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HBO’s Silicon Valley still has more steam to tell more stories about the rise of a little tech startup known as Pied Piper.The network announced yesterday that it’s renewed the show for a sixth season.The show is currently airing its fifth season.In its opening credits this season, there’s a timely Easter egg about Facebook, showing the company logo in faux Cyrillic letters.The Easter egg is present in every episode, and it’s oddly well-timed with Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s face-off in Congress.Still, the show has so far been silent about other prescient issues the tech industry faces, such as the gender wage gap and widespread reporting of sexual harassment, even after the MeToo movement boosted the visibility of those issues.
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These are not official images, but are renders based on official design specs for the OnePlus 6.All in all, there’s no real surprises here, but does give us a good speculative look at the full device, front and back.As of now, we only have two official images of the OnePlus 6: the one given to The Verge by Carl Pei himself and the one tweeted out yesterday by the official OnePlus Twitter account.But we do have something close to an official image via smartphone case-maker Olixar.Yes, the renders are based off official CAD files of the device, and will thus likely be pretty accurate.But until OnePlus officially unveils the OnePlus 6 sometime in the coming weeks, these images should be considered unofficial and therefore highly suspect.
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För några år sedan släppte ett gäng svenska kreativa människor boken The Dark North som var full av diverse sci-fi- och fantasy-konst.Författaren Pär Karlsson har anslutit sig till gänget och har levererat ett stycke bok vid namn Soft Matter som nu går att förboka via Kickstarter.För att kunna printa och distribuera boken behöver målet på 50.000 kronor nås innan insamlingen tar slut 25 april.Boken går att förboka för 15 dollar, vilket ger dig ett fysisk exemplar i pocketformat som signerats av Pär samt en digital PDF-kopia.Release väntas ske i sommar om insamlingen går bra.Boken handlar om militären Rickard Henriksson och hans far Ernst som är neurokirurg som utsätts för tragedier på vardera håll, men som lyckas hitta tillbaka till varandra på ett unikt sätt.
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Not surprising that one analyst claims that the SMB ecommerce platform market will break the billion dollar barrier.Building an online store from scratch is a mammoth task, and fortunately, an unnecessary one.In this article, we’re going to highlight some of the best ecommerce platforms available right now, before moving on to consider other options you might want to explore in terms of creating your own e-commerce solution.It was set up in 2006 by founders Tobias Lütke, Daniel Weinand and Scott Lake who, as the story goes, felt that there wasn't a simple-to-use e-commerce platform available and so built their own.Price: From $29 (around £21) per monthAccess to web design expertise
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Despite somewhat sluggish sales for its first generation of spectacles, recently published FCC documents confirm that Snapchat is working on a second generation anyway.Spotted first by Variety, the documents highlight a “wearable video camera” made by Snap Inc with label branding which shows 'Spectacles' and 'Model 002'.Most of the documents are blocked off thanks to a confidentiality request so it’s hard to dig into the details of the technology being used in the glasses.However, it appears that the second generation will support 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 for faster file transfer.This confirmation comes not long after a report from Cheddar suggested that Snapchat was planning a second generation of glasses for 2018 and even a third for 2019, despite the fact that in its Q4 2017 note to investors Snapchat itself said it wasn’t planning to annualize the smart specs.Cheddar’s report stated that the third generation of Snapchat Specs would sport two cameras, GPS and have a price point near $300, however the documents don’t confirm this.
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It’s time for The (Facebook) TalkFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in Washington D.C. today and tomorrow for what should be some interesting, tense and apologetic moments before members of Congress.We all know why he’s there: There’s been no escaping the ongoing – and enlarging – Cambridge Analytica scandal, and before that, there was the concerted effort by foreign powers to sway voters via Facebook in the last US presidential election – and perhaps in other political contests elsewhere.But what it really comes down to is this: Your data.Yes, all the information about you, that you gave to Facebook, both when you signed up, and over time as you used the social network.Not long ago, Facebook seemed like simple fun, and if you were into tech stuff and were targeted with ads for, say, tech stuff, was that such a bad thing?
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You can watch "Doctor Strange" on Netflix.MarvelNot interested in a day-long Marvel Cinematic Universe marathon right before seeing "Avengers: Infinity War?"We figured most people aren't, but commend the brave souls who stick it out for every "Avengers" premiere.To accommodate MCU fans who want to catch up at a more leisurely pace, we found out where all 18 movies in the MCU are streaming online so you can play catch-up leading up to "Infinity War," which comes to theaters April 27.Most movies in the MCU are available to rent on Amazon or iTunes, while a select few are on Netflix right now including "Doctor Strange" and "Captain America: Civil War," which is probably the most important movie to watch before seeing "Infinity War."Here's where you can stream all 18 MCU movies before seeing "Infinity War":
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In case you haven’t heard, Facebook’s been having a rough time.Misuse of user data in the Cambridge Analytica scandal may have affected as many as 87 million users, so Facebook decided to seriously clamp down on the amount of data developers could use.That little move happened to break Tinder.As spotted by New York Magazine, Facebook’s privacy changes seem to have caused something to go wrong with the way Tinder uses Facebook information.Users were logged out of their accounts, asked to log back in, and the caught in a loop.That’s going to screw up a lot of people’s hook ups.
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Until recently, investors in Silicon Valley were obsessed with finding founders who have a great sense of purpose and a vision for a product or service.So early-stage investors spend all their time looking for great founders and helping them build a company behind their instincts and leadership.The most formidable companies have accreted tremendous resources and power and are responsible for making profound decisions that affect whole industries and billions of people.Just like the origins of cryptocurrency were in deep dissatisfaction with hyper-scaled banks, initial coin offerings are in response in part to the lack of transparency and misalignment of interests between companies and consumers.A key component of blockchain is that it allows two entities (or people) to exchange value without a central authority (like a stock exchange or bank) executing the transaction.It might instead include a promise to deliver a service or product, which is similar to the way fundraising campaigns work on Kickstarter.
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A few days ago, we have been talking about OPPO’s success.As you know, the OPPO R15 reservations reached 6.2 million, which is way more than the OPPO R11’s record.The main reason why this manufacturer could win customers’ attention when the overall smartphone market sees a decrease in sales is related to one fact – OPPO is aiming at younger customers.Seems, the same strategy will be adopted by the rest of manufacturers in the nearest future.So what about the second-tier companies such as Smartisan?We know the latter will announce a new smartphone named as the Smartisan Nut 3 on April 9.
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Mention the word “wearable device” to people and those in the know will immediately think one of two things: a smartwatch, a fitness tracker, or even both.Motiv, however, wanted to smash that preconceived notion into little bits that you can wrap around your finger.Last year, the startup launched the Motiv Ring, which, as the name so plainly implies, crams all those fitness tracking hardware into something you can easily put on your finger.This year, it is expanding that ring’s reach by making it possible to buy the “truly wearable wearable” in more places.You might wonder what’s the big deal about buying a wearable device from Amazon.It’s a big deal because the Motiv Ring isn’t your regular wearable device.
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If you've been been getting an error message while searching for a YouTube video through a channel page, you're not alone.The world's largest online video site, which is owned by Google, confirmed Monday that channel pages are down.To be clear, you can still watch videos on the site -- you just won't be able to find them by clicking on channel pages.In a tweet, YouTube said its channel pages have been down at least since 11:27 p.m. PT.Technical difficulties on websites aren't uncommon.But for a site as large was YouTube, with more than a billion visitors a month, the snafu could create headaches for its web of viewers, creators and advertisers.
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Facebook is continuing to drive updates to their little-used virtual reality Spaces app where users can explore 360 content and chat with other users in VR.Today, FB showcased some big new changes to the avatar system in Spaces that switches up the visual style quite a bit.The avatar system is a lot more three-dimensional in that the faces no longer seem to be blank canvases with 2D features slapped onto them.The evolution isn’t necessarily skewing more towards realism as much as it is towards more emotion that can come off in a less cartoon-like way.Facebook Spaces probably doesn’t have any crazy usage numbers, so it’s interesting to see the company refine things to this degree.On an anecdotal basis, I’ve only seen this feature pop up in my feed a couple times and quite a few of my FB friends work in virtual reality so that should be a bit telling.
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A new ruling in a court of appeals reverses a 2016 ruling that Google doesn’t owe any money to Oracle for the use of Java code in Android.This case has been going on for nearly a decade, and could have far-reaching implications should Google have to pay Oracle for the use of “free and open” Java APIs.If it sticks, Oracle is looking for over $8 billion from Google.The ongoing dispute between Oracle (the company that owns Java) and Google just took a new turn.An appeals court today reversed the previous 2016 decision that Google was in fair-use territory with using Java in Android, which now means that Google could owe Oracle billions of dollars.They can instead use Java APIs in a sort of cut-and-paste fashion, saving them time on grunt work and enabling them to focus more on innovation.
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The National Rifle Association (NRA) more than quadrupled its digital ad spend across the board following a high school mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, aggressively pushing its message across digital platforms in the aftermath of the tragedy.The bulk of the NRA's spend was focused on social media platforms in the weeks after the incident, namely Facebook where it increased investment by more than seven-fold.According to figures obtained by the Chicago Tribune from online ad data firm Pathmatics, the pro-firearms lobbying group's average daily spend on digital platforms like Facebook and YouTube, as well as across digital banner ads, amounted to $11,300 prior to Parkland.In the immediate aftermath of the massacre, which took place on February 14, the NRA paused all digital advertising for a total of four days.However, in the 24 days since reassuming spend the average amount funneled into digital leapt significantly to $47,300 per-day.According to Pathmatics' data, the biggest increase on spend was on Facebook where the NRA increased spending from an average of $4,400 a day in the three weeks prior to the Parkland incident to $34,000 a day in the three weeks after its brief ad silence; more than a seven-fold increase.
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Google is planning to adopt a blockchain-like ledger system, people familiar with the situation told Bloomberg.Google will use the tech, the report states, as a means of differentiating its cloud business from rivals.The company would also supposedly license the ledger system so that other companies could run it on their own servers.Google was the second most active corporate investor in blockchain tech from the 2012 to 2017 period, according to CBInsights, just trailing after the Japan-based SBI Holdings.The company has also been investing and acquiring startups with digital ledger experience, the anonymous source told Bloomberg.Other major tech companies like IBM and Microsoft also have active investments in blockchain-style technologies.
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There are plenty of apps out there that let you draw little doodles on photos or even videos.But the doodles are just an overlay on top of the footage.What if you could draw doodles that appear in 3D space, allowing you and your friends to move around them?That’s what Just A Line does.You can doodle with your finger on your video footage in real time.Once you’ve recorded the footage, you can easily share it with the world.
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The Facebook data scandal has all-but confirmed Cambridge Analytica's shadowy role in the US election, but its involvement in Brexit is even more murky.Leave.EU executives have also contradicted themselves on the role Cambridge Analytica played in helping it influence voters in Britain.The Facebook data scandal all-but confirmed a long-held suspicion that Cambridge Analytica (CA) used online voter profiling techniques that may have helped swing the 2016 US election in favour of Donald Trump.But while questions about CA's shadowy work in American democracy are being bottomed out, many still linger about the company's involvement in the UK's historic vote to leave the European Union.But in evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee (DCMSC) last month, Nix furiously backpedaled from this version of events.We were very vocal about that at the time and we addressed it head-on immediately when we realised that it had been put out," he told the DCMSC chair Damian Collins.
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Birmingham authorities have asked for more information on Uber's business model and operations before granting it a new licence.The not-a-taxi firm had a one-year licence to operate in the UK's second city, but this expired last month.According to Reuters, the city regulator has extended the licence on a temporary basis until it gets what it wants from Uber."Officers in our Licensing team have temporarily extended Uber's private hire operator licence in Birmingham, whilst they seek clarity from Uber around its operating model," Birmingham City Council's acting director of regulation and enforcement Chris Neville said.The move comes after widespread complaints about Uber's working practices and safety record, which left the business battling to have its licence reinstated in a number of major UK cities – the London appeal is due to start in the next few months.The spate of denials followed revelations about Uber's failure to report potentially criminal activities to police – including an alleged sexual assault – and general concerns about safety.
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The AllCall MIX2 is one of the most rumored devices coming from China in the past months.The company is seemingly working non-stop to release a very powerful and good looking phone which will hopefully be quite affordable as well.Today, we learn that the smartphone will be launched in two colors: Classic Black and Deep Sky Blue; let’s have a closer look.According to the images released by AllCall, the MIX2 is set to adopt the advanced IML technology to make the surface of the battery cover look more like a mirror, creating a gleaming effect under the light.This technology will be used to make both the Classic Black and Deep Sky Blue color variants.Other features that standout about the upcoming AllCall MIX2 are the edge-to-edge display, which by looking at the images (renders, of course) seems to be surrounded by rather slim bezels.
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