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A rare copy of the United States' Declaration of Independence has been discovered in a small records office in South East England.Researchers constructing a database of every known copy of the historical document uncovered the document in an archive in the cathedral city of Chichester, West Sussex.The original, drafted by third US President Thomas Jefferson, was signed on 4 July 1776 in Philadelphia, asserting the independence of the thirteen American colonies which were then at war with Great Britain.While a limited number of copies were made at the time, the original is considered to be the one housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.In August 2015, Emily Sneff, a researcher at the Declaration Resources Project found a catalogue listing reading: "Manuscript copy, on parchment, of the Declaration in Congress of the thirteen United States of America".Previously, numerous mentions of the document had been found that turned out to be 19th-century reproductions, so Sneff was sceptical.
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Apple’s Live Photos are fun — they’ve definitely captured a few unexpected magical moments for me that standard stills would’ve missed.But for the most part, they live on your phone and stay within the confines of your apps.Seeing them floating around the web, especially on a desktop browser, has always been something of a rarity.Tumblr kicked down that wall a bit last year by adding Live Photos to its web version and releasing a tool to let others do the same.When it came to an official Apple-approved method, however, there was nothing to be found.That quietly changed this morning, with Apple updating its developer portal with a new tool they’re calling LivePhotosKit.
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Nvidia & Facebook go advanced with AI and deep learning with new framework, Caffe2.Nvidia and Facebook have collaborated to advance artificial intelligence with Caffe2, a new deep learning framework delivered by Facebook to the open source community.In a blog post, Nvidia said that together with Facebook they are providing AI acceleration with the work on the Caffe2 deep learning framework.Facebook works to develop new AI systems to help manage information generated around the world, making it easier for people to understand the world and communicate more effectively as the volume of information increases.Caffe2 enables developers and researchers to create large-scale distributed training scenarios and build machine learning applications for edge devices.Caffe2 is designed to be a fast, scalable and portable framework.
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A stark reminder that 2D platforming really did have something to offer the industry, nearly everything included here is still very playable, especially DuckTales and Chip ’n Dale Rescue Rangers.Proving that level design and smart ideas will always trump visual fidelity, the layout and execution of both is excellent.DuckTales in particular still feels very special.This has more surprises in it than some 2017 releases do, which is saying something given it’s almost 30 years old.That’s not to say it’s perfect – far from it – and the cheap tricks it often pulls which will lead to your demise are horrible.It’s a clear indication that this collection is meant to be played for laughs instead of a true challenge, but there’s still plenty of balance in this regard, too.
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Chinese PC maker Lenovo plans to pour over US$ 1.2 billion into artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and big data in the next four years, as part of its efforts to diversify their operations amid the stalled growth of its PC and smartphone business, local media is reporting (in Chinese).Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said the annual investment in the above three areas will represent over one-fifth of the company’s total annual R expenditure by March 2021.Lenovo remained the top PC vendor in the first quarter of 2017, garnering a 19.9% share in the global market by shipping 12.377 million units, IT research firm Gartner noted.Yet its rival HP has narrowed Lenovo’s lead with shipments of 12.118 million.Among the company’s three main lines of business, namely data centers, mobile devices, and PCs and smart devices (PCSD), revenue from PCSD business accounted for around 70% of its total revenue for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2016, according to the firm’s Q3 FY 2016/17 results released this February.As competition with its rivals has become even fiercer and growth in its PC and smartphone business has flatlined, Lenovo has been striving to diversify its revenue source and doubling down on artificial intelligence to explore new growth driver.The company set up its own artificial intelligence lab in March, headed by AI expert Xu Feiyu, who once worked as a principal researcher at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence.Last November, Lenovo appointed Dr. Yong Rui, former deputy managing director of Microsoft Research Asia, to become its chief technology officer, overseeing the company’s corporate research and technology organization, which covers artificial intelligence and big data analytics technologies, among others.Lenovo is not alone in hopping on the bandwagon of artificial intelligence.China’s three internet giants Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent all have been stepping up efforts on this research.Baidu set up Institute of Deep Learning in 2013 and has spent more than RMB 10 billion on its three AI research labs in recent years.Alibaba has introduced its ET program, an “artificial brain” able to tackle complex problems in medicine, urban planning, and the industrial sector.Tencent’s artificial intelligence lab, which was established less than one year ago, has also delivered stunning performance.Its artificial intelligence Fine Art (绝艺 in Chinese) won the 10th Computer Go UEC Cup in March.
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Samsung's Galaxy S8 ships with some software tweaks that will force diehard Samsung users to relearn common tasks, such as opening the app drawer.You can bring it back, but you may not want to in the end.With the apps button removed, you can add an extra app to the dock on your Galaxy S8.If having five icons in the dock just isn't your speed, add the Apps Button back with a long-press on the home screen and then tap Home screen settings Apps Button Show Apps Button.Keep in mind, adding the Apps Button back to the dock does not disable the ability to swipe up or down on a home screen to open the app drawer.In the app drawer, a horizontal swipe will cycle through pages of installed apps.
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I'm looking for some advice and/or guidance about increasing conversions and effectively gaining sales for a shopify store that I've been working with.The product is a premium skincare line that has been around for a couple of months.My ads are getting a decent amount of clicks and we're seeing some OK traffic through Google Analytics, but barely any actual sales and the numbers for Pageviews/Session duration are pretty bad.I think it may be the site design... but I know so little about how to properly design an ecommerce site that I don't really know where to begin.Any help with this situation is appreciated, the clients are beginning to get antsy.Thank you so much for your help.
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Esther Afua Ocloo, also known as “Auntie Ocloo”, was a Ghanaian businesswoman who began her trade selling marmalade as a teenager, and ended it as the founder and chairman of the Women's World Banking initiative.The Google Doodle shows her at various stages of her life and business, sharing her knowledge with fellow Ghanaians.In a blog post, Google explains: "As both an entrepreneur and an advocate for microlending, Esther Afua Ocloo worked tirelessly to help others like her succeed.Today’s Doodle shows Esther empowering the women of Ghana with the tools to improve their lives and communities."Ocloo, born in 1919, began work as a street vendor in the early 1930s.She invested six out of ten shillings pocket money given to her by an aunt into oranges, sugar, firewood and used jam jars.
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Intel has announced that it is cancelling its Intel Developer Forum (IDF) programme of events, effective immediately, just as it was about to celebrate its two-decade anniversary.First held in 1997, the Intel Developer Forum started life as a US-only biannual gathering of developers from around the globe.After its first decade Intel added a third annual event in China for those who couldn't make it to the US versions, though in recent years the company has gone back to a biannual format: one event held in the US, the other in China.Regardless of where it is held or at what time of year, IDF has always proven a hotbed of Intel-related information: over the previous years the company has used IDF to showcase everything from novel SSD overclocking and its ill-fated Larrabee graphics architecture, which would see a second life as the basis for the company's more-successful though niche Xeon Phi co-processor boards for high-performance computing (HPC), to the benefits of multi-core gaming and even the first public outings of new microarchitectures like Sandy Bridge back in 2010.Sadly for those who look forward to the company's IDF unveilings, all that has come to a crashing end.'Intel has evolved its event portfolio and decided to retire the IDF program moving forward,' a company spokespeson has explained in a terse note on the official event website.
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The truth is there’s no such thing as an objectively “best”But, so long as it hits a baseline of good enough performance, the best total package is the one that works best for you.Nothing about the iPhone SE’s specWhat the phone lacks in originality, though, it also
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Niu (小牛 in Chinese) has announced the launch of a new line of electric scooters: the U series.Short for “Ultra lite,” the U1 is designed for a broad market.Whereas the N and M series are for enthusiasts, the U series references the electric bicycles seen on many of China’s streets.The U series is set to appeal to a variety of users and, indeed, solves a big pain point for any bicycle rider: how to carry your stuff from place to place.China has increasingly become a place for cars.For many, however, bikes and their electric counterparts are the main modes of transportation, with many not even owning a car.U1 solves this neatly by allowing users to add on as much or as little storage racks as they like.
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Qualcomm is probably the largest maker of mobile processors in the market, which pretty much means it has a large target painted on its back.It isn’t a stranger to lawsuits, even those brought against it by government.Last January, Apple sued Qualcomm for, among other things, unfair licensing costs and retaliation.Now Qualcomm is fighting back with claims of its own, saying that Apple was, in fact, the one using shady tactics to harm Qualcomm’s business.Part of Apple’s January lawsuit is something some readers might be familiar with.According to the iPhone maker, Qualcomm has been trying to squeeze out every dime it could for royalties, even for technologies it barely had anything to do with.
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The Twitter conversation was published by a former Playboy model called Robbin Young and highlighted by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks on 8 April (Saturday).Amid the flirtation and emojis was discussion about the 2016 Democratic Party leaks, Julian Assange and Seth Rich.Rich was killed in Washington DC on 10 July last year after being shot multiple times during a suspected robbery.He became the focus of widespread speculation due to his position at the DNC, with some claiming he was the source of 20,000 leaked emails.In his chat logs with Young, Guccifer 2.0 sought to insert itself into the politically-charged narrative at the time by claiming Rich was his "whistleblower" and saying he needed to find a journalist to investigate – as the account put it – the "real story of his life and death."Young is claimed to have contacted Guccifer 2.0 herself – following the DNC leaks – and struck up an "internet friendship" where conversation has flowed since, with the screenshots published with permission.
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The loss of Carrie Fisher was a huge blow to those who loved her, both on- and off-screen.Inevitably, it also raised questions about the future of her iconic Star Wars character.Now we’re hearing that plans may already in place for her to make a posthumous appearance in the upcoming ninth film in the Star Wars saga.Speaking to the New York Daily News, Todd Fisher, Carrie’s brother, said that he and her daughter Billie Lourd “have granted the studio rights to use recent footage” of Fisher for Star Wars Episode IX, which is expected to be out in 2019.“Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t,” Fisher told the newspaper.“She’s as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi-Wan, when the sabre cuts him down he becomes more powerful.
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Editor’s note: This originally appeared on Analyse Asia, a weekly podcast hosted by Bernard Leong, dedicated to dissecting the pulse of business, technology, and media in Asia.The podcast features guests from Asia’s vibrant tech community.Charles Reed Anderson from Charles Reed Anderson & Associates joined us for a conversation to discuss the tipping point on Internet of Things (IoT) that is converging in Asia.We discussed how Asian governments are currently changing their smart cities strategies and look at the convergence between business enterprises and vendors within the IoT ecosystem.Last but not least, Charles offered his perspectives on how the tipping point is reached with the recent focus on low-power wide area networks and forecast what businesses and vendors need to watch out for in 2017.Listen to the episode here or subscribe.Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with timestamps included):Charles Anderson (@CRASingapore, LinkedIn), founder of Charles Reed Anderson and Associates.[0:40]Re-introduction [0:40]Reference: Internet of Things – Trends & Challenges ahead in Enterprise Innovation.Since our last conversation, what have you been up to?[1:04]IoT Asia 2017Did you see any new solutions or vendors at the event that caught your eye?
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Editor’s note: This was written by Kayla Matthews, a freelance writer focusing on technology and online media.If you’ve kept up with global news recently, maybe you’ve noticed a huge increase in Chinese companies moving into Southeast Asia.Let’s take a look at why those investments are advantageous for China and the nations of Southeast Asia, and then explore a few Chinese companies that have made meaningful transitions into neighboring territory.China Wants to Increase and Maintain Its Economic MightOne of the most prominent reasons for the Chinese expansions is that China wants to keep its economic strength in the world.It has achieved the world’s second-largest economy but the country’s currency, the yuan, has been weakening.Remarkable Economic Gains for Both China and Southeast Asian CountriesThe expansions won’t just positively impact China, though.The money will go toward making new high-speed rail lines.
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Fans of Modern Combat will soon be able to partake in a little city-wide disruption when Modern Combat Versus soft launches in the very near future, possibly as soon as next week.The game was teased late last year but the latest trailer takes us through a lot more of the storyline in the game and from what we can see it looks awesome.Modern Combat Versus is not a single player campaign title but a multiplayer mission-based game.There are a variety of different playable characters with different abilities and functions, which you’ll need to get in the right combination in order to achieve your objectives.Those objectives will see you take on mercenary-style missions working either for or against one of two opposing sides in a gritty, post-apocalyptic urban conflict.The 12 “Agents” to be included in the soft launch are broken down into four main types: attacker, defender, specialist and assassin and so far four of them have been revealed via Gameloft’s social media accounts.
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Once upon a time, I spent a heady childhood summer driving my parents insane with my Smurf obsession.I begged my poor mom and dad to take me to various toy stores and gas stations in hopes of getting every single one.And then, when summer ended, my Smurf fever broke.But even then I knew that Smurfette, as the rare adjectiveless Smurf not named after an attribute like Clumsy or Brainy, was also the only really interesting Smurf.Not just because she has a permanent identity crisis and a lack of gal-pals in her life, but because she’s the one Smurf who doesn’t fit in.Not only is she the only well-known girl Smurf (very few people remember Nanny and Sassette), she’s also a textbook example of the lone female in a group of boy heroes, having been created by the evil wizard Gargamel to destroy the Smurfs with her feminine wiles.
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Maxing out the available storage on your MacBook can create a bigger hassle than you’d expect.And if you want external storage, that usually means using up a USB port and toting around an external drive pretty much everywhere you go.Instead, boost your storage capacity by another 256GB with the Nifty MiniDrive for MacBooks, available now for just $29.99 from TNW Deals.Just slide the MiniDrive into your MacBook’s SD card slot with a micro SD card from virtually any brand – and you’re set.You’ve got up to 256GB of extra space and it’s mostly invisible once you plug it in, so feel free to leave it there all the time.MiniDrive also integrates with Time Machine and can be set to store daily automatic backups of your MacBook’s most vital files.
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Chemical reactions are occurring all around us but they're happening on such microscopic levels that it can be difficult to fully appreciate them, much less witness them in all their glory.Now, a collection of videos by the Beauty of Science called Envisioning Chemistry is bringing these reactions to life in startlingly vivid detail.The Beautiful Chemistry project began in 2014, with the aim of educating millions of people.Three years later, the group is still working on Envisioning Chemistry, which acts as an ultimate education resource about chemical reactions.Using state-of-the-art photography equipment, such as high-resolution microscopes, thermal imaging infrared cameras, high-speed cameras, and 4K Ultra HD cameras, the project documents the beauty of chemical reactions like never before.One video from the project, titled Black and White, was featured in the 2016 National Geographic Short Film Showcase in the Top Ten - and it's not hard to see why.
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