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Continuing our trend of rewarding our readers with whatever gratification we can, we would like to present to you the Leagoo KIICAA Power giveaway!The phone, although a budget device (at $60), is still fairly neatly powered with a MediaTek processor, a 4000mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner.Here are the full specs:5-inch 1280 x 720p display5MP + 8MP dual rear cameraParticipating in the giveaway is as easy as ever, and you can do so by following the steps below.
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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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Ever wondered what death will be like?While no one likes to think about the end of life, lots of us (including scientists) have a strange curiosity about that infamous light at the end of the tunnel.Now a team from University Hospital of Liège, Belgium, have been trying to figure out if death is the same for everyone; whether we all go through the same experience or have totally unique ones.And it seems they may be more personal than we previously thought.There are some well-known phenomena commonly cited as occurring before death, including seeing a bright light, experiencing a feeling of peace, having an out-of-body experience and perceiving a tunnel.Author Charlotte Martial said: “The aim of our study was to investigate the frequency distribution of these features, both globally and according to the position of features in narratives, as well as the most frequently reported temporality sequences of the different near-death-experience features.”
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Scientists have found brain cells thought to control ageing, and were successfully able to reverse the process of getting older when replacing these old cells with new cells.The team located a group of specialised stem cells in the hypothalamus that govern how fast the human body ages over time, and could be used to warn off age-related diseases and extend human lifespan.The hypothalamus was always known to regulate important bodily functions including growth, development, reproduction and metabolism.But a 2013 paper from the same team at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, confirmed that the hypothalamus also played a role in ageing.Although they were not able to pinpoint exactly what was causing this at the time.Their most recent work has been able to make this next step and identify the tiny population of adult neural stem cells, previously known to be responsible for forming new brain neurons.
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John Powell, the composer behind How to Train Your Dragon, The Bourne Identity and Face/Off, will be scoring the untitled Han Solo movie, directed by Ron Howard.The news was revealed on the latest episode of The Star Wars Show.This makes Powell, along with John Williams and Michael Giacchino, only the third person to score a live action Star Wars movie.Hiring Powell marks a pretty significant step ahead in the filmmaking process for the rocky film, which has been shooting for several weeks now under the new director.It doesn’t necessarily speak to what the film is going to sound like, as Powell has done dozens of films with radically different scores.He’s versatile and a strong addition to the franchise.
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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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This lopsided adoption is most clear when we consider that we now trust a car’s built-in collision-avoidance system to protect our lives, yet still question whether a machine can recommend what to write next in a marketing program or which customer should receive a new product offer.Over the past 10 years, marketing automation has grown into a billion-dollar industry by promising to bring personalization and efficiency to marketing programs.The siren call of automated lead nurturing, lead scoring, and triggered responses to critical prospect activities has proved irresistible to B2B organizations: There were nearly 11 times more companies with marketing automation in 2014 than there were in early 2011 (SiriusDecisions), and 60% of companies turning over at least $500 million adopted marketing automation by 2014 (Raab Associates).And every time you measure results, the outcome is that more rules need to be written.To track those looking at how to address this, Forrester recently started a new research theme it calls “content intelligence,” which it defines as “the use of artificial intelligence technologies to understand and capture the qualities inherent in any content.” As the marketing technology analyst David Raab says, “Something has to give: Either marketers stop trying to make the best decisions or they stop relying on rules.”In the face of relentlessly rising customer expectations, leading marketers are investing in AI-based tools – a category that encompasses everything from personalization tools that “learn” from individuals’ online behavior to recommend content more effectively, to tools that can detect minute patterns across massive consumer data sets and predict future behavior.
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Black Friday is a boon for shoppers hoping to save on big ticket or popular items.Aside from the stiff competition from other shoppers both online and in stores, Black Friday is one of the best times of the year to get some serious shopping done.These early ads will help you identify some of the deals you want to pounce on quickly.Since stock is generally limited, knowing which deals you want and when they start is the best way to snag them.The discount ranges from 50% to 75% off.The Nerf HyperFire Blaster is $11 off for a price of $43.
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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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Chinese scientists have created the largest virtual universe on Sunway TaihuLight, the world’s fastest computer, according to a lead researcher on the project.Experts said that China was learning to take full advantage of its raw calculation power, which had grown way beyond that of other nations in recent years, and recreating the universe was just the first step.The development of the next generation of high-performance computers will allow researchers to work in tandem with other advanced technological facilities, such as the world’s largest radio telescope, to unlock the secrets of the universe.Gao Liang, chair scientist of the computational cosmology group in the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, said they simulated the birth and early expansion of the universe using 10 trillion digital particles.This project’s scale was five times greater than that of the previous record, which was achieved last month by astrophysicists at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, he added.The work was carried out at the National Supercomputer Centre in Wuxi, Jiangwu two months ago.
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Sage targets new opportunities in the North America market with the $850m acquisition.Sage is to acquire cloud-based financial software company Intacct for $850m.The deal, which is the largest the company has ever made, will be funded by cash and stock transaction.The idea behind the move to buy the 19-year old accounting software company, appears to be to expand on Sage’s existing cloud financial management offerings and marks the third start-up Sage has acquired this year, following on from Compass, and Fairsail.“Today we take another major step forward in delivering our strategy and we are thrilled to welcome Intacct into the Sage family.The acquisition of Intacct supports our ambitions for accelerating growth by winning new customers at scale and builds on our other cloud-first acquisitions, strengthening the Sage Business Cloud.
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Chinese online shop Lightinthebox are currently promoting four Xiaomi (and its sub-brands) products.More specifically we have three car accessories and an IP camera for your home.Let’s start with the Xiaomi MIJIA car dashcam, this useful accessory can record full HD 1080p videos in H.264 video compression and sports a wide F/1.8 aperture and 160-degree FOV.The camera comes with a very minimal and clean look and a 3-inch display, it also feature a g-sensor to automatically start recording videos and it’s possible to watch just shot videos directly on your smartphone through WiFi.You can get the Xiaomi MIJIA car dashcam over here for $46.99.Next we have the Xiaomi ROIDMI phone holder for your car.
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Meizu have just launched what’s possibly the most unique smartphone to come out of China in the past years, they are the Meizu Pro 7 and Meizu Pro 7 Plus.These will be the company’s flagship phones for 2017, both sporting a dual display and dual camera setup.The Meizu Pro 7 and Meizu Pro 7 Plus differentiate in three main factors: screen size, we indeed find a 5.2-inch FHD Super AMOLED display for the former and a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED for the latter; equipped CPU, with the more efficient MediaTek Helio P25 on the smaller Pro 7 and the powerful MediaTek Helio X30 on the Plus.The Plus version will be also available with 6GB of LPDDR 4X RAM vs the 4GB on the cheaper variant.Let’s now get to what they have in common.Both smartphones will feature a dual camera setup on the back consisting of a couple of 12MP shooters, with one of them being monochrome and the other capturing colors as well.
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Apparently some 23% of people think that electric cars are no better at reducing carbon emissions than diesel or petrol-engined vehicles.And 22% don't believe they are better at improving air quality.And guess what millennials, it's no good blaming old people for ruining everything because 26% of 18 to 34-year-olds refused to believe they were better for air quality.The West Midlands was the worst, with 35% doubting air quality improvements while the south east is the most receptive to the idea, where numbers are just 16% for air quality improvements and 15% saying they don't reduce carbon emissions.No one is saying that electricity is made by unicorns screwing and that there's zero environmental impact.Hell, even if it was the unicorn thing they would still create methane, which is a serious problem for climate change.
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Why use regular sunscreen when you can apply a DNA film to your skin?Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed a coating made out of DNA that gets better at protecting skin from ultraviolet light the more you expose it to the sun, and it also keeps your skin hydrated."Ultraviolet (UV) light can actually damage DNA, and that's not good for the skin," said Guy German, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Binghamton University.What happens instead if we actually used DNA as a sacrificial layer?German and a team of researchers developed thin and optically transparent crystalline DNA films and irradiated them with UV light.They found that the more they exposed the film to UV light, the better the film got at absorbing it.
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There are a lot of unusual things to do at DEF CON, the annual hacker conference that draws tens of thousands of security enthusiasts to Las Vegas in the depths of summer—you can learn to lockpick, go fed-spotting, or hack an internet-connected sex toy.Jeff Moss, the founder of DEF CON and its more enterprise-focused sister conference, Black Hat, held a political fundraiser for Hillary Clinton.Jake Braun, the CEO of Cambridge Global and a former White House liaison to the Department of Homeland Security, addressed the tension when he co-hosted last year’s controversial Clinton event.A week before the fundraiser—the first political fundraiser at either conference, Braun said—Trump called on Russia to “find the 30,000 emails that are missing” from Clinton’s disclosures.A month earlier, the cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike had announced its investigation into a hack at the Democratic National Committee and attributed the intrusion to Russia-linked hacking groups.The impact wouldn’t become clear until November, but it was obvious to the assembled hackers that their industry was being yanked into the spotlight.
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That was my initial thought as I jumped (literally, this thing is HIGH) into the Jeep Wrangler.I’m not talking as far back as the Ford Model T, hell I’m not even talking pre-2000s, but the sparse interior is several steps removed from even the affordable – and dare I say, plush – super minis currently on the market.For a car starting at a touch over £34,000 ($23,995, around AU$30,000) you’d expect a certain level of finish and technology for your money, and although I had my hands on the Overland trim - which includes the 6.5-inch touchscreen UConnect and sat nav system - it still felt prehistoric in today’s market.The large rivets on the outside of the doors, the no-nonsense wheel arches and oversized front bumper, the industrial looking fuel cap and overall boxy design are your first hints that the Jeep Wrangler doesn’t follow the current SUV norm of fusing premium comfort and luxuries with pseudo rugged credentials.There’s no mistaking the Wrangler’s intentions.It wants to get to work on twisty country roads and bumpy fields, not on urban streets ferrying kids to and from school.
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From the sludgy corridors of Doom to the vast art deco chambers of Bioshock, great games take places in intricately realised worlds where every aspect – from armour to architecture – reflects a consistent visual theme.As in the movie industry, the creation of detailed virtual worlds often involves the production of concept art – reams of sketches and paintings, based on early script drafts and discussions, fashioned to provide a target look for designers, artists and coders.“The idea is to establish the big picture of the game, like a visual pitch, not only for artists and designers, but pretty much everyone on the team,” says lead visual designer of Arkane Studios, Emmanuel Petit.“I believe this helps in keeping us energised, and gives us something concrete and exciting to work towards.”Arkane Studios, creator of acclaimed first-person adventures Dishonored and Prey, produces some of the most fascinating, atmospheric and idiosyncratic worlds in the modern games industry.The game, set aboard a space station beset by shape-shifting alien invaders, is filled with fascinating artefacts and architectural flourishes.
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Mammoth deals in mainland China, Hong Kong and India lifted the total funding raised by venture capital-backed financial technology start-ups in Asia to US$2.7 billion across 67 transactions in the second quarter of the year.That was up from US$1.6 billion generated across 55 transactions in the same period last year, and marked the highest number of fintech deal activity in Asia for the past five quarters, according to a new report from venture capital research firm CB Insights.“Asia saw a burst of fintech investment in the second quarter, putting total deals and funding back on pace to surpass 2016’s record at the current rate,” CB Insights said.Overall funding raised by venture capital-backed fintech start-ups in Asia last year hit a record US$5.4 billion across 165 transactions, compared with US$4.8 billion over 162 transactions in 2015.The global total was US$5.2 billion over 251 deals.The big institutions get it,” Piyush Singh, Accenture’s head of financial services business in Asia-Pacific, told the South China Morning Post.
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In what is now the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind, scientists have presented compelling evidence in support of this rather alarming assertion, showing that sperm counts have dropped more than 50 percent in just four decades.By conducting a meta-analysis of 185 studies published between 1973 and 2011, researchers from the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai documented a 52.4 percent decline in sperm concentration, and a 59.3 percent decline in total sperm count among men living in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.The same declines were not observed among men living in South America, Asia, and Africa, where fewer studies have been performed.The men used in these studies weren’t chosen because of any suspected fertility issues.Alarmingly, the rate of decline does not appear to be stopping; the downward slope was “steep and significant” even when the meta-analysis was restricted to studies done after 1995.Low sperm counts are often an indicator of other health problems, and are often used by doctors to predict health and morbidity.
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