Robert Slater

Robert Slater

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Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap.What are your weekend plans?Are you going to be an honorary member of the sloth family and spend the entire weekend on the couch eating fried food and watching Netflix?Or are you heading out on some great adventure that people will recall for centuries to come?And that’s why you should get GoPro’s Fusion camera just for $299, down from its original price of $599.The 360-degree action camera has an 18-megapixel sensor that allows you to capture high-quality photos and 5.2K videos at 30 fps.
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Compared to many a warbird, the Air Force’s newest helicopter seems positively peaceful.That’s because this chopper prioritizes saving lives over taking them.Instead of using precious lifting capability for missiles and rockets, it hauls extra fuel, configurable stretchers, and a hoist to pluck wounded fighting men and women out of areas the helicopter cannot land.The new Combat Rescue Helicopter, as the Air Force dubs it, comes with a suite of improvements over the HH-60 Pave Hawk it’s replacing, some of them long needed.It will be able to fly farther and protect itself better.It contains new mission-planning hardware that allows crews to better coordinate their efforts better and be more efficient while searching for injured comrades.
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If you're considering investing in a home security camera, especially an outdoor model, power adapters can really get in the way.What if you simply want the flexibility to move your camera from your backyard to your living room -- and back outside again?They range from rechargeable doorbells that replace traditional peepholes to AA-battery-powered weatherproof cameras that claim to last two years.Scroll through your choices below to find a good fit.It isn't an exhaustive list, but it covers a lot of the major cameras out there today.Want a facial recognition camera?
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Transport for London missed the train for 2019 deadlineTransport for London is to trial 4G services on the eastern half of the Jubilee line, and is looking to work with a firm that wants to run a Underground-wide network by the mid-2020s.The pilot, starting March, will cover stations and tunnels between Westminster and Canning Town, including ticket halls.Waterloo and London Bridge stations are excluded, but TfL hopes to add them later in 2020, subject to approvals.The idea is that the mobile providers will pay to access the network which will be run by a third party.TfL has shortlisted four companies: Axia SC Consortium, BAI Communications, Cellnex UK Ltd and Wireless Infrastructure Group.
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Let’s step into the world of brand storytelling a bit.Honestly, it’s a place where many of us content marketers feel a little hamstrung.For example, look at a Nike brand value statement:“(Nike) brings inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world and if you have a body, you are an athlete.”That’s really, really good stuff, and helpful if you’re trying to understand the Nike brand.The wonderful storytelling coach and messaging strategist Tamsen Webster calls this concept the “Red Thread” (which I love).
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BMW will set up a computing center with one of its China allies, online gaming giant Tencent, to push forward the commercialization of driverless vehicles in the world’s biggest vehicle market.Why it matters: BMW is accelerating the pace of major strategic moves as it draws closer to the mass production of its first L3 autonomous vehicle model in China in 2021.The German automaker on Monday announced it partnered with Chinese navigation map provider NavInfo to develop high-definition (HD) maps necessary for driverless cars.BMW started testing autonomous vehicles on experimental 5G networks earlier this year, as part of the alliance with state-owned carrier China Unicom.Shanghai authorities granted the car maker road test licenses in May 2018, making it the first global OEM permitted to test self-driving cars on roads in China.Details: The computing center will begin initial operations before the end of year, focusing on safety validation of the L3 and early research for L4 technologies before mass production of the L3 vehicle in 2021, the company said in an announcement.
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Researchers therefore try to use materials that have more or less of a consistent effect on people – be it positive or negative.According to this theory, it’s the attention paid during the initial encoding of information that helps people more easily retrieve it later on.It’s easier to recall a mildly exciting experience if it is followed by a period of quiet than if it is followed by a highly arousing event.It is easier to recall winning a school competition when we are back at the same school for a reunion, for example.We started off by examining the information processing steps that take place in the human brain when we encode, retain and retrieve neutral information.Here we relied on an existing, established theory of memory recall which is particularly clear and precise because it expresses every one of its claims in mathematical equations.
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In China, over 100 loan apps are leaking their users’ private data, including contact details, financial information, and even location data.The information is contained in a database spanning 889 GB; it was discovered by the lead of antivirus review site SafetyDetective’s research team, Anurag Sen.Sen said that data leaked from over 4.6 million devices contributed to the database – and every time someone uses any of these apps, it gathers even more information.What’s more worrying is a bad actor can track someone’s live location through the database.t registers an entry of longitude and latitude every time a user logs into one of these apps.The database is hosted on servers run by Aliyun Computing, a subsidiary of Alibaba.
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The Kazakhstan government has started to intercept all HTTPS traffic from all devices within its borders effective July 17, reports ZDNet.Local internet service providers (ISPs) have been instructed by the government to force their citizens to install a state-authorized certificate on all devices, and all browsers.This certificate allows the Kazakhstan government to decrypt HTTPS internet traffic, view its contents, and then re-encrypt it with the certificate once again before it is sent to its destination, making it easy for the Kazakhstan government to surveil its citizens’ online activities.While the government says only internet users in Kazakhstan‘s capital of Nur-Sultan will have to install the certificate, it appears users from across the nation are said to be blocked from accessing the internet until they they installed the certificate.Local ISP Kcell, for example, has put up a new page instructing users on how to install the Qaznet Trust Certificate, stating “it will help protect the information systems and data, as well as detect hacker and cyber-attacks of the Internet fraudsters on the country’s information space, private and banking sector, before they can cause damage.”“Customers failing to install Security Certificate on their mobile devices may face technical limitations when accessing certain websites,” it adds.
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Game streaming sort of received its validation when Google, the most unlikely of proponents, jumped on the bandwagon and announced Stadia.Naturally, there are a lot of questions raised, especially with the formal start of the service coming soon.Attempting to get ahead of speculation and misinformation, Google Director of Product for Stadia Andrey Doronichev took to Reddit to squash those misconceptions and tease a few upcoming features as well.The first point was pretty straightforward.Doronichev clarifies that Stadia is not “Netflix for Games”.To be fair, it was Microsoft that likened its own xCloud service to the king of video streaming services.
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Short video app Kuaishou is testing longer videos on its platform amid a broader push to ramp up user engagement by granting a small percentage of users access to upload videos between 57 seconds and 10 minutes, media outlet 36Kr reported.Why it matters: As Kuaishou and its rival, Bytedance-owned Douyin, grow bigger, they are competing for increasingly overlapping audiences.Kuaishou’s long video feature places it more directly in competition with Douyin, which started testing a long video feature in June.The rate of overlapping users on both Douyin and Kuaishou rose to 46.5% in May from 44.8% in April, according to 36kr citing a QuestMobile report.Around 70 of the top 100 key opinion leaders, or KOLs, on Kuaishou are also on Douyin, and half of the top 100 KOLs on Douyin are also using Kuaishou, according to Kuaishou’s senior vice president Ma Hongbin.Details: Kuaishou said that the long video functionality is still being tested and is currently available only to certain users.
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The mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is here, and it looks to be an absolute monster.Turns out it'll be an incredible performance bargain, too.Following the C8 Corvette's debut on Thursday, General Motors president Mark Reuss said the sports car "will start at less than $60,000" when it goes on sale later this year.That's a modest increase over the current, C7-generation Corvette's $55,900 base price.Considering what kind of numbers the 2020 Corvette throws down, that $60,000-ish starting price feels like one hell of a good deal.The mid-engine Corvette uses a 6.2-liter, naturally aspirated V8 engine, with 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, or 495 hp and 470 lb-ft if you opt for the Z51 performance package.
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Venture capitalist and Facebook board member Peter Thiel was right to draw attention to Google’s dealings in China, former White House cybersecurity chief Richard Clarke said in an interview earlier this week.Why it matters: Representatives from Silicon Valley and the US government have weighed in on the search giant’s work in China, with US President Donald Trump renewing his offensive against the company this week.Google faces criticism for seeking to expand its presence in China while simultaneously refusing to renew US government defense contracts.The company’s search engine was blocked in China almost 10 years ago, but it still has a significant business and research presence in the country.“Google refused to work for the Pentagon on artificial intelligence [AI].If you turn around and you work on AI in China, and you don’t really know what they’re going to do with that, I think there’s an issue.”
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If you've spent much time on social media, you've probably seen a SpongeBob SquarePants meme.There's "Mocking SpongeBob," where our protagonist takes the shape of a chicken and the CaPtIoN iS wRiTtEn LiKe ThIs.There's "Surprised Patrick," where SpongeBob's starfish best friend is in jaw-dropping shock and superimposed into various backgrounds.The Nickelodeon cartoon about a yellow sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.The franchise has spawned a Tony Award-winning musical and an upcoming prequel, tentatively titled Kamp Koral.On Wednesday, the cartoon was renewed for its 13th season.
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Crack open the Tokay, the His Dark Materials TV adaptation is on its way to Comic-Con with a brand-new trailer.Thanks to the BBC, which has HBO on board to distribute the series worldwide, Philip Pullman's classic British trilogy of novels will set sail for the small screen for the first time, following the 2007 film The Golden Compass that didn't fare so well with critics.But will this new creation make up for Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman's foray into the fantasy epic, the film's unmade sequels leaving hero Lyra (literally) up in the air?Pullman sourced the title for his book trilogy from a poem by John Milton -- another work with big themes about religious deities -- but let's not go too far down that rabbit hole, with the basic plot of the first novel Northern Lights following Lyra as she attempts to save her best friend Roger from the Gobblers, nefarious people stealing away children to an icy fate.It sets up a war between The Magisterium and scholars like Lord Asriel, played by McAvoy, over truth and freedom.They include Clarke Peters as Dr. Carne, the Master of Jordan College where Lyra lives in Oxford, sitting next Mrs. Coulter's keen-eyed golden monkey.
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Co-founder and chief data officer at NPM Inc, moves onLaurie Voss, the co-founder and chief data officer of widely used JavaScript package registry NPM Inc, today announced in a blog post that he left the company on July 1.That was shortly after The Register reported that the dismissal of five NPM employees had followed from internal discussions about unionizing.Voss told The Register that he supported unions, echoing past statements made to that effect on social media."As far as the labor dispute goes, I will say that I have always supported unions, I think they're great, and at no point in my time at NPM did anybody come to me proposing a union," he said.Others familiar with the situation at NPM have suggested that Voss felt uncomfortable having to defend the company's recent actions and powerless to affect change.
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So you managed to forget retro consoles were a thing?Yes, retro consoles are still coming out.I thought the tepid release of the Commodore 64 Mini and the apparent abandonment of the trend by Nintendo would have put an end to the flow of retro consoles.But apparently we’re going to drag every single gaming device from the 80s and 90s into the 21st century, kicking and screaming.TurboGrafx-16 and PC Engine Mini is live on @amazonSome of 50 retro games containing select titles overlap in both the TurboGrafx-16 and PC Engine lineup.
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When you watch the IT Chapter Two final trailer in a moment, make sure you’re sitting down.Also make sure you’ve not just eaten something that’s likely to come back up if you see anything less-than-appetizing.“For 27 years, I’ve dreamt of you,” said Pennywise the Dancing Clown.It’s not the sort of thing you watch just before you go to sleep.DO NOT WATCH this trailer with any small children in the room.Much like the book IT by Stephen King, this story continues to follow the lives of the Losers Club – the kids who encountered and seemed to defeat the entity known as Pennywise.
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Rapidly growing data volumes open up possibilities to master challenges of society, science, and industry.Within the project "Uncertainty Quantification - From Data to Reliable Knowledge," users and mathematicians of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and nine other institutions collaborate to gain reliable findings from large data volumes and develop applicable tools.The project will be funded by the Helmholtz Association for the next three years."Especially when handling issues of public interest, such as climate change, energy supply, and personalized medicine, quantification and understandable communication of probabilities, chances, and risks are indispensable," says Professor Martin Frank of KIT.He is Director of the Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC) of KIT and Spokesman of the KIT Center MathSEE (Mathematics in Sciences, Engineering, and Economics)."We consider it absolutely necessary to understand uncertainties and want to strengthen data competence of researchers with our projects."
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The head of European Union’s law enforcement agency has warned that arrival of 5G networks will result in the police being unable to track or carry out surveillance of suspects’ mobile devices.At the moment, police forces can tap or track a suspect’s mobile phone, but Catherine De Bolle head of Europol has warned this ability will be lost with the arrival of 5G networks, and when 4G networks become obsolete.In prior years US police were able to track people’s phones without a search warrant, but in 2017 this changed when a felony conviction in Washington DC was thrown out over police’s use of a mobile phone tracking device without court approval.And whilst law enforcement and intelligence services do currently retain the ability to track mobile devices, the arrival of 5G is clearly causing some concern.De Bolle in an interview with Reuters, appealed to EU leaders for greater powers to fight tech-savvy criminals.She warned that member states do not yet have the domestic regulations or technology to fill the policing gap that will open up when 4G networks become obsolete.
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