Wayne Strickland

Wayne Strickland

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It was a pun waiting to happen – Uber has launched an underwater ride-hailing service named, naturally, ScUber.ScUber is a partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland, and will take pairs of passengers for a trip to Australia's Great Barrier Reef.Uber self-driving cars: everything you need to knowYou can book your trip through the regular Uber app, but unlike UberX, UberXL or UberBLACK, which are charged based on a flat fee, plus rates of charge and distance, a dip in the sub will set you back a flat fee of AU$1,500 (about $1,000, £800) per person.It takes two to dive, so that fee will be doubled for each sub.That's pretty steep, but you'll be helping save the reef you're visiting; as part of the project, Uber is donating $100,000 to Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef to help preserve the delicate coral ecosystem.
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Uppvärmning och kylning av hem, bilar, kontor och offentliga byggnader är enormt energikrävande.Men på sikt kan behovet av att klimatkontroll inomhus minskas.– Om du genom att bära den här enheten kan känna dig komfortabel i ett mycket större temperaturspann, så behöver du inte skruva ner termostaten lika mycket på sommaren, eller höja värmen på vintern, säger Renkun Chen, professor inom mekanik- och flygplansteknik vid universitetet, i ett uttalande.Han tror att uppfinningen, som nu befinner sig i ett prototypstadie, har en lovande framtid.Om en byggnad under sommaren inte behövdes kylas lika mycket, och exempelvis kunde hålla 27 grader istället för 21 – då skulle energikostnaden kunna minska med runt 70 procent.Lappen är lättviktig och flexibel vilket gör att den ska kunna integrera i kläder.
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It’s been quite a while since Acer updated its Nitro 5 gaming laptop and its Swift 3 thin-and-light notebook but now that it is, it’s making quite a bit change.Granted, these two new models aren’t exactly the first of their kind to be powered by AMD’s mobile Ryzen processors.But with the jump to AMD’s latest Ryzen chips for portable computers, Acer is promising enough power for HDR visuals for streaming and gaming.The Acer Nitro 5 bumps up the processor to an AMD Rzyen 7 3750H from a 2700U.That’s a jump from s 2.2 GHz quad-core processor to 2.3 GHz.It may look like a meager update but, paired with the Radeon RX 560X dedicated graphics, it could help alleviate the problems the older model encountered with more CPU-intensive processes.For better or worse, nothing else changes for the mobile gaming PC, internally and externally.
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The agency breathlessly speculated this morning that existing airports could develop the capability for spaceplanes to take off and deploy satellites, or send vehicles on sub-orbital jaunts.We, however, would point out that $2m could just about purchase a pokey-looking three bedroom flat in Fitzrovia, London, let alone be used to build the infrastructure and training needed to further Brit ambitions of derring-do outside of the atmosphere.Rather than build actual infrastructure, the money is more likely to disappear into the production of endless PowerPoint presentations or, as the UK Space Agency put it on Wednesday, "help develop ambitious proposals".Still, the UK does have several launch sites in varying states of development.In 2018 Spaceport Cornwall was bravely trumpeting a partnership with Virgin Orbit to bring its LauncherOne to UK shores.LauncherOne consists of a rocket slung beneath an old Virgin Boeing 747, fired at 35,000ft and capable of delivering between 300 to 500kg to orbit.
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Blizzard Entertainment has announced a new wave of card nerfs that will be hitting Hearthstone on May 22.They will have a strong impact on the game’s most popular deck, Tempo Rogue, and the Rogue class in general.Hearthstone is the king of the digital card game world (although Magic: The Gathering Arena is starting to close the gap), which research firm Newzoo estimates could be worth $2 billion by 2020.Outside of the three expansions that come out each year, a round of card changes marks the biggest change in the game’s meta.These nerfs hit the Rogue class hard.Two of Rogue’s best cards from the last two expansions — Rastakhan’s Rumble and Rise of Shadows — are getting changes to make the less powerful (in gaming, such changes are known a nerfs).
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Thankfully, it’s 2019, and for the price of a cheap netbook, you can get yourself a robot servant to do it for you.The Ecovacs Deebot 601 is a great example of this, and is currently on sale on Amazon for $189.99 – that’s a full 50 percent off the usual list price of $379.99.So, what do you get for your (not quite) two Benjamin Franklins?Well, it fulfills the main function of a robot vacuum, traversing thorough your house, consuming as much dust, lint and debris as it possibly can in the process.But there are some added extras.For starters, the Deebot 601 claims to be quieter than much of the competition, which should be good news for any pets that get traumatized whenever you pull the Dyson out of the cupboard.
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BMW has announced a new version of the BMW M5 for 2020 that is meant to celebrate 35 years since the debut of the first M5 model.The car is called the 2020 BMW M5 Edition 35 Years.This is a limited edition car that will be offered globally with only 350 units being made.The US spec cars will be made in September and October of 2019 and will have exclusive BMW Individual exterior and interior features.The Edition 35 Year Package will include BMW Individual equipment combined with the performance capabilities of the M5 Competition.The exterior of the model comes in BMW Individual Frozen Dark Grey II metallic paint.
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Sponsored webcast Attacks and outages happen, in the cloud as anywhere else.Back in the day, when we used on-premises solutions like Exchange we would surround ourselves with an ecosystem of technologies to mitigate risk, so why should cloud-based solutions be any different?Specifically, Office 365 and Microsoft’s cloud do not remove risk, yet many choose to ignore the need for resilience.So, what are they missing?In this webcast brought to you this month by The Register, we speak to J. Peter Bruzzese, Mimecast’s MVP for Office Apps and Services to find out.What is the connection between Office 365 and Icarus?
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for almost 20 years, Microsoft and Sony competed on dataspelskonsumenterna.the Xbox to the Playstation is one of the gaming industry's most persistent rivalries.Now they have two competitors signed a memorandum of understanding."The two companies will explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to their respective streaming services for games and other content.in Addition to this, the companies explore the use of existing Azure data center to Sony's streaming services for games and content," writes Microsoft. " Our partnership gives Sony the power of the Azure...to provide customers with new games and underhållningsupplevelser," says Satya Nadella, ceo of Microsoft, in a press release.
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Kids need a good education to have the best chance of succeeding in the world, but in distant parts of developing countries that may be neither schools nor teachers.The Global Learning Xprize aimed to spur innovation in the tech space to create app-based teaching those kids can do on their own — and a tie means the $10 million grand prize gets split in two.The winners, Onebillion and Kitkit School, both created tablet apps that resulted in serious gains to literacy rates in the areas they were deployed.Overseen at first by Matt Keller (previously at the famous but sadly unsuccessful One Laptop Per Child program), and later by Emily Musil Church, the prize asked entrants to create free, open-source software that kids could use to teach themselves basic reading, writing, and arithmetic.After soliciting teams and doing some internal winnowing of the herd, a set of five finalists was arrived at: CCI, Chimple, Kitkit School, Onebillion, and Robotutors.They came from a variety of locations and backgrounds, and as mentioned all received a $1M prize for getting to this stage.
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Drivers are able to save more steering an EV compared to a gas vehicle.Environmentally conscious consumers will choose to hire an electric car.And EVs are designed with better compatibility with autonomous driving, which is expected to hit the public road in the coming decades.Indeed, Tesla is eyeing to launch its first robotaxis in 2020 as part of a broader ride-sharing scheme.Over in China where Tesla has a few disciples, EV startup Xpeng Motors, also known as Xiaopeng, just started offering a ride-hailing app powered by its own electric fleets.Rather, this may be a prime time to crack a market long dominated by Didi, which is prioritizing safety over growth following two high-profile incidents and a series of new government regulations.
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Bang & Olufsen’s H9i over-ear headphones are $249 for only a few hours, or until supplies last, at Amazon.Normally around $400 (the lowest recorded price is $328 via pricing data gathered by Camel Camel Camel), these headphones usually aren’t worth the cost, since Sony’s 1000XM3 offer better comfort and sound quality.But at $150 off, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a set of wireless headphones that can match the H9i’s noise-canceling ability and stellar design, built with premium materials like a cowhide leather-covered headband and lambskin ear pads.The H9i are the successor to the Bang & Olufsen H9 headphones, which my colleague Vlad Savov reviewed in early 2017.One of the biggest improvements to this latest model is the switch from Micro USB to USB-C charging, though the H9i also boost a battery life of 18 hours before needing to recharge, which is a four-hour improvement.
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Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online.Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective.The Withings Steel HR is a beautifully designed watch that boasts a number of smart features, like fitness tracking and heart-rate monitoring.The watch is a perfect tech gift for Mother's Day, in case you're still looking for a gift for the mother in your life.For a limited time, the Withings Steel HR is available for up to 40% off from the Withings website.Browse all our Mother's Day gift guides here to find budget-friendly, personalized, and unique gifts.
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Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap has done pretty well for itself despite (technically) being an old game from the ’80s.French publisher DotEmu announced that the stunning remake of the obscure Sega sidescroller has now sold almost 500,000 copies on consoles and PC.And in just a few weeks, the game will be coming to mobile for the first time — for iOS, Android, and Nvidia Shield on May 30 — from developer Playdigious.The mobile version will have all the same features as its console and PC counterparts, including the ability to switch between the new hand-drawn graphics and the old pixelated style.Bringing the colorful platformer to smartphones and tablets makes sense for DotEmu, as the game made the biggest splash on a portable console.According to a Gamasutra interview from 2017, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap performed the best on Nintendo Switch, outselling all the other versions (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC) combined.
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Middle East companies are on pace with their global counterparts when it comes to the adoption of artificial intelligence but have some distinct differences, such as how management views AI and their trust in the technology, industry experts said.According to a survey conducted by Forbes Insights, about 62 percent of the executives believe that AI is emerging rapidly in their industry and executives in the region look to AI as just one part of digital transformation, and slightly more than half see themselves as being only at the start of executing that plan.The report was revealed at the first edition of the two-day Ai Everything Summit taking place in Dubai.AI to generate $100b in extra growth for UAEQuoting the report, William Thompson, publisher at Forbes AI, said that the UAE and Kuwait have demonstrated the strongest commitment in the region to implement AI.In 2017, the UAE announced a national strategy to become a world leader in AI by 2031.
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Walmart slashed the prices of both floral designs of the Instant Pot Pioneer Woman LUX60 6-Quart 6-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker.We watch Instant Pot prices every day to find the best discounts.The Instant Pot Pioneer Woman LUX60 launched at Walmart in September 2018.The versatile cooker, which is functionally identical to the traditional stainless steel finish Instant Pot LUX60, makes a wonderful gift for Mother’s Day, especially if mom is a Pioneer Woman fan.Whether you’re buying it as a gift for Mom or someone else or if you want to spruce up your kitchen counter with a floral design Instant Pot, this deal can help you save $29.The Instant Pot Pioneer Woman LUX60 has a 6-quart 3-ply 18/8 food-grade stainless steel inner cooking pot and can perform six essential functions in your kitchen.
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Now its business -- which was always a bright spot amid the scandalous headlines -- is facing issues, too.Analysts on average had expected $10.61 per share, according to an estimate by Thomson Reuters.Alphabet also took a $1.7 billion hit in the first quarter, when the European Commission in March fined the search giant for "abusive" advertising practices."We remain focused on, and excited by, the significant growth opportunities across our businesses."Over the past year, Google's biggest issues have spilled into public view.Google's employees have protested the company's military contracts, its work in China and the company's handling of sexual assault allegations directed at executives.
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Dell may be expanding its XPS product family in the near future by reviving its currently discontinued XPS 17 laptop and bringing a new dual-screen computing experience to market.According to a leaked road map that was originally created in 2018 and published by Dutch website Tweakers, a larger XPS 17 laptop and a dual-screen XPS product could arrive as early as summer 2020.Additionally, the company is also expected to refresh its popular XPS 13 notebook with the latest 10nm Intel processor next year.“An XPS 17 should appear in June 2020,” a Google translation of the website noted.The XPS 17 7700 has a code name of Stradale and will come with discrete graphics, similar to the recently announced XPS 15 refresh.Although Dell had previously made the larger 17-inch variant of its XPS notebooks in the past, the company, similar to rival Apple, had discontinued the 17-inch version of its premium notebook series in recent years.
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The study of a tiny grain of stardust -- older than our solar system -- is shining new light on how planetary systems are formed.The microbe-sized extraterrestrial particle, which originated from a nova explosion more than 4.5 billion years ago, was discovered inside a meteorite collected in Antarctica by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).Alongside planetary scientists at the University of Arizona (UA), the grain was studied last year at the atomic-level by University of Toronto Engineering professor Jane Howe while she was a senior scientist at Hitachi High Technologies.Using advanced ion and electron microscopes, Howe and the researchers observed the arrangement of carbon atoms and its variants, known as carbon isotope anomalies, and discovered the presolar graphite grain contained oxygen-rich silicates -- something they did not expect to see.It also contradicts the scientific hypothesis that the two types of stardust material, oxygen- and carbon-rich -- which are presolar building blocks in the formation of a solar system -- could not form in the same nova outburst, under the same conditions.The international collaboration, which includes Howe, planetary scientists, astronomers and material scientists at UA, Washington University in St. Louis, Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Spain, and Hitachi High Technologies in the U.S. and Japan, published their findings today in Nature Astronomy.
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