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Amazon's e-book business targeted by competition watchdogs

Amazon is using anti-competitive practices in its e-book business, alleged Connecticut Attorney General William Tong. He has therefore initiated an antitrust investigation, reports US media. “Connecticut has an active and ongoing antitrust investigation against Amazon for potentially anticompetitive regulations in its e-book distribution agreements with certain publishers, “Tong said, according to Reuters. He has already… Read more

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Tesla on-board computer with security problem: US authorities call for improvements

Tesla has long been known (since May 2018) in the USA, the traffic safety authority NHTSA to recall a total of 158. 000 cars of types Model S and Model X prompted. A design defect on the on-board computer in the “Media Control Unit” (“MCU”) could impair the function of the rear view camera and… Read more

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Software for robots: In search of the lego block of robotics

Robots should get out of the factory halls. As service robots, they should also be useful on the streets, in offices, workshops and households. In the factories they should become more flexible in order to be able to meet individual customer requirements with the efficiency of mass production. But the requirement is not so easy… Read more

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Programming language: TypeScript 4.2 flexibly distributes the tuple remainder

Microsoft has released the first beta of TypeScript 4.2. The most obvious change concerns tuples, which can now have remainder elements not only at the end, but also at the beginning or in the middle. In addition, the programming language maintains type aliases more consistently and performs more stringent checks on the in operator. The… Read more

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Planning for Entity Framework Core 6.0 released

The Dotnet Doctor 14. 01. 2021 10: 32 o’clock Holger Schwichtenberg – 0 Comments Microsoft has published a list of features that are available in version 6.0 of the Object Relational Mapper (ORM) Entity Framework Core in the November 2021 should appear. Microsoft wants Support column types in JSON format and especially for Microsoft SQL… Read more

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heise + | Motorola razr 5G folding smartphone in the test

The Motorola razr 5G can be folded up like its ancestor almost 20 years. The reincarnation was successful, at least visually. Motorola razr 5G folding smartphone in the test Display and folding mechanism Average hardware Conclusion and test table Article in c’t 1 / 2021 read In cellphone times, the Razr V3 was an iconic… Read more

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JPEG XL is said to inherit JPEG, PNG, GIF and Webp

The Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) has fixed the format of its new standard JPEG XL. In addition to the description of the code stream, the Freeze Release format also contains an open source library for reading and writing the new format as well as an encoder and a decoder as reference implementations. JPEG XL… Read more

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Netflix is ​​partially raising prices in Germany

Netflix increases the prices for the use of its streaming service in Germany. The standard and premium tariffs are affected by the increase. The basic tariff should still cost 7, 99 Euro per month. Netflix raises the price of the standard tariff, which enables streaming of videos in HD quality and use on two devices… Read more

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Corona warning app: Google fixes bugs in the Exposure Notification Framework

Google has eliminated the error in the technical interface of the Corona warning app for Android smartphones. Google announced on Thursday. The error had led to a number of users of the Corona warning app not having received the current result of the risk assessment since Tuesday evening. Several users reported on Twitter and the… Read more

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CES: Logitech introduces new video conferencing systems

Logitech is expanding its video conferencing system portfolio with three additional devices: Rally Bar, Rally Bar Mini and Logitech RoomMate. After laptops, headsets and video cameras in particular boomed in the first wave of mobile working, manufacturers of video conferencing are now seeing a growing market. This is due to the fact that when you… Read more

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heise offer: Ready for C ++ 20: betterCode () offers a practical day and crash course on the C ++ standard

C ++ 19 brings changes in motion, the new standard will be for the C ++ community too set new standards. With concepts, coroutines, modules and the ranges library, developers are facing major innovations who will probably change programming with modern C ++ just as profoundly as last C ++ 11. Orientation towards the new… Read more

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Search for coronavirus origin: WHO expert team has arrived in China

A team of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) to research the origins of the coronavirus arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday. Upon arrival, the researchers were tested for the coronavirus and have to go into quarantine for two weeks. There had been a long tug of war around… Read more

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Inventory data: Opposition warns of new attack on digital civil rights

Representatives of all opposition factions have sharply criticized the draft law with which the grand coalition is adapting the provisions on stock data information to the requirements of the Federal Constitutional Court (BVerfG) and the initiative to “combat right-wing extremism”, which was stopped by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) Hate crime “wants to cure. The… Read more

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CES: Robot pets and drones: Japan's startup scene discovers the virtual CES

The American electronics fair CES, together with the Berlin IFA, has become an important place of pilgrimage for gadget fans. With the pandemic, the happening was pushed into virtual space. But that now enables interested parties from Japan to introduce themselves to the world without much travel. Nippon’s foreign trade organization Jetro managed to steer… Read more

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heise + | Photography in winter: equipment tips and equipment hacks

The right equipment plays an important role, because winter conditions can also cause serious accidents and endanger life and limb. You should therefore always be prepared. It starts with obvious things like snow chains in the trunk and can go as far as warming pads for gloves to protect against frostbite. Even on a short… Read more

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