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Everything you need to know about laptop displays

From contrast and color gamut to refresh rate and screen resolution, here’s our guide to the terms you need to understand when considering a laptop display, along with what to look for in each one.

The post Everything you need to know about laptop displays appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

'Prospect': A Lo-Fi, DIY Sci-Fi Film That's Better Than Its Big-Budget Brethren

The indie presents an alternative universe and an alternate Hollywood, one where directors make visual effects in their basements.
Source: Wired

Vision Urbanetic: An autonomous electric van concept from Mercedes video – CNET

The Vision Urbanetic concept EV from Mercedes can swap out different body styles.
Source: CNET

How your personal data is used to create a perfect midterm election ad – CNET

Here’s what happens after you fill out your voter registration form.
Source: CNET

4 insanely good, amazingly cheap holiday gifts video – CNET

These items are fun, practical and oh-so-affordable.
Source: CNET

Apple and Siri fall further behind in the smart home – CNET

The hardware heavyweight may make the HomePod, but it doesn’t seem all that interested in overtaking Amazon or Google.
Source: CNET

Dells takes up to $450 off of XPS and Alienware notebooks for Black Friday

Dell just dropped its Black Friday ad this year, and shoppers can find some substantial savings on laptops, desktops, and other technology items. Some of the biggest deals include up to $450 off of XPS and Alienware notebooks.

The post Dells takes up to $450 off of XPS and Alienware notebooks for Black Friday appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Quantum Physicists Found a New, Safer Way to Navigate

GPS can be hacked, so airplanes and ships need a backup system. These quantum physicists think they have an answer.
Source: Wired

Baidu hits the gas on autonomous vehicles with Volvo and Ford deals

China’s search engine giant Baidu is continuing its partnership spree for Apollo, its open development platform for autonomous driving, after it inked a deal with Swedish automaker Volvo to develop level four self-driving passenger cars.

“Autonomous driving has been our dream, but it’s coming true,” said Li Zhenyu, vice president and general manager of Baidu’s intelligent driving group, at the company’s annual conference today. Level four means the vehicles can drive on pre-mapped roads with little or no human intervention.

The agreement came a day after Baidu and Ford forged an agreement to test self-driving vehicles on Chinese roads for two years. The American car giant’s self-driving system has already been fitted into Apollo, according to the duo’s joint statement.

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The Baidu-Red Flag autonomous passenger car

Baidu and Volvo, which is owned by China’s Geely, said they plan to mass produce the vehicles for the Chinese market, although there is no timeline for the promise. The deal marks Volvo’s first partnership to jointly develop autonomous vehicles in China. This is also the first time for Baidu to work with a non-Chinese automaker to mass produce level four passenger cars.

Over the past few months, Baidu has signed a number of Chinese carmakers including BAIC and Red Flag onto Apollo amid a global race to mass produce autonomous vehicles. As of July, the Apollo ecosystem counted 116 partners, up from 50 a year ago.

Baidu previously said its first batch of level four autonomous driving vehicles through the BAIC deal would be ready by 2021. Its level four minibuses with Xiamen King Long are already running in over ten locations throughout China, Baidu’s CEO Robin Li said during its Q3 earnings call on Tuesday.

Baidu has also been expanding its Apollo network by linking up with the government. On Tuesday, it announced a collaboration with the Chinese city of Changsha, which has over seven million residents, to apply self-driving solutions to the city’s roads. Baidu is also in talks with Beijing and Shanghai for a similar tie-up.


Source: TechCrunch

Spotify posts $1.35B in Q3 sales; MAUs up 28% to 191M with 87M paying users

Spotify, the streaming music company that went public earlier this year, posted its quarterly results today, and while it’s continuing to grow, it appears to just about be meeting analyst expectations when it comes to its financials. The company said that it made €1.352 billion in revenues for the quarter that ended in September, which is just ahead of analysts’ average estimates of $1.51 billion, or €1.33 billion.

Those numbers are up 31 percent on a year ago; its operating loss is now at €6 million, a 92 percent improvement on a year ago; and its margins are now at 25 percent, “outperforming” its expectations. With Spotify’s monthly active users now at 191 million — up 28 percent on last year — it will be interesting to see if investors will remain patient as Spotify tries to tip the scales in its favor.

In the meantime, the stock has been getting hammered and this week fell to an all-time low of $139/share. Currently, it’s at $145 and down 3 percent in pre-market trading — a sign that even with the modest rises, investors are not hugely impressed. (Its market cap as of yesterday’s close was $26.9 billion.)

One reason for skepticism despite meeting expectations, might be that Spotify has already warned that there will, indeed, be some dings to that margin in the quarters ahead. This week the company announced a partnership with Google where it will offer Google Home Mini speaks to people taking its Family plan as a holiday season promotion. “We anticipate that this partnership will have an adverse impact of approximately 50 basis points on our Gross Margin profile in Q4,” the company noted.

The US continues to be the biggest part of Spotify’s user base, although the company said that Latin America and Rest of World are growing the fastest (which is often the case with newer markets for consumer companies).

Within its user base, paying premium subscribers now total 87 million, keeping it well ahead of Apple Music’s 50 million (which it reported this past summer). That figure is up 40 percent and Spotify said it was fuelled by the company’s Family and Student plans. The company is now working with other streaming providers like Hulu and Showtime to offer bundles of entertainment, with a Student tier it introduced this quarter priced at $4.99, which has helped the company lock in more users who are less likely to churn.

However, the company continues to rely heavily on the “free” part of its freemium model for growth: it now has 109 million ad-supported MAUs, up 20 percent. The company has been expanding the kinds of advertising it serves to these users, so while it doesn’t monetise them with subscriptions, it will be getting its pound of flesh in other ways. Its programmatic ad platform, Ad Studio, is currently only live in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia, so there is still a lot of room for growth both in those markets and in others.

That will also mean that it needs to get its house in order. Specifically, Spotify has been facing — like many others that allow for easy and quick registrations to access services — a longer-term issue of weeding out bots and other fake users on the platform in order to get to a more accurate audience number. Spotify does not say how many users it’s identified through this process but says that it has been continuing that work.

The free users and the ad model that supports them, in any case, remain a relatively untapped part of Spotify’s business: the company said that premium revenue accounted for €1,210 million in Q3, up 31 percent on a year ago. That means ads are making only about €140 million at the moment.


Source: TechCrunch

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