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Microsoft’s mysterious dual-screen Surface will reportedly run Android apps

Microsoft’s mysterious dual-screen Surface will reportedly run Android apps

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The rumor mill has long suggested Microsoft is working on a dual-screen Surface, but we’ve seen little in the way of specifics. Originally, rumors pointed towards a pocketable device named Andromeda, but more recently it seems Microsoft is focusing on a larger device codenamed Centaurus. A report from Forbes has shed some light on what we might expect from the device. IHS Markit, a market research firm with “supply chain info,” told Forbes the foldable Surface could be released the first half of next year and is expected two have dual 9-inch screens and a 4:3 aspect ratio. It’s also…

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US prisons are taking programming books off the shelves over ‘security concerns’

US prisons are taking programming books off the shelves over ‘security concerns’

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Last week, the Oregon Department of Corrections (DoC) has banned prisoners from reading dozens of books related to technology and programming, citing security concerns. According to records obtained by Salem Reporter, the banned titles — “Windows 10 for Dummies,” “Python Programming For Beginners,” “Blockchain Revolution,” and others — are part of the 1,600 books not allowed in Oregon prisons. Books like “Electronics Demystified,” “Java For Dummies,” and “Upgrading & Fixing PCs For Dummies” have been classified under “Material that Threatens,” while “Windows 10 For Dummies” has been marked as “Information would create clear and present danger.” It’s not surprising that books…

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KEF R3 Review: Exemplary speakers that do almost everything right

KEF R3 Review: Exemplary speakers that do almost everything right

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In the world of enthusiast speakers, few names stand out as much as KEF. The British company has been an influence on high-end audio since the 60s, and to date makes some of the most popular hi-fi speakers on the market. Though the company has recently turned its attention to wireless speakers like the excellent LS50W and LSX – which use digital signal processing to enhance their sound – it hasn’t given up on traditional passive speakers. Hence today’s subject: the KEF R3. It’s the smallest speaker in KEF’s new R-Series, and it’s an all-around exemplary speaker that I suspect…

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Netflix’s ‘Project Rumble Pak’ tests vibrating mobile movies

Netflix’s ‘Project Rumble Pak’ tests vibrating mobile movies

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We’re all used to our console controllers vibrating during intense gaming sequences. Some movie theaters incorporate vibration motors into their chairs for a more immersive experience. Now, a new Netflix experiment considers combining the two ideas, essentially adding haptic feedback to movies and TV shows you watch on your phone. The idea isn’t a feature Netflix is testing widely, but rather it came about through one of the company’s ‘Hack Days,’ in which employees get to mess around with new ideas and technologies. The bulk of these experiments don’t come to fruition, but sometimes they make their way into your…

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Samsung exec says “most” of the Galaxy Fold’s display problems have been fixed

Samsung exec says “most” of the Galaxy Fold’s display problems have been fixed

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When Samsung sent the first batch of Galaxy Folds to reviewers, it quickly became apparent there were some problems. Phones failed due to dust getting caught under the screen, due to reviewers removing a protective layer that appeared to be a standard screen protector, and seemingly just by being used as regular phones. Samsung then had to retrieve said units and make some fixes, delaying arguably the most anticipated phone of the year. Now it seems the phone is finally nearing a release date. As reported by The Korea Herald, Samsung Display VP Kim Seong-cheol said “most of the display…

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Genius inventor turns her Tesla Model 3 into a pickup truck

Genius inventor turns her Tesla Model 3 into a pickup truck

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People have been clamoring for Tesla to make a pickup truck for years. Though Elon Musk has repeatedly promised it’s on the way, there’s yet to be any indication of what it’ll actually look like, let alone a firm release date. Simone Giertz, an inventor known for her wacky robots like the most effective/deadly alarm clock ever, took it upon herself to make the Tesla Truck a reality. The ‘Truckla’ is a collaboration between Giertz and a host of inventors, mechanics, and creators. Giertz actually purchases the car specifically for this video, which is rather gutsy considering it’s her first…

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Roli’s Lumi is an advanced light-up keyboard that makes learning piano easy

Anyone can learn to play the piano, but it takes dedication. People tend to give up not because it’s too difficult, but because they get bored practicing so much they don’t actually get to make any music. Roli wants to change that with the latest entry in its family of modular ‘Blocks‘ instruments, a light-up keyboard called the Lumi. It’s far from the first light-up keyboard around – I’ve already reviewed two of them on this very site – but it might just be the cleverest iteration of the concept yet. The Lumi came as a surprise when I sat…

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9 research-based strategies to maximize your profits

9 research-based strategies to maximize your profits

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What do Alan Scott, the inventor of Botox, Snuggie-creator Scott Boilen and Alexander Graham Bell have in common? Two things: They are/were all successful businessmen They didn’t particularly care for the product they sold* There’s a persistent myth that in order to be a great salesperson, you have to be passionate about the product you sell. Not true. As long as you believe your product or service provides value to other people, you can be just as great. Take Harko Konink, who runs a used mannequin business in the Netherlands. Harko didn’t grow up dreaming of dolls — but he has always loved…

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Huawei delays the foldable Mate X to avoid Samsung’s mistakes

Huawei delays the foldable Mate X to avoid Samsung’s mistakes

Huawei delays the foldable Mate X to avoid Samsung’s mistakes 8
In the wake of Huawei’s US export ban, its easy to forget that the company was due to launch one of the first folding phones to hit the market. The $2,600 Mate X was set to go head-to-head with Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, but after the Korean giant delayed the device due to mishaps with early review units, Huawei says it wants to avoid the same mistakes. The Mate X was originally announced in February and rumored to launch in June, but a Huawei spokesperson told CNBC the launch will now take place in September. It’s worth noting Huawei had not…

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How TomTom’s co-founder is empowering future devs

How TomTom’s co-founder is empowering future devs

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At TNW Conference last month, tech leaders came together to discuss the future. Corinne Vigreux, co-founder of navigation tech giant TomTom, explained how her latest venture will equip the next generation with digital skills. Vigreux founded CODAM College, a tuition-free school where anyone can learn to code. On stage, she shared her thoughts on how peer-to-peer learning is the next big thing. After watching her TNW2019 talk, I was curious to find out more about Vigreux’s success in the tech world, how CODAM can make a difference, and how TomTom is helping pave the way for autonomous driving: As co-founder…

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