Hawk-Eye apologises as goalline technology fail denies Sheffield United goal in first Premier League game post lockdown

This was a Premier League match with social distancing, temperature checks and no fans but there was a sense of familiarity at Villa Park with yet another controversial technology failure.

We are living in odd times and after the final whistle there was an “unreserved apology” from Hawk-Eye, the goal-line technology system, to Sheffield United after a ghost goal which could prove crucial in the club’s pursuit of European football.

Oliver Norwood’s free kick was clearly over the line, fumbled by Aston Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland three minutes before half-time, and these two missed points may be a costly blow when this truncated season is finally finished.

It lifts United into sixth place, a point behind Manchester United who they face at Old Trafford next week, but this technical error was inexcusable and does not deserve to be viewed as a defining moment in this memorable campaign. 

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New technology could make your dog a motion capture movie star

Credit: Bath University
Credit: Bath University

Researchers from the University of Bath have developed technology that would allow people to digitise their dogs.

Such an application could be used for a number of purposes, such as assisting vets in diagnosing issues walking and monitoring their recovery.

It could also be used for more entertaining reasons, such as putting digital representations of dogs into movies and video games – without constant use of motion capture suits or expensive equipment.

Computer scientists digitised the movement of 14 different breeds of dog, including lurchers and pugs, who were residents of the local animal shelter.

The motion capture suits, made especially for dogs, were filmed doing a range of movements as part of their activities.

They then created a computer model which could accurately predict and replicate the poses of dogs, capturing all the vital information without the dogs wearing the suits.

Instead, the researchers can use

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How the China vs US technology race is remapping the world

In 1996, when only a few hundred thousand people were online in China, the government issued a historic edict.

At the time, few people noticed Beijing’s move to bar unfiltered access to the global Internet.

But this was the origin of the so-called “Great Firewall” – a separate Chinese Internet which over the years has become increasingly different from its more free-wheeling, and often problematic, western alternative.

Since then, China has pumped billions of dollars into building up, rigidly enforcing and censoring its version of the web – which is now used every day by close to one billion of the world’s estimated 4.5 billion Internet users.

It is a very different place – where the country’s government exerts far greater control and where citizens, broadly speaking, struggle to access information the state does not wish them to see.

Nearly a quarter of a century later, as tensions between the

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Is Bandwidth (BAND) Stock Outpacing Its Computer and Technology Peers This Year?

Investors focused on the Computer and Technology space have likely heard of Bandwidth (BAND), but is the stock performing well in comparison to the rest of its sector peers? A quick glance at the company’s year-to-date performance in comparison to the rest of the Computer and Technology sector should help us answer this question.

Bandwidth is one of 612 individual stocks in the Computer and Technology sector. Collectively, these companies sit at #6 in the Zacks Sector Rank. The Zacks Sector Rank considers 16 different sector groups. The average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups is measured, and the sectors are listed from best to worst.

The Zacks Rank is a proven system that emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions, highlighting a variety of stocks that are displaying the right characteristics to beat the market over the next one to three months. BAND is currently sporting a

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