Realme, a smartphone brand from China, has started selling its phones in the U.K. and Europe, beginning with the Realme 3 Pro.The Realme 3 Pro costs 175 British pounds, or 200 euros, and the specification, build, and design is good enough to make it astonishing value.It’s cheap, but it doesn’t look cheap, The plastic rear panel has an oblique gradient line, that Realme says was inspired by the look of a race track, and comes in two different colors — a blue and a purple.A fingerprint sensor sits towards the top of the back, alongside a dual-lens camera and flash unit.Set inside a small bump, it does not stick out too far from the 8.3mm body.The camera consists of a 16-megapixel, f/1.7 aperture main lens, and a 5-megapixel f/2.4 second lens.
A UK court has ruled in favour of the telcos in an on-going battle with regulator Ofcom over licence fees paid on spectrum assets between 2015 and 2017.The legal battle concerns the process which was undertaken by Ofcom prior to increasing licence fees paid by each of the telcos for access to the airwaves.The decision to increase the licence fees was met by much criticism during the initial announcement, and you can see why.The licence fees concern 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum assets awarded to each of the telcos during a 2013 auction.While telcos are constantly complaining about regulation, as well as the amount paid to regulators around the world, the drastic difference in licence fees was too much to stomach here.Following the decision to increase licence fees, EE was first to act, challenging the ruling in the courts in 2017.
Another day, another escalation as Google heads a stampede of US companies apparently refusing to do business with Huawei.Reuters was the first to report that Google has suspended some business with Huawei in response to the company being put on the US ‘entity list’, which means US companies need explicit permission from the US state before they’re allowed to sell anything to them.It looks like pretty much all other US companies are also rushing to comply with the new regulations, with Bloomberg reporting that Qualcomm and Intel are among others cutting off business with Huawei and others will presumably follow.Huawei already has an extensive chip-making operation of its own, so arguably it can cope without the likes of Qualcomm, but what about the millions of other bits and bobs that get crammed into a smartphone such as screens, cameras, memory, sensors, etc?A lot of these could be supplied by non-US companies like Samsung and, of course, Chinese ones, but there must surely be some areas in which Huawei is entirely reliant on the US supply chain.In response to these reports Android moved to stress that it will continue to support existing Huawei Android phones in the following tweet.
Photo by Vlad Savov / The VergeThe news from Sunday night that Google would be complying with a US government edict and suspending business with Huawei is one of the most dramatic moments in Android’s history.Huawei, China’s most prolific smartphone vendor, had started 2019 with explosive double-digit growth and was on a path to eclipse Samsung as the world’s number one phone maker by the year’s end.This could all be just a short-lived scare tactic from a Trump administration trying to demonstrate to the Chinese government its willingness to take drastic measures.Existing customers won’t be affected, though without Google resuming business with Huawei, they also won’t get any further Android OS updates.(Honor, Huawei’s wholly owned subsidiary, looks to be subject to the same fate).
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Over the years I’ve taken vitamin B (said to be great for energy and brain function), vitamin D (good for bone health; a deficiency is common), vitamin C (the miracle vitamin), milk thistle (said to improve liver function), and any number of additional supplements that have come in and out of my life.Then the company uses the results of that testing to determine where you’re vitamin-deficient.This drives a collection of microneedles into the skin, drawing a tiny amount of blood—a mere 100 microliters—into its innards.The test costs $99, and that initial cost includes four weeks of personalized vitamins afterward.Follow-up tests also run $99 each (with no vitamins included).(Baze has since changed its instructions to direct users to apply the device to their upper arm.)
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Banking behemoth JP Morgan Chase & Co. has taken another shot at Bitcoin, BTC claiming the cryptocurrency‘s latest rally has pushed its price beyond its “intrinsic value.”“Over the past few days, the actual price has moved sharply over marginal cost,” JPMorgan analysts wrote in a note obtained by Bloomberg.“This divergence between actual and intrinsic values carries some echoes of the spike higher in late 2017, and at the time this divergence was resolved mostly by a reduction in actual prices.”To come to this conclusion, the JP Morgan team treated Bitcoin as a commodity, calculating its “cost of production” based on a number of factors, including estimated computational power, electricity expense, and hardware energy efficiency.“Defining an intrinsic or fair value for any cryptocurrency is clearly challenging,” the analysts continued.“Indeed, views range from some researchers arguing that it has no fundamental value, to others estimating fair values well in excess of current prices.”
In just 24 hours, Huawei smartphones have gone from thriving to endangered.Last night, Google announced that it’s ceasing business with the company.And it’s getting worse for the Chinese tech company.If you own a Huawei or an Honor phone, you’ll get security updates from the company, and still keep on using the Play Store.So you won’t receive a platform update, for instance, Android’s upcoming version, Q.Huawei makes laptops under its Matebook brand – all of which use Intel processors.
President Trump sent shockwaves throughout the tech industry last week with an executive order that declared a national emergency and barred American companies from doing business with companies deemed a national security risk.Days later, the effects have started to become apparent as companies from Google to Intel have taken action to comply, shutting Huawei out of supply chains and stopping it from using US software.This development could have major, long-lasting repercussions for the entire tech industry, but there are still several questions without definite answers.You almost certainly shouldn’t expect an update to Android Q or other platform-level upgrades, however, as that would require Google’s sign-off.Huawei is the biggest smartphone vendor in China, and even though Google’s ban itself won’t affect that market, the company still relies on components from other US suppliers that are now refusing to do business.Outside its home market, Huawei is arguably the most successful Chinese consumer brand so far.
With design becoming a key focus in the decision-making and product development of companies, the role designers have also must change to meet this new centralized approach to design.Scott Belsky, the Chief Product Officer at Adobe, has a passion for helping creatives become more successful and empowered and advises and invests in companies and organizations at the intersection of design and technology.Through co-founding Behance, being involved with projects such as 99U, as well as advising and investing in businesses such as Pinterest, Uber, Airtable, and Periscope, Belsky understands the crucial role design plays and the responsibilities designers in those companies have because he’s seen it first-hand.As brands realize this fact, they’re investing more in their design resources, hiring more creative talent and giving those designers more control over projects.”When companies make design one of their key focus points, they can improve and master their customers’ experiences.With the role of designers changing to help meet the needs and requirements of design-centric companies, designers are becoming more respected and influential.
China operates a nationwide blacklist that contains the names and personal information of people who have been ordered by the courts to pay back money, also known as "laolai."Some local phone operators have assigned special ringtones to warn people that they're calling laolai, and asks them to "please urge the person" to pay back the money.This is part of China's wider campaign to police citizens' behavior.These ringtones have been in place since at least 2017.the automated message ends by saying.The South China Morning Post reported in March that several regions are enforcing special ringtones like this.
T-Mobile US and Sprint are weighing up the sale of one of the pair’s prepaid brands in an attempt to woo decision makers into greenlighting the divisive merger.Dating back to April 2018, you will be forgiven for forgetting this saga is still an-going debate in the US.With privacy scandals, the Huawei drama and BT’s dreadful logo stealing all the column inches, the debate over whether T-Mobile US and Sprint should be allowed to merge their operations has been relegated below the fold.But it is still a thing.The countdown clock, the 180 days the FCC gives itself to approve mergers, spent a lot of time on pause, though the longer the process takes the more likely it appears the answer will be no.These concessions include the sale of one prepaid brand, a pledge to finish the rollout of a 5G network in three years and promises not to raise prices during this deployment.
When faced with hard questions about how Facebook will remove terrorist content from its platforms, CEO Mark Zuckerberg offers a simple answer: artificial intelligence will do it.But according to Facebook’s chief AI scientist, Yann LeCun, AI is years away from being able to fully shoulder the burden of moderation, particularly when it comes to screening live video.Speaking at an event at Facebook’s AI Research Lab in Paris last week, LeCun said Facebook was years away from using AI to moderate live video at scale, reports Bloomberg News.“This problem is very far from being solved,” said LeCun, who was recently awarded the Turing Prize, known as the Nobel Prize of computing, along with other AI luminaries.Screening live video is a particularly pressing issue at a time where terrorists commit atrocities with the aim of going viral.Facebook’s inability to meet this challenge became distressingly clear in the aftermath of the Christchurch shooting in New Zealand this year.
Paul Graham, the retired cofounder of Y Combinator, sparked a huge Twitter debate over the weekend after he said you don't need to be a "rich kid" to create a tech unicorn.He used Airbnb's founders as an example of this, saying they created the company after they "literally could not pay their rent."But followers - including Silicon Valley CEOs - were quick to call him out for his comments, pointing out that there is a difference between being temporarily broke and poor.Airbnb's three founders came from relatively privileged backgrounds.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Paul Graham, the retired cofounder of famed tech incubator Y Combinator, provoked a backlash on Twitter over the weekend after he said that you don't need to be "rich kids" to launch a successful tech startup.
Heeding an executive order signed by President Donald Trump last week, Google has cut Huawei off from a longtime business relationship that gives the Chinese brand and other phone-makers access to Android OS updates, Reuters first reported.It'll also deprive Huawei of security updates as well as Google services such as Gmail, Google Assistant, the Google Play store, Google Maps and Google Search.Huawei's loss could be Samsung's gain if Android fans turn their backs on Huawei's future phones for not having the tools and apps people rely on every day."For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices."It isn't clear if Huawei's Honor brand -- which includes the Honor 20 Lite -- will be affected by the executive order.The Trump administration's move against Huawei is the latest salvo in a series of escalating security concerns that stretch back to 2012 when Congress warned carriers against using Huawei's networking equipment over fears that Huawei could use this infrastructure to spy on American companies and citizens for the Chinese government.
Google made headlines yesterday when it reportedly cut business ties with Huawei as part of a U.S. government order.The news means the Chinese manufacturer loses access to Android system updates, as well as Google services in future devices.Huawei has now issued a response to the matter, but it also leaves several questions unanswered at this time.Read: HiSilicon — What you need to know about Huawei’s chip design unit“Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally,” the company said in an emailed statement to Android Authority.Will this software ecosystem include Huawei’s plan B operating system that it’s been working on over the years?
Inside a small lab at Facebook's Menlo Park, California, headquarters, a black-and-red robotic arm moves back and forth but struggles to land its gripper in a spot researchers want it to hit.Though the arm doesn't move to the correct spot at first, the artificial intelligence powering it encourages behavior that helps the robot learn more about itself and its environment.The robot gets a "reward" -- think of it as a digital thumbs up in the software -- whenever it takes actions that'll help it reach its goal.Facebook scientists found the AI learned faster when exploration was encouraged."This exploration is guided by its curiosity."Facebook's robotics research isn't part of a broader effort to build a new class of products, like the social network did with its Portal video chat device or Oculus virtual reality headsets.
At first glance, Facebook’s nascent robotic platform looks a bit … chaotic.It’s supposed to casually move its hand to a spot in space to its right, but it goes up, up, up and way off course, then resets to its starting position.This robot, you see, is teaching itself to explore the world.At the moment robots are very dumb—generally you have to spell everything out in code for them: This is how you roll forward, this is how you move your arm.Over at UC Berkeley, a team of researchers used a technique called reinforcement learning to teach a two-armed robot named Brett to shove a square peg in a square hole.That’s how humans learn to manipulate objects: Children are driven by curiosity about their world.
It's also an effort by Facebook to establish itself as a leader in artificial intelligence, a title that rivals like Google and Apple, among others, are also vying for.The social media giant unveiled three robotics projects that it hopes will contribute to solving the ongoing challenge of building artificial intelligence systems that don't have to rely on large quantities of labeled data to learn new information."The real world is messy, it's difficult," Roberto Calandra, a research scientist in Facebook's AI division said when speaking to Business Insider."The world is not a perfect place; it's not neat.So the fact that we are trying to develop algorithms that work on real robots [will] help to create [AI] algorithms that, generally speaking, are going to be more reliable, more robust, and that are going to learn faster.""The idea is that hopefully we can obtain performance where the robot, without any prior knowledge about the world or what it means to walk, can learn to walk in a natural way within a few hours," said Calandra.