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“Livestreaming is popular as it plays on the long popular theme of TV shopping, but in a much more interactive and entertaining way,” said Mark Tanner, founder and managing director of Shanghai-based consultancy China Skinny.“The simple one-click purchase taps into Chinese consumers’ love of convenience, shopping, and entertainment, amplified by the KOL [key opinion leaders] factor,” he said.“Recommendations from KOLs and real-time comments from peers helped consumers make purchase decisions faster.Livestreaming sessions often include exclusive limited-number and limited-time offers that create urgency to buy.”To sellers and livestreamers, the festival is more of a marathon and, for some of them, not even a voluntary one.“The margin is already very thin, so my offer is a full-house reduction of 50 yuan [US$7] per every 500 yuan [US$71] of purchases.”
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Organ trafficking, space toilets and Werner Herzog's filthy Stormtroopers.The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars episodic TV show, started streaming on Disney Plus Tuesday, and it presents a side of the galaxy far, far away we've only glimpsed in the movies: the criminal underworld.Playing the taciturn manhunter, Pedro Pascal has wisely learned to wear a helmet since his Game of Thrones days, but violence is never far away as the Mandalorian coolly dispatches some space scum.Here are my immediate spoiler-free thoughts on the first episode, which is the live-action directing debut for Clone Wars and Rebels creator Dave Filoni.We get enough mentions of familiar Star Wars terms and worlds to feel comfortable, but the tone reminds us we're in uncharted territory.There's some subtle use of shaky-cam throughout the episode, and clever use of light and shade to set the mood.
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It has been a few days since "Death Stranding" was released for the PlayStation 4.By now, some gamers might have already finished the game and are left with conflicting opinions regarding its gameplay.Meanwhile, a majority of critics are lauding the action-adventure title for its originality and overall presentation.So far, sources claim Hideo Kojima is apparently happy with all the positive feedback it has been getting.Overall it is shaping up to be a great week for Sony and the Japanese game director, which is further highlighted by two awards given by the Guinness World Records group for a different set of achievements.During his stint with Konami, he also worked on notable titles such as "Snatcher," "Policenauts," Castlevania: Lord of Shadows," "Zone of the Enders," and more.
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Formlabs has launched a new dental business division to enable dentists to 3D-print their own dental prosthetics, such as crowns, bridges, and dentures.Somerville, Massachusetts-based Formlabs said its 3D printers are already the most-installed 3D printers at dental labs, according to a survey by Key Group.The company also said its new division has a team of dental professionals dedicated to providing the best 3D printing solutions.The new Form 3B printer and platform will offer the next generation of dental materials, a dedicated service team, and software to help streamline workflows.I asked if you would be able to get your dentures in the same day, while you wait in the office.A spokesperson replied, “It wouldn’t be a same-day print situation, but it is exponentially faster than current denture production processes, enabling patients to get their new teeth faster than ever before.”
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We’re giving all you professional procrastinators and time-delayed decision makers an extra week to pull yourselves together and score early-bird savings on passes to Disrupt Berlin 2019 (11-12 December).Beat the deadline, buy an early-bird pass to Disrupt Berlin and keep up to €500 in your wallet.Here are just three examples of the knowledge you can absorb at Disrupt.If this hot topic speaks to you, don’t miss this panel discussion going down on the Extra Crunch Stage.What does it take to raise a Series A with Jessica Holzbach (founder, Penta) and Louise Samet (partner, Blossom Capital).Venture capital funds have boomed this decade, but raising money is still hard for young companies.
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This Black Friday, you can pick up a Skyroam WiFi smartspof for 30 per cent off.The offer kicks in from November 26, with 30 per cent off the Skyroam Solis X Travel Bundle that includes a travel case, multi-connector cord, and a five day pass card for £179.90.The Solix X usually costs that on its own, so if you're a frequent traveller, you might want to give it a look when it goes live in a couple weeks.That price will hold through Cyber Monday, until December 3.Alternatively, you can pick up the Solis Lite Travel Bundle for 35 per cent off during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.For £119.90 you'll get the hotspot, the Skyroam power bank kit (with power converter and a multi-connector cord to enable power charging of various Android, i-Product and micro USB devices), and a five daypass card.
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If you have been following Xiaomi for a long time, you might be aware of the company’s wide range of products.They not only sell smartphones but smart TVs, rice cookers, umbrella, toys, shoes, and many more products spread across various categories.One such product is Mi Organic Solid T-shirt, which has now been made available in India at 499.The new Mi Organic Solid T-shirts are made of 100% pure organic cotton according to the company.The cotton used in making these T-shirts have been grown without using any artificial fertilizer or pesticide.Thus, these Mi-branded eco-friendly T-shirts have also been certified by the Global Organic Textile Standards for authentic organic cotton usage.
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The finding could help move forward projects such as Facebook's Libra digital currency, known as a stablecoin.The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), made up of securities regulators from the U.S., Europe and Japan, said its analysis shows "stablecoins can include features that are typical of regulated securities."Earlier last month, a G7 working group published a report on stablecoins, saying they have many of the features of traditional cryptocurrencies but may be more capable of serving as a means of payment and a store of value."And they could potentially contribute to the development of global payment arrangements that are faster, cheaper and more inclusive than present arrangements," Ashley Alder, chair of the IOSCO Board, said.IOSCO said it would help the global G7's Financial Stability Board's work on stablecoins for the Group of 20 Economies."It is important that those seeking to launch stablecoins, particularly proposals with potential global scale, engage openly and constructively with all relevant regulatory bodies where they may be seeking to operate," Alder said.
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Whether it be big data or the most affordable plans around, Three Mobile seems to keep popping up as the place to be for SIM only deals.And while it recently altered its unlimited plan, taking some of the value away, its cheap SIMs are still a beacon of affordability.Two plans especially stick out to us - Three's 8GB of data for £9 a month and 12GB for £12 a month plans.A quick scan through our best SIM only deals guide will show both of these offers reign at each of their data points.Even with a host of retailers throwing in their early Black Friday offers, competing for some lime light, Three is holding out on top right now.Need a phone to combine with your SIMO?
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Google has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire wearables brand Fitbit as it further explores its options in the hardware segments.While wearable fitness devices are certainly a long-slog away from Google’s core competencies, it has already shown it is able to gain traction in the hardware segments with the success of its smart speaker.With the Pixel smartphones, smart speakers, Chromebook, the Nest Thermostats and now Fitbit, Google is certainly spreading its wings.“Three and a half years ago, I joined Google to create compelling consumer devices and services for people around the world,” said Rick Osterloh, SVP of Devices & Services.“Our hardware business is still relatively young, but we’ve built a strong foundation of capabilities and products, including Pixel smartphones and Pixelbooks, Nest family of devices for the home, and more.“Google also remains committed to Wear OS and our ecosystem partners, and we plan to work closely with Fitbit to combine the best of our respective smartwatch and fitness tracker platforms.
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Limited to the network and storage space, smartwatches could play songs only through smartphones.And now, it seems the upcoming Xiaomi smartwatch will break this.Today, Mijia’s official Weibo channel issued a document saying, “The Xiaomi smartwatch can download, collect, and play music through headphones and amplifiers.Wearing it every day will ensure a good mood.”As can be seen from the preheating poster, the Xiaomi smartwatch can display songs in full screen, providing playback, pause, collection, forward/backward, volume adjustment, download, and many other functions.Since it is possible to download and store songs, it also means that its storage space will be much larger than that of other smartwatches on the market.
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Mysterious Space Shuttle touches down after two-year orbital missionIt has been a while (780 days to be exact) but the US Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle touched down at the old Shuttle Landing Facility over the weekend after a mystery mission.Learn more about its record breaking mission here: https://t.co/q3zs27xc9q pic.twitter.com/TaKWZuDClq— U.S. Air Force (@usairforce) October 27, 2019The mission takes the total number of days on-orbit to 2,865 and has broken the vehicle's own on-orbit record.The reusable and uncrewed spacecraft had started the fifth orbital mission of the program atop a Falcon 9 back in 2017 although, as ever, much of the payload was top-secret.
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Are you used to browsing Instagram without signing in to check out what your favorite brands are sharing?If so, here’s a change you won’t like one bit.The photo-sharing social network is now locking down its platform by preventing signed-out users from having unlimited access to public profiles.As a result, you’ll now be prompted to either sign up or login after viewing a handful of photos and posts via mobile or desktop web.Worse, there’s no getting around it.“This is to help people see photos on Instagram and then understand how to get the best Instagram experience by being part of the community, connecting and interacting with the people and things they love,” the company told Adweek.
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What appears to be an innocent tweet from Electronic Arts may be hinting that the publisher’s PC games will soon return to Steam, eight years after the launch of its own Origin platform.The tweet in question features a mug with an Electronic Arts logo, with no caption to explain its purpose.— Electronic Arts (@EA) October 25, 2019With steam coming out from the top of the mug, it may be a stretch to think that this tweet alone means that Electronic Arts will make such a major move on how it distributes its PC games.However, it is supported by recent discoveries made by Redditors, including the first look of the new Steam library user interface that featured Mirror’s Edge Catalyst; someone playing The Saboteur, which is not on sale on Steam; and a new package for Dragon Age II.Perhaps the most important indicator of Electronic Arts’ pending return to Steam is a test application that will allow players to buy games on Steam, but run them through the Origins launcher.
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Plenty of humanitarian and first-responder agencies are interested in drone technology.Capable of being rapidly deployed after a potential disaster, and immune to being negatively impacted by things like damaged roads and bridges, drones can play a vital role in rescue efforts.But while many agencies have focused on applications like delivering medical supplies, a new piece of work from a team of international researchers examines how drones could be used to hunt for survivors in the event of a major catastrophe.In a world’s-first study, researchers from the University of South Australia and Baghdad’s Middle Technical University in Iraq demonstrated a new technique for being able to distinguish survivors from deceased bodies from distances of more than 25 feet.The onboard technology can identify things like small movements to indicate heartbeat and breathing rate.It does not look for skin-color changes or body temperature since these require monitoring from a closer distance.
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ARM will continue to license its chip architectures to Huawei.The company’s legal team has reached the decision that ARM’s v8 and v9 architectures are “UK-origin technologies” and therefore not subject to the United States’ trade ban, which limits US companies from working with Huawei, per a report from Reuters.The ban was put in place over national security concerns regarding the Chinese telecommunications company.“ARM can provide support to HiSilicon for the ARM v8-A architecture, as well as the next generation of that architecture, following a comprehensive review of both architectures, which have been determined to be of UK origin,” commented an ARM spokeswoman to Reuters.The decision is good news for Huawei since it allows the company to continue to create its own chips for its devices through HiSilicon, its semiconductor company.While products like Huawei’s Kirin 990 processor are designed in-house, they rely heavily on ARM’s designs for both the CPU and GPU.
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Andrei Rybkin, an employee of one of Russia’s premier nuclear weapons research and development center, has been handed a three-year prison sentence for illegally mining cryptocurrencies at work.Rybkin, who was sentenced by the Sarov City Court on Thursday, was one of three people involved in the illicit mining operation, according to Russian news outlet Meduza.Alongside the prison sentence, Rybkin has also been ordered to pay a $3,122 (200,000 ruble) fine.Specific charges relating to the case include propagating viruses and gaining illegal access to information by using a professional position.Andrei Shatokhin, and Denis Baykov, who worked with Rybkin, were also implicated.They have both been ordered to pay a fine and received a four-year suspended sentence.
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To the Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences (TTSA) – the UFO research organisation founded by former Blink 182 star Tom DeLonge – has struck a research deal with the U.S. Army filled with eye-popping references to exotic technologies.TTSA, whose membership includes former Lockheed Martin Skunk Works exec Steve Justice and former Department of Defense Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) official Luis Elizondo, played a role in the high-profile release of videos purportedly showing military pilots encountering “unidentified aerial phenomena” in the past few years.This week, the group announced that it had entered a “Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) to advance TTSA’s materiel and technology innovations in order to develop enhanced capabilities for Army ground vehicles.” Officials at the CCDC’s Ground Vehicle System Centre subsequently confirmed to the Drive that such an agreement had been struck.The Army released a copy of the CRADA contract Black Vault, a site devoted to exposing government secrets, which published a copy here.Towards the end of the document, the Army clearly states what it gains from conducting tests at “Government facilities” on TTSA’s supposed tech:If the Government can verify materiel solutions claims by the Collaborator, then significant advancements can be made in the capabilities of Army ground vehicle platforms in terms of security, force protection, and weight reduction.
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Fredrik Wester klev av vd-stolen i Paradox Interactive och flyttade till Spanien, vilket han berättade om i ett exklusivt reportage i Di Weekend.I rollen som styrelseordförande och ägare av 33,4 procent av aktierna, värda drygt 4,5 miljarder kronor, väger hans ord fortfarande tungt i bolaget.Kontakterna med huvudkontoret i Stockholm är täta.Då måste man ha perspektiv på fem eller sju år.”Läs intervjun i Di Weekend här: »Plötsligt fanns det miljarder på kontot«”När man börjar jobba med en extern utvecklare som Hardsuit Labs i Seattle vet man att det första spel man gör ihop kommer att bli det sämsta.
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She's also revealed the iconic British reality star she would have played in the Snatch Game.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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General Motors has reached an agreement with the United Auto Workers to end a month-long strike, and the automaker’s idling manufacturing facility in Lordstown, Ohio will officially close as part of the deal.But a planned sale of the facility to a new electric truck startup called Lordstown Motors, which is partially owned by struggling electric vehicle maker Workhorse Group, is still on, The Verge has learned.“It’s still our intention to sell the plant to Lordstown Motors,” Jim Cain, senior manager for sales and executive communications, tells The Verge.News of the sale to Workhorse was first announced by President Trump in May, who touted it as “GREAT NEWS FOR OHIO!” The president had previously berated GM for wanting to close the Lordstown plant, which was used to build the Chevy Cruze sedan, even going so far as to threaten that his administration would treat the automaker poorly.The potential sale was initially seen as a boon for Workhorse, which was in some serious financial trouble at the time of the announcement.Despite having struck deals selling electric vans to Ryder and UPS, Workhorse has never been profitable.
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Tesla put a major piece in its manufacturing puzzle in China with government approval of automotive production locally.The US-based electric-car maker is now officially part of the approved list of automotive manufacturers in the world's largest auto market.Reuters first reported on the news after viewing a copy of list the Chinese industry ministry produced.The granting gives Tesla the certification needed to start local production, though it's not clear when that will begin.Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The factory will be the first full-scale manufacturing plant outside of the US.
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The FLUX Beamo was revealed today as a compact, easy to use CO2 laser cutter and engraver.This machine was made to fit “any” home, office, or classroom at 24.2 x 17.52 x 6.97-inches and puts several high-end features in an affordable package.This device has an 11.81 x 8.27-inch work area and cuts with a diode laser across a wide variety of materials.FLUX Beamo is a laser cutter/engraver, which means it’s sort of the opposite of a 3D printer.Where the traditional 3D printer ejects layers upon layers of super-hot material that solidify into a final 3D object, the laser cutter/engraver cuts materials away.This device uses your computer to make cuts and engravings with high precision – far more accurate than your average person would be able to execute with a scissors or a craft knife.
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Yesterday, Google pulled out the big guns with its Pixel 4 reveal, but we aren’t done with the fall flagship events just yet.At an event in London today, OPPO officially launched the Reno 2 in Europe and revealed more details about it.With release day right around the corner, we also learned how much the Reno 2 will cost when it lands in Europe, and it seems poised to undercut flagships from major manufacturers pretty significantly.The phone is outfitted with a 6.5-inch AMOLED display that boasts 2,400 x 1,800 resolution and an aspect ratio of 20:9.It also offers an in-display fingerprint reader, and since the front-facing camera module is installed on slide-out housing, OPPO says that the screen-to-body ratio clocks in at an impressive 91.1%.While the display definitely has some points worth talking about, it’s likely the rear camera array that will get the lion’s share of attention when it comes to the Reno 2.
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Work ongoing as site recovering from morning meltdownDocker says its services are back up and running after a Tuesday morning outage briefly left some developers unable to access its centralized Hub registry service.The cash-hungry devops darling said today from 1006 to 1104 PT (1706 to 1804 UTC) its Docker Hub registry, the service used to organize and serve up containers, was inaccessible thanks to a mystery issue.While the service was back online by mid-day, Docker has been unable to say what exactly the cause of the outage was for the one-hour outage."We've fixed the registry issue.Docker pull and pushes should continue to work," Docker said in its most recent update on the matter.
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Google Assistant 2.0 is finally here.The Pixel 4 may have stolen the show at today’s Made by Google 2019 event, but Google also announced that the next generation of the Google Assistant will start rolling out, beginning with the Pixel 4 and other Pixel phones.Google first announced the second-generation Assistant at Google I/O in May, and it brings some pretty huge improvements.Perhaps the most important change is that Assistant now works largely on device.While Assistant algorithms used to require over 100GB of storage, that number has now been shrunken down to under 500MB.With the on-device algorithms, Assistant will be able to respond to many day-to-day commands quickly and easily.
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After just announcing Joy UI 11, Black Shark has announced the Orange Blast version of the Black Shark 2 Pro in China.The Orange colour version will be released on October 18th and it looks likely to get baked-in Joy UI 11.The company initially only launched the Silver, and Black shades later following it up with the sporty Blue colour.And this Orange version will be the latest to debut in a couple of days.The price, thankfully, isn’t anything more than other variants.It’s 2,999 Yuan and sales will be on Xiaomi Mall.
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Following the independence of the Redmi brand, it released the Redmi Note 7 in January this year.One month later, the company released the Pro version.By the end of March, this device has shipped about 4 million units.In July this year, the brand announced that the Redmi Note 7 series has shipped about 15 million units.Now, within 10 months of its independence, the Redmi Note 7 series has shipped 20 million units.This milestone achievement is an indication that fans all over the world are loving the Redmi Note series which remains one of its best selling series.
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We're highlighting 30 women who made the list, a rundown of the most influential women in British tech today, such as Starling Bank CEO Anne Boden, whose business goes from strength to strength, to Joanna Bryson, who has been outspoken about ethics and artificial intelligence.Her predecessor at Uber, Tom Elvidge, left for WeWork.ITV CEO Carolyn McCall, taking on Netflix by teaming up with the BBC to make BritboxThe BBC and ITV have a long and tempestuous history of clashes in their battle for TV viewers — but the rise of Netflix has swept the old rivalries aside.Caroline Plumb, a fintech expert lending a hand to the government on the sideCaroline Plumb is the multi-talented founder and current CEO of Fluidly, a fintech startup that uses AI and financial modelling to forecast companies' cash flows.
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Saturnus är nu den planet i vårt solsystem som har allra flest månar, rapporterar en rad internationella medier utifrån nya upptäckter av amerikanska astronomer.Det är 20 tidigare okända naturliga satelliter till planeten som har upptäckts.Saturnus har därmed 82 kända månar - och går om den lite större gasjätten Jupiter, som har 79.Varje satellit mäter ungefär fem kilometer i diameter.17 av dem rör sig "baklänges" runt Saturnus, i motsatt riktning mot merparten av månarna.Forskarna misstänker att de tidigare varit del av åtminstone tre större himlakroppar, till exempel asteroider som kan ha dragits in i planetens omloppsbana i solsystemets ungdom.
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