The world-famous London Piccadilly Lights were switched off on Monday morning and will remain off for nine months.The current screens are being replaced with a 17.65 meter by 44.62 meter single screen, with six advertisers sharing theCoca-Cola and Samsung have renewed their contracts with the owner of the site, Land Securities.
South Korean prosecutors are seeking a warrant to arrest Samsung Group s vice chairman Lee Jae-yong on charges that include participating in payments that Samsung made to a close friend of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in exchange for government support in the company s succession planning. giant denies any wrongdoing; its stock was down 3% on the news.2.
In the wake of actor and writer in December, reports about the current trilogy have been full of .What exactly should we expect from the popular character of Princess Leia in the remaining two episodes, and how will the film's producers deal with her original actor not being able to complete Leia's plot arc?Though this is a relatively uneducated guess, it s hard to imagine Leia s character being stricken entirely from .Reports have pointed to her role increasing in prominence as the current trilogy continues, and there s clearly more room in the cinematic universe to explore Leia s character—particularly, her Jedi heritage.Plenty of time remains between now and 's incredibly tentative May 2019 release window to find out more about what's to come including, of course, the entirety of the forthcoming , set to release this December .
We're barely halfway through January of 2017, and it's already looking like this is going to be the year of Amazon's Alexa, the virtual assistant at the heart of the Amazon Echo.In 2016, the Amazon Echo line of devices appeared to have a great sales year, with the cheap Echo Dot smart speaker finishing out the holiday shopping season as the best-selling item on all of Amazon.com.The market for the Echo is still small compared to smartphones, but it's growing fast.It's all led to the conventional wisdom that Amazon is winning the race to rule the growing market for voice assistants and the apps that run on them, and, by extension, the still-very-young market for smart home gadgetry.And so far, Alexa has run this race largely unchallenged.Unchallenged until now, that is.Even Apple is said to be working on an Echo-esque device.Here's a look at how Amazon propelled itself into this leading position in the first place, where its biggest rivals still have room to overtake it, and why Apple needs to move in on this sooner rather than later.Why Amazon leads" Amazon Echo took us all a little by surprise," says Gartner Research Director Werner Goertz.After years of iPhone users getting let down by Siri, the first truly mainstream voice agent, Amazon billed the Echo as a speaker that, by the way, has a few smart voice commands built in.Then, just as people got accustomed to the idea of talking to Alexa, and positive word of mouth spread, Amazon added more capabilities.Alexa now boasts thousands of "skills" that allow it to connect with apps like Uber and Twitter, or Nest thermostats.
Well things don t seem to go as planned for HTC, if what we learn from Germany is true.According to a German subsidiary of HTC and an official statement to social media , the official Android 7.0 Nougat update of HTC 10 was halted by the company, due to several serious bugs being spotted by German users.We have no info so far on what the problem seems to be nor do we know when and if the roll out of the update will resume.In case you don t remember, HTC started pushing out the HTC 10 Nougat update towards November but it was halted due to some German users spotting a serious bug.We have no more information on the matter, but we will let you know when something new comes up, as always.
Google has confirmed it has halted plans plans use solar-powered drones to bring internet connectivity to barren areas.The Titan initiative actually closed down in early 2016, nearly two years after Google purchased Titan Aerospace in April 2014, Google X revealed.The drone plan was initially designed to complement X s ongoing Project Loon initiative, which aims to deliver internet access using hot air balloons.In a statement given to 9to5Google, a Google X spokesperson, said Project Loon had become a much more promising way of delivering access to rural areas.The statement read: "Titan was brought into X in late 2015.We ended our exploration of high altitude unmanned aerial vehicles for internet access shortly after.
By Matt Heinz, President of Heinz MarketingIt s time for more than just New Years Resolutions.In January this year and moving forward here are ten recommended focus areas to set up a hugely successful new year.Document it, and start storing those post-mortem summaries somewhere that they can be revisited on a regular basis.What do you want to learn and where will you find it?The more integrated you are into your sales team s annual kick-off meetings, the more likely you are perceived as and acting/operating as a cohesive, integrated unit.
After months of anticipation, amid the roiling waves of rumor after rumor, Nintendo finally revealed details about its new video game console onIf you haven't already seen it, this is the Nintendo Switch:Nintendo You may have already noticed that the console above, on the right looks like someone shoved a tablet into a plastic toaster.What you see above is how the console looks when you're playing it on a television, but that's not the only way to use
It s already been a busy year for cybersecurity, as U.S. President Barack Obama warned NATO allies last weekend to closely monitor their impending elections for the kind of suspected Russian hacking that afflicted the latest U.S. presidential election.All the passwords, tokens and other forms of strong authentication are meaningless if a person is tricked into handing over their credentials, inadvertently installs rogue software on their device that performs certain actions, or unwittingly gives a criminal access to their machine or account.These cybersecurity fundamentals have certainly become a failure point, and the unrelenting escalation of cyber-attacks has prompted the Federal Reserve, FDIC and others to propose new standards for cyber-risk management, according to The Hill.Machine Learning to the RescueHigh-tech cyber-defense will place a new emphasis on detecting attacks, as opposed to simply preventing them, according to Nextgov, which tracks how technology and innovation transform government agencies.It s clear that hackers have refined their art, and are outpacing enterprise security defenses, Nextgov stated last month.
Those recent leaks of a phone purported to be the Nokia 8 have been confirmed as false!A few days ago we reported on a smartphone that many media sources believed to be a new Nokia flagship called the Nokia 8.This phone would feature a Snapdragon 835 chipset, and boast a rather impressive OIS stabilisation system for the main camera.Rumours that the phone was a new high-end Nokia came from a source named Total Tech Media, who it turns out to be TK Tech News.According to Android Authority, the person/people behind the Youtube channel are know fraudsters and even @Evleaks has had dealings with them in the past resulting in Evan Blass accusing the people of swindling him out of crowdfunding money.To further pull the leak apart, the German site who originally took the photos states that the handset is nothing more than a reference device manufactured for Qualcomm for demonstration purposes only a common practice that even Mediatek uses for new launches .So while those leaks and specs we have seen so far do look to be fake we do still have an upcoming Nokia announcement to look forward too, and that device could still be a Nokia 8, jut not this one!
If all goes as planned, an unmanned aerial vehicle UAV could one day be cruising the thick, sulfuric-acid clouds of Venus to help determine whether dark streaks that appear to absorb ultraviolet radiation could be evidence of microbial life.Venus has long been a focus of Russian planetary science, which has the proud legacy of the record-breaking Venera space probes that landed on the Venusian surface in the late 1970s and early 1980s.Mysterious Venus: 10 Weird Facts With many questions remaining unanswered, the joint mission of Roscosmos and NASA, if approved, would see an orbiter launch toward Venus in 2025 with the aim to make remote-sensing observations of the planet and its atmosphere; deploy a lander on the surface; and search for future landing sites.This fast rotation was discovered in the 1960s by astronomers tracking the motion of the dark streaks in the atmosphere.Puzzlingly, astronomers do not know the origin and composition of these dark streaks, nor do they understand why the streaks haven't mixed with the rest of the atmosphere and why they are absorbing ultraviolet light.
Barely a week before he leaves office, U.S. President Barack Obama s administration has authorized controversial new legislation that grants America s 16 intelligence organizations access to raw communications data from the NSA s surveillance efforts.The New York Times reported that on January 3 Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed new regulations that permit the 16 divisions — which include the army, navy, coastguard, CIA and FBI — access to raw signals intelligence information.In the past, information passed on by the NSA was filtered so that an agency would only receive information deemed relevant to their request for data.Now, they will gain access to the full content stash brought in by the NSA s surveillance dragnet, assuming that their request is accepted.Analysts can later apply filters to focus on the more pertinent data, but the government has enacted this change to give its analysts access to more atoms of data.The idea being that they may find useful information that they would otherwise not have gotten.
Hong Kong Broadband Network HKBN , the city s second-largest fixed-line residential broadband services provider, plans to sharpen its focus this year on delivering more integrated services amid efforts to expand its business customers.William Yeung Chu-kwong, the chief executive at HKBN, said the company s recent initiatives have transformed it into a competitive quad-play operator with broadband, traditional telephone, mobile and over-the-top OTT streaming video services.An industry player can t survive long term with just a fixed-line- or mobile-only strategy; it has to be integrated services, Yeung told the South China Morning Post.For this financial year, we will focus on revenue growth ... and mobile will help us a lot to be more competitive in the corporate market.An industry player can t survive long term with just a fixed-line- or mobile-only strategy; it has to be integrated servicesHKBN s strategy gives it more firepower to compete against tycoon Richard Li Tzar-kai s PCCW-owned HKT and NowTV operations, as well as i-Cable Communications and Wharf T, which was acquired last November by private equity firms MBK Partners and TPG Capital from property giant The Wharf Holdings .
And depending how the Switch goes over with consumers, it could mean the end of Nintendo as we know it.It's not that Nintendo is at risk of going out of business any doesn't deliver the goods with the Switch, Nintendo's investors are likely to pressure the gaming legend into shifting focus away from its own hardware, and towards making more
This box of 1,200 pounds of remaindered DS cartridges isn't literally what's being sold by GameStop, but it gives you the general idea of what's available in this sale.We can't these DS game prices will inflate in a decade or so, when the kids that grew up with the Nintendo DS suddenly have a lot of disposable income to throw at a nostalgia-chasing collection of old cartridges.That said, we can pretty much guarantee these games are never going to be sold for much than they are today.As Nintendo prepares to cut off the DS line in favor of , this is the time for value-focused gamers and collectors to strike.
Nintendo didn t disclose everything about the specifications for its Nintendo Switch game console tonight, but it did share more details than it has at any time before this event in Japan.The Switch preorders start on January 21.The hybrid home game console and portable will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017, for $300 in the U.S. We know that Nvidia is making the processor inside the system, but Nintendo didn t even mention the graphics chip maker at its event tonight.One piece of news: the Nintendo Switch s 6.2-inch screen has capacitive multitouch capabilities, meaning you can tap the screen with multiple fingers at the same time.Nintendo confirmed to us that the Switch has 32 gigabytes of internal memory, and it is expandable via microSD cards.Nintendo spent a lot of time talking about the Joy-Con controllers.There s a left and a right version, and Joy-Con grip that connects them so they can be used as one controller.The right Joy-Con also has an infrared camera sensor that can detect shapes and objects a couple of feet away.The right Joy-Con also has a near-field communications read/write wireless sensor, which can read or write data to and from an Amiibo toy.The left Joy-Con has a capture button that can be used to take instant screenshots of gameplay and share them with friends on social media.Nintendo didn t say anything about the horsepower of the machine.
The new report also strongly concludes that the Schedule I listing creates significant administrative barriers for researchers wishing to conduct health research on marijuana and its components—an issue .The issue was floated during the ongoing confirmation hearings for Senator Jeff Sessions, Trump s nominee for attorney general.Sessions has previously been critical of the Obama Administration s stance on the issue, but when asked about it in a hearing Tuesday, he said:
Mitch McConnell meets with CIA Director nominee Mike Pompeo in Washington on December 5, 2016.He attended West Point and Harvard Law School, and served in the Army at the end of the Cold War and in a Gulf War tour.After a one-day delay, his confirmation hearing begins Thursday.A fundamental tension of spying is how to gather critical, even potentially life-saving, intelligence without unjust infringement on privacy and human rights.This means empowering our intelligence agencies to do their jobs and track terrorist activity, Pompeo wrote in a National Review essay.… We cannot expect our intelligence professionals to prevent terrorist attacks while handcuffing them at the same time.
Maybe the most important thing you can do to be a great hacker is to approach your current business challenges with a childlike playfulness and discovery.You can do this framing questions with how might we…?Now that we have cleared the way for something new to show up it s now time to relieve ourselves of the responsibility of being right.We re going to relieve you of the responsibility of always having to be right!We can go way beyond just testing CTA button colors and headlines.Moreover, by exploring the outer boundaries of a given problem, domain, or metric, you can free your experiments from misleading local maximas that can create artificial ceilings in your results.
Investors in Zhihu s latest fundraising round include Tencent, among other venture capital firms.Beijing's skyline on January 10, 2017.Chinese question-and-answer platform Zhihu, also known as China s Quora, has closed a US$100 million round of funding, the company said on Thursday.Investors in Zhihu s latest series D fundraising round include internet giant Tencent, Sogou, Chinese venture capital firms Capital Today and Qiming Venture Partners, as well as Sinovation Ventures, a venture capital company co-founded by former Google and Microsoft executive Lee Kai-Fu.The Beijing-based firm last raised US$55 million over a year ago in 2015, and was valued at US$300 million.However, Zhihu did not reveal its current valuation after its latest fundraising round.