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5th September 2017

Virgin Media owner Liberty Global rolls out Juniper NFV

Media delivery company Liberty Global is to use Juniper Networks vMX virtual routers to improve network performance and scale – Source

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm tackles depression

The video game sequel seeks to overturn taboos linked to mental health issues. – Source

Google taps Xiaomi for its most powerful Android One phone

You’d be forgiven for thinking Android One was dead and gone. Google’s initiative to bring stock Android to emerging nations through cheap, local handsets roared to life in 2014. By 2015, however, it was already being rebooted, with the tech giant pr… – Source

Embrace the notch! Samsung design patent details display with a sensor cutout, looks awfully familiar

With the smartphone industry rapidly pivoting into bezel-less display territory, one major problem starts to arise: where are all those front-facing sensors supposed to go? Right now, there’s several courses of action: either leaving some minimal bezel above the screen, or shoving them under it instead.
Or — as the Essential Phone proved and the OLED iPhone will reiterate — you can also slice off a portion of the top of the display and dedicate it to the front camera, earpiece, and whatever other sensors you think are necessary.
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UK universities targeted by cyber-thieves

The criminal hackers are looking for valuable research to steal, responses from learning institutions suggest . – Source

Huawei’s SuperCharge tech will be certified by TÜV Rheinland

Fast charging has become an increasingly popular feature on smartphones and makers love to one-up each other. To make sure consumers receive a safe product, Huawei has partnered with TÜV Rheinland to certify Huawei’s SuperCharge technology.

TÜV dates back to the 1800s and has been inspecting and certifying everything from steam boilers to elevators ever since. And now, one of the most powerful fast chargers around.

SuperCharge relies on two extra pins in the USB-C port on its phones to deliver 5A at 4.5V. The low voltage keeps the phone cool during charging, the high amperage fills up…

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OnePlus launches a barrage of ads, lets us know why the OnePlus 5 is the best phone for students

OnePlus is a company that made a name for itself by focusing on just one product — its “flagship killer” phone, with top-notch hardware and unbelievably low price. However, this year, there are a couple of things that are a bit different. Firstly, the OnePlus 5 — the company’s 4th flagship — is not as cheap anymore. It’s still affordable, compared to other flagships, as it starts at $479, but nowhere near as alluring as the $300 OnePlus One.

Secondly, OnePlus has shifted from its old “guerrilla marketing” tactics, which relied on viral posts, controversial giveaways, … – Source

Latest Humble Bundle celebrates 9 Made in France Android games

Pour ceux qui valorisent l’esprit national et veulent essayer quelques jeux développés en France à prix réduit et tout en faisant un don pour des organisations de charité (Americaines ou Anglaises seulement, malheureusement), le dernier paquet humble est fait juste pour vous.

Oops, I didn’t see you there, non-French speaking readers. Sorry. Let me catch you up. The latest Humble Mobile Bundle is all about games developed in France by renowned names like DotEmu, Playdigious, Mi-Clos, and more.

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Latest Humble Bundle celebrates 9 Made in France Android games was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Australia is so dangerous that cartoons can’t teach kids not to be afraid of spiders

British kids’ cartoon Peppa Pig isn’t normally a show you’d associate with controversy — but in Australia it’s a whole different story.

An episode of the show that revolves around Peppa discovering a spider in the sink — the brilliantly named “Mr Skinny Legs” — has now been pulled from Australian TV not once, but twice.

SEE ALSO: Who knew drawing Peppa Pig could be so NSFW?

The episode has drummed up controversy because of its implication that spiders are harmless.

“There’s no need to be afraid, Peppa,” says Daddy Pig at one point in the episode. “Spiders are very, very small, and they can’t hurt you.” …

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Last chance for Disrupt Berlin 2-for-1 tickets

Okay, European startup fans. You’ve procrastinated long enough. Tomorrow Sept. 6 at 12pm CEST, we’ll be releasing our last batch of 50 pairs of tickets to Disrupt Berlin 2017, but in order to take advantage of this limited-time 2-for-1 opportunity, you’ll need to let us know today. Signing up is pretty dang easy, if we do say so ourselves. All you need to do is enter your… Read More

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800,000 low-income UK homes to benefit from free solar panels

One of the biggest ever green energy schemes in the UK is set to provide clean energy for as many as 800,000 low-income homes over the next five years, renewable energy provider Solarplicity has revealed. As part of a £160 million investment fr… – Source

Tegile set to compete with big six with cheaper arrays, says CEO

Tegile’s takeover by Western Digital will propel it to competition with the big six storage array makers, as well as bring economies of scale and see NVMf and 3D Xpoint products – Source

Beautiful FullVision and Infinity Display wallpapers perfect for the LG V30, LG G6, Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy S8/S8+

Shortly after the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the LG V30, we are here to bring you a collection of beautiful backgrounds that have been custom-tailored to perfectly fit the high resolutions and aspect ratios of LG’s and Samsung’s so-called FullVision and Infinity Displays.
If you somehow haven’t caught up with the news yet, with the Note 8 sports a display similar to those we saw on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ earlier this year. That is, it has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 and a QHD+ (as Samsung calls it) resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. As such, the … – Source

The Note 8 and the LG V30 won’t have Oreo at launch, but does it really matter?

It depends on just who you ask.

So we’re going to be able to buy the Note 8 or the LG V30 (or both) soon. They have more in common than being the “luxury” model from the companies who make them: they are both launching with Android Nougat instead of Oreo. How much does this really matter, and to whom?

These two phones are important to the companies selling them, the people who will be buying them, and to the Android ecosystem as a whole. And more often than not, these three different groups of things don’t have the same goals or needs. And that’s important when talking about what it means to launch with an older version of Android.

For the Android Platform

We’ll start with the Android ecosystem here because it’s the easiest to talk about. It matters.

Android, like every other computing platform, exists and prospers because of the companies and people building applications that run on the platform. When developers stop spending time and resources to make third-party apps, even the best platform can die off. We’ve seen this happen with Windows on mobile. Most anyone who has used a Windows phone will tell you it was a great product or at least a great starting point for something bigger. Because developers weren’t there, sales never took off and Microsoft has had to halt the platform while they reimagine it. When it returns, the same thing might happen if the apps people want and need aren’t available.

Developers want as many people as possible using their app.

For Google — which is Android’s caretaker — phones not running the newest version that can take advantage of the newest features is not an ideal situation. Developers build apps that appeal to the largest number of users, and an app that only 3% of the total user base can use isn’t it. Developers can either target the version with the most users, work to provide multiple copies of their apps or build apps in a way to work on both the new and the old, or go for that 3% of users with the new version. We all know what happens, and new apps launch without new Android feature support and don’t get updated to use them until there are enough users to justify it (if they get updated at all).

Compare this to iOS, where thousands of apps are ready the minute a new version is released and the rest soon follow. Google could force developers to update within a certain period, but that would drive developers away because phones just aren’t running the latest version. And by not forcing them to do it, developers just aren’t. It’s a catch-22 and there is no way to fix it, other than getting the companies who build phones to ship with the latest version as well as update older models on – Source

Samsung patents bezel-less design with a cutout for the selfie camera

The full screen design craze has gotten to the point where displays have covered all the blank bezels and are now pushing up against functional elements like the front camera. That’s the case for the Essential phone, the upcoming iPhone 8 and – going by this patent – the future Galaxy S and Note devices.

The patent drawings show the display coming right up to the edge of the phone with a small cutout to leave room for the front camera, earpiece and assorted sensors. The cutout doesn’t seems as extreme as Essential’s or even the iPhone’s.

Samsung patent drawings showing a cutout…

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UK universities increasingly targeted by cyber criminals

Cyber attacks are turning their attention to UK universities, with research being the main prize – Source

Turns out the Chevy Bolt is a lot of fun to autocross

Jonathan Gitlin

DETROIT, MI—Chevrolet probably deserves more credit than it’s getting for the Bolt electric vehicle. CEO Mary Barra gave her engineers some targets that had to be met, a move that was reminiscent of the diktats given to Bugatti by Ferdinand Piech—except the goals were range and a price ceiling rather than four digits of horsepower and a lunatic top speed. The Bolt met Barra’s demands, and in the process Chevy built a fine car, one that’s actually fun to drive. During the lead-up to and first months since the car’s arrival, Chevy had been more interested in talking about the Bolt’s range or the efficiency of its electric motor. But that changed when we got word that it was planning a more performance-focused event: would we be interested in autocrossing the Bolt? (Obviously, we were.)

The setup

I’m a complete novice to autocrossing, so I won’t attempt to explain it in too much depth. A course is laid out upon a suitably sized piece of tarmac: tight and demanding turns mapped out in little orange cones. Any straights are short enough to keep top speeds low, but the throttle is still pinned to the floor as often as possible. Your time starts when you pass the first timing light and finishes when you reach the second.

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Plex for Kodi is now free for everyone

If you’re all about a customized media center then you’ll be familiar with Plex or Kodi, but getting the best of both services meant having a Plex Plus subscription. Until now, that is, as Plex has quietly made its Kodi add-on free to everyone. Now y… – Source

Thailand’s Event Pop raises $2M to expand its ticketing service in Southeast Asia

Event Pop, a two-year-old digital ticketing startup from Thailand, has raised a Series A round of over $2 million to expand its product and move into new markets. The round was led by Thai investors InVent, a subsidiary of the parent of operator AIS, and Kasikorn Bank’s $30 million Beacon fund. Event Pop had previously raised $500,000. One of its backers is millionaire… Read More

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NI legal system plans ‘aim for paperless courts’

The way courts deal with family disputes could be radically transformed under new proposals. – Source

Meet the Xiaomi Mi A1: an affordable mid-ranger with stock Android and fancy dual camera

A few days ago, we reported that Xiaomi is planning to announce an entirely new lineup of phones on September 5. Based on the teasers released at the time, our guess was that the Chinese manufacturer planned to introduce the next Android One phone, a fruit of its collaboration with Google.
This has indeed happened, as today, the company unveiled its new Mi A1 model during an event in New Delhi, India. At a first glance, Xiaomi seems to have made the A1 specifically for this particular South Asian market, but the phone maker actually plans to introduce … – Source

Porn images shown on town sign

An investigation is looking into how the images came to be displayed on the sign in Shropshire. – Source

Jaguar Land Rover reveals a steering wheel right out of Tron – Roadshow

Talk about a multi-functional steering wheel, this futuristic version has so much more than volume control buttons. – Source

Accenture to deliver video-enabled justice to Sussex Police

Sussex Police aim to save time and increase flexibility by providing video live links for witnesses to give evidence in court – Source

Europe rules employers must inform staff of email snooping

A landmark privacy judgement by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) could impact the scope of email monitoring in the workplace. The Strasbourg-based court ruled on Tuesday that employers must inform staff if they are spying on their work email… – Source

Save big with Amazon’s one-day storage and networking sale

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with another one-day sale from Amazon you won’t want to miss.

If you’re looking for some new networking or storage gear for your home or office, you won’t want to miss this one-day sale from Amazon. Whether you are looking for some additional storage for your smartphone or camera, or need a new router to increase your Wi-Fi speeds or range, you won’t want to miss out on these great deals.


32GB SanDisk microSD card – $11.99 (Was $14.99)
64GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive – $15.19 (Was $18.99)
128GB Samsung USB-C Flash Drive – $42.99 (Was $54.99)
2TB Seagate 3.5-inch HDD – $94.77 (Was $139.99)
4TB WD Elements Desktop Hard Drive – $99.99 (Was $129.45)

ASUS RT-ACRH13 Gigabit Router – $49.99 (Was $69.99)
D-Link AC1900 MU-MIMO Router – $83.99 (Was $119.99)
D-Link Wi-Fi Range Extender – $96.99 (Was $129.99)
TP-Link 8-port Gigabit Ethernet Switch – $39.99 (Was $54.99)
Netgear ReadyNAS 2-Bay NAS – $191.20 (Was $239.99)

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Attention mini-ITX PC builders: Gigabyte has the world’s smallest Nvidia GTX 1080

Bigger has typically meant better when it comes to graphics cards. But as the success of products like AMD’s R9 Nano or Asus’ Nvidia GTX 970 Mini have shown, there’s a growing demand for powerful graphics cards that don’t require a oversized tower to house them. Until recently, the most powerful card in the smallest package was the Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Mini, which measures 211mm in length.

Gigabyte has gone one better with the release of the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Mini ITX 8G, which measures just 169mm in length. That’s a perfect match for mini-ITX motherboards, which tops out at around 170mm in width. Many of the new breed of ITX cases, which includes the popular NFC S4 Mini, shrink the total size of the case to console-like dimensions by limiting the length of graphics cards to the length of the motherboard. While Zotac’s GTX 1080 Mini will technically fit in such cases with modification, the Gigabyte GTX 1080 Mini simply slots in place.

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London is now awash with bike-sharing schemes

How many bike-sharing schemes does London need exactly? Well, at least five if you ask the companies behind such services. Today, Ofo comes to the capital, following a limited trial in Cambridge that began earlier this year and a launch in Oxford las… – Source

Gionee is announcing the M7 Power with FullView display on September 28

Yesterday we told you about a Gionee phone with an edge-to-edge display that is bound to arrive soon. Today the Chinese company released four more teasers of the phone, along with the name Gionee M7 Power.

The images reveal the phone that will arrive with practically no bezels on the side and minuscule ones on top and bottom of the front panel, leaving no room for a front-placed home button or fingerprint scanner.

A Gionee phone with unusual 18:9 aspect ratio appeared on GFXBench, and that might be the Gionee M7 Power.

The listing might also be a regular Gionee M7 like…

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Google is hiring AI talent from China even though it’s still blocked in the country

Google’s core search service has been blocked in China for over seven years, but that isn’t stopping the internet giant from snapping up artificial intelligence and machine learning talent from the country. AI is tipped to become pivotal to the future of tech, with high-profile figures such as former Google China lead Kaifu Lee betting big on its potential to… Read More

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