Google is reportedly launching its next Pixel phones on October 5th

Google is reportedly launching its next Pixel phones on October 5th
On October 5th, 2017, a year and a day after the October 4th, 2016, unveiling of the Pixel and Pixel XL, Google will take to the stage again to announce its Pixel 2 generation of devices. This is according to prolific leaker and spoiler of well-kept secrets Evan Blass, who has tweeted the date along with confirmation of the processor spec for these new phones: Google's second-generation Pixel handsets, powered by Snapdragon 836 SoC's, will be unveiled on October 5th.— Evan Blass (@evleaks) …
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Blood-delivering drone company Zipline readies for launch in Tanzania

Blood-delivering drone company Zipline readies for launch in Tanzania
Zipline, a California-based robotics company that has made a name for itself delivering blood by drone in Rwanda, has just announced plans to operate its services in Tanzania by early next year. In an interview with The Verge, Zipline co-founder and chief executive Keller Rinaudo said that the company plans to work with the Tanzania Ministry of Health and the country’s Medical Stores Department to open four distribution centers in Tanzania over the next four years, with the intent to deliver …
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Nikon’s new D850 has 45.7 megapixels and enough features to tempt Canon shooters

Nikon’s new D850 has 45.7 megapixels and enough features to tempt Canon shooters
Nikon has a new full-frame DSLR: the D850. Announced today, the D850 is a monster of a camera in terms of specs, and it’s one that will cost accordingly — the retail price is $3,299 for just the body when it goes on sale in September. The pro-level D5 may still be the king of Nikon’s current DSLR offerings, but at first glance it’s the D850 that will likely be the Nikon full-frame camera that gets the most use by pros, semi-pros, and amateurs with deep pockets. For all intents and purposes, t…
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How to preorder the Galaxy Note 8

How to preorder the Galaxy Note 8
Yesterday, Samsung unveiled its latest flagship, and now you can officially put in a preorder for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. In a limited promotional offer, the company is offering bundle deals for preorders that’ll include either its Gear 360 camera or a wireless charging pad and memory card, but you have to put in an order before September 24th. Before you speed off to get the new phone, know that carriers and retailers aren’t all offering up preorders at the same time. Here are the ones t…
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Facebook is getting serious about making hardware with 'Aloha' video chat device

Facebook is getting serious about making hardware with
A new report from Business Insider confirms rumored details about Facebook’s efforts to create consumer hardware, and also says that longtime Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth has been tapped to lead those efforts. Earlier this month, sources told Bloomberg that Facebook’s Building 8 division was working on both a video chat device akin to the Amazon Echo Show, and a standalone smart speaker to compete with devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Business Insider’s new report confirms …
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Apple TV is losing badly to Roku and Amazon in the living room, survey finds

Apple TV is losing badly to Roku and Amazon in the living room, survey finds
Apple TV is continuing to lose ground to Roku and Amazon in the living room, a survey by Parks Associates has found. The consumer research company sampled 10,000 US homes and based its results on those which had at least one streaming player, according to AppleInsider. Roku jumped year-over-year from 32 percent to 37 percent, which is a foothold that none of its competitors can quite match. But Amazon is also gaining momentum and moved up from 16 percent to 24 percent. Apple, by contrast, fe…
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iOS 11 Safari will turn Google AMP links back into regular ones when sharing

iOS 11 Safari will turn Google AMP links back into regular ones when sharing
Apple is adding a subtle new feature to Safari in iOS 11 that will automatically strip out Google AMP URLs when a webpage is shared or copy and pasted, as spotted by MacStories editor Federico Viticci. Very nice: when sharing AMP pages to iMessage or Reading List, iOS 11 Safari automatically removes AMP’s crap from the URL. Go Apple pic.twitter.com/aHgSMcofUv— Federico Viticci (@viticci) August 23, 2017 Google’s AMP is a standard for stripped-down, faster webpages that Google favors in…
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Samsung is releasing a new Gear VR because the Note 8 won’t fit in older headsets

Samsung is releasing a new Gear VR because the Note 8 won’t fit in older headsets
Alongside the Galaxy Note 8 announced today, Samsung also revealed that it’s making yet another iteration of the Gear VR headset that’s designed to support the Note and its 6.3-inch display. Aside from accommodating Samsung’s newest phone, very little else seems different between this Gear VR and the previous one we saw a few months back that bundled in a handheld, physical controller. That one came out at the same time as the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but apparently Samsung wasn’t forward-thinking …
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Uber is still a growing business despite its leadership strife

Uber is still a growing business despite its leadership strife
Amid the arguments between investors and board members, and the continued search for a new CEO, Uber executives are eagerly sharing that its business continues to grow. Uber officials said Wednesday that gross bookings were up 17 percent in the second quarter of 2017 over the first, while losses shrank 14 percent to $645 million on revenue of $1.75 billion. The company reported $6.6 billion cash on hand, down from $7.1 billion at the last reporting period. This financial report comes after a …
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The FTC says it won’t stop Amazon from buying Whole Foods

The FTC says it won’t stop Amazon from buying Whole Foods
The Federal Trade Commission says it won’t attempt to block Amazon’s proposed acquisition of Whole Foods, despite some calls for the agency to closely scrutinize the deal. FTC will not “pursue this matter further” “The FTC conducted an investigation of this proposed acquisition to determine whether it substantially lessened competition under Section 7 of the Clayton Act, or constituted an unfair method of competition under Section 5 of the FTC Act,” the acting chief of the FTC’s Bureau of Co…
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