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Huawei is the latest equipment maker to join LG not to launch a flagship at the MWC 2018.It was just recently revealed by the LG CEO himself that LG will no longer be following the annual release cycle.Hence, there won’t be any LG G7 at the annual trade show.Now, reports from industry sources have confirmed that the Huawei P20 will also be a no-show at the expo.If you’re fearing Huawei is headed the LG way, do know that reasons are not the same.Huawei wants to avoid any direct collisions with the Galaxy S9/ S9+ that will undoubtedly be the star of the Barcelona expo.
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Intel says it is working on new Meltdown and Spectre patches that should solve ongoing problemsIntel has urged its manufacturer partners to stop distributing botched versions of patches designed to mitigate the threats posed by the Meltdown and Spectre chip vulnerabilities.The two bugs first became public knowledge at the start of the year and affect virtually every processor made by Intel, AMD and ARM manufacturer during the past 20 years.Essentially, the vulnerabilities affect the kernel of the chips and could allow an attacker to read information that should otherwise be inaccessible.This means an attacker could obtain passwords, encryption keys or steal information from other applications.Since then device and chip makers, along with major cloud providers, have rushed to patch the flaws, but this has been a troubled process with Intel confirming the fix can affect system performance, while there have also been reports of boot problems following installation.
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Water damage is the second most common cause of smartphone death, just after drops.However, that might change in the future as more and more devices are getting some kind of water protection and other ones go as far as boasting an IP68 rating, such as the latest Blackview BV9000 Pro.But what are the factors that make a phone actually waterproof?Here are some of the things we should take into consideration: the upper and lower part of the case, the battery area, SPK, MIC and speaker.Blackview has put lots of efforts in all of these areas and has inspected every device strictly before leaving the factory.So, for example, on the BV9000 Pro, its upper and lower body have been carefully covered in rubber, meanwhile the rest of the phone has been designed to stay sealed under water, even the MIC and the speaker will keep working after getting dumped into water.
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UK-based company Integral Memory has launched a new 512GB microSD, which is the first to be able to hold more than half a terabyte of data.The new 512GB card exceeds the previous record held by SanDisk’s 400GB card, packing in over a quarter more storage.Although the 400GB card from Sandisk is faster, with an 80MB/s transfer speed Integral’s latest card still meets the standards for apps and 4K video recording.It’ll work with any device that supports microSDXC, which is most Android phones and tablets, as well as some PCs, like the Microsoft Surface Pro.James Danton, Marketing Manager at Integral Memory said: “The need to provide extended memory for smartphones, tablets and a growing range of other mobile devices such as action cams and drones has been answered.As a company, we are very proud to be the first to achieve the 512GB capacity milestone in microSDXC, worldwide.”
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On the 2018 list of “things that are a bad idea to shove in your face,” raw sprouts from Jimmy John’s may be up there—right behind Tide laundry pods.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration announced late Friday that a multistate outbreak of Salmonella is linked to raw sprouts served at the sandwich chain’s restaurants in Wisconsin and Illinois.While sprouts in general are a well-established source of foodborne illnesses linked to many dozens of outbreaks in recent decades, Friday’s announcement marks at least the seventh time since 2008 that raw sprouts at Jimmy John’s specifically have caused outbreaks.The company called the move a “precautionary measure.”“Food safety and the welfare of our customers are our top priorities and not negotiable in our business,” Jimmy John’s owner and president, James North, said in a statement.So far, the outbreak appears to be linked to contaminated clover sprouts, possibly purchased from two growers in Minnesota, according to Food Safety News.
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Leading global LCD manufacturer Japan Display Inc. has just announced it has developed a transparent Glass-based fingerprint sensor.The manufacturer is mainly known for making liquid crystal displays or LCDs.However, it has used its LCD expertise to make inroads in the sensor-making industry.JDI’s announcement comes at a time when Vivo has already demonstrated the first working under-display fingerprint sensor in the Vivo X20 Plus UD.The company described the mechanism of the sensor, “JDI’s glass-based capacitive fingerprint sensor applies the basic touch functionality technology that is integrated in its in-cell Pixel EyesTM displays which have been used in smartphone and digital still camera applications.With Pixel EyesTM, the touch functionality is integrated into the glass substrate by detecting the changes in capacitance that occur when a finger touches the LCD surface.
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Most of them are the returning stars, but there are some heavyweights in new roles—and, unless Disney is playing more coy than usual, one of them is playing the movie’s villain.Along with the Parr family, Frozone, and Edna Mode, here are the new characters that were announced, as well as the actors voicing them:WINSTON DEAVOR (voice of Bob Odenkirk) leads a world-class telecommunications company alongside his genius sister, Evelyn.Ultra-wealthy, savvy and suave, Winston goes big in everything he does—including his infatuation with Supers.He has been a supporter of Supers returning—all he needs is a hero (or three) to help him change public perception and bring them back into the sunlight.EVELYN DEAVOR (voice of Catherine Keener), the brilliant brainchild behind her brother Winston’s telecommunications company, knows her way around tech.
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NASA has started sniffing jet fuel as part of joint experiment with the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt, DLR).The experiment sees DLR fly an Airbus A320 burning newfangled jet fuels.NASA follows along its Armstrong flying lab, a Douglas DC-8.Aviation enthusiasts among The Register’s readership will recall that the DC-8 as an unlovely four-engine jet of the 1960s.NASA’s was built in 1969 and the agency keeps it flying because it can still carry a pretty decent payload.For this experiment its carrying sensors that let it sniff the exhaust of DLR’s A320, as that bird’s burning experimental fuels made with the seeds of Camelina plants.
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You’ve probably seen countless behind-the-scenes videos of visual effects wizards spending months turning boring green screen footage into amazing movie shots.But did you know that the hardware exists to fake live video in real time?This pre-visualisation setup uses a massive green screen, a motion-tracked camera, and some custom computer hardware to enable directors to see a performer interacting with a virtual environment while everyone is still on set.There’s a lot of expensive gear in use here, but in the long run this method may be cheaper than having to do reshoots, or extensive post-production, if the captured green screen footage isn’t exactly what’s needed for a final shot.Movie-making aside, you can also find setups like this one used for TV news and many kids’ shows.Why would a network pay for separate studios and standing sets for multiple shows when they can all just share a single green screen set and composite in different virtual environments as needed?
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While the most hyped gaming console from Microsoft was available in global markets earlier, it's today when it made its entry to India.The console is priced at Rs 44,990 and it competes against Sony's flagship PlayStation Pro 4 console.Xbox One X is by far the mightiest gaming console in the series.It's great to see that Microsoft has decided to bring it to India soon after the global launch.It's not a new generation of consoles, so if you are an existing Xbox One or One S user, you can still play those titles on the One X.According to Microsoft, "with 6 Teraflops, 326GB/s of Memory Bandwidth and advanced, custom silicon, the Scorpio Engine is the world’s most powerful console gaming processor".
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It’s founded and funded by Elon Musk, the guy who makes electric cars (Tesla) and sends rockets into space (SpaceX).It has come up with a new—albeit unproven—concept for dismantling traffic.It wants to build underground creations that you, mere human, can ride at speeds up to to 150 mph, without ever encountering a speck of traffic.Balajadia said the Boring Company is done with its tech development phase, and is ready to carve out a "proof of process" tunnel that would run 6.5 miles between the city of Los Angeles and Culver City, its neighbor to the west.He could destroy the scourge of congestion, he figured, by building layers upon layers of underground tunnels, each just wide enough for a personal car or a multi-passenger pod.Those vehicles would ride on electric skates that would zoom everyone along at triple-digit speeds.
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Tokyo-based Bitcoin exchange BitFlyer has kicked off operations in Europe, after having secured the necessary Payment Institution license to run its service across the EU.The exchange launched in the US last November, and claims that more than $250 billion in virtual currency was traded on its platform in 2017.According to Financial Times, it facilitates about 20-30 percent of all Bitcoin trades globally.With that, BitFlyer claims that it’s now the only licensed exchange to allow cross-border Bitcoin trading between Europe and Japan, among the largest markets for the virtual currency in the world.To start, it’ll only allow trading of Bitcoin/Euro pairs and will initially target professional high-volume traders; plans to support other currencies like Ethereum and Litecoin, as well as more fiat currencies, are in the works for the coming months.The news follows speculation over whether South Korea will close domestic cryptocurrency exchanges; at present, the government is having those businesses’ offices raided to investigate alleged tax evasion and is considering shutting down those are aren’t compliant with local laws.
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Unhappy with the Federal Communication Commission's repeal of net neutrality regulations?Well, you could move to Montana.Steve Bullock on Monday signed an executive order requiring all internet service providers with state contracts to commit to net neutrality, or the principle that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally.That makes Montana the first state to successfully push back against last month's ruling of the Republican-led FCC, which essentially dismantled the rules adopted under the Obama administration in 2015.The rules had barred internet service providers from blocking or slowing down access to the internet or charging companies a fee to reach customers faster than competitors.Consumer advocates, internet companies like Facebook and Google, and nonprofits, including the New York Public Library, say an open internet is essential to free speech and innovation.
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We previously talked about what differentiates the Elephone U and Elephone U Pro, with one of those differences being the material used for the frame of the phone.Today, Elephone released some more info regarding this detail; let’s hear them out.In the image above we can admire the Elephone U Pro or at least the render of it.We know it’s the Pro version because the company just stated that the more expensive and premium variant is coming with a polished aluminum frame which – according to Elephone – will “shine like a diamond”.Meanwhile the plain Ulefone U will be featuring a cheaper aluminum alloy with a “frosted” finish on top, making it look less shiny and thus less premium.Albeit they’re only renders, we can also enjoy the smartphones apparent thinness.
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If Elizabeth Belding had her way, virtually anyone could get internet access anywhere, anytime, and particularly when they needed it most.As one of the developers of the Ad hoc On-Demand Distance Vector (AODV) routing protocol, the UC Santa Barbara computer scientist devotes much of her work to creating the means for people to get online, even if they don't have access to traditional wireless infrastructure.Belding has worked in and with communities all over the world -- remote parts of Africa, refugee camps in the Middle East and rural Native American populations in the United States -- to better understand and to improve internet accessibility and content relevance.For her efforts in extending wireless networks beyond the urban landscape, Belding has now been recognized as one of 10 "Stars in Computer Networking and Communications" by N2Women, an organization of female researchers in the communications and networking research fields.She was selected from a large, international pool of candidates "who have had a major impact in networking and/or communications.""It is an honor to receive this award from the N2Women organization, for all of the work my students and I have done over the past two decades," Belding said.
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Only last week we were checking out the specs of the upcoming Cubot X18 Plus – Cubot’s next flagship model featuring an 18:9 display aspect ratio display.Following the same 18:9 trend, the company now shows the Cubot R11 which is expected to come with less performing hardware and – of course – a lower price tag.Although the Cubot R11 is defined as a low-end phone by Cubot themselves, the device will still boast a nice 5.5-inch 18:9 full screen design with a screen-to-body ratio of around 83%.The screen size paired with the 18:9 design should make many lovers of smaller devices rejoice as it will be more comfortable to hold compared to the many 6-inch 18:9 display-equipped phones on the market.Under the hood, the Cubot R11 will be rocking a quad-core MediaTek MT6580P processor, paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which should provide a smooth enough user experience for the low-end segment.Additionally, the smartphone is expandable to 128GB via microSD, so it could be a great media consumption device.
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If you were about to install Intel’s fix for Spectre and Meltdown, don’t be so fast: the chip company is advising those with certain processors to avoid the security patches currently available.Intel began pushing out fixes along with the help of its system partners earlier this month, as it tried to deal with the twin security issues identified by Google Project Zero and others.However, that process hasn’t been entirely smooth-running.Early fears of a significant slowdown seemed to be unfounded, though independent testing of both consumer and server processors from Intel’s line-up did show some impact after the updates were installed.Users of computers based on Intel Haswell or Broadwell processors reported a greater than typical number of unexpected restarts.It’s been impacting both consumer and server systems, the chip-maker confirmed back on January 11, though at that point the advice was to continue applying whatever software updates were being released.
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The smartwatch market seems to be slowing these days, with only a few major players (like Apple) still pursuing a slice of that particular pie.A few years back, however, it seemed that everyone was making smartwatches and fitness trackers of some variety, with Microsoft counted among that group.Many of you are probably familiar with Microsoft’s Band line of wearables, but have you ever heard of the Xbox Watch?If you follow consumer electronics news closely, you might be familiar with such a device.Though Microsoft never officially released the Xbox Watch, we’ve seen prototypes pop up in the wild here and there, with the most recent sighting being back in September.Now we’re seeing the Xbox Watch in a state we’ve never seen it before, as Hikari Calyx over on Twitter has not only managed to obtain one, but also power it on.
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Image credit: Hero Images | Getty ImagesIt's important to convert as many of your visitors into leads or sales the very first time they land on your website, because it may be your only chance.Between 70 and 96 percent of your website visitors will never return once they leave after that initial browsing session.The easiest way to increase your chances of generating conversions is by getting those visitors to stick around -- the longer they stay on your website, the greater the chance of them converting.Every page on your website needs to have some sort of call-to-action that eventually leads to revenue generation.For example, a blog post should include links to other pieces of relevant content within your website, or more information about a particular product or service.
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For the past three years, Avocados From Mexico has delighted Super Bowl viewers with wacky TV spots.Avocados From Mexico has already announced it will return to the Big Game for a fourth consecutive appearance, and now the brand is divulging its digital plan for Super Bowl LII.The brand partnered with Inmoji, a company that creates clickable, branded icons, to bring a big part of the campaign to life.The emoji-focused company lets users send clickable icons that can share anything from movie times to concert tickets to a friend’s location.It also has developed a patent-pending “Picmoji” feature it’s going to use in the Avocados From Mexico campaign that combines your best selfie with your favorite emoji (the avocado, duh).“When you tap on the Inmojis, instead of opening on one of our campaign pages, it now opens to your camera,” Michael Africk, CEO and founder of Inmoji, said.
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