While lots of people tend to focus on the big four mobile networks, there's a lot to be said about the smaller virtual networks - even if some of them are owned by the bigger companies that own all the infrastructure.GiffGaff is one of the ones that has a reputation for offering as much as it can without ridiculous prices, and if you thought it was a good deal before you're going to love this.The network has just announced its upping the data allowance in its various non-recurring goodybags, and for the most part customers aren't going to have to pay any extra money each month.There is an exception, though, and that's the people who like taking advantage of GiffGaff's 'Always On' plan.Always On means customers get a set amount of full speed 4G data, but once they reach their limit they're not cut off from the internet - they just have to deal with 256kbps speeds between 8am and midnight.Previously GiffGaff gave Always On customers 9GB of full speed data (plus unlimited calls and texts) for £20 a month.
The football last night, that was exciting for a bit, annoying for a bit, then sad for what seemed like ages, was one of the country's most-watched TV experiences in a generation, with a peak of 26.5 million people gathering around the big old boxes in the corner of the living room to watch England's ball battle with Croatia.This puts it in fourth place on the list of the most-watched UK television spectacles of the last 25 years, just behind Prince William and Kate's wedding (26.6m), the opening ceremony of the London Olympics (27.3m) and the funeral of Princess Diana (32m).80 per cent of all active TVs were tuned to the unfolding sports drama.And last night's football viewing figures don't include the displaced masses forced to watch it in pubs or in parks, so fans could argue that ITV has been robbed of a third place finish, as more people would've watched the football in a pub than a sodding royal wedding.
Even after restocking the NES Classic Edition's original limited supply this year, the company has barely been able to keep up with demand for both its NES- and SNES-flavored dips back into the nostalgia pool, in the West or elsewhere.This week, Nintendo went one further by releasing a special-colored, new-games version of one of these systems, designed and marketed specifically for fans of Japanese Shonen Jump manga series like Dragon Ball, Captain Tsubasa, and Fist of the North Star.We quickly learned that this official Nintendo product is far from a slapdash release with a logo painted on.Nintendo's latest classic product, announced in May of this year, marks the manga magazine's anniversary milestone in a few remarkable ways.The biggest is that its emulated ROM library is completely different from either the original Famicom Mini or the NES Classic (whose game libraries mostly overlapped).Instead of 30 international hits like Super Mario Bros. 3 or The Legend of Zelda, the Shonen Mini comes packed with 20 Shonen-related games, and they're all littered with Japanese text.
Microsoft just revealed the Surface Go, its lightest, slimmest, and cheapest Surface tablet yet.With LTE support still coming later, it’s far from being the “always connected” experience Microsoft was singing about last year.And it’s not just Qualcomm’s Snapdragon or smartphone and tablets.In any place where size, battery life, power efficiency, and thermal management were more critical than processing muscle, an ARM chip would be at the center.For the Surface Go, however, that would have been suicide.It needed to stand out against the iPads and Chromebooks that are marching into those markets.
Chinese live streaming platform Inke formally launched its IPO and started trading this morning in Hong Kong.As an early entrant to the sector, Inke (映客) has grown quickly during China’s live streaming frenzy that started in 2016.And while many of 200+ smaller platforms died off after the market cooled down and regulations set in, Inke has become one of the most invested-in upstarts in the country.According to an open letter from Inke CEO Feng Yousheng, the company has won over 200 million registered members in 3 years.Calculating with the 300 million shares the IPO plan decides, Inke will raise HK$ 1.05 billion, missing the expected HK$ 1.21 billion.As Feng Yousheng stated in the letter:
En tidigare Apple-anställd anklagas för att ha stulit hemligheter som rör bolagets tekniker för självkörande bilar.I klagomålet finns nya detaljer om projektet.Enligt det klagomål som lämnades in på måndagen ska en tidigare anställd på Apple ha stulit information om ett kretskort som utvecklas för bolagets självkörande bilar, berättar Reuters.Den tidigare anställde ska ha laddat ner Apples planer för kretskort för självkörande bilar för att sedan boka ett sista minuten-flyg till Kina med avsikt att börja jobba på ett startup-företag som också utvecklar självkörande bilar, uppger Reuters.I klagomålet framkommer att den tidigare anställde ska ha fått se ett proprietärt chip och att han utformade kretskort för att analysera sensordata.Detta ska enligt Reuters tyda på att Apple utvecklar egna chip för självkörande system, och att bolaget arbetar med ”sensor fusion” där data från flera olika sensorer kombineras för att ge mer exakta resultat.
For a communication app that has become a such crucial part of so many workplaces, Slack sure does have some really poor internal search tools.Fortunately, it looks like the company is finally changing that, with revamped in-app searching that looks like it might finally fix — or at the very least, improve on — the feature.Slack’s new search looks a lot like Alfred at first glance.Now when you search, a big, pop-up search bar will appear over your window, and intelligently suggested results will pop up below based on who you chat with, what channels you’re in, and what the search term is.If that doesn’t find what you’re looking for, you can hit enter to dive into an expanded view that will let you filter your search by file types, categories (like messages or files), people, channels, and direct messages.The filters that Slack suggests will even change depending on what your search query is, suggesting the people and channels it thinks are most appropriate to the term first.
What Samsung will call its next smartwatch is one of the biggest questions in wearable tech right now.New rumors are popping up each week, with the name rumored to be the Gear S4, the Gear Sport 2 or even the Galaxy Watch.The latest rumor suggests the last name in that list may be the final title for the device, as the company has submitted a patent for the Samsung Galaxy Watch logo (the one you can see below) to the Korean Intellectual Property Office.The application from Samsung was submitted on June 20 and has now been spotted by the GalaxyClub website.It may be Samsung is just patenting this to cover all its options here, but this does add some evidence to the theory that it will be called the Galaxy Watch.The biggest question will be whether Samsung is using this new name to signify a change from Tizen software to Wear OS.
A Reddit user has found himself at the end of a week-long suspension—and from the look of his account, it might have come because he publicly shared a "direct message" exchange with Reddit CEO Steve "spez" Huffman over the platform's handling of hate speech.Reddit has confirmed to Ars Technica that Huffman's conversation, as posted by user "whatllmyusernamebe" on Sunday, is legitimate.The conversation begins with Huffman responding to the question, "Why do you admins not just ban hate speech?"spez: Our violent speech policy is effectively that.But thank you for replying.spez: Hate speech is difficult to define.
Twitter has been dealing with a cryptocurrency scambot epidemic on its platform for months – and the situation has gotten so out of hand that even Elon Musk is talking about it now.But instead of bashing the odd trend like anyone else, Musk hinted he is somewhat impressed by the individuals running the network of bots, referring to their “work” as “mad skillz.” He also misspelled Ethereum.Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has since noted the occurrence marked the first time Musk had tweeted about Ethereum.I do wish @elonmusk's first tweet about ethereum was about the tech rather than the twitter scambots……..@jack help us please?Or someone from the ETH community make a layer 2 scam filtering solution, please?— Vitalik "Not giving away ETH" Buterin (@VitalikButerin) July 9, 2018
As a frequent traveler, the company’s product is pretty intriguing: it’s a bit like Skyscanner, but with a greater emphasis on data visualization and artificial intelligence, allowing you to find the cheapest flights with the least amount of pain.Avionero reckons it has a larger inventory of flights than any other comparison site, and has raised almost $1 million in a pre-seed round to bring its service to life.Another thing: the company’s co-founder, Lars Kristensson, has an amazing haircut.It looks like a crow that spent the entirety of the 1970’s listening to the Sex Pistols, and is literally the only reason why I’m writing about Avionero.I have so many questions… but I suppose I should talk about the company, right?Users can find out when the cheapest month to fly is, and similarly to SkyScanner, can search for flights to an entire country without having to open any extra tabs.
Great news, everyone: you can now play GameCube games on your Nintendo Switch – but only with a considerable amount of hacking your console.The Switch can at last run GameCube games through an emulator hosted on a Linux distribution loaded onto the console.The development was made by YouTube user Mizumi, who uploaded a video of the Dolphin GameCube emulator program running on Lakka, a Linux distribution for game consoles that looks a lot like the PlayStation 4 interface using a front-end known as RetroArch.Don’t sell your old SwitchAs you can see in the video above, the Switch is shown running Super Smash Bros. Melee and Paper Mario at decent frame rates hovering around 30 frames per second.However, Mizumi makes it clear that this is a proof-of-concept, with core features missing, like multiplayer and wireless controller support.
Honda has unveiled its latest version of the insane contraption called the Mean Mower.Mean Mower V2 is aiming for a top speed of 150mph and was built by Team Dynamics, Honda’s British Touring car Championship partner.This second iteration is a faster and meaner version of the original from 2014.While being insanely fast, the Mean Mower looks like a Honda HF 2622 lawn tractor.It can cut grass still using a pair of carbon fiber blades and a pair of electric motors to spin them.A chain runs to the rear wheels and the power is from a Honda Fireblade motorcycle engine.
Reddit is on a crusade to capture advertisers’ budgets, but first of all it has to convince them that the self-proclaimed ‘front page of the internet’ is a brand-safe environment.“Brand safety is not a concern that any one of our customers has,” the ex-Google exec told The Drum.“It’s always prior to any interaction with us that [advertisers] express that as something they care about, but once they’ve worked with us for the first time their full attention is on the opportunity, not the perceived risk.”It has slowly been winning big budget brand around, including Coca-Cola, P and Audi.Over the past few years it has also “rewritten” its advertising offering; allowing brands to pay for promoted posts (which include its popular 'Ask Me Anything' threads, or AMAs), programmatc space and native video ads, along with access to its 80-person partnerships team or its small but growing strong internal creative agency.“We think of brand safety as being inexorably linked to relevance and because we have context in every community we are just very deliberate about where we are targeting a campaign,” explained Jandali.
It looks like S Pen on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 is getting a big update: Bluetooth.A filing with the FCC suggests the Note 9’s S-Pen will connect to the phone via Bluetooth LE.Previous devices used inductive styluses that didn’t require an internal battery, basically using a form of wireless power.But considering the S-Pen worked even when hovering above the screen, why would it need Bluetooth?There are a few possible reasons, but it seems likely the S Pen will become more than just a stylus with the Note 9.Bluetooth would allow the pen to work at distance, enabling you to do things like control music, start and stop timers, etc.
Access to Polycom’s sales channels will help the company push its “habitat soundscaping” productAudio communications specialists Plantronics has wrapped up its acquisition of rival Polycom in a $2 billion (£1.5 billion) deal that shrinks an already contracting unified communications market.Among other benefits, access to Polycom’s sales channels will help Plantronics push its emerging “Habitat Soundscaping” product suite, the company believes.The deal was made for $1.638 billion in cash and 6.352 million Plantronics shares.Triangle Private Holdings II, LLC, which was Polycom’s sole shareholder, now owns approximately 16 percent of Plantronics as a result of the acquisition.Joe Burton, Plantronics’ President and Chief Executive Officer.
It seems that there is no cutting-edge technology or financial principle keeping the price of stablecoins stable.The research found that what ultimately keeps stablecoins at the same price point is what BitMEX refers to as the “why would it trade at any other price” principle – a peculiar market logic which emerges when majority of investors trade a certain asset at a certain price just because they believe it to be its actual price.For those who do not know, distributed stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency that promises the best of both worlds — the independence and decentralized aspects of blockchain transactions, and price stability of traditional financial assets such as gold and fiat money.Tether relies on backing from a financial asset for price stability — making it centralized and susceptible to being shut down by authorities.The cryptocurrency aims to trade at the price of US dollar (i.e.BitUSD takes measures against fluctuations in the price of BTS to ensure stability only for scenarios where BitUSD’s price itself doesn’t fluctuate from $1.
New system on a chip promises low level power usage in wearable audio devicesSan Diego-headquartered semiconductor player Qualcomm today released a new flash-programmable Bluetooth Audio System-on-Chip (SoC), which it claims cuts power consumption by up to 50 percent.The new SoC developed by the company’s subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies is designed to help manufactures develop the next generation of wireless wearable audio devices.It is part of Qualcomm’s QCC5100 series.The QCC3026 is targeting phone manufacturers, who are increasingly eyeing removal of the standard headphone jack from their designs, meaning consumers need wireless headphones or speaker docs.“With this new design, phone OEMs can provide quality sounding earbuds at a cost point that allows them to package them in the box with, or alongside, their latest smartphones providing an overall more compelling offer to consumers,” the company said.
Chinese manufacturers are quite good at penetrating any sector of the market, especially with their market-friendly pricing system.In the recent past, a lot of questions was raised with regards to the durability of Chinese products but now some Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi and Huawei have made a good impact in the market with durable devices.Presently, there is a strong demand for gadgets and this has forced many streamlined manufacturers to diversify.We have seen a few generations of laptops and smart home devices from Xiaomi and Huawei.In fact, Xiaomi produces all sort of products including clothing, shoes, artificial hairs and so on.Now, current report suggests that Xiaomi and Huawei are getting set to penetrate the home printer market.
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