Your bedside alarm clock no longer has to be the bane of your existence, at least not if that clock is the Sandman Doppler.Making its debut at CES 2018, this smart clock does much more than jolt you awake — rather, the Doppler promises to be a complete information hub with Wi-Fi capabilities, Bluetooth, and integrated Amazon Alexa to respond to all your needs and whims.Whether you need to set your Nest learning thermostat before you go to bed or have the coffeemaker begin brewing your morning pot when you wake up, the Doppler serves as a smart hub that can replace your Amazon Echo (after all, most models of the smart speaker don’t have a clock).And if there are a few elements of your smart home to which you need easy access, the Doppler can help.With two programmable buttons, you can control a number of central functions in the home, such as turning on or dimming smart lights, playing your favorite music, opening or closing garage doors, and locking the door and activating the security system.All these capabilities can also be controlled via the clock’s companion app, available on both iPhone and Android devices.
When Dell initially launched its budget and relatively low-key (for a gaming system) Inspiron Gaming Desktop, it was limited to AMD processors and maxed out at an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card.For 2018, Dell has expanded the power potential of the system with the ability to configure it with up to an 8th-generation six-core Core i7-8700 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 -- encompassing configurations with entry-level to decent VR performance.Fully kitted out, the budget system isn't quite as budgety -- the $800 base configuration is a Core i3 with a hard disk drive -- but it should still be a decent deal.(Directly converted, about £590 and AU$1,022.)The upgraded configuration options are available now.
This year marks 100 years since women were first given the vote.Women still only make up one-third of MPs and there are more men named John leading FTSE 100 boards than women.Women, in particular black and disabled women, are more likely to harmed by the impacts of austerity than any other demographics group.But I have several reasons for being optimistic that 2018 could bring a significant step-change towards female equality.It feels like feminism has reached a new level of public consciousness.The Harvey Weinstein affair and the MeToo campaign brought the issue to new audiences and recruited new sympathisers to the movement.
In a twist of irony, James Damore, the former Google employee fired over the infamous anti-diversity memo last year, is suing the company for discrimination.The lawsuit is not explicitly about Damore’s memo.Instead, Damore and another former engineer are suing the tech giant for not sufficiently protecting its employees.Specifically, the two believe the company should have protected white male employees who hold conservative view points or supported President Donald Trump.According to Reuters, the lawsuit reads:Damore, Gudeman, and other class members were ostracized, belittled, and punished for their heterodox political views, and for the added sin of their birth circumstances of being Caucasians and/or males.
Ten years into our careers, we’ve taken our share of bumps and bruises.It’s not that content marketers lack ideas.And bad pitches kill great ideas.You’re probably familiar with the “four Ps” of marketing (price, product, promotion, and place).A successful pitch brings people along for the ride.It starts with an inspiration and ends with how the idea can be executed in the real world.
Startup accelerator Techstars announced that it is launching a new program for insurtech startups in partnership with life insurance giant MetLife.Applications open today for the program — called the MetLife Digital Accelerator — which will be based out of Cary, North Carolina.VentureBeat’s Heartland Tech channel invites you to join us and other senior business leaders at BLUEPRINT in Reno on March 5-7.The MetLife Digital Accelerator is now the 38th accelerator managed by Techstars, which is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.This is also the first program geared toward insurtech startups.According to CB Insights, 173 insurtech startups raised $1.69 billion in 2016, with 59 percent of deals going to U.S. startups.
As the technology industry continues to react to two major CPU bugs, we’re starting to see early signs of performance issues from security patches designed to fix the problems.Epic Games has released a chart of CPU usage after it patched its back-end services to address the Meltdown vulnerability.It shows a roughly 20 percent increase in CPU utilization, immediately after the patches were applied.The company released the chart to “provide a bit more context” around recent login issues and stability with its Fortnite game.“All of our cloud services are affected by updates required to mitigate the Meltdown vulnerability,” says an Epic Games spokesperson in a forum post.“We heavily rely on cloud services to run our back-end and we may experience further service issues due to ongoing updates.” Epic Games warns that issues may continue next week as the company works with cloud providers to address the issues and prevent further problems arising.
NASA’s Curiosity rover has discover an unusual — an quite tiny — feature on the Mars landscape, one with a strange shape and an unknown explanation.The features, which may be related to minerals, were found in an area so interesting that researchers had sent the rover back for a second look.The features’ strange appearance have raised questions about whether NASA has discovered trace fossils on the Red Planet, and researchers aren’t ruling that out yet.The unusual landscape features are shown in the image below, though they’re not as big as they look.The features, which look somewhat like tubes on top of a rock, are said to only be a couple millimeters in size; you’d probably not notice them if you were casually looking at the full Curiosity Mars photo.When isolated from the photo, though, the unusual bit is readily identifiable.
Donald Glover shook up television and raked in Golden Globes and Emmy awards in 2016 for the first season of Atlanta, the show he created and starred in.Now, Glover’s surreal world, where a “black Justin Bieber” exists, is preparing to return for Atlanta season 2, and we finally have an official premiere date.In the show, Glover plays Earnest “Earn” Marks, a disgruntled airport employee who decides to get ahead in life by managing his rapper cousin Alfred ‘Paper Boi’ Miles, played by Brian Tyree Henry.Lakeith Stanfield from Get Out will reprise his role as idiot savant Darius, along with Zazie Beetz as Van, the mother of Earn’s child.While we wait for our return trip to Atlanta, here’s everything we know about the second season:FX announced in early January that Atlanta’s second season will return on Thursday, March 1 at 10 p.m.
Volkswagen joins the self-driving car race in partnership with a newly established Silicon Valley start-up.Volkswagen is working in partnership with a Silicon Valley start-up to develop a fleet of self-driving vehicles.The latest start-up from Silicon Valley, Aurora, was founded by former Google self-driving car project head Chris Urmson with the aim of bringing new fleets of self-driving taxis, cars and even trucks to the roads.Volkswagen said in a statement that by partnering with Aurora it aims to focus on its customers by creating new solutions that bring the best user experience, focusing on safety, convenience and usability.To date, Volkswagen and Aurora have been working together for six months with Mobility as a Service (MaaS) developments currently in stage one.Over the six months the two companies’ specialists have been working together to integrate Aurora’s self-driving system including features such as sensors, hardware and software such as Machine Learning and AI technology into Volkswagen’s self-driving platform.
Ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, Lenovo unveiled updates to its laptop lineups: its ThinkPad X, ThinkPad T, and ThinkPad L series.The Chinese company promised thinner and lighter designs, 8th-generation Intel Core processors, broader facial recognition support for Windows Hello, and USB Type-C power adapters.Other devices shown off included a new mechanical Side Docking option, ThinkVision displays, and the Lenovo Tablet 10.Both offer rapid charging that promises to get you back to 80 percent battery life in 60 minutes.The X280 is 20 percent lighter (2.5 pounds) and 15 percent thinner (17.4mm) compared to its predecessor while the X380 Yoga comes with an Active Pen and an IR camera with Windows Hello support.The ThinkPad X280 starts at $999 while the X380 Yoga starts at $1,459, and both ship later this month.
Ever wondered what the benefits of nude training were?New York gym chain Hanson Fitness will hold its first naked full body conditioning gym class on January 5.Celebrity trainer Harry Hanson, who has trained Rihanna, Sandra Bullock, and Tyra Banks, will lead the sessions.Benefits of nude training include greater body awareness and empowerment, as well as unrestricted movement, according to the gym.With the new year comes plenty of new fitness fads for us to try out — although some are a little more daring than others.Hanson Fitness, a New York gym chain favoured by celebrities including Rihanna, has launched a new full body conditioning class at its Soho outpost — and it requires participants to be naked.
A ragtag group assembled for a family portrait in Albuquerque.If you see it on Facebook or LinkedIn, there's usually a question above the photo: "Would you have invested?"The gang reluctantly gathered together in some of their finest attire, and an American business legend was made.Bill Gates founded and built Microsoft from nothing into the most valuable technology company in the world.Along the way, he became the richest man in the world, and is now giving is fortune away to all kinds of good causes.Andrea Lewis became a fiction writer and freelance journalist
Ever wondered what happened to the Nokia 1?There’s a Nokia 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, and, soon, 9, but no 1 (yes, they intentionally skipped 4).It turns out, there will still be a Nokia 1 but, apparently, HMD Global was reserving it for a very special purpose.Word from old-time Nokia leakster Eldar Murtazin claims that the Nokia 1 will be a super low-end, budget smartphone that will be part of the new Android Go program.And no, not the Android One program, which would have probably been a better marketing strategy.Then again, there might not be much advantage to an Android One Nokia 1 (see how that sounds?).
It's two days before Christmas shutdown, and this IT pilot fish happens to step into a lab -- where she notices an orange fault light blinking on a server's disk array."This is a Unix server with two RAID sets, sent to us by a customer," says fish."Because it's in the lab, it's not regularly seen by the IT staff.But clearly something is wrong, so fish sends a message to the person who regularly uses the server.User's reply: "The system seems to tolerate the faulty disk.As long as it keeps beeping, I think I'm OK."
The camera has quickly and easily become one of the most important features of a smartphone.We’re capturing more and more photos every day, and it’s all largely thanks to the simplicity of tapping a shutter icon to snap a shot, as well as the abundance of the camera phone.In 2017, we saw an astounding number of excellent cameras on flagship smartphones ranging from $500 to $1,000.We’re testing the cameras on the iPhone X, LG V30, Google Pixel 2 XL, Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC U11, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and the OnePlus 5T.We treated all phones the same — taking them out of a bag, pointing them at a subject, tapping on the subject, and pressing the shutter icon.The California Republic flag right below the clock tower is another good point of focus: The flagpole is almost invisible on the iPhone X and the OnePlus 5T.
But in a crowded collaboration field, Planner also matches up against tools like as Asana and Smartsheet, which offer alternatives to more complex project management applications.Buckets are used to represent the status of a specific project.The Charts view provides a higher level overview of work that’s under way, enabling team members to see the status and progress of various projects at a glance.This makes it easier to see when any may be falling behind schedule, or if a certain team member has a looming deadline.Support for iOS and Android devices was announced in May, enabling users to view and update plans on the go once they have been created using the web app.This allows a project manager to offload the management of a task to a colleague using Planner.
Here are ten top tips from NCT for keeping babies and toddlers warm in the cold weather.A good rule of thumb is to dress your baby with one layer of clothing more than you’re wearing.For example, if you’re in a shirt, sweater and coat, give your baby a vest, sleepsuit, cardigan and coat.Flat cap or woolly hat?It’s important that a baby’s head is kept warm and protected so make sure they have hats or hoods for the winter.Flat caps can be cute but aren’t ideal for really cold weather.
As the male reproductive cell, sperm has a pretty clear-cut mission statement.But could it also be used to help deliver lifesaving cervical cancer drugs to patients?Quite possibly, claim researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research in Germany.They’ve been working on an unorthodox type of cancer treatment that involves hijacking sperm with magnets, and then using them as guided drug-delivery vehicles to help release cancer-killing medicines.“We [have] developed a sperm-hybrid micromotor by using sperm for the first time as drug carrier, and a microscale structure as magnetic guidance mechanism and flexible release trigger,” Haifeng Xu, a researcher with the Leibniz Institute’s department of micro and nanostructures, told Digital Trends.The approach involves loading up sperm cells with a common chemo agent called doxorubicin, then fitting the sperm with miniature four-armed magnetic harnesses, and controlling their movement via magnets.
Facebook is making some modifications to how it combats fake news for its users.The social-networking giant said late Wednesday it would dispense with the Disputed Flag, a tool introduced a year ago to make it easier for Facebook users to identify hoax articles on their News Feeds.The company found that the image of the red Disputed Flag may have conveyed the wrong message to users, leading to inaccurate news reports being shared more often."Academic research on correcting misinformation has shown that putting a strong image, like a red flag, next to an article may actually entrench deeply held beliefs -- the opposite effect to what we intended," Tessa Lyons, a Facebook product manager, said in a statement.Instead, Facebook is turning to a key component of meaningful journalism: context.Replacing the red flags will be a "Related Articles" section that presents reports from other news outlets that allow users to immediately fact-check stories that appear in their feed.