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How ad-free subscriptions could solve Facebook

At the core of Facebook’s “well-being” problem is that its business is directly coupled with total time spent on its apps. The more hours you pass on the social network, the more ads you see and click, the more money it earns. That puts its plan to make using Facebook healthier at odds with its finances, restricting how far it’s willing to go to protect us from the harms of over use.

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Facebook should actually be Tinder too

There’s beauty in the double-blind opt-in. That’s the way you match with someone on Tinder. You like them, they like you, you both find out and get connected. But to date, the feature’s largely been trapped in dating apps that match you with randos or that not everyone wants to be on. That means this anti-loneliness technology is leaving some people out.

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The TV market has grown for the first time since 2014

Sales of televisions in the world for the first time in three years have grown, helped by the increase in food prices, according to the IHS Markit study.

Analysts estimate that in July-September 2017, manufacturers shipped a total of 54.8 million TV sets, which is 5% less than a year earlier. At the same time, revenue in the market rose by 1%, and this rise was the first since 2014.

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Android Wear is dead, and in many ways it’s Qualcomm’s fault

The single-chip system Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 has been knocked down for two years. While most of the flagship chips for mobile electronics have a life cycle of about one year or less until they give way to more advanced, powerful and energy-efficient solutions, the Wear 2100 has been playing the role of the best single-chip Android Wear wrist watch system for two years. By modern standards it is already an ancient crystal. Apparently, the leader of the market of mobile chips Qualcomm refused to try to gain influence in the sector of wristwatches. The announcement of the Wear 2100 took place in February 2016, but a year later Qualcomm did not prepare anything for the replacement, and now it is not likely that a worthy change is being prepared.

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Apple HomePod review. This Siri speaker’s smarts don’t quite match its stunning sound…

Apple is so late to the smart speaker party it’s rung the doorbell at 6am and woken up all the sofa surfers in your lounge.

This is nothing new – the iPod and Watch both watched their rivals hit the tequila too hard, before becoming the life and soul of music players and smartwatches.

Still, it’s a bit different this time. Amazon’s Echo army and Google Home’s family are already great voice-controlled speakers that can organise your digital life. The Sonos One, meanwhile, mixes Alexa smarts with great sound quality and multi-room tunes.

But guess what? Apple thinks it can do better. And in some ways, the HomePod, does outshine its fellow party guests

It’s swept into the room with Apple’s signature hauteur, refusing to speak to nerdy Android phones or go beyond polite conversation with Spotify.

But if you’ve got an iPhone, subscribe to Apple Music and prioritise sound quality over A.I assistance, it might just be your new smart soulmate…

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New features of Seagate on CES 2018

It would seem, what can surprise such simple and already ordinary devices like external storage? But Seagate company presented four models at the exhibition, each of which has original and unusual functions!

The main announcements made this year in Las Vegas as part of the consumer electronics exhibition did not really correspond to the name of the event – it was about much more global things than those that each of us can find on the shelves of stores. But although a large part of the exposition CES 2018 was devoted to such promising technologies as artificial intelligence, Internet of things and auto-piloted cars, most of the novelties were still intended for end users.

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Lightning Network – the last chance bitcoin to become fast. How it works?

Bitcoin has two troubles: the time of transactions and their cost. The inability of the network to withstand heavy loads led to the fact that the commission for sending the payment in 2017 increased by more than 23 times and at the time of publication of the material is about $ 4.5 – it is unacceptably much if you compare bitcoin and altcoyins. To facilitate the life of network users, the instant payment technology with a near-zero commission is called the Lightning Network. The AIN.UA edition tells what this technology represents, and how it will help bitcoin compete in the speed of transactions with the rest of the crypto currency.

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THREE THINGS ASSASSIN’S CREED ORIGINS DOESN’T NEED…BUT WOULD BE COOL

Assassin’s Creed Origins is easily one of the best games released in 2017, and it has even taken my top spot amongst Assassin’s Creed titles since the original, topping my previous all-time favorite, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. From start to finish, exploring Ancient Egypt and removing its citizens from the grasp of a tyrannical leader was an amazing experience. With so much to do, there really was never a dull moment. Quests were varied, and the chance at rare and legendary loot made me explore every nook the game had to offer. When we look back at past Assassin’s Creed experiences, however, there were some game play elements that were never added to Origins. We decided to look at 3 changes Assassin’s Creed Origins could have made, despite not needing to!

Number 1 – Base Building

For Bayek, Siwa is home, and you are introduced to this beautiful little Egyptian village right away in your adventure. Siwa isn’t the most happening place in Ancient Egypt, but there is a good amount of commerce, religion, and of course, military rule to satisfy the small population. In past Assassin’s Creed titles, the great developers over at Ubisoft have provided players with another game play element that would allow them to step away form the main adventure, and engage in base building that ultimately could supply the protagonist with money, resources, and a place to call home.

Imagine Siwa as a customizable town, where Bayek could return after long journeys to invest, upgrade, and protect his hometown. Imagine having town folks able to gather resources for you, sending them out on expeditions much like you could do with ships in Black Flag. Imagine being able to train mercenaries that you could call upon in your adventures, who could fight for you when the road gets tough. These are all things I would have really enjoyed, but are not present in Assassin’s Creed Origins.

Origins did not need this experience, but it would have been fun!

Number 2 – Open World Multiplayer

Past Assassin’s Creed titles have had a multiplayer component, where fans of the franchise could don all their assassination garb and fight it out in confined arenas. There was fun to be had in these modes, but it was never something that set Assassin’s Creed apart from other franchises.

Multiplayer in Origins could have been so much different, and so much better. With a huge world to explore, doing so with friends could have been such a fantastic experience, one that Ubisoft is known for. Look at Ghost Recon Wildlands, for example, where you can team up with other players online at any time to play around in the massive sandbox of Bolivia! Look at the upcoming Far Cry 5, where players will be encouraged to fight the cult with friends by their sides. Ancient Egypt would have provided the perfect backdrop for a some open world, multiplayer fun.

Yes I know, it would have thrown the story out of wack having two Bayek’s running around Egypt, but the concept itself could have been fun! Again, not something Origins needed, but it would have been a great experience!

Number 3 – First Person Mode

While not everyone is a fan of first person games, it would be cool to experience Assassin’s Creed Origins completely in first person. While the wall climbing and close combat probably would suite that type of gameplay, having it as an option for various situations would have been a cool added feature. While I completely understand that this would have taken a ton more development time, it’s again something Assassin’s Creed Origins didn’t need, but it would have been fun.

What do you think? Anything you would want to see in Assassin’s Creed Origins that isn’t there?

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Park on the roof: what will the new Google headquarters in London look like

The Verge has studied the plan for the future headquarters of Google in London. Now in the capital of England there are 4000 employees, in several offices. The company wants to collect them all under one roof. On which there will be a real big park.

The building with a height of 11 floors will take more than 80,000 square meters. M and will be able to accept up to 7000 employees. Construction of the headquarters will begin already in 2018, but the exact date of the end is still unknown. The total budget of the project is more than 1 billion pounds.