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By Masha Borak  It s that time of the year again!It s Chinese New Year!Also known as the Spring Festival, or the Lunar New Year is just round the corner – the time when every single production facility in China shuts down, and the supply chain suddenly breaks.The only thing you get from your Chinese partners is dead silence.Off they go, drinking and dining with their families and friends while watching the loud CCTV broadcast of the Spring Festival Gala for as long as 10 days.Retailers and importers have to plan months in advance to ensure a smooth supply and avoid quality issues that come during the rush to fulfill orders.
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With dozens of smart home products on the CES show floor, who would have guessed a trash can would be what everyone was talking about?GeniCan is a stick-on attachment for your trash can that uses a barcode scanner and voice recognition to help you compile grocery lists based on what you re throwing away.Simply scan an item before tossing it into the trash and GeniCan automagically adds it to an accompanying smartphone app.If the item doesn t have a barcode, or it s unreadable, you ll just hold the item in front of the scanner and wait for the prompt.Once GeniCan asks what you re throwing away, simply tell it, and it ll add that to the list as well.Better still, you don t even have to leave the house to buy these grocery items.
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For the past 2 years, I've thought that digital marketing was the way to go for me.The market is moving in that direction, more opportunities, etc.Recently, it hit me that working on a laptop for 8 hours a day is very draining for my brain.I thrive in workplaces where I am dealing with people face to face, such as hospitality.I find it far more rewarding, and I end up leaving the shift happy.Conversely, workplaces where I am using a computer/laptop/phone for most of the shift moderately lowers my mood and drive dramatically, and it takes me quite some time to bounce back into my happy self.
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Forget about the smart hairbrushes and ridiculously fast electric cars, CES 2017 is about TVs.From Panasonic s first ever OLED set to the latest eye-searingly bright Samsungs, we ve seen plenty of teles to get excited about.Especially if you ve not yet made the jump from old fashioned High Definition to 4K.Unless you ve got pockets as deep as the Grand Canyon, you ll only be able to afford one of them.So without further adieu, here s our ongoing pick of the best TVs of CES 2017.Keep checking back to this page for more new TVs as we see them.
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So what tools can help to increase the efficiency, effectiveness and intelligence of a team?This automation and CRM software is a great tool for lead generation and marketing ROI measurement.Hubspot has everything all in one place, including:Want to know what's in your sales pipeline, or where your leads are coming from?Simply upload your photo, add your caption and hashtags, and schedule it for another date.This scheduling tool works with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google , Pinterest and Instagram.
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Lenovo has announced a new voice-activated speaker to rival the Amazon Echo and Google Home, but is receiving a huge helping hand from the former.The new Smart Assistant comes packing Amazon s Alexa smarts, enabling users to play music, ask questions, listen to the news, order an Uber, control smart home gadgets and access thousands more Skills from Amazon's library.Those snapping up the new Smart Assistant, which starts at $129, can even use the Alexa app to assist with set-up and usage.While the Smart Assistant actually looks a lot like the Echo, albeit a little more refined, it might actually win out over its predecessor, thanks to the inclusion of Harman Kardon audio tech.The premium audio version will cost $180, which is the same price as the Amazon Echo.In terms of other hardware variances over its inspiration, the Smart Assistant has eight far-field microphones around the top ring compared to the Echo s seven.
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High dynamic range, which boosts the contrast and colour in displays, is tipped to be the next major broadcasting standard.In preparation, Panasonic is claiming a "world first" with the launch of its new HDR-ready, ultra-HD OLED TV.The 65-inch flatscreen EZ1000 television was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show CES in Las Vegas and will officially launch in June.As well as being prepared for HDR broadcasts, the company says the new model has "professional grade image processing" and a "Dynamic Blade Speaker" that houses 14 multiple speaker units eight woofers, four squawkers and two tweeters, plus a quad passive radiator to boost bass ."The Panasonic EZ1000 unlocks the full contrast and colour potential of the latest OLED screen technology, resulting in pictures of both unprecedented accuracy and spectacular beauty," the company said in a statement.OLED displays have been launched by a number of companies at this year's CES, including new TVs by Sony, Samsung, and HDR computer monitors by Dell.
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The iPhone 7 and a number of its peers have unceremoniously kicked the headphone jack overboard, shifting more focus on buds and cans which have cut the cord.Jaybird s new Freedom Wireless in-ears are the company s latest cable-free tune pumpers vying for your cash, and at £170, they ve got high expectations to live up to.They feel like they re built to last - as you d expect at this price - with a nice thick cable and metal tips adding to the premium feel.In the box you re supplied with three foam tips, three regular tips, and three fins - all of which are available in small, medium and large sizes.The fins are optional, but are designed for an extra-secure fit, if you re planning on running or a bit of casual parkour on the weekends.With so many possible combinations, you should find one that works best for you, but it took me quite a bit of trial and error to find a comfortable fit.
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Dancing patterns and vibrant colors may make the videos from the sixth-annual Nikon Small World In Motion contest look more like art, but they re actually both art and science.Nikon Instruments Inc. recently unveiled the winners from the video version of their photomicrography competition, displaying everything from a starfish larvae to the growth of mold spores.The branch of Nikon dedicated to scientific imaging equipment, like microscopes, awarded the first-place honors in the competition to Stanford University s William Gilpin for his shot of an eight-week-old starfish larvae video above .As the larvae searches the water for food, the tiny creature s motion turns the surrounding water into an intricate pattern.Gilpin captured the footage while studying how physics impacts evolution — surprising the judges with the patterns the starfish created in the water.Gillpin s video helped capture how the starfish s appendages, believed to be a result of evolution, created the patterns, something previously unknown according to contest organizers.
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Tesla has a habit of including Easter Eggs aka hidden software features in its software updates, and the latest update includes two doozies.The first is a holiday light show for Model X owners that takes full advantage of the electric SUV s folding gullwing doors, along with its turn indicators, fog lights, headlights and more.Plus a rousing soundtrack to get you in the holiday spirit.That s not all, though – for people looking for an even more escapist experience from their car, both Model S and Model X owners with the update can transform their vehicles into a Mars-bound spacecraft; the one his other company, SpaceX, is building to send colonists to the red planet.This bonus feature, triggered by entering Mars as the access code for your vehicle s software system, will turn your in-car map to a map of the surface of Mars, and as you drive around the position of your virtual red planet rover will cross new Mars planetary terrain, too.Both Easter Eggs, and the way to enable them, can be seen in the DragTimes YouTube clips above and below.
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What happened with podcasting in 2016?Certainly there was no runaway hit like Serial Season 1 that we can use as a tentpole to draw conclusions about The State Of Audio Today.When I think of this year s water-cooler conversations on culture, the things that come to mind are Stranger Things, Westworld or La La Land — at least in my experience, no one podcast has yet to reach the critical mass of Sarah Koenig and co. s serialized investigation of a murky Baltimore murder.That doesn t mean that podcasts didn t make an impact.When I look back at the audio that affected me this year, I think of emotional fictional narratives or soul-baring admissions of humanity.In an episode of Chris Gethard s podcast Beautiful/Anonymous, he tells someone that in doing his show wherein anyone can call in anonymously to a number and Gethard will give them one hour of his time to listen and chat , he hopes that people find solace in having a platform and feeling listened to.
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The world s largest weapons maker by sales is expanding ties with commercial technology companies as Pentagon officials become more optimistic that their own outreach to Silicon Valley will continue under the incoming administration.Lockheed has acquired a minority stake in San Diego-based IQ-Analog Corp., its first investment since starting a $100 million fund in the summer.With the Pentagon scouting for technology that can be repurposed for military use, Lockheed said it wants to groom young firms that could become potential suppliers or even acquisition targets.They re not really ready yet for prime time in the defense world, said Chris Moran, who was hired in the summer as general manager of Lockheed Martin Ventures.He previously ran the venture arm of Applied Materials Inc.Mr. Moran said he is looking at more than 100 firms and will add two more people to a staff of three spread between the Valley, Washington and Boston.
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Digital advertisers have relied on web cookies since the last two decades, but with the advent of smart mobility, this old strategy won't work.While Google is still the search engine leader, Bing is surging ahead in grabbing search engine market share, while Yahoo!Is trying to recover lost ground with its new services.In social media marketing, it is essential that businesses think beyond Facebook for better results too, as other social sites are making headway in various demographics.Analysts believe that advertisers should apply sound marketing strategies on sites other than Google and Facebook, since people-based marketing is quickly moving beyond what these tech giants have created.Leveraging Facebook and Google's success, one can find that by relying on "people-based" solutions, advertisers can devise ads for real people and not some stored cookies.
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With all the hype surrounding virtual reality, you d think a true VR phenomenon is imminent.When it finally does arrive in earnest, it could disrupt the status quo of many businesses and industries.VR has already found favor in enabling surgeons to do operations from a distance, said Brian May, the legendary Queen guitarist and songwriter who has designed the Owl VR, a plastic viewer for smartphones.And it will be possible to preserve and relive favorite moments with loved ones, or trips to exotic locations, that can never be repeated in the real world.Here s a quick primer:Oculus Rift exemplifies external computing, rendering graphics and sound on a PC that s connected to a video player via an HDMI cord.
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Clear Labs, a food analytics startup for retailers and manufacturers, has raised $13 million in a Series B round led by Wing VC, with participation from Google Ventures GV , Tencent, Khosla Ventures, and Felicis Ventures.Founded out of Menlo Park in 2014, Clear Labs software analyzes the molecular makeup of food to help brands ensure the quality of their products; mitigate risks, such as contamination; prove that products really are GMO-free; and generally complement existing food-safety programs.The company had raised a $6.5 million Series A round in September 2015, and with $13 million more in its coffers, the company says it plans to scale its genomics and analytics platform.Alongside the funding news, Clear Labs is also adding Michael Taylor, former Food and Drug Administration FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, to its board of directors.Our mission is to help our customers mitigate risk through data-driven intelligence, said Sasan Amini, CEO and cofounder of Clear Labs.Both our family of NGS-based food tests and software analytics offerings have huge implications for the scalability and accessibility of food safety and quality measures.
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Australian airline Qantas just announced a new route that will take passengers from Perth, Australia to London.But you might want to stock up on sleeping pills.Because with a total flight time of 17.5 hours, it will be the longest nonstop flight in the world.The flight from Perth to London is 8,989 miles and will take place on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliners that Qantas will be acquiring next year.The 17.5-hour flight will beat the previously longest flight from Dubai to Auckland, New Zealand on Emirates Airlines.That flight stretches 8,823 miles and takes 16 hours and 35 minutes.
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Nintendo's Super Mario Run, the first official Mario game to arrive on smartphones, requires an Internet connection to play.That means no playing it on the Tube, on planes, or anywhere else where you might not have a phone signal or solid Wi-Fi access.The company's gaming chief Shigeru Miyamoto, in an interview with Mashable, explained the online-only requirement was intended to combat piracy.And also for consumers who are purchasing the game, we want to make sure that we're able to offer it to them in a way that the software is secure, and that they're able to play it in a stable environment.This is something that we want to continue to work on as we continue to develop the game.But actually, the security element is one of the reasons that we decided to go with iPhone and iOS first.
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Tyneside gets another boost in its plan to be a northern data centre powerhouseFormer owner of Citadel100 Data centres, euNetworks and Seafibre Networks, Noel Meaney, has announced his new data centre venture named Stellium.With plans to target wholesale, rack services and cloud solutions, Stellium s data centres have been purpose-built based on the recognition that there is no longer a single type of computing or workload in today s globalised digital economy.The new data centre, located in Newcastle, is the first in the area to provide fibre optic networks, constructed to BREEAM Excellent and Outstanding Standards with power usage effectiveness PUE rating of 1.16.It is to have its own dedicated power supply from an adjacent National Grid Interconnector, which provides up to 80MVA via four 20 MVA 11Kv feeds from two dedicated SSE substations.A total of 40km metro fibre network was invested by Meaney, it connects Stellium s data centres to multiple long-haul and international carriers, ensuring Stellium s clients have low-latency, high-capacity connectivity to London, Europe and the US.
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Can you fire someone for not telling you they have a criminal record and did time for dealing drugs?Australian system integrator Data 3 has just been told the answer to that question is no , under come circumstances.As a report PDF on this case explains, in late December 2014, Data 3 hired a chap known only as Mr. AW as a Microsoft Solution Specialist on the pleasing salary of AU$185,000.But in mid-January 2015 Data 3 learned that Mr AW had a conviction in New Zealand for selling Ecstasy and had served a year-long home detention as a result.AW says he specifically asked Data 3's interviewers if he needed to pass a criminal record check and claims he was told it was not a condition of employment.But when it learned of his conviction, Data 3 fired AW, arguing that as the company's culture requires employees to demonstrate the highest ethical standards the lack of integrity demonstrated by his non-disclosure showed he was a bad fit for the company.
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India might not be ready yet to completely transition to a cashless society, but in the wake of government s major demonetization push, much of the country is quickly learning to pay from their smartphones.In the light of the announcement, mobile wallet apps have been reporting astronomical growth in usage and downloads in India.The market leader, Paytm, has gone ahead to break a few noticeable milestones.It announced this week that more people are now using its online payment platform than all the plastic cards usage combined.SEE ALSO: India's futile attempt to go cashless is a reality check for our dream epayments futureLast Saturday, Paytm handled over 7 million transactions that amounted to more than Rs 1.2 billion $17.5 million .
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