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Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO of blood-testing startup Theranos, will step down from her position at the discredited company that was once a Silicon Valley success.This comes alongside the news that she and Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, the former president and COO, have been indicted by the Department of Justice on charges of wire fraud.Federal prosecutors indicted Holmes and Balwani on nine counts of wire fraud and two counts each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.The court stated that the pair were responsible for a corporate conspiracy that defrauded investors and customers, with one prosecutor noting that they “misled doctors and patients about the reliability of medical tests that endangered health and lives.”Theranos had a $9 billion valuation just a few years ago, before a detailed investigation by the Wall Street Journal revealed that the company knowingly misrepresented and sold unreliable technology, specifically blood test results that required only a prick of the finger.The startup is now a leading example of how deceptive Silicon Valley hype can be.
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On June 13th, Xiaomi officially released a new Xiaomi Mijia filter jug on its official website and the first official sale of this product commenced today.This filter jug comes with some relevant features which ensure that we have a germs and bacteria free water.According to the official release note, the Xiiaomi Mijia filter jug can effectively remove residual chlorine, heavy metals, and other microscopic harmful substances as the water is poured into the jug.There is also an LED display which shows the strength of the filter thus you know exactly when to change the filter.The Xiaomi Mijia Filter Jug ensures that your water remains colourless and odorless.It uses 7 multipurpose filters to reduce chlorine, limescale, impurities or heavy metals for an odorless and antibacterial water drinking.
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This fall, a major new update for iPhone and iPad is scheduled to arrive: iOS 12, the latest version of Apple's smartphone and tablet operating system software.That grinning cartoon above is none other than Apple CEO Tim Cook.But let's not kid ourselves — the stuff that will really impact your daily iPhone use is far more mundane.To that end, Apple is making some major strides in iOS 12 towards ease of use and convenience that are worth highlighting.Apple's seemingly addressing that disparity with iOS 12, finally adding support for grouped notifications in the notifications tray.It's a small but crucial change to daily iPhone use.
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Ever since the beginning of time, there have been two kinds of people: The left-brainers – methodical thinkers who uses their logical and analytical skills to solve problems; and the right-brainers who tend to rely on feeling and intuition, are driven by inspiration and often think in a visual way.Designers often back their visual decisions on actual data and analytics, methodically analyze complex user flows, and sometimes (gasp!)Developers think creatively, experimenting with different solutions to fit user needs and generally are pretty comfortable with design systems.There are five lessons that I’ve learned through the process, as well as some wise insights from fellow dev tool design leads.Know your user (but, like, really know them)It’s quick and very convenient to get answers when your user sits right across the table from you, and you hear them share everyday struggles and development work pains at the daily standup.
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Samsung has reportedly been ordered to pay $400 million to the licensing arm of a South Korean university for infringing a patent related to semiconductor technology.A federal jury in Texas found in favor if KIAST IP US on Friday after finding the Korean electronics giant infringed on a US patent related to FinFET, according to Bloomberg.FinFet is a key technology in the production of processors for mobile phones.Qualcomm and GlobalFoundries were also found to have infringed on the patent but reportedly weren't ordered to pay damages.A copy of the decision was unavailable on an online legal filings portal Saturday.Samsung, the world's largest chipmaker, said during the trial it helped the university develop the technology and denied infringing on the patent.
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By now, you’ve probably seen the satirical posts where someone claims to have “forced a bot” to watch thousands of hours of video and then write their own script.The posts are funny, but if you haven’t realised, they’re jokes that don’t quite encapsulate how artificial intelligence works.We thought it was pretty obvious, but a lot of folks in the responses to the tweets’ replies are asking if the bot is real (you know who you are).So, here we are to kill the joke.Of course they’re not real — a bot trained on infomercials wouldn’t know how to say “fuck.” There aren’t thousands of hours of Saw movies (there’s more like 20 hours).And surely there’s no way a bot trained on Olive Garden commercials would say “Italian citizens.”
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Augmented reality (AR) has played prominently in nearly all of Apple's events since iOS 11 was introduced, Tim Cook has said he believes it will be as revolutionary as the smartphone itself, and AR was Apple’s biggest focus in sessions with developers at WWDC this year.Most users don’t think the killer app for AR has arrived yet—unless you count Pokémon Go.The simplest, shortest explanation of ARKit is that it does a lot of the heavy lifting for app developers in terms of working with the iOS device’s camera, scanning images and objects in the environment, and positioning 3D models in real space and making them fit in.The device needs uninterrupted sensor data, and this process works best in well-lit environments that are textured and that contain very distinct features; pointing the camera at a blank wall won’t help much.Limited: Some factor has prevented an adequate world map from being built, so functionality and accuracy may be limited.Previously, AR world maps were not saved across multiple sessions, and they were not transferable between devices.
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With two screens and seriously long battery life the TicWatch Pro is no ordinary smartwatch, yet it has most of the usual features you’d expect on top of that, including a touchscreen and Wear OS software.That could combine to make it one of the most interesting wearables we’ve yet seen, assuming it all comes together into a cohesive gadget.You can’t buy the TicWatch Pro yet, but it has been announced – at least for China – and we’re expecting it to land elsewhere soon, so to help you decide whether it’s worth waiting for or not, here are all the details that we have so far.Be aware that where specs are included these are based on the Chinese version of the TicWatch Pro, so it’s possible – albeit unlikely – that some of them will change for the international version.In the next few monthsLess than $300 (around £225 / AU$400)
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Oppo will unwrap the much talked about flagship device the Oppo Find X on June 19 in Paris, France, and ahead of the official unveiling, the web is now littered with a lot of leaks, rumors render and official teasers of the upcoming device.While there are diverse leaks regarding the design of the device, with some leaks suggesting the Opp Find X might a notch with a very unique semi-circular design, a newly leaked short commercial clip of a device purported to be the Oppo Find X reveals design remarkably close to that of the Vivo Nex, which raises questions of the selfie shooter.Now, while the Lenovo Z5 failed to live up to the pre-release hype, a new teaser from Oppo suggest the Find X could come with the highest screen-to-body ratio ever seen on a smartphone, whatever that means to you.While every OEMs markets their devices as being full screen, just a few of these devices offer up to 90%, and that makes us wonder what screen to body ratio the Find X could come with, Oppo instead left us with a puzzle to guess what the exact screen-to-body ratio could be, and will be giving out a unit of the device to a number of winners.Based on previous leaks, the Oppo Find X will include a 6.42-inch 2K+ FullView display with a high screen-to-body ratio, but still unclear if it will include the irregular notch, and is expected to house a Snapdragon 845 64-bit Octa-core SoC paired with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, a mammoth 4000mAh battery with support for Super VOOC fast charging technology, a 3D facial recognition, dual cameras with 5x loseless zoom, support 5G connectivity, and an in-display fingerprint scanner are all part of the package.Whether or not the company can live up to this present hype remains to be seen, we would have to wait until June 19 when Oppo unwraps the device in Paris.
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Audioboom Group has signed exclusive ad sales agreements with advertising agencies in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK to expand its reach and generate revenue opportunities.The partnerships will aim to leverage Audioboom's technology and data analytics, to help the networks and media sales agencies with content to drive revenue from programmatic and in-read advertising.In Canada, Audioboom has partnered with The Podcast Exchange to provide advertisers with better monetisation opportunities within the Canadian podcast audience.Meanwhile, the second agreement targets the Australian and New Zealand markets through Placard Media.The third agreement with DAX, a programmatic advertising platform available in the UK, US, France and Germany will further help to expand Audioboom's reach into the programmatically delivered spot advertising market for podcasting.Rob Proctor, chief executive officer of Audioboom, said: "These worldwide agreements with leading networks and media sales agencies will extend the reach and commercialisation of Audioboom podcasts through programmatic and in-read advertising, and further increases our revenue generating capabilities."
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A new study out of Imperial College London describes the discovery of a new type of photosynthesis, one the institute says “changes our understanding of the basic mechanism” involved.Even better, researchers indicate this discovery could pave the way for engineered crops that are more efficient than existing options.According to the study, researchers found a new type of photosynthesis that utilizes near-infrared (IR) light instead of the visible red light typical of photosynthesis.Red light photosynthesis involves the green pigment chlorophyll-a, which gathers energy for the plant from red light.However, researchers discovered that certain cyanobacteria sort of deactivate chlorophyll-a and switch to chlorophyll-f when grown in shaded areas with an abundance of near-infrared light.This enables the cyanobacteria to grow in places like among beach rocks located below the surface.
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The US Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning over a new type of malware out of North Korea.The DHS worked with the FBI to unearth and reveal the existence of a malware variant it says is known as “TYPEFRAME.” Analysts with the two government agencies analyzed a total of 11 samples of the trojan, including infected Windows files.Homeland Security released a report on the malware yesterday, explaining that the infected files can download and install the trojan on the victim’s computer.The infected files, the agencies say, can “install proxy and remote access Trojans, connect to command and control servers to receive additional instructions, and modify the victim’s firewall to allow incoming connections.”The disclosure comes only days after a historic summit between the US and North Korean leaders, seemingly underscoring a growing effort and sophistication on the latter country’s part.North Korea has spent years developing its cyberwar efforts, reportedly being behind a number of attempted and successful bank hacks around the world.
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BioMin Technologies Ltd was founded in 2014 to commercialise the award-winning research conducted between Queen Mary and Imperial College London since 2008.The bioactive glass material, which won the prestigious Armourers and Brasiers Venture Prize in 2013, can help reduce sensitivity, remineralise tooth surfaces and reduce the risk of early stage tooth decay.In 2016, BioMin met with Guangdong KanWan Cosmetics Co. Ltd, a major Chinese toothpaste manufacturer, as a result of a technology partnering mission between Science and Innovation Network (SIN) China and Innovation China UK.This meeting led to the establishment of a manufacturing and distribution license agreement under which the bioactive glass, manufactured in the UK, will be exported to China for use in toothpaste formulations developed by KanWan.KanWan, like many other BioMin trade partners, agreed to participate as a shareholder in the initial fundraising round to support the commercialisation of the technology, establish its distribution infrastructure, and to conduct further research.Professor Robert Hill from Queen Mary, one of the founders of BioMin, said: "We are delighted to have partnered with a well-established toothpaste manufacturer in China, the country with the largest demand for toothpaste in the world.
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Blocking PIM-2 in allogeneic bone marrow transplant (BMT) dramatically accelerated graft-versus-host disease (GVHD).In adoptive immunotherapy with autologous T cells, silencing PIM-2 on T cells produced robust tumor immunity, highlighting the importance of PIM-specific inhibition.However, in the JCI article, a team of MUSC researchers led by Xue-Zhong Yu, M.D., a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and SmartState Endowed Chair in Cancer Stem Cell Biology and Therapy at Hollings Cancer Center, showed that PIM-2 kinase has unique activity in regulating T cells that is in opposition to PIM-1 and PIM-3.The less well-matched the donor, the higher the risk for developing GVHD, in which donor cells trigger an immune response that attacks the patient's normal tissues, causing high morbidity and mortality.Researchers have long sought ways to improve BMT success by reducing GVHD incidence while preserving the anti-tumor response of donor cells.We found that T cells which lacked PIM-2 had dramatically increased activation and pathogenicity to cause GVHD."
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"So not going into space with NASA anymore."It's an ironic statement from someone who has logged more time in space than any other American, and was the first woman to command the International Space Station.When she was a senior in high school in 1978, she learned that NASA had recruited its first female astronauts.She applied to be an astronaut 10 times before finally getting selected.Even if, at the time, I certainly didn't agree.""We train for all the really bad-day scenarios, which I think helps you prepare."
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There have been echoes all around Xiaomi fan circles of a Mi A2.However, after sightings of a Mi A2 Lite version being certified in Singapore, these rumblings gained much more weight.However, it seems an unofficial hands-on video leaked today of a prototype Mi A2 on YouTube, as spotted by GSMArena.Sadly, that upload by two Spanish guys is now removed but images captured from that 11-minute long video remain.Thus, the Mi A2 is no longer just a ghost device, it is very real even though Xiaomi won’t admit it.You can imagine an 11-minute video is good enough to cover most aspects of a phone in detail.
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Blockchain technology should be considered the most disruptive technology invention of the fourth industrial revolution.However, the sector it is aiming to transform, and hopes to have the highest impact on day to day consumer and seller activities, is the e-commerce industry.The e-commerce industry has arguably changed the way we shop and live, which to many people has basically become one in the same.The convenience, affordability, and vast array of products offered by e-commerce platforms shows some of the benefits of the e-commerce industry, but with the growth of the industry (a global online retail market that is expected to surpass $4.5 billion by 2020), large e-commerce companies like Amazon, Alibaba, EBay and a large group of other companies which account for over 50% of that market valuation, the problems associated with e-commerce are beginning to emerge.The current e-commerce business model will have a hard time resolving all these issues in one fell swoop, with the only solution to these problems is blockchain technology.Payment solutions for international e-commerce is far from perfect, and even with payment solutions like PayPal and Skrill, the payment industry still needs some reworking.
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Back in 2012, it felt like they had the potential to absorb the best qualities of smartphones and replace PCs entirely for most people.Instead of replacing phones and laptops, they’ve acted more like a semipermeable membrane where phone ideas flow up and computer ideas flow down, creating an osmosis of tech goodness.Like Apple, Samsung, and Amazon, the Chinese device maker is one of few still putting some heart (effort) into its tablets.They're worth a look if you're looking to add another touchscreen to your life.They look and feel as premium as any iPad or Galaxy Tab.On the back, a row of dots adorn the top and bottom edges.
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In keeping with the strict General Data Protection Regulation laid down by the European Union, Valve has rolled out a new data portal to Steam users that can only be described as “exhaustive.” This portal puts pretty much every piece of information about your Steam account in one place, serving up boatloads of data you probably never even cared to look at in the first place.While some of this data was accessible in one way or another before GDPR became law, this new portal organizes it and makes it easier to find specific information.One look and you’ll know what we mean when we use the word “exhaustive” to describe it.The information that’s available ranges from very general information about your account – the first link simply takes you to your account settings page – to items that are much more specific.For instance, you can view a log of your recent chat messages or your trade history on the Steam Market.Things get particularly disturbing when you realize that this portal holds a direct link to your entire Steam purchase history.
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Announced earlier in June, the AllCall W2 is the second smartwatch phone from the Chinese company usually focused in smartphone production.The AllCall W2 looks a little conservative and simple in black and silver, meanwhile with the materials were specially chosen.The all metal body then further enhances its shiny look and toughness.As for strap, W2 strap was shaped by soft rubber through injecting and hot pressing, bringing a matte look and comfortable touch, with a honeycomb-like surface and inner side breathable design which provides sweat proof, comfort, duration and exquisiteness.The AllCall W2 can be dipped into 5 meter-deep-water and function as usual, not to mention rain flashing, hand washing, showering or swimming.That’s really convenient for both our daily life and outdoor activities.
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