Tencent’s latest education push is a nod to new collaborative structure

When Tencent announced it had formed a new education brand this week, the internet giant wasn’t just flexing its muscles to conquer China’s booming online education sector. The new initiative is also an early result of Tencent’s long plan to foster more internal collaboration at a time when its core businesses, the lucrative video gaming segment and the billion-user WeChat,  are under attack. Called “Tencent Education,” the new brand consists of 20 products across all six of the firm’s business groups, announced executive senior vice president Dowson Tong at the company’s annual…

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Ticketmaster put an end to screenshots with new digital ticket technology

Ticketmaster is turning to new technology to help fight ticket fraud. The ticketing giant today unveiled its next-generation digital tickets, “Safetix,” which are tied to the ticket holder’s mobile device through an encrypted barcode that automatically refreshes every few seconds. The tickets will also support NFC technology, allowing fans to enter venues through a “tap and go” experience. The company says ticket holders will later this year be able to add their contactless ticket to Apple Wallet, so they can enter a venue with their iPhone or Apple Watch. This…

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Police Are Investing In New Technology. ‘Thin Blue Lie’ Asks, ‘Does It Work?’

In 2014, Michael Brown, an 18-year old unarmed black man, was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. In the four months that followed, the stock price of the stun-gun maker Taser International, now known as Axon Enterprise, nearly doubled. The following year, the Department of Justice launched a pilot program awarding more than $23.2 million in grants to expand the use of body cameras worn by police officers across the country. Today, these types of technologies are often touted by law enforcement officials and policy makers as ways to…

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New EU travel requirements mean (slightly) more paperwork for American visitors

Starting in 2021, Americans will no longer be able to hop across the pond for a spur-of-the-moment visit to Europe without completing pre-authorization paperwork. But they still won’t need a visa. On Friday, multiple outlets reported that the European Union had announced that Americans would be required to complete a new visa to visit member countries — a shift away from the current policy which allows US citizens to travel through the 26 European members of the “Schengen Area” for up to 90 days without a visa. In actuality, the EU’s new…

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Smart vehicle technology new star of CES

car giant Mercedes showcased its Vision Urbanetic, a concept autonomous vehicle designed for urban areas, at CES 2019 The technology on display at CES increasingly involves cars and other vehicles, with the gadget show becoming ever more diverse in the products showcased as a result. Some vehicle manufacturers now make as many major announcements at the Las Vegas convention as they do at key motor industry events such as the Detroit Motor Show. This year, Nissan, Ford, Mercedes, Audi and Hyundai are among the firms with a large presence in…

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Motorola 2019 phones: Moto Z4 with S8150, new Moto G7 duo

There are new Moto phones cooking and will be ready for you to enjoy in 2019. The highlights will be a new flagship, the Moto Z4, as well as a couple of Moto G7 mid-rangers. That’s the story coming out of the rumor mill, anyway. The Moto Z4 promises to be a proper high-end phone with a Snapdragon 8150 chipset. That’s great to hear after the Moto Z3 proved a tad disappointing. Speaking of, the Z3 will be getting 5G MotoMod and there will be one for the Z4 too….

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BlizzCon 2018: Warcraft III remastered, and Overwatch gets a new cowboy

BlizzCon 2018 is the end of an era. Just a few weeks ago, Blizzard announced that co-founder and longtime president Mike Morhaime would be stepping down, replaced with J. Allen Brack. Today’s Opening Ceremony kicked off with Morhaime saying goodbye, and you know what? I’ll miss him. He was a great presenter, not in the overly slick way I’m accustomed to seeing at these sorts of shows, but with a quietspoken passion for the company he’d helped guide for 20-plus years. Blizzard lives on, though, and while 2019 won’t be…

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Google Chrome for Android soon to get a new Explore UI when opening a new tab

Google is testing a new “Explore” feature on its Android Chrome app and the good news is that you can test it out by yourself without needing to install Chrome Beta or Chrome Canary. The feature introduces a new layout when opening a new tab that will help you explore topics and websites based on your interests and browsing history. Here’s how it looks.     Screenshots from the new tab If you want to get it too, just head over to your Chrome app for Android, open a new tab,…

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13 new cars coming soon: Hyundai Santro to Maruti Ertiga

The automotive market of India is currently going in top gear. A slew of new launches and facelifts have already made their way into the market. Huge discounts are also on offer by almost all major companies. The market is hot and the manufacturers are in no mood of slowing down. Here’s a list of 13 new cars that are going to be launched soon. Datsun Go The most affordable car on the list. The new facelifted model will reportedly feature a reworked bumper with LED Drls and a new…

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Facelifted Maruti Ciaz TEASED: New launch timeline revealed

Maruti Suzuki has teased the facelifted Ciaz C-Segment sedan through a new ad for the NEXA range of car dealerships. The headlamp and front grille of the Ciaz were teased in the latest NEXA promotional ad. While the headlamps seem narrower and sharper than the ones on the current Ciaz, the front grille gets a honeycomb treatment. The teasers indicate that the facelifted Ciaz will get a minor refresh rather than major design changes. Notably, the Ciaz is one of the many cars that Maruti Suzuki sells exclusively through the…

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