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Taking week-long exposures doesn't require building your own camera anymore -- just use this inexpensive, ready-to-shoot pinhole camera.Pinhole cameras create dramatic long exposures — but typically require that users design their own camera or assemble one from a DIY kit.However, that could change with Solarcan, a one-time use pinhole camera that comes ready to shoot and only costs around $15.The disposable pinhole camera’s Kickstarter campaign has already exceeded its original goal four times over with over two weeks remaining.In order to mass produce a pinhole camera, U.K.-based photographer Sam Cornwell decided to create the camera inside an aluminum can — yes, the same kind that pop and energy drinks come in.Since the body of the camera is already made, the camera doesn’t cost as much to make, though Cornwell said securing the machinery to make the machines was one of his biggest challenges.
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Alien: Covenant has a lot of far-flung futurist tech in it, which will inevitably be smeared in bits of the cast by the time the xenomorphs are done with them.But one piece in the movie is actually a bit of present-day technology: a small Rover provided by Audi that the manufacturer actually plans to send to the moon once its Hollywood career has taken off.The Lunar Quattro, as it’s called, has been in development at the car manufacturer in collaboration with a German space start-up called Part-Time Scientists (yes, really) since 2015, with plans for it to eventually be used as part of a mission to the moon.Sadly, the Quattro’s first mission will be fictional before it has any hopes of jetting off into the stars, appearing as one of the rovers used by the crew of the Covenant in the upcoming Alien movie.And, because apparently everything related to Alien: Covenant must have its own short film prologue, on top of its film appearance the Quattro also stars in this:It’s a neat way to integrate actual (eventual) space-faring technology into a sci-fi film, even if it’s a bit weird that the Covenant’s crew are ostensibly using a 2017 rover in the early 22nd century.
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Would that be... 4 Jiggahertz1?Edit: also, the Samsung 4K refurb listing from groupon is showing the 65" model at $1049.99 here on Ars, but at the Groupon page, it's showing as $1149.99Last edited by joequincy on Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:34 pm
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In these uncertain times, media measurement and analytics company ComScore said it will offer free viewability measurement via its ComScore Viewability tool.And, according to a rep, anyone will be able to access this free tool – not just ComScore clients.ComScore said this will allow advertisers to “focus on the metrics that matter” as the initiative promotes trust and transparency in digital advertising and improves cross-media comparability.According to a release, ComScore Viewability is a baseline offering that allows digital media buyers and sellers to measure viewability rates across display, video and mobile inventory.“Viewability is an increasingly expected part of advertising verification, but can consume measurement budgets and displace other important campaign metrics,” ComScore said in the release.“As a result, ad effectiveness is often gauged by viewability metrics alone, even though these speak only to whether or not an ad impression is seen and not whether it made an impact.”
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Projektbolaget Northvolt har smalnat av antalet potentiella platser för bolagets storskaliga batteriproduktion, enligt ett pressmeddelande.”Vi har pratat med ett fyrtiotal kommuner och går nu in i djupare samtal med åtta svenska och två finska kommuner.Det är en process med högt tempo, vilket är helt nödvändigt för att vi ska kunna inta en ledande roll på den europeiska marknaden” säger Peter Carlsson som är grundare och vd för Northvolt samt tidigare toppchef på Tesla.”Det här är det största industriprojektet i Sverige sedan bygget av kärnkraften”, säger han.Läs mer: Sveriges mäktigaste tech-investerare: Peter CarlssonDe åtta svenska kommunerna är Göteborg, Gävle, Luleå, Malmö, Mariestad-Skövde, Norrköping, Skellefteå och Västerås.
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As some of you may know, Huawei has been bashed for the lack of an oleophobic coating on their latest flagship Huawei P10.Huawei then announced that it was because of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and that they weren’t able to add it due to technical reasons.Well, it appears as the Chinese phone maker DOOGEE succeeded in such job, at least according to them, to prove it they released a photo of a drop of water on top of their upcoming DOOGEE MIX.You can see it down below.Dropping water on smartphones is the easiest way to check for an oleophobic coating.We can see in the picture that the water drop didn’t splash but just stayed there.This is on top of a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coating that covers the phone’s display.Join GizChina on TelegramIf you were wondering, the DOOGEE MIX is the company’s attempt at creating a tri-bezel-less phone — no need to say where they took their inspiration from — with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display in the size of an iPhone 7 (4.7″).
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has unveiled its 2017 range of sound bars, with the top-of-the-line models featuring Google's Chromecast built in.The company has six new sound bars for 2017, priced between $80 and $250 and culminating in the flagship 36-inch 5.1 Wireless Sound Bar System.The 36-inch-wide SB3651-E6 sound bar offers wireless rears and a subwoofer that incorporates Chromecast built-in.Chromecast built-in allows users to stream directly over Wi-Fi from compatible apps such as Spotify, iHeartRadio, Google Play Music and Pandora, as well as Android phones and Chrome browsers.It is also compatible across brands such as Sony and Onkyo enabling a multiroom music system to be created using Google Home.Vizio debuted its Google-compatible SmartCast app last year, and it allows control of compatible sound bars in addition to Vizio TVs.
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It’s been tough for me to let go of that attitude when it comes to link building, but I’ve been doing much better lately after realizing that it really is beneficial to have more involvement from various people.PR: They’re (hopefully) naturally good at getting the word out about the business, but they also can teach you a lot about how to pitch an idea to someone.I’ve also found that in many cases, PR people can find some great opportunities that I’ve missed because we just go about things in a different way.SEOs: While any good link builder can analyze a link profile and keep the link momentum going, SEOs are needed to do all sorts of things (to overgeneralize).They’re needed to do redirects for old pages, to make sure there are no major technical issues, to figure out how to deal with duplicate content and more.Outreach specialists: Link builders, in other words, but this sounds less controversial.
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Last week, Microsoft made the inscrutable decision to retire Wunderlist, the beloved to-do list app it acquired in 2015, and replace it with a new offering called Microsoft To-Do.In its current “preview” state, Microsoft To-Do is a bare-bones task manager, with none of the powerful features that made Wunderlist great.Here’s the long list of features that Microsoft should consider bringing over if the company wants to offer a competent replacement:The biggest omission from Microsoft To-Do, by far, is the ability to collaborate with others.You also can’t assign a task to someone else, which is a feature of Wunderlist’s $5-per-month Pro plan.One reason Wunderlist is so powerful is that it hooks into several third-party services.
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Toyota is hoping the hydrogen fuel cell powertrain from its mid-sized Mirai will find more success under the hood of a big rig.The Japanese automaker on Wednesday at the Port of Los Angeles unveiled a prototype semi-truck called Project Portal that uses the same fuel cell stacks found in the 4-door sedan (plus a 12 kWh battery pack).As Electrek notes, the powertrain is reportedly capable of generating more than 670 horsepower and 1,325 pound-feet of torque.With those figures, Toyota says it’s good for a gross combined weight capacity of 80,000 pounds and can travel more than 200 miles per fill.Toyota first unveiled its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in 2014 but has only managed to sell a few thousand units cumulatively in subsequent years.Toyota said it is launching a feasibility study to examine potential use cases for the semi.
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Sensitive to changing trends in retail (especially the resurgent interest in high-quality, domestically made products), Winthrop dreamed of selling the kind of sweatshirts he wore as a kid: thick cotton pullovers, made in America, and built to last.Starting American Giant to prove that high-quality, domestically made garments could be commercially viable again, Bayard Winthrop (1) began by contracting with U.S. cotton farmers (2) and weaving high-grade, heavyweight fleece.American workers sew the garments by hand (3 and 4) in plants including Eagle Sportswear, which employs 200 people in North Carolina.“At the end of the day,” the brand attests, “the quality of your clothes is only as good as the craftsmanship of the people who make them.”But each time Winthrop made inquiries about sewing hoodies in the U.S.A., he was told it couldn’t be done anymore—not profitably, anyway.America was changing the world with technology being made up the street, yet it couldn’t make a hoodie?
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A few weeks ago, Amazon was selling the Moto G4 Plus with 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM for just $189.99, a $60 discount from its normal price.Today, both Amazon and Best Buy have lowered the price of that same phone again, down to just $159.99, a discount of $90.The Moto G4 Plus is still an excellent choice for a budget-price smartphone.It has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, a 16 MP rear camera, a wide-angle 5 MP front-facing camera, and a fingerprint sensor.It also has a 3,000 mAh battery that supports the TurboCharge technology, which offers up to six hours of battery use after just 15 minutes of charging.The unlocked phone is designed to work with all four major US wireless carriers.
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San Francisco-based agency Odysseus Arms has added three new members to its creative team: art directors Luisa Betancourt and Jarrod Gustin; and copywriter Clémence Pluche.Betancourt joins the agency from Eleven, where she was art director/designer for the past year, and junior designer before that, working with clients including Apple, Oakley, Dignity Health and the 3% Conference.Originally from Venezuela, Betancourt speaks English, Spanish and French.She studied at Miami Dade before earning a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Academy of Art University.Gustin relocated to San Francisco from Minneapolis, where he was most recently art director for independent agency, Solve.During his tenure, Gustin worked with brands including GMC, American Standard and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.
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Here are the five most popular bots this past week, as they appear on Botlist.Give them a try and let us know what you think.KeikoKeiko answers questions about people and companies like “Who is Sam Altman?” or “Where is Oracle located?” The bot can locate people based on email address, phone number, or Twitter handle and tell you things like company address, size, and its founders.Available on Messenger.WiredeltaWiredelta helps DIY website builders make sites with WordPress, Magenta, or Drupal.Tell the bot what issues you’re facing and it will help troubleshoot and solve the problem.Available on Messenger.Daily MotivationQuotes shared daily to keep you properly motivated.Available on Amazon’s Alexa.Botlist MessengerHow meta.The Botlist bot helps you find new and noteworthy bots on more than a dozen chat app platforms as well as the web, SMS, and email.Available on Messenger.DabBotDabBot shares music from YouTube, SoundCloud, and other sources.DabBot can enter any public voice channel in the Discord chat app for gamers.Available on Discord.
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The device is still a prototype but it’s yielded promising results.Omar Yaghi, one of the two senior authors of the paper on the new device, said in a conversation with Phys.org that this was a major breakthrough in the field.One vision for the future is to have water off-grid, where you have a device at home running on ambient solar for delivering water that satisfies the needs of a household […] To me, that will be made possible because of this experiment.Yaghi might need to work on the name, but the prototype is still truly impressive.Being able to run the device on only minimum sunlight could have a huge impact on water accessibility around the world.Providing similar solutions for water could improve the lives of millions of people.
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The Switch is beating expectations.Research firm SuperData revealed today that its analysis shows that Nintendo has sold 2.4 million Switches during its first month of release.The home console/portable hybrid launched worldwide on March 3.SuperData now projects that the Switch will sell 7.2 million consoles in 2017.That is up from its original forecast of 5 million units, showing that this is a better start than the research group was expecting.Industry-tracking firm The NPD Group noted yesterday that the Switch sold 906,000 consoles in March in the U.S., beating the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.Nintendo also managed to sell 925,000 copies of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, meaning that the praised open-world game actually had an attach rate higher than 100 percent.This is a strong start for the Switch, which is good news for Nintendo following the disappointing Wii U.That dead console has lifetime sales of 13.56 million since launching in 2012.If the Switch can manage 7.2 million in 2017, it’ll be halfway to matching its predecessor in just one year.But Nintendo will need strong software to keep console sales going.
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Baidu is acquiring xPerception, a US startup specialized in computer vision, according to Reuters.Details are sparse, but we know the startup has its own module for object recognition and depth perception that can be deployed on robots and drones.The Chinese tech giant has been active in machine intelligence M this year.Back in February it acquired Raven Tech, a Chinese startup developing its own voice assistant.This new acquisition is notable because it involves a US startup.It could also hold the key to Baidu’s future autonomous driving and augmented reality efforts.
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Jämföresletjänsten Elskling is likely one of the most profitable startups.Elskling, which helps businesses and individuals to change electricity companies, had sales in 2015 37,3 million made a profit of 13.6 million – a profit margin of over 35%.the financial Statements for 2016 is not clear, but the ceo and co-founder Faraz Azima said that the sale ends up a bit over 40 million, and the profit margin is still as high.Then Elskling also put a lot of money in the construction of a new service that impacted the income statement negatively.”We have invested a number of millions in a product that will help consumers to choose the right insurance.we are launching now, and it will contribute to the sales in the years”, says Faraz Azima.
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What are the best paying employers in the united states?It has Glassdoor taken out and listed the basic salary and the basic salary for the 25 companies which pay the most, writes CNBC.In the list we find no less than 20 techbolag.at the top of the list are, admittedly, two consulting company.But already on the third place we find teknikbolaget WMware.Even the more well-known techjättarna Google and Facebook find themselves on the top ten list.
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Tensions are escalating in the long-running dispute between two major groups over the research and rights to Crispr, a biological system that has been adapted to easily edit the genes of animals, plants and people.A group including University of California, the University of Vienna and researcher Emmanuelle Charpentier said on Wednesday that it seeks to overturn a patent decision related to the best-known Crispr system, Crispr-cas9....
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