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Xiaomi Mi Mix was one a kind device thanks to its almost bezel-less display. The device launched in October 2016, has yet to find any parallel in the smartphone world. But it looks like the Chinese smartphone maker is already working on the successor, allegedly called the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. The device is expected to be worked on by French designer Phillipe Starck, who also designed the first Xiaomi Mi Mix.

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With three kids and constant travel for work, John Hussey jumped at the chance to play an open-world adventure game like “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” anywhere, anytime.

After he heard about the Nintendo Switch, a hybrid game machine that works as both a console at home and a tablet on the go, Hussey ordered one in January even though it wouldn’t arrive until Friday, when Nintendo’s latest game machine debuts.

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This week Facebook announced that it has deployed AI-driven technology to identify users at risk of suicide, and offer them support.

Algorithms, trained on report data from the network’s close to two billion users, are constantly on the lookout for warning signs in content that users post, as well as replies that are received. When a red flag is raised, a team of human reviewers is alerted, and the user can be contacted and offered help.

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Nvidia has lifted the lid off its new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics processing unit (GPU), touting its new offering as the “fastest ever” gaming GPU.

The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti delivers up to 35 percent more performance than the GeForce GTX 1080 and up to 78 percent faster performance than the GTX 1070.

The latest GPU comprises 3,584 Nvidia Cuda cores and 11 gigabytes of next-generation GDDR5X memory, running at 11 gigabytes per second.

 

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Chinese handset manufacturer OnePlus is said to launch its new flagship smartphone this year believed to be dubbed OnePlus 5. OnePlus is rumoured to jump straight to OnePlus 5 naming ditching the OnePlus 4 branding as the number “four” is considered unlucky in China.

A report from South Korea further adds that the new OnePlus smartphone will take cues from Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge and will sport dual-edge curved display. The rumoured dual-edge screen is said to be a highlight of the handset, apart from a 16-megapixel selfie camera. Other rumoured details claimed for the OnePlus 5 include a 23-megapixel rear camera while the handset is said to come with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The Chinese company is also widely expected to bump the storage on the next flagship to 256GB. Another detail says that the OnePlus 5 may come with a Ceramic body mimicking the Xiaomi Mi MIX. On chipset, the report suggests that OnePlus may wait for the Snapdragon 835 to be available. The South Korean report was spotted by Tech2.

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Finnish mobile device player Nokia is in reboot mode as it gets ready to bring to India a new version of its 17-year-old iconic Nokia 3310 handset for about Rs. 3,500, along with its Android smartphones, next quarter.

“All the products that we have announced Nokia 3310, Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 will be available in the second quarter of this year in India. Average global selling price for Nokia 3310 is 49 euros,” HMD Global Oy Chief Marketing Officer Pekka Rantala told PTI in an interview here.

HMD Global has licence to design and sell Nokia branded phones globally as well as use technologies developed by Nokia Corporation.

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We’re about to see a variety of Android device makers introduce their best new smartphones models at MWC 2017, but many of these devices will have a huge disadvantage when it comes to competing against the best of the best. According to current rumors, some of the top Android devices that are about to be unveiled will not be powered by flagship 2017 mobile processors.

The Galaxy S8 (April) and the iPhone 8 (September) will feature chips that aren’t just faster than their predecessors, but are also a lot more efficient. While Apple never announces its silicon innovations ahead of the products they’re supposed to power, Samsung does it with some regularity. Right on schedule, the company just unveiled the mobile chip that’ll be found inside the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

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US telecom giant Verizon and Yahoo have announced that they have agreed to cut $350m (£280m) from the originally agreed price to acquire the internet company’s core business following two massive cyberattacks. Under the new deal, Verizon said it will now buy Yahoo for $4.48bn (£3.6bn) and agreed to share the cost of legal and regulatory liabilities related to the breaches.

In July last year, Verizon signed a deal to acquire Yahoo for $4.85bn. However, the closing of the deal was delayed after Yahoo disclosed a massive data breach, which occurred in 2014 and compromised at least 500 million users’ personal information, in September.

 

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A telephone owned by Adolf Hitler has sold at auction for $243,000.

Andreas Kornfeld of Alexander Historical Auctions says the phone sold Sunday afternoon to a person who bid by phone. The auction house does not disclose the names of buyers.

Bidding for the phone started at $100,000.

The red telephone includes a Nazi party symbol and Hitler’s name engraved on the back. Occupying Russian officers gave the phone to a British officer, Sir Ralph Rayner, during a visit to Hitler’s bunker in Berlin. The phone was used in vehicles and trains as well as Hitler’s field headquarters.

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Facebook Inc chief executive Mark Zuckerberg laid out a vision of his company serving as a bulwark against rising isolationism, writing in a letter to users that the company’s platform could be the “social infrastructure” for the globe.

In a 5,700-word manifesto, Zuckerberg, founder of the world’s largest social network, quoted Abraham Lincoln, the US president during the country’s 19th century Civil War known for his eloquence, and offered a philosophical sweep that was unusual for a business magnate.

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