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DJI has taken the wraps off its latest drone, the DJI Mavic Air, slotting into the gap between the current Mavic Pro and the company’s entry-level Spark.The new drone keeps the folding design of its bigger brother, for easier portability, but picks up a more affordable price tag along with the promise of easier flight.Slung under the front there’s a 1/2.3-inch 12-megapixel camera with an f/2.8 lens.That’s mounted on a 3-axis mechanical gimbal – indeed, DJI says that the Mavic Air is the most portable of its models to have a 3-axis system, since the Spark makes do with 2-axis – with an angular vibration range of just 0.005-degrees.Gimbal dampeners are also used, to help keep shots steadier.By stitching 25 images together, it can form a complete spherical image that can be viewed in the company’s DJI Goggles and elsewhere.
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There are many people out there looking forward to the advent of the autonomous auto.These folks look forward to being driven, but those with motion sickness might worry about giving up the wheel.Researchers from the University of Michigan have patented a device that may be able to prevent motion sickness in an autonomous car.The main cause of motion sickness in cars is a conflict between the vestibular and visual inputs when not watching the road in a moving vehicle.The device that the researchers have patented is able to provide light stimuli in the visual periphery of the passenger to mimic what the rider might see outside.The system promises to eliminate the conflict between vestibular and visual inputs.
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The founder of a popular file-sharing site is taking extreme legal action against the New Zealand government, and hoping to fill his pockets with billions in the process.An arrest warrant has been issued by the US government for Kim Dotcom, the founder of Megaupload.Dotcom (born Schmitz) is facing charges of fraud and copyright infringement.It is alleging that Megaupload allowed pirated files to be stored online.Dotcom was arrested in 2012 during a raid and Megaupload was shut down.According to the BBC, Dotcom's accountants estimate the business would be worth $10bn today.
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Acer introduced three new Chrome operating system devices on Tuesday, January 23: The Chromebook Spin 11 2-in-1 with a 360-degree hinge, the Chromebook 11 C732 for students, and the Chromebox CXI3 mini-desktop.All three are making their debut during the Bett Show 2018 convention focusing on education, which also saw the release of four new inexpensive Windows 10 PCs as seen on Monday.For starters, here are the specifications for the Chromebook Spin 11:Intel HD Graphics 500 (Celeron)Intel HD Graphics 505 (Pentium)1x Micro SD card reader
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If there’s one thing that’s the bane of a PUBG player’s existence right now, it isn’t server lag or textures failing to load, but cheaters.The problem with cheaters within PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been well documented at this point, with many players complaining loudly and frequently about the problem.Though the PUBG Corporation has been trying to keep up with cheaters by using BattlEye and regularly handing out bans, the problem persists.Today, however, the PUBG team made a pretty big announcement about its efforts against cheating.In a new post to the Steam PUBG Community, PUBG Corporation announced that it has “recently discovered a new pattern of cheats in action.” This discovery gave way to a data review of 10 million PUBG players, which in turn led to the identification of more than 100,000 instances of cheating.The developer says that all 100,000 of those players will be permanently banned in a single wave.
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Twitch today announced its co-founder Kevin Lin will be stepping down from the COO role at the company, amid a series of new executive hires.Lin will continue to work at Twitch in a newly developed, and still unnamed, role leading “Culture, Strategy & Innovation,” which reports directly to Twitch CEO Emmett Shear.Replacing Lin as COO is former Pandora COO Sara Clemens, who has joined Twitch alongside two other new exec hires: Mark Weiler, who joins from Rubicon Project to become SVP, Head of Platforms & Services at Twitch; and Amir Shevat, VP of Developer Experience, who joins from Slack.Clemens resigned as Pandora COO back in December 2016, after more than two years with the streaming service.While at Pandora, Clemens contributed to the business’s international growth operations, its live events and Ticketfly ventures, and its Artist Marketing Platform, the company had said at the time of her departure.Prior to Pandora, Clemens was on the executive team at LinkedIn, responsible for corporate development and new ventures, and specifically helped the company enter the Chinese market.
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A widening skills gap and budget limitations are causing businesses to miss out on AI opportunities, Google is planning to combat this gap with AutoML.Google Cloud has announced the launch of Cloud AutoML, a series of machine learning solutions geared toward making AI available to businesses and developers.Vision is the first iteration of the AutoML series and has been designed to streamline the process of custom ML model creation for image recognition.Among the benefits of this first version are increased accuracy in image recognition, enhanced ease of use, and accelerated turnaround time for production-ready models.Google also states that it will be fit for cross-industry applications.Alan Rosenwinkel, Data Scientist at URBN, said: “Creating and maintaining a comprehensive set of product attributes is critical to providing our customers relevant product recommendations, accurate search results, and helpful product filters; however, manually creating product attributes is arduous and time-consuming.
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Financial services across the globe are pioneering blockchain technology innovations, with the likes of Visa, TD Bank and Nasdaq following Bank of America.Industries across the globe have been abuzz with plans for blockchain innovation, with use cases being presented all the time.None, however, have surpassed the number of patents filed or received by Bank of America.Even IBM falls in behind the American bank, despite its many partnerships and projects geared toward widespread industrial use of distributed ledger technology.According to the New York law firm specialising in intellectual property, Envision IP, Bank of America is responsible for a leading 43 patents out of a total 1045.IBM and Mastercard have been jointly the next most active, each commanding 27 patents.
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However, the wave may not manifest.That lack of tech IPOs matters for the technology industry as liquidity is often the stuff that drives reinvestment.But different forms of money are distorting the tech ecosystem’s makeup.Paper returns must become real at some point.With that in mind, let’s peek at the state of unicorns looking to go public.Market are good while IPOs are bad
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New rumors suggest Samsung's Galaxy S9 smartphone will go on sale in mid-March.Current rumors about the Galaxy S9 suggest it will have many subtle updates.If a recent leak is to be believed, we may know exactly when Samsung plans to launch its new Galaxy S9 smartphone.Tech informant Evan Blass claims to have learned from a C-level executive at Samsung that the Galaxy S9 and larger Galaxy S9+ will be available for pre-order starting March 1, and will go on sale March 16.Before Samsung confirms all the details next month, here's what we know about the Galaxy S9 so far:Samsung has not confirmed a release date for the Galaxy S9, but it did recently confirm its unveiling in February.
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Facebook’s announcement on Jan. 11th about its latest changes to its News Feed algorithm brought swift reaction from social media, agencies and others in the sector—and most of that reaction hasn’t been exactly positive.The social network announced in a Newsroom post by vice president of News Feed Adam Mosseri and in an accompanying Facebook post from CEO Mark Zuckerberg that the algorithm is being tweaked to “prioritize posts that spark conversations and meaningful interactions between people” and to “prioritize posts from friends and family over public content.”Adweek spoke to execs at media and social agencies about how this move affects the landscape, as well as some tips on how brands can work in this new Facebook order.Billy Boulia, DigitasLBi vice president and group director of social strategy“While Facebook’s move to prioritize friends’ content over ‘passive’ publisher and news outlet content may shock many marketers and agencies, we should fear not.Brands need to take quick action with their Facebook content strategies to dig in to the data on “who” their fans are and what makes them tick so that brand content is synonymous with relevant content.”
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What if Facebook, Google, and other tech giants were going through the same collapse experienced in recent years by retailers such as Sears, Macy's, and Walgreen's?That was graphic artist Andrei Lacatusu's starting point for a new project.He imagined what it would be like if today's tech titans were actually subject to the same urban decay as defunct retailers with aging storefronts in abandoned towns.In Lacatusu's series "Social Decay," paint fades from the tech companies' signs, and letters fall off some buildings all together.Lacatusu is based in Bucharest, Romania, where he works as a computer-generated imagery artist at Carioca Studio.He created the works in "Social Decay" using a mix of Adobe Photoshop and a pair of 3D rendering programs called Autodesk 3ds Max and V-Ray.
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Google has started 2018 by splashing the cash on its cloud infrastructure business, with five new data centres to add to the map and three subsea cables.“These new investments expand our existing cloud network,” said Ben Treynor Sloss VP, 24×7 at Google.“The Google network has over 100 points of presence and over 7,500 edge caching nodes.“Simply put, it wouldn’t be possible to deliver products like Machine Learning Engine, Spanner, BigQuery and other Google Cloud Platform and G Suite services at the quality of service users expect without the Google network.Our cable systems provide the speed, capacity and reliability Google is known for worldwide, and at Google Cloud, our customers are able to to make use of the same network infrastructure that powers Google’s own services.”Starting with the regions, the Netherlands and Montreal will be opened up in the first quarter, while Los Angeles, Finland, and Hong Kong will follow later on in the year.
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There still isn’t a ton of information about Verizon’s upcoming streaming TV service, but a new report from TechCrunch last week did shed some light on what Verizon’s overall strategy with the service might look like.According to TechCrunch’s source, Verizon’s service would look to bundle content together in themed “channels,” each its own standalone app and with a focus on a specific topic like news, sports, or entertainment.All this would still be separate from the company’s existing Go90 mobile video service as well.The channels would combine content already available from Verizon-owned Oath properties (like TechCrunch, The Huffington Post, Engadget, and others), along with premium third-party content.It’s still unclear whether this would be a free, ad-supported service, or if it would require a subscription.Each channel is also said to have some sort of “marquee” content to help it stand out (using Verizon’s exclusive NFL content to attract viewers to a sports channel / app, for instance).
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Good news for Xiaomi Mi 6 users.Xiaomi has released Android Oreo update for the Mi 6 flagship smartphone.This Global Beta ROM is the international ROM which comes pre-installed with Google services.Xiaomi Mi 6 users are now receiving the new Global firmware based on Android 8.0 Oreo.The most noticeable changes to the international version of MIUI Beta are related to the contacts section and the screen recording tool, but there are also other optimizations for floating notifications, camera, weather and other system services.To have a feel of Android Oreo on Xiaomi Mi 6, you must first make sure that your device runs on MIUI 9 Global Beta ROM v7.12.14 based on Android Nougat.
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You can hardly talk about calories without talking about macronutrients, they’re so heavily intertwined that to understand one you must understand the other.There is also a fourth macronutrient but as it includes no nutritional value it’s often not included.The reason is because whilst calories do control your weight, macronutrients play a much greater role in your overall body composition after weight change;Preserving muscle mass when losing fatMinimising fat gain when building muscleTo understand how they do this we must look at the caloric value of each macronutrient along with the role they play in the body.
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OnePlus is on track to launch its next flagship smartphone around June 2018, its chief executive has suggested, though the company has set itself an arguably bigger challenge this year.The Chinese smartphone maker has had a surprising trajectory since it launched its first Android device, the OnePlus One, back in 2014.However, it’s yet to ink a carrier deal with a US network.Speaking to CNET through company co-founder and impromptu translator Carl Pei at CES 2018 this past week, OnePlus chief executive Pete Lau said that talks with US carriers were expected to begin this year.“If the right opportunity and right timing come along,” Lau suggested, “we’ll be very happy to experiment.”OnePlus should plan on facing some significant hurdles in that experiment, mind.
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A special corner of Whirlpool's enormous booth at CES 2018 was dedicated not just to the manufacturer's new partnerships with Amazon, Google and Apple, but to a new color for its large kitchen appliances.This spring, you can get new Whirlpool dishwashers, ranges, microwaves and refrigerators in a smudge-resistant finish called "sunset bronze."Existing color options include stainless steel and black stainless steel.The addition of a new color to Whirlpool's lineup shows a shift away from the ubiquitous stainless-steel finish that has become a must-have for many homeowners.And Sunset Bronze is definitely on trend; at first glance, the color is like a mix of copper and rose gold, a popular color that has made its way onto tech like iPhones and smart watches.What to expect from the smart home at CES 2018: We take a look at the smart home and appliance trends we expect to see this year.
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Likewise, a dashcam can help you with insurance claims in the event of an accident, to say nothing of capturing countless examples of horrific driving.For a limited time, and while supplies last, you can get the Auto-Vox M6 backup camera kit for $76.99 shipped when you apply promo code 7H8TQAX6 at checkout.If the company runs out of inventory, the link may take you to the same product from a different seller -- but the code won't work.)A wire then runs from the camera all the way to your existing rear-view mirror.That's going to vary from person to person and car to car.Your mileage may vary, of course.
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A lot of the time we write about 3D printing, we talk about the kind of small footprint 3D printers that could fit on a desktop in a “makerspace” or a home office.That is far from the case with the currently-in-development Continuous Fibre Additive Manufacturing (CFAM) 3D printer, developed by Netherlands-based additive manufacturing company CEAD.It created an industrial-scale 3D printer with a very specific use case: Helping build ships.“The CFAM printer is a large-scale thermoplastic composite 3D printer for industrial use,” Maarten Logtenberg, executive director for CEAD, told Digital Trends.“The machine we are developing is capable of printing 24 hours a day with engineering plastic and a continuous fiber on a very large scale.The technology is based on a single screw extruder with a weight of around 150kg, capable of temperatures of up to 400 degrees Celsius.”
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