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The US administration is ratcheting up pressure on China’s technology champions amid reports that it is also considering restrictions on the ability of video surveillance group Hikvision to buy American products.The move would likely inflame tensions between the world’s two biggest economies.Coming hot on the heels of US President Donald Trump’s decision to add Huawei to a US trade blacklist, which is threatening to put the Chinese telecoms giant out of business outside of China, it is now looking at similar limits on Hikvision, The New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.The US Commerce Department may require that American companies obtain government approval to supply components to Hikvision, limiting the company’s access to technology that helps power its equipment, according to The New York Times.China has promised to retaliate against American industries.The combination of more traditional surveillance equipment with new technologies like AI, speech monitoring, and genetic testing is helping make monitoring networks increasingly effective – and intrusive.
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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21, 2019 -- Superconductors' never-ending flow of electrical current could provide new options for energy storage and superefficient electrical transmission and generation, to name just a few benefits.But the signature zero electrical resistance of superconductors is reached only below a certain critical temperature, hundreds of degrees Celsius below freezing, and is very expensive to achieve.The findings from the group's theoretical calculations and experimental approaches are published in the Journal of Applied Physics, from AIP Publishing."The application of tensile biaxial strain leads to an increase of the critical temperature, implying that achieving high temperature superconductivity becomes easier under strain," said the study's first author from the University of Belgrade's LEX Laboratory, Vladan Celebonovic.The team examined how conductivity within low-dimensional materials, such as lithium-doped graphene, changed when different types of forces applied a "strain" on the material.Strain engineering has been used to fine-tune the properties of bulkier materials, but the advantage of applying strain to low-dimensional materials, only one atom thick, is that they can sustain large strains without breaking.
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Dental evidence suggests Neanderthals and modern humans diverged from a common ancestor around 800,000 years ago—hundreds of thousands of years earlier than standard estimates.The finding could finally reveal the provenance of our shared ancestry, but some experts say the new evidence is unconvincing.Archaeological and genetic evidence suggests Neanderthals were romping around Eurasia around 400,000 years ago, and that modern humans, Homo sapiens, emerged in Africa around 300,000 years ago.The timing and geographic location of their momentous evolutionary split is not known, but studies of skulls and DNA suggests it happened around 500,000 to 600,000 years ago.The lone author of the new study, anthropologist Aida Gómez-Robles from the University College London, reached this conclusion after analysing Neanderthal teeth dated to 430,000 years ago.The Neanderthal teeth used in the study were previously found in Sima de los Huesos, a Spanish cave that hosted hominins during the Middle Pleistocene.
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North Carolina State University researchers have developed a new framework for building deep neural networks via grammar-guided network generators.In experimental testing, the new networks - called AOGNets - have outperformed existing state-of-the-art frameworks, including the widely-used ResNet and DenseNet systems, in visual recognition tasks."AOGNets have better prediction accuracy than any of the networks we've compared it to," says Tianfu Wu, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at NC State and corresponding author of a paper on the work.The new framework uses a compositional grammar approach to system architecture that draws on best practices from previous network systems to more effectively extract useful information from raw data.To test their new framework, the researchers developed AOGNets and tested them against three image classification benchmarks: CIFAR-10, CIFAR-100 and ImageNet-1K."AOGNets obtained significantly better performance than all of the state-of-the-art networks under fair comparisons, including ResNets, DenseNets, ResNeXts and DualPathNets," Wu says.
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Where does Honor go after the Honor View 20, which I described as the best device it has ever made?The result is a compact smartphone with very desirable photographic skills that pushes past the controversy surrounding the brand at the time of its launch.Chief among the issues is a lack of identity.Honor’s answer is that “one phone is not enough to meet the demands of everyone.” The truth is that we don’t need them — the Honor 20 Pro is more than enough smartphone for most.This will cure itself after a period of adjustment, but it can be frustrating at first.It is refreshing to not have to battle with a substandard security method, and unlocking the phone takes only 0.5 seconds.
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Honda has thrown open reservations for its adorable Honda E electric city car, though there’s still bad news if you were hoping for some green motoring in the US.Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 back in March, the retro-styled hatchback won over hearts with its cutesy aesthetic, even if its range doesn’t live up to other EVs.In fact, the Honda E – the production name for the Honda E Prototype – is expected to do more than 125 miles on aa full charge.It’ll support fast charging, too, with a 30 minute charge at a compatible station being good for up to 80-percent.Along with the reservations process, Honda has also confirmed the color options that the Honda E will be offered in.There’s the Platinum White Metallic that we saw the show car debut in, which almost looks like white ceramic in person.
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UK mobile operator EE has been struggling to get its VoLTE services back on their feet, after a seven-hour flood of angry complaints from customers unable to place voice calls over the 4G network.The moans from the, er, old-school types who prefer to talk to their contacts rather than communicating by text or sending memes on WhatsApp began this morning at around 8am BST.The Register asked EE, which was slurped by the BT Group for £12.5bn in 2016, if it had any explanation for the technical issues behind the patchy service."It is concerning that EE has not yet identified the cause of the problem," uSwitch's Ru Bhikha noted.The company has said that SMSes, data services and internet-based OTT calling have not been affected."We’re aware that a small number of customers are unable to make some calls over 4G," EE's official Twitter handlers have been frantically tweeting to angry users, prompting one to slap back "How small is small?
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Celebrity endorsement of wellness trends truly jumped the shark with the news that the wholesome lifestyle guru Martha Stewart plans to link with leading cannabis company Canopy Growth to develop and market a range of CBD products.In the past month alone, we’ve been worrying whether the ketogenic diet can lead to unsavory body odor, digesting the idea burned toast can give us cancer and staying up all night wondering if moon milk can really help us sleep better.Far too often the debate surrounding the issue of wellness is focused on social media opinions, not those of healthcare professionals.The high-fat, low-carb diet is the celebrity weight loss program of the moment.Keto devotee Al Roker said Michaels was full of “bad ideas” and presenter Andy Cohen called her “a jackhole.”The argument went national and multimedia without physicians or nutritionists weighing in.
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Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's celebrity businessman credentials are about to be called into question, as the company that operates all of his high street restaurant brands has called in the administrators.It's the global finance equivalent of doing a runner without paying.Oliver-branded restaurant Jamie's Italian will continue to trade during the process, while the posher Fifteen London faces the chop and the dining experience of Barbecoa is also under threat of closure or sale, with as many as 1,300 jobs at risk.Oliver said: "I am deeply saddened by this outcome and would like to thank all of the staff and our suppliers who have put their hearts and souls into this business for over a decade.I appreciate how difficult this is for everyone affected."Fifteen Cornwall is fine, as it's a franchise.
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A year and a half after introducing its first Quantum-branded version of Firefox, Mozilla is still working to speed up its web browser.The new Firefox 67, released Tuesday, concentrates its attention on important parts of website code, speeding up Instagram, Amazon and Google by 40% to 80%, the nonprofit said.It also puts background tabs on hold when you have less than 400MB of free memory to try to avoid slowdowns.Speed is crucial to life online.Statistically, you'll perform more searches, read more news and do more shopping when websites load faster.But for all Mozilla's effort, the number of people using Firefox monthly continues to dwindle -- down from about 300 million when Mozilla released the first Firefox Quantum in November 2017 to about 257 million today, according to Mozilla statistics.
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When Borderlands came out 10 years ago, the industry and gamers took notice.It became one of the most popular and well-reviewed games of 2009, praised for its slick visuals, its silliness and its array of guns and items you could collect throughout its world.Borderlands also ushered in a new genre of game by combining a first-person shooter, where you play the game through the eyes of the main character, with role-playing game (RPG) elements and a heavy focus on obtaining the best weapons.They included titles like Ubisoft's post-apocalyptic survival game Tom Clancy's The Division, the fantasy game Anthem from Electronic Arts, and the space battle epic Destiny from Bungie.Borderlands itself has had several follow-ups, including Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, which came out in 2014 to mixed reviews.After years of teasing and speculation by developer Gearbox Software, the company finally said Borderlands 3 is coming on Sept. 13.
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Around 50 pet cats and two of their human keepers were infected with bovine tuberculosis late last year, prompting a recall of one particular brand of supposedly healthy "natural" cat food.The juicy meaty chunks in question were provided by Natural Instinct, which claims to make healthier animal feeds free from too much mechanical interference.In this case, though, the raw wild venison chunks used in one particular gourmet product were found to be carrying bovine tuberculosis, which, despite a recall, went on to trigger a spate of vet appointments across England when cats started displaying symptoms.Two owners might want to examine their in-home hygiene routines in the future too, as they also managed to pick up the disease from handling their beloved little animals' food trays.Professor Danielle Gunn-Moore from the University of Edinburgh's vet studies department said: "We found circumstantial evidence that these cases of TB in cats were linked to a particular brand of raw food diet.Not all animals that are infected with the bacteria will develop disease but we would encourage owners with concerns about their pets to get them checked by their local vet."
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“Tools and support is what you have been asking us to support.”Google have rolled out new features for its Kubernetes platform at Kubecon in Barcelona this week, bringing container support for Windows Nodes and new upgrade channels for developers.Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) is starting the alpha rollout of release channels, which allow developers to customise the time frame in which their clusters are automatically upgrade.GKE have created three different channels each tailored towards developers working with different requirements with regards to stability or access to new features.The Rapid channel is upgraded weekly and will include an array of new features that may still be in beta testing.This channel is aimed at developers who want to test the newest features, but aren’t too concerned about the impact unresolved issues may have on their workloads.
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The following is a combined, adapted translation of two articles written by Huang Youcan.You may read the original articles on SinaTech and on Aitvr.com.Earlier this month, WeChat made an announcement that caused widespread grief in a number of industries that rely on its social reach and viral power.WeChat stated it has banned “enticement marketing” in the messaging app’s social feed, Moments, so that public brand accounts can no longer offer promotions, enticements, or rewards aimed at getting users to share ads in their friend circles.Support quality journalism and content.This content is exclusive to subscribers.
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Google’s mid-range Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones have only been on the market a couple of weeks and some users are already complaining of random shutdowns.Those affected have been posting details of the issue on a number of online forums, though at this stage the precise cause is far from clear.It’s also impossible to determine how many of the new handsets are suffering with the problem.Reports suggest that after the phone shuts down, users have to perform a hard reset by holding down the power button for up to 30 seconds to get it working again, though it doesn’t necessarily prevent further shutdowns from occurring.In a Reddit post, one owner described it as a “weird issue” that may be linked to Wi-Fi.“Whenever I connect to my work Wi-Fi and let the phone sit for ~10 minutes it will require a reboot,” the owner wrote in the post.
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Today is the day that the OnePlus 7 Pro arrives into the world, assuming you weren't one of the many people who queued up outside the London pop-up last Friday.Obviously if you're planning on picking one up (and why wouldn't you?), and not waiting for the significantly cheaper OnePlus 7, then you're going to want to shop around for the best deals.Fortunately we did most of the hard work for you, looking at all the retailers and networks and seeing what's on offer.The OnePlus store is the obvious place to go for a SIM free OnePlus 7 Pro, and it just happens to be the place where you can get the phone and a whole bunch of accessories.John Lewis ( & Partners, lest the PR people start pestering me to use the 'proper' name) was the location of the London pop-up event, so it's natural it would also be selling the OnePlus 7 Pro.
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Monday was a great day for fans of talking dog movies, race car movies and Amanda Seyfried because the trailer for the film adaptation of Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain hit the internet like a ton of bricks.Now for those who are unfamiliar with the source material, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a story told from a dog's perspective.This dog -- named Enzo, because of course he is and narrated by Kevin Costner, because duh -- believes in a Mongolian legend that says that a prepared dog will come back as a human.Enzo's human is a handsome guy (played by Milo Ventimiglia) who works at a BMW dealer and races cars on weekends, and thus Enzo makes cars and specifically racing them his pup-ticular area of expertise.At some point, Amanda Seyfried shows up, life happens, and there are kids and sadness and ol' Enzo is there to witness it all.There is no doubt that this film's trailer brought tears to the eyes of gearheads and amateur dog raters all over the world, so maybe get a tissue ready and give it a watch.
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Thanks to its terrific camera and mid-range price point, Google's new Pixel 3a and 3a XL smartphones have been fairly well-received by the public, however, that hasn't been the case for all users.According to numerous reports on Reddit, some users have started to experience random shutdowns from both the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, with a hard reboot (sometimes requiring the user to hold the power button for up to 30 seconds) being the only way to bring the phone back, as reported by Android Police."I had 3 shutdowns yesterday, including over night, causing me to miss my wake alarm," said one Redditor, who also tried using the phone "in 'Safe Mode' to eliminate any chance of a third party app causing it."In this instance, the issue continued, which led the user to believe the problem is hardware related.However, another Reddit poster with the same problem noted that the issue only seems to occur when their device is connected to Wi-Fi, and that "Leaving the phone with wifi off seems to prevent the crashing all together."Another user who reported the issue to Google says they were advised to do a factory reset of the phone, which has so far proven an effective solution.
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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi on Monday said its first-quarter revenue rose 27% from a year earlier to RMB 43.8 billion (around $6.3 billion), driven by steady growth in overseas sales, and exceeding analyst expectations by a solid margin.Xiaomi’s adjusted net profit for the first quarter increased 22.4% year over year to RMB 2.1 billion.Xiaomi’s results show that the world’s fourth-largest smartphone maker by sales volume is weathering a shrinking smartphone market in China, the world’s biggest.It is increasing focus on markets such as India and Europe.Markets outside China brought in 38.0% of its total revenue in the first quarter, representing a 34.7% year-on-year increase, according to the company.A report from research firm Counterpoint showed that Chinese smartphone market sales volume declined 7% year-on-year in the first quarter.
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Walmart has slashed the price of a number of Samsung’s latest and greatest 4K TVs, including some of its top-of-the-line QLEDs, to celebrate Memorial Day — and there’s something for everyone, with prices starting at $230.The rest of Samsung’s 4K TVs, as you’ll find out in a minute or so, are equipped with similar features, but they cost quite a bit more, despite not being fresh off the production line.Granted, that’s because this particular model has a modest 40-inch screen.But at $230, you can’t go wrong.For an extra $100, you can substitute the 40-inch Samsung 40NU6070 for a 50-inch Samsung UN50NU6900.Still, at $330 (down from $600) it’s a phenomenal piece of equipment, offering all the features you’d expect to find on a 4K TV.
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