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The 1 tiny, key detail in the new 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 teaser you may have missed

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 12:25

Warning: Contains potential spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8.

Yes, okay, it's only a 40-second teaser with no actual Season 8 footage. But frankly, the day I can't obsess over a 40-second teaser with no actual Season 8 footage is the day I no longer call myself a Game of Thrones fan.

The teaser, which dropped on Wednesday evening, shows ice and fire spreading across a map. As both spread towards the centre, miniature statues representing various Houses — wolf/Stark; dragon/Targaryen; lion/Lannister — are engulfed.

SEE ALSO: Night King actor reveals pretty big spoiler about a vital scene in 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Read more...

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Europe should be worried about Huawei, EU tech commissioner says

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 12:21
The European Union should be worried about Huawei [HWT.UL] and other Chinese technology companies because of the risk they pose to the bloc's industry and security, the EU's technology commissioner said on Friday.
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In biggest Indian IT deal, HCL Tech to buy $1.8 billion of IBM software

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 12:20
HCL Technologies will buy some software assets from U.S.-based IBM Corp for $1.8 billion, the companies said on Friday, marking the largest purchase ever by an Indian IT services firm.
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Midge of 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' is kinda rude (and that's a good thing)

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 12:00

While The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2 is every bit as charming and effervescent as we've come to expect, the latest episodes make it impossible to deny what we suspected but ignored in Season 1: Midge Maisel is kind of rude.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing, given our protagonist's aspirations in the male-dominated field of standup comedy. In 2018, women on TV (and in real life) are done apologizing and pretending to be perfect. Midge is no Claire Underwood or Serena Joy,  but when we extol her virtues, let us not pretend that to be demure and polite is among them. She's aggressive in ways to which the average viewer can actually relate. Read more...

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Categories: IT General, Technology

Japan government to halt buying Huawei, ZTE equipment: sources

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:35
Japan plans to ban government purchases of equipment from China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp to beef up its defenses against intelligence leaks and cyber attacks, sources told Reuters.
Categories: Technology

Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge is real, and it's coming to the Mac

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:22

Recent rumors were real: Microsoft's Edge will become a Chromium-based browser. 

Microsoft's Corporate VP Joe Belfiore revealed the news in a blog post Thursday, saying the company intends to "to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop."

Here's the kicker: Microsoft plans to bring this new, Chromium-based Edge browser to the Mac. 

SEE ALSO: Microsoft’s redesigned Office icons showcase the future of the software suite

According to Belfiore, Microsoft plans to make the switch to Chromium "over the next year or so." 

For users, this means better compliance with web standards and other Chromium-based browsers such as Google's Chrome and Opera. Microsoft also plans to deliver and update Edge more frequently to all supported versions of Windows. And, finally, Microsoft hopes that its participation in the Chromium project will make other Chromium-based browsers better on Windows devices.  Read more...

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Save on gifts for the person who dreams of living on Mars

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:00

Hunting for a fitting present for a person who is obsessed with celestial objects is as seemingly impossible a task as finding a way to fling them directly into space. 

You can't exactly promise them infinity and beyond, but what you can give are these gifts that are, dare we say, out of this world. If you have someone in your life who's deeply into space and wants to inhabit Mars with Elon Musk someday, they'll find joy in these gifting picks, all of which are on sale:

Levimoon: Levitating Moon Light

Here's something that would blow a Neil Armstrong wannabe's mind: a levitating replica of our dear satellite. Just like how the moon reflects light on the earth at night, Levimoon can serve as either a mood light or lamp when it's dark.  Read more...

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Know someone who loves wine? Get them this gadget.

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:00

When it comes to purchasing gifts for your friend who's always swishing and gurgling wine, you have to think outside the bottle. Gifting them yet another carafe of Merlot has gotten old, and you best believe they'd down and toss it in just a few hours (so much for giving them something they'd remember you for).

SEE ALSO: Tide's new 'Eco-Box' looks a whole lot like boxed wine

But for the rare occasion that they have leftover vino, give them the gift of legit — and we say legit because most wine saving techniques are a sham — wine preservation: the Wine Squirrel. (It's on sale in the Mashable Shop for only $79.) Read more...

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Why you should add 'About Time' to your holiday movie list

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:00

Each December, we bust out the holiday cheer, from obnoxious Christmas music to Love Actually on a loop. I’m all about this — I usually leave my tree up until my January birthday — but I start with a different movie: About Time.

From Love Actually writer-director Richard Curtis, About Time is comparatively trimmed down, following the life of Tim (Domhnall Gleeson), the young son in a family where the men can travel through time. There are no other sci-fi frills (and probably some plot holes as a result, but who cares!), since as Tim’s father (Bill Nighy) notes, they can’t change anything outside their own lives.  Read more...

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Categories: IT General, Technology

China's ByteDance to raise about $1.45 billion for its venture fund: the Information

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:06
Beijing ByteDance Technology Co, one of the world's most valuable startups, is in talks to raise about $1.45 billion (9.97 billion yuan) to invest in artificial intelligence and media content, The Information website reported on Friday.
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UK readying plans for medical supplies in no-deal Brexit

Health News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 09:28
Britain is working on plans to use aeroplanes and fast-track trucks to ensure the continued supply of medicines if it leaves the European Union without a deal in March.
Categories: Health

Exclusive: U.S. probe of China's Huawei includes bank fraud accusations: sources

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 09:27
Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's chief financial officer was arrested as part of a U.S. investigation into an alleged scheme to use the global banking system to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran, according to people familiar with the probe.
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'Our airplanes are safe,' Boeing says as officials push training

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 09:01
Aviation authorities in Indonesia and India on Thursday pushed for more simulator training for Boeing Co 737 MAX pilots following the deadly Lion Air crash, while the world's largest planemaker reiterated that its top-selling jetliner was safe.
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Huawei CFO to appear in Canada court in U.S. extradition case

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 08:56
A top executive of China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd who is under arrest in Canada is set to appear in a Vancouver court on Friday for a bail hearing as she awaits possible extradition to the United States.
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China expresses concern over reported Japan government ban on Huawei, ZTE

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 08:56
China's Foreign Ministry said on Friday that it was seriously concerned over reports that Japan plans to ban government purchases of equipment from China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp.
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AstraZeneca's Imfinzi fails to meet main goals in head and neck cancer study

Health News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 08:54
AstraZeneca Plc's immunotherapy treatment Imfinzi did not meet the main goals in a late-stage study for advanced head and neck cancer, the London-listed drugmaker said on Friday.
Categories: Health

China's Huawei appoints chairman as acting CFO after executive's arrest

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 08:37
China's Huawei Technologies has appointed Chairman Liang Hua as acting chief financial officer (CFO) following the arrest in Canada of its CFO, who faces extradition to the United States, staff briefed on an internal memo told Reuters.
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Geek Trivia: Which Sci-Fi Actor Raised $25,000 For Charity By Selling His Kidney Stone?

How-To Geek - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 08:02

Which Sci-Fi Actor Raised $25,000 For Charity By Selling His Kidney Stone?
  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  2. Nathan Fillion
  3. Charleton Heston
  4. William Shatner

Think you know the answer?

Categories: IT General, Technology

When Talking to Customers, Be Confident and Show Your Expertise

Havard Management Tip of the Day - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 08:00

Everyone wants their customers to be happy. And that requires using the right words, especially since more and more customer interactions take place through writing (email, live chat, even Twitter). Start the conversation by establishing a personal rapport. Show the customer that you’re listening to their problem or complaint, and then shift to a take-charge attitude, using confident, assertive language. Research shows that customer satisfaction is higher when you avoid deferential words (“afraid,” “mistake”) and use dominant language instead (“must,” “confirm,” “action”). In addition, customers will see you as more helpful if you use specific words. For example, a clothing retailer should talk about the “white turtleneck” rather than the “shirt,” and the “high-top sneakers” rather than the “shoes.” And don’t be afraid to explicitly endorse a product to the customer (“I suggest this comforter” or “I recommend this album”); doing so implicitly, by sharing your personal preference (“I like this comforter” or “I love this album”), can be less effective. An explicit endorsement signals both confidence and expertise.

Adapted from “The Words and Phrases to Use — and to Avoid — When Talking to Customers,” by Sarah Moore et al.

Categories: Management

India's HCL to buy some IBM software assets for $1.8 billion; shares fall

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 07:46
Indian software services firm HCL Technologies agreed to buy some software assets from International Business Machines Corp for $1.80 billion to help it compete better with bigger rivals such as TCS and Infosys Ltd .
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