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Photo by Chris Welch / The VergeVerizon finally offered some details about its 5G launch this morning: it plans to deploy the next-gen wireless technology in 30 cities by the end of 2019.The carrier didn’t say which cities those would be, how thoroughly 5G would be deployed throughout those cities, or when exactly the launch would begin, but Verizon did say that each launch would include some deployment of super fast millimeter wave radios.“It’s just gonna be a total different experience in speed and throughput than you have ever seen before,” Hans Vestberg, Verizon’s CEO, said during a meeting with investors this morning.Spokespeople for Verizon confirmed that the company is not yet identifying which cities the service will launch in.Verizon also specified that this would be real, standards-based 5G, not the off-brand 5G that Verizon used for its wireless home internet service.
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Öriket Vanuatu planerar att förbjuda engångsblöjor i syfte att minska miljöförstöring.Utrikesminister Ralph Regenvanu säger att förbudet även ska gälla flera andra varianter av engångsartiklar av plast, men att engångsblöjor utgör den största enskilda kategorin i hushållens avfall i huvudstaden.Vanuatu är ett av flera Stillahavsområden som drabbats hårt av klimatförändringar.Förra året blev det ett av de första länderna i världen att förbjuda engångsplastpåsar.Blöjförbudet, som ännu inte är godkänt, föreslås börja gälla den 1 december.Engångsblöjor är en miljöbov eftersom de är fodrade med plast som inte är biologiskt nedbrytbar och de innehåller ofta små plastkulor som absorberande medel.
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Audi is eager to show that its first mass-market electric car, the e-tron, is the real deal.The German automaker rolled the e-tron down Colorado’s Pikes Peak to demonstrate its regenerative braking system, then sent it to Namibia to thrash in the desert.No,w an Audi e-tron has driven up a ski slope in the Austrian Alps.The stunt replicates a famous Audi commercial from 1986 that featured rally driver Harald Demuth driving an Audi 100 CS up the Pitkavouri ski jump in Kaipola, Finland, to show off the sedan’s quattro all-wheel drive system.This time, Audi chose the Mausefalle (mousetrap) area of the Streif downhill course in Kitzbühel, Austria.With an 85-percent gradient, the Mausefalle is the steepest part of the course, according to Audi.
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The Razer Game Store, a digital store that offered customers exclusive deals on games and discounts on gaming accessories, will shut down at the end of February, less than year after it opened.Razer, which has dabbled in almost everything related to gaming, launched the digital store in April 2018.The Razer Game Store offered Steam, Uplay, and Origin keys to download games, and each purchase came with rewards in the form of Razer Silver.Razer Silver serves as Razer’s loyalty points, which may be used toward the purchase of accessories, gift vouchers, and more.Customers earned Razer Silver for every title purchased on the Razer Game Store, but earned more if they used the Razer Gold digital currency.Unfortunately, it appears that Razer’s plan to attach accessory discounts to game purchases will not push forward.
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The latest Detective Pikachu TV spot showcases some more CGI versions of classic Pokemon, with Lickitung looking (and sounding) suitably weird.We see the classic pink Pokemon unfurling his massive tongue in front of hero Tim Goodman (Justice Smith).The brief set of clips mostly goes over shots we saw in the initial trailer, which set tongues wagging back in November as it revealed Deadpool's Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, but we also catch a glimpse of Growlithe the fire pup (over Tim's right shoulder during Pikachu's coffee spit-take) and get a close look at Bulbasaur.Detective Pikachu, based on the Nintendo 3DS game of the same name, licks theaters on May 10.We also already know a sequel is on the way.
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Education officials in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang have released a set of draft regulations that would limit the use of electronic devices for schoolwork, citing a need to prevent myopia.The new rules prohibit assigning homework via apps, stating that take-home assignments should be on paper.In addition, instruction that uses electronic devices must not make up more than 30% of teaching time.The regulations fall in line with guidelines released by China’s Ministry of Education last August, according to Beijing News (in Chinese).To prevent nearsightedness among minors, it mandated that teaching and homework should not rely on electronics.The same month, China’s media regulator the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television released similar regulations targeting myopia.
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Secondhand goods are probably the last thing that come to mind when discussing frontiers in Chinese tech.As conglomerates like Alibaba and JD rush to pour hundreds of millions into AI-driven pig farms and while President Xi Jinping calls for China to realize a toilet revolution that will replace the traditional hole in the ground with multifunctional bidets, recycling used products is a concept that many Zhongguancun entrepreneurs are unlikely to find exciting or profitable.More to the point, recycled goods would seem to have little traction with the typical Chinese consumer, who is often generalized as voracious, status-oriented and thus drawn to brand prestige.With such an unyielding hunger for luxury, it is safe to assume these urbanites would be ashamed to even consider buying secondhand goods.“[Chinese] media gives a distorted picture of consumer trends in China,” says 28-year old Yang Yuhuan, COO of Yuelin, a Beijing-based startup that is currently focused on China’s secondhand book market.“They too often forget the majority of the population is living in second- and third-tier cities.”
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De tre biltillverkarna är inne i slutförhandlingen med Google om ett samarbete med Waymo.Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishis samlade volym på 10,8 miljoner bilar per år innebär att underbolagets autonoma teknik kan få en dominerande ställning.Sammantaget utgör de tre bolagen världens största producent av plug-in hybrider.Nu vill alliansen Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi skaffa sig samma starka ställning inom autonoma fordon, och för att positionera sig på området vill trion samarbeta med Googles underbolag Waymo.Enligt Nikkei Asian Review är biltillverkarnas pågående samtal med Google nu inne i sin slutfas, och förhoppningen är att samarbetet ska kunna dra igång redan i vår.Waymo har sedan tidigare ett liknande avtal med Fiat Chrysler-koncernen samt Jaguar Land Rover, men det nya samarbetet med den fransk-japanska alliansen skulle ta utvecklingen till en helt ny skala.
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Twitter is being sued by a Canadian blogger who says she shouldn't have been permanently banned from the social network for her tweets about transgender people.Meghan Murphy, founder of the blog Feminist Current, says in the lawsuit that the company locked her account last year and asked her to pull down a tweet that said, "Men aren't women."The tweet was part of Murphy's argument that gender is assigned at birth.Murphy also clashed with Twitter over tweets that asked, "How are transwomen not men?What is the difference between a man and a transwoman?"In November, the argument reached a crescendo when Twitter permanently booted Murphy from the platform for violating the site's rules against hateful conduct, after she referenced a transgender woman as "him."
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Bolaget startades 2015 av Malmö-entreprenörerna Johan Brissmyr och Sebastian Wallin.2016 blev de antagna till Y Combinators prestigefyllda acceleratorprogram i Silicon Valley, en resa som Di Digital bevakade.Läs mer: “Det känns lite som i serien Silicon Valley” - Y Combinator från insidanSedan dess har Castle haft sin bas i San Francisco, med kontor även i Malmö och Krakow, och fick in en såddinvestering på runt 18 miljoner kronor i november 2016.Investerarna från den, bland andra First Round Capital, F-Prime Capital Partners och Y Combinator, är också med och investerar i den senaste emissionen – en A-runda på 9,2 miljoner dollar, motsvarande drygt 85 miljoner kronor.A-rundan leds av riskkapitalbolaget Index Ventures och förutom riskkapitalbolagen deltar ett antal affärsänglar.
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Internet Explorer är inte ens en webbläsare längre, det är en ”kompabilitetslösning”.Det har snart gått fyra år sedan Internet Explorer efterträddes av Microsoft Edge, men än håller många fast vid den förlegade webbläsaren.Mellan 5 och 10 procent av alla datoranvändare surfar via IE, om man ska tro analysföretagen Net Applications och Statcounter.Och nu har Microsoft själva tröttnat.Förra veckan skrev säkerhetsexperten Chris Jackson, som jobbar med utvecklingen av Windows, ett blogginlägg med titeln ”Farorna med att använda Internet Explorer som standardwebbläsare”.Inlägget riktar sig framförallt till företag som använder ålderstigna webbapplikationer, som intranät som bara fungerar ordentligt på Internet Explorer.
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With what felt like about 800 performances in the space of three and a half hours, with a couple of awards dished out every 45 minutes or so, it’s fair to say that this year’s Grammys were a jam-packed affair.Starting with a performance of her chart-topping hit Havana, performed against an elaborate and colourful backdrop, she was joined by a host of all-star guests, including singers J Balvin and Ricky Martin, musician Arturo Sandoval and rapper Young Thug.Reminding everyone what the night was really about, each of the women revealed what music meant to them, with Michelle saying: ““Music has always helped me tell my story... whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys.John Mayer and Alicia Keys come full circleAhead of the Song Of The Year result, Grammys host Alicia Keys was joined on stage by musician John Mayer, and recalled the year they were both up in that same category.The two then revealed that Childish Gambino – one of several nominees not in attendance – was this year’s recipient, for his critically-acclaimed track This Is America, which also won Best Music Video and Record Of The Year.
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Earlier this week, a member of the Texas state legislature introduced a bill that would make it a crime for a telecommunications company, like Verizon or AT, to throttle internet service in declared disaster areas, according to KUT News.This Texas bill, HB 1426, doesn’t go any further to codify net neutrality rules, only prohibiting carriers from restricting internet access in disaster areas.It does not ban behaviors like throttling in any other scenarios.Over 100 other bills regarding net neutrality have been introduced at the state level following the Federal Communications Commission’s move to roll back the protections in 2017.Republican commissioners, like Chairman Ajit Pai, have argued that even without Title II or “utility” classification protections, carriers wouldn’t choose to throttle or block internet access across the country.“The fact that this is now bubbling up at the state level is a good sign,” said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, said.
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Microsoft has said it is killing off Azure Party Clusters, the software giant’s free trial for Service Fabric workloads, so engineers can concentrate on stopping the rest of the stack from toppling.Citing a need "to focus our engineering efforts on supporting production workloads and enhancing the supportability of Service Fabric", Microsoft has announced the party is over unless you'd care to set yourself up an Azure account and have a crack at a freebie trial instead.What was neat about the functionality was that no subscriptions or sign-ups were required – setting up a party cluster was a matter of a few clicks, and then two hours (at the time of the 2015 launch) of cluster goodness was your (or rather your app's) for the taking.Once those two hours were up, anything you'd stashed in the cluster was automatically blown away, and you'd need to start again.Microsoft later reduced the time its largesse would last to just one hour and, at time of writing, users required a Facebook login or GitHub account to join the party.Service Fabric first made an appearance in April 2015 as Microsoft's pitch at letting devs create web apps out of various interconnected components.
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When Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company’s “number one priority when we contemplate new kinds of advertising products.”And, for nearly a decade, Google did in fact keep DoubleClick’s massive database of web-browsing records separate by default from the names and other personally identifiable information Google has collected from Gmail and its other login accounts.But this summer, Google quietly erased that last privacy line in the sand – literally crossing out the lines in its privacy policy that promised to keep the two pots of data separate by default.Existing users were prompted to opt-in to the change this summer.The practical result of the change is that the DoubleClick ads that follow people around on the web may now be customized to them based on your name and other information Google knows about you.It also means that Google could now, if it wished to, build a complete portrait of a user by name, based on everything they write in email, every website they visit and the searches they conduct.
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Det handlar om en framhjulsdriven Model 3 som kommer att säljas för 433 000 yuan, motsvarande 582 000 kronor.Tidigare har Tesla i Kina erbjudit en fram- och bakhjulsdriven Model 3 för 499 000 yuan.Bolaget planerar att börja leverera de första bilarna i mars.Tesla har nyligen påbörjat byggnationen av en fabrik i Shanghai för att minimera effekterna av handelskriget mellan USA och Kina.Bolaget importerar för närvarande alla sina bilar till Kina, som är världens största elbilsmarknad.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- A decade ago, scientists noticed something very strange happening when buckyballs -- soccer ball shaped carbon molecules -- were dumped onto a certain type of multilayer graphene, a flat carbon nanomaterial.Rather than rolling around randomly like marbles on a hardwood floor, the buckyballs spontaneously assembled into single-file chains that stretched across the graphene surface.Now, researchers from Brown University's School of Engineering have explained how the phenomenon works, and that explanation could pave the way for a new type of controlled molecular self-assembly.In a paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society A, the Brown team shows that tiny, electrically charged crinkles in graphene sheets can interact with molecules on the surface, arranging those molecules in electric fields along the paths of the crinkles.The new paper is a follow-up to earlier research by Kim's team.In that first paper, they described how gently squeezing sheets of layered graphene from the side causes it to deform in a peculiar way.
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In a report published today, research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) said that 375.4 million devices shipped to customers during the fourth quarter of 2018, down 4.9 percent from Q4 2017’s peak — marking the fifth consecutive quarter of decline and closing out the worst year ever for smartphone shipments.Global shipments in 2018 dipped 4.1 percent, with a total of 1.4 billion units shipped for the full year.Samsung — the top smartphone vendor by volume — ended the holiday quarter with 70.4 million total shipments, a 5.5 percent decline from the 74.5 million it shipped globally in Q4 2017.(It drove the Seoul company’s market share below 20 percent to 18.7 percent, and 2018 shipment volume down 8 percent from 317.7 million units to 292.3 million.)Meanwhile, Apple, which ranks second in the world by volume, saw the volume of iPhone shipments dive 11.5 percent, with total volume dipping 3.2 percent to 208.8 million units from 215.8 million for the full year.“Globally the smartphone market is a mess right now,” Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers team, said.
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The US Department of Justice has hit Chinese telecoms vendor Huawei with a 23-count indictment, covering allegations ranging from bank fraud to theft of trade secrets.It was soon revealed that the reason for the arrest was suspected fraud related to attempts to conceal business being done with Iranian companies in violation of US trade sanctions.The Iran stuff constitutes the majority of the charges filed in New York against Huawei, Meng and its alleged unofficial Iranian affiliate company Skycom.Specifically they are charged with bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.In addition Huawei and Skycom are accused of violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and conspiracy to violate IEEPA, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.It seems a bit redundant to come up with a separate charge of conspiracy to do the crime you’re also accusing someone of doing, but there you go.
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If you’re looking for a long-lasting phone that won’t break the bank, your search might be over — Realme announced the Realme C1 (2019), the company’s latest entry-level smartphone.On the outside, the Realme C1 (2019) features a 6.2-inch display with HD+ (1,520 x 720) resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio.There’s no fingerprint sensor, but the front-facing 5-megapixel camera supports facial recognition.The software identifies 128 facial points to unlock the phone in 0.3 seconds.Around back are dual 13 and 2MP cameras that support beauty and portrait modes.Under the hood, the Realme C1 (2019) features Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 450 processor, either 2 or 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable storage.
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