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Vinyl Making a Comeback ….


For the 11th time since its conception in 2008, the world will celebrate Record Store Day this Saturday in honor of independently-owned record stores around the globe. Time for us to look at a format that is closely tied to record store culture and has made a surprise comeback in the United States and internationally: the vinyl LP. In 2017, 14 million LPs were sold in the United States, up more than 1,000 percent from 10 years earlier. But how big is vinyl’s comeback really? Should we all dust off our old record players to prepare for the future of music?

Not really. According to Nielsen’s 2017 year-end music report, LPs accounted for no more (but also no less) than 8.5 percent of album sales in the United States. When accounting for streaming and downloads of single tracks, that number drops to 2.5 percent of total music consumption – not exactly the lion’s share.

Infographic: The Surprising Comeback of Vinyl Records | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista


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E Ink’s latest ePaper module debuts in 42-inch digital whiteboard


E Ink has revealed what it’s calling the world’s largest commercially available active matrix ePaper module at CES 2017. QuirkLogic’s eWriter connected writer system has been combined with E Ink’s 42-inch ePaper display technology for the Quilla whiteboard.

Source: E Ink’s latest ePaper module debuts in 42-inch digital whiteboard

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TV trends to expect at CES 2017

Plenty of hype and pretty pictures, and a few cool surprises I’ve been going to CES since the days when press kits were made of actual paper (and you needed a Toshiba rolly bag to carry them all home). Over the years there’s one trend that’s becoming more and more apparent: Don’t expect many real details at the show. Prices? Availability? Yeah, right. Models beyond flagships and concept displays? Good luck. Information that’s not subject to change when the TV actually hits the market? HA! Heck, last year Samsung only showed one model of TV at CES, saving the real meat for mid-April. LG OLED TV rolls up like a piece of paper The mind-blowing 18-inch concept display rolls up a piece of the TV future. by David Katzmaier 1:12 Close LG OLED TV rolls up like a piece of paper

Source: 7 TV trends to expect at CES 2017

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Drone Flying Santa

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Bendable Phone’s ….

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Which Generation Are You ?

These are Western Cultural Generations. Japan and Asia and portions of Europe will have their own generational definitions based on major cultural, political, and economic influences.

Generation Name Births
Age Today*
Oldest Age
The Lost Generation –
The Generation of 1914
1890 1915 101 126
The Interbellum Generation 1901 1913 103 115
The Greatest Generation 1910 1925 91 106
The Silent Generation 1923 1944 72 93
Baby Boomer Generation 1945 1964 52 71
Generation X 1961 1981 35 55
Generation Y –
The Millennial –
Gen Next
1975 1995 21 41
Generation Z 1995 2015 1 21










(*if still alive today)

Note: Dates are approximate and there is some overlap because there are no standard definitions for when a generation begins and ends.


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Incredible photo and video show a microburst dumping rain and wind over Phoenix


Microbursts occur when a rush of rain cooled air collapses toward the ground from a parent thunderstorm, crashing to the ground and spreading out at speeds above 100 miles per hour. The microburst in this image, and in a related timelapse video shot by Bryan Snider from the vantage point of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport.

Source: Incredible photo and video show a microburst dumping rain and wind over Phoenix

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​Don’t laugh: Google’s Parsey McParseface is a serious IQ boost for computers – CNET

Google has a big gift for anyone trying to fulfill the promise of artificial intelligence: software that helps computers understand human speech and text.

The parser software, called SyntaxNet, breaks sentences down into components to better understand the meaning of words — a boon to AI developers trying to get computers to grok natural language. On Thursday, SyntaxNet became open-source software so anyone can use it for free and modify it however they want.

Google did the same in 2015 with another AI technology, TensorFlow, which lets anyone link computers into a neural network that can process data in a way analogous to our own biological brains. Facebook, which also is conducting extensive research into AI, has likewise open-sourced its Torch software for machine learning and computer vision.

Artificial intelligence, the science of making computers think more like humans, has become a major area of interest for technology companies in recent years. While it’s an under-the-hood and often arcane pursuit, AI sometimes bursts into public view. That was the case in March when Google’s DeepMind software scored a decisive victory against a human champ in the complex game of Go, long thought to be one of the most difficult challenges for a computer.

Source: Don’t laugh: Google’s Parsey McParseface is a serious IQ boost for computers – CNET

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Siri creator introduces Viv, the new AI assistant

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — Siri’s cofounder gave the public its first look at Viv, the artificial intelligence-powered digital assistant that aims to lap rivals with its understanding of human conversation.

Dag Kittlaus took the stage at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference here to demonstrate his latest creation. Viv aims to go beyond — and take on — Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana and the voice inside Google.

Kittlaus is CEO of San Jose, Calif.-based Viv Labs and if he can pull off its bold vision, Viv (pronounced Viv as in Vivian) will be a personalized assistant that will be available to you on any device and powered by every service. The idea is that you’ll be able to talk to Viv as naturally as if you were speaking to another person, and you’ll use your voice to order flowers or summon an Uber, which Kittlaus showed off during his demonstration.

The goal is to “open up the ecosystem where this world of assistants that we’re used to today that have several dozen capabilities now has an opportunity to explode to hundreds of thousands and tens of thousands of times the number of capabilities that some of today’s assistants have,” he said in an interview after leaving the TC Disrupt stage.

“We think the key to that is having a third party platform where anyone can add to the experience.”Kittlaus believes that AI today is in a similar stage to where his old employer at Apple was when it first launched the App Store.

Source: Siri creator introduces Viv, the new AI assistant

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5 critical maps to understand for presidential candidates – Business Insider

Maps shape how we see the world.

But most of the maps hanging on our walls are dangerously incomplete because they emphasize political borders rather than functional connections.

The world has less than 500,000 kilometers of borders.

By comparison, it has 64 million km of highways, 4 million km of railways, 2 million km of pipelines and more than 1 million km of Internet cables ­­all part of a rapidly expanding global infrastructural Matrix.

As such, in the 21st century, we need maps that show connections over divisions, for these reveal not only how we cooperate across borders, but also the valuable corridors of energy, trade and data that we compete over.

Here are 5 of the most important maps for the future. The next president would be wise to study them carefully.



These maps are part of a set designed exclusively for the publication of Parag Khanna’s new book, “Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization.”

Source: 5 critical maps to understand for presidential candidates – Business Insider

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