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Google is expected to announce a new Chromebook called the Pixelbook "Go," the successor to the original Pixelbook released in 2017.Like the Pixelbook, the Pixelbook Go is a Chromebook running the Chrome OS operating system, which essentially exclusively runs the Chrome web browser, Android apps, and a few select apps specially built for Chrome OS.The Pixelbook Go will have a premium metal build with a more relaxed design over the sleek and sober Pixelbook, according to a video leak.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Google's Pixel 4 smartphone has already been leaked to a comical extent, and now a full hands-on video of a prototype of the company's upcoming Pixelbook "Go" Chromebook was leaked by 9to5Google four days before Google's October 15 event.The Pixelbook Go will be the successor to the $1,000 Pixelbook, a great, sleek Chromebook running Chrome OS released in 2017 that was too expensive for a laptop that essentially exclusively runs the Chrome web browser, Android apps, and a few select apps specially built for Chrome OS.
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A gunman in Germany has killed two people in eastern Germany after attempting to enter a synagogue where people were observing a Jewish holiday.The suspect is a 27-year-old German who acted alone, according to local media, which also reported that the gunman has since being arrested.But even worse, it seems that his racist attack was broadcast of the streaming platform Twitch, which admitted that five people had watched the attack as it was broadcast live.And it had been confirmed that another 2,200 people watched the video in the 30 minutes before it was taken down.The attack happened in the city of Halle in eastern Germany at about 12:00 local time (10:00 GMT) on Wednesday, the BBC reported.Twitch typically allows people to watch streams of video-game play, but in 2014 it was acquired by Amazon for $970 million.
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Just weeks after that, Micael Johansson, and got the job as ceo, it is clear that Petter Bedoire been appointed as the new chief technology officer (CTO). "It's going to be very exciting," says Bedoire, who has worked at Saab since 1995, and most recently served as general manager of the company, the unit of electronic warfare.One such example is the improvement of the products with the help of artificial intelligence.this is a journey that Saab has already started, but learn to be Petter Bedoire will take up her new position on november 1. "We are faced with exciting challenges and new opportunities in the field of artificial intelligence, and software-based systems," says Bedoire, and adds the following: " It can be all about autonomy: How can we make the craft, in the future, which does not require a human on board?
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“A clear example of a operation-centric stack eaten alive bottom-up by a developer-centric one”If you’ve built your private cloud on SUSE’s OpenStack Cloud offering, you better start looking for alternatives: the German company says it is pulling the plug on the offering, just four months after pushing out SUSE OpenStack Cloud 9, its latest iteration of the “leading community-driven, open source, cloud infrastructure project”.“SUSE has carefully reviewed its business and has decided to cease production of new versions of SUSE OpenStack Cloud and to discontinue sales of SUSE OpenStack Cloud” Suse president Michael Miller said on Tuesday, adding that the company would instead focus on “application delivery, Kubernetes and DevOps”.The move comes 12 weeks into the tenure of new CEO, Melissa Di Donato, and a year after private equity firm EQT boughtt SUSE from Micro Focus for $2.5 billion.OpenStack is an opensource set of software tools for building and managing cloud computing platforms.It is widely used by companies to deploy private clouds, and lets businesses control large pools of compute, storage and networking.
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Also reliant on HMRC's shaky Customs Declaration ServiceA "virtual" solution to the Irish border problem arising from Brexit relies on data that has not yet been amassed and technology yet to be available, MPs heard today.In the Home Affairs Committee hearing into Home Office preparations for Brexit, Shanker Singham, chair of the Prosperity UK thinktank-backed Alternative Arrangements Commission, and Tony Smith, expert on border management and security for the panel, were quizzed on the current border proposals.Under the Good Friday agreement, physical infrastructure at the 499km-long border between the northeastern UK-led chunk, Northern Ireland, and EU member state the Republic of Ireland to its west and south, would not be workable, with MPs told today that an "intelligence-led" system had instead been proposed.Smith, former director general of the UK Border Force, told MPs the "intelligence-led interventions" would require information on traders who will need to complete customs declarations after Brexit, something they currently are not required to do.When asked for a timeframe for that data being in place, Smith said he "wouldn't want to hazard a guess", although added that for those interested in registering he hoped it would be ready by December 2020.
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Today's Nobel Prize in physics was evenly split between two discoveries and, thus, unevenly split among the three honored.Typically when this happens, the two discoveries are at least somewhat related; that doesn't seem to be the case here, as the Prize Committee has recognized James Peebles for his contributions to theoretical cosmology and Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for the first clear discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a main sequence star.He was at Princeton University (where he remains) when Arnold Penzias and Robert Wilson at nearby Bell Labs had identified the cosmic microwave background (CMB) that was produced in the aftermath of the Big Bang.But as the evidence built, Peebles contributed a paper that indicated that our Milky Way's halo wouldn't look like it did without copious amounts of dark matter.His work later helped lay the foundation for our current understanding that dark matter is cold, or moving at speeds far less than that of light.In an example cited by the Nobel Committee, gravity would cause an initial contraction.
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It has always been good advice to take what you see on the internet with a pinch of salt, but online video has lately become even less trustworthy.Deepfakes, clips altered or fabricated with an artificial intelligence technique called machine learning, make alternative realities easier to create and disseminate.In the video above, Sam Gregory, a program director at nonprofit Witness, which promotes the use of video to defend human rights, tells WIRED that we should prepare to see a lot more deepfakes.Not all of them will be friendly—and there won’t immediately be a technical solution to identify and block them, as with spam email.“We’re going to get more and more of this content and it’s probably going to get of better quality,” Gregory says.Most deepfake videos circulating online are pornographic and some have been used to harass or discredit women journalists and activists, says Gregory.
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This week’s Hubble image features a legendary monster: The Medusa, who gave her name to the merging of two galaxies which are now known as one entity, the Medusa merger.Located 130 million light-years away in the constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear), this merger was created when one larger galaxy collided with a smaller system rich in gas and devoured it, sending out sprays of dust and stars.It is these streams of dust spreading out into space that gave the galaxy its name.If you look in the top part of the upper section of the galaxy, you can see red strands reaching out into space.These dusty tendrils were thought to resemble snakes, like the snakes which the monster Medusa had on her head in place of hair in ancient Greek mythology.It was said that anyone who beheld Medusa directly would be turned to stone, until the hero Perseus defeated her using a mirrored shield which let him see her reflection.
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Paleontologists in Australia disovered a fossilized partial skeleton of a new peterosaur species that was able to fly across continents.The flying reptile had a 12-foot wingspan.Its fossil was found in ironstone in a town in Queensland -- and it's the most complete peterosaur specimen found in Australia, according to the study published in the journal Scientifc reports.The peterosaur lived about 90 million years ago, according to scientists.It would have been a sight to see," Adele Pentland of Swinburne University, the lead author of the study, told The Guardian."It had a wingspan of four meters, which is pretty big compared to our modern-day birds."
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Hands- and legs-on with Nintendo’s mildly diverting Ring Fit AdventureLast week, we gave you our first impressions of Ring Fit Adventure and discussed whether it will be able to distract us from the drudgery of regular exercise.Today, we've put together a short video to give you a more visual idea of how the game works up a sweat.Please don't judge my exercise form too harshly.Working out on camera was not in my official job description.Stick around all the way to the end of the video, too, to see our quick examination of how Ring Fit Adventure compares to a real Pilates ring (which does not interact with your Nintendo Switch in any way).
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Police in Canada have issued warnings about a Bitcoin scam after two citizens reportedly lost $18,764.50 (CAD $25,000) to criminals posing as police officers.As usual, the criminals told victims that their personal banking details, social insurance number, and other information had been used in a major fraud case or money laundering case.Victims were then instructed to transfer Bitcoin if they wanted to solve the problem.Despite the outlandish scenario, this isn’t the first time something like this has happened.Back in April, Hard Fork reported on how a phone scammer was posing as a police officer and targeting victims in California, telling them to exchange all the money in their bank account to Bitcoin and hand it over.At the the time, Berkely Police Department (BPD) also issued a scam warning, noting how a woman had been contacted by someone claiming to be “Officer Neil Matthew” of the BPD.
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“The Surface Duo is bringing Microsoft back to smartphones, and I'm ready for it.”Won't release until late 2020And if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em – which is why Microsoft just announced the Surface Duo, a dual-screen, Android-powered phone that looks every bit like the folding phone you’ve been dying for.Microsoft surprised the world by showing off the device during the annual Surface October 2019 hardware event in New York City, where journalists expected to see new products – the Surface Buds – and updates to existing laptop lines, including the new Surface Pro 7 and the Surface Pro X. We’d even heard rumors that a dual-screen PC was coming, which Microsoft delivered with the Surface Neo.No one imagined there could be a new Microsoft phone.Aside from a volume button and a power button, thin strips that sit on the left side of the device, the Duo is unmarred by cut outs, bumps, or other modules that give reviewers and customers fits.
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“Newly implemented support for running Win32 applications in a container”Microsoft has (partially) unveiled a unique twist on its operating system that it has dubbed Windows 10X – designed to run on dual-screen devices.Potentially confusingly, it appears that this won’t be used on the new Android-powered Microsoft Surface Duo – a twin-screen smartphone the company unveiled today, which that features two 5.6-inch screens(Bloomberg has a good take on that and Microsoft’s unexpected dive back into the smartphone market – a move that’s drawn mixed reactions.)Instead, Windows 10X – set to land in 2020 – will run on Microsoft Surface laptops and devices from OEM partners ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo.“The first wave of devices will vary in size, design and specs, and be powered by Intel”, Microsoft said, in a consumer-focussed blog on the OS.
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Bed, board and flights of fancy as fraudsters register scam websitesThomas Cook's former breach detection contractor has warned of a sharp spike in scammers setting up fake websites to lure ex-staff and customers alike.Digital risk biz Skurio said it has spotted "a flurry of web domain registration activity" focused on Thomas Cook-themed domain names.These appear to have been set up by scammers looking to make a quick buck out of the desperate, stranded and newly unemployed alike.The world's oldest travel agent, which also had its own airline, collapsed into liquidation at the end of September, taking 9,000 jobs with it.The Civil Aviation Authority is in the midst of a two-week rescue operation using chartered airliners to bring holidaymakers back home, with 44 flights ferrying passengers just today.
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With Google’s Stadia cloud based gaming service arriving sometime next month with a £9/month subscription fee, the competition is already preparing for an all out war this holiday season.Today Sony announced it’s officially dropped the price of PlayStation Now from £13/month to £9, but with even more competition looming, you can probably expect further discounts.Previously, subscribers to PlayStation Now, which features a rolling selection of games that can be downloaded or streamed, could also opt for paying £85 up front for an entire year of service.Those options have also seen a price drop, with a full year now costing just £50.Sony is also adding a handful of A-list titles to the PlayStation Now service to further entice and lock in gamers, including God of War, Grand Theft Auto V, inFAMOUS Second Son, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which will all be available for a limited time.Just as Netflix finally has some stiff competition in the video streaming market with Disney+, Apple TV Plus, and NBC’s Peacock en route, PlayStation Now is staring down some fierce competition from Google’s Stadia, Apple’s iOS-based Arcade gaming subscription service, Nintendo Switch Online which offers gamers an all they can eat buffet of retro 8-bit and 16-bit titles, and Microsoft’s Game Pass, which gives you a similar run of high profile games, like Gears 5 and Devil May Cry 5, for just £8 a month.
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This story is part of a series on how we watch stuff—from the emotional tug of Facebook video series to the delight of Netflix randomness.If you rely on YouTube’s captions, good luck.YouTube’s captions are often garbled, because, unless YouTubers themselves intervene and manually type out the correct words, they’re auto-generated, the best efforts of a closed-captioning algorithm the company has been tweaking for years.Appreciative of the effort but unconvinced by the results, activists have dubbed them “craptions.”One activist is Rikki Poynter, who runs a “No More CRAPtions” social media campaign.By 2010, when she was routinely uploading beauty tutorials to YouTube, participating online was challenging.
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Rumours continue to surround the launch date of the hotly-anticipated Sony A9 II, and another image that's claimed to show the next-generation model has appeared on SonyAlphaRumors.The original Sony A9 has been on the market since April 2017, so it’s ripe for an upgrade, especially with the Olympics coming up next year - the current model is pitched as a top-level professional camera that's particularly adept at sports and action shooting,Its headline feature is its ability to capture 20fps at full resolution with zero viewfinder blackout and full autofocus - in short, it’s the perfect camera to capture fast-moving subjects without missing a shot.The latest leaked image suggests that the body construction of the A9 II will be almost identical to its predecessor, which is fairly typical of how Sony likes to operate - we’ve seen similar decisions before in its A7 range.Rumors of internal specs are a little thin on the ground so far, but it's been suggested that we could see a 36-megapixel full-frame sensor, which would certainly give other fast full-frame shooters a run for their money.We might also be treated to an even faster frame rate, which would make capturing those Olympic highlights almost too easy.
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The next game in the massive Call of Duty franchise, a reboot of the Modern Warfare series, launches in just over a month, in line with Activision’s annual release model.Yet new to this Call of Duty entry is cross-play multiplayer, so you can squad up with your friends across systems.Now, the developers at studio Infinity Ward have detailed how exactly cross-play will work in advance of an open beta that will support the feature kicking off this weekend.Cross-play in Modern Warfare sounds a lot like how it works in Epic’s battle royale shooter Fortnite, which has become the industry gold standard.Infinity Ward says that Modern Warfare supports keyboard and mouse and controllers on all platforms, and you’ll be able to choose controller-only lobbies or mouse and keyboard-only lobbies regardless of whether you’re playing on a console or on PC.(And, if you’re so bold, you’ll apparently be able to jump into a lobby with no control scheme filters, so controller players can test their skills against PC mouse and keyboard users.)
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Welcome to another episode of Jargon, the show from Digital Trends that deciphers the complex jargon of various industries into words and concepts the rest of us understand.We’re live each week on Tuesdays with a different set of jargon from a new industry.On this episode, host Myq Kaplan attempts to drink in some wine knowledge with Dustin Wilson, master sommelier, who spills the tea (spills the rosé?)on the oft-confusing jargon of the wine industry.From body to bouquet, from tannins to terroir, from Cabernet to coolers, we’ve got you covered.Jargon discussed on this episode:
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CUPERTINO, Calif.—The Apple Watch is the most popular Watch in the world, at this point—and not just among smartwatches.And while it lags behind competitors in terms of some common features, it also offers plenty that other smartwatches don't.You can find the photos above and our impressions below.The real star of the Apple Watch series 5 show is, of course, watchOS 6, which is a notable update that adds on an on-device app store, numerous new watch face customization and functionality options, new apps, and more.Additionally, you can drop the compass on your Watch face if you see yourself using it a lot; I played with an example of that, and it was pretty neat as it updated live when I turned.The $399 Apple Watch Series 5 is coming on September 20, and ceramic is back
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The new Apple Watch Series 5, revealed by Apple earlier today, goes heavy on the bling—but light on new health features.The new wearable now has an always-on display that dims, rather than disappears, when you lower your arm.Finally, almost like a real watch.The power savings come thanks to a new low-power display driver, which might one day make it's way to other Apple devices.The Watch Series 5 adds a built-in compass that can discern which direction you're facing, just like the iPhone.In addition to heading, the Compass app can also show elevation, latitude, longitude, and even incline.
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Altered videos called deepfakes, which can make it appear as if politicians, celebrities and others are doing or saying something they didn't, are a big headache for tech giants trying to combat misinformation.Now Facebook, Microsoft and other tech companies are asking for more help finding these artificial intelligence-powered videos ahead of the 2020 election.On Thursday, Facebook and Microsoft said they were teaming up with the Partnership on AI and academics from six colleges to create a challenge to help improve detection of deepfakes.These universities include Cornell Tech, MIT, University of Oxford, UC Berkeley, University of Maryland, College Park, and University at Albany-SUNY."The goal of the challenge is to produce technology that everyone can use to better detect when AI has been used to alter a video in order to mislead the viewer," said Mike Schroepfer, Facebook's chief technology officer, in a blog post.Deepfakes have already been created of Kim Kardashian, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and former President Barack Obama.
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The PlayStation 5 and a new Xbox console, Microsoft's "Project Scarlett," are scheduled to launch next year.We've yet to see what the next PlayStation and Xbox are capable of visually, but we just got a good look at next-gen visuals, care of the Japanese game company that makes "Final Fantasy," Square Enix.After nearly six years, both Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One are on the verge of being replaced.Thanks to a new demo video from Square Enix, the "Final Fantasy" publisher, we just got our first taste of what to expect in 2020 — take a look:It indicates an expandable section or menu, or sometimes previous / next navigation options.1/ It indicates an expandable section or menu, or sometimes previous / next navigation options.
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Sennheiser släppte sina brusreducerande lurar PXC 550 2016 och imponerade rejält med bra ljud, bra batteritid, bra brusreducering och smarta funktioner.Nu är det dags för uppgradering och Sennheiser behåller den tidigare designen, men har implementerat lite nymodigheter som Bluetooth 5.0, AAC-stöd och en dedikerad röstassistentsknapp.Batteritiden kommer ligga på 20 timmar med brusreducering aktiverad och 30 timmar när den är avaktiverad.Brusreduceringen kommer gå att justera via Sennheisers app till lurarna, som även ger dig tillgång till equalizer för justering av ljud.Precis som den tidigare versionen är PXC 550-II utrustad med en pekplatta på den högra kåpan som låter dig kontrollera musik och annan media, samt svara på samtal och media pausas automatiskt när du tar av dig lurarna.Sennheiser PXC 550-II kommer släppas i oktober och kommer ha ett rekommenderat pris på 350 euro.
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the German, Volocopter, claiming that they are the first to fly an electric octadecacopter in a active international airport.the Airport was the airport of Helsinki, where the test pilot Damian Hischier and flew around for a while, in harmony with the other aircraft.A video on how to testuren looked like you can see in the video above.Volocopter hope to be able to provide taxi trips with their flying machines as early as 2023.
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Cadbury did something it thought was good and very clever to help celebrate India's Independence Day, blending together four chocolates of various milkiness and combining them into one bar.This says that no matter what the colour of the skin of the person you eat is, we all taste the same.This limited edition Unity Bar hasn't gone down as well as you might imagine, for metaphorical reasons rather than literal taste ones.Cadbury was extremely clever in advertising it on newspapers using three different languages spoken in various Indian states, which won it some praise.Some say that in creating four shades of brown all it's done is help categorise people, some languages were left out from the print ads creating regional/political tension, plus... worse... the white band of chocolate sits at the top of the bar, looking down on the others, with the brownest at the bottom.That last point is no doubt an unfortunate accident, but if you're going to be all clever about race issues via the medium of chocolate you'd better make sure your choices have been quadruple-vetted before they hit the infinite nit-combing masses of the internet.
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How's that Boris Johnson impression working out for you?On Call Welcome to On Call, The Register's weekly dive into the mailbag of woe from those faced with recalcitrant users or, occasionally, an overly helpful operator.Today's story comes from a reader that the Reg's patented pseudoriser has called "Nick" and could be regarded as somewhat of a riposte to last week's Asset Tag shenanigans.Curious, Nick asked the service desk manager what the actual process was for resetting a password since this seemed a little, er, casual.However, rather than update the process to something more practical and a teensy bit more secure, the service desk team had come up with an even better wheeze, as Nick explained:"I was told that it was not a risk really as they would recognise the voice."
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"Recommender systems are perhaps the most commonly used computing technology by consumers, even if they don't realize the technology behind the suggestions," said conference General Co-Chair Toine Bogers, Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark."The Recommender Systems conference is the premier international forum for the advancement of this industry - providing opportunities for the sharing of new research and the discussion of new systems and techniques in the field."In addition to the main technical track, RecSys 2019 will feature keynote and invited talks, tutorials covering state-of-the-art in this domain, a workshop program, an industrial track and a doctoral symposium.As a pre-program to the conference, the ACM Summer School on Recommender Systems will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, the week before the conference."These systems encompass a range of computing technologies, from AI and algorithms, to knowledge-based reasoning and deep learning."Aside from the technology itself, RecSys 2019 will include presentations and research that addresses the conscientious use of these technologies.
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That's led to numerous car-subscription programs from various companies, and Porsche's is expanding.The German luxury and sports car maker said on Wednesday its Porsche Passport subscription program will now be available in four new cities: Las Vegas, San Diego, Phoenix and Toronto, Ontario.Think of Porsche Passport as an even more flexible lease with vehicle swapping allowed.The program consists of two tiers: "Launch" and "Accelerate."The former is the least-expensive option and starts at $2,100 per month before taxes and other fees.Opting for the "Accelerate" tier adds 12 high-performance models to the roster for a total of $3,100 per month.
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