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Smartphone maker Vivo has today confirmed that it plans to launch its phones in additional markets around the world.Vivo already offers its phones in China, Hong Kong and a handful of other Asian countries, but today the brand has confirmed a large scale push and new official launch markets for their phones.In a press release received by us today, Vivo has confirmed that it now plans to expand into Singapore, Taiwan, and Russia as well as certain countries in Africa early next year.Russia marks the first foray for the phone maker into the European market, and we hope this will be followed up by launches in other European countries to follow next year.It also follows the companies decision to sponsor the 2018 FIFA World Cup too.The Press Release doesn’t mention if all Vivo products will be released in all markets however so and it’s likely that flagship phones along the lines of the X20 will remain China only models.
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The world of smart home hubs continues to expand as every major tech giant puts pedal to metal and seeks to surpass the competition.Who owns this space may just own the digital home — and everyone from Google to Apple to Samsung is trying to find that perfect combination of affordability and functionality that will convince consumers to buy.Smart home hubs are a glimpse to the future, displaying how the interconnectedness of things is making its way to our immediate environment.Everything from TV to refrigerators and thermostats can be monitored and altered with the best smart home hubs at the click of a button, or by using a simple voice command.Start by reading our guide to building smart apartment, which walks through choosing smart lights, picking a hub, automating your home, and more.The VeraPlus is a fan-favorite that offers a variety of security features plus compatibility with a number of other smart home devices.
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A Thomas Cook social media promotion has evoked criticism from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after “errors were made” with the closing date of a competition held in conjunction with 3.Social media users were to enter a photo or video of their flamingoroam strut to be entered into a draw to win a £5,000 Thomas Cook gift card.However, it became apparent that the promotion was pushed across social with differing closing dates which hampered one complaint’s entry.The company blamed “human error” for one set of terms and conditions going live with the wrong closing date.The ASA said that Thomas Cook should “ensure that their future promotions included an operational link to the full T”.The promotion breached rules 8.1, 8.2 and 8.14 (promotional marketing), 8.17, 8.17.4.a (significant conditions for promotions) and 8.28 (prize promotions) under the CAP code.
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Netflix today once again showed that its subscriber growth is on a tear — especially its growth internationally — but a note in the report may indicate one of the biggest challenges the company faces going forward.Netflix took home 20 Emmy awards this year, and that’s thanks to its enormous investments in original content.But in today’s earnings report, the company said it’ll spend between $7 billion and $8 billion on original content next year.In August, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos said in an interview with Variety that he anticipates the company spending $7 billion on content in 2018.Netflix’s costs, in sum, have continued to rise over several quarters.And in the fourth quarter last year, the company said it would spend $6 billion on original content in 2016, up from $5 billion in 2015.
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Chinese manufacturer specialized in the R and production of dash cams – Azdome – has more than seven years of experience.Also because of that, they were able to partake the 2017 Global Sources Consumer Electronics Show which took place in Hong Kong from October 11th to 14th where they brought an innovative looking booth to meet potential customers.With high-quality products, a respected brand and a long global operation strategy, Azdome enjoys a certain good reputation in international market, that’s why they also attracted a great number of people who visited them and check out the products they were displaying.As a proof of that, Azdome also confirmed that many future customers expressed their cooperation intention, some partners even signed a contract with AZDOME on site, which forged a good beginning for AZDOME globalization.Azdome products at the exhibition included the DAB211, GS65H, GS63H and more, devices that sport impressive quality and hardware specs.At the HongKong exhibition, Azdome also launched new mirror camera concepts called HS790B, X5 and more.
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An advisory from Cisco issued last Friday, October 13th, gave us the heads-up on a local privilege escalation vulnerability in the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA).The bug is designated CVE-2017-15265, but its Mitre entry was still marked “reserved” at the time of writing.Cisco, however, had this to say about it before release:“The vulnerability is due to a use-after-free memory error in the ALSA sequencer interface of the affected application.An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by running a crafted application on a targeted system.A successful exploit could allow the attacker to gain elevated privileges on the targeted system.”
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Modern day folk don't tend to value watches as much as previous generations; tech adavanced seemingly without need for a blocky clock strapped to your wrist.Well frankly, that's a shame.Sure, a quick glance at a smartphone can tell you the time, but a proper watch offers so much more.Well, a watch can also be a fashion statement, something to sit handsomely bside your suit sleeve and mark you out as a stylish high flier (so we're told; we wouldn't know, personally).And increasingly, it can also serve a techie purpose all of its own; a sort of mini-computer on your wrist, perfect for checking messages when you're not supposed to.Some will even tell you the time in two different zones simultaneously.
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Following several days of rumors, it’s now been confirmed that Disney has reached an agreement with four major Hollywood studios to bring their titles to its rebranded Movies Anywhere service, increasing the digital locker’s content library to over 7300 movies.By connecting to their iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, or Vudu accounts, Disney Movies Anywhere users could store Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm movie purchases in a single location.The service allows people to view their digital library anywhere and across a range of devices and operating systems, including Android, iOS, Amazon Fire devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Sony Bravia smart TVs, and Roku.Now, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. have joined the expanded version of Movies Anywhere — launched late yesterday — which is built on the same Disney “keychest” digital rights system architecture.It also means physical DVDs and Blu-ray movies from the newly signed-up studios that come with digital codes can be accessed anywhere via the app/website.For a limited time, users that activate and connect their accounts to one of the aforementioned online retailers will receive free copies of Ice Age and 2016’s Ghostbusters.
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VR's great, but it's also pretty pricey and often a bit of a hassle to set up: console systems have loads of wires and cost a bomb, while the Gear VR and Google Daydream only work with specific (and expensive) phones.But not for much longer.The Oculus Go is Oculus' phone-free vision of the future: a US$200 headset with a "fast-switch LCD" screen and 2560 x 1440 resolution.It's made of a lightweight fabric, comes with integrated spatial audio - so others can hear what you're hearing, if you want them to - and will be fully compatible with all Samsung Gear VR apps.There's even a controller, which again looks much the same as the Gear VR's.There's no firm release date yet, but Oculus says the Go will ship early next year.
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If you’re looking for a Bluetooth speaker that sounds great, can keep working through splashes or even a quick dunk, and can take a beating thanks to its rugged construction, we’ve got just the thing.The VAVA Voom 23 Rugged Wireless Speaker is compact enough to carry with you anywhere, but it packs a nice big 5,200 mAh battery that can play music for a full 24 hours before it needs to be recharged.It’s also just $30 right now on Amazon, so grab one while you still can.Here are the highlights from the product page:* Long lasting 24 hour playtime: enduring 5200mAh battery streams your tunes or phone calls for the whole day with the wireless speaker set at 80% volume* Made to Outlast the adventure: rubberized rugged build withstands shocks, drops, and wear and tear; included carabiner provides a secure, convenient way to hook and go
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That’s $399 in case you’re confused.There aren’t any hardware updates to the headset or controllers; they’re the same devices they shipped as, now just half their initial launch price.This headset deal makes the Oculus VR system the best deal in PC VR, undercutting the prices of Microsoft’s high-end VR partner headsets as well as HTC’s Vive headset.Oculus is showing off a much cheaper face to VR at today’s Oculus Connect 4 event.“The best VR system at the best price.End of story,” said Facebook VR VP Hugo Barra.
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Next week, has finally been released the next game in the series Gran Turismo, bilspelserien that probably existed in all the Playstation players collection any time over the years.the Graphics are really terribly beautiful, especially on the 4k tv that we are allowed to test the game on.In the meantime Project Cars chose to become even more advanced and even take a step closer to racingsimulatorerna with its sequel earlier this year, Gran Turismo almost on the contrary.It is quick to get you started and well on the track, it doesn't take many seconds before we are completely engulfed in the race and it jerks a little smilgroparna – the Gran Turismo Sport is just as entertaining as the previous games.It is possible to quickly get started in the arcade mode.Select the course, when on the day you want to run, the car, the gearbox, the opponents ' difficulty level, and how much assistance you want.
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All 200 Game of Thrones television series characters - from Littlefinger to Davos to Tobho to Lhara - have been studied to discover who is the main character of this series, really?IMDB user ninewheels0 meticulously created this list by comparing the amount of time each character appears on screen.With a grand total of 338 minutes and 15 seconds of screen time, your boy Jon Snow takes out the top spot.Tyrion Lannister comes in second place with 337 minutes of screen time and Daenerys Targaryen rounds out the top three with 276 minutes of her face on your telly.Sansa Stark, Cersei Lannister and Arya Stark take out fourth, fifth and sixth place, while Jamie Lannister, Samwell Tarley, Jorah Mormont and Theon Greyjoy make up the rest of the top ten characters.Rhaegar Targaryen takes out last place, with a measly 15 seconds of screen time.
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Redundancies down to falling demand, says chief execSome 750 roles will be cut in Warton & Samlesbury in Lancashire, England, where the firm builds its Eurofighter Typhoon.Another 400 will go in East Yorkshire; 245 are to be cut in RAF Marham & RAF Leeming; 340 are to go from Portsmouth & Solent; 150 from London, Guildford and other Applied Intelligence locations; and 30 from separate locations.Reports of more than 1,000 job cuts at the firm had first emerged yesterday.Charles Woodburn, chief exec of BAE Systems, said the organisational changes are intended to create a more "streamlined" and "de-layered organisation."He said the actions at some of its UK sites will align its workforce capacity "more closely with near-term demand".
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited the streets of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico on Monday (9 October) in virtual reality to demonstrate the company's new "social VR" platform, Facebook Spaces, in a rather bizarre tone-deaf livestream.Zuckerberg, along with the company's head of social virtual reality, Rachel Franklin, took Facebook users on a virtual tour of the island that was left devastated by Hurricane Maria using a 360-degree video created by NPR.During the presentation, Zuckerberg and Franklin appeared as avatars as they "travelled" to different locations using the VR tool.The presentation was actually hosted from Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, with the two wearing VR headsets."One of the things that's really magical about VR is you can get the feeling you're really in a place.Rachel and I aren't even in the same building in the physical world, but it feels like we're in the same place and can make eye contact," Zuckerberg said before sharing an awkward high-fiving with Franklin in virtual reality in front of flooded homes in the US territory.
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Since Netflix launched in Australia in 2015, the streaming service has released its ISP Speed Index report every month, a measure of average download speeds from various internet service providers (ISPs) during prime time.From the start Optus has taken top spot, but Exetel, an independent family-owned business, has taken over with average download speeds of 3.61Mbps.That number is an improvement from last month’s performance, when Exetel clocked an average of 3.52Mbps in August.Despite dropping down to second position, Optus did improve on its Netflix performance, averaging 3.60Mbps in September as opposed to 3.56Mbps last month.Exetel beat out the country’s largest telco, although Telstra has never been a very strong performer on Netflix’s ISP league table.Telstra, however, saw the biggest leap in average download speeds this month, jumping from just 3.14Mbps to a not-too-shabby 3.40Mbps.
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Whether she was launching her own PR agency or overseeing social media strategy at digital firms like iCrossing and T3 or covering entertainers as a freelance writer, God-is Rivera has always been passionate about including people of all cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds not just in the marketing industry, but in the creative work that agencies produce.It’s that same drive that led Rivera to her current role as the director of inclusion and cultural resonance at VML, where she focuses on bringing diverse talent into the agency while also helping clients create messaging for a diverse audience.“I don’t think that agencies are paying enough attention to resonating with cultures.It’s not a tool you can buy,” said Rivera, adding, “As the advertising industry, we have to understand that we only have a sliver of the story.”After joining VML in 2016 as an associate director of social media strategy, Rivera immediately began thinking of ways to ensure that messaging for brands ranging from Motorola to the NBA was speaking to consumers from all socioeconomic backgrounds and ethnicities.About one year into the job, Rivera encouraged the agency to have an open and honest conversation about race and what it meant to be black in the U.S., helped to launch VML’s inclusion and diversity council, and gave a company-wide presentation on Black Twitter’s role in culture and what the agency could learn from it.
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NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite analyzed the temperatures in Post-tropical cyclone Nate's cloud tops as the storm moved over the Ohio Valley.Satellite imagery showed the storm was bringing rainfall from the northeastern U.S., to the Mid-Atlantic and south through the Appalachian Mountains.Infrared light provides valuable temperature data to forecasters and cloud top temperatures give clues about highest, coldest, strongest storms within a hurricane.NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided that data and showed the location of the strongest storms in Post-tropical cyclone Nate.On Oct. 9 at 2:54 a.m. EDT (0654 UTC) the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a thermal image of cloud top temperatures from the remnants of Nate's cloud tops as it brought rain to the Mid-Atlantic and New England.Coldest cloud top temperatures were seen in storms over the Mid-Atlantic States down the chain of the Appalachian Mountains and back toward the Florida panhandle.
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After all, he was released from prison a week ago, so "Saturday Night Live" had to come up with something.You must decide how funny that something was.Here, Wonder Woman Gal Gadot was presented with a Bumble restaurant date that didn't seem like a match made in anything other than purgatory.He knows that the 1990s saw a war in Bosnia.and that Gadot -- playing a Bosnia woman looking for love -- has no idea who he is.Remember, on Bumble the women choose the men.
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Om det har gått någon förbi: Apples senaste generation bärbara datorer har inga portar av den äldre skolan (förutom hörlursuttaget), vilket ställer nya krav på våra tillbehör.En hel del usb-c-adaptrar och -dockor har dykt upp, både mindre sådana och som här, större modeller tänkta att placeras på skrivbordet.I den senare kategorin används ofta Thunderbolt 3 för dataöverföring men Belkins senaste tillskott, kallad Usb-c Express Dock 3.1 HD använder bara usb-c, något som 9to5mac var först med att rapportera.Test: 13 portar i OWC:s nya docka – bästa bjässen hittills?Det kan göra den här dockan lämplig för Macbook-ägare som ofta sitter vid ett skrivbord eller behöver koppla in många tillbehör på samma gång, och även för Macbook Pro-ägare som behöver fler traditionella portar – men inte nödvändigtvis överföringshastigheten hos Thunderbolt 3.Två st 3,5 mm-hörlursuttag, en på framsidan med ljud både in och ut, på baksidan bara ljud ut.
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