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Blizzard, NBA find China’s most powerful weapon is consumer potential

Blizzard, NBA find China’s most powerful weapon is consumer potential

Blizzard is one of several companies to fall into the trap that is state-run media in the nation of China in the year 2019. Blizzard hosts gaming tournaments in China - it's big business, and has the potential for big growth. China and Hong Kong are in the midst of political upheaval via a protest in Hong Kong that's been in play since June of 2019. Because China wants to stop the protest, they're pressuring all media (including Blizzard) to do away with any form of public protest on their network, lest they remove said media from China altogether.

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A 3D dashboard display could be the next big thing in car safety tech

A 3D dashboard display could be the next big thing in car safety tech

A 3D dashboard display that doesn't demand special glasses could make your next car a lot safer and more intuitive to drive, big-name automotive supplier Bosch is promising. The company has been showing off its new digital display technology for cars, which can use controllable depth of field to better communicate things like the distance to nearby vehicles and when the road situation might be getting dangerous.

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Good news: The best smartphone already exists

Good news: The best smartphone already exists

The best smartphone in the world was released in the last few years. It's already out there, and it's already relatively inexpensive. It's getting less expensive every day. I'm not going to tell you which model I'm thinking of, because the exact model is not as important as the idea: Smartphone tech innovation hit a brick wall and there's no good reason for you to buy a new device.

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US Commerce eases Huawei trade restrictions with mixed messages

US Commerce eases Huawei trade restrictions with mixed messages

Huawei's newest fate inside US borders was mentioned in a set of remarks delivered this week by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross. This set of remarks was made at the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Annual Conference on Export Controls and Security, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. In these remarks, it's made clear that Huawei's spot on the Entity List will remain written due to national security - but the reality of the situation is much simpler, it would seem. It's about that cash - that income.

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Female voice assistants are sexist argues new UN report

Female voice assistants are sexist argues new UN report

Obsequious, coy, and above all female virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri, and the Google Assistant are a widespread example of sexism, a new UN report argues, blasting gender bias coded into tech products. The use of default female voices for digital assistants, and their programmed reactions to insults and inappropriate requests, could be contributing to a growing gender gap, it's suggested.

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These fake people have AI and Machine Learning for parents

These fake people have AI and Machine Learning for parents

As artificial intelligence becomes more and more capable, the implications of those capabilities start to become equal parts scary and impressive. That's particularly true when it comes to creating images of human faces, and a new website that's making the rounds today sums up the capabilities of machine learning pretty darn well. If you thought that AI wasn't to the point where it could create fake-yet-believable human faces, prepare for a rather rude awakening.

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Panasonic LUMIX S1R and S1 detailed with hands-on pro demo videos

Panasonic LUMIX S1R and S1 detailed with hands-on pro demo videos

The Panasonic LUMIX S1R and Panasonic LUMIX S1 were revealed in full detail this morning with a set of new lenses. These two Panasonic LUMIX S series cameras roll with 4K 60p/50p (PAL area only) video recording, rugged durability (when protected sufficiently, of course), and what Panasonic suggests is "expandability." The LUMIX S1R's specs start with a 47.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, while the LUMIX S1 sports a 24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor.

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Bluetooth 5.1 will know which direction a signal comes from

Bluetooth 5.1 will know which direction a signal comes from

Some, especially real estate agents, would say it’s all about location. That’s only partly true when it comes to location-based services and technology. Because as important as knowing the location of an object may be, it’s sometimes just as important to know its direction relative to you. That’s why in the latest core specification of the Bluetooth standard, the wireless technology is finally getting a sense of direction.

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Japan IT Week Osaka 2019: What to expect

Japan IT Week Osaka 2019: What to expect

The dust of CES 2019 may have long settled and most of the mobile industry is gearing up for MWC 2019 next month, but over in the East, another tech storm is brewing. In a few days, Japan IT Week 2019, one of the country's and the region's biggest tech events will be taking place in the popular tourist spot of Osaka. And while you might rightly presume it's focused on the tech industry in Japan, the exhibits and conferences in this year's trade show both reflect and confirm the trends in the international scene as well.

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China ‘deadbeat debtors’ app turns citizens into snitches

China ‘deadbeat debtors’ app turns citizens into snitches

Chinese state media has reported that officials in China are set to deploy a new 'deadbeat debtors' app that will enable the public to view which people nearby aren't paying their debts. The new app is part of a program conceived by the Hebei province in North China, where the Higher People's Court intends the app to act as a whistleblower platform for turning in financially wasteful debtors.

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When will Bitcoin rise again?

When will Bitcoin rise again?

Analysts weighed in this week on signals for the return of Bitcoin to cash money prominence. While it would appear that Bitcoin reached its floor at around $3,500 USD, there's a whole lot of doubt in the market after the most major drop in the history of cryptocurrency - the fall of January 2018. Volume appeared en masse at the drop from $6k to $3k, but not in a way that necessarily suggested Bitcoin-specific accumulation was about to appear out of thin air.

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Wiliot Bluetooth sticker sensor tag requires no batteries

Wiliot Bluetooth sticker sensor tag requires no batteries

Bluetooth-enabled tags and trackers aren’t exactly new but they all have one limitation in common. Aside from the range limit of Bluetooth itself, of course. Because of the electronics required to make them work, they require energy sources, often the thinnest and smallest of batteries. But if semiconductor startup Wiliot successfully proves its new tech, they won’t have to. Bluetooth trackers can be as small and as thin as a postage stamp and get what little power they need almost from the air.

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