Hybrid Asian Elephant x Woolly Mammoth to be called – Mammophant

Have you watched the phenomenal 3D movie from 20th Century Fox Animation entitled Ice Age? If you’re familiar with the film, it starred quite a hefty bunch, but the main man of the story is Manny, a mighty woolly Mammoth. The setting is during the pre-historic, where extinct animals exist at its peak. They roamed […]
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Bond is Made to Rule Your Smart Home

Bond isn’t just your run-of-the-mill smart home accessory. It’s actually meant to add some Internet of Things utility to older devices that have no access to the internet. Is that even possible? It can do this by learning the signals from the different remotes and rebroadcasting them when prompted through Alexa or any other smart […]
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Verizon Adds 2 GB Option to Prepaid Plans for $40

Verizon Wireless today announced a new service plan for its prepaid business, offering 2 GB of data for $40 per month. The plan includes unlimited texting and, for customers who make on-time payments, carry-over data from month to month. Customers who exceed the 2 GB limit will see speeds reduced to 128 Kbps for the remainder of the billing period. Verizon also offers a $30 prepaid service plan for feature phones, as well as a 5 GB plan for $50 and a 10 GB plan for $70. The new $40 plan will be available starting Feb. 21.

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread Officially No Longer Supported

Google has put Android 2.3 Gingerbread out to pasture. The update this month follows an announcement Google first made in November regarding Play Services 10.2, which severs backward compatibility with devices running Android 2.3 and older. Google Play Services is the core code behind app compatibility across Android platforms. The Play Services 10.2 update jumps from API level 9 to API level 14. This means Play Services 10.2.0 only supports Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich and up. Gingerbread is nearly six years old and Google says the number of devices impacted by the change is fairly small. Google Play Services is updated automatically across Android devices once every couple of months. The 10.2 update to Play Services introduces a handful of new tools that developers can use to improve their apps. For example, it supports the latest version of Google’s Firebase developer toolset, custom styling within Google Maps, more health data points in Google Fit, and additional behaviors of ID tokens with Smart Lock. Play Services 10.2 also lets developers use some updated and/or new APIs, including the Fence API for geofencing, the Google Sign-in API for authentication, and the Nearby API for ultrasonic audio location. Most Android devices can expect to see Play Services 10.2 installed on their devices shortly, if it hasn’t been already.

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LG's G6 to Carry Dual 13MP Rear Cameras

LG today said its forthcoming G6 flagship smartphone will include two rear-mounted cameras and a single front-facing camera in much the same vein as last year’s V20. The rear cameras will each capture 13 megapixels, says LG, with one taking standard field-of-view shots and the other taking 125-degree, wide-angle shots. LG says users will be able to switch between the two cameras seamlessly with no delay, and the wide-angle lens reduces optical distortion around the outer edges for cleaner pictures. LG said the cameras have equal resolution sensors due to consumer feedback wishing for higher quality images from the secondary camera. LG didn’t specify the resolution of the user-facing camera on front, but did indicate it, too, takes wide-angle pictures with a field of view measuring 100 degrees. Moreover, LG has added a handful of new tools to the user-facing camera for self portraits, including the ability to combine between 2 and 100 images to create GIFs. Other features headed to the G6 camera include an enhanced food mode, and 360-degree panoramas for virtual reality apps captured via the wide-angle camera on the rear. LG has already shared lots of the G6’s features ahead of the phone’s expected Feb. 26 debut.

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Uber To Investigate Sexual Harassment Claim by Engineer

Uber’s chief executive ordered an urgent investigation Monday into a sexual harassment claim made by a female engineer who alleged her prospects at the company evaporated after she complained about advances from her boss.

Travis Kalanick responded on Twitter to an open statement by Susan Fowler Rigetti about her year at the ride-hailing app. In a blog post titled “Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber,” Rigetti says the company’s human resources department ignored her complaints because her boss was a high performer.

“What’s described here is abhorrent & against everything we believe in,” Kalanick tweeted Monday. “Anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired.”

In her blog, Rigetti said she joined Uber as a site reliability engineer in November 2015 in San Francisco. On her first official day with the company, Rigetti says her boss propositioned her in a string of messages on the company chat. As it was “clearly out of line,” she took screen shots of the remarks.

“Upper management told me that he “was a high performer” (i.e. had stellar performance reviews from his superiors) and they wouldn’t feel comfortable punishing him for what was probably just an innocent mistake on his part,” she wrote.

Rigetti, who did not name the manager, left the team. But she said as she tried to progress in the company, she found her way blocked. She alleged sexism was rampant in the company, and that when she pointed that out at a company meeting, she was rebuffed.

In a particularly comical moment, she said the director of engineering ordered leather jackets for the site’s reliability engineers, but later decided it would only give the jackets to male engineers because there were too few women in the company to qualify for a bulk purchase discount.

“The director replied back, saying that…
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Inneractive Mobile Ad Study: Dramatic Rise in Demand for Location Data

Inneractive, an independent global mobile ad exchange, shows that based on an examination of their 2016 mobile ad traffic, they saw a rise of 170% in ad requests containing location data, and a ~20% in eCPM for ad requests that included GPS data for five of their top publishers. This research demonstrates that location-based mobile advertising is fast becoming a competitive differentiator as mobile ad players enjoy the benefits of providing a highly personalized relevant and timely user experience.

Inneractive examined their mobile ad traffic based on over 800 million unique monthly users worldwide and more than 2.5 million ad requests processed every minute to determine the increase in demand for location data. They examined parameters such as bid depth, win bid, clear rate and eCPM for five of their top publishers over the course of a year to measure ad performance.

?EU?Location data delivers a win-win-win situation, with users receiving more relevant ads and advertisers and publishers enjoying higher engagement?EU?, said Roni Anavi-Fass, VP Product at Inneractive. ?EU?The data on our platform shows that ad requests are enriched by GPS information, and location data has a higher value on exchanges.?EU?

Additional Key Findings from Inneractive Platform Traffic:

The number of bid requests in China grew by 33% and eCPM nearly doubled, as the rise in demand has allowed Chinese publishers to raise the prices for their traffic.

There was an increase of 133% in video ad requests which is no surprise, however banner ads are still very popular with their eCPM growing by 81%.

The number of programmatic private deals created between April and December 2016 grew 5x, while revenue from private deals, during the same time period, grew 13x, suggesting not only that this method of selling is being more widely adopted, but also that publishers are shifting more premium…
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Microsoft hike Surface prices and blames Brexit vote

Microsoft hike Surface prices and blames Brexit vote

Following the Brexit vote last year, it appears that Microsoft has jumped on the “Let’s hike the prices in the UK and blame Brexit bandwagon“. It always intrigued me that in the past when we had a strong pound, we had the 1 dollar = 1 pound pricing. Now we have “Well, it’s because of Brexit”.

This all started last July with OnePlus increasing the price Of the OnePlus 3. This was followed by HTC increasing prices in August and Apple in September, and Sonos confirming a 25% increase from Thursday. For more information, check the links above where we previously covered this.

Now Microsoft

Now according to Microsoft’s online store, you can expect to pay at least £150 more for a Surface Book. Not to be outdone, the top of the line Core i7 configuration has risen by a whopping £400. That took the premier product from £2,649 to £3,049. That equates to a 15% price increase. This increase isn’t just for the flagship Surface Book: the Surface Pro 4 price also increases by up to £150, depending on configuration.

Whats your thoughts on this? Is this a legitimate price increase, or a chance to use a political vote to increase prices above what they should be via normal exchange rates?

source: Microsoft

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  • The Orange SPV – An update

    A little update on the Orange SPV story we ran a short while ago. The SPV was from a different era – a phone with a numeric keypad, no touch screen and something called “Microsoft Smartphone” as an OS.

    John Brown got in touch with us because he’d managed to get himself an as-new model but wanted to find the old application unlock file. This would allow more apps to run on his phone and yes, thanks to your help, he’s finally got it.

    He also tells me that he’s managed to get the clip-on camera for the SPV too because, back in 2002, we didn’t really have a camera on a smartphone.

    The Orange SPV   An update

    The camera, as you can see in the shot above, is a pretty large addition. No flash here folks. Don’t forget, this was powered by a Texas Instruments TI OMAP 710 CPU running at a screaming 132MHz with 16MB of RAM (not GB!) and 32MB of storage (again, not GB!). It also had a 176×220 pixel screen and the phone was over 2cm thick!

    The Orange SPV   An update

    Above and below you can see the camera plugged in. It faces backwards and the camera is about as big as the keypad. On the lower shot you’ll notice that it doesn’t quite “gel” with the rear design of the phone, but hey, it was a camera at least. You’d also have to remember to carry the thing around with you if you ever wanted to snap a photo.

    The Orange SPV   An update

    For connectivity, you’d get the dizzying heights of GPRS – 96 kbps. 2G!

    There was no WiFi and sharing photos online was pretty much a dream. Web pages would crawl onto the screen and every mobile website would be almost completely text-based.

    The phone took an SD card and John has found that a 1GB card seems to be the maximum that the phone will accept. The example photo below needed a VERY steady hand as images turn out blurry very easily.

    This is the full resolution 640×480 picture 🙂

    The Orange SPV   An update

    As for that unlock file, if anyone out there wants it, just give us a shout and we’ll put you in touch with John.

    Thanks again to John for taking us down memory lane to the phone that started this entire site 🙂

    If you have any old kit, we’d love to hear from you!

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  • Wireless Wars Heat Up as AT&T Joins the Unlimited Data Fray

    AT&T appears to be the last domino to fall in the war for unlimited data plans that broke out among cell phone service providers recently. The company is following competitors Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint in allowing customers to sign up for such plans.

    Technically, this is not the first unlimited plan AT&T has offered. Previously, customers who were also subscribers to either its DirecTV or U-Verse had the option of signing up for unlimited data. Now that requirement is effectively being waved for all customers. But the offer is far from a slam dunk for cell phone users, particularly when so many options are now available.

    Important Caveats

    AT&T’s new unlimited plan is priced at $100 a month for a single line and an extra $40 per month for each additional line, with maximum of four. For customers with four lines, AT&T charges $180, including a $40 credit that takes effect after two months, meaning that users will pay $220 for the first two months. Business customers will also be able to sign up, and take advantage of a deeper corporate discount.

    The plan includes unlimited calls between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and unlimited texts to more than 120 countries. Customers will also be able to add AT&T’s Roam North America feature for no additional charge, allowing them to use voice, text and data while in Canada and Mexico.

    But there are some important caveats. For example, AT&T said that it has the right to throttle down network speeds after the first 22 GB of data are consumed. The plan also does not include hotspot data, something that is included in each of its competitors’ plans.

    The plan also comes with something called AT&T Stream Saver activated by default. The setting limits video resolution to below HD, so many users…
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