But, like last year, a bunch of other retailers will elbow in with their own online sales today and tomorrow.Here are the alternative Prime Day sales we've heard about so far.Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.eBay says it is offering discounts on thousands of electronics, home goods, fashion and sports products from brands including Apple, Samsung, Adidas, Dyson and KitchenAid.And when you spend $119 or more, eBay will throw in a free Google Home Mini when you use the promo code PMINI4FREE at checkout (more info here).All day Monday and Tuesday, Best Buy is offering up discounts on 4K Smart TVs, a wide array of laptops including MacBooks, smartphones and tons of other stuff.
In a new entry of smartphone fashion, a designer created smartphone-holding ankle bracelets for a show.The ankle brace is used in several of the looks for the designer’s recent show.While totally impractical, the ankle brace could be used as a smartphone addiction aid.People tend to make fun of high-fashion design, usually because the looks designers create are so out-there and impractical that no one can imagine actually wearing them.Sit Down Before You See Her NowBut fashion design is more about creating art that just happens to be worn, rather than hung on a wall.
Låneplattformen Toborrow har fortsatt svårt att tjäna pengar och går med kraftigt driftunderskott.Den svenska låneplattformen Toborrow såg omsättningen sjunka till blygsamma 0,42 miljoner kronor 2017, från 0,55 Mkr året dessförinnan.Vi har gått från 3 anställda i höstas till 13 i dagsläget”, säger Sofie Lundström, vd och medgrundare på Toborrow.Läs mer: Marginalen köper 30 procent av ToborrowI maj 2017 gick Marginalen Bank in som ny delägare i Toborrow, i samband med en nyemission på drygt 15 Mkr, och har nu som första institutionella investerare börjat låna ut pengar via plattformen.Sedan starten 2014 har Toborrow betalat ut 138 lån med en total volym på 75 Mkr, till en snittränta på 8,7 procent, enligt deras hemsida.
Thanks to Lens Studio, Snapchat now has more than 100,000 different lenses.Thanks to Lens Explorer, you will soon be able to use them.On Tuesday, July 10, Snapchat announced Lens Explorer, a new home for user-made lenses that allows users to find new lenses to add to the Lens carousel.Lens Studio isn’t quite a year old yet, but the platform allows designers to make their own Snapchat Lens, then share the lens with a Snapcode.With the Lens Explore, those lenses will be available without scanning a code.The next part of the new Lens Explore allows users to browse through different community lenses, while the new tool also has a search bar at the top.
Fate is being cruel to the Galaxy Note 9.Even before it has its time on stage, the spotlight is already being stolen by next year’s early flagships.Never mind the supposedly foldable Galaxy X, the Galaxy S10 is going to hog the attention for the next months.Samsung’s tenth anniversary Galaxy S model is rumored to have many features previously unseen on any Galaxy S model, including the first ever five-camera setup.Of course, that doesn’t mean it will have five cameras on its back.Korean site The Bell has already reported the rumor that one of the three, yes three, Galaxy S10 models will have three cameras on its back.
The Nissan GT-R50 concept, created with the help of Italian styling house Italdesign, rocked our worlds as one of the coolest Nissan concepts to debut in a while.But what makes this car even crazier is the notion that it very well could enter production.Nissan announced Monday that the GT-R50 will make its real-world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this week.Goodwood will act as a bellwether for Nissan -- if there's enough demand, Nissan says a production version of the GT-R50 "may be created."So you're telling me there's a chance...If the concept heads to production, Nissan estimates that it and Italdesign will build just 50 examples, each of which will start at around 900,000 euros (about $1.05 million).
Just a few months after its thrilling debut, SpaceX’s heavy-lift rocket is back in the headlines.Not for sending another cherry-red Tesla into space, but for gaining some major accolades from the Air Force.In a surprising move, and after just one flight, the Air Force announced it has certified Falcon Heavy for military launches and awarded the vehicle its first highly coveted launch contract: the AFSPC-52 mission.The contract is valued at $130 million—that’s the price of ferrying the Air Force Space Command-52 satellite to its intended orbit sometime in 2020.SpaceX wasn’t the only launch provider hoping to snag this sought-after contract.Although United Launch Alliance was not named in the announcement, it is implied that SpaceX’s newly-debuted Falcon Heavy beat out the competition’s tried-and-true Delta IV Heavy—the only other heavy-lift vehicle certified by the Air Force.
China Mobile could rollback its 3G networks by 2020, shortly after China’s official commercialization of 5G, according to local media.According to China Mobile’s 5G rollout plan, it will begin testing the networks in 2019 with mass deployment by 2020.This could reportedly coincide with the rollback of its 3G networks.During the Global Device Summit at the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, the company released its guidelines for 5G devices.In it, the company stated that it no longer requires devices to support a 3G standard (TD-SCDMA) that is commonly used in China.The guidelines did specify that devices would need to support a number of LTE standards and GSM.
On Monday, Lyft announced its acquisition of bike-sharing company Motivate, which is responsible for operating a number of popular shared-bike systems like New York City's Citi Bike and San Francisco's GoBike.In fact, Lyft says Motivate is responsible for 80% of the trips on shared bikes in the US, which would give it a significant competitive advantage over Uber and its newly acquired bike-sharing company Jump.But Lyft's share is still a small piece of a very large pie.Cities have increasingly been using bikes and bike-sharing programs to fight pollution.Meanwhile, the ever-growing industry of ride-sharing companies see bike-sharing as "a natural extension" of their approach, as Lyft co-founder and president John Zimmer said in a statement about his own company's acquisition.Judging by this chart from Statista, Lyft isn't alone in its thinking and the other players are more than doubling down on their fleets.
Before Black Panther and Black Lightning were bringing epic, distinctly black superhero stories to the big and small screens, Luke Cage set out to tell a poignant, timely story about just what it would mean for a black man to be gifted with near-invulnerability in a world trying to destroy him.By the end of Luke Cage’s first season, you got the distinct sense from the way things wrapped up that the show had managed to accomplish its goal, but that there was more to the characters’ inner lives left to be explored.The thing that makes you want to come back to these characters, Coker said, was really zeroing in on their humanity and finding out what makes them tick.The writer Angelica J. Bastién wrote the recaps for Vulture during season one and, man, there were some critiques that were some of the most scathing reviews I’ve ever seen in my life.So, I collected all 13 of her recaps and when we established the new writer’s room, which was essentially the old writer’s room because we had very little turnover, and we decided to approach them one by one.So we said “Ok, how do we approach the show in a way where we’re really dealing with Luke himself at the centre of the things — his issues.”
Chinese smartphone maker Honor has announced a new flagship device dubbed as the Honor 10 GT, an improved version of the Honor 10 that was launched in April in China.The Honor 10 GT will be launched in China on July 24 and is expected to go on sale soon after the launch.The Honor 10 GT has 8GB RAM, up from the 6GB found on the Honor 10.The Honor 10 will also receive the two new features.GPU Turbo promises 30% less power consumption and over 60% boost in processor efficiency.Considering that the Honor 10 will receive two out of the three additions to the Honor 10 GT, the newly announced device may not seem like a very big upgrade as the only difference will be in terms of RAM.
CHICAGO--Across popular social media platforms, users are posting countless images every day.On Instagram alone, there are more than 40 billion uploaded photos--a figure that's skyrocketing by 95 million daily.This presents a clear need for intuitive yet robust photo-editing tools that allow the average user to perform advanced editing functions.However, there is a lack of tools that feature more complex editing functions for inexperienced users, such as changing the facial expression in a photo.A research team, led by computer scientists from the University of Bern-Switzerland and University of Maryland-College Park, have devised a sketch-based editing framework that enables a user to edit their photos by "sketching" a few strokes on top of them.The team's approach is built on machine-learning techniques, which, in the end, give users more control over their desired edits in real-time and produce more realistic results.
If you’ve been waiting on Fortnite‘s Playground mode, you definitely aren’t alone.Almost a week after disappearing from the game because of the matchmaking problems it brought to the surface, Epic still hasn’t been able to bring the mode back.Today, the company offered another update on the status of Playground mode, but you might want to temper your expectations before you get too excited.Yes, this is another instance where Epic isn’t able to give a solid launch date for Playground mode.Up until now, most of its updates have consisted of variations on “we’ll have more to say later,” but this time around, Epic actually explains some of the roadblocks that remain.It did so in a post on Reddit, which was published just a little while ago.
A couple of weeks ago Lego teased us with some tweets about the possibility of a James Bond-themed set, likely one involving an Aston Martin DB5.Now those teases have continued with the company announcing some sort of related event on 18th July at the Lego Store in London's Leicester Square.Given the image attached to the event over on Lego's Facebook page includes the classic 'gun barrel' effect from the Bond movies, along with the associated LicenceToBuild hashtag, it's pretty obvious what this is.The question is what sort of Bond-themed sets are we going to see?I've seen people speculate that it may be a large-scale Aston Martin DB5, made of either Technic or bricks, or even a smaller Bond-themed sets with a minifigure of the world's favourite spy.Maybe it'll be both, or something completely different people, we don't know at this point.
Research has found Android Auto to be less distracting than native infotainment systems.In testing, users were able to perform tasks quicker when using Android Auto.However, Android Auto can still create unsafe distraction levels.Google’s vehicle infotainment system Android Auto is less distracting to drivers than built-in infotainment systems, according to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.The research found that drivers are able to make calls 24 percent faster and program navigation 31 percent faster on average when using Android Auto or Apple’s CarPlay.The ability to perform tasks quickly is crucial for the safe use of infotainment systems.
Using data collected by NASA’s late-great Cassini space probe, scientists have detected traces of complex organic molecules seeping out from Enceladus’ ice-covered ocean.If life exists elsewhere in our Solar System, chances are it’s on Enceladus.Previous research shows this ocean contains simple organic molecules, minerals, and molecular hydrogen—an important source of chemical energy.On Earth, hydrothermal processes near volcanic vents are known to sustain complex ecosystems, raising hopes that something similar is happening on Enceladus.Now, this isn’t proof that life exists on this icy moon, but it does show that Enceladus’ warm, soupy ocean is capable of producing complex and dynamic molecules, and the kinds of chemical reactions required to produce and sustain microbial life.This discovery was made possible thanks to a neat geophysical quirk that happens on Enceladus.
According to a rumor, Sony’s mobile division will be ceasing all operations and pulling out of offices in Turkey, the Middle East, and Africa.The rumor comes from celebrated and leakster and Venture Beat reporter Evan Blass, and simply states that Sony will “shut down its operations and offices” by October.Bad news for Sony Mobile fans in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa: I'm hearing that the company will "shut down its operations and offices" in the region by October.— Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 27, 2018If true, this certainly doesn’t mean good news for Sony.A major company like this pulling out of areas can only mean that sales are failing and that consolidation is the aim of the game to try and keep the most major sales areas afloat.
In-game purchasing systems, such as 'loot boxes', in popular online games resemble gambling and may pose financial risks for vulnerable players, according to gambling psychology researchers at the University of Adelaide.The researchers have examined a range of popular online games that include the option of paying small fees ('microtransactions') to access additional features or content that enhance the player's experience.In an editorial published today in the journal Addiction, the researchers say some online games enable endless spending behaviours and employ systems that disguise or withhold the long-term cost of these microtransactions.The true financial cost of such games may not be obvious until the player is financially or psychologically committed and then finds it more difficult to stop."These schemes may entice some players to spend more money than they may have intended or can afford, especially when using credit cards or virtual currency that makes it hard to keep track of spending," says Dr Daniel King, Senior Research Associate in the University of Adelaide's School of Psychology.He and fellow author Professor Paul Delfabbro, also from the School of Psychology, focus on a purchasing scheme called the 'loot box', an in-game reward system in which players can repeatedly buy a random selection of virtual items.
One of the biggest issues with renting an Airbnb is the potential complications of getting into the Airbnb.Will the neighbours think you’re trying to break in if you’re awkwardly scouring the premises?Sometimes the anxiety about getting into a rental can make the beginning of a holiday even more stressful.To alleviate this issue, Airbnb is collaborating with smart lock maker August Home.Now, August will create a code and send it to Airbnb guests over email and through the app.Of course, this is what would happen in an ideal situation.
As our sister site is reporting, Baidu has sued Kang Zeyu (康泽宇), a former high-level research engineer for violating non-disclosure and non-compete agreements.He joined a company affiliated with Jinri Toutiao, the information platform of ByteDance, in less than one week after his departure from Baidu.Baidu said its formal contract with the employer has clearly stated that a person cannot join any Baidu competitors or competitor-related companies within 1 year of the person’s resignation.To compensate for any loss incurred by the obligation of the non-compete agreement will have cost, Baidu will pay the person monthly.Baidu is demaAn RMB 1.4 million violation fine was further demanded by Baidu.This afternoon, Beijing Labor Arbitration Commission (北京市劳动仲裁委员会) decided to back the plaintiff’s charge and ordered Kang to pay RMB 830,000 to Baidu.