p The Norway-based tech icon Opera is huge in Africa, with almost 100 million people using its mobile and desktop products across the continent.Recognizing this, Opera is investing $100 million (30 billion Nigerian naira) in Africa over the next two years, aiming to speed up Internet adoption and strengthen the local Internet ecosystem.The company is also overhauling its browser product with African consumers in mind, and has partnered with several major African publishers on a news curation system.On the browser front, Opera plans to add value-added services to its product, including data bundling and mobile payments.The latter is pretty exciting.It’d be interesting how integrating that – or a rival service – into a browser would work.
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p Fueled by imagination, this 27-year-old Lego set—the Solo Trainer—flew thousands of hours in the hands of kids and collectors.But Adam Woodworth, an aerospace engineer and hardware designer at Google, wanted to see just how aeronautically sound Lego’s design really was, so he built a giant RC version of it.Made from various types of foam, including the one-inch thick panels used to insulate a house, Adam’s recreation is a near-perfect replica of the original Lego model that flies surprisingly well given its angled design doesn’t look very aerodynamic.A motor failure resulted in a devastating crash for the original version of Adam’s Lego-inspired plane.But he’s since rebuilt it, which took about 100 more hours than the Lego toy did.
p The next Assassin's Creed game looks set to play with the series' successful formula by opening up the game's borders for more exploration.2016 was the first year in a while that didn’t have a mainstream Assassin’s Creed release — if you don’t count the movie — so rumors abound about what we can expect.The latest ones claim that it will be called Origins and will focus on open-world gameplay set in ancient Egypt.Much like Syndicate, it too will feature two protagonists: One man, one woman.Rumors that appeared last year gave us our first hint of the game’s setting, though the suggestion early on was that it would be called Assassin’s Creed: Empire.While the Egyptian setting remains the current prediction for it, Origins is a new name that WWG was told by a claimed Ubisoft insider.
p So I've been shopping on this website and now I'm being retargeted really hard inside the Reddit app.How does Google do this?
p The worst thing about being in a rock band is waiting for the guitarist to set up and adjust—and re-adjust, and then re-re-adjust—his interminable collection of effects boxes and pedals.But now perhaps the biggest names in guitars has an app to fix all that.The Fender Tone app for iOS and Android manages thousands of pre-set guitar effects, and delivers them via Bluetooth or WiFi to Fender’s new line of Mustang GT guitar amps.For the guitarist I jam with.The guy who wastes 45 minutes troubleshooting his stomp box array while everyone else waits.The app itself can manage and fine-tune pretty much any guitar effect you can imagine: sustain, distortion, reverb, flange, tape delay, et cetera, ad infinitum.
p After announcing it at I/O 2016, Google is finally launching Android Wear 2.0, a major revamp that’s meant to breathe new life into the company’s smartwatch platform.After announcing it at I/O 2016, Google is finally launching Android Wear 2.0, a major revamp that’s meant to breathe new life into the company’s smartwatch platform.The release — which was delayed several months so Google could fine-tune the software — has had five developer previews since May, all of which were only compatible with the Huawei Watch and the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE.This year looks to be different, though.February saw the release of the LG Watch Style and Watch Sport, the first two smartwatches designed in close collaboration with Google to run Android Wear 2.0, much like the company’s Nexus devices.Many other watches have been announced since then, such as the Huawei Watch 2 and its predecessor, the Huawei Watch; Casio’s WSD-F20; Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45; and more.
If you can actually manage to find one, it’s a very fun little console (actually, you can buy one on Amazon right now if you don’t mind paying a premium).Of course, as much fun as the Switch is, it can’t even come close to matching the power of a PlayStation 4 or PS4 Pro.Before you pre-order them anywhere else though, you should know that Amazon is offering 20% off pre-orders of five of the most eagerly anticipated PS4 games of 2017.You’ll need to be a Prime member to get the discount, so be sure to sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial if you’re not already a member.A New Hero, a Story Untold- In an emotionally gripping new Star Wars campaign that spans over 30 years.Galactic-Scale Space Combat-Space combat has been designed for Star Wars Battlefront II from the ground up with distinct handling, weapons and customization options.
p Valve has revealed the first wave of Battle Pass features and rewards for the run up to this year's premier Dota 2 tournament, The International 2017.The in-game pass for TI7 mixes up the usual itinerary of rare and exclusive cosmetic items by offering a four player co-op campaign mode.The loosely story-led mode, dubbed Siltbreaker, will be split into two acts.The Sands of Fate arrives for Battle Pass owners later this month (May), while the final, climactic act, A Vault in the Deep, will launch in July.According to Valve's synopsis, Siltbreaker will take players of the hugely popular PC MOBA "into the blackest depths of Dark Reef... to battle through a diverse landscape of loathsome monsters, cunning traps, and other lethal terrors."The remainder of the Battle Pass is very much business as usual for Valve's eSports darling, with players hoping to increase their Battle Level enough to unlock rare Immortal Treasures, new terrain, taunts, voice-lines, emoticons, cosmetics and more.
p Google is betting big on YouTube’s future as a destination for exclusive video content: Bloomberg reports that the company will spend ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ to fund more than 40 original shows and movies for its platform over the next year.To that end, YouTube is roping in big names to create fresh content, like comedian and actor Kevin Hart – who will try out trendy exercise routines with other celebrities – as well as talk show host Ellen DeGeneres who will take viewers through the making of her talk show.YouTube stars Rhett & Link will get a chance to flesh out their daily talk show Good Mythical Morning and grow their viewership of 12 million, and singer Demi Lovato will be shadowed by a camera crew as she writes and records her new album.The bold move could well pay off for YouTube, as, unlike traditional TV channels, can reach a global audience with its programming – and that’s a huge draw for advertisers.About half a dozen of these shows will be ad-supported and available to viewers for free.For its Red subscription-based streaming service that features original content, YouTube is slated to ramp up funding for shows, matching the $3 million – $6 million per hour budgets that are more common among major TV channels like HBO.
p Snapchat is a popular photo-messaging app that allows you to take photos, record videos, add drawings, and send them to your friends.Snapchat is a popular photo-messaging app that allows you to take photos, record videos, add drawings, and send them to your friends.Whether you’re a Snapchat veteran or a complete newbie, our guide will you get started with the platform and run you through some of the app’s more integral features, whether you’re looking to create a story or quickly reimburse a friend for that Naked Chicken Chalupa.Once the app is installed, tap the Snapchat icon to open it.Keep in mind: In order to use Snapchat, you need to be at least 13 years old.Before you start using Snapchat, make sure you take a look at your settings by tapping on the red square that is located at the bottom right-hand corner of your camera screen.
p The adoption of USB-C is a double-edged sword.On the other hand, as Apple demonstrated, that sometimes meant dramatically reducing the amount of ports available.This, however, has created a golden opportunity for accessory makers to offer innovative products to fill in the gap.Like this PowerUp on Indiegogo that promises to reduce your chargers to exactly one.PowerUp doesn’t replace your MacBook charger.It does, however, try to replace all other chargers.
p Fuze, an enterprise-focused cloud communications company, has raised another $30 million, closing its Series E round of funding at a whopping $134 million./p p The latest tranche comes three months after Fuze first announced it had raised $104 million and takes the company’s total funding to $334 million since its inception./p p Founded out of Massachusetts in 2006 as ThinkingPhones, the company rebranded as Fuze last year, adopting the name of the video-conferencing company it acquired a year before.Today, Fuze combines video conferencing, SMS, instant messaging, and voice calls under a single platform and throws a bunch of other tools into the mix, including analytics and caller ID.The technology can also be integrated into third-party software such as Zendesk, Salesforce, and Gmail./p p With an extra $30 million in its coffers, garnered from a “top U.S. public pension fund,” the company will now double down on its efforts to “accelerate product innovation for Fuze’s enterprise customer segment and continue international expansion in Asia Pacific and Latin America,” according to a company statement.
p If you firmly believe that technology is an art form – and also happen to have £7,000 lying around – this 4K television from German manufacturer from Loewe might just sate your ostentatious appetite.The OLED Loewe Bild 9 panel comes in 55in and 65in models.It features a unique gold-coloured triangular stand, which lets you tuck the massive display conveniently into the corner of a room.Alternatively you can stick it on a table or attach it to the wall – although doing do surely takes away half the appeal.There's a practical reason for wanting the Art Deco-inspired steel frame: it doubles as a housing for the power and input cables, making the television look more like a work of art sitting on an easel and less like something you use to watch Masterchef in your pants.The display on the Loewe is just 7mm thick, on par with modern smartphones, and features high dynamic range (HDR), wide colour gamut courtesy of Dolby Vision as well as Smart TV abilities that allow you to connect it to the internet and various streaming services, including Tidal and Amazon Video.
p The following excerpt is from Kim Walsh Phillips’s book Ultimate Guide to Instagram for Business.Buy it now from Amazon Barnes & Noble IndieBoundObtaining celebrity status on Instagram isn’t about an ego boost.Instead, it’s about premium positioning so you’re magnetic to your target market.Your perfect prospects will line up to see you, and they’ll pay you top dollar as the celebrity expert you are.Your profile must be on-point with your brand before you begin promoting.
p Almost 70% of small and medium business (SMB) owners are optimistic they'll see business growth, expansion or increased revenue over the next 12 months, despite their unease over political uncertainty in Washington, according to a new survey released today by marketplace and small business platform Purch, owner of Business.com.The current administration's plans for deregulation pleased 61% of small business owners surveyed, who note that the promise of deregulation has impacted their business plans, with 34% saying the impact would be huge.Regulations have hindered new hires, according to 56% of SMB owners, while 33% say regulations block investment in new technology, software, and equipment.Of the respondents who envisioned an acquisition or other liquidity event over the next year, 63% said it would be facilitated by deregulation.More than a quarter of respondents (26%) said "political uncertainty" is a threat to their business with "taxes" (32%) and "regulations" (21%), both tied to an unsettled political climate in Washington."Our Business.com survey shows that the people who drive the vital small and medium business sector of our economy clearly expect proposed deregulations from the Trump administration to stimulate business growth, investment, and acquisitions," says Doug Llewellyn, president and chief operating officer of Purch, which recently relaunched Business.com.
p På tisdagmorgonen kickade techveckan GBG Tech Week igång.Under veckan har arrangörerna samlat 26 olika event från arrangörer som Chalmers ventures, Orten.io och inte minst Breakit.Han har tidigare startat Minesto – ett bolag som tagit fram en teknik som gör det möjligt att utvinna el från tidvatten och havsströmmar via ett kraftverk som förankras på havets botten.Med Minesto, som är en avknoppning från Saab, fick han tidigt med Preem-ägaren och oljemiljardären Mohammed Al-Amoudi som investerare genom bolaget Midroc.Det som fick med dem var synergin mellan mig och Saab”, säger han när Breakit pratar med honom efter framträdandet.Idag är Minesto noterat på aktiehandelsplatsen First North och har ett börsvärde på över 450 miljoner kronor.
p Paris joins WeWork from Spotify, where he held the VP of Engineering position for five years.Before that, Paris spent almost ten years at Yahoo where he worked on various engineering teams.Paris will be focusing on the combination of WeWork’s digital and physical products to offer the most seamless end-user experience possible.“I’m interested in looking at how we blend physical space with digital technology,” said Paris.“Take the internet of things, for example.We can bring sensors into the management of the space to get data on how people interact in their offices and tailor that experience.”
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Kai Lenny has given injured surfers a way to get into the water by slapping a hydrofoil on a boogie board.Water and Kai Lenny go hand in hand, so when the 24-year-old surfer injures his ankle, he finds a way to keep going.Since surfing could worsen the injury, Lenny has turned to the good, old-fashioned boogie board.Lenny injured his ankle while windsurfing a few weeks ago.Itching to get back in the water, he used his down time to create what he is calling the Boogie Foil.Like hydrofoils found on boats, the Boogie Foil lifts the board out of the water to reduce drag and increase speed.