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Full list of 82 HSBC branches closing - with two in Essex

This Is Total Essex - 7 hours 35 min ago
The other stores will see drastic changes
Categories: Local News

Microsoft claims to have 200 million education users as it pushes new hardware and updated Classroom Pen

The Register - 7 hours 53 min ago
Stop sniggering at the back! Today's lesson: Actually getting Teams working – aye, Scotland?

How many poor underlings are trapped in Redmond's locker? Over 200 million, apparently. With BettFest 2021 firing up the virtual halls, Microsoft is trumpeting the number of devices it has in the world of education along with the penetration of its Teams platform.…

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Police say three deer killed by poachers in Great Yeldham

Braintree and Witham Times - 8 hours 3 min ago
POLICE are urging residents to remain vigilant over winter after three deer were shot dead by poachers.
Categories: Local News

Essex man takes own life after being told to wait 2 weeks for help

This Is Total Essex - 8 hours 5 min ago
"Before it happened he texted me, his girlfriend and cousin 'I love you always'."
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Qualcomm's New Snapdragon 870 Reheats the Snapdragon 865 for 2021 Phones

Slashdot - 8 hours 10 min ago
Qualcomm has announced a new mobile phone processor: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870, a successor to last year's Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus models. To be clear, the 870 isn't a new next-gen design -- that title goes to the Snapdragon 888, which makes far more substantial improvements in performance and new features. From a report: The 870, on the other hand, is virtually identical to the 865 and 865 Plus, with the same design right down to the Kryo 585 CPU and Adreno 650 GPU cores. The 870 is clocked at 3.2GHz, however, making it about 10 percent faster than the original 865's 2.84GHz and about 3 percent faster than the 865 Plus (which offered 3.1GHz speeds). Think of it almost like a Snapdragon 865 Plus-plus. Qualcomm says that the reason for the new chip is in response to manufacturer and market demands. The 870 is designed for companies that want to offer a top-tier processor but don't need the absolute best features that the flagship Snapdragon 888 offers and the higher price tag that it demands. Instead, the company says that it expects that Snapdragon 870 phones should hit a sub-$800 price tag (although, confusingly, we've already seen Snapdragon 888 phones like the $799 Galaxy S21 start to bleed into that range).

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Exact times Storm Christoph is set to hit each Essex town

This Is Total Essex - 8 hours 12 min ago
Heavy rain and potential flooding is on its way
Categories: Local News

Plans for Entity Framework Core 6.0 revealed as Microsoft admits it is unlikely to match Dapper for performance

The Register - 8 hours 38 min ago
Redmond wants to improve key database library, but then why not just use Dapper?

Microsoft's next major version of its Entity Framework (EF) database library for .NET will have long-term support and attempt to match rival Dapper for performance – an attempt, said senior program manager Jeremy Likness, that "will likely not be fully achieved."…

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Microsoft Joins $2 Billion Deal With GM To Roll Out Self-Driving Cars

Slashdot - 9 hours 33 sec ago
Microsoft is joining GM, Honda and others in a $2 billion investment round in Cruise to help commercialize its self-driving cars. The deal bumps Cruise's valuation to $30 billion, from $19 billion last year. From a report: The investment is part of a broader commitment by GM and Cruise to use Microsoft's Azure cloud-computing platform across their companies, especially as they roll out increasingly complex vehicles that rely on digital technologies. Self-driving vehicles devour massive amounts of data to operate safely. They collect and process data from cameras, radar and lidar sensors for perception, location mapping and decision-making. Commercialization requires even more data to optimize routes and to create consumer-facing apps and websites. "Microsoft, as the gold standard in the trustworthy democratization of technology, will be a force multiplier for us as we commercialize our fleet of self-driving, all-electric, shared vehicles," said Cruise CEO Dan Ammann.

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TikTok video on Covid jab sees great-grandad go viral

Braintree and Witham Times - 9 hours 3 min ago
A GREAT-GRANDFATHER and viral TikTok sensation is hoping a viral video inspires more people to go and get the Covid vaccine.
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Labour Party urges UK data watchdog to update its Code of Employment Practices to tackle workplace snooping

The Register - 9 hours 21 min ago
Key doc hasn't been updated since 2018, warn politicos and trade union

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office needs to update its Code of Employment Practices to tackle workplace spying by bosses, the Prospect trade union and the Labour Party have said.…

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Man charged with murder after woman found dead in house

This Is Total Essex - 9 hours 26 min ago
The woman in her 20s tragically died at the scene
Categories: Local News

Essex Co-op store forced to shut after thieves break in

This Is Total Essex - 9 hours 41 min ago
Police continue their investigation
Categories: Local News

Turkey Slaps Ad Ban on Twitter Under New Social Media Law

Slashdot - 9 hours 43 min ago
Ankara has imposed advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest after they failed to appoint local representatives in Turkey under a new social media law, according to decisions published on Tuesday. From a report: Under the law, which critics say stifles dissent, social media companies that do not appoint such representatives are liable for a series of penalties, including the latest move by the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK). The law allows authorities to remove content from platforms, rather than blocking access as they did in the past. It has caused concern as people turn more to online platforms after Ankara tightened its grip on mainstream media. The latest decisions in the country's Official Gazette said the advertising bans went into effect from Tuesday. Twitter, its live-streaming app Periscope, and image sharing app Pinterest were not immediately available to comment.

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Essex man arrested after fatal crash in Stanstead Abbotts

Braintree and Witham Times - 9 hours 44 min ago
A MAN from Essex has been arrested in connection with a fatal three car crash.
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Samsung tones down sticky stuff in the Galaxy S21 series, simplifying repairs massively

The Register - 10 hours 11 min ago
Glue you! Well not anymore. Early signs are positive ahead of launch, but it's not without issues

Preliminary teardowns suggest the Samsung Galaxy S21 is easier to fix than its predecessors, sidestepping some of the more dubious design decisions that previously frustrated third-party repair shops.…

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What You Should Know Before Leaking a Zoom Meeting

Slashdot - 10 hours 43 min ago
The Intercept's Nikita Mazurov warns that Zoom has digital watermarks that could expose sources working with journalists or government officials. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from the report: Many users may not realize it, but Zoom has the capability to insert both video and audio watermarks into a meeting. The video watermarks are readily perceptible to meeting participants. When enabled, the video watermarking feature superimposes the username portion of each participant's email address over the content they are viewing when another participant shares their screen and places the same watermark over the current active speaker. Because the video watermark appears across the entirety of the video frame, blurring may adversely impact the visibility of the underlying material. In contrast, the audio watermarks are not readily perceptible to casual listeners, though they are what in watermarking parlance is known as "overt." That means the fact that they are embedded is easily discerned by meeting participants: When a Zoom meeting has the audio watermark, or what Zoom also calls the "audio signature," feature enabled, the meeting will have a green circular icon with a sound wave and a padlock at the top left of the frame next to the encryption icon. It is not immediately apparent at what point Zoom injects its "ultrasonic" audio watermark into the audio stream -- whether this happens only if a meeting attendee presses the Record button in Zoom or if the audio stream is watermarked prior to that point. Nonetheless, when recording a Zoom meeting, it is best to avoid using Zoom's built-in recording option and to capture the meeting using a third-party audio/video recorder. Zoom mentions that in order to identify the participant who recorded the meeting, they need at least two minutes of audio from the meeting, though it stands to reason that shorter snippets may also be identifiable if they happen to contain the audio watermark. Journalists should also be wary of publishing raw audio leaked from Zoom meetings, particularly if the source is not sure whether audio watermarking was enabled or not. Aside from Zoom's own watermarks, a number of elements appearing on an individual's own device may inadvertently give away the identity of the person who is recording. If the meeting video is being recorded either via screen recording software or a camera, there are a number of elements to watch out for...

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What You Should Known Before Leaking a Zoom Meeting

Slashdot - 10 hours 43 min ago
The Intercept's Nikita Mazurov warns that Zoom has digital watermarks that could expose sources working with journalists or government officials. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from the report: Many users may not realize it, but Zoom has the capability to insert both video and audio watermarks into a meeting. The video watermarks are readily perceptible to meeting participants. When enabled, the video watermarking feature superimposes the username portion of each participant's email address over the content they are viewing when another participant shares their screen and places the same watermark over the current active speaker. Because the video watermark appears across the entirety of the video frame, blurring may adversely impact the visibility of the underlying material. In contrast, the audio watermarks are not readily perceptible to casual listeners, though they are what in watermarking parlance is known as "overt." That means the fact that they are embedded is easily discerned by meeting participants: When a Zoom meeting has the audio watermark, or what Zoom also calls the "audio signature," feature enabled, the meeting will have a green circular icon with a sound wave and a padlock at the top left of the frame next to the encryption icon. It is not immediately apparent at what point Zoom injects its "ultrasonic" audio watermark into the audio stream -- whether this happens only if a meeting attendee presses the Record button in Zoom or if the audio stream is watermarked prior to that point. Nonetheless, when recording a Zoom meeting, it is best to avoid using Zoom's built-in recording option and to capture the meeting using a third-party audio/video recorder. Zoom mentions that in order to identify the participant who recorded the meeting, they need at least two minutes of audio from the meeting, though it stands to reason that shorter snippets may also be identifiable if they happen to contain the audio watermark. Journalists should also be wary of publishing raw audio leaked from Zoom meetings, particularly if the source is not sure whether audio watermarking was enabled or not. Aside from Zoomâ(TM)s own watermarks, a number of elements appearing on an individualâ(TM)s own device may inadvertently give away the identity of the person who is recording. If the meeting video is being recorded either via screen recording software or a camera, there are a number of elements to watch out for...

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Man dies and another seriously injured after huge crash shuts road

This Is Total Essex - 10 hours 47 min ago
One man from Essex was arrested at the scene
Categories: Local News

Openreach out: UK union asks all of its members to back disgruntled cable engineers

The Register - 10 hours 56 min ago
BT-owned infrastructure firm workers in dispute over pay and terms

It’s hard to pull solidarity out of the bag when everyone’s having a tough January but that’s what the General Secretary for the Communication Workers Union has asked the wider org to do for a small band of Openreach project engineers poised to vote on strike action.…

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Colchester Zoo keepers add up total number of species

Braintree and Witham Times - 11 hours 27 min ago
ZOOKEEPERS have taken on the mammoth annual task adding up all of Colchester Zoo's mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and insects.
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