Robert Slater

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For all its drawbacks as a system of governance, you have to admit that communism, with its rich history and Big Brother overtones, makes for an ideal video game setting.Two-fisted shooters that let you blow the brains out of evil reds?Sneaky super-spy stealth games in which you set up both sides against each other?Even communist-friendly versions of city- and world-builders are out there.All of that makes Black the Fall (for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC) easy to enjoy from the get-go.It’s a moody little thriller in which you’re a machinist trying to escape from a communist country that’s closely based on Ceausescu’s Romania – in fact, the developers called on their own experiences of living through that horrifying regime.
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Deezer has announced that it's bolstering its streaming service with hundreds of new podcasts, thanks to a partnership with AudioBoom.AudioBoom is a distribution platform for podcasters that has built up a user base of 60 million listeners a month, thanks to high-profile celebrity endorsements from the likes of Stephen Fry and its frankly impressive podcast range.There are over 200 podcasts to choose from, ranging from true crime classic Undisclosed to Bob Mortimer and Andy Dawson's cracking comedy football podcast Athletico Mince.All of which will now be available to Deezer users - given there's 12 million of them, this is a savvy deal for both podcast listeners and those who are making the podcasts.This is the latest in a number of moves by Deezer to make it a streaming service that's about more than just music.In recent months it has expanded its sports coverage on the service, signing deals with both Barcelona FC and Man Utd, which has culminated in player playlists, news and exclusive football content.
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What if I say that your cute, smart robotic vacuum cleaner is collecting data than just dirt?During an interview with Reuters, the CEO of iRobot, the company which manufactured Roomba device, has revealed that the robotic vacuum cleaner also builds a map of your home while cleaning — and is now planning to sell this data to third-party companies.I know it sounds really creepy, but this is what the iRobot company has planned with the home mapping data its Roomba robots collect on its users.Early versions of Roomba used IR or laser sensors to avoid obstacles in their way, but the company began distributing high-end Wi-Fi-connected Roomba models from 2015, such as the Roomba 980, which includes a camera and Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM) technology that can not only avoid obstacle but also build a map of your home.Roomba robots gather all kinds of data—from room dimensions and furniture position to distances between different objects placed in your room—that could help next-generation IoT devices to build a true smart home.Angle believes mapping data could be used by other smart home devices—such as thermostats, lighting, air conditioner, personal assistant, and security cameras—to become smarter.
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The app allows users to automatically share their locations with trusted friends and family membersTrusted Contacts application on Android in December 2016, released the personal safety app on iOS devices.The app allows users to share their location with “trusted” contacts even if they’re offline or are unable to get to their devices.With the Trusted Contacts app, users can mark specific contacts as “trusted,” and then share their location with these users at any time.For instance, if the user ever feels unsafe in their current environment, they can share their location with their trusted contacts for added security.In addition, a trusted contact can request the user’s current location, and the user can deny the request if they’re safe.
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According to a new report that comes from Asia supply chain sources, the most awaited iPhone 8 flagship model by Apple will start shipping in October or early November, although it will be unveiled alongside the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus at a launch event that’s slated to occur on September 7, 8 or 9.The same sources now suggest that we should forget about TouchID technology and the implementation of a fingerprint sensor on top the side positioned On/Off button.Instead they insist that all official cases for the phone don’t have a hole for that button so the probability of TouchID hiding in there is low.The rumors also suggest that the company will probably ditch the TouchID sensor for another type of security technology we all know today: iris scanner along with face recognition.The image above shows a purported screen protector for the device, and as you can see it has way too many sensor holes for a phone without an iris scanner.Whereas if such a setup is in, all of those cutouts suddenly make sense.
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Facebook crushed quarterly profit and revenue estimates on Wednesday as the social media giant’s push into video ads helped bolster its fast-growing mobile ad business.The company’s shares were up 1.4 per cent at US$168 after the bell.Through Wednesday’s close, the stock had climbed nearly 44 per cent this year.Facebook said about 2.01 billion people were using its service monthly as of June 30, up 17 per cent from a year earlier.The social media giant said in June it had surpassed the 2-billion user mark.Mobile ad revenue accounted for 87 per cent of the company’s total advertising revenue of US$9.16 billion in the latest quarter, up from 84 per cent a year earlier.
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Social media marketers, do you feel a brief pang of envy when a brand gets sassy on Twitter or Facebook?We may never get the sweet satisfaction of seeing a tweet full of biting wit go viral.The good folks at Sprout Social just released their Q2 2017 Sprout Social Index, and they’re taking aim at precisely that question.It lets people know that there are actual human beings behind the brand, seeking to entertain just as much as they inform.But we should make sure the humor is not all that we’re bringing to the table.Sprout Social found that while 3 in 4 consumers appreciate humor from brands, being funny was 4th on the list of what consumers really want from brands on social media:
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Meizu have just launched what’s possibly the most unique smartphone to come out of China in the past years, they are the Meizu Pro 7 and Meizu Pro 7 Plus.These will be the company’s flagship phones for 2017, both sporting a dual display and dual camera setup.The Meizu Pro 7 and Meizu Pro 7 Plus differentiate in three main factors: screen size, we indeed find a 5.2-inch FHD Super AMOLED display for the former and a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED for the latter; equipped CPU, with the more efficient MediaTek Helio P25 on the smaller Pro 7 and the powerful MediaTek Helio X30 on the Plus.The Plus version will be also available with 6GB of LPDDR 4X RAM vs the 4GB on the cheaper variant.Let’s now get to what they have in common.Both smartphones will feature a dual camera setup on the back consisting of a couple of 12MP shooters, with one of them being monochrome and the other capturing colors as well.
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The decision to exit the European Union had prompted widespread concern and uncertainty about the state of the UK’s finances going forward.But new research has found that for one vital sector within the UK’s hugely important financial services industry, Brexit has not had much of an impact.Indeed, according to Pitchbook by Innovate Finance, investments in British fintech firms in the first half of this year have now topped pre-Brexit levels.Innovate Finance said that over half a billion dollars ($564m or £432m) had been funnelled into British financial technology companies in the first half of 2017.This is over a third more (37 percent) than the same period last year.But it should be noted that this $564m of fintech investment in H1 2017 was lower than pre-Brexit H1 2015 figures of $676m.
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Google’s parent sees lower profit after being slapped with record Europe Union fineGoogle’s parent Alphabet has suffered a setback to its recent strong fiscal performance after it revealed a decline in second quarter net profits.Until now Google had been delivering stunning growth in both profits and revenues, helped by its principle cash cow, namely the advertising market, but also other ventures including its growing cloud business and revenue from its hardware (i.e Pixel smartphone) and Google Play Store.But in the last quarter (June to be exact) Google was slapped with a record-breaking fine of 2.4 billion euros (£2.1bn) by the European Commission for abusing its monopoly on Internet searches within the European Union.This fine has notably impacted Google’s second quarter financial performance, after Alphabet for the month ending 30 June, posted a net profit down at $3.5bn (£2.7bn) from $4.9bn (£3.7bn) in the same year-ago quarter.The profit would have been much larger had it not been for the EC penalty.
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£1,200 upfront cost denied the public access to justiceThe Supreme Court has ruled that current employment tribunal fees are unlawful, opening the floodgates to hacked off employees (and ex-employees) across the country.In an application for judicial review brought by trade union Unison, the court unanimously found that the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 broke the law because it denied the public access to justice.In addition, the order was found to have discriminated against women because women, statistically, are more likely to bring employment tribunal proceedings.The ruling will cost the government around £32m thanks to a pledge it made to reimburse all fees if it was found to have acted unlawfully.The Fees Order was made by the Lord Chancellor, who in modern times is also the Secretary of State for Justice.
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RSA reckons crooks know predictability equals deathMachine learning and artificial intelligence will improve security technologies and outcomes, but “won’t move the needle as much as people think”, according to RSA chief technology officer Zulfikar Ramzan.Speaking to The Register at the company’s Asian conference in Singapore today, Ramzan said that while AI and ML will doubtless help security vendors to spot more threats, good criminals know that the more predictable they are, the easier they will be to detect.They therefore go to considerable lengths to be unpredictable, with the result that it's hard to collect data of sufficient volume or quality to let ML and AI do their thing.RSA won’t ignore AI and ML as a result, but thinks its clients will be better served if it can help organisations to understand which of their assets deserves different levels of security, based on their importance to the business.The company likens this approach to a proactive approach to health: those of you with family histories of particular diseases are encouraged to change your lifestyle to avoid the known risks lurking in your genome.
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Wanda Internet Technology said it will officially launch its public cloud service in China in the first quarter of next year after it inked a partnership deal with IBM in March.Despite being a latecomer to the sector, Chinese property-to-entertainment conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group has plans to become one of the country’s biggest public cloud providers in five years by leveraging IBM’s knowhow in cloud computing and an investment estimated at “billions of renminbi”, a company official said.“We aim to become one of the major players in pubic cloud business in China because there will be no room left for small participants in five years,” said Sean Yang, vice president and chief technology officer for Wanda Internet Technology Group, a unit of Wanda Group.Yang is positioning Wanda as a high-end public cloud provider, serving only big enterprises that prefer value over price.In an interview with the South China Morning Post on Wednesday, Yang laid out the roadmap for the future development of the company’s cloud business, which only kicked off in March after a partnership deal was inked between Wanda Internet Technology and IBM, one of the leading public cloud providers in the world.Through a newly formed venture called Wanda Cloud Company, the two parties will offer selected IBM cloud infrastructure and platforms in China, according to IBM’s statement in March.
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It turns out the recognisable half-circle arch of a rainbow is a complete lie.When you’re standing on the ground looking up at a rainbow in the sky, the curvature of the Earth usually blocks its bottom half.But when viewed from a higher vantage point, like from a plane, or the top of a crane, rainbows are magically revealed to be a complete circle.This video was captured by a crane operator working on the 1,500+ foot tall Lakhta Center skyscraper in St Petersburg, Russia.From the machine’s cab they were able to film the entire circumference of the phenomenon, which ends up looking more like a gateway to another universe, than sunlight simply being reflected from inside rain drops.
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Shortly after launching in UK last month, Chinese bike-sharing giant Mobike announced Tuesday that it’s pedaling its way to a second stop in Europe—Italy—in an extended competition with its arch-rival ofo for the global market.The firm said it would first launch several hundreds of Mobikes in Florence across selected high-demand areas with a promotion rate of EUR 0.3 per 30 minutes during the trial stage.Official service will available to all of Florence and Milan starting August with the plan to launch around 4,000 bikes in each of the two cities.Hu Weiwei, Founder of Mobike said: “We are delighted to enter the Italian market, and especially to launch Mobike’s operations in both Florence and Milan, home to so many of history’s greatest innovators and artists.… Mobike is committed to working side-by-side with our partners to preserve and enhance Florentines’, Milanese’s and visitors’ enjoyment of both cities.Mobike has been in a land grabbing battle with ofo in the domestic market, and the two bike rental powers are now expanding competition overseas gradually since the beginning of this year.
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A cheap alternative to traditional laptops, they offer a safer environment for surfing the web, as well as smooth performance.But this means they don't slow down, unlike some Windows laptops, meaning they don't need to be updated as regularly to be kept safe and secure.Plus, since you can pick up a decent Chromebook for under £200 there has never been a better time to think about buying one instead of a notebook.The best Chromebooks for 2017Acer Chromebook 11: Acer's cheapest, no-frills Chromebook comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage and an Intel Celeron processor.Asus Chromebook C201: A compact Asus Chromebook with an HD display, this device has plenty of connectivity and weighs less than a kilogram.
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For Singapore, we've focused on three main selling points when it comes to iPhone 7 plans — the best budget option, the biggest data plans, and the best overall value — choosing one of each across the three major networks.Singapore is a complex market for phone plans, however, and given all of the extra-data bundles on offer from each provider, it's worth checking to see if you can augment one of our recommended deals with some extra data if they don't quite meet your needs in their 'off the shelf' form.It does sell iPhones outright or in instalments, however, which would pair nicely with their impressive plan (the only one they offer) that provides a baseline of 6GB of data and unlimited WhatsApp usage for $28 a month.But there's plenty of alternatives on offer as well, so scroll down the page to see what we recommend for each major Singaporean network this month!Below these handpicked stand-outs, you'll also find the best three deals from each of the major networks, Singtel, StarHub, and M1.Best overall value — iPhone 7 128GB | 5GB data | 450 minutes | 1,300 SMS/MMS | $299 up-front | $82.90 pm
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But soup and smoothie subscription service Daily Harvest has been able to successfully counter that perception, by putting its organic smoothies, overnight oats, chia puddings and sundaes front and center on Instagram.A little over a year since it went national, the startup has managed to surpass 1 million smoothie sales, attract high-profile investors like Gwyneth Paltrow and Serena Williams and amass a significant number of social media followers, particularly on Instagram."Instagram has absolutely helped us build our brand," Rachel Drori, Daily Harvest’s founder and CEO, told Business Insider.The startup has sidestepped traditional advertising to focus on social media, with Instagram forming the bulk of its efforts.A majority of Daily Harvest’s marketing efforts on the platform have been organic posts, sprinkled with with paid ads here and there.The brand’s Instagram strategy involves highlighting its bright and colorful ingredients and boxes, usually pitted against a white backdrop so that the colors pop even more.
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Adobe announced a cloud-based photo editing app at last year’s MAX conference it called Project Nimbus.The new app is based off Adobe’s Lightroom and looks to simplify the user interface and make the program more friendly for mobile users.Nimbus will join a niche of "lite" versions of other Adobe offerings like Photoshop Express and Illustrator Draw.A beta was due out for the new app sometime this year, but according to French website MacGeneration, the app was inadvertently released to some Adobe Creative Cloud users.The company quickly caught the mistake and pulled the app, but not before some users snapped screenshots of it being downloaded.While Nimbus is based on Lightroom, it is not quite the same.
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The world's other x86 chipmaker topped estimates with a 21 per cent jump in revenues, but still couldn't quite manage to get into the black.For the FY2017 Q2 period, ended July 1:Revenues of $1.22bn were up 19 per cent from $1.03bn in Q2 2016, and topped analyst estimates of $1.16bn.Net loss was $16m GAAP, thanks to restructuring and stock expenses.Ryzen processor sales helped the Computing and Graphics segment log revenues of $659m, up 51 per cent from last year's quarter and good enough for a $7m operating income.Ryzen is AMD's new Zen architecture in desktop form: the Ryzen 7 and 5 families launched in March, with the Pro group following at the end of June.
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