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If you already know what machine learning is and understand how it could be employed advantageously in the stock market, then you might want to skim through this article quickly to get straight to the offer. For the rest who aren’t quite in the know:

Neal Stephenson once observed that the economy is the closest thing we have to magic.

“Money” is, of course, an abstract concept. An agreed-upon illusion that serves to grease all the wheels of civilization.

What makes the economy different than hard...
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Last year, an Indian company called Ringing Bells released the world’s cheapest smartphone called the Freedom 251. The budget device was priced at just 251 rupees, which is less than $4. It now looks like the company’s founder, Mohit Goel, has gotten himself into trouble with the law.

Here’s what happened. Someone paid 3 million Indian rupees to Ringing Bells for an order of handsets but unfortunately received less than half of the order. What’s more, a lot of the devices he did receive turned out to be defective.

The buyer then did what everyone else would probably do in...
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by Android Authority at 16:03
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Just as LG with its LG X Power 2, Archos has also decided to officially announce its new smartphones ahead of Mobile World Congress. The company has taken the wraps off the 50 Graphite and 55 Graphite. What’s impressive is that both devices sport a dual-camera setup (13 MP + 2 MP) despite the fact that they are quite affordable. Pricing starts at just €130.

Other specs of the newly announced smartphones, however, aren’t that impressive. The 50 Graphite has a 5.0-inch 720p display and is powered by the MediaTek MT6737 chipset. It has 1 GB of RAM and comes with 16...
Feb
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We quite liked Samsung’s Chromebook Plus and Pro when we went hands-on with them a couple of weeks ago. One of the most interesting aspects of the new Chromebook range is the processing options between the Plus and Pro models, which feature different ARM and Intel processors respectively.

The former hands in a solid performance, despite ARM’s more energy efficient and less powerful CPU architecture when compared with Intel’s Core M3. More mysteriously, those reading into the Chromebook Plus’ spec sheet will have...
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by Android Authority at 14:23
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Your typical Android mobile app is a skilled multi-tasker, capable of performing complex and long-running tasks in the background (such as handling network requests or transferring data) while continuing to respond to user input.

When you’re developing your own Android apps, bear in mind that no matter how complex, lengthy or intensive these “background” tasks may be, when the user taps or swipes onscreen they’ll still expect your user interface to respond.

It may look effortless from the user’s perspective, but creating an Android app that’s capable of multitasking isn’t straightforward, as Android is single-threaded by default and will execute all tasks on this single thread,...
Feb
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by Android Authority at 13:53
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In case you’ve missed it, Samsung has been having quite a few problems lately. Just to be clear, I’m not talking about the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, which is one of the reasons why the company’s reputation among US consumers has taken a beating. I’m talking about the fact that Lee Jae-yong, who is Samsung’s vice chairman and current acting leader, has been arrested on charges that he attempted to bribe the president of South...
Feb
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Chinese manufacturers Oppo, Vivo and Huawei are giving Samsung a run for its money in the emerging South East Asia market. According to a recent report from the International Data Corporation (IDC), the manufacturers accounted for 21% of the total market share in SEA in 2016, though Samsung still leads the pack with 23% alone.

The IDC produces regular reports on smartphone vendor market share, and for its emerging SEA tally, it includes data from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam (Singapore is...
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by Android Authority at 12:32
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Whole areas of modern computing rely on the concept of certain things being “computationally infeasible” including encryption. “Computationally infeasible” means mean that certain mathematical operations are logically possible, however to actually perform them you need lots of time (like years) and lots of computing power.

But sometimes shortcuts can be found which speed up these calculations. In the field of encryption, these shortcuts are known as weaknesses, as they reduce the amount of time need to perform the calculations and therefore make them more computationally feasible – not infeasible.

The news today is that...
Feb
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by Android Authority at 11:53
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The Samsung Chromebook Plus was officially announced at CES in Las Vegas at the beginning of the year and went on sale a couple of weeks ago. You can get if from multiple retailers in the US like Amazon and BestBuy for $449. You can now also buy it from Google, as the company has started selling the Samsung Chromebook Plus on its online store.

The price remains the same, which means you’ll still have to fork out $449 to get it. However, you will get a free $20 Google Play credit along with your purchase that you can spend on apps in the Play Store....
Feb
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Last year, Google announced the Allo chat app that looked quite promising at first. However, the app hasn’t turned out to be as successful as the company hoped it would. One of the reasons is that there’s no web version available, which means you can only use Allo on a smartphone for now. But it looks like that is about to change soon.

Nick Fox, who is the vp of communication products at Google, recently posted a screenshot of a desktop web app for Allo on Twitter. He said that it is still in early development but unfortunately didn’t provide us with a specific time...
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