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On Thursday’s episode of Digital Trends Live, we discussed trending headlines from the future of the NES and SNES Classic Editions, a possible Tesla pickup truck, and new Netflix streaming data.We were also joined by current Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch in our Portland studio to talk about the Fam 1st Family Foundation and its partnership with Beast Mobile.On the news side of things, any hardcore Nintendo fans out there should probably pick up an NES or SNES Classic Edition right now, because Nintendo has said that once the consoles currently on the market sell out, they’re gone for good.While it’s unlikely these games will ever become completely inaccessible to gamers, the fact that the classic consoles can’t be updated never spoke well to their longevity.But don’t fret; there is talk of putting many of these classic Nintendo titles on the Switch’s virtual store.In the past, Netflix has been pretty cagey about most of the data behind its service, particularly how many viewers any particular show gets.
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Tesla billionaire Elon Musk has said he stopped meetings to watch clips from British favourite Monty Python, in order to explain how he wanted the sound to work in the Model 3.During the second half of 2017 as Tesla worked at full capacity to ramp up production of the Model 3 sedan, Wired first reported that Musk would often interrupt meetings with the show's best bits on his computer.Musk verified the tidbit on Twitter last night, clarifying that he didn't want Tesla vehicles to have a "tinny" sound.One famous sketch from Monty Python shows characters discussing the difference between words that have a "woody" sound, and those that are "tinny".I was trying to explain that we don’t want our cars to have a “tinny” sound.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 13, 2018
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Chinese search giant Baidu has launched an RMB 1 billion (around $140 million) mini-program fund targeting startups and developers to accelerate the construction of its mini program ecosystem.The innovation fund will be used to design and host open online courses and seminars, as well as offline workshops catering to developers.The company plans to assemble a team of mentors that will coach budding mini program developers, Shen Dou, vice president of the company said at the launch event in Beijing, reports NetEase Tech.Chinese tech giants are aggressively exploring the potential market for mini programs.Companies including Tencent, Alibaba, and ByteDance have incorporated the feature into their apps.Initially created for WeChat, mini programs are lightweight alternatives to apps, though they run inside existing applications on a user’s mobile phone.
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AT rolled out Xandr this fall with a vision of turning its data and premium content into an ad platform that could enable advertisers to buy across the TV industry.But media buyers say that it's unclear how much AT is willing to work with competitors in 2019 to create standards in the ad industry.This summer, AT unveiled an ambitious plan to reinvent TV and digital advertising.The idea: To create a tech platform using the telecom's data and premium content that could be used by the entire TV industry to sell advertising across multiple networks using automated software.But from the start, TV execs questioned whether rival networks would be willing to work together and wondered how much AT would allow competing companies into its ad business or if it would be become a so-called "walled garden" à la Facebook and Google.The TV industry still accounts for $70 billion in annual ad spending, even with the rise of cord-cutting and shift of ad dollars to digital.
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Microsoft has quietly released an AI-based news app called Hummingbird on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.It’s currently available only in the US, and is the company’s second news aggregation app.Hummingbird lets you pick your favorite topics and subtopics from a list, and make a curated feed of news called ‘Your Mix.’ At any point in time, you can mute a news source or dislike a story to tailor your feed to your tastes in coverage.The app is said to get better at finding sources and topics better suited for you the more you use it.However, Microsoft News relies on human curation, as compared to Google and Hummingbird’s AI-based feeds.The app has a “Reader mode”, which is a bit iffy when it comes to formatting, and doesn’t always present text neatly.
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Three executives of cash-strapped Leshi Internet (Le.com) have resigned, including its general manager, Liu Shuqing.Liu’s reason for leaving is to “adjust personal work plans,” while deputy general manager Yuan Bin and board director Li Yuhao resigned for “personal reasons.” Liu will retain her position as chairwoman of the board, according to an official disclosure posted on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange website on Friday.On Thursday, Zhang Wei officially replaced Liu as Le.com’s general manager, an appointment that is planned to last three years.Liu was only appointed GM last December.She also stepped in as Le.com’s acting chairwoman in March after the founder of the company’s biggest shareholder, property developer Sunac China, vacated the spot.Before joining Le.com Liu had over a decade’s worth of work experience at various Sunac businesses.
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Qualcomm is suing in China to block sales of Apple’s most up-to-date iPhone models, the XS and XR devices, in the country after winning a court victory last month.A Fuzhou court on 30 November granted Qualcomm an injunction that, in theory, blocked sales of certain iPhone models in China.Apple claimed the injunction only affected models running the older iOS 11, which it updated in September, and not the lateest iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR devices.The injunction, which was made public on Tuesday, is based on Qualcomm’s claims that Apple devices infringe its patents related to photo manipulation and touchscreen apps.A lawyer representing Qualcomm said the company was using the same patents to extend the sales block to the latest iPhone models.“We plan to use the same patents to file suit against the three new iPhone models,” Jiang Hongyi of Lexfield Law Offices told the Financial Times.
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And what sort of fun is better than the organised kind?With an attentive eye to what we truly love, and a healthy dose of self-deprecation, here are seven hand-picked games we think capture the zeitgeist.A game for anyone who has closely followed meme culture – so basically all of us.It’s also got an expansion called the “Basic Bitch Pack”, which sounds... interesting.Avocado Smash, Oliver Bonas, £12Because millennials like to put avocados on everything, don’t they?
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Editor’s note: This article is produced in cooperation with Merck Holding (China).Twelve finalists stood out from more than 100 projects from around the world, demonstrating their excellence in the global arena.The panel included: Jerry Li, director of cross-sector innovation collaboration, Merck Innovation Hub; Mark Zhang, head of strategy & business operations China R, Merck Serono (Beijing) Pharmaceutical R Guo Mingfei, head of diagnostics business in China, Merck Chemicals (Shanghai); Poon Hong Wa, manager of Merck Accelerator Germany, Merck KGaA; as well as three other external professionals.Malignant neoplasms are among the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in China, and although PD-L1 drugs have made progress in the treatment of cancer, there are still some problems such as low efficiency and long-term use drug resistance.As a result, the team refined and developed PD-L1, which can reduce both intracellular and extracellular PD-L1.This drug is expected to be a new class of tumour immunotherapy precursor with significant potential value in follow-up drug development and optimization.
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Solidifying its powerful monopoly on duck-related online content, the privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo is now the proud owner of duck.com.The development comes after Google finally relented in an age-old dispute.DuckDuckGo is a search engine that draws on search results from hundreds of sources and doesn’t create profiles for user data and shows everyone the same search results—two points that are antithetical to Google’s search approach.According to its online tracker, it’s currently fielding about 25 million direct search queries a day.It’s still no threat to Google, however, which runs about 3.5 billion queries each day.So, the fact that Google has refused to give up the domain name “duck.com” for almost a decade has been a point of frustration for the little search engine.
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On Thursday the company rolled out a preview of Alexa Guard, which was first unveiled in September, as well as other new home-security features.When you set Alexa Guard to Away mode, you'll get notifications on your phone if an Echo device in your home detects the sound of a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm going off or hears glass breaking.If you connect Alexa Guard with lighting in your home, it can automatically turn your lights on while you're gone to make it look like someone's home.The feature is also compatible with security systems from Ring and ADT.Alexa Guard identifies sounds that indicate danger by "detecting acoustic patterns that match the sounds you have chosen," an Amazon spokesperson said.Amazon also rolled out on Thursday the Alexa security panel, which lets customers with security systems from ADT, Ring, Abode and Scout Alarm arm, disarm and check the status of their security system by asking Alexa.
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As expected, tropical cyclone Owen recently intensified as it moved over the Gulf of Carpentaria and NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's GPM core satellite found very heavy rainfall occurring within the revived storm.The storm has made a U-turn in the Gulf and is now headed back to Queensland.On December 12, 2018 at 0047 UTC (Dec. 11 at 7:47 p.m. EST) Owen's maximum sustained winds had increased to about 55 knots (63 mph) when the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core observatory satellite scanned the western side of the tropical cyclone.This wind speed meant that Owen's intensity had reached the equivalent of a strong tropical storm on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.GPM's Microwave Imager (GMI) and GPM's Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) instruments collected data showing that extremely heavy rainfall was occurring in the Arafura Sea well to the northwest of Owen's center of circulation.The 3-D view was created using data from the GPM satellite's Radar (DPR Ku Band) and showed the precipitation structure in storms north of Australia's Northern Territory.
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They aren't common in the US, but I found a very Model 3-esque setup in a Citroën C4 Cactus in Rome.The Citroën C4 Cactus is a quirky French compact crossover SUV.The reaction that a lot of people have when they first slip into a Tesla Model 3 is one of mild shock that there isn't an instrument panel, nor much in the way of controls — just a large, central touchscreen that pretty much runs everything.Minimizing visual instrumentation and in-car controls isn't new, but Tesla has taken it to an extreme.I was reminded of this recently when I visited Rome, rented a car, and wound up at a Citroën dealership.Read more: I drove a $29,000 Honda Insight hybrid to see how it stacks up against the mighty Toyota Prius — here's what I discovered.
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Defenders may be falling all around him, but Frank Castle’s still standing – for now, at least.And we’ve got a little taste of him getting ready for action.Netflix has revealed the first minuscule glimpse at The Punisher season 2 as part of its batch of teasers for upcoming shows heading to the streaming service in January 2019.However, The Punisher itself was merely teased as “coming soon” rather than specifically arriving in January.See the teaser below, which features Frank arming up and getting into his van for another mission (international audiences can check out a version here!Regardless of when it lands, this is probably Punisher’s last huzzah.
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GTB, the global network dedicated to serving WPP’s single largest client, Ford Motor Company, confirmed today that it will lay off approximately two percent of its total staff around the world.The news comes just over two months after the Detroit-based client named BBDO as its new lead creative agency and Wieden + Kennedy as a key “innovation partner” following an extended review managed by London’s Flock Associates.Ford previously assigned its comeback campaign to W+K’s New York office.While WPP retained media planning and buying, PR, CRM, web development and other portions of the business, the decision still marked a significant loss at a particularly sensitive time for the holding company, especially since creative is the most visible part of the account.“GTB has been working with Ford Motor Company on its future marketing model and will lead all media planning and buying, digital and production work,” read a statement from a GTB spokesperson.“Responsibilities also include Tier II advertising work in the U.S., the China advertising operations with its joint venture partner, Lincoln advertising, and all the Ford public relations business.”
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This weekend The Sun released an article interviewing television presenter Caroline Flack, in which she discussed her year-long battle with depression, and her experience with antidepressants.Using her platform to open up about suffering with mental health issues and the internalisation of the stigmas attached, contributes to a long, and much-needed, conversation about how we treat those with mental illnesses, and how we treat ourselves.Despite a number of risks, her interview was raw, honest, and brave, and hit on a number of the issues those with similar illnesses face — particularly the complex relationship with medication.Caroline opens up about her struggles and says she is ‘keen to quash the stigma around mental health problems’, however she perpetuates some of the exact discourse she claims to want to challenge.She was prescribed citalopram — a type of antidepressant used to treat depression and panic attacks — but she didn’t tell her family, friends or boss Simon Cowell of her troubles.While anti-depressants can work for some people, I became a little too reliant on them — if you forget to take one, you feel awful.
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Asian mobile messaging firm Kakao has made an investment in its first blockchain startup in a deal with Israel’s Orbs.Tel Aviv-based Orbs is building a universal blockchain productivity layer.The money comes from Kakao Investment, the venture arm of the leading South Korean internet conglomerate.The investment builds on Orbs’ existing partnership with Kakao blockchain subsidiary Ground X, where the two companies agreed to partner on blockchain applications and research and development projects.The investment will focus on helping Orbs further the protocol’s development and growth.“With Kakao’s consumer applications counting more than 50 million active users worldwide, the investment in Orbs represents a significant endorsement of the long-term potential of our technology,” said Daniel Peled, Orbs CEO, in a statement.
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Seven people have died and 46 were left injured after a high-speed train hit a railway engine and crashed into a pedestrian bridge at a station in Turkey.The train was en route from Marsandiz station in the capital city of Ankara, to the city of Konya, when it crashed into an engine that was checking the tracks at around 6:30 am (0330 GMT).Private NTV television said at least two carriages derailed and parts of the bridge collapsed onto the train.Rescue teams sent to the scene were looking for more survivors, Ankara governor Vasip Sahin said, with several ambulances and rescue teams sent to the scene.“Our hope is that there are no other victims,” he said.
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New applications unveiled ahead of Q4 earningsAdobe has rolled out a raft of new tools in its Adobe Document Cloud, including an industry-first “government ID authentication” service for financial services customers.The app, available for Android and iOS, will allow users to snap a photo of their passport or driving licence for authentication.The app doesn’t perform third-party record checks, but taps a database of ID templates to speed up onboarding.The company has also added new HR functions, e-signature tooling and ramped up document security for PDFs with a new Microsoft integration on its workflow platform.The additions to the Adobe Document Cloud service were announced this week by the company’s Mike Prizament, who emphasised the ID service as crucial to reducing paperwork and speeding up banking and financial services customer onboarding.
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Instagram’s 2018 year in review was filled with love.The Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network said Heart Eyes was the most-used face filter in Instagram Stories, while the Heart Love Sticker by Arata was the most-used Giphy sticker in Stories and the heart emoji was used in comments more than 14 billion times throughout the year.Instagram named Disneyland Tokyo as its happiest place in the world for 2018 based on the fact that it had the most uses of the smile emoji in geotagged captions.The top niche community trend of the year was ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response), with popular topics including soap cutting, slime popping and makeup shaving.The fastest-growing hashtag globally was fortnite, marking the popularity of red-hot video game Fortnite.Instagram users had K-pop in their headphones in 2018, as BTS Army was the platform’s top fandom community.
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