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Nintendo has revealed the new Switch console will not offer support for streaming services like Netflix at launch.Answering questions from Kotaku, the firm said it was focused on gamers, but did not rule out the likes of Netflix arriving in future update.All of our efforts have gone toward making the Nintendo Switch system an amazing dedicated video game platform, Nintendo replied in an email, so it will not support any video-streaming services at launch.However, support for video-streaming services is being considered for a future update.Whether this absence will matter to the Nintendo fanbase remains to be seen.In a column posted following the Switch reveal last week, our own Andy Vandervell suggested Netflix is an expected feature.
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The Google Pixel has a beautiful 5-inch HD display and its bigger brother, the Pixel XL, sports a 5.5-inch display with an even higher resolution.The displays are made using Gorilla Glass 4, meaning they re pretty durable and will probably survive most minor falls just fine.Even those made for the same smartphone can have different sizes, features, and be of different qualities, making it tricky to find one that suits your needs.Avoiding the edges of the phone reduces the chances of air bubbles occurring, as well as a Halo effect around the edges of the display.The protector is incredibly thin, coming in at only 0.3mm thick, and is both shatter and scratch-resistant.That said, it will still cover the phone s HD display, complete with cut-outs for the speaker and camera.
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A number of Twitter users tonight are claiming their accounts have somehow automatically followed the Twitter accounts, @POTUS, @FLOTUS and @VP – now in the hands of the Trump administration – even though they had never followed the White House accounts, had unfollowed these accounts before the transition, or had the accounts blocked.As reported earlier, all the tweets from Obama s term as president were archived under the new Twitter account, @POTUS44, and his then 13 million-plus followers were also migrated.The account is up to over 14 million at the time of writing.In addition, Obama s followers were also set to automatically follow the new @POTUS account, now operated by the Trump team.It s possible that some of the Twitter complaints are related to a misunderstanding about how this transition process works.They may not have been aware that they were going to be auto-followed to Trump s @POTUS account when he took office.
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Apple is suing Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion, saying Qualcomm has been charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with.The suit follows the US Federal Trade Commission s lawsuit against Qualcomm earlier this week over allegedly unfair patent licensing practises.The complaint, filed in US District Court in San Diego on Friday, alleges that Qualcomm has withheld $1 billion in rebate payments owed to Apple under an agreement between the two companies because Apple cooperated with an anti-trust investigation by the Korea Fair Trade Commission, or KFTC.Qualcomm is a major supplier to both Apple and Samsung for modem chips that help phones connect to wireless networks.The South Korean anti-trust regulator in December fined Qualcomm a record US$865 million for anti-competitive patent licensing practicss.Qualcomm has withheld the required contractual payments from Apple even though the agreement clearly permits Apple to respond to the KFTC s lawful investigation and requests for information, according to the lawsuit.
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More Charts   What would it take for you to buy an electric vehicle?Lower average prices can t hurt — and as this chart from Statista shows, those have come a long way.As noted in a recent report from McKinsey & Company, advances in battery tech have helped the average battery pack price go down from about $1,000/kWh to roughly $227/kWh since 2010.McKinsey says that figure will continue to come down, potentially bringing EVs close to parity with the cost of other cars.This process is already in motion, to an extent, with the likes of the Chevy Bolt and upcoming Tesla Model 3.But while that decrease would address one of potential EV buyers biggest concerns, EV sales are still low, and many roadblocks remain ahead.The driving ranges on most EVs still aren t as long as they should be; McKinsey itself notes that only around half of consumers in the US and Germany actually comprehend how EVs work, and the number of EV charging stations out in the wild is still low.NOW WATCH: Here's how Google Maps knows when there is trafficLoading video...
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Experts and the media heavily discussed all the possible benefits, the future, and the value bots could create for businesses and consumers.Since then, many developers and consumers have massively experimented with bots and tested their limits to find the most suitable use cases for bots.During this trend, the U.S. market has proven to be highly interested in bots.The increasing interest and importance is also reflected in the job market, where more and more companies are explicitly looking for machine learning specialists.Even though the U.S. has taken the lead, the future for bots in Europe looks bright too.The European Bots Landscape focuses particularly on the chatbot market to underscore this.Previous landscapes show that the U.S. has been quick to invest in this new chatbot market.Many startups have emerged to build a great array of chatbot services and bots.
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Online stores need descriptions that properly explain the product so shoppers can make good, informed buying decisions.The stores also want unique descriptions so that product detail pages rank relatively high on search engine results.One possible solution for the ecommerce-product-description problem is to use natural language text or, as some refer to it, templating.A part of speech, like a noun or adjective, is assigned to each blank.As mentioned above, in Mad Libs one fills in the blanks with parts of speech.Imagine you run an online electronics store, wherein you drop ship thousands of products, including about 2,500 makes and models of televisions.
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Earth as we know it might not last forever.If sea level rise triggers flooding in our cities, if climate change makes it impossible to grow food for billions of people, or if there's some other as-yet unthinkable apocalyptic disaster, humans will need a new home.The architects at Shimizu Corporation, a Tokyo-based firm, want to build underwater cities that they call Ocean Spirals.There are no concrete plans to construct an Ocean Spiral, which project leader Masaki Takeuch estimates would cost $26 billion.But the renderings are certainly fantastical.Check them out below.
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BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, has boosted its stake in Apple to 322 million shares, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.The firm now holds 6.1% of Apple's outstanding shares.That's up from the 5.7% stake it held in the iPhone giant in January 2016.BlackRock's Apple holdings are worth about $38.4 billion at the current stock price of $119.Apple isn't the only big-name tech stock that BlackRock has a significant stake in.It owns over 5% of each of Facebook, HP, and Microsoft as well.But Apple is a particular favorite of the BlackRock COO Sue Wagner, who joined Apple's board of directors in 2014.Apple stock reached a 14-month high earlier this week.Visit Markets Insider for constantly updated market quotes for individual stocks, ETFs, indices, commodities and currencies traded around the world.
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An Amazon spokesperson told Recode that the company wanted to build on the success of its physical Dash Buttons, so it developed these virtual ones that are free to use.Physical Dash Buttons still cost $4.99/£4.99 each.The development of the digital buttons is reportedly not connected to the fact that Amazon's patent on 1-Click purchases is set to soon.Digital Dash Buttons provide a very similar experience to 1-Click purchasing, the difference being that they give customers more control over which products they deem important enough to have on their homepage.With their ease of use, these buttons could make it even more tempting for Prime shoppers to buy essentials like batteries or pet food from Amazon on a regular basis.
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The mystery of why Samsung's Note 7 phones kept exploding mightThe company is planning to reveal the results of its investigation into the faulty devices this weekend, and according to a Wall Street Journal report, it's going to blame twoFirst up is that some Note 7 batteries were "irregularly sized", leading them to overheat and explode.That led Samsung to recall
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Google s Cloud Audit Logging technology will enable customers to track administrator and data access activity across a majority of Google s cloud servicesGoogle is making it easier for organizations to keep track of user and administrator activity across almost its entire stack of enterprise cloud applications and services.The company this week announced beta availability of its Cloud Audit Logging technology on Google Compute Engine, Container Engine, Cloud DNS, Storage, Cloud Key Management Services and other cloud services.Cloud Audit Logging offers enterprises a simple way to track activity in applications built on top of Google Cloud Platform , and integrate logs with monitoring and logs analysis tools, Google product manager Joe Corkery noted in an announcement on the company s Cloud Platform Blog.The Admin Activity log contains entries for all actions that an administrator might take to modify the configuration of a service or to the metadata associated with the service.The Data Access log meanwhile records Application Programming Interface API calls that read, create or modify all user-provided data in a database managed by the service.
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According to reports from various countries with a strong presence of Chinese phone brands, the Meizu M5 and the M5 Note could be heading out of China very soon.The phones are expected to launch in Indonesia and India very soon, along with a possibility of them hitting the European market soon after.The devices were spotted at Postel, which you can think of as the Indonesian cousin of the FCC.However, details provided by the authority were scarce.Thankfully, the devices have been around a while so we know what to expect.The Meizu M5 comes with a 5.2-inch 1280 x 720p display, and is powered by the mid-range MediaTek MT6750 SoC.Along with that, it has a 3070mAh battery, and features either 2GB or 3GB of RAM along with 16GB or 32GB of ROM respectively.The M5 Note, on the other hand, comes with a larger 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080p display and runs on the newer MediaTek Helio P10 SoC.With that, it has 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB storage and a beefier 4000mAh battery.
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The Z2 couple from China s ZUK, the Z2 and the Z2 Pro are now on the receiving end of an Android 7.0 Nougat update.ZUK has started seeding the ZUI 2.5 update for the phones, giving users a taste of the newest-available Android version.Among other features, the ZUI 2.5 update brings custom lockscreen themes, split-screen multi-window feature , professional camera mode, game recording option, info cards for text messages to the phones.The most interesting bit here to me is the professional camera mode, which gives better manual control over the camera.You can now select ISO levels up to 3200, leave shutter open for up to 32 seconds and have manual control over white balance, color tone, focus and more.ALSO SEE: ZUK Z2 Review ZUK Z2 Pro ReviewThe update — ZUI v2.5.334 1.1GB in size — is currently only seeding to Z2 and Z2 Pro devices in China, with an International ROM around the corner.
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It's a game that cries out for the HD remaster treatment, maybe something along the lines of what and got on the PS3 and PS4.But the 3DS version looks the same or slightly worse aside from being rejiggered to fit on the 3DS screen.It s not a bad-looking game given the system that it s on, but aliasing, pop-in, and low-res textures especially on distant objects are all easily noticeable.A also shows how some colors have been changed and brightened and how a little detail has been lost on character models, though these things are less noticeable on the 3DS screen worth noting: there don t appear to be any graphical differences between gameplay on the standard 3DS and the New Nintendo 3DS, though the latter s right analog nub can be used to control the camera if you re playing on that system .
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The VR API space is .Facebook's Oculus has its own SDK, the Oculus SDK.Valve has its own API, SteamVR, used with the HTC Vive headset.Parts of this API are open source, named OpenVR, and drivers have been built enabling SteamVR games to be used with the Rift, albeit forfeiting certain capabilities native to the Oculus SDK.The Khronos group, the industry consortium that stewards development of the OpenGL specification, is working on a VR specification of its own.A number of companies including Intel have banded together to create , an open source VR platform.
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Financial Services firms have long pioneered the use of advanced technologies, but a new study shows executives may be overstating their digital bona fides.While surveyed executives rated their proficiency in digital transformation readiness high 70 percent , just 38 percent of executives and 42 percent of employees said decisions were made in real-time.Worse, only 50 percent of executives and 46 percent of employees said their organization can adapt to real-time decisions.The SAP SuccessFactors-sponsored study from Oxford Economics analyzed feedback from over 4,100 executives and employees worldwide.Oxford Economics found a direct correlation between high-performing companies – called Digital Winners and specific winning business practices and results.I detailed the characteristics of Digital Winners in a previous blog.
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Vernee Apollo and OnePlus 3T are currently the flagship models for the respective brands and while they share quite a lot in the deasign features, the hardware specifications are worlds aparts.Mostly in favour of the OnePlus horse, but there is one specific area where the Apollo is feeling pretty strong and confident.It s the display where the Vernee Apollo can offer 2K resolution LCD display against the FullHD AMOLED screen from the OnePlus 3T.So it makes sense the company tried to emphasize the benefits in a small comparison video, which you can find below.In the video they are trying to analyze the screen performance and got into the conclusion that while both models can deliver pretty good picture the Apollo has more vivid colors while OP3T is more easy on the eye with being a bit yellowish.Which sounds a bit weird to me, because AMOLEDs are usually more on the bluish side of the tint and you can actually see it in the video.In a close look the pentile AMOLED of Oneplus with lower resolution will inevitably look a bit more rougher than the Apollo, that can be hardly argued about who has the upper hand here.And according to the video the viewing angles are also better for the Vernee flagship.There is also quite some discrepancy in the price so it s up to the customer to choose the more fitting model for him.Vernee Apollo can be currently bought for $259.99 in here, which is a pretty interesting price for this powerful beast.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed its six-month investigation into the first Tesla Autopilot fatality and is not seeking a recall.The auto safety agency did not find evidence of a defect that would have required a safety recall of the cars, NHTSA spokesperson Bryan Thomas said during a
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The deal is reported to be worth $62m.IBM has signed a five year contract with the US Army to provide infrastructure-as-a-Service IaaS and to build, manage and operate cloud solutions that offer greater flexibility and performance.The solution will be part of the Army Private Cloud Enterprise APCE programme, with a one year task order to be followed by four additional one year options under the Army Private Cloud 2 APC2 contract.The total cost of the contract is expected to be $62m for the five year period.The army is planning to migrate applications to private cloud.In the first year, the army expects to move at least 35 applications to the cloud in the first year.
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