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As automakers continue envisioning a future for alternative propulsion to rid the world of the classic internal combustion engine, some are doubling down on their efforts to make this vision a reality in the name of innovation.Some are taking an even more aggressive approach by doing away completely with the gas engine entirely in the name of electrification.But others are looking for a more progressive transition into electrification by blending the best of both worlds with hybrid powertrains.One of those automakers, Lexus, recently launched its latest and greatest LS flagship in Australia, and Australian auto outlet GoAuto.com heard the newest model has some new powertrains under development in the pipeline.Speaking with the Lexus LS’s chief engineer Toshio Asahi at the regional media launch, GoAuto.com learned that Lexus is currently working on a plug-in hybrid variant, a full-electric, and even a hydrogen fuel-cell.When the latest LS was undergoing planning and R, Asahi said all of those variants were immediately brought to the table for discussion and are still being considered.
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It has previously been rumoured that M. A. S. K.would be a movie but those plans were scrapped.however, it is Now in the news again and the director is particularly interesting in this context.was a tv series from the ' 80s when everything was clear, and the good was good and evil was very evil.the Series is about a bunch of men (and one woman in each team) who drive the cars, motorcycles as well as things that fly that turn into vapenbestyckade companies if necessary.the Director in question is F. Gary Gray who is behind the Fate of the Furious.
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The relationship between Russia and the United States may be fraught with tension, but one venture capital firm wants to help startups bridge the divide.Russia’s Fort Ross Ventures announced it had closed a $200 million fund for U.S. startups that are developing products and services in the areas of fintech, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and ecommerce.The firm wants to offer money as well as advisory services aimed at helping startups understand the culture, politics, and financial regulations necessary to operate in Russia.“Fort Ross brings together Silicon Valley venture expertise with an extensive network of relationships across Russia’s largest commercial organizations,” said Fort Ross partner Victor Orlovski in a statement.“We help startups navigate and thrive in this lucrative, tech-savvy market while establishing an invaluable foothold for global growth.”The name “Fort Ross” refers to a town in Northern California that was originally settled by Russians.
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Fantasy is the imagining of impossible or improbable things, but in a landscape dominated by Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings you'd be forgiven for thinking it just means medieval history with pointy ears.Which is why the spellbindingly dreamlike animated film Big Fish and Begonia is such a breath of fresh air -- its psychedelic imaginings represent fantasy in the truest sense.Fans of the genre will of course know that fantasy is much more than just a hinterland of bearded blokes whacking each other with enchanted swords somewhere between Middle-earth and Westeros.But it's fair to say that sword 'n' sorcery casts a long shadow, especially over mainstream perception of the genre.The TV adaptation of Game of Thrones in particular worked hard -- at least in its early days -- to downplay its more fantastical elements, and a great show it is too.Animated films from China are fairly rare, but BF has been a big hit in its home country by combining ancient folk tales with the dreamlike lyrical style of Japan's Studio Ghibli.
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Northzones partner Pär-Jörgen Pärson är en av Sveriges tyngsta riskkapitalister.I portföljen finns bland annat Spotify, Matsmart och Na-kd.Däremot har vi haft en mycket bättre mix bland våra investeringar i till exempel Tyskland, England och USA”, säger Pär-Jörgen Pärson.Det är naturligtvis något systematiskt fel i vår deal flow-processHan berättar att Northzone analyserar vilka affärsidéer som konverteras till en investering.Däremot är vi pinsamt medvetna om hur lite vi har investerat i svenska kvinnliga entreprenörer.
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Investing in games has often been an occasional preoccupation for venture capitalists, who are wary of trying to pick the hits in a hit-driven business.But at our GamesBeat Summit 2018 event, we had a panel of seasoned game investors who are charging into game investments.Eric Goldberg, managing director at Crossover Technologies and a 35-year veteran of games, moderated our session, entitled, “Skating to Where the Puck is Going to Be: The games VC forecast for the next 12 months.The panelists — all of whom have multiple investments in games — included Nabeel Hyatt, general partner at Spark Capital; Greg Milken, managing director at March Capital Partners; and Gordon Rubenstein, managing partner at Raine Ventures.Goldberg noted that “games are back in fashion” and five subsectors are candidates for the next big thing.Those include intelligent assistants, blockchain, augmented reality, virtual reality, and esports.
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Passwords have become practically useless, even dangerous, thanks to human frailty.That is why tech companies keep on trying to kill the password with two-factor authentication, fingerprints, faces, and even security keys.Working with the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) alliance, Microsoft is updating its Windows Hello security framework to work with the newly ratified FIDO2 security keys.This means that, in the future, Windows computers can be unlocked with a fingerprint tapped on a removable USB key.It’s a bit amusing to think that it’s a mix of hi-tech and old-school security measures.FIDO2 involves using a physical security key in the form of a USB dongle that you can keep on a keyring, along with other keys or fobs you might have.
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Enterprise Edition 2.0 focuses on K8s without the ops hiresContainer popularizer Docker plans to roll out an update to its enterprise product on Tuesday that has more to do with box juggling than canned code.Where the Docker software – known as Moby in open source form – provides a way to stuff applications and the surrounding user space into containers that can be moved across servers with reasonable ease, the latest version of the Docker Enterprise Edition attempts to provide companies with a way to control how multiple software containers can co-exist.But for big companies, that requires a lot of containers, so the primary focus tends to be on managing or orchestrating all those virtualized bundles of bits, both on a technical and a policy level.Kubernetes, developed by Google, has become the de facto industry standard for orchestration."The headline new capability is the ability for customers to seamlessly integrate Kubernetes into their workflows in a way that is secure, manageable and supportive of existing processes and teams," said Scott Johnston, COO of Docker, in a phone interview with The Register.
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Just a couple days after its launch, online store Gearbest seem to have been already got hold of the latest ASUS Zenfone 5.The smartphone is a really interesting addition to ASUS’s portfolio with its trendy design and quality cameras; let’s have a closer look before heading to the store.The ZenFone 5 comes with a large 6.2-inch FHD+ display with a screen-to-body ratio of 90%.Thanks to the full-screen design has pretty much the same dimensions as 5.5-inch traditional smartphones.Hardware wise, the Asus ZenFone 5 powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, which makes it the world’s first top notch equipped phone equipped with this chip.The CPU is paired with 4GB of LPDDR4X memory, 64GB of storage and a battery capacity of 3300mAh.
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For those working in its fulfillment centers, conditions resemble a Dickensian nightmare.Rushed fulfilment workers, who run around Amazon’s warehouses “picking” products for delivery, have a “toilet bottle” system in place because the toilet is too far away, according to author James Bloodworth, who went undercover at a warehouse in Staffordshire, UK, for a book on low wages in Britain.It cites one pregnant worker who felt ill while working, and was handed “warning points.” Another worker received a warning, despite having a sick note from their doctor:I turned up for my shift even though I felt like shit, managed 2 hours then I just could not do anymore.The thing is, we’ve known about Amazon’s abhorrent working conditions for a long time now.In 2017, a reporter for the British newspaper The Daily Mirror went undercover in an Amazon fulfillment center and found an environment that resembled a high-tech version of a Victorian workhouse.
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Really busy week for our editors here at GizChina.We have news from many major players in the Chinese markets as well as some gadget reviews for you geeks to enjoy.Keep reading if you think you might have missed any important headlines throughout the week!This was the week of the much hyped Xiaomi Black Shark gaming phone, which appears to be Xiaomi’s answer to the Razer Phone.The device comes with a 5.99-inch FHD+ display sporting an 18:9 aspect ratio, 97% DCI-P3 color gamut and 550 nits brightness.Other specs include a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC built on the 10nm process with Adreno 630 GPU supported by 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM.
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It's a fantastic smartwatch series, as long as you're expecting an iPhone-tied convenience gadget, not a life-changing piece of technology.They're just an everyday awesome add-on; truly an accessory.Apple never ended up calling this the 'iWatch', but it really is "my watch" and along with the Apple Watch 2 and Apple Watch 3 it's Apple's most personal and customizable gadget yet.It's best to think of the Apple Watch in four distinct generations, so far.Apple Watch vs Apple Watch 2 vs Apple Watch 3Original Apple Watch is cheaper, but it's very difficult to find
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RadRAT, a powerful “all-in-one toolkit for complex espionage ops” apparently unnoticed since 2015, flushed out by BitdefenderBucharest-headquartered cybersecurity company Bitdefender has detected an advanced remote access tool, named RadRAT – which offers full control over seized computers – that it believes to have been unnoticed and operating since at least 2015.This RAT is used in targeted attacks aimed at exfiltrating information, or monitoring victims in enterprises or large businesses running Windows.Bitdefender forensics engineer Eduard Budaca described it as an “all-in-one toolkit for complex espionage ops”.In a research report shared with media on Friday, he said: “Our interest was stirred by its remote access capabilities, which include unfettered control of the compromised computer, lateral movement across the organization and rootkit-like detection-evasion mechanisms.Powered by a vast array of features, this RAT was used in targeted attacks aimed at exfiltrating information or monitoring victims in large networked organizations.”
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You’ll soon be able to draw on the world around you and shoot back-and-forth Instagram Boomerang GIFs with the Facebook Camera.Bringing additional creative tools to the Facebook Camera could make it a more popular place to shoot content and help the company compete with Snapchat.“We wanted to give people an easy way to create with augmented reality and draw in the world around them” says John Barnett, a Facebook Camera Product Manager about the feature it calls “3D drawing”.It’s rolling out to users over the coming weeks.With AR drawing, you can scribble on the world around you, then move your camera and see the markings stay in place.It’s a fun way to add graffiti that only exists inside your screen.
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The Misfit Path hybrid smartwatch is now on sale for $149.99.It’s available in four classy colorways: stainless steel, rose tone, gold tone, and stainless steel with gold tone accent.This is Misfit’s smallest and most minimalist hybrid smartwatch to date.Misfit, the wearable company owned by Fossil, makes beautiful watches.Technically they’re hybrid watches, which combine the classic look of normal analog watches with a few smartwatch features.The latest addition to the company’s hybrid watch lineup, the Misfit Path, goes on sale today.
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In a partnership that would probably make the Beastie Boys happy, White Castle is joining forces with Impossible Foods.The two companies announced the fast food burger chain will debut the "Impossible Slider" on Thursday.The small hamburger will be a meatless plant-based burger done with White Castle's typical square-bun flair."White Castle's model has been often imitated but never duplicated," said Impossible Foods CEO Patrick Brown in a statement."We look forward to working closely with White Castle, and together learning how to popularize plant-based meat with mainstream burger lovers."Impossible Foods is part of a vegan meat movement, in which faux beef, chicken, pork and fish products are produced in a high-tech lab to replicate the taste, look and smell of the real thing.
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The game struggles and claws to add more variety, in small ways, but it never shakes up or fleshes out its core rhythm enough to justify a full game.Instead, it feels like a frustrating proof of concept, unworthy of its evocative title.The title grants him enough parkour powers to run up the speechless invaders and lop their heads off.It doesn’t take long at all to figure out how sloppy the process really is.That means bounding around the city, killing largely meaningless lesser monsters by mashing the square button, or standing next to large crystals long enough to teleport handfuls of civilians to safety.If you try to stop harriers from depleting your precious human resources, the 10-story trolls will instead whack your city’s health bar (which, since you infinitely respawn on death, is usually the real failure state).
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Do you like Fords or maybe just compact cars?Do you have some free time tomorrow?Would you like to watch the global unveil of the 2019 Ford Focus live on the internet?We are going to show you how!It's as easy as tuning in to this page at 8 a.m. Pacific, 11 a.m. Eastern and clicking the YouTube video embedded below and you'll be right there alongside us as we find out all about the new global Focus.We are also interested to hear what you think about it, so please avail yourselves of the comments section below.
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The most interesting part of Mark Zuckerberg’s prepared testimony for congress that was released today shows that Facebook has been fighting Russian election interferences since before the 2016 U.S. presidential race.Facebook shut down accounts related to Russian GRU military intelligence-linked group APT28, also known as Fancy Bear, which had created an organization called DCLeaks run by fake personas to seed stolen information to journalists.Wired detailed the methods of the “Advanced Persistent Threat 28” group in January 2017.APT28 uses zero-day exploits, malware-equipped spearfishing emails, publicly known but unfixed vulnerabilities in computer systems, and malicious iFrames embedded in hacked websites to steal people’s files.The group has been connecte to attacks on NATO, French television station TV5Monde, and the World Anti-Doping Agency.The Washington Post reported in September 2017 that Facebook had detected the APT28 accounts in June 2016 and reported their activity to the FBI, but didn’t detail that Facebook had fought back directly by shutting down their accounts.
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Dark mode — or night mode, or dark theme — is a feature inside an app's settings that lets you switch an app's primary background color to black, gray, or navy blue.For some people, switching over to dark mode is an aesthetic preference.For others, it's a way to save your eyes at night.Smartphone users have been clamoring for more dark-mode options for years.iPhone users have a version of it called smart invert, which turns your screen black and alters some colors, but smart invert is actually an accessibility setting intended for those who are vision impaired, and it doesn't work exactly like a true dark mode.Android users aren't much better off.
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