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|t||AMD revealed its lineup of Radeon RX-500 graphics cards Tuesday rangin in price from $80 to $230 each.||http://www.pcworld.com/article/3189591/components-graphics/amds-radeon-rx-500-series-graphics-cards-are-a-faster-better-polaris-for-new-pcs.html|
|p||Snapchat announced World Lenses an augmented reality function that can add 3D virtual objects to any scene.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/18/snapchat-introduces-world-lenses-live-filters-for-just-about-anything/?ncid=rss|
|t||Microsoft has agreed to buy Intentional Software which will see its founder, Charles Simonyi return to Microsoft where he previously helped build Excel and Word.||http://fortune.com/2017/04/18/microsoft-intentional-software/|
|Now here are some more top stories|
|t||Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Min Jeong Lee report their sources reinforce previous leaks that Apple will announce three models of the iPhone this fall, two upgrades to the iPhone 7 and a special 10th anniversary edition. The design of the special edition has supposedly not been determined as Apple has had problems with manufacturing of the curved glass and fingerprint sensor. The idea is to have curved glass with an embedded fingerprint sensor over an OLED screen. Apple has reportedly ordered around 100 million OLED screens from Samsung and is sourcing cameras from Sony.||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-18/apple-readies-iphone-overhaul-for-smartphone-s-10th-anniversary|
|p||Samsung says it has removed the ability to remap the button meant for the Bixby assistant to do other things.|
Phillip Berne who runs the reviews program at Samsung tweeted that the system-level behavior was changed and Samsung won’t officially support the remapping.
XDA reports one user says they have a fully updated S8 which still has the ability to remap the button using the accessibility feature.
|t||Google Earth is back with version 9 designed to run in a Web browser at earth.google.com/web. The “Voyager” section features, 360-degree videos, guided tours hosted by experts including the BBC and Sesame Street’s muppets. An I’m feeling lucky button will take you to a random point on earth and give you an info card based on Wikipedia. The current version works in the Chrome browser with support for other browsers coming soon. There’s also an Android app with iOS coming soon.||https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/04/google-earth-adds-guided-video-tours-from-bbcs-planet-earth-and-others/|
|p||The Olympic Council of Asia said it will include esports in the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.|
Esports will also feature as a demonstration sport in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The decisions come from a partnership between Alibaba’s Alisports and the Olympic Council of Asia.
The first appearance will be at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Turkmenistan, which will include Fifa 2017, MOBA and RTA games.
|IBM Earnings (CNBC): |
Revenue: $18.16 billion vs. $18.39 billion expected by Thomson Reuters
EPS: $2.38 a share vs. $2.35 a share expected by Thomson Reuters
That's a 1 percent gain in earnings per share, and a 3 percent decline in revenue from a year ago, the company said.
This is a 20th straight quarter of year-over-year revenue declines.
The company has reorganized around businesses like cloud, analytics, mobility and security. In 2016, those strategic imperatives grew to represent more than 40 percent of total revenue, according to CEO Ginni Rometty.
|Yahoo Earnings (Business Insider): |
Q1 Revs. $1.33B vs. $1.23B estimated
Net Revenue: $833.8 million vs. $814 million expected
EPS (adjusted): $0.18 vs. $0.14 expected
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|Facebook announced an Augmented Reality Platform called Camera Effects coming to Facebook Camera on smartphones in closed beta today. Eventually it will be compatible with future augmented reality hardware. Zuckerberg said that accusations of Facebook copying Snapchat were misunderstandings of laying groundwork for Facebook’s new Camera Effects Platform.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/18/facebook-camera-effects-platform/?ncid=rss|
|Facebook made Frame Studio available globally. Anyone can use the Frame Studio to upload static filters that will appear in Facebook Camera to their friends or a Page’s fans. AR Studio lets developers create custom effects onto real time face tracking. Developers can apply for early access to the closed beta fo AR Studio.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/18/facebook-camera-effects-platform/|
|Today Facebook Spaces released in Beta in Oculus Store. An AI generates avatars to be as close to your profile photo as possible. Up to four friends can log in and share a space. You can also do 3D video calls on Messenger with people not in VR. Facebook eventually wants to bring it to other VR platforms.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/18/facebook-launches-beta-of-spaces-its-goofy-and-fun-social-vr-platform/?ncid=rss|
|Facebook is expanding its encrypted account recovery token service beyond GitHub. The feature lets sites store a login token on Facebook so if a user forgets their password they can request Facebook provide the token to log them in. An SDK will let developers set up a Delegated Account Recovery program and apply to Facebook to start making the feature available to its users. The system is important for regions in Africa and Asia Pacific where a phone number is an unstable second factor identifier.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/18/facebook-expands-delegated-account-recovery-in-a-play-for-the-next-billion-users/?ncid=rss|
|Facebook launched Group bots and a bot discovery tab to messenger. Chat Extensions lets you use Messenger bots in group chats. OpenTable, the NBA, Food Network, WSJ, and other developers are also launching group bots today. A Discovery tab will show recently used bots, browse bots by category, see trending bots and search. Users can see a preview screen of a bot before interacting with it. Messenegr also gets a Game tab to access Game bots and rich gameplay that allows for turn by turn games. You can also now scan QR codes into Messenger to engage with a bot.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/18/facebook-bot-discovery/?ncid=rss|
|Facebook announced its Workplace product is in use in about 14,000 organizations, up from 1,000 last year. Facebook is working to make Workplace compatible with existing compliance and e-discovery tools. Developers now can build "bots" to run inside Workplace chat and groups to automate common processes. Facebook has also added integration to Microsoft OneDrive and Box. Workplace Standard edition will be availabel for free. Facebook plans on charging only for administrative controls, IT tools, and integrations with G Suite, Azure, and other services.||http://fortune.com/2017/04/18/facebook-workplace/|
|Facebook Analytics also got an upgrade. New custom dashboards put important reports on a single screen and lets users put what’s important to them up front. Facebook’s also adding some machine learning ti surface trends and present them to users in a ranked feed. There’s also new ways to connect page activity with online and offline purchases.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/18/facebook-analytics-gets-smarter-with-automated-insights-and-custom-dashboards/?ncid=rss|
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