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We haven't heard much in the way of leaks and rumors about the Apple Watch Series 5, but the next generation of Apple's wearable is still in the pipeline, according to respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.According to Kuo, the fifth Apple Watch is going to see the light of day in the second half of 2019, with September the most likely month for a launch.Considering that the four previous Apple Watches have all launched in September, that's not much of a surprise, but this is a confirmation of sorts.The original Apple Watch is the only one that hasn't launched in September, arriving in April 2015.Unfortunately Kuo doesn't share too much about what to expect from the Apple Watch 5, but we've previously heard that a new ceramic casing could be on the cards, even if sleep tracking doesn't make the cut this year.Another big September for Apple
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Runkeeper this week announced that it will discontinue its Wear OS app in the next few weeks, as reported by Android Central.The update was emailed to users this week, where the company told users that it decided to end support because “the integration didn’t work well / work consistently for most users.”In a response to users, Runkeeper elaborated that only a small percentage of Runkeeper users were actually using the Wear OS app.“It was a very buggy experience and difficult for us to maintain and fix,” a representative said in an email.“Because we’re a small team with limited resources, and having done our research, we ultimately concluded that trying to maintain a partnership that wasn’t working well would not be good practice for us.”Today’s news comes after Google decided to shut down its own Nest app on Wear OS, also citing that not enough people were using it to make the resources worthwhile.
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Modern day living is hectic, and often, we need to remind those we love to actually get things done.Soon, Google Assistant will be able to take care of that, allowing you to set reminders for yourself or other people in your family group.If you have a family and each day has a packed schedule, it sounds like this new feature can come in particularly handy.Google explains that this can feature can be used for all sorts of reminders – whether you want to remind a spouse to pick up groceries, a roommate to take out the trash, or simply remind one of your kids that they’ll do great on an upcoming test.It works across Android phones, Google Assistant smart speakers and smart displays, including the Google Nest Hub Max when it launches next month.Setting up a reminder seems like a simple process, as it only requires that you tell assistant who the reminder is for, what they should do, and at what time they should do it.
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TV nerds like myself have waited a long time for details on TCL's 2019 televisions, and now that the TV maker has finally unveiled its new sets, they don't disappoint.And of course, every new TCL TV has built-in Roku TV, my favorite smart TV system.Now the company aims to broaden its appeal to video-quality aficionados and others willing to pay more.The new versions look even better on paper.TCL says the 8 series has 25,000 LEDs on the 75-inch size (and proportionally less on the 65, but representatives didn't specify exactly how many).MicroLED is a potentially revolutionary display tech and a candidate to replace OLED as picture-quality king, thanks to emissive technology that does away with the liquid-crystal structure of traditional LCD TVs.
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If you haven't heard already – yes, there's a Lord of the Rings TV show in the works.Retailer, streaming service, and production studio Amazon beat off fierce competition to purchase the rights to the books, paying a whopping $250 million (£230m, or AU$270m) for the privilege of creating up to five seasons based on J. R. R. Tolkein's epic high fantasy novels, which lay out a mystical world of elves, dwarves, dragons and hobbits besieged by a great evil known as Sauron (the big eye from the films, remember?).Amazon, like seemingly everyone else these days, is looking to create the next Game of Thrones phenomenon (there's even an upcoming Game of Thrones prequel) – and few source novels have as much cultural cache as Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings.The Lord of the Rings TV show won't be retreading the movies, though.Details are still somewhat sparse on the content of the show, other than the events being set during the Second Age, which covers the rise of Sauron – the dark lord that crafted the fabled ring of power, which is destroyed at the end of The Return of the King.The Tolkein estate is naturally protective its intellectual property, with the power to stop Amazon from altering any of the canonical events as set out in Tolkein's writings (via A.V.
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Efter att blivit av med mobilen har en 15-åring tvingats vända till sig till oväntat håll för att kunna fortsätta twittra – familjens uppkopplade kylskåp.Så skulle en modern parafras av ett av Pippi Långstrumps mest kända citat kunna lyda.En som förmodligen skulle känna igen sig i citatet är twitter-användaren "Dorothy", ett 15-årigt Ariana Grande-fan.Efter en incident i hemmet där Dorothy distraherades av sin mobil och orsakade en liten eldsvåda i köket, konfiskerades alla hennes uppkopplade prylar av mamman.Tonåringen, med drygt 23000 twitterföljare, började då skicka ut sina uppdateringar först via ett Nintendo DS, och sedan via spelkonsolen Nintendo Wii U – prylar som snabbt beslagtogs i tur och ordning.Inläggets ”source label”, en slags vattenstämpel, bekräftar att det postades från ett LG-kylskåp.
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Today, air pollution is one of the biggest challenges facing European cities.In concrete terms, the researchers want to develop new sensors that can be attached to roadsides, crash barriers or traffic signs which detect the exhaust emission of passing vehicles in a matter of seconds."We want to monitor vehicle emissions in cities and environmental zones under real conditions, without having to interfere with free-flowing traffic," explains Alexander Bergmann, head of the Institute of Electronic Sensor Systems at Graz University of Technology.Manifold possibilities of traffic regulation"The aim is to detect the exhaust class of each individual vehicle using these measurements," explains Bergmann.For example, cities could introduce an emissions-based city toll: the higher the emissions of the car, the higher the charge would be.
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Vodafone has become the first mobile operator to switch on 5G networks in the Republic of Ireland.The cities to receive the commercial 5G networks includes locations in Cork, Limerick, Dublin, Galway and Waterford.Additional locations are planned in the coming months.Vodafone has only just launched its 5G in the UK in early July, and it already expanding its coverage in both the UK and Europe.It has also signed a 5G network agreement with O2 that will see the two operators share sites and 5G active equipment, such as radio antennas.Vodafone Ireland launched the 5G networks in Ireland in partnership with Swedish equipment maker Ericsson.
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There’s a new gimbal from DJI in the universe, and it goes by the name Osmo Mobile 3.This piece of hardware is made to turn your smartphone into a professional movie-capture beast, working with more than just the standard gimbal stabilization features.This gimbal has gesture control, ActiveTrack 3.0, and the ability to “Quick Roll” between modes with extreme smoothness.If you’re here ONLY to find what’s changed between Osmo Mobile 2 and Osmo Mobile 3, you’re in luck.This new model folds down into a slightly smaller package, has a grip tripod, and has a new balance system where “only the roll axis needs to be leveled.”The new model has a significantly improved phone holder system that allows for tiny adjustments on the fly.
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Working remotely has countless advantages, whether it’s ditching the commute, setting your own hours, or getting to enjoy lunch with friends.Automation refers to when companies replace human workers with algorithms and machines that carry out the exact same work, only far faster and with far lower overhead.Likewise, computer vision has improved enough that it’s easy for robots move around warehouses and select the right crates.And this will result in fewer errors, greater turnover, and zero health and safety concerns.AI programs have recently been used to compose entirely new pieces of music.One AI is even able to accurately mimic the art styles of famous painters, again to the point that even art experts are frequently bamboozled.
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The Galaxy Note 10 is here, and as expected, it’s challenging other flagships in terms of quality of components.That’s true of the Galaxy Note 10+ in particular, which is receiving some high praise for its display and its cameras.Of course, given its status as a high-end flagship, that praise probably won’t come as a shock to most people.As it usually does whenever a new flagship is released, DisplayMate has released a lengthy analysis of the Galaxy Note 10+’s display.It’s worth reading through in its entirety when you have the time, but the key takeaway is that the Galaxy Note 10+’s OLED display has either broken or met 13 different smartphone display performance records.Given Samsung’s expertise in producing displays, we’d expect one of its own smartphones to have a high-quality screen, but DisplayMate says that the phone “is the most innovative and high performance smartphone display that we have ever lab tested.” Some of those aforementioned records it either set or met include the largest native color gamut, the highest absolute color accuracy (which DisplayMate says is visually indistinguishable from perfect), the highest peak display brightness, and the highest contrast ratio.
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You might want to call your boss and tell them you won’t make it in time for that important business meeting.The UK carrier airline has warned it is dealing with a system outage after numerous customers took to social media to complain about long queues, unexpected delays, and issues using its app.It appears London‘s Gatwick airport is one of the affected locations.“We are experiencing some systems problems this morning which are affecting check-in and flight departures,” company reps wrote on Twitter.“Please check ba.com and manage my booking for the latest flight information and allow extra time at the airport,” British Airways advised customers.I have a work colleague stranded in Paris, booked with BA to London, what help can we give her – global outage apparently?
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The smart motorcycle helmet market is plagued with unsuccessful attempts.Companies like Skully have failed their Indiegogo backers.We can’t make promises, but there is less of a guessing game with these, as they are mostly available for purchase right now and some come from reputable brands.Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best motorcycle smart helmets regularly.Known for their Bluetooth communication devices, Sena has recently entered the smart helmet game full throttle.These are not cheap at $699, but I know plenty of riders who pay much more than that for their helmets.
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Disney's coming $7-a-month Disney Plus service will be bundled at a discount with the company's other streaming services: ESPN Plus and the ad-supported version of Hulu.Disney will combine all three subscriptions for $13 a month, CEO Bob Iger said Tuesday, a $5 discount off what you'd pay for the three services separately.This triple Disney Plus-Hulu-ESPN Plus bundle will be available in the US on Nov. 12, when Disney Plus is set to launch.Disney also hinted at original programming for Disney Plus based on Fox franchises like Home Alone and Night at the Museum.Disney bought 21st Century Fox for $71.3 billion earlier this year, and Iger said Tuesday that Disney was interested in "reimagining" those franchises and others like Cheaper by the Dozen and Diary of a Wimpy Kid "for a new generation."Disney Plus is one of the highest-profile examples of traditional Hollywood digging in to compete against streaming services from the likes of Netflix, Amazon and, soon, Apple.
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You can turn off vibration on your iPhone via the Settings menu.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.The iPhone's vibration feature alerts you to incoming texts, emails, or phone calls with a vibrating sensation, rather than a ringtone that plays aloud.While you can leave your iPhone's volume on while also utilizing vibration, the feature provides a more inconspicuous way to let you know something's going on on your iPhone.Here's how to toggle vibration on and off in just a few simple steps.Check out the products mentioned in this article:
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“I have a controversial answer…”Every Monday morning we fire five questions at a C-suite technology industry interviewee.Today we’re pleased to be joined by Joan Pepin, CISO and VP of Operations at Auth0.It has to have database connections, dynamic content, a great user experience, and a super flashy interface.The deadline is two-to-three months away, and things are looking pretty good, so they decide it’s time to wire-up the login and identity portion of the app.They know they’ll get higher click-through if they let people log in using their Facebook, Google, or LinkedIn credentials – but they don’t know how to do that.
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Last month was the hottest month on record, and it's all humanity's fault.By a strange coincidence, "Moscow Mitch" was also just the right length for a hashtag …McConnell then made the mistake of letting it be known that he didn't like the nickname, thereby ensuring that it would stick around probably forever.It's almost as if he wasn't bullied in high school, or else he'd know better.Later in the week, another Republican earned his very own Russian nickname thanks to Lindsey Graham pushing an immigration bill through the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday afternoon, despite the objection of Democrats on the committee.Clearly, someone needs to create a Russian Nickname Generator to take advantage of this trend.
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It's just one day into Fortnite season 10, or season X, and some players are already frustrated.Developer Epic Games made some big changes to the battle royale game including adding a mech and changing the challenges format that are not going over well with part of the fanbase, and they're letting everyone know.The big addition to Fortnite season 10 is the B.R.U.T.E.The two-player controlled robot has both a shotgun and missile launcher, a powerful shield and can move pretty quickly.Players on the Fortnite subreddit made multiple threads about the mech calling it overpowered.Even Fortnite World Cup solos champ Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf found himself losing a match to a player in the B.R.U.T.E.
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Microsoft has announced the preview launch of a new cloud service called that will allow customers to run their virtual machines on single-tenant physical services.The company says that Azure Dedicated Host could be quite useful for businesses running loads of virtual machines that don't want to share resources on their server with anyone else while also gaining full control over everything running on the machine.Azure already offers isolated virtual machines sizes for two very large virtual machine types.These are still available but don't offer anywhere near the flexibility that Microsoft's new hosts will.Microsoft's biggest cloud computing competitors, AWS and Google Cloud already offer similar products in the form of Dedicated Hosts for AWS and “sole-tenant nodes” on Google Cloud.When it officially launches, Azure Dedicated Host will support virtual machines running Windows, Linux and SQL Server with pricing on a per host basis.
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Fitbit may have been one of the first companies to adopt the smartwatch when the concept was still in its infancy, but ever since the rise of devices like the Apple Watch, the company has largely failed to keep up.The unknown device is in the class of the current Fitbit Versa, but it’s seemingly a whole lot more functional.Alexa integration is especially notable — as it would allow users to control their smart home and search the web straight from their wrist, like Apple Watch users can do with Siri.The leak itself comes from well-known Twitter leaker Evan Blass.The device seemingly does away with the Fitbit logo under the display, opting instead for an OLED screen with an uninterrupted glass surface.It’s not a bad look — and makes for a more simplistic approach compared to previous-generation Fitbit devices.
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Spotify’s podcast audience is experiencing huge growth, the company revealed in its earnings report today.The company reports that its podcast audience has grown by over 50 percent since the last quarter, and that it has almost doubled since the start of the year.The company also saw subscriber numbers grow overall, with its total number of premium subscribers growing by 9 percent to 108 million compared to the last quarter, and monthly active users growing to 232 million, an increase of 7 percent.The growth in its podcasting business suggests that Spotify’s investment is starting to pay off.Earlier this year the company acquired the podcasting network Gimlet Media as well as Anchor, which produces tools to let creators build, publish, and monetize podcasts.The following month, it acquired Parcast, another podcast network, before signing a deal with the Obamas’ production company in June.
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Nefarious hackers are wiping files on publicly accessible storage devices and leaving just a Bitcoin BTC ransom note behind.The attackers are demanding Bitcoin in exchange for the safe return of victims’ files.After the attack, victims are finding their NAS drives empty, except for a text file with the name “YOUR FILES ARE SAFE!!In this instance, attackers give the victim a deadline of August 1, 2019 to make the payment, or else the files will “be gone for good.”It appears attackers are generating new messages for each victim.That said it’s not immediately clear if it’s the same group of hackers responsible for all the attacks.
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A top Oracle exec said that Amazon is creating a "false debate" in order to help it win the $10 billion JEDI cloud contract.Ken Glueck, Oracle's top executive in Washington DC, accused Amazon of propagating a narrow "one-size fits all" view of cloud computing in the $10 billion JEDI Pentagon cloud contract.An 18-month investigation into the companies concluded that an enhanced regulator is needed, with powers to scrutinize how the companies work.Apple contractors working on Siri "regularly" hear recordings of sex, drug deals, and private medical information, a new report said.According to The Guardian, Apple's contractors "regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex."Trump blasted Apple's request for Mac Pro parts from China to be exempt from tariffs, saying it should move production back to the US.
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Government raked in £32m before the charge was found to be unlawful.HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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For most of us, Disney Tsum Tsum Festival is probably just another party game.For Nintendo, however, its a reason to launch a limited edition console.Disney Tsum Tsum Festival will be launching in Japan on October 10th, and when it does, it’ll be accompanied by a special Disney-themed Nintendo Switch.Though the Switch is almost two and a half years old, we haven’t seen very many limited edition consoles.Nintendo did launch a Switch with a themed dock and Joy-Cons for Super Smash Bros.Ultimate, and of course, the upcoming Switch Lite will also be getting a limited edition release to coincide with Pokemon Sword and Shield.
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Back in November 2018 at Web Summit in Lisbon, the web's creator, Tim Berners-Lee, announced that as the web was turning 30, he wanted people to help him put together a "contract for the web" that would help strengthen and protect it for generations to come.Nine months later, and the first draft of that contract has arrived -- and he wants your input on how to proceed.Berners-Lee, who brought the World Wide Web to life as an open platform while a young physicist at CERN, has been dismayed at the way in which hate speech has proliferated and equally concerned about censorship and government shutdowns of the internet.His hope now is that he can entice signatories from various sectors, including internet users, to protect and enhance the future of his creation.It features guidelines for governments, companies and citizens, but it also requires input from those three groups to shape it.By publishing the draft now, his Web Foundation hopes the contract will spark discussion and feedback that will help inform the next iteration.
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Apple has filed a patent for a mixed-reality system including a head-mounted display and a controller that combine augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).The headset would provide "3D virtual views of a user's environment augmented with virtual content," the patent, reported on earlier by Variety, says.It was first revealed that Apple was working on a mixed-reality headset in April last year by CNET.The tech giant was working on a headset capable of running both AR and VR, a source said, with an 8K display for each eye.The project, codenamed T288, is slated for release in 2020.The patent filing was published July 18 after being filed in March 2019.
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David Mayman’s jetpack design has come a long way in the last nine years.On Sunday, the aviation inventor donned his flying gear for a spectacular solo flight over Sydney Harbour, taking in famous sights such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge as he went.Ten years ago, a similar effort using an older version of his jetpack ended suddenly when the machine ran out of fuel, sending Mayman splashing into the water.The weekend flight, we’re happy to report, was a confident, crash-free performance, with Mayman able to demonstrate the stability and speed of the JP10 — the latest version in a series of rigs that first put Mayman and his JetPack Aviation company in the spotlight in 2004.The turbine-powered, kerosene-fueled JP10 incorporates a number of different sensors that constantly measure its orientation in order to adjust the thrusters to keep the machine — and the pilot — stable as they move through the air.Sunday’s outing was also part of efforts to promote Mayman’s recently released Own The Sky documentary that follows the Aussie’s decade-long quest to build a viable jetpack.
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Tune in today to hear from Sumo Logic on real-time monitoring and app stack troubleshootingSponsored webcast It is not unusual for organisations to amass such large volumes of data that they struggle to examine it for real-time operational insights that will help them resolve issues and grow their business.Technology developments, such as next-generation application stacks, distributed cloud architectures, containerisation and micro-services, can make the task even more complicated.Add a shortage of skilled professionals who know how to bring order to a steadily increasing and constantly changing heap of information, and you could end up with a serious headache.How do you make the pain go away?Tune in online today at 2pm, Monday, 22 July, to hear experts from machine-learning company Sumo Logic explain how their customers are reaping the benefits of advanced IT analytics.
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Huawei’s first 5G offering is finally coming to China.The Huawei Mate 20 x 5G which is also launching in several countries this mo nth will reach the company’s homeland on July 26th.Huawei has confirmed the prevailing rumors, as it has now issued our media invite to the Mate 20 X 5G launch event on July 26 in the country.The invitation doesn’t reveal much, but confirms the Mate 20 X 5G name, with the launch date, and local timing.But we are confident the brand will reveal other details including pricing, and roll out details on the said date.The device had in the previous days cleared all pre-launch hurdles including TENAA and 3C.
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