Jerry Miller

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An exclusive report from the Chinese media (Cai Xin) states that Xiaomi held a listing launch today and the company chooses to be listed in Hong Kong.An investment banker said that Xiaomi is striving to become the first manufacturing giant to visit H-shares after The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (HKEx) new policy.Earlier, some sources confirmed that Xiaomi would be listed in the second half of 2018 with a valuation of $100 billion.There is also an argument that the valuation of Xiaomi may reach as high as $200 billion U.S. dollars, but it can not be confirmed.Sources close to the company says that Xiaomi has never submitted a valuation of $200 billion to the investment bank or anyone else but that the $100 billion valuation is much more reasonable.HKEx is undoubtedly a tremendous opportunity for Xiaomi – the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong rose 36% in 2017 and has a world-wide reputation.
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One of my resolutions for 2018 was I wouldn’t write about the fraught relationship between technology journalists and the startups and publicists that pitch to them.But New Years resolutions exist only to be broken, and here I am writing yet another piece about article pitching.Sorry about that, but trust me, I’ve got a good reason to.Get Tech Press is a subscription service where, for a monthly fee of $29, you can access a list of over 3,000 technology journalists.It also offers to direct entrepreneurs towards specialized Facebook groups and launch sites, where they can expose their work to a baying audience and build traction.Get Tech Press isn’t an inherently unique concept.
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About 20 scientists affiliated with a University of Toronto research organization have agreed to publish their lab notes in real time, a groundbreaking move aimed at hastening the discovery of new medical treatments.The researchers, who work on some of the most untreatable diseases, such as ALS and rare children's brain tumors, are part of the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), which is led from Toronto and has laboratories at U of T, McGill University, in Europe, in the US and South America."It can take many years from the time a researcher makes a discovery until it is published," says Aled Edwards, a professor in U of T's Department of Molecular Genetics and the head of the SGC.Traditionally, scientists have guarded their lab notes, not wanting to disclose important results until they can be published in peer-reviewed journals.But Edwards has long pointed to evidence showing that competition, secrecy and patents are bad for both patients and scientific progress."The current reward structures for university scientists date from a previous era," says Edwards.
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For years, motherboards have been a barrier between gamers and power users looking to build their own PCs.And, for years, the reality has been far less complicated than the common perception.We’ve gathered the best motherboard deals on the market and integrating them into an ever-changing list that spans five divergent categories.So whether you’re a gamer or a number-cruncher – or even a video production aficionado – you’ll find something on this list that suits your urgent needs.So no matter if it’s an AMD Ryzen or Intel Coffee Lake CPU that’s captivated your attention, you can count on spotting a motherboard that fits your criteria among the following entries.We’ve accounted for port selection and case size as well so that, for the sake of convenience, you can skip the research and find the motherboard of your dreams below.
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We’re always eager to recognize the heroes who risk their lives to save others, but the hero in this story isn’t interested in our praise.Drones, after all, aren’t particularly moved by flattery or gratitude, but they are useful when it comes to saving swimmers in Australia.As originally reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, a drone played the role of levitating lifeguard and saved two swimmers who were struggling against heavy surf in New South Wales.The dramatic rescue took place on Thursday, January 18, and represents the first application of drone technology to protect swimmers.Drones were initially introduced to coastal lifeguards when the NSW government pledged $16 million to a shark-mitigation strategy.The two distressed swimmers managed to get a distress signal to NSW lifeguards, and it just so happened the supervisor Jai Sheridan (the 2017 NSW Lifeguard of the Year) was controlling the drone.
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A handful of Facebook Messenger users have reported experiencing an annoying bug that prevents them from writing messages that are longer than two words.The glitch sees Messenger completely lock up when the user attempts to write a comparatively longer message.The glitch is believed to primarily effect users on iOS, and has proven fiendishly difficult to resolve.Speaking to TechCrunch, Facebook has confirmed it’s aware of the issue, and is looking into it.For those whose preferred medium of communication is anything other than haiku, it’s a bit of a bummer.Predictably, affected users have taken to Twitter to bellyache.
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In 2010, Caltech researchers developed an optical metamaterial that uses a surface coated with three-dimensional structures to redirect light as desired.More recently, engineers at Caltech showed that flat surfaces coated with tiny pillars of silicon could focus light like a lens.Picture a crystal--a solid whose physical properties are determined by the way it is built from a repeating series of atomic structures.While much progress has been made in the design of metamaterials that interact with electromagnetic waves, overall, the design of mechanical metamaterials--those that influence mechanical waves, such as sound waves or seismic waves--remains a scattershot affair, says Chiara Daraio, a professor of mechanical engineering and applied physics at Caltech.To address this, a team led by Daraio and consisting of graduate students Marc Serra Garcia and Antonio Palermo, postdoctoral scholar Katie Matlack, and professor Sebastian Huber at ETH Zürich, turned to the field of quantum mechanics.Quantum mechanics predicts the existence of certain exotic types of matter: among them, a "topological insulator" that conducts electricity across its surface while acting as an insulator in its interior.
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This is a work of fiction, says engineer's lawyerThe engineer at the center of a massive self-driving car lawsuit – brought by Google-stablemate Waymo against Uber – neglects his kids, is wildly disorganized, and has a large selection of bondage gear, his former nanny has sensationally alleged.Those extraordinary allegations come in a highly unusual lawsuit [PDF] filed earlier this month by his ex-nanny Erika Wong, who worked for Waymo's former star engineer for six months, from December 2016 to June 2017.Wong's lawsuit identifies no less than 41 causes of action – ranging from alleged health and safety code violations to emotional distress – and asks for a mind-bogglingly $6m in recompense.Broadly, though, the allegations can be broken into three main categories:Levandoswki's irregular hours and unreliability in both turning up and paying wages, leading to the nanny repeatedly waiting for hours for him to turn up and/or cancelling trips organized for him with his children.
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"Alexa, we have a problem," Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted that her 2-year-old ordered a Batman toy through Amazon's Alexa voice-shopping platform.This anecdote shows that the ease of voice shopping cuts both ways for customers interested in convenience.Ordering items on Amazon from an Alexa-enabled device — so easy, a child could do it.It turns out that ease of use might be a little bit of an issue.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted on Sunday that her 2-year old kid was able to order a toy from the device just by shouting "Batman!"
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Huawei is the third smartphone maker in the world.It could reach this rank due to various reasons.But the most important of them is that this manufacturer always follows the trends and … comes in with phones that make trends.Say, the latest flagship of the company, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro sports all the latest innovations and trendy features.That’s why the Chinese tech giant decided to bring THIS handset to the US market.This device will become a bestseller, undoubtedly.
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For those who want to test out an app before making a purchase, Apple is now promoting a new section in the App Store, “Try it for Free,” that highlights apps that offer a free trial period before you have to pay for a subscription.The introduction of the new feature makes sense as Apple is also trying to promote its subscription-based apps as a new business model for app developers.To get to the new section, go to Apple’s App Store on iOS, then tap the Apps tab.The new section is the second thing listed on the screen.As of this writing, there are only four apps being offered in the section.Current apps with free trials include an annual membership for 1Password that’s normally $35.99, a subscription to USA Today for $2.99 a month, a subscription to Panna: Video Recipes & Classes for $71.99 a year, and a subscription to Lake: Coloring Books for $2.99 a week.
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Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Stony Brook University have developed a new synthesis process for low-cost fabrication of a material previously discounted in literature for high-sensitivity infrared cameras, opening new possibilities for future Army night-time operations.Wendy Sarney and Stefan Svensson led a novel approach to using the semiconductor InAsSb, a material that has not been used before in high-performance IR cameras for the longest wavelengths (10 micron).InAsSb is a III-V semiconductor, which is a class of materials used in opto-electronics in many commercial products such as DVD players and cell phones."The human eye is optimized by nature to observe reflected light from the sun in a very narrow band of colors (wavelengths of light), known as the visible spectrum; however, all objects in nature glow with a faint light even at low temperatures, which produces colors in the infrared (IR) range which are invisible to the naked eye."By using cameras that can see the faint IR light, soldiers can operate during night times," Sarney said.This size mismatch at the atomic scale must be managed extremely well in order for the light-sensitive material to work properly.
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Believers in aliens visiting Earth's friendly skies via Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) couldn't ask for more: A secretive government group backed by federal "black money," a talkative former U.S. military intelligence official, fighter-jet video of odd objects doing out-of-this-world maneuvers and a space mogul purportedly housing leftovers of unidentified aerial craft.It all has the feel of sliding open a top drawer in a new "X-Files" TV episode.Yes, "the truth is out there," a maxim made all the stranger by reports last month by both The New York Times and Politico Magazine of the secretive Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, or AATIP for short.[UFO Watch: 8 Times the Government Looked for Flying Saucers]AATIP was originated by then-United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who garnered taxpayer dollars to start the program in 2007, along with the support of the late senators Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).Elizondo also told CNN that the craft studied by AATIP "are displaying characteristics that are not currently within the U.S. inventory nor in any foreign inventory that we are aware of."
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To be fair, it was a funky security package that actually looked pretty cool, but this unnamed vendor went and spoilt everything by putting a GDPR label on it.The bit where they tried to tell me that I wouldn’t have to redevelop any of my existing systems in order to integrate their software only increased my sense of desperation not to be in this meeting.Memo to the tech industry: stop trying to tell me that there’s such a thing as a piece of kit, or a suite of applications, or a cloud service, that will make my business GDPR compliant.By defining rigid data retention policies and destroying data when the policy says you should.Yes, systems have their place - it’s just that this particular place presents itself once you’ve figured out the processes to stay secure.Security information and event management
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(Reuters) — The going is getting tough for U.S. companies hoping to win the race to bring a bitcoin exchange-traded fund to market.But regulators are asking tough questions, and five fund managers this week shelved plans to launch ETFs based on bitcoin futures, citing concerns from the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission.“We can expect the SEC to be increasingly watchful over any companies involved in bitcoin activity,” said Marc Butler, a director at compliance management firm Intelligize.If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.”The SEC has pending applications for at least 14 different bitcoin ETFs or related products, regulatory filings show.The SEC in March denied a request to list an ETF from investors Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, owners of the Gemini bitcoin exchange.
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Samsung unveiled a new TV at CES 2018 it simply calls "The Wall."Samsung calls The Wall the world's first "modular" TV, which lets you adjust its size to best fit your environment.The Wall's "micro LED" display has many of the same benefits as next-generation OLED displays, but without any of the drawbacks like "burn-in."LAS VEGAS - Samsung introduced a new 4K HDR TV the company simply calls "The Wall" at CES 2018.Samsung touts The Wall as the world's first "modular" TV that lets you adjust its size that will best fit your living room's wall, or wherever else you'd put a giant TV screen.The particular model Samsung displayed at CES measures in at 146 diagonal inches.
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Listening to your tunes while on the go is great, but we’re increasingly becoming accustomed to being listened to — usually by a voice assistant.So it makes sense that Jabra has moved to includen oice assistant compatibility in its expanded Elite line of wireless earphones.The company has announced three new models: The $170 Jabra Elite 65t, the $190 Jabra Elite Active 65t, and the $100 Jabra Elite 45e.The “t” designation indicates a “true wireless” model, i.e.no cords at all, while the “e” designation stands for “earbud,” even though that description would seem applicable to all three models.The Elite range are designed to give you easy access to Alexa‘s on-the-go capabilities, but they’ll work with “all major voice services,” according to a company press release, including Google Assistant and Siri.
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VW cuts 2018 Tiguan SUV price by up to $2,000Renault-Nissan Alliance pools $200M to invest in startupsLG breaks further into automotive with new camera systemMazda patent bets that fun roads will prevent driver distractionTaking a leap into the tech of the 2018 Volvo XC602018 Volvo XC60 has a powerplant like no other
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LG has unveiled a trio of new concept "CLOi" robots (pronounced "KLOH-ee") designed to take the back-break out of carrying drinks, groceries and suitcases.The Serving robot is aimed at fancy hotels and airport lounges, autonomously serving food and drink to customers.The Porter robot meanwhile will be responsible for delivering suitcases to guests' rooms in hotels.LG says the Porter can also "handle express check-in and check-out service and take care of payment."Finally, the the Shopping Cart robot will be found in premium supermarkets and will be able to scan barcodes on products, carry items and direct customers to products they wish to purchase.The robots are strictly concepts now, meaning there's no word on whether they'll eventually be put into full production to be seen in hotels and airports around the world.
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Yes, I know it's tempting to test the waters and beat the competition to the punch, but what if things go bad?This is a phone that promised an excellent camera, groundbreaking modular accessories and a dent-proof, scratch-proof titanium frame, yet offered none of those things at launch.(Samsung's Galaxy S8 reportedly sold 5 million in its very first month, to give you a frame of reference.)Essential was supposed to be Android co-founder Andy Rubin's comeback as king of the mobile phone."It's a painful mistake, one that we've learned from for sure," an Essential representative admitted via email.Remember when the mediocre LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style all but sounded the death knell for Google's smartwatch ambitions?
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