Shane Higgins

Shane Higgins

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UK
Google prides itself on bringing information to its users quickly, but one of the tech giant's speediest search features is on the way out.Google is phasing out Instant Search, a feature unveiled in 2010 for the desktop version of the all-knowing search site.Using Instant, potential matches would be brought up automatically for what it believed you were looking for — even in the middle of you typing it.Meant to save slower typists time by completing their search before they finished writing their query, Instant Search's usefulness began to wear thin as more people became technically literate and, more prominently, smartphones took over as the primary client of Google's services."Since [2010], many more of our searches happen on mobile, with very different input and interaction and screen constraints," a Google representative tells TechRadar."With this in mind, we have decided to remove Google Instant, so we can focus on ways to make Search even faster and more fluid on all devices."
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Huawei is on a highway to success course, especially if we take into account the latest report from analyst company Canalys, regarding the smartphone shipments in China for the second quarter of this year.According to the report, Huawei retains its place as the leader of the Chinese market, with 23 million units sold during Q2 2017 and Oppo is in second place with 21 million units, a significant 37% year to year increase when compared with 2016!Vivo took third place with 16 million shipments between April and June.The Chinese company scored 15 million units during that time and these numbers were enough, to leap over Apple and take the 4th place, with a 60% boost in the Chinese market when compared to last year.This could mean that Xiaomi is in starting to regain all its lost ground during the past few months.According to Canalys, the Mi company still offers the best value in the Chinese market and remains a preferred choice for price-conscious consumers.
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Foxconn, the Taiwan-based electronics maker that assembles Apple's iPhone and provides parts for other companies' gadgets, is planning to build a factory in Wisconsin, the company announced at the White House on Wednesday.The $10 billion facility will produce LCD displays and employ as many as 13,000 people, according to officials.Since the presidential campaign, President Donald Trump has been promising to bring manufacturing to the US as part of his effort to "make America great again."On Tuesday, he said Apple CEO Tim Cook had promised to build three "big, big, big" plants in the States.It's unclear whether the Foxconn facility is part of the Apple plans Trump mentioned.Foxconn has suggested for some time it would expand in the the US.
UK
Stand back everyone, tech billionaires Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are having a social media spat about artificial intelligence.First, and for quite some time now, Musk aired his concerns about artificial intelligence (AI) and how it could potentially start thinking for itself, rise up against us and exterminate the human race.Then Zuckerberg, during one of his Facebook question-and-answer sessions (which, he claims, are nothing to do with a 2020 presidential bid) said he had some "pretty strong opinions" on Musk's fear of AI.The Facebook boss went on: "I think you can build things and the world gets better, and with AI especially, I'm really optimistic.I think people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios are...I just, I don't understand it.It's really negative and in some ways I think it is pretty irresponsible."
Finland
Signed "responsibility" -lomakekin not relieve the service provider of security responsibility, resemble the Finnish Safety and chemicals agency Tukes and the consumer association in a statement.according to Them, consumers are often asked to sign forms, which according to the customer to release service provider from liability in possible damage cases.for Example, the indoor playground and the customer may be required to release the service provider and its employees from all damages and even criminal liability in possible accident situations.the Tukes and the consumer federation resemble as consumer services providers as their customers to the fact that the discharge form do not under any circumstances release the service provider to the legal obligations of the service to ensure safety."Consumers of the service provided will always meet the eyes of the consumer safety act set out the obligations and responsibility of these safety requirements is always the service provider.the Customer may not transfer the service provider's duty of care aspects covered", the chief inspector Frida Mäkelä Tukesista stated in the data sheet.
Sweden
Det finns gott om hajpade tekniktrender att reta sig på.Eller vad sägs om jobbiga chattbottar, fåniga VR-hjälmar och liknande.Eller det ohyggliga irritationsmomentet att få 30 erbjudanden om låga hotellpriser i Göteborg veckan efter att man varit där och knappast kommer att åka tillbaka under det närmaste året.Eller ännu värre, att man bara tittar på hotellpriser i Örebro, utan att åka dit, och sedan möts av annonser om hotell i Örebro i en månads tid.Ett kardinalfel är att inte använda den information som man faktiskt har på ett vettigt sätt.Jag råkade ut för det nyligen, efter en synundersökning.
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Anyone who’s followed HyperX for the past few years and saw last year’s Cloud Revolver knew what was coming next: the HyperX Cloud Revolver S. It’s a familiar pattern for the company nowadays—first the stereo version of a headset and then, about a year later, the USB-enabled version with surround sound.The Cloud Revolver S takes last year’s design, adds in a USB sound card and 7.1 surround support, a chat mixer, and tacks on a premium price ($150 on Amazon).So is it worth it?It’s like a tuning fork wired directly into your ears, and something as innocuous as scratching an itch on your head can send raspy metallic noises through the headset.Don’t get your hopes up for a full redesign—the Cloud Revolver S still uses an inline box embedded awkwardly far down the headset cable.Controls are also larger, easier to operate, with a prominent mic-mute button and Dolby toggle on the facing edge, separate headset and mic volume wheels on the right side, and an EQ cycler on the left.
Sweden
Bolaget har tagit in 130 miljoner kronor och får nu Paradox-vd:ns investmentbolag Kichi som delägare när bolaget tar in ytterligare 30 miljoner.Det vill startupbolaget Trice imaging göra möjligt världen över.Men under en workshop med kliniken Mamma Mia kom frågan upp om varför man inte kunde få ultraljudsbilder i mobilen.Det problemet skulle grundarna Åsa Nordgren, Johanna Wollert Melin och Martin Westin se till att lösa.”Idag är vi en molnlösning där vi inte bara har ultraljudsbilder men även andra medicinska bilder.Det kan röra sig om att skicka dem till en kollega för att få hjälp att ställa en diagnos men även att kunna skicka bilder till patienter”, säger Johanna Wollert Melin.
US
If that sounds like a familiar concept, it's because it is.The biggest difference between Shuttle and a city bus is that Lyft's service will only appear during times of high demand and accommodate fewer passengers.The launch of Shuttle without any mention of its relationship to public transit garnered some backlash:Lyft has now responded to that criticism via a Medium post by Emily Castor, Lyft's director of transportation policy.In the post, Castor acknowledges the similarities, but argues there are key difference between the two services that allow Shuttle to augment public transit, rather than threaten it.If Shuttle were to become a resounding success, it could siphon more affluent riders who take mass transit, leaving behind lower-income, elderly, or immigrant riders who may not have access to the Lyft app, which requires both a smartphone and bank account.
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We’ve not heard a lot about Warner Bros.’ Flash movie lately—especially as it still doesn’t have a director.But moments ago at Comic-Con, we just got seeming confirmation that the movie is going in a new direction by adapting the infamous Flashpoint storyline.Geoff John’s 2011 set the groundwork for what would become DC’s complete reboot of its comic book continuity, presenting an alternate world where Barry Allen saved his mother from death at the hands of one of his deadliest enemies, the Reverse Flash.The series directly lead into the creation of the New 52 universe, a streamlined reboot of DC’s major characters that wiped the slate clean.So if, say, the movies wanted a way to phase out Ben Affleck’s version of Batman for some reason, maybe Flashpoint would be the storyline to do it in?We’ll bring you more news on Flash and Warner Bros.’ other DC movies as we learned it at the studio’s San Diego Comic-Con panel.
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Playbuzz helps online publishers make their content more interactive by adding elements like polls and galleries.Until recently, those elements have taken the form of widgets that publishers can embed into their stories, but that’s changing with the launch of Playbuzz’s new Storytelling platform, where writers are creating entire articles, not just one-off widgets.While it doesn’t look all that different from other blogging tools (including the WordPress editor that I’m using to write this post), there’s an emphasis on the kinds of interactivity that have been Playbuzz’s bread and butter.This includes existing Playbuzz features like polls, as well as new capabilities like integration with Getty Images and Giphy.There’s also a new editor that’s supposed to make it quick and easy for publishers to build their own videos.Then the entire article can be embedded on WordPress, thanks to Playbuzz’s WordPress plugin.
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Want to give your PC an IQ boost?Intel's $80 Movidius Neural Compute Stick lets you plug some computing brains into your laptop's USB port.The device, geared for tinkerers and programmers, can crank out 100 billion mathematical calculations per second while consuming a paltry 1 watt of power.That's the kind of thing that can be handy if you're trying to work out computer vision in your drone or help your cleaning robot tell the difference between a cat and a coffee table.Intel announced the device at the conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition on Thursday.Artificial intelligence -- and more specifically a brain-like approach called neural networks to machine-learning technology -- is sweeping the industry as a new way to do everything from recognize speech to identify what ingredients are in your lunch.
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Andrew Chen takes a look at the reasons why startup growth is getting more expensive, and what companies can to keep up.- Startups should be getting cheaper to build, but this isn't the case when it comes to growth - Why costs are rising - What’s happening as a result - How companies should be thinking about growth strategy as a result
UK
One of the original bouncing bombs created by the team of Sir Barnes Wallis has been recovered, 70 years after it sank to the bottom of a Scottish loch during testing.Royal Navy divers pulled it up from Loch Striven 30 miles or so west of Glasgow, where the Highball bouncing bomb has been happily and continuously not exploding since it was tested in the spot during WWII.Around 200 of them were tested in the loch, and the reason they haven't exploded is because they weren't filled with explosives.It was a test and we didn't want to blow ourselves up, as that's not how wars work.The plan is to exhibit the bomb, and hopefully one more that's earmarked for lifting soon, in the Brooklands Museum and the de Havilland Aircraft Museum, where future generations will be able to marvel at a rusty thing that showed we, as a nation, could once manufacture things.These Highballs were used against shipping rather than enemy damns, but it was the footage of their testing in Loch Striven was used in the Dam Busters film.
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The iPhone 8 summer of doom continues with a surprising twist that is so logically challenged it should not be viewed by small children, the infirm or those prone to episodes, even if they’re just episodes of the long-running supernatural drama, Supernatural.Writing for The Boy Genius Report, Jacob Siegal says “Delays and an inflated price could doom the iPhone 8.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Kegan Tyler.)Alas, however, it is over and Apple did not release new phones.Better luck in 2018, Apple, which started yesterday.As successful as Apple has been over the past decade, the 10th anniversary of the iPhone was meant to signal another leap forward for the company…There is a lot of setup here because there is very little meat for this meal and Siegal is hoping you will fill up on salad and breadsticks.
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The ride-hailing company is raising salaries for all of its employees as part of efforts to equalize pay beginning on August 1, according to a person familiar with the situation.The move, which bases pay on factors such as job level, function and location, is designed to address pay imbalances between men and women, as well as white and minority employees.The changes were previously reported by the tech news site, The Information.Uber's move comes as Silicon Valley wrestles with a diversity problem that has resulted in gender disparity and unequal pay for women and minorities at its most high profile companies.The issue has drawn attention from a wide range of prominent figures, from lawmakers to investors.Despite promises of change, the industry's top companies have demonstrated little progress.
China
London restaurant Dirty Bones is betting on young people’s love of social media, testing a new business and marketing strategy to capture millennials’ influence online as well as their dining dollars.The restaurant’s newest location is designed to be showcased on Instagram, from the menu to the decor.It even provides a free Instagram kit to help diners take better shots, reports Today.com.“We’re all about helping people capture that perfect shot,” Cokey Sulkin, founder and director of operations at Dirty Bones tells Mic.“The people that typically visit Dirty Bones tend to be very active on social media, and on Instagram in particular.”It seems like a good plan: Fifty-four per cent of millennials eat out at least three times a week, according to June 2017 data by Bankrate, and 51 per cent say they go to bars at least once per week.
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The Microsoft-owned professional network on Monday launched a new app for users of the operating system.The goal: Let its millions of Windows users experience some of the same features found on LinkedIn's mobile app and desktop site.This includes receiving messages and invites from other members in real time.Using the app also will provide a more fluid way to stay up-to-date compared with using LinkedIn on a browser, said Chris Pruett, a senior director of engineering who redesigned LinkedIn's desktop site that debuted in January and its upgraded mobile app.About 40 percent of LinkedIn's traffic, from its roughly 500 million members, comes from desktop computers as people scour for jobs, make connections or search for news, while the remaining 60 percent use mobile devices."I see the Windows 10 app as another chapter in our evolving story," Pruett said.
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There’s nothing like staring down the barrel of multiple files you know you’ll have to rename.Sure, there are batch file naming utilities in the App store — and I’ve used most of them — but until recently, I never knew the functionality I needed to rename multiple files was cooked right into macOS.And for those of you trying to jump ahead: no, I’m not talking about Automator.What I’m talking about is far simpler.So simple, in fact, I’m a little embarrassed I hadn’t discovered it after over a decade of using Macs.When naming a single file in macOS, you’re probably doing the same thing I did: clicking the file, waiting for the highlight to appear, and typing a new one over the old filename.
Sweden
Bloomberg reports that Oculus is working on a brand new VR headset that will be cheaper than the Rift and to be able to be used completely stand-alone.the Device is said to have a price tag of 200 dollars, which is considerably less than what the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive costs.According to Bloomberg, to the Pacific, which has the working title seems to be, to be less than the Rift and lighter than the Samsung Gear VR.Pacific is said to appear next year, but maybe we will get to see a glimpse of the new headset during the upcoming Oculus Connect conference which is usually held in October.Last year, the Oculus up a prototype of a new VR headset that would work to be an intermediate between the desktop and mobile VR, and it appears that the Pacific is a further development of this.Above you see a video from Oculus Connect 3, where Mark Zuckerberg is testing the prototype version.
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