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He dismissed warnings about the impact of a no-deal Brexit, and said it was “overwhelmingly likely” that Brussels will offer better terms, ie the UK to have the right to decide unilaterally to leave the backstop.Finally, he proposed that we up the ante by threatening to withhold half of the £39billion agreed as the divorce payment until the terms of a deal are met to our satisfaction.MPs that represent manufacturers know how worried these companies are about the possibility of no-deal.With complex supply chains involving components manufactured across Europe and “just in time” manufacturing meaning that some manufacturers have as little as two hours worth of components on site at any one time, companies large and small are united in condemning the prospect of leaving the EU without a deal.Most of the attention being paid to the prospect of leaving without a deal has been on the short-term consequences; I am equally concerned about the long term.Global companies, with manufacturing facilities across Europe and beyond, will look less favourably on the UK as the destination for the manufacture of their next model – or a new model altogether – if we leave the EU without access to the single market having been negotiated.
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Electric scooter companies Bird and Lime have scattered thousands of rentable, dockless, electric scooters across US cities over the last year.And one complaint keeps coming up: they block sidewalks.Advocacy group Disability Rights California is now suing the two companies in federal court in San Diego for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.The group, which is seeking class-action status for the case, says Bird and Lime are obstructing public sidewalks, making them unsafe for people with mobility and sight disabilities."The scooter companies have treated our free public walkways as their own private rental offices, show rooms and storage facilities," said Bob Frank, lawyer for Neil, Dymott Attorneys, which filed the case in conjunction with Disability Rights California.But the scooters have become a controversial topic.
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The advance of technology outpacing the law is a commonly held belief, but it seems the law is starting to catch up.A Californian judge has ruled that U.S. law enforcement agencies cannot force suspects to open their smartphones with fingerprint sensors or face unlock.It was previously the case that such biometric unlocking processes were not protected by the Fifth Amendment in the same way phone passcodes were.In essence, passcodes were viewed as “something you knew,” while biometric logins were viewed as “something you are,” and were thus exempt.However, according to an order uncovered by Forbes, Magistrate Judge Kandis Westmore of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has denied a request for police to be able to use biometric unlocking methods to open devices seized in a raid.The request came as a result of an investigation into a Facebook extortion crime, where a victim was blackmailed with a sensitive video.
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This week, Tesla introduced a new wall charger that can plug directly into a NEMA 14-50 standard American wall outlet.Mid- and standard-range vehicles still charge at 32 amps, much like the mobile wall connector.Both the new wall charger and the electrician-installed wall connector cost $500, but the new charger that is NEMA 14-50-compatible obviously won't require electrician's fees if you have an accessible outlet.The Tesla Wall Connecter offers the fastest charging speeds, but according to Tesla, this new wall charger is 25 percent faster at charging than the Gen 2 mobile wall connector.As far as charging speed, it seems to sit somewhere between the high-end hardwired charger and the mobile charging kit.The Baltimore Sun reported on Wednesday that the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) authorized four of the state's biggest utilities to install 5,000 residential, workplace, and public chargers.
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Get ready to add yet another service to your ever-growing collection.Amid a flurry of executive shakeups, NBCUniversal announced that it has its own streaming service in the works, with an eye on a 2020 debut.NBCUniversal said that the new service will include both “homegrown original programming as well as content from outside partners,” and that its subscription model will be a little different than what you’re used to.If you’re a pay-TV subscriber or a Comcast or Sky customer, you will be able to use NBCUniversal’s service for free, while cord-cutters will be able to access the service via a traditional subscription fee.The new service will be ad-supported, although NBCUniversal claims that customers will be able to remove advertisements from the stream for an additional fee.Seeso, NBCUniversal’s comedy-focused streaming service, opened in 2016, only to shut down a little over a year and a half later.
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Ryssland har förlorat kontakten med teleskopet Spektr-R som befinner sig i omloppsbana runt jorden sedan 2011.Det uppger den ryska rymdflygstyrelsen Roskosmos.Kontrollen över Spektr-R, eller RadioAstron, förlorades i torsdags och nu pågår ett febrilt arbete med att återupprätta kontakten.Ett amerikanskt observatorium har snappat upp signaler från Spektr-R vilket enligt Roskosmos tyder på att satellitens interna system fungerar.Spektr-R är ett radioteleskop som är utrustat med en 10 meter lång antenn.Det är ett av de största rymdteleskop som har tillverkats och har bland annat använts för att studera svarta hål och neutronstjärnor.
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Back in the late 1990s Spyro, the purple dragon with a bad boy attitude, aspired to be the next Mario or Sonic.Though he never reached the same heights of mascot fame, he was beloved by fans and has at least done enough to earn this remastered edition for nostalgia junkies.With the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, his PS1 games have been rereleased with updated graphics, re-recorded sound and music.It’s still thrilling to guide Spyro through each imaginative and colourful new world, full of amusing cartoon characters, as you breathe fire and headbutt enemies, then gracefully glide away on dragony wings.Other aspects of the games haven’t aged so well.The levels in the first game feel oddly empty and small.
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While there have been a few massive surveillance startups in China that have raised funds on the back of computer vision advances, there’s seemed to be less fervor outside of that market.Tel Aviv-based AnyVision is aiming to leverage its computer vision chops in tracking people and objects to create some pretty clear utility for the enterprise world.After announcing a $27 million Series A in mid-2018, the computer vision startup is bringing Lightspeed Venture Partners into the raise, closing out the round at $43 million.“When you have a company with the technology AnyVision has, and the market need that I’m hearing from across industries, what you need to do is push the gas pedal and build an organization which can monetize and take on this opportunity to grow massively,” Lightspeed partner Raviraj Jain told TechCrunch.Right now the 200-person company has its eyes on the security and identity markets as it aims to bring its computer vision technology into more industry-tailored solutions.The company’s “Better Tomorrow” product delivers camera-agnostic surveillance insights from its object and human-tracking tech.
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I dag hjälper hörlurar med brusreducerande teknik oss att stänga ute vardagens slammer.Som en av de stora leverantörerna av ljudsystem till bilbranschen är det naturligt att man nu flyttar tekniken från sina smarthörlurar in i kupén.Hyundai/Kia har tidigare använt brusreducering för att bygga ett ljudsystem där alla i bilen kan lyssna på olika musik samtidigt – men Bose tacklar istället bilarnas missljud.Elbilar utgör en ständigt växande andel av fordonsparken, och många fascineras över hur tysta de är.Men faktum är att förbränningsmotorn maskerade en hel del vägljud som kan vara nog så irriterande.Utan brummandet under huven kryper sig obehaget på – men att bygga bort problemet skulle göra fordonen tyngre, vilket inskränker elbilarna räckvidd.
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Google’s Android TV platform has quietly become a popular player, apparently used by “tens of millions” of people.Now, the company has reportedly revealed that it’s working on a set of minimum requirements for hardware.Shalini Govil-Pai, senior director of product management for Android TV, told Cord Cutters News that Google wants to set hardware standards that manufacturers have to live up to.The executive clarified that the company wasn’t abandoning the lower end price bracket, however.Govil-Pai didn’t reveal any suggested minimum specs, but we’ve seen several budget Android TV boxes with a quad-core Cortex-A53 chipset, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of expandable storage (such as the Mi Box 4C).Fingers crossed that Google maintains these specs at the very least, as anything less than this seems like a recipe for a disappointing experience.
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We’ve seen (and heard) so many headphones at CES over the years that we thought we’d seen it all.But of course, at CES, you can never see it all, and we’ll be darned if Chinese audio brand HiVi didn’t come out with a whole new twist on the headphone/stand relationship that’s so cool, we couldn’t help but get sucked into its orbit.The company’s new AW-85 headphones look basic enough on their own, boasting a smooth plastic shell, large circumaural earpieces, and a bundle of features like active noise canceling and touch controls.As you can see in the video above, the trick here is in the way these headphones charge, accomplished by dangling them from the included magnetic stand, which then charges the headphones directly through the headband.As if that weren’t enough, the stand also incorporates a wireless charging pad for your phone at its base, allowing you to charge you’re two favorite devices at once.The whole design is just so convenient, so nifty, and — well, so brilliantly simple — we can’t believe we haven’t seen it before.
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Any special moments with your parents are lost in our minds.The Babeyes camera records videos from a baby's point-of-view.It's about the size of a Nilla Wafer cookie and is shaped like a teddy bear head.You can attach the camera to your baby's clothes or use the included tripod mount to attach it to the crib.This means that there aren't any radio waves coming from it and that the videos remain private.Babeyes has a motion detect sensor to automatically trigger a 720p HD video recording.
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I don’t blame Royole — a five-year-old company literally founded for the purpose of developing and selling flexible displays — because it faced the existential threat of Samsung coming in and stealing its thunder with a rival foldable device.Measuring 7.8 inches diagonally, this is an Android tablet in its extended mode which becomes two, not just one, Android phones when it’s flexed closed.Yes, Royole is apparently a hyper-ambitious company.It provides two SIM slots and tries to provide an auto-detection system that only shows content on the half of the folded screen that you’re facing at any given time.One of the two phones is assigned as the primary, and its content spills out onto the full tablet when the device is opened.You get a 1920 x 1440 resolution on the full display, which shrinks to less than half when you’re in phone mode, thanks in large part to the huge swath of disused OLED screen that wraps around the wide-arcing hinge.
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All the highly-secure cloud storage space you need — for life.I’m not a particularly organized person.I have files on my laptop hard-drive, a Dropbox account holding various other nonsense, and a load of photos and vids on my Google Drive from various holidays.The security level of my laptop, both from hackers and from the risk of a rogue splash of coffee, is questionable.If this situation sounds familiar to you, Degoo cloud storage is the logical solution.With an enormous 2TB space I could move all of the above into one place, safe from beverage attacks.
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Welcome to Hard Fork Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice to keep you up to date in the cryptocurrency and blockchain world.If you’ve been in the Bitcoin BTC and cryptocurrency game for any longer than a month, you’ve probably come across someone who has described themselves as a “Bitcoin maximalist.”But what exactly does that mean?One coin to rule them allBeing a Bitcoin maximalist is pretty easy, all you have to do is believe, with complete unwavering conviction, that Bitcoin is the only cryptocurrency worth caring about.To the Bitcoin maximalist, all other cryptocurrencies are just “shitcoins.”
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One of the biggest topics at the 2019 CES is 5G — specifically, what 5G networks and devices will look like as they begin to become available throughout the world.Verizon was the first major carrier to launch a commercial 5G network and is currently serving customers in four U.S. cities with a 1Gbps wireless solution.Over the next few months, its network will both expand and add support for mobile 5G devices, competing with AT’s more recently launched but seemingly still nascent 5G network.VentureBeat: How will the transition work from Verizon’s current 5G TF home broadband network to its 2019 5G NR mobile network?It’s all millimeter wave (mmWave), so it has the same radio.What’s going to happen is that when there’s (consumer premises equipment) CPE available on 5G NR that can do 5G Home, then we’ll introduce NR gear that can do 5G Home.
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Over time this exposure can make it hard to breathe and lead to asthma or even more serious respiratory conditions.The World Health Organization estimates that 4.2 million people die every year from exposure to air pollution.The French company R-Pur at CES Unveiled wants to tackle part of the problem with an anti-pollution mask aimed at runners, cyclists and bikers.The R-Pur Nano mask filters toxic particles, pollen, viruses, bacteria and the fine particles found in diesel exhaust.The first is the actual filter, which removes very fine particles and nanoparticles (50-nanometers) that can cause serious health problems.It actually looks stylish and comfortable.
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Over the past few years, Bruce Wayne has been sharing the big screen with stars like Superman, the Justice League, and the Suicide Squad, but the caped crusader’s time as a team player might be drawing to an end.Reports suggest that The Batman, Warner Bros. long-gestating solo Batman flick, will finally begin production in November 2019, with War for the Planet of the Apes and Cloverfield‘s Matthew Reeves still scheduled to direct.“The script is basically in,” The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit said in the trade magazine’s newsletter, “and I’m hearing the studio wants to start shooting in November.” Kit claims that fans will learn which actor will take up Batman’s cape and cowl sometime “between now and then.” The current Dark Knight, Ben Affleck, is not expected to return to the role.If true, the report is the first concrete information that fans have gotten about The Batman for quite some time.When The Batman was first revealed back in 2015, Affleck was set to both star and direct, while then-DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer (and veteran comic book writer) Geoff Johns was co-writing the script.A lot has changed since then.
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Sectigo’s Tim Callan on certificate discovery, S/MIME and managing the explosion of certificatesSoftware certificate issues have been blamed for a host of recent enterprise ills, including a widespread outage of Ericsson’s infrastructure that left O2 customers with no network for nearly 24 hours (O2 is rumoured to be seeking £100 million in damages).Equifax meanwhile allowed over 300 security certificates to expire, including 79 used to monitor business critical domains, prior to a data breach that exposed the personal data of over 143 million people, including the records of 15.2 million UK customers.With this in mind, Computer Business Review posed some questions about these recent issues – and broader digital certificate management – for Tim Callan, a Senior Fellow at Sectigo, the world’s largest commercial Certificate Authority (CA).Digital certificates are universally used throughout IT infrastructure to confirm the genuine identity of a software process when it connects to another across any computer network including the internet.These certificates enable a broad variety of circumstances including connecting with web servers (TLS/SSL), software updates (code signing), encrypting email (S/MIME), and communicating with and controlling Internet of Things devices (IoT certificates).
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Devil May Cry 5 has officially been given a Mature rating by the ESRB.All Devil May Cry games have received the M rating, which means that you must be at least 17 to purchase it in stores.However, the rating summary offered by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) includes some fairly comical lines describing the basis for the determination (thanks, Destructoid).“One cutscene depicts civilians screaming in pain while being impaled by demon tentacles,” the description reads.While being impaled by demon tentacles is certainly cause for distress among the victims in Devil May Cry 5, seeing it written so matter-of-factly in the ratings summary adds a level of fun.To add to that, the ESRB described the action as “highlighted by gunfire, screams of pain, and slow-motion finishing moves/highlights.” The ESRB obviously has to take its job rating games seriously, but after a close read of Devil May Cry 5‘s rating, we decided to go back and check out the ESRB ratings summary for God of War, figuring that it would include some gems as well.
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