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Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaomi, is a pretty young company which releases new products in all spheres of manufacturing regularly.However, after the release of Xiaomi Redmi 5, Redmi 5 Plus and Redmi 5A late last year, we have not seen any new product from the company.Now, one of the earliest 2018 gadgets from Xiaomi just arrived.Interestingly, it is not a gadget that we see every day or something that we usually expect the company to drop every year.This product is called “Xiaomi Mi Car Inverter”.This may sound confusing to many Mi fans, but Team GizChina is always here to explain what is to be expected from this device.
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Warning: The following preview outlines general details for the premise of Counterpart, a new Starz sci-fi series debuting this weekend.The “actor as multiple roles” genre has been done in a seemingly infinite amount of ways as of late: clones, siblings, whatever Cloud Atlas was.With Starz' new series Counterpart debuting this Sunday (8pm ET), the premise gets a slight twist.Beloved institution JK Simmons (everything from those Allstate ads to Justice League and Whiplash) portrays mild-mannered office man Howard and alternate-universe spy bad-ass Howard Prime.Luckily, audiences get the gist of this situation early in the series premiere: 30 years ago during the Cold War, scientists were experimenting when something went wrong, opening a passage between two seemingly distinct worlds.Counterpart subscribes to the divergent timeline theory of sci-fi time, meaning Howard’s world and the Prime world have a shared history but then split and evolve based on the different happenings since.
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If you weren’t already focused on your mobile site’s performance, Google is giving you a reason.In July of 2018, Google will use a new ranking signal focused purely on mobile site speed: the “Speed Update.”Google will dampen rankings for slower mobile sites to help mobile searchers find sites that deliver what Google considers to be a better mobile experience.Desktop site speed has been a Google ranking factor for almost eight years — Google’s obsession with speed isn’t anything new.What is new is that Google will now include mobile sites in the site speed ranking equation.Google will use the Speed Update to measure all mobile pages, whether they’re on a dedicated or a responsive site.
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Funko, you’ve outdone yourselves this time.Funko just announced that it’s doing a line of its popular Pop!figures of characters from Jurassic Park for the film’s 25th anniversary.And they are all pretty cool.But really, it’s all about this.And as good as the sexy Ian Malcolm Pop is, it’s criminal that there’s no Pop for Dr. Ellie Sattler, played by Laura Dern.
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Image credit: PhotoAlto | Sigrid Olsson | Getty ImagesOver the past nine years, I have consulted dozens of clients on their marketing campaigns.Many are outdated and do not bring any new traffic.Related: The Secret to Successful Content Marketing In 2018 Is Having a Strategy, So Get OneThis is a common issue businesses face across industries.In recent times, for example, a lot of UK-based businesses are talking about GDPR and its impact on their specific industry.
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After launching a few customized versions of the VIVO X20 the company finally came with something made especially for females.The original model was launched in various color options including the gold, rose gold, matte black, blue, and black gold.So the VIVO X20 Dream Pink is the sixth color variant.But there were two other models in face of the Honor of Kings Limited Edition as well as the Christmas Edition.So at this moment, there are up to 8 models of the VIVO X20, which can be considered to be one of the best full-screen smartphones around the globe.Today the manufacturer officially announced this customized version is already available for purchase at 3198 yuan ($496).
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US regulator won't pretend that mobile networks are equivalent to landlinesAnalysis America's favorite government watchdog – the Federal Communications Commission – has backtracked on plans to downgrade the entire country's internet, agreeing to maintain its current definition of what is broadband speed.In a "factsheet" put out by the telecoms regulator on Friday, FCC chairman Aji Pai noted that the latest draft of its annual broadband deployment report "finds that the current speed benchmark of 25Mbps [down] 3Mbps [up] remains an appropriate measure by which to assess whether a fixed service provides advanced telecommunications capability."That decision follows a remarkable effort by the FCC to change the definition of broadband internet to a slower speed by arguing that "internet access" can be defined as either a fixed connection or wireless connection.No one is sure what a "holistic view" of internet provision means but it will almost certainly amount to the FCC looking for ways to distort the data to say that internet providers are doing a great job.According to the most recent figures – stretching back to 2016 - only three per cent of the United States has a real level of internet competition where consumers have a choice of three or more providers if they want 25/3Mbps speeds.
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Fittingly enough, support for Amazon's Alexa voice assistant is finally coming to the Alexa app for Android phones, although it's currently a bit of a gimmick.Rather than being able to talk to Alexa at any time much as you would through Google Assistant, Alexa only works on Android devices if you have the Alexa app open, as Android Police reports.But hey, small steps, right?It's not the first time that Alexa has been available on a smartphone, but in the past it only appeared on devices like the Huawei Mate 9 or Motorola Moto X4 as a result of special partnership deals.The new update, though, which is expected to roll out over the course of the next few days on both the Google Play store and Amazon's own app store, essentially brings Amazon's increasingly beloved voice assistant to almost any phone.Support for iOS is also expected to come soon, although no specific timeline was given.
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While a wave of low cost, standalone smart cameras — like the $20 Wyzecam — have sprouted up recently, Netgear has forged ahead at the high end of the market, targeting serious home security DIY-ers and small business owners.As such, the Arlo Pro 2 is available only in two or four-camera bundles, priced at $480 and $800, respectively.Add in the wired or wire-free operation, weatherproof design, and robust scheduling and geofencing capabilities, and you’ve got what is the most versatile and complete smart home security solution on the market.As evidenced by D-Link’s recently announced DCS-2802KT, this setup may indeed be growing in popularity.While the Arlo Pro 2 doesn’t boast the high dynamic range of the dual-exposure Nest Cam IQ, it does offer a simple brightness slider.The one downside of all of this power and flexibility is that the Arlo app (iOS and Android) is a bit cluttered.
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It’s been confirmed that LG has decided to give it’s flagship phones a break.As was reported earlier, the S. Korean phone maker won’t be showing off the LG G7 at MWC 2018 in February.Instead of keeping its yearly launch cycle, now the company will focus on refining its flagships as we heard earlier.So, what will it bring a surprise package?Well, if a report from Korea is to be believed, it will be an AI-infused LG V30.Or as they call it the LG V30 + α.
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This move is set to grant Google access to the Chinese market, a vast and untapped target that Tencent can connect the American giant to.Google and Tencent have signed a deal in which the two organisations have agreed to cross-license patents, allowing Google to break into the Chinese market.Cross-licensing is a contract that gives the parties involved the ability to grant rights to their intellectual property to each other, and in this case the deal will apply to a number of products.Details regarding financial arrangements have no yet been shared by either party.Tencent has a great deal of influence in China as the company responsible for the country’s top messaging app, WeChat.Its wide reach in terms of social media and gaming will provide Google with a valuable entry point in pursuing an unexplored market.
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If water were flowing at that rate from a 1-liter bottle of water, it would take about 200 years to drain.The invention is designed to fill an urgent need in the rapidly expanding field of microfluidics, in which precisely measuring tiny flow rates is critical.Clinical diagnostics, chemical research, cell sorting and counting, and continuous-flow micromanufacturing--essentially tiny factories that work nonstop to make small quantities of liquids--also increasingly require accurate measurements of similarly minuscule volumes."Some require calibration, others use complex imaging systems and microscopes; some take data over many minutes, and therefore, can't track dynamic changes, and some are not traceable to the International System of Units," said inventor Greg Cooksey, a biomedical engineer in NIST's Physical Measurement Laboratory.His optical microflow measurement system, fabricated at NIST's Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, avoids those complications.It monitors the speed of fluorescent molecules in liquid as they travel down a channel about the width of a human hair, measuring the time interval between the molecules' responses to two separate laser pulses.
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Personalizing an email marketing program can greatly increase opens and clicks.In this post, I’ll review four common methods to personalize email, to encourage conversions.Tailoring the look and feel of your emails to major demographic cohorts can increase response rates.For example, show male clothing to males and female clothing to females.Also, align products and styles based on age groups.Adding a unique element to the subject line or preheader will typically increase open rates.
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Finnish softwood bark contains large amounts of water-soluble tannin-polyphenols, which can be used as renewable alternatives to the fossil and toxic phenol compounds widely used in glues.VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and the South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk) are developing an industrial production method for a polyphenol extraction process as part of the SusBinders project.Around 3 million tonnes of softwood bark are produced as a side-stream of the Finnish forest industry each year.Water-based extraction processes are presently used to produce tannin from tropical trees such as acacias.Tannins are also suitable for glue applications, although, this use is relatively limited.However, they have huge market potential, since phenol-based glue resins have a global market of around 4 million tonnes per year and a value of EUR 10 billion.
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We carry smartphones in our pockets, the streets are dotted with semi-autonomous cars, but in the research laboratory experiments are still being designed by people.However, this could change soon.In the group of Innsbruck physicist Hans Briegel, researchers broach the question to what extent machines can carry out research autonomously.For this purpose, they use the projective simulation model for artificial intelligence, developed by the group, to enable a machine to learn and act creatively.The memory of this autonomous machine stores many individual fragments of experience, which are networked together.Now, the scientists from Innsbruck have teamed up Viennese colleagues in the group of Anton Zeilinger, who previously demonstrated the usefulness of automated procedures in the design of quantum experiments with a search algorithm called Melvin.
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From a young age, I was told I had an odd voice.Over the last five years, I’ve interviewed some amazing people: celebrities like Mark Hamill, John Cleese, and Joseph Gordon Levitt; brand leaders such as Jonathan Mildenhall from Airbnb and Linda Boff from GE; and best-selling authors like Colson Whitehead and Andy Weir.(My favorite of all will always be John Cleese, who asked me to tell him my father’s old jokes.When I was editing Chief Content Officer magazine, we needed to interview Alexis Ohanian, founder of Reddit.I don’t recommend asking someone to join the call as a transcriber because an observer can ruin the environment that a one-on-one conversation provides.It’s critical to find out about your subject’s background, area of work, publications, and accomplishments.
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Most smartphone companies seem to be pursuing a truly bezel-free screen, and currently the likes of the iPhone X and Essential Phone with their notches are out in front, but Samsung could soon have them beat if it makes use of a new patent.Filed at the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), the patent shows a phone that has a fingerprint scanner, front-facing camera and sensors all embedded in the screen.It uses holes cut into the screen itself for them and means there’s no notch and no bezels, just a screen-filled front.There are obvious benefits to this.It would mean you could fit a big screen in a relatively small body, as well as likely making the phone more aesthetically pleasing.But we’re probably not going to see this in a finished product for a while.
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Google is not one to sit still on anything, be it a design language, product, or platform.It’s almost a miracle that Android, let alone Chrome OS, has lasted this long, though both have undergone deep surgery repeatedly.So it isn’t exactly shocking to learn that Google was, and still is, working on yet another operating system, the so-called Fuschia OS.While it’s still mostly under wraps, it’s possible to actually test it on the latest Google PixelBook.It’s not an easy journey though, and one that might be worth it just for curiosity’s sake.Fuschia isn’t the merged Android and Chrome OS people may have been waiting for, yet, at the same time, it is.
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A mini program found in the Alipay app, the lead payments app run by Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial, has attracted 40,000 car owners in its first 10 days.It tackles the now typically Chinese problem of parking chaos with the typically modern Chinese QR code.The applet called MoveCar (or 码上挪车 Ma Shang Nuo Che which translates roughly as “shift a car with a code” but including a pun on “mashang” meaning “immediately”) lets users create a pass with a QR code printed on it.The driver can then display the card somewhere inside the vehicle so that should someone want to contact the owner–for example if the car is blocking them in or is parked across their front door or side street–they simply scan the QR code.This allows the owner to anonymize his or her contact details and provides a way for others to anonymously send an SMS or call the owner to negotiate.Currently the usual way is for car owners to write their mobile number on a form typically provided for free as a promotional item.
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It’s not a secret anymore that ZTE doesn’t have plans for making a new edition of ZTE Axon 7.The company also never disclosed their plans for a successor, instead, all their focus is being given to the recently released, foldable smartphone, Axon M.Besides this shady scenario for the Chinese company enthusiasts, a new mysterious device has been spotted.This new smartphone, Codenamed as Z2321U, was revealed in a Wi-Fi certification document.Curiously the new handset runs Android 8.1 Oreo, interestingly enough, the most up-to-date Android version that can only be found in Google’s Pixels and Nexus.The certification document itself doesn’t show a lot of details.
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