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The English Premier League is worried about streams that broadcast football games for free, so it will apply in advance for an injunction to stop illegal streamers.Some people buy a Kodi box from eBay which has been loaded with plugins.These Android TV boxes use Kodi's media centre because it has a wide selection of illicit plugins available - allowing people to stream Sky's sports channels, or other international services carrying EPL matches, without paying.TorrentFreak says that the organisation blocked some 5,000 IP addresses last season and now has applied for a new injunction to cover the 2017-18 season.The way this works is similar to the other copyright blocks you'll find on your ISP.For example, The Pirate Bay remains hard to access without a VPN on most of the large internet service providers in the UK.
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China’s home-grown brands continue to gain ground in the world’s largest smartphone market, pushing aside Apple and Samsung Electronics with their offerings of sophisticated models at reasonable prices.Huawei, the largest Chinese maker of telecommunication switchgear, shipped 23 million smartphones in China in the three months ended June, becoming the country’s best-selling brand for the second quarter in a row, according to Canalys data.Its P10 smartphone, sporting high-resolution cameras made with Leica, was a bestseller among China’s selfie-loving users, boosting its market share to 20.2 per cent, from 16.9 per cent, according to Counterpoint’s data.Oppo, made by entrepreneur Duan Yongping’s Guangdong Oppo Electronics, shipped 21 million units to secure second place, expanding its market share to 18.8 per cent from 16 per cent.Vivo, a sibling brand also made by Duan, shipped 16 million units, increasing its market share to 17 per cent, from 13.2 per cent, according to data by the two consultants.Xiaomi was the standout performer in the second quarter, as its direct-to-customer sales method and new models boosted sales by more than 60 per cent, helping it ship 15 million handsets in fourth place.
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SoftBank Group Corp. is angling for a piece of Uber Technologies Inc., a move that would further the grand ambitions of the tech investor’s founder and muddy the mix of alliances in the global ride-hailing business.The Japanese technology company has approached San Francisco-based Uber about a multibillion-dollar stake, people familiar with the matter said.Talks between the companies are described as preliminary and one-sided, and...
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As wildfires rage in California, the world's largest aerial firefighting tanker in the shape of a modified Boeing 747 passenger jet has flown in to help extinguish the flames — if it can get off the ground that is.The converted jumbo jet, known as the B747-400 SuperTanker, has been fitted with large tanks capable of dropping 20,000 gallons (90,901 litres) of water or fire retardant foam or gel in 12 seconds – almost double the capacity of the next largest aerial tanker."We can lay lines down that are extremely long... that might take other tankers five to seven drops to do," Captain Tom Parsons of the Global SuperTanker Services was quoted by local California news outlet ABC7.Despite being the same size as a commercial jet the Global SuperTanker can operate without any speed, altitude or operational restriction and claims to be unmatched by any other military or civilian tanker for performance.With a top speed of 600mph it can reach almost any location in North America in around 4.5 hours from its Colorado Springs base and still offers crew comfort with 14 first class seats still remaining on-board.Eleven out-of-control blazes have raged along Highway 49, endangering the 2,000 residents of the town of Mariposa, Sierra Nevada, as well as threatening Yosemite National Park.
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China is preparing to launch a communications system that would be impossible to hack.The quantum communication system is set to be used by 200 users from government, finance and military personal in the city of Jinan.The Jinan Institute of Quantum Technology said the technology, which was tested earlier this month, is expected to be put into commercial use in August.The connections are far more secure than current internet or telephone cables, which can be tapped and monitored.Quantum networks, unlike traditional systems, send messages embedded in particles of light.If any third party attempts to hack the network the quantum nature of the particles will alter the communication and cause it to be aborted, meaning the message is impossible to read or intercept.
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"Jailbreak" is on track to generate "seven figures" in revenue this year, and Balfanz said he's already made enough to cover the entire four-year cost of his undergraduate education at Duke University, where he plans to study artificial intelligence starting this autumn.It was just the exclamation mark on a period where he had to manage both the last few months of his senior year of high school, and a growing community of paying players.The company offers a massively multiplayer online platform that encourages anybody and everybody to create games for its mostly-younger audience to play together.At the event, Roblox officials said the company expects to pay out $30 million to developers this year.One young programmer is on track to bring in $3 million.Although it's been available for PCs since 2005, it exploded in popularity only over the last few years as the newer smartphone, tablet, and Xbox versions of the app have opened it up to a new generation of players.
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The National Crime Agency has started the UK's first 'rehab' course for hackers.The first classes held in Bristol aim to explain to attendees what is illegal online.While the UK has 'rehab' for drug misuse and education classes for poor drivers it has not had similar schemes for hackers.The NCA says the average age of a person arrested for cyber crime is 17 and many would benefit from applying their skills in the security industry.BBC Click's Dan Simmons spoke to some of the offenders.You can see the report in full on Click over the weekend of July 29 and 30, 2017 on BBC World News, the BBC News Channel and BBCiPlayer (UK only)
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Amazon's unhelpful assistant also sleeps through its wakeup word on HTC mobeHands-on No wonder Silicon Valley is excited about the Amazon Echo.These voice-controlled assistants have been the only hit the Valley's had in years: the only successful new consumer electronics category.HTC had promised that the U11 would provide the same kind of always-on response that Echo offers: four microphones are built into the device, listening for the “Alexa” wakeup word.The U11 is a very fine phone that impressed us when we reviewed the shipped version here recently.It isn’t too heavy-handed about it, but thanks all the same, we’d rather have that button set to fire up the camera.
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SpaceX's drone landing ships have already proven that uncrewed vessels can handle some of the most dangerous jobs at sea.Now, two Norwegian companies are poised to put robo-boats into one of the most dull: hauling cargo down the fjord.The ship, the Yara Birkeland, will begin operations in 2018 with a crew, but it's expected to operate largely autonomously (and crewless) by 2020 (regulatory clearance permitting, of course).The $25 million Birkeland—described by some shipping executives as the "Tesla of the Seas"— is being jointly developed by the fertilizer company Yara and the maritime and defense technology firm Kongsberg Gruppen.The ship will initially be crewed from an on-board control center within a cargo container.Eventually, the container will be moved ashore, and the ship will be remotely operated.
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Pay-per-mile car insurance service Metromile is touting a new “first of its kind” automated claims system designed to speed up the process of verifying and paying out claims.Metromile’s new artificial intelligence (AI)-powered claims assistant, dubbed Ava, promises to reduce the manual processes traditionally required to collect a claimant’s details and issue payments.Founded in 2011, Metromile operates across a number of key U.S. states, including California, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington.The company offers a device called the Metromile Pulse, which drivers plug into their car to monitor their time on the road.Connected to this, Metromile also offers car insurance that has a pipeline into Metromile data to offer insurance based on the number of actual road hours.This is perfect for ride-sharing services such as Uber, which Metromile previously partnered with to let drivers pay insurance only for the time they’re on the roads.
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Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ready Player One is one of the most-anticipated movies of 2018, and now we have our first look at it.If anyone doubted that Steven Spielberg would be able to adapt Ernest Cline’s bestselling novel for the screen, the first Ready Player One trailer has arrived to prove the doubters wrong.Warner Bros. Pictures debuted the trailer during the studio’s much-anticipated Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con, and the preview goes a long way toward proving that the 1980s nostalgia-fueled adventure through the decade’s geekiest pop culture touchstones is in very, very good hands.After introducing audiences to protagonist Wade Watts (as played by X-Men: Apocalypse actor Tye Sheridan) and the bleak future he inhabits, the trailer goes on a frantic spree through the places and characters inhabiting OASIS, the virtual universe where Wade and the rest of the world spend their days.Fans of Cline’s novel know that Wade is one of many people who become caught up in an elaborate treasure hunt that will give the winner full control of the virtual universe, with many of the clues and tasks involved in the hunt involving famous elements of ’80s pop culture.Those elements are on full display in the trailer for Ready Player One, which features — among countless other iconic ’80s elements — appearances by Freddy Krueger, Kaneda’s bike from Akira, and the Bigfoot monster truck.
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anyone who still plays World of Warcraft on a computer with Windows XP or Windows Vista are facing tough times: In October, ending Blizzard namely to support the two operating systems.On its website, writes the Blizzard to man, despite the fact that Microsoft themselves put down the support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in 2009 and 2012 respectively, continued to support the operating systems, since a large percentage of players still used them."however, There have been three major Windows releases since Vista, and today the majority of our audience is upgraded to a newer version", justifies the company.Blizzard highly recommend all of the old Windows XP and Vista-foxes as soon as possible to upgrade to a newer Windows.in Addition to the World of Warcraft are also affected StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm.
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A simple salivary protein has revealed a so-called ‘ghost’ species of ancient humans, a new study reveals, hinting at the existence of an archaic species that swapped genetic material with human ancestors.It is well known that ancient hominin species contributed to the rise of modern humans, not the least of which is the Neanderthals and lesser known Denisovans.Such rendezvous took place in Europe and Asia, but it seems similar encounters may have happened in ancient Africa, too.The discovery was made thanks to a protein from saliva called MUC7 — it is the reason spit has its consistency and is a possible way the body gets rid of harmful bacteria.Researchers were studying this protein, particularly looking for its origins, and stumbled upon an interesting find: that some genomes from Sub-Saharan Africa possessed this gene, but a variety that is quite different from the gene found in other modern human genomes.According to the study, the MUC7 genes found in the Sub-Saharan sample were most closely related to Denisovan and Neanderthal genes versus than the other modern samples.
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Updated America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, has declined to share any more details on the cyber-assault that apparently downed its website shortly after it announced its intent to kill net neutrality.Shortly after Oliver's segment aired, the FCC's comment system went down under the weight of what the commission said was a distributed denial of service attack, but what critics claim was merely the American public firing up their web browsers and letting the regulator know what they thought of the policy.A group of US Senators also sought out proof.Now the FCC claims it can't provide more than 200 pages of the requested documents because they contain commercially confidential details, copyrighted information, and internal agency notes that are protected from civil discovery requests."Records responsive to your request were withheld under FOIA Exemption 4.Exemption 4 protects matters that are 'trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person and privileged or confidential'," the FCC claimed.
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While different people and companies have different ideas about what artificial intelligence means in theory and in practice, almost all agree about using AI to build a better future.At its Tech World Innovation in Shanghai, it demonstrated just how serious it is with five AI powered products that you may or may not see in the near future.Like many AI assistants, it uses natural language processing to manage your appointments, like when someone sends you a message for a meeting.Unlike other personal assistants, Lenovo boasts that CAVA has deep learning-based facial recognition.For unlocking your phone, of course.Another smartphone-related AI technology is Xiaole, a customer service platform.
Sweden
Ingenico betalar 1,5 miljarder euro, motsvarande 14 miljarder kronor för 100 procent av aktierna i bolaget.Bambora har över 700 anställda i Europa, Nordamerika och Australien.Bolaget levererar både digitala betallösningar för e-handel och kortterminaler i fysiska butiker.Från början är Bambora en sammanslagning av sex olika betalbolag: Epay, MPS, DK Online, Key Corp, Euroline och Samport.2016 omsatte bolaget närmare 2 miljarder kronor.Koncernen sattes upp av riskkapitalbolaget Nordic capital som ägde Bambora tillsammans med ledningen.
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In the world of commerce, scalping has been an issue since long before the internet gave resellers a more anonymous, armchair-friendly, outlet for their goods.Concert tickets are the go-to product when we think of the practice, but are by no means the only place we see it happen – with special edition records, new technology items and fashionable clothing all being prime targets too.Those with their eyes on this still-unfolding story have seen eBay remove listings of the console, and a Nordic distributor come under fire for supposedly scalping itself.Finite products on infinite shelves – it’s big businessNintendo’s ongoing drive to re-release classic consoles in limited editions isn’t a lone endeavor.Just last year, Luth Research published Why Your Business Needs a Limited Edition Strategy which highlighted the potential of such techniques to get results, including an “increase in first-time customers, a boost in summer sales, more buzz on social media”.
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After all, when the pool party starts to get a little crazy, you don’t want a speaker that’s going to give up on you with the first sign of spray.Our list of the best outdoor speakers runs the gamut from weather-resistant designs that will survive a bit of rain, to fully-submersible pool party favorites, and everything in between.Everyone from outdoor adventurers to poolside loungers.Why we picked the JBL Flip 4Ever since we checked out the original JBL Flip four years ago, we’ve been fas of the cool cylindrical speaker for its excellent sound and durable exterior, as well as its remarkably affordable price.The Flip 4’s battery life is a solid 12 hours per charge, and the speaker also features an IPX7 waterproof rating, meaning that it can be submerged in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes without cause for concern.
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Fender has long been a leader in the world of music making via its legendary guitar amps and instruments, and now it looks to use what it's learned to capture home audio enthusiasts.Famed instrument and amplifier manufacturer Fender has officially launched into the world of home audio, launching the Fender Monterey and Fender Newport Bluetooth speakers to listeners worldwide.Designed to look like miniature version of the classic amplifiers that have made the company legendary among electric guitarists and bassists for over 50 years, the different models each appeal to a different niche, with the larger Monterey designed for those who are looking to fill a large room with sound, and the Newport offering an easily portable solution for those who want to take their tunes anywhere.The new audio devices look just like miniature guitar amps, right down to the Fender logo on each speaker grille.Other amp-inspired tidbits include volume, treble, and bass adjustment nobs on the top, as well as cool blue LED lights to let you know when they are on.Even the power switches look like they belong on a vintage tube amp.
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this morning came The news that the media group Schibsted sells sökbolaget Find.see to a group of entrepreneurs.After having thought himself a moment, and called Found president Alexander Hannerland, I have put together a guide for those who want to understand the deal.the Site has 3 million unique visitors a week.Google's massive dominance in the search have, of course, struck the Find, which was founded in 2004.But the Swedish site working within a hyperlocal niche, as Google has so far not really been able to embark on with full force.The most common keyword is “dentist”.
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