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Boots is going to begin the process of switching out its plastic carrier bags for paper alternatives, saving up to 900 tonnes of plastic a year.The paper bags are being rolled out in just 53 of its 2,485 stores, with plastic bags being replaced in all locations by early 2020.According to the BBC, the bags will be available in three sizes, and while companies can't get away with charging customers for them in England, shoppers in the rest of the UK will be subject to the 5p, 7p and 10p charges."We have seen a significant shift in our customers' attitudes towards plastics and recycling in recent years - there's never been a more important time to show our customers that we're taking action to reduce our impact," said Boots UK director of marketing, Helen Normoyle.She stressed that the paper bags "have been carefully tested to make sure that over their entire life cycle they are better for the environment, whilst still being a sturdy, practical option for customers who haven't bought their own bags with them when shopping".Boots joins the growing number of high street stores cutting down on their plastic usage, like Waitrose and its pasta and rice vending machines, and McDonald's and its switch from single-use plastics to recycled cardboard packaging.
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Standing upright and walking alone are very simple but noble motions that separate humans from many other creatures.Wearable and prosthetic technologies have emerged to augment human function in locomotion and manipulation.However, advances in wearable robot technology have been especially momentous to Byoung-Wook Kim, a triplegic for 22 years following a devastating car accident.?Kim rejoiced after standing upright and walking again by putting on the 'WalkON Suit,' the wearable robot developed by Professor Kyoungchul Kong's team.Even more, Kim won third prize in the powered exoskeleton race at Cybathlon 2016, an international cyborg Olympics hosted by ETH Zurich.Professor Kong and his startup, Angel Robotics, held a kickoff ceremony for Cybathlon 2020 at KAIST on June 24.
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It's a big year for Uber.The first name in ride-hailing is arguably the biggest IPO of 2019, along with a reported confidential filing with the top U.S. stock market regulator.This has stoked the fires of rampant speculation on Wall Street, and some analysts are predicting the company could be worth as much as $120 billion.With such eye-popping numbers, it's difficult to remember a time when the 10-year-old company wasn't the juggernaut it is today.Uber currently has more than 2 million drivers ferrying passengers in more than 63 countries.But back in August 2008, founder Garrett Camp was laying out his dream of a "next-generation car service" in a slideshow on his computer.
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We may have just seen the reveal of a host of brand new games at E3 2019 that have us looking to the future, but that doesn't mean we can't keep an eye on the past too in hopes that we'll see some more classic titles making a return.Final Fantasy 8 Remake, Link's Awakening and Ghostbusters: The Video Game are just a few of the games that developers have announced are receiving a modern makeover, and it seems like another classic caper could be undergoing the same treatment.It seems like Sony's Ape Escape could be the next title getting a remaster or remake and, with at least three games in the series, we think it'll be trilogy.PS5: all the games, specs, news, and rumors for Sony’s Playstation 5Best upcoming games 2019: most anticipated titles for PS4, Xbox One and SwitchAlthough this hasn't actually been confirmed by Sony, a tweet from Twitter user piposaru20th (spotted by Eurogamer) suggests a remaster is on the way.
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“I have so much respect for entrepreneurs…”Every Monday morning we fire five questions at a C-suite tech industry interviewee.Today we’re pleased to be joined by Informatica CISO, Roger Hale.To be competitive in today’s market requires being able to pivot faster than your competitors; and that means having the right data to make the right decision, at the right time.When data is siloed to a single department within an organisation, the culture needs to shift towards democratising data across the organization by giving control to assigned data owners, or “stewards”, who can expand its access to other departments and people that need it.A lot of today’s technology is designed to solve a point problem, but if you take a broader view, there are plenty of real-world issues to address where technology can provide multiple benefits.
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HPE has generated a third hyperconverged system from its acquired Nimble Storage tech, providing yet another ProLiant server route to market.Not content with touting its SimpliVity line and doing a semi-detached dance with Nutanix in GreenLake, HPE has slung out a third hyperconverged system – the Nimble dHCI.The product was announced at HPE Discover in Las Vegas this week and combines a fifth-gen Nimble array, running v5.1.2 or higher of the Nimble OS, Proliant gen 9 and 10 servers, and a network switch.Users can choose from StoreFabric 2100M, FlexFabric 5700 and Cisco Nexus 3000, 5000 and 9000 switches.The system is protected and supported through the cloud-based InfoSight software.The "d" in dHCI stands for disaggregated and refers to this HCI system having a separate storage array integrated with servers, the NetApp Elements HCI model, instead of having local storage on each server combined into a virtual SAN.
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You can now play "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite," the new game co-developed by the creator of "Pokémon Go."Muggles, witches, and wizards alike can finally play "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite," the new game co-developed by Niantic — best known as the creators of "Pokémon Go."I was already on board with "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite," thanks to the time I got with an earlier version of the game back in March.And then, there will be those Potterheads, young and old, who come to this game fresh.The catch is that some Foundables require you to rescue them multiple times before they're added to the registry.Luna Lovegood here, for instance, needs to found and rescued four times.
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While in Sweden, waiting for the 5g, Ericsson has its eyes on the future.That we have already take a look at the 6g technology is, of course, comes as no surprise.However, the plans have become more concrete now."and The Swedish telecommunications company will cooperate with south Korean SK Telecom, which signed a memorandum of understanding for the ”sharing research in the 5g and 6g-network”.the collaboration is also part of the Nokia & amp; Samsung. " the strengthening of cooperation with Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, may, SK Telecom, to secure the world's best-5g-quality-and pave the way for the 6g network, said Park Jin-hyo, chief technology officer at SK Telecom, in a statement posted on the company's website.
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Rep. Maxine Waters, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, on Tuesday called on Facebook to pause its development of a new digital coin called Libra, citing the company's seemingly endless list of scandals.The company is working with 27 partners to launch Libra, which is expected to be released along with a new digital wallet that works with Messenger and WhatsApp.Users will be able to use Libra to purchase products, send money across borders or make donations."With the announcement that it plans to create a cryptocurrency, Facebook is continuing its unchecked expansion and extending its reach into the lives of its users," Waters said in a statement.The lawmaker's remarks highlight some of the regulatory hurdles the social media giant could face as it moves forward with its plans to launch Libra.The social media company could face a record-setting fine of up to $5 billion from the Federal Trade Commission, which has been investigating Facebook for allegedly failing to protect user privacy.
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German telelcoms companies have criticised the country’s 5G auction process as a “disaster”, after the 52-day-long process cost them 6.6 billion euros (£5.9bn).Hannes Ametsreiter, head of Vodafone’s German business, called the result a “disaster for Germany”, while Deutsche Telekom said the auctions had left a “bitter taste”.“The network rollout in Germany has suffered a significant setback,” said Telekom board member Dirk Wössner, in a statement, adding that the payout “could have been much lower” and was “much more expensive than in other countries”.“Network operators now lack the money to expand their networks,” he said.New entrant Drillisch criticised the award terms of the auction, saying it would have liked to see a stronger commitment to more competition.“As a new player, we would invest directly in a powerful 5G network – in contrast to the current oligopoly of the network operators who want to expand their current antenna locations step by step,” said Drillisch chief executive Ralph Dommermuth.
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My eyes follow a little cartoon cow from the top left to the bottom right of a Microsoft Surface screen.Both of my pupils are dilated by the act, but in less than five seconds they will be paired with a new virtual remote control system, the Comcast Xfinity X1 eye control.After this calibration ends, I can now access the virtual keyboard on the Microsoft Surface.Comcast, the nation's largest cable provider, on Monday released this new virtual keyboard, compatible with laptops and computers, to help you navigate your TV screen with the power of your gaze.For instance, at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, Apple announced Voice Control, an accessibility feature that allows users with motor limitations to browse their iOS devices by simply speaking directions.Comcast's customizable virtual keyboard is accessed by a simple website URL, xfin.tv/access, and will be available to those users with both the existing Comcast Xfinity platform and third-party assistive eye-tracking technology from companies such as Tobi.
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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.AWS and DevOps are two of the hottest tickets in the tech industry right now.Becoming a certified specialist in these fields is a great way to launch your tech career, and this expert-led training kit is on offer for around 48 hours.DevOps engineers are the masterminds of tech projects.They make the life of the developers easier by improving and streamlining processes, thereby saving thousands of dollars.There’s every chance these software teams are going to be working on Amazon Web Services (AWS) too.
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Some backers of action game Shenmue III’s multimillion-dollar Kickstarter campaign are upset that it will launch exclusively on Epic’s Games Store, scuttling plans for a launch on Steam.Developer Ys Net revealed Epic’s exclusivity during E3’s PC Gaming Show today.Almost immediately, backers who had specifically requested a Steam key flooded Ys Net’s Kickstarter announcement, with some requesting refunds.Shenmue III will launch November 19th on PlayStation 4 and PC.As SavyGamer founder Lewie Procter noted on Twitter, Ys Net previously listed Steam as a requirement for playing the game on PC.Later, however, the studio and its publisher Deep Silver decided that “the Epic Games Store would be the best distribution platform option.” Backers can get a digital or physical copy of the game, but, either way, they’ll need to activate it through Epic.
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Kim Dotcom, the charismatic founder of Megaupload, has on Monday began his final court battle against extradition from New Zealand to the United States.German-born Dotcom, who has residency status in New Zealand, has been fighting a series of legal battles after he and three other men (Mattias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato) who co-founded Megaupload lost their legal battle in late 2015 against extradition to the United States, where Dotcom is wanted for copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering.Last July the Court of Appeal in New Zealand upheld that decision, leaving Dotcom and his defendants little choice but to appeal the case to New Zealand’s highest judicial body, the Supreme Court.The Supreme Court in New Zealand will begin hearing the case on Monday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.The five presiding justices were told by the defence team that the charges did not constitute extraditable offences under New Zealand law.The hearing is set for a week and a decision is expected to take months.
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Ecommerce platform Shopee unveiled new features for its users in Singapore, including an in-app seller live stream feature called Shopee Live.With Shopee Live, the Singapore-based company looks to bank on the growing demands of its customers in the country for online video content, according to a statement.The feature will enable sellers, which include official brands, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and micro-entrepreneurs to stream live content featuring their products and instantly answer questions about them.Customers will also be able to purchase featured items without leaving the stream.Its rival Lazada had previously introduced its own live-streaming feature integrated into its mobile app.The feature was launched in Thailand back in 2018, and is now also available in the Philippines and Malaysia.
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Last month, Microsoft announced that Xbox Game Pass is coming to PC, but some details were missing, notably pricing and availability.PC gamers were advised that more details would be provided during E3 2019, but they’ve instead appeared on the company’s website ahead of its E3 event today.The subscription appears to be live in beta form and accepting signups at this time.Following EA Play yesterday, Microsoft will be holding its own E3 event today, June 9, at 1PM PT / 4PM ET.Ahead of that, however, some customers spied a new addition on the company’s website: a signup option for Xbox Game Pass on PC.According to the online Microsoft store, Xbox Game Pass for PC is priced at $4.99/month, though it is currently discounted to a lower price of $1 at this time.
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And for the first time, she detailed a few of the hardware and software stacks underlying the company’s custom-designed vehicle platform — stacks which in part convinced investors to pledge more than $800 million in capital toward Zoox’s research and development.“The new era of mobility requires a radically different approach, not an incremental approach — one that was optimized for human drivers,” said Evans.She didn’t reveal Zoox’s production vehicle design, but reiterated that it uses a combination of RGB cameras and lidar (sensors that measure the distance to target objects by illuminating them with laser light and measuring the reflected pulses).Each vision sensor can see 270 degrees, and if one fails, the car retains a 360-degree view of the environment.Zoox’s model has four-wheel steering, which Evans claims allows it to follow trajectories with “much higher” accuracy than cars with two-wheel steering.It’s also got a dual power train and dual batteries, and the capacity of both batteries together is substantially larger than that of any single car battery today, Evans claims.
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Every parent knows the frustration of responding to a baby's cries, wondering if it is hungry, wet, tired, in need of a hug, or perhaps even in pain.A group of researchers in USA has devised a new artificial intelligence method that can identify and distinguish between normal cry signals and abnormal ones, such as those resulting from an underlying illness.The research was published in the May issue of IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica (JAS), a joint publication of the IEEE and the Chinese Association of Automation.Identifying the hidden patterns in the cry signal has been a major challenge, and artificial intelligence applications have now been shown to be an appropriate solution within this context.The new research uses a specific algorithm based on automatic speech recognition to detect and recognize the features of infant cries.The algorithm is independent of the individual crier, meaning that it can be used in a broader sense in practical scenarios as a way to recognize and classify various cry features and better understand why babies are crying and how urgent the cries are.
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Panasonic has finally revealed full details of its Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH.The optic, which is said to be the world's fastest constant-aperture f/1.7 wide-angle zoom, is compatible with the company's G-series cameras like the G9, in addition to other Micro Four Thirds models, rather than its new full-frame S1 and S1R bodies.Panasonic first announced development of the lens back at last year's Photokina event in September, and the official unveiling follows leaks of the specs and images.The lens boasts an effective focal length of 20-50mm in 35mm-equivalent terms, and has a constant maximum aperture of f/1.7.Panasonic has designed the optic with 17 elements spread across 12 groups, with three aspherical elements among these, on top of four with extra-low dispersion properties.The lens can be stopped down to f/16, and can focus as close as 28cm from the subject, giving a maximum magnification of 0.28x in 35mm terms.
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Tesla on Friday announced that the Model 3 will start at about $47,529 in China.That's about 13% cheaper than Chinese consumers were previously paying.More expensive versions of the sedan will run as high as $75,549.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Tesla on Friday announced that its Model 3 made in China at its second Gigafactory, currently under construction in Shanghai, will cost about 13% less than the sedans its currently importing for sale in the world's largest car market.China is key to Tesla's long-term strategy, especially given concerns from some Wall Street analysts that demand in markets outside the country, like the United States, may be waning.
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Smells, like the tangy scent of the ocean or the acrid odour of smoke, are powerful cues that shape our memories and warn us of imminent threats.But for approximately 12 per cent of Americans over the age of 40, this crucial sense is significantly reduced or absent altogether.While scientists are still working to understand the causes behind this impairment, researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have developed a method for restoring olfaction in mice through the use of stem cells.The scientists behind the new work say that there are many different reasons someone may lose their sense of smell, including genetic disorders, head trauma, and general age-related decline.Or simply put, the olfactory sensory neurons in your nose responsible for sending scent signals to the brain become worn out and unable to repair themselves.Without those scents, the patient said, the island no longer felt like home.
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Jag är inte van den typen av personliga påhopp”, säger bolagets HR-chef Filip Johansson.Bolaget startades 2003 och säljer molnbaserade telefonväxlar till företag.I dag har man 250 medarbetare, varav merparten på huvudkontoret i Malmö.Beslutet väckte omedelbart reaktioner internt.Den 21 maj förklarade Filip Johansson bolagets policy i ett inlägg på företagets blogg med rubriken ”Nu har vi frossat färdigt på kött”.Bolaget skriver att de vill överträffa EU:s mål om en minskning av koldioxidutsläppen med 20 procent till 2020.
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Our phones rarely leave our side and a new study from Common Sense Media shows it's no different overnight.A third of teens actually sleep with their devices -- girls more than boys, according to findings (PDF) in The New Normal: Parents, Teens, Screens, and Sleep in the United States.Parents apparently aren't much better, though, with 62% keeping phones in reach of their bed.Both teens and parents wake up during the night to check notifications, teens a bit more than parents.The study found that parents are more likely to get on their phones because they received a notification or because they couldn't sleep, while teens got on their phones because they either received a notification or just wanted to check social media.Despite health officials warning not to use phones an hour before bed, 60% of parents and 70% of teens check their phones within 30 minutes of falling asleep at night.
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His father told him about traveling through jungles, mountains, and forests in the family’s native country of Bhutan.“I knew nothing about that.”In 2008, Kafley moved to Seattle, where he now works as the multicultural outreach manager for ECOSS, a Seattle-based urban environmental nonprofit.There, he often leads trips for people who are like he once was—new to this country, new to English, new to outdoor recreation, and without a reliable way to get to a trailhead.In fits and starts, small programs have sprung up in cities around the US to get people without vehicle access into public lands, be they national or neighborhood parks.Today, riders can travel from Fresno and Merced to Yosemite, and Visalia to Sequoia National Park, both in California.
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Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online.Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective.The Apple Watch Series 3 boasts excellent fitness tracking, a great design, and comes in two sizes.For a limited time, the Apple Watch Series 3 has been discounted to one of its lowest prices on Amazon.You can save $80 on the 38mm or 42mm versions of the smartwatch.We're not sure how long the deal will be available, so it's worth acting quickly if you're interested.
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Finding something to eat is difficult enough without having to browse through the various services that would like to deliver it to you.There are a lot of them these days too, so Google is trying to streamline the food delivery process by surfacing new features in Search, Maps, and Assistant when you look for food, hopefully decreasing the time between that initial search and when it shows up at your door.Now when you search for a restaurant or a type of cuisine, Search and Maps will sometimes show an “Order Online” button in your results.You can tap that button to begin an order that will be delivered by one of a variety of different services.For the moment, Google says, DoorDash, Postmates, Delivery.com, Slice, and ChowNow are supported through the Order Online button, with Zuppler and others being added soon.Google says that when ordering from “participating restaurants” (which is fairly vague), you’ll be able to craft your order with just a few taps.
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The depraved desires and freaky fetishes we indulge in during the course of our fleeting visits to Pornhub seem to be affected by what's going on in the cultural zeitgeist.Take the spike in Star Wars searches on the site on May 4th, for example.Or all the thirsty Avengers fans that flooded the site in the lead up to Endgame's release.Pornhub's latest insights centre around traffic during the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, and after winning the competition, people in the Netherlands were in the mood for a cheeky wank, with a rise of 15 per cent over the average once the show finished.The UK came last in the competition, and while residents took a break from porn for the first hour of the final, they soon returned to Pornhub's bosom, with traffic climaxing at 4 per cent above the usual time-of-day average.Iceland saw the largest drop in traffic overall, with a 23.7 per cent drop during the show, while the Irish kept a hand in, as it were, with a drop of just 2.9 per cent compared to regular traffic levels, making Ireland the biggest wanker, along with Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the UK.
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nWay created a power multiplayer platform for its ChronoBlade and Power Rangers games.The hope is to enable small and medium-size game studios to make multiplayer games faster, more easily, and with less cost than ever.The platform gives development teams a firm foundation on which to build their game backend and delivers everything developers need to launch a stable, scalable backend stack with support for real-time multiplayer and live data.nWayPlay features continual platform updates and source access to ensure developers are getting the latest features available, that can be fully customized to match their game.“Competitive multiplayer games are blooming, driven by esports and the rise of the competitive game ecosystem as a whole.Using the existing platform, in just nine months, nWay was then able to build its current flagship mobile hit, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, which now has over 50 million downloads and over 500 million live matches played globally since March 2017.
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To give feedback in a bad way can lead to that the productivity is lowered.Then it is better to abstain completely.Maria Åkerlund and Sara Henrysson Eidvall both organisationspsykologer and consultants in Henrysson, Åkerlund and Sjöberg AB, was on site to take part of latest research in organisational and work psychology at some of the over 1000 workshops and presentations.Feedback to the women contains more words that describe negative emotions than fb to men, " says Maria Åkerlund.Men use more action-oriented language and women a more relationsinriktat language when they give feedback.Best feedback from yourself
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Game of Thrones is over, at least as a TV show.Martin has two more novels to finish his book series, and while fans are eagerly waiting, he has other plans that include consulting on a game.Martin posted a new entry on his blog Monday going over his feelings regarding the end of Game of Thrones.He mentioned his many other projects including other TV show, shorts films and a brief mention of working on a game."I've consulted on a video game out of Japan," Martin said.There was no mention of what company he is working with, but rumors have been circulating for months that Martin will work with From Software, developer of Dark Souls and the recently released Sekiro.
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