You can now find an apartment or house to rent using Trulia s new Facebook Messenger bot.The bot is designed to help you find a new place to stay quickly, and works from commands like for rent in San Francisco, and allows you to distill results based on features you re looking for with commands like two bed, two bath for rent in Seattle.Trulia s bot will instantly return ten of the newest listings that meet your criteria, and allows you to subscribe for a daily top ten of rentals in your area based on previous search criteria sent to you each morning.If you like what you see, you can view it in the Trulia app or get a quick summary in Messenger.The bot will also give you Trulia s Local Information for the listing, which provides statistics on crime in the area, neighborhood demographic for age and marital status as well as how many homes in the area are occupied by owners or renters.
Owlchemy Labs wants you to reach out and grab VR content with your hands.The Austin-based VR studio just secured a $5 million Series A led by Qualcomm Ventures with participation in the round also coming from HTC, The VR Fund, Colopl Next and Capital Factory.Right now the studio, founded in 2010, is best known among those in the VR community for building the game Job Simulator, which was a bundled launch title for HTC Vive pre-orders and will be a launch title for PSVR and Oculus Touch.The kooky faux futuristic game lets players mess around in a digital work space and knock over coffee cups and turn on computers and make copies.It s actually a lot more fun than it sounds.VR has been a deep passion of ours for many years and being at the forefront of designing new virtual worlds is truly a dream for our whole team, Owlchemy Labs CEO Alex Schwartz said in a statement.
Hot off Spector, the IRL eyedropper tool for identifying fonts, the internet graces us with another designer-friendly toy that aims to help artists draw inspiration from the colors that surround them.The Cronzy Pen claims to be able to stuff 16 million different colors into a single piece of writing utensil, using a built-in ink cartridge to custom mix whatever color you desire.You can use an accompanying app to pick your preferred shade, or use a scanner at the tip of the pen as an eyedropper to scan colors from whatever s around you.An Indiegogo project, the team behind the Cronzy pen also claims its Li-Po battery can get you using the pen for days without having to recharge.You ll also receive interchangeable pen tips for various line weights.The project was conceptualized in 2014, and the team is now seeking $200,000 to put it in testing phase.
These folks came to Quebec to see a whale, and everything went exactly to plan.The whale, it seems, also got to do some people-watching.
After much speculation, Samsung has officially unveiled details around its Note7 smartphone.The company has brought the best of the Galaxy S7 into its next generation Note device and even added new features, such as an iris scanner, a GIF maker, and a reimagined stylus that delivers a more natural writing experience.Bypassing the Note6 branding, the Note7 instead takes much of what s great about the Galaxy S7, including its form factor: The phone has curved edges, and it is both water and dust-resistant, so feel free to dump champagne over it.It contains the same 12 megapixel camera as the earlier model and comes equipped with Android Marshmallow.As a phablet, the Note7 comes with a 5.7-inch quad HD dual-edge super AMOLED screen — with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 518 pixels per inch .For the first time in the Note series, this smartphone accepts USB-C connectivity.Samsung has added the Always On display, just as it did for the Galaxy S7 — enabling you to see things on your screen without having to press a button — as well as the Edge UX.The camera is exactly the same as on the S7, with 12 megapixels in the rear and 5 megapixels in the front, super-fast autofocus both in the day and at night, and 1.7 µm pixels on the image sensor.We knew we couldn t approach it in the normal way… People wanted to have a big screen but have a compact package at the same time to hold in their hand.Samsung questioned every edge, surface, and detail to produce the right form-factor, all with the intention of adhering to what the company calls symmetrical beauty, which is perfect symmetry not only from side to side, but also top to bottom and front to back.
Powerful sensors and software have made autonomous cars impressively aware of their surroundings — but it isn t just obstacles, pedestrians, and other cars that a vehicle s AI needs to watch out for.It also needs to know what s going on inside itself, and researchers from Fraunhofer are hard at work making that happen.We are expanding sensor technology to the entire interior, said Fraunhofer s Michael Voit, who manages the research group, in a company blog post.Using depth-perception cameras, we capture the vehicle s interior, identify the number of people, their size and their posture.From this we can deduce their activities.There are plenty of benefits in a car knowing how many passengers it has, where they are, and what they re doing.
In a news report that could easily be the plot of a cult horror movie, an anthrax outbreak has swept the remote Yamalo-Nenets district of western Siberia, killing 1,500 reindeer since Sunday.According to NBC News, authorities think the outbreak began when some zombie anthrax thawed out of an infected reindeer corpse and woke up.It s been an exceptionally hot summer in Siberia, with temperatures in some provinces soaring up to 10 degrees Fahrenheit above average.The extreme heat has triggered a seemingly endless rash of freak weather, natural disasters, and signs of ecological malaise, including enormous wildfires, record flooding, and natural moon bounces that might be explosive.But above all else, this week s anthrax outbreak—the first to hit the region since 1941—signals that global warming is transforming Siberia s lonely wilderness into a feverish nightmarescape.Thirteen members of the nomadic Nenet community have been hospitalized, while more than 60 others are being temporarily relocated to avoid contracting the bacterially-transmitted disease that is, again, believed to have blossomed to life out of a sodden corpse.
If you re desperate to find out when Apple will finally show off the iPhone 7, you re in luck.Journalist – and generally reliable leaker – Evan Blass has revealed what he claims is the iPhone 7 release date.According to Blass, the iPhone 7 will become available for pre-order on September 9, 2016.He had already revealed that the actual on-sale release would be in the week of September 12 in a previous tweet.It s probably a week earlier than we expected, but it s hardly farfetched.September 9 falls on a Friday, which is in line with three out of the last four iPhone release dates iPhone 6S was a Saturday .
This sponsored post is produced by Nvida.Survios Studios thrilling first-person VR action game, Raw Data, is now available to play on HTC Vive via Steam Early Access.Just released on PC, the game is quickly becoming one of the most talked about virtual reality experiences out there that truly takes advantage of modern VR technology and hardware like the HTC Vive in some notable ways.All is not as it seems though as the resistance movement known as SyndiK8 has unearthed evidence that there is something very sinister about the company s new line of robotic products.As a result, two of SyndiK8 s top operatives are sent in to extract one geopbyte of sensitive data and bring the whole operation crashing down.The first is a Gun Cleric known as Bishop and the second is Saija, a deadly Cyber Ninja.Raw Data allows two HTC Vive users to each take control of one of the game s playable characters as they work together to complete missions together.In doing so they can use their own unique abilities to tackle the game s nine different enemy types in the most efficient way possible.
Mercedes-Benz has introduced the Urban eTruck, a fully electric transport truck with a total admissible weight of up to 26 metric tons and travel range up to 200 kilometers.The model is said to be the first fully electric truck able to haul heavy loads, and it aims to help usher in a future of emissions-free transportation in the distribution sector.Daimler Trucks anticipates being able to bring this technology to market at the beginning of the next decade.Electric big rigs such as the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck will bring several benefits to local communities as well as the environment in general: they will be nearer to silent on the sound level, for example, and won t pump smelly pollution into the air.The lower noise level and reduced pollution will make the trucks better suited for deliveries in cities particularly, where both noise and smog concerns are ample.Mercedes-Benz anticipates the cost of batteries, not to mention the technology, improving greatly by the year 2025, helping make heavy load trucks like this feasible.
Samsung's next step after the Galaxy Note 7 has been tipped to be a Galaxy S8 with a 4K display.Resolution so dense, that is, that you'll be unable to distinguish between individual pixels with your bare eyeball.Not that you were really able to with the 2K displays prominent in smartphones today, but - why not ramp it up some more?Battery life is one concern, certainly, but assuming Samsung has compensated for such madness, the next generation looks like it might be super-slick.Word from China via TechTastic's Niels Summer says that the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Edge are being referred to internally as Project Dream, ready for release after the Galaxy Note 7.This project's title refers to the magical nature of virtual reality - particularly in how the Samsung Galaxy smartphone line uses virtual reality with the Gear VR virtual reality headset.
The world s largest telecommunications equipment supplier now plans to open 15,000 new retail stores around the world this year.Huawei Technologies, the world s largest telecommunications equipment supplier, plans to open 15,000 new retail stores around the world this year as it aims for a record-high shipment of smartphones and greater sales of premium-priced models.We are optimistic and confident about reaching our target shipment of 140 million smartphones this year, Richard Yu Chengdong, the chief executive of Huawei s consumer business group, said on Tuesday in Shenzhen.Unfazed by the lingering economic slowdown, Yu indicated the company s retail store expansion would help its ability to reach more consumers and drive sales of its high-end smartphones priced in the US$500 to US$600 range.It has 11,000 stores located on the mainland, the world s biggest smartphone market.It also has 6,500 stores spread across the rest of Asia, 6,200 in Europe and 1,500 in South America.
BT s Openreach network should become a distinct company within the BT Group as part of reform proposals put forward by telecoms regulator Ofcom which fall short of recommending a sell-off.The telecoms giant has faced calls for Openreach to be split off from the rest of the company.But in a report released on Tuesday, Ofcom instead proposes major reform of the division of BT responsible for rolling out super-fast broadband across the UK by using providers such as Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and BT Consumer.View photosMoreOpenreach develops and maintains UK s main telecoms network Gareth Fuller/PA The proposals include making Openreach a distinct company with its own board of non-executive directors not affiliated to BT Group.It also proposes more consultation with customers on large-scale investments, having its own staff working for Openreach, taking ownership of assets it already controls, having control over budget allocation, and using independent branding.
But as the results of the poll show, most Americans aren t ready to buy into this biologically enhanced future.More than 4,700 American adults were asked to consider the ramifications of three different, but still hypothetical, biomedical interventions.These included gene-editing to prevent babies from developing serious diseases, implantable brain chips to give people improved ability to concentrate and process information, and the prospect of synthetic blood transfusions to endow people with greater speed, stamina, and strength.The Pew researchers carefully chose these three enhancements following focus group sessions and advice from experts.The idea was to pick interventions that touched upon an important aspect of human enhancement, while still remaining relatively straightforward and constrained.Results of the survey were sorted according to age, gender, socioeconomic status, education, and so on, but the true delineator of opinions was the strength of religious convictions.
Yahoo is founded in 1994In early 1994, Stanford University grad students Jerry Yang and David Filo launch the website, Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web.Within months, they rename it Yahoo.From 2006 to 2008, Microsoft expresses interest in buying or merging with Yahoo.On Feb. 1, 2008, Microsoft makes an unsolicited $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo, but the offer is rebuffed.Yahoo also considers other mergers, including one with Google, but decides to go it alone.
In the US there is Seed.co a YCombinator startup but they haven t launched internationally yet.So with the race still very much on, a veritable star-system of investors have lined up behind the a entrant into the space, in the shape of Tide.Tide claims to be the world s first mobile-first banking service for small businesses.It s raised a $2m seed round from Passion Capital with Passion partner Eileen Burbidge joining as Chairman , LocalGlobe, Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman, William Reeve co-founder from Lovefilm , Greg Marsh founder from One Fine Stay , Songkick s co-founder Ian Hogarth, serial fintech investor Errol Damelin and Albion founder Jason Goodman.It then lets you set up a business current account in 3 minutes or less.Tide founder and CEO George Bevis pictured says: Unlike Mondo currently you get a sort code and account number — so it s a full current account rather than a wallet and can do faster payments/direct debits etc.
Their tangled business relationships help mask the underlying strategies that drive them; however, Apple s strategy and upcoming tactics to stifle Google s chief revenue source are becoming clear.As I see it, Apple has four moves left until they can call check on Google s king, search.It wasn t clear whether that was Google s or Apple s take, but logic leads me to think that it is Apple s.Putting that in perspective, Google admitted they crossed a threshold where they are receiving more queries on mobile than on desktop.In 2014, Goldman Sachs estimated that more than 75 percent of mobile revenue for Google was coming from iPhones.They wield an enormous megaphone as they argue that advertising companies aren t aligned or concerned with user privacy.
What is the Skulpt Chisel?The Skulpt Chisel is a handheld body fat and muscle quality analyser that provides a far more accurate gauge of your fat loss and muscle composition.Its overall accuracy is up to scratch, and it'll be a great choice for personal trainers, bodybuilders and figure athletes, but issues with the reading process make it ill suited to more casual users.The main difference is that the Aim included a display and featured a black finish, while the Chisel loses the display and gains a white finish.There s a multi-coloured LED band that goes around the Chisel s circumference.This glows either green, red or blue depending on the device s current status, and makes it easy to know what s happening, further negating the need for a screen.
Get your jokes about already sharing a bed with a cock out of the way, because a serious bit of research from academics at Addis Ababa University has found that chickens have the power to protect you from mosquitoes.A study in Ethiopia has shown that the irritating little buggers keep well away from chickens, with four compounds present in chicken feathers -- isobutyl butyrate, naphthalene, hexadecane and trans-limonene -- believed to have a repellant effect.According to the experts, the birds sometimes eat mosquitoes too.We were surprised to find that malaria mosquitoes are repelled by the odours emitted by chickens, said Professor Rickard Ignell of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, who was involved in the research.This study shows for the first time that malaria mosquitoes actively avoid feeding on certain animal species, and that this behaviour is regulated through odour cues.As well as being decent pub chat material, the discovery could have major implications in the fight against malaria.
Malaria is a leading cause of disease and death in tropical and subtropical regions.Use of insecticidal nets, which are draped over beds while people sleep, has significantly reduced the incidences of malaria, along with the population of mosquitoes that transmit this disease.Unfortunately, long-term use of insecticides has led to the evolution of a mosquito population that is immune to them.A recent paper published in PNAS indicates that this might not be as grim as it seems.Mosquitoes that are resistant to the insecticides still suffer ill effects, including shortened lifespans and reduced ability to transmit malaria.So insecticide-laden sleeping nets should have a strong effect on transmission of malaria, even among insecticide-resistant mosquito populations.