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Intel’s Optane Memory modules look to bring high-speed storage to more people, aiming to bolster cheaper spinning drives as an alternative to solid-state storage with a solution that’s less expensive for the purchaser overall.Of course, one area where Intel hopes to see traction for these M.2 slot-bound modules is PC gaming, a hobby that’s expensive enough as it is, with many gamers having to choose between fast (SSD) and capacious (HDD) storage solutions, but not able to get both without spending a small fortune.While these modules require the latest Intel chipset to function, the idea is to bring the speed of SSDs to higher-capacity HDDs without resorting to today’s common SSD boot drive solution.So, does Intel Optane’s 3DXpoint technology grant spinning hard drives a new lease on life inside gaming PCs everywhere?Well, we wouldn’t say everywhere, but Optane certainly does work.To figure out whether Optane memory modules actually work, we’ve run loading tests on an Intel Optane-equipped machine provided by Intel on two top PC games.
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The biggest advancement in data storage technology to date has undoubtedly been the shift from disc-based hard drives to solid-state.SSDs are faster, with no moving parts, and generate less heat while also typically being considerably smaller than their platter-based counterparts.SSDs are already a step up in almost every way, but Intel decided it just wasn’t happy with the way solid state technology was headed, and somehow managed to one-up the rest of the industry with an SSD that is faster than pretty much anything else on the market, and now they’re shipping.The Intel Optane P4800X is the first product from the company to utilize the new 3D XPoint memory technology.It utilizes a PCIe slot, and has a capacity of 375GB, but other sizes ranging from 750GB to 1.5TB have already been confirmed by Intel as being in the pipeline for 2017 releases.It’s significantly faster than NAND-based flash storage with a small fraction of the latency, and while it’s slower than DRAM, it’s also ten times more dense.
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Pharmaceutical company Mylan sued West Virginia in 2015 to keep its EpiPens on the state’s “preferred drug list,” which, if successful, would mean that the state’s Medicaid programs would have to automatically pay for the pricey epinephrine auto-injectors.The bold and unusual move by Mylan—which ultimately failed—is yet another example of the aggressive marketing and legal tactics the company used to boost profits from EpiPens, which halt life-threatening allergic reactions.Since Mylan acquired rights to EpiPen in 2007, the company raised its price by more than 400 percent.Mylan also allegedly made illegal deals with schools to undercut competitors and allegedly scammed federal and state regulators out of millions in rebates by knowingly misclassifying the device.The company’s CEO, Heather Bresch, is one of the highest-paid CEOs in the industry, earning nearly $19 million annually.But before public rage swelled, it seems states were quietly battling with the pharmaceutical giant.
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The Beijing government is soliciting public opinion on draft guidelines aimed at reining in the disorderly expansion of the city’s bike-rental sector, local media is reporting (in Chinese).The draft guidance provides that rental bikes should meet national and industry standards, and requires rental bikes should be equipped with smart locks and the satellite positioning system.Most of bike-rental startups in the country such as Mobike (摩拜单车 in Chinese), Bluegogo (小蓝单车 in Chinese) and Xiaoming (小鸣单车 in Chinese) have adopted smart locks on their bikes, while ofo, which originally did not plan to use smart locks on their bikes, said it has been gearing up to replace its old combo lock with a new BeiDou smart lock on its old-version bikes in Beijing and Shanghai.In addition, the draft guidance requires that bike-rental firms should open special bank accounts in the city.This may help regulators to supervise the safety of user deposits in these firms’ accounts.There have been concerns about the safety of such capital with some even speculating that bike-rental companies are using these deposits to fund their expansion, but both Mobike and Ofo claimed users’ deposits are secure and they keep their operating funds separate from user deposits.The draft guidance urges government at district-levels to cap the number of bikes allowed onto the streets to manage the bike sprawl.According to Beijing’s transportation regulators, various bike-rental firms have put into service 700,000 bikes in the city since last August, saddling the city with a heavy burden of traffic and space.Dreams of making a fortune from the rental boom may have been shattered for electric bicycle-rental services such as E-zebra (电斑马 in Chinese) and Mebike (小蜜电单车 in Chinese) and Number-7 (7号电单车 in Chinese), since the Beijing draft guidance discourages the development of electric bicycle-rentals in the city, citing reasons of safety, parking, and road conditions.Under the new regulation only those boasting strong financial strength and extensive channels of cooperation can have opportunities to acquire more resources to enhance innovation and ultimately dominate the market, an industry insider maintained.As mounting problems have been emerging with the bike-rental boom, such as the inundation of bikes, illegal bike parking, slow deposit refunds and bike vandalism, local governments have started to mull rules to regulate the bike-rental sector.Shanghai’s regulations, expected to be introduced next month, requires bike-rental firms to have three-year-old bikes scrapped off the road and bans users less than 12 years old from riding rental bikes, to name just a few.Shenzhen and Tianjin have same rules for user age as well.
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Those who obtain a S8 may also benefits in Google's strömningstjänst, such as the ability to upload a 100 000 tracks from their own collection of music – double the amount of what is usually allowed.What happens to the surplus when the user changes the phone is not clear.From now on, in addition, may those who get a new flat or a phone from Samsung a tremånadersprenumeration on Google Play Music, which we assume applies only to those who have not subscribed in the past.the Last part of the cooperation is that Samsung's virtual assistant Bixby will be able to be used to control Play Music.Google mentions no region limit in its blog post.
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Remember back when we all used to have a field day bashing Samsung bloatware?There was sooo much of it, you couldn’t disable or uninstall it, and most things duplicated stuff that Google already did perfectly well (and also pre-installed on Galaxy phones).But starting with the Galaxy S6, Samsung started to change its attitude toward bloatware, and the Galaxy S8 benefits greatly from the continuation of that tendency.The 32 GB Galaxy S7 had 8 GB of storage taken up by its ROM and pre-loaded apps.The 64 GB Galaxy S8 in my hands – even without any carrier bloat – admittedly had 12 GB used by the time I peeled the plastic off.Pre-loaded apps may not ultimately take up much space, but to have the ability to get rid of most of them almost makes you forget about the rest of the space you’ll never get to reclaim.
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The FCC made that clear when it rescinded a determination that AT and Verizon Wireless violated net neutrality rules by letting their own video services stream without counting against customers' data caps while charging other video providers for the same data cap exemptions.But yesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ordered changes to one carrier's zero-rating program and announced that it will enforce stricter guidelines for determining whether zero-rating programs are discriminatory.Zero-rating "generally gives an unfair advantage or disadvantage to certain content providers and consumers," CRTC said in an announcement.The group said that it is "strengthen[ing] its commitment to net neutrality," and it also published detailed guidelines and its decision against Videotron, a telecom whose "Unlimited Music" program exempts certain online music providers from data caps of subscribers with certain mobile data plans.Zero-rating music or video not allowedThe new policy "supports the freedom of consumers and citizens to access the online content of their choice without being unduly influenced by the marketing strategies and pricing decisions of ISPs with respect to the transmission of specific content," the CRTC said.
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A stealth startup of former Google engineers is working on an artificial intelligence chip that could outshine their former employer’s much-vaunted TensorFlow tech.Dubbed Groq, the clandestine company has shared little of its plans or roadmap, though recent filings suggest more than $10m in funding has already been secured.More than four-fifths of the original Google TPU team are now working there.The company began working on it several years ago, in the hope of making neural networking much more practical at scale.While machine learning isn’t new – Intel is working on enabling it with CPUs, while NVIDIA is coming at it from the opposite direction, with GPUs, among others – it’s computationally very intensive.Neural networking and artificial intelligence are seen as essential to improving everything from search result accuracy, to computational image processing, through to spam and malware detection.
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Ericsson has signed a partnership with car brand newcomer Lynk & Co to boost their vehicles’ connectivity even further.The brand’s owner, Geely, also owns the Volvo brand so potential buyers can have some confidence the company at least has some experience with building automobiles."Our cars are built on a number of technology fundamentals and Ericsson is our obvious partner of choice in the development of our digital car.The digital key solution was born out of an innovative co-creation exercise and through cloud technology we are able to offer a complete new service and functionality for our customers," said Alain Visser, Chairman, Lynk & Co.Beyond a range of smart infotainment options, one of the most potentially game-changing propositions of Lynk & Co is their flexible payment model that can either be paid outright to own the vehicle, access on a subscription basis, or even share the vehicle with others.The sharing model is one area where Ericsson is lending their help.
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Those in the market for an affordable Chromebook have yet another option to consider as Lenovo has unveiled the Flex 11, a multi-purpose machine that’s easy on the wallet.The Lenovo Flex 11 is a 2-in-1 hybrid Chromebook featuring an 11.6-inch IPS touchscreen display operating at a resolution of 1,366 x 768.It’s powered by a 2.1GHz quad-core ARM processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage (expandable via SD card slot).Buyers also get a 720p webcam, USB Type-C connectivity, HDMI out, 802.11 a/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge.Thanks to its 360-degree hinge, the Flex 11 can be used like a standard laptop, propped up in “tent” mode for watching videos or folded back to operate as a tablet.It weighs just under three pounds – light for a laptop but not so much for a tablet.
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Electric vehicles are only as great as the charging network available to those who buy them.We’ve seen different companies roll out charging stations at destinations all over the U.S., and now BMW is adding its name to the list (again) with plans to launch 100 electric vehicle charging stations at National Parks throughout the nation.The first of those 100 planned stations has gone live at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, the former home of Edison.The charging stations are being created under a partnership between the National Parks Foundation, Department of Energy, National Park Service, and BMW of North America.These charging stations will be located within national parks and in the communities near them, giving EV owners better options for taking their electric cars to parks this summer.More charging stations is always a good thing, and this is a particular boon for the national parks, which will benefit from lower levels of vehicular pollution and noise.
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A June 15 trial date has been set for two Maryland men arrested on suspicion of camcording the new action flick Fate of the Furious, a court clerk said Tuesday.The men, Troy Montgomery Cornish, 38, and Floyd Lee Buchanan, 35, were arrested Friday at a Hoyts Movie Theater after an investigator from the Motion Picture Association of America alerted the authorities to the alleged piracy.The two were charged under a state law making it illegal to record a movie in a theater.The maximum penalty is a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.Many states and the federal government have laws barring the use of recording devices in theaters.Anne Arundel County Police reported (PDF) that the MPAA "investigator stated that he had been watching two known piracy suspects and observed them enter the movie theater.
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Among all the professional franchises in esports, Evil Geniuses is No.To date, its teams have won $15.4 million from 632 tournaments.The Oakland, California-based operation has its Dota 2 team to thank for this.The popular multiplayer online battle arena game accounts for nearly 90 percent of Evil Geniuses’s total earnings.The second highest-grossing team is the China-based Wings Gaming, which has $9.7 million from 21 tournaments.These rankings come from the Champions of Esports report, a new study from gambling platform Unibet.These findings reflect the exponential growth of esports in recent years.According to intelligence firm Newzoo, it’s a business that will generate $696 million in revenues in 2017, a number which includes marketing budgets, sponsorships, media rights, tickets, and merchandise.Due to Evil Geniuses’s dominance in Dota 2, almost all of its players occupy the top slots in Unibet’s list of the most successful players in the world.
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Beavers are a common sight on cattle rancher Adrienne Ivey's farm in Saskatchewan, Canada.What's unusual is seeing a herd of 150 cows following a beaver around like they're being herded by it.Ivey posted a video of just that strange occurrence to Facebook.The video's fuzzy, but you can see the beaver scurrying along with the herd of cows following closely behind while still giving it some space.Ivey told the CBC she thinks the funny behavior was due to the heifers' curiosity about the furry creature.Ivey posted the video last week and later updated her Facebook page with a message about why she shared the now viral video: "I thought this would be an excellent way to bring the amazing people of Canada together for a moment, so we could chuckle at this adorable beaver together."
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Do you have tons of video and music files and just want them sorted in an orderly manner?Want to watch your movies on your phone or tablet instead of your laptop?The MacX Media Management Bundle, marked down to $19.95, will help you do it all.This trio of MacX software will help you take control of your digital world.MacX DVD Ripper Pro is quick to rip your DVDs for use on your phone, and is super speedy thanks to its support of batch converting.The Video Converter works its magic to make files playable on devices that range from your Apple TV to your Kindle Fire.
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Monday’s Gold Box deals from Amazon include a stylish yet powerful HP desktop, a handy GPS system with free lifetime map updates, and a midsize LED TV that fits easily in any room.Score savings up to $133 and discounts as deep as 47 percent.HP 20 AIO 19.5 Inch HD LED DesktopApple products are known for being as stylish as they are functional.Now, other manufacturers have followed Apple’s lead with products such as this HP 20 AIO 19.5 Inch HD LED Desktop, which is currently 27 percent off on Amazon today only.The 4 GB memory provides high-bandwidth RAM to run multiple applications and browsers at once, while the 1 TB hard drive enables rapid read and write times for large files and complex applications.
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Verizon's first smartwatch boasts a laundry list of features many others can't match, which could make it a promising candidate for a wearable.In February, Verizon unveiled an exclusive smartwatch called the Wear24.Built by Taiwanese firm QDM Quanta, which has produced devices on contract for HP, Dell, and Lenovo, the Wear24 was slated for release in March.But that day never came and consequently, the watch slipped out of the public eye — until now.Now, while it is easy to write off most carrier-branded products, the Wear24 surprisingly has quite a bit going for it.For starters, it’s launching with Android Wear 2.0 in tow — which many smartwatches from better-known tech companies are still waiting to receive.
Sweden
Xiaomi kommer presentera nya smartphones i övermorgon och en av enheterna blir eventuellt bjässen Mi Max 2, vilken vi hört rykten om tidigare.Utöver en 6,44-tumspanel (1080p) och chippet Snapdragon 626 sägs telefonen erbjuda ett 5000mAh-batteri.Trots den massiva skärmen bör Mi Max 2 kunna hålla igång så det står härliga till, om nu specifikationerna stämmer.Övriga uppgifter som nämns är Android 7.1 och en främre 5MP-kamera.Xiaomi kan eventuellt även sälja en snäppet mer kostsam modell med chippet Snapdragon 660 istället för S626.Priset för ordinarie modellen blir enligt utsago motsvarande 2220 kronor i Kina.
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Editors note: This was contributed by Haley Gong, International Marketing Executive at Webpower.One of the most common statements we hear from international companies is that ‘China is so different!’ Yes, the Chinese market is unique and challenging, but also filled with many opportunities.To win the heart of Chinese consumers, you have to understand the differences and adapt to the local environment.To begin with, the online landscape in China is different.Forget about Google, Facebook and other worldwide platforms, most of them are not working in China due to the Internet censorship.However, there’s a counterpart for nearly everything: Google is replaced by Baidu, Twitter is replaced by Weibo, eBay is replaced by Taobao (with way more vendors & merchants)… Although these ‘doppelgangers’ bear similar functionalities, when it comes to marketing, the rules are completely different.Secondly, consumer behavior in China is also unique.Meanwhile, Chinese consumers are used to consult customer service BEFORE they make a purchase (asking about size, delivery, material…), therefore, a live chat tool is essential for your online sales in China.With all the differences and ‘culture shock’, how to approach Chinese consumers online?
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Förvärvet skedde formellt genom dotterbolaget Storyside.De båda parterna har kommit överens om att inte offentliggöra prislappen i affären.Beskedet fick aktien att ta ett litet glädjeskutt på torsdagsmorgonen.Klockan 9:30 hade kursen stigit med 1,4 procent till 74 kronor.Storytels aktiekurs har rusat med hela 275 procent det senaste 12 månaderna och bolaget har numera ett börsvärde på 3,54 miljarder kronor.Läs mer: Storytel expanderar till Ryssland och Indien
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