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From Digital Trends: Boatsetter acquires Boatbound to create one giant marketplace for boats

Miami-based Boatsetter, essentially an Airbnb for boats, has acquired Seattle-based Boatbound, creating one large marketplace from which users can select a boat for a nautical adventure.
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From BGR: Here’s why the iPhone 8 can’t have the design everyone wants

The iPhone 8 will be released in about a month but we already know what it’ll look like thanks to a recent Apple leak that confirmed all the design renders we’ve seen lately. It’ll be an all-screen device like no other smartphone out there. Sadly, it’ll also feature an unsightly notch at the top, which we’ll have to live with for at least a year. It’s a design compromise Apple simply could not avoid, however, and in this post I’ll tell you why.

Apple isn’t the only company making all-screen devices, but it’s certainly determined to completely remove the top and bottom bezels, which is something no other company has done so far with a widely available smartphone. Even upcoming new phones can’t seem to get the job done — a leak from Weibo shows us a purported Sharp Aquos smartphone that has no top notch, but it still features a big bottom bezel:

Why didn’t Apple go for this solution? Not because it couldn’t do it, but because it probably wasn’t worth it.

Placing a selfie camera on the bottom of the iPhone would be possible. But the camera assembly of the iPhone 8 is huge. It contains the regular FaceTime camera and the cameras used by the new 3D facial recognition system. Furthermore, it also contains sensors and a speaker. In fact, the front-facing sensor array’s size is probably what forced Apple to change the orientation of the rear camera.

A front camera positioned on the bottom of the phone also means that Apple would have to move its second speaker and the Taptic Engine. Again, Apple could do this. But moving parts like that would have an unwanted side-effect: it could reduce battery size.

With every new iPhone, Apple is looking to deliver better features, improved performance, and good battery life. The iPhone 8 is already rumored to feature a smaller logic board in order to increase its battery size.

Dropping the home button and headphone jacked allowed Apple to recover some internal space for extra battery juice. Reducing the size of the logic board serves the same purpose. Now, moving internal components from the top to the bottom of the phone would definitely impact the size of the battery. After all, every cubic millimeter of internal space counts.

So yes, Apple could have designed a phone like the Sharp model in the picture above. And it may have such prototypes in its labs. But it probably had to ditch those ideas to prevent any major internal changes that would’ve affected the phone’s battery performance. What’s more, burying the ear speaker beneath the screen or on the top edge of the phone is fine for a device that practically no one will buy, but Apple has to manufacture tens of millions of iPhones. Right now, manufacturing a device like that at the scale Apple needs is impossible.

In the future, we may indeed see an all-screen iPhone with no bezels. We just have to wait for Apple to perfect the screen technology that allows it to place the front cameras and sensors under the display. We also need the manufacturing capabilities to mass-produce it at scale. When all that happens, we’ll finally get the iPhone design we’ve all been waiting for.

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From Tech Insider: The early Uber investor suing Travis Kalanick turned its $12 million investment into $7 billion stake

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Benchmark Capital’s early investment in Uber has grown exponentially since the ride-hailing company’s unicorn days.

Benchmark is suing Travis Kalanick, Uber’s cofounder and ousted CEO, over claims that he committed fraud in 2016. Kalanick on Friday responded to the allegations and released a legal filing arguing why the suit should be dismissed or handled in private arbitration.

Tucked into the latest legal filing is a new detail about the worth of Benchmark’s early investment. The venture capital firm first backed Uber in 2011 when it led an $11 million Series A round.

Benchmark subsequently added to that investment so that its total money in the company was $12 million. That $12 million is now worth more than $7 billion, according to the legal filing. Benchmark did not immediately return Business Insider’s request for comment.

The suit centers on Kalanick creating three additional seats on Uber’s board of directors in 2016. Kalanick appointed himself to one of the seats after resigning as CEO while the other two, which Kalanick has the right to fill, remain vacant.

Benchmark said in the suit it would not have approved the board expansion had it been aware of the controversy surrounding Kalanick and Uber’s workplace issues, accusing the CEO of packing the board with supporters. The suit calls for Kalanick’s removal from the board.

Five of Uber’s major investors forced Kalanick to step down in late June. Benchmark was reportedly one of the loudest voices calling for his removal.

SEE ALSO: Uber’s ousted CEO Travis Kalanick described a lawsuit against him as ‘a personal attack’

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From Digital Trends: Is your mouse causing wrist pain? Try the Anker wireless vertical mouse ($20)

If traditional mouses are causing you discomfort, the Anker wireless vertical mouse might be the solution. Now 60 percent off on Amazon, this ergonomic mouse shifts your hand into a vertical grip for more natural wrist alignment.
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From Tech Insider: Alibaba’s cloud base doubled in just 12 months (BABA)

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Alibaba’s Q2 2017 (ended June 30) results showed better-than-expected growth, in part driven by its cloud business.

The number of paying customers for Alibaba’s cloud business nearly doubled from the year prior, to surpass 1 million during the quarter, up from 557,000 in Q2 2016. While the e-commerce giant reported robust growth across its business segments, cloud computing was a particularly bright spot:

  • Cloud is becoming increasingly important to Alibaba. The cloud segment’s strong performance has helped it grow its share of total revenue even as overall revenue continues to grow. Overall revenue was up 56% YoY, reaching 50 billion yuan ($7 billion). That’s on par with the 59% annual growth reported in Q2 2016. Nevertheless, cloud computing revenue now accounts for 5% of total revenue, up from 3% in Q2 2016.
  • Revenue from cloud computing continues to grow at a rapid clip. Revenue from the cloud computing business grew 96% YoY, to 2.4 billion yuan ($359 million). That’s compared with 156% YoY growth and 1 billion yuan ($187 million) in Q2 2016.
  • Average revenue per user is growing as well. Each paying customer generated 2,405 yuan ($355) during Q2 2017, compared with 2,154 yuan ($323) the previous year.

The company’s cloud growth — both in customer acquisitions and revenue — is in part a result of Alibaba doubling down on growing its global footprint, particularly in the Asia-Pacific market; it opened two new data centers in India and Indonesia. The company also noted a boost in usage of its database services and content delivery network, as evidenced by the growth in average revenue per paying customer.

Expanding cloud offerings not only helps to diversify revenue sources, but it also allows Alibaba to capitalize on the growing XaaS (Anything-as-a-Service) market. For example, the IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) market experienced a 38% YoY growth from 2015 to 2016. Additionally, spending on total cloud infrastructure (public and private), is projected to grow annually at a 13% CAGR to reach $60 billion by 2020, according to the IDC.

Cloud computing — on-demand, internet-based computing services — has been successfully applied to many computing functions in recent years. From consumer-facing, web-based productivity apps like Google Docs to enterprise database management suites, the tools businesses rely on are increasingly moving to the cloud.

But developing a cloud strategy is no easy task. Public cloud solutions will likely come to dominate the market over the next decade, but business constraints, such as security concerns and the limitations of existing infrastructure, make it difficult for companies to fully adopt the public cloud right now.

That means that hybrid clouds, in which multiple cloud implementations (including public and private) are connected, will remain popular for the time being, at least until these constraints are addressed. The tech giants that dominate the IaaS market — Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, and Google — are constantly expanding their offerings to address current business constraints as they compete for market share.

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  • Explains the different cloud computing strategies and benefits of cloud computing.
  • Evaluates key business considerations – security needs, demand predictability, existing infrastructure, and maintenance capabilities – for enterprises choosing between cloud implementations.
  • Provides and outlook for trends and major players in the cloud computing market.

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From TechCrunch: How Facebook prioritizes privacy when you die

 Should your parents be able to read your Facebook messages if you die? Facebook explained why it won’t let them in a post in its Hard Questions series today about social networking after death. Facebook admits it doesn’t have all the answers, but has come up with some decent solutions to some issues with what it Memorialized Profiles and a “Legacy Contact”. When you… Read More

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From SciTech - CBSNews.com: Solar eclipse should be on your bucket list, futurist Michio Kaku says

Millions of people are waiting for Monday’s solar eclipse to begin. It will move through a 70-mile-wide path and 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina will witness the total eclipse. CBS News science and futurist contributor Michio Kaku joins “CBS Th…

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From ExtremeTechExtremeTech: Leaked Intel Slide Reveals Coffee Lake CPU Lineup

A leaked slide points to significant performance uplifts between Kaby Lake and the upcoming Coffee Lake. These new chips could prove potent competitors to AMD’s Ryzen family.
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