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Angry Birds second weekend the film in US cinema has gone well. According to preliminary data, it rises to the weekend's third most viewed. Film Business from the next Box Office Mojo, the Angry Birds at the box office on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to have a total of $ 18.7 million. Total Angry Birds has now garnered ticket sales of $ 66.4 million, in the United States. The current week are an absolute hit in the United States has been the X-Men: Apocalypse, with sales from Friday to Sunday is estimated at $ 65 million. At that time, the film acknowledged to $ 39 million for three days and it was the most watched film last weekend.
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New Horizons may be millions of miles beyond Pluto in the Kuiper Belt right now, but that hasn t stopped the spacecraft from continuing to beam back glorious imagery of its encounter with our solar system s weirdest little ice world.The video below stitches together all of the highest-resolution images captured by New Horizons as it zipped past Pluto on July 14th, 2015.From a distance of 9,850 miles 15,850 kilometers , the spacecraft s Long Range Reconnaissance Imager achieved a resolution of 260 feet 80 meters per pixel across a 55 mile-wide strip of the dwarf planet s encounter hemisphere.From cratered uplands to craggy badlands to blocky plains of nitrogen ice, Pluto s rugged and diverse surface pops to life as if you re cruising overhead in a helicopter.Unless somebody funds another trip to Pluto, these are the best images of the three billion mile-distant world we re going to see in our lifetimes.As scientists continue to study the wealth of data collected by New Horizons, we can expect to reveal more of Pluto s incredible secrets for years to come.
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NEW YORK -- The price of oil topped $50 a barrel this week for the first time since July, delivering a cash infusion to oil producers and a lift to beaten-down energy stocks.Analysts expect gasoline and airline fares to stay relatively low at least through the summer travel season.Although global production has slowed, particularly in the U.S., supplies are still more than ample enough to meet demand.However, she did worry that oil-producing countries could suffer economic hardship that could "have adverse spillover effects to the rest of the global economy."That's still 42 cents a gallon below last summer's average.Analysts expect the price to soon start falling sometime and sell for close to $2 for a good part of the summer.
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Apple Handoff explainedHandoff is one of the 'Continuity' features in iOS 9 and OS X 10.10 or higher, and it may well be the one you'll use most often.Perhaps you want to take a web page you're reading, or the email you're writing on your iPhone, and finish it on the larger screen and keyboard of a Mac or iPad.There are other ways to do that – in these particular scenarios, iCloud Tabs and your Drafts mailbox would help – but Handoff makes the process quicker.Devices signed in to the same iCloud account, in close proximity, and with Bluetooth turned on, can tell each other what app you're working with.Interacting with that icon tells the originating device to hand the task – including the email you're writing or a document in, say, Pages, Numbers or Keynote – to the device you're now using.This isn't limited to Apple's apps, either, and developers can add support for Handoff to their own apps.
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-What is an A/B Test for AdWords Search Ads?-What is Testable in AdWords Search Ads?The 3 Types of Variables-The Framework for Testing & Optimization-How to Test Google Search Ads In AdWords
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Foxconn, which manufactures components for Apple and Samsung, slashed the workforce of one of its factories in half in order to replace the human workers with mechanical ones, according to the South China Morning Post.As it does so, it hopes its human workforce will be able to focus on "higher value added elements in the manufacturing process", such as research, development and quality control.Imagine your friend at Glastonbury can post a photo on Instagram and with it comes bundled a faint twinkling of what she was feeling right there in that moment.Within 30 years it is highly likely that mechanical beings will have taken over most jobs, according to experts."We are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task," said Moshe Vardi, a professor in computational engineering, at a conference in earlier this year.Companies that operate in the area where Foxconn has employed its robotic workforce have invested 4.2 billion yen £430 mn in robots since September 2014.
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Images: APNow you see it, now you don t. Street artist JR s latest work has seen him shroud the large pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris with material that, at a glance, makes it look like the structure has disappeared altogether.The trompe-l œil trick is, of course, often used to hide building works from view on busy city streets.But applying it an iconic structure in the name of art is quite something.Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, JR explained: I always seek to attract people s attention toward something, generally other people.When arriving to the Louvre, people will all notice the absence and that will make them talk to each other and seek the right angle...The vanishing act will remain in place for a month, during which JR will take over of the entire museum for a day.
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When you use a tablet, it's pretty simple to point your finger and poke at the screen.However, there are times when you need a finer touch that your sausage fingers just can't produce.And that's why Adonit has been working hard on their new stylus.It features 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, as well as other niceties like shortcut buttons, palm rejection, and offset correction.To keep battery life to a maximum, it has sensors to detect when it has been picked up and put down.Once you set it down, it will go to sleep, and will wake up when it has been picked up again.
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Spotify's current headquarters on Birger Jarlsgatan in Stockholm. Spotify are increasingly part of the debate on the Stockholm housing shortage. We are therefore forced to now state that if no changes are made, we must consider to expand more in other countries instead of Sweden, wrote founders Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon in the letter. We never signaled to move all our operations from Sweden, but if conditions do not change, then Spotify to let growth happen in other countries, says Spotify's global HR director Katarina Berg in a written comment for Di Digital. Here it is hardly talk of any relocation plans. The annual report for 2015 shows that the music service obligations for office rent almost tripled, from SEK 680 million to almost 2 billion between 2014 and 2015.
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The company has announced that it will be the exclusive streaming service for Disney and Pixar movies, as well as Marvel and LucasFilm properties, starting this September.The news comes more than three years after Netflix inked a deal with Disney in December 2012 for the rights to deliver the media giant s content on its streaming platform.Disney titles will become available on Netflix during the same release window in which they d come to pay-TV channels, meaning they ll arrive after they re released on DVD and Blu-Ray.That shuts out rivals like HBO, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video from streaming Disney movies, which is a huge deal for Netflix in its endeavor to become the go-to service for TV and movie fans.However, it s worth noting that the deal applies only to viewers in the US.We ll have to wait and see if Netflix will work to extend the deal to cover other countries.
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Image copyrightSpotify has seen revenue reach 1.95bn euros $2.2bn;£1.5bn in the past year, but the Swedish music streaming platform has yet to make a profit.Net losses increased by 7% from the previous year to 173m euros.Spotify's main expenses are royalties paid to artists.It had 89 million active monthly users by the end of 2015, 28 million of which were paying for subscriptions.More competitionSpotify, long at the forefront of online music streaming, said it was prioritising investment, as it faces increasing competition.As the industry leader, the firm has received a lot of criticism from artists who argue that the royalties they receive from streaming are not fair, and that streaming platforms fail to support new artists.
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A school committee meeting in Maine might just reveal why Apple's iPads are having a tough time breaking into the classroom.Last week, a technology director for Auburn district schools presented a study that indicated that students and teachers in grades 7 through 12 overwhelmingly favor laptops over iPads, reports the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal.But the most surprising part of the study is how some of the teachers and students feel about iPads.Earlier this year, Apple updated its iPad software with a new Classroom app that's designed to help teachers guide students through lessons.But the iPad's push into education has had missteps.The Los Angeles school district halted its contract with Apple in 2014 over rumors that Apple and its partner, Pearson, might have recieved preferential treatment when winning the original $1.3 billion contract to provide iPads and curriculum to schools for $798 each.But it's worth noting that the Auburn school district only recently looked at iPad usage by middle and high schoolers.
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David Hicks of Kayak Connection outfits Alex Koontz at the harborside kayak shop.Hicks is a featured guide on the new Outdoorsie social media startup that is creating a new online marketplace of outdoor activities led by experienced guides like Hicks.Dan Coyro -- Santa Cruz Sentinel SANTA CRUZ - A San Francisco social media startup is tapping into the rich vein of Monterey Bay adventure sports companies with a new online marketplace of outdoor activities led by experienced guides throughout Northern California.Outdoorsie is another way to reach out to customers in a more personal way on social media, said Cliff Hodges, founder of Adventure Out, a Santa Cruz-based company that sells climbing, wilderness, surfing and biking experiences.Outdoorsie users can watch videos of activities and read about guides who promise them a personalized athletic experience.Helping people connect with each other through shared passions is also a goal.
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Unless you've got superpowers or particularly light fingers, a new iPhone is never going to come particularly cheaply, but some countries offer more competitive SIM-free iPhone pricing than others.Data prised by Business Insider from Deutsche Bank's annual 'Mapping the World's Prices' report reveal which countries the iPhone is cheapest in – and where you're going to pay most for a shiny new Apple smartphone like the incoming iPhone 7.Related: All you need to know about the iPhone 7Using US prices for the iPhone 6 as a baseline, the stats show that Brazil is the most expensive place to buy a new iPhone, where it retails for 56% more than in the States.Other pricey countries to grab an Apple handset include Indonesia, Sweden, India and Italy, while Hong Kong, Japan, South Africa and Singapore are among those where the premium is lowest.The UK ranks 21st in the list at 12% over the odds.Buy Now: Apple iPhone 6 just £447 on AmazonHere's the table in full:However, before we start bashing Apple for being big meanies in certain markets, it's worth noting that the local prices reflect things like import duties, sales tax, and currency variations.
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Lyft may soon allow you to schedule a pickup with at least 24 hours notice.Initially, only Lyft employees will have access to this feature, but we re told that it ll quickly scale to riders.Those with access to this feature can select their pickup location as they normally would on Lyft s iOS and Android apps before tapping a clock icon to choose the desired time for the car to arrive.It s also limited to classic Lyft rides only.The idea behind this feature is to provide some additional peace of mind to riders when they have planned specific trips, such as getting to the airport or traveling outside of the city.Currently you can request a ride, but you ll still endure a wait that can vary each day.Scheduled rides could also benefit business travelers as well, building on top of Lyft s recent enterprise-oriented offerings, such as business profiles.As the company continues to promote the idea of abandoning car ownership in favor of having someone else take you around, the option to schedule a ride in advance certainly fits the vision.It s a shame that the company isn t yet opening this pilot up to people outside of the company to see if it draws interest and changes existing usage patterns.Lyft said that it anticipates making scheduled rides available to more people this summer.Updated as of 11:12 a.m. Pacific on Monday: This post has been updated to clarify that currently a $20 minimum fare is not needed.However, as the company is testing this feature, feedback it gathers could shape whether one may be implemented in the future, as well as other options.
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Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online.For more stories from WIRED's mission-driven businesses package, click here.Ben Rattray, founder and CEO of Santa Barbara-based petition site Change.org, decided to study law."The marketplace is incredibly competitive," he says."But merely having money is insufficient to attract the top talent - they'll have plenty of similar offers.Increasingly, people are looking to work at organisations that have a social mission they can dedicate themselves to."
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Why We Sacrificed Our Goal for the Business - A Lesson on Pivoting
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In essence, the machine took a look at a group of trees, fed this data through an algorithm that created the blueprint for the final structure, and then the robot got to work.It s all part of a new MSc course called Design & Make which is being offered at the AA School, and it promises to focus on robotic technologies and their application in timber construction.According to program director Martin Self, robots are going to play an increasingly important role in 21st-century architecture.The new course will be offered in the fall, and will span the course of a year, during which students will learn all about machines and construction.Students will utilize the AA School s woodland research facility in Hooke Park, and incorporate natural resources in their projects.The rationale for this approach is that the diverse characteristics of local material can be exploited directly without wasteful industrial processing to first standardize and then add variation back to the component geometries, Self noted.
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It never ceases to amaze that the Hubble Space Telescope can snap pictures that detailed of a planet that is 50 million miles from Earth.The image was taken on May 12, 2016 and shows many of the Red Planets major surface features.The dark area in the far right of the photo is Syrtis Major Planitia, one of the first major surface features identified by astronomers back in the 17th century.Scientists today know that Syrtis Major Planitia is actually an inactive shield volcano and in this image, it has clouds around its summit.The image also shows the Hellas Planitia basin, the bright oval to the south of Syrtis Major.A large blanket of clouds covers part of the southern polar cap and the northern polar cap is much smaller in icy diameter than it is during winter because it is late summer on Mars.
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Ne ovat osa vahvasti kasvavaa terveysteknologiasektoria.Tutkijat kuvaavat akkukeksintöään eräänlaiseksi laastariksi.Uudessa akussa tutkijat kiersivät monta ongelmaa leikkaamalla tavallisen litiumakun pienen pieniksi laatoiksi, jotka sitten sidottiin yhteen joustavilla johdoilla.Siten saatiin aikaiseksi yksi suuri, litteä akku.Lopulta tämä kokonaisuus upotettiin pehmeään, kumimaiseen massaan ja päällystettiin jäykemmällä kumityypillä.Tuloksena oli erittäin ohut, venyvä ja vedenpitävä akku, joka voidaan levittää esimerkiksi iholle liikkuvana ladattavana akkuna.
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