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What happened: Cheng Wei, founder and CEO of China’s biggest ride-hailing platform Didi, sent an email to employees, responding to the murder of a female passenger on August 24.The letter was released to the press on Friday.According to the letter, Cheng said the company would never trade passengers’ safety for profit.In the letter, Cheng Wei revealed that Didi has not profited for the past six years.In the first half of 2018, Didi’s net loss reached RMB 4 billion.Why it’s important: The reveal of loss of revenue comes amid the accusations that Didi has prioritized profit over safety issues.
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The notch is probably one of the most divisive design trends in smartphones today.Some hate it with a passion, others don’t mind it at all.HMD Global baffled users and fans when it suddenly pulled out the option to hide the notch.And while it’s easy enough to write it off as something specific to Nokia phones, it doesn’t bode well for the Pixel 3 XL.Responding to a complaint about the Nokia 6.1 Plus’ sudden inability to hide the notch, a forum moderator commented that it was removed “as per Google requirement” and left it at that.The folks over at Reddit, however, had a rather lively discussion on what that requirement was.
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There's no consensus on the anonymous author of the controversial New York Times op-ed published Wednesday, but it's still a topic of online conversation.The article, "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration," was criticized by President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other political figures.In it, the author, identified as "a senior official in the Trump administration," describes an internal "quiet resistance" to Trump and assures Americans that "there are adults in the room" at the White House.Some Twitter users digitally edited an image of the column to give it a tweaked headline, often making the article appear to come from Star Wars, Star Trek or other fictional characters.And there were plenty of other jokes about who the author might be, as well as his or her motives.Some meme-makers picked up on the photo of Frank Giaccio, age 11, who requested and was allowed to mow the White House lawn in 2017, and has since become a favorite meme photo.
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Burt Reynolds died today at the age of 82, and for many, car enthusiasts in particular, his passing represents more than the end of a career or a legend.Reynolds' swagger, smile and that damned mustache positioned him as this sleazy but decidedly awesome uncle who only showed up once or twice a year in a cloud of tire and unfiltered cigarette smoke.He was approachable, but somehow still cooler than any of us could hope to be.Leading men like Reynolds just don't exist anymore.A large part of his appeal, particularly in the films he did with Hal Needham, was the sheer amount of fun he appeared to be having at all times.His smiles -- and there were a lot of them -- always read as genuine, and that made it easy for us to put ourselves in his cowboy boots and imagine outrunning Smokey with Sally Field in the passenger seat, V8 roaring and tires squealing.
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Concept cars are typically a designer’s flight of fancy, but that doesn’t mean the Volvo 360c doesn’t have some very good ideas for real-life.The autonomous EV, with its highly flexible cabin and communicative light strips, is a rich vein of clever details, some more production-ready than others.At first glance, it’s easy to assume the 360c is a huge vehicle, fit to star in a science-fiction movie.While that combination of dimensions help give the concept a larger-than-life look, it’s also about how Volvo has taken advantage of next-generation drivetrains.The full panoramic sunroof, too, emphasizes light and space inside, though Volvo has a second intention there.Each pane would also be a transparent display, able to mirror information from your smartphone or laptop, or show content from the car.
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Facebook has said it will splurge more than S$1.4bn (£786.8m) on building its first data centre in Asia in Singapore, with an opening date scheduled in 2022.The 170,000 square metre facility will be based on the island's west coast, close to Google's own data centres which it is also expanding through an $850m (£657.2m) investment.Facebook's vice president of infrastructure data centres Thomas Furlong confirmed the venture will be the social media firm's first in Asia at a press conference with local authorities in Singapore this morning, Reuters reported.A statement from the company said it is intended to create "hundreds" of jobs on the island.Other Facebook data centres currently exist in the US, Ireland and Sweden, with another under construction in Denmark.The new building in Singapore will be 100 per cent powered by renewable energy, and designed to reduce the use of water and electricity to a minimum.
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After it was posted on Facebook, it didn’t take long for the messages to roll in: “I call bullshit on this story,” “Women are con artists — if you do anything I don’t like I will bury you.Let the witch hunt begin!”After this somewhat expected response from the friendly MGTOW community, our social media manager thought it would be fitting to make the article’s Facebook caption: “This Instagram account proves that all men are trash.” Which resulted in TNW’s first 24-hour ban on Facebook.The Facebook morality police quickly removed the post, citing “hate speech” as the reason.The social media giants thinks “men are trash” is more offensive than “Feminists should be burnt on a bonfire.”As a twenty-something female living amidst the metoo movement, I’ve gotten used to casual statements like “men are trash.” It’s usually said during drunken conversations or posted on social media in response to something Donald Trump (or some other white guy) has recently done.
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Welcome to Haiku Review, a feature where we review gear and gadgets using the Japanese poetry form.This time we’re looking at Real Shades’ computer glasses, Screen Shades.Suitable for adults and children, they protect users’ sight spheres with a yellow plastic lens that blocks 65% blue light – you know, the stuff that electronics emit that hurts some people’s eyes.Let’s get down and dirty with this haiku then:They don’t snap – I tried.Headache, but no dry red eyes.
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Demand for digital competency is high, but so are soft skills, according to the 2018 Emerging Jobs in Singapore Report by LinkedIn.According to the report, the top five emerging jobs for 2018 are: data scientist, cyber security specialist, user experience designer, head of digital, and content specialist.“Traditional roles have evolved into hybrids that did not exist five years ago.While it’s no surprise that the top emerging jobs for Singapore are all related to technology, many of them require management and communications skills, making them hybrids of new and traditional roles – such as user experience designer,” says Feon Ang, vice president of talent and learning solutions for Asia-Pacific at LinkedIn.
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Unlike all of Marvel’s other solo superhero movies, Captain Marvel isn’t exactly about a person learning how to become heroic, but rather about its titular hero discovering just who and what she really is.We’re excited to see where the MCU and directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck go with this one, and some new photos released today give us a decent idea.By now, you’ve taken your first look at what Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel is going to look like in her iconic suit.But a new set of photos from Entertainment Weekly expose even more of the wild and familiar worlds Carol’s going to find herself in, along with a few familiar faces and curious Easter eggs that are only going to get fans more excited for the film.Naturally, Carol’s going to spend at least a bit of time in a fighter jet ,what with her canonically being a member of the Air Force.Though by the end of the movie she’ll most likely be perfectly fine flying on her own through the vacuum of space, her background as a soldier and fighter is a significant part of her character that’ll likely factor into the movie’s plot in a larger way.
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Tencent Games has announced that Honour of Kings (王者荣耀, known as Arena of Valor outside China), a popular mobile multiplayer battle game, will be undergoing a system revamp on September 15.One of the most prominent updates is the enforcement of real-name registration for all new users, Tencent said on its WeChat official account.Tencent said it will adopt the most stringent real-name verification, which will be integrated with the public security database.This will enable the platform to better manage its platform and enforce new rules.The new identification system, which took months to develop and test, will enable Tencent to better identify underage players who are subjected to Tencent’s game addictive prevention program.Tencent said it expects to adopt the same real-name verification system on its other online games.
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The promise of robot vacuum cleaners was always that they’d do the chore for you.While undoubtedly less time-consuming than doing the vacuuming yourself, it’s nonetheless an annoyance.iRobot calls it Imprint Smart Mapping, and it basically gives the i7+ an onboard memory for where it’s used.Up to 10 different floorpans can be stored, each created dynamically by the vacuum and visible in the iRobot app.The app will also try to split the floor plan up into individual rooms, though each can be manually separated and named.It’s also possible to add dividers between spaces, virtual barriers that prevent the i7+ from roaming into the wire-strewn space under a desk, for instance, or into a LEGO-filled play area.
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Huawei has been heavily promoting its high-end flagships, like the Huawei P20 Pro this year and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro before it.But like many Chinese OEMs, these premium phones fall short in one particular aspect: Screen resolution.In an age of QHD, even QHD+, screens, Huawei’s top models still max out at Full HD or Full HD+.For those who believe more is always better, then the Huawei Mate 20 Pro might finally give them what they’ve been wishing for.The Huawei P20 Pro, launched in April, has a 6.1-inch 2240×1080 FHD+ screen that also brought Huawei’s first notch.Huawei’s late 2017 champion, the Mate 10 Pro, had a 6.0-inch 2160×1080 display.
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That could be the new Roomba wiping the floor with its competition.iRobot's latest robotic vacuum, the $949 Roomba i7+ is by far its most ambitious yet.Theoretically, even if you run the i7+ daily, you shouldn't have to mess with the robot's dusty innards for a full month.A paper bag, reminiscent of old school vacuum bags, serves as the CleanBase's dirt depository.Even after the bag is full, iRobot also claims you won't have to get your hands dirty.The CleanBase isn't the only thing new with this Roomba.
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As the big names in tech are beginning to acknowledge the impact their products have had on our mental wellbeing, we’re starting to see the likes of Google and Apple release tools that directly address these problems.In an Android blog post titled “The search for JOMO”, Google revealed the results of a recently-published long-term study on “excessive smartphone use and healthy disconnection”.The researchers found that, regardless of age, culture or gender, “mobile devices loaded with social media, email and news apps, were creating a constant sense of obligation, generating unintended personal stress.”The results showed that this stress was both a result of the addictive nature of the devices, and the apps they carry, as well as the external and social obligation of being perpetually contactable and expected to respond.While planned disconnections from devices were beneficial to mitigating this stress, the study found that when this occurred outside of a user’s control (such as a depleted battery), they felt further stress due to FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).Ultimately, Google boiled its research down to find three approaches to replacing FOMO with JOMO (Joy Of Missing Out), and these were to facilitate disconnection, reduce temptation to re-engage, and allow for partial disconnection.
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Following the immediate dismissal of its lead star following sexual abuse allegations, Netflix and the team behind House of Cards were forced to make some drastic changes to its show in an effort to give it a proper send-off.While it was already known that Netflix would continue the award-winning series for one more season without Kevin Spacey, just how it would do so has remained a mystery to all outside of the production — until now.As you can see from the show's new season 6 teaser, which features the spoilerific title of "Grave", the character of Frank Underwood has been permanently written out of the show due to a slight case of death.The teaser shows Frank's widow, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), standing at the late president's grave and delivering an ice-cold speech."I'll tell you this though, Francis: when they bury me, it won't be in my backyard," says Claire, suggesting a similar fall from grace for Spacey's character."And when they pay their respects, they'll have to wait in line."
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Cermati, an Indonesian fintech firm which helps customers research and sign up for credit cards, insurance, and loans, announced that it raised a series B round from Djarum Group, a cigarette manufacturer owned by the Hartono family.The size of the deal is undisclosed.All the tools you need for every step of the way.With a net worth of US$32.3 billion, brothers Budi and Michael Hartono are the richest people in Indonesia, according to Forbes.Launched in 2015, Cermati has more than five million monthly visits.Beyond providing consumers with financial information, it also helps financial services improve user acquisition, onboarding, risk assessment and servicing through software.
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This morning was the fourth hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee's deep dive into manipulation of US presidential elections by the Russian government, and it was clear that the uninformed meanderings and malapropisms that are so often a part of congressional hearings into current issues are no more.Instead, Facebook's second-in-command and Twitter's chief exec were faced with a series of intelligent, informed and often pointed questions from senators who have moved from reading the questions given to them by their staffers to engaging their legislative and lawyerly instincts."As a Committee, we have learned more about social media over the past 18 months than I suspect most of us ever thought we would have to in a lifetime," he noted, before discarding the previous vague handwaving that had stood in for proper policy discussion up until now.For Sandberg and Facebook that was "inauthentic behavior."Agents of the Russian, or Iranian, or Chinese governments that are openly seeking to exploit Americans' tendency to demonize one another by giving them a careful prod in the right direction are not, in fact, foreign agents, or saboteurs, or rabble-rousers.And there was Sandberg's team encouraging her to go with her "personal" responses to issues like thousands of Rohingya muslims slaughtered in Myanmar in part thanks to hate speech propagated through Facebook.
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The Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera is official now, and mirrorless is officially trending.The EOS R is officially rolling with a 30.3-megapixel full-frame sensor with ISO range of 100-40,000.Inside you’ll find Canon’s DIGIC 8 image processor with a dual-pixel autofocus setup up front.Around the back is a big touchscreen, and there’s an OLED electronic viewfinder up top.If you’ll have a peek at this post from earlier this week you’ll find the trends gathering.Fujufilm is in the mix as well.
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Scener is a new Chrome extension that lets you make your own picture-in-picture commentary videos for TV shows and movies on streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.Scener's founders were inspired by services like Twitch and YouTube, and the lack of a communal experience when binge-watching shows on Netflix.If you’ve ever wanted to make your own version of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” — the iconic show that laid an audio track of ruthless ribbing over bad sci-fi movies — there’s a new Chrome extension that makes it easy to do that (and more).The pair said the idea came from two big sources of inspiration: the success of platforms like gaming-focused Twitch and YouTube in spurring commentary videos, and the disconnect the founders felt from other viewers in the age of Netflix binge-watching.In our on-demand TV universe, we don't really get experiences like the fun Twitter chatter around a major live sporting event, or even an award show, Braidwood said.The concept of Scener is easy enough to grasp: You use your webcam to film a PiP track that’s synced to the timeline of the movie or show.
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