Leaders of the 27 remaining EU states have approved negotiating guidelines for talks on Britain’s future trade and security relations with its European neighbours following Brexit.The move sets the scene for talks on trade to get under way in earnest, following months of wrangling over the terms of the UK’s withdrawal in March 2019 and a 21-month transition period to the new arrangements.Prime Minister Theresa May called for a “new dynamic” in the next stage of negotiations, in order to reach a deal which will be good for both Britain and Europe.Addressing the EU27 over dinner in Brussels on Thursday evening, Mrs May said it was their duty to show “energy and ambition” in the upcoming talks.The Prime Minister extended her visit to the European Council summit in Brussels in order to take part in discussions on US trade tariffs on Friday morning, but she left the meeting to allow the EU27 to discuss Brexit in her absence.Shortly after the PM left the room, European Council president Donald Tusk announced on Twitter: “Decision: EU27 has adopted guidelines for the future EU-UK relations after Brexit”.
Last week, when news broke (again) that Cambridge Analytica had allegedly misused 50 million Facebook users' data, it immediately raised a difficult question: When a company possesses information about some 2 billion people, is its chief obligation to share that information, or protect it?Insight into many of the most pressing issues of our time, from social media's role in political processes to technology's impact on individual wellbeing, could well reside on the social network's servers—a fact that has led many scientists and policymakers to call for more permeable borders between public researchers and Facebook's private data hoard.How would the company's reaction to one of its most devastating public disasters to date affect their access going forward?On Wednesday, they got their first trace of an answer.We'll require developers to not only get approval but also sign a contract in order to ask anyone for access to their posts or other private data.To understand how these changes could affect research, it helps to understand the ways scientists can currently gain access to Facebook's user data.
And the VR looked just fine.That's my first-impression feel of Oculus Go, an upcoming bid by Facebook to get new people interested in VR for a sub-$200 price, no phone necessary.The Oculus Go is a VR headset that's self-contained.In that sense, I quickly discovered that Oculus Go is more about entry-level accessibility.The games and apps seem just like those on Samsung Gear VR, the Samsung phone VR accessory that's been available for years.But the headset's design is less clunky, and the integrated, cleaner, softer and smaller construction here is better than Gear VR in most ways, more reminiscent of Google's Daydream View VR headset... but with all the VR hardware and displays built right in.
After five days of silence, Mark Zuckerberg undertook an apology tour today, posting to Facebook and speaking to a few media outlets (including WIRED) about the Cambridge Analytica scandal that has embroiled his company.He acknowledged to WIRED that trusting Cambridge Analytica was "one of the biggest mistakes we made."Still, he implied that he and his company were doing as well as anyone could expect.And, of course, he pointed out the "good news" that "big actions that we needed to take to prevent this from happening today, we took three or four years ago."It's similar to the tone struck by executive Andrew Bosworth when he tweeted that, well actually, Cambridge Analytica's purloining of Facebook users data for use in political subterfuge is "unequivocally not a data breach" because "no systems were infiltrated."It also smacked of Zuckerberg's regrettable statement in November 2016 that it was "a pretty crazy idea" to think that fake news had an impact on the election since, if you looked at the data, it represented a small percentage of all the communications posted to Facebook.
The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a request by Ireland to find that people detained by the UK during the Troubles in the so-called Hooded Men case suffered torture.Dismissing the request by six votes to one, the ECHR said there was “no justification” to revise a 1978 ruling which found the treatment of the men was inhumane and degrading.The court said new evidence had not demonstrated the existence of facts that were not known to the court at the time or which could have had a decisive influence on the original judgment.The so-called Hooded Men were 14 Catholics interned – detained indefinitely without trial – in 1971 who said they were subjected to a number of torture methods.These included five techniques – hooding, stress positions, white noise, sleep deprivation and deprivation of food and water – along with beatings and death threats.The men were hooded and flown by helicopter to a secret location, later revealed as a British Army camp at Ballykelly, outside Londonderry.
Tech investor Peter Thiel talked cryptocurrencies, the potential outcome of the 2020 election, and Silicon Valley's insulated culture during a fireside chat at the Economic Club of New York on Thursday.Thiel, an early bitcoin investor, predicted that there will be one leading future cryptocurrency that will be the digital equivalent of gold.Thiel also chatted candidly about his negative opinions of Silicon Valley, which he described as having a "lemming-like" quality.On Thursday, tech investor and Facebook boardmember Peter Thiel chatted with journalist Maria Bartiromo during a fireside chat at the Economic Club of New York.Thiel talked about a range of topics including the viability of cryptocurrencies, the results of the 2020 election if Trump were to run again, and Silicon Valley's insulated culture.Thiel seemed unswayed by the increasing speculation regarding what many feel to be the cryptocurrency bubble.
If the Tomb Raider movie wasn’t called “Tomb Raider,” it would be a better film.Because while it’s a perfectly enjoyable action flick, it’s not one that lives up to the franchise, the character, or its title.Directed by Roar Uthaug (The Wave), Tomb Raider stars Oscar winner Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, a young woman from a wealthy family whose father disappeared several years ago.Instead, she lives a fairly normal, albeit athletic life, working as a bike messenger in London and training in mixed martial arts.One day, she discovers a clue to her father’s disappearance that sends her off an adventure to a remote island in hopes of finding him.Overall, the story is predictable, but still, there’s a level of comfort and enjoyment in that, especially when centred around Vikander’s excellent performance.
The loss of Stephen Hawking stings.But if there’s a silver lining it’s that his life was rich and purposeful, the proof of which still remains in his work, and the projects he took part in.As Hawking said, “I’ve been lucky.I’ve lived an extraordinary life, exploring the Universe and attending the odd party or two.”One of these works is no available for free, online at Curiosity Stream.Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places is a three part documentary series exploring both both theoretical and practical science.
The good news is that there are no known exploits for any of the “Critical” rated security holes.(Worth repeating: There are still no known exploits for Meltdown or Spectre.)Still waiting for confirmation on that one.If you break those down into individual patches for specific platforms, the total damage comes to 1,352 rubber-meets-the-road patches.Looks like patching is set to become Microsoft’s next billion-dollar business.Office had 23 security patches and 26 non-security patches this month.
We’re just a few months out from the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and like any big blockbuster movie, there’s going to be a video game tie-in.For the first Jurassic World we saw a few different mobile games, but this time around, we’re getting something a little more serious: Jurassic World Evolution, a park builder that’s coming later this year to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.At this point, we don’t know a whole lot about Jurassic World Evolution.It’s being made by the folks at Frontier Developments, the studio behind Planet Coaster, so the title is in the hands of people who know how to make a good theme park game.Jurassic World Evolution will task the player with creating their own Jurassic World, from bringing dinosaurs back to life and even engineering new ones like the Indominus Rex we saw in the first Jurassic World movie.Today we’re learning something new about Jurassic World Evolution, as Frontier has announced that Jeff Goldblum will reprise his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm for the game.
Google and its partners, if you haven’t heard unleashed the first set of smartphones powered by Android Oreo (Go Edition)” at the MWC last Month in Barcelona, Spain’, and the Alcatel X1 is one of the first few devices that was announced running Android Oreo (Go Edition) out of the box.The Alcatel 1X has now landed in the Indian Market, making it the first Android Oreo (Go Edition) smartphone to enter the Indian smartphones market.With a plethora of color options to choose from, the Alcatel 1X Android Oreo (Go edition) will hit the shelves soon at a price tag that will be made known prior to its arrival in the stores.For the uninformed, the Android Oreo Go Edition is a light-weight version of Android Oreo specifically meant for entry-level smartphones having 1GB RAM or less.Announced alongside the Alcatel 5 and 3 series smartphones at the MWC in Barcelona, the device features a 5.34-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio, a resolution of 480×960 pixels and powered by an Octa-core MediaTek MT6739 processor coupled with 1GB RAM and 16GB storage, expandable up to 128GB via micro SD card.The device is fueled by a 2460mAh battery and comes with 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, NFC, USB OTG and a micro USB port.
BioCatch, the U.S./Israeli startup that has developed “behavioural biometric authentication and threat detection” tech to enable banks and other high transaction companies to stop online fraud before it happens, has closed $30 million in growth funding.In what can be viewed as a mixture of strategic and pure venture backers, the round is led by Maverick Ventures, with participation from American Express Ventures, NexStar Partners, Kreos Capital, CreditEase, OurCrowd, JANVEST Capital, and other existing investors.Founded in 2011 by self-described experts in big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence, BioCatch is tackling cyber security from an online identity angle.Instead of the traditional approach of simply adding additional endpoint security layers (i.e.a password on top of a passphrase on top of two-factor authentication etc.Once installed on a bank’s website or app, for example, the BioCatch tech collects and analyzes more than 500 cognitive parameters, such as they way you wiggle a mouse when the cursor disappears or the way you hold your phone, to generate a unique profile.
Almost two years ago, I started a new series here at Android Authority called “Gary Explains“.It all started with a look at Optical Image Stabilization and then in quick succession: assembly language, root, kernels, cache memory, and threads.Personally, it has been great fun and the feedback from our audience has been tremendous.While there is a lot of crossover between the technology in our mobile devices and the technology we use further afield, there are whole areas of interesting tech that just don’t feature on mobile devices.That leaves me with two options: 1) Ignore all that interesting technology as it doesn’t fall under the banner of mobile tech, or 2) Cover it anyway!Since the main Android Authority YouTube channel is dedicated to mobile technology, it seemed best to launch a separate YouTube channel for this new series.