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The Apple Watch might have just turned two years old — the first series of the smartwatch was launched on April 24, 2015 — but not everyone is keen on showing up to the party.According to a new survey, individuals who did not already own Apple’s smartwatch were unenthusiastic about buying one anytime soon, while just eight per cent of those surveyed said they planned to make the purchase.A total of 1,339 consumers were polled by market research platform Fluent for the survey.“Customer excitement for the Apple Watch has plateaued since hitting the market in 2015.Only current owners think it’s a great product, but nearly half of them don’t plan on upgrading,” a Fluent spokeswoman said in an email.Meanwhile, 15 per cent of iPhone users answered that they would purchase an Apple Watch while only five per cent of Android owners said they would do the same.
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I'm making a brochure for my company and we were thinking about listing some credible companies with their logo that we have done work for.Is this alright from a legal standpoint?
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Uber has another lawsuit on its hands.This time, it’s about Uber’s alleged use of a program called “Hell.” The plaintiff, Michael Gonzales, drove for Lyft during the time Uber allegedly used the software.He’s seeking $5 million in a class-action lawsuit.As the story goes, Uber allegedly tracked Lyft drivers using a secret software program internally referred to as “Hell.” It allegedly let Uber see how many Lyft drivers were available to give rides, and what their prices were.Hell could allegedly also determine if people were driving for both Uber and Lyft.The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges Uber broadly invaded the privacy of the Lyft drivers, specifically violated the California Invasion of Privacy Act and Federal Wiretap Act and engaged in unfair competition.
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Det var i förra veckan som vi rapporterade att Bose blivit stämda för avlyssning av sina användare via en app.Nu ger företaget svar på tal och uppger att fallet inte alls är så.Läs mer: Bose anklagas för att avlyssna konsumenter via sina hörlurarFör bland annat Ausdroid berättar Bose att de är måna om konsumenternas integritet och att de inte alls lämnar data till tredje part:”Inget är viktigare för oss än ditt förtroende.Vi jobbar hårt för att förtjäna och behålla det, och har gjort så i över 50 år.
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Uber har under våren flera gånger hamnat i blåsväder.Taxitjänsten anklagas bland annat för att inte ha gjort tillräckligt för att sätta stopp på sexuella trakasserier mot kvinnor.Flera höga chefer har lämnat bolaget.Läs mer: Uber i nytt blåsväder: Sexuella trakasserier utredsI centrum för kontroverserna står grundaren och vd:n Travis Kalanick.I ett längre reportage i New York Times beskrivs hur han flera gånger "lekt med elden" för att göra Uber till den dominerade nya taxiappen i flera länder genom att strunta i regler, använda juridiska kryphål och ta stora risker.
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TCL Communications‘ Steve Cistulli has been hitting Twitter again with some BlackBerry KeyONE teasers.This time though, it looks pretty clear that the US availability and pricing information for the KeyONE will be announced next week.You can see the tweet below, but considering the phone is resting atop a retail box and we were already expecting a May 5 announcement, joining the dots isn’t so difficult.Unfortunately, the delay between the KeyONE’s announcement back at MWC 2017 and everything that has happened in between – the LG G6 and Galaxy S8 launches for example – means the KeyONE has a lot more competition now than it would have had earlier in the year.But BlackBerry’s typical audience is not necessarily the same as it is for those other devices, even if the price points are likely going to wind up fairly similar.The KeyONE is openly targeted at enterprise clients, and so it should be.
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Activision on Friday announced the next entry in the long-running Call of Duty first-person shooter franchise.Call of Duty: WWII from developer Sledgehammer Games will, as the name suggests, return the series to its World War II roots (the original from 2003 was also set during the second World War).Details are scarce at this hour although Activision has scheduled a full reveal complete with livestream for April 26 (next Wednesday) at 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. Eastern).Sledgehammer Games, Infinity Ward and Treyarch all alternate development of Call of Duty titles on a three-year cycle.Sledgehammer was responsible for Modern Warfare 3 in 2011, Advanced Warfare in 2014 and now, WWII.Neither Activision nor Sledgehammer has yet set a launch date for CoD: WWII although historically, games in the franchise have launched in November in time for the holiday shopping season.
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Michelangelo’s David is undoubtedly a masterpiece, but would the artist have been as adept with a chisel were he working on a tiny copper penny instead of a giant slab of marble?Using a magnifying scope, artist Shaun Hughes managed to skillfully turn Lincoln’s head into a remarkably detailed skull.Hughes has an entire YouTube channel dedicated to his carving prowess, where he turns coins of various sizes and denominations into something far more valuable to art aficionados.When is the treasury going to give this guy a job designing our currency?
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More Charts   Google will soon announce a built-in ad blocking tool for its Chrome web browser, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.At first, that seems a bit odd.Digital advertising is Google’s bread and butter, and reports say that Google Chrome is still by far the world’s most-used browser.So why would Google want to handicap itself?Well, in the long run, it may not be.The report says Google’s tool wouldn’t kill every ad, but would instead filter out “unacceptable” ads as defined by the Coalition for Better Ads, an industry group of which Google (and Facebook, the other digital ad giant) are members.The Coalition currently names auto-playing videos with sound, large ads that stick to your web page even as you scroll, prestitial ads with countdowns (i.e., those ads that make you wait a few seconds before letting you see the page), and pop-ups as examples.So, in a sense, this may be Google’s attempt at getting other publishers and advertisers to do better, which would lessen the need for an ad blocker, which would mean more money in Google’s pocket.
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Mike Ehrmantraut, the tough-yet-caring character Jonathan Banks plays on Better Call Saul and previously on Breaking Bad, is the ultimate fixer.Banks exudes the same rough charm in a series of ads for Fram oil filters, by Chicago-based agency Laughlin Constable.Banks is the perfect choice to play “Frampa”, the salty sage teaching the next generation of DIYers to do right by their cars in a new campaign from Fram Group.The four spots feature Frampa giving advice to younger DIY oil changers as they shop at the auto parts store and change their oil.He uses grunts, few words and suggestive looks to get them to buy the right oil filter – Fram – when they change their oil.In one spot, he appears to a young man who is listening to driving techno music as he changes his oil, saying that as much as the guy spends tricking out his car stereo, he should spend the money on a quality Fram oil filter.
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On 5 June, it is time for Apple's annual developer conference WWDC and on the agenda are, among other things, new versions of the company's operating system.with respect to the Mac OS 10.13 rumored it about that the name begins with the letter M and then it can be noted that Apple has applied for trademark protection for the Monterey, Mammoth, Mojave, and Miramar.When it comes to the news is expected to a number of improvements to Siri, not least the opportunity to make use of the feature ”Hey Siri” and an offline mode.another probable new feature is a breakdown of the ageing of the all-in-one software Itunes, something that can give us a separate application for the Apple Music and Apple Podcasts.Perhaps it may even be talk of a separate tv app, it is already on IOS.Speaking of new programs, it may be the case with Apple News, even it's an app that is already available for IOS.
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Nintendo might not be entirely done feeding into the nostalgia of its loyal customers after all.The legendary gamemaker is purportedly planning to follow up its smash-hit mini NES console with a tiny reincarnation of the classic SNES, Eurogamer reports.Citing industry insiders, the publication suggests the re-launch is expected to take place in time for Christmas, with development already underway.The SNES resurrection could also be the reason why last week Nintendo opted to discontinue its NES miniconsole worldwide, despite its stunning popularity.The Japanese company later clarified the mini-NES was always envisioned as a Christmas novelty item for old-school gaming enthusiasts – which could very well be the same approach the company takes with the rumored SNES miniconsole.While for now this is merely speculation, Eurogamer has an almost spotless record as fas as Nintendo rumors go.
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It also takes steps to conceal its running processes and files, a feature that makes detecting infected systems more difficult.Most interesting of all: Hajime appears to be the brainchild of a grayhat hacker, as evidenced by a cryptographically signed message it displays every 10 minutes or so on terminals.Just a white hat, securing some systems.Another sign Hajime is a vigilante-style project intended to disrupt Mirai and similar IoT botnets: It blocks access to four ports known to be vectors used to attack many IoT device.Hajime also lacks distributed denial-of-service capabilities or any other attacking code except for the propagation code that allows one infected device to seek out and infect other vulnerable devices.Hajime isn't the first botnet to shows signs its mission is to take out poorly secured Internet devices.
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We got our first teaser picture of Android co-founder Andy Rubin’s handset last month.The device comes from his new company, Essential, and seems to follow the modern trend of bezel-less phones.Now, the Essential FIH-PM1’s specs have appeared on GFXBench.First spotted by Russian site Mobiltelefon, the handset comes with Android 7.0, a 2.2 GHz Octa-core Qualcomm processor (Snapdragon 835), 4GB of RAM, a 12MP 4K rear camera and an 8MP front snapper that’s also capable of recording in 4K.All of which sound pretty impressive, especially as the handset is said to cost around $649 when it arrives in the middle of this year.Some of GFXBench’s other specs are obviously a bit off.
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Huawei has reportedly been shipping its latest flagship phone, the Huawei P10, in different memory configurations which affect overall performance.This would mean some customers are being short-changed with regards to the latest flagship, as it could arrive with any combination of LPDDR3 or LPDDR4 RAM, and UFS 2.1, UFS 2.0, or eMMC 5.1 storage.These smartphone components affect how fast information can be read or written to device storage.LPDDR4 RAM and UFS 2.1 are at the upper end of the performance scale and, as such, devices which house this configuration are usually preferred to devices which house eMMC 5.1 storage and LPDDR3 RAM.Gizmochina says that Huawei P10 owners in China have taken to forums to discuss the multiple variations of the flagship phone, but we don’t yet know if this is the case in other markets too.The website has posted some screenshots of various P10 benchmarks, which display the read and write speeds of different Huawei P10 units from the AndroBench benchmarking tool.
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Nintendo on Thursday confirmed that it is discontinuing the NES Classic Edition just six months after launch.What makes the decision so incredibly baffling isn’t just Nintendo’s mismanagement of inventory but the fact that demand remains sky high.A representative for Nintendo told IGN that throughout April, [retailers in] North America will receive the last shipments of the NES Classic Edition "for this year" (a clue?).The rep acknowledged (and apologized for) the difficultly that many consumers have had in finding a system, suggesting that anyone interested in the system get with retail outlets regarding availability.The NES Classic Controller is also being discontinued.Nintendo added that the NES Classic Edition wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product but due to high demand, they did add extra shipments to the original plans.
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There’s no question that texting is an extraordinarily effective way of reaching customers.Research shows that 98% of text messages are read, 90% of them within the first three seconds, and as many as 80% of customers respond.But to succeed with mobile messaging, you need to do more than sit back and encourage your staff to text customers.But before shopping for a solution, take some time to consider your business’s needs.In an IDG/Heymarket survey, 52% of businesses said they wanted the ability to message multiple customers at once.Team leader Kenny Truong sends a “Home Buyers Kit” that includes a Dropbox link with helpful documents.
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It might sound like something an old man shouts from his rocking chair, but kids these days appear to be more interested in escapism than diving into the job market.A preliminary report from economists at Princeton, the University of Rochester and the University of Chicago, suggests a strong link between electronic leisure activities and unemployment rates for men in their 20s.In fact, the report suggests that up to 1/3 of the decline in work hours done by men in this group can be attributed to the increased use of technology for entertainment.Essentially, a lot of young, non-college educated men are living in their parents’ basement playing video games all day.Gaming is now a multi-billion dollar industry filled with beautiful, engaging games that can take upwards of 100 hours to complete.As Erik Hurst, one of the report’s lead authors, explained in an interview with Econ Focus, living a leisure lifestyle is also a little easier than it was before:
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Microsoft is continuing to make huge moves with its Minecraft brand, and that could lead to some even bigger changes in the future.On this week’s GamesBeat Decides podcast, host Jeffrey Grubb and co-host Mike Minotti go over the news from the last week.Then in the second half of the show, they speculate on what it means that Minecraft is going free-to-play in China while it gets a marketplace where players can sell content to one another.Is this a precursor to one of gaming’s biggest hits going free-to-play everywhere?Listen to hear what we decide.Listen to the GamesBeat Decides podcastIn addition to Minecraft, Jeff and Mike check in on Overwatch and its latest cooperative event.Is this what we want from the shooter?We’ll make a decision about that as well.Join us, won’t you?Disagree with something we said?Have a comment or question?
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Poll Ajit Pai, chair of US comms watchdog the FCC, has unilaterally decided that no one wants to make cellphone calls on planes, and he killed off a 2013 proposal by the regulator to potentially allow them.In a statement Monday, Pai stated: "I stand with airline pilots, flight attendants, and America's flying public against the FCC's ill-conceived 2013 plan to allow people to make cellphone calls on planes."Taking it off the table permanently will be a victory for Americans across the country who, like me, value a moment of quiet at 30,000 feet."A quick straw poll of the El Reg San Francisco office reveals that only half believe in Pai's victory, agreeing with the sentiment that banning phone calls will make their lives easier onboard.The other half feel that prescribing how people use their personal technology on the assumed basis that it will annoy others is short-sighted and nannying.The idea of relaxing the rules against mobile phone usage on planes came under previous FCC chair Tom Wheeler, who argued that it was time to "review our outdated and restrictive rules."
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