The UK Intellectual Property Office has cancelled the trademark of a Chinese company making "almost identical" products to Lego with the brand name 'Lepin.'Lego has been battling to get the trademark cancelled for over a year.Its owner Longjun Toys didn't put up much of a fight – the company apparently originally told Lego to provide proof of its own trademark dominance, to which Lego responded with 5 years of sales figures (zing), and since then Longjun has left it in the hands of the IPO.Cancelling Longjun's trademark on Tuesday the 19th, the IPO said it believed consumers were likely to be confused when trying to distinguish between Lego and Lepin.In particular, Lepin's logo uses "the same colours as the applicant’s mark in a highly similar structural way."Considering Lepin makes construction sets called Lepin Star Wars, Lepin City, Lepin Technician and Lepin Creator Expert, we can see their point.
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The average working stiff might not be able to tell you what ADP does, but there’s a decent chance that the company affects him in a very important way—namely, it gets him his paycheck.In fact, ADP (which stands for Automatic Data Processing) pays about 40 million workers worldwide, and 1 in 6 of us in the U.S.It also happens to provide an entire suite of services in the field of HCM (that stands for Human Capital Management, and brace yourself because more acronyms are coming), including 401(K) and health insurance administration.But in recent weeks, and with a creative assist from Havas New York, ADP has been preparing to send a new and broader message—this one concerning the meaning of work and future of the workplace itself.Harbingers of that initiative were on view two weeks ago at SXSW (that’s South by Southwest, by the way).Women attendees to the Austin tech and culture colloquium were given the chance to smash a piggy bank—a symbolic act of protesting wage inequality—break a glass ceiling, and generally destroy a number of objects commonly associated with the confines of traditional office life (see video below).
Cattle grazing or partial cutting can throw off the image processing; in those cases, an inspector still drives out to check.Two weeks before the mowing deadline, the automated system notifies farmers via text or email that includes a link to the satellite image of their field.The system saved $1.2 million in its first year because inspectors made fewer site visits and focused on other enforcement actions, according to Velsberg.In another application, resumes of laid-off workers are fed into a machine learning system that matches their skills with employers.In a third case, children born in Estonia are automatically enrolled in local schools at birth, so parents don't have to sign up on waiting lists or call school administrators.That’s because hospital records are automatically shared with local schools.
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The global communications space is fast transitioning from the mobile to mobility to digital.The impetus on players in the global payments space, therefore, is no longer merely ensuring financial inclusion but financial enrichment as well.Digital banking has, therefore, come to the forefront in this regard.New age digital platforms are certainly making their presence felt to ensure customers obtain a hyper-personalized experience.Srinivas Nidugondi, Chief Operating officer, Mobile Financial Solutions, Comviva, shares his views.
“A wild west, ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ approach”A multi-billion civil suit that pitches corporate giant HP against British entrepreneur Mike Lynch was due to begin this morning, days after US prosecutors hit the former Autonomy CEO with a fresh array of criminal charges – robustly denied by the businessman – in a separate clash.The latest charges include allegations “hush money” was paid to prevent unnamed people from testifying in court.Lynch’s lawyers, Chris Morvillo of Clifford Chance and Reid Weingarten of Steptoe & Johnson, added that US prosecutors had shown a “wild west, ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ approach to investigations”.They said the alleged hush money pertained to legal employment of former Autonomy colleagues by Lynch.Both the criminal charges and this week’s civil suit pivot around the $11 billion sale of Lynch’s software company Autonomy to HP in 2011.
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The industry is, without a doubt, witnessing a sea-change from traditional to digital value added services (VAS).With content going digital, operators ought to focus on enabling these services to subscribers.While traditional VAS typically entailed voice-based services, the focus is now on digital VAS, including content pertaining to education, ravel, entertainment, et all.Atul Madan, Chief Operating Officer, Digital Lifestyle Solutions, Comviva, highlights why digital VAS has taken centre stage today.
Nintendo may be Switching up its console options this summer, a report said Monday.The Japanese gaming company will launch two new versions of its Switch, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited anonymous sources within the supplier chain and game developers.One will apparently be a more powerful version of the existing model, while the other will be a cheaper option for casual players.Nintendo didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Welcome to CHEAP, our brand-new series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap.Ohhh damn – you can now get a Bose SoundTouch 20 speaker for $279.95!That’s $70 less than normal!In previous CHEAP posts, we’ve covered some popular portable Bluetooth speakers (which are great by the way), but these type of devices aren’t for everyone.They’re designed to be small (so, you know, you can move them around), and aren’t equipped to deliver the best sound.No, it’s not exactly a behemoth (it weighs around 3.18kg and is 31.5cm wide), but it’s large enough to pump out some powerful, detailed sound – ideal for putting in rooms across your home.
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In a move that goes against its recent trend of pulling out of foreign markets, ride-sharing giant Uber is preparing to purchase Dubai-based competitor Careem in a $3.1 billion ( £2.4 billion) deal, according to reports in Bloomberg and the Financial Times this weekend.Those reports indicated the deal could be signed as early as today (Monday) and announced by Tuesday, though spokespeople for Uber and Careem did not offer comment to Bloomberg.Careem was valued at roughly $1 billion ( £760m) in a 2016 funding round and $2 billion ( $1.5bn) last year, and it currently claims to operate in over 90 cities in 15 countries and have over 30 million users throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.As the Financial Times wrote, a successful sale would be a “historic moment” for the region’s tech and venture capital industries, which has “struggled to produce few high-profile success stories”:Amazon in 2017 acquired regional e-commerce site Souq.com for around $650m.“This is a validation for the tech space in the region and everyone that has invested in this space over the past few years,” said one investor.
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More or less everyone knows what a penis looks like.You’ve probably come across a dick-shaped sex toy, seen many a penis doodling on school books, or you’ve witnessed one in the flesh.But not many people actually know what a clitoris looks like — and as a result, many women around the world are left unsatisfied by their sexual partners.Hoping to close the orgasm gap, Clit-me, a new interactive mobile game, takes a light-hearted approach to demystifying female pleasure.The game aims to debunk a number of myths surrounding women’s pleasure by giving users the opportunity to try out different motion “techniques” on their smartphones in an attempt to find out what makes their clitoris avatar happy.Created earlier this month by the National Film Board of Canada, the five-minute game takes an informative approach to female sexual satisfaction and the role of the clitoris.
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Sure, ever since video games have been around there has always been competition, but we’re not talking about trying to get the highest score on Space Invaders as seen at Atari’s 1980 event, the national finals of which featured over 10,000 gamers from across the US, and was won by Bill Heineman.Quake – and QuakeWorld, which facilitated the more widespread play of the shooter online by tuning the net code to make things (mostly) playable on a dial-up modem – subsequently helped to drive the competitive online gaming scene, with a load of amateur leagues and home-grown competitions springing up (like the United Kingdom Clan League in the UK, to pick a scene we were involved in – hey there any QPD folks, by the way).For example, in the Overwatch League – the pro team stomping grounds for Blizzard’s team-based shooter – players must receive a minimum basic salary of $50,000 (around £38,000, AU$70,000), and bonus money for winning.These days, the biggest hitting title isn’t a shooter, but a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena).Sandwiched between those two is the most high-profile esports shooter: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, weighing in with $70 million (around £54 million, AU$100 million) in prizes given away in the past, with a staggering near 4,000 tournaments having taken place across the globe.Also, we shouldn’t forget StarCraft II, the classic RTS which is still going strong and being played competitively for big bucks today.
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The Huawei P30 Pro is expected to launch alongside the Huawei P30 tomorrow, but that doesn't mean there isn't time for one last leak.A video posted on Chinese social media platform Weibo by user Llwenhui shows the front and back of the phone – it's a short video, but it's also very revealing.What do we know about the iPhone 11?On the front of the phone, we can see the screen.It's not turned on, so we don’t get an idea of its quality, but a previous leak has suggested it’s a 6.47-inch 1080 x 2340 OLED screen, which would make it bigger than the Huawei P20 Pro.We can also see the front-facing camera, but because the screen isn’t on we can’t see if this is part of a ‘teardrop’ or wider notch.
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The European Union is expected this week to put forward proposals for more data-sharing around security issues involving Chinese tech firms such as Huawei, while disregarding US calls for Chinese companies to be banned from supplying gear for 5G networks.The plan, which comes ahead of an EU-China summit on 9 April, is part of the EU’s response to pressure for a more coordinated approach to the increasing strategic challenges of using Chinese technology, which the US has called a national security risk.Andrus Ansip, Europe’s digital chief, is to present the recommendations on Tuesday, according to reports citing unnamed sources, and while it has no immediate legal force, the guidance could form the basis for legislation in EU member states.The European Commission is to call for member states to carry out risk assessments on their planned 5G networks and how problems could be mitigated, according to unnamed diplomats cited in several reports.The results would then be pooled and used to form EU-wide security standards in time for European states’ 5G spectrum auctions this year.The European Commission’s proposed approach would leave national security decisions to individual member states.
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Air fryers are countertop convection ovens that can cook and reheat things quickly and easily.Many of them come in any color you want, as long as it's black.But today only, and while supplies last, Amazon has the Dash 6-quart air fryer in your choice of colors for $69.99.Normally $100, the Dash air fryer is available in black, red, aqua or white.It has analog controls, which I think add a bit of retro-cool flair.The Dash scored an impressive 4.9-star review average from nearly 50 buyers.
Sony has finally made its version 5.0 firmware update available to owners of its A9 mirrorless camera.The update's main focus is the newly-developed Real-time Tracking AF mode, which uses machine-learning-based object recognition to identify and follow moving subjects, even if they turn away from the camera or are temporarily obstructed in some way.The new technology also strengthens the popular existing Eye AF feature, now dubbed Real-time Eye AF.With the update installed, the camera is now said to lock onto an eye with a half-press of the shutter, which makes assigning the Eye AF to a separate control unnecessary (although it's still possible to do so).Sony has also introduced a new AF Area Circulation setting that's said to make it easier to quickly shift the focusing point between the upper, lower, left and right sides of the frame, which is potentially useful if the subject quickly moves between one side and the other.The changes to the focusing system are also claimed to improve AF during video recording, with a new Fast Hybrid AF system that promises to keep a better hold on the subject as it moves around the frame.
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The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has only just launched, but Samsung could have an even bigger phablet on the way, in the form of the Samsung Galaxy A90 or possibly the Galaxy A80.At least, that’s what @OnLeaks (a reputable leaker) says, as he claims that the supposedly upcoming handset (which could be either the A90 or A80) has a 6.73-inch screen.Additionally there apparently won’t be a notch or punch-hole but there will be a 3.6mm chin and 1.2mm bezels.Finally he adds that the phone might support 25W fast charging.That’s the only new information on the Galaxy A90, but previously the same source has said that its camera will supposedly both slide and rotate, so one camera can be used on both sides of the phone, using a mechanism that’s described as a combination of the ones on the Oppo Find X and Oppo N1.This isn’t the only upcoming Samsung phone that we’re hearing about though, as MySmartPrice has also spotted a listing on TENAA (a Chinese certification site) for the Galaxy A70 and Galaxy A60.
Building a great product or solution is essential, but a company won’t go very far if it can’t provide a robust customer experience.With 73 percent of clients worldwide indicating that it’s an important factor in purchasing decisions, businesses have to ensure excellent customer experience to not only meet demand but also keep up with the competition.Companies also need to understand that expectations and demands are high.People care about having access to instant, consistent, and contextual conversations with customer support teams across several channels.As such, it’s imperative that they’re available on channels customers already trust and enjoy.Personalization is also a major factor in retaining customers.“Customer retention is instrumental to all businesses, and they constantly have to keep up with the fast pace of change when it comes to interaction with clients and customers,” says Silvio Kutic, CEO of Infobip, a full-stack communications platform-as-a-service company.
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We’ve all heard the statistic that it is expected to surpass price and product as the No.1 brand differentiator by 2020.While you’ve been focusing on your website’s UX or email nurture campaign, you’ve forgotten about your customer service and the impression that leaves on your customer relationships.If it’s a miserable moment, you have an opportunity to show them that it was still a good idea to do business with you.If it’s a mediocre moment, you have an opportunity to show them that you can go above and beyond.If it’s a magic moment, you have an opportunity to inspire loyalty.
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Any uncertainty (or hope) that MTD for VAT will not go ahead as planned from 1 April 2019 was removed in the Spring Statement, with the Government expecting businesses to do their best to comply with the requirements.The one recommendation on which everyone is agreed is that “Businesses need to enrol into MTD for VAT at the right time, and only when they are confident that they can submit their next VAT return using MTD compatible software, otherwise problems can arise”, as stated by Adrian Rudd Chair of the joint CIOT/ATT Digitalisation and Agent Strategy Working Group.Perhaps this will now galvanise those procrastinating to grasp the nettle and perform a full requirements review before commencing the vendor selection process, from the vast array of recognised providers.There is a plethora of information available, much of it originating from advisors and software suppliers rather than HMRC.A report from the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee found these included the MTD timetable, lack of information from HMRC, and the level of product support that business can expect from software suppliers while other have expressed concern over whether data will be retained through software product changes, ensuring compliance with the six (or ten) year retention policy, as required for VAT.Furthermore, satisfying the digital link requirement from the transaction records to the VAT return submission is particularly problematic for those more complex businesses that are partially exempt, use a special VAT scheme, have fuel scale charges etc.
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