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James Talbot 2018-05-02
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Today, on May 2, Nubia announced its newly launched Z18 mini will be reopened for purchase tomorrow on May 3.

As you remember, the 6+64GB of the Nubia Z18 mini is available for 1799 yuan ($282), while the 6+128GB variant costs 2099 yuan ($330).

There is also the Provence version that can be yours for 2199 yuan ($345).

But it was sold out and today the company announced the second bunch will be available for purchase tomorrow.

The Z18 mini is an amazing smartphone with myriads of selling points.

It is packed with a 5.7-inch screen that comes with an 18:9 aspect ratio, a resolution of 2160 × 1080 pixels, 450nit brightness, 1500:1 ratio, 428PPI pixel density, 2.5D arc glass, 180 degrees of viewing angle, and In-Cell technology.

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Matthew Hansen 2018-05-16
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Tactical shooting game Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege will be free on all the platforms it supports this upcoming weekend.

The game was first launched on December 1, 2015, ultimately enjoying solid ratings from critics and players.

It’s not unusual to see these games offered for free occasionally once used prices drop substantially, and that’s what is happening starting tomorrow.

The game will be available for free for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the PC.

Console owners can grab it starting on May 17 from the PlayStation Store / Xbox Store.

You can find the download there now, but you won’t be able to play for free until Thursday when the “free weekend” starts.

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Anthony Breedlove 2018-05-02
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We might talk in universal terms about ‘being on your period’, but every single girl experiences their period in different ways.

There will be girls who will hardly notice their period is happening, some who experience debilitating cramps, others who feel depressed and down in the weeks before, and those who will have to use two lots of period products to cope with a heavy flow.

What’s crucial is that those menstruating know what a ‘healthy’ period looks like and feel comfortable enough to seek advice from health professionals if something doesn’t seem right.

A survey by Plan International UK found that 79 per cent of girls and young women in the UK aged between 14-21 years old have been concerned about menstrual symptoms but haven’t seen a medical professional.

So why aren’t girls seeking help for symptoms they’re worried about?

Looking further into the figures, we find that 27 per cent of girls are too embarrassed to talk to their doctor about their period, with eight per cent being put off because there was only a male GP available to the time.

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Mark Moore 2018-05-10
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For many of us, arriving home from work involves popping something easy in the oven and seeing what’s on TV.

Whether due to lack of funding for women in their field, or across their sport in general, working a part or full-time job on the side is not unusual for elite female athletes.

Despite being on the England Roses netball squad that recently won gold at the Commonwealth Games, Rachel Dunn has no option but to fit her 16 hours of training per week around a full-time job as a genetic technologist working in a NHS laboratory.

She jokes: “The bills also have to be paid and I need to fund my holidays!”

“I have been balancing elite sport with working for a number of years now so have got used to feeling like I am on a constant treadmill that I hop off for sleep,” she says.

“I do not currently get paid at any level and a lot of people I tell that find it hard to believe.

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Paul Williams 2018-05-25
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You need to get a message out to a lot of people—the baby’s here, bring your own beer, that sort of thing—but you don’t want to drag dozens of contacts into a spammy, reply-all messaging nightmare at the same time.

Pick your recipients, type your message, and you’re done—the message appears like a normal message in your regular conversation windows, and subsequent replies are kept private.

The initial broadcast appears as a separate entry in your chat list, but the same message is duplicated in all the individual threads you’ve already got going with these contacts too.

There is one caveat: You can only broadcast messages to people who have your number saved in their phone’s address book, otherwise they won’t be received.

Tapping on the new message icon (bottom right) and then picking New group is the option you want to avoid, assuming you don’t want to kick off a thread where everyone can see what everyone else is saying.

Sending messages from an iPhone

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Adam Amie 2018-04-30

To paraphrase a saying popularized by countless dorm room stoners: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you use the hype around decentralized crypto economies to sell bacon.” The latest example of this age-old adage comes to us from Oscar Meyer and involves their exciting new cryp-faux-currency, Bacoin.

The currency can be redeemed for bacon and you “mine” it by sharing the good news of bacoin with your friends.

Instead of taking up massive amounts of electricity, the production of the final store of value – pig parts – requires only a massive agricultural system dedicated to the wholesale destruction of mammals that are as smart as dogs and, in the right context, quite cute.

The end product, bacon, is considered by many to be far more interesting than anything Vitalik created.

In short, it’s a win-win.

From the rules and regulations:

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Michael Smith 2018-04-15
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Released in late February, Moss is one of this year’s first great VR games and already a strong contender for the best PSVR title released in 2018.

Naturally, we’re eager to see more, and it looks like developer Polyarc is working on just that.

In a recent PlayStation Blog post detailing the making of the third-person adventure the team’s Rick Lico teased a possible follow-up to the game.

As fans will know, completing the adventure will earn you a Trophy named ‘A Promising Beginning’, the description for which labels the game as ‘the first book of Moss’.

That certainly suggests more is on the way and, when asked about this, Lico didn’t hold back.

“Like any small, indy startup, we have a bigger plan we’d like to accomplish,” the developer explained.

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Alberto Mcgovern 2018-05-14
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Customer data is rapidly becoming the dominant currency of the modern marketplace.

Recent IAB research credits first-party data as the driver for “all significant functions of the enterprise, including product development, customer value analysis and pricing.” It’s impossible to achieve the critical goals the market now demands—empathy, fluid conversation across touch points, personalization—without nimble, proficient command of customer data.

Lack of access to first-party data has weakened their ability to use data strategically to drive business outcomes.

Whose data is it anyway?

In today’s digital world, data is the source of performance advantage.

Specifically, first-party data, which is defined as the information that a brand or company collects about its customers through increasingly digital interactions.

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Jonathan Godbey 2018-05-14
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A blink might only last around 0.3 to 0.4 seconds, but that’s still enough time for you to miss information, hence the phrase “blink and you’ll miss it.” Researchers from Germany’s University of the Arts Bremen have come up with a device to help solve that problem — and it’s either the best or weirdest wearable we’ve heard about in ages.

(Probably a bit of both, to be honest!)

Called “Augenblick” (German for “blink of an eye”), the wearable device records every frame of footage that’s missed when a person momentarily closes his or her eyes.

To do this, it measures muscle activity around the eye by way of an electromyography sensor attached to the temple.

This is used to detect miniscule electrical changes under the skin and translate that into a detectable signal.

Meanwhile, a camera records the point of view of the wearer.

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John Salmi 2018-04-23

The constant twiddling of thumbs, anxious glances at my watch, the nagging feeling that I could be somewhere else, doing ANYTHING else.

Out of focus photos of some beach in Portugal, Edinburgh Castle obscured by a thumb over the lens or even (horror of horrors) the inevitable argument between our neighbours over the forgotten names of (lobster-like) holiday acquaintances gathered around a wonky taverna table somewhere.

It’s a building society.” “I’m pretty sure it was a bank…” “Because you never listen Harold.”

Nobody, and I really mean NOBODY is interested in other people’s holiday snaps.

They are the photographic equivalent of watching Songs Of Praise at your nan’s house or uncomfortable chats with taxi drivers – something to be endured and got over with, as quickly as is humanly possible.

We all love our own offspring, we find what they do absolutely fascinating.

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Cedric Sams 2018-05-11
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The consultative sales approach is the best way to communicate those priceless intangibles.

A windstorm hit his neighborhood hard overnight, and a tree slammed down, blocking the road he usually takes.

Taking that into account, we should think about sales as a way to relieve someone’s stress, or alleviate work-related pain.

Avoid the following four mistakes and your consultative sales approach will be undeniably powerful.

If you thought you were done with homework once you graduated from school… think again.

Rather than assume, treat every prospect like a potential SQL.

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Edward Hickey 2018-05-30
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This isn’t the first time anyone’s tried to use VR for a live event – but it might be the most important.

This week the folks at Oculus revealed their intent to bring LIVE events to the Oculus Go and Gear VR.

No word yet on if this bit of functionality will come to the most powerful of the bunch: Oculus Rift.

In the video you’re about to see, you’re gonna see what’s up.

This is how VR goes mainstream… right?

It’s certainly the latest way in which Oculus is attempting to bring VR mainstream, of that you can be sure.

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Thomas Crain 2018-05-15
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WalktheChat specializes in helping foreign organizations access the Chinese market through WeChat, the largest social network on the mainland.

WeChat contributed the employment of 20.3 million persons in 2017, more than twice the 2014 figure

The number of stores accepting WeChat Payment in Japan was multiplied by 35 in 2017

And much more… read on!

WeChat-driven consumption in traditional sectors of the economy has also been rising exponentially, rising 22.2% in 2017 to 333.9 billion RMB.

This partly includes bloggers and entrepreneurs who started companies via WeChat Official Accounts, many of which later become million-dollar brands.

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Edward Hudson 2018-05-08
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Google News is one of Alphabet’s oldest and most instantly recognizable products.

It was built shortly after the 9/11 attacks in New York by a Google engineer as a 20-percent project, in an attempt to better understand the terrorist atrocity that struck the US.

Millions head to Google News in order to learn about current events, and to see what’s happening in their community.

Without thinking about it, Google has created journalism’s biggest gatekeeper.

With that in mind, Mountain View has thought about how Google News can be improved, and has made some pretty drastic (but welcome) adjustments.

Google News now uses AI (along with the vast quantities of behavioral and search data it owns on us all) to show us more relevant content.

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William Labounty 2018-04-24
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In the company’s own words, “Kodi is the ultimate entertainment centre.” It’s probably a fair description if you put that in the context of a media player.

There are some pleasing features, such as the ability to use metadata to organize your music and videos.

Posters, fan art, trailers, and video extras can be imported to supplement your movie collection, too.

Everything about the display and menu system is highly customizable.

At the most basic level you could just end up using Kodi as nothing more than a file browser on your device, but it’s capable of so much more.

You can also watch and record live TV using Kodi.

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Clifford Ketcham 2018-05-07
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Photo by Amelia Krales / The Verge

Microsoft has been known as the Windows company for years, but that’s changing.

As the company embraces a world beyond Windows, Microsoft is increasingly focusing its efforts on businesses rather than consumers.

The software maker has been reshaping itself recently, and embracing rival technologies in the process.

Slowly but surely, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has made cloud, AI, Mixed Reality, and quantum computing his priorities for Microsoft’s future, moving the company away from the concept of Windows being at the center of everything it does.

It’s not clear what will replace Windows as Microsoft’s main priority, but this week’s Build developer conference will give us a clearer sense of what really matters to the company.

collect
0
James Talbot 2018-05-02
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Today, on May 2, Nubia announced its newly launched Z18 mini will be reopened for purchase tomorrow on May 3.

As you remember, the 6+64GB of the Nubia Z18 mini is available for 1799 yuan ($282), while the 6+128GB variant costs 2099 yuan ($330).

There is also the Provence version that can be yours for 2199 yuan ($345).

But it was sold out and today the company announced the second bunch will be available for purchase tomorrow.

The Z18 mini is an amazing smartphone with myriads of selling points.

It is packed with a 5.7-inch screen that comes with an 18:9 aspect ratio, a resolution of 2160 × 1080 pixels, 450nit brightness, 1500:1 ratio, 428PPI pixel density, 2.5D arc glass, 180 degrees of viewing angle, and In-Cell technology.

Anthony Breedlove 2018-05-02
img

We might talk in universal terms about ‘being on your period’, but every single girl experiences their period in different ways.

There will be girls who will hardly notice their period is happening, some who experience debilitating cramps, others who feel depressed and down in the weeks before, and those who will have to use two lots of period products to cope with a heavy flow.

What’s crucial is that those menstruating know what a ‘healthy’ period looks like and feel comfortable enough to seek advice from health professionals if something doesn’t seem right.

A survey by Plan International UK found that 79 per cent of girls and young women in the UK aged between 14-21 years old have been concerned about menstrual symptoms but haven’t seen a medical professional.

So why aren’t girls seeking help for symptoms they’re worried about?

Looking further into the figures, we find that 27 per cent of girls are too embarrassed to talk to their doctor about their period, with eight per cent being put off because there was only a male GP available to the time.

Paul Williams 2018-05-25
img

You need to get a message out to a lot of people—the baby’s here, bring your own beer, that sort of thing—but you don’t want to drag dozens of contacts into a spammy, reply-all messaging nightmare at the same time.

Pick your recipients, type your message, and you’re done—the message appears like a normal message in your regular conversation windows, and subsequent replies are kept private.

The initial broadcast appears as a separate entry in your chat list, but the same message is duplicated in all the individual threads you’ve already got going with these contacts too.

There is one caveat: You can only broadcast messages to people who have your number saved in their phone’s address book, otherwise they won’t be received.

Tapping on the new message icon (bottom right) and then picking New group is the option you want to avoid, assuming you don’t want to kick off a thread where everyone can see what everyone else is saying.

Sending messages from an iPhone

Michael Smith 2018-04-15
img

Released in late February, Moss is one of this year’s first great VR games and already a strong contender for the best PSVR title released in 2018.

Naturally, we’re eager to see more, and it looks like developer Polyarc is working on just that.

In a recent PlayStation Blog post detailing the making of the third-person adventure the team’s Rick Lico teased a possible follow-up to the game.

As fans will know, completing the adventure will earn you a Trophy named ‘A Promising Beginning’, the description for which labels the game as ‘the first book of Moss’.

That certainly suggests more is on the way and, when asked about this, Lico didn’t hold back.

“Like any small, indy startup, we have a bigger plan we’d like to accomplish,” the developer explained.

Jonathan Godbey 2018-05-14
img

A blink might only last around 0.3 to 0.4 seconds, but that’s still enough time for you to miss information, hence the phrase “blink and you’ll miss it.” Researchers from Germany’s University of the Arts Bremen have come up with a device to help solve that problem — and it’s either the best or weirdest wearable we’ve heard about in ages.

(Probably a bit of both, to be honest!)

Called “Augenblick” (German for “blink of an eye”), the wearable device records every frame of footage that’s missed when a person momentarily closes his or her eyes.

To do this, it measures muscle activity around the eye by way of an electromyography sensor attached to the temple.

This is used to detect miniscule electrical changes under the skin and translate that into a detectable signal.

Meanwhile, a camera records the point of view of the wearer.

Cedric Sams 2018-05-11
img

The consultative sales approach is the best way to communicate those priceless intangibles.

A windstorm hit his neighborhood hard overnight, and a tree slammed down, blocking the road he usually takes.

Taking that into account, we should think about sales as a way to relieve someone’s stress, or alleviate work-related pain.

Avoid the following four mistakes and your consultative sales approach will be undeniably powerful.

If you thought you were done with homework once you graduated from school… think again.

Rather than assume, treat every prospect like a potential SQL.

Thomas Crain 2018-05-15
img

WalktheChat specializes in helping foreign organizations access the Chinese market through WeChat, the largest social network on the mainland.

WeChat contributed the employment of 20.3 million persons in 2017, more than twice the 2014 figure

The number of stores accepting WeChat Payment in Japan was multiplied by 35 in 2017

And much more… read on!

WeChat-driven consumption in traditional sectors of the economy has also been rising exponentially, rising 22.2% in 2017 to 333.9 billion RMB.

This partly includes bloggers and entrepreneurs who started companies via WeChat Official Accounts, many of which later become million-dollar brands.

William Labounty 2018-04-24
img

In the company’s own words, “Kodi is the ultimate entertainment centre.” It’s probably a fair description if you put that in the context of a media player.

There are some pleasing features, such as the ability to use metadata to organize your music and videos.

Posters, fan art, trailers, and video extras can be imported to supplement your movie collection, too.

Everything about the display and menu system is highly customizable.

At the most basic level you could just end up using Kodi as nothing more than a file browser on your device, but it’s capable of so much more.

You can also watch and record live TV using Kodi.

Matthew Hansen 2018-05-16
img

Tactical shooting game Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege will be free on all the platforms it supports this upcoming weekend.

The game was first launched on December 1, 2015, ultimately enjoying solid ratings from critics and players.

It’s not unusual to see these games offered for free occasionally once used prices drop substantially, and that’s what is happening starting tomorrow.

The game will be available for free for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the PC.

Console owners can grab it starting on May 17 from the PlayStation Store / Xbox Store.

You can find the download there now, but you won’t be able to play for free until Thursday when the “free weekend” starts.

Mark Moore 2018-05-10
img

For many of us, arriving home from work involves popping something easy in the oven and seeing what’s on TV.

Whether due to lack of funding for women in their field, or across their sport in general, working a part or full-time job on the side is not unusual for elite female athletes.

Despite being on the England Roses netball squad that recently won gold at the Commonwealth Games, Rachel Dunn has no option but to fit her 16 hours of training per week around a full-time job as a genetic technologist working in a NHS laboratory.

She jokes: “The bills also have to be paid and I need to fund my holidays!”

“I have been balancing elite sport with working for a number of years now so have got used to feeling like I am on a constant treadmill that I hop off for sleep,” she says.

“I do not currently get paid at any level and a lot of people I tell that find it hard to believe.

Adam Amie 2018-04-30

To paraphrase a saying popularized by countless dorm room stoners: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you use the hype around decentralized crypto economies to sell bacon.” The latest example of this age-old adage comes to us from Oscar Meyer and involves their exciting new cryp-faux-currency, Bacoin.

The currency can be redeemed for bacon and you “mine” it by sharing the good news of bacoin with your friends.

Instead of taking up massive amounts of electricity, the production of the final store of value – pig parts – requires only a massive agricultural system dedicated to the wholesale destruction of mammals that are as smart as dogs and, in the right context, quite cute.

The end product, bacon, is considered by many to be far more interesting than anything Vitalik created.

In short, it’s a win-win.

From the rules and regulations:

Alberto Mcgovern 2018-05-14
img

Customer data is rapidly becoming the dominant currency of the modern marketplace.

Recent IAB research credits first-party data as the driver for “all significant functions of the enterprise, including product development, customer value analysis and pricing.” It’s impossible to achieve the critical goals the market now demands—empathy, fluid conversation across touch points, personalization—without nimble, proficient command of customer data.

Lack of access to first-party data has weakened their ability to use data strategically to drive business outcomes.

Whose data is it anyway?

In today’s digital world, data is the source of performance advantage.

Specifically, first-party data, which is defined as the information that a brand or company collects about its customers through increasingly digital interactions.

John Salmi 2018-04-23

The constant twiddling of thumbs, anxious glances at my watch, the nagging feeling that I could be somewhere else, doing ANYTHING else.

Out of focus photos of some beach in Portugal, Edinburgh Castle obscured by a thumb over the lens or even (horror of horrors) the inevitable argument between our neighbours over the forgotten names of (lobster-like) holiday acquaintances gathered around a wonky taverna table somewhere.

It’s a building society.” “I’m pretty sure it was a bank…” “Because you never listen Harold.”

Nobody, and I really mean NOBODY is interested in other people’s holiday snaps.

They are the photographic equivalent of watching Songs Of Praise at your nan’s house or uncomfortable chats with taxi drivers – something to be endured and got over with, as quickly as is humanly possible.

We all love our own offspring, we find what they do absolutely fascinating.

Edward Hickey 2018-05-30
img

This isn’t the first time anyone’s tried to use VR for a live event – but it might be the most important.

This week the folks at Oculus revealed their intent to bring LIVE events to the Oculus Go and Gear VR.

No word yet on if this bit of functionality will come to the most powerful of the bunch: Oculus Rift.

In the video you’re about to see, you’re gonna see what’s up.

This is how VR goes mainstream… right?

It’s certainly the latest way in which Oculus is attempting to bring VR mainstream, of that you can be sure.

Edward Hudson 2018-05-08
img

Google News is one of Alphabet’s oldest and most instantly recognizable products.

It was built shortly after the 9/11 attacks in New York by a Google engineer as a 20-percent project, in an attempt to better understand the terrorist atrocity that struck the US.

Millions head to Google News in order to learn about current events, and to see what’s happening in their community.

Without thinking about it, Google has created journalism’s biggest gatekeeper.

With that in mind, Mountain View has thought about how Google News can be improved, and has made some pretty drastic (but welcome) adjustments.

Google News now uses AI (along with the vast quantities of behavioral and search data it owns on us all) to show us more relevant content.

Clifford Ketcham 2018-05-07
img

Photo by Amelia Krales / The Verge

Microsoft has been known as the Windows company for years, but that’s changing.

As the company embraces a world beyond Windows, Microsoft is increasingly focusing its efforts on businesses rather than consumers.

The software maker has been reshaping itself recently, and embracing rival technologies in the process.

Slowly but surely, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has made cloud, AI, Mixed Reality, and quantum computing his priorities for Microsoft’s future, moving the company away from the concept of Windows being at the center of everything it does.

It’s not clear what will replace Windows as Microsoft’s main priority, but this week’s Build developer conference will give us a clearer sense of what really matters to the company.