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While we are still talking about the latest UMIDIGI S2 Lite over here at GizChina, the Chinese phone maker seems to be already working on their next flagship – the UMIDIGI Z2.Let’s check out some of the images the company has just released.Well, it’s not that hard to see some similarities with Apple’s iPhone X.We indeed find the notorious top notch along with the thin side bezels.What’s a tiny bit disappointing is the bottom bezel though, which is very slim but still present, unlike what we have on the iPhone X.That said, the Z2 will probably cost a fraction of Apple’s device, so it wouldn’t be fair to compare the two either way.
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It’s not that you hate your job — it’s that you hate getting there.When telecommuting is oh so much easier than your actual morning (and evening) commute, it’s no wonder that you’d rather stay at home than brave an overcrowded subway, a gridlocked highway, or one of the other urban mobility nightmares we’re facing these days.But before you grumble about how miserable your way to the office will be, you may want to take a look at Elby.Heralded as the world’s first one-size-fits-most pedal-assist hybrid bicycle, this is one ebike that will make getting to work (or just about anywhere else) so much fun that you may actually enjoy the journey more than the destination.At its core a commuter bike, Elby wants to get you from Point A to Point B without requiring too much exertion on your part.The low step-through frame makes it an accessible bike for folks of a wide range of builds — whether you’re five feet tall or well over six feet tall, you should be able to ride the Elby.
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Seeing that HD for the first time, the sharpness seemed almost impossible compared to existing technology.But this year, several top tech companies showed off 8K screens with 16-times as many pixels as those old 1080p HD TVs.It’s also extraordinarily stark, with a display that puts out peak brightness levels of 10,000 nits.Nits are a unit for measuring brightness, by the way, and the study group that established standards for high-dynamic range (HDR) and DolbyVision determined in 2015 that 10,000 nits should represent the upper limit for display brightness.Beyond that, the researchers suggested, the human eye can’t really appreciate any more benefit.There’s no word on if or when Sony will bring it’s ultra-bright display to market.
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The research team over at Kaspersky Labs has unveiled Skygofree to the world, an app which it has described as one of the most powerful spyware tools it has encountered to date.Although it has not named and shamed, Kaspersky Labs believes the app is a product developed by an Italian IT company which will market itself with various surveillance wares.Skygofree is capable of taking control of a devices camera, while also seizing data from calls, texts, WhatsApp, location, calendars, as well as information stored in the device memory.“As a result of the long-term development process, there are multiple, exceptional capabilities: usage of multiple exploits for gaining root privileges, a complex payload structure, never-before-seen surveillance features such as recording surrounding audio in specified locations.”Perhaps the one which will grab the attention is the ability to gain access to user’s WhatsApp accounts.It waits for the targeted application to be launched and then parses all nodes to find text messages.
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Uber drivers in the UK will be required to take a break after 10 hours on the job starting next week.Drivers for the ride-hailing service will have to take a continuous six-hour break after the time spent on trips with passengers and on their way to pickups reaches 10 hours.The company announced the decision Tuesday, saying it believes this move is an industry first in the UK.The company has been criticized in the past over its handling of workers' rights and has faced resistance in the UK.Uber lost its license to operate in London in September.In October, a London court ruled that its drivers should be classified as employees instead of as contractors
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LAS VEGAS—When we weren't pounding the pavement at last week's overloaded CES trade show, we at Ars Technica took whatever opportunity we could to nerd out in uniquely Vegas style.That didn't mean dumping our spare quarters into a Lord of the Rings-themed slot machine; it meant hitching a ride to the Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame.This collection of roughly 260 working pinball, electromechanical, and video games has been open to the public for over a decade, with its 2006 opening followed by a size-boosting relocation in 2009 to a venue two miles down Tropicana Avenue.It arguably includes the most varied and valuable open-every-day collection of pinball and pinball-like games in the United States, if not the world—but you'd never know it by simply passing the building.The warehouse's nondescript exterior only stands out thanks to a shopping-center marker and a single yellow sign above its front door.But what this room lacks in glitz or presentation, it makes up for in sheer pinball fandom.
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Google Duo is Android's official answer to FaceTime, allowing you to make simple and stable video calls to friends and family.Thanks to a new update just pushed out by Google, you'll be able to receive calls made by the Duo app on some Android phones, even if you don't actually have the app yourself.Android Police spotted the update, which means audio and video calls will pop up on some Android phones even without the app – it's not clear exactly what the criteria for this is, but having your phone number registered with Google seems to be part of it.It all happens through something called App Preview Messaging, which works through a background Android app called Google Play Services.The tech allows some basic bits of an app to essentially operate as part of Android, so you can get in touch with people no matter what messaging apps they've got installed.Some of the best parts of Google Duo, including the "knock knock" feature that lets you see who's calling on screen before you answer, are included in this new functionality.
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A new design of algae-powered fuel cells that is five times more efficient than existing plant and algal models, as well as being potentially more cost-effective to produce and practical to use, has been developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge.As the global population increases, so too does energy demand.The threat of climate change means that there is an urgent need to find cleaner, renewable alternatives to fossil fuels that do not contribute extensive amounts of greenhouse gases with potentially devastating consequences on our ecosystem.Solar power is considered to be a particularly attractive source as on average the Earth receives around 10,000 times more energy from the sun in a given time than is required by human consumption.In recent years, in addition to synthetic photovoltaic devices, biophotovoltaics (BPVs, also known as biological solar-cells) have emerged as an environmentally-friendly and low-cost approach to harvesting solar energy and converting it into electrical current.These solar cells utilise the photosynthetic properties of microorganisms such as algae to convert light into electric current that can be used to provide electricity.
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The approval is rHEALTH’s first regulatory clearance.Hemophilia A is a genetic disorder caused by a missing or defective clotting protein called FVIII, or “factor eight.” The condition causes people—mostly men—to bleed longer both internally and externally.That’s a small market, but validating a portable test for any new blood marker is an achievement, and a step toward the ultimate goal of bringing diagnostics to the consumer.“We see this [regulatory approval] as a stepping stone for making a name for ourselves in the hematology space,” says Eugene Chan, founder and CEO of rHEALTH.When Theranos imploded, it tarnished the entire sector, leaving personalized diagnostics companies suddenly climbing their way out of a crater.Those companies have for years been plodding along, miniaturizing basic blood tests one at a time, with a few dozen to show for it.
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Newly-released testimony from the founder of the firm behind the infamous ‘WaterSportsGate’ dossier on Donald Trump has claimed someone has died as a result of its publication.Speaking to the US Judiciary Committee last week, Fusion GPS founder, Glenn Simpson, also alleged the FBI had a source within the President’s election campaign team, the Trump Organisation makes dubious claims to reduce its tax bills and Trump himself continued to associate with a businessman after he learned of his ties to organised crime.The explosive testimony from Simpson and his lawyer was made public on Tuesday by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein in an effort to quash the “innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript”.“One of the things we found out was that, you know, when it comes to paying taxes, Donald Trump claims to not have much stuff.So they would make filings with various state and local authorities saying that their buildings weren’t worth much.”2) ON FELIX SATER, CONVICTED IN 1998 FOR HIS ROLE IN A MAFIA-ORCHESTRATED STOCK FRAUD SCHEME
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This is Mobile Suit Gundam in real life.A company called Furrion created this monster of a mech.It’s called Prosthesis and I need one in my life.The Prosthesis is an exoskeleton that weighs 8,000, has a top speed of 20 mph, and the company says the battery can power the mech for an hour.And this thing is for real.It’s an exoskeleton that requires a driver.
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US president Donald Trump was among the most searched for celebrities on Pornhub last year, beating out the likes of Harry Styles, Avril Lavigne and Serena Williams with 424,930 total searches.On Tuesday (9 January 2018), Pornhub's annual insights report – which details major trends of the past 12 months – suggested that the outspoken commander-in-chief was a sought-after search term for hundreds of thousands of the website's randy viewers.Both daughter Ivanka Trump and wife Melania Trump both placed much higher on the list in 2017, with 1,103,086 and 1,049,472 searches respectively.The Donald lagged well behind reality TV star Kim Kardashian, singer Selena Gomez and YouTube personality Lena the Plug but was still more popular than footballing superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.Searches for the soon-to-be royal Meghan Markle shot up by 5908% on 29 November, the same day that Prince Harry and the actor announced their engagement.But it was not just real men and women topping Pornhub's charts, with both movies and video games remaining popular search topics for adults last year.
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A woman who found a bouquet of flowers and heartwarming note at her local bus stop has told of how the random act of kindness has ‘made her year’.Ruth Clark, 26, who lives in Hackney, was en route to work when she spotted a bunch of flowers resting on the seat of her local bus stop with a note attached.It transpired that the flowers had been left by a stranger who simply wanted to brighten someone else’s day - and it seems those flowers were destined to find Ruth, who just months before had been involved in a serious bike accident metres away from the stop.“This act of kindness was particularly important and touching as it brought back a lot of memories of the kindness strangers demonstrated in that moment on the same street just a few months ago,” Ruth told HuffPost UK.“My recovery took a couple of months, but the kindness people showed me that afternoon helped me stay positive.”Ruth explained that her cycling accident had happened just a few metres away on Southgate Road in summer 2017.
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Adding to its ever-growing lineup of smart cameras and home security devices, Blink officially showcased its forthcoming battery-powered video doorbell at CES 2018.Completely wireless and easy to install, the Blink Video Doorbell gives homeowners peace of mind with motion detection, live-streaming video with two-way audio, infrared night vision, HD video alerts, smartphone video alerts, and several other security features.The Blink Video Doorbell runs on just two AA batteries, which should allow it to operate for up to two years.Many other home security systems offer similar features to Blink’s forthcoming device, but what makes the Video Doorbell so unique is its overall ease of use and dead-simple installation.Since the doorbell is wireless, users can stick it anywhere they want and easily connect it to their home Wi-Fi network.If desired, they can even set up Blink’s offering to work with existing doorbell wiring, which allows the previous doorbell’s chime to be used.
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We took a look at FoldiMate, the laundry-folding machine, back in 2016, but the company made a return to CES this year with a new design concept.In past models, clothing items were clipped onto a vertical rack in order to feed through the folding machine.This year, FoldiMate rethought its design and presented a new model that feeds clothing items into the machine individually through a horizontal feeder.The design concept on the CES floor is a preview of what an actual FoldiMate might look like in late 2019, when the company hopes to have units ready to deliver.There's no news yet on whether the FoldiMate will have an accompanying mobile app, but the team at FoldiMate does say it is looking into a partnership with BSH, the parent company of brands like Bosch, Siemens and Gaggenau.The design isn't the only thing to have changed.
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It's one small step for Sophia, one giant leap for robot-kind.Sophia is a humanoid robot built by Hanson Robotics that debuted in 2016.Thanks to the addition of legs from DRC-HUBO (the same company that won the DARPA robotics competition in 2015), Sophia can now walk -- albeit slowly.Currently the legs are capable of moving at up to 0.6 miles per hour.Her skin is surprisingly lifelike, using a material called "frubber" that lets her blink, move her mouth and turn her head relatively naturally.She's even appeared on the cover of Elle Brazil.
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Sport is becoming more inclusive which is absolutely crucial for the health and well being of our young people going forward.The old saying that rugby is a “game for men” has quite rightly gone out of the window with the women’s rugby league World Cup won by Australia this year showing how far the game of rugby league has come, albeit with much still to do.He was so well liked that a major road in Hull is named after him.However, it is true to suggest that uptake in Asian communities (particularly ones in the game’s heartlands) has been more challenging.Indeed, despite the World Cup, the women’s game is one of those rare matters that rugby union has been more ahead of the game on.The men’s World Cup Final this year saw a gallant England lose narrowly to the all conquering Australians whom many expected to win by a country mile.
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The BBC’siPlayer catch-up service has gone from strength to strength over the Christmas break having registered a sharp increase in streaming requests led by an EastEnders Christmas special and a Peaky Blinders box set.Viewers are increasingly turning to catch-up services such as the iPlayer to get their daily fix of small screen fare, rejecting the traditional requirement of tuning into a scheduled broadcast at an allotted hour.In a sign of these changing patterns of behavior, more viewers logged onto iPlayer and streamed more content between 25 and 31 December than on any other week on record with 69.2m individual content requests being made cumulating in a total of 25.6m hours spent.By way of comparison, the figures recorded for the equivalent period last year stood at 58.6m requests for 22.5m hours of content.The EastEnders Christmas special was viewed an impressive 1.6m times over the holiday period, with six of the top 10 iPlayer shows all attributed to the ever popular East London soap.Christmas has traditionally been a bumper period for broadcasters as cold weather and the holidays conspire to see people spend more time at home slumped in front of television screens.
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It’s been several months since appliance manufacturer Whirlpool acquired Yummly.The app lets users find recipes suited to their tastes and cooking talents, limiting results to those without a despised ingredient or that will take less than half an hour to make.Because Whirlpool is adding to its roster of smart appliances — at 2017’s Consumer Electronics Show, it announced nearly all its connected appliances would be voice-enabled) — it wants to expand on what home cooks can do with the technology once it’s in their kitchens.The latest version of the app, Yummly 2.0, will integrate with some Whirlpool smart ovens, the company announced at CES 2018.The improvements to the app include image-recognition technology, so it can offer suggestions based on multiple ingredients you have on hand.It’s integrated with Instacart, so you can add missing items to your shopping cart and have them delivered.
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Typo in the first paragraph: "Delta's last scheduled passenger service with the jumbo was actually late in January, at which point it conducted a farewell tour and then some charter flights."I think this should be December, as the caption in the first picture states:"It went on a tour at the end of December, and on Wednesday made its final flight to a boneyard in Arizona."
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