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Google Launches New Experimental iOS and Android Apps

Google Research has launched three new photography-based mobile apps showcasing the company’s latest experimental technologies.

Available variously for Android and iOS, the new apps are the first in an ongoing series of what it calls photography ‘appsperiments’ which the company defines as “usable and useful mobile photography experiences built on experimental technology.’’

These technologies include object recognition, person segmentation (think ‘portrait mode’), stylization algorithms (think ‘Prisma’), and efficient image encoding and decoding techniques. More importantly, they’re quite a lot of fun.

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Storyboard transforms your videos into single-page comic book layouts.

Storyboard (available on Android) takes existing video clips from your phone and converts them automatically into stylized comic-book layouts. The app searches for the most interesting moments in the video and lays them out before applying one of six built-in styles. You can’t edit the results (this app is about fun and experimentation, not professional comic book production), but a single downward swipe on the screen will generate a new comic strip. Just keep swiping down until you get one you like.

The results are quite effective but can, despite Google’s claim of ‘up to 1.6 trillion different possibilities’, become repetitive rather quickly. The ability to add text and tweak layouts would improve the app immeasurably. Maybe they’ll add that one day.

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Selfissimo! Is Google’s automated selfie photographer.

Selfissimo! (available for Android and iOS) creates a selection black and white selfies in the form of an automated photoshoot, complete with encouraging words from the ‘photographer’.

A tap on the screen begins the photo shoot which encourages you to strike poses, automatically taking a photo every time you stop moving. Between shots, it occasionally displays messages such as  “Strike a Pose!”, “Hot!” or “You’re magical!” before finally presenting you with a contact sheet of images you can share as a collection or individually.

This app is sure to raise a few laughs but is ultimately rather gimmicky. It does, however, serve as a demonstration of Google’s considerable prowess in image processing and stone-cold sarcasm.

Personally, I can see this concept developing further into something more useful. For example, using machine learning to detect bad posing techniques and offer meaningful direction to the model (you) such as “chin down a bit”. “Turn to face the light” or “wipe that stupid pout your face.”

Google Research

Scrubbies lets you ‘remix’ videos with a DJ-style ‘scratching’ interface.

Finally, Scrubbies (currently available for iOS only) lets you create video loops from the most interesting bits of your video clips. Google suggests that you might like to ‘highlight actions, capture funny faces, and replay moments’ – and who wouldn’t!

The app works by swiping left and right on a video clip with one finger to play the video or with two fingers to capture playback so you can save it.

The result is something like a ‘Boomerang’ clip but with more sophisticated control over the motion in the video. Unfortunately, this app suffers from its inability to use pre-existing footage. You can only create a ‘Scrubbie’ from footage shot within the app.

It remains to be seen whether any of these new ‘appsperiments’ will replicate the viral success of apps like Prisma or Meitu, but it really doesn’t matter either way. What we have here are simply early glimpses of Google’s latest ideas which may or may not find their way into mainstream products. For now, they’re just a bit of fun.

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Google launches three experimental photo apps for iOS and Android

GOOGLE RESEARCH has launched three new photo apps across iOS and Android.

The “appsperimental” triptych consists of three apps for Apple users and two for Android, spurred on by the success of Motion Stills (Android iOS), an app released over the summer which uses AI to stabilise and animate short films.

Storyboard (Android iOS) takes your video and turns it into a comic strip by intelligently selecting the best frames to tell the story, before turning it into one of six stylised layouts.

If you don’t like what you get, pull to refresh and it’ll try a new one. Soon you could be able to make your own Dear Deirdre problems. All you need is a head-mounted camera, a woman in a negligee and to be the sort of person that has speech bubbles coming out of their head when they talk.

Selfissimo! (Android iOS) allows you to strike a pose and get a selfie every time you stop moving. The selfies are always in black and white (always lets you look your best) and at the end of a ‘session’ you can choose to save selected shots or the whole lot. The idea is to show off your “best self”. Blue Steel everyone!

Scrubbies (iOS only) is a video manipulator – think of it like record scratching, but for video. You can swipe to go forward, backwards, freeze, capture, replay individual moments and see parts of the action that you’d never have managed to get with a still camera.

It’s not known if Scrubbies will come to Android, but we’d assume so.

Google bought AI Photo company AIMatter back in August and doubtless, this is, in parts, the fruits of that. 

Alex Kauffman, Interaction Researcher at Google Research explains: “Each of the world’s approximately two billion smartphone owners is carrying a camera capable of capturing photos and video of a tonal richness and quality unimaginable even five years ago. Until recently, those cameras behaved mostly as optical sensors, capturing light and operating on the resulting image’s pixels.

“The next generation of cameras, however, will have the capability to blend hardware and computer vision algorithms that operate as well on an image’s semantic content, enabling radically new creative mobile photo and video applications.”

These apps are designed to be the first in a series that will embrace the potential that these two billion eyes on the world will bring, and use Google’s AI skills to make the most of them.

Other photo experiments from Google have included the zoom and enhance technique from Bladerunner, µ

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Microsoft launches ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs with ‘all-day’ battery life

Microsoft and Qualcomm are officially unveiling the first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops today. As expected, HP, Lenovo, and Asus are the manufacturers creating these new laptops that include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The first devices are similar to 2-in-1 tablet / laptops we’ve seen with Intel-based processors in them, but they differ primarily because of the version of Windows 10 and Qualcomm processor that’s powering them.

Microsoft has previously shown Photoshop running on an ARM version of Windows 10, and the company has developed a special emulator to run traditional x86 apps on these new devices. These devices look and feel like normal laptops, and will run most of the software you’d expect to see on a laptop. HP and Asus are announcing their devices today, and Lenovo is expected to follow in the coming weeks.

The obvious question is why do these devices even exist? Microsoft has worked with Qualcomm to create these “always-on” PCs so that they’re always connected to LTE connections, and work more like an iPad than a traditional Windows laptop. That means you open the laptop up and it should instantly resume, or you close the lid and never have to worry about the battery draining. These devices should have battery benefits and the type of LTE connectivity that we haven’t seen regularly in Windows laptops.


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HP’s Envy x2 device.

HP and Asus’ devices will include Windows 10 S, designed to only run apps from the Windows Store, but users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro free of charge (for now) to get access to the full desktop apps. Microsoft has natively compiled Windows 10 to run on ARM chipsets, so all Windows processes, Edge, and the shell all run natively without emulation. Microsoft has also looked at the top third-party desktop applications and natively recompiled a set of system DLLs that they rely on to ensure performance is solid.

Microsoft’s emulation work does mean that you’ll be able to download most 32-bit exe files from the web and install them on ARM-powered laptops. There are a few exceptions, though. 64-bit Windows apps aren’t supported yet (developers will be able to recompile them in the future), and Microsoft isn’t supporting apps that use kernel mode drivers. That means most third-party antivirus software won’t be compatible, and the vast majority of games that use anti-cheat software will also not work correctly.

Everything else should run just fine, including apps like Photoshop, Office, and Chrome. Performance is obviously still the big question around these devices vs. Intel-based ones, but the idea is that all-day battery life and not having to charge your device regularly might make up for a slight hit to performance. The first devices should run for around 20–22 hours of active use, but if those estimates are anything like what we see with Intel-based laptops then the reality could be a lot less. We’ll be testing them heavily to find out.

There are obvious concerns around Microsoft and Qualcomm’s ARM on Windows efforts. We’ve seen similar promises of the “connected mobile PC” before, and they’ve flopped. Microsoft worked with Nvidia to produce Windows RT tablets five years ago, but the performance and battery life claims never lived up to reality and the operating system didn’t run traditional desktop applications. It was a mess that looked like a bad engineering project, rather than an operating system for consumers, students, and businesses.

Microsoft isn’t working with Nvidia yet on this new effort, and the company won’t say if it plans to in the future. Either way, it’s clear from the emulation software that Microsoft has learned some valuable lessons from the Windows RT disaster. These new laptops look like any regular device you’d see in a retail store today, and they’re designed to be thinner and lighter while improving battery life and maintaining app compatibility. They don’t include the typical fans you’d find in a laptop, so they’ll also be silent to use.


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Asus’ NovaGo 2-in-1 device.

Asus’ NovaGo 2-in-1 includes a 13.3-inch HD display, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. There’s even stylus support, and two USB 3.1 ports, a HDMI port, and a microSD reader. Asus’ NovaGo will be priced starting at $599 for 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. A $799 model will include 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. HP’s Envy x2 is a slightly smaller 2-in-1 with a 12.3-inch display, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. HP’s device also supports a stylus, and both of these will come with LTE connectivity. That should be something we’ll see on most, if not all, ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops, enabling connectivity away from Wi-Fi hot spots. HP’s Envy x2 will be available in Spring next year.

These first devices lay the foundations for the future of what’s to come from this new Windows 10 on ARM effort. We could see tablets, and more hybrid devices running on this new software. One thing we’re unlikely to see is phone hybrids for now, as Microsoft tells me the current wave of devices doesn’t support a telephony stack.

If the battery life and performance live up to Microsoft and Qualcomm’s claims, then it could be an exciting upcoming year for Windows laptops. Microsoft is also rumored to be creating its own special notepad-like device with an ARM chipset, and if the company goes ahead with it then we’ll likely see it appear next year. For now, we’ll have a closer look at the new ARM-based Windows laptops and performance shortly from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon summit, so stay tuned to The Verge.

The official Moleskine Notes app launches on Windows 10 PCs

The official Moleskine Notes app has finally launched in the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 devices most major regions. The free app works in conjunction with the Moleskine Pen+ smart pen/stylus device and allows for the digitisation and cloud storage of physical notes as they’re written down or drawn.

The Windows 10 Moleskine Notes app will also sync with Google Drive and the Moleskine mobile apps and content can be pasted into programs like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Evernote. Here’s the official list of app features.

  • Digitalization and storage: Your handwritten notes with Pen+ are digitized and stored on PC. From now keep not only digital documents, but also your handwritten notes on PC.
  • Backup and restore: Backup your important handwriting contents in Moleskine Note Windows to Google Drive. Once you backup to Google Drive, you can edit your handwriting in the mobile App.
  • Full-screen mode: Choose Full-screen mode to see your note pages at a look. What you see on the screen is what you write on the notebook.
  • Export: You can record and save the writing or drawing process as a video. You can also save notes voice memo while recording.
  • Copy: Copy what was transferred to the app as an image or text file and paste it to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Evernote. It will help your work flow better.
  • Ideation: If you want to share your ideas with others, please choose Ideation function. With one PC, you can connect up to 7 Pen+ at the same time and check your writing on the screen in real-time.
  • Tag and search: Place a tag on your important notes. You can search important notes by tags quickly and easily.

Have you been waiting for this official Moleskine app to launch on Windows 10? Let us know in the comments below.


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Google launches three experimental photo apps for Android, iOS

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Google on Monday launched three experimental photography apps for iOS and Android to test experimental technology like object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, efficient image encoding, and decoding technologies.

Google is calling the three apps, Storyboard, Selfissimo!, and Scrubbies, part of “appsperiments” inspired by Google’s Motion Stills app.

The first app Storyboard for Android transforms videos into single-page comic layouts. The app allows users to shoot video, and then it will automatically select what it believes are interesting frames, lays them out, and applies visual effects.

Selfissimo! for Android and iOS is an automated selfie photographer that snaps a black and white photo each time you pose. Once you tap the screen to begin a photoshoot, the app encourages you to strike a post and captures a photo when you stop moving.

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Lastly, Scrubbies for iOS allows users to manipulate the speed and direction of video playback to produce video loops that highlight actions, capture funny faces, and replay moments. Scrubbing with one finger plays the video. Scrubbing with two fingers captures the playback so you can save or share it.

The new photo features could presumably make it into Google’s future stable consumer app releases in the future. Google’s other experimental app, Motion Stills for Android and iOS, allow users to turn Live Photos into smooth GIFs for sharing on the web.

On Monday, Google also released AR stickers for Pixel 2 owners that allow users to drop augmented reality characters onto photos and video. The new feature was released as part of Android 8.1.

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Google launches three experimental photo apps for Android, iOS

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CNET/CBS Interactive

Google on Monday launched three experimental photography apps for iOS and Android to test experimental technology like object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, efficient image encoding, and decoding technologies.

Google is calling the three apps, Storyboard, Selfissimo!, and Scrubbies, part of “appsperiments” inspired by Google’s Motion Stills app.

The first app Storyboard for Android transforms videos into single-page comic layouts. The app allows users to shoot video, and then it will automatically select what it believes are interesting frames, lays them out, and applies visual effects.

Selfissimo! for Android and iOS is an automated selfie photographer that snaps a black and white photo each time you pose. Once you tap the screen to begin a photoshoot, the app encourages you to strike a post and captures a photo when you stop moving.

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(Image: Google)

Lastly, Scrubbies for iOS allows users to manipulate the speed and direction of video playback to produce video loops that highlight actions, capture funny faces, and replay moments. Scrubbing with one finger plays the video. Scrubbing with two fingers captures the playback so you can save or share it.

The new photo features could presumably make it into Google’s future stable consumer app releases in the future. Google’s other experimental app, Motion Stills for Android and iOS, allow users to turn Live Photos into smooth GIFs for sharing on the web.

On Monday, Google also released AR stickers for Pixel 2 owners that allow users to drop augmented reality characters onto photos and video. The new feature was released as part of Android 8.1.

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Google launches three experimental photo apps for Android, iOS

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CNET/CBS Interactive

Google on Monday launched three experimental photography apps for iOS and Android to test experimental technology like object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, efficient image encoding, and decoding technologies.

Google is calling the three apps, Storyboard, Selfissimo!, and Scrubbies, part of “appsperiments” inspired by Google’s Motion Stills app.

The first app Storyboard for Android transforms videos into single-page comic layouts. The app allows users to shoot video, and then it will automatically select what it believes are interesting frames, lays them out, and applies visual effects.

Selfissimo! for Android and iOS is an automated selfie photographer that snaps a black and white photo each time you pose. Once you tap the screen to begin a photoshoot, the app encourages you to strike a post and captures a photo when you stop moving.

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(Image: Google)

Lastly, Scrubbies for iOS allows users to manipulate the speed and direction of video playback to produce video loops that highlight actions, capture funny faces, and replay moments. Scrubbing with one finger plays the video. Scrubbing with two fingers captures the playback so you can save or share it.

The new photo features could presumably make it into Google’s future stable consumer app releases in the future. Google’s other experimental app, Motion Stills for Android and iOS, allow users to turn Live Photos into smooth GIFs for sharing on the web.

On Monday, Google also released AR stickers for Pixel 2 owners that allow users to drop augmented reality characters onto photos and video. The new feature was released as part of Android 8.1.

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C Spire launches new internet era with roll out of next-generation fixed wireless services

RIDGELAND, Miss., Dec. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – C Spire today began offering its game-changing suite of wireless fiber-based fixed broadband internet access, which promises super-fast and affordable connectivity up to 100 Mbps, and related services to over 91,000 homes and businesses in over 40 markets across Mississippi.

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The new services are part of C Spire’s massive broadband technology deployment announced in late September and a key element of its Tech Movement initiative, an outgrowth of its 2013 groundbreaking Fiber-to-the-Home program, one of the first of its type in the U.S. and the fastest to connect thousands of Mississippi consumers in nine communities around the state to ultra-fast Gigabit speed Internet access, digital television and home phone services. 

Starting today, over 57,000 households in 22 central and north Mississippi markets can order the super-fast internet access for $60 a month ($50 a month for C Spire wireless customers) by going online at cspire.com/homeinternet or calling toll-free at 855.CSPIRE6 (277.4736).  Another 200,000 homes will have access to the faster broadband in the coming months.  No contract is required. 

C Spire TV, the company’s new streaming TV service, is available for an additional $65 a month with a standard channel package.  The service eliminates the need for users to outfit every TV with a set top box, freeing them from several hundred dollars a year in rental fees. Because it’s app-based, C Spire TV allows users to watch their favorite content on virtually any screen in the home.

Meanwhile, more than 35,000 businesses in 40 markets across the state can likewise order the super-fast internet access starting today for $70 a month.  To learn if your business qualifies, visit cspire.com/business or call toll-free at 855.CSPIRE2 (277.4732).  In addition, the company is offering “fiber fast” Gigabit speed services to local business in 24 markets for as low as $200 a month.

“This new fixed wireless technology, or wireless fiber as we call it at C Spire, allows us to deploy services more quickly and efficiently to a much broader footprint with the faster, high quality internet connections and related services that customers have come to expect from us,” said C Spire President Stephen Bye. “We are ushering in a new era of speed and availability for broadband internet access.”

C Spire is uniquely positioned to bring consumers and businesses the benefits of the wireless fiber technology revolution, according to Bye.  The company has installed over 8,000 route miles of fiber optic infrastructure and has deployed more wireless spectrum in Mississippi that any other mobile communications carrier. The firm also was the first in the state to conduct several successful pre-5G tests during the last 18 months with technology partners where it achieved Gigabit speeds in transmitting data over wireless connections.

Fixed wireless avoids last-mile fiber construction, which can be slow and expensive, while accelerating Internet access availability in more places.  The technology also leverages the company’s mobile broadband infrastructure, cell sites and spectrum to speed delivery of services to more consumers and businesses.

The new technology is the latest phase of the company’s massive broadband deployment efforts. In late September, C Spire launched its home internet service offering speeds of up to 25 Mbps in 8 markets and is continuing to expand availability to another 40 markets where choices are limited or service from existing providers is slow or inadequate.

Last month, C Spire launched the first U.S. effort aimed at offering sole proprietors ranging from coffee houses and restaurants to law offices, accounting and tax services widespread access to Gigabit internet speeds in over two dozen Mississippi markets.  The company is targeting one out of every five of the state’s 250,000 businesses for the service.

“As a Mississippi-based technology company, we are uniquely positioned to ensure that our state is not left behind in the technology revolution and the new digital economy,” Bye said.  “The mass expansion of broadband Internet is a key part of the C Spire Tech Movement.”

The C Spire Tech Movement initiative is designed to leverage the company’s technology leadership and investments to help transform its service areas.  Other elements of the program include leading the development of a tech workforce in Mississippi through education initiatives, expanding tech innovation and development of a state-of-the-art digital customer care platform for customers and team members.

In recent years, C Spire’s continuing technology investment has played a central role in recent state gains for average mobile and fixed broadband speeds in Mississippi.  The company became the state’s fastest Internet service provider in 2014 and more than quadrupled speeds in the state following its successful FTTH initiative.

C Spire will share more details as they become available for each phase of the Tech Movement, including specific markets, pricing, speeds and other program details. In the meantime, consumers and businesses can get the latest updates, details and answers to frequently asked questions at www.cspire.com/internetlaunch.

About C Spire
C Spire is a leading technology company committed to transforming Mississippi through the C Spire Tech Movement, which includes the massive deployment of broadband internet to homes and small businesses, a state-of-the-art digital experience for its customers and team members, technology innovation leadership and the creation and retention of a 21st century technology workforce in its region.  The company provides world-class, customer-inspired wireless communications, 1 Gigabit consumer Internet access as well as a full suite of dedicated Internet, wireless, IP Voice, data and cloud services for businesses.  This news release and other announcements are available at www.cspire.com/news. For more information about C Spire, visit www.cspire.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cspire or Twitter at www.twitter.com/cspire.

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Arizona Cardinals: Raising Zona Launches App For iOS and Android

A one-stop shop Arizona Cardinals app that merges fandom and technology together, the Raising Zona app features content from Raising Zona and is now available to download on iOS and Android.

CHICAGO, IL- Available now, Raising Zona for iOS and Android offers users a way to get the latest Arizona Cardinals news, rumors and analysis from Raising Zona, all at once.

The new app provides Arizona Cardinals fans with original, shareable content covering topics that include the NFL Draft, free agency and much much more.

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Features

  • Control how you view content by setting up alerts and sorting through categories including the latest news, rumors and analysis.
  • Intuitive menus make it easy to toggle between feeds from Raising Zona and FanSided.

Raising Zona is available now for free download in the U.S. as well as other regions, on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Please visit our mobile app page for more FanSided mobile apps, including FanSided 3.0.

In addition to the Raising Zona app on iOS and Android, FanSided continues to create a customized multidevice ecosystem for content with FanSided Daily, a fully personalized daily newsletter delivered to users’ inboxes, FanSided’s Android app, and FanSided’s iOS app.

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Get the Raising Zona App

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The FanSided network features more than 300 websites covering a variety of sports, entertainment and lifestyle topics.

Launched in 2009, FanSided is one of the industry’s fastest growing digital content networks and includes sites dedicated to every major professional sports team, all of the nation’s top college athletic programs, popular TV shows, movies and other celebrated sports, culture, tech and entertainment categories.

Boasting a roster of more than 1,500 writers, FanSided’s unique fan-focused editorial content reaches millions of dedicated readers every month online and via its stable of highly customizable apps and newsletters.

Buffalo Bills: BuffaLowDown Launches App For iOS and Android

A one-stop shop Buffalo Bills app that merges fandom and technology together, the BuffaLowDown app features content from BuffaLowDown and is now available to download on iOS and Android.

CHICAGO, IL- Available now, BuffaLowDown for iOS and Android offers users a way to get the latest Buffalo Bills news, rumors and analysis from BuffaLowDown, all at once.

The new app provides Buffalo Bills fans with original, shareable content covering topics that include the NFL Draft, free agency and much much more.

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Features

  • Control how you view content by setting up alerts and sorting through categories including the latest news, rumors and analysis.
  • Intuitive menus make it easy to toggle between feeds from BuffaLowDown and FanSided.

BuffaLowDown is available now for free download in the U.S. as well as other regions, on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Please visit our mobile app page for more FanSided mobile apps, including FanSided 3.0.

In addition to the BuffaLowDown app on iOS and Android, FanSided continues to create a customized multidevice ecosystem for content with FanSided Daily, a fully personalized daily newsletter delivered to users’ inboxes, FanSided’s Android app, and FanSided’s iOS app.

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Get the BuffaLowDown App

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The FanSided network features more than 300 websites covering a variety of sports, entertainment and lifestyle topics.

Launched in 2009, FanSided is one of the industry’s fastest growing digital content networks and includes sites dedicated to every major professional sports team, all of the nation’s top college athletic programs, popular TV shows, movies and other celebrated sports, culture, tech and entertainment categories.

Boasting a roster of more than 1,500 writers, FanSided’s unique fan-focused editorial content reaches millions of dedicated readers every month online and via its stable of highly customizable apps and newsletters.

Buffalo Bills: BuffaLowDown Launches App For iOS and Android

A one-stop shop Buffalo Bills app that merges fandom and technology together, the BuffaLowDown app features content from BuffaLowDown and is now available to download on iOS and Android.

CHICAGO, IL- Available now, BuffaLowDown for iOS and Android offers users a way to get the latest Buffalo Bills news, rumors and analysis from BuffaLowDown, all at once.

The new app provides Buffalo Bills fans with original, shareable content covering topics that include the NFL Draft, free agency and much much more.

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Features

  • Control how you view content by setting up alerts and sorting through categories including the latest news, rumors and analysis.
  • Intuitive menus make it easy to toggle between feeds from BuffaLowDown and FanSided.

BuffaLowDown is available now for free download in the U.S. as well as other regions, on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Please visit our mobile app page for more FanSided mobile apps, including FanSided 3.0.

In addition to the BuffaLowDown app on iOS and Android, FanSided continues to create a customized multidevice ecosystem for content with FanSided Daily, a fully personalized daily newsletter delivered to users’ inboxes, FanSided’s Android app, and FanSided’s iOS app.

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Get the BuffaLowDown App

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The FanSided network features more than 300 websites covering a variety of sports, entertainment and lifestyle topics.

Launched in 2009, FanSided is one of the industry’s fastest growing digital content networks and includes sites dedicated to every major professional sports team, all of the nation’s top college athletic programs, popular TV shows, movies and other celebrated sports, culture, tech and entertainment categories.

Boasting a roster of more than 1,500 writers, FanSided’s unique fan-focused editorial content reaches millions of dedicated readers every month online and via its stable of highly customizable apps and newsletters.

Cincinnati Bengals: Stripe Hype Launches App For iOS and Android

A one-stop shop Cincinnati Bengals app that merges fandom and technology together, the Stripe Hype app features content from Stripe Hype and is now available to download on iOS and Android.

CHICAGO, IL- Available now, Stripe Hype for iOS and Android offers users a way to get the latest Cincinnati Bengals news, rumors and analysis from Stripe Hype, all at once.

The new app provides Cincinnati Bengals fans with original, sharable content covering topics that include the NFL Draft, free agency and much more.

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Microsoft Garage launches Outings travel companion app on iOS, Android

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Microsoft’s experimental Garage division has launched its latest mobile app, Outings.

Microsoft Outings is intended to act as a digital travel guide, offering up a selection of interesting places to visit based on your interests. As first spotted by Microsoft leaker WalkingCat on Twitter, the app is now available on Android and iOS after having been discovered in testing earlier in 2017.

Upon firing up Outings, you’ll be asked to select from a huge range of topics and landscapes you’re interested in. After choosing from options like marine life, leisure activities, and night skies, Outings will then serve up a list of places you may be interested in checking out on future trips with a card-like interface. You can save ideas to make a bucket list of places to visit, or just share options with friends.

Here’s a look at what to expect, according to Microsoft:

  • Stunning images: Let photos give you an immediate feel for the whole adventure that awaits you.
  • Get inspired to explore: Choose topics that interest you and swipe through travel stories tailored just for you.
  • Save and share with friends: Instantly save your next trip to a folder for safe keeping. Share them with friends and family on social media, so they can be inspired and you can get trips on the calendar.

Outings certainly looks like an interesting option if you’re bitten by the travel bug. If you want to check it out, Outings is now available to download for both Android and iOS.

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UN health agency launches first global monitoring system for dementia

7 December 2017 – The United Nations health agency on Thursday launched the first global monitoring system for dementia, which is expected to affect 152 million people worldwide by 2050 – triple the current 50 million – amid the aging of the global population.

Dementia includes Alzheimer’s disease and other types of memory loss and cognitive disabilities.

“Nearly 10 million people develop dementia each year, six million of them in low- and middle-income countries,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), in a news release.

“The suffering that results is enormous. This is an alarm call: we must pay greater attention to this growing challenge and ensure that all people living with dementia, wherever they live, get the care that they need,” he added.

The Global Dementia Observatory, a web-based platform, launched by WHO, can track progress on the provision of services for people with dementia and for those who care for them, both within countries and globally.

It will also monitor the presence of national policy and plans, risk reduction measures and infrastructure for providing care and treatment.

“This is the first global monitoring system for dementia that includes such a comprehensive range of data,” said Tarun Dua of WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. “The system will not only enable us to track progress, but just as importantly, to identify areas where future efforts are most needed.”

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WHO says the annual global cost of dementia is estimated at $818 billion, equivalent to more than one per cent of global gross domestic product. The total cost includes direct medical costs, social care and loss of income of caregivers.

By 2030, the cost is expected to more than double, to $2 trillion, a cost that could undermine social and economic development and overwhelm health and social services, including long-term care systems.

To date, WHO has collected data from 21 countries. By the end of 2018, it is expected that 50 countries will be contributing data.

Of the countries reporting data so far, 81 per cent have carried out a dementia awareness or risk reduction campaign, 71 per cent have a plan for dementia, 71 per cent provide support and training for caregivers and 66 per cent have a dementia-friendly initiative.

All of these activities are recommended by WHO in the Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025.

The Plan provides a comprehensive blueprint for action that can be taken by policy-makers, health- and social-care providers, civil society organizations and people with dementia and their caregivers.

LG V30 Signature Edition launches in South Korea with Android 8.0 Oreo, ceramic body, 6 GB RAM

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It feels like flagship phones have gotten progressively more expensive recently, perhaps more so than we’ve grown used to. Yet while the likes of Samsung and Apple have pushed the boundaries on pricing, particularly over the past few months, there has always been a higher tier reserved for elite, special edition devices that offer a luxury experience for those with money to burn.

The latest addition to this upper echelon is the LG V30 “Signature Edition”, which goes on sale today exclusively in South Korea. LG has confirmed that it is only producing 300 units of this limited edition version of its flagship phablet, making it quite a collector’s piece for Android aficionados.

As you might expect, the extra-special model won’t be cheap. The folks at ZDNet report that buyers will be expected to pay 2 million won (roughly $1,800) for the privilege of owning the rare hardware. By comparison, that’s more than the iPhone X (1.63 million won, $1,450), the base model Note 8 (1.09 million won, $965), and the vanilla LG V30, which sells for 949,300 KRW ($842).

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So, if you can by some incredible miracle get hold of one, is the Signature version worth the extra cash? Personally, I’d lean towards no, as the upgrades on offer, while quite enticing on the surface, don’t exactly make up for the $1,000 price jump over the regular V30.

The biggest change is the phone’s new zirconium ceramic plate build which replaces the standard V30’s glass body. LG says this will make the phone – which is available in Black or White finishes – even more resistant to scratches and marks over time. The Signature Edition’s only other design flourish is the option of having LG laser engrave your name on the phone’s rear. Fancy!

On the hardware front, the ultra-premium phone receives a slight RAM bump from 4 GB to 6 GB and offers 256 GB expandable storage as standard. Otherwise, though, you’re looking at the same specs and features found on the regular V30, including a 6-inch P-OLED FullVision display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC, and a wide-angle dual-camera (16 MP and 13 MP sensors).

The Signature Edition phone – a moniker LG uses for its marquee home entertainment products – also runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. While it won’t be too long now until Oreo rolls out to all V30 devices, it’s nevertheless a nice bonus for those shelling out the extra cash. The same could also be said of the Bang Olufsen wired earphones and H5 Bluetooth earphones that come bundled with every purchase.

What do you make of the LG V30 Signature Edition? Is it worth the lavish asking price? Let us know in the comments.

​LG launches Signature phone at higher price than iPhone X

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LG Electronics has launched a limited edition “super” premium phone in South Korea.

The company will sell only 300 units of the LG Signature Edition, which will be priced around 2 million won ($1,800), higher than iPhone X’s 1.63 million won in the country.

LG has used the Signature brand for its high-end home appliances and TVs, but this is the first time it is being used for a phone.

The company’s reshuffle last week shows that its mobile business will likely be subsidiary to its TV and home appliance businesses. CEO Jo Seong-jin originally started the Signature brand in home appliances, with great success that led to record profits.

LG said the Signature phone, which comes in black and white, was made from materials used in boutique watches.

The design is focused on being “simple” and “dignified”. The backside uses zirconium ceramic that is said to reduce scratches. Consumers can choose to engrave their names in the back cover.

Its specification is near identical to the V30 and the phone has 6GB Ram and 256GB internal memory. It comes with Android 8.0, has Qi wireless charging, and LG Pay. It sports a 6-inch OLED display, has a 3,300 mAh battery, and a dual camera.

LG’s mobile business has posted 10 straight quarters of losses.

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Philly launches effort to expand K-12 computer science classes

The Philadelphia School District is launching a new effort to bring computer science classes to all K-12 schools in the city.

The project, called CS4Philly, is aimed at encouraging students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. It is the brainchild of Philly startup CEO Bob Moul, whose ultimate goal is to expand tech education across Pennsylvania.

Mayor Jim Kenney said he wants Philadelphia students to be prepared for good-paying jobs that will boost the city’s economy.

“As a city, we pledge, to ensure that all Philadelphia children and youth can become full, digital citizens with equity and access to the digital economy,” he said.

Superintendent William Hite said the district has already started supplying schools with more computers, adapting curricula and urging students to take advantage of more online learning resources.

“We have ensured that our investments have remained so that students gained the essential skills to become successful 21st-century learners,” he said. “If given access to these opportunities, children can achieve.”

Starting next year, the district will train all K-12 teachers to instruct students on coding.

Girl Scouts launches computer science program to encourage STEM …

The goal of this program is to encourage girls to consider and pursue careers in fields such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, robotics and data science. By educating girls in these topics, the thinking goes, they may have more confidence to pursue theses fields later in life. This first phase of this program will function as a pilot in select cities early next year. It’s planned to be fully implemented across the country in the fall of 2018.

The Girl Scouts and Raytheon are also introducing the Cyber Challenge, where girls in the computer science program will team up to show off their coding skills. The pilot of that program will happen in 2019.

This is just another chapter in a history of the Girl Scouts promoting and supporting STEM among their members. Last year, the organization teamed up with Netflix to get kids more interested in STEM. And in 2017, the Girl Scouts introduced badges in cybersecurity, robotics and computer science.

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