Benny Parkhurst

Benny Parkhurst

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If you're a Star Wars fan, and the box in question contains a Propel Battle Quad, that's exactly what's going to happen.I won't say more, other than to note that if you watch CNET's First Look video (below), it spoils the box surprise at about the 1 minute mark.Of course, ultimately it's what's inside the box that counts -- especially when you got it for a huge discount.For a limited time, and while supplies last, Bed Bath and Beyond has the Propel Star Wars Battle Quads for $74.99 each.(Propel now sells them direct for $130.)There are three available models: X-wing, TIE fighter and speeder bike.
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Pilots and air traffic controllers will study new reference manuals and approach plates, all updated to reflect an airport whose three runways have been renamed.World, meet 2L/20R, 2R/20L, and 15/33—which happen to be the same runways that have been welcoming planes since 1954.Well, the magnetic fields around the world have changed.The magnetic North Pole (as opposed to the geographic one, which doesn't move) shifts by as much as 40 miles a year, and is steadily headed from somewhere over Canada toward Russia.(Pro tip: Pilots say "one-four" and "three-two," not 14 and 32.)For simplicity’s sake, the headings are rounded to the nearest five, and dropped to two digits.
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Yesterday, Chinese wearables manufacturer – Microwear – kicked off a really interesting promotion over on their official AliExpress store.You can indeed get free gadgets if you’re one of the lucky winners; let’s see how this works!The special promo is quite straight forward, all you have to do is head over to their official AliExpress store and order any of their smart watches, smart bracelets, chargers or straps up until January 31st.On February 1st there’ll be a draw to select three lucky winners who will get their orders fully refunded and thus get all the items they ordered for free.Here are the contest’s main points:Activity Time: From Jan 17th to Jan 31st
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The workers exposed problems with their poor training and equipment, exceedingly long working hours, dirty facilities and low wages.Apple and Catcher released separate statements, in which they said the results of their own investigations found no violations of their respective standards.Catcher is a critical partner in Apple's supply chain as it takes responsibility for most of the manufacturing of the company's devices casings.China Labour Watch's investigation focused mostly on a facility in Suqian, a small city located about six hours away from Shanghai, and highlighted problems that go beyond chemical exposure.Workers at the factory reportedly work for six days a week, more than 10 hours every day, and do so without having received proper training or adequate equipment.In various interviews with Bloomberg, where they asked to remain anonymous for fear of repercussions, a number of workers expressed concern about safety issues and their lack of knowledge of the materials and machinery they come into contact with.
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But there’s still a niche for the good old USB flash drive, especially now that faster USB 3.0 ports are standard on pretty much all new laptops (and even some tablets).Here are the most capacious ones that money can buy, the largest flash drives in the world, and a few others worth considering for those who need massive storage in a tiny package.If you find yourself in need of even more storage, you could opt for a large external hard drive, or use one of the best cloud storage services.Best of the big drivesKingston eclipsed its own record-breaking USB drives with the release of the DataTraveler Ultimate GT in 2017, offering a staggering 2TB of space in a relatively compact package.It’s not as slimline as some of the other entries on this list, but considering it sports the kind of capacity that only a few years ago was the reserve of platter-spinning hard drives, that’s no surprise.
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Sleekr, an Indonesian HR and accounting management platform, has secured funding from Tokyo-based fintech firm Money Forward in its first investment outside of Japan.The partnership is representative of growing interest in the region from a newer generation of Japanese tech businesses, as they seek new opportunities for growth beyond home shores.Money Forward’s co-founder and CEO Yosuke Tsuji has been appointed to the startup’s board of directors.Close to 90 percent of small and medium enterprises in Japan use Money Forward’s services, he added.There is clear overlap with Sleekr’s offering, which Money Forward sees as synergistic and a route to tap the potentially highly lucrative Southeast Asian market.“In Japan, we already have an accounting and payroll product, so we don’t expect to bring [Sleekr’s] to Japan,” said Kanesaka.
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Some Facebook ex-staffers have criticised the company's decision to shift towards news five years ago.The criticism comes after Facebook's decision of favouring friends' posts in the News Feed again, after two years of steady user engagement decline.Google decided to ban searches for "gorillas" and similar words in Google Photos after it displayed black people in some instances back in 2015.The company can't unblock those specific searches as the computer vision technology is still limited and prone to errors.Japanese telecommunication giant SoftBank agreed to invest €460 million (£408 million) in German online car dealer Auto1, which is now at a €2.9 billion (2.6 billion) valuation.30% of owners say that smart speakers are replacing the time they spend with TV.
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YouTube executives further explained their decision to distance themselves—but not cut ties with—one of its biggest stars, Logan Paul, following the widespread criticism after he uploaded a voyeuristic video of a dead body hanging from a tree in Japan’s “suicide forest.”Three days ago, YouTube announced that it had dropped Paul from its Google Preferred Ad Platform—its premium advertising program that aggregates “the top five percent of YouTube content” targeting users in the 18-34 demo—and put his original shows on hold, announcing he won’t appear in Season 4 of the YouTube Red comedy series Foursome.However, the statement stopped short of cutting ties with Logan entirely.He’s expressed remorse very quickly and is learning from the experience,” YouTube’s chief business office Robert Kyncl said at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour.“The most important thing to focus on is that actions should speak louder than words, and Logan has the opportunity to prove that.”Last month, Paul uploaded a video called “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…” to his 15 million subscribers.
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Last year, HTC brought us three smartphones — the HTC U11 and U11 Plus, along with the HTC U11 Life.While the company has yet to confirm details, rumors hint at a new addition to the lineup known as the HTC U11 Eyes.A recent tweet by Venture Beat’s Evan Blass includes a fair amount of details concerning what to expect from the midrange smartphone.Here’s everything we know about the HTC U11 Eyes.With photos by way of Blass, it comes in three different color variants — black, silver, and red.On the back, you’ll find a single camera with dual-LED and dual-tone flash.
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Toy robots that teach kids how to code are, honestly, nothing new.But, on the CES 2018 show floor, we’ve met one coding toy robot to beat them all: the Root Coding & Play by Root Robotics.The Root is unique in that, rather than simply teaching toddlers how to code through more easily-digestible reductions of what coding actually is and stopping there, it increases in complexity as your kids grow in understanding.Of course, it will be available on both iOS and Android.At just $199 (about £149, AU$259) when it launches in June 2018, that’s a pretty excellent value proposition for a toy that’s expected to be a part of your kid’s life for more than a decade.Before getting into the various levels in which Root operates, the entire basis of playing with Root is issuing commands for the Roomba-like robot to follow – go here, stop there, spin around – at varying levels of complexity.
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Ericsson has teamed up with operator MTN to undertake what they claim is the first 5G technology and applications trial in Africa.The main aim seems to be to find useful things to do with 5G in a continent where many countries would be grateful for a decent level of 4G penetration.This project has been in the pipeline for some time, with the two companies even going so far as to demonstrate their mutual commitment via the signing of an MoU at AfricaCom 2017.Of course it wouldn’t be a 5G trial without some nice, juicy metrics, so strap yourself in and get ready for a data deluge.The 5G prototype radio trial achieved a throughput of no less than 20 Gbps and a latency of 5 ms. How do you like them apples?MTN has been looking into a bunch of 5G use cases and applications for the digital transformation of industries such as mining, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing, and utilities.
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Uber can subtract one acse from its ever-expanding roster of legal woes (though it likely won’t make a dent).The ridesharing company has agreed to pay up to $3 million as a settlement for a proposed class-action lawsuit on behalf of 2,421 drivers in New York who claimed that Uber was underpaying them.In May 2017, the transportation giant admitted that it had “accidentally” underpaid drivers in the Big Apple for two and a half years, an oversight that was said at the time to amount to tens of millions of dollars.The settlement was initially filed in federal court on Monday, and still awaits approval from U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis, who is presiding over the case.But even as drivers and their lawyers await final approval, the decision marks a victory in what has become a multiyear ordeal (the complaint was originally filed in December 2015).“The $3 million settlement provides long-overdue compensation to the approximately 2,400 New York drivers that opted out of the arbitration provision in the Uber driver agreement,” said Philip Hines of Held & Hines LLP, the law firm representing the drivers.
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Like any CES, there is a wide variety of technologies and products that flooded the Las Vegas Convention Center.But if there’s one thing that binds most of them, it would be AI assistant.Product after product advertising support for Amazon Alexa and/or Google Assistant have been announced, heating up the rivalry between the two.Drumming it up even more, Google and its OEM partners announced touch screen speakers to rival the Amazon Echo Show.Following the JBL Link View and the Lenovo Smart Display, LG is also revealing its new ThinQ WK9 speaker with Google Assistant inside.LG isn’t saying much about the speaker other than it has an 8-inch touch screen and has both Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in.
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Okay, this one actually makes a lot of sense.Kodak today announced a blockchain platform called KodakOne that will feature a token named KodakCoin.This of course sent its stock skyrocketing, like Hooters before it.Kodak stock is up 44% after announcing it's launching a cryptocurrency called KODAKCoin because 2018 https://t.co/IZ463x6fDS pic.twitter.com/psKBQlk4oQ— Seth Fiegerman (@sfiegerman) January 9, 2018Unlike a rewards program for an oddly-themed chain of restaurants (or defunct video store), Kodak on the blockchain should provide actual solutions.
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You no longer need to worry about having to remove your Facebook video of your New Year's Eve countdown party even if it had Ed Sheeran's Perfect playing in the background.Facebook has just inked a multiyear, multiterritory licensing deal with Sony/ATV Music that will enable its users to upload and share videos featuring songs from Sony/ATV's collection of 3 million works on Facebook, Instagram and Oculus.The news comes a month after Facebook struck a similar deal with Universal Music, which means it now works with two of three major music labels in the US.Under both agreements, UMG's and Sony/ATV's musicians (including Drake, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, and Kanye West) can earn royalties when their music is used on Facebook's platforms.The terms of the deal are not public, but licensing agreements like this typically help to combat copyright infringement while supporting musicians by providing an additional source of income.On top of this, users no longer have to worry about having their videos removed when copyright music is featured.
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As the third generation of big battery phone from Ulefone, the Ulefone Power 3 with a massive 6080mAh battery should feature pretty solid endurance.To prove that Ulefone has made a videoputting the Power 3 against the Redmi 5 Plus from Xiaomi.Check out this video of the two smartphones in action.But first, note that Ulefone Power 3 has 6080mAh battery while, Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has 4000mAh battery.Although, the test started with Power 3 on 94% charge and the Redmi 5 Plus on 78 % charge and after playing Arena of Valor (Chinese Version) for 30 minutes, the former had 90 percent left while Redmi 5 Plus with 69 percent.A short calculation revealed that the Power 3 consumed 4% of battery while the Redmi 5 Plus consumed slightly higher 9% of energy.
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Oh, Cortana, will you ever be truly loved?Microsoft really did try, naming you after a character in its (once popular, now less so) Halo series, and embedding you so deeply into Windows 10, that yours is the first voice we hear when we install the operating system (which can be a little frightening if you’re reinstalling and forget that your PC speakers are turned up to full volume).Microsoft saw what Apple was doing with Siri, and put its considerable talents and expertise in voice recognition software to create Cortana and fully integrate its voice assistant into Windows PCs.However, with two of the biggest laptop makers, Acer and Asus, announcing that they are adding Amazon’s younger, and more popular, Alexa voice assistant into their laptops, could the end be nigh for Cortana?Things aren't looking especially good, and it doesn’t help that while Microsoft does still appear to support Cortana, removing features like music recognition and simply leaving an ugly error message in its place makes it feel like Microsoft itself is beginning to lose faith.To be honest, while voice assistants on smartphones, and screen-less devices like smart speakers, make sense, I’ve never seen the appeal of a voice assistant on a laptop or PC.
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Quantcast announced today advertising agency veteran Robert Horler will manage and reshape the audience insights and analytics company as its new chief operating officer.The former CEO of Dentsu Aegis US will report to Quantcast founder and CEO Konrad Feldman and serve on the company’s board of directors.“The reality is we’re probably at the end of the beginning of sort of real data-driven marketing,” Horler said.“A business like Quantcast, as it scales and has aspirations to crash through the billion dollar revenue mark and keep going, requires a different set of skills and a different set of capabilities to its management team.”Both Horler and Quantcast chief marketing officer Steven Wolfe Pereira, who joined the company in September, described their appointments as Quantcast “growing up,” and the company’s new approach as “back to basics.”Horler, who is also taking on a substantial amount of power in the day-to-day running of Quantcast, said Feldman recruited him for his skill in running and scaling large organizations.
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At any given moment our phones have access to nearly all of the world's knowledge, literature, history and science.Despite such rich resources, many of us opt to kill time by scrolling through social media, messages or random videos.It is a slender waist-high cylinder with an illuminated plexiglass sign on top that simply reads, "Select your reading time."The top of the dispenser is adorned with three shiny metallic buttons labeled "1 min.," "3 min."You press the button for the length of story you want and within moments an original short story is printed on a piece of thick paper about the size of a long receipt.The idea of a machine that serves up books or magazines is nothing new.
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Music streaming from a wrist watch is, both in concept and in practice, a big thing.Almost every wrist wearable we’ve tried and tested that offers “music” is really doing one of two things: it’s playing music that was locally stored or cached on the watch in advance, or it’s offering wrist-based controls for music that’s actually playing on your phone.I slapped on the same Apple Watch Series 3 I tested back in September, and re-subscribed to Apple Music ($10 per month).Streaming music does drain the watch’s battery life — a lot — which isn’t a surprise, but still something to be aware of.There are two separate apps for music listening on the watch: the Music app, and a Radio app.The Music app is where you find your pre-synced playlists (just like you would on non-LTE Apple Watches), and where, if you’re paying $10 per month, you can pull up any other music.
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