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5th May 2017 Verify and identity assurance – it’s time for a rethink

The government’s Verify identity platform is not meeting user needs – it’s time to step back and review how best to make online identity for public services work – Source

Ex-government privacy advisor calls for ‘fundamental review’ of Verify identity scheme

Former Cabinet Office privacy group co-chair says the Verify identity assurance programme needs ‘honest and fundamental reset’ – Source

Will It Sous Vide? Rich and Meaty Duck Confit

Hello everyone, and welcome to a rich and meaty edition of Will It Sous Vide?, the weekly column where I make whatever you want me to with my immersion circulator.

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SpaceX’s satellite internet, Whirlpool buys Yummly video – CNET

Today’s most important tech stories include SpaceX’s plan for satellite internet and Whirlpool’s purchase of recipe and app service Yummly. Plus Snapchat signs deals to make original content with NBC, Vice and the NFL. – Source

Price gap between Samsung and Apple smartphones reaches new record

According to a recent report by Strategy Analytics, the difference between the average selling price (ASP) of Samsung and Apple smartphones increased in the last quarter of 2016. The average selling price of iPhones was $692, while Samsung smartphones sold for $227. This means that the gap between the average prices has reached a new record of $465.

This comes as no surprise. The reason for the big price difference is because the two companies have very different business strategies. Apple has always been focused on the premium market whereas Samsung is selling smartphones in basically every price range. There’s the high-end Galaxy S generation, the mid-range A series, and the budget-friendly J and C devices.

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Because it does a lot of business in emerging markets where entry-level and mid-range devices are in high demand, Samsung’s average selling price has decreased significantly over the years. In 2012, for example, the company’s smartphones retailed for $438 on average. Apple’s ASP, on the other hand, was around $600 in the same year.

The report also claims that the price gap will likely increase in the near future. This means that the average selling price of iPhones will go up eventually or that Samsung’s will go down – or both. With the tenth anniversary iPhone right around the corner though, we think we know who’ll be responsible for widening the margin.

Are you surprised by the big price gap between iPhones and Samsung smartphones? Let us know down below.

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Something Totally Crazy Could Happen to Bumblebee in Transformers: The Last Knight

The BBC is waging a new War of the Worlds. Get a bizarre look at a Guardian of the Galaxy on the set of Avengers: Infinity War. Aquaman teases some flashbacks ahead for Arthur Curry. Plus, teasing new details for the Han Solo movie, and what’s to come on Arrow, Flash, iZombie, and Supergirl. To me, my Spoilers!

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Fender’s new guitar amps can be fine-tuned from your phone

Fender first revealed its mobile software plans back in August of last year when the guitar maker’s digital arm debuted a tuner app for iOS. In November, we learned the company had guitar amplifiers in the works that would wirelessly sync settings wi… – Source

Why emotional intelligence is key for project success

Emotional intelligence is the ability to empathize with others, demonstrate emotions, and make decisions based on multi-level awareness. Here’s how it affects project outcomes. – Source

LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3 review – CNET

Gigantic (both physical size and storage space) and unprecedentedly fast, LaCie’s 12big Thunderbolt 3 is the ultimate storage system for professionals. Here’s CNET’s full review. – Source

Weekend Streaming: Second season of ‘Sense8’ pops up on Netflix – CNET

Netflix has a few originals returning including “Sense8.” Meanwhile, Amazon is bringing classic movies online. – Source

Fender’s new connected amps will help beginners find the perfect tone

Fender’s second app, Tone, is far more ambitious than its predecessor. In fact, it’s the first smartphone app I can recall that’s launched alongside a trio of amplifiers. It’s not necessary to operate them, of course, but it’s certainly a big part of their appeal, opening up access to a seemingly infinite range of guitar tones in the way only a smartphone can. The… Read More

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LaCie 6big Thunderbolt 3 review – CNET

LaCie’s 6big Thunderbolt 3 strike a balance between cost, design and performance and makes a great storage systems for professionals. – Source

Hulu Live TV Is the Best Cordcutter Service Yet, But It Needs Some Work

Hulu’s highly-anticipated live TV service is now available in beta and from my viewing experience, it’s the strongest offering yet, thanks to its combination of live TV, Hulu originals, and an on-demand selection of thousands of movies and TV shows.

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Hulu Live TV Is the Best Cordcutter Service Yet, But It Needs Some Work

Hulu’s highly-anticipated live TV service is now available in beta and from my viewing experience, it’s the strongest offering yet, thanks to its combination of live TV, Hulu originals, and an on-demand selection of thousands of movies and TV shows.

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What angle would you rather have on your selfie camera: wide or narrow?

When taking a self-made mugshot, you are often at an arm’s length from your device and it can be hard to get a lot into the shot. When trying to get a picture that catches your torso, a landscape piece, or another friend, things can get ugly, with cropped foreheads, chopped off limbs, weirdly twisted poses, and smiles that are obviously forced due to all the pain you are in.

To battle this, most manufacturers have widened the angle of the selfie camera on their handsets, letting it “see” more. Most notably, LG experimented with a super-wide-angle, 120-degree snapper on the V10, and then … – Source

Qualcomm may have two more processors in the cards for May 9

Twitter buzz started by leakster Roland Quandt suggests chip maker Qualcomm has two more rabbits in the proverbial hat for the Snapdragon 660 processor’s impending May 9 announcement. These could be the Snapdragon 630 and 635 processors, envisioned as upgrades to the company’s well-regarded mid-range Snapdragon 625 chip. It contains a 14nm octa-core CPU with eight ARM Cortex A53 cores running at up to 2GHz speeds, along with the Adreno 506 graphics unit.

Judging from previous leaks, the 630 and 635 will be similar in design, but bumped to 2.5GHz maximum speed and … – Source

Equity podcast: Betting against Elon Musk, and Sequoia’s Roelof Botha owns how many Teslas?

Welcome back to another episode of Equity, TechCrunch’s weekly podcast that works to put the ‘fun’ in ‘venture capital.’ This week from our SoMa studio, Katie Roof, Matthew Lynley and Alex Wilhelm were joined by Sequoia’s Roelof Botha. Sequoia, as you might know, was an early backer of companies like Google and Apple. Celebrating the continuing… Read More

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Look at this epic racetrack a team of engineers built in their office

The responsibilities of adulthood can be stressful, which is why it’s important for grownups to play from time to time.

SEE ALSO: This inventor built a real-life ‘Iron Man’ suit and it’s awesome

A team of engineers at SGS Engineering released their inner big kids when they built a track in their office. The fun project combined their twin loves of engineering and race cars.

Here’s how the day went down.

First, they drew up a carefully calculated plan.

They measured out their plan.

Image: SGS Engineering

They laid out all of their parts.

The pieces were laid out before assembly.

Image: SGS Engineering …

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The Smartest Alarm Clock Has Never Been Cheaper

BEDDI combines all the best parts of alarm clocks, phone chargers, Bluetooth speakers, and wake-up lights into the ultimate bedside companion, and you can pick one up for an all-time low $87 today.

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The Smartest Alarm Clock Has Never Been Cheaper

BEDDI combines all the best parts of alarm clocks, phone chargers, Bluetooth speakers, and wake-up lights into the ultimate bedside companion, and you can pick one up for an all-time low $87 today.

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We, your child’s school, regret banning fidget spinners after seeing what toy came next

More about Kids, Children, Toys, Humor, and Watercooler – Source

Xiaomi left out the headphone jack on the Mi 6 for bigger battery

Last month, Xiaomi announced the Mi 6 in China. Upon closer inspection it was revealed that the phone does not have a headphone jack, like so many others in the past year.

When asked why, Xiaomi had the same reason to give as Apple. According to the quote given to Android Central, not having the headphone jack allowed Xiaomi to make space for other components, such as a bigger battery. Indeed, the Mi 6 has a larger 3350mAh battery over the 3000mAh on the Mi 5 despite being roughly the same size.

With the headphone jack gone, the Mi 6 now relies on the USB-C connector to output audio…

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OnePlus software updates schedule: here’s when your OnePlus phone is getting updated


PSSST! Got a OnePlus device, perchance?

If the answer to that question is “Oh, yes!”, then you’re definitely interested when your device is getting the next version of Android — after all, that’s one of the vital questions pertaining to the Android scene.
Luckily, OnePlus is one of those manufacturers that usually don’t get quite long to update their phones to the latest Android release. The reason for that is pretty simple – carriers have never stood in the way of “relatively” fast software updates.

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The WriteyDesk is a desk you can write on

Whether you’re an unsung mathematical genius with a penchant for writing complex equations all over everything or a damn vandal, you’ll find the WriteyDesk quite useful. This test is essentially a big whiteboard that upon which you can write, draw, or sketch and it’s erasable. It comes in white or “birch” and $300 on Kickstarter and $400 when it hits… Read More

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Samsung Galaxy S8 price drops to $177 in South Korea because of illegal discounts

The hot new smartphone flagships usually debut on the market with different discounts, promotional initiatives and subsidies that help the carriers expand their customer base. Last month, Sprint, for example, offered the opportunity to lease two Samsung Galaxy S8 phones for the price of one with each new line activation. But this is nothing at the background of the price drop noticed recently on the South Korea market. There, the price of the Galaxy S8 has dropped to the hard to believe point of about $177, ET News reports.

The reason is that the smartphone sellers in South Korea … – Source

ICYMI: A prosthetic hand with two senses

Today on In Case You Missed It: We get our first close-up look at Saturn’s rings thanks to the Cassini spacecraft — which just completed the first of its twenty-two passes through the planets’ famed hoops. NASA stitched together the images from… – Source

Learn to build cross-platform apps with Xamarin for just $35

App development is the bees’ knees right now. The cat’s pajamas. “Where it’s at”. But do you build apps for iOS or Android? And which software do you use to do it? Of course, you want your apps to be in both the Google Play Store and the App Store, so do you bounce back and forth between coding languages to get them there? No.

Learn to code with Xamarin for only $35! Learn More

There’s a big opportunity for people who use Xamarin to help develop apps for both iOS and Android, simultaneously. People who can use Xamarin to its fullest are much-sought-after in the current app development industry and the current app development industry is thriving. You need to get in there and show ’em what you got. But you need to learn Xamarin and get some real-world app-building experience first.

Enter the Xamarin Cross Platform Development Bundle from Android Central Digital Offers. Through more than 57 hours of content, you’ll learn the absolute basics of Xamarin, right up to the most advanced cross-platform development techniques, and you’ll build fully functional apps for iOS and Android using the C# programming language. That’s lifetime access to almost 60 hours of content, comprising 6 courses, for only $35. Go elsewhere for this kind of education, and you’d end up spending over $1000, but at Android Central Digital Offers, you save 96%!

Understand the most popular development platform now! Learn More

In the first course, you’ll learn the basics of Xamarin and jump in the deep end, creating fully developed apps. From there, you’ll tackle mastering C#, Xamarin Forms, Xamarin and Android, building native cross-platform apps, and finish off with the Ultimate Xamarin Course, where you’ll learn advanced development techniques and strategies.

App development is big business right now and being able to simultaneously create apps for the two biggest mobile platforms is not only efficient but a valuable skill in the industry. Grab the Xamarin Cross Platform Development Bundle from Android Central Digital Offers and learn all there is to know about Xamarin so that you can get a foot in the app development door and start to build your career. Just don’t pay over $1000 elsewhere. Get lifetime access to over 57 hours of content for just $35 at Android Central Digital Offers.

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The OnePlus 5 is confirmed to be coming this summer

Prepare your wallets, a new OnePlus is on the horizon.

Update: Android Central has independently confirmed that the OnePlus 5 will launch in the early summer timeframe, likely early June.

There’s still plenty we don’t know about the next phone from OnePlus, but one thing that has been absolutely settled is when everyone can expect to buy it. According to The Verge, and confirmed by Android Central, OnePlus will be unveiling its next phone at some point in the summer, and it’s not being called OnePlus 4 because that number is considered unlucky. Instead, as rumors suggested, it’ll be called the OnePlus 5.

OnePlus has a history of making hardware for enthusiasts who get excited about raw specs, so rumors of a Snapdragon 835 with 6GB of RAM under a 5.5-inch 1080p display and dual cameras on the back tick a lot of boxes for that crowd. The current OnePlus 3T is still considered more than enough phone for a lot of people, and at nearly half the price of the industry heavyweights. While none of these details have been confirmed, it’s not hard to see OnePlus pulling out all of the stops and making sure this phone feels like a worthy upgrade in every possible way for its loyal userbase.

Are you excited about this OnePlus 5? What is the one killer feature you’d like to see OnePlus nail with this generation? Sound off in the comments!

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Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ teaser trailer is definitely channeling ‘Game of Thrones’

The first teaser trailer for Marvel’s Inhumans has arrived, and it all seems a little reminiscent of Game of Thrones.

That’s partially because the villain, Maximus, is played by Iwan Rheon — aka GOT’s sadistic Ramsay Bolton — and partly because the ominous teaser sets up a royal conflict between Maximus and his brother, Black Bolt (Anson Mount), the King of the Inhumans.

Much like Marvel’s other dysfunctional super-bros, Thor and Loki, Maximus and Black Bolt have very different approaches to leadership, and it sounds like Maximus is done playing second fiddle. We’d guess he’s talking to Black Bolt’s partner, Medusa (Serinda Swan), who probably isn’t too happy with his rabble-rousing. …

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NYC cafe accuses Starbucks of stealing their unicorn drink

Two coffee shop unicorns are sharpening their horns to wage a legal battle.

NYC cafe The End is claiming that Starbucks stole the idea of a unicorn-themed beverage from them.

Back in January, the Brooklyn-based cafe garnered major headlines as word spread about their colorful and sprinkle-laden unicorn latte. The drink is served warm and contains no actual coffee. It’s made with ginger, lemon, coconut milk, and e3 live blue green algae.

Needless to say, Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino contained none of those ingredients.


More about Lawsuit, Unicorn Frappuccino, Unicorn Latte, Starbucks, and Conversations – Source

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