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Apple has taken down New York Times apps in China after a government request (AAPL)

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Apple has removed apps from The New York Times from its app store in China, after “what it said was a request from the Chinese authorities,” according to the Times itself.

Apple took down both English and Chinese-language apps from China’s iTunes store on December 23, the Times said. Apps from other publications like The Wall Street Journal and FT haven’t been banned. It’s worth noting that China began blocking the Times’ websites in 2012, after a series on the wealth of then-Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s family.

“We have been informed that the app is in violation of local regulations,” Fred Sainz, an Apple spokesman, told The Times. “As a result, the app must be taken down off the China App Store. When this situation changes, the App Store will once again offer the New York Times app for download in China.”

A Times spokesperson said the following: 

“The request by the Chinese authorities to remove our apps is part of their wider attempt to prevent readers in China from accessing independent news coverage by The New York Times of that country, coverage which is no different from the journalism we do about every other country in the world.”

This isn’t the first time Apple has run into takedown issues in China. The company’s iBooks and iTunes Movies stores were shut down in China in April, less than six months after they launched in the country.

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China's smog has gotten so bad, it's almost impossible to see skyscrapers from the air

China’s still getting hit with intense levels of air pollution. 

As of Wednesday, Beijing was under a “red alert” for smog — the highest of four levels — and a “yellow alert” for fog. Other areas, particularly in northern China were still under red alert as of Wednesday for both fog and smog.

This photo, by CNN chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto, shows just how insane the smog has gotten, enveloping the capital so much that just the tops of the buildings can be seen.

The high pollution has been going on for a number of weeks, causing flight delays, and leading to traffic bans, as part of what Business Insider’s Louise Liu called  “smog season” or “airpocalypse.” Colder temperatures means more coal is burned to heat homes, which exacerbates China’s air pollution problem. 

Coal, and things like soot and dust, contain a particulate matter called PM 2.5. The particulates are tiny, which makes it easy for them to get stuck in the lungs, leading to conditions like asthma and chronic lung disease.

Here’s a video showing the smog roll in on Sunday.

The smog is expected to lift by the end of the week.

SEE ALSO: Photos of China’s ‘Airpocalypse’ — where industrial smog makes the country a living hell for half a billion people

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Twitter cofounder Evan Williams lays off one-third of staff at Medium, closes two offices

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Medium is laying off one-third of its staff — roughly 50 people — as the company changes its course, according to a post from its founder and CEO Evan Williams

The Twitter cofounder announced on Wednesday that the publishing platform will be shuttering two offices in New York and Washington D.C. as part of the down-sizing. The majority of the employees let go are in sales or other business functions, leaving the engineering and product teams largely intact.

The downsizing comes as the company looks to change its business model after it felt that it was “falling short” of its original goals. 

According to Williams’ original mission, Medium was supposed to be a “new model for media on the internet.” Yet the startup didn’t exactly pioneer a new path when in October it announced that it was going to be rolling out native ad campaigns and sponsored posts on the site. 

Medium has now changed its mind about that direction and the startup says it will be looking at a new way to support the internet’s writers and creators.

Upon further reflection, it’s clear that the broken system is ad-driven media on the internet. It simply doesn’t serve people,” Williams wrote. “….So, we are shifting our resources and attention to defining a new model for writers and creators to be rewarded, based on the value they’re creating for people. And toward building a transformational product for curious humans who want to get smarter about the world every day.

What the new model is is unknown, and the company says it will take a long time to find out. Williams say it is “too soon to say exactly what it this will look like”. 

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AWS Managed Services targets enterprise workloads

AWS (Amazon Web Services) recently announced a new Managed Services product for its public cloud that aims to ease migration of legacy enterprise applications.

AWS Managed Services is a series of infrastructure operations management tools meant to provide ongoing management, support, monitoring, and security of an AWS cloud environment. It’s delivered jointly by AWS employees and certified AWS partners and is meant to serve AWS’s largest clients who are planning to migrate workloads to Amazon’s public cloud.

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PC shipments predicted to return to growth in 2018 after six-year skid

Apple CEO Tim Cook declared the PC dead in a famous 2015 interview. Apparently, he’s wrong, and the PC market will live another day.

Gartner is projecting annual PC shipments to return to growth in 2018, ending a historic skid that started in 2012, the year Microsoft released Windows 8.

The growth in 2018 will be minor. Gartner is projecting shipments of laptops, hybrids, and desktops to be around 272 million in 2018, growing from 266 million in 2017. PC shipments in 2016 were 268 million, according to the research firm.

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CES 2017: MSI launches VR-ready gaming PCs

Brand-new VR-ready gaming laptops, gaming motherboards, ultimate gaming graphics cards equipped with TWIN FROZR VI, gaming desktop PCs and Gaming Gear peripherals will bring gamers all over the world the latest and greatest technologies. With Windows 10, these devices have your personal digital assistant, Cortana, built-in, are equipped with the Xbox app and Direct X12 and can take advantage of Xbox Play Anywhere.

Let’s take a closer look at what MSI announced today:

MSI gaming laptops with performance, resolution and multimedia

Thanks to the new the Intel 7th generation CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050 Ti & GTX1050 gaming graphics cards, the gaps between laptops and desktops are further shortened, delivering the faster and smoother VR experience to all gamers.  All of MSI’s gaming notebooks equipped with the latest NVIDIA PASCAL graphics cards are VR-ready, and Intel 7th generation CPU will be added to all of MSI’s gaming product lines, allowing VR users to run their VR applications even faster and smoother.

MSI also enhances the audio experience with ESS SABRE HiFi technology. Now, MSI GT83VR, GT73VR, GS73VR, GS63VR and GS43VR gaming laptops are ready to support the finest audio quality through SABRE HiFi DAC to your high-end headsets.

Nahimic VR sound enhancement in MSI Gaming

Nahimic VR sound enhancement in MSI Gaming

Now, with Nahimic VR with 7.1 sound provided exclusively on MSI gaming notebooks (on selected models), you can enjoy VR like never before.

The Nahimic 2+, which will be available for all new gaming notebooks announced at CES, will support more features and higher compatibility for VR games. It has refined profile interface and, together with Nahimic VR by Nahimic 2+ technology, will be optimized for HTC VIVE kits in early 2017.

MSI GAMING Motherboards – Personalize your gaming rig with RGB Mystic Light

The next-generation MSI GAMING motherboards are packed with unique features such as M.2 Shield to protect against thermal throttling on super-fast M.2 SSDs and VR Boost to deliver a smooth VR experience with lower latency and less chance of motion sickness.

The Z270 GAMING M7 gaming motherboard is an incredibly versatile and complete foundation for a high-end gaming system. Features such as Audio Boost 4 PRO, with Nahimic 2, provides gamers the purest sound experience and a competitive edge on the battlefield. All the heatsinks and covers on the Z270 GAMING M7 motherboard feature RGB Mystic Light, which lets you change the colors and effects with a single click of the mouse.

The Z270 GAMING PRO CARBON motherboard is sure to offer gamers a true personalized experience with RGB Mystic Light. Using the Gaming App, gamers can easily control the LEDs by smartphone. Mystic Light Sync ensures any additional LEDs on cases, keyboard or other accessories synchronize colors and effects.

The Z270 TOMAHAWK gaming motherboard is built to ensure perfect performance during long gaming sessions with features such as twin Turbo M.2, GAMING LAN and Audio Boost.

Mighty Imposing Gaming Desktop PCs – Aegis, Nightblade and Trident Series

Unmatched in performance and extraordinary in design, the Aegis Series are at the top of MSI’s gaming desktop line-up. Built on the legacy of the first Nightblade gaming desktop series, the new Nightblades feature both an updated exterior and interior design. The Trident series has made its mark as the world’s smallest VR-ready PC to date. Now upgraded with the new Intel 7th generation CPU, Trident 3 is the pinnacle of small form factor, yet high-performance PC gaming.

MSI GAMING Graphics Card Series

MSI GAMING Graphics Card Series

Core Frozr is the best choice for gamers looking for a complete MSI-style setup with top-notch acoustic performance. For gamers looking to gain more graphics power while staying with their current laptop, MSI GUS (Graphics Upgrade Solution) is the answer to elevate the graphics performance to the highest level. Using a Thunderbolt interface, both latest generation NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards are supported.

Immerse GH70 GAMING Headset, Clutch GM70 GAMING Mouse, Vigor GK80 and GK70 GAMING Keyboards

Recognizing the importance of true detailed Hi-Fi sound reproduction in games, the upcoming Immerse GH70 GAMING Headset features certified Hi-Res drivers with Virtual 7.1 Surround sound and color effects through MSI Mystic Light Sync. The Clutch GM70 GAMING mouse, combined with an incredibly precise 18000 DPI optical sensor and full RGB Mystic Light, can be used both wired and wireless by simply disconnecting the cable on the mouse for ultimate comfort. Finally, two new high-end mechanical gaming keyboards featuring Cherry MX Switches, RGB Mystic Light and a multitude of hotkeys. Standing out from the crowd, Vigor GK80 and GK70 GAMING Keyboards are designed to offer comfort and all the tools a true gamer needs.

Pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.

MSI continues to push the limits of what’s possible to offer PC gamers. To learn more about today’s news, visit us.msi.com.

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Ricoh announces the R, a camera that will make 360-degree live streaming easy

ricoh-r-cropped Following from the company’s successful Theta S, Ricoh today flirtatiously lifted the veil on an upcoming product that will make live streaming 360-degree content a breeze. For now, the company is making a camera available for developers to start building their own applications. The dev kits are slated to ship in Q2 this year. Read More

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Facebook adds automatic subtitling for Page videos

facebook-subtitles Facebook pulled the world back into the silent film era with its muted, auto-play videos, but its latest tool could make it easier to repurpose traditional clips. Facebook has launched a free, automatic video captioning tool to all US English Facebook Pages. TechCrunch and some other Pages only recently began seeing the quietly launched option, though Facebook responded to our inquiry saying… Read More

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Here's how the future of charging technology will make your life easier

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Take a minute to think about all the electronic devices you use in a day. From smartphones to laptops, tablets to wearables, these pieces of technology make your life easier and ensure that you’re constantly connected. Now take a minute to think about all the various plugs and cords you need to power up these devices. Doesn’t seem quite as easy now, does it? 

Luckily, technology is advancing to the point that eventually, everyone will be living free from the constraints of multiple ports and cords that eat up valuable time charging your devices. Soon, all it’ll take to charge any device is one single, super-fast charger, regardless of the type of device or the brand. 

For more on what’s next when it comes to charging, check out Belkin’s report, The Future of Charging: USB Power Delivery & Wireless Charging. Read an excerpt below:

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