The flip-flop clad, hoodie-wearing savant was thrust into the spotlight in his early 20s, and with his rise to fame came elements of toxic culture we didn’t yet understand: playing fast and loose with the rules, lack of loyalty (or females and minorities for that matter) in the ranks, and the “move fast and break things” mantra that’s come to define Silicon Valley.Zuckerberg was, for all intents and purposes, Travis Kalanick — a man of astute mind, who was arguably better leading from the sidelines rather than the front line.Both have faced PR disasters and legal trouble; both have been accused of stealing intellectual property; and both have been chided by media as everything that’s wrong with the current tech climate.It’s not worth rehashing each company’s respective missteps, but suffice it to say — they look strikingly similar.Or, maybe a painfully awkward interview with Sarah Lacy.Nothing stood in his way, and in his quest for world domination he showed us as much by playing with our emotions, thumbing his nose at government regulation, and attempting to smear Google through a shady PR campaign.
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Sega is bringing a collection of its best retro games to Android and iOS devices and you won’t have to pay a penny to play them.The new Sega Forever collection features five Mega Drive (Genesis) classics, including the original Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Comix Zone, Phantasy Star II and Kid Chameleon.Related: Sonic Mania - Everything we knowThe free-to-play collection will be updated with additional titles every two weeks, with Sega promising SG100, Master System, Dreamcast and Saturn games will among those coming to the collection.Some games will be official emulations while those from the Saturn and Dreamcast library will be direct ports, a Sega spokesperson told Ars Technica.Sega's collection will include online leaderboards, cloud saves and support for games controllers.
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One might think the system’s success has to do with its blending of a home console and a portable gaming system, but I think it really comes down to how Nintendo is using the Switch to redefine and broaden the appeal of eSports - a massively popular aspect of gaming.To fully understand Nintendo’s approach to gaming, it’s important to go back to the 2006 release of the Wii, and what that console’s design said about the company.What really sets Nintendo Switch apart is the ability to turn any coffee shop, dorm room or family road trip into a venue for some fun competitionsThe company’s next console, the Wii U, was an unmitigated flop, but it did produce one very important game that helped shape the future of Nintendo: Splatoon.Splatoon is essentially Nintendo’s family-friendly take on the first-person shooter, a genre usually riddled with bullets, blood and death.It took the typical military design of a first-person shooter and changed the language into something more about fun and less about death.
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Uber has teamed up with Li Ka-shing’s favourite braised goose restaurant to take a bite out of Deliveroo and Foodpanda in an already crowded Hong Kong food delivery scene.The San Francisco-based disruptor for taxis is now making waves on the city’s culinary landscape, launching an aggressive marketing campaign to sign up the city’s Cantonese restaurants sought-after among Hong Kong foodies.Among them is even Li Ka-shing’s favourite Sun Kee, a small eatery celebrated for its braised food in Sai Ying Pun.There are also a few dai pai dong restaurants with grassroots appeal, notably Chan Kun Kee which sells wasabi hand-shredded chicken in Sha Tin.With the market share battle among food delivery services heating up in Hong Kong, major players Foodpanda and Deliveroo have been in a race to partner up with the most ubiquitous eateries.In the case of Hong Kong, many are family-owned businesses whose owners are only starting to embrace online food delivery.
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Russia-based online freight service Deliver (formerly iCanDeliver) has closed a seed round of $8 million.The startup automates the process of ordering freight transport and makes things more efficient by finding the closest sender.Inventure Partners (which has invested in Gett, Busfor, Amwell, Chronext and Netology) invested $3 million, joining A Group and Singapore-based Amereus Group as backers.Deliver’s competitors include Palletter (in Estonia), which matches shipments to nearby trucks in real time, and Convargo (in France), which has raised a $1.69 million round and which also connects shippers with truckers.Deliver is doubling down on its largest base in Russia, where it has more than 59,000 confirmed drivers registered, so far.Deliver now hopes to secure up to 15 percent of the Russian freight market, with plans to begin European expansion and promote more international transportation.
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Last month, Pokémon GO developer Niantic decided to deal with cheaters by trolling them with extremely common monsters.Now the company is taking its anti-cheating measures to another level.In a Reddit post, Niantic had the following to say:With the announcement of Raid Battles and the new battle features, we are staying true on our commitment to ensuring that Pokémon GO continues to be a fun and fair experience for all Trainers.Starting today, Pokémon caught using third-party services that circumvent normal gameplay will appear marked with a slash in the inventory and may not behave as expected.The company didn’t elaborate on what “may not behave as expected” means, but I think Pokemon acting in a ‘confused’ state would be pretty hilarious.
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In its continuing divergence from its original form as an auction site, eBay now offers price-matching through its Deals site.Up to 50,000 items will be available will now come with a price-matching guarantee, meaning if you find it for a lower price on another site, eBay will match the price.The shopping site has been undermined in recent years by juggernaut Amazon, as well as increased online presences from stores like Walmart and Best Buy.In response, it has increased its shipping speed to compete with Amazon Prime’s shipping options.Still, if it’s available on another site for the same price, I’m not sure there’d be much to entice me to buy from eBay.Note that these price-matching opportunities will be all through the Deals site.
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This corpus of rules can be, in turns, opaque and explicit, and has caused a decent amount of consternation over the years for developers as they try to read into how Apple might interpret one rule or another.AppShopper eventually returned, finding a way around the rule by adding social features — something which the App Store still largely lacks, by the way.This year the big issue appears to surround rule 4.2.6, which states that “Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected.”Essentially, there are questions about how far-reaching this rule would be when applied to the App Store.Was it purely about improving quality by reducing knock-offs?Given that there was still some curiosity about how it would be applied, I did a little digging.
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Seeking traffic updates for your morning commute?Alexa and Cortana are acoustically at your service.Digital assistants and bots undeniably enhance our work lives in myriad ways.And they literally acquire more “skills” every day.Call it “selvesware.” Similar to recommendation engines for books to read or movies to watch, selvesware delivers actionable, data-driven insights and advice on what to say, when to speak up and with whom to work, and suggests options to create, communicate and collaborate.In this future, the AI revolution is less about “artificial intelligence” and more about “augmenting introspection.”
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Dust off your Google Glasses, those who still have them — the $1,500 face computer is back in the spotlight today with a few updates.Today, in its first update since September 2014, Google Glass got a “MyGlass” companion app update, some bug fixes and now supports Bluetooth.That means the new “XE23” version can now hook up mice, keyboards and other Bluetooth-enabled objects to their Glass device.The app update rolled out yesterday and, in an even bigger surprise, the firmware update for Glass came out today.Well, yes, but it never really died.Despite seeming to go the way of the Dodo (you can’t buy it anymore and Google shut down the website in 2015), it never really left us, it just “graduated” from Google X after failing to capture consumer attention.
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Today, Netflix debuted a trailer of upcoming releases that will be available for streaming in July of this year, and included on the list is none other than Lucasfilm's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story."Last year's blockbuster will be the first of the Star Wars franchise to come to the service as part of an exclusive deal between Netflix and Disney.The contract did not take effect until September 2016, four years after its 2012 announcement, and also includes movies from Pixar and Marvel.This is yet another big win for streaming services as more entries in Disney's biggest franchises will continue to be added to Netflix's roster.
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Apple may be looking to pay record labels less for streaming music.The tech giant is in negotiations with record labels to reduce the revenue rate it pays out for streaming music, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.The talks cover agreements for Apple Music and iTunes, and would reportedly bring Apple closer to the rate Spotify pays labels.Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.Revenue from streaming music accounted for the majority of US major record labels' sales for the first time ever in 2016, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.Subscriptions, like the monthly fees for Apple Music or Spotify's paid tier, were the biggest money maker at $2.3 billion, and they basically doubled from a year earlier, the RIAA said.
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Twitter’s co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey said he plans to “double down” on adtech investment, saying the company has learned the lessons from past mistakes that could see it pivot towards forging partnerships with third parties rather than acquiring or building its own offering.“Advertising is our business and technology is how we manifest that,” said Dorsey at the Cannes Lions festival today (21 June.)He’s taken right to it.”After an exhaustive search, Bruce Falck joined the company earlier this year as general manager of revenue product, reporting directly to Dorsey (previously he was the chief executive of adtech outfit Turn).That hire was very much seen as a push by Twitter to bring a advertisers a more targeted and measurable offering as well as stand up against the Google and Facebook, which control in excess of 70% of the market.Falck joined having spent much of his career working for adtech businesses.
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During my career, I’ve been lucky enough to judge some award shows.Sure, ads might be films with beautifully scored music, but what we make is meant to serve a purpose beyond itself.No one else seemed to mind that nearly every category of nearly every advertising award show is devoid of results.In fact, results are so rarely necessary that special separate categories – or even separate award shows - are created just for effectiveness.But even those seem to be half-heartedly prioritizing results.It can be incredibly difficult or, dare I say, occasionally impossible to unpack the impact a piece of advertising had on brand perception, purchase intent, sales, etc.
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Perhaps you remember a leaked video that appeared last week, purportedly showing a vivo smartphone with an in-display fingerprint sensor (embedded in the screen), but apparently that was fake.This however doesn’t mean that vivo isn’t indeed working on such technology, and today’s rumors hint that this could become reality.Today a teaser poster from the company has revealed that Vivo might be working on the same technology and is going to introduce it at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai exhibition that is taking place on June 28th.The teaser mentions: “Unlock the future” and the message is paired with what looks like the outline of a fingerprint going through the outline of a phone – one can easily think that we’re talking about an in-display scanner similar to what we saw last week on that fake video.As always we have no official confirmation that any of the above will happen for sure, so you’d better take them with a pinch of salt.After all this is just a purported teaser, and the company hasn’t yet said anything official about coming out with a smartphone featuring such a sensor.
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We are already almost halfway through 2017 so it’s time for some mid-year sales don’t you think ?Today we have for you some infomation about one of those, because Oukitel decided to offer their popular model Oukitel K6000 Plus for a flash deal price of $163.99.Oukitel K6000 Plus is best known for its big 6080 mAh battery capable of supporting 2 days of heavy usage without breaking a sweat and the powerful 12V/2A flash charger.But it’s no slouch in other areas too sporting MT6750T chipset, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB ROM, 16MP + 8MP cameras with PDAF support and more.They are also working on ironing out the bugs in the initial software and the latest update brings full 5 GHz Wi-Fi support and plenty of optimizations for the various areas of the phone.And even though they still didn’t deliver the HDR option for the cameras, according to the official source they are not giving up and still working on that.
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A 1000 person survey on issues relating to privacy has revealed that smart devices pose too much risk for the elderly to trust.Survey respondents aged over 65 said that virtual assistants, TVs, and gaming systems weren’t worth it, rating them a 7.9 on a ten point scale from ‘less bothersome’ to ‘more bothersome’.The survey was conducted by Safehome an organization that provides information on home security.The respondents — all over the age of 18, and from America — were asked to provide age, gender, and occupation then given a series of questions related to how they felt about technology and privacy.Results showed those over 65 were more likely to just give up on technology or stop using it than other age groups.Millennials, however, signaled they didn’t buy into the Big Brother paranoia — or at least that they weren’t willing to part with their devices over it.
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June 21 is National Selfie Day, which marks an auspicious moment in time where we are all expected to lay off the criticism of selfies for 24 hours and instead embrace the controversial self-aggrandizing photographic art form.Multimedia software maker CyberLink is celebrating with the release of a survey that reveals the odd selfie habits of US adults, including some amusing/icky bathroom-related data.According to the online survey of 1,145 adults, 51 percent say they have taken a bathroom-mirror selfie, which isn't too surprising considering the bathroom is a reliable place to find a mirror.What's a little more squicky is the 25 percent of responding millennials who confess to taking a selfie while on the toilet.Don't your hands have more important things to be doing when you're on the loo?The survey also reveals that people are picky about which selfies they share, with 61 percent of respondents saying they take three or more selfies before posting one to a social network.
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Some breaking new from the Leagoo side today, because they just revealed they are working on some pretty non-budget for a change.And looks like with their new KIICAA series of phones, specifically with the KIICAA S8 they can claim the world’s first title utilizing the upcoming Mediatek MT6763 chipset.From the only picture available it looks like the phone will be looking pretty much like the Samsung S8 and just like it it should be sporting the 18:9 aspect ratio.After all the name could be already a pretty strong hint towards the Samsung resemblance.From what we know so far the phone should be equipped with the aforementioned MT6763 chipset, 4GB/6GB RAM, 64GB/128GB ROM, 5.72-inch/5.99-inch with 1440×720 pixel resolution.And looks like there is a dual camera with fingeprint scanner on the back too.
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Plus, Soo-Jeong Kang joins as executive producer of New Yorker Video and Liz Maynes-Aminzade as senior web managerNew Yorker editor David Remnick and newyorker.com editor Michael Luo announced three new additions to its digital team, including a new newyorker.com executive editor to replace the departing Vera Titunik, who will the publication next month for a new role as features editor at Wired.Taking over the executive editor role will be Jessica Winter, currently features editor at Slate.Winter has been at Slate since 2013, joining as a business and technology editor before being appointed to her current role April 2015.She had been culture editor at Time and senior editor at O, The Oprah Magazine before then.She also has a , Break in Case of Emergency, under her belt, and is working on her second.
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