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On March 21st, vivo released the vivo X21 which is a full-screen smartphone with an on-screen fingerprint sensor.This smartphone is the second device to come with an on-screen fingerprint sensor after vivo launched the vivo X20 Plus with the feature earlier making it the first smartphone in the world to sport an on-screen fingerprint scanner.Today, the company announced that the vivo X21 has started receiving a system update which is focused on enhancing the fingerprint recognition experience.The update log shows that it will improve the vivo X21’s fingerprint recognition processing logic, improving the security and efficiency of fingerprint recognition module.In addition, vivo X21 also upgraded the built-in notepad version, added new features such as sticky notes, optimized the driving mode with a more comfortable driving experience.At the system level, the new update optimizes the status bar icon layout, displays more elements, optimized the system resource scheduling mechanism, and improved the system operating efficiency.
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During several hours last Friday, Apple had problems with its mapping service Maps.During a search of places could the Maps try to load the results for 30 seconds to then display the ”No results found.” It writes 9to5mac.Apple's page to read the system status, however, showed not only on some problems, but it was updated today to show that the Maps had a problem with the search function and the navigation function.From fredgskvällen at 19:30 reported Apple's side that the problem with Apple Maps has been resolved and that the service works as usual again.
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PayPal-owned, peer-to-peer payments app Venmo is ending web support for its service, the company announced in an email to users.The changes, which are beginning to roll out now, will see the Venmo.com website phasing out support for making payments and charging users.In time, users will see even less functionality on the website, the company says.NOTICE: Venmo has decided to phase out some of the functionality on the Venmo.com website over the coming months.We are beginning to discontinue the ability to pay and charge someone on the Venmo.com website, and over time, you may see less functionality on the website – this is just the start.We therefore have updated our user agreement to reflect that the use of Venmo on the Venmo.com website may be limited.
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It’s probably every PC gamer’s dream: playing games and getting money for it.But how can you go about becoming a professional gamer?As part of TechRadar’s PC Gaming Week 2018, we spoke to Eli Gallagher, a professional Overwatch gamer who plays with the Evil Geniuses esports team about what you need to make it in professional gaming, from the hardware to the training.“It’s mostly healing, making sure everybody is stocked up.“When the game came out it was closer to like three to four hours a day, because I didn’t really know anybody in the professional scene, so I was playing with the friends I have from school.In my school everyone was really excited about esports, and League of Legends was really cool, so I really just enjoyed the concept of it.
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Plan for unification also includes making code easier to useAt its annual enthusiasm fest in San Francisco on Wednesday, software container popularizer Docker shifted from technical talk to evangelism with previews of product improvements and the usual Silicon Valley word salad about changing the world.Golden State Warriors "Hype Man" Franco Finn arrived on stage at DockerCon to introduce CEO Steve Singh with far too much enthusiasm for the typically sedate group of command line twiddlers in the auditorium.Singh, an SAP veteran who took the helm at Docker a year ago, attempted to situate the company in the current tech landscape by enumerating what he claimed were Docker's core principles: choice, security and agility.As Scott Johnston, chief product officer, explained in a phone briefing with The Register, "federated application management allows ops teams to deploy apps across different types of clusters but do so with a consistent UI, security and deployment model."Docker, the company, has positioned Docker EE, its business product, as a neutral connective layer for the hybrid cloud, one that unifies the management of containerized apps in on-premises data centers and hosted Kubernetes-based cloud services, namely Azure AKS, AWS EKS and Google GKE.
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You might be aware that Xiaomi never launches any smartphone in India with a MediaTek chipset.While these chips are not something many users might have missed, but it seems they are set to make a return.A new report by The Mobile Indian states that we could see Xiaomi phones with MediaTek chips in India very soon.The company was banned from using MediaTek chips way back in 2014 in India when Ericsson filed a patent infringement case on Xiaomi.At that time, the Delhi High Court passed a sentence declaring the ban.Since then, Xiaomi has never launched a MediaTek powered phone in India.
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Spider-Man will be an exclusive title for the PlayStation 4, andSony and Insomniac Games revealed a new trailer during the PlayStation press event at E3 2018 on Monday, giving us a bit more insight into the story and gameplay.In the previous E3-centric issue of Spider-Man, we saw our favorite web-slinger learn that Mister Negative was behind a string of attacks by a group called the Demons.In this 2018 edition, we find Spidey once again collaborating with Captain Yuriko Watanabe of the New York Police Department as the two discover Electro causing havoc and unleashing every inmate at The Raft, a super-maximum prison.From that moment, the demo shown at E3 launches into beat-em-up gameplay with Spider-Man defeating numerous opponents using punches, kicks, and web shots.He even has the ability to jump into the air and rain down a barrage of web-based projectiles, knocking out an entire group of inmates.He then encounters Rhino followed by Scorpion, both of whom disappear deep into the facility.
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As long as the angle is between 0 and 90 degrees, the stuff in the denominator will be bigger than just μs such that the force will be smaller at an angle.Of course you could take the equation for the force as a function of θ above and take the derivative with respect to θ and then set it equal to zero.I can calculate the force required and a bunch of different angles and then just find the angle with the smallest force.Since I don't actually want to do this by hand—I will use Python.And here is that program (so that you can play with it too).Just push the Run button to run it and then you can go back and edit the code if you want to play with it.
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With last year’s Forza Motorsport 7 in the books, it’s time to turn our attention back to the immensely successful Forza Horizon series.As expected, Forza Horizon 4 was announced by Playground Games during Microsoft’s E3 2018 press conference today.The latest game in the Forza Horizon series is going to be bringing some interesting new features with it, including a new setting and dynamically shifting seasons.To give us a closer look at what we can expect from Forza Horizon 4, Playground Games’ Ralph Fulton took the stage for a brief time this afternoon.He announced that Forza Horizon 4 will take place in “beautiful, historic Britain,” and that the seasons will change dynamically for the entire Forza Horizon 4 community.Forza Horizon veterans will know that dynamic weather plays a big role in these games, but having the seasons shift entirely offers a fresh spin on that.
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In 2015, Japanese investors and entrepreneurs were looking to Southeast Asia to supercharge their businesses.But how should they go about that?In this session from Tech in Asia Tokyo 2015, several investors and entrepreneurs who have been there, done it, and reaped the rewards share some advice.(And yes, we’re serious about ethics and transparency.
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KFU employees have been engaged in hydrate studies since 2016.Many questions were raised at that time about the practicality of the choice, but now its correctness is evident.The Arctic has since become one of the primary focuses of Russian state policies.Of course, gas hydrates are only a part of the potential research domain.However, they are very important because they often become the main culprits in serious technological disasters.As for inhibitors, the existing types are rather expensive and insufficiently effective.
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There have been two major developments in Chinese equities this month that have the potential to rewire the world financial system.The first, which I have covered extensively on TechCrunch, is the launch of Chinese Depository Receipts, which will provide domestic Chinese investors access to foreign stocks for the first time.Major Chinese tech companies are publicly traded in the U.S. and Hong Kong, which means that potentially trillions of dollars of mainland capital will be unlocked for these companies.MSCI is one of the most important index-makers in the world, particularly for emerging markets.The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is the gold standard for benchmarking the asset class, and the index is heavily used by wealth managers and robo-investors to diversify outside of U.S. equities.How strong do investor rights need to be before MSCI is willing to consider a country?
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Comedian David Walliams and Star Wars actor John Boyega have been handed starring roles in Google’s latest campaign to promote Google Assistant.‘Make Google Do it’ has been devised by R/GA London and Google’s own UK marketing team as part of an integrated global campaign spanning cinema, TV, out-of-home, press, display and social.Designed to capture everyday events where the voice assistant could step in and lend a hand, the ads chart how Google Assistant can prove its mettle by scheduling a meeting, setting an alarm, setting up a call or even dictating a recipe.Graham Bednash, senior director, Google UK consumer marketing, said: ‘This campaign is designed to show people the helpful things the Google Assistant can do - and do it with charm and wit."A series of videos are planned in a similar vein to further flesh out just what the digital tool is capable of for the uninitiated; including the ability to download the app to your smartphone and activate from compatible smart devices.This second flurry of activity will include appearances by Team GB’s Katrina Johnson-Thompson and future star Saoirse-Monica Jackson.
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LinkedIn, the social media site that’s aimed at people looking to network or otherwise change up their career prospects, is taking a plunge into location-based services.From today, the company is turning on a new feature that will let job-seekers check out the location and commute time to specific businesses, to help them evaluate whether they would want to work there.‘Your Commute’ as the feature is called, is now available globally on mobile, providing location data for all businesses where LinkedIn already has location information, and it will be coming soon to desktop, senior product manager Dan Li told TechCrunch.The feature will appear within job postings on LinkedIn and will become a part of how LinkedIn surfaces job opportunities in its search feature for its 500 million-plus users.“When members save their location preferences in Career Interests, we’re able to provide more relevant job recommendations that fit exactly what they’re looking for in their next role,” he said.“We’re thinking through additional ways members can use location information to improve their job searches in the near future.”
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J.J. Abrams may be best known for blockbuster action and sci-fi movies, but he's about to get in touch with his musical side.Apple just placed a straight-to-series, 10-episode order for half-hour dramedy Little Voice.Abrams is set as to be executive producer through his Bad Robot Productions.Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles will write original music for the show, which shares its title with her 2007 major-label debut album.Showrunner Jessie Nelson previously worked with Bareilles on the Tony-nominated musical Waitress.Apple describes the series as "a love letter to the diverse musicality of New York" and says it "explores the universal journey of finding your authentic voice in your early twenties."
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Brands can now bid in auctions for in-application advertising on Facebook Audience Network.The social network opened up header bidding via Facebook Audience Network last March, and head of publisher solutions partnerships Vijay Balan said in a blog post that publishers have seen “significant increases” in cost per thousand impressions, up to 30 percent to 40 percent, in some cases.Balan added that Facebook Audience Network has been testing its app bidding endpoint with publishers including Rovio, Talefun and Game Insight “over the past several months,” and those publishers have seen revenue rise by up to 20 percent.Starting Wednesday, publishers that manage their app-monetization technology in-house or via “a select group of partners”—Twitter’s MoPub, Fyber and MAX—can include Facebook ads via Facebook Audience Network in their auctions.Balan explained that under the current system, ad networks are called one-by-one until app ads are filled, and the process is determined by historical average CPMs, rather than by what buyers are willing to pay.He added that implementing app bidding will enable app publishers and developers to “establish an impartial and open auction over their ad inventory,” with spots going to the highest bidders.
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There will be a version of the 2019 GMC Sierra to suit every buyer and every conceivable taste.The latest version to be revealed is the Sierra Elevation, which is a more design-focused trim level for the all-new pickup truck.According to GMC, the truck, "conveys a youthful, athletic presence."Built on a Sierra double-cab, the Elevation model goes for a monochromatic body-color look, with the door handles, bumpers and grille surrounded all painted to match one another.To provide some contrast, the grille insert, tow hooks, window trim and 20-inch wheels are painted black.LEDs are used for all the exterior lighting, including the foglights, with notable C-shaped running light elements in the headlights.
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While Facebook is embroiled in controversy after controversy and Snap faces questions about its traction and viability, long-maligned Twitter is suddenly feeling the warm fuzzies from investors.The company announced today that it will use this momentum to raise $1 billion in debt through a sale of bonds that could be later converted to stock or cash.Twitter said it would use the money to restructure some of its finances, but also for “general corporate purposes,” which could mean anything from investing in new products to acquiring other companies.While Twitter has battled some of the same questions as Facebook regarding fake news, fake accounts, and harassment, it has not suffered quite the same damage to its reputation.At the same time, CEO Jack Dorsey has managed to turn the company’s finances around just enough to post Twitter’s first quarterly profit earlier this year.As a result, Twitter’s stock price has more than doubled over the past year, rising from $16.90 one year ago to $39.80 at the close of trading yesterday.
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Remember that bit in Jurassic Park where the hunter guy is creeping up on a velociraptor, and then just when he thinks he's got it cold, another velociraptor pops up and takes him by surprise?Just when you think you know what's happening, the movie creeps up behind you and takes you completely by surprise.Fallen Kingdom takes us back to the infamous island of Isla Nublar, now abandoned by humans after the dinosaur-filled theme park's exhibits ate everybody (again).Happily, nature has come up with a solution to the dinosaur problem by igniting a volcano on the island that's about to wipe out the genetically resurrected creatures -- until the park's original founder backs a rescue mission to save a handful of species.Cue much running around lush green forest, trying to flick some switches while dinosaurs chew through the furniture, and all the traditional dino-anarchy you'd expect from a Juras-sequel.Good guys and militaristic bad guys led by a big game hunter squabble on a ruined island.
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Concerns around Facebook’s recently revealed data sharing relationship with some device makers just took a turn for the worse.The practice, first revealed over the weekend, is now confirmed to have included relationships with Chinese companies Huawei, Lenovo, Oppo and TCL, according to The New York Times.Given that the U.S. government has longstanding national security concerns over Huawei, Facebook’s newly revealed data deal with the Chinese company has raised some eyebrows in Congress.“Concerns about Huawei aren’t new – they were widely publicized beginning in 2012, when the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released a well-read report on the close relationships between the Chinese Communist Party and equipment makers like Huawei,” U.S.Senator Mark Warner said of the revelation.Warner serves as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
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