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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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All the NAMCO games you could possibly want to play will be coming to Nintendo Switch in one single title: Namco Museum.This game’s first full-length launch trailer was launched today, and it looks pretty gosh-darned solid.This “Namco Museum” title has been launched before for other devices – and it wouldn’t be surprising if we saw it again in the future – for good reason!Inside this game machine within a machine is a set of 11 titles – or 10 plus the return of the big-time battle version of the classic Pac-Man in Pac-Man VS!This is a multiplayer version of the original, bringing about a new way to play the original – made possible here on the Nintendo Switch exclusively.In that Nintendo Switch is a unique device and you’re able to go mobile whilst still battling on the same device – this is a unique excperience.
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Foxconn Technology Group founder and chairman Terry Gou Tai-ming could be making the biggest bet of his career as his company builds a highly advanced manufacturing base in the Midwestern United States to rival its operations in China, while dodging the slings and arrows of American politics.Gou joined US President Donald Trump on Wednesday in Washington to unveil Foxconn’s US$10 billion investment in the state of Wisconsin, where a state-of-the-art liquid crystal display (LCD) panel manufacturing plant will be built over the next four years.Taiwan-based Foxconn, known formally as Hon Hai Precision Industry, will receive a generous US$3 billion, 15-year incentive package of tax credits from Wisconsin in the first of a series of expansion initiatives it plans to pursue in the US.But Paul Haswell, a partner at international law firm Pinsent Masons, told the South China Morning Post, warned that since the deal seems to depend so heavily upon tax breaks and initiatives to attract Foxconn to the US, “there’s every risk that with a change of government those tax breaks could dematerialise”.“It’s a gamble insofar as it will associate Foxconn with the Trump administration.”Such a perception did not seem to faze Gou, as he gave credit to Trump, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and the recently established Office of American Innovation, headed by senior adviser to the president Jared Kushner, for supporting his company’s project.
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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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South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics has posted record-breaking earnings, putting it on course to better rival Apple's quarterly profits as it seeks to move past a bribery scandal and a damaging recall debacle.The firm said huge sales of its new Galaxy S8 smartphone and demand for its memory chips were behind the jump in April-June and predicted another blockbuster report for the current quarter to September.Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart and navigate between data series.The chart has 1 X axis displaying categories.Samsung v Apple operating profitsSamsung v Apple operating profits - Highcharts Cloud$bnSamsung v Apple operating profitsQ1 2009Q3 2009Q1 2010Q3 2010Q1 2011Q3 2011Q1 2012Q3 2012Q1 2013Q3 2013Q1 2014Q3 2014Q1 2015Q3 2015Q1 2016Q3 2016Q1 2017051015202530Highcharts.comHowever, Greg Roh, an analyst at HMC Investment Securities, told AFP: "Samsung has surpassed its rivals for now but Apple usually sees little fluctuation in its profits whereas Samsung's profits fluctuate largely on memory chip prices."
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Think again–good old-fashioned brick and mortar stores have been attracting investment, the latest coming from Meituan-Dianping.The Tencent-backed on-demand services provider is planning to invest into so called “new retail”, Reuters is reporting.The term, coined by Jack Ma, refers to a new format where internet technology connects and optimizes offline outlets, online stores, and the overall supply chain.Some of the goals for new retail include intelligent self-service, anytime anywhere access, and high efficiency.Brick and mortar stores still make up over 80 percent of total retail sales in China.Alibaba and JD have both been investing in the offline retail market, with many projects covering un-tapped rural areas.
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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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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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Instagram finally added the ability to zoom in on photos last year, which you activated using a pinch gesture.Now Facebook appears to be bringing the gesture over to your News Feed.I was browsing my feed earlier today when I noticed a Facebook animation tell me I could pinch to zoom into a photo.There are a few stray mentions of the feature on Twitter over the past couple of months, but I couldn’t find any other reporting on it, so I assume it was probably a small test that went under the radar.Though the feature didn’t work on any iOS device we tried, we were able to replicate it on four separate Android phones, so it seems the company is rolling out the feature more widely now.Of course, you could already tap on a photo to open it and then zoom in, but the new feature is a faster and more seamless way of expanding a photo without leaving your News Feed.
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According to a new report that comes from Asia supply chain sources, the most awaited iPhone 8 flagship model by Apple will start shipping in October or early November, although it will be unveiled alongside the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus at a launch event that’s slated to occur on September 7, 8 or 9.The same sources now suggest that we should forget about TouchID technology and the implementation of a fingerprint sensor on top the side positioned On/Off button.Instead they insist that all official cases for the phone don’t have a hole for that button so the probability of TouchID hiding in there is low.The rumors also suggest that the company will probably ditch the TouchID sensor for another type of security technology we all know today: iris scanner along with face recognition.The image above shows a purported screen protector for the device, and as you can see it has way too many sensor holes for a phone without an iris scanner.Whereas if such a setup is in, all of those cutouts suddenly make sense.
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Few days ago Leagoo leaked that they are working on a new phone with a tri-bezel-less design and we have already seen first pictures of this phone.It will be named Leagoo KIICAA MIX in an obvious throwback to the popular and successful Xiaomi Mi Mix.Today we have for you some more pictures of the phone and confirmation for the pricing of the three available versions.Leagoo KIICAA MIX will be allegedly coming in three variants and all of them will have in common the 5,5-inch screen, rear vertically aligned dual cameras and front facing fingeprint scanner integrated in the Home key.Lowest version should get a quad-core processor (i’m fearing MT6580) with 2 GB RAM + 16 GB ROM, more powerful ones will have octa-core processor (maybe Helio P25 ?)and either 3+32 GB combo or 6+128 GB.
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Coca-Cola reported a better-than-expected quarter in its latest earnings report, though net revenues declined 16% to $9.7 billion compared with a year ago.The soft drinks giant reported a relatively even case volume compared with a year ago, though value share — especially in the nonalcoholic ready-to-drink category, including sparkling drinks, juice, dairy and plant-based beverages, and ready-to-drink tea and coffee — increased."Our performance gives us confidence that we will achieve our full year financial objectives even in the face of challenging conditions, and also demonstrates further success in evolving our portfolio to meet changing consumer tastes and preferences," President and CEO James Quincey said in the earnings report."While we are in a period of substantial transformation and change that is never easy, I am encouraged by the spirit of our people and partners as we reinvent the Company for the future."In his first earnings report as CEO, Quincey had a positive message to share: The new direction the beverage company is taking is working — albeit slowly.While demand for Coca-Cola products seems to be the same, more consumers tend to be reaching for products like Dasani water or low-sugar options like Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, which has been rolled out in 25 markets worldwide.
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There’s nothing more painful than losing a loved one.But what if you didn’t ever have to lose them?That’s the future imagined Marjorie Prime, starring Lois Smith as the titular Marjorie, a woman who uses a computer program to create an artificial intelligence that simulates her husband, played by Jon Hamm, after his death.The trailer, premiered by EW, examines what it means to be human, to be in love, and to grieve, as Geena Davis, who plays Marjorie’s daughter, and Tim Robbins as her husband struggle to understand Marjorie’s choice to live in the memory of her lost love rather than trying to move on with her life.captions settings, opens captions settings dialogThis is a modal window.
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As smartphone makers race to use up every millimeter of space on the front of our devices, the backs have gone woefully unappreciated.Meizu’s new Pro 7 series wants to change that.The Pro 7 (and Pro 7 Plus) add a small AMOLED panel to the rear of the device, in a rather bold bit of asymetry.Meizu says you can use it as a display to take high quality selfies using the rear camera, as well as basic time and weather information.You can also just set a wallpaper for it, if you’re into that kind of thing.I just think it looks cool.
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Social media marketers, do you feel a brief pang of envy when a brand gets sassy on Twitter or Facebook?We may never get the sweet satisfaction of seeing a tweet full of biting wit go viral.The good folks at Sprout Social just released their Q2 2017 Sprout Social Index, and they’re taking aim at precisely that question.It lets people know that there are actual human beings behind the brand, seeking to entertain just as much as they inform.But we should make sure the humor is not all that we’re bringing to the table.Sprout Social found that while 3 in 4 consumers appreciate humor from brands, being funny was 4th on the list of what consumers really want from brands on social media:
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Facebook announced today it would fund a project called Defending Digital Democracy.The project, co-founded by the campaign managers for both Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney, aims to thwart outside interference in elections.The Belfer Center at The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University announced the project earlier this month.Eric Rosenbach, Co-Director of the Belfer Center and former Assistant Secretary of Defense will be heading it up.In a Harvard press release he said:Americans across the political spectrum agree that political contests should be decided by the power of ideas, not the skill of foreign hackers.
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Google’s parent sees lower profit after being slapped with record Europe Union fineGoogle’s parent Alphabet has suffered a setback to its recent strong fiscal performance after it revealed a decline in second quarter net profits.Until now Google had been delivering stunning growth in both profits and revenues, helped by its principle cash cow, namely the advertising market, but also other ventures including its growing cloud business and revenue from its hardware (i.e Pixel smartphone) and Google Play Store.But in the last quarter (June to be exact) Google was slapped with a record-breaking fine of 2.4 billion euros (£2.1bn) by the European Commission for abusing its monopoly on Internet searches within the European Union.This fine has notably impacted Google’s second quarter financial performance, after Alphabet for the month ending 30 June, posted a net profit down at $3.5bn (£2.7bn) from $4.9bn (£3.7bn) in the same year-ago quarter.The profit would have been much larger had it not been for the EC penalty.
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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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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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