Robert Slater

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But what if that customer later signs up for another account using a new phone number?Didi Chuxing is China’s largest ride-sharing platform, offering taxi, carpooling and other transport services.Having driven Uber out of China in 2016, Didi is actively growing its international footprint through various partnerships.The Chinese ride-hailing giant is currently running an online poll about the idea: Should passengers be required to register with their real names and national ID?At least two female riders on its Hitch service (a carpooling function similar to UberPool and Lyft’s Share Rides) were raped and killed.It looks like many of those who responded to the poll support introducing real-name registration.
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The first edition of Amazon's Great Indian Festival sale for 2019 is scheduled to take place from 20th to 23rd of January.Amazon Prime subscribers, however, will have Early Access to the sale from 12 PM on 19th January.The sale will take place on all platforms- the desktop site, the mobile site, and the mobile app.Bank partners for the sale are HDFC- there is an instant 10% discount on HDFC bank cards.No-Cost EMI will be available on over 10 crore products.Amazon has revealed that it will offer discounts of up to 60% on Electronics, along with several Credit and Debit Card EMI options, as well as cashbacks across all categories.
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So Adam suggests a pair of earbuds and tells me they fit great, and I buy them and immediately hate them, and thank goodness my flatmate and my dad don’t have the same hang-ups about sharing earbuds, you know?Like: It actually works, and damn well.Don't Like: The battery dangles and looks kind of dumb.What I’m saying is earbuds are personal, and everyone’s ears are very different, and what fits your ears perfectly might not fit mine.There are so many kinds that you can undoubtedly find a pair with the perfect fit and the perfect sound for your ears.Shure headphones, including the affordable and lovely 215s, accurate if a little reedy 535s, and the chunky but perfect sounding 846s, all use the same little plugs when you’re connecting the buds to the cords.
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Android has long prided itself for how it allows users to dig into most of the file system, provided they have a file manager app on hand.Of the latter, ES File Explorer was once the cream of the crop for the features it offers.Those features, however, may have come at the price of your privacy and security.A vulnerability has been discovered that apparently gives any hacker worth his or her salt access to a phone with that app installed and all they have to do is sit on the same Wi-Fi network as the phone.The cause of this rather straightforward vulnerability is ES File Explorer’s built-in and hidden web server which runs in the background and exposes port 59777.The app may offer a lot of functionality, including streaming videos or remote access to files, through that web server but the costs it puts on users might be too high to pay.
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Google will raise prices on G Suite — the company's productivity suite — for the first time ever, according to a corporate blog post on Wednesday.Starting on April 2nd, The cost of G Suite Basic will increase from $5 to $6 per user per month, and the cost of G Suite Business will move from $10 to $12.Google justified the 20% increase for its Basic and Business Editions by saying that it has not updated prices since introducing G Suite over a decade ago, while its product offering has grown substantially.Google will raise prices on G Suite — the company's productivity suite, and its rival to Microsoft Office — for the first time ever, according to a corporate blog post on Wednesday.As of April 2nd, the cost of G Suite Basic will increase from $5 to $6 per user per month, and the cost of the higher-end G Suite Business will move from $10 to $12.The price of G Suite Enterprise Edition, which is already sold in bulk to its largest customers, will not change.
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LG's next smartphone may have you seeing double.And no, it's not because of a foldable display.The company will launch a smartphone, whose name hasn't been finalized, that will have an option for a second-screen attachment, according to a person familiar with the situation.It's one of multiple phones launching at the Mobile World Congress trade show next month, the person said.While the company is mulling the G8 name, it's unclear whether the multiple-screen phone will carry the name of its flagship line.There was some confusion over LG launching a foldable smartphone thanks to a report by Korean-language outlet Naver.
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The calendar flipping to 2019 officially marked the end of the 10-year anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe—but, screw it, the celebration goes on.Not only will this year bring Captain Marvel and the end of Phase Three with Avengers: Endgame, it’s continuing an appreciation for the incredible run leading up to those films in the form of beautiful art.Mondo had a show last year, and right now, Bottleneck Gallery and Grey Matter Art have two awesome posters for sale featuring the heroes, and villains, of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.The posters are by John Guydo and here’s the heroes version.But, obviously, you can’t have heroes without villains, so here’s that version.No matter what you think of these posters, just look at them and think back.
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Software firm Adobe came to the NRF’s annual show earlier this week armed with a slew of product enhancements focused on what it calls customer experience management (CXM)—including some new visual search functionality for fashion retailers in particular.This tool allows retailers to easily add functionality to their websites so customers can upload photos of clothes they like in order to find similar items within a given retailer’s catalog.It uses machine-learning tech Adobe Sensei in content management and data asset management platform Experience Manager, which searches inventory to deliver relevant matches.Balaji Krishnamurthy, principal scientist at Adobe Experience Cloud, said Adobe is piloting the tech with a “major retailer.”As a result, it has indexed said retailer’s product catalog using a deep-learning system that extracts relevant information.He said this, in turn, means it’s able to isolate apparel—even in cluttered images—which it demarcates with dots.
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One day, while unboxing the latest deliveries of iPhones and headphone dongles, an employee at the Grand Central Apple store in New York City came across a package that was out of the ordinary.Rather than being filled with addictive gadgets that cost a month’s worth of rent, it contained a pound of crystal meth.On Monday, the office of the New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor announced that it has indicted a man accused of sending the illicit package to Apple’s bustling store.According to the division’s statement, Richard Dean Desain has been charged with multiple counts of conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance, and the criminal sale of a controlled substance.Prosecutors claim that Desain, a 32-year-old resident of Los Angeles, was part of a criminal network that shipped drugs across the country to the East Coast.The fateful package arrived at the Apple store on July 7 and the employee who opened it immediately reported it to the NYPD.
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Astronomers using the ALMA telescope have discovered an oddly tilted planet-forming disk within a double binary star system, a configuration that up until this point only existed in theory.Quadruple star systems featuring two binary pairs are nothing unusual, nor is the discovery of a surrounding protoplanetary disk – a ring of gas and dust that gradually congeals to form planets.A star system located 146 light-years from Earth, called HD 98800, has all these things, but as new research published today in Nature Astronomy reveals, this system features an exceptionally strange protoplanetary disk.The pair on the inside, called BaBb, are in close proximity to each other, around 1 AU, which is the average distance from the Earth to the Sun.But never mind the outer pair – it’s the inner pair and its surrounding disk that’s interesting.Normally, a protoplanetary disk rests along the same plane as the orbital plane of its binary star hosts.
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What happened: Chinese online retailer Suning.com is planning to open 15,000 offline stores in 2019.It is also promoting smart retail solutions in its massive sales networks across 350 domestic cities.Zhang Jindong, chairman of the Suning Group, described its grocery stores as the pathfinder in the company’s “Great Development” plan, aiming to drive businesses in Chinese neighborhoods and rural markets.Why it’s important: Founded by Zhang Jindong and his elder brother in 1990, Suning is China’s largest omnichannel retailer with more than 10,000 offline stores nationwide, including shopping centers, consumer electronics outlets, and community stores.According to Chinese media, e-commerce giant Alibaba held a 20% stake in Suning in 2016.It later helped Suning-affiliate Suning Sports complete a $600 million round of fundraising in June 2018.
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For just about all of us, we must balance between family, profession, individual wants and needs, perhaps religion, and even our country.At this moment in time, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei must be feeling the pressure of these conflicting elements of his identity with pronounced intensity.He is also a patriotic Chinese citizen, and member of the Chinese Communist Party, as tensions between his country and the US and its allies seem to be rapidly deteriorating.Finally, he is a father, whose daughter and heir apparent to his business empire, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, is under house arrest in Vancouver, Canada, awaiting a potential extradition to the US.In his remarks he spoke of his relationship with Meng and his other two children, hinting at regret for a life spent devoted to his work, first in the military and later at Huawei.Huawei is known to intentionally place employees in separate cities, or even countries, from their families, in an attempt to limit distractions from their work.
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YouTube has changed its policies in an attempt to cut down on potentially dangerous challenges and pranks, Engadget reported on Tuesday, updating its rules to explicitly ban them from the site.In a thread on the YouTube Help Community, a Google employee wrote that while the site already has rules banning “content that encourages violence or dangerous activities that may result in serious physical harm, distress or death,” it’s pushed out an update adding a section directly prohibiting challenges and pranks that could put people in serious danger or cause a child “to experience severe emotional distress”:YouTube is home to many beloved viral challenges and pranks, but we need to make sure what’s funny doesn’t cross the line into also being harmful or dangerous.We’ve updated our external guidelines to make it clear that we prohibit challenges presenting a risk of serious danger or death, and pranks that make victims believe they’re in serious physical danger, or cause children to experience severe emotional distress.While YouTube has previously removed videos related to specific challenges such as that one where people ate Tide Pods, the update appears intended to at least give the impression that it’s cracking down on the trend as a whole.The platform’s moderation team is infamously overwhelmed by the sheer amount of content on it, so whether this will work has yet to be determined.
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To get more news from Tech In Asia, sign up for our newsletter here.The idea of anonymous social networks is apparently coming back in China.Toilet (yes, that’s the app’s real name) allows users to post a topic or question and invite other anonymous users to join the conversation.But one of the reasons the anonymous app is drawing plenty of attention is the identity of its maker: Wang Xin, the CEO of once-popular streaming site Kuaibo, who served three and a half years in prison because Kuaibo gave users access to porn.His new app touts itself as an answer to WeChat’s famous Moments news feed.After the app’s official launch yesterday, download links disappeared from the website, being replaced by a message saying servers are overwhelmed.
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YouTube has published new policies for its video platform that state it won’t allow content depicting dangerous pranks and stunts like the Bird Box and Tide Pod challenges.The company wants to prevent creators from engaging in these activities and from encouraging viewers to participate.Its updated Community Guidelines address the issue as follows:Content that encourages violence or dangerous activities that may result in serious physical harm, distress or death violates our harmful and dangerous policy, so we’re clarifying what this means for dangerous challenges and pranks.YouTube is home to many beloved viral challenges and pranks, but we need to make sure what’s funny doesn’t cross the line into also being harmful or dangerous.We’ve updated our external guidelines to make it clear that we prohibit challenges presenting a risk of serious danger or death, and pranks that make victims believe they’re in serious physical danger, or cause children to experience severe emotional distress.
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The New York Times story came a week after the South China Morning Post reported that the University of California, Davis sent a warning to students to avoid “unfavorable political statements or postings on social media” when traveling to China.After all, Twitter is readily accessible to travelers through data roaming on a foreign SIM card – despite the fact that it’s officially blocked in China and inaccessible to locals without a VPN service.(Though, funnily enough, most state-run Chinese media outlets have official Twitter accounts – to broadcast stories to readers living outside the country, of course.)The current crackdown also seems targeted at local critics of the government: Chinese citizens living in China.In contrast, foreigners, including reporters living and working in the country, seem to be free to voice criticisms of the government on Twitter.We spoke to several foreign nationals living in China – from businesspeople to students and writers.
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It isn’t quite riding on unicorns, but it’s the next best thing.Last year, electric scooter-sharing startups Lime and Bird became the two fastest companies to go from launch to a US$1 billion valuation in US history.After an accelerated transit from open mockery to viral success and grudging acceptance, 2018 seemed to be the e-scooter’s breakout year – although the founders of two of Southeast Asia’s early leaders in the field insist it’s not really about scooters, after all.For Alan Jiang, CEO of Beam, it’s an entirely new mode of transportation – above and beyond the four options currently available to urban populations (i.e.walking, taking public transport, using a private vehicle, and taking a cab or ride-hailing service).“Where we see ourselves as creating is actually creating a fifth option for you,” Jiang says.
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One group of Chinese entrepreneurs want in on that action, building a startup in California from where they are bringing their tech to the world—and possibly back to China one day.Decentralized platforms have also become a haven for those content creators whose work is vulnerable to censorship, or who are being financially exploited by giant centralized platforms.Prior to Lino, CEO and Co-founder Wei Jiequan was an avid investor in crypto projects with a keen interest in the potential of blockchain technology.But oftentimes, centralized systems compensate content creators unfairly for their work, he noted.In China, there’s a handful of dominant players, including YY’s Huya and Tencent-backed Douyu, as well as Panda TV, Penguin eSports, and Longzhu.com.Many star hosts get looped into exclusive streaming deals to stream only a specific platform.
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Analysis President Trump on Monday signed legislation that attempts to make US government data more accessible for people and machines, though his predecessor deserves much of the credit.The OPEN Government Data Act is contained within the the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (H.R.4174, or FEPA), which attempts to normalize "evidence-based policymaking" as opposed to, say, reliance on gut-driven dictums or cynical fear mongering.In practical terms that means non-private data should be stored in a commonly readable standard without rights restriction.It's got to have a pretty nameThe acronym OPEN, an insufferable practice among those crafting US legislation, stands for "Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary."Implausibly a product of bipartisan effort at a time of seemingly irreconcilable political differences, FEPA directs federal agencies to establish Chief Data Officers (CDO) who have data governance and data handling responsibilities.
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You win some, you lose some, as they say.Though in the court of law, even a single loss can be devastating.But Apple can breathe a bit easier now that at least the regional court in Mannheim, Germany has verbally declared that it doesn’t infringe on the patents that Qualcomm insists it does.While that doesn’t immediately affect an earlier ban imposed in Munich, it could at least give Apple some legal leverage to have that decision reversed soon.Apple and Qualcomm have been throwing lawsuits at each other left and right and in different countries for different reasons.Apple’s complaints have leaned more on Qualcomm’s unfair and illegal business practices while Qualcomm has sued Apple for patent infringement.
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