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Tencent has rebutted reports claiming it plans to increase its advertising revenue to up to 40% of its gross corporate revenue.According to tech media outlet 36Kr (in Chinese), a high-level officer at Tencent said on June 21 that in one to two years the company plans to increase its advertising revenue’s contribution to corporate gross revenue to 30% to 40%.TechNode contacted Tencent to confirm the information.Major websites in China including Sohu Tech and financial information platform Tonghuashun (同花顺) are still republishing and circulating the information.According to Tencent’s fiscal report for the first quarter of 2018 (in Chinese), the company’s advertising revenue channels include internet advertising, social media advertising, and other advertising.Additionally, social and other advertising revenue grew by 69% to RMB 7.39 billion, largely due to WeChat Moments’ advertising services.
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The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 has been giving competition to the REdmi Note 5 Pro in India for a while but that is only as far as the 3GB/4GB variant is concerned.There’s also a 6GB variant that is more powerful in terms of the camera which has been awaited for some time.Now, the page for the 6GB RAM variant has been seen on Flipkart.The page isn’t completely live so you won’t be able to order right now but it is surely coming soon.The page also reveals some key details about the phone, as spotted by Smartprix.The ZenFone Max Pro M1 with 6GB of RAM will have a Rs 14,999 price and better cameras than other variants.
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On-Call Thank the Valar it’s Friday, because that means the weekend beckons and a new instalment of On-Call, The Register’s weekly reader-contributed tale of tech support tangles.This week meet “Theo” who offered us a story of a techie colleague who was put in charge of a trainee as they worked together on the “second fixing” a large office block.For those of you not up on your carpentry, second fixing is the job of making a job look lovely with skirting, floor boards and other niceties.In the telco world, this stuff can be quite specialised as customers want their phone sockets, but not at the cost of an ugly finish.So telco folk often work alongside chippies to get the job done right.The trainee wasn’t quite up to speed on the nuances, however, so “was used to fetch tea and sandwiches and be given small tasks.”
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Researchers confirm hardware vulnerable to remote attacksSecurity researchers say they can back up a mother's claim that her baby monitor had been remotely hacked and used to spy on her family.The Register has contacted the company that makes the Fredi for comment, but has yet to hear back.According to the researchers, the monitors use poor security practices when connecting to the online portal that allows parents to view the monitors on either their laptops or mobile devices.This leaves them prone to be hijacked by hackers who could then use the cameras to spy on people.Such was the case with Jamie Schmidt, a mother from South Carolina who complained that her monitor's camera was panning the room on its own and, after she discovered the activity, locked her out from the control panel.
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Xiaomi is perhaps best known for its very affordable smartphones that have never officially reached US shores.What is less known, however, is that it is one of the few remaining makers of Android tablets, which have never officially reached US shores either.It would seem, however, that Xiaomi will be stirring up the tablet market a bit with its upcoming Mi Pad 4, what is perhaps the first tablet to have a face unlock that some are expecting to debut in the next iPad Pro.There hasn’t really been much development in the tablet market lately, particularly in the hardware.It’s a catch-22 situation that is slowly leading to the market’s demise save for a tablets devices aimed at very specific markets.Like the iPad Pros, the new Chromebook devices, and Windows 10 on ARM PCs.
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Welcome back to your guide to finding out what's new online.Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what's been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now.The audio is about a minute or two long.If you want to watch a bunch of robots and humans interacting, you've got a great option this weekend.The final episode of the new season of Westworld arrives on Sunday, June 24 at HBO's streaming services.The series was renewed for a third season quickly after the season two premiere.
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Cartoon Network unveiled the first official clip on June 15, from the upcoming episode Diamonds and Lemons, for fans to glimpse their favorite Adventure Time characters reimagined in a blocky Minecraft-esque format.The surreal animated show features Jake the dog and Finn the human who live in the mythical land of Ooo, along with Princess Bubblegum, the Ice King, BMO the video game console and others.In the clip we see blocky versions of Finn, Princess Bubblegum and half demon, half human Marceline Abadeer, collect gems and other items in a Minecraft type of game.The episode is set to air July 20 on Cartoon Network.Plus Funko toy company is releasing Adventure Time x Minecraft collectible figures from its Pop!Vinyl line, also in July.
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At this point, it may be tough to hit tier 100 of your Fortnite Battle Pass by the end of season 4.But, if you know how to complete challenges quickly, you'll have a shot at getting the rewards you crave.Fortnite gets major updates roughly every quarter, and they kick off what creator Epic calls a new season.Players can buy the Battle Pass for each new season for $9.99 and it offers a tiered system that enables you to earn loot over time by completing challenges.When you complete challenges, you gain experience points that make you move up through the tiers, unlocking emotes, dances and other items as you go.The latest list of challenges go from easy to hard, but if you know what to do before you drop in, you'll have the best chance to reach a higher tier.
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Microelectrodes can be used for direct measurement of electrical signals in the brain or heart.With existing methods, attaching electrodes to such materials poses significant challenges.Researchers from TUM and Forschungszentrum Jülich have successfully teamed up to perform inkjet printing onto a gummy bear.These components, comprised of a large number of electrodes, can detect voltage changes resulting from activity in neurons or muscle cells, for example.Second, gummy bears have a property that is important when using microelectrode arrays in living cells: they are soft.This results in several disadvantages when they come into contact with living cells.
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BROOKLYN, New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018 - An international team of university researchers today reports solving a major fabrication challenge for perovskite cells -- the intriguing potential challengers to silicon-based solar cells.These crystalline structures show great promise because they can absorb almost all wavelengths of light.Perovskite solar cells are already commercialized on a small scale, but recent vast improvements in their power conversion efficiency (PCE) are driving interest in using them as low-cost alternatives for solar panels.In the cover article published online today for the June 28, 2018 issue of Nanoscale, a publication of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the research team reveals a new scalable means of applying a critical component to perovskite cells to solve some major fabrication challenges.The researchers were able to apply the critical electron transport layer (ETL) in perovskite photovoltaic cells in a new way -- spray coating -- to imbue the ETL with superior conductivity and a strong interface with its neighbor, the perovskite layer.The research is led by André D. Taylor, an associate professor in the NYU Tandon School of Engineering's Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, with Yifan Zheng, the first author on the paper and a Peking University researcher.
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The company plans to introduce three new models later this year which may include a considerably larger version of the iPhone X -- the iPhone X Plus, perhaps -- as well as a significantly less expensive version.It's worth noting that price hasn't been a major obstacle for the premium flagship so far; though it's the priciest iPhone ever at $999, £999 or AU$1,579, the iPhone X was the best-selling phone for the first three months of 2018, followed by the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.Of course, a less expensive version would almost certainly broaden its addressable market.And Huawei has already iterated on the notch concept with its P20, which gives you the option to toggle it on and off.The trillion dollar question is whether the company can keep its amazing winning streak alive even as the overall market for handsets slows.Though we're likely four months out from seeing the next iPhone, the rumor mill is already creating a compelling picture of what's to come.
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As the director of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the young auteur worked alongside the original film’s director, Steven Spielberg; the previous film’s director, Colin Trevorrow; the franchise’s longtime producer, Frank Marshall; and so on.Despite the beyond-gigantic blockbuster status of Jurassic World, its sequel is a smaller, more personal Jurassic tale, with moodiness to spare and pathos around every corner, but still with the special effects and action one expects from the franchise.Bayona — the award-winning director of the real-life disaster movie The Impossible, based on the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami — put his stamp on everything in Fallen Kingdom, even in some more surprising ways.“The first time we see Claire in the movie, it’s a shot of her high heels,” Bayona told Gizmodo.But Colin was terrified to show Claire with high heels again and I convinced him it doesn’t go against the woman she is.Then we move to the island and she’s wearing boots, which basically is the most logical thing to do.
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Bose's latest release is a wireless pair of earbuds that are supposed to help you sleep.Sleepbuds block out sound — first through the seal created by the earbud tip, and then mask it by playing relaxing sounds controlled via a mobile app.Living in a city, sleeping next to a snoring partner, or having noisy neighbors will likely affect your sleep schedule.That's the reasoning behind Bose's latest release: the $250 noise-masking Sleepbuds.The ear tip, which comes in three sizes, helps block out external noise, and the pre-loaded sounds on the device's memory chip help mask out the rest of the noise that might leak in.There isn't any active-noise cancellation in the headphones, which Bose engineers at a press event said was in order to save space.
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It has barely been a month since the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE was announced and Xiaomi has already released the kernel source code for the Mi 8 SE.For those who are unaware, having the kernel source code of a device allows for modification of the OS and facilitates the creation of ROMS for the same.The Mi 8 SE is the cheaper sibling of the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition.Even though it is not as powerful as its siblings, it is no slouch either.The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is the world’s first phone to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset.Xiaomi has promised that they will be releasing kernel source codes of their major devices.
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Airbnb co-founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk said it's "immoral."The US government has sent thousands of children to holding camps around the country, images of which have sparked international outrage, even from within Trump's own party.Someone even added Trump's policies to Wikipedia's entry on concentration camps (though it's being reviewed).Here's what the companies have said:Microsoft released a pair of statements after critics raised concerns about a January blog post in which the company wrote it was "proud" to supply tech services to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), including its Azure cloud computing service and the ability to use "deep learning capabilities to accelerate facial recognition and identification."As a company, Microsoft is dismayed by the forcible separation of children from their families at the border.
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But for all the revolution and disruption, they tend to keep their focus close, and largely cast their eyes down.“The Earth is bright; the sun is bright,” says Michael Garcia, the program officer.“So small telescopes can see things very easily.” But trying to see the dim light from objects beyond our neighborhood usually demands much bigger telescopes.In space, above the blurring of the atmosphere, telescopes don’t have to be quite as huge to do the same job as an Earthbound observatory.That’s why, in the call for proposals, NASA emphasizes that the new smallsat program “is intended to capitalize on the creativity in the astrophysics science community.” And, indeed, it looks like that community does have some ideas for how to do more science with less instrument.They just wanted a five-page paper about what astrophysicists would hypothetically do if, say, they hypothetically found a wallet containing between $10 million and $35 million and had to build an astro-studies smallsat with it.
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Micron rode strong demand for DRAM and flash to record revenues and profits for its third fiscal 2018 quarter (PDF), but XPoint chip sales to Intel collapsed.Memory ruled the quarter with DRAM providing 71 per cent of revenue and trade NAND 25 per cent.President and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra said: "We set new records for revenue in SSDs, Mobile Managed NAND and Automotive solutions along with Cloud/Enterprise and Graphics DRAM Memory.Sales of cloud server and graphics memory more than doubled year-on-year with the only disappointing sector being the client product business.Micron still intends to introduce its first XPoint products in late calendar 2019, with meaningful revenue in 2020.As we continue to introduce new SSD solutions on lower-cost, next-generation technologies, we believe that we can unlock new pools of demand that are currently being served by HDDs."
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If you've been into a Lego store any time over the past several years you'll know that there are booths that let you build your own minifigures.It's nice, but limited to pieces and designs Lego mass produces.The Lego store in Copenhagen just installed a brand new machine that will print custom designs straight onto blank minifigure pieces.What's more it's not a slow-moving machine that takes hours to run, and can pump out 40 minifigures in a single go.So if you've ever wanted a minifigure of yourself wearing a t-shirt that says "I hate apples" then you may just get your chance.The machine is the brainchild of designer Jens Hjorth, who spent a year and a half working on the machine.
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In case you haven't noticed, today is the Summer solstice.Not that it's particularly warm at the moment.To commemorate the day, National Rail has decided to stream the longest train journey in the UK - in case you like watching a trains-eye view of the British countryside.The organisation is streaming the journey on Facebook, and while the comment says it's not live the point is the same.You can watch the Aberdeen to Penzance journey in its entirety - or what's left of it anyway.The journey began at 8.20 this morning, but since it's 13 hours and 23 minutes long it won't be finishing until around 10pm this evening.
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In a digital marketing career that has spanned numerous roles, often with a heavy focus on SEO, Courtney Cox has watched plenty of trends come and go.But like many of us, she’s convinced that answer boxes (or “featured snippets,” or “position zero,” as you will) hold the key to search success going forward.Recognizing the magnitude of this topic, Cox will dedicate her session at Content Marketing World to Position 0: Optimizing Your Content to Rank in Google’s Answer Boxes.Drawing from her experience at Children’s Health, where she’s tasked with helping modernize the digital experience in an industry that has been — by her own admission — a little behind the curve, she’ll offer up practical advice for claiming this crucial real estate.What does your role as Digital Marketing Manager at Children’s Health entail?I have a team of strategists and editors that manages the online experience for our patient families.
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