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Homtom claim their HT17 is the world s first phone to use the MediaTek MT6737 processor.While we re unsure about how that s going to pan out, what we do know is that Homtom are trying hard to make the HT17 a polished device.Software is something Chinese phones have traditionally not been known for.Larger firms like Xiaomi and OnePlus have managed to shake things up a bit on that regard, but it s not often that you see smaller brands try to please the buyer with the software on their phone.While its nothing too major, news is that Homtom will ship a new and improved UI basically a package to change the look and feel of the general UI for the HT17.They say they ve kept in mind Simplicity and Elegance to design the new UI.There s no word on when it ll show up, but expect to see HT17 shipped with this custom look and Android 6.0 soon.
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The Blue Origin spaceflight agency has successfully launched and landed its reusable New Shepard rocket three times now, an impressive record on its own.But if the goal is consumer space flights, they need to know how to prepare for and deal with situations where things don't go perfectly.Once they reach a certain altitude, they separate, and the rocket makes an upright landing on solid ground while the capsule drifts back to Earth with the use of parachutes.Bezos writes:"On this upcoming mission we also plan to stress the crew capsule by landing with an intentionally failed parachute, demonstrating our ability to safely handle that failure scenario.An exact date for this flight hasn't been scheduled yet, but Blue Origin will need to conduct many more tests if it wants to meet its goal of offering tourist flights to space in 2018.The capsule is designed to hold up to six passengers, and while they won't go into actual orbit, they will experience four minutes weightlessness, Blue Origin says, before returning to Earth's surface.
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Enligt nyhetsbyrån Reuters har Apple på sistone tagit kontakt med en lång rad experter gällande laddningsstationer för elbilar.Uppgiften stärker tidigare rykten om att Apple är i full färd med att utveckla egna elbilar.Det är emellertid oklart om företaget planerar att anlägga egna laddningsstationer runt om i USA, eller om planen är att samarbeta med nuvarande tillverkare.Tesla är ett av företagen som storsatsar på laddningsstationer.
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To help combat the problem of traffic jams and maximise limited road space, the country's top engineers have unveiled the Transit Elevated Bus TEB at the 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo on Sunday.The TEB is an electric-powered elevated bus that runs on rails and operates high above ground so cars can drive underneath it like driving through a tunnel while it transports passengers from station to station, bypassing road traffic.In an ideal scenario, the TEB will ease China's traffic congestion, boost China's public transport system and reduce pollution.However, questions still remain as to how safe the TEB will be, considering the scale model at the expo used only cars and not tall and heavy vehicles such as trucks and vans, to demonstrate how it would work.CCTV reported that the TEB will undergo first runs and rigorous testing in the second half of this year.The tests are scheduled to take place in Qinhuangdao City, which is in the northeast of China's Hebei province.
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But there is hope that a new design of bus could help ease the country s traffic woes, and it is set to descend on the roads by the end of this year.The vehicle sits high enough off the road so cars and cyclists can pass beneath it.If it works, officials believe this could help maximise the country s limited road space.The TEB has the same functions as the subway while its cost of construction is less than one-fifth that of the subway, he added.While the TEB appears to be environmentally friendly, questions still remain as to how practical and safe the vehicle will be – especially at points when passengers board and leave the bus.Trial operations of the hover bus are set to begin in Qinhuangdao City in China later this year.
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ReNotify lets you add persistent notes to your Notifications pane which won t go away when you tap the Dismiss All Notifications icon.Fire up ReNotify, create a note, check the box for Persistent , and it will stay there.You could even Save a note for future use, or restore all your notes at any time.It s especially useful if you want a reminder not to overeat when you head out to lunch, to pick something up on the commute home, or to make an important call and you don t want to risk forgetting.The free version is limited to this, but the Pro version adds multi-line notifications, periodic vibrations till you dismiss the note, and Android Wear integration.ReNotify Free $1.49 for Pro Google Play Store
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And now, decades after he vanished, London's Science Museum is hoping to resurrect him and take him on tour again."In modern terms he was relatively crude: he could stand, he could move his arms and head, sparks would come out of his mouth when he was speaking, and he could take a bow and sit down again," said Russell."The Illustrated London News did an artist's recreation of what they thought was inside him, and so a big part of the project is reverse-engineering from what we know he looked like externally and what he was capable of doing, and working back from there and figuring out how do we deliver that.Eric's time in the spotlight was well ahead of the dawn of modern computing, but one reason why he remains interesting is that he was built around the time the modern concept of the robot was really taking shape, with the film Metropolis and the play Rossum's Universal Robots, which coined the word robot.Robotic rootsRead MoreThe Science Museum's exhibition will focus on humanoid robots."You can go back to the medieval period and there are illuminated manuscripts which have these tiny silver figures in them -- and that's what the exhibition is looking at: we keep reinventing ourselves in robotic format, and we have done for at least 500 years and quite possibly longer.
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View photosMore FILE - A Wednesday, April 23, 2008 photo from files showing a woman on a bicycle using her cellphone as she rides past a city map in Amsterdam, Netherlands.The Dutch government said Thursday, May 26, 2016 that it is considering banning the country's millions of cyclists from using their cellphones while riding, saying pedaling and phones are a dangerous mix.AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File THE HAGUE, Netherlands AP -- The Dutch government is considering banning the country's millions of cyclists from using their cellphones while riding, saying pedaling and phones are a dangerous mix.Youngsters cycling while using their phones is a common sight in this country of 17 million where, according to the cyclists' union, there are more than 18 million bikes.Transport Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen told Dutch broadcaster NOS on Thursday she is looking into the ban after calls to youngsters to leave their phones in their pockets while cycling failed to have much of an effect.The Dutch government said in 2014 that smartphones "played a role" in one in five bike accidents involving young cyclists.
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Credit: Jared NewmanGoogle s own set-top box is no more, again.At the time, we said the player was a fine first draft.Since then, while Android TV has slowly been integrated into several smart TVs and Nvidia's fancy Shield TV, the best bet for Google s living room strategy still appears to be Chromecast.It s a great premise that many people have grown fond of.The impact on you at home: If you absolutely must have a Nexus Player, Google says some units may still be available from third-party retailers.At this writing major tech stores such as Best Buy, Newegg, Staples, and Walmart weren t carrying the device.
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De tittar inte ens upp när vi vandrar förbi på balkongen.– Tidigare var det kunder som ville se möjligheterna med automation, men nu kommer också allt fler politiker och personer från organisationer och universitet, säger produktionsledaren Günter Ziebell.Begreppet, som myntades i Tyskland för fem år sedan, har vuxit till en het, global trend.Genom att produktens id är kopplad till vilka tillverkningsmoment som den ska gå igenom så vet maskinerna vad de ska göra.– Det är viktigt, annars vet vi inte var ett fel uppstår, Günter Ziebell.Människan har fortfarande en viktig roll på produktionsgolvet.
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From Tel Aviv to Palo Alto, New York to London, entrepreneurs have created in the last handfuls of years an eclectic arsenal of innovations that are already beginning to show their mettle in the battle against climate change, as well as their potential to help the bottom lines of a wide swath of businesses.EcoScraps works by collecting food waste from grocery stores and wholesale produce suppliers, processing it and cycling it back to market as fertilizer.In our interview, co-founder and CEO Daniel Blake commented that methane emissions — a prime concern addressed by President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau in their recent climate change announcement — come heavily from rotting organic matter in landfills, which in turn can count for up to 8 percent of the greenhouse emissions that humans generate.PK Clean s operations produce no toxic emissions and function as a continuous process — the reactor needed to transmute the plastic refuse is fed by the plastic itself, eliminating the need to wastefully heat and cool the system with every batch — so energy and money are saved.Businesses and the atmosphere benefit alike from the transaction.The exploding world of data-based innovation holds similar potential to benefit businesses and the climate change battle; my recent work within the world of Industrial IoT technologies, and the startup ecosystem as a whole, has allowed me to see this first-hand.
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Gaming company SteelSeries is releasing what it claims is the "world's first modular gaming mouse," the Rival 700.Personalization is the goal of the Rival 700, allowing gamers to tailor every aspect of their mouse.And of course, no gaming mouse would be complete without customizable RGB LED illumination to match your gaming PC's color scheme.The SteelSeries Rival 700 ships with two USB cables, a 3ft rubber cable for gaming on the go and a 6ft braided nylon cable for desktop use.The display can also show your game stats, mouse profiles and CPI settings.All of this can be tweaked using the SteelSeries Engine app.
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Otterbox has built a shell with two interchangeable modules for functions such as extra battery, better camera or chip reader. If you can not wait for Google's Project Ara modular phone might Universe is a possible replacement. It's an iPhone case from Otterbox makes it possible to upgrade the cell phone with two extra interchangeable modules. So far dozens of accessories, including speaker systems, better camera, extended battery and chip readers. It's a perfectly fine basic service, but it requires clearly more to choose from on the platform should be popular. Universe released on May 29 and will cost $ 49 for the iPhone 6 and 6's, and 59 dollars to 6 Plus and 6s Plus.
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Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment s first new IP in almost twenty years is launching this week.From what we ve played, the team-based multiplayer shooter is an absolute blast, combining fun, addictive gameplay with gorgeous visuals.The game is coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC, so TrustedReviews has rounded up the best prices from around the web.Check out our video impressions of the Overwatch beta below:Overwatch price round-up - PCCDKeys - £37.90SimplyGames - £39.95Amazon - £37.99Argos - £36.49GAME - £37.99ShopTo - £39.85Battlenet - £29.99Overwatch price round-up - PS4/Xbox OneSimplyGames - £38.85TheGameCollection - £38.85Amazon - £42.00ShopTo - £39.85Tesco Direct with free t-shirt - £42.00GAME - £44.99Argos - £43.99Overwatch price round-up - Collector s EditionAmazon - £99.99GAME - £99.99Zavvi - £94.99The Hut - £94.99ShopTo - £98.85Will you be picking up Overwatch this week?Let us know in the comments.
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Over the course of his presidency, Barack Obama has made clear his dedication to STEM education among young Americans.Now, the leader is proving just how much faith he has in the innovative minds of America s posterity by forming a new advisory committee comprised of young people.Called the Kids Science Advisors, the purpose of the new committee is to encourage young scientists to share ideas about the future of science.Legette suggested that the President employ a younger science advisor, and lo and behold, Obama agreed.The establishment of the new committee comes at a time when the U.S. lags notably behind other developed nations in terms of STEM education.They don t consider age a barrier.
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Therefore, I have collected a number of points that I feel are recurring when I get mixes sent to me. It does not matter if your mix is ​​perfectly clean balance sheet terms unless it affects the listener. Often you can get a completely different sound by just moving your microphone a few centimeters when recording. These are important questions to ask yourself, not only in terms of compression. Other tricks is that during the recording angle your microphone slight angle up or down, so you do not sing right into the membrane, to thereby reduce air pressure when you're singing. If instead you add one of the guitars in the middle and pull the organ to the left so suddenly, it's a major difference between the channels and the song is perceived as wider.
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Good chai is transcendent.Every person has their method of preparation—a ritual after years of boiling and reboiling the ingredients until they coalesce into the drink.Gaurav Chawla, founder and CEO of Chime, had his own method but sometimes worried he spent too much time watching the chai boil and not enough time doing other things, so he cracked open a few home appliances and rigged up his own automated chai maker.Places like Starbucks sell something that is, technically, chai, but it s usually an overly sweet mess of boxed pre-brewed black tea and spices mixed with some milk and steamed.It s all pretty effortless—even if the device itself is still large and clearly in a pre-mass production stage, with cheap looking finishes and a milk pan that still requires scrubbing to clean Gaurav assures me that the production model will be non-stick for easier cleaning .When asked why he was starting in the US instead of the much larger chai drinking market of South Asia, Gaurav chuckled.
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SHOK-johtoryhmä suosittaa tuoreessa raportissaan, että SHOK:n ympäriltä syntyneet yhtiömuotoiset toimijat terävöittävät strategiaansa ja keskittyvät aiempaa enemmän uutta liiketoimintaa luovaan yhteistyöhön.Ulospäin panostukset konkretisoituvat lähinnä tutkimusyhteistyön tärkeyttä korostavien raporttien munkkilatinassa, joista panos-tuotos -ajattelu on kaukana.Jatkossa SHOK-yhtiöiden pitää hankkia tutkimusrahansa kansanvälisistä lähteistä, yrityksiltä ja kotimaisesta tutkimusrahoituksesta.Ohjelmissa tehty tutkimustyö on keskittynyt perustutkimuksen ja varsinaisen tuotekehityksen välimaastoon.Näin yritysten on ollut hankala osoittaa suoria euromääräisiä tuloksia SHOK:n tehoista.Tässä asiassa julkisilla toimijoilla olisi peiliin katsomisen paikka.
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This is Poem Generator.A poetic Turing test was held at Dartmouth yesterday to pit artificial intelligence against human poets, AP reported.Judges could easily tell the difference between robot-written sonnets.Machines are getting better at natural language.They can even write well enough to fool us into thinking they re human, at least sometimes.But poetry—arguably the most lenient written form in terms of grammar, punctuation, or anything else an AI might use incorrectly—is counterintuitively the task the robots still suck at.
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Take-Two s results, though, handily beat Wall Street s expectations, which were marginally more optimistic than what the company projected three months ago.Analysts had expected adjusted revenue of $306 million and profit of 26 cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters.Adjusted revenue counts all sales in the quarter, and can exclude other factors Wall Street and companies don t consider a regular part of business.The increase in digital sales was driven by new content released for Grand Theft Auto Online, Chief Executive Strauss Zelnick said.For the upcoming full year, Take-Two expects adjusted revenue of $1.5 billion to $1.6 billion, on par with fiscal year 2016 s haul of $1.56 billion.We see the results moderating in this year, Mr. Zelnick said, citing a drop-off in player engagement in Grand Theft Auto Online, which came out in September 2013.
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