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While January’s CES was the stomping ground for the majority of TV manufacturers looking to show off their 2019 wares, Philips (which doesn’t distribute its screens in the US) has held fire for its own showcase in Amsterdam to reveal its plans for the year.And if you’re after OLED screens and top TV audio, you’re in luck.The company has given a sneak peek at its latest OLED range, revealing the OLED 804 and OLED 854 displays.The 4K screens will be offering not just the full range of Dolby TV tech showstoppers in the form of support for both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos overhead surround sound, but will also include HDR10+ capabilities.Philips OLED+ 903 review: the best OLED currently available?Philips latest image processing system, the P5 Picture Perfect Engine, will power the show, with Ambilight 3 making colors bloom on the walls around the set to match onscreen action thanks to a back-mounted LED lighting array.
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Seven major universities are working together to develop a digital currency network that solves blockchain's scalability and performance problems before public confidence in the technology erodes.Funded by a Swiss-based non-profit organization, the cryptocurrency application, called Unit-e, and its blockchain-based payment system is expected to launch in the second half of this year; if successful, it would surpass even mainstream financial networks like Visa's VisaNet in transactional capability.The effort was unveiled Thursday."A lack of scalability is holding back cryptocurrency adoption, and DTR's groundbreaking research is addressing this," said Joey Krug, a member of DTR's Foundation Council and co-chief investment officer at hedge fund Pantera Capital, a backer of Unit-e. "The Unit-e developers are turning this research into real scalable performance which will benefit a huge swath of decentralized financial applications."Unit-e cryptocurrency aims to achieve transaction "confirmation latencies on the order of 15 seconds for on-chain transactions, and 2 to 4 seconds for off-chain transactions," DTR said in an academic paper published this month."A closely-related concept to latency is throughput – the number of transactions processed per second.
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IBM and Vodafone have entered into a joint venture to provide businesses with support for linking up cloud systems, which can support next-generation technology such as machine learning or 5G networks.Vodafone will pay IBM $550m (£423.4m) under an eight-year contract as part of the deal, the firms said today, enabling it to offer tools such as artificial intelligence to its networked businesses.Two global executives will be moved to London to lead the venture, where it will be headquartered.It is expected to become operational in the first half of 2019.It is hoped that the joint venture will make it easier for businesses to link up their separate cloud systems, without having to completely redesign their network from start to finish.Vodafone said an estimated 70 per cent of the world's organisations use up to 15 different cloud systems at any one time.
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Silicon Valley venture capital firm BlueRun Ventures has lassoed $130 million in capital commitments for its sixth fund.The firm invests in early-stage mobile software and financial services companies, including online lending platform Kabbage and navigation tool Waze.BlueRun has also announced the promotion of Cheryl Cheng to general partner.Cheng joined the outfit in 2008; she’s focused on mobile and data opportunities within the enterprise and consumer markets.The firm also counts founder John Malloy and Jonathan Ebinger as GPs.In a conversation with TechCrunch, Ebinger outlined the firm’s growing interest in the Mexican startup ecosystem, as well as startups focused on data sharing.
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Who, specifically, is this gadget a good fit for?Consider Philips Hue, long thought of as an expensive option in smart lighting.That's certainly true if you want every light in your home to change colors, but if you're just looking for a modest setup with a few, non-color-changing bulbs, the buy-in is much more manageable.As of writing this, a four-bulb Philips Hue White starter kit with the mandatory Hue Bridge costs $90 on Amazon.Other smart lighting products from Sengled, Sylvania, TP-Link Kasa and the Anker-owned Eufy brand of smart home gadgets are all well-reviewed, well-connected and well-priced.GE's stepping on the smart lighting gas this year with a greatly expanded lineup of budget-friendly C by GE smart lights and switches, all of which will work directly with Google Assistant.
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Box announced today that it has hired Lakshmi Hanspal to be the company’s new chief information security officer (CISO).She boasts 20 years of security experience, including holding executive security roles at SAP Ariba and Bank of America.She also spent time in a senior role at PayPal.In a blog post announcing the hire, the company defined her role this way: “In the role of CISO, Lakshmi will be responsible for Box’s cyber security practice, security operations and data and platform protection.”Hanspal sees similarities in Box from her time at SAP Ariba, but she recognizes that she will face a different set of challenges.“My role at Box is similar to what I focused on at SAP Ariba with the biggest difference being Box’s geographical footprint.
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Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) cut off internet access in the run-up to elections during December 2018 — other telecommunications services such as SMS were also suspended in the country.This is not the first time the people of the DRC have experienced an internet shutdown in relation to the elections.Earlier in January 2018, the country’s government saw it fit to block the internet, mainly in Kinshasa, in anticipation of planned protests where citizens were requesting that President Joseph Kabila vacate his position.This internet shutdown came barely a month after authorities in the DRC issued a directive to telecommunications companies to block social media during December 2017 in anticipation of anti-Kabila protests.The internet shutdown in the DRC extended well beyond as far as 6 January 2019 when election results were yet to be released.Cloudflare’s network monitoring platform showing the internet traffic in the DRC barely reaching a quarter of its typical level.
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Meghan Markle revealed some exciting baby news during a visit to Birkenhead with Prince Harry on Monday.The Duchess of Sussex told people in the crowd that she’s due to give birth at the end of April or early May, according to Emily Nash, the royal editor at Hello.Meghan has told wellwishers in Birkenhead that she is six months pregnant - due end of April/beginning of May!Lots of baby chat today!— Emily Nash (@emynash) January 14, 2019A fan interviewed by People magazine said that Meghan revealed just how far along she was in her pregnancy.
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If you are ever going to start producing a technical gadget you will get in touch with Shenzhen, the city that did not exist 40 years ago.The station is just a short drive from Hong kong and was founded exactly 40 years ago as a complement to Hong kong.a Bit like a Hong kong, China.the City is an economic zone that the chinese started as the antithesis to the just Hong kong which means it is extra advantageous to do business there.For 40 years ago, it was peasants who lived there, in the day of living somewhere between 13 and 20 million people in the city, probably even more, and the skyscrapers popping up like mushrooms.It is here all companies from the west, China's companies and factories to produce the stuff you buy on Webhallen or Kjell & Co. Or buy cheap on Ali Express.
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In the Swedish filmtjänsten Plejmo have children been able to see the trailers that contained graphic scenes of brutality.It is in contradiction with the radio and television act and get the attorney general to put down the foot.the Agency will now distribute a notice of fine of sek 200 000 to the parent company Magine, according to a decision from december of last year that Di Digital taken part of.If the unprofitable Magine, which has burned nearly 1.5 billion in venture capital since its inception in 2011, want to avoid the fines, the company may not make any more violations during the next twelve months.According to the Chancellor of justice has Plejmo sent trailers that contain the screaming, bloody and mutilated characters – as well as true-to-life scenes depicting beatings and shootings.Blood sprayed when he was hit by the bullets”, including reading the decision.
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Looks like August’s big news for the show wasn’t a doorbell, after all.Rather, the smart lock maker announced this morning that it will be bringing its technology to three new locks from Emtek.Like August, Emtek is a part of the Swedish conglomerate Assa Abloy.The implementation of the technology will be similar to August’s relationship with fellow Assa Abloy brand, Yale, where the more tech-savvy startup will essentially power the lock’s smart capabilities.August branding won’t appear on the locks themselves, but its app will be required to interact with the technology.Two of the three will include August’s Auto-Unlock, DoorSense and Auto-Lock tech.
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Samourai Wallet, a Bitcoin wallet provider, is temporarily disabling some of its privacy-related features following a request from Google.The company, founded in 2015 by privacy activists, said in a blog post that it would be disabling three key features (Stealth Mode, Remote SMS and SIM Switch Defense) “due to restrictive Google Play Store Policies.”“All three of these features have been included in Samourai Wallet since our first release in 2015 and have helped define our product as a unique offering instead of the same old lazy copy paste job that is rife in this industry, as well as provide protection and security to the countless users who rely on these features.To this day no other wallet has enabled these types of features, and now it is very likely no other wallet will thanks to the heavy hand of Google,” the blog post reads.Samourai explained it unsuccessfully applied for an exemption from Google months ago, arguing that removing such functionality would result in diminished security for its users.The Bitcoin wallet provider said it was sorry for the inconvenience caused, but added that its “hands have been tied by Google.“
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NASA's InSight mission has a way of making you feel like you're standing on Mars.Some vivid new images show the latest steps in deploying the lander's seismometer as the space agency gets ready to listen for marsquakes.InSight gently placed the seismometer on the Mars surface in December using a robotic arm, but it was sitting at a slight angle.On Sunday, NASA shared a before-and-after look at the seismometer leveling itself out.You can see the cable that connects the instrument to the lander.The instrument moves slightly between the two frames of the GIF.
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The Brilliant Light Switch allows you to control your smart home, play music and send an intercom message from your wall.It replaces an ordinary wall switch and comes in a couple of varieties to fit switches of varying size.Each Brilliant Switch has a touchscreen and Amazon's assistant Alexa built in for voice controls.At CES 2019, Brilliant is playing nice with another voice assistant -- Apple's Siri.You can add them to grouped commands called scenes so they turn on when you say "good morning."You can even assign them to rooms and control them along with anything else in your dining room.
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With the start of the new year we're close to the halfway point of the 2018-19 NBA season, and the league's best players are reaching their peak as the all-star break approaches.Every year, fans vote for their favorite players to participate in All-Star Weekend, but the voting process is a better judge of popularity than actual skill.In video games; "NBA 2K19" is the world's most meticulously-crafted basketball simulation and uses statistics to adjust ratings for more than 350 NBA players throughout the season.While the players at the top of the overall rankings are household names, things start to get a bit more unpredictable as the list goes on.10) Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers - 92 OverallAfter making the All-NBA 1st Team in 2018, the former Rookie of the Year looks to be in peak form this season.
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Today is turning out to be quite the historical turning point in the history of non-meat, mass market foodstuffs, as a full vegetarian McDonald's Happy Meal is launching, to join the Greggs vegan sausage roll on the lunch options list of both the soft and hard vegetarians.The "main" in the veggie happy meal is a tortilla wrap filled with pesto, ketchup and lettuce, like the sort of thing you might make in an emergency when there's an unexpected vegetarian coming round for lunch.It is also vaguely vegan, although not ultra hard pure vegan as the wrap is toasted in the same toaster as the non-vegan buns, and McDonald's isn't so committed to this that it's sending every branch a standalone toaster for it, as it's only for kids.There's also a plastic toy still bundled in with the Happy Meal, and some sort of pudding in a plastic tube.There's a new option for adult vegetarians too, with the burger chain launching a Spicy Veggie Wrap that's kind of the same but bigger and with real tomato, and it comes in a cardboard holster and with no toy, as adults are hard to buy for, especially at this time of year when the living room is still full of Christmas junk.
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‘The Inbetweeners’ star James Buckley has said he feels “pretty hated” over criticism over the show’s reunion special.‘Fwends Reunited’ was widely panned by fans after airing on Channel 4 on New Year’s Day to celebrate 10 years of the E4 sitcom.The two-hour studio show, which was hosted by Jimmy Carr, was branded “awkward” and “cringey” by people on Twitter, while others expressed disappointment that it wasn’t actually a new episode of the series instead.Following the criticism, James, who played Jay in the series, tweeted: “Feeling pretty hated right now.“Im sorry to anyone who feels let down with last nights show.Im sorry to anyone who feels let down with last nights show.
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For Android Authority‘s Best of Android 2018 awards, we put more than 30 of the year’s flagships through their paces to chose winners across ten categories.Through this endeavor, we discovered which flagship had the best overall performance, which had the best cameras, and the overall smartphone of the year.This research not only revealed the top performers, though — we were also to discern the worst, and everything in between.Below, you’ll find out what this phone included with regards to specs, performance, battery, and cameras, as well as the average price.You’ll see this exact combination on many of this year’s flagships like the LG V40 ThinQ, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, HTC U12 Plus, and Xiaomi Pocophone F1.After putting the 2018 flagships through several benchmarks, we calculated the average performance score.
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Mark Zuckerberg begins to take responsibility for all the fake news that circulated on Facebook.We now want to see more action before the presidential election in 2020.Miriam Olsson Jeffery: Techjättarna appear in the seamsWe probably all agree that the scandals surrounding the techbolagen – for example, to research firm Cambridge Analytica used Facebookanvändares data to influence the u.s. presidential election and now the latest to Facebook has left out large parts of the users ' information could also be categorized as the year's worst.at the same time, it has made the powerful techjättarna has been under the microscope and the information has reached the public.If you should see something positive in all of it dark, it is to techbolagen appear in the seams.
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2018 was the year we consolidated our creative approach to our tech reviews, our gift guides, and our various series.And remember, if we missed an image that you particularly like, it is not necessarily because we didn’t think it was good enough — we may simply have forgotten that we took it!Every once in a while I’m able to schedule a “studio play day” to experiment with different concepts and gadgets without the pressure of having to get the work up on the site.On this day, I had spent most of my morning commute watching slow-motion videos of splashes, so I knew what shapes to cut the paper into in order to make them look as real as possible.Over the course of the 11-episode season, the core team of (left to right) Dami Lee, Nilay Patel, Ashley Carman, Chaim Gartenberg, Paul Miller, and Jake Kastrenakes covered an eclectic range of weird and wonderful gadgets, and were regularly joined by special guests — including many members of The Verge staff.The rows upon rows of video monitors, screens, circuit boards and switches are the raw ingredients Mr. Lui uses to repair the aging CRTs still being used in video walls and installations by his clients, which include the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney.
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