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The pair posted less than flattering numbers for third quarter of their fiscal ’19 that were caused by floppy demand in corporate land.WD fared the worst of the two: sales for the quarter ended 29 March fell 26.7 per cent year-on-year to $3.7bn, with hard disks down 20.4 per cent to $2.1bn and flash sliding by a third to $1.6bn.Western Digital sees storage sun rise in NVMe land... and slowly set on SATA, SAS SSDsMiligan had warned about a “softening business environment” three months ago at the last quarterly results call, due to lower demand for smartphones, a slowdown in purchases from the hyper scale vendors and bad shit happening politically in parts of the world.To offset this, WD identified $800m of overheads to fling overboard, including chopping a bunch of workers.WD now expects total disk exabyte shipments in capacity to be flat or slightly up this year.
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Just like publishers, influencers have to ride the many changes social platforms bring to their business—for better or worse.From algorithm changes to the FTC cracking down on sponsored ads, life’s not always as fun and curated as it appears in the feed.Instagram’s newest tool for creators lets them tag products in their posts, making it easier for users to shop some of their favorite looks from their favorite influencers.Influencer marketing experts say the new feature, which is currently only available in beta to 50 creators, may end up working out in favor of influencers by giving them another bargaining chip for brand partnerships, collecting valuable data about driving consumers towards a purchase—while still generating additional revenue through affiliate links.“I think influencers are excited about it,” said Mae Karwowski, CEO and founder of influencer marketing agency Obviously.“They are excited to better show the amount of traffic and revenue they could drive.
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Maybe it’s that Apple’s quality control seems weaker, or that they’ve alienated consumers by removing consumer-friendly features like the headphone jack.Maybe it’s that iPhones keep getting more and more expensive at a time when consumers have realised the price premium isn’t worth it in an age of excellent mid-range phones, or just that consumers are upgrading less often.Whichever theory you ascribe to, Apple’s second quarter 2019 financial report is yet another weak showing for the iPhone brand.A Q2 2019 report released on Tuesday stated that the company’s quarterly revenue of $58 billion, down five percent from the same time period last year, included $31 billion in iPhone sales – down from $37.5 billion in iPhone sales the same quarter in 2018, per Ars Technica.However, Apple’s other units did fairly well: iPad sales increased from $4 billion in Q2 2018 to $4.8 billion in Q2 2019, while its wearables, home, and accessories division went from $3.9 billion to $5.1 billion.In general, Apple came out on the high end of its $55-59 billion projection for the quarter, a notable upgrade from its disappointing Q1 2019 results.
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On Monday, VMware's CEO Pat Gelsinger stood on stage with Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella to announce a new partnership.The two companies have been bitter rivals for most of their existence.Behind the scenes, Gelsinger explained at a Q session that, despite the news, VMware still viewed Amazon as its main ally in the cloud wars.On Monday, it was a when-pigs-fly moment as VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger stood on stage with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to announce a partnership between their two companies.Microsoft and VMware have been bitter rivals for decades — but this partnership brings VMware's software to the Microsoft Azure cloud.It's especially notable because VMware has a major partnership with Microsoft's main cloud rival, Amazon Web Services.
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Electric scooters are becoming just as common to see in may cities as Lyft and Uber cars.While it may be a step in the right direction to reduce emissions, a new study from the Center for Disease Control found a surge in emergency room visits due to e-scooter accidents, CNBC reported on Wednesday.The CDC's study, reportedly to be released Thursday, discovered that many of the e-scooter injuries treated were fractures and dislocations.Head trauma, however, topped the list at 45%.The culprit, according to CNBC, riders not wearing helmets and not being cautious around cars.The CDC didn't immediately respond to request for comment.
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Contrary to what reports from last year suggested, English Championship football club Hull City AFC won’t be getting acquired by cryptocurrency crowd funding platform SportyCo.According to sources familiar with the matter, SportyCo’s managing director, Marko Filej, met with the club’s owners and agreed on a price.However, after that price was disclosed to investors supporting SportyCo’s bid, the deal fizzled out to nothing.Sources claim the price was “higher than the real market valuation.”Last year, reports claimed the Hull City Supporters Trust (HCST) – an organization set up to represent Hull City supporters – and SportyCo had teamed up to launch a £45 million ($58 million) bid to buy the club.“We are not leading the bid, [we’re] simply a partner representing supporters.”
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Every time you shop at Tesco you can earn points on your Clubcard, which can be redeemed as vouchers to spend in Tesco or elsewhere.You could also earn points with Tesco Mobile, accumulating them every time you pay your bill, but you couldn't spend them there.Tesco Mobile has announced that customers will now be able to use Clubcard vouchers with the supermarket network.Tesco Mobile has been added to the rewards scheme, and means you can convert your Clubcard vouchers into Tesco Mobile Partner vouchers that are apparently worth double what you were getting before.Once that's done the vouchers can be spent on your monthly bill or any Tesco Mobile SIM only tariff.You can convert your Clubcard vouchers on the Clubcard app or website, then spend them on whatever you like.
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Although the stats don’t necessarily spell good news, it’s important to note that diagnosis, treatment, and in turn, patient outcomes have improved significantly.Now, more than four decades later, and thanks to technological progress and advancement in fields such as AI, survival in the UK has doubled.This is why I’ve decided to focus on readily available AI that’s already having an impact on the ways in which cancer is being diagnosed and treated.Mutations can also be caused by the processes of life inside a cell or external lifestyle factors, such as the chemicals found in tobacco smoke.Early detection and diagnosis is key to higher cancer survival rate,” said Brandon Suh, CEO of Lunit, whose chest imaging solution Lunit INSIGHT CXR is currently being used in hospitals in Mexico, Dubai, and South Korea.Lung cancer: a case study
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Britons will be familiar with NordVPN's recent ad spot, which featured some credulous loon in a railway carriage handing out his credit card, phone, passwords and so on to random strangers.The Advertising Standards Authority, a private company based in central London that is funded by a levy on the advertising industry, has now told NordVPN not to repeat the advert's claims that public Wi-Fi is so insecure that it amounts to handing out your personal details to everyone around you.Nine people complained about the advert, which was broadcast in the first quarter of this year.Justifying its claims, NordVPN told the ASA that HTTPS encryption of webpages "did not mean the site was legitimate, nor was it any proof that the site had been security-hardened against intrusion from hackers".It added that "most public Wi-Fi hotspots were considered insecure since the majority had very primitive security parameters and non-existent or very weak passwords available to everyone."Disagreeing, the ASA acknowledged in a public ruling that while "such data threats could exist", it "considered the overwhelming impression created by the ad was that public networks were inherently insecure and that access to them was akin to handing out security information voluntarily."
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Star Wars Day has become an annual tradition on May the fourth, and thanks to capitalism, every annual tradition is now a shopping event.Actual items from the films, £variesIf there's one way to ensure you never have any financial security, it's getting into buying memorabilia from your favourite movies.Prop Store is great for that, and has a whole load of stuff that was in or is related to Star Wars, from insanely detailed replicas to objects from the sets.These ridiculously colourful and beautiful pieces of officially licensed artwork measure 11 x 14 inches and are based on the original Stormtrooper helmet moulds created by Andrew Ainsworth of Shepperton Design Studios.A cheese knife set in the shape of a Stormtrooper helmet with laser etching.
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The suit alleges that the car, which was on autopilot at the time of the crash, was "defective in its design."CEO Elon Musk revealed his grand ambitions for Tesla's self-driving tech last month.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.The family of Apple engineer Walter Huang, who died in March last year when his Tesla Model X crashed on a California highway, is suing Tesla.Huang's Model X was in autopilot mode when it crashed into a barrier on the 101 Mountainview highway, causing the car's battery to erupt into flames.Read more: The family of a teenager killed in a 116 mph Tesla crash is suing the company, alleging it makes "unreasonably dangerous" cars
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You’ve already seen how AI can be used to generate eerily realistic images of human faces, food, and even Airbnb homestays.Kyoto-based firm DataGrid is taking things a step further to creep you out with complete human bodies conjured afresh from images it’s gleaned.That’s right – according to the company, the models you’re looking at in the image above and the video clip below aren’t real people.Each image has been dreamed up by DataGrid’s neural network from scratch.DataGrid presented this demo without many details, but noted that its tech could find use in creating virtual models for advertising and displaying apparel.If it’s widely adopted, it could reduce the need for brands and online stores to invest in photo shoots to showcase their products.
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It’s been over a week since an anomaly triggered the engine failure of a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule during testing.Few details have been disclosed, and it’s not yet clear how the incident might delay NASA’s ability to deliver astronauts to the ISS.Last Thursday, a NASA safety panel remained tight-lipped, saying an investigation is now underway.We also don’t know if any toxic fumes were released into the environment (seems likely), or if the incident will affect NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (also likely).BREAKING: SpaceX Crew Dragon suffered an anomaly during test fire today, according to 45th Space Wing.All we can really be certain of, and as stated in a SpaceX press release issued shortly after the 20 April incident, is that an “anomaly” occurred.
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Apple has a track record of supporting older hardware and software far longer than its peers but even the mighty Cupertino-based company can’t always make magic happen.Half a decade ago, it announced that its rather popular photo editing software, Aperture, would no longer see any action.Now it is sounding the death knell, warning its still-existing faithful users that the program will no longer work in future versions of macOS, starting with the one launching this year.Aperture had a lot going for it and, back when it still existed, it didn’t have much competition.Aside from being an Apple product, it offered users non-destructive photo editing with all the bells and hassles of larger, professional programs.In 2014, however, Apple announced it stopped developing the app and even removed it from its Mac App Store.
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Facebook Dating was introduced at F8 2018 and eventually rolled out in Colombia, Thailand, Canada, Argentina and Mexico.The social network used F8 2019 Tuesday in San Jose, Calif., to reveal the extension of Facebook Dating to 14 more countries, as well as to unveil a new feature called Secret Crush.Facebook dating is strictly opt-in, and profiles on Facebook dating are separate from users’ Facebook Timelines.Secret Crush is aimed at helping people explore potential romantic relationships within their own extended circles of friends, but only if both parties have already opted in to Facebook Dating.Facebook Dating users can choose up to nine of their Facebook friends whom they are interested in, and if those friends have opted in to Facebook Dating, they will receive a notification telling them that someone has a crush on them.If a person’s crush adds that person to their Secret Crush list, a match will be created.
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The U.K. has just opened its first checkout-free store that lets shoppers leave without having to wait in line to pay.It’s located in central London and operated by Sainsbury’s, one of the nation’s biggest supermarket chains.But the system is different to the one used by Amazon Go, which tracks customer movement using cameras and sensors.At the end of the visit, the customer pays via Apple Pay or Google Pay before scanning a QR code to finish the shop.Such a system costs less to set up than Amazon Go’s as it has no reliance on sophisticated tracking technology and can be installed at low cost at existing stores.A number of Sainsbury’s stores have been testing the app-based experience for a while, but they’ve retained the checkouts for those that want to use them.
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Souq.com delivered its first order in Dubai 13 years back and has evolved into the biggest e-commerce player in the UAE.That attracted he attention of Amazon which bough souq.com and today is finally the day where souq.com closes and amazon.ae launches.While the transition was very visible over the last few months in the much improved customer service and returns as well as amazon branded packaging and delivery vans, it is now official.According to the website, amazon.ae will feature over 30 million products from global sellers- five million of which are from Amazon US.Customers will be able to shop in Arabic as well as English and a regional team of 3,600 people will keep things moving.
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Before it became famous for Pokemon GO, Niantic Labs, which at one point was also a Google property, tried to make a name for itself with Ingress, a mobile augmented reality sci-fi game.It had its share of fans but the high-concept game and almost unexciting mechanics made it a little difficult to get started and get hooked.Since then, the game has been “rebooted” and now has its own Netflix animated series that could help spark some interest in the game.Or at least offer fan service to its remaining players.Ingress, both the first incarnation and the new Prime version, revolves around XM, short for exotic matter.It is a fictional type of energy invisible to the naked eye and can only be seen via the mobile app, of course.
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Much of the attention in smartphone news these days is unsurprisingly poured on high-end and expensive phones like the Galaxy S10, the Huawei P30, and especially the Galaxy Fold.Some just need a solid and reliable mobile companion that won’t break their wallet.Fortunately, HMD Global is bringing the Nokia 4.2 to the US exactly for that purpose.If you simply look at the hardware or even the design, the Nokia 4.2 will hardly impress.The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439, at least one of the latest from the chip maker’s lower mid-range selection, and, at least for the US model, has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.There are two cameras on the back, a 13 megapixel shooter assisted by a 2 megapixel depth sensor, and an 8 megapixel camera on the front.
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Monica Vinader-backer Beringea has participated in a $19m (£14.6m) round for global e-sports brand Fnatic.The round was led by tech entrepreneur Lev Leviev of LVL1 Group, who also joins the board, with new and continued support from investors including Beringea, Blackpine, Unbound and Joi Ito.The Hackney-headquartered company will use the funding to bolster its place in top gaming leagues, such as the League of Legends European Championships, as well as launch new product lines and scale up resources.Fnatic said it has also appointed a new leadership team to boost its momentum, hiring former Mercedes AMG F1 chief executive Nick Fry as its chairman.Glen Calvert, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Affectv has been appointed as chief operating officer, and Fnatic’s founder, Sam Mathews, is to retake the chief executive position.Former boss Wouter Sleijffers is stepping down after four years at the helm.
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