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BT will pull Huawei equipment out of its core 4G network within two years to fit its own internal policy.It follows reports that the US is trying to persuade foreign allies' wireless and internet providers to avoid the Chinese company's equipment, citing cybersecurity risks.Britain's telecoms have avoided using Huawei equipment in their network cores, which contain customers' personal data.BT pledged to avoid doing so despite working closely with Huawei since 2005, the FT noted.But UK carrier EE used Huawei gear in the core network of its 3G and 4G networks before it was acquired by BT for £12.5 billion ($15.9 billion or AU$21.9 billion) in 2016.BT started removing Huawei equipment from its network core after this acquisition, it said in an email to CNET.
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DURHAM, N.C. -- For a child, recovering from a broken bone is typically a short-lived, albeit painful, convalescence.Finding ways to speed bone repair is a public health priority that could save both lives and health care expense.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of fall injuries, including broken hips, and these hospitalizations cost an average of $30,000."Delayed fracture healing is a major health issue in aging, and strategies to improve the pace of repair and prevent the need for additional surgeries to achieve healing substantially improve patient outcomes," said senior author Benjamin Alman, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Duke.Duke Health researchers previously showed that introducing bone marrow stem cells to a bone injury can expedite healing, but the exact process was unclear.Now, the same Duke-led team believes it has pinpointed the "youth factor" inside bone marrow stem cells -- it's the macrophage, a type of white blood cell, and the proteins it secretes that can have a rejuvenating effect on tissue.
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Budding cinematographers and Instagram influencers alike will probably love the Osmo Pocket.This new DJI camera system shoots 4K video and features a three-axis gimbal attached to a handle the size of a small cigar.The Osmo Pocket also seems like a bit of a weirdo.According to DJI, it’s not an action cam, but it’s also not a heavy-lifting steady cam like the original Osmo, which supports multiple camera models from DJI’s Zenmuse line.This thing is alluringly tiny.There’s even a cute little one-inch display on the handle as well as a couple of buttons that let you use the Osmo Pocket completely on its own.
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Chinese smartphone maker Meizu is making a comeback in the India market after being in a limbo of sorts since last year.Founded in 2003, the company launched its first smartphone in India in 2015 – around the time when several Chinese smartphone makers descended into the market to claim a share of the huge and growing pie.Of course, only a few survived.In a press conference in New Delhi today, Meizu launched three new devices and announced its plans to make a comeback into the Indian market.The company wants to lead its comeback story with its flagship smartphone, the awkwardly named (yes, there’s a ‘th’ in the name!).The 16th sports a 6-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display and packs in top-of-the-line specifications with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, Adreno 630 GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage.
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We rely on plants for food, shelter, fuel and fibres for clothing, for our gardens, landscape, and artistic inspiration.We live on a planet where life is powered by plants through photosynthesis, on land and in the sea; plants connect all of us.Human civilisation exists because of plants.Plants, People, Planet, a cross-disciplinary Open Access journal, launches today with its first issue.Plants, People, Planet will publish peer-reviewed articles, opinion and review that focuses on the connections between plant science and society.The new journal aims to celebrate everything new, innovative and exciting in plant sciences that is relevant to society and peoples' daily lives.
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Verizon has unveiled the Inseego 5G hotspot, the first of its kind that will be offered by the wireless carrier.The hotspot will launch at Verizon in 2019, enabling customers to access the carrier’s 5G mobile network for use with other mobile devices.The hotspot was introduced today during the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui today.The Inseego 5G mobile hotspot is the first model featuring actual 5G NR support, and it’ll be available for customers to purchase some time next year.The device was used as part of a live virtual reality telemedicine demonstration during the aforementioned conference today, that having taken place with Columbia University as a partner.The demonstration served to underscore the 5G NR mobile technology’s use in a real-world scenario.
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Samsung, for one, said it will have a phone for Verizon, AT and other networks in the first half of the year.The company previously relied on Qualcomm for the wireless chips for its devices, but it's worked with Intel over the past couple of years because of a patent licensing battle with Qualcomm.Last month, Apple said it didn't sell as many iPhones as analysts expected in the quarter that ended Sept. 29, and it projected lackluster revenue results for the December quarter.In the second quarter that ended in June, Apple ceded its position as the world's second-biggest handset maker to Huawei.The technology promises to significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks.It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than your typical cellular connection today, and even quicker than anything you can get with a physical fiber-optic cable going into your house.
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Now, they have a smart dress to back them up.The Dress For Respect by advertising agency Ogilvy has sensors sewn in that measure where on the body, and when, the wearer is touched.The information gets transferred via Wi-Fi to a control unit in real time."It gives us a broader vision of harassment," said Nagib Nassif, a developer who worked on the garment's technology.The dress got a test run in Brazil, where 86 percent of women have been harassed in nightclubs, according to data from Think Olga, a feminist collective founded by a Brazilian journalist.Three women wore the sparkly conceptual dress to a Sao Paulo club in one night, and the data showed they were touched nonconsensually 157 times in less than four hours.
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This December an Android app called Sounds (by Google) will make the audio cues on your smartphone very, very simple to modify.Not that the process was too complicated to figure out before, but never before has Google made the modification of all sounds on any given Android so simple.With the release of Google’s “Sounds” app, users will be able to “choose [their] favorite sounds for alarms, ringtones, and notifications.”Of note: This app may not work with every Android in existence – but it will work with the newest Android smartphones on the market.For those that will have access to Sounds, it’ll expand the abilities and the depth of the sounds interface in Android in a big way.Never before has Google given such attention to this bit of their smartphone experience.
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F8 2019, Facebook’s annual developer conference, will be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., April 30 and May 1.Information and updates are available via the event’s website, where developers can also opt to be notified when registration opens.Major announcements are the norm at the social network’s annual confab:2018: The social network revealed that it was testing a dating feature and began enabling third-party applications to share content to Stories on Facebook and Instagram.2017: Augmented reality was the headline-grabber at this conference, along with updates to Facebook Login.2016: Messenger bots were officially introduced.
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Human habitat modification is favouring the same species everywhere, while unique species are disappearing, finds a study publishing on December 4 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology, led by Tim Newbold at University College London and Andy Purvis at the Natural History Museum in London."As humans, we place great value on animals and plants that are confined to particular locations," says author Tim Newbold."We travel around the world to see animals like tigers in Asia or rhinoceroses in Africa, and animals and plants are often our national emblems."But by using data from 81 countries, provided by more than 500 researchers across the world, the authors of the study show that when humans modify a natural habitat - for farming, or for our towns and cities - animals and plants that are unique to that particular location are lost, and are replaced by others that are common to many places.The researchers estimated the area inhabited by nearly 20,000 different species of animals and plants, finding that species occupying a large area tend to increase in places where humans use the land, while those species that occupy a small area are lost.This is important because it means that human actions are favouring the same species everywhere, while the many species that are unique to specific places are disappearing.
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There are also several studies finding a link between increased social media usage and a negative impact to our health.And neuroscience can help us understand our behavior when accessing different social networks to improve our habits.As we get more hooked into social media, brands are looking for the best ways to connect with us.HeyHuman, a behavioral communications agency shared their findings during Social Media Week London.How neuroscience is relevant for marketers – key points to knowContent consumption meets our brain’s need for instant gratification
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E-commerce titan Amazon—not exactly known as a place that appreciates having to deal with human employees, and that in fact would seem to rather replace many of them with nightmarish robotic jellyfish—is reportedly expanding its tests of cashier-less stores to include larger retail environments, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.According to the Journal, Amazon has made progress with its experimental system to track what shoppers pick up and charge them automatically as they leave the store in smaller environments.But sources said it’s struggling to make the concept work on the scale of something more like the US retailer Whole Foods (an Amazon subsidiary):The online retail giant is experimenting with the technology in Seattle in a larger space formatted like a big store, the people said.The systems track what shoppers pick from shelves and charges them automatically when they leave a store.Although the technology functions well in its current small-store format, it is harder to use it in bigger spaces with higher ceilings and more products, one of the people said, meaning it could take time to roll out the systems at more larger stores.
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NASA has confirmed that the three newest crewmembers for the ISS have arrived safely on the space station.The three new crewmembers successfully launched and docked with the space station via a Russian Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft on Monday.The new crew includes Anne McClain of NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadia Space Agency, and Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos.The spacecraft launched at 6:31 am EDT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.By 12:33 pm the new crewmembers had docked with the Poisk module after a trip that included four-orbits of the Earth and six-hours of travel time.The hatch to the Russian ship ferrying the crewmembers opened at 2:37 pm.
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We've only just come out the other side of Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Endless Deals November, but apparently now Christmas deals are a thing, and EE's got some to announce.Samsung Galaxy S9 - £10 upfront, £48 a month for 24 months, unlimited minutes and texts, (4G Essential plan).You also get £100 cashback, but that's a Samsung thing that's available everywhere until Christmas Eve.Google Pixel 3 - £30 upfront, £53 a month for 24 months, unlimited minutes and texts (4G Essential plan).iPhone 8 - £10 upfront, £53 a month for 24 months, unlimited minutes and texts (4G Essential plan).Pay As You Go and SIM only
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Tim Cook has said people sowing "hate, division, or violence" have no place on Apple platforms.He specifically decried white supremacists.Cook said Apple showed this year that it won't enable "violent conspiracy theorists," in an apparent reference to Alex Jones, who Apple permanently banned from its platforms earlier this year.He appeared to take a dig at Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, saying now is not the time "to get tied up in knots" when dealing with hate speech.In doing so, the Apple CEO appeared to take the latest in a long line of swipes against some of his rivals, including Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.Apple took a strong stance against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in August, removing his podcasts from iTunes and its podcast app.This set off a chain reaction of big tech companies booting the Infowars host off their platforms.
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Windows Central reports that Microsoft is working on a replacement for its Edge web browser – which is the default option in Windows 10 – that will use Google’s Chromium base under the hood.If that’s legit, it’ll see Microsoft swap out the EdgeHTML engine it built from scratch for the one that’s part of the open source Chromium base, and powers Google Chrome, Opera, and Brave.Besides what Windows Central has heard, the rumor is supported by code contributions made to the Chromium project by Microsoft engineers.The new browser is said to have been codenamed ‘Anaheim.’The move could help fix some of the performance issues that have plagued Edge for some time now – though it’s possible that, like Chrome, Microsoft’s browser could eventually become a memory hog with its new underlying platform.It’s still unclear as to whether the new browser will be called Edge or get a whole new brand, and whether it’ll get a different user interface.
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Britons are under more pressure at work now than at any other time in the past 25 years.Leaders from the TUC to the shadow chancellor are calling on a four-day working week as the answer.While some businesses have welcomed the idea with open arms, many are still fearful of the impact of reduced working hours on company productivity.If a four-day week is to be achieved, we need to find a solution that releases the burden from workers, whilst maintaining business efficiency and output.Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation are pivotal but there is an urgent need for businesses to redesign operational processes and rethink automation in order to provide a better employee experience.We have already witnessed how sophisticated digital colleagues have entered organisations, creating a hybrid-workforce, to help ease employees’ existing workload while maintaining on-demand access for customers and clients.
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What happened: WeChat announced a new measure to help cut down on copycat articles, or “content laundering” (洗稿, our translation).The platform is setting up a special panel comprising writers of original WeChat content who will pass judgment on individual cases.Complaints that meet the legal requirements of plagiarism will automatically be sent to the team for review and punitive measures.Less clear cases require the accusing party to release a public complaint, receive a response from the accused, and be approved by at least 70% of selected panel members in order to be considered copycat content.Once an article has been judged “laundered,” it will be replaced with the original content and the decision made public to all users.Why it’s important: WeChat has made some efforts to protect content creators within its official account ecosystem.
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Russia returned to crewed spaceflight today, sending a fresh complement of crew to the International Space Station (ISS) following a successful launch of the venerable Soyuz-FG booster.The lift off occurred at 11:31 UTC today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and was the first with crew since October’s attempt to get two new crew members to the ISS, which memorably ended with an abort that sent the crew capsule safely back to earth as things went wrong on the fiery end of the rocket.The Soyuz-FG launch vehicle together with Soyuz MS-11 manned spacecraft lifted off from the Baikonurcosmodrome at 11:31 UTC.Live broadcast → https://t.co/tL30gTow3Y pic.twitter.com/371jmpfq2s— РОСКОСМОС (@roscosmos) December 3, 2018There was no repeat of the incident, which saw one of the Soyuz’s strap-on boosters make contact with the vehicle and rupture a fuel tank.
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