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16th May 2017

Xiaomi launches Redmi 4 in India

Ten months after the launch of the Redmi 3S Prime, Xiaomi has launched its successor, the Redmi 4, in India.

The differences between the Redmi 3S Prime and the Redmi 4 are mostly cosmetic. The new phone has slimmer, tapered edges and a cleaner, more contemporary design. The speaker has been moved from the back to the bottom of the phone and the metal and aluminum meet in cleaner anodized high-gloss aluminum lines.

On the inside, the two phones are largely the same. There is the same 5.0-inch 720p LCD on the front, a 13 megapixel f2.0 camera on the back with PDAF, a 5 megapixel f2.2…

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Enrico Fermi and the future of venture capital

Enrico Fermi tore a large sheet of paper into small pieces and dropped them. A few seconds later, the pieces were blown a short distance in midair and landed some eight feet away. Fermi paced the distance, then consulted a chart he prepared earlier. Based on the corresponding data, he told the people around him that the shockwave that hit the air to blast the papers out was from a force of… Read More

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HTC U11 is dead on arrival

This company, HTC, was once at the forefront of mobile tech innovation, and only one of three companies that managed to make any kind of profit on Android – an achievement in itself. Now, with those beautiful times long behind it, it’s desperately trying not to drown in the vast ocean of the mobile industry. Gasping for breath, ineffectively swinging and hitting arms in the water, HTC likely put itself in this ridiculous position due to its lack of general vision to guide the company’s operations through the last 5 years or so, as well … – Source

Facebook Gets Slap on the Wrist from 2 European Privacy Regulators

Data protection watchdogs in France and the Netherlands ruled that the social network had collected too much information on users in those countries. – Source

Deal: Chuwi Hi-Power Quick Charge 3.0 power bank for only $16.99 with coupon code

Chuwi is a Chinese tablet and accessory maker that has recently been making inroads in the US. The Chuwi Hi-Power is an affordable 10,050 mAh portable charger from the Shenzhen-based company that supports Quick Charge 3.0.

It’s a compact power bank with smooth finish, and sports four status LEDs to indicate remaining charge capacity.

According to the company, the Qualcomm official certification for QC 3.0 confirms that the power bank can charge compatible devices up to four times faster than conventional charging. It also boasts of an intelligent identification technology, dubbed AiCharge, that provides optimal charging current for all devices up to 18W, reducing the charging temperature.

Capacity: 10,050mAh
Input: 5V/2A | 9V/2A | 12V/1.5A
Output: 5-6V/3A | 6-9V/2A | 9-12V/1.5A

The Chuwi Hi-Power is available in three color variants – Black, Green, and White – and the package includes the power bank, a microUSB cable, user manual, and a 12 months warranty card.

While the listed price of the power bank is $24.99, our readers can use the coupon code – Z2KDLTLF – on Amazon to save $8 off that price and get it for just $16.99. That’s a pretty good price for this fantastic portable charger, but make sure you order one soon since the offer is valid only till May 19 (10pm PST).

See Chuwi Hi-Power on Amazon – Source

It might be time to say goodbye to the MP3 – so let’s look back at its life

One of the main developers of the MP3 digital audio coding format says it has “terminated” its licensing programme. – Source

WannaCry and the malware hall of fame

How does WannaCry compare with other big malware infections? – Source

Android O, Google Assistant and augmented reality: What to expect at Google I/O

Google’s biggest event of the year is about to get underway.

The company’s developers conference, Google I/O, is just hours away so naturally the rumor mill has already kicked into high gear. At this year’s event, we expect to hear much more about the next version of Android, Google’s plans for its Assistant, and what’s going on with its VR platform, Daydream.

SEE ALSO: Google just made a very subtle change to its Play Store logo and icons

Of course, as with every year, there are bound to be a few surprises as well. But for now, here’s a look at everything we’re expecting to see (and, in some cases not see) at I/O. …

More about Tech, Google, Android, Apps And Software, and Google Io – Source

Wayfair takes on Pinterest with its own visual search engine for home furnishings

Pinterest and Google’s recent moves to leverage visual search technologies to connect consumers with products have not gone unnoticed by those in the e-commerce business. One company, Wayfair, is taking inspiration from these efforts with a new feature for finding home furnishings that allows consumers to take a photo of something they like, then see related styles on Wayfair’s… Read More

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Samsung Pay officially launches in the UK, three major banks supported from the get-go

It looks like the folks from Samsung Support were correct – Samsung Pay has indeed launched in the UK today, making it the eighteenth country to support the mobile payments system.
You can download version 2.7.17 from Galaxy Apps, but keep in mind that the service is currently only compatible with the following handsets: Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6/S6 edge/S6 edge+, Galaxy S7/S7 edge, and the Galaxy S8/S8+. However, Samsung Pay won’t be exclusive to high-end devices in the future, as the company will include it in the majority of … – Source

The Nokia 8 and 9 make a surprising appearance in an official introduction video

It’s been some time since we’ve last heard about HMD Global’s supposedly upcoming high-end phones, the Nokia 8 and 9. But today, the ever-reliable Evan Blass seems to have uncovered an official promotional video showing them both in their full glory, sitting alongside the Nokia 3 and 5.
The video, which was uploaded just 24 hours ago (and which, unfortunately, can’t be embedded into the article, for which reason we’ve linked to it at the bottom), seems to be a teaser for the company’s 2017 smartphone lineup, with the uploader’s own website describing … – Source

UploadVR sued for ‘rampant’ sexism, general awfulness

UploadVR is the workplace that has everything, at least if you enjoy walking around an office with condom wrappers on the floor. That’s just one of many charges being leveled against it by its former director of digital and social media in a recent l… – Source

The Past Week Will Probably Get an Entire Wing in the Future Donald J. Trump Presidential Library

As someone who spends every day researching and writing about history, I often think about how our era will be judged by future historians. And I can’t help but think that this particular week will be seen by people of the future as a major turning point in 2017. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the past seven days…

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The Myth of Flyer’s Rights

Flyer beware.

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Check out the first camera samples from the HTC U11

The HTC launched the U11 – it’s true flagship with Snapdragon 835 and 12 MP UltraPixel camera. The company pointed out that DxOMark gave it a score of 90, which is its highest yet, so when we got the chance to take some images we immediately went for it.

The HTC U11’s camera has UltraPixel 3 technology and UltraSpeed Autofocus. U11’s camera lens is very bright at f/1.7, and the sensor is a bit bigger than usual – 1/2.55″, aiming to boost low-light performance.

HTC U11 main camera samples

The selfie camera is also decent on paper – it has a 16MP senor and f/2.0 lens,…

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Our obsession with trailers is making movies worse – CNET

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” doesn’t hit until July, but it turned me off already. Filmmakers, here’s your lesson. – Source

Ikea Tradfri Smart Lighting Kit review – CNET

Skip this basic smart lighting starter kit — but don’t rule out the other Tradfri offerings. – Source

Check out Ikea’s Tradfri smart lights – CNET

Ikea’s new smart lighting platform wants a place in your connected home. – Source

Lorry attempts to block car from using hard shoulder, fails to realise it’s the police

Taking the law into your own hands is never a great idea — especially when the person you’re trying to stop happens to be the police.

SEE ALSO: Why using AI in policing decisions risks race and class bias

North West Motorway Police shared the following video on their official Twitter account on Monday. It shows dashcam footage from one of their vehicles.

“Don’t take matters into your own hands and decide who uses the hard shoulder,” the police captioned the video. “Driver didn’t realise it was a liveried X5.”

From the sounds of it, the lorry driver will probably be regretting their decision. …

More about Police, Car, Dashcam, Lorry, and Watercooler – Source

To stop hackers from invading self-driving cars, Karamba Security raises $12 million

By 2020, an estimated 75 percent of cars will be internet-connected worldwide, according to estimates from the FBI, Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That connectivity will allow drivers to tap into life-saving safety features and make self-driving cars a reality. But it also makes vehicles vulnerable to malicious hackers. Read More

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Nicotine enhances bees’ activity

Nicotine-laced nectar can speed up a bumblebee’s ability to learn flower colors, according to scientists. The researchers used artificial flowers in a tightly-monitored flight arena in the laboratory to mimic how flowering plants use animals as pollen carriers and reward pollinators with sugars found in floral nectar. – Source

Yeah, but can your screen do…this?! – CNET

Commentary: Device screens that roll, fold, feel like fabric and let you peer right through them are turning passive displays into active tech — and it’s really, really cool. – Source

BMW, Intel and Mobileye bring Delphi in on their self-driving platform

BMW, Intel and Mobileye have a new partner in their previously announced initiative to co-develop an autonomous driving platform. Delphi is now a member of the group effort, which was announced first in July 2016, prior to Intel’s acquisition of Mobileye earlier this year. Read More

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AngelList just launched full-fledged venture funds

According to AngelList, the startup funding and recruiting platform, the number of companies being minted continues to far exceed the numbers of funds that can support them at the Series A and even the seed stage. Meanwhile, angel investors don’t necessarily have enough capital, particularly those who may be respected operators but haven’t yet enjoyed a major liquidity event… Read More

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It’s Your Lucky Day Because Amazon’s Having a One-Day Lucky Brand Sale 

Amazon’s Gold Box is filled with all the Lucky Brand denim, tees, henleys and dresses you could need. Everything is marked down up to 50% off, so you can score jeans for a steal. No four leaf clover required. But like every Gold Box deal, this one only lasts for today.

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It’s Your Lucky Day Because Amazon’s Having a One-Day Lucky Brand Sale 

Amazon’s Gold Box is filled with all the Lucky Brand denim, tees, henleys and dresses you could need. Everything is marked down up to 50% off, so you can score jeans for a steal. No four leaf clover required. But like every Gold Box deal, this one only lasts for today.

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LG will reportedly use OLED panels for its flagships starting with V30 this year

The LG V30 might be LG’s first of many flagships to come with an OLED display, which would explain the company’s OLED expansion plans.

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LG V30 will have no ticker, according to Evan Blass (Update: secondary screen to stay?)
November 21, 2016

While (AM)OLED is automatically associated with Samsung, at least in the world of smartphones, its South Korean rival LG might be looking to change that. A month ago, we reported that LG Display was gearing up to mass produce curved OLED panels, which might eventually be used for the V30. The rumor was refuelled a few days ago by the company’s plans to ramp up investments in 6th generation OLED panels. Now, The Investor claims that not only is the V30 likely to be the first LG flagship device to sport an OLED display but future flagships from the company – namely the LG G7 – might follow suit.

The V30 could launch later this year with an OLED screen instead of the traditional IPS panel that LG has used in the past.

The South Korean website states that an anonymous source familiar with LG’s plans said the V30 will launch later this year with an OLED screen instead of the traditional IPS panel that LG has used in the past:

Most OLED screens produced at LG Display’s Gumi E5 plant in the second half will be used for its sister firm LG Electronics’ smartphones starting with the V30. Some of the OLED production will be supplied to Chinese phone makers who are hoping to catch up with front-runners such as Samsung and Apple.

Although LG has maintained its commitment to OLED TVs, the overall OLED market is still dominated by Samsung at 95 percent. Industry experts say that Samsung was chosen as the sole supplier of OLED panels for Apple due to its mature production methods and add that because of low yield rates, LG Display won’t be able to supply OLED screens for iPhones until 2019 at the earliest.

However, with Google’s reported help, LG might have an entirely different strategy planned: focus on supplying OLED panels for its own smartphones and potentially Google’s.

Would you prefer the V30 with IPS or OLED? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Samsung Pay finally launches in the UK

It took it’s sweet time, but Samsung Pay is now available in the UK. If you own any device in the Galaxy S6, S7 or S8 family, as well as the Galaxy A3 or Galaxy A5, you now have the option to pay for things without cards or cash. The company has team… – Source

Five talks to watch at this year’s Google I/O

There are over a hundred individual events going on at this year’s I/O. If anything, with new announcements, that number is only going to increase. No one has enough time to attend them all, and the cumulative investment to watch all of the events would consume almost a full week, waking and sleeping. I might work here, but even I don’t have the time for that.

In my attempts to prioritize I found there were a few events that, no matter the conflict or overlap with other potential interests, I just couldn’t do without.

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Five talks to watch at this year’s Google I/O was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 sales reach 5 million units

The Samsung Galaxy S8, which launched on April 21, has hit the 5 million global sales milestone. This was revealed by the South Korean tech giant today.

“Although we cannot provide detailed figures, the sales are going smoothly around the globe,” a company official said. “The combined sales already are beyond 5 million units.”

While the flagship is already available in several key markets around the globe, the company has confirmed that the number will grow to 120 by the end of May. The firm explicitly confirmed that China will also get the phone this month.

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