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The Toshiba vs. Western Digital flash foundry scrap has gone up a notch, with the former threatening to cut off the latter's future flash chip supplies.The scrap started when Toshiba decided to go it alone on a ¥195bn ($1.76bn) plant named "Fab 6" that will make 96-layer 3D NAND manufacturing equipment.Toshiba disagreed and has now said it's so fed up with its frenemy that it won't let it have get any chips made by the plant.A Toshiba statement issued on Friday, Aug 4, said; “Toshiba is dismayed by Western Digital’s pattern of exaggerating SanDisk’s rights under the relevant agreements.Despite claims to the contrary, Western Digital does not now possess any legal “rights” to participate in this phase of investment, which is an important investment in the next generation of flash memory.“As has been widely reported, Toshiba and SanDisk have been in negotiations regarding Fab 6 for several months.
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Action cameras can go anywhere, anytime, and do anything.They’re also waterproof, so are great for snorkelling, surfboarding and skiing.Action cameras may be designed to take video and still images anywhere you want to go, but watching them back on a 4K TV can be disappointing.Most action cameras shoot in HD (high definition), but with the spread of affordable 4K TVs in the past six months – as well as 4K displays on smartphones, such as the Sony Xperia XZ Premium – it’s time for an upgrade.TVs show everything in 50fps or 60fps, so there’s a good chance that the 30 frames will produce slightly “jumpy” results.It’s noticeable when the camera is moving, or filming something going quickly through the frame, which is what action cameras are designed to capture.
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Uutta älykelloa odotetaan myyntiin vielä kuluvan vuoden aikana, Bloombergin lähteet tietävät.Apple suunnittelee tuovansa markkinoille uuden iWatch-älykellon, joka toimisi myös ilman yhtiön iPhone-älypuhelinta.Kello on saapumassa markkinoille vielä tämän vuoden aikana, uutistoimisto Bloombergin nimettömät lähteet kertovat.Markkinoilla jo olevat älykellot pitää yhdistää langattomasti iPhoneen, jotta laitteella voi käyttää verkkoyhteyttä vaativia sovelluksia, kuten viesti- ja musiikkisovelluksia.Tulevissa kelloissa on Bloombergin tietojen mukaan siru, joka mahdollistaa kellon yhdistämisen LTE-verkkoon ilman älypuhelinta.Sirujen kerrotaan tulevan teknologiajätti Inteliltä.
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We’re in the trenches of the smart speaker wars, and as Apple’s HomePod nears we’re seeing more and more attempts by Amazon and Google to get their own systems embedded in your home – and your routine – before Cupertino’s arrives.If you’ve been on the fence, today might be the day to pick up an Amazon Echo, with another promotion on both the original model and the smaller, Echo Dot version.For one day only, the retailer says, you can pick up the original Amazon Echo – in either black or white – for $89.99, a saving of $90 off the regular price.They’re the same savings you could’ve snapped up had you bought an Echo or Echo Dot on Amazon Prime Day back in July, in fact.To be sure, there are already plenty of homes that already have an Echo or Echo Tap on their kitchen counter, living room sideboard, or nightstand by the bed.Amazon’s hope, though, is that as well as bringing new families into Alexa’s fold, the virtual assistant will extend her hearing further through your home as people add extra units.
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Thanks to a whole plethora of cashless payment solutions available, more people are opting to go cashless for their transactions.In the US, a Gallup poll in 2016 showed that only 24 percent, as opposed to 36 percent in 2011, prefer to transact mostly, or exclusively, in cash.Other financial activities are heading for a change as well.Today, blockchain has taken over financial technology and even banks are aggressively pursuing their own blockchain projects.As of writing this, bitcoin is worth over $2,700.Other cryptocurrencies are also enjoying growth.
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Scientists predict that the ongoing increase in average global temperatures will drive deadly humid heat waves across South Asia, home to a fifth of the world's population (BBC News).The analysis, which concludes that regions of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will reach the limit of human survivability by the late 21st century, focuses on 'wet bulb' temperature - a relative humidity based temperature measurement that is typically lower than the air temperature.A wet bulb temperature of over 35C - typical human skin temperature - prevents us from effectively dissipating heat by sweating, and is considered to be the upper limit beyond which humans will die within hours; even a wet bulb temperature of 31C is intensely dangerous.The news came in the electric carmaker's latest quarterly financial statement, which showed that the company made a loss of $401 million against total revenues of $2.7 billion in the three months until June 30.Hyperloop One has started to show off the types of speeds promised by the magnetic levitating train technology, entering its second phase of testing in the Nevada desert with the pod hurtling through the near-vacuum test tunnel at speeds of 309kph (WIRED).A newly-published study has confirmed that US researchers successfully used the CRISPR/Cas9 gene cutting technique to replace a flawed gene with a normal one for 42 out of 58 embryos, the most successful demonstration of the technique’s gene editing prowess in the human germline (WIRED).
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A new data-stealing malware dubbed HawkEye is now being increasingly used by hackers in multiple new phishing campaigns.Security experts said that the distribution of the malware increased after it was put on sale on a "public-facing website."The most recent HawkEye campaign saw hackers sending out phishing emails designed to trick users into opening the malicious attachment, which the hackers customised to ensure that victims believed it was related to a recent invoice or transaction.The malware is also designed to steal email passwords and web browsers."HawkEye is a versatile Trojan used by diverse actors for multiple purposes.The malware has been sold through a public-facing website, which has allowed many different operators to use it," FireEye researchers said.
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Starting two years ago, a band of artificial-intelligence acolytes within Salesforce escaped the towering headquarters with the goal of crazily multiplying the impact of the machine learning models that increasingly shape our digital world—by automating the creation of those models.The pop culture myths the company has invoked for its AI effort—the robot leader; the iconic genius—represent the kind of protean powers the technology is predicted to attain by both its most ardent hypesters and its gloomiest critics.The company’s original mantra was “no software.” Its customers wouldn’t have to purchase and install complex programs and then pay to maintain and upgrade them—Salesforce would take care of all that at its data centers in the cloud.Its founder, Marc Benioff, is a philanthropist who has put his own name on hospitals and foundations.Despite all this, in its own world of B2B (business-to-business) software, Salesforce still holds onto its scrappy upstart self-image.That begins with the mundane business of ranking lists of sales leads.
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All-in-ones are fairly straightforward these days, but the new Dell Inspiron 27 7000’s exclusive use of Ryzen processors is sure to excite AMD fans.In fact, Dell’s gone all-in on AMD parts and offers Polaris-based Radeon RX GPUs as the sole option for graphics.We just received our Inspiron 27 7775 and couldn’t wait to pop it out of the box.In fact, we were so eager, we even did a partial teardown and took a peek at what lies beneath the machine’s back plate.(Spoiler: It’s pretty tidy under there.)Watch as we poke around and talk specs.
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Intrinsic Technology, a Cisco Gold partner, has burned through a succession of chief execs since undergoing a £43m management buy-out in 2011.The company posted a loss before tax of £547,000 on a turnover of £43m for an 18-month accounting period ended May 2016, according to its last Companies House filing.In its stock market filing, Maintel noted that Intrinsic is expected to break even at the earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization level for the remainder of Maintel's current financial yearThe biz noted that is has "identified synergies" which will boost EBITDA and in the financial year to December 2018.Maintel is a AIM stock market listed company, with sales up 114 per cent to £108m for the ended 2016, with profits up 52 per cent to £11m.That was mainly due to eight-months of sales generated from its £48.5m acquisition of its rival Azzurri last year.
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There's a reason post-millenials are known as the digital generation.Almost a quarter of the world's internet users are between the ages of 15 and 24, according to a new report by the International Telecommunication Union.The ITU added that nearly 40 percent of these people (or 320 million) come from China and India.The numbers may not be surprising.China previously said there are more than 730 million internet users in the country.That's more than double the number in US, where there are almost 287 million internet users.
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Yes, as you're reading this, you probably have a grasp of the basic concept, but you need to dig deeper into the details.Familiarize yourself with the beginning, middle and end of a piece of content's life, how you're going to measure your results and your ROI and the process you'll use to build your empire.If you need help getting started, I presented a webinar about a year ago on this subject, which will teach you the basics of content marketing and how those basics relate to search engines.Look at businesses like yours, and see what they're doing in terms of content marketing.Don't worry about this being perfect -- you can always make adjustments later on.Start breaking your content down into different categories, and sketch out titles for potential pieces (including what type of content each piece would be, such as an article, infographic or video).
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Ding, a London-based hardware startup, has raised more than £263,000 (~$345k) via the Seedrs equity crowdfunding platform as it works to get its first product — a wi-fi connected doorbell — to market this year.They are also currently taking pre-orders for their smart doorbell via Indiegogo.The founders originally specced out their idea for the product, in 2015, in order to enter a Design Council competition, going on to win some funding — which they put towards product development, working with an external product dev design office.In 2016 they were also accepted onto the JLAB accelerator, run by UK retailer John Lewis — which they’re hoping will stock the device in future (they say they have a “letter of intent” from the company).There’s somebody at the door…While apartment buildings typically already have a hardwired intercom system so callers can be talked to and buzzed in without someone needing to go all the way downstairs, Ding is designed for people living in houses — which are less likely to have anything more high tech than an electric chime to alert a homeowner that someone is at their front door.
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Save real dosh on artificial intelligenceThe early bird ticket offer for MCubed, our three-day extravaganza of machine learning, AI and analytics, ends this evening, giving you just a few hours to save hundreds of pounds on tickets for the conference and our deep dive workshops.This conference goes beyond hype and vision, and highlights practical applications of AI and ML in real world organisations, whether in the private or public sector.Whether you’re just turning on to how you might apply the tech to your business, or are already using it but need to step up your game, you’ll leave inspired.And we’ll be diving into those key areas of ethics and law, again with a decidedly practical bent.We’ll ensure there’s plenty of time for interaction, whether in the conference sessions, or on the sidelines, with the speakers and your fellow attendees.
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We might finally know one reason why Fitbit purchased the Pebble watch company for $23 million last year: Apps.Fitbit's next watch is going to launch with its own app platform that would rival those found on the Apple Watch and Android Wear watches, Fitbit CEO James Park said to The Verge.Park said that upon the watch's launch, Fitbit would also have a development kit available to all app makers that relies on software it acquired from the Pebble purchase.Similar to how Pebble operated its own app platform with watches like the Pebble 2, these Fitbit watch apps would be compatible across both iOS and Android devices according to Park and Thomas Sarlandie, Fitbit's head of engineering.The company also hopes to keep its app review process as simple as possible for developers.However, Park is hesitant to call it an "app store," specifying that apps made by other companies would be found inside of an "app gallery" inside Fitbit's current mobile app.
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Catch up on this VB Live event to learn how Survios is using data and analytics to make Raw Data, the first VR-exclusive game to reach 1 on Steam’s Global Top Sellers list, so successful.“As someone who creates a product — a very, very expensive product to create — you really want to know literally everything your users are doing with it,” says Nicolas Nadeau, president of Exostatic.And there’s a new kind of first-party data, which is the data generated by the game running on your VR hardware.“With data, we can optimize quantitive analysis — identify user patterns and understand where we could improve, what we should devote our attention to next, and basically use data as empirical evidence to help us decide where we should go next,” Nadeau explains.Raw Data, Survios’ first title, was the first VR-exclusive game to reach 1 on Steam’s Global Top Sellers list, and the first VR game to make $1 million in a month.“Data can lead you to directions of competitive advantage and smart predictions,” Solganik explains.
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Lauren lived in China for 8 years where she developed a large fan base.Weibo Stories function is an exciting addition to the platform that Sina-Weibo is heavily promoting.However, it is still in its early stages in terms of reach and engagement, and a bit unoriginal.As more users start understanding how to utilize and incorporate stories into their content mix, should we bet on it taking off?The “Location” feature and AR face filters are the most recent examples.While many people didn’t understand the feature at first or see how it could benefit them, it has since become integral to the platform.
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There’s nothing more painful than losing a loved one.But what if you didn’t ever have to lose them?That’s the future imagined Marjorie Prime, starring Lois Smith as the titular Marjorie, a woman who uses a computer program to create an artificial intelligence that simulates her husband, played by Jon Hamm, after his death.The trailer, premiered by EW, examines what it means to be human, to be in love, and to grieve, as Geena Davis, who plays Marjorie’s daughter, and Tim Robbins as her husband struggle to understand Marjorie’s choice to live in the memory of her lost love rather than trying to move on with her life.captions settings, opens captions settings dialogThis is a modal window.
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President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that Foxconn, best known for manufacturing iPhones, will be opening a factory in Wisconsin, potentially bringing in 13,000 new jobs into the swing state that went Republican in 2016.Scott Walker, a Republican, and House Leader Paul Ryan at the White House, along with Foxconn CEO Terry Gou.Foxconn is expected to build a plant that produces display panels for large televisions at Ryan’s home district in southeastern Wisconsin.The move is hailed by the White House as proof of the Trump administration keeping its promise to bring manufacturing jobs back to America, a talking point since he was on the campaign trail.“This is a great day for American workers and manufacturers,” said Trump at the announcement.“To make such an investment, Chairman Gou put his faith into the American economy.
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The swimmers are going missing — and no one knows why.According to an analysis of 185 academic studies, sperm counts around the world have been declining steadily over the last four decades, such that today's counts are roughly half of what they were 40 years ago, the BBC reports.Between 1973 and 2011, sperm counts declined 59.3% "with no evidence of a 'leveling off' in recent years," investigators from multiple international universities wrote in their report.These declines imply that a growing proportion of men have sperm counts below the thresholds for reduced fertility or full-fledged infertility, the researchers noted.This could mean a few things in a broader sense.Demographic experts have observed for close to two decades that developed countries are increasingly seeing falling fertility rates.
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