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The new $250 Bluetooth headphones from Apple's Beats by Dre brand were created in partnership with French fashion house Balmain (pronounced "ball-MON"), a high-end brand most famous these days for outfitting the likes of Kim Kardashian and Gigi Hadid.In fact, Kardashian's little sister, Kylie Jenner, was the face of the campaign to promote these new headphones.While Apple and Balmain created four products in total — Beats Studio over-ear headphones and the Powerbeats3, in two colors each — I had the chance to test the Powerbeats in khaki, a greenish-brown color with gold accents.While metal would have made the headphones heavy and irritating, I wonder if having the gold being matte rather than super-shiny would have been a better choice.One small touch goes a long wayOne of the best design decisions Balmain and Apple made was the addition of a carrying case.
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When you’re making a “Stephen King book directed by Steven Spielberg” like Stranger Things, music is key.Speaking at an event hosted by Variety, music supervisor Nora Felder admitted she had a difficult time getting permission to use the Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” The song plays a key role in the show, first as a bond between brothers, later as a sign from another dimension.But Felder said the rights holders didn’t want the song to be used as a joke in a show about “monsters from an alternative world.”So to convince the rights holders, she pitched them that the song was not about monsters or other dimensions.And every time there was a new use, she had to go back and explain again.“You don’t want anyone to think they’re trivialising your music or making fun of it,” she explained.
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A refurbished 2017 iMac from Apple can offer good savings over buying new, and they all come with a one-year warranty.Apple has now begun selling refurbished 2017 27-inch iMacs on its web store, marking the first time fans have been able to get their hands on one of these all-in-one systems from an official channel without buying new.When those crop up, Apple often refurbishes them and packages them back up for resale and that’s where you can really save some money if you want to buy Apple without the high price tag.There are a lot of different refurbished models available through Apple’s online store, but this is the first time that the 2017 iMacs have been put up for sale there.Priced between $1,530 and $1,950 depending on your selection of hardware, there is plenty of choice across the range, but all of them come with significant savings over buying new.As MacRumors reports, with the right choice you could save yourself upwards of $300.
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What do you know about the data centres that power the web and our applications?There are few things better in life than stepping into a heavily secured building to witness oceans upon oceans of servers, all purring and generating enough heat to power several saunas.The fact that one data centre, or ‘data center’ for our US readers, is indistinguishable from the other only adds to their majesty.OK, so its hard to make data centres sexy, but without them, the Internet and the cloud applications that we all use for business simply wouldn’t exist.These info shacks are populated around the world, powering individual businesses and the public cloud.They are a monument to processing power, advanced networks and innovative cooling systems.
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China’s burgeoning bike-rental industry has witnessed its first-ever IPO as Changzhou-based startup Youon went public today.Shares of Youon started trading this morning on Shanghai Stock Exchange at the initial offering price of RMB 26.85 ($4.02) per share.Despite all the glory in bearing the title of the “first listed bike-rental firm in China”, Youon’s way towards IPO was bumpy with a series of twists and turns.After a failed application in 2015, the firm filed again for listing this March.But the IPO procedure took a halt two months later due to an IP infringement lawsuit filed against the company by Jiangsu business man Gu Tailai, who claims Youon did not have the authorization to use his dockless bike patent.Founded in 2010, the company’s main business includes the sale of public bikes, the operation of a government-funded public bike rental platform (docking stations required), and that of dockless bike-rental services funded by private investors.
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After months of rumors and speculation, HMD Global unveiled the Nokia 8, the first Nokia flagship that runs Android.On the spec tables below, I’ve included the Moto Z2 Force, OnePlus 5, HTC U11, Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus, and LG G6.Keep in mind there are other notable releases from this year and even from last year, a particularly strong point if you are someone willing to save some scratch to get something a bit older.Starting things off with processors, the Nokia 8 joins the growing list of phones that feature Qualcomm’s latest 10nm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform.All the phones except the LG G6 feature the processor, with the LG G6 featuring last year’s Snapdragon 821.Galaxy S8 / S8 Plus
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It's only been a couple of days since the fifth episode of Game of Thrones premiered stateside, and now the sixth one appears to have been leaked online.Torrent Freak reports that Death is the Enemy is now circulating on various streaming, torrent, and direct download services.Torrent Freak reports that the first copy appeared on the Pirate Bay, but quickly spread elsewhere.It's 66 minutes long, and unlike the leak of episode 4 is apparently in high quality.The site also reports that the episode has been split into two parts and posted on Dailymotion, though both videos were quickly removed - as video sites are wont to do when copyright has been broken.It's not clear where the leak came from, but one person on Reddit (spoilers in link) claims it was accidentally aired in Spain by HBO Nordic.
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The AIAS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), has awarded five scholarships to students who are dedicating themselves to the advancement of the video game industry.The scholarships are an attempt to make the game industry more diverse.The winners will each receive $2,500, participate in a year-long mentorship program and are eligible to receive a free pass to the 2018 D.I.C.E.Awards show in the spring.In addition, the AIAS Foundation’s WomenIn program, which provides support to female students and early career games professionals through mentoring, education and scholarships, is now accepting applications.“The global impact of video games reflects the make-up of our scholarship recipients this year — international and diverse,” said Meggan Scavio, president of the AIAS, in a statement.
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Sega snabbspringande hedgehog Sonic was once as synonymous with video games as Nintendo's Super Mario.the Fact is that they both spelserierna had unique elements that complemented each other more than well.Where the Super Mario commanded at precisely plattformshoppande in quiet tempo was Sonic about to run through the lanes in the supersonic speed, have lightning fast reaction time and at the same time finding the most efficient routes to the target.The series, which was the best then that is of course a matter of taste, but one thing is for sure – historically speaking, was the transition to three dimensions is definitely to the advantage of Nintendo's plumber.Therefore, it is not so strange that Sega choose to release a completely new Sonic games in two dimensions, it is, after all, where the series is at its best.And unlike the sub-standard Sonic the Hedgehog 4-games that were released a few years ago, inviting the Sonic Mania on everything that defined the series in its heyday.
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Den flera tusen man starka publiken som samlats för att se på Dota 2-turneringen The International i lördags hade nog inte väntat sig det här.Under stort jubel steg fanfavoriten och tidigare världsmästaren Danil "Dendi" Ishutin in på scenen i Seattles Key Arena.Men nu var han ändå här för en uppvisningsmatch.Bolaget är kanske mest kända för sitt "snälla AI" som Elon Musk hoppas ska stoppa ett Terminator-scenarion.Men i dag visar de ingen nåd mot mänskligheten.Läs också: Elon Musk visar upp sin nya underjordiska bil-hiss
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Ruokayhtiö Valio etsii lisää kannattavuutta ja kasvua välipaloista.Tätä tukee Riihimäelle valmistunut uusi tehdas, joka pystyy puskemaan sisuksistaan vuodessa sata miljoonaa kiloa jogurtteja ja muita maitopohjaisia välipaloja.Noin 170 miljoonaa euroa maksanut investointi on Valion historian suurin.Valion 1,6 miljardin euron liikevaihdosta vasta noin kymmenen prosenttia tuli viime vuonna välipaloista.Kasvavia tuoteryhmiä ovat esimerkiksi proteiinivanukkaat ja vähäsokeriset jogurtit", Valion tuotanto- ja logistiikkajohtaja Mika Koskinen kertoo.Vähäsokeristen tuotteiden valmistus vaatii vahvaa tuotekehitystä ja kehittynyttä tuotantoteknologia, joita ei ihan joka meijeriyhtiöllä ole.
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Self-proclaimed cyber terrorists tend to have one thing in common: They think police can’t catch them.That seems to be the case with Brian Kil, a fictional Facebook bad guy who liked to extort underage girls into sending him nudes, according to the FBI.He’d tell the minors that he had sexually explicit images of them and would send them to her family and friends if they didn’t send him more.Generally, this sort of action is known as “sextortion.” When the victim is underage, the crime is “sexual exploitation of a child,” a charge that can lead to a life sentence.A recently unsealed FBI filing claims that Brian Kil targeted victims in “at least 10 federal districts” over the course of five years and extorted images of girls as young as 12.The first victim outlined in the FBI filing claims that Kil talked one girl into sending him naked pictures of herself which he then posted to a Facebook account, thus engaging in child pornography.
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to Discuss workplace equality has accelerated in silicon valley further, after Google fired the company worked with James Damore, reported The Verge.Damore release last week a position in which the said technology in the field of women working in low number due to discriminatory structures rather than biological differences.Google had to cancel the subject conceives of the debate, to which were invited all the employees of the company.the Reason for withdrawal was the fear of the discussion of employees involved in the harassment and the name of disclosure.Fear caused, for example on Twitter which triggered lokakampanjasta, which began online troublemakers leaked screenshots of Google's minority workers profiles.Disorderly due to your own Twitter page and had to close, for example, Google equality, the equivalent of Danielle Brown.
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Error loading player: No playable sources foundResearchers in the United States have developed what they believe is the world's first battery-free cellphone.The phone is the work of a group of researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle and works by harvesting tiny amounts of power from radio signals, known as radio frequency or 'RF' waves.At first glance it looks little more than a circuit board with electronics equipment connected to it, but it could be the next major technological leap for mobile phones, the team says."This battery-free phone is a major leap in terms of the capabilities of battery-free devices because now we have a streaming device that can continuously talk as well as receive data, which is basically a phone," explained Shyam Gollakota from the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering.The team's first challenge was to develop a phone that used considerably less power to make and receive calls, according to researcher Vamsi Talla.
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Microsoftin Surface-tietokoneet rikkoutuvat selvästi helpommin kuin muiden valmistajien laitteet, selvisi yhdysvaltalaisen Consumer Reports -julkaisun testissä.Tulosten vuoksi Consumer Reports poisti Surface-tuotteille aiemmin antamansa suosituksen.Yleishyödyllinen julkaisu otti yhteyttä 90 000 tablet- ja kannettavan tietokoneen omistajaan.Vastausten perusteella noin joka neljännellä Surface-laitteen omistajalla oli ollut ongelmia laitteen kanssa toisen käyttövuoden loppuun mennessä.Microsoftin sen omat tiedot Surface-laitteen tukipyynnöistä ja palautuksista poikkeavat selvästi Consumer Reportsin tiedoista.Tutkimuksen mukaan Surface-laitteet jämähtävät, sammuvat yllättäen tai kosketusnäytöt oikuttelevat.
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The concept of self-driving trucks sat in the background for some time as the vision of autonomous cars ferrying consumers from A to B hogged the limelight, but the potential for trucking is at least on par if not higher — particularly on a global level.Beyond potential safety gains, integrating elements of autonomous car tech can help boost efficiency, too.Thus far the technology has been pioneered in Silicon Valley, where giants like Uber and Google are working on bringing the tech into trucks — via their Otto (now Uber ATG) and Waymo business units, respectively — while Tesla is preparing to enter to foray.All these solutions require expensive kit that isn’t deployable on all vehicles.Waymo CEO John Krafcik recently revealed a Lidar would cost $75,000 a few years ago, but these days he claims it is just 10 percent of that price.Even still, at $7,500 it remains prohibitively costly for many truck operates — and that’s just one component.
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The 2017 winner of the prestigious ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) award for Outstanding Technical Contributions to Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications is Prof. Dr. Arnold Smeulders.The award is given in recognition of his outstanding and pioneering contributions to defining and bridging the semantic gap in content-based image retrieval.Besides the written record, Arnold always had the drive to showcase academic results in real-world systems.Already then he showed his great ability to generalize results as in 1991 he launched one of the world's first image search engines that combined automatic indexing, interactive retrieval, and evaluation.It led to scientific contributions in early versus late fusion, semantic path finding, similarity based visualization, learned lexicon driven video retrieval, the MediaMill 101 challenge, and neighbor voting for tag ranking.Arnold enjoys putting his students on the stage, while he is watching from behind in the wings.
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The 10-page document, first reported by Motherboard, criticizes Google initiatives designed to increase gender and racial diversity.For her new project called "Techies," she interviewed and took 100 portraits of coders, designers, and CEOs who work in tech and come from diverse backgrounds.Many of her subjects reiterated similar sentiments, like the fact that a sense of belonging is tough when no one else looks like you."When you come from poverty and you're also gay, Cambodian, Mormon, and a refugee of war, there's always an inherent isolation," said Chanpory Rith, MixMax's co-founder and a former Gmail designer.Nancy Douyon, a User Experience Research Program Manager for Google’s Consumer Operations, is Haitian American and went from a career in farming to Silicon Valley.In 2015, I completed 25 research studies, 23 invited talks, worked in 12 countries (overall has worked in 20+ countries), organized 8 community events, conducted 8 workshops, participated in 4 carnival masquerades, received 3 recognition honors, and was part of 2 major Google product launches," she said.
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Then, ladies and gentlemen, I invite you to start your holiday shopping early.For a limited time (the deal expires at midnight on Aug. 10), you can get the Fizzics Waytap for $90.99 shipped.That's after applying discount code CHEAPSKATE$39 at checkout.According to the Fizzics folks, that's the best price you'll find anywhere.All the sharks seemed very impressed by the beer it produced, and its inventors walked away with a deal from Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner.The question, of course: Is it any good?
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Teollisuusliitto on päättänyt pysäyttää korjaamo- ja asennustyöt Delta Autossa, sillä liiton mukaan työnantajapuolen kanssa on pitkäaikaisia ongelmia.Työnseisaus koskee noin 200 asentajaa Delta Auton, Delta Motor Groupin ja Kia Motors Finlandin ja niiden aputoiminimien korjaamo- ja asennustöissä.Liitto tiedottaa työnseisauksen alkavan 24.8. ja päättyvän 27.8.Viimeinen pisara oli se, että Delta Auto ryhtyi väkivaltaisesti tekemään muutoksia asentajien työnkuvaan siten, että samalla heikennetään palkkoja ja muita työsuhteen ehtoja", Teollisuusliiton varapuheenjohtaja Turja Lehtonen sanoo Teollisuusliiton tiedotteessa.Liitto kertoo Delta Auton irtisanoneen keväällä suurimman osan asentajistaan, mukaan lukien pääluottamusmiehiä ja työsuojeluvaltuutettuja.Delta Auton toimitusjohtaja Pekka Ryynäsen mukaan Delta Autossa oli keväällä yt-neuvottelut, jotka johtuivat tuotannollisista ja taloudellisista syistä.
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