Snapchat is now letting users create DIY augmented reality World Lenses.On Thursday, December 14, Snapchat announced Lens Studio, a desktop app that allows anyone to create a lens, submit it for publication and then share using a scanable Snapchat code.Lens Studio is ideal for users with previous 3D design experience, but Snapchat is also adding a handful of tools for those new to crafting content beyond the typical two dimensions.The software opens to a window with several template options that make it easier to get started.The templates allow you to choose what kind of movement the lens will have, whether that’s a fully animated character or multiple objects that pop up when the user turns the camera around.Snapchat even included two templates for users who haven’t worked with 3D objects yet, including a two-dimensional picture frame you can add to the AR space.
LG Electronics said on Wednesday, December 13, that it plans to inject its super thin and light LG Gram laptops with eighth-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors in 2018.The new units will make their initial appearance during the CES 2018 technology show in early January, packing 72WHr batteries promising up to 22.5 hours on a single charge.That is the same battery ballpark Microsoft and Qualcomm boast about the upcoming Always Connected PCs using ARM-based Snapdragon 835 processors.Unfortunately, LG Electronics wasn’t exactly brimming with details in its pre-CES announcement.There will be three sizes throughout the refresh delivering 40 percent better work efficiency than the previous generation, and boot times under 10 seconds.That timing partly stems from the use of a solid-state drive (SSD), which will be accompanied by a second SSD drive slot in the updated laptops.
In many places, it is much too cold to commute by bicycle.With the holiday season in full effect, cyclists should turn their heads to next season.To prepare for warmer weather, IZIP has announced its 2018 lineup of ebikes.This new lineup features four new models that vary in style and performance to suit a rider’s needs.Those looking for speeding through the city should consider the E3 Dash.As its name suggests, this ebike will get riders where they need to go quickly.
Lyft is expanding to Toronto.The Canadian city is Lyft's first outside the US.Lyft service is available in Toronto starting Tuesday.Lyft is now available in its first international city: Toronto.The ride-hailing service announced in November it would start offering service in Toronto by the holidays, though it didn't specify an exact date at the time.Lyft announced it would go live in Toronto on its Twitter account:
Apple CEO Tim Cook with the musician Dave Grohl.Justin Sullivan/GettyApple confirmed it's buying British music recognition startup Shazam, with sources pegging the deal at $400 million.An early investor in the UK, Simon Murdoch, told Business Insider that the deal made sense for Shazam because Apple could reach a much larger audience.Murdoch said Shazam had "fantastic" technology which was seven years too early."I've got enough shares to mean it's a nice outcome," Murdoch confirmed to Business Insider.Shazam didn't become a big hit until the iPhone arrived 7 years after launch
Essential smartphone startup founder Andy Rubin, who took a leave of absence last month in light of allegations of an improper relationship at his previous employer, has returned to work, Recode reports.Citing sources, Recode reports Rubin’s personal leave ended Friday.At the time of his leave, Rubin said he was taking time off to “deal with personal matters.” His decision to do so came shortly after The Information revealed Google, Rubin’s former employer, investigated an allegation from a woman who used to work with Rubin.That investigation found Rubin’s relationship with the woman was “improper and showed bad judgment.” Rubin left Google in 2014.Rubin’s spokesperson, Mike Sitrick, said in November that Rubin’s relationship was consensual and “did not involve any person who reported directly to him.”Rubin was never told by Google that he engaged in any misconduct while at Google and he did not, either while at Google or since,” he added.
The new research highlights how hybrid quantum computers can be developed by using various storage nodes.For the first time ever, scientists have just transferred quantum data between a solid crystal and a cold atomic gas, using photons.The new research can take us a step closer to developing functional quantum computers and even a quantum internet.A team of researchers at the The Institute of Photonic Sciences (The Institut de Ciències Fotòniques or IFCO) in Spain achieved a hybrid quantum network link by passing the data between two types of storage "nodes" that were placed in different laboratories.Previous studies have shown how quantum data can be transferred between identical nodes.The new study however, is the first time that such a data transfer has been achieved with a "hybrid" network of nodes.
Seeds, la Cumbre de Innovación en Alimentación, lanza “Waterfirst!” un concurso de ideas en torno al agua, protagonista de la próxima edición del evento.La competición está dirigida a startups, corporaciones, universidades, centros de investigación e innovadores de todo el mundo a los que se invita a presentar proyectos o soluciones para el mayor reto que el mundo ha de afrontar: lograr la seguridad en el abastecimiento de agua.Los cinco mejores proyectos de “Waterfirst!” participarán como invitados en la próxima edición de Seeds (Milán, 7-10 de mayo de 2018).Entre ellos, la organización otorgará un premio de €10.000.El objetivo de “Waterfirst!” es encontrar soluciones al enorme desafío del agua.En particular, en entornos como: cambio climático, alimentación y agricultura, nutrientes, envasado y desperdicio.
Apple fans put off by the iPhone X's and iPhone 8's fragile all-glass design may be appeased by rumours circulating that the metal body will return in 2018.According to Nikkei Asian Reviewing, Apple is building a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone that will be housed in the familiar aluminium casing from previous models.The metal back first appeared on the iPhone 5 in 2012 but disappeared this year in the 8, 8 Plus and X models, to allow for wireless charging."The 6.1-inch LCD model will probably sport a metal back available in several colours," a source told Nikkei Asian Reviewing.It is not yet known how reverting to a metal body would affect charging, however it is assumed the feature would need to be removed.The glass design of the new models, while attractive, has drawn ire from fans as being too fragile.
It is popular as a solution for common business problems in many industries, but also allows people to invest and speculate as they would with stocks.For both reasons, companies and individuals around the globe are motivated to participate in cryptocurrency, but when this adoption reaches a certain point, governments step in to have their say.Chinese citizens were on the leading edge of both bitcoin mining and trading for years until China’s government and central bank made sweeping regulatory changes out of fear over the implications of cryptocurrency on its Yuan.Some countries choose not to take a stance, much like America, which has largely elected to leave young cryptocurrency markets alone.After the biggest year for cryptocurrency yet, wherein the total industry’s market cap flew past $200 billion and illustrated multiple new use cases, countries that haven’t addressed this trend are late to the game.Vladimir Putin called for tighter regulation of cryptocurrency just a month before his speech about nurturing the young technology, and influential central bankers likened cryptocurrency to a pyramid scheme.
A day after Netflix announced that it will resume production on House of Cards without star Kevin Spacey, the streaming service has dropped another cast member from an original series amid sexual misconduct accusations.A spokesperson for the streaming service confirmed today that Danny Masterson has been dropped from its comedy series, The Ranch, after four women have accused the actor of rape.“As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of ‘The Ranch,’” a spokesperson for the company told Variety, “Yesterday was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him.”The series, which also stars Debra Winger, Sam Elliott and Ashton Kutcher as the other members of a dysfunctional Colorado family, is set to return later this month.Additional episodes will appear in 2018, most likely without Masterson.Whether or not the actor will retain executive producer credit on the series has yet to be addressed by the service.
You have your ugly sweaters, and now you have your cheeky sweaters.Every brand in the universe seems to be getting into apparel.And so, of course Liquid-Plumr has created the limited-edition Cheeky Cheer Collection, featuring three sweaters that show off ample fake butt crack in the back.The sweaters, inspired by the brand’s revealing ad campaign, are available in three unique designs—Back-Shelf Elf, Snowball Booty and Baby Got Ginger Back.The brand advises you to buy one at liquidplumr.com/cheekysweaters or directly on eBay and “get ready to be the best dressed Plumr with the cleanest pipes around.”The holidays season is a propitious time for this brand in general.
On December 1, the Chinese leading smartphone maker posted a promo poster for the Huawei Nove 2S release event.Like other Nova series handsets, this one is going to be a great smartphone designed for younger customers.The latter means the Nova 2S is for those who want more from a regular smartphone, but they also have low incomes.This means the upcoming model should come in various color options, sport many trendy features, and cost too less.And it’s going to be so for the Nova 2S.Today the manufacturer sent out invitations to the media with an interesting hint in them.
First up: the Apple TV.The fourth-gen model starts at $149, and pretty much always starts at $149.But eagle-eyed reader Barron spotted this: For a limited time, and while supplies last, IBM (IBM?!)has the certified preowned Apple TV (32GB) MGY52LLA for $104.55 -- and when you add it to your cart, the price drops to $84.55.This particular store appears to be part of the IBM Employee Purchase Program -- but there's no evidence you need to be an IBM employee.I had no problem adding the Apple TV to my cart and getting most of the way through the checkout process.
We knew it was coming, but Microsoft has finally launched its Edge browser for Android and iOS devices.The company introduced preview versions of the app last month, but now the app is available for everyone in certain markets.The iOS incarnation is available in the App Store today in the U.S., U.K., France, and China, while the Android incarnation is launching in those markets in addition to Australia, Canada, and India.“We look forward to bringing MS Edge for iOS and Android to additional markets and languages over time,” noted Windows and Devices corporate VP Joe Belfiore, in a blog post.The Edge browser is basically Microsoft’s replacement for its previous Internet Explorer browser, and represents the company’s attempt at reinventing its browser for the modern age with a focus on “lightweight” and cross-platform functionality including password support.The browser is available for Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Xbox One, and now Android and iOS too.
Smartphones with thick bezels are slowly becoming a thing of the past as brand new device from the like of Xiaomi, Oppo and even Apple slowly hit the market.Panasonic is now the next OEM to jump on this trend with the Panasonic Eluga C, a phone that’s bezeless on three of its sides.The phone has a 5.5” screen with a screen to body ratio of 84.6%.The resolution isn’t great – 720p – but the brightness is pretty good – 450 nits.Below the screen is a fingerprint reader (0.3s unlock time) and an 8MP selfie camera.The MediaTek MT6750T chipset runs the show of this mid-range affair, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage backing it up.
Everything is going to be just phab in the future.We all love our smartphones but we love our phablets even more.According to new figures from IDC, the market for smartphones with screen sizes of 5.5 inches to 7+ inches, the so-called phablet, is set to boom – with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.1%.In contrast, smaller smartphones are set for a period of decline, with a CAGR of minus 7.4%.Consequently, total smartphone growth will be 3%.The growth is particularly strong in China – China was responsible for 50% of the phablet sales in 2016, the country is expected to see a CAGR of 12.6%
dmoberhaus writes: Someone claimed to use their Tesla to power a cryptocurrency mine to take advantage of the free energy given to Tesla owners.But even with free energy, does this scheme make sense?From the report: "...If we assume that each of the GPUs in this rig draws around 150 watts, then the 16 GPUs have a total power draw of 2.4 kilowatts per hour or 57.6 kilowatt hours per day if they ran for a full 24 hours.According to Green Car Reports, a Tesla Model S gets about 3 miles per kilowatt hour, meaning that running this mining rig for a full day is the equivalent of driving nearly 173 miles in the Tesla.According to the Federal Highway Administration, the average American drives around 260 miles a week.In other words, running this cryptocurrency mine out of the trunk of a Tesla for a day and a half would use as much energy as driving that Tesla for a full week, on average.
The expansion looks to majorly shake up the flow of the game with era-long modifiers that will force you to shift your strategy for fear of losing your cities or ambition to seize others'.Its centerpiece feature is the addition of "Golden Ages," "Dark Ages," and "Heroic Ages"—macro events that apply each civilization's ever-shifting fortunes, achievements, and momentum to a struggle for territory and cultural influence, whether military force is involved or not.The expansion will also add governors, a greatly expanded alliances system, cities that peacefully flip between civilizations, and an "Historic Moments" system that gives players special milestones that impact outcomes.Players can look forward to "emergency situations," which allow the civilizations at the bottom to pool their resources in order to gain benefits that help elevate them all closer to the top players.And, of course, expect new civilizations and leaders.With loyalty, you can flip other civilizations' cities without firing a shot—just like culture-flipping in, say, Civilization IV—or have yours flipped away from you.