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The Core holographic speaker blasts past $1m milestone

The Core holographic speaker blasts past $1m milestone

Remember the Core wireless speaker? We detailed it back in September when it was still wet behind the ears on Indiegogo. Though only on the crowdfunding website a short while, the device -- which stands out from the crowd on a platform involving holographic audio -- was already seeing notable success. Fast-forward to this past weekend, and the campaign reached it ends, with the makers having hit 2,379-percent of their goal with more than $1 million in pledges. According to the makers, more than 3,000 Cores will be shipped to backers in 80+ countries.

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Apple confirms new engineering office in Seattle

Apple confirms new engineering office in Seattle

Apple has nestled itself in the Pacific Northwest, joining the likes of Microsoft, Google and Amazon by opening an engineering office in Seattle. Apple has confirmed the business move to the Seattle Times, but has not elaborated on any details beyond that. This marks a first for the company, and it is expected more will be joining it in due time. No details are provided on where exactly the office is located, but a fair bit of information on what is taking place has surfaced.

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Starwood hotels activate smartphone door entry

Starwood hotels activate smartphone door entry

It would appear that Starwood hotels are jumping aboard the keyless entry train for their hotel rooms starting this Autumn. Check in, pull out your smartphone, get it activated, and you'll be on your way to walking in your hotel room without a key. Starwood hotels aren't the first company to create such an entry system, nor have they simply jumped aboard a fast-moving fad. They've had this system in the works since January of this year - and it's all ready to go!

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Xiaomi seeks funding, valuation at $50 billion

Xiaomi seeks funding, valuation at $50 billion

Here are the facts about Xiaomi: they often sell out of devices in seconds via their website, and are making their way to more parts of the world. As they move to enter India and other markets, the Chinese company is also looking for a new funding round. According to Bloomberg, who is citing sources close to the discussions, Xiaomi is seeking funding that would push them to a $50 billion valuation. Xiaomi shipped nearly 19 million devices last year to various parts of Asia.

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Microsoft Ventures founder exits, forms gaming group: Unikrn

Microsoft Ventures founder exits, forms gaming group: Unikrn

We've spoken about Rahul Sood before. He joined Microsoft back in 2010, making it official in 2011. Back then this man was asked, as he puts it, "to join Microsoft with the mission to create or be part of something amazing." He did that, it's done, and he's leaving the company now a little under four years later. And what'll have left behind at Microsoft? A massive undertaking - something that wasn't there before he arrived. Now he heads to a whole new company entirely.

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Amazon’s new diversity report tells a familiar tale

Amazon’s new diversity report tells a familiar tale

We've seen many diversity reports this year, and they all have one thing in common: a relative lack of diversity. Amazon has joined Facebook, Twitter, Google and others by posting its own numbers, and in them we see that same familiar tale comprised of people who are mostly white and mostly male. The company revealed its workforce statistics in a total of four categories, both for the overall company and for its managers when it comes to gender, and the same narrowed down to just those in the US when it comes to race.

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Xbox One Slim: tipped with tinier AMD chip

Xbox One Slim: tipped with tinier AMD chip

How do you beat the competition in the gaming console business? If you're Microsoft and you've got an Xbox One, the most recent and best answer you might have is cutting costs. They've currently got a holiday sale on their Kinect-less Xbox One, knocking the price down by $50. With an Xbox One Slim on the books, they may very well be able to knock it all down another $50 - so we must hypothesize. The tip here comes from a LinkedIn listing which suggests a 20nm chip is on the way.

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Larry Page: AI will take jobs, but living will be cheaper

Larry Page: AI will take jobs, but living will be cheaper

Speaking this week on the future of Google and the technology-infused world at large, Larry Page made some rather interesting comments on you and the way you'll be working. Not at a job you don't like. Not in a menial labor job that can be done by robots. Artificial Intelligence, he suggests, will be a big factor in two key game-changers in our society. One is in taking the place of workers at jobs they didn't want to be at in the first place.

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Andy Rubin is parting ways with Google

Andy Rubin is parting ways with Google

Andy Rubin has had a long and fruitful career at Google, having started big there under his work with Android, later moving on to other projects and eventually ending up managing the company's robotics division -- a position from which he is stepping down, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. The reason isn't clear, but his future plans include kicking off an "incubator for startups", it is being reported. Google has confirmed the departure, with CEO Larry Page having thanked him for his time with the company.

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Lenovo ThinkPad W540 Review – Old-School Pride

Lenovo ThinkPad W540 Review – Old-School Pride

The ThinkPad's distant history is pocked with no-nonsense business machines sporting plain designs and thick bodies. Those are largely a thing of the past, with the newest ThinkPads coming with a side dish of sleekness that make them stand out from systems of days gone by. Such isn't the case with Lenovo's new ThinkPad W540, a mobile workstation targeted at business users that in some ways harkens back to the old T-Series designs. That's not a criticism, mind you. There's something refreshing about a laptop that isn't partly based on being overtly stylish, instead zeroing in on functionality for those who care most about what the machine can do. Does the W540's functionality match its boardroom aesthetic, though? Read our full SlashGear review to find out!

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