It’s been more than a year since Apple released the AirPods, but it’s only now that other companies are really starting to match them when it comes to the style and shape of wireless earbuds.The latest are from Mobvoi, which is starting an Indiegogo campaign to sell the TicPods Free, a pair of wireless earbuds that look like a slightly thicker, more angular version of the AirPods.Plus, they come in colors other than white.The TicPods offer the same feature set of the AirPods: they come with a charging case, they pause the music when removed from your ears, you can tap on them to control playback, they have built-in mics to take calls, and you can access a smart assistant — Google’s Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, or Apple’s Siri — with a touch.The TicPods have a degree of water and sweat resistance; they’re designed to support Android (AirPods work on Android too, but some features aren’t available); and you can get them in blue or red, in addition to solid white.Another nice feature is their earpiece comes with two sizes of silicone tips, which should help them stick better into your ear and even form a seal.
Like previous Star Wars movies, Otterbox is celebrating the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story with the launch of a slew of new Otterbox Symmetry phone cases.There are three cases in total, each of them celebrating a different aspect of the film.First up, you have the Millennium Falcon style, which shows the Falcon itself on the back above text that reads “The All-New Millennium Falcon.” The case is blue white and blue.The second case is built for Chewbacca fans, and basically shows Chewie’s face on the back, with a black background.The third and final design basically shows different symbols from the Star Wars universe, including the Star Wars logo, among others.Want to get your hands on the new cases for yourself?
The latest competitive season of Overwatch is live and brings a much-desired ranked playlist: Six versus six Competitive Elimination.To join a Competitive Elimination match, head over to the arcade (which now has a designated ranked card).In a forum post, Overwatch developer Scott Mercer noted that Lockout rules will be in effect.If you haven’t delved into the Overwatch Arcade, Lockout rules add some nuanced strategy to the otherwise rote deathmatch.In Elimination, it’s first to three match wins, but Lockout rules force you to switch heroes after each winning round.To speed up the pace and deter camping, if a round hasn’t ended at the two-minute mark, an area on the map is marked.
The Huawei P20 Pro launch gave us a triple camera and it was not just a gimmick in the race to do something different.While the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus offer unbeatable point-and-shoot options, the P20 can do better if you put in some effort and learn the camera software and hardware inside-out.That doesn’t suit everyone, and there’ll be a clear line in the sand between the enthusiasts and the everyday smartphone fans who want great pictures no matter what settings they use.Read next: Huawei P20 Hybrid Zoom explainedThat might explain the results from the recent polls we ran, asking you on Android Authority and on YouTube Community if you prefer the P20 Pro, the Galaxy S9 Plus, either, or neither:On our site poll, the 5,000 voters handed the win to the P20 Pro, with 50 percent voting it as their choice, with the S9 Plus getting 38 percent of the vote.
You probably immediately said “Amazon,” which is a good answer, but this is a trick question.“The Internet has taken away some business with the presentment and payment of bills,” says Jim Cochrane, the USPS’ Chief Customer and Marketing Officer, speaking with WHOSAY President Rob Gregory during an event at the ANA Masters of Marketing.“But shipping is up by double digits over the last five years and we’re the largest ecommerce delivery company in the world.And on top of that, the USPS’ customer base is a broad group that encompasses literally everyone.Still, the USPS is embracing innovation, particularly with regard to “informed delivery.”“Everything that’s going to be in your mailbox will be on your phone in the morning,” explains Cochrane.
Qualcomm’s chips already power virtually every Android smartphone on the market, but the company has long set its sights beyond this core market and is increasingly looking at IoT as one of its next major growth areas.The standard use for these chips is in smart security cameras for both consumers and industry, as well as sports cameras, wearable cameras, VR, robotics and smart displays — anywhere you need a good amount of computing power at the edge, as well as the ability to interpret images and run pre-trained machine learning models.Qualcomm’s IoT journey started a few years ago.As Qualcomm’s VP of product management Seshu Madhavapeddy told me, the company now believes that it has reached a critical mass of business in IoT — and thanks to that, it now also has a far better understanding of the market’s needs.Instead of just reusing and tweaking existing systems, Qualcomm is now looking to create purpose-built chipsets that still leverage the building blocks of its smartphone tech but also feature custom designs.For these new chips, that custom design focuses mostly on the AI engine.
Today’s testimony by Mark Zuckerberg in front of a Senate joint committee was often boring or redundant with previous statements.But there was an exchange near the two hour mark that was pleasantly refreshing: Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) doggedly pursuing a common-sense answer from Zuckerberg on the question of whether it had any real competition.Demanding a simpler answer by employing a folksy car-buying metaphor, he makes it clear that at least from one perspective, Facebook is more or less without a real competitor — with the possible exception of Instagram, which it of course opted to buy for a fortune rather than allow it to exist as a credible rival.The Senator also makes it clear that he doesn’t think Facebook should be allowed to self-regulate — but his invitation to Zuckerberg to collaborate on rules sure sounds like he wants the company to have a say in how it should or should not be bound by law.Zuckerberg: Mmm… I think the categories of… do you want just one?Zuckerberg: So there are three categories I would focus on.
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In a press event in New Delhi, Google announced the launch of Google Home and Google Home Mini in India.The niche smart home market in India generated quite an interest last year with the launch of Amazon Echo devices powered by Alexa.Originally announced at Google I/O 2016, Google Home was launched in the US in October 2016 (yeah, it’s been a while!)while the Google Home Mini was launched a year later in 2017.The third variant – Google Home Max – is not coming to India though.Despite its lower price tag, the Home Mini will be able to do almost everything the standard Google Home can do and the only difference between the two speakers is largely centered around the audio hardware inside.
Millennium Tower in San Francisco has sunk 17 inches and tilted 14 inches since it was completed in 2008.Residents at Millennium Tower, San Francisco's leaning, sinking skyscraper, are scrambling to sell their multimillion-dollar condos.Apartment 401, the most expensive condo for sale at Millennium Tower in 2017, has sold for over $1 million under its asking price.Millennium Tower is safe to occupy, though residents are still leaving.Apartment 401 was the priciest listing at Millennium Tower when it hit the market with an asking price of $5.99 million in March 2017.Real-estate site SocketSite is reporting that the four-bedroom unit has now closed escrow with a price of $4.66 million, more than $1 million under its highest asking price.
Adnan Syed, the man whose murder conviction became the subject of the wildly popular Serial podcast, was granted a new trial by a court in the US; specifically, by Maryland’s second-highest court of appeals on Thursday.Syed has been behind bars since 1999 when he was accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.His trial in 2000 resulted in a conviction and he received a life sentence.But Serial brought renewed attention to the case and Syed’s legal team argued that he did not get a proper defence by his original counsel.The fight to overturn Syed’s conviction has taken a circuitous route through the courts since 2014.The decision issued by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals on Wednesday afternoon is the best sign yet that Syed will get a new trial.
The game industry is booming, with global revenues expected to hit $125.4 billion in 2018, according to market researcher Newzoo.We can see winners and losers in various markets, regions, platforms, and game categories.It’s great to see resilience across so many categories, like esports, augmented reality, virtual reality, consoles, PC games, and mobile.But the U.S. got a dose of bad news this week from the job site Indeed.com, which applied analytics to its trove of big data on game jobs.And U.S. game designers, developers, and engineers aren’t faring much better, with postings for designers down 30 percent since 2015 and postings for developers and engineers dropping by 36 percent since 2015.And the GDC, which likely drew at least 25,000 people to San Francisco, seemed busier than ever.
Today the average price of bitcoins to dollars dipped below the McAfee bet curve.McAfee predicted back on July 17th of 2017 that one Bitcoin would be worth $500,000 “in three years.” Bitcoin went from around $2.2k to $19k by the end of the year.According to the mathematics behind McAfee’s prediction, bitcoin pricing just went below the curve.Either it’s time to bounce up, or the world is ending… maybe.The model McAfee used before the end of the year in 2017 suggested one bitcoin would be worth around $5k by year’s end.His newer model suggests that by the end of 2020, one bitcoin will be worth $1-million USD.
The call was a condition of the decision by the NASDAQ to give Synchronoss some extra time to get its historical accounts in order, following its announcement a year ago that it needed to restate at least two years’ worth of accounts because they could no longer be relied upon.“We have preliminarily concluded on our accounting positions and are working with our outside auditors as they review our positions and perform audits for our 2015, 2016 and 2017 years and respective quarters,” said Irving.“In summary, the primary adjustments result in revenue being spread over multiple periods or netted as part of a related M transaction.Over the years of 2014 through 2016, we anticipate that approximately $60 million to $80 million of the approximately $1.2 billion of revenue initially recognized will be reversed and recharacterized as part of the consideration paid as part of an M transaction, while the revenue timing adjustments will be recognized in different periods, sometimes being spread over a period of years, including 2017 and 2018.”So it looks like they need to restate 2014 too, around 5-7% of revenues in the period in question were questionable, and even some of the legit revenue will need to be retrospectively moved to different quarters.Irving was keen to stress that none of these adjustments will have an impact on the company’s cash position.
TalkTalk failed to fix cross site scripting error until this week, despite being informed two years agoTalkTalk is once again facing negative headlines after it emerged it has taken the Internet Service Provider (ISP) nearly two years to fix a serious vulnerability.The flaw was discovered by an anonymous hacker/security researcher known simply as ‘B’, after he found a “cross site scripting” error that allowed him to take control of a convincing looking “talktalk.co.uk” URL.This meant that the hacker could have potentially tricked any of the ISPs webmail customers into thinking they were accessing an official TalkTalk website.The hacker contacted Sky News about the website flaw that went unfixed for years.The hacker showed Sky News a secure demonstration which revealed how easy it would be to steal a victim’s login details, and any other sensitive information, if he could get the individual to click on the link.
Folks at The Verge were provided an exclusive image of the OnePlus 6, confirming the presence of the Notch on the top of the display.OnePlus reached out to The Verge to make a case for the inclusion of the notch on their upcoming flagship.In a statement made to Vlad Savov, Carl Pei stated that the main idea of the notch is to provide more “screen related estate” to the consumer.The notch allows for moving the notification bar up, leading to more space for content.He also provided precise measurements of the notch, 19.616 x 7.687mm, smaller than the iPhone X and bigger than the Essential PH-1 notch.Carl Pei explained that going as small as the PH-1 would have meant skimping on the quality of the sensors and camera up top, but it was easier to go smaller than the iPhoen X notch thanks to the exclusion of structured light for Face ID that’s been excluded on the OnePlus 6.
Did North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un visit Beijing in his first official state visit outside of the country on Monday?Speculation was running wild on Chinese social media, but we still don’t know for sure.And as Reuters reports, some of the names being used on WeChat were almost certainly coded terms for Kim Jong Un.The country has an army of online censors who comb through all the messages that are sent around the clock, blocking everything from terms like Brave New World (the classic dystopian novel) to names like Winnie the Pooh (Chinese President Xi Jinping became a Pooh meme back in 2013).The mysterious train returned to Pyongyang today, so whoever was on it (some suggested it might just be Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Jo-Yong) they’re back in the isolated country.Individual users in China regularly deploy coded language to talk about sensitive subjects, even in their private text messages, but censors are also quick to adapt.
Retailers are continually questioning whether their websites are working effectively throughout the sales cycle.Now, Adobe Analytics believes it can answer those questions.With the tool, retailers can track how customers went from searching for an item to adding it to their cart to using “store locator” tools to eventually buying it offline.The offline data point is captured through a point-of-sale system, beacons or CRM software when a customer makes a purchase in-store.It’s then tied to their online identification record through an existing relationship the retailer has with the consumer, whether it’s the customer logging in to the site or having their information already in the system.Brands haven’t been able to kick the tires on this yet.
The FBI made a bigger effort to get Apple to unlock a terrorist's iPhone than it made trying to figure out how the bureau could do it itself, according to a Justice Department report.The report, published by the DOJ's Office of the Inspector General, noted that the FBI wasn't lying when it said it couldn't crack the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone.An FBI department chief also knew one vendor was "almost 90 percent finished" with a solution for breaking through the locked iPhone before the agency reached out to Apple.Apple and the FBI were locked in an intense battle after the agency tried ordering the tech company to build a backdoor that would've allowed the government to unlock the iPhone.In December 2015, Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, and left an iPhone 5C behind.The day before Apple and the FBI went to trial, the agency dropped its order, after spending almost a million dollars on an outside vendor who was able to crack open the phone.
MLB The Show 18 is available now, and it’s a remarkably realistic take on America’s pastime, with challenging batting and base-running features, as well as strategic pitching.Before you even throw a single pitch, check out our tips for how to dominate on the mound and in the field in MLB The Show 18.Innings unfold as you throw pitches and attempt to get each batter out, and by managing your total pitch count and locating your pitches correctly, you’ll be able to keep runners from crossing the plate and scoring.After selecting one of your available pitches using the face buttons on your controller and choosing a location using the analog stick, you’ll tap the tap the X button to send a bar moving up the length of the meter.As the bar goes up the meter, hit the X button just before it heads into the red-colored section at the very end.The fastest pitch in your repertoire, the basic four-seam fastball is a straight pitch that you will make heavy use of – possibly as much as 75 percent of your pitches can be fastballs.