Apple becoming more open about product placements in TV shows

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While Apple has long wedged products like iPhones and Macs into TV shows as a form of marketing, the company appears to be taking a more open stance about it, a report suggested on Wednesday.
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Motorola is more at risk of becoming irrelevant than ever – can it be saved?

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Motorola is in trouble. As it has been, frankly, for much of the past five-plus years. The Lenovo-owned smartphone brand once known for its positively prodigious portfolio hasn’t announced a new phone in well over six months. That was the Moto X4, which received a mixed reception and has gone on discount so frequently of late that it seems poor sales are probably a given (granted, it’s horrendously overpriced). But the X4 was never really competitive in its segment, and its reason for existence remains something of a mystery to me.

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Night in the Woods isn’t about growing up, but becoming an adult

It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our new biweekly column Short Play we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend, and since it’s a long weekend in the US this one is a little longer than normal.

Night in the Woods is the story of Mae, a 20-year-old college sophomore, returning home for the first time in almost two years after deciding to drop out of school. It was originally released last February on PC and PlayStation 4, after a successful Kickstarter in 2013. I picked it up recently when the enhanced version, called Night in the Woods: Weird Autumn, came to the Switch earlier this month. At a time when there is constant news of…

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The president of Walmart-owned Jet is becoming a venture capitalist with an early investor in Jet

Liza Landsman will join the venture firm NEA in New York City.

Last month, Recode reported that Liza Landsman was departing her role as president of Walmart-owned Jet.com less than 18 months after the $ 3 billion acquisition.

We now know where she’s landed. Landsman is becoming an investor at New Enterprise Associates, better known as NEA, the well-respected venture capital firm that backed Jet.com as well as founder Marc Lore’s previous company, Quidsi.

Landsman’s focus will be on “consumer technology and commerce,” the firm said in a press release. She was first hired at Jet nearly three years ago as chief customer officer, and previously was the chief marketing officer at E-trade.

“Liza brings deep experience in retail technology and a phenomenal track record of driving innovation and delivering impactful results for companies, from early-stage startups to industry giants,” said Tony Florence, the head of NEA’s technology investing practice, and a former Jet.com and Quidsi board member.

Landsman’s departure from Jet.com was a bit of a surprise, since she was just elevated to the top role of president in January of 2017. The connection between NEA and Jet now raises the question of whether this was an organized move on all sides. And, if so, why?

I’ve reached out to Landsman and will update this if I get some more clarity. Jet.com has yet to announce how it will fill Landsman’s position.


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iPhone growth becoming less predictable, analyst says, as Apple relies increasingly on services revenue

UBS has shared a new analyst note today describing some of the challenges and opportunities Apple faces as the iPhone hits maturity. In addition to a greater dependency on services for revenue, UBS believes the predictability of Apple’s quarterly performance is noticeably decreasing.

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Opinion: Mobile web apps are finally becoming an alternative to native apps

For over a decade, web-based applications have been replacing native programs – at least on the desktop. I manage my calendar with Google Calendar, check my email through Google Inbox, chat with fellow AP members in Slack, listen to music through Plex and Google Play Music, and talk with friends on Discord and Hangouts. Every single one of those services is available as a web app.

While web apps (and web “native” apps using frameworks like Electron) have replaced many traditional programs on the desktop, the same is not true for mobile.

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Mobile privacy policy becoming a truly big deal

A company’s mobile privacy policy is becoming a really big deal. We already knew that privacy policies are a nice piece of low-hanging fruit for Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigators to examine, to see whether a company is living up to its own promises — as Snapchat learned the hard way. And the European Union’s GDPR requirements — which will kick into effect globally in May — also focus on privacy policies, since they are typically a GDPR regulator’s first stop. You remember GDPR? That’s the one that can fine your company as much as 4% of annual revenue.

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Disney DX and Disney Junior are becoming DisneyNow

The Disney Junior and Disney DX apps are going away soon. Don’t forget to switch your kids over to DisneyNow.

In September, Disney unveiled its latest app, DisneyNow, which combines the company’s various channels and online video clips into one app. Starting January 18, Disney DX will go away, followed by the Disney Junior app on February 15. If you haven’t already made the switch, now is a good time to do so or your rug rats might not be to happy with you.

If you’re worried about your toddler messing with your preteen’s watchlist and favorites, belay those fears. DisneyNow lets you create different profiles for different family members, so the little ones can stick to watching the Disney Junior content while big brother and sister can focus on Disney DX shows.

The switch is definitely a good way for Disney to consolidate its various apps. DisneyNow lets you watch TV shows and movies both on-demand and live, as well as play games. As long as everyone knows about the transition, we’ll all be happier with one app that does it all.

Remember, the Disney DX app goes away on January 18 and the Disney Junior app will follow on February 15. If you don’t already have it, get the DisneyNow app in the App Store today.

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Scientists Coax Human Stem Cells Into Becoming Touch Neurons

Sense of Touch

Sensory interneurons, the cells that give us our sense of touch, allow us to experience the world through tactile experiences that can become lost to us in the case of paralysis. This unique sense not only shapes our life experiences but helps keep us safe. It’s what allows us to perceive the potential danger of something like a hot stove or a sharp edge. A new study exploring these cells hopes to find a way to restore sensation to those suffering from paralysis. The study from UCLA, published in the journal Stem Cell Reports, resulted in a remarkable first: researchers successfully coaxed human stem cells to become sensory interneurons.

Led by Samantha Butler, a UCLA associate professor of neurobiology who is also a part of the Broad Stem Cell Research Center, the study built on previous work published by Butler and her colleagues in September. In the previous study, Butler and her team explored how certain proteins contribute to the development of sensory interneurons in chicken embryos. Their latest research took the principles and information gleaned from the previous study and applied them to human stem cells.

The team added proteins, which establish the structure bone with a signaling molecule, to human embryonic stem cells. This mixture created two separate types of sensory interneurons: dI1 sensory interneurons, which help us determine where our body is in relation to what’s around us in our environment and dI3 sensory interneurons, which give us the ability to feel pressure.

Human embryonic stem cell-derived neurons (green) showing nuclei in blue. Each side shows a different mixture to try to create sensory interneurons. Image Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Stem Cell Reports
Human embryonic stem cell-derived neurons (green) showing nuclei in blue. Each side shows a different mixture to try to create sensory interneurons. Image Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Stem Cell Reports

Restoring Feeling

The team also found that they could create the same sensory interneurons mixture by adding signaling molecules to induced pluripotent stem cells. Induced pluripotent stem cells are created from the patient’s own cells, which are then “reprogrammed. This could give researchers the ability to better explore restorative treatments that work with the patients’ body and reduce or eliminate the potential for rejection.

While this area of research is often focused on helping paralyzed patients walk again, Butler’s team is interested in restoring the broader experience of touch. In a press release from the UCLA Newsroom, she said “The field has for a long time focused on making people walk again. Making people feel again doesn’t have quite the same ring. But to walk, you need to be able to feel and to sense your body in space; the two processes really go hand in glove.”

That said, the team does hope their research could prove helpful in developing restorative therapies for patients with paralysis. As Butler put it, “This is a long path. We haven’t solved how to restore touch but we’ve made a major first step by working out some of these protocols to create sensory interneurons.”

While the research marks a major first, there is still a lot of additional research to be done. Butler and her team hope that additional studies will help them exactify mixtures that would allow them to coax stem cells into a variety of different sensory interneurons.

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Dash Quest Heroes guide – tips and tricks for becoming a strong hero

Dash Quest Heroes has certainly been a pleasant surprise. It’s an endless runner paired with Zelda-esque hack and slash RPG mechanics, with charming pixel graphics that veer far from the generic. It’s a great little diversion with some pretty hefty details.

We’re going to show you how to be successful on your quest as a fledgling adventurer. Due to the game’s endless nature, things can come at you fast in Dash Quest Heroes, and it’s best to go in prepared. Here are a few tips and tricks to help get you started.

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