Star Citizen dumps DirectX 12 plans to focus on Vulkan-powered graphics

Mar 20 11:14am PCWorld Video Podcast
The most successful game in crowdfunding history is giving up on Microsoft’s DirectX graphics platform to go all-in on Vulkan. Cloud Imperium Games, the developers of Star Citizen, recently said on its forums that the game would only support the Vulkan API, dumping plans to support DirectX 12.“Years ago we stated our intention to support DX12, but since the introduction of Vulkan which has the same feature set and performance advantages this seemed a much more logical rendering API to use as it doesn’t force our users to upgrade to Windows 10 and opens the door for a single graphics API that could be used on all Windows 7, 8, 10 and Linux,” said Ali Brown, CIG’s director of graphics engineering, as first spotted by Neowin. “Our current intention is to only support Vulkan and eventually drop support for DX11.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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The Trend In Manufacturing Spending Is Good News For Skyworks

Mar 20 11:13am Tech
Technical discussions during the Mobile World Congress underline the growth outlook in spending on radio frequency components in mobile phones, even in the high-end models at Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Samsung (OTC: SSNLF), Charter Equity’s Edward Snyder said in a report. While reiterating a Buy rating for Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS), Snyder noted that more of the increased RF spending is “flowing to areas and markets” favoring the company. Trends Benefit Skyworks “Where we expected spending to slow as the high-end models pulled in most of the advanced features of LTE [Long-Term Evolution], we’re now seeing first signs of ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Google boss: Sorry about ads on extremist videos

Mar 20 11:13am Technology news - CNNMoney.com
Google has issued a public apology to major advertisers after their spots were featured alongside content from hate preachers and extremists.
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4 Reasons Why 2017 Will Be A Pivotal Year For Vuzix

Mar 20 11:01am Tech
Chardan Capital’s James McIlree expects 2017 to be a “pivotal year” for Vuzix Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI), with “ramp in production of the M300, introduction of the M3000, the Blade 3000, and waveguide products, and delivery of customized smart glasses to Toshiba in the second half,” all of which were likely to lead to increased revenues, with the fourth quarter being the strongest quarter of the year and Q1 the weakest. The analyst reiterated a Buy rating on the company, with a price target of $10. Ending 2016 McIlree mentioned that the Q4 revenue reported by Vuzix, of $620,000, was largely in line with the estimate of $600,000. However, gross margin was lower, with the company continuing to work through the high cost production of iWear. Smart glass volumes remained modest through the year, as customers awaited the M300 while purchasing the ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Google Downgraded On European Ad Concerns

Mar 20 10:55am Tech
Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) was slapped with a rare downgrade on Monday as Pivotal Research Group's Brian Wieser lowered his rating on the stock to Hold from Buy with a price target lowered to $950 from a previous $970 due to ongoing concerns in the United Kingdom. According to U.K.-based Daily Mail, several notable local brands, including retail giant Marks & Spencer, are no longer going to advertise on Google's YouTube platform. Companies have concerns that their brand image is being shown alongside content from extremist channels and groups, including neo-Nazi and even jihadist groups. Global Repercussions According to Wieser, Alphabet's Google unit faces brand safety issues in the United Kingdom, but this can have global ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Socialbakers Denies Rumor Of Positive Snap DAU Data

Mar 20 10:34am Tech
Snap Inc (NYSE: SNAP) shares spiked about 4 percent Monday on rumors of positive Daily Active User (DAU) data from Socialbakers, but a representative from the social media monitoring company told Benzinga the firm doesn't currently cover Snap. "We are not currently tracking Snapchat within ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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AMC In 'Early Innings' Of Increased Concession And Admission Revenue

Mar 20 10:27am Tech
Although 2017 would be a transitional year for AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc (NYSE: AMC), there is substantial EBITDA accretion ahead, Wedbush’s Michael Pachter said in a report. He reiterated an Outperform rating on the company, with a price target of $40. Transition Year AMC recently completed the Carmike and Odeon-UCI transactions. Pachter expects 2017 to be a transition year, with the company renovating theaters, completing the Nordic acquisition and integrating Carmike and Odeon. The company seems to be in “the early innings of the implementation of initiatives to increase concessions and admissions revenues through reinvestment in its current asset base, offering a ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Video: We got a demo of Fleshlights new dick-sucking robot

Mar 20 10:27am The Next Web
At SXSW we met up with Maurice op de Beek, CTO of Kiiroo, a Dutch company that developed the Fleshlight Launch. The Launch is a robot that pairs with normal Fleshlights to relieve users of the manual work you’d normally have to put in. The device can be used independently, or paired with VR or video to mimic the motions on screen. Maurice gave us a demo and talked us through the bright future of teledildonics. We did our best to censor the more explicit parts, but some parts of this video could be considered NSFW. Get your very own… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Bixby is Samsungs new intelligent interface for smartphones and beyond

Mar 20 10:25am TechCrunch » Gadgets
 Samsung is entering the voice-powered virtual assistant game a bit later than its competitors, but it says that its forthcoming ‘Bixby’ agent will be “fundamentally different” form what’s already available, thanks to features that reduce confusion around when and where it can be used, and a general knowledge of what’s going on with your device whenever… Read More...
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Netflix Is One Of The Only True Large-Cap Growth Stories In Media

Mar 20 10:19am Tech
Analysts at Loop Capital Markets maintain a Buy rating on Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) with a price target boosted to $167 from a previous $159 as the streaming video provider represents the lone true large-cap growth story in media. According to Loop Capital's David Miller, Netflix's dominance stems from its compelling library of legacy domestic content and acquired content in international markets. In fact, the company's strategy of incorporating foreign content in the United States and other English markets is proving to be successful as great story-telling is universal in appeal and is easily portable into multiple markets. For example, ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Samsung officially unveils new virtual assistant Bixby ahead of Galaxy S8 launch

Mar 20 10:14am The Next Web
Samsung is getting Siri-ous. The company officially announced its long-rumored virtual assistant will indeed be called Bixby – and it will come along with the upcoming launch of the new and improved Galaxy S8. With this move, the South Korean heavyweight takes on fellow competitors like Apple, Google and Amazon and their own respective voice-enabled helpers in the face of Siri, Assistant (as well as Now), and Alexa. According to Samsung, what Bixby will do better than competing virtual assistants is its ability to integrate with other applications, its refined context awareness and its heightened cognitive tolerance – the ability to understand… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung...
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5 Major eCommerce Trends In 2017

Mar 20 10:13am Latest Articles in Technology
Thanks to technology, the way consumers shop continue to evolve into something that feels more enjoyable because it’s become convenient and driven by how they want to control the process. This year is seen as pivotal for greater adoption of some key eCommerce trends that we’ve identified in the infographic below.
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LG's 4K HDR monitor gets a price and release date, heralding a new era for PC displays

Mar 20 10:11am PCWorld Video Podcast
The age of high-dynamic range displays is coming to the PC this month. Several online retail outlets are now selling LG’s 31.5-inch 32UD99, making it the first HDR PC display available for consumers. The 32UD99 is available for pre-order on B&H for $999, as first spotted by The Verge. It’s also on Amazon for the same price. The B&H page says the monitor will become available on Wednesday, March 28, while Amazon’s page says the item “usually ships within 2 to 4 weeks.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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Benzinga's Picks And Pans: BlackBerry, McDonald's, Rite Aid And More

Mar 20 10:09am Tech
Benzinga has featured a look at many investor favorite stocks over the past week. That includes how one fast-food giant is taking on the competition and how traders can play a potential failed merger. The outlooks for rail stocks, a struggling retailer and a cellphone maker left for dead are also examined. The past week saw the first Federal Reserve rate increase of 2017, and the markets have retreated somewhat from recent highs. The following are just a few investor favorite stocks featured by Benzinga during the week. A Different Cup Of Joe: McDonald's Vs. Starbucks Starbucks Vs. McCafé: Can McDonald's Take Market Share? by Brett Hershman asks whether McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) can compete with Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) in the coffee arena. The fast-food giant has begun testing several new McCafé drinks in California. There's so much more we can do with this, says McDonald's. Pharmacies: Rite Aid And Walgreens In Has Rite ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Uber Suffers From Another Setback As Ex-Target Exec Quits After Months On The Job

Mar 20 9:55am Tech
Uber Technologies, the popular ride-hailing app, confirmed over the weekend that its president, Jeff Jones, will leave the company just months after starting. Jones left his position as Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT)'s chief marketing officer in...
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Uber President Quits After 6 Months

Mar 20 9:53am RTT - Technology
The turmoil at Uber has further deepened with the ride-hailing service's President Jeff Jones announcing his resignation after just six months in the job. The departure of Uber's No. 2 executive comes amid allegations of sexual harassment and an aggressive work culture at Uber.
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Pressure On Jack Dorsey Could Be Positive For Twitter Shareholders

Mar 20 9:49am Tech
“We expect Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) to be challenged to reverse its difficult competitive position against online video leaders as they all compete more aggressively for content and ad deals,” Loop Capital’s Blake Harper said in a note, while maintaining a Sell rating on the company, with a price target of $10. Investing In Original Content The analyst mentioned that Twitter was investing more in original content, as well as live programming, to attract advertising deals, although its broadcasts are likely to continue to have “smaller, niche appeal.” “We believe it is the right strategy to invest in video and market it better to both advertisers and consumers, although we don't see it changing our estimates for revenue declines of 16 percent YoY ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Stealth's new P-7 electric bike boasts an impressive 93-mile range

Mar 20 9:46am Cool Tech–Digital Trends
Electric bikes offer a solution for city cycling by mixing manual pedaling with a powered ride. The new Stealth P-7 stands out from the pack with an impressive range, versatility, and durability. The post Stealth's new P-7 electric bike boasts an impressive 93-mile range appeared first on Digital Trends.
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14% off TP-Link Multicolor Dimmable Smart Wi-Fi 60W LED Bulb - Deal Alert

Mar 20 9:41am PCWorld Video Podcast
Control TP-Link's smart bulbs from anywhere with your tablet or smartphone, or with your voice via the Alexa service. Dim brightness, fine-tune light appearance from soft white to daylight, and choose from 16 million colors to set the mood. Set timers and countdowns, or create an on/off schedule. The bulb also features an away mode that randomly turns on/off to give the appearance you're home, when you're away. The 60W multicolor dimmable and tunable smart bulb from TP-Link averages 4 out of 5 stars from over 1,100 people on Amazon (read reviews), where its typical list price of $49.99 has been temporarily reduced 14\%. See this deal on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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How Samsungs Galaxy S8 measures up to Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7

Mar 20 9:25am The Next Web
While earlier leaks gave us a pretty good idea how Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship compares in size with its premium Plus variation, we are yet to see how the handset measures next to other devices – like its Galaxy S7 sibling and the iPhone 7. Reliable leak platform Slash Leaks has unearthed another set of Galaxy S8 photos that give us a relatively decent viewpoint on the dimensions of the phone. The images show how the new device stacks up against its S7 Edge predecessor and the standard-sized version of the iPhone 7. While, at 5.8 inches, the new flagship handset is… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,iPhone 7,Samsung...
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The Wall Street Journal: Uber president resigns, adding on to string of company departures

Mar 20 9:21am MarketWatch.com - Internet Industry News
Uber Technologies Inc. said a prominent retail executive it hired as president just six months ago is leaving, the most senior in a string of executive departures as the ride-hailing giant reels from an escalating series of controversies.
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Silicon Valley is no longer #1 for talent says huge global startup report

Mar 20 9:20am The Next Web
There’s no cooler biz on the planet than startups, and there’s no denying Silicon Valley is the startups capital of the world… for now. Cities all over the world are vying to knock the crown off this tech king. And Startup Genome has all the cities doing their best to keep up with San Fran sultan in its new Global Startup Ecosystem Report and Ranking 2017. Who knows — maybe one will be home to the next Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk. The 150-page report is based on a year’s worth of research, spanning a whopping 10,000 startups and 300… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Super Mario Run makes the jump to Android this week

Mar 20 9:10am The Next Web
Super Mario Run was the breakout mobile game of 2016, but sadly it was an iOS affair… Until now. Nintendo has announced that the long-awaited hit game will land on Android on March 23, which is this Thursday. Android version of #SuperMarioRun will be available on 3/23 with the Ver.2.0.0 update! Pre-register now: https://t.co/dAxzTlppnG pic.twitter.com/nQ0T4znOBt — Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) March 18, 2017 To recap, Super Mario Run has you play as the titular character. Gameplay is slightly different compared to the old-school SNES games of yore. Rather than being able to traverse the 2D world of your own accord, you… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android...
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Meet your new office assistants: Alexa, Cortana, and Eva

Mar 20 8:56am MarketWatch.com - Internet Industry News
Voice-activated assistants with artificial intelligence are moving from the home to the office...
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'Beauty And The Beast' Drives Regal Comps Boost

Mar 20 8:49am Tech
“The live action re-imagining of animated classic Beauty and the Beast [Walt Disney Co (NYSE: DIS)] opened at a March record $170 million, actually the seventh largest U.S. opening all-time and the best for a PG-rated film,” Wunderlich’s Matthew Harrigan said in a note. The analyst maintains a Buy rating on Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), with a price target of $31. Comp Boost Harrigan believes that the concern regarding the timing of the release was overdone, with Regal Entertainment’s CEO, Amy Miles, that “there is (professed) consensus on avoiding cannibalization for both studios and exhibitors.” Box office has now risen 5.8 percent year to date, despite the toughest 2017 comparisons. Accordingly, the first-quarter estimates for the company have been meaningfully revised. Estimates Revised “We now look for ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Qualcomm's new chip brings high-end features to low-end 'candy bar' phones

Mar 20 8:49am PCWorld Video Podcast
The Nokia 3310 phone, a replica of its iconic namesake, took Mobile World Congress by storm last month. It was a surprising show of enthusiasm for so-called candy-bar phones, which remain popular in developing countries because of their rock-bottom prices.Qualcomm believes there’s an untapped opportunity in such feature phones and believes it can bring smartphone-like capabilities to these handsets. So it made the 205 Mobile chip, which will bring LTE capabilities, better graphics, and more responsiveness to candy-bar phones.There is a big need for a chip like the 205, especially when you look at the limited features of the new Nokia 3310. The Nokia 3310 offers only 2G connectivity capabilities for texting and calling, while newer candy-bar phones with the 205 chip will be LTE capable.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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Super Mario Runs Android release date is March 23

Mar 20 8:48am TechCrunch » Mobile
 Super Mario Run is officially making its way to Android, as Nintendo promised what seems like so long ago. The company has now revealed an exact date for Mario’s Android debut: March 23. That’s this Thursday, in case you’re bad at math or don’t have a calendar handy, and it means iOS users had over three months of exclusive access to the game. Since that’s a… Read More...
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Intel launches its first Optane SSD, the DC P4800X

Mar 20 8:35am ExtremeTechComputer Hardware & Software News | ExtremeTech
Intel has launched its first server-class Optane hardware -- the DC P4800X. The post Intel launches its first Optane SSD, the DC P4800X appeared first on ExtremeTech.
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These Trends Bode Well For Nvidia, Microsoft

Mar 20 8:26am Tech
Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research holds an Overweight rating on NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA)'s stock with a 12–18 month price target of $125 given strong trends seen both in the company and on a macro level. According to Chowdhry, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) Azure is doubling the size of its GPU farms, re-shaping scale-out applications by implementing Cognitive Tool Kit (CNTK) based intelligence to its platform and applications. This is notable because Microsoft's customers are running their Nvidia GPU at full-allocation, which implies that ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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What Snapchat learned from Google

Mar 20 8:24am The Next Web
Whenever I see Snap Spectacles mentioned somewhere, I smile. Though it’s not because I think it’s an amazing product and going to be hugely successful. I don’t know much about these things, but I do like how they sometimes work out. I especially enjoy comparing the introduction of Google Glass to that of Spectacles. When Google Glass was launched, the collective reaction was “I’ll look silly with those things on!” At the same time, Google responded as “You won’t look silly! It’s going to be mainstream!” Boy how much I wish that had happened, though. I’d love to have some… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google,Snapchat...
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Five ways to add a note to an Outlook email message

Mar 20 8:17am
Annotating an Outlook message or thread requires a creative approach. Here are a few easy ways to add meaningful notes to your Outlook messages.
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Fast Money Traders Share Their Opinions On Snap

Mar 20 7:43am Tech
On CNBC's Fast Money, Guy Adami said he would buy Snap Inc (NYSE: SNAP) around $17. He thinks it's going to bounce off $17 and ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Google says it cuts JPEG size by 35 percent with new Guetzli algorithm, but our tests dont back that up

Mar 20 7:30am ExtremeTechComputer Hardware & Software News | ExtremeTech
Google claims that its new Guetzli software can produce JPEG files up to 35\% than other available methods -- but our tests find only limited support for that claim. The post Google says it cuts JPEG size by 35 percent with new Guetzli algorithm, but our tests don’t back that up appeared first on ExtremeTech.
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Top IFTTT recipes that improve your Android device

Mar 20 7:07am gHacks Technology News | Latest Tech News, Software And Tutorials
IFTTT, which stands for If This Then That, is a service that may automate a lot of things related to PCs, online and your mobile devices for you. Basically, what it allows you to do, is create so called recipes that run automated actions when an event occurs. Events can be nearly anything, from you […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Top IFTTT recipes that improve your Android device appeared first on gHacks Technology News.
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What it means to be a diplomat in a digital age

Mar 20 6:30am APM: Marketplace Tech Report
When we think of diplomacy, we may think of talking — people in a room, face to face. But that world of diplomacy is changing and the connected world is playing a much greater role, according to Anne-Marie Slaughter, who worked for the State Department during the Obama administration. Slaughter's new book is called The Chessboard & the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World. She spoke with us about what it means to be a diplomat in the digital age. Below is an edited transcript of our interview. Ben Johnson: So tell me about this analogy of the chessboard in diplomacy. It's one that's been used for a long time. How has it traditionally functioned? Anne-Marie Slaughter: When people think about states engaging with each other — great powers —the chessboard is the oldest metaphor. Henry Kissinger says the Chinese prefer Go. But the point is you're playing to win and it's all about you make a move, they make a move, you try to anticipate what they're going to do, and counter it before they make it. RELATED: The U.S. spends a lot less on foreign aid than you think What Russian cheese can tell us about the trade deficit Multilateral trade deals? Trump's not just that into them Johnson: So how has all of this changed in the digital age? Slaughter: That chessboard is surrounded by a vast web of networks. Think about criminal networks. We spend as much time thinking about al-Qaeda or ISIS, or any terrorist network as we do any great power. On the positive side, think about corporate networks, global supply chains, and then we have global civic organizations, so if you think about Oxfam or Care. Johnson: At the end of the day, don't a lot of agreements still come to fruition because it's really just a couple of people — the right people — in a room, talking to each other face to face? Slaughter: That's certainly what the government would like you to think. That's a State Department view of the world. It wasn't Secretary Clinton's view. It was a little more Secretary Kerry's view, which is: to really make things happen in the world, you've got to get a bunch of us in an oak-paneled room talking to like-minded people and we'll cut a deal. It's certainly the current president's view. That's not true. We don't just need those few people in a room. Indeed, we can do it without them entirely. We can all essentially engage in our own ki...
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8 handy things to do with your new Google Assistant

Mar 20 6:30am PCWorld Video Podcast
So your Marshmallow-or-better Android phone just got Google Assistant, and when you long-press the Home button for the first time after the update, your new digital helper asks, “Hi, how can I help?” Talk about an open-ended question.Read on for eight easy ways to get started with Google’s chatty servant, from telling it what to call you, to making a shopping list, to turning on Bluetooth and even playing Solitaire.Give Assistant some familiar voice commands ”Open the Kindle app,” “make an appointment for noon today,” “remind me to buy milk,” and “play some jazz”—all familiar Android voice commands from way back when, and most of them will work just fine with Google Assistant.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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The future of startup growth

Mar 20 6:24am The Next Web
When I decided to start freelancing for startups, people kept advising me to always ask for the client’s budget right at the very beginning. So I asked. A lot of exposure? What does that really mean? “Hey man, oh yeah, thanks for asking. Well, as you know we are a startup and we don’t have a budget yet but we’ll give you a lot of exposure.” if someone asks you to work for free “for the exposure” you can tell them people often die from exposure. — 🐀 (@pjrvs) June 26, 2014 While I was spending the early days of… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Simplify and expedite PDF editing with This Apple Editors Choice app (50% off)

Mar 20 6:03am The Next Web
Everyone loves the portability and universality of PDFs, however, that love begins to evaporate when you’re struggling to edit or make changes to a PDF document. If you’re a Mac user, that frustration can end right now with the PDF Expert 2.0 for Mac app, available for only $29.99 from TNW Deals. If you’re looking for pedigree, look no further — this is the one-stop PDF software honored with a prestigious 2015 App of the Year runner-up honor from Apple’s App Store. Couple that with glowing reviews from Macworld and an Apple Editors’ Choice award, and you’re dealing with an… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Uber's No. 2 executive quits after 6 months

Mar 20 5:54am Technology news - CNNMoney.com
Uber president Jeff Jones, formerly chief marketing officer at Target, has abruptly quit the company.
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Sign this petition to help prevent internet blackouts in India

Mar 20 5:12am The Next Web
The Indian government has a penchant for turning off internet access whenever it suits the needs of those in power, whether it’s to prevent citizens from organizing protests, to supposedly maintain law and order in states that are home to separatist forces or even to keep students from cheating on their exams. It’s been happening more frequently over the past few years, having increased from three shutdowns across large areas (sometimes entire states) in 2012 to 30 last year, according to the Software Freedom Law Centre in New Delhi. How bad does it get? The northern state of Jammu &… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Bdrive secures files in the cloud with fingerprints and fragmentation

Mar 20 4:53am PCWorld Video Podcast
Maximum privacy seems to be the goal for the new enterprise authentication and cloud storage services Bundesdruckerei is showing at Cebit this week.The 250-year-old state printer has moved far beyond its origins as a printer of banknotes and, later, passports, offering all sorts of secure digital authentication services.At the exhibition in Hanover, Germany, this week it's showing Bdrive, a way for businesses to securely and reliably store important files in the cloud.Unlike services such as Dropbox, Bdrive doesn't store the files themselves, just metadata about them. The task of storing the files is left to other public cloud storage services.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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The BarkBath gets your dog clean without making a mess

Mar 20 4:35am Cool Tech–Digital Trends
Cleaning a dog in the bath can be stressful for the owner as well as the animal. The portable BarkBath is a $150 machine that its maker claims can get the job done quickly and without making a mess. The post The BarkBath gets your dog clean without making a mess appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Neatos vacuum cleaners can now be controlled with Google Assistant

Mar 20 3:26am Cool Tech–Digital Trends
For anyone who owns one of Neato Robotics' Botvac Connected series, the company has announced integration with Google Assistant. Now users will be able to control their robot vacuum with their voice. The post Neato’s vacuum cleaners can now be controlled with Google Assistant appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Vodafone just inked a deal to become Indias largest mobile carrier

Mar 20 3:11am The Next Web
The past several months have seen India’s wireless services industry hot up like never before, with the entry of Reliance Jio which launched free voice calls on its new service last September and rivals offering deals to woo new customers or maintain their existing user base. That’s how things go in the world’s second-largest mobile market. But now, it’s going to be shaken up by a mammoth deal, as UK-based Vodafone has agreed to merge with local incumbent Idea Cellular to create a new firm with a combined customer base of 395 million subscribers. For reference, that’s well more than… This story continues at The Next Web...
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'Candy-bar' phones will get smartphone features with new Qualcomm chip

Mar 20 3:05am PCWorld Video Podcast
The Nokia 3310 phone, a replica of its iconic namesake, took Mobile World Congress by storm last month. It was a surprising show of enthusiasm for so-called candy-bar phones, which remain popular in developing countries because of their rock-bottom prices.Qualcomm believes there's an untapped opportunity in such feature phones and believes it can bring smartphone-like capabilities to these handsets. So it made the 205 Mobile chip, which will bring LTE capabilities, better graphics, and more responsiveness to candy-bar phones.There is a big need for a chip like the 205, especially when you look at the limited features of the new Nokia 3310. The Nokia 3310 offers only 2G connectivity capabilities for texting and calling, while newer candy-bar phones with the 205 chip will be LTE capable.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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Video shows pilot landing a passenger jet in extremely windy conditions

Mar 20 3:04am Cool Tech–Digital Trends
YouTube has numerous videos showing aircraft coming in to land in windy conditions, but this one is different in that it shows the pilot close-up in the final stages before the plane's wheels touch down. The post Video shows pilot landing a passenger jet in extremely windy conditions appeared first on Digital Trends.
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GelTouch adds a new dimension to touch-sensitive controls

Mar 20 3:00am PCWorld Video Podcast
The problem with a lot of touch-sensitive controls is that the communication is one-way: They can feel you, but you can't feel them. With touch-screen displays it's easy enough, as the button does what it says on the screen. Not all buttons are designed to be looked at as they are pushed, though. Take video-game controllers or car entertainment systems, for example, or some industrial controls. The user's attention is typically elsewhere when these are operated. Manufacturers can mold raised blobs into the surface to show where to press, perhaps even using the shape of the blob to identify the button's function, but that means that, unlike a touch-screen, the number and function of the buttons is fixed from the moment the device leaves the factory.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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How to lower the WhatsApp data usage

Mar 20 2:51am gHacks Technology News | Latest Tech News, Software And Tutorials
The following guide provides you with instructions on lowering the data usage of the popular messaging application WhatsApp. Created for Android devices, you can use the guide if you run WhatsApp on another mobile operating system as well. Applications that you run regularly on your mobile devices can use a considerable amount of data when […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post How to lower the WhatsApp data usage appeared first on gHacks Technology News.
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Vodafone, Idea Cellular to create new Indian market leader

Mar 20 2:05am Reuters: Technology News
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Britain's Vodafone Group and Idea Cellular agreed on Monday to merge their Indian operations to create the country's biggest telecoms business in a bid to contest a brutal price war sparked by new rival Reliance.
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YouTubes Restricted Mode has been filtering innocuous LGBTQ+ content

Mar 20 2:05am The Next Web
A number of vloggers have accused YouTube of filtering their LGBTQ+ content in the platform’s Restricted Mode, reports Gizmodo. The feature is designed to filter out inappropriate content from your feed and uses signals like flags from users as well as age restrictions on videos. And while it’s meant to prevent clips with sexually explicit imagery from being shown to children or other users who opt into the feature, it’s reportedly been hiding videos from LGBTQ+ community members that don’t contain such material. It isn’t clear exactly when this began or why YouTube has begun filtering videos in this manner.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube,LG...
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Japan looks beyond Industry 4.0 towards Society 5.0

Mar 20 2:00am PCWorld Video Podcast
Declining birth rate, aging population, natural disasters, pollution: Do these sound like issues the IT industry can deal with? Japanese businesses say yes, and a number of them are at the Cebit trade show in Hanover, Germany, to explain why. Industry 4.0 -- the building of smart factories in which machines monitor one another and make decentralized decisions about production and maintenance -- has been a theme of recent Cebit shows. Now, under the banner Society 5.0, the show's partner country for 2017, Japan, wants to take the transformation beyond industry, making smart society one of the show's talking points. Behind the drive are some very real societal problems. Japan's population is falling, but the average age of its citizens is increasing. A consequence of a low birth rate and extreme longevity, this is leading to an imbalance between young, active workers and those needing care. But with the country in a seismically active area, and having an ageing industrial infrastructure, this shrinking workforce is likely to deal with natural disasters and incidents of pollution.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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Cebit showcases security after Snowden

Mar 20 2:00am PCWorld Video Podcast
It's almost four years since Edward Snowden leaked U.S. National Security Agency documents revealing the extent of the organization's surveillance of global internet traffic, but he's still making the headlines in Germany.At the Cebit trade show in Hannover, Germany, he'll be looking back at that period in live video interview from Moscow on Tuesday evening.There have been a lot of changes on the internet in those four years, but one of the biggest is the growth in the use of encryption.In 2013, the NSA had free rein and could listen in on almost any communication it wanted. Now, it's commonplace to encrypt traffic to webmail services and even popular websites such as Microsoft.com or Google.com using the https protocol. And you don't have to be an enemy of the state to use an end-to-end encrypted messaging system such as WhatsApp simply to chat with friends.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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McDonalds India asks users to update app after data leak report

Mar 20 1:20am PCWorld Video Podcast
McDonald’s India operation asked users to update their McDelivery app as a 'precautionary measure' after a security firm said it had found that it was leaking personal data of over 2.2 million users.The Indian operation of the food chain, which is owned and managed by franchisees, said in posts on Facebook and Twitter over the weekend that its website and app do not store any sensitive financial data of users.The operation did not admit or deny that there had been a breach, but urged users to update the online ordering app as a precautionary measure. “The website and app has always been safe to use, and we update security measure on regular basis,” according to the post.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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Uber president quits after just 6 months on the job

Mar 20 12:35am The Next Web
Just six months after joining Uber as its president and the head of the company’s ridesharing business, Jeff Jones has thrown in the towel, citing differences in the approach to leadership there. Jones joined Uber in the fall after a five-year stint at Target as the retail giant’s CMO. He replaced board member Ryan Graves, who’s currently in charge of the UberEverything delivery division. CEO Travis Kalanick noted that the two met after he delivered a TED talk in February and was keen on having someone experienced join the company as it worked to “build a global brand infused in… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber...
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Vodafone to merge India operations with Idea Cellular

Mar 20 12:14am Reuters: Technology News
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Britain's Vodafone Group will merge its Indian subsidiary with local rival Idea Cellular within two years, Idea said on Monday.
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IBM launches enterprise-ready blockchain service

Mar 20 12:10am Reuters: Technology News
NEW YORK (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp has launched a service that will allow businesses to build applications on its cloud using blockchain code from the Hyperledger Project, the cross-industry group led by the Linux Foundation.
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YouTube on the defensive after new restrictions on some LGBTQ content

Mar 19 11:32pm MarketWatch.com - Internet Industry News
YouTube responded Sunday night to accusations that it was unfairly hiding videos from the LGBTQ community through its “restricted mode” filter.
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Intel, Others Respond To Vault 7 CIA WikiLeaks With New Security Tools

Mar 19 10:19pm Tech
It's been a little over a week since WikiLeaks made its latest round of revelations; this time around, the bombshell was cyberhacking by the CIA. Even before the dust around the disclosures settle down, U.S. companies responded to the data breach, demonstrating their nimbleness and dynamism. The Case In Brief Last week, WikiLeaks released the first part of a series of leaks code named Vault 7, with the first part termed as Year Zero. The publisher indicated in the leaks that the CIA had used sophisticated software tools to break into smartphones, computers and TVs. The companies whose products were compromised included Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) and SAMSUNG ELECTRONIC KRW5000 (OTC: SSNLF). Intel Springs Into Action Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC)'s security unit McAfee announced the release a detection tool for EFI rootkits following the WikiLeaks revelation. ICYMI ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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