Thomas Musick

Thomas Musick

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Wine (also known as Wine Is Not an Emulator) is a popular piece of software that allows people to run Windows programs on other operating systems, particularly Linux and macOS, and it is now available for Android as well.CodeWeavers, the company behind Wine, released a commercial version of Wine for Android, named CrossOver in 2016.However, it remained in an early alpha testing stage, and was never fully released.However, Wine 3.0, is now available, and it can be installed via an APK file onto Android systems, with the app running a full-screen Windows display – including the Start menu – when the app is opened.Remember, it’s not an emulatorThe APK file, which can be downloaded from the Wine HQ website, needs to be installed as an unknown source, rather than getting it from the Google Play Store.
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Before the release of any flagship device, there are always rumors, leaks, and speculations regarding the expected device.Late last year, Xiaomi CEO, Lei Jun, admitted that the expected Xiaomi Mi 7 flagship smartphone would sport a Snapdragon 845 chipset.He said this during the 2017 Snapdragon Tech Summit held in Maui, Hawaii.Since then, loads of renders and speculations have surfaced online.While some renders have shown a front design with non-existent bottom bezel and a very thin top bezel, others have shown a full-screen design with a notch just like the iPhone X.Now, another render has appeared online, and this time, it reveals the back design of this smartphone.
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Auto industry veteran Bob Lutz has been around the automotive block.Now 85, Lutz has worked for the who’s-who of the automotive industry including BMW, Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors.And while Lutz is high on Tesla’s automobiles, he doesn’t think that’s going to be enough to save the company.[Elon Musk] hasn’t figured out the revenues have to be greater than costs … when you are perennially running out of cash you are just not running a good automobile company.I don’t see anything on the horizon that’s going to fix that, so those of you who are interested in collector cars, may I suggest buying a Tesla Model S while they’re still available.Strong words, but I’m not sure I’d read much into them.
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Netflix’s bizarre campaign at the Consumer Electronics Show for its upcoming sci-fi show Altered Carbon may have seemed like a quick and viral public relations stunt, but the event was actually highly calculated and planned, down to a protest and fake vandalism of its event booth.Psychasec was billed as a radical new technology that promotes immortality and included actors that played spokespeople dressed in all white who encouraged attendees to sign up and swap out their consciousness to be placed in another body.Working with agency Kamp Grizzly, Netflix created a presence at CES—including a booth and social media campaign—for the fake tech company Psychasec that appears in Netflix’s new show Altered Carbon, which is based on Richard K. Morgan’s novel, that begins streaming on Feb. 2.Immersive theater experiences like Sleep No More, an experience put on by New York hotel McKittrick Hotel, inspired the stunt.“When we came into this project, I was like ‘Gig’s going to be up really soon—30 minutes in, everyone is going to know that it’s Netflix,’” said Luke Yablonsky, art director at Kamp Grizzly.People believed it all week long.”
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The consumer investment train keeps rolling through Los Angeles, with organic perfumer Skylar Body becoming the latest brand that investors here are banking on for a big win.Lee, who made his name (and his fortune) in the LA technology startup scene as a founder of LegalZoom, ShoeDazzle and The Honest Co., was the original backer for Skylar Body, whose founder and chief executive, Cat Chen, also made her way from the world of fresh and clean home care and baby products at Honest.“Brian was the person who introduced me to startups and e-commerce,” Chen tells me.A former product manager at Apple and Activision/Blizzard, Chen rose rapidly through the ranks at Honest before departing about a year and a half ago to launch Skylar Body.Scentbird has raised money out of New York for its own take on capturing a share of the perfume business, and they’re not alone.Globally, venture funding into beauty startups experienced a four-year surge that peaked a while ago, according to Crunchbase.
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Grab, Uber’s chief rival across Southeast Asia, appears to be getting into bike-sharing after plans for a joint service with oBike surfaced in Singapore.Last week, an eagle-eyed resident in Singapore shared photos of Grab Cycle bikes — which show an oBike logo, too — being loaded into a van.The companies did, however, announce today that oBike will integrate GrabPay, Grab’s mobile payment service, into its app.There was also a heavy hint at other imminent collaborations.Details of these initiatives will be revealed in the coming weeks,” oBike said in a statement.It looks like the integration will happen first in Singapore, based on what we’ve seen, but oBike is present in other markets in Southeast Asia so there’s potential for a wider rollout.
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The latest Autonomous Driving Leaderboard has been released by Navigant Research.It's a visual indicator of the companies on the bleeding edge of self-driving technology.It also indicates which of them have the resources and industry clout to take their ideas all the way from the drawing board to the market.Take a moment to think about which companies you feel are closest to bringing self-driving vehicles to market.Names such as Tesla and Apple will likely come to mind first: Both companies are always making headlines and are considered thought leaders in tech.But it may surprise you to learn that Navigant's study ranked Apple and Tesla at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to autonomous driving leadership.
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Twitter is pushing back against claims made by conservative activist group Project Veritas that its employees monitor private user data, including direct messages.In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a Twitter representative said “we do not proactively review DMs.A limited number of employees have access to such information, for legitimate work purposes, and we enforce strict access protocols for those employees.”Earlier this week, Project Veritas, which produces undercover sting operations that purportedly expose liberal biases at media companies and other organizations, posted footage that appeared to show Twitter engineers claiming that teams of employees look at users’ private data.One engineer seemed to say that Twitter can hand over President Donald Trump’s data, including deleted tweets and direct messages, to the Department of Justice.Twitter already issued a statement after the video posted saying it “only responds to valid legal requests, and does not share any user information with law enforcement without such a request.”
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Just when we thought Ford was done with the Mustang news at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show with Bullitt, the Blue Oval surprised us with the confirmation that a new Shelby Mustang GT500 is on its way.Ford let this tidbit out of the bag during a reception at its show booth at the end of the first press day.No car was on hand during the announcement, but a short video was shown previewing the high-performance specimen that will slot above the Shelby GT350 models at the top of the range.The only other detail released was that the new GT500 will pack more than 700 horsepower.With output like that, Ford is coming well-prepared to do battle with the 650-horsepower Chevrolet Corvette ZL1 and 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.When we last saw the Shelby Mustang GT500 during the 2014 model year, it was powered by a 5.8-liter supercharged V8 churning out 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque.
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It’s been a year since Ford confirmed it would be bringing the Ranger back to the US, and to say that truck fans have been eagerly awaiting it would be the pickup understatement of the year.Now, at the Detroit Auto Show 2018, the 2019 Ford Ranger has finally made its big appearance.Ford’s full-size truck currently offers five different engines, spanning four-cylinder all the way through to V8, and with a diesel waiting in the wings.It’s Ford’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost, paired with a 10-speed automatic gearbox.Ford’s use of turbocharged engines for working trucks prompted some raised eyebrows initially, but there’s no denying that their combination of power and efficiency is appealing both on paper and on the road.Final horsepower and torque numbers haven’t been shared for the 2019 Ranger yet, but it’s worth noting that the same engine is tuned for 350 HP in the potent Focus RS.
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IBM has been a company adrift for the last several years with 22 straight quarters of declining revenue.Against that backdrop, The Register published an article yesterday suggesting there could be massive changes afoot for the company’s Global Technology Services group.As the company has shifted its emphasis to the cloud, GTS’s hardware focus is an area that will have less significance for the company moving forward.The fact is that companies are moving away from running their own data centers and shifting to public cloud services.Having 100,000 employees focused on hardware deployment consulting doesn’t make a lot of sense in this context.Further, the change was so large, the company has hired Bain to help them organize it.
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Three-dimensional printing is a revolutionary technology, and it hasn’t even come close to what will eventually be possible yet.During our coverage of CES 2018 we’ve seen a giant 3D printer meant for printing yacht parts, but what may be even more impressive is the world’s first 5D printer, the Halo from Ethereal Machines.We caught up with Ethereal Machines’ Kaushik Mudda on the show floor to see just what makes the Halo so unique.“Regular 3D printers operate on just three axes: X, Y, and Z,” Mudda told Digital Trends.“What we’ve done is we’ve added two additional axes to it: A translational axis and a rotatory axis as well.” Those two axes are why Ethereal Machines refers to its process as five-axis or 5D printing.This method allows for printing of complex shapes and structures without the extra hassles that most 3D printers impose.
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You've heard about them, and perhaps even driven in one already.Self-driving cars are getting closer and closer to reality, and we get a front-row seat to the action.Come to the CNET booth in the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall 3 Lobby, Booth SL-3 at 3 p.m. PT today, or watch the live video stream to witness the conversation first hand with the companies and people that are yet again transforming the experience of how we hit the road.We've got quite the powerhouse of panelists for this event.From the automaker side of things, we have Sherif Marakby, VP of Autonomous Vehicles at Ford Motor Company.From the supplier side, we'll be talking with Kathy Winter, VP and general manager of automated driving solutions at Intel.
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If you’re a fitness buff with an eye on technology, you’re probably already familiar with Peloton, the company behind an inventive touchscreen exercise bike that first came to light via crowdfunding in 2013.At last year’s CES, Peloton turned heads by announcing its first commercial-grade bike, designed for use in gyms, hotels, and country clubs (among other public places).This year, Peloton’s big news is even bigger.The company introduced the Peloton Tread, which is pretty much exactly what you’d expect — a treadmill with a giant touchscreen designed for use with live-streaming fitness classes, just like the Peloton Bike.At CES, Digital Trends’ Jake Rossman spoke with Peloton founder and CEO John Foley about the Tread.“The Tread is an extension of the Peloton Bike,” said Foley.
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Dell made a showing at this year’s CES, with two new laptops, including the XPS 13 and XPS 15 2-in-1.It also brought a collection of monitors and accessories.But Dell’s other product came as a bit of a surprise: The company is launching a line of gold jewelry in collaboration with jewelry store Bayou with Love.Say it with me now: WTF?The jewelry line — which is called “The Circular Collection,” and includes rings, earrings, and cuff links — looks like a fairly modest collection of gold and opals.Cathleen McCarthy, the jewelry specialist at The Jewelry Loupe blog, said of the line:
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Mini has pulled the wraps off its updated vehicle line and fans of the British mini cars will appreciate the new rides.The Mini 3 Door, 5 door, and convertible are all new.They all share many of the same updated features with things like LED headlights with matrix function for the high beams and LED rear taillights with a Union Jack design.The Mini logo is new along with new body finishes and a piano black exterior color.The cars all get new light alloy wheels and an expanded range of leather trim, interior surfaces, and color lines.All of the new models can also be customized via the new Mini Yours Customised program we talked about before.
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Oath is sharing some love for the new year with the debut of a new brand index which categorises the key qualities that inspire consumers to embrace brands.The Brand Love Index marks the culmination of a global research study drawn from 150,000 consumers scattered across 13 nations, helping to define six drivers of ‘brand love’ that bridge all ages, sexes and nationalities.Top of this list of half a dozen was ‘Exceeds Needs’, where a brand goes above and beyond what is expected of it in areas such as quality, design and performance with 32% of UK consumers love for specific brands driven by this factor.This was joined by parallel factors such as trend setting, shared values and building trust which were cited as the surest way to bring about an emotional response by 21, 17 and 13% of people respectively.At the lower end of the scale, but no less important, were factors pertaining to elevated experiences and respect for the consumer which won over 10 and 7% of consumers respectively.John DeVine, chief revenue officer at Oath, said: “We are excited to work with our advertising partners to determine their brand love score, a proprietary metric derived from the Brand Love Index, to help ensure their marketing campaigns and messages are impacting it, in addition to driving awareness and purchase intent.”
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The image you get from Sony’s newly unveiled $30,000 4K projector isn’t as good as the image you’ll get from one of the company’s many pricey but still far-less-expensive OLED TVs.But the presentation you get from having this incredible projector in your room instead of a dull black TV is unquestionably worth the trade-off.That is, as long as you’re spectacularly rich and highly focused on the interior design of your hip and modern new apartment.Sony suggests it’s meant more for businesses that want an impressive piece for their lobby, since it also includes built-in speakers.There are a lot of better ways businesses could spend their money, but this option definitely works if showing off is their objective.The most impressive thing about the projector is its style: it looks like a really nice coffee table.
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Where us long-in-the-tooth oldies had to make do with Bunsen burners, test tubes and gruesome frog dissections during science classes, the kids of today are building their own fantasy computers and learning to code applications via simple coding kits.Kano, which raised $28 million in Series B funding last year, has rapidly become one of the biggest names in creative coding, selling a range of kits in 4,500 retail stores including Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Toys R Us.The company claims over 200,00 budding computer builders worldwide have already coded and shared more than 380,000 applications, artworks, songs and games, but it strives for more in the coming years.A new camera kit, which was announced at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, will arrive in 2019 and allows imaginative types to create and build a five-megapixel camera via a step-by-step storybook.Once constructed, the powerful little stills and video snapper can run a number of bespoke photo filters, colorful flashes and harness clever rules that have been created using Kano's simple suite of online software.Better still, every kit comes with a Tripwire sensor that remotely activates the camera, opening up a world of security and remote shutter possibilities.
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Seagate is kicking off CES 2018 with a bevy of new portable storage, along with the recognition that it takes more than just a big chunk of HDD to get attention these days.Slot an SD card into the integrated reader, and you’ll be able to copy the footage from the memory card direct to the Copilot.That way, drone footage can quickly be backed-up and the card wiped for the next flight, without needing to also carry a laptop.The DJI Copilot has a built-in display to show transfer progress, and Seagate says that its 2,000 GB should be sufficient for 65 hours of 4K 30fps video or more than 20,000 RAW photos.On a single charge, the drive can suck up 30 hours of 4K footage.That’s particularly important since there’s a companion app for iOS and Android which allows files on the drive to be viewed, renamed, copied, moved, and deleted.
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