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A new Huawei Phone has just appeared on TENAA for the usual certification in China.The device alleged to be the Huawei Enjoy 8 is of two variants with the model numbers LDN-TL10 and LDN-TL20.The device in terms of designs and its internals appears to be the same as the alleged Honor 7C that was recently certified in China, hence we are forced to believe it could be the Honor 7C with the Huawei Stamp destined for different markets.With a dimension of 158.3 x 76.7 x 7.8mm, and weighing just 155g, the alleged Huawei Enjoy 8 features a 5.99-inch display with 720 x 1440 pixels resolution.Under the hood is an unknown Octa-core processor with a clock speed of 1.4 GHz coupled with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage and 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, expandable up to 256GB using MicroSD slot.Elsewhere, the Huawei enjoy 8 comes fitted with a 13MP+8MP dual rear camera with LED flash, while a pair of an 8MP sensors sits above the display.
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Employing sophisticated scams involving social engineering, email phishing, and the harvesting of employee passwords, attackers have pilfered millions from some of the world's largest corporations—all while bypassing traditional hacking safeguards by simply avoiding the use of malware.A new report from IBM Security sheds light on ongoing campaigns being waged by “cyber con artists” employing a known scam called Business Email Compromise (BEC).These attacks take on many forms, but typically include fraud involving fake invoices, impersonation of high-ranking corporate officers, and the targeting of accounting or human resources staff to gather sensitive financial information, such as tax statements.The threats tracked by IBM’s global threat intelligence service, known as X-Force (insert Marvel Comics joke here), began by harvesting mass amounts of business user credentials, which in studied incidents enabled attackers to impersonate corporate officers authorised to make large fund transfers.The targets were directed to a fake “DocuSign” website where they were first asked to log in using their email credentials.The attack targeted primarily personnel working in the company’s accounts payable department, the report says.
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The European Space Agency's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) is to conduct its final aerobraking manoeuvre this evening prior to starting its mission of sniffing for Martian methane.TGO should finally settle into its proper orbit tonight, 400km above the red planet.It was launched nearly two years ago aboard a Russian Proton rocket, along with the Schiaparelli lander (which created its own crater on the surface of Mars in October 2016).The aerobraking technique uses tiny amounts of atmospheric drag on the orbiter’s 17.5m solar panels to adjust the orbit and carry out some bonus science on the dynamics of the Martian atmosphere.It is the first time ESA has attempted to use aerobraking as the primary method to get into a science orbit around a planetary body, although the technique is not entirely novel, having been used by NASA for missions such as Mars Global Surveyor and Magellan.Starting in March 2018, boffins will use data received from spectrometers and infrared instruments (NOMAD and ACS) onboard the 3,732kg orbiter to search for traces of methane and capture snaps from a camera, capable of taking images at a resolution of 5 metres per pixel, to give context to the readings.
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Deezer has improved on its offerings in Singapore after announcing a partnership with Singtel Music to provide subscribers with unlimited music without local data charges.The music platform will be offering music lovers access to its different music packages through Singtel’s platform, as well as access to 53 million songs, 40,000+ pieces of audio content and its signature feature Flow.“Singtel Music has been offering its customers a wide array of music in the past two years,” said Diana Chen, vice president for mobile marketing, consumer Singapore, at Singtel.“Through this latest partnership with Deezer, we’re making music streaming even more accessible to fans who are increasingly using their mobile devices to listen to their favourite songs.Singtel Music customers can enjoy unlimited data-free music streaming anytime, anywhere, at their convenience.”The Drum spoke to Daud I. Aditirto, vice president of Asia Pacific at Deezer in early February, on the company's plans to capture Asia Pacific’s ‘healthy competitive market’ for music streaming, after the platform announced an extension of its major deal with Hutchison 3.
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An analytical article based on the study of morphologic and chemical composition of particulate matter in motorcycle engine exhaust was published in the respected scientific journal Toxicology Reports.The group of authors was supervised by Aristidis Tsatsakis, a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Doctor Honoris Causa of the Far Eastern Federal University, and Kirill Golokhvast, doctor of biology and Provost for Research at FEFU.The study was supported with a grant of the Russian Science Foundation.Taking into account the growth of manufacture and sales of motorcycles all over the world, especially in Asia and Africa, residual products that do not disintegrate in the course of internal combustion become a major factor impacting the environment.Even the engines with an afterburning system become the source of emission of numerous particulates with high contents of polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) less than 10 micrometers in diameter (see Table 2).Particulate matter of such size, depending on chemical composition, is considered the most dangerous both for people's health and the environment which is confirmed by studies.
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Bitcoin price continued its steady rise this morning as several major bits of cryptocurrency news came to light.Perhaps most disturbing was news that the South Korean head of economic policy at the Office for Government Policy Coordination, Jung Ki-joon, was found dead in his home on Sunday.As yet it would seem that his death was due to a heart attack in his sleep, but police have not ruled out foul play.Jung Ki-joon was in charge of “devising measures against cryptocurrency speculation” in South Korea’s majorly heated cryptocurrency market.Yonhap suggested the official was also “in charge of coordinating the opinions of different ministries and offices to prepare for the weekly meetings of Hong and relevant vice ministers.”In hopefully unrelated news, Choe Heung-sik, governor of the Financial Supervisory Service in South Korea, suggested the government would “active[ly]” support “normal transactions” of cryptocurrencies.
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A game called Super Seducer just oozed onto the Steam market.It’s a game in which a self-proclaimed “seduction guru” shows men the way to a woman’s heart through the use of a Mass Effect dialog wheel and a whole fuckton (no pun intended) of mumble-y acting.I hope you like looking at La Ruina’s face, because you’ll be seeing a lot of it as you watch him use his moves on a variety of in-game women.A game called “Super Seducer” was always going to be laughed at no matter what.The game could be a gold leaf-covered sundae of positivity, consent, and tasteful nudity and it would still get laughed right off the figurative stage.Unless the game stars the free-swinging muscle boys from Mount Your Friends with giant SSes painted on their chests, it couldn’t possibly be tongue-in-cheek enough to justify that title.
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Last summer, we heard that Elon Musk and The Boring Company received “verbal” approval to begin preliminary work on a Hyperloop tunnel between Washington DC and New York.Verbal approval, however, doesn’t really mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, but today The Boring Company has something a little more tangible to show us.The local government in Washington DC has given Musk and The Boring Company an early permit to begin some excavation work in an abandoned lot in the city’s NoMa neighborhood.The Washington Post says that this parking lot is located at 53 New York Avenue NE in Washington DC, and that we could one day see this become a station for a Hyperloop tunnel that allows for trips in between New York and DC in just 29 minutes.It’s important to note, however, that this is also a “vague” permit, and that it only covers “some preparatory and excavation work,” so we’re still a ways off from the dream of such a network being realized.Still, as early as this permit may be, it’s much more valuable than verbal approval.
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We talked about the Aspark Owl electric hypercar when a concept form of the vehicle debuted last year.The car promised incredible performance and many wondered if the company would be able to deliver on its claims.A new video has turned up of the car making a run from naught to speed insanely quickly.The video shows some Japanese gents closing the door and then standing back.Without warning the car positively vaults off the line and is across the parking lot behind some buildings and nearly into the weeds in seconds.The builder claims that the 0-60mph time for the Owl is 1.92 seconds.
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In the search for sustainable energy solutions, no idea is too big or too small to consider.In the past couple of years, we’ve seen genetically engineered algae serve as biofuel, cellphones harness energy from radio waves, and even toilets that convert urine into electricity.Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have now developed a small device that captures energy from changing air temperatures.Called a thermal resonator, the device exploits the temperature fluctuations that occur throughout the day-night cycle.This offers promise as a longterm power source for remote operating systems, according to the researchers, who recently published a paper in the journal Nature Communications.“Ambient temperature fluctuations are a ubiquitous and mostly untapped energy resource,” Anton Cottrill, an MIT graduate student and first author of the study, told Digital Trends.
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Glued to the couch, controller in hand, the average teen morphs into an extra from The Walking Dead for about six hours each week.But that’s okay; there are worse ways to kill time than playing PUBG.Besides, gaming has some positives too: it’s been shown to improve hand-eye coordination, ward off the onset of dementia, and enhance memory and concentration.It’s not helping anyones waistline, but I digress.Long story short, there’s nothing wrong with plugging in and tuning out the rest of the world by blasting baddies in Destiny 2.But, as parents, we’re always on the lookout for ways to squeeze in a learning opportunity by utilizing our kids’ hobbies against them — we suck, we really do.
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Amazon's smart assistant is making her way into playtime, with Mattel and other toymakers adding Alexa voice commands to products to enhance game play.Several such toys are due this fall, and this weekend some will be on display at the ginormous New York Toy Fair.In an age when parents are accustomed to syncing toys with smartphone apps, it's not much of a leap for companies to want to leverage smart speakers.Why make your own voice recognition system and battle privacy worries when you can use one already trusted in millions of homes?"We know that more than one in five parents of connected children own a voice-controlled internet-connected smart speaker," said Sven Gerjets, Mattel's chief technology officer.Mattel's first dip into Alexa isn't geared toward young kids, though.
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When CNET editors issued these tweets, we weren't really being serious:But just tell that to Pad & Quill, the company that's selling a purpose-built leather coaster for the Apple HomePod -- just $19.95 each.(Just yesterday, Apple admitted that the HomePod's silicone base can indeed leave a noticible ring on oiled wooden surfaces, but suggested it's a fairly common thing for silicone bases.We're already seeing reports of the Sonos One and Amazon Echo creating similar stains.Sonos tells CNET that it's looking into the issue.)According to Pad & Quill President Brian Holmes, the company leapt on the idea: "We thought of the idea about 25 hours ago.
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R/GA announced today the promotion of Richard Ting, an 11-year employee of the agency, to executive vice president and the new role of global chief design officer.The shop said in a statement it is placing all design disciplines under one hood, “fostering even greater integration.”Ting will be responsible for the growth and evolution of the agency’s data and AI-driven design capabilities while also continuing in his previous role as a partner of R/GA Ventures, a division opened in 2014 that holds the investments the agency makes through its accelerator programs.Ting has served in various roles during his time at R/GA including executive creative director (on the Nike account), global head of mobile and social platforms, R/GA Ventures partner and global chief experience officer.This year, Ting will partner with all of R/GA’s global offices and creative leaders to “reshape [its] design talent” and “ensure that they remain world-class and are ready for a world that is increasingly driven by technology,” according to the agency’s statement.“I believe that the designer of the future will increasingly have to integrate multiple aspects of design—design, research, experience strategy, experience design, service design, visual design, prototyping and behavioral science,” Ting said.
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The 4GB variant of the Nokia 6 has been launched in India by HMD Global.Earlier the Nokia 6 was launched in June 2017 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM in India.Come 2018, it has received an upgrade and will be available for sale starting February 20th exclusively on the e-commerce website, Flipkart.The Nokia 6 2018 doesn’t differ a lot from its other variant.It sports a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display having a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.Under the hood lies the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM which is expandable via microSD card.
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A solar storm is forecast to hit Earth early Thursday after the sun unleashed a powerful solar flare — a burst of high-energy radiation — Sunday night.NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory Satellite captured a solar flare on the sun releasing a coronal mass ejection (CME) around 8:25 p.m.“[CMEs] are huge explosions of magnetic field and plasma from the Sun’s corona,” the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) explained in a post online.“When CMEs impact the Earth’s magnetosphere, they are responsible for geomagnetic storms and enhanced aurora.”The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOA) issued a G1 (minor) geomagnetic storm watch for Thursday.Here’s what you need to know about solar storms — and how they can impact the Earth — before one hits the planet on Thursday.
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The new Ogilvy Group UK chief executive Michael Frohlich talks about being a PR veteran and explains how he will be transforming the group towards a One Ogilvy integrated operating system.The newly installed UK Group chief executive admits it’s “corny” but he really does want to “deliver the impossible.” Michael Frohlich is probably allowed more than most to be slightly sentimental about his life-long ambition to be at helm of Ogilvy UK.After all it was his first choice, when he stepped out of university.“I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do when I got out of uni, so decided to apply for a graduate trainee scheme in advertising.Not only did I not get an interview, but got no response back.This is absolutely the best job in the (Ogilvy) network.”
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While the recently-released Apple HomePod is impressing with its audio quality, an early assessment from non-profit reviewing organization, Consumer Reports, claims that the Google Home Max and Sonos One slightly edge it out with their audio chops.In a short video, Consumer Reports mentions that, despite being “one of the best-sounding smart speakers they’ve tested”, the HomePod didn’t sound as clear as Google’s larger competitor or the more audio-centric Sonos One.The early review claims that the HomePod suffers from overemphasized bass and a muddier sound overall.However, the organization has yet to complete its full evaluation, so whether or not they’ll alter their assessment in this field is yet to be seen, but we should find out in the coming weeks when the full results are released.This could spell trouble for Apple, as its $349 (£319 / AU$499) device was largely lined up to compete with Google’s $399 Max smart speaker (around £300 / AU$510), with its audio quality being touted as a prominent selling point.But for those already engaged in the Apple ecosystem, the HomePod will still likely please.
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They reflect and refract light, making possible the imaging systems that drive discovery through the microscope and preserve history through cameras.In a paper published Feb. 9 in Science Advances, scientists at the University of Washington announced that they have successfully combined two different imaging methods -- a type of lens designed for nanoscale interaction with lightwaves, along with robust computational processing -- to create full-color images.The team's ultrathin lens is part of a class of engineered objects known as metasurfaces.A metasurface-based lens -- or metalens -- consists of flat microscopically patterned material surfaces designed to interact with lightwaves.But the UW team's metalens -- in conjunction with computational filtering -- yields full-color images with very low levels of aberrations across the visual spectrum.If properly laid out at these minuscule scales, these structures can interact with individual lightwaves with precision that traditional lenses cannot.
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The Oumuamua interstellar object has been tumbling through space for billions of years due to a violent past, according to researchers with Queen’s University Belfast.The object was first announced late last year; it has the distinction of being the first (known) interstellar object to visit our solar system, though it was shrouded in mystery.Much of that mystery remains, but researchers are beginning to unravel it.Researchers first spotted the interstellar object back in October, first believing it to be a comet.Upon further evaluation, experts realized Oumuamua is an asteroid, one with an unusual, elongated shape.Scientists with Queen’s University Belfast and colleagues around the world have been studying the object since.
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