Keith Brewton

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Ever since Apple redesigned the MacBook Pro in 2016, I’ve steadfastly held out and refused to buy one.It’s because of that damn keyboard.I know it’s already had a lot of bad press, so there’s no need to go overboard here, but it was probably the worst disaster to befall humanity in the history of disasters, maybe ever.It was so bad that earlier this year I forwent every iteration of the MacBook Pro that came with the butterfly keyboard and bought one of Apple’s 2015 laptops instead.This was the last MacBook Pro to have a truly great keyboard — you know, one that can go 40 minutes without a key failing.Back to the drawing board
The Realme 5s that featured alongside the Realme X2 Pro on a Flipkart landing page is officially confirmed.Indian etailer Flipkart now has a dedicated landing page for the device, and we can now confirm it will launch alongside the Realme X2 Pro on November 20th.The page has a render of the Realme 5s that seemingly confirms it shares the same design with the Realme 5 unveiled back in August.It has a rear fingerprint scanner, and a Quad camera setup, but with different camera specs.The teaser page says it will be dropping the 12MP main camera on the standard Realme 5 for an upgraded 48MP sensor.Other specs are currently still under the wrap, at least officially.
When Lippo Group, one of Indonesia’s most powerful family-owned conglomerates, brazenly launched its ecommerce venture Matahari Mall in 2015, only to fail in short order, few thought it could bounce back so quickly.Spearheaded by Lippo’s 33-year-old heir apparent John Riady, the venture went from nothing to become Indonesia’s leading e-wallet within three years, capturing 37% of the total digital payment transaction values versus rival GoPay’s 17%, according to internal data from the country’s central bank.Founded in 2014 as a separate entity with its own partnership structure, it’s a cross between traditional consulting and venture building.The BCGDV model presents an alternative for large companies that want to innovate from within.In exchange, the firm charges a management fee or may co-invest.Typically, such hires come from outside the corporate partner – that’s because the odds of finding entrepreneurs with the right skill set and mentalities externally are higher.
Apps with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will reach 10 billion installations by 2024, according to Juniper Research.This is up from around 3 billion installations of mixed reality apps for 2019, the study published Monday said.Mixed reality overlays images and videos onto the real world by using the camera on a phone, tablet, glasses or headset.More apps are likely coming, as Apple is reportedly planning a VR/AR headset to release by 2022 and glasses by 2023.Social media AR/VR like Facebook's offering and gaming apps like Pokemon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be the biggest push in mixed reality downloads, the Consumer Mixed Reality: Emerging Opportunities, Vendor Strategies & Market Forecasts 2019-2024 research paper said.Gaming and social media are predicted to make up half of all app installations by 2024.
Access to cloud storage is like having your hard drive everywhere with you, only far more safe and convenient.Dropbox and iCloud are two of the most popular cloud storage services around, but their monthly plans can quickly rack up a menacing bill.For a one-time payment of just $35.99, you can get lifetime access to the Koofr Cloud Storage 100GB plan and enjoy the same perks.If you already have existing accounts with other cloud services like Google Drive and OneDrive, you can easily connect them all to Koofr.This creates a central hub for all your important files without having to switch accounts, with the added benefit of unlimited file upload, access, and sharing.A handy feature Koofr offers is the duplicate finder tool for searching and removing unwanted duplicate files inside your account.
But even though T-Mobile appears to be doing better with 5G, there are still important caveats.T-Mobile has passed pretty much every regulatory hurdle — two days ago the FCC repeated its blessing.Alongside the 5G rollout, T-Mobile launched an initiative it calls “5G for Good,” laden with programs that you would have to be a heartless jerk to criticize.[...] Only the New T-Mobile’s transformative 5G network will FINALLY have the capacity and reach to make the BOLD moves we announced today that are squarely aimed at SOLVING inequities that have huge impacts on our society.T-Mobile promises a $15 budget Connect plan with 2GB data if the Sprint merger goes throughThe number one accusation T-Mobile faces is that after the merger it will find ways to increase prices on its customers — customers who will have fewer alternatives because we’re moving from four big carriers to three.
Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you'll find interesting and useful.If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Don't look now, but vacation time is just around the corner.Whether you're planning a big ski trip this winter, doing a destination Christmas, or traveling to warmer climes for winter break, you will probably want to document your adventures.Regardless of what you use to take photos and videos, you can improve the quality with the Hohem iSteady Multi: 3-Axis Universal Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer.This handy 3-in-1 gimbal is built for digital compact cameras, action cameras, and smartphones (if you don't want to splurge on a camera), making it easy to shoot photos and videos in different ranges and angles.
Plus: SpaceX to end Florida Falcon drought and more from the realm of rocketsRoundup This week Boeing unveiled its lunar lander ambitions after a sort-of successful commercial crew test, Virgin Orbit revealed plans to shoot smallsats as far as Mars, and SpaceX dried off fairing recovered from the ocean for use in a static fire test.While rival SpaceX was bragging about its run of 13 successful parachute tests, things did not go so well for Boeing during what the aviation giant insisted was a "successful" Pad Abort Test.The purpose was to demonstrate that the abort systems of its CST-100 Starliner capsule would work as advertised in the event that the spacecraft needed to be whisked away from a failing booster.Perched on a test stand at Launch Complex 32 at the US Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, all went well in the first phase of the abort as the four abort engines fired, along with manoeuvring and attitude control thrusters to send the spacecraft into the sky.The crew module then floated back to Earth, releasing its heatshield and inflating airbags for a soft-ish landing.
Facebook is testing a new way to root out inauthentic behavior on mobile phones and confirm the identities of accounts suspected of being compromised.In a statement provided to VentureBeat, the company said this step — which instructs users to hold their phone at eye level, position their face within a circle on-screen, and slowly turn their head — is used to determine that a “real person” is operating an account rather than a bot.“This test is one of the steps we use,” a Facebook spokesperson said.“It does not use facial recognition.Instead, it detects motion and whether a face is in the video.”Tech blogger and app researcher Jane Manchun Wong shared snapshots of the prototype via Twitter early this morning, in which she speculated that Facebook would use “facial recognition-based identity verification” technology to take “video selfies.” A disclaimer captured by one screenshot states that verification recordings will be deleted a month (30 days) after the identity is confirmed.
It's like an automatic knowledgebase creator for enterprise intranetIgnite Having unleashed Teams on the world, Microsoft has been pondering what else it can do with all the data lurking in Microsoft 365.The answer, it seems, is Project Cortex.Since all three are geared towards making use of the data stashed away in Microsoft 365, an observer would be forgiven for thinking that, once again, the Windows giant has come up with multiple ways of doing similar stuff.Jared Spataro, corporate vice president for Microsoft 365, told The Register that behind all three was the Microsoft Graph, which would cheerfully slurp data held in Microsoft 365 for the trio to use.Data gets into Graph through a variety of means.
A new Alzheimer’s treatment developed by biotech firm Shanghai Green Valley Pharmaceuticals was granted conditional approval by Chinese regulators over the weekend, STAT reports.Why it matters: The therapy could energize a stagnant Alzheimer’s drug landscape that has suffered repeated clinical failures from multiple large pharmaceutical companies.Any new drug that can effectively beat back the destructive effects of Alzheimer’s is usually assigned a peak sales estimate of $10 billion or more, according to Endpoints News.While this could also be a win for China’s National Medical Products Administration, which fast-tracked the treatment’s conditional approval, scientists elsewhere are looking forward to seeing more complete data before drawing conclusions.“It’s good to see that drug regulators in China are prioritizing emerging treatments for Alzheimer’s, but we do still need to see more evidence that this drug is safe and effective.” —Carol Routledge, director of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK
True to its promise, OnePlus is rolling out Android 10 updates to its supported smartphones.After a brief beta testing period, the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6 are finally getting the stable version of OxygenOS 10.0 with Android 10.That beta period may have been too short, however, as the update for the OnePlus 6 was immediately pulled out for a while due to a bug that should have been fixed before the official announcement was made.To be fair, not all bugs are caught even with extensive testing.Some require factors that can only happen in the real world.some features or components are more critical than others and should be tested more rigorously than others.
Dark mode for WhatsApp has been a long time coming, but evidence in the latest iPhone beta release suggests that when it eventually arrives, there will be two different options to choose from.Most of the world's most popular social apps already have dark modes, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but until now WhatsApp has been a noticeable holdout, sticking with its white and gray design despite the release of iOS 13 and Android 10, both of which have their own system-wide dark modes.According to WABetaInfo, the most recent WhatsApp beta for iOS contains evidence of a dark theme with two possible configurations.The first of these uses very dark colors, with a black background.It's possible that this design is intended specifically for phones with AMOLED screens, as black pixels on these screens are turned off and therefore use less power (at least in theory).The second dark mode uses slightly lighter shades of gray, but the two look otherwise very similar.
This week, iPhone 11 owners are supposed to get a free upgrade to their cameras thanks to a beefed-up neural engine and “mad science.” It’s called Deep Fusion, and it’s designed to deliver incredibly detailed photos in especially challenging environments.I’ve spent weeks testing the beta version of the computational photography software on an iPhone 11 Pro against the old camera software on a separate iPhone 11 Pro.The company devoted several minutes to a preview of the feature at its September event, where it touted Deep Fusion as “the first time a neural engine is responsible for generating the output image.” In practice, this involves the iPhone taking nine total photographs, and then the neural engine in the new ultra-powerful A13 Bionic chip essentially pulls out the best pixels in each image and reassembles a photo with more detail and less noise than you’d get from an iPhone without Deep Fusion.What the iPhone camera with eight of those nine exposures is doing is similar to bracketing, the old school photography technique where you take the same shot with different settings.In this case, the iPhone camera captures four short-exposure frames and four standard-exposure frames before you hit the shutter button.The second is what Apple calls a “synthetic long” which results from merging the standard-exposure shots with the long exposure.
A week after word surfaced that Google planned to buy Fitbit, the companies have confirmed the purchase.The match could ultimately prove beneficial for both parties.Google has struggled to make much of a dent in the wearables category, leading the software giant to purchase a large chunk of IP from watchmaker, Fossil.Fitbit, meanwhile, has had issues maintaining growth in recent years.The company, which first pioneered and then dominated the wrist-worn tracker space, struggled as smartwatches grew and ultimately dominated the space.While late to the category, the company has had luck with the Versa watch, the result of its own acquisition of Pebble, Vector and Coin, while working to pivot much of its focus into healthcare.
Pinterest låter användare upptäcka och dela bilder genom digitala anslagstavlor.I dagsläget har de över 320 miljoner aktiva användare runtom i världen.Omsättningen steg cirka 47 procent till 279,7 miljoner dollar (190,2), att jämföra med Factset analytikerkonsensus som låg på 281.Antalet månatligt aktiva användare steg 28 procent till 322 miljoner användare.Läs mer: Pinterests börsvärde spås bli 100 miljarderDen genomsnittliga intäkten per användare var 0,90 dollar globalt sett, vilket var strax under förväntningarna om 0,91 dollar.
Netflix's The Witcher will make its debut in December.The new show, starring Henry Cavill and based on the Polish fantasy novels, has been highly anticipated by fans and could be the next big hit for the streaming platform.A trailer for the show Thursday revealed the Dec. 20 release date.The video gives a quick explanation of the protagonist, Geralt of Rivia, and his unique job as a Witcher.The release of the trailer coincided with a panel for the show at the Lucca Comics and Games convention in Lucca, Italy, that featured cast and crew.The Witcher tells the story of Geralt of Rivia, played by Cavill, a monster hunter who kills mythical beasts for money.
Everything we’ve seen of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order so far has shone a spotlight on its light side protagonist, Cal Kestis – a Padawan survivor of Order 66 trying to hide who he is in the rise of the Empire.Our latest look at the game gives Cal a very good reason to be doing that.The Imperial Inquisitorious has been one of the most fascinating additions to the reshuffling of Star Wars canon that Disney has made to the well-trodden ground that is the two decades between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.A sinister conglomerate of archly-titled Jedi killers, there’s a layer of tragedy to them – they’re former Jedi broken down by horrific torture and built back up as hunters of their old allies, shattered, hateful remnants of their past selves.That, as well as the layer of intriguing Imperial bureaucracy they bring to the command structure around Palpatine, Darth Vader, and the rank-and-file of the Empire elevates them beyond simply being the kind of fodder you introduce just because Darth Vader can’t personally go around lopping Jedi heads off for 20 years.That, and on a primal level, they have cool uniforms and rad spinny lightsabers, and hell, that’s just fun.
Spotify began beta-testing Spotify Kids, a new application for Spotify Premium Family subscribers aimed at kids three and older.Spotify Kids debuted in beta in Ireland Wednesday, and the streaming platform said it will soon roll out globally to all markets with Spotify Premium Family.The user experience in the stand-alone app is completely different from that of the flagship Spotify app, with the company saying it was designed with kids in mind, so it is “fun, familiar, playful, simple and bursting with color,” as well as easy to navigate.Kids can use the app to listen to audio via their own accounts, explore their tastes (with explicit content filtered out), discover music and stories hand-picked for kids by experts, hear playlists made for kids and play their favorite tracks offline, starting with iOS devices.Cards available via Spotify Kids for its debut are: Bedtime, Favorites, Learn, Movies, Party, Play, Stories, Top Hits and TV Shows.Each card can feature a mix of artists (individuals and groups), compilations, genres, moods and activities and seasonal content.
Microsoft has rolled out the cloud-based version of its venerable project management software, Project, along with a new basic subscription option.Redmond first announced its intention to rebuild Project at its 2018 Ignite conference.Although Project Online has existed for some time, it was not fully integrated with Office 365.The new version is built on the Power Platform (Power Apps, Power BI, Flow) and provides services based on Microsoft's Common Data Service, a unifying API for the data in an Office 365 organisation.The new services include Roadmap, which supports Azure DevOps projects as well as those created by Project itself, and Project Home, where users can track the projects in which they are involved.The application supports grids, boards and timeline (Gannt) charts, and includes a scheduling engine.
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