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The iPhone XI (right) rendered next to the iPhone X (left).Martin Hajek/iDropNewsSometime later this Autumn, Apple is expected to unveil its new iPhone lineup.It's not clear whether the company will stick to three models, like in 2017, or go back to two as it did in previous years.Either way, there's a good chance that the old form factor — which includes bezels at the top and bottom to make space for Touch ID — will disappear, and make way for new, iPhone X-inspired models where the display dominates the front.Designer Martin Hajek, in collaboration with iDropNews, decided to take inspiration from all the rumours so far and created 3D renders of what he calls the "iPhone XI," or "11," which could give us a good visual hint of what Apple might actually unveil come September.For a relatively conservative firm like Apple — which needs to move accurately not to alienate its immense following — this was a big enough change already, so it's reasonable not to expect them to do anything too drastic this year.
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Aside from getting vaccinated (which everyone should), an important strategy to evading the flu is regularly washing your hands and avoiding contact with the sneezes, coughs, and snot of sick people.A breath is all it might take to catch the flu, a new study suggests.The logic behind this simple advice is that the influenza virus requires reasonably close contact with the fluids of a plainly sick person in order to jump into its next victim.But a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that you can catch it by just inhaling someone else’s infected breath.Researchers at the University of Maryland in the US and elsewhere performed a surprisingly novel experiment.The machine—cleverly called the Gesundheit II—collected samples of their breath as they coughed, sneezed, spoke, and just exhaled normally.
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You might have to pay a ways above MSRP if you want the first 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt off the production line, but it'll help the kids -- and it's probably tax deductible to some degree.Ford will auction off the first 2019 Mustang Bullitt at a Barrett-Jackson event in Scottsdale, Arizona today, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern.The first car off the line isn't any different than the ones that will come after it, but some folks like scooping up low VINs, and it doesn't get any lower than 001.While Barrett-Jackson's site doesn't have an anticipated price for this special-edition 'Stang, it should warm your icy, cold heart to know that 100 percent of the auction's proceeds will go to charity.Specifically, this auction will benefit Boys Republic, a school and community for at-risk kids that help them get the skills necessary to start an independent life.Fun fact: Boys Republic helped Steve McQueen when he was a kid.
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The Associated Press has partnered with Arkadium, a company that uses artificial intelligence to deliver interactive content to publishers, to boost engagement around its professional and college football coverage in addition to college basketball.Arkadium's InHabit service automatically generates interactive content in the body of the article, using contextual prompts and available data from each sporting league.The technology adds an extra dimension to the sports reporting and has the ability to deliver stats in an new way and keep readers on the page longer.Jessica Rovello, chief executive of Arkadium, made a timely nod to the changing nature of social media algorithms.She said that publishers should not be held hostage by the likes of Facebook changing up its newsfeed algorithm.The new content they develop has to be both highly visual, and interactive—a category we call ‘dynamic editorial’.”
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It’s not a secret anymore that ZTE doesn’t have plans for making a new edition of ZTE Axon 7.The company also never disclosed their plans for a successor, instead, all their focus is being given to the recently released, foldable smartphone, Axon M.Besides this shady scenario for the Chinese company enthusiasts, a new mysterious device has been spotted.This new smartphone, Codenamed as Z2321U, was revealed in a Wi-Fi certification document.Curiously the new handset runs Android 8.1 Oreo, interestingly enough, the most up-to-date Android version that can only be found in Google’s Pixels and Nexus.The certification document itself doesn’t show a lot of details.
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You'd go to your local electronics store, pick one up off the shelf, and pay an amount right around the manufacturer's suggested retail price.But the rise of cryptocurrency mining has created an unprecedented global shortage of graphics cards.And so a growing community of hobbyist miners has been snapping every graphics card it can get, creating shortages and high prices for everyone else.I asked a sales representative to check to see if I could get an RX 580 at another Best Buy store.Not only are there hardly any graphics cards available for purchase, but the company has notified customers that it is suspending its return policy for graphics cards.But prices started to rise over the summer, with both cards costing more than $350 by early July.
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While we probably can’t expect any more mainline Pokemon games on the 3DS, Nintendo isn’t finished with the platform just yet.If you were around for Pokemon‘s 20th Anniversary, you know what this means: We’re about to get a bunch of legendary Pokemon for free.Beginning next month, players of Pokemon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon will be able to head into mystery gift and net themselves a free legendary Pokemon.The promotion kicks off on February 2 with Dialga and Palkia, the version mascots from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl.Here’s the full list of Pokemon that will be available throughout the year:READ MORE: Pokemon UltraSun and UltraMoon ReviewWhich Pokemon you get ultimately depends on which version you’re playing.
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Broadcom has confirmed it's under investigation by the United States' Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over antitrust issues, but doesn't believe that's going to affect its business.News of the investigation broke when the usual “people familiar with the matter” told the Wall Street Journal (probably paywalled) the FTC was looking into the chip giant's customer negotiations.The report claimed some Broadcom customers have been required to buy a proportion of its production items, rather than a fixed number of devices.Broadcom told Reuters and Bloomberg the investigation is “immaterial” to its business and doesn't involve its wireless operations.That leaves only its data centre, storage, broadband, embedded, Ethernet, PCIe, fibre, LEDs, display, or other devices to choose from.That seems to hint that Broadcom isn't worried about the FTC sticking an oar into its troubled US$100 billion-plus hostile takeover of Qualcomm.
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In September, the Chinese Academy of Sciences president Chunli Bai and President Anton Zeilinger of the Austria Academy of Sciences in Vienna made the first quantum-secured video call.A team of UK researchers has done the calculations they think will help extend these super-secure quantum video calls to networks larger than two people.You shouldn’t expect to chat in a quantum-secured Slack app any time soon, but just know that people are working on these things.“Currently you can use quantum communication to communicate between two people,” study author Ciarán Lee from University College, London told Gizmodo.Our work shows how you can generalise previous work to allow multiple people to communicate.”If this is gibberish to you, let’s start with the basics.
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Hike, the Indian messaging app valued at more than $1 billion, is taking a unique approach to battling WhatsApp which involves dismantling its service, layering it on budget Android phones and offering free connectivity.The company, which is backed by the likes of Tencent and Foxconn, today unveiled ‘Total, built by Hike’ — a new service aimed at reaching novice smartphone owners and first-time internet users in India.Hike is in the unenviable position of competing squarely with WhatsApp, the world’s most popular chat app, which counts India as its largest single market with over 200 million active users.CEO Kavin Bharti Mittal plays down the competition — WhatsApp “doesn’t have to lose” for Hike to succeed, he said — but with Total, Hike is being more nimble that its Facebook-owned rival and redesigning itself to offer a different kind of experience to reach new internet users before WhatsApp gets them.The startup teamed up with mobile carriers and OEMs for Total, with device makers bundling a tweaked version of Android that makes Hike the default text/call app and loads features like Hike’s wallet, cricket news and horoscopes.The piece de resistance is ‘data without data.’
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KFC’s Canadian wing has started selling chicken for Bitcoin.The artery-clogging Bitcoin Bucket “Includes 10 Original Recipe Tenders, Waffle Fries, Med Side, Med Gravy and 2 Dips,” at a cost of however many Bitcoin equates to CA$20.KFC Canada’s page for the promotion helpfully includes live updates of that sum in Bitcoin.The company said it’s sold out of the buckets, and that’s not in the slightest surprising given that Bitcoin is currently rather less convenient than many other currencies: transaction-processing times are currently over 100 minutes, while transaction fees can exceed US$50.The latter sum is more than the cost of the chicken, while waiting 100 minutes for a transaction to clear makes it faster and easier to either drive to KFC or to order just about any other food imaginable.These are both known problems: games-mart Steam cited both as the reason it had dropped Bitcoin payments last year.
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If you’re entertaining enough, you can easily earn about S$1,500 to S$3,000 a month [US$1,100 to $2,200].Livestreaming is one of the biggest networks that you can get to get the fastest exposure out there, to get our name out there.But the fact is that I’ve realised as time passed the more exclusive content that we bring out, people start to realise that this is something that we take seriously.Even after my second stream, my third stream, there was still no one there.It made me feel as if I’m looking in the mirror.I just kept on telling myself that, come on, the world is huge.
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Music continued to fill the air in Menlo Park, Calif., as Facebook announced three new partnerships with music publishers, coming on the heels of its deal with Sony/ATV earlier this week and its pact with Universal Music Group, inked in December.Facebook head of music business development and partnerships Tamara Hrivnak—who joined the social network last January, after serving as director of music partnerships at YouTube—announced in a blog post that Facebook reached agreements with Global Music Rights, SESAC’s HFA/Rumblefish and Kobalt Music Publishing.The music (and music videos) covered by all of the deals can be used by fans across Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and the social network’s Oculus virtual-reality unit.Facebook would not go into further details on how the music will be used on its various platforms.Global Music Rights: Facebook reached an agreement with Irving Azoff’s U.S. performing rights organization to license music for use on its platform, marking GMR’s first-ever user-generated content deal.GMR represents artists including Pharrell Williams, Bruno Mars, Drake, Bruce Springsteen and Smokey Robinson.
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Facebook estimates about 600,000 social media passwords get hacked every day.Of those thefts, 80 percent are linked to weak or stolen passwords.In a recent survey, 50 percent of respondents said they haven’t changed their passwords in over a year…which is better than the 20 percent who have never changed them at all.And did we mention this survey was conducted among cyber security pros?Bottom line — password security can be lax…and you could pay for it.Instantly ratchet up your security beyond birthdates and kid names with Dashlane, the world’s smartest, simplest, most secure password manager.
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The iPhone X is the most advanced phone Apple has produced, which makes it a good match for business users.Busy professionals are constantly on the move, trying to keep tabs on teams, communicating over messaging apps, even typing documents on the fly.They need a phone that is secure, works reliably, runs fast, and has features that make them more productive.The iPhone X delivers on all fronts.With a starting price tag of $999, outfitting users with iPhone X devices represents a significant outlay, but the payoff in the long run might be worth it — and if you’ve got a BYOD program, chances are you’ve got a few users who are already using an iPhone X.Here are 8 ways businesses can benefit from bringing the iPhone X into their organization.
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Some lucky tech developer in Cambridge has achieved the cashing-out dream, with no less a cash bag than Google agreeing to buy the mad-sounding speaker technology created by Redux.The Redux system uses actuators to create noises by vibrating screens in a jazzed up haptic feedback kind of way, with the company describing its technology as being able to deliver a "naturalistic wide-frequency-range audio from a panel or display" -- something that, if proven, could remove the need for putting standalone speakers in the next or next-next generation of smartphones.Someone had a go on it nearly a year ago and it appeared genuine, with the haptic actuators also serving to add depth to the feel of the display.
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Cloud mining is the process of buying CPU power from dedicated data centers who use their own equipment to mine cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC) on your behalf.Renting 'hash power' (usually measured in Gigahertz per second or GH/s) also means you don't have to deal with the heat and noise that comes with a DIY mining project.Many of these companies either source their own equipment or build it cheaply and have placed their data centers in countries like Iceland and China where electricity is cheap, passing the savings on to you.We also show you how to mine BitcoinsA well-established and highly popular cloud mining firmOften sold out due to popularity
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Anyone with a phone invariably has accessories -- battery packs and wireless headphones, to start.And your average family kitchen has become a charging nexus, with everyone fighting over those one or two free outlets.But the default design for most chargers is still just a single USB-A port.That's where iOttie's newest chargers are hoping to change things.The company has a few new wireless charging gadgets coming this spring, some of which also feature the ability to charge multiple devices at once.Here a quick look at what's coming, according to iOttie.
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A letter sent in a remote part of the Scottish Highlands to a business 300m down the road found itself enjoying the sort of secret adventure worthy of a Pixar film, as it was accidentally sent to Thailand and took a month to eventually (bravely) make it back to its intended destination.Further adding to the mystery is the presence of a Welsh post mark on the stamp -- a second class one no less -- meaning the letter also had a brief stay in Wales for reasons unknown, before eventually arriving at the West Sutherland Fisheries Trust more than a month after being sent.Someone from the Post Office could probably explain what happened, were we to ask.Probably went in the wrong sack.Got picked up beneath something else.This seemed interesting to begin with, honestly.
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Traditional New Year’s resolutions can often focus on physical health and fitness, but January can also be a great time to reset and improve your mental health.With that in mind, we asked four experts and influencers for their top self-care tips, designed to improve your overall wellbeing and boost happiness in the longterm.Why not try one per week, or even one per month in 2018?Sleep is undeniably important for both physical and mental health, but Julie Montagu, author of ‘Recharge: A year of self-care to focus on you’, points out that setting an early alarm (and going to bed earlier) could have its benefits.“Knowing this has always put a smile on my face.Affirming all of the fantastic traits that we hold inside, definitely does change the way we think about ourselves, therefore changing the way our day goes.”
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