The exact reason why OPPO India teases the upcoming OPPO F7 twice in as many days is still a mystery but one thing that is common with both teasers is that they emphasize its full-screen display.The first teaser dropped on March 10 while the second came on March 12.OPPO F7 uses the notch design which has been popularized by iPhone X.However, this design is not really fancied amongst Android users many of whom believe that it’s just an iPhone X copy even though Android phones like Essential Phone has used the notch way before iPhone X.Maybe OPPO is trying to campaign for and sell its notched smartphone to the market before its March 26 launch.Not much information is available about this smartphone but reports have it that it will sport a 6.2-inch display with 19:9 aspect ratio and 1080p+ display resolution.
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2018 is now officially official.The company posted the dates on its site, noting that its big annual developer’s conference will be returning to San Jose on June 4.This marks the second year in a row WWDC has been held in the South Bay, after a long run at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.As we noted when the dates were announced in February of last year, the decision made sense at the time, given the rapidly rising cost of living in SF and the fact that the show needs some room to grow.The area around San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center offers easier booking than SF for those who plan to attend the event.Registration is now live on the site, costing a not insignificant $1,599 — the same price as the last couple of years.
A chatbot can now offer you protection against volatile airline prices.It’s the same bot, DoNotPay, that helped users protest parking tickets and even sue Equifax for small sums of money.Joshua Browder, a junior at Stanford University, designed the new service on the bot in a few months, after experiencing rapidly fluctuating airline prices when flying to California during the wildfires last year.He claims that the average amount saved among the beta testers is $450 a year, though it’s not clear how many flights were booked and how much they cost.(Browder swears the credit card information won’t be stored.)If the person books a $380 flight but the price then drops to $120, he claims the bot will negotiate with the airline behind the scenes, and the airline will then issue a $260 refund.
President Donald Trump showed a reel of video game violence last week during a meeting with the game industry as part of an attempt to find solutions to gun violence.And this week, the game industry has responded with an 88-second reel — the same length as Trump’s video — showing the beauty of games.The video comes from Games for Change, a video game nonprofit that highlights the power of games to change the world.If Trump’s video represented the worst of video games and a reason to blame them for gun violence, this response video could be seen as the best that games have to offer.“We made it at Games for Change over the weekend,” said Asi Burak, the chairman of Games for Change, in an email.We hope it contributes to the conversation and demonstrates the beauty and joy of games in a way that is very different from the White House video.”
Virgin Media has announced it will roll out its broadband offering to 12 villages in the Test and Dun Valley area, as it sets its sights on tackling the rural connectivity challenge, just as long as it’s not too risky.The move will come as a bit of a concern for Openreach which has largely enjoyed a competition-free environment in the countryside due to the expensive job of delivering connectivity.Whether the introduction of an alternative service will force Openreach to actually start spending on its network remains to be seen, but it would not be a surprise to see a Virgin Media push elsewhere in the future.“We are extremely excited about our ultrafast broadband expansion in the Test and Dun Valleys – this is a new way of delivering our gigabit-ready network,” said Rob Evans, Managing Director of the Virgin Media Lightning Programme.“This has been a brilliant example of us working hand in hand with the local community to deliver a solution which works for us both.We look forward to doing more of these in the future.”
2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL 9000 might be from a film that was made in 1968 but somehow this quietly villainous artificial intelligence has endured as the benchmark for when humanity has taken technology too far.It is either highly amusing then (or deeply troubling) to see that Master Replicas Group, a company that specialises in making film replicas, has built their very own version of HAL using Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant.Featuring a beautifully accurate design, this wall-mounted interface looks and sounds every bit the softly spoken bringer of our destruction.According to CNET the replica has been in the works for some time but Warner Bros. only just started consumer product licensing in 2016.The replica uses an Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet as the main display which in turn provides the Alexa personal assistant.Just like HAL you’ll be able to ask it a number of questions from the film and even have some disturbingly sinister conversations about airlocks and whether or not you’ll be able to get into the ship that you don’t actually own.
The 7C has launched right in the midst of all the reports regarding the P20 series.There seems to be no stopping Huawei!Honour’s newest mid ranger brings to table a full screen display on the front and a dual camera setup on the back confirming with the current trends.The phone seems sleek with a metal body and four different colours, Black, Red, Gold and Blue.The volume and the power buttons sit on the right side of the 7C and the dual SIM/microSD card slot sits on the left.The fingerprint scanner sits on the back of the phone.
Ahead of its season two debut, the Bravo series Imposters is getting the SXSW treatment.Fans of the show, which follows the story of Maddie, a persona-shifting con artist and the trio of her recent, heart-broken victims.In Austin, Bravo partnered with Priv to give fans make-up touch-ups and manicures.Guests can also take photos in one of three show-based scenarios.Here, Bravo’s SVP of marketing, Maria Deluca, talks about what the network hopes to gain from the attraction.
Google is celebrating Mario Day (March 10th, MAR10) in style this year.Nintendo and Google have partnered up to bring Mario to Google Maps on iOS or Android.Mario Time, as Google calls it, will be available in the latest Google Maps mobile apps starting today.A new yellow “?” icon will appear next to destinations, which will enable Mario to become the navigation arrow in his kart and accompany you along your commute.There won’t be any red shell throwing or bananas along the route, so if you’re leading the pack then you don’t need to worry about a surprise spiny shell at all.Mario will be available as a simple position marker across Google Maps worldwide for a week.
Filed under moves that are potentially groundbreaking with big implications but with quite small numbers, Facebook has signed an exclusive deal with the MLB to stream 25 afternoon games, according to Bloomberg.The deal is a bit reminiscent of the one Twitter signed for Thursday Night Football back in 2016 to stream games that are outside of the range of primetime football (usually reserved for Sundays and Monday Night Football).There have been some gripes about how fewer people are watching Thursday Night Football, so it also seems somewhat reminiscent in that respect that Facebook was able to sign a deal for games that are not so critically important outside of the normal primetime games.That being said, blackouts for MLB games are a big of a nightmare (there’s a long thread by my colleagues complaining about this internally), and getting a deal like this on Facebook could potentially get people to pop in during the afternoon to watch the games.It could also help Facebook users get accustomed to the notion that Facebook is a spot to watch your afternoon baseball games, helping the company build that cachet that would help it negotiate further deals down the line.That the games are exclusive is another potentially big deal with big implications down the line for platforms like Facebook or Twitter, despite there being thousands of MLB games a year.
Ofcom has detailed plans to improve existing mobile networks in the UK with new coverage obligations and how it will assist the rollout of next generation 5G services with more spectrum and support.In December 2014, all four major operators committed to invest a combined £5 billion to improve rural coverage as part of a legally-binding agreement to extend a basic voice and text service over 2G to 90 percent of the UK’s landmass by the end of 2017.The agreement ended the threat of operators being forced to open up their infrastructure as part of a “national roaming” network.Separately, as per the terms of its 800MHz spectrum licence, O2 was required to deliver a 4G service to 98 percent of the UK population by the same deadline.Ofcom has written to all four operators, confirming they have met these obligations, but it is now thinking of new requirements when it puts the 700MHz frequencies vacated by Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) services up for auction in late 2019.It is proposing that successful bidders would have to deliver “good quality indoor coverage” to 60 percent of the 200,000 premises it is predicted will lack such coverage at the time of the auction.
In a blog post today, Google is announcing that it’s formally embarking on a project to convince the group in charge of web standards to adopt technology inspired by its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) framework.In theory, it would mean that virtually any webpage could gain the same benefits as AMP: near-instantaneous loading, distribution on multiple platforms, and (critically) more prominent placement on Google properties.By creating AMP, Google blithely walked right into the center of a thicket comprised of developers concerned about the future of the web.All that angst has metastasized in the past few months, with a widely circulated open letter to Google asking it to fix AMP, more Medium blog posts than can be read in a week, Twitter screeds, and arguments in the comments of AMP’s own GitHub code repository.Besbris saw things the same way: “The trend in the industry at the time was the simple way of solving these problems, where you guaranteed that you could control the experience … but that comes at the cost of the web.” So Google’s solution was AMP, a framework that was designed to make the web as good as those platforms so that the web would actually have a shot at competing with Apple and Facebook.The hack involved a combination of existing web technologies (like iFrames), stringent standards on webpages themselves (so they’d be guaranteed to load fast), and — critically — a different kind of infrastructure for how webpages get from a publisher’s server to your phone.
Photo by Jeff J Mitchell / Getty ImagesOver the past couple of months, Europeans have noticed time slipping away from them.It’s not just their imaginations: all across the continent, clocks built into home appliances like ovens, microwaves, and coffee makers have been running up to six minutes slow.A dispute between Kosovo and Serbia over who pays the electricity bill.Electric power is delivered to our homes in the form of an alternating current, where the direction of the flow of electricity switches back and forth many times a second.Customers simply set the time on their oven or microwave once, and the frequency keeps it precise.
MWC 2018 didn’t feature any flexible phones, despite the hype that’s been building for years.Samsung owns more than 95 percent of the OLED market for smartphones, supplying itself and Apple with the best displays ever seen on smartphones.Both Samsung and flexible OLED displays will provide the best in premium smartphone displays throughout the current and next generation of high-end phones — likely well into 2019-2020 and beyond.Instead, global smartphone sales are falling.While prototypes have been demoed for a long time, no company is yet willing to take a risk and launch a smartphone with a fully flexible screen.What flexible OLED technology has promoted so far is gorgeous screens encased in thinner and lighter packages.
Vodafone is looking to increase its share of the public sector mobile market with a new range of plans for government workers, promising agencies greater control and flexibility.The plans let organisations pool voice, text and data allowances for more efficient allocation depending on job role, while there are also data caps and ‘worry-free’ roaming options.Customers also get a named customer service advisor should they run into any problems.The operator claims the new tariffs will achieve the twin aims of reducing costs while also ensuring citizens benefit from better services powered by mobile technology.“The value of mobile technology to support the delivery of better public services to citizens cannot be underestimated,” said Anne Sheehan, Enterprise Director at Vodafone UK.“Secure, fast mobile connectivity can make a huge difference to a district nurse accessing patient records when making home visits, or to a police officer needing to verify personal details during an incident.
US Google Home owners have been able to enjoy the feature for a while, and now finally those using Google's smart speaker in the UK can make use of the system's hands-free voice calling option.All it takes is the name of the pal or business you're looking to call, a shout of "hey Google" or "OK Google" followed by the call recipient's name to get connected.You just have to make sure the person you're looking to connect to is in your Google Contacts address book, and the call will be placed over Wi-Fi.Calls show up initially however as unrecognised or private numbers on the recipients handset, which is worth noting, though you can teach Google Home to understand six different users – meaning six different flatmates, with six different mums, could place a call with their voices and each get the right number dialled.Speaking of mums, Google is also knocking £10 off the coral-coloured version of the Google Home Mini speaker in time for Mother's Day, dropping the price to £39.Originally a Google Store exclusive, the speaker shade can now also be picked up at Currys PC World, Argos, John Lewis and the not-long-for-this-world Maplin, too.
Since the beginning of the year, there have been six collision reports involving autonomous vehicles officially filed to the California Department of Motor Vehicles.Of those, two involve humans mildly attacking the car in question.According to state law, companies that operate self-driving cars must submit a report to the DMV detailing any such incident.Since the Golden State began keeping such records, there have been a total of 58 such reports, including the six in 2018.The most recent incident involving light violence was in San Francisco at the intersection of Duboce Avenue and Mission Street on January 28 at 10:55pm.According to the report, a Cruise AV was “stopped behind a taxi” when the driver got out, “approached the Cruise AV, and slapped the front passenger window, causing a scratch.
Named in honour of America’s first female secretary of state, Madeleine Albright (who famously said, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,”) the club is set to open its doors, quite fittingly, on International Women’s Day on Thursday.Should we really devote a day in the calendar to celebrating all things female?Is there really a need to be exclusive about being inclusive?In short, and as a member of Women in Advertising and Communications, London (WACL) you might expect me to say that, yes, there is.With the top roles in advertising and media (and business in general), still predominantly held by men, and with research from the likes of the Office of National Statistics (ONS), Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) all consistently highlighting the gender pay gap – about 25% for heads of department (CIM) – women still need exclusive platforms to have their collective voice heard.As International Women’s Day rolls around, and the female-only initiatives flow thick and fast, let us pause for a second on two quite different recent events that completely missed the mark and rightly should feel anachronous in the 21st century.
You might also have seen on the news a smart security algorithm that helps police identify suspects and cracks criminal cases.Artificial intelligence (AI), the wiz behind these advanced technologies, is permeating our daily lives—everything from financial services to public safety to healthcare and transportation.The startup has built the world’s largest portrait comparison platform which is capable of identifying over 1.8 billion faces within seconds and has assisted Chinese law enforcement in criminal investigations through 150 municipal public security systems.In January, the company launched its first international office in Singapore and expects to commit more resources to AI research in Southeast Asia and other parts of the world.To get a peek behind the curtain of AI research and development, TechNode spoke to YITU Technology’s AI research scientist Dr. Wu Shuang and visited YITU’s headquarters in Shanghai.Located in a high-rise in Shanghai’s Hongqiao business district, the head office has the aesthetics of a Silicon Valley tech startup with a special fondness for glass windows and open workspaces.
The Royal Mint wants us to be as excited about weird 10p coins as we are about weird 50p coins, as it's launched a massive new range of 26 alphabetised 10p pieces that — uh-oh!— celebrate the weird world that is "Britishness."Which, of course, means there's now a 10p with fish & chips on it.There's a 10p with the Angel of the North on it.There's one with a teapot and one with Stonehenge.E is for English Breakfast and has a clearly identifiable sausage on it.