p At the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este car event on the shores of Lake Como in Italy, BMW has revealed its luxury, range-topping Concept 8 Series.It will be a "study car", according to BMW, serving as a taster for what the forthcoming 8 Series Coupe will be when it launches next year.Confirmed at the start of May, the 8 Series Coupe has been designed to help Jaguar go toe-to-toe with Mercedes' own S Class Coupe.“The Concept 8 Series is our take on a full-blooded high-end driving machine,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president at BMW Group Design.“The design provides a fresh interpretation of iconic BMW styling cues”.Here van Hooydonk could well be referring to motifs such as the large "kidney" grille.
p A new service that syncs your calls and texts across multiple devices is coming soon to T-Mobile.With Digits, your phone number works on compatible internet-connected devices.It's been in beta this year, but it's coming to the US starting May 31.It sounds like great news for anyone who's juggling extra phones, tablets or even cellular-enabled smartwatches if you're the rare person who wears one.Digits details are fully broken down here.Any T-Mobile number gets Digits for free.
p Cloud-based communication and collaboration platforms are the name of the game today in enterprise software, and now one of the still-independent leaders in that space is announcing a significant round at a hefty price to ride the wave of growth.Smartsheet, the Bellevue, Washington-based startup that has built spreadsheet software that lets people set and manage tasks and work across teams of people, has picked up $52 million, in what CEO Mark Mader tells me was a pre-money valuation of $800 million ($852 million post-money).This Series F, which brings the total raised by the company to $120 million, was led by previous investor Insight Venture Partners, with Madrona Venture Group and Sutter Hill Ventures, and new investor Summit Partners also participating.Smartsheet, Mader said in an interview, has been growing at a rate of about 60 percent a year for the past five years, with a $100 million annual run rate, and intentionally run not for profit as it continues to grow.The company currently has about 70,000 businesses paying to use the product, ranging from SMBs through to large enterprises.Smartsheet’s business model is, as with many cloud-based services, freemium.
As we discuss the company’s recent launch of Windows 10 S, he refers to the pared down operating system as a “Chromebook compete.” The company knows that Google is eating its lunch in K-12 here in the States, so it answered with its own version, and it’s not really making any bones about it.Gone are the days of publicly pretending the competition doesn’t exist, much less that it inspired you.A smart company takes cues from the competition and learns from its mistakes.And the software giant is now acknowledging those facts as it works to build the Surface line into a catchall brand for every hardware need under the sun.Microsoft seemingly had to hit rock bottom to learn those lessons, of course.And besides, the earliest entries felt like reference devices – demonstrations for manufacturers about what could be done with Windows 10.
His work indicates that in a Universe with dark energy (a positive cosmological constant), gravity does not exactly follow general relativity.Getting rid of dark matter is a big, headline-grabbing claim, and Verlinde's gotten his share of attention when he's promoted his ideas in the past.Since the ratio of dark matter to ordinary matter is the same for the cosmic microwave background and for galaxies (on average), this seems to strengthen the case for dark matter being a particle and not a change in the laws of gravity.It may be that the Universe is really like this, with our familiar matter accounting for only four percent of its content.It basically says that the gravitational theory in the volume maps to the quantum theory on the boundary, so quantum properties, like entropy and temperature, can be obtained by solving gravitational equations in the volume.You can reverse the reasoning above.
p Xiaomi on Thursday launched its newest flagship television, the Mi TV 4, in Beijing.The cost for the 49-inch television – the smallest version of the Mi TV 4 – is priced at RMB 3,499 (USD 508)./p p The company first unveiled its Mi TV 4 at CES 2017 earlier this year.With its screen measuring at only 4.9 mm thick, the Mi TV 4 is the slimmest among all Mi TV models – and 30 percent thinner than an iPhone 7.The televisions are fitted with Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) 4K screens by Samsung and LG, and are equipped with Amlogic fifth generation graphic engines./p 55-inch Mi TV 4.
p While the LearnPhoto365 app could use a design and customization upgrade, the random assignment generators are worth the price of the app.Starting a 365-day photo challenge makes that practice a priority, but comes with the risk of burnout after the ideas simply stop coming.Fortunately, this is 2017, and as with so many other aspects of our lives, there’s an app for that: LearnPhoto365 Photography Assignment Generator.LearnPhoto365 serves as both a platform for sending daily push notifications to remind you to actually do the challenge and a method for generating new challenge ideas when the lack of inspiration strikes.The app includes both pre-written assignments and programs that randomly generate a much larger variety of potential shoots.A challenge tailored to your style — even if that’s selfies
p Chris Cornell and his Soundgarden bandmates played a huge role in establishing the grunge movement of the 1990s alongside bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana.Chris Cornell, the musician best known as the frontman of Soundgarden and Audioslave, has been found dead in a hotel room in Detroit at the age of 52.The discovery was made just hours after Cornell and Soundgarden played a sold-out concert at the city’s Fox Theatre.Cornell was found in the bathroom of his hotel room, after his wife asked a family friend to go check up on him, according to a report from The Guardian.His representative, Brian Bumbery, described his passing as “sudden and unexpected” in a statement to press issued earlier today.Soundgarden was one of the biggest grunge bands of the 1990s, and Cornell’s instantly recognizable vocals contributed a great deal to the band’s success.
p Google today announced an upgrade for its popular Google Photos application, which is now being used by 500 million people every month.The app now has a new social feature called Suggested Sharing, which uses facial recognition to suggest which photos you should send to your friends and family.Suggested Sharing is a lot like the functionality today included in Facebook’s standalone private sharing app, Facebook Moments.The Google Photos app will identify who from your Google Contacts is in your photo, and then give you a nudge to share your photos with them from the app.Google’s Anil Sabharwal showed how this feature would work during an onstage demo at Google’s developer conference, Google I/O.“5 new photos with Dave, Jason, and Meghan.
p Shoppers are wanting more from their shopping experience, with retailers fighting to remain competitive in the connected world.Today shoppers are demanding more than the odd bargain or 2-for-1 sale, with consumers demanding personalisation and instant gratification with every purchase and transaction.This is why more and more organisations are prioritising the customer journey and looking at how to stay competitive in the connected world across a variety of channels.Selling the new capabilities as ‘innovations that empower every company to become a retail Trailblazer, Salesforce has introduced functionality that answers shoppers’ demand for predictive and personalized commerce experiences.“The connected consumer is rapidly disrupting retail, creating a new imperative for brands to deliver smarter, more personal shopping experiences everywhere,” said Jeff Barnett, CEO, Commerce Cloud, Salesforce.“Commerce Cloud Einstein accelerates this transformation by lowering the barriers of AI for every retailer, empowering them to build consumer loyalty with every interaction and increase conversion across every channel.”
While that history proved popular with reviewers and tech aficionados, it didn’t exactly translate into mass market appeal.While the U Ultra and U Play don’t yet seem to have made a huge difference to HTC’s mainstream popularity, the question remained: could HTC’s true 2017 flagship turn things around?Available in four colors – ice white, amazing silver, brilliant black, and sapphire blue (with a special fire engine red version in select markets) – the HTC U 11’s mirror-esque finish adds a nice luster to the phone, but just as before, the glass finish becomes a real magnet for fingerprints.In addition to that, the HTC U 11’s construction has an IP67 rating, something that the previous “U” devices lacked, so to that degree, it at least matches some of its main flagship rivals for dust and water resistance.And after so much flak about all the dead space in the HTC U Ultra, the HTC U 11 also forgoes the 3.5mm headphone jack – choosing instead to rely on the USB Type-C connection and the new HTC USonic earbuds that’ll come bundled with the phone.The HTC U 11 also forgoes the 3.5mm headphone jack...
p An arresting image of a “mummified” dinosaur went viral this weekend after National Geographic broke the story of the 110-million-year-old armored plant-eater, a newfound species of nodosaur whose exquisite remains are now on display in the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta, Canada.The ancient animal is obviously a remarkable specimen—not just a few battered bones, but an entire creature, transformed into stone with bits of the original soft tissue still preserved.So I called up Caleb Brown, one of the paleontologists who has been studying the fossil since it was first unearthed from the Alberta Tar Sands in 2011.“The skin is made up of individual scales—kind of hexagonal or octagonal polygons, interspersed with osteoderms, which are body armor.That is almost never preserved.”Brown added that while his team can’t see the skeleton—because it’s beneath hundreds of pounds of petrified dinosaur flesh—they are currently using CT scanning to analyze the innards as much as possible.
p As Cuba becomes more accessible, entrepreneurs there are finding new ways to reach users and build businesses.Today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, we got the perspective of a trio of Cuban entrepreneurs to learn about the challenges they face in building businesses as the country gradually opens up to the outside world.“I feel like Cuba has the key resource of the world.We have the human resource,” Kewelta founder Carlos Manuel García Vergara said on the panel.“In Cuba we have very talented people but we have no internet so we need to create offline.”Kewalta is building a social ad network in a place that has limited connectivity.
p Charge your device and PowerCore Fusion's internal battery via a wall outlet, then take it with you for up to 3 phone charges -- any place, any time.In the wall or on-the-go, Anker's exclusive PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technologies ensure that all devices receive their fastest possible charge.Also features a foldable plug to ensure maximum portability.At the moment, its list proce of $50.99 is reduced 57% on Amazon to just $21.99.See the discounted Anker PowerCore 5000 on Amazon.This story, "57% off Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 2-in-1 Portable Charger and Wall Charger - Deal Alert" was originally published by TechConnect.
p There’s a faintly luddite spirit to the board game renaissance of recent years, perhaps a reaction to the heavy demands screens now make on our time.Yet there isn’t such a great divide between games built of cardboard and those spun from code.They explore similar themes and their designers frequently learn from one another.In 2007, a simple web game, Pandemic, challenged players with spreading an infection across the world.Soon after, a mobile game called Plague Inc reversed the goal again, making global epidemic a mainstay of many commutes, while happily crediting the original Pandemic web game as an inspiration.Now Plague Inc has been reimagined as a board game that looks much like a homage to the board game, completing a considerable circle over 10 years.
p Biltillverkaren Fiat Chrysler återkallar 1,25 miljoner pickupbilar som sålts över hela världen efter att ett mjukvarufel kopplats samman med en dödsolycka.Felet i fråga ska röra koden som styr bilens sido-airbags och bilbälte vid en kollision.Något som företaget blev varse om efter en olycka i december förra där sidokrockkudden inte utlöstes i en Ram 1500 i en kollision, en olycka som kostade en person livet.Enligt Fiat Chrysler kan man temporärt åtgärda mjukvarufelet genom att stänga av bilen och sedan starta den igen.Totalt är det tre modeller som återkallas: Ram 1500 (årsmodell 2013-2016), Ram 2500 och Ram 3500 (årsmodell 2014-2016).Av de totalt 1,25 miljoner bilarna ska 21 530 ha sålts utanför Nordamerika, om Sverige är ett av länderna är fortfarande oklart.
p Earlier this week, we told you that the sale so many of you had been waiting for had finally arrived.While it’s not uncommon at all to see nice price cuts on the Apple Watch Series 1 or even Apple’s original Watch models, the new Apple Watch Series 2 rarely sees any price drops.And when it does, they’re typically nominal at best.There’s nothing nominal about the big Apple Watch Series 2 sale currently taking place on the Best Buy website, however, and you still have time to score a big discount on 34 different Apple Watch Series 2 models.Whether you want a 42mm Apple Watch Series 2 in space gray aluminum with a black sport band, a 38mm Apple Watch Series 2 Nike edition with a black/volt band, a space black Apple Watch Series 2 model with the Milanese Loop bracelet, or an entry-level gold aluminum Apple Watch Series 2 Sport model with a midnight blue strap, Best Buy has got you covered.You’ll save $70 on each of those four Apple Watch models, along with 30 other Watch and strap combinations currently available on Best Buy’s site.
p Lånetjänsten Lendo fortsätter att växa och ökade sin omsättning med 35 procent, till 101 miljoner, under det första kvartalet 2017 jämfört med samma period förra året.Lendo som är en tjänst för förmedling av privatlån grundades 2007 av Dennis Ahlsén, Fredrik Jung-Abbou, och Thomas Hjelm.Hon beskriver den nya rollen som intensiv, lärorik och otroligt spännande.”Jag tycker det är stimulerade att få arbeta med allt från att utveckla affären, säkerställa att kunderna tar del av marknadens bästa erbjudanden och att få jobba tillsammans med mitt professionella team”, säger Hanna Neidenmark.Hon säger att Lendos positiva resultat främst beror på att Lendo attraherar fler kunder än tidigare.”Det är också ett resultat av ett omfattande produktarbete som vi jobbat med under de senaste sex månaderna”
p According to people familiar with the matter, Verizon has outbid AT by $1.5 billion to buy Straight Path, a company that owns high-frequency radio waves.With US carriers announcing “5G technology” left and right, it looks like the war for 5G wireless spectrum has officially begun.Although what companies like AT offer at the moment isn’t true 5G, much like marketing WiMax or HSPA as 4G, 5th generation mobile networks are closer than we think to becoming reality.Many experts predict that high-frequency radio waves will play a crucial role in providing stable infrastructure for 5G technology, and that’s why everyone is after Straight Path Communications.The Virginia-based bandwidth licenses company owns many wireless frequencies in the 39 GHz band, something that could be extremely useful in 5G network developments.AT previously announced that it would be acquiring Straight Path for a whopping $1.6 billion, but the news apparently set off a bidding war between AT and an unnamed multi-billion telecommunications company, which anonymous sources say is Verizon Wireless.
In 72 hours of Swedish households to be able to survive without electricity, food and water.the New Technology's editorial team has selected gadgets, which can make the crisis easierDuring a week, the households learn how to deal with a national crisis, as a long-term power outages.the Swedish civil contingencies Agency, MSB, is behind the campaign Krisberedskapsveckan, which runs 8 to 14 may.Citizen should think over how to solve the water, heat, food, and communication functions of society would be knocked out for a long time.A lot could be solved with batteries and water tanks, but the gadgets can also be helpful.