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'Retaliation should be public and painful' says Beijing-approved rag The ink has scarcely dried on the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport's speech to the House of Commons that confirmed Huawei would be banned from the UK.…
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It’s been a while since Nissan launched a new electric vehicle. Given the popularity of its cute Leaf, people were understandably excited earlier today when it announced its new high-range Ariya crossover SUV. But there’s another thing drivers should be excited about. Nissan has ditched the CHAdeMO connector, found on the Leaf, in favor of a Combined Charging System (CCS) plug. [Read: German court slams the brakes on Tesla’s bogus ‘Autopilot’ marketing] If you’re not up to speed on your EV charging, CHAdeMO and CCS do largely the same job, which is to provide a fast-charging connector for your electric… This story continues at The Next Web
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Commentary: The $1,380 Z Flip isn't the perfect phone or even the most powerful. But Samsung's foldable fun has won me over.
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The Rock Space Dual Band AC1200 is half the price of a Nest or Eero system.
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Vodafone has claimed an industry first with the launch of the UK’s inaugural ‘standalone’ 5G network built for Coventry University. Coventry, which maintained its top 15 ranking in the Guardian’s most recent university league tables, was recognised by the operator for its ‘innovation and excellence in digital teaching’. The network will be used to trial... Read more » The post Vodafone builds first UK ‘standalone’ 5G network for Coventry University appeared first on Telecoms Tech News.
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The FCC has officially designated Huawei and ZTE as national security threats in a further escalation of disputes between Washington and Beijing. Successive US administrations have been wary of Chinese telecoms vendors and advised operators against the use of their equipment, but have never outright designated them a national security threat until now. In a... Read more » The post The FCC officially designates Huawei and ZTE as national security threats appeared first on Telecoms Tech News.
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UK profits also down due to opex shift to IBM's cloudVodafone reported a loss of €1.9bn (£1.6bn) in its latest half-year results ended 30 September, chalked up mainly to India's decision to change the way it charges telcos for using airwaves.In October, India's Supreme Court ruled against the industry in a dispute over the calculation of licensing and other regulatory fees, with Vodafone now liable "for very substantial demands", it said.Overall revenue rose 0.4 per cent to €21.94bn (c £18.84bn), while sales in the UK were flat at €2.45bn (c £2.1bn) and EBITDA fell 0.8 per cent to €658m (c £565m).The company blamed its sluggish performance in Blighty on higher annual licence fees and "a reallocation of costs from capex to opex following our new Cloud partnership with IBM for Vodafone Business".The firm's results include two months of the acquired Liberty Global Eastern Europe assets for €10.3bn (c £8.85bn) and four months of Vodafone New Zealand prior to its disposal for €2bn (c £1.72bn).
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The first human vaccine against the often-fatal viral disease Ebola is now an official reality.Today, the European Union approved a vaccine developed by the pharmaceutical company Merck, called Ervebo.The stage for Ervebo’s approval was set this October, when a committee assembled by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended a conditional marketing authorisation for the vaccine by the EU.Conditional marketing authorisations are given to new drugs or therapies that address an “unmet medical need” for patients.These drugs are approved on a quicker schedule than the typical new drug and require less clinical trial data to be collected and analysed for approval.In Ervebo’s case, though, the data so far seems to be overwhelmingly positive.
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But choosing the right clothing subscription box might feel overwhelming.A quick Google search returns dozens of subscriptions to pick from -- many of which you may not've heard of.My account is linked to one of my Pinterest boards, so my stylist can get more ideas of what I like, and she always leaves a thoughtful note in my box, which is a nice personalized touch.You pay a $20 styling fee when your box is assembled, you get three days to try on the clothes, and you can return anything you don't want or like.But Dia & Co.'s style service defies the often limited and drab choices that make up extended sizes.The box also mixed classic pieces, like a polka-dot blue wrap dress, with more colorful, patterned pieces that stepped outside my comfort zone.
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the Fire in the smelter to process low level radioactive material is still not quenched.the Roof of the large building is on fire, but there is no risk of radioactive contamination is spread, according to fire and rescue service.Thursday night's burn it in a smelter in Studsvik outside Nyköping in sweden.the Building that is burning is very high, and the structure has poor bearing capacity, according to Jan Österberg, insatsledare in the Sörmlandskustens fire & rescue service. " We're beginning to get closer to the fire now."There was a fire in the insulation, and the takpappen, " he said.
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There’s also precipitation and wind to worry about, plus jaywalking pedestrians and zippy electric bikes and scooters.That’s not to mention alleyways and busy intersections that no amount of Google Maps data can elucidate.“Many self-driving companies are attempting to solve the driving experience from end to end and have not yet perfected any element of as a result,” wrote the company in a press release.As complexity of city driving pushes self-driving timelines further and further into the future, Ghost is laser-focused on building real self-driving for highways and providing a huge benefit to people sooner, and expanding from there.”Ghost today emerged from stealth after spending two years and change developing an aftermarket self-driving kit to retrofit existing cars.Unlike those systems, which rely heavily on rulesets, Ghost begins with human observation, recording what real-world drivers see and how they react to create a ground truth.
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Adding plants and trees to the landscapes near factories and other pollution sources could reduce air pollution by an average of 27 percent, new research suggests.The study shows that plants - not technologies - may also be cheaper options for cleaning the air near a number of industrial sites, roadways, power plants, commercial boilers and oil and gas drilling sites."The fact is that traditionally, especially as engineers, we don't think about nature; we just focus on putting technology into everything," said Bhavik Bakshi, lead author of the study and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at The Ohio State University."And so, one key finding is that we need to start looking at nature and learning from it and respecting it.There are win-win opportunities if we do - opportunities that are potentially cheaper and better environmentally."The study, published today in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, found that nature-based solutions to air pollution might, in many cases, be better than technology at combating air pollution.
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You remember how you were playing The Witcher 3 for about a zillion hours?Well, in keeping with the epic length of the gaming series, plans for the Netflix The Witcher TV show could see the dark fantasy adventure stretch out just as long.Speaking to SFX Magazine, showrunner Lauren Hissrich revealed that she has plans for as many as seven series of the show."We don’t have a second season yet—God willing we will—but right now it’s just about, ‘How do you set up stories that really capture audiences for years at a time?’" Hissrich said."The worst thing we could do is put all of our energies just into season one, and not be thinking about where these characters can grow to.”For those looking for something to fill that Game of Thrones shaped hole in their viewing schedules, The Witcher TV show will not only scratch the itch with its dark-fantasy concept, but also in the way it treats its characters.
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How a close-knit hero-worshiping culture can make reporting abusers difficult – and how help is at handA friend she had met at a nearby hacker meetup offered to help her prepare for the exams, and guide her through the world of infosec."He asked me about what my goals are and offered to mentor me.He also offered to provide me with resources to study for the CISSP certification exam," she said.As is often the case, he wanted to be more than friends, and when she turned down his romantic advances, the once seemingly friendly gestures deteriorated into sustained harassment.For hackers, however, there are various factors that can make reporting a harasser particularly difficult for those who are trying to break into the field.
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We know the Huawei Nova 6 is set to hit the market on December 5.If you remember, as early as a few days ago, andrei_eclynoh exposed the front rendering of the Huawei Nova 6 4G version.From the photo, we can see that there will be three color options.According to the previous 3C certification information, the Huawei Nova 6 4G version smartphone’s model is ‘WLZ-AL10’.And there are suggestions the 5G and 4G models will differ noticeably.We guess the phone will come with at least three camera sensors on the back.
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On the edge of a sprawling park in one of San Francisco's hottest, hipster neighborhoods is a century-old church-turned collection of four luxury townhomes.Stunning they may be, but the condo at 651 Dolores St. has sat untouched for two years on one of the country's most competitive real estate markets."It's 24 months later and the home STILL hasn't sold — in San Francisco — during the best economic times in 20 years and with a wave of SF tech IPOs like Uber, Airbnb, Lyft, Slack, and Pinterest," Ryan Allis, CEO of networking community Hive Global and the unit's former owner, wrote in an August 2019 Facebook post.It was finally listed for lease instead of for sale in late September 2019 for $22,000 a month, McGuire Real Estate leasing agent Jeanne Zimmermann told Business Insider.The Light House sits on the edge of Dolores Park, a sprawling space in San Francisco's Mission District frequented by a large majority of the city's young workforce on the weekends.Source: San Francisco Chronicle and Zillow
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UFC 244 has no "real" titles at stake.Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal, as incredible as they are, have never been champions in the UFC, but this Saturday there's something bigger at stake: The claim to be the "baddest motherfucker" in the UFC.For one night only, the UFC is going full pro wrestling and I, for one, cannot wait.The bad motherfucker title is basically a concept Nate Diaz invented: The idea that he's the baddest motherfucker in the UFC and therefore the person to beat.Diaz has lost a lot of MMA matches, but usually after being outwrestled and held on the ground.What Diaz is essentially saying is he's the best in the UFC.
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News of advances in gene-editing technology raises the prospect of actually using this approach to treat disease in patients.But one of the hurdles that remains is how to deliver these tools to the right cells in the patients safely and efficiently.Scientists led by University of Iowa researcher Paul McCray, Jr., MD, are using simple peptides to deliver gene-editing tools into notoriously hard-to-access lung and airway cells with the goal of creating new treatments for people with diseases like cystic fibrosis, COPD, and asthma.In a new study published Oct. 28 in Nature Communications, the team showed that these cell-penetrating, "shuttle" peptides can carry gene-editing proteins into airway cells without causing harm to the cells or the animal model being tested, and achieve gene editing at levels that might be useful clinically."There is a lot of excitement about the possibility of using gene editing in medicine to treat diseases by repairing or modifying disease-causing mutations," says McCray, the Roy J.Carver Chair in Pulmonary Research, and professor and executive vice chair in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics.
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It's Halloween, the sluttiest night of the year, and Pornhub is on hand to lend you one so you can achieve your Halloween hottie dreams.If mildly amusing costumes thrown together at the last minute aren't your jam, and you prefer the tried-and-tested sexy versions of literally anything, then Pornhub's searches are a goldmine for costumes ideas.The Insights team over on the website has released a list of popular searches to give you some ideas for the best boner-ific outfits that appeal to men, women, and the population at large.On the whole, Harley Quinn was the most searched for character, followed by Joker.Teacher, maid, and succubus rounded out the top five most popular costumes and characters.As well as the usual suspects - like police, nurses, pirates etc - Captain Marvel made the list, alongside Jean Grey / Dark Phoenix, Spider-Man, Harry Potter, and Princess Jasmine.
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If you’ve ever tried buying a bike online, or ski equipment, or any number of expensive goods where it would be useful to know a lot more than you do, you might check out Curated, a two-year-old San Francisco-based startup that wants to help busy shoppers who know generally what they want but don’t necessarily have time to visit a specialty store to learn more.Still, Curated makes enough sense in today’s market that Forerunner Ventures, which has established a name for itself as the preeminent investor in e-commerce companies, just led its $22 million Series A round.It was the only venture firm in the round by design, says cofounder and CEO Eddie Vivas, who says the funding was filled out by the same friends and family who’d participated in Curated’s $5.5 million seed round.As part of the deal, Forerunner cofounder Kirsten Green has also joined the board.Curated works by matching bewildered shoppers with people who are passionate and knowledgeable and “expert” in their fields.Right now, those experts are mostly athletes or coaches as the platform is launching publicly with a handful of verticals, including golf, cycling, and and a few winter sports, though the idea is to launch new sections on the site every six to eight weeks, including fly fishing, kiteboarding, camping and hiking.
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Uber announced a new division of its business Monday called Uber Money, a digital wallet aimed at drivers on its platform.The new financial products are designed to, among other things, help drivers get paid faster, specifically through a new Uber-branded debit card as well as an Uber-branded credit card.With it, drivers will have access to the cash they earn driving immediately after a ride ends.For instance, if a driver earns $15 driving someone to the airport, that $15 will be available immediately post-ride for them to fill up with gas at the gas station around the corner.The account doesn’t require a minimum balance like many other debit accounts, nor does it charge overdraft fees or have any other monthly charges.Uber will also be offering cashback when drivers use the card to purchase things from select businesses pertinent to their Uber driving.
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Singapore-based remittance startup Instarem has rebranded as Nium as the company transitions to become a global enterprise payments platform.According to an official statement issued by Nium, the rebranding was announced at the Money 20/20 event in Las Vegas in the US on Sunday.The firm’s co-founder and CEO, Prajit Nanu, said that Nium is derived from the Sanskrit word for rules and principles.With a new name, Nium aims to create a world of “open money” where cash can be electronically transferred with no hassle.Nium’s platform enables businesses to send, spend, and receive money from around the world.Businesses can also buy Nium’s off-the-shelf products and work with the platform to build custom integrations for their enterprise tech stack or even build products and services that make cross-border transactions more convenient.
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In February, the Spanish pilot Daniel González climbed into a small aerobatic plane at the Sabadell Airport outside Barcelona and fired up its single prop engine.Then he pulled on the yoke to bring the plane out of its dive and did it all over again.This sort of parabolic flight isn’t remarkable for an experienced aerobatic pilot like González.But the cargo on his flight was a little unusual: In the passenger seat of the plane sat a small box, loaded with tubes of frozen human sperm.This was the third and final flight of a yearlong study undertaken by a group of Spanish researchers to understand the effects of microgravity on human reproduction.This seminal study, which is currently under peer review, marks the first experimental results published on the effects of a zero-gravity environment on frozen sperm.
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Microsoft warned us at the beginning of the Win10 onslaught four-plus years ago that it wouldn’t dole out patches one by one.It’s one of the ways “Windows as a service” is a service, doncha know.Take this online course and learn how to install and configure Windows 10 with the options you need. ]Of course, nobody’s seen any widespread exploits attributable to that security hole, but the bugs — three different sets of them, corresponding to the three botched out-of-band patches — were breathtaking.This month, it looks like we’re headed in a similar direction.Yesterday, Microsoft released an odd patch for Win10 version 1903 that’s supposed to be a “Cumulative update for Autopilot in Windows 10 version 1903: October 22, 2019.” Whether it's a security patch or a non-security patch is debatable.
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Senator Ron Wyden's on the warpath with 'Mind Your Own Business Act'A proposed law bill in the US aims to give regulators genuine powers to go after companies that fail to protect citizens' privacy up to and including jailing bosses.The brilliantly titled "Mind Your Own Business Act" (PDF) would give the Federal Trade Commission, which is responsible for privacy protections, the power to do more than just fine companies that drop the ball with their customers' data.Ron Wyden, Democrat senator for Oregon, said: "Mark Zuckerberg won't take Americans' privacy seriously unless he feels personal consequences.A slap on the wrist from the FTC won't do the job, so under my bill he'd face jail time for lying to the government."The FTC was heavily criticised when it fined Facebook $5bn for repeatedly ignoring privacy protections earlier this year.
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Då ska vi inte försvåra utbyggnaden med nytt krångel, svarar Mats Lindfors.Jag satte morgonkaffet i halsen när jag läste Björn o Karlssons och Mattias Gustafsson inlägg på Ny Tekniks debattsida.”Solcellstöd för miljarder utan krav på energiutbyte”.Deras förslag, om jag förstått dem rätt, går i princip ut på att man ska införa ett krav på beräkning av energiutbyte.Men det stora problemet är ju att det fortfarande är så få som installerar solceller, antalet ökar kraftigt men från en mycket låg nivå.Men det har jag gjort för att mina södertak inte räcker till för en anläggning som kan täcka hela mitt energibehov på 15000 kWh.
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Amazon’s consumer division has completed the switch of its databases from Oracle to AWS, which took to opportunity to publicly gloat.In a blog post Chief Evangelist for AWS Jeff Barr did his job and banged on about how great AWS is.The pretext was the completion of the lengthy process of migrating the databases of Amazon’s massive consumer division from Oracle to AWS.According to Barr it has resulted in a 60% reduction in the costs of running Amazon’s databases.He also said other customers have reported a 90% saving, which makes you wonder what Amazon is doing wrong.“Over the years we realized that we were spending too much time managing and scaling thousands of legacy Oracle databases,” evangelised Barr.
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Volvo has been working to expand its plug-in hybrid lineup for years, and these days, the Swedish automaker offers PHEV variants of nearly everything it sells.But fully electric vehicles are still new territory for Volvo, and its first effort is this 2020 XC40 EV -- officially called the XC40 Recharge -- which debuted in Los Angeles on Wednesday.Bundled into the XC40 lineup, the Recharge takes the things we already know and like about Volvo's subcompact SUV and adds an all-electric powertrain.It's as handsome as ever, and EV-specific exterior changes include a closed-off grille (there's no engine to cool, after all), unique wheels and, of course, specific badges.The XC40 rides on Volvo's Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, which was designed from the get-go to support full electrification.Power comes from a 78-kilowatt-hour battery, which drives a pair of electric motors, producing 402 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque.
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Uber announced it laid off another 350 employees on Monday from several teams across the company.This is the ride-hailing service's third round of layoffs over the past 10 weeks and brings the total number of people cut from its payroll to 1,185.Company CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said he intends for this to be Uber's final round of layoffs."Days like today are tough for us all," Khosrowshahi wrote in email to employees, which was first published by TechCrunch."The [executive leadership team] and I will do everything we can to make certain that we won't need or have another day like this ahead of us."During this round of layoffs, employees from Uber's self-driving car, global rides and platform, performance marketing, recruiting and Uber Eats divisions were cut.
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