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Embattled YouTube celebrity Jack Jones has issued an apology-of-sorts in response to a video showing the prankster using racist and homophobic language.Footage of the controversial video-maker went viral on Monday (24 July) and was shared thousands of times across Twitter and Facebook.The video showed Jones saying "Go back to your own country.You f****t, I will knock the f**k out of you.The 24-year-old has now responded to broad criticism on Twitter and Facebook with a statement of his own."I was out with my friends walking down the street when a group of Russian men barged me and my friends and said 'what you going to do about you English scum!!'
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Blackview decided to challenge the undisputed durability king of all phones ever created, the Nokia 3310.The device which was launched back in 2000 is now 17 years old but is still considered a legend because of its ability to survive most drop tests.That said, how will it fair against the latest rugged and powerful smartphone to hit the market?We’re obviously talking about the Blackview BV8000 Pro, let’s watch the video!As you can see in the video the Blackview BV8000 Pro has proven itself to be a worthy opponent and did win in the last hammer test, but we have to admit the Nokia 3310 did pretty good as well with its old plastic construction.So yes, both phone passed the most realistic drop tests effortlessly but let’s be quite honest, you aren’t going to use a Nokia 3310 in 2017.
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The HOMOTM ZOJI Z7 rugged phone has just been picked by AliExpress as one of the best selling and more popular devices over on their e-commerce platform.To celebrate that, the store Weshop will be running a special promotion on the smartphone, allowing you to get the ZOJI Z7 for just $85.54 on the website, $83.59 if you use the AliExpress app.If you want to take advantage of the promotion, you might want to learn more about the device, so keep reading!The ZOJI Z7 is an IP68 waterproof rated rugged phone built on a solid aluminum back case, CNC machine machine metal frame and its screen is coated in 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass to improve its looks and durability at the same time.The Z7 is also really easy to handle with its curved edges and the plastic corners to save it from accidental drops.If you are more interested in the internal hardware, here are all the specifications:
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Your phone's most important feature is easily the camera - a good one makes the difference between an all-conquering champion and an also-ran.Sure, picture quality and battery matter too, and for a lot of folks design is just as vital to a phone's appeal.But this year, there's little to choose between the top devices on any of those issues.To help work out once and for all which is best, we've put eight of the best smartphone cameras through their paces, and will be presenting the results to you very soon.Below is a blind test of photos taken with the eight phones: Apple's iPhone 7 Plus, the Google Pixel XL, HTC U11, Huawei P10 Plus, LG G6, OnePlus 5, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Sony's Xperia XZ Premium.We haven't edited, cropped or otherwise tweaked the snaps - they were pulled straight out of each phone.
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Commercial space tourism company Blue Origin, and its overlord Jeff Bezos, have been pretty quiet over the last few months.But last week, the Amazon founder made his first Instagram post, which appears to show the billionaire stranded on the roof of his own rocket facility in Florida.The video opens with a spectacular view of Blue Origin’s 750,000-square-foot orbital launch facility near Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which is currently under construction.It is unclear whether this is a rendering, a video, or some sort of composite, but we reached out to Blue Origin for clarification.For context, here’s what the site looked like last December.The best part of the video—or whatever it is—is that you get to appreciate the grandeur of an up-and-coming spaceflight facility, one that’ll eventually house and launch Blue Origin’s heavy-lift orbital rocket, New Glenn.
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Lionsgate just bought a script they’re hoping will serve as a new chapter in the John Wick cinematic universe.The script is called Ballerina and it’s described by The Hollywood Reporter as “in the vein of La Femme Nikita, the 1990 female-centric assassin movie that helped launch the career of filmmaker Luc Besson, but with a more pulpy, hyper-stylised bent a la Quentin Tarantino or Matthew Vaughn.”Shay Hatten wrote the script, but not specifically for the John Wick universe.However, it seems when the script hit the open market, Lionsgate thought the premise—“a young woman raised as an assassin who must hunt down the other assassins that murdered her family”—could easily be tweaked to be set in Wick’s universe.So the company bought it.This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of a Wick spinoff.
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South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics has posted record-breaking earnings, putting it on course to better rival Apple's quarterly profits as it seeks to move past a bribery scandal and a damaging recall debacle.The firm said huge sales of its new Galaxy S8 smartphone and demand for its memory chips were behind the jump in April-June and predicted another blockbuster report for the current quarter to September.Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart and navigate between data series.The chart has 1 X axis displaying categories.Samsung v Apple operating profitsSamsung v Apple operating profits - Highcharts Cloud$bnSamsung v Apple operating profitsQ1 2009Q3 2009Q1 2010Q3 2010Q1 2011Q3 2011Q1 2012Q3 2012Q1 2013Q3 2013Q1 2014Q3 2014Q1 2015Q3 2015Q1 2016Q3 2016Q1 2017051015202530Highcharts.comHowever, Greg Roh, an analyst at HMC Investment Securities, told AFP: "Samsung has surpassed its rivals for now but Apple usually sees little fluctuation in its profits whereas Samsung's profits fluctuate largely on memory chip prices."
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Chinese bike sharing platform Mobike announced its entry into the Italian market with Florence and Milan as its first stops.With this move, Italy becomes the first country in Continental Europe to introduce Mobike.Meanwhile, it is Mobike's fourth overseas market following Singapore, UK, and Japan.Hu Weiwei, founder and president of Mobike, said that they are very glad to enter the Italian market and especially honored to start operation in Florence and Milan.They will cooperate with local partners to provide smooth riding experience to citizens and tourists in the two cities to help them feel the beauty of the cities.Mobike will first place hundreds of smart shared bikes in Florence for trial operation.
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CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, Malaysia's second largest bank by asset scale, said that its subsidiary Touch n Go, in which the bank holds a 52.22% stake, has reached an investment agreement with Alipay to set up a joint venture entity in Malaysia.According to CIMB, Touch n Go will hold a majority stake in the joint venture, while Alipay will hold a minority stake.The joint venture will launch a new payment and related financial services mobile platform in Malaysia.CIMB also said that it is expected that the establishment of this new joint venture will not have major influence on CIMB's profit or net asset value in 2017.If calculating by assets, CIMB is the fifth largest bank in Southeast Asia.Chinese Internet finance enterprises like Ant Financial and WeChat payment are actively expanding overseas recently.
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Southeast Asia's leading ride-hailing platform Grab announced the completion of its latest round financing of USD2.5 billion, including USD2 billion joint investments from Didi Chuxing and SoftBank.Grab operates the largest traffic network in Southeast Asia and it is one of the most active mobile platforms in this region, with total downloads of over 50 million.The company has the largest fleet in local areas of over 1.1 million drivers and it provides various ride-hailing services in 65 cities of seven countries in Southeast AsiaThe statistics also reveal that Grab has daily orders of nearly three million.It holds 95% market share of the third-party taxi market and 71% market share of the private car ride-hailing market.In December 2016, Grab launched its rechargeable payment method GrabPay Credits to free users from cash payments.
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Cyber-thieves have made at least $25m (£19m) from ransomware in the last two years, suggests research by Google.The search giant created thousands of virtual victims of ransomware to expose the payment ecosystem surrounding the malware type.Most of the money was made in 2016 as gangs realised how lucrative it was, revealed a talk at Black Hat.Two types of ransomware made most of the money, it said, but other variants are starting to emerge."It's become a very, very profitable market and is here to stay," said Elie Bursztein from Google who, along with colleagues Kylie McRoberts and Luca Invernizzi, carried out the research.Ransomware is malicious software that infects a machine and then encrypts or scrambles files so they can no longer be used or read.
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The iPhone 7 wasn’t even the only 2016 handset to ditch the headphone jack — or the first.But it’s only Apple that had to thoroughly explain its “courage” to ditch the aging audio standard while facing increased backlash from potential buyers.A year later, people already assume that all new iPhones going forward will not have a 3.5mm jack.Other companies have gotten the message, and are about to pull the same move.Of those, Google might be the most prominent, as the Pixel 2 is already rumored to lack a standard audio port.The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will not launch sooner than late September or early October, but we have plenty of details about them, including 3D renders that show us their purported designs.
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Vid If you have a hankering to watch eight minutes of billowing clouds of rocket exhaust, NASA's posted the video of the latest test of its RS-25 engine.The RS-25 is, as NASA-watchers know, the power-plant the agency is developing to shove its planned Space Launch System skywards.Yesterday's test was the third time NASA's run up a rocket motor to test the flight controller that'll be in charge of the engines.Its role is to relay commands from the vehicle to the engine, and data from engine to vehicle.The controller, NASA explains here, also provides closed-loop engine management to regulate thrust and fuel mixture and monitor engine health.The SLS uses the same engine design as used to help hoist Space Shuttles, but the agency decided the motor's “brains” needed a refresh – most importantly, because the electronic components of the 1980s aren't available any more.
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David Meikle spent 16 years at Ogilvy & Mather, trouble-shooting for major accounts (think BP, Nestlé).His new book, How to Buy a Gorilla (from Lid Publishing), is about when and how to take risks, and the necessity of doing so.His message is not only relevant to the relationship between brands and agencies, but to the need for transformation across business teams, from marketing through PR to content production.A business which won't take risks (buy gorillas) is a business begging to be disrupted.And he has a whole bunch of monkeys to back him up.And here's the ad which started it all:
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Instagram finally added the ability to zoom in on photos last year, which you activated using a pinch gesture.Now Facebook appears to be bringing the gesture over to your News Feed.I was browsing my feed earlier today when I noticed a Facebook animation tell me I could pinch to zoom into a photo.There are a few stray mentions of the feature on Twitter over the past couple of months, but I couldn’t find any other reporting on it, so I assume it was probably a small test that went under the radar.Though the feature didn’t work on any iOS device we tried, we were able to replicate it on four separate Android phones, so it seems the company is rolling out the feature more widely now.Of course, you could already tap on a photo to open it and then zoom in, but the new feature is a faster and more seamless way of expanding a photo without leaving your News Feed.
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Huawei is on a highway to success course, especially if we take into account the latest report from analyst company Canalys, regarding the smartphone shipments in China for the second quarter of this year.According to the report, Huawei retains its place as the leader of the Chinese market, with 23 million units sold during Q2 2017 and Oppo is in second place with 21 million units, a significant 37% year to year increase when compared with 2016!Vivo took third place with 16 million shipments between April and June.The Chinese company scored 15 million units during that time and these numbers were enough, to leap over Apple and take the 4th place, with a 60% boost in the Chinese market when compared to last year.This could mean that Xiaomi is in starting to regain all its lost ground during the past few months.According to Canalys, the Mi company still offers the best value in the Chinese market and remains a preferred choice for price-conscious consumers.
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Sage targets new opportunities in the North America market with the $850m acquisition.Sage is to acquire cloud-based financial software company Intacct for $850m.The deal, which is the largest the company has ever made, will be funded by cash and stock transaction.The idea behind the move to buy the 19-year old accounting software company, appears to be to expand on Sage’s existing cloud financial management offerings and marks the third start-up Sage has acquired this year, following on from Compass, and Fairsail.“Today we take another major step forward in delivering our strategy and we are thrilled to welcome Intacct into the Sage family.The acquisition of Intacct supports our ambitions for accelerating growth by winning new customers at scale and builds on our other cloud-first acquisitions, strengthening the Sage Business Cloud.
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Er, according to these JS framework fansNode Summit As the Node Summit got underway in San Francisco on Wednesday, Charles Beeler, general partner at Rally Ventures, said the Node community has come a long way since 2012, when everyone was talking about Node.js and no one was using it.Initially released in 2009, the JavaScript runtime environment now has enough users and momentum that the nonprofit Node.js Foundation feels comfortable claiming that "Node.js is emerging as a universal development framework for digital transformation with a broad diversity of applications."Its claim is without much specificity, burdened with the meaningless jargon "digital transformation."There are some 8 million Node.js instances online at the moment, according to the survey, and three in four Node users say they will increase their usage over the next 12 months.Some 71 percent anticipated more usage and 2 per cent expected the opposite.
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There’s nothing more painful than losing a loved one.But what if you didn’t ever have to lose them?That’s the future imagined Marjorie Prime, starring Lois Smith as the titular Marjorie, a woman who uses a computer program to create an artificial intelligence that simulates her husband, played by Jon Hamm, after his death.The trailer, premiered by EW, examines what it means to be human, to be in love, and to grieve, as Geena Davis, who plays Marjorie’s daughter, and Tim Robbins as her husband struggle to understand Marjorie’s choice to live in the memory of her lost love rather than trying to move on with her life.captions settings, opens captions settings dialogThis is a modal window.
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The marriage of technology and cannabis entrepreneurship has gone from a passion-project for growers, to a full-fledged venture capitalist (VC) bonanza in just the past year and a half.Marijuana startups are no longer simply the domain of experts on cultivation and plant-strain for medical dispensaries.The profits are now measured in billions and developers are being offered increasingly high-paying positions at cannabis startups .Investors looking for an emerging industry that’s worth billions, doesn’t have stiff competition from major international companies, and is as close to a ‘sure thing’ as possible need look no further than cannabis.The Motley Fool expects a 300 percent increase in cannabis revenues, in the US alone, over the next five years.This stands in contrast to the laws of the States that have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use, or medicinal use by prescription.
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