Jonathan Spitzer

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OUKITEL recently brought out to the world the first 11000mAh battery-equipped smartphone – the OUKITE K10.The handset comes with a super large battery, large memory, great camera hardware and top performance, all factors that have drawn many buyers’ attention.As the K10 is going to get delivered to customers this week, the company just released a performance test, running a game on it as well as the notorious Antutu benchmark.OUKITEL’s K10 is fueled by a MediaTek MT6763 chipset with 8 cores clocked at 2.0Ghz, a CPU that supports LPDDR4X RAM, 2K resolution and dual 4G VoLTE/ViLTE.With 6GB RAM and an optimized Android 7.1 OS, mobile games on K10 are running fluently without hiccups.Meanwhile, in the Antutu benchmark, the K10 scored 61254 points, which isn’t one of the highest around but it’s a really competitive result if we compare it to other smartphones in the same category.
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Although it might end with Captain America firing a nuclear missile?We’ll get to that part.First, the cartoon itself: created by Marvel and Funko Pop, purveyors of lovely big-headed figurines so long as you’re okay with everyone having the same goofy face, this short CGI film dramatises an underwater showdown between Captain America and his great nemesis, the Red Skull.Marvel and Funko have released a few of these shorts on YouTube over the past few months, and I’m torn on them.On the one hand, they’re basically fancy toy commercials.But on the other, they’re all... kind of rad?
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We’re thrilled to be heading to Dubai, but as it turns out, it will be a little later than expected.Because of scheduling changes, Startup Battlefield Dubai, originally slated for April 2018, will now take place in January 2019.This will give us even more time to make this an incredible event in a truly exciting region for tech and startups.What happens if you’re thinking about applying?This round of applications will still close on January 25th, 2018 and we will consider you for our upcoming Startup Battlefield events.That includes Startup Battlefield Dubai if you still fit the criteria by January 1st, 2019.
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Coping with the financial difficulties of losing your job is often the most pressing concern, but finding yourself out of work can also affect your mental health and relationships.We talked to experts from the Money Advice Service, Mind, Relate and Citizens Advice about how to cope with what can sometimes feel like overwhelming issues.If you know being jobless is in the pipeline but your partner is very ill or has a lot on their plate, however, Relate counsellor Peter Saddington recommends waiting to have that discussion until you know it’s definitely going to happen.Talking to your children is also important.“For young children under the age of 11 you might say ‘mummy or daddy is going to be stopping their work for a while’,” Saddington explains.How much money you receive will depend on the length of your employment.
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Like many on social media, President Donald Trump's eldest daughter Ivanka shared a tribute to civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr on Twitter in honour of MLK Day.Twitter, however, was not having it and immediately called her out for her "hypocritical" tweet in light of her father's controversial racist policies and statements."Dr Martin Luther King Jr was one of the world's great heroes," the 36-year-old White House adviser tweeted on Monday (15 January) along with a black and white GIF that featured several images of King speaking at rallies and protests in the 1960s."Today we honour his profound life and legacy.Social media users swiftly slammed Ivanka over the tweet and accused her of being "complicit".Last week, Trump drew widespread criticism after reportedly referring to Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries" during a White House meeting with lawmakers on immigration.
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And guess who ends up getting out of bed to go check?That's why I had zero qualms about spending $55 to make my garage door smart, to be able to check its status with just one tap and, if necessary, open or close it the same way.Today I bring that option to you.For a limited time, and while supplies last, Daily Steals has the Chamberlain MyQ Garage G0201 universal smartphone garage-door control for $55 shipped.That's after applying promo code RICK15 at checkout.But the gizmo is "designed to work with most major brands of garage door openers manufactured after 1993 and that use safety reversing sensors."
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The Asus Zenfone 5 Lite, a member of the upcoming 5th generation Zenfone series has just been certified in Russia.Asus CEO (Jerry Shen) back in September 2017 confirmed that the Zenfone 5 series of smartphones will be unveiled earlier than the Zenfone 4 which were announced in August 2017, so we are actually not surprised that the Zenfone 5 lite is popping out at this time.With the certification of the Zenfone 5 lite in Russia, the device probably is set to be pushed to the market, and the company may be preparing to unveil the device at the upcoming Mobile World Congress or at a dedicated press event which may come up shortly after the MWC 2018.While the Russian certification body usually does not give out specs details, there are few giveaways that hint at what to expect of the device.First, the C in the Zenfone 5 Lite model number ZC600KL points towards a budget phone, which is by the way clear from the lite moniker.The digits “60” in the model number could be an indication that the device will house a 6.0″ display likely with an aspect ratio of 18:9.
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Talking household gadgets, ovens and smart refrigerators seem to get all the hype at CES — I mean, did you see LG’s Alexa-equipped fridge?It makes sense, given these appliances are the foundation on which a smart kitchen is built, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only gadgets in your home that could use a 21st-century makeover.Enter the Oblend, a mixer that can make more than just a margarita.The robust countertop device is the handiwork of Seattle-based Altopia, and is capable of blending essential oils, tinctures, drinks, lotions, and a host of other botanical extracts for use in a variety of health and wellness applications.It was engineered to meet medical device standards, and as such, it benefits from a high level of precision and results in a more consistent product than if you were to blend the ingredients on your own.In fact, consistency is the very thing Altopia CEO and founder Matt Wilson was looking to achieve when he began concocting the idea of the Oblend in 2016.
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WayRay, a Swiss augmented reality technology provider, brought its in-car heads-up display solutions to CES 2018 to show what its unique approach can do.The company was showing off its NAVION aftermarket solution to the public for the first time, and also had its holographic AR in-windshield product, designed for OEMs, available for anyone to try.The display is clear and easy to read, both in the solution that’s designed to be built directly into windshields by automaker OEMs and in the aftermarket device.The aftermarket version was using a simple two-color overlay, in both red and green, but the company’s CEO Vitaly Ponomarev told me that it’ll soon be introducing blue, too.Even with just two colors, it was very easy to identify all the crucial information shown by the system.Part of the reason why WayRay’s tech is so good compared to the average in-car HUD is that it has a wider field of view than most.
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Visa commissioned research in 2015 that uncovered an idea so wholly new that it gained widespread attention, even landing a front-page spot in The New York Times.Visa corporate communications brought the findings to its agency, Click2View, and the parties immediately got to work figuring out how to relay the story of solo women travelers in an engaging way.The series followed the travels of three women through Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, and Singapore … then seeded those videos through Visa’s social channels as well as the women’s social networks.Simon Kearney, founder of Click2View, says the success of the Visa project was due in large part to the travelers chosen by the production team:Angela Kan is from Hong Kong; her extensive travel and writing experience meant she could collaborate with the team, brainstorming the best spots and conditions for recording her travelogue.As a leading travel blogger in Thailand, Chutima Treearayapong had a devoted following before joining the Visa series.
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Lenovo has revealed a trio of refreshed ThinkPad X1 notebooks at CES 2018, with new Carbon, Tablet and Yoga variants, along with an updated ThinkVision X1 monitor.Lenovo has given the third-generation ThinkPad X1 Tablet an all-new 13-inch design, with a 3K display (3,000 x 2,000 pixels) promising vibrant colors and supporting HDR (with the screen being fashioned from Gorilla Glass).The tablet is powered by Intel’s latest 8th-gen processors, boasts up to 16GB of system RAM, and offers optional LTE-A connectivity for speedy web surfing on the move.It also incorporates an infrared camera (facilitating secure login via facial recognition) and optionally comes with a stylus, Lenovo’s Pen Pro which supports tilt-to-shade and 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity.Moving onto the refreshed ThinkPad X1 Carbon (the sixth-generation of this variant), Lenovo claims that this is the world’s lightest 14-inch business laptop.It’s certainly highly portable with its carbon fiber chassis weighing only 1.13kg, and it’s just a shade under 16mm thick.
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Benchmark Capital general partner, and former Uber board member, Bill Gurley ReutersBenchmark is selling nearly 15% of its stake in Uber to Softbank for about $900 million.The deal is part of Softbank's effort to build up a big stake in ride-hailing giant Uber, by buying shares from existing shareholders and from Uber itself.Softbank offered to buy shares from existing shareholders at a steep discount to Uber's most recent private valuation.Even so, shareholders offered to sell Softbank more shares than it wanted to buy, including Benchmark.Benchmark, one of Uber's largest shareholders, offered to sell a quarter of its stake to Japan's Softbank and in the end sold about 14.5% for about $900 million, Recode reports citing anonymous sources.
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With nine decades of history under its belt, RCA is certainly a familiar name to customers across the United States.But while we may expect radios, televisions, and other entertainment devices to come from the brand, we’ve yet to see a smart home device.But that all changes today.RCA has now announced its first foray into the smart home monitoring space by way of a new Wi-Fi Camera System and Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera.RCA’s Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera connects to a secure wireless network, and thereby allow users to see and speak with folks at their front door using the companion RCA Security app.Users can customize the field of motion within the app to reduce the number of false alarms, because nothing’s more frustrating than getting tons and tons of useless push notifications.
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Kim expressed hope for a “peaceful resolution” to the half-century-old conflict with South Korea and said that talks should start “as soon as possible.” Accordingly, he also ordered a long dormant phone line between North and South Korea to be reopened.Don’t get your hopes up quite yet.Kim’s actions could be a trick, and they’re almost definitely a ploy to boost relations between Pyongyang and Seoul as the South prepares to host the Winter Olympics.In its analysis, The New York Times claimed that the so-called olive branch offered by Kim was just “a canny new strategy to initiate direct talks with South Korea in the hope of driving a wedge into its seven-decade alliance with the United States.”But about those newly operational phones.The main hotline between North and South Korea stretches between two buildings in the border village of Panmunjom, which lies in the demilitarised zone.
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That's in large part thanks to its i sub-brand, which includes the excellent i8 coupe and the good-but-expensive i3 city car.As with the other iPerformance BMWs, the 530e uses a 2.0L four-cylinder gasoline engine, almost identical to the one used in the non-hybrid 530i.Befitting a 21st-century BMW, there is a dizzying combination of drive modes one can opt for.As with its conventionally powered siblings, the "Driving Experience Control" switch lets you toggle among Sport, Comfort, Eco Pro, and Adaptive modes; these remap the accelerator pedal, suspension, and steering.Don't expect to get that far in this mode, though; 9.2kWh isn't that much, and while BMW quotes the 530e as having an electric-only range of 28.5 miles (46km), the EPA rating is much lower: just 15 miles (24km).Finally, there's Battery Control, which allows you to specify a state of charge percentage that you want the battery to maintain—anywhere from 30 to 100 percent.
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In Saudi Arabia, if you’re planning to tie the knot, there’s a step you must go through that doesn’t happen anywhere else: you have to get a test for genetic disease.Hereditary blood diseases like sickle cell and beta thalassemia are prevalent in this part of the world, where marriage between cousins is common.A new awareness campaign around genetic disorders aims to reduce the spread of these illnesses.Saudi Arabia made premarital screening and genetic risk assessment mandatory over a decade ago, hoping that if a couple found out they were at high risk of passing on a hereditary disease to their offspring, they would reevaluate their match.Many couples at risk of passing on genetic diseases go ahead and get married, with the expectation that they will have children.And so, according to the Saudi Gazette, the country has launched a new campaign to raise awareness about genetic diseases, and what causes them.
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For example, within single-celled organisms, the amount of G+C content can vary from 72 percent in a bacteria like Streptomyces coelicolor while the protozoan parasite that causes malaria, Plasmondium falciparum, has as little as 20 percent.In single-celled eukaryotes, yeast contain 38 percent G+C content, plants like corn have 47 percent, and humans contain about 41 percent."This has been one of the long-standing problems in genome evolution, and prior attempts to explain it have involved considerable arm waving," said Michael Lynch, who leads a new Center for Mechanisms of Evolution at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute."In the absence of key observations on the mutation process, there has been a struggle to fathom what the mechanism is," said Lynch.Michael Lynch's group has now experimentally demonstrated that G+C composition is generally strongly favored, whereas this is often opposed by mutational pressure of various strengths in the opposite direction."We started with knowledge of the mutational spectrum that occurs at the genome level in about 40 species examined in my lab," said Lynch.
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Almost every major, and some minor, OEM has some nearly bezel-less phone with an 18:9 screen, varying in resolution, size, and the amount of bezels around it.One hold out is ZTE, but that changes with the revelation of the new ZTE Blade V9.But while this phones does indeed make the transition to that new aspect ratio, it seems that ZTE might have shaved off other aspects of the device to keep costs down.ZTE almost had bezel-less and 18:9 displays.The nubia Z17s was the closest, but it fell a few pixels short with its 2040×1080 resolution, giving it an unusual 17:9 aspect ratio.The ZTE Blade V9, in contrast, is a mid-range device with some admittedly high-end specs.
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In 2017 the word “full screen” has slowly become a synonym for higher than ordinary screen-to-body ratio phones.An high screen-to-body ratio usually means a more immersive viewing experience.So, if you’re taking pictures or playing games, there are almost no borders between your screen and the real world on the other side, which is what produces that immersive feeling.A more immersive viewing experience is what Elephone are trying to bring with the upcoming Elephone S9 as well.The company did indeed reduce upper and lower bezels to bring the screen to body ratio to around 89.9%.They say that even a 0.1% increase in screen-to-body-ratio requires a lot of careful design and crafting.
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They may have approved of their son studying Computer Science, but they’re not particularly tech-savvy themselves.My father hates the burden of smartphones (he turns his off or leaves it at home at every opportunity) and my mother doesn’t even have a phone.My family is not big on presents during Christmas, or shopping in general.Still, I knew my parents would get me something small just because, and I happened to have an unopened Google Home lying around, so on my way out the door I decided to bring it along, if only to see how they would react.Once we had it working, my mother gleefully informed the two of us that she finally had someone who would listen to her every command.The fact you need an Android phone or tablet to get going is understandable, although a little irksome, but the number of steps is excessive.
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