China's LeEco buys Vizio in a $2 billion deal

Wang started Vizio fourteen years ago and rapidly built it into one of the largest TV companies by selling flat panel displays at a lower price than the competition. Now LeEco's acquisition should help it gain a foothold in the US market, as it also develops products in other areas like electric vehicles and smartphones .

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BlackBerry DTEK50 is the world's most secure Android smartphone

BlackBerry has a brand new smartphone, which may come as a bit of a surprise as the Canadian firm continues to struggle in the choppy hardware waters, and the BlackBerry DTEK50 harnesses a more traditional approach in an attempt to steady the ship while claiming to be the world's most secure Android smartphone.

Solar Impulse 2 plane completes a journey around the world

I can’t believe I’m typing this: two pilots just completed a 24,584 mile-long trip around the world in a plane over the course of more than a year, without a single drop of fuel.

American Voices on Ways Human Enhancement Could Shape Our Future

As participants thought about this scenario, they often agreed that the promise of gene editing would be healthier, longer-living humans. Some found the idea of protecting their children from a lifetime of disease very appealing. At the same time, people expressed concerns about the long-term impact on society. Some were anxious about the impact on future generations, on the diversity of the human species, on people’s creativity, on core identity issues for recipients and on inter-generational relations. Further, people expressed concern about the use of gene-editing techniques on such things as parents ordering up “designer babies” or abusive tyrants trying to engineer their populations.

Xiaomi's first laptop is the $750 Mi Notebook Air

Much likes its bicycles , rice cookers and drones , the Mi Notebook Air is a "Mi Ecosystem" product made by a partner -- in this case, it's Tianmi which literally means "field rice." A Xiaomi rep reasoned that the company decided to tap into the laptop market as it identified a potential market to deliver the right balance between performance and portability, as well as to make it easier for young adults to afford a PC for productivity. While the Mi Notebook Air doesn't run on MIUI (Xiaomi's customized Android ROM), it does come with "Mi Sync" software (tentative name translated from Chinese) which should somewhat boost Mi Cloud usage. The laptop can also be automatically unlocked when your Mi Band is within a close proximity.

10 Ways to Survive the Agony of the Internet Until November

Our world is crumbling, and thanks to the “miracle” of technology, we now face infinite exposure to just how bad it is. With the 2016 election in full swing—#ImWithHer, #CrookedHillary, #DeleteYourAccount, #Sad!—I, personally, am glued to a stream of morbid news, memes and really shitty Trump tweets.

Adobe Lightroom comes to Apple TV, of all things

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Twitter now has a dark mode

Just swipe from the left to bring out the navigation menu, and click on the Night Mode switch. Your AMOLED screen will thank you. No word on  iOS for now, but we imagine it’s a matter of time.

Apple crushed expectations across the board, and the stock is way up

5:28:  ON DIDI CHUXING: "It was an unusual investment, we don't have a long history of doing a lot of these, we invested in ARM in the early days, we invested in Akamai, so it wasn't the first. One great financial investment, some strategic things the companies can do together over time. We think we'll learn a lot about the business and the Chinese market." - Tim Cook.

Apple plans to invest in augmented reality following success of Pokémon Go

This year is the first year that Apple has separated the services from the devices in its financial reporting – a shrewd move by Cook that illustrates that the company can still make more money from people who aren’t upgrading their devices. Cook said he expects the Services division to be “the size of a Fortune 100 company” next year.

BlackBerry unveils DTEK50 for $299, claims it’s ‘the world’s most secure Android smartphone’

DTEK50 runs Android Marshmallow plus BlackBerry’s additional security, privacy, and productivity tools like on the Priv. On the hardware side, this is a 5.2-inch full HD (1920x1080px) touchscreen phone (the thinnest BlackBerry the company has ever produced at 7.4mm), no hardware keyboard included. The 135g phone is powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB RAM, features 16GB of storage (expandable up to 2TB via microSD), a 13 MP rear-facing camera, and an 8 MP front-facing flash camera.

It's time to take a serious look at Tim Cook's leadership of Apple

Apple's earnings report for the quarter that ended on June 30 beat Wall Street's expectations , sending the stock up about 7% after-hours. Apple is still the most valuable company in the world, and earns more profit in a quarter than most other tech companies do in a year.

Here's a New Reason Bees Dying Globally At An Alarming Rate

At the beginning of Bee Movie , Jerry Seinfeld explains in a voiceover, “According to all known laws of aviation,” bees should not be able to fly. But the bee flies anyway “because bees don’t care what humans think is impossible.”

Apple Music will be the home of James Corden’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ spinoff

Soon, James Corden’s unique brand of vehicular karaoke will be an Apple Music exclusive. The “Late Late Show” host’s endearingly popular “Carpool Karaoke” — a mishmash of celebrity cameos, musical guest appearances, and hilarious renditions of songs by Missy Elliot, Beyonce and other artists — will soon grace Apple’s streaming platform in the form of a 16-episode series. It will be available on Apple Music’s premium, $15-a-month tier, and Corden and “Late Late Show” producer Ben Winston have signed on to executive produce.

Inside Facebook's $30,000 Surround 360 Camera Project

There are, of course, other high-end 360-degree camera systems, including those from Jaunt VR, Nokia, and even Google, and low-end cameras like Ricoh’s Theta S and Samsung’s Gear 360. Facebook is betting filmmakers will adopt its rig because of the crisp clarity of the video and still images it produces, the quickness with which they are automatically stitched together by software, and the extensibility of the camera design that will doubtless come as a result of it being an open-source project.

Tim Cook Can't Pronounce Pokémon [Updated]

Big news of the day: Apple is investing in augmented reality so it can make more games like the extremely popular Pokémon Go . Wow. Wouldn’t have guessed that would happen in a million years.

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus get shown off in a cavalcade of photos

The interesting thing is that the iPhone 7 Plus, which was a larger version of the 7 and shown off in recent photos, is nowhere to be seen - so that was likely a prototype kicking around if these phones turn out to be the launched duo.

Artist uses Pokémon Go to detail life in war-torn Syria

“The news of Syria in everywhere, and now the Pokemon Go game is trending,” Akil said. “The mix between these two made me wonder what it would be like to hunt for a Pokemon character among the rubble in Syria, and how a virtual game attracts more attention than the atrocities committed daily in real-life Syria.”

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Xiaomi gets into the laptop business with $750 MacBook competitor

The Mi Notebook Air comes in two varieties: a 13.3-inch version, and a lighter 12.5-inch model. The 13.3-inch version is the more powerful of the two, with an Intel Core i5 processor, a 256GB SSD, and an Nvidia GeForce 940MX mobile graphics card that Xiaomi says makes it capable of playing video games like Dota 2 at high frame rates. It's also more fully featured than its smaller sibling, sporting a Type-C USB socket. But while the 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air only has an Intel Core M3 processor, integrated graphics, and a 128GB SSD, it has the 13.3-inch model beat on battery life — Xiaomi says it lasts 11-and-a-half hours on a single charge, in comparison with the nine-and-a-half the bigger model is capable of.

Elizabeth Banks mocks Trump with Democratic convention entrance

Banks, in her roll as the hostess for the evening's prime time speakers, walked out in a way that seemed very recognizable. Through smoke machines, shadowed in front of a blue background with Queen's "We are the Champions" playing, her entrance meant to mock the odd way Donald Trump first appeared on the opening night of the Republican National Convention.

Twitter dazzled, dismayed by Bill Clinton's star turn at DNC

Clinton, who spoke in support of his wife , Hillary, the newly anointed Democratic nominee for president, started his speech on a personal note. He told the tale of his romance with Hillary: "In the spring of 1971, I met a girl...." The down-home approach seemed to work with at least some of the Twitterati...

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Watch the tearful moment between Larry Sanders and his brother Bernie

As the roll call votes rolled in Tuesday night, Bernie Sanders and his brother — yes, he has one — shared a profoundly moving family moment.

Olympics Committee Says Non-Sponsors Are Banned From Tweeting About the Olympics

The US Olympics Committee has gone off the deep end, when it comes to intellectual property. It’s willing to sue anyone to protect their trademarks, even when the use is no real threat. But the committee’s latest claim is an entirely new level of absurdity.

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Apple earnings, iPhone update - live blog

1:42 p.m . Even with slumping sales for the iPhone, investors seem happy with Apple's results, since the company beat estimates. Analysts had expected sales of $42.1 billion--Apple came in at $42.4 billion, and earnings per share of  $1.42 a share, up from the estimated $1.38 a share.

Facebook Quietly Tests A New Kind Of 'Trending' Topics Module

It’s unclear whether this new version of the Trending topics module will ever roll out to a wide audience ― Facebook and other social networks often test features with a small portion of users, and that doesn’t guarantee their release.

U.S. Public Wary of Biomedical Technologies to ‘Enhance’ Human Abilities

Second, people believe that technologies that would bring more dramatic or extreme changes to human abilities are less acceptable than technologies that cause less dramatic or temporary changes. For example, 47% of Americans consider the use of synthetic blood substitutes to improve physical abilities an “appropriate use of technology” if the resulting change to people’s speed, strength and stamina would be “equal to their own peak abilities.” But if the same enhancement results in physical abilities “far above that of any human known to date,” far fewer (28%) say it would be an appropriate use of technology. The same pattern occurs as Americans consider the potential use of gene editing and devices implanted in the brain to augment human abilities.

Tesla Driver In Fatal Autopilot Accident Was Speeding

A customer inspects a solar panel that is linked to a Tesla Motors Inc. Powerwall at a home in Monkton, Vermont, U.S., on Monday, May 2, 2016. A year after Elon Musk unveiled the Powerwall at Tesla Motors Inc.s design studio near Los Angeles, the first wave of residential installations has started in the U.S. The 6.4-kilowatt-hour unit stores electricity from home solar systems and provides backup in the case of a conventional outage.

With Yahoo Acquisition, Verizon Hopes To Grow Its New Media Empire

For Verizon, the deal paves the way to assembling a new media empire capable of delivering potentially billions in advertising revenue and offsetting slowing growth in its wireless and wireline business units. Verizon acquired AOL for its media and advertising business in 2015, to the tune of $4.4 billion, as a first major step toward that goal—and in the months since then has signed deals with startup video platforms including AwesomenessTV and Complex Media. It also launched its own mobile video app, Go90, last year, through which it offers sports and short-form originals designed for the YouTube generation. With assets like Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Finance, Verizon gains 600 million monthly mobile users—essential for any growing media company these days—and a shortcut to playing alongside Facebook, Google, and Twitter in the digital advertising big leagues.

Hackers could sniff out your passwords if you're typing nearby

Still, the reason your keyboard might be a touch vulnerable is disconcerting. The vulnerable keyboards are sending each tip tap you type out over an unencrypted connection, according to Bastille researchers. That means the data flowing from your keyboard to your computer isn't scrambled up in any way, and it's no sweat for hackers to intercept and read.

Time Cook : Apple high on AR for the long run

CEO Tim Cook talked about Apple’s continued interest in augmented reality (AR) during the company’s recent Q3 2016 earnings conference call. The comment came in response to a question from Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray about the augmented reality game Pokémon Go, which has taken the gaming world by storm.

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Pre-Order BlackBerry's New Android Phone

Available now to pre-order in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Netherlands, the $299 DTEK50 will hit Best Buy, B&H, and Amazon at a later date. Those who order the smartphone online through Aug. 8 will receive a complimentary BlackBerry Mobile Power Pack high-capacity portable charger (a $59.99 value).

Sorry petrolheads, Skully's AR motorcycle helmet is dead

Sadly, the product isn’t likely to hit the streets. TechCrunch reports that the company has shut down operations, following the departure of CEO and co-founder Marcus Weller last week.

Ancient Campfires May Have Unleashed Humanity’s Top Bacterial Killer

The ability to control fire brought our ancestors countless benefits, but as a new study by Australian researchers suggests, it may have also triggered the spread of one of the worst blights to afflict our species: tuberculosis.

Amazing Spider Silk Continues to Surprise Scientists

We already know that spider silk is something of a wonder material , but scientists are still discovering more awesome things that it can do. An international team of researchers has found that spider silk shares a useful property with semiconductors—except rather than exploiting this to manipulate electrons, it can be used to manipulate sound and heat.

Dove's new campaign challenges how the media portrays women in sports

The campaign launches Wednesday in Times Square in New York City, via a billboard that will broadcast actual sexist comments the media has made about female athletes, which Dove started collecting in June. As the comments appear over images of women playing sports, the athletes in the billboard will disappear.

Inside Tesla's ginormous battery factory

The plant is strategically located about five hours from Tesla's Fremont, California, factory. That's where the car batteries will be fitted into Tesla's new Model 3 sedans. The lower cost batteries produced here will be crucial for keeping the Model 3's price down to a relatively affordable $35,000 base price. By 2018, Tesla hopes to make enough battery packs here to build 500,000 of the cars each year. The original plan had been to reach that goal by 2020 but Tesla pulled that goal forward by two years speeding up construction on parts of the factory and bringing and installing equipment earlier.

Microsoft investigating significant Surface Pro 3 battery issues

Microsoft is investigating widespread reports of battery issues with its line of Surface Pro 3 devices. Reports of Surface Pro 3 battery drain originated back in May, and some users are now reporting that their devices only last up to an hour after a full charge. It's not clear exactly what's causing the issues, but most Surface Pro 3 users who are experiencing the problems have SIMPLO batteries installed in their devices. Microsoft used SIMPLO and LG to manufacture batteries for the Surface Pro 3, and it appears that the SIMPLO ones are affected by capacity issues.

Clones Age Normally, So Relax

It’s been 20 years since the birth of Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult. Because Dolly died prematurely, scientists have worried that cloning accelerates the aging process. But a new analysis of 13 cloned sheep—including a batch of Dolly’s genetic duplicates—shows this isn’t the case.

Betsy Ross would probably dig Meryl Streep's Democratic convention dress

When Meryl Streep came to speak at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night, she did it in the most Streep-esque way possible: with an enormous American flag dress. Streep has donned the dress in public before, but it made an extra special splash during a sometimes sleepy night at the DNC.

You have 3 days to not be dumb and upgrade to Windows 10

Windows 10 has been available just under a year now, meaning its initial free upgrade promotion is running out.  After 5:59 AM ET on July 30, you’ll have to pay a heft $120 if you want to upgrade. It’s unlikely Microsoft will offer another free promotion anytime soon, if ever.

Here's what Apple just said about Pokemon Go and its own investment in AR

He caught himself, saying the Pokemon Go phenomenon isn't truly global just yet – for good reason. "And this certain developer has elected not to go worldwide yet because of to the pressure on their servers because of the demand. But I'm sure they will over time."

Pokémon Go Plus wearable delayed till September

The Pokémon Go Plus was slated to arrive at the end of this month, but Nintendo has now announced that its launch has been pushed to some time in September. The Bluetooth-based device, which can be pinned to your clothing or strapped on to your wrist, will go on sale for $34.99.

Eating the plant-derived Impossible Burger cooked by Momofuku’s David Chang

I want to dispel the notion that it feels like you’re eating a vegetable patty stacked between two pieces of bread. Instead you’re consuming something warm, with the browning and texture you’ve come to expect of real beef. This is partly thanks to the discovery of a molecule called “heme”, which gives real meat its “look”, and which is more prevalent in animals than in plants, which made it more challenging to recreate.

Scientists Create Glasses-Free 3-D for the Movie Theater

You won't get to forego the unwieldy eyewear for a while. The prototype is only slightly larger than a pad of paper and uses 50 lens/mirror combos to achieve its 3-D effect. You'd need a far bigger and more intricate system to make it work at the local movie house, which might make it prohibitively expensive. However, it's imaginable that a future, optimized version might find its way into theaters and spare you from one of the biggest hassles in modern moviegoing.

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66 Australia’s largest banks unite to challenge Apple Pay
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