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Digitisation programme already at 'serious risk' of missing deadlineExclusive A raft of senior techies working on £1bn project to modernise Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) have stepped down amid concerns the flagship project is floundering.Kevin Gallagher, director of digital change at HMCTS; Damon Norville deputy director of digital change; John Smith, head of delivery; and Mike Ede, senior IT commercial programme manager, have all left the flagship digitisation scheme in recent months.The Register understands Dave Perry, chief technology officer at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, will take Gallagher's post.Gallagher took the role in 2015 after working as CIO at Brit broadcaster Channel 4 for six years.An HMCTS spokeswoman said: "These departures are not linked to each other or to delivery of the reform programme, which has hundreds of staff working on it and remains on track."
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Nasa's new rocket fuel is non-toxic, and produces 50 per cent more than that of hydrazine.first of all, the test of the liquid will be carried out by a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.the Air Force Research Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base in California, has developed a new rocket fuel which will make the postponement more eco-friendly.And in June, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket to perform its first flight by the liquid in the Nasa testing, Green Propellant Mission.There is a lot of toxic hydrazine, which is used today, means that staff are required to work in protective suits with oxygen supplies, and the use of thick gloves in order to avoid the risk of one's health.The new rocket fuel is composed of hydroxylammoniumnitrat with an oxidizing agent, which allows it to be burned.
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The Swedish automotive titan has partnered with ferry and logistics giant DFDS to use Volvo Trucks’ autonomous, electric vehicles to transport goods between a logistics hub and a port in Sweden.By way of a quick recap, Volvo has been ramping up its autonomous trucking efforts over the past few years and has engaged in several pilot projects, including a self-steering truck to help sugarcane farmers in Brazil improve their crop yield and an autonomous garbage collection truck.Back in November, Volvo also revealed its first commercial self-driving trucks would be used in mining, transporting limestone along five kilometers of roads and tunnels from mines to a nearby port.Last September, Volvo debuted a new concept electric autonomous truck called Vera, which is built from the ground up to be autonomous — there is no cab for a driver to sit in — similar to fellow Swedish company Einride, which is also developing a cab-less autonomous truck.As one of the world’s largest truck manufacturers, Volvo is now pushing ahead with plans to install its self-driving vehicles in various industries.DFDS will use Volvo’s trucks to transport containers on a predefined route along public roads at a maximum speed of 40km (25 miles) per hour.
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You’d be forgiven for assuming that “battle royale” is an inherently violent genre.Hell, the word battle is right there, staring you in the face.Certainly the most prominent examples of the category, like Fornite and PUBG, represent a particular strand of gun-toting mayhem.I ventured across the street at E3 earlier today, to the series of trailers where Devolver set up shop this week, in staunch defiance of the conference’s over-the-top show floor.Inside one (mercifully air conditioned), Mediatonic set up shop with a gaming demo with a kind of nursery school rumpus room aesthetic — a fitting choice for the subject matter.The game will support 100 players when it launches on PS4 and Steam.
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American Airlines said Sunday it will cancel 115 flights per day because of the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max plane.The Dallas-based carrier originally canceled flights on the embattled plane through August, saying it would take a $350 million financial hit.Many airlines have begun to consider asking Boeing for compensation as their bottom lines take a beating because of the ordeal.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Every day that Boeing's 737 Max plane remains grounded, as it has been since April, throws a wrench into 115 daily flights operated by American Airlines.The carrier on Sunday announced it would extend cancellations for flights scheduled for the 737 Max plane through September while it and other airlines around the world await a software fix from Boeing to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.
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We knew Bethesda's E3 2019 showcase was going to really highlight the demon obliterating antics of Doom sequel, Doom Eternal, and we've already seen the Eternal marketing hard at work for this year's show.Now, we've got a trailer -- and a release date.A 16 second teaser trailer was unveiled on June 6 which showcased Doomguy wielding a chainsaw and a big ol' red chainsaw.The staple demon-slaying type operation Doom is renowned for.The new trailer showcases that operation and is filled with tons of blood and Doomguy -- The Slayer -- moving at lightning quick speed.You can watch the first of a few trailers below:
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PC gamers of a certain era fondly remember Commander Keen, one of the most technically proficient side-scrolling action series to land on MS-DOS.Fans of its creators, id Software (perhaps better known for Doom and Quake), have always wondered when the relatively cutesy series might see a revival since its halcyon PC years of 1990-91.That day was Sunday, as announced by Bethesda at its E3 press conference.But fans may not have seen this version of Keen coming.The new Commander Keen, as shown in the above gallery, will "soft-launch" on iOS and Android "this summer" as a free-to-play platforming game.Gameplay specifics were not clarified either at the press conference or the game's brand-new announcement site, but this smartphone game appears to revolve around tapping on smartphone screens to direct players' upward hops (recalling '80s arcade games like Ice Climbers) and activate attacks.
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Gwyneth Paltrow, actress and owner of controversial company GOOP, had no idea she was in the movie Spider-Man: Homecoming.The revelation happened during an episode of “The Chef Show,” during which time a conversation turned to confusion when director Jon Favreau brought it up.“I was in Avengers,” Paltrow existed, appearing increasingly concerned.The revelation happened during the first episode of Netflix series The Chef Show featuring chef Roy Choi and actor-director Jon Favreau.The series premiered on the streaming service today, and Paltrow took part in the show’s first episode.It was during that episode she learned about her brief appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
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A few nights ago, a friend asked, "What's that star?"We looked up at a bright pinpoint shining above the horizon.But that was no star.The massive gas giant planet is showing off for us Earthlings this month.Jupiter will reach opposition on Monday, June 10 in an annual event that marks the time when Earth is directly between the gas giant and the sun.This means Jupiter is fairly close to Earth and you can spot it lurking in the sky all night long.
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Nokia wants to make it easier to get a decent phone at a reasonable price, and to that end the company has launched the new Nokia 2.2 — a refresh of the ultra-affordable Nokia 2, with a few new features and the promise of the upcoming Android Q.The fact that the device will get Android Q is pretty notable — it’s currently one of the cheapest phones that will support the new operating system.Unfortunately, the phone will only be available in India, with a European release to follow.Here’s everything you need to know about Nokia 2.2.The first thing to note about the Nokia 2.2 is that it offers a relatively modern design.According to Nokia, the display offers 400-nit brightness, which is quite good, especially for a phone at this price.
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Synthetic biologists look to re-engineer cells to make these molecules for specific needs, including pharmaceuticals and energy applications.A new method developed at Northwestern University combines two state-of-the-art research approaches to create a fast, efficient way to engineer and analyze metabolic pathways.The approaches -- cell-free protein synthesis and self-assembled monolayer desorption ionization (SAMDI) mass spectrometry -- combine to make a new tool to help engineers better understand the pathways to create molecules."With these two methods, we can build thousands of potential mixtures and test them all in a single day, a much faster process that will give new insights and design rules for synthetic biologists," said Milan Mrksich, the Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, and Cell and Molecular Biology at Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering.The results were published June 5 in the journal Science Advances.Michael Jewett, the Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, professor of chemical and biological engineering, and co-director of the Center for Synthetic Biology, is a co-corresponding author of the research.
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E3 2019 is nearly upon us, and all the hype trains have left their preshow stations.Head of Xbox Phil Spencer shoveled a pile of fuel into Xbox’s marketing vehicle by sharing on Twitter that 14 Xbox Game Studios games are going to be shown at E3 this year — that’s the most the team has ever brought to one show.We decided to dig through the rumors and old reports that gamers may have forgotten about to give you a look at a few titles that should make an appearance during Microsoft’s Xbox briefing at E3 2019.Halo Infinite was revealed at E3 2018 with a very brief cinematic trailer featuring Master Chief, but official details on this game are scarce.It’s a new Halo from 343 Industries, it’s built on a new engine, it’s reportedly the most expensive video game project ever, and the original trailer’s description says the franchise is headed into “new and unexpected directions.” If it turns out to be a connected shooter or loot shooter, we’re not sure that’s as unexpected as the development team may think.E3 2018 was home to a cinematic trailer showing us the next chapter in the Gears of War series, and it ended with some quick looks at gameplay.
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Even if you're not from Pakistan or the West Indies, we'd venture to say that the excitement for the start of the 2019 Cricket World Cup is still so feverish after yesterday's opener, that loads of cricket fans from all countries are going to tune in to this one.Both are former champions of course, but not for over 25 years.Pakistan's preparation for the 2019 Cricket World Cup has been far from ideal, after taking a heavy beating in a five-match series against England and then suffering defeat at the hands of tournament minnows Afghanistan.Young Babar Azam has quickly become the main man in Pakistan's batting ranks, with Fakhar Zaman showing form, too.Jason Holder seems to have unified his men admirably, and there are several game changers that could bode well for the Windies this year: Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell...the list goes on.What is straightforward however, is getting a Pakistan vs West Indies live stream.
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Odds of the U.S. and China cooling off their trade war further diminished on Friday after the world’s most populous nation said it would create a list of “unreliable” foreign firms of its own.Gao Feng, a spokesman of China’s commerce ministry, said today that the nation will create an “entity list” that will include, in part, foreign companies that have stopped or curtailed their businesses with Chinese firms.“Foreign enterprises, organisations or individuals that do not comply with market rules, deviate from a contract’s spirit or impose blockades or stop supplies to Chinese enterprises for non-commercial purposes, and seriously damage the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises, will be included on a list of ‘unreliable entities’,” he was quoted as saying by state-owned local media.The retaliation comes weeks after the U.S. Commerce Department enlisted Huawei and 68 affiliates in an entity list over national security concerns, thereby requiring American companies to take approval from the government before conducting business with Chinese firms.A 90-day reprieve has been granted to allow companies such as Google to offer critical support to Huawei, however.In the aftermath of that direction, several American firms including Google, Intel, and Qualcomm have curtailed their business agreements with the Chinese giant.
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If you’ve been searching high and low for a Windows-native Pinterest experience, good news: Pinterest today launched a web app for Windows 10 in the Microsoft Store.Pinterest’s Progressive Web App (PWA) supports every feature found in the network’s desktop experience proper, which is to be expected — it’s basically a wrapper around Pinterest on the web.In tow is Pinterest Lens, which taps computer vision to detect objects in the real world and suggest related items, along with shortcuts and buttons for saving ideas, browsing recommended and trending Pins, and searching for things like food, style, home, beauty ideas, and more.It leaves a bit to be desired, all that said.The Pinterest app doesn’t support features like Windows’ Live Tiles and Jump Lists, and it doesn’t appear in the Share Menu in Microsoft Edge.Another bummer: There’s no offline mode to speak of.
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Earlier this month, Victoria’s Secret—which controls 24% of the women’s lingerie market, according to Coresight Research—announced that, after 18 years, it would not be broadcasting its annual fashion show on network television.“It’s admitting that the formula is not working,” said Bob Phibbs, CEO of New York-based consultancy The Retail Doctor.Viewership has been declining in recent years, with last year’s show reaching its lowest-ever ratings: Only 3.27 million people watched.Along with those numbers, backlash has been mounting, centered on the show’s lack of diverse body types and depictions of women.The controversy came to a head late last year with comments from the brand’s longtime CMO, Ed Razek, who implied that plus-size and transgender bodies didn’t have a place on the Victoria’s Secret catwalk because “the show is a fantasy.”Beyond words and TV ratings, the public’s waning enthusiasm for the brand seemed to be reflected in the sales, as same-store sales have fallen for the past three years.
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Gigabyte has shown off its new Aorus 5 and Aorus 7 gaming laptops at Computex 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan, with the company packing some seriously impressive tech into their thin and light bodies.Both the 15-inch Aorus 5 and the 17-inch Aorus 7 will come packing the brand-new 9th generation Intel Core i7-9750H processor, as well as an Intel 760p SSD for storage and an LG IPS 144Hz gaming display.According to Gigabyte, these new Aorus laptops have been made in collaboration with “well-known innovators worldwide”, making them the only laptops with 100% components from reputed brands.Those components include Samsung-made RAM, Intel Killer 1550 Wi-Fi, and Nvidia graphics cards, all of which mean these new Aorus laptops should offer excellent performance and reliability.Gigabyte hasn’t revealed prices, but we expect them to be quite high.New and improved Aero series for creators
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Alibaba is seeking to raise up to $20bn (£15.8bn) in a Hong Kong float, it is reported.The listing would be its second after a 2014 $25bn initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange.The online retail and cloud giant could file for the float as early as the second half of this year, three anonymous sources told Reuters.Alibaba wants to raise more cash to continue investing in technology at pace amid slowing economic growth in China and the ongoing trade war with President Donald Trump’s US.Sources told Reuters that the size of the float was not final, though one source with direct knowledge said it was likely to be between $10bn and $15bn.If it did hit $20bn it would be the sixth largest follow-on share sale ever, according to Refinitiv data cited by Reuters.
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As a result, some big decisions are being made by both governments.People’s Liberation Army technologist, Ren Zhengfei, founded the company in 1987.The first decade for the future Chinese tech giant was mostly quiet, but not without its controversy.It is not clear if this was specifically to grow Huawei, but the company certainly benefited from these policies.Things quieted down again until 2001 when Huawei was placed on a watchlist by India’s intelligence agencies for allegedly supplying the Taliban with military telecommunications equipment.The only other thing of note from the early years was a lawsuit in 2003 where Cisco accused Huawei of stealing source code from its routers.
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The ZenBook Pro Duo's screen down belowWhile the ZenBooks have a second touchscreen that's the size and in the location of a typical large touchpad, the Pro Duo's is expanded to the width of the laptop.The virtual number pad to the right of the keyboard now doubles as the touchpad.The internet is changing Africa, and the results are complicatedEnter for your chance to win* an unlocked LG G8 ThinQ phoneMelinda Gates says US is 'a long way from equality' for women
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