My biggest problem with New Years Resolutions in years past is that they are too rigid and destination-oriented.Too often I set aggressive goals without thinking about how I’m going to tactically achieve them.Last year I focused instead on a set of habits.I was marginally successful at keeping them, but also found they had more longevity through the year and therefore more utility to guide the behavior and outcome I wanted.Habits: These are daily/weekly tactics and activities that serve as building blocks for the goals I have for the year.For me this includes things such as 64 oz of water daily, at least 10,000 recorded steps daily, making & taking my lunch to work, etc.
As our gadgets evolve, they become smaller and smaller, so that they’re able to permeate every part of our lives and even our bodies.In truth, any one of these smart devices is likely far more powerful than the computers of that time.This was illustrated most strikingly during Apple’s big event in September of this year.While all of the announcements Apple made were exciting, there were two particular announcements that specifically showed how Apple, and the entire computer industry, are pushing all of us into a future with computing everywhere.Now, with Apple bringing wireless charging to what is perhaps the single most important tech product in existence —the iPhone — wireless charging is set to take off in unimaginable ways.Beyond that, Apple’s support is going to usher in a new wave of integration of wireless charging across multiple industries.
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The summer of 2001, I found myself in a hotel conference suite hearing from a successful black businessman named Brian Morton share his career experience.What I remembered was that, whereas I was accustomed to TV businessmen portrayed by white, middle-aged guys, I saw in Brian a young black man in his mid-20s who wore his hair in a short, neat cut, like me.He seemed like somebody I would go to church with on the account of his nice fitting three-piece suit.In fact, surrounding me were a bunch of young adults who were, like me, clad in business apparel.But we were not at church on that sunny summer Thursday.We were guests of INROADS, an internship program for minority youth, at a training summit held at the LAX Marriott.
Earlier this year, Facebook revealed a new VR app called Spaces.Speaking simply, Spaces is essentially Facebook for a virtual reality world, as it allows you to hang out with friends in VR and view Facebook photos, among other things.When you consider the fact that Facebook owns Oculus, you’d think that it would want to keep Spaces exclusive to the Rift.As it turns out, that isn’t actually the case.Facebook today announced that Spaces is coming to HTC VIVE, the Rift’s biggest (and arguably only) competitor.Those on HTC VIVE will get the same experience as those on Rift – you’ll be able to create your own VR avatar, play games and create VR art with your friends, begin a Live broadcast, and even place a Messenger video call with your friends regardless of whether or not they’re using Spaces in VR.
Chinese manufacturer GPD has carved out a niche for itself making some impressive portable PCs, and the firm – which produced the GPD Pocket that we recently reviewed and liked – is coming out with a sequel to its popular handheld Windows gaming PC.The GPD Win 2 is being fired up as a campaign on Indiegogo, and the new model features some considerable upgrades over the original.However, the price has also been jacked up to $699 (around £520, AU$915), or $599 (around £450, AU$785) for those who commit to buying the device in advance on Indiegogo, when it goes live on the crowdfunding site sometime in the middle of January.The Win 2 goes with a half-inch larger 6-inch display – although it keeps the 1,280 x 720 resolution – and bumps up the processor to an Intel Core m3-7Y30 capable of Intel Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz (with integrated Intel HD Graphics 615).That’s a solid jump from the previous Atom CPU.The machine doubles up system RAM to 8GB, too, and also doubles storage to 128GB, making use of an M.2 SSD this time around instead of slower eMMC flash.
Angry lawmakers on Capitol Hill grilled Facebook, Google and Twitter lawyers last month over their companies' roles in the spread of misinformation during the 2016 presidential election.Or comments like this one, posted in r/The_Donald: "Her wall got breached without lube by a f***ing Trump Train on steroids with a Cruz missile attached.Or links to controversial news sources, like beforeitsnews.com, which in November published a story claiming US Marines were blocking a coup against President Donald Trump.While these shifts happened in forums all over Reddit, Nithyanand found the activity was most intense in Republican-oriented subreddits, like r/Republican, r/Conservative, r/TedCruz, r/MarcoRubio and r/The_Donald.The increase was so much more pronounced on forums like those that Nithyanand thinks he might have stumbled on a planned push to change the tone and content of conservative political discussions across Reddit."We take both the integrity of Reddit and the US elections extremely seriously.
Good news for Star Wars fans, that is.Synthesio scanned more than 5 million messages in 80 languages, so I pulled out my trumpet, ready to herald the news.I asked Synthesio to break down the last four days, since the movie premiered to the American people.After all, last weekend it seemed both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic audience reviewers offered somewhat lukewarm reactions to the film.On Thursday, the social sentiment was 66 percent positive, 34 percent negative.On Friday, the positives had dipped to 61 percent, the negatives were now 39 percent.
Media software maker Plex, which has been enjoying a bit of growth following its newer focus on DIY cord-cutters, today announced a new incubator and community resource called Plex Labs.The idea here is to help the company’s internal passion projects gain exposure, along with those from Plex community members.Today, Plex Labs is also unveiling its first project: a music player called Plexamp.The player was built by several Plex employees in their free time, and is meant for those who use Plex for music.As the company explains in its announcement, the goal was to build a small player that sits unobtrusively on the desktop and can handle any music format.The team limited itself to a single window, making Plexamp the smaller Plex player to date, in terms of pixel size.
Electronics manufacturer based in China – BESTEK – produces a plethora of smart gadgets for your home.Keep reading to learn more about it as well as find out what BESTEK is promoting and giving away for Christmas!Usually, power strips are often placed on the desks or furnitures, but it is easy to move when you plug or unplug devices and children could easily read them to play.The mountable power strip comes with a detachable base that can be installed easily on any surfaces you want.You can use the screw to nail the base to the wall to keep kids away from the device, or just paste it under a desk or furniture with the 3M glue to hide the cables and declutter your deck.Both mounting methods can fix the power outlet extender firmly and save space in your room, so the dual-mountable power strip is also a great option for a study room, small personal room or a school dormitory which are usually limited in room space and wall charging outlets.
Emirates has appointed Leo Burnett Sydney to handle its creative account as it seeks to build the brand in the Australian market.The agency will be tasked with developing local strategies and creative work to help make the brand more relevant and meaningful in the local market.Leo Burnett was appointed by the international airline following a pitch and replaces the brand’s incumbent agency YChristopher Galanto, SVP advertising, Emirates, said, “During the RFP process, the Leo Burnett team demonstrated an excellent grasp of our strategic, brand and tactical communication requirements, and the ability to demonstrate inspiring creative work across channels.”Pete Bosilkovski, CEO, Leo Burnett Sydney, said, “Emirates has built a reputation as one of the world’s best airlines and continues to redefine and lead the travel and aviation market through innovation and customer experience.“We love to partner with brands that share an obsession with customer experience and innovation and we look forward to collaborating with Emirates to help build on the tremendous affinity that exists for the brand in Australia,” said Bosilkovski.
For centuries, massive, critical components of our global economy have been organized around legacy infrastructure.Vastly important industries, like government and finance, continue to stagnate behind the capabilities of modern technologies, a demonstration of how complex and regulated systems breed inefficiency.All of this information is encrypted and validated such that no single entity could corrupt/manipulate the system in their favor.The ledger distributes the computing power across all of the nodes in the network, mitigating the threat of hacking as there is no “central point to attack.”Using smart contracts, another substantial element that can be utilized in a blockchain system, you can set up functions to automatically verify and, thus, authenticate for problems of trust and access.This replaces the need for middlemen, as all of the issues of verification, that are currently left to error-prone intermediary parties, can be entrusted into an algorithm that runs without fault.
The galaxy far, far away inches a little closer with this Friday's opening of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."To celebrate its arrival, the CNET Asks team is bringing The Force into this week's poll.So let's talk about droids.From C-3PO to K-2SO, these robots make us laugh, surprise us with their life-saving capabilities and play a vital role in the galactic saga.You can buy your very own R2-D2, BB-8 or even a villainous BB-9E.But if you could go to Tatooine and found all of them for sale at one of those Tusken swap meets, which droid would you choose?
If you were confused by the levity of YouTube’s Year in Review video Google’s Year in Search will serve as a nice counterpoint.The search giant’s recap of 2017 includes footage of wildfires, hurricanes, gun violence, threats of nuclear war, protests and so much more—pretty much 2017 in a nutshell.Yet, Google managed to make all this uplifting.Using Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times,” Google’s video shows the perseverance of the human spirit and may even inspire you to make a difference for the people still reeling from the various tragedies we’ve seen this year.It also manages to provide comfort with a “you’re not alone” vibe, reminding you that others are feeling that sense of powerlessness and existential dread, too—and that if we come together, we can let those feelings drive us to change the world.Error loading player: No playable sources found
Going into 2018, I see two common technology characteristics: intelligence and automation.That requires active, real-time learning systems that can generalize and optimize from a common set of rules.The impressive advances in AI over the past decade are supported by supervised deep learning: training deep neural networks to perform narrow, single-domain tasks.This type of deep learning is powerful and can create systems with superhuman capabilities.Scientists at Stanford University trained a neural network to diagnose skin cancer with accuracy of board-certified dermatologists.We are now seeing unsupervised learning systems that learn more quickly, require less data, and achieve impressive performance.
Everything seems to be labeled “smart” now that we’re in the age of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.Now researchers at the University of Washington have made it easier to bring mundane objects online, enabling them to connect to Wi-Fi without electronics or batteries.Perhaps unsurprisingly, the researchers turned to another emerging tech staple, 3D printing, to bring their device to fruition.Beyond mere pieces of plastic, the 3D-printed objects and sensors are capable of collecting valuable data when attached to household items, such as laundry detergent bottles.“We were inspired by the idea of being able to print Wi-Fi radios using a 3D printer,” Justin Chan, a doctoral student who co-led the project, told Digital Trends.“With this capability, it would be very easy to fabricate communication devices in your own home.
A visitor from another planet has come to Ghost Recon: Wildlands for the thrill of the hunt, and you are the prey.Ubisoft has announced that it is partnering with FoxNext Games to bring the Predator alien from the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie into Wildlands.The publisher is introducing a special challenge, cosmetic items, and more based on Predator, and they should all hit the online cooperative multiplayer shooter tomorrow alongside its new Jungle Storm expansion.The Predator content could get lapsed players to return, which could help Ubisoft sell more microtransactions.For example, I’m definitely going to check this out because Wildlands seems ideal for a Predator-style mission.This sci-fi story followed a team of American commandos tracking down enemies of democracy in the jungles of Central America, but this elite crew of soldiers soon finds that they are the prey of an alien hunter.
The holidays are an expensive time, so we’re bringing you a special treat: a full, free Windows program to download every day until Christmas.Behind the ninth door on our free downloads advent calendar we've hidden Ashampoo HDD Control 2017 – an early warning system that lets you know in advance if one of your hard drives is about to fail, giving you time to back up your valuable data.SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) checks the temperature of your disks and provides information on run time, potential errors and performance.Ashampoo HDD Control 2017 takes this data and analyzes it to give you a full picture of your drives' health.Ashampoo HDD Control 2017 can also boost the performance of your hard disks and visualize the amount of memory used by your files, helping you find and remove large or duplicated ones.There's even a built-in secure file eraser, plus a recovery tool that gives you a second chance to restore data you've deleted accidentally.
“The important thing is always what hits you first — the vibe or the atmosphere of a song.”It’s always nice to see true groundbreakers get their due.Take Slowdive, one of the pioneers of Britain’s shoegazing movement of the late-’80s and early-’90s — an exciting time when young bands were hell-bent on turning up the distortion, blaring the feedback, and distorting their vocals beyond recognition.Slowdive burned bright (and damn loud) for a few good years during that movement before succumbing to an extended hiatus.But rather than fading away into a permanent state of Footnoteville, their influence only grew, as EDM artists and innovative post-rock bands like Beach House, Mogwai, Sigur Rós, Dive, and Beach Fossils (to name but a few) all embraced Slowdive’s shoegazing ideals.I guess it was a bit like getting back on a bike, and it was really enjoyable.
Uber has struck a major deal in Southeast Asia after ComfortDelGro, Singapore’s largest taxi operator, announced [PDF] it has agreed to buy a majority share of the ride-hailing giant’s Singapore-based business.The deal is subject to regulatory approval, but if and when completed it will give Uber exclusive access to Comfort’s fleet of more than 15,000 vehicles in Singapore.While its fleet has decreased over the past year, Comfort — which also operates the CityCab brand — has a dominant share of Singapore’s total of 25,325 taxis.“ComfortDelGro has been in the taxi business for close to five decades and we have seen the industry evolve significantly.The question many have been asking is: For how long?” ComfortDelGro Chairman Lim Jit Poh said in a statement.Comfort, which is listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange, announced it was in talks with Uber over a “potential strategic alliance” in August so the tie-in doesn’t come out of the blue.