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Measurement nerds enter the 21st centuryAs incredible as it may seem, until this week the definitive measurement of a kilogram was a cylinder made of an alloy comprising 90 per cent platinum and 10 per cent iridium sat under a glass dome in a room in Paris.The cylinder is one of six official exact weights of one kilogram, and it has been that way since 1889: The same year Adolf Hitler was born, the Eiffel Tower was built, and American President Grover Cleveland added North and South Dakota, Montana, and Washington to the United States.And so on Friday representatives from 60 countries voted in perhaps the biggest ever change to how we measure things on this planet.The vote redefined the kilogram, the SI base unit of mass, so that it is no longer derived from a unique object, one of the aforementioned shafts of alloy, and instead can be calculated from constants in nature like its fellow SI base units.This is defined as the distance traveled by light in a vacuum in a 299,792,458th of a second.
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The slim volume had fun cataloguing the outlandish creatures of Harry Potter's wizarding world.And if nothing else, the Fantastic Beasts franchise provides us with yet another way into Rowling's much-loved and incredibly detailed magical world.Fantastic Beasts 2 is dense with Harry Potter references, and a firmer hand in the editing suite may have helped cut through a swathe of Potteresque subplots.Yet there's something to love about this unruly creature, which leaped into theaters Thursday in Australia and arrived Friday in the US and the UK.Covering no less than four major cities, Rowling's story plays out like a novel, chapter by chapter, focusing on different characters and their struggles with familiar themes.OG evil wizard overlord Grindelwald -- an eloquent but not exactly terrifying Johnny Depp with white eyelashes and one white eye -- shares similarities with the Harry Potter villain who shall not be named, building followers and promoting a world where wizards and witches are no longer hidden from non-magic folk.
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Welcome to your weekly round-up of the best U.K. deals of the week for Android phones, network plans, accessories, smart home tech, and a little of whatever else is on offer in the world of mobile!This week’s deals include early Black Friday offers on a whole load of Google products, an iPhone X for less than 700 pounds, a killer offer on a Xiaomi Redmi 6A and Mi Band 3 bundle, and much more.Below are the most enticing deals we’ve seen this week hand-picked with a little help from the folks over at HotUKDeals – the U.K.’s biggest deal-sharing community.Have you seen any amazing deals this week?Be sure to share your finds in the comments.
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This week, The Mage’s Tale developer InXile Entertainment was acquired by Microsoft, becoming a member of its Microsoft Studios family.Given that the Xbox-maker doesn’t have its own VR headset for consoles (and only partners with others on its PC devices), this threw into question the status of InXile’s upcoming VR projects.Speaking to UploadVR, InXile CEO and founder Brian Fargo confirmed that both the company’s unrevealed open-world VR role-playing game (RPG) and the long-awaited PSVR port of The Mage’s Tale are still on the way.“We still have our big VR game coming that I’ve been hinting about, so no worries there,” Fargo said.“And Mage’s Tale PSVR is wrapped up and we are working with Sony on a release date.”Well that’s good news all round, then.
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This week, we’ll test out just how familiar you are with Samsung Experience, OxygenOS, EMUI, and other Android skins.Each of the 10 questions in this quiz revolves around a specific feature offered by an Android skin and your job is to figure out which one.There are four answers available for every question, only one of which is correct.Are you up for the challenge?Press the Start button below and show us what you got — and don’t forget to share your result on social media at the end.This is the 17th quiz in our regular weekly series.
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It’s clear that driverless cars will revolutionize the way we get from Point A to Point B.Perhaps less obvious is how it’ll change our sex lives.According to a new study by the Annals of Tourism Research, ditching the driver could open up a whole lot of doors for transit-related sexual activity.Scott Cohen, the deputy director of research at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey stated in the report that approximately 60 percent of Americans have already had sex in a car.But with driverless cars, it might not just be the occasional quickie, or the awkward post-prom encounter.Driverless cars could actually be a boon for the sex industry.
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CI/CD are a pair of intertwined processes for delivering more code, more quickly, to more people.Now, it's possible to make changes and release them to customers instantly — the same way that Facebook, Google, and other tech companies roll out new features that appear as soon as you refresh your browser.Now, as software continues to eat the world, investors are flocking to companies that are helping their customers achieve the same kind of speed.With CI and CD, companies can release changes to customers as often as they want, whether it's once a month or 20 times a day.Indeed, companies like Netflix, Etsy, and Sony are said to have adopted CI/CD to keep up with competitors small and large.Other CI leaders include CircleCI, which had raised $59 million, and CloudBees, which had raised $113.2 million.
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This (currently) five part feature should provide you with a very basic understanding of what AI is, what it can do, and how it works.The guide contains articles on (in order published) neural networks, computer vision, natural language processing, algorithms, and artificial general intelligence.The golem of Jewish folklore is an early example of an automaton, as well as Pygmalion’s Galatea.But, rather than bring machines to life, we’ve so far only imitated intelligence.Computer vision, natural language processing, and other machine learning-based technologies have revolutionized the field – seemingly overnight – but it’s hard to cut through the hyperbole and figure out what’s really going on.You’ll hear and read a lot of different terms being thrown around to describe concepts that seem the same, with few people able to explain the differences.
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Android 9 Pie was released more than three months ago, but Samsung phones, including the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9, still aren’t running the latest software.Samsung is working on updating its devices to Android 9 in the coming months, and today we learned there’s one really annoying change in policy that will be waiting for users when it’s ready.According to a notice sent out by Samsung, free themes in its store will only work for 14 days once users upgrade to Android 9, after which the phone will revert back to Samsung’s default One UI skin.For people who don’t want to revert, Samsung says it will provide a pop-up notification one day before the end of the 14-day usage period, with a second notification 10 minutes before the theme automatically changes back to the default.Samsung’s One UI is a new take on the company’s long-running Android skin.The interface is the successor to Touch Wiz and its more recent evolution, the Samsung Experience UI, which is currently featured in new Galaxy devices.
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Sells 'intelligent' chassis, removable drive magazine, StorNext base stationQuantum has stepped sideways into the autonomous vehicle testing market with a data logging system integrated with its StorNext multi-tiered workflow file management product.Known as an entertainment-and-media and oil-and-gas workflow file management supplier, Quantum's scale-out StorNext hub system supplies and manages files needed for complex and integrated workflows.It provides a single file repository embracing filers, object stores, tape libraries and the public cloud which is integrated with individual applications involved in multi-stage workflows found in movie production and oil/gas field management.Quantum's Mobile Storage products are aimed at autonomous vehicle testing and provide a way to store bulk data collected during a car test drive, manually transfer it to a garage system and have that feed the data to engineers for analysis.Essentially, the in-car system is a rail-mounted chassis with dimensions of 23cm x 13cm x 53cm (9" x 5.25" x 21").
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Ask a dyed-in-the-wool car geek their opinion on the Toyota Camry or Toyota Avalon, and you might hear a range of emotions from, "It's fine" to "It's pretty decent."These two cars traditionally fall on the pocket-protector side of the risk spectrum, but a new TRD trim ditches all those preconceived notions.Both vehicles have been injected with some properly interesting bits of kit, whether it relates to aesthetics or performance.Yes, that's correct -- these upgrades are not about looks alone, and I think that's pretty swell.A new body kit adds a more aggressive front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser, all of which are claimed to be beneficial to high-speed stability.Red pinstripes, brake calipers and badges round out the exterior.
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"Maybe Amazon will have massive competition and they won't be the same company in five years," Trump said in an interview with the Daily Caller.Trump's opinion offers a highly simplistic review of the anti-trust criticisms that have been lobbied against Amazon by other politicians in the US and Europe.In an interview with the Daily Caller discussing both Amazon's relationship with the US Postal Service and Amazon picking its HQ2 locations in both New York City and Arlington, Virginia, Trump shrugged off the suggestion that Amazon is a monopoly.Read more: Amazon is breaking a central promise of HQ2 by reportedly placing it in 2 different citiesHe also predicted that "Maybe Amazon will have massive competition and they won't be the same company in five years, in which case it will be a big mistake."Trump then pivoted to talk about Amazon's place in the e-commerce market, citing notable competitors like Walmart, which has been beefing up its online offerings.
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A team of researchers from the Earthquake Research Institute, Department of Civil Engineering and Information Technology Center at the University of Tokyo, and the RIKEN Center for Computational Science and RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project in Japan were finalists for the coveted Gordon Bell Prize for outstanding achievements in high-performance computing.Tsuyoshi Ichimura together with Kohei Fujita, Takuma Yamaguchi, Kengo Nakajima, Muneo Hori and Lalith Maddegedara were praised for their simulation of earthquake physics in complex urban environments.Earthquakes are a huge problem in many places around the world including, famously, Japan.This complex problem led the team to devise novel strategies involving artificial intelligence (AI) to model earthquakes in urban centers with a high degree of accuracy."In the field of computer science there is a big gap between AI and physics-based simulations," said Ichimura.Their mixed-methodology approach utilized AI and varying degrees of mathematical precision to create a completely new code for the simulation - with unprecedented efficiency.
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As shareholders sign off on Big Red's big pay packet for first time in seven yearsBig Red has been trying to bolster its cloud application business, and San Jose-based Talari's tech aims to improve reliability and security of application access over IP networks.Oracle said the acquisition of Talari, which has more than 500 enterprise customers, would close in this calendar year, and that it would continue to invest in the network biz.Talari's main product is the SD-WAN technology Failsafe, which claims to add greater reliability and predictability while maintaining security for site-to-site and site-to-cloud connectivity and application access over IP networks.A canned statement from the database giant said the acquisition would help "accelerate digital transformation and cloud adoption" by offering customers "complete enterprise network solutions that ensure reliability and performance of real-time communications and mission-critical applications over any network".Big Red cited (PDF) a fit with its own Session Border Controller (SBC) technology, and promises to continue developing Talari's product set.
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Colgate is making a return after a three-year hiatus.Colgate is returning to the Super Bowl this year with a national spot.The toothpaste company was a first-time advertiser in the game in 2016, with a 30-second ad about saving water.That ad didn’t feature Colgate’s products.It’s currently unclear what the creative concept is for the spot, who the agency is behind it is, when it will air during the game or how long the ad will be.A spokesperson for Colgate is awaiting more information from the brand.
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We rounded up all our favorite indoor smart plugs right here.When it comes to smart plugs for outdoor devices, the options are a bit more limited.You can still find a plug for your needs that can withstand the elements, but you'll likely pay more than you would for an indoor plug.Buying an outdoor plug is a great investment in your smart home year-round.Sure, these plugs are awesome for holiday lights, but they can smarten your summer cookouts or Fall tailgates, too.There are few things you'll need to decide when shopping for an outdoor smart plug.
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Jeff Bezos told Amazon employees that he predicts "one day Amazon will fail," according to a recording of an internal meeting heard by CNBC.Bezos added that Amazon's job is to delay failure for as long as possible by focussing on its customers.Amazon staffers told CNBC that issues such as government regulation and potential antitrust violations worry them.Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made a stunning admission last week in an all-hands meeting, a recording of which was heard by CNBC.With the company valued at just shy of $1 trillion and Bezos being the richest man in modern history, the Amazon CEO said his 24-year-old firm is far from invincible.Read more: Creditors urge Sears to shut down all its stores, calling its plan for survival "wishful thinking"
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Debate: As businesses start to implant their employees with microchips, should this be allowed?Yes – Richard Skellett is a future of work expert and digital anthropologist.Surely, then, it makes sense to have your own personal microchip which you control?Microchipping will be the future of work, provided that human jobs are not displaced by automation.Companies tend to treat people as costs and liabilities, but microchipping could be the answer to ensuring that employees are treated as assets, while helping them earn more for themselves.The chip would have metrics on your performance, improvements tips, and even a record of your behavioural traits, such as how you work and communicate.
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I can only assume that Netflix is bidding for rights to Brexit: The Saga.Arguably, that’s a bad thing – yet we can’t tear our eyes away.Parties are torn in half.The past two and a half years have not been spent on meaningful negotiations with the EU, but rather bickering among one’s usual allies.Now, progress on Brexit which should have been delivered months ago looks very likely to stall again.On Wednesday night, we got a nice reminder that this is not how the rest of life operates.
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CashCash, an app that recommends and distributes financial products, recently closed a multi-million dollar series A round, with Creation Partners Capital as lead investor.Zhen Fund, Zero2IPO, and Rong360 were co-investors.Currently the app features products from more than 60 Indonesian online loan platforms.It has up to 700,000 monthly active users.The startup will use the fresh capital to expand into other financial services such as e-wallets.It is also preparing to enter the Philippines, India, and Vietnam.
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