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Google has confirmed plans to issue a patch for Chromecast and Google Home aimed at resolving a traffic flooding problem that was swamping home networks.The fix – due later today – follows a series of work-around updates from router manufacturers aimed at containing the problem, which flared up earlier this week.“In certain situations, a bug in the Cast software on Android phones may incorrectly send a large amount of network traffic which can slow down or temporarily impact Wi-Fi networks,” Google admitted in a customer advisory.The issue stems from a bug in Android software used in conjunction with the affected kit.Google plans to deal with the issue via a Google Play services update this Thursday, January 18.Cast sends multicast DNS (MDNS) packets as a keep-alive for net connections to products like Google Home and Chromecast.
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Apparently, AllCall is very close to unveil their next flagship phone – the AllCall MIX 2, and if the renderings they’ve released today are anything to go by, the phone could actually be one of the best looking full screen devices coming into the market in 2018, albeit it does resemble a lot the Xiaomi Mi MIX2.Let’s check out the image below!As we can see, the majority of the front of the phone will be taken up by the Full HD display surrounded by narrow top and bottom bezels.According to previous leaks, the phone is said to be coming with a screen-to-body-ratio of around 90%, which also forced them to move the front camera to the lower right corner (Mi MIX2 style).From the render, we can also see that the side bezels are quite thin and we find a volume rocker and power key on the right edge.Meanwhile on the back of the smartphone we have a fingerprint scanner just below the rear camera and a two-LED flash.
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Here's a lovely discovery some lucky journalist has made: the official Sussex Police eBay profile, where such glorious items as unclaimed underpants, random DVDs, broken ex-police torches and Beyonce's Midnight Heat as a Valentine's treat can be bought to do your bit to help the force meet its funding shortfall.There is some faux outrage in certain media circles over a few of the items, with some finding it productive to take offence from the fact that certain police uniform items are listed for sale.This could make it easier for criminals to impersonate police officers, they say, although all we're really interested in finding out is how the hell did Sussex Police come to be in posession of a size 10 camel coloured skirt from H or 15 broken bikes?And what's wrong with the 10 19-inch monitors they no longer need?Is a 4:3 aspect ratio not good enough for digital crime-fighting on these days?Apparently many of the random non-police items are the confiscated proceeds of crime, with anyone who happens to spot their missing stolen goods up for sale asked to contact the police force to ask for its return.
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Because you need to ‘capitalize on exponential intelligence fueled by pervasive tech’ and only IBM can do thatExclusive IBM is to help its ailing services business with a re-branding exercise that will see its Global Technology Services (GTS) and Global Business Services (GBS) operations emerge as a single entity named “IBM Services”.Internal communications about the change seen by The Register say it was made because “In the era of the cognitive enterprise, when business and technology architectures are merging, our clients understand their success depends largely on how well they capitalize on exponential intelligence fueled by pervasive technologies.”“More than ever,” the message to remaining IBM services staff reads, “clients need a trusted partner who can provide strategy, business and technology consulting and innovation as well as matchless execution.”IBM said it’s “uniquely positioned to meet this converged need with the differentiated, integrated capabilities of GBS and GTS” but can’t make it with both as discrete entities.Arise, therefore, “IBM Services” to “increase client awareness of the powerful talent that GBS and GTS bring to our engagements.”
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Toyota has finally embraced Apple CarPlay, announcing that the 2019 Toyota Avalon will feature the smartphone-powered infotainment system as standard.The car, unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 today, features the automaker’s newest Entune 3.0 infotainment platform, including the Toyota Connected Services.However, for iPhone owners what’ll be most exciting is covering up Entune altogether.Plug in an iPhone and the 9-inch capacitive touchscreen will show Apple’s CarPlay interface instead.It’s a walled-garden experience, certainly, but if your mapping app of choice is Apple Maps, and your an iMessage user, being able to access them directly from the car controls is a big advantage.There are also media apps, including select third-party services like Spotify and Amazon Music.
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A Twitter user shared a recent experience at the gym which has gone viral.She witnessed a girl pretend she had just farted in order to get a guy who had approached her and her friend to leave them alone.Tweet has been shared over 22,000 times and received over 130,000 likes.American author Olivia Cole, who uses the Twitter handle @RantingOwl, shared a situation she witnessed at the gym with her followers — and it has certainly got people talking.Cole, who is from Louisville, Kentucky, said she was at the gym when a guy approached two young women — and they came up with a creative way to deflect his unwanted attention.Cole added that the girl in question was only 21 years old.
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The panic that struck residents and tourists in Hawaii on Saturday morning over the past weekend – owing to a public emergency alert about an incoming ballistic missile that was mistakenly transmitted – could have been easily avoided with the help of good design.The Washington Post reports that the alert was fired off by an employee at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency who simply selected the wrong option in a drop-down menu while conducting a routine test of the state’s emergency warning system; per the story, the menu looked something like this:It took 38 minutes for the government to realize its mistake and issue a subsequent alert stating that the warning was sent in error.There’s an important lesson in interface design to be learned here.Fundamentally, you shouldn’t put buttons for testing and actual deployment next to each other.In this case, it sounds like the decision to use a drop-down menu in the alert system’s software was a particularly disastrous one.
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Asia Pacific Transgender Network has worked with Pakistani model, activist and UN representative Kami Sid, social worker Neeli Rana, motivational speaker Mani AQ and a professional model and engineering student Irha Parishe to battle transphobia.The network collaborated with BBDO and Proximity Pakistan in its latest campaign to raise awareness about the hardships faced by transgender people in Pakistan by urging people to change the clap.The video for the campaign, ChangeTheClap, shows the adversities and disrespect transgender people face in the community and encourages people to do away with transphobia and advocates equal opportunities for transgenders.In the subcontinent area, transgenders have a distinct clap that is horizontal flat palms striking against and perpendicular to each other, with fingers spread as opposed to the common applause-style, vertical palm and closed fingers strike.However, this clap is mimicked by many to ridicule the transgenders.A change in the clap asks people to ChangeTheClap from one of ridicule to one of applause, respect and inclusion.
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There are seemingly countless options for targeting and for creative copy.Shoppers use both of these platforms to discover and research products.Though Amazon currently receives only 3 percent of global display advertising, one equity analyst predicted Amazon would quadruple its advertising revenue by 2020.Because of Facebook’s extensive reach and targeting, brands can create awareness with prospecting ads and build familiarity with retargeting ads.However, since Facebook is an established platform, competition is hot for user attention.This is especially the case if the purchase ultimately happens on Amazon, which is increasingly likely.
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This week, Kendrick Lamar collaborated with Jay Rock and Future on a track for Marvel's upcoming "Black Panther" movie, and Jack White released a single from his upcoming third solo album.Here are the 5 best new songs you can stream right now:Jack White — "Respect Commander"Jack White's two-sided lead single from his upcoming third solo album, "Boarding House Reach," features one quality track in "Respect Commander," a frenetic, prog-rock piece with a heavy, blues-influenced interlude.Khruangbin, a Texas-based trio, melds African and Middle Eastern influences with '70s-style funk.The band's latest single, "Friday Morning," is a slow-building and serene mix of winding guitar and bass.
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United Kingdom online supermarket Ocado wants to establish itself as one of the most tech-savvy ecommerce companies around — and it’s got the (prototype) robot to prove it.Called ARMAR-6, the humanoid bot is being developed as part of the European Commission’s SecondHands project.It is now being put through its paces by Ocado’s innovation wing, Ocado Technology, with the goal of one day working alongside humans in its warehouses.“The SecondHands project aims to create a robot that provides help to our warehouse technicians in a proactive manner,” Alex Voica, head of Technology PR and Communications for Ocado, told Digital Trends.“Our warehouses include state-of-the-art automation and robotics systems, and our technicians and operations engineers are tasked with ensuring that they function 24/7, 365 days a year.The ultimate goal is for the robot to use machine learning and computer vision to scan its surrounding environment and identify tasks it could help with.
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News aggregation platform Jinri Toutiao held a meeting with engineers from other internet companies yesterday to disclose how Toutiao derived its algorithms (in Chinese) and stressed that the machine doesn’t do all the jobs to recommend news for users.“We constantly redirect, design, monitor, and manage algorithmic models instead of allowing the machine to make all the decisions,” said Toutiao’s senior engineer Cao Huanhuan at the event.Cao also introduced how the team trained the large-scale online recommendation model and highlighted the fact that Toutiao filters out low-quality and explicit content with its AI recognition technique.Toutiao’s AI news recommendation system has long been the firm’s core asset to acquire a growing user base and pocket advertiser cash.The system is known for recommending and pushing relevant content to its users based on their behaviors and preferences.The firm even creates fake news to train its anti-fake news AI.
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More than thirty years ago, Bell Labs first proposed a device that used focused laser light to either attract or repulse objects.These devices have become known as optical tweezers and are now a key instrument in manipulating matter in both biology and quantum optic applications.The key technological breakthrough for enabling these optical tweezers to reach deeper into the nanoscale and become so-called “nanotweezers” has been plasmonics.Plasmonics is a field that exploits the surface plasmons that are generated when photons hit a metal structure.Those plasmons move along the surface of the material and create waves or oscillations of electrons.Now researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore have added another wrinkle to plasmonics-based nanotweezers by integrating them with magnetic, helical microrobots to overcome some of the limitations these devices have had in trapping objects.
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Ford CEO Jim Hackett at CES.FordFord CEO Jim Hackett is redesigning the company to be a mobility provider to cities.At the same time, Ford's business is still closely tied to traditional vehicle sales.His task is the most daunting since GM's Alfred Sloan created the modern corporation in the 20th century.Last May, when then-CEO Mark Fields was ousted amid a lagging stock performance and former Steelcase chief Jim Hackett took over, the writing has been on the wall for Ford.It doesn't matter to investors in the stodgy auto sector that EVs make up only about 1% of global sales and nobody has anything even vaguely resembling a fully autonomous car in commercial application.
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For telling them early will just make them feel awkward if you suffer the devastation of a miscarriage, even if you need all the help and support you can get when you feel like your heart has literally broken.It doesn’t matter if it is physically impossible for you to breastfeed, if you want to share the load with the provider of the other half of your child’s DNA, or simply if you decide you don’t want to.Unless you’re in public when you must breastfeed discreetly under a tent or in a toilet for fear of offending others by allowing them to glimpse your nipple.4 – Remember to put your baby down drowsy, but not asleep, after a feed, but not relying on food to help them sleep, in a Moses basket, after skin to skin, in their own room, next to you to encourage bonding, swaddled, without a dummy, for no more than three hours and as long as they need.Naps are basically a chore and sleeping through the night is technically five hours, because that’s a perfectly acceptable amount of sleep for a hormonal exhausted adult.Sleep will form the basis of 75% of your conversations along with the contents of your child’s nappy (colour of, consistency, frequency of changes) and milk/ food consumption, or lack thereof.
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A concept kicking around for years has enterprise and developers in its sights.Blocks, a gadget concept, has been crowdfunding and pitching its idea for years.It's a smartwatch that has novelty snap-on modules adding new features.The newest version of the watch is here at CES, and I've seen it, worn it, and spoken to its founder, Serge Vasylechko, and Karl Taylor, head of engineering.Its laundry list of features is somewhat crazy: It runs Android Oreo 8.0, and has modules galore, including one with onboard Amazon Alexa for on-wrist AI (which Amazon is making easier with new hook-ins).An "environment" block with temperature, humidity, air pressure and altitude sensors
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Spotify has hit 70 million paying subscribers, adding 10 million new members in about five months, the music-streaming company tweeted Thursday.That indicates Spotify, which passed the 60 million mark at the end of July, is preserving its gaping lead over Apple Music, its next-closest rival.Apple said its service had "well over 30 million paying subscribers" in September.But their combined growth reflects a larger consumer shift, where you're veering away from buying music outright to instead pay a fee for all-you-can-access tunes.As more people have come on board, Spotify and Apple Music emerged as the early leaders.Spotify enjoys a price advantage thanks to its free, ad-supported tier -- something most rivals lack -- while Apple Music has leaned on heavy marketing and exclusives for hit albums to lure in members.
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An NSA contractor who was arrested in October 2016 plans to plead guilty to stealing classified information, according to Reuters.The former contractor, Harold Martin, apparently hasn’t struck a plea deal, so it’s not clear that the case ends here.Reuters reports that there are still 19 other charges levied against him.Martin is alleged to have stolen 50TB of data over the course of his more than 20 years working as an NSA contractor, including most recently at Booz Allen Hamilton — the firm that employed Edward Snowden.The government hasn’t said what, if anything, it believes Martin did with the data.But it’s said to be very valuable and include hacking tools developed by an elite group within the NSA.
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Each day, kids go to school and lose things.But RagTagd, a Sydney-based company, is looking to fix that.RagTagd is a service that provides ultra-simple RFID tags in kids’ school uniforms and sensor-equipped bins to schools so that lost property can be tracked.When a kid’s lost jumper ends up in a bin at their school, the second it hits the bin a text is sent to the child’s parents letting them know where it is.The project (founded by Chloe Blattmann and Eugene Holdenson) started in 2016.The team introduced their smart tags (which are machine washable) at five local elementary schools.
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Late last year, the CEO of Intel sold millions of dollars in company stock, as CEOs often do.The sale appears to have occurred while developers were reportedly rushing to fix a major security flaw affecting Intel processors made in the last decade.According to a report published by the Register yesterday, “a fundamental design flaw in Intel’s processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the Linux and Windows kernels to defang the chip-level security bug.” Windows and Linux developers have reportedly been working to address the issue since November.As our friends at Gizmodo ES pointed out (via Hacker News), Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich sold roughly $11 million in company stock at the end of November.Contacted by Gizmodo, an Intel spokesperson called the sale “unrelated,” and said it “was made pursuant to a pre-arranged stock sale plan (10b5-1) with an automated sale schedule.”As the Fool reported in mid-December, it’s possible Krzanich sold his shares for a normal, personal reason, like to buy a house.
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