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Ofcom has begun consulting on the UK government's desire to compensate consumers and SMEs when telco companies fail, as set out in the Digital Economy Bill, even though the Bill hasn't reached the Royal Assent stage yet.Ofcom interprets the crowd-pleasing gesture as involving automatic compensation for delayed services, delayed repairs or missed appointments.It wants SMEs to be able to receive compensation too, as well as consumers.In response, BT, Sky and Virgin Media have put forward a voluntary alternative code of practice, which Ofcom doesn't think goes far enough.Unfulfilled installations would incur a compensation payment of £6 for each day and delayed repairs £10 a day, if the repair isn't made after two days.Missed appointments incur an automatic £30 compensation fee.
China
Lenovo launched the Moto M during the last quarter of 2016 and the device quickly managed to satisfy the needs of the mid-range segment, with its impressive specs (for its category) and affordable pricing in markets like India and China.Join GizChina on TelegramWith that said, the Moto M managed to fulfil its purpose, having already sold more that 3 million units so far in under 6 months, thus becoming one of Lenovo’s best selling mid-range smartphones for the past couple of years.According to official reports, Lenovo has already seen a 20% increase in revenue thanks to the impressive sales of Moto M in China, with the device now heading to other similar markets like Pakistan, Poland, Malaysia, Thailand and others.In case you missed it, the Moto M packs a 5.5 inch full HD display and it’s equipped with a MediaTek Helio P10 SoC and IPxx certification for splash resistance.The device is available in two variants: one with 3GB RAM 32GB ROM and another with 4GB RAM 64GB ROM.It comes with a 16MPixel main camera with LED flash and an 8MPixel front face snapper for selfies.It runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, features USB Type-C port, rear mounted fingerprint scanner and packs a 3050 mAh battery.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
Sweden
Atlas Copco is one of the companies that are looking at the next generation of business networks.Atlas Copco has a koncernnät that ties together the company's devices in the world.Atlas purchase the network services of the u.s. network operator AT & for the united states, Canada, and Latin america.Orange Business Services delivers network services for Europe, Asia and the rest of the world.It is in this global koncernnät which DNA can be inserted.– With the DNA, it becomes possible to make quick and flexible installations where we can automate and allocate capacity, " says Mats Högberg at Atlas Copco.
China
China provided good examples of monetizing content business and helping KOLs monetize their knowledge and experiences.Now we are seeing how Chinese companies’ ideas are influencing Silicon Valley companies.Chinese knowledge sharing startup Fenda told TechNode that they had influenced the initial idea of the Silicon Valley startup Whale.Of course, running a startup is about execution, and figuring out chicken and egg doesn’t matter in the fierce competition of startups.However, Fenda is a good example to show that China is building up its originality in startup ideas, execution, and spreading the words out.Fenda is a Chinese Q platform that allows users to ask any questions to a KOL (key opinion leader), by betting RMB 1 – 500 for their answers.According to VP of Fenda Yang Lu, the partner at Y Combinator Justin Kan was inspired by Fenda’s idea to develop Whale, an online Q community app.“When Justin Kan visited China, he interviewed us and later developed Whale,” Lu told TechNode.The difference is that Fenda’s users get to listen to influencer’s one-minute voice recorded answer while Whale’s users enter into a one-to-one video conversation with the influencer.To avoid frequent questions piled to the influencers, Whale’s videos are recorded and added to a library of existing content.Execution mattersThe critical part of this kind of business is how do you make words go viral.
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Good, we’ll add your views to our “awesome or abhorrent” survey.Results so far: 100 percent to the former.Well, I can see how you might think it was a bit, well, cheesy.It’s definitely more Cesar Romero than Heath Ledger in the Joker stakes, for sure.Which is good, for a watch, despite where your Batman film loyalties lie.(We’re all about the Tim Burton/Jack Nicholson, in case you were wondering.)
US
PHD has appointed Lloyds Banking head of media, David Palmer, to its global business team.In his new role, Palmer will lead the account for pharmaceutical giant GSK and will be responsible for all its brands which include, Sensodyne and Breathe Right.He will report to Toby Hack, chief executive of PHD Global Business.Working with both Hack and the global business leadership team, Palmer will lead the team to ensure the company’s brands are immersed in future facing developments and media first strategic approaches.“The opportunity to join PHD Global Business, under the inspirational leadership of Mike Cooper and Toby Hack, at a time when the agency is growing following the transformational win of Volkswagen Group, was incredibly appealing,” said Palmer.Hack added: “We strive to incorporate team members with a diverse range of experience and as such, I feel the knowledge David will bring having worked for a client such as Lloyds Banking Group will be invaluable in ensuring we continue to service our clients to the highest level.
UK
Every day there’s a new robot with improved capabilities that promises to eventually take over yet another job.But if you’re heading off to college soon, and want to ensure you’ve selected a career path that’s safe from robo-replacement, this agonisingly awkward video seems to confirm that rapping is not something robots will be good at for a long time.To present their research—which focuses on teaching robots human-like social behaviours by having them mimic us—a group of researchers from Kyoto’s Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute created this “parody” of The Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight.Whatever you’re imagining, it’s probably worse.Robot’s Delight probably isn’t going to become the massive hit that Rapper’s Delight was, and Erica the android isn’t quite as talented as Wonder Mike, but if you manage to make it through the entire video you’ll at least learn some stuff.Like how these robots were taught to study human to human interactions, and use what they observe to act and respond more naturally through body movements, and even spoken responses.
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Alex Heath of Business Insider reported that the Building 8 unit Facebook formed last April is working on “at least four unannounced consumer hardware products,” speculating that more details might be shared at the social network’s F8 annual developers conference April 18 and 19 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.Regina Dugan joined Facebook when Building 8 was formed last year to lead the division, after serving as leader of Google’s advanced technology and products group and, prior to that, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.Heath said Facebook would not comment on his story, but sources familiar with the goings on at Building 8 outlined the four projects being worked on, adding that a fifth project is on the drawing board once a leader for that initiative is chosen:A project involving cameras and augmented reality.A drone, based on recent hires at the division.A potential medical project being led by an interventional cardiologist from Stanford University with expertise in early-stage medical device development.
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The internet is both a wonderful and a terrible aspect of modern life.It’s also a gateway to an unending stream of vile, hateful, obscene material that can’t be unseen and is not easily forgotten.Knowing your way around the internet is as essential a skill as reading, writing and getting along with others.Family Link gives children under 13 a Google account that can be monitored, controlled and managed by their parents.Parents can shape and guide their children’s access to the internet in several ways with Family Link.A “Parent’s access code” can be used to lock the child’s device even if the device is not connected to the internet.
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How many products can you think of that have a perfect 5-star rating on Amazon?Go ahead, think about it long and hard.Well, get ready to meet the first one: the June Intelligent Oven.Calling home appliances “smart” or “intelligent” is getting old fast, but in this case it’s not just a buzzword.The June Oven really is intelligent — with a built-in scale, carbon fiber heating elements, more than 50 cooking programs and a precise food thermometer, June takes all of the guesswork out of cooking.The June over doesn’t just heat your food for you… short of actually preparing your meal and carrying it over in an oven-safe dish, it does all the cooking for you and ensures that your food comes out perfect each and every time.
Finland
Netflix aikoo luopua tähtiin perustuvasta arvostelujärjestelmästään, jota palvelu on käyttänyt alkuajoistaan saakka.Tulevaisuudessa käyttäjä voi ilmaista mielipiteensä sisällöstä yksinkertaisella peukku alas tai ylös -järjestelmällä.”Viisi tähteä tuntuu niin vanhahtavalta”, Netflixin tuotejohtaja Todd Yellin kommentoi lehdistötilaisuudessa The Vergen mukaan.Ilmeisesti muutoksen tarkoituksena on parantaa palvelun suositusten laatua tekemällä arvostelusta yksinkertaisempaa.”Meille on erittäin tärkeää löytää sisältöä, jota käyttäjä haluaisi katsoa”, Yellin sanoo.Muutos tapahtuu globaalisti huhtikuun aikana.
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Google, Facebook and several other large US-based internet sites have had a tense relationship with EU regulators, who see many of their terms and practices as contrary to European law, especially when it comes to consumer privacy.Now, it appears, the companies are being given immediate deadlines to make the requested changes or face financial penalties.According to Reuters, there’s a stepped-up effort by EU leaders to get American tech companies to comply with European regulations and norms.Among the issues being discussed:Facebook is asked to remove “slanderous or threatening online postings quickly”More aggressive action against fraudulent consumer content or scams
China
Smartphone manufacturer OnePlus is rolling out an OxygenOS update for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.The OTA upgrade will update the stock Android to 7.1.1 and OxygenOS to 4.1.A new thread on OnePlus Forums announces the upgrade and lists some improvements and bug fixes to expect on your OnePlus 3 handset.Major improvements include the camera and screenshot capabilities.Image Blur ReductionThe upgrade will, OnePlus claims, provide better blur reduction in pictures of moving objects.The camera on the OnePlus 3 leaves little to be desired but the upgrade to OxygenOS is very welcome.We look forward to a field test to prove or debunk this claim.Order the OnePlus X now!
UK
Next time you get frustrated with your computer because it won’t obey your command in less than a second, you might want to remember just what exactly is going on behind that screen.Technology is so ingrained in our daily lives that we forget just how impressive it really is, and how much information desktops, laptops and smartphones and all other devices are processing at any given time.Now the Centre For Computing History has shared a YouTube video explaining how a computer works.James Newman shows us round the MegaProcessor, which he created, in its permanent home at the Centre for Computing History.The MegaProcessor is a microprocessor built on a large scale using discrete transistors and LEDs show us exactly how the microprocessor works, making it an invaluable tool for learning the basics of computing.Pretty damn impressive if you ask us.
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Google’s smart home speakers on Thursday played an unprompted promotion for Walt Disney Co.’s new “Beauty and the Beast” movie, the first sign of how the world’s largest advertising company could shoehorn ads into its growing number of voice interactions with users.Users of Google’s voice-controlled speaker, called Google Home, heard a 17-second promotion for the movie, after asking the devices about the their schedule.“By the way, Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast opens today,” the device said, according to...
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“There are tons of wifi spots and super fast speed.His answer would have surprised me just nine months ago.After all, we’re talking about Cuba, a place I visited last June, and by the time I returned just three months later, in September, it was like someone had switched on the internet.Then, wifi spots became available in parks and a few other public places, where Cubans and foreigners can buy scratch cards.At two or three dollars per hour, it’s not cheap, considering the average income in Cuba is about $300 per month.But, by the end of 2016, the government rolled out wifi in 2,000 homes as part of a pilot project, and signed a deal with Google to bring faster connections to the island nation.
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You're better off with your data in the hands of a marketer than a government, says former Sun Microsystems supremo Scott McNealy, because you can change who you buy from, but you can't easily switch countries.“A long time ago someone said: 'You have no privacy – get over it',” McNealy said.Older people are used to seeing governments get scope creep and do more than protecting your liberties and rights.“The only time people should be worried about privacy is when government does more than protection of their lives and liberties.“Government is great at the red herring of saying business will know something about you and that is bad.But I am afraid of a bureaucrat who can impact my tax rates or health benefits or what school my kid can go to.”
UK
After the teaser trailer that was released last week, Deadpool 2 finally has some news on the first new actor to be joining Ryan Reynolds in the sequel.In a tweet that was rather difficult to interpret, Reynolds revealed that Zazie Beetz will be joining the cast as the probability-manipulating mutant assassin Domino.Reynolds also went so far as to parody her involvement with a special comic cover - lovingly inspired by a variant cover of Deadpool & the Mercs for Money 5Now that we know who's going to play Dominio, you can be sure that long-awaited Cable announcement isn't far off.The fantasy series is heading to TV screens very soon, and the Starz network released a bunch of new images this week to showcase some of the mythical beings that will be involved.In fact, had rights issues not gone in Marvel's favour, they would have fallen back on using a car from Pixar's Cars.
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Phone call scams have become so common that most of us don’t bother even picking up when we don’t recognize the number.However, as we grow warier, scammers get savvier and find ways to get our attention.Inc.com lists some area codes you might want to watch out for.The scam is dubbed the “473 Scam.” The caller either lets the phone ring once, sends a distressing text, or leaves a pre-recorded message making the recipient believe someone is in danger.To get you to call back.The name “473 scam” comes from the fact that criminals have been known to use caller IDs with the area code 473—which appears to be domestic, but is actually the area code for the island of Grenada and several other islands outside the United States that, like the U.S., use country code 1...Also, the criminals perpetrating 473 scams often establish premium numbers—the equivalent of the 900 numbers that were popular in the United States in the pre-internet era.
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The shortlist of winners of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.Languages that are easy and hard to learn.The Lent bump: Filet-O-Fish becomes the most popular menu item at McDonald’s around this time.And at what age do Americans have sex, move in together, get married and have a baby?There’s an interactive graphic for that.Photo: A McDonald’s sign.
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