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Sea Group, a Southeast Asian internet powerhouse, posted a net loss of US$206 million for the three months that ended September 30, faring a little bit better compared to the US$218 million loss it reported in the same period last year.Much like the previous quarters, the Q3 performance of Tencent-backed Sea was weighed down by its ecommerce segment, but was slightly offset by gains in its digital entertainment business.The company’s total adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was at a negative US$31 million, which narrowed from the US$184 million loss it recorded in the same period the prior year.The increase was mainly driven by the company’s digital entertainment segment, which houses its gaming and esports division.According to the company, quarterly active users (QAU) in the segment reached 321.1 million in Q3 this year, up 82.3% year on year from 176.1 million.Quarterly paying users also increased and accounted for 9.1% of QAUs, increasing from 4.1% in the same period in 2018.
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Master & Dynamic har levererat lite nygamla nyheter.Den här gången är det den MH40 som initialt släpptes 2014 som fått lite kärlek i uppgraderingsform.MH40 Wireless heter det nya tillskottet och det handlar kort och gott om en trådlös version av de klassiska lurarna.MH40 Wireless har en batteritid på 18 timmar och laddas via USB-C-ingång.Lurarna har stöd för snabbladdning och kan ge dig 50 procents batteri på 30 minuters laddning.Master & Dynamic MH40 finns tillgängliga via företagets hemsida samt i välsorterade elektronikbutiker för 299 euro.
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It is too easy to forget that the European Union is primarily a project of unification and a phenomenally successful peace project, Leader of Renew Europe Dacian Cioloş writes.HuffPost is part of Verizon Media.Verizon Media 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.Verizon Media will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Verizon Media and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Here we go again: Another holiday, another chance to browse the tablets on sale.While phones can often be a personal choice and laptops can stick around for years, tablets slide into a perfect holiday gift territory for their sometimes-low prices and family-friendly status.They're also things that many people might think of getting, but don't actually get.The field of tablets has shrunk even further this year, with Google backing off Android tablets and Apple still not updating its top-of-the-line iPad Pro in 2019.Do you want a casual iPad, an even-less-expensive Fire tablet or a Microsoft Surface?Here are the best tablet choices.
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By standing upright on two feet and grasping branches with its long arms, this animal may have set an important evolutionary precedent for the bipedal primates that followed.The authors, led by paleontologist Madelaine Böhme from Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, describe an entirely new species of ape, named Danuvius guggenmosi.This creature – possibly a distant ancestor to humans – lived 11.2 million years ago in what is now southern Germany, an area that once featured a lush forest.Remarkably, the bones of Danuvius suggests it was capable of using all four limbs while climbing, but it did so while walking upright on two legs – an unprecedented form of locomotion the researchers describe as “extended limb clambering.” This method of manoeuvring through an arboreal landscape has never been documented before, and the authors say it could represent an important evolutionary adaptation that set the stage for ground-based bipedal locomotion.Much of this has to do with the lack of fossil evidence and the various modes from which this ability may have emerged.The new paper proposes a previously unknown mode of locomotion that could finally explain this important transition.
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Unfortunately, some of the numbers—like the claim of 40 million developers—are not just astonishing, they’re wrong.I’m not suggesting some nefarious intent to deceive.But by conflating accounts with developers, GitHub isn’t helping us get any closer to accurate data on the developer population.It’s surprising that GitHub bothers to lead with the 40 million number at all, given that it immediately adds a caveat: 40 million refers to “the total number of non-spammy user accounts on GitHub as of September 30, 2019, regardless of their activity status.” OK, so we’re not talking about developers, but 40 million accounts is still impressive, right?It is fascinating how many of these accounts become ‘inactive’ within a month of them being created.” Oof.Not only that, but many of those same accounts immediately go dark.
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Information Commissioner's Office is very knowledgeable about why that's badA strong grasp of data privacy is key for anyone wanting a job at the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), according to the blurb on its microsite.Just one catch: the site itself enables hundreds of cookies – seemingly without consent.The gaffe was first spotted by a Reg reader who told us he'd never seen so much cookie tracking on a single site, nevermind one that pertains to an organisation that holds poor data practioners to count."I have just discovered that the Information Commissioner's Office jobs microsite, which talks about the importance of GDPR and Data Privacy, and which is currently advertising the new Director of Regulatory Strategy role, sets approximately 204 advertising and tracking cookies, all without consent.The site (visit at your own risk) is: https://microsites.hays.co.uk/jobs/ico/.
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A new photoacoustic flaw in voice assistants such as Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant can render them vulnerable to a number of attacks that use lasers to inject inaudible commands into smartphones and speakers, and surreptitiously cause them to unlock doors, shop on e-commerce websites, and even start vehicles.The attacks — dubbed Light Commands — were disclosed by researchers from Tokyo-based University of Electro-Communications and University of Michigan.The novel attack works by inserting acoustic signals into microphones using laser light — from as far as 110 meters, or 360 feet — that exploits a vulnerability in MEMS (aka micro-electro-mechanical systems) microphones to unintentionally respond to light just as they would if it was sound.“By modulating an electrical signal in the intensity of a light beam, attackers can trick microphones into producing electrical signals as if they are receiving genuine audio,” the researchers outlined in a paper.While the attack requires the laser beam to be in direct line of sight to the target device in question, it highlights the dangers of remotely activating voice-controlled systems sans any form of authentication such as a password.More troublingly, these light commands can be issued across buildings and even through closed glass windows.
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San Francisco-based HomeLight, which develops AI-driven software and services for home buyers, sellers, and real estate agents, today announced that it has raised $109 million in funding from a raft of investors, bringing its total raised to over $160 million.Zeev Ventures led the round, with participation from Group 11, Menlo Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Stereo Capital, and others.CEO Drew Uher said the fresh capital will be used to expand the company’s agent and investor matching platform, build new consumer products, and expand the coverage of existing tools.The funding comes after a year in which HomeLight launched an agent services division — primed to grow to 30 markets in 2020 — to provide title and escrow services to agents and home sellers, and after it acquired Colorado-based Eave to expand into mortgage lending.“We are pioneering the real estate transaction of the future.We couldn’t have asked for a more trusted and committed group of partners in this journey,” said Uher, who founded HomeLight in 2012.
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You probably know TikTok as a social media app that only really young people understand, but you might soon know TikTok as a smartphone manufacturer too, as it's making plays at the market, having just unveiled its first ever smartphone.This smartphone is called the Smartisan Nut Pro 3 – yes, that's a pretty strange name for a debut smartphone, but there's a reason.So what's the iPhone 11 actually like?TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, acquired Chinese smartphone company Smartisan, with the aims of releasing TikTok smartphones.What's so good about TikTok's new phone?The Smartisan Nut Pro 3 – or, as we'll call it, TikTok's new phone – has four rear cameras, one more than the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and it's certainly not priced that high.
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Electronic Arts revealed today it was bringing its games back to Steam after an absence of eight years.Don’t get too excited, though, Steam faithful: you’re still going to need the Origin launcher in order to play your games.Around 2011, EA shifted gears from Valve’s storefront over to Origin.EA will also release some of its single-player games shortly after this, including Sims 4 and Unravel Two.Multiplayer games like Apex Legends, FIFA 20, and Battlefield V will be available next year and will play cross-platform between Origin and Steam.According to Engadget, you’ll even be able to join your friends lists on both platforms at some point.
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China’s food delivery and lifestyle service giant Meituan has introduced mini programs, allowing users to access various services without leaving the app, Chinese media reported Tuesday.Why it matters: Meituan’s adoption of mini programs, lightweight applications with a diverse range of functions accessible from within its app, is relatively late in the game.However, mini-programs and similar applications are a key, must-have feature for mainstream apps.Native mini-programs will help Meituan keep its 422 million users and 5.9 million merchants on its platform rather than navigating to other apps, such as WeChat, for certain tasks.First pioneered by WeChat in 2017, mini-programs have been adopted by leading Chinese super apps, including Tencent’s QQ, Baidu, Alibaba’s Alipay, and Taobao, as well as Bytedance’s Jinri Toutiao and Douyin.WeChat mini-programs have become a major source of traffic for many services in China with more than 2.3 million apps servicing upwards of 681 million active users in April this year, QuestMobile data showed.
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Analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, who has been out in front of many of the company's announcements over the past decade, reported that we could expect a new high-end laptop with a large display sometime in 2019.It sounded odd -- and yet Kuo is credible.He also predicted, accurately, that we'd see a 31-inch 6K monitor, a new iPad and iPad Mini and three incrementally upgraded iPhones this year.Apart from a series of minor spec bumps over the past few years, including the slightest refresh at WWDC in July, Apple hasn't really updated its premium tier of laptops since 2016.And that last major overhaul -- extending the Touch Bar across Pro line and shifting to the controversial butterfly keyboard -- has not been roundly embraced.The company currently sells two versions of the MacBook Pro -- the 13-inch and 15-inch models -- in addition to the 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Air.
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Despite the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) recently slapping record megafines on British Airways and Marriott for data leakage, it's actually the UK's public sector that racked up the biggest volume of breaches in the last eight years.Since 2010, the ICO has handed out 216 fines totalling £23.5m (excluding the BA and Marriott), according to data crunched by API company SMS Works.Of those, 110 penalties were for data breaches since 2010, 50.9 per cent of the total.Meanwhile, nuisance calls account for 27 per cent of all fines, with SMS and email spam making up the remaining 22 per cent.But the public sector is responsible for the highest number of data breach fines, with a total of 60 handed out.Some of those incidents include a £185,000 penalty against Northern Ireland's Department of Justice for auctioning off a filing cabinet that contained personal information about victims of a terrorist attack in 2014.
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Ucommune, a leading co-working firm in China, has filed a confidential prospectus to go public in the US before the end of this year, Reuters reported, citing two sources familiar with the matter.The company, which was valued at about US$2.6 billion in 2018, has tapped Citigroup and Credit Suisse to work on its initial public offering, with Bank of America having a minor role in the deal, the people said.The prospectus was filed in September.A decision by Ucommune to push through with the offering will rest on feedback provided by potential investors, the sources added.Earlier this year, it was reported that the company was seeking a US$3 billion valuation for a New York listing sometime this year.It was previoulsy considering a listing in Hong Kong.
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In a monumentous move that no one noticed or cared about, the London Eye changed the rotation of its spin to mark the end of British summer time.The clocks don't actually go back until this weekend, October 27, but the fancy ferris wheel and its operators don't give two hoots about that, and so the London Eye spun round in the opposite direction for a brief hour this morning, and it was free to ride for five people who solved a code posted to the landmark's Twitter account.It was a sentence composed backwards, with each word in reverse, and the decoded message was simply the news that the wheel would be spinning backwards.It's the first time it's changed rotation 20 years, and it all kicked off at some godforsaken hour of this morning, while it was still dark outside.That's a sight you should get used to, but at least we get an extra hour in bed.
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Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek, a popular Twitch livestreamer, has made a deal to broadcast exclusively on Microsoft’s livestreaming platform.Shroud is a former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro who switched to content creation in 2017 alongside games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.Mixer now has two of the most popular livestreamers in Shroud and Tyler “Ninja” Blevins.Ninja shifted to Mixer in a similar exclusive arrangement in August.The Fortnite broadcaster didn’t miss a beat as his audience has seemingly followed him from Twitch.But, at the same time, the data suggests that Ninja’s presence hasn’t helped Mixer close the gap with Twitch.
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Director's account hijacked in what biz believes to be an attempted ransomware attackGP online services app Evergreen Life has been the target of a cyber-attack attempting to access the British firm's corporate email accounts.I will await your feedback on the highlighted items."Mark Hindle, chief operating officer at Evergreen, told The Register that a bogus website had been registered three days before the email was sent.The threat was detected before the systems were accessed, but he believes it may have been an attempted ransomware attack."We have made the details available to the Information Commissioner's Office, although this was not a breach of our patient information – as our core patient systems are kept separate."
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Motorola has sent out invitations to an event on Nov. 13, where the rumored foldable Razr phone could launch.Motorola said the evening event in downtown Los Angeles will feature the "highly anticipated unveiling of a reinvented icon."The save the date is a gif showing a device being folded and unfolded."An original unlike any other," it reads, also displaying the numeric 11/13/19 date.According to the invitation, the event will feature special guests and musical performers, as well as "a journey through immersive experiences.""You're going to flip," Motorola's invite says.
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We've got a new speed demon.The speed of the fastest ant in the world has been recorded, traveling at 108 times its body length in a single second, or the human equivalent of 360 miles per hour.Known as the Saharan silver, the incredible insect can go nearly a yard during that time frame, taking 50 strides per second.By comparison, Bolt, widely regarded to be the fastest human alive, takes four strides per second.'CRYPT-KEEPER' WASP ABLE TO CONTROL THE MINDS OF ITS VICTIMS"Even among desert ants, the silver ants are special," said Harold Wolf, co-author of a study on the insect, said in a statement.
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Many Three UK users have reported they have no signal, with Three apparently struggling to get to the bottom of it.Just as with competitor Vodafone, Three UK made the morning news for all the wrong reasons following widespread reports of no signal from its users.The PR challenge was made greater by the company’s apparent silence on the matter, with the Three UK support Twitter account silent until well into the morning and the web link apparently buckling under the strain of anxious punters.we’re currently experiencing technical difficulties with voice, text and data, meaning some of you will be experiencing intermittent service.please accept our apologies, we’re sorting this out right now.check back here for updates
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Huawei is reporting healthy sales growth, despite US bans against the Chinese-based tech giant, according to a company statement released today.Huawei saw revenue increase 24.4 per cent for the last three quarters of the fiscal year, a financial success that is sure to frustrate the US government.There was widespread speculation that the move would hamper Huawei’s ability to grow, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.The US has been primarily concerned with Huawei’s deployment of 5G telecom infrastructure around the world, an area that the Chinese company boasted about in its latest press release.But those countries are likely to see higher costs for telecom construction, something that less wealthy countries don’t necessarily have the luxury of doing.This past summer, Huawei warned that its overseas phone sales could decline as much as 40 per cent.
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New Rochelle, NY, October 16, 2019--Researchers have demonstrated a close positive association between daily stress, depression symptoms, and Facebook Addiction Disorder (FAD).High daily stress can lead individuals to turn to Facebook use as a coping strategy, with depression symptoms serving as a moderator of this association, according to a study published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.Click here to read the full-text article free on the Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking website through November 16, 2019.The article entitled "Relationship Between Daily Stress, Depression Symptoms, and Facebook Addiction Disorder in Germany and in the United States" was coauthored by Julia Brailovskaia, Julia Velten, and Jürgen Margaf, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany.The researchers studied a population of students in Germany and an older sample of mostly employed individuals in the U.S. to broaden the relevance of their findings.They propose that, while people with higher levels of depression symptoms who tend to feel more overwhelmed by everyday life may have some improvement in mood by using Facebook use in the short term, in the long term it increases the risk of developing FAD, negatively impacting well-being.
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Google has announced the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, joining the ranks will all the other 2019 flagship phones.If you’ve been following along with the numerous leaks, you might already have a good idea as to what this phone offers.That’s simply because most of the leaks were actually true.Both phones have a fast 90Hz refresh rate display that makes scrolling around more enjoyable, and games that support it animate smoother.Each has a Snapdragon 855 processor and 6GB of RAM, and comes with Android 10 pre-installed.They differ when it comes to screen resolution, as well as their screen and battery size.
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The Expanse is the kind of exciting sci-fi series that gives fans of space stories a chance to ponder what life would be like for us hundreds of years in the future when the human race has spread out across the solar system.Fans of the series got a glimpse of season four when Amazon Prime Video showed the first episode at New York Comic Con on Saturday.Following the screening, Amazon Prime Video released an all new teaser trailer and poster, giving fans a few clues as to what will come next in the story.The Expanse begins a new chapter in season four when the crew of the Rocinante begin a mission from the UN to explore new worlds beyond the Ring Gate.Humanity has been given access to thousands of Earth-like planets, which creates a land rush as a result.The fight over land creates even more tension between the opposing nations of Earth, Mars and the Belt.
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The sort of people who still hit their children are in for some bad news, should they be able to read or comprehend current affairs, as Scotland's lawmakers have passed a bill that fully outlaws the smacking of children.Threatening to do it is still fine, but they'll eventually work out that it never happens.Previously, Scotland's laws said parents were allowed to use a "reasonable chastisement" or "justifiable assault" claim, which meant it was OK as long as no massive bruises were left and broom handles or rolled-up newspapers weren't used.Now though, the new laws mean smacking a child in any form is to be treated with the same severity as hitting an adult, so you'll be done for assault should there be witnesses or it little Oliver bravely dials 999 on his red and yellow Fisher-Price Parental Attack Notification Play Set while dad is muttering expletives in the kitchen.The new law was the very well loved child of Scottish Green Party MSP John Finnie, who said: "I am extremely proud to have brought forward the legislation that will enhance children's rights in Scotland and believe that today we have taken a huge step toward making Scotland the best country in the world for children to grow up in."
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Ryan Murphy's first Netflix series, "The Politician," has a 59% Rotten Tomatoes critic score and is his worst-reviewed show since "The New Normal."Last year, Netflix struck a massive five-year deal with Murphy that's worth up to $300 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Ryan Murphy's first Netflix TV show under his massive deal with the streamer, "The Politician," is being trashed by critics.The series — which stars Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jessica Lange — premiered on Netflix on Friday and has received a 59% Rotten Tomatoes critic score.It's Murphy's worst-reviewed show since 2012's "The New Normal," which has a 55% critic score and was canceled after one season.
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Dominic Harvey, Director at CWJobs, discusses the ramifications of the current tech skills gap and what needs to be done in a Q with TechRadar Pro.How can firms and organisations such as yourselves help inspire school leavers and students into tech based roles?Firstly, organisations should actively promote their training and development schemes alongside the variety of the roles that fall under the umbrella of being ‘tech based.’ Then, companies should also highlight the array of tech apprenticeship programmes on offer today for emerging I.T.This investment will take both time and money, but if organisations have the capacity to support long-term planning, the prioritisation of next generation talent is likely to prove more efficient for them in future.With the limited entry-level talent the UK currently has, it’s crucial we encourage young people to enter the sector by promoting the variety of jobs available outside of generic IT jobs.There are a host of innovative, creative, progressive and thrilling roles that await the next generation of tech workers and we must play a role in addressing this before we miss out as an industry and a nation.
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This story is part of a weeklong series on climate change and sustainability.It’s in partnership with Covering Climate Now, a global journalism initiative to cover climate change in the week leading up to the U.N. summit on climate change in New York on Sept. 23.Click here to learn more about the initiative and read all of Adweek’s coverage on how sustainability and marketing intersect.Ahead of this week’s United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York, Potential Energy Coalition worked with creative agency Joan and production company m ss ng p eces, to create the “Save Florida Man” initiative to encourage people to take action.The campaign aims to localize the conversation about climate change, focusing on the direct impacts of climate change in Florida and how the rising sea levels in the next decade can put 1.3 million homes at risk of flooding.Potential Energy Coalition launched the campaign on social media platforms through videos, GIFs and downloadable online posters.
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Mobile network Three is the only one of the main mobile players that has not committed to automatically putting customers on lower tariffs when their initial deals end, leading to accusations that it's ripping off those loyal to its masts and services.The other networks won the praise of regulator Ofcom then they said they would stop leaving people paying £42 a month or whatever once their lovely-new-phone subsidy ends, and begin switching everyone to lower tariffs once the usual 24-month contract is up.They haven't done it yet, mind, but they have said they will.But Three is almost certainly not going to join in, as it says that applying an "arbitrary discount" once a contracted period ends is, somehow, not in the best interests of customers.This is equivalent to ripping people off, says Citizens Advice, which says subscribers might end up overpaying the network to the combined tune of £1m a month for phones already legally paid off.Citizens Advice chief exec Gillian Guy said: "It's unacceptable that Three still thinks it can penalise its loyal customers by over a million pounds every month.
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