Bikes, bikes, and more bikes.China’s streets have been invaded by bike rentals of every hue.More and more Chinese entrepreneurs are sparing no effort to jump on the sharing bandwagon.Now, when you walk around the streets or hang around shopping malls, there’s a high chance that you’ll come across a slew of shared items—bikes, cars, umbrellas, basketballs, power banks, karaoke booths, washing machines, nap capsules, massage chairs and, oh yes, refrigerators.The sharing economy fad has taken China by storm over the past year, and people in the business are making everything “shareable.”However, it’s not really sharing… it’s more or less rental businesses.
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Additionally, financial institutions have started investing heavily in user experience for their web properties to focus on customers first.The team at H Block has taken digital transformation to the next level by utilizing the artificial intelligence from IBM Watson to help tax preparers dig deeper and help customers save money.Zerlina has nearly eight years of marketing experience in the financial sector and was able to shed some light on topics that are top of mind for nearly every marketer.Zerlina will be presenting at Content Marketing World this September and was kind enough to provide insights into what her role at H Block entails, what it truly takes to create an exceptional customer experience and some takeaways from her presentation at the conference.Our driving traffic strategy consist of developing programs to ensure our information is found beyond hrblock.com (i.e.google quick answers, local listings, optimizations for SEO).
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Up to 32,000 nodes without routers in the middle and battery life measured in yearsReaders are doubtless familiar with Bluetooth's point-to-point connectivity features that enable you to do things like pair a wireless keyboard with a computer.Bluetooth's second application is broadcasting, most often used “beacons” that offer one-to-many links and are often used to provide location-dependent services or information.Bluetooth Mesh aims to make the standard capable of carrying data for longer distances, by bouncing messages through Bluetooth devices to their eventual destination.“Hang on”, you may well be saying at this point, “WiFi has superior range and is also good at mesh networking.As ever, power and money.
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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi signed an agreement with Samsung Display for the supply of OLED screens, which will be used on Xiaomi's flagship smartphones in 2018.Samsung will supply 6.01-inch rigid OLED panels to Xiaomi.The first batch will be shipped in December 2017.About one million panels will be shipped in the first month and 2.2 million more will be shipped in the second month.Financial terms of the deal were not released.Xiaomi originally planned to use LG's 5.49-inch flexible OLED panels.
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Twitter is also thwarting repeat offenders who create new accountsThe war to keep Twitter users safe is won one battle at a time, and vice president of engineering provided an update on those battles.Ho said Twitter is now taking action on 10 times the number of abusive accounts every day than it did at the same time last year, limiting account functionality or suspending “thousands” more abusive accounts daily.Twitter is also thwarting repeat offenders who create new accounts, with Ho saying the social network has removed twice as many of those accounts in the past four months and adding that Twitter’s “teams are continuing to review content daily and improve how we enforce our policies.”Accounts that demonstrate abusive behavior are being limited for a time period and told why, and Ho said accounts that suffer this fate generate 25 percent fewer abuse reports, with some 65 percent of them being punished only once.Twitter introduced last August has led blocks after mentions from users not followed by other users to decline by 40 percent.
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Editor’s note: This originally appeared on Analyse Asia, a weekly podcast hosted by Bernard Leong, dedicated to dissecting the pulse of business, technology, and media in Asia.We discussed the chronology in how Bitcoin became mainstream in the Chinese technology ecosystem.Last but not least, we discussed how the phenomenon of initial coin offerings (ICO) are heating up the Chinese cryptocurrency space.Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with timestamps included):John Riggins, (@DistRiggs, LinkedIn), Head of Operations Asia Pacific at BTC Media [0:38]How did you start your career?
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ASX-listed Isentia, a global big data company focusing on media monitoring and analyses, has named Alex Yu as the new general manager for its growing Hong Kong operations.Yu has deep insight in the media sales industry, media groups and mass media, including time with Maxus Communication, HK Cable TV, and JCDecaux Texon.He worked in the advertising sales team of Asia Inflight for 10 years, leading the sales team there to formulate sales strategies and drive business development.He has rich exposure in Hong Kong and China's B2B market and media industry.Along with Yu's hire, the company has moved its Hong Kong office to a more spacious location to accomodate its fast growth in the big data sector.With the acquisition of global content marketing agency King Content and press distribution service China Newswire in the past two years, Isentia has extended its offering from media monitoring and analysis to an all-around business intelligence solutions, by adding actions on real data intelligence.
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The R11 from Oppo makes no attempt to reinvent the wheel or adopt bleeding-edge technologies, but instead focuses on melding the tried-and-tested with a host of subtle refinements and beefed-up specifications.The Chinese electronics firm also stays true to its reputation for easy, good-enough photography capabilities with its dual camera implementation – Oppo’s first – paired with a top-notch 20-megapixel front-facing camera.At 2,999 yuan (HK$3,470), it’s certainly worth a look.The R11 has a gorgeous 5.5-inch AMOLED display that delivers such vivid hues and deep blacks that you might feel compelled to search for vibrant wallpapers to show it off.The metal back is stylishly contoured, giving the R11 a premium feel and making the already slim 6.8mm device feel even thinner.Moreover, the aggressively curved sides and contours along the back mean that the device may be prone to slipping out of your hands by accident – I almost dropped it a few times until I started using the bundled transparent soft case.
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Residents who let out their spare rooms to rowdy guests through sites such as Airbnb could be forced to pay compensation to their neighbours under a plan being considered by the New South Wales government.Apartment owners would also be forced to pay extra strata funds, and there would be limits on the number of days a property can be let out without a development application.The proposals are among several to be released for public consultation on Friday after the Berejiklian government earlier this year called for input on how to regulate the booming industry.Solutions for the private short-term rental market, which usually operates on sites such as Airbnb and Stayz, range from self-regulation to changes to strata and planning rules.One proposed strata rule change would allow owners’ corporations to ask the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal to order owners to pay compensation when guest behaviour affects others in the building, or issue a temporary ban on short-term letting, News Corp Australia reports.It’s unclear whether the government will adopt the proposals.
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Oukitel K6000 Plus is the midrange go-to phone from Oukitel and it has been selling quite well in the past months.So far the chinese manufacturer released the grey and gold versions of the phone, but it’s time to follow the latest trends so the new matte black version should be entering the market already this week.Everything stays the same, so you can expect exactly the same hardware as from the original K6000 Plus.So the 5,5-inch FullHD display, massive 6080 mAh battery with 12V/2A fast charging, MT6750T octa-core chipset, 4GB RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, 16 MP main camera with PDAF, fingerprint scanner in the front integrated into the home button and metal alloy back cover.There is also a new software update for the Oukitel K6000 Plus, which should be automatically applied to all the new matte black pieces, but of course the owners of the original ones should update too for sure.It brings the HDR mode for the camera and sets the default UI to the Google UI along some other minor tweaks.
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Following the launch of the Bluboo S1 tri-bezel-less model (which is currently on sale on Gearbest for $159.99) the chinese manufacturer announced the preparations for their second full-screen piece Bluboo S8.This phone should be coming with the 18:9 display aspect ratio and we have some first pictures for you revealing the planned design concept of “Simplification”.As you can see from the pictures the new Bluboo S8 is not going to be the tri-bezel-less model, but the upper/lower bezels will be quite thin.That means migration of the fingerprint reader to the back of the device just below the cameras.Speaking of which, the dual cameras in the back will be aligned vertically and will be adopting Sony IMX214 as the primary 13 MP sensor with a 3 MP secondary one for good measure.The back panel of the device will be also processed with IML electroplating technology bringing some multi-color visual effect, the so -called CD effect.
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New start-ups from Taiwan, where the entrepreneurial environment is lacklustre, should shift their focus to mainland China where there are abundant opportunities and capital, according to an industry veteran who recently started investing in start-ups.“There is a [longstanding] culture that works against Taiwanese entrepreneurs as the government and people have the tendency to want to build up huge enterprises to fend off external competition ,” Richard Kang, a partner at Taiwan Accelerator, which claimed to be the only seed accelerator in Taiwan, told the South China Morning Post.“So for people who grew up in Taiwan, they tend to work in the government, or HTC and Taiwan Semiconductor.”Kang said he rarely heard of any successful start-up stories in Taiwan, where there has been a severe lack of mentors and investors in the past few years.Taiwan Accelerator was founded in 2016 and began operation in February.It has picked eight start-ups out of 153 applicants in the first cohort – seven from Taiwan and one from India – to be granted seed capital and mentorship that covers a variety of aspects, including building the business model, developing products to be market-fit, know-how in finance, accounting, legal areas, and media relations.
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Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday said he had received “verbal” approval to start building an ultra-high-speed underground transport system linking New York and Washington that would cut travel time between the cities to about half an hour.He offered no details on what entity had green lighted the project that could result in the world’s longest tunnel.Musk, the chief executive of electric car maker Tesla Inc and rocket company SpaceX, is seeking to revolutionise transportation by sending passengers and cargo packed into pods through an intercity system of giant vacuum tubes known as the “hyperloop.”Officials in Washington and New York said they had not approved any project, and under federal rules Musk would need extensive environmental and building permits to mount such an ambitious project.Musk recently started an enterprise called the Boring Company to build transport tunnels for the system, which he says would be far faster than current high-speed trains and use electromagnetic propulsion.In tweets on Thursday Musk said:
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The philosopher and intellectual foresaw the birth of the internet 35 years before it happened.He rose to prominence in the 1960s for his work as a media theorist and for coining the term "global village", which was a prescient vision of the internet age.McLuhan's preeminent theory was his idea that human history could be divided into four eras: the acoustic age, the literary age, the print age and the electronic age.He outlined the concept in a 1962 book called The Gutenberg Galaxy, which was released just as the television was starting to become popular.In his follow-up book, Understanding Media, he expanded the theory to show the method of communication rather than the information itself would come to be the most influential fact of the electronic age.He soon became a TV personality, making regular appearances to explain his theory of why "the medium is the message".
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If Deutsch NY CEO Val DiFebo isn’t on this list of icons from the “boogie down”, she very well should.DiFebo started her tenure at Deutsch in 1992 and quickly became one of the agency’s cornerstones as the entire industry adapted to a nascent digital era.Fast forward to this year, her 25th at Deutsch (and 8th in her current role) and the powerhouse exec has seen standout work come out of her agency from Taco Bell, Angel Soft, and PNC Bank especially.Culturally, DiFebo has ensured that half of all the agency’s leadership is made up of women, still a misnomer in an industry trying to tackle diversity issues of all kinds.DiFebo has previously received honors from the Advertising Women of New York, (now rebranded as She Runs It) and Business Journal, and this year, the Italian Welfare League has named her their 2017 Woman of the Year.Under her leadership, Deutsch doesn’t just rack up its share of advertising awards, but honors from the Coalition for the Homeless, Live Out Loud, the Advertising Educational Foundation and MAIP for corporate leadership and service.
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When it comes to homebrew projects, Google is actually a pretty cool company.Unlike some of its rivals in Silicon Valley—particularly in Cupertino—the search giant sometimes likes to help people hack into its hardware and make it their own.The latest example of this fine tradition helped one crafty British man turn a vintage intercom into a working version of a Google Home.The adventure started when Google bundled an AIY (Artificial Intelligence Yourself) Projects Voice Kit with the May issue of MagPi magazine.The kit included a Raspberry Pi HAT (Hardware Attached on Top) that made it possible to add natural voice interaction to any Pi-powered project using the Google Assistant SDK.While the MagPi magazine offered instructions on how to build a little cardboard box that you could talk to, a hardware hacker from the United Kingdom had other designs.
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It could be argued that many of the floundering retail chains failed to invest in people — both employees and customers — and the technology needed to serve those people.Several reports estimate that somewhere between 2,500 and 2,800 new, physical retail stores have opened this year, offsetting some of the aforementioned closures, and in some areas, retailers are having trouble hiring enough employees.So while it is worth noting that retail sales growth is slow and there have been more store closures than store openings, the industry is not on the verge of collapse.Media outlets from The Wall Street Journal to Fortune to USA Today have trumpeted news about store closings, retail bankruptcies, and the end of retail as we know it,” wrote Paula Rosenblum, co-founder and managing partner of RSR Research, a retail analysis firm, in a Forbes article from May 2017.And the rest of us should just close up shop now, and put an end to the pain,” Rosenblum continued.The retail chains that are suffering, going bankrupt, and closing stores are a symptom of poor management and a lack of investment more than they are an indication of the retail industry’s health.
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A good onboarding stream can do wonders to help make sure your users are continuing to make the most of your app on a regular basis, long after they’ve downloaded it.A good onboarding stream will also help win the permissions that allow an app to fulfill on its promise.If your onboarding stream is less than awesome, there is plenty of inspiration to be found in companies that are doing a great job of this.Sephora: Simple designs, beautiful resultsSephora is an acknowledged master of marketing — especially mobile marketing — and this onboarding series shows why.BP: Using onboarding to de-mystify prompts
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Details on Star Trek: Discovery have been fairly scarce—we’ve got a few good general ideas, but nothing specific.That’s changed now, because a bevy of props and images are currently on display at San Diego Comic-Con, and while Starfleet is always Starfleet, the Klingons are stealing the show.There is a fair bit of concept art for Klingon ships, which look unlike anything we’ve seen from the species before:In previous footage, we’ve seen the Klingon T’Kuvma (Chris Obi) take charge of the Klingons.The Torchbearer suit is both armour and an EV suit—which the full face helmet makes a bit of sense for.Apparently this version of the suit is “worn only by a warrior chosen through a sacred ritual” and Torchbearers can “sound The Call for all houses to unite by activating a ceremonial obelisk.” We know that uniting the houses is the goal of T’Kuvma, so I wonder if we will see him don this armor.
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Of all the things that we suggest you do not try with your Android phone, boiling them in water has to be right up there!Chinese phone makers have a long history of running extreme torture tests to show how tough their phones can be.Over the years we have seen phones hit nails into wood, fall out of office windows and even be set on fire, but this is the first time we’ve seen a phone boiled in water!Error loading player: No playable sources foundNOMU decided that an appropriate method of showing just how tough the NOMU S30 mini really is was to place it in a pan of boiling water for a minute and see what would happen.We’re not sure what they were trying to prove with the video, as the phone was already certified IP68 which covers dust and water, and we don’t know how often people accidentally drop their phones in boiling pans of liquid.
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