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There’s something wonderfully bold about luxury smartwatches.Whether it’s the $17,000 Apple Watch Edition or Tag Heuer’s $1,500 Connected piece, these devices say hey, yes, this technology’s not finished.It’s not entirely clear why you’d buy one of these, or if anyone actually will.The new Tag Heuer Connected 45 does fall somewhat into this category.It’ll set you back $1,600-ish (Tag hasn’t finalized the price yet), and it runs the same Android Wear software as every other Android Wear smartwatch.In terms of the stuff it can do, the only unique thing about the Connected 45 is the comma in its price.
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China’s civil aviation watchdog is about to introduce a real-name registration policy for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in a bid to address mounting concerns over drone threats to the country’s aviation safety and national security, local media is reporting (in Chinese).The civil use of drones has had a growing presence in China since 2011.Despite the great advantages they bring to people, such as surveying and mapping, capturing live events, and small item delivery, they have created safety and security problems.Since this January, there have been 11 reported cases on flights affected by UAVs entering “clearance protection areas” in China.China has more than 20,000 drones, but only 10,000 operators of the drones have acquired UAV pilot licenses, according to Shu Zhenjie, director of the UAV Lab at the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (in Chinese).“For the civil aviation administration, our main responsibility involves drone registration, which includes requiring drone owners to sign up with their real names,” said Feng Zhenglin, director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).“We will introduce some convenient ways for the management of small UAVs of recreational purpose or of sports purpose.For instance, we plan to set up electric fencing in clearance protection areas around airports,” Feng added.The upcoming new regulation will prod major players into taking technical corrections, including DJI, Zerotech, Xaircraft, and PowerViroment.China’s consumer drones industry is set to continue its boom over the next coming three years.Market research firm IDC, in a report released last December (in Chinese), estimated  China’s aerial photography drone market to top RMB 25 billion by 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of 86.5%.
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Guest Post by Sapir Segal, Content Marketing Manager at OktopostAre you doing everything you can to catch the right leads?Or do you tend to go for the low-hanging fruit – the easy ones?Instead of wasting precious time and resources on finding unqualified prospects, B2B marketers are shifting to account-based marketing (ABM).If you’re looking to launch a successful ABM program and see real results, join The Modern Marketer’s Workshop: ABM – From Strategy to Action and Results hosted by marketing experts Matt Heinz and Robert Pease.Social media is the cornerstone of ABM if you utilize and refocus it effectively.
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Larry Busacca/Getty Images As a new hit podcast has reinvigorated the mystery surrounding Richard Simmons' absence from the public eye for three years, the Los Angeles Police Department reports that the diet guru is safe and well.“He is perfectly fine and he is very happy," LAPD Detective Kevin Baker told People magazine this week. what he is going to do, but right now he is doing what he wants
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First-Time Homebuyers Can Finally Get a Mortgage in the Way They Expect — Entirely Online — Without Picking Up the Phone SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 9, 2017– Digital natives expect buying a home to be a seamless online experience like everything else they do in work and life.Yet, obtaining a mortgage is still by and large an inefficient, outdated, and offline process.View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170309005492/en/ LendingHome’s online mortgage is the first to prioritize the customer experience by putting control over the process into the hands of the homebuyer.While the first wave of digital lenders brought the old-school paper mortgage application online, retrofitting it to be accessed via the Internet, much of the process is still controlled by the lender offline and is opaque and confusing for the homebuyer.In contrast, LendingHome has created the next-generation digital mortgage that gives homebuyers confidence and control over the process with a dynamic, interactive online experience.They can apply via an interactive application that gives tips and feedback as they go, keep real-time track of their progress with a personalized milestone timeline, trade points and lock their rate online before the market changes, and easily share their loan status with their real estate agent with the click of a button.
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How accurate can a NBA 2K17 simulation be?NBA 2K16 almost predicted last year's NBA Finals, only you know, the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead and all.Even with that simulation being a little off, I figured I'd do something a little different and try to see how accurately NBA 2K17 could predict the best DraftKings lineup for me on March 7.In fact, it was the Blazers' Damian Lillard going off for the biggest scoring output of the day, and some solid rebounding and assists numbers as well.Drafting Lillard seemed like a no-brainer, but some of the other decisions weren't so easy.The Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell each eclipsed to 20-point mark, but I couldn't draft both of them, could I?
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The Government Digital Service said it would begin its first two alpha-testing programmes for local government use of Verify, following a discovery periodThe Cabinet Office’s Government Digital Service (GDS) said it has moved its first two local-government pilot schemes for the GOV.UK Verify identity verification programme into alpha testing, amidst questions over the viability of the scheme’s planned expansion.Verify and Notify are both part of GDS’ Government as a Platform (GaaP) strategy to develop tools and functions that can be reused across the public sector, and both were mentioned in the government’s digital strategy published last week.GDS said the discovery phase for the use of Verify to provide secure access to online applications for travel passes and residential parking permits was completed last month and the projects had moved into alpha-phase testing.The service said the projects are being developed using agile methods and in such a way as to make the resulting tools and processes usable across government.“At the end of each phase we are collating the findings across our local authority partners and turning them into tools that can be understood and used by any local authority,” said GDS’ Michael Clark and Verify local authority lead Linda O’Halloran in a blog post.
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Human error revealed to be behind S3 outage as Amazon promises to make changes and learn from the eventEariler this week, Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) experienced an outage on the East coast of the US, affecting several high-profile sites including Adobe, Slack, Splitwise and the US Securities and Exchange Commission.At the time Amazon declined to disclose the reason for the outage, but the company has now published a summary of the incident and revealed exactly what caused the disruption.The outage was ultimately down to human error.While trying to fix a bug in the S3 billing system, a team member entered an incorrect command which ended up removing a larger-than-intended set of servers, inadvertently impacting other S3 subsystems.Specifically, the servers that were removed supported the ‘index’ and ‘placement’ subsystems, causing both of them to require a full restart.
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Reckon you re a dab hand behind the wheel?Well it s only a matter of time until robots outclass you on the road, according to one expert.Speaking during a roundtable briefing at MWC 2017, Patrick Little, SVP of Qualcomm s Automotive Business, detailed how self-driving cars will be safer than those operated by human drivers.Qualcomm is a world-leading chipmaker that s working with big-name brands like Peugeot, Audi, and Volkswagen to bring driverless cars to reality.Eventually, the autonomous car will drive better than you, explained Little, because it will have more sensory perception – radar, lidar, cameras.You re going to be connected to the network around you.
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When EHang chose to test its driverless flying cars in Dubai, some may have wondered why the Chinese tech company had chosen the emirate’s skies for its inroads into the future.Long been the stuff of sci-fi fantasy, flying cars will become a part of Dubai's public transportation this year.After becoming a key business center, its focus is innovation.To develop a global platform to find innovative solutions, Expo 2020 Dubai rolled out its $100 million Expo Live programme for innovators in January.It’s not just about advanced technological solutions but simple solutions that might improve the lives of just a few people, perhaps at a school or a small community,” said Yousuf Caires, Vice-President of Expo Live.It was at the World Government Summit last month that Dubai opened its doors to show the world why it is so well positioned to be a world leader in innovation when it unveiled a project to establish the first inhabitable human settlement on Mars by 2117.
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to Uber employees posted to the company's blog, CEO Travis Kalanick has apologized for his behavior in a leaked video showing him fighting with an Uber driver over falling fares in February."My job as your leader is to lead…and that starts with behaving in a way that makes us all proud.That is not what I
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Along with announcing the their new P10 & P10 Plus smartphones, Huawei is using Mobile World Congress 2017 to unveil a pair of new smartwatches.Arriving two years after the company’s first wearable are the Huawei Watch 2 and its sibling, the Huawei Watch 2 Classic.Powered by Android Wear 2.0, the smartwatches feature a stunning design, improved battery life, as well as 4G and GPS functionality.The Huawei Watch 2 will come in 4G and non-4G variants, with some regions getting eSIM versions while other get a standard SIM model.The watch features a 45mm diameter face, with a design that includes chronograph and double-crown layout, along with a ceramic bezel.Huawei says the Watch 2’s standard battery life will allow 2 days of usage.
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Originally thought of as nothing more than a sexting app founded by college bros, Snapchat has risen to become the most active social media platform among users aged 13 to 25.It’s now valued at more than $15 billion, and serves as one of the premiere platforms for sending selfies, silly photos, videos, and messages.When you open the app, the camera is automatically activated and then you can quickly snap a picture for your friends.You don’t have to dig through any menus or manage updates, likes, or comments – all you have to do is hit the record button and you are ready to go.This looks like an arrow pointing downward and looks remarkably similar to the download icon on iPhones.Edit your own display name
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That s because the cloud isn t a single concrete thing so much as a concept that encompasses many technologies.The easiest way to understand this is to think of renting these resources servers, hard drives, networking gear from companies like Dropbox, Google, Amazon and Microsoft that maintain them in their own data centers, instead of owning them.In a way, this is akin to renting an apartment instead of owning your own home.In this case, however, you are renting computer resources instead of a roof over your head — and just like with the apartment you re renting, your landlord is in charge of taking care of maintenance.We bought software and installed it onto the hard drive, and often lived with the old version for years because upgrading was expensive, time-consuming and could cause compatibility issues.Pure cloud companies include Zendesk, Box, Slack, DocuSign, AppDynamics which was acquired by Cisco — and the list goes on and on.
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I'm trying to figure out the market share of an industry in my region.I know that most of the companies in this region are not publicly traded and don't readily give out their financial information.I don't know how to figure out what revenues were for the past five years any tips on this would be greatly appreciated as well , but I believe that one way that I could figure out what pretax income was for the past five years is through federal and state tax records, aggregating these values together from different businesses, and then finding out what that value is 35% of.Does anybody here have experience retrieving federal and state tax information about a company that they are not associated with from federal and state government agencies?I'm in California, I believe that I need to go to the California State Board of equalization/franchise tax board to retrieve the state information and that the IRS would have federal information.Any advice would be appreciated.
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Chinese online search giant Baidu s newly formed venture capital arm, Baidu Ventures, made its first investment on Tuesday as part of the US$27 million Series B fundraising round of 8i, a specialist in augmented reality and virtual reality technologies.According to Baidu, it will also cooperate with United States-based 8i on future product development.Other participants include Verizon Ventures, Hearst Ventures, One Ventures and German businessman Carsten Maschmeyer s Seed & Speed Ventures.That has brought the total funding raised by 8i to US$41 million.Its early investors include Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing s Horizons Ventures, Samsung Venture Investment and San Francisco-based Founders Fund, a venture capital firm backed by PayPal founder and outspoken Donald Trump supporter Peter Thiel.Established in September, Baidu Ventures is focused on early stage investments in the artificial intelligence, AR and VR markets with an initial US$200 million fund.
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It s been almost less than a year since Lenovo introduced the Miix 310 2-in-1 Windows tablet that blew our mind with its affordable price – and value.The Chinese company is expected to launch its successor, Lenovo Miix 320 at Mobile World Congress by the end of the month, and from what we know so far, the changes will be minor.Unlike the other tablet options in Lenovo s portfolio, the Miix 3xxx family doesn t sport a kickstand design like Microsoft s Surface model and uses the good old hinge type connector, like the Asus Transformer model did back in the old days.It s also aimed at affordable markets and users with minimal requirements, thus its price is also quite low.According to today s leaked information, this year s Miix 320 will pack an Intel Atom X5-Z8350 SoC, with 2 or 4GB of RAM, and it will house a 10.1 inch display with 1920 1080 pixels resolution, a USB Type-C port and dual stereo speakers embedded at the front and at the bottom of the device.It may be offer mid-to-low specifications but its price is really great – for a 2-in-1 tablet and it will start at 220$!How does it sound to you?Do you prefer this type of tablets?
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The U.K. is one of the lowest payers for tech talent, despite relying on more than a quarter of foreign workers to fulfill roles in the sector, according to a report into global technology sector salaries.The report from job search marketplace Hired, released Thursday, included insights that 27 per cent of workers joining the U.K. tech sector come from outside the country.As a result of this demand, average salary offers to candidates relocating to London were 28 per cent higher than salary offers to local candidates.In addition, U.K. salary offers were among the lowest worldwide.The average offer to relocating candidates to London was US$95,000.This disparity in salary offers threatens to create a brain drain in the U.K. tech sector unless wage offers begin to rise, warns Mehul Patel, CEO of Hired.
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NEW DELHI AP — In a story Jan. 31 about H-1B visas, The Associated Press reported erroneously that proposed legislation could require more companies to prove that they have tried to hire U.S. workers before hiring foreign workers on H-1B visas.The change would actually force more companies to make a good faith effort to hire U.S. workers before considering foreign workers.A corrected version of the story is below:India IT stocks slip amid worries about stricter H-1B visasThe shares of top Indian IT companies are falling in response to news of proposed U.S. legislation that could make it harder for companies to replace American workers with those from countries like IndiaNEW DELHI AP — The shares of top Indian IT companies sank Tuesday in response to news of proposed U.S. legislation that could make it harder for companies to replace American workers with those from countries like India.
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WASHINGTON Reuters - The FBI appeared to go beyond the scope of existing legal guidance in seeking certain kinds of internet records from Twitter as recently as last year, legal experts said, citing two warrantless surveillance orders the social media company published on Friday.Twitter said its disclosures were the first time the company had been allowed to publicly reveal the secretive orders, which were delivered with gag orders when they were issued in 2015 and 2016.Their publication follows similar disclosures in recent months by other major internet companies, including Alphabet's Google and Yahoo .Each of the two new orders, known as national security letters NSLs , specifically request a type of data known as electronic communication transaction records, which can include some email header data and browsing history, among other information.In doing so, the orders bolster the belief among privacy advocates that the FBI has routinely used NSLs to seek internet records beyond the limitations set down in a 2008 Justice Department legal memo, which concluded such orders should be constrained to phone billing records.An FBI inspector general report from 2014 indicated that it disagreed with the memo's guidance.
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