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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