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Fortnite developer to challenge Google Play Store in app distribution
January 3, 2019

Both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store may soon make changes to their methods as the two are being challenged by Epic Games. The company which released Fortnite back in August proved it can bypass the current system. It launched the mobile game through an official website and not the Play Store. It’s the Android version of the game but Epic decided to do one epic thing: to do things on its own. The...

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SK Telecom uses 5G for first 2019 TV broadcast, plans live phone and drone videos
January 3, 2019

Though its December 2018 launch of 5G services was focused on enterprises rather than consumers, top South Korean wireless carrier SK Telecom used New Year’s Day as an opportunity to demonstrate how 5G will influence both markets in 2019. Starting at midnight on January 1, the carrier offered a live 11-minute broadcast of the country’s largest New Year’s celebration in Seoul, relying on ultra-low latency livestreams over its 5G network...

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10 Ways to Avoid Designer Burnout in 2019
January 3, 2019

It’s going to happen at some point this year; you will face designer burnout. One of the reasons that burnout is so common for creatives is that it’s a never-ending process. (You can’t just stop having ideas because you are off the clock.) But there are...

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Essential is NOT dead, what else can be done
January 3, 2019

The Essential as a company isn’t dead. Okay. That’s what the Essential team wants us to believe. Contrary to what we heard and mentioned the Essential Phone will be no more and a “next mobile product” is in the works, a brand executive is saying they’re not done yet. Jason Kleats, the Head of Research & Development of Essential, tweeted to counter what’s been going around Essential’s fate....

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This AI teaches robots how to walk
January 3, 2019

Artificially intelligent (AI) systems have imbued robots with the ability to grasp and manipulate objects with humanlike dexterity, and now, researchers say they’ve developed an algorithm through which machines might learn to walk on their own. In a preprint paper published on Arxiv.org (“Learning to Walk via Deep Reinforcement Learning“), scientists from the University of California, Berkeley and Google Brain, one of...

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Enjoy access the web's largest & most affordable content library [DEALS]
January 3, 2019

Is it time to cut the cord? Ditch your expensive cable contract and subscribe to the affordable SelectTV by Freecast instead. SelectTV boasts the world’s largest online entertainment library with thousands of individual TV episodes, movies, and live events such as sports and concerts. There are no limits to how much you can stream, it’s compatible with most popular devices, and you can save up to 67% off...

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What to expect this 2019 in the mobile market
January 3, 2019

The year 2019 will be crazy. Crazy in a good way because we have a feeling more technological innovations will be unveiled. They may not be new ones but we’re crossing our fingers those rumors, leaks, and teasers on 5G devices, foldable smartphones, and more camera lenses will finally go commercial. We’re also looking forward to more Android phones with an on-screen or in-display fingerprint sensor. If you...

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Placer.ai analyzed New Year's Eve 2017 foot traffic to find the most popular destinations
January 3, 2019

It’s New Year’s Eve, and if you live in the States, there’s a good chance you’ll spend the final minutes before midnight watching a 12-ton bright, glowing geodesic dome descend from a 141-foot flagpole in Times Square. New Yorkers have been ringing in the New Year with fireworks and a giant crystal ball since 1907, when Adolph Ochs, owner of the New York Times, commissioned Artkraft Strauss to design a display to commemorate the...

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Top 7 2018 Smartphone Industry Highlights
January 3, 2019

It’s a brand new year. I bet by now you’ve made another long list of resolutions—or not. It’s longer now because you haven’t really fulfilled any of the resolutions but are now adding new promises. For us in the Android community, we’re not making any New Year’s Resolutions—maybe not yet. We’re looking forward to a brand new year where the mobile industry is becoming more advanced than ever...

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Social in 2018: The Big News This Year
January 3, 2019

It’s the first day of 2019 but it’s still interesting to look back on what happened to the major social media brands in 2018 and maybe see where they are headed with this new year. People are still posting and scrolling through their various timelines, but as we’ve seen the past few years, things can change in the blink of an eye. And if you belong to the Facebook family, you’re probably hoping that...

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