Easter is right around the corner and retailers give their best to lure shoppers on their side. Amazon and Huawei are pushing a massive promotion on various Honor phones, including the latest flagship View 10. Offers are found both at the German and the UK Amazon website, ranging from 5% to over 35% discount. We already covered the sales on the British side, so now we compare them with the German deals. Honor View 10 Honor 6A is down to 119 for the Gold version, while the Grey or White can be purchased for 110, instead of the original price of 169. Last year flagship Honor 9…
People wanting to take advantage of carrier billing for Apple Music, the App Store, and other Apple online services now have further options in several European countries.
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The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy A8 Enterprise Edition models have arrived in Germany. The former will be available in the country starting April, while the latter has gone on sale already. They carry a price tag of 849 and 499, respectively. It’s worth mentioning that these phones are dual-SIM. In case you aren’t aware, Samsung’s Enterprise Edition devices come with features such as Knox Configure and Enterprise Firmware Over-the-Air (E-FOTA). The Galaxy A8 Enterprise Edition will get three years of monthly security updates, while the S9 variant will also get quarterly updates…
The internal storage of the Samsung Galaxy S9 can now be increased by up to 400GB via MicroSD card. That’s an increase from 256GB from the Galaxy S8. A version also exists with a Hybrid Dual SIM that allows you to use two SIMS. A local SIM when you’re on vacation and keep your home number connected or use separate work and personal numbers on the same phone. When using two SIM cards the MicroSD card can’t be used. While available in many countries previously, it now looks like this Hybrid Dual SIM option is available for users in Germany for the first time. SH Telekommunikation…
No Killer Robots, Please
Autonomous weapons are currently at the core of the debate about the future of artificial intelligence, and some countries are already starting to distance themselves from the ethical dilemma and the political controversy involved in their use.
In a recent meeting of the United Nations’ Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW), world leaders have considered a possible ban on these so-called “killer robots” — technically a misnomer, as these autonomous weapons aren’t limited to just the robotic type. Now, at the annual Munich Security Conference (MSC), Germany made it clear they’re not interested in developing autonomous weapon systems.
“We have a very clear position. We have no intention of procuring […] autonomous systems,” said Lieutenant General Ludwig Leinhos, head of Germany’s new Cyber and Information Space Command, according to eNCA. However, he made it clear that the German military is not simply choosing not to engage with the issue, but is prepared to defend the country against potential attacks carried out by foreign remote weapons.
Pulling the Plug
Germany is the latest nation to officially decry the development and use of autonomous weapons, joining Australia and Canada, as well as the United Kingdom which had declared a ban earlier in 2017. Mary Wareham, a coordinator for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, told the panel at MSC that 22 nations already support the ban. Meanwhile, activists all over the world continue to rally against the development of such weapons, which some countries — the United States included — continue to explore.
Critics include many of the world’s most prominent experts in AI, who sent an open-letter to the UN calling for a ban on autonomous weapons. Among these is long-time AI researcher Stuart Russell, who once told Futurism that weaponizing AI would bring society more harm than good. Various other groups, including Harvard’s AI Initiative, Amnesty International, and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots express similar concern.
Surely, autonomous weapons occupy only a part of the overall discussion on the future of AI, which most agree is a technological development that should be encouraged and not stymied. Nevertheless, the potential of AI to be co-opted in weapons development is raising alarm in the highest ranks of the world’s security circles.
Lieutenant General Ludwig Leinhos, head of Germany’s Cyber and Information Space Command, told panel members at the Munich Security Conference yesterday that Germany would abstain from using autonomous weapons. According to the “Campaign To Stop Killer Robots” Germany joins 22 other countries in pledging to keep AI-powered weapons off the battlefield. That leaves just 170 countries who’re either undecided or not interested in banning autonomous weaponry. Reuters reports General Leihnhos told the panel Germany needed to prepare to defend itself against such weapons, but had no plans to obtain them: We have a very clear position. We have no intention…
Our review of the Pixel Buds wasn’t very kind to Google’s first real set of wireless earbuds since they’re just not very good. They were only initially available in the US and Canada, but are now available on the Google Store in Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
The truth of the matter is that the Pixel Buds just aren’t a great product; they’re uncomfortable, don’t produce great sound, and have a finicky charging case.
Pixel Buds now available from Google Store in Australia, Germany, and UK was written by the awesome team at Android Police.