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Right to be forgotten

The UK government has announced plans to strengthen UK data protection law, giving citizens more control over their personal information – including what they share on social media. Under the new Data Protection Bill , individuals will have the “right to be forgotten”, meaning they will be able to make websites like Facebook delete information – including content published in their childhood.

Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital, said the measures are designed to “give consumers the confidence that their data is protected and those who misuse it will be held to account”.If passed, the Data Protection Bill will bring British law into line with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will become enforceable from May 2018.Here’s what the new Data Protection Bill and “right to be forgotten” could mean for you.

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Classic Design Meets Innovation

It’s been more than a decade since IBM stopped making ThinkPad laptops, yet you’re still likely to see them in the halls of industry, thanks to Lenovo. The company formerly known as Legend Computers of Beijing, China, still produces the well-regarded laptop line, with its beloved AccuType keyboard, but it’s not content to rest on its laurels. Rather, it continues to innovate with radical designs like the Yoga line, which has influenced other PC manufacturers (like Dell, HP, and Toshiba) to adopt its basic mechanism in their 2-in-1 convertible 2-in-1 convertible laptop designs.

Most of Lenovo’s laptops are centered on two main model lines: ThinkPads and IdeaPads. ThinkPads are the classically styled, business-oriented laptops, with a range of features (such as touch screens) but usually colored in classic, basic black. IdeaPads, on the other hand, are aimed mainly at consumers, though design-forward business people may gravitate toward using an IdeaPad as a primary PC. You’ll find some preloaded apps on many IdeaPad systems, particularly those bought from big box stores. Look for Microsoft Store– or Microsoft Signature–prepped systems to avoid preinstalled bloatware.

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Google software makes smartphone photos professional

Google has developed a program that makes smartphone photographs look professional before users have taken them. The system is able to improve photos in real-time so they appear on a smartphone’s screen while users are still lining up the shot Many smartphones currently touch up photos but only after they have been taken, meaning camera apps do not give a true impression of how they will appeal. The breakthrough, from researchers at Google and MIT, is in speeding up how high-dynamic-range images are processed, meaning they appear on a screen without lagging.

The system uses low-resolution photos as the base from which to apply the effects, meaning it takes around one-tenth of the processing power as processing full resolution ones.

Google researcher Jon Barron said the system could be applied to mobile phones, creating “real-time photographic experiences without draining your battery or giving you a laggy viewfinder experience”. The program was trained using machine-learning on 5,000 photographs that had been retouched by five different photographers, so that it could could learn different ways to improve the photos such as editing brightness or colour saturation.

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Baby stars discovered in Orion Nebula Cluster

A new photograph displays their discovery, which wasn’t expected when scientists pointed the new VLT Survey Telescope’s OmegaCAM just below the belt of Orion. The Orion Nebula Cluster is one of the closest stellar nurseries to Earth at only 1350 light years away and offers scientists their best view into how both high and low-mass stars are formed.

By analysing the image, scientists have found evidence suggesting that star formation within the nebula cluster is taking place in rapid bursts, with generations of stars forming within less than three million years. Scientists from the European Southern Observatory, led by astronomer Giacomo Beccari, used data “of unparalleled quality” to measure the brightness and colour of every star in the cluster.  These details allowed the team to figure out the mass and age of each star, and the team found they could be grouped into three different generations.

“Looking at the data for the first time was one of those ‘Wow!’ moments that happen only once or twice in an astronomer’s lifetime,” said Mr Beccari. “The incredible quality of the OmegaCAM images revealed without any doubt that we were seeing three distinct populations of stars in the central parts of Orion.”Monika Petr-Gotzens, a co-author of the paper on the findings – which will appear in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, described them as “highly significant”.

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British hacker Lauri Love: I’d rather kill myself than go to a US prison

I won’t go to America,’ says Lauri Love. ‘But I might die – that’s my alternative.’ Long-term imprisonment in an American jail or suicide: such is the 32-year-old British hacker’s bleak assessment of his options as he contemplates his future from a Bayswater café. Two years ago, officers from the Metropolitan Police Service appeared at the door of the Suffolk home where Love lives with his parents to arrest him on an extradition request from the US. His alleged crime? Hacking into dozens of government computer systems, including those of the FBI, US Army and Department of Defense, stealing ‘massive amounts’ of data and defacing official websites.

Last September, Westminster Magistrates’ Court granted the extradition request. If found guilty of the charges, Love faces up to 99 years in prison and $9 million (£7 million) in fines. He is appealing the decision in the High Court in November on the grounds that he has Asperger’s syndrome and severe depression, and would be a suicide risk in the care of a US penal system unable to deal with his conditions.

The burden of Love’s drawn-out legal battle is all too apparent. His hands shake and his skin is pockmarked with antibiotic-resistant eczema, which flared up following the decision to extradite him. After the ruling, Love was suspended from his electrical engineering course at Suffolk University and his mental health declined. ‘It’s a bit morbid to count the number of times you’ve had suicidal thoughts, but it was getting to be six to 12 times a day at a peak last winter,’ he says. If Love’s plight sounds familiar, that’s perhaps because it has echoes of the case of Gary McKinnon, the British hacker who was arrested in 2002 for allegedly penetrating the defences of Nasa and Pentagon computers in pursuit of evidence of UFOs. He believed the US government was hiding extraterrestrial technology that might solve the world’s energy problems.

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Lenovo Customer Help Providing

Lenovo has significantly enhanced its portable workstation bolster since our last assessment, Accommodating online help alternatives and web-based social networking reactions by means of Twitter, however discovering answers all alone isn’t generally simple. What’s more, the organization included Lenovo Companion.

Lenovo’s people group gatherings are to a great degree dynamic, which makes them a better than average place to attempt your inquiry, if different strategies neglect to find you a decent solution and you wouldn’t fret holding up or backpedaling and forward with a few clients. Around 5 hours after the fact, I got a reaction from another client who guided me toward a PCWorld article that was identified with my inquiry.

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Google is launching a new “smart feed”

The feed has been built as Google redevelops its services with the majority of searches now coming from mobile users. The extraordinary popularity of mobile devices among Google’s services prompted the company to launch its Pixel phone last year. Shortly after introducing the Pixel, Google first introduced its feed and since then it has been using machine learning to train the algorithms behind feed to understand and predict what individuals find interesting and important. Machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence, requires a lot of data to train algorithms to address individual-level peculiarities and interests. As Google’s  vice president of engineering,  Shashi  Thakur, wrote:  The more you use Google, the better your feed will be. Of course, just as Google is able to tailor news articles to users’ tastes, it will also be able to target advertising to them as well – which is where 87%, or more than £18.9bn ($24.7bn) of its revenue came from in the first three months of 2017. While the feed isn’t a shift in business model for the web giant, it does signal a turning point in how the largest web giants are continuing to compete for users’ attention.

Google’s technology had previously been developed to allow users to specify the material they were looking for, now it is telling people what they want. As Google begins to curate the material it is showing to users, it will continue to attract attention from competition authorities – which earlier this year fined the company £2.1bn (€2.42bn) for abusing its dominance.

Social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter have received similar criticism for the way they allow “fake news” stories to spread. Responding to this criticism, Google announced that the material in users’ feeds will also provide more context than before.It will offer different views on the same stories by including different sources – and also allow users to fact check the topics in their feed too, at least when facts are available.

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