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Aluminati's latest skateboard is a looker, bundling modern skateboard components into a purely retro design.Founded in 2013, Aluminati has an interesting take on the skateboard that was inspired by founder Scott Rapport’s experience in his family’s aluminum business.Instead of using non-biodegradable materials in its skateboard decks, Aluminati found an environmentally friendlier material for their cruiser-style boards — 100-percent recycled aircraft aluminum.Not content to sit still, the California-based company expanded its offerings by adding a new skateboard deck shape, the Mullet, to its existing lineup.When Aluminati designed the Mullet, the company wanted to pay homage to vintage cruisers of yesteryear, carefully crafting the board’s unique shape to reflect a retro aesthetic.With a length of 28 inches and an 18.5-inch wheel base, the mullet is one of Aluminati’s longest cruisers.
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Everything now appears to be up and running following a day of problems for UK usersThree has apologised to customers after its network went down over the weekend, leaving users across the UK unable to send or receive calls and texts.According to independent site Down Detector, the problems appeared to start at around midday on Sunday and lasted for the rest of the day, with reports mainly originating from London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield.The bulk of the reports centred around mobile phone issues (45 percent), followed by SMS (29 percent) and a lack of signal (24 percent).Three apologised for “any inconvenience caused” in a post on its site, saying: “We have been working through the night to fix a network issue which was affecting customers sending and receiving text and making calls.All services are now restored but some customers may need to restart their phones if they are still experiencing any issues.
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Almost only half a year after the Vivo X9 was launched, comes a leak that shows the Vivo X9S Plus getting radio certification in China, meaning, it will be launched soon.Vivo’s X-series have been some of the best mid rangers out there.Vivo pioneered the dual camera setup on the front for selfies with the X9 series.From what the sources say, the Vivo X9S Plus will probably house the Snapdragon 660, newest chipset in the line of the 600 series.Not yet announced, the chipset uses the 14 nm process and is based on the octa core Kyro CPU.In the graphics department, the 660 is coupled with the Adreno 512 GPU with support for dual channel LPDDR4X memory.The 660 will have UFS 2.1 storage and X10 LTE baseband.
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At this week's Facebook F8 conference in San Jose, Mark Zuckerberg doubled down on his crazy ambitious 10-year plan for the company, first revealed in April 2016.Here's the current version of that roadmap, revealed by Zuckerberg this week: Basically, Zuckerberg's uses this roadmap to demonstrate Facebook's three-stage game plan in action: First, you take the time to develop a neat cutting-edge technology.Then you build a product based on it.Then you turn it into an ecosystem where developers and outside companies can use that technology to build their own businesses.When Zuckerberg first announced this plan last year, it was big on vision, but short on specifics.On Facebook's planet of 2026, the entire world has internet access — with many people likely getting it through Internet.org, Facebook's connectivity arm.Zuckerberg reiterated this week that the company is working on smart glasses that look like your normal everyday Warby Parkers.And underpinning all of this, Facebook is promising artificial intelligence good enough that we can talk to computers as easily as chatting with humans.A world without screensFor science-fiction lovers, the world Facebook is starting to build is very cool and insanely ambitious.Instead of smartphones, tablets, TVs, or anything else with a screen, all our computing is projected straight into our eyes as we type with our brains.A mixed-reality world is exciting for society and for Facebook shareholders.
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While Nintendo is yet to confirm the rumor that there will be a mini SNES Classic Edition, there is plenty of speculation that this is the reason Nintendo discontinued the NES Classic Edition.Apparently Nintendo has limited production space for both machines, or Nintendo is just pulling the our nostalgia strings and focusing on Switch production.Either way, the question remains -- will there be enough to go around?Then the Switch was announced and released and Nintendo just ceased production on the NES Classic, creating a very lucrative secondary market (for those who were able to secure a NES Classic).Also see: Nintendo’s Simple Brilliance In Discontinuing The NES Classic EditionSo now we have these unsubstantiated rumors saying that Nintendo is prepping a SNES Classic edition to be released later this year.
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To celebrate the conclusion of Polaroid week (April 16 - 21) WIRED takes a look at the rise, near death, and revival of this enduring piece of nostalgia.In 1932, American scientist and inventor Edwin Land co-founded a company later to be renamed the Polaroid Corporation.The company, as it was back then, has been likened to what Apple is today – cool, innovative and profitable – all because it had found a way to shorten the time it took to capture and develop a moment on film from one week to just 60 seconds.Across the Atlantic, in 1938, German chemist Dr Edith Weyde and André Rott contributed to the craze, inventing the Diffusion Transfer Reversal method.This involves a transfer of an image from a light sensitive negative sheet to a non-photosensitive positive and it paved the way for photocopiers and instant film.When the Polaroid Land Camera went on sale before Christmas in 1948, all 57 units sold out on the first day, despite projections they would last until the second round of manufacturing was complete.
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We all know that coloring books aren't just for kids anymore.In fact, many adults use coloring books as a way to relax or just avoid reality.However, the Climate Change Coloring Book -- currently a Kickstarter campaign -- might not be the best way to unwind.One activity in the book offers the morbid challenge of coloring 20 football fields in under a minute to show how fast we've been losing forests worldwide in the past 25 years.Another activity asks you to trace what the Arctic sea ice looked like 20 years ago and then color in what's been lost since then.The coloring book contains over 20 coloring activities accompanied by written descriptions of research with documented sources, just in case anyone doubts where the information came from.
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Amazon video content will be available with the latest high dynamic range (HDR) imaging technology on Samsung Electronics’ premium TVs, the Seoul-based electronics firm said Thursday.Samsung said it has forged a content and technology partnership with the video streaming giant, with both firms pledging to co-develop next-generation HDR and other imaging techniques.HDR10 Plus, developed by the Seoul-based tech titan, is the standard for the next-generation HDR display industry, with Samsung seeking to expand its ecosystem by opening the source code for the technology in March, the company said.Under the partnership, Amazon’s video content will be available in HDR10 Plus quality through Samsung’s quantum light-emitting-diode (QLED) and ultra-high-definition (UHD) premium TVs launched this year.The U.S.-based firm, for its part, said it will create more quality videos, allowing its fans to enjoy more vivid and lively viewing experiences.HDR, which has been a catchphrase in the global high-end TV industry in recent years, refers to an imaging technology that expresses deeper blacks and brighter whites.
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If you’re an audiophile at all invested in fancy headphones, chances are you’ve come across Master & Dynamic.The relatively young company hit the scene in 2013 and made waves by creating some of the most beautiful headphones around.Thankfully, they sounded just as good as they looked (check out our reviews of the MW60 and MW50 for more).Now the company is bringing those design chops to its first wireless speaker, the MA770.That should mitigate some of the annoying rattling caused by the low end of many speakers when not placed on an acoustically treated surface.As you might expect, the speakers are quite heavy – 35 lb, in fact.
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Ask anyone in fastighetssvängen.We shop at Sportamore, Zalando and Apotea instead.the Newcomer in this context is the Convendum, a business center with a lot of hip founders Aviciis former manager Ash Pournouris, Universal Music ceo Per Sundin and Live Nation's president, Staffan Holm.Read more: Spotify landlord shall, to the stock exchangeConvendum say that you want to become a Wework for the Nordic countries.Wework was recently to 17 billion u.s. dollars, and already has european branches in Germany, France, the Uk and the Netherlands.
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The spyware was undetected by Google for three years, security experts warned.A strain of spyware – malicious software used to snoop on smartphone or tablet devices – was recently found to have sat undetected on Google's official app store for three years, leading to fears it has previously been used to "track" people in real-time.According to Zscaler, a US-based cybersecurity firm, the spyware was caught posing as an Android security update and had been downloaded between one and five million times since 2014.After responsible disclosure, Google removed the application from its marketplace."The app, which claimed to give users access to the latest Android software updates, was being used to spy on a user's exact geolocation, which could have been used for any number of malicious reasons," said Zscaler security researcher Shivang Desai in a blog post.The spyware, which the firm has dubbed "SMSVova" due to its reliance on text message-based commands, was flagged due to poor user reviews and the fact its Google Play store page lacked any real description despite being labelled as the latest Android OS release.
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Is Bose spying on consumers?One of its customers thinks it is, and has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit to stop the practice.Plaintiff Kyle Zak claims Bose uses its wireless headphones and companion Bose Connect app to violate the US Wiretap Act by "secretly collecting, transmitting, and disclosing its customers' private music and audio selections to third parties, including a data mining company."In his lawsuit, Zak claims that our musical preferences reveal a great deal about our personalities, political leanings and even sexual orientation.The complaint, filed Tuesday in federal court in Chicago, wants to stop Bose's "wholesale disregard" for customers' privacy, according to a report from Reuters."Indeed, one's personal audio selections - including music, radio broadcast, Podcast, and lecture choices - provide an incredible amount of insight into his or her personality, behavior, political views, and personal identity," according to an excerpt of the lawsuit printed by the CEPro website.
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Pär Svärdsons digitala apotek växer som aldrig förr.Nu meddelar bolaget att man tre månader i rad omsatt över 100 miljoner kronor.Det meddelar bolaget i ett pressmeddelande.”Den här utvecklingen visar att vårt koncept ligger helt rätt i tiden.Blickar jag tillbaka så kan jag se att det har gått hisnande fort.Under en enda dag skickar vi nu ut lika många paket som vi gjorde under hela 2011.”, säger Pär Svärdson.
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Blizzard's classic strategy games (and south Korea's unofficial national sport) Starcraft is now, along with its expansion Brood War completely free and legal to download and play.This informs the developer Blizzard themselves via the game's website where they also adds to the improved compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 as well as improved antifusksystemet and taken away a few persistent bugs.Starcraft, which was originally released in 1998, is also slated to be released in a remastered version sometime during the summer.You can download the game to both PC and Mac here.
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Instagram’s adding a new option for users to save posts they like into collections so they can easily access them at a later stage.Collections are effectively an extension of the ‘Save’ tab, and may prove a useful addition for those who use the platform for shopping or planning purchases, an area which Instagram is working to build upon.To save a post to a Collection, you tap and hold the bookmark icon beneath any post, which was added to the app last December.Now, when you do this, you’ll see a new option to save the post to a Collection – if you’ve already created a Collection, you can select it here, or you’ll be able to create a new one from the post.You’ll be able to access your Collections via the ‘Saved’ tab on your profile, which will now be split into two sections – ‘All’ and ‘Collections’And as explained by Instagram:
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Facebook has hit a new milestone that indicates just how large its community of gamers has become: 800 million monthly active users.That number includes the people who play games on Facebook, but it also includes those who are merely logged in to Facebook while playing games on other platforms, such as smartphones.Leo Olebe, the director of global games partnerships at Facebook, told GamesBeat in an interview this week that the number is up from 650 million a month.That’s a pretty big slice of the 1.86 billion people who connect on Facebook every month.Facebook is disclosing the numbers at this week’s F8 event (Facebook’s annual developer event).This 800 million includes people who play Instant Games, or games based on the HTML5 format on Messenger and Facebook news feeds.And while it isn’t a great indicator about how many people play directly on Facebook, it is a good proxy for the whole community of gamers.“Our vision is to be the world’s community for people to play, watch, and share games,” Olebe said.
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Customers wanting to build a new desktop based on AMD's new lineup of Ryzen processors now have five options for laying the foundation.Just recently, MSI listed a batch of new motherboards based on AMD’s just-launched AM4 processor socket (seat).There are five in all, packing support for DDR4 memory clocked at 3,200MHz, USB 3.1 Gen2 (10Gbps) connectivity, Military Class 4 components, premium audio, and loads more.All five are compatible with the new Ryzen processors, seventh-generation A-Series APUs, and seventh-gen Athlon chips.Here are the hardware highlights of each motherboard:X370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
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It's an ugly word, but it could be significant: if fintech is going to flourish, then regtech could be its enabler."I would definitely see regtech as a growth area," says Sean Smith, a partner in Deloitte's Dublin Risk Advisory department."There's been relatively less investment in this space than fintech, but the potential prize is significant."London-based FundApps alerts financial institutions when regulations change, and gives them software to help compliance.Launched in 2010, it covers 88 jurisdictions."We work with our legal information provider, who tells us when regulations change in a specific country," says co-founder Andrew White.
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Eagleby had been devastated by recent flooding, a painful hit for a suburb that only five years ago had twice the rate of unemployment than the state average.In a suburb where, according to the 2011 census, close to 50% of the workforce comprised labourers, tradesmen, technicians, machinery operators and drivers, where were the jobs going to come from when everything was getting automated?“It’s quite an endearing thing,” Chalmers told Guardian Australia afterwards.“There’s a real intergenerational concern for what young people going into the workforce now won’t have access to that people had access to in years gone by.“You see it in housing as well, which is why this housing debate’s so turbo-charged at the moment.”He told them he was putting the finishing touches on a book about the problem.
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While tech reviewers would often take apart their iPhones to investigate the innards of the device, you rarely see people individually collect the handset’s numerous components to build their own iPhone – part by part.But this is precisely what this curious tech lover has done.Going all the way to the China, Scotty Allen traveled through the city of Shenzhen for months with one single quest in mind – to collect all the parts he needs to assemble his own iPhone.Armed with a camera in hand, the DIY enthusiast recorded his adventure in a 24-minute vlogumentary, detailing all the obstacles he went through while putting together a DIY iPhone 6S.“I’ve been fascinated by the cell phone parts markets in Shenzhen, China for a while,” Allen said.“So when someone mentioned they wondered if you could build a working smartphone from parts in the markets, I jumped at the chance to really dive in and understand how everything works.”
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