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ColourboxEuropean drugs and their use to the following organisations EMCDDA study more than 50 European city of the sewage, on the basis of which it was revealed that the Nordic cocaine capital of the Danish.the European drug report found that Copenhagen can be found even 337 milligrams of cocaine per thousand inhabitants per day.the Helsinki wastewater found 10 milligrams of cocaine in every thousand per capita per day.in Oslo, the number was 151,5 milligrams per thousand people and reykjavik in of 57.8 milligrams.the number one place in Europe is London, where you can find cocaine 909,4 milligrams per thousand of population.the Second came Amsterdam 641,7 milligrams and the third Antwerp 621,1 milligrams .
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Have you seen this vulture?Pic of Arthur by Birds of Prey DisplaysA "massive great big" vulture which went missing over the West Country last week is still at large, and its owners are asking members of the public to keep an eye out for the "hard to miss" bird.Arthur, an 11-year-old white-headed vulture, was swept away by strong winds during a display at the Bath & West Show in Shepton Mallet, according to Birds of Prey Displays.Arthur the white-headed vulture.Pic: Birds of Prey DisplaysAnyone who does eyeball the magnificent beast is asked not to approach him "as he will spook away", but rather to call handler Ben Potter, whose numbers are available here.The white-headed vulture - Trigonoceps occipitalis - is native to sub-Saharan Africa and under threat of extinction in the wild.
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Kuva: KARI SOINIOMaineikkaan tutkimuskeskuksen johtajan Marcus Weldonin mukaan uusi omistaja tuo lisää voimaa innovaatiotoimintaan.Mikä: Maailmankuulu tieteellinen tutkimuslaitos, joka keskittyy viestintä- ja kommunikaatiotekniikkaanSaavutuksia: Lukuisia keksintöjä ja patentteja, muun muassa transistori, laser, aurinkokenno, tietoliikenne-satelliitti, ja CCD-kenno, Unix-käyttöjärjestelmä.Kauppa sinetöityi tammikuussa, ja nyt Nokian nimi näkyy jo vahvasti New Jerseyn Murray Hillsissä toimivan Bell Labsin pääpaikassa.Nokia saa meiltä pitkälle tulevaisuuteen ulottuvaa näkökulmaa ja kykyä toteuttaa sitä mitä siellä näkyy.Bell Labs perustettiin virallisesti kuitenkin vasta 1925 .Mutta kukaan ei käske lopettamaan, kunhan tekemisessä on mukana logiikka.
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Facebook has developed a product that people use indefinitely.The rest of us?This is what the active users chart looks like breaking down the cohorts over time:In the chart above, the blue shape on the bottom represents the 1,000 people who signed up in January, and then how many of them are using it throughout the year.What does it look like if you are able to build a product where 50% of your cohorts end up loving you product and sticking around for a long time.I like the slope of that line.Google Spreadsheets is crappy for this kind of stuff, I d recommend using Excel.
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GIFWe love watching things get crushed by a hydraulic press, but how about a waterjet?There s a YouTube channel for that as well.In the channel s latest video, they cut a hydraulic press in half.This has got to be one of the more decidedly meta moments for YouTube destruction channels like this - there s a good laugh to be had when they smoosh a small clay figure:One thing is for sure: water is an incredibly powerful tool.The channel shows them cutting a whole bunch of other things into two pieces: phones, bowling pins, and more.
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Good news for some, and bad for hyperscaler folkHPE, EMC's pursuer, has a monster smile on its faceIDC s number crunchers have crunched their quarterly enterprise storage numbers and found HPE has done very well, while the storage market has declined somewhat and ODM supply to hyperscalers has plunged downwards.HPE and EMC tied for top place with HPE nominally ahead at $1.42bn, up 11 per cent year-on-year, with EMC garnering $1.35bn, down 11.8 per cent year-on-year; cue a monster smile on HPE s collective storage face.A Dell-EMC combination would have had revenues of $2.27bn, almost double HPE s revenues for the quarter and more than three times NetApp s revenues.That s a potential indicator of things to come.IDC s Liz Conner, research manager, Storage Systems, had a canned quote: "Spending on server-based storage was up, spending on traditional external arrays continues to decline, while the nature of hyperscale business leads it to fluctuate heavily with that market segment seeing a heavy decline in 1Q16."Hitachi and IBM tied for fifth and sixth positions, both down year-on-year, as can be seen from IDC s table:Here s a chart to show the changes more clearly:Looking at externally-attached storage alone then EMC, as expected, is the grand fromage, with NetApp cheese number 2, and HPE and Hitachi tied for cheeses three and four, and IBM and Dell tied for cheeses number five and six.
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City of London Corporation has braved the wrath of the capital s drivers by announcing the temporary closure of Tower Bridge to all vehicles.The 122-year-old landmark will be driver-free for three months from October as it requires a bit of TLC, with its timber decking set to be replaced, its road and walkways in need of resurfacing and the archways on the approach to the bridge in need of waterproofing.Though TfL says that the impact caused by the closure will be 'minimal', 21,000 vehicles are reported to use the bridge every day.That translates to a lot of disrupted journeys.The Seine in Paris has almost twice as many crossings as the Thames in London.It s not only drivers that ll be affected, either.
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Photographer: Imagine China / Splash News / All Over Press TECHNOLOGY sweep. Here are the latest technology news. Tesla founder Elon Musk talks about the reasons behind the hyped electric car late deliveries. Including the shooting incident, hail storms and earthquakes, it writes Recode. The kommandeTeslan, Model 3, however, shall be completed within six weeks, according to The Verge. Ahead of the anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen Square, image service Tumblr blocked in China, it writes TechCrunch.
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That technology is built by Bethesda, Maryland headquartered Koolspan which produces the TrustChip processor.A switch on the back puts the phone into a so-called "shielded mode" for encrypted texts and calls."Since it's their own kernel, they won't be on the latest Android version anyway."Key generation and exchange is another question to be answered.Sultan of start upsThe company formed of co-founder and president Moshe Hogeg, a serial start up creator, and chief executive officer Tal Cohen, a former Forbes journalist and advertising industry man.Hogeg founded photo-sharing service Mobil which raised some US$86 million over six years, with huge backing from Hollywood types and funding from the likes of Lance Armstrong and Serena Williams, including US$60 million from Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.
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View photosMoreA woman holds her smart phone which displays the Google home page, in this picture illustration taken February 24, 2016.REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/Illustration/File PhotoHONG KONG Reuters - Google Inc is seeking to raise between $218 million and $221 million by selling shares in Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo, according to a deal term sheet seen by IFR on Wednesday.Google is offering 371 million Lenovo shares in the range of HK$4.56 to HK$4.62 per share, a discount of up to 4 percent to the last traded price, the terms showed.Representatives of Google and Lenovo were not available for immediate comment.Reporting by Fiona Lau at IFR; Writing by Denny Thomas; Editing by David Goodman
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Budget airlines like Ryanair and easyJet are often significantly cheaper to fly with compared to legacy airlines like British Airways.The simple answer is that budget airlines simplify as many costs as possible.Having fewer personnel means fewer people to pay; using cheaper seats that don t recline obviously saves money; and charging for in-flight meals means there s less free stuff.Another method is using only one type of aircraft for their fleet, everyone pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, etc can work any flight.The more flights they offer, the more money for them, and the cheaper the fares are for us.Wendoverproductions does one of his always-captivating breakdowns on why budget airlines are so cheap in the video below.
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Xiaomi aims to enter western markets soonChinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has struck a crucial patent cross-licensing deal with Microsoft to make inroads into western markets, particularly the US.The company said from September 2016, all Xiaomi flagship devices like Mi 5, Mi Max and Mi 4s, as well as budget devices such as Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3 smartphones, will be sold with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Skype applications pre-loaded.Latest sales figures show the company notched up a record-breaking 26% market share in April in China compared to global players like Apple which had an 8.2% market share, and Samsung 3.2%.However, there is constant competition from other Chinese budget phone makers like Huawei and Le Eco.Earlier this month, the company launched a TV set-top box in the US which it developed in cooperation with Alphabet's Google which owns the Android OS.Currently, Xiaomi only sells accessories in these regions.
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One area that s particularly hot, Duffy says, is in industries dependent on rapid decision-making in closed feedback loops—like high-frequency trading in finance.Sentient is interested in more fully automating feedback loops like these in finance and other industries with an old US Air Force decision-making framework called the OODA loop.1.Observe: The system observes the world, taking in information from text, images, video, audio, industrial sensors, and the like, and then differentiates the information.The scope of information these systems can currently observe and act on is still limited.There are risks and benefits in high-frequency trading, for example, and the same will hold in other areas too.Interested in learning more about the future of finance?
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Sirin Labs' co-founders Kenes Rakishev, Moshe Hogeg and Tal Cohen launch the Solarin smartphone in London.Sirin Labs, co-founded in 2013 by Kenes Rakishev chairman , Moshe Hogeg president and Tal Cohen CEO , is funded to the tune of $72 million £49.6m and launched its first product, Solarin -- which Hogeg confidently described as "the best phone ever made, and for sure the most secure phone ever made" -- in central London today.It packs a decent, if not always cutting-edge, specification, including:A 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core SoC with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage;A 5.5-inch Gorilla Glass 4-protected IPS LCD with 2,560 by 1,440 resolution 538ppi , delivering 120 percent of the sRGB colour gamut, 1,500:1 typical contrast ratio and 600cd/m2 typical brightness;A 24-megapixel main camera with laser autofocus, quad-tone flash, optical image stabilisation and 4k video recording at 30fps, plus an 8-megapixel front camera with flash, electrical image stabilisation and HD video recording at 60fps;An audio subsystem comprising three bass-boosted speakers and four microphones, plus a smart amplifier designed to maximise volume while minimising distortion;Support for 24 LTE bands, 802.11ac wi-fi with 2x2 MU-MIMO and 60GHz WiGig; andA 4,040mAh li-ion battery with claimed talk time of 31 hours UMTS , standby time of 'over 2 weeks' and Qualcomm QuickCharge 2.0 support"Whenever you see something in our spec that isn't the latest, there's a very good reason for that," said CEO Tal Cohen at the launch, citing the 2k screen's combination of brightness, colour gamut and power consumption as an advantage over a 4k screen as an example.The Solarin measures 78mm wide by 159.8mm deep by 11.1mm thick, weighs 243g, is water/dust resistant to IP54 level and comes in Fibre Black Carbon Titanium, Fibre Black Carbon DLC, Fibre Black Carbon Yellow Gold and Crystal White Carbon DLC variants.Security is Sirin Labs' main focus, and its solution for the Solarin phone comprises three main elements:Mobile threat protection from Zimperium, offering continuous protection against network, host-based and physical attacks;Encrypted email powered by ProtonMail, which combines public-key cryptography with symmetric encryption protocols to offer end-to-end encryption via a 2-password system; andSecurity Shield from KoolSpan, which enables hardware-based, end-to-end encrypted VoIP calls and messages using military-grade AES-256, FIPS 140-2 encryption.If that ten grand is burning a hole in your pocket, the Solarin is available online now, at Sirin Labs' store in London's Mayfair 34 Bruton Place from 1 June, and from Harrods in Knightsbridge from 30 June.
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And then, in May, Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, put $2 billion on the table.While the other US leagues struggle to build international interest in their games, the NBA has leveraged social media and new technology to build a huge global following.Vivek Ranadivé, founder of Tibco, owns the Sacramento Kings.Rock Ventures founder Dan Gilbert owns the Cleveland Cavaliers.I m the newbie, so I m mostly listening and learning.That s why the league was so excited about a demonstration on the opening night of the NBA season at Oracle Arena in Oakland: the first ever VR livestream of a professional sporting event.
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Risotto may not seem like a suitable springtime supper, but when it s made with juicy, ultra-ripe, and flavorful strawberries, the creamy dish takes on a lighter, fruitier, slightly acidic quality.To make it, you ll need two cups of extremely ripe strawberries for two cups of carnaroli or Arborio rice.If you re like me and buy strawberries by the flat, rounding up a couple of cups of the mushy ones shouldn t be too hard, but you can always set some aside to ripen for this dish.The hulled and halved berries along with a teaspoon of sugar are added after the rice is toasted in fat, but before you start incorporating the wine and broth.You can use your own favorite risotto recipe or, if you ve never made the creamy rice dish before, click the link below and let Food 52 walk you through it.The Most Wonderfully Unusual Strawberry Risotto Food 52
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Over the past few days, Chinese media have been chasing a rumor that Didi were planning an IPO.On Sunday, a document appeared on iyiou.com, a Chinese tech news site.Stories concerning the IPO spread like wildfire.The document claimed that Didi was raising funds from the public, and was planning a U.S. IPO in 2018.The document also claimed that Didi would raise USD 72 million, with each investment being worth at least USD one million, and that with a valuation of USD 87 billion after the IPO, investors could expect a rate of return of 200%.The leaked document Picture from TechWeb However, Didi dismissed all the rumours as false on Monday.The document was obviously a faked one, with quite a few factual mistakes.Didi did not entrust any organization or individual to raise funds from the public, and we will reserve the right to hold responsible those deceivers making up false information about Didi, the company wrote in a statement.In mid May, media including Reuters and Bloomberg reported on Didi s planned IPO.Their sources were unidentified, and they added that Didi s official spokesman had denied any plans for an IPO.In general, Chinese media these days neglect fact-checking in pursuit of the latest scoop from the hottest tech company.
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But the biggest threat isn t good or bad code, or systems that may or may not fail.The information must have been important as he kept that disk for years – just in case.Thank goodness for confirmation dialogs!Cast your eyes on some recent high-profile cloud failures and often the fault lies in a failure to follow process, which then took out the production environment.Admittedly, most of us lack the scope to disrupt millions of customers at once – and we let's be thankful for that.Admittedly, smaller companies get somewhat limited return, but for medium and large companies, it allows transparency, peer review and also everyone knows what s going on.
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Experts studied a man dubbed the Young Man of Byrsa or Ariche, whose remains were taken from a sarcophagus in the ancient city of Carthage, just outside Tunis, the Tunisian capital.Related: Archaeologists think they've found Aristotle's tombThe findings offer the earliest evidence of the European mitochondrial haplogroup U5b2c1 in North Africa, according to Matisoo-Smith, dating its arrival to at least the late sixth century B.C.It is remarkably rare in modern populations today, found in Europe at levels of less than one per cent.The Spanish cities of Malaga and Cadiz, for example, were founded by Phoenicians.Related: Scientists unearth 5,000-year-old Chinese beer recipeExperts analyzed the mitochondrial DNA of 47 modern Lebanese people and found none were of the U5b2c1 lineage."While a wave of farming peoples from the Near East replaced these hunter-gatherers, some of their lineages may have persisted longer in the far south of the Iberian peninsula and on off-shore islands and were then transported to the melting pot of Carthage in North Africa via Phoenician and Punic trade networks," she said, in the press release.
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Verizon has reached a deal that will end the six-week strike by many of its network technicians.The US Department of Labor DOL says it has brokered a deal for a four-year contract between Verizon and the Communications Workers of America CWA and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers IBEW ."Today, I am pleased to announce that the parties have reached an agreement in principle on a four-year contract, resolving the open issues in the ongoing labor dispute between Verizon's workers, unions, and management," said DOL secretary Thomas Perez.The unions, which comprise most of Verizon's network maintenance and repair technicians in the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern US regions, cited a number of grievances with the company, including wages and plans to outsource support jobs to overseas call centers.While Verizon has maintained that it has enough temporary workers and trained non-union employees to cover its operations during the strike, a report from the DOL estimates that as many as 35,100 jobs were idle from payroll during the strike period.Part of the agreement was that both sides would maintain silence to the press.
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If you re wondering why Nvidia's made such an enormous song and dance out of a consumer graphics card launch, it s because the company spent billions on getting its new architecture to market and now has to make the numbers add up.If that s not to your tastes, you can skip to our benchmarking tests on page two of this review.Here comes the tech...To boost performance and efficiency on the hardware side, Nvidia has moved on from its previous architecture, Maxwell, and introduced a new technique called Pascal.The sharp metal edges and angular design are certainly attractive and give the GTX 1080 a real sense of occasion.The single fan might as well be silent – buried in your PC case, there will be plenty of other components noisier than your GTX 1080, although if you choose to overclock more on that later , you ll definitely hear it kicking up a fuss if you push too far.The latter is where the future-proofing lies: whatever the final specification of DisplayPort 1.3 and 1.4 are, the GTX 1080 is ready, and will be able to push 4K content at 120Hz, 5K at 60Hz and 8K yes, really at 60Hz using two connectors.
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A new paper, An ice age recorded in the polar deposits of Mars, reaches that conclusion after analysing data from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Shallow Subsurface Radar SHARAD .During these periods, the polar caps retreat and water vapor migrates toward the equator, forming ground ice and glaciers at mid-latitudes.On Earth, things are the other way around: the poles get cold, water concentrates there and form ice sheets that head towards the equator.The new evidence collected by SHARAD shows that Mars' poles are currently growing and have likely added about 300m depth – for a total 87,000 cubic kilometres – of ice since the last ice age ended around 370,000 years ago.It's hoped that the new theory developed using SHARAD images helps us develop a better understanding of the Martian climate, how it impacted the planet's evolution into its current arid state and perhaps also offers some insights into our own blue marble.NASA's especially chuffed by the study because, among other things, it shows that the ten-year-old Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter remains in fine fettle.
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The past two years the market for next-generation security tools doubled. Read also: New wave of scam emails purporting to come from Telia - spreading ransomware According to a report by Enterprise Management Associates, the market for next-generation security tools worth half a billion dollars. This compares with another analyst firm, IDC's figures antivirus market - valued at nine billion US dollars. Key question now is whether these tools will be certified as antivirus replacement. - If several of these solutions are accepted as antivirus replacements - so, it allows businesses to purchase more efficient solutions in place - then they will stop paying for antivirus because it means savings not to use two solutions if it is not necessary, says David Monahan . Companies can, for example, establish rules that only allow software from trusted organizations in particular can be installed by end users, and other software can only be installed by the IT department.
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Could you be unwittingly sitting on a gold mine?Chances are if you re a regular reader of Gizmodo UK, you probably have an attic stuffed with the gadgets of yesteryear.Macintosh 128KIf you re lucky enough to have the original Apple Macintosh from 1984 the one that was advertised with the iconic Superbowl commercial then you could actually be sat on a goldmine.Though they look similar, the Classic is six years younger and worth a lot less.iPhoneIf you want to make money on an investment, buy a house in London.The second iPhone, the iPhone 3G, doesn t fare much better: CEX sells it for £28 and will buy your old one for even less .
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The American Civil Liberties Union wants to help Microsoft challenge government gag orders that prevent it from telling its customers when it receives warrants for their information.Microsoft sued the Justice Department in April, claiming that the government s demands for silence were unconstitutional.The company said that Outlook.com and Office365 were the products most often targeted by the Justice Department, adding that it received 2,576 requests for customer data accompanied by a gag order between September 2014 and March 2016.The civil rights non-profit says Microsoft welcomed its intervention, and argued that it is directly impacted by the case because it uses Microsoft products.The government has managed to circumvent this critical protection in the digital realm for decades, but Microsoft s lawsuit offers the courts an opportunity to correct course.The Justice Department often issues its requests for data under a 30-year-old law called the Electronic Communications Privacy Act ECPA , which allows for gag orders to be issued along with data requests.
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No matter how many times we tell you to change your passwords and make it anything but your birthday, 123456, or password, many still aren t taking the efforts to make their accounts more secure.In addition, Microsoft will continue using its lockout mode when you ve guessed the password incorrectly too many times to prevent a hacking attempt.For more info on what Microsoft considers to be a strong password, you can check out its research paper here.But if you don t have the time, just remember this: make it at least 8-characters long, use symbols and/or numbers, capitalization is your friend, and for the love of Christ, name it after anything but your pet.And if you want to get fancy, add two-factor authentication for an extra layer of security.Read next: Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Review: a Windows 10 convertible that's actually a good tablet
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Photograph: AlamyThe two technology companies announced on Thursday they are to install an undersea cable from the east coast of the US to Spain to help speed up their global internet services.Fast connectivity is particularly important to Facebook, which wants to encourage users across the world to broadcast live video and meet in virtual reality.Both activities can consume vast amounts of bandwidth.The project marks yet another example where technology companies are assuming roles traditionally left to public utilities or the government, and until now undersea cables have traditionally been laid by telecommunications incumbents.In effect, the companies will have their own private internet highway between two major marketsThe cable will travel from northern Virginia in the US, a major junction point in the global internet, to Bilbao in Spain, and then onward to the rest of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.At Facebook s developer conference in San Francisco in April, executives showed how they envision two users on different continents meeting up virtually online using elaborate systems of headsets, cameras and other monitors.
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Android: Before you hit the road this summer, you ll need the right vacation playlist for your trip.Now, TripAdvisor will help by curating playlists from Google Play Music based on the city you re traveling to.The new version of the Android app will now offer playlists themed based on the city you re visiting.You can then open them in the Play Music app.TripAdvisor is giving away a two month trial for the music service.The soundtrack of your next trip is on TripAdvisor with Google Play Music Android Blog
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I love, love, fucking love sponsored content, said news and entertainment reader Erica Olson, adding that when she can tell a corporation is financially behind a piece of writing, she is even more inclined to click on it.First off, it s cool.That s not debatable.Second, I don t find it in any way insulting to my intelligence.In fact, it makes me feel smarter.And third, did I mention that sponsored content is just really fucking cool?
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We want a bunch of them.These include 90-degree flip, 180-degree flip, "double knock", Rotate, Nudge, and Shake.You could hold this little thing in space and move it around like Google's Daydream controller - no sweat!And as my colleague CSB suggests, this object would be a perfect random song selector for a house DJ.That means that all of the Xiaomi-made Mi Smart Home Devices you've already got around your home will work basically automatically with this cube - while, on the other hand, if you're planning on buying this device on its own, you're going to have a tough time finding a use for it.For that amount of money I'd buy one just to see what's inside.
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