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By Masha Borak  It s that time of the year again!It s Chinese New Year!Also known as the Spring Festival, or the Lunar New Year is just round the corner – the time when every single production facility in China shuts down, and the supply chain suddenly breaks.The only thing you get from your Chinese partners is dead silence.Off they go, drinking and dining with their families and friends while watching the loud CCTV broadcast of the Spring Festival Gala for as long as 10 days.Retailers and importers have to plan months in advance to ensure a smooth supply and avoid quality issues that come during the rush to fulfill orders.
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The party will soon control the White House, both houses of Congress, and the FCC itself.In early 2015, the FCC passed the Open Internet Order, which reclassified internet service providers as utility-like common carriers and forbid them from blocking or throttling sites.The Open Internet Order was met with praise from consumer advocacy groups, but the telecommunications industry has always argued that the rules amounted to over-regulation.We need to fire up the weed whacker and remove those rules that are holding back investment, innovation, and job creation, Pai said at an event in Washington, DC, last month.President-elect Trump has repeatedly noted the detrimental impact of the current stifling regulatory environment on the American economy overall, and he has promised fast relief, O Rielly said at the same event.The telecommunications industry has argued that the net neutrality regulations would kill investment in infrastructure.
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Its timely rise and fall comes as highly symbolic as its once rival, Twitter, continues to struggle, years later, with monetization, content management and harassment.Today s announcement of its closure isn t hugely surprisingly since App.net had been in maintenance mode since May 2014.CEO Dalton Caldwell and his co-founder Bryan Berg put the social network on autopilot after it failed to generate the revenue necessary to support a full-time staff.A strong community bought into the promise of an ad-free, subscription-based, Twitter clone that would remain friendly to developers and users, no matter how big it got.Unfortunately for everyone, the network just didn t make money.By 2013, App.net needed institutional capital to make the fight competitive.
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Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR, is still nowhere to be seen.That may be all over soon.This week marked the start of a trial over the $2 Billion lawsuit brought by video game company Zenimax against Oculus VR owner Facebook.The suit alleges Oculus stole core intellectual property when it poached current Chief Technical Officer, John Carmack, and there s a possibility Luckey may be called to testify.Luckey s been incommunicado ever since The Daily Beast revealed his association and funding of Nimble America, a pro-Trump political advocacy group that was essentially gamergate come to life.The last we ve heard is that Luckey would be taking a new role within Oculus, but we re still waiting on Facebook to provide even the slightest detail as to what that may be.
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It has finally happened, after years of contently drinking the blood of local birds the vampire bat is now moving on to humans.These tiny coffee cup-sized mammals have traditionally only preyed on other animals, but as humans have encroached on their habitats the small blood-suckers are starting to fight back.There are three types of vampire bat in the world, and while the first two are considered to be the more generalised variety the last known as Diphylla ecaudata feeds exclusively on the blood of birds.Found in the Caatinga dry forests, the research team examined the faeces of the bat and found DNA samples from both chicken and human blood.While we traditionally assume that vampire bats already eat human blood it s actually the last thing they d usually consume.PHILIPPE HUGUEN via Getty Images
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During Donald Trump s presidential run, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel was one of the Republican s few supporters from the tech world, donating $1.25 million to the President-elect s campaign.Now, the Facebook board member has spoken to The New York Times Maureen Dows about a subjects such as the Muslim registry, Apple s demise, and Silicon Valley s lack of sex.Talking about the infamous Billy Bush tape, Thiel said: On the one hand, the tape was clearly offensive and inappropriate.At the same time, I worry there s a part of Silicon Valley that is hyper-politically correct about sex.One of my friends has a theory that the rest of the country tolerates Silicon Valley because people there just don t have that much sex.Thiel s views on the sex lives of Silicon Valley workers could be accurate.
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NEW YORK Reuters - Funding Circle, a peer-to-peer lending marketplace used by small- and medium-sized companies, has raised $100 million in an investment round led by venture capital firm Accel.Existing investors including Baillie Gifford, DST Global and Index Ventures, Ribbit Capital, Rocket Internet, Sands Capital Ventures, Temasek and Union Square Ventures also participated in the round, the company said.Accel, formerly Accel Partners, first backed the company in 2013.Funding Circle, a London-based website founded in 2010 with a presence in the United States and several European countries, is one of Europe's largest and most valuable fin-tech startups.It connects a small business looking for a loan to investors through its online platform and has originated more than $3 billion in loans for 25,000 businesses globally so far.The company raised $150 million from investors in April 2015, in a round valuing it at more than $1 billion.
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the New Macbook Pro was not given a "strong buy" recommendation of Consumer Reports.the Reason was that the battery life was a joke, something Apple itself responded to.the Company alleged that the computer performed well in their lab tests, which they began work with Consumer Reports to get to the bottom of the problem.And now have the answer landed.the Reason for the problems was that Consumer Reports used a hidden Safari setting that triggered an obscure and intermittent bug that loaded on the icons .This must have led to that battery life has taken a lot of beating and after having changed to the normal user was the radically much better, writes Macrumors.
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Wix.com announced today that it has integrated with Square, enabling businesses and merchants using the do-it-yourself website builder to process credit card payments easily, both online and in person.Currently, Wix syncs up Square s point-of-sale POS solution with Wix s online category and inventory, and there are plans to expand into other areas, including Wix Bookings.Wix said that it manages more than 305,000 ecommerce subscriptions globally, a number Square has the potential to boost.What s more, for merchants and small businesses with a retail store, there s now another way to provide a seamless selling experience.By integrating with Square, businesses can track sales data and manage inventory, both online and in person in one place, making it easier to make smart decisions to grow their business, explained Square s partnerships lead, Pankaj Bengani.The integration makes sense, as Square and Wix both target small businesses, enabling them to more easily sell goods and services.We are constantly enhancing our ecommerce experience for our subscribers and their shoppers.We know that for small businesses both ecommerce and mobile functionality are crucial, said Wix vice president of ecommerce David Schwartz in a statement.
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It looks like Pokemon GO is going to lose a large chunk of potential players, as China has put a hold on the game s release for the time being.That means Pokemon GO won t be able to tap into the country of 1.3 billion people, at least not until it addresses some of China s concerns.Given the sheer number of people in China, Pokemon GO developer Niantic may be moved to do just that.According to Reuters, China s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television is evaluating the risks that Pokemon GO presents, and will not provide a license for its release in the meantime.There are a few different concerns here, including threats to transport and the personal safety of players.Pokemon GO has been blamed for a few different accidents since its release, with reported instances of players injuring themselves because they were distracted while playing.
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I have recently been employed as the leading digital marketer for a local car dealership.This business currently has no social media presence and is hoping to draw the millennial crowd through an online presence.Their website is decent but has several SEO errors based on my initial research.Their keywords are too competitive and not geared towards the local community.I have offered the following services that I believe could greatly impact the business's online authority.I will administer all social media accounts under the discretion of the owner s and develop a routine posting schedule using automated applications such as HootSuite.
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One of the most bizarre and strangely fun experiences you can have on the internet right now is being one of the first people to reply to Donald Trump s tweets.Ever since Twitter cracked down on the bots that would instantly take up the coveted real estate right below a Trump tweet, regular folks like you and me can be one of the first people to tweet fuck you at the incoming president.The result of firing off one of the first replies is instantly overwhelming and insane.As The Atlantic notes, it s now prime media real estate.Within seconds, crazed Trump supporters and dissenters alike will weigh in on your tweet, all while it receives hundreds of likes.But if you can handle that, marveling at the massive wave of reactions in your mentions is an interesting experience.
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With the smartwatch field facing an uphill battle for the attention of the gadget-buying audience, Google s Android Wear delay couldn t have come at a less opportune moment.The wearable operating system was originally scheduled for release by year s end, only to get pushed backed to a broad early next year, a move that may well have contributed to the surprising lack of devices on display at CES last week.The release date just got a decidedly firmer timeframe of early February, courtesy of an email sent out to Google Play developers, soliciting people to publish their apps for the OS and highlighting the on-watch Play Store functionality that s set for the release.The timing of the release may well coincide with a pair of new Google designed devices rumored to debut with the operating system s launch.The pieces of hardware, set to showcase the new version of Wear, are expect to take a form similar to Google s Nexus partner devices.And maybe we ll start to see the fruits of the operating system begin to developer later that month in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress.
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The greatest hope of retro gamers and the greatest fear of Nintendo have been met simultaneously: The immensely popular NES Classic Edition has been hacked and its 30-game library augmented with new and even homebrewed titles.Hacking has been ongoing since the release of the device, but this is the most promising development yet, and it appears to work on the US version of the tiny console.The hack appeared in the forums of Russian retro gaming community GBX in the form of a YouTube video and step-by-step instructions — in Russian, of course.The r/NESClassicMods subreddit picked up on it right away and valiantly subjected their devices to the code, with great success.u/zenmechanic showed Battletoads working, above.It must be said that this is not a simple process — not yet, at least.
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Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%00:00The ScenePlayMute00:00Current Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00FullscreenNeed TextNo compatible source was found for this video.Advertisement 0:15CES 2017: Dell XPS 27 All-in-one and Canvas 27 Ars TechnicashareplaysaveI am a skip button.Video shot/edited by Jennifer Hahn.Less of a hit to your pocket book?Reverse RDF going on here or what.Windows 10 is still very annoying compared to OS X for me.I spent 3 days trying to fix intermittent reboot loops that started two weeks ago.
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Apple has withdrawn the New York Times from its China App Store, following a request from Chinese authorities.The paper said the move was aimed at preventing readers in China "from accessing independent news coverage".Apple said they had been informed the app violated Chinese regulations but did not say what rules had been broken.Western media have long been facing difficulties making their content available in China with many outlets frequently or permanently blocked.According to the New York Times, Apple removed both the English-language and Chinese-language apps from the App Store in China on 23 December.The paper cited an Apple spokesperson as saying the firm had been "informed that the app is in violation of local regulations" which meant it had to be taken down.
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Google Assistant will be available soon on Android TVs, with plans to offer the voice-activated personal assistant on car infotainment systems and smartwatches as well.The technology will feature in the coming months, starting with the Nvidia Shield, on Android TVs in the U.S. running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or Android 7.0 Nougat.Some of the devices expected to ship with Google Assistant are the AirTV Player, Sharp Aquos, Sony Bravia and Xiaomi Mi Box, Sascha Prueter, director of Android TV at Google and Gummi Hafsteinsson, product lead for Google Assistant, wrote in a post on Thursday.Over time, you'll also see the Assistant come to other new surfaces, like smartwatches running Android Wear 2.0, Android-powered in-car infotainment systems and many other types of devices through the Embedded Google Assistant SDK, the executives wrote in the post.Google Assistant is already available on Pixel smartphones, Google Home and the Allo smart messaging app.As part of an upcoming update on supported TVs and set-top boxes powered by Android TV, users will now be able to ask the Google Assistant for help to discover and play content, answer questions and even ask it to dim the lights.
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Travel bookings worldwide are maintained in a handful of Global Distributed Systems GDS built around mainframe computers linked to the web but without adequate security controls, say the researchers.The systems have since been interwoven with web services, but still lack several web security best practices, according to researchers from German security firm Security Research Labs.The three largest travel booking systems - Amadeus, Sabre, and Travelport - administer more than 90 per cent of flight reservations as well as numerous hotel, car, and other travel bookings.All three systems use a booking code aka PNR Locator, a 6-digit alphanumeric string such as 8EI29V to access and change travellers information.The firm claims anybody able to find or take a photo of the pass or tag can theoretically access the traveller s information – including email address and phone number – through the GDS or an airline s website.Traveller information is also at risk of hacking because authentication strings can be vulnerable to brute-force attacks, say the researchers.
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It s rare when Hanukkah and Christmas arrive on the same day, as they did in 2016.But what three Israeli hikers discovered during the holidays made the coincidence truly remarkable.The hikers, members of the Israel Caving Club, were exploring a water cistern in the Judean Shephelah, located in the lowland region of South-Central Israel, when they found a seven-branched menorah and a cross etched into the same wall.We heard there are interesting caves in the region, said Ido Meroz.We began to peer into them, and that s how we came to this cave, which is extremely impressive with rock-carved niches and engravings on the wall.Sa ar Ganor, Israel Antiquities Authority
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CES 2017 will feature trends that include voice recognition as the next big user interface; massive growth for artificial intelligence; next-generation networks are emerging; the transformation of transportation; and the digitization of the consumer experience.Those are the big consumer tech trends of 2017, as predicted by Shawn Dubravac, analyst at the Consumer Technology Association, which puts on CES, which is now in its 50th year.At the original show, CES had 115 exhibitors and 17,000 visitors.This year, there will be 3,800 exhibitors, including 600 startups, and 165,000 attendees from 150 countries.20 percent of CES exhibitors didn t exist three years ago.The show has 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, a new record.The trends include the New Voice of Computing.Steve Jobs made the personal computer more accessible and affordable than previous PCs, and that helped it take off in the mass market.Dubravac believes that voice commands are now coming into their own, with voice-based user interfaces coming online such as Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant.By 2013, it was 23 percent.
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