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If you're the owner of a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus then you're no doubt wondering exactly when your Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade is coming down the pipe.Well, we're still not completely sure, but there's a new development that hints the update isn't far off now.SamMobile spotted that the manual for Oreo has been uploaded to Samsung's site in Brazil, a step that has preceded the pushing out of the upgrade for previous versions of Android.It means the Oreo software could be less than a month away now.Early 2018 has long been tipped as the time when Samsung S8 and S8 Plus owners would be able to get their hands on the latest version of Google's mobile OS, so it looks like the wait is almost over.The software has been available to beta testers for several months.
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Trump's public relationship with tech titans has eroded, thanks to his positions on immigration, climate change, and more, despite attempts to build up goodwill during his transition to the White House.Meanwhile, the ranks of tech talent within the administration have shrunk, with top positions like chief technology officer at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, left wide open.Senior advisor and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner did launch the so-called Office of American Innovation, but the tiny shop's primary focus is modernizing government, not enabling innovation across the country.Yet despite his public focus on border walls and coal country, that's where the policies his administration have actually enacted may end up being most impactful.The Supreme Court later upheld a revised, but still sweeping version of the ban."It could be because of a fear that you're not going to get your visa, or once you get your visa it’s going to be yanked out," says Rob Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
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‘Organic reach on Facebook is dead’: Advertisers expect price hikes after Facebook’s feed purge.Open up those wallets folks!In 2017 nearly 594 million people worldwide used Instagram.62.2% of all social network users (1.54 billion), went on Facebook at least once a month in 2017. eMarketerMajority of Consumers Want Brands to Take a Stand on Social and Political Issues, According to New Study – Most consumers want brands to weigh in on social and political issues, according to a new survey by social media management and analytics company Sprout Social entitled “Championing Change in the Age of Social Media.” Two-thirds of consumers responded that it was either “Somewhat Important” or “Very Important” for brands to take a stand on social/political issues.40% of influencers believe that overly restrictive content guidelines are one of the biggest mistakes brands and agencies make when working with them.
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Facebook Messenger users on iOS appear to be encountering a new bug that prevents them from typing more than a few words at a time, according to a report from TechCrunch.Various people have complained on Twitter about the issue.User @brians_books offered the best view of the problem with a screen recording.As seen in the tweet, Brian is only able to type a few words into the message field before the keyboard completely freezes up, preventing him from typing anything else.In a comment to TechCrunch, Facebook acknowledged that it was looking into the issue, but for now the company hasn’t offered a timeline of when to expect a fix.There doesn’t seem to be any solution for now, either.
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Steven Moffat has long made it known what an insanely stressful time the creation of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special was—an event almost so disastrous it nearly didn’t have the Doctor in it at all.Speaking in the second part of a vast interview with The Doctor Who Fan Show covering his now-concluded era as showrunner, Moffat delved further into his previous comments on the nightmare-that-was when it came to delivering a 50th birthday bash for Doctor Who.According to the writer, he’d sold the BBC on Doctor Who’s answer to the Olympics, only to find, as he’d previously revealed, that Jenna Coleman—then currently the Doctor’s travelling companion, Clara Oswald—was the only person the team actually had contracted to appear:There wasn’t anything very enjoyable about doing [“The Day of the Doctor”].The script was late, so everybody was cross at me, and I’m saying ‘Guys!So I’m doing, celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who... with Jenna.
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There’s no narrative the tech industry likes quite as much as a good revolutionary tale in which a startup pursues a strategy that topples an established order.The emerging mythology goes like this: Spotify is doing an end run around investment banks by listing its share’s directly on the stock market.“This is not a story of problems in the IPO market,” according to Kathleen Smith, a principal at Renaissance Capital and manager of IPO ETFs.“It’s a problem with Spotify’s valuation.”Spotify’s fate is going to be closely monitored, of course.The recent era of ballooning startup valuations has created a herd of unicorns that are trying to weigh the options of filing fornan IPO or searching for a buyer that could justify the astronomical amounts investors have pumped into the companies.
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Amazon has added a new $10 and Under section to its app and website, featuring, as one could infer, items that are priced $10 or cheaper.All items have free shipping, regardless of whether a user has Prime membership.The feature, first spotted by TechCrunch, looks to compete with budget shopping apps like Wish — which offers a similar array of budget products — that have been increasingly encroaching on Amazon’s space.The $10 and Under section can be found both on Amazon’s website and under the “All Programs” area in Amazon’s iOS and Android apps.You can find a variety of cheap products like T-shirts, earrings, hats, socks, phone cases, and more.The new section also lets users sort by category, including men’s and women’s clothing, electronics, home decor, gifts, and more.
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We set aggressive goals for ourselves, which is great.But too often we consider these as all or nothing.You set a goal to run a marathon.But getting out and running a couple miles is better than nothing.You have a full page of circuit training to accomplish.Or do you at least get some of it done today?
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The Colgate E1 is the first smart toothbrush from the dental hygiene company, and it’s teaming up with Apple to exclusively sell it in Apple Stores and on Apple’s website, via Business Insider.The E1 comes with a companion Colgate Connect iOS app (shockingly, there doesn’t seem to be an Android app available for this Apple Store exclusive product), which helps track your brushing habits, map out your mouth, coach you on your brushing techniques, and play games.Because everyone wants to play games with their Bluetooth-connected toothbrush.Colgate isn’t the first to make a smart toothbrush, either.There have been plenty of others, most of them made by smart toothbrush maker Kolibree.In fact, according to Colgate’s website, the E1 uses technology from Kolibree, although, if you compare the E1 to the existing Kolibree Ara toothbrush released last year, “shameless Colgate-rebranding” might be the better description, seeing as the two products look virtually identical and appear to offer the same set of features.
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With homes filling up with mobile devices that constantly need charging, more accessory companies are releasing "charging hubs" that allow you to charge multiple devices at once.Some of the latest ones, like Nomad's Wireless USB Hub ($80), incorporate a wireless charging top along with multiple charging ports that allow you to connect various charging cables.Nomad's wireless charging component has a maximum output of 7.5W, which makes it compatible with Apple's fast wireless charging feature once Apple enables it (currently Apple caps it at 5W).However, you can wirelessly charge Android devices using the full 7.5W.The Hub has three USB A ports (one a high-output 2.4A for charging tablets), as well as a single high-speed 3A USB C port that can be used to charge a Nintendo Switch.Nomad doesn't throw in any cables, which is kind of a shame, but ideally you'd use shorter ones to avoid the picture above.
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BLUBOO is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer that has recently taken the path of producing trendy full-screen phones.The latest of which is called BLUBOO S3 and as you will see in the images above and below, it does look a lot like the rumored upcoming Samsung S9.BLUBOO say the smartphone is made for high-end business people and it’ll come in two fancy color variants, mightnight dark and champagne gold.As we previously mentioned, we can see lots of similarities between the BLUBOO S3 and the Samsung S9, such as the thin top and bottom bezels for a screen-to-body ratio of around 90%, and the vertical arrangement of the rear dual cameras and fingerprint sensor on the back, which is definitely better than the hard to reach fingerprint scanner on the Samsung S8.Now to what’s probably the most interesting feature of the BLUBOO S3 – its massive 8300mAh capacity battery, which could be as much as 3 times bigger of what we’ll find on the S9.The phone also supports 9V/3A fast charging, so you’ll be able to charge the large battery in only two and half hours.
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended President Donald Trump against accusations that he is a racist citing his decade-long stint on television as evidence to the contrary.Trump ignited furore last week after his reported comment during an immigration meeting with bipartisan lawmakers that Haiti, El Salvador and African nations were "shithole countries".He also reportedly questioned why more immigrants were not coming from countries like Norway.Trump's comments immediately drew a fierce backlash from lawmakers within the US and world leaders, labelling his statement racist.Critics argued that the president's latest controversial remark solidified evidence that Trump is a racist.Trump has since pushed back against the report and subsequent accusations saying: "I am not a racist."
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It’s been nearly three years since Google first lifted the lid on Project Fi, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service that flits between Wi-Fi and the cellular networks of T-Mobile, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, and Three.Thus far, the pricing model has been fairly straightforward: $20 per month for unlimited calls and texts, plus $10 for every gigabyte (GB) of data used.But today Project Fi announced a new “bill protection” feature that effectively brings unlimited data to mobile phone users — with a $60 cap in place.To illustrate the new pricing structure, here’s a “then and now” juxtaposition.Before bill protection, users would pay $20 for 2GB, $45 for 4.5GB, $50 for 5GB, and so on.With bill protection in place, users will pay the usual $10 per GB until 6GB, after which they pay nothing extra all the way up to 15GB.
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A minister for loneliness has been appointed to help tackle the misery endured by around nine million Britons.Cox, who was brutally murdered by a far-right terrorist, campaigned across the political divide before her death to find ways to combat loneliness.Appointing a minister might not sound like much, but in tackling a complex crisis like loneliness that cuts across departments it will provide much needed leadership & accountability.Good luck @tracey_crouch, Jo would be over the moon.“I want to confront this challenge for our society and for all of us to take action to address the loneliness endured by the elderly, by carers, by those who have lost loved ones, people who have no one to talk to or share their thoughts and experiences with.“Jo Cox recognised the scale of loneliness across the country and dedicated herself to doing all she could to help those affected.
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Despite tailwinds from tentpole events like the Winter Olympics and the Fifa World Cup, ongoing uncertainty around Brexit negotiations and a slowdown in the rate of digital ad spend growth have paved the way for modest overall progress in the 12 months ahead.23.9% of marketers increased their budgets in Q4 of 2017, but 15.2% made cutbacks, which resulted in a positive net balance of just 8.6% growth; a figure that marked the weakest rise in budgets in two years.Digital and 'big ticket' spend in 2017The IPA's quarterly report, which features original data drawn from a panel of around 300 UK marketing professionals, found that in the final quarter of 2014 budgets of UK private sector firms noted a net balance increase in overall digital marketing spend to the tune of 10.9%.While this number helped budgets continue to ride the same positive upwards trend they have been riding for eight-and-a-half years, 2017’s Q4 growth was sluggish compared to the Q3, which sat at 17%.Indeed, the final quarter of the year noted the slowest growth curve since Q3 2016.
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Barcelona, 16 january 2018.- Researchers from the Genomic Instability and Cancer Laboratory at Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) have identified a key role for EXD2 in protein production in the mitochondria, the cellular organelles responsible for the majority of energy generation."We have provided extensive evidence that EXD2 is a mitochondrial protein and that its main function is to facilitate the production of proteins in the mitochondria," explains Travis H. Stracker, head of the laboratory.This work challenges the interpretation of previous studies that suggested that EXD2 performs a DNA repair function in the nucleus.Published in Nature Cell Biology, the study presents the results from a collaborative multidisciplinary approach, using state of the art proteomics, metabolomics, biochemistry, cell biology and the development of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, to pinpoint the function of EXD2.In the absence of EXD2, cells are severely defective for mitochondrial protein production," explains Joana Silva, first author of the study and former PhD student of the Genomic Instability and Cancer Laboratory.EXD2's role in the mitoribosome is critical for suppressing the generation of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), that can arise due to mitochondrial defects, and facilitating normal development in Drosophila.
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What pet owner hasn’t, at some point, looked at their nonpaying houseguest and wondered what it is that they’re saying with those meows, barks, or assorted other sounds they make?Dr. Con Slobodchikoff, professor emeritus of biology at Northern Arizona University, wonders too — to the point where he’s spent the past 30 years examining the behavior.And now he’s created an artificial intelligence (A.I.)“We are increasingly finding that animals have languages of their own,” Slobodchikoff told Digital Trends.“In my book, Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals, I show that many animals have either language or language-like abilities.In the past, it was difficult to decipher these languages, but now we have the tools with which we can do this.
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Hundreds of species of microbes thrive inside of you, helping you to live your best life.Everyone’s microbiome differs—yours from your neighbours’, and different populations’ from one another’s.But there is much scientists still don’t know about the human microbiome.And one team of scientists think they’ve made a leap in helping us understand this forest.But rather than analysing the DNA and the kinds of microbes present in the poop, they looked at the transcriptome—the list of things that each of these bacteria actually do.This can be an important tool for future study to help identify the causes of and potential cures for diseases.
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A memo written by a former Google engineer claims that senior executives at the company intervened to stop employees discussing matters involving diversity and hiring policies.The memo is titled “What happened to Cory?” and was originally written as an explanation of his departure to co-workers.In it, Altheide says that from July 2015 he participated in a “sadly contentious” internal thread discussing the “pipeline problem” in tech — the idea that tech companies don’t hire more inclusively because of a lack of available talent.Altheide says that two Google executives, senior VP of technical infrastructure Urs Hölzle and senior VP of ads and commerce Sridhar Ramaswamy, got involved in the thread to try and calm the discussion.The thread reportedly stopped when Ramaswamy posted the following message:As both the tech diversity lead at Google and someone who cares deeply about our workplace culture, I respectfully ask that everyone stop engaging on this thread.
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McDonald's, in its latest campaign, aims to encourage people to find the child within them by sharing the story of a 35 year-old toy collector Sunil Chawla who has amassed over 300 Happy Meal toys.The ad, conceptualized by Leo Burnett , showcases Sunil Chawla's journey of collecting toys.He describes how possessive he is about the toys and how he has traveled places to collect them.He now owns hundreds of toys and doesn't intend to stop soon and said "No matter how old you grow, remember at heart, you are a kid."McDonald's also gave him a surprise by exhibiting his toys.Seema Arora Nambiar, senior vice president,strategy, innovation and capability – McDonald's India, said: “Since the launch of the iconic Happy Meals in India in 1997, it has grown in popularity.
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