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The new version of the Jamboxx is retooled to include a specially developed optical sensor that should last longer and provide a better playing experience.The Jamboxx is pretty unusual for a musical instrument.It works by registering breath blown into the front of it via a mouthpiece, similar to a harmonica.The face of the instrument also has tactile bumps, similar to frets on a guitar, to help players easily and intuitively move between the notes they want.By default, the Jamboxx is set to play 12 notes on a C major chromatic scale, but this can be changed, and a modulation wheel on the side allows for moving across octaves.This same wheel can also be assigned to activate pitch bend, vibrato, and other types of modulation.
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It's hard to remember now, but we're only four or five years out from widespread and confident predictions that the game console market was effectively dead or dying.In 2012, Wired cited mobile disruption and "the whole box-model mentality" in declaring the death of the console.Around the same time, CNN cited a "four-year tailspin" in sales for dedicated consoles (which, coincidentally, started right around the same time as the global financial crisis) to explain "why console gaming is dying."And IGN, in its own 2012 look at the fate of the console market, offered a bold prediction for the fate of the PS4 months before it was even officially announced: "A better-graphics box at $400?Today, those and many other relatively recent predictions of doom for the console market look downright silly.The launch of the Nintendo Switch was a huge part of this increase, of course.
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China’s ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing, with 450 million users across mainland China, today embarked on its first expansion.With its Taiwan launch, Didi is going after Uber, which first launched on the island of 24 million people back in 2013.But Didi is being forced to do things differently in Taiwan, where the powerful taxi lobby has prevented ride-hailing apps from tapping into ordinary people driving their own cars.Didi is partnering with a Taiwanese firm, LEDI Technology, to run the franchise on the island using only taxi drivers.Uber was forced to ditch its ordinary drivers in Taiwan in early 2017 after it suspended operations for two months.It now uses only official limo operators.
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Beta tests and updates are coming to Instagram Stories faster than you can say “Hey, this is becoming a really bloated app!” Instagram looks to be forming a partnership with Giphy, as users have been spotting a GIF library popping up in their Stories.The feature allows users to search for GIFs from the Giphy database and overlay them onto their Instagram Stories.First spotted by The Next Web last November, it looks like the new GIF library feature — among a number of other new features — has been rolling out to users in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Brazil since then.I just know there’s @BTS_twt gif you can add on instagram story, but they only have yoongi namjoon jimin taehyung and jungkook.— Mochijiminie (@Mochijiminixx) January 16, 2018Instagram’s parent company Facebook has been in partnership with Giphy since Facebook finally started allowing users to comment with GIFs using the Giphy search engine last year.
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Online retailer Lightinthebox are apparently working really hard to clear out their stock of surprisingly good devices.Today we indeed have five phones selling at really interesting prices.Keep reading to find out which!Let’s begin with one of the best phones you can get for under $200, the LeEco Coolpad Cool1.This beautiful smartphones comes with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.Plus you also get a 5.5-inch FullHD display, a dual 13MP rear camera setup with F/2.0 aperture, an 8MP selfie shooter and a large 4000mAh battery.
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For the first time ever, two AI systems built to process and respond to human speech (created, respectively, by Microsoft and Chinese commerce giant Alibaba) outscored humans in a reading comprehension test designed by Stanford researchers.The Stanford Question Answering Dataset, SQuAD, is composed of a staggering 100,000 questions following brief reading passages.Created in 2016, SQuAD is used as a benchmark to measure AI’s progress in natural language processing.After reading excerpts from Wikipedia, the systems answer questions like “What is the Latin name for Black Death?” and “How many actors have played Doctor Who?” Both Microsoft and Alibaba’s AI outscored humanity in the latest round of testing.Alibaba’s AI score was 82.44, and Microsoft’s was 82.650, with humans trailing behind them both at 82.304.Alibaba’s system may have finished second, but it’s more than qualified to handle its day job: working in sales.
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The name Corning is synonymous with glass and with good reason.It was Corning that developed the bulb-shaped glass for Edison’s incandescent lamp; Corning’s heat-resistant glass made safer railroad lanterns, technology which evolved into car headlights; CorningWare and Pyrex provided temperature resistance in kitchens and labs, and its glass ceramics were even employed in the nose cones of space ships.Today we associate the name with Gorilla Glass, which is widely used in the mobile industry, but Corning is also a big manufacturer of display glass for TVs, optical fiber for communications, and the glass in catalytic converters for cars.We can make it strong, we can adjust its optics, we can adjust its chemical properties, we can adjust its thermal expansion behavior or lack thereof, we can adjust its electronic properties, and obviously we can adjust its color and other aesthetic properties.”Now in its 166th year, Corning has 107 facilities and employs more than 45,000 people.Its global headquarters and research and development center is, naturally, based in Corning, in upstate New York, but it has facilities and employees all over the world.
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Never has there been more talk of innovation and yet more disappointment in the future than in the health care industry.There are dozens of health innovation conferences hosted in the United States every year, with participants chattering, chattering, chattering about this or that “innovation.”All of that innovation has done practically nothing though to fix the single worst problem of modern American health care: it’s cost.Unsurprisingly, life expectancy for Americans — among the most typical metrics for measuring broad health and wellness outcomes for a country — declined for the second year in a row in 2017.We’re paying more, way more, than we used to, and yet our outcomes have never been worse.Scott Alexander, who blogs at Slate Star Codex, wrote a masterful summary of the problem a year ago that’s worth reading for how this pattern seems to emerge across all of these industries.
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There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the upcoming Detective Pikachu movie, but today we’re learning that those of us in the west will soon have a video game to go along with it.Nintendo revealed today that Detective Pikachu will soon make his way to the US in a new video game for the 3DS.When that game arrives, it’ll be accompanied by an amiibo quite unlike any you’ve seen before.Detective Pikachu is a relatively new spin off for the Pokemon series.Thus far, there’s been one game in the sub-series, which was the Japan-exclusive Detective Pikachu – Birth of a New Duo for the 3DS.This new game, which is simply called Detective Pikachu, will feature all of the content from Birth of a New Duo (along with new content as well), bringing western players up to speed on the story so far.
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We went through all of Central Hall at CES 2018 to bring you the biggest and best booths in all their magnificent grandeur.The chip giant has a huge booth as you walk in the LVCC's Central Hall.It's the very first thing you see and sets the tone for a bunch of exciting booths to come.
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Richard Yu managed to keep his cool for the majority of the event, announcing the unlocked availability of the company’s latest flagship here in the States, talking up a new Wi-Fi router system and introducing Wonder Woman as the company’s new spokesperson.A day earlier, however, reports broke that AT had pulled out of a deal with Huawei, leaving the smartphone maker in a rough spot, just ahead of its big show.This was going to be the company’s moment of triumph, finally cracking the U.S. market, after years of struggle.Yu maintained a poker face, breaking slightly roughly halfway through the presentation to cite the company’s “highest standard in privacy and security” in a raised voiced close to shouting, as the audience smattered applause in response.If I was a betting man, I’d have put money on the executive not pushing the matter any further.“You may have seen some news reports,” the executive told the audience, knowing full well that everyone in the audience almost certain had.
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Gone are the days when light switches were just that: switches to turn lights on or off.These days, they can do all sorts of things that are not even remotely related to lighting.Take for example iDevices’ newest wall light switch, the Instinct, which now comes with Alexa, Amazon’s multi-talented voice-controlled personal assistant.And that’s only just one of the many things the light switch can do, which includes playing music.With Alexa alone, the iDevices Instinct gains a lot of functionality.And you won’t even have to lift a finger to use it.
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If you’re looking to bring your smart home onto the Apple HomeKit network, Belkin and its Internet of Things brand Wemo can now help.At CES 2018, the smart home brand announced a new version of the Wemo Bridge smart home hub, this time enabled with Apple HomeKit.While it may be annoying to have to buy an entirely different device just to ensure Apple compatibility, this is an inconvenience that Apple requires, as most HomeKit devices must have a proprietary chip inside them.Thanks to the new HomeKit-enabled Wemo Bridge, Wemo users can now ask Siri to control a number of smart home aspects.Whether you’re on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, simply say, “Siri, turn on Wemo,” or “Siri, dim the living room lights,” and be the master of your own domain.Plus, the new Wemo Bridge also allows you to use the Apple Home app to control connected devices.
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During the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Whirlpool announced it was going (almost) all-in on smart appliances by adding Wi-Fi and voice integration with Amazon’s Alexa to 20 models.For CES 2018, the manufacturer is highlighting some of these connected machines, as well as adding Google Home integration to some additional appliances.Fridges with touchscreens will also have Amazon Virtual Dash Buttons built in, so owners can reorder certain products without having to use their phones.One such machine is the new version of the Whirlpool Smart Over the Range Microwave with Scan-to-Cook Technology.Expected this spring, the microwave will receive cooking instructions from an accompanying app when the user scans a UPC code on a frozen meal.If you’re the type to ignore the Hot Pocket instructions about setting your microwave to 80 percent power, this feature is for you.
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The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite gathered data on rainfall rates occurring in Tropical Depression Bolaven as it moved toward Vietnam.Bolaven's final warning was issued early today, Jan. 4.Bolaven is the third deadly tropical cyclone to hit the Philippines in less than a month.Tropical storm Kai-Tak and Tembin caused widespread destruction last month in much of the same area of the Philippines.The GPM core observatory satellite passed over the center of Bolaven on January 2, 2018 at 1:21 p.m. EST (1821 UTC).GPM is a joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA.
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Jimmy Iovine, the music mogul who sold Beats to Apple in 2014, is reportedly leaving Apple later this year (in August), Billboard reports.Word on the street is that Iovine’s departure is timed with his Apple shares fully vesting, according to Billboard.Back in May 2014, Apple paid $3 billion for the headphone maker and streaming music service.As part of the deal, Iovine and Beats co-founder Dr. Dre joined Apple as employees.Iovine previously co-founded Interscope Records and has been involved in the production of more than 250 albums.While at Apple, Iovine has helped develop and grow Apple Music since its launch in 2015.
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As word of the massive security flaw in computer processing units spread yesterday, companies responded by explaining the steps they taking to deliver software patches to address the issues.But the Computer Emergency Response Team, or CERT, has issued a statement saying there is only one way to fix the vulnerability: Replace the CPU.CERT is based at Carnegie Mellon University, and is officially sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications.“The underlying vulnerability is primarily caused by CPU architecture design choices,” CERT researchers wrote.“Fully removing the vulnerability requires replacing vulnerable CPU hardware.”They also advise users to apply the various software patches, but note that will only “mitigate the underlying hardware vulnerability.”
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It may have been a rough 2017 for Tesla, but the Palo Alto-based automaker can boast about hitting one projection it made last year: more than 100,000 of its vehicles were delivered in the year.Tesla announced Wednesday it delivered 101,312 Model S and Model X cars in 2017, a 33 percent rise over its 2016 figures.For the fourth quarter, Tesla reported 29,870 cars delivered.The Model S led with 15,200 finding customers, followed by the Model X at 13,120.The Model 3, which only recently started reaching a significant number of customers, tallied 1,550 deliveries in the quarter.Despite that, Tesla reported a 9 percent bump in deliveries over the third quarter and 27 percent jump over the fourth quarter in 2016.
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Roku, which sells the most popular brand of streaming media players in the U.S., is now aiming to carve out a niche for itself as the voice control platform for home entertainment.It will leave the hardware design and integrations up to its OEM partners – including its existing Roku TV partners – to implement.The first OEM to commit to this is TCL, which will unveil its debut Roku Connect-powered device at CES on January 8th.The idea is that Roku’s voice assistant will be specifically optimized for home entertainment – not the smart home, not video calls, and not a voice app ecosystem, like Amazon’s Skill Store or Google Home’s Actions.(At least not at first.)Roku believes its connected ecosystem could help to eliminate the complexities that exist today with setting up systems like sound bars, surround sound, and multi-room audio speakers.
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Back in the fading sunshine of summer, festivals dominated conversations across the country as millions shelled out on festival tickets and posted their experiences across social media.This landscape has made it increasingly difficult for brands to connect across these different contexts; brands this year struggled once again to truly connect with festival goers and make the most of festival opportunities, despite high investment.These are our top tips to help brands better maximise their festival sponsorship and activation budgets.Consider the full festival journeyToo often brands focus on just a physical activation at a festival by offering a lack lustre social media ticket giveaway competition beforehand, and so fail to consider other touchpoints along the festival journey.Benefit did an amazing job this year of intercepting festival goers on the journey to Glastonbury with its free Glastonbrow drive-thru wax and beauty bar near the festival site, and they weren’t even official sponsors.
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