There's so much great TV to watch right now.Recently I've been binging the likes of "Better Things," "Episodes," "Rick and Morty" and "Travelers" -- all incredibly good shows.Me, I'm hopping on a long flight this Friday (hellooooo, Los Angeles!), so I could use a couple good flicks to help pass the time.The selection includes a whopping 150 titles -- mostly older stuff, but some recent films as well.Obviously movies are pretty subjective, but here, in no particular order, are some choices I consider noteworthy:
And while the language itself is bad enough, the president and his advisors need to also reboot their assumptions about the African continent — not just for the immigration debate but for U.S. foreign policy considerations.Among other sweeping changes, Africa is in the midst of a tech boom that’s reshaping the culture, politics and economies of many of its countries.But nearly two decades of improved stability, economic growth and reform have come together to create some bright spots.Africa now has more than 316 tech hubs, accelerators and innovation spaces across IT hotspots in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria and Rwanda.Thousands of African startups are moving into every imaginable sector: from blockchain, logistics and education to healthcare and agriculture.And hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital is flowing to these startups, with the expectation that some of their solutions for Africa’s 1.2 billion people will produce significant ROI.
Even when I die during one of these matches, the fun isn’t over, because I can go into a spectator mode and watch the rest of the fight as a free-floating camera.The best part about this is that I can use the in-game proximity chat to speak with the remaining players.On Friday, I used this power to help build a team of survivors from beyond the grave.On Friday nights, I get together with some viewers on Twitch.tv/jeffgrubb to run the PUBG Family Dinner livestream.Folks from a variety of fandoms and communities get together to fight with and against one another.To mix things up last week, I tried some new rules: everyone would go in solo, but everyone was also encouraged to use their in-game voice to team up with other solo players.
Instagram’s Stories are one of the most popular ways to share content on social media, but sometimes images and videos just aren’t as effective as plain old text.Instagram knows this too, so now it’s testing a new feature – simply called ‘Type’ – that puts the emphasis on written stories.The feature shows up as another option at the bottom of the Stories camera, next to older choices like Boomerang and Rewind.You can choose from several fonts, and Instagram automatically selects a plain background or gradient.Alternatively, you can upload an image of your own to use as a background, though Instagram will apply a filter on it in order to emphasize your text.Check out the different styles in the gallery below:
The materials professor, who is also the research director for UCSB's Solid State Lighting & Energy Electronics Center, has been awarded the 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP)."The 2018 Zayed Future Energy Award recognizes the global impact of solid-state lighting technology on both the climate and the citizens of our planet, and I am honored that my work in this field is again being highlighted," Nakamura said.A winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics, Nakamura is one of three individuals credited for creating he highly sought bright-blue LED.That advance paved the way for the white LED -- technology that is now at the heart of many energy-efficient applications, including interior and exterior lighting, displays and automotive headlamps.The use of LED lights has revolutionized energy savings, making it possible to reduce fossil fuel use and carbon footprints.Their durability has also enabled the provision of lighting under inhospitable conditions and in places where traditional energy infrastructure is not available.
Amazon’s Fire TV is getting an update that will help viewers better discover live TV programming, and even be able to tune into live channels with Alexa.The voice integration builds on the recently added “On Now” row on the Fire TV homepage, where you’ll find the live streams from channels like HBO, Showtime, Starz and Cinemax, if you’re signed up through Amazon Channels.This row will display what’s currently airing on those channels, so you can tune in to the current program with either your remote, or now, your voice.To access the channel you want, you can just tell Alexa to “watch HBO,” “go to Showtime,” or “tune to Cinemax,” for example, by pressing the Alexa button on the Fire TV remote.In addition, Fire TV is rolling out a new Channel Guide that lets you browse the channels’ full lineup, starting with what’s on right now and going out two weeks.You can access this guide via the remote, as well, by pressing the Options button, or asking Alexa to “go to the Channel Guide.”
Black Friday, in the UK, is no longer synonymous with queuing in the cold to bag that must-have Christmas toy or coveted piece of designer clobber at a bargain price.Back in 2014, shoppers fighting over white-goods and dashing to stores caused an element of hysteria across the country.Fast forward just three years and shopping habits have changed.Both days saw notable rises in conversions (20% and 17.9% respectively versus October’s averages) as consumers were happy to take advantage of earlier price reductions.Black Friday, of course, remains key.The John Lewis Partnership can attest to this after posting record sales in 2017.
Netflix was the world's top earning non-game mobile app in 2017, according to SensorTower’s new year-end report, with Tinder finishing second.Netflix saw gross subscriber revenue of approximately $510m last year according to the report, representing a 138% increase or about 2.4 times the $215m users spent in the app during 2016.Netflix was also the highest grossing non-game app on Apple’s store, while it ranked below HBO Now on Google Play, where Tinder was the top app by worldwide revenue.Tencent Video saw it’s ninth position jump from 2016, as it ranked fifth overall for 2017 and third on Apple’s App Store.The app didn’t make the top 10 on the Play Store, which was expected as Google’s platform is not available in its largest market, China.Meanwhile, WhatsApp powered ahead of Facebook as the first-time app installed per App Store or Google Play account.
Just when you thought that we'd hit peak McQueen, Ford plans to pour gasoline on the flames of our obsession with the release of a new Mustang Bullitt at the Detroit Auto Show, according to Automotive News.For those of you who don't already know, "Bullitt" was a 1968 movie featuring Steve McQueen as a grizzled police lieutenant protecting a mob informant from hitmen.It also has one of the best car chases in history through the streets of San Francisco.A Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT fastback.To celebrate people's love of McQueen, "Bullitt," and Ford's love of Mustang and making money, in 2001, the company decided to release a special Bullitt Edition SN95-generation Mustang with a whole host of performance upgrades.It managed to sell around 5,500 of them, and so in 2008, Ford went and did it again with the SN197 Mustang.
The new platform has been dubbed SPE – presumably for “Supercar Platform Electric” or “Sports Platform Electric” – and will focus on squeezing maximum performance out of an electrified drivetrain, for cars likely to bear some of the highest price tags of anything in the Volkswagen AG group’s line-up.Porsche is, of course, no stranger to electrification.The current Panamera sedan is offered in a hybrid version, for example, while the company also showed off a prototype electric Cayman late in 2017.Though the latter – capable of a 0-60 mph time of 3.3 seconds – was never intended for production, it was illustrative, Porsche said, of how fast-charging technologies could make EV drivetrains compatible with performance vehicles.Porsche is taking the lead on the SPE platform, a senior VW executive confirmed with Automotive News, “for two-door sports cars and supercars.”There are some sizable questions nobody at Porsche is ready to address, mind.
Huawei made a big splash at CES 2018 by announcing that the Huawei Mate 10 Pro would being coming to the US.But, of course, Huawei’s other major spot in the news wasn’t so positive.In case you missed it, AT dropped its plans to launch the Huawei Mate 10 Pro at the last possible minute, right before CES kicked off.And while neither Huawei nor AT are talking about what exactly happened, it's undoubtedly a major blow to the phone maker, which brought a lot of energy and excitement to the show.In fact, I think there’s good news to come for Huawei in all of this.First off, Huawei’s latest flagship is still coming to the US, albeit through several other popular retail channels, namely Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft Store, Newegg, and B, with an excellent $150 gift card for consumers to snag during the pre-order period that begins on February 4.
For a couple years now, Sony has been trying to build headphones that let you listen to music without blocking sound from the world around you.There are already lots of headphones that try to do this in a high-tech way, by using microphones to record sound from the outside world and pumping that in over your music.But Sony is taking a decidedly low-tech approach: it’s making earbuds with a giant hole in them to let sound through.The result is actually pretty cool.I was able to hold conversations while wearing the Xperia Ear with music playing, and they weren’t a distraction at all.It’s a nice idea and could be useful for cyclists (in places where it’s legal to wear headphones), pedestrians, and a whole lot of travelers and commuters who want to pay attention to announcements and unfamiliar surroundings.
Motivate, the company behind the San Francisco Yay (Bay) Area’s bike-share system, is adding pedal-assist e-bikes to its fleets this April.The one-year pilot will launch with 250 of these e-bikes in San Francisco, the company announced today.The pilot program will be part of the existing Ford GoBike network.GenZe is also the scooter provider for Scoot Networks, the scooter-sharing startup that operates in San Francisco.“E-Bikes will give Bay Area residents and visitors one more option when traveling around San Francisco, which will help to make San Francisco more livable and reduce congestion and household transportation costs,” Metropolitan Transportation Commission Deputy Executive Director Alix Bockelman said in a statement.“We look forward to the expansion of the Ford GoBike e-Bike pilot to the other Ford GoBike cities.”
The nuclear button is in the spotlight following the boasts of Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.The New Year started off on a scary note as the leaders of two countries issued nuclear threats against each other.First, North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong- Un boasted he has the nuclear button on his desk and that he is not afraid of using it.This triggered a fiery response from US President Donald Trump who claimed that his "nuclear button" is much bigger and more powerful than Kim's and that his "button works".While that may not exactly seem like the kind of statements that one would expect from world leaders with nuclear strike capabilities, it has got many wondering what the nuclear button actually is and where it is.Is it really on the president's table, and what would happen if Trump actually pushes it?
Illinois team says cell tech great for mobes and 'leccy carsA band of boffins from Illinois have published a paper detailing a new battery design for mobile devices and electric vehicles that could increase capacity up to eight times while reducing costs.One half of the team, based at Northwestern University, focused on making digital models, while their partners at Argonne National Laboratory performed the physical experiments.The two groups then wrote the paper, titled "Enabling the high capacity of lithium-rich anti-fluorite lithium iron oxide by simultaneous anionic and cationic redox", together, publishing it in the journal Nature Energy.The design features an iron-oxide cathode in the place of the normal cobalt-oxide one.Iron is cheaper than cobalt, and would decrease the price of batteries should it be adopted commercially.
The touted LEAGOO’s new “midrange killer” device – the LEAGOO T5c is finally here and today we have for you the official unboxing video for this phone.So what distinguishes this model from the vast amount of other very similar pieces with all the same formula octa-core procesor, 3 GB RAM and 32 GB ROM ?Well for sure it’s the fact that the phone is packing the new Spreadtrum SC9853i processor based on Intel Airmont 14nm FinFET architecture as the world’s first phone.And despite the budget or lower midrange price of the T5c it should bring fairly solid performance and features.Like the premium metal unibody build, front fast fingerprint scanner, good dual rear camera, softlight flash LED for the selfie cam and more.Leagoo T5c main specs roundup :
Did you happen to call a retail site with questions about your order this past holiday season?Chances are you interacted with a robot.The “person” on the other end, may well have been a chatbot.Chatbots are drastically changing the way customer service is provided in a variety of industries and opening up untethered possibilities for continued growth.According to a report by Grand View Research, the global chatbot market is expected to reach $1.23 billion by 2025, an annual growth rate of 24.3 percent.The rise of smart devices, voice recognition advances, and AI-powered apps means more customers today expect businesses to be reachable any time, know their likes and needs in advance, and respond instantly.
Cortana is bucking the trend of smart assistants, which are usually found adding talents, by quietly dropping her ability to recognize songs.Microsoft’s AI, available across on smartphones, desktop and laptop computers, and on the Invoke smart speaker, was previously able to listen to a snippet of music and tell you details about the artist and track.Now, it’s been spotted, that ability has gone.It’s all down to Microsoft’s decision to axe its music streaming service Groove, which happened at the end of 2017.Originally Zune Music Pass, it was first rebranded as Xbox Music Pass, and then became Groove Music just prior to the launch of Windows 10.For Groove Music Pass subscribers, it meant an end to access of their streaming songs.
The Ford Fusion has been kicking in its present form since the 2013 model year, and according to a new report, it won't be changing up any time soon.Ford has canceled a planned 2020 redesign of its midsize Fusion sedan, The Detroit News reports, citing a confidential letter to suppliers that the outlet obtained.It does not mean that the Fusion is gone, but rather, it could signal a shift in the company's priorities.For what it's worth, Ford spokesman Mike Levine did not comment on the letter itself, but he did provide a statement about the Fusion in general: "Fusion remains an important part of the Ford lineup for years to come with even more new fresh features on the way.We will have more news to share in the future."Even though it's a bit on the aged side, the Fusion still sells well enough.
Starting today, Amazon Fire TV officially joins the retail war between Google and Amazon.Amazon refuses to allow several Google products to be sold on their site, including Google Chromecast, Google Home, and some of the newest Nest products.Google released a statement on the subject, and Amazon replied – have a peek!Google released a statement which included the following: “We’ve been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other’s products and services.But Amazon doesn’t carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn’t make Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of Nest’s latest products.Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and FireTV.