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Samsung Galaxy S10 Hands-on: Giving the iPhone a Run for Its Money

Samsung Galaxy S10 Hands-on: Giving the iPhone a Run for Its Money

There’s always been a lot in common between the iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy devices. With the Galaxy S10 line, announced by the company in San Francisco today, that connection is cemented in an oddly intimate fashion.
HomeStreet Bank finds a buyer for its retail loan centers: Homebridge

HomeStreet Bank finds a buyer for its retail loan centers: Homebridge

Earlier this month, HomeStreet, a community bank and mortgage lender that operates bank branches and standalone home loan centers, announced that it planned to sell off much of its entire retail mortgage operation, which includes 72 home loan centers in five states, and as nearly all of the mortgage servicing rights associated with loans originated in those retail outlets.
The iPhone is too expensive for Chinese customers, so Apple is offering them interest-free loans

The iPhone is too expensive for Chinese customers, so Apple is offering them interest-free loans

In an effort to make Apple products more affordable to Chinese consumers, Apple is working with Chinese mobile payments network Alipay to offer up to two years of interest-free financing, The Wall Street Journal first reported.
You will be able to experience AR with your own hands thanks to Levitate

You will be able to experience AR with your own hands thanks to Levitate

The EU-funded Horizon 2020 plan has brought to light a great many interesting projects. The one that most attracted my attention is Levitate, an initiative that aims to make you physically touch and interact with virtual objects shown on a display or through a VR headset.
Brooklyn DA: Prosecution of low-level marijuana cases down 98 percent

Brooklyn DA: Prosecution of low-level marijuana cases down 98 percent

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said last week that his office is no longer prosecuting low-level marijuana possession cases and is vacating more than 1,400 related warrants.Over the past year, the number of simple marijuana possession cases prosecuted in Brooklyn was down by 98 percent, Gonzalez told attendees at a Community Board 2 meeting last Wednesday night.“It costs my office about $2,000 a pop to process a marijuana arrest. That’s your tax dollars and it’s not keeping us safer,” he said. “I’d rather spend that $2,000 working on a sex crime or domestic violence case.”Gonzalez said that looking over the statistics made it glaringly obvious that something was wrong with marijuana arrests in Brooklyn.
A Software Update Is Breaking Nike’s Expensive, Auto-Lacing Sneakers

A Software Update Is Breaking Nike’s Expensive, Auto-Lacing Sneakers

Michael Rivera, now 17, has been a sneakerhead since he was a little kid. His mom, who goes by Tootie, saw an opportunity: Get straight A’s in school, she told him, and you can get a pair of sneakers.Michael put his mind to it, and Tootie and her husband kept having to buy him sneakers. A deal’s a deal. With every report card with straight A’s, she got him a new pair of sneakers. “They kept getting more expensive,” she tells Deadspin. This year, he wanted something at the top of the price point: The Nike Adapt BB, a $350 performance basketball sneaker that released last week.
Mark Zuckerberg is ‘potentially interested’ in putting Facebook login on the blockchain

Mark Zuckerberg is ‘potentially interested’ in putting Facebook login on the blockchain

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he’s “potentially interested” in putting the Facebook login on the blockchain as part of a public interview with Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain. In particular, Zuckerberg said the blockchain could give users unique powers when granting data access to third-party apps.Facebook has been investing in its blockchain team that was formed last May, led by David Marcus, who was formerly the VP of Messenger. The aim of the team has been to figure out the best ways to leverage blockchain with Facebook. Earlier this month, the company acquired blockchain firm Chainspace, which works on research and development of smart contracts.
Trump administration releases proposed drone rules and regulatory changes

Trump administration releases proposed drone rules and regulatory changes

More than two years after receiving warnings about a regulatory loophole that could put law enforcement at risk from booby-trapped drones, the Federal Aviation Administration said it will use a truncated public process to fix the problem within two weeks.The move was part of a dizzying array of proposed rules and regulatory changes published last week by the Trump administration, which wants to roll back rules on use of the devices while simultaneously taking steps to ease concerns raised by security officials.In a significant shift, the FAA is also proposing to end its general prohibition on flying drones over people, relying on research and regulations concerning the risks of people getting hit by debris from missile and rocket launches to help make the case.
HTC Vive Focus Plus makes it easier for VR virtual reality developers to port PC content

HTC Vive Focus Plus makes it easier for VR virtual reality developers to port PC content

HTC’s Vive Focus VR virtual reality headset is getting an upgrade, and it could make it easier than ever for content parity across stand-alone VR systems and those tied to a PC.The Vive Focus Plus will use the “six degrees of freedom” system used in the current Vive Focus, but now with support for dual “six degrees of freedom” controllers, as well.With this integration, HTC Vive is aiming to make it easier for PC VR development software to move content over to the stand-alone Vive Focus Plus.“This rollout of Vive Focus Plus furthers our commitment to rapidly iterate and refine the VR market for both businesses and consumers,” HTC Vive Americas GM Daniel O’Brien said in a press release.


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