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After a research firm estimated that Apple Watch sales were down 71 percent year-over-year, Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking out.The gist: Um, actually the Apple Watch is doing just fine.In a statement to Reuters, Cook refuted IDC s report of declining Apple Watch sales—sort of.Sales growth is off the charts, Cook said.In fact, during the first week of holiday shopping, our sell-through of Apple Watch was greater than any week in the product s history.And as we expected, we re on track for the best quarter ever for Apple Watch.
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LONDON — Station F, the giant new space for startups in Paris, has announced that Facebook will become one of its first members.Roxanne Varza, the director of Station F, announced on stage at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in London that Station F will host companies including Facebook and ecommerce firm Vente-privee.It will also house investors including Daphni, Ventech, and Kima Ventures.More details of Facebook's involvement with Station F are set to be announced next year, the company said in a press release.Varza said on stage that it is a "very, very cool project" but declined to provide more details.Facebook announced in 2015 that it had opened an artificial intelligence lab in Paris.The Facebook AI Research team FAIR opened also has offices in New York and Menlo Park.Station F is being developed in a former train station in Paris that was built in 1929.Applications for startups to be part of Station F are now open, Varza said.The company plans to house over 1,000 startups and the space is set to open in April.NOW WATCH: This hidden iPhone feature will boost your receptionLoading video...
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Microsoft is planning to build a HomeHub into Windows 10 that can match the likes of Amazon Echo and Google Home, it has been claimed.According to Windows Central and The Verge, Microsoft has plans to add a HomeHub app to Windows 10 in software updates later in 2017 and into 2018.A major Windows update is due early next year – the Creators Update – but reports suggest the feature will not be a part of this rollout.In terms of competing with Echo and Home, Windows Central has reported that Microsoft wants to design the HomeHub so that it can run on any Windows 10 PC and centre around summoning Cortana to the lock screen to provide information.The report, which claims to have seen some concept plans for HomeHub, suggests it will include collaborative abilities, including letting users share calendar appointments, apps and other data on a PC without logging into an account, creating a home screen for multiple users – an entire family for example.The Windows giant has so far widely steered clear of the smart home market, which has been taken by storm by Amazon s Echo, with Google Home also available in the US.
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International Business Machines Corp. CEO Ginni Rometty is one of 16 business leaders who will advise President-elect Donald Trump as members of the President s Strategic and Policy Forum, Mr. Trump said Friday.The group will meet with Mr. Trump to consult as he implements his plan to stem the flow of U.S. jobs to other countries.IBM is one of the technology companies he has criticized for offshoring jobs and manufacturing products abroad.Ms. Rometty is the only technology CEO to take part.Mr. Trump s impending presidency has raised concerns among some tech CEOs who rely on manufacturing or inexpensive labor abroad.The president-elect, in a Nov. 6 campaign speech in Minnesota, noted that IBM had laid off 500 workers in Minneapolis and moved their jobs to India and other countries.
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We include news stories by VentureBeat staff, guest articles from leading figures in the bots community, and a good number of posts from a wide variety of other outlets.You can subscribe to our BotBeat newsletter to receive this information in your inbox every Thursday.Here s this week s newsletter:A year ago, Amir Shevat quit his job at Google to join Slack as head of developer relations.We ve witnessed the evolution of conversational commerce from a powerful idea to the foundation of a vibrant ecosystem with startups, investors, brands, and of course the tech giants, all pushing things forward.Some of them will be expected, but others will take us by surprise.As always, please send news tips to khari@venturebeat.com and guest post submissions to john.brandon@venturebeat.com.Be sure to visit our Bots Channel for comprehensive news on bots and messaging.Please enjoy this video from Chris & Chris on Chatbots: Build a chatbot in 6 minutes with IBM Watson The Bots Landscape evolves, adds heavyweights like Google Assistant, funds 14 more Slack botsAbout a year ago I left Google to join Slack, and I hit the ground running.The team I joined was really excited about the platform we were planning to launch and things were super hectic.
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The festive season is almost upon us, and in the wake of the cinematic debut of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J. K. Rowling's wizarding world is just as popular as it's ever been.The big question, however, is just what can those awkward muggles buy for their friends of the magical persuasion?I've picked out some of the best, so get ready to Avada Kedavra your bank balance...Screen Shot 2016-11-28 at 11.56.28Ask any Harry Potter fan the one thing they want to receive, and it's their acceptance letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.Don't dare tell them it's not a real place, but this very believable letter signed by Minerva McGonagall herself and emblazoned with the official Hogwarts seal should at least put a smile on their face.
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In the debut episode of The Grand Tour, Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond took to Portugal s Algarve International Circuit to test out three of the greatest cars on the planet: the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari, and Porsche 918 Spyder.If that competition didn t slake your need to see Top Gear s former hosts squabble and scramble for first, and you can t wait until Friday evening to see the next episode of The Grand Tour, we ve got you.After grilling the guys about their digital lives, we set them against each other in a fierce toy car race on a tiny racetrack.Check it out in the video above.
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the construction company YIT, a consultant company Pöyry and VR group have signed the city's contract with the Tampere tramway project implementation.the Companies according to the implementation phase of the revised cost estimate is 238,8 million.YIT to tell their own share to be approximately eur 110 million, which the company records in the last quarter of the subscription database.Also, the Pöyry report book a tramway order in 2016 to the last quarter of the subscription database.the tramway project, the first phase of the construction work will begin the first half of 2017 and take an estimated year 2021.Eensimmäinen stage of the construction of a 15 km long tramway connection to the centre of Tampere, Hervanta district and the Tampere central hospital, as well as the depot Hervanta.
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By Angela Schuller, Communications Specialist, SAPWhile we are still 20 years out from a space expedition to Mars, NASA can already estimate the first of a small team of astronauts will take his or her first steps on Day 217 of the nearly two-year mission.According to Jeffrey Kluger in a recent Time article: One of them—someone whose identity is impossible to know right now but who is likely a late teen or young adult at large in the world already—would become the first person on Mars.After all, STEM education is a national priority to which everyone is paying attention in order to build that pipeline of talent in the area of math and science.Challenger Center is one such non-profit organization backed by SAP using STEM education as the foundation of their space-themed simulated learning modules they offer to children all over the globe.
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That distant drum beat you re hearing?The latest beat came this morning, when AMD said it was holding a sneak peek of its high-performance Zen CPU in a few weeks.The preview will be streamed at 1 p.m. PST on December 13.You can sign up at AMD s website to be clued in.AMD has been tight-lipped about the CPU ever since shocking the world with a preview showing an 8-core Zen could keep pace with an 8-core Broadwell-E chip.Here's the full text of the invitation:
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Säkerhet En uppgraderad typ av den mjukvara som sänkte USA:s internet förra månaden har nu försökt angripa tyska konsumentroutrar.En ny version av Mirai – den skadliga mjukvara som specialiserat sig att förslava osäkra, uppkopplade prylar – har hittat ett nytt offer: Sårbara routrar från tyska operatören Deutsche Telekom.Det nya uppblossandet av skadlig Mirai-kod har orsakat stora problem med internetuppkopplingen hos nästan en miljon tyskar, rapporterade Deutsche Telekom igår.Läs också: Kassa lösenord i smarta kameror öppnade för jätteattackDen här gången har Mirai emellertid uppgraderats, sade säkerhetsforskaren Johannes Ullrich.Han har iakttagit infektionerna och hävdar att de utformats specifikt för att angripa en sårbarhet i routrar från företaget Zyxel.
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When the Canadian province of Ontario announced on January 1 that it was inviting companies to test self-driving cars on its public roads, a deafening silence followed.Ontario s autonomous car program is the nation s first, but for most of this year there seemed to be little interest from companies developing self-driving technology.But better late than never, it appears Canada s grand plan for autonomous driving research is finally getting into gear.Autonomoose to hit the roadThe province, which is home to the bulk of Canada s auto industry, revealed this week that three different research groups have this week started testing their self-driving vehicles on public roads.They include the University of Waterloo, which is using a Lincoln MKZ hybrid sedan with the exquisite nickname Autonomoose; automaker Erwin Hymer Group that s testing a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van; and BlackBerry s QNX division, which is testing its software with a Lincoln.
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the air Temperature at the north Pole has been 9 to 12 degrees higher than the average during the past four weeks, according to the Danish meteorological institute DMI .the Weather in the most northern place is thus warmer for the season than it has been at any time since the satellitmätningarna started in 1979: During the several days last week the temperature was around zero degrees, about 20 degrees warmer than is usual in mid-november.the Explanation for this is the warm winds sweeping in from Europe and Africa, and väderfenomenet El Niño.Climate change is believed to be a contributing factor to the heat wave.the Heat get the ice sheet to slowly melt in October there was less sea ice in the area than ever previously recorded.the Inhabitants of Svalbard have benefited from warmer weather than normal during the 73 months in a row.
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Best Deals for Netatmo Smart ThermostatWired and wireless thermostat installationApple HomeKit, Amazon Echo and IFTTT supportWhat is the Netatmo Smart Thermostat?The relay is a small white box, with a light in the centre that glows when your heating is on.First, and simplest, is replacing an existing two-wire thermostat, connecting the control cables to the Netatmo Smart Thermostat's built-in relay.
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RM Education sprinkled some festive cheer among its staffers by confirming in a Skype call with them that redundancies are in the offing.In a statement sent to El Reg, RM managing director Toby Black, confirmed "with sincere regret" that 70 people are to lose their jobs across the business, including 35 from the head office in Abingdon."Due to changes in market conditions and increasing pressure upon school budgets, RM Education have experienced a decline in demand for infrastructure hardware and associated installation services," he said."Although demand for products and services remain healthy across our portfolio, this trend requires us to respond and adapt accordingly by making some adjustments in order to secure a solid future."He said cost-cutting will help it sell a "highly competitive service" to schools and other education establishments.Black said the it will try to "support" employees "affected" by the redundancies and "assist them in finding alternative employment", including other positions internally.
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Thanks to an Otterbox-shell and 15 cm of the sediment have an Iphone 4 survived 20 months at the bottom of a lake in Pennsylvania.In march 2015, sat Michael Guntrum and pimplade on a lake in Pennsylvania.He got the pacifier and put the cell phone, an Iphone 4, in the knee.Instead of nicely remain slipped and landed unfortunately on the edge of the hole in the ice and fell in.In september of the same year were drained the lake because of deficiencies in the dam.Daniel Kalgren was recently out with his metal detector to see if he could find some exciting finds in the old lake bed, and he did: In 15 centimetres of mud low Michael Guntrums Iphone.
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This has lead to users taking multiple versions of the same image in order to capture the best one, and lead to many younger users, in particular, running secondary accounts where they can post more goofy, relaxed images away from their polished main feeds.Or, alternatively, they can just publish to Snapchat where that content disappears.But Instagram doesn t want to be seen that way – as Instagram s Head of Product Kevin Weil recently told Recode: We want Instagram to be a place where you share all of your moments, including the more private moments or the inside jokes that are relevant not for your entire Instagram following but for a smaller group of folks.This is the impetus behind Instagram s latest big announcement – rolling out over the next few months, Instagram is bringing live-streaming to Stories and disappearing photos and videos to Instagram direct messaging.First off, there s live-streaming – as we reported last month, Instagram is looking to bring live-streaming into the Instagram Stories experience.
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Valet bör inte vara så svårt längre eftersom hybriddatorerna i dag har samma innanmäte som vanliga laptops.Kvaliteten på 2-i-1-datorerna har ökat enormt de senaste åren, i och med lanseringen av Windows 8 och framför allt Windows 10 så känns det helt naturligt att växla över till surfplatteläge och bläddra runt på skärmen med fingrarna.Precis som beteckningen antyder får du två produkter i ett, som kan användas både som en vanlig bärbar och som en platta att slösurfa med i soffan.Innan du ger dig i kast med att välja din nästa hybrid så måste du bestämma dig för om du föredrar en modell med 360-graders vridbar skärm eller om du är mer intresserad av en med löstagbart tangentbord.Eftersom priserna på de senare har sjunkit så kan de med fördel tas med i beräkningen när du ska köpa en ny 2-i-1-dator.Modelltypen medför dock en inte oväsentlig kompromiss, eftersom en surfplatta inte har lika många in- och utgångar som en vanlig bärbar, plus att de lösa tangentborden ofta är ganska så platta och inte är i närheten av lika sköna att skriva på längre stunder.
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U.S. President Barack Obama waves before boarding Air Force One as he departed Berlin on Saturday, Nov. 18.It's the final European trip of his time in office.A campaign to pardon NSA leaker Edward Snowden, launched in combination with a fawning Oliver Stone film about him, hasn't made any headway.The request spurred the entire membership of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, 13 Republicans and 9 Democrats, to send a letter to President Barack Obama urging against a pardon.During his European tour, he was interviewed by Der Spiegel—the largest newspaper in Germany, a country where Snowden is particularly popular.After discussing a wide range of issues, he was asked: Are you going to pardon Edward Snowden?
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Apple last week impressed and shocked the world when it released a brand new product just weeks after unveiling the iPhone 7.For just $300, Apple fans can now get their hands on a new coffee table book that highlights a select history of Apple products dating back to 1997, beginning of course with the iconic Bondi Blue iMac.Okay, so maybe nobody was impressed.And sure, maybe no one was shocked either, aside of course from the deluge of snarky Internet commenters who were quick to blast Apple for having the gall to release a book for $300.DON T MISS: Daryl may have quietly made The Walking Dead great againDedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs, Apple design guru Jony Ive explained the impetus behind the book s creation as follows.
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