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NASA publishes a stunning 4K video of the Space Station

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 8:28 pm

NASA has published a stunning video of the International Space Station. The footage was shot in Ultra High Definition (4K) using a fisheye lens for extreme focus and depth of field.

 

 

At the beginning of the video, you can see the breathtaking view of Earth from about 400 kilometers. The rest of the video takes us on a tour through the Station, ending with another glance at our planet.

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Google's total cost to manufacture the Pixel XL is $285

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 6:46 pm

Just like its competitors at Cupertino, Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL flagship duo carry a premium price tag. The Pixel XL starts at $769, for 32GB version, but can cost up to $869 if you go with the 128GB version.

 

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A report from IHS Markit, an analyst company, based in London, shows that Google's total cost to manufacture the Pixel XL (32GB) is $285.75, after including $7.75 in basic manufacturing costs.

 

Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of cost benchmarking services for IHS Markit, said this isn't surprising.

 

Total BOM costs for the Google Pixel XL are, not surprisingly, in line with those of other competitors, because the supply base and specs are very similar from phone to phone-whether it's an iPhone, a Galaxy-series phone or the Google Pixel XL. The Pixel clearly targets the same top-end flagship space occupied by the Apple iPhone and top-end Samsung Galaxy lines, with retail pricing points that directly compete with these products.

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Tesla reports a profit for the first time in three years

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 4:23 pm

Tesla Motors published its third-quarter earning report, and for the first time in three years, they have made a profit. Last time they reported a quarterly net profit was is the first quarter of 2013, three years after the company went public.

 

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For the last quarter, Q3 2016, they recorded net income of $21.9 million, or 14 cents per share. A year earlier, they announced a loss of $229.9 million, or $1.78 per share.

 

Total revenue more than doubled compared to the same quarter last year and is now $2.3 billion.

 

In Q3, combined net orders for new Model S and Model X vehicles grew 68%, compared with the same period last year. During the quarter, we opened 17 new stores and service centers to increase our customer support network to 250 locations globally. We achieved record production levels in Q3, rising to 25,185 vehicles for an increase of 37% from Q2 and an increase of 92% from Q3 last year.

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Jump into programming with 4 top Java courses

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 3:30 pm

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There's a myriad of coding languages out there, but few are as popular as Java. Essential for building desktop apps and websites, Java is used by roughly 90% of Fortune 500 companies, so learning it is a no-brainer for the aspiring programmer. The Novice to Expert Java Bundle can get you started for only $39.

 

Featuring four comprehensive courses, this collection builds your programming foundation with hands-on training. Using Java and JavaScript, you'll dive into object-oriented programming and learn how to do more with less code. You'll build your very own programs and flesh them out with advanced features like APIs and databases.

 

The Novice to Expert Java Bundle normally retails for $1,180, but TweakTown readers can save big and get it on sale for just $39.

Apple delays AirPods, says they 'aren't ready'

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 2:33 pm

Apple's AirPods, wireless ear buds that are somewhat of a replacement for the lack of headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, were supposed to go on sale late October, which is this week. However, that's not happening.

 

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The company says they aren't ready for the customers and won't go on sale just yet.

 

A spokesperson confirmed this to iMore.

 

The early response to AirPods has been incredible. We don't believe in shipping a product before it's ready, and we need a little more time before AirPods are ready for our customers.

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Windows 10 Creators Update is all about AR and VR

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 12:36 pm

At the event in New York, Microsoft has announced they are partnering with top PC makers, such as HP, Lenovo, Dell, ASUS, and Acer, to build VR headsets. They also revealed the Surface studio, an ultra-thin transforming all-in-one aimed at transforming your desk into a fully-fledged workstation studio.

 

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The company is pushing virtual and augmented reality pretty hard, and they will show that in their next Windows 10 update named Creators Update. Due out in spring next year, the Windows 10 Creators Update will be focused on bringing the VR and AR experience to millions of users around the world.

 

At the event, the representatives of the company stated they want 3D available to everyone. The Creators Update will be largely built around Microsoft Paint, which will become Paint 3D, and from what we saw, it's pretty impressive.

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Verizon acquires Vessel, will shut it down on October 31

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 6:17 am

Verizon has announced it is acquiring subscription video service Vessel, but it's the swift closure of Vessel that is surprising.

 

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Vessel worked with YouTube giants and other video creators in its first few months on the block, offering early access to their videos for $2.99 per month. The company raised over $130 million from investors, too. Jason Kilar was Hulu's former CEO before he founded Vessel with Richard Tom, who was Vessel's CTO - Tom will stay with Verizon/Vessel, but Kilar won't be around after the transition of the acquisition later this year.

 

In a blog post, the Vessel founders said: "At the heart of this transaction is the Vessel technology, product and team that we have built. These three things will be married with Verizon's ambitions in online video. Though the team and the actual tech + product will live on at Verizon in ways that will become apparent in the months and years ahead, sadly we will be sunsetting the Vessel service at the end of this month (October 31)".

 

What will Verizon do with Vessel? The company has plans to throw some of Vessel's social features into existing Verizon products, and it will be looking into subscription business models for its video content.

Nintendo investors hate new Switch console hybrid

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 5:39 am

Nintendo's investors don't like the company's new Switch console, with many seeing the company's stubborn push to carve out its own space in the console world a risky gambit.

 

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When the Nintendo Switch was unveiled a week ago, Nintendo's investors were less than excited about yet another home gaming console. As a result, Nintendo's shares actually dropped 6.5% after the Switch reveal; conversely, Nintendo's shares skyrockted 4.6% after Nintendo's pre-reveal Switch teaser Tweet, adding "more than $1 billion" to the company's market share. To date, the Japanese games giant has had its shares slip almost 10% since the Switch reveal, which certainly shows how optimistic stakeholders are about the system.

 

As if the Nintendo Switch's concept wasn't enough of a disappointment, Nintendo has now posted less-than-stellar financials for the last six-month period, ending on September 30, 2016. While the numbers aren't nearly as disastrous as they could've been, the earnings clearly show investors that Nintendo is heading in the wrong direction; the company earned an impressive 12 billion yen ($114.8 million) profit from side ventures, most of which came from the once astronomically-popular Pokemon Go mobile game. Although Nintendo didn't directly develop Pokemon Go, it owns 32% of The Pokemon Company, who co-developed the game alongside Niantic.

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Nintendo teases Jan 12 event for 'major' Switch details

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 4:31 am

We've been bombarded with teases of Nintendo's next-gen Switch console, but we don't know much about the launch, its games that are in development, or the pricing on the codename NX console that is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra processor.

 

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Nintendo has now announced it will be livestreaming an event for Switch on January 12, 2017 - with Nintendo saying in its press release: "This will be an event for invited media, financial analysts, and trade partners in Tokyo that will be globally livestreamed on Jan. 12, U.S. time. The presentation will include the launch date and pricing for Nintendo Switch, as well as a look at the lineup of games currently in development".

 

Nintendo will be providing an exact start time "in the coming weeks" for the event, but it will be hosting Switch "sampling events" for media, partners, and consumers in the US and Europe at later dates. Nintendo added: "There will be opportunities for the public to participate in other hands-on events around the same time, details of which will be announced later".

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Dolby Atmos update coming for Xbox One S

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 3:43 am

The surprise inclusion of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray playback on the Xbox One S which effectively made it the cheapest 4K player on the market was lauded by gamers and video geeks alike, but when the console came to market it quickly became clear that it wasn't quite as proficient as a stand-alone player. The lack of support for bitstream audio means that the console doesn't quite meet the full spec, making immersive audio standards such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X not possible. But in the case of the former at least, Microsoft is promising an upcoming fix.

 

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According to Engadget, the company has committed to providing owners with a free update to enable bitstream audio from the HDMI port "sometime in the future". Of course, to get the full benefit you're also going to need a reciever that supports Dolby Atmos, as well as at least another two height speakers, but the company's promise will be welcomed by audio fanatics.

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