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Huawei’s in-house developed multi-device operating system – HarmonyOS – has the potential to become the ‘national OS’ of China, an industry expert said.“Huawei has a big opportunity to scale the OS in China across multiple device categories and to build a robust developer community as the Chinese government is pushing for a ‘national OS’ in a bid to become less reliant on Google and Microsoft,” Neil Shah, Research Director for Devices and Ecosystems at Counterpoint Technology Market Research, told TechRadar Middle East.If the government pushed other big Chinese brands such as Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi to develop not only smartphones but also other products such as TVs, he said then HarmonyOS can scale across and it will become more attractive for developers to develop apps.Chinese brands hold more than 40% of the smartphone market share globally.Google is also planning for micro-kernel architecture in its in-development Fuchsia OS.Bigger scope for scale in China
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Decades after Terminator's Skynet first taught us to fear the apocalyptic potential of artificial intelligence, deepfakes represent a less deadly but very real threat from AI.Some researchers are now using a surprising and definitively analog tool to detect AI-manipulated audio: mice.While faking audio and video has been around in some form for decades, machine learning has recently made it significantly easier to produce counterfeit speech that actually crosses the uncanny valley into the realm of believability.Deepfake technology shows no signs of slowing down, so researchers are looking for the best tools to detect the fakes, including people, different artificial intelligence and yes, rodents."We believe that mice are a promising model to study complex sound processing," reads a white paper from a trio of researchers led by Jonathan Saunders from the University of Oregon Institute of Neuroscience."Studying the computational mechanisms by which the mammalian auditory system detects fake audio could inform next-generation, generalizable algorithms for spoof detection."
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It happened again, this time in El Paso: A person filled with racial hate killed people, and instead of appealing to our better angels, as past presidents have put it, Donald Trump went in the opposite direction.The president has consistently shown, from his comments on Charlottesville to border fights to mass shootings, that he’s a bigot more interested in fanning the flames to rally his base than in uniting the nation.Today the focus is on mass shootings and gun reform laws, but the consequences for inflaming hatred reach beyond emboldening white supremacist shooting sprees.President Trump’s bigotry keeps him from being a viable leader on a number of major issues, including artificial intelligence.Then just a few days later, President Trump undercut the work by referring to immigrants as “animals.”Immigration and AI aren’t often talked about together, but they are not wholly separate issues: while politicians push anti-immigrant rhetoric for political gain, automation is in fact to blame for much job loss, and it’s forecast to disrupt or eliminate jobs all over the world.
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World-renowned National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden wants to show you how to fight back against against corporate surveillance.On Thursday, Snowden called out both Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram, leveling allegations of spying at the social network."In the weeks ahead, I aim to explain how each of these sites spies on you, and methods to limit how much they know about you.If you use them, keep an eye out," Snowden tweeted, also linking to his Instagram account.The declaration follows fast on the heels of an announcement he made earlier in the day about his forthcoming memoir, Permanent Record, due out in September.Snowden has also released a YouTube ad for the book.
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Workplace collaboration platforms have become a crucial cornerstone of the modern office: workers’ lives are guided by software and what we do on our computers, and collaboration tools provide a way for us to let each other know what we’re working on, and how we’re doing it, in a format that’s (at best) easy to use without too much distraction from the work itself.Now, Monday.com, one of the faster growing of these platforms, is announcing a $150 million round of equity funding — a whopping raise that points both to its success so far, and the opportunity ahead for the wider collaboration space, specifically around better team communication and team management.The Series D funding — led by Sapphire Ventures, with Hamilton Lane, HarbourVest Partners, ION Crossover Partners and Vintage Investment Partners also participating — is coming in at what reliable sources tell me is a valuation of $1.9 billion, or nearly four times Monday.com’s valuation when it last raised money a year ago.The big bump is in part to the company’s rapid expansion: it now has 80,000 organizations as customers, up from a mere 35,000 a year ago, with the number of actual employees within those organizations numbering as high as 4,000 employees, or as little as two, spanning some 200 industry verticals, including a fair number of companies that are non-technical in their nature (but still rely on using software and computers to get their work done).“We have built flexibility into the platform,” Roy Mann, the CEO who co-founded the company with Eran Zinman, which is one reason he believes why it’s found a lot of stickiness among the wider field of knowledge workers looking for products that work not unlike the apps that they use as average consumers.On the other hand, there are some big plans up ahead for the startup, including adding in a free usage tier (to date, the only free on Monday.com is a free trial, all usage tiers have been otherwise paid), expanding geographically and into more languages, and continuing to develop the integration and automation technology that underpins the product.
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Africa’s mobile phone industry has in recent times been dominated by Transsion, a Shenzhen-based company that is little known outside the African continent and is gearing up for an initial public offering in China.Now, its Chinese peer Vivo is following its shadow to this burgeoning part of the world with low-cost offerings.Vivo, the world’s fifth-largest smartphone maker, announced this week that it’s bringing its budget-friendly Y series smartphones into Nigeria, Kenya and Egypt while the line of products is already available in Morocco.It’s obvious that Vivo wants in on an expanding market as its home country China experiences softening smartphone sales.Despite a global slowdown, Africa posted annual growth in smartphone shipments last year for the first time since 2015 thanks in part to the abundance of entry-level products, according to market research firm IDC.Affordability is the key driver for any smartphone brands that want to grab a slice of the African market.
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Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite revealed a stronger Tropical Storm Erick in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.Satellite imagery revealed two areas of very cold cloud tops indicating powerful thunderstorms as the storm is on the cusp of hurricane status.Erick developed as Tropical Depression Six-E on Saturday, July 27, 2019.It formed about 1,215 miles (1,955 km) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.At 5:15 p.m. EDT that day, it strengthened into a tropical storm and was re-named Erick.NASA's Aqua satellite used infrared light to analyze the strength of storms and found the bulk of them in the southern quadrant.
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YouTube's ties with children videos just got even more awkward.In the first week of 2019, videos featuring children under the age of 13 brought in three times as many views than any other content, according to a new study by Pew Research Center released Thursday.The details come at a time when YouTube's parent company Google reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over alleged violations regarding children data privacy laws on YouTube.The settlement occurred following an FTC investigation over whether Google was protecting the data of children.YouTube does not intend its main platform for use by those under 13, and directs a younger audience to use YouTube Kids.The research analyzed videos published in the first week of January by 43,770 channels, all of which featured more than 250,000 subscribers.
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WhatsApp is reportedly launching a payments system later this year, starting in India.Will Cathcart, the Facebook subsidiary's global head, said Wednesday it has been testing its payments in India since last year, according to Business Today.The messaging app has 400 million users in India and 1.5 billion globally, the report says, with the payments announcement coming as Facebook begins its play into cryptocurrency.Facebook last month unveiled the global digital coin, which will be managed by a governing body called the Libra Association and through a wallet service named Calibra.Libra is intended to be used to purchase products, send money internationally and make donations -- but it cannot launch in India, where cryptocurrency is essentially banned.WhatsApp Pay would make sending money as easy as sending a message, and the company is looking to launch it in other international markets, Business Today said.
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Vodafone and O2 have decided to team up to get 5G out to the masses as quickly as possible by sharing some of their infrastructure with one another.O2 has yet to launch its own 5G network, set to hit the "four corners of the UK" later this year, while Vodafone launched its 5G network at the start of the month, and has already expanded into additional cities."This agreement will enable us to roll-out 5G faster and more efficiently, benefiting customers while delivering value for our business.It also importantly allows us to utilise the spectrum we acquired in the last auction very effectively,” said O2 CEO, Mark Evans.“Greater autonomy in major cities will allow us to accelerate deployment, and together with active network sharing, ensures that our customers will get super-fast 5G in even more places more quickly, using fewer masts,” added Vodafone UK CEO, Nick Jeffrey."We can boost capacity where our customers need it most so they can take full advantage of our new unlimited plans."
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5G has tremendous potential to transform our lives, with the promise of enabling a truly connected world where smart cities, autonomous cars and smart factories are not just an aspirational concept but a reality.According to recent research from Ericsson, 5G will reach 40% population coverage and 1.5 billion subscriptions worldwide by 2024, making it the fastest mobile generation ever to be rolled out on a global scale.However, as history has taught us time and time again, any fast growth technology innovation creates new cyber security risks.With billions of devices connected to the internet, we face an increased risk of cyberattacks, data privacy breaches and even state sponsored attacks.If we don’t get the security right, there’s a risk of undermining trust in the new wave of connected devices and the concept of the smart city and smart industry at large.In the automotive industry, for example, 5G will further enable autonomous driving and vehicle-to-vehicle or vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity.
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Who can resist YouTube snippets of monkeys getting their tiny heads massaged?But if you’re soaking up charming yet mindless entertainment during your “work” hours, chances are good that you do not love your 9 to 5 (or, more likely, 8 to 6).And that time filler is just diverting your attention from what you really need to do, says Kelly Services, a workforce company.Kelly, the Detroit-based staffing firm that pioneered the temp-work industry after World War II with its “Kelly Girls,” is now both latching onto and gently mocking viral videos with a new campaign breaking today.Spots from agency Erich & Kallman use digital tools to insert a no-nonsense Kelly spokeswoman into well watched hits like, “Man Drops Watermelon” and “Wesley Jump.” (In the latter, the Kelly gal stands in as a prop while a vertically gifted guy named Wesley leapfrogs over her and another woman in slow motion).The Kelly rep’s message is clear, delivered in a perfect British deadpan: Step away from the daredevil stunts and cute overload and get serious about your professional life.
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Over the past several years, Slack has enjoyed some explosive growth, becoming a near-ubiquitous communication tool in the world of business and enterprise.As many users will probably tell you, the Slack desktop app has failed to keep pace with that growth, as it can be a slow-moving resource hog at times.Slack agrees with that assessment, announcing today that it has rebuilt its desktop app to be more responsive and efficient.The culmination of two years of work, this new Slack desktop app boasts a few key improvements.Chief among them is a big boost to efficiency, as Slack says that the desktop app will now use up to 50% less RAM than it did before.This will be a major improvement for people who use multiple workspaces within Slack, as that won’t necessarily represent the increased load on your PC it once did.
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Employee engagement isn’t just about the morale of individual workers—it also enables broader workforce productivity and leads to better business outcomes.In fact, research conducted by The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) argues that an understanding of the role employee engagement plays in driving morale and productivity is critical to business success.At Slack, my team of researchers and analysts spends time studying how people work and what they need to do their best work.We consistently find that an important signal of employee engagement lies in how people feel about the tools they use at work.Good tools can enable both productivity as well as increase morale.We’ve done research to learn more about successful and thriving Slack teams, and what it is about Slack that enables them to do better work.
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The Doomsday Clock is on its way to midnight, and the Watchmen are out in force.Even though HBO didn’t plan a Watchmen panel at the big show, the second day of San Diego Comic-Con 2019 has graced us with a full trailer for its Watchmen adaptation, the network’s first stab at superheroes.Courtesy of Damon Lindelof, it’s a slick, modern adaptation, taking a stab at reinterpreting the material and leaping forward in the future a solid ten years after Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ original book.A fascinating mixture of new and old, this adaptation of Watchmen features motifs and quotes familiar to fans of the original, alongside new images and whole new sources of dread.All on Earth is chaos, with superheroic upheaval, investigations from cops masked and otherwise, and supers everywhere.“Doctor Manhattan lives on fucking Mars,” which is a compelling hint at how this might fit into the timeline of the original.
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Apple's Project Titan, the codename for its vehicular efforts, has changed wildly in scope over the last few years, and it's generally unclear what Apple hopes to do now in the automotive industry.Nevertheless, it's still receiving patents, and it was recently granted one for a system that, depending on the project's current direction, may never see the light of day.Apple was granted a patent this week for a "Suspension architecture for [a] steer-by-wire vehicle," as first noted by the aptly named Patently Apple.At its simplest, it's basically a layout for a suspension system that comes connected to a vehicle packing a steer-by-wire system, which does not use physical linkages to translate steering-wheel motion into turning.In this case, it's likely engineered for use in an autonomous vehicle.It's a difficult patent to read without an engineering degree, but the gist of the patent lies within a few key parts of the suspension layout, which Apple believes could improve upon suspensions used in modern human-driven vehicles.
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the Aircraft, which crashed in Umeå, sweden, with nine years as a result, there appears to have been handled in an appropriate manner. "They've done a good job, they are working on the machine," says Jerry Köhlström by the transportation board.from its normal flight level and had only recently gone through the controls and is considered to be airworthy according to the Swedish transport agency. " It bears the responsibility to ensure that the aircraft is airworthy, and to follow up on the different types of requirements, is ultimately the owner of the aircraft.the Authority is responsible, among other things, that the organisation has competent staff and to comply with the requirements of the current servicebulletinen.The luftvärdighetsorganisation, who was responsible for the crash site in Umeå, sweden seems to have been done as they are supposed to, according to Jerry Köhlström.
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AirTV, a subsidiary of satellite broadcaster Dish Network, on Monday introduced AirTV Mini, a 4K streaming stick that lets users access Sling TV, Netflix and over-the-air channels in one place.AirTV Mini is powered by Android TV and costs $79.99.Users can plug the device into their television's HDMI port to access the Sling TV app, with which Netflix is integrated.They can also access apps from Google Play, as well as over-the-air channels when AirTV Mini is combined with the AirTV Wi-Fi-enabled network tuner and an over-the-air antenna.AirTV Mini features a button for accessing Google Assistant on the remote, as well as one for launching the Netflix app.There's also a Sling TV shortcut button and voice search button.
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Amazon Prime Day has started, and there are loads of deals to be had on a ton of tech goodies.You’re also in for a treat if you need microSD cards at a bargain price.We’ve rounded up some of the more prominent SanDisk microSD card deals below.These deals all expire at 11:59PM PST on July 16, so you should act fast if you’re in need of expandable storage.These aren’t the only Amazon Prime Day deals, as you can find more at our deals hub via the previous link.Have you spotted any more great microSD card deals on the web?
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Nearly every premium device from the likes of Huawei, LG, and Samsung has stepped up the game to include not one or two, but three cameras.26mm with 78 degree FoV960fps Super slow motion video (FHD/HD)16mm with 130 degree FoVSteadyShot with Intelligent Active ModeSteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode
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If your friends and family know you as Johnny Black-thumb, you might not be the best person to grow plants.They aren’t the easiest things to keep alive, after all — but the Lua Smart Planter might be able to help you grow flowers to compete with your neighbor’s prize-winning yard.Lua is a smart planter designed to turn your plant into a pet, or so their slogan goes.The smart planter is loaded with sensors that let it trigger up to 15 different animations to depict various emotions.These sensors measure everything from the soil’s moisture, temperature, and light exposure to the movement of the pot to help you keep your plant alive.Just scan the QR code with the Lua app and you’re ready to get started.
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In May, the record of Xiaomi Mi9 in AnTuTu‘s global top 10 best performing android phones was officially over.OnePlus 7 Pro takes its place, the most expensive variant of the annual OnePlus flagships.In June, things changed very little.At the top of the ranking, we always find OnePlus 7 Pro, with a slightly lower average score of (371.610).But still sufficient to surpass the top of the Xiaomi range.The second and third positions are also unchanged, and indeed, even in 4th place, we find a Xiaomi smartphone, the Redmi K20 Pro, which has not arrived at all markets.
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As the nation continues to get more diverse, it's common for immigrant populations in the United States to identify with two or more cultures at the same time.In a new article published in Lingua, M. Sidury Christiansen argues for a redefinition of how we see transnationalism or the movement of people, ideas and capital across national borders.Through her research, she argues that technology use or the way people engage with each other through technology disrupts traditional notions of homeland and host-land."Transnationals use social networking sites to construct a 'third land' where they enact their ethnic identities, practice culture and maintain social ties," replied Christiansen.A video invitation for the party of Rubí Ibarra García (Los XV de Rubí) was also recorded and shared by a local news outlet.Christiansen noticed that people all over the world were sharing memes and pictures of themselves choosing clothes, food and pretending to go to the party.
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A leaked Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 render (seen above) has emerged online, all but confirming what the rumored smartwatch will look like.The purportedly official render, published on Android Headlines earlier today, gives further credence to the leaked SamMobile photos from a few weeks ago.The watch features a round face and what looks like power and home buttons on the right side, just like the original Galaxy Watch Active.There also appears to be a pin-hole microphone on the right, presumably to make and receive calls.The original Galaxy Watch Active also had a microphone, placed elsewhere.The Active 2 is expected to launch in two sizes, 40mm and 44mm, while the original came in 40mm size.
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Two years later, Nanjiani stars as an awkward Uber driver in Stuber, an action comedy with a vaguely similar odd-couple conceit.But with its frantic gun fights and car-related banter, it lamely falls short of the same brilliance.Still, Nanjiani is the best thing about Michael Dowse's modern buddy cop jaunt.Stu, a bullied sporting goods store worker who drives his electric Nissan between shifts -- "Stuber," his cruel and unfunny manager calls him -- is steamrolled into helping Vic Manning, Dave Bautista's temporarily blind take-no-prisoners LAPD detective, on a city-wide mission.Gillan's chance to shoot a gun outside Guardians of the Galaxy lasts minutes before Morris is quickly taken out in a dizzying shoot 'em up.Even the likes of Line of Duty attempted handheld shakiness better.
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Google today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Elastifile, a Santa Clara, California-based provider of enterprise cloud file storage solutions, for an undisclosed price.(CTech cited an anonymous source as saying Google is paying around $200 million.)Assuming the acquisition passes regulatory muster, the search giant expects it to be completed later this year, at which point the Elastifile team will join Google Cloud.Perhaps uncoincidentally, this news comes on the heels of the launch of Elastifile File Service on Google Cloud Platform, a fully managed version of Elastifile optimized for Google Cloud Platform.Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian wrote in a blog post that Elastifle will be integrated with Google Cloud Filestore in the coming months.“File storage is fundamental to enterprise infrastructure and a priority for customers looking to accelerate their digital transformation.
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Med hjälp av 730 miljoner kronor i riskkapital har svenska Voi Technology lanserat sina elscootrar i 30 europeiska städer.Nu har bolaget nått lönsamhet på sina första marknader, enligt grundaren Fredrik Hjelm.Det är bevisat att efterfrågan är stark och att produkten passar marknaden”, säger bolagets medgrundare och vd Fredrik Hjelm till Di Digital.”Det finns fortfarande mycket att göra, men det det finns en väg till lönsamhet i alla marknader vi är på”, säger han.Samtidigt ser vi hundratals marknader i Europa som inte har en mikromobilitetslösning med elscootrar eller elcyklar”, säger han.I juli kommer Voi nå en milstolpe med 5 miljoner resor sedan starten.
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Entrepreneur and former Apprentice contestant Camilla Ainsworth makes sure she is the "master of her minutes" every morning.As the owner of a start-up, she has to use her time wisely.So that means multi-tasking and just a few to-do lists.HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.
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Apple Maps is getting a major overhaul in iOS 13 that brings a new redesigned map and other features.It'll be easier to get directions to favorite places at a glance, and Apple is adding its own answer to Google's Street View, among other additions.The new software update will bring a variety of new features to Apple Maps when it launches later this year, such as a redesigned map that includes much more detail than the current one, the ability to build collections of favorite places, and a new Street View-like perspective.Read more: Apple's new iPhone update could solve one of the biggest annoyances about video chattingApple Maps is just one of the several iPhone apps getting an upgrade with iOS 13.The company is also overhauling its Reminders app and implementing new features into its Photos app, among others.
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