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What comic series did Thanos debut in?Was he really based on Darkseid?And what’s his whole deal with Death?If you’re primarily familiar with Thanos from his outings in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you probably don’t know much about Thanos’ storied comics history.Or, really, much about him at all.Up until now, Thanos has been a cypher, lurking in the background, planning a vaguely sinister next move.
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In addition to our Sunday App of the Week feature, we also summarize some of our favorite B2B sales & marketing posts from around the Web each week.We’ll miss a ton of great stuff, so if you found something you think is worth sharing please add it to the comments below.In the meantime, here are some B2B Reads we love:The One Thing Killing Your Most Creative Content Ideas (and How to Stop It)A great look at creativity when it comes to content.Thanks for the article, Carla Johnson.
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A week back, Chinese wearables maker NO.1 launched the NO.F6 smartwatch, the latest product aimed at outdoor people.Starting on January 22nd, the watch will finally go on presale over on Gearbest for as low as $14.99.Let’s see why you might be interested in the watch!As we just mentioned earlier, the NO.1 F6 is a smartwatch made for outdoor or sport people.This means it’s equipped with everything you need to have a proper fitness companion, going from the second generation dynamic heart rate monitoring (working 24h/7) to the step counter, calories burnt and walked distance calculator.
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If you had the chance to ask your favorite vlogger what they want in a camera, you’ll probably get a laundry list of feature requests.It needs a display that flips around so they can see their framing when they are asking for their audience to smash that like button.Perhaps unsurprisingly, there aren’t really any cameras that fully fit this description.Even Sony’s super popular RX100 lineup lacks the microphone input that larger cameras offer.The G7 X lineup is Canon’s answer to Sony’s RX100 — compact cameras with relatively large sensors and a lot of physical controls.It will even have a hot shoe to mount a shotgun mic to.
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We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!When babies crawl on the floor, especially in carpeted areas, their movement kicks up lots of dirt and dust, including things like skin cells, bacteria, and fungal spores.So they built a “robotic crawling baby (which is much less adorable than the real thing) and tested it crawling on actual carpet samples they had removed from homes.”The researchers found that a concentrated cloud of resuspended particles forms around the Pig-Pen wannabes, and that the concentrations around them can be as much as 20 times greater than the levels of material higher in the room.Moreover, infants’ bodies aren’t as good at blocking this dust storm, Boor says.But for very young children, they more often breathe through their mouths, and a significant fraction is deposited in the lower airways—the tracheobronchial and pulmonary regions.It’s sort of like what CyPhy Works is doing, except that it’s just for power, meaning that you can use it with just about any drone that’s DJI Phantom-sized or larger:
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The recent success of Pokémon GO made many people very familiar with the concept of "augmented reality": computer-generated perception blends into the real and virtual worlds.Physicists at the German Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) working together with colleagues at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research (IFW) and the Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) (Austria) have now developed an ultrathin electronic magnetic sensor that can be worn on skin.The results are published in the journal Science Advances (DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aao2623).At first glance, the shiny little gold elements look like a modern tattoo.But on this extremely thin, almost invisible foil that sticks to the palm of the hand like a second skin, there are sensors which provide people with a "sixth sense" for magnetic fields.These sensors will enable people to manipulate everyday objects or control appliances both in the physical world and in augmented or virtual reality with mere gestures, similar to how we use a smartphone now.
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Last week, we started hearing word of a potential security breach over at OnePlus.Users were reporting that their credit cards had been compromised shortly after making a purchase on the OnePlus website, which prompted the company to launch an investigation.Today we’re getting the first results from that investigation, and things aren’t looking good for OnePlus or its users.In a new post to the OnePlus forums, the company tells us what it found during its investigation.As it turns out, OnePlus was indeed attacked, and as many as 40,000 users who shopped at OnePlus.net over the past couple of months might be affected.That, as you can probably guess, isn’t good news for a company that’s been trying to make a name for itself among the behemoths of the smartphone industry.
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Lightinthebox might have just won over some loyal customers with the incredibly good deal they’re running on the Xiaomi Mi A1.You can indeed get the smartphone for as low as $179.52!Keep reading if you’re interested.You probably already know every detail about the Xiaomi Mi A1, but let’s go through the main highlights for those who aren’t always in the loop.Xiaomi’s phone comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display encased in a beautiful metal body.Under the hood we find a good performing and power efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (which is expandable via micro SD).
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In today’s world of social media speed, fake news and announcing deaths before they happen, how does a brand not just gain the trust of their consumers, but keep it, as well?I attended the Family Online Safety Institute’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., last November, where a great deal of the research centered around “Trust and Civility in a Changing World.”With technology becoming smarter and consumers becoming much more reliant on it to manage day-to-day life, brands are now left to navigate brand trust in a connected world with accessible gadgets, online security systems, smart home systems and more.Brands that have worked hard to build that trust will want to pay close attention to several useful takeaways discussed at the conference itself that they should consider before, during and after venturing deep into the connected world:Transparency: Many companies may be a bit apprehensive about sharing too much information with the public.Savvy consumers will seek this information out and share it on social media, sometimes not in the manner in which you can control or the style in which you would prefer.
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Instagram became the latest social network to sign up to the EU's code of conduct on fighting online hate speech on Friday.The social network joins Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft, which all signed the code back in 2016, in committing to countering the spread of illegal hate speech online.EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vĕra Jourová announced the addition of Instagram and also Google+ to the partnership in a press conference in Brussels.The Code of Conduct focuses on the speedy removal of illegal content, with all participating companies pledging to review the majority of content reported to them within 24 hours of it first appearing on their platforms.The EU worked with social media platforms to develop the system in response to the proliferation of racist and xenophobic and terrorist content online.It functions as a kind of honor code monitored by the EU, and is not part of EU law.
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Two of the biggest challenges facing educational events in any industry are travel time/costs and the inconsistent quality of presentations.That’s why I’m typically a big fan of the recent trend by companies to produce “virtual summits”, cutting travel time and cost to zero and more actively curating great speakers and topics.I am proud and honored to participate in next month’s B2B Sales Summit, a nine-day marathon event featuring 30 speakers and a wide variety of sales topics – prospecting, pipeline management, digital selling and more.Some of the sales thought leaders I learn from regularly are on the agenda.Registration is free, don’t miss this one.
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From a young age, I was told I had an odd voice.Over the last five years, I’ve interviewed some amazing people: celebrities like Mark Hamill, John Cleese, and Joseph Gordon Levitt; brand leaders such as Jonathan Mildenhall from Airbnb and Linda Boff from GE; and best-selling authors like Colson Whitehead and Andy Weir.(My favorite of all will always be John Cleese, who asked me to tell him my father’s old jokes.When I was editing Chief Content Officer magazine, we needed to interview Alexis Ohanian, founder of Reddit.I don’t recommend asking someone to join the call as a transcriber because an observer can ruin the environment that a one-on-one conversation provides.It’s critical to find out about your subject’s background, area of work, publications, and accomplishments.
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Keys in hands of highly borkable ID gatewayThe UK government is cracking on with plans for a digital mortgage service to be launched this year, which will allow borrowers to sign mortgage deeds online via the Government Digital Service's deeply flawed Verify identity programme.Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said: "[The Land Registry's] new digital mortgage service will enable borrowers to sign mortgage deeds digitally, speed up the remortgage process and improve the customer experience."In a written statement to Parliament yesterday, he noted that a new liability risk arises with the service because the Land Registry will certify the identity of a borrower when that person provides a digital signature in advance of registration."To date GOV.UK Verify has not identified a single example of fraud despite in excess of 1.25 million citizens' accounts having been created using the GOV.UK Verify service," he said.However, given the woeful performance of Verify, it seems fewer than half of users will be able to access the service based on the identity programme's performance rates to date.
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Regulatory filings reveal that Carousell has secured at least US$45.3 million in funding since its series B round in August 2016.Filings with Singapore’s Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority indicate that EDBI, the VC arm of the city-state’s Economic Development Board, is among the company’s new backers.The online classifieds site generated US$10 million in revenue last year, a significant increase from the US$6.4 million it made a year earlier.Quikr’s acquisitions of startups in real estate, hyperlocal services, and online job search have contributed to this revenue growth, accounting for up to 55 percent of the company’s income last year.The online platform for health insurers and patients secured funds from China’s Haitao Capital and US accelerator SOSV, in addition to a several other investors.It will use the money to expand to Southeast Asia, as well as for tech and business development.
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That means that the orbits of those home worlds slowly expand over time.Now, scientists have calculated this shift, and published the figures in Nature Communications on Thursday.The Sun is continuously ditching material as its charged particles are whipped away and carried off in the solar wind.Since gravitational attraction is a function of mass, as the Sun sweats off those pounds, its grip on its planets loosens.If you’re picturing a dystopian future where the Earth breaks away and disappears into the cold obsidian abyss of space, then don’t panic.It’s not nearly as cinematic as that.
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Radiant Entertainment has made good on its promise to deliver a free Community Edition of its 2.5D fighting game, Rising Thunder, so you can duke it out with your buddies online at no charge.The game features a bunch of robots that you can choose from for your fights.Each has a unique design, personality, and special moves, which are easy enough to learn even for novice players – and that’s pretty much it.The developer had to abandon Rising Thunder after the company was acquired by Riot Games, but promised to release a build based on the alpha, so fans of the early version could enjoy it.You can now download the game here (601 MB), and there’s also a basic open-source server that you can set up or join for online matchmaking.You can simply unzip the game client and start throwing punches offline, but if you want to play with others over the internet, you’ll want to join this Discord channel to find out about when servers are up and running.
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This morning in a press release, Intel announced that it has “issued firmware updates for 90 per cent of Intel CPUs introduced in the past five years.” But it’s possible the flurry of patches is just beginning.These Intel CPU updates patch major vulnerabilities known as Meltdown and Spectre, which security researchers say affect most CPUs—including Intel’s.If you happen to have an Intel CPU made in the last five years, it might be time to consider applying one of those firmware updates just in case even more patches are imminent: Today the security world is wondering whether a new pair of attacks that are allegedly based on work related to Meltdown and Spectre is on the horizon—or just a hoax taking advantage of CPU-exploit fears.It’s been two weeks since The Register reported that nearly every CPU made in the last few years was subject to these severe security vulnerabilities, which could give bad actors access to some of your most precious data.Since then, Intel, which is reportedly most affected by the vulnerabilities, has been hard at work doing damage control.CEO Brian Krzanich tried to distract during his keynote at CES last week with esoteric talk of data and AI, and the company has been fairly religious about updating consumers as to the status of patches.
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The whirlwind of last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is in the rearview mirror now.Here’s what stuck out to us last week, as well as a couple of numbers from this week:Click here to read Adweek staff writer Marty Swant’s first-hand account of playing ping pong against a robot—and winning!All told, Amazon hosted nine presentations and workshops about Alexa at CES, which doesn’t include the dozens of other companies that mentioned Alexa.Check out staff writer Ann-Marie Alcántara’s recap of all of the new devices including Alexa.Speaking of Alexa, a report from Verto Analytics claims that Alexa’s monthly users have increased by 325 percent in 2017, equivalent to 2.8 million users.
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The world looks like it's about to get a new billionaire: former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.Uber has confirmed that it closed its deal with a consortium led by Japanese internet giant SoftBank Group on Thursday selling a 20 percent stake in its shares.Once the deal is officially done, Kalanick reportedly will walk away with $1.4 billion, according to CNBC.The agreement comes at a time when Uber is working to clean up after a year of scandals, which involved everything from sexual harassment allegations to five federal investigations to a trade-secret theft lawsuit from Waymo, the self-driving car unit owned by Google's parent company Alphabet.Kalanick was ousted from Uber in June and former Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi took over in August.A primary investment of $1.25 billion closed on Thursday, according to Uber, and payments for secondary sales will be processed by the Nasdaq Private Market and disbursed to participants throughout the day.
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Earlier this week, a new bug affecting iPhones has been discovered.Nicknamed 'chaiOS', or the 'text bomb', it's a text message containing a malicious link.Even without clicking the link inside though, merely receiving the text message can cause the recipient's phone to crash or restart itself.The bug was discovered by Abraham Masri, who shared the malicious code as a test on popular developer site GitHub.Effective Power is back, baby!Text the link below, it will freeze the recipient's device, and possibly restart it.
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