This week we’ve got a far better chance of finding the cutest Shiny Pokemon in the universe, thanks to an update from Niantic to Pokemon GO.This update affects Pokemon Eggs – the new best place for you to find a Shiny Pokemon in the entire Pokemon GO universe.You can now find new Shiny Pokemon in 2, 5, 7, and 10KM eggs – so long as you’ve found these eggs on or after the start of this week.Users will also find (the possibility of) Shiny Igglybuff, Azurill, Togepi, Cleffa, Wynaut, Budew, Elekid, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Makuhita, Magikarp, and Luvdisc in 2km eggs.These short, tiny eggs will also potentially include Shiny Swablu, Swinub, Machop, Chikorita, Totodile, Meditite, Treecko, Cyndaquil, Aron, Gastly, Spoink, Wailmer, and Misdreavus.In 5km eggs there’ll be significantly fewer Pokemon possibilities, with the potential for Shiny Buneary, Eevee, Pineco, Magnemite, Mareep, Growlithe, Duskull, Drifloon, Lotad, Houndour, Scyther, Shuppet, and Snorunt.
Amazon is shutting down its Chinese domestic e-commerce business, it told sellers on Thursday.By July 18th, Amazon.cn will no longer be open to third-party sellers, meaning it won’t compete with the massive e-commerce giants of China, including Alibaba and JD.com.Amazon still plans to let Chinese customers shop at international versions of the site, including the company’s American, British, German, and Japanese marketplaces.Amazon tells The Verge in a statement, “Over the past few years, we have been evolving our China online retail business to increasingly emphasize cross-border sales, and in return we’ve seen very strong response from Chinese customers.Their demand for high-quality, authentic goods from around the world continues to grow rapidly, and given our global presence, Amazon is well-positioned to serve them.”It notes that the business will continue in China in the form of its cloud computing division Amazon Web Services, sales of Kindle devices and ebook content, and accessibility to third-party sellers in China who want to reach global buyers.
Foxconn chairman Terry Gou officially announced on Wednesday that he will run for president of Taiwan.Gou will step down from leading the company (also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd), one of Apple’s most important manufacturers, in order to campaign for the nomination of the Kuomintang, the pro-China opposition party.Taiwan’s economy and complicated relationship with China will be at the heart of the 2020 presidential campaign, as incumbent Tsai Ing-wen defends her position against not only candidates from the Kuomintang and other parties, but also a challenger from her own party, the Democratic Progressive Party, William Lai, who entered the race last month.Gou earlier said that his presidential aspirations had been blessed by Mazu, the sea goddess who is one of the most important Taoist and Buddhist deities.Gou founded Foxconn in 1974 and has held no political office, but his campaign will be helped by his business reputation and reported $7 billion net worth.Gou’s lack of government experience may be balanced in the mind of voters by his relationships with Donald Trump and China’s government.
Apple and Qualcomm are officially putting their differences behind them.The two companies have announced that they are formally dropping all litigation between them.That’s not all, though — beyond simply not pursuing court action against each other, they’re taking their relationship a step further with a six-year license agreement, which could be extended by another two years.Apple was rumored to be considering working with Intel on the 5G modem in an upcoming iPhone, possibly the iPhone’s 2020 refresh.Now, however, Apple will instead lean on Qualcomm to supply the iPhone’s 5G modems, meaning that Apple could get 5G modems sooner, considering that Qualcomm has already developed 5G modems and Intel has reportedly been struggling in that regard.All iPhone models released in 2018 use Intel’s modems.
Lyft has announced an update to its safety policies aimed at keeping riders safe.In a statement published on Monday, the company revealed that it will conduct continuous criminal background checks on its drivers, as well as employing a new ‘enhanced identity verification process.’ The new process will look for signs of driver fraud and also alert the company to any new criminal records that would disqualify a driver.In order for drivers to operate on Lyft’s network, the company explains, they must be able to pass a criminal background check, which includes a search of sex offender registries in every state.Active drivers are required to pass a new background check every 12 months at minimum, but that’ll soon change.Lyft says its drivers will undergo continuous criminal background monitoring; the company will receive immediate alerts if a driver fails the check, which will result in the driver being banned.This new continuous monitoring does not replace the annual background check, however.
Though it's somewhat pricey ( currently $569.98 on Amazon), it's backed by an outstanding app and a 12-month warranty.The Beijing-based company was founded in 2014 and focuses exclusively on robotic vacuums.The vacuum itself is 13.5 inches in diameter with a height of four inches.The mop attachment is sleek and attaches to the unit without needing adjustments.It's called "Mi Home," which continues to confuse me when I try to access my Roborock's settings on my phone.Otherwise, after letting the S5 charge overnight, it was ready to clean.
Innan "Beresheet" mötte sitt öde hann månlandare ta en sista bild som visar hur nära Israel kom månen.En rad tekniska problem ledde till att den israeliska rymdfarkosten Beresheet i förra veckan kraschlandade under slutet av sondens nedstigning mot månens yta.Under de ungefärligen sista 21 minuterna hade sonden motor- och kommunikationsproblem, enligt ansvariga i kontrollrummet i Tel Aviv.Minuter innan Beresheet mötte sitt öde, hann sonden ta två sista bilder.Den ena är en slags rymdselfie, och visar sonden, en bild av den israeliska flaggan och inskriptionen ”small country, big dreams” – ”ett litet land med stora drömmar”, ungefär.Och i bakgrunden: månen, som kommer allt närmare i rasande fart.
Medbelle, the London and Berlin-based startup offering what it calls an “end-to-end platform” for medical procedures, has raised $7 million in Series A funding.The round was led by Signals Venture Capital — the VC fund of major German health insurer Signal Iduna — with partipation from Talis Capital, Mutschler Ventures, IBB and Cavalry Ventures.Founded in 2016 by Leander de Laporte and Daniel Kolb after the pair turned down jobs at Rocket Internet, Medbelle has set out to digitise the patient journey and provide medical treatments in a more modern, convenient and consumer-centric way.Likened to a “digital hospital,” the company lets patients book a number of medical procedures through its web and app-based platform.At the moment Medbelle only services private patients but says it wants to work with the U.K.’s National Health Service and private and public health insurance providers to broaden its reach.“Our vision is to create a world in which all patients can navigate their treatment journey digitally and receive personal care at the click of a button,” Medbelle co-founder Leander de Laporte tells me.
Not long ago, getting your hands on a decent automated home security system was an almost impossible task – at least for those who didn’t have a few thousand dollars to burn.Take, for example, Ring’s 15-piece home security set, which is currently on sale on Amazon for $305.So, what do you get for your hard-earned cash?One smoke and carbon monoxide detectorOne keypad (to deactivate the system from within the homeSeven contact sensors (to monitor the opening and closing of doors and windows)
Microsoft continues to blur lines between its Xbox One and PC players with the Xbox Game Pass and no reveal signals this change more than Halo: The Master Chief Collection finally coming to PC.With Master Chief’s tale being exposed to a new audience, the developers are adding a chapter that was missing from the collection with Halo: Reach coming to both PC and Xbox One players.For those awaiting the release, 343 Industries says it could go live for select players later this month if “everything goes according to plan.”343 Industries occasionally tests games via “flights”, which are technical or alpha tests limited to its Insider community.These allow the team to test very specific key performance indicators (KPIs), giving them an opportunity to iron out unexpecting kinks before a full release of the game.Halo: Reach is the sixth entry in the Halo franchise, but takes things back to events that took place before Halo: Combat Evolved.
Several reports today suggested that the International Space Station (ISS) was straight up packed full of bugs – but here are the facts.A study was done using samples from 8 locations throughout the ISS over the course of 14 months, starting on May 15th, 2015, ending on May 6th, 2016.This study was conducted largely because of the “upcoming new era of human expansion in the universe, such as future space travel to Mars” by recommendation of the National Research Council (NRC) Decadal Survey.Eight locations throughout the ISS, including the following: Location 1, port panel next to cupola (Node 3); location 2, waste and hygiene compartment (node 3); location 3, advanced resistive exercise device (ARED) foot platform (node 3); location 4, dining table (node 1); location 5, zero G stowage rack (node 1); location 6, permanent multipurpose module (PMM) port 1 (PMM); location 7, panel near portable water dispenser (LAB); and location 8, port crew quarters, bump out exterior aft wall (node 2).A shows a schematic of the US module of the ISS with its “various nodes and modules.” B shows photos of each location sampled (with said blue boxes.)They found a bunch of bacteria and fungal samples with which they’ll be able to test and prepare for in the near future.
5G is the next-generation data network poised to bring us tremendous speeds and open up a world of activities that haven't before been possible on our phones.And then there's the revamped Motorola Razr, which is surrounded by a cloud of rumor and speculation.I would know because the Moto Z3, 5G Mod and I were inseparable for six hours this week as I tested Verizon's newborn 5G network in downtown Chicago.Although it worked, the Moto Mod's cumbersome magnetic attachment isn't the way you want to use 5G.Foldable Motorola Razr could make a big impressionUnlike tablet-size foldable devices that you can origami into a smaller package, the design schematics we've seen for the foldable Razr appear to be much simpler.
I’ve been working with new trendy tech for years, and one of the things that’s been driving me crazy is not the speed at which things move but the fact that my clients want to keep up at any cost.It’s becoming both exciting and confusing at the same time.[ IDG Research: The state of the cloud: How enterprise adoption is taking shape.| Keep up with the latest developments in cloud computing with InfoWorld’s Cloud Computing newsletter. ]The trouble is that enterprise IT tries to keep up and ends up using features that it doesn’t really need, which hurt its ability to use cloud computing effectively.Are you in this “cool cloud technology” death spiral?
Two exciting bits one news here.One: A Game of Thrones AR experience is on its way to Magic Leap.Two: You might actually get to see it yourself.Instead of releasing on sold Creator Editions of Magic Leap One, Game of Thrones: The Dead Must Die (as it’s called) will be showing at in-store locations in the U.S. soon.The experience will offer an encounter with a White Walker, one of the series’ scary ice baddies.This isn’t Game of Thrones’ first run-in with immersive tech.
YuGiOh takes brave stance of requesting basic hygiene in competitionsCompetitive YuGiOh players have been given a literal breath of fresh air, thanks to new rules mandating anyone in a competitive game not reek.The latest edition of official tournament rules for the anime-based trading card game includes a new subsection addressing basic hygiene as part of tournament guidelines."You are expected to be clean when you enter a tournament.Neglecting to wash or put on clean clothes contributes to an unpleasant atmosphere at the event, as the tournament can be crowded and the day can be long," the guideline reads."Persons who neglect self-care to the point that they are negatively impacting the tournament may be asked to correct the issue in order to continue in the event."
Scientists from the University of Georgia have announced that they have become the first in the world to produce genetically modified reptiles.The team was able to produce four albino lizards using the CRISPR-CAS9 gene-editing tool.The CRISPR tool involves injecting gene-editing solutions into a newly fertilized egg or single-cell embryo.This causes a mutation in the DNA that is reproduced in all subsequent cells.The team says that there were significant challenges with their breakthrough.One is that female reptiles store sperm in oviducts or long periods making it hard to pinpoint when fertilization happens.
A treasure trove of Facebook data with more than 540 million records was exposed online on a public database, security researchers from UpGuard found.The data contained extensive details like people's comments, likes, names and Facebook IDs, and was collected by two third-party Facebook apps.Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Facebook has suffered from multiple security issues over the last month, with an announcement in March that it had inadvertently stored hundreds of millions of people's passwords in plaintext.The social network was also caught requesting people's passwords to their personal emails when signing up for new accounts, a verification method it had for several years and ended this week.Everything Apple announced: What we know about Apple's TV content and service, credit card, game subscription service and more.
Some people have a huge budget for big brand headphones, but many of us just want a solid pair at a good price.For those of you in the second camp, you won’t find a better deal today than the Samsung Galaxy AKG headphones from just $9.AKG is a respected manufacturer, and these headphones do a good job as standard wired buds.So much so in fact, that they’re the exact pair that come with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9, hence why they don’t come in their own box.The Samsung Galaxy S10 range of phones have retained the standard 3.5mm jack, so these $100 value buds still do the job.Thanks to links with providers such as Verizon, our friends at Dailysteals have sourced a limited supply of these headphones.
Riksrevisionen genomför en granskning av statens planering och underlag för en planerad höghastighetsjärnväg."Förutom att granska planeringsprocess och beslutsunderlag avser vi även att komma med rekommendationer om det fortsatta arbetet", säger riksrevisor Helena Lindberg i ett pressmeddelande.I ett pressmeddelande skriver man att höghastighetsjärnvägen som planeras mellan Stockholm och Göteborg samt Stockholm och Malmö beräknas bli ett av de dyraste infrastrukturprojekten i landet någonsin.Riksrevisionen kommer dock inte ta ställning till om höghastighetsjärnvägen borde byggas eller ej.