Amazon launches new hub for car buyers — but isn’t selling them itself

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Amazon has launched a new hub to help customers research and compare cars. Amazon Vehicles lets users check out specs and read reviews on a range of vehicles, from convertibles to SUVs to trucks, and Amazon says it hope the site will create a new “automotive community.” And while the information on-site does include recommending pricing from manufacturers, Amazon isn’t selling any cars itself — at least for now.

In a press statement, Amazon’s automotive head Adam Goetsch said the company wants to “support customers during one of the most important, research-intensive purchases in their lives.” He adds that the information on the site will be “enhanced by the ability to tap into the knowledge, opinions, and experiences of other car…

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ReSpeaker turns anything into an Amazon Echo

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This morning when I woke up to the sound of the alarm I set on my Amazon Echo last night, I thought to myself “I wish more of my gadgets worked by me yelling things at them.” Luckily, a few minutes later I was reading a PR email from SeeedStudio about its new product ReSpeaker which just launched on Kickstarter and promises to turn everything in your house into an Amazon Echo.

ReSpeaker is a hardware interface that lets you add voice control to anything, as long as you’re willing to put in the work. The project checks all of the usual Kickstarter boxes. It’s open source and runs a version of Linux. The hardware is modular and ready for add-ons. SeeedStudio also says it’s building a bunch of APIs and an open SDK for developers to make…

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DJI upgrades its 4k handheld gimbal camera with zoom lens, motion timelapse

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OSMO+ rear - with phone DJI just announced an upgraded version of its lovely Osmo camera. Called the Osmo Plus, this model offers key features not found on the original Osmo such as zoom, motion timelapse and an improved stabilization system. Like the original, which is still available, the Osmo Plus gives shooters a stabilized camera system thanks to the 3-axle gimbal system. It’s  similar to the gimbals used… Read More

EpiPen maker Mylan will make its allergy treatment more affordable

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The maker of the EpiPen will make its lifesaving allergy treatment more affordable after mounting pressure from the likes of Hillary Clinton, who yesterday called the device’s price hikes “outrageous.”

Mylan NV will offer a savings card that covers as much as $300 of the $600 cost of an EpiPen two-pack for those paying full price, the company said in a statement. Previously, the savings card covered $100. Mylan added that it is expanding eligibility for its patient-assistance program, which makes the allergy treatment cheaper for underinsured families.

These changes do not actually lower the $600 list price of the EpiPen, which delivers a hormone called epinephrine that ends a potentially deadly allergy attack. There’s less than $1…

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First Click: This YouTube channel is catnip for stoners

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Kurzgesagt has been around for years, but I only discovered it a few months ago. It was very late, and I was sitting around with a friend, talking about Dune and outer space. At one point, my friend grabbed my laptop and started playing one of Kurzgesagt’s YouTube videos: a 6-minute animated clip about the Fermi Paradox. Then, I went down the rabbit hole.

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Apple is creating its own Snapchat, says Bloomberg

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Apple is reportedly building its own version of Snapchat. Bloomberg News reports that Apple is currently testing an app that lets iPhone users record video and apply filters or drawings to the content in a similar way to Snapchat. “The software is currently being designed to be used mostly with one hand,” reports Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, and videos from the app can be shot, edited, and uploaded in less than a minute. An internal prototype of the design for the app includes an Instagram-like square shape for videos, and the ability to send the media to contacts or social networks.

Bloomberg reports that the team behind Final Cut Pro and iMovie are responsible for the new app, which is unnamed in the report. Apple is reportedly targeting…

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Driver distracted by Pokémon Go kills woman in Japan

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A driver apparently distracted by Pokémon Go has killed one woman and seriously injured another in Japan, marking the first fatal accident involving the augmented reality app in the country. Local police said that the driver — reportedly a 39-year-old farmer — didn’t notice the two women crossing the street because he was distracted by the game, and struck them both with his small truck. One of the victims, in her early 70s, died at the scene from a broken neck, while the other suffered a broken hip and is now in hospital.

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Getting Started and Testing With Angular CLI and Angular 2 (RC5) — Part 1

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I started creating Angular 2 applications when it was in beta (back in March). To keep up with Angular 2’s changes, I wrote a tutorial about developing with RC1 in June. Earlier this month, RC5 was released and many things changed once again. I think Scott Davis sums it up nicely in a tweet.

They keep saying “Release Candidate”, but I don’t think it means what they think it means…

/cc #angular2#rc5https://t.co/WmNalTYgTN

Fujifilm’s new X-A3 is a selfie powerhouse

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Fujifilm has announced the X-A3, a new version of the entry-level model in its X-series of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The X-A3 improves on its predecessor with a new 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor, better autofocus, and a screen that flips up 180 degrees — that’s five degrees better than the X-A2, a camera that was already tailor-made for selfies.

The company was apparently able to squeeze five more degrees out of the screen’s rotation thanks to a new “slide-and-tilt mechanism,” according to the press release, and should make it even easier to use at arm’s length. It’s not the only part of the press release that Fujifilm tries to measure a new feature by its selfie-ability. The company’s really pushing that angle with the…

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Canon presents strong case with the EOS 5D Mark IV’s 34MP sensor and 4K

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hr-5d-markiv-ef24-105-top-cl-1 One of the most beloved camera series out there, the Canon EOS Mark 5D was due for a refresh. Announced today, Mark IV of the EOS 5D brings a 30.4 megapixel full frame sensor,with 4K video capability, so this is truly an elite camera. Some of the specifications that have come to our attention include a full-frame 30.4 megapixel CMOS sensor with ISO range 100–32,000; still expandable up… Read More

Recognizing TypeScript’s Jurisdictional Boundary

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While I was exploring the current Angular 2 documentation regarding forms and form field validity, I caught myself wondering why the Angular code wouldn’t block or complain about an attempt to assign an incorrect data type value to an object property. Given the following TypeScript object:

export class Villain {
  id: number;
  name: string;
  age: number;
  dateOfBirth: Date;
}

… you could be forgiven if you thought, for a brief moment at least, that a user entering property values for a Villain via a form would experience an error of some kind if they tried to enter a non-number in the age form field,or a string value of “7/14/84” in the date of birth field.

Learning Angular 2: Upgrading to Angular 2 RC5

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Version 0.0.3 of my GuildRunner sandbox Angular 2 application is now available. All of the differences between this version and the previous version (minus the updates to the version number and the README file) are changes made to upgrade the application to use Angular 2 RC5 (release candidate 5).

While there were some changes to the router/routing syntax, the biggest change that comes with RC5 is the introduction of Angular modules and the @ngModule decorator.  There is a long documentation page about Angular modules in the official developer guide, but essentially Angular modules allow you to bundle sets of shared injectable dependencies into a single file that provides those dependencies “downstream”.

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