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All companies doing businesses with other companies located in the EU must comply with the law or face hefty fines.According to one of the rules, a company must reveal any known breach within 72 hours through proper channels or penalties for non-compliance could cost the organization upwards of €20 million or four per cent of its yearly worldwide revenue, whichever is higher.Companies also need to demonstrate that they have proper controls in place for processing and security of personal data, including how data is used, stored, accessed, transferred and deleted.“Generally, they’ve aimed to remove risks in two ways.To date, 91 reported fines have been imposed under GDPR though not all of the fines imposed relate to personal data breaches.According to the law firm, the highest fine imposed is €50 million by the French data protection authority –CNIL – made against Google in relation to the processing of personal data for advertising purposes without valid authorization.
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GitHub is adding the ability for developers to accept recurring monthly payments from supporters, who can fund their work on open-source software.The feature, called GitHub Sponsors, works exactly like Patreon.Developers can offer various funding tiers that come with different perks, and they’ll receive recurring payments from supporters who want to access them and encourage their work.Bringing this model to GitHub could be a huge addition for developers of open-source software.By its nature, developing open-source software — which anyone can freely use — isn’t profitable, but open-source software is critical to much of the tech we use every day, from the core of Android to small tools embedded inside larger programs.Developers can already turn to Patreon or other funding platforms to raise money, but building this tool directly into GitHub, the leading repository for open-source software, could make that even easier for them.
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We already know that AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processors are coming in Q3 2019, and are rumored to be revealed at Computex 2019 – but benchmarks for two of the chips have leaked ahead of the show.These leaks, spotted by Wccftech, reveal a 12-core AMD Ryzen processor, running at a whopping 5.0GHz alongside a 16-core chip clocked at 4.2GHz.That sounds like a lot already, but the results of these leaked benchmarks are very promising.These new processors will spice up the battle of AMD vs IntelBe sure to check out the best processorsThat 16-core Ryzen 3000 chip gives the much more expensive Intel Core i9-7960X a run for its money, scoring 4,278 points to the 3,163 that Intel's chip gets.
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“In the years to come 5G is going to be woven into every aspect of society, making lives better, easier and safer.”Qualcomm and EE are preparing to launch the UK’s first commercial 5G services as EE gets ready to switch on its 5G network in six cities on May 30.In the years to come 5G is going to be woven into every aspect of society, making lives better, easier and safer.”The 5G services will be first rolled out in London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast to start, with the inclusion of extra cities planned towards the end of 2019.The 5G network is being constructed on top of EE’s existing 4G infrastructure and the company is planning to use both the 4G and 5G network in tandem until 2022, by then it expects to have its core 5G network in place.While in 2023 it hopes to be able to introduce reliable low latency communications alongside network slicing capabilities and multi-gigabit-per-second speeds.
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Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) today proposed the Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act, legislation to pump $2.2 billion into federal research and development and create a national AI strategy.The $2.2 billion would be doled out over the course of the next 5 years to federal agencies like the Department of Energy, Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and others.The legislation would establish a National AI Coordination Office to lead federal AI efforts, require the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the effects of AI on society and education, and allocate $40 million a year to NIST to create AI evaluation standards.The bill would also include $20 million a year from 2020-2024 to fund the creation of 5 multidisciplinary AI research centers, with one focused solely on K-12 education.Plans to open national AI centers in the bill closely resembles plans from the 20-year AI research program proposed by the Computing Consortium.President Trump signed an executive order in February to support a federal AI strategy, but Heinrich said more is needed.
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The first was the OnePlus 7 Pro, a more expensive offering from the Chinese company that could convince traditional flagship users to jump ship.It features a beautiful 90Hz display, a pop-up camera, and new software features like the questionable Zen Mode.However, its mid-range specs bring it down to an incredibly low price point.It’s currently only available in China, but it will soon make its way to India and parts of Europe.The third big phone announcement this week was the Asus Zenfone 6.This allows the phone to do things like motion tracking and landscape photography without having to move the entire phone.
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Substantial losses weren't much fun, now we'll wait till deal is doneHPE is buying supercomputing veteran Cray Inc for $1.3bn after a multi-year squeeze in the supers sector that culminated in "substantial loss" for the HPC-flinger at the start of 2019.The San Jose firm said it was looking to get in on the academia and government high performance computing markets.In a joint statement, the pair said they looked to spin up supercomputing as a service and flog a wider high performance product set for data-intensive workloads.HPE's chief exec Antonio Neri said: "Answers to some of society's most pressing challenges are buried in massive amounts of data.Only by processing and analyzing this data will we be able to unlock the answers to critical challenges across medicine, climate change, space and more."
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Princess Leia’s hologram message to Obi-Wan is getting closer to reality, at least augmented reality.Magic Leap announced yesterday that they’ve agreed to acquire Belgian startup Mimesys.The team has been working on bringing Star Wars-esque volumetric video calls to the Magic Leap platform, and it seems that the Florida AR startup liked what they were developing.We didn’t get any details on deal terms.The team is joining Magic Leap but will continue to service their enterprise clients including BNP Paribas and Orange, according to their website.The startup first showed off their video conferencing tech at CES this year, which allows someone in a Magic Leap One headset to visualize a 3D representation of a person during a “video” call.
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Last night, Elon Musk’s SpaceX made a huge commitment to the internet.style webcasts that always accompany its launches these days (though it did that too), but by launching the first 60 of up to 12,000 of SpaceX’s own satellites that could eventually bring fast Internet access to every human irrespective of where they are on the planet.Departing Pad 40 in Cape Canaveral, Florida last night was a Falcon 9 reusable rocket loaded with 60 flat-packed satellites.In 19 2018, SpaceX launched a total of 21 times, and in 2019 it's up to four launches.Starlink is a plan by SpaceX to put 12,000 satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO) that offer high-speed, low-latency, cheap internet access to anyone anywhere on the planet.Each satellite will talk to four others using lasers as they constantly orbit Earth, together creating a web of Ku-band and Ka-band broadband connectivity as fast as the speed of light that surrounds the planet at all times, and for all locations.
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Iran has claimed it has developed a firewall that will protect its critical infrastructure from cyber-attacks, including the infamous Stuxnet malware.It comes after Iran claimed it was attacked by Israel last November, when its telecommunications facilities were allegedly targeted.Stuxnet is thought to have been created by both Israel and the United States, after it was discovered in 2010 when it was used to attack a uranium enrichment facility at Iran’s Natanz nuclear site.This was thought to be the first time that malware had been used to attack industrial machinery.But in 2013 Symantec researchers said they had uncovered a version of Stuxnet that may have first been pushed out as early as 2005.Iran has responded to these attacks, after Reuters quoted the Iranian communications minister as saying on Thursday, that the country had readied its own cyber defences.
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US President Donald Trump has effectively banned Chinese networking giant Huawei by signing an Executive Order that declares foreign adversary threats to communications networks, technology, and services a national emergency.The order, called Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain, prevents foreign involvement in the nation's carrier networks and comes after rumors that Trump would be banning Huawei this week."The Executive Order prohibits transactions that involve information and communications technology or services designed, developed, manufactured, or supplied by persons owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of a foreign adversary whenever the Secretary of Commerce determines that a transaction would pose a threat to national security," the Department of Commerce (DoC) statement said.In judging whether a foreign company's involvement is a threat to national security, the Secretary of Commerce will consult with the Attorney General; the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, State, and Treasury; the Director of National Intelligence; the United States Trade Representative; the heads of other agencies; the Administrator of General Services; and the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).All of the above will report to the president in a year on whether the order's actions are sufficient and should continue.Before then, the Secretary of Commerce is required to submit a report to Congress on the national emergency cited in the order, with the Director of National Intelligence to produce an assessment within 40 days.
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PUBG Mobile players will start seeing some changes to the game soon.The developers behind the popular battle royale shooter are implementing a new “Gameplay Management” system that will help players understand how much time they’ve spent playing and encourage them to take breaks.The new system is a response to countries attempting to ban PUBG Mobile due to accusations that the game is addictive and has a harmful impact on players, especially younger players.The Gameplay Management system likely takes some inspiration from Google’s Digital Wellbeing initiative.With the new system in place, a pop-up notification will alert players of just how long they’ve been playing PUBG Mobile.The alerts will also suggest players stop playing or at the very least take a short break.
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What matters more to a scientist's career success: where they currently work, or where they got their Ph.D.?It's a question a team of researchers teases apart in a new paper published in PNAS.Their analysis calls into question a common assumption underlying academia: that a researcher's productivity reflects their scientific skill, which is reflected in the prestige of their doctoral training.It's true that faculty at prestigious universities publish more scientific papers and receive more citations and awards than professors at lower-ranked institutions.But according to the authors of the new study, an early career researcher's current working environment is a better predictor of their future success than is the prestige of their doctoral training."Our analysis supports the fairly radical idea for academia that where you train doesn't directly impact your future productivity."
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TechRadar Pro attended this year’s Oktane 19 event where we caught up with Okta’s CTO and SVP of Engineering, Hector Aguilar who provided us with further insight into how the company is helping to keep the digital identities of its customers secure.That means that from a service perspective, the people that are writing the code, so basically all of the developers, and the technical operations team, meaning the team that is keeping the servers running and deploying the new system, and monitoring and keeping them secure.We have taken account of the good things that we were doing 10 years ago and made them better, but also we have learned to adopt new technologies to really deal with the scale that we have right.I don't think eight years ago, dealing with something like Albertsons, MLB, Major League Baseball, was impossible with the architecture that we had at that point.Well, then you need to have an incident response manager getting the DBAs on line so they can help.We have roles and responsibilities for incident response, and so doing this simulation is to basically try to get people to that kind of level of focus on one of the things that is the most important for us, which is making sure that we're reliable and robust, and we're always focusing on providing this service for our customers.
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Spotify now claims 100 million monthly active users (MAUs) as paying subscribers, with its overall user base up 26% year-on-year (YoY) and 5% since the last quarter.The Swedish music streaming giant’s latest earnings reveal that its MAUs increased from 173 million in Q1 2018 and 207 million in Q4 2018 to 217 million in Q1 2019.However, its premium subscribers — those who pay $10 per month — hit the 100 million user mark precisely, a notable milestone for the company as it seeks to increase income from those who choose to pay hard cash.This means Spotify’s premium subscriptions increased by 32% YoY and 4% since the last quarter, while ad-supported users climbed by 21% and 6%, respectively.Digging down into Spotify’s financials reveals that its total revenue increased 33% YoY to €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion), though the company is back to racking up losses after posting its first ever operating profit during the previous quarter.This was to be expected, however, as Spotify previously said it anticipated posting a loss of between $228 million and $410 million for the whole of 2019, due to an increase in expenses.
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Microsoft Reseach, in partnership with Cornell University, developed a range of techniques to make virtual reality accessible to the visually impaired.VR is a heavily visual medium.But just like in real life, some users in virtual environments are visually impaired.In the real world a range of measures are taken to accommodate such users, but in VR no effort has yet been made.Of these tools, 9 do not require specific developer effort.If Microsoft plans to release these tools as engine plugins, it could make a huge difference in these user’s ability to use virtual reality.
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Apple is cracking down on popular apps that help customers curtail their screen-time usage.The move prompted two such apps to file a complaint with the European Union, according to The New York Times.Apple has cracked down on apps designed to help people limit their screen time, according to a report from The New York Times.This push roughly coincides with the tech giant's stated commitment to helping customers and parents limit their technology usage.When Apple introduced iOS 12 in the fall of 2018, it added Screen Time, a feature under the iPhone's settings that tracks usage stats.This development seemed to reflect the tech giant's commitment to combat iPhone addiction.
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Not only is it anticipated to launch the successor to its OnePlus 6T soon (expected to be called OnePlus 7), but the company also confirmed that it will release another device called the OnePlus 7 Pro on May 14.But its successful strategy of serving up similar features that iPhones and Galaxy S devices offer while keeping prices low is getting harder every year.OnePlus usually announces the first flagship of the year in spring, followed by an incrementally updated phone known as the "T version" in the fall.While it would make complete sense to debut both phones at the same time, a OnePlus representative declined to comment on the matter.Because the company is holding four simultaneous events for the OnePlus 7 Pro's debut, one of which is in New York, we're also unsure if the OnePlus 7 Pro is the same 5G phone OnePlus said it would launch for the UK.Update, April 11: Added news of apparent leaked images of OnePlus 7 Pro; April 19: Adds possible May 14 launch date and Pete Lau CEO tweet.
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Before you can record your iPad screen, you need to add the screen recording button to your Control Center, which you can do using the Settings app.Completed videos are saved in the Photos app.This doesn't take a screenshot — a still image — but instead records a video that captures a movie of whatever you're doing on your iPad.That can include making a video tutorial demonstrating how to use an app, documenting a bug for tech support, or showing your winning move in a game.All you'll record is a black screen.Scroll down until you find "Control Center" and tap it.
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