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The 10 best compact cameras in the UAE for 2017

Compact cameras and the compact camera market have changed a lot over the last few years. Smartphones have decimated the entry-level range of point-and-shoot models that used to be popular and as a result manufacturers have concentrated on putting more advanced features into cameras to make them more attractive. In addition to a move towards having physically larger sensors to boost image quality that can rival DSLRs in some cases, some compact cameras sport lenses long zoom ranges or wide…

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Huawei Mate 10 Latest News: Release Date, UK Price, Design & Features

Huawei’s flagship Mate 10 is due in two weeks. A bezel-less phone with the 10nm Kirin 970 inside, the Mate 10 is expected to come in three versions.  Top of that roster is the Mate 10 Pro – and as seen in newly leaked images (see above) it’s a gorgeous device. It’ll cost you, though – allegedly as much as 930€ (around £820). When will the Huawei Mate 10 be released in the UK? Looking back at the November 2016…

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Where Is Xur in Destiny 2?

One of the welcome returning figures in Destiny 2 is Xur, the enigmatic merchant (and ‘Agent of the Nine’) who pops up in a different spot every weekend to sell his selection of Exotic weapons and armour. Xur appears in the game every Friday and disappears during the weekly reset on Tuesday. Each time he brings along a different selection of goods – one weapon, and one armour item for each of the three classes – which you can buy using the…

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Strata 2017 Postmortem: More virtual data lake, more operational machine learning

In recounting the news from Strata, the headline from my Big on Data bro Andrew Brust was an admonishment to the Hadoop community that will likely wind up as his epitaph: “Industry to elephant: Go jump in a lake.” We could only top that with the addition of a single word: “Go jump in a virtual data lake.” It was more than coincidence that Cloudera, Hortonworks, and SAP each issued announcements this week premised on the notion that data lakes…

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Inside the Echo chamber: why Alexa’s now in everything – from BMW to Billy Bass

Amazon’s latest product push was its biggest yet. At its headquarters in Seattle, it recently announced a slew of new Amazon devices. Depending on where you are in the world, at least five of these were brand new.  To recap there was (deep breath): the all-new Amazon Echo 2nd Generation, the Amazon Echo Plus, The Amazon Echo Show (UK), the Amazon Echo Spot (US), something called the Amazon Echo Connect and the brand-new Amazon Fire TV. And breathe.  Beyond Amazon…

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Behind the glare of recent hacks, some companies actually paying homage to data protection

While more stories on corporate hacks rolled into the bad news bin last week, the good news was some executives and enterprises have been paying attention – and taking action. Among this news and its associated nasty consequences, we pause to recognize some bits of hope for more secure days ahead. While ex-Equifax CEO Richard Smith recently said the thought of a hack kept him up at night, it seems his words were more a revelation that he was sleeping…

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The Alexa swarm: a life lived in Amazon’s smart jungle

I remember one spring, many years ago, when the student house I lived in was overrun with ants. Being students, we thought a sun-lit window sill was the ideal place to store our jam, honey and cider (the three main food groups for students). But then the ants came. Streams of them flooded our kitchen, stealing our sugar, drinking our booze. I even saw a group of them carrying off the communal Sega DreamCast, a gift for their Queen so…

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Information technology metrics are only part of the story

Metrics and measurement are important in the information technology world, and offer tangible proof that a system or application is or is not working up to expectations. It’s certainly the stuff of presentations and case studies. However, a new study questions how much metrics really matter in the end. Photo: CERN Press Office IT leaders seem to have mixed feelings about the relevance of metrics as they relate to the big picture. A survey recently released by Kaseya, based on…

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Google has a plan to make your account even more secure

Right now two-factor authentication is the best way of protecting your Google account, where you need your email address, your password, and a specific code generated by your phone to gain access to your Google stuff on a new computer – if your password leaks out, you should still be covered. Now Bloomberg is reporting that Google has something even more secure in the pipeline: it’s called the Advanced Protection Program and it uses physical security keys you carry around…

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The best alternatives to Uber

In light of Uber’s most recent scandal, thousands of daily commuters and drivers may be in search of other means to get around the city, such as taxi or private hire services. Here we bring you five alternatives to Uber. On 22 Sept, TfL issued a statement citing that Uber London Limited was unfit to hold a private hire licence due to a lack of corporate responsibility regarding a variety of issues that could put passenger safety at risk. TfL’s…

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