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Didi-SoftBank taxi-hailing JV expands to 13 cities across Japan – ReutersWhat happened: Didi-Softbank joint venture Didi Mobility Japan has launched its taxi-hailing services in Tokyo and Kyoto and will expand to 13 cities across Japan.The service initially landed in Osaka last year, targeting Chinese tourists and residents alike.The company joined forces with taxi firms as it sought to take on rivals backed by Sony and Toyota.Why it’s important: Didi has been pushing to increase its presence internationally as it faces regulatory difficulties and driver shortages at home.The company this year plans to focus on internationalization and aims to take on rivals like Uber in international markets.
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President Trump tweeted insults at Twitter again this morning, but this time Jack took the conversation off platform to the White House.In other news, a controversial Census question creates some strange bedfellows, and a "blockchain bandit" is pilfering millions in cryptocurrency.Here's the news you need to know in two minutes or less.Donald Trump insulted Twitter, then met with Jack DorseyPresident Donald Trump attacked Twitter on its own platform this morning, calling them "very discriminatory" and adding “they don’t treat me well as a Republican.” He also called on Congress to “get involved.” So Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sat down with the President with "no set agenda."The president was tweeting a different tune post meeting:
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There’s little chance we’ll get the most ideal phone of all time when the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is released later this year.Today we’re looking at a new concept video for the Galaxy Note 10 based on early rumors and leaks.The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 was tipped earlier this month to come in at least two different sizes.If what Concept Creator presents in the following video is true, Samsung might’ve abandoned their long-sewn Galaxy design language in favor of a full front display with just a little bit of unique style.This is what I’d call the soup can phone – like they’d put a Campbell’s soup can in an industrial press, and it somehow flattened out like a cartoon.On the top and the bottom are the shiny silver metals of aluminum, while the center rolls with the most full-coverage frontside display ever employed by a smartphone.
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April 23, 2019 (Loudon, New Hampshire) - Hundreds of the world's top engineering students are expected to arrive at Dartmouth's one-of-a-kind Formula Hybrid Competition when it starts April 29, ready to put to the test the earth-friendly hybrid and electric vehicles they designed and built over the last 10 months.This year's 20 teams hail from Canada, India and across the U.S. Their eight hybrid and 12 electric vehicles will need to pass numerous technical and safety inspections in order to make it on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway track where the event will be held through May 2.Many top engineering students engage in this technical competition because they want to collaborate with a team to build something highly complex and important not only to them but to the future of the world."Participating in Formula Hybrid specifically is like a vote for a more sustainable future," says Annika Garbers, the chief mechanical engineer for the all-female Rochester Institute of Technology team Hot Wheelz."When we design our car to perform well with sustainability in mind, it's 1) educating the next generation of engineers to be prepared to work on hybrid and electric technology in the automotive industry, and 2) proving that electric and hybrid vehicles can perform as well as and better than traditional IC [internal combustion] cars."Similar to the Formula SAE competition, students compete in aspects of design, acceleration, handling, and endurance of their vehicle while abiding by rules that minimize risk and preserve students' freedom to innovate.
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Thawing permafrost in the Arctic will accelerate global warming and could add $70 trillion to the world's climate change bill, according to a new Nature Research study.The report claims that a feedback mechanism, along with the failure of countries to live up to the Paris Climate Agreement goals and the loss of heat-deflecting white ice — will cause an almost 5 percent increase of global warming.That scenario could push up the global cost of climate change to $70 trillion between now and 2300, according to the study, which was published in Nature.In addition, researchers say the $70 trillion figure is 10 times higher than any projected benefits from the melting Arctic, such as access to minerals or better ship navigation routes.MAJORITY OF AMERICANS THINK CLIMATE CHANGE WILL CAUSE HUMANITY'S EXTINCTIONFor comparison, the United States nominal GDP, representing the value of all the goods and services, is estimated to top $20 trillion this year.
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So you want to know more about how researchers brought a dead pig brain back to life outside its corpse.Today we’re going to talk about this very subject, a pig-brain experiment the likes of which have brought about some ethical questions.Yale neuroscientist Nenad Sestan wanted to know if a brain – an entire brain, not just the rudimentary parts – could be revived.Revived, that is, several hours after the death of the owner of said brain.To perform experiments to see about this zombie-making sort of situation, Sestan visited a local slaughterhouse.Approximately four hours after each pig’s untimely death, a process was started.
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Back in October, Intel announced the ninth-generation of its Core desktop processors, introducing us to one in particular – the Core i9-9900K – that could reach 5GHz boost clock speeds.Today, Intel is bringing that same kind of capability to its mobile line of processors, launching the 9th-gen H-series.The Core i9-9980HK leads the charge, once again being capable of hitting 5GHz when using Intel’s Thermal Velocity Boost.It probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to hear that the 9980HK is an octa-core processor with 16 threads, being the top of the line H-series offering that it is.Under normal, non-overclocked circumstances, the 9980HK has a base clock speed of 2.4GHz and it also features 16MB of Intel smart cache.Intel says that the H-series – not necessarily just the 9980HK – will give users “desktop performance on the go,” which, of course, is the dream of these super-powered notebooks.
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This year marks the 40th anniversary of Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley battling a xenomorph in the sci-fi classic Alien.Reebok, which designed the super-high tops she wore in the sequel, is once again stepping up to celebrate the franchise with a special-edition pair of Alien Stomper shoes.They'll be released Friday -- April 26 aka Alien Day aka the annual event started by 20th Century Fox to celebrate all things Alien.Reebok's previous versions were inspired by Ripley's iconic shoes for actress Sigourney Weaver in Aliens and by the yellow and black Power Loader that she used to fight another xenomorph.The 2019 edition of the shoes is meant to look like a prototype that came before the original pair.The Alien Stomper 40th Anniversary OG mid-top shoes aren't as dramatic as the super-high tops, but they're more practical for everyday wear when you're not fighting for your life on a spaceship.
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Call it the greatest teamup in popular culture since… well, since the Guardians of the Galaxy joined the Avengers.It looks as though the world-consumingly popular battle royale game Fortnite is adding Avengers: Endgame weapons and outfits to its vast roster of gear players can customize their avatars with.Fortnite on Tuesday tweeted a teaser image of a Fortnite-ified version of Thor's magnificent ax Stormbreaker.This follows a teaser Monday night featuring Captain America's vibranium shield.Both feature the release date of Avengers: Endgame, April 25.The heroic Marvel gear is likely to appear as a series of premium weapons in the game's store, GameSpot reports, possibly as an update on the day of the film's release.
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Just when you were wondering when Samsung would deliver its replacement for the ginormous Galaxy View 18.4-inch Android tablet, along come apparent renders of its smaller -- 17.5 inches!-- successor, the Galaxy View 2.Obtained by SamMobile, the photos show a circular cutout rather than a handle, and a folding design rather than a kickstand.(Though Samsung may not want to hear the word "fold" for a while, thanks to the big issues with its new wonderphone, the Galaxy Fold.)According to the site, the tablet attained Bluetooth and Wi-Fi certification late last year and appeared in the Geekbench database in January equipped with Samsung's Exynos 7885 CPU and 3GB of memory, Leaked renders usually come out as a product gets close to launch, so we may see this soon.Samsung didn't immediately reply to a request for comment.
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Motor vehicle crashes are the most common cause of emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths related to traumatic brain injury among people aged 15 to 34, according to a 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Aerospace and mechanical engineering professor Samy Missoum, who is also director of the Computational Design Optimization of Engineering Systems, or CODES Laboratory, and graduate student Seyed Saeed Ahmadisoleymani recently published a paper in Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering that details a new method for calculating the probability of a TBI due to a car accident."We have developed the first steps of a method to assess the probability of TBI based on crash conditions, such as impact velocity and angle."Other approaches are purely computational -- for instance, using finite element models, which are mathematical tools to predict how a system like the brain will behave when subjected to external forces.He uses experimental data to simulate how a dummy moves in a car crash and applies motion data from the simulation to a computer model of the brain to see how it would be affected.This fusion of data provides the basis for a method researchers hope will eventually be able to calculate the probability of TBI after a car crash.
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Future high-speed communication networks based on millimeter-wave (30-300GHz) technology will be more robust and efficient in delivering extremely high speed, high quality video, and multimedia content and services thanks to the results of a ground-breaking research project.The recently-concluded project was a collaboration between Huawei Technologies and IMDEA Networks Institute, the Madrid-based research body pioneering many technologies that are being deployed in the new 5G landscape.Dr. Joerg Widmer, the Principal Investigator on the project and Research Director at IMDEA Networks, describes the challenge his group tackled.So, High Frequency (HF) communications, like mmWave systems which offer the speed and capacity that 5G and 802.11ad-standard Wi-Fi networks require, demand directional antennas in order to overcome the resulting attenuation.This results in high signaling overheads, since both ends of the communication have to continuously update their antenna steering as nodes move and blockages interrupt the line-of-sight path.These problems are avoided in low frequency (LF) networks, with their rich multi-path environment and much lower attenuation rates."
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Whether you have a gigantic family that goes through underwear like the Spartans went through spears, or a type-A spouse whose couture is an element of her success and enables your ability to stay home and write this stuff, laundry is a giant pain.If you have the means, though, LG is about to drop one hell of a washing machine on the market.this month, the company launched its new line of smart home-friendly, Wi-Fi-enabled washing machines that promise to totally scrub a full load of laundry in half an hour or less.The breakthrough technology supporting these machines has a trademarked name and this time, it’s labeled the LG TurboWash360 , which uses five high-powered jets to slam-bang clothes from multiple angles, so the detergent really gets into clothes and the whole load finishes really quickly compared to traditional washing machines.“As the most-awarded laundry brand in customer satisfaction, reliability, and performance, LG delivers washers and dryers U.S. consumers can rely on to help make life easier.And our new TurboWash technology offers them the best new tools on the market to tackle life’s messy moments with confidence,” said David VanderWaal, senior vice president of marketing of LG Electronics USA in a release.
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Korean electronics giant Samsung was due to launch the Galaxy Fold this week but after a few of them broke in the hands of reviewers it has changed its mind.Exactly how long that delay will be hasn’t been revealed, but Samsung will presumably take as long as it needs to perform the stress testing and due diligence it should have performed before handing over review units.As we previously reported, at least three different kinds of major flaw were uncovered almost immediately by some reviewers so this could take a while.Samsung’s announcement were a case-study in marketing speak and general turd polishing.“While many reviewers shared with us the vast potential they see, some also showed us how the device needs further improvements that could ensure the best possible user experience,” it said.“To fully evaluate this feedback and run further internal tests, we have decided to delay the release of the Galaxy Fold.
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I love the unwieldy weight, the slowly yellowing pages, the (ugh, sorry for the cliché) smell, and the fact that I can look at a stack and recall where and when I read each of them.And from a purely pragmatic view, ingesting letters from a heavy cuboid that requires multiple hands to continue reading, is not.I can grab it during the hours of repetitive movement required to get my baby to sleep.Or the whole Game of Thrones saga in 39 days (yeah I know it’s called A Song of Fire and Ice, shut up nerd).Finally, there’s a less tangible advantage.The success of apps made to gobble up your attention is totally dependent on there being nothing better to do.
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Former AppDynamics CEO and founder Jyoti Bansal announced that his latest startup Harness raised $60 million in Series B funding Tuesday.IVP and GV co-led the round, which valued the company at $500 million.Harness is an automated software deployment platform that allows engineering teams to automatically roll back changes that adversely affect site performance.Bansal said in a conversation with Business Insider that the stakes are higher now that every company is a technology company and engineers are expected to detect and act on issues with code changes.Cisco acquired AppDynamics for $3.7 billion in 2016 as Bansal prepared to take the company public.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
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The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China said in a press conference Tuesday that it approved of foreign tech firms conducting cloud-computing business in China via cooperation with local firms.“Under the premise of obeying Chinese laws and policies, foreign companies are welcomed to participate in the cloud computing market and help to boost the market,” Wen Ku, head of the MIIT information and communication department, said in the press conference.The MIIT statement follows Premier Li Keqiang’s proposal to allow trial operations for foreign cloud-service providers.In the meeting with 36 heads of foreign corporations earlier this month, Li said China is considering a “liberalization pilot” in a free trade zone to open cloud computing to foreign companies.Foreign cloud service providers would be allowed to build their own data centers in the free trade zone, according to the proposal.China’s current rules on data storage and cybersecurity forbid foreign firms to provide cloud-computing services in China directly.
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Most details about the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro have been rumored ahead of their expected May 14 launch, but the latest specs leak is perhaps the most detailed yet, covering almost every aspect of the upcoming phones.According to @Samsung_News_, the OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G will both have a 6.7-inch 1440 x 3120 screen with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 90Hz refresh rate.The camera setup, meanwhile, is said to be a triple-lens array, with a 48MP main lens sporting both optical and electronic image stabilization, and an f/1.6 aperture.That’s supposedly alongside an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens offering 3x zoom, and a 16MP f/2.2 wide-angle lens with a 117-degree field of view.There’s also apparently a 16MP f/2.0 lens on the front.OnePlus 7 Pro / Pro 5G:6.7" 3120x1440p - 19,5:9 - 90Hz 48MP F1.6 OIS+EIS, 8MP 3x Zoom F2.4, 16MP 117 F2.2, Selfie: 16MP F2.0Snapdragon855, 6+128GB, 8/12+256GB,UFS 3.04000mAh 30W Warp ChargeIn-Display FPBlue/Grey/Brown (Tweet 1/2) pic.twitter.com/v3jU9tguUsApril 22, 2019
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The second episode of Game of Thrones final season brought with it a sense of calm before the storm – unless you so happen to be A Song of Ice and Fire theorist, because the episode’s use of a particular element from the books might have got your head spinning a little bit.It was an episode filled with great character vignettes and the heart the season premiere lacked, but it also included a quiet little moment that could have some huge ramifications for the series’ endgame – and it’s all thanks to Podrick Payne.Well, specifically, the song Podrick sings on the eve of battle, set over shots of our heroes reckoning with what could very well be the final night of their lives.Aside from being hauntingly beautiful (hell of a set of pipes on Daniel Portman!), and before the end credits gave us a spectacular cover by none other than Florence + The Machine – check out the official lyric video HBO released for that below!The mournful “Jenny of Oldstones,” also known in the books as “Jenny’s Song,” has only a single line when it’s first sung by Brotherhood without Banners member Tom of Sevenstreams in A Storm of Swords, a gift to the old woman known as the Ghost of High Heart, so the Brotherhood can be given insight into her visions:
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China Tech Investor is a weekly look at China’s tech companies through the lens of investment.Each week, hosts Elliott Zaagman and James Hull go through their watch list of publicly listed tech companies and also interview experts on issues affecting the macroeconomy and the stock prices of China’s tech companies.Make sure you don’t miss anything.Check out our lineup of China tech podcasts.Check us out on iTunes or Spotify!In this episode of the China Tech Investor Podcast powered by TechNode, our hosts talk with the one and only Anne Stevenson-Yang, co-founder and research director at J Capital Research.
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