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There’s an abundance of Galaxy S8 leaks out there on the web already.But with a week to go until Samsung unveils the phone, a newly-leaked image has given us all the remaining details about one of the most important features: the screen.Samsung is going for a brand new all-screen design for the front-side of the Galaxy S8, which means the engineers also had to figure out what resolution to use for the massive new displays.A well-known leaker from Asia, who usually posts details about unreleased devices on Weibo, shared on Twitter an image that shows a working Galaxy S8.In it, we see the settings screen that will let you manage screen resolution, which reveals the actual size (in pixels) of the screen.First of all, it’s not surprising to see Samsung let users change the screen resolution of the phone as they see fit.
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Los Angeles-based adtech and digital advertising company SteelHouse has been pushing forward on transparency and promoting the power of creativity, which is why the company recently launched the Premier Edition of its Advertising Suite at SXSW.“Marketers want to know four things: that their ads look amazing, where their ads are running, what they paid, and how their ads truly perform.David Simon has been appointed new chief marketing officer.Simon is an adtech industry veteran who relocated to LA from Boston, replacing Patrizio Spagnoletto, who joined Hulu late last year.All of the new appointments follow the recent hiring of Google vet Natalie Serota as VP, head of business development.“We’ve seen a lot of companies come and go and we just keep growing,” said Douglas, discussing how adtech companies have consolidated, which he feel is positive because it will result in a smaller number of players with differently shaded software solutions.
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Nintendo Switch and other handheld video game consoles will be allowed on flights into the UK from the Muslim-majority countries impacted by the electronics ban brought into effect on 21 March.The controversial ban restricts passengers on UK-bound flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia from bringing phones, laptops and tablets larger than 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm into a plane's cabin on selected airlines.As Nintendo's recently released Switch console surpasses these measurements when played in 'portable mode', it had been thought that owners would have to leave their device at home or left in hold luggage on British Airways, EasyJet, Thomas Cook and other affected carriers' flights.However, a Department for Transport spokesperson told the i newspaper: "The ban will apply to flights bound for the US, not the UK," referencing a similar ban earlier enforced by the Donald Trump administration.Government officials have stated that the ban is based on the same intelligence as the US equivalent and that its enforcement is paramount to ensure the "safety and security of the travelling public."Nintendo's reveal trailer (below) for the Switch console debuted in October 2016 and notably included footage of an individual traveling by plane while playing a version of Bethesda's open-world RPG, Skyrim, with the device resting on a tray table and propped up by its rear kickstand.
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Anker’s PowerLine Lightning cables have long been reader favorites, and now you can get two tiny 4" models for just $10 with promo code ANCABLE4.Obviously, these won’t be usable in as many situations as standard-length cables, but they won’t get tangled up in your bag.
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Linux users have one thing that often sets them apart from their Windows and Mac-using colleagues: They often spend a lot more time fixing things or finding out how to fix things.For people who need to get stuff done on their laptops and desktops, stability will often take precedence over new features.Every two years, Canonical offers up a long-term support (LTS) version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution.This year (2017) is an odd year, meaning that while there will be a new version of Ubuntu coming in April, not everyone will want to upgrade.In the world of free and open-source software, a long-term support version is the closest you’ll get to a guarantee of continued functionality.Using that model, Ubuntu 16.04 will be supported by Canonical until 2021.
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But that may change with the release of the Huawei P10.It might not act exactly like an Apple device, since the P10 is an Android Nougat-toting beast, but it certainly looks the part – and likewise feels like a top-of-the-line device.It doesn't match its Android flagship counterparts on every top spec, but it's close enough to be in the running to fill your pocket.We'd give the nudge to the beefier iPhone 7 Plus, but the regular iPhone 7 is Apple's best palm-friendly device to date, and justifies its eye-popping price with an excellent camera, loads of speed, and the unbeatable combo of iOS 10 and the content-packed App Store.All metal and glass with some nice curviness in the mix, the iPhone 7's design won't blow anyone's mind at this point, but it looks premium and ultra-refined.We would give this one to Apple pretty easily for originating the look, but Huawei has a couple of key advantages here.
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Cisco has uncovered a critical vulnerability that affects over 300 models of switches.The security flaw can potentially allow hackers to remotely exploit systems with just a simple command.According to an advisory sent out by Cisco, the zero-day vulnerability, found in at least 318 switches, can allow attackers to send out code that runs with elevated privileges, which would then allow the hacker to remotely hijack the vulnerable device.Hackers can exploit vulnerable devices by sending out a malformed protocol-specific Telnet command while establishing a connection with a vulnerable device.Cisco said the zero-day vulnerability was found in the cluster management protocol (CMP) processing code in IOS and IOS XE software products, which the firm installs on the routers and switches it sells.There are currently "no workarounds" that can fix the security flaw.
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The investigation that found big brand adverts appearing alongside ISIS propaganda is slowly morphing into a nightmare for Google, as more mammoth companies join the government in putting their digital spends with the search company on hold.The latest business to stop transferring millions into its Google Adwords account is Marks and Spencer, which explained: "In order to ensure brand safety, we are pausing activity across Google platforms whilst the matter is worked through."M has been joined by McDonald's UK in the Google protest too, with McDs' UK team saying it is also pausing ad spend with Google to "ensure brand safety" by making sure no ads for meat sandwiches appear alongside beheading videos.Sky News says that Google execs apologised to the government after Friday's meeting to explain why ads for governmental services were appearing alongside extremist content, with Google apparently booked in for another meeting with the government's ad bosses this week.Where it will talk about how it's going to apply all of its apparently wonderful AIs and algorithms to the seemingly easy job of not serving ads for dresses and milkshakes next to ISIS bomb tutorials.Want more updates from Gizmodo UK?
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Ursprungligen publicerade författaren Carl Magnus Palm boken 1994.Innehållet baserades på information som författaren grävt fram, samt intervjuer med samtliga medlemmar i ABBA och nyckelpersoner som arbetade med dem i studion.Under de 20 år som har gått sedan dess har ny information om gruppens noggrant frammejslade musik kommit fram och Carl Magnus Palm har lagt ner hundratals timmar på ytterligare research: allt detta har nu arbetats in i den nya versionen av ”ABBA – The Complete Recording Sessions”.Minnen från musiker och ljudtekniker som inte intervjuades för originalboken finns också med i den reviderade och utökade upplagan.Vissa av dem har sällan eller aldrig intervjuats om sina samarbeten med ABBA.Boken är omarbetad från grunden och innehåller mer än tre gånger så mycket text som originalutgåvan.
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Google plans to give its advertising clients more control over where their ads appear on YouTube and the Google Display Network, which posts advertising to third-party websites.It announced the move in a blog post from its European business after major brands pulled ads from the platform because they appeared against offensive content, such as videos promoting terrorism or anti-Semitism.The action does not, so far, affect any clients outside the UK and has been called “a temporary move” be Havas.The moves follow a Sunday Times investigation that revealed ads from many large companies were appearing alongside content from extremists such as white nationalist David Duke, and similar sites.Martin Sorrell, the founder and chief executive officer of WPP, the global advertising firm, said in a statement that Google and Facebook have “the same responsibilities as any media company” and can’t “masquerade” just as simple technology platforms.He confirmed WPP’s GroupM, which buys advertising, is in talks with Google “at the highest levels to encourage them to find answers to these brand safety issues.”
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They’ve got some robots they need to buyTesla is gearing up for mass production of its “affordable” Model 3 electric car with a fundraiser of sorts.Despite its popularity, Elon Musks’ electric car company operates pretty close to the bone financially, so they’re issuing stock to pad their checking account with just over a billion dollars, although Wall Street thinks they’re hoping to raise about $2.5 billion.Sources say Musk is actually buying about $25 million dollar in stock himself.Musk says Model 3 production is scheduled to hit 5,000 cars a week this year and 10,000 a week by next year.They’ll need the capacity as pre-orders for the $35,000 car hit nearly 500,000 units after it was announced.
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Sportamore, which is one of Sweden's largest e-retailers in the category sportswear, has recently been shown nice figures, both in terms of growth and greatly improved earnings.It has also been reflected in the share price.Now announcing Sportamore that you take in 89,6 million in a directed new share issue in which Swedbank Robur Fonder is the largest investor.the Company need not funding for ongoing operations.Instead, the money is supposed to be invested in the automation of a new layer."Where we have an investment amounting to sek 80 million.
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What do you get if you cross a mobile keyboard app with an online shopping mall?This isn’t a joke — you get ShopChat, a new “message commerce” startup that’s this week announcing its launch out of stealth, along with a small round of funding.Founded in 2016, San Francisco-based ShopChat offers two core products.One is a downloadable iOS app (Android coming later) that serves to replace your default keyboard app and works across all major messaging apps, including  iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp, giving users a direct pipeline into shopping inventory from major retailers.It makes it easy to search for and share products with friends.The second is a white-label product that third-party apps can integrate directly into their own services via ShopChat’s API.With the iOS app installed, users can switch between their main keyboard app and ShopChat with a few taps.Rather than letting users pay for things within ShopChat, the app links to the brand’s website for people to buy directly.At launch, there are about 60 brands on board, including Sephora, Guess, Foot Locker, Macy’s, GameStop, and PetSmart, though users will generally only see around 20 at any given time.Indeed, ShopChat uses algorithms and “social graph” data to determine which brands and products will show up.“Our optimization algorithms take a number of implicit and explicit signals into account, ranging from usage patterns, shares, likes, external trend data, and other factors,” ShopChat CEO Zephrin Lasker explained to VentureBeat.ShopChat quietly launched in the App Store last August, and in the intervening months it has gained around 100,000 beta users through its open invite.In addition to the formal launch this week, ShopChat has also revealed that it raised $1.25 million from Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten and a handful of other angel investors from within Silicon Valley and Europe.
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I was asked this for a roundup post and thought it was a great question.While my own response wasn't particularly inspired, I think some of the other responses on here are absolute gold, so I wanted to share.Here's one my favorite responses (from Eric Siu):"The biggest failure for me was almost losing my entire company because I wasn’t empathetic enough.I had many of our team members quit and it took me awhile to realize that people quitting meant that they were basically firing me as the leader of the company.All because I didn’t built enough rapport with the team.
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Nearly five dozen technology companies have filed an amicus brief against President Donald Trump’s revised executive order banning travel from six majority-Muslim countries, which is set to go into effect on Thursday.The brief, which was filed Wednesday, supports Hawaii’s lawsuit seeking to block the federal government from implementing the order.In total, 58 companies, including Airbnb, Dropbox, Lyft, Square and Wikimedia, signed on.Many of the same companies joined a similar brief in February in opposition to the first version of Trump’s ban.“The technological and scientific breakthroughs that fuel the economic engine of the country — search, cloud computing, social media, artificial intelligence, faster and faster microprocessors, the Internet of Everything, reusable spacecraft — were all made possible by the ingenuity, imagination and invention of newcomers to America, including Muslims from across the world,” the brief states.“Never in modern American history has that infusion of talent and passion and creativity been stanched, as it is vital to the lifeblood of our economy.
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Less than three years after its blockbuster IPO, Israeli company Mobileye has ridden the wave of self-driving car enthusiasm to a timely acquisition.Intel said on Monday that it would shell out $15.3 billion for Mobileye, which makes assisted driving software, in the biggest acquisition ever of an Israeli technology company.Shares of Mobileye surged 30% to $61.48 in morning trading, while shares of Intel slid 2%.The company went public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2014 and raised $890 million in what was (and still is) the biggest U.S. IPO by an Israeli company.The public debut gave Mobileye an initial valuation of $5.3 billion and shares soared 48% on the first day of trading despite a global sell-off that had the markets awash in red.In the years since, the stock has yo-yoed and become a favorite among short sellers betting against the stock.
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Okta, a company that provides identity management and single sign-on (SSO) software, today filed an S-1 form kicking off the process for an initial public offering (IPO).The company is initially looking to raise $100 million, according to the filing.Okta will be trading on the Nasdaq under the symbol OKTA, the company said.Even though Okta’s revenue more than doubled from $41 million to $85.9 million year over year, the company’s net losses also increased, from $59.1 million to $76.3 million.Almost all revenue comes from subscriptions — the rest comes from professional services.On October 31, Okta had more than 2,900 customers.Customers with an annual contract value of at least $100,000 include Adobe, Bose, Con Edison, News Corp, and Western Union, the filing shows.Okta had 843 employees on October 31, the company said.The San Francisco-based company has raised a total of $231.5 million to date, with investors that include Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, Khosla Ventures, and Sequoia Capital, according to the filing.Okta cites CA, Citrix, Dell’s RSA, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Symantec, and VMware as competitors.VentureBeat listed Okta as one of the likely candidates to go public this year.It seems like Snap’s recent IPO is creating a domino effect in Silicon Valley, with both Okta and Yext filing today.
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In preparation for Disrupt New York in May I’m going to hold a few pitching workshops in New York for you all.We’ll listen to and critique 8 pitches on March 13th at 7pm at the Knotel space at 22 West 38th Street, 4th Floor.This is an informal pitch-off, but the two best teams will get two tickets to Disrupt New York and the undying admiration of millions of people (actually more like 80 people, because the room isn’t huge.)There’s not much budget for these, but they’re fun.I limited the number to 8 so we’ll have time to talk about the pitches.We’ll be voting on the best startup during the meetup.
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Flera Starstable-veteraner finns bakom en e-sportstjänst, som nu lanseras i en betaversion.Plattformen, som kallas Esportal (NTL), ska göra matchningen vid onlinespelande bättre såtillvida att spelare på samma skicklighetsnivå får lättare att mötas.Bland medgrundarna finns Counter-Strike-spelaren Daniel Aicardi, vars Twitch-konto används för att driva trafik till Esportal.Dessutom finns flera namn från Starstable (NTL) med i bolaget.Medgrundaren Peter Liljestrand var även med och grundade Starstable.En annan medgrundare är Starstables operativa chef Taina Malén.
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Samsung kommer den 29 mars lansera sina kommande modeller Galaxy S8 och Galaxy S8 .Specifikationer och bilder har läckts ut och det mesta pekar på en mindre modell med en 5,7 tum stor panel medan den större S8 tros erbjuda en 6,2 tum stor display.Pressbilder har publicerats och skaltillverkaren Dbrand har redan börjat ta emot beställningar gällande skal för de kommande toppmodellerna.Twitteranvändaren som går under namnet ”@UniverseIce” har redovisat tre olika bilder som antingen skymtar Galaxy S8 eller S8 .Tidigare rykten som nämnt en mer slimmad design med större paneler verkar utifrån dessa bilder stämma överens.Mer om Galaxy S8 och Galaxy S8 Plus hittar du här
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