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Computex 2019 is almost here, and with it will come a couple of new gaming laptops from MSI bringing the latest in high performance silicon from Intel and Nvidia.MSI has unveiled the new hardware in a press release ahead of the show in Taipei, where both will be on display from May 28th to June 1.The new laptops are upgrades to existing lines, with the MSI GE65 Raider stepping up in the thin and light gaming laptop space, while the MSI GT76 Titan upgrades the previous GT75 Titan's parts.While MSI has selected these two new gaming laptops to highlight, it may have even more in store.It will also be showcasing major updates to its productivity-focused Prestige series.It's what's on the inside that counts here
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Researchers have published a study just ahead of Memorial Day that reveals a simple, safe way to avoid packing on pounds over the holiday.More than 100 adults participated in the research, which involved providing a behavioral, rather than dietary, modification for daily life.Those who followed the instructions maintained or lost weight despite the holidays, while the remainder gained weight.The research comes out of The Obese Society, a scientific society dedicated to studying obesity-related topics, including treatments.In its most recently published study, researchers focused on a simple way adults can potentially modify their behaviors in order to avoid putting on weight over holiday vacations: daily weight monitoring.The study involved a total of 111 adults who were ages 18 through 65.
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Perceptics confirms intrusion and theft, stays quiet on detailsExclusive The maker of vehicle license plate readers used extensively by the US government and cities to identify and track citizens and immigrants has been hacked.Its internal files were pilfered, and are presently being offered for free on the dark web to download.Tennessee-based Perceptics prides itself as "the sole provider of stationary LPRs [license plate readers] installed at all land border crossing lanes for POV [privately owned vehicle] traffic in the United States, Canada, and for the most critical lanes in Mexico."On Thursday this week, however, an individual using the pseudonym "Boris Bullet-Dodger" contacted The Register, alerting us to the hack, and provided a list of files exfiltrated from Perceptics' corporate network as proof.We're assuming this is the same "Boris" involved in the CityComp hack last month.
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Amazon wants its third-party sellers to store more merchandise in its warehouses to ensure it has enough inventory of popular products to execute one-day shipping, so it is offering discounts on monthly storage fees up to 75%.That’s according to an email to independent sellers from Fulfillment by Amazon, the service in which Amazon stores, packs and ships products on sellers’ behalf, which was sent to Adweek.A rep for Amazon confirmed the discount.The email notes that more inventory on hand means Amazon can place goods closer to customers.The promotion begins June 1 and runs through January 31, 2020.According to the email, from June 1 to September 30, monthly storage fees will drop from $0.69 to $0.17 per cubic foot.
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Upgrading your network doesn’t have to be a big headache.Get the Securosis report Scaling Network Security and scale security controls and policy without starting over.Discover your options for improving security architecture on your terms, using existing infrastructure and intelligently applying security controls at scale without major overhauls.With this approach, your network protection can evolve with applications, attackers and technology—even in today’s demanding 100Gbps network environment.
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The first teaser is here for Star Trek: Picard, which brings the incredible Patrick Stewart back as the even more incredible Jean-Luc Picard.But the admiral, who’s been spending a lot of time with his grapes, is no longer a part of Starfleet.The mystery, of course, is finding out why.The short teaser takes us back to Picard’s famous vineyard as dark, toxic-looking clouds roam in the distance – perhaps hinting at larger change change issues on Earth, or maybe they’re just a metaphor.Picard walks through the vines as a woman calmly asks him in voiceover why he chose to abandon Starfleet and everything he stood for.It’s part Gladiator, part Logan, all Star Trek.
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Huawei says it is working on its own mobile and laptop operating system in the event it can't continue using Google's Android for its phones, or Microsoft's Windows for its laptops.It's fighting talk, but Huawei's alternative operating system will almost certainly fail.Apple and Google's dominance is illustrated by stats showing how the mobile OS ecosystem was once much broader, but shrank in just a few years.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Chinese tech giant Huawei has bullishly said it will have its own mobile and computing operating system ready by 2020 in the event it is prevented from using Google's Android or Microsoft's Windows after being blacklisted in the US.Theoretically, this means that all Huawei phones released after 2019 would run on its proprietary software, just as iPhones and iPads run on Apple's iOS, almost every other phone runs on Google's Android, and most laptops run on Windows or MacOS.
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Commuters on the London Underground will have their mobile Wi-Fi data collected from July as part of a system deigned to help improve journeys and ease overcrowding.Transport for London (TfL) announced the collection of “depersonalised Wi-Fi data” will only be used to provide “better, more targeted information to its customers as they move around London, helping them better plan their route to avoid congestion and delays.”London Underground stations tend to have good mobile coverage.And ever since 2012 there has been Wi-Fi connectivity on the Tube, and there are now more than 260 Wi-Fi enabled London Underground stations.“The depersonalised data collection, which will begin from 8 July 2019, will look to harness existing Wi-Fi connection data … to understand how people navigate the network,” TfL said.“The system, which has been developed in-house by TfL, will automatically depersonalise data, with no browsing or historical data collected from any devices,” it said.
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Aston Martin and James Bond go hand in hand.Astons are the preferred car of the suave British spy going back for many decades.To celebrate the Bond film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” Aston Martin has announced a very limited edition car.The car is the “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” DBS Superleggera special edition.Only 50 of the cars will be produced to celebrate the 50 years since the film debuted.All 50 of the cars will be painted in olive green inspired by the 1969 Aston Martin DBS used in the movie.
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“Disciplines are moving rapidly as increased computational power becomes more readily available“Archaeology researchers at the University of Bradford are using a combination of crowd sourcing and its first high performance computing (HPC) system to create 3D models of historical landmarks which have been severely damaged or completely destroyed.Archaeologists and computer scientists within the university are collaboration to stitch together hundreds of images collected from tourists, travellers, local resources and the university’s own databases.Once combined using the HPC system they are able to recreate accurate 3D models of lost heritage sites.One site that has been been brought back to life as a 3D model is the Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria.In 2015 the terrorist group Daesh destroyed the main complex of the temple with explosives.
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It's always nice to save money, especially when you're having to buy something expensive anyway.Toys, for instance, have a tendency to seem overpriced, especially where popular brick-building brands are concerned.The good news is that you can save yourself some money on Lego and other toys over at Amazon, thanks to the company matching a competing voucher deal.If you spend £15 or more on toys (any toys, it seems) you become eligible for a £6 voucher than is redeemed before you checkout.So it's a general £6 discount with some extra steps involved, because Amazon can't make it too easy to help you save money.The great news is that the voucher seems to stack as well, so if you add two eligible products to your basket you save £12 on the whole lot.
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With a population of around 1.4 billion people, everyone wants a piece of the Chinese market.And as Chinese consumers become increasingly connected in cyberspace, digital marketing provides a shortcut for businesses and brands to that opportunity, provided, that is, marketers select online channels wisely.Speaking at the Emerge by TechNode conference in Shanghai on Thursday, CMO of key opinion leader (KOL) marketing platform PARKLU Elijah Whaley told delegates that while Chinese social, content and commerce platforms offer similar functionalities, there is a key differentiating factor—user purpose or intent.The question, according to Whaley is, “Why am I walking into this app or what am I explicitly getting out of from interacting with the ecosystem?”The seamless ubiquity of WeChat makes it the go-to place for online marketing, but the platform is particularly good for CRM, and as a place for conversation given its core function in messaging friends, families, and coworkers.“We see a lot of partners really wanted WeChat to be a marketing platform,” he said.
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After exploring the opportunity last year, major Dutch bank Rabobank has decided it’s not going to take its plans for a cryptocurrency wallet any further.In February last year, news surfaced that Rabobank was working on a cryptocurrency service – called Rabobit – which promised to bridge the gap between bank accounts and cryptocurrency wallets.But the bank has now confirmed it’s canned the project.However, “After careful consideration with our customers in mind we recently decided that now is not the time to develop the idea further and bring it to the next phase of innovation,” a Rabobank spokesperson told Hard Fork in an email.A useful experiment in cryptocurrencyEven if the project is going no further, the bank says the experiment hasn’t been in vain.
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The idea of jumping into a self-piloting flying taxi for a trip downtown sounded like the stuff of fantasy only a few years ago, but with so many companies now developing such a vehicle, it’s hard not to believe it’ll soon be a thing.And no, we’re not talking about some crackpot glueing a pair of wings onto an old banger and hoping for the best.We’re talking the likes of Airbus, Uber, and Toyota-backed Joby, all of whom are working on their own projects with the very same goal.Airbus’s single-passenger Vahana Alpha, for example, is an autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft that’s already been several years in development.The Vahana Alpha One prototype took its first full-scale flight test in early 2018, and has since gone on to make well over 50 more.This week the Pendleton, Oregon-based team offered a tantalizing first glimpse of the Alpha Two, its second full-scale demonstrator aircraft and the first to feature a finished interior.
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The first time we heard about a 100MP medium format camera from Fujifilm was back in September of last year, at Photokina 2018.Since then, the rumor mill has been rife with whispers of this high-resolution camera, but they can all now be put to rest.The Fujifilm GFX 100 has officially debuted, packing a mammoth 102MP backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor working alongside a speedy X-Processor 4 image processor, which has previously starred in Fujifilm's X-T30 snapper.This marriage, Fujifilm says, helps the GFX 100S achieve autofocus (AF) speeds that are twice as fast the GFX 50S.In fact, given the sensor is 70% larger than a 35mm full-frame counterpart, Fujifilm prefers to call the GFX 100 a "large format" camera rather than a medium format one.The new pro shooter includes with some jaw-dropping specs that, combined, promise all-round top-notch performance.
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Samsung has launched it's Wireless Power Bank and Wireless Charging Duo Pad in India which starts at Rs 3,699.The two wireless accessories offer fast charging solutions to users with Qi-compatible products.The power bank and the charging pad can be used to charge Qi certified phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 or accessories like Galaxy Watch and Buds.The Wireless Power Bank has a 10,000mAh battery capacity and is priced at Rs 3,699 and comes in two colour variants- Silver and Pink.On the other hand, the Wireless Charging Duo Pad costs Rs 5,999 and is available in black and white colour options.Both the power bank and charging pad will be available sometime in the next few weeks across Samsung e-Shop, Opera House and retail stores, along with Flipkart and Amazon India.
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Richard Liu, the billionaire founder of China's JD.com and one of the richest men in China, is facing a rape accusation in a civil court from a University of Minnesota college student.Minneapolis prosecutors also decided not to launch criminal charges against Liu last December, citing insufficient evidence.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Richard Liu, the billionaire founder and CEO of JD.com, the Chinese e-commerce giant, faces a rape accusation in civil court from a college student in Minneapolis.Liu is accused of assaulting Liu Jingyao, then a 21-year-old undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, while he was attending a business program there last summer.As far as the criminal justice system is concerned, Liu is free to go about his business as before.
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Chinese tech giant Huawei may have its own smartphone and laptop operating system ready for its Chinese customers by fall of this year, CNBC reports, citing a high-level exec.Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business, added that an international version of the operating system may follow by the first or second quarter of 2020.Huawei was recently placed on a blacklist that restricted it from dealing with any US firm, resulting in the telecom company not having access to a licensed version of Google’s Android along with its services.
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When you’re setting up your battle station, peripherals like monitors, keyboards, mice, and headsets are almost as vital as your graphics card for getting the most enjoyment out of your games.These devices are what you actually use to interface with your computer’s hardware, and even the beefiest PC gaming build is wasted if you’re suffering with crappy accessories.Alienware is best known for its powerful PCs (both desktops and laptops), but it recently expanded into the world of gaming accessories in an effort to compete with market-dominant brands like Razer.A handful of these peripherals are on sale right now as part of Dell’s ongoing Memorial Day sale, and we’ve rounded them up below.These gaming deals feature discounts of up to $700, so whether you’re looking to upgrade to an ultrawide curved monitor or you just need to replace your old worn-out mouse and keyboard, check these out:Alienware 7.1 wireless gaming headset
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TikTok hires a senior executive to boost monetisation in India – QuartzWhat happened: TikTok owner ByteDance has hired former GroupM CEO of Asian operations Sameer Singh to be its vice-president of monetization for India.A statement by the company said that “Sameer will work closely with ByteDance’s partners and clients while leading the advertising, sales and marketing strategies across all of ByteDance’s products in India.” He will be based in Gurugram and start work in August.Why it’s important: Despite being banned in India for a week in April, Indians still comprise a massive 40% of TikTok’s 500 million-strong user base, and according to The Economic Times, ByteDance’s products have approximately 300 million monthly active users in India.As far as monetization, ByteDance’s strategy for TikTok has so far revolved around advertising, and brands have already seen success reaching audiences in India by leveraging the app’s various social features.A hire with intimate knowledge of the country’s marketing landscape should help ByteDance more effectively profit from its fast-growing market share.
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