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Coolpad Group, the struggling smartphone supplier controlled by cash-strapped LeEco, has revealed one of its subsidiaries has been slapped with a civil complaint by Ping An Bank to repay a loan worth 80 million yuan (US$11.8 million).The case lodged in the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court marks the latest financial predicament to hit the desk of troubled LeEco founder and chairman Jia Yueting, who also serves as chairman of Coolpad.The Shenzhen branch of Ping An Bank, a unit of Ping An Insurance (Group) Company, said it has the right to recover the debt owed by Coolpad subsidiary Yulong Computer Communication Technology after it found that the financial situation of another subsidiary, which acted as one of two loan guarantors, has deteriorated.It alleged such a situation “will seriously affect the borrower’s business and performance”.Jia said in a regulatory filing on Thursday that the loan contract, which has a term of up to August 15 this year, has not yet expired.He pointed out that Coolpad has consulted its lawyers, and is “actively collecting evidence to defend itself against the civil complaint”.
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Microsoft has selected the eraser on news that the iconic Paint application will be killed off in a future update to Windows.An outpouring of love for the 32-year-old art programme saw the computer giant issue a statement to say Paint will be preserved and available to download from the Windows Store, for free.Megan Saunders, general manager of Microsoft's 3D for Everyone initiative, said: "Today, we've seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint.If there's anything we learned, it's that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans."In a bid to "set the record straight, clear up some confusion and share some good news", Saunders went on to say: "MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free."That outpouring arrived after it was discovered that Microsoft had intended to add Paint to a "deprecated" list when the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update arrives later in 2017.
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We’ve got a killer roundup of Amazon’s best daily deals for you on Tuesday, and it starts off with iPhone 7 screen protectors for $3.50 each and iPhone 7 Plus screen protectors for just $3 each!Other highlights include a $15 discount on certified refurbished Roku Streaming Sticks, a great price on last year’s MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, $101 off this year’s MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar, a massive 5-lb bag of gummy bears for under $13, $5 off your favorite Alexa smart plug, big savings on Beats Solo3 wireless headphones, Powerbeats3 refurbs for just $115, $21 off JBL’s best Bluetooth speaker, and plenty more.See all of Tuesday’s top deals below.Follow @BGRDeals on Twitter to keep up with the latest and greatest deals we find around the web.BGR Deals content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and BGR may receive a commission on purchases made through our posts.
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After cash machines were hacked in Thailand and Taiwan in 2016, Click asks if the same thing could happen again.Leigh-Anne Galloway, a security expert with Positive Technologies, says most cash machines are effectively a Windows XP computer attached to a safe.BBC Click's Spencer Kelly joins her with a cash machine to find out more.This week BBC News is taking a close look at all aspects of cyber-security.The coverage is timed to coincide with the two biggest shows in the security calendar - Black Hat and Def Con.We will have further features and videos on Wednesday, and then coverage from the two Las Vegas-based events over the following days.
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The program provides mentors and opportunities to networkThe Advertising Club of New York (ACNY) wanted to do more than just talk about the issue, so it created a fellowship for women in these positions.It created an intensive fellowship for 10 women from across the advertising industry to see if it could help facilitate career growth for each fellow by getting these women access to seven major industry conferences (4A’s Transformation, Advertising Week, etc.)that they normally wouldn’t be able to attend in their respective positions, coaching from senior level executives and leadership training.Part of the drop off, according to ACNY, comes from the fact that women in middle management don’t have as much access to mentoring opportunities.With that in mind, ACNY tailored its program to help these women grow and conducted 15 months worth of research to determine how to best support women as they navigate from mid-level positions up to senior level roles.
Finland
Kansainvälinen valuuuttarahasto IMF kertoi tänään, että maailmantalous on nosteessa ja järjestö nostaa euroalueen talouden kasvuennustettaan 1,9 prosenttiin kuluvalta vuodelta.Tullikin kertoi vastikään, että sen ennakkotilaston mukaan Suomen tavaraviennin arvo oli toukokuussa runsaat 5,5 miljardia euroa eli 27 prosenttia suurempi kuin edellisvuoden toukokuussa.Kuluvan vuoden yhteenlaskettu vienti on 18 prosenttia korkeammalla tasolla kuin vime vuonna samaan aikaan.Sen sijaan valtiovarainministeriön tulo- ja kustannuskehityksen selvitystoimikunnan raportti kertoo, että suomalaisten ansiotaso kasvoi viime vuonna 1,1 prosenttia, mutta kuluvana vuonna ansioiden kasvun ennustetaan jäävän nollan tuntumaan.Raportin mukaan kesäkuussa 2016 allekirjoitetusta kilpailukykysopimuksen ja odotettua nopeamman tuottavuuden kasvun vuoksi Suomen kustannuskilpailukyky vahvistuu suhteessa muuhun euroalueeseen.Valtiovarainministeriön tuoreen taloudellisen katsauksen mukaan suotuisa suhdannetilanne kasvattaa julkisen talouden tuloja, mutta toisaalta väestön ikääntyminen kasvattaa samanaikaisesti automaattisesti julkisia menoja.
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Tuhannen euron ostoksen todellinen vuosikorko nousee useimmilla osamaksurahoituksilla yli kahteenkymmeneen prosenttiin.Osamaksurahoitusten vuosikorkoja nostavat nimelliskorkojen lisäksi muut kustannukset kuten avaus- ja järjestelymaksut.Suurissa ostoksissa kiinteiden kulujen suhteellinen osuus pienenee, ja todellinen vuosikorko jää maltillisemmaksi.Toisaalta puhelinoperaattorien tarjoamilla osamaksuilla puhelinostokset eivät käy kuluttajalle sen kalliimmaksi kuin könttäsummanakaan maksettuna.Kauppiaat tarjoavat erilaisia rahoitus- ja vakuutusratkaisuja aiempaa hanakammin paremman kannattavuuden toivossa.Verkossa tehtävät hintavertailut ovat kasvattaneet suosiotaan, minkä seurauksena esimerkiksi kulutuselektroniikan katteet ovat painuneet mataliksi.
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If you’re wondering how Steven Spielberg will bring the dystopian, VR-heavy world of Ready Player One to life, you can get your first real glimpse in the trailer (technically, a teaser for San Diego Comic Con) above.The film is based on Ernest Cline’s novel — a book that’s been recommend to me many times as one of the best depictions of virtual reality and gaming in fiction.(Sorry, I still haven’t read it!)One of the story’s main elements is a virtual world called OASIS.What we see of OASIS in the trailer might not feel terribly visually distinctive, but it certainly looks fun and flashy, throwing together a hodgepodge of pop culture references.I also laughed a couple of times at the marketing-speak, which is overhyped even by the standards of movie trailers.
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The R11 from Oppo makes no attempt to reinvent the wheel or adopt bleeding-edge technologies, but instead focuses on melding the tried-and-tested with a host of subtle refinements and beefed-up specifications.The Chinese electronics firm also stays true to its reputation for easy, good-enough photography capabilities with its dual camera implementation – Oppo’s first – paired with a top-notch 20-megapixel front-facing camera.At 2,999 yuan (HK$3,470), it’s certainly worth a look.The R11 has a gorgeous 5.5-inch AMOLED display that delivers such vivid hues and deep blacks that you might feel compelled to search for vibrant wallpapers to show it off.The metal back is stylishly contoured, giving the R11 a premium feel and making the already slim 6.8mm device feel even thinner.Moreover, the aggressively curved sides and contours along the back mean that the device may be prone to slipping out of your hands by accident – I almost dropped it a few times until I started using the bundled transparent soft case.
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The partnership promises to make strides with autonomous cars on a global scaleMicrosoft has announced that it is joining hands with Baidu to speed up the development of smart, connected and fully autonomous cars."We're excited to partner with Baidu to take a giant step in helping automotive manufacturers and suppliers fully realize the promise of autonomous driving," a statement from Kevin Dallas, corporate vice president of Microsoft, said."Today's vehicles already have an impressive level of sophistication when it comes to their ability to capture data.By applying our global cloud AI, machine learning, and deep neural network capabilities to that data, we can accelerate the work already being done to make autonomous vehicles safer," he added.Microsoft would be using its Azure cloud services along with Baidu, the largest search engine provider in China.
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Several months ago, scientists from the Arecibo Observatory picked up a strange radio signal that left them baffled.The signal appeared as part of a routine observation of seven solar systems that they believed contained red dwarf stars with orbiting planets.While only two of the systems turned out to have planets, one of them provided a lot more information than they’d bargained for.During their observation of Ross 128 the team picked up some ‘very peculiar’ signals emanating from the system just 11 light-years away from Earth.Having closely analysed the signals the team are pretty confident that this is not a case of local interference but in fact a genuine radio pulse coming from deep space.The problem however is that if it isn’t a case of crossed wires with an orbiting satellite then what could it be?
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You know that bummer of a feeling when everybody else is in on something cool and you're not?That's how Marvel fans felt Saturday when word spread that footage from "Avengers: Infinity War" was shown at the D23 Disney fan-club event in California -- and yet the video didn't turn up online.As of Saturday evening, the footage shown still hadn't been released officially -- and according to Entertainment Weekly, won't be.But entertainment publications and fans lucky enough to be at D23 were giving it rave reviews.Uh, Marvel, we think you can wait just fine, otherwise you'd have released it by now.According to EW, the footage begins with the Guardians of the Galaxy meeting up with a battered Thor, then introduces plenty of other heroes, including Spidey Sense-tingling Peter Parker, Iron Man, bearded Captain America, blonde Black Widow, Black Panther and Doctor Strange, among others.
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Seattle-based BloomAPI is announcing a $2.4 million seed round this morning for its solution to the broken medical records release process.It’s no secret that the entire U.S. healthcare system is held back by antiquated technology — but unlike many competitors, BloomAPI offers a solution that works with, and not against, the old-school technologies that are still the unfortunate reality for the industry.BloomAPI sits on top of existing systems, integrates quickly and doesn’t cost doctors a dime.As a result of this orientation, the solution doesn’t functionally change any existing human processes.When it comes to privacy, patients are still expected to sign all the same documentation and waivers they traditionally would for record releases — it’s just the conduit for the actual document transfer that has been streamlined.The company makes its money by charging third parties, like insurance companies and other vendors, for API access.
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The end of Game of Thrones is in sight, with just 13 episodes remaining in the groundbreaking fantasy series.So, it wasn’t much of a surprise when HBO announced it was looking at four (or five) possible spin-offs, which are all prequels to the original show.However, anyone eager for Robert’s Rebellion is probably going to be disappointed.HBO president of programming Casey Bloys recently chatted with The Hollywood Reporter about the spin-offs, which are currently in super-early development.He confirmed that HBO is currently working on four scripts (even though George R.R.Martin has said there are five in the works), and all of them take place prior to the events of Game of Thrones.
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LG has finally taken the wrapper off its mid-range LG Q6 handset, which appears to be the phone many envisioned as an LG G6 mini.Still, it features LG's Full Vision bezel-less display technology, like the G6, meaning a lot is packed into the frame.While the display isn't significantly smaller, LG has certainly scaled back the specs.The Q6 arrives packing 2016’s Snapdragon 435 processor, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage.The phones will arrive with an aluminium frame and the Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system, the latest to trickle out of the Google gates.The Q6 is coming to Asia next month ahead of a European and North American launch later in the year.
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The new processors offer more cores and more performance than their predecessors, with a new mesh-based design to enable greater scaling within their multicore processors.The new chips also bring with them a new set of precious metal-based branding, with four metals—Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum—used to denote processor capabilities.This high core count prompted Intel to move away from the ring-based design used in prior processors.The ring design arranged cores in one or two loops with core-to-core communication having to go around the ring, potentially requiring data to travel over a dozen or more hops to move between cores.This design should help keep the communication latency between the cores low, and it's a key advantage over AMD's Infinity Fabric-based design, which can suffer very high latencies in a number of situations.The number of AVX registers has also been doubled.
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If you’re someone that just doesn’t get on with a heart rate monitor on their wrist - be it to do with accuracy, or not actually owning a running watch - then you can still get all the benefits of heart rate training with the Wahoo Tickr.This band sits snugly around your chest (although, do adjust it so you can breathe, it’ll still work just fine…) and will send out data on your heart rate to any watch or phone you care to pair it with.And the Wahoo Tickr has a decent discount on Amazon Prime Day, with the band now only costing £31.99, compared to the £40-odd you’ll find it most other places.If you're not already an Amazon Prime member you can get a free trial today to take advantage of this and loads of other deals.We saw it drop to this level around Christmas time last year, but it’s since climbed back up again - but it’s one of our favourite affordable heart rate monitors.That’s because it’s easy to clip into place with the poppers, syncs with everything thanks to packing Bluetooth and ANT+ support and seems to work accurately in our tests.
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Two of the year's highest-profile initial public offerings, Snap and Blue Apron, are officially duds.As of Tuesday morning, shares of both stocks were below their IPO price - meaning that investors who bought in (and held onto the shares) are now facing losses.Snap sold its shares for $17 in March.It began trading for $24, and rose to its all-time high a day later.Blue Apron- with an IPO price of $10 - barely kept itself above water on its first day of trading before slipping below 24 hours later.Snap has been facing a lot of pessimism, even from its own IPO underwriters, about its growth and revenue opportunities.
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South Denmark rising data center using entirely renewable energy, Apple said.a New data center value for Apple to announce a 6 billion dkk, which means fair 800 million.Apple says the new data center is scheduled to be operational in 2019 in the second quarter.the Center will be erected Aabenraan area in Southern Denmark near the German border.the New data center will serve the Apple web-based services, such as App Store, itunes, and map services, activities to european customers."we Are excited as we expand data center operations in Denmark and invest in new clean energy sources", apple's nordic region ceo Erik Stannow told the news agency Reuters.
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In 2016, the sold Avesta municipality land to a non-named companies for upwards of 33 million.Late in the fall, said The Journal, citing sources, that the company that bought the 109 acres of the forest land is the search engine giant Google.at the same time, it is clear that the government has been involved in the affair.Minister for enterprise, Mikael Damberg (S) has previously argued that it is an important investment for Sweden and confirmed that it is all about an establishment of a dataserverhall who can create 300 new jobs in the locality.We have already picked the home of Facebook, then came the Amazon.For the first time, the report now Mikael Damberg to the establishment of the Avesta is in paritiet with Facebook and Amazon's bets on data centers in Sweden.
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