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From Tech Insider: This chart shows why the cable TV industry is in big trouble

The ease and relative cheapness of online streaming from services like Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video have created an entire generation of cord-cutters. As we can see in this chart from Statista — which draws on a poll by the Pew Research Center — a whopping 61% of adults 29 and younger use an online streaming service as their primary means of watching TV.  

The younger generation’s TV habits represent a huge shift from those of their parents and grandparents. That’s bad news for Time Warner Cable, Comcast and other pay TV giants, who face the prospect of seeing their customer bases drop as the population ages.

Some pay TV companies have been trying to change with the times. Dish launched Sling TV in 2015 and AT&T’s DirecTV created a streaming service called DirecTV NOW last year.

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From BGR: The iPhone 8 makes the Galaxy Note 8’s price seem even more absurd

Before Apple unveiled the iPhone 8 and iPhone X last week, Samsung’s $930 price for the Galaxy Note 8 seemed perfectly acceptable. It’s still more expensive than any smartphone to date, but it seemed in line with what’s expected from a 2017 iPhone rival made by Samsung. But now that Apple unveiled the prices for all three 2017 iPhones, the Galaxy Note 8’s price seems like one huge gimmick.

Soon after Samsung introduced the phone, I wrote that the Galaxy Note line should not exist as it is now. Aside from the signature S Pen feature, the only feature that stands out is a dual camera that’s already rumored to hit the Galaxy S line next year. It certainly looks like Samsung is merging the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines now that all-screen designs are possible, and the Note line is losing its identity. It’s like having Apple launch the 4.7-inch iPhone early in the year, and then release the 5.5-inch iPhone less than six months later.

Since then, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Note 9 might sport a revolutionary bendable screen, which seems like a step in the right direction, a way of making the Galaxy Note stand out from the Galaxy S crowd again.

But now that the iPhone 8 and iPhone X exist, it’s clear that the Galaxy Note 8 isn’t worthy of the near $1,000 price tag.

The Galaxy Note 8 is not as fast as the iPhone 8 or iPhone X, as the A11 Bionic chip dwarves the Note 8’s chips when it comes to performance. It also doesn’t feature any brand new features like the iPhone X’s Face ID TrueDepth camera, which would warrant the extra cost.

What does the Galaxy Note 8 have that the Galaxy S8 lacks? A bigger OLED display, sure. But screen profits go to the same Samsung parent company. Of note is that the iPhone X’s OLED screen is the most expensive component inside the iPhone X, and Samsung is going to get all that cash too. And we shouldn’t be surprised to hear that the iPhone X screen is more costly than the Galaxy Note 8’s, even if the same company makes them. Apple suggested as much on its iPhone X pages, by saying the phone features “the first OLED screen that rises to the standards of iPhone,” and implying no other screen can match it.

Then there’s a dual camera on the back of the Galaxy Note 8. But is that enough to justify the price hike?  Or is it the new stylus that’s more expensive to make?

I don’t have any inside scoops on the bill of materials for the Galaxy Note 8, but it seems to me that Samsung hiked the entry price of the Note 8 just because it knew that Apple was going to do the same thing with the iPhone X.

Think about it, in a world where the iPhone still sets the bar in the mobile business, launching a phone with an iPhone-like price sends the message that your new phone is on par with the latest iPhone, if not better.

Yes, it’s all about perception here. And Samsung, just like Apple, can choose to price its products however it sees fit. There’s nothing wrong with that.

But the $930 Galaxy Note 8 is not on par with the $999 iPhone X when it comes to hardware, performance or novel features. Not even with the $699 iPhone 8 or $849 iPhone 8 Plus. These two “boring� iPhones are just as powerful as the iPhone X.

This year’s Galaxy Note 8 competes against the iPhone 7/Plus family at best, regardless of what its official price may imply.

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From Tech Insider: An ex-Googler says flying cars are ‘completely crazy’ — and they’re 3 years away from becoming the next hot thing

Kitty Hawk Flyer

Flying cars are poised to replace self-driving cars as the hot thing in the next three years according to ex-Googler and Kitty Hawk founder Sebastian Thrun. 

During his appearance at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Thrun, who is sometimes referred to as the godfather of the self-driving car, explained why he believes personal air travel will become an everyday occurrence in the near future. 

“The air is so free of stuff and unused compared to the ground,” said Thrun, whose bold vision for the future was matched by his decidedly curious sartorial style.

Thrun envisions a world where he can fly the 34 mile journey from Palo Alto to San Francisco in ten minutes, and get home at the end of the day to a bag of drone delivered groceries at his door. 

“It’s completely crazy”

sebastian thrunTechnologies like AI and deep learning, as well as innovations in delivery drones, have enormous potential, Thrun said, though he acknowledged that most people today view flying cars as the stuff of science fiction.

“The latest thing is going to be flying cars, it’s completely crazy, and no one person in the world believes in it,” Thrun said.  No one except for himself and Larry Page, who is a backer of Kitty Hawk.

A prototype of the type of the flying vehicle Thrun was referring to was first showcased in a video on the company’s website in April of this year. The vehicle in the video looks more like a water toy than a flying car, but Cimeron Morrissey, who got the chance to ride the device wrote in a review that the final version will look much different than the prototype. 

Kitty Hawk will have its first product ready by February of next year, more flying motorcycle than car, according to Thrun.

“Self driving cars is very hot right now but a few years ago nobody cared about them. Three years from now flying cars will be very hot and they might just disrupt the self driving car,” he said. 

He also believes that there isn’t a technical reason flying cars can’t be done soon, and that the real roadblocks are legal and regulatory. Government transportation agencies have only recently begun to grapple with self-driving car regulations, and it’s likely that regulating air space will present even more of a challenge. 

Although his company’s vision is to make traveling in the skies the norm, Thrun is still a firm believer in developing self-driving cars — he just thinks we need to keep innovating past them. 

Thrun led Google’s self-driving car efforts several years ago, but broke off from the company to pursue his passion for education with his startup Udacity and to focus on other projects like Kitty Hawk. 

SEE ALSO: New behind-the-scenes video of the flying Kitty Hawk machine shows what it’s like to learn to fly it

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From The Next Web: Amazon’s recommendation engine offers a shopping list for making bombs


Items on Amazon’s “Frequently Bought Togetherâ€� recommendation could be used to create homemade explosives if actually bought together. Investigators at UK news organization Channel 4 recently uncovered the potentially worrying trend. Among other things, the investigators discovered that searching for one ingredient (harmless on its own), or adding it to your cart, would lead Amazon to show you that other customers bought the other incendiary components. For the sake of good taste, I won’t list the ingredients here, but the examples they gave were the ingredients for thermite and black powder. Other “ingredientsâ€� are less chemical and more practical, such as…

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From TechCrunch: Augmedics is building augmented reality glasses for spinal surgery

 Meet Augmedics, an Israeli startup that is working on an augmented reality headsets for surgeons performing spinal surgery. The company is participating in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF.
Computer assisted surgery systems are nothing new. Plenty of surgeons look at a screen while performing an operation. But Vizor is something new. Instead of making you look away from your… Read More

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From BGR: Google is finally making a convertible MacBook killer

Google has persevered with the Chromebook Pixel, its flagship Chromebook meant to showcase its laptop OS. The device has previously existed as a curiosity for developers, but if this leak is real, things are about to get a lot more serious.

Droid Life has a source that says Google is going to announce a new Google Pixelbook at its event in October. It’ll be a $1,200 convertible Chromebook — ambitious, to say the least, but with the right engineering, it could be fantastic.

The rumor suggests that it will look much like the previous Chromebook Pixel, and come in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB flavors. The big change is that it’ll have a convertible hinge so you can fold the screen back and use it like a tablet.

That’s a long-overdue change for Google’s laptop, and one that could make it almost worth the money. The Pixelbook will ship with an optional Pixel Pen, a pressure-sensitive stylus you can use with the laptop. That puts it squarely in the same class as Microsoft’s Surface or Surface Book: a device that’s powerful enough to meet everyday laptop requirements, with an input method convenient for creative types.

Compared to the Surface Book or a MacBook Pro, the rumored $1,199 starting price isn’t terrible. But Google’s biggest competitor won’t be the MacBook or Surface. Instead, it’s the excellent $500 convertible Chromebooks made by Asus and Samsung, which do most of the same things for less money.

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From VentureBeat: Bug brains help AI solve navigation challenges

GUEST: Drones and other autonomous robots require mobile and efficient solutions to real-life issues, from mundane package transportation to urgent search and rescue missions. Using machine learning and a vector-based navigation system inspired by insects, agents could navigate to key locations without relying on a GPS — becoming truly autonomous. Robots could learn to navigate independently to […]

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