UPDATED: 1:30 p.m. GMT LONDON — The UK is holding a referendum on June 23 to decide whether or not to stay in the European Union. The date for the "Brexit" referendum was announced Saturday afternoon by David Cameron after he returned from 31-hour talks in Brussels seeking a deal that renegotiates Britain's status within the 28-nation bloc. See also: Campaigners issue bizarre condoms telling UK to pull out of European Union Now that the date has been set, campaigns on both sides are kicking off and ministers will start declaring what side they support. The deal will be analysed and talked about exhaustively. Cameron's own Conservatives aren't united on the issue and campaigns will watch closely which side the ministers take. The Prime Minister convened the Cabinet at 10 a.m. Saturday to try and sell them on the deal. After the meeting, ministers were free to support the side of their choosing. Cameron said in a statement overnight that the deal keeps the best parts … [Read more...] about UK going to polls in June to decide future with European Union
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This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. We have only just moved into May and despite being seven months away from next summer in the southern hemisphere, climate researchers are seeing the beginnings of what could be the most powerful El Niño event since 1997/98. An El Niño is a change in Pacific Ocean and atmosphere that typically causes drought, extreme heat and bushfires in Australia. Last year was a neutral El Niño and we have been surprisingly lucky with only a few small El Niño ’s since the 21st century started, despite having two of the hottest years on record globally in 2005 and 2010 . The last really big El Niño was in 1997/98. It is no coincidence that 1998 is the only remaining year from the past century that still sits in the top 10 for the hottest years, globally, on record. By itself, research shows an El Niño event can raise … [Read more...] about Are We Heading for a Worrying Super El Niño?
What just happened? UK audio company Bowers & Wilkins has released its first true wireless earbuds, and they look pretty special—a fact that is reflected in the price. The noise-canceling buds come with a slew of features, including a case that doubles as an audio transmitter. B&W has unveiled the PI7 and PI5 wireless earbuds, which it says offer "all the sound quality that music lovers have come to expect from a Bowers & Wilkins product." The former pair is the premium version, costing $400, while the latter comes in at $249. The PI7 features a six-microphone active noise-canceling system that works for phone calls and smart assistants. Each bud comes with a 9.2mm drive unit and a balanced armature tweeter, all with their own dedicated amplifier. The company says the sound they produce is "comparable to loudspeakers," with "exception control, superlative dynamics, and deep, accurate bass." The buds use Qualcomm's AptX Adaptive standard that compresses … [Read more...] about B&W unveils its first true wireless earbuds, the $400 PI7
Microsoft is removing its requirement for an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play free-to-play multiplayer games today. The software maker has been testing this removal over the past few weeks, and now every Xbox One and Xbox Series S / X owner will be able to play free multiplayer games without Xbox Live Gold. Microsoft is also unlocking Xbox party chat and the Looking For Groups (LFG) feature as part of this rollout. The Xbox Live Gold changes mean popular games like Destiny 2 , Call of Duty: Warzone , Fortnite , Apex Legends , and many others will no longer require a subscription. More than 50 games will now be free-to-play. The changes certainly make the $299 Xbox Series S console a lot more appealing as a device for free-to-play multiplayer games. Microsoft’s removal of the Xbox Live Gold requirement came after the company was forced to reverse a price hike to its Xbox Live Gold subscriptions earlier this year. Microsoft had attempted to double the cost of a … [Read more...] about Microsoft removes Xbox Live Gold requirement for free-to-play games today
Siemens is expanding its longstanding partnership with SAP with plans to co-sell existing digital products focused on production and supply chains. The companies also plan to create a new industrial cloud-based service that aims to close the loop between IT and OT systems through a model-based digital thread. Featured Apple's Spring Loaded event: The five biggest announcements Apple pushes M1 competitive advantage with iPad Pro and iMac updates Microsoft marches toward launching its 'Cloud PC' service, possibly this summer The best VPN services: Safe and fast don't come free The expanded co-selling efforts are designed to leverage elements of Siemens' Xcelerator portfolio of software and services, including Teamcenter, MindSphere, and Mendix, together with SAP's Intelligent Asset Management, Enterprise Portfolio and Project Management cloud applications. With an initial focus on discrete manufacturing, Siemens plans to offer SAP's Asset Intelligence … [Read more...] about Siemens, SAP expand partnership with focus on production and supply chains