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Jan

Live from Ford’s CES 2018 press conference!


Just over six months ago, Ford’s self-driving chief Brian Hackett became the company’s new CEO, and now he’s giving a keynote address at CES 2018. So does he have anything new up his sleeve when it comes to planning for a future of autonomous vehicles, car subscription services and connected vehicle platforms? We’ll find out more when the speech starts at noon ET.

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9
Jan

Yevo’s premium earbuds are made from illegal firearms


The Yevo X Humanium wireless earbuds and charging case launched at CES 2018 look every bit the kind of premium device that can command a $499 price tag. But they actually use a special kind of metal — the kind that’s melted down from illegal weapons into what the IM Swedish Development Partner is calling Humanium. IM, the brains behind Humanium, works on weapons destruction programs in Guatemala and El Salvador. It conjured up the project as a means to offer financial support to the victims of armed violence in the Latin American region. The organization produced its first ton of Humanium from weapons seized in El Salvador in 2016, but this is apparently the first product crafted using the metal that will be released to the public.

Other than the material used to make them, the earbuds are identical to the Swedish company’s older Yevo 1 wireless earbuds. They connect via Bluetooth, have a 30-foot range and have a listening and call time of three to four hours. At $249, Yevo 1 costs half the Humanium version’s price. But if you have the extra money, prefer the color silver and want to help, then rest assured that Yevo isn’t getting all your money. Fifty percent of the version’s proceeds will go towards funding IM’s work, including fighting for children’s rights and combatting deadly diseases, in 12 countries across the globe.

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Source: Yevo Labs

9
Jan

Misfit slims down its hybrid watch to make the Path


Misfit already makes hybrid smartwatches, but believes that one of the barriers between them and their adoption by the masses is their size. That’s why the company has produced the Misfit Path, its slimmest hybrid with a 38mm case size, that offers activity tracking, vibrating alarms and movement reminders.

Much like its older siblings, the Path can track steps, calories burned, distance traveled and how long you’ve been sleeping. You can also create custom vibration patterns to alert you to text messages, emails or incoming phone calls.

The watch also features an additional pusher designed to act as a Bluetooth remote for your smartphone, letting you play / pause music or trigger the camera. Much like Misfit’s other products, you’ll need to equip it with a cell battery, which is rated for a life of six months before burning out. And, as expected, you’ll be able to take the Misfit Path swimming, since it is water resistant up to 50 meters.

The Misfit Path is available in four colors: stainless steel, rose, gold and stainless steel with gold accents, with prices starting at $150. All of the variants will be available to buy in the Spring from the company’s official website.

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9
Jan

Hulu now boasts 17 million subscribers


Hulu announced today that it ended 2017 with over 17 million subscribers, a whopping 40 percent growth compared to the numbers it released in 2016. That’s a pretty big jump and not only did the streaming service close out last year on a high note, it started this year off with two Golden Globes for its original The Handmaid’s Tale. The show also helped get Hulu 10 Emmys in September and was one of Hulu’s top three watched dramas last year.

Hulu added a lot of content to its lineup in 2017 including the entirety of Futurama, a slew of 90s throwbacks and a selection of NBC favorites like 30 Rock and Parenthood. In total, Hulu’s library now holds 1,700 TV titles and 75,000 episodes. The company also launched its Live TV service, all of which is likely to have attracted more users.

The company plans to keep its growth going this year. CEO Randy Freer said in a statement, “The year ahead is going to be even bigger, as the company invests more in content – live, library and original – as well as technology and data to make Hulu the leading pay TV choice for consumers.”

9
Jan

Overwatch League’s first two seasons will air on Twitch


Blizzard has been putting a lot of work into its upcoming Overwatch professional league it introduced in late 2016. The company spent all of 2017 building it up, announcing teams based in large cities in the US, England, South Korea and China. Days before the league’s first-ever match on January 10th, the publisher announced it’s formed a partnership with Twitch, which will broadcast every match of the first two seasons.

Fans across the world (except those in China) can see the Overwatch League (OWL) games live on Twitch, including playoffs and championship matches, with streams in English, French and Korean. Naturally, the streaming company and Blizzard have cooked up exclusive in-game rewards, likely in the vein of the jerseys the latter recently released within Overwatch to hype up the league.

Blizzard has been aggressively promoting OWL in the past year. The company wants Overwatch to be a flagship eSports title and has added tools to improve the spectating experience as well as introducing an amateur league that will likely feed into OWL. Like all content on Twitch, the OWL matches won’t cost anything to stream. If you want to watch the matches in person, that’s a different story: Every game during the first season will be played at the new Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, which charges admission.

9
Jan

Catch up on all of Sony’s CES 2018 news in 5 minutes


The big names at CES had rather tame press conferences this year, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t make any important announcements. If you missed Sony’s event yesterday, don’t worry: We’ve distilled all of the noteworthy news down to a 5-minute clip. Catch up on all the info around TVs, cameras, headphones, autonomous cars and, of course, that cute little robopup.

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9
Jan

Ford and Postmates team up to deliver orders with self-driving cars


Ford announced at CES today that it has entered a partnership with delivery service Postmates and will begin piloting various programs to see how self-driving vehicles and on-demand delivery can work together. This is the first on-demand delivery app to partner with Ford on a pilot like this and the two will be looking at what both merchants and customers need when it comes to sending and receiving deliveries via self-driving cars.

This isn’t the first delivery test for Ford though. Last year, it began using an autonomous Ford Fusion to deliver Domino’s orders in Ann Arbor, Michigan. With this new partnership with Postmates, Ford says it could not only change consumer experiences but also allow retailers to expand their customer base. “The way commerce is moving around in cities is dramatically changing, and emerging technology will undoubtedly have an impact on the future of on-demand delivery,” Ford said in a Medium post. “With the knowledge we’ll gain from our partnership with Postmates, we anticipate we’ll be able to better deploy self-driving technology in a way that can help people get what they need faster, while also supporting local businesses that are a big part of communities around the world.”

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Source: Medium

9
Jan

Yahoo Sports starts streaming NFL playoff games this weekend


Last month, Verizon signed a new deal with the NFL, exchanging its rights to be the exclusive wireless carrier for NFL games for rights to air games on a wider range of devices. That has led to a few new options for NFL fans when it comes to how they can watch games on their phones and today, Verizon announced that playoff games will be available for viewing on the Yahoo Sports app starting this weekend as will the Super Bowl next month. “Consumers in the US will be able to watch all four playoff games with one click on the Yahoo Sports app,” Oath CEO Tim Armstrong told CNBC.

Following Verizon’s new agreement with the NFL, NBCUniversal was granted rights to stream Sunday Night Football on smartphones and ESPN snagged mobile streaming rights to Monday Night Football. Next season, Verizon says it will also stream preseason games, Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, local market games and playoff matches.

Via: CNBC

9
Jan

Dell and Nikki Reed harvest gold from old laptops for jewelry


Dell’s no longer just an electronics company — it now makes jewelry too (sort of). It has teamed up with actor and activist Nikki Reed on The Circular Collection, which comprises pieces made from gold recovered from Dell computer motherboards. These are 14- and 18-carat gold rings, earrings and cufflinks, mind you, and don’t look like they’ve been remade from waste material at all.

The pieces themselves have a dainty, skinny aesthetic and, true to the collection’s name, each accessory features a round motif. The earrings, for instance, showcase round opals, while the Circle ring is studded with little orbs. The cufflinks are circular, too.

Whether you like the design or not, it’s still nice to see Dell recycle precious materials that would otherwise likely have gone to waste — even if it is for a decent profit. Pieces from the Circular collection start at $88, and will be sold via Reed’s store Bayou With Love.

Dell is also using recycled gold in new motherboards, through a recently verified closed-loop gold process. These reclaimed components will ship in the company’s new Latitude 5285 2-in-1s in March. Dell says it aims to use 100 million pounds of recycled material in its product portfolio by 2020. If you’d like to contribute a laptop to the cause, you can drop it off at any Goodwill that’s participating in the Dell Reconnect program.

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9
Jan

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 hands-on: A sleek showcase of firsts


Last CES, Dell unveiled its first XPS convertible — the XPS 13 2-in-1. This year, the company is expanding its hybrid lineup. In addition to being the first convertible of its size for the series, the new XPS 15 2-in-1 is also one of the first laptops to pack Intel’s Core processor with Radeon graphics. That chipset was teased in November, and incorporates an AMD Radeon GPU with dedicated RAM and Intel’s CPU, allowing for smaller motherboards and thinner devices overall.

Indeed, the XPS 15 2-in-1 is slimmer than its 15-inch competition — its 16mm profile is thinner than devices from HP, Lenovo and ASUS. Since it’s just 1mm less than the clamshell XPS 15, the new hybrid didn’t strike me as noticeably skinnier than before, but it’s still a pleasant device to hold and behold.

Dell managed to whittle away at the profile not only because of the space gained from Intel’s new chipset, but also because the XPS 15 2-in-1 has a maglev (magnetic levitation) keyboard. The setup uses opposing magnets instead of switches or membranes to push buttons back up and makes for very thin keyboard designs. When I tried it out, I found the experience similar to using the butterfly keyboard on my Macbook. Both systems provide satisfyingly “clicky” response despite having close to no travel, although Dell’s version offers slightly more depth.

It’s a feeling you’ll probably get used to over time, and it didn’t affect the accuracy of my typing. Traditionalists who dislike shallower keyboards like this may want to consider the clamshell version or the smaller XPS 13, which got a makeover this year. Speaking of, like the XPS 13, Dell’s new convertible also uses Gore Thermal insulation around the CPU to keep the system cool.

In addition to slimmer profiles, the Intel processor is supposed to provide graphics prowess that’s comparable to systems with discrete GPUs. Dell said that the chipset delivers performance similar to NVIDIA’s mobile 1050 card. I didn’t get to run my own tests at my demo, but the videos that Dell was playing did appear smooth.

The XPS 15 convertible also comes with the “InfinityEdge” display that’s been a hallmark of the series since the first XPS. Like the clamshell, the new 2-in-1 goes up to 4K for its screen resolution, and now supports 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color spectrum. It also features Dell Cinema tech that enables things like HDR playback, surround sound and prioritizing video streaming to prevent lag.

I liked the XPS 15 2-in-1’s display — images looked vibrant and crisp during my hands-on. The narrow bezels also added to its appeal, making the screen look more visually arresting. You can also draw on the display with Dell’s Active Pen, which supports up to 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity as well as tilt detection. The stylus was responsive when I briefly tried it out, although I didn’t test it enough to see if the tilt support allows for more nuanced shading.

The XPS 15 2-in-1 will be available in spring, starting at $1,300. While it’s not entirely a surprise to see a larger sequel to last year’s 13-inch XPS hybrid, it’s certainly refreshing to see Dell offer more than just incremental upgrades. The 15-inch convertible category has strong competition from HP, Lenovo and ASUS, but by the looks of it, the new XPS 15 could very well hold its own.

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