Charles Houston

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InFocus has officially launched the InFocus M7s for the Taiwanese market at NT 4,290 (~$147).The device is currently only available in the Taiwanese market in Platinum Light Gold and Obsidian Black color options, should be heading to other markets in the coming months.The InFocus M7s is quite similar in terms of specs and design to the InFocus Vision 3 smartphone that is currently on sale in India, but with some obvious differences.First, the InFocus M7s lacks the Dualfie feature which is similar to Nokia’s Bothie feature and comes with more RAM and internal storage.Made entirely of metallic chassis with dimensions 152.3 x 72.4 x 8.8mm and weight of 148g, the Infocus M7s flaunts a 5.7-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) On-Cell IPS display with the trendy 18:9 aspect ratio, a 2.5D curved glass protection and powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737H SoC paired with 3GB of RAM.The device comes with 32GB native storage, expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.
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In partnership with bickering Nordics, Ericsson and Nokia, Telefonica has launched the 5G Technological Cities project, converting two cities into 5G living labs.Segovia and Talavera de la Reina are the lucky two to be selected as part of the initiative which will carve the roadmap for 5G deployment across Spain.The project will take place over the next three years, including the initial 5G capacity, the deployment of a new 5G network and the development of various use cases.And if you thought the Nordic tension was easing, don’t get your hopes up too much.Next month you’ll see them at opposite ends of the MWC networking hall, and Telefonica has taken steps to separate the two squabbling duo, with Nokia working in Segovia and Ericsson in Talavera de la Reina.Apparently the petulant pair cannot be trusted to get along inside the perimeters of one city.
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As if there wasn’t enough angst in the world, what with the Washington soap opera, MeToo, false nuclear alerts, and a general sense of apprehension, now we also have a growing sense of alarm about how smartphones and their applications are impacting children.In the past days alone, The Wall Street Journal ran a long story about the “parents’ dilemma” of when to give kids a smartphone, citing tales of addiction, attention deficit disorder, social isolation, and general malaise.Now, consider this question: “Does the telephone make men more active or more lazy?The 1950s saw reports about children glued to screens, becoming more “aggressive and irritable as a result of over-stimulating experiences, which leads to sleepless nights and tired days.” Those screens, of course, were televisions.Then came fears that rock-n-roll in the 1950s and 1960s would fray the bonds of family and undermine the ability of young boys and girls to become productive members of society.Information technologies from the printed book onward have transformed societies and upended pre-existing mores and social order.
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If you want to get a sense of how much France’s technology scene has come up in the world, just gaze at the remarkable gathering of business leaders at the Palace of Versailles this week.It was a genius bit of organizational planning by the government of President Emmanuel Macron.Among those who accepted the invite: Goldman Sachs’s Lloyd Blankfein, JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon, Google’s Sundar Pichai, and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg.During the day, they heard about the country’s campaign to get businesses to ChooseFrance.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) January 22, 2018Since taking office last year, Macron has moved swiftly to implement reforms that give businesses new flexibility in hiring and firing workers and has reformed the rules governing independent workers to give entrepreneurship a boost.
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Listen, I’ll be the first to admit it: it’s not easy getting older.Personally, there’s something inescapably frustrating about feeling myself slow down when I simply can’t afford to.But more than that, I’m irritated when I can sense myself thinking something is a good idea because it’s familiar.And while this might seem like a personal issue at first glance, you can rest assured that your ability to embrace change is going to have a massive impact on your work.Writers call it a creative block, but it’s infinitely easier to experience innovation block with your business.More specifically, you’re so locked in a particular way of looking at the world and your business that you fail to see any other options available to you.
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The Head of the Army used Russia as a primary example of a power we are at risk of falling behind in terms of cyber capabilities.The UK government has been called upon to increase defence spending to prevent falling behind the capability of potential nation-state adversaries; cyber-attacks pose a major threat.Issuing this warning was the loud voice of Sir Nick Carter, Britain’s defence chief of staff, noting that the UK is at risk of becoming vulnerable to the likes of Russia and other countries.Defence spending in the UK is becoming an increasingly high-profile issue as both members of parliament and leading figures in the armed forces argue that a dangerous low has been reached.Government awareness to the issue has been raised in one regard, with GCHQ recently announcing that it has doubled the UK’s offensive cyber capabilities.However, the problem is more that just a need for more money and personnel to address the issue.
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On August 24th in 2016, an 87,563-acre plot of land in the heart of Maine was designated the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument by former President Barack Obama.Although met with controversy on all sides, the area had yet been explored on a large scale.In September 2017, a team of four Maine-born photographers set out on a three-part journey through Katahdin Woods and Waters to investigate.To refocus attention from the debate back onto why the monument was created in the first place: to protect and encourage public access to Maine’s outdoor resources.The vast land is adjacent to Baxter State Park and was donated by the Quimby Family Foundation in addition to funds that would jumpstart its establishment.The location boasts premier hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, camping, hunting, fishing, kayaking, wildlife viewing, and sightseeing.
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Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac has been updated to version 16.9 with new features for its suite of programs: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook.The update includes real-time collaborative editing in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.Multiple people can work on a document at the same time, and thumbnails in the corner of the window show who else is also working on that same document with you.You can also track and identify who is making changes by following the flag icons that appear.Another new feature for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is automatic cloud saves for documents, worksheets, and presentations, which Microsoft says sync in seconds.There’s also a version history function that lets you see the changes and access earlier versions of a document.
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Tag Heuer’s latest Android Wear smartwatch, the $1,200 Connected Modular 41, is Swiss-made and a nice choice if you’re looking for something with a bit more weight and quality than most wearables.The Connected Modular 41 is water resistant up to 50 meters, and features GPS, an NFC sensor for contactless payment (Android Pay), and customizable TAG Heuer dials.It’s designed for smaller wrists with a watchface diameter of 41mm, and it features a AMOLED 390 x 390 screen with improved brightness.The Connected Modular 41 has several improvements from the larger 45mm version (called the Connected Modular 45), with increased storage capacity of 8GB, and 1GB of RAM.Tag Heuer says it collaborated with Intel and Google in the development of the watch.There are seven standard models available with customizable straps and lugs.
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Recently, Hadoop and big data have been a central part of data progression, allowing you to capture data at scale.This includes delivering on the digital transformation promise sought by companies to deliver rich customer experiences.This builds on a theme covered by nearly every large industry analyst firm regarding the merging of transactional and analytical functions.451 Research also calls out the idea of seizing the moment:Organizations are zeroing in on the so-called “transaction window” and realizing that it presents a significant opportunity—and once it’s gone, it’s gone for good.As one example, JP Morgan Chase highlighted its investment in digital wealth management in an investor presentation last year.
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But, if nothing else, CES gives us a glimpse of what the consumer electronics industry is prioritizing right now.Sometimes those priorities become cornerstones of consumer and enterprise technology for years to come, while other years yield experiments that go out of focus in short order.Best laptop or convertible: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 YogaNeither of those upgrades affects the existing fingerprint reader.Finally, the microphone has seen some upgrades—it's now a 360-degree far field array microphone, ideal for conferencing and helpful for interacting with Windows 10's Cortana or other future digital assistants.However, there's no LTE support, so you won't be streaming on the go.
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Mobileye’s REM (road experiment management, in full) is going to help develop Level 4 and 5 vehicles eventually, yes, but Intel’s Dan Galves, Mobileye’s Chief Communications Officer, tells me that in the near-term it’ll have more interesting and immediate applications powering what he and Intel are calling ‘Level 2+” systems, which are semi-automated driving features for consumer vehicles that use existing sensor hardware available at affordable price points today, and that can enable driving equivalent to something like GM’s SuperCruise.Basically, that means safely taking on things like driving in stop-and-go traffic on congested highways, performing simple braking and acceleration maneuvers and taking action when they might be able to avoid accidents that a human driver couldn’t.Nissan’s ProPILOT system is also similar, but Galves says that compared to other GM and Nissan’s solution, the version enabled by Intel and Mobileye’s tech will be easier to implement, without as much fundamental work required on the part of automakers or spend on specialized components.Moibleye can do this by building on top of the growing availability of camera-based ADAS systems.Many cars these days, especially at higher trim levels, are built with optical cameras incorporated into their design at least, and often feature other sensor hardware as well.These will start coming to market relatively soon, too – Intel says that it has Level 2+ and Level 3 design contracts in place with 11 carmakers so far, and that these represent our 50 percent of the total automotive industry taken together, with vehicles launching to market both this year and through 2019.
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After serving 10 years as GroupM’s U.K. CEO, Nick Theakstone is being repositioned to the newly created role of global chief investment officer at the WPP-owned media investment management company.No compatible source was found for this video.Theakstone will be succeeded in his previous position by Tom George, who most recently was chairman for MEC’s U.K. and Northern Europe division and its global head of business development.MEC was formerly a media agency network owned by GroupM.In June, WPP combined its MEC and Maxus networks to create a single media, content and tech agency, Wavemaker, operating as one of five media agencies under GroupM.George also served as MEC’s U.K. CEO from 2005 to 2011.
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As more developers consider diversity as an important factor in hiring, the more of these game makers believe that publishers aren’t doing enough to facilitate diverse hiring practices, according to an International Game Developers Association survey.Fewer IGDA respondents say that companies are doing enough to promote diversity than in 2016.Those same survey takers also revealed that they expect high turnover to continue in the game-creation business.The IGDA survey found that 81 percent of developers believe that diversity in their workplace is either “very” or “somewhat” important.That’s up from 78 percent in 2016 and 63 percent in 2015.“Slightly less than half of respondents, 42 percent, feel the game industry had increased diversity over the past two years, a decrease from 47 percent in 2016,” reads the results of the survey.
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Huawei offshoot Honor is one of the few phone brands that makes a point of showing up at CES these days, and this year’s no different.The company is confirming US releases for a couple of phones that look to be pretty impressive for the price.First up is the $199 7X, following the 5X and 6X from the last couple of CES shows.The 7X is notable because it brings the oh-so-2017 18:9 aspect ratio and skinny bezels to a low price point.It’s also notable, according to Honor, because it comes in red and phones that come in red tend to cost more than $199.Color aside, the 7X is a really solid offering.
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This year, several major tech companies are planning to debut next-generation virtual-reality hardware, promising to be cheaper—and less tethered—than anything currently on the market.“I think it’s a content play,” said Intel CMO Steve Fund.I think content will drive the adoption.”Here are some of the hardware and content plays to pay attention to in 2018, with more announcements likely to come this week during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and throughout the rest of the year:Along with its Oculus Go headset that’s expected to ship this year, Facebook is working on another piece of VR hardware, Santa Cruz, that allows user tracking from within a headset without being tethered to cords or wall trackers.The $600 Vive Focus, which debuted in China last month, allows for free movement within a space much like the HTC Vive.
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And it appears the new one will keep true to the brute-ute's history.Mercedes-Benz has given out a bit more information on its upcoming 2019 G-Class ahead of its debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, most of it relating to the car's off-road prowess.Its nine-speed automatic routes power to all four wheels permanently, with a standard split of 40 percent torque to the front and 60 percent to the rear.A new double-wishbone front axle has its attachment points as high as possible to ensure the car doesn't drag on rocks and the like.There's a new solid rear axle, too, with four control arms on each side and a Panhard rod.The G-Class' adaptive dampers come connected to a new G-Mode that tweaks the suspension, transmission, gas pedal and steering when the vehicle ventures off-road.
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French startup Blade, the company behind Shadow, is about to expand its cloud gaming service to the U.S. Customers who live in California can pre-order starting today, and they’ll be able to access the service on February 15th.The rest of the U.S. will be able to subscribe later this summer.For a flat monthly fee, you can rent a gaming PC in a data center near you.You can then access this beefy computer using desktop and mobile apps as well as the company’s own little box.It’s a full-fledged Windows 10 instance — you can install Steam, Battle.net or whatever you want.Shadow also gives you 8 threads on an Intel Xeon 2620 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
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By tools we mean laptops, which certainly is a basic needs of the students.Fortunately, the top laptops for students aren’t hard to find.On the downside, not all of the best laptops for students appeal to every type of pupil.Some are focused on sheer horsepower, matching robust graphics with first-rate CPU performance while others are more budget-friendly.To find the best laptops under a budget, we have considered several factors like the generation of the processor, performance, RAM, display and battery life.Still, if you have a tight budget and can't go over Rs 40,000, check our list of best laptops under 40k.
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Video games are a relatively new medium, so most people don’t think about what happens to them post-release, years after the shine has worn off and their player base has migrated to something newer.Often, especially when it comes to online-only MMOs like City of Heroes and The Matrix Online, these games are abandoned, as developers no longer want to foot the bill for server costs, and fans are handcuffed by copyright rules - laid down by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that prevent them from doing it themselves.However, these rules are not set in stone.Every three years, the US Copyright Office reviews its provisions and gives people the opportunity to suggest any changes via a public consultation posted here.Many older games on systems like the Commodore 64 and Atari 2600 are already covered under limited preservation clauses in the DMCA, which allows gamers to sidestep traditional copyright restrictions.Unfortunately, these exemptions don’t extend to games that require always-online servers.
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