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Almost all of us rely on laptops nowadays, and like cars, these are among the single most expensive daily-use items that we own.It goes without saying, then, that deals on high-ticket tech items like these are always a welcome sight, especially if you’re shopping for machines that are packing the latest hardware (think gaming laptops and lightweight ultrabooks).If you’re sniffing around for a new PC and are hunting for a deal, you might be in luck: Dell has a couple of its best offerings – the mighty Alienware 17 and the super-sleek Dell XPS 13 – on sale right now at pretty solid discounts.Whether you’re after a beefy desktop replacement for enjoying the latest games or you prefer a featherweight work laptop that you can carry around all day, these Dell deals have you covered.Dell XPS 13 Touchscreen Laptop— $469 offSuper-light Windows ultrabooks have really come into their own in recent years, with more and more PC makers throwing their offerings into the ring.
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This article is from an episode of Matrix Moments by Matrix Partners India, a podcast featuring candid conversations on what it really takes to survive the startup world.This is heavily revised from the original show transcript.In this episode, Avnish Bajaj, founder and managing director of Matrix Partners India, talks about the importance of managing a startup’s finances and business performance.What is the relevance of plans to venture capital investing and startups?One contract is obviously the legal contract.This may not be something that people spend a lot of time on, especially for very early-stage businesses.
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Robotics company Nuro will soon unleash its self-driving vehicles on the streets of Houston.Each of the electric autos has a top speed of around 25 miles-per-hour, and they’ll soon share the roads with human-driven cars.These vehicles, however, aren’t built for humans.Each is about half the height and width of a typical car they lack both the space and the hardware (including seats and steering wheels) for human pilots.According to Nuro, the diminutive vehicles were designed to leave additional space for the machines to navigate around obstructions and avoid collisions with human drivers.Once it arrives at the desired location, customers unlock a compartment within the vehicle using a PIN code provided by the app.
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It's Saturday morning, and I'm heading to a Louisville, Kentucky, mall with a dual mission: find a dress for a friend's wedding, and try on as much Stranger Things apparel at H as possible before some exhausted dressing room attendant chases me out like an angry Demodog.Netflix's '80s-loving horror/adventure show Stranger Things has inspired its own line of clothing at the retailer.I walk into the store and it doesn't take long to spot what I'd imagine is the line's piece de resistance: a red, women's one-piece bathing suit with a lifeguard logo on the front that you might have spotted in the season 3 trailer.Immediately, I imagine myself wearing it and, to my cascading terror, being mistaken for a lifeguard.Coca-Cola is bringing back its notorious New Coke in promotion of the show.Fun fact: A weird battle over superiority exists between Louisville and Indiana.
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There’s a new Tesla model in town (sort of).Sick of waiting for Tesla to release an electric pickup truck, YouTuber Simone Giertz decided to make her own — post a fake commercial for it on YouTube.The commercial may be fake, but Giertz really did turn her Tesla Model 3 into a pickup truck.She calls a “Truckla” and the half-hour video of her making it already had more than 658,000 views on YouTube as of Tuesday evening.“Bottom line is, I really want an electric pickup truck and more specifically, I want a Tesla pickup,” Giertz said in the video.“Elon Musk: this is me challenging you to make the world’s first functional Tesla pickup truck.”
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Slack is set to go public this week using via a direct listing rather than a traditional initial public offering.In a direct listing, insiders and early shareholders list and sell their shares directly to everyday investors via the public markets, rather than having investment bankers market them to institutional investors.Instead of following the standard path to an IPO — with investor roadshows, underwriter bake-offs and pre-trading price setting — Slack is doing what's called a direct listing.The direct listing is suddenly in vogue among some of Silicon Valley's techies and venture capitalists who hope that Slack (and Spotify before it) will show a generation of startups that there's an easier way to get a stock ticker than submitting to the Wall Street-controlled IPO machine.Flint echoed the comments of Bill Gurley, who recently took to Twitter last week to decry the traditional IPO process and to promote alternatives.Companies can be shortchanged hundreds of millions of dollars in the standard method for going public, said Gurley, a general partner with Benchmark Capital, in a series of tweets.
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Over the past week temperatures in northern Greenland have been comparable to the weather in Seattle, causing the top layer of sea ice near the village of Qaanaaq to turn into the Arctic equivalent of a kiddie pool.Danish climate researcher Steffen Olsen took the above photo of a dogsled team wading through the meltwater, which quickly went viral online as a vivid illustration of global warming in action."Given how warm it was, it's easy to see why there was a lot melting," Ruth Mottram from the Danish Meteorological Institute explained via email."As the ice in this region is relatively thick and fracture-free, the melt water is unable to drain away through cracks in the ice as it would normally and hence the challenging conditions for the dogsleds."@SteffenMalskaer got the difficult task of retrieving our oceanographic moorings and weather station on sea ice in North West Greenland this year.Rapid melt and sea ice with low permeability and few cracks leaves the melt water on top.— Rasmus Tonboe (@RasmusTonboe) June 14, 2019
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GRETE, the Green chemicals and technologies for the wood-to-textile value chain project, has been granted EUR 2.6 million by the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), which is partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium.The project will improve the existing wood-to-textile value chains by developing breakthrough technologies that can open up the identified bottlenecks and enable increased production of man-made cellulose fibres in Europe.The GRETE project will tackle the bottlenecks of creating wood-to-textile value chains by developing innovative technologies for wood pulp modification, cellulose dissolution and fibre quality generation.Currently, the raw material base for the production of man-made cellulose fibres is limited as only dissolving grade wood pulps are used commonly.The project will tackle this by widening the sustainable raw material basis for man-made cellulose fibres.With the GRETE project we aim to find improved technologies for the wood-to-textile fibre value chain", explains CEO Niklas von Weymarn, Metsä Spring.
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While they may not brave the elements like our faithful smartphone companions, charging cables tend can go through some serious punishment.Whether they’re being trodden underfoot, tossed into bags, or bent into uncomfortable positions, the humble charging cable puts up with a lot.While cables rarely stop working, frayed ends and exposed wiring are dangerous, and by continuing to use such a cable you risk fire, electrocution, or worse.Nomad has just updated its range of Kevlar charging cables, and the newly refreshed range now finally includes the super-tough USB-C to Lightning cable you need to fast charge your iPhone.Nomad’s cables are engineered to be durable, with additions that reinforce the most vulnerable and heavily worn sections of regular cables.Both connection points feature over-molded alloy housings to resist wear on the cable ends, while the cable itself is wrapped in a tightly wound Kevlar braid.
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Backyard grills and smokers dominate the outdoor cooking scene, but when a novel and versatile Cuisinart patio cooker turns up, especially one that’s on sale, we pay attention.Walmart just dropped the price of the Cuisinart 360 Griddle Cooking Center propane gas outdoor cooker.Cuisinart’s 360 Griddle Cooking Center has a cold-rolled steel cooking top fired by two burners that generate a total 30,000 BTUs in separate zones.Whether you already have a grill and a smoker and want to add to a bangin’ outdoor cooking setup or you’re looking for a single unit to handle all cooking chores, this deal can help you save $27.Using just the griddle top alone, you can grill, sear, stir-fry, or griddle anything from eggs, bacon, and home fries for breakfast to perfect steaks in the evening.The Cuisinart comes with a vented stainless steel cooking lid that fits over the entire 22-inch diameter griddle.
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Planning to buy your first Instant Pot?The Instant Pot LUX60V3 is the baseline Instant Pot model, but that doesn’t mean it cuts corners in terms of features.This multicooker combines six kitchen appliances in one and has 12 smart programs, ensuring convenient and dependable cooking.This cooker boasts six primary functions: Pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté, steamer, and warmer.There are also 12 built-in programs to help you cook specific foods, such as soup/broth, meat/stew, cakes, egg, rice, multigrains, and porridge.All these cooking modes are easy to operate with just a touch of a button.
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iRobot’s latest Roomba i7+ robot vacuum, has all the top notch features you’d expect from an advanced robot vacuum, including advanced navigation, an automatic dirt disposal system, and powerful suction power.If you’ve had your eye on this exceptional Roomba robot vacuum, or you just need an extra hand around the house, then you’re in luck: We’re giving readers the chance to score a brand new iRobot Roomba i7+ – an $1,100 value – totally free.Read on to find out more about this robot vac and how you can win one.The Roomba i7+ has set an entirely new standard for cleaning thanks to some unique abilities and smart features.The Roomba i7+ is one of the flagships of the iRobot fleet and is far and away our favorite robot vacuum on the market as of 2019.As a premier Roomba robot model, the i7+ packs a full suite of the latest bells and whistles.
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More than 500,000 — half a million — new businesses start in the United States every month.Of course, what’s not so great is that 50 percent of small businesses close within their first five years.With all that commercial churn and burn, you better have an iron-cast stomach and a rock solid plan before you wade into the business ownership swamp.You can put yourself on the right path toward being one of the survivors with the courses in The Entrepreneur Startup Master Class Bundle.It’s on sale right now for just $29 from TNW Deals.Over eight courses featuring more than 20 hours of instruction, you’ll start gathering insight on the focal points of a winning business plan.
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iRobot has more than 25 years of robotics expertise and its most recent robot vacuum cleaner offers a great automated cleaning experience.The iRobot Roomba i7+, is a robot vacuum that automatically empties its own dust bin.Its key features include 10X more suction power and advanced maps than previous models, but the Clean Base Automatic Dirt disposal is the killer feature.When the Roomba i7+ returns to the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal after vacuuming floors, two things happen; battery charging and bim emptying.The i7+’s Automatic Dirt Disposal feature sucks the dirt and debris from the vacuum’s dust bin into the Clean Base .Many households will only need to throw out the disposal bin’s bag once a month or less.
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The initiative will help the company optimize delivery times as retailers push forward into smart warehousing, an area of technological development poised for growth in the world’s second-largest economy.Backed by big data, the system optimizes inventory according to consumer preference in a certain region, prioritizes order packing, and assigns tasks to deliverymen.A company spokesman told TechNode that Meituan is planning to connect the unmanned warehouse with autonomous delivery vehicles which will send the parcels directly to the users for a fully automated system, but the technologies had not yet reached maturity.Its foray into intelligent warehousing further intensifies competition with e-commerce giants Alibaba and JD.com to control the logistics sector.Both of Alibaba and JD have already launched their smart warehouse solutions which feature autonomous guided vehicles (AGV) and various internet of things (IoT) technologies.The company plans to roll out the service to sellers on Meituan Instashopping, an on-demand grocery delivery service that promises 30-minute delivery.
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And what are people pilfering their 401Ks for?The classic NSX’s values have doubled over the last 6 years, and images of the cars are currently adorning countless walls, garages, and phone screens everywhere.They (and “they” here means the automotive press at large) say the new one, while great to drive, is too convoluted.For every positive you hear about the original NSX, there is an equal and opposite reaction for the new model.The similarities between the cars go far beyond the badge, and I believe this new model is a future classic.Once again, while very fun to drive, the car had a “mere 270 hp.” And it made “only 210 pound-feet of torque at 5300 rpm.” These are “Respectable numbers, but not extraordinary.” It was “Fast, but not a record setter.” The bodywork was “not truly distinctive.” Finally, “who wants to have to explain to the Ferrari-owning cardiologist at the country club why you bought a $70,000 Honda?”
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What happened: Didi has formed a two-wheeler business group according to an internal letter released late Monday, a person close to the company confirmed with TechNode on Tuesday.The company is ramping up efforts to compete for China’s 300 million motorists with the new group which combines its bike-rental business unit and another team running a platform named Jietu for motor scooter rentals.Why it’s important: Chinese mobility giants are expanding their businesses from offering ride-hailing services to serving users with two-wheelers for short rides, hoping to diversify revenues.Ant Financial-backed Hellobike, also known as Hello TransTech, is setting up a nationwide battery exchange and charging network for electric bikes and scooters in a RMB 1 billion ($145 million) partnership with the world largest battery maker, CATL.On average, there are 700 million e-bike rides each day in China, triple that of shared bikes, Yang Lei, CEO of Hellobike said at a public event last week.China had more than 250 million electric motor scooters on the streets as of late 2018, and that number is expected to increase to 400 million by 2050, reported China News citing figures from an industry association.
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Named 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder, respectively, the mid-engined duo was designed for enthusiasts who want the ultimate in aural, visual, and physical driving enjoyment.Porsche tapped into its Motorsport department’s vast expertise to create the special 718s.In lieu of the turbocharged flat-four that powers the tamer models, the GT4 and the Spyder receive a naturally-aspirated, 4.0-liter flat-six tuned to deliver 414 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque.It revs to 8,000 rpm, exhales through a special exhaust, and spins the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.Sorry, but you’re out of luck.Porsche added a model-specific suspension that’s firmer and lower than normal to deliver a more dynamic driving experience with less lean in corners.
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To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.Niantic, the company behind "Pokémon Go," has acquired London startup Sensible Object to form a new London-based game studio called Niantic London.Sensible Object creates connected board games such as "Beasts of Balance," and the company's roots lie in mixing real-world play with digital experiences.Sensible Object will maintain its own products for now, but will eventually create new augmented reality games like "Pokémon Go" and even Pokémon Go Fest-style live events.The acquisition comes after Niantic bought LA-based game studio Seismic Games last year, and opened its augmented reality platform to game developers.Sensible Object will remain based in London and form Niantic's London arm.
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After a number of videos showing car fires involving electric cars have gone viral online in China, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is urging electric vehicle (EV) makers to launch immediate investigations into the fires, and conduct follow-up checks using “all possible means.”The ministry is requiring EV companies in a file released Monday to start investigations and report results “in a timely and faithful manner.” Authorities will require recalls if investigations confirm any quality issues, and punishment will be doled out for hiding any problems, the ministry said.Authorities also urged EV makers to conduct a “complete” safety check on cars including those already sold, including testing key components such as batteries and charging devices and submitting a report by the end of October.Companies will also need to establish 24-hour crisis hotlines to address incidents, notify affected customers, and report to the government when necessary.The requirements follow shortly after a Nio ES8 caught fire in a parking space on the street in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Friday.The incident was the third incident involving one of its vehicles combusting in the past two months, the company confirmed.
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