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Apple Arcade Confirmed: Release Date, Price & Game News

First revealed at Apple’s spring press event in March 2019, Apple Arcade is a subscription service that allows you to play an exclusive selection of iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV games as much as you like for a single monthly fee. Following the announcement of key Arcade details during Apple’s September 2019 event and the subsequent launch of the service with iOS 13, here is everything you need to know. What is Apple Arcade? Arcade is a (primarily iOS,…

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Three celebrates Activision partnership with Modern Warfare beta giveaway

Mobile network provider Three has announced a new partnership with game publisher Activision that’ll see the company’s new 5G home broadband deliver an “optimum online experience” for the heavily anticipated first-person shooter, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, at release on 25 October 2019. The company is confident that utilising the high-speed 5G network will all but eliminate lag and stutter, two of the most prevalent issues with online gaming today. The plug-and-play design of Three’s 5G-powered home broadband removes the…

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Save an additional 5% on already discounted Dell XPS 13

The Dell XPS 13 has just seen almost £170 chipped of its retail price, making it a great deal for anyone looking to buy a premium laptop for school or work this summer.  While the Dell website alerts customers to a 10% deal using code SAVE10SB, which is valid until 19 August, you can unlock a 15% discount, valid until 2 September, using code SB15XPS. The £939 entry model is reduced to just £798.15 with this special code, but do remember that all Dell’s…

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DealPly adware abuses Microsoft, McAfee services to evade detection

Data-stealing malware returns upgraded with cryptominer and trojan Large parts of the Scranos operation were taken out in April – but it’s already back and the criminals behind it seem more determined than ever, adding a trojan and a cryptojacker to their adware scheme. Many forms of adware are little more than a nuisance, but on occasion, an interesting sample turns up which uses novel techniques which gain the interest of researchers. One new form of adware, known as DealPly,…

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Google Pixel 4 gets face unlock and aerial gestures

Google must be getting tired of leaks for its upcoming Pixel 4. The company just up and announced two huge features its flagship will feature: the air-gesture-control Motion Sense and Face Unlock. In a tweet and blog post, Google outlined the two features – along with the new tech embedded in the phone that makes them possible. Look internet, no hands. #Pixel4 Learn more https://t.co/PYY0AFcnyI pic.twitter.com/f9v51VbXWdJuly 29, 2019 Motion Sense is made possible by Soli, a motion-sensing radar Google says…

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New Apple Product Predictions 2019: Find Out What’s Launching Soon

March 2019 was pretty action-packed for Apple, launching not only new hardware with its iPad mini, iPad Air, new iMacs and AirPods, but also revealing the details of its upcoming subscription services Apple TV+, News+ and Apple Arcade, and in the US only a new Apple Pay-integrated credit offering in Apple Card. But 2019 still has lots of exciting new Apple products to come, with at least two more special events in the wings. We’re hoping to see new Macs…

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Sony Xperia 1 vs Xperia XZ3

Sony has updated its flagship range with the new Xperia 1, but how much of a step forward is the handset from its predecessor that only appeared six months ago? We take a look at the differences between the Xperia 1 and the Xperia XZ3. Xperia 1 vs XZ3: Price and availability The new Xperia 1 is available to pre-order now on a range of plans from Carphone Warehouse, EE, O2, Sky Mobile and Vodafone, and has a SIM-free price of £899. It’s expected to ship on…

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Does Detective Pikachu Have a Post-Credit Scene?

With Detective Pikachu, the world of Pokémon has finally entered live action, with a big budget movie starring Ryan Reynolds as the titular Pikachu, complete with deerstalker hat. The film is out in both the UK and US from 10 May, and you can grab tickets now: order them from Cineworld, Vue, or Odeon in the UK, or from Fandango or Atom Tickets if you’re in the States. Read our review to find out what we thought of it. This may only…

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Nvidia’s fabulous fakes unpack the black box of AI

What are neural networks actually doing? That is the question of the “black box” of AI that has been much debated in recent years. 
This week, the machine learning scientists at Nvidia report some progress in understanding what’s going on. In a bravura display of fake facial images, the researchers claim a novel way to separate out the aspects of pictures that the neural net “sees” at a high level, such as the orientation of an object, and at a…

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Google is planning to add Bluetooth to a new Chromecast dongle

Sharp-eyed Google watchers have noticed a rather interesting development over at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US – specifically that Google has registered a new Chromecast device with Bluetooth support. Now before you start dreaming about using Bluetooth headphones with your Chromecast or maybe beaming audio in the other direction, we don’t know anything about this new dongle yet. It’s not particularly clear what Google is planning with this Bluetooth support, and it’s made no official announcement yet.…

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Reddit hopes to relaunch cryptocurrency payments – and not just Bitcoin, either

Nan Palmero Reddit is hoping to reinstate cryptocurrency as an option for payment in the near future. Following the removal of Bitcoin as a payment option for Reddit Gold, in an interview with Cheddar on Thursday, Reddit chief technology officer (CTO) Chris Slowe indicated that this may not be permanent. Bitcoin was removed from the platform in March. The reason for removal of virtual coins as a payment option was placed at the feet of Coinbase, which discontinued its Merchant…

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How to watch Bellew vs Haye: live stream the big fight online from anywhere

It’s fight night! Forget the childish barbed comments and press conference scuffles, it’s time for serious business. It’s Bellew vs Haye 2: it’s the rematch of the year and this time it’s personal. Grudge matches like this don’t come around every Saturday night. An all UK rematch that has the entire boxing world’s attention. Over a year after the original epic fight where Bellew caused a major upset by knocking out Haye in the the 11th round, it’s time for…

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Automated kiosks are the future of retail, restaurants … even roach coaches

If, like me, you spend your idle minutes browsing the pages of venerable pizza-related trade publications for the latest saucy gossip, you may have come across the story of a South Florida pizza entrepreneur who recently kitted out his food truck with an automated kiosk. While doing research prior to buying the truck at the heart of Luv Pizzas, Bob Stephens learned customers tend to spend an unnecessarily long time at the window while making orders. When Stephens walked into…

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How to watch the Golovkin v Martirosyan fight: live stream the boxing online from anywhere

The Golovkin vs Martirosyan fight hasn’t even begun yet and there has already been a ton of drama in the run up to the bout. And you can live stream the whole thing from the comfort of your favorite device. Gennady Golovkin was set to have a big money rematch with Mexican boxer Saul Alvarez, but the latter failed a drug test and was banned from competing so the late replacement of Vanes ‘Nightmare’ Martirosyan has stepped up to the ring…

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Technology teams deserve good UX, too

User experience (UX) is the hot topic these days, and there has been plenty of discussion about making customers or other end-users of software as happy as possible. Often overlooked, however, is the UX that technology staff members are receiving — which often leaves something to be desired. After all, technology types don’t need to apply UX to themselves, right? Photo: Joe McKendrick This was the gist of a talk given by Amy Nguyen, infrastructure engineer with Stripe, who points…

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Apple admits iOS 11.3 bricks microphones on some iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models

This isn’t good news: Apple has acknowledged that iOS 11.3 and later versions have the potential to disable the microphone on some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models. If you’ve been struggling to make yourself heard on phone calls, now you know why. The issue can lead to a grayed-out speaker icon in the Phone app, or difficulties making yourself heard during phone calls or FaceTime chats. That’s according to an internal support document distributed to stores stocking Apple…

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Alibaba’s fourth quarter cloud revenue puts it on $2.8 billion annual run rate

Alibaba’s annual cloud revenue has topped $2.1 billion for its fiscal year as fourth quarter sales were up 103 percent. The company reported its fourth quarter results on Friday and the e-commerce giant fared well. The cloud business for Alibaba, a leading infrastructure as a service player in China, delivered fourth quarter cloud computing revenue of $699 million, or a nearly $2.8 billion annual run rate. Alibaba noted that its fourth quarter cloud sales got a boost by customer additions…

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Bing: search engines have a responsibility to get people out of their bubbles

Unless we specifically disable them, trackers are constantly watching us move around the web, building up a picture of our interests and biases. Then, algorithms reflect these opinions back at us, presenting us with news, articles and answers that support what we already think. We’re more likely to click things that fit our existing thoughts and interests – but wouldn’t objectivity be better? Jordi Ribas, corporate vice president of AI products at Bing, thinks so Ribas manages Microsoft’s search engine from…

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Can humans get a handle on AI?

Humanizing AI communication: What’s needed to make IoT devices sound better There was an interesting blend in the audience at O’Reilly’s AI conference that just wrapped up in New York. Beyond the usual crowd of unicorns, a.k.a. data scientists, there was a sufficiently sized management crowd to fill the room at the executive sessions. With AI all over the media and popular entertainment, you’d have to be living under a rock to not be familiar with the topic of AI,…

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How to stream the Kentucky Derby live: watch the race from anywhere

It’s Derby day! The ‘Run for the Roses’ is back at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky, with fan-favorites and European upstarts all eyeing that Derby win. This year marks the 144th annual Kentucky Derby, widely known as the most bet-upon horse racing event in the calendar. But betting is no fun unless you’re watching along (or, to be fair, winning, and we’re going to tell you how you can live stream all of this year’s action, wherever you are in the world.…

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