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We take you through Xbox Smart Delivery and how game ownership on Xbox Series X could change permanently.
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Care workers will not qualify for the new NHS visa under the government’s post-Brexit immigration system.From January 1 next year a new points-based immigration system will be introduced.As part of the change, health professionals from abroad will be able to apply for a special visa to work in the UK.But Downing Street confirmed on Monday that social care workers would not be able to take advantage of it.The prime minister’s official spokesperson said the government wanted to “invest more in training and development for care workers in this country”.“On care workers specifically, our independent migration advisers have said that immigration is not the sole answer here, which is why we have provided councils with an additional £1.5 billion of funding for social care in 2021/22, as well as launching a new recruitment campaign,” the spokesperson said.Existing EU workers in the care sector could apply to stay in the UK through the settlement scheme “and a very large number have done so”, the spokesperson added.“Those people will remain in the UK providing really important care to the elderly and the vulnerable.”The Brexit transition period ends at the end of 2020, which also sees the end of EU freedom of movement rules applying to the UK.Home secretary Priti Patel is expected to outline further details in the Commons on Monday.The decision comes amid increased focus on social care amid the coronavirus pandemic.According to the Office for National Statistics, almost 30,000 more care home residents died during the outbreak than during the same timer period last year.In July 2019 on the steps of Downing Street, Johnson promised he would “fix the crisis in social care once and for all”.Related... PM To Decide 'In Next Few Days' If Face Coverings In Shops Should Be Mandatory
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It’s really just a matter of when they will actually be available in the market but Apple’s next iPhones are all but certain to appear in September. Almost everything about them has also been leaked though, curiously, everyone still seems to be unsure about how the cameras on their back will look. Almost all, however, seem to be in agreement … Continue reading
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The first 5G+5G dual-SIM phones are here, and here's what you should know about the tech.
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Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects we should see them by the end of this year or in early 2021.
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Thanks to increasingly innovative materials and improved manufacturing techniques the old school interior that we’ve been used to for the last few decades might be about to change.Inside the boot of the car lies a large 80-litre plastic box that can be used to store anything and everything.The brilliant part about it is it has a drain plug that means you can hose out the boot if you’ve filled it with muddy wellies, or worse.And while the cars were very cool, we also got to see a lot intriguing creativity surrounding interior design including Ford’s funky 3D knitted seats.Although Ford staff stated that their findings were, at present, just part of a study, they seemed very confident features like 3D knitted seats could become a distinct possibility in the future.Not only that, the Ford creative team explained that further down the line the same seat coverings could be produced from a variety of materials.
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Seven months after the first Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer zoomed in, a second has arrived.In that period, the movie crashed into fan backlash over its realistic take on the '90s video game character, depicting the blue anthropomorphic hedgehog with separate eyes and a more humanoid physique -- he had calves.Director Jeff Fowler humbly took that criticism on and promised a rethink.Now, with Sonic comic book artist and game cutscene animator Tyson Hesse leading a redesign, Sonic may have been saved.Not only does Sonic look more faithful to the video game version, the trailer itself plays more with Sonic's sense of fun and use of supersonic speed to do important things like visit a rubber band factory or play ping pong against himself.For reference, here's a comparison between the old and new Sonic look:
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is here with a smorgasbord of new weapons and attachments for gamers to try out.Players can customize their weapons to fit their play styles, whether that be running-and-gunning or hunkering down and camping.One crazy combination reared up on the internet, though, seeing the unlikeliest of weapons pull off an insane feat of long-range combat.Reddit user TmuIIz posted a clip from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare that was shared by Polygon showing off the 725 shotgun landing a headshot on an enemy so far off in the distance, they were barely visible even with a scope.At that range, we wouldn’t expect a shotgun to do anything, but the shot lands for a kill, instantly making the sniper shotgun one of the craziest weapons we’ve seen in the game.If you’re looking to get your hands on this up-close, long-range monster, we’ll explain just how to set up your kit in Call of Duty’s Gunsmith.
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“These agreements also unlock significant unrealized value”US printing firm Xerox has exited a 57-year-long joint venture with Japan’s Fujifilm as part of a broader restructuring deal that will land it $2.3 billion.The agreement comes amid reports by the Wall Street Journal that Xerox is mulling an audacious and unlikely bid for HP; a company triple its size.(Xerox itself has “received and reviewed bids from multiple potential counterparties that were interested in purchasing the business at an attractive premium” it said October 29, but “will not pursue a sale of the business at this time”.)The November 5, 2019 agreement with Japan’s Fujifilm includes:The sale of Xerox’s 25 percent stake in Fuji Xerox (FX) to a subsidiary of Fujifilm;
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Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) report in JAMA Pediatrics an association between a school-based telehealth program and reduced emergency department visits for children with asthma living in a rural and underserved region of South Carolina.This study shows the potential impact that school-based telehealth programs can have on children with chronic illnesses, especially those living in communities lacking access to health care.The MUSC team, led by pediatrician Kathryn King Cristaldi, M.D., analyzed Medicaid claims for children ages 3-17 in Williamsburg County with access to a school-based telehealth program.They then compared them to those for children in four surrounding counties without school-based telehealth.Cristaldi co-directs the Telehealth Center of Excellence at MUSC, one of only two such centers in the nation.The study found that children with access to school-based telehealth were 21% less likely to visit the ED for their asthma than those without such access.
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The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro breaks new ground in Xiaomi‘s history.The smartphone that will be called Mi Note 10 in global markets has already passed DxOmark’s tests and achieved a fantastic score of 121 points.The five-camera smartphone that includes the 108MP sensor has achieved a score that placed it at the top of this ranking, with the same points as the Huawei Mate 30 Pro.In terms of photography, the Mi CC9 Pro achieves 130 points (Mate 30 Pro scored 132 points), delivering good results in all situations.According to DxOmark, it preserves the details very well and can greatly avoid noise in the images.The portraits will be at a good level, and the white balance as well.
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Fans wanting more clues as to what will happen to Finn and the rest of the Star Wars gang in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker should probably check John Boyega's Instagram regularly.The actor who plays Finn in the new Star Wars films is rewarding fans who follow him on social media with new images from The Rise of Skywalker and a teaser that new clips from the movie are incoming.On Nov. 2, Boyega posted an image on Instagram of his character Finn along with other Star Wars characters Chewbacca, Poe Dameron, Rey and droids C-3PO and BB-8.He wrote: "The team back together again I've got some cool clips from our time on SW9 watch this space!"On Nov. 3, Boyega posted another image on Instagram of himself dressed in trooper gear with the caption, "Finn is coming to Disneyland on a brand new ride!He'll be guiding you through the biggest Star Wars ride yet!
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The Xiaomi CC9 Pro is probably the most discussed topic right now.While all the majors about this smartphone are available, some minute info of this device is still hitting the web.According to Xiaomi, the CC9 Pro will come with a 1CC large sound cavity.With this configuration, the loudness of the speaker is twice that of the previous generation.Xiaomi believes that smartphones need loudspeakers that can cope with the noisy nature of many outdoor environments.From what we already know, the Xiaomi CC9 Pro will come with a 6.47-inch OLED waterdrop display with a resolution of 2340×1080.
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But with each passing day it seems less and less likely it’ll show its face in 2019.As the final days of October are upon us, the window for Apple to launch a new product in time for the holiday shopping season has closed.But there’s more reasoning to believe it’s been delayed than just speculation.The lack of a 2019 release is now backed up by a report from the pre-eminent Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo.The report, seen by MacRumors, states that Apple is working on a MacBook device with a scissor switch keyboard to replace the troubled butterfly mechanism.According to Kuo, this MacBook will launch in either the second or third quarter of 2020, potentially giving it slot during the WWDC keynote.
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It is an ideal that should unite all of us: citizens, governments and committed web companies.In the past few years, this idea of freedom and equality on the internet has been undermined.The open internet is subject to surreptitious pressure related to the extremely rapid consolidation of the global technology market.Today, control of entire sectors of our economy—search, mobile content, social networks and much of retail commerce—has been concentrated into the hands of a few organizations.This has resulted in a scenario in which a handful of major players can leverage the revenues they generate from the industries they dominate, making it extremely difficult for other smaller players to emerge in related sectors and compete.When the big tech firms are spending heavily on innovation, this effectively discourages innovation.
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It would appear that the bonkers very, very early prequel to the Game of Thrones franchise is a no-go.Variety confirmed with unnamed sources that the prequel that would’ve otherwise starred Naomi Watts will not be moving forward – or at least the pilot will not be moving forward.And the most hardcore novel-only fans of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series let loose a metaphorical collective sigh of relief.The Game of Thrones prequel got far enough that Jane Goldman was attached as showrunner and co-wrote the basic story for the new show.Goldman and Martin were attached as executive producers with Game of Thrones executive producer Vince Gerardis.Other executive producers included SJ Clarkson, Daniel Zelman, James Farrell, and Jim Danger Gray, as well as co-executive producer Chris Symes.
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Electronic Arts reported earnings that hit expectations for the second fiscal quarter ended September 30, thanks to strong games like Apex Legends, FIFA 20, and Madden NFL 20.That compares to analyst expectations of adjust EPS of 80 cents on revenue of $1.23 billion.“With new games like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Need for Speed, Plants vs. Zombies and more great content across our top franchises, we’re set to deliver a lot of fun and excitement to players this holiday season, and continue our momentum in this fiscal year.”Before the earnings came out, analyst Colin Sebastian of Baird Equity Research said that he believed that the revenue trends for Apex Legends appeared better than the general sentiment suggested.He expected that FIFA 20 and Madden NFL 20 sales would help results in the quarter.Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment recently launched the third season of the free-to-play battle royale game, and that could help keep it competitive against rivals such as Fortnite.
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When you create a marketing stunt that’s supposed to put people’s selfies in space, you better make sure it lasts long enough to actually fulfill its mission.More importantly, you should probably also have contingencies in place when it doesn’t.That’s the PR and potential legal mess Samsung may find itself in after its eccentric SpaceSelfie mission crashed onto someone’s property and was easily mistaken for a satellite because of its design.Just over a week ago, Samsung launched this so-called SpaceSelfie mission to showcase its 5G prowess.It was actually a balloon contraption shaped like a satellite that housed a Galaxy S10 5G inside.The idea was to get the thing up to 65,000 feet in the hair for 200 hours or so in order for eligible Samsung users could pose for a selfie in space.
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You can see old notifications on your iPhone by opening the Notification Center.It's easy to access the Notification Center on your iPhone whether it's locked or unlocked, and you can view, manage, or clear notifications with just a few swipes.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.If you've been away from your iPhone screen and are eager to catch up with what's new, the Notification Center is a great place to start.Apple makes it a particularly easy menu to access, whether your phone is locked or unlocked.And it's the best way to view notifications that you may have initially missed.
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Most smart appliances can be remotely operated using an app, but for voice control, you usually need to add an intermediary like Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa.Sony thinks Aibo could fill that role too, in the company’s latest attempt to convince consumers to spend $2,900 (£2,261) on its robotic dog.Since its re-release in the US last year, Sony has struggled to find compelling reasons for consumers to actually want to buy its robotic companion.It’s cute, as we found during our hands-on time with the pup, but not quite as adorable as the real thing – and Aibo’s novelty quickly wears off.Earlier this year, Sony partnered with a company in Japan called Secom to help turn Aibo into a security robot that could patrol a home to keep an eye out for intruders or provide reports on where family members are in a house.It was an improvement, but with an extra fee of around £11/month, Aibo remained a tough sell.
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I’ve played the full single-player campaign and a number of matches in multiplayer, both with the beta test for multiplayer and with the final code at a review event.I played everything from Gunfight 2v2 (two players-versus-two players) to the Ground War maps where 32 players square off against 32 enemies.The weapons feel good and the maps are well designed.You can have a field day as a sniper atop a skyscraper in Ground War or go on a rampage through the streets in a tank.The modes include a new one called Cyber Attack, where you can capture a bomb and arm it or disarm it or try to take out all the players on the enemy’s team.You can breach doors, and use night-vision goggles during night mode.
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OnePlus released its 7T Pro last week, and many people were confused as to why a product with such minimal updates exist.Please note I’ve not counted for software updates as OnePlus has a record of making almost all software features available to the previous version.The OnePlus 3 v the OnePlus 3TIn November 2016, OnePlus released a phone under the T series for the first time.The 3T, released five months after the release of the OnePlus 3 brought some significant upgrades with it:Snapdragon 821 (from an 820)
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After months of development and platform changes on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, our company is finally preparing to launch a social lead generation tool called LeadFamous.Having consulted with dozens of popular and successful SaaS companies over the years, I’ve discovered it can be quite challenging to successfully launch a software product in today’s hyper-competitive digital landscape.As both media and tech evolve, it’s simply not enough to market your product via one or two channels, like Facebook Ads or Google Ads -- especially if it’s a bootstrapped startup.If you want to get traction early, you need to have an orchestrated plan of attack that includes outreach, social media engagement, and a public relations (PR) strategy that can help build credibility.During my research, I wanted to connect with other experts who have a track record of B2B success, which is why I interviewed Udit Goenka.Goenka is the co-founder and CEO of PitchGround, a company that specializes in helping B2B startups launch successfully.
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In the light of succesful “sub-brands”, Vivo launched the iQOO, a new smartphone division with gaming-centric characteristics.The company already released four smartphones under iQOO branding – the original iQOO, iQOO Neo, iQOO Pro, and iQOO Pro 5G.Apparently, Vivo is gearing to release another iQOO smartphone.The device that is believed to be the iQOO Neo 2 or Neo Pro, has passed through AnTuTu revealing some of its key specifications.The smartphone sports the V1936A model number and boasts a Snapdragon 855 SoC along with 8GB of RAM.Moreover, it counts with 256GB of Internal Storage.
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Dan Seifert / The VergeSony has announced that its new 360 Reality Audio technology will launch in late fall with several partners.The format involves object-based spatial audio that places various elements of a music track around the listener in a virtual spherical environment.At launch, there will be around 1,000 songs available in 360 Reality Audio, including tracks from artists like Pharrell Williams, Bob Dylan, and Billy Joel.Sony has also captured live performances from artists such as Charlie XCX and Kodaline and converted them to the new format.Sony will of course be able to leverage music from its own record label, but the company says it’s also working with Universal, Warner, and Live Nation to add more content.
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If fans of Netflix’s Queer Eye have learned anything from Tan France, the flamboyant fashion consultant of the series, it’s that a simple modification can take a look from fine to fabulous.Tricks like the French tuck or cuffing the sleeves of a T-shirt can create the illusion of a slimmer waist or a more robust bicep, all without changing the basic components of the look.This kind of “minimal editing” makes up new research from a group of computer scientists affiliated with Facebook AI Research, who have created a machine learning system called Fashion++ to make outfits more stylish with small changes.A suggestion might involve tucking in a shirt, adding a necklace, or cuffing a sleeve rather than changing into an entirely different outfit.The research will be presented later this month at the International Conference on Computer Vision.In the fashion space, this has led to programs that can separate the individual components of an outfit (shirt, pants, shoes) and match the items in a photo to ones that are available to buy online.
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Den välkända kvinnorättsaktivisten och juristen Alena Popova har gått till domstol i Moskva för att utmana de ryska myndigheternas användning av kamerateknik för ansiktsigenkänning.Enligt Popova har algoritmer för ansiktsigenkänning blivit norm i jakten på oppositionella på senare tid.Bilder som Popova fått se i en domstol nyligen visar att en kamera följt henne redan innan hon inledde en protest vid det ryska parlamentet förra året, uppger hon.I dag kan många av polisens databaser, när de kombineras med information som ryssar frivilligt lägger ut på nätet "låta regeringen veta vilken färg du har på underkläderna", säger Popova, som säger att det inte vore lika skrämmande om regeringen inte var korrupt och benägen till läckor.Kreml försvarar tekniken, och säger att den används i de flesta länder, bland annat för att fånga brottslingar och avvärja terrordåd.Men trots att ansiktsigenkänning har blivit vanligare i Ryssland har ingen ny lag tagits fram som reglerar användningen av tekniken och existerande lagar om personlig integritet gör den olaglig, enligt Alena Popova.
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I’ve used the range for years, and it’s still got pride of place in my home — but I also think it’s one of Apple’s disappointing products.The recent tvOS 13 update has been a long-awaited push in the right direction for the hardware, yet for this current iteration of the device, I have a feeling it’s too little, too late.Hell, I wouldn’t even say the Apple TV is even the best at that any longer.Yes, it works well as media streamer, but you can get way cheaper Android media boxes for that price (like the $70 Roku stick for example).In other words, it felt like Apple had a great, ahead-of-its-time thing going, but just kinda ignored the hardware until it lost its competitive advantage.Now, I assume this increased focus on the device is down to the launch of the confusingly named Apple TV+, also known as the company’s streaming service.
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Ett datahaveri på Akademiska sjukhuset i Uppsala raderade information om cirka 100 prover, skriver Upsala Nya Tidning.Haveriet inträffade i samband med ett serverbyte i maj och informationen som försvann berörde bland annat utredningar inför transplantation och immunologiska analyser.En del av analyserna gick att återskapa manuellt, men det är oklart hur många.Händelsen har nu anmälts enligt lex Maria eftersom det bedöms ha inneburit en risk för patienter samt ha kunnat medföra allvarlig vårdskada.
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