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2 crucial tips for keeping your New Year's resolutions – CNET

Learn the secrets to make your resolutions stick.
Source: CNET

2019 could be the year AMD has a full lineup of 7nm Radeon GPUs

AMD just came off the reveal of the worlds first consumer 7nm graphics card, but In a new interview, AMD’s chief technology officer hints that 2019 could be the year where it has a full lineup of 7nm Radeon GPUs. 

The post 2019 could be the year AMD has a full lineup of 7nm Radeon GPUs appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Rumor suggests Apple’s AirPower mat has finally gone into production

In 2017, Apple announced the Qi-compatible AirPower Mat, a device that would charge multiple devices at once simply by placing them on the mat.

That product has been seriously delayed due to reported interference and overheating issues, with a whole year going by without hearing much about the availability of the product. In fact, Apple’s total silence on the matter led some to believe it may have been canceled altogether.

Today, however, a new rumor has breathed life back into hopes for an AirPower Mat.

Hong Kong website ChargerLAB tweeted that a credible source in the supply chain said Luxshare Precision (the same manufacturer that builds Airpods and USB-C cables) has started production on the AirPower charing pad.

MacRumors took a look at the tweet and used Google Translate to translate the WeChat screenshot included in the tweet, saying that the conversation is consistent with the information in the tweet.

ChargerLAB went on to tweet that another manufacturer, Pegatron, would start production on January 21st alongside Luxshare Precision. A report from June said that Pegatron would also be involved in manufacturing, so these tweets at least line up with what we’ve already heard.

Respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in October that the AirPower Mat could be released in first quarter 2019.

That said, this is just a rumor being passed along the Twitter grapevine for now.


Source: TechCrunch

Nissan IMs Concept is a self-driven Detroit moonshot – Roadshow

Traditional Japanese aesthetics and a James Bond vibe are folded into this futuristic electric EV codenamed “Moonraker.”
Source: CNET

Nissan IMs EV concept levels up at Detroit Auto Show video – Roadshow

Sleek self-driving Nissan EV brings premiere seating to Motown
Source: CNET

This Brooklyn man makes massive robotic costumes out of junk

One Man’s Trash from We Are Films on Vimeo.

Peter Kokis makes robots or, more correctly, he turns into robots. This Brooklyn artists takes parts from different things – slicers, juicers, and the like – and sticks them together to make some amazing costumes. He then wanders the streets of Brooklyn looking like an escaped Transformer.

His studio site, Brooklyn Robotworks, features many of his creations including an alien-looking robot and an exosuit that looks like something out of Gears of War.

“I look at the shape of objects and see their potential to portray something,” he wrote. “Virtually everything can be changed to suit my needs: re-shaped, cut-down, painted…altered in my ‘foundry’, to be seen as something else.”

This cute video shows Kokis’ foundry – actually his kitchen table – up close and explores the dedication of an artist who likes to make cool stuff to make people happy – a mission that applies to us all.


Source: TechCrunch

Spotify and India’s T-Series ink a global content deal for over 160,000 songs

Ahead of Spotify’s entry into the Indian market, the streaming service this morning announced a global content deal with a leading Indian film and music company, T-Series, which gives it access to T-Series’ entire Indian song catalog. This includes Bollywood and regional movie soundtracks, plus other non-film albums and emerging artist content, the company says.

In total the catalog boasts over 160,000 songs, and is available to Spotify listeners as of today.

The deal has been rumored to be in the works for some time, as Spotify has been negotiating with top Indian labels like T-Series as well as Times Music, Eros Music, and Zee Music to expand its catalog of local content before a launch in India.

In November, T-Series managing director Bhushan Kumar confirmed a deal with Spotify was in its final stages.

“We are bullish about India’s most popular music company tying up with the world’s most popular music streaming service,” Kumar said today, in a statement. “We are confident that together we will be able to reach new markets and spread the love for Indian music far and wide.”

Deals with labels aren’t the only way Spotify is prepping for its Indian debut. This past summer, it launched an Indian music hub on its service called Desi, which now counts over 930,000 followers and includes its own playlist, Desi Hits.

The Indian market won’t be simple for Spotify to win, as it will go up against local players including Gaana, which has over 80 million users, in addition to Saavn, Wynk, and global music services provided by Apple, Amazon and Google.

But gaining a foothold is key to Spotify’s continued international growth, due to the market’s sheer size.

Spotify has grown to over 200 million monthly users worldwide today, ahead of its launch in India, but is not profitable. (Except for that brief moment it had, thanks to a tax benefit.)

Despite not yet operating India, Spotify says over 4 million users are now regularly listening to Indian music on the service. There are also an estimated 30 million Indians living overseas, including in markets where Spotify operates, like the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, the U.K, and Germany, says Spotify.

The company is expected to launch in India in the first half of 2019, and that timeframe hasn’t changed, we understand.

“One of the ways Spotify has helped revolutionise music discovery is through its ability to connect millions of fans with the best music and artists from all over the world in a way that just wasn’t possible before streaming,” said Paul Smith, Director, Head of International Licensing at Spotify, in a statement. “Today’s deal with T-Series significantly strengthens our Indian music catalogue, bringing Bollywood to more than 200 million Spotify users worldwide. Having T-Series on Spotify is hugely significant and shows our commitment towards providing the very best music for our users,” he added.

 

 


Source: TechCrunch

Open Bionics closes $5.9M Series A for its affordable and cool bionic limbs

The world wowed a few years ago when a very clever startup from Bristol, UK, came up with 3D printed bionic limbs for amputees. Uniquely, the limbs were lightweight, cheap to make and could even be made into Iron Man-style arms to enthuse amputee children.

They went on to sign a deal with the huge UK National Health Service to bring new technologies to amputees, announced at a Techcrunch Crunch Disrupt.

Today Open Bionics has successfully raised $5.9 million from investors including F1’s Williams Advanced Engineering Group.

Their Series A round was led by Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund joined by Ananda Impact Ventures, and Downing Ventures, who continued to support the company with follow-on funding from their seed round.

The funding marks another success for the Bristol Robotics Lab, arguably the largest in the world, which plays host to other robotics startups such as Reach Robotics which closed $7.5M Series A for its augmented reality bots last year.

Open Bionics says it has achieved a price point that means their multi-grip bionic hand is the only advanced device that’s affordable enough to be covered by national healthcare systems in major western markets such as the UK, France, Germany and the USA.

The company launched private sales in May 2018 with its ‘Hero Arm’ which is now the best-selling multi-grip bionic hand in the UK and is also now selling in France and Spain with goals to serve more European countries this year. The bionic hands are small enough to fit children as young as 9 years old.

The Hero Arm allows amputees to choose between different finger speeds and movements enabling the wearer to pick up small objects like marbles with a fine pinch to carrying shopping baskets with a full hand grasp.

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Samantha Payne and Joel Gibbard, named by The Europas startup awards as the ‘hottest founders’ in Europe, founded the ‘tech for good’ company in 2014.
Payne, co founder and COO said: “This funding enables us to serve multiple international markets and we’re thrilled to finally be able to deliver bionic hands to amputees and people with limb differences in the USA later this year. We’re exceptionally excited to receive this support from such high calibre investors who not only offer financial backing but incredible experience in commercialisation, measuring impact, and engineering high-performance hardware.”

Gibbard, co-founder and CEO said: “This investment provides crucial capital to help Open Bionics deliver on its vision of making advanced prostheses available to a much wider audience of limb-different users. We look forward to offering the Hero Arm in multiple international markets and continuing the development of great products that solve challenges within mobility and independence.”

Last year Open Bionics received support from Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, and the Dalai Lama.

Matthew Burke, Head of Technology Ventures, Williams Advanced Engineering, said: “Williams Advanced Engineering is excited to work with the team at Open Bionics and share our expertise in product development systems. Alongside the Fund’s investment, Open Bionics will benefit from the engineering and technology experience at Williams and the investment management and growth experience of Foresight’s team of investment professionals. Together this aims to be an ideal combination to deliver for the sector, its customers and the wider UK economy.”

Johannes Weber, founder of Ananda Impact Ventures said: “I have been in Kosovo as a NATO soldier in 1999 and during my deployment had to deal with many cases of limb differences. Since then I have always wanted to become more active in the field. At Ananda we are really excited to be supporting Open Bionics and seeing its products changing society’s perceptions around limb difference and drastically changing user’s self image.”


Source: TechCrunch

Desalination Is Booming. But What About All That Toxic Brine?

Desalination plants turn seawater into drinking water, but also pump hypersaline water back into the environment. That’s especially troubling because desal has become extremely popular.
Source: Wired

Tech Workers Unite to Fight Forced Arbitration

A social media campaign against forced arbitration clauses in employment contracts is a rare example of employees from different companies joining together.
Source: Wired

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