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Speculation that Rockstar Games is currently working on Grand Theft Auto 6 gripped the gaming industry today (27 July) after an actor's CV noted work on the unannounced game, as well as upcoming western Red Dead Redemption 2.The resume of Tim Neff (found and shared on NeoGAF), a performance-capture actor working out of LA and New York, gives nothing away in regard to what character or NPC he might have been playing, so all we have to go on is a listing that may or may not be a typo.Whether the listing is accurate or not almost certainly won't become clear until after more solid news about the sequel comes out, and everyone will have moved on.The fact of the matter is that, even if the resume isn't accurate, Rockstar is absolutely, 100% working on a new Grand Theft Auto in some capacity.GTA 5 released in 2013, and remains a chart-topper four years later.It has sold incredibly well and is well on its way to becoming the third highest-selling game of all time behind Minecraft and Tetris.
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As virtually every school-aged child knows, birds are descended from dinosaurs.But holy toledo, does this newly discovered oviratporid ever look like a modern cassowary—right from the dramatic crest atop its head through to its long neck and ostrich-like shape.This newly-described oviratporid is called Corythoraptor jacobsi, and its fossilized remains—a beautifully preserved and practically complete skeleton—were uncovered near a train station in Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province, in southern China.The discovery of this new species shows that oviraptoridae—a group of bird-like, herbivorous and omnivorous dinosaurs—were among the most prolific and varied group of dinosaurs to live in the arid Ganzhou region during the Late Cretaceous period some 100 to 66 million years ago.Corythoraptor jacobsi had a particularly pronounced casque that’s remarkably similar to the one found on modern cassowaries, a flightless bird that lives in Queensland, Australia (pictured below).As lead author Junchang Lü from the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences pointed out in the new study, a comparative analysis of the physical similarities between the two species could shed light on the functional role played by the crest—a possible instance of convergent evolution, where a similar physical characteristic emerges independently in two different species.
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Sky has done a deal with high-end speaker company Devialet to produce a soundbar co-branded by the two firms.The speaker will retail for a fairly staggering £799, but there's good news.Current Sky customers will get the speaker for £299 and Sky Q Multiscreen punters will pay just £249.There is a dialogue enhancement option, which is a common complaint with TV viewers who claim they can't hear speech over background music and effects.There's a late night mode, which cuts the bass so others in the house can sleep.The most interesting option, and one that's less common, is the "kid" mode, which puts a limit on the maximum volume.
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Much like in a triathlon – the trifecta of swimming, biking, then running – it’s hard to be good at all three disciplines.B2B marketers are familiar with the concept of selling into specific accounts and building relationships that lead to ongoing sales, renewals, and referrals.ABM requires coordination between marketing and sales, which, in many companies, spend more time arm wrestling (as we like to call it at R2i) than aligning.There’s no point in marketing to an account if the sales team won’t pursue it.Thus, ABM often dies because marketing and sales can’t agree on the basics.target account, channel target, services target) to produce useful segments in ABM tools
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Lionsgate just bought a script they’re hoping will serve as a new chapter in the John Wick cinematic universe.The script is called Ballerina and it’s described by The Hollywood Reporter as “in the vein of La Femme Nikita, the 1990 female-centric assassin movie that helped launch the career of filmmaker Luc Besson, but with a more pulpy, hyper-stylised bent a la Quentin Tarantino or Matthew Vaughn.”Shay Hatten wrote the script, but not specifically for the John Wick universe.However, it seems when the script hit the open market, Lionsgate thought the premise—“a young woman raised as an assassin who must hunt down the other assassins that murdered her family”—could easily be tweaked to be set in Wick’s universe.So the company bought it.This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of a Wick spinoff.
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China’s three state-owned telecommunications companies announced on Thursday that they will scrap domestic roaming charges for mainland users from September 1, one month ahead of the original schedule.China Unicom, China Mobile and China Telecom made the announcement in separate statements.China Telecom also said it would cancel domestic long-distance charges from Septmber 1.At the same time, the three companies have pledged to lower internet access and leased line fees for small and medium-sized enterprises, and cut international long-distance voice tariffs as part of China’s overall effort to cut consumer costs and encourage companies to adopt new technologies.In March, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang renewed his call for the country’s three telecommunication network operators to “raise speed, drop prices”.The three companies had immediately agreed and pledged to implement the changes by October 1.
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Google Chrome is making it easier to inspect how secure the websites you visit are without having to leave the page.The latest iteration of the browser brings back the ability to effortlessly look up certificate details straight from the security interface in the address bar.Users running the newest version Chrome (60) now have access to more details about security certificates and their validity by clicking on the padlock in the left side of the address bar.This will pull up an additional box where you can view the authority that issued the certificate as well as its expiration date.Selecting the dropdown ‘Details’ button will reveal additional security information like what encryption and signature algorithms a website uses.This information though might be available only for certain websites.
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Ever wondered what death will be like?While no one likes to think about the end of life, lots of us (including scientists) have a strange curiosity about that infamous light at the end of the tunnel.Now a team from University Hospital of Liège, Belgium, have been trying to figure out if death is the same for everyone; whether we all go through the same experience or have totally unique ones.And it seems they may be more personal than we previously thought.There are some well-known phenomena commonly cited as occurring before death, including seeing a bright light, experiencing a feeling of peace, having an out-of-body experience and perceiving a tunnel.Author Charlotte Martial said: “The aim of our study was to investigate the frequency distribution of these features, both globally and according to the position of features in narratives, as well as the most frequently reported temporality sequences of the different near-death-experience features.”
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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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For all its drawbacks as a system of governance, you have to admit that communism, with its rich history and Big Brother overtones, makes for an ideal video game setting.Two-fisted shooters that let you blow the brains out of evil reds?Sneaky super-spy stealth games in which you set up both sides against each other?Even communist-friendly versions of city- and world-builders are out there.All of that makes Black the Fall (for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC) easy to enjoy from the get-go.It’s a moody little thriller in which you’re a machinist trying to escape from a communist country that’s closely based on Ceausescu’s Romania – in fact, the developers called on their own experiences of living through that horrifying regime.
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Chinese bike sharing platform Mobike announced its entry into the Italian market with Florence and Milan as its first stops.With this move, Italy becomes the first country in Continental Europe to introduce Mobike.Meanwhile, it is Mobike's fourth overseas market following Singapore, UK, and Japan.Hu Weiwei, founder and president of Mobike, said that they are very glad to enter the Italian market and especially honored to start operation in Florence and Milan.They will cooperate with local partners to provide smooth riding experience to citizens and tourists in the two cities to help them feel the beauty of the cities.Mobike will first place hundreds of smart shared bikes in Florence for trial operation.
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CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, Malaysia's second largest bank by asset scale, said that its subsidiary Touch n Go, in which the bank holds a 52.22% stake, has reached an investment agreement with Alipay to set up a joint venture entity in Malaysia.According to CIMB, Touch n Go will hold a majority stake in the joint venture, while Alipay will hold a minority stake.The joint venture will launch a new payment and related financial services mobile platform in Malaysia.CIMB also said that it is expected that the establishment of this new joint venture will not have major influence on CIMB's profit or net asset value in 2017.If calculating by assets, CIMB is the fifth largest bank in Southeast Asia.Chinese Internet finance enterprises like Ant Financial and WeChat payment are actively expanding overseas recently.
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Southeast Asia's leading ride-hailing platform Grab announced the completion of its latest round financing of USD2.5 billion, including USD2 billion joint investments from Didi Chuxing and SoftBank.Grab operates the largest traffic network in Southeast Asia and it is one of the most active mobile platforms in this region, with total downloads of over 50 million.The company has the largest fleet in local areas of over 1.1 million drivers and it provides various ride-hailing services in 65 cities of seven countries in Southeast AsiaThe statistics also reveal that Grab has daily orders of nearly three million.It holds 95% market share of the third-party taxi market and 71% market share of the private car ride-hailing market.In December 2016, Grab launched its rechargeable payment method GrabPay Credits to free users from cash payments.
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Deezer has announced that it's bolstering its streaming service with hundreds of new podcasts, thanks to a partnership with AudioBoom.AudioBoom is a distribution platform for podcasters that has built up a user base of 60 million listeners a month, thanks to high-profile celebrity endorsements from the likes of Stephen Fry and its frankly impressive podcast range.There are over 200 podcasts to choose from, ranging from true crime classic Undisclosed to Bob Mortimer and Andy Dawson's cracking comedy football podcast Athletico Mince.All of which will now be available to Deezer users - given there's 12 million of them, this is a savvy deal for both podcast listeners and those who are making the podcasts.This is the latest in a number of moves by Deezer to make it a streaming service that's about more than just music.In recent months it has expanded its sports coverage on the service, signing deals with both Barcelona FC and Man Utd, which has culminated in player playlists, news and exclusive football content.
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Pony Ma Huateng moved up on Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index today and became the second richest man in China–a place previously held by Wanda Group’s founder Wang Jianlin.Ma is the co-founder and CEO of Tencent, one of China’s largest internet companies and is famous for its most-loved instant messaging and social media software QQ and WeChat.A native of Guangdong Province, Ma graduated from Shenzhen University with a computer science degree and started the now-multibillion company with a college friend of his, using his savings from stock investment.He is now estimated to be worth US$33.7 billion.
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This piece was written by Angelina Xu and originally published on Jing DailyIsabel Ge Mahe is the newly appointed managing director of Apple in Greater China.She will step up from her current role as vice president of wireless technologies to take on the position of vice president and managing director of Greater China, which was created amid falling sales in the region.She will report directly to CEO Tim Cook and chief operating officer Jeff Williams, according to a statement released by Apple on July 18.The Liaoning, China native held an electrical engineer degree at Canada’s Simon Fraser University and has been working at Apple since 2008.She will relocate from Los Altos, California to Shanghai later this summer.
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After three in the fast lane China’s electric car market has hit a speed bump this year as reduced government subsidies dent drivers’ buying interest.According to UBS, sales growth of new-energy vehicles including pure electric cars and plug-in hybrid automobiles, are expected to slow to 20 per cent for the whole year in 2017, compared to the 63 per cent year-on-year increase recorded in 2016.“In China, policies always have a huge impact on the auto market,” said UBS analyst Hou Yankun.“As government subsidies drop, the market is losing a major driving force to spur the growth [of the electric-car segment].”UBS predicts sales of 403,000 million new-energy vehicles on the mainland this year, up from 336,000 in 2016.Despite the slowing sales, China will retain its title of world front-runner in electric-car adoption, with annual sales more than double the United States where an estimated 191,000 units are forecast to be sold this year.
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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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Facebook crushed quarterly profit and revenue estimates on Wednesday as the social media giant’s push into video ads helped bolster its fast-growing mobile ad business.The company’s shares were up 1.4 per cent at US$168 after the bell.Through Wednesday’s close, the stock had climbed nearly 44 per cent this year.Facebook said about 2.01 billion people were using its service monthly as of June 30, up 17 per cent from a year earlier.The social media giant said in June it had surpassed the 2-billion user mark.Mobile ad revenue accounted for 87 per cent of the company’s total advertising revenue of US$9.16 billion in the latest quarter, up from 84 per cent a year earlier.
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Er, according to these JS framework fansNode Summit As the Node Summit got underway in San Francisco on Wednesday, Charles Beeler, general partner at Rally Ventures, said the Node community has come a long way since 2012, when everyone was talking about Node.js and no one was using it.Initially released in 2009, the JavaScript runtime environment now has enough users and momentum that the nonprofit Node.js Foundation feels comfortable claiming that "Node.js is emerging as a universal development framework for digital transformation with a broad diversity of applications."Its claim is without much specificity, burdened with the meaningless jargon "digital transformation."There are some 8 million Node.js instances online at the moment, according to the survey, and three in four Node users say they will increase their usage over the next 12 months.Some 71 percent anticipated more usage and 2 per cent expected the opposite.
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