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Earlier today, ZTE announced a device that harkens back to the Kyocera Echo.The brand new ZTE Axon M is a smartphone that features to seperate 5.2-inch 1080p displays that are joined by a hinge system.It’s supposedly sturdy enough to last the device, which is worrisome due to that hinge.Unfolding the device, you can leave it in a tent mode for presentations or games, as the hinge provides enough resistance to stay put at just about any angle, but folding it out completely will give a satisfying click and stay flat.Functionally, it seems like it could be used in a similar to Windows convertibles like the Lenovo Yoga tablets.The spec sheet is quite decent with a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4 gigs of RAM, and 64GB storage.
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Here's something you probably didn't know existed.With SanDisk's iXpand iPhone base, you'll never have to worry about losing your memories again.Every time you charge your iPhone with the iXpand Base, it automatically backs up your photos, videos and contacts.The iXpand Base offers plenty of room to save your files in their original quality with no worry about recurring monthly fees for Internet-based storage.Designed for everyday use with a soft rubber top, a sturdy base, and a wrap-around groove to keep your Apple Lightning to USB cable tidy.Its typical list price has been discounted, for now, to $129.99.
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When they do happen, they invariably have an agenda and someone is trying very hard to sell you something.Media Thursday started in London as an event, which, essentially, was a place to meet new and old friends, listen to good tunes and have a bit of party.We wanted to create the same type of experience in Singapore, getting like-minded people together to network, relax and just have some fun.It’s much easier to collaborate and work with someone professionally if you’ve bonded socially, busting a move on the dancefloor or doing some shots at the bar!Unleashed is about walking the talk, bringing the human element front stage and getting to know people, not their job titles, all in an environment, which is just about enjoying yourself.Agencies are facing zero-based budgeting, baseline briefs, and award and travel bans which can create a political atmosphere.
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Ford invested $1 billion in Argo AI to help bring self-driving cars to the masses.But don't count on them arriving any time soon, if Argo's CEO is to be taken at his word.In a post on Medium, CEO Bryan Salesky suggests the public temper its expectations of near-future autonomous cars: "We're taking a pragmatic approach to bringing about fully self-driving cars... We're playing the long game and avoiding the hype in our commitment to bring this important technology to maturity.""Those who think fully self-driving vehicles will be ubiquitous on city streets months from now or even in a few years are not well connected to the state of the art or committed to the safe deployment of the technology," Salesky wrote.Many automakers have not shied away from trying to pin dates on when to expect self-driving cars.Some say it's closer to the end of the decade, while others are admitting that this technology make take over a decade to perfect still.
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There’s a fundamental incongruency between being inflexibly pro ‘free speech’ and operating a global social network for civil public discussion.Facebook is struggling with it too.The principle of free speech on which the United States was founded was not conceived with our modern interconnectedness in mind, nor has it scaled to adapt to it.Women and people of color have been attacked this way for years and have been demanding change for years.But the operators of these new communication utilities must also uphold the spirit of free speech rather than the letter.That will require challenging, messy, expensive and inefficient solutions.
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The flailing Weinstein Co. announced today that it has received an emergency cash infusion from Colony Capital, and is in negotiations to sell “a significant portion” of its assets to the international investment firm.Mounting rape and sexual assault charges against co-founder Harvey Weinstein has left the brand increasingly radioactive, as companies reassess deals with the Weinstein Co.Weinstein Co. board member Tarak Ben Ammar said in a statement that, “We believe that Colony’s investment and sponsorship will help stabilize the company’s current operations, as well as provide comfort to our critical distribution, production and talent partners around the world.”Added Colony Capital founder and executive chairman Thomas J. Barrack, Jr. in a statement: “We are pleased to invest in The Weinstein Company and to help it move forward.We believe the company has substantial value and growth potential, and we look forward to working with the company’s critical strategic distribution and production partners to help preserve and create value for all stakeholders, including its employees.We will help return the company to its rightful iconic position in the independent film and television industry.”
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Some 130 million years ago, two extremely dense balls of matter collided into each other.These two neutron stars, the city-sized cores of deceased giant stars, spiraled inward and merged to become a giant fireball.But this wave was different from the previous four.And even cooler: For the first time, LIGO and Virgo got a gang of old-school telescopes—the Hubble Space Telescope and the European Very Large Telescope, for two—to help out.She plowed ahead with her presentation as though the collisions were still hypothetical—adhering to the “Memorandum of Understanding” that directs observatory members to speak only as a group.“I’m pretty sure that people who knew me had a good suspicion that something had happened.” Leading up to the announcement, LIGO and Virgo continued to protect the results from leaks.
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New global research by networking vendor CommScope reveals users aged 13-22 are umbilically dependent on their smartphones.This age range is being referred to as Generation Z and CommScope spoke to 4,000 of them in eight major cities around the world.The top-line findings are that they check their phones constantly, share stuff feely online – none of which they expect to remain private – and their most popular career aspiration is to be a famous YouTuber.“Tech intimates, that check their devices every three minutes on average, are set to shape how we live, work and play in the future,” said Fiona Nolan, SVP of Global Marketing at CommScope.“Their attitudes and usage of technology will have a big impact on society, paving the way for significant social, political and technological changes.In the space of a generation content consumption habits have moved almost entirely from broadcast to on-demand.
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The Mobicase features an ergonomic laptop stand that allows you to comfortably use your laptop anywhere you'd like.As they get ever thinner and ever lighter, today’s laptops are also becoming more mobile than ever.But all that mobility is not very useful if operating a laptop away from a desk is something of a chore.After all, your lap isn’t the most ergonomic place for your computer, and with all the heat your machine exudes, it’s certainly not very comfortable either.Because if you’re taking your laptop anywhere you go, you ought to be able to use it, too.Featuring an ergonomic laptop stand that is actually built into the case itself, the Mobicase’s workstation is height adjustable up to eight inches.
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Blackberry’s latest device, the Blackberry Motion, is stirring up the Blackberry community a decent bit.Being the next device without a keyboard from Blackberry since their DTEK devices, the Motion is also the first since the Z10 to feature an original design.Today, Blackberry is drumming up attention by posting a video showing off the device, and it’s actually a pretty good summarization of the device.They begin by showing off the Motion’s design and following it up with some of its features.It does a good job of getting its point across, and it also helps that the Motion looks extremely sleek.What did you think of the video?
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Planet Nine is out there, and astronomers are determined to find it, according to a new statement from NASA.The hypothetical planet is believed to be about 10 times more massive than Earth and located in the dark, outer reaches of the solar system, approximately 20 times farther from the sun than Neptune is.While the mysterious world still has yet to be found, astronomers have discovered a number of strange features of our solar system that are best explained by the presence of a ninth planet, according to the NASA statement."There are now five different lines of observational evidence pointing to the existence of Planet Nine," Konstantin Batygin, a planetary astrophysicist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, said in the statement.All of a sudden, you have five different puzzles, and you must come up with five different theories to explain them."[The Evidence for 'Planet Nine' in Our Solar System (Gallery)]
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Public cloud revenue growth has vastly exceeded expectations for 2017, with Amazon and Microsoft leading the way.Global tech research firm, Gartner, has forecast worldwide public cloud revenue to hit $260 billion this year, with SaaS and IaaS driving growth in 2017.It is expected that SaaS will experience 21 per cent growth in 2017, pushing it up to a robust $58.6 billion in revenue.While the growth driven by SaaS is strong, its 2017 performance is set to be exceeded by major revenue growth generated by infrastructure as a service (IaaS), expected to haul in growth of 36.6 per cent, amounting to $34.7 billion.Sid Nag, research director at Gartner, said: “Final data for 2016 shows that software as service (SaaS) revenue was far greater in 2016 than expected, reaching $48.2 billion… SaaS is also growing faster in 2017 than previously forecast, leading to a significant uplift in the entire public cloud revenue forecast.”A driving factor behind the revenue growth of SaaS is in its ability to out-perform traditional software by being specifically engineered to provide a more formidable business solution.
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Error loading player: No playable sources foundNissan modified a GT-R so that it could be steered with a PS4 controller like a giant remote-controlled car.The stunt was performed at Silverstone's National Circuit, with driver Jann Mardenborough taking control from a helicopter overhead.Nissan did the stunt as part of a promotion for the video game "Gran Turismo Sport" which is released on the 18th October 2017.Special thanks to Leon Siciliano.
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Ask anyone on the business side of the tech industry about the most important development they’ve witnessed over the last decade or so and they’ll invariably say the cloud.After all, it’s the continuously connected, intelligently managed, and nearly unlimited computing capabilities of the cloud that have enabled everything from consumer services like Netflix, to business applications like Salesforce, to social media platforms like Facebook, to online commerce giants like Amazon, to radically transform our business and personal lives.To be clear, cloud computing, and all the advancements its driven in products, services and processes, isn’t going away, but I do believe we’re starting to see a shift in some areas from the cloud and towards the concept of edge computing.In edge computing, certain tasks are done closer to the edge or end of the network on client devices, gateways, connected sensors, and other IoT (Internet of Things) gadgets, rather than on the large servers and other infrastructure elements that make up the cloud.First, most of these devices are designed to take in, analyze, and react to real-time data from the environment around them.In addition, many of these applications use machine learning or artificial intelligence algorithms to analyze the results.
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After living in the shadow of other cities and waiting around for its first, it now has (almost) two billion-dollar companies within months… and in the same space.GoGoVan became the country’s first unicorn in September following a merger deal with China-based 58 Suyun, and now Lalamove — another Hong Kong company specializing in logistics on-demand in China and other parts of Asia — has snagged $100 million in new financing at a valuation that is just shy of the $1 billion mark.Both Lalamove and GoGoVan both offer transportation and logistics services on-demand, very much in the same style that Uber works for passengers.Typically aimed at business users, the services allow goods to be transported from A to B via trucks, vans, motorbikes using a smartphone app that connects them with vehicle owners.Uber tried that itself — and in Hong Kong, too — but its ‘Uber Cargo’ service was shuttered less than two years after its launch.Lalamove founder and CEO Shing Chow estimates the logistics market in China alone is worth $1.7 trillion a year, so it isn’t surprising that Uber was among those to take a look.
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Whether it is as something as obvious autonomous vehicles, or a bit more subdued like the advertising models associated with social media platforms, accurate location data is critical.And we haven’t even begun to realize the benefits of IoT yet…The injection of cash from Softbank Vision Fund is directed towards Mapbox, a location data platform for mobile and web applications operating out of Washington DC and Silicon Valley.Many would associate mapping technology with the Googlers, but Mapbox has been quietly accumulated customers and might provide a very viable alternative to the ‘do no evil’ business.An additional $164 million in Series C funding will certainly help mount a challenge.The platform was initially launched in 2010, and now claims to reach 300 million people each month.
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The state of California has enlisted one of the most powerful firefighting tools on the planet: a modified Boeing 747 aircraft that can drop 19,200 gallons of fire retardant.The aircraft flew six flights over devastating fires across Napa and Sonoma counties in Northern California yesterday from its base near Sacramento.San Francisco CBS affiliate KPIX recorded the aircraft with air-to-air video as it dumped red fire retardant over a burning hillside.Global Supertanker, the aircraft's owner, says the 747 Supertanker can refill with gel, foam or water in just 30 minutes and can fly at 600 miles per.Now called The Spirit of John Muir, its the largest firefighting airplane in the world by far.Built in 1991, the 747-400 first flew for Japan Airlines before being converted to a tanker aircraft in 2012 by its previous owner Evergreen International Airlines.
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With Pokemon UltraSun and UltraMoon coming up next month, Sun and Moon are approaching the end of their run as the current mainline Pokemon games.Nintendo is supporting them up until the very end, though, launching a new mythical Pokemon promotion today.Unfortunately, your window to get this new Pokemon will be quite limited, and there will be some leg work involved as well.Beginning today, you can swing by any GameStop store in the US to pick up a code card for Marshadow, a mythical fighting/ghost dual-type Pokemon.Marshadow has never been previously available in Pokemon Sun and Moon, making this your first – and likely only – chance to pick it up until Nintendo decides to run a similar promo for UltraSun and UltraMoon (if it does at all).The Marshadow you receive from the code card will be level 50 when it arrives in your game and it will know four different attacks: Spectral Thief, Close Combat, Shadow Ball, and Force Palm.
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Taxitjänsten Bzzt fyller på kassan med 7 miljoner kronor efter ett stort intresse i Stockholm sedan lanseringen i maj."Vi har fått ett otroligt varmt välkomnande i Stockholm.Det har varit långt över våra förväntningar", säger vd Sven Wolf i en kommentar till Di Digital.Sedan lanseringen har bolaget utökat antalet fordon från 18 till 38.Tio nya taximoppar, eller "poddar" som bolaget kallar dem, ska vara på väg från leverantören Clean Motion.Det rör sig om det trehjuliga elfordonet Zbee.
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Budget hotel aggregator Tinggal shut down its service last week.Facing thinning margins in Southeast Asia’s heated online hotel booking space, it decided to pivot to a new business model, the startup’s CEO Arjun Chopra told Tech in Asia.The company will now focus on developing management software for hotels, aiming to launch this new product under the name PrimeOptimax in about two to three months.As part of the pivot, Tinggal has had to let go if the majority of its staff.The main reason for the pivot, he says, is dwindling profit margins.Up to 80 percent of the potential profits are soaked up by big online travel aggregators like Traveloka, PegiPegi, and Booking.com, who also market Tinggal’s rooms.
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