Kenneth White

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The New York Times Co said on Thursday its digital-only subscriptions topped 2 million at the end of June, up 63.4 per cent from a year earlier, despite President Donald Trump’s repeated claim that the news giant is failing.The newspaper publisher said it had some 2.33 million total digital-only subscribers, including subscriptions for its crossword product.Of them, digital-only news product subscriptions were 2.03 million, up 66.7 per cent.“We believe that more and more people are prepared to pay for high quality in-depth journalism that helps them make sense of the world,” Mark Thompson, chief executive of The Times, said in a statement.On Thursday, Trump continue to attack the Times:
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A sex doll company has crafted a prototype head for its latest salacious creation - a mechanical robot with silicone skin that is controlled using a smartphone app and a PlayStation controller.The doll bonce, dubbed the DS Doll Robotic Head, is the co-handiwork of Japanese company Doll Sweet Dolls and China's EX Doll.The companies claim the disembodied prototype has a "stunningly beautiful" face thanks to the work of makeup artists and the skin-like silicone finish that is layered over the mechanical 'skull'.The doll is capable of voice recognition and will reportedly fit on sex doll bodies that can simulate breathing, and whose flexible appendages allow them to "move as a real person."The robo-head can also respond to 'queries', but currently can only speak (and, if you're into it, sing) in Mandarin Chinese.The creation of English and Japanese-speaking versions relies on the success of a crowdfunding campaign expected at a later date.
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A day after the launch of the Meizu Pro 7 and Meizu Pro 7 Plus from the Chinese phone maker, we finally have a first real look at the rear display in a short video shared by Meizu’s head of global marketing — Ard Boudeling.Here’s Meizu Pro 7’s secondary display in action:Have a look at the red Meizu PRO 7. pic.twitter.com/rxdJwB8ce0The video pretty much confirms what we said yesterday when we covered the launch.The secondary display is used to show notifications, which you can then reply to on the primary screen.Then we see what’s in our opinion the killer feature of the Meizu Pro 7 and Pro 7 plus — the ability of using the rear display as a small viewfinder.
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China’s three state-owned telecommunications companies announced on Thursday that they will scrap domestic roaming charges for mainland users from September 1, one month ahead of the original schedule.China Unicom, China Mobile and China Telecom made the announcement in separate statements.China Telecom also said it would cancel domestic long-distance charges from Septmber 1.At the same time, the three companies have pledged to lower internet access and leased line fees for small and medium-sized enterprises, and cut international long-distance voice tariffs as part of China’s overall effort to cut consumer costs and encourage companies to adopt new technologies.In March, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang renewed his call for the country’s three telecommunication network operators to “raise speed, drop prices”.The three companies had immediately agreed and pledged to implement the changes by October 1.
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The boss of Aston Martin isn't particularly pleased with the UK government's apparent ambition of banning petrol and diesel cars by the year 2040, as he thinks this shows a lack of support for our car industry and will make it practically impossible to test fossil fuel vehicles destined for sale overseas.Chief exec Andy Palmer told the FT that it's an "absurd" move and that if the government's going to force through legislation to outlaw petrols and diesels it needs to offer more assistance to carmakers, as there's a huge gap between where we are in terms of petrol development and battery creation.Palmer says we need to become a battery-producing powerhouse before binning the fossil fuels, saying: "...if you walk round any battery factory in China, we're 10 years behind them."He also explained the quandary with: "...luxury car buyers around the world in 2040 will still require gasoline engines.If your home market suddenly bans gasoline, then really practically speaking, where are we going to test the things?"
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We’ve all been there, stuck queuing in a line for what feels like a decade and you’re left with just one overwhelming urge: To sit down.Well we’re here to tell you that you can sit down, as much as you want.All you need to do it is buy yourself a wearable chair.It’s called the Noone Chairless Chair and it is at first glance what looks like an exo-skeleton that straps to your legs.However, at the first sign of tiredness you simply bend your knees, the braces at the back will lock into place and voila....you have a chair.The chair was designed by the Swiss company Noonne AG and is primarily suited for work environments where employees are on their feet for long stretches of time.
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HP has announced a new all-in-one (AIO) computer and has its sights set on dethroning the Apple iMac as the best premium desktop in the market.Launching under its high-end Pavilion brand, the new AIO desktop boasts an ultra-thin 0.3in (8.5mm) design that the company says is 40 per cent thinner than the outgoing model.The hardware is packed into a small section at the bottom of the screen, so there's no need for an external computer tower.At the bottom of the screen sits a B hi-fi system covered by a thin fabric, which HP says improves "acoustic transparency for a richer, clearer, immersive sound".Inside, TechRadar says the new AIO is powered by a seventh-generation AMD quad-core processor that's paired to an AMD graphics chip.It also comes with 12GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.
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Less than a week ago, headlines declared that a market-shaking fork in Bitcoin had been averted.But the people backing a new cryptocurrency called Bitcoin Cash have now announced that the expected compromise between warring factions is dead.The debate over a so called “hard fork” in Bitcoin has been going on for two years.The world’s most valuable cryptocurrency is getting older and it’s reached highs of more than $2,600 in recent months.This was, in part, to keep a check on the speed of its growth and to serve as a security measure against cyber attacks.Supporters of the new Bitcoin Cash (BCC) want a larger data cap on blocks.
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Chinese bike sharing platform Mobike announced its entry into the Italian market with Florence and Milan as its first stops.With this move, Italy becomes the first country in Continental Europe to introduce Mobike.Meanwhile, it is Mobike's fourth overseas market following Singapore, UK, and Japan.Hu Weiwei, founder and president of Mobike, said that they are very glad to enter the Italian market and especially honored to start operation in Florence and Milan.They will cooperate with local partners to provide smooth riding experience to citizens and tourists in the two cities to help them feel the beauty of the cities.Mobike will first place hundreds of smart shared bikes in Florence for trial operation.
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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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Cyber-thieves have made at least $25m (£19m) from ransomware in the last two years, suggests research by Google.The search giant created thousands of virtual victims of ransomware to expose the payment ecosystem surrounding the malware type.Most of the money was made in 2016 as gangs realised how lucrative it was, revealed a talk at Black Hat.Two types of ransomware made most of the money, it said, but other variants are starting to emerge."It's become a very, very profitable market and is here to stay," said Elie Bursztein from Google who, along with colleagues Kylie McRoberts and Luca Invernizzi, carried out the research.Ransomware is malicious software that infects a machine and then encrypts or scrambles files so they can no longer be used or read.
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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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Don't panic, because Cyber Monday is here to give you yet more opportunities to bag a tech bargain for yourself.That's right, the sales last all the way across the weekend, so you've got plenty of time to do your shopping - and we've got the very best Amazon offers right here.As well as pointing you towards the most attractive deals, we'll also give you some general tips about how to go about your Cyber Monday 2017 shopping at Amazon.Cyber Monday deals quick linksAmazon Prime and Cyber MondayOne way to get ahead of the pack on Cyber Monday is to sign up for an Amazon Prime subscription, or make use of the one you already have: some of the bargains you'll see are exclusive to Prime members, or exclusive to Prime members for a limited time.
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The app allows users to automatically share their locations with trusted friends and family membersTrusted Contacts application on Android in December 2016, released the personal safety app on iOS devices.The app allows users to share their location with “trusted” contacts even if they’re offline or are unable to get to their devices.With the Trusted Contacts app, users can mark specific contacts as “trusted,” and then share their location with these users at any time.For instance, if the user ever feels unsafe in their current environment, they can share their location with their trusted contacts for added security.In addition, a trusted contact can request the user’s current location, and the user can deny the request if they’re safe.
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And while we’ve been waiting to see Lenovo’s K7 Note model to appear in the coming days, a mystery Lenovo K8 Note device hit Geekbench earlier today, revealing some of its key specifications.Based on the GeekBench listing, the K8 Note should be equipped with a Deca-core Helio X20 chipset and 4GB RAM onboard.There could be a Snapdragon variant too, who knows?Plus, it will run Android 7.1.1 out of the box and it will be updated to Android O in the future.Don’t forget that we already know that Lenovo is prepping to launch the K7 Note model, which should feature a 5.5-inch display, Snapdragon 660 chipset, 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.
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I remember watching films on TV in the late 1990s, with the advert breaks sponsored by Motorola.‘Cristal, my Moto, a couple of bihatches, why not?’ rapped Dr Evil, even satire showing Motorola was a premium brand among the rich and famous.That was a long time ago, before the smartphone juggernaut arrived and looked to have flattened the once-great brand, the name maintaining lustre but sales still slowly falling off, in the same way we ‘lost’ Nokia.So when Motorola's execs told me recently that the company had aspirations of being the third biggest smartphone brand in the world - and even trying to overthrow Apple and Samsung in certain territories, it seemed like a laughable goal.They’d have watched as the Milestone, Atrix and Droid handsets came quietly onto the market, garnering small amounts of success but never matching the might of Apple and Samsung.The sale of the brand to Google and then Lenovo looked to be tearing the company asunder, with Google stripping out the patents and then flogging what was left to the Chinese brand of Lenovo, which seemed to be only buying the brand to promote its own name in the parts of the world where it didn’t have a foothold in the market.
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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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The Premier League has been awarded a High Court order for the forthcoming 2017-18 season, which will help it combat the illegal streaming of games.The blocking order will require UK Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to prevent people from illegally accessing streams of its matches.It will allow the league to combat the illicit sale and use of devices such as pre-loaded IPTV and Kodi boxes.A similar order was obtained for the final two months of the 2016-17 season.That saw more then 5,000 server IP addresses blocked that had previously been streaming Premier League content.Sky and BT Sport hold the live rights for Premier League football.
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Apple has been ordered to pay the University of Wisconsin-Madison's patent licensing arm a sum of $506m (£387.49m).The company was sued for making use of a 'predictor circuit' developed by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).The verdict was handed by US District Judge William Conley in Madison.He added $272m to the $234m jury verdict that WARF won in October 2015 against the iPhone maker.The company allegedly continued to infringe upon the patent until it expired in December 2016 without paying what they owed WARF due to which the amount payable was increased.However, Apple would be contesting the verdict, Reuters reports.
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Another day, another terrific roundup covering the best paid iPhone and iPad apps of the day that have been made free for a limited time.OmniFocus’ interface was designed from scratch for iOS and organized around your data—your stuff—to make it easier and more natural for you to quickly get ideas into and out of the app, whether you’re using Getting Things Done (GTD ) or any other productivity system.OmniFocus’ sync format is encrypted so even if your server is compromised, your data is protected• A flexible hierarchy: keep all your to-dos in one list or use as many levels of Folders, Projects, Groups, and Actions as you need to stay organized• Assign contexts based on location, people, energy level—whatever you’d like to use to organize your to-dos• Plan your day’s errands by listing nearby location-based contexts or viewing them on a map
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