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The New York Times Co said on Thursday its digital-only subscriptions topped 2 million at the end of June, up 63.4 per cent from a year earlier, despite President Donald Trump’s repeated claim that the news giant is failing.The newspaper publisher said it had some 2.33 million total digital-only subscribers, including subscriptions for its crossword product.Of them, digital-only news product subscriptions were 2.03 million, up 66.7 per cent.“We believe that more and more people are prepared to pay for high quality in-depth journalism that helps them make sense of the world,” Mark Thompson, chief executive of The Times, said in a statement.On Thursday, Trump continue to attack the Times:
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Speculation that Rockstar Games is currently working on Grand Theft Auto 6 gripped the gaming industry today (27 July) after an actor's CV noted work on the unannounced game, as well as upcoming western Red Dead Redemption 2.The resume of Tim Neff (found and shared on NeoGAF), a performance-capture actor working out of LA and New York, gives nothing away in regard to what character or NPC he might have been playing, so all we have to go on is a listing that may or may not be a typo.Whether the listing is accurate or not almost certainly won't become clear until after more solid news about the sequel comes out, and everyone will have moved on.The fact of the matter is that, even if the resume isn't accurate, Rockstar is absolutely, 100% working on a new Grand Theft Auto in some capacity.GTA 5 released in 2013, and remains a chart-topper four years later.It has sold incredibly well and is well on its way to becoming the third highest-selling game of all time behind Minecraft and Tetris.
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The HOMOTM ZOJI Z7 rugged phone has just been picked by AliExpress as one of the best selling and more popular devices over on their e-commerce platform.To celebrate that, the store Weshop will be running a special promotion on the smartphone, allowing you to get the ZOJI Z7 for just $85.54 on the website, $83.59 if you use the AliExpress app.If you want to take advantage of the promotion, you might want to learn more about the device, so keep reading!The ZOJI Z7 is an IP68 waterproof rated rugged phone built on a solid aluminum back case, CNC machine machine metal frame and its screen is coated in 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass to improve its looks and durability at the same time.The Z7 is also really easy to handle with its curved edges and the plastic corners to save it from accidental drops.If you are more interested in the internal hardware, here are all the specifications:
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Sky has done a deal with high-end speaker company Devialet to produce a soundbar co-branded by the two firms.The speaker will retail for a fairly staggering £799, but there's good news.Current Sky customers will get the speaker for £299 and Sky Q Multiscreen punters will pay just £249.There is a dialogue enhancement option, which is a common complaint with TV viewers who claim they can't hear speech over background music and effects.There's a late night mode, which cuts the bass so others in the house can sleep.The most interesting option, and one that's less common, is the "kid" mode, which puts a limit on the maximum volume.
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Your phone's most important feature is easily the camera - a good one makes the difference between an all-conquering champion and an also-ran.Sure, picture quality and battery matter too, and for a lot of folks design is just as vital to a phone's appeal.But this year, there's little to choose between the top devices on any of those issues.To help work out once and for all which is best, we've put eight of the best smartphone cameras through their paces, and will be presenting the results to you very soon.Below is a blind test of photos taken with the eight phones: Apple's iPhone 7 Plus, the Google Pixel XL, HTC U11, Huawei P10 Plus, LG G6, OnePlus 5, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Sony's Xperia XZ Premium.We haven't edited, cropped or otherwise tweaked the snaps - they were pulled straight out of each phone.
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Commercial space tourism company Blue Origin, and its overlord Jeff Bezos, have been pretty quiet over the last few months.But last week, the Amazon founder made his first Instagram post, which appears to show the billionaire stranded on the roof of his own rocket facility in Florida.The video opens with a spectacular view of Blue Origin’s 750,000-square-foot orbital launch facility near Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which is currently under construction.It is unclear whether this is a rendering, a video, or some sort of composite, but we reached out to Blue Origin for clarification.For context, here’s what the site looked like last December.The best part of the video—or whatever it is—is that you get to appreciate the grandeur of an up-and-coming spaceflight facility, one that’ll eventually house and launch Blue Origin’s heavy-lift orbital rocket, New Glenn.
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China’s three state-owned telecommunications companies announced on Thursday that they will scrap domestic roaming charges for mainland users from September 1, one month ahead of the original schedule.China Unicom, China Mobile and China Telecom made the announcement in separate statements.China Telecom also said it would cancel domestic long-distance charges from Septmber 1.At the same time, the three companies have pledged to lower internet access and leased line fees for small and medium-sized enterprises, and cut international long-distance voice tariffs as part of China’s overall effort to cut consumer costs and encourage companies to adopt new technologies.In March, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang renewed his call for the country’s three telecommunication network operators to “raise speed, drop prices”.The three companies had immediately agreed and pledged to implement the changes by October 1.
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Scientists have found brain cells thought to control ageing, and were successfully able to reverse the process of getting older when replacing these old cells with new cells.The team located a group of specialised stem cells in the hypothalamus that govern how fast the human body ages over time, and could be used to warn off age-related diseases and extend human lifespan.The hypothalamus was always known to regulate important bodily functions including growth, development, reproduction and metabolism.But a 2013 paper from the same team at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, confirmed that the hypothalamus also played a role in ageing.Although they were not able to pinpoint exactly what was causing this at the time.Their most recent work has been able to make this next step and identify the tiny population of adult neural stem cells, previously known to be responsible for forming new brain neurons.
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HP has announced a new all-in-one (AIO) computer and has its sights set on dethroning the Apple iMac as the best premium desktop in the market.Launching under its high-end Pavilion brand, the new AIO desktop boasts an ultra-thin 0.3in (8.5mm) design that the company says is 40 per cent thinner than the outgoing model.The hardware is packed into a small section at the bottom of the screen, so there's no need for an external computer tower.At the bottom of the screen sits a B hi-fi system covered by a thin fabric, which HP says improves "acoustic transparency for a richer, clearer, immersive sound".Inside, TechRadar says the new AIO is powered by a seventh-generation AMD quad-core processor that's paired to an AMD graphics chip.It also comes with 12GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.
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One of the most memorable music videos of the 1980s is A-ha’s “Take On Me” featuring a young woman who’s pulled into a world that looks like it only exists as crude pencil sketches.The video took 16 weeks to animate by hand, but Trixi Studios created an augmented reality app that can recreate the effect in real-time.Ever since Apple announced the availability of ARKit—a suite of new tools that make it easier to add augmented reality features to an app—at its WWDC event back in June, iPhone and iPad users have been anticipating how developers will use AR in new and unique ways.Trixi Studios’ ‘Take On Me’ app isn’t exactly a must-have feature for your phone, but watching it turn this home into a series of simple doodles inhabited by a virtual performer makes smartphones seem amazing again.And it’s experiments like this that will eventually lead to augmented reality breakthroughs we won’t be able to live without.
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Southeast Asia's leading ride-hailing platform Grab announced the completion of its latest round financing of USD2.5 billion, including USD2 billion joint investments from Didi Chuxing and SoftBank.Grab operates the largest traffic network in Southeast Asia and it is one of the most active mobile platforms in this region, with total downloads of over 50 million.The company has the largest fleet in local areas of over 1.1 million drivers and it provides various ride-hailing services in 65 cities of seven countries in Southeast AsiaThe statistics also reveal that Grab has daily orders of nearly three million.It holds 95% market share of the third-party taxi market and 71% market share of the private car ride-hailing market.In December 2016, Grab launched its rechargeable payment method GrabPay Credits to free users from cash payments.
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On April 25, 2015, a devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake shook Nepal, leaving 9,000 dead and thousands injured.“Ensuring network stability is the biggest social responsibility for Huawei,” states Ren Zhengfei, the PLA veteran and engineer who founded the company.Now one of the world’s largest smartphone and telecom equipment makers, Huawei Technologies is an employee-owned company with approximately 85,000 working shareholders.The founder Ren holds less than 2% of shares.This is a telling episode in Chinese companies’ “go global” process as their overseas activities extend beyond profit seeking.In the past decade or so Chinese companies are increasingly expanding their presence abroad, growing sales and financial assets.
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Cyber-thieves have made at least $25m (£19m) from ransomware in the last two years, suggests research by Google.The search giant created thousands of virtual victims of ransomware to expose the payment ecosystem surrounding the malware type.Most of the money was made in 2016 as gangs realised how lucrative it was, revealed a talk at Black Hat.Two types of ransomware made most of the money, it said, but other variants are starting to emerge."It's become a very, very profitable market and is here to stay," said Elie Bursztein from Google who, along with colleagues Kylie McRoberts and Luca Invernizzi, carried out the research.Ransomware is malicious software that infects a machine and then encrypts or scrambles files so they can no longer be used or read.
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The iPhone 7 wasn’t even the only 2016 handset to ditch the headphone jack — or the first.But it’s only Apple that had to thoroughly explain its “courage” to ditch the aging audio standard while facing increased backlash from potential buyers.A year later, people already assume that all new iPhones going forward will not have a 3.5mm jack.Other companies have gotten the message, and are about to pull the same move.Of those, Google might be the most prominent, as the Pixel 2 is already rumored to lack a standard audio port.The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will not launch sooner than late September or early October, but we have plenty of details about them, including 3D renders that show us their purported designs.
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Vid If you have a hankering to watch eight minutes of billowing clouds of rocket exhaust, NASA's posted the video of the latest test of its RS-25 engine.The RS-25 is, as NASA-watchers know, the power-plant the agency is developing to shove its planned Space Launch System skywards.Yesterday's test was the third time NASA's run up a rocket motor to test the flight controller that'll be in charge of the engines.Its role is to relay commands from the vehicle to the engine, and data from engine to vehicle.The controller, NASA explains here, also provides closed-loop engine management to regulate thrust and fuel mixture and monitor engine health.The SLS uses the same engine design as used to help hoist Space Shuttles, but the agency decided the motor's “brains” needed a refresh – most importantly, because the electronic components of the 1980s aren't available any more.
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What if I say that your cute, smart robotic vacuum cleaner is collecting data than just dirt?During an interview with Reuters, the CEO of iRobot, the company which manufactured Roomba device, has revealed that the robotic vacuum cleaner also builds a map of your home while cleaning — and is now planning to sell this data to third-party companies.I know it sounds really creepy, but this is what the iRobot company has planned with the home mapping data its Roomba robots collect on its users.Early versions of Roomba used IR or laser sensors to avoid obstacles in their way, but the company began distributing high-end Wi-Fi-connected Roomba models from 2015, such as the Roomba 980, which includes a camera and Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM) technology that can not only avoid obstacle but also build a map of your home.Roomba robots gather all kinds of data—from room dimensions and furniture position to distances between different objects placed in your room—that could help next-generation IoT devices to build a true smart home.Angle believes mapping data could be used by other smart home devices—such as thermostats, lighting, air conditioner, personal assistant, and security cameras—to become smarter.
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Content produced in association with Iterable.One core tenet of this approach is prioritizing customer engagement over acquisition: focusing on retaining existing users instead of just acquiring new ones.Studies show that a 5% increase in retention can result in a 25-95% increase in profit.Combined with a robust email marketing strategy, these channels can help drive growth from beginning to end: from early-stage brand building, to boosting conversion rates, to re-engagement and loyalty.Enhanced with the right data, this low-cost approach can deliver astronomical value for money.More than 1 in 10 SMS exchanges in the U.S. are with businesses – used for everything from confirmations and verifications to coupons and customer service.
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Oukitel U11 Plus has been officially announced in May so it’s already out for several weeks.But they makers decided to bolster the wares with a new variants, sapphire blue and brilliant black versions.And we have a video for you today.On the hardware side of things everything should stay the same so keeping the 5,7-inch FullHD display, MT6750T chipset, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM, but it’s adding dual curved design and the rear battery cover adopting the IML craft similar to the one Xiaomi Mi Mix has.It’s also sporting 3700 mAh battery capacity and identical 16 MP cameras both front and back with dual flashlight, using the OV AR1335 interpolated 13 MP sensors.In the video above you can get some idea about the looks of the new versions and even though you don’t have to agree with the manufacturer’s claim that it’s like a combination of Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and Xiaomi Mi Mix, the phone certainly has something to offer.
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If you’re reading this, then you’ve likely followed the same long, arduous journey the rest of have in anticipating the release of AMD Vega graphics chips.The latest chapter in that saga is a huge update to AMD’s Radeon Software Crimson ReLive app for PCs equipped with Radeon hardware.Known verbosely as AMD Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.7.2, this updated version of the app builds off the firm’s sizable Crimson ReLive update that landed six months ago.With this update, you’ll have deeper control of your Radeon graphics card than ever before.Naturally, all we care about here is how the newest Radeon Software version affects how well games run on your gaming PC after the install.How does this make my games better?
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Er, according to these JS framework fansNode Summit As the Node Summit got underway in San Francisco on Wednesday, Charles Beeler, general partner at Rally Ventures, said the Node community has come a long way since 2012, when everyone was talking about Node.js and no one was using it.Initially released in 2009, the JavaScript runtime environment now has enough users and momentum that the nonprofit Node.js Foundation feels comfortable claiming that "Node.js is emerging as a universal development framework for digital transformation with a broad diversity of applications."Its claim is without much specificity, burdened with the meaningless jargon "digital transformation."There are some 8 million Node.js instances online at the moment, according to the survey, and three in four Node users say they will increase their usage over the next 12 months.Some 71 percent anticipated more usage and 2 per cent expected the opposite.
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