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When the newest phones get old, they often get cheaper.It's why people sometimes wait about a year after a phone's release, for a discount on the device.That might not be the case with Apple's iPhone X, which comes with the hefty price tag of $999 (£999, AU$1,579).A report from MacRumors on Monday suggests Apple will discontinue the original iPhone X when the second-generation model is released later this year, instead of making the phone cheaper.The report cites predictions from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said that lower prices for the iPhone X would affect sales of Apple's mid-range devices.Apple didn't respond to a request for comment.
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The question was: Who are the thinkers and companies who are really pushing AI theory?Thoughts vary on the level of embodiment, the mortality of that body, and the complexity of sensing abilities and empathy needed.It’s not complete, so please feel free to tweet me with suggested updates.Understanding how the fields interact, where interconnectedness is most dense (like between autonomous vehicles and future of work) or where there are gaps (like between process automation and environmental sensing), can help us understand areas for innovation and maybe even new AI theory.They have a focus on supply chain or operations, either in robots or enabling software and applications.A lot of old-school labs like Charles River Analytics and Boston Dynamics work in this area, with their associated datasets, institutional knowledge, and existing theories.
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The proliferation of Alexa in every device imaginable has been an important trend over the last couple of years.So why not have it on your laptop or desktop PC?The first reason is because although you may not use it much, your PC already has a built-in virtual assistant called Cortana.This is Microsoft’s own virtual assistant, which already replicates a lot of the same functionality on your PC, meaning you’ll always have two virtual assistants vying for your attention.It’s not a dissimilar situation to what happened with Samsung’s 2017 smartphone, the Galaxy S8.Leading up to its release, Samsung made a big deal about Bixby, its new proprietary voice assistant.
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The much awaited Vivo X20 Plus UD has now been launched.The X20 Plus was unveiled by Vivo at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018.The reason why this phone is getting so much attention is because of the under-screen fingerprint scanner.At CES, the X20 Plus managed to turn heads thanks to the new technology.Vivo is the only manufacturer that managed to get the technology on a phone with the help of the first screen fingerprint scanner, Clear ID FS9500, designed by Synaptics.Although slower than the usual fingerprint scanners, it does get the job done.
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Over the past year much has been said about those who have unfairly born the brunt of the policies of Donald Trump and his administration - immigrants, women and the transgender community to name just a few.But there are some minority groups out there who, although they may not have grabbed the headlines, have benefited handsomely from possibly the most dysfunctional White House in history.Here’s a celebration of seven of them...Coal barons had a rough ride during the Obama Administration as America - and the rest of the world - moved to tackle global warming.This led to people like Robert Murray, founder and chief executive of Murray Energy, becoming somewhat marginalised as countries pushed for energy sources that don't cause "smog and respiratory illnesses", "neurological and developmental damage in humans and other animals" and 46% of all CO2 emissions world wide.So the coal barons concocted a cunning strategy - denial.
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Data breaches are now commonplace, but that doesn’t make them any less serious.So when a number of users reported seeing suspicious activity on their credit cards after buying something from OnePlus’ online store, the company launched an investigation to find out what really happened.Now the results are in, and it’s not looking good.As many as 40,000 customers who bought something on OnePlus.com from mid-November of 2017 up until last week potentially had their credit card info stolen by hackers.A statement from OnePlus on its community forums says, “One of our systems was attacked, and a malicious script was injected into the payment page code to sniff out credit card info while it was being entered.” The script intermittently captured data before sending it from users’ browser back to the hackers responsible for the attack.OnePlus says it has now quarantined the infected server and reinforced all related security systems.
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The future HQ2 will bring a $5 billion investment and 50,000 high-paying jobs to the winning city.But if Amazon decides to build in Boston, it would be a missed opportunity to shape a different city and region.Boston already has a booming tech industry, one of the lowest rates of unemployment on Amazon's shortlist, and a housing shortage that would only be exacerbated by an influx of new people.Business Insider looked at seven rankings and produced a new ranking based on how many times each city appeared on these lists.Boston and its neighboring city, Cambridge, are home to one of the world's largest biotechnology industries and a world-class system of higher education, anchored by Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.The metro area boasts over 1,000 biotech companies (from big pharma to small startups), academic centers, and life science groups.
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Hey, Reg can entertain children.How do you get seven-year-olds interested in intellectual property?Anyway, indeed, why would you want to?No matter, the Intellectual Property Office has launched a cartoon answering the question no one has ever asked.By relaunching the cartoon Nancy and the Meerkats, the story of would-be pop star Nancy, a French bulldog, the IPO hopes to get the message into primary schools that intellectual property theft is not cool.Apparently learning to "respect" copyrights and trademarks is a "key life skill".
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What do you do once you’ve climbed to the top of the App Store with one of the most popular apps in the past decade and spawned a Star Wars spin-off, countless toys, and even a film?For Peter Vesterbacka, the marketing chief who oversaw the expansion of Angry Birds until 2016, you build a tunnel.One that’s mostly underwater and costs $18 billion, according to BuzzFeed News, which published a profile today of Vesterbacka’s costly effort.More specifically, it’s supposed to be an 80-mile-long tunnel and a high-speed railway between Helsinki in Finland and Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.(The idea for connecting these two countries dates back to 1871, BuzzFeed notes).Vesterbacka first broached the idea when he approached Estonia’s then-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marina Kaljurand, at a dinner in Tallinn in May 2016.
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If you’ve ever been frustrated trying to find the perfect snare, or wished you could just grab some loops and score your video, this might be the answer to your prayers.Typically gaining samples for music production involves digging through the crates (buying a lot of used records), scouring dozens of websites, or purchasing prohibitively expensive software banks.Currently the website remains in beta and is only accessible to customers in the US, but the company has plans to extend that to other regions soon.What’s different here is that the website runs smooth and fast, searching and filtering is damn-near perfectly implemented.And nobody is trying to get you to pay hundreds of dollars for a curated “sound pack” that may or may not have what you’re looking for.Even with PC and Mac based recording solutions that have somewhat bridged the gap between million-dollar studios and home solutions, and better hardware all around, there’s still the issue of obtaining legal samples and sounds to use.
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Disney executive Kyle Laughlin announced today that the entertainment giant has hit reset on its game strategy and formed new relationships with four development partners.Disney will work on future games with Ludia, Glu, Gameloft, and PerBlue.These are all established mobile game publishers, and each is working on a new unannounced game based on Disney’s franchises, Laughlin said.He made the announcement at Casual Connect USA, the game conference in Anaheim, California.The news comes after Disney’s well-publicized retreat from internally produced console games such as the toys-to-life series Disney Infinity.Disney shut down Avalanche, the 250-person studio that made Infinity in May 2016.
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Back when Windows 10 first launched, Microsoft made a huge push to get those on Windows 7 and 8.1 to upgrade.Most notably, this included a promotion that offered Windows 10 upgrades for free for a year, along with the sometimes infuriating desktop pop-ups that came with it.That promotion ended some time ago, but as it turns out, there’s still a way to get a free Windows 10 upgrade if you’re currently on Windows 8.1.As explained by PC World, Microsoft has been offering free Windows 10 upgrades to those who use the assistive features found in Windows 8.1.This can include any variety of options, including narration, Braile keyboards, and dictation.If you use any of these, you can still snag a Windows 10 upgrade for free.
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Meizu was quiet in 2017 in terms of the trendies smartphone feature, the full-screen technology.But it’s going to fill this gap in the nearest future.There are too many smartphones scheduled for the 2018 launch, but the most anticipated of them is the Meizu 15 Plus.This phone has been leaked on a few photos, but until today we don’t know anything certain.The rest of them say it will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.But nothing can be said for sure before its launch.
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According to a press release from NextRadio app owner TagStation LLC, Samsung will be the next major phone manufacturer to enable the dormant FM chips in their devices.The FM chips will be switched on in Samsung's "upcoming smartphone models," which will allow users to listen to local radio stations.Most smartphones ship with FM chips, but they are usually not enabled for various reasons.FM Radio isn't just for music, it's useful in an emergency situation, since it is more resilient and has a longer range than a cellular signal.FM stations can give people critical information even if a storm wipes out the local Internet infrastructure.In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai issued a public statement calling on the wireless industry to activate these dormant FM chips to assist in emergency situations.
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It was a dream 3 years, perhaps more, in the making.It started around 2014, when Phonebloks revealed its aspirations for a modular smartphone.But while that dream has long since died (replaced by a different form of “modular” in Motorola’s Moto Mods), the smartwatch version of that idea has persisted and, against all odds, survived.Now Blocks, the world’s first modular smartwatch, has finally launched for anyone to purchase.Provided you can justify a $259 Android, not Android Wear, smartwatch.The idea of a modular smartwatch is indeed an odd one.
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Facebook’s debut device may have crashed and burned back in 2013, but a few years away from the game has apparently given it time to build its team and give hardware another shot.But instead of a smartphone, this time around the company is thought to be developing a video chat device similar in some ways to Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo Show.Rumors about such a product have been swirling around for many months, but a new report from live news and entertainment company Cheddar suggests the social networking giant is just months away from the big reveal.Insiders told Cheddar this week the device is likely to be called “Portal” and cost $499 — that’s $270 more than the Echo Show.The sources said Facebook wants to show off the device in May, 2018, at its annual developer conference, and start shipping it before the end of the year.The report says nothing of the size of the device, though last year Bloomberg suggested it would have a display of between 13 and 15 inches, around double that of the Echo Show.
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Magnetic resonance imaging is one of the most effective diagnostic methods in modern medicine.The diagnosis of cancer, multiple scrlerosis, and musculoskeletal diseases in their early stages are all done with the help of MRI machines.The average cost of one analyses with the use of MRI costs between 4,000 and 12,000 Rubles, depending on the body part being scanned and the clinic.The highest quality pictures are taken by using superconducting magnetic systems generating very strong magnetic fields.However, MRI machines based on superconducting magnets provide the highest image resolution, although these machines are difficult to make and more importantly, expensive to operate.When considering the savings gained from using the new MRI machines, most small clinics and private-practice doctors will prefer these cheaper, low field MRI machines, which cover the overwhelming majority of most common diagnostic tests.
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Digital Trends has the distinct pleasure of roaming the floors of CES and experiencing the magic as it happens.If you want to be a part of the fun, take a look at our Live CES coverage, or read on to see some of our favorite moments.
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French telecoms conglomerate Altice has announced a good old reorganization in the light of its dodgy 2017.The big move involves spinning-off Altice USA, which already has its own US stock market listing.This all seems rather convoluted but the upshot is greater separation in the running of the two corporate silos.Founder Patrick Drahi will still own a big chunk of both and thus be in charge of them, but Altice USA will still be run by Dexter Goei and Altice CFO Dennis Okhuijsen will become CEO of Altice Europe, which itself will be split into Altice France, Altice International and Altice Pay TV, which does what it says on the tin.“The separation will allow both Altice Europe and Altice USA to focus on their respective operations and execute against their strategies, deliver value for shareholders, and realize their full potential,” said Drahi.“Both operations will have the fundamental Altice Model at their heart through my close personal involvement as well as that of the historic founding team.
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I guess it had to happen sooner or later.TechCrunch has decided to get to the bottom of the Crypto and Blockchain boom by heading to one of its main geographical centers.Since welcoming the regulation of Initial Coin Offerings with open arms, Zug, the Swiss Canton just outside of Zurich, has come to be known as “Crypto Valley”.So… that’s where you’ll find a team of TechCrunch people later this month.Zug isn’t just a regulatory haven where startups file paper work and leave.It’s fast turning into a location where Blockchain startups are actually massing, eager to stay close to the fast-moving regulatory environment.
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