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Are you ready to snatch a pretty affordable phone?If you are then keep reading as we’ll be listing the Top 5 Best Chinese Phones you can currently get for less than $100!Best Chinese Phones for Under $100The latest entry-level device comes with a large 6.22-inch HD+ display and is powered by a super efficient Snapdragon 439 CPU.In the camera department we find a single but good 12MP shooter, a Sony IMX 363 image sensor with F/1.8 aperture.The Redmi 8A does indeed come with a massive 5000mAh capacity battery.
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When humans and robots cross paths, the results aren’t just frustrating—the autonomous car, say, that’s too shy to turn left—they can also be fatal.Consider last year’s Uber crash, in which the self-driving algorithms weren’t coded to yield to an unexpected human jaywalker.At the WIRED25 conference Friday, Anca Dragan, a professor who studies human-robot interaction at UC Berkeley, spoke about what it takes to avoid those kinds of problems.“It turns out that really complicates matters,” she says.The issues go beyond simply teaching robots to treat humans as obstacles to be avoided.That isn’t easy; even to each other, humans are basically black boxes.
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Chinese phone maker Ulefone’s annual rugged flagship Armor 7 has been a hit in the market since its launch, and many fans are curious about its durability as it announced that it has passed IP68, IP69K and MIL-STD-810G certification.So, Ulefone has carried out couple of tests on the Ulefone Armor 7 to evaluate its durability.Let’s check out how it performs.As you can see in the video, no matter the guy from Ulefone threw it down the steps, fell it onto the rocks, or dropped it from more than 2 meters’ height onto the concrete floor, the phone body and screen are totally intact and the phone also works normally.And they even threw the phone into a puddle and sand, but the phone is still in perfect condition.So, besides drop-resistant, it’s also protected against water and dust.
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Global payment provider Visa is in discussions with Southeast Asian ride-hailing firms Gojek and Grab to bring a pay later service in both platforms and new installment payment capabilities to reach more customers, Visa Indonesia president director Riko Abdurrahman said.Abdurrahman explained at the Indonesia Banking Expo 2019 on Wednesday that Visa’s bank partners face difficulties to grant loans to small and medium-sized enterprises, since banks have a very rigid regulation and the potential risks are big.On the other hand, Visa’s collaboration with Gojek and Grab can open a wider opportunity.“We need to push the financial inclusion faster,” Abdurrahman said.Asked on whether Visa will bring the pay later service to the ride-hailing services, he said, “Absolutely will.” However, he declined to mention when it will bring the service, adding that it is still in discussion with both parties.He mentioned that the current absorption of lending facilities through bank partners is too slow compared to fintech players and ride-hailing firms.
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You can complete a factory reset on your Chromebook in a few simple steps.A factory reset is a pretty drastic step, but sometimes that's necessary to get your computer working properly, or to protect your data if you plan on selling your computer.Keep in mind that a factory reset will wipe out all of the information stored on your hard drive, including files and apps.So it's always a good idea to back up your data beforehand, if possible.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.A factory reset can be a useful way to get your Chromebook back to a more functional state if something went wrong, like your profile or settings are messed up and a restart didn't fix the problem, or for providing security if you plan on selling your computer.
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TLDR: The Oclu Action Camera packs amazing 4K video and inventive new features into an award-winning design package, all at $60 off.GoPro and their line of action cameras have become so synonymous with on-the-fly travel video that you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the name of the entire retail market and not a brand name.But as in most industries, worthy successors to GoPro’s crown have sprung up to challenge their success, many with comparable features and capabilities at a much lower, more enticing price point.One of the more intriguing challengers to GoPro supremacy is Oclu, an Arizona-based company whose new Oclu camera packs in some game-changing features that should get the attention of any action camera shopper.Right now, you can pick up an Oclu with a healthy TNW Deals price cut, now just $239.99, a pleasant $60 off while this deal lasts.As a winner of iF, Red Dot and European Product design awards, Oclu is already garnering industry accolades for its sleek, practical look and engineering feel.
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Nowadays, office environment is more and more complex for office workers and students.Recently, Chuwi has launched a versatile 2-in-1 tablet UBook Pro on Indiegogo.Equipped with Core m3-8100Y processor, a 3:2 ratio 12.3-inch screen and other features, it’s backed by more than 450 users from all over the world, and the number is still growing.The first test is simulation of office work, based on web browsing and document office.Since the main users of UBook Pro is office workers and students, the segment is the most referential scene.From the measured results of video, 30 minutes of web browsing consumes 7% of the battery and 30 min document editing cosumes 5% .
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Objections to West Cumbria Mining's plan to open a new coal mine in the UK for the first time since forever have been dismissed by the government, so the Woodhouse Colliery project is definitely going to happen.Men will go back to digging it out, although probably with machinery and helmets and pensions now, and maybe some women even.The council gave West Cumbria Mining permission to go ahead and start the digging back in March, although protesters asked the government to call-in the plan for further analysis, given, you know, the environmental c-word being involved.That hasn't happened, though, with the final decision being handed back to local councillors; and the council giving the scheme the double thumbs-up.Primarily because of the promise of jobs – 500 of 'em, sarge – albeit ones that involve depriving workers of access to vitamin D. Protesters say Cumbria's awash with potential for renewables, though, and that this sort of thing sends the wrong message about the direction the UK is heading in as a whole, with nearby Lib Dem MP Tim Farron saying the plan is a "backwards step" in this age of burgeoning turbines.
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Following a mishap during a popular Taobao seller’s livestream which drew attention to the growing popularity of video content for the purpose of advertising, China’s broadcasting watchdog issued a notice on Nov. 1 urging the country’s e-commerce platforms to tighten content controls in preparation for the massive shopping festival known as Singles Day.Why it matters: Although issued specifically for Singles Day, the notice is a signal that regulators now have e-commerce-focused livestreamed content in its sights, which many expect will restrict China’s flourishing e-commerce live-streaming businesses.Heightened government control over entertainment and gaming livestreams have forced platforms like Huya and Douyu to tighten their rules accordingly.Increased scrutiny will change how livesteamers—many of which are social media influencers referred to as key opinion leaders (KOLs)—partner with brands and present products to consumers.Content in various forms, from livestreaming to short video, is a major driver of China’s e-commerce sector.Adverts are also outright transparent about its sponsored nature.
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There are 10 images in this quiz, each of which shows a phone announced in 2019.Your job is to figure out which one.There are four choices available for every question, only one of which is correct.The quiz includes both flagship phones as well as a few mid-rangers.Think you have what it takes to get a good score?Press the Start button below and show us what you got — and don’t forget to share your score on social media at the end.
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Facebook's massive advertising business and user base keep growing despite a seemingly endless list of scandals, including criticism over a new policy that allows politicians to lie in ads on the social network.On Wednesday, Facebook said 2.45 billion users logged in to the site every month during the third quarter, an uptick of 8% from 2.27 billion monthly active users the company reported in the same period last year.The social network's revenue grew 28% from year-over-year to $17.65 billion in the third quarter, beating expectations of $17.4 billion in revenue.The company earned $2.12 per share, above estimates of $1.91 per share.The robust performance comes as Facebook slogs through a welter of scandals ranging from user privacy and security to its role in shaping political and social discourse.The company's hands-off approach to speech from politicians has sparked criticism from Democrats, civil rights groups and even its own employees, all of whom worry that the social network is allowing the spread of misinformation.
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A wearable heart rate monitor is one thing, but what about a system that’s able to estimate a person’s heartbeat from footage of their face alone?That’s what researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences set out to design in a preprint paper published on Arxiv.org.In it, they describe RhythmNet, an end-to-end trainable heart rate estimator that taps AI and photoplethysmography (PPG) — an optical technique that detects blood volume changes in skin tissue — to address challenges in head movement and variations in lighting.As the researchers explain, PPG-based HR estimation is made possible by the fact that skin light absorption varies periodically with the blood volume pulse (BVP).Chromosomes like hemoglobin in the microvasculars of the dermis and subcutis layers take in a disproportionate amount of light, such that tiny color changes occur as blood pumps through underlying veins and arteries.They’re invisible to the human eye, but they can be easily captured by RGB sensors like those embedded in wearables.
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The money will be used, in part, to finance its launch in the United States.CEO Guillaume Lacroix said that that he and his co-founders all come from the French TV industry, where they were all “frustrated not to be able to follow up the conversation on social.” So they created Brut as a way deliver video news that felt conversational and authentic, hoping to spark viewer conversation, then take advantage of that commentary to find future stories.“We always always say to journalists, ‘Forget the audience, think about your two best friends,'” Lacroix told me.If yes, let’s do it.The publisher focuses on topics like social good and social impact — for example, it published the first viral video featuring climate change activist Greta Thunberg.Lacroix argued that Brut’s audience is looking for solutions, not just problems, in contrast to the “negative news cycle” that they see on traditional media.
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Do you remember the Moto 360?It was the first Motorola smartwatch and one of the first smartwatches to run Android Wear.The device also came with a full rounded display, looking pretty similar to a real classic watch.The Moto 360 was released in 2015, but Motorola decided to drop it by 2016.Now, all of sudden, the Moto 360 is getting revived but it’s not by Motorola hands.The new smartwatch runs Wear OS and retains a similar design to the classic-looking smartwatch.
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Apple has just introduced a new update to macOS Catalina in the form of macOS 10.15.1.While it may be a small increment, it's coming with some new features and support for AirPods Pro as well as AMD's newest graphics cards.Naturally, the update comes with a number of fixes for some of macOS Catalina's problems.It also fixes some issues with the TV, Music and Podcasts apps that replace iTunes functionality.It's always fun to get some new ones to play with, and in this case, Apple has worked to make them more inclusive.There are more than 70 new emoji in this set, and they include accessibility emoji, gender-neutral options, and more emoji with skin tone options.
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Yext helps businesses manage their presence on search and across the web; starting today, with the launch of Yext Answers, it’s also helping them provide a better experience on their own websites.“It lets any company with a website answer a question about their own brand in a Google-like experience on their own site,” CEO Howard Lerman told me.While Lerman is officially announcing Yext Answers onstage at the company’s Onward conference this afternoon, the issue is clearly one he’s been thinking about for a while — in an interview earlier this year, he described user-generated content as “tyranny,” and claimed the company’s “founding principle is that the ultimate authority on how many calories are in a Big Mac is McDonald’s.”It’s a theme that Lerman returned to when he demonstrated the new product for me yesterday, running a number of Google searches — such as “student checking account” — where a brand might want to be relevant, but where the results mostly come from SEO-optimized advice and how-to articles from third-party sites.“The world of search became pretty cluttered with all these self-declared experts,” he said.The goal with Yext Answers is to turn a brand’s website into the source that consumers turn to for information on these topics.
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FBI data show, for instance, that these cyberattacks caused more than $12 billion in losses between 2013-2018.And in the last two years, the attacks have resulted in an increase of 136 percent in losses.To alleviate this growing problem, Data Science Institute member Asaf Cidon helped develop a prototype of a machine-learning based detector that automatically detects and stops lateral phishing attacks.The detector uses several features to stop attacks, including detecting whether the recipient deviates from someone an employee would usually communicate with; whether the email's text is similar to other known phishing attacks; and whether the link is anomalous.The detector can detect the vast majority of these attacks with a high precision rate and a low false positive rate - under four false positives for every one-million employee-sent emails.The study was conducted jointly with Barracuda Networks, a network security company that provided data on its customers to the researchers with the goal of developing a detector for lateral phishing.
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The following is an abridged translation of an unsigned article.How Airbnb found its way in China: Drama and executive power shufflesJust as Airbnb announces its 2020 IPO ambition, it is going through the biggest personnel shake-up in China since its entry into the market.China’s guesthouse market was worth RMB 20 billion (about $2.8 billion) in 2018.Airbnb may be one of the big players but it’s not number one.According to Trustdata, its penetration rate for Q1 2019 ranked third at 36%, behind Tujia at 69% and Meituan’s Zhenguo at 43%.
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Every time I walk through a comic book convention or pop culture event and see people dressed head to toe like their favourite characters, I’m stunned.I could never achieve that that level of skill when it comes to creating costumes.This is the time of year I get a bunch of awesome ideas for costumes that I’d love to wear and then realise I wouldn’t even know where to start.Besides maybe buying one, of course.I have a load of them but will focus on just a few.First is Link from The Legend of Zelda.
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The Hubble Space Telescope sure knows how to celebrate Halloween.Last year, it spotted a bat shadow and a ghost nebula.This year, it's a haunting face with glowing eyes.What looks like a deformed skull or a ghostly alien face is actually two galaxies in the process of colliding with each other."Each 'eye' is the bright core of a galaxy, the result of one galaxy slamming into another," NASA said in a release Monday."The outline of the face is a ring of young blue stars.
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(Reuters) — Facebook said on Saturday that it had removed an ad which falsely claimed that U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham supported the Green New Deal, demonstrating that it will fact-check ads from political groups but not politicians.The ad, which ran on Friday, was put up as a stunt by a left-leaning Political Action Committee, or PAC, called The Really Online Lefty League, to test Facebook’s political ad policies.Facebook has been criticized in recent weeks over its decision to not fact-check ads run by politicians, drawing ire from Democratic candidates running in the 2020 presidential election such as former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren.Last week, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg defended Facebook’s policy, saying that the company did not want to stifle political speech.Facebook spokesman Tom Channick told Reuters on Friday that since the new ad came from a political action group, rather than a politician, it was eligible for review by the company’s third-party fact-checking partners.At the time of writing, the video could still be viewed on the PAC’s Facebook page, but paid distribution had been stopped.
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DUP MPs and Sylvia Hermon rage at PM over regulatory border in Irish Sea as loyalist groups condemn Johnson "betrayal".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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Mark Hurd rose suddenly as a major tech figure when he was tapped to lead Hewlett-Packard during a time of crisis in 2005.He went on to have brilliant but controversial career, marked by incredible successes on the business front, but also scandals.He was head of HP when it got mired in a spying scandal.In 2005, Hurd was on his 25th year as the little-known CEO of NCR, the Ohio-based maker of ATMs, when he became the surprise choice to lead Hewlett-Packard after the sudden departure of ousted chief exec Carly Fiorina."The opportunity to lead a company like HP doesn't come along every day," he told reporters when he was introduced."I'm only concerned about the future," he said, when asked about the turbulent tenure of his predecessor.
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The Honda Pilot is a well-rounded three-row SUV.It's been that way ever since this generation Pilot launched a few years ago, and with its smooth powertrain, great interior functionality and competitive pricing, none of that changes as we head into 2020.For 2020, the biggest update to the Pilot is a new Black Edition trim, which adds dark-finished 20-inch whees, as well as blacked-out headlight trim, foglights and body elements.Every 2020 Honda Pilot is powered by the same engine: a naturally aspirated, 3.5-liter V6, producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.Most models use a six-speed automatic transmission, but the higher-level Touring, Elite and Black Edition trims have a more sophisticated nine-speed automatic.Fuel economy differs between models due to driveline and transmission configurations, but in its most efficient spec (2WD Touring), the Pilot is EPA-estimated to return 20 miles per gallon in the city, 27 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined.
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It's just that I find that crusty old stuff that's been recycled tends to be considered cool – certainly much trendier and in-demand than it was beforehand.It's an acquired taste I suppose and you have to see them up close to appreciate how compellingly, fascinatingly and beautifully hideous they are.It was only Mme D dragging me away by an arm (then both legs) while JL was still explaining how they were created that prevented me from accidentally buying one or two.I'd found the world's last remaining automated kiosk for renting and returning video films!Admittedly, the state of the poster – crumpled and faded to 58 shades of green – is reminiscent of those wall-mounted photos at your local barbershop of young men haplessly trying to do Blue Steel in a mullet.A walk around the side revealed more horror: if you were prepared to rent and return a video in less than six hours, it would cost you only one and half euros.
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Telecoms equipment maker Ericsson has surpassed quarterly earnings expectations and increased its market forecast for 2019 and sales target for 2020, owing to a quicker increase in demand for superfast 5G networks.Ericsson CEO Borje Ekholm, said, “We see a much faster pace of introduction of 5G than expected,” citing particular strength in the US and South Korea.Shares of the company jumped as much as 7.4% to a three month high of SEK 89.94, pulling up Nokia’s shares in their wake.In the Q3/2019, the company’s adjusted operating earnings rose to SEK 6.5 billion from SEK 3.8 billion a year earlier, corresponding to an 11.4% margin and beating the SEK 5.2 billion mean forecast seen in a Refinitiv poll of analysts.The company expected 5G deployments in China, where it has invested to gain market share, to start “near term”, adding they were likely to have “challenging margins” initially.It changed its 2022 margin target to 12-14% from more than 12% previously.
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VB’s Transform is the most important AI event of the year for business and technical leaders, and it’s earned that reputation because of the quality of our content and the caliber of speakers.Transform 2020 takes place July 15-16 in San Francisco, and the application to be a part of its stellar roster is now open.We’re looking for AI practitioners who have real-world experience with AI- and ML-driven business applications and who have demonstrated breakthrough results.You’ll be talking to the decision makers who want to hear a mix of both inspiring and practical lessons about implementing AI technology and strategies, so that they can return home ready to rock.To apply and learn more about the event’s five technology tracks, plus the verticals we’ll be showcasing, check out the Call for Transform 2020 Speakers here.First phase deadline is January 31, 2020.
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Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The VergeGoogle’s latest phone, the Google Pixel 4, doesn’t include a pair of earphones in the box, nor does it come with one of the company’s USB-C to 3.5mm adapters.With its own true wireless Pixel Buds not due for release until next year, Google just offered every other headphone manufacturer a nice opportunity to capitalize on any new Pixel 4 owners who might not already own wireless headphones.Every previous Pixel phone offered a wired headphone option in the box, whether via a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, a bundled pair of USB-C headphones, or a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter.(The original Pixel and Pixel 3A had the built-in jack; the Pixel 3 came with both accessories.)This will be the first time Google has shipped a phone without any of those options.
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WhatsApp is working on the development of the dark theme for the application for a while now.But only recently seems to have really focused in making it suitable for everyday use.Probably, the pressure from the ecosystems of iOS and Android, which now increasingly supports the dark mode pushes the developers of the app to quickly adopt it.So as to require a greater focus in the latest versions of WhatsApp Beta.An official date is not yet available, but the version 2.19.294 marks another step in the right direction.With the management of emojis that now respect the dark theme.
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After approximately 48 hours offline, Fortnite has returned from its black hole hiatus with a brand new map for the launch of Chapter 2.The new map features 13 points of interest, and also includes a web of rivers that allow for new water gameplay, such as swimming, fishing, and armed motorboats that seem awfully similar to the dinghies in Call of Duty: Blackout.Players can also swim now, instead of just hopping around in shallow water, and can eat fish for more health.Epic Games has added a few new mechanics to the game, most notably the ability to actually pick up and carry knocked teammates to a safer location to resurrect them.Plus, the game now has something called the bandage bazooka, which helps players heal their teammates (kind of like the chug splashes in Season 10).And for folks who are sick of running around with common weaponry, they can visit the Upgrade Bench and use resources to upgrade their weapons.
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