know now.| Also: InfoWorld’s David Linthicum explains how to move into a cloud career from traditional IT. ]First, there are much easier attack vectors to exploit when it comes to public clouds, such as human error.
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Maise Williams appeared on The Graham Norton Show recently, and even though the final season of Game of Thrones won’t premiere for quite some time, conversation naturally turned to the show, and to an odd request Wiliams regularly receives.Apparently, people are big fans of Arya’s kill list, the mantra of names she plans to assassinate in her quest for just vengeance against those who wronged her and her family.So much so that they ask her to recite it—with their names added.Which, of course, leads to Graham Norton and her fellow guests Anthony Joshua to make the same request.I’m not sure how I feel about being assassinated by Arya, but I guess if I need to die that’s a good way to go.And after seeing Williams do the recitation cold...
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It might seem obvious, but sometimes we just need to be reminded of how much information we give away without thinking about it.It’s what the digital economy is supposedly built on; information.The infographic below outlines some of the data which is being collected to build more detailed pictures on customers (thank you Purple).By collecting this data and using it behind the curtain, consumers are scared when the wizard is finally unveiled.It’s why there has been resistance to the idea of third parties using personal information, and why there is often outcry when these behaviours are revealed.Google perhaps dodged a bullet recently with this in mind.
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The current trend in the smartphone industry is a screen design without bezels and has the highest possible screen-to-body ratio.This leaves little or no room for sensors.Until now, Samsung has chosen to leave a small edge at the top of its smartphones for the placement of some sensors.Apple also saw this problem and decided to use a “notch” in the iPhone X, a notch in the display to place the camera and sensors.A new patent application from Samsung hints to the possible arrival of the notch to a Samsung smartphone.Samsung Electronics has applied for a patent with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on 3 July 2017, which was published on 11 January 2018 in the organisation’s database.
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Last year, ZTE released a smartphone with two displays called the Axon M. This phone has a hinge sandwiched between the displays, enabling it to fold like a clamshell phone.ZTE calls this a folding phone, though it doesn’t quite meet the folding definition — it has two displays, not one flexible folding display, which is the primary goal for some phone makers.The Axon M, ZTE has said, is only the first among the company’s folding handsets.Confirmation came from ZTE VP of Marketing Jeff Yee, who revealed the info during an interview with Engadget.According to Yee, ZTE considers the Axon M a foldable phone, not a dual-screen phone, though it is technically a dual-screen phone.As well, Yee indicated that ZTE is planning to release a successor to the Axon M, one that may have very slim bezels.
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Virtual reality is a feast for the eyes and ears, but what about the rest of your body?Companies are experimenting with ways to incorporate touch into VR experiences, and while products like the Sense Glove are cool, the Teslasuit is an effort to more fully immerse people in virtual environments by providing (almost) every inch of your body with haptic feedback.At CES 2018, Digital Trends talked to Teslasuit CEO Dimitri Mikhalchuk about the suit’s progress.The suit uses an “electro-tactile haptic feedback system” to really put you inside the games you’re playing.“It covers the entire body.Currently we have 68 channels, we’re going to expand to even more by the time we hit the consumer level,” Mikhalchuk said.
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An Intel stockholder filed a class-action lawsuit yesterday accusing the chipmaker of artificially inflating its stock prices by omitting to tell anyone about the Spectre and Meltdown flaws in its products.The complaint, brought by Intel shareholder Elvis Alvira, pits investors who acquired Chipzilla's shares between July 27, 2017, and January 4, 2018, against the corporation, its chief exec Brian Krzanich, and chief financial officer Robert Swan.The precise accusation is that Intel deliberately misled or failed to disclose important information to shareholders, that being the existence of design flaws in its processor circuitry, and the potential performance slowdown workarounds to correct the issue would cause.The secrecy of this information, the complaint stated, meant that Intel's share price was artificially inflated.When word of the security vulnerabilities emerged on The Register's pages, and Intel's stock price dropped significantly, investments were damaged, the lawsuit alleged, and the class-action seeks to recover those losses.The complaint filing [PDF] pointed to Intel's Q2 and Q3 2017 financial filings, which indicated business as usual, and were signed off by Krzanich and Swan as being accurate.
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Pepsi has made a lot of noise at the Super Bowl over the years, from Cindy Crawford’s iconic 1992 spot and the 1995 ‘Inner Tube’ spot, to the soft drink brand’s ongoing sponsorship of the big game’s halftime show.Pepsi today unveiled this year's global creative campaign, titled ‘Pepsi Generations’ and a return of Crawford during the game.The campaign, according to a release, is a “celebration of the brand's rich history in pop culture for 120 years.”The campaign kicks off in February with the debut of an in-game advertisement during Super Bowl LII and the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show, as well as a Pepsi Generations Live pop-up that will be at key cultural moments across the US throughout the year, starting with the Super Bowl in Minneapolis.Pepsi Generations comes to life at the point of purchase with the limited-time introduction of retro packaging as well as the return of the Pepsi Stuff loyalty program."Since our brand was founded more than a century ago, Pepsi has stood for a youthful spirit and the choice of a new generation," said Chad Stubbs, vice president, marketing, Pepsi Trademark, North America.
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Educational robotics have already emerged as one of the most prevalent trends at this year’s CES.I’ve seen pitches from dozens of them so far, and the show only officially opened two hours ago.The Root is definitely one of the most interesting of the bunch, a product spun out of Harvard’s Wyss Lab that’s been on our radar for a while now.The startup was on-hand at CES this week, showing off the final shipping model for the first time.The consumer version of the product offers a few subtle tweaks from the prototype the company’s been showing off for a while, including a small whiteboard eraser built into the bottom of the robot.There’s also a USB-C port up top, designed for modular accessories that plug directly into the top of the little Roomba-like robot.
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To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 videoTechnology In Television: EP 1: WestworldIt looks like we're experiencing playback issues.This live video has ended.It will be available to watch shortly.See what else is new
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One of the more important developments as 2017 drew to a close was the official announcement of Windows 10 PCs based on Qualcomm processors, rather than the traditional x86 processors.That was a blow to both Intel and AMD, and a boon to Qualcomm, whose Snapdragon 835 is the first ARM processor to power third-party systems supporting Windows 10 S.HP was one of the first OEMs to announce an ARM-powered Windows 10 detachable tablet just last month, the Envy X2, and now Lenovo has leveraged CES 2018 to announce its own version, the Miix 630.That means it offers some angular lines with a sleek black aesthetic that looks both modern and conservative.We give the HP Envy x2 slightly higher marks for some extra design touches that set it apart and give it an extra bit of elegance — in fact, in our initial hands-on review, we called it the “most handsome Windows 10 detachable we’ve ever laid hands on.” That’s enough for HP to take this round.They’re powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU with integrated Adreno 540 GPU, they both can be configured with 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and they both offer up to 256GB of Universal Flash Storage (UFS).
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Another day, another embarrassing gaffe for the Tory party.This time it seems someone forgot to renew the site's security certificate.The unsecured site reads "Your connection is not private.Attackers might be trying to steal your information from www.conservatives.com (for example, passwords, messages or credit cards)."In the most appropriate possible metaphor for the party's failure to grasp 21st-century campaigning, the Conservative website is down, apparently because they've failed to upgrade to HTTPS pic.twitter.com/iSHNST91lS— Robert Colvile (@rcolvile) January 8, 2018
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One of the most trusted names in home security has augmented its position in the smart lock market during CES by revealing that its Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt will work with Google Assistant sometime in the first quarter of 2018.With the Google Assistant on Google Home, users will be able to lock the door or check to see if it’s locked simply by saying, “Google, lock my door,” or “OK, Google, is my door locked?”In addition to Google Home, users can also ask their Google Assistant on any iOS or Android smartphone.This new integration augments the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt’s existing compatibility with Amazon Alexa as well as the Apple HomeKit, utilizing the intelligent assistant program Siri to command the lock on an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and even Apple TV.The evolving lock has a multitude of features to enable homeowners to never worry about losing, hiding, carrying, or forgetting keys.Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt owners can create and delete up to 30 unique access codes to enable trusted friends and family to enter by using a unique code at the lock’s touchscreen.
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CES 2018 is going to reveal too many innovative products.This statement refers not only to smartphones but other category devices as well.Among all of those brands that participate the CES, LG will stand alone due to its new TVs.The South Korean manufacturer is one of the influencers in the TV market.If you remember, at CES 2016, it introduced the first folding TVs with a thickness of 0.18mm.But they were at 18 inches only and provided a resolution of 810 x 1200 pixels.
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Cisco is the latest company to prepare patches to tackle the serious security vulnerabilities affecting the majority of CPUs, Meltdown and Spectre.Cybersecurity group CERT has warned companies that the only way to protect themselves from the flaw was to rip out and replace their processors.It has since backtracked on that advice, saying patches or repairs should do the job instead.Outfits to have released patches so far include Amazon, Microsoft, Linux and Apple.In a statement, Cisco noted that in order to exploit any of these vulnerabilities, an attacker must be able to run crafted code on an affected device."The majority of Cisco products are closed systems, which do not allow customers to run custom code on the device," it said.
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The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, more commonly referred to as GIMPS (not to be mistaken with the image editing software), has announced the discovery of the largest known prime number.That number is a huge 2^77,232,917-1, which contains 23,249,425 digits.To more easily refer to it, the number is also being called M77232917.Dozens of hours have gone into verifying the number.Mersenne announced the project earlier this week, explaining that the discovery was made via a computer volunteered to the project by Jonathan Pace.How do you get to the prime number?
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