Virtual reality headsets are growing in popularity: They offer an immersive experience to users as well as a new toolset for programmers to explore and create with.However, the systems have not yet become part of the mainstream experience.Below, members of the Forbes Technology Council talk about which headset they see succeeding over the next few years and why.Oculus Rift has taken the leadership role and partnered with gaming companies and other brands to solidify their position.Of course, the innovators and the early adopters from both PlaySation and PCs will give the PSVR and the Oculus Rift a try, but I think the established base of passionate PlayStation users gives the PSVR a higher chance of making it a greater success in the near future.That's also a good thing for Oculus, which will definitely benefit from the impact that'll cause.
If you're on LinkedIn, you're now part of a community with 500 million members.Is that the top of the mountain, when it comes to global popularity?Or is it nothing more than base camp, compared with some of the planet's even larger groupings?After a few minutes of rummaging around Statista.com and a few other sources, I've come up with an eccentric, 16-item list of really huge communities.If you're in the mood to be wowed, now you know that LinkedIn's membership totals exceed the total population of the U.S. -- or the number of fluent Hindi speakers on earth.It's no wonder that LinkedIn is excited about its growth, as documented in this blog post today.
Future iPhones and other Apple products such as iPads and MacBooks could be made using entirely recycled and reused materials as the company announced it would be taking steps to end its reliance on mining for resources.The pledge comes as part of Apple's 2017 Environmental Responsibility Report, which was released on Wednesday and outlines how the company wants to move towards a 'closed-loop supply chain'.That means it will no longer be mining for materials in the future, though at this point it remains unclear how the company will get to that point and when.On top of its recycled material goals for products, Cupertino also says it has managed to use 99% recycled and responsibly sourced paper in its packaging, and is hoping to move towards 100%.The company states on its environment report page: "We’re moving toward a closed-loop supply chain.One day we’d like to be able to build new products with just recycled materials, including your old products."
When Nvidia announced that a new generation of GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1060 cards were on the horizon with faster memory, we assumed that graphics cards makers would offer the step-up models at step-up pricing.On Thursday, EVGA launched new revisions of its $590 GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2 and $570 GTX 1080 SC2 graphics cards with 11GHz memory.That brings the duo’s memory bandwidth to 352GBps, up from 320GBps in the original iterations.And get this: These replace the originals at the same pricing, rather than being an upsell.EVGA is offering an optional new BIOS update that upgrades the original GTX 1080 FTW2 and SC2 cards to the faster, better memory speeds, too.Just head over to EVGA’s forums for download links and instructions on how to install the update, then bask in the (slightly, probably) faster speeds.
Everyone has had a day where you just can’t focus.No matter how many things you need to get done that day, you find yourself on Facebook or staring out a window.These days can put a series crimp in your workload for the week – particularly if you have a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it in.It’s part of being human.Sometimes, this means finding the right tool to help you focus, and eliminate your distractions.Luckily for those of you who are easily distracted but still want to work efficiently – there are plenty of tools and methods out there to help.
Facebook just gave Giroptic iO 360 cameras to 4,000 people at Facebook’s F8 conference, so expect a flood of 360-degree selfies to hit the interwebs any moment now.At least the image quality will be pretty good.While I haven’t gotten my hands on one of those yet, I’ve been using the iOS version that debuted in December.The Giroptic iO ($249) doesn’t shoot in 4K, but it captures video in a 1920 x 960 resolution at 30 frames per second and snaps pictures with an impressive, light-slurping f/1.9 aperture.It produces crisp spherical images, with no apparent stitch line other than where you hand holds the camera.The low-resolution preview you see while recording is deceiving—when you save your clip, you’ll get phone-produced 360-degree footage as sharp as any out there.
Uber has a new shareholder that’s very different from its usual institutional backers: Axel Springer, the German media company that owns Business Insider, and Germany’s largest newspaper Bild, among other publications.Neither Uber nor the media giant are getting specific about how much money was invested, or exactly when, but Axel Springer did clarify to German tech news site t3n.de (via Handselblatt) that the nature of the investment wasn’t strategic – this was strictly a financial deal, as any traditional VC would make.This isn’t the only investment of this type that Axel Springer has made in technology companies: It announced a stake in AirBnB in 2012, which was termed at the time as “very minor” in size.The Uber investment is thought to be along similar lines, according to the t3n.de report.A Springer spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal’s Friedrich Geiger that the amount was “minimal,” and also noted that the publishing company has actually made early-stage investments in around 100 companies.Obviously, a publisher owning stake in companies which will be covered within its publication is bound to raise eyebrows, which is likely why Axel Springer is downplaying the size of the stake, and bringing up its other similar financial arrangements.
Hong Kong is losing out to Singapore in fintech development because securities and insurance regulators have not done enough to encourage the development of a flexible regulatory culture supportive of new services ...-- SCMP Business, April 19They certainly do a lot of flexing in Singapore, what with the weight of the rule book that dictates their lives.Have you heard, for instance, why fishing has never taken off there as either industry or sport?Who bothers going to a shop any longer in a major Chinese city?You look up what you want on the web, you order it and you authorise the transaction with an account and PIN number instruction to your payment agency (a bank, let’s say).
Being a Dungeon Master means being a storyteller, orchestrating chaos and making sure everyone is having a great time.Mathew Mercer has had a long and successful career as a voice actor for animated shows and video games, he is the voice of McCree in Overwatch as just one example and consequently performs one of the most dreaded lines in the game "It's high noon."It is his acting and world building on Critical Role however that has helped bring and teach Dungeon & Dragons to hundreds of thousands of viewers every Thursday on Twitch and YouTube.In the video above I speak to Matt about what are the lessons he has learned from being a Dungeon Master all these years and how to embrace the improvisational nature of shared storytelling.You can watch Critical Role live on Geek & Sundry on their Twitch channel every Thursday 7pm Pacific.Watch my Dungeons & Dragons show Dungeon Life on YouTube and Facebook.
Jos ihminen ei omista lemmikkieläintä, hän saattaa ihmetellä sitä intoa, jolla jotkin omistajat koirilleen, kissoilleen tai muille lemmikeilleen puhuvat.Usein puhetapa on lepertelevä tai jopa lemmikin ääntelyä tavoitteleva.Uuden tutkimuksen mukaan tällainen puhetapa ja käyttäytyminen on kuitenkin kaikkea muuta kuin typerä – se on itse asiassa juuri päinvastoin.Antropomorfismin asiantuntijat väittävät, että puhuminen eläimille on merkki älykkyydestä, kirjoittaa Metro.Antropomorfismi liittää ihmisen kaltaisia inhimillisiä ominaisuuksia eläimiin, elottomiin esineisiin tai vaikkapa uskonnosta tuttuihin kuvitteellisiin kohteisiin.”Historiallisesti antropomorfismi on liitetty lapsellisuuteen tai tyhmyyteen, mutta se on oikeastaan luonnollinen sivutuote siinä, mikä tekee ihmisistä ainutlaatuisen älykkäitä olentoja planeetallamme”, sanoo Chicagon yliopiston käyttäytymistieteiden professori Nicholas Epley.
Design cannot fix the hellscape that is modern aviation.Even the most well-crafted planes can’t erase the TSA or stop airlines charging you for every last thing.But clever aircraft interiors can make flying more manageable, maybe even pleasant.At this year’s Aviation Interior Expo in Hamburg, Germany, the experts got together to hash out the future of aviation, and hey, it’s looking OK.The following ideas won the annual Crystal Cabin awards for excellence, and they promise to make your time in a plane a tad prettier, greener, and more entertaining.Is there a more neglected hero of aviation than the humble service trolley?
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The global PC deliveries fell by 2.4 per cent to eur 62.2 million units in the first quarter of 2017, according to Gartner.another analysfirma, IDC, believes, however, that the market was up slightly, reports Venturebeat.Based on Gartner's numbers, the market has lost ten quarters in a row.It was also the first time since 2007 that pc shipments were over 63 million in a single quarter.During the period was the six largest suppliers of Lenovo, HP, Dell, Asus, Apple and Acer.Of these, only Asus and Acer, which accounted for reductions in deliveries while the other increased.
Finland's Muslim association, Culture and religion forum Fokus ry and the Finnish muslim women association have left the city of Helsinki for application to the land book to the surroundings of the mosque and community centre for the project, told the city of Helsinki real estate department.the agency's proposal for a decision on the matter is scheduled to be completed in September-October.the proposal for a decision of the preparatory process for assessing, inter alia, whether land proposed for the construction project in terms of scope, content and funding for viable.the real estate agency will negotiate in accordance with normal procedures of the project with representatives of the plot reservation conditions.If the project proceeds, the construction of the required formula change will determine in due course the city council.the Mosque and the multi-function centre is designed for the Hanasaari power plant and sörnäisten rantatie for the area between.
I höstas lanserade Yuneec drönaren Breeze som utrustats med en 4K-kamera och en hel del smarta flyglägen för dryga 500 dollar.Nu har Yuneec bestämt sig för att öka funktionaliteten med drönaren genom att uppdatera appen med stöd för livestreaming till Facebook, Youtube och andra livestreamingtjänster.Allt hanteras via kameraappen till Breeze och du har möjlighet att sända 720p-video till livestreamingtjänsterna.
Linkedin has become an increasingly important tool both for those who are looking a new job and for companies that recruit.the Key to success on Linkedin is the profile which you publish, a good such increases the chance that companies and recruiters can find you and that you get tips about jobs that may be of interest.Fast Company offers tips on how to write a good profile.the basic idea is that you should divide your career into four phases which you handle in different ways, with regard to what you have in your profile.1 – 2 years experienceIt is not particularly credible to claim that you are an expert in this phase of his career.
Planet Coaster just received new rides and beefed up its security.Frontier Developments released a free update for its theme park simulator today.Planet Coaster came out for PC last November and managed to sell over 400,000 copies in its first month.According to Steam Spy, it is the top theme park simulator on Steam.Adding new content can keep players engaged and encourage new ones to check a game out.You can check out the full list of changes and additions here.The update adds new rides, including go-karts, letting players design their own racing tracks.It also gives you the ability to design dueling coasters, synchronized rides that race each other.
Till skillnad från exempelvis konkurrenten Barnebys, som tillhandahåller en plattform där kunderna kan söka runt bland de traditionella auktionshusens produkter, har Auctionet tagit fram ett system där auktionshus kan hantera hela sin verksamhet.Bland bolagets investerare återfinns bland annat de svenska Avito-grundarna Jonas Nordlander och Filip Engelbert, Axel Johnson-gruppens riskkapitalbolag D-Ax och ägarfamiljen bakom Otto Group.Nu står det klart att Auctionet köper auktionshuset Crafoord Auktioner av ägaren Uppsala Auktionskammare.“Det ligger egentligen inte i vår linje att köpa auktionshus men det här var en bra affär.Uppsala auktionskammare ville fokusera mer på konst och då såg de oss som bästa köpare när det här inte riktigt passade in hos dem”, säger Niklas Söderholm, vd och grundare på Auctionet till Breakit.Uppsala auktionskammare säljer verksamheten eftersom de, enligt ett pressmeddelande, vill fokusera på internationella auktioner med dyrbar konst och antikviteter.
Qualcomm fired back at Apple in court on Monday, saying the iPhone maker’s January lawsuit should be rejected.Qualcomm also made its own claims seeking damages, accusing Apple of harming its business and breaching deals between the two companies.Apple’s lawsuit accused Qualcomm, one of the leading developers of cellular communications technologies, of abusing its dominant position by forcing phone makers to pay excessive royalties, even when they used modem chips from Qualcomm rivals.But Qualcomm responded that its royalties were consistent with laws around the world and had been adopted by companies for decades.It denied blocking Apple’s ability to use competitors’ products, and said Apple had interfered with its business relationships with companies that manufacture the iPhone and other smartphones.“We have negotiated hundreds of bilateral license agreements over the last two plus decades,” Qualcomm general counsel Don Rosenberg tells Fortune in an interview.“And those have clearly established a clear market value for the tens of thousand, now of patents that we hold in the whole area of cell technology.”The Apple lawsuit, and other antitrust legal challenges against Qualomm filed worldwide, threaten the most lucrative part of the company’s business.In addition to the Apple case, regulators in South Korea, home of top phone maker Samsung Electronics, have issued a nearly $1 billion fine against Qualcomm in a similar case.The large smartphone makers appear to have seen an opening to hit the Qualcomm model after China cracked down on the chipmaker’s allegedly monopolistic practices two years ago, imposing a $975 million fine and forcing new negotiations with device makers.Apple’s lawsuit goes to the heart of Qualcomm’s licensing model, which charges phone makers a percentage of the value of every phone, not just a cut of the price of specific modem chips used in phones.
Tesla has revealed a new range of solar roof panels, to be built exclusively for the electric car maker by Panasonic at the company's new Gigafactory 2 manufacturing plant.Although new, these panels are not to be confused with a range of solar roof tiles previewed by Tesla in October 2016.Where that solution is for newly-built property or customers who wish to installed an entire new roof, the Panasonic panels can be fitted to an existing roof.Energy is collected by the 325-watt panels with an efficiency of almost 22% and stored in a Tesla Powerwall, a large battery pack fitted to an outside wall which then provides the building's electrical supply.But unlike other solar panels which stand proud from the roof, include unsightly mounting equipment, and spoil the building's aesthetic, Tesla and Panasonic's solution is far sleeker.Although not as subtle as the solar tiles, pictured below, the new Panasonic panels have a much lower profile than their rivals and are claimed by Tesla to have "no visible mounting hardware."