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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Here is the trailer for "The Last Campfire"

Hello Games has released a game trailer for a short game called "The Last Campfire" that was created by a small team of its employees. It is suggested that puzzles and adventure will be an integral part of the game.

The Last Campfire is an adventure, a story about a lost cinder stuck in an enigmatic place, looking for meaning and a way home. Travel deeper into the country behind the dark forest and overcome the adversity for yourself. Discover the beautiful wilderness full of lost folk, strange creatures and mysterious ruins. Find hope and carry it with you on your journey to the last campfire. A unique story of Hello Games and the creative minds behind LostWinds.

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FCC Panel proposes to levy taxes on business internet use to pay for broadband in rural areas

AT & T and other market leaders have suggested that the best way to pay for the rollout of rural broadband infrastructure is to tax companies that use the internet. This state tax was proposed by the FCC's Broadband Depolyment Advisory Committee (BDAC). "BDAC members are AT & T, Comcast, Google Fiber, Sprint, other ISPs and representatives from industry, researchers, lawyers and local government officials." States can adopt the "State Model Code" suggestions from the BDAC without input from the FCC. The exact text of the proposal can be found on page 28 of this FCC edition.

Yesterday, wireless providers such as AT & T and others have avoided paying taxes to finance the Universal Service Fund and thus the rollout of racks in rural areas with the FCC text message. The tax money collected in the BDAC proposal would be sent to a new Rural Broadband Deployment Assistance Fund for AT & T and other ISPs to build a broadband infrastructure in rural America. AT & T would benefit most if it already receives $ 428 million per year to deliver 10Mbps services in rural areas. The internet association that includes Netflix, Amazon, Google and others is against the tax because it would effectively tax everyone.

Every provider of communication services in the state makes a contribution to the Rural Broadband Deployment Assistance Fund in a fair and non-discriminatory way. The State Universal Service Administrator ("Administrator") determines the correct evaluation method of the State Universal Service and the rate in accordance with federal law and FCC policy. The manager will involve stakeholders in a regulatory process to determine the source of funding. If broadband-dependent services are subject to sales tax from the state, they are deposited with the rural development fund; or

1.2. Every provider of communication services and broadband-dependent services in the state makes a contribution to the Rural Broadband Deployment Assistance Fund in a fair and non-discriminatory way. The State Universal Service Administrator ("Administrator") determines the correct evaluation method of the State Universal Service and the rate in accordance with federal law and FCC policy. The manager involves stakeholders in a regulatory process to determine the source of funding; or 1.3. Entities benefiting financially from access to a broadband system in the state, including advertising providers, contribute to the broadband deployment fund.

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Amazon Patent Report Face Recognition Technology with Ring Doorbell Camera

Amazon recently received a patent that applies its facial recognition technology to its calling activities. According to the ACLU, the patent homeowners can let the faces of strangers pass by their houses and cross-reference the image with a database of suspected persons who have been tagged by other people in the neighborhood. If an agreement is confirmed, the images of the bell of the bell and the database are sent to law enforcement and the police can arrive within a few minutes. An image of the suspect person is sent to the homeowner's phone. The system can use cameras from different sources, such as several nearby houses, to create a 360-degree composite image of the suspect.

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This patent application also suggests that Amazon has no plans to stop identifying people based on their faces. The company anticipates an arsenal of other biometric data, including fingerprints, skin texture analysis, DNA, palm vein analysis, hand geometry, iris recognition, odor / odor recognition and even behavioral characteristics such as typrhythm, gait and voice recognition.

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Russian State TV Mistakes Man in a suit for a robot

The Guardian reports that Russian state-owned media thought that a man in a suit was actually a hi-tech robot. used to be. The praise of the TV station for the "robot" was kept on YouTube, and Russian bloggers and journalists were immediately suspicious when the images were first aired. After some digging, other journalists found a picture of a man in a similar looking suit, claiming that the robot costume cost about $ 3800 USD. Thanks to AceGoober for the tip.

The organizers of the Proyektoria Technology Forum, held every year for the future intellectual leaders of Russia & # 39 ;, did not really try to publish the robot, according to the website. But whether that was by mistake or in the design, the television images of the state did exactly that. "It is very possible one of these [students] could devote himself to robotics, "reported an anchor. Especially because they have the possibility to look at the most modern robots on the forum … "On Wednesday morning, the television report disappeared briefly from the YouTube channel of Russia-24, but it was accessible again in the early afternoon.

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Forbes Cracked Android facial recognition with 3D printed heads

Face recognition is now everywhere, whether used for convenience or pushed as a "security" feature. But according to a report from Forbes, the face recognition system of Android is not very difficult to fool. Using a commercial, 3D-printed model of his own head, Thomas Brewster was able to unlock all four Android phones he tested, namely a LG G7, Galaxy S9, a Note 8 and a OnePlus 6. Watch the video of the attempt Below :

But not so lucky with the iPhone X. Apple's investment in its technology – which the company worked with a Hollywood studio to create realistic masks to test Face ID – has clearly paid off. It was impossible to break into the model. Microsoft also seemed to have done a good job. It is a new Windows Hello face recognition that also did not accept the fake cup as real.

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Hunt: Showdown Shows Quickplay in New Trailer

Crytek just pushed the Hunt: Showdown 4.0 update, and one of the headlining features is the new Quickplay game mode. The developers say the mode is designed for solo-hunters who fall into 10 player games and race to close four Rifts. New rounds start with a free hunter and the first player to close four tears is marked with a premium. Watch the trailer for the new game mode below:

Crytek also added a number of daily and weekly challenges and introduced some "Quality of Life" shootings, such as faster animations for changing weapons, throwing grenades and targeting sights. Quickplay details, as well as the various other functions and bug fixes, are worth a look in the complete change log.

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Scott Wasson discusses poor benchmarks and new AMD adrenaline functions

AMD Senior Product Management Manager, Scott Wasson, was interviewed by Gamer's Nexus, where he explains why FPS statistics and benchmarks are not correct. In the second video, he demonstrates some of the exciting new features in the AMD Adrenalin 2019 Edition 18.12.2 drivers, such as setting up custom memory timings for GPUs.

AMD & # 39; s Scott Wasson led us through the new Adrenaline driver update while the team visited the CN headquarters.

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SpaceShip from Virgin Galactic reaches space

After a fatal crash in 2014, Virgin Galactic has redesigned and re-tested their aircraft-based launch platform in recent years. The company finished their second supersonic flight earlier this year, and according to Twitter, SpaceShipTwo made space in a test minutes ago. After falling out of his jour- ney, SpaceShipTwo reached at least 250,000 feet and drove more than Mach 2.9 before he began to descend and retired about 15 minutes later.

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Wheel stop, SpaceShipTwo. Welcome back to earth

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Qualcomm files New Chinese Suits against iPhone XS and XR

Referring to a paywalled report from the Financial Times, Reuters reports that Qualcomm is asking courts to ban the iPhone XS and XR from sales in China. The company has apparently won the confidence of its victory on Monday and claims that it plans to use the same patents against Apple's newer phones and operating systems.

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The case, brought by Qualcomm, is part of a worldwide patent dispute between the two US companies that includes dozens of lawsuits. Apple said Monday that all its phone models in mainland China were still for sale and that it had filed a petition to reconsider the court, the first step in a long appeal process that could end up at the Chinese Supreme Court. Apple had also said that the three models released in September were not part of the business. Qualcomm and Apple have not immediately responded to Reuters' requests for comments.

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Concert locations Use facial recognition to identify stalkers and VIPs

Concert venues and organizers are turning to face recognition solutions to identify security threats, such as stalkers and important people who need to be treated as VIPs. Taylor Swift fans were unknowingly scanned in a kiosk showing repetition fragments of the star during her Rose Bowl performance this year. The face recognition software was able to identify potential security threats by sending images of concertgoers to a "Nashville" command post "where they were referred to a database of hundreds of well-known popstar stalkers." Ticketmaster has invested in facial recognition technology to scan concertgoers to identify VIPs and high rollers who can pay a fee to avoid standing in line at the turnstiles.

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"Everyone who passed by stopped and stared at it and the software would work," said Downing, who attended the concert to witness a demo of the system as a guest of the company that produces the kiosks. Earlier this year Ticketmaster invested in Blink Identity, a start-up that claims that its sensors allow people to run at full speed within half a second. "It has a lot of promise," says Justin Burleigh, Ticketmaster's chief product officer, adding that the company plans to beta-test the technology on-site early next year. "We are just very careful with where and how we implement it."

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Apple announces plans for $ 1 billion in Campus in Austin, Texas

Today, Apple has announced plans for a $ 1 billion dollar campus in Austin, Texas. The 133-acre facility will be less than a mile from Apple's current Austin campus, and they claim that it will initially accommodate around 5,000 employees, "with the ability to grow to 15,000." The company quickly points out that it already employs 90,000 people in all 50 states and that the 6,200 people on the existing campus in Austin represent the largest concentration of Apple employees in the US outside of Cupertino. Texas politicians seem to be very happy with the new campus, to say the least, and Apple also said it would invest $ 4.5 billion in American data centers over the next two years.

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"Apple is one of the world's most innovative companies and an avid creator of jobs in Texas and across the country," said Governor Greg Abbott of Texas. "Their decision to expand our operations is proof of Texas's high-quality workforce and unrivaled economic environment. I thank Apple for this huge investment in Texas, and I look forward to building on our strength cooperation to create a better future for the Lone Star State. "Jobs created on the new campus include a wide range of functions, including engineering, R & D, operations, finance, sales and customer support.

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AMD Adrenalin 2019 Edition 18.12.2 Issued driver & # 39; s

AMD has just uploaded the 18.12.2 drivers from "Adrenalin 2019 Edition" to their website, along with several video "s showing the new features. The release notes can be found here and there are some major changes.

From ReLive, AMD has added an in-game repetition feature, a "scene editor", GIF encryption support, more platforms to stream to and multichannel audio support. AMD also added the possibility to stream 4K60 gameplay to Android and iOS devices via the AMD link app and the app itself has made numerous improvements. Now you can create, crop, and save videos recorded on your desktop, and you can also update your Radeon driver & # 39; s. In addition, AMD has added support for VR streaming to ReLive, which it says is available through the Steam ecosystem.

Meanwhile, AMD has also added in-game controls for Enhanced Sync, complete with & # 39; per realtime customization of games & # 39 ;. So far, Enhanced Sync could only be switched on and off, so it's interesting to see what options AMD would have added. FreeSync and color controls, WattMan and an updated Performance Metrics Overlay are also available in the in-game overlay of AMD.

Several "consultants" and automated functions have also been added to the software package. Radeon Game Advisor can "measure game performance" and make suggestions to improve performance or image quality. The Radeon Settings advisor offers "optimization suggestions" after scanning the capabilities of your system, while the Radeon Upgrade advisor scans your library and notifies you if your GPU is not in snuff. WattMan has an automatic overclocking function that allows you to overclock your GPU, your memory or your GPU with a single click. AMD also claims to have added temperature-dependent fan curves, with an option for a threshold to close fans, and says they are "Unlocked Radeon RX Vega-series DPM states for finer flow adjustments." Radeon Chill now saves more power, FreeSync 2 supports tonemapping and VSR supports 21: 9 screens. AMD also strengthened the performance in Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, DOOM, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Strange Brigade and fixed a wide range of bugs.

Update 13-12-2018: Release notes, video & # 39; s added.

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The EFF destroys the FCC text messaging as a promotion of censorship

The EFF and other groups have used the latest FCC vote to keep text messages classified as "information services" as another measure that increases the power of businesses over consumer rights. The EFF notes that wireless providers such as Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint have been caught several times on discriminating and censoring texts related to political speeches, charities, companies and religious groups. Re-classifying SMS messages as "telecommunication services" under Title II would also require wireless carriers to contribute to the Universal Service Fund, which funds initiatives to, among other things, the availability and affordability of telephone and internet services for low-income users. and increase the countryside. . "The FCC release can be read here.

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Lone dissenting FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel called the prevailing "doublespeak" as "doublespeak is language designed to evade responsibility, making the unpleasant attractive and unattractively attractive" in her statement. She also notes that the FCC statement did not mention any of the discussion points raised by dissidents to mislead Americans with discussions about spam. She says that the FCC has already authorized the wireless providers to block spam and scam texts. "At the same time, this approach makes a number of important FCC policies vulnerable – from roaming obligations to universal service, but you will not find any discussion about this damage in today's decision." She goes on to say that the "approach we take now does not empower the consumer", but "empowers companies instead" by allowing them to "censor" content in their whim … instead of the will of the consumer. "

FCC chairman Ajit Pai reiterates that the verdict only relates to the filtering of spam, scams and robotic examinations. He continues to talk about how robocalls afflict the nation and is the number one category of consumer complaints. He lists a large number of groups who say that they want to keep spam, scams and robotic texts from SMS platforms. He thinks it's a pity that one of my colleagues has suggested that those who are in our favor today – including Democratic Prosecutors General, African American elected officials and consumer organizations – are complicit in and complicit in, or not allowed in, with itself, Actually, double-talk claims that companies offer free robocall-blocking tools to consumers, while – on the same day – the mood to prevent wireless service providers from using free robotic blocking tools to protect consumers from unwanted text messages. "

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Wednesday December 12, 2018

The Archer Class joins Black Desert online

Today, Pearl Abyss, the Korean developer behind Black Desert Online, opened its first North American office in Manhattan Beach, California. This coincides with the first worldwide release of a new class; the Sagittarius. Today, the highest demanded male Archer class becomes the 16th class in the MMORPG Black Desert Online. Black Desert Online is currently on sale for a 50% discount.

The Archer uses his Crossbow for his stylish ranged attack and skill combo's. In addition, the Archer has a range of magical skills at his disposal that help him to fight by disturbing the balance of the opponent and destroying them by detonating a flurry of arrows with his crossbow from afar. He is never nervous or disoriented, even in the heat of the fight. The Sagittarius can easily escape without losing a sweat, even if he is in the minority by countless enemies. This brand new men's class gets a rich storyline in which the background is fully examined when it is added to the current range of available characters.

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How you can prevent apps from being monitored everywhere

Todd Haselton of CNBC has written a manual on disabling location services for apps to prevent them from tracking your location. His guide covers the ecosystems of the iPhone and Android. For example, there are options in the menu 's to completely disable location services or to only enable location services for certain apps when they are in use.

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In recent years, Apple and Google have made it easier to identify the applications that have access to your information and to disable the ability for those apps to see where you are. Sometimes this can happen that an app works correctly: a map application should know your location to give you a precise route description, for example. But others, like weather apps, do not always have to know where you are.

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Nvidia GeForce Game Ready Driver 417.35 WHQL has been released

The Nvidia GeForce Game Ready Driver 417.35 WHQL has been released and it adds support for Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) beta in Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition. The following 3D Vision profiles have been updated: Insurgency Sandstorm has a not recommended rating and atlas has a fair rating from NVIDIA. The release notes can be found here. Special thanks to @schlitzbull!

Open problems in version 417.35 WHQL. [GeForce GTX 1080Ti]: Random DPC watchdog error when using multiple GPUs on motherboards with PLX chips. [2079538]. [Firefox]: Cursor shows short corruption when hovering on certain links in Firefox. [2107201]. [G-Sync]: Random flickering occurs when G-sync monitor + non-G-Sync HDMI monitor is connected while G-Sync is on. [2399845].

Fixed problems in this release include: [SLI][TITAN Xp]: SLI is disabled by default after installing the driver. [200471881]. [TITAN V][NVIDIA Control Panel]: The workstation-> Manage GPU usage page appears when it should not. [200470813]. [Rocket League]: The game is started to a white screen with audio in the background and then crashes. [2451530]. [Battlefield V: Day0 97][Ansel]: After you have moved all the way to the left, the Ansel field of view (FoV) slider stops clicking and dragging mouse movements. [2438857]. [Hitman 2 Silent assassin]: There is flickering texture corruption in the game. [200472315]. [Notebook][3D games]: Image speed of 3D games can drop to less than 30 fps on notebooks. [2456653].

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EPIC Games announces its roadmap for cross-platform online services for 2019

Epic Games has announced its plans to implement free cross-platform online services in Unreal Engine and Unity. Over time, these services are free for all developers to mix and match with other solutions, and are open to all engines, all platforms and all stores. Epic Games has successfully tested these tools in Fortnite, which has reached 200 million players on 7 different platforms, including PC, Mac, iOS, Android, PlayStation, Xbox and Switch.

Some of the upcoming features planned for platform-independent services in 2019 are voice communications, data storage, cloud-stored games, performance, trophies, games and matchmaking, PC / Mac overlay API, login, friends, presence and rights. After the first steps are taken, more features are planned, such as user-generated content, enhanced social functions, anti-cheat and more.

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We connect developers and players on all platforms and respect existing platform relationships and player accounts. For example, Fortnite operates on 7 platforms that are fully interoperable; the game does not require login on the console and supports multi-platform login via Facebook, Google, Xbox Live, PSN and Nintendo accounts, in addition to Epic accounts; and supports linkage of Twitch accounts. In addition to these existing account and service integrations, we would like to collaborate with partners in further efforts to link accounts, game services and cloud services for a more seamless experience. We primarily operate our services in the Amazon Web Services data centers around the world to deliver the high reliability and broad international reach required by the next generation of online and socially connected games.

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FCC agrees to classify text messages as information services

The FCC has voted to classify text messages as an "information service" under the Communications Act. This has been done to give more space to wireless providers to combat spam messages and to light robot text. Mass workers wanted SMS messages to be reclassified as a "telecommunication service" under the Communications Act, because this would limit the ability of wireless providers to combat spam and scams. Wireless providers have previously been accused of blocking messages from certain groups. The FCC report can be viewed here.

The Federal Communications Commission today issued a ruling rejecting requests to make it more difficult for SMS providers to protect consumers from spam and scam robotic text. The Commission's decision clarifies that wireless providers are authorized to continue their efforts to stop unwanted SMS messages through robotext-blocking, anti-spoofing measures and other anti-spam features.

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Google Trends releases the largest search topics of 2018

Google Trends has released data on the most popular and popular searches of 2018. The data is divided into categories such as Music, Movies, TV and Sports. It can also be viewed globally or by country.

In a year of ups and downs, the world was looking more than ever for & # 39; good & # 39; – according to Google Trends. From the epic heads to the everyday moments, here is all the good people discovered in 2018.

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Razer launches the app Idle "Mining"

Razer has just launched an application called "Softminer" that "uses your inactive GPU processing power to complement the distributed networking needs for the mining process." They stop details about what the program actually "mines", but instead of rewarding you with cryptocurrency like a regular cryptominingpool or app, Softminer rewards users with Razer Silver, which in turn can be used to get items from the Razer Silver catalog to buy. According to a report from VentureBeat, the software is actually powered by Gamma's distributed computer platform, and the company says it is enthusiastic that "blockchain and gaming come together in a natural way". Although not specifically mentioned, Gamma's website and statements suggest that their platform can potentially be used for more than just crypto-mining. Thanks to Dahkoht for the tip.

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I asked Schillinger if the crash in the cryptocurrency market affected the proceeds that gamers can get from mining. He said in an e-mail: "We still need to earn revenue with crypto mining (closer to $ 10- $ 12 months), just not the same as last year." The future of distributed compute will come from other use cases such as computer rendering imagery (CGI) rendering and AI / machine learning processing These use cases offer a stable higher return than the mining industry. "

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Ace Combat 7 Multiplayer Gameplay Revealed

As the release of Ace Combat 7 gets closer, more and more gameplay is starting to emerge. We've already seen fragments from several single player missions, but Shacknews managed to play the first 15 minutes of the campaign and try out a few multiplayer mode sessions. Interestingly, the game has both FFA and team deathmatch modes, with up to 8 players each, and the images of matches look pretty intense. Unfortunately Bandai Namco did not allow the reviewers to capture in-game images directly, but you can still view a video of the multiplayer mode here, or watch the 15-minute single-player gameplay below:

While the AI ​​pilots in story mode are sufficiently predictable when they try to lock and shoot them with a rocket, human opponents are completely different. The madness of 8 players is a constant ballet where you try to avoid being held by an enemy rocket while hoping that you can keep track of your own goal. Fortunately, a kill is not necessary to earn points. Getting some sort of hit, whether it be a couple of bullets to a chassis or a direct hit with a rocket, will help players to get on the scoreboard … Team deathmatch is a very different ballgame compared to free for everyone. Having three other players who can chase an opponent to chase them or help you shake off someone is not as crazy as going solo, instead relying more on strategy and communication with your team. Working with a capable team has certainly helped to improve my backlog after the game.

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ZeniMax settles with Facebook in Ocules lawsuit

Gamesindustry.biz reports that ZeniMax and Facebook have finally resolved their long running lawsuit about Oculus technology. As a reminder, the problem started when John Carmack left ID in 2013 for Oculus. ZeniMax soon sued a lawsuit and claimed that Carmack and Oculus had stolen some intellectual property of ID, and things went from there to the south.

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A federal judge yesterday granted the joint motion of the couple to reject their appeal in the case after they reached a settlement through Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals mediation program. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed. "We are pleased that a solution has been reached and we are completely satisfied with the outcome," said ZeniMax, chairman and CEO Robert Altman. "Although we dislike a lawsuit, we will always vigorously defend ourselves against any infringement or improper use of our intellectual property by third parties."

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Dell agrees to go public again

After rumors of an initial public offering in September and a public plan to relocate shares of VMWare in November, Dell reportedly issued a vote that would allow the company to be reopened. Dell decided to go private in 2013, but a spokesman told Techcrunch that the PC maker will again be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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With today's vote, Ray Wang, founder and principal analyst at Constellation Research, says the company is looking to move away from activist investors like Icahn and Elliott Management to more traditional institutional investors. "Michael Dell probeert zijn kortetermijnactivistische aandeelhouders te verlossen voor meer institutionele types van de middellange tot lange termijn, wanneer hij weer openbaar wordt," legde Wang uit. Terwijl het bedrijf terugkeert naar de openbare markten, betekent dit dat het zich in de vrij unieke positie bevindt om weer van publiek naar privaat naar publiek te gaan. Dell ging in 1988 voor het eerst op de markt, voordat het bedrijf in 2013 opnieuw privé werd met een terugkoop van $ 24,4 miljard.

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SKYF Drone heft 220 pond op

Het Russische drone bedrijf SKYF heeft blijkbaar het wereldrecord gebroken voor het zwaarste gewicht dat door een op afstand bestuurde multicopter moet worden opgetild. Volgens hun website beschikt de "SKYF" -drone over een 220 pk benzinemotor die 2 grote rotoren aandrijft voor het heffen, terwijl "kleine" elektromotoren 4 sets kleinere ventilatoren aandrijven voor stabiliteit en manoeuvreren. De "Cargo" -variant van de monsterhommel slaagde er in om een ​​220 pond laadvermogen van ongeveer 330 voet te dragen, terwijl een "Agro" -variant met succes een gewasafstoffingssysteem testte. De demonstratie viel niet onder de claimvracht van het bedrijf van 551 pond, maar ze slaagden er wel in om de record-instelling op video vast te leggen, die je hieronder kunt zien:

De kosten van een SKYF vlieguur worden berekend om tien keer lager te zijn in vergelijking met een helikopter. Een brandstofverbruik wordt berekend op 30 liter per uur. De drone gebruikt gewone benzine in plaats van dure vliegtuigbrandstof die onderhoud goedkoper en toegankelijker maakt. SKYF is van plan een aanzienlijk exportpotentieel te bereiken als een eenvoudige, ruime en multifunctionele machine die zelfs onder extreme temperaturen kan worden gebruikt voor toendra, taiga en woestijnen. Verschillende Europese landen, Turkije, Saoedi-Arabië, Vietnam, Japan en Zweden hebben al interesse getoond in de machines van $ 225.000 per stuk.

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