Rafael Nadal seemed to have enjoyed every bit of his 6 3 6 4 6 2 win over US youngster Frances Tiafoe in the quarter finals of the Australian Open on Tuesday. The Spaniard was at his brutal best as has been the case all through the tournament so far as he served 11 aces, won 84 per cent of the points on his first serve and consolidated his servicec games throughout to seal a semi final date with Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece.
Taipei, Oct. 22 (CNA) Taiwan based HTC Corp. said Monday that it has opened the first global flagship store for its Vive virtual reality headset in Shenzhen, China.The store will offer consumers a new VR experience through its retail network and give them a better understanding of VR technology as they try HTC devices and content on display, said HTC, a smartphone company that has been expanding into VR technology.After launching its first Vive headset in 2015, HTC went on to dominate the VR market in China in 2017, with the Vive taking an 82 percent share in the third quarter of the year.In August, HTC said it had teamed up with its global VR development partners such as McLaren Formula 1 Team, video game company Ubisoft Entertainment SA, and entertainment business giant Warner Bros. to take part in the China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference, also known as ChinaJoy, and to stage a VR gaming carnival there.In January, HTC unveiled its Vive Focus, a standalone virtual reality headset, at the Vive Developer Conference in Beijing.At a VR technology conference in Jiangxi Province last week, HTC introduced a Vive 6DoF Developer Kit that features "6 degrees of freedom," a type of technology that involves freedom of movement of a rigid body in three dimensional space.HTC has been stepping up its VR operations in a bid to offset its losses in the highly competitive smartphone market but has not yet managed to pull out of its losses.In September, HTC reported consolidated sales of about NT$1.26 billion, a decline of 80.71 percent from a year earlier and 9.58 percent from August.It was the company's lowest monthly sales since May 2003 and the third consecutive month that the figure remained under NT$2 billion.In the first nine months of this year, HTC's consolidated sales totaled NT$19.61 billion, a year on year decline of 57.72 percent. (By Jiang Ming yan and Frances Huang)Enditem pcRatings
On Tuesday morning, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced three winners for this year;s Nobel prize in Physics. As we mentioned in Data Sheet, one of those winners Donna Strickland of the University of Waterloo was the first woman to win the award in 55 years and only the third woman ever, following atomic modeler Maria Goeppert Mayer in 1963 and radiation research pioneer Marie Curie in 1903. As has also been widely reported, Strickland was also the only one of those three women who lacked a Wikipedia page prior to Tuesday.Back in March, someone tried to write a Wikipedia entry for one of the most important optical physicists on the planet, only to have their proposed entry rejected on May 23 by one of Wikipedia 's volunteer editing crew because the "submission is about a person not yet shown to meet notability guidelines. " That the draft entry cited four major scientific awards Strickland had won and her stint as president of the Optical Society seemingly went over the head of said editor. As Quartz pointed out, the sad story isn 't all that surprising, as only 17% of Wikipedia 's biographical articles are about women. Thankfully, yesterday 's female Nobel winner, chemist Frances Arnold of CalTech, was not among the overlooked she 's had a page since 2008.
Arnold, of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, is the fifth woman to win a chemistry Nobel in the prize;s 117 year history and will take half the 9 million SEK (US$1 million) prize. Yesterday the Nobel committee awarded its third physics prize to a woman, Donna Strickland.Smith is retired from a career of biochemistry research at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and Winter is a biochemistry researcher at Cambridge University and the founder of several companies including one that commercialized inflammation drug Humira, based on his Nobel winning research. Humira 's sales last year were $18.4 billion.
Europe secured an emphatic victory to defeat the United States in the Ryder Cup.Thomas Bjorn's side enjoyed a superb Sunday in the singles, to post a 17.5 10.5 victory at Le Golf National.
Roars could he heard echoing across the back nine, with spectators surrounding empty greens, eagerly awaiting the players and joining in the cheers when holed putts were shown on big screens.Any suspicions that the spectators in France would be more interested in the star power of American Tiger Woods were misplaced, as the inspirational European pairing of Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood received partisan encouragement throughout their second straight win over Woods and Patrick Reed in the fourballs.
Taipei, Aug. 18 (CNA) Automatic teller machines (ATMs) around Taiwan crashed Saturday morning and were down for two hours, crippling inter bank transactions, the government sponsored Financial Information Service Co. (FISC) said.The problem occurred at around 7 a.m. due to an error in the information management system in the IBM mainframe, FISC spokesman Chen Chang hsiu ( ) said.The crash did not affect ATM withdrawals or deposits at the specific banks of the cardholders but halted the transfer of funds between banks via ATMs and online banking services, said the FISC , which is the central operator of such services.It said cards also could not be used at any ATM other than those of the bank by which they were issued.The FISC and IBM were able to fix the error and restore all ATM and online banking services by 9 a.m., Chen said.The problem was not caused by any virus or hacker attack but rather resulted from programming errors in the FISC's IBM mainframe, he said, adding that the FISC and IBM were still examining the systems.The effects on the banking sector were limited because the crash was on the weekend and occurred early in the morning, Chen said.The FISC is still trying to determine how many inter bank transactions failed during the two hour period, he said.According to the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC), there were 28,771 ATMs around Taiwan as of June.In that month, 73.27 million ATM transactions totaling NT$916.90 billion (US$29.77 billion) were carried out. (By Kou Hsin yi and Frances Huang)Enditem pcRatings
Taipei, July 30 (CNA) Taiwan based smartphone brand HTC Corp., which has intensified efforts in virtual reality technology development, announced Monday that it will attend the upcoming ChinaJoy 2018 in Shanghai to show its virtual reality inventions.HTC said it will team up with its global VR development partners, such as Formula One (F1) Team McLaren, video game publisher Ubisoft Entertainment SA, and entertainment business giant Warner Bros., to take part in ChinaJoy in a bid to build a VR gaming carnival in the Shanghai exhibition.The upcoming 16th annual ChinaJoy, or China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference, scheduled to open Aug. 3 and run through Aug. 6, is the largest gaming and digital entertainment exhibition held in Asia.HTC, which is struggling with escalating competition in the global smartphone market, entered the VR business in 2015 with its first VR headset the Vive and launched global sales in April 2016, in an effort to diversify its product portfolio and increase sales.According to HTC, it is working with McLaren to launch the China chapter of the global McLaren Shadow Project at ChinaJoy, which will feature competition in VR gaming by integrating professional sports and VR technology.HTC said the winner in the McLaren Shadow Project at ChinaJoy will become part of the McLaren gaming development group and receive instruction from experts invited by the F1 team.In May, HTC and McLaren announced their partnership in a long term strategic alliance to develop VR products and VR and AR (augmented reality) content for more than 500 million F1 fans around the world.In the HTC pavilion at ChinaJoy, the Taiwanese firm said Ubisoft will display its latest shooting game Space Junkies which will support HTC's Vive Pro, an upgraded version of the Vive, while Warner will allow visitors to experience the "Rise of the Gunters" and "Battle for the OASIA" games.HTC said ChinaJoy visitors to its VR pavilion will be able to play an upgraded version of the Vive Focus, a standalone VR headset unveiled in China in November 2017, as well as an integration of the Vive Focus and its smartphones.Although HTC is trying hard to penetrate the global VR market, sales generated by these efforts are only a small fraction of its total revenue, and the company is still under pressure amid rising competition, not only in the high end smartphone market but also in the mid range segment.In June, HTC posted NT$2.23 billion (US$72.88) in consolidated sales, down 67.64 percent from last year. The June figure was also down 8.97 percent from the previous month.It was the fifth consecutive month in which HTC had failed to generate monthly revenue of less than NT$3 billion. (By Jiang Ming yan and Frances Huang)Enditem JRatings
Taipei, July 28 (CNA) Taiwan based smartphone brand HTC Corp. is likely to start selling its next generation mid range phone the HTC U12 Life soon, with plans to launch the new model in August, according to tech website Android Authority.The report posted on the website earlier this week came after Darren Chen ( ), head of HTC Taiwan, said last week that the company will continue to launch new models in the third quarter of this year to boost sales, despite the smartphone brand announcing on July 2 plans to cut about a quarter of its global workforce by the end of September."The HTC U11 Life launched last December with Android Oreo, but as we're seeing these promo materials now, it could mean that the U12 Life would be launched a little earlier, and potentially with the final version of Android P (which will probably arrive next month)," the website said.Android Oreo and Android P are two of Google's operating systems.Android Authority said the upcoming mid range model will be powered by Qualcomm Inc.'s octa core Snapdragon 636 processor and equipped with a six inch full screen along with 4GB of RAM, and 64GB internal storage plus microSD support.The new phone will also have a 13 megapixel front facing camera with flash and beauty mode, Android authority added. The report said the new phone will have a dual rear camera setup with 16 megapixel and 5 megapixel sensors, and possibly an "Edge Sense" function that allows users to squeeze the phone to activate features such as the camera, Facebook, or other apps.In addition, the U12 Life will adopt the "liquid surface" design of the smartphone vendor's flagship U series, which enables the model to reflect light differently.Android Authority said the U12 Life will also be powered by a 3,600 mAh battery, while the new model is expected to have a fingerprint scanner.Market insiders said the U12 Life is expected to carry a price tag of about NT$10,000 (US$327) so the model aims to take on competition from other mid range models such as Xiaomi's Hongmi Note 5 and Nokia 6.1 Plus, which are sold at a similar price.HTC launched its latest flagship model: the HTC U12 in May but the company is still struggling with rising competition in the global smartphone market.In June, HTC posted NT$2.23 billion in consolidated sales, down 67.64 percent from last year. The June figure was also down 8.97 percent from the previous month.It was the fifth consecutive month HTC has failed to generate monthly revenue of more than NT$3 billion.In the first quarter, HTC posted a net profit of NT$21.1 billion, compared with a net loss of NT$9.8 billion in the quarter before that, with earnings per share of NT$25.70.However, the first quarter results, which ended 11 consecutive quarters of losses, were boosted by a deal in which the company sold its smartphone ODM assets to Google last year.In 2017, HTC incurred a net loss of NT$16.91 billion and a loss per share of NT$20.58, the highest since it listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange in March 2002. (By Jiang Ming yan and Frances Huang)Enditem AWRatings
Born Katherine Noel Brosnahan (her niece is actress Rachel Brosnahan), the designer was married to 55 year old Andy Spade (brother of actor David Spade), and had one daughter with him, Frances Beatrix Valentine. Kate and Andy married in 1994, after meeting at a clothing store where they both worked, according to Newsweek. He helped found Partners Spade, Sleepy Jones, as well as the Kate Spade brand, which he and Kate launched in 1993.Soon after the launch, the Kate Spade brand became known for its playful and whimsical handbags, which reflected her personal style. Into the decade, the brand expanded its accessories portfolio and launched clothing as well. In July 2017, Tapestry Inc. (then Coach Inc.). bought Kate Spade for $2.4 billion.
Famed handbag designer Kate Spade was found dead in an apparent suicide on Tuesday morning in her Upper East Side apartment, the Associated Press reported, citing law enforcement officials. She was 55.Spade, who is best known for launching her namesake handbag brand, leaves behind a husband and a 13 year old daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade.
Cornelia Frances has died aged 77 Getty Images British born actor Cornelia Frances, best known for her role in the Australian soap opera Home and Away, has died aged 77.Ms Frances, who played Morag Bellingham in the long running series, revealed earlier this year she was fighting cancer.
Let's begin with Lauren Cohan, who will star in Whiskey Cavalier. The hour long dramedy is an action oriented adventure series that will star Cohan as Francesca "Frankie" Trowbridge, a CIA operative with the codename: "Fiery Tribune." According to ABC's announcement of the series' pickup, it will chronicle Frankie's partnership with FBI super agent Will Chase (Scott Foley), as they lead an inter agency team of misfit spies. Their hurdles include steering through the murky minefield of friendship, romance, and office politics.TV Line shared the news of Michael Cudlitz's new series The Kids Are Alright being picked up, and it sounds similarly quirky to Lauren Cohan's. The sitcom, which is set in the 1970's, will star Cudlitz as the patriarch of a huge Irish Catholic family, which includes eight (yes, eight) sons. He raises the boisterous bunch alongside his wife Peggy (Mary McCormack), and everything seems to be running smoothly. That is until their oldest son returns home, having quit seminary with startling plans to "save the world." It sounds like this family will have their hands full.
Related Carey Mulligan On The Draw Of #039;Wildlife #039; And The Industry #039;s Failure To Reflect Complicated Women Cannes Studio Principal photography started on April 30 in the UK on the project that 's based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The deal follows a presentation by Studiocanal earlier this week.
Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said an Italian team conducted extensive studies with ground penetrating radar that showed the tomb did not contain any hidden, man made blocking walls as was earlier suspected. Francesco Porcelli of the Polytechnic University of Turin presented the findings at an international conference in Cairo."Our work shows in a conclusive manner that there are no hidden chambers, no corridors adjacent to Tutankhamen's tomb," Porcelli said.
Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said an Italian team conducted extensive studies with ground penetrating radar that showed the tomb did not contain any hidden, man made blocking walls as was earlier suspected. Francesco Porcelli of the Polytechnic University of Turin presented the findings at an international conference in Cairo. "Our work shows in a conclusive manner that there are no hidden chambers, no corridors adjacent to Tutankhamun 's tomb, " Porcelli said, "As you know there was a theory that argued the possible existence of these chambers but unfortunately our work is not supporting this theory. "
The draft recommendations, the first since 2002, are aimed at reducing non communicable diseases, led by cardiovascular diseases, blamed for 72 per cent of the 54.7 million estimated deaths worldwide every year, many before the age of 70."Dietary saturated fatty acids and trans fatty acids are of particular concern because high levels of intake are correlated with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases," Dr Francesco Branca, Director of WHO's Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, told reporters.
While his production of A Woman of No Importance benefited from a wonderfully warm performance by Eve Best and Kathy Burke s frothy take on Lady Windermere s Fan felt like one long French and Saunders skit, Jonathan Church s An Ideal Husband feels like it s going through the motions.It s capably played for the most part but has barely any perceptible pulse. A shame, as it 's one of Wilde s tautest plays. Government minister Sir Robert Chiltern (Nathaniel Parker) has built a career and a fortune on secrets he sold and shares purchased when he was starting out. He s being blackmailed by the scheming Mrs Cheveley (Frances Barber), who has come into possession of a letter that could ruin him.
While he admitted that he doesn't think the showrunners spend too much time absorbing the many fan theories surrounding Game of Thrones in the first place, he still sounds certain that the end will surprise many viewers. Dempsie explained to Metro, As you can tell from Dempsie's comments, he's careful not to give too much away, aside from the fact that he at least appears to be satisfied by the ending. The only other clue viewers have been given is that quite a few fan favorites likely won't make it to the end of Season 8. At a quot;Best of HBO quot; panel in March, Francesca Orsi, HBO's SVP of drama, said the tears were flowing at the final table read. She shared, quot;None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started falling down to their deaths. By the very end, everyone looked down and looked up and tears were in their eyes. quot;
HBO executives have confirmed that the final few episodes of Game of Thrones will feature multiple character deaths.According to Variety, Francesca Orsi, HBO SVP of drama was at the INTV Conference in Israel alongside programming president Casey Bloys when she recounted her experience of being present during the read through of the series finale