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McDonald's has split the nation this week, after it announced the impending removal of the Dairy Milk and Crunchie McFlurries from its dessert menu.But we all know Smarties is the best and it's making a comeback, so who cares?Yes, the true classic Mcflurry flavour is coming back, after it was callously axes from the menu in 2015.It had a limited resurgence for a couple of months at the end of last year, but finally, McDonald's is rolling out the red carpet and welcoming the Smarties McFlurry back into its big, yellow bosom.Smarties is being joined by Malteasers and Oreo flavours which I don't care enough about to have an opinion on, but our editor Tom has thoughts on Oreos, which he has classified as "just shit bourbons".Biscuits with cream in the middle are for grannies.
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When you end up spending a fair chunk on your internet each month, wouldn't it be nice to be offered some of that money back?Well with BT's most recent freebie-filled fibre broadband deals, that's exactly what you get.With BT reward cards worth up to £130 up for grabs, BT has gone big with its most recent offerings.Whether you're looking to save around £6.66 a month on BT's Superfast fibre package or go all out and save roughly £7.22 on BT's bigger Superfast fibre 2 package there is a lot to love here.If this still feels too expensive, even after the reward cards then check out our cheap broadband deals guide instead.speed 50Mb | Weekend calls | £9.99 delivery | £31.99pm + £120 reward card
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A survey asking more than 50,000 Reddit users on r/Pokemon to choose their favorite Pokémon has produced some impressive results.With more than 800 different Pokémon to choose from, each Pokémon received 65 votes on average.The original 151 Pokémon were the most popular by far, with about 35% of the respondents choosing a favorite from "Pokémon Red and Blue."Only four Pokémon received no votes at all, and the most popular Pokémon only secured 2% of the vote.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.After more than 20 years, the Pokémon franchise shows no signs of slowing down, especially not with a hit movie in theaters and a pair of new games on the way later this year.
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He then doubled down on spies' 'ghost user' backdoor planSolving the Huawei 5G security problem is a question of convincing the Chinese to embrace British "fair play", security minister Ben Wallace said yesterday without the slightest hint of irony.During a Q at Chatham House's Cyber 2019 conference, Wallace said the issue of allowing companies from non-democratic countries access to critical national infrastructure was about getting them to abide by, er, Western norms.The former Scots Guards officer explained: "I take the view: we're British, we believe in fair play.If you want access to our networks, infrastructure, economy, you should work within the norms of international law, you should play fair and not take advantage of that market."Nonetheless, he later expressed regret at Chinese dominance of the 5G technology world, saying: "The big question for us in the West is actually, how did we get so dependent on one or another?
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Lawyers for internet giant Bytedance stated Thursday in a Beijing court that user contact lists taken from phones should not be considered private information.Beijing Haidian People’s Court began trying a privacy-related case filed by a Jinri Toutiao user against the owner of the app, Bytedance, Southern Metropolis Daily reported.The user, surnamed Liu, accused the Bytedance app of accessing, uploading, and storing the contacts from his phone without his consent.According to the user, after he switched his SIM card to a second phone with an empty contact list and accessed Jinri Toutiao without logging in, the app recommended contacts from his previous phone as friends.He said that he tried to overwrite the already uploaded contact list with the empty one to no avail.Bytedance said in its defense that by using Jinri Toutiao and its related services, the user has agreed to its privacy policy, which made it clear that the company would “collect, commercially use, and store” user information, including “name, gender, contact information, and other information that could be used to identify users.” The company also claimed that the user allowed Jinri Toutiao to access his contact list a number of times.
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In case you were holding out for a Google or Pixel-branded tablet, I’ve got some bad news: the company is no longer interested in building these devices in-house.Computerworld reported that Google reportedly just killed off its plans to make two tablets to follow the Pixel Slate from 2018.In addition, its chief of hardware, Rick Osterloh, noted that the company is shifting focus to laptops:Hey, it's true…Google's HARDWARE team will be solely focused on building laptops moving forward, but make no mistake, Android & Chrome OS teams are 100% committed for the long-run on working with our partners on tablets for all segments of the market (consumer, enterprise, edu)So yes, that means we’ve seen the last tablet from Google – but other manufacturers will continue to make tablets based on Android and Chrome OS, and the company will continue to develop these platforms.It seems like Google hasn’t been interested in tablets for a while.
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Cluster of rock and ice a sweltering 77K, we're toldAstronomers have measured the temperature of one of Uranus’s rings, dubbed Epsilon, for the first time.Uranus, our Solar System's far-flung icy electric-blue-colored ball, is circled by 13 rings.They were only recently discovered, as early as 1977, due to their faintness.In 2017, fresh images of the mysterious planet were captured by the Atacama Large Millimeter Array and Very Large Telescope, both in Chile, that highlighted the thermal energy, or lack thereof, in its rings.A paper to be published this month in the Astrophysical Journal (here’s the free arXiv version) describes a study of those images, and concludes Epsilon is a chilly 77 kelvin, about the same temperature as the boiling point of liquid nitrogen.
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Things have gone quiet lately on Huawei’s ongoing struggles to fight against the US government’s attempts to bring it to its knees.In the background, Huawei has been reported to be going over its options when or if it can no longer really get Google’s blessing.Even if it manages to retain the ability to ship phones with Google’s proprietary software and services, it will undoubtedly look for ways to eventually operate independently.The other would be to completely divest itself of Android and opting for a different operating system altogether, like Linux-based OSes such as Jolla’s Sailfish OS or its Russian equivalent.Either way, Huawei will still have to fill in the most critical part of the mobile ecosystem: apps.That’s Huawei’s problem and you might wonder what the rest of the Android world has to do with it.
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This engineer writes that he initially was lured in by a charismatic founder who sold him a story of building a company to help the nation develop and fight back against American bullying.Anonymous engineer, Focus on Cutting Edge Tech, 5/4/2019I am an unmanned algorithmic engineer who just left an autonomous driving company last month and can be said to be “escaping.”During my time working at this company, I have witnessed too many dark corners of human nature and have seen autonomous driving become nothing but a tool for making money.Although that job was stable, I always knew that once I found a suitable opportunity I’d head back home.Then I came across “A.”
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Lenovo released its first ThinkPad laptop over 25 years ago, and the series has come a long way since the days when older, clunkier models were derisively dubbed “stinkpads” by detractors.If you thought that a laptop deal this good should only be on Prime Day, think again.For starters, the X1 Carbon features the ThinkPad’s classic, tactile keyboard with the famous red TrackPoint front and center for easy navigation, encased within a sleek carbon frame that weighs in at lighter than its Apple and Microsoft counterparts.GB RAM and a 128GB solid state drive (SSD) will keep you covered as well as other, pricier laptops in terms of memory and storage.Any laptop worth purchasing has to perform well without breaking the bank.Indeed, at over $1,700 for a new model, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s price tag was one of the only gripes we’ve had with this Lenovo laptop.
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When companies do decide to go public they often do so with an initial public offering (IPO) as the added help from Wall Street and the financial sector can help boost their valuation.However, Slack Technologies, the company behind the popular workplace collaboration tool Slack decided to do things a little bit differently.The company made its trading debut on the New York Stock Exchange today under the ticker symbol WORK via direct listing as opposed to going the IPO route.Unlike an IPO, a direct listing means the company did not issue any new shares nor did it have to raise any additional capital.Instead Slack was able to become a publicly traded company without having to pay the high fees and requirements of using an underwriter.The night before going public, the company set a reference price of $26 per share but its shares surged by more than 60 percent in the early minutes of trading after opening at $38.50.
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E3 2019 served as the stage for Microsoft’s official confirmation and reveal of its next-generation Xbox, Project Scarlett.There were various rumors running rampant including one that there were multiple versions of the next Xbox in development but, in an interview with Business Insider, Xbox lead Phil Spencer confirmed that only one is being created for the time being.GamesRadar reported on the interview, highlighting a moment where Spencer responded to a question about an old statement that mentioned multiple systems.“Last year we said consoles, and we’ve shipped a console and we’ve now detailed another console.I think that’s plural,” Spencer said.He also stressed that “we’re focused on Project Scarlett and what we put on stage.”
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Amazon’s bringing back its Fire TV Edition TVs, adding in a new twist: Support for Dolby Vision for dynamic HDR.Amazon made the announcement about the new 4K TVs at Dolby Soho, a boutique “Dolby Vision experience space” where Dolby can show off its HDR technology.The companies also announced the launch of a pop up at the space where New Yorkers can experience shows and movies in full Dolby Vision glory.The new Fire TV Edition TVs are produced by Toshiba and will be sold through Best Buy stores and Amazon.At the event, the company showed off a 50-inch Toshiba Fire TV Edition TV.A 55-inch model is available today, but the 50-inch and the 43-inch models will be available on June 30.
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Google will no longer pursue making its own tablet devices, Business Insider has learned.According to a Google spokesperson, the company has halted the production of two unreleased tablet devices and will not come out with a successor to the Pixelbook Slate.Instead, the company said it would shift resources and focus more attention on its Pixelbook laptop line.Instead, it will shift resources and focus more attention on its Pixelbook laptop line.This doesn't mean that Chrome OS, Google's operating system for Pixelbook laptops and its most recent tablets, will be going anywhere."Chrome OS has grown in popularity across a broad range of form factors, and we'll continue to work with our ecosystem of partners on laptops and tablets.
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A couple of times a year, Netflix hosts an internal hackathon for its employees, where they can take time off of their regular duties and try their hand at playing with new ideas.At this spring’s Hack Day, Netflix employees devised a haptic feedback system for mobile devices, and a novel way to get their colleagues out of a meeting room when their time runs over.In past years, Netflix employees have used the Hack Day event on zany ideas like playing House of Cards on an original NES, turning their catalog into a VR rental store, creating a search system that uses Morse code, and adding a “jump to shark” button to Sharknado, among other things.This year’s ideas fit that perfectly.The first idea is somewhat practical — and it’s a trick that video game systems regularly use.If you’re watching Netflix on your mobile device, it vibrates during explosive scenes, giving you an extra bit of sensory input.
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On October 3, 2018, cell phones across the United States received a text message labeled "Presidential Alert."It was the first trial run for a new national alert system, developed by several U.S. government agencies as a way to warn as many people across the United States as possible if a disaster was imminent.The team, including faculty from CU Engineering's Department of Computer Science (CS), Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering (ECEE) and the Technology, Cybersecurity and Policy (TCP) program discovered a back door through which hackers might mimic those alerts, blasting fake messages to people in a confined area, such as a sports arena or a dense city block.The researchers, who have already reported their results to U.S. government officials, say that the goal of their study is to work with relevant authorities to prevent such an attack in the future."We think this is something the public should be aware of to encourage cell carriers and standards bodies to correct this problem," said Eric Wustrow, a co-author of the study and an assistant professor in ECEE."In the meantime, people should probably still trust the emergency alerts they see on their phones."
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In a case of “yell at the biggest guy in the room” confusion, viewers upset about Good Omens, Neil Gaiman’s satirical send-up of Christianity (and religion in general), are petitioning Netflix to get the series canceled.They’re petitioning the wrong streaming service.The six-episode miniseries, which streams on Amazon Prime and not Netflix, is based on a 1990 novel by Gaiman and fantasy author Terry Pratchett and follows the adventures of an angel and a demon as they try to rescue the Antichrist, who’s just an 11-year-old boy, and stop the Biblical apocalypse.Good Omens stars Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale, former Doctor Who lead and Jessica Jones villain David Tennant as the demon Crowley, Jon Hamm as the Archangel Gabriel, and Frances McDormand as the voice of God.Good Omens features many scenes based on classic Bible stories, including sequences set in the Garden of Eden and at the Crucifixion that are mostly played for laughs.A petition launched by Return to Order, a branch of the nonprofit Foundation For A Christian Civilization, asked Netflix to cancel the show.
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A study from the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) has published a study in the journal Nature Catalysis that describes the reaction mechanism used by the DNAzyme 9DB1, the first structurally available catalyser formed by DNA.Until recently, it was widely assumed that DNA served to store genetic information in a stable and irreversible manner.However, in the last ten years, the discovery of the epigenetic code and the finding that nucleic acids can also catalyse certain reactions have changed this vision.The team headed by Modesto Orozco, head of the Molecular Modelling and Bioinformatics Lab at IRB Barcelona, found that this DNAzyme catalyses RNA ligation through a similar mechanism to that used by natural enzymes.Indeed, given that DNAzymes can carry out a variety of reactions on messenger RNA and can trigger the silencing of genes, they are being developed for diagnostic and biomedical applications."The role of DNAzymes as catalysers is of great interest since they are easier to synthesise than proteins and RNA molecules, as well as being more stable and less expensive.
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Online lenders told The Post that they're issuing up to four times as many "wedding loans" as they did a year ago.Young couples are taking out loans to fund " Instagram-worthy" weddings, according to a new report from The Washington Post.Online lenders told The Post that they were issuing up to four times as many "wedding loans" as they did a year ago as millennial couples drop thousands of dollars to have their dream wedding.Many are spending more on additional services such as custom calligraphy invitations or doughnut displays."People are carrying more debt, they want to get married but don't have the funds to do so," David Green, chief product officer at online lender Earnest, told the Post.Read more: Millennials' preferences are leading to major changes in the wedding industry
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Anyone who tells you the robot apocalypse is upon us—that the machines will not stop stealing our jobs, that they are gearing up to chase us through the streets while doing backflips and fighting off stick-wielding humans—has never tried to program a robot.The difficulty of programming robots is a problem that Facebook, of all companies, wants to fix.Today the social network continues its unlikely dive into robotics by open-sourcing a new robot framework, known as PyRobot, that could simplify the way researchers program their machines, and could even make it easier for non-robotics types to jump into the field.If programming robots has so far been something like wading through a command-line interface, PyRobot promises to be like gliding through the sleekness of macOS.PyRobot isn’t actually an operating system in and of itself, but a kind of layer above the catchily named Robot Operating System, or ROS, which is omnipresent in robotics research.But researchers can still get bogged down in the granular details required to control a robot using ROS.
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