First it was the notch, now the hole-punch has emerged as the latest tech for concealing selfie cameras whilst keeping our smartphones as free of bezel as possible to maximize the screen space.This week, Samsung and Huawei both unveiled new phones that dispense with the iconic ‘notch’ — pioneered by Apple but popularized by everyone — in favor of positioning the front-facing camera in a small “Infinity-O” hole located on the top left side of the screen.Dubbed hole-punch, the approach is part of Samsung’s new Galaxy A8s and Huawei’s View 20, which were unveiled hours apart on Tuesday.Huawei was first by just hours, although Samsung has been pretty public with its intention to explore a number notch alternatives including the hole-punch, which makes sense given that it has persistently mocked Apple for the feature.Don’t expect to see any hole-punches just yet though.The Samsung A8s is just for China right now while the View 20 isn’t being fully unveiled until December 26 in China and, for global audiences, January 22 in Paris.
David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’ alter ego would be impressed … NASA has released the first-ever audio recording from the surface of Mars.The Mars InSight Lander reached the surface of the Red Planet on Nov. 26 after an epic journey of more than 300-million miles that lasted six months.Sensors on the lander have now captured the first “sounds” of Martian wind.In a video courtesy of the space agency, the wind vibrations are raised two octaves to be more perceptible to the human ear, can be heard as a low rumble.NASA’S INSIGHT MARS LANDER ARRIVES ON THE RED PLANET, ENDS SUCCESSFUL JOURNEY"Capturing this audio was an unplanned treat," said Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., in a statement.
More details of Qualcomm’s first 5G chipset have been released, bringing all-round improvements, and a 5G chipset for PCs was also announced.On the first day of its annual Snapdragon Technology Summit, Qualcomm announced its 5G chipset for mobile devices, the Snapdragon 855, but released limited specs.In addition to the X50 modem for 5G connectivity (on both mmWave and sub-6GHz frequencies) and X24 modem (to provide LTE connectivity), at the centre of the Snapdragon 855 is ARM’s new flagship Cortex A76 CPU, marketed by Qualcomm as Kryo 485.Also included in the 855 is the new Adreno 640 GPU rendering graphics.Qualcomm claims the new GPU will enable true HDR gaming, as well as support the HDR10+ and Dolby Vision formats.Together with the display IP, the Adreno 640 GPU will support 120fps gaming as well as smooth 8K 360-degree video playback.
Some new renders of the Sony Xperia XZ4 Compact from trusted leaker @OnLeaks just hit the internet.Sony’s “compact” series of variants are smaller versions of its flagship devices.Notably, Sony skipped a compact version of the Sony Xperia XZ3, but apparently, it will not skip it for the XZ4.Trusted leaker @OnLeaks just pushed out some new renders of the Sony Xperia XZ4 Compact (via XDA Developers).It was only a little over a week ago that we saw leaked renders — also from @OnLeaks — for the vanilla Sony Xperia XZ4.Sony’s “compact” variants of its flagship smartphones are notably smaller and less-fully featured than the main line.
The arrest of Huawei’s CFO was the culmination of years of investigation by the American government and judiciary, with an apparent helping hand from ZTE.When Ms. Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s CFO, was arrested in Vancouver, facing extradition to the US, we remembered a file seized and published by the US Department of Commerce when it was investigating then punishing Huawei’s domestic competitor ZTE early in the year, which detailed some of the ways ZTE had gone about the activities that got it into trouble.The internal document (in Chinese) from ZTE, dated 25 August 2011 includes detailed proposals on how to circumvent American embargos against Iran, Sudan, North Korea, Syria, Cuba, as well as partial sanctions against Ethiopia and Myanmar.It was approved by ZTE’s C-level executives by the beginning of September.The document was used as an incriminating evidence against ZTE, which, in addition to the fines, also resulted in the wholesale change of management in ZTE.F7 used an IT company with good credibility as the front party to sign contracts with their customers in countries facing US sanctions.
If you want a 5G phone next year, you're going to pay much more for it.In the case of OnePlus, it could be $200 to $300 higher than this year's flagship OnePlus 6T, CEO Pete Lau said in an interview with CNET.That's a whopping 36 percent to 55 percent increase.The Chinese handset maker has made waves by delivering a premium phone experience for close to half the cost of many premium device.When it comes to a 5G OnePlus phone, though, the price is going to rise, possibly as high as $849."The new technology and the amount of R and new development that goes into 5G will inevitably mean the cost of the device is, to a significant degree, more expensive," Lau said Wednesday, via a translator at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui, Hawaii.
If you thought you were safe using privacy coins like Zcash and Monero you might want to think again.It appears that the US Department of Homeland Security (DoHS) is looking to develop forensic analysis techniques for privacy-focused cryptocurrencies like Zcash and Monero, according to a pre-solicitation document spotted by The Block.The document was published by the the DoHS’s Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR), and outlines a proposal that is encouraging small businesses to develop research, process, products, and technologies that create techniques that can be used to detect and uncover crimes where cryptocurrencies have been used.The “proposal calls for solutions that enable law enforcement investigations to perform forensic analysis on blockchain transactions,” the document reads.The SBIR lays out a three stage process for developing the forensic tools, with the first phase being to design a blockchain analysis system that “enables forensic analysis for homeland security and law enforcement applications for cryptocurrencies, such as Zcash and Monero.”The second phase is to prototype these tools using test data, to demonstrate how they would be used by authorities.
Zopa, the U.K. peer-to-peer lending company that wants to become a bank, has been awarded a bank license by the U.K.’s financial regulators, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).The company wants to expand beyond P2P loans and investments to offer things liked savings accounts and credit cards.Technically, however, this is only regulatory part one and Zopa’s bank licence comes “with restrictions,” meaning that it can’t launch fully just yet.Known as the ‘mobilisation’ phase of the license process, Zopa should eventually be granted a full licence once it meets various conditions set by the regulators.In a statement, Zopa CEO Jaidev Janardana says acquiring a banking licence is the starting point that will see the company become a “major force” in retail banking.“When we pioneered the peer-to-peer lending model globally in 2005, we did so by listening to customers and creating a better product for them.
Ever since it first launched, Pokemon Go tapped into the most basic idea behind the franchise: collecting things.And indeed, wandering around town, capturing random monsters was fun, but it was missing something.The whole reason most Pokemon masters caught the creatures in the first place -- to fight each other.On Twitter today, Niantic announced that "trainer battles" would be coming to Pokemon Go soon.That is to say, Pokemon Go is finally getting a PVP mode.The tweets didn't go into detail about how the new trainer battle system woruld work, but the response has been positive: multiplayer Pokemon Battles has long been one of the game's most requested features.
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Welcome to the fifth installment in our “Collective Wisdom” series of content marketing strategy articles.With global influencer marketing advertising spending forecast to double from $5 billion to $10 billion over the next five years (Mediakit, 2018), and 65% of global brands planning to increase their influencer marketing spending over the next year (World Federation of Advertisers), the time to release your influencer marketing Kraken could hardly be better.Numerous studies from Nielsen and others over the years have continued to show that our trust in our fellow real human beings is roughly twice that we generally have for brands or organizations — or, most certainly, the Kraken — and influencer marketing has grabbed hold and run with this natural preference for people.Noted marketing speaker and author Jay Baer, founder of Convince and Convert, encourages thinking long-term when it comes to influencer marketing.How to nurture these relationships early and often is featured heavily in “Words of Wisdom: Lee Odden’s Top 9 Insights on How to Succeed at Influencer Marketing 2.0,” by TopRank Marketing senior content marketing manager Caitlin Burgess, a great resource for learning more about the specifics and nitty-gritty of developing your own smart and successful influencer marketing campaign.One of our most popular annual collections of the very best content marketing influencers was recently released, and it offers a great way to find and easily follow many of the brightest professionals in the influencer marketing world: “50 B2B Marketing Influencers and Experts to Follow Into 2019.”
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The optional Poké Ball Plus accessory for Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!is a fun way to make your adventure more engaging, both on the Nintendo Switch and when you’re out and about, and the exclusive Mew included in each one makes it the only way to complete a full Pokédex.However, those who own the accessory should never delete their save file, as Mew will be lost for good if you do.Nintendo mentions this on its support page, warning players that deleting your games save file will also result in Mew being lost forever.Mew can be found in the game by going to the “gifts” page, and after connecting to the internet, you’ll be rewarded with the rare Pokémon in your bag.
Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google have lost $728 billion off of their value in six weeks.That's more than the GDP of Saudi Arabia.Amid fears of a slowdown in iPhone sales, Apple has been hit hardest.Facebook is on course for its longest-ever losing streak.It was another dark day in the markets for America's biggest tech companies.The so-called FAANG firms — Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google — all finished Monday in the red as the sell-off deepened.
It seems that Google can’t yet make up its mind when its Pixel Slate will actually start shipping, keeping excited would-be owners on the edge of their seats.Pre-orders then started early with some retailers showing mid-November dates.And then the Google Store dashed some hope with a December schedule.Now it seems, however, that the Pixel Slate will indeed start arriving in a few days, at least for those who paid extra to be a bit early.The Google Pixel Slate is notable for what it represents.At its Pixel event last month, Google unequivocally pit the Pixel Slate against the likes of the Apple iPad Pro and put it on the same league, or even above, the Microsoft Surface Pro tablets.
A US senator is looking into Facebook's reported use of a Republican opposition research firm to battle its critics.Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, is sending a letter to press the social network for more details about its relationship with Definers Public Affairs after The New York Times reported the connection on Wednesday, according to Reuters.She told a Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that the use of such a firm could raise campaign finance issues."I would like to know what was going on with elected officials," Klobuchar said, according to Reuters."It could also have other legal ramifications."She also joined Democratic senators Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Chris Coons of Delaware in asking the Justice Department to "expand any investigation into Facebook and Cambridge Analytica to include whether Facebook -- or any other entity affiliated with or hired by Facebook -- retaliated against critics or public officials seeking to regulate the platform, or hid vital information from the public."
Are foldable phones a thing now?We don't know, but Jeff goes head-to-head with this week's guest Bridget Carey arguing about that and a lot more on this week's Nope, Sorry.If you'd like to submit a topic for debate on next week's show, that's wonderful.You can submit one in the comments section on YouTube.
Huawei has set out its aim to become the backbone behind smart cities across the world with the launch of a new platform release.The snappily-titled Digital Platform for smart cities looks to help governments and other organisations develop, tests and deploy smart urban initiatives, bringing together technologies such as AI, hybrid cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT).This includes a central Intelligent Operations Centre (IOC) which can allow officials to bring together a variety of different feeds such as video and data sensors, to create real-time live 3D maps to spot potential problems such as traffic build-up or pollution hotspots.The system can also use predictive AI models to make models for the future, analysing trends from the past to provide information on potential issues.Unveiled at the Smart City Expo World Congress, Huawei's platform looks to build on its existing expertise in the IoT and smart city space.The company says that its Smart City Solution is already in operation in more than 160 cities in over 40 countries, including European locations such as Duisburg in Germany and Sardinia in Italy.
After soft-announcing a new Command & Conquer project last month, EA has taken the wraps off a plan that will (hopefully) satisfy that '90s real-time strategy series' biggest fans.Production has officially begun on a full remaster of the first two Command & Conquer RTS games—the 1995 original and the 1996 sequel Red Alert—with all the games' expansion packs included as part of the complete package.What's more, development is being spearheaded by Petroglyph Games, a studio formed from the ashes of original C development studio Westwood."This is getting the band back together," Petroglyph Audio Director Frank Klepacki said in an announcement video on Wednesday.We were all there from the inception of it."Klepacki's hire as part of the C Remastered team was announced today, and he joins other Westwood veterans Joe Bostic (the series' co-creator), Steve Tall (Red Alert's lead programmer), and Mike Legg (an audio team member since Westwood's 1986 inception).
To the cities to be digitized in order to become smarter, to a ”smart city”, is becoming an increasingly more popular idea.Some of the ingredients are a wireless network that covers the entire city and a variety of digital services for citizens and businesses.The smart city is a complex one.To provide wifi to the millions of inhabitants in a city requires a large amount of hardware and software, so that thousands of access points which are placed both indoors and outdoors.There can also be thousands of sensors all connected gadgets, the Internet of Things (iot), for example, if you want a bicycle hire service with different types of hardware.There are a number of suppliers of technical solutions for the digitisation of the city who are ready to get started, and to build systems today.