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While we’ve seen many smartphone makers try and fail to sell smartphones with “modular” hardware features, Motorola seems to have been the most successful with its Moto Mods.Here’s a quick look at the current Moto Mods you can buy, along with a few that are scheduled to be released in the very near future.That’s a pretty solid base, consisting of phones released in 2016, as well as 2017.Even better, Motorola claims all current and upcoming Moto Mods will work with the next generation of Moto Z phones, which will likely be launched sometime in 2018.List of currently available Moto ModsThe Moto Insta-Share Projector is perfect for business users who may want to show a presentation on the road without the need for a standalone projector or PC.
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The portable breathalyzer instantly transforms your iPhone or Android smartphone into a breathalyzer complete with wireless Bluetooth connectivity, powerful app-enabled BAC tracking tools, and police-grade accurate readings.BACtrack is one of the most trusted brands of breathalyzers, with over 15 years of experience in the industry, allowing the company to provide some of the most accurate, convenient, and affordable breath-alcohol testing devices on the market.The BACtrack quickly and easily estimates your blood alcohol content (BAC) with police-grade accuracy.Powered by proprietary Xtend Fuel Cell Sensor Technology, BACtrack Mobile delivers highly reliable BAC results using the same alcohol sensing technology trusted by hospitals, clinics, and, of course, law enforcement.Like many of the best breathalyzers, BACtrack Mobile saves and tracks your BAC results over time.It even helps you call an Uber if you’ve had too much to drink to drive safely.
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Fifty years ago the first Consumer Electronics Show was held in New York City, giving local nerds a sneak peek at all the electronic toys arriving in 1967.Twenty years later, Art Vuolo attended the ‘Summer’ edition of the trade show with a giant camera on his shoulder, giving us a wonderful time capsule of what was drool-worthy 30 years ago.Up until 1994, CES actually happened twice a year.Once in Las Vegas in January—the CES Gizmodo knows best—and a second time in Chicago in June.The Summer edition, as it was known, is where all of this fantastic footage comes from, and while all of the technology looks incredibly dated, we’ll be saying the same thing about this year’s CES 30 years from now.The four-part video series covers everything from super-VHS cameras and tape recorders, to monstrous CRT television sets, to CD video players.
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Freelance workers and consultants make up a third of the US workforce, but that figure is expected to approach 40 per cent according to some studies.And we know how big the overall gig economy is going to become.Thus, marketplaces which meet that need are going to continue to grow.Hence, this is probably why Expert360, an online marketplace to access and manage freelance consultant talent for enterprises, has now raised US$10 million.The company is based in Australia, and show’s the market there is booming, which is good timing for our new Battlefield event.AirTree Ventures, Australia’s largest VC fund, led the investment, which brings Expert360’s total funding to $21M and will enable Expert360 to expand in the US and Asia Pacific.
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On a job site like Glassdoor, now the second largest job site and fastest-growing in the U.S., a powerful combination of reviews, salaries, benefits and CEO approval can set an organization apart from the more than 700,000 companies featured on the site.Glassdoor isn’t just a tool for hiring quality employees, it’s also a recruiting, branding and public relations solution that’s often neglected but shouldn’t be.There’s a recurring theme of management and senior leadership consistently making it into the complaints among low-rated companies, according to Scott Dobroski, director of corporate communications at Glassdoor.Bad interviews, negative reviews, and disapproval of a company’s CEO are also ingredients for a poorly perceived company.Add in the fact that most job seekers will look at six or seven reviews before forming an opinion about the company, and this is a recipe for a PR and HR nightmare.When it comes to employer engagement with reviews, Dobroski said organizations feel that they can better influence candidates if they engage with reviews – good or bad.
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Are there different rules for President Trump when it comes to his controversial, bombastic and often abusive tweeting?When a group of journalists asked about it earlier this week, the social network's head of trust and safety Del Harvey, said there's no double standard regarding Trump, according to Recode."We have processes in place to deal with whomever the person may be, we try to be as consistent as possible, as scalable as possible, and there's always all sorts of context and other things that come into play that make it impossible to comment on hypotheticals as is," she said while talking about Twitter's progress on curbing abusive behavior."The rules are the rules, we enforce them the same way for everybody."Harvey's eyebrow-raising response comes as a recent poll suggests the president should lay off Twitter and calls to ban on Trump's tweets.Meanwhile, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has said repeatedly that Trump's presence (and his 34.2 million followers) on the platform is "really important."
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A mysterious man in a long overcoat, neon light-lined facemask and hat with rabbit ears stands ominously against a wall lined with a mixture of English and Chinese words.A woman in heavy gold makeup rushes over to me and asks if I saw the accident.Behind me is the crash site, a downed hover car (known as a "spinner"), with yellow police tape wrapped around it.The "Blade Runner 2049 Experience" goes above and beyond in creating a small, but fully fleshed slice of its universe.It's the perfect way to tease the upcoming film, a sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic, that brings back actor Harrison Ford and pairs him with Ryan Gosling."It looked legit," said Kevin Bussey, a food and beverage manager based in San Diego, after going through the experience.
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Citymapper has long been a top option for navigating in major urban centers thanks to its app, but now it’s getting even closer to the heart of the problem – by operating its own buses, starting with its first commercial bus route in London.The inaugural route is a nighttime one, running between 9 PM and 5 AM on weekend nights in East London, which Citymapper identified as underserved by current public transit options using its app and data analysis tool.The app maker found that while the route it’s going to run was well-served by Transport for London (TfL) during the day, it was not well-supported at night, where there’s been a steady increase in ridership.Based on a scoring system that takes into account a number of factors, including what alternatives are available and how popular they are, Citymapper settled on this route for its first commercial service offering, and set about acquiring the proper permits – which have now come throughCitymapper’s buses are proper buses – the company joked that for Silicon Valley, it’s fine to refer to them as “social hyper local multi-passenger pooled vehicles.” But they’re immediately recognizable as large city buses, clad in Citymapper’s brand-specific green.Inside, they’re quite different, however, with a host of tech designed to make the bus experience better, for service operators, drivers and passengers alike.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk, whose prior plan for stellar colonisation involved sending people who are not Elon Musk to go die on Mars, thinks this noble endeavour will require a practise round of sending people to die on the Moon first.“Before we get the public real fired up, I think we gotta have a base on the Moon,” Musk told attendees at the International Space Station Research Development Conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, per CNBC.“That’d be pretty cool and then going beyond that, getting people to Mars.”“Having some permanent presence on another heavenly body, a kind of Moon base, and then getting to Mars and beyond,” he added.“...That’s the continuance of the dream of Apollo that people are looking for.”Musk probably won’t be sending any of his own people to the Moon, as his SpaceX is squarely focused on sending people to Mars.
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Apple is pulling back the curtain on its machine learning efforts, launching a new journal where employees can share their work on the Cupertino firm’s cutting edge developments.The site is an unusual step by the traditionally secretive firm, which in the past has been more focused on wowing with the end-result of such endeavors.Still, with machine learning set to be one of the mainstays of technology over the next decade, Apple appears to want some of the attention that rivals like Google and Microsoft are garnering.The first post on the site is called “Improving the Realism of Synthetic Images,” detailing efforts to train neural networks in a more efficient way.It’s not actually the first time we’ve seen this research from Apple – indeed, its authors previously published it on arXiv, an online archive – but that does highlight some of what the company is trying to do with the Machine Learning Journal.While the content still demands fairly close reading to understand it, and certainly this isn’t Machine Learning 101, it’s nonetheless been made more approachable with explanatory images and GIFs.
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A paywall is coming to Facebook, much to the delight of publishersA paywall is coming to Facebook, much to the delight of publishers.Campbell Brown made the announcement at the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit in New York Tuesday, as reported by Leon Lazaroff of TheStreet.Her announcement comes just over one week after several prominent publishers, as well as smaller newspapers—nearly 2,000 publishers in total—teamed up to form trade organization The News Media Alliance with the aim of pushing Congress for a limited antitrust exemption to negotiate with Facebook and Google.Brown said in a statement emailed by Facebook:We are in early talks with several news publishers about how we might better support subscription business models on Facebook.
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Snapchat introduced two new features today: Multi-Snap, which allows users to record up to six consecutive 10-second Snaps at once, and a Tint Brush to let them play with colors.said in an email to Adweek that the thinking behind Multi-Snap is to help users avoid missing key moments by capturing video at the “wrong” time.Multi-Snap is rolling out to iOS users globally today, with Android to “follow soon.”The feature works as follows: Users begin the same way they would record a traditional video Snap, pressing and holding the capture button.Once 10 seconds elapse, if users continue to hold the capture button, another Snap will be seamlessly recorded, up to six in a row.Thumbnails will appear at the bottom of the screen for each 10-second video Snap, and when recording is done, users can apply , custom stickers, Emoji Brush and Voice Filters—to each video Snap in the sequence.
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Comment The government has said that the persecution of the users of e-cigarette technology should stop.The Department of Health today outlined a Five Year Tobacco Control plan for England with the goal that the proportion of the population who smoke tobacco products should fall to 12 per cent by 2022, down from 15.5 per cent today.Routine bans of vaping products at the workplace or in public spaces should cease, the DoH notes, in order to “maximise the availability of safer alternatives to smoking”.The last Tobacco Control Plan for England was published in 2011*.Since then, there’s been a grassroots revolution in public health.Brexit provides the opportunity to re-examine the regulation of "electronic nicotine delivery systems" as alternatives to cigarettes, says the DoH, with the department vowing to "identify where we can sensibly deregulate without harming public health".
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It’s difficult to imagine that leaks could possible hit the web any quicker than they have been for the past couple of months, but it’s true.There are still a few questions left to be answered, and we can think of four in particular.Second, will the iPhone 8 include a Touch ID fingerprint scanner embedded in the display?And finally, what will the iPhone 8 look like when it’s powered on.The bad news is that we’re going to have to wait a while longer to answer those first three questions.Just yesterday, we showed you several renders of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 that were created by third-party smartphone case maker Nodus.
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Although far from being the only such venture, Jide and its Remix OS and devices have been the more stable and more promising one.But while Remix OS will live on away from the public’s reach, the dream hasn’t exactly died and there are others poised to take its place.Based in China and founded by three former Googlers, Jide built its fame, curiously, on a Surface-like tablet that ran a special spin of Android: Remix OS.And while it was hardly the only one that tried that, Remix OS is, or rather was, the most stable and consistent of them all.Backers should probably count themselves lucky that the cancellation is from Jide going bankrupt because they are promised full refunds starting August 15.Jide supposedly had another 2-in-1 tablet planned, as well as a true all-in-one PC.
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Verily, the life sciences branch of Alphabet (Google’s parent company), has started releasing millions of mosquitoes in California.The team behind the project — made up of scientists from Verily, biotech company MosquitoMate, and Fresno County’s Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District — plans to set a million of the flying insects free each week for 20 weeks.The mosquitoes are being released into two neighbourhoods in Fresno, California as part of a field study for the Debug Project, an initiative that aims to decimate certain mosquito populations.They’re all male, so they won’t bite anyone — only female mosquitoes bite humans.Wolbachia is common in nature, and scientists have known since 1967 that the bacteria can make certain mosquitoes and other insects sterile.Researchers working to fight mosquito-borne diseases have long been interested in using the bacteria to kill off local mosquito populations, but it wasn’t until this year that they discovered how genes in the bacteria cause mosquitoes to produce nonviable eggs.
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Atari built some hype last month by revealing it was releasing a new console dubbed the Ataribox.Now Atari has shared the first photos of the console in an email to fans, as well as a few more details about what’s to come.It actually looks quite good!The wood paneling and ribbed top is immediately reminiscent of the old Atari aesthetic, but the shape and minimal branding is more modern.That said, there’s also a black and red option that looks decidedly less attractive.Meanwhile, connectivity looks pretty fairly robust, with an SD card slot, HDMI, four USB ports and even an Ethernet jack.
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So you think you’re too cool for emojis.The rest of us are celebrating the fourth annual World Emoji Day by imagining the world of possibilities for the new emojis Apple says are coming out later this year.After all, with everything going on in the news these days, an exploding-head emoji would come in handy sooner rather than later.Some of the emojis have been a long time coming: “New emoji include Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person and Breastfeeding, and food items such as Sandwich and Coconut,” Apple says in its Monday blog post.Oh, and there’s a zombie emoji coming, too.Or if you’re not into the walking dead, perhaps a man sitting calmly and doing yoga might be up your emoji alley.
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If you're using a VPN-based ad-blocker for your iPhone or iPad, Apple might soon remove it from the App Store completely or keep you from being able to update the current version.Apple reportedly altered its policy relating to apps that involve ad blockers on the App Store, as was revealed when a developer’s app updates were rejected, 9to5Mac reports.A developer reached out to the site claiming the company reversed its policy on VPN-based ad-blocker applications — which install certificates on the device itself resulting in blocked advertisements in Safari and other-third party applications.The developer — Tomasz Koperski, who is involved with popular apps such as Weblock and Adblock — explained that Apple stopped accepting updates to the applications because they violate the App Store Developer Guidelines.The requirement states that if your app is not unique, useful, or provides some sort of entertainment value, then it will not be accepted.The policy is apparently based on section 4.2.1 of the guidelines, stating that APIs and frameworks should only be used for intended purposes, and Apple might not consider adblocking as one of them.
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No financial details were disclosed regarding the deal.The biz, located in Saint Louis, Missouri, was founded in 2011 and raised $4.4m (£3.4m) from investors.Switchzilla intends to use Observable to build out its Stealthwatch platform in the cloud, as the startup's tech runs on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.Observable's CEO Bryan Doerr said: "We view this as both a validation of our company's realization of a big idea and an opportunity to take this big idea onto a bigger stage."Rob Salvagno, Cisco's head of M, said: "The acquisition of Observable Networks supports Cisco's strategic transition toward software-centric solutions.We look forward to welcoming the Observable Networks team to the Security Business Group led by David Ulevitch."
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