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Virtual reality will be this year's bestsellers, according to a study from MediaMarkt.Second and third on the list was the cell phone and the tv, according to a press release.There are 2000 people who responded in the company's teknikpanel with the aim to identify the year's technology trends.The respondents indicate that they prefer put the money on a new tv or cell phone.38 percent plan to spend more money on consumer electronics this year, compared with a year earlier, while 8 percent indicate they will spend less money.
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Four men have just returned from a 100km (62m) charity trek in the Arctic Circle using technology to aid their journey.BBC Click followed them as they trialled out the latest technology from heated insoles to a camp stove with an integrated charger.
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This month Apple received a permit to test autonomous vehicles on California roads, which suggested the company was moving forward with its self-driving car plans after months of speculation as to whether the project had been shelved.Now, training documents acquired by Business Insider reveal more details about the company's self-driving car plans.The documents themselves reportedly contain details of a "Development Platform Specific Training" for employees testing out the autonomous systemAlso included in the documents are details about the autonomous-vehicle system itself, which is apparently referred to as the "Apple Automated System."Related: Project Titan – What you need to knowAccoridng to the report, an Apple official wrote on one of the government forms: "The development platform uses hardware and software to monitor surrounding objects and events."
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This week, Activision confirmed what had naturally leaked out a few weeks ago, that was heading back to World War II this year .Already, some images are starting to leak out about the game, and supposedly it has a co-op campaign with its own story, which is something we haven’t seen for quite a while.I spent most of 2015 and early 2016 predicting that would be going back to World War II last year, as I did the math in my head and it seemed like it was time to ditch the future-war concept of the last 4-5 games and do something different.I felt pretty validated when debuted to lavish praise while was essentially booed off the stage after its reveal.It would have made a certain amount of sense for Infinity Ward to be the ones to take the series back to its roots, as it seemed clear was not going to happen, and yet, joined and as the futuristic COD sub-series.still was the best-selling game of the year, because of course it was, but it did underperform rather significantly for the series, while did wonders for EA, so the path forward became pretty clear.
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Dell has introduced its first ever monitor that meets the HDR10 standard: the Dell UltraSharp 27 4K HDR Monitor model UP2718Q.The monitor has UHD Alliance Premium Certification and has 100-percent Adobe color, as well as an Ultra HD 4K resolution and 1.07 billion colors.That’s a lot to pack into a single monitor, and it’s just the start of this model’s features.The monitor was recently announced at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference.This isn’t the only monitor Dell has introduced, but it is the most notable.The company says its new HDR offering features Dell PremierColor, meaning it has 100-percent sRGB, Adobe RGB, REC 709, as well as 97.7-percent DCI-P3 and 76.9-percent REC2020.
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An article on the crossed my social media feeds this week with the headline , describing a number of attempts to reformulate math classes in a way that makes them more appealing to non-mathematicians.Many of these classes sound appealing and useful, but as always, I find I'm ambivalent about the whole idea of these sorts of targeted classes.Putting math into a clear and useful context is a great idea, and the lack thereof always bothered me (and continues to bother me to this day, when I have to teach from books that short the context in favor of extra math; at least now, I can do something about it).These are ideas that ought to be incorporated into the teaching of math and science courses, including those for future math and science majors.I have some hesitation about the whole concept of "Math for Liberal Arts" and "Physics for Poets" classes in general.Starting with the fact that there's more than a little paternalism in the idea that we can decide what constitutes "all these students will need" when it comes to math and science.
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That’s roughly how much it costs to send a payload to orbit on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.It’s actually a bargain for space, but it’s far more than University of Central Florida physicist Julie Brisset, who seeks to study the early stages of planet formation in microgravity, can afford.The company, which was founded in 2006, hasn’t flown a balloon into orbit yet.Its Electron rocket has a maximum payload capacity of around 500lbs (225 kilos), which is peanuts compared with the Falcon 9’s 22,800 kilo weight limit.And the small satellite market is Rocket Lab’s exclusive focus.The CubeSat design dates back to 1999, when researchers at California Polytechnic State University and Stanford sought to provide graduate engineering students a cheap and feasible way to experiment with spacecraft and send them into orbit.
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Eurozone consumer confidence strengthened in April, though the indicator remained still frosty.the consumer confidence index reading rose in April -3,6 point march -5,0 point.bloomberg was collected by analysts consensus expected consumer confidence to have increased clearly less, -4,8 point.the Last time consumer confidence was as high in march 2015.consumer confidence in the Eurozone has risen in two consecutive months.
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A world in which on-demand air taxi services permeate the skies above has moved one step closer, as German aviation startup Lilium has announced it has now completed the first flight tests of its electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) jet.The prototype two-seater Lilium Jet carried out a number of maneuvers in the skies over Germany, and the company now says that it’s working on a bigger five-seat version of the vehicle that it’s touting for use for airborne ride-sharing and on-demand taxi services.Founded in 2014, Lilium — up until today known as Lilium Aviation — announced a $10.7 million funding round from Skype cofounder Niklas Zennström’s Atomico a few months back, underpinned by a promise to create a world “in which everyone can fly anywhere, anytime.” A central facet of its pitch is that the vehicle takes off and lands vertically — expensive and space-consuming runways aren’t needed — which positions the Lilium Jet as the perfect machine for city-based air transport.But for its maiden test-flights, runways were of course required.The jet is capable of both VTOL and jet-powered flight, using its wings for lift, like an airplane, which Lilium says means it uses around 90 percent less energy than a drone-style aircraft.At takeoff, the jet’s flaps are positioned downwards to achieve vertical lift, and then once in the air the flaps shift into a horizontal position to gain forward thrust.The company also says that the electric vehicle can travel 300 km, with a maximum cruising speed of 300 km/h, and its in-flight power consumption per km would be “comparable to an electric car,” according to a company statement.“Seeing the Lilium Jet take to the sky and performing sophisticated maneuvers with apparent ease is testament to the skill and perseverance of our amazing team,” said Lilium cofounder and CEO Daniel Wiegand.“We have solved some of the toughest engineering challenges in aviation to get to this point.The successful test flight program shows that our groundbreaking technical design works exactly as we envisioned.We can now turn our focus to designing the five-seater production aircraft.”The Lilium Jet prototype was controlled remotely for the test flight; however, the longer-term vision is to offer a piloted five-seater jet to the public, and much of the technology has been built with that scenario in mind.For instance, Lilium has designed a “Flight Envelope Protection System” that prevents the pilot from performing maneuvers that would “take the aircraft beyond safe flight parameters,” according to a spokesperson for the company.The legislation and infrastructure required to realize Lilium’s vision of an Uber-style on-demand air taxi service could prove a major obstacle, of course.
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After a long wait, Relic Entertainment and Sega Europe are launching Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III on April 27.And the companies are holding an open beta test from Friday, April 21 to 10 a.m. Pacific on Monday, April 24.But I’ve checked out the beginning of the game, and you can see it below.The title is one of the highly anticipated games for the PC in a series that has sold more than 8 million units.It’s the kind of title that can help the resurgence of the real-time strategy genre.(Here’s our hands-on impressions).Players will have access to all three of the game’s factions in the Warhammer universe: Space Marines, Eldar, and Orks – and a selection of powerful elite heroes for each, allowing them to experiment with different play styles and strategies.The action takes place on Planet Cyprus Ultima, where the Orks have besieged the castle of the Knights of House Varlock.The Space Marines are circling the planet in high orbit, but their commander Inquisitor Holt has ordered them not to help.
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When IBM reports its latest quarter are worrying signs that the company's turnaround may be further away than thought.For the twentieth consecutive quarter, reports IBM on the reduced sales – this in itself was no surprise – but the decline was larger than expected.Analysts had expected a decrease of 1.3%, but it landed on the 2.8 per cent.the Reason is stated to be weaker demand in the it services – which is a sign that the company's turnaround may take longer than previously thought.Bill Kreher, analyst at Edward Jones, says Reuters: " I think there is a frustration over that they miss when it comes to sales.
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No other all-in-one boasts a massive 28-inch 4.5K touchscreen that glides down to serve as a digital easel, a Surface Pen for inking, and an optional Surface Dial that you can spin and tap to navigate menus.That’s the wrong approach for someone considering the Surface Studio, where the components take a backseat to the overall design.Unlike the Surface Pro 4 or even the Surface Book, the size of the Surface Studio’s display allows windows to be snapped to all four corners without feeling like they’ve been shoehorned in.A completely new angle on productivityYou don't just look at the Surface Studio's gorgeous display, of course.Some Mac users might consider it Microsoft’s $100 version of the Griffin PowerMate Bluetooth control knob, an accessory which debuted about four years ago as a wired controller for the Mac.
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One of the New Technology's most-read articles ever, entitled ”Expert: performance reviews are ineffective”.Psychologist Mary-Clare Race said, ”the idea that you would be able to control the business with once a year to have performance reviews is as scatty like a marriage would work if only the couple is celebrating their wedding day”.the Key to a high performance arbetsplatskultur is in place to encourage the correct behavior, which can be done through the construction of meaning, challenges, attention, development, recognition and choice.From a management perspective, it is about continually working with the feedback.Many have clear guidelines on how an appraisal should be done but few have a thought on how to continuously develop their employees.There are, however, individual leaders who are better at working with their employees, " he says.
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The total value of mergers and acquisitions in mainland China’s combined technology, media and telecommunications sector shrunk by 50 per cent in the first quarter, which could augur badly for deal-making in the industry for the rest of this year, according to Mergermarket.There were 54 China-related technology, media and telecoms deals worth US$8.8 billion recorded in the first three months of this year, down from 60 transactions totalling US$17.5 billion in the same period last year, data from the mergers and acquisitions intelligence service showed.“That drop-off in both the number and size of deals in the first quarter is a reflection of China’s more stringent capital control, which has been implemented since late November last year,” said Mergermarket financial researcher Sophie Jin.“There is a probability that China-related technology, media and telecoms deals in 2017 would see their lowest level in years.”The biggest Chinese technology, media and telecoms deal announced in the first quarter was the 6.5 billion yuan (US$944 million) cash purchase of Beijing Xicheng Semiconductor by GigaDevice Semiconductor, a Shanghai-listed supplier of flash memory products.That was followed by the 6 billion yuan acquisition of an 8.6 per cent stake in Shenzhen-traded Leshi Internet Information & Technology Corp by Tianjin Yingrui Huixin Corporate Management.
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We’ve become accustomed to Google adding features and interface tweaks to constantly improve the Photos app, but over the weekend it might have seemed like one of the most-used features was being changed for the worse.But rest assured, it’s just a bug and Google is already working on squashing it.Over on the Google Photos support forum, numerous users have noted that their People albums aren’t quite as populated as they once were.According to the posters, the problem wasn’t affecting the actual photos themselves, but rather how the algorithm sorted them.When they went into the automatically generated People folder to find collected pictures of their friends and kids, either new photos weren’t added into their existing album or they were sorted into a completely new one.And in some case, albums that were there disappeared.
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There are some new AGM models coming to us in the near future and of course all of them will be rugged ones as is the company standard.For starters there is talk about the AGM X1 Mini version coming, but not much is known about i.But today we have another fish to fry, the new affordable piece AGM A1Q.Join GizChina on TelegramThere is only one leaked picture for the phone so far, the one you can see in the above, and it just falls into the general AGM’s style and concept, so no big surprise there.From the specs we only know that the phone will have 4050 mAh battery, 13 Mpix rear camera, IP68 certification and will ship with Android 7.0 Nougat on board.That sounds pretty much alike the AGM A8 model so we have to wait a bit more for the real differences with AGM A1Q.Speaking about AGM A8 there is still running promo event for this phone.
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The WIRED Weekender is an eclectic weekly digest containing highlights of the most important, interesting and unusual stories we've published during the previous seven days.Get the weekly digest in your inbox every Friday by signing up here.Margrethe Vestager's decisions on Google, Apple and Facebook will shape the future of technology.Voice-controlled assistant Alexa can be used to help organise your time, tell you the latest FA Cup scores and teach you about space.Now it could help save a life.The Atacama Large Millimeter Array can detect some of the weakest signals from the farthest reaches of the cosmos.
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Well met, and welcome to GamesBeat’s first PC Gaming Weekly newsletter.Thank you for joining us on our expanded dive into the industry’s’ first and most diverse platform.And we’re going to start this adventure by talking about one of the giants of PC gaming, who recently announced his retirement plans just days following the release of one of the best games of his 36-year career.Brian Fargo said that he’s preparing for the next chapter of his life after his studio, Inxile Entertainment, ships the postapocalyptic role-playing game Wasteland 3 in 2019.He’s passionate about crowdfunding, choosing it to back Inxile’s projects since 2014’s Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera, which came out last month and, in my opinion, is one of the best RPGs of the past 20 years … and maybe the best game he’s helped make.I should know.I’ve been playing Brian’s games for as long as he’s been making them.When old farts like me think about the RPGs of the 1980s, we talk about Ultima, Wizardry, or even Might and Magic.This series was much like Wizardry and Might and Magic, but Fargo’s innovations came from the magic music of the Bard class, a city full of dungeons and traps, and some silly humor (like battles with four groups of 99 Berserkers).His Interplay studio went on to make three Bard’s Tales games, and I admit I spent more homework time than I should have exploring these worlds.The Bard’s Tale helped foster my lifelong love of role-playing games, helping me make friends and tell stories.
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I’ve been doing that pull-up program we posted two weeks ago, and guess what?The full details on the workout are in the link above, but here’s a summary of the moves:Wall slides, just to practice activating your shoulder muscles correctlyScap pull-ups, to work on the bottom of the pull-up motionPlank saws with your feet on slidersChair-assisted pull-ups: the real thing, except with your foot on a chair.
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Need access to a computer while on the go?Plug this 'mobile convergence' notebook into your smartphone for a more powerful productivity option.One of the more forward-looking technology concepts today is the idea of connecting a smartphone to a larger display and external peripherals like a keyboard and mouse.The combination can provide the mobility benefits of a smartphone device with the productivity advantages of a notebook or desktop PC.A number of companies are working specifically on notebook formats that work primarily with Windows 10 Mobile devices, such as HP’s Lap Dock that works with its Elite x3 smartphone and the NexDock.Now, there’s another player in the market, with the Miraxess Mirabook that’s now available to pledge at IndieGoGo.
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