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Neal Cross' PictureWealth looks to acquire more businesses as well as expand in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong.
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Disney Plus officially launched on Tuesday, and for a few hours, many users encountered issues with the new streaming service.Now, the company has revealed why that happened.The number of Disney Plus subscribers has already exceeded 10 million users, just one day after launch.The statement (via The Verge) shows that the Disney Plus servers got overwhelmed by the influx of users.Today, it seems things have settled down somewhat.DownDetector currently shows over 400 reports of issues with Disney Plus.
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If recent developments, or lack thereof, with Android Auto is any indicator, Google’s thrust in the in-vehicle infotainment market might be on the decline.It promised an upgraded Android Auto experience last I/O 2019 in May but missed the deadline to roll Assistant on Android Auto properly with Android 10.If that weren’t bad enough, users have started experiencing problems not only with the app itself but now with Google Assistant running on Android Auto as well.This latest glitch in Android’s vehicular incarnation is ironic considering what Google promised months ago was better integration with Google Assistant.Android Auto, after all, was the perfect setting to use the hands-free voice-controlled interface of the AI-powered assistant.That, however, might be pointless if Google Assistant can’t even respond at all.
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Walmart launched its Black Friday sale back in October, even though the mega sale doesn't begin, technically, until Nov. 29 this year.Nevertheless, the retailer has unveiled discounts on TVs -- including the 55-inch version of Vizio's excellent M-Series Quantum 4K set -- tablets, video games and a range of other popular gifts for the 2019 holiday season.Smart shoppers understand that though there be lower prices ahead, it's never a bad idea to take advantage of early sales -- before the most in-demand products sell out and the insanity of the holidays takes hold.That noted, Best Buy has burst out of the gate with its own pre-Black Friday sale, which kicked off Thursday morning with some epic deals on a range of Apple products.In fact, it's offering better prices than Walmart on some iPad models and the Apple Watch Series 4, as noted below.We continue to comb through all the deals at both stores, posting the Walmart highlights below and other deals at our Best Buy roundup.
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The third series of The Crown will be on Netflix later this month and it's fast-forwarded to a new era for the Royal family.Here are the casting changes and debuts you need to know ahead of watching.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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Last week, the Internet Archive announced that it’s been filling out Wikipedia’s book citations with links to two-page previews of the scanned book, so that the cited passage can be viewed with a bit of surrounding context.So long as no one else has borrowed it, you can check out the book for 14 days, similar to a lending library; if the book predates 1923, and is therefore in the public domain, you can likely see the whole thing.So far, the IA claims to have turned 130,000 references into live links from 50,000 books in English, Greek, and Arabic.They hope, in the words of WayBack Machine director Mark Graham, to “achieve Universal Access to All Knowledge.”The Internet Archive has long been wending its way through vast tracts of Wikipedia entries; scroll down to the bottom of virtually any Wiki page, and you’ll probably find the tiny bootprints of the InternetArchiveBot, which has weeded out about 13 million rotten links and supplanted them with Wayback Machine-archived pages.According to Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle, WayBack Machine links are now the top-clicked citation links “by a factor of three.”
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It has already managed to become a leading brand not only the domestic market but also overseas.And interestingly, this statement refers not only to the Intel processor variants but also to the AMD chip models.Moreover, Xiaomi designs laptops for its sub-brand as well.The 8GB memory + R5-3500U processor version is available 3299 yuan ($469), while the 16GB memory and R7-3700U processor version comes at 3,999 yuan ($658).If you are not familiar with its key feature, let’s get acquainted with the biggest highlights.The RedmiBook 14 Ruilong version is equipped with the ‘full-blood version’ versions of the AMD Ruilong 3000 series processor.
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Company now “Esquema Nacional de Seguridad (ENS) High”-certified, meaning it can host sensitive government workloads or dataAmazon Web Services (AWS) says it is planning to launch a Spanish region (a trio of AWS data centres) adding a seventh European location to its existing Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Stockholm, and upcoming Milan regions.The facilities will be built out and launched in the “next several years” AWS said, suggesting a late 2022 or early 2023 opening.The move means customers with strict data residency requirements will be able to store their content in Spain, and AWS said it is now Esquema Nacional de Seguridad (ENS) High certified, meaning its infrastructure meets the highest levels of security and compliance forSpanish government agencies.AWS Spain: Company’s 7th Region in EuropeThe announcement comes three years after it launched its first AWS Direct Connect location, allowing the public cloud firm’s customers to establish a dedicated high speed network connection from their on-premises data centers to AWS.
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On Monday, Boeing will perform a consequential test of its Starliner spacecraft's launch abort system in New Mexico.And thanks to NASA chief Jim Bridenstine, it will be shown live."At my request," Bridenstine tweeted, the test will be shown live on NASA Television.NASA is paying Boeing $4.2 billion for development of Starliner and up to six operational missions to carry astronauts to the International Space Station."A livestream of the Starliner Pad Abort Test is something we've been considering and planning for and are fully prepared to support at the request of our customer," Boeing's Rebecca Regan told Ars.Boeing releases snazzy new blue spacesuits for Starliner fliers
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(Di Digital/Silicon Valley) Årets tredje kvartal brukar vara en mellanperiod för Apple och förväntningarna på bolaget gick i linje med resultatet under samma månader i fjol.Bolagets intäkter uppgick till 64 miljarder dollar, vilket var högre än väntade 63 miljarder dollar, enligt Bloombergs analytikerkonsensus.Vinsten per aktie var 3,03 dollar, vilket också det överträffade analytikernas prognos på 2,84 dollar.Samma dag som rapporten släpptes kom uppgifter på att Apple planerar ett släpp av 5G-mobiler nästa år, enligt källor till tidningen Nikkei Asian Review.Apple ligger efter konkurrenten Samsung som redan säljer mobiler med 5G.Samtidigt är 5G-näten fortfarande väldigt begränsade i USA.
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Intäkterna steg till 74,8 miljoner euro (71,0).Det justerade rörelseresultatet sjönk till 5,4 miljoner euro (10,4) med en justerad rörelsemarginal på 7,2 procent (14,6).”Den lägre justerade rörelsemarginalen i kvartalet berodde framför allt på ökade investeringar för att få nya användare”, uppger vd Kati Levoranta i delårsrapporten.”Vår spelportfölj fortsätter sin förändring där det är tydligt att nya spel spelar en ökad roll och ersätter äldre spel i portföljen”, tillägger Rovio-chefen.Nettoresultatet minskade i kvartalet till 5,1 miljoner euro (7,9).I mitten av september sänkte Rovio sin vinstprognos för 2019, bland annat med anledning av ökade investeringar för att få nya användare under andra halvåret.
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In addition to rolling out a new pair of true wireless earbuds, Razer today also revealed the Junglecat controller for smartphones.To those of you with a Nintendo Switch, the Junglecat should look pretty familiar, as it’s a double sided controller that flanks your phone, leaving the screen free for viewing.It seems like a good controller for looking to game on a phone, and it has some solid capability to go along with that familiar design.The Junglecat is essentially a case for your phone that’s bookended by controllers that look somewhat similar to Nintendo’s Joy-Cons.Those controllers can be removed, so you can play with one or both, and they also include a grip that you can attach them to in order to form a handheld controller.Once you’ve got the controllers in place, they’ll connect to your phone via Bluetooth Low Energy, though you can also use the Junglecat with Windows devices.
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The research falls within the field of study of the condensed matter physics, more specifically the field of topological materials, which are solid and which behave as electrical insulators in their interior while allowing for electric conduction on the surface.What the UC3M and NJU scientists have done is to "translate" this phenomenon, which is well-known in the theory of quantum physics, to classical acoustics in order to be able to focus acoustic energy in corners.Using this idea as a starting point, several studies have been carried out in which, by combining two crystals with different topologies, sound could be transported only through the interface between the two.This new configuration means that the sound cannot be transmitted through the entire structure, but rather it is focused in the corners between the two crystals.The intensity of the sound in each of these corners will depend on the physical properties taken into account", explains one of the authors of the study, Johan Christensen, from the Physics Department of UC3M.These theoretical predictions have also been validated experimentally in an article published in the latest issue of the journal Advanced Materials.
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iOS 13.2 is out and it looks rather peaceful except for some HomePod owners.It has the usual list of new features, the biggest of them revolving around the camera, like Deep Fusion, and Siri.It also has the usual serving of clues for things that Apple has yet to announce, including the name of what could be the company’s privacy-oriented rival to Tile’s popular Bluetooth trackers.It has been months since word of Apple launching its own Bluetooth tracker surfaced on the Internet.There was no name yet back then, not that much details either.All that was known was that it could be circular rather than square and that it will, of course, tie in with Apple’s Find My service for devices and people.
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There was a time when 27 inches was considered big for the TV in the living room.These days, a 27-inch display is table stakes for the desktop PC in your home office or gaming room.And if you're picking up Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, why would you play it on anything smaller?That's why you might want to consider grabbing a Sceptre 27-inch HD LCD monitor for $114.99, which is $85 less than its list price of $199.99.It's available at Walmart with free pickup or delivery, or you can order it from Amazon for the same price, though if you go that route, you may need to wait 2-5 weeks for it to ship.Sceptre may not be the very first brand you think of when it comes to computer displays, but that doesn't mean it's not a solid choice.
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In an effort to get the world to act, game developer William Volk developed a video game to show them how bad life can get if it doesn’t.The Climate Trail, released earlier this month, is a video game inspired by classic video game Oregon Trail that challenges players to travel more than 1,000 miles north from Atlanta to Canada.“I’m trying to fight the fight by basically putting people in a situation that could happen,” Volk told Gizmodo.Along the way, players must figure out how to deal with hunger, thirst, heatwaves, and massive tornado-spewing thunderstorms.Each “scene” is drawn and players alternate between drawn scenes and a map as they navigate the altered world of the late 21st century.Before starting on the trek to Canada, players are shown scientific information on global warming, sea level rise, greenhouse gas emissions, and feedback loops.
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We’ve been hearing murmurs of late about the imminent arrival of a fresh variant of the Redmi Note 8.Dubbed the Redmi Note 8T, the upcoming smartphone is tipped to get the same design and even the same specs sheet as the Redmi Note 8.However, it is expected to address one of the lapses of the Note 8 – it will feature NFC.Xiaomi is yet to throw its weight behind the Redmi Note 8T rumors, however, recent reports suggest it will go official soon, but in an unofficial manner, just like last year’s Note 6 Pro.Ahead of its purported launch, the Redmi Note8T has now surfaced in live images with a few of its key specs highlighted on the promo sticker on the display.The images confirm the Redmi Note 8T moniker, while the highlighted specs lineup with that of the Redmi Note 8.
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In addition to our Sunday App of the Week feature, we also summarize some of our favorite B2B sales & marketing posts from around the Web each week.We’ll miss a ton of great stuff, so if you found something you think is worth sharing please add it to the comments below.Thanks for the article, Beth Negus Viveiros.Top 10 Tips for Smart Email CommunicationEveryone experiences the joys of email every week, but not everyone is an expert.Thanks for the tips, Skip Prichard.
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The upcoming HBO Max streaming service from WarnerMedia may offer a cheaper ad-supported plan starting in 2021, a new report claims.The lower-cost plan is tipped as one of the multiple ways WarnerMedia allegedly plans to lure in subscribers and compete with established competitors like Netflix.The alleged cheaper plan is expected to arrive months after the service first goes live.HBO Max was introduced earlier this year following teases about the upcoming service; though we largely know what to expect in terms of content, the service isn’t actually available to consumers at this time.Assuming it launches next spring as anticipated, HBO Max will be made available for free to all HBO subscribers in the US.Everyone else will need to pay for the service, something that is expected to cost a bit more than HBO Now’s $15/month rate.
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NASA's next Martian vehicle is finally supporting its own weight.The space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California released the brief time-lapse video above showing the Mars 2020 rover's six wheels and legs taking on the full pull of Earth.It should be good training for rolling around Mars, where the rover will weigh significantly less thanks to the Red Planet's weaker gravity."After years of design, analysis and testing, it is fantastic to see the rover on her wheels for the first time," Ben Riggs, a mechanical systems engineer working on Mars 2020 at JPL, said in a statement."The whole team looks forward to seeing her in the same configuration on Mars in the not too distant future."The rover's black, tubular legs are made of titanium, while the wheels are aluminum.
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NASA is looking for liquid gold on the Moon — not oil, but plain-old water.If we’re going to have a permanent presence there, we’ll need it, so learning as much as we can about it is crucial.That’s why the agency is sending a rover called VIPER to the Moon’s south pole — its first long-term surface mission since 1972.VIPER, or the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, will touch down in December 2022 if all goes according to plan.These perennially dark areas of the Moon have been collecting water ice for millions of years, since there’s no sunlight to melt or vaporize it.NASA already confirmed the presence of water ice by crashing a probe into the general area, but that’s a bit crude, isn’t it?
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Remains exhumed and relocated to MadridThe remains of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco have been exhumed from the civil war monument Valle de los Caídos and are being transported to a cemetery just north of Madrid.The draped coffin was carried out of the mausoleum by members of his family, placed in a hearse and blessed by a priest.They will then be transferred to a helicopter for the journey to Spain's capital.The priest who oversaw the service was also the son of the Guardia Civil captain who led the failed coup in 1981.The exhumation was opposed by Franco's descendants, the Benedictine monks who run the site, and many on the far right.
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Fitbit’s Versa 2 smartwatch that launched recently in August, comes with a full-fledged Spotify app to stream music directly through the watch.Older Fitbit models sorely missed out on this feature, however, the Spotify app is coming to the Versa, Versa Lite, and Ionic.The app will not be just a mirror of the phone’s app but a native app on the smartwatch itself and will have pretty much all the features of the standard app including saving music for offline play.Needless to say, users will also get the pause and skip as well as play options.The Spotify app will also give users the ability to connect with other devices such as speakers, TVs, PlayStation with the Spotify Connect feature, reports Tizenhelp.Download and installation is pretty simple.
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As handset makers continue to work on ways of making smartphones more streamlined and sleek, while at the same time introducing new features that will get people buying more devices, a startup that is pioneering something called “software-defined” surfaces — essentially, using ultrasound and AI to turn any kind of material, and any kind of surface, into one that will respond to gestures, touch and other forces — is setting out its stall to help them and other hardware makers change up the game.Sentons, the startup out of Silicon Valley that is building software-defined surface technology, is today announcing the launch of SurfaceWave, a processor and accompanying gesture engine that can be used in smartphones and other hardware to create virtual wheels and buttons to control and navigate apps and features on the devices themselves.The SurfaceWave processor and engine are available to “any mobile manufacturer.”Before this, Sentons had actually already inked direct deals to test out market interest in its technology.Sentons has actually been around since 2011 but very much under the radar until this year, when it announced that Lee — who had been at Apple, after his previous company, the cutting-edge imaging startup InVisage, was acquired by the iPhone maker — was coming on as CEO.(Given the company’s partnership with Tencent and Asus, those are two companies I would think are candidates as strategic investors.)
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Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaomi, is preparing to release some smartphones as usual.Recently there were reports that the company is preparing a new smartphone in the Note series.The last Mi Note phone is the Mi Note 3 which was released in September 2017.However, the new Note device is not “Xiaomi Mi Note 4”.There are reports that the company is preparing to release the Xiaomi Mi Note 10.Today, a new leak shows the packaging box of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10.
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Nuno Teles, president of Diageo Beer Co., sees “unlimited” potential for growth of the company’s beer and spirits brands.Teles says Guinness, first brewed in 1759, is up double digits while Smirnoff, including its line of hard seltzers, is “on fire.”In the latest episode of Top of Mind, we sat down with Teles to find out what’s brewing (and distilling) at the global beverage powerhouse, as well as his advice for future CMOs and brand leaders.
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Google, in an effort to support environmental sustainability, has announced a $150 million investment in renewable energy products as part of its ongoing sustainable energy initiatives.The announcement comes as part of Google’s Made By Google event.As part of this initiative, the Nest Mini Speaker will have 100% recycled plastic bottles.Google’s Stadia Controllers will also contain recycled plastics.Google says one recycled bottle creates enough plastic fabric to cover two Google Home Mini units.Manufactured with dirty energy from rapidly depleted precious minerals, to make something that becomes obsolete in a short time,” said Google’s head designer Ivy Ross.
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Like the Studio 3 Wireless, the Solo Pro headphones use a form of adaptive noise cancellation Beats calls “Pure ANC.” This has the headphones' microphones constantly monitor the noise of your surroundings, the music currently playing, and your fit, then adjust the intensity of its active noise cancellation accordingly.You still can’t manually change the strength of the ANC, but Beats says it has fine-tuned the algorithm that drive the Pure ANC tech to better suit the Solo Pro’s on-ear design.The ANC of the Studio 3 Wireless was a step behind Sony’s WH-1000XM3 or Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II in terms of overall strength, but it was effective enough.This isn’t anything new for modern headphones at large, but turn that on and it’ll use the Solo Pro’s external mics to blend outside noise in with your audio.I briefly tested the Solo Pro at a briefing in New York City earlier this month and found the Transparency mode to produce a relatively natural effect.Apple’s updated AirPods are here, cost $199 with new wireless charging case
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Sony is perhaps best known for a wide range of electronics including TVs, the PlayStation, and, of course, cameras.All of these, though varied, have one underlying theme: faithfully and correctly reproducing and efficiently transmitting visual data.At CEATEC 2019, Sony wants to demonstrate its pursuit of delivering social value through its technologies in light of the Society 5.0 thrust.It turns out, it indeed already has the technologies need not only to better the human condition but also save lives.Sony may have become terrible at smartphones but its imaging technology is often considered second to none.That kind of high-fidelity and high-quality imaging is exactly what’s needed in the medical field for equipment that can faithfully visualize the patient’s body, from outside and from within, with as little invasive procedure or discomfort to the person.
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The future of Facebook Libra has been thrown into doubt after Mastercard and Visa became the latest backers to withdraw their support for the cryptocurrency.The two payment giants have both dropped their backing for Libra, which looked to offer a new way of paying friends, family and businesses.Facebook is set to launch both Libra and its Calibra digital wallet next year, but has been tight-lipped on what form both offerings will actually take.It has said it won't launch Libra until all of the regulatory issues are addressed.The news comes shortly after PayPal also announced it would be pulling its backing for Libra, with eBay and Stripe also dropping out recently.Libra revealed 28 major firms as launch partners back in June, who were meant to assist with governing the project, which has come under fierce scrutiny from lawmakers around the world.
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