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LG gram 15 (2018) Review: Light, Powerful and Expensive

The quest to create the perfectly thin and light laptop that also delivers on performance goes on and LG has updated its flagship Ultrabook with Intel 8th-gen and more. Here’s our LG gram 15 (2018) review. Price and availability Combining top-end specs and lightweight design comes at a price and the LG gram 15, like last year’s model (Z980) is eye-wateringly expensive. The gram 15 for 2018 starts at $1,749 which is already a lot. However, it goes up to $1,999…

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Optus announces 5G rollout for 2019

Optus has announced that it will begin rolling out its 5G network across Australia in early 2019 in an aim to have a fixed-wireless product in “key metro areas”. As a result of the NSA 5G New Radio (NR) specs being approved by 3GPP in December, Optus MD of Networks Dennis Wong explained that Optus can now “increase momentum” on 5G. “Throughout 2018, Optus is going to lead the Australian market in the development and deployment of pre-5G and 5G…

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How to Turn Off Desktop Notifications in Chrome

Desktop notifications – like the sort I get when I receive a new message on Slack – can be useful when you’ve got your head buried in some work and aren’t keeping tabs. But not all desktop notifications are wanted. Here’s how to turn them off in Google Chrome. Earlier this week I read a story about Xiaomi on GizChina, and since then I’ve been getting notifications pop up on my computer that all seem to be to do with…

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2018 Is a Milestone Year for Influential Companies Including Google, Tesla and Airbnb

Many of companies that shape our daily lives have been around for decades, founded before widespread use of the internet, smartphones and social media thrust us into the era of digital connectivity. This year marks the 50th anniversaries of Intel, Imax and the day the first Boeing 747 rolled off the production line. (The jet airliner retired this year.) It’s also the 35th anniversary of the founding of AOL (then Control Video Corporation) and the 60th anniversary of Visa and…

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UK house prices show surprise pick up in January – Nationwide

LONDON (Reuters) – British house prices grew more strongly than expected in January but there is little sign of a sustained pick-up as households continue to feel the pinch from the Brexit hit to their finances, mortgage lender Nationwide said on Thursday. Prices rose by an annual 3.2 percent, up from 2.6 percent in December and stronger than a median forecast of 2.5 percent in a Reuters poll of economists. The increase was the biggest since March 2017 although it…

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Microsoft Breakthrough as Windows 10 Overtakes 7 Globally for First Time – StatCounter

SAN FRANCISCO & DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Windows 10, Microsoft’s operating system, overtook Windows 7 for the first time globally in January according to independent web analytics company, StatCounter. Its research arm StatCounter Global Stats finds that Windows 10 reached 42.78% in terms of worldwide internet usage compared to 41.86% for Windows 7. “This is a breakthrough for Microsoft,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “Windows 10 was launched at the end of July 2015 and Microsoft will be pleased to have put its…

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No rate hike but more aggressive inflation expectations

In Janet Yellen’s final meeting as Fed chair, the central bank decided Wednesday against increasing its benchmark interest rate but indicated it expects inflation pressures to heat up as the year moves on. The policymaking Federal Open Market Committee said current conditions indicate that the overnight funds rate should remain anchored at 1.25 to 1.5 percent. The decision, which came at the end of a two-day meeting, was widely expected. Rather than looking for a move on rates, market participants…

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WeWork plans Japan expansion, eyes Osaka, Yokohama and Fukuoka, Real Estate

Thu, Feb 01, 2018 – 5:28 PM [TOKYO] WeWork Co, a co-working space company backed by SoftBank Group Corp, is planning to expand its Japan operations to include Osaka, Yokohama and Fukuoka. The New York-based startup may open a location in Osaka in the next 12 to 14 months, Chris Hill, WeWork’s chief executive officer for Japan, said in an interview Thursday. WeWork, which aims to open 10 to 12 offices in the Tokyo area this year, has signed a lease…

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FY17 GDP growth retained at 7.1% and GVA growth revised sharply to 7.1%

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has sharply raised growth of gross value added (GVA) to 7.1 per cent in 2016-17, from earlier estimates of 6.6 per cent, due to revision in agriculture and mining expansion. However, it maintained its gross domestic product (GDP) growth estimate for FY17 at 7.1 per cent, but has upped it FY16 growth estimate to 8.2 per cent, from the earlier 7.9 per cent. Data, released a day ahead of the Budget for 2017-18,…

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EBay just ditched PayPal for a fintech startup unicorn from Europe to process all its payments

EBay is ditching PayPal, the US giant which used to be part of the online marketplace, and instead will be turning to a highly valued fintech startup from Europe as its main payments processor. The move is a huge vote of confidence for the startup, Adyen, and will fuel speculation around an IPO of the dutch firm which boasts a so-called unicorn valuation of more than $1bn. Read more: A fintech M&A bonanza drove deal value to its highest level…

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Newcastle takeaway chef caught red-handed with 20,000 dodgy cigarettes

A takeaway chef has been caught with a huge haul of dodgy tobacco in his car. Police found 20,000 counterfeit Lambert and Butler cigarettes and 20.8 kilos of counterfeit hand-rolling tobacco when they searched Yawar Latif’s vehicle while on patrol in Newcastle. The officers suspicions were raised when they spotted a group of people loitering around the parked car, who all ran away when the officers approached. Illicit tobacco seized from Yawar Latif from Newcastle (Image: handout) Investigators from HM…

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Stephen Fry narrates new Blue Planet-style advert

Stephen Fry narrates Blue Planet-style advert for Pokemon Go The Pokémon Company Niantic and The Pokémon Company has released a new advert for mobile sensation Pokémon Go which riffs on David Attenborough’s hit BBC documentary series Blue Planet with Stephen Fry providing the narrative. Not only does Fry provide his unmistakable voice to the ad, but its score has been composed by Academy Award nominee George Fenton, who composed music for Blue Planet and fellow nature series Planet Earth and…

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January’s PMI misses the optimistic side of 50, but not by much

January’s purchasing managers index (PMI) missed rising to the optimistic side of 50 points by a whisker, the Bureau of Economic Research (BER) reported on Thursday. The Absa-sponsored monthly poll of factory managers found the level of pessimism decreased, with the index adding five points to 49.9 from December’s 45.9. The PMI tends to be a reliable forecaster of the monthly manufacturing sales and output figures that Statistics SA publishes about two months later. A score above 50 indicates an…

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Facebook’s Profit Rises, but Users Spend Less Time on Network

Facebook Inc.’s dominance in digital advertising powered another surge in quarterly profit, though it said users were starting to shave back their time on its platform as it tries to address critics’ claims that the social network has harmful effects. The company said its profit, excluding a $3.19 billion tax charge, soared 61% in the fourth quarter, typically the heaviest spending period for advertisers. About $2.27 billion of the charge stemmed from the U.S. tax overhaul. … Source link

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DealBook Briefing: Is Someone Manipulating the Price of Bitcoin?

Today’s DealBook Briefing was written by Andrew Ross Sorkin in New York, and Michael J. de la Merced and Amie Tsang in London. ____________________________ Photo Credit Stephen Lam/Reuters Should investors worry about Facebook? The good news: Its fourth-quarter earnings handily beat expectations. The average price per ad went up 43 percent. The possibly bad news: Mark Zuckerberg said changes to the News Feed had cut 50 million hours a day from the time users spent on it (as Shira Ovide…

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Budget 2018 LIVE: Budget resonates Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas, says Amit Shah

To further ‘Ease of Living’ and to give a boost to development, the #NewIndiaBudget accords utmost importance to Next-Gen Infrastructure. pic.twitter.com/24oEVKgZ6W — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 1, 2018 PM Narendra Modi and FM Arun Jaitley arrived for BJP Parliamentary Meeting. The meeting is underway (earlier visuals) #Delhi pic.twitter.com/tBMEtaMcLN — ANI (@ANI) February 1, 2018 Budget 2018: Rs 44.6 bn allocated for buying two aircraft for VVIP ops   Civil aviation…

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