Valued together, these companies have a total worth of more than $10 billion.Despite these laudable gains, recent events have nonetheless reconfirmed the risk and difficulty associated with sustaining hardware startups.Recent events such as GoPro’s layoffs, and Pebble, Lily and Skully shutting down operations further substantiate the trend of corporations dominating hardware, and startups focusing on software.Zooming into VR/AR, prominent companies include Sony, Samsung, HTC, Facebook and Microsoft.Given the fact that these companies have more resources such as capital, people, manufacturing and even distribution, their prominence makes sense.If their initial product version does not become a hit or the market takes longer to rise, these companies nonetheless have the endurance to continue beyond just a couple of years.
You may have heard of the ‘seven-second rule’ for websites — where you only have seven seconds to grab a visitor’s attention and keep it.In general copywriting terms, a ‘hook’ is an idea or a section of copy that has been carefully written to grab your reader’s attention and interest, and start creating desire.Here are four ways to hook in your readers so they keep reading your email.1 – Ask a questionOpening an email with a relevant, thoughtful question can be extremely powerful when it comes to getting our attention.So when we hear questions, answering them is instinctive.
Google's Pixel 2 is coming.We know that thanks to Google's hardware head Rick Osterloh, who previously said: "You can count on a successor [to the Pixel] this year, even if you don't hear a date from me now."What Osterloh neglected to tell us, it seems, is that the Pixel and Pixel XL follow-ups could be joined by a third device.Code spotted in the Android Open Source Project (via) hints at three new Pixel devices currently in development, all of which will seemingly pack the latest Snapdragon 835 chip from Qualcomm.But this is the first we've heard of a third handset to accompany the new versions of the Pixel and Pixel XL, referred to respectively under the codenames Muskie and Walleye.The third handset appears to be codenamed Taimen – all sounding a bit fishy, right?
When in Rome, do as the Romans do.Or in Google's case, speak the languages they speak.Heeding that advice, Google has introduced support for nine Indian languages with its Neural Machine Translation technology, the company said in a statement to CNET.This language support will be added to products including Maps, Translate, Chrome and Gboard (Google Keyboard).Although India recognises 23 official languages, more than 400 languages are spoken in the country today, and only 20 percent of the population is fluent in English.Bridging the language barrier appears extremely important for Google if it wants to be relevant in the country.
When UKIP declared that "face-coverings" would be banned in public in Britain under their rule, they probably weren't thinking about beekeepers.But a heroic heckler at a UKIP election event at the Marriott County Hall in Lambeth insisted the party consider the full ramifications on their snap declaration, and its potential impact on people who keep bees.Brilliantly, UKIP deputy Paul Whittle said the suggestion was "ridiculous" – that is, the suggestion that beekeepers would be included, not that face-coverings should be outlawed – and that of course the ban would only apply to things like burqas, which the party claims are a barrier to 'integration.'Quite how a British woman wearing a burqa needs to 'integrate' wasn't made clear, and nor were the criteria for which face-coverings would and wouldn't be acceptable.For example, would a beekeeping veil be OK if worn by a brown person?Muslims keep bees too, y'know.
Director Matthew Vaughn has made some very good movies, but none of them come close to 2014's Kingsman: The Secret Service for pure fun.So it makes perfect sense that the first sequel he’s ever directed is Kingsman: The Golden Circle.The world of impeccably tailored British secret agents is so much fun, who wouldn’t want more?Here’s the first trailer for the sequel, which looks so, so good.If it’s not immediately obvious from this trailer, after the events of the first movie, the remaining Kingsman were exposed, leading to an attack on the secret spy organisation.The Kingsman are forced to go to America and team up with the U.S. version of the organisation, the Statesman including Jeff Daniels, Channing Tatum, and Halle Berry.
Your friends laughed at you, your parents wondered why you weren’t getting a job, and even your fellow Trekkies raised an eyebrow.But all those nights you spent learning tlhIngan Hol, the Klingon language, will finally pay off when you sit down to play Star Trek Klingon Monopoly.There are already a few iterations of Star Trek Monopoly available, but ThinkGeek’s got the only one that comes with tiny token versions of a Klingon Bird of Prey, and a Bat’leth.Those are not the game tokens of a warrior.The game has players trying to conquer planets and territories, building outposts and capital cities to force other players into eventual bankruptcy.It sounds more like a Ferengi version of Monopoly, except that the game board and all of the Combat and Honor cards (a.k.a.
(Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)The co-founders of Yik Yak, Brooks Buffington (left) and Tyler Droll speak onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015.The move mainly affects app discovery sites like Touch Arcade and App Shopper which give information on new apps or recent updates.The founder of AfterPad, a site dedicated to hardcore and indie iOS games, said on Twitter that affiliate links were “AfterPad’s only form of monetisation.” Kevin MacLeod added that if fellow website Touch Arcade dies, “the entire iOS indie scene dies.”It’s unclear why Apple chose to cut affiliate commissions, or whether it is planning to divert those funds back to app developers.Reaction from a site founder using the App Store affiliate program.
Dynamics 365 integrated enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management system completed a new integration with LinkedIn.Microsoft executive vice president, cloud and enterprise group Scott Guthrie that Dynamics 365 for Sales can now deliver insights from LinkedIn Sales Navigator.announced last June that it would acquire the professional networkclosing the transaction last December.announcing with LinkedIn new integration that will help salespeople deliver better outcomes using insights from LinkedIn Sales Navigator and LinkedIn’s 500 million professionals.Sales Navigator with Dynamics 365 will dramatically increase the effectiveness of salespeople by tapping into their professional networks and relationships, giving them the ability to improve their pipeline by:Leveraging signals across email, CRM and LinkedIn to get contextual recommendations for the next best action within Dynamics 365 for Sales, facilitating introductions directly through the company’s network and sending InMail, messages and customized connection requests.
A Silicon Valley “flying car” startup, Kitty Hawk, reportedly backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, released a video Monday of its airborne prototype and announced plans for deliveries of a “personal flying machine” this year.“Our mission is to make the dream of personal flight a reality.We believe when everyone has access to personal flight, a new, limitless world of opportunity will open up to them,” said a statement on the website of the Kitty Hawk company, based in Google’s home town of Mountain View, California.“Today we’re announcing our first prototype of The Flyer, a personal flying machine that will become available for sale by the end of 2017.”The video showed the single-seat aircraft -- with two pontoons and a spider web-like platform -- taking off from a lake at an undisclosed location and hovering above the water, where it is meant to be used.The craft, propelled by eight rotors, takes off and lands vertically, like a helicopter.
Russian hackers targeting the emails of a prominent politician?The French presidential election has been hit with a case of déjà vu.Trend Micro has found signs of a phishing attack targeting French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, the cybersecurity firm said in a report set to be published Tuesday.The sites could have tricked campaign staff into entering their usernames and passwords and allowing malicious software to infect their computers, the company said.Macron, of the En Marche party, will face off against National Front candidate Marine Le Pen, in a contest for the presidency on May 7.Macron's campaign confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that its staffers received emails leading to fraudulent websites, but that the attempts were blocked.
DJI may be more known for its drones but it prefers to bill itself as a creative camera tech company.To that end, its portfolio includes not just camera drones but also camera gimbals and stabilizers as well.The commercialization of such products has given birth to a new breed of amateurs and aspiring professionals, but this time DJI is aiming for the higher end of the market.The DJI Ronin 2 stabilizer is choc full of features and has enough muscle to carry some of the heavier cameras that these pros use.That’s how much payload the Ronin 2 can carry, thanks to its redesigned and enlarged camera cage.In a nutshell, this means that cinematographers and filmmakers need not have to choose a more portable but less featured camera just because they need DJI’s stabilization benefits.
The folks at Unroll.Me are in hot water for selling user data to Uber this week – but as they are, I’m reminded to do a check.While it does not appear that Unroll.Me really sold any personal data to Uber, the angry mob has spoken.If you’re going to sell user data to 3rd-party companies, you need to make that clear in the user agreement nobody reads anyway!The folks at Unroll.Me offer a fairly valuable service for users of email – basically everyone on earth.They organize emails that come from subscriptions into a single list.Instead of seeing a dozen emails each day, a user might only see one.
The Galaxy S8 is already receiving its fair share of criticisms not even a week into its launch.But aside from the crippled initial Bixby launch, the most glaring, almost literally, complain has been around some screens.While some market watchers theorize it might be a problem inherent in Samsung’s Super AMOLED hardware, the Korean giant is insisting it’s simply a software calibration problem.And to prove that, it will soon be releasing a software update “fixing” the issue.Those subscribe to a hardware problem theory say that Samsung might have overdone its pixel balancing act just wee bit.Its Super AMOLED screens make use of “half” pixel structures in red-green and green-blue pairs.
Feast of solo, multiplayer and online game modesMash-up approach to classic gameplayAdventure mode teachers you to play with skill and strategyAnother brilliant Switch sofa party gameAvailable on Nintendo Switch (version tested), PS4So, you’ve got yourself a PS4 or a brand spanking new Nintendo Switch.
Friday The 13th is coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC on May 26, Gun Media and Illfonic have announced.Previously delayed to 2017 late last year, the kickstarter-funded survival horror title will be launching digitally for consoles and PC at the end of next month.Multiplayer will be the only component available at first, with a solo campaign planned as a free update later this year.It’s currently pinned for the summer so players shouldn't have long to wait.The 1v7 asymmetrical multiplayer experience has seven camp counsellors hiding away from a rampaging Jason Voorhees.You must either survive as the camp occupants or murder everyone as the iconic masked killer.
As a supplier, Delphi is responsible for developing all manner of systems and selling them to automakers.Its latest might actually keep owners away from the dealership, at least some of the time.Delphi is working on over-the-air (OTA) software updates, which it hopes to sell to a number of automakers to help them gain an advantage as cars become increasingly digitalized, Bloomberg reports.It wouldn't be just for new cars, either -- Delphi's system reportedly works with cars from all the way back in 2010.It would permit these cars to update certain systems, whether it's engine control units or infotainment, wirelessly and without a trip to the dealer.Delphi hopes its new-car OTA systems could be put to use as early as 2020.
It may not have a clever name, but Mercedes-Benz's home energy storage solution looks primed to bring some competition to Tesla's Powerwall in certain markets.After being announced in 2015, the Mercedes-Benz energy storage unit is ready for deliveries in the UK, and it should be on sale in the US some time this year, as well.Like Tesla's Powerwall, Mercedes-Benz's batteries can be used to provide power to supplement traditional grid use.The Mercedes-Benz battery features a capacity of 2.5 kWh, which may not seem like much, but up to eight can be combined for a total storage capacity of 20 kWh.And that's just for personal use -- businesses and larger outfits can opt for even more capacity if need be.To compare, a single Tesla Powerwall battery holds about 14 kWh of charge.
There's a large difference between a planet and a star, but some planets can be significantly larger than anything we find in our own Solar System.In our Solar System, Jupiter is the largest planet we have, but what's the upper limit to planetary size?If you get too much mass together in a single object, its core will fuse lighter elements into heavier ones.T. Nakajima and S. Kulkarni (CalTech), S. Durrance and D. Golimowski (JHU), NASAGliese 229 is a red dwarf star, and is orbited by Gliese 229b, a brown dwarf, that fuses deuterium only.Although Gliese 229b is about 20 times the mass of Jupiter, it's only about 47% of its radius.
Some things are never meant to be and this probably one of them.We’ve seen our fair share of gaming devices and peripherals magnified a hundred times their size, but almost all of those have been fan-made.Sony has made a gigantic PS4 controller to celebrate the remaster of Parappa the Rapper, which is celebrating its 20th year.And what better way to make a big party than by having a big controller?Sony calls it the “Deca Controller”, which probably hints it is 10 times its size.Depending on your height, the controller, when propped upright, reaches above the waist.