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EU calls for five year ban on facial recognition

A leaked draft of a white paper has revealed that the European Commission is considering a temporary ban on the use of facial recognition technologies in public areas for up to five years.A temporary ban would give regulators the time they need to figure out how to prevent facial recognition from being abused by both governments and businesses. However, exceptions to the ban could be made for security projects as well as for research and development.The European Commission laid out its plans in a draft of an 18-page white paper, obtained by EURACTIV, though the completed version is slated to be published in February.
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The white paper proposes imposing obligations on both the developers and users of facial recognition while also calling on EU countries to create an authority to monitor the new rules surrounding this controversial technology.
Temporary ban on facial recognition
The ban will last between three and five years and while it is in place, “a sound methodology for assessing the impacts of this technology and possible risk management measures could be identified and developed”.The white paper also features five regulatory options for AI across the EU which include voluntary labeling, sectorial requirements for public administration and facial recognition, mandatory risk-based requirements for high-risk applications, safety and liability and governance.Facial recognition has a high potential for misuse which is why the European Commission’s plan to impose a temporary ban while it weighs all the options makes a great deal of sense.Last year San Francisco outright banned the use of the technology by police while China has taken the complete opposite approach by requiring the country’s mobile carriers to scan the faces of all new mobile users using facial recognition software.
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PS5 controller may get voice commands and built-in mic to up your A-game

We’ve all experienced it – that moment when you’ve sunk hours into a game only to be hit by a doozy of a puzzle or a monster of a boss that stops you right in your tracks. But what if you could just ask your console for help instead of having to whip out your phone and Google a guide? Well, Sony may let you do just that with the PS5 controller, according to a new patent.This Sony patent (published by WIPO) describes “a controller device that is held by a user’s hand, including a microphone, a tactile presentation device that presents a tactile sense to the user’s hand, and a speaker.”While the user is inputting voice from the microphone, the sound of the speaker is suppressed, and tactile presentation control by the tactile presentation device is performed.”
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In other words, the controller can accept voice commands through its built-in microphone, much like smart speakers such as Amazon’ Echo range.Whether this patent is for the PS5 controller is still speculation, but it lines up with several Sony patents we’ve seen before that have suggested voice commands will be coming to the PS5.
PlayStation Assist
Previously, patents for what seems to be the PS5 controller have suggested the new gamepad will include a built-in microphone. While the inclusion of that may seem slightly odd – it wouldn’t be replacing a gaming headset – when put together with this new patent, it starts to make sense.And it makes even more sense when we consider another patent that Sony filed last September, for an AI-powered voice assistant called ‘PlayStation Assist’.This voice assistant reportedly would be able to dynamically respond to queries and provide “gaming assistance”, such as pointing out health packs on a map or reminding you what your objective is, similar to what Google has said its Stadia controller will do. 
So it could be that this patent for a controller with a voice command system refers to the PS5 controller, which may work with PlayStation Assist. It’s worth noting that these patents may not be linked, and the devices described in them may never see the light of day; however, we certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see Sony add a voice command feature to the PS5 controller.
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Avatar 2: release date, first images and everything we know

The original Avatar was a bona fide phenomenon. With performance capture, luscious CG backgrounds and 3D photography far beyond anything we’d ever experienced before, James Cameron’s epic became the highest grossing film of all time when it hit cinemas in 2009. Success like that tends to breed sequels – but they usually make it into cinemas a little quicker than this…Originally slated for 2014, the as-yet-untitled Avatar 2 is the first of four sequels in production. It’s a return to the beautiful moon of Pandora, where the indigenous Na’vi people (the tall blue ones with tails) fought off the human invaders who were destroying their land to mine precious “unobtainium”. One of their number, paraplegic marine Jake Sully, ended up falling for Neytiri, one of the Na’vi, and ended up with his consciousness permanently downloaded into his “avatar” Na’vi body. Avatar 2 will pick up the couple’s story now that they have kids, introducing new Na’vi and humans to the mix.But what else can we expect from the movie that – until 2019’s Avengers: Endgame – was the biggest blockbuster hit of all time? We’ve sent out an early recon mission to Pandora to find out everything you need to know about Avatar 2’s release date, title, plot, cast and more. 
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Avatar 2 release date (and Avatar 3, 4 and 5’s release dates)
You know that Star Wars-shaped hole that’ll be making December release schedules feel rather empty after The Rise of Skywalker? From 2021 onwards, Avatar sequels will be on hand to fill it. 12 years after James Cameron’s original movie smashed box office records, Avatar 2 will be making its debut on December 17, 2021. Avatar 3, Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 were written simultaneously and are also in the works, but we won’t have to wait nearly as long for those – they’re currently slated for December 2023, December 2025 and December 2027 releases if you want to get them in your diary early.The next three, as-yet-unannounced Star Wars movies will be on hand to fill Avatar-shaped holes in December release schedules in 2022, 2024 and 2026. 
Cut to the chase
What is it? The big-budget return to Pandora, the vibrant world James Cameron created for the original Avatar back in 2009.Where can I watch it? This will be an absolutely massive tentpole release, so there shouldn’t be a shortage of multiplexes where you can see it – as long as James Cameron doesn’t set the technical bar so high that average cinemas can’t handle the screening specs. You should expect it to arrive on Disney Plus after its theatrical release.When can I watch it? December 17, 2021.
Avatar 2: first images revealed

The first images of Avatar 2 – concept art from the watery parts of Pandora – were unveiled during CES 2020. They show more of the movie’s ocean-based settings. Check out a couple more images below:

Does Avatar 2 have a proper title?
Nothing official beyond Avatar 2. A 2018 BBC report claimed that the four new films may be titled Avatar: The Way of Water, Avatar: The Seed Bearer, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa (Eywa being the name of the Pandoran deity worshipped by the Na’vi). Alas, if you think they sound a tad uninspiring, the bad news is that they may well be real. “Those titles are among the titles that are in consideration,” Cameron told ET. “No final decisions have been made yet.”Alternatively, he could just keep things simple by going the Alien route with Avatars, Avatar3, Avatar Resurrection and Avatar Vs Predator. Or maybe not.
Avatar 2’s story: what we know
Plot specifics are currently as elusive as the ‘Unobtainium’ the human invaders were trying to extract from Pandora in the original Avatar. We do know, however, that the story will pick up around a decade after the first film, and that Jake Sully (whose human consciousness was permanently downloaded into his Na’vi body) and Neytiri now have children. It’s also been confirmed that much of the movie will take place around Pandora’s oceans, with the newly introduced sea-faring Metkayina clan playing a key role. “We made the decision for the sequels not to do necessarily what other science fiction movies do, which is if they want water they go to the ocean planet; and if they want snow, they go to the ice planet,” Cameron’s long-term producing partner Jon Landau said in an interview with Slashfilm. “We looked at all the wonders the Earth shows us, and we realized we could travel our whole lives and not see all the true wonders Earth has. So Jim made the decision to set the sequels all on Pandora. Our stories introduce us to different environments, and also different cultures.” Of course, there are also going to be run-ins with those annoying, moon-pillaging humans of the Resources Development Association (RDA). “The storyline in the sequels really follows Jake and Neytiri, and their children,” Cameron told Variety. “It’s more of a family saga about the struggle with the humans.”While Avatar 2 will be the second act of a five-movie saga, the plan is for it to function as a film in its own right, while still being part of a wider arc. Indeed, Cameron’s desire to craft a story that was truly worth telling is one of the main reasons Avatar 2 has taken so long to materialize. “We’re making standalone movies that will stand alone,” Landau told Slashfilm. “Rather than rushing into doing the sequels, because Jim doesn’t rush it, we have to build our foundation, and that’s the scripts. Knowing that we wanted to tell multiple stories, we didn’t just want to solve one script. We wanted to solve the scripts for all of the movies we wanted to make before we ventured out into making them. That’s what took us the time.”
Avatar 2 cast: new and returning characters

Unsurprisingly, Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are stepping back into their performance capture suits to play leads Jake and Neytiri, while Giovanni Ribisi (RDA chief Parker Selfridge), Joel David Moore (sympathetic human Norm Spellman) and CCH Pounder (Na’vi spiritual leader and Neytiri’s mother Mo’at) are all reprising their roles.There are also surprise returns for Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang, whose characters Grace Augustine and General Quaritch both died in the first movie. Cameron confirmed to Entertainment Weekly way back in 2014 that Weaver is coming back as “a different and in many ways more challenging character” – it seems reasonable to assume Grace’s return may have something to do with her consciousness passing into the Tree of Souls. Grizzled soldier Quaritch, meanwhile, seems set to be a key antagonist in the four new movies. “I’m not going to say exactly how we’re bringing him back,” Cameron told Deadline in 2013, “but it’s a science fiction story after all. His character will evolve into really unexpected places across the arc of the new three-film saga.” It’s worth bearing in mind this quote is from almost seven years ago (it’s now a four-film saga), and you never know what might’ve changed in the meantime. There are plenty of newbies joining the cast, too – including Cameron’s reunion with his Titanic star Kate Winslet, who’s playing a character called Ronal. There are also roles for Flight of the Conchords Jemaine Clement (Dr Ian Garvin), Harry Potter’s David Thewlis (Peylak), Star Trek: Discovery’s Michelle Yeoh (Dr Karina Mogue), The Sopranos’ Edie Falco (General Ardmore), Game of Thrones’ Oona Chaplin (Varang) and Fear the Walking Dead’s Cliff Curtis (Metkayina chief Tonowari).There are also seven kids joining the cast. Jake and Neytiri’s children are played by Jamie Flatters (Neteyam), Britain Dalton (Lo’ak) and Trinity Bliss (Tuktirey), while there are three free-diving Metkayina kids confirmed: Bailey Bass (Tsireya), Filip Geljo (Aonung) and Duane Evans Jr (Rotxo). Finally, Jack Champion plays a human teenager born on Pandora, called Javier “Spider” Socorro. 
Avatar 2 is made with underwater mo-cap technology
From The Abyss to Terminator 2, Titanic to Avatar, a new James Cameron movie usually pushes the envelope when it comes to cinematic ambition. Expect Avatar 2 to be no different, as Cameron will undoubtedly be creating visuals unlike anything we’ve seen on screen before. One of the key developments will be world-first underwater performance capture technology. “The problem with water is not the underwater part, but the interface between the air and the water, which forms a moving mirror,” Cameron told Collider. “That moving mirror reflects all the dots and markers, and it creates a bunch of false markers. It’s a little bit like a fighter plane dumping a bunch of chaff to confuse the radar system of a missile. It creates thousands of false targets, so we’ve had to figure out how to get around that problem, which we did.”Cameron also wants to revolutionize the 3D experience in cinemas again, and it’ll be particularly interesting to see how he fares here. Avatar’s 3D visuals (arguably still yet to be bettered) kickstarted new levels of interest in stereoscopic projection, and for several years in the wake of its release, multiplexes were dominated by 3D screenings of blockbusters. Cinemagoers’ interest has subsequently waned – a change Cameron has blamed on Hollywood’s preference for converting 2D-shot movies into 3D in post-production, rather than using actual stereoscopic cameras – but in an appearance at the Vivid light festival in Sydney (reported by Movieweb), he said the Avatar sequels “will be, to the best of my ability, the best 3D that [it’s] possible to make.” 
Will the world still care about Avatar?
2009 was a long time ago. Over a decade has passed since Avatar first hit cinema screens, and 3D has largely drifted into memory as a fad. But people’s fascination with Pandora shouldn’t be counted out – they still want to be shown something they’ve never seen in a movie theater before, and Cameron is determined to provide that experience for his audience. We can’t wait to see what he comes up with.
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Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai calls for AI regulation

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai has called for AI regulation to help govern how the emerging technology is used in his first big public move since being appointed as the head of Google’s parent company last month.Pichai shared his concerns regarding how and why AI should be regulated in a recent editorial in the Financial Times in which he wrote:“Now there is no question in my mind that artificial intelligence needs to be regulated. It is too important not to. The only question is how to approach it”
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A sensible approach that balances “potential harms, especially in high-risk areas, with social opportunities” is Pichai’s recommendation and in his editorial, he also pointed to Europe’s GDPR as a “strong foundation” for AI regulation.
The case for regulation
While Pichai calls for new regulation, he makes the case that in certain areas, there are already guidelines in place. For instance, existing medical frameworks could serve as “good starting points” for devices such as AI-assisted heart monitors. Self-driving cars on the other hand, will require governments around the world to “establish appropriate new rules that consider all relevant costs and benefits”.Leveraging AI for the greater good is very important to Alphabet’s CEO and he believes that letting the market decide how this technology will be used just isn’t good enough, writing:“Companies such as ours cannot just build promising new technology and let market forces decide how it will be used. It is equally incumbent on us to make sure that technology is harnessed for good and available to everyone.”In his editorial, Pichai also referenced Google’s AI Principles which were introduced in 2018 following criticism within the company over Google Cloud’s work with the US military. The principles have been applied across Google and they specify areas where the company “will not design or deploy” its technologies.If used incorrectly, AI could have devastating effects on humanity which is why regulation will likely come sooner rather than later.
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Vodafone fibre broadband deal: the cheapest super-fast fibre package around

The world of consumer tech is filled with incentives, freebies and elaborate discounts. But right now, one of the best incentives around for anyone looking to renew their broadband deal comes from Vodafone.Pretty simply, Vodafone will almost double the average speed of your home internet for free, charging the same price for its Superfast fibre 2 package as it costs for its cheaper fibre 1 deal. That means whichever Vodafone plan you choose, you will just need to pay £23 a month.While that easily makes this one of the cheapest prices you can get on faster fibre broadband deals, it gets even better for existing Vodafone customers. If you have a Vodafone phone contract you just need to pay £21 a month for those 63Mb average speeds.We’ve listed everything you need to know about this Vodafone broadband deal below. Or, if you want to compare it to what else is currently available, head to our broadband deals guide.
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What other broadband deals are there right now?
While Vodafone has the world of fibre locked down, there are some even cheaper prices if you’re willing to drop your speeds. And its sternest competition no doubt comes from TalkTalk at the moment and its £40 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card promotion.If you don’t mind relying on cashback slightly, you can secure one of the cheapest fiibre packages through Plusnet. You’re paying £22.99 a month for speeds averaging 36Mb but thanks to the £70 cashback on offer, you’re effectively paying just £19.10.But if you do really want fibre but want it from another name, BT could be a good option right now. With speeds averaging 50Mb at a price of just £28.99, this is one of the best prices you can pay for BT right now. BT will even throw in a £80 BT reward card on top – just watch the 24 month contract length.
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Latest Amazon sales: top fitness tracker prices plus cheap iPads, Xbox One, PS4, AirPods and 4K TV deals

We’ve gathered all the latest Amazon sales to bring you the best savings on the tech you’ve had your eye on for a while. This week we’re seeing plenty of Garmin fitness tracker deals taking over from the Fitbit sales of yore, but we’re also crashing back onto the couch with some excellent Xbox One and PS4 deals as well. Not only that, but these Bose, Beats, and AirPods sales are still offering fantastic headphone prices, and there are even some iPad deals out there to get your 2020 productivity on. We’ve listed all our favorite Amazon sales right here for you to peruse, with our top picks sitting right at the top. 
Amazon Daily Deals: Today’s Top Picks
iRobot Roomba 675 | $299.99 $199.99 at AmazonTCL 40S325 40-inch smart TV | $299.99 $179.99 at AmazonToshiba LF711U20 50-inch smart 4K TV | $380 $279.99 at AmazonXbox One S | Gears 5 bundle | $299.99 $229 at AmazonXbox One X | Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order | $499.99 $349 at AmazonGarmin Forerunner 35 | $169 $99.99 at AmazonGarmin Vivoactive 3 GPS | $249.99 $116.99 at AmazonSamsung QN49 49-inch QLED UHD 4K TV | $999 $597.99 at AmazonApple Watch Series 5 44mm GPS | $399 at AmazonBose SoundTouch 300 soundbar | $699 $399 at AmazonFitbit Versa Lite | $159.95 $119 at AmazonFitbit Charge 3 | $149.95 $99.95 at AmazonApple AirPods with charging case | $159 $129 at AmazonBeats Powerbeats 3 Headphones: $199.99 $79.99 at Amazon
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The case for a privacy nutrition label

In today’s digital age, protecting your privacy online has never been more difficult. As our lives have become increasingly connected, it’s hard for consumers to know how businesses collect and use their data. Some users have turned to ad and tracker blockers to protect their privacy while others are now using VPN services to prevent unwanted tracking online.Ghostery is aiming to lead the way when it comes to how to better inform users regarding the privacy impact of digital services. TechRadar Pro spoke to company President Jeremy Tillman about this ‘privacy nutrition label’ as well as the company’s decision to include a VPN in its new desktop app.
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Redefining retail: will 5G change the way we pay?

5G is poised to power the next generation of internet connectivity and eCommerce. Faster and more reliable than anything that’s come before, 5G networks will enable people to communicate, consume entertainment and shop at unprecedented speeds.

The UK is one of the world’s leaders in the race to deploy 5G. The technology was first rolled out in the region by EE in May 2019, and several other providers have followed suit throughout the year.
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Businesses in the e-commerce space, and indeed any retailer today, should be paying close attention to the arrival of 5G. While it wasn’t so long ago that payment options involved swiping a card and signing a piece of paper, or – heaven forbid! – handing over cash, the possibilities for closing a purchase nowadays are endless, from social media payments and digital wallets, right through to biometrics and digital currencies. In fact, the rise of new payment technologies is such that 60 percent of respondents said they believed their phones would replace their bank cards in as little as 5 years, according to FIS’ UK Consumer Behaviour & Payments Report 2019, released this month.

5G and mobile commerce
Browsing and buying products online is quickly becoming the norm, especially for younger age groups. According to the FIS report, 36 percent of social media users had made at least one purchase through a social media platform, while nearly 50 percent of users in the Gen Z (18-21) age group had – astonishingly, 26 percent of this age group does so every day!

The high-speed connectivity of 5G will only accelerate this trend, signaling the arrival of the next big retail evolution and presenting new challenges and opportunities for brands. 5G is set to power significant growth in mobile commerce, with Vodafone estimating that it will boost London’s economy by £30 billion by 2030.

That predicted growth is in part due to simple economics of speed – faster, cheaper internet on your mobile phone means more opportunities to shop. This even applies to big-ticket items, like cars, where online purchase hasn’t been practical up until now. Complex elements like credit checks and finance options which have previously slowed the payment journey could be processed much faster using 5G.

A new shopping experience
5G also brings other areas of innovation that could unlock additional revenue for retailers. 5G networks will enable a new level of access and ubiquity for groundbreaking retail technologies that leverage alternative reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and the Internet of Things (IoT). Imagine getting the best parts of the brick-and-mortar shopping experience without ever setting foot in a store. You’re not simply scrolling through a website: you’re actually looking at the shelves of a fashion retailer or supermarket via AR through your mobile phone, as well as exploring new offerings, hunting for discounts and deals, and even using a virtual fitting room to try on outfits; from the comfort of your couch.  This futuristic consumer experience could be closer than we think, thanks to 5G and its unprecedented capability to handle huge amounts of data at high speeds. 5G will unlock a new wave of consumer preferences – and if eCommerce businesses want to win in the UK’s fiercely competitive digital environment, they must harness the power of 5G. Then, they can truly transform the customer experience, through innovative technologies like AR and VR. Of course, the possibilities of 5G are not limited to the digital retail space. 5G is also set to rapidly accelerate omnichannel commerce; bringing the digital and physical worlds together in a completely new way. Brick-and-mortar stores can connect to shoppers via their mobile devices – you might walk into a shop and receive a personalised SMS communication with a special deal just for you, based on your browsing history. Or, through facial recognition tools, retailers could soon be able to track the in-store products you spend the longest time looking at, then send you a digital offer to encourage online purchase after you leave the shop.What’s more, 5G could help allay concerns about the security of mobile payments in the minds of those consumers who are yet to make the switch to mobile shopping. Based on data from the Worldpay from FIS payments platform, 43 percent of respondents who hesitate in adopting mobile wallets do so due to a lack of trust in the technology. However, 5G presents an opportunity for more accurate fraud prevention. Because the technology allows more data to travel throughout the network, multiple checks can be performed at once, against factors like geolocation, transaction amount, and merchant ID. 5G could also help to make mobile apps more secure, as providers will be able to address vulnerabilities through real-time updates.
Payments in the 5G era
As retailers consider how to innovate in the era of 5G, it will be paramount to provide the right payment experience; one that feels fast and frictionless, to match the overall 5G shopping journey. For online merchants, this means investigating the possibilities of innovative new payment systems – think facial recognition authentication, social payments and invisible payments. But it also means simply taking the first step to understanding consumers’ preferred payment methods in any given market and catering to these.

Retailers can prepare for the future today by doing a deep investigation into what opportunities 5G can unlock for their business – whether that’s new VR and AR shopping experiences, tailored omnichannel offerings, or enabling the quick and seamless payment choices which might make all the difference.Pete Wickes, Senior Vice President, Corporate at Worldpay from FIS
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What is AWS Outposts?

AWS Outposts runs the AWS infrastructure today and debuted in 2019. In 2020, Amazon will also offer a VMware infrastructure that also runs in the same hybrid model.For those who demand low-latency performance for massive data projects, there is nothing quite like a hybrid cloud computing environment. This “best of both worlds” approach means you can run low-latency apps in your own data center or on local servers (or in a co-location center), and yet the on-premise IT infrastructure connects seamlessly to the cloud. This allows you to scale easily and take advantage of a flexible cost structure in the cloud. Yet, you also use local resources for those projects that have the highest compute demands.AWS Outposts is an ideal product for those with low-latency compute needs. It might be an enterprise application for credit card processing for thousands of customers, or it might be a university research project trying to find new chemical compositions.The product is a replica of what runs in a remote Amazon data center. It consists of the hardware infrastructure, all of the services, the API (Application Programming Interface), management tools, and operations of AWS with the same console.AWS Outposts is a hardware rack in an enclosure — a physical product that you deploy at your own site. Yet, it is supported fully by Amazon in that the company installs, operates, and supports the hardware rack with its own team of engineers.If you picture the hardware and software that runs in the cloud in an Amazon facility, then Outposts takes all of this same infrastructure and makes it available at your facility. It also connects you to the cloud for additional online storage, performance, and services. Perhaps most importantly, AWS Outposts connects you to the closest remote Amazon facility in your area to ensure the best throughput, compute power, networking, and storage in the cloud.One key component of how this works is that companies who cannot afford to have any interruption in service and have major research projects, internal applications, or a legacy customer management system running in real-time can then scale up to the cloud. They can continue using on-premise infrastructure, but as the project grows and scales, they can move some of their projects to the cloud — or even fully to the cloud eventually.One example of a company that might use Outposts: If a major retailer already has many of its own internal applications, they might deploy Outposts as a way to continue running low-latency applications to process transactions. Yet, they can then also scale up as they add more products and more stores, taking advantage of the cloud computing connections.
Benefits of using AWS Outposts
This leads to an important overall advantage of streamlining IT operations in general for the entire company. One portion of your team will not have to manage and support the on-premise infrastructure, installing patches and managing security — while another team manages the cloud environment and all that it entails. Instead, with one console managing both, and exactly the same services running locally and in the cloud, your IT staff can focus on the actual projects. The business objectives of the applications and data become paramount.To understand the benefits of running AWS Outposts, it’s important to first cover a few of the AWS services that are available. This is one of the most important benefits — that you can run AWS services that normally are available in the cloud as local services.For example, Outposts lets you run Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) locally. This means you can run virtual servers inside your own facility as though they are in the cloud, expanding and reducing servers as needed for your applications and data. You can also run Amazon Elastic Block Store (or EBS, which is a traditional block file storage service).This year, Amazon will also offer Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service), the primary cloud computing storage service that powers many web applications and websites, for AWS Outposts. Once you deploy the services you want to run locally at your own site, you can extend those services to the cloud — using the same console interface and the same Amazon services.What this all means is that companies have a unique infrastructure that runs locally and in the cloud, but all of the services are the same and use the same interface. This simplifies the management and maintenance required for your entire computing infrastructure.The alternative to this is, quite frankly, a bit of a nightmare. Hybrid products usually provide a completely different set of management tools, tools to install, hardware to manage, and interfaces that are designed to help you connect to the cloud but often end in frustration. Because some hybrid on-premise products are not designed or developed by the same company as the cloud provider itself, it’s a confusing and complex undertaking.
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Xbox One deals delight as price drops bring Black Friday level discounts

Those Xbox One deals have returned to offer fantastic savings on the Xbox One S, Xbox One X and All Digital Edition consoles. Walmart and Amazon are the culprits of the latest Xbox One sales, offering prices to rival those of Black Friday in this new wave of discounted Xbox bundles. If you’re after a full console, disc drive and all, you can pick up a $212 Xbox One S bundle with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order included.  Looking for the 4K upgrade? You can also bag an Xbox One X deal with the Gears of War collection for just $349 as sales return to Black Friday level discounts this week. Meanwhile, those looking to take advantage of the current Game Pass roster or who simply want the cheapest Xbox One deal possible can pick up an All Digital Edition on sale for just $149.  That low price is courtesy of the fact that this console does not have a disc drive. If you’re looking to save on pre-owned physical games or to build up a case collection you’ll want to check out the full Xbox One S bundle for $63.99 more. Plus, if you’re even thinking about picking up Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, you’ll be missing out by not going with that excellent bundle deal.Xbox One X deals are kicking off as well, with prices taking a $150 cut only previously seen over the Black Friday weekend. You can find a range of consoles for as little as $349 this week, making a 4K upgrade even easier.These Xbox One deals have been sorely missed over the last few weeks as prices have been rising back to their usual retail positions for the New Year. It’s never too late to save on a brand new console, however, so these sales could have come at just the right time for a January mood booster. 
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If these cheap Xbox One sales aren’t taking your fancy, why not check out our full collection of Xbox bundles. Or, while you’re stocking up on Microsoft goodies, you’ll want to take a look at these Xbox controller deals and Game Pass prices. 

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