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When Dungeons & Dragons rebooted its ruleset for its 5th official edition back in 2014, alongside the rules, Wizards of the Coast offered an epic battle against Tiamat herself as the first adventure for new heroes to deal with.Now, five years on, they’re revisiting it for a special, and rather fabulous looking treat.Announced at Comic-Con over the weekend, Wizards of the Coast will release Tyranny of Dragons this October in a brand new hardback edition featuring artwork from Hydro74.The rerelease marks the first time the two-part adventure—released back in 2014 as Hoard of the Dragon Queen and then The Rise of Tiamat—will be available in a single edition, providing a even that can bring a party of characters from level one all the way up to level 16.Tyranny of Dragons is more than a simple re-release of two books in one, however.As well as the new cover art, the re-release incorporates player feedback from the first two releases to smooth out the progressive curve of the quests presented in Hoard of the Dragon Queeen and The Rise of Tiamat, which will encompass all the tweaks and addendums made to how D fifth edition plays in the five years gamers have had their hands on it.
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Di Donato replaces Nils Brauckmann, who is scheduled to retire in August, having spent eight years at SUSE, including three in the top job."I am incredibly proud of SUSE's progress and growth over the last eight years, which has culminated in it securing independent status," he said, referring to the $2.5bn deal that saw the company leave the auspices of British software museum MicroFocus, bankrolled by private equity fund EQT."With this chapter of SUSE's corporate development complete, I could not be more pleased to hand off the leadership of SUSE to Melissa."SUSE is the world's largest independent open-source software company, primarily known for its distributions of Linux and OpenStack.London-based Di Donato spent almost three years as SAP's chief revenue officer, before being promoted to the COO position in July 2018.Before SAP, she worked at Salesfoce, IBM and Oracle.
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A significant number of European organisations have admitted that they are still not compliant with GDPR data protection rules.A survey from tax audit advisors RSM found that 30 percent of European businesses are still not compliant with GDPR, despite it being over a year since it was introduced and the threat of hefty financial penalties.Data protection is still costing firms dear.Facebook was recently fined $5bn for the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal, and Marriot Hotels was stung with £99m fine.British Airways was hit with a £183m fine for a data breach.The survey from RSM found that only 57 percent of businesses are confident that their business follows the rules, with a further 13 percent unsure either way.
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Showcasing precise control at the quantum level, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a method for making an ion (electrically charged atom) display exact quantities of quantum-level motion--any specific amount up to 100 packets of energy or "quanta," more than five times the previous record high of 17.Quantum mechanics, the fundamental theory of the atomic world, states that energy is released or absorbed in tiny parcels, or packets, called quanta.Published online by Nature on July 22, the new methods could be used with any quantum mechanical oscillator, including systems that oscillate like a simple pendulum or vibrate like a spring.The techniques could lead to new types of quantum simulators and sensors using phonons as the carriers of information.The more quantum control we have, the more tightly spaced the lines on the ruler are, allowing us to measure quantities more and more precisely."The experiments were performed with a single beryllium ion held 40 micrometers above the gold electrodes of a chilled electromagnetic trap.
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Our home galaxy is a cannibal.Recent evidence strongly suggests the Milky Way swallowed up a smaller galaxy, known as Gaia-Enceladus, during its early years, incorporating the galaxy's stars, gases and dust into its orbit.New research, from a collaboration of scientists in Europe, examined the ages of the stars across the Milky Way to more accurately determine how the galaxy formed.The research, published in journal Nature Astronomy on July 22, utilized a huge data set accumulated by the European Space Agency's Gaia spacecraft, which provides accurate measurements of the position, brightness and movement of stars.The research team, led by Carme Gallart of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias in Spain, was particularly interested in the Milky Way's "halo", a huge, spherical region of space surrounding the galaxy, and its "thick disk", a region full of stars that contains most of a spiral galaxy's mass.Previous research, published in Nature in 2018, found evidence that a huge population of stars within the halo region of the Milky Way were moving in a different direction to the rest of the galaxy's billions of stars.
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We're all still over the moon from the 50th anniversary celebrations for the Apollo 11 mission, but NASA is looking forward to its next moon landing.On Saturday, the space agency and Vice President Mike Pence announced the completion of the Orion crew capsule for the Artemis program."Thanks to the hard work of the men and women of NASA, and of American industry, the Orion crew vehicle for the Artemis 1 mission is complete and ready to begin preparations for its historic first flight," Pence said while speaking at at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida during an Apollo 11 event.It's not just the vessel itself that's ready.The European Space Agency's power-and-propulsion module is now being attached to Orion at the space center.Orion will then get a protective heat shield.
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Evaluation of Environmental Contaminants and Natural Products: A Human Health Perspective presents a guide to tackle this challenge in two parts which represent two different approaches.The book has two themed parts.The first part of the book summarizes the alarming effects of environmental contaminants.Studies depicting the direct relationship of environmental contaminants with cancer incidence have been referenced.Scientific studies have established an inverse relation between cancer and ingestion of dietary phytoconstituents (phytochemicals) in the form of fruits, vegetables and botanical herbs.Plant products as dietary supplements can suppress contaminant toxicity by regulating the resulting reactive species and also by assisting their bodily excretion through Phase 1 and Phase 2 enzyme metabolism.
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Bentley has unveiled its newest ultra-luxury ride called the Flying Spur First Edition at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Gala.The vehicle was auctioned off to support the fund-raising that the charity hosted at the inaugural Midsummer Party, Picozzi’s Villa Dorane on July 24.The Flying Spur First Edition is limited to 12 months of production and is meant to be rare, collectible, and luxurious.While some will never drive the Bentley they own, this one has impressive performance for those who do drive.Bentley promises the car will reach 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.The car features an Active All-wheel drive system with All Wheel steering for engaging driving dynamics.
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Four republican members of the US Congress have written to President Donald Trump, asking him not to delay the $10bn JEDI cloud contract with the US Defense Department.It comes after President Trump last week said he is “looking very seriously” at the Pentagon cloud contract, and said that the military contract should be investigated.The JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) contract is reported to be worth $10 billion (£7.6bn), but smaller cloud players such as Oracle and IBM have been previously ruled out.Google had already pulled out of the bidding in part because the deal could go against principles it published in June last year, following staff protests against the company’s involvement in developing artificial intelligence for military drones.The goal of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud deal, which could last up to 10 years, is ambitious.But last week President Trump said he said he would direct aides to investigate the pending military contract, saying he had heard multiple complaints about an allegedly unfair bidding process.
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India has announced a successful launch to its second moon mission as the Chandrayaan-2 mission lifted off on Monday at 14:43 local time.The launch came a week after India had stopped the launch due to a technical issue.The remedy of the obstacle and launch prompted the head of India’s space missions to say that his agency “had bounced back with flying colors” after the abort of the initial launch.India’s goal with the mission is to become the first country to land on the Moon’s south pole.Currently, the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft is in orbit around the Earth where it will remain for the next 23 days before departing to head to the Moon.India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission is notable as it marks the first time that an interplanetary mission is being led by a pair of women.
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Tech executives will apparently gather at the White House Monday to discuss the US ban on Huawei.Larry Kudlow, the Trump administration's economic adviser, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will meet people from software and semiconductor companies, according to Reuters, which cited anonymous sources.Google and Micron will attend, and Intel, Qualcomm and Broadcom have been invited, the report noted.Microsoft was likely to be invited too.Neither the White House, Huawei, Intel, Google, Broadcom, Qualcomm Microsoft nor Micron immediately responded to requests for comment.
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Now the Helsinki-based company is stirring the waters yet again with an explanation of what happened, a promise to do better, and a teaser of what’s to come.The Eve V did reach the hands of some backers and it earned glowing reviews for its mix of features, design, affordability, and choice.In addition to being unable to fulfill those orders, Eve was also silent on other after-market matters, including issues with hardware.It turns out, the startup’s silence was due to an ongoing NDA with its distribution partner, Fortress Tech, for around 3 years.That partner was beset with issues that not only caused distribution problems but also tarnished Eve’s initially great image.The company will be taking matters into its own hands and will be doing not just R and design but also handling sales directly, including handling its own web store.
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“Models can be organized into custom visualisations”Google Cloud Platform (GCP) has integrated two of its AI-centric tools.The move connects the “What-If” tool, announced last year, with GCP’s AI Platform: the company’s code-based data science development environment.What-If is an AI/ML model visualisation tool that lets data scientists and other users analyse how an ML model would perform if you tweaked various data points, without writing code.The integration lets users run What-If on TensorFlow, XGBoost and Scikit Learn models deployed on AI Platform.With What-If users can test the performance of two different AI models simultaneously on the same dataset.
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CityFibre has entered into the next phase of its challenge to the connectivity status quo with an additional 14 towns and cities to experience the full-fibre euphoria.Although CityFibre has always presented itself as a challenger to the status quo, it was little more than an also ran until investment found its way across the Atlantic.This latest expansion will take the number of full-fibre deployments across the UK to 26.“CityFibre’s sole purpose is to deliver the future-proof digital infrastructure the UK deserves,” said CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch.“With a new Prime Minister set to increase government’s ambitions for the pace of full fibre rollout, we are delighted to welcome another 14 towns and cities to our Gigabit City Club.These Gigabit Cities will not only gain new full fibre networks that will spark their digital transformation, but also unleash the benefits that only competitive infrastructure investment can bring.
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Images leaked on Twitter appear to show the front face of Google's upcoming flagship Android phone, the Pixel 4.The pictures, tweeted by a smartphone leak account called Ice Universe, show a large 'forehead' bezel running across the top of the device, in place of a notch.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.What appears to be a leaked image of Google's upcoming Pixel 4 smartphone shows an unusual trait — a large "forehead."The forehead is the top part of the bezel, the rim that runs around a phone's screen.The leak comes from smartphone leaker Ice Universe on Twitter.
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OpenAI's GPT-2 language model has been tweaked to help you code fasterTalk about working smarter, not harder.A computer-science student has got the right idea, by building an intriguing code-completion tool that uses deep-learning software to finish lines of source.And while, yes, there are already a ton of source-code autocomplete tools available, this one, dubbed Deep TabNine, is said to be based on OpenAI’s impressive GPT-2 text-spewing engine, which makes it interesting in our book.GPT-2 features a trained neural network that can be given a writing prompt, such as an opening sentence of a news article, or a novel, or a line of code, and predict what should follow next.It can make these predicts because it has studied millions of webpages to get an idea of how humans tie topics, ideas, and words together.
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Credit checking specialist Equifax US Information Solutions is to pay an eye watering data breach settlement of around $700m to US regulators and US states.The settlement figure will reportedly be paid to settle with the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and most state attorneys general, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported.Earlier this month Jun Ying, the former Chief Information Officer CIO of Equifax was sentenced to four months in a federal prison for insider trading.He sold off his stock options before the 2017 data breach became public knowledge.The highly damaging breach at Equifax first came to light back in September 2017.That breach resulted in the theft of the data belonging to 143 million US consumers (and 15.2 million British citizens).
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Competitively priced drones such as Parrot’s Bebop and Mambo devices offer budget-conscious buyers an easy way to dip their toe into the world of quadcopters before deciding whether to move on to a pricier, more sophisticated machine such as one of DJI’s Mavic drones.But it seems the French firm is now phasing out the Mambo, Swing, and Bebop drones as it continues to pivot away from consumer-focused flying machines and focus instead on the commercial market with its more advanced Anafi quadcopter.Tech site Wirecutter learned in recent days that Parrot is now in the process of shifting away from the consumer drone market, with The Verge receiving additional confirmation from the company that it has “stopped the production and development of any drone but the Anafi and its variations.”Competing with drone giant DJI has seemingly proved too much for Parrot, with the Chinese company enjoying a 74% share of the market, according to the 2018 Drone Market Sector Report by Skylogic Research.The figure sounds even more impressive when you consider that the second-placed company, Yuneec, only has 8% of the market, with Parrot further down the list with a mere 1%.Parrot has been developing its commercial drone business for a while now, with the advanced Anafi machine garnering it some positive attention since its launch in 2018.
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Chinese public cloud company Inspur Cloud has raised RMB 600 million (around $87 million) in a Series B, valuing the company at $1.1 billion, Chinese media outlet PEdaily.cn reported.The cloud provider is a joint venture between subsidiaries under Shandong-headquartered Inspur Group, the world’s third-largest server maker and the largest in China, and provides cloud solutions for government agencies and enterprises.The company was not immediately available for comment when contacted by TechNode on Monday.Why it matters: The fresh injection of funds come as cloud computing emerges as one of the core developments that are increasingly important to the government.Details: The company said that the funds will be put into research and development, constructing basic infrastructure for cloud centers, as well as branding.Investors include institutions owned by the State Council and managed by the Ministry of Finance, regional investment institutions owned by the Shanghai municipal government, and institutions associated with China Construction Bank and China Minsheng Bank, among others.
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Canadian authorities have said that a “policy breach” led to the July 5 removal of a prominent Canadian Chinese virologist, her biologist husband, and several students from Canada’s only high-containment disease lab in Winnipeg.Virologist Xiangguo Qiu, Keding Cheng, and an unknown number of students were ousted from their workplace at the National Microbiology Laboratory.According to Science and CBC, the Public Health Agency of Canada-run lab also revoked their access rights.Why it matters: This set of firings comes in the midst of a series of tit-for-tat escalations between China and Canada that began with Canada’s arrest of Huawei CFO and deputy chairwoman Meng Wanzhou.Qiu had previously been honored for her work on the Ebola treatment ZMapp.The World Health Organization (WHO) just declared the latest Ebola outbreak a global health emergency, and it is unclear whether her absence will have a detrimental effect on the continued development of treatments for the deadly disease.
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