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Few people showed up at Apple stores in China when the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus arrived, forcing staff to remove crowd control barricades.
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It’s a meaningful day for iPhone fans around the world. Apple’s iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have arrived, and despite shorter lines and smaller crowds than previous launches, some die-hard fans have queued as long as 10 days to be among the first to lay their hands on the new phones. Enlarge ImageA user posts photos taken outside the Apple store in Hangzhou, China, including one that shows security guards removing crowd control barricades.
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Uber will not have its London license renewed.
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Transport for London, the British capital’s transport regulator, refused to renew Uber’s private hire license on Friday.Uber currently holds a license to operate in the city, but it will expire on Sept. 30. TfL holds private hire regulators to high standards in order to ensure passenger safety, and companies are not allowed to operate if not awarded a license.”TfL has concluded that Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence,” the regulator said in a statement. The company’s “approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications” means its license will not be renewed, it said.TfL’s decision is a fresh blow for Uber in what has been a year fraught with difficulties. The ride-hailing service has long struggled to meet local regulatory requirements as it has spread around the world, and has frequently faced opposition from the established taxi industry, including in London — a city famous for its black cabs. But in 2017, the company has fought battles on multiple fronts, dealing with sexual harassment accusations and claims …read more

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Chevrolet Bolt vs Volt: Why not both?It’s a toss up between pure EV and mostly EV.by Emme Hall3:09 CloseDragAutoplay: ONAutoplay: OFFHere at Roadshow, we’re big fans of the Chevrolet Bolt — so much that we honored it with a Roadshow Shift Award back in January at the Detroit Auto Show. Not only is it filled with lots of cabin tech, it’s quite entertaining to wheel around and features a driving range of up to 238 miles, helping calm range anxiety worries. But is the Bolt the best green vehicle in a Chevy portfolio that also includes the second-generation Volt hybrid? The answer to that question depends on a number of variables, but there’s no denying that the Volt also possesses strong green credentials with 53 miles of all-electric driving range. When factoring in the gas engine, a total range of up to 420 miles is possible, according to the EPA. Setting aside environmental factors, when it comes down purely to the dollars and cents, does the Volt or the Bolt make better financial sense? 30Chevy Bolt brings big EV convenience in a small packageMaking up the differenceThe technical advances in the Bolt are extraordinary, and the fact that Chevy is offering it at a base price of $37,495, which includes destination charges, seems reasonable. However, that’s still at a $3,400 premium over the Volt’s $34,095 MSRP. Since both cars qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit, buying Chevy’s full electric vehicle over the hybrid will still cost you $3,400 more in most states, but final transaction prices can vary wildly with dealer discounts or mark ups depending on location.How long will it take you to recoup the additional investment in the Bolt? For the sake of simplicity, we will forgo taking into account maintenance costs, where the Bolt holds an …read more

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Walmart is testing a new service in partnership with August Home, a smart lock and smart home accessory company, that promises to deliver groceries straight to customers’ refrigerators.Here’s how it works, according to Walmart’s blog: First, you place an order on the Walmart website for your items, which can include groceries. Once the order is ready, a Deliv driver will bring it to your home. If no one answers the doorbell, he or she will have a one-time passcode that you’ve preauthorised, which will open your home’s smart lock. The moment the Deliv driver rings your doorbell, you’ll receive a notification on your phone that the delivery is occurring and, if you choose, you can watch the delivery take place in real time from your home security cameras through the August app. The Deliv driver will then stock up your fridge and leave.Walmart says that these tests are a natural evolution of what Walmart is all about — “an obsession in saving our customers not just money but also time, making our customers’ lives easier in the process.”The service is currently being trialled in Silicon Valley with a handful of August Home customers.Share your voice0TagsSmart HomeTech IndustryWalmartAugustLet’s block ads! (Why?) …read more

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An exhibit at Munich’s Lenbachhaus-Kunstbau Museum shows how the propaganda of today isn’t necessarily what we picture.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands amid several young women dressed in white in a photo that’s made the rounds on social media. They’re Muslim child brides, a post claims. “Merkel wünscht den kinderbräuten alles gute,” it says in German. “Merkel wishes the child brides all the best.” Except those aren’t child brides. And the photo isn’t new. It’s from April 2016 when Merkel visited a refugee camp in Turkey. She was greeted by young women dressed in their best outfits, not wedding dresses. But try telling that to the thousands of people who shared it online. That’s exactly what Correctiv, First Draft and other groups are attempting to do. These organizations, along with help from tech companies like Google and Facebook, are investigating stories that gain traction in Germany and could impact the country’s national election on Sunday. They want to make sure the sort of viral rumors that spread in the US don’t happen here. “There was definitely a lot of misinformation, which had an impact [in the US],” said Jutta Kramm, head of fact checking at Berlin-based Correctiv. “So we …read more

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Snapchat geofilters are normally for birthdays and weddings. But people are making them for funerals, too.
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A somber mood enveloped Stephenie Buchanan’s family after her brother’s funeral. Following the service in May, her brother Tarrence’s family and friends gathered in a hall to celebrate the deceased 37-year-old’s life. Buchanan grabbed a microphone, with a surprise ready for the packed room. “I asked everybody if they had Snapchat,” Buchanan, 33, said in a phone interview three months after the funeral. “I told them to go ahead and take a picture, and then scroll across.” Attendees who had Snapchat loaded the app, snapped a photo and swiped until they saw the words, “T’s World,” on the top and, “We love you Tarrence, rest in Heaven,” on the bottom superimposed over the picture. Snapchat calls the effect a geofilter, typically silly or cartoony digital images and words that highlight your location. And Buchanan created a custom one for her brother’s funeral. But rather than be offended, people began taking selfies. Most of Buchanan’s friends and family members were excited about it, with only a handful of older folks confused about it all. “They said, ‘Oh my god, he has a filter, how …read more

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More cyberattacks are launched from Singapore than anywhere else in the world, according to a report from Israeli data security firm Check Point Software Technologies. The small Southeast Asian country has overtaken Russia, China and the US as the top attacking nation.Eying Wee, Check Point’s Asia-Pacific spokeswoman, told Bloomberg that it was not unusual for Singapore to be featured among the top attacking countries as much of the internet traffic flowing through Singapore doesn’t actually originate there.Earlier in the year Singapore set up a new Defence Cyber Organisation (DCO) in order to monitor and defend the Singapore Armed Forces’ (SAF) networks from cyberattacks around-the-clock.The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, a national agency overseeing cybersecurity strategy in Singapore, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Share your voice0TagsSecurityLet’s block ads! (Why?) …read more

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You probably know that Apple’s new Face ID feature will unlock the iPhone X and secure mobile payments with Apple Pay. You might even know that the front-facing camera behind Face ID can apply portrait mode to selfies and also breathe life into animated emojis, or “animoji.”But did you know that Face ID knows when you’re looking at the screen, and then makes the iPhone X respond? Now Playing:Watch this:
iPhone X’s hidden security trick

1:34 According to Apple’s website, when you’re looking at the screen, Face ID will:Reveal notification and messages for your eyes onlyKeep the screen lit when you’re reading (don’t you hate when it dims before you’re ready?)Lower the volume of an alarm or ringer, because you can hear it, already, I mean, you’re right thereApple isn’t the first to keep the screen lit when you’re reading; an optional Samsung feature called Smart Stay has done the same since the Galaxy S3 in 2012. Apple’s Face ID takes it a step further by linking notifications and ringer volume to your eyeballs (hopefully this won’t drain your battery too much in the process).Now Playing:Watch this:
See Apple’s new Animojis in action

1:08 This subtler part of Face ID is the type of context-aware AI that devicemakers …read more

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Uber will not have its London licence renewed.
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Transport for London, the British capital’s transport regulator, refused to renew Uber’s private hire licence on Friday.Uber currently holds a licence to operate in the city, but it will expire on 30 September. TfL holds private hire regulators to high standards in order to ensure passenger safety, and companies are not allowed to operate if not awarded a licence.”TfL has concluded that Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence,” said the regulator in a statement. The company’s “approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications” means its licence will not be renewed, it said.TfL’s decision is a fresh blow for Uber in what has been a year fraught with difficulties. The ride-hailing service has long struggled to meet regulatory requirements as it has spread around the world, and has frequently faced opposition from the established taxi industry, including in London — a city famous for its black cabs. But in 2017 company has fought battles on multiple fronts, dealing with sexual harassment accusations and claims …read more

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The first day of autumn has arrived — a glorious time of year filled with woolly jumpers, knitted scarves and the occasional game of conkers (no stamps, please).Today’s Google Doodle celebrates this year’s autumn equinox (for all of us living in the Northern Hemisphere) with a charming animation of a mouse frolicking in the season’s fallen leaves before enjoying a cup of tea.Google hasn’t forgotten about our friends in the Southern Hemisphere, who will be observing the first day of spring. You’re treated to a similar mouse, this time with no scarf, picking a daffodil from his garden before going to bed. Lovely.You can search through the entire Google Doodle archive here.Share your voice0TagsTech IndustryLet’s block ads! (Why?) …read more

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Few people showed up at Apple stores in China when the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus arrived, forcing staff to remove crowd control barricades. ...