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If you continue to look at emoji with an unamused face rather than a smiley one, this innovative offering from Samsung may finally win you over.While some may consider emoji a frivolous absurdity that serve to undermine more traditional forms of communication, others see them simply as a fun way to spice up chat messages or as an effective way to clarify a point.Researchers at Samsung Italia, however, are adamant that the colorful pictograms offer an amazing opportunity to help those with a particular type of brain condition to communicate in a more meaningful and rewarding way.The team focused on aphasia, a complex neurological disorder that affects the ability to understand and formulate language.According to Samsung, more than three million people worldwide have the condition, which is most often caused by an injury to the brain.For example, 30 percent of those who suffer a stroke experience a form of aphasia as a result.
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Samsung har meddelat att förbeställningarna av Galaxy S8 och S8 Plus ökat med 30 procent jämfört med Galaxy S7 och S7 Edge i fjol.Uppgiften gäller den nordamerikanska marknaden.Det är enligt utsago tillräckligt för att innebära det högsta antalet förbokningar ”någonsin” för Samsung i USA.Konsumenter tycks med andra ord inte vara särskilt skeptiska efter fiaskot med Galaxy Note 7 i höstas, då hela telefonen efterhand lades ned efter att exemplar börjat brinna.
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Uber reportedly used a tactic called fingerprinting to track iPhones in order to fight fraud - despite Apple banning the practice.The New York Times reports that in 2015 Apple discovered that the ride-sharing company had broken its privacy rules by collecting iPhone serial numbers.Boss Tim Cook told Uber founder Travis Kalanick to remove the "fingerprinting" code or he would ban the app from the Apple Store, the paper claims.Uber said the practice of fingerprinting deterred criminals from installing its app on stolen phones, using stolen credit cards to book journeys, then wiping the phone and doing it again."Being able to recognise known bad actors when they try to get back on to our network is an important security measure for both Uber and our users," it said.Security researcher Will Strafach told news site Tech Crunch that the coding in the iPhone version of the app from 2014 revealed that it was noting the device's serial number.
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Page 1: Design, Performance & VerdictMagnetic knob control too slow
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This week we saw yet another purported iPhone 8 leak in the form of some schematics which appeared to show the handset’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the rear of the device.It didn't make for the sleekest-looking design we've seen, with the leaked schematics seemingly revealing the fingerprint cutout to be located centrally, beneath the standard Apple logo on the back of the handset.Numerous reports and rumours have suggested Apple is planning to do away with the physical home button on the upcoming iPhone.Related: What will the new iPhone be called?This has led some to predict the company will relocate the Touch ID sensor to the rear of the device, while other rumours have it that the phone will feature the scanner below the display itself.While the latter would make for a sleeker handset, these latest schematics didn't offer much hope in that department, and now, someone has turned those schematics into a full render.
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With the launch of the Galaxy S8, Samsung has announced that it has partnered with Google to make Google Music Play the default music app on the device.This is the start of a long-term partnership, meaning that moving forward all Samsung phones and tablets will have Google Music Play as the default.There's a lot of competition in the music app market, with Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music and others all trying to win users over.Google has played a strong hand here – not only has it announced this partnership to coincide with the launch of one of the most hotly anticipated smartphones of the year, it has included some pretty enticing extras to sweeten the deal.Users who've never tried Google Play Music before are eligible for a three-month free trial, giving them access to the 40-million song back catalogue at Google’s disposal.And as Google is YouTube’s parent company, a Google Play Music subscription includes access to YouTube Red, the ad-free version of YouTube.
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74 procent av alla arbetsgivare har rutiner för att göra bakgrundskontroller när de rekryterar.Och sedan ett par år tillbaka ligger andelen som söker på internet och sociala medier rätt stadigt på över 40 procent.Det visar en ny rapport från Stockhoms Handelskammare.När det gäller bemanningsföretag är siffran betydligt högre – där kollar nästan tre av fyra upp de sökande på sociala medier.Det är tydligt att de som söker jobben måste ha koll på hur de uppfattas i sociala medier – 34 procent av företagen i undersökningen uppger att de sorterat bort personer baserat på vad de hittat på internet.Men trots att våra digitala spår alltså spelar allt större roll så slår det fortfarande inte de personliga omdömena om oss.
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Amazon’s connected speakers and other Alexa-powered devices will now work with your G Suite calendar, the company announced this morning.Once enabled, users will be able to ask Alexa to give them an overview of their day or make changes and other additions to their calendar as needed, just by speaking.The change represents another step towards making Echo and other Alexa speakers more practical devices to have in the office, or for general business use.G Suite is not the first calendaring platform that Alexa supports.The company has offered Google Calendar integration since launch, and added support earlier this year for both Outlook Calendar (including Hotmail, MSN, and Live email accounts) as well as Office 365 Calendar, for those with Exchange Online mailboxes.However, G Suite is one of the last major calendaring services Amazon needed to round out the voice accessible calendaring functionality.
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If you’re planning to build your own lightsaber, droid, or time-traveling DeLorean replica, the first place you need to visit is the Replica Prop Forum.It’s the online hangout for builders to share tips and photos of their creations.It’s also where you’ll find Darren Moser detailing his build of a life-size K-2SO puppet from Star Wars: Rogue One.Given how tall and lanky the Imperial droid turned rebel is, Moser had to abandon plans to build his K-2SO as a costume, opting instead to turn it into a wearable puppet he could operate from behind.YouTube’s Tested channel had a chance to check out how far Moser’s creation has come at a recent RPF party where builders gathered to show off their props and replicas.A frame made of PVC plumbing pipe covered in black sculpted foam helps keep the towering puppet’s body from getting too heavy, but to perfectly recreate all of the details in K-2SO’s head, Moser opted to 3D print a replica he found online.
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg kicked off his company's annual "F8" conference on Tuesday with a stark mission statement: People don't look at Facebook on their phones enough, and he has plans to change that.The plan revolves around adding "augmented reality" (AR) features to Facebook's smartphone apps using our existing cameras."I used to think that glasses were going to be the first mainstream augmented-reality platform," Zuckerberg told the F8 crowd.He continued by pointing out how Snapchat filters and Pokémon Go's catch-'em-all moments employ basic AR functionality already, and Facebook's augmented-reality embrace of cameras will follow similar suit.Most of the examples were high-tech expansions of Snapchat-like live filters, bolstered with a real-time 3D mapping technique that Facebook calls "simultaneous localization and mapping" (SLAM).When working as advertised, Facebook's app will quickly translate flat planes and geometric objects captured by a smartphone's camera, then recognize object types (plants, coffee mugs, bowls, wine bottles) and offer playful, "relevant" 3D filters.
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In a soft-furnished studio space behind a warehouse in west Berlin, a group of international scientists are debating our robot future.“But of course,” he says, “these are small steps.”Then a tall, athletic man with a light-grey three-piece suit and a greying goatee who has spent most of the morning playing with his smartphone strides to the podium, and suddenly baby steps become interstellar leaps.“I think years is a better measure than decades, but I wouldn’t want to tie myself down to four or seven.”When I ask how he can be so confident about his timetable, he launches the hyperdrive.For a computer scientist, he can sometimes sound surprisingly unscientific.
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Geststyrning erbjuds redan av BMW och Volkswagen Det kan exempelvis röra sig om att höja och sänka volymen eller byta radiokanal med en handrörelse.Dagens funktioner kan jämföras med att ”swipa” på mobiltelefonen, men tekniken är under snabb utveckling.I början av året demonstrerade BMW ett mer avancerat system på CES-mässan i Las Vegas.”HoloActive Touch” utgår från en holografisk skärm som projicerar virtuella menyer ovanpå mittkonsolen.En kamera filmar fingrarnas rökelser för att tolka vad föraren vill.Men teknikutvecklingen drivs inte bara av de stora elefanterna.
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Facebook vowed to "do better" after the social network unwittingly played host to a series of disturbing videos that culminated in the shooting and killing of an elderly man.It's also exploring technologies like artificial intelligence to help prevent these videos from being shared in their entirety.The suspect, Steve Stephens, 37, on Sunday posted videos of both his intent to murder someone and then the act itself.Cleveland police say a national search for the suspect is on.Police identified the victim as Robert Godwin Sr., 74.While the company envisioned live video as a tool to bring people closer together, the dark, unexpected consequence has been the raft of suicides, rapes and murders that have appeared on the site.
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Att webben är en fantastisk miljö för att bygga och använda applikationer är självklart i dag.Den första är att ens få reda på när ett fel uppstår i en webbapplikation.Utvecklarna orkar helt enkelt inte, alternativt har inte tid, att ta tag i problemen.Dessutom kan de återspela sessioner och användaraktiviteter som ledde fram till fel.Det är som att titta på en video med en muspekare som rör sig tills det går åt pipan.Sammantaget kan man säga att det handlar om att återskapa fel och att få hela sammanhanget med koppling till koden.
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Sandra Rey has seen the light – and it comes from the sea."Many marine organisms have the ability to create light without electricity," she says.To get that natural resource out of the ocean, Rey's Paris-based startup Glowee makes lights filled with genetically modified bio-luminescent bacteria.Now, the 26-year-old wants their soft green glow to illuminate city streets.Each bioluminescent bulb is a transparent shell containing a combination of nutrients and oxygen: this supports E.coli bacteria, which Glowee's 15-person team alters genetically, inserting bioluminescent genes found in a Hawaiian bobtail squid."We make the light more intense by coding their DNA," explains Rey, who developed the idea for a student contest in 2013, as part of her masters in industrial design at the Strate École de Design in Sèvres.
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Four years after we made our TechCrunch China events a twice-annual affair in Beijing and Shanghai, we are very proud to announce that we will host the event in Shenzhen, known as ‘The Silicon Valley For Hardware,’ for the very first time this coming June!!This is hugely exciting for us and our China partner Technode.We’ve done one-day events in the city in the past, but this marks the first time that we’ve brought one of our largest shows to town.We can’t wait to get to know the local tech community better, and host our usual mix of top-quality speakers, innovative startups, investors and thousands of event attendees in the city.Our inaugural Shenzhen event will take place June 17-20 at the I-Factory in Nanshan District — tickets are available now with an early-bird price of just $139 until April 30.TechCrunch China events typically attract more than 5,000 attendees, so act fast to take advantage of this discounted price!
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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news and all that.But over the years, the overloaded prefix has become a liability.Originally, the i stood for internet, but in this day and age where the internet is simply part of everyday life, it looks as outdated as a Flower Power iMac.Over the years it’s not only become easily mocked, but also adopted by plenty of other companies hoping to hitch their wagons to Apple’s brand—so much so that when Apple wanted to announce the iPhone, it had to engage in a bit of gamesmanship with Cisco, which owned the iPhone trademark.While Apple has not managed to entirely excise the i from its lineup—and probably won’t so long as the iPhone is around—it has tried to back away from it.Thus we get generic names products like the Apple Watch and Apple TV, as well as software like Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Clips, and so on.
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Polar makes some of the best bike computers on the market.Its latest M460 model is packed with features and supports a long list of third-party power meters.Polar, known worldwide for its fitness wearables and training computers, has some good news for bicyclists.The company on Wednesday introduced its latest and greatest bike computer, the M460.With support for a long list of third-party power meters and improved power measurements, the M460 is bound to be a hit among cyclists looking to streamline their training and improve performance.Polar leveraged its experience with training computers to produce the M460, a versatile bike computer likely to appeal to all levels of cyclists.
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The worldwide optical networking infrastructure market is predicted to grow from $13.6 billion in 2016 to $17.3 billion by 2021, according to the latest market study by ACG Research.Moreover, purchases of Optical Data Center Interconnect (DCI) equipment are expected to grow from $1.69 billion in 2016 to $4.3 billion in 2021.In 2016, Metro optical increased 5.5 percent and Long-Haul delivered 10.5 percent growth.Driven in part by Verizon network upgrades, the North American Metro Optical market will return to growth in 2017 after a slow 2016.ACG Research analysts anticipate worldwide Metro Optical spending to increase 9.4 percent in 2017.When combined with the 19.1 percent decline in legacy Optical infrastructure spending in 2016, total Optical infrastructure managed a modest 2.7 percent growth in 2016.
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Mondido är en betallösning för e-handlare som integrerar olika betalsätt i ett system.Det är en lösning som konkurrerar med bland annat Klarna Checkout.I höstas ingick bolaget ett samarbete med den digitala banken Collector om att erbjuda bankens fakturalösning i sin plattform.Nu gör Collector en ännu större satsning på Mondido, enligt uppgifter från ägardatabasen Valu8.Genom sin investeringsarm Collector ventures gör man nu en investering på 10 miljoner kronor i bolaget.Intressant i sammanhanget är att Collector redan har en egen betalplattform för e-handlare.
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