p Some days ago we have seen some stunning pictures captured on the Oppo R11 leaked to the press by Oppo themselves.Well, it appears as today we have some more and these look even better in our opinion.Photos are shot in what gets called “Portrait Mode”, that basically means the phone uses the two cameras to capture the image and depth information, then the software is able to blur the background if you wish to do so.As we know from previous leaks, the Oppo R11 is going to sport a 20MP front-facing camera and 20MP 16MP shooters on the back, with the second one featuring a telephoto lens.We are also aware that the Oppo R11 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 2900mAh battery and feature a 5.5-inch Full HD display.Meanwhile the bigger Oppo R11 Plus comes with a 6-inch display, 6GB of RAM and a 3880mAh battery.
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p New fundings in China on May 26, 2017Lesports (乐视体育), a 3-year-old, Beijing-based internet-based eco-sports company and a subsidiary of technology giant LeEco, has raised RMB 2.5 billion in Series B funding backed by Zhongyi Ningbo Ecological Park (中意宁波生态园) and other investors.Huajiao (花椒直播), a 3-year-old, Beijing-based live streaming app, has raised RMB 1 billion in Series B funding backed by undisclosed investors.Xinchao Media (新潮传媒), a 10-year-old, Chengdu-based elevator TV media advertising firm, has raised RMB 1 billion in a funding backed by undisclosed investors.51shebao (51社保), a 6.5-year-old, Beijing-based website that provides social security-related services for enterprises, has raised RMB 100 million in Series C funding backed by Zhaopin.com (智联招聘).Zongheng.com (纵横中文网), a 9-year-old, Beijing-based online literature website, has raised an undisclosed amount in a strategic investment co-led by Sequoia Capital China (红杉资本中国) and Perfect World (完美世界), with participation from Shegjing360 (盛景网联(盛景嘉成)) and Share Capital (分享投资).
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p Humanity’s contest with artificial intelligence, using the oldest and most complicated form of competition known to the human mind, came down convincingly in the machine’s favour this week, firmly marking a point in time when the progeny of the human race outsmarted the creator’s own ingenuity.AlphaGo, an artificial intelligence (AI) programme developed in 2014 by the DeepMind lab of the world’s largest internet search engine Google, vanquished China’s Ke Jie, the top player of the game of Go in all three matches this week in Wuzhen in Zhejiang province.The game of Go, also known as weiqi (圍棋), is played on a 19 X 19 grid board by two players.With more permutations and possible moves than the total number of estimated atoms in the visible universe, it has been used as the benchmark for measuring human intelligence against the artificial variety.Computer scientists and futurists had predicted that AI would need at least a decade before it can beat humans at Go.AlphaGo’s 3-0 victories this week have brought forward that timeline significantly.
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In such times, it is imperative that businesses prove themselves to be resilient as well as responsive to whatever the markets throw at them.At Accenture, I have been advocating that our business leaders crystallise their thinking.Let’s start with what you should forget.If ever there was a time where the phrase past performance does not guarantee future results, this is it.The subset questions are myriad: Can we adapt to fluctuations in costs?If the answer is no, then the next question a manager should ask is: How can we become more agile so that we can adapt to these new requirements?
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I had the great fortune of sitting down with John Sculley, the former CEO of Apple and Pepsi President, to talk about what it was like to work with Steve Jobs, what he has learned during his long and impressive career, and what future innovators need to succeed in the world of tech.Empower non-technical people with bicycles for the mind that will unleash their creativity.Design is important to everything Apple will do and simplification is the ultimate sophistication.Those core values certainly have helped Apple gain a huge market share and I do agree that there have been some beautiful products that have come out of the company.What do you think about the direction Apple has gone with Tim Cook at the helm?We see the same kind of marketing now, and have for years, with imagery of people’s lives being vastly improved by Apple products, from listening to music, photography, and even tracking one’s own health metrics.
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In fact, we are exposing some of our patented techniques on how to get press for your startup, which we have whittled down to make getting press a foolproof process that is insanely effective.Either way, it’s a process that requires using the right tools with a finessed touch and we are going to tell you exactly how we do it.So if we are going to shoot ourselves in the foot, let’s make it quick and painless for everyone…In fact, a study by Moz showed that 99.2% of the top 50 search engine results had at least one external link leading back to the page.Groove reported a 12,024% increase in traffic by using press coverage as one of their zero-cost strategies to website growth.This means that buyers are looking for the best and most effective choice that they can find.
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p May 26 marks President Donald Trump's 125th day in office, and "The Simpsons" has a few things to say about it.The above short video, posted Friday, imagines Trump making one last attempt to try to patch things up with fired FBI director James B. Comey.In the style of "The Simpsons" Treehouse of Horror Halloween special, the video begins with a disturbing scene of Press Secretary Sean Spicer and presidential advisers Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway hanging from the rafters in nooses.Less dire gags include Vice President Mike Pence trying to erase the word "Vice" from his name plate; Trump in bed with the book "How to Lose Friends and Piss Off Israel;" and Attorney General Jeff Sessions caught hiding beneath a sheet as Trump tries to make a deal with Comey.Most notably, we also see the ghost of former president Richard Nixon, who says, "Thanks to you, I'm now the 44th best president.I just have one piece of advice -- if you have tapes, burn them!"
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Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesFilmed & Teleprompter: Joe ZolnoskiI don’t know what to wear on Crunch Report (It’s a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself).If you are a startup and want to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and I’ll wear it in an episode.I’m not going to mention the company on the shirt in the episode but it will be there.No offensive stuff, it’s totally at my discretion if I wear it.
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p Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, the Washington Post reports today.The discussion was with Russia's ambassador in the US , said the Post .The idea was to use Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports.The report caused consternation among panelists on CNN' s Wolf Blitzer show.Ambassador Sergey Kislyak according to the Post reported to his superiors in Moscow that 36-year-od Kushner made the proposal during a meeting on Dec. 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by U.S. officials.Kislyak said Kushner suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the communications.
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In this post, I’ll expand on two methods that I use to rank higher in Amazon search algorithm and to drive more profitable sales.The first method is using discount coupon codes on and off the site.Under the promotions option choose “Percentage Off.” Once inside that selection, it is self-directed and straightforward to set up a coupon.In my experience, on-site coupons for immediate use on Amazon will help you convert when you are in a competitive category.Coupons can be effective in this strategy if you want to preserve your everyday price, but not give up any ground to the competition.If you want your coupon to show up on the product page, then make sure the “Detail page display text” box is checked.
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p Acquisition simply could be about other kinds of hardwareCan drones wear video-recording sunglasses?Perhaps that’s a look we’ll see in the future—or not.reported on Friday night that Snap bought Ctrl Me Robotics, a Los Angeles-based, drones-making startup.Variety then ran a that said the acquisition occurred late last year.Both publications are characterizing the price tag as less than $1 million.
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p The number of people who own a DSLR versus the number of people who know how to effectively use them are at odds.Even if you’ve mastered shooting a particular type of scene, it can be difficult to get the best shot in an unfamiliar environment, not to mention the time it takes manually adjusting the camera’s settings.That’s where a new camera dongle comes into play, one backed by the power of artificial intelligence to make the hard decisions for you.Arsenal connects to a camera via its USB port (and therefore you’re going to need a high-end camera like a DSLR to use it), then connects with a companion mobile app over WiFi.Place the camera in front of the scene you want to shoot, then tap a certain button within the app — the AI will automatically choose the best camera settings based on its training with thousands of existing high-quality images.If you don’t like the settings the system chooses — or you want to adjust them to your tastes — the app also offers control over basic things like exposure and shutter speed.
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p With the acquisition of a drone company, Snap Inc may be entering a new hardware market.The new acquisition is Crtl Me Robotics, a small drone retailer based in Venice, California.According to Buzzfeed, Snap paid less than $1 million for the ailing company.Ctrl Me’s founder Simon Saito Nielsen will join Snap in an unspecified role, along with the company’s assets and equipment.Snap has rebranded itself as a camera company ever since the release of its Spectacles last year.Ctrl Me didn’t manufacture drones, according to Variety, but instead fitted other drones to carry cameras, meaning a Snap-branded camera drone might be in the works.
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p The Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins Friday and runs through Saturday, June 24begins Friday and runs through Saturday, June 24, and Twitter is helping users celebrate with special and a Ramadan TV guide bot in the Middle East., Twitter’s media partnerships director for the Middle East and North Africa, shared details on the social network’s Ramadan initiatives in aSeveral Ramadan-related hashtags will trigger the crescent moon emoji, the glass of yoghurt representing the spirit of iftar or the lantern emoji reflecting the cultural spirit of the holy month.The Ramadan TV guide bot enables users in the Middle East to send direct messages to Arabic entertainment news portal @FilFan and specify which category they are interested in—channels, series, TV shows and now showing—after which they will receive return DMs with TV listings and recaps.Other Ramadan content on Twitter will include question-and-answer sessions with celebrities and experts; live 360-degree videos from multiple broadcasters and other livestreamed content such as a Ramadan miniseries, live episodes and behind-the-scenes fare.
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p Most of the times you hear about AI it’s in context related to virtual assistants, or maybe even the virtual driver piloting a self-driving car, but training an artificial mind to fetch the weather report or do a lap around the block is a bit different than teaching it to teach itself.A team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, have been working on just that, and in a newly published paper the group reveals the tool they used to keep their self-taught AI motivated: Super Mario Bros.Teaching an AI to do what you want it to do can be a complex and tedious process.Typically, AI are trained using a reward-based system, where a positive outcome is reinforced and eventually the algorithm has enough feedback that it knows what to do and what not to do.But rather than relying on that method, the AI in this case was built to be driven on by curiosity above all else.“Idea is to train agent with intrinsic curiosity-based motivation (ICM) when external rewards from environment are sparse,” the paper’s authors explained.
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p Imagine purchasing a package of pasta that is slim, flat, and contains minimal bits of cardboard or plastic.Now imagine removing that flat, uninspiring pasta and, a few minutes after boiling it, discovering that the noodles had transformed into new shapes.Such is a possibility introduced by MIT’s Tangible Media Group, with researchers developing a new type of past that changes shape after being submerged into water.The new pasta creation was detailed by MIT on Wednesday, with the institute describing it as something that is like ‘edible origami.’ Though the pasta sheets are flat, they can transform into typical pasta shapes — such as rotini — once dropped into a pot of water.The researchers can also make pasta that turns into more interesting shapes like a flower.While this is interesting from a cook’s point of view, it has a far more practical application: reducing the amount of packaging and shipping space necessary to sell the pasta.
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p Fast-food chain Chipotle says hackers infected its point of sale terminals to gain access to card data from stores in 47 states and Washington, DC.The self-described "Mexican Grill" says that the malware was active earlier this year from March 24 to April 18, when it was detected, triggering the company to issue an alert."The malware searched for track data (which sometimes has cardholder name in addition to card number, expiration date, and internal verification code) read from the magnetic stripe of a payment card as it was being routed through the POS device," Chipotle said in its latest summary of the incident."There is no indication that other customer information was affected."That last sentence is a bit puzzling, as a fraudster who has payment card numbers, dates, and security codes would have little need for any other info.Chipotole says that while the compromised stores are located in every state save Alaska, Hawaii and South Dakota, not every location was breached.
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p It seems that Oppo is preparing for their official June 10 unveiling of the Oppo R11 model and yesterday the company released a poster confirming the date of the event, along with two video commercials that focus on the design of the device and – obviously- its imaging capabilities.The upcoming smartphone however appeared recently in TENAA for certification and revealed all of its specs.According to these, the Oppo R11 will pack a 16MP 20MP duo camera on the back, a 20MP selfie camera, a Snapdragon 660 chip with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.It’s expected to boast a 5.5″ AMOLED display with 1080p resolution and run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat.We will see if everything checks out in two weeks approximately
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p Maxim magazine 'Hot 100' spread includes a wonderful throwback shotFor two days in March, 20-year-old Hailey Baldwin and famed 73-year-old photographer Gilles Bensimon lit up the City of Lights.The results of their work, styled by Caroline Christiansson, adorn the cover and of Maxim magazine’s annual “Hot 100” issue, scheduled to hit newsstands Tuesday May 30.It’s important to note that except for 1 selection Baldwin, Maxim’s rundown of lovely ladies is not weighted or sequential.While the cover shot of Baldwin is getting some attention, for our croissants the most artful photo is this one.The overcast sky; the opting for black and white; the sultry expression.
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p While Super Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2 are sure to hog the spotlight on the Switch in the second half of 2017, there’s another first-party game from Nintendo that has piqued our interest.ARMS — a fighting game that utilizes motion controls — will be the first big Switch game to launch after E3 2017 and will serve as the bridge to Splatoon 2, which doesn’t come out for the Switch until late July.If seeing the game in action during the latest Nintendo Direct wasn’t convincing enough, Nintendo is holding a stress test for the game this weekend which any Switch owner can participate in.Much like the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire, the ARMS Global Testpunch will take place over two weekends and will be broken up into hour-long sessions.You can check the full schedule below:If you want to play, all you have to do is download the ARMS demo from the Switch eShop (which is actually available right now) and jump in during any of the times listed above.
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