Netflix plans to add around 700 original movies and TV series to its line-up this year, totalling a spend of $8 billion.That’s two-thirds the GDP of North Korea.These plans were detailed by Netflix CFO David Wells at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco.It represents a healthy jump of $2 billion over the amount it spent on original content in 2017.Netflix streaming exclusives we’ve already seen in 2018 include Duncan Jones’s interesting but critically panned Mute and sci-fi TV series Altered Carbon.Other oddities to look forward to in 2018 include a TV reboot of sci-fi classic Lost in Space and the The Ballad of Buster Scruggs mini-series, directed by the Coen brothers.
If you’ve been thinking about grabbing yourself a quality Windows Mixed Reality headset, then now might be a good time to move, as there’s an impressive deal on Samsung’s offering over in the US – plus a discount on Dell’s Visor in the UK, too.Samsung’s HMD Odyssey headset (which comes with motion controllers) has had $100 knocked off the price on Microsoft’s online store in the US, and the same discount is applicable if you buy direct from Samsung.We loved the Odyssey when we took it for a hands-on spin, describing it as an “eye-popping joyride into the world of virtual reality”, and our main issue was that the cost is a little on the high side.But with this discount applied, this is a high quality headset which just became that much more tempting.As mentioned, that deal is a US-only affair, mainly because the Odyssey isn’t sold in Europe.However, folks in the UK who are hunting for a Windows Mixed Reality bargain should bear in mind that Microsoft has also knocked a hundred notes off the asking price of the the Dell Visor.
Amazon India has intensified its foray into grocery sector by opening 15 specialised fulfillment centres (FCs) for its app-only grocery delivery service, Amazon Now.As reported by The Times of India, Amazon will be utilising these centres to cater to the demands on the hyperlocal delivery platform.The news comes after China’s Alibaba's investment of $146 m in online grocer BigBasketDespite a decline in average online spend per buyer in 2016 due to demonetisation and less discounting, Forrester's data showed that online spending in India grew in the first half of 2017.Amazon vice president (India customer fulfillment) Akhil Saxena said: “We have put significant investments in building infrastructure for our various businesses here and we are scaling up and investing in our infrastructure and delivery network for Amazon Now so that we can increase our speed of delivery and provide a superior experience to customers."Amazon also recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Uttar Pradesh's Khadi and Village Industries Board to sell Khadi (handspun fiber clothings) products online.
The cruel joke at the center of this is the role that new technologies have played in creating the current political environment and the fracturing of political thought.Swayable was founded by three former physicists to help craft political messages that actually inform and persuade rather than simply incite and propagandize.Formed initially out of frustration with the country’s response to climate change, Swayable’s three founders — James Slezak, Valerie Coffman and Lyel Resner — hope to bring the experimental rigor of scientific testing to the efficacy of political messaging.BIRMINGHAM, AL – DECEMBER 12: Voters wait in line to cast their ballot at a polling station setup in the St Thomas Episcopal Church on December 12, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama.Alabama voters are casting their ballot for either Republican Roy Moore or his Democratic challenger Doug Jones in a special election to decide who will replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate.(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
All eyes may be on the Galaxy S9 this week, but Samsung is still busy beavering away on its Bixby smart speaker, though it seems we’ll have longer to wait than expected.The company has long been believed to be working on a standalone way to bring Bixby into the home, following in the path of Amazon’s Echo, Google’s Home, and most recently Apple’s HomePod.That path hasn’t been an entirely easy one for Samsung to follow, however.Bixby’s launch on the Galaxy S8 was significantly delayed last year, with Samsung conceding that it took longer than expected to get the virtual assistant’s functionality right.Indeed, when it actually arrived on the Android smartphone, it initially lacked the voice interaction Samsung had originally promised, focusing instead on computer vision services such as being able to identify points of interest through the camera.That delay has apparently expanded to the Bixby speaker, too.
When investor and entrepreneur Jalak Jobanputra first visited a blockchain conference five years ago she got goosebumps.The experienced investor had heard of cryptocurrencies but now that they had truly come into maturity she was excited.Now, five years later, she’s building her entire VC practice around blockchain and sees bright days ahead for the technology.Join us Jobanputra, the founder of FuturePerfect Ventures, as we talk about her take on crypto, the future of investment, and the direction she’s headed in terms of investment and startup innovation.Technotopia is a podcast by John Biggs about a better future.You can subscribe in Stitcher, RSS, or iTunes and listen the MP3 here.
Airbnb has been breathing down hotels’ necks for years as it gains ground on the incumbents of the hospitality industry.Now, the company has taken yet another step closer to becoming the lodging platform of choice for travelers around the world.Last week, the short-term rental company debuted a series of new features on its website in a new initiative called “Airbnb for everyone.” Its point?This is partially because you will now be able to use Airbnb to book rooms in boutique hotels and bed-and-breakfasts, turning Airbnb into, well, a hotel company.While the platform has long been known for renting out your neighbor’s apartment or your friend’s home for a few days at a time, Airbnb is now looking to expand its options even further (and begin stepping on the toes of hotels in a very real way).Further, Airbnb is adding a few new “tiers” of service, all in the name of making the platform more accessible.
Sony appears to have packed its latest flagships, the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, with every bit of tech it could find lying around its R lab.The 5.7-inch XZ2 is the bigger of the two phones, but while the 5-inch Compact may be smaller, it still shares almost all of the same key specs.Wireless charging is finally available on a Sony phone, but that's limited only to the full-size XZ2.They shoot super slow motion footage too -- something we've seen on Sony's existing phones -- but the resolution has been bumped from 720p to full HD.Sony says it developed the camera firmware in partnership with Qualcomm to optimise the images for better low light performance, too.Beyond the camera, both phones have been given a much needed design update.
So, the incessant leaks have finally come to an end.And the rumour mill now resets itself as Samsung launched the Galaxy S9/S9 + at MWC 2018.But that’s not to say there isn’t anything interesting.But this time around, there’s more to separate the Galaxy S9 from the Galaxy S9 + marking a change in Samsung’s S series strategy.But, by far, Samsung’s main focus with the Galaxy S9 has been on the camera.That’s what the official teasers have also been telling us for quite a time.
In his new caveman movie "Early Man", writer, director and animator Nick Park goes back to the beginning of time.Creator of the much-loved plasticine pals Wallace and Gromit, Park is co-founder of Oscar-winning animation studio Aardman.When the images are played back at speed the characters come alive.It's a slow and painstaking process, but as fans of Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and many other stories will tell you, the results have a real charm and spontaneity.So for "Early Man", which goes from a lush valley of hand-sculpted trees to mountainous volcanic badlands and soaring football arenas, Aardman opted to use make things a little easier.Aardman has made digitally animated films before, including "Arthur Christmas" and "Flushed Away".
Mystery solved... behind closed doorsFor more than three months now, cops in Sacramento, California, have been baffled by a rash of false-alarm 911 emergency calls.Now the plod have manage to trace the calls back to the source – and it's one of Apple's US iPhone repair labs.The Sacramento County Sheriff and Elk Grove police departments say they have received around 1,600 calls from the Elk Grove Apple repair center, each apparently made by mistake and lasting about 10 to 15 seconds apiece.The calls reportedly began in October and have continued through the new year, averaging around 20 per day in Elk Grove alone.According to CBS Sacramento, the calls are dead air and ambient conversation with no sounds of any struggle or emergency.
Qualcomm is back with a new virtual reality (VR) reference design headset, this time featuring its latest and greatest chip, the Snapdragon 845.Just as with the Snapdragon 835 VR Developer Kit, the Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Reference Design's purpose is to provide a starting point from which other manufacturers can develop their own unique headsets.It's not a consumer product you'll see on store shelves.These include the now-official Lenovo Solo Mirage and China-exclusive HTC Vive Focus.While Hugo Swart, Head of Virtual and Augmented Reality Business Group, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., wouldn't name names during a conversation with TechRadar, he did say these include phones to be announced at MWC 2018.The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are due to launch when the show gets underway next week, so we wouldn't be surprised to see the phones slotted into Qualcomm's headset at some point.
Google is offering $80 off any Project Fi-ready phone when you pick up a new subscription.The deal is running until February 28 and applies to the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google Pixel XL and Moto X4 (Android One).Project Fi is Google’s very own smartphone network.It’s unique in several ways, but most notably for letting users pay only for the mobile data they consume each month.Though there have been workarounds to get it running on other devices, Google’s approved handsets are the way to go for the guaranteed experience.The current discount offered on these arrives as credit on your account after the device is activated, and below you’ll find the cost of them after the saving is applied:
Just a couple of weeks after Uber revealed it was getting into the bike-sharing game, Lyft, too, is hopping onto the two-wheelers.While Uber tests out a scheme in San Francisco with ebike company Jump, Lyft’s debut effort involves a partnership with the city-operated Baltimore Bike Share scheme in Maryland.The company more famous for rides in cars than on bikes is investing $270,000 in Baltimore’s scheme.The initial three-year deal allows Lyft to put its branding onto five of the city’s busiest bike-sharing stations that will also act as quick and convenient pick-up and drop-off zones for Lyft riders.Commenting on the company’s first foray into bike sharing, Lyft’s Mike Heslin said in a statement, “Whether someone is taking a Lyft ride from the suburbs to the city and hopping on a bike around downtown, or taking a bike to one of these hubs and meeting a Lyft driver for a trip to the other side of town, the multimodal transportation future is very bright for Baltimore.”Both the Lyft app and the Baltimore Bike Share app will feature information on each other’s services, but you won’t be able to rent a bike via the Lyft app, nor request a car ride via the bike app.
Hasbro's new line of Star Wars toys unveiled Wednesday are giving us a closer look at the faces we'll see in "Solo: A Star Wars Story."Coming out this spring, three 6-inch figures from The Black Series line include detailed depictions of Alden Ehrenreich's younger Han Solo, Donald Glover's super spiffy Lando Calrissian and Emilia Clarke's Qi'ra.While we still don't know much about Qi'ra yet, she is a childhood friend of Solo's according to Entertainment Weekly.From her figure we can glean that she's packing a gun in case a fight breaks out.The figures will cost $20 each, which roughly converts to £15 and AU25.Hasbro also announced an expansion of their Force Link line of toys for this spring, which play sound effects when held and shaken about with the Force Link 2.0 wristband.
A petition to roll back on Snapchat’s new design has now managed to secure over a million signatures.According to the creator of the Change.org petition Nic Rumsey, the update’s “many ‘new features’ are useless or defeat the original purpose Snapchat has had for the past years.’As of writing the petition currently has 1,010,131 signatures.One of the unfortunate side-effects from this is that any celebrities or influencers you were following are now effectively partitioned away in a separate part of the app forcing you to search for them every time you want to view their content.Reactions to the update have been almost universally negative with the app achieving only a three star rating on Apple’s App Store.A number of celebrities have also spoken out against the update including Chrissy Teigen who tweeted: “I liked that you guys felt like we were friends.
Apple had a shockingly bad week of software problems just before the end of 2017, and it looks like 2018 isn’t starting so well either.A new bug has been discovered in iOS 11 that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iPhone and block access to the Messages app in iOS.Italian Blog Mobile World spotted the bug, and we’ve tested it successfully on multiple iPhones running iOS 11.2.5.The bug itself involves sending an Indian character to devices, and Apple’s iOS Springboard will crash once the message has been received.Messages will no longer open as the app is trying and failing to load the character, and it appears that the only way to regain access to your iMessages is to have another friend send you a message and try to delete the thread that contained the bad character.The public beta versions of iOS 11.3 are unaffected, so Apple will clearly fix this once iOS 11.3 is available broadly.
Specialists of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU), participant of the Project 5-100, developed a unique equipment for complex water purification which can improve or in some cases replace the process of disinfection with chlorine.The developed equipment is an electrolysis unit producing an innovative reagent of sodium ferrate.Scientists believe that the use of the developed equipment will significantly reduce the cost of the water treatment process."To disinfect 1 liter of drinking water in summer, only 0.5 gram of sodium ferrate is required instead of 4.5 gram of chlorine.In the cold season, 0.2 gram of ferrate will be needed instead of 2 gram of chlorine," calculated Ani Petkova.She added that the necessary dose of reagent is reduced approximately to 10 times.
Welcome to a 1990s kid's nightmare.YouTuber Sam of Look Mum No Computer spent years acquiring 44 Furbys, the cult favorite electronic talking toy from the 1990s, and then hooked them up to an electronic organ.If you thought the squawky wails of one Furby was bad, jam in some earplugs, stat.The resulting Furbish cacophony, posted to YouTube on Sunday, is probably what Sid the toy-torturer from "Toy Story" has to listen to in hell.Sam's put a scary amount of thought into this creation (extra points for the "Gremlins"-inspired "don't feed after midnight" warning scrawled inside the organ), and by midday Monday the video had earned more than 349,000 views.Remember back when Coca-Cola thought teaching the world to sing was a good idea?
What you learned in science class in grade school might be changing with scientist having discovered what they think is a new type of ice water they have dubbed “supersonic water.” The crazy thing about the new form is that it is both a solid and a liquid at the same time.The researchers think that the discovery could potentially lead to the development of new materials.Researchers say that the idea of supersonic water has been around for decades and this form of water is believed to be found inside the mantels of Uranus and Neptune.This is the first time that researchers have been able to prove the existence of the odd form of water in an experiment.In their experiment, the scientists used a high-pressure type of ice and a series of powerful laser pulses.The combination of laser and ice created pressures that aren’t natural on Earth and created the first glimpse of the form of water here on Earth.