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Dating apps: The latest playersTinder: Launched in 2012, the Daddy of dating apps is now estimated to have over 50 million users worldwide.Mainly based on pictures, you swipe left to say no, and right if you’re interested.Happn: Arriving in the UK from Paris in 2014, this helps ‘find the people you’ve crossed paths with’, using GPS tracking to show you who’s near you.OkCupid: If you thought there was no formula for love, you were wrong.OkCupid gives you a list of questions to answer as you sign up, then uses the OKC algorithm to find you matches.
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On August 21, the United States will witness a total solar eclipse, the first for almost 99 years.It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event, and it’s unlikely that we’ll see anything like it ever again.Suffice to say, America’s gone eclipse-crazy, with hotel rooms in the best viewing locations going for thousands of dollars a night.But to observe the spectacle without frying your retinas, you need special filtered glasses that conform to the ISO 12312-2 safety standards.Unfortunately though, some folks are flogging ordinary shades and handheld viewers with labels falsely stating they conform to the standard.According to the American Astronomical Society, these “do not block enough of the Sun’s ultraviolet, visible, and infrared radiation to make them truly safe.”
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As AI bots continue to impress in classic board games like Chess and Go, an Elon Musk-backed OpenAI bot has managed to comprehensively beat the world's finest Dota 2 gamer, Danylo "Dendi" Ishutin, in a live one-on-one showdown at The International, Valve's yearly Dota 2 eSports tournament.After making a surprise appearance at the event, OpenAI's bot crushed Dendi, who is estimated to have won $735,449.40 in his career, by winning the first two rounds in a best-of-three match.The first round ended in less than 10 minutes, while the other two ended with Dendi resigning from one and declining to play the next."This guy is scary," Dendi quipped after seeing the bot's manoeuvres and later noted that it "feels a little like [a] human, but a little like something else".It's a big win for the Musk-backed startup, which ultimately aims to build AI systems to accomplish well-defined goals in messy, complicated situations.Instead of teaching the bot different strategical aspects of the game, the team copied the AI and left it to play a "thousand lifetimes of matches" against itself over a two-week period to understand enough nuances to defeat a pro gamer.
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Paris bid co-president talks up competitive gaming.Competitive gaming could be on its way to the Olympic Games as an official medal sport within the next decade.The co-president of Paris's bid committee for the 2024 Games, Tony Estanguet, confirmed in an interview yesterday (9 August) that he will speak to both esports representatives and the International Olympic Committee about its possible inclusion, citing the need to appeal to a younger, esport-savvy viewership."We have to look at it because we can't say, 'It's not us.It's not about Olympics,'" Estanguet told Associated Press."The youth, yes they are interested in esports and this kind of thing.
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According to Sigmaintell Consulting – a research company that just published its data on smartphone shipments in the Chinese market for the first half of 2017, there’s a small drop in shipments by 1.4% when compared to the previous period last year.The report reveals that manufacturers in the Chinese region shipped approximately 230 million units during the January-June period of 2017, but thankfully (for them), companies like Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi did well in overseas markets, mostly because of hardware upgrades and better ways of promoting and selling their devices.The report focuses on display technologies used in the Chinese market and reveals that phones with in-cell LCD panels accounted for 71 million units, with Huawei having shipped 25 million of them.On the other hand shipments of AMOLED-based phones had a significant decline with 13.8% to just 37.4 million units.The main reason behind the downfall is Oppo shifting their manufacture to smartphones with in-cell panels.Oppo and Vivo however are in first place (in China) with a 71% shipping of all AMOLED smartphones in China.
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Still stuck with an ailing PS3 as your Blu-ray spinner?It might be time to upgrade your home cinema specs.Worry not, though: nowadays, a quality film setup doesn't require stacks of cash or heaps of space.Pair a good soundbar with a decent streamer, for example, and you'll have the perfect combo for a top telly experience.Where to look for great savings on the best kit?We've streamed, screamed and searched through all the offers, to bring you the best deals on home cinema gadgets.
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The episodes in Game of Thrones season 7 have all been excellent so far, but none have been quite as good as what we saw last night with episode 4, “The Spoils of War.” After Daenerys’s armies and ships were utterly devastated over the past two episodes, this week we get to see her take matters into her own hands.Warning: what follows after this paragraph are comprehensive spoilers for this week’s Game of Thrones episode, “The Spoils of War.” If you haven’t watched the episode yet and you don’t want the story spoiled for you, do not read on.Littlefinger presents Bran with a dagger made of Valyrian steel – the very one that an assassin tried to use to claim Bran’s life way back in season one.Cersei meets again with Tycho Nestoris, the representative from the Iron Bank of Braavos, who has made the trip to King’s Landing to collect on the massive Lannister debt.The dragonglass isn’t the only thing he wants her to see, as he’s also discovered ancient cave drawings created by the Children of the Forest.Jon, in a moment of wisdom, explains that people follow Daenerys because they believe she can give them a different world than the horrible one they’ve always known.
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Things are becoming more clear about the upcoming Galaxy Note8 model day by day as you can see.Earlier this week, tipster Evan Blass (@evleaks on Twitter) shared his detailed spec-sheet for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note8 phablet, scheduled to appear in the coming weeks, revealing that it will be equipped with a 3,300mAh battery.Earlier today, an image rumored to show a couple of Note8 batteries surfaced online, basically confirming the 3,300mAh capacity and the leakster’s sources.Just for comparison reasons, note that the Galaxy S8 packs a 3,000mAh battery, while the S8+ comes with a 3,500mAh battery.The discontinued – explosive- Note7, on the other hand, also had a 3,500mAh battery powering it, while the Galaxy Note FE has a 3,200mAh battery inside it.We expect to see the Samsung Galaxy Note8 officially on August 23.
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Uber’s car-lending programme is facing new questions after the company leased cars prone to fires in Singapore.The ride-hailing company borrowed capital from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and other banks used to purchase more than 1,000 defective Honda Motor Co. vehicles from importers, according to the Wall Street Journal.Uber managers in Singapore were aware that Honda had recalled the Vezel models when it bought and leased them to drivers, and at least one car burst into flames in January, the newspaper reported.The search giant claimed Uber’s Anthony Levandowski stole 14,000 highly confidential documents before his resignation, which he took to Uber just months laterTravis Kalanick filmed in heated driver rowKalanick was forced to apologise after he was filmed in a heated row with an Uber driver.
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Jaguar collects a lot of data from its drivers – from the speed at which they travel and the length of their journeys to the colours they prefer their cars to be.But while this information has its uses, the auto brand’s head of design believes it also has the ability to hold back innovation and force designers to recreate the same car over and over again.The past decade has seen chief marketing officers agonise over their new responsibility for monitoring data in the form of campaign metrics and battening down the hatches of their organisations ahead of GDPR.At the same time, it is data that can make or break a CMO’s tenure (one ill-received or ineffective campaign can line a path to the door), meaning the relationship between instant insight and marketers’ is often fraught.“Myself and the team will listen to the market and consumer research and absorb it, then we’ll go off and do what we believe is right.”Callum has earned the right to take this gut instinct approach.
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Today, Alphabet is developing a molten salt based energy storage system for renewable power, the world will probably be 2 degrees warmer by 2100, Spotify is ready to go public as it hits 60 million paying users and more.Three papers have been published in Nature Climate Change that suggest the Paris Agreement, which aims to keep the increase in global average temperature below 1.5C, will not be enough to keep global average temperatures from rising more than 2C (WIRED).In "Less than 2C warming by 2100 unlikely", a University of Washington team looked at the impact of global population, GDP and carbon intensity (the amount of carbon emitted for every dollar of economic activity) on future carbon emissions, looking at trends from the past 50 years.Co-author Dargan Frierson, associate professor of atmospheric sciences, said: "Our results show that an abrupt change of course is needed to achieve these goals".However, the new research, analysing the blood of 192 people with CFS/ME symptoms compared to that of 392 healthy individuals, found that the severity of disease symptoms correlated with the levels of 17 cytokines, substances produced by immune cells in response to infection, which are known to stimulate inflammation and produce flu-like symptoms.When developer Guilherme Rambo unpacked the pre-release version of a new firmware for Apple's HomePod speaker, he discovered that it was iOS 11.0.2, a full two patches ahead of what's publicly available (WIRED).
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Anyone who has been in China for a day knows that people do not carry cash around anymore; WeChat Pay and Alipay are default payment methods at places ranging from hospitals to your fruit vendor around by the corner.Now the burgeoning scene has been confirmed by numbers.As part of WeChat’s weeklong celebration of its second annual “Cashless Day” to be held on Aug 8, Tencent published a joint report with Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University and research firm Ipsos detailing the penetration of mobile payment in the country.The report shows a staggering 84% respondents who feel comfortable without carrying cash around because they have their mobile phones.Major cities—including Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Chengdu—take the top five places in the report’s “overall smart life index” ranking, which measures cities’ mobile payment penetration in three categories: commerce, social, and welfare.But the trend is happening outside the big cities, too.
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Ecommerce Strategies from BombTech Golf-Use video: Proof of concept is important in golf, and plenty of other industries.Double down where you competitors aren’t and use your passion to prove not only the quality of your product, but to also grow brand love through your personality.-Treat your product pages like landing pages: Landing pages are all about getting someone to take a specific action.That’s exactly what your product page should do –– using clear CTAs and exciting proofs of concept (i.e.Better yet, video on product pages increases that page’s search visibility –– driving in increased brand visibility and traffic from organic search.
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Fifty years ago the first Consumer Electronics Show was held in New York City, giving local nerds a sneak peek at all the electronic toys arriving in 1967.Twenty years later, Art Vuolo attended the ‘Summer’ edition of the trade show with a giant camera on his shoulder, giving us a wonderful time capsule of what was drool-worthy 30 years ago.Up until 1994, CES actually happened twice a year.Once in Las Vegas in January—the CES Gizmodo knows best—and a second time in Chicago in June.The Summer edition, as it was known, is where all of this fantastic footage comes from, and while all of the technology looks incredibly dated, we’ll be saying the same thing about this year’s CES 30 years from now.The four-part video series covers everything from super-VHS cameras and tape recorders, to monstrous CRT television sets, to CD video players.
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Let me ask you a question: Do you know what it takes to hire a team of writers?It takes more than posting a listing in a marketplace, that’s for sure.(Actually, if you are looking for writers in marketplaces, you are likely doing everything wrong.)It actually takes a lot of decisions, some of which are small and some of which are big.This can seem a bit too daunting at first.You want to build a great team to drive your content marketing, and you want to do it in an efficient manner.
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Nearly 30 years before the World Wide Web was invented, Marshall McLuhan predicted the web technology we have today, as well as its impact.A Canadian philosopher and professor who specialized in media theory, McLuhan rose to prominence in the 1960s with his theory that society is shaped by technology and the way information is shared.Google's Doodle on Friday celebrates the visionary's 106th birthday by illustrating how McLuhan viewed human history.For McLuhan, human history could be divided into four major communications eras: the acoustic age, essentially that of oral tradition; the literary age, which begins with the invention of writing; the print age, beginning with invention of the printing press; and the electronic age, the dissemination of information through computers.His 1962 book, "The Gutenberg Galaxy," popularized the term "global village" -- a term that describes how the world has been contracted into a village by electric technology.In that book, he prophesied the web technology we have today – a medium that didn't exist until a decade after his death.
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Receipt Bank, a fintech startup that helps companies automate elements of their bookkeeping, has raised $50 million in a series B round of funding from Insight Venture Partners.Founded out of London in 2010, Receipt Bank targets accountants, bookkeepers, and small businesses with an online platform that allows them to submit their invoices, receipts, and bills simply by snapping a photo and uploading it through the mobile app (Android, iOS), the desktop app, or an email submission.The company said that it works with more than 5,000 accounting and bookkeeping firms globally, representing over 100,000 clients across North America, EMEA, and Australia.It also told VentureBeat that last year it passed $10 million in annual recurring revenue (ARR), a revenue measure often used by subscription-based businesses.Indeed, Receipt Bank charges clients between $25 and $225 per month, depending on the number of items processed.Receipt Bank had raised around $15 million in equity financing up until now, and with its latest cash injection the company said it plans to accelerate growth and further develop its products.
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Microsoft is putting its money where its mouth is in its attempts to break into the embedded computing space, announcing a partnership with Johnson Controls to put the Windows 10 Internet of Things (IoT) Core platform into a smart thermostat dubbed Glas.Announced back in 2015, Windows 10 IoT Core is - as the name suggests - a cut-down version of Microsoft's flagship operating system designed for embedded devices in the Internet of Things spectrum.Although lacking a traditional graphical user interface or support for legacy applications, the platform is designed to be relatively lightweight and offer the comfortable familiarity of Windows application programming interfaces (APIs) along with tight integration into the company's Azure cloud computing platform.Despite numerous initiatives designed to boost adoption, including making the platform available free of charge for single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi, commercial adoption of Windows 10 IoT Core has been slow-to-nonexistent.To address that, Microsoft has announced that has partnered with Cork-based Johnson Controls - best known for its founder, Warren S. Johnson, having patented the world's first electric room thermostat in 1883 - into a smart thermostat driven by its Azure-based Cortana voice-activated assistant platform.Dubbed Glas, the thermostat is designed to compete with devices like the Google-owned Nest.
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Samsung may be rebooting a few hundred thousand Galaxy Note 7 handsets as Note 7 FE refurbs, but that still leaves millions of the recalled phablets needing to be dealt with.Rather than junk them, however – and facing pressure from environmental agencies – the South Korean firm has detailed exactly how it plans to make the most of the components that went into the ill-fated phone.However, it’s unlikely you’ll end up seeing some zombie parts showing up in future Samsung devices.First off, the company had to contact all owners and persuade them to turn their phablets off and bring them back in for the recall.Samsung is calling that the Galaxy Note 7 FE, or “Fan Edition”, and it’s basically a well-checked-over iteration of the phablet the company is confident won’t experience future battery issues.The remainder will fall into Samsung’s newly-detailed recycling process.
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The automation revolution, where most of our jobs are replaced by robots and we spend the rest of our days floating around on rubber rings sipping piña coladas, has hit a snag: a Knightscope K5 security bot appears to have fallen down some stairs and drowned itself in a water feature.The scene, which took place at the mixed-use Washington Harbour development in Washington DC, was captured by Bilal Farooqui on Twitter.One local office worker reported that the K5 robot had only been patrolling the complex for a few days.Knightscope said in a statement that the "isolated incident" was under investigation, and that a new robot would be delivered to Washington Harbour this week for free.We first wrote about the Dalek-like K5 back in 2014.It has a 360-degree video camera array, sensitive microphones, air quality sensors, and even thermal imaging capabilities.
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