2018 will be a confusing year for LG, both for the company itself but most especially for its customers.To address its floundering mobile phone business, the company has decided to adopt a devil may care attitude and throw all caution to the wind.Heck, it won’t even release an LG G7, if that’s still its name, in early 2018.What it might show at MWC next month will simply be an enhanced LG V30+ instead.LG is pretty much doing an overhaul of its smartphone strategy without making it look that way.It already hinted that it would be putting out less phones instead of flooding the market and seeing which phones stick.
As the US media, tech world and the powers that be in Washington continue to try to figure out how to tackle things like fake news, the level of discourse, and how to keep the business of publishing from falling off a virtual cliff, one of the media properties that has been instrumental in influencing how news is framed online is making a big change.HuffPost in the US today announced that it is sunsetting its contributors platform — also known as its unpaid blogger platform.The news was broken by HuffPost (which, like TechCrunch, is part of Oath), which directly tied the move to the changing tides (not Tide Pods, although I personally think there is a connection) in the world of news media and how technology is used to distribute it.“Now, there are many places where people can share and exchange ideas,” HuffPost editor in chief Lydia Polgreen writes in a post on the site.“Perhaps a few too many: One of the biggest challenges we all face, in an era where everyone has a platform, is figuring out whom to listen to.Open platforms that once seemed radically democratizing now threaten, with the tsunami of false information we all face daily, to undermine democracy.
January is a very hectic month for the auto industry.Well, Detroit came out swinging this year with a whole slew of concepts and production vehicles.Not only will that help its fuel economy, there's a new 48-volt mild hybrid system available on both V6 and V8 models that can both improve fuel economy and deliver additional torque when necessary.The Chevy gets a 3.0-liter Duramax I6 that's mated to a 10-speed automatic.The Ranger will pack the same four-mode terrain controller found on the Raptor.While you might not consider the Geländewagen to be a truck, it rides on a proper ladder frame, is seriously capable, and has roots in military applications.
That’s not completely absurd in the lull between the holiday season and the next glut of big new releases that demand my immediate attention.And then some old, familiar jaws are chewing at the back of my mind, reminding me that, by all rights, I should be filling my temporarily free hours by tooling around Mercury and The Leviathan.There were so many incredible games last year that pushed the medium far beyond Destiny’s lizard-brain catharsis of cool headshots, which had carried me so well since 2014.Every week, there seems to be some new controversy plaguing the game, followed by days of silence from Bungie, before ending with an apology and a huge info dump about how things will be tweaked.Case in point: I would have missed the company’s most recent PR debacle entirely if the backlash online weren’t so astronomically vocal.This time, it’s Destiny 2’s take on The Dawning—a winter-themed excuse to collect seasonal loot—that has the game’s community up in arms.
As of yesterday, Tesco has changed the value of its Clubcard Rewards.Advertising it as a move to "simplify" the scheme, it actually means that most of us will now get less from our earned points than we did previously.The Clubcard "Boost" scheme previously allowed you to exchange Clubcard vouchers for days out, restaurant vouchers or for other retailers.These were valued at 2x, 3x or 4x the face value of a Clubcard voucher — so £5 of Clubcard points would get you a £20 voucher for Pizza Express, for example.Tesco has now changed the scheme so everything across the board now gives a 3x value.The problem is, there were far more deals offering 4x the value than there were 2x.
The new Kia Forte evolves for the third generation with design cues inspired by the Stinger, all new in-house designed and built Intelligent Variable Transmission, advanced driver assistance technology, and infotainment.Kia’s aiming to move the Forte upmarket with a new design and features to evolve their best selling vehicle into something more so than a compact car that is meant for getting people from points A to B.The fastback shape not only looks good, but it also gives the engineers and designers the opportunity to expand the passenger compartment in several important areas.The interior space is generous enough to accommodate a group of friends’ worth of gear necessary for a road trip.The engineers also added a half-inch of headroom for a total of 56.7 inches, and the overall width has increased to 70.8 inches.Aeronautically-inspired spoked vents and soft-touch materials add up to the more premium feel.
While most companies are in their winter sleep, others keep pushing out rumors and images about their upcoming devices.Then keep reading to find out the top headlines from January 8th through the 14th!The smartphone is supposed to come in an interesting hexa-core Exynos variant as well as a Mediatek one for the global market.Apparently, the Korean company did not really learn from last year’s mistake and is probably going to launch the next LG G7 flagship with last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 835; click here to read more about that.They’ve kept themselves busy over at Xiaomi’s by launching two new products, the Xiaomi Mi PowerBank 2 and the Xiaomi Charger 9V/2A with Quick Charge 3.0 support.We then heard that the Chinese tech giant might be working with Epistar, the largest mini LED maker based in Taiwan to possibly use the technology on their upcoming devices.
Intel is making strides with its China business in the automotive and autonomous driving industry, with new partnerships announced today at CES 2018 with Chinese automaker SAIC, and also with the leading navigational map player in China, called Navinfo to integrate and localize REM data.These partnerships give Intel a key means of additional access in the Chinese market, which is a different beast when it comes to operations for automakers and those hoping to build autonomous vehicle tech.Intel and Mobileye securing these partnerships open the door for localization and market-specific work that could go a long way toward building a business in this area in the world’s fastest-growing auto market.Intel is also one of the compute platforms that Baidu has announced is fully compatible with its new Apollo 2.0 open autonomous driving platform, so that should also help.REM having access to the market is huge, however, since HD mapping is intensely local, and something that’s essentially impossible to do without having local data partners on board.
Just days before CES 2018, the biggest tech showcase of the year, former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai – also the head of the FCC – canceled his plans to participate in a round table discussion at the event.That event is tomorrow and suddenly the livestream seems infinitely more watchable.Tuesday January 9th, several other members of the FCC will join the Assistant Secretary of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to discuss “infrastructure, spectrum allocation, 5G, privacy, accessibility, the Internet of Things, regulatory reform, disruptive innovation, and technological convergence, among other hot topics.”We assume that “other hot topics” will include the repeal of net neutrality.Last month, in a slap to the face of the vast majority of all American voters, Pai and the FCC voted to remove Obama-era protections on the free and open internet.Here at TNW we’ve dedicated thousands of hours in research and interviewed dozens upon dozens of experts in tech in our efforts to inform our readers on the actual effects of handing the internet over to ISPs – and just about every other major tech publication out there has done the same.
In the opening keynote for CES 2018, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showed off some futuristic tech and announced autonomous driving partnerships with BMW, Nissan, Volkswagen, and Ferrari.The car partnerships will leverage Intel’s tech for artificial intelligence, including its Mobileye-based mapping technology for helping self-driving cars navigate.Intel Studios will have a huge volumetric video stage and post-production equipment.“We not only find data everywhere today, but it will be the creative force behind the innovations of the future.SAIC will develop Level 3, 4, and 5 cars in China based on Mobileye technology.Levels are assigned based on capacity for autonomy — a Level 4 vehicle can drive itself almost exclusively without any human interaction, and a Level 5 vehicle can drive itself without human interaction on any road.
Sony‘s new headphone lineup features an impressive array of tech-packed sports options, including a brand-new pair of fully wireless in-ears that feature IPX4 splash-proofing and active noise cancellation.Called the WF-SP700N, the new fully wireless earbuds will bring Sony’s excellent noise-canceling technology to noisy gym environments, allowing workout junkies to focus on their reps instead of their neighbor’s conversations.The large, curved in-ears come with a compact one-touch charging case, and will offer a relatively minimal three hours of battery life, though the charging case will offer two full recharges before it runs flat.The lack of extended juice can be forgiven considering the features the earbuds pack.The WF-SP700N are the first IPX4 water-resistant fully wireless earbuds on the market.Sony is launching two other sets of banded wireless headphones aimed at strenuous activities.
NextVR announced today that it’s improving its virtual reality experiences by adding higher resolution and six degrees of freedom (6DOF).It will roll out 6DOF throughout 2018, first to pre-recorded content and then to streams, which will enable spectators to move around to get a better view of the action.In addition to improving its VR experiences, the company will also debut new augmented reality features in mid-2018.NextVR is currently available on the Gear VR, PlayStation VR, Google Daydream, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.NextVR primarily livestreams concerts along with sports events.In the past, it’s partnered with the NBA and NFL, including post-game content with replays and highlights.
The biggest news for gamers is an upcoming family of gaming-focused displays with big screens and big ambitions.For $8 per month, you can stream a select library of 56 games to most every PC with an internet connection.The initial third-party support consisted of the Steam and Battle.net platforms, but now the service includes titles purchased on Ubisoft’s Uplay platform.Optimized games include recent hits like Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Overwatch, Prey, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and Rocket League.“Patches and driver updates are installed automatically, and cloud saves are enabled for cross-platform play.“Gamers can even use night mode, which reduces blue color, so users can sleep better after a night of gaming.”
Suicide is the second most common cause of death in people between the ages of 10 and 19 in Canada.Existing efforts include ramped up suicide research funding, the addition of new mental wellness educational programs, and human-assisted monitoring of national suicide statistics.This is where the predictive and scalable capabilities of AI could offer assistance.Canadian officials are in talks with Ottowa-based company, Advanced Symbolics Inc., to develop a program that will leverage the power of social media to forecast geographic spikes in suicidal behavior.During the pilot, researchers will analyze 160,000 social media accounts to identify trends that could indicate a pending a rise in suicide-related deaths in communities across Canada.A rep from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said, “To help prevent suicide, develop effective prevention programs and recognize ways to intervene earlier, we must first understand the various patterns and characteristics of suicide-related behaviours.
However you think of your story structure, include conflict: tension, something at stake, something to overcome.This Budweiser commercial goes straight for the heart.The company clearly expected the audience to relate to the main character, a stranger in a sometimes unfriendly land, someone passionate about his vision for the future.Matthew offers a similar point made by Jodi Harris in this CMI article: “Video can convey an appropriate emotional tone in a way that text alone can’t manage.”Matthew’s advice: Figure out which emotions make sense for your brand and for the purpose of your video, and plan accordingly.If you’re going to use humor, Matthew says, “make sure that it leads to customer action.” No matter how entertaining your video may be, if it doesn’t inspire people to do something in line with your strategy, its value to the company is questionable.
Currently, nearly one in five infants across the world - 19.5 million children - do not have access to basic vaccines, and almost one third of deaths among children under five could be prevented through the use of vaccines.The new Hub will look to address two major challenges facing attempts to create future vaccine manufacturing systems:- How to design a production system that can produce tens of thousands of new doses within weeks of a new threat being identified- How to improve current manufacturing processes and change the way vaccines are manufactured, stabilised and stored so that existing and new diseases can be prevented effectively, and costs reducedPublic Health Minister, Steve Brine said: "It is a tragedy that so many people across the world die because they do not have access to basic vaccines."Our scientists and laboratories are world-leading and can hold the key to making and deploying more life-saving vaccines - including when emerging threats arise like Zika or Ebola.
Mophie's launching a new external battery today that can charge your massive gadgets.The Mophie Powerstation AC features a capacity of 22,000mAh and is capable of 100W AC output, which could provide up to 15 hours of extra battery life for a MacBook.If you aren't charging through the AC output, you can use the built-in USB-C port.That USB-C port features 30W USB-PD charging technology.(Remember: you need that USB-PD label to fast charge your iPhone X or iPhone 8, and you'll also need to buy a USB-C to Lightning cable.)There's also an output for traditional USB-A devices.
The Xbox One X is the most powerful gaming console in the world, capable of playing many Xbox One titles in native 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, but the system does have one flaw compared to Nintendo’s Switch: You still need a television in order to play it.With modder Eddie Zarick’s new “Xbook One X” portable system, however, that is no longer an issue.Zarick, who previously had experience converting the less powerful Xbox One S into a laptop and even combined the system with the PlayStation 4 for the “PlayBox,” transferred the entire Xbox One X into a custom housing, complete with a 21.5-inch, 1080p screen.It also has an optional keyboard and extra USB ports, as well as an HDMI port so you can still play the games in full 4K on your television when you’re home, and it also supports Ethernet and optical audio out.Zarick said on his site that only one power cable is needed to power his device, but given the power consumption of modern consoles, particularly the Xbox One X, it’s impossible for the Xbook One X to run on batteries.“The system uses the stock Xbox cooling to keep the system running even when ‘extreme gaming,'” Zarick said on his website.
The ancestry and family tree website Ancestry.com revealed last week that data on 300,000 users, including email addresses, usernames, and passwords, was publicly exposed on one of its servers.Tony Blackham, the company’s Chief Information Security Officer, issued a statement shortly before the Christmas holiday noting that the user data was in a file publicly exposed on a server for RootsWeb, Ancestry.com’s community-driven genealogy site.In a post discussing the leak, Blackham wrote that “the vast majority of those were from free trial or currently unused accounts,” however, the data from roughly 55,000 users was also used on other Ancestry sites.In the worst cases, around 7,000 leaked email/password combinations were found to have matched the credentials for active Ancestry customers.As a service, RootsWeb is often used by members for sharing their family trees and conversing on the site’s message boards.During the week, Ancestry.com admitted that it believes the user data had been exposed since November 2015, but that it was only stored on RootsWeb servers, and wasn’t connected to any of the company’s other sites.
As such, it is often seen as a way to get a first look at some of the still to be announced products.But while FCC filings don’t yield as much information, unlike its Chinese TENAA counterpart, there are still some nuggets to be discovered from time to time.This might just be the case when the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ make their way to the FCC, way earlier than anyone expected.Devices don’t usually drop by the FCC until they’re a month, at most two months, from launch.That is why Samsung’s filing days before 2017 ends is somewhat surprising.Samsung already made it known, more or less, that the Galaxy S9 won’t be appearing at CES.