Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy

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The European Union's competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, is launching a formal investigation into Amazon.The investigation will look into whether Amazon's use of data from independent retailers, who sell on its marketplace, is in breach of EU competition rules.Amazon's role as both a seller and a platform for other merchants has become one of the most contentious areas of the business.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Amazon could be fined as much as 10% of its annual revenue or $23 billion if it is in breach of EU competition rules."We need to ensure that large online platforms don't eliminate these benefits through anti-competitive behaviour," she said.
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The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has delivered another damning report on the UK Home Office's bungling attempts to procure a replacement communications network for the emergency services.The Emergency Services Network (ESN) is meant to provide a comprehensive comms network for blue-light services running on a 4G network to replace existing Airwave radios.The PAC notes that despite last year's "reset" of the scheme, "we are not yet convinced that it has done enough to turn the programme around.The plan for delivering ESN is still not sufficiently robust and the Department does not yet have the skills to make it work... On current evidence it seems inevitable that there will be further delays and cost increases."It noted that the department has "still not got a grip on whether it can deliver the programme" and "still does not have an integrated plan for how and when each emergency service will deploy ESN", despite the original transition date being September 2017.Work to provide ESN access to aircraft like search helicopters has not even started and coverage is not available everywhere required, including underground railways.
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FaceApp appears to be having a viral moment, again.The two-year-old AI-driven photo editor from Russian company Wireless Lab, which rose in popularity for its realistic facial transformations in photos, is back in the spotlight.This time it’s for a new aging feature that allow you to edit a person’s face to make them appear older or younger.— Kevin Clark (@vernalkick) July 15, 2019This has recently triggered an AgeChallenge (also FaceAppChallenge) on social media, and everyone’s hopping on board.But with the sudden surge in popularity have come fresh questions about privacy, and whether the app is doing enough to protect users’ data.
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is so good, three sequels and a TV show haven’t been able to crack the code to find a way back into Terminator that will wow audiences as that movie did.It’s one of the many reasons why some fans are sceptical about the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate, which is being called the first true sequel to Terminator 2, despite Rise of the Machines, Salvation, Genysis, and The Sarah Connor Chronicles.In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Dark Fate’s director Tim Miller explains why he thinks his movie gets it right when the others got it wrong:I honestly believe this would be the best version of the movie after the second one.This will be more clear when you see the movie, but the first two movies really deal with time as a loop, what’s happening is the same thing that happened before and everybody is fighting to ensure that happens again.And Jim [Cameron] had this lucky break that he only broke that rule at the end of Terminator 2 when Sarah destroys Cyberdyne, it’s the first thing that happened that hadn’t happened before, and so it was going to change the future – but no one knew how.
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OnePlus phones just keep getting better and better, but what’s not often talked about very much is the software that comes pre-installed on board.It’s Android, but it’s OnePlus’ own brand of Android called OxygenOS and it’s getting very close to beating Google at its own game.From the once-very-bloated-but-now-not-so-bad offering that is Samsung One UI, to more vanilla takes from LG and HTC, to the quirky OS skins that Huawei and Xiaomi put out, every manufacturer likes to put its own particular spin on Android (apart from stock Android devotees like Nokia).For many years it was accepted that Google led the way with the slickest, most intuitive, most efficient software: the ‘stock’ Android experience that appeared first on the Nexus phones and survives in slightly altered form on the Pixels.It keeps the best bits of what Google has built, and adds some thoughtful, well-designed, functional and very useful extras.OxygenOS, meanwhile, is much easier on the eyes—and that makes more of a difference than you might think.
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Huawei is among the first batch of smartphone makers to receive official safety accreditation for upcoming 5G-capable handsets, along with OnePlus, ZTE, and Vivo, reported National Business Daily.Why it matters: Securing the permits means the companies are a step closer to launching their respective next-generation smartphones, a widely anticipated catalyst as sales decline in markets across the globe.The firms still need to apply to authorities for licenses to access the country’s commercial 5G network, which is touted to launch in October.Huawei announced last month it had already received its Network Access License for the Mate 20 X model from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.Details: Seven 5G handsets have received China Compulsory Certifications, a safety accreditation for products sold on the domestic market, from the China Quality Certification Center.Four of the smartphones are from Huawei, while OnePlus, ZTE and Vivo have one each.
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Five years after the Malaysian Airlines plane was shot down by a Russian-made missile, Eliot Higgins from investigative collective Bellingcat reveals how much still remains a mystery.HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Before he became infamous for his Tweets, Elon Musk was famous for being the closest we could get to a real-world crazy genius.On more than one occasion, however, he has proven naysayers wrong and has introduced the world to things like fully electric cars, reusable rockets, and boring companies.The visionary just took the stage to formally introduce his latest company that wants to put wires inside brains to connect them to computers.Brain-Machine Interfaces have been a long dream among technologists and futurists.This is particularly true for those who have been paralyzed or amputated or even psychological conditions that affect motor skills.Brain implants are nothing new but current technology is limited to the point that the risks are just as life-threatening as the condition in the first place.
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On the heels of the U.S. Women’s national soccer team winning the World Cup for the fourth time, three female sports stars—Alexa Bliss from the WWE, Hailie Deegan, a professional stock car driver for Nascar and Mo’ne Davis, who was the first girl to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series in 2014—took the stage at Adweek’s Women Trailblazers Summit to discuss their careers in sports.The three women, in conversation with Adweek digital media reporter Sara Jerde, spoke about some of the challenges they’ve faced in their careers including, for some, being the first woman ever on the field.“We were given these opportunities, but we had to prove ourselves,” Bliss said.“Our women have proven over and over again that we deserve their respect as much as the men, and we had our first ever women’s pay-per-view [event] and our men were there and they were there supporting us and they saw the work that we put in to get there.”Now, Bliss said, WWE has put women at “the forefront” of the franchise and further proved their value on WWE NXT, a TV series chronicling the journey of up-and-coming wrestlers.“We had NXT, and we were able to show what our women can actually do,” Bliss said.
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Tomorrow is World Emoji Day and here to celebrate are Google and Apple with previews of their own versions of the new emoji.Both companies have taken the wraps off dozens of new emoji that will be offered later this year on Android Q and iOS devices starting this fall.The lineup includes more inclusive emoji, new foods, additional activities, and more.World Emoji Day is held on June 17 — it’s an unofficial ‘holiday’ that celebrates the existence of emoji, the small pictures that replaced emoticons and revolutionized how people communicate.New emoji are added to the lineup every year via the Unicode Consortium, which introduced the new emoji for 2019 back in early February.Different companies offer their own emoji, resulting in slightly different designs and, depending on platform, occasional confusion when one emoji looks substantially different on another platform.
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Software nasties, hackers, rogue admins can exploit bug duo to hide in your systemsA pair of vulnerabilities in BMC firmware used in servers built by Lenovo – and in Acer and Penguin Computing boxes using Gigabyte server motherboards – can be exploited to hide malware deep below the operating system, hypervisor, and antivirus.Said spyware could lurk out of sight and undetected by the OS, security tools, administrators, and users; could potentially snoop on and tamper with software and data on the machine; and persist in the motherboard's flash chips allowing it to survive wipes or replacements of storage drives.Researchers at US-based Eclypsium on Tuesday detailed the flaws: they can be exploited by a malicious logged-in user, or malware, with admin credentials to inject surveillanceware into the system's firmware.To hear Eclypsium tell it, the vulnerabilities specifically lie within Vertiv's MergePoint EMS baseboard management controller (BMC) firmware, which is sold to Lenovo for use in its server products, and Gigabyte to use in motherboards sold to Acer, Ciara, Penguin Computing, sysGen, Bigtera, and AMAX, again for use in server products.The flaws were discovered in Vertiv's code by Eclypsium, reported to Lenovo in July 2018, and first patched in November that year.
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This can prove fatal to allergy sufferers and asthmatics and make everyone else more prone to respiratory illnesses.An air purifier can significantly help lower such risks by improving the quality of the air you breathe.One of the world’s leading manufacturers of air purifiers is Winix, and very shortly, two of their bestselling air purifier models, the AM90 and the 5500-2, are getting irresistibly huge discounts on Amazon’s Prime Day.Right now, the Winix AM90 is available on Amazon at a pretty good price of $200 But from now, July 16 at 4:15 p.m. to be precise, it gets an unbelievable discount of 48%, bringing its price down to $104.The Winix AM90 air purifier is suitable for medium and large rooms up to 360 square feet in size.It features four stages of air filtration – a washable fine mesh pre-filter, a carbon sheet filter, a True HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter, and the PlasmaWave filter – which guarantees optimum cleaning of the air you breathe.
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Bikesharing is more popular than ever thanks to the combination of low prices and wide availability.Google is making it easier to find these bikesharing options using Google Maps, which now supports showing bikesharing stations and availability in a total of 24 cities across 16 countries.The feature was previously available in New York City.Bikesharing is exactly what it sounds like: a way for tourists and residents to quickly get around a city at a lower cost and size than traditional cars, but with the on-demand convenience not offered by public transportation options.Instead of using multiple apps, Google makes it possible to find available bikes in a number of cities using its navigation app.With this feature, Google Maps users in supported cities can view the location of the nearest bikesharing station, as well as which bicycles are currently available to rent.
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Collateral damage: Web advert crackdown broke our fix-it businesses, sigh ownersWith America's trade watchdog on Tuesday hosting a workshop in Washington DC on restrictions that limit the feasibility of repair devices, hardware rehab forum iFixit has penned an open letter to the FTC to complain about Google's ad policies that hinder the mending of machines.Last August, the Chocolate Factory announced that because its ad system lacks an easy way to distinguish between legitimate businesses and scammers, it was planning to institute a verification program limiting ads for third-party tech support and repair services to legitimate providers.And Google's program may well be thwarting these crooks, though at the cost of denying legitimate repair businesses the ability to market themselves to customers."By treating all third-party repair as a fraud-prone liability, and directing all interest in device repair to their own Maps and search results, Google is severely handicapping repair businesses, prioritizing purchases over repair and reuse, and deciding which companies customers can turn to when they need to fix electronics," explained Kevin Purdy, a writer for iFixit.Dozens of complaints from repair businesses on social media underscore the impact of Google's ad policy change.
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Educational book publisher Pearson is about to expend less effort and resources on printing enormous textbooks, as it's pivoting to offering primarily digital options that it thinks are way better anyway.The remaining textbooks of the near future will be rented rather than purchased too, and these physical versions will be updated less frequently; so those using them will be learning out-of-date facts and wrong science, and will grow up thinking dinosaurs had scales, erroneously telling their children that Pluto is a planet and believing that smoking is good for energy and vitality.The publisher's boss John Fallon said: "Over half our annual revenues come from digital sales, so we've decided a little bit like in other industries like newspapers or music or in broadcast that it is time to flick the switch in how we primarily make and create our products."Reading between the lines a little it seems like this is an effort to halt the sale of secondhand educational textbooks, and instead move to a future where students are lumbered with a subscription model in return for access to all the latest and newest thinking.
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The launch, the sixth of a Saturn V, came less than two weeks after the second attempt by Russia to send its own monster rocket, the N-1, on a jaunt to the Moon.The second N-1 and the sixth Saturn VCarrying an uncrewed Zond spacecraft and a live escape tower, the N-1 suffered a first-stage engine shutdown just after clearing the launch tower.One engine continued to fire, causing the stack to topple over and fall back onto the launch pad.The subsequent blast sent debris flying miles from the site and effectively ended what little hope remained of the Soviets reaching the Moon before the Americans.NASA had sent humans to the Moon on Apollo 8 and ventured toward the lunar surface on Apollo 10.
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Tuesday marks day two of Amazon Prime Day 2019, and the Dealmaster is still highlighting and compiling the better offers from that sales event in a separate jumbo-sized roundup.In some cases, the offers match the offers running on Amazon, meaning you can get the same discount without having to sign up for a month of Prime.Top 10 non-Amazon deals of the dayLaptop and desktop PC dealsTV and home entertainment dealsTop 10 non-Amazon deals of the day
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Tesla is making some changes to its product lineup today, dropping some vehicles and tweaking prices for others.If you were considering buying a standard-range Model S or Model X, then this is bad news, as Tesla has dropped both vehicles from its product lineup.That leaves the long-range and performance models as the only available Model S and Model X variants.While Tesla has dropped the price of its long-range models to go along with this shake up, the entry-level variants for the Model S and Model X are now more expensive than they once were.With the long-range models now the de facto the entry-level cars for both the Model S and Model X lines, starting prices are up to $79,990 and $84,990 respectively.For a lot of people, the Model S and Model X are priced well outside of their budgets, and if they’re going to buy a Tesla at all, it’ll be a Model 3.
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Amazon said just 15 of its employees took part in a planned strike outside one of its warehouses in Minnesota."It was obvious to the 1,500-full-time workforce that an outside organization used Prime Day to raise its own visibility, conjured misinformation and a few associate voices to work in their favor, and relied on political rhetoric to fuel media attention," an Amazon spokeswoman said.As some employees protested, Amazon posted a video of warehouse workers celebrating Prime Day.Amazon says an employee strike in Minnesota was a flop.The company said late Monday that just 15 of its employees participated in the strike outside its warehouse in Shakopee, Minnesota, which was planned to coincide with Prime Day, one of Amazon's biggest shopping events of the year."The fact is that Amazon provides a safe, quality work environment in which associates are the heart and soul of the customer experience, and today's event shows that our associates know that to be true.
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A life-size Lego Batman will join the crowds of San Diego Comic-Con 2019, celebrating the character's 80th anniversary.Revealed by Lego Tuesday, the caped crusader will stand at 6.5 feet tall, is made of 44,051 bricks and took 270 hours to build.Accompanying the statue will be an even bigger 3D, Lego-brick mural design of the Detective Comics 1000 variant comic book cover.That mural is made from 97,768 pieces and is over 10 feet tall.Both the statue and the mural will be on display at Lego's Comic-Con booth.The convention kicks off Wednesday evening and runs through Sunday.
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