After launching the feature packed and powerful Ulefone MIX and Ulefone T1 Premium Edition the chinese maker is here with something less flashy, the new budget piece Ulefone S7.But even in the budget models these days we are getting the trendy dual camera setup, after all almost no phone is really without that lately.Ulefone S7 is trying to look appealing with its stylish 3D grid texture on the back creating a stereoscopic visual effect and the fancy metallic looks, though that comes only from the sprayed-on metal.The phone also comes in five different color variants–black, golden, red, blue and turquoise.Check out the following video for a better idea about the design and looks.The makers are trying hard to convince us about the good performance of the rear dual 8MP+5MP cameras, but keep in mind it’s a budget smartphone.
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Vkworld has been producing the mobile phone for more than 6 years, so they can be surely considered as one of the veterans of the field.Their latest model will be the new Vkworld S8 that will be available at the end of October and represents an affordable phone that provides neat specifications and a huge fast charging 5500mAh Samsung battery.Although it’s once again one of the Samsung S8 clones, Vkworld S8 wants to be different than the competition and with just 3,2mm thin top bezel and 1.3mm side ones it actually is.Display (once again 18:9 aspect ratio but with so far unspecficied resolution) is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 both front and back and the phone will be available in a variety of colors.Vkworld S8 packs an unknown processor, 4G RAM + 64GB ROM and will be expandable with a MicroSD card.For imaging purposes also a pair of rear 16MP+5MP, 13MP front selfie cam, rear fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C port.
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An updated version of Apple's self-driving car was spotted in Silicon Valley.It's sporting a new set of white plastic-covered sensors on top of the car's roof rack.Apple's self-driving cars will reportedly be used for an internal company shuttle to bring employees from one building to another.Apple's self-driving cars have a new array of sensors, according to video tweeted by Voyage cofounder MacCallister Higgins on Tuesday.According to the video, Apple has a new array of sensors with which it's equipping its fleet of self-driving cars.The sensor rack spotted in Higgins' video is covered in Apple-style white plastic, and sports a lot of different sensors, including six Velodyne Lidar sensors, according to his tweets.
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Companies that want to benefit from artificial intelligence should be looking at top-line value versus cost savings and how they can augment existing processes, according to the chief strategist of IBM’s Watson division.In his keynote speech at the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) in Toronto Tuesday morning, Marc Teerlink predicted that in five years every major decision — from comparing contracts in a business to approving a mortgage — will involve consulting an AI system of some kind.An AI tool might use an image of a banana to know identify the fruit, for example but might need what Teerlink called a “custom classifier” to distinguish between a ripe one and one that’s gone bad.Approximately 20% of patients are eligible today, but less than five per cent are matched because of the time physicians need to make a determination.Teerlink said Watson augments the physicians’ knowledge by going through a series of parameters such as the patient’s genetic disposition, along with an analysis of more than 15,000 studies, to provide a recommendation.This reduces the time a physician needs to as little as 14.5 minutes to digest.
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Finally kicks off today one of the most awaited tech shows in the Asian continent – the Global Sources Mobile Electronics fair which, just like every year, takes place at the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong.One of the smartphone manufacturers that have begun showing off their products is Uhans, that came with a whopping five new devices.Let’s begin with the Uhans Max 2, a big 6.44-inch display phone with Full HD resolution and a full metal body.The smartphone also feature 13MP + 2MP dual camera setups on both sides for a nice bokeh effect and it’s fueled by a 4300mAH battery.Next we have then the Uhans i8, which packs a 5.65-inch display with the trendy 18:9 aspect ratio and coated in 2.5D glass.We also find a 13MP rear camera, an 8MP selfie shooter and an USB Type-C port.
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Did you know that the Facebook mobile application allows you to browse a list of Facebook pages that may match your interests?As you browse the list, you have the option to like any of the listed pages, so that their posts will begin appearing in your News Feed.Our guide will show you how this feature works.Note: These screenshots were captured in the Facebook app on iOS.Step 1: Tap the three horizontal lines in the bottom-right corner of the screen.Step 3: Tap “News Feed Preferences.”
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Dropbox wants its independent workers to ‘stand out from the crowd.’For those independent workers that are sick and tired of file-sharing tools that are aimed more at groups than the individual Dropbox may have a solution.With Dropbox Professional users will be able to store, share, and track work from a single place by bringing together the company’s storage, sharing, and support solutions in to one place.In addition to the standard tools that users of the tech will already be familiar with, the company is also introducing Dropbox Showcase.The feature is said to allow users to share content, track client engagement and, “maximize the impact of their work.”“Work is becoming more fluid as the scope of projects that individuals can take on expands,” said Todd Jackson, Head of Product, Dropbox.
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There are plenty of announcements coming out of BoxWorks 2017.Artificial Intelligence, the new Swiss Army knife of the tech world, is now being added to the Box platform for content collaboration.This may sound like a now well-trodden path where a vendor decides to chuck in some AI algorithms that don’t really add in any value but make the company appear innovative and with their ‘finger on the pulse’, but the cloud company is going for a different approach by allowing customers to use the AI tools that they want.The Box Skills framework will give customers the ability to apply AI tech from Microsoft Azure, IBM Watson, and Google Cloud to their content.The idea is to “bring intelligent to cloud content management” by giving customers the ability to uncover insights that previously wouldn’t have been available.“We are in the midst of a revolution in enterprise software driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning, and we are making Box the most intelligent cloud content management platform in the world,” said Aaron Levie, cofounder and CEO of Box.
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If you own more than one USB powered device – just like many of us over at GizChina – then you must have incurred in a situation where you couldn’t find the right cable for the right device.That won’t be a problem no more thanks to this handy adapter from Dodocool, the DA120GY.Let’s learn more about it!The Dodocool DA120GY is one of many high quality adapter produced by the Chinese company.This one specifically comes with a 3.3ft long cable, an USB Type-A port on one side and either a microUSB, USB Type-C or Lightening port at the other end.All the adapters are connected to the main cable, so they aren’t easy to lose, you simply plug whatever you need to the main microUSB out and you’re ready to go.
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An international group of researchers led by Professor Wim Versées (VIB-VUB) has unraveled the workings of an essential mechanism in 'Parkinson's protein' LRRK2.Approximately 4 million people worldwide currently suffer from Parkinson's disease, and this number is only expected to increase.The most frequent genetic causes of the illness are mutations in the gene responsible for controlling the production of protein LRRK2, which includes two enzymes: a kinase and a GTPase.Because this kinase is at the root of neuronal problems, kinase inhibitors have already been clinically tested.However, these inhibitors eventually cause lung and kidney problems, making it imperative for scientists to seek alternative solutions.Parkinson's protein comes in a single or doubled state
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Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore), one of the world's leading research-intensive institutions, and Swedish defence and security technology leader Saab, will set up a joint research centre as part of a collaboration to develop research projects and programmes in high-end digital technology.A key focus of the Saab-NTU Joint Research Centre is air traffic management, with research into areas such as artificial intelligence, cyber security, machine learning, computer vision, anomaly detection and unmanned aircraft system camera insertion.This will be followed by an annual investment for five or more years which will be matched by NTU.To initiate the partnership, NTU and Saab signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today (18 October) at the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, before the start of the two-day Wallenberg Autonomous Systems and Software Programme (WASP)-NTU Workshop in Stockholm.It was witnessed by NTU President Prof Bertil Andersson, Mr Marcus Wallenberg, Chairman of Saab, and Prof Subra Suresh, who will succeed Prof Andersson as NTU's fourth president on 1 January next year.NTU is proud to be Saab's partner of choice in Asia as together we forge a long-term partnership in research excellence.
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Plasma technology could hold the key to creating a sustainable oxygen supply on Mars, a new study has found.It suggests that Mars, with its 96 per cent carbon dioxide atmosphere, has nearly ideal conditions for creating oxygen from CO2 through a process known as decomposition.Published today in the journal Plasma Sources Science and Technology, the research by the universities of Lisbon and Porto, and École Polytechnique in Paris, shows that the pressure and temperature ranges in the Martian atmosphere mean non-thermal (or non-equilibrium) plasma can be used to produce oxygen efficiently.Lead author Dr Vasco Guerra, from the University of Lisbon, said: "Sending a manned mission to Mars is one of the next major steps in our exploration of space.Creating a breathable environment, however, is a substantial challenge."Plasma reforming of CO2 on Earth is a growing field of research, prompted by the problems of climate change and production of solar fuels.
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Professor Martijn Kemerink of Linköping University has worked with colleagues in Spain and the Netherlands to develop the first material with conductivity properties that can be switched on and off using ferroelectric polarisation.The phenomenon can be used for small and flexible digital memories of the future, and for completely new types of solar cells.In an article published in the prestigious scientific journal Science Advances, the research group shows the phenomenon in action in three specially built molecules, and proposes a model for how it works."I originally had the idea many years ago, and then I just happened to meet Professor David González-Rodríguez, from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, who had constructed a molecule of exactly the type we were looking for," says Martijn Kemerink.The organic molecules that the researchers have built conduct electricity and contain dipoles.A dipole has one end with a positive charge and one with a negative charge, and changes its orientation (switches) depending on the voltage applied to it.
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Dr. Jennifer Ludwig of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a process that allows a fast, simple, and cost-effective production of the promising cathode material lithium cobalt phosphate in high quality.Hope is pink: The powder that Jennifer Ludwig carefully pours into a glass bowl and which glows pink in the light of the laboratory lamp has the potential to significantly improve the performance of future batteries."Lithium cobalt phosphate can store substantially more energy than conventional cathode materials," explains the chemist.Working in the group of Tom Nilges, head of the Professorship of Synthesis and Characterization of Innovative Materials, the chemist has developed a process for producing the pink powder quickly, with minimal amounts of energy and in the highest quality.It operates at higher voltages than the traditionally employed lithium iron phosphate and thus, attains a higher energy density - 800 watt hours per kilogram instead of just under 600 watt hours.Previous process: expensive and energy-intensive
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Researchers from Concordia have made a breakthrough that could help your electronic devices get even smarter.Champagne is pleased with the reception the research has garnered."We were thrilled when our paper was accepted by Nature Communications because of the respect the journal has in the field," he says.Champagne, the study's principle investigator, is also chair of Concordia's Department of Physics and the Concordia University Research Chair in Nanoelectronics and Quantum Materials.Nature Communications is an open access, multidisciplinary journal dedicated to publishing research in biology, physics, chemistry and earth sciences."We have shown experimentally that we can control whether or not positively and negatively charged particles behave the same way in very short carbon nanotube transistors.
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(Millbrook, NY) With support from a $1.47 million grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Dartmouth, and the University of New Hampshire are developing high-tech tools to monitor cyanobacteria in lakes, predict impending blooms, and identify factors that are degrading water quality.Blooms disrupt recreation and can produce toxins that are harmful to fish and people.Under the three-year grant, the research team will explore how population growth, land use, climate change, and lake-specific factors have affected water quality in approximately 2,000 lakes in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.To identify patterns and understand relationships between these complex systems, the team will bring together multiple data types collected via satellite, drone, and mobile app.Kathleen Weathers, an ecosystem ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and co-principal investigator on the study explains, "NASA funding will allow us to tap into the power of both remote sensing and citizen science to better understand, predict, and manage cyanobacterial blooms, which are becoming a real problem in Northeast lakes.David Lutz, an environmental scientist at Dartmouth and the study's principal investigator notes, "There has been a great deal of research focusing on cyanobacterial blooms in the Midwest and southern states, where nutrient pollution is abundant due to runoff from fertilizer applied to agricultural fields.
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Google entered the smart speaker space with the original Google Home, a device that was designed to tackle the Amazon Alexa but as Amazon went and created the smaller Dot Google followed suit with the compact Google Home Mini.The Google Home Mini was announced during the Pixel 2 announcement, and in actual fact was joined at the launch by a larger smart speaker with beefier audio capabilities, but it’s the affordable Google Home Mini that we’re interested in today so let’s take a look at it.Google has given the Mini seriously competitive pricing and at just £49 (in the UK) the cost is small enough to buy one to experiment with.They’re also cheap enough and small enough to own more than one and place them around your home.3 colour options are available at the time of writing including white, coral, and charcoal, the colour that I chose for my own device.The simple little speaker comes in a small cube box that includes the speaker, some quick start instruction cards, and a mains power adapter.
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San Francisco-based traceability technology SafeTraces has raised $6.5 million in a Series A round led by impact investor Omidyar Network.Agrifood tech investors S2G Ventures and Maumee Ventures, along withUL Ventures, City Light Capital, and Tuscan Management also participated in the round, which brings the company’s total fundraising to date to $8.5 million.The technology, which was developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a US Department of Energy-sponsored research facility, was originally used as a biostimulant to enhance our response capability following an intentional or accidental release of a biological agent.Food processors and other parties handling food in the supply chain can spray SafeTraces’ seaweed-based DNA tag on individual food items so that their provenance and qualities can be traced and verified throughout the supply chain.The markers can be read with specific barcode readers, providing a traceability tool, but also a food safety tool as they will be able to detect some pathogens too.It allows a very focused response and a very credible position if you pledge to have a certain sourcing,” said CEO Anthony Zografos.
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Complaints surrounding the National Broadband Network (NBN) are rocketing as consumers face ongoing issues.Australia’s NBN rollout has been fraught with problems from the beginning.Through all the finger-pointing, consumers are suffering.New connections are often facing delays while existing connections are being deemed “fully unusable” by some customers.In the report from the telecommunications ombudsman released today, concerns about internet services dominated in 2016-17.Complaints about the NBN grew 159.3 percent.
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Dealing with the hundreds of pitches, follow-ups, and angry emails I get each day is basically a full-time job.Now, it’s introduced an AI assistant, which uses machine learning and NLP (natural language processing) tech to do much of the heavy sifting for you.It’ll show you, for example, how long it’d take you to clear your inbox, if you made a concerted decision to sit down and play catch-up.Boomerang also highlights relevant passages from emails.On one email inviting me to an event in London, the passage selected contained the all the pertinent details of the event (like the name, address, and time).That said, the accuracy of the voice recognition itself isn’t perfect.
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