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-the longer we used the Samsung the more we liked it, it went back yesterday!
iPhone 7 on the 7th?
-Note7 is better than any phone yet and low light ability is amazing
-sites closing interesting what this says about start up culture
Tesla really has smart cars!
-NEW GOOGLE CAST BUILT INTO CHROME BROWSERS!
CAR BREAKDOWN WARNING DONGLE
-adfreak tested the vr fart smelling device and well they had some observations!
The inside of my nose smells like South Park, and I'm worried it will never go away.
If you weren't following the Olympics—which saturated all media—too closely, by now you probably know about Nosulus Rift, a bizarre odor-VR product created for Ubisoft's latest South Park game by Paris agency Buzzman and its product arm, Productman, which launched in June.
Some background: The game, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, will be released in December, so it's deep in promotions period. Demos are already circulating at conferences like Paris Games Week and Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.
In the story, all your favorite South Park characters have formed a superhero squad, and you're the new kid, trying to fit in. You are also blessed with a unique superpower—magical farts, which enable you to fight enemies, piss off Cartman ... and also travel in time.
Enter the Nosulus Rift, Productman's first-ever product.
-SNAPCHAT is all over the youth!
Snapchat is courting teens by expanding its live sports geofilters to include high school football games.
The new filters are similar to the real-time score graphics that are available at NBA arenas during basketball matches. The feature tends to display the logos, names, and respective scores of the competing teams, alongside the match time.
Snapchat hasn’t confirmed how many high schools will get the geofilters, but it predicts that they will show up at more than 5,000 games per week, starting on September 2. As you can see in the image below, the filters are sponsored by Gatorade.
The move marks a new partnership between the popular visual app and Southern California startup ScoreStream, the makers of a high-school football updates app. ScoreStream will provide Snapchat with the data to power the virtual scoreboard, reports Mashable.
“Dynamic Geofilters are a visual and timely way for sports fans to express the here and now of the game in their Snaps,” Ben Schwerin, Snapchat’s director of partnerships, said in a statement. “ScoreStream’s crowd-sourced content is far more local and personal than any other sports content currently available, and will fuel the high school spirit of our Snapchatters like never before.”
Snapchat overtook Instagram to become the most popular social network among teens this year, according to a study by investment firm Piper Jaffray. Marketing its constantly updating geo-specific feature to a demographic that is extremely active on social media is a clever move on Snapchat’s part.
SNAPCHAT stats, wow!
Love this interview because Malcolm Gladwell is cool and tech well it is all about podcasting!
WhatsApp goes commercial!
Facebook is getting ready to bring marketing messages to its WhatsApp messaging app, which was founded with a no-ads ethos, as well as tap user data from WhatsApp to inform ads on the social network.
WhatsApp announced the changes in a Thursday blog poston upcoming privacy-policy changes that impact users' personal data and open them to the potential for marketing on the platform. The revisions mean that user data will get sucked into Facebook and help it serve more relevant ads in the News Feed, too.
The data could also go toward targeted marketing on WhatsApp. "We will explore ways for you and businesses to communicate with each other using WhatsApp," a description of key changes said, "such as through order, transaction, and appointment information, delivery and shipping notifications, product and service updates, and marketing."
As an example of marketing, WhatsApp said it could show deals to consumers. The app still said it has a firm "no banner ads" policy.
A WhatsApp spokesman declined to elaborate on the blog post.
WhatsApp had been laying the groundwork to introduce more businesses to the platform, giving brands a way to stay in touch with customers.
Executives envision the messaging app keeping consumers informed of flight updates or deliveries and other similar functions, for example, which have become standard in the messaging world.
Still, the more commercial WhatsApp becomes, the more it departs from its founders' anti-ad vision. In 2012, co-founder Jan Koum wrote a defiant screedcalled "Why We Don't Sell Ads."
"These days companies know literally everything about you, your friends, your interests, and they use it all to sell ads," Mr. Koum wrote then.
WhatsApp sold to Facebook for more than $20 billion in 2014.
MIT is onto something with WIFI!
Researchers at MIT claim to have created a network-boosting technology that could triple the speed of Wi-Fi and double its range.
The MIT team has devised a system that can overcome Wi-Fi bandwidth constraints that stem from the limited spectrum available for carrying data to and from devices wirelessly.
The researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) developed a new set of signal-processing algorithms which allow multiple routers, and other wireless access points, to concurrently transmit data to multiple receivers, using the same frequency and without interference.
The researchers outline the method, called MegaMIMO 2.0, in a new paper detailing real-time distributed multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems, which they claim can move data three times faster than existing routers and double their range.
While such systems could deliver general wireless speed improvements, the researchers believe they will be particularly useful in heavily-congested areas, such as concert venues, convention centers, and sporting arenas. The research may also change how enterprises and universities deliver connectivity to thousands of users, by allowing them to use available spectrum more efficiently.
The technique builds on MIMO, a wireless technology which bounces signals off walls, ceilings, and objects to hit a receiving antenna multiple times, from different angles. As Intelnotes of MIMO, adding more antennas usually equates to higher speeds. For example, a router with three antennas can support speeds of 600Mbps, while a device with two antennas maxes out at 300Mbps.
However, the developers of MegaMIMO 2.0 argue more antennas cannot solve constraints on spectrum.
"In today's wireless world, you can't solve spectrum crunch by throwing more transmitters at the problem, because they will all still be interfering with one another," said Ezzeldin Hamed, a PhD student and lead author on the paper.
"The answer is to have all those access points work with each other simultaneously to efficiently use the available spectrum."
The algorithms the CSAIL team developed to orchestrate these routers is the basis of the distributed MIMO system they call MegaMIMO 2.0.
According to MIT, the technology is "soon-to-be-commercialized" although there's no indication of when products that support it will be available.
MegaMIMO 2.0 advances version one of the technology, which was outlined in a paper in 2012.
MIT has robo taxis live in singapore!
MIT spin-out NuTonomy has beaten Uber to the punch, releasing the world’s first autonomous taxi service after landing an agreement with Singapore authorities.
Operating in a testbed of 2.5sq km in Singapore’s one-north business district, NuTonomy has been testing on the site since April ahead of this week’s launch.
Starting today (25 August), users can hail a NuTonomy taxi using a specific app, one of the handful of trial vehicles will rock up and in they get.
The vehicles used are Renault Zoes and a specifically configured Mitsubishi i-MiEV, with a NuTonomy engineer sitting in each car to monitor performance throughout the live trial.
It has been a speedy trip so far for the company, which only signed an agreement with the Singapore Land Transport Authority at the start of the month, with this trial representing the “first, rapid result of the partnership”.
Karl Iagnemma, CEO and co-founder of NuTonomy, said the project is a “direct reflection” of the current maturity level enjoyed by the company.
“The trial represents an extraordinary opportunity to collect feedback from riders in a real-world setting, and this feedback will give NuTonomy a unique advantage as we work toward deployment of a self-driving vehicle fleet in 2018,” he said.
The company secured $16m in funding in May, as a growing number of investors look to get in as early as possible to the autonomous vehicle market.
While NuTonomy is trialling in Singapore, it is currently testing in both the US and UK, with Jaguar Land Rovers currently involved.
An Associated Press reporter tried out a NuTonomy taxi yesterday, noticing the NuTonomy engineer having to manually press the brakes on one occasion when a vehicle, which appeared to be parked, suddenly began moving.
The time-frame for this trial has not been confirmed, but a broadening out of the test zone, as well as an inclusion of charges for customers (it’s all free for now), will be the next steps.
“I don’t expect there to be a time where we say, ‘We’ve learned enough’,” Iagnemma said, also saying the software installed can make the right decisions at the right time.
The company hopes its leadership in autonomous driving will eventually lead to partnerships with automakers, tech companies, logistics companies and others.
“What we’re finding is the number of interested parties is really overwhelming,” he said.
Uber plans to release its own autonomous taxis, however, NuTonomy has clearly stolen a march. Although, Uber’s plans don’t stop there. Last week, it bid $680m for driverless-truck company Otto.
Crazy simple game!
-Us sports teams are onto something!
How the NFL and its stadiums became leaders in Wi-Fi, monetizing apps, and customer experience
-Disney wants to create a real light saber! Patent is applied for!
-playstation games with no console coming, cool!
-Facebook is making live so easy it is 1st on the left now! Boing!