The 2018 Toyota Camry will start at $23,495 for the base L model, which comes standard with LED headlights and taillights, an acoustic windshield and wood interior trim.Toyota Safety Sense-P is standard for every single Camry, and it includes autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning.This adds larger wheels, power front seats, a 60/40-split folding rear seat and an overhead console.The LE costs $24,000, a bump of $930 over the 2017 model -- you can see all the price bumps in the table at the bottom of the article.Move up to the SE trim, and you get automatic climate control, a 4.2-inch display in the gauge cluster, sport seats, a sport steering wheel and blacked-out exterior trim pieces.XLE focuses on luxury, with wood interior trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, a head-up display, a mode switch, keyless entry, heated leather seats and chrome exterior trim.
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The nice hipsters at Whole Foods are stroking their beards and worrying if soon they'll be replaced by robots.After Amazon's $13.7 billion offer to buy Whole Foods -- an offer that made Whole Foods CEO John Mackey fall in love -- many wonder how the home of organic groceries will change.On Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel presented his thoughts.There he is in his local Whole Foods, accepting an offer to taste some pita chips and hummus.He's barely swallowed when the kind Amazon Whole Foods employee offers, "Did you like that just the one time or would you like to have it every month?"Yes, when Amazon gets hold of Whole Foods, it will surely bring its finest hard-sell techniques over.
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Snap just announced a brand new feature today called Snap Map, which lets you view your friends on a map in real time and browse stories around you.If this sounds familiar, it’s because French startup Zenly has been working for years on a location sharing app so that you can see what your friends have been up to.According to a source, Snap approached Zenly late last year about a potential acquisition but the talks remained very informal as Zenly immediately turned down the idea.When you open the app, it shows a giant map with your location and your friends’ location.You can send emojis and messages, but the main content is the location of your friends.For instance, the app knows where you sleep and where you work, so it can automatically display a status icon next to your friends.
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Adobe today announced that it has acquired all of Mettle‘s SkyBox technologies and plug-ins for building transitions, titles and effects in VR applications and 360-degree videos.Mettle had made a name for itself over the last few years by providing these plug-ins for Adobe tools like Premiere Pro and After Effects, so the Adobe team was obviously aware of Mettle’s efforts in the area.Mettle co-founder Chris Bobotis will join Adobe.“We believe making virtual-reality content should be as easy as possible for creators.The acquisition of Mettle SkyBox technology allows us to deliver a more highly integrated VR editing and effects experience to the film and video community,” said Steven Warner, Adobe’s vice president of digital video and audio, in today’s announcement.“Editing in 360/VR requires specialized technology, and as such, this is a critical area of investment for Adobe, and we’re thrilled Chris Bobotis has joined us to help lead the charge forward.”
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At Facebook, the IT organization isn’t called “IT.” Instead, it’s referred to as the “enterprise engineering organization.” As Facebook client platform engineer Nick McSpadden told me, that’s because at a company that operates at the scale of Facebook, IT has to be about more than pushing buttons on a vendor product.And to emphasize this, the company today open sourced one of its internal IT management services for giving users access to products in Adobe’s Creative Cloud.The enterprise engineering organization at Facebook currently manages almost 30,000 computers and close to 40,000 mobile devices.Most of the laptops and desktops run OS X, but there are also about 8,000 Windows machines involved.“After you get to a certain size, there aren’t a lot of turnkey solutions you can buy from vendors,” McSpadden notes.So the team uses a lot of open source tools and builds its own when necessary.
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The company is also partnering with Apple to activate Virgin’s services in Apple’s stores.To kick off this change, Virgin introduced a limited time promotion that will see it giving away a year’s worth of unlimited talk, text and data for only a dollar.There are a few caveats to this deal, of course.Customers who use more than 23 GB of data during one billing cycle will be deprioritized, Virgin says – meaning it will throttle your bandwidth as needed, especially in places where there’s a lot of congestion.(The plans come with 800 domestic voice roaming minutes and 100MB domestic data roaming, in addition to the unlimited data, talk and text).The exceptions to that are the SE 32 GB and 128 GB model, which are discounted compared with Apple’s direct price.
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Twitter plans on Wednesday to launch a system for people to earn money by streaming live on its Periscope service, a first for Twitter and a way for the company to try to compete with YouTube and others in the search for internet talent.People watching Periscope will be able to send performers and broadcasters they like a gratuity using a variety of heart shapes that are, in effect, a virtual currency they can purchase, the company said.Broadcasters who receive the equivalent of about US$175 in “super hearts” will be designated “super broadcasters” and be able to cash out the money as earnings, the company said.At first only broadcasters in the United States will be eligible, but Periscope plans to expand to other countries soon, it said.“The spirit and the goal is for all broadcasters to be able to do this,” said Sara Haider, Periscope’s director of engineering.After fees and payment processing, broadcasters will get about 70 per cent of the remaining revenue, Twitter said.
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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick's leave of absence has turned into a full resignation.After multiple sexual harassment allegations, a bitter lawsuit accusing the company of stealing from Google, Kalanick personally arguing with a driver who complained about low wages, the uncovering of a secret program to evade police officers, the revelation of another secret program to spy on Lyft drivers -- we think you get the point -- five major Uber investors requested that the CEO immediately resign.Kalanick left the company on Wednesday morning but will stay on its board of directors.Does his departure mean all the problems will disappear?Listen to the podcast to get our thoughts on what could happen next.Also on today's show, we take a look at the OnePlus 5, the best phone you've never heard of.
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According to recent rumors LG is preparing to make a European launch of its upcoming flagship (LG V30) and plans to make a grand entrance in the market with an impressive official unveiling during IFA 2017!The world’s leading trade show will take place next September (between 1-6 of the same month) and if all goes well we will see the Korean flagship there for the first time.The information comes from Korean publication ETNews and it aligns with earlier info saying that the V30 will be unveiled in August.Obviously this means that LG has… great confidence on its flagship – and decides to put it up against Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, scheduled to appear during the same period!The latest information suggests that the LG V30 could be equipped with a Snapdragon 835 chipset, OLED display with VR support, new ESS Quad-DAC, a 3.5mm headphone jack, IP68 certification, dual camera on the back and maybe a dual selfie camera like the original V10.Do you think the LG V30 stands any chance in front of the Galaxy Note8?
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Mobile advertising firm Celtra has today (June 21) announced a $15m funding round with WPP confirming its participation in taking a minority stake alongside CPG giant Unilever.US-based Celtra has established itself as one of the foremost companies in the mobile advertising space, having developed a creative management platform for distributing content across multiple screens since it was founded in 2006.Celtra makes its AdCreator platform available to both brands and agencies, with the technology used to facilitate the creation, production, and distribution of ads across a variety of devices (both desktop and mobile).The company will use the latest investment round to continue to expand out business with the world’s largest advertisers, according to a source within Celtra, which claims its client roster includes over two-thirds of the Fortune Global 500; among them: Unilever, Kargo, Netflix and Opera Mediaworks.A statement from the adtech outfit claims that the latest round will see Unilever and Celtra partner to use Celtra’s market-leading creative technology across Unilever’s global marketing organization and its ecosystem of service providers, technology vendors and media suppliers.Miha Mikek, Celtra chief executive officer, said his company’s aim was to help advertisers achieve maximum results from their digital advertising by ensuring their messaging is fully optimized for the device it is served on.
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When it comes to technology and innovation, the travel industry has been comparatively slow off the mark.After years of talk of potential, hospitality and travel companies are now delivering more added value for consumers than ever before by connecting AI into online search and booking platforms.The launch of the Lola app in 2016 is an example of this, offering a ‘Personal travel service for hotels, flights and more’ through a combination of AI-augmented chat functionality and a team of travel agents to deliver the best of both technology and human experience.As a WayBlazer artificial-intelligence platform, the app offers users a more personalised navigation tool in real time, and the quality of responses pre- and post-implementation have been remarkably different for visitors.Aptly named after Hilton's founder Conrad Hilton, Connie was the first time IBM developed a Watson-enabled robot for the hospitality market, and works in conjunction with staff.This technology is also emerging in the Luxury space with brands like Dorchester Hotels and Edwardian Hotels investing in new AI-embedded customer relationship management systems.
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For Nicola Mendelsohn, VP of EMEA at Facebook, there is no shortage of energy or optimism.Mendelsohn is a force to be reckoned with, relentlessly espousing the gospel of getting out there and “making more stuff”.She also believes that we shouldn’t be afraid to fail and that “done” is much better than “perfect”.Inspiration is all around Mendelsohn, who began her career at BBH in London — from her experience in South Africa with small business owners who built their businesses on Facebook to her children from whom she learns every day, especially as it relates to their adoption and use of technology.Moreover, her contributions as co-chair of the UK government’s creative council give her a front row seat to the challenges of change and allow her to continually advocate for the creative industriesAn advocate of doing things that one might usually be afraid of, Mendelsohn, one of the co-editors of The Drum’s special Cannes issue with Sheryl Sandberg and Mark D’Arcy, feels that being out of one’s comfort zone is the best way to learn, and that putting the phone down and actually looking up from time to time, especially in cities, can be a revelation.
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The news comes from Greece where the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X got a new update starting a couple of hours ago.The update appears as version 8.2.10.0, bringing along several changes, including the Android security patch for month May.According to the change log the new update brings several bug fixes to micro SD related issues, as well as other problems with the lockscreen, the notification bar and the status bar.As always the update is aimed towards users with the MIUI Global ROM so if you’re among them, check your Note 4X for an incoming update and let us know what happens.
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As a result of Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC is forging groundbreaking partnerships, especially after it parted from McDonald's last week.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Intel today announced a long-term technology partnership which will focus primarily on infusing its 5G platforms, VR, 3D and 360-degree content development platforms, artificial intelligence platforms, and drones, along with other silicon solutions to enhance the Olympic Games.IOC president Thomas Bach said: “Intel is a world leader in its field, and we’re very excited to be working with the Intel team to drive the future of the Olympic Games through cutting-edge technology.Thanks to our new innovative global partnership with Intel, fans in the stadium, athletes and audiences around the world will soon experience the magic of the Olympic Games in completely new ways.”Working with the IOC, Intel’s contributions to the Olympic Movement will include technology developments that will be rolled out as the multiyear partnership evolves, for example:Technological and content support for Olympic Broadcasting Services’ host broadcaster operations, as well as for the Olympic Channel, the multi-platform destination where fans can discover, engage and share in the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round.
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We finally have a real look at the much awaited MAZE Alpha tri-bezel-less smartphone.The stunning handset gets unboxed by the company in their latest video; let’s check it out down below!And there it is, finally, the MAZE Alpha in all it’s beauty!Packaging also looks quite fancy considering this is the second device ever from the recently born Chinese phone maker.We’re also happy to find out the Alpha looks a lot like the renders we’ve previously seen, so the company didn’t disappoint us there.Hardware wise, the MAZE Alpha sports a 6-inch Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and is powered by a powerful and efficient MediaTek Helio P25 CPU.
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Despite the seeming perception that women are better represented on screen in advertising and media, the reality is that, according to a new study, that’s not the case.Research by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media and J. Walter Thompson (JWT), which analyzed 10 years of Cannes Lions Film, Film Craft winners and shortlists, using automation to analyze gender representation in advertising, revealed that men get around four times as much screen time as women and further, men speak more than seven times more than women.The study, Unpacking Gender Bias in Advertising, presented today at the Cannes Lions, also noted, among other things, that there are twice as many male characters in ads than female characters.“We thought advertising would've been so much better,” said Madeline Di Nonno, chief executive of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media (GDI).In some cases, it was worse than what we've been collecting in TV and film.”Indeed, digging deeper, the automated research tool, called GD-IQ, funded by Google.org, developed to analyze audio and video media content through machine learning and audio-visual processing technologies from Google and the University of Southern California, showed that close to 42% of ads feature women only 20% of the time or less on screen.
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The first bit of tech we were briefed on, Massive MIMO, is one which has been doing the buzzword bingo rounds recently, though the realities of the technology are yet to be seen.No more is this the case, Vodafone told us, as the operator says it has already deployed two in secret locations somewhere in the UK.This is all enabled by a technique called ‘Beamforming’ which essentially allows operators to essentially creates a connectivity sphere around users which allows users to increase average throughput.“So instead of getting 140Mb/s from your 20MHz, what we’ve seen is around 500Mb/s to 600Mb/s aggregated throughput per sector.So the spectrum efficiency goes up by four to five times.”With the improved sensitivity on the antennas, operators will be able to improve the experience for users using the higher spectrum bands.
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Over the last six years, the drug maker has earned hundreds of millions in tax credits that have lowered its already very low tax rate and raised its overall bottom line.According to Reuters, the credits helped Mylan lower its tax rate to just over four percent in 2014 and to 7.4 percent in 2015.In e-mailed comments to Ars, Mylan verified that the numbers and information in Reuters’ report were accurate.A group of shareholders, frustrated by the EpiPen pricing scandal and board members’ eye-popping compensation packages, has been working to rally other shareholders to unseat the current board.Last week, independent advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), which advises shareholders on how to vote, also urged Mylan’s investors to oust the board, as well as the compensation committee members.New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, who oversees New York City pensions that own more than 1.1 million shares of Mylan, is leading the campaign against Mylan’s current board.
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Sexist ads could disappear from the streets of Berlin, as the city government has proposed a ban against billboard ads that feature women who are "weak, hysterical, dumb, insane, naive, or completely controlled by their emotions."Ads in which “a woman is barely dressed and smiling without reason, while a man is completely and comfortably clothed" would not be allowed.A panel of judges would use this criteria when considering whether an ad should be allowed on a billboard in the city.According to the newspaper Deutsche Welle, the move from Berlin's city government aims to make the city a more welcoming place, although opponents to the billboard plans said that the city government officials "have no right to interfere in the free market.”Stephen Loerke, chief executive officer at the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA), said this move can be seen “more as a symptom of a wider problem in society.Politicians become nervous as people are offended by ads in public places.”
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Manchester based design agency Cuckoo catches up with Steve Walsh, founder of the groundbreaking site LateRooms.com, to talk about transforming the travel industry as we know it.LateRooms.com, was founded in 1998 by brothers Steve, Tony and Paul Walsh as a subsidiary brand of marketing agency Walsh Simmons, in the Old Bank Chapel Street, now known as Cuckoo.With the recent larger-than-life arrival of Airbnb and the landslide of online tools and comparison website for the travel and hospitality industry, we felt it was high time to reflect on our journey, looking at where we started back in the 1990s…and speak to Steve Walsh, the man behind the big idea.Advertising, mailshots etc, all the conventional marketing tools couldn't be implemented quickly enough or cost effectively, for example, to fill 13 empty rooms available in the De Vere Blackpool for tomorrow night.As consumers, we also knew that if you could identify a hotel that had empty rooms you could call them and negotiate a late booking deal.SW: It has certainly made it easier.
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