There’s only two days to go until Mobile World Congress (MWC) kicks off again in Barcelona.CBR, who will be reporting live from the conference, has picked out some of the biggest trends attendees can expect to see in Barcelona this year, including what vendors expect to be the big hits for 2018.Faces to watch out for are Intel, Huawei, Ericsson and just about every other vendor that will be at the show.The network has been tried and tested across the UK and many other cities already, so it comes as no surprise that the wireless technology is hot on the radar this year.A lot of partners attending MWC, for example Huawei, are exploring 5G with its capabilities partnered with IoT.At MWC this year, the focus on AI will shift from the capabilities AI offers and onto the results it can bring.
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As Thursday's SpaceX launch of two test satellites vividly demonstrated, several companies are moving ahead with ambitious plans to design, build, and fly hardware capable of delivering broadband Internet from space.However, as intense as the battle for broadband may be in orbit, the fight is also heating up on the ground.In a somewhat bizarre situation, the founder and chairman of one company seeking to deliver broadband services, OneWeb, has founded a second company to compete with himself.In response, other companies proposing satellite constellations have objected, which has added considerable spice to an already heated battle for valuable spectrum.More than 15 years ago, his company, Terracom, sought to bring the Internet to Rwanda through a contract to run fiber optic cables across the country.He founded O3b Networks in 2007, which began launching a small constellation of satellites six years later.
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Researchers are only now starting to unravel the potential long-term ramifications of a seemingly minor traumatic brain injury (mTBI), or concussion, to our health.Part of the difficulty has been in even figuring out when someone has a concussion in the first place, leading to lots of unnecessary and not entirely risk-free brain imaging tests.But a new blood test, approved by the US Food Drug and Administration (the FDA) on Thursday, is poised to make that task much easier.The test, known as the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator, tests for two proteins, called UCH-L1 and GFAP, that are released into the bloodstream by the brain following a head blow that causes visible lesions to form.In its largest trial, which involved blood samples taken from nearly 2,000 people suspected of having a concussion, the test was compared against computed tomography (CT) scans.CT scans are considered the gold standard of concussion detection, but the majority of people who are suspected of having a concussion—via a diagnostic questionnaire—fail to show any visible brain lesions.
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Previously we’ve reported that the Ulefone T2 Pro would be world’s first smartphone powered by the new powerful Helio P70 processor and it would be showcased at MWC 2018 in Barcelona.To give us the first real taste of the phone before the official launch, Ulefone release a short hands on video.So let’s have a look.The Helio P70 processor is an upcoming mid/high-end Soc from MediaTek that will make its way in to plenty of new Chinese smartphones.The Ulefone T2 Pro would be the first phone with the octa-core chipset.Checking out the video above, we could find that the T2 Pro features an iPhone X-like all screen display with almost non-existent bezels, but still having all the important sensors out there.
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Students organized a national walkout on Wednesday in response to the mass shooting last week at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.Snapchat played a major role in tracking the event as it happened.Students posted snaps of the walkouts — and Snapchat's Snap Map was a useful visual tool, showing action at over 100 high schools.On Wednesday morning, students across the US left their classrooms to take to the streets and demand stricter gun-control laws.For those of us hoping to understand the extent of the participation, there was no better visual aid than the one provided by Snapchat's Snap Map.The walkouts were initially organized by South Florida students in response to a mass shooting that took place last week at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a 19-year-old opened fire with an assault rifle, killing 3 adults and 14 teenagers, and hospitalizing 14 others.
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Looking for the best shows on Netflix right now?You've come to the right place.You've landed on the most authoritative, in-depth guide to the best Netflix series around, offering all the information you need to make sure that you avoid the clangers and get binge-watching the best television shows available on the streaming platform.[Update: Queer Eye should definitely be your next big watch.A reboot of the 2003 show Queer Eye For A Straight Guy, the show unleashes five fashion/life advisers on someone who, well, really needs the advice.The result is a superb, empowering watch.]
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Niantic launched a Legendary Week event in Pokemon Go, allowing players to battle and capture three Legendary Pokemon in Raid Battles from now until March 5.The event will give players the chance to battle returning Legendary Pokemon Kyogre and Groudon, as well as Rayquaza, which joined the game in early February.When the event ends, a special in-game bonus will be activated, determined by the number of each Legendary Pokemon defeated during the event.Specifically, if players defeat more Rayquaza during this event than Kyogre and Groudon combined, then Pokemon that typically prefer windy weather conditions will be more likely to hatch from eggs from March 5 through 16.However, if more Kyogre and Groudon are defeated than Rayquaza, Pokemon that prefer sunny or rainy weather will be more likely to hatch from eggs during that time period.To help players during this event, new boxes will be added to the game’s store Feb. 24, containing Raid Passes that players can use to battle these Legendary Pokemon.
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Converting video is nowhere near as complex a task as video editing, but many people will be put off doing it because of the mistaken belief that you need a complicated and expensive video editor is needed.You might want to play a particular video on a device that has limited storage and there need to reduce the size of the file.Free and fast conversion for videos from your PC or the webWhen it comes to the number of supported file formats, Any Video Converter Free certainly doesn't disappoint.More than just YouTube, you can also download and convert videos from Facebook, Vimeo, Metacafe and more, and Any Video Converter Free also features the option to rip audio from CDS and DVDs.You'll find support for all of the video formats you can shake a stick at, including ready made profiles for different devices, and editing options such as trimming, cropping and rotating allow for basic cleanup tasks.
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Walmart Canada on Wednesday announced a plan to fulfill last-mile delivery of online grocery orders in the Vancouver area through a partnership with Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD), which runs the food warehouse and delivery platform Food-X Urban Delivery, according to a press release from the companies.Food-X is about to complete construction of a 74,000-square-foot warehouse, which will be added to operations within SPUD's existing facilities, according to the release.The warehouse is part of SPUD's broader logistics system that includes home delivery, small store retail, commissary/food preparation services and distributionWalmart Canada plans to make use of those services beginning this summer, allowing customers to shop online for fresh groceries, including fruits and vegetables, meats, dairy, baked goods, deli and frozen foods.According to the release, a Food-X truck would deliver orders as early as the next day.Walmart and SPUD operate "two very different retail models," according to Stewart Samuel, Program Director, at IGD Canada, but this tie-up serves both companies' longer term aims.
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Sony’s Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are heavily rumoured to launch at the annual Mobile World Congress.Three days before kick off, complete renders of the Xperia XZ2 and specs details of the device have now left nothing to the imagination.Also, the source also reveals that the Xperia XZ2 Compact shares remarkable similarities with the XZ2 both in design and specifications.However, the XZ2 Compact will sport a polycarbonate body instead of the metal-glass build on its bigger sibling.Coming to the Xperia XZ2 render, it almost looks like an official render.Sony isn’t anywhere close to casting off its previous Omnibalance design like it was rumoured earlier.
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Augmented reality promises to deliver us a future in which we can simply look through our screens to magically transform the world around us.It also has the potential to really fuck your day up.At least that was my experience after watching this reenactment of that iconic scene from The Ring where the ghost of a murdered girl crawls out of a TV screen.Programmer Abhishek Singh said he brought the scene to life using AR platform Unity.Singh uploaded a video of the reenactment to YouTube on Wednesday.The ghoul is realistic—or at least realistic enough to completely freak me out.
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Mute is the latest film from Duncan Jones, the director of Moon and Source Code.He’s called it his Don Quixote, a passion project that he’s been pursuing for well over a decade.The movie goes live on Netflix today, so Jordan Crook, Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha — your hosts on the Original Content podcast — all checked it out.We’re fans of Jones’ work, and of the cast, which includes Alexander Skarsgard as a mute bartender who has to go searching for his girlfriend, as well Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux as morally ambiguous doctors.But we weren’t fans of the movie, which offers a muddled plot in a not-terribly-imaginative future Berlin.Somehow, it even makes Paul Rudd unlikeable.
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Google has adopted a novel way to circumvent China’s internet censorship system, which continues to block its services, after it partnered directly with three OEMs to bring its augmented reality service to the country.ARCore, the company’s augmented reality SDK for Android, launched in full today following its announcement in November.Google says there are 100 million devices that support ARCore right now in the market.That was always its target and that was broadly assumed not to include China, like most Google services due to the censorship, but Xiaomi, Huawei and Samsung have all signed on to release devices that will include ARCore support over the coming months.Including hardware support is easily done — these devices will all be ‘higher-end’ smartphones — but the software side is trickier since the Google Play Store is not available on Chinese soil and the third-party app store is fragmented.For that component, Xiaomi, Huawei and Samsung will release ARCore apps through their own app stores.
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Yes, that Archos, the company that made portable multimedia players (PMPs) with below average touch screen ten years ago.The company is still around, selling cheap Android phones, cheap tablets, cheap drones and more.And yet, for the first time in many years, I’m excited by an Archos product again.The company announced (via Next INpact) a cryptocurrency hardware wallet ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona — the Safe-T mini.Archos expects to ship its hardware wallet in June 2018 for $62 (€50).The Safe-T mini works just like a Ledger Nano S, meaning that it’ll generate a private key on the device itself when you first boot it up.
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Astronomers at the Space Telescope Institute and John Hopkins University have used NASA’s Hubble Telescope to show that the universe is expanding a little bit faster than expected.The Hubble Constant (how fast the universe expands with time) was predicted by the European Space Agency’s Planck observatory to be 67km per second per megaparsec (3.3 million light-years), shortly before the spacecraft was deactivated after a successful four-year mission.While Planck’s mission used leftover cosmic microwave background radiation to map the sky just after the big bang, the Hubble team took a different approach.Boffins spent six years using Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 to refine the measurements of distances to galaxies using yardsticks such as supernovae or pulsating stars.The new study, led by boffin-in-chief Nobel Laureate Adam Reiss, improved on previous Hubble results by including more stars and peering 10 times farther into space.The finding from Reiss’s team, at 73km per second per megaparsec, differs from Planck’s by 9 per cent – something that boffins have been unable to explain away through instrumentation or measurement errors.
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When Google unveiled Google Lens last May, it was billed as the future of search.Take a picture of a book, and there's all the info you need about where to buy it, who published it and what reviewers say about it.Whatever your eyes -- and by extension, your camera -- could see, Google could help you make sense of it.That's because the product was exclusive to the Google Pixel, the search giant's flagship branded phone.In the scheme of smartphone units, that's remarkably not much, since Google shipped only 3.9 million Pixel phones last year, according to IDC.Now Google is trying to broaden that reach.
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Alongside news of Google Assistant’s forthcoming multilingual support and the addition of more languages this year, Google also announced this morning its smart assistant would soon be gaining two new features: Routines and location-based reminders.Google has been promising Routines were in the works for some time.The feature, which lets Google Assistant users string together multiple commands, was first announced back in October 2017.With Routines, you can create personalized commands and responses – for example, saying “OK Google, I’m home,” could turn on the lights, adjust the thermostat, and play some music.It’s a feature that rival Alexa announced in September 2017, and launched the following month.Google is playing catch up here, but it’s doing it quickly.
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With "Ex Machina," writer and director Alex Garland delivered a complex, thought-provoking sci-fi thriller that explored artificial intelligence, robots and what it means to be human.With "Annihilation,"which opens in theaters in the US on Friday, he aims to take us on an even more mind-bending journey in a sci-fi fantasy laced with horror.This time, a crew of scientists led by biologist Lena (Natalie Portman) is on a quest to find the source of an unexplained alien phenomenon called "The Shimmer.""Instead of going back and rereading it and underlining passages, I did an adaptation from my experience of having read it ..."I don't know how to direct the gaze in...VR, which you do in film easily with lighting and focus," he said.But I've got two children and they've never seen anything I've worked on.
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Twitter announced a new feature aimed at ensuring that businesses can respond to direct messages during periods of high volume.Developer advocate Jon Cipriano introduced adaptive rate limits in a blog post, saying that the feature allows accounts to send up to five DMs via the Twitter application-programming interface over a 24-hour period in response to DMs that they have received.Conversocial CEO Joshua March reacted positively to the introduction of adaptive rate limits, saying, “Twitter DMs, like Facebook Messenger and other private messaging channels, are growing rapidly as one-on-one customer service channels, outpacing traditional channels like email and chat for many brands.As these volumes grow, it’s essential that businesses know they can always deliver a consistent level of service, and this change by Twitter ensures exactly that—no business will ever be prevented from responding to you by rate limits anymore.”Cipriano said the new feature is available to all accounts that send DMs via third-party tools using the POST direct_messages/event/new endpoint.
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The refreshed Porsche 911 GT3 RS hasn't even been available for a week, but already it's time to take a peek at the future of Porsche's half-century-old sports car.The Cayenne, Macan and other cars might keep the lights on, but the 911 is and always will be the automaker's centerpiece.The interview also came with camouflaged shots of the next-generation 911 (the 992, if you're a P-car geek), although you won't see anything revelatory in the shots -- the general shape remains the same, and there are no shots of the rear end, which means you can expect most of the changes to take place out back.When it comes to hopping on new trends like connectivity or electrification, Achleitner says patience is key.In short, if it doesn't improve the experience for the driver, it's probably not ready for the 911 yet.When it comes to electricity, "Two years ago I'd have said no way," Achleitner admits.
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