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The rollout of 5G networks and the next generation of wireless technology could lead to a shift in focus from software and apps back to infrastructure as organizations look to take advantage of the latest technologies.For years, the primary focus of the industry has been on delivering innovations that sit within the top layers of the network, namely around software, applications and other virtual solutions.Modern hardware, including new multi-rate switches and next-generation Wi-Fi infrastructure, has become much smarter and faster.This has kickstarted a new hardware refresh cycle that, for many organisations, will lead to new business opportunities, significant innovation and accelerated growth.New solutions powered by AI and ML can, for example, help organisations in the fight against cyber threats through advanced behavioural analytics that flag unusual device activity, as well as automated remediation and containment that stop network-based cyber attacks dead in their tracks before they can cause any damage.This is particularly important as the proliferation of IoT devices - and consequently the potential attack surface for cyber criminals - continues to expand.
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Optimizely, a platform that offers tools for A/B testing and personalization on the web and in mobile apps, today announced that it has raised a total of $105 million.This includes a $50 million Series D round led by Goldman Sachs Private Captial, with the participation of Accenture Ventures, as well as $55 million line of credit from Bridge Bank.“We’re excited to reach this milestone because these investments cement our leadership position in the market,” Optimizely CEO Jay Larson told me.“We can invest more in products to put an even bigger gap between Optimizely and our competition.And we will continue to grow our team of world-class digital optimization experts.This is a big day for Optimizely and a big day for the experimentation and personalization industry.”
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The latest report from renowned Apple leaker Ming-Chi Kuo already has an eye on 2020 and beyond.The news lines up with other reports around future iPhones, noting that the high-end versions of the handset are set to get 5G in the second half of next year.By 2021, all models are set to be on-board with the next-gen wireless standard.The report is in line with recent rumors that have the company holding off on 5G until 2020.That puts Apple somewhat behind the curve of a number of Android manufacturers that have been racing to get the technology to market.Of course, those companies (including Samsung, LG and even OnePlus) may be putting the cart before the horse, with wireless carriers providing extremely limited access to the tech through the end of 2019.
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With Lightroom CC, photo editing fits right in the palm of your hands — but a keyboard (with its many shortcuts) doesn’t.While Lightroom CC on a mobile device may be missing keyboard shortcuts, the editing app still has several shortcuts built in.The gesture-based controls are often hidden, requiring a happy accident or a tutorial to find them.Just like mastering the keyboard shortcuts on the desktop version of Lightroom lets you work faster, learning Lightroom’s gesture shortcuts on an iPad or phone will make you more efficient.From here, swipe up or down on the left side of the photo to increase or decrease the rating, or on the right side of the photo to add or a remove a flag.Swiping side-to-side still scrolls to the next or previous image in the catalog.
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Vid årsskiftet startar Kungliga tekniska högskolan, KTH, och Försvarsmakten ett nytt forsknings- och utbildningscenter för cyberförsvar och informationssäkerhet, tillkännagav parterna i dag.Inom militären kallas cyberkrig ibland för det femte slagfältet – efter strid på land, till sjöss, i luften och i rymden.När allt mer digitaliseras blir Försvarsmakten allt mer beroende av datorer, och därmed allt mer sårbar för cyberattacker.Men det innebär också att eventuella motståndare blir allt mer sårbara, säger Pontus Johnson som är professor vid institutionen för nätverks- och systemteknik på KTH och projektledare för planeringen av centret.Centret ska fokusera på två huvudområden: forskning och utbildning.Ett antal KTH-forskare från flera ämnesområden ska knytas till verksamheten, och upp till åtta nya doktorander ska rekryteras i ett första skede.
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Oh, grammar, you big troublemaker.Let's just go with this: The Bose is back, and it's better than ever.For a limited time, and while supplies last, MassGenie has the Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II wireless headphones for $249.99 shipped.To get the deal, you'll need a MassGenie account.Then just click the orange Power Deal button (which should automatically apply the coupon code, which is BOSEQCNCH2).That's for the silver model -- the black one is available for the same price with the same code.
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The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) trade show is a chance for most people to catch with the biggest upcoming games.Mega Man: The Wily Wars is a Sega Genesis game that contains 16-bit remakes of the first three games in Capcom’s classic side-scroller series: Mega Man, Mega Man 2, and Mega Man 3.Wily Wars only had a cartridge release in Japan and Europe.I didn’t have it, and so I never played Wily Wars … until Tuesday at E3.The micro-console is coming out on September 19, and I played it at Sega’s E3 booth.Sure, I could have caved in and downloaded a ROM off the internet, but I was stubborn.
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Big monitors are pricey, but if you want a huge display without breaking the bank, you might want to consider this beastly IPS panel from LG.Walmart has cut the price on the LG 32-inch QHD LED IPS Monitor from $350 down to $247 – that’s a solid savings of over $100.Although a midrange type of monitor, this LG display promises quality and performance that you won’t get on other panels at this price point.It has a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution and a refresh rate of 75 Hz, 8-millisecond response time, and five inputs for multiple device connectivity options.The LG QHD LED IPS Monitor (32QK500-W model) is a sure winner with its 32-inch screen.It also has several connectivity options, including DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, and a headphone jack for an accurate audio connection directly to the monitor.
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Samsung has brought its latest gaming monitor to E3 2019, with a 27-inch, 240Hz G-SYNC compatible curved LCD promising silky-smooth gameplay.The Samsung C27RG5 trades resolution for refresh rates: while it tops out at 1920 x 1080 pixels, rather than hitting 4K, the rate at which it can keep those pixels updated is much faster than the average monitor.The curved VA panel can hit up to 240 Hz, and supports NVIDIA G-SYNC if you have a compatible graphics card.A 3,000:1 contrast ratio, for example, and the promise of wide viewing angles.Samsung quotes 178 degrees horizontal, and 178 vertically.There’s a grey to grey response time of 4ms.
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For those in the middle of a frantic fibre broadband deal search, you can stop your comparing and detailed price matching because we have found the deal for you.Overtaking Vodafone as the cheapest well-known retailer for fibre broadband, TalkTalk's latest deal is a no-brainer.Let us fill you in on the highlights.Then, you just have to pay £22.45 a month.Pair that with the lack of upfront costs and this slides past Vodafone's broadband deal for our pick of cheapest fibre broadband.Yes, you can go even cheaper with the likes of Hyperoptic but if you like your internet from a name you know, nothing is beating TalkTalk right now.
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CNET and GameSpot are partnering to celebrate E3 2019 with this amazing giveaway.The grand prize winner will take home a gaming bundle that includes a 65-inch TCL 6-series TV, courtesy of TCL; a Nerf Fortnite AR-L Elite Blaster, courtesy of Nerf; and a limited edition PS4 Pro bundle that comes with God of War.Our prizes don't stop there, two first runner up winners will take home the retro NES Classic and a Nerf Fortnite TS Blaster.Two second runner ups will each receive a Nerf Fortnite TS-R Super Soaker.To be one of the lucky winners you need to read the official rules carefully, accept the terms and conditions and fill out the form below.Looking to increase your chances of winning?
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It's not often you get another crack at adapting a classic Marvel comic book story for the silver screen, but X-Men: Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg is doing just that.The 12th movie in 20th Century Fox's X-Men series, in theaters globally now, shines the spotlight on psychic mutant hero Jean Grey as her powers are cosmically supercharged to the point she endangers the planet.He seemed more than happy to geek out over his pop culture influences.Since The Last Stand, Kinberg's worked as a writer and producer on First Class, Days of Future Past, Apocalypse, Deadpool, its sequel and Logan, but Dark Phoenix was his first time in the director's chair.Despite this, I got the sense he was quietly confident he'd gotten the Dark Phoenix saga right.We even talked about the movie's subtle nod to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (directly under the spoiler warning below), which the X-Men movies aren't a part of due to rights issues (these were resolved when Disney acquired Fox).
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The Bentley Continental GT is a fantastic slab of luxury, but its immense size makes it an unlikely candidate to set a record on one of the world’s toughest race courses.Yet that’s exactly what Bentley aims to accomplish.The British automaker will race a Continental GT at the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, with its sights firmly set on snagging the record for production cars at the storied Colorado race.While it does sport a 626-horsepower, 6.0-liter W12 engine, the Continental GT was designed for long-distance cruising, not attacking racetracks.Bentley does race highly modified Continentals on road courses, but the Pikes Peak car will have to remain mostly stock (aside from safety equipment) in order to qualify for the production-car record on the 12.4-mile course.Drivers face blind corners, sheer drop-offs, and changing weather conditions on the way to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak.
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Workplace messaging powerhouse Slack filed an amended S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday weeks ahead of a direct listing expected June 20.In the document, Slack included an updated at look at its path to profitability, posting first-quarter revenues of $134.8 million on losses of $31.8 million.Slack’s Q1 revenues represent a 67% increase from the same period last year when the company lost $24.8 million on $80.9 million in revenue.For the fiscal year ending January 31, 2019, the company reported losses of $138.9 million on revenue of $400.6 million.That’s compared to a loss of $140.1 million on revenue of $220.5 million the year prior.Slack is in the process of completing the final steps necessary for its direct listing on The New York Stock Exchange, where it will trade under the ticker symbol “WORK.” A direct listing is an alternative approach to the stock market that allows well-known businesses to sell existing shares held by insiders, employees and investors directly to the market, instead of issuing new shares.
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Netflix is raising the prices for its UK customers on its standard and premium streaming plans, as reported by The Guardian.The standard plan, which allows for streaming on two devices at the same time in HD, will be £8.99, up from £7.99.The premium plan, which allows for streaming on up to four devices in Ultra HD, will be priced at £11.99, up £2 from the previous £9.99.The basic standard definition plan will remain unchanged, at £5.99.The price hikes will be rolling out to existing UK customers in the next few weeks, while new customers will start paying the new subscription fees immediately.Netflix raised the cost for all of its streaming plans for US customers in January this year, citing price increases as a necessary part of expanding its original content offerings.
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We are now just a matter of weeks away from the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the Moon, and the people at LEGO know a good marketing opportunity when they see one.On June 1, the company will release a new set of 1,087 pieces that recreates the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander that touched down in the Sea of Tranquility on July 20, 1969.The set includes two astronaut minifigures—presumably Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, although their helmet faceplates are golden.Ars has not been able to review this set yet, but it is hard to resist building a Lunar Descent Module and an Ascent Module to recreate the Moon magic of 50 years ago.(Especially since most of us missed one of the 20th century's greatest achievements in real time.)However, this bit of nostalgia does not come particularly cheap, as LEGO has set a US price of $99.
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Rice University nanoscientist Naomi Halas has been chosen by the American Chemical Society to represent the Americas as the winner of a coveted 2019 ACS Nano Lectureship Award.The awards, established in 2012, honor the contributions of scientists whose work has significantly impacted the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology.Halas will present her award lecture at ChinaNano, the eighth International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology, which will be held in Beijing Aug. 17-19.Halas is the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Rice's Brown School of Engineering, director of Rice's Smalley-Curl Institute and a professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy, and materials science and nanoengineering.A pioneer in the study of light-activated nanoparticles and their possible uses, Halas is the first person in the university's history to be elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering for research done at Rice.Her discoveries have wide-ranging applications in areas as diverse as cancer treatment, optoelectronics, photocatalysis, chemical sensing, solar-powered distillation and steam production, and off-grid water treatment.
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Uxin, a Chinese second-hand car dealer with Leonardo DiCaprio as its latest brand ambassador, is tipped to get a bag of new funding less than a year after it raised $225 million from its public offering on the Nasdaq.The company announced on Wednesday that it’s selling $230 million worth of convertible notes to 58.com — China’s answer to Craigslist, Warburg Pincus, TPG and other investors.The notes, due in June, convert to Uxin’s Class A ordinary shares at a price of $1.03 per share or $3.09 per ADS.Upon closing the deal, each of 58.com, Warburg Pincus and TPG will obtain the right to nominate one board director to Uxin.Its stock tanked in April after short-seller J Capital Research broadsided it over alleged frauds.Uxin denied the accusations, saying they were “false and misleading.”
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Twenty thousand years ago, life on Earth was a lot cooler.It was the tail end of a 100,000-year ice age — also called the Last Glacial Maximum — and massive sheets of ice covered much of North America, Northern Europe and Asia.(If they had been around at the time, New York City, Berlin and Beijing would all have been entombed in ice.)Scientists are used to studying this chilly spell in Earth's history by looking at things like coral fossils and seafloor sediments, but now a team of seafaring researchers may have found a piece of the past that blows all the others out of the water: an actual sample of 20,000-year-old seawater, squeezed out of an ancient rock formation from the Indian Ocean .According to the researchers, who described the find in a study to be published in the July 2019 issue of the journal Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, this find represents the first direct remnant of the ocean as it appeared during Earth's last ice age.The researchers found their watery prize while drilling sediment core samples out of the underwater limestone deposits that make up the Maldives archipelago in South Asia.
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