AirPlay Is Coming to Smart TVs. Here’s How It Works

Smart TVs are now integrating Apple’s AirPlay 2 technology. That was one of the big stories of CES 2019, where many TV manufacturers simultaneously announced AirPlay was coming to their TVs. Some are even updating existing TVs with AirPlay. What Is AirPlay 2? Apple’s AirPlay 2 standard lets you use Apple devices to control media playback, stream audio, mirror your screen, or do other similar things. It’s built into Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Think of it a bit like Apple’s v...
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There's No Such Thing as a Safe Tan

H. Peter Soyer, Professor of Dermatology, and Katie Lee, Research assistant at The University of Queensland, write: There's a lot to be said for sunshine -- both good and bad. It's our main source of vitamin D, which is essential for bone and muscle health. Populations with higher levels of sun exposure also have better blood pressure and mood levels, and fewer autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis. On the other hand, excess UV exposure is estimated to contribute to 95% of melanomas and...
Tags: Australia, Tech, University Of Queensland, Peter Soyer, Katie Lee Research, Nambour Queensland

7 Essential Travel Gadgets You Must Pack For Summer 2019

Summers are here to warm your hearts with the joy of vacations to far off lands. Have you planned your summer vacation trip for 2019 already? If yes, then perfect! Let’s narrow down your plan to essential travel gadgets that would definitely prove to be a life-saver. A kindle would not let you get bore, an underwater camera would not restrict you to land photography, a solar power bank would not let you run out of battery, and an anti-theft bag would not prevent you from entering the crowds fear...
Tags: Travel, Google, Sponsored, Sony, Philips, Andrea Taylor, Especially Phillips Iron Steam Generator

8 cloud computing startups to bet your career on in 2019

If you're looking to take your career to the next level, it might be time to bet on cloud computing. Startups in the cloud market are garnering massive funding and massive interest.  That's not surprising. Cloud computing is expected to become a $300 billion market by 2021, according to analyst firm Gartner. The cloud computing market consolidates around Amazon Web Services , Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.  Over the last three years, job postings with key words on cloud have skyrocke...
Tags: Google, Softbank, San Francisco, Trends, New York Times, Gartner, San Jose, Nutanix, San Francisco Bay Area, PitchBook, Zapier, Mohit Aron, Cohesity, Amazon Web Services Microsoft, UnknownTotal, Deutsche Telekom Cohesity

Whipped on the Rope Watch

Plenty of people are rooting for Apple to release of round smartwatch this year. This design, dubbed the Rope Watch, by Dongwook Yoon explores what we might expect if our shared daydream becomes reality.The device features a simplified strap design that highlights the new round form. The lasso-style strap is effortlessly attached to the wrist in one swift motion. No buckling, no major adjustment mechanisms – simply choose your size, slip it on, and snap it off. Which would you be more stoked for...
Tags: Apple, Design, Technology, Watches, Product Design, Dongwook Yoon, Rope Watch

China accounted for nearly half of app downloads in 2018, 40% of consumer spend

Global app downloads topped 194 billion in 2018, up 35 percent from 2016, according to App Annie’s annual “State of Mobile 2019” report released today. Consumer spending across app stores was up 75 percent to reach $101 billion. The report, which analyzes trends across iOS, Android and the third-party Android stores in China combined, follows the company’s , which looked at downloads and spending across just iOS and Google Play. It also shows how significant China’s role has become in terms of ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Google Play, TC, Apps, Indonesia, Australia, China, Tencent, Tencent Video, App Annie, Youku, South Korea Japan, Japan South Korea, India Brazil, State of Mobile

Xiaomi plans to invest $1.5 billion over the next five years to grow its AI-powered smart home ecosystem

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers hours before it appeared on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here.   Chinese technology company Xiaomi is planning to spend about $1.5 billion over the next five years to grow its AI-powered smart home ecosystem, CEO Lei Jun  announced  last week. The company, which is best known for low-priced smartphones, is looking to build on its existing AI capabilities and use a range of first...
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10 Conversion Optimization Tips to Increase Your Sales

Congratulations, you have created the world’s greatest new product or service. You have hired a world-class sales team, found product market fit, worked hard to obtain paying customers, and are distributing content via email and social to the ideal audience. There is just one thing. You haven’t optimized your website’s sales conversion rate. Houston, we have a problem. The website is your modern storefront. You can have the greatest of everything else with your business, but you will never gene...
Tags: Google, Sales, Nielsen, Houston, Evergage, ATF, Monetate, VWO, Landbot, Conversion Optimization Tips, Ez Texting

New Year, New Room: Enter to Win More Than $3,000 Toward a Room Refresh

New year, new you room. To jumpstart your New Year’s home refresh, we’ve partnered with our friends at Rejuvenation, Fireclay Tile, and Malin + Goetz  for the New Year, New Room sweepstakes to give away a prize package worth more than $3,000 that will help you achieve your home resolutions. To enter, visit the New Year, New Room sweepstakes page and enter your email address by Tuesday, January 29, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Above: Refresh your bathroom in the new year with a prize package from Firecl...
Tags: Books, London, Hardware, Lighting, Tiles, Bathrooms, Sonoma County, Malin Goetz, Fireclay, Giveaways & Contests, Kitchen & Bath Tile, Bathroom Accessories, High Road House, Katie Jameson, Hudson Valley Artist, Rejuvenation Fireclay Tile

CERN's New Collider Design Is Four Times Larger Than the LHC

If built, the Future Circular Collider will be 10 times more powerful than the Large Hadron Collider, and could discover new types of particles. From a report: The 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson particle at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is widely considered to be one of the most important scientific breakthroughs in history. It validated a half-century of research about the basic building blocks of matter, and remains the crowning achievement of modern particle physics. Now, CERN wants t...
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Apple introduces Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

Apple has introduced new Smart Battery Cases designed for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. The design of the cases is similar to the past battery case option Apple offered for the iPhone 7 with a bump to add the extra battery pack and each offer varied battery life depending on the device.  The iPhone XS Battery Case offers up to 33 hours of talk time, up to 21 hours of internet use, and up to 25 hours of video playback. The iPhone XS Max Smart Battery Case offers up to 37 hours of talk time, up to...
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Apple iPhone 2019 with triple rear cameras, small notch surfaces in new renders

Apple is en route to launch three new iPhones in 2019 and it is already known that the high-end model is expected to pack triple-rear cameras at the back. Adding to the existing rumors, a new set of leaked renders showcase the 2019 high-end iPhone variant with the triple rear cameras that are arranged horizontally instead of vertically.  Based on the renders of the iPhone (2019); the device could retain a similar front body as the current iPhone but will have a smaller notch and slightly thin...
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Tracking Embedded YouTube Videos with Google Tag Manager

Wish you could see better data about how users engage with embedded YouTube videos on your website? Sure, Google Analytics will show you how many people visited the page containing your video, but by default you won’t see performance for the video itself without heading over to YouTube Analytics. Thankfully, Google Tag Manager offers built-in triggers allowing you to track performance on a granular level, without having to write a line of code. In this article, we’ll walk through setting up tra...
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Apple's cheap iPhone battery replacements were wildly popular — 10 times as many people replaced their battery as normal (AAPL)

In 2018, Apple offered iPhone users a new battery for $29, down from the previous $79 price.  Apple replaced 11 million batteries through the program, up from the 2 million it normally would, according to remarks made by Apple CEO Tim Cook reported by Daring Fireball.  It shows that more people would replace their phone batteries if the price was lower.  Apple's $29 battery program is over, but it has quietly reduced the price for battery replacements: To replace the battery on an iPhone that ...
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Amid fears of an impending recession, some employees at Silicon Valley's IPO-bound startups say they're starting to get anxious

2019 was supposed to be a blockbuster year for tech companies going public — but the volatility of the public markets is making some employees at IPO-bound tech companies nervous.  We spoke to a current employee at Uber and a current employee at Airbnb. Both companies are expected to hold their long-awaited IPOs this year.  The Uber employee says that there's a lot of anxiety within the company over the company's valuation — conflicting reports have said that Uber could go public with a market...
Tags: Google, Uber, Ipo, Trends, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Travis Kalanick, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, Signal, Brian Chesky, San Francisco Bay Area, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi, Trust Safety, Uber Lyft Slack Palantir

Only Nuclear Energy Can Save the Planet

Joshua S. Goldstein, a professor emeritus of international relations at American University, and Staffan A. Qvist, an energy engineer and consultant, writing for The Wall Street Journal: Climate scientists tell us that the world must drastically cut its fossil fuel use in the next 30 years to stave off a potentially catastrophic tipping point for the planet. Confronting this challenge is a moral issue, but it's also a math problem -- and a big part of the solution has to be nuclear power. Today,...
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Pwn2Own Contest Will Pay $900,000 For Hacks That Exploit Tesla's Model 3

The Model 3 will be entered into Pwn2Own this year, the first time a car has been included in the annual high-profile hacking contest. The prize for the winning security researchers: a Model 3. TechCrunch reports: Pwn2Own, which is in its 12th year and run by Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative, is known as one of the industry's toughest hacking contests. ZDI has awarded more than $4 million over the lifetime of the program. Pwn2Own's spring vulnerability research competition, Pwn2Own Vancouver, w...
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YouTube will “ramp up” enforcement of its policies against dangerous challenges and pranks

YouTube announced several policy updates today, including more stringent enforcement of its ban on videos of dangerous challenges and pranks. In a FAQ posted to its support site, YouTube wrote “we’ve updated our external guidelines to make it clear that challenges like the Tide Pod challenge or the Fire challenge, that can cause death and/or have caused death in some instances, have no place on YouTube.” Its policies also extend to pranks “with a perceived danger of serious physical injury,” ...
Tags: Videos, TC, Safety, Youtube, Tech, Netflix, Pranks, Mike, Martins, Alford, Heather Martin

Hubble Space Telescope Will Last Through the Mid-2020s, Report Says

schwit1 shares a report from Despite recent issues with one of its instruments, the Hubble Space Telescope is expected to last at least another five years. A new report suggests that the iconic spacecraft has a strong chance of enduring through the mid-2020s. [...] One reason the spacecraft has lasted so long is that astronauts have provided aid. Servicing missions continued to update the telescope until 2009, when the space shuttle was retired. The final update to Hubble included the...
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Federal Prosecutors Pursuing Criminal Case Against Huawei for Alleged Theft of Trade Secrets: Report

Federal prosecutors are pursuing a criminal investigation of China's Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets from U.S. business partners, including the technology behind a robotic device that T-Mobile used to test smartphones, WSJ reported Wednesday. From a report: The investigation grew in part out of civil lawsuits against Huawei, including one in which a Seattle jury found Huawei liable for misappropriating robotic technology from T-Mobile's Bellevue, Wash., lab, the people familiar with ...
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First Apple Original Movie Will Be a Sofia Coppola A24 Film Starring Bill Murray, Rashida Jones

Sixteen years have passed since Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray got lost in the neon-lit streets of Tokyo, but now the director and her Lost in Translation star are reuniting for Apple’s first original film. Coppola will be directing Murray and Rashida Jones in On the Rocks, a father-daughter drama that will mark the first project under the pact between indie studio A24 and Apple. Apple is starting its original content era strong with an A24 feature film directed by Sofia Coppola and starring ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Movies, Drama, New York City, Netflix, Bill-Murray, Tokyo, Hulu, A24, Murray, Rashida Jones, Apple Apple, Sofia-Coppola, Coppola, New York Jones

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Another Blog on MANTS (It Takes Two)

Last week I got on a skinny little regional jet with four hefty Co-Horts from work, and with a screaming winter storm tailwind we arrived at BWI lickety split. Like the damned thing was the Concorde. Good thing. Even an hour on that plane next to my boss made an imprint of his credit card on my thigh. I would have used it to buy something online, but I know he’s at least as broke as I am. Back on the ground, we hit the ground running. MANTS is huge. Time is short. Welcome to MANTS. 956 ve...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Facebook, Gardening, Virginia, Time, Chelsea, Chicagoland, Baltimore, BWI, Susan Harris, John Hoffman, David Hoffman, Kata, What's Happening, MANTS

How Chatbots Are Changing the Ways E-commerce Businesses Operate?

By Sohaib Khalid What comes in your mind when you anthropomorphize Siri? I imagine it be somewhat like a typical girlfriend: cute, innocent, an omnipresent teacher who is occasionally demanding sometimes annoying but loves his man and is proud when he does good. (jeez, am I sounding like a stalker?) There is no debate in saying that Siri is one of the marvels of Artificial Intelligence. The main reason of Siri’s popularity is its ability to provide support and assistance by establishing a person...
Tags: Business, Technology, Ebay, Siri, Commerce, Dubai, Uae, Right Now, Custom, Chabot, Sohaib Khalid, Machine Learning Artificial Intelligence

Future Unveils ‘The WIZRD’ Track List with Travis Scott, Young Thug & Gunna

Future’s new album The WIZRD is now a few days away, arriving this Friday (Jan. 18). Before the project arrives, the Atlanta rapper unveils the album track list. At 20 tracks, The WIZRD includes the singles “Crushed Up” and “Jumpin’ on a Jet.” Travis Scott (“First Off”), Young Thug and Gunna (“Unicorn Purp”) all make guest appearances. The album comes one week after the Apple Music premiere of its accompanying documentary, that boasts interviews with André 3000, Organized Noize’s Rico Wade (F...
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Facebook launches its first U.S. podcast with a series focused entrepreneurship

Everyone has to have a podcast, apparently. Even Facebook . The social network this week launched its second-ever original podcast series, and its first one in the U.S. An arm of Facebook’s business operation, the new show “Three and a Half Degrees” will focus on entrepreneurship – specifically the lessons learned, challenges faced, and other insights from successful business leaders. The name is a reference to how technology has made it easier to connect – today, people are no longer six degr...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Podcast, Ge, Media, Advertising Tech, Australia, Tech, Npr, Chip Conley, Jake Wood, TOMS, Gary Vaynerchuk, Team Rubicon, McDonald, Bryan

ScoutRFP Scores $33M to Compete in Supplier Management Sector

ScoutRFP, whose software is designed to help businesses streamline the process of ordering goods from suppliers, announced that it raised $33 million in a Series C fundraising round led by Scale Venture Partners.San Francisco-based Scout, part of a tech sector dubbed supplier relations management, or SRM, aims to free businesses from painstaking traditional methods of seeking bids from various suppliers and comparing their merits. Some companies are still doing this by laboriously creating spre...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Mobile, Cloud, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Vc, Software, Automation, Innovation

TSMC's $39 Billion Wipeout Will Only Get Worse, Analysts Say

TSMC will struggle to plug the hole left by Apple Inc.’s declining smartphone orders in 2019, according to Sanford C. Bernstein’s Mark Li, who has told clients to prepare for the firm’s first annual profit drop in eight years. CGS-CIMB Securities’ Peter Chan, whose recommendation in October to sell the shares proved prescient, says TSMC’s still-high valuations will spook tech investors into owning cheaper alternatives in Asia and the U.S. instead. While a downturn is widely expected after Appl...
Tags: Apple, Asia, Science, TSMC, Apple Inc, Sanford C Bernstein, Mark Li, Peter Chan, CIMB Securities

Bill Murray to Star in Sofia Coppola’s On the Rocks

Bill Murray to star in Sofia Coppola’s On the Rocks Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Bill Murray (Lost in Translation, St. Vincent, Ghostbusters) will be teaming up again with Oscar and Golden Globe-winning Lost in Translation writer and director Sofia Coppola for the upcoming movie On the Rocks, Deadline has confirmed. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStand...
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Everyone's favorite flip phone from the early 2000s is getting 2019 makeover — a foldable display

Lenovo is reportedly planning to release a new Motorola Razr phone with a foldable display in February 2019. The new Motorola Razr will cost around $1,500. Motorola's fabled Razr flip-phone that was first released in 2004 is getting a 2019 makeover with a foldable display, according to the The Wall Street Journal.  The 2019 model is the result of an exclusive partnership between Lenovo — Motorola's parent company — and Verizon. Only 200,000 units of the new Razr will be made, and the Journa...
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