It would appear that consumers in the US are giving Samsung the benefit of the doubt with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.A statement from the company claims that pre-orders for the phones have surpassed those of its previous sales record holder, the Galaxy S7.In an email sent to media outlets, Tim Baxter, the President and COO of Samsung Electronics America, stated the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus showed “more than 30 percent year-over-year growth in pre-orders versus the record pre-orders we had with Galaxy S7”.Baxter did not offer any specifics on those pre-order numbers.However, it seems that Samsung has managed to convince lots of folks that the company’s new phones will not have exploding batteries inside.There were indeed fears that the launch debacle of the Galaxy Note 7 last fall would cause a mass exodus of customers who would not want to purchase the Galaxy S8.
Starting with the Galaxy S8 the default music player on all new Samsung mobile devices will be Google Play Music, not Samsung’s own app.For most Android OEMs this would not be exceptional news as the Android model has always made the bundling of Google software and services a precondition of its use.But Samsung has historically resisted this, striving to establish its own alternatives at the default on its devices.This has had at best mixed results and this news implies Samsung has thrown in the towel.Both Samsung and Google saw fit to make special announcements about the move.Both, of course, focused on how great Google Play Music is and hence what great news this is for Samsung users.
För tre år sedan utsåg vi Onyx till årets bästa trådlösa högtalare.Och nu är dess portabla lillebror här, så förväntningarna är stora.Trots det krympta formatet har Harman Kardon lyckats behålla det snygga rundade formspråket med den avskalade baksidan.Däremot är formatet lite märkligt.Den är tydligt menad att stå på ett bord men det gör att den tar onödig plats i packningen.Standardladdare är dock praktiskt och batteriet räcker genomsnittligt länge.
Both the Google Home and Amazon Echo personal speakers and AI bots are able to provide updates about your day, details on your commute and information that's specific to you.The problem comes when someone else who lives in the same space as the devices wants information personalised to them.With its latest update, Google is trying to address this challenge.Now it is possible to train the device to recognise and identify six different voices.This means it is possible to connect different Google accounts on the same Home and get a more personalised service.The company is using its artificial intelligence neural networks – that work in search and Google Translate – to identify different people.
Ford, Google, Tesla, and Apple are just a handful of the firms developing technology and vehicles for the ongoing push towards autonomous cars.The most realistic deadline, according to research by consulting firm Navigant, is 2021 when Ford predicts its autonomous ride-sharing platforms will become commonplace.Thankfully, a group of engineers and technical experts has produced a guide to the levels of automation in vehicles of the future.Under SAE International's J3016 standard (known as the: Taxonomy and Definitions for Terms Related to On-Road Motor Vehicle Automated Driving Systems), there are six levels of autonomous vehicles.Does what it says on the tin.Level 1 involves the human and a computer system working together on tasks, with the majority of the work being done by the person at the wheel.
Lesley Pennington has built a little bit different e-commerce business.Instead of selling their own furniture, such as Furniturebox and Royal Design, her company – Bemz – targeted to sell slipcovers for Ikea furniture.in 2015, the company had sales of almost 60 million sek and made a profit on 3 million.the Same year, there were venture capital firm Verdane as co-owners, through a new share issue of sek 25 million.After 13 years as ceo, get now co-founder of.She instead becomes executive vice chairman of the board and will be working with development and brand strategy.
Google has announced that its smart home device can now support up to six different accounts, meaning it can distinguish between six different human voices and tailor its answers accordingly for each one.Forbes contributor Kevin Murnane says this solves a deal killer that put many people off Google Home in the first place: “If you lived with others, every interaction with Home was incorporated into the account of the person who set Home up.Home was a household assistant and the primary user’s account became a household account.”The device essentially switches between different accounts based on who says “Okay, Google” or “Hey, Google.” The multi-user function for Google Home users rolls out in the U.S. this week, and to the U.K. in the coming months.As if he wasn’t busy enough running Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk says he wants to link the human brain with computers in the next four years with Neuralink, the latest company he founded.Musk said in an interview with Tim Urban’s Wait But Why blog that the company wants to build a product that can help with severe brain injuries due to illnesses like stroke and cancer.
Two months ago, Uber launched a probe into sexual harassment within the company.The result of that investigation will be a report completed in late May, reports Recode.The investigation delved into a blog post by former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, which detailed incidents of sexual harassment and claimed the company's culture was unfriendly to women.Uber recruited former Attorney General Eric Holder and Tammy Albarran, who partners with Holder at the Covington & Burling law firm, to lead the investigation.In a memo to staff, Uber board member Ariana Huffington wrote that Holder and Albarran "have now asked us for more time to complete their assessment."That request was granted, she said, and the report is now expected to be competed "by the end of May."
På 5th Avenue i New York, USA, ligger en av Apples mest ikoniska butiker – den som i princip enbart består av en enda glaskub.Men sedan januari har butiken genomgått omfattande renoveringar och nu skriver Buildzoom att kuben ska försvinna.Apple har nämligen fått bygglov att ta bort den.Vidare kommer butiken, som huserar under jord, att bli mycket större och utökas från drygt 3000 kvadratmeter till runt 7200 kvadratmeter.En ny glasstruktur ska på plats dock och utseendet kommer inte ändras nämnvärt.Däremot beräknas kostnaden till 2 miljoner dollar.
När det kommer till världens mest nedladdade applikationer, som inte är spel, är det Facebook som ligger i topp.Det visar en ny rapport från analysföretaget Sensor Tower som The Next Web tagit del av.I sin rapport har Sensor Tower kollar på app-nedladdningen det senaste kvartalet och kommit fram till att Whatsapp, Facebook, Messenger, Instagram och Snapchat ligger i topp.Den gemensamma nämnaren för de fyra första är att Facebook står som ägare.När det kommer till tjänad inkomst per app är det dock en helt annan femma, för där är det Netflix som ligger i topp följt av Line, Tinder, Pandora och Spotify.På ett år ska Netflix ha ökat sin omsättning med hela 286 procent tack vare sin app, från 34,6 miljoner dollar till 133 miljoner.
Recreations of Paleolithic people at the museum usually look like the typical Geico commercial caveman.Famed Otzi the Iceman, for example, has the face of someone who’d be fun to disembowel a moose with, but whose conversation might be just a little gauche.A new facial reconstruction of a Stone Age woman who lived in Thailand roughly 13,600 years presents the pleasant and probably more accurate visage.A team of Thai, Australian and Indonesian researchers were trying to overcome an archaeological drawback while producing this face: Reconstructions frequently skew too modern, and too European looking.So when the team analyzed the skeleton of a woman found in the Tham Lod rock shelter in northwestern Thailand, they wanted to produce a more accurate depiction of what the woman might have looked like, and to determine how the European bias was altering her appearance.Researchers from the team first found the five-or-so-foot-tall Tham Lod woman back in 2002, and figured she was 25 to 35 years old based on her skeleton.
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The world might feel like it’s ending, but that doesn’t mean researchers should give up the pursuit of establishing truths via evidence-based science.Ooh la la, happy Friday.Eating food freaking rocks, in part thanks to the aromatic compounds, also known as volatile organic compounds, traveling from your mouth up your nasal canal and into your nose, where the combination of taste and aroma becomes flavour.A team of French researchers are studying how bread’s crumb-and-crust structure lends itself to the release of these smell molecules into the nose, in hedonistic pursuit of understanding the finer things.They did this by putting funny glasses onto volunteers and feeding them bread.“Bread is a good tool to study the impact of structure on [volatile organic compound] release because of its structural complexity: it is composed of a porous crumb surrounded by a rigid crust.” the researchers write in the study published this week in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Below is an edited excerpt from "Google, China, & Overnight Cities," the third episode in a 6-part series on the future of homebuilding.The relationship between these offshoots became so obvious that Google just decided to brand them collectively as the “G Suite.” Somewhere along Google’s path of phenomenal success, the company decided to start working on some super interesting and hard problems that are really unrelated to the company’s initial mission of organizing the world’s information.The founders of Google have become so invested in developing other businesses that the company is no longer called Google.Our mission is to invent and launch ‘moonshot’ technologies that we hope could someday make the world a radically better place.” Google can be very secretive about their work, and this is ground zero for where their secret projects are born.X’s stealth projects have one of three outcomes: they are elevated to a division within Google and made public, they are spun out to become a separate stand-alone company, or they are killed.Jen Carlile: “The way that Google X works is they identify what they call ‘world scale problems’ and then put a group of smart people together and say, ‘try to come up with a solution for this that can be tackled within a 10 year time horizon.’ So our big hairy problem was urban population growth.
It turns out cute toys might not be the only things spying on you.You better think twice before you hang your coat on these unassuming wall hooks, thinking you’re alone in your hotel room.Someone might very well be watching and recording your every single move.While the plain-looking hooks might not be the first thing you spot in a room, they will certainly spot you.Equipped with a microphone and an HD cam, these coat hangers are actually full-fledged covert recording devices.You can watch a demo of the spying wall hooks in action here:
Ricardo Soto and his wife had saved up for a down payment and were ready to buy a new home in the San Diego area.They could afford the monthly payments, but they also had some other important considerations.They wanted to maintain their financial flexibility so they could support their children’s educational goals and be prepared for any emergencies that might come up.“This gave us the financial flexibility to commit towards our children’s education and other financial priorities that we have in our lives.”Prior to founding Unison, Chairman and co-CEO Thomas Sponholtz was the co-head of active fixed income in Barclays Global Investors’ $130 billion Fixed Income Group ,and instrumental in launching the first Fixed Income iShares (ETF) at Barclay’s Global Investors.In the early 2000s, it became clear to Sponholtz that institutional fund managers needed a large-scale platform that could efficiently expose them to U.S. residential real estate.
Asia continues to gallop with growth north of 5%, pushed ahead by a young demographic, increasing online penetration and expanding trade.At the helm are a talented, ambitious set of people who are helping companies -- big and small -- redefine stodgy old business models and succeed in this era of disruptive technology.The Philippines leads the world in the number of texts sent, and Indonesia in tweets.Half the population has access to mobile Internet, and China is the world’s biggest smartphone market.According to a Facebook study, mobile has become the preferred device for shopping in India and Indonesia.They lead Asia’s buzzing startup scene, pulling in billions of dollars in funding as they build successful businesses.
Power bank rental startup Hidian receives millions in USD for angel roundHidianFounder: Liu WenyuanFounded in: 2016Financing status: Tens of millions in RMB (a few millions USD) in angel round financing in 2017Hidian is a power bank rental startup set up in 2016 in Shanghai.The company’s power banks are desktop charging treasure with a 20000 mAH battery capacity, which means the power banks can be rented more than three time per day.The company charges RMB 1 yuan hourly and without a deposit guarantee.It has deployed hundreds of its power banks in cafeterias of Shanghai for market testing.Hidian grabbed this angel round financing led by Zhizhuo Capital.This fund will be used to deploy more power banks in Shanghai as it aims to reach a number of 10,000 this month.Smart data analysis service provider Kyligence lands USD 8 M in Series A roundScreenshot from Kyligence.comKyligenceFounder: Han QingFounded in: 2016Financing status: RMB 55 million (USD 8 million) in Series A round financing in 2017 Kyligence is an enterprise-level data warehouse product based on a big data platform.It empowers sub-second query latency on big data and simplifies data analytics for business users, analysts and engineers.Based in Shanghai, the company’s management and core tech has previously worked at eBay, IBM, Microsoft and Teradata.
NBC Universal is the first brand to utilize custom hearts as part of its campaign for The Fate of the FuriousPeriscope now allows brands to create custom hearts that will appear in live and on-demand video broadcasts.These hearts will automatically appear alongside the livestreaming application’s normal hearts as viewers tap on the screen to show their support.Once a brand creates a custom heart, it can be activated in broadcasts by using a specific hashtag in the broadcast’s title.Custom hearts can be used on their own or alongside pre-roll ads.NBC Universal is the first brand to integrate custom hearts in its live videos as part of its campaign for upcoming film The Fate of the Furious.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve polled dozens of startup executives about how they approach pricing and monetization for their SaaS products.One of the questions I ask is, “How did you come up with your pricing?” Given how data-driven the executives tend to be about other aspects of their businesses, I initially expected their answers would be thoughtful and backed by evidence.The founders got in a room, brainstormed for a couple of hours, and made a gut decision on pricing.While that’s not an ideal process, I could certainly sympathize with how busy the founders were and how they probably had never gone through a pricing exercise previously.The second response: competitor-based pricing.The founders looked at what other companies were doing, copied the model, and charged slightly less.While I liked that approach a bit more and certainly appreciated the thorough documentation of costs that went into the decision, it seemed to me like the cart was leading the horse.These anecdotes aren’t one-off aberrations.