Making complex things simple: Perhaps more than any other trait, this is Apple’s superpower.When it’s at the height of its powers, Apple takes complex technologies and boils them down to simple products that delight their buyers.We frequently mark down products that are too simple and pine for added settings, more options, and extra complexity, without recognizing how much complexity can weigh down a product, robbing it of its essence.This winter my podcast player has been full of voices (including my own) acknowledging that AirPods are an impressive fusion of cutting-edge tech with Apple’s trademark focus on simplicity.“It just works” can be a punch line when things go wrong with Apple gear, but it-just-works-itude is what most Apple products should be shooting for.And yet, I have to admit that I yearn for more.
And making it a seamless process is increasingly tricky in a global marketplace.How do you marry strategy and tech seamlessly to make the global leap?In developed markets, like the U.S., Canada, and Australia, the subscription service model is low-hanging fruit, with an optimal balance between the value it provides to the company and the value your customer enjoys in return.That’s because the subscription model is based on trust — your user is offering you some of their most valuable and private financial data.They’re handing over their credit card and in return, depending on you to use it exactly as you’ve promised you would, at the same time every month and for the amount they signed up for.Established markets rely on the largest banks and card issuers, with customers who have access to internationally useful credit and debit cards, and the dominant method of payment is overwhelmingly via credit cards.
The Dell Precision 5520 is just such a machine, and in fact it looks and feels a lot like Dell’s XPS 15 productivity notebook.Dell’s mobile workstation uses an Intel Xeon mobile CPU and a professional Nvidia Quadro GPU, however, making it as different internally as it is similar externally.The space-age material covers the keyboard deck and provides some structural rigidity to the aluminum bottom and display cover, while also adding a luxurious feel that’s more inviting than the usual cold metal.If there’s one thing about the Precision 5520 that didn’t meet our expectations, however, it would be the display, despite the Premium Panel Guarantee that Dell issues for its Precision line.In terms of objective measures, the Precision 5520’s color gamut support is good at 75 percent coverage of AdobeRGB and 98 percent coverage of sRGB.Lenovo’s ThinkPad P50 mobile workstation, for example, provides 96 percent of the AdobeRGB gamut and 100 percent of sRGB in the 4K display we tested.
If you have been sitting on the VR fence because of pricing or graphics card concerns, Newegg's deal could give you the push you need.Spending $800 on an HTC Vive virtual reality headset might seem like a lot, but deals like the one on offer at Newegg certainly help.The retailer is giving away a brand new Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 4GB graphics card with the headset, making it a better deal and upgrading your PC to a VR-ready level in the process.One of the most common reasons you guys have given us for not jumping on the VR bandwagon yet is price.Some of you want wireless operation, more AAA games or better hardware, but most want it to be cheaper.While Newegg’s deal doesn’t do much for the original price, it does at least get users a $180-plus graphics card for free.
Many urban dwellers have little inclination to bring lunch from home.It had a modest goal of $25,000 and surpassed it by over 5,000 percent.At the end of the campaign, the team raised $1,439,098 from over 12,000 people.More: Whether you’re a foodie or a forester, the GreenTraveler can help keep you fullThe standard Prepd kit will set buyers back $69.A magnetic cutlery set costs $9, while cooler chopsticks and a sleeve are $10 apiece.
Right smack between a 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro.Let me stipulate that this is not an exact comparison since the Dell has a 13.3-inch display and the MacBook a 12-inch display.But they are remarkably close in overall size (see images), both are extremely thin, and both have fanless Intel Y series processor-based designs.XPS 13 2-in-1, Model 9365 (2017) / 12-inch MacBook (2016): fanless ultraportable laptopsBoth the XPS 13 9365 and 12-inch MacBook have "fanless" Y series processors (what used to be called the Core M), which are designed for the thinnest of the thin.The difference is that the XPS 13 2-in-1 (which I'm using) has the newest Kaby Lake (1.3GHz) 7th gen processor, while the MacBook (which I also use) has an older Skylake 6th gen chip (1.2GHz).
Watching brave kayakers navigating tumultuous whitewater rapids is terrifying enough, but Rush Sturges and Ben Marr decided they needed a more exciting way to risk their lives.So they dragged a tandem kayak up to the top of a drainage ditch in the woods, and then hopped in for a ride back down that looks more thrilling than any rollercoaster.Not only did they have to strategically use their paddles to keep their kayak upright through the entire ride, there’s a heart-stopping moment in the video where they both have to duck their heads down as they pass beneath an overhead wire that could have easily cut their trip — or their lives — short.
Pinterest users could be getting new search features -- though neither side has said whether the acquisition means the apps will merge or remain separate.What goes with jelly better than peanut butter?Pinterest, apparently, if it’s Jelly with a capital J.On Wednesday, the social media platform acquired Jelly, a small search engine app that crowd sources the search “results” from friends and other users.Financial details were not disclosed.Jelly is a search app that, instead of combing the web for answers, asks your friends — and friends of friends — and “community experts.” Despite being a sort of social search engine, the app’s description says you can ask those questions while “preserving anonymity.” The search is designed for any type of question, from local recommendations to general facts and advice.
If you watch TV late at night and don't want to wake the neighbors, these headphones offer a perfect solution.If you’re a night owl, watching TV can be problematic if you don’t want to wake your family or neighbors.Fortunately, Sennheiser has launched three new products in its line of home audio headphones that let you watch to your heart’s content without cranking up the volume on your TV.On Thursday, Sennheiser announced the RS 5000 and RS 2000 TV headphones, as well as the Flex 5000 wireless audio system.All of these feature a transmitter that plugs into your TV, while a receiver attached to the headphones lets you listen without being tethered to your TV by wires.“These next-generation devices focus on giving listeners an intensified TV sound experience.
For the sake of all of us, we must hope that the people involved in the following event were only joking about their situation.Because, if, indeed this is true, then our grandfathers who fought in World War II really will be turning over in their graves over how genuinely “soft” we have become.Apparently, on Wednesday, something happened that affected some Amazon Echo devices, and the operation of those gadgets’ Alexa voice-controlled personal assistant.Maybe it was a technical glitch?Maybe someone in the big Alexa room in the cloud tripped over a cord and yanked it out from an electrical outlet?Maybe the squirrel that runs on the flywheel at the center of all things Amazon got tired and had to take a break?Whatever it was, what it ended up doing was causing some Alexa users to forget how to use their brains.Business Insider reported that, since Alexa was offline, many Alexa users were unable to control the apps that do such heavy lifting as turning off their living room lights or adjusting the volume on their music systems.It seems as if these people forgot that you can handle such labor-intensive activities by actually getting up from your sofa, walking over to your lamp and turning the thing off by hand… just like your grandpa who fought in World War II did, when he wasn’t busy landing at Normandy on D-Day.Needless to say, many of those affected by this First World Problem did what those of this current generation do when they need to whine and wail about such travails: They went on Twitter and complained about it.I can’t bring myself to include their actual tweets here.So, go check out what BI wrote about it and try not come away thinking that the human race may, just indeed, have had its chance.
All the competitors - or Pilots - struggle with some degree of disability, be it amputation, paralysis or restricted movement as the result of spinal cord injury.But there’s a critical difference: where Paralympians are professional athletes, the point of the Cybathlon is to show that the next generation of prosthetics can work for anyone.Faisal’s team - which he compares to Formula One, with Pilots as the drivers and the Imperial College London researchers and engineers as the pit crew - took home a silver medal in the functional electrical stimulation bike race.“In 2015 we were contacted by the organisers of the Cybathlon, asking if we were interested in participating,” says Faisal.[It was appealing because it provided the opportunity for] empowerment of disabled people - paralysed people, amputees - and to showcase that empowerment to a broader public."“We’re interested in understanding what algorithms the human brain uses to control movement, to make decisions,” he says.
Is Alexa pretty nifty behind a barbecue, then?I’ve asked, but she just says ‘‘cooking is beyond me at the moment’.Which, to be fair, is what I always say when I fancy a pub lunch.But this battery-powered Echo Dot accessory means she’s now much better at serving up barbecue music and marinade recipes.The Vaux swallows up your second-gen Dot, and plugs into it via microUSB and 3.5mm cables.Cool, so I can take Alexa to picnics and festivals too?
The Nintendo Switch launched last Friday, a day I largely spent playing Zelda and milking an imaginary cow.If you are one of the people who splashed out on Nintendo’s latest gambit, we’d like to know how you’re getting on with it so far.What do you make of the Switch?Are you happy with the hardware?Do the Joy-Cons pass muster?Are you finding yourself using the thing more as a home console or as a handheld?
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The Switch has only just launched, but already there are numerous complaints about poor design decisions, faults and breakages.This sad compilation of some of the problems so far makes for depressing viewing, especially if you've already bought the console.Of course, when any product sells in large volumes, you're going to have people with issues - but some of the problems seem to be more to do with Nintendo's design choices than plain old bad luck.For instance, as one Reddit user points out, the dock doesn't even need the front panel that's been scratching people's screens:Another pointed out that someone fixed one of the common issues with sync on the left Joy-Con by soldering a simple wire that Nintendo could have done themselves:If you've got a Switch, there are some clever suggestions already for how to fix some of the issues – but that's not the point.
It notifies the state to the investor in a press release.“I've been on a major expansion at iZettle, both when it comes to recruiting talent but also build strong teams.I take with me this experience to Almi Invest and look forward to working closely with the portfolio companies with team development," says Petra Weslien.She took on the role as HR director at Izettle as late as 2015 and is now submitting its mail barely two years later.The Swedish fintechbolaget has so far this year, also become the PR-manager Wilhelmina Douglas and affärsutvecklingschefen Björn Lindberg.In the fall, ended the product manager Peder Stahle after six years at the company.
Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into.That’s happened with Hot Wheels, and now my home is lined with endless orange track and dozens of little cars to accidentally step on.Hot Wheels has spanned generations, and I suppose that’s part of why I took such a liking to Hot Wheels: Race Off for iOS and Apple TV.It’s fun for me as a one-time fan, and fun for my young son to watch and potentially play very soon.Honestly, I’m surprised at how hard I was sucked into it for a good few days.But while Race Off’s vibrant action is solidly entertaining, the freemium grind can be punishing—and it’s one that restarts with each new car you unlock.
In this industry and in this line of work, leaks are a fact of life.Sure, companies take great pains and sometimes employ drastic measures to prevent leakage of potentially damning information, but even the once tight Apple is no longer immune to that.So it’s not exactly a huge surprise to see a video showing off a purported Galaxy S8 device, especially one so short that it barely adds anything to what we’ve seen so far.More interesting, however, is the origin and “story” behind the video, which might be as short-lived as its running time.You know those anecdotes about how people push the red button despite having big, fat warnings not to push the button?Well, this Galaxy S8 doesn’t have a red button, but it does have the big warnings not to take a picture of the device, not to sell it, and not to leak it out.
As more devices join the internet of things, from toasters and washers to refrigerators and home thermostats, the number of avenues for attacks by ill-meaning hackers widens.Aware of the dangers, Forbes Technology Council experts offer these methods for end users to use to help protect their devices from being hacked.Remember That End Users Play A Crucial Role In SecurityConsumers should understand the crucial role they play in cybersecurity, especially in regard to IoT devices, which have become increasingly accessible and vulnerable to hacking incidents.Consumers can make great strides in protecting themselves by using devices from reputable manufacturers, and protecting sensitive information like passwords and login credentials.- Mark Benson, Exosite, LLC
Cumbria and Kent are about to become the UK's battery compartments, with the two sites set to benefit from a £250m investment in energy storage.The end result will be two battery farms able to store 50 megawatts of power between them, and perhaps even a bit more than that if staff blow on them and swap them around.Cleator in Cumbria and Glassenbury in Kent are the sites, which will be using traditional lithium-ion storage banks to save up green electricity generated from the windy days to keep our fridges working on non-windy days.Operator VLC Energy is doing it under the National Grid's enhanced frequency response scheme, under which suppliers have to be able to provide their power within one second of demand rising, helping ensure the lights don't go out and the chargers don't stop charging by balancing the load on the power grid.LG Chem and NEC Energy Solutions are building the batteries.Want more updates from Gizmodo UK?