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HP refreshes Pavilion portfolio with new all-in-one PCs, x360 convertible tablets, tower | VentureBeat | Business | by Jordan Novet

HP is today pulling the covers off several new Pavilion laptops for consumers, as well as new Pavilion all-in-one PCs and a Pavilion PC tower that’s as powerful as an earlier model but 30 percent smaller. Each of these new devices runs Windows 10 out of the box.

The new all-in-ones have some compelling options. For the 23.8-inch model starting at $699.99, there’s a new “micro edge display” option that shrinks the bezels down from 26mm to 6.4mm. With this option included, the PC is reminiscent of a modern television display.

But that’s not all. You can also choose to have the 23.8-inch model — or the 27-inch model starting at $999.99 — equipped with a new “Privacy Camera.” It’s a rectangular piece of plastic that sits nestled inside the device on the top edge, just behind the display. When you push down on it, it pops up, revealing a camera and a microphone. You hear the sound of Windows 10 recognizing that components have been connected. When you’re done using the camera, you just push down the piece of camera-bearing plastic to return it to its place, and you hear the sound signaling that the mic and camera have been disconnected.


Battle Of The Giants: Amazon Joins Hulu In The War Against Netflix - Forbes

On Monday Amazon released a stand-alone, $8.99 video service in perhaps the boldest move against Netflix NFLX -2.70% so far. The gloves are off in the war between streaming giants. 

Also, on Monday’s 1st quarter earnings call Netflix posted a conservative 2nd quarter forecast for subscription growth. So despite a record 6.74 million subscriber additions in the 1st quarter, the bad news prevailed and investors sent Netflix shares tumbling 10% including after-hours trading. 


YouTube rolls out support for 360-degree live streams and spatial audio | TechCrunch

YouTube will today begin supporting 360-degree live streaming on its service, confirming reports from earlier this year stating that such a feature was in development. One of the first videos to take advantage of this more immersive format will be this year’s live stream from music event Coachella, where select performances from the festival will now be live streamed in 360 degrees.

Also new today is support for spatial audio for on-demand YouTube videos, the company says.

With this announcement, YouTube is the first to launch 360-degree live streaming and spatial audio at scale, we should note.


Facebook rearranging notification buttons to highlight video - Business Insider

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is rearranging the notification panel on its mobile apps in an effort to broaden the audience creating, watching and reacting to live video on its social network.

The shift announced Wednesday is part of Facebook's effort to turn its live video feature into a marquee attraction as more people use their smartphones to record and share snippets of their lives.

Initially introduced as a tool for celebrities eight months ago, Facebook's live video option is now available in 60 countries.

To help promote it, Facebook is moving the button for its Messenger service so that the new video option can be highlighted on the notification panel. When pressed, the video button will show a directory of live streams from a user's friends, as well as segments available to anyone on the world's largest social network.


Apple still doesn't know how FBI hacked San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone without their help | Fox News

The FBI's announcement that it mysteriously hacked into an iPhone is a public setback for Apple Inc., as consumers learned that they can't keep the government out of even an encrypted device that U.S. officials had claimed was impossible to crack. Apple, meanwhile, remains in the dark about how to restore the security of its flagship product.

The government said it was able to break into an iPhone used by a gunman in a mass shooting in California, but it didn't say how. That puzzled Apple software engineers — and outside experts — about how the FBI broke the digital locks on the phone without Apple's help. It also complicated Apple's job repairing flaws that jeopardize its software.


Twitter rules out long tweets, sticks to 140-character limit;

Two months ago, Twitter’s most dedicated fans threw a fit when news of a potentially major change in the service came to light: the 140-character limit, long one of Twitter’s defining characteristics, might be going away.

Keep calm and tweet on, Twitter loyalists. The limit is here to stay.

Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chief executive of Twitter, assuaged people’s concerns Friday, confirming that the company will keep tweets at 140 characters.

“It’s staying. It’s a good constraint for us,” Dorsey said in the interview, which took place on the 10th birthday of Twitter. “It allows for of-the-moment brevity.”


PlayStation VR Will Arrive in October for $399 | TechCrunch

Sony took to the stage today during GDC 2016 in SF to show off the consumer-ready version of its PlayStation VR headset. A good deal was already known about the company’s first foray into console virtual reality, except for a couple of key ones: price and availability.

Well, we now know that the PSVR will be arriving in October 2016 for $399.

This places the barrier of entry for PSVR dramatically lower for gamers looking to take a whack at virtual reality. With the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive priced at $599 and $799, respectively, while also requiring pretty hefty PC builds, PSVR has a real shot at being the headset to beat in terms of popularity.

The $399 price tag notably doesn’t look like it includes the PlayStation Camera, which will be required for gameplay. The camera is going for around $45 on Amazon at the moment so it’s not a major cost though it’s definitely fair to assume that while some users already have the device it will be an additional cost for most PlayStation owners.


Bachelor on the cheap: A review of the Serta 18" Queen External AC Pump Airbed

Mike Thayerby Mike Thayer

I purchased this bed to get me by until I can get a decent queen size mattress and box spring set.  I've owned air mattresses in the past, the cheap, low profile kind that just aren't comfortable, leak air (becoming almost flat by morning) and just aren't easy to get in and out of for a big guy like me.  So with low expectations going in, I purchased the Serta 18" Queen External AC Pump Airbed for $75 at Target.  The bed was easy to inflate and I found it pretty comfortable.  I've been sleeping on it every night for nearly a month now and have had to put a little additional air in it a couple times.  It's a temporary bed situation, an air bed getting everyday use.  This Serta airbed has exceeded my expectations.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs. iPhone 6s Plus: Can Samsung’s New Phablet Trump Apple’s Hottest Phone? : PERSONAL TECH : Tech Times

Samsung has taken the wraps off the Galaxy S7 Edge on Sunday. A question now arises: Can the Samsung offering trump Apple's hottest smartphone?

Here is a comparison of some specs of the two phablets.


Both the Galaxy S7 Edge and the iPhone 6s Plus sport a 5.5-inch display. However, the Samsung offering packs in more pixels than the iPhone 6s Plus.

The 5.5-inch screen of the Galaxy S7 Edge has a resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels and 534ppi in comparison to the 1,080 x 1,920 pixels resolution and 401ppi of the iPhone 6s Plus.

Processor and RAM

The Galaxy S7 Edge and the Galaxy S7 are available in two models: one with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, which will head to the U.S.; and the other with an Exynos 8 chipset clocked at 2.3 GHz. Both the handsets have 4 GB of RAM.

On the other hand, Apple's own A9 processor powers the iPhone 6s Plus. Apple claims that the A9 is the fastest chip used in a smartphone. However, at the time the Snapdragon 820 was not available.