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Huawei to Start Africa Data Center Services From March – BloombergWhat happened: Chinese telecommunications company Huawei is working with South African partners to launch services at its first cloud data center in the country in March.The center will be opened in Johannesburg, followed by another one in the coastal city of Cape Town at a later date.Huawei also said it would deploy localized public cloud services based on domestic policies and requirements as part of its plan for a fully-connected Africa driven by data and artificial intelligence (AI) applications.Why it’s important: Huawei’s expansion in Africa comes as it faces international pressure on its overseas operations.US carrier T-Mobile CEO John Legere said on Wednesday that the carrier doesn’t use equipment from Huawei “in any area of its network.” Governments across Europe are weighing restrictions on Huawei over concerns about the security of its equipment.
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Fujifilm is a master of retro camera design, and it's continuing its trend of capitalizing on that to challenge the leaders in its class, the new Sony A6400 and last year's Canon EOS M50.Its new X-T30, the step-down enthusiast model from the powerhouse X-T3 and successor to the X-T20, inherits a lot of capabilities from the more expensive X-T3 and an updated version of the X-T20's body.Plus, Fujifilm throws in some refinements to the autofocus operation that should improve the experience.Fujifilm's retro style really does make it stand out compared with Canon's and Sony's more mundane body designs, but even devoted enthusiasts can be put off -- or scared off -- by the intimidating array of dials intended to trigger warm fuzzy feelings associated with old-school film cameras and miss the fact that you don't really have to use them if you don't want to.You can go full auto and still look cool.The X-T30 will become available in the US near the end of March -- June for the snazzy new Charcoal Silver model -- at $900 for the body, $1,000 for a kit with the XC15-45mm f3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens or $1,299 for the kit with the XF18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS lens.
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Banner Year for Alibaba’s Taobao Philanthropy Efforts – PR NewswireWhat happened: Alibaba Group’s Taobao marketplace raised RMB 440 million ($65 million) from two million merchants and nearly 430 million shoppers to help an estimated 8.7 million people.The move makes Taobao China’s largest online philanthropy platform, in terms of total participation, according to the company.In addition, the money and other resources raised via Taobao are used to help the poor and disadvantaged in Ethiopia and Myanmar.The platform supports causes ranging from poverty alleviation, education and environmental protection, to childcare and animal protection, as well as illness and disaster relief.Why it’s important: China’s promising digital payment environment has shifted the country’s donation and charity event participation.
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It was over 70 degrees in New Orleans by the time I ate breakfast.Like the EOS R, the RP is built on the RF mount, which is considerably shorter compared to the EF mount of Canon’s DSLRs.It’s an interesting approach in a market segment that has moved increasingly toward higher-end cameras and away from lower-margin, consumer-focused models.Those numbers are down from 3.69 and 2.1 million, respectively, in the R. The love-it-or-hate-it multi-function touch bar is gone, and a classic mode dial replaces the R’s top information display.I found the physical controls to be somewhat limited; the job of adjusting settings falls primarily on the touchscreen, which is responsive and generally easy to use.You can also map the four-way button cluster on the back of the camera to control the AF point, but there is one glaring goof: The button in the center of that cluster, the one that definitively should reset the focus point to the center of the frame, brings up the quick menu.
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After only a week, Apex Legends is already making waves in the battle royale market, earning great reviews and managing to pull in more than 25 million players in its first week.But if you see mid-tier (blue), your chances for better gear improve, and high-tier (purple) is even better than that.If you're really lucky, you'll come upon legendary gear (yellow), but we'll get to that later.Though Respawn has yet to confirm exactly how its loot distribution works, diligent players are mapping out their own experiences by voting on the loot they see at each location.The best spot to land at this time appears to be Relay with 96 percent of respondents saying they found high-tier loot there.Second place is Thunderdome at 95 percent and third is Repulsor with 94 percent.
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Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing has invested US$100 million in hospitality chain Oyo Hotels & Homes.The investment, which continues to value Oyo at about US$5 billion, has been made from Didi-controlled entity Star Virtue Investment, people aware of developments said.The capital injection closes a US$1 billion SoftBank-led fundraise for online hotel brand Oyo, according to the Times.Singapore-based ride-hailer Grab, which has itself been funded by Didi, also participated in the round.Its US$103 million investment in Oyo was confirmed last December.The budget hotel chain has been undergoing rapid expansion, and has entered new markets including China and the US in recent months.
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Marcus Hutchins, the widely acclaimed security researcher charged with creating malware that sold for thousands of dollars on the Internet, has lost his bid to suppress self-incriminating statements he made following days of heavy partying at the 2017 Defcon hacker convention in Las Vegas.Slayer of WCry worm charged with creating unrelated banking malwareHutchins—who, under the moniker MalwareTech, unwittingly helped neutralize the virulent WannaCry ransomware worm—was charged with developing the Kronos banking trojan and an advanced spyware program known as the UPAS Kit.The then-23-year-old UK citizen was arrested in August 2017 at McCarran International Airport as he was about to fly home.He had spent the previous week attending the Black Hat and Defcon conferences.When asked about his involvement in developing malware, the court records show, Hutchins grew visibly confused about the purpose of the interrogation.
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NASA has selected the next mission in space agency's Explorers Program and it's going to give us a glimpse of the ancient past.The Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) mission will survey of galaxies using both optical and near-infrared light.Its "eyes" will peer as far back as 10 billion years but also allow researchers to answer questions about the stars closer to home, across the Milky Way.There, it will place a cosmic magnifying glass over our infant stars in our home galaxy, searching for the ingredients essential for life: water and organic molecules."This amazing mission will be a treasure trove of unique data for astronomers," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's science mission directorate.And SPHEREx will be able to create a stellar map of the sky in 96 different colour bands -- an unprecedented resolution -- providing future NASA missions, such as the James Webb Telescope, with new targets for further study.
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99 players enter, one player leaves.The power of geometry sorts the weak from the .Nintendo has laid down the gauntlet against Fortnite, announcing a battle royale version of its retro game Tetris.Tetris 99 will bring 99 players together in an online arena to fight for block supremacy.The gameplay looks like the Tetris you know, just with 98 other players trying to lay down bricks alongside you -- should be easy, right?Nintendo revealed the game on Wednesday as part of a raft of new announcements at Nintendo Direct, including more details about its new tactical role-playing game Fire Emblem: Three Houses, as well as the launch of Super Mario Maker 2 for Switch.
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When the Nintendo Switch launched with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it showed us what a vastly open-world, free exploration Zelda game could be like -- but sometimes, it's good to go back to basics.If you've been craving a traditional, top-down Zelda experience that harkens back to the series origins, you're about to get it: Nintendo just announced that it's remaking The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch.Link's Awakening was the first Zelda game to make its way to the Nintendo Game Boy, the company's first portable game console -- one that stranded the game's titular hero on a mysterious island.This quirky adventure filled with fun characters and goofy humor.It was also the first Zelda game that allowed link to jump.Link's Awakening eventually received a colorized re-release on the Game Boy Color, but the incoming Switch remake takes things to the next level.
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The Facebook Marketing Partners program is now accepting applications for partners in its new offline conversions category.The social network’s offline conversions tool enables advertisers to measure, target and optimize their campaigns based on transactions or events that happen offline.Facebook created a page for potential offline conversions partners, which can apply here, as long as they meet the following requirements:A minimum average of $10,000 in enabled ad spend connected to offline event sets within the past 28 days.Offline data sets must be uploaded at least once per week, and time stamps must be precise to the minute.At least three clients must be leveraging the applicant’s product at the time of their submission.
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The therapeutic approach involves modifying human platelets to create "decoys" that are still capable of binding to some cells but will not aggregate or carry out the other normal platelet functions, including chemical signaling associated with the clotting process."The reversibility and immediate onset of action are major advantages of our platelet decoys, and we envision them to be useful in hospital-based situations," Anne-Laure Papa, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the George Washington University, said.Dr. Papa was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University's Wyss Institute when the research was conducted."The therapy could prevent clotting in high-risk patients just before they undergo surgery, or be given to cancer patients alongside chemotherapy to prevent existing tumors from spreading."Platelets play a vital role in halting bleeding and help protect against minor and life-threatening bleeding.However, hyperactive platelets can also contribute to various disorders, including severe blood clots, heart disease and cancer.
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Or should we say, "holy crossover cinema, Batman"?Batman is teaming up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for an animated movie, SyFy Wire reported on Wednesday.Together, the heroes will face a batch of Batman villains, in a film based on the 6-issue comic series by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II.Warner Bros, DC and Nickelodeon did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Warner Bros. and DC both tweeted about the film.Troy Baker will voice both the Dark Knight and Joker, with Darren Criss as Raphael, Eric Bauza as Leonardo, Kyle Mooney as Michelangelo and Baron Vaughn as Donatello.But what about the villains?
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Venture capital fund All-Stars Investment has raised US$500 million to expand its portfolio of startups.The Hong Kong-based company’s latest investments include co-working space operator Ucommune, AI startup SenseTime, and ride-hailing giant Grab.All-Stars focuses on “category leaders,” so it will continue to invest in later-stage investments, said co-founder Richard Ji.This comes as total investments from Chinese VC funds and private equity firms have declined by 67.5 percent to US$4.4 billion last month.
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Before James Wan commits to directing a sequel to his billion dollar hit Aquaman, he’s going to have to see a script.And that script now has a writer.The Wrap is reporting that David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who co-wrote the first Aquaman, has been tapped to write Aquaman 2.He also wrote The Conjuring 2 for Wan, so he’s a trusted collaborator of the franchise master.Obviously, this early in the game no one outside of Warner Bros. knows the angle Johnson-McGoldrick is going to take with the film.The ending of Aquaman, specifically in regards to Black Manta and Orm, seems to offer some clues.
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Secondhand goods are probably the last thing that come to mind when discussing frontiers in Chinese tech.As conglomerates like Alibaba and JD rush to pour hundreds of millions into AI-driven pig farms and while President Xi Jinping calls for China to realize a toilet revolution that will replace the traditional hole in the ground with multifunctional bidets, recycling used products is a concept that many Zhongguancun entrepreneurs are unlikely to find exciting or profitable.More to the point, recycled goods would seem to have little traction with the typical Chinese consumer, who is often generalized as voracious, status-oriented and thus drawn to brand prestige.With such an unyielding hunger for luxury, it is safe to assume these urbanites would be ashamed to even consider buying secondhand goods.“[Chinese] media gives a distorted picture of consumer trends in China,” says 28-year old Yang Yuhuan, COO of Yuelin, a Beijing-based startup that is currently focused on China’s secondhand book market.“They too often forget the majority of the population is living in second- and third-tier cities.”
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As a child, I would compulsively devour horror short stories and watch classic movies on late-night TV, like Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) or I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957).(In reality, it was a trick of light and shadow against the curtains.)It's one way we can explore "issues of morality and evil and the contours of our own psychological landscape," he said."I would have nightmares and would sleep with the lights on," he admitted.He devoured the writings of Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and H.P.They had their subjects take the standard Big Five personality test—currently the professional standard for social psychologists who study personality—and looked for correlations between those results and whether the participants did/did not like horror.
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The success of China’s commercial artificial intelligence and semiconductor markets will have a direct impact on the country’s geopolitical and military power, according to a new report.The report, published on Feb. 6 by US think tank the Centre for a New American Security (CNAS), said that the technologies could insulate China from economic or political pressure from the US while increasing the “technological capabilities available to China’s military and intelligence community.”“… China’s success in commercial AI and semiconductor markets brings funding, talent, and economies of scale that both reduce China’s vulnerability from losing access to international markets,” the report said.China has set ambitious goals for the development of AI and other hi-tech industries.The country plans to move to a high-value economy through its Made in China 2025 initiative by developing its autonomous and electric vehicle, semiconductor, robotics, and aerospace sectors.The State Council, China’s cabinet, has also laid out plans for the country to become a world leader in AI by 2030.
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Especially for a demographic whose fate depended on it?What about the single mom of three in Indiana, working two jobs to make ends meet, who just needs a to-do list app that she can access on the go?Or the young Black boy in Sanford, hesitant to don the hoodie your site is selling after he saw what happened to Trayvon Martin?Or maybe the dyslexic girl in El Paso, TX, who spends her evenings after school trying to learn English on the website you designed?We see it in the kids who learn how to swipe, pinch, and scroll before they learn how to turn the pages in an actual book, in the hands that forget the sensation of picking up a pen to write and can never seem to find paper nearby to jot an idea down on (who needs paper anymore?Even our meditation to get a break from it all happens on Headspace.
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Recode executive editor and seasoned journalist Kara Swisher set up an interview with Twitter chief Jack Dorsey on Tuesday to discuss the future of the platform, preparing for the 2020 elections (in light of the issues tech platforms have had in combating fake news) and, of course, the issues of trolling and banning problem users.Maybe Swisher's curtain-raiser tweet, showing a video of her screeching cat getting a rabies shot, was a grim portent of what was to come.What followed was the online equivalent of a phone interview conducted at 2 a.m. from a sports bar where the bartender just announced they were out of Fireball.The @ replies ballooned out with pile-ons, threads got twisted and confused and even the interviewer and her guest ended up hopelessly lost."I am going to start a NEW thread to make it easy for people to follow," Swisher tweeted."@waltmossberg just texted me that it is a "chaotic hellpit").
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