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Oppo R13 and R13 Plus were the expected successors to the R11s and R11s Plus.Apparently, the Chinese manufacturer has renamed it to Oppo R15 since 13 is considered as taboo or inauspicious in many countries.In the latest report, leaked renders of the Oppo R15 have leaked on Weibo.As speculated before the leaked renders confirm the presence of an iPhone X like notch on the top.To be honest, it looks exactly like the iPhone X from the front.On the back though, the design takes cues from the OnePlus 5/5T with a horizontally aligned dual camera setup rather than a vertically aligned one like the iPhone X.
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Following AT’s pledge last month to build out a true 5G network by the end of the year, the telecom has announced its first three of 12 locations that will get standards-based, mobile 5G by the end of the year.The company says two Texas cities, Dallas and Waco, are on the list, as well as Atlanta, Georgia.An AT spokesperson says additional cities will be “announced in the coming months, rounding out the dozen we have committed to hit this year.”AT originally announced its intentions to build a 5G network last year.But that technology was essentially a rebranding and deployment of existing LTE capabilities that AT cleverly called “5G Evolution,” which it seems was intended to confuse consumers into thinking its network had jumped ahead of competitors.However, 3GPP — the standards organization in charge of classifying what is and isn’t 5G — signed off on official specifications for a true 5G network in December of last year.
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Today, Apple informed developers that all new apps that are submitted to the App Store must support the iPhone X’s Super Retina display, starting this April, reports 9to5Mac.This decision means iOS developers will be required to create apps that accommodate edge-to-edge and yes, the notch.New apps must also be built with the iOS 11 SDK.Apple’s decision to include the notch has been a point of contention for many, but it’s a design the company has leaned into.Over the past months since its release, it’s become a recognizable feature for the device, helping to create a visual identifier that sets it apart.Other companies have even knocked off the notch, creating a whole segment of derivative devices.
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Spring Festival is approaching and the annual hongbao war is on.Alibaba’s lifestyle app Koubei invested 100 million yuan on the “shout red envelopes” (in Chinese) game.From 11:00 pm on the 13th to the first day of the New Year, users can login on the Koubei app, and search for “shout red envelopes (喊红包)” to enter the event page to participate.These red envelopes work like Siri, and users need to say certain things or make certain sounds to get a hongbao, like “You are my New Year’s wish (你就是我的新年愿望)” or bark like a dog (since its the Year of the Dog).Users can also say tongue twisters like “Egg mochi cake I also eat mochi cake eggs I Also eat (鸡蛋糍粑我也吃糍粑鸡蛋我也吃).” Koubei invested RMB 100 million ($15.7 million) on the “shout red envelopes” game.Koubei’s competitor, Meituan Dianping also launched the “grab a red envelope for the Spring Festival” event a few days ago.
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"Yes, you'll finally have your Jetson cars," Nasa's acting administrator Robert Lightfoot said.From an outpost on the moon and build flying cars to attempts to cut funding for the international space station and earth science missions, the budget covers a lot of things.Here is a quick rundown of the highlights."It reflects the administration's confidence that through Nasa leadership, America will lead the way back to the Moon and take the next giant leap from where we made that first small step nearly 50 years ago," Lightfoot said."This budget codifies the president's Space Policy Directive-1, which charges us to 'lead an innovative and sustainable campaign of exploration that will lead the return of humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and use followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations," he added.It means Nasa is now seriously planning to go to the Moon, "with an eye toward Mars".
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Alibaba has signed a content licensing deal with Disney subsidiary Buena Vista International to release Disney content on video platform Youku.The deal, which also includes OTT platforms such as SmartTV and set-top boxes, includes more than 1,000 episodes of Disney animated series including DuckTales and My Friends Tigger & Pooh, as well as 100 live action and classic films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Frozen and Beauty and the Beast.The multi-year licensing deal was negotiated by Alibaba’s media and entertainment division, Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group and establishes Alibaba as the platform with the largest collection of Disney animation in China.Alibaba said the deal aims to satisfy the growing demand for family entertainment in the country.Yang Weidong, president of Youku, Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group said, “The addition of Disney content greatly enriches the library of quality international content on Alibaba’s media and entertainment ecosystem, giving us a leading edge in foreign content distribution in China.“We look forward to further cooperation with global entertainment companies, which will help increase our penetration in the family entertainment segment and strengthen Youku’s position as a leading multi-screen entertainment and media platform in China.”
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Projection of cyber code on hooded man is pictured in this illustration picture Thomson ReutersUS officials paid a shady Russian $100,000 last year to re-acquire stolen NSA cyberweapons.American spies tried to recover the cyberweapons during several meetings.But each time the Russian came back with "kompromat" on Trump until, finally, US officials cut off the deal and warned the intermediary to return to Russia.The interactions appear to have been part of a counterintelligence operation aimed at sowing discord and casting doubt on the legitimacy of the Russia investigation.In a bombshell report published Friday, The New York Times found that American spies paid thousands of dollars to a Russian with shady connections in an effort to recover stolen cyberweapons.
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Following the likes of Instagram, Pinterest and PopSugar, media and entertainment company Mashable is embracing shoppable content.The site teamed up with online marketplace eBay to tag images in a pilot meant to explore what compels readers to click and buy.“Through the partnership, Mashable journalists will enable readers to shop the looks featured in Mashable by independently curating matching fashion items and more available on eBay’s global platform,” reads an eBay press release.“By clicking on shopping tag icons embedded within Mashable stories, users can view, compare and buy the Mashable team’s selections.”The release added that the effort combines “Mashable’s expert recommendations with the consumer discovery power of eBay” without ever having to leave the Mashable site.An eBay rep said the initiative will include 160 shoppable articles.
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Based on a detailed statistical analysis of multiple datasets, the Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership (FACHEP) research team found that the majority of Legionnaires' disease cases that occurred during the 2014-15 outbreak in Genesee County, Michigan, can be attributed to the change in of the City of Flint's drinking water supply to the Flint River.The researchers also found that the specific strain of Legionella isolated from Flint residences as part of FACHEP's sampling in 2016 is not readily detected by common diagnostic tests for Legionella.FACHEP researchers determined that in 2014-15 there was an increase in the risk of acquiring Legionnaires' disease across the Flint water distribution system that is consistent with a systemwide proliferation of Legionella bacteria."Our study shows that during the water crisis, the risk of a Flint resident having Legionnaires' disease increased as the amount of free chlorine in their water decreased," said Shawn McElmurry, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Wayne State University and the FACHEP principal investigator.Chlorine is a chemical that is routinely added to drinking water to kill microbes.From a random sampling of water from approximately 130 Flint households in fall 2016, after return to the Lake Huron water source, Legionella bacteria were isolated from 12 percent of homes surveyed.
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Does your iPhone 7 say “No Service” when you’re oh-so-certain the signal is fine?You might be totally right.Reports and rumors of a “No Service” bug impacting iPhone 7s have been floating around for well over a year now — and as of this afternoon, Apple is acknowledging the issue.The company says it’s determined that “a small percentage” of iPhone 7s will claim no service even when service is available.The bad news: it’s not an easy fix.A software update won’t help this time.
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Today IDC, a well-known research company provided a complete data concerning the global smartphones market shipments in the Q4, 2017.Though the main players remain the same, their positions in the top five have been changed.Let’s get acquainted with the numbers and look at the charts showcasing the real state of the market.In the Q4, 2017 the global smartphone shipments reached 403.5 million units.Thus it decreased by 6.3% in comparison to the same period of 2016.And though Apple is the first with 77.3 million shipped units and market share of 19.2%, it is down by 1.3%.
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San Francisco is trying to find network providers to build a city-wide, gigabit fiber Internet service with mandated net neutrality and consumer privacy protections.The city yesterday issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to find companies that are qualified "to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain a ubiquitous broadband FTTP [fiber-to-the-premises] network that permits retail service providers to lease capacity on the network."The project would also involve a free Wi-Fi service for city parks, city buildings, major thoroughfares, and visitor areas."Trump's hand-picked FCC and Republicans in Congress have dismantled crucial net neutrality, privacy, and consumer protections," Mayor Mark Farrell said in an announcement yesterday."We will provide an alternative that favors the general public and San Francisco values, not corporate interests.About 100,000 people—12 percent of the city's residents—lack Internet access at home, the announcement said.
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Sandia National Laboratories designed, tested and delivered new radiation detection equipment for monitoring under the New START Treaty.Specific neutron-detecting equipment is defined in the treaty for this confirmation.It was originally developed for the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty to discriminate between intermediate-range missiles that were prohibited by the treaty and strategic-range missiles that were not prohibited.The latest version of the radiation detection equipment is lighter, more rugged and designed to be more sustainable into the future than the original generation of equipment.'A viable long-term solution' for treaty verification"It was getting to the point where the team was calling up retired vendors to see if they still had spare parts to repair the old equipment.
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HMD Global has launched the 4G variant of the Nokia 3310 feature phone in China.The news broke soon after there were reports of Jio partnering with HMD Global to launch the new 3310 in India.For those who don’t know, HMD Global is the parent company of the Nokia brand.The Nokia 3310 4G is an upgrade to the existing feature phone from the company.In China, the phone runs on YunOS, a forked version of Android.There is no update on the price and availability, but the phone has been listed on the company’s website.
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Voice is a perfectly nice niche UI, a sort of new right mouse click, that I believe will end up full circle having essentially no true effect on marketing and brands whatsoever.Blockchain won’t change our industry because it’s solves a problem inelegantly that we can solve in better more simple ways, but that most people don’t want to.From Amazon to Argos, to Iceland to Ulta, we see the continued rise of stores that make shopping a surgically fast experience.A previously male version of shopping, the caveman like hunting down things that are unmemorable and easy.We’ve had online and offline and through the line and omnichannel, and now finally retail executives understand what every single normal human being has known for years: It’s just buying stuff how we want to.Consumer journeys now straddle these made up lines so much, we need to abandon any idea that it’s about our processes, logistics supply chain and cost centers, and instead work around people.
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Unsure on-shore: When it comes to staff ratio, you hit it then quit it... right?IBM's Global Technology Services says it is finally edging closer to a proposed target to base 60 per cent of the workforce in offshore locations, one fifth in nearshore and another fifth onshore.The 60-20-20 rule, as it is known within the company, replaces the previous model in which Big Blue intended to have eight in 10 GTS personnel in lower-cost areas, including India, by the end of last year.Clearly top brass (or their consultants) have had a change of heart judging by recent comments to staff in notes from an Employee Consultation Committee (ECC) seen by The Register.The ECC was formed to give employees a voice in the latest round of UK job cuts.The ECC notes carried a question from one GTS employee: "If we are going to a 60-20-20 delivery model within GTS what is the current resource model ratio for IS Project Services Delivery and Managed Services in the UK and separately Ireland?"
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January is often a time for looking ahead, for positive thinking and resolutions.But for me, so soon into the year, disappointment has struck.17th January 2018 will go down in my memory as a series of missed opportunities to protect the world’s forests.The UK and the EU currently rely heavily on burning wood to generate ‘renewable’ energy.But burning millions of tonnes of trees every year is actually bad news for the climate: it seems obvious, but burning wood releases carbon, just like fossil fuels.It sends carbon dioxide straight up into the atmosphere at around the same rate as coal, sometimes at an even higher rate.
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The Romans have invaded Westeros.A new trailer is up for Sky Atlantic’s historical fantasy Britannia.Set during the Roman invasion of Celtic Britain, the show focuses on a Roman general named Aulus Plautius (played by The Walking Dead’s Governor, David Morrissey) who is attempting to conquer the Celtic heart of Britannia, which the series calls “a mysterious land ruled by warrior women and powerful druids who can channel the mysterious forces of the Underworld.” Sounds like an awesome place.The trailer doesn’t show any actual magic being used, but there’s a lot of sexy Druid dancing set to rock music.The show’s cast includes Morrissey, Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes), and Zoë Wanamaker (Madame Hooch from Harry Potter).Emperor Palpatine also shows up (Ian McDiarmid), taking on the role of King Pellenor.
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Vendors of industrial systems have joined the long list of vendors responding responses to the Meltdown and Spectre processor vulnerabilities.So far, a dozen vendors have told ICS-CERT they use vulnerable processors, and The Register imagines there will be plenty more to come.Gold stars go to just two vendors: Smiths Medical, which has determined that none of its products are vulnerable; and OSISoft, whose PI System is vulnerable, and whose advisory includes anticipated performance impacts.Emerson Process and General Electric treat their responses as customer information only, and keep them hidden behind a regwall.So does Rockwell, for what it's worth, but the latter company at least spoke to The Register about the impact on its systems).Another seven vendors in the market said they are “investigating” the impact – ABB, Abbott, Johnson & Johnson (added points for giving the advisory a 2017 timestamp), Philips, Schneider Electric, and Siemens.
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Last week, Sony introduced the Onyx Wireless Controller from Hori, an officially licensed Bluetooth game controller designed for all of the PlayStation 4 consoles.As promised, the Hori Onyx controller is available to purchase as of today, offering owners a gamepad option with a design that differs from the DualShock 4 models.The DualShock 4 is an excellent game controller, managing to improve upon the PS3’s controller without compromising the things many gamers like about it.That said, the controller isn’t to everyone’s tastes; someone may want a different grip design or a different stick arrangement, both of which are offered by the Onyx.Whereas the DualShock 4 controller has both sticks on the bottom, the Hori Onyx Wireless Controller features the D-pad where the left stick would be, putting the left stick up where the D-pad is found on the DS4.The grip design is different, as well, being slimmer and shorter leading up to a wider, beefier body (basically, it looks like an Xbox One controller).
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