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With the Xiaomi Mi 6X set for April 21 unveiling, a new Xiaomi phone appears to be in the works, as indicated by an approval granted by China’s TENAA.Bearing the model number M1803E6E, the device is speculated to either be the next Mi Max or the next generation Redmi.The Redmi is, however, more likely, bearing in mind that the Mi Max series typically come with a larger display and huge battery capacity.As per the listing on TENAA, the device is tipped to come with a 5.99 inches display, with 720p resolutions and the trendy 18:9 aspect ratio.The device is expected to pack an unnamed chipset with an octa-core CPU clocked at up to 2.0GHz, coupled with 2/16GB, 3/32GB, and 4/64GB and storage options.The device when launched will be available in White, Silver, Gray, Black, Gold, Rose Gold, Blue, Red, and Pink color options.
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Apple’s efforts to diversify its reliance on Samsung as an iPhone display manufacturer has reportedly hit problems.The Wall Street Journal reports that efforts to get LG Display’s OLED screens into the iPhone production line have hit manufacturing issues.Apple is reportedly divided on whether LG will be able to succeed as the second source of OLED displays for the iPhone.Analysts have been warning for months that Apple is in “urgent” need of finding another iPhone OLED supplier besides Samsung.Apple currently uses Samsung’s OLED displays for the company’s iPhone X model.The reliance on a single supplier means Samsung controls pricing on the displays that Apple is buying — and there’s no other alternative at the moment.
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Google’s long-and-winding road to figuring out messaging is taking yet another change of direction after the company called time on Allo, its newest chat app launch, in order to double down on its vision to enable an enhanced version of SMS.The company told The Verge that it is “pausing” work on Allo, which was only launched as recently as September 2016, in order to put its resources into the adoption RCS (Rich Communication Services), a messaging standard that has the potential to tie together SMS and other chat apps.Unlike Apple, RCS is designed to work with carriers who can develop their own messaging apps that work with the protocol and connect to other apps, which could include chat apps.Essentially, it gives them a chance to take part in the messaging boom, rather than be cut out as WhatsApp, Messenger, iMessage and others take over.They don’t make money from consumers, but they do get to keep their brand and they can look to get revenue from business services.Google said more than 55 operators worldwide have been recruited to support Chat, but it isn’t clear exactly when they might roll it out.
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Hans Asperger, the respected Austrian paediatrician whose name describes a form of high-functioning autism, actively assisted in the murder of disabled children by the Nazis, a new report claims.Asperger’s Syndrome, marked by an impaired ability to interact socially with others, tends to affect people of average or above average intelligence.It was first identified by Professor Asperger in 1944 who used the term “autistic psychopathy” to describe the condition of four children under his care.In 1981, the British psychiatrist Lorna Wing, who helped establish the National Autistic Society in the UK, introduced the diagnosis of “Asperger’s Syndrome” in honour of her predecessor.Asperger is said to have referred profoundly disabled children to the notorious Am Spiegelgrund clinic, where their “unworthy” lives were snuffed out.An estimated 789 children, many with severe mental problems, were systematically killed at the Vienna clinic, mostly by lethal injection and gassing.
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Panasonic has tapped former England captain Rio Ferdinand to help it launch a new grooming channel on YouTube.The PlayWithStyle campaign shows faith in Google’s video platform at a time when it is being questioned by some parties over brand safety concerns.Nonetheless, the campaign looks to build an audience for and retention of the company’s grooming products.The video content was developed by creative agency Brave and filmed by New Era Productions and will provide the main thrust of Panasonic’s new channel.The work kicks with ‘The Beautiful Game’ in which Ferdinand suppositions that style gives him the confidence to excel on the pitch and in his daily routine.It will be supported with PR and digital, furthermore Ferdinand will share the content on his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages, which have accumulated almost 20 million followers.
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Thu, 17 May 2018 - 14:00 ET / 11:00 PT / 18:00 GMTPart manufacturers in all industries are under tremendous pressure to shorten the delivery time of high-quality products, with increasing complexity.The Electronics Industry has its own unique challenges but one theme resonates for all; in order to stay ahead in today’s competitive marketplace, companies must innovate their manufacturing processes.Additive Manufacturing (AM) offers tremendous opportunities to innovate completely new levels of competitive products, manufacturing operations, and business models.However, in order to realize the full potential of additive manufacturing, companies must employ a robust process that integrates design, engineering, manufacturing planning, and production functions.In this webinar, we take a deeper dive into meeting this challenge head on by creating a full end-to-end additive manufacturing production system:
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Casio is back with a new Pro Trek lineup smartwatch, the WSD-F20A.As the name implies, this model is designed for hikers and other wearers who engage in outdoor adventures.The Pro Trek features a round display and, among other things, Google’s Wear OS platform.Casio will launch this model in the United States next month.As far as design goes, the new Pro Trek watch has a sporty design and is water resistant to depths as deep as 50 meters / 164ft.According to Casio, its new model has a MIL-STD 810G durability rating, which means it should be able to handle accidental drops and other moderate incidents.
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Interview transcripts indicate Leave.EU benefited from Cambridge Analytica’s work, parliamentary committee saysThe British parliament has published evidence that campaign group Leave.EU benefited from work by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, as probes of the company continue.The London-based firm is accused of improperly obtaining the personal data of 87 million Facebook users to help influence the 2016 US presidential election.But the UK Information Commissioner’s Office is also investigating its involvement in the 2016 referendum over Britain’s exit from the European Union, which resulted in success for “leave” campaigners.In interview transcripts published on Monday, Nigel Oakes, founder of Cambridge Analytica parent SCL Group, said the consultancy was lined up to do work with Leave.EU in the event it was designated as the official “Leave” campaign.“There was no contract and no money”, Oakes said, but the consultancy did do work to demonstrate its capabilities.
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Backpage .com, for years the primary online platform for the sex trade, has pleaded guilty as a company to charges of sex trafficking in Texas, the state’s attorney general announced today.Its CEO, Carl Ferrer, pleaded guilty to money laundering, for which he may be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison.The site was seized last week and a 93-count indictment issued days later.Ferrer was arrested back in 2016, and will be sentenced “once he’s fulfilled the terms of his plea agreement.”The Texas AG’s office does not elaborate beyond the charges mentioned in the press release, except to say that Ferrer’s cooperation could lead to new ones.Considering the site was an international and popular platform for all kinds of sex-related commerce — allegedly including child trafficking — it seems likely there’s far more yet to come, including pleas for similar crimes in different jurisdictions.
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Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has found himself once again embroiled in a controversy surrounding his website’s policy on moderation.In a Reddit thread announcing the platform’s 2017 transparency report findings, in which Reddit identified and listed close to 1,000 suspected Russia-linked propaganda accounts that have been banned, Huffman replied to a straightforward question about the company’s rules around hate speech, which is a verbal attack based on race, religion, or another protected class.“I need clarification on something: Is obvious open racism, including slurs, against reddits rules or not?” asked Reddit user chlomyster.“It’s not,” Huffman, who operates on Reddit under his original handle “spez,” responded.It’s a controversial approach, to say the least, and it has many Reddit users outraged that communities like the Trump-centric r/The_Donald are allowed to walk up to and over the line of racism repeatedly without any site action.Many Reddit users responded to Huffman by pointing out that hate speech does constitute behavior in a way, and that communities like r/The_Donald directly participated in the conversation and organizing of events like the Charlottesville, Virginia, white supremacist rally that resulted in Heather Heyer’s death.
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year for PlayStation Plus members: the Double Discount sale on the PlayStation Store.From now until April 25, PlayStation users will have the chance to save up to 40% on select titles on the PlayStation Store, while PlayStation Plus members will have the chance to save up to 80% on the very-same titles.The list of games on sale is extensive and although they’re not exactly the freshest titles around, it’s a good chance to pick up something you’ve had your eye on for a long time for cheap.Some standouts include Dragon Age Inquisition Game of the Year edition for up to 70% off – bringing the price down to £7.49 – and Destiny 2 for 32% off – bringing the price down to a more palatable £37.39 (as long as you’re not averse to odd numbers that is).This sale is also a pretty good chance to pick up some new PlayStation VR games as titles like Batman Arkham VR and The Inpatient are both in the sale for less than £20 each for PS Plus members.And if the news that Spyro is making a remastered return has you all worked up, Sony’s 40% discount on Crash Bandicoot N.Sane trilogy for its Deal of the Week may be of interest.
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Device manufacturers are obligated to release kernel sources for their devices in a timely manner, this is something mandatory and a legal requirement of the GPLv2 license.While some companies spare no effort in order to comply with GPL, others don’t take this as a main priority.One of these companies which share a number of problems and delays in releasing Kernel Sources is Xiaomi.There are many Custom AOSP ROMs being developed for a number of Mi handsets, apparently, there is a big love for the company’s hardware, but not much for MIUI.However, Xiaomi has been building a kind of bad reputation for delaying the release of kernel sources for some devices or even not releasing them at all.Fortunately, a new device is joining to the open-source party, and it is the recently released, but already popular, Redmi Note 5 Pro.
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The European Union has announced it will back a Pan-European Venture Capital Funds-of-Funds programme, known as VentureEU, to boost investment in start-up and scale-up companies across Europe.The EU itself will only be providing €410 million of the total amount, which will be raised from other private and public sources.The VentureEU fund will invest in six venture capital fund of funds, which is hoped to raise a total of €6.5 billion, double the amount of capital investment which is available currently according to the European Commission.“In venture capital, size matters!” said Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen.“With VentureEU, Europe’s many innovative entrepreneurs will soon get the investment they need to innovate and grow into global success stories.This means more jobs and growth in Europe.”
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Celebrity specials, red nose days, social media challenges for charity appeals, Children in Need.They all use positivity and humour to celebrate good causes.Frank Krikhaar, global CSR director, Dentsu Aegis NetworkI think it would be churlish to claim, when people visit a charity shop, that the money they donate is somehow ‘less worthy’ because they have done so in return for some personal gain.While pass-it-on challenges and selfies with a message have raised awareness and money for a variety of causes, the shelf-life of this type of campaign is expiring.In the last three years the news has been filled with more and more stories about the rise of some of the most serious health conditions.
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Last year, Elon Musk revealed that he’d co-founded a new startup, Neuralink, with the ambition of inventing a brain-computer interface or, as it was later called, a “wizard hat for the brain.” These types of interfaces, in their current iterations, are mostly used to treat Parkinson’s disease and other brain disorders, and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has poured $65 million (£46 million) into this research.Musk has been uncharacteristically quiet about his work at Neuralink, except to suggest in an April 2017 interview with Wait But Why that the company is interested in treating brain disorders and, within the next decade, enabling telepathy through neural implants.Though Neuralink has remained highly secretive about its work since its launch last year, its sparse website states that the startup is developing “ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers.” It fails to mention, however, that Neuralink is at least preparing to test its devices on animals, if not already doing so.Although he’s typically prolific on Twitter about his many ventures, Musk has only tweeted about Neuralink three times (two of the tweets were disputing a Wall Street Journal report that the company had missed a fundraising goal; Musk said Neuralink isn’t fundraising at all).Compare that to his dozens of tweets about The Boring Company, his tunnelling venture that also hawks promotional hats, flamethrowers, and Lego-like bricks made out of leftover rocks.“The role of animal testing is to show that the risk of any of that happening is incredibly low.”
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Two weeks ago, Acer announced the first tablet running Chrome OS.It’s called the Chromebook x2, and it’s very much designed to go after the iPad Pro.It has a 12.3-inch screen (the larger iPad Pro has a 12.9-inch screen), docks with a keyboard cover, and supports stylus input.The big benefit here is that the full package is available for much, much cheaper: the Chromebook x2 costs $599 in its base configuration and comes bundled with the keyboard cover and stylus.The iPad starts at $649 for the (smaller) tablet on its own, and you’ll have to spend $1,067 if you want the 12.9-inch model with a keyboard and pen.So if you’re thinking about using a tablet (with a non-traditional operating system) as a portable computer, HP will get you there for way cheaper.
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Salesforce has always been a company that is looking ahead to the next big technology, whether that was mobile, social, internet of things or artificial intelligence.In an interview with Business Insider’s Julie Bort at the end of March, Salesforce co-founders Marc Benioff and Parker Harris talked about a range of subjects including how the company came to be working on one of the next hot technologies, a blockchain product.Benioff told a story of being at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland where a bit of serendipity led him to start thinking about blockchain and how it could be used as part of the Salesforce family of products.As it turned out, there was a crypto conference going on at the same time as the WEF and the two worlds collided at a Salesforce event at the Intercontinental Hotel.While there, one of the crypto conference attendees engaged Benioff in a conversation and it was the start of something.“I had been thinking a lot about what is Salesforce’s strategy around blockchain, and what is Salesforce’s strategies around cryptocurrencies and how will we relate to all of these things,” Benioff said.
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The Vulkan API is the well-known successor to the OpenGL.The API update was announced back in 2015 and was included in Android Nougat, bringing some improvements in the graphical performance and opening new doors for the mobile gaming.Just recently, a new revision update of Vulkan has been released and would make sense to see this updated in the upcoming version of the Android OS.According to some reports from users investigating the Android Open Source Project Gerrit, there is some evidence confirming the inclusion of the Vulkan 1.1 API in the upcoming Android P.Some of the features of Vulkan 1.1 include SubGroup operations, extensions integration, SPIR-V 1.3, and more.The commits integrating Vulkan 1.1 in Android have already been merged into the Android AOSP code.
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The large cable companies that own NCC Media, the national advertising sales, technology and marketing firm, announced today that they will launch a new division to sell targeted ads to cable systems nationwide.The group will use “non-personally identifiable data” to create products for targeted audiences across linear and video-on-demand, or VOD, platforms that will launch later this year, the owners, Charter Communications, Comcast Cable and Cox Communications, announced.“Today’s announcement is a natural extension of the great work we are already doing with Charter, Cox and NCC Media in cable advertising,” said Comcast Cable president and CEO David Watson in a statement.“Together with our partners, we have new opportunities to build advanced advertising solutions that deliver scale, consistency and reliability.”The former national ad sales team at Comcast Spotlight will create the foundation of the group, using resources from NCC Media, Charter and Cox.“This new group within NCC Media has the ability to make a major impact for all players within the advertising landscape,” said Charter CEO Thomas M. Rutledge.
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A little over a month since 1Password incorporated a pwned password check feature developed by Have I Been Pwned‘s Troy Hunt, the password manager service has now netted what’s being described as “a partnership” with the popular breach monitoring service.Essentially this boils down to a commercial arrangement between 1Password and the free-to-use breach check service, with HIBP now recommending users sign up to 1Password’s service at the point when they learn their information may have been involved in a data breach.In a blog post explaining why he feels it’s the right time to accept a sponsor for the service, Hunt writes that one of the reasons he feels comfortable taking money in this way is that users want “actionable steps once they’ve found themselves pwned” — so being able to point them to a specific, named and, in his view, trusted password manager makes sense for him.“I also could have listed just a few of the industry leaders but people being as they are and the whole paradox of choice problem… they need more,” he adds.It’s a major win for 1Password of course, whose brand will now be in front of people at the point when they are likely to be most motivated to pay to tighten the security screw.And for Hunt it’s understandable that he wants to gain a bit more financial reward for his efforts running the now popular and high profile service (he has accepted donations before), although it’s a move that will undoubtedly face some criticism — given the core issue (which he himself flags): “There’s no way to sugar-coat this: HIBP only exists due to a whole bunch of highly illegal activity that has harmed many individuals and organisations alike.”
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