Billy Haigh

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It can either be the magic carpet ride, or the immensely powerful engines for both motorcars and the aviation industry.We first caught a glimpse of the Rolls-Royce Wraith Eagle VIII at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como.The Wraith Eagle VIII is a fitting tribute to Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Brown: the first gentlemen to cross the Atlantic non-stop in June 1919.The Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines were so powerful, they allowed the aircraft to achieve speeds of up to 115 mph, itself a record at that time.Both men completed the 1,880 mile journey in around 16 hours.Now that I think about the ordeal, it’s hard to imagine what’s going inside the minds of Captain Alcock and Lieutenant Brown when all flight instrumentation instantaneously froze as they gained altitude after taking off.
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What happened: The world’s largest producer of cryptocurrency mining rigs, Bitmain is said to have completed signing stock option contracts with its employees at the end of June in preparation for its US IPO.All employees that joined before early 2018 and currently hold positions above certain levels are eligible, a source close to Bitmain told Chinese tech news site Jiemian.The long-awaited IPO plan is led by billionaire co-founder Micree Zhan, the person said.Former CEO Wu Jihan is still a member of the board, but is no longer involved in management-level decisions after the two co-founders had a falling out.Why it’s important: The crypto mining giant was hit hard by the cryptocurrency bear market, which led to massive layoffs and a leadership shuffle early this year.It filed for a Hong Kong IPO in September but the application expired in March.
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If there’s a trend with recent Fortnite patches, it’s shaping up to be one of shotguns.Last week’s patch reintroduced the Pump Shotgun, once the bane of many a player, and this week’s patch is finally bringing us the Drum Shotgun.In other words, get ready for some up close combat, because Epic is certainly giving you the tools for it.Strangely, the Drum Shotgun is the only thing shipping for Fortnite battle royale in this patch.There are no other weapon tweaks, bug fixes, or weapons heading into the vault this week.With a light patch ahead of us, let’s dive right into what the Drum Shotgun will be capable of.
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The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.AirPods are all well and good, but you’re mainly paying for the label.Instead, you can get a convincing alternative in the AirSounds 2 true-wireless earbuds, while enjoying the smug satisfaction of paying under $40.Crucially, they offer Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, meaning twice the transmission speed and range of Bluetooth 4.2.Other great features of these earbuds include auto-pairing, wireless charging, touch controls, and more.You can enjoy up to four hours of blissful music on a single charge.
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Myanmar entrepreneur buys unused bicycles for poor children – Bangkok PostWhat happened: Lesswalk, a nonprofit initiative launched by Myanmar-based tech entrepreneur Mike Than Tun Win, has bought 10,000 unused rental bikes left over from shuttered bike rental businesses including Obike, Ofo, and Mobike from Singapore and Malaysia.Lesswalk donates the bikes to school kids in Myanmar, many of whom lack transportation to and from school.Sponsors of the initiative paid for around half of the estimated $400,000 needed to buy, ship, and refurbish the bikes.Lesswalk covered the balance of the cost.Why it’s important: As China’s bike rental boom cools, vast piles of abandoned bikes have become a familiar sight in many big cities in China and overseas.
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We're going to Titan, and we're going in style.NASA announced on Thursday its next great solar system exploration mission."Dragonfly" involves an ambitious plan to send a rotorcraft -- essentially a large drone -- to Saturn's moon, Titan.The flying vehicle will be designed to touch down in multiple locations, from dunes to the floor of an impact crater carrying out science missions to look for the building blocks of life.NASA calls it an analogue to the very early Earth and at least one NASA engineer has suggested we look to Titan for a future human colony."Dragonfly will visit a world filled with a wide variety of organic compounds, which are the building blocks of life and could teach us about the origin of life itself," said NASA's Thomas Zurbuchen.
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this is The most recent member of the Legos series is the " Speed Champions is a true icon, the Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 (1974). " It costs $ 15 and is composed of 180 pieces, bits and pieces.and A figure with a helmet, and the three cones are included.In the summer, you will be able to drive a car in Forza Horizon 4.the Original was produced between 1975 and 1977, 2819 pieces of the item.The turbomatade boxersexan 256 horses and 329 newton meters of torque - enough to send the car from 0 to 100 km/h in just over five seconds and to a top of 250 km/h).
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If you aren’t yet acquainted with the twice-yearly Games Done Quick marathons, the concept is pretty straightforward: gamers from all over the world gather for a week-long speedrunning marathon with the goal of raising as much money as possible for charity.Any Borderlands speedrun is bound to be ridiculous, but this is no simple speedrun.This is a co-op speedrun that will complete all quests, so you’ll see pretty much the entire game fly by as fast as possible.Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped racePlatformers like Crash Bandicoot are staple of speedrunning, so of course when Activision released the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy in 2017, speedrunners got to right to work on breaking each game in the compilation.Sonic Adventure DX (Big the Cat story)
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The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.It’s a drone deal day, and the Spectre Drone from Trndlabs has caught our eye.This powerful and nimble quadcopter has an HD camera, and for the next few days, it’s available for only $69.The Spectre is a great option for beginners and expert flyers alike.For first-timers, the controls are intuitive and user-friendly.Add to that flight-assistant functionality and auto-takeoff and landing, and you’ll be dominating the skies in no time.
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Electronic Arts, when called upon to defend its practice of including loot boxes in its games, chose to defend its money-maker in the most cringeworthy way possible, by comparing them to Kinder eggs.The UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee yesterday heard evidence from EA and Epic Games representatives about various game-related issues, the legality and propriety of loot boxes and other microtransactions in games chief among them.For the most part, the gaming reps danced around the issue as tactfully as possible, but when the EA camp was asked about loot boxes, they responded by saying they refer to loot boxes as “surprise mechanics” and comparing opening one to cracking a Kinder egg or a Hatchimal.Wow, that’s… more than a little tortured.You paid $5 and got several pieces of useless loot you’re never going to use — surprise!Kerry Hopkins, EA’s VP of legal affairs, told the committee: “We do think the way that we have implemented these kinds of mechanics … is actually quite ethical and quite fun, quite enjoyable to people.”
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Samsung Electronics could be soon to announce the launch of its innovative folding smartphone-tablet device, the Galaxy Fold.A Samsung executive confirmed this week that “most” of the problems with the device are fixed and that it is almost ready to launch.It comes after Samsung confirmed last month that it had a plan to fix its Galaxy Fold, after problems emerged with its cutting edge display.Samsung had first revealed the Galaxy Fold to the world earlier this year and was under pressure to bring it to market ahead of rivals Huawei and Xiaomi.Samsung had planned to put its $2,000 (£1,800) device on sale in the US on 26 April and in the UK on 3 May.But it was forced to postpone the launch after early reviewers reported faults with the folding display, which halted media events for the device in the Far East,
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AT, Verizon, and Sprint have all launched early 5G networks and devices in the United States, leaving T-Mobile as the only major U.S. carrier without a presence in the growing market — but T-Mobile CEO John Legere doesn’t see it that way.His two bigger rivals have launched millimeter wave 5G networks that are limited in scale and still unmapped, he said today in a new blog post, and only Sprint’s just-launched 2.5GHz 5G network can deliver “a seamless and meaningful 5G experience.”Legere clearly isn’t unbiased or impartial in the situation, as T-Mobile is still awaiting regulatory approval for its merger with Sprint, and the blog post is designed to dispel misinformation regarding the deal.It’s “important for me to make sure people really understand that the New T-Mobile will absolutely be GOOD for innovation and good for consumers,” Legere explains, addressing concerns that have been raised by federal and state regulators during the merger review process.On the consumer side, Legere says that T-Mobile is building “5G for all” — service that will truly reach across the United States, thanks to the high-, mid-, and low-band spectrum strategy it enunciated well before rivals.The company is sticking to its previously announced plan to start with a blanket of low-band 600MHz 5G coverage in 2019, then leverage Sprint’s mid-band for faster, seamless coverage after the merger, and add its own high-frequency assets in certain areas to boost speeds thereafter.
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Poorly secured databases are a top privacy and security concern — and Google now wants to plug that leak.The internet giant has said it’s open sourcing Private Join and Compute, a new secure multi-party computation (MPC) tool designed to help organizations work together with confidential data sets.The tool is conceived with privacy in mind, and thus allows organizations to trade data sets and glean aggregate insights about other parties’ confidential data without actually disclosing anything about individuals represented in the data set.The data stays encrypted, and only the results of calculations based on the data will be revealed.It works by using a cryptographic protocol called Private Set-Intersection (PSI).Google already employs this approach on its Password Checkup Chrome extension which lets users match their login credentials against an encrypted dataset of 4 billion compromised credentials without revealing the details to anyone, including Google.
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Plus: MongoDB crams end-to-end crypto into database techGoogle on Wednesday released source code for a project called Private Join and Compute that allows two parties to analyze and compare shared sets of data without revealing the contents of each set to the other party.This particular technique is a type of secure multiparty computation that builds upon a cryptographic protocol called Private Set-Intersection (PSI).Google employs this approach in a Chrome extension called Password Checkup that lets users test logins and passwords against a dataset of compromised credentials without revealing the query to the internet goliath.Private Join and Compute, also known as Private Intersection-Sum (PIS), takes PSI further by hiding the data that represents the intersection of the two data sets and revealing only the results of calculations based on the data.The technique is described in a research paper, "On Deploying Secure Computing Commercially: Private Intersection-Sum Protocols and their Business Applications," penned by nine Google researchers: Mihaela Ion, Ben Kreuter, Ahmet Erhan Nergiz, Sarvar Patel, Mariana Raykova, Shobhit Saxena, Karn Seth, David Shanahan, and Moti Yung.
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Ring har haft ett gäng olika digitala ringklockor, men inte någon som egentligen fungerar på klassiska lägenhetsdörrar med kikhål.De visade upp Door View Cam på CES-mässan i januari och nu har den äntligen kommit till Sverige.Den monteras helt enkelt i kikhålet och det fina är alltså att installationen blir enkel, att batteri etcetera sitter tryggt på insidan av dörren och att man har kvar den analoga funktionen att glo ut i trapphuset.Utöver det finns klassiska Ring-funktioner som att se vem som ringer på och en knack-avkänning, så att man får notis om grannen kör en helt vanlig knackning på dörren.Man har sekretesszoner så att man kan anpassa videon-vyn så att vissa delar inte syns och spelas in.Prislappen ligger på 1999 kronor.
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The $530 million hack that blighted Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck in January 2018 may have been carried out by Russian hackers.A virus thought to be used in the hack has been found on employee computers and is linked to Russian hacker groups, the Asahi Shimbun reports.The hackers allegedly emailed employees with malicious files, including the known Mokes and Netwire malware, which grant attackers remote access to infected systems.It’s believed that employees inadvertently, or unknowingly, installed the viruses onto their machines.As a result, attackers were able to gain access to and manipulate the company’s security keys to steal the cryptocurrency.The attack was previously thought to be the work of the North Korean hacking group Lazarus.
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An alligator with a knife stuck in its skull was recently spotted in Fort Bend County, Texas, shocking local residents.ABC13 reports that the unfortunate gator was spotted swimming in a lake at the Orchard Lakes Estate.Erin Weaver photographed the alligator and the images sparked concern for the animal when they were circulated on social media, according to ABC13.ALLIGATOR BITES BIGGER, BELLOWING GATOR IN FLORIDA, VIDEO SHOWS: ‘IT WAS EXCITING TO SEE’"I saw him swimming and then I saw him turn, like swimming towards me, and I saw something sticking out of his head," Weaver told ABC13."It looked like a steak knife that was sticking out of his head, I don't know if it was in his eye, but it looked, if it wasn't in his eye it was very close to his eye."
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China launches Nasdaq-style tech board in Shanghai, expects challenges -ReutersWhat happened: China officially launched its Nasdaq-style high-tech board, formally known as the STAR Market, on Thursday, a major step toward financial reform in the country.Yi Huiman, chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), the country’s top securities regulator, presided over the launch ceremony at a financial forum in Shanghai.Chinese vice premier Liu He participated in the launch ceremony to emphasize the importance of the STAR Market.Setting up the new tech board “is a brand new exploration, and there could be various difficulties and challenges,” Yi said.Why it’s important: The new board was announced in last November by Chinese president Xi Jinping to attract Chinese high-tech companies to raise funds on domestic capital markets.
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You're likely no stranger to having Pokémon on your phone after the success of Pokémon Go in 2016, but now you may be able to have your own collection of pocket monsters influence your sleep too.Announced at the end of May 2019, Pokémon Sleep is a new app from The Pokémon Company that wants to "turn sleep into entertainment".We don't know everything about the experience yet, but below you can read through all of the details we know so far about Pokémon Sleep.Pokémon Sleep is a mobile app developed by Select Button, in tandem with Niantic– the creators of the mobile AR game Pokémon Go.It isn't being referred to as a game so much as an app, and we take that to mean this is much closer to a sleep tracking app than a full-blown mobile Pokémon game.
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Display is bright with crisp colors and slim bezelIncludes stylish protective leather caseAcer has launched one of the thinnest, lightest laptops available with the new Swift 7 model.The laptop arguably sets a new bar for ultrabooks as far as portability is concerned, but how does it perform as an everyday work and play laptop?The Acer Swift 7 joins the growing list of laptops that are so light you’re left wondering whether someone forgot to install the battery.A US nickel coin placed against the closed laptop’s edge helps put the thinness in perspective:
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So far, Microsoft, Bethesda, Electronic Arts, and Devolver Digital have already made their announcements.Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order unsurprisingly stole the show for EA.Given the beating it has taken this generation, that certainly helped the Xbox brand.Along with revealing new details about the next Xbox, code-named Project Scarlett, we learned the new console will coincide with Halo Infinite‘s launch during the 2020 holiday season.There were several highlights, including the reveal Tango Gameworks’ new action title Ghostwire Tokyo and Arkane Studios’ Deathloop.But a sizable chunk of the presentation focused on existing games, like The Elder Scrolls: Blades and Fallout 76.
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Microsoft gaming boss Phil Spencer said that his company will publish Smilegate’s Crossfire X shooter game in the West.Crossfire is a shooter that is more popular than Call of Duty in Asia.The free-to-play game has more than 650 million players worldwide, Spencer said.And now it looks like that is about to get a little bigger.Crossfire isn’t necessarily the best-looking shooter game, but Crossfire X looks like it will be quite pretty when it debuts in the West.
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AUSTIN, Texas—Two types of Tremors fans exist in the world: those who've seen Tremors: Bloodlines and those who only acknowledge the franchise's original film starring Kevin Bacon.In that 1990 horror-comedy, a small Southwestern town called Perfection suffers from an infestation of people-eating sandworms (called Graboids) that local not-so-brainy beefcake Val McKee (Bacon) eventually beats back.So I took the idea to Jason Blum, and we explored a film version.It became clear it wouldn't be done as a film, but Jason asked what I thought about a TV series... On the first few takes [at plotting out a script], I thought this was a terrible idea to do as a series.Cobra Kai is a funny and engaging return to The Karate Kid universe"[Early on] we were looking at nostalgia as a good thing," said Jessica Rhoades, the show's executive producer (then with Blumhouse TV).
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YouTube initially responded by saying that, while it didn’t endorse Crowder’s actions, they didn’t violate any of its policies and so he wouldn’t be punished.The decision quickly turned into a PR nightmare for YouTube, with most mainstream media reporting the decision as YouTube ‘tolerating’ homophobic content.This precipitated a major rethink by YouTube, which published a couple of blog posts apparently designed to appease the many critics of its initial decision.The first was headlined ‘Our ongoing work to tackle hate’, which addressed the difficulties of policing so-called ‘hate speech’ on the platform.“Today, we’re taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status,” announced the post.“If we were to take all potentially offensive content down, we’d be losing valuable speech — speech that allows people everywhere to raise their voices, tell their stories, question those in power, and participate in the critical cultural and political conversations of our day,” said the post.
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Speaking at the re:MARS Conference in Las Vegas, Amazon’s show looking at machine learning, automation, robotics and space, the eCommerce giant has suggested it is close to introducing autonomous drones to its delivery force.“We think the answer is yes, and one of the ways we’re pursuing that goal is by pioneering autonomous drone technology.“We’ve been hard at work building fully electric drones that can fly up to 15 miles and deliver packages under five pounds to customers in less than 30 minutes.And, with the help of our world-class fulfilment and delivery network, we expect to scale Prime Air both quickly and efficiently, delivering packages to customers within months.”Looking at the wider business model, not only does this enable Amazon to further streamline delivery operations, one of the largest overheads at the business, but it potentially takes it towards new revenues.With the promise of delivery within 30 minutes, there is potential for Amazon not only to move into the same day delivery world, but also offer services for takeaways, coffee shops and supermarkets.
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BT is pressing ahead with plans to shut down as many as 270 offices in a major restructure that will see 13,000 jobs cut.The programme was announced by former CEO Gavin Patterson in May and will see 13,000 jobs cut, mainly in back office and middle management roles, and a move to base its operations at 30 sites around the UK.It is hoped the changes will save £1.3 billion, allow the more streamlined company to react more rapidly to market trends, and means it can get closer to customers.It will also hire as many as 6,000 engineers and customer service agents as it invests in fibre and 5G infrastructure.BT is pitching the changes as the UK’s “largest workplace consolidation and improvement” project, claiming the move will result in modern, future-proof offices with 5G connectivity.However euphemistic monikers such as the “better workforce programme” are unlikely to endear it to unions who overwhelmingly reject the changes.
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WorkRamp, a San Francisco-based startup developing a full-stack cloud employee onboarding and management platform, today announced that it’s raised $8 million in series A financing led by Bow Capital, with participation from existing investors Initialized Capital, Susa Ventures, and the Slack Fund.The influx of cash brings the company’s total raised to nearly $10 million, and CEO Ted Blosser said it’ll fuel the expansion of WorkRamp’s engineering team and the buildout of its product offerings.“We are seeing the pace of innovation across companies increase and accelerate the demand for tools that allow your people development to keep up with your product development,” said Blosser.“We have seen how companies struggle without enough information on the skills and performance of their people.We built WorkRamp to provide leaders with the analytics they need to make more informed decisions about training and developing their teams.”WorkRamp, which Blosser — previously a product manager at Box — founded with fellow Box veteran and head of engineering Arsh Mand in 2016, pivoted to the employee training segment after it acquired Prelude, a stealth Y Combinator-backed company working on an enterprise commerce marketplace.
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Japanska biltillverkaren Nissan kommer att göra en omfattande översyn av sitt samarbete med franska Renault om affärspartnern i sin tur tackar ja till Fiat Chryslers förslag om en sammanslagning.Det aktuella förslaget skulle i grunden förändra strukturen på partnerskapet med Renault, säger Nissans vd Hiroto Saikawa.Samtidigt säger han att det potentiella samarbetet med Fiat Chrysler öppnar för nya möjligheter och synergier.Intensiva diskussioner pågår mellan italiensk-amerikanska Fiat Chrysler och Renault kring affären som värderas till 35 miljarder dollar (cirka 330 miljarder kronor) som skulle skapa världens tredje största bilmärke.
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Homeowners install security lights, video doorbells, DIY home security systems, and outdoor security cameras compatible with smart home ecosystems such as Amazon Echo and Google Nest Home for local management and remote access.NewEgg can help, and the company has dropped the price on the Ring Floodlight Cam, one of the best-known highly integrated smart home security devices for a limited time.The Ring Floodlight Cam integrates a pair of 3K Kelvin motion-activated LED lights with an HD video camera.When the sensors detect motion, the camera starts recording, and the Wi-Fi-connected Floodlight Cam sends an email alert.If you have existing wired floodlights over your garage door, for example, installation should be just a matter of turning off the power at the circuit box and replacing the old light with the floodlight cam.You can use the Floodlight Cam’s two-way audio with ambient noise cancellation to talk with guests, delivery people, or unexpected visitors using the mobile app or a configured Amazon Echo smart speaker.
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National Best Friend Day is coming up June 8, and BT21 and Facebook Messenger released a new sticker pack Thursday to mark the event, Best Friends Forever.BT21 is a set of animated characters created by South Korean K-pop boy group BTS in partnership with Line Friends.Messenger camera effects and stickers featuring BT21 are also being brought back through June 10, featuring all eight characters: Tata, Shooky, Chimmy, Koya, RJ, Cooky, Van and Mang.To find the BT21 sticker collections in Messenger, users should:Ensure that they have the latest version of the Messenger application.Open an existing conversation and tap the smiley icon.
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