The 2018 version of the Samsung Galaxy A7 and A9 weren't new by any means.The A range phones get refreshed every year with newer processors and some trickle-down tech from its Galaxy S series, such as water resistance and always-on AMOLED displays.Loaded with four rear cameras, the Galaxy A9 hints at what's to come in next year's flagship Galaxy S10.With over 208 million phones shipped in 2017 according to data from analyst firm Gartner, local brands such as Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi hold 90 percent of the market share in the first half of 2018.Samsung had a great start there, five years ago, it owned 20 percent of the market, but today, it just owns a mere 2 percent, having found itself being priced out of the competition by cheaper and hungrier local Android rivals.We're looking to bring back the Chinese customers' love and loyalty, and I do believe maybe from next year we can see the recovery in China," said Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh.
Microsoft loves bashing the iPad for its Surface commercials.It first started back in 2013 in the days of Windows 8 tablets, and revived its efforts a couple of years ago to focus on the iPad Pro.Even Macs haven’t escaped the attention of Microsoft’s quirky ads.While Apple is spreading heartwarming holiday charm this year and Microsoft’s official holiday ad focuses on inclusivity, a new Surface holiday ad allows Microsoft to more subtly bash the iPad.Microsoft’s new Surface commercial is a musical adaption of “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”:“Grandma, don’t run out and buy an iPad.
Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, is to testify before Congress for the first time this week, following in the footsteps of other internet firms including Facebook and Twitter.He faces questioning on Wednesday before the House judiciary committee, in an event observers have suggested is likely to be taken as an occasion to put Google on the hot seat.The testimony is to be followed on Thursday by a meeting at the White House that Pichai is scheduled to attend along with other technology chiefs.Wednesday’s grilling comes as US politicians are increasingly leaning in favour of enacting the US’ first federal data privacy law, and in an atmosphere of hostility against Google by US President Trump.Google has made efforts to avoid being seen in the same light as other internet media companies, and in September was represented by an empty chair after Pichai refused to testify before the Senate intelligence committee along with Jack Dorsey, chief executive of, Twitter, and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook.Pichai reportedly agreed in principle to this week’s appearance in a private meeting with politicians that followed the September hearing.
We’ve often wondered while playing games or experiencing virtual reality: how can this be closer to the real world?Nvidia might have an answer.The company has developed an AI which can turn video into a virtual landscape.Nvidia has set up a demo zone at NeurIPS AI conference in Montreal to show off this technology.The company used its own supercomputer named the DGX-1, powered by Tensor Core GPUs to convert videos captured from a self-driving car’s dashcam.This setup made it possible to covert theory into tangible results.
With the exception of Thor, most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’ superheroes, spandex-clad or not, are Earthbound.Of course, there’s the Guardians, but that’s a different story.With Captain Marvel, we’re getting our first real outer space superhero.If you didn’t get that vibe with the first official trailer, then fret not.Trailer 2 has finally landed it’s finally giving some space action worthy of a Kree noble warrior hero.It is the studio’s first standalone film with a female lead, who happens to be (arguably) the strongest woman in the galaxy.
Startling news: Users find sticking a smartphone over their eyes a bit rubbishWearable watchers, CCS Insight, had good news and bad news for the virtual and augmented reality industry today.The report underlines just how much the industry has been driven by users of smartphone-based VR, which peaked at 8 million units in 2017 before plummeting to just 3 million in 2018.The net result is the total VR shipments in 2018 will actually end up less than 2017.Smartphone-based VR, which has its roots in basic cardboard-style viewers into which a user slotted their phone, includes the likes of Samsung’s Gear VR.Tethered VR headsets, such as the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive and Sony’s PS VR have faired better, assisted no doubt by some hefty price cuts.
The tricky part is picking the right handset, especially if you don't plan to also pay the monthly phone bill.Luckily, we're here to help you narrow down the list, even if you're on a budget.Disclaimer: CNET may receive a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.Best budget Android: Moto G6Budget phones don't get better than the An affordable phone with a huge battery.Worth far more than the sum of its parts, this Motorola handset does the basics well.
It seems that Microsoft can never rid itself its web browser curse.Although it became the most used browser in the world, Internet Explorer ended up also becoming its most unpopular.Redmond tried to separate itself from the legacy with Microsoft Edge.After no small amount of aggressive marketing and even intrusive tactics, it seems that Microsoft is ready to throw in the towel and build a new default browser for Windows 10, one built around the same rendering engine used by rival Google Chrome.Microsoft tried to shed off Internet Explorer in the easiest way possible.It started from scratch to create a browser and a rendering engine, EdgeHTML, that it swears is designed to be fast and light and secure.
What happened: WeChat announced a new measure to help cut down on copycat articles, or “content laundering” (洗稿, our translation).The platform is setting up a special panel comprising writers of original WeChat content who will pass judgment on individual cases.Complaints that meet the legal requirements of plagiarism will automatically be sent to the team for review and punitive measures.Less clear cases require the accusing party to release a public complaint, receive a response from the accused, and be approved by at least 70% of selected panel members in order to be considered copycat content.Once an article has been judged “laundered,” it will be replaced with the original content and the decision made public to all users.Why it’s important: WeChat has made some efforts to protect content creators within its official account ecosystem.
Westworld season 2, dubbed The Door, is now out on 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD, bringing the second season of the HBO show home along with special features exclusive to the physical release.Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.A digital-only version of the season has been available since July 23 on iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Amazon, Fandango Now and Microsoft Movies & TV.However Tuesday's 4K Blu-ray release appears to be the first time the show is being offered in higher resolution, since the digital stores as well as HBO stream in either high or standard definition.Additionally, while the digital version will generally allow you to watch the show from most devices -- like the iPhone, iPad, Android device, Roku, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV -- exact compatibility varies depending on the store you purchase the show from.A digital version of the season also comes with the purchase of the physical version.
Quora announced today that its Q platform was breached by hackers on November 30, and that approximately 100 million users’ data was compromised.The attackers are believed to have accessed the following information:name, email address, encrypted (hashed) password, data imported from linked networks when authorized by users.Public content and actions, e.g.Non-public content and actions, e.g.answer requests, downvotes, direct message.
Captain Marvel took off into space Monday night, delivering knock-down punches and lots of adrenaline-fueled action in the character’s first starring film this coming March.We learn a bit more about her backstory, and get more hints about the mysterious character Jude Law plays in the film.Fans have been eagerly awaiting Captain Marvel's big screen debut, not least because it seems likely she'll play some role in the upcoming (as yet untitled) Avengers 4 movie.When the first trailer dropped in September, it confirmed that Captain Marvel will be set in the 1990s, long before the infamous "Snappening" at the end Avengers: Infinity War.She falls from the sky and lands in a Blockbuster video, and soon draws the attention of a young Nick Fury (all hail the power of CGI).There were hints that Carol Danvers once had a life on Earth.
Quora is one of those silent successes of the Internet.It doesn’t always make headlines but it has become one of the biggest sources of information on the Web.Next to Wikipedia, of course The service has now hit headlines but, unfortunately, not in a good way.Its user data was compromised, in other words, it was hacked.This is what the company says was taken and what you should do, maybe even if you weren’t affected at all.It doesn’t go into specifics, naturally, but it does point the finger at a malicious third-party.Although those don’t include sensitive personal information, it’s still a treasure trove for hackers.
Another kernel dev is “unfscking” the source code, with predictable resultsLinus Torvalds has stuck to his “no swearing” resolution with his regular Sunday night release candidate announcement.Probably the most important aspect of the release is that it implements the important “STIBP” performance fix.In November, it emerged that Spectre Version 2 fixes in the Linux kernel were a performance nightmare.Single Thread Indirect Branch Predictors (STIBP) were the culprit: they didn't play well with symmetrical multi-threading (SMT), and performance took a 50 per cent hit.The workaround was to disable STIBP while waiting for a fix, and that's what landed in Linux 4.20-rc5.
Huawei today launched StorySign, an app designed to help deaf and hard-of-hearing children enjoy bedtime stories, while simultaneously assisting them in learning to read.The AI-driven Android app works by translating the written word into accurate sign language, which is delivered on-screen by an animated character called Star.According to Huawei, the app can recognize writing even when the phone is positioned at an angle.The AI engine also controls the speed of which pages load in the app, which, according to Huawei, means that the user doesn’t have to wait for the app to catch up.StorySign launches today in the UK, and at first will work with the well-known children’s tale, ‘Where’s Spot?,’ with more titles to follow.While the app promises to make it easier for deaf and hard-of-hearing children to enjoy literature, it also aims to address the fact that many struggle to learn to read, due to the difficulty in connecting sign language with the written word.
By using its proprietary execution of heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology, Seagate has developed the first 16TB enterprise hard drive to allow businesses to store more data than ever before on 3.5-inch drive.The company's new drive has the highest capacity ever produced and it is on track to grow beyond 20TB by 2020.Seagate used the 16TB pre-release version of its HAMR-based Exos hard drive to run tests to see how well it would perform in enterprise environments.The tests were successful and confirmed that HAMR drives are plug-and-play which will allow companies to increase their storage without having to make changes to the architecture of their data centers or systems.HAMR utilizes a new kind of media magnetic technology on each disk that allows data bits to become smaller and more densely packed than ever before while still remaining magnetically stable.A small laser diode attached to each recording head heats a tiny spot on the disk and this allows the recording head to flip the magnetic polarity of each very stable bit to write data.
When the ‘million-dollar idea’ itself is enough to get potential customers excited, marketing and promotions come easy.But most small business owners and e-commerce entrepreneurs aren’t so lucky …This doesn’t mean that their products and services are worthless.Without a little extra innovation, this can make it all too easy for SEO campaigns and other promotional efforts to fall flat.Founder Michael Dubin was interviewed by The New York Times, and in 2016, the company sold for $1 billion.Not bad for a brand whose goal was to provide monthly deliveries of affordable shaving supplies.
My TopRank Marketing colleague Jack Fitzpatrick and I attended Social Media Breakfast – Minneapolis St. Paul’s (SMBMSP) panel moderated by Michele Phillips, a food blogger, writer, photographer and content creator, which included food personality Lindsay Greene, tweeting BBQ enthusiast The Product Poet, and Eat.Drink.Dish MPLS founder Golnaz Yamoutpour.If someone is already a fan, then you know they’re part of and understand your established audience.Although reach is a consideration for identifying influencers, a broad saturated reach may not capture your narrow or specific audience’s attention.The Big B2B Takeaway: Your existing audience or network is an influencer identification hot spot.Relationships are key to the success of influencer marketing initiatives.Sending a cold email with a “Hey there!” greeting isn’t going to get your far.
Apple’s App Store has given the boot to two highly rated apps that abused the iOS Touch ID feature in an attempt to swindle users out of sums of more than $100, users on Reddit reported over the weekend.The offending “Fitness Balance app” and “Calories Tracker app” promised to calculate body mass index, monitor calorie intake, and provide other health-related services.With no advanced warning, according to Reddit posts here and here, the apps charged users fees of $99.99, $119, or 139 Euros, depending on the country of the user.Users who had a credit or debit card connected to their Apple account were immediately billed.The scam worked by displaying a message as soon as the app was opened.It told users to scan their fingerprint to view a calorie tracker or receive another personal service.
Here’s the dilemma: thanks to the introduction of Fortnite on phones and Nintendo Switch creeping up the list of the most popular consoles, gaming is increasingly something we do away from our house.That's not a problem per se, but lacking accessories when we game in the great outdoors certainly is.To ride the wave of handheld hysteria, Turtle Beach has just announced a new line of portable, lightweight headsets called Battle Buds that will be sold exclusively at Target and online at Turtle Beach's website.The Battle Buds will come in two color options - black/silver and white/teal - and are compatible with nearly all mobile devices, the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4 and PC.Best of all, they'll come in at just $29 (around £22, AU$39).The headset features two microphones - one detachable, high-sensitivity boom mic and a microphone built into the in-line controller for taking phone calls.