Samsung beats Apple to a 12-inch fanless laptop

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Samsung’s produced some very impressive laptops from its Ativ Book 9 line, and for 2015 the company is putting forward a new ultrabook that could be its strongest answer to Apple’s MacBook Air yet. The 2015 Ativ Book 9 includes a 12.2-inch display that bests Apple’s ultraportable in resolution at 2560×1600. It’s also capable of getting super bright, jumping up to a brightness level of 700 nits when you activate its outdoor mode. You’ll want to reserve that for emergencies though, since leaving it on surely eat away at the Ativ Book 9’s battery — normally capable of lasting 10.5 hours on a charge — in no time at all.

Otherwise, the appearance of this 2015 Ativ Book 9 is similar to others in Samsung’s recent lineup. It’s all aluminum with…

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Samsung brings curved displays to the PC with new Ativ One 7

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Samsung sure loves its curved display HDTVs, and now it’s expanding the design trend to cover PCs as well. Today the company announced its brand new Ativ One 7 Curved, an all-in-one Windows machine that features a slight curve in its screen that isn’t as readily apparent compared to what we’ve seen from its recent 4K TVs. It’s a 27-inch, 1920×1080 panel with pretty fantastic viewing angles and vivid color reproduction. But it could stand to be a bit sharper. The resolution is no match for Apple’s flagship iMac with Retina Display, and it even falls short of Cupertino’s regular 27-inch model. When you’re sitting so close to a PC, those extra pixels can make a world of difference. Oh well. If you’re wondering just how curved this thing is,…

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NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover faces increasing memory loss

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After more than a decade of traversing the red planet, NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover is facing some problems in its old age — namely, ones with memory. According to Discovery News, the rover has been going through bouts of “amnesia” thanks to failures in its flash memory storage.

“The Opportunity rover uses two different types of memory: “volatile” and “non-volatile,” NASA project manager John Callas told Discovery News. The volatile memory is akin to a computer’s RAM, so any data stored there is wiped every time the rover shuts down. The non-volatile memory is where the important data like telemetry — the measurements the rover is collecting — is stored so that it can be accessed whenever Opportunity is powered on. The problem with the…

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Manufacturing Reboots Talent Engine In A New Age Of Digital Disruption

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skills In the context of winning in today’s marketplace, businesses can either disrupt or be disrupted. But how can a business disrupt the market when its talent engine has stalled? Whether a company makes clothing, household cleaning products, cars, healthcare or nearly anything else, they need people with the right skills. Like other businesses, today’s manufacturers are going… Read More

How a deceptive ad for MasterCard might have chased William Shatner off Twitter

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Sponsored tweets showing up in your timeline is now an unfortunate but expected part of using Twitter. However, another of the company’s sponsored ad units is leaving some high-profile Twitter users unhappy. As reported by Marketing Land, a sponsored MasterCard account started showing up in the “following” list of William Shatner, Dwayne Johnson, Barack Obama, Lady Gaga, and even Visa. This essentially made it look like these users were following MasterCard — something that left Shatner rather peeved. “Do you understand that by implying that I follow these companies that it appears to be an endorsement?” read one Shatner tweet directed at Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and the company’s “trust and safety” account.

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Ten One Design’s Mountie Clip Is Perfect For Duet’s iPad Display App

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pd_mountie_foot_desk Your mobile two-screen setup just got a lot more perfect: Ten One Design has launched the Mountie, a two-sided clip that securely mounts an iPad, iPhone or any other mobile device to your MacBook or iMac’s bezel, while remaining small enough to slip into a jacket pocket or laptop case accessory compartment. The Mountie isn’t the first gadget to do what it does, but it does appear to… Read More

The Kairos T-Band Turns Your Dumb Watch Into A Smart Watch

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20141118234309-indigogotband Another day, another wearable design. This time it’s something called the Kairos T-Band, a watch band that connects to your normal watch and enables all sorts of exciting things like step tracking and notifications. I’ve seen a few of these sorts of things over the past year – one company hid everything inside a nice leather band and didn’t include a screen – and… Read More

‘Take Me To Church’ and the extremely earnest return of apocalypse pop

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If there is such a thing as seasonal music for New Year’s Eve, it is apocalypse pop. Apocalypse pop is a subgenre of radio dance pop that I made up, whose lyrics and musicality invoke the end of the world, usually to rationalize dancing for a very long time or engaging in sexual activity with someone you might otherwise not. For reference, the holy trinity of apocalypse pop is “Give Me Everything” (Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer), “Till The World Ends” (Britney Spears), and “We Found Love” (Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris). All three of those songs were released in 2011 — the brief reign of apocalypse pop coincided with the rise of the EDM-crossover pop hit, back when EDM could still be said to cross over into the mainstream,…

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Moment Brings Back Family Dinner Time By Sounding Alerts If You Pick Up Your Phone At The Table

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over-the-shoulder-by-mandy-fierens If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to limit screen time around the family dinner table, the mobile application Moment can now help. The app, which previously focused on alerting smartphone owners to how much time they’ve spent staring at their phone, has introduced an update that turns Moment into more of a family application. Family members can track each others’… Read More

Time Warner Cable and Comcast rank as worst companies for customer satisfaction

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Comcast and Time Warner Cable are once again at the bottom of the American Consumer Satisfaction Index, ranking them as the companies whose customers are most disappointed with the quality of their products and services. The new rankings were reported in MarketWatch, which says that TWC’s internet service was lowest on the list, followed by TWC’s TV service, and then Comcast’s internet service.

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