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While there is the general belief that HMD Global‘s sole focus at the moment is probably the flagship Nokia 9 and a few other Nokia phones which should debut a few weeks from now, recent reports indicate that the company is actually working on a new Penta-camera Nokia Phone which when released will shake the industry.We reported recently that the device will make use of an OZO camera -like design that will be slim to fit inside a phone, now thanks to early leaks coming out of China’s Baidu site, more details of what to expect from the have just surfaced.If these details are true, then the device’s cameras unlike what many believe won’t come within a circular arrangement, but rather in a 1-1-3 formation as depicted by the sketch below and adorned by a LED flash and an unknown sensor.A single LED flash will be considered insufficient for a 5 camera system, so we assume the unknown sensor could be a second LED flash.What remains unknown is whether the device will be adopting rotating Zoom camera tech from Zeiss.The device which is expected to drop later in 2018 will come with an unknown screen size utilizing the 18:9 aspect ratio.
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Ukip’s ruling body has issued a vote of no confidence in party leader Henry Bolton – but he is refusing to stand down.The anti-EU party’s National Executive Committee met today to discuss the future of Bolton, who has generated more than a week of negative headlines about his private life and the conduct of his now ex-girlfriend Jo Marney.At a meeting in Central London today which went on for more than two and half hours, Bolton was grilled over his conduct before a vote was held.Party members will now have the final say over Bolton’s future at a special meeting within the next four weeks.A statement issued by a party spokesman said: “Having heard a statement from Mr Bolton, the NEC asked a number of questions pertaining to that coverage.At the conclusion of that discussion, the committee took the decision to hold a vote of no confidence in the Leadership of Henry Bolton.
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The new HMD Global-owned Nokia has been hard at work over the last year to become a producer of affordable quality Android handsets.The latest Nokia 6 has already been announced, and the upcoming Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 are expected to be high-end devices.However, there’s a new rumor developing that the Finnish company has a new flagship in the works for reveal sometime later this year, one that will feature a whopping five lens camera setup.Details are still slim at this point, but it sounds like Nokia will be adapting the technology of its round OZO camera, which has eight lenses, to fit into a smartphone form factor.These details come from a source close to China’s Foxconn, which is working with Nokia on new smartphone development.To be clear, this five-lens camera device is different from both the Nokia 8 and 9, and is believed to have ties to the Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia 1020, which featured a circular camera module on the rear capable of capturing 41-megapixel images.
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If you weren’t already focused on your mobile site’s performance, Google is giving you a reason.In July of 2018, Google will use a new ranking signal focused purely on mobile site speed: the “Speed Update.”Google will dampen rankings for slower mobile sites to help mobile searchers find sites that deliver what Google considers to be a better mobile experience.Desktop site speed has been a Google ranking factor for almost eight years — Google’s obsession with speed isn’t anything new.What is new is that Google will now include mobile sites in the site speed ranking equation.Google will use the Speed Update to measure all mobile pages, whether they’re on a dedicated or a responsive site.
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Very active week this past one as we get closer to the MWC 2018 taking place in Barcelona in late February.We’ve lots of Xiaomi rumors & leaks, some interesting smartphone launches, reviews and other news coming straight out of China.We indeed heard through the grapevine that the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 might be coming with a massive 6.99-inch display, stretching out the definition of “phablet”; we also now know some of the specs it’ll come with.At the same time, Xiaomi also seem to be working on a successor for the Mi Mix 2, the upcoming smartphone could feature a top notch iPhone X-style and a full screen design.ZUK fans can rejoice as ZUK Mobile’s CEO, shared an image of an unidentified Lenovo device on his Weibo account, thus suggesting the company isn’t completely out of business and could be releasing a new phone very soon.In a new research run by Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) it’s been discovered a technology to rejuvenate old batteries by up to 95%.
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Whether being used for everyday trips to work out or for a casual game of pick-up with the boys, a gym bag is an essential element of any active man’s lifestyle.The ideal pack is durable, roomy, and odor-resistant while also being stylish enough to look good at the office or on a long commute home.Plus, it’s got to be comfortable without putting a strain on the wearer — or his budget.To get you started on your search, we’ve assembled some of the best gym bags for men.With its roomy interior, large zipper pocket, and sleek finish, the contemporary pack is guaranteed to seriously up any city dweller’s fashion game.Herschel Supply Novel Duffel – $85
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OnePlus has aligned the launch of its first authorized offline store in India perfectly with the launch of OnePlus 5T (Lava Red).Yes, the new coloured flagship goes on sale from today in India.More importantly, January 20th also marks the beginning of OnePlus’ offline stores to boost sales.Not to be confused with Experience stores, these authorized outlets will solely focus on sales of OnePlus products.Whereas Experience stores like the one in Bengaluru lets new users try out the products in the store.It also serves as a place where the OnePlus community can collaborate and share new ideas.
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Facebook has been teasing a massive overhaul to the News Feed—its core product—after widespread, utterly deserved criticism that it had acted as a megaphone for disinformation on an unprecedented scale.Today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced how his platform will handle news, and it’s quite possibly the stupidest solution imaginable.“Today I’m sharing our second major update this year: to make sure the news you see, while less overall, is high quality,” Zuckerberg wrote, decrying the “sensationalism, misinformation and polarisation” that Facebook had an outsized hand in creating.If there’s anything we learned from the advent of “fake news” and its spread across social media at alarming rates, it’s that most people have abysmal media literacy, and struggle when tasked to separate verified information from hogwash.So what’s the fix that Facebook—a massive, profitable company that employs some of the smartest people—chose to pursue?Or we could ask you — the community — and have your feedback determine the ranking.
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On Friday, Twitter took an end-of-the-week opportunity to dump some better-late-than-never news onto its userbase.For anybody who followed or engaged with a Twitter account that faked like an American during the 2016 election season but was actually linked to a major Russian propaganda campaign, you're about to get an email.This count includes those who interacted with the 3,814 accounts that Twitter has directly linked to the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the Russian troll farm whose election-related meddling was exposed in 2017.That number of accounts, Twitter noted, is a jump from Twitter's prior count of 2,812 IRA-linked trolls, which it had disclosed as part of an October 2017 hearing in Congress.In its Friday disclosure, Twitter did not take the opportunity to acknowledge how the remaining percentage of these posts, which included anything from "I'm a real person" idle banter to indirect and divisive messaging, may have ultimately contributed to the troll farm's impact.(For example: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey bit, and bit hard, on a known IRA account by retweeting two of its 2016 posts.)
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We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!When babies crawl on the floor, especially in carpeted areas, their movement kicks up lots of dirt and dust, including things like skin cells, bacteria, and fungal spores.So they built a “robotic crawling baby (which is much less adorable than the real thing) and tested it crawling on actual carpet samples they had removed from homes.”The researchers found that a concentrated cloud of resuspended particles forms around the Pig-Pen wannabes, and that the concentrations around them can be as much as 20 times greater than the levels of material higher in the room.Moreover, infants’ bodies aren’t as good at blocking this dust storm, Boor says.But for very young children, they more often breathe through their mouths, and a significant fraction is deposited in the lower airways—the tracheobronchial and pulmonary regions.It’s sort of like what CyPhy Works is doing, except that it’s just for power, meaning that you can use it with just about any drone that’s DJI Phantom-sized or larger:
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MIT researchers have developed hardware that uses electric fields to move droplets of chemical or biological solutions around a surface, mixing them in ways that could be used to test thousands of reactions in parallel.The researchers view their system as an alternative to the microfluidic devices now commonly used in biological research, in which biological solutions are pumped through microscopic channels connected by mechanical valves."Traditional microfluidic systems use tubes, valves, and pumps," says Udayan Umapathi, a researcher at the MIT Media Lab, who led the development of the new system.I noticed this problem three years ago, when I was at a synthetic biology company where I built some of these microfluidic systems and mechanical machines that interact with them."Biology is moving toward more and more complex processes, and we need technologies to manipulate smaller- and smaller-volume droplets," Umapathi says.The system includes software that allows users to describe, at a high level of generality, the experiments they wish to conduct.
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MADISON, Wis. -- When John Wesley Hyatt patented the first industrial plastic in 1869, his intention was to create an alternative to the elephant tusk ivory used to make piano keys.But this early plastic also sparked a revolution in the way people thought about manufacturing: What if we weren't limited to the materials nature had to offer?Over a century later, plastics are an abundant part of daily life.But these plastics are often derived from petroleum, contributing to reliance on fossil fuels and driving harmful greenhouse gas emissions.Using a plant-derived solvent called GVL (gamma-Valerolactone), University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering James Dumesic and his team have developed an economical and high-yielding way of producing furandicarboxylic acid, or FDCA.One of 12 chemicals the U.S. Department of Energy calls critical to forging a "green" chemical industry, FDCA is a necessary precursor to a renewable plastic called PEF (or polyethylene furanoate) as well as to a number of polyesters and polyurethanes.
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A University of Texas at Arlington expert in pipe technology is investigating whether steam sealing of repaired pipes release a noxious fume and how dangerous that is to people.Mohammad Najafi, professor in practice in the Department of Civil Engineering, is leading the $53,000 research project, which is sponsored by the National Association of Sewer Service Companies."Cured-in-place pipe or CIPP technology has been around for several decades," Najafi said."Now, there is some new research showing that when you use steam to seal the repairs in these pipes, it emits styrene, a noxious fume.This project will elevate this new research and look at what's available in previous research areas to address any problems that may arise."Najafi also said he would suggest project sites to test and recommend how workers who use the steam curing for the mended pipes could be protected.
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Yahoo Finance today launched a new app called Tanda that allows small groups of either five or nine people to save money together for short-term goals.The app uses the concept of a “money pool” – that is, everyone participating in one Tanda’s collaborative savings circles will pay a fixed amount to the group’s savings pot every month.And every month, one member gets to take home the full pot.That is, users are not contributing in the hopes of “winning” the pot of money – everyone in the savings circle gets a chance to take home the full pot at some point.The app is based on the age-old “rotating savings and credit associations” (ROSCA) concept, which pushes people to save through the use of collective pressure.This rewards users who are willing to wait to receive their turn at the pot, though some will want higher positions in order to get the large payout sooner.
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According to Delta’s upcoming new requirements for service and emotional support animals, only Very Good Girls and Boys are allowed.The airline announced in a press release on Friday that all owners must provide proof of their animal’s vaccinations or other health records 48 hours before travelling.They must also sign a document attesting that their animal is well-behaved—although no proof of training is required.A Delta spokesperson said in an email to Gizmodo that to prove their animal is well-behaved, a customer can sign a form available on the airline’s website.Delta noted that the new regulations, which will go into effect on March 1st, aim to create safer flights without negatively impacting passengers with legitimate needs.The airline noted that it recorded “an 84 per cent increase in reported animal incidents since 2016” and that staffers had reported an uptick in acts of aggression last year.
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Last week, we started hearing word of a potential security breach over at OnePlus.Users were reporting that their credit cards had been compromised shortly after making a purchase on the OnePlus website, which prompted the company to launch an investigation.Today we’re getting the first results from that investigation, and things aren’t looking good for OnePlus or its users.In a new post to the OnePlus forums, the company tells us what it found during its investigation.As it turns out, OnePlus was indeed attacked, and as many as 40,000 users who shopped at OnePlus.net over the past couple of months might be affected.That, as you can probably guess, isn’t good news for a company that’s been trying to make a name for itself among the behemoths of the smartphone industry.
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Inc, parent company of chat service Snapchat popular with millennials, reportedly recently laid off "roughly two dozen" staffers, while private memos reveal threats against potential whistle-blowers.According to Cheddar, a New York-based media outlet founded by a former president of Buzzfeed, the firm sacked employees "across 8 different teams" on Thursday (18 January).Founded in 2011, Snap Inc has an approximately 1,800-strong workforce.The company boasts 178 million active daily users and an average of 3.5bn snaps are sent every day, statistics indicate.The sackings – which followed a dozen job layoffs in September last year– allegedly came the same week as an internal memo was sent company-wide discussing the importance of growth and scalability.CEO Evan Spiegel wrote: "Getting bigger is not a competitive advantage, unless you are also able to achieve scale - which means generating non-linear returns on your incremental investment."
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On the heels of the Jan. 17 release of 14 Windows and .NET patches, we now have a huge crop of new patches, revised older patches, warnings about bugs, and a bewildered ecosystem of Microsoft customers who can’t figure out what in the blue blazes is going on.Microsoft’s Security Advisory ADV180002 has the dirty details in the fine print, point 7:Q: I have an x86 architecture and the PowerShell Verification output indicates that I am not fully protected from these speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities.A: Addressing a hardware vulnerability with a software update presents significant challenges and mitigations for older operating systems that require extensive architectural changes.The existing 32 bit update packages listed in this advisory fully address CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5715, but do not provide protections for CVE-2017-5754 at this time.It’s the second cumulative update for 1511 so far this month.
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We’re just days into January, and you’re probably already falling back into the same old grind.The optimism of a new year gets quickly swallowed up by the realities of your hectic day-to-day life.Before this year slips too far away, make a move to actively engage your creative side.That can be something as simple as taking pictures.And if you’re going to take pictures, you might as well do it right — which is why the aspiring photographer should engage the services of the Hollywood Art Institute Photography course and certification to get the most out of their shots.Right now, the entire training is on sale at the massively discounted price of just $19.99 from TNW Deals.
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The first U.S. human trial using CRISPR to treat disease could kick off any day now.The trials, led by the University of Pennsylvania, will use the gene-editing tool to modify immune cells, prompting them to attack three different types of cancer.The MIT Tech Review spotted that the University of Pennsylvania this week posted its trial to a directory of ongoing clinical trials, a signal that the study is gearing up to begin.A spokesperson from Penn Medicine confirmed to Gizmodo that trial preparations are in the final stages, though did not specify when exactly it will start.The study will enrol as many as 18 patients with myeloma, sarcoma, and melanoma cancers.Researchers will remove blood cells from the patients’ bodies, then use CRISPR to delete two genes in T cells, which are the soldiers of the immune system that seek and destroy threats inside the body.
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