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Microsoft is planning to release a disc-free version of the Xbox One as early as next spring, according to an unsourced report from author Brad Sams of Thurrott.com (who has been reliable with early Xbox-related information in the past).The report suggests the disc-free version of the system would not replace the existing Xbox One hardware, and it would instead represent "the lowest possible price for the Xbox One S console."Sams says that price could come in at $199 "or lower," a significant reduction from the system's current $299 starting price (but not as compelling compared to $199 deals for the Xbox One and PS4 planned for Black Friday this year).Buyers will also be able to add a subscription to the Xbox Games Pass program for as little as $1, according to Sams.For players who already have games on disc, Sams says Microsoft will offer a "disc to digital" program in association with participating publishers.Players will be able to take their discs into participating retailers (including Microsoft Stores) and trade them in for a "digital entitlement" that can be applied to their Xbox Live account.
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But like anyone else, it’s safe to say that we don’t enjoy receiving cold pitch emails, or downloading gated white papers, or spotting that “Request a Demo” ad for the 10th time.As Mark Bornstein, Vice President of Content Marketing at ON24, said during his Keys to Engagement Driven Webinars session at MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum 2018, we’ve a reached a tipping point.While the channels have changed, marketers are still very much relying on passive tactics that simply don’t engage.With these key elements, webinars can go beyond the “talking power point” and drive interactivity, engagement, and conversion.5 Key Elements of the Engagement Driven WebinarYes, your webinar slides probably have your logo and use the typical brand sanctioned fonts and color pallette.
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Two weeks after launching, the OnePlus 6T smartphone has been selling out in about half of the T-Mobile stores nationwide due to high demand.That's impressive considering that OnePlus phones have only just become available to buy from a carrier, where most Americans buy their smartphones.The OnePlus 6T is also competing against more popular smartphones from Apple and Samsung.The OnePlus 6T smartphone from the small smartphone maker OnePlus has been selling out in around half of T-Mobile stores nationwide since its release two weeks ago on November 1, a source familiar with the matter told Business Insider.Notably, the OnePlus 6T is the first phone from OnePlus to be sold by a US carrier.For many T-Mobile customers, especially those who don't read tech news, the OnePlus 6T could be the first OnePlus phone they lay eyes on.
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Seventeen magazine says they will only print special issues next year, timed around news events and “key moments” for readers as Hearst prioritizes growing its brands digitally.“Seventeen is leading an authentic conversation with a growing audience, from social issues to important life advice, it is a resource and an ally for teens and young adults,” said a statement from a Seventeen spokesperson.The brand will continue a “digital-first strategy” that began in 2015 to grow followers online and across social media, according to the statement.The last magazine for subscribers will be the Nov./Dec.Four special issues will be printed in 2019 and will be available on newsstands.So far a prom issue, set to go on sale Christmas Day 2018, is currently scheduled on the brand’s editorial calendar.
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If you've ever wondered when the best time to hop on a dating app is, Tinder wants to let you know.The company is testing out a new feature called Swipe Surge, Tinder said in a blogpost Thursday.When activity on the app is up to 15 times higher than usual, you'll get a push notification.Just think of how many more people you'll be able to ghost."There are times when activity on Tinder naturally surges—you never know what could happen, you just know you don't want to miss out," the blogpost says.Swipe Surge will be tested in select US cities, on iOS.
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“When you think about it from a macro perspective, Alibaba stock is actually down because of trade wars,” says Raj Nijjer, VP of Marketing at commerce marketing cloud Yotpo.“They still have a huge number to hit and this wasn’t good enough, which blows my mind.”Singles Day began at Nanjing University in 1993, when four friends decided that because November 11’s date is comprised of ones, it should be dedicated to celebrating themselves as single people.“Chinese culture is very much like Indian culture in that there’s a lot of pressure to find someone and get married,” explains Nijjer.Can Singles Day go global?Christmas isn’t widely-celebrated in China the way it is in most of the world’s other major ecommerce markets like the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France and Japan.
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Nokia takes in from the toes and the release of a new touch tone phone equipped with a Snake.Now, Nokia has unveiled a new phone, and it looks like the Finnish phone manufacturer has been struggling hard to get it to breathe a sense of nostalgia.the Nokia 106, which is telefonmodellens name, in the memory of the entire 4 MB of storing up to 2,000 contacts, and accommodate the 500 messages.It weighs just over 70 grams.According to the HMD Global, which manufactures phones under the brand Nokia, does the battery last from morning to evening on one charge, and in standby mode is your phone a whole week without needing to be recharged.the Phone's design is quite close to the classic Nokia 3310, and just as in the the classic phone will also this newcomer with the popular mobile game Snake installed.
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I oktober 2017 drog Instagram undan mattan för Sofi Fahrman och de fem andra grundarna till den svenska appen Left or Right.E-handlare kunde dessutom tagga enskilda produkter i sina inlägg och länka användarna vidare till sina butiker.”Men där och då kände vi att vi inte kunde tävla med Instagram.Facebook, som äger Instagram, har gjort sig ökänt för att kopiera framgångsrika koncept från andra appar.Det främsta exemplet är hela funktionen ”stories”, ett koncept som lånade mycket från konkurrenten Snap.Vi fick börja tänka på företaget mer som en plattform.
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Beginners to the trade can be easily put off by the number of steps and due diligence needed to start their investment journey.That’s where Singapore-based KuCoin wants to make a difference.CEO and co-founder Michael Gan admitted that it’s more complicated to invest in cryptocurrencies than in traditional financial assets like stocks and bonds.He’s on a mission to make cryptocurrency trading “accessible to the masses by offering a user-friendly platform.”KuCoin has increased its staff so it can offer 24/7 customer support in English and Chinese via social messaging app Telegram.Today, KuCoin announced the close of a US$20 million series A round from IDG Capital, Matrix Partners, and Neo Global Capital (NGC).
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They began to look at this more broadly in September when they purchased Base to move into sales automation and CRM.Today, the company announced Zendesk Sunshine, a new platform for creating customer-focused applications on top of Zendesk’s toolset.All of this appears to be with an eye toward shifting Zendesk from its core customer service mission to a broader customer management business.Mikkel Svane, founder and CEO at Zendesk, says Sunshine is about moving his company toward a platform play, something that many cloud companies have aspired to.“Sunshine is a platform for building your own apps, and also for managing and storing and connecting all your customer data,” Svane told TechCrunch.For starters, Zendesk is partnering with AWS to act as the infrastructure services backend for the applications built on the Sunshine platform.
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Autodesk might have made its name with its AutoCAD computer-aided design software, but its latest high-tech project is far more focused on hardware.The company has teamed up with Netherlands-based company Dura Vermeer to create a robot-filled shipping container which may very well represent the future of construction work.It is being shown off at this week’s Autodesk University Las Vegas, a massive conference connecting people from industries like manufacturing and architecture, which kicked off on Monday, November 12.Described by Autodesk as a “large-scale additive manufacturing toolbox,” the new shipping container contains twin Panasonic TS-950 robots, ready to be deployed on construction sites.It is designed to be carried on the back of a truck.These robots can be deployed for 3D printing large, strong, durable metal components for construction.
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After months of waiting, Vine app’s fans can finally rejoice.Dom Hofmann, the founder of the now-defunct video-sharing app, has revealed his next app called Byte will launch in Spring of 2019.our new looping video app is called byte.— dom hofmann (@dhof) November 8, 2018Hofmann also confirmed that, similarly to Vine, Byte will also be a video-looping app.He even went as far as calling it version 2 of Vine.
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We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with two of the world's most innovative AI companies, Philips and Bosch, to launch our first-ever “AI Founder Syndicate” program in Pittsburgh.News of the launch was recently announced in the Pittsburgh Business Times by Julia Mericle.The AI Founder Syndicate aims to inspire and support entrepreneurs building artificial intelligence startups in the Pittsburgh Founder Institute by providing:Feedback and Mentorship from Over 20 top artificial intelligence expertsThe opportunity to work alongside top innovation leaders at Philips and BoschA Local and Global Support Network of Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Advisors
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BMW announced Thursday that it's just about done with development on its forthcoming M8, and that the big coupe will go into production soon.Let's hope there's a factory on Earth big enough for Bavaria's large adult son.The M8 will technically serve as the replacement for the current M6, with a style all its own.The M8 will get the lovely, high-revving, 600-horsepower turbo V8 that we know and love in the M5 sedan, as well as its fancy xDrive all-wheel-drive system.BMW also confirmed that while the M8 Coupe will come first, it'll be followed by the M8 Gran Coupe and M8 Convertible -- something company officials recently told us, as well.We expect that it'll cost a boatload of greenbacks, a pretty penny more than the $111,900 of the M850i Coupe that launches first.
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2018 may finally be the year you trade in your analogue watch for something a little smarter.Over the last few years wearable devices from companies like Apple, Fitbit and Garmin have become helpful tools that keep you connected while kicking your butt into shape.And with Black Friday deals like these, buying a smartwatch or fitness tracker is more tempting than ever.But before you start looking for deals, its important to figure out what you need in a wearable or you may end up spending more on features you don't need.Designated fitness bands like Fitbit's Charge 3 and Alta or Garmin's Vivofit tend to be cheaper options.You get basic activity tracking, watch features and notifications, but you're limited by a smaller screen.
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Just a week after thousands of Google employees worldwide protested the company’s inadequate response to sexual harassment, CEO Sundar Pichai announced that the company would agree to the first of the organizers’ demands: ending mandatory arbitration in sexual harassment cases.Thousands of Google employees slam execs’ response to sexual misconductPichai released a public memo in which he said that arbitration, a quasi-legal private dispute resolution process that often favors corporations over individuals, would now be "optional for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims.""Google has never required confidentiality in the arbitration process and arbitration still may be the best path for a number of reasons (e.g.personal privacy) but, we recognize that choice should be up to you," he wrote.The company also said in a longer document that it would be changing the way it conducts internal investigations, noting that there would now be a "global process that will allow Googlers to be accompanied by a companion during an HR investigation, or when raising/reporting any harassment or discrimination concerns to HR."
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Indonesia’s “everyday” app and unicorn Go-Jek processes more than 100 million transactions a month across its wide array of services – from ride-hailing and payments to food and medicine delivery to massage and laundry.John Fitzpatrick, head of Google Cloud’s Startup Program in Asia, calls it “hyperscale.”“I’ve had lots of experience working with startups and I’ve witnessed the growth that we’ve seen from Indonesian unicorns in the past years,” he says onstage at Tech in Asia Jakarta 2018, referring to Go-Jek, e-tailers Tokopedia and Bukalapak, and booking platform Traveloka.He details four of the elements that make up the “secret sauce” to hyperscale.You have to be the first to bring your product to the customers and leave no time for your rivals to catch up.In tech, there’s a concept called “migration mindset” – you map out a plan and do a cost-benefit analysis of what it takes to get from point A to B.
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On Monday morning, just 24 hours before polls opened in the US midterm elections, President Trump sounded an alarm with a Tweet: “Law Enforcement has been strongly notified to watch closely for any ILLEGAL VOTING which may take place in Tuesday’s Election (or Early Voting).The rumor was part of a pair; over the weekend, Trump tweeted that Indiana senator Joe Donnelly was “trying to steal the election” by buying Facebook ads for the libertarian Senate candidate.By spreading rumors on social media and amplifying choice stories into a 24-hour news cycle, these bad actors can sway the political narrative and hack an election without even touching a voting machine.The problem is that it’s difficult to persuade voters to do anything.When WikiLeaks dumped the contents of John Podesta’s hacked email account in 2016, mainstream media organizations poured over the emails, and related stories dominated the headlines for weeks.The bots amplified the story online, helping to make it the center of the media conversation, which in turn impacted the narrative of the election in its closing days.
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Online grocery delivery service Instacart has expanded the availability of a ‘click and collect’ pickup service it’s been trialing for a few months in the U.S. — now offering it in stores across the nation.It says the collect in person Instacart Pickup option is now available in nearly 200 stores — across 25 “key markets” near Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Nashville, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.The Pickup service is intended to offer customers more flexibility by letting them choose a time to drive by and grab their groceries, rather than wait in for a delivery.Customers are offered a range of partner stores to choose for collecting their order.While pick ups can be made on the same day.Instacart says it’s expanded its partnerships for the now expanded Pickup service — saying it’s working with the likes of ALDI, Cub Foods, Food Lion, Price Chopper, Publix, Schnucks, Smart & Final, Sprouts, Tops Friendly Markets and Wegmans.
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On 5 november, when Spotify's share price had fallen 28% since the end of July, presented the company to buy-back programmes of own shares.Total opened streamingbolaget to purchase its own shares for $ 1 billion over the next ten quarters, until in march 2021.the News was the share to rise slightly and the next two trading days, it was between 140 and 142 dollars.Per Roman, partner at GP Bullhound, which owns shares in Spotify, do not believe that a repurchase program is the right way to go.I understand if they want to signal to the market that they have the opportunity.But the repurchase is really something you should do as a mature company which has difficult to use generated capital to growth,"' he says to the Di Digital.
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