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Google and monitored security firm ADT have cut a deal that will see Nest products offered by pro-installers and, over time, promise more useful alerts. As part of the agreement, described as “a long-term, strategic partnership,” Google will invest $450 million into ADT. Launched back in 1874, ADT now offers professionally-installed security systems and smart home platforms. The company has … Continue reading
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The most expensive new car in the world costs nearly 500 times as much as the average new car in America.
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TikTok, desperate to resurface in India, has asserted that it has not shared information of Indian users with any foreign government, nor has it used such data to compromise the integrity of the country.
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Virgin is currently going big on its fibre broadband deals throwing in a massive £75 voucher for all new customers.
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Intel finally got its 10nm chips on the market after years of delays, but now the company has announced that it’s encountered issues with its upcoming 7nm process that will result in delays for the next generation of chips, too. As Intel’s Q2 2020 earnings release notes, “the company’s 7nm-based CPU product timing is shifting approximately six months relative to prior expectations,” pushing them back from an originally planned arrival at the end of 2021. The six-month delay would push that date into at least 2022, if not further, due to what Intel CEO Bob Swan referred to as a “defect mode” in the 7nm process, according to Tom’s Hardware. Intel actually says that the issues with its current 7nm production means that production is... Continue reading…
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Panto season starts early in Redmond Microsoft celebrated the end of its Inspire conference and the release of its financials with a pantomime-like Windows 10 Insider update. At least as far as AMD-based PCs were concerned.…
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Data analytics startup Quantexa just raised $65 million in a Series C funding round led by Evolution Equity Partners – and backed by HSBC and Accenture.  The global analytics market was valued at $49 billion worldwide in 2019 – more than double the value four years ago – and is predicted to reach $77 billion by 2023. Speaking to Business Insider, founder and CEO Vishal Marria said he was "nervous" about the impact COVID-19 might have on his fundraising efforts, but praised his team for "doubling down" in a crisis.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Quantexa, a UK data analytics startup, has raised $65 million in a funding round backed by Evolution Equity Partners, HSBC, and Accenture.  With hundreds of clients in more than 70 countries, including HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank, Quantexa uses the latest advancements in big data and AI, uncovering hidden risk and opportunities across financial crime, credit risk, and fraud.  In 2019, the global analytics market was valued at $49 billion worldwide – more than double the value four years ago – and is predicted to reach $77 billion by 2023, according to Market Reports World. Speaking to Business Insider, founder and CEO Vishal Marria said he saw a gap in the market while focusing on financial crime as an executive director at accounting firm EY.  "I was working with a lot of clients, typically large banks, and they were relying on a small slither of data to try and deduce when an issue had occurred," he said. "But when you sound the alarm based on a small set of patterns, you see a lot of false positives turning up."  He added: "You would never buy a house if you only got to look through the letterbox...You'd look around, check out the bathroom, the living room, and so on. And then you'd look at external information: Where are the schools? What's the crime rate like in the area?  "You would make a decision after gathering a lot more internal and external information, and that's effectively what we help our clients do."  Asking about fundraising amid a global pandemic, Marria said: "To be completely transparent, I was a bit nervous. "Chemistry is really important to me, and meeting people over Zoom or [Microsoft] Teams is different to a face-to-face meeting. But our existing and new investors doubled down, and we're really pleased with what we've achieved and excited for the future."  The latest round of funding follows a $22.7 million Series B round secured in August 2018, bringing total funds raised to date to $90 million. Richard Seewald, founding and managing partner at Evolution Equity Partners will join Quantexa's board of directors as part of the new deal. He said: "[Quantexa's] impressive rapid growth, renowned client base and potential to build further value across so many sectors make Quantexa a fantastic partner whose team I look forward to working with."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How waste is dealt with on the world's largest cruise ship
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Thousands of the Jump ebikes that were being scrapped last month will be saved from the scrap heap as a nonprofit steps in to save the day. Following international backlash from cycling and sustainability advocates, nonprofit Shared Mobility Inc., is set to receive thousands of the former ride-share machines and will loan them out — for free! — Buffalo News reports. Many thousands of ebikes from inner city bike-share scheme Jump, that was formerly owned by Uber, were in the process of being scrapped. It was an environmental disaster, steeped in irony. [Read: Korean battery maker drama threatens Ford’s all-electric… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber
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Nintendo Switch is a fantastic all-ages console with plenty of great titles for gamers of all skill levels.
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In the beginning, there were files. Later there were navigational databases based on structured files. Then there were IMS and CODASYL, and around 40 years ago we had some of the first relational databases. Throughout much of the 1980s and 1990s “database” strictly meant “relational database.” SQL ruled. Then with the growing popularity of object-oriented programming languages, some thought the solution to the “impedance mismatch” of object-oriented languages and relational databases was to map objects in the database. Thus we ended up with “object-oriented databases.” The funny thing about object databases was that in many cases they were basically a normal database with an object mapper built-in. These waned in popularity and the next real mass-market attempt was “NoSQL” in the 2010s.To read this article in full, please click here
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Ugggghhhhh, it's so unfair! Vodafone has urged the UK government to cancel Ofcom's upcoming 5G spectrum auction, where carriers can bid for access to the 700MHz and 3.6-3.8GHz bands.…
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The retail giant will post signs and station designated "health ambassador" employees outside entrances to remind shoppers to wear a mask.
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Confusion over terms can have serious consequences for public health, so let's clear up a few things.
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Australian telco Telstra claims to have achieved its goal of being carbon neutral, though there is still plenty of work to be done to improve its green credentials.
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Graphcore, a U.K.-based company developing accelerators for AI workloads, this morning announced a milestone: Its Intelligence Processing Units (IPUs) have launched on Azure.It marks the first time a large-scale cloud vendor — Microsoft — has made publicly available Graphcore’s chips.IPUs on Azure are open for customer sign-up, Graphcore says, with access prioritized for those “focused on pushing the boundaries of [natural language processing]” and “developing new breakthroughs in machine intelligence.”By way of refresher, Graphcore — which was founded in 2016 by Simon Knowles and Nigel Toon — has raised $310 million to date from Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Samsung, Dell Technologies Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners, C4 Ventures, Draper Esprit, Foundation Capital, Pitango Capital, and AI luminaries Arm cofounder Hermann Hauser and DeepMind cofounder Demis Hassabis at a $1.5 billion valuation.Over this period, the Microsoft team, led by Marc Tremblay, distinguished engineer, has been developing systems for Azure and has been enhancing advanced machine vision and natural language processing models on IPUs,” said Toon.“We have been working extensively with a number of leading early-access customers and partners for some time to ensure that [these products are] ready for general release.”
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Take the kids somewhere niceHuawei, America's favourite bogeyman, is to dish out ¥2bn yuan (£219m) as a reward to employees working their arses off on contingency plans to mitigate the anti-China rhetoric coming from the US government.In May the US barred Huawei from buying American components and software without a special licence, though certain suppliers were given a three-month reprieve on two separate occasions.Phone components affected include Google's Android operating system and apps, semiconductor design tools from Synopsys and Cadence Design Systems Inc, and radio frequency chips made by Qorvo and Skywork.Huawei confirmed in late August that the Mate 30 smartphone will not have access to the Play Store app, including Google Maps, YouTube and Gmail.South China Morning Post was the first to report the bonus, while Reuters confirmed it had also seen the memo from Huawei's human resources department.
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Techstars is following up the first class of their Starburst space-focused program with a new, virtual accelerator program that is being run in partnership with the U.S. Air Force, the Netherlands Ministry of Defence, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence and the Norwegian Space Agency.It’s called the Techstars Allied Space Accelerator, and its focus is specifically on startups operating in the commercial space industry.Unlike most other Techstars programs, this one won’t require companies to work out of a centralized physical hub during the course of the program, which will span 13-weeks.It’ll be mostly remote, punctuated by three separate one-week visits on-site at the program’s government agency sponsors, which will supplement the virtual mentorship and guidance.Techstars already has experience working with the U.S. Air Force, through the Techstars Air Force Accelerator, but this new program will give it a chance to work together both with the entrepreneurial organization, and also with some of its international partners.This kind of collaboration with industry could help pave the way to establishing more clear and widely accepted rules of the road when it comes to how the commercial space industry operates relative to national borders and international cooperation.
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Nearly one year ago, music streaming service Pandora launched podcasts on its platform, but they were only available through its mobile apps.That has finally changed with the arrival of podcasts on its desktop app for Windows and Mac, as well as the Pandora.com website.With this change, users can easily access podcasts while working on their laptop, streamlining their activities.Pandora made a name for itself by offering personalized music based on the user’s own preferences.This same sort of technology was leveraged to offer personalized podcast recommendations for users, narrowing down the vast library of content to shows each individual user is most likely to enjoy.The Pandora app makes things simple by offering this content in its ‘Recommended Podcasts for You’ section.
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Apple has been developing a new 3D sensor system for the past several years, according to a new report, which claims we’ll see this system arrive in a new iPad Pro as well as multiple augmented reality and virtual reality wearables.The 3D sensor system is described as being more advanced than the existing Face ID sensor used in the most recent Apple gadgets.Assuming sources that have cropped up in recent days are correct, Apple will release a new iPad Pro model in early 2020 that features dual rear cameras alongside the new 3D sensor.With this module, users will reportedly be able to generate 3D models of objects, people, and even entire rooms, building upon the existing ARKit features offered in some apps.Later on, in either 2021 or 2022, Apple will reportedly launch a headset with both AR and VR capabilities that likewise features this 3D technology.This headset will, the sources claim, be intended for uses that range from virtual business meetings to watching videos and playing games.
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Cars aren’t the only type of transportation which are going electric in the name of the environment.NASA has been working on an experimental electric plane, the Maxwell X-57, which the agency received last month.As reported by Reuters, NASA showed off an early version of the plane on Friday, in addition to a new simulator for pilots to experience what it will be like to control the Maxwell in flight.Located in NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, the experimental aircraft is in the first of three configurations, called Modification II or Mod II.This version replaces a traditional combustion engine with electric cruise motors which are potentially quieter and more efficient, as well as being better for the environment.In the future, the plane will go through new iterations called Mods III and IV.
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Typically, when a company devotes an announcement to a single TV, it’s some kind of cutting-edge behemoth that costs an arm and a leg.That isn’t the case with the latest TV from Philips, which clocks in at a mere 24-inches and carries a price tag of $299.99.While that might suggest a rather unexciting TV, Philips would clearly beg to differ.In its announcement today, Philips says that this TV was “designed specifically for the kitchen.” It’s equipped with Android TV and Google Assistant, boasting an integrated dual far-field microphone that will allow you to communicate with the AI helper.Those microphones are built into the rather large speaker that sits at the base of the TV, and though there aren’t many precise specifications available for this TV at the moment, Philips did part with some.It says that the TV has an LCD panel that utilizes “HD display technology,” which suggests to us that it might a 720p display.
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A year and a half since the crash in Tempe, Arizona, that left a pedestrian, Elaine Herzberg, dead and Uber in the spotlight over its self-driving car program, we're still learning more about why the wreck occurred and how investigators plan to shore up autonomous vehicle safety.The latest comes from Bloomberg, which reported Tuesday on hundreds of new documents released by the National Transportation Safety Board.The safety body found Uber's self-driving car prototype did not feature any sort of system to identify pedestrians outside of a crosswalk.Translation: There's no way the Uber autonomous car could see jaywalkers.Herzberg was pushing her bicycle across the road.Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Huawei is bullish about seeing a 20 per cent uptick in smartphone sales next year despite the escalating US-China trade war - a prediction branded by analyst Canalys as "ambitious".The Chinese phone and infrastructure kit maker said it expects to see a spike in demand even if it is still blocked from using the latest Google software.Huawei confirmed in late August the Mate 30 will not have access to the Play Store app, including Google Maps, YouTube and Gmail.Currently, phone components affected by the ban includes Google's Android operating system and apps, semiconductor design tools from Synopsys and Cadence Design Systems Inc, and radio frequency chips made by Qorvo and Skyworks.But Will Zhang, Huawei president of corporate strategy, told Bloomberg it can rely on its huge domestic market and in-house software for growth."There are many ways for our US partners to find global solutions, rather than ship from a single US-based source," Zhang said at Huawei's Shenzhen headquarters.
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Cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX has inadvertently doxed its users after someone at the company forgot to use blind copy (bcc) on a mass email, revealing, and potentially compromising, users‘ email addresses.“We are aware that some of our users have received a general user update email earlier today, which contained the email addresses of other users,” a statement issued by the company reads.“Our team have acted immediately to contain the issue and we are taking steps to understand the extent of the impact.Rest assured that we are doing everything we can to identify the root cause of the fault and we will be in touch with any users affected by the issue,” it continues, “The privacy of our users is a top priority and we are very sorry for the concern this has caused to our users.”As you can probably imagine, the incident didn’t go unnoticed, with many cryptocurrency enthusiasts discussing the news on Twitter.BitMEX just doxxed its users in the most outrageously incompetent way imaginable: forgetting to use blind copy on mass email.
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The ease and ubiquity of SQL have even led the creators of many “NoSQL” or non-relational data stores, such as Hadoop, to adopt subsets of SQL or come up with their own SQL-like query languages.• The best graph databases.| Go deep into analytics and big data with the InfoWorld Machine Learning and Analytics Report newsletter. ]Before there was SQL, databases had tight, navigational programming interfaces, and typically were designed around a network schema called the CODASYL data model.When you programmed against a CODASYL database, you were navigating to records through sets, which express one-to-many relationships.E.F. “Ted” Codd was a computer scientist at the IBM San Jose Research Laboratory who worked out the theory of the relational model in the 1960s and published it in 1970.
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After a rocky start with its early infotainment systems, Ford hit the sweet spot with Sync 3.But even good tech can’t last forever.The overhaul starts with new graphics, which are keyed to the different touchscreens used in various Ford vehicles.That addresses an issue with Sync 3, as the old system’s graphics were a bit plain, and the interface looked the same whether you were in an entry-level Ford or a $100,000 Lincoln Navigator.A split-screen setup will now be used on 12-inch touchscreens, while Ford’s largest screen — measuring 15.5 inches — will get “adaptive dash cards” that serve as shortcuts to frequently used functions.That will allow drivers to, for example, pause or skip songs without having to open the menu for their music player, according to Ford.
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Back in September, Realme revealed when its smartphones would be updated to the latest Android 10 in India.Now, the Chinese branch of the company revealed when the Realme X smartphones will receive the respective update.Oppo’s subsidiary plans to upgrade all smartphones available in the Chinese territory by 2020.Realme is currently selling five smartphones on its home-country.If you’ve been living in a cave for the past years, we can clear some stuff.The roots of the company are planted in China, however, the Indian market is one of its most important markets in the moment.
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Event Our Serverless Computing London conference opens in a week, which means you’ve got plenty of time to secure your spot.Whatever your favoured platform or framework, our speakers are a font of information on how to provision, manage, and develop for serverless computing, drawing upon experience gained on real-world projects at the likes of Bayer, the BBC, and Well Pharmacy.The focus throughout is on practicality, whether it’s choosing the best platform, ensuring you avoid vendor lock-in, securing your applications, or tailoring your workloads to get the best performance.And you can get even deeper at our three optional all-day workshops, which include sessions on getting started with AWS Lambda, developing and deploying functions on Azure, and building CI/CD pipelines for serverless applications.This all happens at the QE II Conference Centre in London, England, from November 6 to 8, and we’ll make sure you’re looked after from start to finish.So why not head over to the Serverless Computing London website now and we’ll see you next month.
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