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There are too many TV boxes on the market.Some of them are overpriced but come with tons of innovative features, while the rest sport more modest features and cost accordingly.But what if there is a TV box sporting great features and costing too low.If you follow what’s happening in the digital products world, you should guess we are talking about a Xiaomi TV box.Thus it has a philosophy to make innovations available to larger masses.That’s why it is trying to put at least one innovative feature in every product it comes in and sets a quite affordable price tag for it.
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Last year, action camera maker GoPro introduced a 360-degree 5.2K camera called Fusion, a model that resembles the company’s HERO models but with notably different functionality.The GoPro Fusion has launched in the months since its introduction, enjoying fairly solid user ratings and reviews while helping GoPro edge away from its business troubles.Thanks to a new app update, Fusion just got a little more appealing.The GoPro Fusion camera is a great piece of hardware, but it’s only as great as the software that joins it.GoPro brags that its mobile app “truly pushes the limits of what is possible on a mobile device,” but the device support was limited.That changes with an update pushed out for the GoPro app on Android, bringing Fusion support to 10 smartphone models.
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Version 6.4 brings the NSX GUI to the vSphere clientVMware’s made no secret of its ambitions for its NSX network virtualization product, which it thinks has the potential to be bigger than server virtualization as organisations start to spread resources out across multiple clouds and on-premises bit barn.One way the company’s increasing NSX’s reach is finding ways to bake it into other products, so that its complexities are masked but all the fun of micro-segmentation and distributed encryption without having to wrap their heads around the nuances of networking.Another tactic is NSX-T, the recently-upgraded version of NSX aimed at cloud-native applications because it works with hypervisors other than VMware’s own.And now VMWare’s given NSX - or NSX for vSphere to adopt VMware’s new language - a rather substantial upgrade to version 6.4.Among the most significant additions are the distributed firewall gaining the ability to discover application-based context at Layer 7, as in concert with the Identity Firewall gaining support for user sessions on remote desktop and application servers it means NSX can now start to understand each user’s traffic flows.
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Users of ARC-based IoT devices have been warned about potential distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.Argonaut RISC Core (ARC) processors are one of the most commonly-used in the world and are particularly widely used in IoT devices.The vulnerability, a variation of the well-known Mirai botnet, has been dubbed Okiru and is claimed to be the first variation of Mirai to be aimed specifically at ARC devices.The botnet was discovered by the security research team known as Malware Must Die, although it was security researcher ‘Odisseus’ who brought news of the attack to wider attention when he tweeted about the severity of the attack.“From this day, the landscape of Linux IoT infection will change.ARC cpu has produced IoT dervices more than 1 billion per year.
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While gamers consider themselves at the pinnacle of PC performance, the budgetary constraints of even that consumer group means it will always fall behind the true power-users of the world: the workstation users.HP has provided some fantastic consumer laptops in recent years and that pedigree extends to the workstation space too.Starting at $1,350 and peaking at $3,570, the HP ZBook 17 G4 can come with anything from a seventh-generation Core i7 7300HQ CPU, right up to an Intel Xeon E3-1535M.All models come with a 96-watt-hour battery, which should be good for a long stretch of time in the right circumstances, and each model weighs in at 6.9 pounds before extras.The combination of a large battery, powerful internal hardware, and reams of options, make the HP ZBook 17 G4 a fantastic choice for whatever tasks you’re taking on.It’s not as specific as some of the other entries on this list, but it’s a mobile workstation that will do anyone proud.
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Wireless charging is not particularly new technology, but this year at CES 2018, we’re seeing it show up in a big way.Specifically, we’re seeing a huge wave of Qi wireless chargers, the popular industry standard that’s used by major smartphone companies like Samsung, LG, and tons of others.The standard has actually been around for years, but last fall, Apple introduced Qi charging to its new iPhone 8 and iPhone X models which brought an influx of new users.Unlike a charging cable, which is relatively unobtrusive, a wireless charger is a semi-permanent fixture on your desk, which means that there’s a lot more that goes into making a charging pad.So we’ve seen chargers like iOttie’s lineup of cloth-wrapped charging pads and stands (my personal favorite of the show), and Belkin’s pastel-hued discs in a variety of form factors.That’s important since different people have different styles and tastes, and the fabric-covered charger that I like might not suit your bedside table.
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The first rain to fall on Las Vegas in 116 days swept into the city yesterday, drenching crews who were rushing to open the show.By this morning, the convention center was leaking, Google had to shut its splashy pavilion and rivers were flowing through a hotel car park.Of course, that all made the abysmal traffic that marks the first day of CES even worse.The show, however, always goes on, and plenty happened to keep us busy.Ford said it was partnering with Qualcomm to equip its vehicles with vehicle-to-everything communication (V2X).Working through a cellular connection the technology would help identify dangerous driving situations, the status of traffic lights and just about everything happening on the roads that could pose a hazard to the driver.
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Molecular machines, much smaller than single cells, may one day be able to deliver drugs to kill cancer cells or patrol your body for signs of disease.Molecules that makes up the solid crystals found in nature are generally so tightly packed together that there's no room for any of them to move.Since each molecule has an exterior case surrounding a rotating axis, the crystal has a solid exterior but contains moving parts."For the first time, we have a crystalline solid with elements that can move as fast inside the crystal as they would in outer space," said Miguel García-Garibay, a UCLA professor of chemistry and biochemistry and senior author of the study.But liquid crystals are relatively slow: Each molecule must entirely change orientation to alter how it interacts with light, to change color or show a new image on a screen, for instance.First, the structure's exterior case had to be strong enough to maintain its shape around mostly empty space.
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HP offers the latest in a growing number of options intended to solve the problem of playing power-hungry games on increasingly lightweight hardware.Its Omen Game Stream -- not to be confused with Nvidia GameStream -- lets you play on another Windows system without a discrete GPU (or a lame one) streaming off a more powerful Omen gaming system over the internet.The company is working with cloud gaming company Parsec, whose encoder powers the solution.Optimally, the serving system should be physically connected to the network, and the connection between it and the client system is stable, with a bandwidth of at least 25 megabits per second.It sounds like performance on the client maxes out at 1080p/60fps, though.Game Stream will be part of the Omen command center software starting in spring 2018.
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The media and marketing industry is ultimately about people.In this weekly series, The Drum speaks to professionals across the sector who are bringing something a little different to the industry and talks to them about what little insights they can offer the rest of us.This week's 10 Questions with... features Wunderman's global chief executive, Mark Read.Why did you get into marketing?Mainly to avoid being a management consultant or investment banker and I wasn’t totally successful in the first goal.What would be the perfect day?
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Microsoft’s switched on new network interface cards packing field-programmable gate arrays and announced that doing so has let it hit 30Gbps of throughput for servers in Azure.Redmond’s talked up these “SmartNICs” since late 2016 and even detailed (PDF) their workings to the Open Compute project.It’s now revealed the NICs are in operation in a Friday post that says they’re generally available on its D/DSv2, D/DSv3, E/ESv3, F/FS, FSv2, and Ms/Mms instance types, running Ubuntu 16.04, RHEL 7.4, CentOS 7.4, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3, Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2012R2.Microsoft says the new NICs, plus off-the-shelf tech like SR-IOV, make it possible to hit up to 30Gbps of throughput on Azure servers, by getting NICs to do the work rather than leaving networking to the CPU alone.With Meltdown and Spectre hobbling CPUs, that helping hand may be even more appreciated than Microsoft anticipated.Significantly, Microsoft’s news comes after AWS revealed its own “Project Nitro" effort to offload networking and other functions from the CPU to a custom ASIC.
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The new 85-inch Q9S QLED TV will be Samsung’s first commercial 8K television … well, at least its first ‘upscaled’ 8K TV.According to Samsung, the TV will use a proprietary algorithm to take traditional 4K and even HD content and upscale it to an unbelievable 7680 x 4320 resolution.Samsung announced the TV to a restricted media audience at its First Look event at CES 2018, along with a new MicroLED TV - another first for the company.According to Samsung, the Q9S will continuously learn from itself, each day better understanding how to upscale content to look more natural - and stunning - in 8K.You could make the point that Samsung’s 8K TV is too far ahead of its time - after all, most TV stations still aren’t capable of even broadcasting in 4K.But the beauty of Samsung’s latest set is that it doesn’t require native 8K content.
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Android Oreo is coming soon for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.That alone is enough reason to get excited, but coming along in tow with the anticipated update could be a surprise feature: Dolby Atmos support.A non-final version of the Oreo update has leaked that apparently plants the immersive audio feature into the sound settings on Samsung’s latest smartphones.It’s pretty rare to see such a change being made following a phone’s launch, especially one that could turn it into even more of a formidable multimedia powerhouse.But as SamMobile notes, there’s reason to be skeptical for now.Though this build has been leaked close to when Samsung’s Oreo beta program is scheduled to close (January 15), it’s hard to say if the Dolby Atmos feature will stick around for the final release that’s rumored to happen by the end of the month.
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ASUS is expanding its range of external graphics docks today with the announcement of the XG Station Pro.Perhaps meant to be the more subtle brother of the gaming-focused ROG XG Station 2, the XG Station Pro’s purpose is to bring desktop-level graphics power to your more portable notebook.The design of the XG Station Pro is certainly more subdued than that of the ROG XG Station 2, but both of them share some non-aesthetic similarities nonetheless.For instance, both offer a Thunderbolt 3 port, which allows for up to 40Gbps of bandwidth and compatibility with a number of modern notebooks running either Windows or Mac OS.The Thunderbolt 3 cable included in the box clocks in at “nearly” five feet, which should let you place the XG Station Pro in an out-of-the-way place on your desk.ASUS also focused on slimming down the overall footprint of the XG Station with this release.
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Venture capitalist Peter Thiel is reportedly planning to launch a cable news network that would act as a competitor to Fox News, according to a report from BuzzFeed News.The idea has been in the works for months, the report says, with Thiel working closely on the project with disgraced Fox News chief Roger Ailes, who resigned from the company over repeated and longstanding allegations of sexual harassment.BuzzFeed now reports that Thiel is going forward with the project even after Ailes’ death back in May.News of Thiel’s plans reportedly first surfaced as part of journalist Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury: Inside Trump’s White House, copies of which were obtained by BuzzFeed and other news organizations.Parts of the book were also excerpted in media outlets today.Among those excerpts includes a damning account of Trump’s first days following his election victory in fall of 2016 that was published by New York magazine and widely read and discussed throughout the day.
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The hydrophilic proteins enter the spectrometer first, and the most hydrophobic are left for the last, decreasing the likelihood that two different molecules with equivalent masses will be interpreted as only one by the apparatus.As we work with proteomics, we constantly endeavor to develop more refined sorting techniques," said Daniel Martins-de-Souza, who heads the Neuroproteomics Laboratory at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Brazil.In a study with results recently published in Proteomics and featured on the cover of the journal, Martins-de-Souza's group optimized a method to increase the resolution of proteomic analysis by mass spectrometry.Thanks to a combination of two other techniques - two-dimensional liquid chromatography and ion mobility - the group succeeded in identifying 10,390 proteins expressed in oligodendrocytes, the central nervous system cells responsible for producing myelin, a lipidic substance that plays an essential role in the information exchange between neurons."We now have a far more complete oligodendrocyte protein database, which will be useful for our own studies and those of other researchers in the field," Martins-de-Souza said.According to Martins-de-Souza, currently available treatments for schizophrenia focus on neurons, but the neural communication failures observed in patients may be due to oligodendrocyte dysfunction.
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JPMorgan Chase's chief marketing officer, Kristin Lemkau.Getty/John LamparskiJPMorgan Chase has created an internal tool to make sure its ads don't end up next to unsavory content on YouTube.From more than 5 million channels the brand has winnowed the list down to 3,000 YouTube channels that its ads appear on."The model that Google has built to monetize YouTube may work for it, but it doesn't work for us," said Aaron Smolick, executive director of paid-media analytics and optimization at JPMorgan Chase.When some brands' ads ended up next to troubling videos on YouTube last March, JPMorgan Chase responded by pulling its ads from the platform.Dissatisfied with YouTube's slow response, Chase decided to take matters into its own hands and create an internal tool to make sure that its ads don't end up next to unsavory content on YouTube, only going back to YouTube after testing the tool.
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If you want to keep up with the latest and greatest in TV tech, our CES coverage is a great place to start.Last year LG displayed its ultrathin W7 TV — also known as the Wallpaper TV — at the show.This year the company plans to show off its biggest and possibly best display to date, Engadget reports: A monstrous, 88-inch, 8K OLED, the largest in the world so far.The good news is that CES kicks off on January 8, so we don’t have long to wait to see this new display in action.The bad news is that information about the display is limited, so for the time being, all we know is the size and resolution.When it comes to other specs, we’ll have to wait until LG Display has more to say.
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A total solar eclipse by itself isn’t so unusual—the moon shades the Sun every 18 months, from the view of somewhere on Earth.But this year’s “Great American Eclipse” was special simply for how much inhabited land it covered, crossing the length of America from Oregon to South Carolina.Researchers at MIT’s Haystack Observatory and the University of Tromsø in Norway observed the eclipse’s strange effects on atmosphere using 2,000 sensors receiving positioning satellite data.They were able to confirm a theorised behavior so small that it hadn’t been detected before: atmospheric “bow waves,” like the outermost waves of a ship’s wake.These waves tell an important story about the complexity of Earth’s atmosphere.“We were looking at some phenomena that were expected but never had the chance to be observed,” study author Shun-Rong Zhang from the MIT Haystack Observatory told Gizmodo.
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As an up-and-coming software as a service (SaaS) business founder, you face some risks.Risk-taking is inherent to building a business and making mistakes is also often inherent to starting your own company.I’m a nontechnical founder myself who now runs the fastest growing sourcing platform that helps hundreds of companies produce products around the world.Some of the world’s most recognizable SaaS businesses talk about their failures openly so they can help others in the industry avoid similar issues.1) Confusing the cloud environment with the SaaS delivery modelWhen I was first starting Sourcify, I used the words“cloud” and “SaaS” synonymously.
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