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More than halfway through Prime Day 2019, Amazon keeps the hype up by dropping Lightning Deals that are delivering significant price cuts on thousands of products.One of the premium items getting a limited-time discount is the Bowflex Max Trainer M7.If you are looking to add premium cardio equipment to your home gym or fitness facility, then do not sleep on the Bowflex Max Trainer M7 lightning deal.This usually $2,000 elliptical and power stepper hybrid is now only $1,200 on Amazon.Just like an elliptical, it allows the user to move all limbs through a smooth and low-impact motion.And with 20 levels of resistance, you can achieve the desired training effect regardless of whether you are a beginner or have stepped up to a more advanced level.
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For years, experts have pointed a finger at phones as a possible factor in depression and other mental health problems.A study published Monday from researchers at Montreal's Sainte-Justine Hospital found that increased social media and TV use predicts an increase in symptoms of depression in teenagers."Our research reveals that increased time spent using some forms of digital media in a given year predicts depressive symptoms within that same year," Patricia Conrod, the research team's lead said, in a press release on Monday.Conrod's team followed about 4,000 Canadian teenagers, aged 12 to 16 years, for four years.They specified the amount of time spent participating in four different types of screen activities: social media, television, video gaming and computer use.The study found that if teens reported increases that their social media use and television viewing, then their depression symptoms also increased.
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Keen to remain king of 4K TV deals, even during Amazon Prime Day 2019, Walmart has knocked a massive $1,170 off the 70-inch Sony Bravia X830F.That’s sent the price tumbling down to a more enticing $830 — or $83 per month for 12 months.Seeing as the 70-inch Sony Bravia X830F usually retails for $2,000, you can bet your bottom dollar you’re receiving all the modern convenience that makes a 4K TV worthy of the name, including a 4K Engine for spinning HD content into a higher 4K Ultra HD resolution.It’s also decked out with HDR — which can be called upon to improve the contrast in a scene, thus resulting in more detail — and Android TV, Google’s TV OS that’s home to all of the leading streaming services, like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.The easiest way is through Google Assistant.Just tell it the title of the movie or show you want to watch and it’ll find all relevant results — no scrolling required.
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He's big into zombies, a fascination that might be unusual for kids his age, and for a while was obsessed with the Slender Man, an urban legend who stalks children.When I saw him a few weeks ago, he was grumbling to his aunt about being relegated to watching YouTube Kids, a version of the Google-owned video app for children under 13.He says YouTube Kids has 20 million weekly users -- minuscule by YouTube standards of 2 billion monthly users on the main app -- but says it's "an area of investment."As the issues tech companies face evolve -- everything from having to fend off foreign interference in elections to addressing people's greater desire for privacy online -- Mohan represents a model of a product leader whose role has also evolved.That puts Mohan in the spotlight, since he presides over our initial point of contact with YouTube, the technical bits and code that make up its app and homepage, even as its policies and guidelines make headlines.But CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company has a "broader view of responsibility" for dealing with the unintended consequences of its services.
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PM Equity Partner (PMEP), the corporate venture capital and private equity investment arm of tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI), said it is actively looking for startups in Southeast Asian to invest in as part of its broader global scope for investments.The fund told Tech in Asia that it’s in talks with startups in the region that have international expansion-driven mindsets.That outlook is “very important for large corporates” like PMI, which favors “scalable solutions across geographic markets and it significantly increases the addressable market, which in turn makes it a more compelling investment case from an investor perspective,” the company said in a statement.Additionally, PMEP also said it plans to launch a startup competition aimed at rewarding startups developing supply chain and fintech solutions on their innovative ideas.While key markets for the competition are Indonesia, Philippines, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Singapore, startups across Asia can still apply for the challenge.Created in 2015, PMEP has 10 portfolio companies outside of Asia.
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A report from Belgian public broadcaster VRT NWS has revealed how contractors paid to transcribe audio clips collected by Google’s AI assistant can end up listening to sensitive information about users, including names, addresses, and details about their personal lives.It’s the latest story showing how our interactions with AI assistants are not as private as we may like to believe.Earlier this year, a report from Bloomberg revealed similar details about Amazon’s Alexa, explaining how audio clips recorded by Echo devices are sent without users’ knowledge to human contractors, who transcribe what’s being said in order to improve the company’s AI systems.Worse, these audio clips are often recorded entirely by accident.Usually, AI assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant only start recording audio when they hear their wake word (eg, “Okay Google”), but these reports show the devices often start recording by mistake.In the story by VRT NWS, which focuses on Dutch and Flemish speaking Google Assistant users, the broadcaster reviewed a thousand or so recordings, 153 of which had been captured accidentally.
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Under the deal, the two companies will integrate their products, and ServiceNow will bring its software onto Microsoft's cloud.This follows a string of other agreements with companies that have traditionally been Microsoft rivals.But there's an even bigger event rolling toward Microsoft's customers that will force them into salespeople's arms: Microsoft will be ending support for Windows 7 in a matter of months.But the company's latest spiel is what it calls "digital workflows," where companies can automate just about any repetitive task, from employee onboarding to end-of-month reports.Integrating ServiceNow with Office 365 and Dynamics — Microsoft's competitor to Salesforce — could create a lot of interesting new cloud services for their joint customers.More importantly, ServiceNow said it would be moving its entire tech stack onto Microsoft's cloud, Azure, in addition to continuing to run its own data centers.
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"Do not feed wildlife" is a warning officials in Colorado have issued as mountain goats have been trying to cozy up with humans — a behavior deemed "unnatural."On Tuesday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife urged people who hike Mount Evans, a peak in the Rocky Mountains, to "do their part in helping keep wildlife wild by not feeding any animals they encounter and keeping a safe distance from them."NEW YORK POLICE LOOKING FOR MEN WHO ALLEGEDLY FORCED GOAT TO DRINK BEEROfficials said mountain goats have been observed in the area throughout 2018 "licking vehicles for the salt on them, putting heads inside open car windows, running toward the sound of crinkling food wrappers, running towards people holding food, entering restrooms and tolerating large groups of people surrounding them to take photographs and videos from unsafe distances."Last week, a video surfaced online of a mountain goat "climbing on top of a SUV, hanging out on its hood for a couple of moments before moving on," officials said.The Colorado agency explained the goats' behavior is probably because of their experience being close to humans — whether being fed, or being close to them while they take photos.
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Chipset maker Qualcomm has just updated its 200-series chipset with the unveiling of the Snapdragon 215 mobile platform.The chipset is the first 64-bit processor in the 200 series, what is more, it brings some first of its kind features to the series.The essence is to give live to the ultra-affordable smartphone which before now comes majorly with lackluster specs.The Chipset according to Qualcomm is about 50 percent faster than the SD 212, and that speed can be felt when zipping around your OS or opening and closing apps.Unlike the SD 212 with ARM A7 cores, the SD 215 packs a 64-bit CPU with four ARM Cortex A-53 cores clocked at 1.3GHz and is fabricated using the 28nm process.And inside is an integrated Hexagon DSP and Adreno 308 GPU which brings about 28% bump in gaming performance.
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Global ride-hail startup InDriver launches its app-based service in Kampala (Uganda) this week.After going live in Nairobi in June—the online taxi company now operates in four African countries: Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, and TanzaniaFounded in Russia and now headquartered in New York, InDriver’s mobile-app allows passengers to name their own fare for nearby drivers to accept, decline, or counter.The startup operates in 200 cities, is used by 26 million people, and has raised $15 million in two rounds from Leta Capital, according to a release, Crunchbase, and a company spokesperson.The startup sees a value proposition for Africa based around urbanization, demographics, and some of the unique characteristics of its platform.“We think Africa is going to be a big market for us because there’s a lot of cities and high population [areas] that still don’t have access to ride-hail applications,” InDriver’s Chief Marketing Officer Egor Fedorov told TechCrunch on a call.
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Stranger Things is stuffed full of '80s pop culture references of everything from Magnum P.I.to Star Wars, but fans overlooked at least one major Easter egg.The writers room for the supernatural Netflix hit has its own Twitter account, and it teased the heck out of us mere days after the show returned for season 3."There's a particular Easter egg in episode 2 of S3 that you haven't found, first person to crack it gets a prize.The show's fans got busy playing the guessing game, but struck out over and over."Y'all can get it without a hint.
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Huawei and its sub-brand Honor have a new number to be proud of.After having monopolized the global mid-range smartphone market in recent years.Honor 8X (sold under the name of Honor View 10 Lite in some markets) has set an incredible new record: 15 million units shipped worldwide in just 9 months from launch.Already last April, we understood that Honor 8X has managed to exceed 10 million units in less than 6 months winning the best-selling model in the history of the series to which he belonged, launched in 2013.On July 23, 2019, Honor will officially unveil its direct successor, which in China will be called Honor 9X and which in othe countries should be called Honor View 20 Lite.The premises for another great success are all there, even if doing better than Honor 8X will be a difficult task.
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After a series of rumors related to its possible technical specifications.Huawei Mate 30 Pro begins to disseminate clues about its design.Some unreliable rumors had recently advanced the hypothesis that the next top-of-the-line smartphone from Huawei could be characterized by a circular arrangement for the rear photo module, but an alleged stolen shot from the production chain of the Mate 30 Pro, would offer a different and much more plausible scenario.Huawei Mate 30 Pro has no circular camera setupAs you can see from the image.The back surface of Mate 30 Pro would have an elongated rectangular opening, with rounded corners.
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Realme and Flipkart teamed up for a survey last year, we were left scratching our heads after it found “most” millennials prefer a notch.The two companies are back for a new survey and, this time, it seems that most respondents want a notch-free screen.Last time, that was the Realme 2, while this one advertises the Realme X heading to India later this month.According to the new RealVoiceOfIndia survey (picture below), 59 percent of people surveyed want a full-screen display without a notch.That would be a rather interesting turnaround from last year’s survey, which stated that “most” users wanted a notch.Last year’s results also contradicted our own survey at the time, which found that 61 percent of users either didn’t like the feature or wouldn’t buy a phone with the cutout.
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Scientists almost certainly wearing lovely jumpers while advising the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea have warned on North Sea cod stocks, saying that the poor fish is yo-yoing back down in numbers towards another population crash that'll have us told not to catch it or eat it for a few years.This is a bit confusing, as a mere two years ago a rival group of sea watchers said it was fine to have fish fingers for lunch and dinner again, and they didn't have to be made of weird types of brown fish either or mechanically separated and reformed octopus chunks, as the cod stocks were holding up well.The ICES people are blaming new rules on discarded catches for the apparent plummet in North Sea cod levels, because more cod is allowed to be landed in return for stricter regulations about throwing back unwanted varieties accidentally caught as a by-catch.ICES says the cod catch should be reduced by 63 per cent, recommending fisherpeople catch just 10,457 tonnes next year.Bertie Armstrong of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation says his people have got this, though, and the future isn't necessarily picking bones out of huss and dogfish down the chippy.Armstrong said: "The fishing industry has a long and noble tradition of adapting to the ever-shifting dynamics of the natural world, and while it won't be easy, we will do what is necessary to help restore the stock."
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On Chinese social media, there’s nothing unusual about users getting suspended or permanently banned for discussing politically sensitive topics, either privately or publicly.But many were surprised to see a chatbot get banned.Xiaobing, Microsoft’s Chinese chatbot, isn’t an assistant like Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri.Tencent left a message on Xiaobing’s WeChat page, saying that the chatbot had violated a regulation, one that targets public social media accounts.But Tencent didn’t say what Xiaobing actually did to violate that regulation.It’s not widely used on smart speakers like Alexa in the US, as Chinese consumers still haven’t adopted the devices on a large scale.
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In most science fiction, everybody strolls around in artificial gravity, but despite the nausea that might come with this sort of technological magic, nobody throws up.Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder want to turn this sci-fi dream into reality, after a fashion.The issue becomes more pressing as we look ahead to sending astronauts back to the moon and onward to Mars.NASA and the European Space Agency have been testing this concept on Earth-bound volunteers.The Colorado team envisions future astronauts heading into an artificial-gravity room to spend time on a small revolving system with the aim of counteracting the negative effects of weightlessness.The scientists are developing a way to deal with a symptom called "cross-coupled illusion" that happens when you spin a person around and that person turns her head.
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Here's a running list of the smart thermostats we've reviewed to date.While they have different designs and rely on different smart features, they have one thing in common: voice control.Read on to find out more about the smart thermostats available today.This is your Amazon Prime Day secret weaponWe’re giving away 10 Kodak Printomatic camerasThe best smart thermostats of 2019
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Mobile carriers have finally begun to offer 5G service after years of buildup and there are now several 5G smartphones available for purchase but according to a new report from Canalys, 5G smartphone shipments won't overtake 4G until 2023.According to the firm's projections, 1.9bn 5G smartphones will ship in the next five years and by 2023 they will make up 51.4 percent of global shipments.Canalys expects shipments of 5G phones will hit 800m in 2023 with North America making up 18.8 percent of the market while greater China will account for 34 percent.China surpassed the US as the largest smartphone market back in 2011 and Canalys believes the country will continue to maintain its smartphone dominance in the years ahead.Despite the fact that the Chinese economy has slowed in recent years and its high-end smartphone market is no longer what it used to be, the country is well-positioned to be a major player in the 5G race.Vice president of mobility at Canalys, Nicole Peng explained why China has a leg up in the race to 5G, saying:
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The funding for the company cofounded by Iba Masood (she is now CEO) and Syed Ahmed comes from an interesting group of investors that point to Tara’s origins, as well as how it sees its product developing over time.The round was led by Aspect Ventures (the female-led firm that puts a notable but not exclusive emphasis on female-founded startups) with participation also from Slack, by way of its Slack Fund.(Y Combinator provides an avenue to companies from its cohorts to help them source their Series A rounds, and Tara.ai went through this process.)Tara.ai was originally founded as Gradberry out of Y Combinator, with its initial focus on using an AI platform for organizations to evaluate and help source engineering talent: Tara.ai was originally that name of its AI engine.Even so, they had won an MIT-affiliated startup competition in Morocco and relocated to Boston.Masood and Syed (who eventually got married) eventually realised that using that engine to evaluate the wider challenges of executing engineering projects came as a natural progression once the team started digging into the challenges and identifying what actually needed to be solved.
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helpers being common today, but one under-appreciated home tech development that has escaped notice is the bladeless fan.Devices like the Dyson AM06 bladeless desk fan are a unique, innovative, quiet, and child-safe way to keep cool during the sultry days of summer, and Walmart has refurbished units on sale right now at a massive discount.Read on to find out more about this bladeless design and how much you can save.The Dyson AM06 actually earned the Quiet Mark by the Noise Abatement Society, making this bladeless fan a fine option for hot sleepers who need something to help them keep cool at night without making a racket (it’s not a bad choice for the baby’s room, either, and its bladeless operation means it’s child-safe).The Dyson bladeless desk fan stands at just under 20 inches tall and 10 inches across and oscillates on its base like most standing and tower fan designs (the head can tilt as well).It utilizes Dyson’s Air Multiplier technology which pulls in surrounding air, chills it, and propels it outwards.
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Looking for a no-frills drip coffee maker that will save you time and energy in the morning?KitchenAid, Cuisinart, De’Longhi, and Keurig make some of the best coffee and espresso machines.Walmart is ramping up deals on it’s home and kitchen products ahead of Amazon Prime Day 2019.Right now, check out the KitchenAid 12-Cup Glass Carafe Coffee Maker (KCM111OB).It normally comes in at $90, but Walmart has cut its price down to $64.Its compact structure, sleek colors, and modern profile will blend in nicely with any kitchen setup.
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The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.The hustle and bustle of life can often overflow you with unwanted noise.To bring back those peaceful days, the Cowin E8 Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones can help you tune out the world.The E8s are Cowin’s flagship headphones.You’d expected to pay a premium price for them, but you can save one-third off the retail price if you grab them during this promotion.These headphones are ideal for riding the train to work or long international flights.
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Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.I hate the noise and the random tannoy announcements.I hate the chaotic changes in smells and temperature as I drag myself from the deli counter to the cold section.When I go shopping I like to operate with military precision.I like to start out with a clear cut plan, execute to the letter, and wear combat trousers.So, anything that helps me (a) plan my operation and (b) remember everything I need to buy is a good thing.
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The date for Prime Day 2019 has officially been announced and to celebrate Amazon has released its first Prime Day deal that you can shop now.For a limited time, you can get the Toshiba 43-inch HD Smart TV on sale for $179.99.That's a $120 discount and the lowest price we've found for the TV that has the Fire Stick built-in.If you're done with standard 1080p HD TVs though, maybe you're ready for the world of Ultra HD.If so, check out our selection of cheap 4K TV deals.They're actually not that much more expensive.
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For a limited time, you can get the artist formerly known as the Google Home Hub for just $60.98 if you shop on Rakuten.This is the lowest price we’ve seen yet for the Nest Hub, which normally sells for $129.To get the discounted price, use promo code SAVE15 at checkout.You’ll need a free Rakuten account to use the promo code.Even if you don’t sign up for an account, the Nest Hub can still be yours for $71.75.Standard shipping is free, though you can pay a bit more for expedited or two-day shipping.
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Over the weekend, Germany's auto regulator told Daimler that it would have to recall 42,000 Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles after the group discovered illegal software on the cars that would reduce the effectiveness of the emissions-control system.BMW, Daimler, and VW colluded to prevent better emissions control tech, EU saysDaimler said Sunday night that it would take a one-time charge of hundreds of millions of euros against the upcoming quarter's earnings to deal with the new accusations, but it disputed the government regulator's determination that the software in question was illegal.According to the Wall Street Journal, Daimler plans to formally object to the claims.The accusation against the German automaker is similar to accusations lobbed against Volkswagen Group starting in 2015.The US Environmental Protection Agency accused VW Group of including illegal software on its diesel vehicles to ensure that the diesels would pass emissions limits imposed by the US.
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Google has fixed an alarming bug in the Nest Cam Indoor security system that allowed previous owners to still access images from the device, despite performing a factory reset.The discovery, which was first reported by Wirecutter, was made by a member of the Facebook Wink Users Group.Wink is a platform of of both hardware and software that connects with and controls smart home devices.The member revealed that he was still able to access images from his old Nest camera, which was already with its new owner.As its original owner, he connected the camera to his Wink smart home hub, and for some reason, the device maintained the connection even after a factory reset.The bug raised an uproar of security concerns, as nobody would want strangers watching them, their families and their homes through the second-hand Nest camera that they purchased.
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Within the next 5 to 10 years, there’s a good chance you’ll never have to worry about Lightning cables, adapter plugs or wall chargers again.Because by the time we’re getting ready to celebrate the start of 2030, wireless charging won’t be a novelty anymore.Chances are it’ll be the accepted way to make sure your smartphone, tablet or other high tech equipment are poised and ready for action.The AirZeus 3-in-1 Fast Wireless Charging Pad is not only one of the pace-setters on this new wireless vanguard, it’s ready to be a one-gadget power station for your entire gadget arsenal.You can pick one up now for over $100 off the regular price, just $44.99 from TNW Deals.The pad measures just under 8 inches long, yet with its high-speed charging capabilities and plenty of juice, you can power up a host of Qi-compatible devices all at once.
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