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That 2018 iPhone with the LCD screen might not ship until October – CNET

Rumor has it you’ll have to wait a bit for the rumored budget-friendly iPhone.
Source: CNET

Facebook Just Learned the True Cost of Fixing Its Problems

Facebook shares fell 20 percent after it said revenue growth would slow and it would spend additional billions per year to tackle fake news and other concerns.
Source: Wired

Your 2018 iPhone may be slower than Android phones – CNET

That’s because Apple’s upcoming iPhones will use only Intel modems, Qualcomm inferred, and that could mean slower network speeds.
Source: CNET

Richard Branson hopes Virgin Galactic can get him to space this year – CNET

Virgin Galactic is getting closer to sending people to space, but we’ve heard ambitious predictions like this before.
Source: CNET

HBO’s Deadwood movie is finally happening – CNET

Less dragons, more cowboys as HBO greenlights the on-again-off-again Deadwood movie.
Source: CNET

China Blocks Qualcomm’s Attempt to Buy a Dutch Chipmaker

Qualcomm planned to acquire NXP for $38 billion in an attempt to reduce its reliance on phones. China’s refusal to approve the deal is the latest salvo in ongoing trade wars.
Source: Wired

Disrupt SF 2018 early-bird prices extended for one more week

The tech gods and goddesses must adore procrastinators, because we were suddenly compelled to extend our early-bird pricing on passes to Disrupt San Francisco 2018. It kills us to see folks paying more than necessary, so you now have until August 1 at midnight PST — another full week — to get your tickets and experience all the tech and VC goodness that Disrupt San Francisco 2018 has to offer. Don’t put it off; go buy your tickets today.

Our most ambitious Disrupt event takes place at our new, larger venue, Moscone Center West, on September 5-7. If you haven’t heard, this will be our only Disrupt event in North America this year, and we’ve gone all-out to make these three days special and value-packed.

Startup Battlefield is always frenzied excitement, but this year, we super-sized the stakes. The grand prize? $100,000 in non-equity cash. The competition will be fierce, and we can’t wait to see how it all goes down.

We’ve gone global with a Virtual Hackathon, which features thousands of the world’s best tech-heads, coders, designers and programmers hacking some incredible creations and competing for a $10,000 grand prize. And thanks to our generous sponsors, we have a bunch of amazing hack contests that offer thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.

Every Disrupt offers an incredible list of speakers, and this year may stand out from the rest. We’re particularly excited to have some of the top women in the VC world grace our stage. We’re talking Megan Quinn, a general partner at Spark Capital; Sarah Tavel, Benchmark’s first — and so far, only — female general partner; and Aileen Lee, who coined the term Unicorn and has formed her own company, Cowboy Ventures.

Whether you’re a founder, an investor, a marketer or a job-seeker, you won’t find any better place to network than Startup Alley. Our exhibition floor features more than 1,200 early-stage startups showcasing a range of technological goodness with a particular emphasis on these 12 categories: AI, AR/VR, Blockchain, Biotech/Healthtech, Fintech, Gaming, Privacy/Security, Space, Mobility, Retail or Robotics/IoT.

Founders and investors can make their networking a whole lot easier by using CrunchMatch. That’s our free business match-making service that connects early-stage startup founders and investors who share similar business interests and profiles.

Disrupt San Francisco 2018 takes place on September 5-7. So many great reasons to go, and now you have one extra week to buy your pass. Early-bird pricing ends on August 1 at midnight PST. Depending on which type of pass you choose, you can save up to $1,200. Don’t pay more than necessary. Buy your tickets today.


Source: TechCrunch

What is USB 3.1?

USB can get much more complicated than it needs to be. Need a quick primer on USB 3.1 and its various flavors? This guide will teach you the difference between Gen 1, Gen 2, and Type-C, and help you make sense of this whole USB mess.

The post What is USB 3.1? appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Nanotech powers this super-sensitive microphone

The trouble with microphones is that they don’t just hear — they have to listen. Powering the mic and its signal processor means using energy, and energy means a battery, and a battery means charging. This new microphone-like system hears more like the way our own ears do, requiring little or no power, and could help fill the world with voice-responsive machines. (If that’s something we really want.)

The device is called a “triboelectric auditory sensor,” and it works via what’s called the triboelectric effect — essentially when two surfaces rub together and create a charge. They’re still trying to figure out why this happens, but what matters to engineers is that it happens reliably.

Triboelectric nanogenerators have been around for a few years, creating power by having two compatible materials interact with each other at super-small scales. While they’re tiny and highly efficient, they don’t actually produce a lot of power. Researchers from Chongqing University found that, fortunately, you don’t need a lot of power for the purposes of detecting sound.

Our own ears have what’s called a cochlea inside them, a sort of long sealed canal filled with liquid and motion-sensitive cells; when sound hits the end of the cochlea, different parts of it vibrate depending on the frequencies that make up the sound. It’s basically a Fourier Transform done instantly by organic hardware and is very cool.

The triboelectric auditory sensor does something like this. All along its surface are tiny membranes that vibrate when sound waves strike them, causing the materials to rub together and generate a small charge. By recording the different charges from the different membranes with different frequency responses, the device puts together a complete picture of the sound it hears, using no power but what is created by the nanogenerators. It’s also extremely sensitive.

Currently it’s just a prototype, but the researchers demonstrate it in use in various everyday circumstances, so it definitely works. Such a low-power solution could be a way for, say, a piece of electronics to save energy and sleep all day, only waking when it detects someone has walked in the room. It’s a good fit for robots, too, as the device is thin and flat and can even be transparent. No need for ear holes, then.

Hearing aids could also be improved with these: hearing loss often covers a stretch of frequencies — say, from 500-1,000 Hz — and the triboelectric sensors can be tuned to accept only sound from that span and amplify it for the wearer. No need to accept all the frequencies, process the sound, apply filters, and retransmit it.

These aren’t going to replace microphones altogether, but they’re an attractive option for applications where energy consumption must be kept to an absolute minimum — and such applications are multiplying with the growth of IoT and embedded electronics.


Source: TechCrunch

BMW to debut new production car at Pebble Beach, M850i too – Roadshow

While the folks from Munich are keeping mum about what car they’re debuting, we’re still excited to see the new 8 Series on US soil for the first time.
Source: CNET

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