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At an event today in New York City, DJI officially released its latest consumer drone to the public: the Mavic Air drone.The Mavic Air is made up of a blend of enhanced specs that have already proven popular with owners of DJI’s Mavic Pro and the smaller, more affordable Spark drone.According to DJI’s website, the Mavic Air is priced at $799, and has an estimated ship date of January 28.The Mavic Air will also be available for purchase in select retail stores starting January 28.Photos of the drone started leaking online yesterday, but DJI executive Michael Perry revealed today some previously unconfirmed specs, including the speed and range.The Mavic Air can go up to 68.4 kilometers per hour, and has 2.5 mile flight range.
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Social networking app Bumble announced today that it has integrated Instagram into its user profiles.Users can now opt-in to allow potential matches to scroll through their Instagram feed through the Bumble app.The feature is available on Android and iOS.To activate the feature, go to your Edit Profile menu, select the “Connect your Instagram” option, and grant Bumble access to your Instagram profile.The 24 most recent photos will then be displayed at the bottom of the your Bumble profile.For now, the option is only available on Bumble Date and Bumble BFF, not on Bumble Bizz, which was launched last October.
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Tool use among animals isn't common, but it is spread widely across our evolutionary tree.In most of these instances, however, the animal is simply using something that's found in its environment, rather than crafting a tool specifically for a task.To extract food from holes and crevices, these birds use twigs or stems that are found in their environment without modification.In other environments, however, they'll remove branches from plants and carefully strip parts of the plant to leave behind a hooked stick.A group of researchers, mostly from the University of St. Andrews, has now done just that: the researchers have quantified how tool manufacture influences food harvesting.The results show that the use of bird-crafted tools can increase food extraction by up to 12 times the rate the crows could achieve by using unmodified sticks.
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In the last years, smartphones have gotten so much faster and powerful, displays have gotten bigger and sharper, and the operating systems now come with an insane number of features.So, how does phone autonomy keep up with that?Ulefone thinks a bigger battery is the solution.As you may know, Ulefone’s latest device in the big-battery Power lineup of phones is the Ulefone Power 3 which packs a large 6080mAh battery and has received a quite positive feedback from the public.Months back, we reported that Ulefone were planning to launch a 13,000mAh device named Ulefone Power 3 Max.Today, the Chinese phone maker finally confirmed the device is coming and that they are already finalizing the last details.
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Amazon will remove one of the highest barriers for entry to its Alexa vocal assistant platform in the next few months by launching an Alexa application on select Windows 10 devices.With no need for additional hardware, the potential audience for Alexa will expand exponentially as more and more Windows 10 PCs become compatible at some point in Q1 2018.There is an extended “family” of Alexa compatible devices already, including the Garmin Speak Plus dash cam, the Ultimate Ears Boom 2 speaker, and the Moto X smartphone.With the Alexa app though, Amazon is making it possible to utilize Alexa with a mere download.Many of the abilities that already exist with Alexa hardware will carry over to the Windows 10 app.Users will be able to use Amazon Music, SirusXM, and IHeartRadio to listen to music, read books through Audible and Kindle, set reminders, and set up smart home devices, among other abilities.
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It’s been four days since the Sanchi Iranian oil tanker sank in the East China Sea, and officials are carefully monitoring the ensuing spill, which has now spread into four distinct slicks.The toxic spill now encompasses an area 40 square miles in size, threatening local marine wildlife and the coasts of Japan and South Korea.This oil slick comes from the Sanchi’s 1,000 tons of diesel fuel, and not the 136,000 tons of Iranian ultra-light crude condensate contained within its hull.The fate of the condensate—which is colourless and odourless—is still not known, but if it leaked (or is currently leaking) from the sunken vessel, it would represent the largest tanker spill since 1991 when 260,000 tons poured the off ABT Summer near the Angolan coast.The giant oil tanker burned for over a week after it collided with a Hong Kong-registered freighter in the East China Sea, about 160 miles (260 km) from Shanghai.The State Oceanic Administration is currently working to control the spread of the diesel oil by dousing it with chemicals, saying the slick is “being diffused and disappearing.”
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Given how superheroes dominate the theatrical marketplace, and that those movies receive a seemingly endless amount of hype and publicity that can start years in advance, it’s not surprising that for the second year in a row, Amobee’s list of the most-anticipated movies of the year is dominated by them.From that, we can see a few themes emerge.The character became a fan favorite with his first, and to date only, appearance—in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.Not only was Chadwick Boseman perfect in the role, but his appearance marked an important step forward in representation on film, becoming the most prominent black superhero in movies so far.Prior to that, with apologies to Wesley Snipes’ Blade movies, black characters like War Machine and Falcon were mostly relegated to “sidekick” roles.Even the AP has written about the impact the movie has already had, with more than a month to go before release.
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Lenovo’s ThinkPad line-up is getting a refresh for CES 2018, with updated X1 Tablet, X1 Carbon notebook, and X1 Yoga models, together with a brand new 27-inch Thunderbolt 3 display.While they may be ostensibly targeting businesses and mobile pros, the combination of speedy 8th Gen Intel processors and features like Amazon Alexa mean there’s likely to be plenty of interest among consumers, too.Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet (3rd Gen)The ThinkPad X1 Tablet 3rd Generation is Lenovo’s latest pro-tablet, running Windows 10 Pro and packing Pen Pro stylus support and a removable keyboard.It has a fingerprint scanner and an optional infrared camera for Windows Hello, and a 13-inch 3K 3,000 x 2,000 HDR-compatible IPS touchscreen with Gorilla Glass.Inside there’s up to an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor with Intel UHD Graphics 620.
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GoPro may be ditching the drone market as the company works its way through a restructure — but the company isn’t actively looking for a buyer.After the company announced the grounding of is drone efforts, an anonymous source told CNBC that GoPro had previously hired J.P. Morgan Chase to look for a buyer.According to a statement from GoPro, however, the company isn’t actively seeking out a buyer.“We’ve always been clear that we are open to any opportunity that will help us scale our mission,” A GoPro representative told Digital Trends.“JP Morgan is our banker, but there is no active engagement to sell.It is our responsibility to scale the business, so if the right opportunity presented itself, it’s something we would consider.”
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Last year on November 2 the Taiwanese HTC officially launched its annual flagship named the HTC U11+.It came in with three colors including the Translucent Black, Ceramic Black, and Amazing Silver.But seems the company will release a new red variant as well.At least, the AliExpress product page shows the HTC U11+ Red is on pre-order at a price tag of $799.99 (5200 yuan).In comparison to other models that cost 4999 yuan ($769), it costs a bit higher.But as there are no info or photos concerning this version, we have no idea why it’s priced higher.
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As was widely expected, Sony is unveiling the latest models from its Xperia lineup — the Xperia L2, XA2, and XA2 Ultra — at CES 2018.Those of us who had been hoping for a major redesign of Sony’s Omni-Balance design that the Xperia line has been rocking since 2013 may be in for a letdown with these devices.Still, there are some clear changes here, the most obvious being the switch to a rear-placed fingerprint scanner on each of the three models — similar to the placement on Huawei devices and the Pixel 2 range.So love it or hate it, it’s likely here to stay for now.The 1.45 GHz Quad Core processor we saw in the Xperia L1 has been upgraded to a 1.5 GHz processor in the L2, and it also comes with a 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage — both increases from the previous model.That’s an increase of more than 25-percent — which should mean that the Xperia L2 will have some seriously good battery life.
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The second generation of the Nokia 6 has been revealed, featuring a better processor, USB-C (instead of Micro USB), and more RAM at 4GB (up from 3GB).The updated version also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, whereas the original had a Snapdragon 430 processor.The changes bring it from more of a low-end to a midrange device, while the price is still the same (around $230), so it’s a nice upgrade.The overall design remains mostly similar, though the fingerprint scanner has been moved from beneath the front screen to the back of the phone.The device is also a bit smaller, though it’s a tad thicker, too (by about 1mm).Both devices have a 5.5-inch 1080p screen and retain the 16-megapixel rear camera.
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Do you too often run out of juice on your phone in the middle of the day?What about charging your device in your caring during your commute to work or school?If you were looking for a good high quality USB car charger, then check out the compact and powerful dodocool DA59.Keep reading to learn more!If it wasn’t clear from the image above, the dodocool DA59 is a mini dual USB car charger, thus it’s the perfect accessory to charge two devices at the same time.The maximum output of the DA59 is 24W, more specifically you can get 5V / 2.4A per USB port or 4.8A in total.
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One of the complaints many new, and sometimes even old, Android users have is how difficult it actually is to switch from one device to another.They usually compare it to iOS’ nearly seamless and nearly perfect process.It has only been in the last two years or so that Android finally got its own but very basic migration app.That’s why OEMs have often stepped up to the task to provide tools to make it easier for users to switch to their new models, just like OnePlus’ new Switch app.The situation with Android data migration is almost ironic.Compared to iOS, the Android platform is more open and its data is not held hostage by the OS.
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Connect to a server in the UK, US or anywhere else your VPN offers, and your regular IP address will be shielded – websites should treat you as though you're visiting from your chosen country.Many VPN location issues are simpler to address, though, so don't give up just yet.Following our guide may help you to identify the cause of your problems, and get the VPN working just as you'd expect.It’s also worth bearing in mind the good reasons why a VPN isn't enoughThe first step in diagnosing VPN location issues is to confirm what your client software is telling you.The second problem is that some poorly programmed VPN clients don't properly monitor your connection state.
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Uber will sell up to a 20 percent stake of its company to a consortium led by Japanese giant SoftBank, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal (subscription required).The deadline to back out or change terms expired at noon PT on Thursday.Uber told CNET it would release a statement later on Thursday outlining the final agreement, but didn't comment further.The Journal reported that SoftBank itself would assume 15 percent of Uber's shares, while other members of the group would take another 5 percent of the shares, for a total 20 percent stake.Uber's board and shareholders agreed to tender -- or put up for sale -- 20 percent of the company's shares.Uber is a privately held company (a pre-IPO startup), which is not traded on the open market.
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Even though the Xmas holiday season is officially over, the extra festive sales in the chinese e-shops (and of course not just there) are just starting.So today we have for you again our special discount coupons for two products on the popular e-shop Cafago so hang on to your hats.First one will be for the Doogee S60 rugged flagship model, which looks very promising and solid, especially with a hefty price shave.It can offer 5,2-inch FullHD screen , Helio P25 processor, 6 GB RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, 21MP rear camera, 8MP front selfie cam, rear fingeprint scanner, 5580 mAh 12V/2A fast charging battery with the Qi wireless charging support and Android 7.0 Nougat as the OS.With the help of the coupon DPS017 you can get it for just €216.99 / $258.22, valid until January 10th.Second discount is for the Xiaomi Pocket Flashlight with multiple functions thanks to the big 3350 rechergeable battery.
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A poet has pointed out how damaging stock photos of bipolar disorder in the media can be, with some so outrageous, they’re almost laughable.In a Twitter thread that’s gone viral, Chrysanthemum Tran shared a series of images, pointing out that many of them are just “really silly”.Their use, therefore, shapes the public consciousness and opinion.In response to the thread, a leading charity told HuffPost UK such images can “feed into unhelpful misconceptions and stereotypes” around mental illness.After receiving thousands of retweets, the performer delved a little deeper into the archives to find some images that are plain bizarre.In a later post, Chrysanthemum called the photos “frustrating” and “inaccurate”, saying they do not reflect what life is like living with the illness.
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If "Bright" were hitting theaters, you would imagine it would get a mighty big marketing push.It's got Will Smith as its top star along with David Ayer, who brought us 2016's "Suicide Squad," directing.The film is essentially a buddy cop movie with Smith's character partnering with an Orc in a world full of mythical creatures.Of course, the two clash a little, but must cast differences aside to save the world.Netflix also unleashed more episodes of "Fuller House."Because the world apparently needs it.
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In the wake of the 2016 US presidential election, the way Facebook and other sites helped amplify fake news was found to have had a profound impact on how people reacted to current events.So earlier this year, Facebook implemented a new system to mark inaccurate stories with a “disputed” tag to help alert readers to potentially false stories.Well it seems that was a mistake, too, because now Facebook is doing away with the disputed tags.Facebook says that putting a red flag on inaccurate stories may have actually reinforced “deeply held beliefs,” instead of opening up readers to critical thinking.The company’s new solution will be to merely populate the News Feed with additional Related Articles, which Facebook says “is a more effective way to help people get to the facts.”This system will be put in place alongside Facebook’s existing strategy for combating fake news, which uses machine learning to identify bogus stories before passing those pieces on to human fact-checkers.
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