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This week’s quiz contains 10 statements that revolve around the smartphone world, and your job is to figure out whether they are true or false.It may sound like a piece of cake, but you really have to know your stuff to get a good score.Think you have what it takes?Show us what you got by pressing the Start Quiz button below.When you’re done, make sure to share your result on social media.This is the seventh quiz in our regular weekly series.
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Senate disclosure forms rife with errors from 'hi-tech' outfitCaptricity, a company that touts AI software capable of reading text better than people, has been blamed for a bumper crop of data entry errors that misrepresent what many US Senate candidates are actually spending for their campaigns.According to a report published this week from the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), there are "errors in more than 5,900 candidate disclosures representing over $70 million, all of them traceable to the US government’s conversion of paper into electronic data."His paper disclosure form declared $36.19 in gasoline expenses.But the FEC's paper-to-digital conversion process turned his campaign’s federal identification number, C00613638, into the dollar amount.CPI says the FEC uses software developed by a Maryland-based government contractor, AuroTech, to digitize paper disclosure forms, in conjunction with the data conversion services of a subcontractor, Oakland-based Captricity.
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Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, also known as that movie you’re not sure whether to watch for Halloween or Christmas so you just watch it for both, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.And lucky for Jack Skellington fans, composer and star Danny Elfman is returning to the stage for a special two-night tribute concert.In a press release, it was revealed that the Hollywood Bowl, in the US state of California, would be hosting another live-to-film screening for The Nightmare Before Christmas, with Elfman performing his role of Jack Skellington, Catherine O’Hara as Sally, and Ken Page as the voice of Oogie Boogie.The event, which features live scenery projections and a live orchestra, debuted in 2015 and has been a big hit with fans of the original film.It returned to the Hollywood Bowl in 2016 to a sold-out crowd, and was also performed at the Barclays Center in the state of New York last year.Even if it’s not Elfman’s first rodeo as the Pumpkin King, this year feels a bit extra special, given how it’s the movie’s anniversary.
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Usually, late-night Friday emails from the boss aren't a good thing, but this one is.Tesla announced Friday that it has promoted Jerome Guillen to president of its automotive division.Per an Elon Musk email to employees, which was posted on the company's blog, Guillen will report directly to Musk."[Guillen] will oversee all automotive operations and program management, as well as coordinate our extensive automotive supply chain," the email reads.Guillen has been with the company for eight years after working for Daimler subsidiary Freightliner.He has worn many hats, including overseeing its engineering and sales efforts.
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That’s the key takeaway from this new campaign promoting Rimowa, a classic German luggage-maker eager to reintroduce itself to the world with the help of tennis superstar Roger Federer and several of his fellow adventurers.An anthem spot created by Anomaly Berlin and the brand’s internal team combines five individual shorts by five different directors celebrating individuals who are icons in their industries: Louis Vuitton men’s artistic director Virgil Abloh; model Adwoa Aboah; restaurateur Nobu Matsuhisa; and Dior men’s jewelry designer Yoon Ahn.These men and women are literal and metaphysical travelers whose personal journeys amount to much more than a trip between one place and another.Interestingly, the brand insists that these five individuals are not celebrity influencers, though the campaign does mark the beginning of an exclusive partnership between Rimowa and Federer.“From the beginning we knew we didn’t want to do an endorsement campaign,” said Rimowa chief brand officer Hector Muelas.“These are people who have been mobile for many years.
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If you’ve been thinking about picking up Overwatch, it might be worth checking out Humble Bundle.The hugely popular FPS has been added to the Humble Monthly bundle for October, which means that it’s getting a pretty significant discount.On top of that, you’ll also be getting whatever other games will be in October’s bundle, which is just icing on the cake.A subscription to Humble Monthly costs $12 a month, so by signing up for October, you’re saving a significant amount off the $40 Blizzard usually asks for Overwatch.The other games in the bundle will be revealed on October 5, but it’s worth pointing out that if you sign up for Humble Monthly today, you won’t need to wait until October begin playing Overwatch.Subscribing unlocks access to Overwatch immediately, so you can dive into the game right away.
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Senate Democrats yesterday asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate Verizon's throttling of firefighters during California's largest-ever wildfire.Additionally, the Democrats sent letters to the other major carriers asking for commitments that they won't throttle the data of public safety officials while they are responding to emergencies.Though FCC Chairman Ajit Pai eliminated net neutrality rules, the commission maintains a revised version of a transparency rule that requires carriers to publicly disclose enough information about network management practices and commercial terms of service "to enable consumers to make informed choices regarding the purchase and use of such services."Verizon has argued that the throttling "has nothing to do with net neutrality," but the ISP acknowledged that it "made a mistake in how we communicated with our customer about the terms of its plan."“Unlimited” marketing deceptive, senators sayIn their letter to Verizon, Feinstein and Harris wrote:
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iOS 12, Apple’s latest and greatest mobile operating system, is only days away from a full-scale rollout.And if its beta is any indication, iPhone and iPad users are in for a load of new iOS 12 features and improvements.Better search and sharing for photos, more Siri access to third-party apps, and even Memojis (emojis customized to look like you) are all a part of this new update.How about changes for those who craft iPhone and iPad apps?Some of the new shifts could be vital, which is why the 10-Day iPhone App Bootcamp can get newbies and experienced pro developers up to speed.Best of all, the training is just $15, an over 90 percent savings, from TNW Deals.
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Motorola is updating the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus to Android 8.0 Oreo.The update is rolling out in India, Brazil, and Mexico with more regions to follow.Though they’re still within the two-year release window, it isn’t clear whether they will receive Android Pie later.Motorola is rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus.A member of the Lenovo forums revealed the news yesterday (via Phone Arena) and provided some details on which locations the update is headed to.Deployment is beginning in India and Brazil for the Moto G5 Plus and in Mexico for the Moto G5.
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Stop, collaborate and listen: Ice is back we need a brand new inventionUK.gov and Canadian airliner manufacturer Bombardier want you – yes, you – to come up with ideas for using artificial intelligence to stop ice building up on aeroplane wings.In-flight icing is a problem for airliners.If the ice isn’t melted off – either by descending into warmer air or by using heaters or de-icing fluid – it makes the aeroplane heavier and its wings less aerodynamically efficient, meaning the plane burns more fuel.A larger fuel burn means spending more money and tolerating more noxious emissions into the atmosphere.At worst, ice build-up on the wings can be enough to change their aerodynamic shape and make them produce less lift, meaning the aircraft starts to … descend.
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The company grew its customer base to 5,150 organisations in Q2San Francisco-based identity management enterprise Okta saw a record quarter for revenue and customer growth in Q2, posting $94.4 million (£72.9 million) in earnings; up 57 percent year-over-year.Major clients win for the quarter included Japan’s NTT Data services, a top 10 global IT services provider, which has brought Okta in to manage SSO universal directory, lifecycle management and adaptive multifactor authentication.The company grew its customer base to over 5,150 organisations in Q2, adding 450 for the quarter, with a strong dollar-based net retention rate of 121 percent, a conference call with analysts revealed.Existing customer 21st Century Fox, which uses the company’s single sign-on architecture to manage access for some 30,000 employees, added API access management to streamline authorisation in Q2, Okta said.Rapidly growing Okta develops a range of tools to help workers access a range of applications and services securely and simply, amid a rise in the use of cloud-based tools, often accessed remotely by geographically diverse teams.
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After weeks of deplatforming efforts by social media companies, Infowars founders Alex Jones has lost his last refuge: Twitter.Twitter took the unusual step of confirming its ban of both Alex Jones and Infowars via the Twitter Safety account, citing abusive behaviour.Jones’s Twitter page had accumulated nearly 900,000 followers before the suspension, while the Infowars page had accrued around 430,000.Today, we permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope.We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts’ past violations.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) September 6, 2018
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Breach occurred on August 21, lasted until September 5British Airways (BA) has been hacked, with personal and payment details of its customers stolen, the company reported late Thursday.Customers who made bookings between August 21 and September 5 are affected.The company has not provided a number but it carries 145,000 customers per day.If even half of them booked via the BA website or app, the figure equates to over a million.In a public announcement this morning, the airline posted: “We are investigating, as a matter of urgency, the theft of customer data from our website and our mobile app.
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And despite Thursday night's multi-hour, congenial, blunt-smoking, and far-ranging conversation on Joe Rogan's podcast—covering AI, the Boring Company's tunnels, the nature of evil, Instagram, and Musk's new idea for an electric, vertical takeoff and landing supersonic airplane—there's no reason to think those worried about Musk's state of mind have been eased.Tesla has long refused to spend money on marketing, and it has no reason to: Musk’s gleeful, whimsical, sometimes downright bizarre public persona makes plenty of news, at no charge.But after a wild few months, observers have been pushed to ask: At what point does that personality become too much?At what point does Tesla the company decide it’s better off without the man who has led it for the past decade?Musk gets a minimum wage salary, but stands to make $55 billion if he can hit a series of ambitious goals over the next decade—indicating his Tesla co-owners would really like him to stick around.“The Board and the entire company remain focused on ensuring Tesla’s operational success, and we fully support Elon as he continues to lead the company moving forward,” they wrote.
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Huawei is yet again getting dragged into controversy, this time of its own making.The timing, however, couldn’t have been worse, with the Chinese OEM just a few weeks away from putting its best foot forward before 2018 ends.And it would definitely be a shame if the latest benchmark cheating scandal would take the attention away from the Huawei Mate 20 Pro because, at least from the leaks, it is shaping up to be one of the best smartphones this year and definitely Huawei’s best work yet.This latest dump from Weibo almost looks more legit than others because of how it still has the “anti-leak” case around it.Of course, that also makes it harder to see the back of the phone, which is rumored to have a rather odd triple camera setup.Still, it has enough to show to confirm what we expect to see in October.
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Chinese streaming giant Tencent Music will reportedly file for its US-based IPO today (September 7).The company hopes to raise $2 billion at a valuation of up to $31 billion, according to IPO Zaoshidao (IPO早知道), a WeChat account with a good track record..In July, parent company Tencent announced plans to spin off its music business, saying it will be listed “on a recognized stock exchange in the United States.” The date of the IPO is rumored to be October 18, and is being underwritten by Goldman Sacks and Morgan Stanley.Tencent Music runs QQ Music, Kugou, and Kuwo.According to figures from December 2017, Tencent Music has 700 million monthly active users (MAU), 17 million songs, and 120 million paying subscribers.The company’s rumored valuation has increased steadily with time.
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Apple’s hosting its annual fall event on September 12, and that means new iPhones – and maybe a bunch of other things too.Still, we think we have a solid picture of what’s coming, so without further ado:iPhone XS: The most obvious announcement is the successor to the current 5.8-inch iPhone X.According a report by 9to5Mac, the device is likely to be called the iPhone XS (perhaps stylized as ‘Xs’), maintaining the tradition of having a major design changed followed by a less dramatic spec bump.The phone is also expected to be available in gold, joining the existing white and gray options.iPhone XS Max: We’ve long heard Apple is planning to release a 6.5-inch iPhone, making it the largest screen we’ve seen on an Apple handset so far.
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Twitter is testing a redesign of its desktop website.If implemented, it would be the first major Twitter web redesign in a long time.We've got screenshots of the test.Twitter is testing a redesign of its desktop website that adds a night mode, data-saving mode, bookmarks, and other new features, the company announced on Thursday.The redesign will look very familiar to anyone who's used Twitter on a mobile phone browser or Windows.The experience is nearly identical.
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Nick Letourneau developed a button-sized test that checks for roofies and other benzodiazepines in drinks.The test is sold by Undercover Colors, a company that tried to bring a drug-testing nail polish to market four years ago.In 2014, four male college students at North Carolina State University came up with an unusual plan to combat drug-facilitated sexual assaults on campus: drug-detecting nail polish.Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban called it "brilliant," while feminist author Jessica Valenti wondered in a Guardian headline, "Why is it easier to invent anti-rape nail polish than find a way to stop rapists?"The class of drugs the test looks for includes Xanax, Valium, Lenapain, and Rohypnol, which are some of the most common date-rape drugs, or roofies, in use according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.The concept used in the test is called lateral flow.
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He said society's lenient response to foreign interference during the 2016 US presidential election has made it easy for attackers to do it again in upcoming elections."If there's no foreign interference in the midterms, it's not because we did a good job," Stamos said at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco on Thursday."It's because our adversaries decided to give us a little forbearance, which is unfortunate."Stamos added that the security of campaigns and elections hasn't improved over the last two years, which could spell trouble for the 2018 midterm elections and beyond."In most cases, actually throwing an election one way or another is going to be very difficult for a foreign adversary," he said.Stamos was Facebook's chief security officer from 2015 until August, when he said he was leaving the social network for a research and teaching position at Stanford University.
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