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Microsoft's return to the wearable space may be modest to start with, but could herald a much larger investment.Microsoft has announced its first wearable since it officially canceled the Band 3.Although it doesn’t have a name just yet, we know that it’s aimed at business customers, has a square display, and is fitted within a silicon watch strap.Microsoft hopes it will replace larger handheld devices for tasks such as inventory management and adding automation to guest services.Ever since Microsoft halted sales of its Band 2 fitness tracker in 2016, it has not been clear whether Microsoft would ever re-enter the market.Its Band 3 was canceled before going on sale and since then not much has been heard of Microsoft’s wearable plans.
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If there was any worry that the issues surrounding the Galaxy Note 7 would hurt Galaxy S8 sales, it can probably be laid to rest.Samsung delivered an update on Galaxy S8 pre-order numbers today, and though we don’t get a specific number, we do get a general idea of how well Samsung’s latest flagship did before launching last week.In a statement today, Samsung Electronics America president and COO Tim Baxter said that pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 and S8 ended up exceeding those of the Galaxy S7 by “more than 30 percent.” The Galaxy S7 is one of Samsung’s most successful handsets, so that’s no small achievement.Here is Baxter’s statement in full:We are delighted to see the response to the Galaxy S8 and S8 .At Samsung, we believe it is a privilege to make groundbreaking products that are enjoyed by millions, and have recommitted ourselves to innovate, not only with new products and services, but also in process.
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This is after all the company that famously resisted FBI demands for a backdoor to terrorist's iPhone.So it was understandable that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick might have been a bit anxious before a 2015 with Apple CEO Tim Cook.Kalanick had been directing his engineers to camouflage a feature in the ride-hailing app that allowed Uber to secretly track iPhone users, even after the app had been deleted from users' phones, according to a wide-ranging profile published Sunday by The New York Times.Cook then demanded Uber stop the deception or face getting yanked from Apple's App store.Uber denied using its app to track individual riders' locations"We absolutely do not track individual users or their location if they've deleted the app," Uber said in a statement.
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Squeeze for the Brilliant U.— HTC (@htc) on April 20, 2017Smartphonetillverkaren HTC seems to want to take the old slanguttrycket "teddy bear" for mobile phones to a whole new level when their upcoming phone, the "U", seems built specifically around you to hug, or at least clamp.This is where the phone, according to sources at Venture Beat, has a design that comes with built-in sensors on the sides, which allows users to control it in other ways than just by using the screen.Exactly how this will work in practice remains to be seen, and on 16 may we learn to know more - then the official unveiling of HTC's "U" takes place.
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According to Snap’s S-1 Filing for its IPO, of the $400m in revenues the company has, $360 million is made by selling “Geofilters”, or photo filters based on location which advertisers can buy.So owning the patent on that concept would seem pretty crucial.But Snapchat has never had such a patent, until now.Mobli, an Instagram competitor launched 6 years ago which failed to get ahead of its competitor, actually patented the idea of Geo-photo filters in 2012, after launching it the previous year.But according to sources, serial entrepreneur and investor Moshe Hogeg, who co-founded Mobli, sold Mobli’s Geofilters patent to Snap this month for $7.7 million.This is believed to be the highest amount paid for a patent from the Israeli tech industry.
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Both Google and Mozilla recently introduced protections against a particularly nasty form of web-based phishing.It's called a homograph attack, and it can be nearly impossible to detect.In my previous post I gave an example using forbes.com, something that the researcher Xudong Zheng assured me you don't have to worry about.Because "f does not have a convenient equivalent [character] in Cyrillic," so it can't be easily spoofed.The same would hold true for facebook.com, which is great news since scammers love to get their hands on social media accounts.Other major websites, though, definitely can be booby trapped.
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2017 hasn’t been very good year so far for LeEco, the China-based smartphone company with big ambitions for the US market.After struggling to pay its US staff and laying off a third of its regional workforce, firing employees in India, selling its expensive Silicon Valley property, canceling its acquisition of Vizio, and shutting down its EcoPass video service, the company has had more than its share of bad headlines already.LeEco apparently hoped to generate over $100 million in revenue following its October 2016 launch in the US, but has allegedly managed just $15 million in that timeframe.Consumer interest is still predominantly focused on premium tier flagships, with Apple and Samsung catering to the bulk of the market.With the focus firmly on premium products, there’s also a certain expectation associated with the buying experience.LeEco appeared to have misunderstood this key difference when it originally launched its smartphone range in the US using the “flash sale” method.
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On April 5, teenager Carter Wilkerson sent this tweet inquiry to the Wendy’s Twitter handle.The brand promptly replied “18 Million” which Wilkerson responded:As they say in the clickbait headline world, you won’t believe what happened next.A follow-up tweet from Wilkerson’s end saying:Inspired Twitter to take action and start retweeting his plea, adding the hashtag NuggsForCarter.Less than a month later and as you can see Wilkerson’s tweet is on its way to becoming Twitter’s most retweeted tweet ever.
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From the slimy backs of a South Indian frog comes a new way to blast influenza viruses.A compound in the frog’s mucus—long known to have germ-killing properties—can latch onto flu virus particles and cause them to burst apart, researchers report in Immunity.The peptide is a potent and precise killer, able to demolish a whole class of flu viruses while leaving other viruses and cells unharmed.The study authors, led by researchers at Emory University, note that the peptide appears uniquely nontoxic—something that can’t be said of many other frog-based compounds.But simply figuring out how it works could move researchers closer to a vaccine or therapy that could take out all flus, ditching the need for yearly vaccinations for each season’s flavor of flu.After catching some of the amphibians from the wild and applying “mild electrical stimulation,” they got the frogs to leak out some of their germ-killing goo.
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Ed, Melissa and Amy are joined by Chris Wysopal, noted hacker and CTO/co-founder of Veracode on this week's tech podcast.The crew talks about how hacking has evolved and the importance of secure software.(4:30) Wysopal: Raising awareness of insecure software(10:19) "Nice hackers" testifying to Congress(16:07) Taking down the internet in 30 minutes(19:02) Building a security company
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pirate applications the tightening of the succeeds now also a bunch of fucking amateurs.Russia has created a new, ”highly customized” pirate app, which offers individual criminals the opportunity to start doing what we're doing without any knowledge.the Service needs to purchase just the license.after That get the job done basic competences in web browser.the Tightening of a specialized pirate app found recently Recorded Futuren leader Andrei Barysevich.the Novelty differs from the hitherto known tightening pattern on it, that now the malware I bought the blackmailer can remote control the tightening of internet browser.
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Puking rainbows not your style?Don't worry, Snapchat's got an alternative.Lenses are special effects that can be overlaid on your face when snapping with the front-facing camera.Snapchat's flipped the switch and added a similar feature called World Lenses using the rear camera.World Lenses let you overlay rainbows, clouds and other 3D experiences on the world rather than on your face.When using the rear camera, tap the screen to get a range of objects that you can place.
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If you’re reading this article on a Razer Blade laptop or scrolling with a DeathAdder mouse, these in-ears are probably right up your alley.Razer is best known its Razer Blade laptops and gaming peripherals like mice, keyboards, and gaming headsets, but the company also offers a wide range of other audio gear, like its Hammerhead V2 line of in-ear headphones.Now that line is expanding with the addition of two new models: the Razer Hammerhead BT, and the Razer Hammerhead for iOS.As the name hints at, the Hammerhead BT in-ears feature Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, including aptX.This model is compatible with both iOS and Android devices, and Razer says the included 160mAh battery provides up to eight hours of playback time.Recharge time is on the longer side at two hours, but as long as you plug it in at night, the Hammerhead BT should get you through a day of typical usage.
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But only in the first of those issues, the database theft, did information leak, and good design effectively mitigated it.(A problem with content-distribution network Cloudflare last month seemingly leaked some 1Password.com data, but only incidentally, and it was wrapped in additional layers of protection, as discussed in my article on the leakage.)This column arises from an email from reader Ginny, who asked about a line in an article at Ars Technica by Dan Goodin—an intrepid, veteran reporter of security flaws, who often breaks news on the topic—in which he notes, “Exploits become easier by convenience features that, for example, store encrypted password vaults in Internet-accessible locations or automatically paste passwords into websites.”Ginny wondered if 1Password’s hosted passwords vaults had the same potential vulnerabilities as LastPass.(That option still exists for $65 on macOS; iOS and Android apps are free, but have a few in-app premium upgrade features.)All current versions of apps on all platforms are included in the subscription price.
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is under new pressure in New York City to add in-app tipping.On Monday, New York's Taxi and Limousine Commission reportedly announced a proposal that would allow passengers using car services that only accept only credit cards to tip the driver using their card.New York City taxis and Lyft already offer tipping via credit card, but Uber does not.The company touts itself as being hyper-convenient and says one of the hallmarks of such convenience is letting customers have tip-free rides.Many Uber drivers, however, feel differently.In February, an Uber driver based in Washington launched an online petition asking the company to add a tipping feature to all of its rides.
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The Internet Archive is a great resource if you're looking to play with older PC apps and operating systems—thanks to a JavaScript port of DOSBox, you can run stuff like Mario Teaches Typing and Windows For Workgroups 3.11 right in your browser, giving you a quick and easy way to get some idea of what it was like to use a computer 20 or 25 years ago.Now, the Internet Archive has some retro computing offerings from the other side of the great Mac/PC divide.Using a version of the PCE PC Emulator that has been ported to JavaScript, people interested in the Mac's early years can run System 6, System 7, and dozens of old apps, including MacWrite and Microsoft Basic using their browsers.The hardware that this old black-and-white software would have run on is wholly different from modern Macs—it hearkens back to the pre-PowerPC days when Macs still used the same Motorola 68000-series processors as the original 1984 Macintosh.Even so, the user interface is recognizable even if you've only used Macs in our current post-Mac OS X, post-Intel era.Showing mounted volumes on the desktop, the idea of a "trash" can that could hold deleted files until you were sure you wanted to delete them, and the persistent menu bar complete with Apple logo are all still hallmarks of modern Macs.
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Imagine a giant stack of $100 bills sitting on your desk, right next to your computer.There’s at least $5k in the stack.Now picture yourself spiking the entire pile straight down the toilet, so hard you don’t even have to flush.That’s what it’s like producing content that whiffs on the 1 conversion trigger.This short video shows you how to stop the Benji spiking calamity that's going on all over the internet.
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the German bank's earnings expectations for the current year are moderate, but the next year operating profit should grow by as much as 50%.the German banking giant Deutsche Bank welcomes the Nokia shares earnings season below.the Bank raised the target price of its eur 5,20 previous 4,80 euro and will continue to urge to buy the shares.Nokia shares have been in the day trading nearly one per cent rise in 4,974 million.Deutsche bank's target price relative to the stock at that would afford less than five percent.according to the Bank network from the company is authorized to expect the first quarter to 5.24 billion in sales and 331 million comparable operating profit.
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IT professionals who want help getting a handle on a potential cloud migration have a new tool from Microsoft.The company is offering a Cloud Migration Assessment service that walks customers through an evaluation of the resources they currently use, in order to determine what a move to the cloud would cost.Microsoft’s cost calculation is driven in part by the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit , which lets customers apply their existing Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance to virtual machines running in Microsoft’s cloud.That means customers only have to pay the base price for the compute resources they use.Also starting Wednesday, all customers can invoke the discount from the Azure Management Portal.In the past, this type of deployment of discounted virtual machine images was limited to companies who have enterprise agreements with Microsoft.
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If you're a fan of the PC, then you'll be happy to know that the market is recovering given the first sales increase in five years.The PC market has been going through a few years of declining sales, seemingly lending credence to Steve Jobs’ pronouncement of a “post-PC” era.Smartphones and tablets seemed to be the cause of a downward trend in the popularity of PCs, but then things appeared to be turning around more recently.That upward trend seems to be solidifying, as a number of analysts have been predicting either a stabilization of the market or an outright recovery.For the first time, we have at least one firm reporting an increase in PC sales, specifically IDC with its analysis of the first quarter of 2017.According to IDC, PC sales for the first quarter reached 60.328 million units, a year-over-year increase of 0.6 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016 when 59.945 million units were sold.
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