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A popular Chinese photo-editing app has burst into popularity in the West, covering social feeds in airbrushed photos with huge, sparkling eyes.Although Meitu has been around since 2008, it has become an overnight success and was trending in Apple's App Store on Thursday.Meitu is a lot like other photo-editing apps — it has Bitmoji-style stickers, Instagram-style filters, and Layout-style photo collages.But the app really shines in its "hand-drawn" mode that is like a Snapchat filter on steroids.It slims jawlines, enlarges eyes, and adds a bit of sparkle to the whole package.Basically, it makes you look like a cartoon — and these images are rapidly spreading on social media.The company behind the app had its initial public offering in Hong Kong in December with a roughly $4.6 billion valuation, which may increase as investors learn that Western audiences like the app, too.Here's what using the app is like: View As:
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The Pokémon Company and developer Niantic have partnered with non-profit Project Everyone to add a new gym and 17 special PokéStops to the hit mobile game Pokémon Go in Davos, Switzerland during the World Economic Forum.Love Actually director Richard Curtis, who helped found the non-profit, is creating the 17 new PokéStops.Each PokéStop — where players can collect items and capture more digital critters — will correspond with one of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN, also known as the Global Goals, ranging from ending poverty and hunger to ensuring gender equality, clean water and quality education.In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to the Global Goals campaign, which aims to "end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030."Other stops labelled after the Global Goals include Climate Action, Good Health and Well Being, Clean Water and Sanitation, Reduced Inequalities and Peace Justice and Strong Institutions."It's been very interesting, because people attending Davos are quite adept on their mobile phones, and they've all heard about this game from their kids," Curtis told Business Insider.
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Is your Wi-Fi signal not strong enough in your home or office?Luckily, there s an easy, affordable solution available.Range extenders, such as this TP-Link Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender model, instantly extend and improve the reach of your Wi-Fi coverage, meaning you won t have to place or, worse yet, hold your connected devices in weird positions just to get a decently speedy Wi-Fi connection.The TP AC750 RE200 model, normally priced at $70, is currently slashed down to just $23 giving you a limited time 67 percent or $47 discount.Whether you re a smart home junkie or just someone looking for better Wi-Fi coverage, this model more than covers your Wi-Fi needs.It works with Wi-Fi-enabled devices from iPhones and tablets to Alexa and Amazon Echo smart gadgets using any standard router or gateway.
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Som Ny Teknik redan har berättat så planerar Airbus för en framtid med flygande bilar.Nu har Airbus Groups vd Tom Enders förtydligat sig: I slutet av 2017 ska företaget ha en protoyp klar, rapporterar bland andra Reuters.Nej men, den här 3d-utskriften blev ju inte så bra... Inga problem!Det är möjligt med MIT-forskarnas nya metod som öppnar för ändring av redan utskrivna polymerer, rapporterar Engadget.Förlita dig inte på din mobiltelefon för att starta dinFörlita dig inte på din mobiltelefon för att starta din Tesla.
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HBO DAVOS, SWITZERLAND — 80% of companies that are adopting artificial intelligence pledge that they will still retain and retrain existing staff, according to a report by tech andThe group polled 1,600 "senior business decision makers" at some of the largest organisations in the world in its report "Amplifying Human Potential: Towards Purposeful
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Verohallinto on kehittänyt yhteistyössä asiakasyritysten ja Team Finland -toimijoiden kanssa palvelumallin kasvuyriysten veroasioiden neuvontaan.Sen ydinkohderyhmää ovat kansainvälistymistä tavoittelevat kasvuyritykset.Verohallinnolla on Konserniverokeskuksen asiantuntijoista koottu noin kymmenen hengen tiimi, joka auttaa ja neuvoo yrityksiä joko paikan päällä tai helpdesk-tyyppisesti puhelimitse."Kasvuyritykset haluavat hoitaa veroasiansa oikein, mutta aika ja osaaminen niiden hoitamiseen puuttuvat.Verotukseen liitty paljon hankaluutta, eivätkä yrittäjät osaa tunnistaa eteentulevia tilanteita etukäteen esimerkiksi yrityskauppatilanteissa", Verohallinnon asiakkuuspäällikkö Miika Wires sanoo.Isoimpia yritysverokysymyksiä on siirtohinnoittelu, eli hinnoittelu samaan konserniin kuuluvien yhtiöiden välisissä liiketoimissa.
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But last week, we spoke with him about the new fund and, to a much lesser extent, about Formation 8 Partners, which Lonsdale famously cofounded in 2011 with Stanford classmate Brian Koo and longtime venture investor Jim Kim before the three abruptly disbanded in 2015.Koo has since founded another firm: Formation Group, which hews most closely to Formation 8 s mission, which was to bridge the ecosystems between Asian countries and Silicon Valley.Kim has also cofounded a new venture firm called Builders, which we reported on last month.It also accounts for a perhaps more controversial bet on Hyperloop One, an ambitious company aiming to build faster, cleaner long-distance travel through a supersonic transit system that remains largely theoretical for now.The well-funded company, which recently settled a lawsuit with one of its cofounders and several former employees, is currently engaged in numerous feasibility studies.8VC s mission also underscores what Lonsdale most wants to focus on — the future.
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Tietoturvaratkaisuja toimittavan SSH:n osake nousi viime viikolla neljänneksen ilman isoja uutisia."Nordnetin tilastojen mukaan piensijoittajat myyvät nyt osinkoyhtiöitä ja ostavat vähän vaihdettuja pörssitulokkaita, joiden osakekurssi on noussut muita vähemmän."Afarak, Sotkamo Silver, Comptel, Componenta ja F-Secure."Miksi osinkoyhtiöihin kuten Elisaan sijoittaminen väheni loppusyksystä alkaen?Joulukuussa Nordnetin suomalaisasiakkaiden kymmenen nettomyydyintä osaketta olivat kaikki suuryhtiöitä ja ostetuimpien lista tulvi pienyhtiöitä.Osa on myynyt osinkoyhtiöitä voimakkaan kurssinousun jälkeen ja sen vuoksi.
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Federal officials are looking to the private sector for help understanding the continued rise in motor vehicle fatality rates.For the second year in a row, deaths from vehicle crashes are rising, even accounting for more vehicle miles, according to CNN.Full-year figures for 2016 won t be available until late March, but the first nine months indicate the troublesome trend is continuing.In 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported the largest gain in vehicle fatalities in 50 years, with an increase of 7.2 percent for the entire year.In 2016, comparing the DOT s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration s NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts: Crash Stats report for first nine months to 2016 to the same months in 2015, fatalities have gone up another eight percent.In 2015, there were 25,808 fatalities January through September and in the same months in 2016, the number rose to 27,875.
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After narrowly edging out Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last week and ending the sci-fi blockbuster s run at the top of the box-office rankings, Hidden Figures proved its premiere performance wasn t a fluke with another impressive weekend.The drama — which tells the true story of the trio of African-American mathematicians who helped NASA launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1962 — is now on a two-week winning streak that has already seen it double its production costs and generate overwhelmingly positive reviews from general audiences and professional critics alike.More: Oscars VFX contenders down to 10 films, including Arrival and Rogue One Whiplash director Damian Chazelle s modern musical La La Land, which recently swept every category it was nominated in at this year s Golden Globe Awards, enjoyed a nice bump from both the positive buzz it s receiving and the additional 333 theaters it expanded into this week.The film seems to be catching fire at just the right time for a run at the Academy Awards, so it will be interesting to see if it can hold onto that momentum.The Star Wars stand-alone movie Rogue One slipped all the way to fourth place over the weekend, but it still managed to set a major milestone with its $13.7 million weekend.
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Smartphones are almost always the most comfortable to hold and the easiest to use without skin or case.Manufacturers have long worked on the ergonomics and the feel of the material against his hand, and the shell takes a large part of the work.the Shell that sticks up a bit above the screen on the front can also make it more difficult to implement gestures from the screen edge.at the same time, is mobiles often expensive widgets and a shell can, of course, protect from drops and bumps and make it feel more comfortable using the units.Sometimes the shell has also other practical advantages such as better how the in the case the chassis is unusually slippery.They could also provide a welcome aesthetic variety.
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The biggest test that Tesla and CEO Elon Musk will face in 2017 is the successful launch of the Model 3 mass-market vehicle, expected to be priced at around $30,000 once tax breaks and credits are applied.The Model 3 will deliver more than 200 miles of range on a single charge and benefit, for a fee, from Tesla extensive Supercharger network, which will enable long-distance drives.After selling $100,000 luxury sedans for several years and adding a luxury SUV in the Model X in 2015, the company is finally unleashing a Tesla for the rest of us.Nearly 400,000 per-orders for the Model 3, at $1,000 apiece, certainly prove that the rest of us is a sizable group.That's an unprecedented level of advance demand for an automobile, of any sort.But there's a major problem looming for the Model 3 and Tesla, one that hasn't yet been thoroughly discussed.Will Tesla be able to afford to build this car?A structural change in the marketWe're in the early stages of what could be a major structural shift in the auto industry, away from passenger cars and into SUVs and pickup trucks.Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne already says the change is underway.The best profits are in the vehicles that Tesla is already selling: luxury four-doors and SUVs.In fact, Tesla can achieve an impressive gross margin on these vehicles already, between 20%-30%.The assumption is that Tesla's margins will be consistent and that due to things like lower battery costs thanks to mass-production at the company's massive Nevada Gigafactory, the Model 3 will be a big moneymaker.However, Tesla is going in exactly the opposite direction as most other car companies when it comes to the Model 3.
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SpaceX is launching its first mission since a Falcon 9 rocket exploded on a launch pad during preflight routines in September of last year.The launch is set to take place Saturday, January 14 at 9:54:39 AM PT, or 1:54:39 AM ET.A Falcon 9 rocket will carry 10 Iridium NEXT satellites, designed to form the base of a mobile voice and data network that will eventually include 70 satellites in total.The crucial launch will originate from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and if all goes well, the satellites will begin to be deployed in low-earth orbit starting around one hour after take-off.One the second stage separates to carry those satellites into orbit, the first stage will attempt to land on SpaceX s floating drone barge landing pad, which will be waiting in the Pacific ocean to attempt recovery.Iridium s NEXT project hopes to begin commercial service in 2017, offering voice and data network service across a few different verticals.
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Sony Corp. s entertainment chief, Michael Lynton, is stepping down to devote his time to the chairmanship of the board of Snap Inc. ahead of its public stock offering planned for later this year.Mr. Lynton, who along with his wife was one of the earliest investors in Snap, has been on the board of the technology firm best known for its messaging app Snapchat since 2013 and was quietly named its chairman late last year.
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The Cambridge-based studio's last title was released in OctoberSony is closing its Cambridge-based video games studio, Guerrilla Cambridge.The developer's most recent title was the PlayStation VR release Rigs.Prior to that it had worked on Killzone, LittleBigPlanet and MediEvil games.The studio has been in existence for 19 years."Whilst we accept that this decision will mean that we risk losing high calibre staff, by focusing on other studios with exciting new projects in development... we believe we will be in a stronger position going forward and able to offer the best possible content of the highest quality to our players.
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If you re planning on remodeling your kitchen, you could start any number of places: Change the floor, get a new suite of appliances, or refinish the cabinets.The changes you make are often constrained mainly by budget, but when it comes to envisioning your new kitchen, your imagination might fail you as well.There are lots of tools to get you started, but LG wanted homeowners to be able to build around any of its appliances they may be considering.If you go to the LG Studio Virtual Designer tool, you can see how the appliances look with something approximating your current space or start virtually by coating your cabinets with a new coat of paint.Introduced at KBIS 2017, a kitchen and bath show going on in Orlando, Florida, this week, the tool first asks you to pick from stainless steel or black stainless appliances.Then you get three design choices: classic, contemporary, or modern farmhouse.
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Lattner was at Apple for more than eleven years, most recently serving as its senior director of developer tools.Lattner is the creator of the Swift programming language, which Apple launched back in 2014, and which the company has been encouraging its app developers to build Mac and iOS apps in.As director of developer tools, Lattner was also responsible for Xcode Apple s integrated development environment, i.e.Casebolt s LinkedIn profile has the Mac Pro, the MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad, MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Retina MacBook Pro, and the MacBook Air on his resume.He had been at Apple for more than nine years and his name is on a number of patents.Another new Tesla hire from within the last month is Timothy Hatcher, who spent eleven years at Apple on the WebKit team.
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Proverna ska snurras under två minuter, enligt forskarna.Då separeras plasman från blodprovet.Bild ur Nature Biomedical Engineerings webbfilm.Två pappersrundlar och ett snöre.I princip är det allt som behövs för att göra en fungerande centrifug för att separera plasma, röda och vita blodkroppar och blodplättar i ett blodprov.Forskare på Stanforduniversitetet i USA har utvecklat metoden som är ett alternativ till etablerade centrifuger för blodprov, som kan vara dyra i inköp och kräver tillgång till elektricitet för att fungera.
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Assuming the massive hacking disclosures Yahoo made over the past several months don t derail the Verizon acquisition of the company, CEO Marissa Mayer, Yahoo co-founder David Filo and four other directors will leave the board after the $4.8 billion deal closes.Yesterday the changes were announced in an SEC 8-K filing: T he Board has determined that, immediately following the Closing, the size of the Board will be reduced to five 5 directors.Tor Braham, Eric Brandt, Catherine Friedman, Thomas McInerney and Jeffrey Smith will continue to serve as directors of the Company following the Closing, and Mr. Brandt will serve as Chairman of the Board.Each of David Filo, Eddy Hartenstein, Richard Hill, Marissa Mayer, Jane Shaw and Maynard Webb has indicated that he or she intends to resign from the Board effective upon the Closing, and that his or her intention to resign is not due to any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company s operations, policies or practices.The remaining assets, the company s multi-billion dollar stake in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, will reside in a company to be called Altaba Inc.
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For the third year in a row, Apple has been deemed the most environmentally friendly of the world s major tech companies, according to a new report from environmental organization Greenpeace.Apple, along with Google and Facebook — the other highest scorers in the report — made a pledge in 2012 to to transition to 100% renewable energy.Its new headquarters, which are currently under construction, will run completely on renewable energy, with an estimated 700,000 square feet of solar panels.According to the report, Apple has played a catalytic role within its IT supply chain, pushing other IT data center and cloud operators who help deliver pieces of Apple s corner of the internet to follow their lead in powering their operations with renewable energy.Greenpeace has been measuring the energy performance of the information technology sector since 2009, and its newest report states that the organization has seen a significant increase in the degree to which the largest internet companies prioritize renewables.According to the report, the energy footprint of the IT sector is currently estimated to account for 7% of global electricity.But since global internet traffic is expected to rise threefold by 2020 — and with it the sector s energy footprint — company commitments to and plans for sustainability will become even more important.Greenpeace s report notes that Apple and Google continue to lead the sector in matching their growth with an equivalent or larger supply of renewable energy.The report assigned Apple the overall grade of A - in the subcategories, the company got As in energy transparency, renewable energy commitment, energy efficiency and mitigation, and renewable procurement, wit its only B in the advocacy category.It s clean energy index, calculated based on estimates of facilities power demand, was an impressive 83%.
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