Daily Archives: July 23, 2018

Microsoft is building low-cost, streaming-only Xbox, says report

It was revealed at E3 last month that Microsoft was building a cloud gaming system. A report today calls that system Scarlett Cloud and it’s only part of Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox strategy. And it makes a lot of sense, too. According to Thurrott.com, noted site for all things Microsoft, the next Xbox will come in two flavors. One will be ...

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Maryland beachgoer impaled through chest by rogue umbrella

A woman in Maryland has been airlifted to a hospital after a rental beach umbrella was uprooted by gusty winds and pierced her chest. She is now in stable condition and is likely to survive the freak accident, authorities say. The 46-year-old woman was impaled by a runaway beach umbrella on Sunday afternoon as she was visiting Ocean City, Maryland. ...

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Sonos prices its IPO to raise as much as $105M

Sonos today took the next step in its initial public offering price, setting a range for the shares it intends to sell that will help calibrate the final amount of money — and valuation — that it will have when it begins its trading debut. This isn’t the final, final step in the IPO process, as this is usually done ...

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N. Korea dismantling rocket test site as Trump’s rants over reports he loathes lack of progress

New satellite imagery showed partial dismantlement of North Korea’s satellite launch facility. It comes as the US media reported that Donald Trump is somehow unhappy with the denuclearization progress of the Korean Peninsula. Images of Sohae Satellite Launching Station, released by monitoring group 38 North on Monday, showed that Pyongyang has apparently begun dismantling work there. The satellite snapshots dated ...

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YouTube is testing its own ‘Explore’ tab on iPhone

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki on Friday promised the company would do a better job with communicating to creators about its experiments and tests. Today, YouTube is making good on that commitment with an update about a new feature it’s testing out: an Explore tab, aimed at offering viewers a more diverse set of video recommendations. The news was announced via the Creator ...

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At least 20 killed, dozens injured by wildfires in Greece, authorities ask EU for help

Multiple wildfires across Greece’s Attica region have claimed the lives of at least 20 people. With dozens of others injured, authorities have warned of further casualties and pleaded for an EU-wide response. “Unfortunately, the number of confirmed deaths currently exceeds 20, with another 88 adults injured, 11 of whom are in serious condition,” the government spokesman, Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, said Tuesday ...

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Google joins the race to $1 trillion

Google was already worth more than $ 800 billion and, while well short of Apple, is now jumping into that batch of companies that are on their way to being a $ 1 trillion company. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, substantially outperformed market expectations in its second quarter by bringing in $ 32.66 billion. That’s a 26 percent increase year-over-year, and, ...

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Amazon’s newest Alexa Fund recipients are less consumer-focused

Amazon is today announcing the new batch of startups joining its Alexa Accelerator program, powered by Techstars. Members of last year’s Amazon’s Alexa Accelerator program, which backs companies developing new experiences using voice-based technologies, went on to raise over $ 10 million in venture capital following their participation in the program, says Amazon. The new group includes startups focused on ...

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‘Nudity police’ in museum shoo away visitors with Facebook accounts from naked masterpieces (VIDEO)

A group of museums in Belgium has made a promotional video mocking Facebook’s censorship of nudity, which they argue prevents art lovers from admiring great Flemish painters such as Rubens, Bruegel, and Van Eyck. Currently, Facebook’s nudity censorship automated filters do not distinguish between pornography and images of artistic or historic significance. The Flemish Tourist Board believes that the company’s ...

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Help from above? Chicago mayoral candidate hands out stacks of cash to voters

Willie Wilson, a millionaire Democrat businessman running for mayor of Chicago, handed out hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash to potential voters in a church on Sunday, allegedly to “help them pay property taxes.” Speaking in a black church at an event on Chicago’s crime and poverty-stricken south side, Wilson passed out notes from a thick stack of cash, ...

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