Alibaba Opens Hotel to Showcase New Tech – Yicai GlobalWhat happened: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has opened a hotel in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou to showcase its latest technologies, including mobile payments, artificial intelligence, and service robots.Guests can use self-service terminals to check into the hotel, dubbed Flyzoo, and are able to control the lights, TV, and curtains in hotel rooms via voice commands.In addition, room service is delivered by service robots.Why it’s important: The company has turned to AI and robots to reduce costs.Other hotels have tried and failed to automate their services using robots.
Många anser att nästa generation solceller kommer vara baserade på perovskit-material.Perovskit ger en högre verkningsgrad än dagens solceller, och samtidigt enklare och billigare att tillverka.En svaghet är dock att perovskiten inte har varit nog stabil.För en kommersiellt gångbar produkt krävs en livslängd på minst 5-10 år, och att nå dit i laboratoriet har visat sig vara svårt.I solcellen ligger perovskitlagret vanligtvis mellan två transportlager för elektronerna av kalciumtitanoxid.En avhandling från Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University konstaterar att solljuset får mineralen att reagera med perovskiten, vilket degenererar materialet.
Just because a timepiece has a round face and a strap, does not automatically mean it’s a watch everyone will want to wear.The Honor Watch Magic is a perfect example of just how fine the line is between what makes a smartwatch attractive and wearable, and what doesn’t.It’s essentially the same as the Huawei Watch GT in that it has twin buttons on the right-hand side, a heart rate sensor on the back, and is made from a combination of plastic and metal.However, the Watch GT has a larger screen than the Magic Watch, and this makes a big difference in who will want to wear it, and how good it looks when they do.This is a neat, sleek, smartwatch that fits naturally on the wrist, whatever its size.It has also chosen its colors well, with the dark blue model’s wonderful blue bezel a real standout.
Touch is so 2007 to 2018, according to the LG's invite.Say hello to gesture controls – or at least, that's what the LG G8 invite for MWC 2019 strongly implies.The official LG G8 launch event will be February 24, according to the Save the Date email LG sent to TechRadar and other media outlets.The press conference invite links to a YouTube video that drops even more hints about LG's next phones."Goodbye touch," reads a piece of paper, as a cartoon hand swipes across the screen to reveal the text, then immediately dismiss it.The hand never actually touches the paper.
After lavishing so much attention on full-frame mirrorless cameras for the past two years, Sony has finally found the time to look again to the smaller APS-C format.Attending Sony’s A6400 launch event for the new camera, this left us with one primary question: Is it an unbeatable bargain, or too good to be true?For better or worse, the control scheme remains largely unchanged, including the minuscule movie record button that’s awkwardly wedged into the edge of the thumb rest.We’ve complained about this for years, but, like Sony’s menu systems, our squawks — and those of other reviewers — have fallen on deaf ears.But what Sony lacks in design sensibility, it makes up for with raw technological power.This offers an incredible advantage for portraiture, and the system is reliable enough that it almost always gives consistent and predictable results.
Last year, a startup called Suppose TV entered the market to help consumers find the best deal on TV services.The site offers an online tool that lets you compare different services – including things like channel selection and pricing.But doing so still took a lot work in terms of entering your criteria, setting your channel priorities, and specifying other requirements .With its “TV Service Alerts,” the startup can now email you when TV services change their prices, channel lineup or features.This way, you can make a cost-saving switch or jump to one that’s a better fit.Last year, for example, Sling TV, YouTube TV, DirecTV Now, and PlayStation Vue all raised their prices for live TV, and Netflix did for its subscription video service.
Most modern ultrawide monitors come with a 3,440 x 1,440-pixel resolution, too, so you're not giving up too many pixels.While originally intended as a way to watch movies without the dreaded black borders, ultrawide monitors have naturally found a home with content creators and gamers, as the wider-than-average field of view occupies more of your peripheral vision.Using expert and buyer reviews, as well as hands-on experience, we narrowed down five options that are worth their weight in gold.While the quality of the display is key, there are also some technical considerations.The slightly higher than UHD resolution makes text ultra-crisp on the monitor, and the highly color accurate IPS panel is perfect for video editors, designers, and photographers.The extra four inches on the normal ultrawide size doesn't hurt, either.
A new study shows that privacy on social media is like second-hand smoke.It's controlled by the people around you.Individual choice has long been considered a bedrock principle of online privacy.The new study presents powerful evidence that the answer to that question is no.The team of scientists, from the University of Vermont and the University of Adelaide, gathered more than thirty million public posts on Twitter from 13,905 users.With this data, they showed that information within the Twitter messages from 8 or 9 of a person's contacts make it possible to predict that person's later tweets as accurately as if they were looking directly at that person's own Twitter feed.
That why it's extra unusual that Huawei is giving the visually stunning, midprice Honor View 20 a trio of launches.Huawei is saving the best for last with a global launch in Paris on Jan. 22.It's also when we'll find out if the feature-packed handset will come to the US through Amazon or Huawei's direct-to-market Honor site.The Honor View 20 already stands out for its 6.4-inch display, "hole punch" cutout for the 25-megapixel selfie camera, a 48-megapixel "3D" camera setup and vibrant red, blue and black colors.And it's only seeing the View 20 in the flesh that the full impact of its edge-to-edge screen sinks in, simply because it's so natural you'd hardly notice the lack of sensors on the phone face, and the small camera lens.You have a rear camera that can take pictures up to 48 megapixels, using AI technology to make a very detailed shot.
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The big data analytics market is worth big bucks.With that sort of capital at stake, it’s no wonder investors are throwing their weight around to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.Fractal Analytics, an analytics service provider, today revealed that it has received a $200 million investment from funds advised by Apax Partners.As the Mumbai and New Jersey company explained to VentureBeat, the investment is a two-parter, consisting of a primary infusion and a secondary acquisition of equity interests from a few existing investors, including the Malaysian government investment fund Khazanah Nasional Berhad, TA Associates, and others.The financing rockets the startup toward the top of the list of the world’s most well-funded artificial intelligence (AI) providers, with $325 million raised to date, building on a $100 million private equity round in May 2016 and a $25 million venture round in June 2013.“Khazanah is proud to have been Fractal’s largest shareholder during a period in which it scaled up rapidly into a leading global analytics player,” Chinta Bhagat, head of Khazanah in India and chairman of Fractal, said.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is one of the best games the series has seen in quite some time and its battle royale mode “Blackout” is a big part of its success.If you haven’t played the game yet, you will have a chance to try out Blackout for free this week so you can see how you compare to the most dedicated Black Ops 4 players.On PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC beginning January 17, you will be able to play the Blackout mode without having the main Black Ops 4 game installed.The offer will last until January 24, so you have plenty of time to get accustomed to Blackout’s unique features and decide whether you want to purchase the full game.Blackout is limited to a single map, unlike competitor PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, but it contains elements from some of the series’ best environments.It also features vehicles, which have rarely appeared in the Call of Duty series, and certain areas of the map are filled with zombies that can quickly kill you or give away your position to enemy players.
Decluttering guru Marie Kondo went from best-selling author to streaming-series star when her Netflix show, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, launched globally on Jan. 1.In the show, Kondo brings her organizing expertise to the lives of families who really need it.And it turns out a lot of viewers were inspired by the work to perhaps bring the KonMari method into their own messes.Kondo's special way of folding clothes earned special attention from many.Kondo is known for encouraging people to keep only items that spark joy, and to thank rejected items before tossing them out."Marie Kondo has spoken," wrote Madeleine Roux.
Rockstar Games announced Thursday that Red Dead Redemption 2's online multiplayer mode, is getting a new game mode called Gun Rush, bringing a Fortnite-style battle royale to the Wild West.Red Dead Redemption 2 already had a similar survival mode with "Make it Count," in which players could use only bows and arrows, as the map size continuously shrunk.But Gun Rush takes it a little closer to Fortnite and other battle royale games by having 32 players drop in solo or in teams, gather guns and gear scattered around the map and then fight in an ever-closing area to be the last survivor(s) to win the game.According to a blog post from Rockstar, the Red Dead Online beta continues as the company listens to feedback and makes tweaks to improve the online experience over the coming months, amid continued concerns over the monetization practices with the online mode.New Races and Showdown game modes are in the works, along with new clothing, emotes and other tweaks.The company also plans to expand gameplay with new story missions, daily challenges and dynamic events throughout the world.
Chinese sharing service Incompatible may soon go bankrupt.This writes the Financial Times referring to the sources.Incompatible:s international branch outside of China have, according to the newspaper shut down, no employees of the company is also preparing.Among other things, the bikes from London's streets have been removed.According to the Incompatible is it about ”normal affärsjusteringar”.Therefore tried to enter the Swedish market, when the city of Stockholm during the last year procured sharing services for bicycles.
Smartphone giant Samsung has apparently struck a deal with Facebook to force the installation of the app on its phones.The move, which was highlighted by Bloomberg, is not by itself remarkable.It’s not uncommon for smartphone OEMs to partner with third parties to preinstall their stuff on phones, although push-back against ‘bloatware’ has made this less common than it once was.What is causing some degree of backlash is the fact that it’s not possible to uninstall this imposed Facebook app, only to disable it.The Bloomberg story quotes a Facebook spokesperson as saying the disabled app is effectively uninstalled as is no longer collects data for Facebook, but if that’s the case then why prevent its removal?This correspondent can confirm that this doesn’t just apply to new phones.
Condé Nast has named Whembley Sewell as its new executive editor for its LGBTQ+ brand, called them.Sewell will take over the reins after serving as channel manager at Teen Vogue.In her new role, Sewell will oversee all of the brand’s editorial content and effectively replaces Phillip Picardi, who left Condé Nast in the fall, after starting the brand in 2017 and serving as its chief content officer, a title he also held for Teen Vogue.“them has grown tremendously since we launched the platform in 2017 and Whembley’s distinct voice and passionate take on issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community make her a natural fit to lead the brand forward,” said Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast and editor in chief of Vogue, in a statement.“Her positive energy and warmth will be instrumental in growing them’s audience while championing the diverse voices that make the platform so extraordinary.”Since launching, the brand has produced a short film series called Queeroes, and has worked to diversify the kinds of voices elevated by the platform.
The most celebrated campaign from last year’s Cannes Lions is claiming an even more valuable win from the festival: a $370,000 windfall.The money—323,280 euro—is the total of all entry fees submitted for the awards festival’s Sustainable Development Goals Lions, or SDG Lions, which debuted in 2018 and honor marketing efforts that support the United Nations’ 17 Global Goals.Palau Pledge, created by agency Host/Havas in Sydney, is an ambitious effort requiring all visitors to the island nation to sign an agreement, stamped into their passports, promising to respect and protect its natural resources.The campaign, which includes a wide range of marketing materials such as an animated film shown on all inbound flights to Palau, received widespread acclaim and celebrity support in 2018.The pledge was notably successful at the Cannes Lions, where it won seven Lions, including three Grand Prix (Direct, Titanium and SDG) and a gold in Brand Experience and Activation.Now the festival, owned by Ascential, is following through on its own pledge—to donate all SDG Lions entry fees to the nonprofit client taking top honors.
Asus has unveiled its latest super-slim gaming laptop, the ROG Zephyrus S GX701, at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.Continuing the proud tradition of previous versions of its Zephyrus laptops, which cram seriously powerful components into impressively svelte bodies, the Zephyrus S GX701 is packing some of the best gaming tech money can buy.The headline new feature of the ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is that it comes with brand-new Nvidia GeForce RTX with Max-Q design graphics.Configurable up to an RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design and 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM, Nvidia’s new laptop graphics combine the power of its high-end RTX 2080 graphics card with a slim design that allows it to be installed in thin gaming laptops.The ROG Zephyrus S GX701 also comes with an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8750H six-core processor with a turbo clock speed of 4.1GHz.It can also be fitted with up to 24GB of DDR4-2666 RAM.
Chinese censors go old school to clamp down on Twitter: A knock on the door – The Washington PostWhat happened: Chinese authorities have begun clamping down on prominent Twitter users in the country, ordering them to remove Tweets relating to China-US relations, among others.Some users who didn’t comply with the order found that their accounts were hacked and offending Tweets deleted.According to The Washington Post, more than 40 people have been ordered to remove content from their accounts.Why it’s important: Access to Twitter in China requires the use of software to bypass state-imposed firewalls.While most foreign social media platforms are blocked, authorities rarely take direct action against citizens for using them.