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Uber has hired Bo Young Lee, the former global diversity and inclusion leader of insurance company Marsh LLC, to be its first-ever chief diversity officer.Lee will begin in March, Recode first reported.This means Uber’s global head of diversity and inclusion, Bernard Coleman, will now be reporting to her.“As I was interviewing for this role, it became very clear that Uber is taking their cultural transformation seriously and truly wants to create a culture where every single person feels proud and heard,” Lee said in a statement to TechCrunch.“There’s much more work to be done, and I’m excited to bring my experience to the table solving tough D challenges in partnership with Uber employees.”It’s no surprise Uber now has a chief diversity officer, given the recommendations from former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and his law firm.
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Telefonica will test 5G technologies, deployment and business models in Segovia and Talvera de la ReinaTelefonica is to turn two Spanish towns into ‘living labs’, using them to test 5G technologies, services and business models.The operator, along with network equipment partners Ericsson and Nokia, will test capacity, network deployment models and the development of use cases, while citizens will get early access to some of the features of 5G networks.Nokia was chosen for Segovia because of its ‘unique’ end-to-end product portfolio, while Ericsson was selected in Talvera de la Reina for its work with 5G standards.Both firms have been working extensively on 5G development over the past few years.Read More: What is 5G and how is it different from 4G?
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You’d think that there isn’t much these companies can do to really differentiate themselves from each other, but they all offer a slightly different spin on the core theme of building family trees.In the last few years, both Ancestry and MyHeritage also expanded their business with DNA testing services — not to help you find potential health issues but to help you find your relatives and tell you where your family comes from.Unsurprisingly, that’s creating a number of new business opportunities for these companies.Earlier this month, MyHeritage CEO Gilad Japhet (pictured above) gave us an unusually detailed look at his company’s finances and the success of its DNA service, which launched just before the holiday shopping season of 2016.“You can’t put a subscription under the Christmas tree,” Japhet joked and added that the average user currently buys just under two kits — and he hopes that number will hit three to four in the future.While the DNA sales account for much of the company’s recent growth spurt, it’s worth noting that the company’s subscription business is also growing between 30 and 40 percent year over year, with a retention rate of more than 75 percent.
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OnePlus has aligned the launch of its first authorized offline store in India perfectly with the launch of OnePlus 5T (Lava Red).Yes, the new coloured flagship goes on sale from today in India.More importantly, January 20th also marks the beginning of OnePlus’ offline stores to boost sales.Not to be confused with Experience stores, these authorized outlets will solely focus on sales of OnePlus products.Whereas Experience stores like the one in Bengaluru lets new users try out the products in the store.It also serves as a place where the OnePlus community can collaborate and share new ideas.
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Chat app Telegram’s upcoming ICO promises to break records with a target raise of $1.2 billion, which may be extended to $2 billion according to new reports.The public sale component isn’t scheduled to launch until March, as noted by multiple media including TechCrunch, but that hasn’t stopped unscrupulous individuals seizing the opportunity.News of Telegram Open Network (TON), the Telegram ICO project, first broke in the final weeks of December before TechCrunch reported exclusively on the full details.“Telegram is already the de facto communication channel for the global cryptocurrency community, making a natural home to its own coin and Blockchain,” TechCrunch’s Josh Constine and Mike Butcher wrote.At the same time, English and Russian versions of its whitepaper and investor prospectuses, including precise information around the ICO, were widely leaked across the internet.That gave would-be scammers the two conditions they needed — hype and legitimate information — and numerous websites sprang up offering apparent immediate investment opportunities.
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In August 2017, Google officially launched the Android 8.0 Oreo system and since then, many manufacturers have either released devices with this operating system or upgraded their old devices to the Oreo.Xiaomi quietly released Android Oreo Beta to Xiaomi Mi 6 and Mi MIX 2 sometime last year.Today, we got official confirmation that the MIUI 9 Global Beta ROM 8.1.18 has been released to Xiaomi Mi 6 and Mi MIX 2.This upgrade comes with a number of additional features.See the full changelog belowLocal storage was optimized to create more space
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When I bought my Nintendo Switch last year, I was a little surprised at just how small the individual game cards were.With a small child at home, I’ve been extra vigilant about keeping track of them, because no one wants to spend $60 on a tiny piece of plastic that can easily vanish.The same thought occurred to Bob Clagett, who runs the YouTube channel I Like to Make Stuff.In his latest video, he shows viewers how to make their own controller that doubles as a storage box for the cards.I’ve been hooked on Clagett’s videos for a while now — ever since I came across his Shoretrooper helmet build, a project close to my heart — it’s a great series on how to build a range of extremely practical items.This new project uses a bunch of tools: a 3D Printer, laser cutter, and some woodworking equipment.
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Thomas Ricker / The VergeDrunk droning is apparently a thing, and one that’s officially illegal in the state of New Jersey.Chris Christie signed the bill into law on his last day in office this past Monday, banning the use of drones while under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, or other hallucinogenics.The new regulations follow similar thresholds as the state’s drunk driving laws, which prohibit drivers from operating a vehicle when their blood alcohol content is 0.08 percent or higher.The law also bans people from flying drones to surveil a prison, interfere with first responders, or in pursuit of wildlife.Violators could face up to six months in prison plus a $1,000 fine.
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He said he's 'optimistic' but feels this DACA legislation is testing "if our government works."Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has also weighed in saying, "The United States is not a cruel country.President Trump ended the program.It no longer allows new DACA registrations or existing DACA recipients to renew their status (which they must do every two years).However, in practical terms, the deadline for fixing DACA has now become January 19, which is the deadline for passing a budget to keep the government funded and avoiding the shutdown.Although Congress drafted a bipartisan bill that had something in it for both sides – a DACA fix for Democrats and border security funding that could be applied to building a wall on Southern border for Republicans – during a meeting with the President on the bill members of Congress on each side began posturing to their own bases, threatening to scuttle the entire bill.
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The OnePlus 5T is one of the best phones you can buy today -- but for now, you can't buy it with a credit card.Following customer complaints about fraudulent activity on their credit card after using it on the company's site, OnePlus is disabling credit as a payment form.OnePlus' online store is the only official place to buy its phones."Over the weekend, members of the OnePlus community reported cases of unknown credit card transactions occurring on their credit cards post purchase from oneplus.net," a OnePlus employee wrote on the site's forums on Monday."As a precaution, we are temporarily disabling credit card payments at oneplus.net.PayPal is still available, and we are exploring alternative secure payment options with our service providers," an update on Tuesday read.
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“If just one more GOP Senator crosses the aisle we can save net neutrality!” Is a statement that would be awesome if it were, in any way, true.Here’s what happened on the net neutrality soap opera last season:Former Verizon lawyer (and award winning douchebag) Ajit Pai was appointed chairman of the FCC by Donald Trump (January 2017), which prompted Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) to state:Chairman Pai has worked at breakneck speed to transform the FCC from an agency that works in the public interest to a big business support group.Then, the FCC voted 3-2 (along party lines with Republicans for and Democrats against) to repeal net neutrality (December 2017) with former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai claiming:So what is the FCC doing today?
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On Sunday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders used her official government Twitter account to complain that her two-year-old had allegedly ordered a $79.99 (£58) action figure by “yelling ‘Batman!’ over and over again at her Alexa-enabled Amazon Echo.Alexa, we have a problem if my 2 year old can order a Batman toy by yelling "Batman!"over and over again into the Echo pic.twitter.com/7uF0d2fmD8— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) 14 January 2018If this were true, it would certainly be a convenient way for Sanders to score some points with her boss, who has repeatedly accused Amazon of not paying fictional “internet taxes” (a confused reference to state sales tax), being a tax shelter, and screwing over US Postal Service on delivery rates.Also, it would be very bad if a two-year-old repeatedly screaming “Batman!” could in fact end up with an account owner being charged for a toy.
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This week, Google unveiled that Assistant is coming to four new touchscreen devices from LG, Sony, JBL, and Lenovo.The devices, which made their debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, represent Google’s first attempt to offer smart speakers with screens to compete against Amazon’s Echo Show and Echo Spot.In their haste to get ahead of tech giants expected to release their own smart speakers this year like Samsung, Apple, and Facebook, Google and Amazon have made a rush of product debuts, internationalization, and expansion into new verticals.Both companies assert that they want their assistant everywhere, and that today’s battleground falls into three major categories: The home, the car, and the workplace.An AI assistant combined with a visual user interface will, however, be far more useful in a business environment than current voice-only applications.Consider the pitch heard from Amazon last November when it debuted Alexa for Business at the AWS re:Invent conference, also held in Las Vegas.
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Exactly how many, the biz isn't saying.It sounds as though mainly marketing staff are being dropped – as much as 20 per cent of that department's employees getting the chop, allegedly – with perhaps around 150 to 200 workers being axed in total, according to internet whisperings.CNBC reported a small percentage of VMware's 22,000-strong workforce will be affected.In a statement to El Reg on Friday, a VMware spokesperson said:We can confirm that there has been a small reduction in force at VMware in January 2018.Work force rebalancing is a continual activity across VMware’s businesses and geographies to ensure that resources are aligned with business objectives and customer needs.
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The Switch is getting a bevy of new games that should appeal to a broad variety of players, Nintendo announced today in one of its “Direct” videos.A new Mario Tennis game, updates to Odyssey, some classics and indies and, perhaps most unexpectedly, Dark Souls: Remastered.The deepest fan-pleaser cut has to be The World Ends With You, a quirky DS cult hit with a great soundtrack and great modern aesthetic.Many a fan has asked for a remake or port, and they are surely crying tears of delight today.The impeccable Super Mario Odyssey gets a new competitive game mode and an appearance by the well-known plumber’s too frequently ignored brother.Luigi hosts Balloon World, where you’re given 30 seconds to hide a balloon somewhere on a stage, or find one that someone else has hidden.
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Are you looking for a fashionable way to light up part of your home?If that’s so then check out dodocool’s detachable and rotatable LED lamp that also comes with a built-in IR sensor; keep reading to learn more!The dodocool DA127 is a magnetic LED light with a motion sensor that will turn it on automatically when movement is detected, the sensor has a range of 13 feet.Since it’s magnetic, you can detach the light from the rest wall mount and carry it you whenever you need it, like in emergency cases.The lamp comes with 5 ultra-bright LEDs that provide up to 45 lumens of illumination and it can be powered both via the built-in 400mAh rechargeable battery or three AAA batteries.Type of bulb: Light emitting diode (LED)
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In among the deluge of CES news releases this week, one stood out to me because it made little sense: Netflix was bringing its upcoming Altered Carbon series to the big Las Vegas exhibition.How do you bring a drama series to a hardware show?It turns out, Netflix’s idea was to construct an elaborate faux-serious campaign, including a partnership with the drama’s fictional company Psychasec, and the collaborative booth they’re presenting at CES is a pretend exhibition area for Psychasec’s “sleeve” products.A sleeve, in the Altered Carbon universe, is a spare body you can transfer your consciousness into — because, as the tagline smugly proclaims, “no body lives forever.”I had to get some background on what Altered Carbon, based on a cyberpunk sci-fi novel of the same name, was about from my colleague Andrew Liptak.Set 300 years in the future, it follows a dead soldier named Takeshi Kovacs (Suicide Squad’s Joel Kinnaman).
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Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | IndieBoundThe 80/20 Rule, aka the Pareto Principle, says:80 percent of what you get comes from 20 percent of that you do: small effort, big reward.Sources of incoming phone calls, sizes of commissions for salespeople, sizes of customers, physical location of customers, popularity of products and quantity of each type of product defect can all benefit from applying the 80/20 principle.And yes, AdWords stuff too: keywords, impressions, ads, conversions and visits to web pages.This means four-fifths of everything is trivial and only one-fifth really matters.
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Beyond the massive speculative frenzy around cryptocurrencies, the underlying blockchain technology continues to attract an expanding range of entrepreneurs.This means various regions are now jockeying to become the key hub for a growing ecosystem of blockchain startups.Berlin is one of the cities that believes it’s worthy of the crown, and now it’s getting some help from a joint project launched by two of its more notable blockchain startups.Full Node will offer meeting rooms, open space, and social areas for events and work.Nadja Beneš, head of brand and content strategy for Gnosis, explained that the idea was initiated by the companies’ respective founders, who saw the number of blockchain entrepreneurs in Berlin growing at a rapid clip.“We had a desire to unite this growing blockchain community.”
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At its worst, CES is an insufferable barrage of cliches, buzzwords, and other rehearsed insincerities, but today I saw a little glimpse of the big technology show at its best, and I really enjoyed it.Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei’s consumer products division, just spent a solid hour mumbling his way through an awkwardly scripted presentation of the Mate 10 Pro for the US market.He stammered, he hesitated, and he was obviously uncomfortable on stage.Part of his discomfort could probably be explained by AT’s last-minute decision to pull out of a deal to sell Huawei’s phones in the US.This was supposed to be Huawei’s big moment in the American spotlight, and AT pulled the rug out from under the Chinese company.Reports indicate that the carrier’s decision was driven by political pressure within the US, with apparent concern about Chinese espionage — and Huawei’s particular role in that — underlying the whole thing.
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