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Huawei’s mobile chief expects self-developed OS to be ready for market roll-out as early as year end – South China Morning PostWhat happened: Huawei mobile business chief executive Yu Chengdong said that the smartphone brand may roll out an Android-compatible OS later this year, or at least “no later than spring next year.” The Huawei OS would support a broad range of devices, from phones to tablets, TVs, computers, automotive, and smart wearables.Android web and mobile applications will be compatible with the OS.The company has not confirmed or commented on the statement.Why it’s important: The announcement comes right on the heels of a move last week that rocked China’s tech world: the blacklisting of Huawei and affiliates by the US government which effectively bans the company from installing Google services on its devices.Huawei has been preparing its own OS system, not least for just such an eventuality, which may win it some independence from US software companies.
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Internships and graduate programme to help build out HSBC’s multi-disciplinary teamsHSBC has opened a new “data and innovation” lab in London, as it ramps up efforts to create new data-powered offerings for its Global Banking and Markets (GBM) division’s clients – and generate insight into client needs that could open up further commercial opportunities.The London lab, which the bank says is already up and running, will ultimately employ just under 100 people.HSBC has also launched a second lab with a team of 50 in Toronto, Canada.These mixed-discipline teams (to include data scientists and technologists, as well as business intelligence staff) will collaborate with HSBC’s GBM businesses to create, among other initiatives, AI tools to analyse clients’ data – to be carried out under “tight internal oversight and controls” – with the aim of identifying potential future product and service requirements.HSBC Data Labs: Launches Come as Bank Continues to Ramp Up Investment in Technology to Boost Competitiveness
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Of all the gaming features present in Windows 10, the Xbox Game Bar doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention.There are, after all, a lot of programs that can capture screenshots and gameplay video like the Game Bar can, so when the tool was first introduced in Windows 10, a lot of players probably stuck with what they were already using.Nevertheless, Microsoft has been improving the Game Bar over time, and the new features it’s introducing today might make it worth another look.At the beginning of April, Microsoft rolled a bunch of new Game Bar features into beta for Windows Insiders.Today, those features are all coming to the live version of Windows, giving players more control over their music and more social options within the Game Bar overlay.As a reminder, to open the Game Bar while you’re in-game, you simply need to hit Win + G – Game Bar works with most PC games, though Microsoft notes that there might be some compatibility issues with games using the Vulkan Graphics API.
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They discovered that aging in nematodes is partially programmed and can be therapeutically reversed by a number of FDA-approved drugs.C. elegans, a nonparasitic roundworm, is one of the most intensively studied animals on Earth.Details remained unanswered, as to how such a dramatic intervention affects gene expression and aging to achieve this extension, and whether it can be mimicked therapeutically, ideally with the drugs already approved for human use.To answer this question, an international team of researchers led by Peter Fedichev, a founder of the longevity biotech startup Gero, required gene-activity data from nematodes with a wide variety of lifespans, at many ages across their lifespans.The UAMS researchers created the necessary strains (mutant worms in a constant, normal background) as well as normal, wild-type worms after suppression of selected target genes, and assessed their expression profiles at a range of adult ages.In that case, the radical extension of lifespan would require complex interventions, and studies of animals with drastically slowed aging would not help us in our search for a truly effective anti-aging therapy", explains Peter Fedichev, the principal investigator of the Gero/Skoltech/MIPT group.
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If your broadband contract is coming to an end and you need to get it sorted (what a bore!)then BT Broadband has got something very interesting up its sleeve for you.The provider has really made a habit of including some high-end freebies with its fibre broadband deals, and those currently available may just be the very pinnacle.You'll need to be quick, but if you sign up for either of BT's Superfast fibre 1 or Superfast fibre 2 packages by midnight this Thursday, you'll get not just the pre-paid Mastercard we've come to expect, but also the choice of a free gift up to the value of £149.You get to choose between, this trio of techie treats:While these offers are available with a number of BT broadband deals, we've listed the key options down below.
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Last Thursday, the Trump Administration placed the Chinese technology conglomerate on an Entity List, preventing US companies from doing business with it.Based in leafy Cambridge for all 28 years of its existence, and owned by Japan’s SoftBank, Arm Holdings’ designs form the basis of every smartphone processor in existence.This incident will encourage China to redouble its efforts to build a domestic semiconductor industry.This is a huge part of the Made In China 2025 initiative, which will see the country replace Western-made high-technology products with domestic alternatives.Long term, we could see ARM lose its monopoly to an insurgent Asian rival.As uncertainty surrounding the company swirls, major phone networks in the UK are dropping the company’s handsets from their 5G network launches.
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The REI Anniversary sale is in full swing, and with it, a ton of great discounts on outdoor gear.Backpacks, jackets, boots, tents, and just about anything else you need this summer is probably cheaper now than it will be after the Memorial Day sales come to an end.This goes for fitness electronics as well, of course.REI is currently dropping prices on Garmin Fenix and Suunto smartwatches before that warm weather hits.With fitness tracking, GPS, and smartphone connectivity, a solid wearable is one of the best companions outdoorsmen could wish for.While many folks choose to go with the Fitbit or Apple Watch when choosing a fitness smartwatch, those aren’t always the best fit for everyone.
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A bunch of volunteers risked various forms of anaphylaxis out in the country's woods and fields last year, purposefully looking for and gathering data on wasps as part of the Big Wasp Survey.They put down more than 2,500 wasp traps to see what angry delights they could capture.In short, there are loads, different types and all, some hairier and some not so hairy, and the survey-runners would like us to start thinking more positively about the poor wasps, as some species are pollinators in their own slightly clumsy ways, plus they are miniature predators that manage populations of other, smaller insects.They are as "ecologically essential" as every tiny member of the massive pyramid scheme of planetary life, they say, and wasps are, like the bees, struggling to compete with humans and our love of building houses and spraying chemicals on all the dandelions.Dr Seirian Sumner from University College London is one of the leading academics prepared to die on this wasp-strewn hill and be buried in a black and yellow striped jumper, and said: "They're the maligned insect of the insect world – they're viewed as the gangsters.Whereas actually we should be viewing them as a beneficial insect, they're doing us a favour, and we're just completely overlooking that favour."
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A former Somali army colonel who fought in the country's civil war in the 1980s, and drove for Uber in Virginia has been convicted of a war crime.CNN reported earlier this month that Yusuf Abdi Ali was driving for Uber and Lyft in Virginia.On Tuesday Ali was found guilty by a jury of torturing Somali citizen Farhan Tani Warfaa in 1988 and ordered to pay him $500,000.Warfaa said Ali kidnapped him, tortured him for months, and then shot him.Warfaa said he survived by bribing the grave diggers not to scrape the earth over him.Somali citizens told Canada's CBC network in 1992 they'd seen Ali murder and torture people while serving dictator Said Barre.
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5G and foldable phones: have there been any technology trends in the news as much as these two?It brings greater speed (the ability to move more data faster), lower latency (everything’s more responsive), and will increase the maximum number of connected devices at once (a huge boon the mobile operators, and anyone connecting sensors, IoT, and smart devices).It’s a major investment for the mobile ecosystem over the next decade and could have a massive impact on the kinds of mobile apps delivered in the future.Foldable smartphones are arguably the most exciting mobile phone innovation we’ve seen in a decade, though clearly not yet ready for primetime.They bring a screen double the size of a normal smartphone, yet still fit in your pocket.And Netflix’s Bandersnatch showed that interactive storytelling could shape the future of entertainment.
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Täglich werden Logistikeinrichtungen weltweit von Millionen von Paketen auf ihrem Weg zu Privathaushalten und Unternehmen durchlaufen.Allein im Jahr 2016 verzeichnete der globale Paketzustellungsmarkt einen Anstieg um 11 % auf fast 300 Milliarden US-Dollar – 2015 waren es noch 270 Milliarden US-Dollar.1 Im USamerikanischen Frachtsystem wurden 2015 täglich 49,5 Millionen Tonnen Waren mit einem Gesamtwert von mehr als 52,7 Milliarden US-Dollar umgeschlagen – das sind etwa 56 Tonnen jährlich für jeden einzelnen Einwohner der USA.Dieser kometenhafte Anstieg, der größtenteils dem E-Commerce geschuldet ist, hat viele Unternehmen dazu gebracht, ihre operative Geschäftsstrategien zu überdenken.Ein häufig übersehener Bereich, der jetzt verstärkt in den Fokus gerät, ist der Beladungsbetrieb.In dieser kritischen Umgebung müssen die Dock- und Frachtmanager zahllose komplexe Prozesse verwalten und dabei enge Zeitpläne und noch engere Budgetvorgaben einhalten.Selbst kleinere logistische Pannen im täglichen Betrieb können dessen Effizienz mehr und mehr beeinträchtigen und letztlich zu kostspieligen Fehlern führen.
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A Brazilian cryptocurrency crime cartel has been shut down after conning over 55,000 investors for over $200 million.The cartel ran an unlicensed financial institution without authorization from Brazil’s Central Bank.The scammers claimed to offer cryptocurrency investments and promised investors 15-percent returns on their capital, local news Correio Do Povo reports.The Federal Revenue Service said the company had managed to raise around R$850 million ($210 million) by February 2019 from would-be investors.Authorities believe the number could actually be closer to R$1 billion ($248 million), though.The illegal operation has since been dismantled following a joint operation between the Brazilian Federal Police and the Federal Revenue Agency.
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Tencent CEO warns companies must keep innovating to survive amid US-China tensions – TechCrunchWhat happened: Pony Ma, founder and CEO of Chinese tech giant Tencent, said at a Tencent event Tuesday that he is keeping a close eye on whether the escalating trade dispute between China and US will turn to a tech war.The tech tycoon also stressed the importance of investing in fundamental research and key technologies.Without innovation in these key aspects, China’s digital economy will be a “high-rise built on sand” and “hard to sustain.”“China has come to the forefront of development.There is less and less room for taking the best from outside and improving on them,” Ma said.
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We guessed that the May 2019 Update would be arriving this week, and Microsoft has indeed just kicked off the rollout of the next big upgrade for Windows 10.While the May 2019 Update is now officially available, Microsoft is taking what it describes as a throttled approach to the rollout.Basically, you can check on your PC for the update, but it might not be available to all that many users initially.The idea is to make it installable for the computers least likely to have any problems, and slowly increase the level of availability, while monitoring feedback from users and taking care that no major stumbling blocks are encountered.In Microsoft’s words: “We will be taking a measured and throttled approach, allowing us to study device health data as we increase availability via Windows Update.”As part of the process of analyzing the rollout, Microsoft has introduced a Windows release health dashboard, which highlights any known issues that have popped up, and their status (whether they are being investigated, or have been resolved).
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Part of the Digital Economy Act 2017, the regulation is aimed at preventing children from viewing inappropriate images and videos online.The upside is, without yet being enforced, the block has sparked widespread social dialogue, and many child safety experts would agree that if it helps to ignite conversations between parents and their children, it is likely to have a positive impact on society at large.In response to the Porn Block, MindGeek – the Canadian based parent company of PornHub and YouPorn, has created an age verification system called AgeID.The AgeID system is encrypted with a stronger “salted, one-way hash”.This choice creates stronger security: it will slow down attackers in case of a breach, as a salted hash will show different encryptions for every password, even if different users have the same one.This authentication method and the necessity to verify the age of users has raised a series of well-founded concerns.
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I never quite understood how someone’s expectations of a movie could potentially ruin the reality of watching it until I heard the words: The Rise of Skywalker.Minutes after the title for Star Wars: Episode IX was announced last month, I read a theory somewhere of what “The Rise of Skywalker” could mean.The theory, which has since widely spread, is that “Skywalker” in this sense may no longer be referring to a specific bloodline, family, or individual.It suggests that with “The Last Jedi” having arrived in the galaxy, a new order of galaxy peacekeepers who use the Force would rise, and Rey would name them “Skywalkers.”Now, this fits beautifully into everything the Star Wars sequel trilogy—and the franchise as a whole—has been saying, which is why I love it.There’s a growing notion over the last two films that powerful Force users don’t need to follow a Jedi code to be heroes.
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Self-driving truck startup TuSimple will haul mail for USPS in two-week pilot – TechCrunchWhat happened: Autonomous truck startup TuSimple, which has operations in China and the US, has been awarded a contract to haul United States Postal Service trailers between Dallas and Phoenix, a trip that spans around 1,600 kilometers.The pilot will last two weeks, and each truck will be run for 22 hours, which includes overnight driving.A safety engineer will be present on all trips.Why it’s important: TuSimple has been running daily routes for customers in Arizona and was last year permitted to test its trucks on selected roads in Shanghai.The company has partnered with Chinese automakers Shaanxi Automotive and Sinotruck and seeks to commercialize its technology by next year.
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Keeping to its promise of semiannual updates, Microsoft today announced it’s made the next big version of Windows 10 available.The simply-named Windows 10 May 2019 update isn’t as packed with features as its predecessors, but there are still a few things to note.In particular, it includes a new ‘Light’ theme; dark mode haters rejoice.The Light theme was first announced back in November, but it was only available to members of the Windows Insider Program – essentially beta testers.While Windows 10’s default theme largely includes light and white elements, major components like the Task Bar and Start Menu use a dark transparency that might mess with your minimalist mojo.There’s also a lighter default wallpaper to go along with it.
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Apple finally heard your keyboard complaints, USPS is ditching the drivers, and Google exposed some passwords.Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Apple is finally fixing its keyboardsA year and a half after MacBook Pro users complained about their keyboards breaking, Apple is finally doing something about it.The company is making what it says is a material change to the keyboards in their new lineup of computers, and will also extend its keyboard repair program for those already out in the world.Starting Tuesday, autonomous trucks built by startup TuSimple will begin hauling mail between Phoenix and Dallas.
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Sorry state of documentation baffles programmers as iGiant launches new MacBook Pros, promises better keyboardsApple developers are becoming increasingly vocal about their displeasure with the state of the iGiant's programmer documentation, which they depend upon to craft iOS and macOS software.In a blog post on Monday, macOS developer Michael Tsai makes note of a handful of fellow coders expressing discontent with Apple's instructions for working with its technology.Among them, Scott Anguish, a veteran developer who used to work at Apple, observed on Twitter that old iOS documentation has been moved into an archive and is now unsupported."There seems to be no modern guidance for, say, [text fields] blocked by keyboards," he continued, referring to the challenge of dealing with a virtual keyboard on-screen that obscures an underlying text interface element.It also opened up its keyboard upgrade service to all MacBooks that use the dreaded butterfly mechanism: your laptop's faulty keyboard can be replaced as long as it's not been more than four years since your particular model went on sale.
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