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Alongside new iPad Pro tablets, Apple is reportedly prepping a sequel to the don t-call-it-a-stylus Pencil accessory.The so-called Apple Pencil 2 will apparently include a magnet that allows it to attach to the iPad Pro s smart cover and as well as a shirt clip.The report from Letem Svetem Applem citing Chinese supply chain sources , suggests the next-gen Pencil will be much harder for iPad Pro users to mislay.Wednesday's report is given added credence by Apple patents that have explored ways of attaching the Pencil to the tablet.Apple first launched the popular Pencil accessory alongside the 12.9-inch iPad Pro back in the autumn of 2015.The $99/£99 accessory has been praised by creatives for its virtually lag-free responsiveness and ability to draw lines of any weight by varying the pressure.
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The VR API space is .Facebook's Oculus has its own SDK, the Oculus SDK.Valve has its own API, SteamVR, used with the HTC Vive headset.Parts of this API are open source, named OpenVR, and drivers have been built enabling SteamVR games to be used with the Rift, albeit forfeiting certain capabilities native to the Oculus SDK.The Khronos group, the industry consortium that stewards development of the OpenGL specification, is working on a VR specification of its own.A number of companies including Intel have banded together to create , an open source VR platform.
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The CIA posted almost a million declassified files online this week, offering a fascinating record of unexplained UFO sightings and the agency s secret operations.Around 930,000 documents, totaling more than 12 million pages, have been posted online.Previously, the files were only available to the public at the National Archives in Maryland.Spanning early CIA history, the Cold War, Vietnam, and the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, the archive also details a number of UFO incidents.A UFO search of the archive at Electronic Reading Room on the CIA s website returns 1,738 items, the earliest of which is dated 1942.Strange sightings are described in files such as a 1966 file detailing an unusual phenomenon on the horizon near the border between Iran and the former Soviet Union.
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Amazon has been granted a patent for a system that attempts to deal with the problem of autonomous vehicles navigating reversible lanes.The firm filed the patent in November 2015, and had the filing granted this week.It focuses on self-driving cars and how they would operate in a lane where the direction of traffic changes depending on traffic flow.Amazon's patent focuses specifically on communications between autonomous vehicles and road management systems, detailing methods of sharing lane direction information with driverless cars.The system laid out in the filing is applicable to any type of vehicle, including but not limited to cars, trucks, vans, buses, street cars, helicopters, trains, subways, aircrafts, boats, etc., regardless of how powered or driven.There's nothing in the patent that addresses Amazon developing its own driverless cars, but such a move would make sense given the company has its own fleet of semi-trucks that deliver products between Amazon warehouses.
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A popular Chinese photo-editing app has burst into popularity in the West, covering social feeds in airbrushed photos with huge, sparkling eyes.Although Meitu has been around since 2008, it has become an overnight success and was trending in Apple's App Store on Thursday.Meitu is a lot like other photo-editing apps — it has Bitmoji-style stickers, Instagram-style filters, and Layout-style photo collages.But the app really shines in its "hand-drawn" mode that is like a Snapchat filter on steroids.It slims jawlines, enlarges eyes, and adds a bit of sparkle to the whole package.Basically, it makes you look like a cartoon — and these images are rapidly spreading on social media.The company behind the app had its initial public offering in Hong Kong in December with a roughly $4.6 billion valuation, which may increase as investors learn that Western audiences like the app, too.Here's what using the app is like: View As:
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed its six-month investigation into the first Tesla Autopilot fatality and is not seeking a recall.The auto safety agency did not find evidence of a defect that would have required a safety recall of the cars, NHTSA spokesperson Bryan Thomas said during a
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By Robert Pease, Pipeline Performance Lead for Heinz MarketingCan you measure the ROI of content marketing?How much investment is required to see customer conversions that can be attributed directly to my content?As I covered previously in the Case for Content Marketing, investing in content marketing is a core component of a modern marketing plan and if you are not doing it, you are behind…or maybe missing out on a competitive advantage.Using content to reach your target prospects on their terms and in a format they choose to consume will have direct and meaningful impact on your sales pipeline and business success.Think of content as part of upper funnel activities designed to reach and engage your target audience with the goal of getting them to your website.
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The camera market has long been segmented into three basic categories: Cameras for professionals, models for the so-called serious hobbyists, and models for the newcomer.The market for aerial photography aka drones with real cameras on them is about 150 years younger, and therefore somewhat less segmented.This compact, low-priced $500, cheap for a UAV flyer is the drone equivalent of a cellphone camera, complete with an over-emphasis on selfies.As someone who falls somewhere between the professional and serious amateur markets which is to say I make money off drone cameras, but have not, thus far, felt the need for a pro level drone like the DJI Inspire 2 my first instinct was to scoff at the Breeze.Would I bring it to a high-end real estate photo shoot?The Breeze is lightweight and designed to fit in a backpack, though at 13 ounces, it still needs to be registered with the FAA.
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Netflix surprised Wall Street on Wednesday when it reported fourth-quarter earnings and subscriber growth.In the US, net additions totaled 1.93 million, much better than the consensus forecast among analysts of 1.38 million and Netflix's own prior estimates.Earnings per share were $0.15, two cents above the median forecast.Netflix's performance drove its stock higher in after-hours trading.On Thursday, it hit an all-time high of $143.45, up by 6%, in the first few minutes of trading.The streaming service is making a major push outside the US and investing heavily in original content that works for audiences everywhere."We are in no rush to push margins up too quickly, as we want to ensure we are investing aggressively enough to continue to lead internet TV around the world," the company said in its earnings letter.Below are some analysts' reactions to the earnings results and their ratings of the stock.
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The Elephone C1 Max is the first Elephone s phone with a large 6-6-inch display and, as such, we might even call it a phablet.The Chinese company shares with us what according to them are the real advantages of having this big of a screen.Let s find out!First of all, let s start with the obvious, the bigger screen allows people to enjoy their videos or movies even more.If you don t own a TV or you just want to watch something by yourself, get a pair of headphones.load the video on the phone and enjoy it; it doesn t get any easier than that.Same goes with games, the more screen real estate you have the more you are going to have fun with it as it ll get somewhat more immersive, no doubt about that.A larger screen also lets you share what you re watching with the people around you by holding it further away and thus increase the number of viewers.Another good scenario is using the bigger screen on the Elephone C1 Max to read e-books, ordinary e-book readers are about 7 inches so that s not a huge gap, doing so you also save money since you need one device less.Last but least, when you use a 6-inch phablet in map navigation mode it just gets much better.
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Deliveroo has launched a subscription service called Deliveroo Plus in six UK cities.Those that sign up to the service — priced at £8.99 a month or £89 per year — won't have to pay Deliveroo's £2.50 delivery fee each time they place an order.The trial launched on Thursday in Manchester, Birmingham,
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Serial entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson offered his unique perspective on business disruption, women in the boardroom, and a range of other topical issues during an on-stage Q at the National Retail Federation show in New York on January 16.The colorful Branson, a philanthropist, adventurer, and relentless self-promoter as well as founder of Virgin Group, the holding company for about 400 different businesses, entertained the NRF audience with anecdotes from more than 50 years in the business world.Every day there s something that makes me think, We could do that better, he said.Branson related some of his own experiences on the back end of disruption, citing an April Fools prank he pulled on the record industry in the 1990s, while he was overseeing record retailer Virgin Megastore.Virgin issued a press release at the time claiming that the company had invented a box that could pack every single song and album ever recorded.Apple s Steve Jobs had the last laugh, releasing the iPod in 2001.
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The announcement is the latest sign of trouble for the latest iteration of .Showrunner Bryan Fuller left the project in October of 2016 because he was too busy with his other obligations, leaving the show in the hands of Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts both worked with Fuller on in the late 2000s .At the same time, was from its original January 2017 debut to May 2017.CBS' decision to run the show exclusively on its $5.99-a-month All Access streaming service, rather than on live TV or on a generalized service like Hulu, has also sparked controversy.
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will be free to download when it launches; it will make money through in-app purchases.The game's "orbs" currency can be earned through combat or purchased with real money, and those orbs are used to generate new heroes.Each hero costs five orbs by default, which cost roughly 60 cents each when purchased in packs.The catch is, the orbs you receive come in random colors, and your generated heroes' attributes vary based on which colors of stones you spend in the generation process and even then, the heroes who appear once you spend these orbs are random .Nintendo actively encourages players to "spend more, save more" at this point until the random-hero generator coughs up your ideal swordsman, axe-wielder, or arrow-shooter.
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When it comes to something as deeply personal and emotionally powerful as a cancer diagnosis, few people are satisfied with a one-size-fits-all treatment plan.To find out what we can expect this year and beyond, I spoke with Dr. Clifford Hudis, CEO of the American Society of Clinical Oncology ASCO .He predicted major changes in precision medicine over the five to 10 years as routine tumor testing identifies genomic patterns for targeting expands, and drug matching to genomic alterations accelerates.Leukemia, some sarcomas, kidney cancer and a small subset of lung cancers are now identifiable as distinct molecularly with different treatments that have better outcomes.As the results of this matching, we re going to understand where precision medicine is paying off and where it s not.At the same time, one of the big challenges we face is as we develop better treatments, we have to make sure they re accessible.
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It seems pretty clear by now that 2017 is going to be the year that Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant really begins to hit its stride, going from a fast-growing niche product into a mainstream must-have.While Microsoft and especially Google have made their competitive strategies pretty clear by now, and even Samsung and Baidu have started to make rumbles in the market, there's one elephant that, notably, isn't in the room yet: Apple, the most valuable company in the world, and a notorious latecomer to any new product category.While Apple recently built Siri into the Apple TV, the company is still said to be working on a direct competitor to the Amazon Echo — one that will apparently be more advanced than anything we've ever seen, down to a possible facial recognition camera so it knows who's talking.That device, if and when it comes out, will take Apple's 5-year-old Siri assistant and bring it head-to-head with Alexa.And the clock is ticking: Every Alexa-compatible Echo speaker, light bulb, thermostat, refrigerator, and car that people buy today, they probably won't replace for many years to come, meaning that the critical market for early adopters is already self-selecting out of whatever Apple has up its sleeve.Meanwhile, Wall Street is worried, as ever, that Apple is falling way behind as computing moves past the touchscreen and into augmented reality, virtual reality, and, yeah, artificially intelligent voice-powered assistants like the Echo.It doesn't help that sales of Apple's all-important iPhone are showing signs of sagging.But when Apple introduced its new AirPods wireless EarPods back in September 2016, it also quietly took the lid off of the W1 chip, a little technology for improving Bluetooth audio that lays the groundwork for Apple's next big thing.It's already here, and it's going to make a big splash in the months and years to come.What the heck is W1?The W1 chip is Apple's new technology for making Bluetooth a lot more user-friendly, debuting on the Apple AirPods $159 and the Beats Solo3 Wireless $299 headphones, both available now.In many ways, the Airpods, Beats Solo3, and other W1 devices are standard Bluetooth headsets.
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Waymo, Google's self-driving-car company, will release a fleet of brand new autonomous cars on public roads in Arizona and California by the end of the month.The hybrid minivans, supplied by Fiat Chrysler, are the first to be integrated with Waymo's self-driving-hardware suite that's being designed in-house.Waymo said building all the components in-house has allowed it to slash the price of lidar, the most expensive component of self-driving cars, by over 90% to around $7,500.There's a lot of tech making sure these cars can navigate safely — here's our breakdown:NOW WATCH: Here's how Google Maps knows when there is trafficLoading video...
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MWC 2017 Preview: All the latest MWC 2017 news and rumours, plus which phones to expect from Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG, Huawei, Nokia, BlackBerry, Microsoft and more.Finally, 2016 is behind us – and what a year for smartphones it was.We had a stunning Samsung Galaxy S7, the equally fantastic Google Pixel Phone and some affordable wonders such as the OnePlus 3 and iPhone SE – not to mention the incendiary Galaxy Note 7.Read on for all the most recent gossip and an idea of what phones to expect at MWC 2017, or scroll down for a closer look at key players like Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG, Nokia, BlackBerry and others.MWC 2017 Live: Latest news and rumoursWith roughly a month to go until MWC 2017 kicks off in Barcelona, the first event invites are now rolling in and the rumour mill is really accelerating.
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Foldable phones seem inevitable at this point, with everyone from Samsung to Microsoft said to be working on flexible mobile devices.And now, perhaps unsurprisingly, it looks like LG has some bendable ambitions of its own, as a new patent details a clamshell device with a display on the outside.The patent, uncovered by GSMinfo, demonstrates a design where the screen is on the outside of the folding parts, so the phone can be used even when folded.In its folded position, the device is said to be the same size as a standard smartphone, while the unfolded position would see it transform into more of a tablet.This follows the design of several recent patents from Samsung and Microsoft which detail handsets that can be folded into larger tablet devices.LG's own design is for a smartphone with a screen size of 5 inches, that would transform into a tablet with a display size of 7 inches.
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If you have a little spare cash after Christmas and New Year and want to treat yourself to a bargain piece of Chinese tech then you re in the right place.With Chinese and the New Year over and done with, and Chinese manufacturers launching new smart tech all the time, stores are forced to create some very attractive sales and that means there are bargains to be had!Xiaomi Piston Earphones – $5.99No, that price isn t a mistake!If you re fast enough you can grab yourself a pair of the excellent Xiaomi Piston in-ear earphones for just $5.99 but stocks are really limited.This is the latest version of the Xiaomi Piston earphone sometimes known as the Youth and despite their low price they offer very good audio quality and are proven to be durable I ve had mine for months with no issue Buy now on GearbestMagic Blue Smart Bulbs – $8.99No home can truly be a smart home without the addition of app-controlled light bulbs!Back in the early days of smartphone light bulbs prices were through the roof but over the years we ve seen prices drop to as little as $8.99 a bulb!Not only is the Magic Blue bulb app-controlled but you even have the option to mix colours with a whopping 16 million combinations to play with to set just the right mood!Buy now Magic Blue Smart Bulbs for $8.99 Xiaomi In-Car Fast Charger – $7.99Another Xiaomi bargain that can be had for less than $10!The Xiaomi fast charger can be used to charge 2 devices at once from your car s 12v plug.This little charge also features fast charging technology for amazingly fast and effective charging of compatible devices!
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