Google employees are protesting company’s return to the world's biggest internet market

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Google is not close to launching a search engine app in China, its chief executive said at a company-wide meeting on Thursday, according to a transcript seen by Reuters, as employees of the Alphabet Inc unit called for more transparency and oversight of the project.

Chief Executive Sundar Pichai told staff that though development is in an early stage, providing more services in the world's most populous country fits with Google's global mission.

Hoping to gain approval from the Chinese government to provide a mobile search service, the company plans to block some websites and search terms, Reuters reported this month, citing unnamed sources.

Whether the company could or would launch a search in China "is all very unclear," Pichai said, according to the transcript. "The team has been in an exploration stage for quite a while now, and I think they are exploring many options."

Disclosure of the secretive effort has disturbed some Google employees and human rights advocacy organizations. They are concerned that by agreeing to censorship demands, Google would validate China's prohibitions on free expression and violate the "don't be evil" clause in the company's code of conduct.

Hundreds of employees have called on the company to provide more "transparency, oversight and accountability," according to an internal petition seen by Reuters on Thursday.

After a separate petition this year, Google announced it would not renew a project to help the U.S. military develop artificial intelligence technology for drones.

The China petition says employees are concerned with the project, code-named Dragonfly, "makes clear" that ethics principles Google issued during the drone debate "are not enough."

"We urgently need more transparency, a seat at the table and a commitment to clear and open processes: Google employees need to know what we're building," states the document seen by Reuters.

The New York Times first reported the petition on Thursday. Google declined to comment.
Company executives have not commented publicly on Dragonfly, and their remarks at the company-wide meeting marked their first about the project since details about it were leaked.

Employees have asked Google to create an ethics review group with rank-and-file workers, appoint ombudspeople to provide independent review and internally publish assessments of projects that raise substantial ethical questions.

Pichai told employees: "We'll definitely be transparent as we get closer to actually having a plan of record here" on Dragonfly, according to the transcript. He noted the company guards information on some projects where sharing too early can "cause issues."

Three former employees involved with Google's past efforts in China told Reuters current leadership may see offering limited search results in China as better than providing no information at all.

The same rationale led Google to enter China in 2006. It left in 2010 over an escalating dispute with regulators that was capped by what security researchers identified as state-sponsored cyber attacks against Google and other large U.S. firms.

The former employees said they doubt the Chinese government will welcome back Google. A Chinese official, who declined to be named, told Reuters this month that it is "very unlikely" Dragonfly would be available this year.

21-Year-Old Woman Becomes The Youngest Person To Get A Full Face Transplant

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After a 31-hour-long face transplant surgery, 21-year-old Katie Stubblefield has turned over a new leaf in her life. She underwent 17 surgeries before finally going under the knife for the transformational procedure.

Katie Stubblefield's disfigured face was an outcome of her suicide attempt at the age of 18, following a number of emotional hurdles she faced as a teenager, reported CNN. The self-inflicted gunshot wound led to Katie losing her nose, mouth; it also displaced her eyes, thus impairing her vision.

According to a video posted by Cleveland Clinic, the hospital where Katie was operated upon, 100 percent of her face was transplanted by doctors, to achieve results that cannot be called anything less than miraculous.

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Techniques and technologies such as surgical rehearsal, 3D printing and virtual reality were used as part of the pre-operative planning, said Cleveland Clinic.

Katie's family was extremely supportive throughout this journey. The hospital's video quoted her father Robb as saying, "This journey has been four steps forward, two steps backward, but always progress."

The 21-year-old was put on the waiting list for a face transplant in 2016; over a year later a donor was found, making Katie the 40th face transplant patient in the world. She was operated upon in May 2017, making her the youngest one in the US to undergo the procedure.

She will continue to be on medication for the rest of her life to minimize the risk of transplant rejection and is also taking physical and occupational therapy, including help from a speech therapist, reported CNN.

Katie's story made it to the National Geographic magazine as she featured on their cover for the September issue.


The three-year-old with an IQ of 171. Do you believe?

The three-year-old with an IQ of 171
When Natalie and Ben's daughter Ophelia joined the high-IQ society Mensa at only three years old, they knew they would be accused of being pushy parents. But what is it like to have a naturally-gifted child?

"Really it was from about eight months old [that we realized how bright she could be]," Natalie Morgan tells the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme.

Her daughter Ophelia had said her first word, 'hiya', a few months younger than the norm.

"It really went from there. She started saying her colors, letters, numbers quite early on compared to most children."

By the age of two, Ophelia, the couple's first child, was able to remember and recite the alphabet.

They knew she was above average having read up online, but it was not until she started at playschool that they realized how more advanced she was than her peers.

That was when they decided to get Ophelia assessed, taking her to a child psychologist who specializes in gifted children.

"We just really wanted to clarify how we could help her," father Ben Dew, an IT support worker, explains.

"We didn't want her to feel she was being pushed, but at the same time we didn't want her to feel under-stimulated."

From there Ophelia took the Stanford-Binet test - used to assess children from the age of two on areas such as spatial awareness and verbal and logic skills.

The average IQ score for people of all ages is 100, with most people ranging between 85 and 115.

Ophelia scored 171.

"I was worried people would think we're pushy parents," admits Natalie.

"I would be proud of Ophelia no matter what she did, as long as she's happy and healthy."

Lyn Kendall, a psychologist and gifted child consultant for British Mensa, says exceptional children process things quickly, have a good memory, and are more attentive to what is happening around them.

They also have a thirst to learn, with which she says parents find it difficult to keep up.

"Usually when the parents come to me they say, 'help, this child does not want to stop asking questions and learning all the time'," she says.

"One thing parents find is it's quite isolating. You can't [talk to other parents about it] at the school gates, because it sounds boastful.

"These children start at five in the morning, and they don't stop until they go to sleep."

Ms. Kendall says, however, that unlike Natalie and Ben, some parents are pushy - something to which she is strongly opposed.

"[These parents] give their children high-energy foods, special juice mixes. Their days are timetabled," she says.

"I have parents ring me up and say, 'at 18:30 we have an intellectual conversation'.

"You just think, 'When do they have time to be a child?'."

Ms. Kendall's son, now 36, was gifted himself as a child. He has written a novel and worked for Microsoft, which was his dream job growing up.

But the psychologist says she always placed a focus on making sure he was well-rounded.

"Though these children's brains are zipping ahead at lightning speed, their bodies and emotions are still children and we always have to remember that," she explains.

'Proper conversations'
Natalie says Ophelia is "very much a three-year-old in every other sense".

She enjoys running around and playing with her cousins, jumping in puddles - the normal stuff for a child of that age.

She also just happens to love to learn and try new things.

"It's like talking to a 19-year-old," Ben says, describing their interactions.

"She has proper conversations, she comes up with her own ideas.

"She just seems to pick everything up a lot quicker, and remember it."


Google claims to be verifying and promises to immediately release a fix for the Pixel XL charger bug

Google Pixel 2 XL
In the last week, some owners complain of the inability of the XL Pixel device filled with batteries utilize technology quick charge due to the Android update 9 Pie. Google then created two pages of Issue Tracker is different responding to this complaint.

On the first page, Google indicated that this problem cannot be fixed. While the second page being the medium of Google employees to get more detailed information related to this issue from the owner of the device Pixel XL problematic.

With the bugs that affect technology quick charger, users find the word Pixel mentions XL  "Charging " or "  Slowly Charging" on the screen of the device, and not "Charging Rapidly " commonly appears when this technology is functioning properly.

On the page of Issue Tracker is active, Google delivered gratitude to the owner of the troubled device because it has reported problems. Google also claimed to have told a team of technicians to perform its internal investigation further, known from Engadget.

Google also promised to continue after getting the update provides more information. In addition, Google estimates that these problems are caused by the update Android 9 Pie, which prevents Pixel XL to charge quickly using a USB charger-C non-Power Delivery.

Charger charging-capable 18W PD quickly available on the packaging box phone sales are reported to still works fine on the model 2 Pixel and the Pixel 2 XL.

Google's statement indicates that the Pixel OG also had problems caused by this bug.

Google also mentions Middle verifying the fix for USB charger-C non-PB and promised to repair the coin in the coming weeks.

Samsung Exynos 5100 supports smartphones with 5G networks

Samsung Exynos 5100 (support 5G)
Samsung has developed the 5G modem, and first, flaunt it in term of technology Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year. Now, Samsung has officially announced the product and named it Exynos 5100. This is the first Samsung 5G modem and in accordance with the standards of 3GPP.

Like a modem on Exynos 9810 chipset that is on the Galaxy S9, S9 + and Note 9, Exynos 5100 modem built in the process of creating a supportive network of 10nm old as 2 g GSM/CDMA, 3 g WCDMA, TD-SCDMA HSPA, LTE and 4 g in a single chip solution.

More important than that, the modem is a 5G network hardware that fully supports sub-6 GHz mmWave spectrum and defined by 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project).

This means that the chip can achieve theoretical speeds up to 2Gbps using frequency sub-6 GHz and up to 6Gbps in mmWave.

This is called transfer rate 1.7 times and 5 times faster than its predecessor while using sub-6 GHz mmWave and arrangements.

These chips became a major breakthrough for the user as well as help bring closer to some of the technology that has long been anticipated as IoT (Internet of Things), holographic video, ultra-high resolution, artificial intelligence (AI) real-time, and technology Steering autonomous.

Samsung promises to bring the modem to the consumer at the end of 2018, which is known from GSM Arena.

Facebook is struggling to overcome hate speech in Myanmar

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Facebook has asked third-party companies to investigate their social media's role in spreading hate speech on ethnic Rohingya in Myanmar. This investigation was held by Business for Social Responsibility, based in San Francisco, United States. Facebook party confirm the truth of this investigation on Vice News.

One year later, Facebook often gets harsh criticism because it is not considered hate speech in coping with an alacrity that targets Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar, as reported Engadget.

In March, the United Nations criticized Myanmar and suspect that occurred the massacre of the ethnic Rohingya in the country. The UNITED NATIONS also criticized the Facebook States that the technology company that has a role in the conflict. More than 700 thousand Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh.

In April, activists-activists of Myanmar made an open letter on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In his letter, they mention that Facebook's efforts to overcome the hateful speech in Myanmar is not as hard as it is to say Facebook.

Zuckerberg replied to the letter, apologized for not aware of the importance of the role of Myanmar activists organization to help Facebook understand conflict going on there. To understand the conflicts that occur in Myanmar with more good, Facebook is sending five workers. Though they only stayed in Myanmar for two days, they meet with the activists and to discuss human rights issues.

Since then, Facebook is rumored to have been trying harder to eliminate hate speech and organization that waged a hatred in his social media.

 "If you've got more than one million users in a country and you know nothing about the country, you have to do the basic research, " said one activist, Victoire Rio on View News.

LG will announce its 5G smartphone in early 2019

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Cellular operator Sprint has just announced a collaboration with LG Electronics to bring United States smartphone 5G first in the United States. The 5G smartphone will be introduced in the first half of 2019. While the specs and launch date official smartphone 5G it will be announced later.

This partnership is not only in the form of bundling a Sprint package but also the dedication of the presence of the LG device 5G have high specification at the beginning of 2019, reports from the GSM Arena.

Reportedly, this LG 5G smartphone will be supported by the processor Snapdragon. Qualcomm chipset manufacturer because it has released the presence of modem X 50 which is claimed to have speeds of up to 5Gbps. In addition, the chipset has 5G antennas that will work with signal mmWave.

Introducing smartphones 5G is something, but more important is the network which makes a smartphone that can be used with either.

Back at the beginning of 2018, Sprint announced that the six major cities in the United States are ready to have a network of 5G in the year 2019. Unfortunately, it is not yet known when this smartphone will certainly be used commercially.

Xiaomi will launch Poco F1 on August 22 in India

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Xiaomi currently is believed to be preparing the launch of the first mobile phone of his secondary class, Poco. The first smartphone was originally named Poco F1 and will be announced in New Delhi, India, on this month.

The announcement of the Poco F1 is scheduled to be held on August 22, 2018. It is known from a Twitter account Poco India, who upload pictures containing notifications about the presence of the smartphone, according to a statement from Phone Arena.
This is not the first time that information about these smartphones is circulating on the internet. Earlier, a figure suspected of the label from its retail box indicates that the device is powered by a Snapdragon processor 845.

The label also includes information about the two rear cameras with technology Artificial Intelligence (AI), the possibilities for the portrait mode.

If leakage label was true, Poco F1 will have a front camera 20MP, 4,000 mAh battery, 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB default internal memory.

The leaked other information indicates the device has a notch and facial recognition systems. In addition, two cameras behind it have 5MP resolution 15MP and. Selling price ranged from the US $489.

Xiaomi officially launched the Mi Pad 4 Plus tablet at an affordable price

Mi Pad 4 Plus
Xiaomi introduces tablet Pad affordable 4 Mi on last June. Now, his new tablet presents Xiaomi back with a 10.1-inch screen is marketed for USD300.

Xioami Mi Pad 4 Plus is a tablet version of bigger and better than Mi Pad regular 4, with bidding prices higher. This tablet comes with a 10.1-inch sized screen resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and aspect ratio 16:10.

And Mi Pad 4 Plus comes with the support of Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor 660 2, 2 GHz similar Mi Pad regular 4, 4 GB RAM and accompanied options internal storage capacity of 64 GB and 128 GB.

In addition to a larger screen, supported Mi Pad 4 Plus comes with the battery capacity is also greater i.e. 8,620 mAh.

However, this tablet camera configuration remains the same i.e. 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel camera on the front.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus comes in two variants i.e. connectivity WiFi and 4 g LTE, as well as two versions of the internal storage capacity i.e. 64 GB and 128 GB. The 64GB Mi Pad 4 model is offered for USD 275, while the 128GB model costs USD305.

Nvidia introduced the latest graphics chips that use the Turing architecture

NVIDIA NEW TURING GPU
NVIDIA finally introduced its latest graphics chip that uses the architecture of Turing. What are the new features in the graphics chip?

Chip architecture Turing comes with RT Core that serves to do ray tracing, a complex technique that claimed could produce very realistic lighting effects.

The effects of the ray tracing were previously used because it is not spending a lot of resources on the chip to render in real time. And Nvidia Quadro refers RTX-based Turing became the world's first GPU can do ray tracing.

This achievement also claimed as their biggest improvement in graphics chips after core CUDA which was introduced in 2006, a report from The Verge.

RTX Quadro products are indeed not intended for regular users who wear class GPUS for gaming, but for the professional user. This is apparent from prices that reached 8000 RTX Quadro USD 10 thousand.

With prices as high as it is, the purchasers will get a graphics card with 48 GB GDDR6 memory, 4,608 core CUDA, and 576 core Tensor. The speed of ray tracing the GPU reaches 10 GigaRay per second, with the performance of computing to reach a total of 16 teraflops.

This graphics card can also be paired with other cards using Nvidia's NVLink interface-made, which also supports standard VirtuaLink can be associated with a virtual reality headset uses a USB cable-C.

After launching the graphics card, Nvidia Quadro class in the near future will launch its consumer graphics card that uses the architecture of Turing. That launch will be made in the title of the Gamescom that will be held the next few days.

Facebook officially becomes the holder of free Spanish league broadcast rights without advertisements

Facebook live (La Liga)
Facebook officially became the holder of broadcasting rights Spain League season started to display 2018/2019. Later, the entire action is contested designate 380 broadcast by social networking. Interestingly, Facebook will not charge fees to its users to watch this program. Every game that aired also ad-free, according to a statement from Reuters.

Unfortunately, Indonesia does not become a country of destination for Facebook in the broadcast of one of the best competitions in mainland Europe. India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan became a State lucky to get impressions of La Liga, the term for the top football competition in the realm of Spain that, in social media.

 "One of our goals during the past two years is that it offers the content possible, so working with a free platform like Facebook which has 270 million users in India is the key for us, " said Alfredo Bermejo, Head of Digital Strategy La Liga.

Got to thinking to set up a VPN? It turns out it's been anticipated by social media hosts Mark Zuckerberg. Surveillance system owned by Facebook claimed can prevent leaks thus ensuring only people in those countries who could watch.

Although there is no mention of how the value of this deal, but social networks will be airing the entire match of La Liga in three seasons into the future. As shadow, Sony, previously broadcasting rights holders in the area, reportedly paying USD 32 million to serve the League of Spain from 2014 to 2018.

Previously, the social networks have also been getting Premier League broadcasting rights for three seasons starting next year. Facebook will display the matches in Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia, and Laos.

Tencent has lost market value of up to $ 150 billion

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Original technology giant China, Tencent forced regulators to pull the latest mobile games. As a result, the value of shares Tencent dropped 3.4% and its market value down to USD 15 billion.

Even in total, Tencent has lost a market value of up to USD 150 billion so the USD 420 billion in one semester. Tencent market value peaked in January 2018, reaching USD 579 billion. The decline in valuations is so great it due to the threat of a trade war with the United States and China slowing revenue growth in the field of gaming.

Content regulation agency China Tencent forced to pull his latest Monster Hunter game: World just days after it was released on August 8. In a statement released, Tencent said that regulators received many complaints about the game.

Monster Hunter: the World itself is a game released by Capcom, but Tencent has obtained a license to sell it in the platform games, WeGame. This game has sold over eight million copies globally. 

An employee of Tencent declared his amazement because this game is not considered excessive violence have elements compared to other games. He also said that Tencent has received a license to sell such games since March 2018. 

"Instead of not maybe you guys could still be blocked even if you already passed the sensor, the same way a film can be withdrawn after public screenings, " said Tencent employees who did not want to be called his name told Reuters.

Chinese industry officials said many companies are hard-pressed to get the license sale games since March 2018 due to bureaucratic issues. 

Tencent said that customers who have purchased Monster Hunter: the World can file a refund until 20 August. Users who have already downloaded can also still play the game, but Tencent does not warrant will continue related services.

The latest iPhone is rumored to have a 512 GB internal storage option

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Not to be outdone by Galaxy Note 9, Apple would increase new phone's internal storage. the latest iPhone is rumored to be 512 GB of internal storage options. The information is indeed not from Apple directly, but rather from the TrendFroce Research Institute. They made the prediction problem of the three latest phone technology giant artificial origin of the Cupertino, California, USA that.

Like the previous leakage, TrendForce estimates that the latest iPhone comes in three variants. There is a 6.1-inch version with LCD screen, 5.8 inches and 6.5 inches with AMOLED screen.

The third variant of this takes support Face ID previously present in the iPhone X. Special iPhone that has an AMOLED screen will support Apple Pencil.

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Other information reserved RAM third mobile phone. 6.1 inch iPhone has 3 GB RAM with the 64 GB of internal memory and 256 GB.

iPhone 5.8 inch and 6.5 inches have 4 GB of RAM. Internal storage space selections that will be available include 64 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB.

TrendFroce presents to predict the price of the latest iPhones third. According to them, the iPhone will be sold a 6.1-inch range of USD 699-749. iPhone 5.8 inch sold for USD 899-949. While iPhone 6.5 inch will be sold for USD 999.

A study says that: a blue light on a smartphone can cause blindness

blue light on a smartphone
Blue light is indeed often touted the bad effect on the conditions of the user's eyes. There are some bad impacts, ranging from sleeplessness to effect on hormones.

However, the findings of the latest research it turns out Blue Ray turned out to increase the risk of blindness. Previously, Blue Ray is indeed called has harmful effects, but not to injure the human eye conditions.

Researchers from the University of Toledo found the blue light of smart devices, such as Smartphones, can change the molecules vital cell become killer cells and resulting in him can't regenerate, reports from Business Insider.

According to Assistant Professor Ajith Karunarathne, experiments his team is to find out how Blue Ray leads to eye damage which is quite fatal.

 "We've been exposed to a continuous blue light, while the cornea and lens of the eye cannot reflect, " he said.

Therefore, it is not a secret that Blue Ray harm human vision by damaging the retina. According to the explanation of this study, the blue light can change the retinal cells and kills Fotoreseptor by dissolving some of its membranes. In fact, the retinal molecule is needed Tues Fotoreseptor to catch the light.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider will not release for Nintendo Switch

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
The latest Tomb Raider series, the Shadow of the Tomb Raider, known to Manchester sliding into PS4, Xbox One, and PC on September 14, 2018.

Nevertheless, the presence of a third sequel Tomb Raider reboot this plundering of the highly anticipated Nintendo gamers switches. Many say the story of Lara Croft can be played on the console screen of the portable hybrid game.

Thus, whether there is a possibility of Shadow of the Tomb Raider Nintendo release to Switch? In his interview with Game Spot, Tuesday (14), Eidos Montreal as the developer of the Shadow of the Tomb Raider, express will not be released the game to the Nintendo Switch.

Lead Game Designer of Eidos Montréal, Heath Smith, said it would only focus on his blockbuster games on consoles such as the Xbox, PS4 One and PC.

According to Smith, Nintendo Switch is not being a proper console for the Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

"If you guys (Tomb Raider fans) want to play new games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, should play in the console that's been ' good ' rather than waiting for him never releases on other platforms (Switch)," said Smith.

However, it does not cover the possibility if later Eidos Montreal will launch the Shadow of the Tomb Raider playable via the cloud.

Developer Capcom Japan also did not launch the game Resident Evil 7, to Nintendo switches. However, this game can be played via the cloud connect to version Nintendo Switch.