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Dads deserve time with their kids, too.lastdjedai/ShutterstockMore fathers in the US are taking on a greater share in the raising of their children than ever before.So it follows that some companies are using this to their competitive advantage.The following US companies offer some of the best paternity leave policies and flexible work arrangements out there.The US is one of the worst countries for parental leave — and it's especially bad for new dads.According to the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), less than a quarter of American companies provided paid paternity leave in 2017.
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The Meizu 16 and 16 Plus will be successors to the 15 series that was launched recently by Meizu.While the predecessors are still on the market, the 16 series launch is right around the corner.A fresh set of images has confirmed some of the specifications, variants and pricing of the upcoming smartphones.Just a couple of days ago, Jack Wong, founder of Meizu confirmed that the Meizu 16 will sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and will see the light of day in August.Today’s leak confirms that there will be two variants, the Meizu 16 and Meizu 16 Plus.Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 845 will be a part of the 16 Plus while the 16 will sport a Snapdragon 710.
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Apple has struck a deal with Hollywood star Oprah Winfrey that will see her create, and star in, original programmes.In the battle for talent against Netflix and Amazon, Apple said the multiyear deal with Winfrey will see the two “create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world.”It gave no other details on the kind of content that will be made, how it will be distributed or how much it has spent to secure the star on its roster.However, Winfrey will continue as chief executive of cable channel OWN, which launched in 2011 under Discovery Inc.It comes as part of a wider $1bn push into creating original content which it committed to last November, saying it wants to create as many as ten or more TV shows that would be “on par with HBO’s Game of Thrones.”However, this budget is significantly less than Netflix, which has said it will spend up to $8bn on original content this year.
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I first made this call back in 2013.Now I'm making it again, and this time I might actually be right.The arms race of living room gaming consoles, cramming in faster hardware and extra features, is doomed to (eventually) collapse under its own weight, replaced by the same cloud-based model that has seen streaming video revenue eclipse physical discs since 2016.Just as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were preparing for near-simultaneous release, I wrote about the shift from disc-based gaming to downloads, and the future shift to cloud-based streaming game services:Even if I was on the early side (and both OnLive and Gaikai are dead and gone), that shift to the cloud is coming.Part of the holdup is that the big game console makers and publishers don't seem ready to fully commit yet, taking positions along the spectrum from cautious to ambitious.
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On June 13th, Xiaomi officially released a new Xiaomi Mijia filter jug on its official website and the first official sale of this product commenced today.This filter jug comes with some relevant features which ensure that we have a germs and bacteria free water.According to the official release note, the Xiiaomi Mijia filter jug can effectively remove residual chlorine, heavy metals, and other microscopic harmful substances as the water is poured into the jug.There is also an LED display which shows the strength of the filter thus you know exactly when to change the filter.The Xiaomi Mijia Filter Jug ensures that your water remains colourless and odorless.It uses 7 multipurpose filters to reduce chlorine, limescale, impurities or heavy metals for an odorless and antibacterial water drinking.
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The district of Kowloon, Hong Kong, is a crowded place—there are 124,000 people packed into each of its 18 square miles.Apartments can be amazingly small.The dearth of parks doesn’t help.So Kowloonians use whatever space they can find, often escaping to the tops of buildings to walk their dogs, hang laundry, or just take a catnap.Jacquet-Lagrèze grew up in the suburbs of Paris, where people have yards and cars, and can even see the stars.He sacrificed it all for love, moving into a 200-square-foot apartment in Kowloon eight years ago to be with his wife.
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With Fitbit scheduled to end official support for Pebble smartwatches at the end of June, an independent team of developers has put together a service called Rebble, with the aim of keeping user accounts, apps and devices active into the future.The platform isn't completely new, but with the deadline looming, users are being encouraged to get set up with Rebble before June 30 – even Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky has endorsed the new setup.Parts of Rebble will be free to use, with premium services like Weather and Dictation keeping the operation running."Our present focus is on replacing key pieces of the Pebble ecosystem: the app store, firmware, and mobile apps," explains the Rebble FAQ page."At a higher level, our goal is to maintain and advance Pebble functionality."The end of the road
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Our editors' favorite infotainment systemsWhen it comes to playing tunes, making phone calls or just finding directions to the nearest taco joint while behind the wheel, every member of the Roadshow staff has their own favorite infotainment system.Though we all look for basically the same virtues – ease-of-use, stylish graphics and fast responsive – each of us has our own preference as to which car does it best.If your favorite car's touchscreen didn't make the cut here, fear not.We've rounded up every infotainment system available today on one massive list.
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It is now time for a Nubia flagship to come to the fore in China.And as per expectations, new details are starting to trickle in about the Nubia Z17s successor- the Nubia Z18.The new material about the device is a teaser that has Full Screen 3.0 design.This is an extremely thin design with a notch.The Nubia Z17s already has an excellent over 90 percent screen-to-body ratio.As per some sketches that leaked earlier, we have indeed seen a notch on the phone but one that is much smaller than the Essential notch.
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Rapporteur David Kaye not impressed with Article 13The campaign against a key aspect of new European copyright legislation has picked up a significant backer: the United Nations' freedom of expression expert.David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur, has sent a lengthy letter to the European Commission outlining his concerns about Article 13 of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive, which would require large internet platforms to introduce automated upload filters that remove copyrighted content.Earlier this week, 70 internet luminaries including Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee and Jimmy Wales warned that the proposal risked damaging "the free and open Internet as we know it" by shifting legal liability from users to platforms.Kaye agrees with that overall concern and has some additional concerns."I am very seriously concerned that the proposed Directive would establish a regime of active monitoring and prior censorship of user-generated content," Kaye - whose official title is special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression - says in the nine-page letter [PDF], noting that such an approach would be "inconsistent" with international treaties in civil and political rights.
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A new study out of Imperial College London describes the discovery of a new type of photosynthesis, one the institute says “changes our understanding of the basic mechanism” involved.Even better, researchers indicate this discovery could pave the way for engineered crops that are more efficient than existing options.According to the study, researchers found a new type of photosynthesis that utilizes near-infrared (IR) light instead of the visible red light typical of photosynthesis.Red light photosynthesis involves the green pigment chlorophyll-a, which gathers energy for the plant from red light.However, researchers discovered that certain cyanobacteria sort of deactivate chlorophyll-a and switch to chlorophyll-f when grown in shaded areas with an abundance of near-infrared light.This enables the cyanobacteria to grow in places like among beach rocks located below the surface.
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Three World Cup matches were played Friday, but if you limited your reading to Twitter, you might think there was only one match, and only one player.Legendary Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo dominated social-media memes just like he dominated his team's match against Spain, which ended in a 3-3 tie, with Ronaldo scoring all three of Portugal's goals.His final score was especially memorable, a beautiful free kick with just a few minutes remaining.The New York Times called the match "a draw for the ages, starring a player for all time."Fans went a little crazy for Cristiano.Some needled Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, with many comparing him to Liverpool keeper Loris Karius, who made two goal-allowing blunders against Real Madrid in the recent Champions League final.
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Automata is a classic story of two hardened detectives solving crimes and scoring ladies in Prohibition-era New York City.Except this time, one of them’s a robot, played by Doug Jones.The first episode of Automata, Van Alan’s free, five-part scifi series based on the Penny Arcade comic series of the same name, is now available online.Grimm’s Basil Harris stars as Sam Regal, a toothpick-chewing private dick who’s basically a male Veronica Mars — catching dames breaking laws and hearts to collect a check from their unwitting husbands.After all, this is Prohibition times we’re talking about — vices are strictly forbidden.Only in this reality, it’s not booze that’s the societal problem.
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Nintendo has been going hard at E3 the past couple of years, kicking things off with a special Direct presentation the leads directly into three days of livestreams.Unfortunately, throughout Nintendo’s entire E3 2018 presentation this year, the 3DS was really nowhere to be found.E3 2018 is an exciting time for gamers, and as you’d expect, one of the best places to see that excitement is Reddit.Subreddits devoted to conversation about the Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch have been packed with discussions about new games this week.The 3DS subreddit, on the other hand, has been a pretty quiet place throughout the week, save for one thread lamenting the fact that Nintendo didn’t make a single new 3DS announcement during E3 2018.While Nintendo hasn’t confirmed anything outright, it certainly seems like it’s beginning to wind down focus on the 3DS, and the handheld’s absence from E3 backs that notion up.
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Every four years the world comes to a halt thanks to the FIFA World Cup event and the work productivity in most countries drop significantly.With such a huge phenomenon even the phone makers are drawn to the big stage with some follow up activities.And the BLUBOO brand will have for us quite some activities including the prediction contest for big prizes.This prediction contest will start on June 17th with weekly chosen two football matches and the participants are asked to predict the exact score for these matches.During the 4 weeks of the World Cup there will be a total of 8 games and the top 3 prediction masters will be awarded $500 in cash, Nike football shoes and BLUBOO S series phone respectively.All you have to do is subscribe on the BLUBOO official website and ready your predictions.
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The coolest custom gaming PC cases from the best buildersWhen it comes to the best gaming PCs, there are two approaches you can take.You can either pick up the best processor, best graphics card and others, and piece them together like high-tech Legos – or, you can buy a pre-built computer.While we generally prefer the former option, we can totally understand why you’d rather just buy the latter.However, if you are going to fork over your hard-earned money for a pre-built machine, why not check out the case builds that the best boutique PC builders have to offer.While they might charge a premium (sometimes a very high premium) for their services, they offer fantastic build quality and custom PC cases that are simply awe-inspiring.
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Today, there are some super offerings on Geekbuying and our deal spies did not hesitate to send them to us.These are the mouthwatering opportunities that are available in the store and this might be a good time to make a purchase.For today, we have newly released devices like Xiaomi Redmi 6, Xiaomi Mi 8, Honor MagicBook and lots more available for grabs.Take a look at the comprehensive compilation below and you might find something that you need.Other Gadgets – Camera, Smart Scale, Projectors e.t.c.
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Announced earlier in June, the AllCall W2 is the second smartwatch phone from the Chinese company usually focused in smartphone production.The AllCall W2 looks a little conservative and simple in black and silver, meanwhile with the materials were specially chosen.The all metal body then further enhances its shiny look and toughness.As for strap, W2 strap was shaped by soft rubber through injecting and hot pressing, bringing a matte look and comfortable touch, with a honeycomb-like surface and inner side breathable design which provides sweat proof, comfort, duration and exquisiteness.The AllCall W2 can be dipped into 5 meter-deep-water and function as usual, not to mention rain flashing, hand washing, showering or swimming.That’s really convenient for both our daily life and outdoor activities.
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Apple is unlikely to to abandon LCD for its iPhone range any time soon, insiders claim, with bottlenecks in OLED screen supplies putting the brakes on the big switchover.The iPhone X was the first of Apple’s smartphones to use OLED, which typically boasts better contrast than LCD, brighter colors and deeper blacks, as well as being more frugal with power.All the same, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus – announced alongside the iPhone X las year – stuck with LCD.Apple is widely expected to tip the scales toward OLED even further in 2018.The successor to the iPhone X will stick with the screen technology, it’s believed, while a new, larger version, unofficially known as the iPhone X Plus, is expected to use an even bigger OLED panel.Some had speculated that Apple could switch completely to OLED in 2019 for all of its iPhone models.
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Back at the beginning of February, Instagram announced that it would begin notifying users when other people snapped a screenshot of the Stories they shared.Snapchat, which has been a continuous source of inspiration for Instagram, has done something similar for years, so it wasn’t really surprising to see Instagram follow suit in this instance.What is surprising is what’s happening today, as Instagram has confirmed that it’s scrapping these notifications instead of rolling them out to everyone.Instagram has confirmed the decision to BuzzFeed News, stating that notifications for Story screenshots are being dropped altogether.It doesn’t give a reason for this decision, so we’re left guessing why Instragram has ditched the feature instead of rolling it out on a wide scale.We know one thing, though: You’re free to be an Instagram creeper once more – at least when viewing other people’s Stories – because the service is no longer going to rat you out for capturing screenshots.
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