Dutch bank ABN AMRO has decided to cancel its plans for a custodial cryptocurrency wallet, called Wallie, claiming that digital assets are “just too risky.”Back in January, the rumor mill spun into action after images surfaced on Twitter that appeared to suggest Dutch bank ABN AMRO was designing a cryptocurrency wallet.But now the bank’s senior press officer, Jarco de Swart, confirmed to Hard Fork in an email that the bank has “decided not to follow up on the Wallie enquiry [sic].”“We have approached all the people who have shown interest,” he continued.“We have concluded that cryptocurrencies because of their unregulated nature are at the moment too risky assets [sic] for our clients to invest in.”Back in January, reports suggested that ABN AMRO was trialing a cryptocurrency wallet.
Chinese PC maker Lenovo on Sunday maintained that it would continue normal business relations with Huawei, after the US President Donald Trump issued an executive order last week to cut the telecommunications company off from American suppliers.Rumors about Lenovo ending business ties with Huawei circulated widely on Chinese social media over the weekend.A netizen using the handle “Huiji” on the Chinese Q platform Zhihu said the PC maker caved to US pressure to avoid joining its fellow compatriot on a US blacklist.Another Zhihu user posted similar answers citing internal sources.The two later apologized and deleted the posts after Lenovo threatened legal action.The world’s largest PC maker said in a WeChat announcement that Huawei was an “important client” and that it is maintaining normal relations with the Shenzhen company.
In Amazon Prime Video's apocalyptic new miniseries Good Omens, it may be the end of days, but David Tennant and Michael Sheen vamp it up like there's no tomorrow.The six-episode miniseries, based on a 1990 comic fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett, is an irreverent tale of angelic intrigue about servants of heaven and hell minding their own business on Earth during a celestial cold war.Sheen's prim seraphim and Tennant's cocky devil are mobilized to bring about the apocalypse when the antichrist is born in contemporary England -- except an admin error by satanic nuns delivers the bringer of darkness to the wrong family.Highlights of the freewheeling comedy that follows include surreal animated asides about angels dancing on the head of a pin, a witch hurrying along her own burning, and the sight of Tennant just generally striding about like he owns the place.As the show romps through human history from the Garden of Eden to the Swinging Sixties, Tennant steals the show as slinky demon Crowley.A snake-hipped combination of Bill Nighy and Keith Richards, the former Doctor Who gives it some serpentine oomph whether he's sinking into the depths of demonic despair, engulfed by flame or dressing up as a Mary Poppins-style nanny -- practically perfidious in every way.
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.
“I wish I could say I wanted to be an astronaut or an MMA fighter…”Every Monday morning we fire five questions at a C-suite tech industry interviewee.Today we’re pleased to be joined by BetterCloud CEO David Politis.Cloud applications have completely changed the game in the last few years.Unfortunately, many companies are still stuck in the past and rely on traditional perimeter-based security methods to protect their data in the cloud, but it simply doesn’t work.Protecting a network or a device today is a losing battle.
Ah yes, maybe generative adversarial models can be useful after allSpinning up dark matter simulations is computationally expensive so a team of cosmologists are turning to AI models instead.Generative adversarial networks or GANs are good at learning patterns from data and reproducing them in new samples.In this case, the team led by researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory used weak gravitational lensing maps as input to simulate more of the same images as output.They named the model CosmoGAN and have published a paper in Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology earlier this month.Gravitational lensing provides opportunities for scientists to study the effects of dark matter in the universe.
So who won Game of Thrones, which ended its eight-season run on HBO Sunday night?Drogon, Daenerys Targaryen's lone surviving dragon, melted the throne into little drips of lava-like liquid metal while mourning the Mother of Dragons.Honestly, it was ugly anyway.So now there are six kingdoms, and they agreed to be ruled by Bran Stark, who has the unpleasant regnal nickname of Bran the Broken.Well, Tyrion picked him, saying that "he knew he'd never walk, so he learned to fly."Bran, of course, lost the use of his legs in the first episode when Jaime Lannister tossed him out a Winterfell window for catching him engaged in twincest with Cersei.
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Our Govee LED Strip Lights review covers four kits you can control within the home or from afar during a vacation.China-based Govee opened its doors in 2017 and its portfolio includes a water leak detector, smart plug, a Bluetooth meat thermometer, smart lightbulbs, and LED strip lights.Govee mostly sells its kits through Amazon and promises rapid replacements for defective devices.Before we dive into the Govee LED Strip Lights review, the kits feature two lighting methods that require an explanation.Govee LED Strip Lights for TV (H6104)Our first kit is the $70 Govee LED Strip Lights designed specifically for 55- to 80-inch TVs.
You could watch some of the best fantasy and action TV shows already available, or you could go back to George R.R.Martin's novels when he gets round to completing the Song of Ice and Fire series that inspired HBO's smash hit.Luckily there's no shortage of epic fantasy, sci-fi and thriller books being adapted into movies and TV shows in the coming months and years.From beloved classics to contemporary best-sellers, these are some of the adaptations that will challenge Game of Thrones' crown to become your new obsession.In the far future of humanity, Duke Leto Atreides and his son Paul battle over life-giving spice with the venal Baron Harkonnen on the desert world of Arrakis.After reimagining Blade Runner 2049, acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve takes on another sci-fi classic with the help of a galaxy of stars: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem are among those involved.
There are some unexpected guests aboard the International Space Station (ISS): cute cube robots called Astrobees which help the crew with day to day tasks.Now the first Astrobee robot has undergone hardware tests to check whether its subsystems, including avionics, cameras, propulsion, and docking for power and data transfer, are working correctly.The tests were performed in advance of the full launch of the robots later this spring.NASA astronaut Anne McClain was responsible for checking out the status of the Astrobees, and you can see her tending to one of the robots called Bumble in the photo above.The docking station where the Astrobees recharge is located to her right, and was installed into the Kibo ISS module on February 15.McClain was calibrating the Astrobee by mapping the Kibo module.
New research suggests the Moon may actually be shrinking.The Mare Frigoris, also known as the Cold Sea, is a region near the Moon’s north pole which scientists have been studying in depth.They completed a survey of more than 12,000 images showing the hills and trenches on the Moon’s surface, which are noteworthy for being located within a basin.These wrinkles have been found in other lunar regions like the highlands, but scientists were surprised to find them in the basin as it was assumed that basins were dead and inactive.Previously it was thought that geological activity in the basins would have ended 1.2 billion years ago.But in fact, the data shows that some of the wrinkles were formed as recently as 40 million years ago, which is fairly recent in geological terms.
Take a trip to Mars with a new video from NASA!This animation shows a fly-over of Mount Sharp, the location the Curiosity rover is currently exploring.It also shows the path that Curiosity will take over the next few years as it wends its way up the mountain to learn more about the geology and history of the planet.The map was created using data from an orbiting spacecraft, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).The MRO carries a suite of instruments including the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM), and the Context Camera (CTX), which all contributed information that allowed the scientists to build a 3D model of this area of the surface of Mars.Curiosity is currently in an area called the clay-bearing unit, named that as scientists believe there are plentiful clay minerals to be found in the area.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 5 will roll out next year, as Black Ops 4 developer Treyarch takes over the project from Raven and Sledgehammer.Kotaku, citing three sources, reported the “major upheaval” for the 2020 Call of Duty.The massively popular shooter franchise has followed a three-year cycle among Activision’s lead studios since 2012, with Sledgehammer behind 2017’s Call of Duty: WWII, Treyarch behind 2018’s Black Ops 4, and Infinity Ward behind this year’s entry.Activision switched things up for the 2020 Call of Duty, with support studio Raven to lead the project alongside Sledgehammer for a game that is set during the Cold War.However, according to Kotaku, plans have changed, with Treyarch now in charge for Black Ops 5.Raven and Sledgehammer will still be on the project, but will serve as support studios to Treyarch.
Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online.Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective.Read on to find out more about Prime Video and how you can start watching thousands of movies and shows for a low price.The at-home theater experience has gotten a whole lot more convenient thanks to Amazon.Your go-to retailer for everything from flower pots to fashion accessories is also now one of the best places to get your Friday night entertainment.Prime Video also allows you to add other premium channels, including HBO, Starz, and Showtime to your subscription, though you'll have to pay an additional fee.
Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online.Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective.Amazon got its start as the world's largest online bookstore, and with Kindle Unlimited, it's really going back to its roots.For $9.99 a month, you'll get access to around 1 million ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines, including popular series like Harry Potter and classics like "The Handmaid's Tale."It gives subscribers instant access to more than a million titles, including ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines.Amazon also has a few Kindle Exclusives, including the Brilliance trilogy, "War Brides," and "The Hangman's Daughter."
That's not something you tend to see in Pittsburgh.A family that was fishing near the Monongahela River made a very surprising discovery on Saturday: They saw an alligator sunning itself on the riverside trail and promptly called 911 to report it.The gator, which weighed about 10 pounds and was around 3 feet long, tried to hide from officers underneath a fallen tree -- making it difficult for them to use catch poles and tongs to grab it, according to a report from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Animal Care and Control.Eventually, officers dug into the soil to create an opening and captured the alligator by hand about an hour after 911 had been called.They used a nylon strip to tie the gator's mouth shut and placed it inside a crate.According to the officers on the scene, the alligator was likely a pet that someone released into the wild.
Days later, Blizzard has published a list of non-issues that players keep reporting as bugs, advising these players that ‘the nature’ of the game ‘sometimes invokes different memories for different players…’ Those discrepancies have resulted in some players perceiving normal gameplay as buggy.The currently closed-beta World of Warcraft Classic game offers a mostly vanilla WoW experience, enabling players to enjoy the game as it existed more than a decade ago.The World of Warcraft that actually existed in 2006 is different than the game some players remember having played, though, and it included elements that many fans now view as bugs.In a post on Battle.net, Blizzard’s community manager ‘Kaivax’ said, ‘As we’ve discussed before, the nature of WoW Classic sometimes invokes different memories for different players, and this leads to certain misconceptions for some about what is or isn’t working as intended.’The company has provided a list of the most commonly reported gameplay elements that Classic players are reporting as bugs, including warrior health regeneration rates, the lack of quick objectives and POI tracking on the map/minimap, the presence of a dot as the marker for completed quests on the minimap, fast running NPCs, and slow creature respawn rates (full list below).The advisory highlights the fact that World of Warcraft is a 15-year-old game and that its earliest form contains elements that are best left in the past.
Udacity seemed to stumble last month when it restructured and laid off about 20% of its workforce.But founder, executive chairman and interim CEO Sebastian Thrun tells Business Insider that the business is on track to do $100 million in revenue this year, up from $88 million in 2018.He says the layoffs were not from financial struggle, but rather from a strategic change that made a good chunk of the full-time staff unnecessary.Sebastian Thrun is a legend in Silicon Valley — but deep down, he still mostly thinks of himself as a teacher and professor, he told Business Insider.Thrun is the godfather of the self-driving car industry, who founded Google X and Waymo with Larry Page and Sergey Brin.He founded Udacity, a for-profit MOOC, in 2011, where he serves as executive chairman and interim CEO.
Maybe you’re taking your first tentative steps into the smart home market, or maybe you’re expanding what you’ve already got, but at some point you’re going to want to get everything working together—or else be faced with using dozens of different apps every day to get your smart gadgets doing your bidding.Each of these platforms will happily control a bunch of smart home gadgets for you, bringing different devices from different manufacturers into one cohesive whole.As always, the best one for you is going to depend on what you’ve already got set up and the devices you’re already using, but we’re going to point out the main areas where these platforms are similar or distinct.You’ll notice big names like Philips Hue, Wemo, Ecobee, TP-Link, and of course Ring here, as well as a huge variety of devices—remember that Amazon even makes an Alexa-compatible microwave.In terms of the sheer number of compatible devices then, Alexa is an obvious choice as your overarching smart home platform.It even works with Nest devices, something Google says will continue as the Works with Nest programme winds down.