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Like Jonathan Murray, co-creator of The Real WorldWhat do MTV’s The Real World and The Onion have in common?They were both founded by entrepreneurs with visions that paved the way for new industries like reality television and satirical news.That’s the premise of The Venture, a new branded podcast created by Virgin Atlantic and Gimlet Creative—the advertising arm to podcasting company Gimlet Media.The six-part series launches tomorrow and profiles folks including The Real World co-creator Jonathan Murray; Slim Moon and Portia Sabin, founders of indie record label Kill Rock Stars Records and Los Angeles-based Japanese chef Niki Nakayama.Each 30-minute episode chronicles a different industry and how that person started a business and dealt with challenges along the way.
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After more than 534 days in space, Peggy Whitson got a phone call.The president called the astronaut and commander of the International Space Station to congratulate her on breaking the record for the longest cumulative stay in space by a US astronaut.Her stay of 534 days, 2 hours, 49 minutes beat the record previously held by Jeff Williams.A "cumulative" record accrues over multiple separate missions.Whitson's current mission is her third long-term stay on the ISS.When she returns to Earth in September she'll have extended the record to more than 650 days.
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Driverless cars are being trained to navigate real world environments by setting the software loose on the streets of Los Santos, the fictional city setting of Grand Theft Auto V.Whilst it is better known for its car jackings, crashes and police chases the computer environment is considered ideal by the likes of Ford and Google to train up their own offerings while they are still limited from running real world road trials.The computer environment sprawls over a landscape that is close to a fifth the size of the actual metro area of Los Angeles, incorporating a variety of 14 weather conditions, 262 vehicle types and a cast of over 1,000 AI-controlled pedestrians and animals.Interest in the game has been rekindled courtesy of work by Darmstadt University of Technology and Intel Labs to strip back the game to its barest driving mechanics within which developers can unleash their software.This work will augment more traditional forms of research involving the use of traffic cameras and limited real-world road testing.
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That's the tone of the apology posted by Unroll.me, an email decluttering service which takes a look at the subscriptions clogging up your inbox and rolls them neatly into one digestThat's because Unroll.me is owned by Slice Intelligence, which makes money by selling data on customer loyalty. receipts are a pretty good indicator of which services you use,
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AliExpressin technology director Guo Dongbo wants the site better language.the order record 36 million orders a day in November 2016.Consumers directed to the online store on AliExpress looking for the various countries partners, who would write the products presented in local languages better.”Good technology is not able to provide information about the elegant in all languages.She attended the fashion online store zalando for Vizio-conference in Berlin on Thursday.Zalando wants to be the world's most significant fashion platform.
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Chinese phone makers have been infamous for ripping off famous designs for a long, long time.Off late, companies from the same countries have been gaining popularity for their ingenious products… what you’ll see here is the best of both worlds.Xiaomi first came out with the Mi Mix (review here) late last year, which has since turned into a super popular design.Apparently it’s not just the consumers that have taken a liking to the design, but fellow Chinese makers too.Find here the top 5 Chinese bezel-less phones that attempt to clone the Mi Mix!Top 5 Bezel-Less Mi Mix Clones from China1.Doogee MixIf you’ve been around a bit, you’ll have seen a bit of Doogee Mix news on GizChina.The company seem pretty serious with the Mi Mix cloning campaign… so much so that they’ve given their attempt at a replica the same name as the original — the Mix.It’ll most likely come with a MediaTek Helio processor unlike the Xiaomi Mi Mix, of course.Bluboo S1A recent announcement, the Bluboo S1 is yet another shot at cloning the fantastic Mi Mix.
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It appears to be something a hyper-intelligent alien race accidentally dropped and we now get to study it.It’s a heartbreaking work of staggering genius...The Galaxy S8 changes smartphone design, foreverDesign - Samsung Invents A Whole New GameThere is no other place to start a Galaxy S8 review than on the outside because Samsung has created a truly stunning, maybe even iconic, design.Samsung’s design prowess hasn’t just overtaken Apple, it has been lapped.
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While it remains to be seen what Apple is doing in the VR space (if anything), the company has made its interest in AR clear over the past year.Today, a new patent from the company has been published, further supporting rumors it is getting increasingly involved with the tech.The patent details “a method for representing a virtual object in a real environment”.To do this, the company has devised a system in which a “recording device,” possibly an iPhone, captures a 2D image of the environment in front of it.The system then takes one aspect of that environment as a reference point for a virtual object’s position in the real world.This enables any virtual project to collide with items in the real world “in a way largely close to reality.”In the context of the patent Apple utilizes a fairly common use case for both virtual and augmented reality: furniture placement.Several images and figures in the document show a virtual image of a chair being projected into the room and being placed next to an identical set of real chairs and a desk.
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The Alienware 13 is the latest portable laptop from Dell’s premium gaming brand.Like the Razer Blade and Gigabyte Aero 14, it aims to offer buyers a compact gaming system that’s powerful enough to play AAA games at 1080p, but small and light enough to be carried around without becoming a burden.Featuring a wealth of customisation choices, an optional OLED screen and one of the best keyboards I’ve seen on a laptop, the Alienware delivers on performance, but its chunky chassis means it’s a little too heavy and thick to comfortably carry around in a regular satchel or backpack.Dell sells the 2017 Alienware 13 in a wealth of different configurations that range in price from £1249 to £1849.The bump dramatically increases the laptop’s footprint and meant it didn’t comfortably fit in any of the regular 13-inch laptop bags I tried and was an outright bust in my satchel, which has managed to house 15-inch laptops in the past.It’s also pleasingly resistant to smudges, which is more than can be said for the Razer Blade.
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Earlier this week, the popular language learning service Duolingo quietly introduced paid monthly subscriptions in its Android apps.Subscribers get two benefits: they won’t see ads in the app and they will be able to download lessons for offline use.In addition, there is also a feel-good aspect to this, as Duolingo highlights that subscribers to Duolingo Plus, as the subscription is called, will help “millions around the world learn for free.”The new subscription service, which you can buy through an in-app purchase, currently costs $9.99 per month.It’s worth stressing that this subscription is completely optional and a company spokesperson told me that “Duolingo’s learning content will always be free.”About a year ago, Duolingo CEO Luis von Ahn announced that the company would start experimenting with ads and optional in-app purchases to figure out how each would impact app usage and the financial health of the company.
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En av de stora frågorna inför Spotifys kommande börsnotering – när den sker är oklart – har varit relationen med skivbolagen.Universal blev först ut bland majorbolagen att krita på ett nytt flerårigt avtal.Du kan läsa allt om detta här.Nu uppger Daniel Ek, medgrundare och vd för Spotify, att ett flerårigt avtal har skrivits med Merlin Networks.Det är inte ett skivbolag, utan en slags paraplyorganisation som hanterar rättigheter för ett mycket stort antal oberoende skivbolag.Merlin har enligt egen uppgift över 20.000 etiketter i 47 länder.
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Mobile fans may be focused on Friday’s release of the Galaxy S8/S8 , but another Android device has just been unveiled that features the same Snapdragon 835 processor as Samsung’s handsets and costs a fraction of the price.Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi, once called the Apple of China, has announced the successor to last year’s well-received and equally cheap Mi 5.The Mi 6 comes with Qualcomm’s latest chip - which is currently found only in the S8 and S8 - along with 6GB of RAM, but its price starts at an incredibly low 2499 RMB (about $360) for the 64GB model.There’s also a 128GB option for 2899 RMB ($420) and a ceramic edition that costs 2999 RMB ($435).Boasting a 5.15-inch FHD display, dual cameras (12MP wide angle and 12MP telephoto camera for 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom), dual stereo speakers, a 3,350mAh battery, an under-glass fingerprint sensor, and water resistance, the Mi 6 has some impressive specs at a bargain price.Other features include 2.2 dual Wi-Fi technology for improved connectivity and speed, along with screen options such as a new night display and reduction of the blue ray output.
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Far from following the Texas phrase “all hat, no cattle”, SXSW proved itself yet again to be more than a tech conference; it delivered opportunity and inspiration in spades.Part four of this series focuses on the industry’s reaction to the notorious ‘bro culture’ attached to the ‘work hard, play hard, fail hard’ ethos.Michael Nieling’s candid talk about Benicio, the monkey on his shoulder that causes panic, doubt and anxiety, was fascinating.For Michael, this meant he ended up having a nervous breakdown and having to re-think his life.look after yourself, control your own life and, above all, have empathy in order to be comfortable in your own skin.However, it seems that this has now moved from a focus on new product development (NPD) and into a means by which employees can be more fulfilled.
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The durability challenges this inflatable SUP board went through offer reassurance by proving just how tough these boards really are.Over the past few years, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has become one of the fastest growing sports in the outdoor industry, and for good reason.Not only is it a lot of fun, but it happens to be a great workout, too.Perhaps the biggest challenge that any would-be paddler faces when getting into the sport, though, is figuring out how to transport their board to and from the water, and how to store it when they get back home.Fortunately, there are a number of companies that make inflatable SUP boards that can be carried in the trunk of any vehicle and can usually be stored in a closet or under a bed, although the durability of those inflatable boards have often been called into question.Now, thanks to a new video from Red Paddle Co., we can get a first hand look at just how tough an inflatable truly is.
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Antec Cube EKWB Edition ReviewUK price (as reviewed): £229.99 (inc VAT)US price (as reviewed): Currently unavailableThe Cube is one of the latest mini-ITX efforts from Antec, a company that has arguably taken a bit of a backseat in the case market in recent years, at least as far as enthusiast products go.More important is the actual build quality, and here the Cube impresses, largely thanks to the 3mm aluminium used for the outer shell.This lends the case excellent strength and rigidity even though the side and roof panels have central acrylic windows.
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Following last week's announcement NES Classic production has ended in the US, Nintendo has, somewhat inevitably, confirmed the mini console has been discontinued in Europe too.However, in its statement to Eurogamer, Nintendo stopped short of saying the NES Classic has disappeared from our shelves forever.The firm said: "We can confirm that we are no longer manufacturing the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System.”"If production resumes in the future, an update will be posted on the official Nintendo website," the firm added.That sounds an awful lot like Nintendo isn’t consigning the console to history, and why would it?The NES Classic was the most sought-after tech product of 2016 holiday season.
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Alisports, som är sportenheten inom kinesiska e-handelsjätten Alibaba, har ingått ett strategiskt samarbete med Asiens olympiska råd.Det innebär att den snabbt växande e-sporten kommer att vara med i Asiatiska spelen 2022, rapporterar China Daily.Asiatiska spelen är en asiatisk version av OS och anordnas sedan 1951.Alibaba har gjort flera satsningar inom e-sport, inte minst genom att investera 150 miljoner dollar i International e-Sports Federation, IeSF.En del av pengarna går till en prispott på 5,5 miljoner dollar för turneringen World Electronic Sports Games.Alibaba har även lovat att uppföra e-sportarenor i Kina och siktet är inställt på att så småningom göra e-sport till en OS-gren.
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The posting of a video on Facebook over the weekend that showed a seemingly random murder of a Cleveland man puts a spotlight on Facebook's ability or willingness to police what's carried on its platform.Facebook Inc. is reviewing how it handles objectionable content after a Cleveland man posted a video of a murder on the site, sparking outrage over the social-media giant’s failure to more closely monitor violence on its platforms.On Sunday afternoon, 37-year-old Steve Stephens posted two videos on Facebook, one announcing his intent to commit murder and a second video of himself allegedly approaching an older man, Robert Godwin Sr., and shooting him in the head.About 10 minutes later, Mr. Stephens went on Facebook...
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Bruce Shapiro, moves in the intersection between art and technology.His first robot was therefore one that could paint.And that it was just the eggs had a simple explanation: Shapiro designed it just before the easter holidays 1990.many years Ago, sold Eggbot in a number of different versions via the small family business Evil Mad Scientist.For those who on their own want to begin to experiment with the technology is their website a good stop.And do you happen to already have an Eggbot at home, we can recommend the subject in this clip.
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Qualcomm has been ordered to refund Blackberry $815 million owing to royalties the Canadian smartphone maker overpaid between 2010 and 2015.While an $815 million bill isn’t the most ideal way to head into the summer, this figure doesn’t yet include interest or attorney fees; looks like it’s the caravan for the summer holidays this year.The chipmaker announced the decision on its blog, but wasn’t bitter at all…“While Qualcomm does not agree with the decision, it is binding and not appealable.The arbitration decision was limited to prepayment provisions unique to BlackBerry’s license agreement with Qualcomm and has no impact on agreements with any other licensee.”Although the royalties structure has not come to light as of yet, Blackberry claimed there was supposed to be a cap on the amount which it paid to the chipmaker, which wasn’t applied at the time.
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