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Snap spent less than $1 million to acquire a tiny drone startup in Venice, according to a new report from BuzzFeed.It's not the first time the company has flirted with acquiring a drone startup, but the deal to acquire Ctrl Me Robotics means the company is furthering its push into hardware.As part of the deal, Snap brought on Ctrl Me Robotics founder, Simon Saito Nielsen, and acquired some of its assets and equipment, according to Buzzfeed's report.The drone company was already winding down when the founder approached Snap about the possible acquisition, per the report.The company's website no longer works, and its social media pages stopped posting in October, likely around the time of the acquisition.Snap's already been rumored to be working on a drone or other types of hardware following the launch of its smart sunglasses, Spectacles.
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p Hands up if you're surprised Red Dead Redemption 2 was delayed into 2018.Also free this weekend: Fallout 4, though only in a “try it out” capacity.Normally with these Steam free weekends I say something like, “If you really try, you can probably finish the game before Sunday,” but in this case that’s dubious.I knew Larian was hoping to get Divinity: Original Sin 2 out this year, but to be honest I thought it was going to be one of those seat-of-our-pants, “December still counts as this year” types of releases.He continued, “We´re working on the game so sometime this year, you should hear about it!” Finally.Titanfall 2’s free DLC continues to dribble out, with the next bit set to release on May 30.
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p I Post och Telestyrelsens senaste rapport – Svensk telekommarknad 2016 – framgår att mängden överförd data i mobilnäten fortsätter att öka.I jämförelse med 2015 har datatrafiken ökat med 35% och uppgick till hela 639 000 terabyte eller 639 petabyte under 2016.Antalet mobilabonnemang med samtalstjänst och över 1 Gbyte data, (mestadels abonnemang för smarta mobiltelefoner) har ökat med 15 procent till 7,7 miljoner.Denna minskning beror på att det finns färre privata kontantkort, färre mobilabonnemang med samtalstjänst utan eller med lite data (under 1 Gbyte) samt abonnemang med endast data.Totala antalet mobilabonnemang uppgick till 14,6 miljoner den sista december 2016, vilket är en minskning med 1 procent.Andelen kontantkort har sjunkit under det senaste decenniet och utgjorde 26 procent av alla abonnemang i december 2016.
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Until now, Prime Video has offered only on-demand films and TV shows in the UK.But one analyst said the launch line-up of channels was "not immediately desirable" and would struggle to attract satellite TV customers."Amazon launched a similar thing in the US, and the big selling point was that you could get HBO and Showtime programmes, all under one umbrella," said Tom Harrington, an analyst at Enders."That's not going to happen here.Sky have HBO and Showtime locked down, at least for now, and will hold on to them aggressively."When you look at what's available in the UK, it does lack the wow factor."
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p Things are about to get very quiet in Eastern TexasThe US Supreme Court has issued a ruling that could block patent-holding firms from seeking out friendly courts to hear their infringement claims.An 8-0 ruling by the nation's top court in the TC Heartland v Kraft Foods [PDF] case held that a company can be sued only in the state where it is incorporated, rather than in any district where the company happens to do business.The unanimous decision (newcomer Neil Gorsuch did not take part in the hearing) will place stricter limitations on where patent infringement suits can take place, and will bar plaintiffs from seeking out friendly judges more likely to side with patent holders (such as the infamous Eastern District of Texas).The Supreme Court's ruling overturns a US Circuit Court finding, which held that any place a company fell under jurisdiction could be the venue for a patent hearing.Rather, the Supreme Court says, courts should follow a 1957 ruling that sets the defendant's place of incorporation as the venue for infringement cases to take place.
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p New phone model gets officially released today by the Gretel company and even though it’s once again following in the footsteps of their history of budget models, this one is surely the most interesting one up to date.So say hi to the new Gretel GT6000 and let’s take a look at what it’s  bringing to the market./p p Gretel GT6000 is a first venture of the company into the popular world of the dual-camera design phones, but it’s only one of the big selling points.Another equally important one is a massive 6000 mAh non-removable battery paired with a 9V/2A quick charger for some serious endurance and long usage.With the huge battery comes in hand slightly thicker body with 10.6mm and higher weight with 233g, but well within limits and acceptable for such a battery capacity, at least it feels you are holding a solid phone and not a cheap toy./p p /p Join GizChina on Telegram p   /p p The phone is equipped with 5,5-inch Sharp LCD display with HD resolution, 2.5D curve and tough protective Asahi Glass.
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p The Google-owned research lab is working with several NHS trusts but its first NHS deal with Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is proving to be the most troublesome./p p The deal with The Royal Free was quietly signed in September 2015 and it gave DeepMind permission to process 1.6 million NHS patient records from November 2015 to November 2016./p p DeepMind said it needed access to the medical records to help it test its kidney monitoring mobile app, which is called Streams and has the potential to save lives by sending out alerts to clinicians when their patient's condition suddenly deteriorates./p p But medical records contain some of our most private information, including things like whether a person has had an abortion or what a person's HIV status is, as well as our full names and addresses./p p /p p /p p From day one, DeepMind and The Royal Free have also insisted that the deal is legally sound on the basis that the Streams app is providing "direct care" to patients — something that automatically assumes "implied consent" on the patient's behalf./p p "Given that Streams was going through testing and therefore could not be relied upon for patient care, any role the application may have played in supporting the provision of direct care would have been limited and secondary to the purpose of the data transfer," she wrote.
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In this week’s Profile Hub Round-up we look at which brands who are already getting ROI from virtual reality and what makes a great content strategy, while Iris and Foxtrot Papa reveal new creative work for Samsung and Jaguar Land Rover.Iris: Samsung X Royal Blood by IrisWhen it came to hero handset launches for Samsung we had experience breaking out of category focused media, instead generating hype & buzz in popular culture with millennial minded masses.But for the revolutionary new S8, we needed to find another level of ambition & sophistication.An innovative and visually insane exclusive live return of top UK rock lads, Royal Blood – the first chance to watch them play tracks from ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ anywhere in the world.Virtual Reality / Sammy Zeller
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p Falconry can trace its roots back to the beginnings of human civilization.The Bentley Bentayga can trace its roots back to the 2016 model year.Mix the two together, and you have an opulent way to hang out with some scary looking birds.The Bentley Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner is the ultimate car for the well-heeled falconry enthusiast.Built by Bentley's in-house bespoke division, Mulliner, this sport utility vehicle is loaded to the brim with unique touches that look as expensive as they undoubtedly are.The cargo area has been filled to the brim with falconry equipment, tucked away in two natural cork fabric-trimmed boxes.
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p ‘I had a data centre down in Africa’…Microsoft enters Africa with plans for two facilities in South AfricaMicrosoft is to bring its cloud services directly to the African market after it revealed it will open two data centres in South Africa.This is Redmond’s first data centre expansion into Africa, and the two facilities (in Johannesburg and Cape Town) are expected to be online in 2018.It comes as Microsoft continues to invest heavily in developing its cloud infrastructure around the world.Microsoft made the announcement that Azure is coming to Africa in blog posting by Scott Guthrie – Executive VP of Micrsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group.The opening of two South African data centres means that Redmond will be able to offer Azure cloud as well as online services such as Office 365 and Dynamics 365 to local users.
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p ON-CALL If it's Friday, it must be time for On-Call, our weekly column that recounts readers experiences of being asked to dodgy jobs at dodgy times for dodgy reasons.Last week we featured the tale of a tech support chap who took a call from a tech support scammer and managed to keep him on the phone long enough to get him logged in to a Linux box.Many of you liked that story and the On-Call inbox is groaning with your own stories of handling similar scams.So we're going to give a few of them a run.“Pete” told us that when he gets scam calls he suddenly becomes 94 years old, which gets 60 per cent to hang up.Pretending to be deaf does for another 15 per cent.
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p We see new advancements in self-driving car technology pop up on a regular basis, but despite the progress and billions invested, many things stand in the way of a future where cars drive themselves.There’s the issue of safety, along with the questionable nature of trusting a virtual chauffeur to navigate roads filled with human drivers, and that’s on top of the countless legal hurdles that autonomous car makers will face once the technology is ready for commercial use.Still, we can all rest easy at night knowing that messy bird poop won’t stand in the way of progress.Waymo — the Google-owned self-driving tech startup currently suing Uber and partnering with Lyft in hopes of dominating the autonomous car market — has a really slick way of dealing with the grime that can obscure the view of its high-tech lidar sensors.The sensors, which serve as a self-driving cars electronic eyes and must remain clear of dirt, debris, and bird poop, actually have adorable little built-in wiper blades.As you can see, the wipers look just like the kind you’d find on a car windshield, only much smaller and designed to spin around the lidar hub in a circle.
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p Många av oss har en jobbmobil vid sidan av ordinarie telefon, och att använda två telefoner samtidigt kan ju bli aningen rörigt.Därför är det smidigt om telefonen kan hantera två simkort samtidigt – något som Android-lägret haft stöd för ett tag, även om det blir allt mer ovanligt.Apple har aldrig släppt en Iphone med stöd för två simkort.Det finns dock en del trick för att ha två nummer parallellt.Och som nämnt finns det ingen Iphone med stöd för två simkort varvid vi får hitta en annan lösning.Prylen synkroniserar med ett andra mikrosimkort till din Iphone och du kan ringa, smsa och även ta bilder från det andra kortet.
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Not only does LinkedIn enable me to connect with my audience, but it's also one of the fastest growing networks among small business owners and entrepreneurs - and I’ll tell you why.With all the social media sites coming up and trying to take over your day, there’s not one that compares with LinkedIn.LinkedIn is professional, it provides a wide array of networking opportunities, it has huge reach and potential application for business, and it's fairly simple to use.And these are just some of the basics - let me tell you the five reasons why you really need a LinkedIn presence for your business.This is it, in a nutshell, right here.Google is the way that people search for businesses online - and if you have a LinkedIn page, there’s no doubt it'll show up in the search, right after your website.
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Reflection is necessary for the technology to contribute to the good of society instead of people and the environment are used as lab rats in various social experiments, writes Jessica Nihlén Fahlquist, Uppsala university.In the whole world, and perhaps particularly in Sweden, we see the technological progress as something almost entirely positive.the Technology helps us do things more efficiently and economically, and it makes everyday life easier and more enjoyable.We want to have more, and perhaps also faster.Against this background, it has become all the more important that we ask two types of questions relating to responsibility and technology.In what way do the new technologies division of responsibility?
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p China launched V-R Lab in Shanghai to inspire and execute innovative marketing solutions.This follows recent key leadership changes in the group, with new senior appointments.The lab is set to provide clients with virtual reality (VR) solutions to deepen connections between brands and consumers by providing opportunities to experience explore and deepen their understanding of VR.The Dentsu Aegis Network V-R Lab is divided into three areas, the VR Bar, VR Experience Zone and VR Lab.The VR Bar showcases the latest VR devices, while the VR Experience showcases content from different VR platforms.The VR Lab will allow marketers to try out the various technologies.
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p Cross post from r/AskMarketing/I'm just about to try some offline mailers, and wanted a surefire way to track the origin of any clicks (and not get them mixed up with website visitors from other sources).So, I created some code that sits on a new domain name - where a particular number or word is required to get to the right place.I didn't want them to be able to find my real site from a basic/google search, as that would muddy the water.So, let's say the domain is link.com.My mailer gives the web address as link.com/321
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p The phishing campaign saw emails spoof the DocuSign brand.One of the most popular digital signature services, DocuSign, has fallen victim to a phishing campaign which compromised a database of customer emails.The company has confirmed the data breach after tracking the phishing campaign on May 9.In a statement, the company said:“Last week and again this morning, DocuSign detected an increase in phishing emails sent to some of our customers and users – and we posted alerts here on the DocuSign Trust Site and in social media.The emails “spoofed” the DocuSign brand in an attempt to trick recipients into opening an attached Word document that, when clicked, installs malicious software.”
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p A group of hackers that previously leaked alleged U.S. National Security Agency exploits claims to have even more attack tools in its possession and plans to release them in a new subscription-based service.The group also has intelligence gathered by the NSA on foreign banks and ballistic missile programs, it said.The Shadow Brokers was responsible for leaking EternalBlue, the Windows SMB exploit that was used by attackers in recent days to infect hundreds of thousands of computers around the world with the WannaCry ransomware program.The group first appeared online in August and claimed that it had access to the arsenal of a cyberespionage group known in the security industry as the Equation, widely believed to be a hacking division of the NSA.On Tuesday, following the WannaCry attacks, the Shadow Brokers posted a new message online in which they claim to have many more Equation exploits that haven’t been leaked yet.The group wants to make them available as part of a new subscription-based service that it plans to launch in June.
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p Let’s just throw this one in the science fiction category.Everyone knows humans aren’t even going to survive the next few decades.But what would happen if we did live another billion years?Some really cool things with a healthy dose of horrific disaster.Again, this video by RealLifeLore is just evidence-based speculation, but it’s fascinating evidence-based speculation.For instance, if we make it to the year 10,000 AD, we’ll have to deal with Y10K.
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