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Scarlett Moffatt looked to her phone for style inspiration when picking her dress for the National Television Awards (NTAs).The presenter shared a photo of her outfit before she arrived on the red carpet at London’s O2 Arena on Tuesday 23 January.“Feeling happy and like the dancing emoji ,” she wrote, before thanking Red Carpet Ready Lincoln for kitting her out in her beautiful dress.
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Vivo, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, is attracting a lot of attention at the moment due to its work on an under-glass fingerprint sensor.The reason you’ll want to buy the Vivo V7 Plus is the camera, and not just the rear camera either: This is an incredible selfie phone.The front camera has 24 megapixels and an f/2.0 aperture, along with a Portrait mode, HDR, and a comprehensive beauty mode.Those are better specifications than many other rear cameras, but does it make a difference?It really does, and the selfies you take with the V7 Plus are impressive.With beauty mode active, you have the option of adjusting three parameters — skin buffing, whitening, and skin tone — and provided you don’t just turn them all up to maximum, it’s easy to retain a normal, human look.
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The Netherlands has declared code orange – with some parts rising the emergency to code red – as the country is currently getting blown away by winds as strong as 120 killometers per hour.Indeed, the situation is so terrifying people have taken to Twitter to share footage under the hashtag Storm.Scrolling through the feed, there are numerous videos showing people literally getting dragged to the ground by the excessive wind.Indeed, the hashtag westerstorm is currently trending across the country.The severity of the situation is quite apparent in the footage.What is more concerning is that the storm is affecting numerous cities (though in all fairness, the Netherlands is a fairly small country to start with).
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Nestle is selling its US confectionary branch to Italy’s Ferrero, the maker of Nutella, for $2.8bn.The move comes as the food giant looks to prioritize areas that show more growth potential.In a statement, Nestle’s chief executive Mark Schneider said that the divestment would allow the company to “invest and innovate across a range of categories where we see strong future growth and hold leadership positions, such as pet care, bottled water, coffee, frozen meals and infant nutrition.”Candy brands including Butterfinger, Baby Ruth, Raisinets and Nerds will now fall under Ferrero’s umbrella, which also owns Tic Tac.Last year Ferrero acquired Ferrara Candy, the maker of Lemonheads and RedHots, in an attempt to take a bite out of the US candy market.According to Nestle, its confectionery business represents about 3% of sales in the US.
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Using a set of gyroscopes linked together, physicists explored the behavior of a material whose structure is arranged randomly, instead of an orderly lattice.They found they could set off one-way ripples around the edges, much like spectators in a sports arena--a "topological wave," characteristic of a particularly unusual state of matter.Published Jan. 15 in Nature Physics, the discovery offers new insight into the physics of collective motion and could one day have implications for electronics, optics or other technologies.Prof. William Irvine, used gyroscopes--the top-like toys you played with as a kid--as a model system to explore physics.Two years ago, the team observed an odd behavior in their gyroscopes: at certain frequencies, they could set off a wave that traveled around the edges of the material in one direction only.It's a behavior characteristic of a recently discovered state of matter called a topological insulator.
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Hong Kong-based RealMax came to CES with an augmented reality headset they want to get on to everyone’s faces.The prototype is a little rough around the edges, but it fills more of the world with digital images than any AR device I’ve ever seen.The prototype bests the field-of-view on just about every AR headset.While Microsoft’s HoloLens is stuck with a field-of-view estimated to be less than 40 degrees, RealMax is building something that fills more than 100 degrees of your vision.The prototype’s optics aren’t utilizing the most advanced technologies and definitely could be a crisper resolution, but when it comes to supplying a wide field-of-view on a system that is all-in-one powered, the RealMax is definitely capable.I demoed the headset for several minutes and was plunged into an underwater environment with mermaids and an almost overwhelming amount of fish swimming all around me.
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A sacked former Intel senior sales head has accused the company’s global IoT partner director of perjury – and was told to “not put the spin on” by the judge.Mary Guiney, a former Intel saleswoman assigned to its EMEA Internet of Things business, is suing Chipzilla for £100,000 in what she says is unpaid commission.At Watford Employment Tribunal yesterday, Guiney, who is representing herself, accused global IoT partner director Rod O’Shea of perjuring himself because, she said, he had made an inaccurate statement about his reporting lines within Intel during her time there – something he “did not accept”.“I was a barrister, right, same as he is,” the judge continued, indicating Intel’s lead counsel, Akash Nawbatt QC.“Barristers have a code of conduct which is, they cannot allege fraud or anything like it unless there’s clear evidence... the safest thing is to explore that [question about reporting lines] and not put the spin on of perjury.”Guiney’s case hinges on her claim that Rod O’Shea, Intel’s global IoT partner director, had her sacked unfairly because he is, she said, “a misogynist who dislikes strong, confident women”.
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Photo by Tyler Pina / The VergeMicrosoft is starting to roll out an update for Xbox One testers that includes a new do not disturb mode.The new option lets Xbox gamers mute notifications and other distractions when they’re playing a game or watching a movie.Microsoft is adding an online status so friends will see you’re in do not disturb mode and won’t be able to hassle you with party chat invites or messages.Alongside the new mode, Microsoft is also adding mini game hubs to the Xbox One dashboard.It’s a quick way to access content from a game, or see who’s playing the game, achievements for the title, and any looking for group posts.
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Outdoor Tech's slim Chips are among the more popular speakers you can integrate into your ski helmet, giving you built-in headphones.They currently come in an inexpensive wired version and a more expensive Bluetooth version.And this fall, the company is scheduled to ship the new Chips Ultra, a new model that leaves off the cord and has two independent earpieces.There's no word yet on international pricing, but $200 converts to about £136 or AU$255.I talked to Outdoor Tech CEO Charlie Gugliuzza, who'd just received a few early Chips Ultra units from the company's Chinese factory, and was showing them at CES.He says the Chips Ultra have new drivers and will sound better than the wireless Chips 2.0, which I don't think sound all that great (the bass is a little thin).
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Netgear is stepping up with new products for gaming and the Internet of Things.At CES 2018 this week, the company is introducing a speedy router and switch for gamers, as well as a baby monitor and a security solution for connected products.The San Jose, California company is known for its switches and routers, but it has recently expanded into Wi-Fi wireless security cameras under its highly successful Arlo brand, launched an outdoor security light, and even opened up its first retail store with B8ta last month.Both are designed to bring better speed, performance, personalization, and control to gamers as they look for every advantage in online gaming matches.I’ve been using earlier Netgear Nighthawk tech, and while it hasn’t made me better, I definitely have fewer issues with lag, or interaction delays.You can limit the pool of opponents to geographic regions that are near you, to reduce players that slow down the game.
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To showcase its latest 8th gen Core i7 processor at CES 2018, Intel has unveiled two flavors of a new NUC that fits in the palm of your hand and is said to be capable of running VR experiences and games.That means powerful graphics performance in a tiny package that’s easy to carry around and use at your desk.Intel began showing off Next Unit of Computing (NUC) devices a couple of years ago, but this one, equipped with a mighty new chip, finally makes the concept truly worth taking notice of.The two models, the NUC8i7HVK and NUC8i7HNK, feature Intel’s new Core i7 chips that are coupled with AMD RX Vega M GPUs, negating the need for bulky graphics cards.The HVK model comes with AMD’s Vega M GH hardware, which has more compute units, a higher clock speed, and support for overclocking.The HNK is bundled with the lower-end Vega GL chip, which isn’t quite as fast, but works with Core i5 as well as i7 processors, and should be a bit cheaper.
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Now that 4K TVs are dirt cheap, it's apparently time for the next step in resolution.Samsung is unveiling the Q9S, which it calls the first 85-inch 8K TV with artificial intelligence (AI).With a futuristic form factor that resembles previous "easel" style high-end Samsung TVs, the Q9S's claim to fame is more pixels than 4K TVs.Of course, more pixels doesn't necessarily mean a better picture, especially since 4K at normal seating distances already approaches the limits of human visual acuity.More to the point there's no 4K content available, which is where Samsung's AI comes in."The Q9S incorporates AI technology to deliver clear and pristine 8K resolution for any type of content.
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A couple of years ago, LG Display showed off an intensely futuristic 18-inch OLED display that could be bent and rolled up just like a newspaper.Today, that prototype has grown to 65 inches in size, with the company announcing that it’s managed to scale up the tech to the dimensions of a large TV.At CES 2018, LG Display will be demonstrating the new 65-inch rollable OLED prototype, which also happens to have UHD (aka 4K) resolution.Why would you want to roll up a TV?Well, it obviously makes for easier storage and transportation, but more than anything else, it still remains a distinctly sci-fi concept.Being flexible enough to roll, the display panel becomes more organic and natural.
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Creative Director’s Choice gives creative directors a chance to highlight the current work they think is the best out in the ad world – the ads and campaigns they believe are making a difference.This week, Ryan Kutscher, founder and executive creative director of Circus Maximus, discusses how Netflix’s new film, Bright, is changing the creative process.The most interesting ad I've seen lately is the movie Bright.Bright is a campaign for the idea that creative application of analytics, nuanced storytelling, and a hands-off approach to creative execution results in something terrific and successful, if a bit confounding to critics.It's more of an appreciation for the process by which Bright got made and the implications therein for the future of how we make ‘ads.’One of the gripes about Bright is that it feels like it's assembled by an algorithm, but actually that’s what makes it good.
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When Logan Paul got walloped by criticism from across the internet, his devoted fans sought to calm the waters.The star, who has 15 million subscribers and gets up to 5 million views on nearly every one of his videos, sparked outrage in recent days after he uploaded a video titled "We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest."The clip showed Paul and a group of companions venturing into the Aokigahara Forest, a region infamous for a high number of suicides.In the video, he finds a dead body hanging from a tree, approaches and talks to the unidentified corpse, and asks if its presence there is a gag.Even so, Philip DeFranco, another YouTube personality, pointed out that the video initially had positive reactions from Paul's fan base.Before the outrage, the video had a "seemingly uncontested 550-600,000 likes on it," DeFranco tweeted, adding that Paul's core audience doesn't care and that "unless YouTube does something, this doesn't hurt him."
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The messaging app, which has struggled under competition from Facebook and Instagram, created its own cryptocurrency called Kin, which can be used to buy and sell things via the Kik app today, and other apps in the future.Take Listia, a peer-to-peer marketplace for exchanging goods.“We had a business that was working but wasn’t growing as fast as everyone wanted,” says co-founder Gee-Hwan Chuang.Turning Listia Credits into a cryptocurrency would take things to the next level.The Securities and Exchange Commission has taken note, halting trading in some cases, because of the risks these currencies posed to inexperienced investors.Investors risk holding a worthless currency—typical in the world of high-risk startups, but many ICOs are raising money from outside the world of typical startup investors.
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Although Windows 10 is making progress in becoming the favorite operating system of PC users, Microsoft’s attempt to position its Edge browser as a viable alternative to Google Chrome hasn’t met with as much success.To date, Edge maintains a paltry four percent or so of the browser market, a number that’s remained flat for months.To help bridge the gap, Microsoft has been pushing Edge’s greater efficiency, and it’s just released another video with some lofty claims of battery life superiority.As the video above attests, Edge was able to outlast Mozilla Firefox by 63 percent and Chrome by 19 percent.Microsoft provided few details about the test, only indicating how long each browser was able to “stream video” on identical Surface Book notebooks.The video’s fine print indicates that the test used a continuously looping HD streaming video, but we don’t know what video codec was used nor if it was streaming from a local server or the internet.
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That a man who worked as a trucker made a 1,300-mile drive is perhaps unremarkable.But John Coster-Mullen's destination, and motivation for heading there, were unusual.As NPR reports, Coster-Mullen in 1993 decided he could capitalize on the looming 50th anniversary of the atomic bombs that fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by making small replicas to sell.But after realizing the currently available versions had what he identified as deviations from the true design, he decided to head to Los Alamos, NM, to view the replicas held in a museum there.He never ended up selling his models, but he did pen a 431-page book that NPR describes as "basically complete specs for America's first nuclear weapons"; as David Samuels explained in a 2008 New Yorker profile, the US government has kept those specs under wraps.To arrive at his own, Coster-Mullen pored over declassified photos (he insists none of the info he has come by was leaked); interviewed machinists, scientists, and engineers; attended reunions of the servicemen who dropped the bombs; analyzed bolts and screws; and much more.
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Bitcoin is so volatile that its risk-adjusted return may have been as low as 3.1% in 2017, according to an analysis by Mizuho, an Asian investment bank.The risk-adjusted return of stocks in the same period was 11% to 13.8%.The fantastic recent gains in the price of bitcoin since the election of US President Donald Trump are much less compelling once you adjust for risk, according to Vishnu Varathan, the head of Economics & Strategy at Mizuho bank.In fact, bitcoin is so volatile that an average bitcoin investor will have done less well than someone who put the same money into stocks in the post-Trump period, he wrote in a recent note to clients.The S 500 and the Euro Stoxx both produced far higher risk-adjusted returns than bitcoin in the same period.Risk-adjusted returns year to date 2017:
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Kyrie Irving is poking fun at some of his own less conventional beliefs in a new ad for Nike.The NBA point guard, playing in his first season for the Boston Celtics after six with the Cleveland Cavaliers, stars in the 60-second spot for his namesake Kyrie IV sneakers.The meta scenario opens with a melodramatic black-and-white close-up of Irving’s face.But it doesn’t take long for him to get bored with the voiceover quoting Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”—as read, it turns out, by Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.Irving storms off, and the camera follows him as he breaks the fourth wall and takes a stroll through a much different kind of production—random, rapid-fire and playful, with an ’80s-style boom box, some kind of festive octopus floating in the background, and a man in a furry suit riding a skateboard around on a half-pipe.“Now, this is more what I had in mind,” says Irving—endorsing an hodgepodge perspective that’s apt for an ad billed as directed by the deliberately eccentric and possibly crazy man himself.
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