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Europol is ordered to delete personal data not associated with criminal causes

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The European Union’s data protection control entity ordered its criminal agency, Europol, to remove all information related to individuals not linked to a proven crime.

The European Data Protection Supervisory Body, SEPD, commented on Monday that Europol already received a notification of this order at the beginning of the year, on January 3, as a result of an investigation initiated in 2019.

Europol will have to remove from its files all information not linked to any crime

The British newspaper The Guardian claimed to have access to internal documents, based on those who indicated that the personal data file handled by Interpol is equivalent in volume to “One fifth of all content in the United States Library of Congress”, without being these necessarily linked to criminal causes.

Against this background, the EDPS said that, as part of his investigation, he reproached Europol two years ago “For the continuous storage of large volumes” of those data, “Which represents a risk to the fundamental rights of people”, as pointed out from Associated Press.

The watchdog indicated that it imposed a six-month period for evaluating new data sets and deciding, based on known antecedents, whether to keep the information stored. The SEPD gave the criminal agency a 12-month margin to comply with the decision on the data it received before January 4.

However, the data protection entity commented that Europol has introduced some measures since that first notification, but has not fully complied with the requests entrusted to establish an adequate time range to store certain information. “This means that Europol kept these data for longer than necessary”said the EDPS.

‘A 6-month period for pre-analysis and filtering of large data sets should allow Europol to meet the operational demands of EU Member States that depend on Europol for technical and analytical support, while minimizing risks for the rights and freedoms of people »said Wojciech Wiewiórowski, supervisor of the SEPD.

Europol did not immediately respond to the announcement, limiting itself to denying the existence of irregularities and the EDPS did not disclose the volume of data stored by Europol, but did state that they are seeking to establish a middle ground between the safety of their citizens and the safeguard from the same EU.

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6000 mAh, big screen and lots of storage for $175. Presented by Tecno Pova Neo

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The range of Tecno smartphones has been replenished with a new inexpensive model – Pova Neo. The novelty is presented in the markets of India and Nigeria, where it costs about the same – about $ 175. Early buyers in India are promised $20 wireless headphones as a bonus.

6000 mAh, big screen and lots of storage for $175.  Presented by Tecno Pova Neo

Tecno Pova Neo – from the category of “a lot of smartphone for little money.” It is equipped with a large 6.8-inch screen with a frame rate of 120 Hz, but the resolution is small – 1640 x 720 pixels. The main camera is represented by two sensors, the resolution of the main one is 13 megapixels. The front camera uses an 8MP sensor and an F/1.8 lens.

6000 mAh, big screen and lots of storage for $175.  Presented by Tecno Pova Neo

At the heart of the hardware platform is a MediaTek Helio G25 SoC paired with 6GB of LPDDR4X memory and 128GB of eMMC 5.1 memory. The device supports RAM expansion technology by creating a 5 GB virtual partition in flash memory. The device also includes an LTE modem, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.1 adapters, a standard headphone jack, and a USB-C port. The battery capacity was 6000 mAh, it supports 18 W charging. The operating system is Android 11 with HiOS 7.6 interface.

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These are the most realistic artificial voices of the moment

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We are used to hearing computer generated voices on different devices. In smart assistants, in gadgets, in ebook readers, on websites…. these voices are more and more present, but they continue to feel artificial, something that will cease to be so in a few years.

The fact is that there are already artificial intelligence engines capable of creating voice systems that are extremely natural, and today I will show you where to listen to them.

Is about vocalora.com, a web project that uses one of the world’s most sophisticated speech engines to simulate the voice of 5 different English accents, using 18 different voices in the process.

We can paste a text (in English) and select the desired voice from all the available ones. Once done, we will click on the Read Text button that appears on the right. If during the reading process we put a different voice, both will be heard at the same time.

Both male and female voices and children’s voices are available, and the result is so impressive that it is difficult to understand how our vacuum cleaner continues to speak with an 80’s movie voice.

We can try vocalora for free, but if we need readings of several hours, we will have to go through the premium subscription (about 20 dollars per month).

At the moment there are no projects with the same quality in Spanish, at least not on a website of these characteristics, available to the general public, although it is a sector that is advancing a lot, so it will not be long before we have something like this soon in our language.

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Mobile GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is faster than Titan RTX and nearly as fast as Radeon RX 6800

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On January 5 at CES 2022, Nvidia introduced new graphics cards, including the mobile GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. During the announcement, Nvidia revealed that the top model is faster than the desktop GeForce Titan RTX, but what about the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti? Now this 3D accelerator has been tested in Geekbench (as part of the MSI Vector GP66 laptop), and in the OpenCL test, it showed a result exactly on the level of Titan RTX. What’s more, the desktop Radeon RX 6800 isn’t far ahead.

Mobile GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is faster than Titan RTX and nearly as fast as Radeon RX 6800

Given that GeForce RTX 3070 Ti laptops start at $1,500, this is a very good deal for both gamers and those looking to purchase a laptop for professional use. Mobile PCs with the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti are already much more expensive, starting at $2,500. Interestingly, the Radeon RX 6800 retails for around the same $1,500, so users will have the choice of buying just the graphics card for the same amount, or an entire laptop with graphics performance nearly equivalent to that graphics card.

Mobile GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is faster than Titan RTX and nearly as fast as Radeon RX 6800

Mobile GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is faster than Titan RTX and nearly as fast as Radeon RX 6800

Recall that the mobile GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is built on a GA104 GPU with 5888 CUDA cores with a frequency of 1035-1485 MHz. The GPU is connected to 8GB of 14GHz GDDR6 memory via a 256-bit bus.

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