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As smartphone makers race to use up every millimeter of space on the front of our devices, the backs have gone woefully unappreciated.Meizu’s new Pro 7 series wants to change that.The Pro 7 (and Pro 7 Plus) add a small AMOLED panel to the rear of the device, in a rather bold bit of asymetry.Meizu says you can use it as a display to take high quality selfies using the rear camera, as well as basic time and weather information.You can also just set a wallpaper for it, if you’re into that kind of thing.I just think it looks cool.
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Apple’s lawsuit woes show no sign of letting up.Not only is the company embroiled in a legal battle with Qualcomm that could see a ban placed on some US iPhones, but it’s also been ordered to pay $506 million to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s patent licensing arm for patent infringement.The case started in 2014 when the University of Wisconsin’s Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) took Apple to court over allegations it had infringed upon a 1998 patent for improving chip efficiency in its A7, A8 and A8X SoC designs, which appear in the iPhone 5S, 6, and 6 Plus, as well as several iPad models.Apple was found guilty in 2015 and ordered to pay $862.2 million, but US District Judge William Conley reduced this to $234 million because Apple’s infringement was not willful.Yesterday, however, Judge Conley added $272 million to the fine, bringing it up to $506 million.He said that as Apple continued to use the patent until it expired in 2016, WARF is owed additional damages plus interest.
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Fleksy is now owned by a company called Thingthing, and for the first time in over a year, it’s getting updated to a new build in the Play Store.If you use the Fleksy keyboard app, you probably know a thing or two about the complicated history behind it.The developers behind the app weren’t particularly providing the necessary support, and it was subsequently acquired by Pinterest last year.Since April 2016, the app received no updates whatsoever, and Fleksy seemed dead.A company called Thingthing has announced that it has “taken over development of competitor Fleksy, the fastest keyboard in the world.” Although Thingthing doesn’t seem to have any app of its own on the market right now, the official statement says that with the acquisition, the company is “closer than ever to [its] goal of bringing you the world’s first Keyboard as a Platform.” In other words, it’s possible that Thingthing has been developing a product internally and that Fleksy will help accelerate that.Fleksy will help Thingthing develop the world's first Keyboard as a Platform.
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This year marks what would have been comic book legend Jack Kirby's 100th birthday, a fact that last week's Comic-Con International marked with no fewer than six panels dedicated to his work and countless others on the characters and concepts he created in his nearly 70-year career.But for those who followed his work beyond Marvel, the reboot of the Fourth World Saga title is, arguably, the one most true to Kirby's contributions to the genre.Written by Tom King (Marvel's The Vision and DC's current Batman series) with art by Mitch Gerads (King's collaborator on The Sheriff of Babylon), the new Mister Miracle manages to honor Kirby, who died in 1994, by not trying to be him.In the decades between when he co-created Captain America in the 1940s and what many consider his (unfinished) magnum opus Fourth World in the '70s, Kirby's storytelling style reinvented the superhero genre and gave the medium a visual language it still uses today.The new Mister Miracle, out August 9, doesn't try to recreate his aesthetics, but rather pays homage to the influence they had, using digital techniques to mix together Kirby's original work (the cover for Kirby's first issue appears as a background detail in the new series), comic book iconography, and other pop culture visuals.The publisher's current line is built almost exclusively around Kirby concepts, but its summer storyline, Secret Empire, turns Captain America into a fascist who has taken over the US.
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Although some rumored details of Intel's Coffee Lake series CPUs hit the web just recently, it appears that more information has surfaced.A benchmark posted to SiSoftware Official Live Ranker shows what is likely one of the i5 processors detailed previously.The unknown processor matches the standard clock speed of 3.1Ghz with a boost clock of 4.2Ghz.The lack of mention of hyper-threading in the previous leak left some raised eyebrows, so this benchmark may indicate that Hyper Threading is a possibility on i5 processors for this new series.Looking at the power draw, the 81.2W consumption does not match up perfectly with the previous 65W spec found for a Coffee Lake CPU with these clock speeds, but base clock adjustments or just lack of efficiency on a sample chip are both possibilities.Upon further examination of the posted benchmark, further evidence exists to show that this is indeed a Coffee Lake CPU.
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There is a fundamental disconnect between containers and the underlying infrastructure of our datacenters, one that makes it difficult to map containers onto the available physical and virtual resources.Originally developed and open sourced by a team at Google, the Kubernetes project is now managed by the independent Cloud Native Computing Foundation.In addition to Kubernetes, Azure supports Mesosphere’s DC/OS and Docker’s Swarm and Compose, working with both Linux and Windows containers.It also provides standard API endpoints for those tools, so you can integrate them with existing continuous integration toolchains and with other container management tools.Start with an Azure resource groupBuilding a Kubernetes-managed cluster is straightforward.
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Luxury fashion house Balmain isn’t exactly known for its subtlety.With its bold, embellished designs and daring silhouettes, you’ll have seen its clothes splashed across more celebrity gossip pages than you might have realised (or would admit to).Following a similar luxury link-up with Alexander Wang in 2013 and 2016, Beats By Dre has now chosen the French fashion house for its latest collaboration, and it’s as extravagant as you’d expect it to be.Both the Powerbeats3 Wireless and Beats Studio Wireless headphones have received the Balmain makeover, and will be available in a rose gold “Safari” finish or the more self-explanatory “Khaki” colour.Available now, the Balmain x Beats Studio Wireless will set you back an eye-watering £599.95, with the Balmain x Powerbeats3 Wireless priced at £219.95.That's a pretty hefty premium on their regular versions (£300 and £170 respectively), but then you didn't expect these to be cheap, did you?
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China’s ridiculous censorship laws are now chipping away at scientists’ ability to rely on outside sources in their academic pursuits.Commonly referred to as the Great Firewall, China has become notorious for its nationwide internet censorship which renders popular global platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google absolutely inaccessible to local netizens.But while individuals whose work depends on the aforementioned services have been able to resort to various VPN offerings to circumvent draconian regulations, the government has gradually been pushing to shut down such solutions – and this practice is now threatening universities’ ability to do proper research.The South China Morning Post reports that numerous researchers have voiced their concerns that the country’s move towards increased censorship is crippling their ability to effectively conduct “[f]irst-class” scientific work.Academicians have argued that as long as they remain “cut off from the outside world,” it would be practically impossible to produce “research at a truly competitive level.”“Without Google, academic research and study will definitely be adversely affected,” one Chinese university professor told the SCMP.
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AUSTIN, Texas—Familiar IP (intellectual property) runs rampant on TV these days no matter where a viewer turns.Netflix openly exploits its access to the Marvel universe and has a penchant for reinvigorating classic IP across medium (from Wet Hot American Summer to Fuller House).Small cable networks offer numerous examples: CW has opted for DC with Arrow and The Flash; FX has Fargo; SyFy has The Expanse; Starz has American Gods; and on and on.High rates of IP recycling haven’t coincided with a lack of engaging originals (see: Stranger Things, Mad Men, Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul, The Americans, GLOW, etc.).“But when you have a leg up—a great book, comic book, old movie, or TV show—it eliminates some of that.” Gish notes a known Marvel entity carries with it automatic audience awareness.Freeform’s Simran Sethi thinks existing IP can also attract more than a network.
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With Brexit looming, British companies and startups could be in for tougher times.However, prime minister Theresa May is pushing for a Brexit transition deal to soften the blow of the UK's exit from the EU.A transitional period to enable businesses to adapt to life outside of the EU and its rules is generally thought to be a good idea, but many claim it needs to happen as soon as possible for businesses to see any benefit.A transitional deal would temporarily bridge the gap between the UK's actual exit from the EU and the arrival of a new and permanent UK-EU trade deal.If Brexit secretary David Davis can negotiate a permanent trade agreement with the EU by March 2019, a transition deal might not be necessary.The idea of a temporary deal is to provide stability for British businesses while they adapt to life outside of the EU.
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More like Halloween in July, as we are inundated with horror trailers this week—Evil Within II, Observer, and Call of Duty: WWII's spooky new zombies.That, plus John Romero reveals who served as inspiration for the iconic Doom cover art, American Truck Simulator closes down Pacific Coast Highway, and StarCraft II adds skins, sprays, and other Overwatch-style fodder.If you never purchased the 2014 Shadow Warrior reboot, you can grab it from the Humble store from now until 10 a.m. Pacific on July 22—less than 24 hours from now.I know, it's not the longest-running promotion, but that 2014 Shadow Warrior is an incredible corridor shooter with some awe-inspiring boss battles and great (albeit crass) humor.It’s worth your $0 purchase for sure.It's maybe hard to remember now but the first iteration way back in World at War at least pretended to be spooky, before the various successors spun it into B-movie fodder, meta-humor, and increasingly ridiculous themed settings.
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For the second time in a week, hackers have managed to steal millions of dollars’ worth of digital currency Ethereum.In this latest instance, around 153,000 Ether worth approximately $34 million was taken from three separate multi-signature wallets, but it could have been even worse.A coding fault in digital wallet service Parity allowed the cybercriminal to make off with Ether from three projects that had recently completed initial coin offerings (ICOs)."A vulnerability in Parity Wallet's variant of the standard multi-sig contract has been found," wrote Parity founder Gavin Wood in a critical security notice.Users were advised to "immediately move assets contained in the multi-sig wallet to a secure address."Proof of Existence creator Manual Araoz suggested Edgeless Casino, Swarm City, and æternity blockchain were the three multi-sig wallets affected.
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Google today announced that TCP BBR, a new congestion-control algorithm that it has used to improve network throughput from google.com and YouTube by about four percent globally (and by more than 14 percent in some countries), is now also available to its Cloud Platform users.The general idea here is to improve on the existing congestion-control algorithms for internet traffic, which have been around since the 1980s and which typically only take packet loss into account (when networking buffers fill up, routers will discard any new packets).These algorithms decide how fast a given device should be sending data into the network to avoid overloading it.When these systems realize that some of the data packets don’t make it to their final destination, they start sending the data more slowly, which ideally reduces the amount of congestion.There are all kinds of algorithms for working out the details of how exactly to do this (and how to speed up again over time), but at their core, they all tend to follow the same patterns.BBR, which stands for “Bottleneck Bandwidth and Round-trip propagation time,” takes a different approach.
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I morse kom beskedet att mediekoncernen Schibsted säljer Hitta till en grupp entreprenörer, bestående av vd:n Alexander Hannerland, entreprenören Stefan Tocca och investeraren Henrik Persson.När Breakit når Alexander Hannerland på tisdagsförmiddagen berättar han att Hitta till ganska stor verkar som ett självständigt bolag redan idag.Vi ville bygga lite mer entreprenörsanda i bolaget så det passade oss bra”, säger han.Hitta har också egna säljare till själva kärnaffären, sökordsannonsering, och ett eget teknik- och produktteam på 30 personer inklusive konsulter.“Vi är redan ganska självgående.Vi ska återinvestera vinsterna och utveckla bolaget”, säger Alexander Hannerland.
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services has long been the ability to enable two-step verification.with the new device email login is required, that the identity is confirmed by entering the service of the Google account of the owner of the phone sent by text message.Now, however, Google urged to abandon the practice of information security reasons.instead of text messages users are encouraged to move to Google Prompt service, which has been in existence in 2016 since June.using a text message instead of phone screen shows a simple screen that asks whether the user is possibly just checking the service on a new device.the Question can be answered simply yes or no.
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It’s one thing to know that your next commute might take an hour.But it’s another thing to know when it might take 30 minutes.Travel times aren’t always fixed and they ebb and flow with the rise and setting of the sun, a.k.a.To better help give travels an idea of what they’re facing, Google has very sneakily rolled out an update to Maps that shows users a graph that visually shows just how much, or how less, traffic you will face, depending on what time you hit the road.Unless you really have no choice, it would almost be suicide to go out when you know rush hour is in full swing.There are times, however, when traffic can be just as bad in the middle of the day.
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We’re not talking about common poison ivy or run-of-the-mill carnivorous plants.Here are nine terrifying plants to stay away from:It looks beautiful and harmless, but all parts of the Monkshood plant are poisonous.In ancient times, people would use it on arrow tips and as bait to kill wolves, which is why it’s also called Wolfsbane.A 33-year-old gardener allegedly died after touching (or possibly eating) the plant in 2014, the BBC reported.Symptoms of ingestion can include “stomach irritation, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, increased heart rate, low blood pressure, profuse sweating, collapse, convulsions, and death within a few days,” according to Union County College biology professor Tom Ombrello.
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Above: A photo illustration shows the Uber app logo displayed on a mobile telephone, as it is held up for a posed photograph in central London, Britain October 28, 2016.(Reuters) — Uber will suspend its services in Macau from July 22 as it has not been able to unlock the full benefits of ride sharing in the gambling hub, in another blow to the firm that is fighting legal scrutiny in many Asian markets.This is the second time Uber has decided to pause its operations in Macau.The prior plan had been triggered by steep fines imposed on its drivers in the Chinese-ruled territory, but the company in September did a U-turn and decided to stay on citing support from residents.“We are already exploring ways to serve the city again, and have had initial discussions with business partners, including transport operators and hotels,” Uber said on its website on Monday.A spokesman declined to elaborate beyond the statement or give numbers regarding Uber’s presence in Macau.
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Ron Sutherland is an audio industry veteran and he was one of the founders of the MartinLogan speaker company.(Logan is his middle name.)Sutherland a deep passion for phono preamps: he now makes eight different models.I recently asked him about his approach and he summed it up with one word: "Simplicity."The pricier ones more complex or loaded up with features, it's just that he quality of the parts goes up and the power supplies are better, so those models simply sound more expressive than the less expensive ones.The KC Vibe phono preamp is made in the US, and it sells for $895.
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You might have noticed your phone has an annoying habit of switching off and rebooting whenever it gets too warm, and that's not really something you want happening to your self-driving car - which is why Waymo (the company spun out from Google's self-driving car efforts) has been testing its vehicles in Death Valley, California."This type of testing allows us to be confident our vehicle can cool itself and continue to operate under the hottest temperatures, even with an engine running at full power and our systems running at full capacity," explains one of the Waymo engineers.Waymo put some of its newest Chrysler Pacifica cars through their paces in the desert, covering all aspects of driving - stop-and-go-traffic, idling for long periods or time, sloped roads and so on.The company says it was taking more than 200 measurements per second to ensure everything carried on functioning in the baking heat.Thankfully, everything ran smoothly - you wouldn't really expect Waymo to put up a Medium post about the trip if everything had gone disastrously wrong, after all.Cabin temperatures remained cool and the autonomous systems were able to continue ticking along as normal.
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