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Android Messages, Google’s default SMS/RCS messaging app formerly known as Messenger, has been updated to version 2.2.67.The update began rolling out yesterday and introduces a couple of interface improvements and additional buttons.First up, the plus symbol used to add stickers has been changed to make it more prominent: it’s now a white cross inside a circle that’s the same color as the theme.This becomes a keyboard symbol when you’re in the stickers collection to make it clear how you can return to the regular typing interface — previously it remained as a small cross.In addition, it’s now easier to start group conversations with a new button inside the ‘People & options’ page.This is accessed via the hamburger (options) menu at the top right of a conversation.
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net Sales for the gothenburg-based Plejd (NTL) rose to 6.3 million, up from 1.1 million the corresponding quarter of the previous year.total operating revenues of 7.8 million kronor, compared with 2.4 million the first quarter of 2016.Operating profit, before depreciation, was 0.6 million kronor.the Year before, the loss was sek 0.7 million.At 09.15 time, the share price had risen less than 5 per cent.Read also: the Companies which will lower your electric bill with new technology
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Gartner survey shows 42% of CEOs have begun digital business transformation.CEO’s remain focused on profits and growth despite the recent uncertainty in the global political landscape, with Trump and Brexit just two factors hitting markets and spreading unease among businesses.However, a recent Gartner survey has found that political unease has done nothing to shift CEOs’ focus on business, with growth named the main business priority for 58 percent of CEOs.This figure has risen markedly from 42 percent in 2016.The survey, which polled 388 CEOs and senior business leaders in user organisations worldwide, found that although the idea of a digital business was speculative a few years ago, it has now become a reality for many in 2017.Already, 47 percent of CEOs say they are being challenged by their business board of directors to make progress in digital business, with 56 percent revealing that they have already began digital improvements with noticeable improved profits.
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Do you go to sleep hoping that when you wake up the threat of a new war in North Korea will be over?Trump talks to China and Japan, but not South KoreaLast night Donald Trump had phone calls with both Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.Noticeably absent was any call to the caretaker government of South Korea.“China adamantly opposes any actions in contravention of the United Nations Security Council resolutions,” Xi said in a readout that was released by the Chinese side.“North Korea’s nuclear and missile program is an extremely serious threat to security not only in the international community but also for our country,” Prime Minister Abe said.
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Carmen Perez can attest to the changes that have taken place in political protesting.She's the executive director of a nonprofit founded by Harry Belafonte, who was a part of the 1963 March on Washington.In Belafonte's office, Perez saw an old telegram from Martin Luther King Jr. about the march.She just had to ask how long it took to correspond by telegram.Teresa Shook of Hawaii invited 40 friends to her protest page and woke up to 10,000 followers in the morning.Soon after, all the protests were consolidated.
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Sometimes when you go against industry trends it works out for you and sometimes it flops.Verizon’s move to avoid the raise to bottom has now been confirmed as a flop.In the first six weeks of 2017, as the telco giant attempted to resist industry movements towards unlimited data plans, its wireless business lost a total of 398,000 retail postpaid.That said, credit has to be given to the team, following the launch of its unlimited plan it clawed back 109,000, leaving the shortage at a meagre 289,000.Not a bad recovery, but still a painful quarter.“Our first-quarter results again demonstrated that customers value a high-quality network experience,” CEO Lowell McAdam said with a brave face.
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Chinese online payments giant Alipay is set to expand its operations in Southeast Asia through the merger of parent Ant Financial Services and helloPay, a move that could also advance Alibaba Group’s efforts to build the international coverage of its annual Singles’ Day online shopping promotion.Ant Financial, an affiliate of e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba, announced that merger on Wednesday, roughly a year after Alibaba took control of helloPay parent Lazada Group with a US$1 billion investment.All of the operations of helloPay, which was the payments platform of online retail services provider Lazada since November 2014, have been rebranded as Alipay in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.“This merger is another step in Alipay’s resolve to become a truly global brand ... and take on the likes of Visa, PayPal or Apple Pay around the world,” Paul Haswell, a partner at international law firm Pinsent Masons, told the South China Morning Post on Thursday.“Alipay has made no secret of its ambitions for expansion, and we can expect to see more deals like this.”The success of Alipay, which has attracted more than 450 million users in mainland China since the service was launched in 2004, is widely attributed to its tight collaboration with Alibaba’s core online shopping platforms, Taobao Marketplace, Tmall.com and Juhuasuan.com.
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Customers who need a mountable, compact PC based on the latest technologies should find what they are looking for in Gigabyte's latest Brix-branded unit.Gigabyte recently updated its Brix-branded portfolio with the GB-EKi3A-7100.It’s the first in the family to use a seventh-generation “Kaby Lake” processor from Intel, and follows Gigabyte’s GB-EACE-3440 in packing a similar overall design based on an older Intel N3450 “Apollo Lake” chip.Both are ideal for those who need a powerful, quiet PC that’s mountable under a desk or on the backplate of a monitor.Gigabyte’s new Brix unit is based on a compact, fanless design.It includes a VESA mounting bracket, Wireless AC connectivity, plenty of ports for peripherals and additional displays, and even two USB 3.1 Gen2 ports providing transfer speeds at up to 10Gbps.
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Writing for The Verge (motto: “Headphone jacks 4evah”), Thomas Ricker says “You’ll know Apple blew it when it makes a fingerprint dongle.” (Tip o’ the antlers to John Nugent, Alter Eggo, Ben Dansby, Krishan Pérmi, @mylestaylor, Point & Click Radio, Chris Allwein and @JonyIveParody who got to that joke first so The Verge owes him a Coke.)Siri, remind the Macalope this fall to see if Apple shipped a fingerprint reader dongle so he’ll know if they “blew it.”I used to think an Apple dongle like this could never exist.Dear The Verge Forum: I go to school at a small midwestern college and I never thought this would happen to me until…By now you’ve probably read that Apple’s next flagship iPhone might be running a bit behind the company’s usual release schedule.The Verge, however, would have us extrapolate an endemic Apple design failure from this because… well, it’s Thursday.
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And despite all of the disdain millennials have faced over the last decade for being lazy, entitled, financially insolvent and generally The Worst, it's a label I'm proud to bear.The same is true for Megan Tan, whose podcast Millennial was picked up by Radiotopia and profiled by The Guardian shortly after its launch in 2015, and who continues to both defy and redefine what it means to be a member of this maligned generation.Like many millennials, Megan rises above the negative stereotype—she is bright, resourceful, earnest, and hopeful with a dry sense of humor, and I think you'll really enjoy our conversation.I moved to Maine, which is where I'm living now, about two years ago, and I didn't have any idea what I wanted to do.I was too intimidated to go around telling everybody that I was a journalist because I didn't really see myself as one—I had just decided to report on myself.After that, I got a lot of rejections, and then I finally landed a job with New Hampshire Public Radio.
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By inviting car manufacturers to make use of a shared technological platform, rather than to develop their own solutions, hope the chinese Baidu speed up the development of self-driven cars.In the project, which they call Apollo, just as the US's rymdfärdsprojekt, offers the platforms for hardware, software and cloud services and open källkodsbaserad technology around such things as vehicle inspection, to perceive obstacles, and the like.Baidu would in this way also making the technology available to the smaller manufacturers and users at a better price.today, developing technology for self-driven cars are mainly in-house at different companies, or in tight partnerships.And all keep a careful guard on their own innovations – one example is the ongoing litigation between Google and Uber.– An open and innovative ecosystem for the industry that Baidu is now taking the initiative will accelerate the development of self-driven cars in the united states and other mature markets, " said Qi Lu, chief operating officer at Baidu in a comment.
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School-voucher programs — systems in which public funds are diverted to help kids attend private schools — are contentious for a number of reasons.Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been a vocal advocate for voucher programs, but critics say they can drain funds from public schools, increase rates of segregation, and, according to some research, offer few actual benefits to the students
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Amazon is featuring discounts of up to 44% on various HP OfficeJet Pro and Envy wireless printers with mobile printing, for a limited time.Prices and discounts will be hidden until you add them to your cart, so jump over to Amazon to learn more and review buying options.This story, "Save Up to 44% on Select HP Inkjet Printers - Deal Alert" was originally published by TechConnect.
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Processors are like sausages, uh, you don't need to know how they're made, apparentlyFor the past 20 years, Intel has held its annual Intel Developer Forum in and around the San Francisco Bay Area.IDF 2017, due to take place in August, isn't happening.Instead, nerds are invited to check out the documentation on intel.com while the x86 CPU giant focuses on trying to be something other than an x86 CPU giant.Intel held the first get-together in 1997 with a smallish Intel Developer Forum in San Jose, Silicon Valley, close to its headquarters in Santa Clara.As the event expanded it was moved up to the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco.
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Airbnb can be an awesome service for frugal travelers, and it feels especially great to use when the only other option is staying at an overpriced boutique hotel in the same city.But the incumbent hotel lobby is hoping to highlight some of the weaknesses of the “short-term rental” service, including how it negatively impacts communities and allows unregulated businesses to thrive.A document recently obtained by The New York Times reveals the hotel lobby’s plan to thwart Airbnb’s business by pushing for bills to regulate the company at every level of government.Although we’ve known for years that hotel lobbyists have been fighting to impose regulations on Airbnb, the new document shows just how well-organized the upstart’s opponents are.According to documents from the American Hotel and Lodging Association—a trade group that includes the country’s biggest hotel chains, including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, the Four Seasons and Starwood Hotels—the organization is planning a multi-pronged attack at local, state, and federal levels to prevent Airbnb from spreading to new cities across the country.Part of the strategy includes “aggressively countering” Airbnb’s claim that it’s just helping the middle class make ends meet “with a wave of personal testimonials of consumer harm.” The document essentially serves as opposition research and gives its members talking points about Airbnb’s alleged racism and taxation issues.
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Two major online platforms are stepping up their fact-checking measures to combat the proliferation of fake news.Google will expand the use of “fact check” tags in its search results – something already introduced in the US and the UK last October – while Facebook is launching a feature to help users spot false news and misleading information that spreads on its service.Google has been working with more than 100 news organisations and fact-checking groups, including The Associated Press, the BBC and NPR.Their conclusions will appear in search results as long as they meet certain formatting criteria for automation.Google said it expects the ranks of compliant organisation to grow following this month’s announcement.Multiple organisation may reach different conclusions; Google will show those separately.
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And yet they do, despite the fact the Soviet dictator invaded the country in 1921 and, in the years that followed, oversaw the deaths of at least 200,000 people.Stalin’s unlikely status as something of a folk hero to Georgians fascinates and mystifies photographer Sebastian Hopp, who has spent a fair amount of time exploring Georgia and trying to understand the phenomenon.“Something makes people believe Stalin was and still is an honorable man,” he says, “and many are proud that a simple Georgian man became one of the most influential politicians in the world.”Hopp’s quiet, intimate images in Red Nostalgia reveal the admiration, and even affection that 45 percent of Georgians show toward Stalin.Although Soviet symbols are banned by law, Stalin statues dot the country and his likeness fills souvenir shops.Thomas de Waal, an expert on eastern Europe at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says Georgians see Stalin as the great leader who defeated Hitler and put Georgia on the map.
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The man called Shadow Moon is going to learn that it’s important to listen when deities speak.Especially gods who wield hammers that tend to get covered in blood.The TV series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is two weeks away from its debut on Starz, and the network’s debuted two glimpses of the show today.The first clip shows Shadow in prison, getting advice about air travel from fellow inmate Low Key Lyesmith, played by Jonathan Tucker (Justified).The second is great for anyone who’s coming to this series cold, as it’s a mini-featurette with Gaiman, lead actor Ricky Whittle, and executive producers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green talking about about the show and its larger thematic concerns.If you’ve read American Gods, then you can get a little taste of how the show’s creators will dig into the metaphysical themes of the beloved novel, which seem to resonate even more today.
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To promote the 18th annual Newport Beach Film Festival, RPA floats an elusive campaign awash in dark, brooding imagery.“Go Deeper,” a short film directed by Jed Hathaway, combines live-action elements with stop-motion techniques to follow a bottled message on a strange journey through the magical, murky depths.Our story opens and closes on a man in a tiny boat, apparently lost at sea, who sets the story in motion by scribbling something on a scrap of paper, popping it into a bottle, and tossing it overboard.A finely detailed encounter with a Titanic-style shipwreck (and lots of rad skeletons) follows, before the bottle, many years later, returns to its point of origin and the message is revealed:Well, that was certainly … deep.“Watching film is [a way of] celebrating, taking part in, and understanding life,” agency creative director Scott McDonald tells AdFreak.
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It said the head of Samsung's mobile operations, Koh Dong, during a press point, reports the Reuters news agency.the Galaxy S8 was presented on 29 march and is central to Samsung's ambitions to raise themselves from the debacle with the Galaxy Note 7, as they were forced to pull back because the batteries overheating.The new flaggskeppsmobilen has generally received a warm welcome.the Question marks are for storsatsningen on the virtual assistant Bixby.Analytikerkollektivet seem to agree, however, that the S8 will be a commercial success – and Koh dong's announcement will not change it. "It's still a bit early, but the initial response in the förhandsbeställningarna has been better than expected," says Koh.
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