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Also: what's in Redis 6 ... and how to compete with free Redis on public cloudInterview "Almost every one of our on-prem customers is shifting to K8s," Redis Labs CTO and co-founder Yiftach Shoolman tells The Register.The open source in-memory and NoSQL database manager, created by Salvatore Sanfilippo, is currently at version 5.0.6, with version 6 under development.The commercial product, Redis Enterprise, has additional features and modules, and parent company Redis Labs also sponsors the open source software.A K8s operator for Redis Enterprise was released in October 2018, and thanks to the momentum behind containers – and K8s in particular – take-up is substantial.The automated cluster recovery feature just announced is for use when a cluster loses contact with more than half its nodes, which causes it to stop responding.
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Electric-car maker Nio has teamed up with Mobileye, a subsidiary of Intel Corp, to accelerate the commercial development of highly automated and autonomous vehicles for China and other major markets worldwide.Shanghai-based Nio will engineer and mass produce a self-driving system, designed by Mobileye, that will enable so-called Level 4 category autonomous operation, according to a joint announcement by the two companies on Tuesday.Level 4 autonomous driving means a vehicle can run without a human driver’s attention in specific areas, such as roads designated for driverless cars.“We value the opportunity to bring greater road safety to China and other markets through our efforts,” said Amnon Shashua, the president and chief executive of Mobileye, in a statement.The collaboration with Nio will also enable Mobileye to collect data in compliance with Chinese regulations, according to Shashua in a Reuters report.The pact with Mobileye comes after Nio was named last year among the first batch of Chinese companies authorized by the Shanghai government to conduct road tests for autonomous cars in the city.
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2FA, context-aware access and more should be used…Google is ranked a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Content Collaboration Platforms (CCP), and with more and more businesses using its tools, Computer Business Review decided to look at Google Drive security.Here five Google Drive security features to help give your business peace of mind.Google Drive Security: 5 Things to ConsiderGoogle is continually testing and rolling out new features that give administrators higher degrees of control over the security of Google’s platform.One such feature is Context Aware Access control over G-suite and Drive access.
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But there’s a darker side to this transformation: These learning systems remain remarkably easy to fool using so-called “adversarial attacks.” Even worse is that leading researchers acknowledge they don’t really have a solution for stopping mischief makers from wreaking havoc on these systems.“Can we defend against these attacks?” said Nicolas Papernot, a research scientist at Google Brain, the company’s deep learning artificial intelligence research team.At its most basic, an adversarial attack refers to the notion of introducing some kind of element into a machine learning model designed specifically to incorrectly identify something.In the middle, someone has overlaid this pixelated image that is not necessarily visible to the human eye into the panda image.First, image recognition for machine learning, while it may have greatly advanced, still remains rudimentary.Unfortunately, that makes the jobs of hackers much easier.
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Cost “down to $0.50 in high volumes”Wales’ Dialog Semiconductor says it has launched the “world’s smallest and most power-efficient” Bluetooth 5.1 SoC (system-on-a-chip), in a product release it hopes will driver much wider Internet-of-Things (IoT) uptake.The Bluetooth 5.1 SoC, dubbed “SmartBond TINY” or, more formally, DA14531, measures just 2.0 x 1.7 mm; half the size of its predecessor, and could be used with RFID tags, on bank cards, or as a standalone wireless microcontroller.The Bluetooth 5.1 SoC “brings down the cost of adding Bluetooth low energy in any system to $0.50 in high volumes”, Dialog Semiconductor said today, suggesting it has managed to nail the challenge of low-cost production.The SoC will ship in Q2, 2020.It works well with batteries as low capacity as 30mAh, and owing to record power efficiency of 18300 on the latest EEMBC benchmark for IoT connectivity, IoTMark, will support multiple years of shelf life, the Reading-based firm claimed.
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A US federal court has ordered defendants to pay $4.25 million in penalties as a result of operating a virtual currency scam known as ATM Coin.Blake Harrison Kantor and Nathan Mullins, both from New York — and corporate entities Blue Bit Banc, (UK); Blue Bit Analytics, (Turks and Caicos); and Mercury Cove Inc and G. Thomas Client Services, (New York) — are accused of committing fraud and misappropriating customer funds.According to the court, Kantor, Blue Bit Analytics, and G. Thomas Client Services, took customer funds and illegally acted as Futures Commission Merchants without having registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).The case was first submitted in April last year and charged the defendants with fraud in connection with a binary options scam.The CFTC said defendants asked public customers to invest in binary options, promising the opportunity to earn predetermined amounts based on the price of the commodities at specific points in time.Although customers could trade for themselves, or have a Blue Bit Ban representative do so for them, Mullins and Kantor failed to tell customers that a computer software program used by Blue Bit Banc fraudulently changed the data associated with their binary options investments.
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On the evening of October 23, in the middle of the kind of dry, windy night that has become more frequent and more terrifying in recent California autumns, a fire began outside the small unincorporated Northern California town of Geyserville.Over the next two days, as winds reached hurricane-like strength, they carried the fire south, burning some 75,000 acres and threatening some 90,000 structures as of Wednesday afternoon.So on Sunday, the sheriff of Sonoma County did something unprecedented: He ordered some 200,000 residents out of the area, as far west as the Pacific Ocean, marking it the largest wildfire-related mandatory evacuation order that anyone in his office could remember.“I can understand why someone in [the coastal town of] Bodega Bay is saying, ‘C’mon.What are you guys doing?’ I don’t take these decisions lightly,” he told the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.But Essick was thinking of the Tubbs Fire, which killed 22 people in the county just two years ago, and of the Camp Fire, which ripped through the 20,000-person town of Paradise last year and killed 83 people just to Sonoma’s east.
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The Daenerys Targaryen actress spilled the (coffee) beans on Jimmy Fallon's US chat show.HuffPost is part of Verizon Media.Verizon Media and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Verizon Media will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Verizon Media and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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The Web is teeming with powerful apps and services that aim to make modern lives easier.That power, however, sometimes comes at cost of complexity, when simple goals like create a new calendar even can require at least two to three steps, presuming you already have your web browser open.Last year, Google introduced a .new domain for its G Suite users as handy shortcuts for creating new documents.Now it’s opening the doors to other brands and services to let users quickly get things done, maybe with even just one click.Google has been collecting a variety of TLDs or Top Level Domains that it and other services or even uses can use as easy to remember names and addresses.It already has .app for app websites, .page for personal or business pages, and .dev for developers.
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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has taken Google to court over allegations that it misled consumers over the collection of their location data.The ACCC reckons that from 2017 at the latest Google broke the law when it made on-screen representations to Android users that it alleges misled consumers about the location data Google collected or used when certain Google Account settings were enabled or disabled.In short the ACCC is claiming Google gave users insufficient information to ensure their location data wasn’t collected if they didn’t want it to be.“We are taking court action against Google because we allege that as a result of these on-screen representations, Google has collected, kept and used highly sensitive and valuable personal information about consumers’ location without them making an informed choice,” said ACCC Chair Rod Sims.The problem is that Android has multiple settings that need to be adjusted if you don’t want your location data collected and the ACCC is alleging that Google didn’t flag up all of them.That will have resulted in some consumers thinking their location data wasn’t being collected when it still was.
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UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has detailed plans for a 5G spectrum auction next year to support the rollout of the latest generation network.Companies will bid for the finite airwaves across two separate frequency bands.80 MHz of spectrum will be available in the 700 MHz band, while 120 MHz of spectrum will be up-for-grabs in the 3.6–3.8 GHz band.All four of the UK's major operators have launched 5G in some capacity this year but in limited areas of selected cities and towns.The new airwaves will help to increase the range, speed, and reliability of the winning bidders' networks.Ofcom's auction will be held in two stages:
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Then Samsung gave the Fold to a bunch of savages (aka tech reviewers), who pawed at it like it was a normal phone, and then the Fold had to go away for some upgrades.Then, on September 27th, the Fold finally, officially went on sale and I’ve been using it ever since – without any cases, skins or screen protectors.So here’s what it’s like to live with most important phone of the year after a month.Despite taking five months to tweak and retool the Fold before bringing it back, the final device doesn’t feel that much different than the original model that had so many issues.Samsung added a steel plate behind the flexible screen to give the Fold increased rigidity.And that’s even with the tiny bits of dust or lint that you often find on top of its screen after its been sitting closed for awhile.
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LinkAja, an e-wallet owned by four Indonesian state-owned banks and the country’s largest telecommunications firm, is joining the Gojek payment ecosystem.It is now available as a payment option for ticketing service GoTix (alongside GoPay, the startup’s native mobile wallet).“Effective immediately, LinkAja users can purchase movie tickets, concert tickets, and even tickets to local and international attractions through the Gojek app,” said Kristy Nelwan, the company’s vice president of corporate communications, in a statement provided to Tech in Asia.“In the near future, the LinkAja use case will expand throughout the Gojek ecosystem, [starting] with GoRide and GoCar.”The company claims that GoTix, which was launched back in 2015, sold more than 10 million tickets in 2018.Because of its government-linked origins, LinkAja’s use cases primarily focus on public services, such as toll road fees and fares for Jakarta’s commuter train system.
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If you’re still packing an iPhone 4S, a Windows Phone or a potentially explosive Galaxy Note 7, your next phone upgrade is going to feel transformational.But thousands of years in the future when archeologists pull what remains of your cold dead hands, one phone will look a lot like any other – assuming there’s anything left to look at.But computers or smartphones may not fare that much better – it really is too early to tell.If you didn’t even consider that option, you’re not alone.The Romans, for example, used glass way more than once assumed, with windows for privacy and temperature control: we just didn’t know it, because it turns out they were also big on recycling.“It’s actually more efficient and easier to recycle the building materials than it is to dispose of them.
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But Peloton president William Lynch told Business Insider in a recent phone conversation that the brand has "never been in a better position" when it comes to the music and member experience.Sign up for Business Insider's retail newsletter, The Drive-Thru, to get more stories like this in your inbox every Friday.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Rhona Harris, who owns one of Peloton's $2,000 bikes, said she's noticed a "huge difference" in the user experience in recent months."The music now consists of TONS of '80s music (and not even good '80s music for the most part — think doing an ab workout to a slow jam by Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam), a few rap artists, and a bunch of stuff I've never heard of for the most part," she said in a message to Business Insider."It's definitely made me steer away from the bike more than I used to.
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“This action will not have a material impact”Semiconductor heavyweight Broadcom says it will challenge the European Commission (EC) in the courts following the placement of “interim measures” on the company during an antitrust investigation.Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager says the EC has “strong indications” that Broadcom is engaging in anti-competitive practices and warned that these are causing “serious and irreparable harm”.The commission states that Broadcom is dominant in three different system-on-a-chip (SoC) markets, namely TV set-top boxes, fibre modems and xDSL modems.The EC believe that the firm has abused its dominant position in these markets by establishing “exclusively or quasi-exclusively” conditions with six manufacturers of TV set-top boxes and modems.Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said: “We have strong indications that Broadcom, the world’s leading supplier of chipsets used for TV set-top boxes and modems, is engaging in anticompetitive practices.
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Swarm Technologies aims to connect smart devices around the world with a low-bandwidth but ever-present network provided by satellites — and it just got approval from the FCC to do so.The company’s SpaceBEE satellites are tiny things that will provide a connection to devices that might otherwise be a pain to get online.Their signals don’t need low latency or high bandwidth — so the requirements for a satellite that serves them are much lower than for consumer broadband.Part of the company’s responsibility in its application was to show that isn’t the case.The FCC approval is just one step in the long process of getting approved to go to space for commercial operations, but it’s a big one.In addition to granting Swarm permission to send up its planned 150 satellites (and up to 600 if it decides to spread out a little), the FCC assigned Swarm the wireless spectrum it needs to operate.
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At its core, it wasn't about any hardware, in fact, despite being a "hardware event" in every outward sense.This week's event was actually all about the Google ecosystem — and, more specifically, the Google Assistant that serves as the nucleus of almost everything Google introduced.Back then, Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh made one thing clear: The reason for all these new products, for this whole new hardware-making adventure, was that the company needed to claim control over how its various services were being presented.And that's exactly what Google's doing, with Assistant leading the charge.And sure, the device's new multi-lens module is a key part of what makes the phone's level of photography possible — but, as Google's materials emphasize, it's the machine-learning-driven processing that really does the magic.It's a "software-defined camera," as Google engineer Marc Levoy put it in this week's presentation — one that does "less with hard-wired circuitry and more with code."
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Even significantly cheaper phones like the OnePlus 7T have a clear advantage when it comes to specs per dollar.For one, the Pixel 4 looks much better in person than leaked renders would suggest.Granted, I’ve always dug the two-tone look, but I also think this is the most refined Pixel Google has made.The back glass has a slightly frosted, smooth texture to it that feels luxurious, while the edges are coated in a matte black paint that is actually a little grippy and helps the phone rest nicely in your hands.And that accent power button is always a nice touch.It’s a welcome change of pace from the color shiny gradients almost everyone else is doing while having a bit more pizzazz than Apple’s monochrome frosted colorways.
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Wheels, the startup founded by Wag founders Jonathan and Joshua Viner, just announced a $50 million round led by DBL Partners.This round brings Wheels’ total funding to $87 million.Wheels currently operates in six markets, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Scottsdale, Ariz., Salt Lake City and Cleveland.The plan is to use the funding to deploy in additional markets throughout the U.S. and in international markets.“We’re excited to open up to dozens of cities over the next few months including international expansion,” Wheels COO Marco McCottry told TechCrunch.“As we think about how we fit with the other companies in the space, we’re growing the pie and expanding the market.”
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The deployment of 5G NR brings new performance and applications but it also is the first global adoption of TDD networks where the downlink and the uplink use the same frequency; meaning that downlink signals can mask interference.Download this Application Card to discover how to identify and locate 5G NR interference that can significantly decrease performance and reliabilty.Please note: By downloading this white paper, your contact information will be shared with the sponsoring company, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co.KG and the Rohde & Schwarz entity or subsidiary company mentioned in the imprint of www.rohde-schwarz.com, and you may be contacted by them directly via email or phone for marketing or advertising purposes.
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A majority of Americans support a federal flavored vape ban, and doubt e-cigarettes truly help people quit smoking cigarettes, according to new polling data from YouGov.Additionally, Americans consider vaping to be challenging to quit — contradicting years of industry marketing that suggests vaping works as a cessation aid.52% support a ban at the federal level with 29% opposing according to results shared with Digital Trends, with support for municipal and state-level bans at similar levels.This high level of engagement with the negative press around vaping seems to be translating into questions over its health effects and safety, with nearly two-thirds expressing some level of concern.While the vaping industry has long maintained the position that e-cigarette use is a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes, the public at large appears to disagree.YouGov did not break down responses between those who vape and those who don’t, which could skew the results considering the low numbers of respondents who used cigarettes or vaping products regularly.
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The Realme X2 Pro is one of the hottest talked about devices right now and it’s now confirmed to be arriving on October 15th both in China and Europe.And while we already knew a lot about the teased features, the Realme X2 Pro has just got inspected at TENAA today.Also, Realme’s CMO has shared official renders of the “Poseidon” Blue colour just now.In terms of specs, it is a Snapdragon 855+ CPU, 6.5-inch AMOLED Full-HD+ display, 64MP+13MP+8MP+2MP rear camera, and a 1950mAh (x2) battery.Previous teased features include a 90Hz refresh rate on the display, UFS 3.0, 20X zoom, and of course 50W fast charging.There’s also mention of dual stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos as well and this makes Realme’s handset a very promising device indeed.
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With 10-platter conventionally recorded disk drives touting capacities of up to 20TB by 2021, the arrival of HAMR and MAMR drives could slip back to 2022.Trendfocus, a research firm specialising in data storage, suggests the launch of conventional technology in 18TB capacities in the second half of 2020 could delay the adoption of shingled magnetic recording (SMR) until the following year.In a 4 October report to subscribers, Wells Fargo analyst Aaron Rakers said SMR nearline volumes remained low.Vendors must sort out their host-managed schemes to better meet performance requirements before large-scale adoption takes place, Trendfocus added.In turn, this could shift HAMR/MAMR adoption to 2022.In the meantime, disk manufacturers could add capacity by bringing 10-platter drives to market.
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The Bloodhound LSR (short for land speed record) was built to break the 1,000-mph barrier for cars.But the project came to a halt in late 2018 due to a lack of funding.Previously known as the Bloodhound SSC (for supersonic car), the car will soon depart from its home base in England to South Africa’s Hakskeenpan desert, where the team plans to make its record attempt.For now, though the car will only make a series of test runs, with a maximum speed of 500 mph.The Bloodhound team plans to make 13 runs over a period of about one month, increasing the speed by 50 mph each time.These tests will show how the car behaves at speeds between 300 mph and 500 mph.
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No matter the encryption scheme in play, there’s always a risk of captured clips taking an unintended detour on their way from a router to the datacenter.That’s why Simtoo-owned SimShine, an AI consultancy startup headquartered in Shenzhen, China, developed one of its first cameras — SimCam Alloy — with an offline focus.To bring the first-gen model to market, the company in March launched a Kickstarter campaign that went on to raise $310,095 in funding from over 1,200 backers.And to kick production into high gear, SimShine secured $8 million in a funding round led by Cheetah Mobile, with participation from Skychee, Skyview Fund, and Oak Pacific Investment.TechCrunch previously reported the pre-series A funding.For the uninitiated, SimShine got its start in 2017 and the following year became a top Intel solutions provider in Asia.
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The global presales of the newest Ulefone Armor 3W/3WT are in full swing, and as the big battery rugged phones, the two models both have the impressive battery capacity of 10300mAh.Today the maker revealed a video to show the battery endurance.In the video, after 2 hours’ heavy use, including a half-hour phone call, a half-hour music, a half-hour movie, and a half-hour online game, only 8% of total battery power was consumed.According to above data, it’s easy to infer that Ulefone Armor 3W/3WT can be continuously used for approximate 25 hours with 100% battery.In general, people usually use the phone for 4-5 hours in a day, that means the phone can support 5 days’ normal use or even more.And with the power-efficient Helio P70 processor, even in heavy use of 8 hours a day, it may support 3 days’ use.
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The consortium preparing the 3.6GW Dogger Bank offshore wind power project has signed a deal with a turbine provider, and it's gone for the biggest possible option in the form of the GE Renewable Energy Haliade-X – the 260m beasts capable of generating 12 MW apiece.As many as 300 of them will end up out there by 2025, eventually generating enough power to run 4.5m homes or deliver 5 per cent of the UK's entire electricity need.Norwegian energy firm Equinor and SSE are the main managers of the Dogger Bank project, where the turbines are safely hidden from view by being around 80 miles off the Yorkshire coast.The total cost of getting the site online is budgeted at around £9b, an outlay that's already been offset by the winning of contracts to sell the power generated to the grid at a rate of £39.65 per Megawatt hour; the cheapest wind-sourced energy price yet.
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No single upgrade in GoPro’s new flagship camera will surprise you.I spent a little more than a month testing the Hero8 Black, putting it through every real-world scenario I could think of.I filmed dirt bike rides, the New York Climate Strike, hikes with my dog.I even ended up on a surprise trip with a few other journalists from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe aboard GoPro CEO Nick Woodman’s private jet, which the company’s marketing team arranged (without telling us about it in advance) so we could test the Hero8 while zip-lining, as one does.LIKE: Super buttery image stabilization, built-in mounting brackets, handy preset capture modesNO LIKE: No built-in selfie screen or HDMI port
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Apple devices are significant even for those of us firmly planted in Camp Android — if only because they give us a potential blueprint for where some of the competition may follow.The iPhone 11 Pro Max also has IP68 water- and dust-resistance.Some might consider this a negative, but I have always preferred some heft as it makes the phone feel a bit more durable.I wish Apple offered the iPhone 11’s more colorful choices like red and yellow, but your feelings may differ.Lastly, we put the iPhone through AnTuTu where it rated 454,013.The iPhone XS Max didn’t have bad battery life, but it wasn’t particularly amazing either.
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