Facebook has announced a new exclusive streaming deal with ESL – one of the world's biggest esports leagues.As ESL's main broadcast partner, Facebook will stream Dota 2 and Counter Strike: Global Offensive competitions from ESL One, as well as its dedicated CS:GO Pro League.The streaming action starts right now with ESL One Genting 2018.The tournament runs from January 23-38, with Dota 2 players competing for a US$400,000 prize pool.“For years ESL has used Facebook to nurture its global community while broadening the audience for esports competition to millions of fans worldwide,” said Leo Olebe, global director of Facebook Games Partnerships at ESL.“Having two of ESL’s most adored properties for CS:GO and Dota 2 streaming exclusively on Facebook is the next step in our efforts to delight the passionate esports community on Facebook."
Amazon started its first Amazon Great Indian Festival sale of 2018 on January 21.The sale has already kicked off and consumers can choose from thousands of deals till January 24.In this post, we will cover the best deals on smartwatches and fitness bands.The Apple Watch Series 2 38mm comes with an S1 chipset, 1.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 340 x 272 pixels resolution and sapphire crystal glass.It features a built in GPS, heart rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope and ambient light sensor.It is best affordable fitness band available in market right now.
A year ago, the Midwest saw one of its largest tech exits to-date: the January 2017 $1.1 billion sale of CoverMyMeds to San Francisco-based McKesson Corp.Through an analysis conducted with data from Pitchbook, Mattermark, and our own proprietary research, Hyde Park Angels looked at the biggest disclosed exits of 2016 and 2017 in what we consider the Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.This trend demonstrates a move to more dollars flowing into fewer deals.Interestingly, these exits included a combination of venture capital-backed, private equity-backed, and bootstrapped companies, demonstrating a diversity of capital to fund companies to growth.Some of the major exits from across the region included Michigan-based Altair Engineering‘s IPO, the aforementioned acquisition of Ohio-based CoverMyMeds, and Ohio-based Macropoint’s $107 million exit to Descartes.What’s more, so many assumedly large exits were undisclosed in 2017 that the increase is likely considerably greater than the public data reveals.
Apple is giving its employees $2,500 bonuses in restricted stock units following the passing of new US tax law, according to a report from Bloomberg.The stock will be granted to most employees worldwide in the coming months, according to the report.It cites unnamed sources within Apple, who claim that Apple employees below a senior level title of “director” will be eligible for the bonuses.Apple announced earlier today that it would be bringing most of its cash back to the US from overseas (and paying $38 billion in taxes in the process), a move that would seem to be predicated by the recent overhaul of the corporate tax rate in the US.Apple isn’t the only company to issue bonuses to celebrate the lower tax rates: AT and Comcast have also previously announced plans for similar bonuses as well.
To see how much of an upgrade though and whether it’s worth you shelling out for the new Vive — especially if you already own the original one — we’ve pitted the HTC Vive vs. Vive Pro, to see how they compare in a head to head.2,880 x 1,600 (615 PPI)2,160 x 1,200 (448 PPI)100m squared (33 x 33 feet)Yes, headstrap headphones w/ in-line amplifierOriginal Vive controller, support for new Vive controller (w/ new sensor, color), any PC compatible gamepad
How do you know when you have a winning product?When over 1,000 people collectively raise more than half a million dollars for a $600 product from a company that many have already complained about in the past for their late deliveries and lack of communication.Those seem to be inadequate to deter PC gamers from getting their hands on the GPD WIN 2, which promises no gaming laptop could: gaming on the go, even while standing up.Of course, it’s comparing apples to oranges.GPD itself would prefer to compare the GPD WIN 2 with the PSP or even the PS Vita, though that would be comparing Fujis from Galas.The GPD WIN 2 is in a class of its own, which is both its boon and its bane.
North Carolina is a good place for entrepreneurs of color to land — Durham is ranked a top city for black-owned businesses and plays host to the Black Wall Street Homecoming entrepreneurship conference, as well as Google for Entrepreneurs Exchange for Black Founders.Now a young organization called BLKTECH Interactive is catalyzing the Charlotte tech and startup community.Started in 2016, BLKTECH Interactive is the Queen City’s first community initiative supporting technologists and entrepreneurs of color.“Our first foray into this was to galvanize and really do some research into what the black tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem looked like in Charlotte, trying to find out the who and where,” says Dorsey.“There wasn’t one space where people of color were gathering specifically to talk about tech through an entrepreneurial lens.”In the last two years, the group has secured partnerships with technology companies like Airbnb and Charlotte-based fintech unicorn AvidXchange and has reached about 800 entrepreneurs.
Dutch blockchain company LegalThings announced in a press release on Wednesday that it is developing an app, LegalFling, which in theory could allow about-to-bone partners to log what they are and are not okay with before they bone.The company notes that you can mark your do’s and don’ts “with the swipe of a finger.” This is quite literally a feature in the most recent season of Black Mirror, where two matched up partners agree to sexual consent with a simple swipe on their devices.People are allowed to change their minds—swiping “okay” beforehand should not outweigh someone’s discomfort during a sexual encounter, and it should certainly not be held to a higher legal standard.Additionally you can withdraw consent going forward through the LegalFling app with a single click.” Only, I’m hard-pressed to believe that pausing a sexual activity to open up an app and adjust the settings is easier than simply communicating to your partner that you are no longer comfortable with something.LegalThings team member Martijn Broersma said in an email to Gizmodo that Live Contracts create a proof of existence, which means “both parties will hold an immutable version of the explicit consent / contract.” The contract is timestamped and anchored, and then logged in the blockchain.The app is not currently available—the team is still working on it, according to the website, and it is still subject to approval by both Apple and Google.
We've seen many a drone at CES 2018 this week, but few as compact and ingenious as the AEE Selfly drone, which can collapse down, Transformer-style, into a phone case.That means it'll both snap your group shots and give your Android phone or iPhone some extra protection when it's not flying around.Despite its diminutive size, the specs are actually fairly decent: a camera capable of taking 13MP stills and 1080p videos, a 4-minute flying time between charges, and a range of around 45 feet or 13.7 meters.And it looks the part too – the metal-finished version being shown around the booths of CES is more stylish than the original plastic edition shown above.The original design is from the initial Selfly Indiegogo campaign, which it would appear has attracted the attention of China's AEE Aviation Technology to help produce the new-look model.According to its makers, the folded down drone case can fit most smartphones between the sizes of 4 and 6 inches, and will work with the iPhone 6, 7, 8 and Plus sizes, as well as the Samsung Galaxy 8 and Galaxy 8 Plus.
Xiaomi continues enriching the assortment of its powerbanks line.Just a couple of weeks back, the Chinese manufacturer announced the Xiaomi Mi PowerBank 2 10.000mAh with dual-USB at 79 yuan ($12).Today, another powerbank came to our way from this company named the Xiaomi Mi PowerBank 2 5.000mAh.As the name suggests, it’s the smaller variant of the aforementioned phone.Therefore, it should be priced less.This new powerbank is sold at 49 yuan ($8) only.
Google just announced that it is merging all of its various payment programs into a single brand, called "Google Pay."Google Pay will be a one-stop shop for all your Google Payment needs: NFC smartphone payments, P2P transfers, and Web payments.Google's payment solution site has already clicked over to the new branding, and we'd guess a rebrand of the Android Pay app won't be far behind.The branding should start popping up on store credit card machines, too.By our count, this is Google's fifth payment brand.Google Checkout was Google's PayPal competitor, giving Web vendors a payment processing solution and customers an easy way to bring over their credit card and address data.
It probably comes as no surprise that LG’s 34-inch 5K UltraWide monitor is a joy for the eyes; just make sure you have an up-to-date prescription for your glasses.Announced last month, the pixel-dense display again made us question why Apple is leaving other companies to make the accessories we really think it should be responsible for, but having set eyes on the 34-incher at CES 2018 today we can’t really complain about whose logo is on there.5K means 5,120 x 2,160, and that’s a whole lot of pixels.Indeed, even with 34-inches of very, very wide screen, it makes for a monitor that could be tricky to use if you don’t have great eyesight or decent corrective lenses.The 34WK95U may be catnip to macOS users, but LG had it plugged into one of its own laptops to demonstrate.That was running Windows 10, and you really had to look closely to see the time and date in the notification section.
The new year has just rolled out and HMD Global is starting it not with a bang but with a tiny pop.The high-end Nokia 9 is still nowhere in sight, but that doesn’t mean its first 2018 smartphone is something to pan.The Nokia 6 (2018), a.k.a.Nokia 6 2nd gen, has just been revealed, somewhat.Its actual launch is still a few days away, but the company is revealing enough to make buyers of the first gen Nokia 6 seethe in jealousy.The Nokia 6 isn’t competing for top spots, at least not in the premium smartphone market.
It’s a Windows 10, 2-in-1 PC that’s getting upped to Intel’s eighth-generation processor and a SSD hard drive that promise to boost performance across the board.Samsung’s Notebook 7 Spin was last updated in 2016 — and was a very different kind of 2-in-1.First off, Samsung offered a 15-inch version of the product (which is strange for a 2-in-1), and secondly, it was surprisingly high-powered, with a discrete graphics card, 12 or 16GB of RAM, and the Core i7 processor.This time around, the Notebook 7 Spin’s specs look a bit more like many other 2-in-1s on the market.It’s got a basic 13.3-inch, 1080p display, a standard 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of SSD storage.thanks to the toned-down specs, Samsung shaved off some of the hefty weight and thickness this time around, while also slightly increasing the battery size up to a 43Wh unit.
Kellogg's snacks segment could face serious convenience store competition from Campbell Soup, which recently announced that it would acquire snack maker Snyder's-Lance, according to Food Navigator.With this new brand, Campbell can take advantage of on-shelf merchandising for potato chips and other popular snacks in convenience stores as Kellogg shifts its snack business from direct store delivery to e-commerce, Jared Koerton, senior food analyst at Euromonitor International, told Food Navigator.Campbell's purchase of Snyder's-Lance will add well-known snack brands such as Cape Cod potato chips, Archway cookies, Snyder's pretzels and Pop Secret popcorn to the food giant's portfolio, giving it a better foothold in the salty snacks space.Campbell already has a roster of popular snack brands, including Pepperidge Farm and Goldfish crackers.Once its acquisition of Snyder’s-Lance closes in the second quarter of this year, the iconic soup company will gain some c-store staples, including lucrative potato chip brands Kettle and Cape Cod.While snacks currently generate about 31% of Campbell's sales, adding the Snyder's-Lance brands is expected to bring that proportion up to about 46%.
The festive period was accompanied by the usual security shenanigans including breaches, cybercrime busts and serious security bugs.Those security pros returning to work this week after a well-earned break may or (may not) be relieved to know it’s largely been business as usual.Over in the United States, half a dozen of the country's senators have teamed up (PDF) on a bipartisan effort to prevent hackers from tampering with election results.Senators James Lankford (Republican-Oklahoma), Amy Klobuchar (Democrat-Minnesota), Kamala Harris (Democrat-California), Susan Collins (Republican-Maine), Martin Heinrich (Democrat-New Mexico), and Lindsey Graham (Republican-South Carolina) teamed up to craft a potential Secure Elections Act.It also provides grant money to help states cover the cost of switching from electronic-only voting machines to more secure models that leave a paper trail of activity.In true US government fashion, the two parties combined to give a wonderfully wishy-washy summary of the election hacking landscape:
Developers should be burning with excitement about the opportunities ahead in 2018, with products and tools around technologies such as blockchain, chatbots, serverless functions, and machine learning becoming mature enough for real-world projects.At the same time, many developers will be worried about holding up against the pressure to deliver code and functionality faster without compromising security or performance.But there is good news on that front as well.Consider a company ordering products from an offshore manufacturer.Blockchain eliminates manual processes and reconciliation by irrevocably recording updates to the blockchain ledger when a minimum number of parties say, “Yes, this part of the transaction happened.”Blockchain cloud services will bring scalability, resiliency, security, and pre-built integrations with enterprise systems, making it much easier for developers to focus on the business use case as opposed to underlying hyperledger fabric implementation.
The hard-hitting Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has been around for 25 years, going from fringe sport to mainstream success.To celebrate the mixed martial arts organization’s quarter century, UFC has just unveiled its commemorative 25th anniversary logos.The logo, designed in conjunction with Droga5, combines the silver anniversary with UFC’s Octagon, the organization’s iconic symbol that debuted at UFC 1: The Beginning, which took place on Friday, November 12, 1993 in Denver, Colorado.The commemorative logos will appear as part of the brand’s year-long 25th anniversary celebration, which officially launches today, January 1, 2018.“What started as an idea in 1993 to put on the best fights with the best fighters in the world has changed the face of sports,” UFC president Dana White said.“I heard the word ‘no’ over and over and we faced a ton of challenges, but UFC bounced back each time, bigger and better, to build legends and superstars, while creating some of the most memorable events in the history of sports.
Fujifilm has carved out a niche for itself with its X-series mirrorless cameras, combining high-tech image processing with classic design that leads to cameras that look as good as the photos they take.It brings back everything that people loved about the X-T1 (great design, loads of direct-access control, a fantastic electronic viewfinder) and adds advanced features that help the camera compete on a broader spectrum, like a 325-point autofocus system and advanced 4K video.But Fujifilm has done a good job of putting the most frequently used controls where they can be easily accessed.The camera bears a striking resemblance to its predecessor, which certainly isn’t a bad thing.It can’t pivot a full 90 degrees, nor can it turn to the left at all, so its new flexibility is perhaps of limited use.Today, Fujifilm makes three WR zooms and four WR primes, giving photographers several options for working in inclement weather.
Apple touted its new Face ID feature as a revolutionary authentication method when it debuted the tool with the iPhone X.But now, it would appear that Apple itself isn’t totally confident as to the effectiveness of Face ID as a security measure.As originally reported by Ars Technica, a number of iPhone X users have discovered that Face ID isn’t a viable authentication method for Apple’s “Ask to Buy” feature, which lets parents give their kids and other family members the green light for iOS and downloads.Rather, anytime one of these requests comes through, the account holder (or “family organizer”) must input his or her Apple account password, approving each purchase attempt one by one.This is particularly frustrating because users previously were able to approve purchases with the touch of a button with Touch ID devices.But because the iPhone X doesn’t have this same functionality, that option no longer exists.