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One of the most frequent complaints levelled at the new MacBook Pro is battery life.Many users find the time it can go between charges lacklustre, if not atrocious — and product review organisation Consumer Reports even refused to recommend the laptop over the issues.As it turns out, a nasty bug in web browser Safari was causing the issues that Consumer Reports encountered, and after Apple fixed it, the organisation gave the device its coveted "recommended" recommendation.Apple is now rolling out that bugfix to ordinary users, TechCrunch reports, in an update for macOS 10.12.3 that also tackles another graphics bug that was causing some MacBook Pros to overheat and cause issues.There's a video of the graphics bug below.Complaints about the MacBook Pro's battery life have been pretty widespread — anecdotally, one colleague said his non-updated device lasted less than two hours while editing video and charging his phone — so it remains to be seen whether this update will finally put people's concerns to rest.Here are the full release notes for the update:Improves automatic graphics switching on MacBook Pro 15-inch, October 2016 .Resolves graphics issues while encoding Adobe Premiere Pro projects on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 13- and 15-inch, October 2016 .Fixes an issue that prevented the searching of scanned PDF documents in Preview.Resolves a compatibility issue with PDF documents that are exported with encryption enabled.Fixes an issue that prevented some third-party applications from correctly importing images from digital cameras.Enterprise content: Resolves an issue were network or cached user accounts such as Active Directory accounts using the maxFailedLoginAttempts password policy were becoming disabled.NOW WATCH: 6 'healthy' eating habits you are better off giving upLoading video...
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Tricentis, a startup that helps enterprise development teams automate software testing, got a bushel of money today from Insight Venture Partners — $165 million to be exact.As part of the deal, Insight Managing Director Mike Triplett will join the Tricentis board.Testing involved writing scripts to test all the different parts of the program from the front-end interface to the back-end connectors.That worked fine when the world moved slowly, but in today s agile development environment when programs are being updated much more quickly, developers required a much faster solution.That s where Tricentis comes in.What we do is scan the application, both the GUI and API, and interpret the code natively.
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On the heels of hiring a new CTO from Yahoo and trying to position itself either as a stronger acquisition target or standalone entity, SoundCloud is getting a lot deeper into the business of advertising.Today the audio startup — which streams both licensed music tracks and is also a go-to platform for user-generated content similar to YouTube — announced that it would be turning on programmatic ad buying in the U.S.. Programmatic ad buying makes it possible for marketers to target users on the platform based on parameters like location, music listening habits and other demographics like age.SoundCloud s partner in the venture is Triton Digital, an audio advertising platform that works with Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio and others and sells programmatic through its a2x platform.SoundCloud had already launched programmatic with Triton as in smaller markets, specifically Australia, New Zealand and Canada — a testing ground of sorts before turning it on in the U.S.The U.S. is by far SoundCloud s biggest market, accounting for 75 percent of its 175 million users, or 131 million listeners.And it looks like SoundCloud, is preparing to close off the gap globally — it s currently hiring in programmatic ad sales to be based out of the U.K. or Berlin.
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LONDON — Online mortgage broking startup Habito has raised £5.5 million from Silicon Valley-based Ribbit Capital and existingOther investors in the two-year-old business include Transferwise CEO Taavet Hinrikus, Funding Circle s cofounder Samir Desai, and Russian tech billionaire Yuri Milner.Habito is part of a growing
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Unveiled during CES 2017, Huawei s Honor 6X took Digital Trends by surprise with its smooth performance, solid camera, and great build quality, all wrapped up in a $250 package that took its predecessor and other budget phones to task.Fortunately for Huawei fans, the company now gives them the opportunity to receive the phone for free.Unlike other giveaways, which might have entrants share something through Twitter or Facebook, Huawei wants folks to go through Honor s website and register your information.You have through January 26 to complete registration, and when all is said and done, five entrants will be chosen and have the Honor 6X sent to them.After the winners receive the phone, they must run it through its paces and provide a review.Their reviews must address the Honor 6X s dual-camera setup, 3,340mAh battery, and octa-core Kirin 655 chipset with 3GB RAM, three of the phone s standout features that earned it plenty of praise in Digital Trend s review.
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The filmmaker responsible for The Sixth Sense is back on top of the box office, but Star Wars prequel Rogue One crossed a major milestone this week, too.The Signs and The Sixth Sense filmmaker scored another win over the weekend with Split, his new film that casts X-Men franchise actor James McAvoy as a kidnapper with multiple personalities.Not only did the film win the weekend by a wide margin, but it also went a long way toward proving that the success of Shyamalan s 2015 low-budget thriller The Visit was anything but a fluke, and that the director — who was widely written off after a string of big-budget flops — still has a knack for making compelling and scary movies.More: xXx: Return of Xander Cage shifts into high gear as a fast & furious spy movieFollowing Split on the box-office chart was Vin Diesel s franchise kick-starter xXx: Return of Xander Cage, the third film in the series and the first to feature Diesel since 2002 s xXx.Although Xander Cage only earned around $20 million in U.S. theaters — not too far off pundits expectations — the film added more than $50 million overseas, giving it an impressive worldwide gross of $70.5 million after only one weekend in theaters.
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After explosions, recalls, and months of bad press, Samsung is attempting to put the drawn out Galaxy Note 7 saga behind it once and for all, with the long-promised official release of the findings of its internal investigation.Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh started a packed press conference in Seoul by deeply apologizing to customers and business partners, before adding on a somewhat positive note that some 96-percent of of the three million Note 7 devices sold had been returned.Koh followed with an explanation of the company s internal testing methodology, nothing that Samsung built a standalone testing facility to isolate the case of the explosions, testing wired and wireless testing, iris scanning and the USB-C connector.And while none of those were determined to be the cause, he added that the company will be instituting future safeguards to be extra careful.According to the testing, the incidents were caused by the battery cells, as previously reported in leaks that have come out in the past few weeks.According to Koh, the main cause of the incident was deflections in the negative electrode in the first batch of batteries, while melted copper was found in the second batch, due to a short circuit that occurred during welding.
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It s not often that Amazon features a laptop as one of its deals of the day, so anyone who uses a desktop at home or work should definitely check out this $335 Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga for their portable computing needs.Though this laptop runs Windows 10, its price is pretty similar to a lot of Chromebooks, though its 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, and power-sipping Intel Core M processor far exceed what you d find in most of Google s alternatives.The real highlight feature though is its IPS touchscreen.Sure, at 11.6", and 1366x768 resolution, this might not be your main computer.But since it s a Yoga, you can flip it into all sorts of different poses.Need to carry it around?
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Given the massive amounts of rain and snow that have fallen, people want to know if California s five-year-long intensive drought is finally over.Its impacts result from the interplay between the natural event less precipitation than expected and the demand people place on water supply, and human activities can exacerbate the impacts of drought.Indeed, precipitation, runoff, and soil moisture in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins have been far below normal for a long time.At this point in January, Northern California has already received almost its entire annual average precipitation, the snowpack is at 150 percent of normal, and reservoirs are filling up.And the relative abundance of water will bring calls to increase deliveries of water to cities and farms and to remove urban conservation restrictions.Temperature determines, among other things, the demand for water by crops, vegetation, and people, and especially the ratio of snow to rain that falls in the mountains.
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Given Android Wear smartwatches are still a relatively niche product, the $1,500 Tag Heuer Connected looked like a tough sell.However, it turns out the most premium smartwatch on the market, modelled after the classic Tag Carrera, might represent Android Wear s greatest success story to date.CEO Jean-Claude Biver said via 9to5Google , the company sold 56,000 Connected watches when internal expectations topped out at 20,000.As a result, there are now plans to launch a sequel in May, running the updated Android Wear 2.0.It ll offer Android Pay, GPS, boast a longer battery life and an improved display.Biver also revealed there ll be a smaller model designed for female wearers and a greater number of color options.
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Tesla will not be forced to recall cars featuring the controversial Autopilot software after US regulators decided to close a six-month investigation.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined the death of a driver in Florida was not caused by a defect within the vehicle.In May last year Johsua Brown died while using Autopilot on his Model S, but today s announcement clears the semi-autonomous feature of any blame.At the time Tesla says Autopilot was unable to detect the white side of the vehicle against the bright sun.Since that incident, Tesla has announced plans to launch improvements to Autopilot early in 2017 and has reiterated the need for drivers to keep their hands on the wheel at all time.Related: What is Tesla Autopilot
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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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Apple is suing Qualcomm, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court seen by Business Insider.Apple buys wireless modem chips from Qualcomm and pays it license royalties to use its wireless patents.Apple is accusing Qualcomm of withholding $1 billion in rebates under a deal they had struck to keep Qualcomm modems in Apple products, including the iPhone and iPad.Qualcomm held the rebates after Apple worked with Korean antitrust regulators looking into Qualcomm's licensing businesses, Apple said.Earlier this week, the FTC accused Qualcomm of monopolistic practices directly related to its intellectual property licensing business and cited its relationship with Apple.Qualcomm did not immediately return a request for comment.Apple said that Qualcomm charges Apple "at least five times more in" royalty payments than all of Apple's other patent licensors combined in a statement provided to Business Insider:"For many years Qualcomm has unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with.The more Apple innovates with unique features such as TouchID, advanced displays, and cameras, to name just a few, the more money Qualcomm collects for no reason and the more expensive it becomes for Apple to fund these innovations.Qualcomm built its business on older, legacy, standards but reinforces its dominance through exclusionary tactics and excessive royalties.Despite being just one of over a dozen companies who contributed to basic cellular standards, Qualcomm insists on charging Apple at least five times more in payments than all the other cellular patent licensors we have agreements with combined.To protect this business scheme Qualcomm has taken increasingly radical steps, most recently withholding nearly $1B in payments from Apple as retaliation for responding truthfully to law enforcement agencies investigating them.Apple believes deeply in innovation and we have always been willing to pay fair and reasonable rates for patents we use.
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How Millennials and Baby Boomers Consume User-Generated Content Infographic 47% of millennials trust user-generated content, vs. 36% of their baby boomer counterparts.However, each generation shared a relative distrust of content created by brands.This infographic shows the generation gap of UGC.Survey: 60 percent of voice users want more answers and fewer search resultsPeople who use voice search — the majority of whom prefer to do so in private vs. public — use it because it s fast, doesn t require reading, and gives you fewer answers to sort through.
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If you want to understand how the presidential motorcade moves around a city like a billionaire through the primaries, watch what s happening on the fringes, in the complex and intricately choreographed dance that is protecting the president and his entourage.The ballet starts with some serious training.The suited person at the wheel has definitely completed a specialized protective driving course—perhaps even a few.Protective driving skills are perishable, says Diana Chery, who trains security professionals in such things.Even POTUS receives a mandatory briefing on how to behave if something goes wrong.Imagine the protectee with an open coffee cup sitting on his lap, Scot Walker, a former federal agent who now runs security at a private firm, writes in a guide for protective drivers.
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What's more, as FCC chief Tom Wheeler steps down today, the FCC enjoys a GOP majority that has promised to gut net neutrality rules "," a move that's backed by many ISPs.And Trump's rumored pick to head the FCC and replace the departing Wheeler, Republican Ajit Pai, says net neutrality's "."At stake is a net neutrality order the FCC adopted in 2015 prohibiting ISPs from blocking or throttling traffic or giving priority to Web services in exchange for payment.The order also set up a complaint process to prevent "unjust" or "unreasonable" pricing and practices.The threat of complaints to the FCC helped put an end to several disputes between ISPs and other network operators over network interconnection payments, which improved Internet service quality for many subscribers.Trump's thinking has likely spurred him to fossil-fuel-friendly Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States on Friday, and as the chief executive, he's put the restoration of American manufacturing at the top of his agenda.Countless Europeans grew up with small Ford cars inThe Japanese and German automakers have been building cars in US factories for decades.
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It looks like Asus s CEO, Jerry Shen has high hopes for the company s future, so after announcing earlier this week that he plans to double sales in 2017, now he admitted that the Chinese company plans to launch its Zenfone 4 series smartphones this May!It may seem strange and early, since the Zenfone 3 Zoom only debuted at CES two weeks ago, but this is the way to make more sales in the market: increase the number of available phones.We don t know much about the future Zenfone 4 devices, but rumors say that one of them will come with a 5.2 inch display full HD and a 4850 mAh battery.With these specs it doesn t look like a flagship model, but probably an Asus Max related device.
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Don t know if there s anyone out there with this beauty in his hands, but if there is, then you re in for a treat!Sony announced that Xperia Z4 tablet joins the Z5 series and Xperia Z3 on the list of Sony devices receiving Android Nougat this week.ICYMI Android 7.0 now rolling out for Xperia Z5 series, Z4 Tablet & Z3 & Dual variants https://t.co/0o0f3KbhJH— Sony Xperia News @SonyMobileNews January 19, 2017The confirmation of the rollout was made with a tweet yesterday alongside a trailer for the new software.According to the video, the Z4 Tablet update was the fastest ever given to a tablet, since it only came 3 months after the official announcement.Have a look at the trailer for the new software and check what you will find once you hit the update button.Let us know in the comments what you think of Sony s take on Android Nougat.
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All the latest in the world of the channel from our sister site ChannelBizWelcome to Cross Channel, a weekly round up of the most pertinent stories from our sister site ChannelBiz, where you can find out all the latest developments, views and strategies from the world of the channel.Box ignites channel activity with new partner portalBox has launched a new partner portal to support partners internationally, claiming it is committed to building its channel programme in EMEA.The cloud collaboration software vendor describes the portal as a one-stop shop for Box partners channel-related needs.Working effectively with channel partners is important for our growth, and adding support with our new partner portal is a key step to strengthening our relationships and building a robust partner network, said David Benjamin, SVP and GM of EMEA, at Box.
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