70% Anker Quick Charge 3.0 63W 5-Port USB Wall Charger – Deal Alert

This premium wall-charger from Anker features 5 ports that pump out 63W of power — enough for the whole family to simultaneously charge multiple devices at the highest speed possible. Right now it’s discounted 70% to just $27 on Amazon, where it averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 500 customers. Right now when you buy this item you’ll also activate a 10% discount on other select Anker products including their power bank and bluetooth speaker. See this deal on Amazon.

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Why Microsoft is adding an AI coprocessor to the HoloLens 2

I strapped on a pair of VR goggles and looked around the room. There were three PageWide printers sitting off in the corner, so I reached out and pressed a lever to open the paper tray. A voice off in the distance, like a ghost in the fog, told me to try lifting the copier lid as well.

I was at HP in Palo Alto, and the demo was meant to show me how their multi-function printers work. Interestingly, VR and AR today do not take advantage of AI as much as you might think. I wasn’t able to ask a question and have a bot respond. The VR looked ultra-realistic, but it was all self-contained within a structured environment. The demo was more like a 3D-rendered slideshow with some interactions, but in the future, AI will play a much bigger role.

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43% off Pecham Vertical Stand for PS4 with Cooling Fan and Dual Controller Charging – Deal Alert

Keep your PS4 or PS4 Slim compact, organized and functioning properly with this vertical stand from Pecham. It features an integrated cooling fan, dual controller changing and a USB hub for powering & charging your phone or other devices as needed. Pecham’s stand currently averages 4.6 out of 5 stars from over 185 people on Amazon (82% rate the full 5 stars: read reviews here), where its list price of $29.99 has been reduced 43% to just $16.99. See this deal now on Amazon

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Problems with Surface Pro 4/Surface Book firmware update

We have no way of knowing why Microsoft released the driver updates last Friday or what they’re supposed to accomplish. What we do know is that the last set of patches came just 10 days earlier, on July 11, when Microsoft added support for the new Surface Pro Type Cover and Signature Type Cover.

With two dozen major firmware and driver updates pushed onto the Surface Pro 4 since its release in October 2015, and a new Surface Pro 2017 currently on offer, it’s noteworthy that Microsoft is still trying to get the SP4 and SB drivers right.

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10+ iOS 11 iPad Pro productivity tips

With iOS 11, Apple’s iPad Pro has become an even more effective productivity tool, raising it apart from other tablets with its own synthesise of portability and computational ability.

For the purposes of this short report I’ve assumed you use the most productive iPad Pro configuration, which includes a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil.

Take a Note

Apple Pencil gains a great new ability: when your iPad is locked just tap the screen with your Apple Pencil to automatically open a Note. Now you are in Notes you can draw, write, and more. Notes will also let you scan documents as we’ll explain here. One more thing: Apple Pencil’s (already good) latency has been reduced to just 20-milliseconds.

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Climate change might prevent airlines flying full planes

THIS summer America has experienced some of the most intense heatwaves in decades. In parts of southern Arizona the mercury has climbed to a sweltering 48°C. That has had an impact on the state’s infrastructure. Last month, a single day’s heatwave grounded dozens of planes. As global temperatures climb higher, such incidents are likely to increase.

Climate change could have a dramatic impact on aviation across the world, according to a recently released paper by a team from Columbia University and Logistics Management Institute, a consulting firm. The researchers predict that as early as the middle of the century, some 30% of flights departing during the most blistering parts of the day will not be able to take off at their maximum weight because the hotter, less dense air will not provide enough lift.

Of the 19 airports examined, Dubai and LaGuardia in New York are expected to see some of the worst effects. During the harshest…Continue reading

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