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Many hurried to burry MediaTek, saying it has no chances against the US-based Qualcomm.The previous announcements claim the company has the world’s first independent 5G SoC, namely the Helio M70.As for today, the Taiwanese chip maker issued another statement concerning the launch date of this chip.It turns out MediaTek will send samples of its 5G chip to major customers in the third quarter of this year.The first batch of terminals equipped with MediaTek’s 5G SoC will be available in the first quarter of next year.First, we met the MediaTek 5G SoC at the Taipei Computer Show.
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It rained in New York City on Thursday, which meant the subway system flooded, as it usually does.A video posted online showed a deluge knocking a man off his feet at a station in Queens.The Metropolitan Transportation Authority blamed the deluge on a contractor of a nearby construction site.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.If it rains in New York, there's one thing you can bet on (besides wet socks): flooded subway stations.Thursday's thunderstorm was no exception.
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Earlier this year, Google teased a neural network-powered algorithm that could do speech-to-speech translation in real-time.As impressive as that might be, the app was mostly inaccessible to people with speech impediments.This is why the company’s AI division has been working on new software specifically aimed at those with verbal impairments.In a new blog post, the Big G presented a new speech-to-text technology specifically designed for people with verbal impairments and atypical speech patterns.Dubbed Parrotron, the software runs on a deep neural network trained to convert atypical speech patterns into fluent synthesized speech.What’s particularly interesting is that the technology doesn’t rely on visual cues like lip movement.
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Bacteria do not simply perish in hunger phases fortuitously; rather, the surrounding cells have a say as well.A research team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now discovered that two factors, above all, decide over life and death: the energy required to continue living and the efficiency with which surviving cells can recycle biomass from dead cells.The survival and growth of cells are central factors in biological systems.Scientists such as Ulrich Gerland, Professor for Physics of Complex Biosystems at the TUM, are therefore trying to understand how the molecular components interact to maintain the viability of a group of cells in stress situations.Nutrients from neighboring cell cadaversThe researchers emulated an emergency situation in cells of the bacterium Escherichia Coli in which the bacteria were lacking sugar and other carbohydrates.
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URBANA, Ill. - Waterhemp and Palmer amaranth, two aggressive weeds that threaten the food supply in North America, are increasingly hard to kill with commercially available herbicides.Now, scientists are one step closer.In a study published today in Weed Science, researchers from the University of Illinois identified genetic signatures that distinguish male waterhemp and Palmer amaranth plants from females.Modified male plants would contain a gene drive, a segment of DNA coding for maleness, which would be passed on to all its offspring, and their offspring, and so on.It's a controversial strategy, but Pat Tranel, the U of I scientist leading the project, says they're still in the very early stages."It's important to emphasize that we are not at the point of releasing genetically modified waterhemp and Palmer.
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If you just spent a big chunk of change on a brand new TV, it can be tough to pony up even more cash to upgrade the audio performance for your favorite shows and movies.That’s where Vizio’s latest 2.1 soundbar system, the SB3621n-GB, comes in handy.Inside a bright orange box, you’ll find the bar, a sleek new sub (more on this later), a remote, instruction manual, and 3.5 mm and optical cables to link your TV and other devices.We do like the rectangular bar’s sleek silver endcaps on each side, a Vizio design signature which matches nicely with the compact sub.Speaking of the sub, Vizio has re-engineered its ported sub to be extremely thin, making it possible to place it under couches and chairs for optimum rumble, while also keeping it out of the way.One of the biggest drawbacks of the SB3621n-GB is its lack of HDMI ARC port.
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Facebook today unveiled pricing changes for its Workplace enterprise social network, adding a new tier aimed at larger organizations as well as “add-on” options to encourage deployments to frontline workers.Workplace, launched at the end of 2016, now has more than 2 million individual paid users, including 150 larger customers who have deployed the app to more than 100,000 workers.Among those customers are the Royal Bank of Scotland, Walmart and Nestle.The new Workplace Enterprise tier will cost $8 per user per month, is expected to be available beginning Sept. 2 and is designed to cater to large organizations.It offers faster support response, early access to new features and unlimited storage.It will sit alongside Workplace Advanced, a paid option (at $4 per user per month) with certain restrictions, and Essential, a free version aimed at teams and small businesses testing out the software.
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We’ve already seen a bunch of deals on laptops, desktop PCs, and tablets, but one thing that has proven more elusive is smartphone deals, including deals on the iPhone.Boost Mobile offering shoppers big discounts on all sorts of Android and Apple phones right now, but you have to act quickly, as this online sale lasts for two days only.This sort of rivalry is always good for shoppers, though, especially those who don’t have a Prime membership.It’s also great for iPhone lovers as Apple’s smartphones are often tricky to find on sale.This two-day Boost Mobile sale has discounts on both Android and Apple smartphones, and we’ve rounded up the iPhone deals below.Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus: The iPhone 6 is a few years old now but it’s still a fine phone and is the best option for budget-conscious shoppers.
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State-owned Xinhua News Agency announced at a Thursday press conference the official launch of a mobile search app created for China’s 200 million internet users under the age of 18.Why it’s important: “Young” mobile search app is one of several initiatives authorities are taking to create a “healthy cyberspace” for juveniles.Authorities have blocked “harmful information” including content containing violence, pornography, and gambling, according to executives from Chinaso Inc., Xinhua News Agency-backed developer behind the app.The app will also be an online channel through which the state promotes its core socialist values, according to Xinhua.“The app has recorded more than 10 million downloads since we launched the trial in June.”—Wang Yanbo, Young mobile app’s chief operating officer
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Even though your nan's on Facebook now posting "minions" memes, it's still the internet.And it seems the antisocial network, despite its normcore outward appearance, is no less immune to stomach-churning tomfoolery than 4chan.So what dorky day trip have those wacky kids dreamed up now?Fatalities could be involved because their gaze has fallen on the United States' infamous top-secret military base, Area 51 in Nevada."If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets.This is a "Naruto run", in case you were wondering, mainly the territory of anime fans who've not been outdoors for a spell.
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The US Federal Reserve System has added its voice to the increasing doubts raised by lawmakers and politicians worldwide about Facebook's newly announced cryptocurrency Libra, a report says.Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve chair, said the US central bank has "serious concerns" about Libra when speaking to House lawmakers Wednesday, Wall Street Journal reported.Facebook last month unveiled the global digital coin, which will be managed by a governing body called the Libra Association and through a wallet named Calibra.Facebook is working alongside 27 launch partners for Libra, including PayPal, Visa, Uber, Coinbase, Lyft, Mastercard, Vodafone, eBay and Spotify, but aims to have 100 members in the Libra Association by 2020.Libra -- set to launch in the first half of next year -- is intended to be used to purchase products, send money internationally and make donations."While the project's sponsors hold out the possibility of public benefits, including improved financial access for consumers, Libra raises many serious concerns regarding privacy, money laundering, consumer protection and financial stability," WSJ reported Powell as saying when asked about Libra by Rep. Maxine Waters.
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But Boston Dynamics isn’t the only company building four-legged robots.The size of a large dog and weighing a little under 80 pounds, Anymal aims to be the gold standard in dog-bots.“Right now, this is the kind of application that really makes sense for us,” Péter Fankhauser, Anybotics co-founder and chief business development officer, told Digital Trends.In the beginning, the focus was on developing electrical actuation, which allowed the robot to sense the ground while walking.This is a key capability for robots to move over uneven terrain.At the time, Boston Dynamics’ early stage concepts were driven with combustion engines and hydraulics, but had already showcased promising results for the versatility of legged robots.
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It’s nice when people can come together and work through their differences to make it easier to watch stuff.That’s exactly what happened today, when the long-standing detente between Google and Amazon over streaming video services came to an end, with YouTube arriving on Fire TV and Prime Video making its way to Chromecast and Android TV.Amazon’s second-generation Fire TV Stick, their Fire TV Stick 4K, the Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick Basic Edition and Fire TV Edition smart TVs made by partner OEMs will all get support for the official YouTube app globally starting today, and Amazon intends to extend support to even more of its hardware in the future.YouTube TV and YouTube Kids will also come to Amazon Fire TV devices later this year.On the Google side, both its own Chromecast devices, as well as partner TVs and hardware that support Chromecast built-in, or that run Android TV, will gain support broadly for Prime Video.Plus, any Chromecast Ultra owners will also get access to Prime Video’s 4,000-title library normally reserved for Prime members, at no additional cost, as part of the new tie-up between the two companies.
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Huawei has confirmed it plans to launch its Mate 20 X 5G in the UK by the end of this month, in spite of uncertainty caused by trade tensions between the US and China.After the US placed Huawei on a national security blacklist in late May, it had been speculated that Huawei might scrap the launch of the 5G handset in Europe.At EE’s launch of its first UK 5G services on 30 May the operator said its planned rollout of the Huawei device was on hold.But Huawei has now confirmed its plans for a broad launch at meetings with the press in the UK and Germany.The Mate 20 X 5G is a follow-up to last year’s Mate 20 X Pro, and is due to be Huawei’s first 5G handset on the market.It uses largely the same components as the Mate 20 X Pro, including a Kirin 980 processor, 7.2-inch OLED display, triple rear camera and 4,200mAh battery, but adds Huawei’s own Balong 5000 5G modem.
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Den lilla mobiloperatören Telness växer fort och lockar många jobbansökningar.”Vi är positivt överraskade av att merparten av de sökande är unga kvinnor”, säger bolagets grundare Martina Klingvall.Techbranschen pratar gärna om jämställdhet.Men i praktiken väljer många män att grunda bolag med andra män.Den nischade mobiloperatören växer fort genom att erbjuda enkla abonnemang till små och medelstora bolag utan bindningstid.Bolaget grundades 2016 av Martina Klingvall som även är vd.
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The super budget smartphone, which hit China at the end of May, maintains the low pricing seen in its homeland launch but packs a new camera for the Indian market.The Chinese Redmi 7A arrived with an unspecified 13MP rear camera sensor, while the India Redmi 7A boasts a 12MP Sony IMX486.The IMX486 can be found on phones like the Xiaomi Mi A2 and Redmi Note 7 in India — both of which are far more expensive than the Redmi 7A (they started at 16,999 rupees and 9,999 rupees respectively).While it means the Indian Redmi 7A gets a slight drop in raw megapixel numbers, it will theoretically have a boost in low-light performance thanks to greater pixel size (1.25µm versus 1.12µm).Xiaomi says the Indian variant is “the only phone in its segment to sport the sensor.” There certainly aren’t many with an IMX486 at its price.Indian customers will also be able to take advantage of two years of warranty, said Xiaomi, when the phone goes on sale next week.
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UAE-headquartered telecom operator Etisalat is constructing two additional data centers - Jebel Ali and Al Ain - in a bid to meet the growing demand of digital transformation in the UAE and in preparation for Expo 2020.Miguel Angel Villalonga, vice-president for cloud and datacenter at Etisalat Digital, exclusively told TechRadar Middle East that the Al Ain campus will be up and running in the third quarter of this year.It will be in four rooms and on two floors.The overall IT power will be 4MW while the average density per rack will be 6kW,” he said.The Jebel Ali campus will be Etisalat’s biggest data center in the UAE and is expected to go live by the third quarter of 2020.“It [Jebel Ali campus] will have an initial capacity of 12.4MW of IT power and will be able to cater to the needs of the customers for the next five years,” he said.
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The quest to identify UFOs and even find intelligent life on other worlds has been heating up for decades ... to no avail.But there are still plenty of spots and wavelengths where aliens could be hiding.The U.K. SETI Research Network (UKSRN) wants to change that by asking Earthlings their views on the search for aliens and how they'd react to a discovery.The network announced the survey, which it said is the largest such survey to date, yesterday (July 1) during the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition, according to The Guardian.8 Ways Aliens Could Contact Us]The online survey includes questions such as:
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Cuba‘s government is eyeing the potential use of cryptocurrency to boost its economy.The proposal forms part of a series of measures seeking to improve the country’s deepening criss exacerbated by US sanctions.The new measures were announced this week by President Miguel Diaz-Canel and his government on state-run TV and promise to raise income for around a quarter of the population.The objective is to increase national supply and demand with a view of boosting growth as sanctions imposed by US President Donald Trump target foreign investment and tourism.Speaking on TV, Alejandro Gil Fernandez, the country’s Minister of Economy and Planning, said:“We are planning to explore the potential application of cryptocurrency […] In fact, we’ve gone further and decided to study the potential use of cryptocurrency in national and international commercial relations.”
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Google Chrome users will now have an easier way to pay while online shopping, says Google, thanks to an update that lets you access the payment information you’ve saved to your Google Account.Previously, you could sync this payment information between browsers on different platforms by turning on the Google sync option.Now, the company says you’ll be able to access autofill for payments just by signing into your Google Account while on the desktop — even if Chrome sync is disabled.The feature takes advantage of Google Pay, which has been recently expanding to more sites across the web, following last year’s rebranding from “Android Pay” to reflect its more cross-platform nature.For example, only two weeks ago, Google announced that Google Pay’s integration with PayPal would expand to online merchants who accept Google Pay on their website or in their app.With this new option, Chome users on a desktop browser will now offer you the ability to select a saved payment card from your Google Account when you’re checking out.
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