p /p p LONDON — Have you registered to vote yet?/p p If not, then there's no time to waste — the deadline to register to vote in the General Election on June 8 is tonight at 11.59PM.Britain is gearing up to leave the European Union, and May argues that the vote is needed to unify the country and secure the support required for her to carry out her vision for
p Rumor has it that Apple is about to unveil a brand-new iPad in just a few weeks.According to a new report from BGR, the iPad mini is not going to receive an update.At WWDC, Apple could be unveiling a new iPad with a 10.5-inch display and smaller bezels.This iPad is going to be roughly the footprint of the existing 9.7-inch iPad Pro so it’s going to replace the small iPad Pro in the lineup.On the lower end, Apple recently released a new cheap 9.7-inch iPad.It only costs $320 so it’s even cheaper than the $399 iPad mini 4.
p Virtual reality tech has endured some serious growing pains already, and still hasn’t fully reached mainstream acceptance among consumers.Plenty of people still see VR headsets as too complicated, clunky, and simply not worth the investment or hassle.A new VR headset concept is making its big debut at the ACM CHI 2017 event and, well, it’s probably not going to help matters.It’s called FaceDisplay, and it might be the most ridiculous VR headset ever conceived.Created by designers at Germany’s Ulm University, FaceDisplay aims to solve the problem of virtual reality being an isolating experience by allowing others to interact with the headset wearer in the virtual world.With a trio of large touchscreens, the FaceDisplay headset acts as an input device for both the wearer and anyone standing nearby.
p Mother’s Day is fast approaching it’s time to sit down and figure out what you’ll be doing.However, you can still use your device to help you find ideas, plan things, or buy gifts.The app features tons of bouquets to choose from.Additionally, you can schedule it for same day delivery in many areas.Of course, the price ranges vary depending on how complex the bouquet is and what flowers you include.Still, it's one of the better Mother's Day apps if you want to go with a classic approach.
p The growing success of bike-sharing apps in China is being held up as a shining light of how the Internet of Things (IoT) should drive more capital expenditure into 5G technology in future, according to latest research published by China International Capital Corporation (CICC).Its analysts, including Leping Huang and Erica Chin-Yi Chen, highlighted the successes of Mobike and Ofo, the country’s two leading bicycle sharing services, as illustrating just how much potential the industry presents.“The successful implementation of communications technology into bicycle-sharing services shows communications technology can actually create new added value for Internet of Things service providers such as Mobike,” the study said.Mobike – which already has 800,000 of its cycles on mainland streets – uses 2G and GPS chip sets to keep track of its fleet, allowing users to identify the location of bikes using GPS.A recent Cisco report showed the number of connected technologies within the IoT, from computers to monitors for domestic cars, is projected to grow at an annual compound rate of 23.1 per cent between 2014 to 2020, reaching 50.1 billion things in 2020.Citing Cisco’s forecast, which predicts the number of IoT devices to increase from 8 per cent in 2015 to 26 per cent in 2020, suggests “the supporting systems which manage lots of IoT terminals and cloud computing companies” will also be among those to benefit from the trend.
p Freshly born phone manufacturer Gretel have recently launched the Gretel A6, a device that costs about $90 but still features interesting specs and a good looking design.For that reason the Chinese company likes to compare it against the very successful Xiaomi Redmi 4X./p p /p p Beginning with the obvious difference between the two devices — screen size.While the Xiaomi Redmi 4X packs a smaller 5.0-inch display, the Gretel A6 comes with a bigger 5.5-inch HD IPS screen.Specs wise, the Gretel A6 is powered by a MediaTek MT6737 vs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 CPU equipped on the Redmi 4X./p p /p p Both phones feature 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, expandable through microSD and dual SIM support with the hybrid slot, that means you have to choose between a second SIM or the microSD card.
17 years after it first went on sale, you can buy the Nokia 3310 again.A new, updated version of the iconic Nokia phone goes on sale in the UK on 24 May, and it will cost £50.Pricing and availability for the US and Australia have yet to be announced, but the price converts to about $55 or AU$75.The colourful reboot made headlines in February when it was revealed, as phone fans revelled in the twin hit of nostalgia and the novelty of the new twist on a classic.The new model isn't much more advanced than the original, but it does now have a colour screen (and the same impressive battery life).It comes in four colours, including the familiar midnight blue and grey of the original model.
p The United States will shoot itself in the foot if it quits the Paris climate accord because China, India and Europe will snap up the best power sector jobs in future, UN Environment chief Erik Solheim said on Thursday.US President Donald Trump is expected to announce as early as next week whether he will take the United States out of the climate pact, having vowed during his campaign to “cancel the Paris Climate Agreement” within 100 days of becoming president.“There is no doubt where the future is and that is what all the private sector companies have understood,” Solheim told Reuters in Geneva.“Obviously if you are not a party to the Paris agreement, you will lose out.And the main losers of course will be the people of the United States itself because all the interesting, fascinating new green jobs would go to China and to the other parts of the world that are investing heavily in this.”The world has now passed its “peak oil” stage, the Norwegian-born Solheim said, and was rapidly moving into the age of solar and wind.
p said Wednesday it plans to create a $1 billion fund to promote creation of advanced manufacturing jobs in the US.During an interview with CNBC, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the iPhone maker will announce later this month its first investment in an as-yet-unknown company, part of an initial investment of $1 billion.Cook also said Apple is looking at other initiatives, including increasing Apple's employee base and teaching people how to write computer code."By doing that, we can be the ripple in the pond," Cook said, suggesting that creating manufacturing jobs will spawn a new service industry around them.The move appears tailor-made for President Donald Trump, who made US job creation a major issue of his campaign.Trump has also criticized Apple, promising to make the company start manufacturing its products in the US instead of China.
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This past week, physicians at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia announced that they’d had remarkable success with keeping lamb fetuses alive outside a womb—in a plastic bag filled with warm amniotic fluid, with the fetus’ heart circulating blood through a filter to keep it oxygenated.Astonishing pictures of wee unborn laminated lambs quickly spun up the media science-fiction reference engine.Extending gestation in an artificial womb could obviate some of them.But that probably isn’t where this is going to end.One example: If you think that being in a synthetic uterus is a post-birth intervention rather than something that continues normal gestation, putting a fetus into one could redefine “viability.” That might change the way people think about what constitutes the beginning of life.Would a woman want her unwanted pregnancy to come to term without her?
On Google, there are more than 14 million results for the phrase “influencer marketing”.And within those result, most of what you’ll find are “What is Influencer Marketing?” posts (P.S.Some of the types of definitions you’ll find include:Using influencers to spread your message on your behalf.And while some of those definitions do describe the essence of influencer marketing, our CEO Lee Odden describes it as follows:“Influencer Marketing is the practice of engaging internal and industry experts with active networks to help achieve measurable business goals.”1
Hanks and Dorsey met this week for a made-for-the-internet chat that also included two other stars of The Circle, Emma Watson and Patton Oswalt, and the film’s director, James Ponsoldt.“It was a weird Russian-nesting-doll irony of post-modernism,” Ponsoldt told me as we discussed the online broadcast just after it ended.“It was very strange thing—and very generous, by all parties involved.”Based on the 2013 novel by Dave Eggers, who penned the screenplay alongside Ponsoldt, The Circle tells the story of an fictional internet company—part Google, part Facebook, part Twitter—that encourages citizens to broadcast their entire lives in real-time and even works to change the very nature of democracy.But now, as the movie hits screens this evening, it’s not about the future.In the 1970s, while making Network, the landmark cinematic commentary on the role of media in modern society, director Sidney Lumet and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky would joke that their film wasn’t satire but “sheer reportage.” The Circle isn’t the film that Network is.
Good news for Huawei fans (and officials I guess) after the latest report by Canalys, regarding the sales during the first quarter of 2017 in China.According to their findings, Huawei managed to move past Oppo and take the lead in the country, with 21 million units in the first three months of this year, accounting for 18% of the market.Oppo moved to second place with 20 million sales but with an impressive 55% year-on-year growth!Buy Oppo phones and accessories at shop.gizchina.com!Vivo is third in the Chinese market with 15% market share and 17 million units shipped and all 3 previously mentioned companies account for more than 50% of the total shipments, a sign that the Chinese market is seriously consolidating.Join GizChina on TelegramApple came fourth in China according to the report and Xiaomi fifth, with just 9 million shipments during the first 3 months, a sign that they have been under huge pressure from Huawei’s Honor brand.Note however that Oppo, Vivo (and OnePlus) all belong to BBK Electronics and if we were to count all their shipments as one, then the company would be No.1 in China with huge distance from the second.According to Canalys, 114 million smartphones in total were shipped in China during the first quarter of 2017.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
The iPhone 8 is the most eagerly awaited device of the year, and we’ve just been given our first look at the upcoming phone.Despite Apple having yet to openly discuss its next-generation handset, the Galaxy S8 rival has been caught on camera.The newly leaked images claim to show a pre-production dummy model and follow a series of leaked renders and outed schematics.Instead, the leaked images have shown off a phone with a sleek metal frame and 2.5D glass rear.This is in stark contrast to the existing iPhone 7 which packs an all-metal form.The dummy unit surfaced via Twitter-based tech tipster Benjamin Geskin who claims the phone has come from Apple production partner Foxconn.
“There’s a quote in the book from one of the very few executives who was behind the idea at the time, Rick Arons, and he said, ‘Your grandmother might not understand what Magic: The Gathering is, but she’ll understand what a check for $10,000 is,'” Chalk says in Episode 252 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.The strategy paid off, helping to foster a group of professional Magic players like Jon Finkel and David Williams who grew up in the spotlight and were accustomed to high-stakes card games.“As soon as they turned 18 they showed up at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and made a huge impression,” Chalk says.“They blew this very staid gaming culture out of the water.”And while computer systems have been solving games like chess and Go, and handily beating even the top-ranked human players, Chalk says that a game like Magic, where the rules can change significantly with each new card, remains the province of flesh-and-blood champions.“There’s just enough of a random factor to make the game incredibly unpredictable,” he says.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is only just making its way into the hands of the first customers, and already there are problems with the phone.A number of early adopters have reported issues with the phone’s screen suffering from a red-tinting problem.The issue sees the displays of certain devices tainted by an unnaturally rosy hue.Samsung has now acknowledged the issue and is rolling out a fix for the problem.The Korean manufacturer has confirmed it will release a software-based patch next week that should address the issue.This will be backed up by a further update later this month.
Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has shot back against American crime TV series, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders' portrayal of Singapore with a brilliantly crafted Facebook post.The series received brickbats from locals after an episode, titled Cinderella and the Dragon aired, portraying the island republic as a caricature of orientalist features.The STB has sent its rebuttal with a Facebook post highlighting the various locales that the series got wrong with a tongue-in-cheek captions that directly references quotes in the episode itself.There were other responses to this debacle such as one by popular local blogger, Mr Brown, who posted not one but two videos about it.STB has been quick in posting responses to faux pas by foreign media, such as Buzzfeed London labeling ice cream sandwiches as disgusting.However, this merely highlights the issue of western media trying to lump Asia as a single homogenous culture.
The demand for top talent is monumental, and the process of finding and hiring the best workers can be excruciating.There are many marketplaces on the web where one can go to find talent, but how do you know that their work is quality?Reviews aren’t always reliable, and there is stiff competition on many gig platforms, making the prices undercut, the stakes lower and the work shoddy.Toptal, founded in 2010, aims to relieve the difficulties of hiring freelancers.The freelancers and consultants that contract through Toptal are getting better paying jobs, and the companies that hire them are getting vetted talent, solving both problems at once.I spoke with Toptal Co-founder and CEO Taso Du Val to find out more about how Toptal got started and his predictions for the future of the talent economy.
Square Enix has announced the first batch of downloadable content for NieR: Automata and it’s as crazy as you might expect.Announced over the easter weekend during a livestream featuring game director Yoko Taro, the content will add new bosses and costumes to the JRPG.Titled “3C3C1D119440927,” the DLC pack will launch in Japan for 1500 yen on May 2.While confirmed for North America and Europe, a date is yet to emerge.The highlight of the content pack appears to be boss battles with Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda and Platinum Games CEO Kenichi Sato.It’s utterly mental and we love it.