Venture capitalist and Facebook board member Peter Thiel was right to draw attention to Google’s dealings in China, former White House cybersecurity chief Richard Clarke said in an interview earlier this week.Why it matters: Representatives from Silicon Valley and the US government have weighed in on the search giant’s work in China, with US President Donald Trump renewing his offensive against the company this week.Google faces criticism for seeking to expand its presence in China while simultaneously refusing to renew US government defense contracts.The company’s search engine was blocked in China almost 10 years ago, but it still has a significant business and research presence in the country.“Google refused to work for the Pentagon on artificial intelligence [AI].If you turn around and you work on AI in China, and you don’t really know what they’re going to do with that, I think there’s an issue.”
After over a decade of anticipation and then years of secrecy, Square Enix showed the world a whole lot of Final Fantasy 7 Remake at E3 back in June.Final Fantasy was also a smash hit among critics, holding a 9.2 rating on Metacritic.In the beginning, the bad guy is Shinra Corporation, an electricity company that mines Mako, the Lifestream of the planet, slowly corroding the world in the process.Cloud begins the game as a mercenary, hired by Barrett, head of the Midgar-based AVALANCHE eco-terrorist group, for a mission to blow up a set of Mako reactors.Once he rocks up, the game becomes a hunt for Sephiroth, world's baddest man and one of gaming's most iconic villains.Combine an illustrious cast of heroes, like Vincent, Tifa and Aerith, with an expansive world and a deep battle system, and it becomes easy to understand why Final Fantasy 7 has had such an enduring legacy.
Apart from the incorporeal fence through which my virtual car glides, the experience is a compelling facsimile of the world.Through my headset, the 6.2-liter V-8 engine hums and whines as I click the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, controlling Chevy’s first eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.But in those moments where I’ve got all four wheels on the pavement, I get a taste of how it feels to drive the Corvette that might just be Chevy’s supercar.Making its debut Thursday night at a glitzy Los Angeles event, this eighth-generation ‘Vette has been in the works since before the world met the last one in 2013.With the engine behind the driver instead of under the hood, most of the car’s mass is between its axles rather than up front, which makes it easier to control, especially in the corners.Even the Ford GT puts the powerplant in the middle.
Whether you loved or hated the superhero movie X-Men: Dark Phoenix, fans of Dark Phoenix, Mystique, and Storm will be able to collect them all… in Barbie doll form.During San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, Marvel and Mattel announced a new line of Mystique, Storm and Dark Phoenix Barbie dolls to celebrate Marvel Comics' 80th anniversary.The X-Men dolls come with elaborate costumes and accessories, and retail for $55 (roughly £44, AU$78) each.Dark Phoenix: You might know her as Jean Grey-Summers.In the X-Men universe Jean AKA Dark Phoenix is an Omega-level mutant with telepathic and telekinetic powers.Dark Phoenix Barbie doll dons her signature red bodysuit with gold details and includes the gold phoenix image.
For all its flexibility and ubiquity, one thing the Android platform has never been known for is being lightweight.The Android Go configuration was designed to address that but, even then, its base requirements are already on the smartphone territory.There is still some class of people who’d love to be connected to the Internet but have no need for even the most basic smartphone features.HMD Global might be coming to their rescue with an old school Nokia feature phone running Android, at least based on this new leak.What can a feature phone offer that a smartphone can’t?While smartphones have it all when it comes to features and versatility, even those may be too much for people whose primary use case is making calls more than browsing the Web.
After the release of the trailer for the upcoming film musical Cats, based on the Broadway musical Cats, itself based on T.S.It features an unlikely concoction of Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Dame Judy Dench, Jason Derulo, and familiar show tune weepers.As with the stage production, the movie's not trying particularly hard for feline fidelity.WIRED: Thanks so much for talking with us about this.It’s actually kind of interesting when you look specifically at what they’re doing.The two things that I think are right are the shape and placement of the ears and the tail motion.
This honestly might be the best thing to come out of Solo: A Star Wars Story, given the movie managed to kill off most of the other good things about it.Hot Toys has revealed a surprising addition to its line of incredibly detailed (and incredibly pricey) Star Wars figures with an interesting addition to its Solo line: not a Qi’ra, or a Dryden Vos, hell, not even a L3-37.In keeping with the current hype around the 20th anniversary of The Phantom Menace, the company has instead chosen to figure-fy Solo’s take on Darth Maul.And given that Maul doesn’t really do much in Solo beyond add an intriguing fleshing out of his own personal timeline and briefly brandish a holo-lightsaber in Qi’ra’s direction, Hot Toys actually gave its 1:6-scaled version of the character a tonne of cool little extra details.Aside from being a blisteringly uncanny recreation of Maul’s appearance in Solo (where he was once again played by Ray Parker, and voiced by Clone Wars and Rebels veteran Sam Witwer), the figure comes with a bunch of accessories.There’s the obvious, like the usual array of hands to pose Maul either relaxed or ready to fight, or his lightsaber, and even the seat he sits on in his holocommunique with Qi’ra in the film.
Ukrainian civil war a bonanza for dodgy malware hosting firmsA growing crop of so-called bulletproof hosting companies are using the ongoing civil war in Ukraine to host Magecart malware without fear of the police coming knocking.Researchers with security shop Malwarebytes say that the data-exfiltration and hosting servers used by Magecart operations to collect harvested card details have been traced to the Ukrainian city of Luhansk, located in an area contested by pro-European and pro-Russian forces.Here's how it works: Magecart's operators hacked websites to install malicious script code onto the payment webpages of reputable sites.After netizens type in their bank card details into those infected payment pages, the Magecart code uploads the victims' sensitive personal information to a command-and-control servers physically housed in Luhansk, Ukraine, where hosting companies know that the ongoing conflict means there is little chance of a raid from police officers or g-men.Basically, there's no functioning government available to investigate the server hosts.
Gigi Hadid was sued earlier this year over a paparazzi photo she posted to Instagram that she was accused of not having the image rights to.The lawsuit was dismissed on Thursday because the paparazzi agency that took the photo hadn't received a copyright registration by the time it had filed the lawsuit against Hadid, according to court documents viewed by Business Insider.Hadid's argument that the photo was an example of "fair use" had the potential to shake up the legality of celebrities and fan accounts using the Instagram reposting feature.The copyright-infringement suit against Hadid was dismissed on Thursday, according to court documents viewed by Business Insider.The New York district judge dismissed the case because the plaintiff — a paparazzi agency called Xclusive-Lee — failed to secure the official copyright registration for the photo by the time it filed the lawsuit.The ruling was based on a US Supreme Court case that was decided in March, WWD reported.
Over the decades, NASA has planned to send people back to the moon but has yet to succeed.The Trump administration wants to get astronauts back there by 2024.But those stays during the Apollo program didn't establish a lasting human presence on the moon.Vice President Mike Pence has promised that we will see US astronauts on the moon by 2024 (including the first women to ever touch the lunar surface), in a program called Artemis.But on a recent phone call with reporters, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said that ambitious goal is going to require quite a lot more federal cash, something that's historically been a political sticking point in Washington.A lunar base could evolve into a fuel depot for deep-space missions, lead to the creation of unprecedented space telescopes, make it easier to live on Mars, and solve longstanding scientific mysteries about Earth and the moon's creation.
Summers are great for backyard cookouts, going to the beach, or for any outdoor adventure you can think of under the sun.This is the time where we can go outside in carefree and comfortable outfits rather than having to put on layer upon layer.Then again, it’s another story when the temperature has gone too far up and you find yourself seeking ways to just cool off and take a break from sweating.Prime Day may have come and gone but Amazon still has cool deals up for grabs.For $434, you can beat the summer heat with not just one but three appliances in one.More than a sleek portable air conditioner that runs with a 12,000 BTU, the Honeywell MN12CESBB is also a dehumidifier and a fan that can cool rooms up to 350 to 450 square feet.
Microsoft's PowerApps is growing apace, certainly in terms of the effort the company is putting into extending it.These applications take advantage of the huge amounts of business data companies put onto Office 365, sometimes supplemented by use of Dynamics 365, to enable no-code or low-code applications based on that data.CEO Satya Nadella bigged up the platform in the keynote at the Inspire partner conference this week in Las Vegas.Speaking of the huge number of business applications that will be required in the coming years, he said: "We are just not going to have professional developers to build these applications.We cannot help feeling though that Microsoft's pricing options for PowerApps may put off some categories of citizen developer, particularly after changes announced at Inspire this week.First, you get a limited licence if you are an Office 365 user (applies to most but not all plans).
Researchers in the group of Jan Michiels (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology) identified a mechanism of how sleepy bacteria wake up.This finding is important, as sleepy cells are often responsible for the stubbornness of chronic infections.These sleeping bacteria are called 'persisters' and they can be found in every type of bacterial population studied so far, including important human pathogens.Until now, it was unknown how these cells were able to revert from dormant to active state.These new results provide insight into how persisters wake up.Breaking links to wake up
This feature makes MOFs extremely versatile materials with multiple uses, such as separating petrochemicals and gases, mimicking DNA, hydrogen production and removing heavy metals, fluoride anions, and even gold from water - to name a few.MOFs - and other porous materials - are classified based on the diameter of their pores: MOFs with pores up to 2 nm in diameter are called "microporous", and anything above that is called "mesoporous".Most MOFs today are microporous, so they are not useful in applications that require them to capture large molecules or catalyze reactions between them - basically, the molecules don't fit the pores.So more recently mesoporous MOFs have come into play, because they show a lot of promise in large-molecule applications.Still, they aren't problem-free: when the pore sizes get into the mesoporous regime - they tend to collapse.Since a major focus in the field is finding innovative ways to maximize MOF surface areas and pore sizes, addressing the collapsing problem is top priority.
Walmart has an ongoing special summer sale on numerous 4K models, including the LG 65-inch Class 4K Ultra HD Smart LED HDR TV (65UK6090PUA).Normally $800, the retail giant has cut its price down to $580 – that’s a cool savings of $220.We’ve also scouted killer deals on Samsung, Vizio, and TCL 4K TVs in case you’re looking for more options.Don’t want to splash out $580 in one go?Walmart has teamed up with financing company Affirm to provide customers a chance to split that figure over a 12-month period, which amounts to just $57 per month.The LG 4K TV sports a slim, modern profile that fits in nicely with any room aesthetic.
The police are seemingly well on the way to cracking the case when it comes to cloud adoption – with findings from a Freedom of Information request conducted by SoftwareONE showing two thirds of police forces are now using public cloud, writes Kevin Johnson, key account manager at SoftwareONEMigrating to the cloud unlocks many benefits for the police; fragmented by nature, the police is made up of 48 forces that all employ different technology platforms and processes.Adopting the cloud and creating a standardised, force-wide IT platform will improve data sharing and enable police in different locations to navigate the modern crime-scape together.Recent government programmes like the Policing Vision 2025 and the National Enabling Programme (NEP) also aim to roll out digital transformation programmes nationwide, to help forces overcome today’s new and evolving crime challenge.Adoption of cloud is only half the story; forces need to think carefully both about how cloud services and infrastructure will be managed post-migration, and how to ensure maximum ROI is achieved.However, the initial cost of adopting cloud can be a significant investment – police forces need to employ effective cloud management processes and real-time monitoring to ensure ROI.
AMD positioned its new Navi RX 5700 cards against Nvidia’s RTX 2060 and 2070, but they turned out to be pretty solid competitors for the new RTX 2060 Super and 2070 Super.Now there are rumors of a new RDNA-based card in the works that’s a little lower down the spectrum.An RX 5600 could be under development and if and when it launches, it could go head to head with Nvidia’s best non-RTX graphics card, the GTX 1660 Ti.Leaked specifications of a new card AMD is working on come from CompuBench (via The Inquirer) and show a card that is based on the Navi 14 GPU — a lower-end alternative to the Navi 10 used in the RX 5700 XT and 5700.It has 24 compute units (12 less than the 5700) for a total of 1,536 stream processors.It has a high maximum boost frequency of 1,900 MHz, but pairs the GPU with just 4GB of GDDR6.
People overseeing the enjoyment of our little mountain ranges are getting angry about banana skins being dumped all over the place by casual hillwalkers, and not because climbers are slipping on them and sliding all the way to the bottom then having to start their ascents again.Banana skins, which seem such an environmentally sound form of packaging, actually take two years to fully biodegrade when chucked on the ground after you've had your healthy carb fix – with mountain guides and tidiers recently removing 8kg of banana skins from the paths and tracks of Ben Nevis to prove the point.It's not that it's merely unsightly, either; another issue is that wild animals eat the things, which are loaded with the sorts of sugars that creatures that live up mountains oughtn't to eat, lest all the deer and rabbits get fat and develop type 2 diabetes, or become hooked on banana peels and forget how to forage for themselves.They also alter the acidity of the delicate hill soil when they do rot, too, plus there are labels saying "Costa Rica" and suchlike on most banana skins as well.We don't want to end up with Ben Nevis branded in yellow stickers saying it's part of Costa Rica.A spokesperson for Mountaineering Scotland blamed casual mountain day-outers for the mess, and bracketed banana peels alongside Twix wrappers and water bottles in terms of unwanted rubbish they find, saying: "Ben Nevis has particular problems with litter of all sorts because it's so popular, and because so many of those who climb it aren't regular hill-goers and don't seem to appreciate the harm they are doing by leaving litter, whether it's plastic or banana peels.
While it's ruggedized and weather-resistant, the robot can be defeated by the environment.Uneven terrain, mud and rocks all can cause the Tertill to fail.Still, if you hate weeding as much as I do, it'll be tough to resist the charms of this little garden helper.So does the $299 Tertill actually work, and is it worth buying?Close to a month later (26 days, to be exact), the difference between the two garden plots was unmistakable.Weeds had completely overrun one side, while the side where the Turtill lived was remarkably weed-free.
The political establishment in the United States has reacted with alarm to the growing popularity of a photo manipulation app called FaceApp.US Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has called for a national security and privacy investigation into FaceApp, in a letter sent on Wednesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray and FTC Chairman Joe Simons.His concern centres around the fact that the face-editing photo app was developed in Russia, and that it requires “full and irrevocable access to their personal photos and data.”This has caused concern with US officials, and Senator Schumer has according to Reuters said that this could pose “national security and privacy risks for millions of US citizens.”And it is not just the Senator who is concerned.The Democratic National Committee (DNC) was famously hacked during the Presidential elections in 2016.