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The ‘Apple of China’ just showed off a TV that’s thinner than an iPhone — and it’s gorgeous

Xiaomi has amazed us before with their smartphones. Now they’ve done it again, this time with a TV that has an edge-to-edge screen and a top half that is thinner than an iPhone

No word yet on if the TV will be available outside of China.

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Here's how much people earn 10 years after attending the 25 best colleges in America


Business Insider recently released its annual ranking of the 50 best colleges in America, emphasizing metrics like graduation rate, student-life experience, and post-graduation salary. 

Our top 25 schools feature a lot of familiar institutions — Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, and MIT all make the cut. But of the best schools in the country, whose graduates earn the most money after getting established in their careers?

To find out, Business Insider reranked its top 25 colleges by median graduate salary 10 years after enrolling, using data from the Department of Education’s College Scorecard.

MIT, the sixth best college in America, grabbed the top spot — its graduates command a median salary of $91,600 a decade after enrolling.

Keep reading to find out how much people earn 10 years after enrolling in the top 25 colleges in America.

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25. Bowdoin College

Location: Brunswick, Maine

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $54,800

Ranked 21st best college in America. 

At Bowdoin College, the second-ranked liberal-arts school on our list, first-year students can choose from 35 first-year seminars and are required to take a course in each of five general subject areas. As for postgraduation, Bowdoin’s 1,500-member alumni Career Advisory Network helps prepare students for their future careers.

24. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $57,900

Ranked 12th best college in America. 

Known for a stellar undergraduate business school, the University of Michigan counts business, psychology, and economics as its most popular majors. UM also reports that about half of all students who received a bachelor’s degree go on to pursue a master’s within four years of graduation. The school’s notable alumni include New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Google cofounder Larry Page.

23. University of Virginia

Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $58,600

Ranked ninth best college in America. 

The highest-ranked public school on our list, the University of Virginia was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819. UVA first-year students can choose from four undergraduate schools: arts and sciences, architecture, engineering, or nursing. UVA also has a “work hard, play hard mentality. The university boasts more than 600 student clubs and 25 varsity sports.

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Facebook's React JavaScript library faces a new challenger

A new rival has emerged to take on Facebook’s React JavaScript library for building UIs: Inferno, designed to be a lightweight and “blazing fast React-like Javascript library” for building modern interfaces.

“Inferno is considerably faster than React,” says the project’s web page. “This doesn’t apply to only benchmarks, but real-world applications that companies have converted to Inferno from React.” The library also is only 9KB, which means it parses faster, particularly on mobile devices.

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CES 2017: Dell adds convertible XPS 13 model, unveils 8K monitor and more

At the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Dell unveiled a series of innovations built with Windows 10 helping people maximize productivity and creativity while enjoying lifelike viewing experiences. The new products include the Dell Canvas, a horizontal smart workspace with touch, totem and pen capabilities; a 13-inch 2-in-1; XPS and Precision All-in-Ones; the Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K Monitor and Dell 27 Ultrathin Monitor; Dell’s most powerful VR-ready mobile workstation; a new Inspiron gaming line, a wireless charging 2-in-1 for the ultimate “no wires” experience and more.

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

Dell Canvas – work at the speed of thought

The Dell Canvas channels the innovative possibilities of Windows 10 and the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update into a new category of smart workspace technology. The versatile 27-inch QHD smart workspace expands productivity for content developers and designers so you can create, communicate and express your ideas as naturally as you do with pen on paper. Through the use of touch, digital pen and totems or dials, the Dell Canvas allows you to turn drawings into part of the digital workflow with Windows Ink or by marking up webpages in Microsoft Edge. Powered by virtually any Windows 10 PC, Dell Canvas also plugs seamlessly into software solutions from partners including Adobe, Autodesk, AVID, Dassault Systems, SolidWorks and Microsoft to unleash the creative genius in everyone.

Pricing and Availability: The Dell Canvas will be available March 30 on Dell.com in the U.S. starting at $1,799.

Updates to the XPS lineup – XPS 13 adds convertible model; XPS 15 more powerful


Dell introduced a brand new XPS 13 2-in-1 that offers a 360-degree hinge for multiple productivity and viewing options, so you can use it as a laptop or flip the display to use it as a tablet. It also features up to 15 hours of battery life and eye-popping clarity with a gorgeous QHD+ (5.7M pixels) InfinityEdge touch display. The fanless design keeps it silent and it can be configured with 7th Gen Intel Core vPro processors and Dell BIOS and manageability software – all backed by Dell’s global ProSupport services.

Other features include:

  • The internal and external surface temperatures of the system ensure the XPS 13 2-in-1 keeps its cool while tackling your most challenging tasks.
  • Superior materials and build quality – durable and stunning – machined aluminum, carbon fiber, bonded Gorilla Glass NBT and steel hinges wrapped in machined aluminum
  • Leading edge connectivity with all USB Type C with one Thunderbolt 3 connector – charging and display functionality with either port; faster downloads and one-cable docking solutions for a clean desk setup; USB C to USB A adapter included in the box
  • Superior usability with standard backlit keyboard and precision touchpad, as well as a fingerprint reader that allows you login securely and easily with Windows Hello

Dell XPS 15 (Model 9550) Touch notebook computer hero shot.

Dell has also updated the XPS 15, which offers powerhouse performance and a stunning display in a 15-inch laptop, with 7th Gen Intel Core processors, NVIDIA Pascal architecture – GeForce GTX 100 graphics and a fingerprint reader that enables Windows Hello for password-free logins with the swipe of a finger.

Pricing and Availability: The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is available exclusively on Dell.com and at Best Buy in the U.S. starting at $999.99. The Dell XPS 15 notebook is available on Dell.com in the U.S. starting at $999.99.

XPS & Precision all-in-ones with Windows 10  

The new XPS 27 AIO takes sound to a whole new level with built-in audio quality that previously required an external sound bar. With full-frequency range high-fidelity audio built in, they deliver the best sound available in an AIO with 10 speakers pumping out sound at 50W per channel. The viewing experience is equally impressive with a beautiful 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) edge-to-edge touch display supporting 100 percent Adobe RGB color gamut. With Windows Hello, you can login with a look using the infrared camera, or ask Cortana for things from across the room using the device’s far-field processing from waves + quad array mics.

The Precision AIO delivers more performance options with Intel Xeon processors, AMD Radeon Pro graphics capable of powering VR and outstanding reliability with ISV certifications for top programs like AVID and SolidWorks, as well as leading security and manageability software.

Pricing and Availability: Dell XPS 27 AIO is available on Dell.com in the U.S. starting at $1,499.99. The Dell Precision AIO (5720) will be available April 6 on Dell.com in the U.S. starting at $1,599.

Dell’s first VR-ready mobile workstation – the Precision 7720

Dell Precision 7710 Non-Touch mobile workstation.

The world of virtual reality is expanding in near-infinite directions and the creative pioneers driving all this content need the best tools. Enter the Dell Precision 7720 mobile workstation—Dell’s first VR-ready mobile workstation designed specifically for VR content creation. It’s Dell’s most powerful mobile workstation, thanks to the latest 7th Gen Intel Core and Intel Xeon processors and NVIDIA Pascal Quadro professional graphics. Like all Dell Precision workstations, it’s developed specifically to work with and optimize the latest software suites, and – since it’s a mobile workstation – you can now develop VR content from anywhere you find inspiration.

Pricing and Availability: Dell Precision 7720 VR-ready mobile workstation will be available on Dell.com in the U.S. starting at $1,699.

Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K monitor and Dell 27 Ultrathin monitor

The Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K Monitor is a near-borderless 32-inch 8K resolution display. With more than 1 billion colors, 33.2M pixels of resolution, 100 percent Adobe RGB and sRGB color gamut and an unprecedented 280 ppi, the Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K monitor delivers four times more content than Ultra HD 4K resolution and 16 times more content than Full HD.

Additionally, Dell is announcing several new monitors with its new HDR feature to enhance the visual experience through a wider range of colors for exceptionally vivid images, higher clarity with visibly vibrant textures and increased contrast to capture a multitude of natural shades and hues. New monitors with the HDR feature include: the Dell 27 Ultrathin Monitor featuring the world’s overall thinnest profile, a sleek, modern design aesthetic, Quad HD technology and USB Type-C connectivity as well as the Dell 24 and 27 InfinityEdge Monitors, which also feature dual 6W external speakers professionally tuned by award-winning Waves Maxx Audio.

Pricing and Availability: Available March 23 on Dell.com in the U.S., the Dell 27 Ultrathin Monitor (S2718D) starts at $699.99, and the Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K Monitor (UP3218K) starts at $4,999. Available Feb. 23 on Dell.com in the United States, the Dell 24 InfinityEdge Monitor (S2418HX) starts at $289.99, and the Dell 27 InfinityEdge Monitor (S2718HX) starts at $379.99.

The ultimate “no wires” experience coming soon with a wireless charging 2-in-1


With WiTricity magnetic resonance wireless charging technology, Dell will deliver a truly wireless experience in the 12-inch Latitude 7285 2-in-1, available later this year. When combined with a charging mat and WiGig wireless dock, you can take the Latitude 2-in-1 with you without disengaging any wires or a physical dock. And when you get back to your desk and set the 2-in-1 on the charging mat, it begins charging, automatically reconnects to the WiGig dock and content appears on the external display. No wires involved!

Pricing and availability: The Latitude 7285 2-in-1 featuring wireless charging capabilities will be available summer of 2017. Pricing will be announced during Dell EMC World in May.

Dell consumer and commercial devices refresh


Dell’s line of XPS, Inspiron and Alienware consumer devices and OptiPlex, Latitude and Precision commercial products are being upgraded with performance enhancements, thanks to 7th Gen Intel Core processors, USB-C with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity options and updated professional graphics from NVIDIA and AMD.

Precision and Latitude products built for business also feature 7th Gen Intel Core vPro and Xeon processors and new ultrathin notebook and 2-in-1 designs— thin and light professional products that don’t compromise on productivity, security and manageability. The Latitude 7000 Series Ultrabooks and an award-winning 12-inch Latitude 5000 Series 2-in-1 are also added to the lineup. The detachable Latitude 5285 2-in-1 weighs less than two lbs, features a unique auto-deploy kickstand that extends up to 150 degrees for multiple viewing angles and has multiple connectivity options.

For desktop lovers looking for space-saving designs, Dell has redefined the desktop experience with the new OptiPlex 5250 AIO and an updated line of OptiPlex small and micro form factor desktops. Great for pairing with a desktop or laptop, new monitors also include the Dell 24 Monitor for Video Conferencing perfect for Skype, which features a two megapixel Full HD IR camera with privacy shutter, noise-canceling microphone and dual 5W speakers built in, and the Dell 24 Touch Monitor, which features 10-point touch with an anti-glare touch screen and height-adjustment, tilt and swivel capabilities for an ideal touch experience.

Pricing and Availability: New Latitude notebooks, including the Dell Latitude 5285 2-in-1, will be available on Dell.com in the U.S. The Latitude 5285 2-in-1 starts at $899. Available Feb. 7 on Dell.com in the U.S., the OptiPlex 5050 Micro starts at $599 and the OptiPlex 5250 AIO starts at $879. Available Jan. 12 on Dell.com in the U.S., the Dell 24 Touch Monitor (P2418HT) starts at $399.99, and the Dell 24 Monitor for Video Conferencing (P2418HZ) starts at $329.99

It’s great to see partners like Dell push the limits of what’s possible to offer customers innovative devices that light up Windows 10. To learn more about Dell’s news from today, visit dell.com/CESpressroom.

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9 of the strangest prototypes for everyday products

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Comedian Louis C.K once said that “Everything is amazing, and nobody is happy.”

Maybe that’s because people lack perspective when it comes to the products they use every day.

Perhaps people would be happier with their electronics and home appliances if they knew how much innovation actually went into each item.

In that spirit, here are the humbler beginnings of some of today’s everyday products.

SEE ALSO: 12 horribly designed everyday products that need to be reinvented

The earliest variation of a pedaled, two-wheeled bicycle was the penny farthing, developed in the late 19th century. It is hilariously ill-proportioned, but technically rideable.

In 1983, Apple cooked up a (nameless) prototype phone and tablet that would eventually inspire the iPhone. Of course, back in 1983 mobile phones were still in their infancy. Apple had yet to ditch the dreaded cord.

Similar to modern-day models, turn-of-the-century toasters relied on heated electric coils to produce a nice crust. This model from 1915 even features a partial casing, though it’s still not enough if you ask us.

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The next major PlayStation 4 exclusive is unbelievably pretty

For much of the past 40 years, the months of January and February have been notorious among video game fans for being bereft of new games. It was a time to catch up on games you missed from the previous year, and gripe with other game fans about the lack of new stuff.

Times have changed.

Gravity Rush 2

We’re not even through the first week of 2017, yet we’re already getting a major video game launch in “Gravity Rush 2.” The game arrives on January 20, and it’s a major new exclusive for Sony’s massively popular PlayStation 4 game console. 

Here’s what you should know:

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“Gravity Rush 2” was created by Sony’s internal Japan Studio team. That’s important, because that’s the team behind some of PlayStation’s best stuff.

These are the folks who know how to pull every bit of power out of Sony’s hardware, and it shows:

These are all images pulled from the game itself — this is how it actually looks in action:

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AT&T will begin new tests of its 5G networks (T)


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Wireless telecommunications giant AT&T will begin new tests of its 5G networks focused on video streaming, according to Engadget. AT&T’s tests will utilize fixed devices streaming video from AT&T-owned DirecTV.

While this particular test is focused on media and communication, it will also serve as a potential demonstration of 5G’s possible IoT applications, allowing for expanded use of cameras and video in a variety of IoT settings.

5G networks offer higher upload and download speeds than current cellular networks. The bandwidth offered actually rivals that of Wi-Fi and some wired internet connections in a major development from the current 4G LTE cellular standard. AT&T has already conducted basic tests of its 5G network technology in partnership with other companies, but those tests were aimed mainly at verifying connections, whereas this newest trial will look to push the network standard closer to its maximum theoretical one Gigabit per second speed.

The higher speeds offered by 5G networks will make them particularly useful in IoT applications. IoT solutions utilize a wide variety of networks, with solution providers choosing a communication technology that matches up to the needs of the solution. Cellular connections are used for certain applications, but are not typically used in data-intensive solutions, as those types of connections can be inconsistent or not deliver sufficient bandwidth to meet needs. With the introduction of 5G, however, solution providers will have a high-speed alternative that can offer greater mobility and portability than Wi-Fi connections with comparable speeds. 5G should allow the proliferation of video-based analytics as well as greater remote monitoring capabilities, fostering the continued growth of the IoT.

Smart cities are cities that leverage IoT devices like sensors, smart lights, and smart meters to gather data that can be analyzed to gain new insights regarding their infrastructure, population, and public services.

Few cities around the world have actually grown into truly “smart” cities — most are still in the early phases of implementing some of these IoT devices, and have yet to data processing and analysis tools that can turn vast troves of data from millions of devices into a real-time view of a city’s activity and operations.  

The smart cities segment has enormous potential as a market for IoT solutions, but it is also an inherently slow-moving market. Smart cities development faces many barriers around the world including tight municipal budgets, sluggish technology procurement guidelines for public agencies, privacy and cybersecurity concerns, and a pressing need for more IT staff at municipal agencies. Taking the time to deploy new, futuristic technologies can also be a luxury that many municipal agencies charged with the day-to-day running of a metropolis can’t afford. 

However, many cities are starting to address these challenges, and smart city development around the world is accelerating.

BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, has compiled a detailed report on smart cities that contrasts the development of smart cities in different regions of the world. It examines the unique factors that are driving the growth of smart cities in different parts of the world, and also identifies important barriers that still need to be overcome in different markets. It further details some of the most common types of smart city projects in different regions, such as smart parking and transportation, smart energy and sustainability projects, and smart public safety initiatives, and delves into some examples of these projects.

Here are some key points from the report:

  • Smart cities projects around the world are being shaped by local and regional socio-economic needs. This has led cities in different parts of the world to use similar IoT technologies for a wide array of different use cases.
  • In the EU, environmental sustainability goals are driving cities to rapidly implement IoT technologies in an effort to reduce fossil fuel emissions.
  • Cities in Central and South America are using sensors and other smart cities solutions to reduce road congestion and make their infrastructure more reliable in the face of extreme weather events like hurricanes and tropical storms.
  • North American cities lag behind their EU counterparts in implementing smart cities solutions because of resource constraints, but are also finding ways to use IoT technologies to do more with less.
  • Although smart city development in Africa is extremely nascent, new networking technologies like Low Power Wide Area Networks and the next-generation 5G networks will help provide the connectivity to get more smart cities projects off the ground on the continent.
  • Asian countries are set to become the market leaders in smart city adoption, but still face challenges in training the IT talent to help municipal authorities manage smart cities projects.

In full, the report:

  • Details the different types of smart cities technologies and applications that have become most prevalent in different markets around the world.
  • Provides examples of some of the top smart city projects in different regions that address transportation, energy, crime, and other issues.
  • Explains how unique social, political, and economic factors are impacting smart city development in different regions.
  • Details factors that could help jumpstart smart city development in the Americas, Africa, and other parts of the world that have lagged behind comparable markets.
  • Explains the unique barriers to smart city development in different parts of the world, such as data privacy concerns in Europe and lack of support from the federal government in the US.

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Huawei to pre-load Amazon’s Alexa AI on US version of its Mate 9 flagship

img_2322 Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is having a good CES. Not only landing inside additional speaker hardware but finding entirely new incarnations in other connected household items — such as a lamp, a smart fridge and even a robot vacuum cleaner. Cars are on the cards too. Read More

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You might be better at remembering things when you least expect it


It has been known for a while that experiencing emotion can influence how well we remember things.

Researchers from New York University have built on this knowledge and found evidence that reacting to something emotionally — like watching a sad scene in a film — may also improve how well you remember something you’ve seen, and this memory boost could continue as much as 30 minutes after experiencing the emotion.

This goes against the popular theory that being emotional can actually make memories fuzzy.

A group of 115 volunteers took part in the study, which was published last month in the journal Nature Neuroscience. They were split into groups and either shown images that would trigger an emotional reaction, and then neutral ones after 10 to 30 minutes, or the other way around. Six hours later the subjects had a surprise memory test, where the researchers asked them questions about the neutral images to see how well they remembered them.

The researchers measured participants’ physiological reactions using skin conductance. In healthy people, the skin momentarily conducts electricity better when we experience something physiologically arousing, so the researchers monitored this to see whether or not the subjects really were experiencing a necessary level of emotion. At the same time, the researchers used an fMRI scanner to monitor what the volunteers’ brains were up to.

The researchers wanted to find out two things: first, whether people could better remember the neutral images if they were shown them before or after being triggered emotionally by the emotional images, and second, whether brain regions that support emotional memory were more active and showed more connectivity in either case.

As it turns out, those that were shown the emotional stimuli before being shown the neutral images tended to better remember the neutral images.

According to the new research, when we get emotional, the amygdala in our brain is stimulated and our bodies often secrete adrenaline. Somehow, these two processes work on the hippocampus, which is the centre of memory function, and our memories for that time period are sharpened.

Dr Lila Davachi, senior author of the study and an associate professor in NYU’s Department of Psychology and Center for Neural Science, said in a statement that this is because creating memories does not just rely on the world we experience externally. 

“[It’s] also strongly influenced by our internal states,” she said. “These internal states can persist and colour future experiences.”

She added that this kind of “emotional hangover” influences how we take on board information for quite a long time afterwards.

“Emotion is a state of mind,” Davachi said. “These findings make clear that our cognition is highly influenced by preceding experiences and, specifically, that emotional brain states can persist for long periods of time.”

MRI images pointed towards this explanation. Brain regions such as the amygdala and anterior hippocampus are associated with both memory and emotions, and they lit up more after the emotional response, and were still engaged up to 30 minutes afterwards. 

This led the team to believe that the influence of emotion on memory in these areas of the brain can persist over many minutes, which was shown by the results, but the long-term impacts remain a mystery. 

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BMW hopes Google's augmented reality Tango technology will help it to sell cars (GOOG)

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German car giant BMW is planning to use augmented reality technology developed by Google to help it sell cars.

The company announced on Thursday that it has released an Android app that utlitises Google’s new Tango technology, thereby enabling people to use their smartphones to view lifelike 3D models of certain BMW cars (the BMW i3 and the BMW i8) against a backdrop of the real world.

The app — developed by technology consultancy firm Accenture — allows people to walk around a virtual car that isn’t really there and even step inside and explore the interior. It was uploaded to the Google Play Store on Thursday but it will only work on Tango-enabled devices, which are only just appearing on the market but include the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and the Asus Zenfone AR.

Using augmented reality in this way should allow BMW’s potential customers to familiarise themselves with its cars and explore various customisation options from the comfort of their living room. It should also provide car dealers with another tool to help them push their stock. BMW claims it is the first car company to use augmented reality in this way.

BMW Tango   1Andrea Castronovo, BMW Group’s VP of sales strategy and future retail, said in a statement: “Our vehicles are emotional products and to get that emotional feeling, you really need to experience them. In situations where the desired product isn’t available on the spot, this visualisation is the next best thing.”

Tango uses a combination of smartphone cameras, sensors and infrared to perceive the depth of an object.

Eric Johnsen, head of business development for augmented reality at Google, said in a statement: “The thing that sets Tango apart is the fact that it understands the context of the space that it’s in. So the wheels are really on the floor, for example, giving the whole experience a much more realistic feel.”

The BMW partnership with Google and Accenture highlights the increasing trend of car makers working with tech giants. On Wednesday, Ford announced plans to embed Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa into its vehicles.

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