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What are the Skullcandy Method Wireless?The Skullcandy Method Wireless are affordable wireless headphones that use a neckband rather than a skimpy cable or fully wireless earpieces such as the Apple AirPods.Skullcandy Method Wireless – Design and featuresI've had a rocky relationship with Skullcandy headphones over the years.The Method Wireless look and feel rather similar to some £100 wireless headphones, even though they cost £40.Like the Sennheiser Momentum In-ear Wireless, they use a collar band that sits around the back of your neck, with IEM-style earpieces sprouting out of each end.
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In addition to its chic design and stunning performance, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 also comes with the revamped Samsung Experience interface, formerly known as TouchWiz.Unlike TouchWiz that often attracted the relentless ridicule of regular consumers and tech aficionados, the new interface appears to have finally caught up with Samsung’s excellent hardware engineering.But while updating to the S8 will set you back $750, there might be a cheaper way to brush up your old phone’s interface with the new look.Developer Ankit Rawat has built a slick Galaxy S8 replica icon pack for your Android device that you can download entirely free of charge right now.The offer is only available for a brief window of time – so you might want to hurry up in case you want to get it for free.As of now, there are about 12 hours left to take advantage of the free option.
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The High Court has decided that a red-and-white "candy cane" house in Kensington can keep its unusual paint scheme, after the humourless local council told the owner to repaint it white.The house has been that way since 2015, reports the BBC, and the owner's been battling The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea pretty much ever since.The council told the owner – who's almost inevitably named Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring – that the stripes were "incongruous" and had to go.But Mr Justice Gilbert overruled them, declaring the decoration "entirely lawful."He went on to say the council was overstepping its mandate in using Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to decide how people can paint their homes.
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Phone calls, emails and faxes move over.Operated by the Hong Kong-listed Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings, WeChat – more often known as Weixin – on the mainland, is already the dominant app in the country with 889 million monthly active users.It is used to send instant messages, buy movie tickets, pay utility bills, as well as for other services that make people’s personal lives more convenient.With its huge user base and an increasing number of features enabling work-related tasks, WeChat continues to blur the line between personal and professional life with nearly 90 per cent of more than 20,000 surveyed web users in China seeing the app as their top choice for daily work communication.When people have more business relationships on WeChat they will need to maintain them and spend more time thereMarie Sun, analyst with Morningstar Research
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Next time you put a quarter into the jukebox at your corner bar, you won’t only hear a song; you may also see a programmatic ad.On Monday, TouchTunes — the company that owns over 63,000 digital jukeboxes in the U.S. — made the inventory on the machine programmatically available for the first time.Last year, over 1.1 billion songs were played on TouchTunes’ digital jukeboxes and its jukebox mobile app, according to Susan Danaher, the music network’s head of advertising, sales and marketing.“Previously, we were limited by direct sales in terms of how many advertisers we could talk to,” said Danaher.“But now, we can customize our offering on a more granular level for more advertisers.”TouchTunes is selling ads programmatically through both private marketplaces (mostly videos priced on effective cost per thousand impressions) and open exchanges.
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Finally, it seems fans of the military shooter series Call of Duty are going to get what they’ve been wanting for almost a decade: the past.For several years, the games have been moving forward in time, advancing beyond the near-future setting of the Modern Warfare titles into the space battles of Infinite Warfare, introducing drones, robots and, most controversially, rocket packs, along the way.But as the diminishing returns from the game’s annual instalments have shown, hardcore fans have become alienated by the endless new technological additions, preferring the ‘boots on the ground’ authenticity of the first Call of Duty titles, with their cinematic renderings of Operation Overlord, the second battle of El Alamein and the advance on Berlin.This game is likely to be the largest piece of historical entertainment ever released.Watch the worldwide reveal of CODWWII on 4/26 at 10AM PDT/1PM EDT: https://t.co/JtAxQQV4zN pic.twitter.com/culgG1ZQmzFrom an academic standpoint, engaging properly with games like this should extend far beyond simply picking apart historical accuracy – it’s a matter of public history.
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VistaJet is now the first international private jet operator that lets clients book flights on WeChat.The company hopes its newly launched service on the mobile platform can replace the convenience of owning or renting a private plane by allowing affluent Chinese consumers to charter a private jet virtually in an instant.“For Chinese customers who require guaranteed aircraft availability 365 days a year, WeChat could genuinely become an alternative to ownership — merely instant message our team, and we’ll organise the rest, to your own specific taste.” Vista Jet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr said in a statement.The launch comes amid the rapid expansion of VistaJet’s business in the Great China region in 2016, where the number of Chinese clients now makes up 17 percent of their current global customer base.Heading into the year of 2017, the company’s growth has continued in the first quarter, when sales of flight hours doubled compared to the same period the year before.Flohr said VistaJet intends to use the WeChat service to continue this expansion by reaching out to China’s digitally active consumers and simplify the way they charter a private jet.
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Watch out, human chief executive officers of companies, your job could be gone in 30 years, says Alibaba founder and executive chairman Jack Ma.Ma, who was speaking at an entrepreneurship conference in Zhengzhou, China, said that AI would be able to make calculations and decisions more rationally than humans, and wouldn't be swayed by emotions when compared to the human equivalent, reported The Guardian.Ma also warned that social conflicts would result from artificial intelligence taking over jobs, leaving an aging workforce competing for a diminishing number of jobs and would cause "more pain than happiness."The Alibaba founder isn't the first tech expert to warn of the perils of artificial intelligence.Tesla's Elon Musk as well as famed physicist Stephen Hawking have all spoken out against the perils of AI, while Musk has set up a fund to ensure that AI research doesn't get out of hand and wipe out humanity.Virtual reality 101: CNET tells you everything you need to know about VR.
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Welcome to The Drum's APAC Creative Works.As always, this section is dedicated to showing the best creative work and gives you, the reader, the chance to decide which work we feature as our APAC 'Creative Work of the Week.'We've now introduced our new five-star voting system.To vote for your favorite, make sure you click on the stars.The winner be chosen based on the average rating and the number of votes cast.Voting closes on Tuesday 18 April.
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The series is unconventional, but that could work in its favorMartin, the soulful-looking mutt that stars in the upcoming ABC show Downward Dog, is a navel gazer with an attitude.That much is obvious from his soliloquies about his place in the household hierarchy and his thorny relationship with the cat.See, Martin is a talking dog who’s as prone to existential crises as he is to oversharing.He speaks directly to the camera and narrates the half-hour series about his life with his owner Nan, played by Fargo breakout actress (and Emmy nominee) Allison Tolman.The fact that Downward Dog is a different breed of talking-animal show—not a broad, slapstick comedy—poses a unique marketing challenge for its network and producers.
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A Silicon Valley “flying car” startup, Kitty Hawk, reportedly backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, released a video Monday of its airborne prototype and announced plans for deliveries of a “personal flying machine” this year.“Our mission is to make the dream of personal flight a reality.We believe when everyone has access to personal flight, a new, limitless world of opportunity will open up to them,” said a statement on the website of the Kitty Hawk company, based in Google’s home town of Mountain View, California.“Today we’re announcing our first prototype of The Flyer, a personal flying machine that will become available for sale by the end of 2017.”The video showed the single-seat aircraft -- with two pontoons and a spider web-like platform -- taking off from a lake at an undisclosed location and hovering above the water, where it is meant to be used.The craft, propelled by eight rotors, takes off and lands vertically, like a helicopter.
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The constant rain in the capital didn’t dampen the spirits of the tens of thousands of marchers who slogged through the mud to cheer for science this weekend.“Hi, my name is Dana from the University of Maryland.“I’m not going to crowd you, but I’ll be here if you have any questions.”Fisher is a sociologist who studies protest movements.Those results will be compared with similar surveys at other protests around the world.Is it for science or for people concerned about Black Lives Matter or immigration and this is a chance to protest the president?”
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The enthusiast world is geeked for the debut of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R, which will happen later this year.It's not terribly expensive, but what if it could be even cheaper?The latest Civic Type R rumor to leave the rumor mill is that the 2018 CTR will be offered in both base and Touring trims, as opposed to the 2017 CTR, which is offered in just Touring trim.The rumor comes by way of a HondaPro Jason tweet, a serious Honda enthusiast who's pretty reliable in these matters.Honda did not immediately return a request for comment, but automakers traditionally don't spill the beans on future product, even if it's just a lesser version of a model that already exists.When the 2017 Civic Type R Touring goes on sale this year, it should carry a price in the mid-$30,000 range.
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Modern cars are built to withstand all types of crashes, including rollovers, but it doesn't mean they're perfect.Ford thinks it has a better solution for rollover protection.It was recently granted a patent for an external roof rack-mounted airbag system.Instead of a traditional airbag, which is inside the vehicle, these airbags drape over the side of the vehicle to help cushion the blow of a rollover.The airbags will be stored inside the rack attached to the vehicle's roof.When the airbags expand and drape over the side of the vehicle, they may be held in place by elastic tethers.
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Like most media companies, 130-year-old Hearst is having to find new ways of doing business.The privately held magazine publisher, TV station owner, minority owner of cable networks including ESPN and A E, and new media investor makes a quarter of its profits from business services, ranging from ratings agency Fitch to Hearst Health to Floor Covering Weekly.“These businesses have the wind at their back,” said CEO Steve Swartz in an interview with ABC’s Rebecca Jarvis that helped kick off the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas.“For any core media business, the growth is challenged,” Swartz said.There is so much content—very good content—and limited places for advertisers.”While Hearst’s Cosmopolitan magazine is one of the top performing Snapchat channels, Swartz said social media platforms will not save traditional media.
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Deutsch recently welcomed Michelle Rowley as group planning director on Johnson & Johnson’s global Acuvue account and new business efforts.She started in the role on April 3.“Michelle’s passionate about finding strategic insights that will take our creative and our client’s business to new levels,” Deutsch New York CEO Val DiFebo said in a statement.“We’re excited to have her on the Deutsch team.She’s a collaborative spirit and her global, multidisciplinary experience make her a great addition to the agency.”Rowley joined Deutsch from Deep Focus, where she served as director of brand planning since 2014, managing strategy for such clients as Purina, Nestle, Unilever and Frito-Lay.
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Next month at the 2017 installment of Google I/O, the company is expected to give developers their first look at the next major Android version.It's believed that Android O will mostly bring subtle changes, though one in particular could make your devices much more secure.Instead, it will be the result of Google putting the breaks on a couple of things.As Bleeping Computer notes in a recent post, Android O will prevent ordinary apps from displaying several kinds of system alerts -- which has been a common tactic used by Android ransomware to lock users out of their devices.There are at least half a dozen such alerts that are being restricted.Android currently has two broad groups for permissions: normal and dangerous.
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How do spacecrafts manage to travel long distances with so little fuel?originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.Answer by Robert Frost, Instructor and Flight Controller at NASA, on Quora:How do spacecrafts manage to travel long distances with so little fuel?Recall the words of Sir Isaac Newton, in his first law of motion:"An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force."
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Red Dead Redemption V, a mod that promised to put Red Dead Redemption's map inside GTA 5, has been cancelled after three years of development.The plug was pulled on the fan-made mod after the creators were contacted by a third party, following the official announcement in March.It's not clear who contacted the modders, but one of the group, Mr. Leisurewear, took to the GTA Forums to explain the cancellation.He wrote (via): "I know this is hard pill to swallow, but as you may have noticed we did get contacted, and we sadly have to say we are stopping this project."So thanks guys, we were all so happy to see this, but it isn't going to happen, sorry."It seems the modders were contacted, likely by either developers of the Red Dead series, Rockstar, or rights-holders Take-Two Interactive, after releasing a trailer for the mod last week.
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Sony used MWC to announce its impressive new flagship, the Xperia XZ Premium, which comes with a range of high-end features.The phone boasts the world's first 4K HDR smartphone screen, along with the top-end Snapdragon 835 chipset that's also used to power Samsung's new Galaxy S8.And while the phone looked to be an impressive offering from Sony, there was no word on just when consumers would be able to get their hands on the device.Now, Sony has announced the Xperia XZ Premium will be making its way to the UK by the "end of June", along with a bright new colour option.Yes, along with the black and chrome models the company showed off at MWC, there will be a new 'bronze pink' finish for those who like something a little more conspicuous.Xperia Colour Designer, Satoshi Aoyagi, spoke about the new colour option in a release from Sony: “We wanted to find a colour that represented a feeling of warmth whilst at the same time exemplifying the premium features and design.
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