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Fasthosts registers all its customers' .uk domain names – just for safekeeping, you understandAnalysis For a £100m windfall that apparently doesn't exist, the release of millions of valuable .uk domain names is stirring a lot of activity in the UK's internet name space.Earlier this month, we pointed out that .uk overlord Nominet had created an entire process seemingly designed to benefit its largest members by giving registrars a week-long opportunity to grab dot-uk domain names worth approximately £100m before the public can get them.This week, however, one registrar has decided that it doesn't like its chances under Nominet's special pay-to-play system and has decided, unilaterally, that it will register all second-level .uk domain names that its customers have third-level registrations to, such as .co.uk domains.Just a few problems with that claim, thoughSo if, for example, you registered example.co.uk with Fasthosts a decade ago but decided not to use to your right to also register example.uk over the past five years, don't worry, Fasthosts is going to register it for you.
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Apple could be preparing to release a new MacBook Air 2019 and 13-inch MacBook Pro 2019 alongside its upcoming macOS 10.15 Catalina software later this year.The rumor comes from IHS Markit analyst Jeff Lin, who published his Emerging PC Market Tracker.The report is only available to subscribers, but Forbes has reported on details within the report that suggest that Apple will update the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro and Retina MacBook Air with new processors in September 2019.The new laptops will also ship with Apple’s upcoming operating system, macOS 10.15, according to Lin.In the report, Lin claims that the 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar will be the model that gets the processor update.The version with the Touch Bar got a processor update back in May.
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What happened: Tencent’s messaging app WeChat has on Monday unblocked links shared from short video app Kuaishou, 36Kr reported.Shared videos play directly in user WeChat Moments newsfeeds as embedded videos.The sharing button in Kuaishou has also been changed to the WeChat’s Moments icon.Videos from Bytedance apps such as Douyin, Xigua Video, and Huoshan Video, however, still need to be downloaded and then uploaded to appear in WeChat.Why it’s important: In April 2018, China’s National Radio and Television Administration censured a number of short video apps for expanding their services without proper licenses.A month later, Tencent started blocking embedded short video links in WeChat Moments, requiring users to copy and paste links into browsers to be viewed normally.
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Thanks to the internet and all the apps and services that run on top of it, we can now ping someone on the other side of the world instantly—but that person doesn’t necessarily want to hear from you in the middle of the night.The same goes for social media sharing, because the time when inspiration strikes may not be the best time for sharing.If you’re composing an email on the web, open the little drop-down menu next to Send then choose Schedule send, and you get to specify a date and time (or just choose a preset like “tomorrow morning”).Queued up emails can be viewed and edited from the Scheduled link on the left of the web interface.The feature has made its way to Gmail on Android and iOS as well: When you’re composing a new message or a reply, tap the three dots in the top right corner, then choose Schedule send.Whichever platform you’re using Outlook on, scheduled emails will stick around in the outbox until the designated time, so you can edit or cancel them if needed.
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Leading cryptocurrency mining chips producer Bitmain is currently working with advisers as it prepares to revive plans for an initial public offering amid Bitcoin reaching a one-year high, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.The Chinese company is planning on proceeding with a US share sale that could take place as soon as the second half of 2019, the people added.It was previously reported that the cryptocurrency mining giant pursued a Hong Kong IPO of as much as US$3 billion, but has let its application lapse.
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Facebook’s plan to launch a cryptocurrency could usher in a new type of “currency competition” and force China to rethink how it deals with the realities of the digital world, analysts said.Facebook’s Libra, which is expected to be launched next year, raises a tough question for Beijing as it may have greater implications for global currencies, payments, and financial systems than traditional currencies.That is because it will be pegged to a basket of convertible currencies – so it could serve as a stable online currency – while its payments will be endorsed by Visa and Mastercard, meaning it can be used for a range of online services.Wei-Tek Tsai, chief scientist at Chinese blockchain firm Tiande Technologies, said the planned launch of Libra heralded a new type of currency competition and will be the first one related to digital currency.That is because as a stablecoin – a cryptocurrency that holds a stable value – Libra will not be working against fiat currencies but as a supplement to promote their use.“In the new currency competition, they can also use stablecoins to enter other markets, and control trading information.
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Rumors of a foldable Microsoft Surface product have been circulating for well over a year now, but the latest leak offers up more possible details than ever before.Speaking with Forbes, British analytics outfit IHS Markit claimed that a smaller foldable Surface device would arrive in the first half of 2020, according to “supply chain info” that it has obtained.Furthermore, IHS Markit stated that the device would rely on Microsoft’s upcoming foldable-friendly version of Windows 10, would be able to support Android and iCloud apps, and would run on Intel’s new 10nm Lakefield SoC (System on a Chip).The new version of Windows 10 – which is rumored to be named Windows Core OS (or WCOS for short) – features integrated UI support for dual displays.Physically, the foldable Surface is said to feature dual 9-inch displays in a 4:3 aspect ratio.The folding edge will supposedly be reinforced by a sturdy hinge (hinted at in recent patents) and, internally, the device will include a support for an always-on LTE or 5G mobile data connection.
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It could be Niantic Labs’ biggest hit or it could replace Ingress as its most forgettable.One thing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite isn’t is slow.Although the AR game developer never really gave a timeline other than “soon”, it has just announced the expansion of the game to more-real world countries, bringing the total to 144 more countries just over the weekend.That’s definitely a lot faster than Pokemon GO.Staged rollout for game launches, especially online mobile ones, isn’t exactly new.There are various reasons for it but one of the biggest reason for Niantic Labs is server overload.
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The long-awaited Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, which Square Enix finally announced at E3 2019, will come with features that will enable faster progression.Series producer Yoshinori Kitase said in an interview with Famitsu magazine that Final Fantasy VIII Remastered will integrate the features of triple speed, which will make the game run at a much faster pace; battle enhancements, which will keep all characters’ HP and ATB gauges at max and Limit Breaks always available; and no random encounters, for uninterrupted movement across maps and areas.The features will allow players to replay the Final Fantasy VIII story without having to go through the same grind as during their first crack at the 1999 PlayStation classic RPG.PC players will be able to enjoy additional features that will allow them to acquire all items, abilities, Limit Breaks, and triple triad cards, as well as boost GF levels, gil, and magic to maximum.The PC version will also offer highly customizable system settings, though it remains unclear what exactly this means.Kitase did not reveal in the interview why the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch versions of Final Fantasy VIII Remastered will not come with the PC exclusive features.
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New research suggests that hundreds of millions of years ago the Milky Way collided with Antlia 2, a nearby dwarf galaxy.This collision caused ripples in the edge of the disk of gas around the Milky Way which we still observe today.Antlia 2 is about one third the size of the Milky Way, and is believed to be the galaxy dominated by dark matter which astronomers predicted to exist back in 2009.Its location matches the predictions but it was only discovered in 2018 because it has very low density and gives off very little light.The new data shows that based on Antlia 2’s trajectory, it would have collided with the Milky Way and caused the ripples in its gas disk.“The discovery could help develop methods to hunt for dark galaxies and ultimately solve the long-standing puzzle of what dark matter is,” astrophysicist Sukanya Chakrabarti, lead author of the study, said in a statement.
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Bungie raised $400,000 in just four hours as part of the annual GuardianCon Charity Marathon Stream, shattering the Destiny developer’s goal of $150,000 and breaking the event’s all-time record, but Fortnite streamer Dr. Lupo did even better.A massive thank you to @Bungie for a MASSIVE block during the GuardianCon marathon!@NeebsOfficial is up, let’s keep the hype going!— Guardian Con (@GuardianCon) June 21, 2019GuardianCon, which started as a Destiny-focused community meet-up, has evolved into “Florida’s premier gaming convention,” featuring a combination of in-person events with keynote speakers and new game previews, and a collection of Twitch streams that seek to raise money for charity.This year, the donations will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, which focuses on treating the toughest childhood cancers and pediatric diseases.
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The world's most recognizable Fortnite player won't be participating in the biggest video game tournament of all time.Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, who has raked in millions of dollars playing the game, failed to qualify for next month's Fortnite World Cup Finals.Ninja was eliminated from the solo competition two weeks ago, and on Friday he missed the cut for the duos competition.Along with partner Malachi "Reverse2k" Greine, finished with 64 points, 25 shy of what they needed to compete in the World Cup Finals.Ninja, who didn't stream his three hours of game play, took to Twitter on Friday to inform his 4 million followers that he won't be competing in the tournament but will still be in attendance.Fortnite, one of the biggest free-to-play games on consoles ever, took 2018 by storm.
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration confirmed that its Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) was hacked last year, with the attacker able to steal 500 MB of data related to the space agency’s missions using a cheap Raspberry Pi computer.The Raspberry Pi, priced at about $36 for the basic board, is one of the most versatile and understated computing platforms available in the market.The credit card-sized computer is perfect for projects such as a retro gaming station or a smart home gadgets base station, but a hacker has apparently found a twisted use for it.NASA, in an audit report, revealed that in April 2018, JPL discovered an account that belonged to external user was compromised, and was used to steal about 500 MB of data from one of its major mission systems.The account was compromised by a hacker who used a Raspberry Pi to gain unauthorized access to the JPL network.The attacker then took advantage of the weaknesses in the laboratory’s network to remain undetected for 10 months, stealing 23 files in the process.
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On the first national Windrush Day and in the wake of the scandal, the prime minister paid tribute to the Caribbean migrants who rebuilt Britain.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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Bosses might think they know what they’re doing — after all, how hard is it to just set a deadline and expect people to meet it?But software development has a particular way of working that just doesn’t make sense to non-technical managers.Throwing more people at a project doesn’t helpManagers who are inexperienced or don’t have a software background often think a team will work faster if they introduce more warm bodies into the project.It’s a rookie move that always elicits groans from the dev team.The problem gets even worse if that person is a new hire or a rookie because anything this newbie does will have to be double-checked by one of the veterans — which, again, is valuable time spent away from the actual task.
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CANNES, France—Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels said that the show wouldn’t be able to be created in this day and age due to budget constraints and “narrow casting.”Speaking at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on stage with Linda Yaccarino, chairman of advertising sales and client partnerships for NBCUniversal, Michaels gave a rare public retrospection of SNL over the years as the show heads into its 45th anniversary.“You couldn’t do this show now, mostly because of budget,” Michaels said, pointing to the depth of costumes and design that goes into each episode.“… You can’t start that now because we’re in an age of narrow casting.”He spoke of when the show first started, and all he budgeted for was opening credits, closing credits and nine commercial breaks, which gave them just enough time to change wigs and sets, he said.“You couldn’t do this show now, mostly because of budget.
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LOS ANGELES —How much is a solid single-player Star Wars adventure game from EA worth in 2019?That answer might have been different six years ago, when EA's brand-new investment in the Star Wars universe had everyone wondering how epic its games would turn out.Since then, one huge project sputtered, then was outright canceled, while two Star Wars Battlefront reboots ranged from so-so to alarming.(According to Respawn lead technical designer Brandon Kelch, Asmussen brought on other members of Sony Santa Monica's old God of War design team, as well.According to Respawn, that use of Unreal Engine 4—as opposed to Titanfall's modified Source Engine or Star Wars Battlefront's Frostbite Engine—was imperative for a quick development turnaround."The team was really lacking programmers at the start, so [Unreal Engine 4's built-in tools] really let us build something," technical director Jiesang Song explained.
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In its first day on the New York Stock Exchange, workplace messaging company Slack leapt over 50 per cent above its reference price of $26 (£20) per share despite employing an unusual, less costly strategy to debut on the market.Across a few hours of trading, Slack’s total value soared to $23.1 billion (£18.13 billion), while concurrently making what were, respectively, supposed to be the year’s blockbuster IPOs look like absolute dogpoo.In short, it opted to go public through a “direct listing” rather than the splashy Initial Public Offerings favoured by many growth-hungry tech companies.In this schema, companies aren’t seeking to raise additional capital by creating new shares so much as they’re allowing shareholders (employees and third parties alike) to trade their existing slivers of the company on the open market.Importantly, with a direct listing, it also dodges the expenses and fees involved with using investment banks as underwriters.Music streaming service Spotify made waves last year when it opted for the same strategy, and hewed close to its $132 (£103) per share list price, neither “popping” or crashing as more erratic IPOs have a tendency to do.
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Oracle has been conducting rolling layoffs worldwide since March, impacting all sorts of units, including its all-important cloud divisions.On Wednesday, Oracle founder, chairman and CTO Larry Ellison gave some insight into what's going on.Oracle has been conducting rolling layoffs worldwide since March, impacting all sorts of business units within the company, including its all-important cloud divisions.While the company has publicly acknowledged the layoffs, management hasn't discussed details like how many jobs will be cut or when the restructuring will end.Still, on Wednesday, after Oracle reported its fiscal 2019 Q4 earnings, founder, chairman and CTO Larry Ellison gave some insight into what's going on, saying that some of Oracle's businesses "are melting away and we just don't care.Read: Larry Ellison is cautiously optimistic that Oracle's new cloud database will succeed, even though it doesn't have many customers yet
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The week began with a tricky Google Calendar phishing scam, and ended with Iran ramping up its cyberattacks against the US, as talk of war with that nation mounts.We went in-depth on the message the US is sending Russia about its nuclear experiments: Do as we say, not as we do.And then, just as the week was ending, Iran went and shot a $220 million US surveillance drone out of the sky, which didn’t really help alleviate tensions.Click on the headlines to read the full articles, and be safe out there.Cryptocurrency exchanges are a juicy target for hackers, for at least one obvious reason: They’re full of money that can be drained remotely.The first zero-day made headlines midweek when Mozilla confirmed that it had patched a bug which would allowed hackers to gain remote access to a Firefox browser and execute code.
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