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Blackberry debuted a red version of its Key2 flagship phone, notable for its physical keyboard, at MWC in February, but it hasn't been available in the US prior to now; today, the company announced that the Key2 Red Edition is now shipping here for $699.That's $50 more than its basic black sibling, but it also includes 128GB memory (compared to 64GB for the plain old Key2) and includes red Blackberry-branded earbuds.It's available now via Amazon and Best Buy.TCL-owned Blackberry shipped its phone for the keyboard nostalgic roughly 10 months ago, but took its first shot at a color with the Key2 LE, a lower-end model, towards the end of 2018.The Key2 Red Edition uses a more sedate, darker shade of red than the bright Key2 LE, though.When we reviewed the Key2, we felt that only keyboard diehards could love the phone enough to overlook the cramped-feeling keyboard, laggy performance, meh low-light photos and awkwardly located capacitive navigation buttons.
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Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap.Boy, do we have a wonderful deal for you today: an original 128GB Google Pixel XL for only $270.Yes, it might’ve been released three years ago now, but it’s still an excellent buy – especially if you’re on the lookout for a second device, have recently broken or lost your latest phone, or simply want something a bit different.Specs-wise, the Google Pixel XL is still good value.For that $270 you get the aforementioned 128GB of storage, 5.5 inch QHD display, a 3450 mAh battery, a Snapdragon 821 platform, and 4GB RAM.On top of that, you also get unlimited (yes, seriously unlimited) cloud storage for your photos and videos, courtesy of Google.
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No matter what Roku model you own, the setup process to connect it to your TV is essentially the same.After it's attached to the TV, use the included Roku remote control to follow the setup instructions on the TV screen.You'll need to activate the Roku and set up your Roku account in a web browser, so have a computer or phone nearby.Roku sells a family of multimedia devices designed to deliver a vast number of streaming services to any TV or monitor.By connecting a Roku streaming box to your TV, you can either "cut the cord" — cancel your cable TV service — or augment your cable with channels like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO, YouTube, and more.In addition to these popular services, Roku's streaming library includes literally thousands of other choices, like Crackle, Adult Swim, Vevo, and many niche offerings that appeal to very specific tastes, hobbies, and interests.
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Rakuten, Japan’s biggest e-commerce platform, has begun taking applications for a cryptocurrency exchange it plans to launch in June, as the country pushes ahead with efforts to tap into the market for virtual assets to spur economic growth.The move came as Japan’s finance regulator, the the Financial Services Agency (FSA), is reportedly preparing to tighten regulations on the so-called “cold wallets” used to store virtual currencies offline.In 2017Japan became the first country to regulate cryptocurrency exchanges at a national level, and there are currently 19 registered exchanges in the country, including some that are not yet operational.Rakuten took over an exchange called Everybody’s Bitcoin last year, and brought in changes that allowed it to obtain a license from the FSA in December.The FSA had previously cited the exchange for lapses in its management controls.Rakuten began taking applications for the platform’s relaunch as Rakuten Wallet on Monday, with applicants required to supply a Rakuten user ID and associated bank account.
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Marketers need to deliver trustworthy personal information experiences as part of their customer experience design, including personal data protection at all layers of the tech stack.As most of these channels are managed independently, it’s crucial to develop systems that ensure compliance, end-to-end security and automated digital governance across as a foundational element of your marketing stack.An enterprise-grade digital experience platform is the natural solution to the problem as it centrally manages content and experience.To minimize the risk of data leaks or breaches, organizations need the ability to restrict access to data assets, only allowing individuals the access needed to do their job.This means individuals need access to both the asset and the function to undertake any action, restricting when, how and by whom data is manipulated.Platforms can also include the functionality to grant permissions based on workflows, with approval streams tailored to align with the organization’s governance policies and every data asset subject to a defined workflow.
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It wrenches the listener into a daze.But "Old Town Road" is a nexus that pulls in everything with which it comes into contact, and by the fifth listen, with a faint surge of jubilance coursing through you, it feels like a feast.In the last month alone, the song, which reached No.And because we, too, desire that elixir of self-belief—how could one not during times like these?—we sing along, succumbing to the song's tangy banjo, its swamp of trap base, its galloping joy.How did one song arrive at 200 million combined streams (according to data from Spotify and Apple Music, where its charting in the top two spots on the Global 100); social ubiquity across Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram; a remix with country legend Billy Ray Cyrus; a rumored second remix with rap maverick Young Thug; an endless torrent of memes and videos that have helped feed the online rise of The Black Yeehaw Agenda (which has in turn fed the rise of "Old Town Road"); press in outlets both expected and surprising (including Pitchfork, the New York Times, CBS News, E!, Taste of Country, and NPR)?Issued last December, "Old Town Road" belongs to a rare species of musical supernovae—Beyoncé's perennial feminist bop "Single Ladies" and Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow," among them—that have the power to bring the internet together around one anthem.
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Volvo is taking technology that allowed some of its vehicles to communicate with each other about hazardous road conditions and expanding it across Europe in an effort to increase safety, the automaker announced Monday.Volvo first introduced its Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert system in 2016 on Volvo’s 90 Series cars.But it was limited to drivers in Sweden and Norway.Next week, Volvo will make the system available to drivers across Europe.The vehicle-to-vehicle communication tech that enables the Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert system uses a cloud-based network to communicate between vehicles.For instance, when an equipped Volvo vehicle switches on the hazard light a signal is sent to all nearby Volvo cars connected to the cloud service.
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James J. DeCarlo is a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Intellectual Property Practice Group.A registered patent attorney, he is actively involved in virtually all aspects of intellectual property counseling.He has spent nearly 30 years litigating, licensing and procuring patents in the software, hardware, internet and networking spaces, among many others.Mr. DeCarlo can be reached at decarloj@gtlaw.com.On January 4, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released new Patent Examiner Guidance (“the Guidance”) for subject matter eligibility.The updated guidance could benefit any technology patent applicant who has a computer-related invention – from smartphones to artificial intelligence – and who has previously had difficulty acquiring patents under the USPTO’s procedures for determining patent subject matter eligibility.
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If you’re lucky enough to be in Italy for Milan Design Week this year, do yourself a favor and check out the world’s first “chair designed using artificial intelligence to be put into production.” With language that specific you know it must be interesting.Kartell, Philippe Starck, and Autodesk, a 3-D software company, collaborated on the design, but ultimately the AI presented the final specifications.According to a report from Dezeen, the goal of the AI project was to create a chair as the result of communication between a machine learning system and human designers.In a video discussing the project, Starck describes the process as being like having a conversation.Kartell, Autodesk and I asked the artificial intelligence a question: do you know how we can rest our bodies using the least amount of material?After a bit of back and forth the human and computer mash-up settled on a final design and produced the completed products using a manufacturing process called injection molding.
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Pixel 3 camera is still amazingThe Pixel 3's single rear camera is just as impressive today as it was when Google launched the phone.Though I haven't handled those two phones for any significant amount of time -- and I know each are packed with their own great cameras full of new features -- I'm still more than satisfied with what the Pixel 3 does with just its single lens and software.While out taking casual photos of my friends, scenery or food, I don't think twice; I suppose I became used to a certain photo quality standard.But then I'll take a photo of a particularly tricky situation, say, a super dark scene at night or I'm in a moving car with a lot of movement, and the Pixel 3 turns out a fantastic photo.Now I bust out my Pixel 3 confidently in environments that I thought were once impossible to take a decent photo of (even with flash), like my friends at a dimly lit bar or an attractive dish at a dark restaurant.
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Now, researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, present the first hydrogen sensors ever to meet the future performance targets for use in hydrogen powered vehicles.The researchers' ground-breaking results were recently published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Materials.The sensor works based on an optical phenomenon - a plasmon - which occurs when metal nanoparticles are illuminated and capture visible light.The sensor can therefore work both highly efficiently and undisturbed, enabling it to meet the rigorous demands of the automotive industry - to be capable of detecting 0.1 percent hydrogen in the air in less than a second."We have not only developed the world's fastest hydrogen sensor, but also a sensor that is stable over time and does not deactivate.The plastic, originally intended primarily as a barrier, did the job better than they could have imagined, by also making the sensor faster.
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Whether you’re concerned about trade routes, worried about tariff hikes or simply bored of the B-word, we’re all in the same boat.And for small businesses who can’t afford to have a plan of attack for every Brexit eventuality, the uncertainty can halt expansion dreams.This acceleration in adoption and spike in interest makes now the perfect time for British-born smart-home tech companies to expand across the channel, making their mark on new markets and opening the door to new revenue streams.However, the topic of Brexit is forcing SME British businesses to question whether they should wait and see what happens next, or take an educated risk?Businesses need to be brave and make the most of the opportunity now.(Image: Image Credit: matcuz / Pixabay)
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Representative Devin Nunes is not happy, and he's decided to sue the targets of his ire.The latest suit the California Republican's filed is against newspaper publisher McClatchy for a story published in one of its papers, The Fresno Bee, about a supposed charity cruise on the San Francisco Bay four years ago.According to that story, a former employee of a winery Nunes invested in filed suit claiming the cruise included drug use and sex workers.In his suit against McClatchy, filed Monday, Nunes claims the story was "was part of a scheme to defame" him.McClatchy in a statement said the suit was "wholly without merit," and added that Nunes didn't ask for a correction before the suit.Nunes' office didn't respond to a request for comment.
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A highly capable malware reportedly used in a failed plot to blow up a Saudi petrochemical plant has now been linked to a second compromised facility.FireEye researchers say the unnamed “critical infrastructure” facility was the latest victim of the powerful Triton malware, the umbrella term for a series of malicious custom components used to launched directed attacks.Triton, previously linked to the Russian government, is designed to burrow into a target’s networks and sabotage their industrial control systems, often used in power plants and oil refineries to control the operations of the facility.By compromising these controls, a successful attack can cause significant disruption — even destruction.The hackers’ goal was to quietly gain access to the facility’s safety instrumented system, an autonomous monitor that ensures physical systems don’t operate outside of their normal operational state.These critical systems are strictly segmented from the rest of the network to prevent any damage in the event of a cyberattack.
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Netflix is in preliminary talks to buy the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles, a historic cinema that screens classic films and other cinephile fare, a source familiar with the matter said Tuesday.(Deadline first reported the news.)Netflix isn't about to become the next Cinemark or AMC -- this doesn't presage Netflix making a wider push into becoming a movie theater chain, the person said.Nor would it change Netflix's existing partnerships with theater chains like iPic and Landmark that already screen Netflix's films theatrically (and also help make its films eligible for Oscars).But owning this particular theater -- and supporting the nonprofit that programs the events there -- could be a small step toward building its bona fides as a company that appreciates old-school theatrical experiences for film, countering a perception that Netflix actually wants to tear them down.After the Cannes Film Festival effectively banned Netflix last year from competing for its most prestigious awards, Netflix had its best year ever at the Oscars in February.
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Thanks to the popularity of livestreaming and YouTube content, peripheral makers have discovered a market for high-quality audio-video equipment.Now, gaming-first companies like Razer and HyperX are rushing into that space.You will always get better audio from plugging an XLR mic into a mixer, but USB mics are going to work just fine for the vast majority of people.If you want to record a bunch of people for a podcast or for a multiplayer stream, you’d do better with an array of shotgun mics, of course.But the QuadCast is still better than good enough.This makes it easy for people to tell when you have a hot mic on your desk.
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Starting today, you can use Skype with up to 50 video chat participants, as part of a new update to the stable version of the app.Today’s update cements Skype as the clear group video chat winner — at least in terms of the raw number of people you can have in a single call — since FaceTime only supports up to 32 participants.Previously, Skype only supported up to 25 callers at once, though the new 50-person feature has been in testing for beta users since early March.In order to have a better handle on so many participants, Microsoft has revamped group notifications a bit.Before the update, every single person would receive a ring when a call started.Now, however, the Skype app will generally ping you with a system notification instead for large calls, and you can specify which participants are allowed to actually ring you.
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Welcome back to your guide to finding out what's new online.Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what's been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now.The audio is about a minute or two long.Since you're reading this, let's give you some extra information not found in the podcast: Hulu's picked up A Quiet Place.Do you know what makes this movie hard to watch?Crunchiness kind of messes with the vibe.
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Sungard AS says it will emerge stronger.April 1’s news from Sungard Availability Services (AS) was, unfortunately, not a tasteless April Fool’s Day joke for staff and customers.Sungard AS, which helped keep Wall Street running through September 11, says its customers include 70 percent of Fortune 100 companies.It boasts 90 hardened IT facilities connected by a redundant, dedicated network backbone, along with 18 mobile facilities staged in strategic locations.CEO Andrew Stern sounded a bullish note in his comments: “A diverse group of lenders came together very quickly, reaching an agreement that results in an appropriate capital structure that enables us to continue focusing on operating and growing our business” he said in a statement this week.“Our creditors recognize the value in what we’ve built, and are investing new capital into the business.
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When it comes to representing yourself on social media, who you actually portray yourself as has always been a bit of a caricature.That thinking has always made it a little interesting to examine how a company like Facebook approaches avatar design for services like their VR avatar system.Oculus Avatars has undergone a number of transformations and today they’re pushing an update that creates more robust facial expressions that are more human-like than the stiff representations that past iterations showcased.The new Sims-like “Expressive Avatars” are certainly the company’s most unsettling to date, but they’re also the most ambitious.The company calls the update, the “culmination of user feedback and years of research and innovations in machine learning, engineering, and design.”There’s this oft-repeated concept of the uncanny valley where things get up to a certain point of realism but then they’re just deeply unsettling because the representation is close but not quite there.
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