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The DJI Mavic Air Wins

By Vivek Kumar

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In the past couple years, you could ask a drone to be two things: good or small. But never both. The Mavic Air changes the game. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the Mavic Air wins the game, and things will never be the same.

At just under one pound and just over six inches long, DJIs new folding drone fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. I’ve described its big sibling, the Mavic Pro, as being about the size of a hefty Italian sandwich when all folded up, but the Mavic Air is more like half a BLT. Unfolded, it’s no wider than a frisbee. That’s so small, it makes the Spark, DJI’s smallest drone, basically look stupid, since it doesn’t fold it all.

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INSIDE THE OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY WORLD-RECORD DRONE SHOW

By Vivek Kumar

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THE OPENING CEREMONY of any Olympics provides pageantry at a global scale, a celebration that, at its best, can create moments every bit as indelible as the games themselves. For the Pyeongchang Games, those watching the curtain-raiser at home also witnessed a sight never seen before: a record-setting 1,218 drones joined in a mechanical murmuration.

Drone shows like the one on display at the Pyeongchang Games have taken place before; you may remember the drone army that flanked Lady Gaga at last year’s Super Bowl. But the burst of drones that filled the sky Friday night—or early morning, depending on where in the world you watched—comprised four times as many fliers. Without hyperbole, there’s really never been anything like it.

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As at the Super Bowl, the Pyeongchang drone show comes compliments of Intel’s Shooting Star platform, which enables a legion of foot-long, eight ounce, plastic and foam quadcopters to fly in sync, swooping and swirling along an animator’s prescribed path.

“It’s in essence technology meeting art,” says Anil Nanduri, general manager of Intel’s drone group.

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A New Investment in Community Leaders

By Vivek Kumar

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By Jennifer Dulski, Head of Groups and Community, and Ime Archibong, Vice President, Product Partnerships

Today at the Facebook Communities Summit Europe, we announced the Facebook Community Leadership Program, a global initiative that invests in people building communities. Facebook will commit tens of millions of dollars to the program, including up to $10 million in grants that will go directly to people creating and leading communities.

In addition, we introduced new tools for group admins and the expansion of our London-based engineering team that builds technology to help keep people safe on Facebook.

More than 300 community leaders from across Europe came together today in London including Blind Veterans UK, an advocacy organization that provides practical and emotional support to blind veterans and their families; Donna Mamma, a support group for mothers in France to share advice and information; Girl Skate UK, which celebrates and brings together the female skateboarding community; High Society PL, a group of sneaker enthusiasts who bond over their shared passion; and Berlin Bruisers, Germany’s first gay and inclusive rugby club.

 

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Samsung Developer Conference 2017 #SDC2017

Here are some of the images from our recent coverage of Samsung developer conference.

Most Happening on AI: VB Summit 2017

By Vivek Kumar

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VB Summit is Silicon Valley’s most intimate invitation-only executive event, focusing this year on the explosion of AI in business – specifically how execs are using AI to extract real ROI for their companies. 

It’s where senior product,  brand, innovation and marketing execs (VP+) openly share and exchange frank conversations. It’s where they learn and debate. It’s where they make deals and partnerships. And it’s where the AI wave shows who rides to success, and who gets left behind.

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Dreamforce 17 Will Feature Keynotes on Growth, Small Business Breakouts, Big Names

By Vivek Kumar

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We’re less than a month out from Dreamforce 2017 and if you’re attending the marquee Salesforce event, prepare for an event featuring big names, keynotes on business growth and break out events focused specifically on small business.

Headlining the keynote roster are former First Lady Michelle Obama, actor and noted investor Ashton Kutcher, the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA Sylvia Acevedo and former First Daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush.

Dreamforce 2017 will be held in San Francisco from November 6 to 9. This year, more than 175,000 people are expected to attend the event. And if you think that’s a lot, wait until you see what’s in store.

 

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Salesforce Einstein AI expands reach as Dreamforce approaches

By Vivek Kumar

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Salesforce Analytics extended to data sources outside the platform. Salesforce Einstein AI adds forecasting, email insights and opportunity scoring features for Sales Cloud users.

Mercedes is building smarter headlights for its cars of the future

By: Vivek Kumar

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In a dark garage at the Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, a flat gray S-Class illuminates a white screen at the end of long hall. The headlights blast on and while the light is bright, it’s not that impressive. Then Stefan Toepfer, electronic and software developer for exterior lighting taps on his tablet and a series of black moving squares appear within the lit area. It takes a moment before I realize that these dark areas represent cars that in the real world wouldn’t get blinded by the Mercedes’ high beams. It’s a great way to see more at night without endangering other drivers. And it gets better.

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Nvidia Shield TV gets a new, lower price ahead of Apple TV 4K launch

By: Vivek Kumar

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Nvidia’s Shield TV, an Android TV-based device that’s currently the best option available for 4K streaming fans, is getting a price drop with a new package that leaves out the included video game controller. Bundled with just the remote, the 16GB Shield TV is now $179 – $20 cheaper than the Shield TV bundle that also includes the joypad, and in line with the pricing of the new 32GB Apple TV 4K that goes on sale tomorrow.

 

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