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09/22/2021 05:48 PM

First impressions: Everything Microsoft announced at its 2021 Surface event


Microsoft announced a ton of products today. Some were new, some were major updates, and some were minor refreshes. Though we knew some of what to expect from leaks and rumors, much of the little details were unknown to us. We were lucky enough to try most of the devices in person prior to their official announcement, so consider this round-up also something of a hands-on. Here’s the biggest news from the event. Surface Pro 8 The Surface Pro 8 is the biggest change to the tablet line since the Surface Pro 3 back in 2014. Well, if you don’t…

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09/22/2021 04:35 PM

Surface Laptop Studio hands-on: My perfect laptop doesn’t exi—


My eyes may or may not have welled up when I first laid my hands on the Surface Laptop Studio. I was only able to spend about 20 minutes with Microsoft’s most powerful laptop, but it is as if the company had combed through my brain and made the PC of my dreams — or something very close to it. Rather than creating a Surface Book 4 with a detachable tablet, the new laptop takes a cue from the desktop Surface Studio. Not only can you move its main hinge like any other laptop, you can also pull the display…

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09/22/2021 03:47 PM

A kid’s replica of James Bond’s car exists AND IT MUST BE MINE


Did you know SHIFT is taking the stage on Sept 30 and Oct 1? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of mobility during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your ticket now! Yes, I know, I’m not a kid anymore. Yes, I’m terrifyingly close to my 30s. And yes, THIS MINIATURE DRIVABLE REPLICA OF A JAMES BOND CAR MUST BE MINE. Some history and context. In 2020, the folks at the Little Car Company teamed up with Aston Martin and the 007 brand to create two children’s replicas of the spy’s cars: the DB5 Junior and the…

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09/22/2021 03:00 PM

Want to shoot amazing drone footage to wow the web? This training can help turn you into a drone master user


TLDR: The All-in-One Phantom DJI Drone and Mavic Filmschool Bundle teaches you how to fly your DJI Phantom drone, shoot amazing aerial footage, then edit it to truly world-class results. Did you see that recent amazing drone footage flying over an active volcano in Iceland? Or maybe that gorgeous aerial shot expertly winding through the Dallas Cowboys’ training facility they used this season on Hard Knocks? It turns out drone photography isn’t just a novelty anymore. It’s truly become art. In fact, bodies are even giving out awards now for brilliant images captured where no human eye could ever go…

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09/22/2021 03:00 PM

Now is the time to lock in the verified fastest VPN service anywhere at 80 percent off


TLDR: HotSpot Shield has been named the fastest VPN on the web — and now, it’s also on sale at hundreds off its regular price. Making the claim to being the world’s fastest VPN is no small boast. With dozens of VPN providers on the scene, it takes some serious firepower to be the one that allows users to blaze across the web faster than with anyone else. However, HotSpot Shield ($89.99 for a 3-year subscription, 80 percent off, from TNW Deals)  brought the receipts to back up the claims. In testing by Ookla, one of the preeminent sources for…

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09/22/2021 02:05 PM

3D-printed rocket engines are powering the commercial space age


The volatile nature of space rocket engines means that many early prototypes end up embedded in dirt banks or decorating the tops of any trees that are unfortunate enough to neighbor testing sites. Unintended explosions are in fact so common that rocket scientists have come up with a euphemism for when it happens: rapid unscheduled disassembly, or RUD for short. Every time a rocket engine blows up, the source of the failure needs to be found so that it can be fixed. A new and improved engine is then designed, manufactured, shipped to the test site and fired, and the…

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09/22/2021 01:15 PM

Xiaomi has the power to censor your phone, report claims


A security report has found that Xiaomi has the ability to remotely censor its phones. This came from Lithuania’s Defence Ministry, which advised users of the company’s devices to get rid of them. First covered by Reuters, the Lithuanian report found that the Xiaomi Mi 10T receives an updating list of blocked keywords from the manufacturer. While this hasn’t been enabled in Europe, researchers claim Xiaomi has the technical capability to censor these terms at will. At the time of the study’s release, there were 449 keywords on the list — all in Chinese characters. These included terms such as “free…

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09/22/2021 12:33 PM

Researchers have created holograms you can touch


The TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation introduced millions of people to the idea of a holodeck: an immersive, realistic 3D holographic projection of a complete environment that you could interact with and even touch. In the 21st century, holograms are already being used in a variety of ways such as medical systems, education, art, security, and defense. Scientists are still developing ways to use lasers, modern digital processors, and motion-sensing technologies to create several different types of holograms that could change the way we interact. My colleagues and I working in the University of Glasgow’s bendable electronics and…

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09/22/2021 11:39 AM

Yo! Want to build your YouTube brand? Follow these 9 steps


Join Fangage’s CEO Sam Feldt onstage at TNW2021 for a session on ‘Empowering Creators.’ Growing a YouTube channel with creative content is truly exciting, especially for creative types. Creative inspirations come often and they can be enlightening. However, you will limit your channel’s growth if you change direction too often.  Here’s an example: imagine if a successful brand like Heineken changed their product drastically every once in a while. It would have devastating results for the brand. Building a brand takes consistency and a systematic approach.  And this can be hard for creative people. However, on a platform where your…

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09/22/2021 09:59 AM

Mumbai wants India’s EV crown — and it’s buying 1,900 buses to prove it


Did you know SHIFT is taking the stage on Sept 30 and Oct 1? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of mobility during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your ticket now! Mumbai, the western city of India, has put out a tender to purchase 1,900 EV buses that will add to its existing fleet of 386. With this, the financial capital of India aims to become the biggest proponent of sustainable public transport. The Environment Minister of the state, Aaditya Thackeray, made the announcement on Twitter earlier this week. The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport…

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