Review: The F200W Shadow is a great GPS drone that’s wonderfully quiet

After checking out a beginners’ drone from Force 1, I was ready to move up to something a little more robust. I wanted a drone with brushless motors, a 1080p camera, and GPS guidance. What I got was an F200W Shadow review unit, and it did not disappoint. The F200W is actually easier to fly than the U34W Dragonfly I previously reviewed, thanks to its powerful motors and GPS — it does most of the hard work for you. You can turn off the “assists,” but then you’d be shorting yourself the joy of achieving a perfect hover. This is a… This story continues at The Next Web …read more… Read More

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The average price consumers are paying for smartphones is going back up — and you can thank Apple’s $1,000 iPhone X (AAPL)

Not too long ago, it looked like smartphones were quickly on their way to becoming inexpensive commodities. Amid a flood of new, lower-priced phones and a shift by wireless carriers in the United States away from subsidizing the cost of devices for subscribers, the average price that consumers were paying for smartphones was dropping sharply. Even Apple, which had stubbornly stuck to the idea of selling premium gadgets, was coming under pressure to stay in step with the broader market and release a cheap iPhone. But a funny thing happened on the way to smartphones becoming disposable devices — prices of late have started to head back up. As we… Read More

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Billionaire George Soros Is Using Blockchain Technology to Help Migrants

George Soros, the billionaire investor and philanthropist working to ease the global refugee crisis, said Thursday that he’s found a new way to help migrants: blockchain technology. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Soros explained how the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin can play important roles in immigration. “Blockchain technology can be put to positive use. And we use it actually in helping migrants to communicate with their families and to keep their money safe and to carry it with them,” Soros told the Davos crowd during a question-and-answer session following his speech. It wasn’t immediately clear how the billionaire was harnessing the technology for these… Read More

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Ubiquitous AR to dominate focused VR by 2022

AR (mobile AR, smartglasses) could approach three and a half billion installed base and $85 billion to $90 billion revenue within five years. At the same time, VR (mobile, standalone, console, PC) might deliver 50 million to 60 million installed base and $10 billion to $15 billion. That’s a pretty big difference, and it all has to do with AR’s ubiquity and VR’s focus. Read More …read more Source:: TechCrunch

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Why is Burger King better at explaining net neutrality than the FCC?

(Credit: AP/Elise Amendola) Burger King released a new three-minute long commercial on Wednesday that attempted to explain the concept of net neutrality using their trademark burger, the Whopper, as a metaphor. In the commercial, an unseen narrator polls people on the street for their thoughts on the net neutrality repeal. All three passers-by express uncertainty over what “net neutrality” means. The commercial then cuts to a Burger King interior where Whoppers are sold in tiered packages, modeling how Internet packages are sold in countries without net neutrality rules, like Portugal. Customers hoping to purchase a Whopper are told that they have to pay $26.99 for faster service, or pay less… Read More

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The Trumps wanted to borrow a Van Gogh painting from the Guggenheim — the museum is offering this 18-karat gold toilet instead

The Trumps requested to borrow a Vincent Van Gogh painting from the Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum. The president and first lady hoped to display it in the Oval Office. The Guggenheim’s chief curator declined the request. Instead, she offered a fully functional, 18-karat gold toilet called “America.” It’s tradition for US presidents to borrow famous artwork from museums in order to decorate the White House. The Smithsonian loaned the Kennedys “The Smoker,” a Eugène Delacroix painting. The Obamas picked abstract works by Mark Rothko and Jasper Johns. In September 2017, the Trumps requested Vincent Van Gogh’s “Landscape With Snow,” from the Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The… Read More

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Intel plans to release chips that have built-in Meltdown and Spectre protections later this year (INTC)

Intel plans to release chips that have built-in protections against the Spectre and Meltdown attacks later this year, company CEO Brian Krzanich said Wednesday. Krzanich made the announcement on a conference call focused on Intel’s latest quarterly earnings report. He didn’t immediately comment on the controversy surrounding his massive stock sale last fall. Intel expects to begin shipping its first chips with built-in protection against the Meltdown and Spectre attacks later this year, company CEO Brian Krzanich said Wednesday. The company has “assigned some of our very best minds” to work on addressing the vulnerability that’s exploited by those attacks, Krzanich said on a conference call following Intel’s quarterly earnings… Read More

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Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is a VR game you can feel and smell

A new VR attraction invites users to strap into a haptic vest, grab a rifle, and embark on a real-world indoor adventure as an undercover stormtrooper from the Star Wars movies. Complete with props, smells, sound effects, and weather, the experience is called “hyper reality” and it looks awesome. Developers at The VOID created the immersive experience using the popular Unreal Engine 4, which also powers games like Fortnite: Battle Royale and movies like Finding Dory and Star Wars: Rogue One (yes, that’s the real K-2SO you see in the footage for Secrets of the Empire). According to The VOID’s… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Lyft employees may have improperly looked at customer data

As Uber goes, so does Lyft, apparently. The ride-hailing company says it’s investigating whether some of its employees abused access clearances and looked into customers’ information, with one saying it went on for “too long.” Lyft confirmed to The Information Thursday it was looking into the allegation after receiving an anonymous tip from a current or former employee at the San Francisco-based company. “Maintaining the trust of passengers and drivers is fundamental to Lyft,” a Lyft spokesperson told The Verge in an email. “The specific allegations in this post would be a violation of Lyft’s policies and a cause for termination, and have not been raised with our Legal or… Read More

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White House gets pushback on plan to phase out space station funding by 2025

The International Space Station has been continuously occupied since 2000. (NASA photo) White House budget plans are zeroing in on zeroing out federal funding for the International Space Station by 2025, to free up money for a Deep Space Gateway in lunar orbit. The plan is already generating opposition from those who want to leave the door open for continued government involvement in the space station beyond 2025, including Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. “If the administration plans to abruptly pull us out of the International Space Station in 2025, they’re going to have a fight on their hands,” Nelson, the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation… Read More

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Occipital closes $12M more as it strives to build a ‘perception engine’

Sensors are growing more and more sophisticated as we build machines that can interpret the world with more precision than we can. Occipital is aiming to do this as effectively and cheaply as possible as it morphs its 3D scanning technology into a product that can do much, much more. The company has closed $12M of what it plans to be a $15M Series C. The round is being led by the Foundry Group. Read More …read more Source:: TechCrunch

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8 top iPhone X accessories

The iPhone X is undoubtedly Apple’s best smartphone to date, dripping with flagship features like wireless charging, Face ID facial recognition, a gorgeous edge-to-edge OLED display, and of course, who could forget those fun-packed Animojis. If you’re lucky enough to have gotten your hands on an iPhone X, you’ll want to make the most of it, which is why we’ve rounded up eight of the very best accessories currently on the market. Whether you’re eager to make the most of the smartphone’s dual-lens camera, or just want to find a pair of awesome wireless headphones to replace those flat-sounding EarPods that came in the box, then you’ve come to the… Read More

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Amazon and Kroger are reportedly duking it out over the ‘Costco for millennials’ company Boxed

Amazon is looking into purchasing bulk e-commerce seller Boxed, according to the New York Post. The Post also reported that grocer Kroger had made an offer to acquire Boxed, but it was rejected. Buying Boxed would help Amazon grow a business it has not yet leaned into. It seems Boxed will soon need to beat off its suitors with a stick. According to a new report in the New York Post, the buy-in-bulk e-commerce site — which some have called the “Costco for millennials — has reportedly drawn the interest of another retail giant: Amazon. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos personally invited Boxed CEO Chieh Huang to visit him in Seattle… Read More

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Juni Learning is bringing individualized programming tutorials to kids online

Juni Learning wants to give every kid access to a quality education in computer programming. The company, part of YCombinator’s latest batch of startups, is taking the same approach that turned VIPKID into the largest Chinese employer in the U.S. and a runaway hit in the edtech market, by matching students with vetted and pre-qualified online tutors. While VIPKID focused on teaching… Read More …read more Source:: TechCrunch

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