Tom Skipper

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The Taiwanese smartphone maker that reached its peak in 2009 is doing its best to get back the former popularity.It’s a bit difficult to make any predictions because the market is full of various manufacturers and it’s very difficult to come in with a device that differs from others.However, we can’t ignore this company and we should pay attention to its new models as well.The entry-level HTC Desire 12 and its larger variant, the HTC Desire 12+ were announced back on March 20.A month later, on April 20, HTC announced those devices will become available for purchase in China starting May 1.As ePrice reports, the HTC Desire 12 is already available for pre-order at 1300 yuan ($206), while the HTC Desire 12+ will go on sale later in May or June.
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The Global Sources Mobile Electronics is world’s largest and leading electronics trade fair in the world.The event kicked off on April 18th and will keep going until tomorrow, April 21st at the Asia World-Expo in Hong Kong.The flagship trade fair of Global Sources features over 6,600 booths with the hottest electronics products from China, Korea and other Asian countries.Acting as one of the newer Electronic mobile phone brands, KOOLNEE with its incredible team have also taken their own significant part in this huge event.The mysterious KOOLNEE K7, which has not been launched and revealed officially yet, was indeed showcased these days and, from various reports, we can say that it hit the mark.The smartphone comes with a marvelous glass coating technique and the trending notch screen.
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The Democratic National Committee is going after Russia, the Trump campaign, and WikiLeaks over cyberattacks during the 2016 US presidential election.The 2016 race to the White House was riddled with controversies, including emails leaked after Russian hackers infiltrated the DNC's network.In a lawsuit filed on Friday, the DNC alleges that the Russian government worked with the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks to help the former reality star win the election.The defendants listed in the lawsuit include Guccifer 2.0, the hacker behind the dumped emails, Donald J. Trump Jr., the president's son, and Julian Assange, WikiLeaks' founder."In the run-up to the 2016 election, Russia mounted a brazen attack on American Democracy," the lawsuit alleges."The opening salvo was a cyberattack on the DNC, ccarried out on American soil."
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A deceivingly heavy bag of groceries in one hand, two gallons of milk in the other and newly bloomed daffodils that smell of spring in abundance balancing in the crevice of my right elbow.If anyone deserves a smile, she does.I can’t help but notice it opens reluctantly, after undo-ing three sets of security locks, if I counted correctly.She must feel like she’s opening the door to a cheerful stranger holding milk and flowers.“Hi Nana, it’s me, sorry I’m late.The hippocampus withers away and as much as it fights back, it’s a losing battle.
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Guinness World Records (GWR) is a reference book published annually, listing world records both of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world, which packs full of the world’s grossest, smelliest, weirdest and noisiest records.It receives over 50,000 record applications a year and the latest one is coming from the Ulefone brand concerning their latest big battery phone Ulefone Power 5.Well according to Ulefone it’s verified and approved that the Power 5 should be the current top smartphone with the highest battery capacity.After all it packs huge 13.000 mAh battery and could offer up to 7 days of endurance on a single charge.And to quickly recharge it you can use the super fast 5V/5A charging or use the 10W wireless charging for more convenience.Aside from the big battery capacity, the Power 5 also offers some quite solid specs.
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There are countless sophisticated ways these days to forge a signature, but none are as exquisite, eccentric, and expensive as this.OK, this isn’t an illegal, counterfeiting machine but the Jaquet Droz Signing Machine will save you from the pain of having to sign something over and over again, potentially giving you carpal tunnel syndrome.Presuming, of course, you can afford this odd contraption.Announced way back in 2014, this Signing Machine looks more like something that came from an alternate steampunk world.Instead of scanners, lasers, and printers, the machine, which takes the form of a small box, is full of gears and shafts, almost like a clock.Not surprising, of course, considering Jaquet Droz mostly sells gorgeous watches with exposed gears and all sorts of mechanical wizardy.
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Britney back in 2001, in the video for her single ‘Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know’.But of course, you didn’t need us to tell you that, right?This piece of fashion history was spotted by BuzzFeed’s Matt Stopers who is a self-proclaimed “former 1 Britney Spears fan”.Britney Spears literally still has the shorts from her Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know (gorgeous) video.Her insta today vs. the video in 2000.You can't bc your fav is NOT!
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A “knee-jerk” decision by Theresa May to restrict the discretion of border staff to decide not to deport people sowed the seeds of the Windrush scandal, it has been claimed.Lucy Moreton, general secretary of the ISU, the union for borders, immigration and customs staff, said on Friday morning it was “deeply unfair” for ministers to blame officials on the ground.Seven years ago, May sacked the head of the Borders Agency, Brodie Clark, for using his authority to relax passport checks in order to reduce immigration queues.“The discretion that these staff used to have in order to deal with individuals justly and fairly was removed in the wake of the scandal,” Moreton told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme.“If someone told you that they had come to the UK on Windrush, or a similar vessel, that they had been here since the late 60s, or even just that they had been here pre the 1971 Act, you can talk to them a bit, you can understand if they’ve genuinely been here.”Morton added: “It was a knee-jerk, a backlash reaction to what was perceived as an unfair exercise of discretion on the border control by Brodie Clark.”
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In today’s news, Alibaba contest rivals JD and Tencent with a big investment in Thailand, while Indonesia has been highlighted as making the most progress on financial inclusion among east Asian and Pacific countries.True Balance nets US$23 million investment (India/South Korea).True Balance, which allows users to more easily check, track, and recharge their phone’s data balance, said it will use the funds to hire more people, and expand its financial services to users.The World Bank has released the latest Global Financial Inclusion Index, finding Indonesia ahead of the pack across east Asia and the Pacific in bringing unbanked citizens – especially women – into the formal financial system over the past three years.The Chinese internet giant has invested US$4.8 million in the gaming influencer agency’s pre-series A round.The video-streaming service, launched by Singtel, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros, has announced that it will remove the cost of Indonesia’s free-to-air channels, and reduce the price of its premium channels to as low as US$0.25 per day.
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WPP has reached out to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in order to ascertain whether it is in breach of rules surrounding insider information, in a case relating to a sum of company money allegedly misused by Sir Martin Sorrell.Reports in the Guardian suggest that the regulatory body was contacted by the advertising giant to confirm it had acted in accordance with the law after it called a halt to its investigation as part of an agreement with Sorrell who went on to quit the company.No further detail was given on the nature of the allegations of "personal misconduct", which Sorrell said he rejected "unreserverdly".WPP itself informed shareholders that the "allegations do not involve amounts that are material to WPP".The FCA has responsibility for overseeing publicly listed companies and ensure that they operate in compliance with market abuse regulations, specifically by checking that the sum of money involved fall below the level that would be classed as a breach of insider information rules.An FCA spokesperson said: “It is the responsibility of a listed company to ensure that they identify potential inside information and take steps to disclose it appropriately to the market.
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A scorned woman poured sulphuric acid over her ex-boyfriend leaving him so badly injured that he chose to end his life at a euthanasia clinic, a court has heard.The couple had been together for five years but had split up the month before and although Van Dongen was still supporting Wallace financially, he had started seeing another woman.In the hours before the attack, Van Dongen and Wallace had attempted to rekindle their romance but at 3am on September 23 2015, Wallace poured the acid over him, causing 25 per cent burns and devastating injuries, the court was told.She says it was Van Dongen who filled the glass with acid and tried to dupe her into drinking it along with medication she took in a bid to kill or injure her.Van Dongen was left paralysed and only able to move his tongue, and had to have his left leg amputated.Fifteen months after the attack, which occurred in the Westbury Park area of Bristol, Van Dongen applied for euthanasia in his native Belgium.
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There’s a reason that many natural things look unbelievably cool: evolution.Given the stresses of existing on this turbulent spinning orb, some organisms must adapt in literally dazzling ways.This confused me at first, too, but the Cystoseira tamariscifolia algae has an iridescent shimmer just like an opal crystal does.The plant has light-controlling crystals inside its cells to help with photosynthesis.“We have living jewels in the environment,” study author Heather Whitney from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom told Gizmodo.C. tamariscifolia is a common brown alga found in Europe and the Mediterranean.
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A woman has died following a fire at a care home for adults with learning disabilities in north-east London that broke out early Friday morning.The woman, whose name and age are not yet known, was pronounced dead at the scene on Connington Crescent, Chingford.It is not yet clear whether she was a resident or a member of staff.Pictures from the scene show flames pouring out of the roof of the building, which houses Connington Court and Connington House.Both provide services to support adults with autism and other complex needs or behaviour, according to Care Quality Commission documents.Approximately 70 firefighters attended the blaze at the three-storey block of flats from 2.15am.
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Toxic levels of the nerve agent used to attack Sergei Skripal and his daughter could still be present at “hot spots” around Salisbury, Government scientists believe.A small amount of the deadly Novichok substance is thought to have been used in liquid form to target the former Russian agent, 66, and Yulia, 33, last month.Work is to begin decontaminating nine locations across the city where experts think the substance could still be present, in a multi million-pound operation which could take months to complete.Officials from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), joined local council, police and health representatives to update residents on the clean-up process at a public meeting on Thursday evening.Asked whether the chemical remains at the same “lethal” level as the day it was put on Skripal’s door, Defra’s chief scientific adviser Ian Boyd said: “We have to make an assumption that in certain circumstances there will be relatively high concentrations, probably in very, very specific locations, which could be at levels that could be toxic to individuals.“That’s an assumption, it’s also one we’ve tested in some circumstances and we do know that there are hot spots like that around, so we have to make those assumptions that some of the hot spots we’ve still got to find.
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The current brouhaha between the US government and Chinese tech giant, Huawei, could be taking a new twist and getting more interesting.Recall that the US government recently banned the sales of Huawei and ZTE (both Chinese companies) products in the US and it has also taken numerous measures to ensure that no product or Hardware from these companies is used by US companies.In a separate issue, ZTE cant use American products for the next seven years, this implies that ZTE phones cant sport a Qualcomm chip or run Google’s Android.The Chinese government has been relatively silent as these issues brews but not anymore.Before we discuss the Chinese government involvement, let’s take a look at the largest US company performance in China – of course, its Apple.Cook also said that the company’s data shows that among the wealthier Chinese cities, the top five smartphone sales in the last quarter of last year were all iPhones, just like in the United States.
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From a simple voice-activated AI assistant like Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home to interconnected systems for lights, thermostats, kitchen appliances and security alarms, these devices are designed to make our lives simpler and more convenient.Whether you’ve already invested in smart home devices or are considering them as your next tech purchase, consider what members of YEC have to say on the subject.We asked a panel the following question:Today’s smart home systems can order takeout for dinnertime, find your car keys, turn down the thermostat and alert you to any disturbances when you’re away — but what’s one thing all consumers should know about them?If you buy products from, say, Apple, Google and Amazon, they may not work together.If you want to create an entire smart home, it’s best to focus on one brand.
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After announcing its very own neural network chip, Alibaba has made another step towards strengthening its new AI chips business.The e-commerce giant announced on April 20th that it will fully acquire local chip designer C-SKY (中天微), according to QQ News.“Acquiring C-SKY is an important step for Alibaba’s microchip layout,” said Alibaba’s CTO Jeff Zhang (Zhang Jianfeng).Zhang added that IP core is the heart of basic chip capability and that entering the field of IP core means realizing an “autonomous, controllable” foundation for China’s chips.Hangzhou C-SKY Microsystems is an integrated circuit design house.The company has developed 7 types of CPUs covering applications including IoT, digital audio and video, information security, network and communications, industrial control and automotive electronics.
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CAMBRIDGE, MASS.--Two and a half years ago, a team of researchers led by groups at MIT, the University of California at Berkeley, and Boston University announced a milestone: the fabrication of a working microprocessor, built using only existing manufacturing processes, that integrated electronic and optical components on the same chip.In the latest issue of Nature, a team of 18 researchers, led by the same MIT, Berkeley, and BU groups, reports another breakthrough: a technique for assembling on-chip optics and electronic separately, which enables the use of more modern transistor technologies."The most promising thing about this work is that you can optimize your photonics independently from your electronics," says Amir Atabaki, a research scientist at MIT's Research Laboratory of Electronics and one of three first authors on the new paper.For example, now we could imagine a microprocessor manufacturer or a GPU manufacturer like Intel or Nvidia saying, 'This is very nice.Moving from electrical communication to optical communication is attractive to chip manufacturers because it could significantly increase chips' speed and reduce power consumption, an advantage that will grow in importance as chips' transistor count continues to rise: The Semiconductor Industry Association has estimated that at current rates of increase, computers' energy requirements will exceed the world's total power output by 2040.The integration of optical - or "photonic" - and electronic components on the same chip reduces power consumption still further.
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Damn, I’ve never seen a tech company give up on a project so quickly since Microsoft bet big on the Kin, but Intel may have taken the cake as it announces the closure of the division responsible for its intriguing Vaunt smart glasses.Just five years after creating the New Devices Group, Intel is shuttering it, and unfortunately, that will also mean the loss of an estimated 200 jobs, according to The Information, who first reported the closure.The group is perhaps best known for a pair of smart glasses, known internally as Vaunt, which use a low-power laser to beam a low-resolution image into your peripheral vision, directly onto your retina.Had they come to market the glasses would have been easy to ignore, non-intrusive, and would have looked like a “normal” pair of eyeglasses compared to other attempts to colonise your face with technology like Google Glass.The company’s high hopes for the project, outlined in The Verge’s exclusive look at the Vaunt prototype glasses in February of this year, included gesture control and integration with Amazon’s Alexa.While they looked like some sort of protective eyewear for people working with 3D printers, it was easy to see future iterations achieve a more stylish aesthetic.
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Perfection is not everything, according to an international team of researchers whose 2-D materials study shows that defects can enhance a material's physical, electrochemical, magnetic, energy and catalytic properties."Electronic devices, like transistors, are usually made from relatively bulky stacked layers of metal, oxides and crystalline semiconductors," said Shengxi Huang, assistant professor of electrical engineering, Penn State.To do this, the researchers are looking at molybdenum sulfide single atomic layers.They report the results of their investigation in a recent issue of ACS Nano.These films were placed on a variety of substrates -- gold, single-layer graphene, hexagonal boron nitride and cerium dioxide -- and irradiated to create defects in the lattice structure.Irradiation causes some of the molybdenum sulfide to lose a sulfur atom from the surface.
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