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Game of Thrones' finale is arguably the biggest moment in episodic TV this century, and it's here.Season 8 has been controversial, and is perhaps encapsulated best by last week's episode, The Bells.It ended many of Game of Thrones' longest running and most important plots, including the deaths of Cersei and Jaime Lannister as well as Daenerys Targaryen's descent into Mad Queendom.But it also sparked a backlash, which led to more than a million fans signing a petition to have the season remade.The Dragon and the LionThe roughly 90-minute episode was split into two parts.
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Google has offered free replacements to owners of the Bluetooth Low Energy version of the Titan Security Key, after a vulnerability was discovered in the device.Google introduced the Titan Security Key at its Google Cloud Next ’18 convention as a physical USB-based device that eliminated the need to input usernames and passwords.The security key is easy to set up, taking only a few minutes to provide better protection against phishing attacks compared to other two-step authentication methods.The technology was developed by Google and Yubico, which also helped build a security key with a Bluetooth Low Energy component.Yubico, however, decided not to release such a product because it did not meet the company’s standards for “security, usability, and durability,” and that it was not as secure as NFC and USB.Yubico’s concern turned out to be well-founded and is exactly what happened with the Bluetooth version of the Titan Security Key, which is sold alongside the USB-based version.
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NVIDIA on data centres: “Not the best visibility going forward.”NVIDIA’s revenue for the first quarter of 2019 came in at $2.2 billion (£1.7 billion) a slump of 31 percent year-on-year.Even with the massive drop the company’s shares were up six percent in after-hours trading as it beat market expectations.We’ve returned to growth in gaming.”A large part of the company’s revenue in future quarters is expected to be driven by the gaming industry and demand for GPUs, as well as growing support for Ray tracing, which is set to become an industry standard in the next generation of gaming.In a call with investors Huang pointed to China as a huge source of future income stating that he believes the market there is recovering: “I think China has stabilised.”
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Chinese tech giant Huawei has said its blacklisting by the US will harm jobs, industry, and economics in America."This decision is in no one's interest," Huawei said."It will do significant economic harm to the American companies with which Huawei does business, affect tens of thousands of American jobs, and disrupt the current collaboration and mutual trust that exist on the global supply chain."Huawei added that it will immediately seek remedies against the decision and "find a resolution"."We will also proactively endeavor to mitigate the impacts of this incident."Huawei had been added to the United States Department of Commerce (DoC) Bureau of Industry and Security Entity List late on Wednesday, following an executive order from President Donald Trump effectively banning Huawei from the nation's communications networks.
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International law enforcement foiled a cybercrime network's attempt to use GozNym malware to steal about $100 million from 41,000 victims, Europol said in a release on Thursday.The malware attacks included 11 businesses and financial institutions.The GozNym network exemplified the concept of "cybercrime as a service," according to Europol, offering different criminal services like bulletproof hosters, money mules networks, crypters, spammers, coders, organizers, and technical support.The network advertised its skills on criminal underground, Russian-speaking forums.Ten members of the criminal network were charged by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh with conspiracy to commit infecting victims' computers with GozNym malware, using stolen login credentials and stealing money from victims' bank accounts.Investigations were carried out in Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine with criminal prosecutions initiated in Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the United States.
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You can't build an electric vehicle without batteries.I mean, you can, but it wouldn't be a very good car.To that end, Volvo has shored up the juice-holding side of its electrification plans with two major agreements.Volvo announced on Wednesday that it has signed long-term agreements with both LG Chem and CATL.These two suppliers will provide Volvo and Polestar with the batteries they need to continue building electrified vehicles as the former ramps up its electrification plans and the latter prepares to introduce its first PHEV and EV."With today's agreement we effectively secured our battery supply for the upcoming decade," said Martina Buchhauser, SVP for procurement at Volvo Cars, in a statement.
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In its ongoing quest to slash delivery times and get packages into customers’ hands in as fast a time as possible, Amazon is ever-so-gradually taking increasing control of its gargantuan shipping operation.While it still relies heavily on the likes of FedEx, UPS, and the USPO to get much of the work done, Amazon has also been investing heavily in major transportation projects designed to move its packages across the country before they’re sent out for final delivery.The projects include air cargo transportation hubs for the company’s Prime Air planes that have been criss-crossing the U.S. since 2016.At several dozen aircraft, Amazon’s fleet is still pretty small.But this week the company ramped up its efforts by breaking ground on a 3-million-square-foot cargo facility and 250,000-square-foot loading dock at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.Local media described the size of the facility as equal to 31 Great American Ballparks.
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Charlie Brooker's dark anthology series is on its way back for a fifth season, we just don't know when that is yet.But distributor Netflix is stoking our excitement with more and more tidbits, from casting news to a first look at the episode starring Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, via Entertainment Weekly.After the latest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame, Mackie is on his way to greater stardom having taken over Captain America's mantle.It'll be out soon," Brooker said in a January interview with RadioTimes.com."We'd already shot like, one of the episodes of season 5 before we did Bandersnatch."At one point we weren't sure whether we were going to make Bandersnatch part of season 5."
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But the realism of the avatars and the perceived safety of those experiences still need improvement.So the company showcased what it’s doing on those fronts to make VR and AR avatars more expressive and shared social environments safer.Those efforts followed the day two theme of “responsible innovation” at Facebook’s F8 conference in San Jose, California.Ronald Mallet, a researcher at Facebook Reality Labs, said during the keynote speech that the company is using the relatively simple sensors on its Oculus VR headsets to capture expressions on the faces of users and translate them into movements for their avatars, or virtual faces that others see.In videos, Mallet showed how Facebook is modeling virtual skeletons of people to capture their movements, and layering the detection of muscles as well to capture the nonverbal cues such as victory dances that people do when they score in a sports game.“Muscle movement is key to intention.”
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How quickly the tides have changed.Not long after its primary competitor decided to put half a billion dollars behind a very impressive future EV truck manufacturer, GM has finally confirmed that it has electrification on its roadmap.As part of GM's first-quarter financial results conference call, CEO Mary Barra confirmed that General Motors will introduce an all-electric pickup truck.Sadly, that's about all Barra had to say on the topic, as the confirmation was part of a broader (and brief) discussion on expanding its electrification efforts.So, we don't have any details just yet.The last we heard from GM on this topic was in January, when a report cited a GMC executive saying the automaker was "considering" an electrified pickup or SUV.
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Advanced Micro Devices CEO Lisa Su said that its semi-custom chip business — which includes game console chips — should start growing in 2020 and beyond, after taking a dip this year.That suggests that the ramp of the PlayStation 5 and other game console hardware should help AMD over time.Su made the remarks in an analyst conference call for the company’s first-quarter earnings report, which slightly beat analyst expectations.AMD announced earlier this year that it is working with Sony on the processor for the PlayStation 5 game console that is expected to debut next year.Santa Clara, California-based AMD is also making custom versions of its data center graphics processing units (GPUs) for the Google Stadia cloud-gaming platform.AMD is also refreshing its line of PC-oriented GPUs.
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The company -- which runs cable networks BET, Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon -- will debut free streaming channels based on those networks Wednesday on PlutoTV, the ad-supported free steaming app that Viacom bought earlier this year for $340 million.The announcement Monday was made in advance of the company's NewFront, an annual presentation to digital advertisers.But the channels won't be streaming versions of the networks that people get with a pricey cable subscription.Viacom described them in three different categories: Flagship Channels that are "curated versions" of the networks, Signature Channels with top programming from each brand, and Pop-Up Channels that binge-deliver a show marathon-style."We are thrilled to expand the Pluto TV offering with the addition of Viacom's world-class channelThis is a major step forward in our mission of entertaining the planet,"
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While both the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are undoubtedly two of the world's best phones, they do suffer from one major drawback - high prices.So what do you do if you desperately want Samsung's latest and greatest without a huge price?You could get a more affordable Galaxy S10e deal...or you could grab this new ridiculously good value Galaxy S10 contract, offering big data and great pricing.With a giant 50GB of data, £43 monthly costs and all of the benefits of being on EE - the UK's fastest 4G network, this contract starts strong.But the thing that really stands out is the upfront cost.Exclusively to TechRadar readers you can knock the upfront cost down from £84 to absolutely nothing using the code S10EE84OFF - don't say we never treat you!
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Although major design flaws with the Galaxy Fold have forced Samsung to delay its launch indefinitely, smartphone accessories maker Spigen is still continuing plans to develop cases for the phone.Spigen has three cases in development: the Tough Armor, Ultra Hybrid, and Thin Fit.After showing us some mock-ups in March, the company has now shared actual photos of some of its prototype cases.Spigen notes that its Tough Armor case was the hardest to develop due to its focus on hinge protection.However, based on the photos, it looks like the exposed hinge still doesn’t protect against the Galaxy Fold’s greatest weakness — debris that can slip underneath the screen, according to the iFixit teardown.Here’s a GIF that demonstrates how the hinge works:
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The nano research team led by professors Helge Weman and Bjørn-Ove Fimland at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology's (NTNU) Department of Electronic Systems has succeeded in creating light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, from a nanomaterial that emits ultraviolet light.It's non-toxic and could turn out to be cheaper, and more stable and durable than today's fluorescent lamps.This applies especially to UV light with short wavelengths of 100-280 nanometres, called UVC light, which is especially useful for its ability to destroy bacteria and viruses.Fortunately, the dangerous UVC rays from the sun are trapped by the ozone layer and oxygen and don't reach the Earth.But it is possible to create UVC light, which can be used to clean surfaces and hospital equipment, or to purify water and air.The convention was named for a Japanese fishing village where the population was poisoned by mercury emissions from a factory in the 1950s.
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The first was the Rivian R1T, an all-electric pickup truck.That was swiftly followed by the Rivian R1S, a seven seat, three-row SUV.Both vehicles use the same underlying architecture, Rivian’s so-called skateboard platform.This packages together the motors, batteries, and other hardware and electronics, onto which the body of the vehicle is mounted.It’s a clever strategy, leaving plenty of space both in the cabin and for unusual storage areas, like the R1T’s truck-spanning cargo area just behind the cab.Back when the company broke cover, the talk was of how niche players could bypass the lengthy and expensive process to EV certification and regulatory approval by instead adopting its skateboard platform.
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On Saturday, SpaceX tested the emergency escape rocket system for its new human-capable Crew Dragon spacecraft, but an "anomaly" occurred during the test.On Sunday, an unverified video on Twitter claimed to show the space capsule exploding during the test.A test of the emergency escape system for SpaceX's new spacecraft designed to carry NASA astronauts into orbit went awry on Saturday, and an unverified video making the rounds on Twitter claims to show just how bad the anomaly was.On Saturday afternoon, SpaceX attempted a static-fire test of the emergency abort system on its new Crew Dragon space capsule, which is intended for use by NASA's Commercial Crew program to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.Saturday's test, however, did not go as planned.According to a statement from SpaceX:
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Huawei, a giant Chinese tech company, is one the biggest smartphone makers in the world.Although Huawei is known for being incredibly secretive, reporters were given access to the new campus in China for the first time earlier this year.Here's a look at Huawei's massive new campus made for 25,000 employees:Huawei was founded by Ren Zhengfei in 1987, and has since grown to be one of the biggest tech companies in the world.The Asahi Shimbun/The Asahi Shimbun via Getty ImagesThe company is little-known in the US, however, because its products aren't sold there.
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'I regret these actions and accept full responsibility for my mistakes'Marcus Hutchins, the British security researcher who shot to fame after successfully halting the Wannacry ransomware epidemic, has pleaded guilty to crafting online bank-account-raiding malware.For nearly two years now, Hutchins, 24, has been under house arrest in the US after being collared at Las Vegas airport by FBI agents acting on a tip-off.The Brit, who was at the time trying to fly back home to Blighty after attending the Black Hat and DEF CON security conferences, was accused of creating and selling the Kronos banking trojan, and denied any wrongdoing.The US government subsequently piled on charges, and it now appears that the pressure has been too much: on Friday this week, Hutchins accepted a plea deal [PDF], and admitted two charges of malware development."I’ve pleaded guilty to two charges related to writing malware in the years prior to my career in security," he said in a statement.
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