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iPhones have been put to the test since the iPhone 6 infamously succumbed to a bend test back in 2014.Today is the turn of the iPhone 8.YouTuber JerryRigEverything took a brand new iPhone 8 — which was released on Friday — and tried to torture it in three different stages.He first tested the new metal and glass construction.On a hardness scale from one to nine, glass "usually scratches at around five or six," the YouTuber said.Apple claims to have strengthened the glass construction of the iPhone 8, but the test shows that, like last year's iPhone 7, the front panel scratches at a level six; however, durability might be improved in the face of a frontal drop.
Anyone who has been in a tier-1 Chinese city will probably have come across the long queues in front of food and drinks stores throughout the city.People call them wanghong (网红) stores, borrowing the Chinese term for internet celebrities to illustrate the businesses’ offline virality.“There’s not much innovation coming out of the online retail space anymore,” Partner at Sequoia Wang Cen says at Iyiou‘s Global Industry Innovation Summit (GIIS) in Shenzhen.“Expect to see some excellent offline products and experiences that are grabbing traffic from online.”While most venture capitalists are fixated on cyberspace, Wang has been slowly but surely making returns from traditional brick-and-mortar businesses.His picks span from laundry service, beauty hospital to snack chains like Zhou Heiya (周黑鸭) whose famous braised duck-necks have made it into a Hollywood blockbuster and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
“TfL considers that Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications,” the regulatory body said.Another reason relates to “greyballing,” a software-based technique Uber has used around the world to identify and block officials in cities where Uber was banned.Here is TfL’s statement in full, which was issued via Twitter this morning.It goes without saying that Uber will appeal this decision — London is a major market for the company, and Uber is insanely popular across the city.Rather than renewing the company’s license for another five years, TfL gave Uber a four-month extension pending a decision on Uber’s longer-term viability.This decision was due to concerns over growing hostility on a number of fronts.
Experian's online PIN-recovery system could let attackers undo a credit freeze just by figuring a few easy facts.In the weeks following the Equifax breach, consumers have been told to freeze their credit, thereby blocking possible attackers from opening new lines of credit under their names.It makes sense as a defense strategy, but as cybersecurity reporter Brian Krebs reports today, the protections around those freezes are easy to subvert.Experian makes it easy to undo a credit freeze, resetting a subject's PIN through an easily accessible account recovery page.All that data was compromised in the Equifax breach, as well as other breaches, so we can probably assume hackers possess this information.After entering that data, attackers then just have to enter an email address — any email — and answer a few security questions.
The day before yesterday there appeared a picture of a telephone by the name of the G10, which was said to be Huawei's first mobile phone with an aspect ratio of 18:9.Now allegedly G10 instead of hot Mate 10 a Little bit and become the least expensive model in the Mate 10-trio.the Screen cover 83% of the front, is 5.9 " wide and have Full HD+resolution (1080 x 2160 pixels).the Source believes that the Mate 10 has four cameras – two in front and two at the rear.Front camera can allegedly create bokeh effects even if two people constitutes the subject.the Rest of the components mentioned is Kirin 659, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and a 3340mAh battery.
schwit1 writes: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space.This light-eating prowess is due to the planet's unique capability to trap at least 94 percent of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere.The oddball exoplanet, called WASP-12b, is one of a class of so-called "hot Jupiters," gigantic, gaseous planets that orbit very close to their host star and are heated to extreme temperatures.The planet's atmosphere is so hot that most molecules are unable to survive on the blistering day side of the planet, where the temperature is 4,600 degrees Fahrenheit.Therefore, clouds probably cannot form to reflect light back into space.Instead, incoming light penetrates deep into the planet's atmosphere where it is absorbed by hydrogen atoms and converted to heat energy.
To compose letterheads, business cards, brochures, magazines, books, and posters, you hunched over a desk or a light table.You cut and pasted paper or assembled metal type on a printing press.Design work moved from the laborious world of hands-on creativity to the freer but more abstract digital realm, where you can see the results of choices instantly—but each decision carries less weight, because you can undo it with a single command.The Grid promises to hand the design of your site over to an AI named Molly: “She’s quirky, but will never ghost you, never charge more, never miss a deadline, never cower to your demands for a bigger logo…Molly can apply a simple five-color palette to your site in more than 200,000 unique ways.”One of the earliest entries into the artificial intelligence web design marketplace, The Grid has been promoting “AI websites that design themselves” since it launched a crowdfunding campaign in 2014.“Conceptually feels very next level, an obvious, natural progression just waiting to happen,” tweeted 37Signals/Basecamp founder Jason Fried when The Grid’s promotional video made the rounds of the web design community.
(tm) differs from person to person, and may even change for a single person as circumstances change.For example, a menu-driven program in domain $FOO is great for a novice in that domain but as that novice turns into an expert in domain $FOO they will prefer using shortcuts and muscle memory for common tasks.For novices an exploratory interface is great - it allows them to learn the limits of what can be done.For experts a command interface is better - they already know what can be done and the command interface allows them to apply muscle memory to get things done.I look forward to the day that user interface designers read "The design of everyday things" by Donald E. Norman and use it as a checklist against their designs before unleashing crap like Metro and Gnome 3 on the general public with the poor attitude of "You All Are Too Stupid To See The Greatness Of Our Design"(tm).
Since ad buyers remain perplexed by the seemingly simple issue of figuring out what type of auction they are bidding in, a group of supply-side platforms have independently stated that they will pass along data in the bid request that tells ad buyers what type of auction they are participating in.Digiday spoke to five ad buyers who said this is a good first step toward fixing a basic problem in programmatic buying, but it won’t affect how they run campaigns until demand-side platforms integrate the new data that SSPs are releasing.“For the foreseeable future, this is a way for the SSPs to look good knowing very few [buyers] will be able to do anything about it,” said David Lee, programmatic lead at ad agency The Richards Group.Now that programmatic accounts for three-fourths of digital display ad spend, wonky issues like confusing auction dynamics can have a big impact on campaign budgets.But buyers will only be able to adjust their campaigns in real time once DSPs build tools that use this new information to give buyers the choice on whether or not they want to bid in particular types of auctions.Wesley Farris, director of partnerships at the DSP Digilant, expects DSPs will quickly adjust their buying algorithms to account for the new information on auction type that SSPs are providing.
The Galaxy S8’s devoted Bixby button was one of the least popular features on an otherwise well received phone, owing in part to the fact that Samsung’s smart assistant was still half-baked at launch.Unsurprisingly, the feature also made its way onto the Galaxy Note 8, though, by that time, the company had finally rolled out Bixby’s voice functionality for both devices.This morning, a handful of scattered reports have noted an update letting users disable the button’s functionality — a move we’ve since directly confirmed with Samsung.When enabled, the button launches into the Bixby Home hub and when held down, it fires up Bixby voice.The new setting disables that quick tap hub launching feature, though Samsung doesn’t appear to have given users the ability to reconfigure it to launch different apps, an oft requested update.No surprise, really, that Samsung hasn’t disabled the feature entirely.
A team of Graphene Flagship researchers led by the University of Manchester reported in the journal Science showing the first new type of quantum oscillation to be reported for thirty years.This occurs by applying a magnetic field and it is the first of its kind to be present at high temperature and on the mesoscale.This research also sheds light on the Hofstadter butterfly phenomenon.Quantum theory is the study of physics at the atomic and sub atomic level.This paper shows how it is possible to tune the magnetic field applied to a heterostructure comprising of graphene and boron nitride to create a whole host of different electronic materials.The superlattice, created in graphene by its exact placement with regards to a periodically arranged boron nitride layer, interacts with the magnetic field in such a way that it is possible to tune its oscillation to manufacture bands and gaps in its electronics structure - meaning that the magnetic field can be used to tune the materials to be metallic, semiconducting or conducting.
Featuring 17 characters taken from both the Street Fighter and X-Men universe, the game was like a schoolyard argument come to life: "Who would win in a fight, Akuma or Wolverine?"The Street Fighter formula was tweaked to include tag-team character battles, super jumps, over-the-top full-screen effects and super moves, and ridiculously drawn-out combos both on the ground and in the air.Characters like Venom, The Hulk, and Spider-Man rounded out the Marvel side, while the Capcom side gained fan favorites like Mega Man, Strider, and Morrigan from the Dark Stalkers series (also known as Vampire Savior in Japan).The screen resolution also saw a bump thanks to the Sega Naomi hardware the game runs on, perhaps more familiar to home console fans as a juiced-up Dreamcast.(There's a reason the Dreamcast got so many practically arcade-perfect ports!)Only the backgrounds took advantage of the new resolution, however, as many of the sprites were reused from the older, lower-resolution games.
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Förutom vinstmaskinen Blocket investerar den norska digitaljätten Schibsted i en rad privatekonomiska tjänster.I portföljen finns låneförmedlaren Lendo, jämförelsesajten Prisjakt och rabattsajten Let’s Deal.Nu utökar Schibsted sitt ägande i bolånetjänsten Hypoteket genom att investera ytterligare 10 miljoner kronor i bolaget, enligt ett pressmeddelande.”Vi är glada att Schibsted fortsätter investera.Det ger oss en trygg grund att stå på och vi får möjlighet att bygga ett starkt bolag.Vårt mål är att erbjuda en attraktiv boränta till alla, utan individuella rabatter eller förhandlingar”, säger Carl Johan Nordquist, vd för Hypoteket.
“Every so often I get like the odd sort of flashback where it jolts me a little bit, but it’s only ever a snippet, that fraction of a second before I actually hit the car.I’m sat in the brightly lit conference room of GoCardless, the high-growth London fintech startup backed by the likes of Accel, Balderton, Notion, Passion and Silicon Valley’s Y Combinator.I’m also acutely aware that I’m the disabled journalist who has agreed to write a feature on the disabled entrepreneur, even if my subject, the company’s 31 year old co-founder and CEO Hiroki Takeuchi, is a relative newbie.Before I hit record on my iPhone, I politely kick the startup’s perfectly affable PR flack out of the room, and explain to Takeuchi that the only real preparation I’ve done for this assignment is to have a brief call with Matt Robinson, who, along with Monzo Bank’s Tom Blomfield, co-founded GoCardless with Takeuchi in 2011 but has since left to found property tech startup Nested.I’d rather just get the story out there on the record so that we can put it to rest and focus on the more important stuff, which is building a business”.We could have switched us out from the ward with a guy who has been in a major life threatening accident 24 hours ago and we could have been back in the flat where we started the company in the first place: Hiroki would be back, it was just a question of when”.
English Premier League football team Everton FC have secured their first ever sleeve sponsor in the form of mobile gaming giant Rovio.The multi-year deal will see the Angry Birds logo appear on the team’s kit sleeve, debuting against Manchester United on Sunday 17 September.This season the ability to embrace a sleeve sponsor opened up new financial avenues for clubs and many have taken it on board.Publicising the partnership is a short-animated film featuring Red, the Angry Bird’s protagonist signing for the Blues at the Club’s USM Finch Farm training ground.The content is a nod to the insane player signing craze that has swept the sport this summer (a trend which Everton has previously talked to The Drum about here).Alan McTavish, head of commercial at Everton, said “Rovio Entertainment recognise the global reach that Everton can deliver through its international fanbase and the global exposure of the Premier League.
Both Samsung (Galaxy Note 8) and Apple (iPhone X) have now launched their premiere smartphones, having set a new price point at about $1,000 each.Consumers may be hesitant to spend so much on a device when fully capable smartphones are available for $200 to $300 less, but enterprise users are usually less price sensitive.Clearly it’s not always an objective decision, as many users will choose based on their preference for the iOS or Android operating systems or simply brand loyalty.So, it’s likely neither device really has an advantage other than both are large and have big screens, which is important to a certain class of users.But the Note 8 weighs about 20 grams more, and given the phones' almost identical size, it’s likely this extra weight is due to a larger battery.Processors are at the heart of any device when performance counts, and with such premium devices expected to perform a large variety of tasks, it’s important to evaluate them.
With the advent of on-demand mobility players like Uber and Lyft, which looked to disrupt the traditionally high cost of taxi services, consumers have benefited from lower costs.However, automation through self-driving technology will cause massive disruption to this industry of personal mobility with the variable cost of transportation declining to almost nothing.Personal mobility is a huge space with many incumbents vying for market share.Firms that charge relatively low prices and offer substantial differentiation are following a best-cost strategy.Self-driving taxi companies are creating one of the most compelling executions of this strategy, by offering the lowest-cost transportation at the highest convenience.The tech to enable fully driverless cars is already here, and the next few years will see huge advances in these systems.
has been erasing billions from its rivals' valuations in the weeks since its acquired Whole Foods.Investors have shed their investments in other grocery stores as they wait to see how Amazon will modernize its new grocery holding.But the best weapon in Amazon's arsenal isn't robot cashiers, drones or machine learning - it's Amazon Prime."We believe 80% (38 million) of current US Prime members do not shop at Whole Foods," Brian Nowak, an analyst at Morgan Stanley, said in a recent note."In this case convenience will likely be the cure, as we expect Amazon to integrate the 1-2 hour Prime Now offering into Whole Foods."Prime has been Amazon's biggest advantage in the online retail space.