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TenX, a Singapore-based blockchain business that enables the spending of popular cryptocurrencies on day-to-day items, announced its plan to take the company forward into 2019, titled TenX 2.0.As a first step, TenX has re-launched the TenX card today.The TenX prepaid cards will be made available to everyone living in Singapore.The company will also eventually open applications to Asia Pacific-based travelers visiting the country.“Powered by Visa, cardholders can make payments and withdraw money from supported ATMs around the world, provided their TenX Wallet is topped up,” it said in a statement.TenX will not be the only one to offer a “traveler-focused” cash card that’s paired with a mobile wallet in Singapore.
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Amid the boring, neverending politics that's been going on of late, one Conservative MP has provided everyone a bit of light relief by asking for the government to drop everything and pass new rules on the maximum and minimum acceptable heights of household and business letterboxes.That's what people go into politics for.The problem, says MP Vicky Ford, is that the low-level boxes favoured by some are doing in the backs of postmen the country over, so Something Should Be Done.MPs in general agreed with the motion, in which Ford asked for the nation's building regulations to be amended to contain a minimum height requirement for all letter boxes and various slots.We'd like to add an amendment to this that says they should also be fatter and be able to fit an Xbox through too, to save us trudging to a grim industrial estate on a Saturday morning.She even made a joke about knockers, telling the House: "I met the Communication Workers Union, they told me the key issue for their members and it's not Brexit, it is low level letterboxes and dangerous dogs.
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While you may still be waiting for Wear OS 2.2 to hit your smartwatch, some devices are now receiving Wear OS 2.3 from today.Reports of the latest software hitting the TicWatch S, Fossil Sport and Montblanc Summit 2 are surfacing on Reddit.We've yet to be able to get the update ourselves on a watch.The change log for the new software is limited to just changes in the Home app on your watch.The design is getting some tweaks, plus Google Assistant integration and health coaching are set to get improvements too.Apart from that it looks like this update will be used to make some minor fixes to the software and iron out bugs we've seen since Wear OS 2 first rolled out.
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Scientists are trying to revolutionise potatoes and, in the process, cure the tubers’ depression, the result of generations of inbreeding.Potato depression is obviously nothing like human depression, of course.A team of Chinese scientists looked for a better way to make potatoes reproduce, and along the way learned more about the genetics behind spuds’ “inbreeding depression.”You probably have seen sprouts, or eyes, grow out of potatoes.That’s how farmers plant new potatoes – by cutting up old ones and letting those eyes germinate into new plants.Generations of cloning means that harmful genetic mutations remain in the genome, but the plants have a buffer against that – most varieties are “tetraploid,” meaning they have four sets of chromosomes.
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The chief technology officer (CTO) of food delivery platform Meituan Dianping, Luo Daofeng, has reportedly left his post for a position at live-streaming company Kuaishou.Luo began working for the new company on Jan. 14, but won’t become Kuaishou’s CTO, a source told 36kr (in Chinese).An employee said that Luo is currently a part-time consultant, and will direct technical work in the future.Live-streaming and short-video platform Kuaishou has gained popularity among users in lower-tier cities and rural areas.With the rise of the platform’s e-commerce features, China’s impoverished farming communities have found new ways to expand their income by selling fresh produce or through ecotourism.A Kuaishou representative declined to comment when contacted by TechNode.
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No idea who could have been behind this one...The South Korea Ministry of National Defense says 10 of its internal PCs have been compromised by North Korea unknown hackers .Korea's Dong-A Ilbo reports that the targeted machines belonged to the ministry's Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the office in charge of military procurement.The report notes that the breached machines would have held information on purchases for things such as "next-generation fighter jets," though the Administration noted that no confidential information was accessed by North Korea the yet-to-be identified infiltrators.North Korea The mystery hackers got into the machines on October 4 of last year.Initially trying to break into 30 machines, the intruders only managed to compromise 10 of their targets.
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The first edition of Amazon's Great Indian Festival sale for 2019 is scheduled to take place from 20th to 23rd of January.Amazon Prime subscribers, however, will have Early Access to the sale from 12 PM on 19th January.The sale will take place on all platforms- the desktop site, the mobile site, and the mobile app.Bank partners for the sale are HDFC- there is an instant 10% discount on HDFC bank cards.No-Cost EMI will be available on over 10 crore products.Amazon has revealed that it will offer discounts of up to 60% on Electronics, along with several Credit and Debit Card EMI options, as well as cashbacks across all categories.
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In Spenny vs Penny we compare the products we love, with those following in their (sometimes pricey) footsteps.Are they worth the cash?Here, we try to find the best lengthening mascara – trying each for a few days to see the results.Spenny: Benefit Beyond Lengthening Mascara, 8.5ml, Benefit, £22I’ve heard people bang on about Benefit makeup (most notably the mascara) since forever, so when I excitedly applied it for the first time, I expected big results.The best part about this mascara is the brush, which combs lashes evenly and clump-free.
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The iconic flip phone, which was released first in 2004, defined ‘sexy’ in the gadget world well before the iPhone was a thing.Now, according to a report from Wall Street Journal, Motorola is planning to bring it back in a new foldable avatar.Just know that you might have to shell out around $1,500 to get your hands on it.According to the report, Motorola‘s parent company, Lenovo, is partnering with network provider Verizon to launch these devices in the US.We might get a glimpse of the foldable Razr phone as soon as February.However, the final release might be set for a later date.
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Google will raise prices on G Suite — the company's productivity suite — for the first time ever, according to a corporate blog post on Wednesday.Starting on April 2nd, The cost of G Suite Basic will increase from $5 to $6 per user per month, and the cost of G Suite Business will move from $10 to $12.Google justified the 20% increase for its Basic and Business Editions by saying that it has not updated prices since introducing G Suite over a decade ago, while its product offering has grown substantially.Google will raise prices on G Suite — the company's productivity suite, and its rival to Microsoft Office — for the first time ever, according to a corporate blog post on Wednesday.As of April 2nd, the cost of G Suite Basic will increase from $5 to $6 per user per month, and the cost of the higher-end G Suite Business will move from $10 to $12.The price of G Suite Enterprise Edition, which is already sold in bulk to its largest customers, will not change.
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Electric scooter companies Bird and Lime have scattered thousands of rentable, dockless, electric scooters across US cities over the last year.And one complaint keeps coming up: they block sidewalks.Advocacy group Disability Rights California is now suing the two companies in federal court in San Diego for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.The group, which is seeking class-action status for the case, says Bird and Lime are obstructing public sidewalks, making them unsafe for people with mobility and sight disabilities."The scooter companies have treated our free public walkways as their own private rental offices, show rooms and storage facilities," said Bob Frank, lawyer for Neil, Dymott Attorneys, which filed the case in conjunction with Disability Rights California.But the scooters have become a controversial topic.
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US lawmakers are pondering the best way to regulate consumer privacy, and they've put forward several bills in the past few months.Now Sen. Marco Rubio is adding his to the list.Rubio, a Republican from Florida, introduced on Wednesday the American Data Dissemination Act (PDF), saying in a press release that it would protect consumers while allowing businesses to innovate.What's more, the bill "will protect small businesses and startups while ensuring that consumers are provided with overdue rights and protections," Rubio said in a statement.The bill follows one introduced in December by a group of 15 Democratic senators that has tech industry support, and another drafted by Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, in November.In September, Rep. Suzan DelBene introduced a privacy bill to the US House of Representatives.
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LG's next smartphone may have you seeing double.And no, it's not because of a foldable display.The company will launch a smartphone, whose name hasn't been finalized, that will have an option for a second-screen attachment, according to a person familiar with the situation.It's one of multiple phones launching at the Mobile World Congress trade show next month, the person said.While the company is mulling the G8 name, it's unclear whether the multiple-screen phone will carry the name of its flagship line.There was some confusion over LG launching a foldable smartphone thanks to a report by Korean-language outlet Naver.
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Samsung on March 29 launched the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and the smartphones have already won over the tech media all around the globe.However, there are many that have been criticizing Samsung’s decision to stick with a single camera module, having 4GB of RAM and so on.Unlike to Apple, Samsung has actually made things better ('new') over the years.When it comes to the Galaxy S8, there are tons of alluring features like the new immersive display, wireless charging, beautiful design, microSD support, and so on.There are still some features that have gone missing from many lists but are genuinely useful.It gives a subtle vibrating response that feels like pressing a physical button, and trust me its not gimmicky.
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The calendar flipping to 2019 officially marked the end of the 10-year anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe—but, screw it, the celebration goes on.Not only will this year bring Captain Marvel and the end of Phase Three with Avengers: Endgame, it’s continuing an appreciation for the incredible run leading up to those films in the form of beautiful art.Mondo had a show last year, and right now, Bottleneck Gallery and Grey Matter Art have two awesome posters for sale featuring the heroes, and villains, of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.The posters are by John Guydo and here’s the heroes version.But, obviously, you can’t have heroes without villains, so here’s that version.No matter what you think of these posters, just look at them and think back.
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You may have seen a kid play with a feather, or you may have played with one yourself: Running a hand along a feather's barbs and watching as the feather unzips and zips, seeming to miraculously pull itself back together.They detail their findings in the Jan. 16 issue of Science Advances in a paper titled "Scaling of bird wings and feathers for efficient flight."Researcher Tarah Sullivan, who earned a Ph.D. in materials science from the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, is the first in about two decades to take a detailed look at the general structure of bird feathers (without focusing on a specific species).She 3D-printed structures that mimic the feathers' vanes, barbs and barbules to better understand their properties--for example, how the underside of a feather can capture air for lift, while the top of the feather can block air out when gravity needs to take over.Sullivan found that barbules-- the smaller, hook-like structures that connect feather barbs-- are spaced within 8 to 16 micrometers of one another in all birds, from the hummingbird to the condor."The first time I saw feather barbules under the microscope I was in awe of their design: intricate, beautiful and functional," she said.
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For the first time, researchers have documented the long-predicted occurrence of 'walls bound by strings' in superfluid helium-3.The existence of such an object, originally foreseen by cosmology theorists, may help explaining how the universe cooled down after the Big Bang.With the newfound ability to recreate these structures in the lab, earth-based scientists finally have a way to study some of the possible scenarios that might have taken place in the early universe more closely.Helium stays a liquid at atmospheric pressure even when chilled down to absolute zero, at which all other materials freeze solid.A superfluid material has essentially zero viscosity, which means it should flow forever without losing energy.When confined to a nano-structured volume, researchers can use superfluid phases of the isotope helium-3 to study effects like half-quantum vortices--whirlpools in the superfluid where the amount of helium flowing is strictly controlled by the rules of quantum physics.
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Orange has announced a new partnership with Groupama, adding another branch to the convergence strategy with a home telesurveillance service.This latest partnership with Groupama will see the creation of Protectline, a joint platform for the operation and management of home telesurveillance services.“To deliver the best product possible, we have again chosen to work with Groupama to pool our skills and resources, following on from our Orange Bank partnership.”With Orange owning 51% of the new venture, it’s a very clever way for the telco to diversify revenue streams.Groupama is already a well-established player in this segment, but Orange has something which every business wants; a humongous subscriber base to potentially sell added-value services into.Until recently it has focused exclusively on markets which it has a pedigree in; connectivity.
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What happened: Chinese online retailer Suning.com is planning to open 15,000 offline stores in 2019.It is also promoting smart retail solutions in its massive sales networks across 350 domestic cities.Zhang Jindong, chairman of the Suning Group, described its grocery stores as the pathfinder in the company’s “Great Development” plan, aiming to drive businesses in Chinese neighborhoods and rural markets.Why it’s important: Founded by Zhang Jindong and his elder brother in 1990, Suning is China’s largest omnichannel retailer with more than 10,000 offline stores nationwide, including shopping centers, consumer electronics outlets, and community stores.According to Chinese media, e-commerce giant Alibaba held a 20% stake in Suning in 2016.It later helped Suning-affiliate Suning Sports complete a $600 million round of fundraising in June 2018.
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So many good ideas get published on this blog in a year that it’s nearly impossible for one person to absorb them all.Examples from 2018 Content Marketer of the Year finalists were so inspiring they stayed with me.With its powerful story about the first African-American driver in the Daytona 500 since 1969, Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace seemed like the kind of story audiences would rally around.Glenn LaFollette, who leads brand strategy and editorial at JLL, helps his team find the magic in commercial real estate services, telling moving, impactful stories through text and videos on JLL’s Ambitions website.Focus not on the stories about the buildings but on the people who work and learn inside the buildings.JLL’s Ambitions publication tells the story, for example, of the Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME), where JLL helped turn an abandoned building into an inspiring and acoustically appropriate space for a music school.
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