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It can create an HD, 720p image that’s up to 100 inches diagonally.It also has Android TV built in so you don’t have to fuss with HDMI or casting from your phone (though you can do those things, too).Autofocus is a hassle without remoteNo easy way to save video on device (and not enough storage do it anyway)(Imagine one of those giant Foster’s beer cans, then make it just a little taller.)You can hold it in one hand, and you can throw it in most bags, but you’ll feel the one and a half pounds it weighs.
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Accessed through the Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers main scenario at around level 73, this whimsical sorcerer is the first trial of the expansion and a real test of your skills.Just like you’ll have learned from the rest of Il Mheg’s fae folk, it wants nothing more than a bit of entertainment.Only that usually results in death.Good thing you’re there to kill it as your second Lightwarden, though.In this FFXIV: Shadowbringers Titania normal mode guide, we’ll be explaining the fight as quickly and efficiently as we can, so you can do less reading and more killing.As is the case with most boss battles, Titania shows you its raid-wide AOEs first — Bright Sabbath.
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It steams up eyeglasses and feels like an iron on your skin.Perhaps a spy sent by Bell, Sikorsky’s chief competitor for the contract to build the Department of Defense’s next generation of vertical-lift aircraft.But any resentment about Sikorsky’s decision to test its radical new S-97 Raider prototype at its facility in West Palm Beach vanishes as the helicopter’s 2,600 horsepower turbine engine spooled up on the runway and the dual, counterrotating rotors above the fuselage start spinning, out-blowing any ocean breeze.Sikorsky touts the Raider, with its so-called compound design, including stacked (or “coaxial”) rotors and a rear-facing propeller in place of the familiar side-facing tail rotor, as fast, quiet, and highly maneuverable.The Lockheed Martin-owned defense firm is pitching it as a replacement for today’s light attack and scout helicopters, via the Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft program.“To survive going in and out, you also need to be able to fly very low to hide amid the clutter—close to the ground in obstacle-rich, high-threat environments,” says Chris Van Buiten, head of Sikorsky Innovations.
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Försvarskoncernen Saab landar en order på ammunition till granatgeväret Carl-Gustaf.Värdet på affären värderas till en halv miljard kronorDet skriver Saab i ett pressmeddelande.Enligt Försvarsmakten kan olika typer av ammunition användas till granatgeväret såsom pansarspränggranater, spränggranater och rökgranater.Vem kunden är eller vilken typ av ammunition ordern avser kan Saab inte avslöja.Leveranserna kommer att ske i år och under nästa år.
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The UK‘s Financial Conduct Authority has proposed a ban on cryptocurrency-related investment products to protect retail investors.In an announcement released earlier today, the FCA said that cryptocurrency-based derivatives and exchange traded notes (ETNs) are “ill-suited to retail consumers who cannot reliably assess the value and risks.”“Most consumers cannot reliably value derivatives based on unregulated cryptoassets,” said Christopher Woolard, Executive Director of Strategy & Competition at the FCA.The FCA added the ban would prohibit the “sale, marketing, and distribution” of “all derivatives,” including “contracts for difference (CFDs), options, futures, and ETNs” that relate to an unregulated transferable cryptoasset, to retail investors.According to the regulator, consumers need protection because; cryptocurrencies “have no reliable basis for valuation,” are often used to commit cybercrimes, witness “extreme volatility,” and because retail consumers lack adequate understanding of the investment tools.“Prices are extremely volatile and as we have seen globally, financial crime in cryptoasset markets can lead to sudden and unexpected losses.
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Read this white paper to consider three phases of successful cloud migration, what IT teams need to consider at each step, the business aspect of design decisions, best practices and how REAN Cloud Migration Services from Hitachi Vantara can help.For future downloads the form will autocomplete after your email is entered
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President Trump may have signaled Huawei’s sales ban woes could be easing over the weekend, but the Chinese electronics company isn’t out of hot water yet as further uncertainty clouds the compromise.Initially, reports from the G20 summit confirmed that Trump had said “US companies can sell their equipment to Huawei.”Even at the time, however, there were signs that this wasn’t business going back to usual for Huawei.Trump caveated his statement by pointing out that the relaxation of the sales ban applied only to “equipment where there’s no great national security problem with it.” Efforts to ascertain which products might fall under that security category were unsuccessful.Now, though, it seems like the US government’s plan is to keep Huawei – and its suppliers – on a tight leash.Rather than allow the Chinese firm to deal as it pleases with American companies, it’ll still be dependent on whether the US Commerce Department gives prior approval.
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Apple News Plus, which you can pay $10 a month for in the US, is a big part of Apple's push into digital services, but a new report suggests that publishers aren't too enamoured with the platform so far – and that Apple is promising improvements.According to Business Insider, publishers aren't getting anywhere near the levels of revenue that Apple suggested they might before the service launched in March.Although initial uptake was apparently brisk, it would seem not many of those users have kept on their News Plus subscription beyond the initial free trial.It's difficult to know for sure, as Apple hasn't revealed a full breakdown of subscriber numbers.One of the issues with the service, Business Insider's sources say, is that readers are confused about what is and isn't included for free as part of Apple News: a small News Plus icon is usually the only difference.Publishers are concerned that the News Plus experience feels "unfinished" and want to see a "more intuitive" way for users to get around the app, apparently.
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Despite some new improvements to user privacy, Google’s popular Chrome browser has recently been lambasted in some quarters as problematical when it comes to privacy issues.These same articles suggest that if you’re concerned about the security of your data, you should try an alternative browser, such as Firefox, Safari, or Brave.Of course, anyone who has used a browser for any length of time will have built up a considerable library of bookmarks, preferences, and saved passwords.If you do move to a new browser, you won’t have to sacrifice your bookmarks; you can easily import them from Chrome into your new browser.Click on “Show All Bookmarks” on the bottom of the drop-down menu.Click on “Import Data from Another Browser…” (If you are moving from a browser other than Safari or Chrome, you can first export your data as an HTML file and then import it to Firefox by selecting “Import Bookmarks from HTML…”
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Prime Day continues to grow into a retail holiday and Amazon is including Twitch in the festivities.There’s a celebrity gaming competition going down in Las Vegas and London called the Twitch Prime Crown Cup running throughout the days leading up to Amazon Prime Day.Along the way, there will be content drops for FIFA 19 and Apex Legends.The Twitch Prime Crown Cup will have eight celebrities competing against each other in Apex Legends.Practice rounds will take place on July 11 and 12 and they’ll be streamed on the official Twitch Prime channel.July 13 is where the competition heats up and the competitors start by fighting through the Streamer Challenge.
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On Wednesday, a Vice article alerted the world to the creation of DeepNude, a computer program that uses neural networks to transform an image of a clothed woman into a realistic rendering of what she might look like naked.The software attracted widespread condemnation.This is an “invasion of sexual privacy,” legal scholar Danielle Citron told Vice.The software's anonymous creator explained how it worked to Vice's Samantha Cole:The software is based on pix2pix, an open-source algorithm developed by University of California, Berkeley researchers in 2017.Pix2pix uses generative adversarial networks (GANs), which work by training an algorithm on a huge dataset of images—in the case of DeepNude, more than 10,000 nude photos of women, the programmer said—and then trying to improve against itself.
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Ive has overseen the design of everything from Apple's products to its retail stores and new campus, and has been regarded as one of the firm's most important executives since joining in 1996."Apple will continue to benefit from Jony's talents by working directly with him on exclusive projects, and through the ongoing work of the brilliant and passionate design team he has built," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a company statement."After so many years working closely together, I'm happy that our relationship continues to evolve and I look forward to working with Jony long into the future."Apple's design team leads, Evans Hankey, vice president of industrial design, and Alan Dye, vice president of human interface design, will now report to Jeff Williams, the firm's chief operating officer.Dye was one of the executives who led the day-to-day operations of Apple's hardware and software teams while Ive was involved in helping build Apple's new campus, which opened in 2017, according to Bloomberg.Read more: 25 design features that show Apple's incredible attention to detail
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BMW recently announced it'll bring 25 new electrified vehicles to market by 2023.But as far as BMW tuner Alpina is concerned, the company has no interest in immediately pursuing an electrified future.Alpina boss Andreas Bovensiepen says he isn't planning to offer a reworked version of one of BMW's current or upcoming EVs."The range of the battery is not satisfying enough," he told Roadshow at Alpina's headquarters in Buchloe, Germany, on Wednesday."I think our first step will be hybrid," Bovensiepen said.But at the earliest, he estimates such a car is "three, four years away."
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The Federal Communications Commission has given Verizon permission to lock its new phones it sells to help curtail theft.Verizon explained in a blog post in February when it filed for the waiver that it was taking the action to deter criminals from stealing customers' identities to order new phones under false names and reselling them.Unlocked phones are easy targets for thieves because they can be resold and work on any network.Ronan Dunne, executive vice president and group CEO of Verizon Consumer Group, said in a statement that Verizon will automatically unlock all phones it sells 60 days after purchase."Verizon plans to implement a short, 60 day fraud safety check period, which will go into effect very soon," he said.Theft of new phones is a growing problem that cost the company $190 million in 2018, Verizon said previously.
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If you’re going to commit crimes in public, it’s probably smart to secure anything on your person that connects you to other crimes.A Belgium hacker was found out because he dropped a USB drive during or after throwing a Molotov cocktail at a Crelan Bank in the town of Rumbeke, reports the Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws and ZDNet.Authorities found a USB drive around where a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the bank in 2014.According to ZDNet, investigators connected information on the drive to a man identified in court documents as Brecht S., who is now 35.A search of Brecht’s devices and history reportedly revealed his involvement in several hacking incidents, including a DDoS attack on the Crelan online banking platform.His cyberattacks took the portal down for many hours on multiple occasions, reports ZDNet.
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"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown," said cult-favorite horror writer H.P.While he achieved little fame and no fortune during his life (1890-1937), he's become incredibly influential in the decades following his death.Lovecraft's interconnected stories are linked by a backdrop of ancient creatures from unknown dimensions waiting for a chance to reclaim the Earth.The creepy 1920's supernatural New England detective yarn he specialized in has become as established story archetype in games, novels and film, and if you call something "Lovecraftian," at least a good portion of the room will immediately know what you're talking about (to be clear, part of why his work was so creepy may have been because he was himself a creep).It sees you become a detective drawn to the fictional Massachusetts town of Oakmont, where you must investigate mysteries, find missing people and occasionally fight monsters, although ammunition is scarce (and your 1920's guns are pretty puny), so don't expect run-and-gun action.The game's central hook is that Oakmont is a bit like a haunted version of Venice.
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Voice control was meant to save us from the TV remote, but even with heavy-hitters like Amazon and Apple in the living room, we’re still not quite there yet.Pairing a flexible dedicated tablet with an unexpectedly capable AI-powered search, it promises voice access to any content you can find online – without falling foul of the media behemoths.That connects wirelessly to the Dabby Touch, an touchscreen tablet designed to sit on your coffee table, within reach of the sofa.It’s not just an excuse to sell more hardware, though, company founder and CEO Balaji Krishnan insists.Apps need to be installed, demand access to either a communal device or everyone in the home having them on their phone, and if you’ve switched away to a different app then getting back just to hit pause can take longer than it should.Dabby’s magic is in the cloud
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A16z is the latest firm to launch a family of funds, four in the past 18 months totaling $3.5 billion, including the earlier announced Bio and Crypto funds.A16z joins GGV, Lightspeed and Sequoia as firms that have raised families of funds that cover specific sectors, stages or countries.Venture no longer operates as a collection of individual practitioners like a dental clinic.Venture firms are moving from job shops to scaled organizations with an armada of specialists in human resources, marketing, finance, engineering, legal and investor relations to support their investment and fundraising activity.The leading investment banks and private equity firms were closely held partnerships for many decades, before increasing capital intensity required a change of corporate structure.But as more capital entered public securities markets, securities trading houses such as Merrill Lynch encroached on Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Lehman and Kuhn Loeb, which then dominated highly profitable investment banking.
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Today we’re running down the five most essential ways the new Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is an upgrade over its predecessors.Raspberry Pi is the most famous super-tiny DIY-projects-friendly super-inexpensive PC in the world, and it’s been the center of attention in this community since its launch on the 29th of February 2012.This miniature computer is notable not only because it’s tiny and cute, but because it’s capable – and it only costs approximately $35 USD.The newest model Raspberry Pi 4 has LPDDR4 2400MHz RAM, with 1, 2, and 4GB variants from which to choose.The big beast that is that lump of RAM is a big upgrade compared to the 900Mhz RAM on the 3B+.Now we’ve got BLE (since low energy bluetooth basically comes standard with every new Bluetooth implementation, of course), and Bluetooth 5.0.
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We live in a time where Google and the internet is easily accessible to loads of people around the world via their smartphones.Information is available at our fingertips within seconds, but that doesn’t stop people from asking questions that can easily be Googled.Now, Android Police has spotted search sharing functionality in a beta version of the Google app.The functionality takes the form of a sharing button in the search box.Hitting this button delivers a shortened URL that will display your currently viewed search results when opened on desktop or mobile.Once you’ve hit the button, the usual sharing menu pops up, allowing you to quickly share the link to other apps or copy it to your clipboard.
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To join those ranks, the East African nation will need to improve its internet environment, largely controlled by one government owned telecom.While in Addis, I downloaded and used Ride—founded by female entrepreneur Samrawit Fikru—which quickly flashed connections to nearby drivers on my phone and allowed for cash payment.This month’s Startup Ethiopia also showcased high-potential early-stage ventures, such as payment company YenaPay and online food startup Deamat.The startup has onboarded over 500 merchants, including ZayRide, according to co-founder Nur Mensur.People can use their phone, pay with their phone, get any kind of agricultural products they want and we deliver,” co-founder Kisanet Haile told me after pitching to judges that included Nigerian angel investor Tomi Davies and Cellulant CEO Ken Njoroge.Its founder Eleni Gabre-Madhin has extensive experience working abroad and played a central convening role in the debut Startup Ethiopia event.
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According to leaked benchmarks this week, Intel’s soon-to-be-released 10th-generation mobile chips will be capable of outperforming comparable chips from AMD’s Ryzen 5 line.The tests pitted the i7-1065G7 model from Intel’s 10th generation of CPUs, more commonly known by its “Ice Lake” moniker, against the Ryzen 5 3500U from AMD and found that the Intel hardware had a clear performance lead over its competitor.Even more impressively, the Ice Lake chip managed a higher number of instructions per clock (IPC) than the Ryzen 5 despite its comparatively slow clock, at only 1.3GHz compared to the Ryzen 5’s 2.1GHz.Against the backdrop of the recent dramatic showdown the two companies played out at Computex 2019 less than a month ago in dueling keynote announcements, the leaked benchmarks lend themselves well to the narrative of the established player reasserting dominance over an upstart rival.AMD was able to evoke a palpable wow factor at its Computex address this year with the unveiling of its 7nm die Zen 2 Ryzen 3000 line, an announcement that Intel was hard-pressed to match with only 10nm chips by comparison and 10th-generation desktop chips nowhere in sight.Intel is also starting to lose ground in the high-end performance space with AMD’s Ryzen 9 3900X giving Intel’s i9-9900K a run for its money.
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Två hundspannsekipage som färdas över en is ... av vatten.Ett nytaget fotografi från nordvästra Grönland, där forskaren Steffen Olsen kämpar sig över en is täckt av flera centimeter klarblått vatten, har väckt uppmärksamhet världen över.– Fotot är slående, för det visualiserar verkligen att Arktis står under förändring, säger Ruth Mottram, klimatolog vid Danska meteorologiska institutet (DMI).Havsisen som slädhundarna tar sig över smälter vanligtvis inte så tidigt som i början av juni.Enligt DMI började de grönländska isarna i år smälta i slutet av april, vilket är nästan än månad tidigare än normalt.2019 ser nu ut att kunna bli ett katastrofalt år för Arktis.
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PITTSBURGH--NASA has approved a $2 million research initiative for Carnegie Mellon University roboticists to develop technologies necessary for robots to explore pits on the moon -- the lunar equivalent of sinkholes -- which might provide access to shelter and resources that could sustain future lunar missions.William "Red" Whittaker, a professor in CMU's Robotics Institute, has proposed using one or more smart, speedy robots to explore and develop models of pits that have been discovered in orbital imagery, but never studied from the moon's surface."From orbit, you can't get the viewpoints or proximity to see the details that matter," Whittaker said.Unlike craters, which are created when asteroids or meteorites strike the moon, pits form when the surface collapses into a hollow underground void.This latest two-year funding is from the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, which funds visionary "high risk/high payoff" ideas.It will enable Whittaker and his colleagues, including partners from the NASA Ames Research Center and Astrobotic, to further develop the technologies and methods necessary for the mission -- maturing the technologies to the point where they could be implemented.
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Those other games let players use joysticks to run their characters around enemy-filled battlefields, but effectively, that movement doesn't change their core: turn-based, menu-driven combat that resembles JRPGs of old.(But doing this can reduce your ability to effectively dodge or block, so you'll have to consider when to go stance-crazy.)It's certainly no slouch as a "game's first boss" in terms of visual drama.After putting enough hurt into the boss, it begins leaping around the entire warehouse you just descended into while raining down fiery blasts to show the scale of how far you came.I actually mistook the whole thing for a Luminous game, thanks to how its characters' hair is rendered with a loud dithering effect.But that was a good thing to focus on, because Unreal Engine 4 appears to afford the design and animation team a new pipeline for efficient, physics-based hair modeling—best evidenced by the appropriately shoulder-draping ponytail of accomplice Jessie.
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The imagination far precedes the technology, and I think a lot of people are excited and waiting for it.”So what makes ray tracing so potentially—ahem—game changing?Simply put, ray tracing is a technique that makes light in video games behave like it does in real life.“Whereas, a typical film frame is pre-rendered, and they can take eight or twelve or twenty-four hours to render a single frame.”This newfound excitement around ray tracing comes just as home gaming hardware is on the cusp of being able to process lighting effects in real time.The graphics chips that will go into the next generation of gaming PCs and videogame consoles should be powerful enough to achieve the rendering power needed to produce ray-traced scenes on the fly.
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Xbox Project Scarlett vs PS5.And so, with both companies having shown the first cards in their hands in the race to be the next console kings, we’re putting their early reveals under the microscope.Here’s what we think so far.It’s a system that will be able to support ray tracing – a performance-intensive lighting technique that has previously been the reserve of expensive high-end PC GPUs.The PS5 will also support screen resolutions of up to 8K – far higher than the standard 1080p HD of most people’s televisions, let alone that of the increasingly popular 4K.These are incredibly performance intensive specs, so we wouldn’t expect a game to hit these standards regularly (not to mention requiring an expensive TV that will support them), but it’s good to see what Sony is aiming at.
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Sky Atlantic’s Chernobyl is the hottest thing on TV right now - and looks set to destroy anything that goes near it next awards season.But did you know that Chernobyl is somewhere that you, yes, you dear reader, can visit with relative ease?That’s right: who doesn’t watch an ultra-grim real life drama about a horrifying tragedy and head over to Google Maps to figure out how to get there?Don’t worry, you’re not alone - apparently since the show aired, tourism is reportedly already up 40 per cent.It is both breathtaking and moving to see both the site of such a tragedy and disaster - and how humans have worked (sometimes at the cost of their own lives) to contain the damage they have caused since.I visited last year; yes, it is a step up from going to the beach, but it's not as tricky as you might expect.
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The issues with the Samsung Galaxy Fold are well-documented, but perhaps the hinged form factor isn't what the future holds for expanding screen smartphones - maybe we'll get something like the Samsung Galaxy Roll (a name we've coined) instead.That's based on a new patent filing which has been made publicly available, which details a Samsung device with what appears to be a vertically scrolling display which can slide in and out of the handset's body.Samsung filed the patent on November 28, 2018 (so before the Galaxy Fold troubles), but it has only now been published online.We've been hands on with the Galaxy FoldAll the foldable phones we know about so farThe patent states that it is for "an electronic device comprising a flexible display having an expandable display area is disclosed" and describes the screen as "a flexible display mounted in the slider such that at least a part thereof is exposed, and disposed to allow a display area to be expanded according to the withdrawal of the slider and allow the expanded display area to be concealed in the housing according to the entrance of the slider."
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Three weeks after Esquire editor in chief Jay Fielden announced his exit, Hearst Magazines has named his successor.Michael Sebastian has been tapped as the new editor in chief for Esquire, overseeing its print and digital content, strategy and operations, said Hearst president and CEO Steven R. Swartz and Hearst Magazines president Troy Young.Additionally, Hearst promoted Nick Sullivan, who has been Esquire’s fashion director since 2004, to creative director, which is a new role.Fielden said last month that he “felt the lure of new possibilities” and had decided to “to press on in a new direction,” though he didn’t specify what that meant for him.In his new role, Sebastian, who has been Esquire’s digital director since 2017, will continue to report to Hearst Magazines chief content officer Kate Lewis.“Over the past two years, Michael and his impressive team have tripled Esquire’s site traffic and significantly expanded the brand’s digital footprint,” Young said in a statement.
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