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Mercedes-Benz's engines are pretty darn good.Volvo's new cars are pretty darn good.In the future, we might see the two mixed together.Daimler, Mercedes-Benz's parent company, might have an interest in sidling up to Volvo, Reuters reports, citing Germany's Manager Magazin.The partnership could range from Daimler buying a small part of Volvo to supplying the Swedish automaker with engines for its cars.Daimler did not immediately return a request for comment, but it declined to comment to Reuters, saying that it's "pure speculation."
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Welcome back to your guide to finding out what's new online.Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what's been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and (sometimes) Amazon Prime.The audio is about a minute or two long.HBO has a knack for finding quality content.Its HBO Now service is easily worth the money with series like Westworld in rotation.The show is excellent, but the second season may be even better, based on what I've seen thus far.
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Oculus users were sent an update sheet today for the near-future of the VR platform owned by Facebook.This May, new tools will be launched for Oculus users, including a new Privacy Center, Updated Terms of Service, Updated Privacy Policy, and a new Code of Conduct added to the Oculus official Terms of Service.Also you’ll be able to download all your data – so that’s neat.Users of Oculus VR headsets: never forget you’re working with a Facebook company.The good news is – it would seem that Oculus is remaining relatively separate from the deep-dive info-collecting ways of Facebook.“As we look toward the future and the exciting work being done in research, we’re expanding our Terms of Service beyond VR to include AR products,” said the latest Oculus PR release.
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Southeastern Grocers, the owner of BI-LO, Harveys Supermarkets, Fresco y Más, and Winn-Dixie stores, announced it is transitioning to a new SE Grocers fuel rewards loyalty program in partnership with Shell.The program will begin this summer and will allow shoppers to redeem points on gas at participating Shell or other select fuel stations and on groceries.Southeastern Grocers has previously used the Plenti multi-merchant points program.However, American Express Co. this month said it will end the three-year-old program on July 10 due to shifting priorities and changing competitive conditions.The company decided that investing in loyalty programs made more sense in international markets where it already operates.Anthony Hucker, president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers, said in a release that the company had "listened loudly to our customers about all of the things they value with our current rewards program" and how to improve the next one.
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The number of people using Reddit has surged in the past few months, and the platform now reports as many active users as Twitter.The company’s own data indicates that average monthly active users (MAUs) have jumped from 250 million in November last year, to 330 million by early April 2018.That’s an increase of more than 30 percent in less than 6 months, and puts the platform in equal 11th place in our new global social media platform ranking (see chart above).And it’s not just Reddit’s own data that suggests the platform is doing well.The latest global website ranking from Alexa – based on monthly site traffic – shows that Reddit.com is the sixth most-visited website in the world.What’s more, Alexa’s data suggests that people spend more time on Reddit each day than they spend on the websites of any other top social platform.
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After the success of its Boom series of Bluetooth speakers, Ultimate Ears (UE) will be bringing its latest Alexa-enabled smart speakers Down Under – the Blast and Megablast.Most of the playful aesthetics and rugged durability of the UE Boom 2 and its larger UE Megaboom sibling return with the Blast and Megablast, but with the addition of on-board Wi-Fi and built-in Alexa.Street party or house party?Naturally, the addition of Alexa to the UE speakers turns them into a smart hub, allowing you to control your connected devices at home over the wireless network and access any of the thousands of Alexa Skills.The pair of speakers will be accompanied at launch by the Power Up charging dock (sold separately) that you can leave plugged in at home, allowing you to quickly transform your rugged Bluetooth speaker into a powered smart home hub by simply plonking it down.Amazon Prime, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and Deezer are all compatible at launch, as is Amazon Music Unlimited, of which you’ll get a free three-month subscription with the purchase of a Blast or Megablast.
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How To Get Your Posts Seen By 4x More People, Increase Sales and Engagement With Content RepurposingWe’ve just started repurposing our content across multiple social media platforms and we’ve been getting much better engagement than when we just focused on FB and email.It sounds like a lot of work but it’s easier than it seems, especially if you’re using video to simplify the processRecording video is much faster than writing an email because people naturally speak faster than they write.So start by filming a video.Then, turn it into an email newsletter first, as it’s the perfect blend of both value and your personal story in one post
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Too tired to fire up the barbecue after a long day at the office?Or is the weather simply not conducive to outdoor grilling?Indoor grills are a great alternative if you’re looking to whip up a warm meal quickly.The grill delivered a dozen well-cooked waffles in batches of four in less than 20 minutesWe spent some time with the grill and found a lot of reasons to recommend it.It comes with three sets of two plates, one set for grilling, another to use as a griddle, and the last to make waffles.
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Yet, there is a harsh reality that many apps get removed after first use, which can often be down to poor user experience and latency issues.The Drum spoke with Ian James, international general manager, Verve Mobile, to talk about how voice assistants are now creating innovative ways for brands to have direct relationships with consumers.So, what is in store over the next decade?As 5G seeps into our small screens, the ability to stream and download video content will rise in speed, waving goodbye to the spinning wheel of frustration.The future of apps lies within three core areas:Speed and efficiency: Mobile app environments work inherently faster, in comparison to mobile web.
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Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.It's no secret reviews are the lifeblood of getting more business.Reviews and ratings have been instrumental to me and my career for years.And if your business sells products online, you've got to ensure every place your product is sold has high-quality reviews.Doctors set expectations of when test results get back.No one likes going back on one's commitment, and this is a great way to ensure your customers follow through on theirs.
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Pokemon Go:n luoneen Nianticin toimitusjohtaja John Hanke uskoo laajennetun todellisuuden (AR) valoisaan tulevaisuuteen.Hänen mukaansa laajennettua todellisuutta voitaisiin nimittäin hyödyntää muuallakin kuin pelkissä visuaalisissa sisällöissä.Hanke selitti Kaliforniassa järjestetyssä GamesBeat-konferenssissa AR-visionsa lainaamalla Arthur C Clarken sanoja "riittävän kehittynyttä teknologiaa ei pysty erottamaan taikuudesta".Hanken mukaan vision saavuttamisen vaatii eri tekniikoiden väsymätöntä testaamista.Hänen mielestään pelit ovat ihanteellinen alusta teknologioiden kehittämiseen, sillä pelaajat kestävät häiriöitä ja epätäydellisyyksiä muita käyttäjiä paremmin.Pelifoorumeita lukemalla saattaisi päätyä hieman eri johtopäätökseen, sillä peliyhteisö reagoi usein voimakkaasti epäonnistuneisiin päivityksiin.
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Elon Musk has a fairly consistent message for all the haters and doubters and gossips and journalists and investment bankers and analysts who think Tesla is about to hit a massive financial wall:In a tweet today, Musk again insisted that the many reports — the latest coming from The Economist — claiming Tesla will have to raise at least $2 billion this year are baloney.Because he says the company is going to turn a profit in the second half of 2018.The Economist used to be boring, but smart with a wicked dry wit.Now it’s just boring (sigh).Tesla will be profitable & cash flow+ in Q3 & Q4, so obv no need to raise money.
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Instagram is building its own data portability tool which will allow users to download a copy of everything they’ve ever shared on the platform, similar to how Facebook’s download your information tool works.The platform confirmed the news to TechCrunch.The tool could help Instagram users monitor how much of their data is on the platform.It will also help Facebook, which owns Instagram, comply with the forthcoming European data privacy rule, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will require all data to be portable.The rule will also require companies to delete data upon user request.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed in testimony today to the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Congress that the company would comply with GDPR in Europe and in the US, where it’s not yet required.
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Sony announced its Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact at Mobile World Congress this year and has now followed up with pricing and availability news.In the US, both models will be available to pre-order online through Best Buy from April 13th through April 19th.They’ll then be available online through Best Buy on April 20th and will come to the company’s physical stores on May 6th.Then, on May 20th, they’ll come to Amazon and “other participating retailers.” The Xperia XZ2 Compact starts at $649.99 while the Xperia XZ2 starts at $799.99.You can read our full breakdown of the phones here.The XZ2 features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage (with a microSD slot).
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Xiaomi has announced pre-orders for the Redmi Note 5 Pro on its website, Mi.com, on 13 April.Customers who were unable to purchase the latest Xiaomi smartphone since its launch so far can pre-order their unit on 13 April, with the delivery expected to be completed within two to four weeks.Launched in February this year, the Redmi Note 5 Pro has been in high demand since with the phone going out of stock in a few seconds in every flash sale held on Mi.com and Flipkart.Additionally, the smartphone has also been available in very limited numbers via Mi Home stores as well as Mi Preferred Partners.Redmi Note 5 Pro on pre-orders on 13 AprilCustomers who want to order the smartphone will have to pay the full price of the device upfront at the time of pre-order.
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FreeSync är en variant av tekniken som låter användare låsa en skärms uppdateringsfrekvens (refresh rate) vid ett annat värde än exempelvis 60, 120 eller 144 Hz, och som på sistone blivit allt mer populärt i spelvärlden.Fördelen är att du kan förhindra så kallad screen-tearing i spel (då spelet hackar och det ser ut som om skärmen inte är helt jämn).Nackdelen är att du behöver en speciell skärm som stödjer tekniken.Har du det, och dessutom en Xbox One, har vi goda nyheter.Medlemmar i Xbox Insider-programmet kan från och med idag ladda ned AMD:s variant, AMD Freesync.Sedan kan du via konsolens inställningar aktivera funktionen, koppla in skärmen och köra.
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Apple has officially launched the red iPhone 8 and red iPhone 8 Plus, although there's no sign of the same shade for the iPhone X.As part of Apple’s continued support for the Product Red initiative, which raises awareness for HIV and AIDS, two of its latest phones have received a new splash of color, retaining the line’s super glossy, all-glass look.If you’re interested in checking the red model out in person, your local Apple Store will stock it on its shelves starting Friday, April 13.The red iPhone 8 starts at $699 (£699, AU$1,079) for the 64GB version and $849 (£849, AU$1,329) for the 256GB version, while the red iPhone 8 Plus will set you back $799 (£799, AU$1,229) for the 64GB version and $949 (£949, AU$1,479) for 256GB – the same asking prices as the other colors.If only Apple applied this pricing logic to its Space Gray Mac accessories.You’ll be able to pre-order the red iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus starting on April 10.
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DJI is aiming to help filmmakers master the gimbal with new control units that allow for smooth, custom camera movements.During the National Association of Broadcasters Show on Monday, April 9, DJI announced two new gimbal control systems, one an intuitive entry-level gimbal control solution, the DJI Force Pro, and the other a high-end solution for the most precise control, the DJI Master Wheels.DJI’s Force Pro matches the movement of the operator on the devices different physical and screen-based controls to create smooth camera movements.DJI says that the Force Pro is designed so that even user with minimal gimbal experience can quickly learn how to control the camera using the Force Pro.The Force Pro uses a built-in compass and Inertial Measurement Unit to create both precise and consistent camera movement.Those two components also help prevent gimbal drift, allowing the camera to remain fixed on a specific frame.
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The Plaza Hotel in New York City, which President Donald Trump once called "the ultimate trophy in the world."A big deal, involving a supposed $375-million cryptocurrency token offering, is not going as planned, people familiar with the situation tell Business Insider.A reported deal to buy New York's Plaza Hotel is not going as planned, people familiar with the situation tell Business Insider.CNBC reported in March that Chimera, a foreign entity, was considering running a $375 million-plus ICO, a cryptocurrency twist on the initial public offering process, to help purchase the famed Plaza from the Sahara Group, a firm based in India.It is a project that "Shark Tank" investor Kevin O'Leary alluded to during an appearance on CNBC."There's a big deal coming in New York in the next three weeks," O'Leary said, referring to a "very prestigious hotel."
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The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) has announced the offer of 2,000 fellowship awards, following a national competition.Launched in 1952 shortly after Congress established NSF, GRFP represents the nation's oldest continuous investment in the U.S."To support U.S. leadership and innovation in science and engineering, we must recognize and nurture talent from all of our nation's communities," said Jim Lewis, NSF acting assistant director for Education and Human Resources."I am pleased that again this year, the competition has selected talented students from all economic backgrounds and all demographic categories.In addition, NSF worked successfully to accommodate students from U.S. islands devastated by Hurricanes Maria and Irma, so that they could still compete for a fellowship."The new awardees were selected from more than 12,000 applicants and come from all 50 U.S. states, as well as the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
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