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“To the moon!” The phrase is the battle cry of true believers in cryptocurrency bitcoin—and charts of its price in recent weeks point directly heavenward.Bitcoin was a gift to the world from Satoshi Nakamoto, a pseudonymous person or persons who laid out the design in a 2008 white paper.The paper doesn’t use the term, but it’s a clear reference to the concept of micropayments—the idea that very small digital payments could change the economics of the internet, or help people in the developing world.But the currency has not introduced a new era of economic enlightenment greased with tiny transactions.Participants in bitcoin transactions pay fees to assure that the global network of computers that manage the currency will process the transaction.Videogame marketplace Steam stopped accepting bitcoin last week, citing high fees.
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The headphones are so good, I’ve always thought, they don’t even need noise-cancelling.The Bowers & Wilkins PX are are the best wireless headphones the company’s ever made.However, I have tested every other set of wireless Bowers & Wilkins headphones: the P5s and P7s.The feature set is similarly sleek.Yes, there is now a noise-cancelling feature that can be toggled on or off with a little switch on the right ear cup.This so-called “wear sensor” will play or pause the audio based on whether the headphones think you’re wearing them or taking a break, and by proxy, this saves battery life.
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For example, General Mills’ venture capital arm,301 Inc., has made investments in several food startups focused on improved nutrition—including Beyond Meat, a plant-based “meat” company whose hallmark veggie burger is made from pea protein and other ingredients.Algal biomass in various forms can be integrated into a wide array of foods and beverages, ranging from veggie shakes and smoothies to meal replacements, vegan offerings, and even matcha tea formulations.Animal feed and supplements represent yet another opportunity.The growth potential is limited only by investment in production and processing capacity to establish a robust, ever-expanding supply chain.According to a report by Credence Research, Inc., the global algae products market was valued at approximately $30 million in 2015 and is projected to reach approximately $45 million by 2023.What is it that makes algae a worthwhile proposition for large-scale food businesses?
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One of the world's largest retailers, Walmart, has gotten into the meal kit market.The company has entered into a partnership with several meal kit companies to sell their products on its website.The post Walmart has officially jumped on the meal kit bandwagon appeared first on Digital Trends.
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ollowing its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple released updated App Store guidelines that included a new rule allowing it to ban apps created by a “commercialized template or app generation service.” The understanding at the time was this was part of Apple’s larger App Store cleanup, and the focus was on helping rid the marketplace of low-quality clone and spam apps.Many companies have recently been given a January 1, 2018 deadline, after which point any new apps they submit will be rejected by the App Store Review team, they’ve been told by Apple.In the meantime, some have been able to maintain their existing apps, but it’s unclear how long that will last.They build apps for businesses that don’t have the internal resources to build their own apps or can’t afford to hire a custom shop to design a new iOS app from scratch.Instead, these companies help small businesses like local retailers, restaurants, small fitness studios, nonprofits, churches and other organizations to create an app presence using templates, drag-and-drop wizards and various tools to put together a more basic app that can then be customized further with their own branding and images.“It is my understanding that many small businesses, research organizations, and religious institutions rely on template apps when they do not possess the resources to develop apps in-house.”
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New 'double-glazed' solar power device opens up fresh opportunities to develop more advanced photovoltaics - invented by University of Warwick researchersTotally new way of collecting solar energy - using gas rather than vacuum to collect electricity - inspired by early 20th century ideasResearchers currently seeking optimal material for device - one possibility is diamond filmA new 'double-glazing' solar power device - which is unlike any existing solar panel and opens up fresh opportunities to develop more advanced photovoltaics - has been invented by University of Warwick researchers.This unique approach, developed by Dr Gavin Bell and Dr Yorck Ramachers from Warwick's Department of Physics, uses gas - rather than vacuum - to transport electrical energy,The device is essentially a thin double-glazed window.
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Last week we went down to TechCrunch Shanghai.The event has been a consistent hotspot for the Chinese tech industry and curious consumers since 2013, and this year they did it again, packing an obscene amount of action into the huge multi-tiered venue.There were panel discussions from Chinese and global tech trailblazers, a hackathon, and as always, a floor show of innovative startups all trying to change the game in some way or another.Wonder Mirror is a tech company that focuses on children’s creativity, and Wonder Painter is their product that makes animation easier than it’s ever been.Simply have your child (or yourself, let’s be real) draw out a doodle of a character, scan it into the app, and watch it come alive and dance around on your screen.FiFish – A drone for the ocean
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Every year, Digital Trends editors hand pick the most exciting products we’ve had the privilege of handling this year.Make sure to check out award winners in categories from cars to computers, plus the overall best product of 2017!For three years in a row, LG’s OLED TVs have dominated their peers, easily plucking our top nomination in this category.That’s what happens when you make the best TV we’ve ever tested.This year our choice was a bit more difficult; as LG’s OLED line expanded to include eye-popping wonders like the W7 “Wallpaper” OLED, Sony burst onto the scene with the A1E OLED, LG’s first real competition in the space.In the end, LG’s C7P OLED still won out for offering the best combination of picture quality, design elements, and relatively approachable price.
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China is one of the world's biggest markets for gaming, boasting nearly 600 million gamers -- and companies want a piece of that.Through a China-exclusive deal with Nintendo and Chinese content provider iQiyi, Nvidia is bringing its Shield device to China, GameSpot reported Tuesday.With it, GameCube and Wii games, including The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and New Super Mario Bros Wii, will be supported in the country for the first time.The move was announced by industry analyst, Daniel Ahmad, who uploaded videos of the two games in a tweet.Gameplay will run at 1080p.China is big on games, as proven by Chinese tech titan, Tencent, who said last month that it earned a remarkable 18 billion yuan ($2.7 billion), contributed largely by the country's love for its game called Honour of Kings.
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Expect an explosion of virtual environments.By donning VR gear, would-be buyers entered a virtual showroom where they could check out the Caddy of their choice without ever climbing behind the wheel.To experience virtual or augmented reality today you need to strap on clunky head gear or peer through your smartphone camera.The result will be an explosion of virtual environments that respond in a more human and compelling way, along with copious opportunities for brand marketers to use this technology to make stronger connections with consumers—if they don’t creep them out first.Walmart is looking at VR to enhance “the contextual shopping experience,” says Katie Finnegan, principal and founder of the retail giant’s innovation arm, Store No 8.For example, you’re unlikely to find a Nike store in a small town, he says.
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Netflix's prolific year in original programming has produced a number of critically acclaimed new shows.Three of the streaming service's original series that debuted in 2017 have even earned the rare designation of a 100% "Fresh" rating on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.The satirical comedy-drama "Dear White People," the animated, puberty-centric sitcom "Big Mouth," and a reboot of the cult 1990s show "Mystery Science Theater 3000" all earned universally positive reviews on their way to notching an unblemished critic score on the site.Here's why these three Netflix original shows were so critically acclaimed:Critic score: 100%; Audience score: 65%A serial adaptation of the acclaimed 2014 film of the same name, Netflix's "Dear White People" takes a satirical and incisive look at the issues that a group of students of color deal with while attending a fictional, predominately white Ivy League college.
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When looking at the most significant tech stories of 2017 one that jumps out is the rise of cryptocurrency.First a brief primer on the difference between fiat currency and cryptocurrency.Fiat currency is legal tender whose value is backed by the government that issued it.Another way to think of the difference between the two is if fiat currency is made for people than cryptocurrency is made for machines.Over the last decade or so the concept of “Internet of Things” (aka IoT) has been at the forefront of the digital transformation discussion.In a nutshell, the idea focuses on connecting anything and everything to the internet.
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Golden Gate Park, the 1,000-acre green space south of the famous bridge, is located on what was once the largest sand dune ecosystem in the western hemisphere.Take a look at the maps, paintings, and historical photographs that show the journey of San Francisco.San Francisco's first residents, members of the Yelamu tribe, began inhabiting the area around 3000 BC.Source: San Francisco Department of the EnvironmentHere's another early 20th century photo of sand dunes, which formed centuries prior, in what is now the 1,000-acre Golden Gate Park:The Spanish settlers established the Presidio of San Francisco (i.e.
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This weekend, for the several billionth or so time in Earth’s history, the Moon will be in the part of its orbit around Earth where it’s a little closer, 16,000 miles closer than usual, and it looks a teeny amount larger.By this point, this so-called “supermoon” is a fairly cliched but certainly hyped piece of science news.But honestly, you should look at the moon.It’s over four billion years old, it’s an incredible rock only 240 thousand or so miles away.It’s responsible for the tides and eclipses and moderating the climate.Humans literally walked on that thing.
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The software is also designed to let users easily create both split-screen videos and tracking shots that smoothly pan from one vantage point to another.At 2.85 inches by 1.45 inches by 1.7 inches, it's about the size of two flash drives back to back.It does a pretty good job taking video in daylight.But the 4K videos and 6K images include the entire, combined 360-degree spherical view of the device's two lenses.What that means is that if you focus on any particular part of a video or picture, the images within it are likely to be pixelated or blurry, because there just aren't very many pixels covering those particular areas.The memory card that comes in the box is limited in terms of how much 360-degree video it can store.
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US District Judge William Alsup, who is presiding over Waymo’s trade secret theft lawsuit against Uber, announced today that the trial, which was set to begin next week, will be delayed as the court tries to determine whether Uber withheld crucial evidence.Waymo, the self-driving car company spun out of Google’s moonshot unit, has accused Uber of recruiting its former employees and stealing its trade secrets in order to advance its development of autonomous vehicles.Anthony Levandowski, an engineer who left Waymo to spearhead Uber’s self-driving car unit, allegedly stole thousands of confidential documents on his way out the door, but Uber has maintained that those documents never reached its corporate servers.That claim is now undermined in an explosive letter written by attorneys for Richard Jacobs, a former member of Uber’s global intelligence team.The letter—which was obtained by the US Attorneys Office during a criminal investigation separate from Waymo’s lawsuit—says that Uber’s Marketplace Analytics team worked on secret servers and devices that couldn’t be traced to Uber in order to dig up information, private code, and trade secrets from competitors.If the letter is accurate, it suggests that Uber set up secret servers to hold stolen data, circumventing the discovery process.
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Telecom equipment maker Ericsson predicts there will be at least 1 billion 5G subscriptions in 2023.This is double the number of connections the company predicts for 2022, the company said in its semi-annual Mobility Report.The technology is expected to be first deployed in dense urban areas.Ericsson said more than 20 percent of the world's population will have access to 5G by the end of 2023.Early 5G deployments are expected in several markets, including the U.S.. South Korea, Japan and China.5G stands for fifth-generation network technology.
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If you've considered yourself an avid Tumblr user at any point since the site's inception back in 2007, you've probably heard of the microblogging platform's CEO and founder, David Karp.Karp has led Tumblr through a series of corporate acqusitions.Yahoo acquired the company back in 2013 for $1.1 billion, with Yahoo itself being sold off to Verizon more recently in 2017, resulting in Tumblr and Yahoo's AOL service being combined to form digital media organization Oath.After roughly a decade of leading Tumblr, Karp has announced that he will be stepping down from his position as company CEO by the end of 2017, leaving his leadership responsibilities to Tumblr's COO, Jeff D'Onofrio.Oath has not stated whether or not this move is permanent or merely a temporary measure while the company looks for an official replacement for Karp.“David Karp will depart Oath by the end of the year," Oath said in a statement to The Verge.
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Your content is the party that everyone should be talking about.In reality, a vast majority of brands host parties without utilizing their guest lists.We also found that nearly 60 percent of marketers spend more than four hours creating just one piece of content, while another 35 percent spend seven hours or more.Each day, people post at least 55 million status updates to Facebook and send out 500 million tweets.This might sound grueling to marketers.After all, who has the time or resources to coordinate so many posts on one channel, let alone all of them?
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AI automation would allow IT staff to think creatively, not just put out infrastructure fires.HPE has launched InfoSight, a cloud-based AI recommendation engine for data centres, billed to boost business efficiency.The analytics platform is designed to predict and prevent infrastructure issues before they occur.The technology’s basis in Machine Learning aims to make IT infrastructure autonomous, reducing staff time spent detecting and decoding problems.In addition, Hewlett Packard Enterprise has also released InfoSight for HPE 3PAR, with the view to extending Machine Learning technology across their storage and server devices.The tech will be available for purchase in January 2018.
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