Knops: A New Pair of Adjustable Ear Plugs

Are you tired of hearing noise? Are you sick of listening to rock music? Do you keep hearing baby cries and can’t concentrate on your work? Tired of listening to your neighbors who are shouting every day? Chronic sound abuses the ears and can induce permanent hearing loss. These noises can cause fatigue, pain and […]
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Amazon Sees Echo and Alexa as Its Biggest Opportunity

Without revealing specifics, Amazon executives Thursday offered the biggest clue yet that Amazon Echo products are kind of a big deal. In a conference call with analysts highlighting its first-quarter results, Amazon specifically called out its voice-based devices, which are powered by an artificial intelligence platform referred to colloquially as “Alexa,” as its No. 1 opportunity.

Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky said the e-commerce company is “doubling down” on its investment in Amazon Echo products, meaning it plans to spend big to improve the technology and get more Echo units into more homes.

“We’re very encouraged by the customer response to Echo products,” he said. But as for actually making money from them, “that’s not our primary issue right now.”

The statements, coming a day after the launch of Amazon’s Echo Look hands-free camera, further confirm that the company has no plans to back off from this nascent business, despite the fact that device sales aren’t yet padding the company’s profit margins.

Though Amazon has never disclosed sales figures, third-party research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimates that 8.2 million U.S. consumers own the original Echo, the smaller Echo Dot or the portable Echo Tap.

On the whole, Amazon reported $35.7 billion in net sales and $724 million in net income for the first three months of 2017, with both results coming in higher than analysts’ predictions.

In addition to shelling out on Echo development, Amazon also signaled on the conference call that video remains a top area of interest, meaning consumers should expect a continued back-and-forth with Netflix in the content department. In fact, spending on video content and related marketing — as in inking pricey licensing deals like the one with the NFL for Thursday night games — was listed second by Olsavsky as he rattled off the company’s areas for increased spending.

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Interesting Tips to Help You Enjoy the New Google Earth

Want to travel the world and discover places you’ve never been to before? Want to explore the Earth without spending tons of money? The best way to do this is to bring up Google Earth on your desktop (Chrome) or smartphone (Android). Google Earth was first introduced in 2001. However, it has been quiet the […]
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HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Actually Tackles the Realistic Problems in the Tech Industry

Silicon Valley is Mike Judge and Alec Berg’s biting comedy about the American tech industry and its ever-lasting goal to change the world, and make boatloads of money in the process. HBO’s tech industry comedy Silicon Valley has always walked a fine line. It’s an indirect commentary about Silicon Valley with its out-of-touch investors and evangelists and […]
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Blu R1 Plus Includes 5.5-Inch Screen, 4,000mAh Battery

Blu today announced the R1 Plus, an update to the R1 HD. The Plus builds on the R1 HD’s foundation with a larger 5.5-inch 720p HD screen with curved edges and Gorilla Glass 3. The R1 Plus is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek 6737 processor with the Mali T720 GPU. It ships with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. Both the 13-megapixel main camera and the 5-megapixel front camera have flashes for low-light shooting. The selfie camera has an 84-degree wide field of view. The R1 Plus improves the battery capacity to 4,000mAh, which Blu says delivers more than a full day of use. This dual-SIM phone is being sold unlocked with support for the GSM/LTE networks of AT&T/Cricket, T-Mobile/MetroPCS, and others. The phone supports VoLTE and HD Voice when used on T-Mobile’s network. Other specs include Bluetooth 4, GPS, WiFi, and an FM radio. The R1 Plus runs Android 6 Marshmallow, though Blu says an update to Android 7 Nougat is in the works. The Blu R1 Plus goes on sale via Amazon and BestBuy Saturday, April 29. The phone normally costs $160, but Blu is offering it for $110 during its first 24 hours of availability online.

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Acer Unveils New Lineup of 2-in-1 Aspire Laptops

Electronics giant Acer took advantage of its global press event in New York this week to introduce the world to its new line of 2-in-1 notebooks. The line runs the gamut from low-cost models designed to be little more than Web-browsing devices to some sleek-looking powerhouses.

None of the models in the new Aspire line will break the bank, topping out at $799 for the most powerful model, but they likely won’t compete with some of their pricier and more eye-catching competitors, either. Still, the new line offers a good range of options that should provide something for everyone.

Barebones Models

The lowest-end model is the Aspire 1, which the company is marketing as little more than a secondary device for users who already have primary computers, or a device that can be shared among family members. It comes with a respectable 14-inch screen and features a sleek form factor, weighing in at just a little over three and a half pounds.

The Aspire 1 also promises a decent nine hours of battery life, but apart from that nothing about the model stands out. The model runs on either the Intel Celeron or Pentium processor and comes with 32 GB or 64 GB of storage and 4 GB of memory. The Aspire will retail starting at $219.

The next step up is the Aspire 3. Essentially a version of the Aspire 1 with some extras, the Aspire 3 offers three different display options: 14-inch HD, 15.6-inch HD, or 15.6-inch Full HD, and is powered by either the Celeron, Pentium, or Intel Core processors. Acer is pitching it as more of a media laptop, with up to 12 GB of memory and technology to reduce exposure to blue light to minimize eyestrain. The Aspire 3 will sell for $299.

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What Is Net Neutrality and Why Does It Matter?

“Net neutrality” regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. The head of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, on Wednesday proposed undoing the Obama-era rules that have been in place since 2015.

Here’s a look at what the developments mean for consumers and companies.

What Is Net Neutrality?

Net neutrality is the principle that internet providers treat all web traffic equally, and it’s pretty much how the internet has worked since its creation. But regulators, consumer advocates and internet companies were concerned about what broadband companies could do with their power as the pathway to the internet — blocking or slowing down apps that rival their own services, for example.

What Did the Government Do About It?

The FCC in 2015 approved rules, on a party-line vote, that made sure cable and phone companies don’t manipulate traffic. With them in place, Comcast can’t charge Netflix for a faster path to its customers, or block it or slow it down. Several internet providers said they didn’t plan to do those things and Comcast said Wednesday that it supported undoing the net neutrality rules but did not “block, throttle or discriminate” against internet content.

The net neutrality rules gave the FCC power to go after companies for business practices that weren’t explicitly banned as well. For example, the Obama FCC said that “zero rating” practices by AT&T violated net neutrality. The telecom giant exempted its own video app from cellphone data caps, which would save some consumers money, and said video rivals could pay for the same treatment. Pai’s FCC spiked the effort to go after AT&T, even before it began rolling out a plan to undo the net neutrality rules entirely.

A federal appeals court upheld the rules in…
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Apple Cuts Off Payments, Qualcomm Slashes Expectations

Qualcomm slashed its profit expectations Friday by as much as a third after saying that Apple is refusing to pay royalties on technology used in the iPhone.

Its shares hit a low for 2017.

Apple Inc. sued Qualcomm earlier this year, saying that the San Diego chipmaker has abused its control over essential technology and charged excessive licensing fees. Qualcomm said Friday that Apple now says it won’t pay any fees until the dispute is resolved. Apple confirmed Friday that it has suspended payments until the court can determine what is owed.

“We’ve been trying to reach a licensing agreement with Qualcomm for more than five years but they have refused to negotiate fair terms,” Apple said. “As we’ve said before, Qualcomm’s demands are unreasonable and they have been charging higher rates based on our innovation, not their own.”

Qualcomm said it will continue to vigorously defend itself in order to “receive fair value for our technological contributions to the industry.”

But the effect on Qualcomm, whose shares have already slid 15 percent since the lawsuit was filed by Apple in January, was immediate.

Qualcomm now expects earnings per share between 75 and 85 cents for the April to June quarter. Its previous forecast was for earnings per share between 90 cents and $1.15.

Revenue is now expected to be between $4.8 billion and $5.6 billion, down from its previous forecast between $5.3 billion and $6.1 billion.

Shares of Qualcomm Inc. tumbled almost 4 percent at the opening bell to $51.22.
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