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Where and why venture capitalists invest close to home

Public market investors have the luxury of being able to make, invest and move their money anywhere they’d like. But the same isn’t true for startup investors, who, if conventional wisdom is to be believed, tend to invest relatively close to home. Read More

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Duolingo finally adds Mandarin to its list of supported languages

Duolingo is one of the most popular language learning apps in the world, providing free access to tons of language courses with an engaging “gamified” experience. It’s already brilliant, featuring on our best language apps list, but it had until now been lacking the world’s most prevalent language: Mandarin.

This was added to the Duolingo app yesterday, following the introduction of a couple of other Asian languages earlier this year (Duolingo received support for Japanese in May and Korean in September). Those who’ve used Duolingo previously should be right at home with the format of the new course; however, because Mandarin uses a logographic writing system, it will be a greater challenge to pick up at first (by comparison to languages which make use of the English alphabet).

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Logograms represent words or ideas rather than sounds, so, whereas you could see the French word “bonjour” and have an idea of how to pronounce it English, you can’t see 你好 in Mandarin and know you’re supposed to say “ni hao.”

This is a natural part of what makes going from English to Mandarin hard (and that’s not to mention difficulties presented by the tone-based nature of Mandarin when it’s spoken) and it’s a difficult thing for language apps to work around. Nevertheless, if you’re interested in learning Mandarin on Duolingo, don’t expect it to progress at the same pace as other languages you might have tried learning with the app.

To download the free Duolingo app, visit Google Play at the link below.

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Kim Kardashian downs sardine smoothie to avoid pregnancy question

Kim Kardashian will happily rank her sisters in order of best-to-worst dressed or answer a question about Kanye West’s most annoying habit (apparently he constantly falls asleep), but there’s one thing she won’t do: confirm any details about her sisters’ pregnancy rumours.

In fact, she’d rather drink a sardine smoothie.

SEE ALSO: Kim Kardashian accidentally konfirms she’s expecting a baby girl on ‘Ellen’

Kim K downed the impressively gross-looking drink during a game of James Corden’s “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts,” only to immediately spit the thing into a bucket moments later.

Still, she got revenge on Corden later on with a cow’s tongue. …

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How the Pixel 2 XL, Note 8, and iPhone 8 Plus stack up to each other

A comparison of three of 2017’s best.

Each and every year there are certain handsets that stick out above the rest. There were quite a few devices this year that managed to do just that, and three of them are the Pixel 2 XL, Galaxy Note 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. All three of these offer some of the best experiences you can find on a smartphone in 2017, and one of our forum users decided to see how each one compared to one another.

As you’d expect, this got quite a lot of people talking and chiming in with their own thoughts on the comparison. Here’s what some of you had to say.

11-14-2017 12:40 PM

I currently have in my lineup, iPhone 8+, Note8, and the pixel 2xl. Each of them had their time to be top dog. This weekend I tried the iPhone 8+ again. It failed to dislodge the pixel as top dog… Not even close. I just turned the Note8 back on…. We’ll see what happens….


11-14-2017 12:46 PM

I absolutely love my Pixel 2 XL. That phone will be a keeper for me. With that being said, I’m looking to get the Note 8 as well. Waiting for Black Friday.


Ken in CA
11-14-2017 01:02 PM

I have both the N8 and 2XL. I really like my 2XL except for a minor blue tooth issue with my podcasts / music as it won’t display artwork or artist on my 2017 Prius Prime. Also in my workspace, I get reception with my N8 (1 bar) and zero reception with my 2XL.

I’m interested to see how your evaluation pans out.


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Creative dude creates action movie proposal video, screens it during the trailers at the cinema

Watching the trailers is one of the best things about going to the cinema. And, one cinema-goer at a cinema in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, got even more of a treat than she bargained for.

Louise Treen was at her local Vue cinema getting ready to watch Paddington 2 when a trailer her boyfriend Damian Paul made began screening during the trailers.

“They’ve gone on many adventures,” the video began, as it showed footage and photos from their travels together. “This will be their biggest one yet,” the video continued.

“Louise Victoria Treen, will you marry me?” the video asked.

Seemingly, Paul convinced cinema staff to air his homemade trailer prior to the screening of the film. …

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Rapper Lil Peep has died aged 21

Lil Peep, a rising young star of the rap-emo scene, has died aged 21, his publicist told Pitchfork and The Guardian.

SEE ALSO: Eminem wins copyright case against New Zealand’s National Party for copying ‘Lose Yourself’

The cause of the death is still unknown but music manager Adam Grandmaison told The Guardian the artist had been taken to hospital after an overdose.

Lil Peep, who grew up in Long Beach, New York, and whose real name was Gustav Åhr, released his debut album “Come Over When You’re Sober (Part One)” in August this year after earning a cult following for a series of short mixtapes in which he opened up about his drug use and mental health issues. …

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Apple: yeah, the iPhone 8 could do Animoji, but they would be lousy Animoji

Apple has responded to the tempest in a teapot that resulted when the TrueDepth camera was covered in a review, and Animoji still worked, by saying that, yeah, it would somehow work, but the experience won’t be the full quality its developers strive for.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, it turns out, which also have the A11 Bionic processor and ARKit support, could have in theory been enabled for Animoji, but the resulting facial expression tracking would be nowhere near the level achieved with the depth mapping available on the iPhone X. That is why Apple isn’t … – Source

Actions on Google open new languages (CA, IN, BR, IT, ES), better discovery, and more interactions for Assistant apps

Google Developers is rolling out a huge update to Actions on Google, the backbone through which developers can create those Assistant apps and integrations that are still a little hidden but can be very useful if you interact with your Home or phone a lot through voice. Both developers and users stand to benefit from these changes as there are a lot of improvements that will add up quickly for a better experience.

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We just sent a message to aliens who could respond by 2042 – CNET

A complex message designed for aliens on a planet 12 light-years away has started its journey into space. – Source

FDA approves an electrical device to help ease opioid withdrawal

Amid an epidemic of opioid addiction, doctors are looking for ways to help people wean themselves off of the drugs, but withdrawal symptoms are a major hurdle. Innovative Health Solutions says its NSS-2 Bridge is a “percutaneous nerve field stimulato… – Source

Kaspersky defends its role in NSA breach

The Russian anti-virus company explains why it copied files off a PC used by a cyber-spy contractor. – Source

Twitter’s tweetstorm feature starts showing up in the Android app

When 280 characters aren’t enough…

Back in September, a developer discovered a hidden feature in Android’s Twitter app that would allow you to type out several tweets and queue them to send one by one, making it easier for anyone to launch a “tweetstorm” without having to type and send each tweet individually. Back then, the feature wasn’t activated yet, but it now appears to be going live for some users.

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Hitlist lands on Android to help you find bargain travel deals

Hitlist, an app that serves up bargain-priced flights and travels deals, has finally winged its way to Android after years on iOS and the web. The service is simple: you tell it where you live and it will sort through millions of deals from travel partners to find you discounted flights to nearby destinations that you can go ahead and book from your phone. A more sophisticated feature inside… Read More

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Inboard Technology raises $8 million to be the Tesla of electric skateboards

If you’re a company working on an electric skateboard that’s already raised nearly $500,000 on Kickstarter and slayed the Shark Tank sharks what do you do for an encore?
The answer, at least for Inboard Technology, is to go out and raise $8 million in a new round of venture funding to become the Tesla of skateboards. Read More

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The Morning After: Thursday, November 16th 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

It will be a busy Thursday for Elon Musk, as this evening SpaceX sends a “secret” payload skyward, and we’re expecting to see Tesla’s electric semi-truck. For everyone else, well, there’s a new look for Google M… – Source

Best Small Android Phone

Best overall
Best alternative
Best for camera buffs
Best on a budget
Best tiny

Best Overall

Google Pixel 2

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For two years, the Pixel has been the quintessential Google phone, and the HTC-made Pixel 2 is our top recommendation for shoppers in need of a small phone.

The Pixel 2 wields the same Snapdragon 835 processor as almost every other 2017 flagship, but sits in a class of its own when it comes to performance. It’s comfortable to hold thanks to a relatively small 5″ 1080p display, and features front-facing speakers, water resistance, and one of the best cameras on the market. Despite a seemingly small 2700 mAh battery, it even manages impressive battery life.

Bottom line: For the Google purist in search of a small phone, the Pixel 2 is the pretty much the complete package.

One more thing: The Pixel 2 lacks a headphone jack and wireless charging, though it does include a USB-C audio dongle in the box.

Why the Google Pixel 2 is the best

It’s Kinda Just Clearly the best Android phone money can buy.

There’s no better way to experience Android the way Google intends it than with a Pixel phone. The Pixel 2 dispells the notion that small phones can’t offer a flagship experience, with the same specsheet and performance as the larger Pixel 2 XL — without its various known issues.

The Pixel 2 is the first Google-branded phone with IP67 water resistance, and the first to offer front-facing speakers since the Nexus 6P. It also takes some of the best photos we’ve ever seen from a phone with its 12.2 MP primary camera, and the front-facing camera can capture great-looking selfies, even offering Portrait Mode by making use of machine learning. Google also sweetens the deal by including free unlimited backups on Google Photos for Pixel 2 owners.

You can buy the Pixel 2 in one of three attractive colors (Kinda Blue, Just Black, and Clearly White), and two storage options (64GB or 128GB), though there’s no microSD expandability so choose wisely.

Best for camera buffs

Huawei P10

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Not feeling what Samsung and Google have to offer? Try the Huawei P10 instead. This 5.1-inch device comes packed with a whole host of goodies, including 64GB of storage, Android 7.0, and a dual camera that’s made in partnership with Leica. The P10 also boasts Portrait Mode, which works a lot like what you see produced by your friends who utilize it on the iPhone X, and it’s equipped with optical image stabilization, too. All this runs on Huawei’s own Kirin 960 processor and 3200mAh of all-day battery.

Bottom-line: The Huawei P10 is a worthy choice if a good camera and all-day battery life are you main concern.

One more thing: The Huawei P10 will only work with GSM carriers. Verizon and Sprint are not compatible with this phone.

Best affordable phone

Moto G5 Plus

OnePlus 5T: Watch the unveiling live with us – CNET

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Prince William says online anonymity is ‘really, really dangerous’ in deeply moving video

Prince William has unveiled a “national action plan” to tackle cyberbullying in a powerfully moving video. In the video, Prince William described online anonymity as “really, really dangerous” after talking to two campaigners whose lives have been impacted by online bullying.

The Duke of Cambridge spoke to Lucy Alexander, whose son Felix died by suicide after experiencing cyberbullying, and Chloe Hine, a suicide attempt survivor who endured cyberbullying—both of whom have helped the prince develop the action plan.

“The human tragedy of what we’re talking about here isn’t just about companies,” said the prince. “It’s actually real lives that get affected.” …

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McLaren to unveil three-seat BP23 hypercar on Dec. 10 – Roadshow

You won’t be able to buy one because they’re all sold out. But it’ll still be neat to look at. – Source

Hollywood strikes back against illegal streaming Kodi addons

An anti-piracy alliance supported by many major US and UK movie studios, broadcasters and content providers has dealt a blow to the third-party Kodi addon scene after it successfully forced a number of popular piracy-linked streaming tools offline. I… – Source

Vivo V7 launched with 24 MP camera and bezel-less display

Vivo has announced the Vivo V7 in China. This is virtually the same device as the recently launched Vivo V7 Plus, with only a couple of features separating the V7 from its larger sibling. However, it’s coming with a smaller price tag.

The V7 houses a 5.7-inch HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) IPS LCD display with 18:9 format and 83.6% display-to-body ratio. This arrives in addition to a 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 450 chip — a 14 nm mobile platform new in 2017 — 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage space (with microSD card support).

On the rear, you’ll find a 16 MP camera with f/2.0 aperture and LED flash, while at the front comes a 24 MP camera. This features VivoFace Access technology (also seen on V7 Plus) for unlocking the device, as well as Smart Beauty 7.0, which “brightens up selfies and creates a more even complexion,” according to Vivo.

The V7 is powered by a 3,000 mAh battery, has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box with Vivo’s Funtouch 3.2 UI on top.

Editor’s PickVivo launches V7+ with 24MP front camera in India

In a press event in Mumbai, Vivo launched its new selfie-focused smartphone, the Vivo V7+, in India. The V7+ packs in a 24-megapixel front camera, and is the first Snapdragon 450 smartphone to launch in …

The V7 Plus, meanwhile, differs in that it comes with a 6-inch display, 64 GB of internal storage space, and a 3,225 mAh battery. As mentioned previously, though, that device costs the equivalent of around $350, while Vivo says the V7 will come in at “around $300.”

The device is going on sale in Indonesia today in Black and Gold but it’s expected to be released in “global markets” in future.

What are your thoughts on the Vivo V7? Let us know in the comments.

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Far-right personalities around the world are feeling the impact of Twitter’s new verification policy

Twitter has changed its verified profiles policy, saying it will strip the blue checkmark from accounts that don’t follow the new guidelines.

SEE ALSO: Twitter is removing verification checkmarks from accounts that break its rules

And its impact is now being felt among far-right personalities in the U.S. and UK.

Tommy Robinson, prominent British rightwing personality and founder of the English Defence League (EDL), said on Twitter he had his blue badge removed and commented: “& so it begins.”

& so it begins

— Tommy Robinson 🇬🇧 (@TRobinsonNewEra) …

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Tencent reportedly invests $150M in cinema ticketing startup Maoyan

Tencent announced another impressive quarter of financials yesterday, but the Chinese internet giant — which is creeping towards a $500 billion market cap — made other financial moves this week. Reuters reported that the firm invested $150 million Chinese cinema ticketing startup Maoyan, which was created from a merger between dominant players Maoyan and Tencent-backed Weiying… Read More

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Welsh fintech firms face skilled staff battle

Hi-tech firms in south Wales face recruitment challenges in hiring the best staff, an expert warns. – Source

Hyundai will bring assisted highway driving to US in 2019 – Roadshow

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[你好] Duolingo adds Chinese (Mandarin) to its list of languages

You don’t have to be a genius to work out that China is going to be an increasingly significant nation in the coming years, culturally and economically. More than one billion people already speak Chinese, and that’s sure to continue rising. It’s been one of the most requested languages over at Duolingo, which is ready to launch Mandarin Chinese in its mobile apps and on the web.

It’s a notoriously difficult language for native English speakers to learn, so a lot of thought has gone into how to make the basics easier to pick up for Duolingo users.

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Cash Converters reveals customer data breach

The High Street pawnbroker warns customers passwords and delivery addresses were exposed. – Source

Another day, another Google Pixel 2 problem: Many users can’t unlock the bootloaders

It seems that yet another new issue is her to mar the quality control regarding Google’s newest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL stock Android champs.
It would seem that a number of Google Pixel 2 units purchased straight from the Play Store and not some shady reseller are arriving with bootloaders that can’t be unlocked. As you might imagine, the issue first popped up on XDA’s developer-centric forums, where multiple users bemoaned that they are unable to unlock the bootlaoders of their new devices though they are supposed to be able to do that by default, … – Source

Colin Farrell’s childhood crush story is hilariously strange

Many young boys and girls have posters of a celebrity crush up on their bedroom walls.

It’s pretty normal, right?

Leaving notes and candy in the hope your crush — who also happens to have been dead for 40 years — will come and collect it, though — that’s slightly less normal.

SEE ALSO: Colin Farrell talks about getting awkwardly mistaken for Colin Firth at the gym

In the clip above from Jimmy Kimmel Live, Colin Farrell tells the story of the crush he had on Marilyn Monroe when he was younger.

Okay, so he may have left her Smarties and then got offended when she didn’t visit him, but cut him a bit of slack — he was only 7 or 8 at the time, after all. …

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Jordan Peele jokes about ‘Get Out’ being categorized as a comedy

Get Out being submitted as a comedy for the Golden Globe Awards has raised a few eyebrows, and here to joke about it is Jordan Peele.

SEE ALSO: Jordan Peele snuck into a class about his own movie and we’re wildly jealous

Peele was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night, and Colbert asked him about his debut film Get Out’s categorisation. Peele was quick with his answer: “I submitted it as a documentary.”

“The thing that resonated to people was truth,” said Peele, “for me it’s more of a historical biopic.”

So the submission of Get Out as a comedy remains a mystery, and Peele remains a genre-defying genius. …

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