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It’s easy to take for granted the power of word-of-mouth advertising but many people rely on customer or user reviews when deciding about a product or even an app purchase. Unfortunately, review systems have proven to be easily gamed or even inconvenient for people who do actually want to leave legit feedback. Google is rolling out a new In-App Review … Continue reading
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Rise of popularity of the mini PC models is not surprising, because nowadays you can really pack very powerful hardware into a tiny box. You ... The post GMK NucBox palm-sized mini PC coming to Indiegogo appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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This all-electric crossover SUV marks a new beginning for the luxury brand.
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When will this madness end? The massive amounts of exposed data on misconfigured AWS S3 storage buckets is a catastrophic network breach just waiting to happen, say experts.…
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Countries across the globe are spending billions of dollars on ICT infrastructure development but the returns they receive are not always in line with the investments being made. Transformation into digital economies is a goal for many countries but the infrastructure and regulatory environment must be focused on results. ICT policies must therefore be set to maximise investment returns so the future potential of the digital economy can be realized.
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The UK is scrapping a controversial algorithm used in visa applications following allegations that it discriminates against certain nationalities. Since 2015, the “streaming tool” has used a traffic-light system to rank visa applications to the UK. According to the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), applicants with “suspect” nationalities automatically received a higher risk score, reducing their chances of being granted a visa. The JCWI believes this led countless skilled professionals to be denied entry to the UK — “just because they don’t come from a rich white country.” The charity blames this on a feedback loop in… This story continues at The Next Web
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When the cheapest phone takes the same pics as the best, there is little reason to spend more.
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Square Enix’s Avengers game will arrive this fall, and it’ll bring back console-exclusive content in a big way: the company announced that PlayStation players will get exclusive access to a playable Spider-Man character sometime in 2021. Frankly, that sucks. It’s not clear whether Sony paid Square Enix extra for the exclusive character or if this is simply an extension of the movie rights that Sony has long since held to the character. But the fact is that PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 owners will be able to get access to a major piece of content for the upcoming game that players on Xbox, PC, or Stadia won’t. Platform-exclusive content in third-party releases has been a frustrating aspect of the games industry for years, with both... Continue reading…
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Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Adobe has released more details on its Content Authenticity Initiative, a system for permanently attaching sources and details to an image. The project is meant to mitigate two problems: artists losing credit for work and newsworthy images being manipulated or taken out of context. It’s set for a limited debut on Adobe’s Photoshop software and Behance social network by the end of 2020, and Adobe hopes for wider adoption soon after. Adobe pitched the CAI last year as a general anti-misinformation and pro-attribution tool, but many details remained in flux. A newly released white paper makes its scope clearer. The CAI is primarily a more persistent, verifiable type of image metadata. It’s similar to the standard EXIF tags that show the... Continue reading…
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(Bar-Ilan University) After tracking a cohort of community members equipped with naloxone and a smartphone application for more than a year, researchers showed that laypersons can effectively signal and respond to overdose incident to administer nasal naloxone in advance of emergency medical service (EMS) arrival. Just as CPR and early defibrillation administered by laypersons in advance of EMS contribute to positive outcomes after cardiac arrest, so, too, can opioid patients benefit from similar forms of community support.
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The best tech podcast you've never heard, pumped straight into your ears.
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HMD Global appoints Juho Sarvikas as Vice President of North America, and he will bring the Nokia 8.3 5G to the US.
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Earlier today, Samsung launched its much-awaited budget smartphone dubbed Galaxy M31s in the Indian market. The smartphone ends up bringing some key additions to the ... The post Galaxy M31s & Galaxy M31 comparison: which one to go with? appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Dark energy is one of the greatest mysteries in science today. We know very little about it, other than it is invisible, it fills the whole universe, and it pushes galaxies away from each other. This is making our cosmos expand at an accelerated rate. But what is it? One of the simplest explanations is that it is a “cosmological constant” – a result of the energy of empty space itself – an idea introduced by Albert Einstein. Many physicists aren’t satisfied with this explanation, though. They want a more fundamental description of its nature. Is it some new type… This story continues at The Next Web
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Business Insider’s Aaron Holmes reports that three of the lawmakers tasked with leading an antitrust investigation into the operations of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google own more than $100,000 in stocks of those tech firms — not the best way to run a probe. In their coverage, Holmes noted that Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner from Wisconsin owns more than $98,000 in stocks in all four companies combined; Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California has between $1,000 and $15,000 of stocks in Facebook, Apple, and Alphabet each, though she’s sold some of those shares recently; Rep. Steve Chabot of Ohio holds between $15,000… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon,Apple,Facebook,Google
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The fourth Xbox is coming this year, and these are its first batch of trailers, including new Halo and Fable games.
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Apple is offering a $100+ price cut on the iPhone when you trade in an eligible Android smartphone.
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Make the most of your time indoors with a daily dose of celebrity news and guides to the best shows. Sign up to the entertainment newsletter.Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee has revealed she is working on an idea for a spin-off film.The sitcom has proved to be a massive hit for Channel 4 since its debut in 2018, and could make the jump to the big screen like the network’s other big comedy hit, The Inbetweeners.Speaking to the Irish Mirror, Lisa said the cast appear to be on board with the idea, amid speculation the upcoming third series could be the last.She said: “For a while, I was kind of like, ‘I dunno, will it work?’. But now an idea is starting to vaguely form in my head.“After series three I’ll think about that a bit more I’d like to do it, and I think the girls would like to do it. The cast, even – some of them are men and boys.“I think that would sort of be the long term plan. We should have been shooting [series three] now but it has been pushed back and we are trying to wait until it is safe.”The first series of Derry Girls became Channel 4′s biggest comedy launch since 2004, the most successful comedy launch ever on catch-up service All4 and the most-watched show in Northern Ireland on record.It was confirmed earlier last year that a third series had been commissioned, which was supposed to air in 2020, but filming has been pushed back due to the coronavirus outbreak. “There is a lot of stuff to work out,” Lisa told the Irish Mirror. “Our show is complicated to film in these circumstances. We want to do it as well as we possibly can, we want it to be brilliant.”Derry Girls has also been reaching a new global audience since its debut on Netflix, although last week the streaming giant had to remove the second series just shortly after adding it to the service.The Netflix UK account tweeted: “It looks like we were a bit early with this one so have had to take season two down for now.”Both series are currently available to stream on All4. READ MORE: The Derry Girls Have Filmed A Lockdown Video And It Could Not Be More Derry Girls Derry Girls' Nicola Coughlan Had A Night At The Oscars And We're Absolutely Living For Her Tales Derry Girls Star Siobhan McSweeney Living Out Of A Suitcase After Devastating Fire At Her London Home
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You can sum up entire columns or rows in Microsoft Excel using the AutoSum feature.  The AutoSum tool automatically selects a column or row of numbers, but you can select any set of numbers by clicking and dragging with the mouse. You can also manually sum a series of numbers in Excel by typing in a simple SUM formula. You can view the details of your calculation by clicking the sum cell and looking at the formula bar at the top of the screen.  Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. You can sum a series of numbers in Microsoft Excel manually by typing in a simple formula, or automatically by using the AutoSum tool in the toolbar on your screen.  Both methods will always give you the same result, so use whichever one is more convenient for you. Here's how to do it on a Mac or PC computer.  Check out the products mentioned in this article: Apple Macbook Pro (From $1,299.00 at Apple) Acer Chromebook 15 (From $179.99 at Walmart) iPhone 11 (From $699.99 at Apple) Samsung Galaxy S10 (From $699.99 at Walmart) How to use AutoSum in Excel AutoSum works best when you have a column or row of numbers you want to add up. 1. Click the empty cell underneath the column of numbers that you want to add up. Or, if you want to sum a row of numbers, click the empty cell to the right of the series. 2. On the "Home" tab, click the AutoSum button (which looks like a sigma sign) in the toolbar at the top of your screen. 3. You should see Excel draw a selection box around the numbers to be added. If the wrong numbers are selected, you can click and drag the mouse to choose the correct cells. 3. Press "Enter" on your PC keyboard, or "Return" if you're using a Mac. Your cells don't have to be laid out consecutively in a row or column to be added up — instead of dragging down a columb or across a row, you can also click on non-consecutive cells throughout your spreadsheet before hitting "Return" or "Enter" on your keyboard.  How to manually sum in Excel 1. Click the cell you want the sum to appear in and click "=." 2. Type a number or click a cell that has a value. 3. Type "+." 4. Type another number or click the next cell that has a value. 5. Repeat until you have entered all the values you want to sum, and then press "Enter" on a PC keyboard or "Return" on a Mac keyboard.  To check your work, click the cell with the sum and look at the formula bar atop the screen. It will show the details of the calculation. Related coverage from Tech Reference: How to convert your Google Sheets files into Excel files, and edit them in Microsoft Excel How to export your iPhone contacts to an Excel spreadsheet using iCloud How to copy a formula in Microsoft Excel using a Mac or PC How to edit a drop-down list in Excel, depending on how you created it How to combine 2 columns in Excel using formulas, and keep all of their data SEE ALSO: The best Apple MacBook laptops Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: July 15 is Tax Day — here's what it's like to do your own taxes for the very first time
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Now, as more women are writing female characters, side-by-side with men, they’re just people writing people.
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The spice data must flow (and it will – just through SCCs) The EU Court of Justice has struck down the so-called Privacy Shield data protection arrangements between the political bloc and the US, triggering a fresh wave of legal confusion over the transfer of EU subjects' data to America.…
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Investment in artificial intelligence is booming amid the pandemic, as automation becomes more common in industries from manufacturing to healthcare to law. The global AI market is predicted to be worth as much as $733 billion by 2027, according to market analysis firm Grand View Research.  We asked eight of Europe's top VC investors to pick out the 15 AI startups they thought were ones to watch in 2020.  Click here for more BI Prime stories. In the face of a global economic slowdown, artificial intelligence remains one of the fastest-growing investment areas. According to Grand View Research, the global AI market is set to be worth around $733 billion by 2027, impacting everything from healthcare to customer service. A PwC report estimated that AI could contribute a whopping $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030. European venture capital investors who are backing up-and-coming AI startups say they too are being affected by the technology. "AI is disrupting all industries, including venture capital," Henrik Landgren, analytics operating partner at EQT Ventures, told Business Insider in an interview. "With thousands of startups founded every day and only a handful of European unicorns created each year - in 2019 there were 21 new ones - how can an investor find the most promising startups first?"  "Taking a data-driven approach across the investment process and automating as many tasks as possible, enables a team to spend more time building relationships with founders at the right time. Having human and machine work together is a great way to stay ahead of the competition. Long-term, all VCs will need to be data-driven." We asked eight European venture capitalists to each name two AI startups to watch – one inside their portfolio and one outside.  Check them out — in no particular order — below:SEE ALSO: These are the 15 European health startups investors think will blow up during the coronavirus pandemic Sensing Feeling is developing cameras capable of reading emotions Cited by: Parminder Basran, managing partner at VGC Partners In the VGC portfolio? Yes Total raised: $400,000 What it does: London-based Sensing Feeling says its system could be used to predict behaviour by scanning faces and body language to assess an individual's mood. The footage is checked in real-time against pre-programmed images for signs of anger, contempt, fear, disgust, happiness, sadness and surprise. Why it's hot in 2020: "In 2019, we invested in AI startup Sensing Feeling from our early stage fund, a business that builds advanced human behavior and emotion-sensing products for businesses. "What makes this really exciting to us is the fact that it sits at the intersection of computer vision, machine learning and affective computing. It does not require human interaction – it is a non-intrusive technology that analyses real time data in the background and reveals genuine emotions. "This can have enormous implications for a number of sectors. For instance, in public surveillance systems, this technology can identify threats as they happen and can step in to save lives." Benevolent AI is focused on machine-led drug discovery Cited by: Parminder Basran, managing partner at VGC Partners In the VGC portfolio? No Total raised: $292 million  What it does: "Benevolent AI empowers scientists to decipher the vast and complex code underlying human biology and find new ways to treat disease. AI models help predict potential disease targets that may be overlooked by scientists."  Why it's hot in 2020: "Given the current race that humankind is in to discover an effective COVID-19 treatment, businesses like Benevolent AI are going to be particularly interesting in the coming months. "A PE-backed unicorn that applies AI to drug discovery, Benevolent AI develops relation inference AI models to predict potential disease targets that may be overlooked by scientists, as well as developing models to identify differences in proteins between healthy and diseased cells. "In February this year, the business set up a specialist scientific team to focus on COVID-19 drug discovery." Deep Render makes it easier to store high-quality images Cited by: Marcel van der Heijden, partner at Speedinvest In the Speedinvest portfolio? Yes Total raised: $2 million  What it does: A London-based startup spun out of Imperial College, Deep Render applies machine learning to image compression, making photo and video file smaller while maintaining quality.  Why it's hot in 2020: "Deep Render is building a new end-to-end AI-based media compression technology which promises a breakthrough in the economics of high-quality media streaming. "Already now, a few months after our investment in the company, they have delivered an almost 10x improvement in compression rates at equal quality measures with a near real-time decoding performance." Plumerai is boosting processing power Cited by: Marcel van der Heijden, partner at Speedinvest, and Henrik Landgren, analytics operating partner at EQT Ventures In the Speedinvest or EQT portfolios? No Total raised: Undisclosed What it does: Plumerai has built an open-source platform for training "binarized neural networks", which reduce the amount of memory computers need to function, and could improve smart devices' processing power. Why it's hot in 2020: "Plumerai aren't in our portfolio, but have impressed us greatly from afar," says van der Heijden.  "Plumerai is working on a really cool new type of AI called Binarized Neural Networks, which can make traditional AI far cheaper, faster and less computationally-heavy," Landgren said. "Consequently, you can fit the models on very small pieces of hardware and enable devices such as robots and drones to use deep learning locally, which is an incredibly interesting approach!"    Nextail offers retail outlets sustainable solutions Cited by: Jordi Viñas, general partner at Nauta Capital  In the Nauta portfolio? Yes Total raised: $12 million What it does: "By applying AI and prescriptive analytics, Nextail enables quick, automated decision-making to increase online and offline sales, while reducing stock levels. As a result, retailers develop more sustainable supply chain models and achieve better relationships with customers across channels." Why it's hot in 2020: "Retail is one of the industries with the highest potential for AI impact, especially in terms of accelerating digital transformation. This has been especially tangible during COVID-19. Nextail is solving one of the biggest headaches in retail, the misalignment of supply and demand. " Darktrace is using AI to improve cybersecurity Cited by: Jordi Viñas, general partner at Nauta Capital  In the Nauta portfolio? No Total raised: $230 million What it does: "Darktrace, an AI cybersecurity startup using machine-learning algorithms to detect and respond to cyber-threats, is extremely impressive. Its technology is similar to a human immune system, attacking threats to the most critical assets of organizations by learning their 'digital DNA'." Why it's hot in 2020: "As most industries continue to prioritize digital transformation, the security of their data, as well as that of their customers will only become more imperative, so taking a preemptive approach will be fundamental." Logistics firm 7bridges is helping businesses future-proof their work Cited by: Scott Sage, cofounder and partner at Crane Venture Partners In the Crane portfolio? Yes Total raised: Undisclosed What it does: 7bridges is an AI-powered logistics platform that audits, models, and automates customer supply chains and logistics operations for maximum efficiency. Why it's hot in 2020: "The Amazon-led delivery revolution has dramatically raised expectations for logistics, while unexpected events like the COVID-19 crisis have exposed huge vulnerabilities in outdated supply chain processes. "7bridges transforms their clients' logistics into agile, automated systems, helping them to future-proof their operations while saving up to 50% in direct costs." Graphcore is creating processors for the age of AI Cited by: Scott Sage, cofounder and partner at Crane Venture Partners In the Crane portfolio? No Total raised: $200 million  What it does: Graphcore is a semiconductor company that develops chips for AI and machine learning. Why it's hot in 2020: "Graphcore is a business I've long admired, and their tech is genuinely world-leading. We've already entered a new world of machine intelligence, and CPUs and GPUs are not relevant for the plethora of use cases that Graphcore is able to solve today." Quantexa Cited by: Ed Lascelles, partner at Albion VC In the Albion portfolio? Yes Total raised: $23.3 million What it does: Quantexa uses artificial intelligence to help banks and other major institutions to detect fraud. Several of its top executives came from BAE Systems/Detica, a major UK defense contractor. Why it's hot in 2020: "Quantexa shows how powerful AI can be if you can get access to the right data," Lascelles said. "The team is extraordinary and they are building one of the most exciting businesses in Europe."   ThoughtRiver Cited by: Ed Lascelles, partner at Albion VC In the Albion portfolio? No Total raised: $4 million What it does: ThoughtRiver provides contract pre-screening services to in-house legal teams and law firms to increase sales.  Why it's hot in 2020: "The legal sector is particularly suited to disruption from AI businesses," Lascelles said. "ThoughtRiver is leading the way in reducing friction in contract negotiations."   Dogtooth creates strawberry-picking robots Cited by: Zoe Chambers, principal at Octopus Ventures In the Octopus Ventures portfolio? Yes  Total raised: $75,000 What it does: "Dogtooth is leading the way in agritech robotics capable of harvesting soft fruit. "Using machine vision and AI, Dogtooth has created intelligent robots that are able to recognize a strawberry and decide whether to pick it, then grade it and place it in a punnet over and over again."  Why it's hot in 2020: "This area of agriculture has been facing a concerning labor shortage for years, but with Dogtooth's delivery of the right kind of robot, the bottleneck is set to be smashed open." Mojo is combing AI with sperm to boost fertility Cited by: Will Gibbs, principal at Octopus Ventures In the Octopus Ventures portfolio? No Total raised: $2 million  What it does: "Mojo uses AI and robotic technology to classify sperm in a more consistent and accurate way, and uses that information to inform more effective fertility pathways. In other words, it should make having a baby much more accessible to all." Why it's hot in 2020: "Hundreds of millions of parents experience fertility issues every year, yet the way we profile sperm hasn't changed in 40 years and still relies on the human eye. That's why Mojo is so exciting." MiQ helps marketers make data-driven decisions Cited by: Tom Wrenn, partner at private equity firm ECI Partners In the X portfolio? Yes Total raised: Undisclosed  What it does: "Some of the most interesting AI businesses are those that use the best capabilities of both humans and machines, combined to deliver the best outcomes. Marketing intelligence company MiQ, which ECI has invested in for three years, is a great example."  Why it's hot in 2020: "MiQ uses a blended 'cyborg' approach with great success. Its machine technology, AiQ, can process trillions of data points in any given week to provide data-driven insights, but the real marketing intelligence comes from applying the more creative, human element on top. This means that MiQ's clients get the best of both worlds and, ultimately, an enhanced result."  Featurespace Cited by: Tom Wrenn, partner at private equity firm ECI Partners In the X portfolio? No  Total raised: $108 million What it does: "Featurespace uses AI and machine learning to prevent genuine transactions from being blocked, but also helps to block new fraud attacks as they occur. For end-users this is ideal – nobody wants fraudulent payments taken from their account, but we also don't want our banks or card providers blocking our genuine purchases!"  Why it's hot in 2020: "Featurespace is one to watch. In the current climate, the number of fraud and other financial crime scams has gone through the roof, and tech needs to keep adapting to the ever-increasing sophistication of these fraudsters, without impacting customer services."  Sonantic creates synthetic voices Cited by: Ted Persson, partner at EQT Ventures In the EQT Ventures portfolio? Yes Total raised: $2.6 million What it does: Sonantic has created human-quality AI voice technology which can enable text-to-speech performances that can be sculpted, edited, and directed just like humans in real life. Why it's hot in 2020: "Sonantic's offering has the emotional breadth and idiosyncratic variation of the human voice like breath, pitch, intonation, pacing and intensity," Persson said.  "This is a virtual copy of the real thing - it's unlike any other tool in this space we've come across so far. The opportunities for Sonantic's human-sounding voices in industries from gaming, media, advertising and beyond are endless."
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The speculated slates might be geared towards content creators who want a powerful yet portable platform that could essentially replace a laptop.
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According to Huawei’s official mall information, Huawei Mate X 5G foldable phone will commence sales at 10:08 am on November 15 (Tomorrow).However, Huawei Mall limits the sale to the 8GB + 512GB version and the price is 16999 yuan ($2421).Huawei Mate X uses a foldable display that uses an eagle-wing folding scheme.It can be expanded up to 8 inches.It also has the option of becoming a 6.6-inch or a 6.38-inch display.The 6-inch+ display can be handed with one hand and the body thickness is only 5.4mm.
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What’s a data scientist to do if they lack sufficient data to train a machine learning model?One potential avenue is synthetic data generation, which researchers at IBM Research advocate in a newly published preprint paper.They used a pretrained machine learning model to artificially synthesize new labeled data for text classification tasks.“Depending upon the problem at hand, getting a good fit for a classifier model may require abundant labeled data.However, in many cases, and especially when developing AI systems for specific applications, labeled data is scarce and costly to obtain,” wrote the paper’s coauthors.However, in many cases, and especially when developing AI systems for specific applications, labeled data is scarce and costly to obtain.”
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“It’s a personal ops assistant”Google has pushed Skaffold – a command line tool that automates Kubernetes development workflow – out to the developer community, saying the tool is now generally available after 5,000 commits from nearly 150 contributors to the project.Kubernetes – the de facto container orchestration standard – has become the linchpin of much cloud-native computing, sitting underneath swathes of cloud-based tools to manage how applications run across a wide range computing environments.Despite increasingly widespread adoption, those seeking to deploy Kubernetes themselves often find it a headache: whilst powerful, it’s also complicated and clusters need constant finessing and debugging.(Google, which built Kubernetes, has since also released Istio, an open source tool – and one of the fastest growing projects on GitHub – to secure, connect, and monitor microservices powered by Kubernetes.)As Google software engineer Nick Kubala Software Engineer explains: [We noticed that Kubernetes users] spend a long time building and managing container images across registries, manually updating their Kubernetes manifests, and redeploying their applications every time they made even the smallest code changes.
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The Double Eleven Warm-up Promotion on AliExpress is formally launched.XIDU, an innovative Shenzhen-based company that has made a big splash in the laptop and tablet markets by offering affordable and high-quality computers, provides the maximum discount on AliExpress to express our gratitude to your support and attention!The following is a brief introduction to some of XIDU’s flagship products that you can buy with the maximum discount during the promotion period:XIDU 13.3-inch PhilPad touchscreen 2-in-1 laptopA golden ratio 2K (2560×1440) displayIntel Atom x7-E3950 processor (up to 2.0GHz), 6GB RAM 128GBROMexpanded to 256GB, ultra-thin 0.4-inch thickness, 5000MAH/7.4V powerful battery
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The Official Charts Company has sprayed what we hope is only rain on this year's Children in Need parade, with the official counter of sold records deciding that the BBC-backed celebrity money-raising collection should not be included in the weekly album charts.This maybe would've been OK if the decision was taken sooner, because earlier this week it looked like the record would hit the number one spot in the main albums chart that's released today and score the BBC fundraiser a massive publicity win; only for Charts Company bosses to declare it a compilation and relegate it to appearing in the compilation-only listings, and therefore rendering it less likely to be picked up on CD by your mum when she next pops into the local garage for £30 of diesel, a Bounty and her weekly exposure to modern musical trends.The album Got It Covered is indeed a compilation, and is where your ears need to point if they are interested in hearing Jodie Whittaker doing a version of Yellow by Coldplay, or Olivia Colman doing Glory Box by Portishead; the latter a firm test of whether Colman can really do nothing wrong.David Tennant has done perennial Scottish wedding/funeral classic Sunshine on Leith too, and it's all on Spotify if you are genuinely or merely morbidly curious.The Charts Company says the BBC mislabelled it prior to release, explaining: "Got It Covered was described to us pre-release as an artist album, but on release it was clear that it was a various artists compilation, as it is widely credited as across retail and music services.We are sorry this fact was not picked up sooner, and we are huge supporters of all the incredible and important work Children in Need do and would urge everyone to continue to go out and buy the album."
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