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Shopping for a MacBook used to be really simple.Here's what prospective MacBook buyers are faced with today on the base level, before internal upgrades are added in: The $999 MacBook Air, which is thin; the $1,299 MacBook, which is small in a different way; and the new $1,499 MacBook Pro, which is heftier but considerably more powerful.You might think the tradeoff is ultimately between the regular MacBook and the Pro — the Air is thin, but as the cheapest offering, it's no doubt less powerful than the others, right?The $999 Air is actually a better machine than the $1,299 MacBook in a couple important ways.Its screen, while smaller, actually has higher resolution than the Air's, so everything will look a lot better.It's nearly a pound lighter, even though it's technically thicker than the Air at each laptop's respective thinnest point 0.14 inch versus 0.11 inch .
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since Then, the company has shifted its business plan and aims to reach profitability this year.In August could Breakit report that the company has taken a big step in the right direction.the Company, which is run by financier Tommy Jacobson has now bought shares in the company for sek 100 million.It is a very reputable company and they have very impressive användarsiffror.But what really impressed me was when I got the chance to take a closer look at the company and saw the plan to reach profitability, " says Tommy Jacobson, and adds: Then I think that the founders Nami Zarringhalam and Alan Mamedi is amazing.
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Unveiled earlier this year, the Oppo UDP–203 Ultra HD Blu-ray player looked to be one of the most feature-packed of the UHD players released so far, but as we began to close in on the end of 2016, there was no release info.Oppo says the UDP–203 is a successor to its award-winning BDP–103 Blu-ray player, though obviously it s much more advanced.In addition to 4K Ultra HD resolution 3,840 x 2,160 pixels , the player also features support for HDR high dynamic range and Wide Color Gamut.The HDR10 format is supported out of the box for HDR, but a firmware update bringing support for Dolby Vision is planned for release in 2017.The player features two HDMI outputs — the HDMI 2.0 port supports UHD TVs, A/V receivers, and other devices, while an HDMI 1.4 audio port adds compatibility for older receivers.Two USB 3.0 ports on the back and another on the front allow users to play back video, music, and photos from USB hard drives or other devices.
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Homemade cookies are a great gift, especially if they re for someone who s hard to shop for.But if you need to send them in the mail, there are some things you need to know.Over at The Kitchn, Maggie Batista points out some of the mistakes people often make when shipping cookies, and how to avoid them.Here are some of the key takeaways:Wait for cookies to cool completely before you pack them.You don t want to ruin their texture or encourage bacterial growth.
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Facebook wants you to get more creative with your uploads with its new Camera Effects Platform, which is remarkably like Snapchat's lenses.However, unlike Snapchat s pre-approved set of lenses and filters, Facebook s Camera Effects are only created by the community.At the moment, the camera effects and filters can only be used on images that have been uploaded to Facebook directly.Facebook has said it has added the new function because the way people communicate is changing - photos and videos are being used to share more than ever.Camera effects will allow people to express themselves , whether that s at an event or as a location filter.After the terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015, Facebook allowed account users to add a French flag filter to their profile images as a way to show solidarity with the people killed at the Bataclan.
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Coming up today: chimp buttocks, terrorist databases, offline Amazon and we hunt down some good news to make 2016 a bit more bearable.To listen on any device, either hit the play button above, or download using the link above.In iTunes for your computer, iPhone, iPod and iPad or get the RSS feed for other podcast catchers.Show produced and edited by: James Temperton
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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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