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99.co, a Singapore-headquartered property listings site with prominent investors, has acquired UrbanIndo, one of the largest property sites in Indonesia, a person familiar with the deal told Tech in Asia without revealing the exact terms of the transaction.The move gives 99.co a bigger foothold in Southeast Asia’s most populous country, which has a much larger real estate market than Singapore in terms of the number of properties.There is one uncertainty surrounding deal with the departure of Arip Tirta, whose tenure as UrbanIndo’s founding CEO ended late last year, according to his Linkedin profile.Startup CEOs typically stick around for at least a couple of years after their companies are acquired.They are often tied to golden handcuffs in the form of delayed earn-outs and bonuses by the acquirer to ensure that they stick around to provide stability and manage the transition.Looking at the bigger picture
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One of the US Air Force's favourite fighters — the A-10 "Warthog" could lose on a third of its fleet if they do not get re-winged.More than a hundred fighters are on the ground and face a real possibility of never seeing action again.The USAF, however, does not seem to be too interested in reviving them and want to see the warthog be retired, notes a report by Popular Mechanics (PM).They did, however, play a vital role in providing close air support to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.The A-10 is known for being a jet that can take serious punishment and is heavily armoured and armed with cannons, bombs and missiles.It is beloved by both pilots and ground troops alike for its reliability and its capacity to lay a protective barrage of fury against the enemy.
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LG has never shyed away from innovating in the smartphone industry.Just look at the G series and how it changes every year.Well, the most interesting idea that seems to be on the horizon is of the foldable variety with Samsung as the forerunner.LG seems to be working on it though.World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) granted a patent to LG electronics today that clearly displays a foldable smartphone.The company applied for the patent in 2017 and it has been granted just this month.
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Hyundai will tease its Super Bowl ad during both the NFC and AFC Championship games on Sunday.The teaser will also be available for viewing online and on the brand’s social channels.It suggests a kind of follow-up to last year’s “A Better Super Bowl” from Hyundai agency of record Innocean, with the brand promising to “surprise millions.”Error loading player: No playable sources foundHyundai had one of the more memorable spots on last year’s Super Bowl.It surprised three American troops overseas by virtually reuniting them with their families who were at the game—and quickly editing the real-time footage into a 90-second spot that aired immediately following the game.
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All rumors thus far point toward Alcatel unveiling its revamped line of smartphones at the MWC 2018, and while the Alcatel 3C already unveiled in Italy a couple of days back, an Amazon France listing for the two of the upcoming Alcatel phones just went live, confirming that the devices will be unveiled on February 26th.Amazon France has listed the Alcatel 5 and Alcatel 3V for pre-order alongside with multiple official images, prices and a few specifications of both devices.As per the listing, the Alcatel 5 is set to retail at about €230, while the Alcatel 3V will be offered for €189.99.The listing further revealed that the upcoming Alcatel 5 will come in an all-metal finishing fitted with a with a 5.7″ 18:9 display with an HD+ resolution, while it will be powered by an unnamed octa-core processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 128GB of expandable storage using micro SD.The listing says the Alcatel 5 will be driven by a 3000mAh battery, 12MP rear camera and will run Android Oreo out of the box.Moving on, the listing reveals that the Alcatel 3V display will stretch to a 6-inch FullHD+ 18:9 display, while the processor is an unnamed Quad-core CPU coupled with 2GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable internal storage.
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Following Facebook’s publication of a tool that shows users whether they followed Russia-linked pages comes an update from Twitter: it is emailing users who followed a Russia-linked page on its platform.Twitter revealed its plans in an update on the topic, where it details its progress and what it is doing moving forward.Among its users, 677,775 people located in the United States either liked, followed, or retweeted Russia-linked accounts.The matter revolves around Russia’s interference in the US’s 2016 presidential election.The nation was found to have used major social media platforms, namely Facebook and Twitter, in an effort to manipulate the public, destabilize the nation’s population, stir up tensions, and more.The propaganda work was linked to an organization linked to the Russian government called “Internet Research Agency.”
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Photo by Dieter Bohn / Dami LeeGboard, Google’s iOS and Android keyboard app, has quietly updated its design by moving its GIF-making button up next to the word suggestion bar.The GIF-making feature has been around since last September, but it was hidden behind the emoji button on the bottom.With its shiny new placement, the button allows for GIFs to be recorded from the front and back camera, and it lets you record in two modes: “Loop,” which is basically a Boomerang you can record for three seconds, and “Fast-Forward,” which lets you record up to one minute and speeds up the result.When you’re done recording, you can copy and paste the GIF into your message, and send it off to your friends.Recording and making your own GIFs isn’t new — you can easily turn your live photos into GIFs through Google’s excellent Motion Stills app — but placing the feature so prominently on the keyboard means you might be seeing your friends’ moving faces way more often.
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Back when plug-in hybrids were just beginning to appear, there was some concern that adding a whole bunch of cars to the electric grid could overtax it and cause problems.Audi will kick off a new pilot project called Audi Smart Energy Network in both Ingolstadt and Zurich.The program combines stationary storage batteries with differently sized solar installations.Control software distributes the solar energy based on how much it thinks the car or house will need.That way, there's less reliance on larger grids.Not that Audi isn't thinking about larger power grids, too, because it is.
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Chinese biz scrambles to tear down injected theft scriptThe Chinese phone company admitted after a week of probing that about 40,000 of its customers had their payment card details nicked while buying stuff from its web shop.Crooks were quick to start plundering victims' accounts using the swiped information, going on shopping sprees with the stolen card data.Here's how it went down: one of the store's servers was hacked, and its code modified so that between mid-November, 2017, and January 11 this year, bank card details typed into oneplus.net by shoppers were copied and sent over to miscreants.Specifically, the software was tampered with to harvest the numbers, names, and security codes on cards before they were encrypted and sent to OnePlus's payment processor.OnePlus said people who opted to use PayPal were not affected, nor was anyone who had paid with a credit card they had "saved" to the site before November 11, because those cards had been encrypted by the payment provider and saved only as tokens by OnePlus.
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Notably XRP, the coin for Ripple, saw a 50% rise in value one day, then a fall by around 6% the next.Ripple saw a 70+ percent recovery from the lowest price in several weeks at $0.897 (according to CoinMarketCap.)Meanwhile Stellar XLM grew 53-percent from January 17th to the 18th, then down 8% from yesterday to today.Back on January 11th, Stellar validators voted to lower the base reserve to 0.5 XLM on the network.This made “the cost of creating accounts and order inexpensive again.” That’s good news for everybody – especially those in the cryptocoin market with interest only in the results of news, not necessarily the news itself.Stellar is building their network as an Ethereum-killer, instead of trying to kick the king off of the hill.
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Albert Einstein demonstrated that Newton’s laws of motion break down when dealing with very large masses.He created his theory of general relativity to account for this: gravity is a manifestation of the warping of space-time caused by massive bodies like the sun.The researchers set out to perform the largest test yet of something called Einstein’s equivalence principle.As Antonio Genova, the author of the study from MIT, described the principle: “You are not able to distinguish between a uniform gravitational field and an accelerated reference frame.” It’s like when you’re in an lift: You may feel like gravity is pulling on you more or less, but really you’re just accelerating.That’s basically comparing how much you weigh on Earth versus if you were in a rocket ship accelerating to perfectly reproduce Earth’s gravity (approximately 10 metres per second squared).The MESSENGER data showed that Einstein still isn’t wrong, of course.
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After weeks of leaks and rumors we finally have AllCall confirming the specs we’ll find on the upcoming AllCall Mix2.The main features of which will be four, going from fast wireless charging and a full screen 2.0 design to face unlocking and Android 8.1.Let’s begin with the outside.The AllCall Mix2 comes encased in a metal frame created through IML technology, inside which we find a large 6-inch FHD+ (2160×1080) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a nearly 90% screen-to-body ratio.What’s more interesting though, is that AllCall managed to pack an high-end MediaTek Helio P23 on their Mix2 – which is kind of an achievement for the smaller phone maker.The Helio P23 is indeed a really good chip and it can be found on phones produced by big companies such as Oppo and Vivo.
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This move is set to grant Google access to the Chinese market, a vast and untapped target that Tencent can connect the American giant to.Google and Tencent have signed a deal in which the two organisations have agreed to cross-license patents, allowing Google to break into the Chinese market.Cross-licensing is a contract that gives the parties involved the ability to grant rights to their intellectual property to each other, and in this case the deal will apply to a number of products.Details regarding financial arrangements have no yet been shared by either party.Tencent has a great deal of influence in China as the company responsible for the country’s top messaging app, WeChat.Its wide reach in terms of social media and gaming will provide Google with a valuable entry point in pursuing an unexplored market.
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If you gave your credit card number to OnePlus sometime between mid-November and last week, your card may have been comprised.The smartphone maker confirmed this morning through its online forum that upwards of 40,000 customers may have had their numbers exposed to hackers.“Only a small subset of our customers is affected,” a spokesperson for the company told TechCrunch.OnePlus has sent out emails to users it believes may have been impacted after a malicious code was inserted into the company’s payment page, designed to sniff out credit card numbers.“The malicious script operated intermittently, capturing and sending data directly from the user’s browser.It has since been eliminated,” a spokesperson wrote in the forum post.
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We all know that when you’re watching ‘Countdown’ of an afternoon, there’s only one feeling greater than getting a seven-letter word… and that’s when that seven-letter word is rude.After 19 days, 2018 has finally treated us to our first filthy ‘Countdown’ offering of the year, with Susie Dent even giving a warning to presenter Nick Hewer before she revealed it.“Block your ears Nick,” she joked, “There is a US slang term for a fiendish or contemptible person, or toilet paper, and that’s asswipe.”Yes, “asswipe” was just an answer on ‘Countdown’, which airs on Channel 4 slap-bang in the middle of the afternoon.Nick was clearly as surprised as we were that “asswipe” had even managed to make its way into the dictionary in the first place, with Susie explaining: “It is, and it’s been there since the 1950s and it was found in Saul Bellow’s novels.”The former ‘Apprentice’ aide joked: “Well, he was a great writer but that’s no excuse for putting it into the [dictionary].
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An iPhone application that attempts to detect whether ISPs are throttling online services is now available on Apple's App Store, despite Apple originally refusing to allow it onto iPhones and iPads.The Wehe app has been available for iOS at this link since last night.It had already been available for Android on the Google Play store for at least a month.Wehe tests the speeds of YouTube, Amazon, NBCSports, Netflix, Skype, Spotify, and Vimeo in different ways and uses variances in measured results to judge whether or not traffic is being throttled to your device..But Apple initially refused to let the app into the App Store, telling its creator that "your app has no direct benefits to the user."Apple's app store review team "mentioned something about how there are lots of apps that claim to do something they cannot possibly do (e.g., medical diagnosis from sensors that don't exist), and so they have to be careful," Wehe app creator David Choffnes told Ars after the app was allowed on the store.
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Nagoya, Japan - Sometimes it pays to be two-dimensional.In its wake have followed a host of "post-graphene materials" - structural analogues of graphene made of other elements like silicon or germanium.Just as graphene differs from ordinary graphite, so does stanene behave very differently to humble tin in bulk form.Because of relatively strong spin-orbit interactions for electrons in heavy elements, single-layer tin is predicted to be a "topological insulator," also known as a quantum spin Hall (QSH) insulator.Materials in this remarkable class are electrically insulating in their interiors, but have highly conductive surfaces/edges.In previous studies, where stanene was grown on substrates of bismuth telluride or antimony, the tin layers turned out to be highly buckled and relatively inhomogeneous.
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The online retailer on Friday said it raised the monthly fee for Prime to $12.99 from $10.99, up 18 percent and effective immediately.Customers of the Prime service, now estimated to reach 90 million US households, routinely spend about twice as much on Amazon as non-Prime shoppers.With Prime serving as Amazon's engine for retail sales and customer loyalty, any price hikes come with risk of a blowback from consumers.But, with Amazon's shipping costs constantly increasing, the e-commerce giant also needs to balance customer satisfaction against its own bottom line.An Amazon spokeswoman said the increase resulted from Prime members' "tremendous appetite" for Prime benefits including unlimited two-day shipping, as well as Amazon's continued investment in Prime perks.Friday's price increase is the first one Amazon has instituted since it created the monthly payment option in April 2016.
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Aughts-era rap was often built on narratives of excess and indestructibility, but Uzi was interested in its inverse, the finite.In the months since that conversation, Uzi has become an avatar for a new wave of rap, pop music’s most dominant genre—and its best case for where music at large is going in 2018.Consider “XO Tour Life,” his bracing meditation on depression, drugs, and belonging.Over a beat from Atlanta producer TM88 that sounds more like a morose lullaby than a commanding radio hit, he sing-raps, “I might blow my brain out/Xanny, help the pain, yeah/Please, Xanny, make it go away.” The song peaked at No.His outlook is all foggy realism and youthful melancholy, a style that took hold of the SoundCloud rap community for much of last year.Collectively, the music is largely defined by a biographical vulnerability that gives way to violence, drug-addled introspection, and a kind of ritualistic self-loathing.
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The famous Bayeux Tapestry -- which is returning to the UK for the first time in 950 years -- tells the story of the Norman takeover of England via elaborate embroidery.But you don't have to invade the UK to make your own version of the tapestry.Using the Historic Tale Construction Kit, you can grab the same images of warriors, citizens, beasts, buildings, ships and more from the tapestry and create your own embroidered memes.Two German students Björn Karnebogen and Gerd Jungbluth from Academy of Media Arts Cologne originally wrote the Historic Tale Construction Kit using Flash.While their original Flash site is no longer available, there is a new application online, created by GitHub's users Leonard Allain-Launay, Mathieu Thoretton and Maira, which revives the popular medieval meme generator.You can also download a standalone version of the meme generator and run it offline, too.
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