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According to reports from various countries with a strong presence of Chinese phone brands, the Meizu M5 and the M5 Note could be heading out of China very soon.The phones are expected to launch in Indonesia and India very soon, along with a possibility of them hitting the European market soon after.The devices were spotted at Postel, which you can think of as the Indonesian cousin of the FCC.However, details provided by the authority were scarce.Thankfully, the devices have been around a while so we know what to expect.The Meizu M5 comes with a 5.2-inch 1280 x 720p display, and is powered by the mid-range MediaTek MT6750 SoC.Along with that, it has a 3070mAh battery, and features either 2GB or 3GB of RAM along with 16GB or 32GB of ROM respectively.The M5 Note, on the other hand, comes with a larger 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080p display and runs on the newer MediaTek Helio P10 SoC.With that, it has 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB storage and a beefier 4000mAh battery.
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If, say, the presidential inauguration is a thing you d like to watch on Friday morning, then great news, friend, there are plenty of options.The bad news is that you ve missed the musical stylings of Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood and 3 Doors Down.The good news is that the real, good-old-fashioned inauguratin doesn t really get started until 11:30AM ET tomorrow.That s when the swearing-in starts and the newly minted leader of the free world will address the Capitol, the country, the world and any space aliens with a good enough antenna.At 3PM, a parade will wind its way down Pennsylvania Avenue to his new home.There s no shortage of ways to catch the ceremonies, even if you don t have a TV, and some outlets have fun early 21st century options like 360 video, which is kind of like being there, without all of the inflated parking prices.
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Enterprise tech startups unveiled their products and pitched investors at Alchemist Accelerator s 14th demo day in Santa Clara, Calif. today.Alchemist founder Ravi Belani tells TechCrunch the latest class is the largest his program has ever graduated, as well.The program has gained notice, in part, because its alumni racked up lots of follow-on funding in recent years.Two of the biggest deals last year included a $28 million round for nutrition-focused health tech startup, Zipongo, and a $13 million investment in delivery drone makers Matternet.Here are the newest companies, with descriptions provided by Alchemist edited for length .Cloudastructure– Provides cloud-controlled infrastructure for enterprise, physical security using machine learning and computer vision around Access Control and Video Surveillance together, in a Cloud model.
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Amazon is rolling out a new training program this week aimed at helping underperforming employees placed on the company's infamous performance improvement plan, according to an internal email obtained by Business Insider.The new program, called "Pivot," pairs the underperforming employee with a "subject matter expert" called Career Ambassadors who give guidance and support for a fixed period of time, the email says.The program comes as Amazon's hard-charging work culture and its impact on employees faces increasing scrutiny."Pivot is a program for employees who show a sustained period of underperformance, despite coaching and support.The program provides employees with options to 1 improve performance, 2 voluntarily leave Amazon with severance, or 3 appeal their manager s decision to place them in Pivot," writes the email."Throughout an employee s time in the Pivot program, they receive process guidance and support from a dedicated team of Pivot subject matter experts called Career Ambassadors CAs ."The new program is the first step Amazon is taking to improve its notorious performance improvement plan, more commonly known as "PIP," which is designed to put pressure on those deemed to be failing to reach their goals.The Pivot program is available to those placed on PIP.
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Alongside new iPad Pro tablets, Apple is reportedly prepping a sequel to the don t-call-it-a-stylus Pencil accessory.The so-called Apple Pencil 2 will apparently include a magnet that allows it to attach to the iPad Pro s smart cover and as well as a shirt clip.The report from Letem Svetem Applem citing Chinese supply chain sources , suggests the next-gen Pencil will be much harder for iPad Pro users to mislay.Wednesday's report is given added credence by Apple patents that have explored ways of attaching the Pencil to the tablet.Apple first launched the popular Pencil accessory alongside the 12.9-inch iPad Pro back in the autumn of 2015.The $99/£99 accessory has been praised by creatives for its virtually lag-free responsiveness and ability to draw lines of any weight by varying the pressure.
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Microsoft is building a new version of its Cortana app for Android that will give it chance to supplant Google on the operating system s lock screen.A forthcoming update, currently available for beta users to test, will enable users to add Cortana to my lock screen, making the personal assistant accessible with a single swipe.Interestingly, as reported by MSPowerUser, this functionality can be added without the need to replace the existing lock screen on Android.The site also points out that the beta version currently doesn t require the device to be unlocked in order to access Cortana, but Microsoft is highly likely to clean this top before the app comes out of beta.The feature comes after Microsoft gave Cortana for Android a major redesign, which made it much easier to use.If you re interested in taking this latest addition for a spin, you can sign up for the Cortana beta today.
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Uber settled a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission today for $20 million.The lawsuit alleged that the ride-hailing app recruited drivers by misleading them about the amount of money they could earn through the app and the auto financing deals they could get through Uber s Vehicle Solutions Program.The lawsuit claims that Uber made false, misleading, or unsubstantiated claims regarding driver earnings and its Vehicle Solutions Program.t, although Uber advertised that drivers could earn between $16 and $29 per hour depending on the city in which they drove, only a fraction of drivers actually earned the advertised amount.In Boston, Minneapolis and Philadelphia, fewer than 10 percent of drivers earned the advertised amount, according to the FTC.In several other cities, the rate was a bit higher — fewer than 30 percent of drivers earned the advertised rate in Dallas, Phoenix and Seattle.
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A popular Chinese photo-editing app has burst into popularity in the West, covering social feeds in airbrushed photos with huge, sparkling eyes.Although Meitu has been around since 2008, it has become an overnight success and was trending in Apple's App Store on Thursday.Meitu is a lot like other photo-editing apps — it has Bitmoji-style stickers, Instagram-style filters, and Layout-style photo collages.But the app really shines in its "hand-drawn" mode that is like a Snapchat filter on steroids.It slims jawlines, enlarges eyes, and adds a bit of sparkle to the whole package.Basically, it makes you look like a cartoon — and these images are rapidly spreading on social media.The company behind the app had its initial public offering in Hong Kong in December with a roughly $4.6 billion valuation, which may increase as investors learn that Western audiences like the app, too.Here's what using the app is like: View As:
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Mark Zuckerberg paid close to $100 million for 700 acres of beachfront property on the island of Kauai in 2014.Now the Facebook billionaire is suing a few hundred Hawaiians who still have legal-ownership claims to parts of his vacation estate through their ancestors, as reported by the Honolulu Star Advertiser.Three holding companies controlled by Zuckerberg filed eight
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The Elephone C1 Max is the first Elephone s phone with a large 6-6-inch display and, as such, we might even call it a phablet.The Chinese company shares with us what according to them are the real advantages of having this big of a screen.Let s find out!First of all, let s start with the obvious, the bigger screen allows people to enjoy their videos or movies even more.If you don t own a TV or you just want to watch something by yourself, get a pair of headphones.load the video on the phone and enjoy it; it doesn t get any easier than that.Same goes with games, the more screen real estate you have the more you are going to have fun with it as it ll get somewhat more immersive, no doubt about that.A larger screen also lets you share what you re watching with the people around you by holding it further away and thus increase the number of viewers.Another good scenario is using the bigger screen on the Elephone C1 Max to read e-books, ordinary e-book readers are about 7 inches so that s not a huge gap, doing so you also save money since you need one device less.Last but least, when you use a 6-inch phablet in map navigation mode it just gets much better.
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Democrats pressed the six-term Republican to say that ACA replacement legislation—which as the head of HHS, he would be instrumental in helping shape—would maintain popular ACA benefits.Those include barring insurance companies from discriminating against those with pre-existing conditions; putting caps on the amount of medical care that insurance will cover; allowing young adults to stay on their parents' health insurance plans until they re 26; ensuring women have access to birth control; expanding access to Medicaid; and improving medical care for minorities.Many of those benefits would be lost with to replace the ACA, the Empowering Patients First Act which would also cause millions to lose coverage.Still, she emphasized that an ACA replacement is necessary.The individual market is seeing higher deductibles, higher premiums, and fewer choices, she said.For us to say that everything is going well with Obamacare is just not accurate.
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First of all, you should know that Turbo League has nothing to do with hit game Rocket League.This mobile game might look, feel, sound, move and generally riff on the name of 2015 s cars-meet-soccer surprise hit – but it s got nothing on it.However, that won t matter to many people, who will find this to be an addictive cult game, in which the ridiculous premise of monster trucks smashing a ball around a soccer pitch feels quite normal.Still, the problem with Turbo League is its controls.Like any good sports game, the console game Rocket League thrived on its smooth movements, and quick reactions led to lightning-fast matches and sudden, unexpected victories.There s nothing like that in Turbo, mostly because you re dealing with a touchscreen, often the bane of good mobile gaming.
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Global investors have been on a roller coaster ride for a year, ever since Donald Trump s Twitter account redefined the way he conducted a presidential campaign, his subsequent policy musings, and quite possibly his future presidential pronouncements.As he has shown in multiple occasions, Trump s tweets – especially those aimed at publicly traded companies – can move markets, and wipe out billions of dollars through 140 simple characters.Now a new app has come to investors rescue, or at least alert them that a tweet has been sent.Trigger Finance, founded in June 2016 by a former JPMorgan trader, was originally a simple tool that helped users monitor potentially market-moving real world events.It rolled out an enhancement called Trump Triggers on January 3 to monitor the musings of the American Twitterer in Chief .On the app s dashboard, users can choose to be alerted if Trump tweets about any stock, or the stocks they own.
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By Kaikai ShiYou may have considered owning or building a big house one day after you retire.We do not have time and energy, and these two things are scarce!Meanwhile, I have some thoughts about building a house due to my work.This can save you time, energy and money as all of this can be done by one professional team.The only thing you need to do on your own is find a team to construct groundsill for you.Environmentally friendly: There have been talks for a long time to protect the environment, but how?Will this new type of products help with living better?And how will the new industrial era improve our living conditions?In the last few years, we often heard of 3D printing.
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HBO is going to let viewers binge-watch its new shows online before they air on TV — at least that's what Netflix thinks.On Wednesday, Netflix posted impressive Q4 earnings, smashing its targets for subscriber growth both in the US and internationally.The company painted a rosy vision of the future of its industry."In short, it s becoming an internet TV world," Netflix wrote in a letter to shareholders."Which presents both challenges and opportunities for Netflix as we strive to earn screen time."And Netflix thinks that at least one old rival, HBO, will adapt to the digital future by making its shows available to binge early.Netflix's head of content, Ted Sarandos, famously said in 2013 that Netflix's goal was to "become HBO faster than HBO can become us."
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China and the United States are not about to be drawn into a trade war, Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma said on Wednesday at the World Economic Forum WEF in Davos.China and the US will never have a trade war.Ma s speech comes about a week after he met US president-elect Donald Trump in New York, offering the company s e-commerce platform to help US businesses sell products to Asia.Such businesses had the potential to create up to 1 million American jobs, he said.Alibaba has a large part of its business tied to the US, giving it a strong incentive to avoid a situation in which Trump puts his campaign rhetoric into practice.Higher tariffs would depress Alibaba s sales to US consumers and ensuing trade disputes could hurt sales on Alibaba s Tmall platform, through which US and international brands sell to Chinese consumers.
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The battle of industrial espionage has began as you can see!Well according to unconfirmed reports from Chinese media, it seems that Huawei has pressed charges against 6 executives product designers to be more specific in the consumer business division for allegedly leaking sensitive internal information to LeEco officials!LeEco raced to make an official statement that the company has no knowledge of all these allegations and that they have never received any information from the arrested individuals but admitted that there are some patent disputes between both companies.This is only another episode in the continuing patent war between the two Chinese companies, with Huawei insisting that LeEco has stolen at least 2 of their patents one for an antenna design and the second for a children s smartwatch and that the 6 individuals were part of the company s attempts to steal more information.Things are still unclear regarding this matter, but it seems that the two companies don t plan to pause their patent fights.
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Ulefone is adding software tweaks to mimic the functions of 3D touch.3D touch is one of those features that hasn t really taken off, but one feature, the ability to hold down on an app to see options right from the homescreen, is really very useful.Ulefone have looked at this feature and decided to recreate it, well sort of.The UI on the new $59.99 Ulefone U008 offers users the option of using a double layer screen to let the user swipe across app icons to open up simple options.It s a cool little feature that we would expect to see in the UI of a more expensive phone, not one costing much less than $100!The Ulefone U008 packs a MTK6737 1.3GHz chipset with 4G LTE compatibility, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 5-inch HD display, 13MP camera, and 3500mAh battery.For more details head over to the official Ulefone website.
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It s hard to write to write a review of Glittermitten Grove without giving it all away, but if you ve heard of the game, you re probably clued in to its secret.So I m just going to come out and say it: Frog Fractions.If that means anything to you, you re probably getting excited now.This surreal, bizarre and wonderfully weird free-to-play browser game from 2012 blew minds everywhere.On the surface, it was a simple educational game: a frog, a lily pad and a bunch of insects.But stick with it, and it revealed itself to be one of the weirdest games ever seen, taking in everything from underwater realms to porn outlets.
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The word egg was used to define the ova of birds and fish, and to describe the ovoid form... but it was also used to designate the place where human life gestates in the female body...Moreover, Late Egyptian attestations of using the egg determinative are designations for the term inner coffin ...Thus, it is plausible that such textual references which analogize between coffins and eggs as places of metaphorical or literal gestation, and re birth may demonstrate a well-known connection that had been established in Egyptian social consciousness for some time.
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