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Chinese company TCL introduced a bunch of TVs in May including the 4K-toting P-Series lineup.That product line was supposed to launch in the near future in 50-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch sizes, but the company has changed its plans.If you were hoping to get a relatively cheap 4K Roku smart TV, you still can, but only in one size due to TCL’s recent decision to cancel a couple models.TCL is known for offering budget-friendly televisions packing Roku’s smart TV interface, the same one you get on the company’s streaming stick and set-top-box.TCL introduced both the C-Series and the P-Series, and though it didn’t reveal the total pricing for the lineup, it had stated at the time that the middle 55-inch model would cost $599 USD.That’s an insanely excellent price for a 4K smart television, and it stoked hopes that the larger 65-inch model wouldn’t be much more expensive.
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A What If exploration of whether a toaster would work in a freezer.Is it time to start eating jellyfish?Around the world in Beatles monuments.And what a thrift-shop bargain: 20 cents each for genuine NASA flight suits that are expected to fetch $5,000 or more at auction.
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Slooh, a Connecticut-based company, makes it easy and now free to look at the night sky through any one of dozens of telescopes around the world.If you want to take control you can begin to point the telescope at various spots in space or you can simply go along for the ride while a professional astronomer takes the reins.Slooh users even share discoveries they find while peering into space.In honor of the upcoming eclipse the service is offering free accounts to folks who want to watch the lunar eclipse remotely.You can sign up now for a free account or pay $4.95 a month to be able to control the telescopes.Slooh has 80,000 members and has had over 20 million viewers of their live shows – essentially telescope broadcasts during interesting things like meteor showers and eclipses.
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Find out how to optimize your website to give your customers experiences that will have the biggest ROI for your business.As someone who travels the country for a living, one of the questions I get asked is, “As a service professional, how can I get more clients without being pushy?”Because let’s face it: getting clients as a coach, consultant, speaker, lawyer, chiropractor or other service-related business can be especially challenging, simply by the fact that you don’t have a physical product to sell!You can smell it and taste it.You can see them, touch them and even try some on before you buy.Or better yet, how can Sally CPA engage you in a sales process that would make you consider hiring her services, without making you feel like you’re getting a hard sell?
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While a small group of die-hards are eagerly waiting to snatch up the $5,000 iMac Pro and whatever Apple has in store for the Mac Pro next year, the majority of Mac users are opting to spend their money on iPads or new iPhones instead.Yearly shipments were down nearly 10 percent in 2016, and barring a massive fourth quarter, they’re on pace to post another dip again this year.And a new program introduced by one of its oldest competitors just might be the answer.Microsoft is relatively new to the PC hardware game, but it’s made a big splash with its ever-expanding line of Surface tablets, carving out a Mac-like niche in the luxury PC market.The recently launched Surface Plus plan basically takes the iPhone Upgrade Program and applies it to PCs.Instead of committing to paying the full Surface sticker price—which, like the MacBook Pro, can easily top $2,000 depending on the model and BTO options—you spread your payments over 24 months with zero percent interest and no down payment.
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In news that will likely make many a driver scream, the Transport Secretary has announced that learners will be allowed to take lessons on the motorway for the first time ever.Starting next year learners will be permitted to have lessons on the motorway, provided they're in a dual-control car with an approved instructor.So it's not like learners are going to head onto the motorway on their 17th birthday with mum or dad in tow.It's hoped that the extra lessons will help better prepare new drivers for life after they pass their test.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:"The UK has some of safest roads in the world and we want to make them even safer.
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Earlier this month, I was sitting in a conventional conference room in Google's New York office, complete with the standard movable whiteboard, an oblong gray table, a conference phone and an intercom system.Yes, Google's head of Android Wear was in the room, but so were six sharply dressed representatives from the fashion world.The message was clear: Android Wear isn't just about geek, its new focus is on chic.Consider this a second act for Android Wear, which has struggled since it came out of the gate three years ago at the Google I/O developer conference.In their place were brands you're likely to see at a Macy's, from Emporio Armani to Michael Kors.For David Singleton, who leads the Android Wear team for Google, the plethora of watches on the table were part of Android's philosophy to create different products that fit your unique tastes.
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Tonight, GamesBeat will stream the first Games Industry Family Chicken Dinner Invitational Tournament for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.This is an informal competition where developers and other people who work in the games business compete for dominance in the last-player-standing shooter.The stream starts at 8 p.m. Pacific time, and you can watch it on our Twitch page.If you’re wondering how all this madness will work, we are planning on doing solo-only matches this evening where I (GamesBeat PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb) will use Battlegrounds’ spectator options to observe and commentate on the action.The prize pool is zero dollars and absolutely no gifts.Instead, the combatants are competing for bragging rights.
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Google Glass arrived three years ago.It was a neat proof of concept that you couldn’t imagine many people buying, and few were surprised when Google stopped production in 2015.Last month Google announced its intention to sell Glass Enterprise Edition to businesses across the world, and it's now on sale.Taking terrible photos, receiving even worse navigation instructions and looking for hate in the eyes of small town passers-by made up the bulk of the Google Glass experience.“We’ve got 35 Fortune 500 customers, and a handful more across the global 2000.Some of Upskill's biggest clients are aviation giants like Boeing and GE Aviation, whose engineers and mechanics use Glass in their work maintaining jet engines.
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The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core observatory satellite had an informative pass over Tropical Storm Franklin on August 9, 2017 at 0302 UTC (Aug. 8 at 11:02 p.m. EDT).At that time, the intensifying tropical storm had moved from Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula into the southwestern Gulf of Mexico's Bay of Campeche.Two of the instruments aboard GPM, the GPM's Microwave Imager (GMI) and Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) data, showed that Franklin contained a few heavy bands of convective rainfall.GPM's DPR found rain falling at a rate of over rain 2.4 inches (62 mm) per hour in bands of intense storms moving around the southwestern side of the storm.A 3-D view of Tropical Storm Franklin was created at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, using data from GPM's Radar (DPR Ku Band).On August 9 at 2:54 p.m. EDT NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Storm Franklin just before landfall in east-central Mexico.
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Nvidia is on a tear this year, up nearly 70% on the back of impressive artificial intelligence technology and a boost from cryptocurrency mining.The company is set to report its second-quarter results after the bell on Thursday with Wall Street expecting earnings of $0.70 per share on revenue of $1.963 billion, according to data from Bloomberg.Among traders who use the popular investing app, Robinhood, Nvidia is the 14th most popular stock on the platform.According to Robinhood data, users of the platform are buying shares of Nvidia 5% more than they are selling them.Before the company's first quarter earnings, investors were much more bearish and sold 21% more than they bought.Robinhood doesn't offer specific information about user trading habits, such as the number of shares traded and dollar amount of transactions.
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Aug. 9, 2017, Cleveland: Following major price increases, the use of two cardiac medications - nitroprusside and isoproterenol -- decreased by one-half and one-third between 2012 and 2015, according to a Cleveland Clinic study published in the August 10th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine as a Letter to the Editor.From 2012 to 2015, nitroprusside prices increased 30-fold from $27.46 to $880.88, while isoproterenol prices increased nearly 70-fold from $26.20 to $1,790.11.To analyze the impact, researchers analyzed utilization data for nitroprusside and isoproterenol in 47 hospitals between 2012 and 2015.They also obtained data for nitroglycerin and dobutamine -- two intravenous cardiovascular drugs with stable pricing -- for use as controls.During this period, the number of patients treated with nitroprusside fell 53 percent and with isoproterenol fell 35 percent."In public testimony, it had been stated that these price increases would not decrease patient access or utilization of these two critical drugs, both of which have been used for decades in patient care," said Umesh Khot, M.D., vice chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic and lead author of the study.
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For all your Rick and Morty quote needs, I give you: Master of All Science.From the same people who made Frinkiac for The Simpsons and Morbotron for Futurama, there's now a definitive screencap search for Rick and Morty.You can get to it here.Gizmodo Australia is gobbling up the news in a different timezone, so check them out if you need another Giz fix.
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The need for infrared when shooting video at night could be reaching its end.With the low-light Canon ME20F-SH camera, Earth Live producers were able to shoot in the dark without the aid of infrared.Capturing nocturnal animals on camera traditionally means using either infrared light or thermal imaging.Earth Live involved 51 cameras in 24 locations on six continents — and nine of those cameras were the low-light Canon ME20F-SH, the company’s full-frame camera dedicated to shooting video, not stills.Smaller pixels, with their limited surface area, can’t gather as much light as larger pixels.Al Berman of Berman Productions, one of the executive producers on the project along with Bunim-Murray Productions and Plimsoll Productions, equated the experience to seeing color TV for the first time.
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Japanese tech giant SoftBank is announcing funding rounds in the hundreds of millions on an almost daily basis at the moment.The company — led by Masayoshi Son, Japan's richest man — is making investments through the SoftBank Group and the $93 billion (£71 billion) SoftBank Vision Fund.Founders: Kunal Bahl, Rohit BansalSize of SoftBank's investment: $627 million (£478 million), participated in a later $500 million (£381 million) roundTotal amount raised: $1.7 billion (£1.3 billion)OneWeb offers low-latency, high-speed broadband through a constellation of satellites.
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A product that began life as an April Fools joke has graduated to a real thing you can order right now: Hyperkin’s SmartBoy is an accessory for Android smartphones with a USB-C connector, and brings Game Boy-style physical controls and actual Game Boy game cartridge compatibility to the gaming device you carry with you everywhere in your pocket anyways.The Hyperkin SmartBoy is up for pre-order now, with shipments beginning on August 21.It features a familiar button configuration and color scheme for original Nintendo Game Boy fans, and even grooves on the back that will prompt some tactile nostalgia.The accessory works with the SmartBoy companion app, and also pairs well with any of the many Android emulators available on the Google Play Store.The accessory can also play official Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridges, as mentioned, though these apparently take a little while to load, since it actually dumps their contents to the device.The device was built specifically for the Samsung Galaxy S8, but supports a long list of other USB C phones including Google Pixel and Pixel XL, Moto Z and Z Force, and more, with a full list of compatible smartphones available at the Hyperkin site.
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Seeing a six-foot tiger shark suddenly appear right in front of you would surely make your heart skip a beat or two.But Tanya Houppermans, who nabbed this incredible shot 15 miles off the coast of North Carolina coast, says it was no big deal.With a smooth flick of its tail, the shark moved along, its beady black eyes set on bigger fish.“You would think it got a smorgasboard of food it can fill up on,” she says.“But that just didn’t happen.”Sharks so terrified Houppermans as a kid that she refused to wade into water more than knee-deep.
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I love the idea of modularity, be it in smartphones or anything else.Modular technology allows you to customize a device to suit your preference and, when done right, it can be the far more financially efficient option since you only have to buy what you need.That being said, there are two sides to every coin.While the Lenovo-owned Moto flagship does look like a solid phone in general, it comes with a couple of questionable decisions when it comes to its spec sheet.To be fair, there’s nothing inherently wrong with Motorola shrinking the battery and releasing a thinner phone, assuming its predecessor was on the bulkier side, but that is not the case.A battery of this size wouldn’t be an issue for a mid-range phone, but the Z2 Force comes with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a flagship
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With temperatures at their summer peak, the US Senate is pushing a bill that would require automakers to include rear seat alarm technology.Child advocates are hoping that such a reminder will prevent parents from leaving a child in the rear seat of a hot car.Today Nissan announced it is ahead of the game with the new Rear Door Alert (RDA).The technology detects if a rear door was opened prior to starting the car.If the door is not re-opened after the car is put in park and the ignition turned off, it sets off a series of warnings.First a visual warning is given in the gauge cluster.
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The owner of the Kickers shoe brand, Pentland Brands, wants to make shoppers so concerned about missing out on items on its sites that they feel compelled to make purchases.The questionable morals surrounding this approach aren’t lost on the retailer, but it argues that plenty of honest ways exist to capitalize on people’s fear of missing out.One way it’s creating FOMO is through persistent visual reminders of what people are viewing on Kickers’ site.When shoppers visit product pages on the Kickers site, online performance specialist Yieldify serves them with a notification that shows how many other people have viewed the same item in the past 24 hours.This creates an “urgency to purchase,” said Rob Burr, e-commerce manager at Pentland Brands.During the test month in April, the percentage of people who saw the counter next to a product and went on to buy the item versus those who didn’t see the counter reached what the brand deemed a “statistically significant” level, leading it to stop the test and serve the campaign to all the site’s visitors for the next two months.
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