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Donald Trump is sworn in as president

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President-elect Donald Trump has taken the oath of office to become the 45th President of the United States.

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GamesBeat weekly roundup: We try Nintendo’s Switch, and game sales are up in 2016

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Welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, Nintendo reveals new Fire Emblem games, the PlayStation 4 wins December, and we look at the upcoming strategy game Halo Wars 2. Enjoy, and have a great weekend! Pieces of flair and opinion The DeanBeat: 10 predictions for games in 2017 Did Nintendo’s Switch reveal set the new […]


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Giant B&Q lorry blocks off a village for 18 HOURS 

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Stunned onlookers snapped pictures of the B&Q lorry – which caused major chaos for motorists in the tiny village of Pentewan, Cornwall yesterday.

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IBM Watson wants to help streetlights become smarter (IBM)

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Echelon and the IBM Watson IoT group will collaborate to develop an enhanced streetlight control platform for smart cities, the companies announced in a release.

The platform will allow cities to use connected lighting that responds to observed behavior and trends in a way that can both reinforce public safety and reduce energy consumption.

The platform will enable cities and municipalities to gather data from sensors and other connected devices, and leverage the power of IBM Watson’s AI to make smarter decisions. In particular, Watson will power adaptive decision-making processes, taking sensor data and using it in real time to automate public lighting.

Smart lighting platforms can provide cities with a number of clear and tangible benefits. Here are some of the ways cities can use them:

Promote pedestrian safety: Cities can use sensors to determine whether there are pedestrians in the vicinity of a light at night. Lights can be activated when there’s a person nearby, providing a sense of security and added visibility that may serve to reduce crime by keeping people alert.
Enhance automotive visibility: Using a smart lighting platform, municipalities can adjust streetlight output based on traffic volume as well as weather conditions. With low-power LEDs, the lamp can modulate output, so in cases of fog, it can decrease light levels so that visibility isn’t further reduced. When typically low-trafficked areas see high volume, lights can adjust to provide output beyond normal hours.
Reduce energy costs: By using a connected adaptive lighting platform, cities are able to realize benefits like those listed above while also reducing electricity usage and energy costs. The adaptive nature of a smart lighting platform allows it to only use lights that are needed, transitioning lighting from timing-based to need-based. Cities will not need to waste power keeping lights on when no cars are on a road or no pedestrians are walking on a street, allowing sensors to monitor those factors and letting the platform control lights based on that data.

Partnerships like this will continue to propel smart city solutions. Cities will be able to realize a broad range of benefits in the short and long term, improving public safety while also reducing costs. The main drawback comes from upfront expenses, setting up sensors, and developing the connectivity and protocols that are needed to allow an adaptive platform to automate operations.

As BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, discusses in the Smart Cities Report, smart platforms will allow companies to offer services to a wide range of cities, growing their business while providing clear benefits to those cities as well.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is disrupting businesses, governments, and consumers and transforming how they interact with the world. Companies are going to spend almost $5 trillion on the IoT in the next five years — and the proliferation of connected devices and massive increase in data has started an analytical revolution.

To gain insight into this emerging trend, BI Intelligence conducted an exclusive Global IoT Executive Survey on the impact of the IoT on companies around the world. The study included over 500 respondents from a wide array of industries, including manufacturing, technology, and finance, with significant numbers of C-suite and director-level respondents. 

Peter Newman, research analyst for BI Intelligence, has conducted an exclusive study with in-depth research into the field and created a detailed report on the IoT that describes the components that make up IoT ecosystem. We size the IoT market in terms of device installations and investment through 2021. And we examine the importance of IoT providers, the challenges they face, and what they do with the data they collect. Finally, we take a look at the opportunities, challenges, and barriers related to mass adoption of IoT devices among consumers, governments, and enterprises.

Here are some key takeaways from the report:

We project that there will be a total of 22.5 billion IoT devices in 2021, up from 6.6 billion in 2016.
We forecast there will be $4.8 trillion in aggregate IoT investment between 2016 and 2021.
It highlights the opinions and experiences of IoT decision-makers on topics that include: drivers for adoption; major challenges and pain points; stages of adoption, deployment, and maturity of IoT implementations; investment in and utilization of devices, platforms, and services; the decision-making process; and forward- looking plans.

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Provides a primer on the basics of the IoT ecosystem
Offers forecasts for the IoT moving forward and highlights areas of interest in the coming years
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Highlights drivers and challenges facing companies implementing IoT solutions

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Can you guess what the UK’s favourite new-car colour is?

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A record 2.69 million new models were purchased in the UK last year, but can you guess which paint option was most selected? More than half a million vehicles were chosen in this paint scheme in 2016.

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Lord Snowdon is laid to rest at secluded Welsh church

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The society photographer, the former husband of Princess Margaret, died last week at the age of 86.

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Jackie Evancho’s inaugural performance met with mixed reviews

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Jackie Evancho’s highly anticipated performance at President Donald Trump’s inauguration was met with mixed reviews.

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Jackie Evancho’s inaugural performance met with mixed reviews

Karen Gillan Swears There’s A Reason For Her Skimpy Jumanji Costume

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At this point just about the only image that we have of Karen Gillan in the new Jumanji movie is a picture of her in really short shorts and a crop top. The outfit has been criticized for being unnecessary, but the actress promises that it is.


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999 call made by Helen Bailey’s fiance ‘after murder’

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Ian Stewart, 56, of Royston, Hertfordshire, is accused of drugging and killing the Electra Brown writer in a financially motivated plot last year.

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Has the Sundance Film Festival grown too big for Park City?

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Robert Redford addressed that question


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Has the Sundance Film Festival grown too big for Park City?

The Avengers: Infinity War Character Peter Dinklage Might Be Playing

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Peter Dinklage’s notable new hairstyle seems to indicate that he’s playing a very specific character in Avengers: Infinity War.


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The Avengers: Infinity War Character Peter Dinklage Might Be Playing

Space Station Flies in the Face of the Moon – Skywatching Video

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On January 14, 2017, Michel Breitfellner, Manuel Castillo, Abel de Burgos and Miguel Perez Ayucar set up telescopes near ESA’s Space Science Center in Madrid, Spain. They captured the International Space Center traverse the face of the moon.

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Ford begins testing Transit Plug-in Hybrids in London ahead of 2019 production

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 Ford has begun testing of its new Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid with Transport for London, working with the UK city’s local transit authority to pilot 20 of the new vehicles in use during a 12-month trial with select London businesses for commercial use. The pilot of the vehicles, which feature a pure electric range of around 31 miles according to European agency measurement standards,… Read More


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J.K. Rowling Responds To Rumor That Cursed Child Will Go The Star Wars Route

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A recent Harry Potter rumor suggested another trio of films was being planned years from now, when the cast is old enough to play the adult characters. And now J.K. Rowling has addressed those rumors.


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Shea Heeley charged with Rotherham murder of Leonne Weeks

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Shea Peter Heeley, 18, from, Dinnington, has been charged with murder and remanded into custody. He will appear before Sheffield Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

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Nintendo Switch projected to easily outsell the Wii U

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Nintendo looks to be avoiding having another console flop. Market research and consulting firm DFC forecasts that Nintendo’s upcoming Switch system will reach 40 million consoles sold by 2020. That’s almost three times what its predecessor, the Wii U, sold in its first three years. Lifetime sales for the Wii U, which came out in 2012, […]


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Red vs. Blue: Why Necktie Colors Matter

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In power politics and business, there are only two colors of ties: red and blue.

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Red vs. Blue: Why Necktie Colors Matter

Hollywood reacts to Donald Trump inauguration

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It’s no secret the majority of Hollywood is not happy about President Donald Trump.

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Police taser their own race relations adviser in the face

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Judah Abunbi – who helped found a police race relations group – was tasered after he argued with officers hunting for a wanted man in Bristol.

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Helen Bailey’s fiance ‘went white when passport was found’

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Ian Stewart, 56, of Royston, Hertfordshire, is accused of drugging and killing the Electra Brown writer in a financially motivated plot last year.

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Italy avalanche rescuers find eight people ALIVE in hotel

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Eight people have been found alive beneath an avalanche that hit the village of Farindola in the Italian Alps on Wednesday just hours after rescuers said they would not give up hope.

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Donald Trump will be our number one ally thanks to Brexit

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Fasten your seatbelts for the inauguration today of Donald Trump – he is far and away the most unlikely, unorthodox and unpredictable leader ever in the Oval Office, writes JONATHAN AITKEN.

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After months of public fighting Vivendi and Mediaset could partner to make European Netflix a…

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The chief executive of Italy’s Mediaset said the door was still open to a deal with Vivendi, the French media group that has antagonised the Berlusconi family by building a stake in the Italian broadcaster to rival its own.

Mediaset and Vivendi have been at loggerheads since July, when the French giant ditched an agreement to take full control of Mediaset’s Premium pay-TV unit, leading the companies to trade threats of legal action.

Discussions of a deal were opened in the summer to create a pan-European competitor to streaming giant Netflix.

Since then, Vivendi Chairman Vincent Bollore has further angered Italy and the Berlusconis by swiftly building a 28.8 percent stake in Mediaset, becoming its second biggest shareholder after the family of the former prime minister and raising speculation, denied by Vivendi, that it may be plotting a hostile takeover.

In an ambitious plan aimed at boosting the group’s operating profits by 2020, Mediaset said on Wednesday it was looking to turn Premium around and make it less costly and less dependent on soccer.

The new strategy scales down the pay-TV unit’s operations, making them more sustainable, a concern raised by Vivendi when it backtracked on the Premium deal saying its industrial plan for the pay-TV business was unrealistic.

“Mediaset is open to any proposal that creates value and makes industrial sense,” chief executive Pier Silvio Berlusconi told several Italian newspapers on Thursday, without elaborating.

But the CEO, son of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, said Vivendi had not yet made any proposal “in this direction” and that the last contact with the French group in December had been a “courtesy meeting” with Chief Executive Arnaud de Puyfontaine.

It was not immediately clear whether the new Premium strategy would make an accord with Vivendi more likely.

The struggle between Vivendi and Mediaset highlights the pressure to consolidate among European media and telecoms groups, which face increasing competition from online providers such as Netflix and Amazon.

Italian media reported this week that a possible solution to the spat could see the Berlusconi family swap its stake in the broadcaster for a holding in phone incumbent Telecom Italia, in which Vivendi is a top shareholder with a 24.9 percent share.

A sale of Vivendi’s stake in Telecom Italia could ease the ongoing regulatory concerns about the French media group’s existing stake in Mediaset. Italian anti-trust regulations prevent a company from having large shares in both media companies and telecoms companies at the same time.

But Pier Silvio Berlusconi said his family, which controls Mediaset with a 38.3 percent stake, would not be interested in becoming a Telecom Italia shareholder.

Bloomberg reported that a potential buyer for Telecom Italia could be French telecoms company Orange, but the carrier denied it. Orange was reported by the Wall Street Journal to be considering a stake in Vivendi’s TV station Canal Plus.

De Puyfontaine said earlier this month that, despite difficulties finding common ground with Mediaset, the group had never given up on its plans to build a big southern European media and telecoms group.

However, Berlusconi told La Stampa newspaper that “after all that has happened, there is a bit of scepticism” about reaching an agreement with Vivendi.

A source close to the matter told Reuters on Thursday it was up to Vivendi to make a proposal and that Mediaset could only wait and see.

The source added that the original April deal for Premium would be the best solution but doubted “the French will be willing to backtrack.”

Vivendi declined to comment.

Broker Jefferies said it believed the Premium deal would be revived. “We assume Vivendi will be the ultimate owner of the Pay-TV business and continue to consolidate the business, with a deal assumed by mid-year,” it said in a report. 

(Reporting by Giulia Segreti, Valentina Za and Claudia Cristoferi in Milan, additional reporting by Gwenaelle Barzic in Paris; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Adrian Croft)

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EastEnders actor Aneirin Hughes beaten by father and son

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Aneirin Hughes, 58, from Aberystwyth, – who appeared as Andy Jones in the soap – was left with such severe cuts, swelling and bruising that he could not appear on camera.

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#DoesItFart: Database Answers Your Burning Questions About Animal Gas

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Spurred by an innocent query posed to a biologist on Twitter, scientists are assembling a database of animal life to answer the burning question, “Does it fart?”

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#DoesItFart: Database Answers Your Burning Questions About Animal Gas

Light’s Out: Asteroid Triggered Freezing Darkness That Killed Dinos

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When a giant asteroid careened into Earth about 66 million years ago, the enormous collision led to the formation of an airborne “curtain” of sulfate molecules that blocked the sun’s light and led to years of freezing cold and darkness, a new study finds.

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These 5 Invoice Tweaks Will Finally Get You Paid on Time

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Banish cash flow worries for good with tiny changes to how you invoice.

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Geoengineering Earth’s Atmosphere: How It Could Affect Astronomy

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Creating clouds in the sky or redirecting sunlight to bring down the Earth’s temperature could have an effect on astronomy.

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Trump to be briefed on nuclear codes before inauguration

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Carl Cameron reports from Washington


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Jon Voight says ‘America will be saved’ by Trump at inaugural event

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Jon Voight’s speech at Thursday’s “Make America Great Again: Welcome Celebration” at the Lincoln Memorial was met with roaring applause from the crowd.

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