Robert Batten

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There are only three days left before the Paris conference, which is where the company will officially unveil the next Oppo Find X flagship phone.If you’ve been following us, you already know the smartphone is expected to have a screen to body ratio of over 90%, as we reported earlier today.Well, that changes now as the Chinese phone confirms the teaser with some incredible numbers, the Find X is indeed going to have a StB ratio of 93.8%, something we’ve never seen before on a smartphone.That might come as a surprise to some of you, since most phone manufacturers have been claiming to launch devices with a “full screen” design; which theoretically should mean 100% screen to body ratio.The smartphones that have gotten the closest to that number so far are the Essential Phone, which actually only has a StB ratio of 84.9% and the latest VIVO NEX with an incredible – at least until the 19th – 91.24% of screen surface compared to the rest of the body.As we just learned that won’t last long though, as the 93.8% StB of the Oppo Find X will blow everything else out of the water.
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This November, Californians will head to the polls to vote on a peculiar ballot measure that asks, "Hey, how do you feel about splitting into three states?"If a majority of California voters who cast ballots agree to divvy up the state into three, the plan would then go onto the US Congress for approval.All states have a special process for amending their state constitution.The ballot measure put forth by Draper, a well-known tech investor, establishes new boundaries for three new states within the existing California and provides the "legislative consent" of the people of California.With a few choice words, the initiative argues that it doesn't need state congressional approval before moving onto US Congress.The California Constitution says through the initiative you can change the constitution only so much.
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Less than a month after it announced the new generation Nokia 3 ,Nokia 2 and Nokia 5, reports have it that HMD plans to release yet another mid-range Android smartphone called Nokia 5.1 Plus.The device which is now being referred to as the Nokia 5.1 plus had earlier in April received 3C certification with the model number TA-1109.The same device has now received Bluetooth certification with Bluetooth version 4.2.Listed alongside the Nokia TA-1109 are two more Nokia devices with model numbers TA-1083 and TA-1116, and are said to be the global variant of the Nokia X6 which is at present exclusive to China.Sadly, the listing doesn’t reveal a thing about either of the devices but is evident the Nokia TA-1109 will come with a MediaTek SoC.Though we are not certain which Nokia device the TA-1109 is, recent leaks have tied the device to the Nokia 5.1 plus.
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If you want to delete 29 files in a 30-file folder, don’t select the 29.Hit Alt+H then tap S followed by I to do the same job via keyboard shortcuts.2) Rename a bunch of files at onceNot still renaming files individually are you?5) Zoom in and out of filesOpening up the View tab of the File Explorer ribbon is one way of changing the size of the thumbnails representing your files, but there is an easier option: Hold down the Ctrl key then move the mouse scroll wheel up or down to change the display formatting used.
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From our last week poll, we wanted to know your thought about the newly released Xiaomi Mi 8 SE and your vote bares it all.A whopping 85% of our voters think that the Mi 8 SE is absolutely hot, 11% believes that it’s just an average stuff while 4% really don’t care.In recent times, a lot of attention has been given to smartphones which are dedicated to unleashing the best gaming experience.As more and more highly demanding games roll into the field of play, it makes sense that OEMs are releasing devices for these games.Gaming phones need some qualities to make it stand out.We can talk about a massive hardware like a hardcore processor to handle the demand.
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For the past month or so, inboxes the world over have been awash with emails about updated privacy policies and new permissions required by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).You probably haven’t been reading those emails, and that’s bad news for email marketers.Digital marketing agency Huge told the publication that nearly two in five Americans have completely ignored the emails.Another firm, PostUp, said just 25 to 30 per cent of people globally view the emails.That probably doesn’t sound out of line with the overall open rate for unsolicited emails — MailChimp estimates about 20 per cent of all marketing emails get opened — but in this instance, the lack of interaction is particularly harmful to email marketers because of one of the many new requirements found in the EU’s new rules.Under GDPR, companies are still free to send emails to customers who have purchased a product from them in the past, but they can’t continue to solicit the attention of non-customers without first asking for permission.
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All around the globe, human activity is driving mammals to become more active at night, according to new research.Likely driven by a fear of people, many animals shift their schedules toward nocturnality to avoid running into us.“We were shocked at how consistent this was all over the world, from savannas in Africa to forests in Europe,” said Kaitlyn Gaynor, a wildlife ecology PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, and lead author of the new paper.The new meta-analysis, published today in Science, considered 76 studies and included 62 different mammal species across six continents.Those studies monitored animals using technology like motion-activated cameras and satellite data along with direct human observation to record their activities.They also included information on how much the animals came into contact with humans, and considered variables like hunting, hiking, construction, urban development, and farming.
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Cambridge Analytica may be gone, but its spirit will live on in the 2020 US presidential election.Former senior staff of the now bankrupt business are reportedly working with the Trump 2020 campaign under the guise of a new company.News broke that Brad Parscale, the campaign manager for president Donald Trump’s upcoming reelection bid in 2020, was working with the company earlier this afternoon after several AP News sources reportedly overhead conversations indicating as much.At least four former Cambridge Analytica employees are affiliated with it.Matt Oczkowski heads the new company, he’s Cambridge Analytica’s former head of product – its chief data scientist, David Wilkonson, is also among those alleged to be associated with Data Propria.After the Cambridge Analytica data scandal — which involved the alleged digital gerrymandering of the 2016 presidential election through the exploitation of data obtained without regard to ethical considerations – it’d make sense for president Trump’s team to distance itself from the company’s former employees.
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A bullet train en route to Tokyo reportedly struck and killed a 52-year-old man on Thursday afternoon, but the man’s death wasn’t uncovered until some 20 miles later, where authorities made a grisly discovery.When the train’s driver heard the sound of the impact, he didn’t send a report to the operation centre, as he was supposed to do, according to the Japan Times.JR-West, the operator of the line, claimed that the driver didn’t report the sound because he believed the train had struck a small animal.Another train driver noticed a large crack in the nose of the train and reported it to the operation center.The center then ordered the driver to make an emergency stop.According to Asahi Shimbun, when police investigated the train, they found human body parts inside the crack.
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There have been echoes all around Xiaomi fan circles of a Mi A2.However, after sightings of a Mi A2 Lite version being certified in Singapore, these rumblings gained much more weight.However, it seems an unofficial hands-on video leaked today of a prototype Mi A2 on YouTube, as spotted by GSMArena.Sadly, that upload by two Spanish guys is now removed but images captured from that 11-minute long video remain.Thus, the Mi A2 is no longer just a ghost device, it is very real even though Xiaomi won’t admit it.You can imagine an 11-minute video is good enough to cover most aspects of a phone in detail.
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E3 is finally over and now is as good a time as any to look back on the spectacle that was the Electronic Entertainment Expo’s 24th year in existence.It was a year that brought us a boat load of trailers during Microsoft’s keynote, a heaping helping of Super Smash Bros Ultimate and one of the oddest Sony keynotes, well, ever.Whatever else might’ve transpired this week, we were happy we were able to see all of the brilliant new games coming out later this year and beyond – the best of which we’ve rounded up for you below.That said, what follows are our editors’ picks of the best games of E3 2018, a compilation of what we’ve seen on the ground here in Los Angeles, what we’ve seen at home during the keynotes and what we’ve caught in gameplay trailers online during the show.While we’re fresh out of fancy ribbons and decorative trophies, we’d instead like to give praise to the best of this year’s crop.Whether these games come out next week, next month of next year, these are the titles shown off here at E3 that we think will be worth your time, attention - and, potentially, hard-earned cash - sometime down the road.
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Enthusiasts and BMW buyers alike have been clamoring for a new 8 Series, and BMW has finally seen fit to humor them.Originally previewed in the Concept 8 Series last May, the 2019 BMW 8 Series is a sharp-dressed coupe.It looks comfortable in a way that the old 6 Series coupe never did.BMW's latest design language is on display, its mixture of aggressive edges and soft curves playing well off each other.Standard equipment includes LED headlights with BMW's LaserLight tech, which shines lasers on a phosphor that then provides the illumination.The underbody is almost completely covered to reduce drag, and active slats on the body help channel air where it's needed, when it's needed.
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Personalization is not a new concept.With the digital world enabling consumers to channel hop, switch between competing companies, and price compare with ease, businesses are recognizing they must meet those consumers’ needs and desires with the right messages to drive engagement and sales.To better understand this, Periscope By McKinsey recently conducted a survey in the UK, Germany, France, and the U.S., four of the most mature ecommerce markets in the world.When it comes to attitudes towards receiving personalized messages from companies and brands, we see most markets surveyed indicate a positive attitude.French and UK respondents were considerably less enthusiastic, with 38% and 37% respectively, feeling somewhat or very favorable towards them.Consumers in Germany were more skeptical, with only 29% having a positive feeling about personalized messaging – which seems unsurprising given the well-known data protection concern of Germans.
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Blockchain technology should be considered the most disruptive technology invention of the fourth industrial revolution.However, the sector it is aiming to transform, and hopes to have the highest impact on day to day consumer and seller activities, is the e-commerce industry.The e-commerce industry has arguably changed the way we shop and live, which to many people has basically become one in the same.The convenience, affordability, and vast array of products offered by e-commerce platforms shows some of the benefits of the e-commerce industry, but with the growth of the industry (a global online retail market that is expected to surpass $4.5 billion by 2020), large e-commerce companies like Amazon, Alibaba, EBay and a large group of other companies which account for over 50% of that market valuation, the problems associated with e-commerce are beginning to emerge.The current e-commerce business model will have a hard time resolving all these issues in one fell swoop, with the only solution to these problems is blockchain technology.Payment solutions for international e-commerce is far from perfect, and even with payment solutions like PayPal and Skrill, the payment industry still needs some reworking.
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A self-driving vehicle can avoid a lot of problems by just going slowly.A slow bot hurts a lot less when it hits you, and cheap sensors are good enough when you don’t have to see far to avoid a collision.And cheap is more than a feature, it’s a strategy.Make a costly product cheaply, and it’s not the same product—just look to the supercomputer in your pocket that calls itself a phone.That’s the idea behind Perceptin, a little startup founded in 2016 by Shaoshan Liu, who got a Ph.D. from the University of California at Irvine and then worked for a decade at the U.S. branch of Baidu.Liu asked himself just how much robocar he could build on a shoestring, and made the task easier by specifying a top speed of 20 kilometers per hour (12 mph).
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Whatever happened to phones coming with camera buttons?There was a period about three of four years long when they were all over the place, but now they're rarer than porn in the Vatican.There had been rumours that the button would make its triumphant return on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, but some leakers claim otherwise.The whole rumour stems from a case shared by leaker Ice Universe on Twitter, revealing space for what seems to be an extra bottom on the bottom left hand side of the phone.This led to speculation that it was for a camera button because they's where many of them used to live, it wasn't the Bixby button, and what else would it be?Apparently it's not a button at all.
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AppNexus is looking to take on the Facebook-Google 'duopoly' with a tool it has claimed will give advertisers “100% viewable buying at scale” outwith the tech duo's ad display networks.The product, dubbed ‘guaranteed views’ will give brands the chance to purchase full in-view inventory across the web, offering a solution to the typically complex process brands and agencies often have to go through when setting up threshold viewability targeting online.Allowing clients to target “the entire open internet” AppNexus’ latest feature will let buyers use viewability as a given outcome.The company didn’t reveal which buyers had been testing the guaranteed views, but said clients “typically” see improvement in cost-per-view, unique reach, click-through rate (CTR) and cost-per-click (CPC).Facebook currently offers buyers 100% viewability on some products in tandem with Moat.Google, meanwhile, lets advertisers, agencies and publishers using its active view product to see custom metrics that allow them to go beyond transacting on the Media Ratings Council (MRC) defined industry standard for viewability (which is 50%).
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So it’s ironic – and perhaps slightly shameful – that not a single ad agency made it into this year’s Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, the benchmark for employers to measure and monitor their progress on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) inclusion in the workplace.Ruth Hunt, Stonewall chief executive, blames a lack of imagination."What’s really struck me about the media industry is a significant complacency,” she laments.“There is an assumption of meritocracy, an assumption that creative is meritocratic and an absolute instinct to only work with your friends and people you trust and worked with before.”Meanwhile, PrideAM’s president, Mark Runacus, points out that the advertising industry lags “well behind the public sector and other professions like consulting and law”.So this June, as the world celebrates the Pride movement, rather than solely helping brands capitalise on the “pink pound” by turning every asset they own into rainbows and glitter, perhaps we should also take a long hard look at ourselves: what exactly can we do to increase diversity and better support LGBT+ employees within the advertising industry?
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Xiaomi announced the global version of MIUI 10 at the launch event of the Redmi Y2.Now, the beta version of the MIUI 10 ROM is rolling out to a number of devices compatible with it.Now, the list is going to be big, but only the top-most models will get the beta first.Those models include the Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Redmi S2, and Redmi Note 5 Pro (India)/ Redmi Note 5.If you own any of the above handsets, and you are running MIUI 9 global beta currently, you just have to check your settings by manually scanning for the update.Just go to Settings > About phone > System updates > Check for updates.
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A new SLAS Discovery review article by GlaxoSmithKline researchers in the U.S. and U.K. offers an informative guide to the established and emerging tools available for early drug discovery and screening, and provides illustrative scenarios demonstrating considerations that drive decisions on choice of lead discovery tactics.While high-throughout screening (HTS) remains a mainstay in drug discovery, other approaches have emerged or evolved in the past decade that offer complementary strengths and weaknesses, and are increasingly applied in combination with, or in lieu of, HTS.survey the landscape of lead discovery tactics that researchers use today and explain how this toolbox of approaches is evolving as new science emerges, such as in the areas of complex cellular models and computational techniques.Case studies illustrate how integration of techniques like DNA-encoded library screening (ELT) and HTS, phenotypic and target-based screening, and virtual screening (VS) with experimental approaches can lead to successful outcomes and provide insights and synergies that would never have been obtained through one technique alone."Integration of Lead Discovery Tactics and the Evolution of the Lead Discovery Toolbox" can be accessed for free for a limited time at http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2472555218778503.About our Society and Journals
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