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Snap sent employees a memo regarding the recent increase in leaked company information, according to a report from Cheddar.The memo — sent by Snap's chief lawyer and general counsel Michael O'Sullivan — states that employees caught leaking information will be fired and could face jail time.Snap has issued a threatening memo to employees about the recent uptick in leaks.The memo, which was obtained by Cheddar, was sent to employees on January 8."If you leak Snap Inc. information, you will lose your job and we will pursue any and all legal remedies against you," O'Sullivan wrote.You can face personal financial liability even if you yourself did not benefit from the leaked information.
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Generally speaking, all the gear and gadgetry that is unveiled at CES every year is just a preview.Most stuff doesn’t hit the market for a couple months — and that’s if we’re lucky.It’s far more likely that the amazing gizmo you saw on the show floor will either hit the market in the year’s fourth quarter or never even make it past production.But there are always exceptions to that rule.Each year, there is a small handful of stuff that you can buy right after it’s unveiled in Las Vegas — and lucky for you, we went ahead and rounded up all that stuff.Here is the best CES 2018 tech you can buy right now.
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Nintendo has just taken the wraps off a series of cardboard toys that will augment and interact with the Nintendo Switch.It’s part of a program called Nintendo Labo and it’s here to help kids both young and old make, play and discover a whole new universe of experiences.Shown first during a teaser video that aired today on YouTube, Nintendo Labo is a kooky, DIY series of cardboard toys that interlink with the Nintendo Switch to transform the console into everything from a miniature piano to a giant fighting robot - i.e.it’s Nintendo at its weirdest and most fun-loving, doing what only Nintendo can do.The trailer shows a number of different uses for the toys - there’s the piano, of course, but also fishing poles, motorcycle handles, foot pedals and bird houses, too.Each cardboard toy seems to sync up to an interactive experience that appears on the Nintendo Switch - the fishing pole syncs up to a fishing game, naturally, and the robot backpack seems to work with a giant robot fighting game - however, it’s unclear whether the toys and experiences are sold separately, or if the experiences are packaged with each cardboard sheet.
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Kaspersky finds spyware can read WhatsApp messages and take pictures, and it has been around for three years alreadyA new piece of Android spyware has been discovered that is being described as “one of the most advanced mobile implants … ever seen.”The spyware, called Skygofree, was discovered by researchers at Kaspersky Lab, who warned that it has been active since 2014, and it can take pictures from the selfie camera, or even read WhatsApp messages.The discovery of the surveillance software raises fresh questions over the security of Android, the world’s most popular smartphone operating system.Kaspersky Lab reckons that Skygofree was developed by an Italian IT firm that specialises in surveillance solutions, as it found that all the victims have so far been detected in Italy.The researchers said that the “highly advanced, powerful Android surveillance software” has been active since 2014, and could be “offensive security” product.
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Google today announced a new cloud service that’s designed to make it easier for companies to create custom machine learning algorithms for processing images.Called Cloud AutoML Vision, the system allows developers to upload a bunch of images to Google’s cloud and receive a custom model in return.It’s based on Google’s research into training machine learning models to construct models that perform particular tasks well.In theory, companies should be able to feed the system a set of sample images and, within a day, get back an automatically trained model that’s optimized for their specific data.Cloud AutoML, which will eventually expand beyond images, is supposed to help bridge the gap between the companies that need custom machine learning tools and the handful that are able to pay top dollar for the technical talent needed to implement those tools.By creating a system that can build its own models, Google is hoping to make advanced machine learning systems more accessible to everyday developers who don’t necessarily have all the skills in-house.
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Facebook has been loading more and more features into Messenger, so much so that there are probably a few Messenger tricks you didn't even know about.But, feature creep can be a real problem, especially for a tool with one simple goal: allowing people to communicate.Fortunately, Facebook should be scaling things back a bit this year.Facebook's head of Messenger, David Marcus, wrote a post discussing the app and its future.In it, he admits that with so many features added in a short time span, Messenger has gotten a bit cluttered.While we raced to build these new features, the app became too cluttered.
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Well that didn’t take too long, the full specs of the fancy looking UMIDIGI S2 Lite got released already today and the phone is looking quite good for all the budget conscious people among us.And the presales will be hitting us pretty soon with a favorable price so the new UMIDIGI piece surely has a lot of promise in it.The screen of the phone will a big 6-inch one with the 18:9 aspect ratio, 90% screen-to-body ratio, HD+ resolution and the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 to protect it from harm.Inside will hum the MT6750T processor alongside 4 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, things governed by the Android 7.0 Nougat as the OS, but in May it will be getting the Android 8.1 Oreo.UMIDIGI S2 Lite is featuring also well above average 5100 mAh battery with 5V/2A fast charging, which should provide at least 2 full days of user experience and should recharge in just 3 hours.Another perk should 16MP+5MP Omnivision flagship dual lens cameras with OV16880 main sensor which utilizes and advanced 1-micron pixel.
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Have you ever wanted to join a new Facebook group where you can chat with like-minded individuals, but you didn’t know where to start?Our guide will show you how to discover new groups within the Facebook mobile application.Note: These screenshots were captured in the Facebook app on iOS.Step 1: Tap the three horizontal lines in the bottom-right corner of the screen.Step 2: Under “Explore,” tap “Groups.”This will take you to a page where you can browse groups in various categories, such as “School and Education,” as well as recommended groups, groups based on your local area, groups your friends have joined, and so on.
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Uber has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit brought by thousands of New York drivers.Drivers alleged the ride-hailing company failed to fully pay them what they believed they were due, such as overtime and tips, while charging them excessive service fees.In the settlement agreement, Uber denied the allegations but agreed to settle in order to avoid further legal expenses.The settlement was filed Monday in federal court in Brooklyn.Uber drivers have staged protests, filed lawsuits and consistently said it's difficult to make more than the minimum wage.Uber is one of the biggest ride-hailing services in the world with operations in 78 countries.
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Such is the speed of technological change that research shows four out of five executives feel overwhelmed and underprepared for the challenges of the next five years.Hardly surprising – for some, the next five years will see more change than the last 20.In the last event of MOI Global’s 2017 series of Disrupt Forum dinner discussions, three technology experts revealed where marketers should focus.Technology to fit your business phaseIt sounds obvious, but avoid being overwhelmed by the sheer amount of technology available by plotting where your business or product sits on the growth curve.If you’re in the reseach and development phase, social data technology can help you assess customer needs or sentiment.
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With the NES and SNES Classic Edition retro consoles still selling out as fast as they go on sale, it’s a safe assumption that Nintendo is going to revive some of its other popular consoles soon.But before the Game Boy Classic Edition has a chance to become more than a rumour, peripherals manufacturer Hyperkin is releasing its own remake of the classic portable handheld.Temporarily called the Ultra Game Boy while it’s still in development, the name is actually a perfect description of Hyperkin’s hardware, which improves on Nintendo’s original Game Boy in countless ways, without affecting the classic gameplay many of us remember.Your original Game Boy is probably covered in nicks and scratches, but it will take a lot of abuse for Hyperkin’s remake to start showing wear and tear.The Ultra Game Boy carries over the original’s volume and contrast dials, but the final version will include a third dial allowing you to adjust the portable console’s new backlit LCD display through the entire RGB spectrum.That backlight can also be turned off, if you want a truly authentic, squinty, Game Boy experience.
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Back in April, we were forced to acknowledge that the Indiegogo crowdfunded Keyboard Moto Mod was actually a real physical device.This year at CES 2018, Motorola has announced that you’ll actually be able to buy one soon for $99.The Slider Keyboard Moto Mod, developed by a third-party company called Livermorium, was the winner of Motorola and Indiegogo’s Transform the Smartphone Challenge, after which it was put through Motorola’s Accelerator Program where the cellphone company worked on the device alongside Livermorium.And now, a finished version of the mod is set to be released sometime in the next month or two.As Livermorium originally promised, the Slider Keyboard mod attaches to the back of your Moto Mod-compatible device, and brings back a full physical keyboard that slides out in landscape mode and tilts the screen up at a 60-degree angle.This way, you can pretend that it's 2002 and that Sidekicks are popular again.
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LaCie has teamed up with drone maker DJI to create the Copilot, a 2TB data storage system for drone photography.Dubbed Backup On-Set Solution (Boss), the Copilot allows you to review your pictures and videos from a mobile device in full resolution without a laptop.It will be available this spring for $349 (roughly £255 or AU$445).The Copilot looks to be built more for durability than aesthetics with its all-gray protective covering around a display (which isn't a touchscreen).The side features a short mobile cable as well as ports for power, Type-A USB, Type-C USB and an SD slot.Organize and view pictures and video via the Copilot Boss app on your phone or tablet
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Meet PISEN LED Color Power II 10000 mAh, one of the smallest and lightest 10000 mAh power banks out there – and yes, it has the digital display we all loved from previous models.PISEN has a significant history in this market segment, as they managed to become a smart technology provider with leading global sales to over 200 million customers.For more than ten years, Pisen, known for its stable performance and user-friendly designs, has provided satisfying products for customers from 35 countries and recently they were kind enough to send us their elegant, slim power bank, known as LED Color Power II 10000 mAh that can be found available at a price of just 23.99$.So, how did it go – apart from being a great addition to our Christmas decorations in the house, due to its bright China Red color?PISEN LED Color Power II 10000 mAh power bank – Technical SpecsCharging time: 6~8hours with 5V-2A charger
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Google's streamlined new Calendar layout will be rolled out to all users at the end of February.Google introduced the new desktop design in October, letting users switch back to the 'classic' look if they preferred, but from February 28, that option will be removed.The redesigned web app is bold and clear, with more space dedicated to each time slot (whether it's a day, a week or a month) and fewer buttons.Clicking an event now lets you see all attendees at a glance, along with RSVP status, meeting rooms, video call links and attachments.You can see each event's invitation status without clicking an event, and use the new Density setting to adjust the number of events visible for each time slot.It's not all good news though; the new design does away with the Quick Add function, accessible via the 'Create' button on the top right in the Classic view.
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A team of very bright scientists working out of Harvard University's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have created a single 'metalens' that is capable of focusing the entire spectrum of visible light (including white light) into a single point.This could be revolutionary for the world of VR, as this lens would theoretically mean a headset would be able to house a thin, relatively inexpensive display that is able to (in high resolution) use the full range of color we see in the natural world.The result of being able to use a single, flat lens that harnesses all the colors of the rainbow could result in smaller, cheaper, better headsets.Federico Capasso, senior author of the research said:"Metalenses have advantages over traditional lenses, [they] are thin, easy to fabricate and cost effective.This breakthrough extends those advantages across the whole visible range of light.
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The US president’s corporate tax cut may be put to good use by Apple which is looking to take advantage of the initiative in the acquisition of entertainment company, Netflix.Previous news suggests that Apple will unveil a video subscription product to compete with Netflix but this seems to be a bit bogus if Citi analyst comments are anything to go by.Citi analysts, Jim Suva and Asiya Merchant believe that there is a strong possibility that Apple will acquire Netflix and with the current tax rules, Apple can transfer about $220 billion (about Rs.14 lakh crores) cash to the United States.“The firm has too much cash – nearly $250 billion (roughly Rs.15.9 lakh crores) – growing at $50 billion (roughly Rs.
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Internet-related privacy concerns are growing, but many people still haven’t signed up for a VPN service.If you received any unwanted gift cards over the holidays — perhaps ones for a coffee shop you’ll never visit or a store that doesn’t exist in your region — now is the time to subscribe.Be sure to read the fine print for whichever service you’re considering, including whether they allow P2P (if that is relevant to your needs), their policies on data collection, and more.Private Internet Access, also known simply as PIA, remains one of the most popular VPN services available, and for good reason: it is cheap, reliable, and perhaps most important for many people, it says it doesn’t keep any logs, including things like meta data.The company’s own VPN app includes a kill switch feature that cuts off Internet access if the VPN goes down, and it doesn’t censor or filter out any data (meaning you can torrent if you’re so inclined).The number of days of VPN service you’ll receive depend on the card’s value.
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The Centers for Disease Control has released a new report indicating that the flu is off to a strong start in the US this year.Influenza-like activity has been reported as widespread across 36 states, with 21 of those states having a large number of flu-related cases.The reason for the widespread presence, according to the CDC, is this year’s flu vaccine having a low effectiveness rate.The flu, of course, is the name popularly used in reference to influenza, of which there are many strains.The high number of cases is due in part to this year’s influenza strain not being terribly well covered by the flu vaccine given out this year.Because the vaccine isn’t very effective, many people are coming down with the illness, which is easily spread.
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Following the release of the stable Android Oreo update for the OnePlus 5 earlier in the week, OnePlus 5T users can now expect to have a taste of Android 8.0 Oreo soon, as the company just announced the rollout of Beta Android Oreo update for OnePlus 5T.The announcement emanated from the OnePlus Germany twitter handle, but we are yet to have any record of Oneplus 5T user confirm the release of the Android Oreo Open Beta builds for OnePlus 5T, and it also yet to be uploaded to the OnePlus 5T ROM Downloads page.While we are yet to get the official changelog, we do know that the Android 8.0 Oreo update will bring the basic Oreo features including the Picture-in-picture mode, AutoFill, Notification dots, Instant apps, faster boot times and many more.Earlier in the Month, OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau (Liu Zuohu), in Chinese OnePlus forums, revealed that the Oneplus 5T will soon get the virtual navigation keys replaced with gestures stressing that many users had requested to get them replaced by gestures.Pete Lau said that the feature is in the works and a future update will see it arrive.What remains to be seen is whether or not the new update will come with the much-needed iPhone-X like gestures.
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