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Philips 55POS901F OLED TV hands-on – OLED meets AmbilightNo matter how hard the LCD TV makers try, OLED screens are still the ones to beat when it comes to wowing crowds at a technology show.Yes, the Dutch brand now owned by China s TP Vision really does have its first OLED TV – and it's going to launch as soon as late October.The 901F makes a spectacular first impression with its stunning blend of gleaming metal, an incredibly thin frame and Philips trademark Ambilight technology.The Ambilight system produces pools of coloured light from three of the TV s edges that mimic the colours of the on-screen picture with uncanny accuracy.Ambilight always looks spectacular, but it seems especially effective and dramatic on the 901F – possibly because of OLED s stunningly rich and immaculately defined colour capabilities.
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Gaming hardware maker Razer s latest webcam, the Stargazer, is finally available to pre-order from its online store.The device carries a price tag of $149.99, which is $50 less than originally announced, and will start shipping on Sunday, October 2.At first glance, you may mistake the Stargazer for a stun grenade on a stand, but don t let its appearance fool you as it s actually the most advanced webcam to have ever hit the shelves.For starters, it s capable of recording 60 fps at 720p and 30 fps at 1080p, while actively using facial recognition to keep the subject in focus for the entire duration of the video.The Stargazer also ships with an intuitive background removal tool that enables users to do away with space-consuming physical green screen setups.Instead, they can appear in front of an artificial backdrop that s created around them using the device s state of the art depth-sensing technology.
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Physical representation of virtual currency Bitcoin.Browser upstart Brave is now letting you contribute Bitcoin to websites in return for ad-blocking.Beta version 0.11.6 of Brave has activated its Brave Payments, which lets you send micropayments to websites as a reward for not hitting you with ads or trackers.You turn on Brave Payments from within the open-source browser s preferences page, then top up a wallet using Coinbase or Bitcoin.BitGo hold the virtual funds.Donations to websites are anonymous, with your IP address masked.
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The larger of the new Nova range, the new phone offers a sharp camera and decent design - if it's got a good cost level, it could be a winner.But when it's filled with a decent tech upgrade for a lower price, it's somewhat forgivable.The Huawei Nova is essentially the same phone as the Huawei Nova – if you're interested in the spec list or just the overall design quality, please pop along to our hands on: Huawei Nova review to get all the details laid out splendidly for you.But while the Nova shares a LOT of the same traits as that phone, it's not totally similar – so let's take a look and see where the upgrades lie for the bigger handset.Huawei Nova price and release dateLike the Nova, there's annoyingly no information on this larger handset's cost or release date as yet – but a little bit of analysis tells us that it'll likely come in at around £350 / $425 unlocked, and around £28 per month on contract in the UK.
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If you've got a Galaxy Note 7 in your pocket then the perfect accompaniment is a Samsung Gear S3 on your wrist, at least that's the argument the smartphone behemoth is making ahead of the Apple Watch 2.Launched at IFA 2016 today, the Gear S3 builds on Samsung's earlier Tizen wearables with a more distinctive and tougher design, the option of integrated LTE connectivity, and the convenience of Samsung Pay to leave your purse or wallet and, for that matter, your Galaxy phone at home.Still, I expect those with smaller wrists may want to stick with the more compact Gear S2, which Samsung intends, along with the Fit2, to keep on sale alongside this new model.I'm still a big fan of Samsung's bezel - I prefer it, frankly, to Apple's often more fiddly "digital crown" on the Apple Watch - and it's just as tactile and usable on the Gear S3.Both have a broad degree of standalone usability, away from your smartphone, though obviously the Frontier with its 4G connection has an edge there.IP68 water and dust resistance is included, meaning the Gear S3 can handle up to 30 minutes at up to 10 feet underwater, in addition to extremes of temperature, vibration, and shock.
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One set of the possible stromatolites—with two slices cut out by the researchers.In the history of life on Earth, the first chapter is still the most incomplete—and any good epic needs its origin story.The earliest lifeforms were microscopic sacks of organic chemistry, so finding evidence for them, as far as needles in haystacks go, is not exactly equivalent to spotting a six-foot Apatosaurus bone.To make matters worse, most of the haystack has been burned to a crisp by geology since then.Fossil evidence goes back about 3.5 billion years, with controversial isotopic signs that might signify life about 3.8 billion years ago or perhaps even earlier .The find comes from a belt of ancient, metamorphosed sedimentary rocks in southwest Greenland that has long been targeted for this kind of thing.
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As we look to the unveiling of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, we re also keeping an eye on the headphone space.Apple may have what we re looking for, too, if an AirPods device registration spotted in Europe is any indication.First spotted by mobiltelefon.ru, AirPods were listed as a device alongside a slew of Apple Watches and two other devices, believed to be the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.In addition to the new iPhones, Apple is said to unveil new Apple Watch hardware next week.It s not clear if the listing is for those new watches, but it s entirely possible.We also don t get any insight on what AirPods are, though the name suggests they re wireless EarPods.
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On Tuesday, Apple was ordered to repay as much as 13 billion euros $14.5 billion plus interest after the European Commission said Ireland illegally slashed the iPhone maker s tax bill between 2003-2014.Here are some key questions surrounding the decision.That Ireland provided Apple illegal aid through a favorable tax arrangement, which violated the European Union s state-aid rules.The EU, like other global regulators, has targeted firms that sidestep taxes by moving around profits and costs to wherever they are taxed most advantageously -- exploiting loopholes or special deals granted by friendly governments.In a press release the commission published a graphic illustrating how Apple benefitted from Ireland's state aid.EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in an e-mailed statement that member states of the EU cannot give tax benefits to selected companies."The commission's investigation concluded that Ireland granted illegal tax benefits to Apple, which enabled it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years.The commission s case is not about how much Apple pays in taxes, it s about which government collects the money.Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan said: I disagree profoundly with the commission s decision."
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The iPhone 7 is rumored to be missing a headphone jack, which means that your new headphones will have to connect via the Lightning port or wirelessly via Bluetooth.You re probably going to have to pay $29 to get an adapter at the Apple store.At first, the lack of a headphone jack may seem like a misguided, user-hostile move by Apple.But could Cupertino have a greater goal in getting rid of this audio technology that dates back to the 19th century?In this week s episode of The iPhone Show, Oscar tries to decipher what Apple s greater goal might be.After all, this isn t the first time that Apple has abruptly killed off antiquated tech, from the floppy drive to Adobe Flash.
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Skarp version av IOS 10 ser definitivt ut att vara redo till det event Apple ryktas hålla 7 september.I går kväll släpptes den åttonde betaversionen av systemet för utvecklare, och den sjunde för betatestare ur allmänheten.Uppdateringen väger in på ynka 26 megabyte och det finns ingen lista över fixar och nyheter, så det handlar förmodligen mest om en rad små buggfixar.IOS 9.3.5 släpptes häromdagen med en viktig säkerhetsuppdatering, men den fixen kan ha ingått redan i beta 7 som släpptes förra veckan bara ett par dagar efter beta 6.Under natten kom många rapporter om problem med den trådlösa uppdateringen direkt från föregående version, och flera användare tvingades gå via Itunes för att uppdatera.Apple verkar dock ha fixat vad det än var som strulade på uppdateringsservrarna.
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By Steven TongI m a startup buff and a big foodie.After the much awaited release of the Michelin Guide Singapore, it brought me inspiration on how restaurants are curated and rated, much like startups are vetted as investment-worthy entities.There are less than 120 3-star Michelin-rated restaurants in the world and there are 174 Unicorn companies.If Unicorn status was judged on quality, resilience of founders, value for investment money and performance consistency, with the same scrupulous level of detail as the Michelin Guide, there would not be as many Unicorns in the playing field right now.Michelin rating is done by secret inspectors who visit establishments to rate their experience.The actual criteria and evaluation process is still a well-kept secret.I m combining both my passions to whip up a menu for aspiring startups to achieve that acclaimed 3-star Michelin Unicorn status:The Startup Menu for Accelerator Success:Amuse-Bouche – Value propositionHave you developed a unique product with strong, sustainable competitive advantages and a potentially huge market?Looking at the likes of El Bulli, Alinea and Fat Duck, they are masters of molecular gastronomy unique , constantly reinventing their menus competitive advantage and are notoriously difficult to score table reservations because of their uber long waiting list huge market .Starter – Team as a foundationDo you have a strong co-founding team with the following characteristics:Strong industry experience, experience working in the tech industry is a plus.Have worked together or know each other really well.Do you have resilience as a team to endure the high-stress levels that come with starting a business?Have technical co-founders.It s not sufficient to have a genius CEO with a great vision.In a world class kitchen, the head chef needs the help of his entire team of executive chefs, sous chefs, dessert chefs, and servers to run the restaurant.In a tasting menu setting where 10 or more dishes are served, just one mistake will tarnish the whole dining experience that may lead to a damaged reputation.Wine Pairing – The right mentors and advisors elevate youOne of the key advantages of participating in an accelerator program is the access to a large pool of mentors and advisors who can guide and help your startup.In Startupbootcamp FinTech Singapore, our mentors come mostly from the financial industry and offer their expertise that are directly relevant to FinTech startups.
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Many people think SEO is simply creating a ton of backlinks to your site from any source you can.SEO is the act of increasing your rankings in Google, Bing, and other search engines so that customers and Internet users can find your website.Even if you don t sell products on your site, you can still gain vital customers through the internet.There are some important ranking factors that you should know before trying to get a bunch of random links.Google and other search engines are very smart and have highly advanced algorithms that look at a lot of factors to determine rankings for a website.Some of the factors that they use are:
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Jonas Tellander is the ceo of the listed Storytel.Storytel NTL has reached 194 000 subscribers in Sweden, but snittersättningen per book to the publishers and authors have fallen sharply in recent years.in The case of a ersättningsras of around 40 per cent in two years, reports the branschpublikationen American bookstore.the Publishers get around 25 dollars per book, compared with sek 40 per book for a few years ago, according to the site.I do not want to say how much we get per book, but this much I can say that it's been a fairly constant decline , " says Lars Brahme on the Word Audio Publishing to the site.His publisher has some 460 titles in Storytels directory.
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It only takes a quick glance at any Comic Con lineup to see how that may be true — from TV fan favourites to video game franchises, cult-like movies and, of course, the originators of much of the content on show, book authors and comic artists— the glut of content on offer is enough for any fan to break out in sweats just contemplating the ordeal of planning their weekend.At a time when our smartphones are cluttered with an average of anywhere between 20 and 43 apps depending on what research you read .Are we making conscious decisions on how we split our media consumption time or is it a free-for-all loudest-marketing-buzz wins for our collective attention?The truth is that no one cares — at least no one that isn t the producer of said content trying to earn a living off it.From a fan s perspective, the remarkable shift of the last decade has been in the convergence of media.We ve already seen film, music, TV, games, and books all fold beautifully into that singular device we carry on our persons at all times.
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In every country around the world, people are playing gamesBizarrely, the most popular mobile game in the world isn't available in China: "Pokémon Go."  The game also isn't available in South Korea, the fourth largest market in the world for mobile gaming. is the so-called "Great Firewall" of China: a means of
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Boffins in the US reckon new tech can increase wireless data-transfer speed by 330 percentResearchers at MIT have proposed a much faster wireless system that is able to utilise available spectrum much more efficiently.The researchers from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab CSAIL at MIT found that by co-ordinating multiple routers or access points at the same time, they were able to achieve much greater data transfer speeds.Network abstract finger touch wireless wi-fi flydragon ShutterstockThe researchers noted that as smartphones, tablets and laptops increasingly ditch the hard wire and instead opt for Wi-Fi connectivity, wireless networks are becoming increasingly crowded.In a paper, a team led by professor Dina Katabi have demonstrated a system called MegaMIMO 2.0 that can transfer wireless data more than three times faster than existing systems.
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When Uber announced last week that it would start picking up passengers in self-driving taxis later this month, it was assumed that the company would become one of the first in the world to offer the service.But it s been beaten to the punch by a small firm in Singapore.US start-up NuTonomy, an autonomous tech spinoff from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, already has cabs picking up customers in a Singapore business park, marking "the first-ever public trial of a robo-taxi service," according to the company.Much like Uber s upcoming service, residents can book a free, autonomous journey through NuTomomy s app.A Renault Zoe or Mitsubishi i-MiEV that has been specially equipped with self-driving technology will then take them to their destination.Passengers will be joined on their rides by an engineer from the company, who will sit behind the wheel monitoring performance and ready to take control if necessary.
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The Parrot DISCO, a small drone unveiled at CES 2016 with a design at odds with just about every other consumer drone, will be available starting next month for $1,299 USD, the company has announced.Unlike most consumer drones, which sport a few rotors quadcopters , the Parrot DISCO features a pair of wings similar to what you'd find on a large drone or an ordinary airplane.The drone teases a bunch of fun possibilities, including FPV operation via a headset and drone-mounted camera.Parrot says the DISCO is the first fixed-wing drone that offers so-called immersive flight — that is, a first-person-view from the drone s camera via a headset similar to a VR headset.This headset lets you experience flight almost as if you were sitting in a cockpit, and while it s not unique to the Parrot, it is still atypical for consumer drones and a fun way to pilot.That headset is called the Parrot Cockpitglasses, and it works with a full HD camera mounted on the front of the drone.
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Images: Nature Mouse organs uncleared top and cleared bottom Generally, if scientists want to see how a living thing functions in high resolution, they need to slice it into tiny pieces first.Now, there s scientists a powerful and bizarre new tool in researchers arsenal.According to research published in Nature, a new technique called ultimate 3D imaging of solvent-cleared organs uDISCO for short makes mice look like glow-in-the-dark gummy bears.A uDISCO d mouse, and it s appearance once glowinguDISCO isn t completely new, but it was recently perfected by Ali Ertürk of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
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