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Smart windows that are transparent when it's dark or cool but automatically darken when the sun is too bright are increasingly popular energy-saving devices.But imagine that when the window is darkened, it simultaneously produces electricity.Researchers at Berkeley Lab, a Department of Energy (DOE) national lab, discovered that a form of perovskite, one of the hottest materials in solar research currently due to its high conversion efficiency, works surprisingly well as a stable and photoactive semiconductor material that can be reversibly switched between a transparent state and a non-transparent state, without degrading its electronic properties.The lead authors were Jia Lin, Minliang Lai, and Letian Dou, all in Yang's research group.Its unique properties, high efficiency rates, and ease of processing have made it one of the most promising developments in solar technology in recent years."The chemical stability improved dramatically, but unfortunately the phase was not stable," said Dou, who was a postdoctoral research fellow and is now an assistant professor at Purdue University.
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Kony Base Camp Provides a Comprehensive Resource for Developers to Access Kony Resources, Training, and Expertise to Deliver Apps FasterAUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 22, 2018–Kony, Inc., the leading enterprise mobility and digital applications company, today announced the launch of Kony Base Camp, a curated online community designed to empower both professional and citizen developers to gain the modern IT skills needed to accelerate the development and delivery of omnichannel apps.The lack of skilled digital app developers also slows overall business innovation for companies.Connecting tens of thousands of developers, including top architects and developers from Kony, Base Camp offers a central location for developers to access useful tutorials, training and certification opportunities to build the modern IT skills sought out by employers in today’s highly competitive job market.In addition, users can exchange knowledge with other developers, download prebuilt components from the Kony Marketplace, and contribute input for consideration into the Kony product roadmap.
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Vungle has had a rocky few months.The mobile video ad company was thrown into crisis in October when its founder and CEO, Zain Jaffer, left after being arrested on charges that he sexually assaulted a child.Rick Tallman, chief operating officer, was appointed the new CEO, and while the whole staff was stunned at the incident, they went to work reassuring customers that the company would continue to operate as a major player in the video ad market.Today, San Francisco-based Vungle is launching a major new platform for mobile advertisers — such as app makers and game developers — so that they can create advanced advertising campaigns on a self-serve basis and evaluate how those ads perform.We want to do something that helps with discovery, as it is becoming harder to find quality users.”He added, “We can help with faster campaign creation.
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The final season of "Game of Thrones" is halfway through filming, star Peter Dinklage revealed at Variety's Sundance Film Festival studio on Saturday.And the actor, who plays Tyrion Lannister in HBO's fantasy hit show, thinks it's good that the series isn't overstaying its welcome."Storywise, not just for all our lives.It's the perfect time to end it.Sometimes shows stay on a little too long, the jumping-the-shark thing."It doesn't really matter when filming finishes, as fans won't get to see the final season before 2019.
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There's more proof today that LG is poised to launch foldable phone, just a few months after company execs told us at last year's MWC that they could release a foldable phone in the next two years.Time certainly moves fast in tech.We're now seeing patents that hint at the beginnings of LG's flexible future, and there are two different flexible phone designs to pour over thanks to diagrams published on January 12 with the World Intellectual Property Organization.LG’s patent shows off a fold-out phone with one seamless display that spans across the two sections.It's unlike the foldable ZTE Axon M, which utilizes two independent screens that join together with a slight gap.Everything we're seeing so far makes LG's on-paper concept quite the looker in terms of its minimal bezels and a consistent tablet-like display.
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One of the most basic uses of a smartwatch, which sets it apart from a fitness tracker, is that it can show you notifications and messages.That purpose, however, is defeated when you can barely make out what’s on the screen, especially in brighter lighting conditions.To help improve that situation, and perhaps marginally extend battery life, Google is rolling out a small update to the Android Wear app, now at version 2.8, to increase readability by using a darker background.Previously, Android Wear smartwatches used a dark grey background for the UI, regardless of the theme used.While it might look nice, it doesn’t give enough contrast against the white text or colored icons.In version 2.8 of the app, the background has been made to be nearly black, if not really black, to remedy that.
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For several months, Oman's stock exchange, one of the largest stock exchanges in the Middle East, was reportedly vulnerable to hacking.The Omani exchange, the Muscat Securities Market, has since reportedly quietly fixed the security issue, which could have allowed hackers to gain unimpeded access to the network.ZDNet reported that a security researchers found that a primary Huawei router for Oman's stock exchange had both its username and password as "admin".It is not uncommon for many routers to have the same username and password combination set as default."Actually, 'owning the network' is a breeze," security researcher Victor Gevers, the security researcher who discovered Oman's stock exchange's flaw, told ZDNet.According to Gevers, who is the founder of the non-profit group GDI foundation that hunts vulnerabilities, several attempts to contact Omani authorities by phone and email failed to yield any response.
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Comcast is starting to make it easier and cheaper to sign up for Xfinity Mobile, its new mobile phone service, by allowing people to bring their existing phones to the network instead of requiring them to buy new ones.At first, this only applies to iPhones, but Comcast says it expects to add phones from other companies later this year.Unfortunately, there are still a lot of limitations.You’ll have to have a somewhat recent iPhone — support runs from the iPhone 5 up through the iPhone X — and even then, not all of those iPhones are compatible.Because Xfinity Mobile piggybacks on Verizon’s network, the phone has to be one that can connect to Verizon.If you’re bringing a Verizon or fully unlocked iPhone, it should be fine.
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Back in 2015, Huawei‘s Watt Lab had developed a Quick Charging technology.Jump to 2017; it seems like Huawei is all ready to showcase their solution at the Mobile World Congress 2018, Barcelona.The technology claims to charge a phone’s battery from 0 to 48 percent in a mere 5 minutes.This would beat all the existing charging technologies that have come out now.The video that Huawei uploaded shows footage from back in 2015.I guess Huawei has polished the tech, making it ready for the market and decided to finally unveil it.
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Building secondary headquarters is apparently the hot new trend among massive American tech companies.Most of us already know that Amazon is already making cities trip over each other in the hopes of securing the company's second headquarters, and today Apple announced that it's planning on building a second campus for its employees as well.Much like an existing Apple facility in Austin, Texas that employs 6,000 people, the new campus will "initially" focus on technical support staff.For the moment, Apple isn't telling where the new location will be, but it says in a new post on its site that we'll learn "later in the year."We do know, though, that the campus will be in the US.In fact, the announcement post emphasizes the economic benefits of this and Apple's future plans.
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Wattpad, a storytelling and reading/viewing app that combines crowdsourced content with professionally produced material, has picked up another $51 million (C$61.25 million) in venture funding — money that it plans to use to invest in its tech (such as the machine learning that helps match its creators with consumers, and which identifies stories that are ‘trending’ and worth revisiting for more creative writing and video shooting around them as themes); and in its expansion into more formats.“Entertainment is in a period of disruption, and how people find and experience stories is evolving,” Allen Lau, the CEO who co-founded the company with Ivan Yuen, said in a statement.“With our global community of users, hundreds of millions of stories and data-driven approach to helping people and partners find great content, Wattpad is leading both sides of this equation.We empower diverse storytellers all over the world, helping them build a community of passionate readers; at the same time, we also connect Hollywood with stories that have massive built-in audiences.”Last year, the company added video (a crowded market, considering the huge elephant called YouTube in the room), and a paid subscription tier, and today said that it’s keen to do more across the board, in TV, film, digital media and publishing.So far, Wattpad has proven out its model in the form of user growth.
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Yes, it has a funny name but in an emerging tech field from Alibaba to Zenith, the new sleep app Shleep is getting a lot of attention for its clever interface, its complex approach to assessing energy and sleep, and a platform backed by hard science and a Dutch team’s deep background in sleep studies.Debuting at CES 2018, Amsterdam-based Shleep held its own against a raft of sleep-related apps and technologies ranging from to a four-part system that includes a visor, a cream, and neuroacoustic software.Instead of gadgets and gizmos, the Shleep app offers a cool, comforting interface featuring company mascot “Shleepy,” but it’s one built around a philosophy involving understanding and behavior change.In short, the company believes the better a person understand that certain behaviors lead to disturbed sleep and increased risk of disease, the easier it is for them to change their behavior.After viewing the video, users can respond to questions about their age, screen time, lifestyle and sleeping habits.The information is presented in a series of videos, combined with targeted exercises.
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Dell went big at CES 2018, announcing a new version of its XPS 13, as well as its first XPS 15 2-in-1.Both are shaping up to be excellent laptops, and they achieve the goal of combining performance with portability through use of advanced design and materials, including Gore fabric.We spoke with Dell’s Justin Lyles, vice president of consumer design, who guided us through the company’s decision-making process.That includes the release of a white chassis that is not only a different color, but also built from different materials than the black, carbon-fiber model.New hardware was definitely the focus for Dell at this year’s show, but it wasn’t the company’s only new product or feature.It also wants to improve how your computer works alongside your phone.
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5G is so powerful, it’s sending back signals from the future.The technology is barely out of the experimental phase, with the first official 5G standard released just last month: The first partial deployments are expected later this year or early next year, and full commercial deployments probably won’t be complete until the early 2020s.Yet many booths at CES in Las Vegas this week are festooned with 5G exhibits, and conference sessions devoted to the tech are jam-packed.The anticipation is high because as the technical realities of 5G have come into focus, engineers have also begun to realize that it’s going to offer a lot more than “4G, only faster.” In addition to high speeds, 5G has the potential to handle many more mobile devices at the same without network congestion, and handle those connections with low latency.Not having to worry about network congestion means that designers can rely on connectivity in a way they can’t today, and low latency means that real-time computations can be made with the assistance of services running in the cloud.And that means a huge boost for artificial intelligence software and all of its associated technologies, such as autonomous cars; voice-controlled systems like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant; and robotics.
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When life really starts to get busy, it can be difficult to step away from it all and just relax.That’s where BrainTap Technologies comes in.For those people who don’t want to learn or train themselves to meditate, the new BrainTap headset is restful meditation done for you.Using a series of sounds and pulsing lights to distract your brain, BrainTap promises to be a shortcut to deep relaxation.“If you get home and you’ve got a lot of noise around the house, you can’t really focus,” BrainTap Technologies’ Michael Porter told Digital Trends at CES 2018.“We can shut all that down … and you can get back about your life.”
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At CES 2018, Lenovo took the wraps off two new Motorola Moto Mods, accessory modules that magnetically attach to Motorola Z phones like the Moto Z2 Force and Z2 Play.One of the Mods, called the Lenovo Vital Moto Mod, is health-related and gathers biometric data.The other, the Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod, adds on a physical five-row QWERTY keyboard.It's no Motorola Droid, though.Before you get too excited, know that it doesn't have ergonomically staggered rows of keys like the keyboards you're probably used to -- they're lined up neatly (aka awkwardly), and spread out across a very wide keyboard base.And while the impressively thin hinge mechanism has a satisfying snap, we're still talking about a mod that's going to nearly triple the thickness of your phone.
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It's not a huge surprise that the latest test server update for the insanely popular PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on PC expands the game's free and paid loot crate system.In fact, the rarest free items in PUBG's new crates will only show up for the average serious player once every 80 years, while the rarest paid items will require an average of nearly $1,600 (and five years of dedicated play time) to unlock.We know this because PUBG is being refreshingly upfront about the chances of acquiring specific items in the game's new Desperado and Biker loot crates, which are now available on the game's test server.In any case, we now know that in Biker boxes (which can be opened without spending real money), three of the least common items each only show up 0.01 percent of the time (i.e.That limit applies across all crate types, too; and each purchased crate has only a 40-percent chance of being either a Desperado or Biker crate in the first place (the remaining 20 percent of crates are older Wanderer and Survivor crates, each with different cosmetic items).To purchase the 10,000 Biker crates that you'd expect to need for a single black Sleeveless Biker jacket would thus take 4,166 weeks, or just under 80 years.
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Swedish agency Åkestam Holst, Adweek’s International Agency of the Year for 2017, has been killing it with the Ikea work in recent years.And it starts out 2018 with a splash (sorry) by creating a magazine ad that women are encouraged to pee on.Sounds a bit gross, and maybe it is—but there’s a fun twist.If you’re pregnant, peeing on the ad reveals a special discounted price on cribs, thanks to technology similar to that in pregnancy-test kits.The ad was created in collaboration with Mercene Labs.See how it works here:
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At this year’s CES, Byton was the latest company to toss its hat into the automotive ring in the form of the Byton Concept, an SUV more smartphone than car.Billed as a “smart device” several times during the presentation, the concept is an all-electric vehicle with the shape and dimensions of a crossover that’s less about the driving and more about making use of the time spent en route.On the outside, the electric SUV stretches more than 15 feet and has a 9.6-foot wheelbase.The exterior is bereft of things like handles and even mirrors, opting for facial recognition in the B-pillar to allow for entry and rear-view cameras eyeing things in the rear.Prepped with the hardware for level 3 advanced driver assistance systems, it’s got what it needs to switch to level 4 autonomy by way of a software update.While there is a driver’s seat with its own wheel and mounted touchscreen, the interior’s all about creating an enjoyable “digital space” for work or play.
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Toyota is bringing a new, next-generation autonomous car to CES 2018 next week, further underscoring the annual tech show’s evolution as automakers get geekier with their rides.Based on the Lexus LS 600 hL, the long-wheelbase version of the luxury hybrid sedan, it’s a showcase of more than just the cutting-edge in driverless hardware.The old car, which you can see in the video below, hardly could be described as discreet with its bevy of LIDAR, cameras, radar, and other protuberances.Platform 3.0 isn’t going to blend into the crowd, true, but it’s a whole lot more streamlined than its predecessors.Car styling may seem flippant in comparison to vehicles that can pilot themselves at Level 4 or Level 5, but if they’re ugly or too unusual-looking they might turn off potential users or buyers.Platform 3.0 shifts away from the glut of spread-out sensors in earlier iterations, and instead looks to package them all together.
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