John Propps

John Propps

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This is because the vast majority of games have a win state and multiple players, of which only one can win.Therefore players must develop a quitting strategy in games to optimize chances of winning and maximize the value of their time.While approaches differ dramatically among players, there are some generally accepted strategies that the best pro gamblers apply.In contrast, many entrepreneurs go way beyond their means at some point, dipping into savings, eating ramen, sleeping on floors, going broke.While this is often touted as a great example of tenacity and the entrepreneurial spirit, it’s a bad economic decision for the player.Taking on greater financial risk at that point is almost always a losing strategy.
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On April 1, Africa’s top mobile phone vendor filed an application to go public on Shanghai Stock Exchange’s new tech board, planning to raise RMB 3.3 billion (around $490 million) in its initial public offering (IPO).Transsion Holdings, which owns three phone brands—Tecno, Itel, and Infinix—held a combined 48.7% share of Africa’s mobile phone market last year, according to its prospectus, citing data from research firm IDC.But sluggish growth in China is pushing domestic smartphone companies to look elsewhere for growth, and as many are discovering, Africa holds promise.This puts Transsion in a vulnerable position, especially since its low-tech, low-cost phones will find it increasingly difficult to compete with the sleek-yet-affordable smartphones produced by the likes of Huawei and Xiaomi.The company was founded in 2006 by former employees of Ningbo Bird Company, which was once one of the biggest mobile phone makers in China.Transsion’s co-founder and CEO, Zhu Zhaojiang, was formerly the director of Ningbo Bird’s overseas business unit.
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TikTok’s parent ByteDance plans USD 1 billion investment in India in next 3 years – The Economic TimesWhat happened: Bytedance is looking to invest $1 billion over the next three years in India, the Economic Times reported, quoting Bytedance director of global public policy, Helena Lersch.The company will also increase the number of employees in India to 1,000 by the end of this year.According to Lersch, Bytedance is “disappointed by the current developments” in India, referring to the recent legal dispute that resulted in the removal of short video app TikTok from Apple and Google’s app stores.She added that the company remains committed to Indian users and is optimistic that it will resolve the issue.Why it’s important: Bytedance’s announcement highlights the potential of the Indian market, where TikTok has more than 120 million users according to The Economic Times, as well as the company’s determination to stay in it.
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Indonesia-based online grocery platform HappyFresh raised US$20 million in a series C round led by South Korea’s Mirae Asset Management and Naver.The funding round also included participation from HappyFresh’s strategic partners, such as Line Ventures, Singha Ventures, and Grab Ventures.The startup plans to use the fresh capital to expand further across Southeast Asia.It will also invest in developing its technology as well as scaling its data science and omnichannel tech teams.It looks to capitalize on new markets where macro trends are favorable for its value proposition, the startup said in a statement.Grab Ventures has acquired a minority stake in HappyFresh in September 2018, following the ride-hailing giant’s rollout of Grab Fresh in July, which integrates the Indonesian startup’s platform into the Grab app.
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Short video app Douyin, known as TikTok overseas, has won over young people around the world since its 2016 debut.Douyin has a large base of young users: over 40% of users were aged 24–30 years as of June 2018, according to the company’s data (Chinese link).Chinese state television channel CCTV selected Douyin as the exclusive social media platform for its Spring Festival Gala this year, in an attempt to revive falling viewership and interact with the digitally native young audience.Users want to have fun—but sometimes Douyin has to show them how.Videos are generally limited to 15 seconds.It offers a range of dazzling filters and stickers and preset background music to make compelling videos.
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LG has reportedly filed a patent for a smartphone with three front-facing cameras, for what may be the latest innovation from the struggling mobile phone manufacturer.Images of a design patent reportedly filed by LG at the Hague International Design System, which is managed by the World Intellectual Property Office, were discovered by blog Tiger Mobiles.The diagram shows a smartphone with a back that resembles the LG V50 ThinQ, with the three rear-facing cameras.However, the front of the device reveals a setup with three front-facing cameras within the display notch.There appears to be three, circular cut-outs in the notch of the smartphone, representing the three cameras.The features of cameras are unknown, but a zoom lens will likely not be among them as that feature is not something that people will need when taking selfies.
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SpaceX has experienced a problem during the testing of its Crew Dragon capsule, according to numerous witnesses in Florida.During the engine test firing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station yesterday afternoon, an unspecified anomaly occurred.This lead to plumes of smoke rising from the test site, which were apparently visible for miles.According to Florida Today, photographer Craig Bailey who was covering a surf fest in nearby Cocoa Beach captured an image of orange smoke rising from SpaceX facilities at around 3:30 p.m.In a statement, SpaceX confirmed the anomaly: “Earlier today, SpaceX conducted a series of engine tests on a Crew Dragon test vehicle on our test stand at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral, Florida,” the statement said.“The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand.
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The CIA has accused Huawei of funding from Chinese state security, The Times reported Saturday, adding to the list of security allegations dogging the embattled Chinese telecommunications giant.The CIA has warned intelligence officials that Huawei receives funding from China's National Security Commission, the People's Liberation Army and a third branch of the Chinese state intelligence network, a source in Britain told the newspaper.The US intelligence agency shared the information earlier this year with Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, the newspaper reported.Huawei is the world's second-largest phone manufacturer by volume, but it has struggled to make a dent in the US, partly because of concerns expressed by the government, including the FBI, CIA, NSA, the Federal Communications Commission and House Intelligence Committee.The core issue with Huawei has been concerns over its coziness with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies.It's the reason why the US banned companies from using Huawei networking equipment in 2012.
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If you’re in a city with a Lyft-owned bikeshare program then you can use its two-wheelers for free on April 22 as part of the company’s Earth Day celebrations.The app-based services include CitiBike in New York City (NY), Divvy in Chicago (IL), Capital Bikeshare in Washington, D.C., Nice Ride in Minneapolis (MN), Biketown in Portland (OR), and CoGo in Columbus (OH).Each one has slightly different terms for Monday’s free rides, so be sure to check Lyft’s website for links to each provider where you’ll find all the information you need.In Chicago, for example, you can score a free day of unlimited Divvy rides using an Explorer Pass, which offers up to three hours of usage in a single go.To keep cycling, simply dock it to restart the clock.“The benefits of bike riding are evident,” Lyft said in a blog post announcing the promotion.
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The online mattress company Casper has expanded its sleep-centric product line to include everything from bedside lights to duvets to multiple types of mattresses.Instead of having to visit a mattress store in-person and negotiate with aggressive salespeople, those in the market for a new bed could simply order one on Casper's website and have it shipped (in a compact cardboard box) right to their front doorsteps.However, as Casper's co-founder and Chief Product Officer Jeff Chapin told Business Insider in a recent interview, the mattress world caught on quickly to the experience the startup was offering, and many copied its playbook."Now there's like 50 companies that sell one mattress online," Chapin said.We have to adapt to that and find a new value proposition.A focus on better sleep has broadened the possibilities for Casper, beyond selling the one, standard mattress it offered when it first launched.
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Value plays a huge role in this list, and there's a mid-range device here that's well worth considering for more budget-minded buyers.That typically leads me to recommend phones that may have fewer features or a less sleek design than the ultra-premium models that command four-figure price tags.If you always go with the top of the line, then you probably already know the phone you want.Motorola's Moto G series of smartphones has been our favorite mid-range option ever since they were first released back in 2013, and they've only been getting better every generation.Last year's Moto G6 was a fantastic device that made me forget I was using a $250 phone, and not one that cost more $800.The new $300 Moto G7 comes with updated specs, design, and even a few rare, out-of-style features that many smartphone users still value.
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These smart home devices let you control the flow of power through them and make it easy to turn a “dumb” appliance into a connected device.The smart home market has dozens of smart plugs to choose from, but the majority are geared toward indoor use.Kasa’s smart Wi-Fi outdoor Plug by TP-Link is designed to fit into covered outdoor outlets.The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug by TP-Link has an IP rating of 64.The “Away” mode is one of the coolest features.If none of those fit your needs, you can create your own custom scene.
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A new leak claims the CIA has accused Chinese company Huawei of receiving funds from the People’s Liberation Army, China’s National Security Commission, and the nation’s state intelligence network.This allegation has reportedly been passed on to officials in the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, joining past accusations directed at the Chinese company.The claims were published over the weekend by British newspaper The Times, which claims it received information about the matter from a source in the United Kingdom.According to the report, the Central Intelligence Agency provided intelligence to British officials that revealed Huawei’s alleged funding from the Chinese government.The news comes amid Huawei’s expansive supply of telecommunications equipment, particularly the hardware needed to get 5G mobile networks up and running.US officials have previously expressed concerns that Huawei’s hardware could be used for espionage, reportedly going so far as to quietly block the company’s plan to install a wireless network in the Washington Redskins stadium.
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In a hotel opposite Central Park, my 10-year-old son Alex and I are sitting in a room full of cardboard, and the man who dreamed it all up is in the middle of it.The mercurial cardboard construction games for Nintendo Switch blend papercraft and programming to make seemingly impossible magic objects.Since Labo's surprising debut last year, Nintendo has created four different Labo kits, ranging from a robot backpack to a vehicle kit to the most recent VR-focused kit, which comes with its own goggles that the Switch can slot into.VR was always part of the planEven though the Labo VR Kit was the fourth version of Labo, Sakaguchi insists it was always there from the get-go."We actually had it all planned out from the very beginning ... even in the [original] announcement video, if you look at it, everything but the VR goggles is included."
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Christina Koch has spent the past month orbiting Earth aboard the International Station.Her prolonged stay—at an estimated 328 days—will establish a new record for the longest spaceflight completed by a woman.NASA’s new crew assignments were announced earlier today, at which time Koch (pronounced “Cook”) learned that she’ll be participating in ISS missions 59, 60, and 61.Koch arrived at the ISS on March 14 and, if all proceeds as planned, won’t return to Earth until February 2020.“It feels awesome,” said Koch in a video released by NASA.“I have known that this was a possibility for a long time, and it’s truly a dream come true to know that I can continue to work on the programme that I have valued so highly my whole life.
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Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the Samena Council’s Leaders’ Summit 2019, Charles Yang, president of Huawei Middle East, said that the US has not been able to prove its allegations and it will not impact its business in the Middle East.The world’s largest telecom networks equipment manufacturer has come under the microscope and the US has asked many countries to block Huawei from supplying telecom equipment despite Huawei repeatedly denying the allegations.In fact, the US is also expected to push its allies at a meeting in Prague on May2-3 to make it difficult for Huawei to dominate the 5G telecom networks space.So far, Yang said that only Australia is following the US way to scrutinise Huawei and applying political measures and diplomatic pressures.“It is using the power of the country against a company which is not seen in the open history.If the US wants to accuse Huawei, they need to have solid evidence.”
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For the last month, a mystery person or group has been targeting a top Iranian hacker team, dumping its secret data, tools, and even identities onto a public Telegram channel—and the leak shows no signs of stopping.Since March 25, a Telegram channel called Read My Lips or Lab Dookhtegan—which translates from Farsi as "sewn lips"—has been systematically spilling the secrets of a hacker group known as APT34 or OilRig, which researchers have long believed to be working in service of the Iranian government."We are exposing here the cyber tools (APT34 / OILRIG) that the ruthless Iranian Ministry of Intelligence has been using against Iran's neighboring countries, including names of the cruel managers, and information about the activities and the goals of these cyber-attacks," read the original message posted to Telegram by the hackers in late March."It looks like either a disgruntled insider is leaking tools from APT34 operators, or it's a Shadow Brokers–esque sort of entity interested in disrupting operations for this particular group," says Brandon Levene, head of applied intelligence at the security firm Chronicle, which has been analyzing the leak.As of Thursday morning, the Read My Lips leakers continued to post names, photos, and even contact details of alleged OilRig members to Telegram, though WIRED couldn't confirm that any of the identified men were actually connected to the Iranian hacker group."From now on, we will expose every few days the personal information of one of the cursed staff and secret information from the vicious Ministry of Intelligence so to destroy this betraying ministry," a message posted by the leakers on Thursday read.
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In anticipation of Avengers: Endgame coming out on April 26, I've spent a good chunk of my recent evenings watching the first 17 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- just over 36 hours worth.Before I started this crazy project exactly a month ago, I'd never seen even a Marvel movie all the way through.I've managed to avoid spoiling anything so far, which would make the Russo brothers happy.Now, with four movies to go before the Endgame -- Thor: Ragnarok; Avengers: Infinity War; Ant-Man and The Wasp and Captain Marvel -- I'm in a bit of a bind: which order do I watch them in?I've been following the official CNET watch order so far and it's been great.I've enjoyed all 17 so far in their way, some much more than others.
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A company in Estonia called Iglucraft is making handcrafted, rather aesthetically beautiful “pods.” They’re technically cabins but they’re also promoting them as kind of a sauna.Guess who owns one of these Igluhuts?No less than football’s (soccer, for Americans) greatest player of our generation, David Beckham.That’s right — the most praised midfielder of our age, a global ambassador for the sport, and the spouse of one of the richest Spice Girls — recently installed one of Iglucraft’s saunas just off his mansion in the Cotswold area of Oxfordshire, England.The superstar even documented the occasion to his 50+ million Instagram followers as he enjoyed the warm amenity in England’s cold permanence: “Thank you to @iglucraft.I’m loving it with the cold weather right now.” The accompanying photo, showing the star resting on a bench outside of his newly acquired sauna, had to have been worth a fortune to the Estonian startup.
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This shark fin design is unique and differentiates it from the competition.Oppo Reno shark fin selfie cameraOut of the roughly 23 thousand votes across the website, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, just over 50 percent were against the Oppo Reno’s shark fin camera and flash module.Similar to past polls, voters on the site were the only ones to differ from the rest of the pack as they voted for the unique design.Looking through the comment section, it appears as those most aren’t actually against the shark fin design, but instead against motorized/moving pieces on smartphones.Just like what we’ve seen with the Samsung Galaxy Fold, pieces of debris can quickly get between moving parts and cause damage.
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