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Hunting for a house that’s affordable, nearly one in five Bay Area home seekers is looking outside the region.That’s the conclusion of a new analysis by Redfin.The brokerage sampled nearly 1 million users who looked for homes in 75 U.S. metros during the first three months of 2017.Those 1 million users included about 110,000 in the San Francisco metro, out of whom 21,300 — 19.4 percent — looked outside the region, where the cost of homes isn’t so prohibitive.The most common in-state destination for those heading toward the exits was Sacramento, while the most common out-of-state destination was Seattle.(Incidentally, the San Francisco metro includes San Jose and Oakland.)“Fast-growing coastal cities may be generating the high-paying jobs, but they haven’t created enough budget-friendly housing to keep pace.The price of real estate and desire for homeownership is compelling many to uproot and seek housing in more affordable communities,” said Nela Richardson, Redfin’s chief economist.
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Apple has a new high-flying project in the works.According to Bloomberg, Apple is getting involved in launching satellites that would beam down broadband Internet access.Recently, Apple poached two Google satellite executives to form a new hardware team within the company.John Fenwick led Google’s spacecraft operations and Michael Trela was head of satellite engineering.The report adds that Fenwick and Trela will now report to Greg Duffy, the Dropcam founder who joined Apple earlier this year.Apple has held discussions with Boeing about being an investor/partner in the project, according to Bloomberg.
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If you want proof, just take a look at HubSpot’s “State of Inbound” report: 65 percent of online marketers say that “generating traffic and leads” is one of their top marketing challenges; 43 percent say “proving the ROI of our marketing activities”; 28 percent have trouble “securing enough budget.”Clearly, online marketing is very numbers-oriented.This is why many online marketers struggle to turn numeric observations into measurable results.You’re missing a crucial part of marketing insight that — like Achilles’ heel in the battle of Troy — puts every campaign at risk.If 5 percent of our target audience clicks on our ad, we can assume that one in every 20 people resonates with our message.Yes, you can learn from the people who respond poorly to your content, but your top responders are your premium marketing audience.
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Superheroes have remained popular over the decades and the History docuseries explores their importance.The History channel has the docuseries comic book fans have been waiting for, whether they know it or not.The network will air Superheroes Decoded, a two-part documentary on the origins and importance of iconic heroes like Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, and Captain America.The first part will air on April 30 and the second on May 1, Deadline reports.To explore the origins and impact of these vaunted superheroes, History has help from those who know them best: Comic creators, film directors, fans, and other experts.There will be interviews from various heavy-hitters in the comic book world, including Marvel’s Stan Lee, DC writer Brad Meltzer, Captain America: Civil War star Anthony Mackie, and more.
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Wiz Khalifa is young and wild and free, so he is making a game about weed.The rapper has partnered with developer Metamoki to make Wiz Khalifa’s Weed Farm, a game about growing reefer.It is out now on iOS and Google Play, and this — along with the 4/20 celebration happening today (I can see a cloud above Denver right now) — is the perfect time to look back and remember one of the most bizarre things about last year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show: Wiz getting high on publisher Electronic Arts’ EA Play event.During the Battlefield 1 livestream as part of E3 2016, several celebrities did on-air interviews before participating in a match of the Battlefield 1 game, and it quickly became clear that Wiz Khalifa had helped get Snoop Dogg, Jamie Foxx, Zac Efron, and other high.Snoop made a reference to a “secret weapon,” and Wiz claimed that he had “the bomb.” And while those were likely subtle references to marijuana, things didn’t remain that subtle.When Foxx and Efron came on stage to do their interview, they stumbled onto the stage while mock coughing.The interviewer noted that the event was smoky, and Foxx signed off from the interaction by noting that he and Efron were going to find Wiz Khalifa to “make this day go smooth.”They were talking about weed.Not convinced?Check out Efron’s thousand-yard stare:Oh, and here is Snoop Dogg literally smoking a joint while playing Battlefield 1:The obviously high celebrities on the stream caught the attention of social media, and that led to the hashtag Weed3 (instead of E3) on Twitter as coined by Giant Bomb.And now Wiz Khalifa is making some Weed3 magic on 4/20 with his Weed Farm app, so it looks like his habit of mixing games and pot will continue well into the future.
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Theresa May's party may be pleased with her new political position but the lady’s sudden taste for turning might yet take the biscuit in Brexit Britain.After repeatedly going on record to pooh-pooh an early poll, the opinion pollsters proved too tempting to resist.Many Tory party members believed that Labour could never get their act together before the next scheduled election in 2020 so they might as well carry on, business as usual, and still win with a decent majority.The Labour leader must man up and return to his authentic, radical roots.We saw that Corbyn has cojones when he dressed down an ITN interviewer over unfair coverage earlier this month.After all his extreme trials and tribulations as leader, it's time for an Indiana Jones-style resurrection from the temple of doom.
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Baidu is opening its self-driving vehicle platform in a bid to help drive the development of autonomous cars.The Chinese internet giant today announced its Apollo project that will see its platform, including vehicle platform, hardware platform, software platform and cloud data services, opened to help others in the industry, particularly car manufacturers, to develop autonomous vehicles.The initial target is to open the technologies up for vehicles in restricted environments this July.Baidu said it then plans to share technology for simple urban road conditions before the end of the year, with the ultimate goal of opening its full tech stack — covering fully autonomous driving capabilities on highways and open city roads — by 2020.“AI has great potential to drive social development, and one of AI’s biggest opportunities is intelligent vehicles,” Qi Lu, the former Microsoft exec who recently became Baidu group president and COO, said in a statement.Beyond offering up its platform and technologies, which the company has invested significant sums into, Baidu said it is also looking to add partners to the program to strengthen it, particularly around compatible vehicles, sensors, and other components.
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I efterdebatten diskuterades ganska snart de traditionella publicisternas dilemma: Berätta uppgifter som finns eller bara berätta det som är korrekt.Tänk om det verkligen hade varit skottlossning på Hötorget och allmänheten inte fick reda på det?Med det som utgångspunkt har det varit ganska enkelt för medier att försvara sina publiceringar om skottlossning.Men det förbiser något viktigt.Att medier inte längre är informationscentraler.På Mediepodden.se filtrerade vi ut de tweets som delades mer än 500 gånger under första timmen.
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Unelected PM Theresa May has surprised us all by announcing this morning that there'll be a general election on the 8th of June.Like the election, the announcement started sooner than expected: it was due at 11.15, but May was already done by 11.13am, leaving the startled press scrambling to get the news out.May reiterated that the UK will indeed leave the EU – "there can be no turning back" – and stated that things had really been quite good since the Referendum (really?).She went on to explain why the we're having a snap election: "The country is coming together but Westminster is not.[...] Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit.[...] So we need a general election and we need one now."
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Facebook has unveiled a host of new features centered around curating a global community.At the company’s 2017 F8 developer conference, attendees were introduced to not only Facebook’s push into augmented reality, but also the next phase of its Messenger platform, bot support within Workplace, a new virtual reality experience, and more.If you missed the keynote, never fear because we have you covered at VentureBeat.Here’s everything Facebook announced at the conference, as of day 1:In his opening keynote, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced the closed beta of a new platform centered around augmented reality.Called the camera effects platform, it’ll enabled developers to build and create effects and masks around the Facebook camera, taking its competition against Snapchat to another level.Read moreDoubling down on augmented reality, Facebook revealed that it was working on developing games around the technology later this year.Such games will help define whole new genres, Zuckerberg claimed.The tech depends on the ongoing revolution in computer vision, artificial intelligence, and a number of other technologies.
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Pirelli lanserar tekniken som inte bara håller koll på sulornas hälsotillstånd.Det inbyggda chippet ska till och med kunna tipsa föraren om närmaste motorsportevent.Redan nu tar Pirelli nästa steg.Systemet som de kallar ”Pirelli Connesso” kommer lanseras på modeller till sommaren.Det mäter alla egenskaper som kan påverka däckets egenskaper – från lufttryck och temperatur, till belastning, slitage och antal rullade kilometer.Om trycket är för lågt, eller om något annat avviker kommer föraren meddelas om detta via appen.
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We may have to figure out a new term to apply to a system seller as hot as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, though.In the US, it seems the Switch version of the game is somehow selling better than the system it's played on.That's the first instance we can recall where a piece of software has a reported attach rate that's actually higher than 100 percent.GameStop said last month that the game had an "almost one-to-one attach result" with the Switch hardware, and the title sold to about 91 percent of initial Switch owners in France.Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime also called Breath of the Wild the best standalone launch title in Nintendo history just after the system's US launch.All that said, a software-to-hardware sales ratio over 100 percent doesn't seem to pass the smell test on first glance.
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Unless ideas transform society in a big way, or alter the ways people live their lives, we often do not know many great ideas are actually out there.Identify Where Your Business Can Make An ImpactTo use my experience as an example: The industrial scale industry includes two main categories -- general weighing and specialty weighing.Since it was nearly impossible to make an impact with general weighing scales, my business focused on creating a new scale technology instead.We identified where we could make an impact in the industrial scale industry -- offering a new, accurate technology at the same or lower price point -- and then didn't give up until we found success.It’s not the first social network, but it’s unlike any of the rest and clearly more successful.
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Hooked — an app for reading bite-sized stories in text message form — is rapidly climbing the App Store charts.The app initially launched in 2015, but it started growing quickly last fall.Now, it's risen to the top of Apple's top free apps chart, surpassing apps like Bitmoji, Instagram, and Snapchat.In fact, according to app analyst Sensor Tower, Hooked's total downloads grew from about 336,400 in October 2016 to 2.22 million in March 2017 — which equates to a 560% jump.So why is Hooked becoming so popular?Likely because it's incredibly simple to use and its stories keep you on the edge of your seat.Here's how it works.
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Google's simple video calling app Duo just got a little more advanced.Google announced that it will bring audio-only calling to Duo users worldwide, after first introducing the feature in Brazil in March.Duo is Google's take on Apple's FaceTime, with some important differences.First, while FaceTime can only be used between people with Apple products, Duo works on both iOS and Android devices.Second, FaceTime on the iPhone is built into the dialer, but Duo is a standalone app that isn't yet connected to the Android OS.Duo must clearly make up some ground.
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DJI seems to have further a minidrönare on the input.Images and video has leaked showing the new flying machine and it seems to Spark, as it is called, will be much less than the sibling Mavic Pro.As you can see in the video down here will the drone be equipped with a gimbalförsedd camera.How good the camera will be is currently unclear.On drönarforum there is speculation as to what it will be kind of drones.Some believe that there will be more of a selfiedrönare, while others believe that the drone will be designed for racing.
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Windows 10 will be updated next week significantly.on the Way the Creators Update brings the operating system, significant improvements, bug fixes and new features.All the users not to update, however, I have reservations-free gladness, for Windows 10's feared spy on users an unprecedented extent.to Pacify people's minds, Microsoft has agreed to share completely openly, what all the information that its users will eventually collect.ZDNet summed up the Microsoft blog of the most essential parts.When users install Creators Update, users will be asked privacy settings, such as whether they want to set the Windows diagnostic tool the basic performance level or to full power.
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Having trouble treading water in the dating pool?A Chinese man found one possible solution by creating, then marrying a robot girlfriend.At Digital Trends, we certainly love technology, but do we love technology?Maybe not in quite the same way that Zheng Jiajia, from the Chinese city of Hangzhou, does.Previously an employee of Chinese multinational telecommunications firm Huawei, and now a builder of robots and an artificial intelligence practitioner, the 31-year-old Zheng recently “married” a robot that he had created for himself.The robot’s name is Yingying, and among her abilities are image-recognition tools for Chinese characters and pictures, as well as a vocabulary of a few basic words — presumably including “I do.” Now that they are man and robo-wife, Zheng plans to add some all-important upgrades, such as granting his newfound beloved the skill of walking and helping out with household chores.
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The GPU has nearly four times as many compute units as the original Xbox One and the memory on the console will be 108GB/s faster than the memory in both the Xbox One S and Scorpio’s primary challenger, the PS4 Pro.On paper this thing reads like lightning.As proven in many previous console wars, specs alone aren’t enough to win the race.According to Superdata there are twice as many PS4 consoles in the wild as Xbox One machines.A report earlier this year suggest that Sony has sold 55 million units of its next-gen console to Microsoft’s 26 million unit sales.If they’re investing in a console for Overwatch or Destiny 2 or any of the other multiplayer games available (or soon to be available), then they’ll have twice as large a base of players to compete with on a PS4.
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After starting as a niche beloved only by the most hardcore geeks and gamers, broadcasting video games has finally hit the mainstream—so mainstream, in fact, that it’s now baked directly into Windows itself.If you want to tinker with the technical aspects of your stream, though, it’s best to take a few minutes to adjust Beam’s stream quality settings before you fire up your game.(It’s not necessary, though, so feel free to skip this section entirely if you want to just start streaming right now.)You can also tinker with the audio quality to improve or decrease the fidelity of your words (at the expense of system resources and data needs).To start a stream, summon Windows 10’s Game Bar by pressing Windows G or the Xbox button on your Xbox controller.If you decide to show yourself to the world, you can cycle through various on-screen positions for the camera output.
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