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Apple’s first original video series has been hit by delays, latest reports have suggested.With the Cupertino company having last year purchased the rights to James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, the original series was scheduled to drop in April.With Apple having now twice postponed a major launch party for the series, originally pencilled in for March and most recently this week, the show’s release has now officially been pushed back according to Reuters.Back in February Apple released is first Carpool Karaoke: The Series trailer, with the teaser building excitement as it showed the likes of Will Smith, Alicia Keys, John Legend and Ariana Grande belting out tunes while driving to work.Apple snapped up the rights to the show which is based around the popular segment from Corden’s Late Late Show last year.Every Carpool Karaoke clip has gone on to rack up millions of views on YouTube.
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Google's Pixel 2 is coming.We know that thanks to Google's hardware head Rick Osterloh, who previously said: "You can count on a successor [to the Pixel] this year, even if you don't hear a date from me now."What Osterloh neglected to tell us, it seems, is that the Pixel and Pixel XL follow-ups could be joined by a third device.Code spotted in the Android Open Source Project (via) hints at three new Pixel devices currently in development, all of which will seemingly pack the latest Snapdragon 835 chip from Qualcomm.But this is the first we've heard of a third handset to accompany the new versions of the Pixel and Pixel XL, referred to respectively under the codenames Muskie and Walleye.The third handset appears to be codenamed Taimen – all sounding a bit fishy, right?
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So-called ‘fully-loaded’ Kodi boxes will be removed from sale on eBay in a bid to tackle online piracy.The auction website will remove listings for any products that don’t comply with the law.This includes set-top streamer boxes that are designed to circumvent copyright restrictions and play content for free that would otherwise require payment to view.For example, streaming boxes running open-source Kodi boxes are hugely popular right now.One of the big pulls for such boxes is that they can be loaded with software that allows the streaming of pirated movies, TV shows, and live sports.British police are already cracking down on the sale of these ‘fully-loaded’ Kodi boxes, with arrests having already been made – and fines subsequently doled out.
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Director Matthew Vaughn has made some very good movies, but none of them come close to 2014's Kingsman: The Secret Service for pure fun.So it makes perfect sense that the first sequel he’s ever directed is Kingsman: The Golden Circle.The world of impeccably tailored British secret agents is so much fun, who wouldn’t want more?Here’s the first trailer for the sequel, which looks so, so good.If it’s not immediately obvious from this trailer, after the events of the first movie, the remaining Kingsman were exposed, leading to an attack on the secret spy organisation.The Kingsman are forced to go to America and team up with the U.S. version of the organisation, the Statesman including Jeff Daniels, Channing Tatum, and Halle Berry.
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However, you can find workarounds to get yourself back online before you resort to picking up a book or taking a long stroll outside—here’s what to try first, after you established it’s not just your router or the whole internet that’s borked.The obvious move when your Wi-Fi keels over is to switch to a mobile phone network to get online, though this is dependent on the strength of the coverage in your area, and the data plans available to you.It can be a lifesaver if you’ve got work to do at home but it’s not really suitable for binge-watching whole seasons on Netflix.Another alternative is to buy a dedicated mobile hotspot device specifically for getting online when your usual internet isn’t available.It’s not cheap, but it can pretty effectively replace your home broadband connection in an emergency, as long as you’re not relying on it for weeks on end and you have decent 4G coverage at your house.There are a host of hardware options and plans from the major networks so have a shop around and see what deals you can get.
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JD.com, China’s second-largest e-commerce company after Alibaba, will create a new business group called JD Logistics.Not to be confused with a Wisconsin-based company that has a similar name, JD Logistics will take advantage of JD.com’s existing delivery and warehouse infrastructure.Operating its own logistics network is one of the main ways JD.com differentiates from e-commerce companies, like Alibaba, that rely chiefly on third-party providers, and is an important part of its growth strategy.In an interview with Bloomberg last year, CEO Richard Liu said that JD.com plans to invest more heavily in logistics automation, including automated warehouses and drone deliveries (JD.com launched its commercial drone delivery program last November during Singles’ Day, China’s annual online shopping festival).Establishing the company’s logistics operation as its own business unit will allow JD.com to speed up the development of its infrastructure and give it more flexibility to explore business opportunities.JD Logistics will offer integrated supply chain solutions, like warehousing, transportation, delivery and after-sale services, to e-commerce sellers and other companies.
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Xiaomi Mi MIX was undoubtedly one of the most impressive smartphones of 2016 and probably a concept phone worth having available in mass production.It is obviously a mixture of innovative technology right from the display and the ceramic coating, to the earpiece and its impressive build quality.Join GizChina on TelegramOne of the most groundbreaking features of the MIX was the Cantilever piezoelectric ceramic technology used in order to convert digital input into mechanical energy so that we can hear what the other person in the line is saying to us.To do this, Xiaomi engineers used a procedure that basically converts electric signal from the digital to analog converter, sends it to the piezoelectric ceramic which turns the signal to mechanical energy and then vibrates the phone’s frame so that the vibration can reach the ear through the display.However this procedure didn’t offer the best user experience and now Xiaomi decided to use a different alternative with better results.According to analyst Sun Changxu, the Chinese company is said to cooperate with AAC technologies in order to develop a new tech called AAC actuator that could achieve better screen sound and improved compatibility with 3GPP standards.Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 is expected to launch along with Mi Note 3 (just like last year) in the coming months.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
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AVA Advisory, a Thai-owned fintech start-up, is planning the commercial launch of its first robotic adviser app for the financial sector in Singapore in the fourth quarter, aiming to create an entirely new breed of smart wealth and investment management activity.Using artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms in the robotic adviser or automated financial advice tools, the AVA Alpha Fund app can help customers manage and optimise their wealth and investment portfolio.“After spending 50 million baht (US$1.45 million) in developing the AVA Alpha Fund in the past 12 months, we’re ready for the commercial launch of our AI robotic adviser service in Singapore as the first country in the fourth quarter,” said Miranda Songpatanasilp, chief financial officer and co-founder of AVA Advisory.AVA Advisory is a Thai company but is registered and based in Singapore.Ms Miranda said the global robotic adviser will have US$8 trillion worth of assets under management by 2020.The emergence of AI will play an increasingly important role in financial investment services in Thailand, she said.
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Data marketing seems like an answered prayer for marketers everywhere, with hard numbers and facts to prove why a campaign might work or an idea might not fly to the business and finance units.Yet, while data marketing might be the best thing since sliced bread, the human factor still remains one of the most critical parts, according to Elissa Fink, chief marketing officer, Tableau.It can inform us and help us make better judgements, but at the end of the day it is the humans that have to make the decision and calls on where to invest, what markets matter and how to use resources,” said Fink.“I think now more than ever the human element is more important, because the data does not tell the whole story, you need human judgement to interpret, understand, compare and contrast, to make decisions,” she added.Instead, data should be used to help marketers mature, imparting knowledge to a marketer to make better judgements, as well as deepen their experience.A lot of times people may be thinking they are making a judgement call, it’s based on experience and data I think can give you raid experience,” said Fink.
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LONDON — It was Kellyanne Conway who convinced Jimmy Wales toOn Tuesday, the Wikipedia cofounder announced Wikitribune, a new community-powered news outlet that aims to combat fake news and mistrust of the media — and he says it was remarks by the controversial Trump advisor who inadvertently pushed him to do"I've been thinking about this for quite a long time, I've been
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Jimmy Wales is hoping the formula that made Wikipedia popular will have the same effect for battling fake news stories online.The Wikipedia co-founder is launching "Wikitribune," an open collaboration featuring professional and community journalists as well as other contributors creating fact-checked stories for the web.The new site seemingly is going to be different than WikiNews, the Wikimedia Foundation's free longtime crowdsourced news site.A crowdfunding campaign on Wikitribune's page Monday said enough money has already been raised to hire at least five journalists.Wales has previously preached about more transparency in journalism.Wikitribune, independent from Wikipedia and the aforementioned foundation, aims to have content featuring full transcripts, video and audio.
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Antivirus provider Webroot is causing a world of trouble for customers.A signature update just nuked hundreds of benign files needed to run Microsoft Windows, as well as apps that run on top of the operating system.Social media sites ignited on late Monday afternoon with customers reporting that servers and computers alike stopped working as a result of the mishap.The admin and security pundit who goes by the Twitter handle SwiftOnSecurity told Ars that, at the company he or she worked for, the false positive quarantined "several hundred" files used by Windows Insider Preview.Hundreds of "line of business" apps, such as those that track patient appointments or manage office equipment, suffered the same fate.Webroot was also flagging Facebook as a phishing site.
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The constant rain in the capital didn’t dampen the spirits of the tens of thousands of marchers who slogged through the mud to cheer for science this weekend.“Hi, my name is Dana from the University of Maryland.“I’m not going to crowd you, but I’ll be here if you have any questions.”Fisher is a sociologist who studies protest movements.Those results will be compared with similar surveys at other protests around the world.Is it for science or for people concerned about Black Lives Matter or immigration and this is a chance to protest the president?”
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Snapchat wants brands to buy a lot of geofilters that layer fun text and graphics over users’ photos and videos.On Monday, the app opened up its API (application programming interface) a bit more, letting brands buy the location-based promos automatically.More than 15 of Snapchat’s ad partners in the U.S., U.K., Australia and Canada, including Amobee and Videology, are now pitching sponsored geofilters to agencies and brands, as well as the full-screen, vertical video ads that run alongside stories and Discover content.Until now, advertisers have purchased branded geofilters through Snapchat’s self-service buying tool.The API is Snapchat’s version of programmatic technology that plugs tech companies into the platform to manage campaign spend, data, targeting and creative for advertisers.In theory, the ad-tech vendors can help brands buy bigger ad packages that include both formats and automatically manage the targeting of geofilters to make sure they run at specific locations and times.
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According to David Chitel, the CEO and founder of NGL Studios, 43 percent of millennials come from a multicultural background.To that end, Latino video marketing company NGL Studios is entering this year’s NewFronts presentations to show advertisers the different ways their branded content can connect with that generation.“This audience is a critically important sector of the population and is often overlooked,” said Chitel.“We’ve created award-winning work for our advertising partners over the last five years, and now it’s time to really shine a light on what we can do.”NGL Studios, part of NGL Media which was co-founded by actor John Leguizamo, creates “culturally relevant branded content for millennial and multicultural audiences,” said Chitel.NGL Media has also created it’s own distribution system, built on a proprietary tech stack, so it can distribute its original content across platforms.
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Why isn't milk affected by gravity?It turns out that they consist of particles in the nanometer up to micrometer range, with milk particles being 0.2 to 4 microns, average 0.4 microns.There are several science issues here.They achieve this by having a layered structure, which allows them to carry an electrically charged surface bilayer.A dynamic layer of water molecules then is attracted and surrounds each particle like a shield.I use the term surface energy rather than surface tension, but the concept is the same.
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Eric Yuan, Founder and CEO, ZoomA Series of Forbes Insights Profiles of Thought Leaders Changing the Business Landscape: Eric Yuan, Founder and CEO, Zoom.Why would a Chinese immigrant work against all odds to journey from a small town in Shangdong province to the mecca of tech innovation Silicon Valley, put his time in working his way up the corporate ladder — all so that he could found a company that provides audio and video conferencing solutions in the face of an already crowded and well established market?The founder is Eric Yuan and the company he founded, Zoom, offers a service that unifies cloud video conferencing, online meetings, group messaging, and software-defined conference room solutions into one platform.“I told quite a few friends that I was going to start a company.Today the San Jose, CA-based company (just down the street from Cisco) has over 500 employees, and over 200% Y-O-Y revenue growth in 2016, servicing over 18 billion annual minutes, with 50% of the Fortune 500 and 90% of the top 200 Universities as customers, according to Yuan.
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In a sign of the times, a Dutch architect has adorned their latest building with emoji gargoyles.The building in Amersfoort, Holland, has a range of the iconic digital symbols around its sides and was designed to memorialise contemporary society."In classical architecture they used to put heads of the king - or whatever - on the facades," Changiz Tehrani, the architect who made the emoji building, told the Verge."We were thinking, what can we use as an ornament so when you look at this building in 10 or 20 years you can say, 'Hey, this is from that year'."The answer, for Tehrani, as to what symbols capture the current age was emoji.Tehrani, who works for Attika Architekten, created the emoji gargoyles using a template from WhatsApp, which he converted into a 3D model.
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'Flying jet ski' takes off 00:38A flying car start-up backed by Google co-founder Larry Page has unveiled its first prototype vehicle and said it plans to launch a commercial version by the end of the year.The Kitty Hawk Flyer, named after the company that created it, can fly over water and looks a bit like a flying jetski or single person hovercraft.Kitty Hawk has maintained a high level of secrecy about the final vehicle, which it said will look different to the prototype.The recently revealed prototype runs on eight electrically-powered rotas and can take off and land vertically in a similar way to a helicopter.It is not clear how the final version will differ from the prototype when it is unveiled later in the year, but Kitty Hawk's website indicates it might be able to fly over land.
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No problem – beggars in China now accept alms transferred via mobile payments by scanning QR codes with smartphones.One case in point is Jinan, a city in Shandong province in eastern China, where beggars frequenting popular tourist areas like the Wangfu Pool have turned to mobile payments in order to increase their chances of receiving donations from the general public.The beggars place a printout of a QR code in their begging bowls.The QR codes enable anyone with a mobile payment app like Alibaba Group's Alipay or Tencent's WeChat Wallet to scan the code and send a certain sum to the beggar's mobile payment account.According to Chinese state media, this is not as uncommon as you'd think.In the case of the beggar seen in Jinan, state media reported that the man was apparently suffering from a mental illness, and that his family had made the QR code to help him.
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