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Apple is reportedly developing its own thinner, brighter screens

It has come to light that Apple is running a secret manufacturing facility close to its Cupertino headquarters dedicated to developing and testing its own displays. Bloomberg News reports that the facility is working on MicroLED screens, which will allow devices to be thinner than those with other screen technologies, and will be brighter and more power-efficient than its current OLED displays. “People familiar with the situation” claim that the project was almost abandoned a year ago but is now…

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Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica harvested data on 50 million Facebook profiles to help target voters

(Image: file photo) A data analytics company that helped propel Donald Trump to election victory harvested private information from 50 million Facebook profiles without their permission. The story exploded over the weekend after Facebook announced late Friday that the data firm had been suspended from the social network for using the data to determine who voters might choose at the ballot box. Several news organizations, including The New York Times, The Guardian’s weekend newspaper Observer, and prominent UK broadcast news…

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LG is sticking to its LCD guns for the LG G7

The LG V30 was the firm's first ever phone with an OLED display, but it sounds like the LG G7 is going to go back to the old faithful LCD screen tech, if a new report is to be believed. We're expecting the new flagship to get its official unveiling before the end of May. The Investor says the move is mostly a money saving exercise, with LCD panels costing substantially less than OLED ones. Apple's decision to put an…

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9 reasons to be cautious with blockchain

Is blockchain — the network of global online ledgers — really secure? Its proponents say yes, as it assigns transactions or smart contracts to an immutable ledger, verifiable by multiple parties. However, a recently published paper calls out some vulnerabilities that may subject blockchain entries to inefficiencies, hacking and other criminal activity. Photo: Joe McKendrick The paper, published by Xiaoqi Li, Peng Jiang and Xiapu Luo (all with Hong Kong Polytechnic University), Ting Chen (University of Electronic Science and Technology…

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How to watch Wales v France rugby match : the 6 nations live stream

How to watch Wales v France Today’s game kicks off at 5pm, with live coverage on BBC One from 4.30pm, with viewers on the BBC Sport app and connected TVs also able to tune in, as well as visitors to the BBC website. The 6 Nations 2018 wraps up this evening as Wales take on France in Cardiff. Both teams have enjoyed a mixed tournament this year, with highs and lows on both sides, and now look for a strong…

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DroneMax 360 hands-on: A portable power station that does it all

I don’t normally take a look at Kickstarter products, but in a moment of weakness when I was approached by the Energen team to take a look at the DroneMax 360, I decided to give it a try. With the main sales pitch for the battery pack including charging batteries from various DJI drones, I decided to use the pack to power various gadgets and items around my home. I’ve had a prototype device for a couple of weeks now.…

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New Uber patent shows how self-driving cars might talk to pedestrians

Working out the intentions of other human drivers usually isn’t too difficult – and most people will vociferously let you know if you go wrong – but what happens with self-driving cars? When there’s a robot behind the wheel, it’s not quite as simple to work out which direction a vehicle’s going to turn next. Uber thinks it might have an answer, as per a recently filed patent: flashing lights and signs on the outside of self-driving cars that tell…

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New Windows 10 ‘Redstone 5’ test build includes a new way to push Edge

Microsoft has released another new Windows 10 “Redstone 5” test build that includes a new controversial change meant to get more people to use Microsoft’s Edge browser. Windows 10 test build 17623, which Microsoft released on March 16 to testers in the “Skip Ahead” ring, is the first to test a change “where links clicked on within the Windows Mail app will open in Microsoft Edge” regardless of the browser that a user has set as default. Even though it…

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Oculus Go release date, price, news and features

Facebook unveiled the Oculus Go, an ambitious device that at last gives meaning to a term like “affordable virtual reality device” in late 2017. Up until now, your best options for wallet-friendly VR rigs were units like the sometimes-free Google Cardboard or the Samsung Gear VR headset, both of which involve awkwardly slipping a smartphone into the unit when you want to hang out in virtual spaces. The Oculus Go, though, is a fully standalone “all-in-one” device. That means you…

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Wave Computing close to unveiling its first AI system

The rapid evolution of deep learning has started an AI arms race. Last year, venture capitalists poured more than $1.5 billion into semiconductor start-ups and there are now some 45 companies designing chips purpose-built for artificial intelligence tasks including Google with its Tensor Processing Unit (TPU). After quietly testing its “early access” system for nearly a year, one of these startups, Wave Computing, is close to announcing its first commercial product. And it is promising that a novel approach will…

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How to watch March Madness 2018 live online

One of the most hotly-anticipated events in the American sports calendar is now underway with the start of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, also known as ‘March Madness’. The three-week contest, which pits 68 of the country’s top college basketball teams against each other in a knock-out format, is keenly followed by sports fans around the world, who compare their brackets against friends and co-workers in a bid to predict the ultimate winners. March Madness matches kicked off…

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Issue 48 Of Android Advisor Out Today. Get It Now

In the latest issue This year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) had thousands of companies vying for your attention. This issue we’ve got the pick of the smartphone crop, including the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, Nokia 8 Sirocco and Asus ZenFone 5, plus Huawei’s MediaPad M5 8.4 and 10.8 tablets. We’ve also reviews of the Honor 9 Lite and Vodafone Smart N8. All this and our usual tutorials, including how to control the time…

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Uber, Toyota seek self-driving car tech deal

File Photo Uber and Toyota are in talks to use the ride-hailing service’s self-driving technologies in Toyota minivans. According to the Japanese publication Nikkei, Uber is already well underway in forging partnerships with automakers, but Toyota is a key player in the potential adoption of Uber self-driving technologies in commercial vehicles. Nikkei reports that Uber and Toyota are currently in negotiations to include Uber’s technologies in a Toyota minivan model. Shigeki Tomoyama, a Toyota executive vice president, and Gill Pratt,…

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus go on sale today

You can now buy the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, as the handsets have gone on sale worldwide today, March 16. If you’re looking to buy the handsets outright, you’ll need to part with more cash than the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus demanded last year. The Samsung Galaxy S9 price is $719.99 (£739, AU$1,199), while the Galaxy S9 Plus price is $839.99 (£869, AU$1,349). To help spread the cost, the two handsets are also available on contract…

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Adobe reaches record revenue on Q1 earnings beat

Adobe delivered solid first quarter financial results on Thursday as the company once again broke corporate revenue records. The software giant reported fiscal first quarter earnings of $583 million, or $1.17 a share. Non-GAAP earnings in the quarter were $1.55 a share on revenue of $2.08 billion, up 24 percent year-over-year. Wall Street was looking for earnings of $1.44 a share on revenue of $2.05 billion. Adobe continues to see successful revenue returns following its migration to subscription-based services. The…

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Surface Pro 5 release date, news and rumors

You might suspect that the 2017 Surface Pro is the closest we’ll ever get to the Surface Pro 5, but if Microsoft itself is anything to go by, you would be dead wrong. The Surface Pro 5 doesn’t exist right now, as Microsoft Surface leader Panos Panay confirmed last May, though he claims it will come to fruition once more meaningful changes erupt from the talent at Microsoft’s hardware design lab. More specifically, echoing Panay, while there’s ‘no such thing…

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