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Google has posted three new factory images and OTAs for carrier-specific Nexus and Pixel devices.These new builds arrive three weeks after Google originally posted the January 2018 security patch.The updates are only available for the Verizon Pixel 2, Softbank Nexus 6P, and Telstra/Softbank Nexus 5X.It’s been about three weeks since Google first posted the January 2018 security patch, and today we’re getting a few more builds for certain Pixel and Nexus devices on Verizon, Telstra, and Softbank.Only a handful of devices are receiving new Android 8.1 Oreo builds today.The full list can be found below:
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With many Brits abstaining from alcohol as part of 'dry January' Budweiser has spotted an opportunity to promote its alcohol free beer, Prohibition, via a fleet of beer floats which will dispense free cans to drinkers throughout the UK.The brand has enlisted Gabby Allen, of ITV Love Island fame, to launch the national campaign which will be running across OOH, social and print.As part of the push, a series of trucks will dishing out the beer at no cost to consumers, who may be looking to moderate their drinking after the Christmas festivities.The partnership also included a four-page cover wrap on Time Out's January issue.Research conducted by Bud's owner AB InBev UK has revealed that the country is drinking less alcohol overall – a trend that is being driven by millennials – with the low and no-alcohol beer category growing 19.5% in the UK over the past year.“People today are increasingly drinking less alcohol, as part of the broader healthy-living trend," said Sascha Cordes, senior brand manager at Budweiser.
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US Army officials say they replaced five Chinese-made surveillance cameras from Fort Leonard Wood, a base in the state of Missouri, in response to news stories about the company that manufactures them.The five cameras were made by Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company, which is 42 per cent owned by the Chinese government and is just one of several Chinese firms facing greater scrutiny by American officials.“At no time did any of these cameras cover a high-security or high-security critical asset,” Colonel Christopher Beck, Fort Leonard Wood’s chief of staff, told The Wall Street Journal.“We never believed [the cameras] were a security risk.They were always on a closed network.”The Journal reports there are 187 surveillance cameras throughout the base.
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NVMe-over-Fabrics fanboy startup E8 has whupped other suppliers' behinds with a SPEC SFS2014 filer benchmark.It is the software build section of the benchmark, which measures the number of software builds and the overall response time.The previous record holder was NetApp, with 520 builds and a 1.04 second overall response time (ORT).E8 used its D24 storage array with with 24 x HGST N200 1.6TB dual-port NVMe SSDs, 24TB total capacity, and 16 Spectrum Scale client nodes to achieve 600 builds and an 0.69 secs ORT.If we chart the results ordered by ORT then we get this:Sixteen Spectrum Scale parallel file system client nodes generated the load for the E8 D24 appliance, with communications using a 100GbitE Mellanox 32-port switch and 100GbitE adapters in each Spectrum Scale node, and RDMA data transfer.
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On Tuesday, the Senate undertook a cloture vote to end debate on a bill that would renew a controversial legal loophole that provides U.S. intelligence agencies with a means for the warrantless surveillance of American citizens.With 60 for and 38 against, the Senate voted in favor of cloture, a considerable blow to privacy advocates who have long pushed for reform.A two-thirds majority cloture vote of 60 is necessary to end a Senate filibuster.The vote ran for over an hour, slowing down considerably as the final votes trickled in and eventually slowing to a halt at 58-38.The bill in question is known as S. 139 or the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017, a six-year reauthorization of Section 702.The bill, which renews an NSA surveillance program, cleared the House with little resistance last week in a 256-164 vote before making its way in front of the Senate.
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There was a time when Nokia was leading the mobile phones market.It reached the peak in 2009.But there was a revolution in this market, and the manufacturers began making smartphones instead of cell phones.All those phones coming in various form factors yielded their positions to a single design.That’s a regular smartphone look with a screen on one side, and a rear panel carrying a few other features such as camera, fingerprint reader, and so on.But seems many manufacturers can’t refuse the old form factors.
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Veteran game publisher Brian Fargo and other game industry veterans hope to change the PC industry by creating a new cryptocurrency that serves as an alternative to the app stores.That’s one of the things that Robot Cache founder Fargo said will empower developers and publishers, and take away some of the arbitrary power over game distribution from the platform owners, Fargo said in an interview with GamesBeat.Gamers can also opt in to mine digital assets (Iron) that can be applied toward the purchase of games.“Just a handful of companies dominate the multi-billion dollar digital download PC video games market.“We aren’t going to have an ICO countdown event where anybody can get in,” Fargo said.Mark Caldwell serves as chief technology officer.
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It’s been over four months since Bungie unleashed Destiny 2 on the world, and it’s fair to say that the response from fans has been a mixed bag.While there was significant praise for the much-anticipated sequel at launch, the game has struggled to keep its audience engaged since then — but now the studio has detailed some of the changes that are in store for 2018.Game director Christopher Barrett begins a blog post detailing Bungie’s future plans with an explanation of how content will be split between free updates and paid DLC.Seasons are free content drops that will be available to all players, while Expansions will bring new story content, destinations, and gear, alongside new additions to the Crucible, new Strikes, and new Raid Lair content for a price.Barrett then dives into some upcoming tweaks to the Eververse system, which he describes as never having been intended as a substitute for endgame rewards.Content that could previously only be obtained via Bright Engrams will now be added to achievement reward pools, and there’s set to be new methods of earning Bright Engrams via gameplay.
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Every year at CES, among all the TVs and laptops and gadgets is the ever escalating competition of who can cram the most storage into a single flash drive.And this year, SanDisk showed up with a prototype of what’s supposed to be the world’s smallest 1TB USB-C flash drive.It’s not the most storage we’ve ever seen in a flash drive — that title still goes to last year’s 2TB Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT — but SanDisk is to be commended anyway, given that its slimmed down prototype is far smaller than Kingston’s chunky zinc-alloy case.Plus, the SanDisk prototype fully embraces USB-C, instead of clinging to the past with USB 3.0, meaning that you’ll be able to use it to directly transfer storage to, say, an Android phone in addition to computers.At this point, the drive is just a prototype (albeit a working one), with no price or release date announced.And perhaps that’s for the best: given that full sized 1TB USB-C SSD already costs in the range of $350, it’s hard to imagine that SanDisk’s model will be affordable should it reach the market.
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SpaceX fans this morning celebrated their favorite rocketry upstart's latest boringly successful launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA.Amid that depressingly uneventful blastoff, a visitor to the launch site spotted evidence of a Falcon Heavy being set up for test firing, signaling the hardware may finally be ready to take to the skies.The rocket, which is expected be around twice as powerful as any of today's commercial launch vehicles, was raised to a vertical position on launchpad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral last month.— Elliott Skeer (@SkeerRacing) January 8, 2018Testing all 27 rocket motors is going to take some time.Even if it fires flawlessly during experiments, serious doubts will remain over the viability of a Falcon Heavy launch.
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We already know that LG is seriously preparing to launch their upcoming flagship for 2018.A few days back, the company was rumored to have concluded plans to rebrand its flagship G series.Given that the G6 was announced in February at the MWC, it will be safe to assume that the successor/ LG G7 will also get unveiled around the same time.However, fresh information from South Korea indicates the launch could happen much later than that.According to an unconfirmed report, a Korean carrier official is alleged to have stated that the upcoming device will be available in April.Another source adds that the phone will be unveiled in the middle of March instead of the MWC (like the G6).
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Apparently, Chinese phone maker Cubot really cares about your relationship status and wants it to keep going great as they’ve already launched a very early Valentine’s day promotion.If you feel like making your significant other a little happier, then check out some of these deals!The first smartphone we’ll be looking at is the Cubot X18.The handset comes with a large 5.7-inch display featuring the latest 18:9 display aspect ratio fad.It also sports a quad-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP selfie shooter.Next we have the Cubot Note Plus, a smaller 5.2-inch display phone packed with a MEdiatek 6737T CPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
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Birds have figured out how to light fires to scare their prey into the openAlready replete with sharks, crocodiles, snakes and poisonous jellyfish galore, Australia may also be home to arsonist birds that spread fire so they can feed on animals as they flee.The belief that birds like the Whistling Kite, Black Kite and Brown Falcon spread grass fires goes back so far that it's commemorated in indigenous ceremonial dances, according to Bob Gosford, a co-author of this paper in the Journal of Enthnobiology.The paper posits that the behaviour isn't accidental: “Most accounts and traditions unequivocally indicate intentionality on the part of three raptor species and a handful provide evidence of cooperative fire-spreading by select individuals from within larger fire-foraging raptor assemblages”, it notes.And while the researchers' main interest was to confirm and document those stories, Gosford told Vulture South the research is also important to understanding how fire spreads in Australia.“This may give us cause to re-examine fire history, and the conduct of fire in this country,” Gosford said.
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In a world of tech innovations, new platforms and constant competition, it’s easy for words to lose their meaning, even when the concepts they represent are changing the industry.Pushing any concept too hard, too fast and with too few tools can rapidly morph the buzzy into a buzzword—and “artificial intelligence” isn’t immune, according to new research by marketing automation platform provider Resulticks.Almost half (47 percent) of marketers consider AI to be overhyped, far more than other industry buzzwords, while 43 percent of marketers believe vendors overpromise and underdeliver when it comes to AI.No compatible source was found for this video.“With so much industry attention and so little to show for it, marketers have already grown weary of the term,” Redickaa Subramanian, CEO and co-founder of Resulticks, told Adweek.“Software vendors have to up their game and give marketers the equipment they need to get into shape on AI.”
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More telecom service providers will invest in emerging technologies that enable them to improve operational productivity via automation, and introduce new capabilities for their customers.Virtual assistant applications are emerging, as telcos start to deploy artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).While the telecom network operators are prioritizing these virtual assistants primarily to improve customer engagements and consequently reduce churn rates, they are also positioning themselves to compete directly with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri and Microsoft Cortana.Telco virtual assistant market developmentAccording to the latest worldwide market study by ABI Research, the virtual assistants will enable telecom service providers to save $1.2 billion on customer care management by 2022, resulting in a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17 percent over the next five years."The recent introduction of virtual assistants in customer service signifies the level of urgency within telcos to start emphasizing the importance of customer relationships and customer care management, something they have been taking for granted for decades," said Sarju Vasavada, industry analyst at ABI Research.
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We live in strange and wondrous times.Twenty years ago, the internet as we know it was hardly a blip on the mainstream radar.Just 10 years ago, Facebook and the iPhone were “newborns” in the public eye.Now, it’s 2017, and we’re throwing a zero-gravity party on the edge of space.On February 7, 2018, a highly customized A310 craft will take off from Germany’s Frankfurt Airport.For a full 90 minutes, the flight will do what it was designed to do: trace parabolic arcs in the sky to simulate the effects of zero gravity.
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Unfortunately, Alexa can’t answer that question (at least, not yet).Industry experts believe this is an important opportunity for brands to capitalize on voice-assisted shopping—either to push forward to create strategic capabilities around voice, or to play wait-and-see.According to Amazon, The Echo Dot (the smaller version of the Echo) was the “best-selling product from any manufacturer in any category across all of Amazon.” This should come as no surprise, though, considering Amazon devices get free advertising on the site, strategic placement, and a consumer-friendly price point.The company even went so far as giving the Echo Dot a 40-percent discount during the holidays, bringing the device’s cost down to $29.99 (originally $49.99).That said, not everyone is as sanguine about the rise of voice-assisted shopping.“There’s certainly a lot of enthusiasm and curiosity about these products, but they’ve also been sold to consumers very actively (and cheaply) rather than being incredibly actively sought by consumers,” said Tom Goodwin, executive vice president and head of innovation at Zenith Media.
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A few weeks ago, Qualcomm officially announced the Snapdragon 845 processor and now, its performance has appeared on the Geekbench database.Form Geekbench assessment the Snapdragon 845 chip got a single-threaded score of 2400 points and a multi-threaded score of 8300 points.This Soc obviously has some advantages over the likes of Snapdragon 835, Kirin 970, and Exynos 8895.Its single-core performance is an upgrade of about 20% while the multi-core increased by about 30%.Another major highlight of this processor is its inbuilt GPU.It comes with an Adreno 630 GPU which has a 30% better performance.
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China’s Didi Chuxing, the country’s top ride-hailing company, said today that it has raised $4 billion in new capital to support a range of new initiatives including international expansion.The company has already raised $13 billion from investors that include Alibaba, Tencent and Apple, and it said that this newest round will go towards developing its artificial intelligence technology, as well as international expansion and investments in green vehicles.In the very brief statement announcing the funding, Didi said that “Chinese and international institutions joined the latest fundraising round.” That, for one, implies that a number of existing investors took part but, at this point, that list of investors is pretty extensive so even that doesn’t narrow things down.A source close to Didi confirmed that both SoftBank and Abu Dhabi state fund Mubadala Capital were among the investors — as had been reported by The Wall Street Journal.Valuations are, of course, fluctuating, but you can imagine that Didi will at least crack a wry smile at the milestone.That deal was announced more than a year ago but is still pending full approval before its completion.
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Image credit: PeopleImages | Getty ImagesThe following excerpt is from Ivan Misner, Ph.D. and Brian Hilliard’s book Networking Like a Pro.Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBoundWith referrals being the lifeblood of every business professional, people often ask us what they can do to generate more referral-based clientele.A formalized referral strategy is simply a structured, "locked down" process with the express purpose of deepening relationships and producing referrals.An online newsletter is simply an email that goes out once or twice a month to your network of contacts, clients and referral partners.
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