Apple proposes 13 emojis representing those with disabilities

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Apple has proposed a set of new emojis representing those with vision, hearing and motor disabilities, BuzzFeed News reports. Included are emojis of guide and service dogs, people with canes, individuals signing the word "deaf," an ear with a hearing…
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Huawei’s upcoming Mate flagship said to sport in-display fingerprint scanner

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Under the display fingerprint sensors are slowly becoming a thing and we are hearing reports that Samsung might include it in the upcoming Note9. This year we have already seen Vivo X20 Plus UD and X21 UD smartphones with the in-display sensor and it is just a start. Today we are hearing reports that Huawei might be going this route and it is said to sport an under-display fingerprint scanner. Huawei is said to be choosing the Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint solution which might make the new Mate 11 ( or Mate 20) flagship the first smartphone to ship with that particular sensor built-in. The Huawei Mate flagship s scheduled to launch in late Q3 or early Q4 (so September or October). Qualcomm, in order to build its ultrasonic sensor, is said to have partnered with Taiwan-based GIS and China’s O-film Tech, both specializing in offering touchscreen solutions. While it is three-time costlier than the traditional counterparts, but is also 0.44mm thick and works through “up to 800-micron cover glass”, compared to only 200-300 microns of glass thickness for ‘normal’ capacitive scanners. The sensor will also work when your fingers are wet or greasy. Huawei isn’t the only company looking towards under-display fingerprint sensors, others brands are also apparently decided to build …
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Recode Daily: Trump orders tariffs on $60 billion of Chinese-made goods — mostly tech products

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President Donald Trump holds up a signed presidential memorandum aimed at what he calls Chinese economic aggression in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on March 22, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Plus, Jack Dorsey predicts that bitcoin will become the world’s universal currency; Dropbox goes public today at $ 21 per share; delete these apps and return to a simpler way of life.

Trump is aiming at China, with plan to impose tariffs on about $ 60 billion worth of Chinese-made goods. The proposed list of some 1,300 products, which will be released within two weeks, will mostly focus on tech, and would effectively block the Chinese imports from entering the U.S. Trump also appointed John Bolton, a China hawk, as his new national security adviser. Wall Street is jittery: The Dow closed down more than 700 points. [Adam Behsudi / Politico]

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Dropbox IPOs today on Nasdaq under the trading name DBX at an above-expectations $ 21 per share. Dropbox, which waited a decade to go public, will have an initial maket cap of $ 8.3 billion — significantly less than the company’s last private valuation of $ 10 billion. How the company fares in its first few quarters should give some indication on how highly valued private tech companies can fare on public markets in 2018. Here’s how Dropbox’s biggest backer — venture capital firm Sequoia — positioned itself to earn between $ 2 billion and $ 3 billion on its initial investment. [Theodore Schleifer / Recode]

Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey predicted that bitcoin will become the universal world currency in about 10 years. Square now allows the buying and selling of bitcoin on its payment app. Bitcoin is now trading around $ 9,000, down from the peak of $ 20,000 it hit on some exchanges in December. [Lucinda Shen / Fortune]

The music business had its second consecutive year of growth — thanks to streaming. Flat used to be the new up for the music labels. Now they’re up for real — sales increased 14 percent to $ 8.7 billion last year. The industry’s significant leap in revenue is due entirely to streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, which are more than balancing the decline in CD sales and download sales. [Peter Kafka and Rani Molla / Recode]

David Scott’s gun-loving friends were kicked off Facebook. So he started Gunbook. The British gun enthusiast started his version of the site three weeks ago, and says the “social network for shooters” already has more than 1,000 members, around 60 of whom are from the U.S. Facebook has banned all advertisements for guns; YouTube announced this week that it will ban videos promoting the sale or manufacture of firearms. [Emily Dugan and Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed News]

Top stories from Recode

ModCloth’s former CEO Matt Kaness has left Walmart just a year after the acquisition.

The former Urban Outfitters executive’s role had been in question for several months.

WeWork’s massive growth has made it the second-biggest private office tenant in Manhattan.

It started out with a single SoHo building in 2010.

More than 80 percent of women in tech say they feel pressure to return early from parental leave.

Nearly a third worry about losing their jobs, according to a new report from Indeed.

Scooter-sharing startup Bird has hired former Lyft executive David Estrada to be its chief legal officer.

Estrada also briefly worked at Kitty Hawk; before Lyft, he was the legal director at Google X.

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: What just happened?

On the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Recode’s Kurt Wagner and Kara Swisher, with The Verge’s Lauren Goode, explain the company’s user-data debacle — and what might happen next.

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Huawei Trolls Apple, Samsung Ahead of New P20 Pro Flagship Launch

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Huawei isn’t doing well in the U.S. But, in the wake of recent events, the Chinese firm is doubling down on its efforts in other markets — such as the UK. And, apparently, those efforts include trolling the company’s primary rivals, Samsung and Apple, in the country. The Chinese OEM is preparing for the launch of […]
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The story of the Duke, the Xbox pad that existed because it had to

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Denise Chaudhari had never touched a gamepad before stepping onto Microsoft's campus as a contractor. The first woman to join the Xbox team, Chaudhari had studied ergonomics and industrial design at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design but d…
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Review: These two ultra-rugged phones can survive even the clumsiest of owners

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Imagine if someone extracted and condensed the sheer rugged bad-assery of 24’s Jack Bauer, and put it into a phone. Two phones, actually. Over the past couple of months, I’ve had the opportunity to play around with two ultra-rugged handsets: the Aermoo M1 and the Blackview 9000 Pro. These phones are like nothing you’ll see at your local Best Buy. For starters, they’re intended for a more niche audience of adventurers, construction workers, and anyone who spends time in the great outdoors. And when I say ultra-rugged, I mean it. They’re designed from the outset to be rough-and-tough. That means…

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Is Blockchain the Solution to the Crisis in Digital Advertising?

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Last November, with concern about “fake news” and social media manipulation at a fever pitch, news broke about another kind of online trickery: A ring of criminal hackers was found to be stealing somewhere around $ 500,000 a day from the buyers of online advertising. The operation, dubbed “Hyphbot,” impersonated media operations like the New York Times and Forbes and then sold views and clicks that were actually generated from fraudulent sites by automated bots from malware-infected PCs.

It was a dramatic instance of a much broader epidemic. One stunning estimate, made in early 2017, put the annual amount of ad fraud worldwide at $ 16.4 billion. That number represents a huge loss for advertisers and clients, who are spending money that has no impact on consumers. But ad fraud also has much larger economic and social impacts, including implications for the health of global democracy. How much good reporting, for instance, could Time or The Guardian have done with even a tiny fraction of that $ 16.4 billion in stolen ad revenue?

The good news is that there may be a solution to all of this, and it’s just over the horizon. Blockchain, the same technology that helped create the digital currency Bitcoin, could solve many of the underlying problems that make ad fraud possible.

A Frustrated Dream

To understand why blockchain is potentially useful for preventing online ad fraud, you first have to understand why such fraud happens and the big promise it’s undermining. First, flash back to the information desert that was pre-internet advertising. Old media like print magazines, billboards, and even television offered relatively little data about who saw an ad. They generally only provided volume and broad demographics, both with a pretty substantial time-lag. Most ad sales were, and many still are, based on the prestige of a publisher or broadcaster and good salesmanship, more than on measurable results.

But by the 1990s, it started to seem that digital ads could change all of that. They would allow precise, real-time tracking not only of how often an ad was viewed, but the characteristics of its viewers, and even whether a viewer went on to engage with an ad or buy a product. It was thought this would dramatically increase the effectiveness of advertising. It would also make everyone a potential publisher — blowing the doors off the media establishment and letting everyone from solo bloggers to remote freelance reporters make ad money from their creativity and drive.

The problem is that it’s easy to subvert such a system, given the radically open structure of the internet. Anyone can connect to the internet from anywhere, and that openness makes tracking or confirming identity very difficult. Hyphbot was able to sell all those fake ads by simply creating domains that superficially mimicked those of prestige publishers, and there was no easy, automated way to distinguish them from the real thing.

To paraphrase a prescient New Yorker cartoon from 1993 on the internet: Nobody knows you’re a dog watching a heartwarming Colgate video thousands of times in a Russian basement.

The problem is worsened by the structure of the online advertising market. Most sales for display and video ads are “programmatic.” That is, at least partly automated. For the dream of data-rich internet advertising to scale up, it has to work this way. However, the architects of the sales process also sit between buyers and sellers – often in many layers. Because of a general lack of transparency in these operations, there are many opportunities for fraudulent ad inventory to enter the ecosystem.

Due to these drawbacks and failures, the dream of trackable, countable online advertising has only come true in a tragically limited sense. Facebook and Google have captured huge amounts of data about their users and solved some fundamental digital identity problems (though both have been fraud targets themselves). Because advertisers can target audiences based on trustworthy data from Facebook and Google, and buy fairly trustworthy views directly from them, they have come to dominate advertising online, with a combined 60% market share  in 2017.

That’s worrisome, and not just for publishers who would love to have more revenue from direct ad sales. For advertisers, Google and Facebook are hardly sexy destinations, and they offer relatively little variation in how they present ads. They’re particularly bad at doing what television and magazine ads have been good at for so long, which is giving a company or product a public personality. Such branding efforts lay the groundwork for long-term sales by making a brand seem sexy, comforting, or fun.  But the text bubbles, display ads, and 15-second videos that Google and Facebook traffic in truly suck at branding.

This shortcoming is just one example of a much deeper problem. Domination of online advertising by a few players, exacerbated by fraud in programmatic advertising, is bad for advertisers. It’s also bad for our economy and society, because it narrows our options for communicating.

In his new book “Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data,” Oxford economist Viktor Mayer-Schonberger makes the case that richer information flows, including targeted ads, are poised to accelerate the global economy dramatically by more efficiently connecting buyers and sellers. But Schonberger also says that a mix of different targeting algorithms is necessary for that to happen. Without many players, even the smartest markets would be subject to inefficient faults. A Google-Facebook duopoly of advertising, in short, is a real threat to a better future.

Fighting Ad Fraud With Blockchain

How do we fix the flaws – weak identity and poor transparency – that make open-market programmatic advertising so vulnerable to fraud? One notable effort in this direction is ads.txt, a new kind of metadata that publishers can use to “whitelist” trustworthy resellers of their ad space. But this has drawbacks, including requiring trust in publishers, which leaves a potential hacking vector in place and does nothing to police robotic views.

Blockchain technology may be a much better solution. First, the blockchain’s distributed, open, and secure database allows multiple actors in a supply chain to track custody in a way that’s completely transparent and auditable. This approach to ad tech parallels efforts underway in the shipping industry, where blockchain may help keep counterfeit or otherwise questionable goods out of the supply chain.

Second, and more radically, blockchain promises a more open solution to the identity problem than Facebook and Google’s walled gardens. IBM, for instance, is currently developing a blockchain-based digital identity solution that it hopes will be shared among governments and businesses. It or something like it could become a major linchpin of an updated digital ad environment, because it could confirm that an ad appeared on a real site and that a real person viewed it.

This is the first of three pieces we’ll be publishing on blockchain and ad fraud, and in the next two we’ll be diving deeper into precisely blockchain solves these problems for advertisers, while also opening up new possibilities for publishers and even audiences. But the fundamental truth is clear: Online advertising isn’t working, and it needs to, for everyone’s sake.

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Give your iPhone X an exoskeleton with the Radius X [Review]

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The futuristic design of Mod-3’s Radius X makes it one of the most unusual iPhone X cases I’ve seen. If you’re after the ultimate minimalist case, or don’t like having a case on your phone but still want to protect it, the Radius X could be the perfect candidate. In fact, it’s less of a […]

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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Offers CarPlay Support

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Pokémon Go: Complete list of Shiny Pokémon as of March 2018

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How do you catch Shiny versions of Lugia, Magikarp, Gyarados, Pikachu, Sableye, Shuppet, Duskull, Mawile, Absol, and Snorunt in Pokémon Go? Here’s your guide!

First introduced as part of the Water Festival Event, with Magikarp and Gyarados, Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Go have grown to include the Pikachu family, and now the Gen 3 Ghosts and select Raid Bosses, among others. Here’s the complete list of shiny Pokémon as of right now, and how you can catch ’em all!

Which Shiny Pokémon are currently available in Pokémon Go?

As of March 2018:

  1. Shiny Magikarp
  2. Shiny Gyarados
  3. Shiny Pichu
  4. Shiny Pikachu
  5. Shiny Raichu
  6. Shiny Sableye
  7. Shiny Shuppet
  8. Shiny Banette
  9. Shiny Duskull
  10. Shiny Dusklops
  11. Shiny Mawile (Raid only)
  12. Shiny Absol (Raid only)
  13. Shiny Snorunt
  14. Shiny Glalie
  15. Shiny Aron
  16. Shiny Lairon
  17. Shiny Aggron
  18. Shiny Swablu
  19. Shiny Altaria
  20. Shiny Luvdisc
  21. Shiny Poochyena
  22. Shiny Mightyena
  23. Shiny Dratini
  24. Shiny Dragonair
  25. Shiny Dragonite
  26. Shiny Lugia (Raid only)
  27. Shiny Magby (Egg only)
  28. Shiny Magmar
  29. Shiny Togepi (Egg only)
  30. Shiny Togetic
  31. Shiny Wynaut (Egg only)
  32. Shiny Wobbuffet
  33. Shiny Bulbasaur
  34. Shiny Ivysaur
  35. Shiny Venusaur

March 23, 2018: Shiny Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, and Venusaur added in time for Community Day

With the third Pokémon Go Community Day comes the third family of Community Day Shinies.

  1. Shiny Bulbasaur
  2. Shiny Ivysaur
  3. Shiny Venusaur

Are Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Go official?

They are now! From Pokémon Go:

Trainers across the globe have reported sightings of golden Magikarp in the wild. These Shiny Magikarp are extremely rare, so pay close attention to the Magikarp you encounter while you’re out exploring the world to make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to catch one!

And what are Shiny Pokémon exactly?

Simply put, color variants.

From Bulbapedia:

A Shiny Pokémon (Japanese: 光るポケモン Shiny Pokémon), previously officially known as alternate coloration or rare coloration (Japanese: 色違い differently colored), and called Color Pokémon in Pokémon Stadium 2, is a specific Pokémon with different coloration to what is usual for its species. It is one of the many differences that a Pokémon can have within its species.

The term “Shiny Pokémon” was first created by fans to refer to the sparkling sound effect and animation made at the start of an encounter with one in the games. Eventually, this term fell into official usage in Generation IV, used on promotional material promoting Shiny event Pokémon. The term Shiny Pokémon was first used in-game in Pokémon Black and White in Nimbasa City.

There’s only one color variant per Pokémon. Some variants are obvious, like Shiny Gyarados is red instead of blue. Others are more subtle.

What about Zapdos, isn’t it Shiny?

No. Strangely, Pokémon Go is using the Shiny model for Zapdos to represent all Zapdos. So, while it looks Shiny, it’s only counted as the regular version.


What are the odds of finding a Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Go?

No one knows. In the original Pokémon Games, Shiny are extremely rate. One in thousands. 1/4069. It’s unclear.

n Pokémon Go, it might turn out to be more like Evolution Items, which is roughly 1/300. But that’s the thing about random chances — some people have gotten them right away, others after a 100 or so, other still nothing after 500+.

There’s no guarantee. It’s a dice roll every time. All you can do is keep catching until you get one.

Any chance you’ve already caught Shiny Pokémon and they’ll all suddenly be revealed?

There was some hope that Shiny was an attribute that, upon release, would suddenly light up existing Pokémon you’d already caught. For example, that Pokémon with perfect stats (100% IV) would suddenly be revealed as Shiny.

No such luck.

To have a Shiny you have to catch a Shiny post-release. No retroactive Shiny status has been conferred.

Can you hatch Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Go?

Yes! Shiny Pichu has been hatched from an egg. The Gen 3 Ghosts as well.

And you can catch them, right? With Incense and Lures too?

Sure can, and absolutely with Incense and Lures!

Any Pokémon with a shiny form in the game can turn out to be Shiny when you encounter it, whether it’s in the wild, from a Lure at a PokéStop, or attracted by Incense.

In other words, Lure and Incense away!

Do Shiny Pokémon show up on Nearby or Sightings?

No, sadly. Pokémon will always show up on Nearby if it’s attached to a PokéStop, or Sightings if it’s not, but it’ll look totally normal.

It’s only revealed as a Shiny when you tap on it and go to the catch screen. So, if you see a normal Magikarp or Pikachu on Nearby or Sightings, don’t discount it — once you tap on it, it could be a Shiny.

Are Shiny Pokémon Shiny for everyone?

Nope. With Ditto, once a Pokémon is determined to be Ditto, the servers make it Ditto for everyone. With Shiny, it’s done on a player-by-player basis.

That means you and a friend can both catch the same Magikarp, yours could turn out to be Shiny, and theirs… not.

Basically, where Ditto seems global, Shiny seems to be on a case-by-case basis.

But once you catch a Shiny Pokémon, you can still show it off in a Gym?

Yes, once you catch a Shiny, it will show as Shiny, including in Gyms. So, go ahead, make everyone jealous!

Will Shiny Pokémon show up in the Pokédex?

They will! Not as separate entries, though, but as a new badge on the main entries, same as genders do. You’ll need to make sure you’re running the latest version of Pokémon Go, then:

  1. Tap the Menu button (looks like a Poké Ball), button right.
  2. Tap Pokédex, top middle.
  3. Tap on the Pokémon you want to check. (Only Magikarp and Gyarados for now.)
  4. Look for the Shiny badge.

Of course, the Shiny badge will only show up once you’ve caught a Shiny version of that Pokémon. So, if you don’t see it, go catch one!

Do Shiny Pokémon have perfect stats (IV)? Special movesets? Magic powers?

Nope. Shiny Pokémon have the same stats (IV) as non-Shiny variants. Which is to say, a range. You can catch a perfect Shiny Magikarp, but you can also catch a not-so-great one.

They also have no special movesets or powers of any kind. Aside from looking AWESOME on Gyms.

If you evolve Shiny Pokémon do you get it’s Shiny evolution?

Totally. Shiny status, like festive hat status, stays with a Pokémon during evolution. If you get a Shiny Magikarp and decide to hit the Evolution button, you’ll end up with a Shiny Gyarados. Same with Shiny Pichu or Shiny Pikachu — that’s how you get Shiny Raichu.

If you catch a shiny Magikarp, can it turn into a Shiny Ditto?

It can turn into Ditto but not a Shiny Ditto. Which is as horrifying as it sounds.

Magikarp are one of the 7 Pokémon species that can currently be revealed as Ditto in Pokémon Go. Every time you catch a Magikarp, there’s a chance it’ll morph into Ditto — including a Shiny Magikarp.

Since there’s no Shiny Ditto in the game yet, that means you could finally catch your Shiny Magikarp only to watch in horror as it morphs into a regular old Ditto right before your eyes.

Yeah. Ugh.

Can your transfer Shiny Pokémon back to the professor? Can you do it by accident? (Terror!)

You can transfer Shiny Pokémon, but Pokémon Go will treat them as though they’re automatically favorited.

So, if you try to choose a Shiny Pokémon as part of a bulk transfer, you’ll be prevented from doing so. If you try to transfer a Shiny Pokémon separately, you’ll get a warning.

Safety first!

When are more Shiny Pokémon coming to Pokémon Go?

When Pokémon Go announces them!

OK, fine, just tell me how to catch ’em all!

First, you have to find as many Pokémon as you can. That means finding spawns or nests where those types of Pokémon are commen. Then catch, catch, catch away.

Same for eggs. Collect as many as you can. Walk as much as you can. And hatch, hatch hatch.

For the Raid Pokémon, the story is the same. Find the Raids. Beat the Raid Boss. Hope the one you get is Shiny.

And, if you have a chance to catch a Shiny, remember:

  1. ABC. Always be curving. Once you can nail Curve Ball every time, you’ll get a 1.7x bonus every time.
  2. Max out your medals. Some are easier to get than others but they consume no resources like Great or Ultra Balls or Razz Berries, so once you get them, that 1.1x to 1.3x is automatically applied each time.
  3. Consistency counts. Aim for the smallest target you can nail every time. If that’s Nice, it’s nice. If that’s Great or Excellent, even nicer. But better the bonus you get then one you miss, and that extra 1.3 to 2x also doesn’t consume resources and can make a difference.
  4. Razz for real. Use Razz Berries when you need to. Unlike Great or Ultra Balls, you can’t miss with a Razz Berry and its 1.5x bonus will last until you hit. For the new Golden Razz Berries, it’s 2.5x!
  5. Bump them Balls. Use Great and Ultra Balls to maximize your odds. You get an extra 1.5x for a Great Ball and 2x for an Ultra Ball so use them to get those super rare or hard to catch Pokémon.

For a complete explanation and many more details:

How to catch tough Pokémon in Pokémon Go

Any Shiny Pokémon questions?

If you have any questions about Shiny Pokémon, drop them in the comments below!

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