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A chatbot would never lie to you, right?That’s what I wanted to find out when I tested a Facebook Messenger chatbot for the 2017 Kia Niro crossover, which recently won the Guinness Book of World Records for the lowest fuel consumption for a hybrid vehicle.(It was an interesting competition, because two people drove across the United States using only around four tanks of fuel or 48.5 gallons.I asked it some basic questions about features and how the hybrid tech works.The bot even offered a helpful explanation: “My 42kW lithium-ion polymer battery is packed with 1.56kWh of energy.” I was impressed with the level of detail so far.The bot is not exactly an online brochure that feeds links to the Kia site, although in the end it is definitely a marketing tool.But you can ask more detailed questions.For example, I asked about tire size, and the bot gave the exact dimensions of 205/60R16 or 225/45R18s (since this depends on the wheels you choose).
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We all know the Mac is a technological haven for creative types looking for the best arena to employ their artistic trades.Now, you can really pimp out one of the most art-friendly systems around with this Supersized Creative Mac Bundle of creativity apps.12 programs focused on taking your photography, video, web design and other creative projects to the next level — and right now, you can grab the whole package at a rock-bottom $29 (over 90 percent off) from TNW Deals.In all, you’ll have 25 hours of instruction accompanying your web tools, meaning you’ll not only have the power to create any visuals you can conceive, but the expertise to actually make them happen.Storyist for Mac – a $59 valueThe word processing app for real writers with templates and other tools to streamline your writing.
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This is the first post of “Now in Vietnam“, where TechNode visits Vietnam’s leading companies, to explore the next startup ecosystem to emerge among Southeast Asian countries.According to Turicim Investment Management, Vietnam GDP growth could surpass China by 2020 according to Turicum Investment Management.Vietnam is now following the footsteps of China to bring physical retailers to go online.Just like how Alibaba helped China to become the best mobile payment, nearly 50 times greater than those in the US last year, NextTech is becoming a gateway in Vietnam to digitize traditional business into e-commerce.Apart from its mission, NextTech has many similarities with Alibaba, such as its focus on e-commerce, starting in the similar period of the early 2000s, and investor SoftBank.“As you stroll the streets in Hanoi, you find out the most of the shops on the street are traditional ones.Most of the people prefer bank transfer, as 64% of banked Vietnamese use online banking in 2012.Hanoi street shops (Image Credit: TechNode)Small business owners installing the online payment is still not easy.
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If you count yourself among the growing group of cord cutters and happen to have a recent LG smart TV, your entertainment options just got a little broader.Sling has announced a new partnership that will see the Sling TV app make its way to LG smart TVs.The app is available beginning today on some models, meaning you can start streaming content right away.To put a finer point on things, Sling TV is available today on “most” 2016 webOS 3.0 models.In the next few months, it’ll make its way to 2017 webOS 3.5 models.So, you’ll need a newer model to be able to use Sling TV, but those who have one will probably get a good amount of use out of it.
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The Note 7 may be dead – or, at least, as good as dead – but its legacy carries on in some small but highly useful ways in the Galaxy S8.Samsung’s new flagship smartphone for 2017 has been getting consistently positive reviews around the internet this week – from myself included – though early users still have a couple of criticisms.One of those sent me out looking for a feature I’d almost forgotten about on the last Note, what with the whole battery distraction.I’ll admit, I was pressured into doing so by one of the S8’s design compromises.With the front home button gone, the fingerprint sensor had to go somewhere.Samsung opted to fit it on the back, right next to the 12-megapixel Dual Pixel camera.
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Bloomberg reports that Rockstar's gigantic sandlådespel GTA V often is used as a simulator when the AI for driverless cars to be tested by scientists and engineers.Alain Kornhauser, professor at Princeton University and a driving force in the research, explains that the game ”is the richest virtual environment” which they can retrieve data from.the start-up company Nine has the goal to present a self-driven electric car in the united states in the year 2020.Bloomberg says the company's director of simulations, Davide Bacchet, that not only can retrieve the data collected from the real roads."With simulations you can run the same scenario over and over again", he stresses that one of the game-based insamlingsmetodens benefits.And there's nothing silly choice, really.
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One thing I almost never fail to lose is chapstick.For other people, it’s their keys, sunglasses, or wallet that always go missing.And while it sucks to misplace stuff and feel like you’re going crazy, it’s also just something that inevitably happens.Here’s how you can methodically find things again.Obviously, the first thing to do when you’ve discovered an item isn’t where you left it is to stay calm and start by looking for it around where you last saw or used it.This New York Times article quotes Michael Solomon, author of How to Find Lost Objects, who wrote:
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The deal with Russian regulator FAS will allow manufacturers to pre-install rivals’ search and other applicationsGoogle is to allow rival search engines to be installed on devices running its Android operating system in Russia under the terms of a deal with the country’s competition regulator.The out-of-court deal, which settles a dispute dating back to 2015, means Google will permit the pre-installation of competing search engines and other applications on Android devices in Russia, regulator FAS said on Monday.Google is also to develop a tool to allow users to choose a default search engine on their Android device.“Users will be able to change settings at any time and choose the default search engine which suits their needs,” FAS stated.FAS’ probe was spurred by a complaint by Russian search firm Yandex in February 2015, and the regulator ruled later that year that Google’s practices with Android broke the country’s competition laws.
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Google is adding a new way to let you purchase goods and services through Android Pay.On Tuesday, the company announced a new partnership that lets consumers use PayPal as a payment method, be it in-store, in-app, or online.Now shoppers in the U.S., instead of using a debit or credit card, can use PayPal.Using services like Android Pay, Samsung Pay, and Apple Pay was predicated on the fact that people had to have a credit or debit card.But what about those who prefer alternative means of payment?Google has made Android Pay more accessible to those that want to experience the tap-and-go experience without linking their card by partnering with PayPal.The integration is rolling out “soon,” and at launch, consumers will only be able to pay using their PayPal balance.Eventually, support for cards stored within PayPal will be added, which will be enabled through the payment processor’s tokenization partnerships with major card providers.Working with Google isn’t new for PayPal; they collaborated on a transactional deal with Google Play three years ago.Today’s partnership will work only for those devices with Android OS 4.4 or higher installed.
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That’s kind of the whole point of the device.It lets Apple compete more effectively with Chromebooks, Windows tablets, and Android tablets.And it lets people use a full-sized iOS-flavored tablet without breaking the bank, which is pretty cool.This thing doesn’t have the best performance, display, camera, or sound that you can get on an iPad.It’s what Apple should have done maybe five years ago.It’s good enough, which I think is all Apple needs for lots of people to buy it.Maybe my favorite part of the 2017 iPad is the battery life.Using this thing for 16 hours, on and off, on one charge is really nice.It’s enough for a tablet, considering that, at least today, a tablet is a secondary device, and you usually have a computer or a phone to fall back on when the battery dies.
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Instagram is seeing continued growth in the number of people using its Snapchat Stories-like feature.Five months after launching, the company revealed that 150 million people were using Instagram Stories daily.And four months later, that number has grown to 200 million.Although Instagram said that 200 million people use the stories feature every day, it’s unclear what the breakdown is between creators and those who only view stories from friends and those they follow.To mark the occasion and encourage usage, the Facebook-owned subsidiary is launching new tools, such as a selfie sticker and the ability to pin stickers to your video Stories, and is even expanding access to geo-stickers to Chicago, London, Madrid, and Tokyo.Basically, more Snapchat features are being incorporated into the photo-sharing app.Seeing that Instagram’s main appeal is in sharing expressive works of art and creativity, more tools to facilitate that could help keep people interested in the service.There’s certainly no shortage of places where you can find ephemeral messaging, including Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, and Facebook itself.With selfie stickers, the idea is to capture your facial reaction and let you quickly paste it onto a photo or video.After you’ve created a story, tap the smiley face and there will be a new sticker with a camera icon that lets you capture what Instagram calls a “mini-selfie.” You can apply different frame styles to this selfie sticker and apply it to your post, adjust the size, and use it in combination with the other special effects, filters, and stickers the app offers.This can come in handy when you want to have a pop-up bubble showing your reaction to a moment.
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She's married to Steve Hilton, the one-time director of strategy for former Prime Minister David Cameron, who was credited with the "rebranding" and modernising of the Conservatives before they took power in 2010.And Whetstone and Hilton were named as godparents to Ivan, the late son of the Camerons — a sign of the two families'She and Cameron go way back: They worked together at
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No product/service exists in a vacuum.Spending more time on it means less time with something else.If you truly believe that the purpose of your offering is to make your customer's life better, then that by definition extends not only to when they are using your app but also the impact to their lives beyond your app as a consequence of its use.This line of thinking was espoused by Kathy Sierra here: https://growthhackers.com/articles/your-app-makes-me-fat/While the focus of this piece applied to bad UX and its impact on cognitive overload, the end outcome is the same - ie not a good one for the user because sometimes we don't think of our customers as people with actual lives.
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Netflix earlier this month implemented a sweeping change to its tried and true ratings system.Whereas the old ratings scheme relied upon a 5-star system, Netflix’s new design narrows down the possible review options to just two choices: a thumbs-up and a thumbs-down.Additionally, titles on Netflix will now be accompanied by a percentage figure intended to convey the odds a particular user will enjoy it.More often than not, changes to frequently used software apps tend to generate quite a bit of backlash from users, and Netflix’s recent change is no exception.According to a new report from Exstreamist, most Netflix subscribers aren’t a fan of the new ratings system.Surveying approximately 1,100 subscribers, Exstreamist found that 71% of respondents indicated that they disliked the new system.
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”Still can't declare yourself the winner”, the Sdp chairman Antti Rinne told Yle in an interview after the advance votes after the publication of the Sdp had risen to the vote count in the tip of 20.7 per cent support.When the advance voting based on support for the % was announced, the social democratic party's election results to come in I heard relieved to see support for the screams.Also the chairman of the Slope being freed of the eye.”Thus, the strict cherish I don't remember the gist of a long time – if ever,” Slope said a quarter to eight the Sdp election vigil in the centre of Helsinki.Earlier in the evening before the advance votes on the publication of the Slope tell you he expected the municipal election advance votes made public ”very much excited”.we had a good party conference there a few months ago,” Rinne said.
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Easter eggs are usually a source of bemusement in everything from video games to Google searches, and EV giant Tesla has its own batch of secret codes that unlock fun hidden features, too.But if you're a newer Tesla owner or simply unaware of every software hack uncovered for the electric cars, what are you to do?According to Elon Musk, you'll soon have a one-stop shop to discover them all.The multi-company CEO today teased a forthcoming feature that provides "one touch access" to every known Tesla Easter egg:Feature coming soon that allows one touch access to all discovered Tesla Easter eggs pic.twitter.com/oWU6oq9JqbApril 7, 2017As Musk says, all-in-one Easter egg access will arrive soon.
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While many people who bought an original Huawei Watch are still counting the days until delivery of the Android Wear 2.0 upgrade, the long wait isn’t the only thing that’s bumming them out.One of the new OS’s best features, Android Pay, remains just out of reach since the watch doesn't have built-in support for NFC.A report from Ausdroid indicates that the original Huawei Watch, one of the bright spots in the first crop of wearables, secretly included an NFC chip inside, it's just disabled.And the company is exploring ways to enable the chip for Android Wear 2.0.According to a statement from Huawei provided to the Australian-based site, Android Pay functionality on the original watch is currently being testing by Google’s engineers and might take some time to arrive, possible not until the third quarter of 2017.After a bug that caused a slight delay, Google has been steadily rolling out Android Wear 2.0 to last-generation’s watch owners, with the most recent updates reaching the LG G Watch R and the original G Watch Urbane.
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I tisdags lämnade Twitter in en stämningsansökan mot USA:s inrikessäkerhetsdepartement, Homeland Security, då de anser att myndigheten bedriver en intern häxjakt mot Twitter-kontot @alt_uscis som yttrat sig kritiskt mot president Donald Trumps immigrations-beslut.Sedan Trump tog över presidentposten i Amerika har fler kritiska Twitterkonton dykt upp på sociala medie-plattformen, men det som troligtvis ligger bakom regeringens intresse för @alt_uscis är att kontot säger sig vara en insider som arbetar inom mynigheten för immigration.Läs också: Resenärer kan tvingas uppge sitt Facebook-lösenord för att komma in i USAEnligt Twitters stämningsansökan mottog företaget den 14:e mars en kallelse från amerikanska tullverket där de hävdade att de juridiskt hade rätt att kräva identiteten på personen bakom kontot.Men Twitter vägrade då de anser att den lag som tullverket stödde sig på endast gäller grövre brottsligthet, som olaga import, något de inte kan härleda till @alt_uscis.”CBP:s (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) utredning av @alt_uscis-kontot har tydligt inget som helst att göra med importen av varor in i USA”, skriver Twitter i sin stämningsansökan.
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It looks like business has been good for LG in the first quarter of the year.The company said its operating profit is estimated at 922 billion won, which is around $812 million.This is well above market expectations and represents an 82.4 percent increase when compared with the same period last year.The company’s revenue has also increased.LG generated 14.6 trillion won (around $12.8 billion) during the first three months of the year, up by 9.7 percent when compared with the previous year.This is the second best quarter for LG in its history in terms of both operating profit and revenue.
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Usually, those stealthy viral invaders are completely innocuous—decidedly unnoteworthy.But sometimes they inadvertently set off a lifetime of haywire immune responses and disease, according to a new study published Thursday in Science.More specifically, the virus primes their immune systems to shut down regulatory cells that hold back overly aggressive immune responses.Then, when they eat gluten—a group of proteins found in wheat and other grains, such as barley and rye—their immune systems mistakenly treat the proteins as toxic and mount a damaging inflammatory response, leading to discomfort and gastrointestinal problems.In an accompanying editorial on the study, gastroenterologists Elena Verdu and Alberto Caminero of McMaster University in Canada go further: “The implications… expand beyond food sensitivities and celiac disease to possibly other autoimmune disorders where the triggering agent is still unknown,” they write.To unravel the mechanism behind celiac disease, researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine teamed up with colleagues to tease apart the immune minutia.
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