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Danny DeVito is getting covered in chocolate for the Super Bowl as he becomes an M’s candy in a new ad.A teaser for the 30-second ad, which will run in the first quarter of the game, shows a bespectacled DeVito in a red M’s costume lounging in a pool of chocolate, saying “Mmmm…Super Bowl.” The 15-second teaser then pans out to the soundman who looks passively disgusted with the scene.It cuts back to DeVito smearing chocolate all over himself, with a quick promo for the game.The teaser video, created by BBDO New York, nods to a recognized visual in M’s advertising.For many years, M’s commercials have ended by featuring the iconic red M’s candy rising through a pool of liquid chocolate.This time, it’s DeVito in the red candy's place to pique fans’ interest in the upcoming full-length Super Bowl LII spot.
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When wandering around with a VR headset on, I'm afraid of going too far without someone to spot me.Odds of tripping over a chair or a table are extremely high.One company seems to have tried to solve that problem, and I tried out the result deep in the noisy VR/AR subsection of CES in Las Vegas.Occipital, a company based in Boulder, Colorado, focuses on 3D scanning hardware and depth-sensing cameras: One of its Structure camera sensor arrays works with both an iPhone mixed-reality headset and an upcoming home robot.Its aim is to replace external room-sensing hardware completely, like the Oculus Rift's cumbersome stands or the Vive's light-emitting Lighthouse system, in favor of all in-headset tech.Inside-out tracking, as in-headset room-tracking tech is called, has been in place on Microsoft's VR headsets and upcoming hardware like the Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream as well as AR devices like the Microsoft HoloLens, but Occipital Tracking aims to make that tech even better for VR with far more room-aware scanning.
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With hundreds of business-oriented laptops to choose from — everything from sleek ultralight tablets to huge portable workstations — picking the right ones to outfit your company’s workforce can make finding a needle in a haystack seem easy.We’re here to help with a buyer’s guide that breaks the options into categories and provides pros and cons of each.Unlike consumer systems, business laptops are not meant for gaming, movies or idle web surfing — unless that’s your business.First and foremost, these systems are serious tools to help people do their jobs.In addition to sporting less garish color schemes than many consumer models, they focus on reliability and durability.Manufacturers typically sell business models for close to two years to accommodate long enterprise deployments; many promise replacement parts for five years.
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Ford Motor will boost its investment in electric vehicles to $11 billion by 2022, said chairman Bill Ford at the Detroit Auto Show today.This is a huge increase from the $4.5 billion by 2020 the automaker announced in December 2015 that it planned to invest.Since then, however, Ford has becoming increasingly focused on electric and smart vehicles.Last May, it replaced chief executive officer Mark Fields with Jim Hackett, who was previously in charge of its self-driving car subsidiary Ford Smart Mobility.The leadership shakeup came after shares of Tesla passed Ford in market capitalization, positioning the Model S maker as the second-largest auto company in the U.S. after General Motors.Chairman Ford also says the company plans to have 40 electric vehicles in its model lineup by 2022, with 16 fully electric vehicles and the rest plug-in hybrids.
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Nostalgia is a funny thing.When the original Xbox was released, it was widely criticised for its massive controller (nicknamed the 'Duke'), and critics and fans alike were delighted when Microsoft it with the smaller 'Controller S' just a year into the console's lifecycle.But over the years the Duke has gained something of a fan following within the community, and last September it was announced that it was being remade for the Xbox One.Now the remake finally has a price and release date; $70 and March.The remade controller, manufactured by Hyperkin, has the blessing of Seamus Blackley, the controller's original designer.NewDuke has gone to tooling and is approved by @Xbox THIS IS HAPPENING!
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The upcoming film Fahrenheit 451 is planned for release this spring, and HBO just released the first trailer.In it, we see a copy of Crime and Punishment, as well as several other “controversial” novels, being set ablaze by a fireman, presumably the film’s protagonist Guy Montag.The movie is based on the classic 1953 Ray Bradbury novel, and it’s set in an alternate future where history is obliterated and mass media is an opiate.The film stars Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon and it’s directed by Ramin Bahrani.“I have always loved Ray Bradbury’s prophetic novel Fahrenheit 451,” Bahrani said in a press release.“Two years ago, as I looked at the world around me, it seemed like the ideal time to do a modern interpretation.”
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Hans Vestberg, CTO of Verizon, claims his network will be the first to launch 5G in the United States.Vestberg made the comment during a panel on 5G at CES.When asked is there was a race between the major operators to launch 5G, Vestberg was confident that Verizon would be first to launch regardless of competition.“It’s a great opportunity when 5G is coming into the market right now and we have already announced that later this year we are going to have the first lights on 5G,” Vestberg said.Ahead of their rollouts, many of the major operators have been generating hype around 5G and who will offer the first — or best — service.Just last week Telecomsreported on comments made by T-Mobile CEO John Legere.
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Two sisters couldn’t contain their excitement on a trip to the supermarket when they thought they’d met the real-life Maui from the film ‘Moana’.Ryley, eight, and Rylyn, five, from Hawaii, US, were shopping in Costco with their mum when they met a cashier who resembled the Disney character.Jumping up and down, they shouted at him: “That’s Maui”.They were over the moon when he invited them round the back of the counter.To their surprise, the cashier lived up to the character and shouted out his signature catchphrase: “chee-hoo!”.The girls’ mum, Rella Rivera, said her daughters now look for the cashier every time they do a food shop.
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The battle against piracy is never ending, but these days rights holder are opting the more sensible approach of tackling the problem at its source - rather than going after the people doing the pirating.One big part of this has been dealing with people trying to profit from hardware and software designed to access premium content without paying.Dragon Media Inc is the latest one, and they're facing a lawsuit from big names in Hollywood.Dragon Media Inc is the maker of the Dragon Box, an Android-powered set-top box running Kodi that uses dodgy third party add-ons for piracy-related reasons.Or at least that's what being claimed in a lawsuit from Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), an anti-piracy group that represents the likes of Amazon, Netflix, Sky, BBC Worldwide, HBO, and more.The suit (first noticed by The Hollywood Reporter) was filed in a California federal court, and lists the company’s owner Paul Christoforo and reseller Jeff Williams among the defendants.
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After several packed days at CES, it’s time for the crew here in Las Vegas to start packing up and heading home.But not before we talk about our experiences with gadgets, robots, toys, and rides that happened here in Sin City.Here are all the things we loved (and didn’t like so much) from CES 2018.
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I owned two Alienware systems before going back to building my own.First thing I did was reinstall the OS on my own from MS media, and then not install Command Center.Did not affect the usability of the systems one bit.
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The headliner is undoubtedly the 14-inch Dolby Vision HDR touchscreen.With a maximum brightness of 500 nits and 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, it’s a looker, particularly when fed high-quality HDR content.This is the first HDR display to appear on a ThinkPad, and is meant as a replacement for the OLED screen, which is being discontinued.We’ll be sad to see the OLED go.It was gorgeous and, to be honest, the HDR screen doesn’t quite measure up – though it does look excellent in its own way.Lenovo has also added a physical privacy shutter to its camera, a handy security feature that the company seems to be adding to many of its device – and not necessarily just laptops.
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Chipmaker Sigma Designs just announced new hardware for smart home products.Called the Z-Wave 700 Series, the chip will power the latest iteration of wireless Z-wave gadgets.According to Sigma, gadgets equipped with the new silicon will not merely have greater range.Z-Wave 700 devices , think light switches, bulbs etc.The biggest enhancement though is dramatically increased energy efficiency.In fact Sigma claims that one of these devices could run for up to 10 years powered by just as small coin battery cell.
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Until very recently, when you shopped for a database you had to choose: Scalability or consistency?SQL databases such as MySQL guarantee strong consistency, but don’t scale well horizontally.(Manual sharding for scalability is no one’s idea of fun.)NoSQL databases such as MongoDB scale beautifully, but offer only eventual consistency.(“Wait long enough, and you can read the right answer”—which isn’t any way to do financial transactions.)Google Cloud Spanner, a fully managed relational database service running on Google Compute Engine (GCE) released in February 2017, has the scalability of NoSQL databases while retaining SQL compatibility, relational schemas, ACID transactions, and strong external consistency.
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Amazon could underperform its retail peers, Bernstein said in a note listing possible 2018 surprises.It’s a heavily owned stock, with an expensive valuation, which could impact its ability to outperform.Amazon had a stellar 2017.But such a great year could be setting Amazon up for a less-than-stellar 2018, Bernstein warns."In 2017, most retailers felt the pain of Amazon’s dominance, and investors watched as the rest of the retail sector barely squeaked out positive performance.The consensus is that this pattern continues in 2018 and rewards Amazon with another year outperforming retail peers.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio--Engineers at The Ohio State University are developing technologies that have the potential to economically convert fossil fuels and biomass into useful products including electricity without emitting carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.In the first of two papers published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, the engineers report that they've devised a process that transforms shale gas into products such as methanol and gasoline--all while consuming carbon dioxide.Finally, the same team has discovered and patented a way with the potential to lower the capital costs in producing a fuel gas called synthesis gas, or "syngas," by about 50 percent over the traditional technology."Renewables are the future," said Liang-Shih Fan, Distinguished University Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who leads the effort.Five years ago, Fan and his research team demonstrated a technology called coal-direct chemical looping (CDCL) combustion, in which they were able to release energy from coal while capturing more than 99 percent of the resulting carbon dioxide, preventing its emission to the environment.A similar formulation has also been tested at sub-pilot and pilot plants.
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They seemed tiny—really, really tiny—when they were supposed to be big and pointy.No Federation logo in sight.Nimoy wanted the world to know he was a serious stage actor—and what a run he was on during this time: Oliver!, Camelot, Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, and, now, Cuckoo—but the throngs who still watched Trek reruns religiously on TV were saying: Not so fast.The entourage, led by university vice president Barry Munitz (the same Munitz largely responsible for the university administration reorganization that led to Dan Alpert’s removal as dean of the Graduate College), eventually made its way up the stairs to the fifth-floor penthouse, home of Sherwin Gooch’s music lab.They entered an office shared by Doug Brown and David Woolley, who watched as Nimoy wryly commented on an ASCII printout (of a naked woman) taped to the wall.They sat him down in a chair in front of a PLATO terminal to bask in its Orange Glow and witness the future.
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Lenovo owned Motorola has reportedly released a security update to users of the Moto G5 plus in India through an over-the-air (OTA) update as part of the Monthly Android Security update.According to an update on its support page, the update whose size isn’t known at the moment should arrive as an over-the-air (OTA) update, but isn’t meant to upgrade the G5 plus to any higher Android version, it brings just two changes;Android security: Includes the updates of Android security patches through November 1st, 2017.Stability improvements: Includes changes that fix bugs and improve the stability of your phoneFor those who have been eagerly waiting for Android 8.0 Oreo update to hit their phones, we feel how disappointed you are, but still, Motorola is yet to roll out an update to that effect.The update is currently rolling out to all Moto G5 devices, but you can check via your phone setting for the update.
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If you work outside in all weathers, you like to go adventuring, or maybe you just drop your iPhone a lot, you should definitely consider investing in a tough, rugged iPhone case that can take the knocks.These are the best protective iPhone cases around.Many people consider Otterbox to be the gold standard when it comes to rugged protection for your iPhone, and the Defender Series is the toughest case it offers.Offering a huge range of great options, Incipio puts a lot into making cases, and this is one of its most protective offerings.This case combines a clear, scratch-resistant, polycarbonate shell with a flexible frame and reinforced corners.Your iPhone is most likely to land on one of its corners if dropped, so the design of this Incipio case makes for great drop protection — it can even handle falls of up to 12 feet.
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It is Christmas Eve, which means many of you will already be sitting around with your family trying not to argue over stupid little things your grandma keeps bringing up.Well that's what I'm doing, and I just assume everyone has a grandma as irritating as mine.Even though Black Friday and Cyber Monday feel like they ended yesterday, the dawn of Christmas means there are more money-saving bargains happening.But like the aforementioned 'sale holidays' spread themselves out over two or three weeks, the usual Boxing Day sales will be arriving early.Only a day early, mind, but still.Argos has been in touch with some of its own Christmas bargains, and here are some of the best deals you can get on tech and games.
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