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South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics has posted record-breaking earnings, putting it on course to better rival Apple's quarterly profits as it seeks to move past a bribery scandal and a damaging recall debacle.The firm said huge sales of its new Galaxy S8 smartphone and demand for its memory chips were behind the jump in April-June and predicted another blockbuster report for the current quarter to September.Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart and navigate between data series.The chart has 1 X axis displaying categories.Samsung v Apple operating profitsSamsung v Apple operating profits - Highcharts Cloud$bnSamsung v Apple operating profitsQ1 2009Q3 2009Q1 2010Q3 2010Q1 2011Q3 2011Q1 2012Q3 2012Q1 2013Q3 2013Q1 2014Q3 2014Q1 2015Q3 2015Q1 2016Q3 2016Q1 2017051015202530Highcharts.comHowever, Greg Roh, an analyst at HMC Investment Securities, told AFP: "Samsung has surpassed its rivals for now but Apple usually sees little fluctuation in its profits whereas Samsung's profits fluctuate largely on memory chip prices."
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For all its drawbacks as a system of governance, you have to admit that communism, with its rich history and Big Brother overtones, makes for an ideal video game setting.Two-fisted shooters that let you blow the brains out of evil reds?Sneaky super-spy stealth games in which you set up both sides against each other?Even communist-friendly versions of city- and world-builders are out there.All of that makes Black the Fall (for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC) easy to enjoy from the get-go.It’s a moody little thriller in which you’re a machinist trying to escape from a communist country that’s closely based on Ceausescu’s Romania – in fact, the developers called on their own experiences of living through that horrifying regime.
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CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, Malaysia's second largest bank by asset scale, said that its subsidiary Touch n Go, in which the bank holds a 52.22% stake, has reached an investment agreement with Alipay to set up a joint venture entity in Malaysia.According to CIMB, Touch n Go will hold a majority stake in the joint venture, while Alipay will hold a minority stake.The joint venture will launch a new payment and related financial services mobile platform in Malaysia.CIMB also said that it is expected that the establishment of this new joint venture will not have major influence on CIMB's profit or net asset value in 2017.If calculating by assets, CIMB is the fifth largest bank in Southeast Asia.Chinese Internet finance enterprises like Ant Financial and WeChat payment are actively expanding overseas recently.
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Cyber-thieves have made at least $25m (£19m) from ransomware in the last two years, suggests research by Google.The search giant created thousands of virtual victims of ransomware to expose the payment ecosystem surrounding the malware type.Most of the money was made in 2016 as gangs realised how lucrative it was, revealed a talk at Black Hat.Two types of ransomware made most of the money, it said, but other variants are starting to emerge."It's become a very, very profitable market and is here to stay," said Elie Bursztein from Google who, along with colleagues Kylie McRoberts and Luca Invernizzi, carried out the research.Ransomware is malicious software that infects a machine and then encrypts or scrambles files so they can no longer be used or read.
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Lauren lived in China for 8 years where she developed a large fan base.Weibo Stories function is an exciting addition to the platform that Sina-Weibo is heavily promoting.However, it is still in its early stages in terms of reach and engagement, and a bit unoriginal.As more users start understanding how to utilize and incorporate stories into their content mix, should we bet on it taking off?The “Location” feature and AR face filters are the most recent examples.While many people didn’t understand the feature at first or see how it could benefit them, it has since become integral to the platform.
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Yet unlike the government’s case against Microsoft, Trump’s recent attacks against Amazon are shrouded in the politics of red states versus blue states, and the reality that its founder, Jeff Bezos, owns The Washington Post.In widely-followed tweets on Monday, Trump charged that the Post is being used by Bezos to protect the company from higher taxes, or even an antitrust investigation by the DOJ.While the matter of taxes was dealt with here, the issue of whether Amazon has become a monopoly over certain markets is much harder to establish.Leaving aside the political context of Trump’s accusations, suing Amazon for antitrust violations would require meeting a difficult and daunting set criteria, said Diana L. Moss, president of the American Antitrust Institute, a non-profit organisation that promotes competition on behalf of consumers and businesses.There would have to be strong proof from market participants that Amazon engaged in exclusionary practices, and the government would have to be pretty concerned about its conduct in many of the markets that it participates in.”Antitrust law requires evidence that a company has engaged in anti-competitive, exclusionary or predatory pricing that may have led to higher costs for consumers, or a loss of sales at competing companies, said Amy Ray, a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, who specialises in antitrust matters.
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This lopsided adoption is most clear when we consider that we now trust a car’s built-in collision-avoidance system to protect our lives, yet still question whether a machine can recommend what to write next in a marketing program or which customer should receive a new product offer.Over the past 10 years, marketing automation has grown into a billion-dollar industry by promising to bring personalization and efficiency to marketing programs.The siren call of automated lead nurturing, lead scoring, and triggered responses to critical prospect activities has proved irresistible to B2B organizations: There were nearly 11 times more companies with marketing automation in 2014 than there were in early 2011 (SiriusDecisions), and 60% of companies turning over at least $500 million adopted marketing automation by 2014 (Raab Associates).And every time you measure results, the outcome is that more rules need to be written.To track those looking at how to address this, Forrester recently started a new research theme it calls “content intelligence,” which it defines as “the use of artificial intelligence technologies to understand and capture the qualities inherent in any content.” As the marketing technology analyst David Raab says, “Something has to give: Either marketers stop trying to make the best decisions or they stop relying on rules.”In the face of relentlessly rising customer expectations, leading marketers are investing in AI-based tools – a category that encompasses everything from personalization tools that “learn” from individuals’ online behavior to recommend content more effectively, to tools that can detect minute patterns across massive consumer data sets and predict future behavior.
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Chinese scientists have created the largest virtual universe on Sunway TaihuLight, the world’s fastest computer, according to a lead researcher on the project.Experts said that China was learning to take full advantage of its raw calculation power, which had grown way beyond that of other nations in recent years, and recreating the universe was just the first step.The development of the next generation of high-performance computers will allow researchers to work in tandem with other advanced technological facilities, such as the world’s largest radio telescope, to unlock the secrets of the universe.Gao Liang, chair scientist of the computational cosmology group in the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, said they simulated the birth and early expansion of the universe using 10 trillion digital particles.This project’s scale was five times greater than that of the previous record, which was achieved last month by astrophysicists at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, he added.The work was carried out at the National Supercomputer Centre in Wuxi, Jiangwu two months ago.
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What if I say that your cute, smart robotic vacuum cleaner is collecting data than just dirt?During an interview with Reuters, the CEO of iRobot, the company which manufactured Roomba device, has revealed that the robotic vacuum cleaner also builds a map of your home while cleaning — and is now planning to sell this data to third-party companies.I know it sounds really creepy, but this is what the iRobot company has planned with the home mapping data its Roomba robots collect on its users.Early versions of Roomba used IR or laser sensors to avoid obstacles in their way, but the company began distributing high-end Wi-Fi-connected Roomba models from 2015, such as the Roomba 980, which includes a camera and Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM) technology that can not only avoid obstacle but also build a map of your home.Roomba robots gather all kinds of data—from room dimensions and furniture position to distances between different objects placed in your room—that could help next-generation IoT devices to build a true smart home.Angle believes mapping data could be used by other smart home devices—such as thermostats, lighting, air conditioner, personal assistant, and security cameras—to become smarter.
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Instagram finally added the ability to zoom in on photos last year, which you activated using a pinch gesture.Now Facebook appears to be bringing the gesture over to your News Feed.I was browsing my feed earlier today when I noticed a Facebook animation tell me I could pinch to zoom into a photo.There are a few stray mentions of the feature on Twitter over the past couple of months, but I couldn’t find any other reporting on it, so I assume it was probably a small test that went under the radar.Though the feature didn’t work on any iOS device we tried, we were able to replicate it on four separate Android phones, so it seems the company is rolling out the feature more widely now.Of course, you could already tap on a photo to open it and then zoom in, but the new feature is a faster and more seamless way of expanding a photo without leaving your News Feed.
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Thousands of SMEs suffer from late payments and then find themselves facing gargantuan tax bills, which consequently forces them to dip into their cash reserves.Although the government’s Making Tax Digital timetable has been pushed back, it is becoming increasingly clear that embracing digital transformation is simply an inevitability.Many SMEs still rely on spreadsheets and other inefficient manual processes to manage their business expenses – which costs approximately £8.72 billion each year in lost productivity.To improve efficiency, businesses should consider investing in automated systems and cloud-based solutions which makes it easier to track and control expenses and thus remove administrative burdens and free up business time.Businesses should ensure they are taking full advantage of tax relief opportunities.Commercial property-owning businesses are entitled to claim capital allowances, a valuable form of tax relief for certain types of capital expenditure.
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And it’s an increasingly common situation: A 2016 United Nations report found that 1 in every 113 people in the world is now either internally displaced, an asylum-seeker or a refugee.Women typically make up half of these populations, the report noted, and “those who are unaccompanied, pregnant, heads of households, disabled, or elderly are especially vulnerable.”Programs like Eat OffBeat aim to help these women land on their feet.In Paris, Les Cuistots Migrateurs employs refugee caterers.And at Hot Bread Kitchen, just 40 minutes south in East Harlem, women with low-income status, most of them immigrants who hail from diverse backgrounds ranging from Turkey to Ethiopia, participate in a six-month-long program designed to teach them how to make a variety of breads from around the world.In fact, it was co-founder Manal Kahi’s hummus recipe that inspired her and her brother Wissam to start the organization, shortly after she arrived in New York from Lebanon in 2013.
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Online marketplace Amazon is working to deploy augmented reality to give its customers a more personalised shopping experience, according to a recently discovered patent filed by the company.The patent, based on an application filed in 2013, describes a system which would use augmented reality to a give a real-life feel as to how certain items will look on you.The technology uses 3D sensors to generate a cloud of data points to determine the exact position of a real-life object.So, if you're willing to try some watch online, the AR technology will use the camera of your device to capture the position and orientation of your hand and superimpose a virtual image of the object.It will also collect lighting data to give a real-world feel of the object with reflection and finer details."The items may include jewelry, eyeglasses, watches, home furnishings, and so forth.
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In which Chronicles of Delphi scribe Verity gives praise to post-book worldStob The best way to acquire a programming skill - by "skill" I mean a working understanding of a framework, a language or, shudder, very very bad word coming up, engaging shatter-proof scare quotes, a "paradigm" - is by modifying a colleague's well-written code and making it do something different that you actually need it to do.That's not to say that long video courses don't have their place, and that place is to bring the gift of deep sleep to all humankind.Provisional strap line: "When command line distributed version control utilities go bad".Finally you took the receipt back upstairs and queued for a third time to rescue your purchases.After the time when virtually nobody stocked software development books, there then followed a long period when virtually everybody stocked software development books.
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Researchers in the U.S. are designing and looking to develop 50 megawatt (MW) wind turbines with “extreme-scale blades” 200 meters in length.To put things in perspective, if built, they will be taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.The Segmented Ultralight Morphing Rotor (SUMR) project is being led by researchers at the University of Virginia.In 2015 the project was awarded a three year grant of more than US$3.5 million by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E.“It’s incredibly challenging, because the scale is so big,” the University of Virginia’s Eric Loth told CNBC in a phone interview.“I don’t know if I have any other project that I’ve been working on in the last 30 years that has been… so challenging in that respect,” he added.
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It turns out the recognisable half-circle arch of a rainbow is a complete lie.When you’re standing on the ground looking up at a rainbow in the sky, the curvature of the Earth usually blocks its bottom half.But when viewed from a higher vantage point, like from a plane, or the top of a crane, rainbows are magically revealed to be a complete circle.This video was captured by a crane operator working on the 1,500+ foot tall Lakhta Center skyscraper in St Petersburg, Russia.From the machine’s cab they were able to film the entire circumference of the phenomenon, which ends up looking more like a gateway to another universe, than sunlight simply being reflected from inside rain drops.
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Shortly after launching in UK last month, Chinese bike-sharing giant Mobike announced Tuesday that it’s pedaling its way to a second stop in Europe—Italy—in an extended competition with its arch-rival ofo for the global market.The firm said it would first launch several hundreds of Mobikes in Florence across selected high-demand areas with a promotion rate of EUR 0.3 per 30 minutes during the trial stage.Official service will available to all of Florence and Milan starting August with the plan to launch around 4,000 bikes in each of the two cities.Hu Weiwei, Founder of Mobike said: “We are delighted to enter the Italian market, and especially to launch Mobike’s operations in both Florence and Milan, home to so many of history’s greatest innovators and artists.… Mobike is committed to working side-by-side with our partners to preserve and enhance Florentines’, Milanese’s and visitors’ enjoyment of both cities.Mobike has been in a land grabbing battle with ofo in the domestic market, and the two bike rental powers are now expanding competition overseas gradually since the beginning of this year.
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Researchers at Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) and the University of Tokyo have developed a light-responsive crystalline material that overcomes challenges faced in previous studies.Photochromic molecules change their electronic states or chemical structures, when exposed to light.They can play key roles in the development of 'photoresponsive' materials that could be used in delivery systems for controlled drug release, or to develop dynamic scaffolds for tissue engineering, among other applications.Susumu Kitagawa of iCeMS, Hiroshi Sato of the University of Tokyo, and their colleagues, prepared a flexible porous crystal composed of a photoresponsive dithienylethene derivative, zinc ions (Zn2+), and 1,4-benenzenedicarboxylate.The 'porous coordination polymer' consisted of two-dimensional sheets connected by pillars of photoresponsive molecules, which created a three-dimensional, entangled framework.Due to the flexible nature of the entangled framework, the channels changed shape when exposed to light.
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A cheap alternative to traditional laptops, they offer a safer environment for surfing the web, as well as smooth performance.But this means they don't slow down, unlike some Windows laptops, meaning they don't need to be updated as regularly to be kept safe and secure.Plus, since you can pick up a decent Chromebook for under £200 there has never been a better time to think about buying one instead of a notebook.The best Chromebooks for 2017Acer Chromebook 11: Acer's cheapest, no-frills Chromebook comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage and an Intel Celeron processor.Asus Chromebook C201: A compact Asus Chromebook with an HD display, this device has plenty of connectivity and weighs less than a kilogram.
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Say what you want about Microsoft’s past hardware flops, but there’s no denying it has become somewhat of a trendsetter in some areas.The Surface Pro tablets, the HoloLens headset, and, lately, the Surface Studio.That is why it’s a bit disappointing that HP’s newest Pavilion All-in-One hasn’t made that jump yet.Powerful and gorgeous, it’s just a pen and a few angles away from becoming a Surface Studio rival.The Canvas is simply just a pen display that mirrors, or extends, your computer’s own display (or be its primary display).And it’s pretty powerful hardware to boot, which makes up for the fact that you do have a rather thick box.
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