Woman fined £1,500 for tirade over commuter's weird brekkieEating on the train is no yolk.One woman felt so strongly about it, she's now nursing a £1,500 fine after eggsploding with rage at a fellow commuter for gobbling a hard-boiled pre-chicken on the service from Chelmsford to London Liverpool Street.Some prefer a modest oat bar washed down with a Costa coffee when breaking fast on the go, but on that fateful day – 6 September – Erika Stoter opened her Tupperware to tuck into the unorthodox meal.Thin-shelled Mead cracked, and moved "quickly and aggressively" towards Stoter and "leaned into her face".Do you want to go outside?"
Disney Plus has launched with an impressive 16 Marvel movies, up from disappointingly thin eight pictures that were originally promised at release.That's a solid line-up to get started with, but if you want to marathon the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, some of the best films are missing, like Avengers: Infinity War and Thor: Ragnarok.Luckily, if you search the Disney Plus app for some of those films in the US, you'll see release dates on their respective pages.On December 5 of this year, you can watch Thor: Ragnarok on Disney Plus.On March 4 2020, Black Panther joins the service, while Avengers: Infinity War, an essential pairing with Avengers: Endgame, arrives on June 25.Finally, one of the most forgettable Marvel movies, Ant-Man and the Wasp, arrives all the way on July 29, 2020 – but it's really not worth waiting for if you've never seen it.
Since its launch last month, Google's latest flagship, the Pixel 4, early adopters haven't been shy about highlighting its issues, including face unlock that works even when the user is dead, the deliberately throttled 90Hz refresh rate and a possible bending snafu.Giz UK editor Tom Pritchard has a great rundown of these and other concerns in his comprehensive overview of where the Pixel 4 falls short.To those issues can now be added the revelation that the smartphone has a high brightness mode it seems to have purposefully hidden from users.Mishaal Rahman at XDA dug into the Pixel 4's code and discovered Google has limited the screen's brightness to a relatively paltry 444 nits.Nits is a measurement of visible light's intensity and, for comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S10 can reach up to 1,215 nits when it needs to.444 nits is fine for most conditions, but in direct sunlight it can make the phone hard to see, especially when watching videos or viewing photos, and reviewers have picked up on this.
Last month, Netflix began notifying users that some older devices would no longer be supported by the platform starting on December 1 due to ‘technical limitations.’ The advisory didn’t include any specific models, however.Roku had acknowledged that its first two devices would lose support, but no other details beyond that were available.Now we finally know more.As we explained last month, some Netflix users had received emails from the company warning them that older Roku devices would soon lose support.After some prodding, it had been confirmed that the first two models released by Roku starting way back in 2008 had been put on the chopping block, but it was unclear which, exactly, would ultimately be eliminated.In the weeks since, Netflix users on select older devices have started seeing a message warning that support for their device will end soon.
Infiniti has revealed its big plans for EVs, but the Japanese automaker isn’t going to deliver electrification in the same way we’ve seen other luxury car companies do it.Having previewed its vision for electric crossovers and sedans with a number of “Inspiration” concepts over the past few years, it turns out Infiniti still sees there being a place for internal combustion engines, even if it’s electricity that’s actually driving the wheels.That should allow for different drivetrains on the same underlying architecture, and be more cost-effective as well as flexible.The BEVs will have a large battery pack in the floorpan between the axles, helping keep the center of gravity low.Infiniti says it expects its BEVs to shift from the automaker’s current aesthetic of long hoods and passenger compartments pushed back, to a higher driving position and shorter overhangs.Instead it’ll be using the gas engine as a generator, providing the ability to recharge the battery while on the move.
It’s just been a couple of months since the Samsung Galaxy A50s was launched, and we already have our first batch of leaks of its successor, the A51.The Samsung Galaxy A50s came to India in September with minor upgrades over the A50.The A51 will be yet another incremental update, adding an extra camera to the mix.DroidShout was able to get its hands on more information about the device.The biggest change comes with the cameras, as the Samsung Galaxy A51 will sport a quad-camera setup.Chassis images procured by 91Mobiles suggest that the cameras will be placed in an L-shaped formation.
Workday announced this afternoon that it has entered into an agreement to acquire online procurement platform Scout RFP for $540 million.The company raised more than $60 million on a post valuation of $184.5 million, according to PitchBook data.The acquisition builds on top of Workday’s existing procurement solutions, Workday Procurement and Workday Inventory, but Workday chief product product officer Petros Dermetzis wrote in a blog post announcing the deal that Scout gives the company a more complete solution for customers.“With increased importance around the supplier as a strategic asset, the acquisition of Scout RFP will help accelerate Workday’s ability to deliver a comprehensive source-to-pay solution with a best-in-class strategic sourcing offering, elevating the office of procurement in strategic importance and transforming the procurement function,” he wrote.Ray Wang, founder and principal analyst at Constellation Research says that Workday has been trying to be the end-to-end cloud back office player.In spite of their own offerings in this area, he says, “One of their big gaps has been in procurement.”
The sight of a RoboBee careening towards a wall or crashing into a glass box may have once triggered panic in the researchers in the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), but no more.Researchers at SEAS and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a resilient RoboBee powered by soft artificial muscles that can crash into walls, fall onto the floor, and collide with other RoboBees without being damaged."There has been a big push in the field of microrobotics to make mobile robots out of soft actuators because they are so resilient," said Yufeng Chen, a former graduate student and postdoctoral fellow at SEAS and first author of the paper."However, many people in the field have been skeptical that they could be used for flying robots because the power density of those actuators simply hasn't been high enough and they are notoriously difficult to control.These soft actuators are made using dielectric elastomers, soft materials with good insulating properties, that deform when an electric field is applied.The soft actuators can be easily assembled and replaced in these small scale robots.
For a long time, it’s felt like Google has left the fate of its smartwatch and wearable platform — Wear OS — to third-party device makers like Fossil.But that’s all about to change now that Google has agreed to acquire wearable giant Fitbit.In a press release, Fitbit says it was acquired for $2.1 billion.Meanwhile, in a separate blog post, Google senior vice president Rick Osterloh said Google sees this deal as “an opportunity to invest even more in Wear OS as well as introduce Made by Google wearable devices into the market.”Osterloh also added that Fitbit “has been a true pioneer in the industry” and that “by working closely with Fitbit’s team of experts, and bringing together the best AI, software and hardware, we can help spur innovation in wearables and build products to benefit even more people around the world.”After years of hearing rumours about a supposed Google-made Pixel Watch that never materialised, this deal should give Google the resources and expertise to create a new line of first-party wearables devices to rival other tech giants.
The Pentagon says artificial intelligence will help the US military become still more powerful.On Thursday, an advisory group including executives from Google, Microsoft, and Facebook proposed ethical guidelines to prevent military AI from going off the rails.On Thursday, the group released a set of proposed principles in a report that praises the power of military AI while also warning about unintended harms or conflict.The Defense Innovation Board’s report lays out five ethical principles it says should govern such projects.The first is that humans should remain responsible for the development, use, and outcomes of the department’s AI systems.It echoes an existing policy introduced in 2012 that states there should be a “human in the loop” when deploying lethal force.
In the past month, it's announced the new $699 iPhone 11 and $999 iPhone 11 Pro, it launched the $4.99 per month Apple Arcade subscription package and on Friday it'll be launching its highly anticipated $4.99 Apple TV Plus video service.Add to all that the new $249 AirPods Pro headphones Apple also announced this week, and there's a lot of new stuff from the Cupertino tech giant to choose from.Apple on Wednesday said it rang up $64 billion in sales in the three months ended Sept. 28, up nearly 2% from the same time last year."We concluded a groundbreaking fiscal 2019 with our highest Q4 revenue ever, fueled by accelerating growth from Services, Wearables and iPad," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, in a statement.That was enough to help push up Apple's shares nearly 2% to $247.65 apiece in after-hours trading.Much of Apple's shine during the quarter came from wearables like the $399 Apple Watch and $159 AirPods, as well as services like its iCloud photo and document storage and its new Apple Arcade.
Spotify is launching a new app called Spotify Kids that’s meant to provide a safe space for kids to explore and listen to music — and finally get “Baby Shark” out of their parents’ Discover playlists.For “younger kids,” the app will be limited to things like Disney soundtracks, songs about dinosaurs, and children’s stories.Spotify editors are looking at more than whether a song contains foul language when determining if it’s an appropriate fit for this app.The app requires a Spotify Premium Family subscription, which costs $14.99 per month in the US (or €14.99 per month in Ireland).Partly, that’s because Spotify Kids won’t show ads, which is a feature exclusive to paying listeners.Each kid’s account will count toward one of the six total accounts allowed under the family plan.
Instagram said on Sunday it is banning fictional depictions of self-harm or suicide from its platform, including drawings or memes and content from films or comics that use graphic imagery.It will also remove any post that includes associated material regardless of whether it shows self-harm or suicide imagery directly.The move follows the company’s decision in February 2019 to prohibit the uploading of graphic photos of self-harm to its platform.Instagram has come under increasing pressure to deal with such imagery following a high-profile case in the U.K. involving 14-year-old Molly Russell who killed herself in 2017 after viewing graphic material on the site.Her father, Ian Russell, believes the platform is at least partly responsible for her death.In a message posted on Sunday, Instagram boss Adam Mosseri described suicide and self-harm as “difficult and complex topics,” but added that “there are many opinions about how best to approach them.”
With real money to be stolen, games are a primary target for attackers.Games today have become a particularly rich hunting ground for cyber criminals.From November 2017 to March 2019, gaming websites were impacted by over 2 billion credential stuffing attacks, and threats like SQL injection and in-game fraud are rising.“Money is constantly going in and out of games, and a lot of money being made in general,” says Jonathan Singer, Senior Manager, Global Games Industry, at Akamai Technologies.“It’s not just that gamers are known for being big spenders, but the amount of money that the industry itself makes brings it more and more to the attention of folks outside of the industry.”A great example of this is last year’s Red Dead Redemption 2 launch, which generated $725 million in the first three days of release, the best opening weekend in entertainment history.
The northern hemisphere’s quietest tropical cyclone basin is currently going off.While the storm won’t have a huge impact on land, it’s already making its presence felt in the record books in what’s been a weird and bad year in general for tropical cyclones, a classification that includes tropical storms, hurricanes, and typhoons as well.Cyclone Kyarr rapidly intensified over the weekend, going from the equivalent of a Category 2 to Category 4 storm in just six hours on Saturday.It’s currently packing winds of around 150 mph, putting it on the high end of Category 4.It’s also the first such system to form in the Arabian Sea since June 2007's Cyclone Gonu.During its rapid intensification, Kyarr’s pressure bombed out to 915 millibars.
The U.S. Department of Defense today announced that Microsoft has won its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract, worth up to $10 billion over a period of 10 years.With this, Microsoft will provide infrastructure and platform services for both the Pentagon’s business and mission operations.“The National Defense Strategy dictates that we must improve the speed and effectiveness with which we develop and deploy modernized technical capabilities to our women and men in uniform,” DOD Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy said in a related announcement.“The DOD Digital Modernization Strategy was created to support this imperative.This award is an important step in execution of the Digital Modernization Strategy.”Microsoft beat out Amazon in the final round for this lucrative contract after the two cloud giants beat out other competitors like IBM and Oracle in an earlier round.
”Vi har aldrig tillfrågats av den kinesiska regeringen att ta bort något innehåll och vi skulle inte heller göra det om vi blev tillfrågade.Punkt”, sade bolaget i ett uttalande.Tiktoks uttalande kommer sedan amerikanska kongressledamöter begärt en utredning av appen för att se om den utgör ett nationellt säkerhetshot.”Med över 110 miljoner nedladdningar bara i USA är Tiktok en potentiell underrättelsetjänst som vi inte kan ignorera” sade demokraten Charles Schumer och republikanen Tom Cotton i ett brev.Duon har mest frågor att ställa kring Tiktoks datainsamling, vilken inkluderar lokalisering av personer.Tiktok har tidigare sagt att all data lagras i USA, vilket borde stilla oron.
The past decade has seen an explosion in the number of people entrusting massive tech companies with their personal data.There has also been a rise in large-scale data breaches and hacks.Of the 15 largest data breaches in history, 10 took place in the past decade.The two largest data exposures of all time happened in 2019.Organizations that fell victim to the attacks include Facebook, Target, Equifax, Adobe, and more.Data violations have only become more frequent in the past decade, according to a recent study.
Large dial for easy control while wearing glovesLong battery life at 10 hoursSupport for calls and personal assistantsSkullcandy has launched a pair of wireless earbuds that come with a unique twist: a large puck-shaped dial designed for use by gloved hands.The idea behind the unique design is simple: if you’re out snowboarding, for example, you’ll likely be wearing a pair of gloves and listening to music using earbuds.In order to adjust the volume, pause the playback, and more while on the snow, you’d need to remove the gloves first.
Whoever implemented this wasn't a star pupil.The biometric system is designed to ensure that only you can only unlock your own phone, and if it works even when your eyes are closed then, theoretically, someone else could access your phones by pointing the front facing camera at your face when you’re asleep, or, er, dead.In other words, your smartmobe can be unlocked by someone if they can point the gizmo at your face when you're completely oblivious - potentially when you're asleep or dead.And sadly Face Unlock is the the only biometric system the Pixel 4 uses to handle security.When The Register asked The Chocolate Factory for clarification, a spokesperson declined to answer our question.Instead, we were told: “Pixel 4 face unlock meets the security requirements as a strong biometric, and can be used for payments and app authentication, including banking apps.
Nearly a quarter of all households in the UK have smart speakers.And while many users are concerned about security issues, most users are satisfied with their devices.Also Read: In The Future, Smart Speakers Could Save Your Life LiterallyA new survey by Strategy Analytics for more than 1,000 smart speaker users found that three-fifths of users are concerned that voice-controlled devices will record them without their consent.Plus, they think nearly half will not share payment information through their smart speakers.More than 60% prefer to use voice instead of a touch screen or keyboard.
Reports from a few days back had it that VIVO was on the verge of launching a new VIVO IQOO phone, perhaps, dubbed the VIVO IQOO Neo 2 or simply the Vivo IQOO Neo SD855 variant.It already surfaced on Geekbench with some impressive scores, and as well on the AnTuTu Benchmark.We are still uncertain what marketing name the brand will adopt, however, it is a given that the upcoming Iqoo Neo Smartphone will be an updated version of the standard Neo.Now, the company has taken to Weibo to once again confirm it has a VIVO IQOO Neo phone with the SD855 in the making.The device will go official on October 24th in its home market – China.Official specs and design details are still under the wraps, however, the biggest upgrade the Iqoo Neo 2 will get is in its processor.
Director Taika Waititi will be bringing his character Korg back for the fourth installment of Thor, the New Zealander confirmed during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday night.As reported earlier by CNET sister site GameSpot, Waititi said he's worked on a couple of drafts so far of Thor: Love and Thunder."There's more Thor ... there's twice the Thor," the Thor: Love and Thunder director said -- not because of the slightly larger Thor we saw in Avengers: Endgame, but because Natalie Portman will be playing a female version of Thor.When Waititi revealed that Korg will be back for the movie, he looked surprised at the huge cheer from the audience the news received."Thank you so much for that reaction," he said.We first met Korg in Waititi-directed Thor: Ragnarok as another warrior made to take part in the Grandmaster's Contest of Champions alongside Thor.
Bots commonly shoulder the blame for social media propaganda, but a recent study out of the U.K. suggests not only that organized political misinformation campaigns have more than doubled in the last two years, but that bots take second place to human-run manipulation.The Global Disinformation Order study, conducted by the University of Oxford, found evidence of social media manipulation by a government agency or political party in 70 countries, an increase from 48 in 2018 and 28 in 2017.The study has been collecting data annually since 2017, but suggests political propaganda has leveraged social media for the last decade.The study, co-authored by Samantha Bradshaw and Phillip N. Howard, tallies up reports from around the world on cyber troops, defined as “government or political party actors tasked with manipulating public opinion online.” While the report focuses on propaganda that can be traced back to a government agency, politician, or political parties, the researchers found formal coordination with private communication firms, and in more than 40% of the countries, civic organizations and citizens.Much of propaganda is created by actual people: 87% of the countries use human accounts compared to the 80% of countries using bots.In some cases, the study even identified countries hiring student or youth groups for computational propaganda, including Russia and Israel.
Samsung’s One UI 2.0 beta program is already available in Germany, South Korea, and the US, giving Galaxy S10 and Note 10 users a taste of Android 10.It’s not quite a widespread beta initiative then, but SamMobile reports that the beta program will soon land in six more countries.According to the outlet, the Samsung One UI 2.0 beta will open up to users in China, France, India, Poland, Spain, and the UK.It hasn’t disclosed a specific launch date for these markets, beyond saying it will launch in the “near future.”One UI 2.0 introduces an improved dark mode, automatic color adjustments for text on the lock screen, and tweaked notification designs.Samsung’s latest Android skin also serves up a focus mode and a tweaked device care menu (for storage and battery management).
Google's annual Made by Google Event fully confirmed the details that have been leaking out for weeks regarding the company's new Pixel 4 and 4 XL phones and other devices.That big phone reveal ended the string of details Google itself had been teasing amongst the usual rumors, though we had a wish list of features we wanted for Google's Nest and Google Home-branded smart home products.The event has just wrapped but we have a 10-minute highlights reel of Google's stream if you want to watch a shorter rundown of the big highlights.As with the iPhone 11 and Galaxy S10 lines, Google's Pixel 4 incorporates a lot of computational technology as part of their camera improvements over the Pixel 3, plus many of Google's experimental technologies debut in it as well."Ambient technology" was one of Google's themes this year -- technology as a single system.Google WiFi's sequel is the Nest WiFi, an internet router with more features including device prioritization, seamless setup along with making it a smart speaker to incentivize putting it in a more visible location
the Airline, the SAS group has detected cracks in two, out of the fleet to 31 aircraft model the Boeing 737 NG.The two planes have been taken out of service, according to the SAS, editor-in-chief Troels Karlskov.According to the as serious cracks that require immediate action, has been found in a total of 40 planes in the world.the Study of the formation of cracks was required by the united states aviation administration (FAA) for a week or so ago.the Reason for this was that the american aircraft manufacturer Boeing found cracks in the plane for the surveys in september this year.the SAS group says that the plan soon had to be taken out of service, writes the Danish news agency Ritzau.
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As if we need to be reminded of the horrors of nuclear war, new research published last week in Science Advances presents evidence showing that a nuclear exchange between two minor powers, specifically India and Pakistan, would inflict both a regional and global catastrophe.This nuclear winter would go on to cause worldwide starvation, leading to “collateral fatalities,” in the words of the researchers.No estimate was offered for how many people would be affected or killed by starvation, but it would likely be significant, given that the ensuing nuclear winter would last for at least a decade.The new paper is reminiscent of research done in 2017 showing that even “limited” nuclear strikes would cause climate chaos and a 2018 study seeking to determine the “best-case scenario” for nuclear war, that is, the fewest nukes required to maintain deterrence.Alan Robock, a co-author of the new paper and researcher at the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University New Brunswick, along with his colleagues, came to these results by simulating a scenario in which nuclear war erupted in 2025 between India and Pakistan.It would be instant climate change.”
Our Breakpoint survival guide helps breaks down combat, multiplayer, classes, and how to get the best weapons and gear so you can jump right in.Ghost Recon Breakpoint tips and tricksWeapon and Gear scores aren’t everythingLike The Division 2, there is a score attached to every single weapon and piece of gear you find in Ghost Recon Breakpoint.This is done by feeding them parts and resources from other weapons you have scrapped.This can certainly make them more effective, but you’ll be getting new weapons at such a fast rate that it isn’t worth doing it until you near the end of the game.