Joseph Polk

Joseph Polk

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HPE and Wipro will deliver IT infrastructure solutions in the form of a business model for global customers embracing business transformation.Wipro and HPE have partnered to offer consumption-based IT infrastructure solutions or a pay-per-use business model for enterprises.The model brings together Wipro’s vision of an industry powered by an as a Service (aaS) model.In doing so, the company will leverage HPE Flexible Capacity, which is an on-demand capacity service that delivers economics of public cloud.The model has been designed to offer suitable IT infrastructure services in one mode to help customers build on growth while they embrace digital transformation.Wipro and HPE’s global customers will be offered the model for IT infrastructure procurement provisioning, according to the companies.
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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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Does staring at my phone for hours every day serve any practical purpose?They were heavy users and I kept telling myself I was going to do it, but didn’t.The next day I told them the pacifier fairy had visited overnight and taken their pacifiers to give to “the babies”.I mention this because their relationship with the pacifier was something I had cause to think about in the context of my own behavior this week, when I emerged from the subway in lower Manhattan to find my phone had packed up en route.And how on earth was I going to get there when I hadn’t written down the address of my meeting and had no immediate way of retrieving it?What struck me particularly in that moment was not the practical difficulty I found myself in, of how to proceed when I had lost my coordinates, but the existential unease I felt at being temporarily severed from my life online.
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Shared office space startup WeWork announced on today that it has received $500 million from Japanese conglomerate SoftBank and Chinese private equity firm Hony Capital.The funds will be used to set up WeWork China which will help expand the company’s operations in multiple Chinese cities as well as increase its presence in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.“Since coming to China only a year ago, we’ve been able to establish a vibrant community of creators and companies – and we’ve only just begun,” said CEO of WeWork Adam Neumann in a press release.In March 2016, WeWork sealed a $430 million deal aimed at helping the US-based company open centers in several countries including China, South Korea, and Japan.This financing was also led by Hony Capital and as well as parent company Legend holdings.The company entered the Chinese market by opening its first office space in Shanghai in July 2016
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That’s because DEF CON has long been a source of jaw-dropping (and often profoundly funny) talks.They’re full of cash, and he’s always held an interest in targeting systems with immediate consequences for end-users.Just skip to 5:40 to see what I’m talking about.Michael Robinson – Knocking my neighbor’s kids’ cruddy drone offline (2015)Drones aren’t really toys, but that hasn’t prevented them from finding their way into the hands of young children, who use them to act anti-socially.In a true tale of pettiness, Michael Robinson looks at the countermeasures you can use to protect yourself.
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South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics has posted record-breaking earnings, putting it on course to better rival Apple's quarterly profits as it seeks to move past a bribery scandal and a damaging recall debacle.The firm said huge sales of its new Galaxy S8 smartphone and demand for its memory chips were behind the jump in April-June and predicted another blockbuster report for the current quarter to September.Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart and navigate between data series.The chart has 1 X axis displaying categories.Samsung v Apple operating profitsSamsung v Apple operating profits - Highcharts Cloud$bnSamsung v Apple operating profitsQ1 2009Q3 2009Q1 2010Q3 2010Q1 2011Q3 2011Q1 2012Q3 2012Q1 2013Q3 2013Q1 2014Q3 2014Q1 2015Q3 2015Q1 2016Q3 2016Q1 2017051015202530Highcharts.comHowever, Greg Roh, an analyst at HMC Investment Securities, told AFP: "Samsung has surpassed its rivals for now but Apple usually sees little fluctuation in its profits whereas Samsung's profits fluctuate largely on memory chip prices."
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CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, Malaysia's second largest bank by asset scale, said that its subsidiary Touch n Go, in which the bank holds a 52.22% stake, has reached an investment agreement with Alipay to set up a joint venture entity in Malaysia.According to CIMB, Touch n Go will hold a majority stake in the joint venture, while Alipay will hold a minority stake.The joint venture will launch a new payment and related financial services mobile platform in Malaysia.CIMB also said that it is expected that the establishment of this new joint venture will not have major influence on CIMB's profit or net asset value in 2017.If calculating by assets, CIMB is the fifth largest bank in Southeast Asia.Chinese Internet finance enterprises like Ant Financial and WeChat payment are actively expanding overseas recently.
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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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Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, and Lenovo are among the top five mobile brands in India, but Samsung continues to rule India’s smartphone shipments with a 25 percent market share, according to new figures from market research company Canalys.“With China suffering its own decline this quarter, India is a market of huge strategic importance to Chinese smartphone vendors,” said Canalys Research Analyst Ishan Dutt.“Samsung is under immense pressure in the mid-tier from the Chinese players.”Over 50 percent of India’s smartphone brands is currently controlled by Chinese brands, including Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Shenzhen-based Gionee, and Lenovo.The biggest winner of this year’s Q2 is Xiaomi which has more than quadrupled its shipments to 4.8 million units making it India’s largest smartphone brand after Samsung.This month, Xiaomi celebrated its third Mi anniversary in India.
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Google is finally taking the most logical step towards growing its streaming business: it’s set to merge YouTube Red with Google Play Music, which should make it easier for subscribers to find the tunes they want without all the confusion of the company’s myriad offerings.That’s from Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s head of music, who confirmed the move at the New Music Seminar conference in New York.What we don’t yet know is whether it’ll lead to the launch of an entirely new product.For now, it sounds like Google will simply create a new brand under which both services will be offered with a single subscription.But I’m hoping that the merger also sees the company make YouTube’s premium tier available globally.YouTube Red is currently available in just five countries, and, as an example, India isn’t one of them.
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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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In recent years engineers have been developing new technologies to enable robots and humans to move faster and jump higher.Soft, elastic materials store energy in these devices, which, if released carefully, enable elegant dynamic motions.Scientists spend long hours building and testing prototypes that can reliably move in specific ways so that, for example, a robot lands right-side up upon landing a jump.A pair of new computational methods developed by a team of researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Toronto and Adobe Research takes first steps towards automating the design of the dynamic mechanisms behind these movements.Their methods generate simulations that match the real-world behaviors of flexible devices at rates 70-times faster than previously possible and provide critical improvements in the accuracy of simulated collisions and rebounds.The team will present their methods and results from their paper, "Dynamics-Aware Numerical Coarsening for Fabrication Design," at the SIGGRAPH 2017 conference in Los Angeles, 30 July to 3 August.
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Hong Kong start-up Origami Labs is looking to change the way we interact with our mobile phones with the release of its innovative new wearable product Orii this month.Orii, a voice-activated ring that uses bone conduction technology to channel smartphone sounds into a user’s ear, is intended to reduce the amount of time we spend staring at our phone screens.Kevin Wong, co-founder and chief executive of Origami Labs, says Orii is the world’s first voice-powered smart ring.“We basically turn your finger into a voice-enabled smartphone.”Orii sends sounds as vibrations through the finger which go directly into the ear when the finger is placed next to it (only the user can hear them).The ring also includes a microphone that picks up voice commands to control your smartphone’s inbuilt voice assistant function.
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Few days ago Leagoo leaked that they are working on a new phone with a tri-bezel-less design and we have already seen first pictures of this phone.It will be named Leagoo KIICAA MIX in an obvious throwback to the popular and successful Xiaomi Mi Mix.Today we have for you some more pictures of the phone and confirmation for the pricing of the three available versions.Leagoo KIICAA MIX will be allegedly coming in three variants and all of them will have in common the 5,5-inch screen, rear vertically aligned dual cameras and front facing fingeprint scanner integrated in the Home key.Lowest version should get a quad-core processor (i’m fearing MT6580) with 2 GB RAM + 16 GB ROM, more powerful ones will have octa-core processor (maybe Helio P25 ?)and either 3+32 GB combo or 6+128 GB.
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Social media marketers, do you feel a brief pang of envy when a brand gets sassy on Twitter or Facebook?We may never get the sweet satisfaction of seeing a tweet full of biting wit go viral.The good folks at Sprout Social just released their Q2 2017 Sprout Social Index, and they’re taking aim at precisely that question.It lets people know that there are actual human beings behind the brand, seeking to entertain just as much as they inform.But we should make sure the humor is not all that we’re bringing to the table.Sprout Social found that while 3 in 4 consumers appreciate humor from brands, being funny was 4th on the list of what consumers really want from brands on social media:
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Another day and so it’s time for another WhatsApp scam and this latest one is proving to be a bit of a nuisance.Action Fraud has alerted its users to an email claiming to be from WhatsApp that asks you to update your payment information before your annual WhatsApp subscription runs out.While WhatsApp doesn’t charge a subscription, hackers and criminals have still been able to make a killing by spreading the myth that WhatsApp is only free for the first year.After which the company asks you to pay a small subscription each year.This latest scam is particularly nasty, not only because on the surface it looks relatively legit but also because of he potential damage it could do.The email asks you to subscribe to WhatsApp by paying a yearly fee.
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Television Broadcasts (TVB) is investing US$100 million in a joint venture with Hollywood film production company Imagine Entertainment to finance development of new TV projects for the United States and international markets.“TVB needs to expand its production base for television programmes as well as its distribution markets,” company chairman Charles Chan Kwok-keung said announcing the deal on Wednesday.Under their 50-50 joint venture, TVB will also have the rights to release, reproduce, distribute, broadcast and use TV programmes developed in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.Chan said the alliance will also strengthen the library of English-language programmes under TVB, one of the world’s largest commercial producers of Chinese TV shows.The broadcaster credited CMC Holdings, an investment company formed by private equity firm China Media Capital (CMC) in 2015, for helping negotiate the deal.For Imagine Entertainment, the partnership with TVB comes more than year since Shanghai-based CMC bought a minority stake in the US company.
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A US judge has ordered Apple to pay more than half a billion dollars to a university after the tech firm failed to abide by an earlier court ruling.Apple was sued in 2014 for allegedly using a technology developed by a professor and his students in its iPhone chips without the University of Wisconsin-Madison's permission.Apple was ordered to pay about $234m (£179m) when it lost the patent case.That sum has now been more than doubled because it continued to use the tech.The judge said that additional damages and interest brought the sum owed to $506m.However, Apple still hopes to overthrow the fine by appealing against the original jury verdict.
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Adobe Systems has announced plans to kill off its Flash Player plug-in by the end of 2020 due to waning interest and public opinion after years of criticism regarding security flaws and its many, many updates.The platform was once widely used for online videos, animations and games, but has been usurped in recent years by the new standard offered by HTML5, which serves a similar use without the need for a dedicated plug-in.Adobe vice president of product development, Govind Balakrishnan, said the decision was reached because technologies like HTML5 have "matured enough and are capable enough to provide viable alternatives to the Flash player."Few technologies have had such a profound and positive impact in the internet era," he added, referring to Flash, not HTML5.Flash was installed on 98% of PCs when Adobe acquired Macromedia and Flash along with it in 2005.Twelve years later and usage has plummeted.
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Wanda Internet Technology said it will officially launch its public cloud service in China in the first quarter of next year after it inked a partnership deal with IBM in March.Despite being a latecomer to the sector, Chinese property-to-entertainment conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group has plans to become one of the country’s biggest public cloud providers in five years by leveraging IBM’s knowhow in cloud computing and an investment estimated at “billions of renminbi”, a company official said.“We aim to become one of the major players in pubic cloud business in China because there will be no room left for small participants in five years,” said Sean Yang, vice president and chief technology officer for Wanda Internet Technology Group, a unit of Wanda Group.Yang is positioning Wanda as a high-end public cloud provider, serving only big enterprises that prefer value over price.In an interview with the South China Morning Post on Wednesday, Yang laid out the roadmap for the future development of the company’s cloud business, which only kicked off in March after a partnership deal was inked between Wanda Internet Technology and IBM, one of the leading public cloud providers in the world.Through a newly formed venture called Wanda Cloud Company, the two parties will offer selected IBM cloud infrastructure and platforms in China, according to IBM’s statement in March.
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