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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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Brazil’s digital bank Neon hurt in liquidation case

Brazil’s central bank suspended the operations of Neon Pagamentos, the fintech that raised $22 million in funding a day earlier. The digital bank processed checking accounts through the infrastructure of Banco Neon SA, a small lender liquidated today due to “grave violations of legal and regulatory norms” and its “compromised financial situation.” While Neon Pagamentos was not liquidated, the situation with the bank it is associated with means new digital accounts cannot be opened and current users might have their…

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Google Daydream news, features and everything you need to know

Update: Standalone virtual reality has finally come to the Daydream platform. This is thanks to the Lenovo Mirage Solo headset, which is on sale today. The headset works much like your standard Android phone, though of course, once you slip it on, you’re transported to a world of VR. The headset features impressive WorldSense tracking, so it will track your head in the real world as it relates to the virtual one.  The Daydream platform itself is still limited in…

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NSA says searches of Americans’ data spiked in 2017

NSA headquarters in Ft. Meade, Md. (Image: file photo) New figures reveal a sharp increase in the number of searches of Americans’ calls and messages by the intelligence community during the Trump administration’s first year in office. The figures, published Friday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), show a rise in targeted surveillance and searches of people’s data. It’s the latest annual report from the government’s chief spy, which has faced calls to be more transparent…

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Lenovo Mirage Solo, the first standalone Daydream VR headset, is now on sale

Hot on the heels of Oculus Go’s release earlier this week, Google and Lenovo have made their own standalone virtual reality (VR) headset available starting today.  The Lenovo Mirage Solo is the first standalone VR headset that runs on the Google Daydream VR platform, meaning it doesn’t require a smartphone. Its biggest highlight is WorldSense, the positional tracking tech that lets you walk around inside of a virtual world without external sensors.  Mirage Solo’s Daydream library has over 350 experiences…

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Tales of the scary data lifecycle: Cambridge Analytica and Emerdata

Video: A violation of trust: Where Facebook and Cambridge Analytica went wrong When salacious tales of Cambridge Analytica’s activities emerged in 2018, we thought the company was finished. The many on-air discussions of illegal activities, law enforcement warrants, legal action threats from partners, and questionable ethics had appeared to doom them. We then saw multiple suspensions and resignations, and on May 2, 2018 Cambridge Analytica announced it would file for bankruptcy. For a brief moment, it seemed like the world…

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Onkyo’s new AV receiver is an enthusiast’s dream come true

In the world of audiovisual tech, the receiver sits at the head of the proverbial table. Yes, we need TVs, speakers, streaming devices and game consoles, but without a powerful AV receiver to hook everything together, our audiovisual experience would be half of what we’d expect. Knowing this, Onkyo has loaded up its 2018 flagship receiver, the TX-NR787, with some truly mind-blowing tech, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X up-mixing, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), HDR10, and…

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