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”We have now reached a "critical mass" of users,” says the managing director Johan Sjoberg.In 2018, the company increased its sales by almost 30 per cent to 208 million euros, displaying an annual report, which the Di, the Digital part of the.In essence, it is about the united states, Germany and the Uk”, says the managing director Johan Sjoberg.today, The Star has a Stable of approximately 1.25 million monthly active players, according to Johan Sjöberg, adding together those of the company's two mobile apps.The main target group is girls aged between eight and 18 years of age.the Star of the Stable's revenue comes primarily from subscription fees and the sale of its own currency, the ”star and coins”, which are used to purchase items in the game.
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The american teknikbolaget Wish, which is to provide the world's largest mobile e-commerce, are now 11.2 billion, or 108% increase.This is equivalent to an increase in value of almost 30 per cent from the end of 2017, according to the company, in a news release.Jättevärderingen was reached in connection with a recent financing round that was led by private equity firm General Atlantic, which owns Hemnet in Sweden.the Session elects, however, no mention of how much the new tax year, which has now been added to the fund.in the Past The Information was, however, argues that it may be about 2.8 billion dollars.the Money will be invested in expanding its marketing efforts in Europe and north America, according to the company, as well as in the improvement of the company's supply chain.
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Today we’re running down the just-released details of Oculus Connect 6.This event will take place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, California.Dates for Oculus Connect 6 are September 25 and 26, 2019.The event promises to be a major moment in the history of both Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality with keynotes, presentations, and talks with big names like John Carmack and Respawn Entertainment.“I wonder if there is some aspect of human/computer interaction efficiency that could be boosted by directly controlling what hits the fovea regardless of gaze target, as almost the opposite of VR eye tracking — sticking to gaze (within saturation limits) vs sliding away from it,” wrote Carmack this week.It’s not that Carmack’s necessarily teasing anything he’ll be covering at Connect 6 in any more detail, but considering the topics he’s spoke on in the past, anything is possible.
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In the two years since, there has been a global proliferation of biometric and affective APIs and off-the-shelf hardware designed to power experiences in millions of stores, apps and homes.Sure, we’ve been fluent in the scary tropes that show up in the movies, but we now recognize that the immediate AI risks look less like Ex Machina and more like what you see on C-SPAN.The idea sounds simple enough: If I can sense your frustration, boredom, joy or fear, I can deliver an experience that’s more relevant and resonant.The danger is that emotional feedback can be used equally to inspire or to de-motivate, prevent or provoke.Maybe you’ll buy more if you’re feeling confident, or maybe you would just.The same theory powers both the defensible and abhorrent use cases, just like the same underlying physics produce abundant energy or an uncontrolled reaction.
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Mark Karpelès, the ex-CEO of defunct cryptocurrency exchange Mt.Gox, will have to face a class-action lawsuit in Philadelphia about the notorious company‘s demise five years ago.It comes after District Judge Robert Kelly threw out Karpelès’ request to dismiss the suit, which alleges he hid problems at the exchange from its users, Reuters reports.The case was brought forward by Gregory Pearce, a former Mt.Gox customer, who is representing himself as well as other victims affected by the exchange‘s failure.According to documents submitted in court, Pearce claims Karpelès was aware of “security bugs in the system but did not make these defects known to the public.”
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Here at Ars, we haven't been putting a lot of regular time and effort lately into updating Ars readers on the continuing sales battle between Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One.It has been abundantly clear for a while now that Sony's system is heavily outpacing Microsoft's in worldwide sales.In fact, the PS4 is also still outselling the Nintendo Switch on an annual basis despite being many years older.But with Sony announcing last night that the PS4 had passed the 100 million sales mark in under six years, we thought it was worth putting that nine-figure milestone into some context.Here are some comparisons to help your mind grasp how significant this sales level (and pace) really is.67 months: Time for the PlayStation 4 to sell 100 million units worldwide.
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Venezuela appears to be leveraging cryptocurrencies as part of a larger effort to bypass US sanctions.According to an investigation by Spanish newspaper ABC, President Nicolas Maduro and his administration are using a digital wallet app called Jetman Pay to convert tax revenue from one of the country’s main airports into Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.The newspaper claims to have unearthed a scheme whereby cryptocurrencies are sent to foreign exchanges in Russia, China, Hong Kong, and Hungary.Once received, the funds are converted into US dollars and sent back to Venezuela.For the moment, Jetman Pay is only being used by Maiquetia International Airport (IAIM), but Maduro and his government are thought to be holding talks to expand the app‘s use.Venezuela‘s economy has been battling severe hyperinflation for years and cryptocurrency seems to have piqued Maduro‘s interest in recent times.
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The second quarter of 2019 was banner one for Tesla in terms of building and delivering new electric vehicles.However, the company lost $408 million over the same three months according to the latest earnings report.Although it's the second loss-making quarter in a row, it's still an improvement on Q1 2019.Encouragingly, automotive revenue grew healthily compared to Q1.Now that the Model 3 is on sale in several continents, and 77,634 were delivered to customers during the quarter, Tesla says that the majority of orders were for the long range Model 3.Tesla also reveals that, now that it has sold several hundred thousand cars on three continents, it is beginning to gain some insight into the mix of options its customers prefer.
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The 1995 movie Congo may be most noteworthy for Tim Curry’s over-the-top line readings (“A diamond mine of incredible bounty!”).However, I’ll personally remember it for an otherwise throwaway moment in which our jungle-bound diamond hunters are asked by Laura Linney’s character whether they’d like a portable air-conditioner for their tents.(“Well, I suppose it is a bit much…”)Linney’s porta-AC units were no bigger than a small lunch pail, easily tossed into your backpack to help with those sweltering, sweaty nights in the bush.And so, when I heard about the Zero Breeze Portable Air Conditioner, I had to wonder whether a high-tech fantasy posited nearly a quarter-century ago was finally coming true.Also: That doesn’t even include the massive external battery, which adds another nine pounds (and $500) to the kit.
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There are a couple of ways to block private calls on your iPhone, which usually come from telemarketers and other kinds of robocallers.You can minimize the number of interruptions you get from private callers by allowing only your contacts to ring through when using Do Not Disturb mode.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.There's a virtual tsunami of robocalls sweeping American phones these days, with 26.3 billion unwanted calls in 2018 alone.Since many of these calls arrive as private calls — with then Caller ID marked as "Unknown" — you can dramatically reduce the number of calls you get by blocking them.Read more: How to stop robocalls and other spam calls on iPhone
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Newsflash for all female founders of the early-stage startup variety.Your chance to meet with leading women VCs at Disrupt SF 2019 on October 2-4 ends on July 19 at 5 p.m. (PT).Apply for an AMA session before the deadline expires.We’re serious when it comes to supporting women in tech, which is why we partnered with All Raise — a startup nonprofit dedicated to accelerating female founder success.They’re hosting a day-long AMA (“ask me anything”) event, where you and about 100 other female founders can schedule a session to pick the brain of a leading female VC.Each AMA session consists of three founders and one All Raise community VC.
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Samsung has started mass production on 12Gb LPDDR5 mobile DRAM chips, the company has announced.In a post on its newsroom site earlier today, Samsung outlined what the chips would offer and when we could expect to see them in smartphones.Samsung’s 12Gb (Gigabit) LPDDR5 DRAM — the first of its kind for the industry — will be combined in groups of eight to produce 12GB (Gigabyte) LPDDR5 DRAM packages later this month.Samsung also says these 12GB modules are set to be used in high-end phones; given the timelines and intent, it seems likely one such DRAM package could power the upcoming Galaxy Note 10.We have already seen 12GB RAM on Android phones like OnePlus 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, and Xiaomi Black Shark 2 but this was typically of the previous LPDDR4X variety.LPDDR5 is set to be superior in several ways.
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For the first time since its debut in October 2016, enterprise platform Workplace by Facebook is raising its rates, detailing three new plans and one add-on option.Workplace by Facebook vice president Julien Codorniou introduced the new pricing tier in a blog post, along with details about when it goes into effect.It provides basic communication and collaboration features, including Workplace Chat, video chat and groups.Current Workplace Standard customers will be migrated to Workplace Essential upon its debut.Workplace Advanced will replace current offering Workplace Premium Sept. 2.It provides all of the features of Workplace Essential, along with advanced administration controls, for $4 per person, per month.
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We’ve met Geralt of Rivia.We’ve met some of his closest allies.Now, it’s time to meet the most important character of all in Netflix’s adaptation of the Andrzej Sapkowski fantasy series The Witcher: this horse.This is horse is, of course, Roach, Geralt’s trusty steed and steadfast companion in both the novels and the popular video game series inspired by the novels from CD Projekt Red, where Roach, uh, occasionally spent his time getting stuck on the top of buildings?Anyway, that’s probably not going to happen in Lauren Schmidt Hissrich’s The Witcher series, because it would be incredibly weird, but still, Netflix gave us our first look at the show’s version of Roach via some new pictures of Henry Cavill’s Geralt looking very tired and miserable, but also on horseback.What else can you say about a picture of a man on a horse?
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If you're setting up a new Samsung Galaxy S10, you should know how to set up your voicemail as well, so you never miss any important messages.To set up a personal voicemail greeting on a Galaxy S10, open its Phone app and call your voicemail, then tap "3" to enter the settings.You could also record a custom greeting in a visual voicemail app, if you have one installed.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.One of the first things you might want to do when you set up a new Samsung Galaxy S10 is to record a voicemail greeting.The good news: It's easy to set up a personal voicemail greeting on your Galaxy S10.
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SAN ANTONIO -- July 15, 2019 -- Southwest Research Institute and The University of Texas at San Antonio are collaborating to acquire data for a computational model for supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) energy generation.The work, led by Jacob Delimont of SwRI's Mechanical Engineering Division and Christopher Combs of UTSA's College of Engineering, is supported by a $125,000 grant from the Connecting through Research Partnerships (Connect) Program.sCO2 is carbon dioxide held above a critical temperature and pressure, which causes it to act like a gas while having the density of a liquid.It's also nontoxic and nonflammable, and its supercritical state makes sCO2 a highly efficient fluid to generate power because small changes in temperature or pressure cause significant shifts in its density.Typically, current power plants use water as a thermal medium in power cycles.Delimont and Combs plan to work with a direct-fired sCO2 cycle, which involves adding fuel and oxygen directly into the CO2 stream, causing it to combust, release heat, and create sCO2.This new type of power cycle allows for higher efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
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Why it matters: The incident is yet another hit to Xpeng’s credibility, following long delays in its production and accusations of intellectual property theft leveled against one of its executives by Tesla, his former employer.Chinese media reported that hundreds of customers parked their cars in a long line outside the company’s Guangzhou headquarters over the weekend, asking for replacements or refunds using signs and banners.Details: Some XPeng customers had just ordered the older G3 2019 edition days ago, and accused Xpeng sales staff of cheating them by hiding the impending new release.The new version has an extended New European Driving Cycle (NEDC)—a metric used to calculate how far electric vehicles can run on one charge—range of 520 kilometers with a starting price of RMB 160,000 (around $23,300).The July 10 release immediately sparked dissent among users on Chinese social media.Some customers said they were pressured by sales staff into buying the older model to take advantage of purchase subsidies which Chinese regulators are drastically reducing.
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Harley-Davidson first unveiled the production spec of its upcoming LiveWire electric motorcycle in late 2018.Now, just before the media (Roadshow included) take their first crack at this revolutionary offering, Electrify America has an announcement that will be sure to sweeten the deal even further for prospective buyers.Electrify America announced on Thursday that it has signed an agreement with Harley-Davidson that will give LiveWire owners two years' worth of complimentary charging at Electrify America charging stations across the country.In order to making these chargers easy to find, Electrify America charging locations will be highlighted in the Harley-Davidson app.Owners who buy a LiveWire manufactured between Aug. 2019 and July 2021 can sign up for the plan using Electrify America's app.It's worth noting some caveats, though: The agreement covers the per-minute equivalent of 500 kWh over those two years, so if you hit the limit early, you'll have to pay for juice after that.
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Power, infrastructure, factory gear can be hijacked without any password check at allIndustrial control software vulnerabilities, which would be perfect for next-gen Stuxnet-style worms to exploit, are as prevalent as ever, apparently.A report out this week from Tenable outlined a series of CVE-listed security holes in the products of four of the largest industrial control system (ICS) makers, including Siemens, whose controllers at Iranian nuclear enrichment plants were the primary target of Stuxnet.Developed chiefly by America and Israel, Stuxnet worked by infecting Windows PCs and searching networks for computers connected to particular Siemens industrial controllers – those seemingly configured to regulate the rotor speed of gas centrifuges used by Iran – and then reprogrammed the controllers [PDF] to stealthily wreck the sensitive high-speed enrichment equipment.Specifically, Stuxnet exploited three holes in Microsoft Windows and one in Siemens's Windows-based SIMATIC software to commandeer gear in Iran's nuclear program.It is therefore feared future strains of Stuxnet-like nasties, developed by any competent hacking operation, could potentially seize upon similar flaws still present in systems controlling important machinery and cause rather unpleasant damage.
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Symantec has slashed the price of its security suite Norton 360 Deluxe – which includes Norton Secure VPN – from £59.99 to £29.99.That's a very competitive price subscription will provide VPN protection for up to five devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets and phones.Norton Secure VPN is a handy service for new users, and has servers in 29 countries covering North America and Europe, with other locations including Australia, Brazil, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.It has a no-log policy, so it won't keep track of your activity.Norton Secure VPN allows streaming from Netflix, though sadly torrenting isn't supported.If that's what you're most interested in, check out our guide to the best VPNs for a more suitable service.
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Spotify is launching the lighter version of its Android app today — dubbed Spotify Lite — that’s designed for people with smaller data plans and older devices.The 10MB app (the main Spotify app can require 100MB) ships with one major new feature: the ability to set a data limit and receive a notification when it’s reached, a necessity for people mindful of their data usage.Using Spotify Lite, listeners can also control their song cache and clear it with a tap, if storage is an issue.The app is available in 36 markets around Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa through Google Play and will work on any device running Android version 4.3 and higher.It offers the same experience as the usual Spotify app, but is optimized for slower connections and those with less data-intensive cell plans.Apart from the data feature addition, the only other main difference between standard Spotify and its Lite variant appears to be a design change: users’ libraries on Lite are replaced with favorites, which is where all saved songs and playlists live.
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Did you ever make sculptures out of found objects like driftwood?Researchers at the University of Tokyo have taken this same idea and applied it to robots.In doing so, they’ve figured out a way to take everyday natural objects like pieces of wood and get deep reinforcement learning algorithms to figure out how to make them move.Using just a few basic servos, they’ve opened up a whole new way of building robots — and it’s pretty darn awesome.“[In our work, we wanted to] consider the use of found objects in robotics,” the researchers write in a paper describing their work.“Here, these are branches of various shapes.
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Satelliten kallas för Mats och ska ge nya kunskaper om klimatet.Det svenska projektet befinner sig på upploppet – men kommer inte att skjutas upp i december som planerat.
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På Festival of Speed i helgen deltar för första gången en 5g-uppkopplad bil.Brittiska Goodwood Festival of Speed har på kort tid gått från att vara en karneval för motorfantaster till att bli en viktig scen där tillverkare och teknikföretag kan visa upp sina senaste skapelser.I år är Samsung på plats.Även om de faktiskt bygger bilar på hemmaplan är det för att demonstrera 5g-teknik som de är där.Det koreanska företaget har valt att ta hjälp av stuntföraren Vaughn Gittin Jr. samt teknikföretaget Designated Driver.Detta genom att koppla upp en bil med 5g-teknik.
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The National Health Service (NHS) remains vulnerable to hackers, a whitepaper from Imperial College London, has warned.Cybersecurity in the NHS has been a concern for many years now.And a quarter of NHS trusts spend absolutely nothing on cyber-security trainingThe new whitepaper, written by researchers from Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation led by Professor the Lord Ara Darzi, has suggested three main reasons as to why the NHS remains vulnerable to hackers.It should be remembered that NHS trusts were badly affected by the WannaCry ransomware that spread rapidly through computer systems around the world in May 2017.“But as we become increasingly reliant on technology in healthcare, we must address the emerging challenges that arise in parallel.
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It might have two years since The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild basically ruined all other video games through its sheer magnificence, but Hyrule has yet to reveal all its secrets.YouTuber GameXplain outlined a delightful reference to a 2002 classic The Wind Waker.It turns out sleepy Lurelin Village, which lies in the southeast of Breath of the Wild's Hyrule, is a whole lot like Wind Waker's super chill starting area, Outset Island.The layout of the trees, buildings, a ladder leading up to a lookout point and the mountain in the background are all uncannily similar."It's just crazy that this one village is hiding such a big secret, and it's just been staring us in the face the entire time," GameXplain says in his video.If you take the series' confusing timeline into account -- Wind Waker's flooded Hyrule eventually becomes Breath of the Wild's wide-open world -- it's entirely possible that Outset Island eventually became Lurelin Village as the waters receded and the topography shifted.
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Other recent examples have included ransomware attacks that target municipal governments — like the kind Georgia courts are now experiencing.In the past, we’ve highlighted solutions ranging from Alexa skills for non-emergency city services to voter engagement bots and citizen service assistants.The company has also carried out purges of its platform, booting off bots made to artificially inflate support for pro-Saudi and pro-Trump causes.Twitter also rejected thousands of anti-Mueller Report bots following the release of the Mueller Report this spring.This is in line with Russia’s interference ahead of the 2016 presidential election — online efforts designed to sow discord by promoting divisive or false content around topics like immigration and racial equity campaigns like Black Lives Matter, according to the Mueller Report.In an interview with VentureBeat earlier this year, Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott said that any informed citizen in the 21st century must have some understanding of artificial intelligence in order to participate in debates, because “You don’t want to be someone to whom AI is sort of this thing that happens to you.”
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Reported cyber-incidents affecting financial services firms surged by a factor of 12 last year, or more than 1,000 percent, up from 69 in 2017 to 819 in 2018, new figures show.Cyber-security incidents reported to the Financial Conduct Authority were led by phishing and ransomware, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by accountancy firm RSM.Banks were the most frequently affected by cyber-incidents, accounting for more than half of the reports, at 486, followed by wholesale financial markets with 115 reports and retail investment with 53.Cyber-attacks accounted for 11 percent, or 93, of the reports, which were led by incidents related to “third-party failure”, at 21 percent, or 174 reports.Hardware or software incidents followed at 19 percent, with 157 reports, with incidents related to botched change management efforts accounting for 146 reports, or 18 percent of the total.Cyber-attacks were in fourth place, with 93 reports or 11 percent of the total, led by phishing and ransomware attempts.
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Sweet Reason chief executive Hilary McCain says she launched her sparkling CBD-infused water brand because of her own obsession with cannabis beverages.That obsession, coupled with the lax regulatory environment in Canada where marijuana is already legalized, led the former Boston Consulting Group consultant and longtime food industry insider to launch the sparkling water company.“The recreational legalization of cannabis was on the horizon.A lot of my mentors and advisers from the food industry were switching over to cannabis… and I believe beverage is the most social and healthiest way to consume cannabis.”Sweet Reason describes its product as a “premium sparkling water infused with 7mg of… unique form of CO2-extracted CBD.” Its CBD is water-soluble and the company’s drinks contain no sugar, sweeteners, sodium, carbs or artificial ingredients.The company sources its cannabinoid extract from a hemp grower in Colorado and uses a co-packing facility for bottling and distribution.
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As of today, Virginia is one of the first states in the country to impose criminal penalties on the distribution of non-consensual "deepfake" images and video.The new law amends existing law in the Commonwealth that defines distribution of nudes or sexual imagery without the subject's consent —often called revenge porn —as a Class 1 misdemeanor.The new bill updated the law by adding a category of "falsely created videographic or still image" to the text.New laws in Virginia take effect on July 1.The state's General Assembly passed the bill in early March, and it was signed into law by Gov.Ralph Northam later that month.
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