Carl Chasin

Carl Chasin

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Wonder Woman's back, and she's getting down with the 1980s styles of her sequel's setting.Early Saturday, star Gal Gadot tweeted out a first look at the actress in costume from the upcoming sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, on Saturday.Fans were more than a little excited: By afternoon, the photo had been retweeted 50,000 times, and liked more than 200,000 times.While there was nothing shockingly different in Wonder Woman's look, the costume did seem stupendously shiny, and Gadot's hair a bit curlier than in the original 2017 film.Curling irons were pretty popular in 1984, after all.It's been a wonder-ous week for fans of the Amazon.
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A Russian sports official earlier this year estimated that as many as 2 million people would flock to the country during the World Cup, the month-long celebration of soccer—or football, fine—that kicks off today in Moscow.But it’s important to remember that Russia, by and large, is a nightmare land of digital debauchery.If you’re a journalist, activist, politician, celebrity, or other high-profile figure, you’re at decent risk of being targeted by surveillance.And even if you’re just a fervent Finland fan, indiscriminate cybercrooks run rampant.“If you’re planning on taking a mobile phone, laptop, PDA, or other electronic device with you—make no mistake—any data on those devices (especially your personally identifiable information) may be accessed by the Russian government or cybercriminals.”A little perspective is healthy here.
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Snapchat wants to take over on your smartphone.Snap on Thursday launched Snap Kit, a platform for developers that'll let them integrate Snapchat's experiences into other apps.This means you can expect to start seeing filters, bitmoji and stories outside Snapchat, a Snap spokesperson said in a release.Like Snap's recent expansion of friendmoji, it's yet another move by the company to draw in more users and broaden its horizons beyond Snapchat.Now you can use Snapchat's features in Postmates to snap best nearby restaurant options, to send bitmoji on Tinder, to share listings and view sellers' stories on Poshmark and more.Another part of Snap Kit is an application, dubbed Login Kit, that'll let people log in to other apps with their Snapchat account -- similar to Facebook Login or Google Sign-In.
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Svenska Truecaller (NTL) köper det indiska fintechbolaget Chillr.De flesta av Truecallers användare finns i just Indien, där tjänsten är populär för att identifiera spam-samtal och oönskade sms.Syftet med förvärvet är att med hjälp av fintechbolaget utveckla och förbättra Truecallers betalnings- och pengaöverföringstjänster.Ingen av parterna vill uppge en köpeskilling, men Chillr har sedan starten 2014 tagit in knappt 65 miljoner kronor i riskkapital från det namnstarka riskkapitalbolaget Sequoia Capital samt Blume Ventures.Läs mer: Truecaller passerar 100 miljoner dagliga användareDet var i början av 2017 som Truecaller tog klivet in på fintechmarknaden i Indien.
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We’re talking about lightweight apps for those with unreliable connectivity, limited data plans, or mobile devices with a small amount of storage.Such apps are usually targeted at emerging markets where internet infrastructure is continuing to be developed.Uber Lite was “built in India” but “designed for the world,” the company said in a blog post announcing the new app.But India’s population of 1.3 billion people is the initial target for Uber’s new app.Currently Android only, Uber Lite uses just 5MB of storage — that compares to more than 280MB for the full iOS version (storage for its regular Android app “varies with device”).Uber’s Shirish Andhare, who takes care of the company’s products for emerging markets, says the new app features a “300-millisecond response time (literally the blink of the eye),” promising that “the booking process is fast even in low connectivity.”
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Startup Viddget from Stockholm, has developed an interactive video chat for customer service on the web.Their chat window provides the opportunity for visitors to talk with a human employee on the other side of the screen – instead of an automated robot.Now put the company on the cashier with 7.1 million from venture capitalists Greatly Invest (NTL) and Wellstreet (NTL).”The general trend is that customer relations can be automated and digitized as much as possible.But we want to reintroduce humanity and help enterprises to solve the more complex service-, support - and säljärenden”, says JP Lyttinen, ceo and co-founder.unlike the other types of video services such as Skype have Viddget added yet another element of interactivity in their chat.
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After years of rumors and prototypes, an in-display fingerprint scanner is finally shipping in a major phone from a major company.The international Vivo X21 marks the first time this technology has been sold in India and other countries, as well as the first time it’s been a standard feature anywhere in the world.In-display fingerprint scanners allow for smartphones with thin bezels and high screen-to-body ratios by integrating biometric authentication into the display itself.In other parts of the world, though, it’s a huge brand with big shares of the Chinese and Indian smartphone markets in particular.The Synaptics prototype we saw at CES this year eventually got released in China as the X20 UD, a special-edition version of the company’s last flagship, and at MWC we saw the impressive Apex concept with a larger finger-scanning area.It’s not a prototype or a limited edition — it’s just a phone.
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Bethesda took to the stage at E3 2018, and the developers behind Doom announced a new followup game called Doom Eternal.Unfortunately, details about the game were sparse.2016 saw the relaunch of the Doom franchise, and the game proved a popular revision to the series.The combat was fast-paced, and the gore fest was as gritty as ever.It even spawned a VR re-release as Doom VFR.Doom Eternal is going to be a sequel to that game.
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IBM and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have revealed the world’s “most powerful and smartest scientific supercomputer.” Known as Summit, IBM says that its new computer will be capable of processing 200,000 quadrillion calculations per second.To put that into perspective, if every person on Earth did a single calculation per second, it would take 305 days to do what Summit does in a single second.Assuming those numbers are accurate, that would make Summit the world’s fastest supercomputer.It would also mark the first time since 2012 that a U.S. computer held that title.Summit has been in the works for several years now and features some truly impressive specs.According to Tech Crunch, the computer will feature 4,608 compute servers, 22 IBM Power9 chips and six Nvidia Tesla V100 GPUs each.
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Today, at the Honor Play release conference, the company also launched the Honor V10 shining blue colour variant.This smartphone comes in 4GB+64GB, 6GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB which are priced at is priced at 2,499 Yuan ($392), 2,799 yuan ($439), and 3,299 ($517) respectively.Like the other colour versions of Honor V10, it uses a micron metal carving process on its rear.The metal is coated with a slim glass lining which gives it a smooth and sleek appearance.Of course, this new smartphone will also be equipped with GPU Turbo technology.This technology breaks through the processing bottleneck between the EMUI operating system, the GPU, and the CPU thereby achieving a great improvement in the graphics processing efficiency of the entire system.
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If you're a girl, you should perhaps pay more attention to your phone usage.Girls are twice as likely as their male counterparts to develop an addiction to phones, Yonhap reported Tuesday, citing a report by South Korea's Ewha Womans University.This could be due to a higher usage of social networking services, it added.The study, conducted on 820 boys and 976 girls averaging at 14.9 years of age in South Korea, found that 23.9 percent of girls are at risk of phone addiction.Only 15.1 percent of boys fall within the at-risk group.In particular, the researchers found that female students who consumed alcohol, performed worse academically, did not feel refreshed in the morning and slept past midnight face a "significantly higher risk."
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One of the things that makes the Jurassic Park franchise so memorable is John Williams’ score.That score is teased, but never truly unleashed, in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which is also the perfect analogy for the movie as a whole.Everything feels held back and small.Picking up three years after 2015's Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom begins with the world in a moral quandary.A volcano threatens to kill all of the remaining dinosaurs in the world.Or, with the knowledge of what they generally do to humans (in five movies, now, and counting), do we let them die?
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Battery life has always been the great equalizer in tech.Sure, we can make incredibly powerful laptops, but that doesn’t matter much to the average person if it won’t last you through a workday in a portable form factor.Intel is working on a solution.At Computex 2018, the company teased its new Low Power Display Technology (I appreciate the straightforward naming), a combination of a special LCD display and clever power management.The 13-inch display demoed is designed by Sharp/Innolux and consumes only 1 Watt of power; half of what its predecessor managed.The technology could boost battery life by four to eight hours, depending on usage.
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Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex recently signed a deal aimed at monitoring and stopping market manipulation on its platform.Welcome to Crypto Insider, Business Insider's roundup of all the bitcoin and cryptocurrency news you need to know today.Sign up here to get this email delivered direct to your inbox.Bitfinex, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges by trading volume, was down Tuesday morning after it experienced a cyber attack."The platform is under extreme load," the exchange said at 9:39 a.m.Seems a DDoS attack was launched soon after we relaunched the platform."
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10 Saudi women get driver's licenses before nationwide ban liftedLand Rover and What3words put a remote Scottish island on the map, literallyAudi Q8 brings sportier styling to the luxury SUV classThis $1 Hot Wheels car works with GoPro -- but there's a catchHotz says Comma.ai will be better than Super Cruise2019 Subaru WRX, WRX STI Series Gray special edition revealed
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First up is do not disturb during bedtime—an amalgamation of two preexisting features already built into iOS.The next day, Apple will present a more calming “morning screen,” displaying the weather instead of a stressful list of junk you’ve got to catch up on.Instead of forcing you to plunge deep inside the settings app to adjust your notifications, you’ll be able to adjust them from the lock screen.The app will track and chart how you use your iDevice and send you weekly reports that will no doubt bum you out.There’s also something called app limits that will let you set restrictions for how long you can use certain apps—note: you’ll be able to bypass any restrictions you set, but maybe the sad alert screen will help dissuade you from wasting more time on Instagram.This follows Google’s announcement of “digital wellbeing,” a project that attempts to curtail the addictiveness of Android devices—or to at least make it look like Google’s doing something about it.
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We’re more than two decades removed from August 29, 1997, the date that Terminator 2: Judgment Day predicted the fictional Skynet artificial intelligence system would become self-aware.Now, thanks to researchers at the University of Tokyo, the dream (or nightmare?)of robots with living tissue covering a robotic skeleton is no longer exclusively the stuff of science fiction.While their work is still at a relatively early stage, they have discovered a method for growing living muscles over a robotic frame.“Many researchers have proposed biohybrid robots composed of a skeletal muscle tissue cultured on a flexible substrate, and succeeded in deformation of the substrate by contractions of the skeletal muscle tissues,” Shoji Takeuchi, a researcher on the project, told Digital Trends.“However, the contractions of the skeletal muscle tissues do not last for [the] long term due to spontaneous shrinkage of the tissues caused by their tension.
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Google says a "language detection bug" led to that weird feature that shows Android users their recent personal texts when typing "the1975..com" in the Google app.A Reddit user discovered the glitch earlier this week after typing "the1975..com" in the search bar on the default Google Pixel launcher.Owners of other Android devices made by OnePlus, Samsung, LG and Huawei reported seeing the same thing.Some people noted that typing "vizela viagens" into the Google search bar also showed their recent texts."We are aware of a language detection bug in the Google Search app for Android which erroneously interpreted certain phrases as a request to view recent text messages," a Google representative said."A fix for this bug has been implemented and will roll out over the next few days."
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So you're willing to pay for Amazon Prime even though it costs a little more than it used to.One of Prime's benefits is its video service, which Amazon takes very seriously.It's made deals for NFL football and has some fun original programming like The Tick and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.In June, Amazon Prime grabs a movie about a movie in The Disaster Artist.James Franco directed and starred in the film about Tommy Wiseau and Wiseau's unlikely Hollywood dreams.Then there's Lady Bird, which has garnered tons of critical acclaim and plenty of award nominations.
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The Nest Hello video doorbell is coming to the UK, after having a North American launch at the end of 2017.The smart video doorbell from Google-owned Nest will be available from June 13, and there are two different prices: £229 for just the doorbell, £329 for the doorbell plus professional installation.The doorbell is what’s commonly referred to as wired-wireless, with its power coming from wires but the connection to the internet happening over Wi-Fi.Smarter than your average doorbellNest’s entry isn’t exactly hitting the market hot on the heels of its biggest competitor, as (Amazon-owned) Ring is already generations into its product cycle, so it’ll be interesting to see if Nest is able to carve itself a niche in an already-establishing market.When we were briefed about the Hello, we asked what would make a consumer choose Hello over its competition, and a Nest spokesperson said: I’m going to be blunt.
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