Apple leak suggests AR glasses are in the works

Apr 20 8:34pm The Next Web
An injury at the Apple campus is the best clue we have so far that Apple is working on AR glasses. After an injury late last month, an incident report mistakenly found its way into the hands of hundreds of Apple reporters. This report found its way to Gizmodo earlier today. Titled “Impact Descriptions Reported in [Santa Clara Valley] from Last Month,” the report contained new information about Apple’s rumored AR project. There’s nothing concrete, but the report confirms that Apple is testing headsets designed to overlay a 3D image into your eye. After BT4 user study, user advised study lead,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple...
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MakeVR is here to steamroll the learning curve for 3D modeling software

Apr 20 8:15pm Cool Tech–Digital Trends
3D modeling software has a notoriously steep learning curve, so Sixense and Vive Studios put their heads together and launched a ridiculously simple CAD program anyone can use. The post MakeVR is here to steamroll the learning curve for 3D modeling software appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Fake heads and robot probes: testing smartphones prior to launch

Apr 20 7:41pm PCWorld Video Podcast
On the shelves of a laboratory near San Francisco sit tanks and tanks of mysterious-looking liquids. Labels identify some as simulations of human heads, while others relate to muscles.It sounds like the ghoulish headquarters of a mad scientist, but it isn't. It's the Silicon Valley offices of UL, a product testing organization previously known as Underwriters Laboratory, and these liquids play an important part in smartphone safety.You might not know UL, but you can probably find its logo on a number of products around your home. Martyn Williams Two UL logos are seen on a computer power supply. The company tests products to ensure they meet safety requirements.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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Plastc goes belly up after swiping $9M from backers

Apr 20 7:19pm The Next Web
Plastc, the card we all wanted in our wallet, is going out of business. The reprogrammable card featured an e-ink display, and stored data from up to 20 other credit cards in an attempt to simplify our cluttered wallets. It was sleek, stylish, and highly-sought after, attracting more than $9 million in pre-orders since launching in 204. And now it’s gone. According to a blog post today, Plastc is closing its doors after two failed funding rounds. Early this year, Plastc sought to raise additional capital to kickstart its launch and fulfill preorders. Its first option, a $3.5 million Series A… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Analyst: Tesla could rake in $7.5B annually leasing batteries to truckers

Apr 20 6:29pm The Next Web
Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently announced his plan to unveil an electric semi truck this September. We’ve known electric semis were coming, but Musk’s announcement beat all but the most optimistic industry analysts. ‘Tesla Semi,’ as it’ll be known, could also see a shift in business models. Estimated to have a 250 to 300 mile range, Tesla could offer battery swaps at specialty stations. In Tesla cars, this takes around 90 seconds. Analysts conservatively predict around five minutes in a truck. Time is money, but five minutes is still quicker than filling up the tanks in a semi. If true,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla...
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Tesla Is Recalling Two-Thirds Of The Cars It Made In 2016

Apr 20 6:18pm BuzzFeed - Tech
Spencer Platt / Getty Images Tesla has issued a recall for 53,000 Model S and Model X electric cars it manufactured in between February and October 2016. The recall, which concerns issues with the cars' parking brakes, accounts for two-thirds of the nearly 84,000 cars the company produced in 2016.The problem affects a gear in the electric parking brake that could, if it malfunctioned, cause the brake to stick in place, according to Tesla's statement. An Italian company, Brembo SpA, manufactured the part. Tesla will replace the brakes in affected cars and said that while customers wait, it's still safe to use their vehicles.The company said in a statement that less than 5\% of cars were likely affected and that no accidents or injuries have been reported. In order to be overly cautious, we are going to be proactively replacing these parts, Tesla said.The company also recalled 90,000 Model S cars in 2015 over concerns about the car's seat belts.Tesla's stock has surged 700\% in recent years, even climbing past Ford's this month. However, Tesla is still not profitable. Ford turned a profit of $4.6 billion in 2016. Tesla's stock fell 1\% at the news of the recall and Ford's is up 2.5\%, but Tesla's valuation is still higher.The company is expected to ship its Model 3 in the summer of 2018, though analysts fear delays, which have plagued the company before. CEO Elon Musk has said he plans for Tesla to make one million vehicles in 2018.
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Amazon may start producing clothing on-demand with patented factory

Apr 20 6:18pm Cool Tech–Digital Trends
Amazon's recent patent approval for an on-demand apparel factory could be an indication of the company's next step. The patented system could also apply to other fabricated products. The post Amazon may start producing clothing on-demand with patented factory appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Mastercard tests fingerprint verification for credit cards

Apr 20 6:16pm The Next Web
Mastercard today announced it is testing a new kind of card which will authenticate users by their fingerprint, no signature or PIN required. With these new cards, up to two fingerprints would be stored on the card’s EMV chip. You put the card in the reader and hold your finger to a section of the card where your template is stored. The cards still work with EMV readers — the standard chip/swipe readers you can find at most stores these days. So signing up for a fingerprint card won’t put you at any disadvantage. Still, despite the obvious advantage of… This story continues at The Next Web...
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MiRo is a robot dog that recognizes faces, provides care to older folks

Apr 20 6:02pm Cool Tech–Digital Trends
Dogs may be a man’s best friend, but MiRo -- a programmable robotic canine -- could well prove to be a geek’s best buddy. Here's how it works, and why it could end up keeping you company in your old age. The post MiRo is a robot dog that recognizes faces, provides care to older folks appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Another smart card bites the dust, as Plastc ends operations and leaves pre-orders unfulfilled

Apr 20 5:41pm TechCrunch » Mobile
 Plastc is throwing in the towel today. The smart card maker sent a message to backers (which now also graces the startup’s homepage) announcing that it’s “exploring options” for filing Chapter 7 and, more importantly, is shutting down all operations as of today. Read More...
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3D-printing technology is making custom prosthetics a reality

Apr 20 5:12pm Cool Tech–Digital Trends
A pioneering research team at Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science is working to create life-changing prosthetics for people in need -- and all thanks to the wonders of 3D printing. The post 3D-printing technology is making custom prosthetics a reality appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Drupal fixes critical access bypass vulnerability

Apr 20 5:09pm PCWorld Video Podcast
The Drupal project has released a patch to fix a critical access bypass vulnerability that could put websites at risk of hacking.The vulnerability does not have the highest severity level based on Drupal's rating system, but is serious enough that the platform's developers decided to also release a patch for a version of the content management system that's no longer officially supported.Successful exploitation of the vulnerability can lead to a complete compromise of data confidentiality and website integrity, but only Drupal-based websites with certain configurations are affected.To be vulnerable, a website needs to have the RESTful Web Services enabled and to allow PATCH requests. Furthermore, the attacker needs to be able to register a new account on the website or to gain access to an existing one, regardless of its privileges.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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18% off AUKEY SoundTank Bluetooth Water Resistant Speaker with 30-Hour Playtime - DealPost

Apr 20 5:05pm PCWorld Video Podcast
Weighing in at just over a pound, the AUKEY Sountank is the ideal lightweight, water resistant companion speaker for your all your adventures. The dual 5 watt speaker drivers  are powered by a 2600mAh rechargeable battery delivering up to 30 continuous hours of wireless audio.  Utilizing the latest in Bluetooth audio with A2DP, improved connection stability, faster pairing, lower latency, and lower power consumption from connected devices when wirelessly streaming audio across distances up to 33ft.  This speaker has a durable silicone casing providing a rugged layer of protection from daily wear and tear.  This speaker recently received a 4 out of 5 star rating (read review).  The Aukey's list price of $54.99 has been reduced 18\% to $44.99. (See it on Amazon)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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Rumor: Intel Will Launch Coffee Lake, Basin Falls Earlier Than Expected

Apr 20 5:02pm ExtremeTechComputer Hardware & Software News | ExtremeTech
Intel may be considering pulling in its upcoming HEDT and desktop refreshes. Current rumors suggest next-generation high-end desktop chips will be demoed at Computex, with Coffee Lake launching six months earlier than previously expected. The post Rumor: Intel Will Launch Coffee Lake, Basin Falls Earlier Than Expected appeared first on ExtremeTech.
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Apple will return heat generated by data center to warm up homes

Apr 20 4:53pm PCWorld Video Podcast
Apple is building a new data center in Denmark, and it has some interesting ideas on how to power the data center with renewable energy, while also giving back to the community.Excess heat generated by the data center will be captured and returned to the local district's heating system, which will warm up homes in the community.The data center in the Jutland region will be partly powered by recycling waste products from farms. Apple is working with Aarhus University on a system that passes agricultural waste through a digester to generate methane, which is then used to power the data center.The digester reaction turns some of the waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer, which Apple returns to local farmers to use on their fields. It's a mutually beneficial relationship, Apple said in its environment report for 2016, released this week.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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Hackers use old Stuxnet-related bug to carry out attacks

Apr 20 4:45pm PCWorld Video Podcast
Users that run unpatched software, beware. Hackers have been relying on an old software bug tied to the Stuxnet worm to carry out their attacks.Microsoft may have initially patched the flaw in 2010, but it's nevertheless become the most widespread software exploit, according to security firm Kaspersky Lab.On Thursday, Kaspersky posted research examining the use of exploits, or malicious programs designed to take advantage of certain software flaws. Once an exploit goes to work, it can typically pave the way for other malicious programs to install onto a computer.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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Microsoft commits to major Windows 10 releases every 6 months

Apr 20 4:24pm The Next Web
Get ready to receive major Windows updates faster than ever. Just a few weeks after shipping the Creators Update, Microsoft says it now plans on releasing new versions of Windows in a “predictable twice-per-year” pattern: once in March, and once in September. The announcement came quietly packaged with a blog post on Office 365 ProPlus – basically, Windows 10 update will align with Office’s enterprise apps now. It seems the change was mainly made to appease enterprise customers who may not be so happy with Windows 10 getting a big feature update at seemingly arbitrary dates. A six month schedule at… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Windows,Microsoft...
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Microsoft May Be Poised To Deliver Highest Top-line Growth In 2 Years

Apr 20 4:22pm Tech
Expectations for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) heading into earnings are high. According to Pacific Crest's Brent Bracelin, Microsoft is expected to deliver its highest revenue growth in two years for three primary reasons. 1. Commercial Cloud Bracelin estimates Microsoft's commercial cloud business will show a year-over-year growth rate of at least 40 percent in the quarter and exceed an annual run-rate of $14.3 billion. While the gross margin rate for the cloud segment is based on the mix of deal sizes, the analyst remains confident it will be in the high-40 percent range ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Shipbuilders stretch beyond classic designs as millennials buy superyachts

Apr 20 4:21pm Cool Tech–Digital Trends
A superyacht commission from a millennial encouraged shipbuilder Rossinavi to go beyond usual conservative designs. Environmental impact, technology, safety, and updated aesthetics matter more to younger buyers than older clients. The post Shipbuilders stretch beyond classic designs as millennials buy superyachts appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Scientists use gene-splicing to create red-eyed mutant wasps, for some reason

Apr 20 4:13pm Cool Tech–Digital Trends
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have introduced a new strain of red-eyed mutant wasp to the world — courtesy of cutting edge CRISPR gene-splicing technology. The post Scientists use gene-splicing to create red-eyed mutant wasps, for some reason appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Analyst: Expect A Retail Bloodbath This Year, And Amazon Not Immune

Apr 20 4:13pm Tech
Wolfe Research analyst Scott Mushkin just bucked the Street. Mushkin downgraded Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) from Outperform to Peer Perform and dropped its 2017 and 2018 EPS estimates to $6.52 and $9.92, respectively. The average rating on the Street is a Buy, with three firms having initated coverage with bullish ratings this year (Loop Capital, Barclays and Aegis Capital), Neeham upgrading to Buy earlier this month and others maintaining their Buys. In a Thursday note, asserting that Amazon “trees don’t grow to the sky overnight,” Wolf Research justified its rating with Amazon’s approaching price target and heightened competition through the end of 2017 ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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ETF Focus: How would you have done investing in online retail, through social media, or like a Catholic?

Apr 20 4:12pm MarketWatch.com - Internet Industry News
Here are three very different funds that celebrated their first anniversary this week, with a look at how they have traded and performed over that period.
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30 days of standing: My experience with a sit/stand desk

Apr 20 4:05pm The Next Web
I’ve avoided standing desks my entire life. Sure, sitting is killing us, but after the initial hoopla wore off, researchers started poking holes in the idea that standing was any better than sitting. Since I had a nice desk already, I had little motivation to upgrade for a non-obvious benefit. And standing desks come with their own set of problems, like joint pain. Standing is better than sitting, it’s hard to argue that. But you might be surprised at how little we know about the benefits of adjusting your work style. You might have heard it burns more calories. It does,… This story continues at The Next Web...
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How to harness OneDrive to keep your Power BI dashboard fresh

Apr 20 4:00pm
By connecting to a dataset located on OneDrive, you can keep your Power BI reports up to date automatically. Here is how to set it up.
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BrandPost: Solving Growing Pains As Smartphones Mingle the Business and the Personal

Apr 20 3:59pm PCWorld Video Podcast
Gone are the days when BYOD was frowned upon by business executives and IT departments. Today, people are using their personal smartphones for myriad business applications at work, as well as to for shopping at home (OK, maybe on their lunch break).Recent data shows that work and personal phone use have truly merged. About three-quarters of all smartphone owners now use their personal devices for business purposes, according to a recent IDG/Heymarket survey, which queried 1,000 personal and business smartphone users. Mobile customer contact is growing among business users, who find it fast and convenient.Mobility is a sea change that goes well beyond the technology itself. People who use a personal device expect a fast, personalized experience at every touchpoint of interaction, whether it’s with a business, a colleague, or a customer.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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Microsoft commits to twice yearly updates to Windows 10, Office 365

Apr 20 3:51pm PCWorld Video Podcast
Microsoft is offering IT pros some new guidance on when they can expect major feature updates for Windows 10, Office 365's client applications, and System Center Configuration Manager.Office and Windows are slated to receive two major patches per year, one in March and the other in September. SCCM will be updated in time with those releases to facilitate deployments. That means the next major update to Windows 10, codenamed Redstone 3, is due out in September.On top of that, Microsoft confirmed that each feature release of Windows 10 will be supported for 18 months after it is first made generally available.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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With Proofpoint Q1 Print Looming, Baird Downgrades

Apr 20 3:41pm Tech
Baird downgraded shares of Proofpoint Inc (NASDAQ: PFPT) to Neutral from Outperform, although the firm did suggest that the timing of the downgrade isn't ideal, given that the e-mail security vendor is scheduled to release its first results after the market closes on Thursday. Sales Challenges Could Be Stifling The firm attributed the downgrade to industry feedback, specifically about acceleration in sales execution challenges, that has left it worried about the calendar year 2017 guidance. Analyst Jayson Noland elaborated that he has been hearing of elevated sales force turnover and frustration surpassing quotas in a smaller territory or with newer, non-core products. The analyst also pointed to companies such as Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) and Nutanix Inc (NASDAQ: NTNX), which suffered ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Google Home rolls out multiple-user support

Apr 20 3:40pm The Next Web
Google Home can now recognize multiple users in a household. Starting today, U.S. users can train their Home hubs to recognize up to six different voices and keep profiles on each individual. According to Google’s Yury Pinsky: We’re adding the ability for up to six people to connect their account to one Google Home. So now when I ask my Google Assistant for help, it can distinguish my voice from my wife’s and I can hear my own personal playlists, my own commute time, my own schedule and more. You can use the Google Home app to train your assistant to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google...
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The Ratings Game: EBay analysts await big changes before diving in

Apr 20 3:40pm MarketWatch.com - Internet Industry News
EBay shares fall 3\% Thursday after one analyst downgraded the online auctioneer and a series of others said they still don’t see enough reasons to turn bullish.
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The Margin: Too soon! one Radio City Music Hall patron shouted as Uniteds business class commercial aired to gales of laughter

Apr 20 3:37pm MarketWatch.com - Internet Industry News
At first, the 6,000-strong crowd at opening of the Tribeca Film Festival sat in stunned silence. Then the laughter began.
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Microsoft will cut services to standalone Office users so theyll subscribe to Office 365

Apr 20 3:37pm PCWorld Video Podcast
When Microsoft launched Office 365 in 2010, Microsoft officials said then that customers were asking to move to the cloud. Beginning in 2020, some Office customers will need to buy Office 365 to do so.In an update to Microsoft’s Office 365 system requirements released on Thursday, Microsoft said that consumers who have already purchased “perpetual”—i.e., standalone—versions of Office, such as Office 2010, Office 2013, and Office 2016, would be cut off from accessing the business versions of OneDrive and Skype after mainstream support expires. Those who have purchases those Office suites will be allowed to connect until Oct. 13, 2020—the day mainstream support ends for Office 2016, and the day the new support policy kicks in. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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The Most Compelling Hail Mary For Comcast: Charter

Apr 20 3:30pm Tech
Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) is frequently rumored to on one end or the other of an acquisition, and BTIG suggested Thursday that it may now be looking to purchase Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR). “We believe Comcast has unique opportunity to make a transformative acquisition given current regulatory landscape,” analyst Rich Greenfield wrote. The firm identified possible targets in Charter, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), Walt Disney Co (NYSE: DIS), Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:...
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EVGA's GTX 1080 FTW2 and SC2 graphics cards get updated with faster memory

Apr 20 3:17pm PCWorld Video Podcast
When Nvidia announced that a new generation of GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1060 cards were on the horizon with faster memory, we assumed that graphics cards makers would offer the step-up models at step-up pricing. Not EVGA.On Thursday, EVGA launched new revisions of its $590 GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2 and $570 GTX 1080 SC2 graphics cards with 11GHz memory. That brings the duo’s memory bandwidth to 352GBps, up from 320GBps in the original iterations. And get this: These replace the originals at the same pricing, rather than being an upsell.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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Pacific Crest Previews Alphabet's Q1: We Recommend Buying

Apr 20 3:14pm Tech
Ahead of Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL)'s first-quarter results, Pacific Crest Securities, a unit of KeyBanc Capital Markets, recommends buying of the shares of the company. The recommendation follows its conversations with advertisers, which have served to reinforce its confidence in search advertising and ease concerns around YouTube. The company is scheduled to release its first quarter results after the market close on April 27. Q1 Preview Analysts Andy Greaves, Evan Wingren and Tyler Parker expect the company to report revenues in line with the consensus estimate of $19.8 billion, with net ad revenue growth expected to remain relatively stable at 17 percent. Helped by continued ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Pinterests Tim Kendall will talk the future of advertising at Disrupt NY 2017

Apr 20 3:09pm TechCrunch » Mobile
 Snap has finally gone public and it’s worth more than $20 billion. Facebook continues to be an advertising behemoth. Google still owns the search ad universe. So is there room for another — specifically, Pinterest? We’ll find out some of the tricks Pinterest has up its sleeves in May. Today, we’re excited to announce that Pinterest president Tim Kendall will sit down for… Read More...
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Twitter Locks Trump Associate Roger Stone's Account, Again

Apr 20 3:03pm BuzzFeed - Tech
Roger Stone is back in Twitter's penalty box.Stone, a confidant to President Donald Trump and former adviser to his campaign, had his Twitter account temporarily locked again this week after tweeting I'm watching you and know what you're up to. Better watch your ass to Media Matters communications director Laura Allison Keiter on Wednesday afternoon. Twitter locked Stone's account in March following another rules violation.Reached via Twitter, Keiter forwarded an email she received from Twitter Thursday morning confirming it locked Stone's account. Laura Allison Keiter Twitter's in the midst of a scotched earth campaign against harassment on its platform. In recent months, the company has rolled out a number of anti-harassment tools including keyword filters and a new disciplinary measure that temporarily throttles the reach of users it believes are targeting others for abuse. In December, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said fighting harassment is the company's top priority.Roger Stone did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
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Assessing the Potential of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

Apr 20 3:00pm Latest Articles in Technology
Recent technological advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) are disrupting a range of industries from manufacturing, to health care, defense, and transportation. To better understand the potential growth of these revolutionary technologies, we explore the following questions: What are robotics...
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Qualcomm: First Windows 10 ARM PC coming in the fourth quarter

Apr 20 3:00pm PCWorld Video Podcast
If you want a Windows 10 PC that doesn’t have an x86 chip from Intel or AMD, your wish will be granted in the fourth quarter.Qualcomm said the first cellular laptop with Windows 10 and its ARM-based Snapdragon 835 will come by the end of the year.“Our Snapdragon 835 is expanding into mobile PC designs running Windows 10,” and it’s scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter, said Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm, according to a transcript of a Wednesday earnings call posted on Seeking Alpha. Until now, Windows 10 has worked only on x86 chips. Qualcomm and Microsoft are collaborating to make the ARM-based Windows 10 PCs.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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Three Computer Games That Make Assembly Language Fun

Apr 20 3:00pm IEEE Spectrum Geek Life Channel
Human Resource Machine, TIS-100, and Shenzhen I/O teach low-level coding...
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Newegg is selling this slim 23-inch 1080p monitor for $115

Apr 20 2:42pm PCWorld Video Podcast
Newegg has a good deal on an attractive monitor today: The company is selling Asus's 23-inch VZ239H frameless 1080p display for $115. You can further drop the overall price by $10 if you take advantage of the rebate offer.This IPS panel features a 178-degree viewing angle, 5ms response time, and 1920-by-1080p resolution, and it measures just 0.276 of an inch at its thinnest point. The bezel around the front of the monitor is also very thin, so you can use two or three of these displays together for a more seamless multi-monitor visual experience. Newegg is currently limiting this sale to two monitors per customer.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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Spotify ensures independent artists are on board with fresh deal

Apr 20 2:31pm Reuters: Technology News
STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Reuters) - Music streaming service Spotify said on Thursday it has renewed a nine-year-old licensing deal with independent digital agency Merlin that has proven essential to its enduring appeal to dedicated music fans even as it has become more mainstream.
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Microsofts target: Two Windows 10 feature updates per year

Apr 20 2:17pm gHacks Technology News | Latest Tech News, Software And Tutorials
Microsoft announced today that it plans to release two feature updates for Windows 10, Office 365 ProPlus and System Center Configuration Manage per year. The company will align release schedules for future Windows and Office 365 ProPlus releases, and targets March and September of each year for those releases. What's particularly interesting about that from […] 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 Microsoft’s target: Two Windows 10 feature updates per year appeared first on gHacks Technology News.
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Unofficial Patch Unblocks Windows 7 and 8.1 Updates for Kaby Lake and Ryzen

Apr 20 2:15pm ExtremeTechComputer Hardware & Software News | ExtremeTech
Microsoft has started disallowing Windows 7 and 8.1 updates on machines running the latest hardware. One developer has had enough, and is releasing a patch to help users get around this artificial blockade. The post Unofficial Patch Unblocks Windows 7 and 8.1 Updates for Kaby Lake and Ryzen appeared first on ExtremeTech.
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Unofficial Patch Unblocks Windows 7 and 8.1 Updates for Kaby Lake, Ryzen

Apr 20 2:15pm ExtremeTechComputer Hardware & Software News | ExtremeTech
Microsoft has started disallowing Windows 7 and 8.1 updates on machines running the latest hardware. One developer has had enough, and is releasing a patch to help users get around this artificial blockade. The post Unofficial Patch Unblocks Windows 7 and 8.1 Updates for Kaby Lake, Ryzen appeared first on ExtremeTech.
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Apple Prototype Smartglasses Giving Employees Eye Pain: Report

Apr 20 2:13pm Technology - Investor's Business Daily
Apple appears to be working on smartglasses with a wearable display, but the device has caused eye pain for at least a couple of testers, according to a report.
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Zara drops skirt over internet hate symbol

Apr 20 2:05pm The Next Web
Fashion giant Zara is in hot water as it may have sold a denim skirt with infamous internet meme Pepe the Frog sewn to it. The New York Times reported that Zara took the skirt in question off of its website after savvy customers pointed out the similarities. It’s not hard to see why it’d want to avoid a comparison: Pepe was officially recognized as a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League last year due to its frequent association with online racism and antisemitism. The New York Times gives the artist who designed the skirt, Mario de Santiago, the benefit of the doubt. They cite his Spanish nationality as… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Saints Row II is free on GOG, but not for long

Apr 20 2:00pm PCWorld Video Podcast
It’s a good week for free games, huh? Blizzard’s handing out free copies of StarCraft, and just down the block now we’ve got GOG.com giving away the slightly less essential, but still fun Saints Row II. You know, the Saints Row game that was still about a street gang doing street gang things and not like, riding a rocket into space or curing cancer or whatever.To grab Saints Row II for free simply head on over to GOG.com, look for the pertinent banner, and then click the big “GET FOR FREE” button. Pretty simple.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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Microsoft commits to a permament schedule for new Windows 10, Office updates

Apr 20 1:56pm PCWorld Video Podcast
Microsoft said Thursday it will commit to a strict schedule for Windows and Office feature updates: every September and March. It's a concession to IT administrators that will ripple down to all users.The company said it would hew to a “predictable” twice-per-year schedule for both platforms, though there’s still a little wiggle room: Microsoft didn’t specify exact dates within those months. As per the new schedule, the next Windows update, code-named Redstone 3, will be released in September.Technically, Windows 10, Office 365 ProPlus, and Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager are all being aligned on the same schedule. That actually means fewer releases for the basic enterprise version of Office and Office 365 ProPlus, which typically get new feature updates three times per year. Microsoft said it would extend ProPlus support, though, from 12 to 18 months. (The ProPlus subscription includes the standard Office apps like Word and PowerPoint, but excludes some Office services like SharePoint, Yammer, Skype, and Teams.) Consumers who subscribe to Office 365, however, will continue to receive updates more frequently.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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Our favorite interactive and unique exhibits at the New York Auto Show

Apr 20 1:49pm Cool Tech–Digital Trends
We already brought you the latest news on current and future vehicles and concepts, and now we take you along for some of the more fun exhibits and booths at the 2017 New York Auto Show. The post Our favorite interactive and unique exhibits at the New York Auto Show appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Ghacks Deals: The Four Volume Cyber Security Bundle (92% off)

Apr 20 1:27pm gHacks Technology News | Latest Tech News, Software And Tutorials
The Four Volume Cyber Security Bundle is an eLearning course divided into four volumes covering network security, stopping hackers, anonymous browsing, and end point protection. As far as specs are concerned, all courses are designed for users of all experience levels and access is granted for life. Here is an overview of the included volumes: […] 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 Ghacks Deals: The Four Volume Cyber Security Bundle (92\% off) appeared first on gHacks Technology News.
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Pivotal's Brian Wieser Previews Q1 Earnings For Big Media Brands

Apr 20 1:27pm Tech
Ahead of first-quarter results from video-centric media conglomerates, Pivotal Research said the key issues will relate to over-the-top content consumption and distribution, the consequences of distributor consolidation, compressing margins due to high programming costs and tepid ad spend from large marketers. Analyst Brian Wieser said investors may look at opportunities for national TV owners to recapture digital budgets, given concerns around brand safety in digital environments. The analyst also noted excitement around the potential of audience targeting and extensions to Nielsen's measurement system to drive advertising growth. However, the analyst thinks this is unlikely, as the pie for TV spending is relatively fixed. M&A and consolidation opportunities will exist in the background given recent comments by Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) CEO, but then so too will concerns about macro-economic conditions, tax policy and other government policies which may impact the current business environment, the analyst said. Wieser also outlined the changes to his models. Value In Twenty-First Century ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Outside the Box: Amazons Bezos could teach large companies a thing or two about strategy

Apr 20 1:26pm MarketWatch.com - Internet Industry News
McKinsey’s Yuval Atsmon, expanding on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ letter to shareholders, says all employees, not only the top echelon, must think strategically to avoid becoming irrelevant.
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Liliums new VTOL jet puts you a step closer to flying to work, Jetsons-style

Apr 20 1:15pm Cool Tech–Digital Trends
German startup Lilium Aviation says it has completed test flights on the world’s first electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) personal jet at a private airfield in Bavaria. The post Lilium’s new VTOL jet puts you a step closer to flying to work, Jetsons-style appeared first on Digital Trends.
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US FCC ends price caps on many business data lines

Apr 20 1:06pm PCWorld Video Podcast
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to deregulate the providers of the business data lines connecting broadband service to many small businesses, schools, hospitals, and ATM machines.The deregulation of business data services, or BDS, could mean broadband price hikes for those businesses as well as for mobile phone customers, critics said. BDS provides the backhaul that connects mobile towers to the wired internet.The commission's 2-1 party-line vote ends price caps on much of the BDS market across the U.S., while retaining price regulations in about a third of the country.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
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Q1 Earnings Results Collide With Geopolitics And Oil

Apr 20 12:59pm Tech
It’s an earnings extravaganza today on Wall Street, with the market likely to focus on quarterly results from a number of big names. Stock futures pointed to a higher open after a few stalwarts reported better than expected quarters, but a few others failed to meet expectations. Meanwhile, geopolitics continues to cause anxiety, and yesterday’s big sell-off in crude oil may also be on investors’ minds. From an economic data standpoint, the Philadelphia Fed Index came in at 22.0, below expectations, and weekly jobless claims of 244,000 were about as expected. Some of the stocks that beat Wall Street analysts’ estimates and possibly helped boost futures prices included American Express Company (NYSE: AXP), QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) and CSX Corporation (NASDAQ: CSX). On the other side of the coin, results failed to meet expectations for Travelers (TRV) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ). There aren’t a lot of major companies reporting after the close, but Visa Inc (NYSE: V) is in the mix, following in the fumes of AXP. Crude oil popped up a little early Thursday after falling nearly 4\% the day before. Weak oil helped push energy sector prices down Wednesday, making that the poorest-performing sector. Oil prices had been slipping even before Wednesday, but heavy selling late in the session could have been technical, as falling prices might have triggered some stop orders. Today’s slight recovery in crude seems to reflect hopes that Saudi Arabia could extend production cuts. The other bearish factor Wednesday was another disappointing earnings report from a bellwether company. Earlier this week, it was Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS). ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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