Carl Chasin

Carl Chasin

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The world looks like it's about to get a new billionaire: former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.Uber has confirmed that it closed its deal with a consortium led by Japanese internet giant SoftBank Group on Thursday selling a 20 percent stake in its shares.Once the deal is officially done, Kalanick reportedly will walk away with $1.4 billion, according to CNBC.The agreement comes at a time when Uber is working to clean up after a year of scandals, which involved everything from sexual harassment allegations to five federal investigations to a trade-secret theft lawsuit from Waymo, the self-driving car unit owned by Google's parent company Alphabet.Kalanick was ousted from Uber in June and former Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi took over in August.A primary investment of $1.25 billion closed on Thursday, according to Uber, and payments for secondary sales will be processed by the Nasdaq Private Market and disbursed to participants throughout the day.
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The Brother company wants you to spend less time waiting around the printer at the office.On Wednesday, January 17, Brother announced a new line of nine monochrome printers designed with both speed and budget in mind.The new line includes five printers as well as four all-in-ones, all monochrome laser models.Compared to other models at a similar price point, Brother says the new line leads in print speed with most models hitting up to 36 pages per minute.Brother says all nine printers also increase efficiency over earlier models, with enough space to load 250 sheets at once.A handful of models expand that capacity with a 50-sheet document feeder.
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Xiaomi’s smartwatches and bands are manufactured by its famous partner called Huami.On Friday, this company filed a bill with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to raise up to $150 million in an initial public offering (IPO).The company has said that it will apply for its ads to be listed on Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol “HMI”.Also, the likes of Credit Suisse, Citi and China Renaissance are joint undertakers to the IPO.As of now, the pricing terms has not be made public, however, the company said that the proposed IPO price is an estimation entirely for estimating SEC registration fee.A majority of Xiaomi’s branded smart bands, watches, scales, and other wearables designed and manufactured in conjunction with Huami.
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Mechanical keyboards are awesome, and they’ve had something of a renaissance in recent years as people realize their superiority to the flimsy membrane keyboards we’re used to.But you know what’s even better than a mechanical keyboard?A really frikkin big mechanical keyboard, like the one Razer had at its CES booth.The keyboard was fully functional, with a tactile click and realistic actuation.It even had full Chroma RGB lighting.Props to Razer for thoroughness.
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To help high school athletes understand the importance of hydration on and off the field, Gatorade has created a virtual reality football training game starring Peyton Manning.This week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Gatorade and its agency partner OMD previewed “Beat the Blitz,” which used Microsoft’s holographic technology to capture Manning in VR and let players learn from the five-time NFL MVP.After the game—expected to be released in February—players learn from Manning about how dehydration hurts the body’s heart and brain.“I almost equate it like going from radio to moving images,” said Dario Raciti, U.S. director of Zero Code.“All of a sudden you have something that’s moving on the screen and you have the voice.VR is the same way.
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I want to achieve, in 2018, the kind of immersive glow that the Philips Ambilight, a product last updated in 2007, provided the TV obsessive a decade ago.I can drop £115 on the Dreamscreen backlight, but I’d much rather use the eight Philips Hue lights already in my basement.If TV and set-top box makers embrace Philips’s new Entertainment API, my needs might finally be met.The Philips Hue Entertainment API has long languished in the development stage.Philips broached the possibility of syncing entertainment with Hue lights back in 2015 when it showed off gameplay from an Xbox One synced with the the lights in an apartment.But back then the apartment was outfitted specifically for the demo and the Xbox One was hacked by Philips.
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DURHAM, N.C. -- By ricocheting neutrons off the atoms of yttrium manganite (YMnO3) heated to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, researchers have discovered the atomic mechanisms that give the unusual material its rare electromagnetic properties.Such materials exist because their molecular structure consists of tiny magnetic patches that all point in the same direction.Ferroelectricity is a similar property, but more rare and difficult to conceptualize.This produces a naturally occurring permanent electric field, like a collection of microscopic balloons with a long-lasting charge of static electricity.This rare combination presents the interesting possibility of controlling the material's magnetic properties with electricity and vice versa.Harnessing this ability could let scientists create more efficient computers based on four digit-states rather than just today's 1s and 0s by flipping both electrical and magnetic states, as well as new types of sensors and energy converters.
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Each month, Google and Adweek present the YouTube Ads Leaderboard, a listing of the 10 most-watched commercials on YouTube in the prior month—with the caveat being that the spots must have significant organic views, not primarily paid views.“Stellar creative and media talent are a good start but agencies like this year’s winner, Leo Burnett, have that unique ability to repeatedly make impactful, memorable content that stands out.”YouTube Ads Leaderboard placements in 2017: 8Error loading player: No playable sources found• Sample spot: Mr. Clean – Cleaner of Your DreamsThe evolution of Mr. Clean was made clear in 2017 with the Super Bowl debut of this two-time Ads Leaderboard winner.
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UVify is trying to get more people into the world of drones.Their latest product, Oori — which is currently on display at CES 2018 — is thought to be the world’s fastest microdrone and is designed to be simple and fun to use.Using a system of integrated sensors, Oori can effortlessly hold its position in the sky without the need for human intervention.Its compact design, which can easily fit in the palm of your hands, is the optimal size for racing or for those just trying their hand out at flying.The San Francisco-based startup also has two other models of drones for more serious enthusiasts: Draco SD and Draco HD.The SD model is intended for professional racers who are looking to add a high-performance drone to their repertoire.
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MullenLowe Group has announced the creation of its new Greater Mekong operation and the appointment of Neil Holt as chief executive officer of the new business entity.The Greater Mekong operation was created to offer a hyperbundled creative, digital and activation agency across Thailand and Vietnam, according to the integrated marketing communications agency.Holt will lead the new operation, based in Bangkok and will report to Vincent Digonnet, CEO APAC MullenLowe Group.He will be responsible for managing the 150 people operation across the group’s Thailand and Vietnam offices, with key clients including Unilever, Bank of Ayudhya (Krungsri), MG Thailand, A.P.Honda and the Chip Mong Group.Holt has enjoyed a marketing career that has spanned over three decades at agencies including Euro RSCG Bangkok (now HAVAS), RAPP Thailand and MD of RAPP/ Tribal Worldwide in Beijing and Unbound Group in Australia, where he held leadership roles.
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Sony has announced new Ultra HD televisions for CES 2018, chief among them being the new A8F Series OLED TVs with the maker’s 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme and Acoustic Surface.If that’s not enough to get you excited, Sony has also announced larger X900F series TVs, a 4K HDR product lineup that also has the X1 Extreme processor plus sizes ranging from 49-inches up to 85-inches.As well, Sony says its 2018 Android TVs will have built-in Google Assistant for smart home control.Perhaps most exciting out of the new announcements is Sony’s A8F Series, a TV lineup that builds upon the success Sony saw with the A1E it introduced last year.The A1E was Sony’s first BRAVIA OLED 4K HDR television model, but certainly not the last.As mentioned, Sony’s A8F lineup has the X1 Extreme processor which, the company explains, is able to “precisely control” the highly capable OLED panel used with the televisions.
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Samsung's 2018 CES press conference looked different from years past.For one, instead of touting the bells and whistles of new TVs, refrigerators and other electronics, it focused more on how Samsung's devices fit into what it calls the "Intelligence of Things" -- everything with smarts.CES is critical for Samsung this year as the Korean company tries to show it's more than just a phone and TV maker.Samsung has tried to make its products interact with each other in the past, but has largely failed to create an ecosystem on the scale of Apple (iOS, Mac, Apple TV, Apple Watch) or even Amazon (with the increasingly ubiquitous Alexa digital assistant).One way it does that will be through Bixby, its voice assistant that first showed up in last year's Galaxy S8 and will pop up in televisions and some home appliances this year.Samsung also talked about other services and offerings beyond its normal unveilings of new gadgets, like the SmartThings Cloud it announced at its developer conference in October.
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Annual technology conference CES faces more criticism for its lack of female representation after an open letter, which promised to rectify the issue for next year, said that doing so would be ‘a challenge.’With the conference in Las Vegas kicking off this weekend, an open letter was issued, signed by the organisers’ president and chief executive Gary Shapiro and SVP of CES and corporate business strategy, Karen Chupka, to show that The Consumer Technology Association was listening to the angry responses this year’s line up had provoked due to having no women feature on its main stage.By describing improving the diversity line-up next year as being ‘a challenge’ to find female tech professionals to speak on the main stage, it has come in for even more criticism.“Diversity matters because to shape the future we need to engage people of different backgrounds filled with creative influences.We are committed to changing the status quo.“For us this means not just selecting a diverse group of speakers but encouraging diversity in STEM, in the tech industry and in corporate executive positions,” the letter read.
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The daily or nightly charge of the smartphone is the most prevalent, but laptops, tablets, drones, wireless headphones, smartwatches and other wearable devices are becoming more common.With the coming era of the electric car and more advanced robotics, a need to swap to renewable energy, and an ever-increasing (and more mobile gadget-hungry) global population, humanity's capability of storing energy is going to become critical.Either we innovate and create new and more powerful battery technology, or we enter a period of stasis where a lack of mobile power strangles new technology."The human race has been so successful at population growth that we now have to worry about sustainability," says Upal Sengupta, Applications Manager, Battery Management Solutions at Texas Instruments.Sengupta thinks we need to concentrate first on conservation and efficiency, and secondly on alternative sources for power generation, like solar panels.The latter requires huge batteries to store the Sun's energy, so we can use it at night, or at a time when it suits us.
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There's no better way to feel like a speck in the great expanse of the universe than to see Earth from millions of miles away.NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft is flying through space on a mission to visit the distant asteroid Bennu, but it's also taken the time to look back at its home planet and offer some enticing views.NASA released a composite image on Tuesday showing both Earth and the moon looking like tiny bright baubles against the darkness of space.Osiris-Rex was about 3 million miles (5 million kilometers) from Earth when it snapped this scenic view.The composite is made from three images captured in early October and the moon is brightened to help it show up.NASA released a very different and much closer Osiris-Rex image of Earth from last September.
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Private clouds can boost agility, automate processes, and decrease time to market thanks to the advantages of self-service provisioning, enhanced scalability, and multi-tenancy.Download this white paper to find out more.For future downloads the form will autocomplete after your email is enteredBy requesting this resource you agree to our terms of use.All data is protected by our Privacy Policy.In order to provide you with this resource, Computer Business Review may share your details with the vendor whose content you have chosen to view on our website.
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Apple are facing several lawsuits after it revealed that it slowed down ageing devices to help diminishing battery life.Cases have been launched in the US, France and Israel with more expected to follow after the revelation from the technology giant.The US lawsuits, issued in New York, California and Illinois, have been filed as class action suits which could potentially see millions of iPhone users across the US represented.Last week, the California based company admitted that as part of an update released in 2016, the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE and iPhone 7 included a feature which slowed down parts of the phone in order to help lengthen battery life.One of the lawsuits filed has suggested that "rather than curing the battery defect by providing a free battery replacement for all affected iPhones, Apple sought to mask the battery defect."That case is being represented by Jeffrey Fazio, who forced Apple to reach a $53m settlement over the handling of iPhone warranty claims.
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Jo Joyner left ‘EastEnders’ fans gobsmacked when she made a surprise comeback as Tanya Branning on Christmas Day, but it turns out she had to be convinced to return.The actress has admitted she was initially hesitant about reprising the role she originally played from 2007 to 2013, claiming she didn’t believe there was much she could add to the Max Branning revenge storyline.Jo also had problems fitting it into her packed schedule, but had her arm twisted after realising the plot would tie in with the departures of her on-screen daughters Lauren and Abi, played by Jacqueline Jossa and Lorna Fitzgerald.Speaking to Digital Spy, Jo revealed she was first approached by writer Simon Ashdown about her return back in the summer.She explained: “He said, ‘How do you feel about coming back for Christmas, for a special?’ I said I’m not sure there’s anything in it for me, if I come back, I’ll come back properly, I don’t know that there’s any point just dipping in.“At the time I knew that I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me, a full 10 episodes of ‘Shakespeare & Hathaway’ taking me up to Christmas and then 12 episodes of ‘Ackley Bridge’ until the following summer.
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Keyboard shortcuts are your not-so-secret weapon in the quest to maximise your productivity and blitz through applications and webpages at top speed.That’s very welcome of course, but it doesn’t really let you go to town on your own custom shortcuts.To do that, you need the help of a third-party program.WinHotKey is an older freeware program but still works in Windows 10.Once installed, it runs from the notification area (system tray): Right-click its icon, click Configure, then choose New Hotkey from the dialog box that appears to create your shortcut.You can launch applications, open files, open folders, or perform a number of actions on the current window (like minimising it).
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Niantic kicked off its holiday celebrations in Pokemon Go.For a limited time, players have the chance to capture special Pikachu wearing festive hats.These are the same festive Pikachu that were first released in 2016, and when evolved into Raichu, they will keep their hats.Next, from Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. PST through Dec. 25 at 1 p.m. PST, the first PokeStop players visit each day will reward them with a single-use Egg Incubator.In addition, from now until Dec. 25 at 1 p.m. PST, players can purchase special boxes in the in-game store, which contain items such as Super Incubators, Lure Modules and new Star Pieces.A Star Piece allows players to earn bonus stardust for 30 minutes after it’s activated.
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