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Nokia 8 offers the 'bothie' to replace the selfie

Nokia 8 offers the 'bothie' to replace the selfie

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HMD Global is hoping a reinvention of the selfie will help the Nokia brand regain its place in the forefront of the mobile market.Its first flagship phone - the Nokia 8 - features the "bothie".Using both the forward and rear-facing cameras, photographers will be able to take a picture of themselves at the same time as whatever they are pointing their phones towards.The Dual-Sight technology allows for video to be live-streamed to friends and to social feeds including to Facebook and YouTube.The headline innovation of the Android-running device comes at the Finnish company, HMD Global, a private equity-backed firm led by former Nokia employees, attempts to reforge the brand's popularity.Image:The Dual-Sight function allows photographers to combine the images of the front and rear camerasA r...
Heading to the Sun: UK tourists flock to eclipse

Heading to the Sun: UK tourists flock to eclipse

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Around 7.4 million people could descend on the US to watch Monday's total solar eclipse, astronomers have predicted.The path of totality, the 60-70 mile wide line in which the total eclipse will be viewable, spans 14 US states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina.:: What to expect during Great American EclipseAuthorities have advised people wanting to watch to arrive two days in advance, predicting the highest number of visitors will be seen in states such as South Carolina and Missouri.Just over 12 million Americans live inside the path of totality, but millions more people will come from abroad, including from the UK.Image:Rural Oregon is hosting dozens of festivals to help manage the crow...
Eclipse weather forecast: Best in West, least in East

Eclipse weather forecast: Best in West, least in East

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The early eclipse weather forecast looks best in the West and least in the East with patchy clouds muddling up the picture in between. As of Friday, the forecast for Monday's total solar eclipse shows Oregon and Idaho as the most promising for clear sky views, while South Carolina is the most likely to find the sun and moon blocked by clouds. The National Weather Service also is optimistic about good viewing from St. Louis to Nashville, but forecasts can change. Overall, about half the nation is likely to get favorable eclipse viewing weather, said Mike Musher, a meteorologist at the weather service's Weather Prediction Center. The troublesome area, not easy to forecast and not likely to be all clear, is from Wyoming to western Missouri. "It's going to be twitchy for everybody from Nebras...
Wisconsin Assembly passes $3 billion for Foxconn

Wisconsin Assembly passes $3 billion for Foxconn

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The Wisconsin Assembly approved a $ 3 billion tax break Thursday with bipartisan support for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to build a massive display panel factory in the state, a project President Donald Trump touted as a transformational win for the U.S. economy. Foxconn announced three weeks ago it planned to invest $ 10 billion in Wisconsin on the first liquid crystal display panel factory located outside of Asia. The company, which employs about 1 million people in China, said it could eventually hire 13,000 workers at the Wisconsin facility. As part of the deal, the Wisconsin Legislature must approve the $ 3 billion incentive package by the end of September. Democratic critics, who didn't have the votes to stop the incentive package or the project, argued Thursday that the p...
Govt funds controversial facial recognition tech

Govt funds controversial facial recognition tech

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The Home Office plans to invest more in facial recognition technology for the police despite warnings that it could be illegal and concerns over surveillance.A number of police forces already use the technology to automatically identify people from social media images and CCTV recordings.Its use has been controversial in live-settings where people who are not suspected of any crimes could be checked against a police database and potentially arrested if the system delivers a false positive.Police have argued that the technology is accurate 95% of the time but critics have noted that this means for every 1,000 faces it scans there will be 50 incorrect matches.The technology, which works by creating a geometric profile of individuals' faces and comparing that profile against a database of oth...