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8th November 2017

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority continues smart transformation and tests blockchain

Utility organisation is harnessing the latest technologies, including artificial intelligence and blockchain – Source

Tiny startup Corephotonics says Apple laughed off its dual camera patents, sues for infringement

No matter what the current dual camera trend implies about the R&D departments of Samsung, Apple, and the like, most of the efforts started not in Seoul or Cupertino, but rather in Israel’s pretty amazing startup culture. With thousands of young firms working on anything from biosimilars to groundbreaking camera technologies, Israel has been a hub of entrepreneurship and creativity for a good while now, and the Israeli startup Corephotonics has been working on “multi-aperture imaging technologies” for years, with the first patent filed way back in 2013. We even probed … – Source

Swisscom picks Ericsson to build its 5G network

Swiss incumbent operator Swisscom commits to nationwide gigabit 4G from 2018, and 5G from 2020 – Source

Estonian e-resident population growth exceeds birth rate

The number of non-Estonian people who applied for e-residency of the Baltic state exceeds the birth rate so far for this year – Source

Security Think Tank: Web security down to good risk management

What are the main web security challenges for organisations and how are they best addressed? – Source

People ready to consider AI, but businesses must tackle ethics

Study from Sage finds technology early adopters and consumers are ready to try artificial intelligence, but there are concerns over ethics – Source

Samsung loses top smartphone vendor spot to Apple in US

There has been a tug-of-war between Samsung and Apple for the top US smartphone vendor spot for some time. Not only are the companies closely matched in terms of sales figures, they tend to release their major products in different quarters: Apple launching its new iPhones in the latter half of the year, and Samsung releasing its Galaxy S flagships during the first. This leads to peaks and troughs for both companies, which regularly sees them cross over in terms of US smartphone shipments.

Despite Samsung remaining the top dog in the global smartphone market in Q3 2017, research company Strategy Analytics suggests that Apple has once again regained the top spot position for the US.

Editor’s PickUS Supreme Court will not hear Samsung’s appeal in patent loss to Apple

It appears that the long and bloody court battle between Samsung and Apple hit a wall today when the US Supreme Court refused to hear Samsung’s appeal of a ruling that awarded Apple $120 million.

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Samsung shipped an estimated 9.9 million phones in the US for Q3 2017 compared to Apple’s 12 million iPhones. This resulted in a 30.4 percent market share for Apple versus 25.1 percent market share for Samsung, thus ending Samsung’s reported two-quarter run as the top smartphone vendor in the US.

Though Apple will almost certainly lead Q4 2017 also, competition between the two companies is fiercer, and more complicated, than ever. Apple just launched its tenth anniversary iPhone, the iPhone X, which is probably going to become one of the biggest selling smartphones ever, while Samsung stands to earn potentially billions of dollars from the phone thanks to its partnership with Apple as a components supplier.

Samsung may now struggle to climb back to the top US smartphone vendor spot until after the release of its Galaxy S9 next year.

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Ole Harms joins us at Disrupt Berlin to talk about Moia’s first year of exploring mobility

Volkswagen Group’s Moia sub-brand launched last year at TechCrunch Disrupt, with a focus on helping connect the dots between VW’s existing automotive business and a future where city-dwellers also rely heavily on ride pooling and ride hailing services. Moia CEO Ole Harms will join us this year to recap how Moia’s first year in existence has gone, what he company, and… Read More

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Roger Federer wore a kilt to a tennis match and it’s cooler than you’ll ever be

There is no nobler pursuit than tennis in kilts.

SEE ALSO: Federer and Nadal turned their rivalry into the world’s ultimate tennis bromance

Tennis superstars Roger Federer and Andy Murray played each other at a charity match in Glasgow on Tuesday, and things got pretty darn Scottish.

First up, Federer received a warm welcome from his Caledonian opponent.

Can’t get a warmer welcome than this. Thanks @andy_murray … is this your usual pre-match routine? 🍪 pic.twitter.com/mWntwqvDPA

— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) November 7, 2017

Murray even upped the ante.

Yea that’s a good start but try a deep fried Mars bar on top of that and you’ll be properly ready💪💪@rogerfederer

— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) …

More about Andy Murray, Kilt, Roger Federer, Culture, and Sports

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Panasonic launches G9 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

Panasonic has launched the G9, the company’s flagship mirrorless interchangeable lens camera for still photographers. The company claims it offers the highest image quality in the history of all LUMIX G cameras.

The G9 has a 20.3 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor without optical low-pass filter and a new Venus 10 rendering engine. The camera can also produce 80 megapixel stills in RAW or JPEG by shifting its sensor around, provided you use a tripod.

The G9 has an improved in-body 5-axis stabilization, which allows you to use a 6.5 stop slower shutter speed. Combined with a…

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Samsung HW-MS750 review – CNET

The Samsung HW-MS750 offers a decent mix of features and performance, but it’s simply too expensive for what it does. – Source

Roku Express (2017) review – CNET

It might not have all the fanciest features, but the ultra-affordable Roku Express is still a great choice if you value simplicity and quick-enough load times. – Source

How to have a Trump-free election anniversary

Sorry, Christmas. November 8th, not you, is now the most trauma-laden holiday of the year.

Today marks the anniversary of Donald Trump’s election, aka the day we all came to fear our push notifications. At least 65 million voters remember November 8th as the day our lives officially became crappy. We were forced to knit heinous pussy hats, call Paul Ryan on the phone, and take public transportation to distant cities so our government wouldn’t throw 23 million citizens off a cliff.

Trump has already taken up so much space in our psyche. He doesn’t have to. There’s a way you can commemorate the election anniversary without reliving all of its actual trauma. …

More about Watercooler, Humor, President Trump, Self Care, and Culture – Source

Aldi’s latest bargain is a 3D printer

When you think of Aldi, you’ll likely picture low-priced fresh fruit and veg, cheap alcohol and metal bins full of “Specialbuys”. Each week, it’s a lottery on whether there’s a special on power tools, slow cookers or bedding. But what about a 3D prin… – Source

Uber and NASA plan to launch flying cars in Los Angeles in 2020 – Roadshow

The ride-sharing company is reaching for the sky with its plans for UberAIR. – Source

India’s Uber rival Ola to license connected car platform to vehicle makers worldwide

Ride-sharing companies the world over are branching out to go beyond just handling your car trips. In recent weeks we’ve seen Uber, the pioneer of the genre, announced its own Visa card while Southeast Asia’s Grab is developing a payment wallet that lets you pay for lunch, dinner and other small items. Now India-based Ola is doubling down on connect car tecnology after it… Read More

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WeChat owner Tencent snapped up another 12% of Snap this month

We already knew that Tencent, the owner of China’s messaging behemoth WeChat, was an investor in Snap when the company was still a startup going by the name of its flagship app, Snapchat. Now, as Snap’s stock price buckles under the weight of slow user growth and missed revenue expectations, Tencent is deepening its hold on the company. In a 10-Q SEC filing for its quarterly… Read More

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Uber adds LA to flying taxi test cities, demo flights slated for 2020

Uber has inked a partnership with Nasa over its flying taxi plans and says now it’s aiming to get demo flights up and running in Los Angeles by 2020. Read More

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Best Buy’s Black Friday ad is here with a 50-inch 4K TV for $180 and more

Best Buy’s Black Friday ad may have you thinking about lining up on Thanksgiving!

Black Friday will be here before you know it, and there’s no better time to start preparing than now. Best Buy’s Black Friday ad is usually one of the most anticipated ads of the season, and this year the retailer doesn’t disappoint.

Best Buy 2017 Black Friday Ad Analysis
Best Buy 2017 Black Friday Ad Scan

Best Buy will be open from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Thanksgiving and will re-open at 8 a.m. on Black Friday. The retailer won’t be waiting for Thanksgiving to start the fun, though. There are already a bunch of deals that you can purchase at Black Friday pricing, and new doorbusters will be announced on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Some of the hottest deals that we’ve spotted include a $180 Sharp 50-inch 4K TV, up to $100 off Sonos speakers, $30 Amazon Fire Tablets, $100 Amazon Cloud Cameras, and various other tech and smart home goodies.

There will be video games starting at $25, the Nintendo Switch will be widely available, and 4K Blu-ray’s will start at just $10.

Check out the Thrifter Black Friday Hub

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A whole country is tracking a minister’s flight back to the UK to maybe get fired

Britain is a strange place, at least in its post-Brexit form.

SEE ALSO: Britain’s health service uses long Twitter thread to explain why it needs more black people to donate blood

The latest in political madness is about a cabinet minister who’s been recalled to London from Uganda by Prime Minister Theresa May, who will probably fire her.

Priti Patel, international development secretary, is under pressure to leave the cabinet after it emerged that she held at least a dozen …

More about Israel, Britain, Netanyahu, Priti Patel, and Uk Minister

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AT&T has sold just 10,000 Moto Z2 Force phones since launch, but Motorola’s US market share has grown

Motorola is betting big on the Moto Z2 Force this year. With no Moto Z2 on the market, all of the pressure is on the Moto Z2 Force to carry the Lenovo-owned company’s flagship banner in 2017. Unfortunately, that isn’t all going to plan – at least not at AT&T.

According to new research, only 10,000 Moto Z2 Force phones have been sold through AT&T since the device’s August launch. By comparison, Verizon is thought to have sold ten times that amount, having put around 100,000 Moto Z2 Force handsets in consumers’ pockets between August and October.

This isn’t totally unexpected of course. The Moto brand’s elite smartphones have become synonymous with Verizon in recent years, including the carrier-exclusive Moto Z Force Droid. Verizon customers are very familiar with Motorola phones as a result, and the company’s customer base is now full of Moto fans.

This all changed with the Moto Z2 Force, as Motorola decided to bring its latest flagship to all four major carriers. It also reportedly backed the shatterproof phone with a $200 million marketing campaign, but unfortunately, considering AT&T’s estimated numbers, it appears that the device has not met the company’s sales expectations.

What makes the AT&T figure so surprising is the seemingly low uptake of the incredible promotion running alongside the Moto Z2 Force, that saw the carrier give away a free Moto Insta-Share Projector mod worth a whopping $300 with each device.

The sales data, which was tracked and collected by BayStreet Research, also estimates that T-Mobile sold 20,000 units over the same period, while Sprint sold around 15,000 units.

Despite the low sales, Motorola does have something to celebrate as the company has almost doubled its market share in the US year-over-year in the third quarter. According to Strategy Analytics, the Chicago-based company shipped 2.1 million smartphones during the period which represents a 91% increase over the 1.1 million sold in the same quarter in 2016.

The data makes Motorola the fifth largest smartphone manufacturer in the US for Q3 2017 – behind Apple, Samsung, LG, ZTE – with 5.2% market share.

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Galaxy S9 to be released early: no in-display finger scanner, but its back will ‘change a lot’

Back in the summer, Korean media reported that Samsung Display will commence the shipment of the Galaxy S9’s OLED panels in November, which is two months earlier than usual, feeding the notion that the next Samsung flagship might be released before the usual April/March time slot. Earlier on, the same sources tipped that all three major phones from Samsung next year – the Galaxy S9, S9+, and the Note 9, will use the same screen sizes as their predecessors, indicating that the Infinity Display design will be here to stay for at least another edition of Samsung’s flagship … – Source

Deliveroo’s delivery fee-dodging subscription is going nationwide

Like any addiction, a Deliveroo dependency can get pretty expensive between the cost of food and the £2.50 delivery fee. But Deliveroo isn’t your average peddler, and earlier this year it launched a subscription service that offered power users… – Source

Google shares 10 tips for capturing great portraits on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Google has been actively advertising the portrait mode available on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL ever since the two phones were officially announced. If you’re not familiar with how it works, it basically strives to simulate the shallow depth of field that can be achieved with a dedicated camera and lens, or in other words, it blurs the background behind the subject when taking portraits.
And to make sure that all Pixel 2 users will be able to make the most out of portrait mode, Google has posted 10 helpful tips that will up your photography game. Here’s … – Source

Jibo is a cute home robot, but it’s not as smart as Alexa

More about Reviews, Review, Robot, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics – Source

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro review: The best fitness tracker for most people

Samsung’s latest waterproof fitness tracker is smarter — and cheaper — than many smartwatches.

It’s taken a few years, but Samsung’s wearable strategy has settled — as has much of the industry — on fitness as its primary selling point. This year’s crop of wrist-worn products from the Korean giant include the excellent Gear Sport, along with the Gear Fit2 Pro, both with the intention of making it easy to track steps and workouts while receiving notifications.

In other words, the value proposition hasn’t changed dramatically from the original Gears of a few years ago, but the 2017 refreshes put an emphasis on durability, longevity, and comfort.

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Gear Fit2 Pro What you’ll love

The Fit2 Pro is the direct successor to last year’s Fit2, and besides the new strap design, the two could be interchangeable — at least on the surface. With a 1.5-inch vertical OLED display that gets really bright, the Tizen-based interface — black background throughout to lengthen battery life — is easy to understand and extremely touch-friendly. Samsung has this down pat.

Display: 1.5 inches 216×432 pixels
OS: Tizen
Price: $169.99
Processor: Dual Core (1GHz Exynos 3250)
RAM: 512MB
Storage: 4GB
Weight: 34 grams
Size: 25 x 51.3 x 12.6 mm
Wireless: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
Sensors: Heart rate, Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer
Battery: 200mAh (three to five days)
Colors: Red+black, black
Compatibility: Android + iOS

While 2016’s Gear Fit2 had a built-in GPS, it wasn’t waterproof, which has since been corrected in its sequel. Not only can the Fit2 Pro plumb the depths of your average pool, it’s certified waterproof to 5 atmospheres — even if you dive to the bottom of a pool, it’ll survive. The red plastic casing has two buttons on the right, one to go back to the previous screen and the other to enter the app drawer, and they’re both clicky and responsive. No complaints there.

The Fit2 Pro lives up to its name: it effortlessly tracks workouts, automatically after 10 minutes or as directed by you when engaging in something specific like a bike ride or swim, and records a number of worthwhile metrics including heart rate, steps taken, floor climbed, and more.

It actually takes heart rate measurements constantly throughout the day, similar to the latest Fitbits, and does so with accuracy; I wore a Fitbit Ionic on another wrist for a day and found the metrics to be close enough to satisfy me. I’m no athlete; I just want a fairly robust approximation of my steps taken, calories burned, and route taken. That the Fit2 Pro is comfortable enough to wear the whole day without noticing it is helpful, too.

All of those things are table stakes for a so-called fitness tracker, but the Fit2 Pro emulates a smartwatch in a number of impactful ways; it shows notifications in a dedicated area to the left of the watch face, and even allows users to action them – Source

Postmates launches grocery service, scheduled deliveries and revamped app

Postmates has always offered grocery delivery as part of its ethos of delivering anything to you within your city on-demand. Now, Postmates is taking a step further by baking in a grocery-specific service into its newly-revamped app. With Postmates Fresh, which the company has been testing in San Francisco for the last few weeks, people can order groceries via local partners for delivery in… Read More

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Facebook Messenger payments are now available in the UK and France

Facebook Messenger users in the United States have been able to send money to each other from within the app for quite some time, and that same functionality is now finally making its way to other territories. If you’re lucky enough to live in the UK or France, the Send Money feature should be available to you soon, rolling out over the next few weeks.

It’s unclear why it’s taken the Facebook Messenger team more than two years to launch these P2P payments outside the US, but at least they’re here now.

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Facebook Messenger payments are now available in the UK and France was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Real estate startup Compass nabs $100M at a $1.8B valuation

Today, the real-estate startup Compass is announcing that it has raised another $100 million — money that it plans to use to expand its sales and rental listings service to every major city in the U.S., as well as build new CRM technology to integrate client, listings and transactions data. The Series E values the company at a whopping $1.8 billion. Compass had over $100 million in the… Read More

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Apple said to be working on AR headset aimed for potential 2020 ship date

Apple is working on technology that would enable it to build an augmented reality headset by 2019, with shipping targeted for as soon as 2020, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The device would be independent from Apple’s iPhone or other mobile devices, with its own buillt-in display, OS (dubbed ‘rOS’ internally), and a new custom processor, per the report. Apple CEO… Read More

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