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    A Film Made to Be Watched on Instagram Exposes the Tricks of Influencer Culture

    The documentary #followme peels back the artifice of social media’s popularity economy.

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    Hong Kong protesters use offline message apps Bridgefy and FireChat to avoid censorship

    And they're radically different solutions, that don't need the internet or phone operators to function. Instead, Bridgefy, FireChat, and others that are now reportedly gaining in popularity in Hong Kong put to use the concept of mesh networking.

    These “offline” peer-to-peer apps send and receive messages via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios to connect directly with another device in close proximity, and onto the next until the recipient is reached. These apps also promise that mesh network nodes in between the sender and the recipient, that is, “people in the middle,” can't access messages sent in this way. But they broadcast them even if they're not among the sender's or the recipient's contacts.

    Bridgefy has seen downloads grow nearly 4,000 percent over the past two months. Both apps are said to have made dramatic progress on Apple's and Google's app stores.

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    Single Market: From Where do We Start?

    Digitization has been a boon to the European economy. However, the Digital Single Market remains an aspiration rather than a reality, and European institutions and Member-State governments have to redouble their efforts in the next years to create better and larger space for the digital economy to grow.

    Even if there is a great deal of variation between the performance of different EU economies, the EU is trailing behind many other economies and could increase the economic outcome of digitization.

    In this paper, we have focused on defining economic concern about the digital performance of Europe and outlining conceptual problems in work to create a Digital Single Market.

    There are especially three conceptual problems.

    First, many of the policy factors that hold Europe’s digital performance back are not data or DSM specific. They are about the general conditions for entrepreneurs to do business across the border in Europe and build business models that include many national markets but don’t run into high regulatory barriers and costs.

    In the past five years, reforms under the DSM label have much been focused at digital-specific regulations, and – unfortunately – several of these efforts have added new layers of regulatory complication to data-based commerce in Europe.

    For the future, a real ambition to improve the speed of digitization and its economic outcomes will have to be combined with general single-market policies that knock down barriers between EU countries.

    Second, many of the regulations on data should be changed to give clarity rather than confusion and add more opportunities for experimentation and innovation.

    Third, the EU is in need of greater coordination of various data-regulations and there should be a clearer taxonomy of the specific ambitions of one regulation to avoid clashes with other regulations.

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    What is Harmony OS? Huawei’s ‘Android rival’ explained!

    Huawei has attempted to distill Harmony OS’ essence in a single tagline: “A micro-kernel based, distributed OS for all scenarios.” Just rolls off the tongue doesn’t it?

    We’ll delve a little further into the technical side shortly, but the bigger picture begins with the “for all scenarios” part. At its heart Harmony OS isn’t an Android rival at all — it’s a rival for every smart OS you can probably think of.

    Huawei talks about Harmony OS as the next step in connecting the end user to the ever-changing digital world. Huawei believes the biggest changes are just around the corner with the dawn of 5G, the growing prevalence of cloud technology and artificial intelligence, and the nascent Internet of Things market.

    This all comes together to form what Huawei has dubbed “seamless AI life” — a convergence of next-gen technology that it believes will span all of our devices in the home and on the go for decades to come. The problem, Huawei says, is that much of the smart tech we use on a daily basis refuses to play nicely with each other, let alone seamlessly.

    Instead of repurposing OS’, rebuilding the same apps, and sticking more square pegs into round holes, Huawei wants to unleash a new kind of OS — and it says it’s been working on it for close to 10 years.

    Huawei’s vision for the Harmony OS ecosystem starts with what it dubs a “1 + 8 + N” strategy.

    Within this setup, the “1” is the device that anyone reading this will be intimately familiar with already: the phone.

    The “8” represents equally familiar connected devices such as laptops, tablets, smartwatches, desktops, smart speakers, and more.

    Finally, the “N” is the confusing swamp that is the wider IoT product category — a sector Huawei has been relatively happy to leave to third-party manufacturers, at least for now — including smart lighting, cameras, fridges, and much, much more.

    In concept, Huawei’s solution is simple: Make a secure OS that was decoupled from hardware that could work on all of these devices. The implementation of that concept, however, is far from simple.

    Harmony OS is built on a single kernel, a single app framework, and utilizes the same core services no matter the hardware. Huawei says that by removing redundant code and adopting a more efficient scheduling model based on a real-time “Deterministic Latency Engine” that reallocates resources in real-time, Harmony OS represents a step above monolithic and hybrid kernel architectures like Linux and Android, respectively.

    Huawei says it looked beyond individual devices and isolated hardware features and instead determined a pool of combined capabilities and traits to create a virtualized hardware level. This shared resources pool spans broader characteristics like displays, cameras, speakers, and microphones — elements that repeat across various smart devices.

    According to Huawei, Harmony OS is at home on a phone or laptop with 12GB of RAM as it is on a smart lightbulb with mere kilobytes of memory.

    The potential benefits are numerous, but the example Huawei presents is switching between one device to the other while using a single app without any downtime. Making a call on your phone? Why not zip it over to your car’s dash while you’re driving or your tablet or TV when you get home. Think Star Trek, but less spandex.

    Another benefit is that Harmony OS apps will only ever need to be written for a single platform thanks to Huawei’s ARK compiler which supports multiple languages (Huawei listed C/C++, Java, JS, and Kotlin). Not only will this reduce development time overall, it’ll also offer compatibility across multiple devices with any extra workload.

    All this and the advanced security enabled by the micro-kernel environment between devices adds up to an enticing picture for end users, developers, and, perhaps most importantly, Huawei itself as a company that wants to lead the charge in this new age of connected tech.

    Gauden described Harmony as an “OS for the future,” noting that while that journey had already begun, there’s still a long way to go. Of course, having an advanced OS for the years to come is all well and good, but no one uses an OS on its own. You need devices.

    Based on a roadmap shown at HDC, Harmony OS’ rollout really starts to pick up in 2020 with smartwatches and smart bands, vehicle head units, and personal computers. In 2021, Huawei says this could expand to speakers and other audio devices, and beyond 2022 we’re into the realm of VR glasses and beyond.

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    Reddit Is Suffocating “The_Donald.”

    One of the most important communities of Trump supporters is being destroyed.

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    Pope Francis warns big tech CEOs that AI could create “an unfortunate regression to a new form of barbarism”

    Pope Francis issued his warning to an assembly of Silicon Valley CEOs, a Facebook lawyer, moral theologians, and a range of specialists from fields such as robotics, cybersecurity, and cyber warfare.

    He said that robot automation replacing human jobs and the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to wreak havoc on democratic debates are some of the threats humanity faces as it moves towards an increasingly digital future:

    “If mankind’s so-called technological progress were to become an enemy of the common good, this would lead to an unfortunate regression, to a form of barbarism dictated by the law of the strongest.”
    The pope also spoke on the dangers of the internet being used to manipulate the flow of information. “It is possible, as never before, to circulate tendentious opinions and false data that could poison public debates,” the pope said. He added that this could endanger ”the very institutions that guarantee peaceful coexistence.”

    The pope asked the attendees to find a “unifying ethical framework” which will help guide entrepreneurs, inventors, and venture capitalists in the tech sector.

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    AIs should have the same ethical protections as animals

    Universities across the world are conducting major research on artificial intelligence (AI), as are organisations such as the Allen Institute, and tech companies including Google and Facebook. A likely result is that we will soon have AI approximately as cognitively sophisticated as mice or dogs.

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    Pixblasters Video LED Controller

    Combine LED strips to create a huge display that acts as a regular video monitor.

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