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26
May

The Complete Product Management Bundle is now 79 per cent off


One of the fastest-growing tech skills on the job market today is Product Management, as companies are increasingly understanding the value of a high-level execution professional for success and longevity.

A new 7-course collection will familiarize you with the entire spectrum of vital skills required to excel in the Complete Product Management Bundle, offering a comprehensive set of tutorials aimed at helping you upgrade your skillset and land your dream job as a Product Manager. For a limited time, you can start down the path to success for just £31.45 ($44.99) from Pocket-lint Deals.

Establish essential Product Management skills for B2B companies through the bundle’s 60-plus hours of elite training, as you develop familiarity with the critical elements behind a strategic product marketing plan and beyond. You’ll independently test and launch your ideas without learning how to code, and establish product vision confidence without the hassle of recruiting a technical partner.

The Complete Product Management Bundle will deliver direct resources and techniques for you to sail through the toughest questions in a Product Manager interview, and you’ll even receive a letter of recommendation upon completion. And while qualification is half the battle, finding the right opportunities can be just as daunting.

That’s why the bundle also offers up some valuable insights in finding Product Manager jobs, with access to instructor feedback on your plan once the course is complete. You’ll also receive a personal recommendation from the instructor after a quality demonstration of your plan!

You’ll receive the following courses:

Skillsets to Shift Your Career to Product Management
The Complete Product Management Course
Master the Product Manager Interview – The Complete Guide
The Non-Technical Person’s Guide to Building Products and Apps
Become a Product Manager | Learn the Skills and Get the Job
Product Management: Product Market Strategy
Buyer Personas for Your B2B Business

The Complete Product Management Bundle will help you exceed expectations as a PM and pave the way to success. Pick it up today at a full 79 per cent off from Pocket-lint Deals.

26
May

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 dual-edge expected next, not Galaxy Note 6


We were all excitedly looking forward to the rumoured return of the Samsung Galaxy Note series to the UK with the Note 6 and now we’re hearing it’s never coming. A Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with edge display is reportedly coming next.

According to sources of Korea’s Electronic Times, Samsung wants to bring the Note phablet range in line with the generation name of its flagship S7 and S7 edge handsets. It apparently doesn’t want people to think, by naming it 6, the phone is somehow less advanced than the S7.

It’s also worth noting that Samsung usually unveils its Galaxy Note phablet later in the year, pitting it against Apple’s next iPhone release expected around September. By making the Note a 7, like the next iPhone 7, it should set Samsung head-to-head more competitively, in terms of name at least.

The same report also states that there will no longer be a ‘normal’ Note available but rather just one Super AMOLED dual-curved edge display option.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7, or 6, is expected to appear first in August and feature an IP68 water and dust proof build, 5.8-inch QHD display, 12-megapixel Super OIS Plus camera, and Exynos chip with up to 6GB of RAM and a 4000mAh battery.

READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 6 / Note 7: What’s the story so far

26
May

Stunt flying made easy: Limited-edition matte-black Skeye Nano Drone now 32 per cent off


The massively popular Skeye Nano Drone is back, with an exciting upgrade to the world’s smallest quadcopter.

With a stylish black reskin, the Skeye Nano Drone: Matte-Black Limited Edition is guaranteed to look good in flight as you develop some man aerial-acrobatics skills. At just £25.90 ($39.99) from Pocket-lint Deals (with free worldwide shipping), stunt-flying exhilaration awaits!

Weighing just a half-ounce, the Skeye Nano Drone: Matte-Black Limited Edition is ready to fly, right out of the box. Rookie pilots need not be afraid; the Skeye offers beginner, intermediate and advanced flight modes, assuring a confident flying experience no matter what your skill level. Enjoy 7-10 minutes total flight time per charge, with a flight range of 50 meters.

The LED lights are a UFO-speculating blast at night with friends and loved ones, while crash landings are a bit less cringe-worthy with 4x spare rotors included.

At ‎£25.90 ($39.99) from Pocket-lint Deals, your high-flying adventures are fantastically inexpensive. Get the Skeye Nano Drone: Matte-Black Limited Edition for 32 per cent off for a limited time.

26
May

Stunning Spider-Man style skyscraper climb using LG vacuum cleaner suction alone


If you thought vacuum cleaners were boring, think again. LG has strapped two of its cordless vacs to the back of extreme climber Blair-Coyle who scaled a glass skyscraper using their suction alone to stay attached.

The LG CordZero Sierra vacuum uses lithium-ion battery power so could be used wirelessly as a suction aid. One was used for each hand, and strapped in feet, as Blair scaled the building wearing the retrofitted unit on her back.

The apparently fearless Blair stopped halfway up the 140-metre, 33-story tower for a vacuum system swap-out to keep juiced up with battery power. The vacuum, says LG, can manage a full 40-minutes of power thanks to its 80V battery. Blair reached the top in under 30-minutes suggesting the vacuums may have been overclocked to kick out a bit more power than usual.

Of course all the necessary safety precautions were taken meaning she was roped up should a vacuum cut out. But it looks like the LG CordZero Sierra vacuums are made of some seriously tough stuff and kept her attached.

The Smart Inverter Motor is on average 28 per cent smaller, 24 per cent lighter and 13 per cent more efficient that conventional vacuum motors, says LG.

READ: LG RoboSense CordZero will stalk you like a creepy vacuum cleaner

26
May

Hackers steal $12 million from an Ecuadorian bank via SWIFT


Earlier this week reports showed another round of SWIFT-related cyber heists, this time targeting banks in Ecuador. A new report in Reuters sheds light on what actually happened to the high-tech thieves’ $12-million loot. Apparently, they moved $9 million to 23 banks in Hong Kong and $3 million to Dubai and other parts of the world. Wells Fargo transfered sums with the total value of $9 million to the accounts of four companies at HSBC and Hang Seng Bank based on authenticated SWIFT transactions. The hackers then distributed the money to what are believed to be phoney business accounts.

Similar to the recent Bangladesh and Vietnam bank attacks, the thieves’ scheme involved the use of the SWIFT messaging platform. Banks use SWIFT’s platform to make financial transfers between each other, and cyber thieves typically send out fraudulent SWIFT messages requesting for funds to be routed to dummy accounts.

In Bangladesh Bank’s case, the thieves used the SWIFT credentials of the institution’s employees to request several transfers to accounts overseas. They got off with $80 million, which would have been much larger ($1 freaking billion) if they didn’t misspell the word “foundation.” The hackers could have easily accessed the employees’ credentials, because the bank lacked a proper firewall. It’s not clear if that’s also what happened in Ecuador, but the thieves obviously had the same MO.

American banks are now looking more closely into SWIFT’s security after news of these cyber heists surfaced. SWIFT (which stands for Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) itself is working on a five-point security plan to prevent similar events in the future.

Source: Reuters

26
May

Sony has sold over 40 million PlayStation 4 consoles


Sony has announced a new milestone in PlayStation 4 sales: 40 million. And it says it plans to sell another 20 million by April next year.

Anyone with a basic knowledge of math could’ve worked out the milestone from the company’s annual earning report last month, where it announced it had sold 17.7 million PlayStation 4s over the past year. Add that to 2014’s 14.8 million and 2013’s 7.5 million and that’s — you guessed it — 40 million.

The 40 million figure covers sales up to and including March 31st, and Sony obviously didn’t stop selling PS4s then. That’s why today’s announcement now states “more than” 40 million. In reality, given the pace of sales, we’re probably a couple million over that by now. Either way, the news has the added bonus of being some positive PR as we head towards the annual E3 conference.

Although Microsoft stopped reporting Xbox One sales, third-party statistics have the console at just under 21 million sales. If that’s accurate — Microsoft hasn’t confirmed or denied the figure — then the PlayStation 4 has outsold the Xbox One by around two to one.

Sony is rumored to be announcing a new version of the PlayStation 4, codenamed Neo, at E3 in June, prior to its release later this year. The new console would exist alongside the PS4 as a more powerful alternative capable of displaying 4K content. The Neo would certainly help Sony meet its aggressive target of selling 20 million consoles this financial year.

Source: Sony (2016 Forecast), (2015 Earnings), (2014 / 2013 sales)

26
May

Russia is working on a taxi to the moon


A Russian rocket company has announced that it’s working on a space taxi that’ll shuttle crews from the ISS down to the moon. The plans were announced at an international conference on space exploration just outside Moscow and reported by Russia Today. The craft, provisionally named Ryvok, would be permanently docked on the ISS — or its replacement — transporting cargo and crews to the lunar surface. Each flight would be powered by fuel in an “accelerator block,” brought up from Earth on the back of a Russian rocket. The report explains that it’s likely to be the Angara A5, a heavy-lift vehicle that’s intended to replace the trusty old Soyuz.

Once it’s time to return to the ISS, the craft will blast off the moon for the five-day return journey. In order to slow its speed on approach, the ship will deploy a 55-square-meter “umbrella” that’ll reduce its speed like a parachute on a drag racer. At least, that’s the idea. The craft is expected to be developed by 2021, with the first launches anticipated to take place in 2023. The company is suggesting that its concept would be cheaper and faster to implement, since you don’t have to wait for the Angara rockets to be certified safe for human transportation.

If there’s one thing that’s given us pause, it’s the historical parallel between this Russian plan and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. After all, things were relatively staid on the space station until the crew got their hands on the USS Defiant. After that point, the whole Federation suddenly found itself embroiled in a universe-wide war with a vastly superior enemy. There’s always a slight worry that, mere months after Ryvok docks at the ISS, that humanity, too, will find itself similarly overwhelmed.

Source: Russia Today

26
May

Go Live on Facebook’s Windows 10 app


Rejoice everyone using the Facebook app on Windows 10: Now you can start a Facebook Live broadcast from your tablet or desktop. Pretty neat, right? As WinBeta notes, the update is slowly rolling out, so you might not see the “Go Live” button (screenshotted below) in the status update field just yet. Previously, this was only available via the mobile apps, but we’re living in the future so anything’s possible these days. Who knows, it might not be long before we see the next Chewbacca mask video.

Via: WinBeta

Source: Microsoft Store

26
May

Dish’s HopperGo portable DVR is available today


Nearly five months after its introduction at CES 2016, the HopperGo is finally available to Dish customers. This portable DVR features 64GB of built-in storage, which you can fill with movies and TV shows you’ve recorded on your Hopper 2, Hopper with Sling or Hopper 3 set-top box. The magic of the HopperGo is that it creates its own private network, no internet needed, and allows up to five iOS or Android devices to connect to it using the Dish Anywhere app.

The only downside to the new device is its relatively short battery life, as it only supports four hours of video on a single charge. Still, that should be enough to handle a couple movies or a few show episodes. You can also load the portable DVR with other media, including pictures and videos. Dish is pricing the HopperGo at $99 for subscribers, and you don’t have to worry about paying any monthly fees.

26
May

ZTE’s Axon 7 is a $450 alternative to pricy Android flagships


Last year, ZTE surprised us with the Axon, an all-metal Android phone with surprisingly high-end specs for just $450. But while it was a noble attempt at an affordable flagship, we had issues with its slightly chunky design and lack of storage. Enter the Axon 7, ZTE’s followup which once again aims to take on much more expensive Android phones. It has a luxe-feeling unibody metal case, loads of storage options and a sharp 2K display. And best of all? It’s still just $450.

As soon as I picked up the Axon 7, it felt familiar. Between the slightly curved edges of its 5.5-inch display and its unibody case, I could have sworn I was holding my iPhone 6S instead. It feels natural in your hand, even more so than HTC’s 10. Speaking of HTC, the Axon 7 also shares a few design elements from the One series, from its rear antenna bands to its stereo front-facing speakers. At this point, every phone manufacturer takes a bit of inspiration from the competition (even Apple), so I’m not knocking ZTE.

Part of the credit for the Axon 7’s design goes to BMW’s Designworks, a renowned design firm that’s developed things like insane computing accessories for Thermaltake, a bobsled for the US Olympic team and even BMW’s own X series vehicles. The Axon 7 is the group’s first phone design, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at it.

Under the hood, the Axon 7 is running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor at 2.2GHz, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. You can also add a microSD card for up to 128GB of additional storage. Altogether, it’s a huge improvement over the mere 32GB of non-upgradeable storage from the previous Axon. There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the phone’s back, which at this point is pretty much expected.

Eventually, ZTE plans to release a $639 version of the phone with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a pressure-sensitive screen (similar to Apple’s 3D Touch technology). It’ll have a walnut “composite material” case option, but otherwise the company didn’t have much else to say about that device yet.

While the Axon 7’s screen is still 5.5-inches, it beats out its predecessor’s 1080p display with a quad-HD (2,560 x 1,440 pixel) resolution, and it also uses AMOLED instead of LCD. In typical usage you probably wouldn’t notice a huge difference, but ZTE says it also built the phone with Google’s Daydream VR platform in mind. Since VR pretty much requires low screen persistence (basically, incredibly fast refresh rates and low response times), they had to go with an OLED scree this time around. It’ll also launch a ZTE VR headset alongside the Axon 7.

The Axon 7 packs in a 20 megapixel shooter on its back (with optical image stabilization and a F/1.8 lens for solid low-light performance) and an 8 megapixel camera on the front. It can shoot 4K video at 30FPS, and and 240FPS slow motion at 720p.

As for those dual stereo speakers, they sounded even louder than the Boomsound offerings I’ve heard from HTC. There was a loud corporate event happening right near my briefing with some ZTE reps, and the Axon 7 had no trouble playing music loud enough to drown out that noise. Once again, there’s also a high quality DAC inside the phone supporting 24-bit/96kHz audio. ZTE also packed in Dolby Atmos headphone support, which gives you a few ways to hear audio in virtual surround sound.

ZTE isn’t saying when the Axon 7 will be available yet, but we expect to hear more soon. For now, it’s an intriguing curiosity. It could end up being a solid competitor to the Galaxy S7 or HTC 10 this year. And while it’s more expensive than the beloved OnePlus 2, it still packs in plenty of value compared to most other flagship phones.

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