China-based smartphone maker Lenovo in its resolve to embracing the full-screen bandwagon has today unveiled its first-ever full-screen smartphone.The Lenovo K320t as it is called recently surfaced on TENAA with virtually all of its specs and images.The device is made entirely of polycarbonate material, with horizontal dual rear cameras with LED flash and a fingerprint sensor.It flaunts a 5.7-inch display with a resolution of 1440 × 720 with a 2.5D curved glass screen and with 81.4% screen to body ratio.The device is powered by a 1.3GHz Spreadtrum quad-core processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage, expandable with up to 128GB micro SDcard.You have a dual 8MP AF +2MP fixed focus cameras at the back, while a similar 8MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture sits in the front.
James Bareham / The VergeApple is now offering the iMac Pro for in-store pickup at many of its locations in the US and other countries, as spotted by MacRumors.The high-end all-in-one went on sale earlier this month and initial orders began shipping last week.Now that those are out, Apple appears to have stocked many of its retail stores with the computer’s default configuration.I can’t imagine how many people want to walk into a store, drop $5,000 on an iMac, and walk out carrying it, but you now have that opportunity.The downside here is that it’s not at all customizable if you want to walk right out of the store with it — any changes to the base configuration, and you’ll have to wait at least a week.
Aston Martin first unveiled the beast of a track car called the Vulcan back in February of 2015.The 800bhp beast was only able to drive on race tracks, but that isn’t so anymore.RML Group has converted the very first Vulcan to road legal status in the UK with permission of Aston Martin.It took a lot of work to convert the beautiful maroon track car into road legal status.The iconic stick taillights out back had to be enclosed and headlights had to be added to the front of the car.The work on the headlights and taillights is so good that we had to look back at images of the original track car to see that they weren’t there from the get-go.
Former S Club 7 singer Hannah Spearitt has opened up about her forthcoming stint in ‘EastEnders’.The star is joining the BBC soap in a guest role as the wealthier sister of Karen Taylor, Kandice.Ahead of her first appearance on Wednesday’s (27 December) episode, Hannah admitted her storyline is perfectly pitched between the drama and suspense of the Branning family Christmas episodes, and the Aidan McGuire plot that will take centre stage at New Year.Speaking to HuffPost UK, she said: “It’s a really good time to be coming into ‘EastEnders’, all the storylines are heating up now.It couldn’t be pitched any better really, smack bang between Christmas and New Year, I love it.Of how the BBC soap compares to previous roles she has enjoyed on the likes of ‘Casualty’ and ‘Primeval’, Hannah continued: “The biggest thing is just how quickly they [soaps] do it.
Research into the weird world of fictional news spread online by bots has found that it could have a negative effect on the health of the more gullible readers, with fake health news and reports suckering some people in with their wicked lies.This comes from the University of Southern California, which looked into how automated accounts appear to by trying to promote the use of e-cigarettes to quit smoking the fiery originals.The team looked at 2.2 million Twitter posts made about electronic cigarettes over a four-month period, finding that a range of "social bots" were using hashtags to push their ideas and, of course, links to where you can buy vaping products.Human messages on the subject were more likely to be based around pushing community and lifestyle benefits.The study warns of the dangers of the 24/7 flood of automated postings, saying: "These hashtags also suggest discussions of vaping may occur in an echo chamber on Twitter in which ideas and beliefs are amplified by those in the network, normalising vaping."Twitter is an unhealthy echo chamber?
A new campaign for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) uses visceral images of post-drunk driving crashes and pleading by family members in both English and Spanish to drive home the point that drunk driving during the holidays – or at any time – is a potentially fatal action.According to the NHTSA, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2016, and 28% (10,497) of those fatalities were in crashes during which a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit.Knoxville-based agency, the Tombras Group developed this year’s ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign, its 13th year doing so, for the first time putting people directly into the immediate aftermath of a drunk driving crash scene.This is not something NHTSA has attempted before as the annual campaign has always focused on the moments prior to the drive or accident.A 360-spot is viewed from the point of view of someone being wheeled in a gurney to an ambulance.All around we see the results of the actions of his reckless drunk driving accident, including a burning car, crying people, cops, medics and firemen and a general order of chaos.
Things are about to get more confusing in Instagram land.Earlier this month, the social network more popular for posting photos and short videos has revealed a new Direct app that takes private messaging into its own, independent turf.While that separation hasn’t happened yet, Instagram seems to be heading in that direction with the features it has been rolling out, the latest of which lets you start or even share live videos through private messages.Talking over live video in a direct, private message isn’t exactly exceptional.It’s a version of video chatting, except on Instagram’s network of course.Unlike Instagram’s Live Video, it all happens only among friends.
Legal challenges by EE and Three to spectrum auction plans defeated by Ofcom in High Court, but Three will appealOfcom has secured a legal victory after it defeated two legal challenges which it claims could have delayed the rollout of 5G networks in the UK.The two separate challenges came from EE (now owned by BT) and Three, after they had objected to the British communication regulator decision to limit the amount of spectrum any bidder could own in the forthcoming auction.But Three has told Silicon that it is seeking leave to appeal against the decision, and a hearing could take place next month.Ofcom had been seeking to auction 40MHz worth of 2.3GHz airwaves, which can be used right away to support existing 4G services, and 150MHz of 3.4GHz of bandwidth that is earmarked for 5G in 2020.Ofcom wants to limit any single operator to 255MHz of ‘immediately usable’ spectrum (that is 800MHz, 900MHz, 1400MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2.6GHz) and 340MHZ of all airwaves available in the UK – an overall cap of 37 percent.
Riding in a self-driving car involves a certain level of risk taking, especially in these very early days of the technology.Recognizing the need to build trust among normal people, Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google-parent Alphabet, announced it would be partnering with an insurance startup to cover riders in its soon-to-be-released driverless ride-hailing service.Trov, a five-year-old insurance tech startup based in Danville, Calif., said it would work with Waymo to insure passengers for lost and damaged property and trip-related medical expenses.In other words, if your driverless Waymo is involved in a fender bender — or, god forbid, something worse — your robot-induced whiplash treatment will be covered.Importantly, passengers won’t have to pay for the coverage, nor will they know that Trov is the insurer.Moreover, Waymo is Trov’s first corporate client.
Not even five shows a week is enough time for Stephen Colbert to cover everything there is to say about Donald Trump, and that’s exactly why the Late Show host is preparing a new animated series about the commander-in-chief for Showtime, which will debut on Sunday, Feb. 11.Showtime’s first promo for the series, Our Cartoon President, reveals that the president is as Emmy-thirsty as ever.While Our Cartoon President will premiere on Feb. 11, ahead of Homeland’s Season 7 debut, Showtime will begin streaming the first episode online and via its VOD platforms two weeks earlier, on Sunday, Jan. 28.In a release, Showtime said the 10-episode series is set in a “parallel cartoon universe” in which “the Commander-in-Chief opens the White House doors for an ‘all access’ look at a typical day in the life of the President of the United States.”Along with Trump, the promo includes glimpses at other members of his inner circle, including wife Melania, daughter Ivanka, Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Mitch McConnell.This is Colbert’s second project for Showtime; on Election Night 2016, he hosted what was supposed to be a live comedy show on the network— Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t?—which turned into a wake after Trump’s surprise victory became apparent.
The plan to create 'Concierge for All' relies on teams of doctors and other healthcare professionals who work with Oscar to help you navigate everything from insurance benefits to questions about your health.The service is what's known as concierge care, and it might seem like a foreign concept to most Americans who struggle navigating the often complex and frustrating healthcare market.Oscar members are assigned a personalized concierge team of one nurse and three clinicians with specialized knowledge of the patient's local healthcare networks.Those healthcare professionals can answer any questions you have about your insurance benefits, or about that strange bump on your neck, help the member get a prescription or a referral to a specialist.What the inbox in the Oscar app looks like when members interact with their concierge teams."One of the things that we are able to do because we have a lot of data is to flag to care teams the defective conditions that members may have in our clinical dashboard and say 'hey, you really should go in and see a doctor.
Proceeds to Support Advancement of Pipeline of Oncology Candidate Therapies and Further Development of Integrated Protein Motion-Based PlatformCAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–December 14, 2017–Relay Therapeutics, a biotech company dedicated to developing breakthrough medicines by leveraging insights from protein motion, today announced the successful completion of a $63 million Series B financing.Proceeds from the financing will be used to advance Relay Therapeutics’ pipeline of oncology candidate medicines as they progress toward clinical trials.The investment will also support deeper integration of a platform that leverages both best-in-class experimental and computational technologies to discover and develop a pipeline of novel, protein motion-based therapies.The Series B financing was led by BVF Partners, with participation from new investors GV (formerly Google Ventures), Casdin Capital, EcoR1 Capital and Section 32.
Mobile AR from Apple (ARKit), Google (ARCore) and Facebook (Camera Effects) and computer vision/machine learning (CV/ML) are focusing the minds and wallets of VCs in Silicon Valley, China and beyond.Felicis Ventures Founder/Managing Director Aydin Senkut invests in both reinvention of existing industries and frontier tech opening new markets, and sees opportunities in mobile AR and CV/ML quite differently.That dynamic makes it harder to succeed, but the successes will be big when they get here.“We think of AR as one way to represent what comes from CV and other AI/ML technologies, so an enabling technology to create something useful.”With automation a priority for China, the combination of CV and AR offers unique opportunities.We’ve seen startups using CV and machine learning for categorization and labeling mushrooms, then using AR to enable less-skilled workers to do the sorting and selection.
MANHATTAN, KANSAS -- A teeny, tiny worm and a $1.8 million National Institutes of Health grant may help a Kansas State University researcher understand how the smallest molecules can have big effects on gene expression.Using microscopic worms as a model system, Anna Zinovyeva, assistant professor in the Division of Biology, is researching how small bits of non-coding RNA, called microRNAs, decrease gene activity in animals.The National Institute of General Medical Sciences awarded Zinovyeva with a Maximizing Investigators' Research Award for New and Early Stage Investigators because her research might lead to breakthroughs in human health research."Cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, metabolic disorders and cancers all have underlying disruptions in gene expression," Zinovyeva said."Some genes might be too active and some genes are not active enough.MicroRNAs, about 22 nucleotides long and initially shaped like a hairpin, are found in plants, animals and some viruses.
It was pretty rough around the edges: fights on the tennis courts were a weekly affair, kids smoked in the toilets and disruptive behaviour was the norm.I spent five years at that school and, while it was far from perfect, I’d say those years really moulded the person I am today.I grew up and worked alongside people from all walks of life and all backgrounds, most of the teachers seemed to be passionate about what they did and, when I came home after a long day, I was fortunate in that my parents would be there to help with homework should I need it.Today’s news highlights how hundreds of schools are underperforming.In fact, 130 schools have not improved for more than a decade.With your support, and the support of a handful of teachers, your child can be brilliant.
Ailing ZX Spectrum Vega firm Retro Computers Ltd appears to have lost one of its key people, amid a battle of words between the MD and a former contractor.As regular readers know, RCL promised more than a year ago to manufacture a portable gaming console closely modelled on the classic ZX Spectrum, Sir Clive Sinclair’s brainchild.It appears that when Fogarty departed the company he disabled its website, allegedly over unpaid hosting fees or similar, which prompted Martin to ring the plod.In addition, weird things have been happening on Twitter – particularly if one browses through the hashtag ZXVega.Some Twitter accounts were being used to post what purported to be elements of RCL's detailed financial statements, as well as hurling abuse hither and thither.We approached Martin for comment on these allegations by Fogarty against her, showing her the screenshots you can see above, and also asked whether RCL has any intention of delivering the Vega+.
As part of its new approach to Asia, Uber has announced a first president for its business in Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy and the world’s fourth most populous country.Monika Rudijono will take up the role in January, joining from advertising and marketing firm Grey where she had been presidential director.She’ll report directly to Brooks Entwistle, who joined Uber in August to lead its Asia Pacific business minus India.Uber previously opted for a presidential management structure in India, which is run separate to the rest of its Asian operations.Indonesia is an interesting market for Uber for a number of reasons.A report from Google and Temasek estimates that Indonesia will account for more than 40 percent of Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing industry, which is forecast to jump to $20 billion in 2025 from $5.1 billion this year.
We know that Sony is finally planning to change the design of its phones, and we might have just got our first look at what that change will involve.Georgian site Vortex.ge claims to have acquired design drafts for two upcoming Sony handsets and has created renders based on them, one of which is a very angular flagship which has a mirror-like back.There are curved sections of a different shade at the top and bottom, while the front has a seemingly large screen of apparently 4K resolution, and small bezels above and below.It’s a striking design, but most striking is the claim that the fingerprint scanner will be built into the screen.That’s something that both Apple and Samsung have been rumored to be working on, so it could be a big win for Sony if it gets there first.The site also claims this phone – which might be the Sony Xperia XZ Premium 2 – has a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a dual-lens rear camera and front-facing stereo speakers.
My advice to readers who disagree with Polygon’s reviews has always been to find a critic you do agree with and take them at their word.In a strange crossover of Twitter worlds (Film Twitter and Fast Food Twitter), critics, reporters and even studios have started to ask the anonymous Wendy’s social media manager for advice on topics ranging from the new Greta Gerwig movie, Lady Bird, to whether Twin Peaks is a movie or TV series.The Wendy’s Twitter account, notorious for owning trolls and producing quality level tweets in the past, began to answer earnestly, causing even more people to pick the brain of the social media manager behind the fast food chain with the best chicken nuggets.— Wendy's (@Wendys) December 6, 2017Like any good critic on the internet, Wendy’s judgement was tested.A24, the studio behind Lady Bird, pressed Wendy’s to explain what they liked about the movie.