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Flying food comes to Iceland with a fully operational drone delivery system

The drones are coming—and they have your lunch. Drone technology company Flytrex just teamed up with AHA, which is basically Iceland’s version of Seamless, to bring food to hungry Reykjavikers via drone. Simply place your order for chili con carne on AHA, and soon one of Flytrex’s flying drones will drop it off at your house or office.  The … <a href="" class="more-link">Continue reading “Flying food comes to Iceland with a fully operational drone delivery system”</a>

Danny Glover is advising Airbnb's diversity efforts

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How the Galaxy Note 8 stacks up against iPhone 8 and iPhone 7

How does the Galaxy Note 8 stack up against iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and the upcoming iPhone 8? Find out right here.

Heart-wrenching 'Overwatch' short reveals Mei's backstory

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If virtual reality is going to go mainstream then it needs some big title launches. Bethesda is about to offer VR gamers three of the biggest.

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Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8: In pictures | ZDNet

Existing Note owners are in for a big -- quite literally -- upgrade with the launch of the Note 8 on Sept. 15. We go hands-on.

Samsung confirms it’s working on a smart speaker

Samsung is already working on getting into the smart speaker market. DJ Koh, president of Samsung’s mobile division, confirmed the news to CNBC today at its Galaxy Note 8 event, saying the product would launch "soon." That timeline isn't specific, but at least it's something. Koh says he's already working on the device and wants to create a "fruitful user experience at home with Samsung devices, and [he] want[s] to be moving quite heavily on it."

Elon Musk reveals first official photo of SpaceX space suit

Elon Musk has posted the official first photo of his SpaceX space suit on Instagram , teasing that more details will come in a few days. Musk says the suit actually works, and was tested to double vacuum pressure. The suit itself is very white and very spacey, and Musk acknowledges that it was “incredibly hard” to balance the suit’s look and its function.

The Note 8's stylus has some neat new tricks

Samsung has equipped the latest iteration of the stylus with a few cool new tricks. One of the best features is the live translate tool. Simply hover the S Pen nib over a word on screen and, using Google's translate technology, you'll see the translation hovering above the word. You can select the language you want it to translate to, of course, and there's also the option to select entire sentences.

Walmart Partners With Google for Voice Shopping

If using your voice you can order one product at a time, or you can add lots of products to your cart that way and complete the purchase later using the app. Walmart also integrated its Easy Reorder feature into Google Express allowing for simple repeat purchases.

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Our First Look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

We'll get to the hand-wavey What It All Means stuff in a second, but first, a rundown of what you need to know: The Note 8 is, to use a technical term, stupid powerful. It runs the same Samsung Exynos 8895 processor as the Galaxy S8, along with 6 gigs of RAM and 64 gigs of built-in storage. (You get an SD card slot, too, in case you decide to download all of YouTube to your phone.) The 3300mAh battery, which Samsung execs swear up and down has gone through internal testing, external testing, and work with Underwriters' Laboratory, provides more juice than most phones. The phone also supports wireless charging, Samsung's latest security features, and two-apps-at-a-time multitasking. It even features a new multitasking mode that lets you save pairs of apps—calendar and email, Chrome and Evernote, Netflix and Excel—and quickly open them together.

Samsung to face off against Apple's 'iPhone 8' with 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 8

Looking to finally eclipse last year's fire-prone Galaxy Note 7, Samsung on Wednesday announced the Note 8, which should ship to the U.S. on Sept. 15. [Updated with pricing] The Note 8 includes a 6.3-inch, 2,960-by-1,440 OLED "Infinity" display, 6 gigabytes of RAM, and in the U.S. an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. In other countries, the phone has a Samsung Exynos chip. The front includes an 8-megapixel f/1.7 camera, while the back sports two optically-stabilized 12-megapixel cameras —one a wide-angle f/1.7 module, the other a telephoto shooter with aperture topping out at f/2.4. Turning on "Live Focus" will selectively blur backgrounds, much like the Portrait mode on Apple's iPhone 7 Plus, while "Dual Capture" will stitch together images from both rear cameras while also saving them individually. Another Apple-like feature is "Live Messages," which will send messages written with the Note's S Pen as GIFs that animate the way they were drawn. Storage options include 64, 128, or 256 GB of flash storage, expandable via microSD. Among connection options are Bluetooth 5.

With Galaxy Note 8, Samsung hopes to smother battery debacle

If the Note 8 follows the same pattern as the Galaxy S8, Samsung will have closed the book on the battery concerns. The company's executives hope it'll be able to win over a larger share of projected 50 million US customers who are due to upgrade their phone this year -- many of them iPhone users -- suggesting some of its swagger is back.

All the companies from Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 Demo Day (Day 2)

As a result, we once again braved the traffic of the 101 to bring you all the companies presenting on the second of Y Combinator’s day of demos, for what is the 25th batch of startups that have gone through the program.

A former CIA agent is crowdfunding an attempt to buy Twitter just to ban Trump

Proceeds from this campaign will be used to buy a controlling share of Twitter. If we can't get a majority interest, we'll explore options for buying a significant stake in the company and champion this proposal at the annual shareholder meeting. If that's impossible for any reason or if there is a surplus from this campaign, 100% of the balance of proceeds will be donated to Global Zero , a nonprofit organization leading the resistance to nuclear war.

Whole Foods shareholders approve sale to Amazon

Buying Whole Foods gives the world's largest online retailer a foothold in the $700 billion U.S. grocery market, key for it to grab a greater share of shoppers' wallets. It also gives Amazon more than 465 brick-and-mortar stores where it could showcase products and ready packages for home delivery.

Women-First App Bumble Turned Down $450 Million Buyout Offer From Dating Giant Match Group

Women-First App Bumble Turned Down $450 Million Buyout Offer From Dating Giant Match Group   —  Dating app Bumble has turned down a $450 million acquisition offer from Match Group, Forbes has learned.  —  Match Group, the umbrella company which owns Bumble competitors including …

14 Twitter’s #hashtag is turning 10

Well, today Twitter is celebrating 10 years of arguably one of its most popular, controversial and consistent features by using of course, #Hashtag10.

Apple said to be prepping self-driving employee shuttle service

The report says Apple will use an existing commercial vehicle, equipped with autonomous tech it develops, to both offer service to employees and test its self-driving chops. This is not unlike what others in the autonomous vehicle space have done, including Waymo, and recently Cruise, which is offering its employees an autonomous on-demand ride hailing service that covers all of San Francisco.

Fall Creators Update hitting the home straight with focus on stabilization

This has a somewhat greater significance than was the case for prior Windows 10 updates because of the "Skip Ahead" scheme Microsoft introduced a few weeks ago. Most members of the Insider Program will continue to receive Redstone 3 builds and head toward stabilization and finalization for the Fall Creators Update release. Those who opted in to the (limited) Skip Ahead group, however, will imminently be switched to a different Windows branch. This branch will begin development of the Redstone 4 release that's due in March 2018.

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Samsung will unveil its next Gear S smartwatch on August 30th

This might not be Samsung's only wrist-worn device at IFA either. Leaks have pointed to a Gear Fit 2 Pro in the works, and Samsung itself inadvertently posted a listing for the device (since taken down) before the Note 8 event began. Based on that page, the Gear Fit 2 Pro would revolve around swim tracking, with a 5 ATM water-resistant design, and stat tracking through a Speedo app. You'd also get a more traditional watch buckle (to keep the device on your wrist mid-swim) and offline Spotify music playback. There's no guarantee that the Pro will debut at IFA, but it makes sense as a complement to the Gear S line.

How to move from CrashPlan for Home to another backup solution

Because CrashPlan comprises local computer, networked, peer-to-peer, and cloud-based backup software and services, it’s possible you will need multiple methods to replace it. I recommend for most people that you have a clone of your system, an offsite clone or archive, and a cloud-based archive. (The clone allows a quick recovery from a failed or corrupted drive; the offsite clone can offer a similar benefit for a stolen computer or one destroyed in a disaster. If you encrypt your backup drive, you don’t have to worry as much about it being stolen from an offsite location, too.)

What Makes a Truly Great Leader

What makes a great leader? How can leadership be developed into a force for true achievement? The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations explores successful leadership through the personal and professional choices of the most influential people in business. Renowned financier and philanthropist David Rubenstein travels the country talking to leaders to uncover their stories and their path to success. Each episode features an interview with one business leader.

Facebook's mobile apps now take 360-degree photos

Standalone cameras and apps that can take 360-degree photos and videos are a must if they're essential to your job or if they fit your lifestyle. But if you find yourself taking spherical images merely once in a blue moon, you may not need them at all. Facebook's iOS and Android apps can now capture 360-degree photos without the help of a third-party application or an extra device. All you have to do is launch the app and pick the " 360 Photo " option at the top of your News Feed. Press the blue button and follow the path on screen to complete a full spherical image -- you can then choose the photo's starting point.

Identity fraud hits 'epidemic levels'

Fraud prevention service Cifas today revealed 89,000 identity frauds have been recorded in 2017 so far -- a record rise of 5 percent over last year. The number of cases of fraudsters trying to target Brits' bank accounts or plastic cards have fallen, but scammers are now better at finding your details online and using that information to spend your money without your knowledge.

Galaxy Note 8 leaves the big risks to Apple’s next iPhone

From what I've seen of the Note 8 so far, it stands a fighting chance at doing all three. The phone itself satisfies all the requirements of today's modern, high-powered handset, with its bright, 6.3-inch screen, twin rear cameras with portrait mode, a top-of-the-line-processor, wireless charging and water resistance. There's also external storage and its S Pen stylus has a handful of new tricks you can use to write, draw and navigate the screen. And did I mention the headset jack? There's one of those, too. (Nudge, nudge, iPhone 7 .)

FTC approves Amazon’s $13.7 billion Whole Foods acquisition

“The FTC conducted an investigation of this proposed acquisition to determine whether it substantially lessened competition under Section 7 of the Clayton Act, or constituted an unfair method of competition under Section 5 of the FTC Act,” Bruce Hoffman, the acting director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition said in a statement. “Based on our investigation we have decided not to pursue this matter further.”

Bran = Night King is the wildest 'Game of Thrones' theory yet

This theory also parts with Jon snow being the prince that was promised, who eventually has to kill his little brother Bran (Night king cannot kill Jon Snow at Hardhome then, can he?), giving us a bittersweet ending.

Here's How Much the Note 8 Costs Since Samsung Didn't Say [Update: Samsung Said]

As expected, today Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8 , its follow up to the catastrophic Galaxy Note 7. It looks pretty sweet! The company was noticeably mum about pricing at the launch extravaganza, and told us nothing of price in briefings leading up to the event. Why? Well, it might have to do with that price tag. This phone might be incredible, but you better check with your financial planner before you buy one.

27 Galaxy Note 8 vs. Galaxy S8, S8 Plus: What's the difference?

In addition to the bigger size, the Note 8 features a second rear camera and the signature S Pen stylus, which differentiates it from other Galaxy phones. To see how else it stacks up against its Samsung brethren, check out the spec chart below.

Here’s how the Galaxy Note 8 stacks up against the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8

It’s been a long road for fans of Samsung’s Galaxy Note phones, but the Note 8 is finally here. Combining the stunning design of the S8 with the iconic S Pen and the biggest screen Samsung has ever put on a phone, the Note 8 looks like it could be the ultimate phablet-style device.

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On the hunt for Facebook's army of fakes

If someone wants to quickly increase their page's number of likes, they can also purchase them from farmers for between around $10 (£7) and $100 (£70) per 100 likes, depending on whether they want to target specific regions. For example, likes from US-based accounts are usually more expensive. You can even buy entire pre-liked pages with large numbers of followers that you can then adapt to promote your own organisation. While these paid-for likes may not come from engaged customers, they can make the page or its owner appear more popular, in turn increasing its appeal to potential customers or followers.

ACCC should try explaining NBN speeds to grandma | ZDNet

So theoretically, it would be possible to have a 1Gbps fibre-to-the-home plan labelled as a "standard evening speed" service where the ISP had decided not to provision adequate bandwidth at a point of interconnect, and conversely have a properly provisioned 100Mbps fibre-to-the-node service labelled "premium evening speed".

Americans slept worse than usual after the eclipse

Watching the sun slowly get swallowed up by the moon may have been fun, but it seems to have had an adverse impact on our sleep. According to data from Eight , a mattress brand that tracks the sleep data of more than 10,000 people with its app-connected mattresses, Americans slept poorly on Monday night. On average, Americans went to sleep an hour and 23 minutes later than usual . They also tossed and turned 32% more than on the previous 90 days.

Here's everything leaving Netflix in September that you need to watch right now

"Jackass: The Movie."Paramount Pictures Netflix has announced the titles that will be leaving its streaming service in September, so make sure to catch a few of these movies and TV shows before they're gone.

Want to drive Elon Musk’s tunnel boring machine? Sell some Teslas

Tesla’s referral program is a key ingredient to its brand success – it rewards owners for recruiting new buyers, with benefits like invitations to special events, including the recent Model 3 employee handover. Now, a new Level 2 bonus for people who recruit the most has been discovered by Teslarati : A chance to drive a Boring Company tunnel borer.

Why are they called the 'dog days' of summer?

Contrary to popular belief, the dog days of summer have nothing to do with weather or temperature. They just usually happen to fall on the hottest days of the year — even though plenty of our hottest days occur after August 11, causing many to misidentify the dog days as the final weeks of summer. Friends, that's just not true!

These Young Entrepreneurs Are Focusing Their Efforts On The Sustainable Development Goals

So this year, the YSI organizers took a different approach. Instead of welcoming 20 entrepreneurs, all of whom applied on the strength of their own ideas and concepts, and giving them just a week to meld them together into functional business proposals, YSI this year broadened the applicant pool to 25 under 25, divided up the winners into teams based on their interests in March, and gave them five months to begin their proposals via video conference. The application process involves a series of open-ended questions; Strøhm says the organizers were looking to find people with similar passions and unique ways of thinking and executing business proposals to create dynamic teams. At the Oslo conference this year, the teams are working on hammering out the details of their proposals under the tutelage of entrepreneurs and creatives like Keith Sawyer , author of the book Group Genius , and meeting with investors and businesses that can provide technical assistance and funding for a pilot.

How to let customers text message your business after they search it on Google

Does your business respond to texts from customers? If so, what system do you use to handle this? Is the feature part of a customer relationship management system, or does your phone system support texting? Let me know what your experience with texting customers has been! Add comments below or let me know on Twitter ( @awolber ).

Librem 13 laptop review: physical security for the paranoid

And before you ask: yes, I do feel like a bad person for saying mean things about this computer. To me, Linux represents everything that's worth rooting for in the technology world, a free and open source operating system that's not tied to serving the interests of a specific corporation. And the open hardware movement has an opportunity to make safer, more customizable, and more bespoke computers than big companies can be bothered to build. I want to live in a world where I can buy a good computer that I enjoy without having to give AppleGoogleMicrosoft my money or all my personal data. This Librem 13 feels like the Early Access version of that future, and apparently I can't be bothered to deal with the trade-offs. Which makes me part of the problem, and I'm sorry for that.

Meet the Disloyal Man, star of the internet's new favorite meme

So is the disloyal man a hero or a villain? Well, that depends on which meme you're looking at — you'll have to make that moral determination for yourself. Also, he's not a real person. He is just a character from a stock photo. And he kind of looks like a chorus member in High School Musical.

Samsung is giving Note 7 owners a hefty discount on the Note 8

If you were one of the millions of people who had to give up the recalled Galaxy Note 7 , fret not, because Samsung has your back. Today, as part of its Unpacked 2017 event in NYC , the company revealed that those of you who owned the previous model will get a hefty discount on the new Note 8. The only thing you have to do is trade in your current device and, depending on the brand and condition of it, you can get up to $425 off the latest Note smartphone. If you're interested in the juicy mea culpa offer from Samsung, you'll be able to take advantage of it on Aug. 24th, the day pre-orders go live on its website .

Sony Agrees to Issue Refunds Over False Xperia Waterproof Claims

Sony has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit, which claimed the company deceptively advertised its Xperia devices as "waterproof," when they, in fact, are not – a violation of various state laws. As part of the preliminary settlement, Sony will offer a 50 percent refund of the device's retail price to Xperia owners who have filed a water-related warranty claim.

There's a Sexy Jon Snow costume because Halloween is coming

Brace yourselves — it's still August but Halloween is coming, and along with the arrival of fall is a fresh batch of needlessly sexy costumes.

SpaceX just teased a chic new spacesuit

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Roy sells ThoughtWorks

Another issue encouraging a sale has been the difficulty of creating a post-Roy ownership structure for ThoughtWorks. Roy has often talked about setting up some kind of trust to own ThoughtWorks and maintain its values into the future. But setting up such a trust implies a change of ownership, and a change of ownership involves taxes. A consulting company runs on a relatively small margin of cash, and the tax bill involved in a change of ownership can be crippling. This has particularly come out as we've looked to set up arrangements should Roy die unexpectedly. His death would trigger a tax event that we could not pay from our own resources, forcing a fire sale. Despite several years of effort, we haven't found a way that would preserve the company in its current form. This further encouraged him to sell when there is no tax bill hanging over our head.

Facebook is unifying its hardware efforts under a veteran exec and readying an ‘Aloha’ video chat device

One hurdle Building 8 has faced in its efforts to build its first device is consumer mistrust of Facebook protecting user privacy, according to multiple people familiar with the matter. The company conducted marketing studies for project Aloha and received overwhelming concern that Facebook would use the device to spy on users, according to one person with knowledge of the matter.

The Amazon-Whole Foods deal has received the green light from the FTC

In a statement  Wednesday, the FTC said it was no longer pursuing its investigation into whether the $13.7 billion deal would be anticompetitive.

Facebook didn’t win NFL streaming rights, but it will still stream 15 college football games this fall

Facebook will stream nine Conference USA games and six Mountain West games, which means you’ll be able to watch schools like Idaho State, Utah State and North Texas. Unless you’re an alum from one of the schools playing, or you like to bet on football, you probably won’t have much incentive to watch. (Although, Wyoming will play twice on Facebook, and Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen could be a top-five NFL draft pick next year.)

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