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There’s been no shortage of phablets this year, but two more have just arrived in the form of the Huawei Mate 10 and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro.And they may well have been worth the wait, thanks to AI smarts, dual-lens cameras and plenty of power.But these two phones are also quite different in many ways, and while the Mate 10 Pro is higher-end overall it’s actually not a match for the standard Mate 10 in every area.Not a huge difference then, but the Mate 10 Pro is longer, slimmer and lighter than the Mate 10.The two phones are also available in a different selection of colors.The Huawei Mate 10 is launching in Mocha Brown, Black, Champagne Gold and Pink Gold, while the Mate 10 Pro will land in Midnight Blue, Titanium Gray, Mocha Brown and Pink Gold.
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An anonymous reader shares a report: Open source code helps software suppliers to be nimble and build products faster, but a new report reveals hidden software supply chain risks of open source that all software suppliers and IoT manufacturers should know about.The recent Equifax breach for example exploited a vulnerability in a widely used open source web framework, Apache Struts, and the study by software monetization specialist Flexera points out that as much as 50 percent of code in commercial and IoT software products is open source."We can't lose sight that open source is indeed a clear win.Ready-to-go code gets products out the door faster, which is important given the lightning pace of the software space," says Jeff Luszcz, vice president of product management at Flexera."However, most software engineers don't track open source use, and most software executives don't realize there's a gap and a security/compliance risk."Flexera surveyed 400 software suppliers, Internet of Things manufacturers and in-house development teams.
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The day that an alien life form lands on Earth and we have to explain about ‘that time we bought a coffee machine because actor George Clooney recommended it’, it’s going to be pretty embarrassing.So when celebrities began losing sway to bloggers, vloggers and the eventually rebranded ‘influencers’… we were trending in a better direction, right?I remember the mixed reaction of the marketing industry upon the realisation that influencers were actually a thing that was here to stay.Some cautious excitement around the flexibility of these new channels alongside uncensored confusion and outrage as to how that was going to decimate the traditional PR plans which we’d based our careers on.At least these individuals had an ambition to claim a space or subject to be regarded as knowledgeable in.Maybe it’s this new ‘post-truth world’ that we’re hearing so much about, setting us on a course to find genuine authority for specific subject matter.
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Things are crazy over here at Gizchina HQ guys.So many phones coming our way, we HAVE to send some love back to you!Here we are once again for a second giveaway in two days and one of our lucky readers will get the chance to take home a brand new Leagoo S8 Pro!$1 Off New And ImprovedPrint Your Coupon & Save On Hefty Party CupsI guess almost everybody knows the full display model of the upcoming Chinese company that has followed the market trend and released some high quality full screen smartphones at affordable prices.
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'We're here to make money and ain't no one getting rich off it'... even MicrosoftThe biggest tech resellers in Europe would not mourn the demise of the Surface device should Microsoft decide to kill it off by 2019, as was recently predicted at the Canalys Channels Forum.Industry figures including Steve Brazier, CEO at Canalys; Lenovo COO Gianfranco Lanci; and Dell president Marius Haas have all claimed the clock was ticking on Microsoft’s loss-making two-in-one PCs and that their end was nigh.It seems those execs weren’t alone in their reckoning of Surface - Computacenter chief commercial officer Kevin James told an audience at the conference that he could understand why the prediction had been made.“Do I agree with it?It’s a very big decision to get out of it.
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When Apple debuted its new facial recognition unlock system, Face ID, in September, the company faced questions about how it would sidestep the security and bias problems that have undermined similar facial recognition systems in the past.Senator Al Franken was one of the many people curious about how exactly how Apple was going to ensure Face ID’s success, and today, Apple responded to a series of questions sent by Franken’s office the day after the system was announced.Earlier facial recognition systems from HP and Google failed to recognise people with dark skin.And in 2015, Google Photos’ facial recognition categorised black people as gorillas.If Face ID made similar mistakes, it could be a sign that Apple didn’t train Face ID to recognise a diverse set of faces.Although Franken raised several questions about the privacy and security of Face ID, most of those have since been addressed in Apple’s white paper on the topic.
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UTQIAĠVIK, ALASKA — Arnold Brower Jr., a 70-year-old Iñupiat whaling captain, can recall his first encounter with scientists clearly.It was 1977, and the International Whaling Commission (IWC) had just placed a moratorium on bowhead whale hunting, after a US government-led population survey determined the marine mammals’ numbers to be dangerously low.But Brower, who has been hunting in the icy Arctic waters surrounding Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow) since he was a boy, felt certain that conclusion was wrong.They formed the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission (AEWC), and partnered with wildlife biologists at the local government of the North Slope Borough to try to improve the population census.Within a few years, the hunters amassed clear evidence that researchers with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration had been undercounting bowheads, by overlooking whales that swam hidden beneath sea ice and far offshore.Now, some of the same whalers who worked with biologists to revise the bowhead census forty years ago, along with other Native hunters across Alaska, are partnering with researchers to document and interpret the signs of human-caused climate change.
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Alcatel may have released a couple of devices in the course of the year, but hasn’t uttered a word on what its plan for the remaining part of the year and possibly an early quarter of 2018 hold for its fans.However, some couple of Alcatel branded smartphones has just surfaced revealing the devices in full glory.This is a possible indication that we should expect to see one or two Alcatel phones in the first quarter of 2018.Six different Alcatel phones labelled as Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3X, Alcatel 3V, Alcatel 3, Alcatel 3C and Alcatel 1X has appeared on online.The leaked images reveal nothing much other than the names, camera setups, fingerprint placement as well as the display front showing amount of bezels present in each model.From the leaked images, it appears just a few of the devices feature a dual rear camera.
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Official game channels have arrived in the game chatting service Discord, and they’re made possible via the new Verified Server program.The Verified Server program is available for publishers and game developers.These official game channels will provide a destination for fans of a particular game to chat with each other, get official news, and more.Discord is home to a huge variety of servers, not just ones related to gaming, but it was launched and is still presented as a destination for gamers in particular.Gaming teams, for example, can create a server to chat and message each other, and developers can launch channels for their own projects.Verified Servers aim to make it easier for fans to find channels that officially pertain to any official thing, such as a game like Minecraft.
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Thou shalt not fly within 150m of people or built-up areasA drone photographer who took pictures of the Tornado steam engine has been given a community punishment by Essex Police in the UK – after Network Rail complained his craft was being flown too close to a railway line.The force said in a statement that the 28-year-old man from Kirby Cross, who it declined to name, "was dealt with by means of an agreement contract with Essex Police and given a community resolution".His actions were said to be in breach of the Air Navigation Order 2016, which is the law on how UK airspace may be used.The man had taken photos of the Tornado steam engine and was selling them in a local shop, police said.This is not permitted unless one has permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to operate as a commercial drone flyer.
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When given the opportunity to broadcast our thoughts and opinions, we’re prone to abusing that freedom to hurt and intimidate others.While that’s unfortunately still true, I now realize that I shouldn’t be satisfied with the notion that if you’re looking for a safe space, Twitter isn’t for you.I engaged with Twitter a fair bit less back when I wrote that, and as I’ve come to depend on it more to learn about what’s going on around the world, I’ve begun to realize the significance of how it should be run.Twitter truly is continually evolving into a global platform for free speech, but it’s doing a terrible job of managing this space which we inhabit and in which we attempt to exercise that right.Case in point: Twitter suspended actor Rose McGowan’s account shortly after she criticized Ben Affleck and claimed he knew about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged acts of sexual assault.Meanwhile, there’s still no truly effective way to stem the flow of abuse that harrows many female users on a regular basis.
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Kenmore announced a line of Wi-Fi-enabled refrigerators during the Smart Kitchen Summit.You can adjust the temperatures inside the freezer and fridge through an app.The appliances also work with Amazon Alexa, the online retailer's voice-activated digital assistant.The Moto Z2 Force is really thin, with a fast processor and great battery life.It can survive drops without shattering.
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Red Hat extends its offerings across the top public clouds globally.Alibaba Cloud customers will soon be able to harness the power and flexibility of Red Hat’s open source solutions following a tie-up between the two companies.The tie-up will see Alibaba Cloud join the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider program, joining a host of other big name tech companies who offer Red Hat-tested and validated solutions.In the coming months, Alibaba Cloud customers will have direct access to Red Hat open source solutions, with Red Hat Enterprise Linux set to be offered in a pay-as-you-go model via the Alibaba Cloud Marketplace.“As enterprises in China, and throughout the world, look to modernize application environments, a full-lifecycle solution by Red Hat on Alibaba Cloud can provide customers higher flexibility and agility,” said Yeming Wang, deputy general manager of Alibaba Cloud Global.“We look forward to working with Red Hat to help enterprise customers with their journey of scaling workloads to Alibaba Cloud.”
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And as especially ripe phishing targets, chief executives—more than many other staffers—are being forced to rein in once-freewheeling email habits.The number of U.S. data breaches jumped to a record 791 in the first six months of 2017, according to the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center and data security firm CyberScout.At the same time, U.S. CEOs surveyed by KPMG LLP this year on average ranked cybersecurity as their top investment focus over the next three years, up from its second-place spot in last year’s survey.Breaches at Target, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Equifax Inc. all spurred the departures of their bosses.Yahoo’s then-CEO Marissa Mayer lost her 2016 bonus after the attack that occurred on her watch.“The more it hits everyday citizens, the more likely it will cost a CEO their job,” says Brett Stephens, chief executive of board and executive search firm RSR Partners.
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HMD Global grabbed headlines around the world earlier in the year when it announced the re-entry of Nokia brands into the mobile phones market – thanks to its series of mid-range Android phones as well as the iconic Nokia 3310Later in the year, the company also launched the Nokia 8 flagship phone which is currently been pushed to various markets around the World.While there are rumors and report that Nokia is already getting set to unveil the Nokia 8 in the US, fresh reports reaching us say HMD Global has no plans of pushing the Nokia 8 into the US market anytime soon.$1 Off New And ImprovedPrint Your Coupon & Save On Hefty Party CupsIt may not be the best of news for Nokia fans in the United States, but HMD has just confirmed the Nokia 8 would never make it to the State as it wasn’t properly banded to work in the US.
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If you prefer to avoid handing over your credit card outright whenever your teens want or need something on Amazon, the retail giant has you covered.Today, Amazon unveiled their all-new "teen accounts" feature, allowing kids aged 13-17 to browse, purchase and stream Amazon products and content using their own private account.Teens don't get total freedom, though.Parents are able to select which payment methods and shipping addresses they'd like their teens to have access to and will receive an automated request for approval whenever a purchase is attempted.Upon receiving such a message (via email and/or text messaging), parents can reply with "Y" or "N" to approve or deny the purchase.To streamline the process further, teens can also add personalized notes to each product they select for approval, allowing them to offer their parents a bit of justification for the products they want or need (such as important school supplies).
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“The reason you want to invest in TV is because it bloody works,” said Rhys McLachlan, head of global TV strategies, Videology.McLachlan was right but sometimes I – and others who work in the TV industry – forget the reach, the influence, the importance of mainstream TV.Mclachlan’s timely reminder came at an event called TV Unboxed, organised to demystify the TV industry, with a raft of speakers from Channel 4, Thinkbox, and us at December 19.The event was a whiz bang tour of the current TV landscape covering everything from addressable, programmatic, co-distribution of content, ad formats, multi-screening, the future of TV.The threat to linear TV from subscription video on demand services has been well documented but it was good to hear this false proclamation shot down not with opinion, but some cold hard, facts: for instance, that Netflix and Amazon are spending between 60% and 80% of their marketing budget advertising on linear TV.Furthermore, as head of planning at Thinkbox Leila Travis pointed out, the rise of Netflix (“which didn’t even exist six years ago”) and Amazon Prime has helped linear UK broadcasters like Channel 4 and ITV raise the game.
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The text was rediscovered in 1980, but it was virtually unreadable.The letter, enclosed in a thermos and wrapped in a leather binding, was buried by Nadjari in November 1944 just outside the extermination camp, where it lay buried for 36 years.It was accidentally unearthed by a student in 1980, but most of text was illegible.Using a technique called multispectral analysis, Polian, with the help of Russian IT expert Aleksandr Nikitjaev, managed to decipher upwards of 90 per cent of the document.The details of this work are set to be published by the Munich-based Institute of Contemporary History (IfZ) in November.These forced labourers had to perform the unthinkable, removing the bodies from the gas chambers, extracting teeth, shaving off their hair (which was processed into yarn), delivering the bodies to the crematorium, and disposing the ashes into rivers.
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Image: Liz West / Creative CommonsThere’s a well-known thought experiment in the world of artificial intelligence that poses a simple, but potentially very scary, question: what if we asked a super-intelligent AI to make paperclips?This may not sound terrifying at first, but as Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom (who first described the parable) explains, it all depends on how well we’ve trained the AI.If we’ve given it common sense, it might ask us: “How many paperclips do you want?” If it doesn’t know to ask, it might just make paperclips forever.And, if it’s a super-intelligent AI that we’ve accidentally forgotten to program with any human ethics or values, it might decide that the most efficient way to make paperclips is to wipe out humanity and terraform the planet into one giant paperclip-making factory.Well good, because now there’s a game about it.
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dryriver writes: When I first read William Gibson's Neuromancer and then his other novels as a young man back in the 1990s, I was blown away by Gibson's work.Everything was so fresh and out of the ordinary in his books.The characters and character names.The future world he imagined.It was unlike anything I had read before.A window into the far future of humanity.
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