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The new HMD Global-owned Nokia has been hard at work over the last year to become a producer of affordable quality Android handsets.The latest Nokia 6 has already been announced, and the upcoming Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 are expected to be high-end devices.However, there’s a new rumor developing that the Finnish company has a new flagship in the works for reveal sometime later this year, one that will feature a whopping five lens camera setup.Details are still slim at this point, but it sounds like Nokia will be adapting the technology of its round OZO camera, which has eight lenses, to fit into a smartphone form factor.These details come from a source close to China’s Foxconn, which is working with Nokia on new smartphone development.To be clear, this five-lens camera device is different from both the Nokia 8 and 9, and is believed to have ties to the Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia 1020, which featured a circular camera module on the rear capable of capturing 41-megapixel images.
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YouTubers, Instagram devotees and other vaguely influential social media “influencers” don’t have the greatest reputation as of late.That’s with fairly good reason, because whenever one of their controversies explodes into the real world it’s usually some kind of horrifying thing like Logan Paul’s Aokigahara forest video, brand endorsements that flirt with the FTC’s patience, or worse, anything involving PewDiePie.An incident this week isn’t likely to help that perception.Per the BBC, a “huge row” has erupted over British YouTuber Elle Darby, who reached out to the Dublin-based hotel White Moose Cafe requesting a free stay in exchange for publicity via her 87,000 YouTube and 76,000 Instagram subscribers.According to the Independent, Darby wrote an email touting her occupation as a “social media influencer, mainly lifestyle, beauty & travel based,” adding that she “would love to feature you in my YouTube videos/dedicated Instagram stories/posts to bring traffic to your hotel and recommend others to book up in return for free accommodation.”Darby told the BBC that the email was “a very normal thing to send if you work as a social media influencer.”
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Hyundai will tease its Super Bowl ad during both the NFC and AFC Championship games on Sunday.The teaser will also be available for viewing online and on the brand’s social channels.It suggests a kind of follow-up to last year’s “A Better Super Bowl” from Hyundai agency of record Innocean, with the brand promising to “surprise millions.”Error loading player: No playable sources foundHyundai had one of the more memorable spots on last year’s Super Bowl.It surprised three American troops overseas by virtually reuniting them with their families who were at the game—and quickly editing the real-time footage into a 90-second spot that aired immediately following the game.
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A few months ago, Google released the latest Android update (Android Oreo), and since then a good number manufacturer has ported to this system.This year, we will have another huge Android update which is the arrival of Android 9.0.Rumors already have it that this Android version will be called Android Pi.For now, the name is used internally by Google, and it is yet to be seen if it sticks after the update is released.Android Pi is expected to touch down around August 2018, about a year after its predecessor was launched.The nomenclature, Android Pi, didn’t just emanate out of thin air, it was found in some internal Google document, and for now, Android Pi is what we know Android 9.0 will be called although there are other options like parfait, pumpkin, pistachio, peanut, pecan.
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If you had the chance to ask your favorite vlogger what they want in a camera, you’ll probably get a laundry list of feature requests.It needs a display that flips around so they can see their framing when they are asking for their audience to smash that like button.Perhaps unsurprisingly, there aren’t really any cameras that fully fit this description.Even Sony’s super popular RX100 lineup lacks the microphone input that larger cameras offer.The G7 X lineup is Canon’s answer to Sony’s RX100 — compact cameras with relatively large sensors and a lot of physical controls.It will even have a hot shoe to mount a shotgun mic to.
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Facebook is shaking up your news feed yet again.After announcing last week that it will prioritize posts from friends and family members over brands and publishers, the social media site will also begin focusing on news that comes from "trusted sources."-- his Facebook page, CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that although posts from news publications will make up small amount of a user's news feed (about 4 percent), his company isn't up to the task of choosing which sources are trustworthy or not.So, Facebook will ask us to choose instead.Ultimately, he said, it will help the company determine what's a broadly trustworthy source and what isn't."Social media enables people to spread information faster than ever before, and if we don't specifically tackle these problems, then we end up amplifying them."
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Instagram’s latest update to its iOS and Android applications borrowed a feature from sister app Facebook Messenger.The app’s messaging feature, Instagram Direct, now includes activity status, which adds a line below user names sharing the last time those users have been online.Users can opt out of the feature, but should they do so, they will not be able to see when other users were last online.Those wishing to opt out can:Access the settings menu on their apps.Scroll down to Show Activity Status.
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Elephone’s P8 lineup of phones has somewhat slipped under many people’s radar as we were more focused on the fancier Elephone S8 that came out at around the same time.That said, the Elephone P8’s we’ll be listing down below are still a great selection of phones bang for the buck; keep reading if you’re looking for a good deal!Let’s kick things off with the big-battery Elephone P8 Max.The smartphone packs a large 5000mAh battery along with a 5.5-inch FHD display, an octa-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.The Elephone P8 Max can be found over on Gearbest for just $139.99 during the promo taking place from January 22nd till the 29th.Next we have the Elephone P8 3D, a smartphone that features a very unique 3D technology that allows you to watch tridimensional videos or movies on your smartphone without the need of additional glasses.
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It sounds menacing, but a super blue blood moon actually gets its catchy name from a perfect storm of lunar occurrences.The next one is coming Jan. 31.There will be no werewolves, but there will be a spectacular celestial sight on tap for moon watchers.A supermoon happens when a full moon is at its closest point in orbit to Earth (also known as perigee).A blue moon is the name given to a second full moon within a calendar month.We already logged a supermoon on Jan. 1.
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TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity investment arm of private equity giant TPG, and Evolution Media, the investment and advisory services firm created by Creative Artists Agency and TPG, have acquired a majority stake in the South African multimedia entertainment company, TRACE.With 200 million viewers and listeners across 160 countries, TRACE has created a media empire in Sub-Saharan Africa.The company owns and operates 30 digital and mobile services, 21 pay TV channels and seven FM radio stations.Through over 400 concerts, web simulcasts, and talent search competitions, the company’s programming reaches viewers on the continent and throughout the world.As part of the transaction, Millennium Technology Group, which had previously owned the company, will be selling its stake — subject to regulatory approval.Trace properties include its subscription streaming service, TRACE Play, which offers live TV, radio, and on-demand programming on desktop, mobile, and through OTT services like Roku and Amazon Fire.
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Scientists from the School of Nuclear Science & Engineering of Tomsk Polytechnic University are developing a technology enabling the creation of high-temperature gas-cool low-power reactors with thorium fuel.TPU scientists propose to burn weapons-grade plutonium in these units, converting it into power and thermal energy.Thermal energy generated at thorium reactors may be used in hydrogen industrial production.The results of the study were published in Annals of Nuclear Energy.For example, they can be used in arid areas, as well as in remote areas of Siberia and the Arctic.Associate Professor Sergey Bedenko from the School of Nuclear Science & Engineering tells: 'As a rule, a nuclear power plant is constructed on the riverside.
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Researchers at the Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2), a Severo Ochoa research centre located in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) Campus and member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), have discovered that bone too is flexoelectric.They posit the possible role of flexoelectricity in the regeneration of bone tissue in and around the kind of microfractures incurred in bones on a daily basis.The ICN2 Oxide Nanophysics Group led by ICREA Prof. Gustau Catalan reports these findings today in Advanced Materials, with lead author Fabián Vásquez-Sancho.The work has potential implications for the prosthetics industry and the development of biomimetic self-healing materials.First reported in the late fifties, this was initially attributed to the piezoelectricity of bone's organic component, collagen.However, studies have since observed markers of bone repair in the absence of collagen, suggesting that other effects are at play.
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Word reaches us of an, er, AI-driven revolution taking place in dentistry but you’ll only be able to get you hands on Colgate’s Smart Electronic E1 Toothbrush from Apple as it is the exclusive sales channel.This week, The Verge reported the mega move to readers and asked, “Would you believe there’s no Android app?”.And never one to be snared by marketing bluster or overstatement, SlashGear told the world the device "puts AI in your mouth".The white plastic toothbrush – it doesn’t come in Space Grey or Rose Gold – comes with "intelligence" built into the handle that works with an app on your iPhone or iPad that helps clean your pearlies "more effectively".Apparently – we say apparently 'cos Apple will not send us kit to review, or give us passes to its big product launch events – the toothbrush uses sonic vibrations and detects the position and angle in your mouth, "in real time across 16 brushing zones".This data is stored in the handle and fed to the app.
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The space community has not learned much about the apparent loss of the Zuma payload launched by SpaceX on January 7, but the mystery has had one clear after effect: critics of SpaceX, including several far-right publications, have weaponized the failure of a national security satellite in their continued stream of attacks on the company.For example The Federalist, a publication that defended the dating habits of Alabama Judge Roy Moore in his Senate campaign, opined about the accident, "It is concerning, to say the least, that American taxpayers have become the guinea pigs who will bear the risks and the costs before a final determination can be made."The Times author notes on his LinkedIn profile that he is a "professional coalition builder."Now, at least one of the post-Zuma criticisms can be linked to SpaceX's competitors in the launch industry: Boeing and Lockheed Martin, the parent companies of United Launch Alliance.A recent opinion article in Forbes raised like-minded concerns about SpaceX's reliability under the rubric of "doubts."This was authored by Loren Thompson, chief operating officer of The Lexington Institute, which derives revenue from contributions by Lockheed, Boeing, and other major defense companies.
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Donut, the Los Angeles creative agency launched last year by indie filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass, is already expanding to the East Coast—setting up shop in New York.The agency hired Sarah Dale to lead the New York office, naming her chief commercial officer.Dale was formerly the vice president of digital and content at the Wall Street Journal, where she oversaw WSJ Custom Studios, the newspaper’s in-house content agency, and strategy for all digital and content revenue.Donut credited her in a statement with transitioning WSJ Custom Studios from a traditional print operation to a “formidable competitor” in the digital native ad space, working with brands like Netflix, MetLife, Intel, Microsoft, Mini and Morgan Stanley.During Dale’s tenure, the studio’s revenue quadrupled, according to Donut.“We initially thought we’d stay small for awhile but things [kind of] took off quickly this year, so we asked our extremely over-qualified friend Sarah to help us open up a shop in NYC,” Mark Duplass said in a written statement.
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The bezel-less phone display battle has already started but the fighters remain ill-equipped to handle it.OEMs have scrambled to redesign their phones, some more or less ending up in failure.Samsung somewhat missed its chance when the in-display fingerprint sensor didn’t make it in time.But, at least based on a patent, it seems to be planning to make up for lost opportunity and will be putting not just a fingerprint scanner under the display, but every other scanner you can find on the face of a phone.The fingerprint scanner issue is more or less solved by now.You can relocate it to the back or to the side.
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There’s no question that Amazon is the go-to e-commerce destination for many consumers.It makes sense, then, that retailers looking to expand their reach would want to get their products listed there.Make sure your audience is actually thereMany assume everyone uses Amazon when, in reality, that’s actually not so.– Brendon Schenecker, Travel VegasFind a partner who understands the ecosystem
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A version of WeChat has been acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum (V) in London to be preserved in perpetuity.We visited the V and spoke to the curators who worked on the acquisition about why WeChat and how they managed it.Two and a half years later, in summer 2017, after working with Tencent and museum decision-makers, the release form that completed WeChat’s entry into the archives was finally signed.Two and a half years is a long time in the history of WeChat.Think back to 2015 and 2016 (it was a 2016 version that would be frozen and given to the museum) and many of WeChat’s pioneering features such as voice messaging, stickers, apps-within-an-app had still to be copied by other social apps–WeChat was way ahead of the rest.“It’s an innovator in what we take for granted… WeChat fundamentally changed the way people do things and even its developers at Tencent were amazed at their own power to change regular bodily motions [of lifting one’s phone to one’s mouth to record a voice message],” said Brendan Cormier, lead curator of 20th and 21st-century design for the Shekou Project.
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Microsoft set the pulses of strategy gamers racing last June when it announced that it was working on a high-definition remaster of its hit RTS, Age of Empires, to celebrate the title’s 20th anniversary – but then failed to launch it in October 2017 as promised.Thankfully, we’ve now got a new release date, and we’re just a month away from it.Age of Empires Definitive Edition will drop on February 20 for PC, and cost you $20 in the Microsoft Store.Adam Isgreen, creative director at Microsoft chalked up the delay to the development team’s desire to get every detail just right, while also adding some quality of life improvements and new features like an in-game tech tree.The company had previously launched a multiplayer beta, and it’s opening that up to another 100,000 players who sign up on this page with an Xbox Live ID.That trial will kick off on January 29.
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At CES 2018, I got a chance to sit down with Dr. Annette Winkler, CEO of Smart Automobile, who describes what smart cars ultimately mean.She is the first woman to head a Daimler division, a significant moment in the history of a still predominantly male-led industry.Under her term, Smart underwent a revival and even forged a new vision, embodied in the completely autonomous smart vision EQ fortwo concept electric vehicle unveiled in August last year.How could smart look like?It’s focusing on caution with swarm intelligence.It knows where the customers are, it knows when it will have the time to recharge, which is also very important.
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