James Mckinnis

James Mckinnis

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After three in the fast lane China’s electric car market has hit a speed bump this year as reduced government subsidies dent drivers’ buying interest.According to UBS, sales growth of new-energy vehicles including pure electric cars and plug-in hybrid automobiles, are expected to slow to 20 per cent for the whole year in 2017, compared to the 63 per cent year-on-year increase recorded in 2016.“In China, policies always have a huge impact on the auto market,” said UBS analyst Hou Yankun.“As government subsidies drop, the market is losing a major driving force to spur the growth [of the electric-car segment].”UBS predicts sales of 403,000 million new-energy vehicles on the mainland this year, up from 336,000 in 2016.Despite the slowing sales, China will retain its title of world front-runner in electric-car adoption, with annual sales more than double the United States where an estimated 191,000 units are forecast to be sold this year.
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The security industry needs to worry less about technology and more about people, said Facebook's security boss.Alex Stamos scolded the security industry in the opening keynote of the 2017 Black Hat conference.He said there was too much focus on technically complex "stunt" hacks and not enough on finding ways to help the mass of people stay safe."We have perfected the art of finding problems without fixing real world issues," he told attendees."We focus too much on complexity, not harm."He cited examples of technically brilliant presentations at the show, such as insulin pumps being hacked, that had little relation to real issues experienced by people who use technology rather than work with it or understand it well.
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Most smartphone bugs are annoyances at best.Some are security disasters waiting to happen.But very few are so dangerous and potentially life-threatening than what OnePlus 5, and some Android, owners have discovered just recently.Dialing 911 in an emergency consistently causes their phones to reboot, defeating the purpose of the emergency number.To its credit, OnePlus quickly pushed out a hotfix and now it is explaining in not so many words what happened.In typical geekspeak, OnePlus explained that the reboot was caused by modem memory usage when users on VoLTE try to dial 911, which, in turn, kicked the OTDOA protocol into gear in some cases.
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It’s only been a few days since we received and reviewed the Chuwi Hi-Dock, a handy gadget that allows you to charge multiple devices at once.You can read our review of the gadget right here: Chuwi Hi-Dock review.We’re now happy to announce that we’re giving away a total of 5 units of the Hi-Dock to GizChina readers.What this means is that 5 people from the GizChina readership who participate here will take home a free unit each!You can purchase one from either GearBest or Amazon, two of the official sales channels for the item.It’s as simple as that!
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After last week’s premiere of Game of Thrones season 7, audiences certainly came back hungry for more.The episode begins in the keep of Dragonstone, with Daenerys, Tyrion, and Varys discussing their upcoming campaign against House Lannister for the Iron Throne of Westeros.Daenerys begins by pointing out that her brother, Viserys, would have already taken King’s Landing if he would have made it to Westeros with three dragons in tow.In an excellent monologue, Varys finally tells us where his true allegiance lies: with “the people who suffer under despots and prosper under just rule.” Daenerys is clearly moved by his speech, and with knowledge of her father’s harsh rule seemingly at the forefront, tells Varys that if she is ever cruel to the people she governs, he is to tell her to her face instead of conspire behind her back.Tyrion is understandably surprised to learn that Jon has become the King in the North and vouches for his character when Melisandre urges Daenerys to send for him.Despite protest from the lords of the north – who trust neither a Targaryen nor a Lannister to be genuine in their requests – Jon announces that he will leave Winterfell and ride to Dragonstone with Davos at his side.
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The potholed streets, coin-operated parking meters, and drafty brick buildings many of us interact with every day haven’t changed much in a century.From Oslo to San Diego, cities across the globe are installing technology to gather data in the hopes of saving money, becoming cleaner, reducing traffic, and improving urban life.The goal of many smart cities is to make residents’ lives easier, be it finding a parking space easier or paying for a ticket online instead of through the mail.The people using the solutions are providing data, and they should own it, Francesca Bria, Barcelona’s digital chief, told Alphr.Barcelona is trying to get its citizens involved as it evolves into a smarter city, including through its waste management initiatives and Fab Labs, maker spaces focused on helping residents produce goods usually shipped in from the outside.Picnic tables, trees, benches, chairs, bike racks, a running track, and ping pong tables are all planned for one area, El Periódico reports.
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the FBI has warned parents of internet-connected toy of the users ' privacy at risk.They can also attract vague about to move entities from having contact with children.the United states federal criminal police, the FBI published last Monday warning that the älylelut can jeopardize children's privacy and physical security.above all, It is toys, microphones, cameras, and GPS connections, writes ZDNet.”These features may jeopardize children's privacy and safety.through Them is transmitted a lot of personal information that may be revealed unintentionally.”
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Vermon raviradan äärellä kourallinen miehiä puristaa totolehtiään.Kun hiestä vaahtoavat hevoset kääntyvät maalisuoralle, miesten nyrkit puristuvat tiukemmiksi.Ravien talouden tunnusluvut ovat sukeltaneet, ja syytä on etsitty huonoista johtajista.Hallitus ei löytänyt avoimessa haussa mieluisia toimitusjohtajaehdokkaita, joten headhunter sai töitä.Asema pääradan pomona ei ole vain Vermon johtamista.Tosiasia kuitenkin on, että hän tuli toimitusjohtajaksi yritykseen, joka piti päivittää tähän päivään.
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Google has also refrained from making a big song and dance of Posts – so the amount of information out there is particularly limited on this occasion.Originally tested during the 2016 US elections, Posts offered candidates the ability to submit updates that would appear directly in the search engine results pages (SERPs) and Google Maps.This enhanced format allows searchers to hear directly from the primary source – you – and complements existing results from across the web.”How to use Google PostsFirst things first, if you’re based in London like us, Google haven’t fully rolled posts out to everyone so you have to join the waiting list.In our opinion it is definitely worth registering.
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Den senaste veckan har stora summor ether stulits i två hackerattacker, skriver Motherboard.I början av veckan stal hackare motsvarande drygt 60 miljoner kronor i ether med hjälp av ett simpelt trick, påstår sajten.Det ska ha handlat om att investerare, som ville finansiera en ny app, lurades att skicka ether till fel adress.Enligt Motherboard verkar det som att hackare tog över en crowdfundingsajt, där det hela skulle ha skett, och helt enkelt bytte ut den riktiga adressen mot en falsk.Läs även: Winklevoss-bröderna: ”Bitcoin är det nya guldet”Under onsdagen var det dags igen då över 260 miljoner kronor ska ha stulits genom att en sårbarhet i en ethereum-klient utnyttjades, skriver Motherboard.
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- It took two years on a supercomputer to simulate 1.2 microseconds in the life of the HIV capsid, a protein cage that shuttles the HIV virus to the nucleus of a human cell.The 64-million-atom simulation offers new insights into how the virus senses its environment and completes its infective cycle.The findings are reported in the journal Nature Communications."We are learning the details of the HIV capsid system, not just the structure but also how it changes its environment and responds to its environment," said University of Illinois research scientist Juan R. Perilla, who led the study with U. of I. physics professor Klaus Schulten.Such details could help scientists find new ways to defeat the virus, Perilla said.Schulten, who died in October 2016, pioneered the application of molecular dynamics simulations to study large biological systems.
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A wine competition that re-judges gold medal-winning wines together in two price categories with the top wine awarded a Platinum medal for ‘Best in Category’ has given the nod to a New Zealand winery from Hawke’s Bay.Sileni Estates has triumphed with its 2014 Estate Selection Peak Syrah at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards in London, and chief executive Nigel Avery says the win is down to climate, soil types, company management and the winemaking skills of staff.“Syrah is a relatively new varietal for us and to achieve an award of this level bodes very well for the future,” he says.The Decanter World Wine Awards is one of the world’s largest and most influential international wine competitions judged by the top wine experts, Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers from around the world.The Peak Syrah was judged best in the ‘Best Value New Zealand Red Rhône Varietals Category’, and with only 134 gold medals awarded from 17,200 entries, the Peak Syrah is one of the top one percent, Avery says.The grapes for the 2014 Peak Syrah were grown in the Bridge Pa Triangle, a sub-region of Hawke’s Bay with river gravel soils that are perfectly suited to growing red grape varieties and which have been the source of many of New Zealand’s best Syrah wines.
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Users of the encrypted messaging service WhatsApp have reported disruptions in China, prompting censorship claims.Many reported that voice messaging and pictures wouldn't send without a virtual private network (VPN) to circumvent China's censorship filters.The seemed to be working normally on Wednesday morning, but there have been more interruptions since then.Users began noticing over the weekend that WhatsApp wouldn't send pictures, voice messages and video, although text messages continued to work normally.The Chinese government hasn't said if it's blocking WhatsApp.In its most recent internet censorship report, the free speech advocacy group Freedom House said WhatsApp was blocked in 12 countries, which is more than any other messaging app.
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Yoky Matsuoka is in the middle of a spectacular career.She began as a semi-professional tennis player.She became a renowned expert on robotics because she dreamed of building a robot tennis partner (something she never accomplished).Then she went on to become one of three co-founder of Google's moonshot R unit Google X (now called merely "X").Having been both a university researcher and a product developer, she has an interesting perspective on why it's so hard for research breakthroughs to wind up in products.She says there's a "Valley of Death" between academia and commerce because each of them are after different things.
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When Daenerys hatched three dragons from what seemed to be petrified eggs during the finale of Game of Thrones’ first season, the balance of power between the contenders for the Iron Throne began to shift.Thanks to her ever-growing, ever-more powerful “children,” Daenerys has transformed from one of the show’s underdogs to arguably its most powerful political player.Which raises a question: How could any army in Westeros take on the returning Targaryen and her forces?Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal have already taken out several of their mother’s foes, including an entire fleet commanded by the slave-cities of Essos.While House Targaryen managed to conquer the Seven Kingdoms and maintain power through the use of dragons in the past, Daenerys’ hatchlings started out small, vulnerable, and turned their mother into even more of a marked target to her political rivals.But that was six seasons ago and things have changed considerably.
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We've seen hydrofoil surfboards before, but never like this one, which has an electric motor to do the work for us.Meet the new eFoil from Puerto Rico-based company Lift Foils.It’s an electric-powered hydrofoil surfboard, or in layman’s terms, a flying surfboard.So if you thought surfing couldn’t get any more dope, think again.The eFoil depends upon a submerged hydrofoil to lift the actual board of the surfboard completely out of the water when you’re going at speed.And what’s more, these boards actually have an electric motor in the hydrofoil itself so that you can just ride the water without actually doing any work.
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Dealing with memory loss due to aging can afford a laugh, as a new campaign for Natrol Cognium proves.Created by Phelps, the 'Stay sharp, stay you' ads take a more lighthearted approach to the traditionally serious memory improvement category.In the 30-second spot, 80s TV star Erin Grey smilingly promotes the memory enhancer as she goes about putting away what her husband misplaced, including the mobile tablet left in the fridge.Print ads follow the same theme, with phrases like “Remember the groceries on your list – without the list” and “call your grandkids by their right names – the first time.”For its original take on the category, readers voted this campaign our US Creative Work of the Week.If you’d like to vote for next week’s US Creative Work of the Week, visit our US Creative Works here.
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But the Gear S2 was a total reinvention: smaller, sleeker, and much more useful and comfortable—and the Gear S3 is ultimately a revision on that core design.As Michael Simon wrote in his review of the Gear S3 Frontier for Greenbot, “Even though it was my first time using a Samsung smartwatch, my first instinct was often the correct one.” To borrow a phrase from Apple, it just works.On the right side are two physical buttons: the top one goes back in navigation, while the bottom one brings you back home to the watch face.The Gear S2 models lack the GPS, much like the original Apple Watch, but both Gear options are IP68-rated water and dust resistant and feature wireless charging with the included dock.Tizen and Android are both alien operating systems to iOS, but Samsung’s watches and Android Wear devices alike offer iPhone compatibility via their iOS apps.There’s some difference in the kinds of apps you’ll find on Samsung’s store as opposed to Google’s Play Store for Android Wear 2.0 watches, and they offer different interfaces, but ultimately you’ll find a lot of the same functionality on both platforms when used with iOS.
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The company has reportedly abandoned plans to build a massive factory in the Nevada desert.This facility was going to cost $1 billion to build and employ 13,000 people.The Nevada state governor even has a ceremonial shovel for the project hanging in his office.According to The Nevada Independent, he’s going to take down the shovel because the factory is not going to happen.To bring you up to speed, Faraday Future came out of nowhere several years ago and unveiled a wild concept at CES 2016.The company also said the car would go into production in 2018.
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Intricately choreographed number timed to London PrideAbsolut is a brand with one of the longest, proudest histories of supporting LGBTQ rights.And its first work from BBH, which was named lead global creative agency last fall, celebrates that heritage in style—with a provocative, beautifully choreographed two-minute spot featuring a kissing relay among a variety of diverse people.The spot, directed by Aoife McArdle, is wonderfully set to the 1962 track “There’s No Other” by the Crystals, which provides a joyous backdrop and has a throwback quality that nicely communicates the brand’s message here—that it’s been supporting “equal love” for decades.Make it meaningful, and connect emotionally with a new generation.”The BBH creative team of Felipe Guimaraes and Lambros Charalambous said a kiss was the simplest visual metaphor of acceptance they could think of.
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