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Uber updates community guidelines specifying how riders could lose access to its service

Treat people as you would like to be treated yourself. 

It’s a universal truth we were all taught by our parents. And something that’s important here at Uber. That’s because whether you’re a passenger trying to get from A to B—or a driver wanting to earn money—we want everyone to enjoy the ride.

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IK Multimedia releases iKlip Grip Pro

The new iKlip Grip Pro provides users with a compact, secure and stable way to hold any iPhone or compact action video camera to capture photos and videos on the go

IK Multimedia announced the new iKlip Grip Pro - the professional quality 4-in-1 tripod and handle for capturing professional photos and video on the go with any iPhone or compact action video camera. iKlip Grip Pro lets users securely hold their iPhones while using the stand as a compact tabletop tripod, a video handle, a monopod or as a standard tripod adapter. iKlip Grip Pro features an integrated, all-in-one compact design that provides the highest level of convenience for capturing media on the go.

Ultimate Control and stability for the best shots

iKlip Grip Pro is the new large-grip, compact multifunctional iPhone and camera stand with an integrated detachable Bluetooth shutter control that is really 4 accessories in one: super secure tabletop tripod, large-grip video handler, monopod handler and standard tripod adapter. iKlip Grip Pro can securely hold any iPhone with or without a case, and features a standard mounting system for connecting small mobile video cameras like GoPro®, compact digital cameras and stand-mount audio field recorders. iKlip Grip Pro features a large, ergonomic handle that expands into a sturdy tripod, an integrated locking extension pole that extends up to 62 cm (24") for getting those "above the crowd" shots and selfies, plus a detachable Bluetooth shutter control for remote shooting.

Firm Grip - Securely holds any iPhone

The secret to iKlip Grip lies in its ingenious expandable and secure holding bracket that allows users to precisely position their iPhone, with or without a case, at any angle for capturing photos, video and audio. iKlip Grip Pro features an expandable spring-loaded soft-touch rubber bracket that provides secure superior holding power. Repositioning an iPhone is as simple as expanding the brackets to release the iPhone, then re-securing it.

Firm Support - the tabletop tripod

iKlip Grip Pro features a new large ergonomic handle design that is super comfortable for most hand sizes. The new larger grip is perfect for stabilizing video and capturing "blur free" photos, especially in zoom modes. The handle base also can be transformed into a compact tabletop tripod for positioning on any relatively level surface for ultra-steady media capture. The trick lies in its ingeniously designed locking mechanism - when closed and locked, iKlip Grip Pro is a handle suited for most "handler" tasks like selfies or ultra-steady video shooting on the go. But when unlocked, the handle's three legs fold out to form a firm and sturdy tabletop tripod that is ultra-secure and steady. In tripod mode, users can easily shoot steady video and photos from a single location, or use the front-facing camera for hands-free FaceTime™ video chat or live broadcasts like Facebook Live, SnapChat or Periscope productions.

Firm Extension

iKlip Grip Pro also features an integrated ultra-stable, locking 4-segment telescopic extension pole. At any time users can simply unlock the pole and extend it to their desired length, up to a max of 63 cm (24.8"). And since the pole is integrated into the design, no additional assembly is required. The pole extension is perfect for the distant "selfie", but also ideal for getting "above the crowd" for audience-less band shots, closer-than-they-appear shots and anything in between. The extender also works in tripod mode so users can position an iPhone or compact camera at the perfect distance above the tabletop.

Pivoting 360° Positioning

iKlip Grip Pro has a pivoting ball-joint attachment point that provides a full 90° angle adjustment plus 360° rotation capabilities for freely positioning an iPhone in any orientation. This allows users to get just the right angle and position for that perfect shot.

Remote Control

iKlip Grip Pro comes with an integrated yet removable Bluetooth smartphone shutter remote control that lets users wirelessly activate the shutter button in video and photo apps. A holder clip on the handle provides "one handed" thumb-activated shutter control. When using iKlip Grip Pro as a table top tripod, the shutter control easily detaches for capturing shots remotely. The Bluetooth shutter control is universally compatible with iOS 5.0 and above and can be operated up to 10 meters away.

Tripod Adapter

When the spring-loaded iPhone holder is removed from the iKlip Grip Pro, users have two additional uses - a standard UNC ¼" 20 universal tripod and handle for small digital cameras and action video cameras, and a secure grip iPhone holder that can be used on standard tripods. This is convenient for capturing stills and video with an iPhone when a more professional tripod is needed in more challenging situations, and using iKlip Grip Pro with compact action cameras or field recorders.

Pricing and availability

iKlip Grip Pro is available now from Apple Online and Retail Stores worldwide and from the IK online store for only $/€59.99 (excluding taxes).

Party with a Local 3.0: Events - Never miss out on a party again!

With Party with a Local 3.0 - you can easily organize and meet groups of likeminded people to attend events together. 👯

''Party with a Local 3.0 - Events, is our most significant update to so far. A bit of back story on why we built it: we were seeing week after week many users using our ‘Party Status’ function to see if anyone wanted to go to festivals, parties or events with them. In fact 80% of our users said they often don't go to events, because they simply have no one to go with. I think this is a problem almost everyone can relate to. We listened and with PWAL 3.0 you can now easily organize and meet groups of likeminded people to attend nightlife events together.''
- Dan Fennessy — Founder at Party with a Local

Bluetooth SIG adopts Bluetooth 5 spec with 2x speed, 4x range, and 8x broadcast message capacity

Adoption of latest Bluetooth specification propels interoperability, sets stage for transformative wireless connectivity

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) officially adopted Bluetooth 5 as the latest version of the Bluetooth core specification this week. Key updates to Bluetooth 5 include longer range, faster speed, and larger broadcast message capacity, as well as improved interoperability and coexistence with other wireless technologies. Bluetooth 5 continues to advance the Internet of Things (IoT) experience by enabling simple and effortless interactions across the vast range of connected devices.

Bluetooth is revolutionizing how people experience the IoT. Bluetooth 5 continues to drive this revolution by delivering reliable IoT connections and mobilizing the adoption of beacons, which in turn will decrease connection barriers and enable a seamless IoT experience.

"This means whole-home and building coverage, as well as new use cases for outdoor, industrial, and commercial applications will be a reality. With the launch of Bluetooth 5, we continue to evolve to meet the needs of IoT developers and consumers while staying true to what Bluetooth is at its core: the global wireless standard for simple, secure, connectivity."

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Microsoft teams up with Intel for Project Evo, plans to create Amazon Echo like devices

Microsoft today announced a major new feature coming to Windows 10: Project EVO. 

Project EVO will be Microsoft’s take on Amazon Echo like devices, which bring Cortana to your house and integrate Windows 10 around your house by leveraging other features of the OS. The company is actually teaming up with Intel to build these type of devices. Project EVO will essentially focus on introducing innovative products or new types of PCs for the future.


Windows has always been about deep partnerships that marry the best innovation across hardware, software, and services to provide our customers with ground-breaking experiences and great device choices. One of our most important partners making this possible is Intel, and today, I’m thrilled to announce our latest collaboration, codenamed “Project Evo.”

Project EVO devices will bring features like:

  • Far-field speech communications so you can ask Cortana a question or play a song from across the room.
  • The latest security capabilities to protect devices from malware and hacking threats, advances in biometric authentication with Windows Hello, sophisticated insights from Microsoft’s Intelligent Security Graph, additional world-class security intelligence, and analytics from Intel.
  • Mixed reality experiences for everyone through affordable PCs and head mounted displays (HMDs) that blend the physical and virtual realities in ways that no other platform can.
  • Gaming innovations like eSports, game broadcasting and support for 4K, High Dynamic Range (HDR), Wide Color Gamut (WCG), spatial audio, and Xbox controllers with native Bluetooth.

Wing Venture Capital, run by Peter Wagner and Gaurav Garg, announces Wing Two, a new $250M fund for investing in early-stage tech startups

Wing Venture Capital  has announced Wing Two, a new $250 million fund to invest in early-stage business technology startups.

Launched out of Menlo Park in 2013 by veteran VCs Peter Wagner and Gaurav Garg, formerly of Accel and Sequoia, respectively, Wing has made a number of notable investments with its inaugural $111 million fund, including Palerra, which was recently acquired by Oracle, Cohesity, Moogsoft, Instart Logic, and Shape Security.
“The centerpiece of our strategy is our proprietary Wing Network, a large community of trusted relationships amongst the key buyers and users in our target market segments,” continued Wagner. “We make extensive use of our Wing Network to help teams test and validate their company’s value proposition, product definition, and go-to-market strategies.”

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Microsoft announces New Windows 10 Creators Update

The Windows 10 Creators Update will continue to bring new security capabilities to IT administrators to better protect, defend and respond to threats on their networks and devices.

''A few weeks ago, we announced new features coming in the Windows 10 Creators Update bringing innovation in mixed reality and 3D for everyone. We shared our view of empowering the creators in all of us as we build Windows for each of us. This rings just as true for business professionals as it does for artists and students.''

''We built Windows 10 for modern IT to be safer, more secure and more productive for business with access to powerful new devices and experiences for their employees. In response, our customers are upgrading to Windows 10 at an incredible pace, with a 3X increase in Windows 10 enterprise deployments over the last six months. But we’ve just begun.''

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Google and Slack partner to launch new Google Drive integrations

''We’re partnering with Google to bring our shared customers a suite of deep integrations. Turns out many of you love using Slack and Google together — so much so that millions of Google Drive files are shared in Slack each month. Moving forward, you’ll be able to do even more with our products. Here’s a look at what’s coming.''

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Microsoft announces Build 2017 will be held on May 10-12 in Seattle

Microsoft is bringing its Build developers conference back to the Pacific Northwest next year, after hosting in for the past several years in San Francisco.

2016 has been a year of exciting growth and innovation here at Microsoft and for our customers. Business leaders, IT professionals, developers and our partners are embracing the cloud and new technologies like artificial intelligence, IoT and mixed reality to drive digital transformation.

As we look toward 2017, I’d like to share an update on Microsoft’s premier conferences for the year ahead. As always, our goal is to provide high-quality event experiences that deliver impactful guidance and enable our vibrant communities to network, grow and learn from each other.

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Sony unveils Project Field

Sony hopes to change the way kids play card games with its newly revealed Project Field. 

Project Field uses a specially developed Sony pad with smartphones or tablets. It’s outfitted with an IC reader, sensors, LED, and Bluetooth so that the pad can easily connect with tablets and smartphones that are running the corresponding Project Field games.

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RetroEngine Sigma - A plug and play mini retro gaming console & media player

Retrogaming Simplified. Computer, 4K-Mediacenter and the Greatest Retro-Station known to Man

RetroEngine Sigma is as simple as plug-and-play and requires no expertise or experience to set up. The system comes with several pre-installed games that work out of the box. Additionally, via an easy smartphone guided setup procedure, gamers gain the ability to run a majority of retro video games released on such classic systems as Atari VCS 2600, Sega Genesis, NES and many more. It is also a living room computer and powerful media-center. Retrogaming simplified!

Retrogaming is constantly gaining in popularity but until now was mostly the domain of computer nerds and tech wizards who enjoy repurposing older console systems or handling bare bones electronics. Even if you have the required skills, setting up and configuring the required soft- and hardware can be a tedious process. With this project we are trying to simplify things: The RetroEngine Sigma is the device designed to make retro gaming accessible to the rest of us.

By adding a wireless keyboard and mouse (you can also just use your smartphone), your console becomes the perfect living room computer. Write a novel, surf YouTube or watch your movies on your big screen while kicking back on your couch.

Fitbit confirms Pebble software assets acquisition; Pebble is shutting down, cancels Pebble Time 2 and Core

Fitbit has just officially announced that it is buying key assets from smartwatch startup Pebble, after reports emerged last week that a deal between the two was close to being completed.

Fitbit co-founder and CEO James Park said in a release that the company “sees an opportunity to build on our strengths and extend our leadership position in the wearables category.”

“With this acquisition, we’re well positioned to accelerate the expansion of our platform and ecosystem to make Fitbit a vital part of daily life for a wider set of consumers,” Park continued. The deal was closed yesterday, December 6th.

IK Multimedia and Fender announced Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube

Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube debuts a completely new ultra-realistic modelling technology and gives players and producers iconic Fender tube amp tone from the '57 Custom Amp series, '53 Bassman and '65 Super Reverb

IK Multimedia announced Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube, a new collaboration with the product designers and R&D Team at Fender Musical Instruments Corporation that brings some of the most iconic and genre-defining tones of the golden years of Fender's amplifiers to AmpliTube for Mac and PC.

Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube brings seven of Fender's most-sought after vintage amplifiers and reissues to the leader of the virtual world of digital guitar and bass recording systems, providing spot-on recreations of tone machines from the '50s and '60s. Included in the Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube are five amps from the '57 Custom series; the '57 Custom Champ, '57 Custom Deluxe, '57 Custom Twin, '57 Custom Pro and the '57 Custom Bandmaster, plus models of an original '53 Fender Bassman and the iconic '65 Fender Super Reverb.

Fender Collection 2 will be available as an add-on collection inside AmpliTube 3 and AmpliTube 4 from the Custom Shop feature and takes full advantage of all of the advanced tone-crafting features introduced in AmpliTube 4 like the post amp "effects loop", 3D mic placement, room selection and room mic adjustment, the cabinet room mixer and more.

Now guitarists, producers and engineers wanting that classic Fender tone and power "in the box" can easily inject that unmistakable vintage vibe of classic Tweeds and more into their recordings with the ease and convenience of the world's most popular guitar and bass tone studio.

And, like all AmpliTube virtual gear, Fender Collection 2 models have been meticulously crafted to sound, look and perform just like their hardware counterparts; each model being scrutinized, worked and tweaked, then sound-certified and approved by the tone gurus and R&D Team at Fender.

The evolution of amp modelling technology: Dynamic Interaction Modeling™

What allows the Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube to provide spot-on tone is the evolution of IK's industry-leading modelling technology. Fender Collection 2 utilizes a completely new technology, Dynamic Interaction Modeling™, to recreate not only every individual physical component in the amplifier's design from the preamp input to the speaker cone and beyond, but also recreates the nonlinear behaviour between each component and its effect on other components in the amp, providing a new level of realism, touch and feel never before realized in any other analog modelled product.

Classic Fender tone on the desktop/laptop
Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube recreates the historic and diverse Fender legacy in virtual form. IK software engineers worked painstakingly with the Fender engineering team to ensure that each amplifier and cabinet has been rendered with the same degree of integrity and attention-to-detail that goes into the company's physical products - all controls and operation have been replicated to provide exacting performance and function. The amplifiers and cabinets available in Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube include:

'57 Custom Twin-Amp™
The original "low-powered" 40W tweed beauty known for its sweet, singing tone and responsive dynamics. The Tweed Twin delivers a luxurious clean tone that adds some richness, clarity and sparkle.

'57 Custom Pro-Amp
The '57 Custom Pro is based on the original Pro of the 50s, known for its rich harmonic content and it possesses a legendary flexible and vintage sound. The creamy overdrive and smooth presence are perfect for all vintage tones, and incredible for modern sounds.

'57 Custom Deluxe™
One of the most loved Fender tweeds of all time, this amp has it all – virtually everything from sparkling cleans to major crunch and everything in between. The hand-wired all-tube 5E3 circuit is pure magic at all volume levels.

'57 Custom Champ®
Probably THE most recorded amp of the time, the Fender Champ provides an amazingly diverse tone palette for a small, one-knob amp. The '57 Custom Champ is the perfect companion for those who love dynamic overdriven tones and crisp, classic cleans.

'57 Bandmaster™
Vintage blues tone with a 3x10 set up and hand-wired all tube construction. Designed as a "plug straight in and turn it up" amp, the sound is flexible and fills the room with its vibe, giving the impression of a 3D surround sound.

'53 Bassman®
This model is based on an original Fender Bassman 26-watt 1x15" speaker bass amp, the first Fender bass amp ever created. It features an "aging" switch that lets you toggle between "new-old stock" or "worn" vintage for that well-aged, broken-in sound.

'65 Super Reverb®
The '65 Super Reverb is another classic collectible workhorse amp that has a special place in tone history and in the hearts of players everywhere. With shimmering tone and vintage overdrive, this legendary blackface amp is a medium output stage-filling sound machine.

Built for AmpliTube

Fender Collection 2 works inside of AmpliTube for Mac and PC giving players the world's best-selling ultimate guitar and bass tone studio for their recordings. While Fender Collection 2 sounds amazing in AmpliTube 3, it is also designed to take advantage of all the additional new and improved tone-tweaking features inside of AmpliTube 4 - features like the effects slot between the amp and speaker cabinet and the hyper realistic speaker "Cab Room".

In the "Cab Room", players have access to a complete locker of highly sought-after microphone models to mic up Fender Collection 2 cabs with two individual mics that can be placed in 3D in front of the cabinet. Plus, users can select and position 2 room mics, change the room type/style, swap out individual speakers in the cabs (12" models), and use the new mixer to blend the cab mics, room mics, DI signal and overall cab room master volume.

AmpliTube 4 works as a plug-in inside of all popular DAWs, or as a standalone application that also features an integrated 8-track recorder and 4-track looper for developing ideas quickly and intuitively.

Plugging in to a world of sound

With IK Multimedia's range of interfaces for Mac, PC and mobile devices, getting tone from AmpliTube is as simple as plugging into an amplifier. iRig Pro Duo, iRig PRO, iRig HD 2 and iRig 2 and are IK's latest generation of interfaces that allow players to plug in and get pristine, pure sound quality from their Mac or PC (or iPhone or iPad).

Pricing and availability

Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube will be available in December 2016 for $/€149.99*, and is now open for preorder at a special price of just $/€99.99 from the IK Multimedia online store.

Fender Collection 2 will also be available in a bundle with AmpliTube 4 (within the Power Duo Bundle series) for only $/€229.99. It is also now open for preorder at a special price of $/€179.99 from the IK Multimedia online store.

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Amazon Go - Amazon stores with no lines or checkout

Amazon Go is a new kind of store with no checkout required. 

We created the world’s most advanced shopping technology so you never have to wait in line. With our Just Walk Out Shopping experience, simply use the Amazon Go app to enter the store, take the products you want, and go! No lines, no checkout.

How does Amazon Go work?

Our checkout-free shopping experience is made possible by the same types of technologies used in self-driving cars: computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning. Our Just Walk Out technology automatically detects when products are taken from or returned to the shelves and keeps track of them in a virtual cart. When you’re done shopping, you can just leave the store. Shortly after, we’ll charge your Amazon account and send you a receipt.

YouTube has paid over $1B to the music industry in the last year, from advertising alone

Last year was a bright one for music—after several tough years of declining revenues, the industry started growing again, spurred in large part by the growth of music streaming subscriptions. 

This year, the industry has even more reasons to be optimistic. Even as music subscriptions have been growing faster than any other subscription type, advertising is another powerful driver of revenue. In fact, in the last 12 months, YouTube has paid out over $1 billion to the music industry from advertising alone, demonstrating that multiple experiences and models are succeeding alongside each other.


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