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Ring in the New Year with the Forza Horizon 3 Rockstar Car Pack

The new year has arrived and Forza is celebrating 2017 in the best way we know – with amazing cars ready to hit the open roads in the Forza Horizon 3 Rockstar Car Pack!

Whether you’re cruising the wine country of Yarra Valley or tackling the most extreme elevations of Blizzard Mountain, the Forza Horizon 3 Rockstar Car Pack features seven cars that will kick your year off to a high-speed start. This pack features everything from classic Japanese power to a Ford trophy truck that’s ready to conquer anything Australia can throw at it. Then there’s the awesome BMW i8, making it production car videogame debut here in Forza Horizon 3. And that’s just the start of this incredible pack.

The Rockstar Car Pack is included in the Forza Horizon 3 Car Pass, which is available for separate purchase or as part of the Ultimate Edition of Forza Horizon 3. Players can also get the car pack standalone for $6.99 in the Xbox Store.

For a closer look at all of the cars in the pack, head over to Xbox Wire!

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Meizu is the latest Chinese smartphone firm to sign a licensing deal with Qualcomm

meizu-1 Qualcomm was hit by a near $1 billion fine for violating China’s antitrust regulations in 2015. That was rock bottom — and another example of a U.S. tech firm coming unstuck in China — but the chip-maker spent 2016 steadily sewing up licensing agreements, the latest being a deal with Meizu announced on December 31. Read More
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This chart shows just how much the price of bitcoin has soared over the past year (BTC)

Digital currency bitcoin jumped above $1,000 (£815) for the first time in three years on Sunday, trading as high as $1,029 ($1,038) on Tuesday, according to CoinDesk data.

This chart shows just how much the currency has increased over the past year (from November 9, 2015 to December 23, 2016). Business Insider’s Jonathan Garber reports on what’s behind the move, attributing it to the continued rush of money out of China.

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Snapchat is making a big push on measurement in Europe

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Snapchat is launching new measurement capabilities for advertisers in Europe as the company looks to boost its global revenue ahead of its forthcoming IPO.

From Tuesday, advertisers in the UK and France will be able to use third-party measurement firm Moat to analyze the effectiveness of their video campaigns on the app.

Snapchat beta-launched Moat measurement for US advertisers in June this year.

Now advertisers running campaigns in Europe will be able to measure metrics such as “human and viewable” — determining whether their ads actually seen by people, not bots — and “human, viewable, and audible,” which lets them know whether users had the sound on when they were viewing their video ads.

One of the biggest early complaints leveled at Snapchat by advertisers was that it lacked the kind of measurement options they had come to expect from other digital platforms. But the company appears to be moving quickly to address such criticism. In the US, Snapchat now offers 15 different third party measurement solutions including Oracle Data Cloud, Millward Brown, and Nielsen Mobile Digital Ad Ratings.

The latest measurement announcement comes on the heels of a big recruitment drive from Snapchat’s parent company, Snap, in Europe. The company recently posted almost 20 job openings in its London office, as Bloomberg reported in December, and Snap opened a location in France this summer.

Snapchat currently has 10 million daily active users in the UK and 50 million daily active users across Europe. Worldwide, Snapchat has 150 million daily active users.

Snap confidentially filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this year to go public in 2017. The company is seeking a valuation of between $20 billion and $25 billion, a source familiar with the matter told Business Insider in November.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he is no longer an atheist (FB)

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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told a Facebook user over the holiday period that he is not an atheist, Quartz reports, despite having previously described himself as a non-believer.

On December 25, Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page: “Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from Priscilla, Max, Beast and me!”

One Facebook user replied: “Aren’t you an atheist?” to which Zuckerberg responded: “No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important.”

Zuckerberg previously referred to himself as an atheist on his Facebook page for several years, according to Quartz.

When Zuckerberg visited China in 2015, he prayed outside the Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an. “Buddhism is an amazing religion and philosophy, and I have been learning more about it over time,” he said at the time. “I hope to continue understanding the faith more deeply.”

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Here is Zuckerberg’s full holiday message:

“Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from Priscilla, Max, Beast and me!

Seeing the moments of joy and family shared on Facebook today is one of my favorite things about our community.

I hope you’re surrounded by friends and loved ones, and that you have a chance to reflect on all the meaningful things in your life.

May the light of your friendships continue to brighten your life and our entire world.”

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Lenovo's new ThinkPad X1 devices get sexier designs, faster chips

The venerable ThinkPad brand will turn 25 this year, and Lenovo’s new ThinkPad X1 devices will kick off celebrations with a slew of upgrades including sexier designs, faster processors, and screens with thinner borders.

The new ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop (starting at $1,349), ThinkPad X1 Tablet (starting at $949) and ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2-in-1 (starting at $1,499) are smaller, thinner and lighter than ever before. In addition, the devices have much longer battery life.

Many of the advances come thanks to the upgrade to Intel’s 7th Generation Core processors code-named Kaby Lake. The integrated GPUs are faster and provide the capability to support 4K video processing.

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10 things in tech you need to know today (TWTR)

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Good morning! Here’s the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.

1. The price of bitcoin has jumped over $1,000 (£810) for the first time in three years. The digital currency has climbed 125% in 2016, according to Reuters.

2. We’ve rounded up the tech startups that are IPO candidates to watch in 2017. Snap Inc., Spotify, and Dropbox are all on the list.

3. Twitter’s head of China has left the company after just eight months, Mashable reports. Kathy Chen announced the news in a series of tweets.

4. Dell has launched a redesigned version of one of the best Windows laptops you can buy. The Dell XPS 2-in-1 was launched at CES in Las Vegas on Monday.

5. Qualcomm has accidentally revealed the Asus Zenfone AR, its latest smartphone, International Business Times reports. It uses Google Tango, an augmented reality technology.

6. Donald Trump says hackers can’t be caught after a cyberattack — here’s why that’s wrong. “It’s actually significantly harder to catch somebody in the act than it is to catch somebody after the fact,” one security expert says.

7. Facebook censored a photo of a statue of the sea god Neptune, The Telegraph reports. An art historian was told that they could not promote their page while the image was used to illustrate it.

8. Finland has launched an experiment giving 2,000 people free money until 2019. It is trialling Universal Basic Income.

9. French workers can now legally ignore email out of work hours, The Next Web reports. A new “right to disconnect” law came into force on January 1, 2017.

10. Russian government hackers do not appear to have targeted a US electricity utility, say people close to the investigation. The Washington Post originally reported that Russian hackers broken into an electricity company, but is now walking back its report.

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CES 2017: Lenovo updates the ThinkPad X1 family and introduces new gaming PCs

Each of these new devices was thoughtfully designed to meet your needs and habits, whether at home, in the office or on-the-go. These devices also take advantage of great Windows 10 features, including Windows Hello with built-in face recognition cameras and fingerprint readers, and touch screens that light up Windows Ink. Also, built into these new devices are noise-cancelling microphones to support Cortana*, your personal digital assistant.

Here’s a closer look at what Lenovo announced today:

A premium PC experience with the ThinkPad X1 family

ThinkPad X1 Carbon

The 2017 ThinkPad X1 Carbon, available in classic ThinkPad Black and a new Silver color.

The 2017 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon available in a new Silver color

The next generation of ThinkPad X1 products are committed to uncompromised innovation. The 2017 ThinkPad X1 Carbon, available in classic ThinkPad Black and a new Silver color, offers more than 15 hours of battery life, weighs just 2.5 pounds and packs a 14-inch high quality IPS display into a new sleek 13-inch form factor.

You can login easily and securely with Windows Hello using either the fingerprint sensor or the new face recognition Infrared camera on the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

You can login easily and securely with Windows Hello using either the fingerprint sensor or the new face recognition Infrared camera.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has been redesigned to include Thunderbolt 3 ports, which allows for super-fast and slim port connection that lets you transfer data quickly.

Now offering more than 15 hours of battery life, the X1 Carbon has been redesigned to include Thunderbolt 3 ports, which allows for super-fast and slim port connection that lets you transfer data quickly, super-fast LTE-A Wireless WAN and WIFI CERTIFIED WiGig options that deliver superlative performance and connectivity.

ThinkPad X1 Yoga and the ThinkPad X1 Tablet

Also, available in the new Silver color, the updated ThinkPad X1 Yoga is flawlessly flexible and adapts to your needs offering true multi-mode capability and can deliver stunning colors and absolute blacks in its 14-inch notebook size with an OLED screen. If you’re not familiar with OLED, an OLED screen is one of those things you must see to believe, it’s higher resolution than 4K.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga

A redesigned rechargeable pen and improved ‘rise and fall” keyboard complete the improved experience.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

Alongside the ThinkPad X1 Yoga is the ThinkPad X1 Tablet, continuing to impress with its lightweight, modularity and serviceability.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet features an integrated projector option making it easier to go from creation to presentation.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet features an integrated projector option making it easier to go from creation to presentation.

The ThinkPad X1 Tablet has unique modules that offer port expansion and up to 5 hours of additional battery life, and an integrated projector option making it easier to go from creation to presentation. It also comes with new Intel Core processors for better performance and graphics than ever.

Pricing and availability

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon starts at $1,349, and will be available beginning in February 2017. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga starts at $1,499, and will be available beginning in February 2017. The ThinkPad X1 Tablet starts at $949, and will be available beginning in March 2017. All available in the US.

Work-life integration with the Miix 720

The ultra-chic Miix 720 detachable includes the features needed to work smarter. You can simply remove the keyboard to instantly transform the Miix 720 into a feature-rich touchscreen tablet. Paired with a Lenovo Active Pen 2 and Windows Ink, the Miix 720 is ideal for effortless note taking with OneNote or Microsoft Edge.

The Lenovo Miix 720 Detachable with Lenovo Active Pen 2

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The integrated infrared camera unlocks Windows Hello facial recognition which allows you to login without the hassle of having to recall or re-type your password, and the up to 150-degree tablet kickstand easily adjusts to any angle.

Other features include:

  • An ultra-crisp 12-inch QHD+ display for super crisp screen resolution and precision high end touchpad-enabled keyboard that makes for an awesome input experience
  • Up to 7th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and Thunderbolt 3, the fastest port available on a PC today

Pricing and availability

The Miix 720 (keyboard included) starts at $999.99, available in two color options Champagne Gold and Iron Gray beginning in April 2017. The Lenovo Active Pen 2 starts at $59.99, and will be available beginning in February 2017. All available in the US.

Two new powerful gaming laptops designed for PC gamers: the Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop and Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop with Windows 10

This year, Lenovo is launching a dedicated sub-brand for Lenovo gaming PCs – called Lenovo Legion. The new gaming sub-brand offers gamers powerful gaming devices and community engagement. In their quest to provide gamers the most immersive PC gaming experiences, Lenovo spent time building and listening to a community of gamers to better understand what they value most.

Lenovo’s first new Legion offerings come in the form of two powerful gaming laptops designed for PC gamers: the Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop and Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop, powered by Windows 10. Lenovo Legion laptops are outfitted with up to the latest NVIDIA graphics cards and Intel’s latest 7th Gen Core i7 processors for the speed needed to win. More RAM also means better gameplay, and boosting up RAM specs delivers that extra edge as the second most desired upgrade based on gamers’ feedback. Gamers can run and stream their favorite game, respond to chat questions and play music all at the same time without a hitch – powered by the two laptops’ 16 GB DDR4 memory. With Windows 10, both of these new laptops are equipped with the Xbox app and can take advantage of Xbox Play Anywhere.

The Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop also features:

The Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop

The Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop

  • Lenovos’ first laptop with integrated Xbox Wireless Controller Receiver built-in
The Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop

The Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop

  • VR-ready with up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB DDR5 graphics
  • World’s first Windows based Dolby Atmos PC1 with two 2W JBL speakers and a 3W subwoofer for incredible sound
  • Thunderbolt 3, the fastest port available on a PC today to plug and play at lightening speeds and the option of an integrated Xbox One Wireless controller, which is able to support up to four controllers simultaneously for gaming with friends.
  • High-quality screen resolution with up to UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS anti-glare display
  • An optional RGB keyboard for more precise gaming in the dark

The Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop also features:

The Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop

  • 6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) display for an amazing visual experience
  • Immersive Dolby Audio Premium sound with two 2W Harmon Kardon speakers
  • Optional red backlit keyboard for gaming in the dark

Pricing and availability

The Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop starts at $1,399.99, and will be available beginning in April 2017. The Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop starts at $899.99, and will be available beginning in February 2017. All available in the US.

Taking Control with the Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller

Want to browse the web from your couch? Or turn on your favorite playlist from the dining table? The Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller is not only wireless a mouse and keyboard in one, it’s also a remote control that fits in the palm of your hand and dramatically improves the way you connect to your PCs, the web and displays. The keyboard area doubles as a Windows 10 gesture-supported, multi-touch capacitive touchpad – simply press it to type, or slide your fingers to navigate. The entire keypad surface is your touchpad, and its lightweight design won’t weigh you down. Lean back on the couch and browse the web, stream movies and more.

Pricing and availability

The Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller starts at $54.99, and will be available beginning in March 2017.

It’s great to see partners like Lenovo pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and creating beautiful hardware that lights up Windows 10. You can learn more about Lenovo’s news at lenovo.com/ces.

*Cortana available in select markets.
1Based on Lenovo’s internal analysis as of Dec 9, 2016 of PCs using Windows sold by major competitors shipping >1 million units worldwide annually. Requires the Windows 10 Creators Update coming in early 2017. 

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A surprising factor in the extinction of the dinosaurs may have been how long their eggs took to hatch

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Approximately 66 million years ago, a massive asteroid or comet smashed into the Earth near what we now think of as the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. On the other side of the world, in India, at a place called the Deccan Traps, a period of intense volcanic eruption began — one that would last tens of thousands of years.

These catastrophic and powerful events are often considered the primary causes of the mass extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous period that wiped out most of the dinosaurs along with 75% of life on the globe.

But brand-new research reveals another factor that may have played a role in ending the era of the most massive creatures to ever walk the surface of the planet. It seems dinosaur eggs took a particularly long time to hatch. That means that when they had to compete for sparse resources in a post-extinction event world with the more efficient amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals that made it through that era into the next one, dinosaurs may have lost out.

Compared to reptiles, birds lay few eggs, and they are particularly large. This could hamper their competitiveness, since it exposes them to destructive risks. But bird eggs hatch about twice as fast as reptiles (their behavior keeps eggs warm and stable), which researchers think helps enough survive to hatch. Dinosaurs still exist in the form of birds — avian dinosaurs — and so researchers thought that the eggs of the non-avian varieties would still hatch at about the same fast rate as bird eggs do. After all, from what we can tell, non-avian dinosaur and bird eggs have similar structures and birds are the only remaining dinosaurs for us to base these hypotheses on.

But the new study, published January 2 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reports that dinosaur eggs took far longer to hatch. For one species studied, researchers estimate that a comparable bird egg would take between 40 and 82 days to hatch. The dinosaur egg, it seems, would have incubated between 83 and 171 days before it was ready, more like a reptile.

And that changes a lot of what we know about dinosaurs.

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It’s all about the teeth

The amount of time it takes for young to be born has a significant impact on how a species lives. It can define mating season, migratory behavior, and other characteristics.

Dinosaurs had large eggs and, in general, adults expended more energy than comparably sized reptiles or amphibians, putting a limit on their competitiveness.

By studying the growth of embryonic teeth in other species, researchers have been able to determine how long it took for the infants of those species to develop. So the team behind this study, consisting of researchers from Florida State, the University of Calgary, and the American Museum of Natural History, decided to try to calculate embryonic tooth growth in two dinosaur species, Hypacrosaurus stebingeri (a sort of “duck-billed” dinosaur) and Protoceratops andrewsi (a less-famous relative of the Triceratops).

The researchers saw that a certain measure that can be used to calculate embryonic tooth development in both human and crocodilian species exists in dinosaur species as well. So they evaluated fossil teeth from the above species.

Their calculations showed that the Protoceratops egg would have taken more than twice as long to incubate as a comparable bird egg, and would have been just a bit quicker to develop than a similar reptile. The Hypacrosaurus egg would have incubated even longer, needing more time than a similar reptile.

As the study authors write, this means that many hypotheses of dinosaur behavior may need to be re-evaluated. It was thought that perhaps these species made long migrations back and forth from the Arctic between seasons, but long egg incubation periods may have made this impossible. And while these new findings are just based on evaluations of fossils from two species of dinosaur, the authors say they think these long incubation periods would most likely be found in all toothed dinosaurs — though further research could always change that conclusion.

The other big effect this may have had is on the extinction of these creatures. We already believe dinosaurs expended more energy and needed more resources than reptiles or amphibians. They took a long time to mature, unlike many mammals and birds. When the resources of the world were devastated by a changed climate after the asteroid struck and during the period of volcanic activity, it became hard for any large species to survive. Slow hatching rates would have been just another blow to the non-avian dinosaurs. And that may help further explain why none made it through that time.

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14 things that are harder to get into than Stanford

Stanford University

Stanford University’s acceptance rate hit an all-time low for the class of 2020, with 4.69% of applicants accepted into the prestigious California-based school.

That means Stanford is the most selective college in the US, beating out all Ivy League institutions.

But while getting into Stanford might seem like a nearly impossible task, many other achievements in life — like acceptance into some elementary schools — are more difficult than earning a spot within the school’s prestigious walls.

Ben Winsor and Christina Sterbenz also contributed to this story.

SEE ALSO: Early acceptance rates to Ivy League schools are drastically higher than regular — but the reason why isn’t as obvious as it seems

A spot at one of New York City’s top elementary schools

The elementary admissions process in New York City is utterly grueling. Among exemplary schools, one stands out as the gold-standard: Hunter College Elementary School.

Each year, Hunter chooses 25 girls and 25 boys from all of Manhattan to be admitted to its incoming kindergarten class.

They’re hand-selected from a pool of about 2,500 applicants, according to the website Inside Schools. That makes the acceptance rate for Hunter 2%. 

 

A job as an NBC page

Landing an internship-like role in the National Broadcasting Company’s page program is competitive to say the least. Famously, the character Kenneth Parcel was a page on 30 Rock.

For example, in 2016 there were 2,600 applicants for 120 positions, for a 4.6% acceptance rate.

The NBC page role is a year-long entry-level role where employees perform PR responsibilities among other tasks depending on their department.

A spot at an innovative startup college

College startup Minerva Schools has received 16,000 applications for 306 available places this year, the Financial Times reported.

Its model vastly differs from four years of school at other prestigious colleges. Students don’t stay in one place during their four-year education.

They spend time in up to seven residence houses in San Francisco, California; Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Seoul, South Korea; Bangalore, India; Istanbul, Turkey; and London, England.

At 1.9%, the acceptance rate for the unconventional college is far lower than at Stanford.

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