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A new voluntary reimbursement scheme for consumers tricked into authorising scam payments came into force on Monday, but several major banks have so far declined to join the programme.Fraud such as “authorised push payment” (APP) scams are on the rise, and increasingly make use of social media and information available via the internet to make the swindles difficult to spot.Previously, banks only reimbursed customers if there was an obvious fault in the way the bank handled the payment.As a result, out of £354m lost to APP-style scams last year, only £83m was repaid.The scams affected some 84,000 bank customers last year.The new scheme has been joined by eight banks, Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, Metro Bank, Nationwide, RBS, Santander and Starling Bank, also covering the 17 brands those banks operate.
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Microsoft brought the classic IntelliMouse Explorer back in 2017, and now it’s going a step further today with a new Pro IntelliMouse edition.It has the same design as the classic IntelliMouse that became a status symbol, but it’s now geared towards gaming.Microsoft has upgraded the tracking sensor over the 2017 model, improved key actuation, and added a textured finish alongside a braided cable.This should all mean that the buttons feel more responsive when you’re playing games with this Pro IntelliMouse, and Microsoft is even letting PC gamers customize the color of the taillight to match their keyboard or other accessories.Microsoft is offering black and white versions, too.The sensor itself supports up to 16,000 DPI and a 12,000 fps refresh rate, and you can use Microsoft’s Mouse and Keyboard software to setup macros, remap buttons, and quickly adjust DPI.
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There’s been a lot of news regarding Huawei and the US Government over the last few days and just like any xxx story, it comes with a fair amount of misinformation and miscommunication.Huawei has risen to being the second largest phone maker in the world which is also the spot it enjoys in the Middle East currently.After intensive research, we have collected statements available to the public online and put together a quick guide on some of the concerns and questions customers have regarding their Huawei phones.Your phone will not stop workingThere has been a lot of confusion amongst owners of Huawei phones that their phones will stop working.Your phone will continue to operate just like it normally does like any other phone.
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Users of Mabu, a robot made especially to help people with congestive heart failure, said they’re 84% more likely to keep track of the signs and symptoms of their disease.Mabu was first made available for patients in 2018.Its first users are Kaiser Permanente patients, Catalia Health CEO Cory Kidd told VentureBeat in a phone interview.In addition to Mabu, robots that help oncology and immunology patients were introduced in recent weeks, Kidd said.The company is also developing robots meant to replace routine calls from health professionals about how patients feel about a new specialized medication.Mabu uses conversational AI to speak with patients about key thing that a doctor is going to ask newly diagnosed heart failure patients such as fluid retention around the heart and the lungs, weight increase, and shortness of breath in certain situations.
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Square Enix is expected to reveal more information about the highly anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake at E3 2019, but it appears that the company will take the stage with another long-awaited game in its lineup.It now appears that Square Enix is teasing the presence of the Avengers game at E3 2019, through its announcements for its presentation at the annual video game event.Square Enix Live E3 2019 is less than a month away so be sure to mark your calendars for June 10th at 6pm PT for all the exciting news!— Square Enix (@SquareEnix) May 22, 2019Square Enix Live E3 2019 kicks off another exciting line up of titles!Tune in to https://t.co/CKLO0fQPN1 on Monday June 10 at 6pm PT!
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That’s the number of pieces of content on Facebook that the platform claims it took action against for containing hate speech from January to March this year, according to its most recent transparency report.(And to put a fine point on it, that’s just the content it actually caught.)In a press briefing yesterday afternoon, vice president of global operations Justin Osofsky teased a plan to pilot a subgroup of moderators who are specifically tasked with handling hate speech.“We’re launching a pilot programme where some reviewers specialise in hate speech,” Osofsky said.By focusing on hate speech enforcement, these reviewers will establish a deeper understanding of how it manifests, and be able to make more accurate calls.”Facebook clarified that rather than hire on new personnel for this effort, existing moderators would be moved over.
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A "leaked" email from Tesla boss Elon Musk to all employees claims the company is now making 900 Model 3 vehicles a day – a whisker (well, 10 per cent) away from its 1,000-a-day target.The note, which was widely shared on Reddit and other platforms, also claimed demand for the cars was at an all-time high."As of yesterday, we had over 50,000 net new orders for this quarter.Based on current trends, we have a good chance of exceeding the record 90,700 deliveries of Q4 last year and making this the highest deliveries/sales quarter in Tesla history!"In order to achieve this, we need sustained output of 1,000 Model 3's per day.Almost all parts of the Model 3 production system have exceeded 1,000 units on multiple days (congratulations!!)
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As first reported by CNBC, it appears Comcast is quietly developing a new kind of health monitoring device.Akin to a smart speaker — but decidedly not a smart speaker, according to The Verge — the device will use motion sensors to track your health while you’re at home.For example, the device would monitor how long you sleep at night, whether or not you’ve fallen down, how many times you open the refrigerator door, and — yes, you know what’s next — how often you head to the bathroom to take care of business.Comcast says that it will be pushing the device to people who need extra attention at home healthwise, including the elderly, the disabled, and people who have just had a major operation or long hospital stay.The device won’t do things you would expect from a smart speaker or smart home hub.It won’t control smart devices, answer questions using Google, or order your products from Amazon.
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Given that the company is going to skip E3 this year, we’re not likely to see the console in 2019.Still, it’s exciting to see what’s next from one of gaming’s biggest companies.First, I think it’s worth pointing out that we have no idea yet whether the next PlayStation console will be called “the PS5.” So far, Sony representatives have only referred to it as their next-gen console, and it’s possible the company could pull an Xbox on us and switch the numbers up.The PS5 has been in the works for about four years so far, according to system architect Mark Cerny.Speaking to Wired, Cerny revealed the first details about the PS5’s hardware, and what would be different between this console and its predecessor.Replacing the hard drive in the current device, the SSD will mean much shorter load times and higher graphical quality.
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Someone who did a good tweet has won the modern internet lottery.We're not talking about a Christmas book deal, a retweet off Armando Iannucci or being blocked by Graham Linehan; the doer of the winning tweet is going to work with tech primadonna Elon Musk, manning the carmaker's social media accounts.The doer of the tweet is Adam Koszary, who sent the titanic message about the B sheep being an absolute unit.This apocalyptic bit of internet-breaking work on behalf of the Museum of English Rural Life won worldwide acclaim, for a day or two last year, and was seen and enjoyed by sporadic tweeter Elon Musk himself, who briefly had the sheep as his profile photo and enjoyed a bit of sheep/unit banter himself.Before sensible business people told him it made him look a bit mad.Musk liked it so much he has done the modern equivalent of buying Adam, and has given him a job doing more of the same but about absolute electrical units now.
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Not content with bringing TV, broadband and phone services to your home, Comcast is now developing a healthcare device that will use sensors to monitor your vitals and habits – including some that take place behind closed doors.Unlike most health monitoring devices, which track blood pressure, heart rate and activity level, Comcast's device will use sensors to monitor whether you're spending more time in bed than normal, and whether you're making more trips than usual to the bathroom.Check out our guide to the best smart thermostatsThat might sound intrusive, but frequent bathroom breaks can be a sign of digestive or prostate problems that are much easier to treat if caught early.Comcast is also rumored to be working on devices to detect falls, suggesting that it's mainly aiming its products at the elderly – particularly those who live alone.According to CNBC, the devices won't connect to other smart home appliances (such as lightbulbs or thermostats), but it will have a 'personality' like a virtual personal assistant, with voice recognition for commands.
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Samsung subsidiary Samsung Electro-Mechanics announced today that it developed a 5x optical zoom camera module (via ETNews).The company also announced it has begun mass production of the camera module.On paper, a 5x zoom module takes up more space than the 2x zoom module in the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus.However, Samsung produced a 5x zoom module that’s only 5mm thick.That compares favorably to the 2x zoom module, which is 6mm thick.According to the report, Samsung uses a periscope method to refract light at right angles and horizontally arrange sensors and lenses.
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Airbnb is one of the most popular ways to see the world, but there are lots of details to consider before booking with the site.These tips can help you avoid a mediocre experience with Airbnb so you can achieve true vacation nirvana.I use Airbnb all the time when I travel or go on vacation.We were gone for two weeks, and visited four different cities in Europe, staying in accommodations exclusively through Airbnb.When my wife and I booked our trip Venice as part of our honeymoon, for instance, we were looking at significantly more expensive options because we only booked about a month in advance.Sometimes, it's worth taking a chance on a newbie.
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Earlier this spring, both Uber and Lyft introduced new safety features and policies following the death of a university student who was kidnapped and murdered after getting into a vehicle she believed to be her Uber ride.Today, Lyft is announcing an expanded set of safety features and programs, including those that help riders find and identify their ride, alert emergency services if they believe they are in danger, and communicate ride issues back to Lyft support and drivers.In April, Lyft had begun the process of making its app and service safer with the implementation of continuous background checks for drivers — something Uber had in place since 2018.It also said it was enhancing its identity verification process for drivers to prevent driver identity fraud on its platform.Uber, meanwhile, had last month introduced new system banners and alerts to remind users to check their ride details — like the license plate, car make and model, as well as the driver’s name and photo.Today, Lyft is catching up with the announcement of a similar feature set.
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T-Mobile and Sprint are one big step closer to getting the US government's approval to merge, as Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today announced his support for the deal combining two of the four largest US mobile carriers.Pai's announcement virtually guarantees that the FCC will approve the deal; FCC approval would be finalized after the Republican-controlled commission votes.Pai's statement on the merger said he's approving it in large part because T-Mobile and Sprint "committed to deploying a 5G network that would cover 97 percent of our nation's population within three years of the closing of the merger and 99 percent of Americans within six years."But as we wrote more than a year ago, T-Mobile and Sprint each said it would build a nationwide 5G network on its own before they agreed to merge.The companies made deploying 5G their key promise in the merger, even though all four major carriers were going to do that anyway.Technically, the merged company could introduce new, more expensive plans as long as it keeps offering existing ones at the same prices.
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Google said today that existing users of Huawei Android devices can continue to use Google Play app store, offering some relief to tens of millions of users worldwide even as it remains unclear if the Chinese tech giant will be able to use the fully-functioning version of Android in its future phones.Existing Huawei phone users will also be able to enjoy security protections delivered through Google Play Protect, the company said in a statement to TechCrunch.Google Play Protect is a built-in malware detector that uses machine learning to detect and weed out rogue apps.Google did not specify whether Huawei devices will receive future Android updates.The statement comes after Reuters reported on Sunday that Google is suspending some businesses with Huawei, the world’s second largest smartphone maker that shipped over 200 million handsets last year.The report claimed, a point not addressed by Google, that future Android devices from Huawei will not run Google Mobile Services, a host of services offered by Google including Google Play Store, and email client Gmail.
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Tempo Automation, a San Francisco-based startup that helps shorten the time from prototype to production for electronics manufacturers, announced today that it has raised a $45 million Series C led by returning investor Point72 Ventures.The round also includes new investor Lockheed Martin and existing investors Lux Capital and Uncork Capital.The company’s turnkey solution allows manufacturers to upload a CAD and have it turned into a circuit board in as little as three days.Founded in 2013, Tempo Automation’s services are tailored for low-volume manufacturers and include customers in a broad range of industries, including aerospace, consumer electronics, automotive and medical tech.Tempo’s last funding round was $20 million Series B in 2018.In its latest funding announcement, the company said its Series C will be used for hiring and to develop software that will make its manufacturing process quicker and more accurate.
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Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes wrote a column for the New York Times arguing that it's time to break up the company because its apps have too much power over our lives.Referring to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, he said, "Mark alone can decide how to configure Facebook's algorithms to determine what people see in their News Feeds, what privacy settings they can use and even which messages get delivered."If that sentence gives you the chills, then you may want to investigate Facebook's "kill switch."It's the Facebook setting that shuts down apps and other websites from sharing or accessing your information.It's a useful trick that many people don't know about, especially if you want as much privacy as possible while maintaining your account.(We all know it is difficult to live without Facebook entirely — so this is the next best thing.)
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Senior executives with access to the most sensitive corporate information are now the biggest targets of corporate cyber crime, a new report has revealed.Research by telecoms giant Verizon showed top bosses are 12 times more likely to be the target of so-called social engineering attacks, which trick users into giving away data or access to a hacker, than in previous years.Read more: 50,000 businesses exposed to cyber attacks through SAP systems C-level executives are also nine times more likely to fall victim to cyber breaches, with financial gain still the key motivation behind attacks.The research showed time-starved bosses often rapidly review and click on emails, meaning suspicious messages and phishing attacks are more likely to get through.Successful scammers are then able to gain approval authority and privileged access to the company’s critical systems.In addition, the report warned the increased use of cost-effect cloud-based storage is exposing firms to additional security risks.
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Comedy duo Desus and Mero and longtime actor Michael Douglas will be honored with Webby Special Achievement Awards at the 23rd Annual Webby Awards, which will be presented May 13.Desus Nice and the Kid Mero are being honored for their talk-show smash, Desus & Mero, while Douglas is being recognized for his role as Sandy Kominsky in Netflix original The Kominsky Method.Previous Webby Special Achievement Awards winners included artist Tierra Whack, activist Greta Thunberg, comedian and producer Hasan Minhaj, artist Issa Rae, entrepreneur Emily Weiss, activist and podcast host DeRay Mckesson, Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty, anti-bullying activist Monica Lewinsky and Hot Ones host Sean Evans.The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences revealed the full list of winners last month.The event is set for Monday, May 13, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.Actress and comedian Jenny Slate will host, and people can follow along on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for highlights, special moments, five-word speeches by the winners and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the internet with internet co-founder Vint Cerf.
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Samsung's Galaxy Fold may have gotten the new foldable wave of devices off to a false start, but that hasn't deterred Google from continuing to work on the platform.At its annual Google I/O developer conference in California on Tuesday the search giant detailed its commitment to foldable devices as part of the next version of Android, currently codenamed "Q."Multiple hardware makers will launch foldable devices this year Stephanie Saad Cuthbertson, Google's senior director of Android, announced.In addition to Samsung's Galaxy Fold, Chinese giant Huawei has already announced its first foldable, called the Mate X, while rival Xiaomi has teased that it too is working on a folding phone.Motorola, meanwhile, has built up plenty of hype around rumors that it is preparing to release a new folding Razr."These devices open up a completely new category," Cuthbertson said on stage, going on to add that while the space is in its early days, foldables "just might change the future of mobile computing."
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When it launched at the end of 2017, VisaDB provided travelers a much-needed service by letting them know which countries they could visit without a visa.It’s now evolved by leaps and bounds, and is a far more useful resource for folks looking to visit, work, or move abroad.The site lets you look up some 18 kinds of visas worldwide, including travel visas for 200 countries, as well as residency and immigration visas in 130 countries.All you need to do is enter your country of origin, and search for your preferred destination.It’s incredibly useful for determining which places are easy to visit on your next holiday, or which nations are your best bets for immigrating in search of a better life.For example, if you look up info about a tourist visa to visit India from the Netherlands, VisaDB will tell you that it’s available with a validity of 60 days, and that you’ll need to furnish documents including your flight tickets.
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Attackers can exploit vulnerabilities in mobile software to spy on users, grab their data, or even steal their money.In response, security companies are increasingly touting a feature called "application shielding," a process that obfuscates an application's binary code, ostensibly making it harder for hackers to reverse-engineer.Application shielding is mainly used to protect intellectual property and cut down on piracy; the techniques modify a service's application code, making it more difficult for someone to tamper with it, or to figure out how to remove digital rights locks and steal media like music or movie files.Sometimes called "binary protection," shielding can run integrity and validity checks to ensure that an app is running in a safe, untainted environment.It can also include biometric authentication checks to make it more difficult for hackers to analyze an application's binary to look for ways of attacking it.While many of these mechanisms do help strengthen app defenses, security engineers note that mobile application shielding is still evolving as a concept.
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A decent level of physical fitness, a fondness for climbing, an intimate knowledge of giant old-growth tree species, and being handy with a crossbow: If you possess this most unusual of skill sets, then tree-climbing botanist may be the job you never realised you were born to do.Wendy Baxter and her partner and colleague Anthony Ambrose have said skill set and more.The scientists, based out of the University of California in Berkeley, have spent years accessing and exploring the crowns and canopies of some of the biggest, oldest, and tallest trees on the planet: the coastal redwoods and giant sequoias of the state of California.Their research over the last six years has revealed insights into previously unknown aspects of both species, such as how they combat drought and exactly how much water they need to survive.“You can’t really do that in intact trees from the ground.”Baxter’s journey to a career ascending to heights of over 300 feet to study some of the most impressive organisms on Earth began when she saw an unusual job advertisement, shortly after completing a masters degree studying butterflies in the Netherlands.
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ANN ARBOR--A new computer processor architecture developed at the University of Michigan could usher in a future where computers proactively defend against threats, rendering the current electronic security model of bugs and patches obsolete.Called MORPHEUS, the chip blocks potential attacks by encrypting and randomly reshuffling key bits of its own code and data 20 times per second--infinitely faster than a human hacker can work and thousands of times faster than even the fastest electronic hacking techniques."Today's approach of eliminating security bugs one by one is a losing game," said Todd Austin, U-M professor of computer science and engineering and a developer of the system.Austin and his colleagues have demonstrated a DARPA-funded prototype processor that successfully defended against every known variant of control-flow attack, one of hackers' most dangerous and widely used techniques.The technology could be used in a variety of applications, from laptops and PCs to Internet of Things devices, where simple and reliable security will be increasingly critical.It makes the computer an unsolvable puzzle."
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The next pair of Google Pixel smartphones appeared this morning in official listings before launch – before even Google announced their existence.The Google Pixel 3a and the Google Pixel 3a XL, both, appeared certified this week for Bluetooth connectivity with Bluetooth SIG, and are apparently a lock for a launch (or simple reveal) next week.Next week, by the way, is the 2019 edition of Google I/O, Google’s public-facing developer conference.Google’s next pair of smartphones aren’t like what they’ve released before.At least, not in the way they’re likely set to be released.Each of the first three Pixel phones were revealed and released on a one-per-year basis (or a pair-per-year basis, however you want to look at it).
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As racetracks go, the Grange is narrow and short, with only one unbroken straightaway.This means that the crescendo of motors and the blare of mufflers are punctuated by the skrrtttt of tires breaking traction, with cars skating around corners in a controlled spin called a drift.Ryan Young, a photographer who often shoots athletes, wanted to capture this type of action.Yet, despite the noise generated by the vehicles in each photograph, Young's images are decidedly quiet—less a showcase of octane and more an idyll of how a motorsport can bring people together.That sense of community is what brought him back to the Apple Valley, California course six times in 2018, including on a frigid New Year's Eve.Out amid the San Bernardino high desert, he witnessed people who would normally be strangers promise to mail each other parts in between track weekends and perform safety inspections on each other's rides.
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Major spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones season 8.HBO seems to be running a ship tighter than any that sails from the Iron Islands.We've been building for years towards the final showdown between the living and the dead and it couldn't have gone worse for the living in episode 3 during the Battle of Winterfell.With a mighty scream and some fancy knife work, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), the trained assassin, plunged a Valyrian steel dagger into the Night King, disintegrating him and all of his deadly creations.If I knew that was going to happen, I would probably be blurting it out everywhere, unable to contain myself.Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B.
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The 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix is ready to roll at the Baku City Circuit where drama and excitement is on the cards.With Lewis Hamilton leading the pack for his team, Mercedes, and team-mate Bottas the only other winner this season, Ferrari and the rest have a lot of work to put in.Watching the Grand Prix is much easier however, and you're in the right place to see how to get an F1 live stream from absolutely anywhere.Debris from that madness led to Bottas ending the race early with just three laps left while Vettel had a flat tyre.Read on to find out how to live stream F1 action.See how to get an NBA playoffs live stream from anywhere
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There are some technologies that, paradoxically, we really wish didn’t need to exist, yet are still kind of glad that they do.One of these is the Safe Zone Gunfire Detector, a fast gunfire-detection system with the ability to provoke a police response to an active-shooter situation within a matter of seconds.In doing so, it could play a valuable role in averting potential tragedies in public places like schools, malls, religious centers, or anywhere else that a mass shooting might occur.“Safe Zone is a stand-alone, fully automated gunfire-detection system that alerts authorities within seconds of a firearm discharge,” Mike Anderson, president and co-founder of Safe Zone, told Digital Trends.“It provides the location of the shooter, the type and caliber of the weapon, and the number of shots fired.This allows law enforcement to dispatch, move directly to, and end the threat sooner than they normally would be able to.
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