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The first trailer for "Venom," starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock and his alien symbiote, dropped on Thursday morning.But to some fans' disappointment, it only showed Hardy in his role as Brock, and not Venom.A menacing poster was released Wednesday in advance of the trailer.Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed also star."Venom" is scheduled for release on Oct. 5 in the U.S. and U.K., with no Australia release date yet.
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After receiving a few customer complaints regarding overheating of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon range, Lenovo has begun a voluntary recall of its fifth iteration of the laptop.An internal investigation conducted by the company has revealed that some of its ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebooks manufactured between December 2016 and October 2017 have an “unfastened screw” that could be damaging the battery, leading to overheating and “potentially posing a fire hazard”.The affected models – 20HQ, 20HR, 20K3, and 20K4 – were sold worldwide and Lenovo is advising owners to switch off their notebooks and not use them until a free service inspection, to be conducted by the manufacturer, can be undertaken.If you're unsure whether your device is being recalled or not, you can head to Lenovo’s support page for your region and enter your notebook’s serial number.If your device is affected, are available as to how to proceed.
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Mercedes-Benz has pulled the wraps off the third-generation of its iconic Sprinter van used around the world.The new Sprinter will land in the US by the end of 2018 and brings with it new features.Mercedes has also announced that it will be launching an eSprinter electric van in 2019 with availability for the US on that EV undetermined at this time.Mercedes says that the eSprinter is part of its electrification plans for its commercial van fleet.The third-gen Sprinter has comfort and safety features that are on par with passenger cars.While being comfortable MB says that the new Sprinter is cost-effective with lower total operating costs and customer-oriented features.
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Apple’s answer to the Amazon and Google assault on the smart speaker is up and running, but users risk being locked away further in Apple’s tightly managed ecosystem.Looking at the reviews across the industry, many are shouting and screaming about the sound quality and performance of the device.For some it is the best quality in the price range, but others have noted users will be even more restricted to what other services they can interact with compared to other Apple products.“As advertised, the thing sounds great,” writes TechCrunch.“There’s little question here that the HomePod is a speaker first, smart second, bucking the trend of the earliest Echo and Google Home devices.”“If you have a room in your home or workspace where you would like to listen to music from Apple and/or podcasts, and you care about audio quality, you should absolutely consider HomePod,” Daring Fireball says.
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Game of Thrones TV show creators David Benioff and D.B.Weiss were announced as writers and producers on a new trilogy of Star Wars movies.These movies will be separate from the next trilogy in the “main” line, and it won’t be part of the “A Star Wars Story” section of the Star Wars universe.This will be a new line.In addition to being separate from the “recently-announced trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson,” this new set of movies will be separate from the “episodic Skywalker saga.” That’s what the press release from Lucasfilm suggests.Almost as if they’re suggesting there’ll be more Skywalker films after the next film, after the film after The Last Jedi.
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In September, Facebook announced Watch, a tab with videos created exclusively for the social network.At launch, it was pretty much of a mess of unsearchable viral content, lacking in any quality shows that might entice viewers to regularly come back for more.But it appears Facebook is gearing up to more seriously take on YouTube by amping up the service, sources told CNBC.According to CNBC’s report, Facebook is going to expand its Watch tab by letting more creators upload videos to the service without Facebook purchasing the rights to their shows.Like Google’s monetisation structure, Facebook and the creators would then share ad revenue.This is a glimmer of hope for smaller content creators who were fucked over by YouTube’s recent changes to its monetisation rules, which made it a lot harder for them to profit off the platform.
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London-based Bare Conductive makes paint that conducts electricity.The paint can be used on a variety of surfaces including paper, plastic, wood, cardboard, or glass.Electric paint is used with a circuit board which can then be connected to a computer or a switch.The paint, which acts as a sensor for the device, is activated when you hover over it.The paint can be used for mostly creative projects, or to do things like draw a light switch onto a wall.It's called electric paint and it can be used on a variety of surfaces including paper, plastic, wood, cardboard, or glass.
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Bitcoin is experiencing a rough start to 2018, but that's not the biggest concern for a developer at the world's longest-standing crypto exchange.Miha Grcar, head of business development at Bitstamp, told Business Insider a talent shortage is hanging over the industry.The cryptocurrency markets are awash in a sea of red, but that's not a concern for the longest existing cryptocurrency exchange.The digital currency, which gripped the world's attention when it soared close to $20,000 a coin in December, is down 45% since the beginning of 2018.As for trading action, volumes across the market for digital currency have decreased since crypto-mania peaked at the end of last year."We are finally catching our breath," Miha Grcar, head of business development at Bitstamp, a Luxembourg-based exchange founded in 2011, told Business Insider during a phone interview.
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Figma, an interface design and prototyping tool that works in the browser, has raised $25 million in a series B round of funding from Kleiner Perkins, Greylock, and Index Ventures.Founded out of San Francisco in 2012, Figma is one of a number of players plying their trades in the UI design and prototyping realm.For example, Figma works in the browser and facilitates collaboration between team members who are working on the same app or website design.Moreover, you don’t have to upload or download files, this is all in real time, with all edits made visible to collaborators instantly and a messaging facility available for discussion.Much like other UI design tools, Figma also offers accompanying “mirror” apps for smartphones so you can see what an app design looks like on a real device.And it also offers desktop apps that bring some offline functionality to the mix.
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The new tool provides fresh insights into how black holes influence the distribution of dark matter, how heavy elements are produced and distributed throughout the cosmos, and where magnetic fields originate.Led by principal investigator Volker Springel at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, astrophysicists from the Max Planck Institutes for Astronomy (MPIA, Heidelberg) and Astrophysics (MPA, Garching), Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Flatiron Institute's Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) developed and programmed the new universe simulation model, dubbed Illustris: The Next Generation, or IllustrisTNG.And not just how the galaxy looks now, but its entire formation history."Mapping out the ways galaxies evolve in the simulation offers a glimpse of what our own Milky Way galaxy might have been like when the Earth formed and how our galaxy could change in the future, he says.Along with postdoctoral researchers Federico Marinacci and Paul Torrey, Vogelsberger has been using IllustrisTNG to study the observable signatures from large-scale magnetic fields that pervade the universe.Modeling a (more) realistic universe
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Amazon looks set to unveil a major new feature with Alexa during the Super Bowl on Sunday, but before that it’s giving its digital assistant yet another talent — the ability to send an SMS message using an Echo device.Before now, Alexa could help you send text-based messages to people’s smartphones if you have the Amazon Alexa app and an Echo device, but it needed the recipient to also have the same setup.The new SMS feature is definitely an improvement, but there are still a couple of limitations you’ll need to know about.First, it only works from Android phones, and second, at the current time it’s only available to folks inside the United States.Amazon hasn’t said if it plans to roll it out internationally.If this is still you, then you can ask Alexa to send an SMS to any of your phone’s contacts.
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Irish BSS vendor Openet has persuaded Philippines operator Globe Telecom to use its Digital Business Platform for its data services.With much of the pre-5G talk focusing boosting the capacity and agility of the network, often overlooked is the question of what’s in it for operators and their customers.There are approximately zero mobile subscribers currently complaining that networks aren’t agile enough and Openet CEO Niall Norton has, for a while, been telling anyone who’ll listen that BSS vendors are doing a rubbish job of doing what they’re supposed to do.“I have said very recently, and very publicly that the relationship many vendors have with operators is broken and needs fixing,” Norton told Telecoms.com.“Long term service contracts, packed full of unnecessary costs and expensive licenses, are tying operators to technology and systems that are no longer fit for purpose.”As you would expect, Norton reckons Openet is different and the hero product put forward to demonstrate its novel approach to BSS is the Digital Business Platform.
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Hmm, hope this isn't why my Ars login cookie keeps getting reset every day for the last several days.
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Facebook has begun a huge privacy campaign in preparation for strict new EU data protection laws.The General Data Protection Legislation (GDPU) comes into force on May 25, and companies breaching it face a fine of 4% of their annual global turnover, or €20 million – whichever is higher.Facebook users in the EU will soon see a notification in their news feed prompting them to take a 'privacy check-up' and make sure they're comfortable with their current sharing settings.New educational videos will also appear in feeds, explaining how to delete old posts, control the data Facebook shares with advertisers, and what happens if you delete your account.In preparation for the new laws, and to coincide with Data Privacy Day, Facebook has announced seven 'privacy principles', which it says guide how it handles your personal information:We give you control of your privacy
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While traditions have loosened as the royal family has attempted to modernise, there are some rules that must be obeyed at all cost.A lot of wedding traditions came in with Queen Victoria.”From Queen Elizabeth II’s duchess satin gown to Princess Diana’s iconic Emanuel dress - which featured a mammoth 25 foot train - royal brides have typically opted for demure white gowns on their wedding days ever since.Princess Diana Archive via Getty Images Empics EntertainmentMany royal grooms opt to wear military uniform on their wedding day - including Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Prince William.Morning dress is also the standard choice of outfit for royal wedding guests, according to Lucy Hume, associate director of the legendary etiquette school Debrett’s.
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In 1978 a young woman named Maria Klawe arrived at the University of Toronto to pursue a doctorate in computer science.She had never used a computer—much less written a line of code—but she had a PhD in math and a drive to succeed in a male-dominated field.She was so good that, nine months later, the university asked her to be a professor.For the past 11 years, she has served as the president of Harvey Mudd College—a small liberal arts school in Claremont, California, known for its intensive STEM focus—where the number of women in its computer science program has grown from 10 percent to 40 percent.I mean, Steve Jobs was apparently an asshole—Both were highly inclusive, really worked on hiring and promoting women and people of color.
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Mirantis co-founder Adrian Ionel left his CEO role in October 2015, at a time when the company was still solely focused on OpenStack.Now, he is coming back to reprise his role as the company’s CEO at a time when Mirantis is looking beyond OpenStack and toward the still nascent cloud native ecosystem around Kubernetes for its next big business opportunity.Like other companies that made an early bet on OpenStack, Mirantis, which once described itself as “the pure play OpenStack company,” went through a series of ups and downs (it now also describes itself as the “ 1 pure play open cloud company”).But just like OpenStack has now found its place, Mirantis weathered these storms as an independent company and is now able to take what it learned in the last few years in delivering OpenStack to a wider swath of products.“The company needs to find its path forward, leveraging the present — the enormous assets we have in the cloud infrastructure business — and articulate a compelling and exciting and engaging future vision that brings us into the future” Ionel told me.“That’s quite similar to where we were in 2010.”
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Exactly one month from now, Samsung will unveil its next flagship phone, the Galaxy S9.It will be the biggest attraction at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and it will set the bar for Android flagships for the rest of the year.But I do have one overriding question regarding this upcoming device, a question that might go neglected as the usual hot topics of specs and design start to overtake the conversation.I set out my feelings about Bixby at length back in September: I consider Samsung’s personal assistant software to be a form of structural bloatware that’s using up valuable development time within Samsung and even more valuable goodwill among its users.Samsung even dedicated a hardware key to Bixby on the otherwise starkly minimalist Galaxy S8.Many people spent half the year trying to find a way to turn that spare button into a Google Assistant trigger — the voice assistant Android users actually want to use — and Samsung was eventually embarrassed into allowing the Bixby key to be disabled to avoid accidental launches.
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Microsoft just made a huge announcement with zero fanfare, revealing that three of its upcoming exclusives will be available through its Xbox Game Pass subscription service as soon as they launch on the platform.Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3 and State of Decay 2 were the three games announced by Xbox boss Phil Spencer.It will launch on 20 March."Moving forward, we plan to release all new Xbox One exclusive games from Microsoft Studios into Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release," the release states."[The plan not only includes the aforementioned games] but future unannounced games from Microsoft Studios including new iterations of our biggest Xbox One exclusive franchises such as Halo, Forza and Gears of War, on the same day they launch."So, in addition to the headline news, take this as the first official word that new Halo, Forza and Gears games are in the works.
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There comes a time in every hyped-up business trend’s life cycle when the noise becomes so intense it’s comical.Cryptocurrency, bitcoin, and most important, the blockchain technology that underlies them, have reached that moment.Executives in just about any industry imaginable—music, advertising, medicine, pizza delivery—are now eager to discuss how they can capitalize on “the blockchain.” (Note to execs: There are many blockchains, not just “the one.”)To these evangelists, anything can and should go on “the blockchain.” Never mind what that actually means, or whether the relevant industry has any use for a distributed ledger.And so, I jokingly suggested on Twitter that someone make a browser plug-in that adds “on the blockchain” to the end of every sentence.Friday morning, David Tran, co-founder and CTO of PR-software startup Upbeat, did just that.
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