Chinese online search giant Baidu on Monday set up an Augmented Reality Lab as part of its efforts to make the technology available to China s hundreds of millions of smartphone users.The lab, which is a spin-off of the Baidu Institute of Deep Learning, is dedicated to developing state of the art technologies and building augmented reality applications for various industries.Augmented reality has been in the news recently, particularly after the tremendous popularity of Pokemon Go.However, it has not made big strides like virtual reality, as location-based augmented reality games are still banned on the mainland.Andrew Ng, chief scientist of Baidu, however, see great potential for the technology, especially in areas like education, medical care and tourism, as the technology helps people use a more interactive way to explore the world .Many of the mobile phone-based innovation starts in China.
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US President-elect Donald Trump revealed multiple details about how he uses Twitter in an interview with former British Justice Secretary Michael Gove, of which The Times published a full transcript.Trump doesn't type all of his tweets, according to the interview's transcript, which says: "I have one or two people that do that during the day I'll just dictate something and they'll type it in."And when he officially becomes president, Trump said that he will continue to tweet because of the "dishonest press":"I thought I'd do less of it, but I'm covered so dishonestly by the press ...I can go bing bing bing and I just keep going and they put it on and as soon as I tweet it out ...I find it very accurate ... they can't do much when you tweet it and I'm careful about, it's very precise, actually it's very, very precise — and it comes out breaking news, we have breaking news — ya know, it's funny ..."Trump also said that he will continue to tweet from his existing Twitter account @realDonaldTrump, which currently has 20 million followers: "I'll keep it .so I've got 46 million people right now — that's a lot, that's really a lot — but 46 million — including Facebook, Twitter and ya know, Instagram so when you think that your 46 million there, I'd rather just let that build up and just keep it @realDonaldTrump, it's working."Despite the fact that he said he tweets from numerous phones, Trump denied that anyone else has access to his Twitter account, including his chief strategist and former CEO of Trump's campaign Steve Bannon.
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About 350 million people suffer from depression globally, according to the World Health Organization. known as a mental disorder, but depression can also have an impact on your physical health, particularly your heart — according to a new study.According to the new research, which was published in the journal Atherosclerosis, the
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Adl/Flickr CC It's official: People are dreadful at picking passwords.The world's most popular password is the depressingly easy-to-guess 123456, according to a massive analysis of 10 million leaked passwords.Some were new — like the hack of adult dating site AdultFriendFinder — while others, like LinkedIn, were years-old, but the data only recently
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Apple has launched its first run of TV advertisements for the new Apple AirPods wireless headphones.The iPhone maker has posted four videos to YouTube, varying in length from 15 seconds to a minute, all of which are trying to get you to purchase a shiny new pair of AirPods.Three of the videos feature a dancer called Lil Buck, who grooves to music through the streets of Mexico City while listening with AirPods.There are some nifty special effects that show Lil Buck dancing upside down and on walls, pushing a clear message that Apple s first wireless headphones offer freedom like never before.Apple also uses the ads to showcase the AirPods compatibility with the Siri digital assistant, as well as a feature that pauses your music when you remove the AirPods.Check out the ads below:
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Last week we reported on an LG smartwatch passing through the USA s comms regulator – and now two more have followed suit.On Friday, we wrote about a mystery device with the model number W280 becoming certified by the Federal Communications Commission FCC .That model number was in line with previous LG smartwatches, so it seems certain that this will be a wearable device.But we re now also aware of two other devices – W270 and W281 – having been certified by the FCC, which could mean there are three new smartwatches on the way from LG shortly.Generally, products only pass through the FCC when they re approaching the point where they re going to go on sale.In any case, none of this is particularly surprising; back in December, it was revealed that LG had applied for four smartwatch trademarks – Watch Style, Watch Pro, Watch Force, and Watch Sole.
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What is the Hotpoint Day 1 Ultima XUL85 T3U WOJH?It boasts an A energy rating, low noise, over 200 litres of fridge space, and a good-sized freezer – which, unusually, has four drawers.Controls are a simple row of buttons and LEDs along the top edge of the inner door frame, and the door handles are chunky and secure.So Hotpoint supplied test results from SGL Prüf, a testing house in Hartmannsdorf in Germany.Hotpoint claims that its Active Oxygen technology alone inhibits bacteria growth by up to 90% and can neutralise fridge odours by up to 70%.The fridge weighs in with a serious 204 litres of total cooling space spread across the two drawers, three shelves, three door pockets and a chrome hanging bottle rack.
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The world-famous London Piccadilly Lights were switched off on Monday morning and will remain off for nine months.The current screens are being replaced with a 17.65 meter by 44.62 meter single screen, with six advertisers sharing theCoca-Cola and Samsung have renewed their contracts with the owner of the site, Land Securities.
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Chinese tech investor Kuang-Chi has invested $30 million £25 million in Dorset-based jet engine company Gilo Industries, valuing the firm at $80 million £67 million , according to The Financial Times.The deal, announced on Monday, marks the investor's first forayGilo, which makes rotary engines for jetpacks and unmanned aircraft, reported revenues of £915,000 and an operating profit
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ZTE s Blade V8 is certainly a looker, and a phone that a lot of to-be buyers are im patiently waiting for.According to reports, the device — first showcased at CES 2017 — is due for a launch in China in March this year.Along with that, the ZTE V8 will launch in Germany, and Spain in the same month.However, buyers in Japan and Russia are expected to get their hands on the phone a bit sooner, as the phone is expected to launch in these markets in February.Buy ZTE and Nubia phones and accessories at shop.gizchina.com!If you don t remember the specifications, the Blade V8 comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 435 SoC, a 13 front camera, a 13 2 mega-pixel dual rear camera setup, and a 2730mAh battery.The phone comes in two spec sets, differing in RAM and ROM 2GB/16GB and 3GB/32GB .By all means, the V8 isn t high-end.However, if the Huawei P9 was anything to go by, kickass dual camera phones do not come with high-end specs.
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DAVOS, SWITZERLAND — ManpowerGroup, one of the world's largest jobs companies, released a report detailing how the technological revolution is going to change the employment market forever.The company released the report, entitled "The Skills Revolution," on conjunction with the World Economic Forum's meeting of the most powerful political and business leaders across the globe in Davos, Switzerland.It surveyed more than 18,000 employers across 43 countries and six industry sectors.While technological developments will cause greater automation, a decrease in headcount or slow growth in hiring in some areas, it will actually create a lot of jobs too, according to Manpower.But the key to this is to make sure the world's workforce "upskills" to be qualified enough to take on new positions.Companies need to invest in their workers to make sure they are not being left behind."We are seeing the emergence of a Skills Revolution — where helping people upskill and adapt to a fast-changing world of work will be the defining challenge of our time.Those with the right skills will increasingly call the shots, create opportunities and choose how, where and when they work," said Jonas Prising, Chairman & CEO at ManpowerGroup.We cannot slow the rate of technological advance or globalization, but we can invest in employees skills to increase the resilience of our people and organisations."Those without will look to the future and not be able to see how their circumstances will improve.This polarization of the population that is playing out in front of our eyes is no good for society or for business.
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South Korean prosecutors are seeking a warrant to arrest Samsung Group s vice chairman Lee Jae-yong on charges that include participating in payments that Samsung made to a close friend of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in exchange for government support in the company s succession planning. giant denies any wrongdoing; its stock was down 3% on the news.2.
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The French-sounding name might be confusing for some, but the Chinese tech giant has set its foot in the US, launching its ambitious expansion there last year.As CES 2017 concluded last week, LeEco had been trying to make its name familiar to American consumers with an array of products, from smart bikes to TVs.The year of 2016 had actually been a hectic and difficult year for LeEco, while it tried to expand globally.Despite its big splash on American soil last year with its USD 2 billion purchase of TV manufacturer Vizio, American analysts remained skeptical about LeEco s US expansion.LeEco, also known as the Netflix of China, won big in China with what it describes as an ecosystem where they brought together hardware, software and content streaming services.The company grew rapidly in China over the last couple of years, from an online video streaming site to an aspiring smart car pioneer.The Chinese tech giant announced its ambitious expansion plan to the US last year but soon saw a shortfall in its financials.In November 2016, LeEco s founder and CEO Jia Yueting known as YT Jia sent a letter to his employees saying that he would cut his annual salary to 15 cents one yuan after he acknowledged that the business was running low on cash.No company has had such an experience of being caught in ice and fire, Jia wrote in the letter, according to Bloomberg.
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Duty free shops in Korea have begun to invite internet celebrities from China, better known as Wang Hong there, to attract Chinese tourists during the upcoming holiday season.The shops are seeking to break through Beijing s economic retaliation against Seoul s decision to deploy a U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense THAAD battery here.Last Wednesday, HDC Shilla invited four Chinese internet celebrities to HDC I Park Mall and Shilla I PARK Duty Free in Yongsan, central Seoul.The online stars, who have millions of followers on social media such as Weibo, broadcast their shopping for two hours to China through their smartphones.At toy store Toys & Hobby in I Park Mall, the four introduced kidult culture in Korea, which has yet to be seen in China.They introduced Korea s fashion and beauty brands as well at The Handsome and 3 Concept Eyes outlets in Shilla I PARK Duty Free.
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The 4th-gen Apple TV was designed, in part, to bring the best of the App Store s gaming line-up to the living room TV.While a few arrived Crossy Road, Minecraft, Alto's Adventure, etc., it has hardly been a stampede towards the tvOS platform from the top mobile developers.Apple has been limiting the app size to a paltry 200MB compared to the 4GB installs it allows on iOS.Now, the company has seen the error of its ways and done what it should have all along ditched the low install limit.This will mean less additional loading of content while playing games.
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News just in this morning is that Xiaomi could be preparing 3 versions the upcoming Xiaomi Mi6 with the base version packing a Helio X30 chipset.Reports just in are stating that there could be up to 3 variants of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi6 flagship smartphone to be released.Those versions will include a range topper with Snapdragon 835 processor but start with an entry version priced at 1999 Yuan with a Mediatek chipset!If the reports are accurate then this would mark quite a change for Xiaomi who have always kept their flagship Mi range of smartphones on the Qualcomm bandwagon with even the most affordable 1999 Yuan versions coming with the same top of the range chipset of the time.Apparently all versions of the Xiaomi Mi6 will come with an OLED display however the panel on the flagship version will either be an edge-to-edge design of feature a true curve panel.Pricing will kick off at 1999 Yuan for the Mediatek Helio X30 version of the flagship phone, with Snapdragon 836 Xiaomi Mi6 handsets being priced at 2499 Yuan and 2999 Yuan.
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The wait for the Oppo Find 9 continues but home-based designers can t wait and has gone ahead to release their own concepts.We, like you, are still waiting on the follow up to Oppo s 2014 Find 7 launch.The Oppo Find 7 was the last flagship that Oppo released in the Find range and made the basis of the popular OnePlus One.We re now in 2017 and while Oppo hasn t made any official announcement about an Oppo Find 9 release, or even hinted at one, loyal fans to the mark are still hopeful that a powerful handset will be released in due time.One group of designers known as the DBS Designing Team have even taken it upon themselves to go ahead and create some concept artwork in the form of a video of what they believe the Oppo Find 9 will look and perform like.The Oppo Find 9 in the video boasts an edge-to-edge 5.5-inch AMOLED display, USB Type, Snapdragon 835 chipset, 6GB RAM, and 128GB memory.The device also manages to packing a large 5000mAh battery which should charge quickly thanks to VOOC fast charging.Cameras included are a 16 mega-pixel rear and 13 mega-pixel front.Let us know what you think of the Oppo Find 9 concept in the comments section below.
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Sameer Al-Sakran is the founder and CEO of Metabase, an open source business intelligence company.How to join the networkWell, 2016 is officially in the past.Most sophisticated observers have come to grips with the fact that a SaaS company in hyper-growth mode chews up every available dollar and then some.Data of that fine granularity is something that your friendly neighborhood SaaS CFO is unlikely to include in their 10-Qs.LinkedIn had such an unfortunate moment in 2016, and managed to ruin a lot of other companies nights in early February.
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The new Raspberry Pi single-board computer is smaller and cheaper than the last, but its makers aren't expecting the same rush of buyers that previous models have seen.To make use of it, buyers will first need to design a product with a slot on the circuit board to accommodate it and that, he said, will take time.The Compute Module 3 has the same four-core, 64-bit Broadcom BCM2837 processor and 1GB of RAM as the credit-card-sized Raspberry Pi 3, but is less than half the size and missing the Ethernet, USB, SD Card and display sockets of its larger cousin.The signals for the missing ports all appear on an edge connector that fits into a SODIMM socket, typically used for laptop memory upgrades, allowing industrial product designers to choose which ports they want to expose on their product, and which functions they want to build in or do without.NEC revealed those smart signage systems in October 2016, long before the Compute Module 3 went on sale on Jan. 16, 2017, but since the new module is pin-compatible with the original Compute Module launched in 2014, upgrading will be a snap."We're expecting a lot of our Compute Module business to move to Compute Module 3," Upton said.
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Not really, but I ll still buy it, because it s about what the game and console combine to offer that compels.There are also new characters: Splatoon s Inkling Boy and Girl, King Boo, Dry Bones and Bowser Jr., a completely revamped Battle Mode to include Balloon Battle and Bob-Omb Blast and new karts.Watch: Hands-on with Nintendo SwitchPlayers can now also carry two items, like in Double Dash, although bizarrely you can t switch between the main and reserve item, which is doubly strange considering the name of the console I m playing the game on.The improvement to the game running at 1080p/60FPS at all times on the TV of course , regardless of split-screen is much-needed, as 30 FPS on Wii U made the game look broken.I played the game in all its variants: On the TV, on the Switch with the Joy Con controllers attached either side and with the Switch on its kickstand using one Joy-Con, which was housed in a wheel much like Mario Kart Wii came with, though much tinier.
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