In China, You Can Now Text Your Friend a Pumpkin Spice Latte

Users of WeChat in China will soon be able to buy each other cappuccinos, frappuccinos and pumpkin spice lattes after the messaging app’s owner Tencent tcehy struck a deal with Starbucks sbux . With the planned feature, WeChat users will be able to buy each other Starbucks-branded drinks and gifts and send them over the…

via In China, You Can Now Text Your Friend a Pumpkin Spice Latte — Fortune

Voice Activated Fireplace Is As Cool As It Gets

A fireplace can add a cozy, relaxed atmosphere — and a touch of style — to any home. Redditor [hovee] saw the opportunity to add some flair to his gas fireplace by making it voice activated. Check out the video of it in action below. Google Home and Google Assistant provides the voice recognition component. A Raspberry…

via Voice Activated Fireplace Is As Cool As It Gets — Hackaday

Apple reportedly working to rent new movies early on iTunes

According to Bloomberg, Apple is in talks with major movie studios to offer early rentals on iTunes. The report, which cites sources familiar with the ongoing discussions, suggests 21st Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros., are trying to find a partner to help them rent films “as early as two weeks” after they first hit theaters. That said, Bloomberg does note that the Hollywood overlords may “end up choosing another technology platform” instead of iTunes, although no specifics were given. If such a deal were to take place, chances are viewers at home would have to pay a premium for this type of service, since it would take some revenue away from the box office. For now, all we know is that the studios allegedly want these rentals to be “high-priced,” so you should definitely expect to pay more than the usual $5 or $6. Sean Parker, Napster founder and tech entrepreneur, is trying to do something similar with “T

via Apple reportedly working to rent new movies early on iTunes — AIVAnet

Microsoft still depends on Windows. Here’s what it is doing to revive the PC business

VR headsets and a return to ARM-based computers are on tap for next year. Despite Microsoft’s big move to the cloud, the Windows PC is still mighty important to its bottom line. Windows revenue directly accounts for nearly $15 billion per year in revenue, while Office sales and subscriptions account for another $23 billion. Throw […]

via Microsoft still depends on Windows. Here’s what it is doing to revive the PC business. — IT News, Solutions and Support | Proactive Computing

These are the 50 best companies to work for in 2017, according to Glassdoor

If you’re unhappy with your job, you may want to consider applying to one of the 50 companies that made Glassdoor’s new “Best Places to Work” list. The career website compiled the annual list based on employees who volunteered to anonymously submit a company review over a 12-month time frame. Bain & Company Inc. topped…

via These are the 50 best companies to work for in 2017, according to Glassdoor — kplr11.com

Japan is hoping robot babies will encourage people to have real babies

Driven by a declining population, a trend for developing robotic babies has emerged in Japan as a means of encouraging couples to become “parents.” The approaches taken vary widely and are driven by different philosophical approaches that also beg a number of questions, not least whether these robo-tots will achieve the aim of their creators.…

via Japan is hoping robot babies will encourage people to have real babies — Quartz

Microsoft has big plans for VR and AR in 2017

Ever since Microsoft announced earlier this year that it would be opening up its Windows Holographic platform to other device makers, the company has been an intriguing presence in the world of virtual and augmented reality (or “mixed reality,” as it’s fond of saying). After all, Microsoft could offer some healthy competition to the likes of Oculus and HTC, which launched their own VR headsets and platforms this year. Today at the WinHEC conference in Shenzen, the company is finally giving us a clearer sense of how it plans to bring mixed reality to more consumers.

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via Microsoft has big plans for VR and AR in 2017 — AIVAnet