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Amazon’s HQ2 stunt could come back to haunt it

The verge - 38 min 37 sec ago

There was always something distasteful about Amazon’s quest to find a home for its HQ2. Even when it seemed like it might be a fair fight, it was depressing to watch so many cities and towns prostrating themselves before a tech giant in hopes they would score a windfall of jobs and infrastructure investments. Today, after a nationwide search, the entire stunt was revealed to be a kind of ruse — Amazon’s singular HQ2 turned out to be a pair of regional offices, and they would be located in two thriving metropolitan areas with strategic significance to Amazon and no dearth of high-paying jobs to start with.

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Supercell’s new game mixes Fortnite and Clash Royale, and it’s out soon

The verge - 2 hours 59 min ago

Brawl Stars is nearing its global launch

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Faster new Intel AI brain sticks into the side of your PC for $99 - CNET

cnet - 3 hours 37 min ago
The Neural Compute Stick 2 uses a Movidius Myriad X artificial intelligence chip and is geared for prototype projects.
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Withings’ Pulse HR is a fitness tracker with a 20-day battery life

The verge - 3 hours 38 min ago

After buying itself back from Nokia and releasing the Steel HR Sport under its own brand in September, Withings is releasing another updated wearable called the Pulse HR. A water-resistant fitness tracker that offers heart rate monitoring, the Pulse HR has connected GPS tracking and a 20-day battery life.

The tracker’s silicone wristband can be swapped with two other colors, and the OLED display can show real-time workout information like calories burned, daily activity goal progress, and smartphone notifications. It can also track sleep patterns, detect sleep duration, and wake up the user with vibration alarms at optimal times during the sleep cycle.

The Pulse HR is an updated version of the Pulse, Withings’ first activity tracker...

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Samsung’s next flagship processor has an NPU for on-device AI

The verge - 4 hours 14 min ago

Samsung Electronics is the latest mobile system-on-chip vendor to start using dedicated hardware for on-device machine learning. The Exynos 9 Series 9820, which will undoubtedly be used in the international versions of the Galaxy S10, has a neural processing engine (NPU) that is claimed to deliver up to seven times faster AI performance than the S9’s 9810. NPUs can be used to speed up tasks like image processing and AR.

Huawei was the first chip designer to announce an SoC with an NPU when it revealed the Kirin 970 last year, and Apple followed quickly with the A11 Bionic; both companies further focused on AI performance with their new Kirin 980 and A12 Bionic chips. Qualcomm, whose Snapdragon 845 chip is found in the US version of the...

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GameStop's Black Friday deals on Xbox One and PS4 start Sunday, Nov. 18 - CNET

cnet - 6 hours 2 min ago
The best thing about the GameStop deals is that they start early.
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Humans are getting bigger, and that means more strain on the world’s food supply

BGR - 6 hours 30 min ago

Everyone knows that obesity is a major health crisis in the United States and many other countries, but humans aren't just getting fatter, we're also getting bigger overall. Humans are getting larger and larger, and the average person is now significantly taller than the averages of decades past.

On top of that, we eat more, and that's bad news for planet Earth.

A new study conducted by researchers with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) reveals that the nutritional demands for the human race are steadily climbing, and not just because there's more of us. Larger people need to eat more, and as humans get larger, that's going to put additional strain on food supplies.

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Humans are getting bigger, and that means more strain on the world’s food supply originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 14 Nov 2018 at 00:08:18 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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B&H is offering $100 off the Apple HomePod ahead of Black Friday

The verge - 6 hours 32 min ago

It’s definitely a good time to pick up a HomePod. Apple just started selling refurbished models for $299.99, while Best Buy will sell the Siri-equipped speaker for $249.99 on Black Friday, and now B&H Photo is offering that same price right now — no need to wait for post-Thanksgiving carnage.

That represents $100 off the sticker price, a startling 29-percent reduction for an Apple product still in its first year on sale. The HomePod isn’t for everyone, as it only really makes sense as a smart speaker if you use Apple Music and are invested in the Apple ecosystem. But its sound quality is amazing for the size, and $249.99 is a great price even if you only ever use it as an AirPlay 2 speaker.

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Judge orders Amazon to deliver Echo recordings to prosecutors for a murder case

BGR - 7 hours 31 min ago

The way that Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant is ready to respond to your queries is that Echo speakers are always listening for the hotword that wakes them up. In other words, Amazon is listening, in part, to your conversations, and sometimes weird accidents happen. But because your Echo is listening, and because they do send recordings of your queries back to Amazon, prosecutors in a case want Amazon to make data from a particular smart speaker accessible to them.

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Judge orders Amazon to deliver Echo recordings to prosecutors for a murder case originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 13 Nov 2018 at 23:06:51 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Drunk online shopper wakes up to live pig, peacock and giant salamander - CNET

cnet - 7 hours 58 min ago
Some advice for you on Black Friday: Don’t drink and buy.
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This casting news just got us a lot more excited about ‘The Mandalorian’ Star Wars spinoff

BGR - 8 hours 34 min ago

Even with what little we knew already about The Mandalorian, a live-action Star Wars spinoff series coming to the Disney+ streaming video service that's launching next year, it definitely sounds like the kind of thing fans of a certain galaxy far, far away will want to check out as soon as it arrives.

The story of an outlaw gunslinger from the planet Mandalore who doesn't follow the beat of the Republic's drum? Yes, please. And now we have a good idea who's lined up to play the title character -- our sister publication Variety reports that Game of Thrones and Narcos veteran Pedro Pascal is in talks for the starring role.

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This casting news just got us a lot more excited about ‘The Mandalorian’ Star Wars spinoff originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 13 Nov 2018 at 22:04:22 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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George R.R. Martin has yet another book series coming to TV - CNET

cnet - 9 hours 4 min ago
This time the lucky platform is Hulu, and the series is Martin's Wild Cards.
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Uber stuck between a rock and a hard place with Saudi investment - CNET

cnet - 9 hours 22 min ago
CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says his company isn't changing anything in terms of its relationship with Saudi Arabia until more is known about the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Jupiter looks like a delicious caramel latte in this awesome new Juno photo

BGR - 9 hours 36 min ago

Hey, want a cup of coffee? I don't actually have one to give you, but it's a nice intro to talk about NASA's latest photo of gas giant and ruler of our Solar System, Jupiter. Juno, the trusty probe that is currently cruising around Jupiter and helping scientists study the planet, delivered a pretty stunning new image recently, and boy does it look tasty.

The image, which was captured on October 29th, shows Jupiter's towering cloud tops in high detail. Those swirling storms stretch deep into the planet, but up top they look like a delicious latte with cream and caramel. And don't argue with me about that.

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Jupiter looks like a delicious caramel latte in this awesome new Juno photo originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 13 Nov 2018 at 21:02:10 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Paradise, California nurse sacrifices his Toyota Tundra to save others from wildfire - Roadshow

cnet - 9 hours 56 min ago
Allyn Pierce turned back to help patients in need at his hospital in Paradise, only to have his beloved Tundra melted by the blaze.
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NASA set to broadcast its first Mars landing in six years - CNET

cnet - 10 hours 21 min ago
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Samsung may be working on a foldable tablet, in addition to its foldable phone

BGR - 10 hours 29 min ago

At this point, Samsung apparently just wants to fold all the things.

In all seriousness, the South Korea-based tech giant sees enough promise in bringing the foldable form factor to multiple mobile devices that it's begun taking more than one serious stab in this direction. The Galaxy F, of course, being the much-hyped first foldable phone that's on the way from the company in March, and a new patent also suggests the largest smartphone maker in the world apparently wants foldable tablets to be a thing, too.

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Samsung may be working on a foldable tablet, in addition to its foldable phone originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 13 Nov 2018 at 20:08:43 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Juul is shutting down on social media, halting retail orders for flavored pods - CNET

cnet - 10 hours 41 min ago
The moves come as the FDA has been cracking down on e-cigarette makers over concerns about underage users.
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Game of Thrones star in negotiations to join the Star Wars universe - CNET

cnet - 11 hours 2 min ago
Pedro Pascal is in talks to join The Mandalorian.
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One of the best Android phones isn’t officially available in the US, but it is on eBay

BGR - 11 hours 32 min ago

Of all the phones that launched last month, only one device features the kind of next-gen features that will only be available from rival devices at some point in the first quarter of 2019. That handset, available in a large number of markets, will never officially launch in the US, and Android fans already know what device I’m talking about. But that device -- Huawei's Mate 20 Pro -- is actually available in the US, unofficially, from eBay.

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