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5 impacts of virtual reality in marketing
September 21st, 2017, 11:16 AM

What comes in your mind by the mention of the term ‘virtual reality’?  Most people will conceive it to be either a film or a game set. However, Virtual reality (VR) is an artificially generated environment by a 3-D computer program and then presented to its user in a manner that simulates reality, hence has a definition beyond film or video programs. The adoption of VR technologies globally has been influenced by social, economic, and technological dynamics. For example, in the field of medicine, the VR has been used to improve various traditional therapeutic methods for cases such as PAST…

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Bill Gates regrets Ctrl+Alt+Delete, offers better solution
September 21st, 2017, 11:16 AM

Nobody’s perfect, not even Bill Gates. The billionaire recently admitted that if he could go back in time, he’d switch the Ctrl+Alt+Delete command for a single button. Gates spoke out on the subject yesterday at a Bloomberg business forum in response to David Rubenstein’s question about why he chose that specific command to access the task manager on a Windows computer. He blamed the “mistake” on the IBM developers at the time, just as he did in 2013 at a Harvard University event. He pointed to IBM engineer David Bradley as the culprit, someone who’s also had his fair share…

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Nest’s new smart cameras steal the show at its live event
September 21st, 2017, 11:16 AM

Yesterday, Nest laid out a series of new smart home products at a launch event. Here are the best of the bunch in this new line of goods for the protective and territorial. Outdoor smart cameras The first of Nest’s new products was the IQ Outdoor camera. These cameras use facial recognition, tracking, and loud speakers. During the event, Nest executives claimed the cameras were tamper-proof and wouldn’t go offline. The IQ Outdoor comes with infrared night vision, and is waterproof — what you’d expect from an outdoor camera. The cameras also record videos and save them in the cloud…

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FIIL Canviis Review: The ‘Beats of China’ are better than actual Beats
September 21st, 2017, 11:16 AM

With all the companies making headphones in the world, you probably haven’t heard of FIIL Audio (pronounced ‘feel’) if you live in the west. That could change soon. The company has been referred to as the ‘Beats of China,’ and I recently had a chance to listen to its $250 FIIL Canviis headphones. If the Canviis is a sign of what’s to come as the company begins investing in the US market, it’s off to a good start. Like Beats, FIIL was founded by a popular musician, Wang Feng, and has made a name for itself by trying to get…

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AI should be treated like a curious toddler, not a killer robot
September 21st, 2017, 11:16 AM

There are thousands of articles on artificial intelligence and, if you follow the field, the vast majority of them seem to be warnings of impending doom or technology experts shrieking that AI isn’t as big a deal as the media would have you believe, “Move along there’s nothing to see here,” they appear to say. All of those people are wrong. AI is a big deal; it’s going to save human lives. If you’re worried about whether or not we should risk creating machines that are capable of thinking and learning: stop worrying because it is too late. We haven’t…

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Instagram now lets you use filters and masks in live video too
September 21st, 2017, 11:16 AM

What would Instagram be without its filters? Unfortunately, for all their prominence, you haven’t been able to use any filters in the increasingly popular live streaming feature – until now. Starting today, Instagram is rolling out the ability to apply filters or masks during live video. Just tap on the face icon on the bottom right of your screen while streaming, and the filters will be visible in real-time to everyone watching your stream. While the filters are largely the same ones already available for Stories, there’s a pair of virtual sunglasses that’s exclusive to Live for the next week.…

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EU paid for a report that concluded piracy isn’t harmful — and tried to hide the findings
September 21st, 2017, 11:16 AM

Back in 2014, the European Commission paid the Dutch consulting firm Ecorys 360,000 euros (about $428,000) to research the effect piracy had on sales of copyrighted content. The final report was finished in May 2015, but for some reason it was never published– according to Julia Reda’s blog, the only Pirate in the EU Parliament. What the @EU_Commission found out about #copyright infringement but ‘forgot’ to tell us https://t.co/Sxshdxy3KZ pic.twitter.com/Vk4Q74k1Hv — Julia Reda (@Senficon) September 20, 2017 The 300-page report seems to suggest that there’s no evidence that supports the idea that piracy has a negative effect on sales of copyrighted content…

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Here’s why we’re making TNW New York invite-only
September 21st, 2017, 11:16 AM

We’re under no illusions. Over the last five years, the ROI of attending conferences has made it harder and harder to justify allocating budget. Big-stage sales pitches mean you’re never really learning, and the initially attractive Mega XXL attendee list just means that everyone is there, making it impossible to separate the wheat from the chaff while networking. So like any serious event organisers, we’ve decided to take a long hard look in the mirror and decide what our New York event stands for. You can’t please everyone all the time – we needed to figure out what’s at the…

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11 ridiculously effective tools to help you automate your small business (and life)
September 21st, 2017, 11:16 AM

As a small business owner, you have a lot of responsibilities on your plate. From finding the best employees to ensuring that your customers stay happy, one thing is certain: you have no trouble staying busy. Of course, staying busy doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re being productive. Many small business owners end up wasting a lot of time on redundant, time-consuming tasks. Some of these might be extremely important, others might be more mundane. The problem is that manually performing these activities almost always wastes a lot of time. Throw in your other responsibilities outside of work, and you might…

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iOS 11 is here! Are you ready? Learn everything about Apple’s latest iOS and build apps for under $50
September 21st, 2017, 11:16 AM

You can jump right into the most up-to-the-second Apple OS and harness its power for your creations with the training found in the Definitive iOS 11 Developer bundle, which you can pick up right now for just $49 from TNW Deals.