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It Looks Like Motorola’s Next Major Smartphone Is Going To Be Huge

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Droid-Life

This could be the FCC filing for Motorola’s next smartphone.

Motorola may only be days away from revealing its next flagship smartphone, which will likely be called the Moto X+1. However, we might already have a pretty clear idea of exactly how large the phone will be.A new filing for an unnamed Motorola device recently popped up in the FCC’s database, as Droid-Life reported on Friday. According to the filing, this Motorola smartphone will support AT&T’s network and will measure about 5.5 by 2.8 inches in size.

What’s most interesting, however, is that this filing appears to reveal how large the Moto X+1’s screen could be. The document labels the diagonal screen size as 149mm, which equates to about 5.9 inches. Previous rumors and leaks have pointed to both a 5.2-inch display and a massive 5.9-inch display for the Moto X+1, so we won’t know for sure until Motorola comes forward to announce the device.

A 5.9-inch display is unusually large for a smartphone. That’s about one inch shy of being considered a tablet, since most smaller-sized tablets usually fall into the 7-8-inch range.

Motorola has been rumored to be working on a 5.9-inch smartphone for the past few months, but earlier reports indicated that the company was building it for Google to be the Nexus 6.

Droid-Life’s link to the FCC filing appears to be broken at the time of writing, although the Android news blog grabbed a few screenshots that it claims are from the document.

We’re likely to see the Moto X+1 at Motorola’s press event in Chicago on Sept. 4.

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Creating, sourcing and curating original images has become a crucial investment for brands, as the demands of digital and social media require a constant supply of on-brand, authentic images. High quality images result in higher click through rates on posts, better engagement, and stronger positive brand sentiment.

There’s also strong temptation for busy marketers and community managers to repurpose images off the web, social media and Google searches. But this can leave your company open to serious legal risk, something Duane Reade learned the hard way after they tweeted a photo of actress Katherine Heigl exiting one of their stores, without proper image rights.

So how can you protect your brand, obtain legal rights to images, and source high-quality visuals that are on-brand and authentic without headache and hassle?

FlashStock has teamed up with Percolate to provide industry best practices on managing image rights.

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FlashStock was created with the belief that marketers are struggling to get the images they need – images of real people enjoying their products – at a price and in quantities that make sense. FlashStock builds technology that connects Brands that need authentic content to our network of Flasharazzi, prosumer photographers. FlashStock’s mission is to create the world’s largest on-demand photo service, transforming the stock photography industry and providing brands with cost effective alternatives to conventional and expensive professionally-crafted image procurement.

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Sit back and enjoy.

For all who grew up in the Fifties – “Remember When”

For those too young – please enjoy –

As a Bronx and Queens kid, growing up in the Fifties was great.  We had Italian, Irish, Jewish, Negro, Hispanic, Greek and other ethnic groups as friends and neighbors.

We played together, learned together and grew up together.

Maybe a lesson for today.

http://safeshare.tv/w/FEDEwZHZXu

So as you listen to “In the Still of the Night”, ‘Elvis”, watch “Dick Clark”, have a “3 cents plain, and egg cream” say “thank you” to our parents – the greatest generation- for their love, support and guidance.

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The iPhone 6 May Come With A Special Chip Just For Measuring Your Health

For months we’ve been hearing that Apple’s next iPhone could focus on fitness, but now we’re seeing more details about the technology it may use to learn about your health.

Chinese iPhone repair service GeekBar has posted more leaked schematics that reportedly show what’s inside the iPhone 6. Within those schematics are details on a chip that’s codenamed Phosphorus, as G For Games first spotted on Chinese social network Weibo.

Here’s what the schematics look like:

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Weibo/GeekBar

The leaked schematics for a chip that may be in the iPhone 6

The chip is said to be Apple’s successor to the M7 co-processor inside the iPhone 5s. The M7 is a smaller chip that Apple has created just to collect motion data from your iPhone’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass.

Apple’s A7 chip, which powers most of the iPhone 5s’ functionality, is capable of measuring this motion data, but Apple claims its M7 co-processor is more efficient and saves battery power. Numerous fitness apps such as Strava Run and WeatherRun integrate with this M7 chip to give you more accurate feedback about your workout.

Apple’s new chip, however, would be tasked with processing even more data such as heart rate, burned calories, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar in addition to tracking your motion, according to G For Games. The hardware would integrate with Apple’s recently announced HealthKit platform that’s set to debut with iOS 8 in the fall.

HealthKit is Apple’s new hub for monitoring your daily health stats over long periods of time. It’ll be able to talk to all of your health apps so that you can keep track of your statistics in one place, and you’ll be able to choose which information you want to share with these apps.

This is just one of several indicators that Apple is looking to push into the health space. Apple is reportedly in talks with health care providers at Mt. Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic, and Johns Hopkins about how its HealthKit platform could work with their services, Reuters reported earlier this month.

Many believe that Apple is beefing up its presence in the health industry to prepare for its much-rumored iWatch launch — which is expected to be promoted as a fitness device.

We expect to learn more about the iPhone 6 and the iWatch in the coming months. Apple is reportedly set to unveil the iPhone 6 at a press event on Sept. 9 and the iWatch could debut in October. We’ll have to wait until Apple sends out invitations to know for sure.

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Meet The 23-Year-Old Who Had Such A Good Idea, Strangers Gave Him $13 Million To Build It

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James Proud

Most 23-year-olds are just getting on their feet and struggling to make ends meet after graduating from college. James Proud, however, has already raised millions to fund his startup that creates a device to help people sleep better.James Proud is the CEO of Hello Inc., which produces a device called the Sense sleep tracker. The Sense is a tiny orb designed to sit on your nightstand and monitor the conditions in your room as you sleep.

The idea is to educate you about your sleeping habits and what’s waking you up in the middle of the night.

Hello Inc.’s Kickstarter campaign for the Sense just ended on Friday, and the company blew past its $100,000 goal to raise $2.4 million. But that number represents a small fraction of the total funding Hello Inc. has raised so far. Proud and his company have raised $10.5 million from a circle of well-connected angel investors, according to The Wall Street Journal, bringing their total funding to nearly $13 million.

Some of Proud’s investors include tech industry big shots such as David Marcus, the former head of PayPal, Dan Rose, a Facebook executive, and Hugo Barra, a Xiamoi executive who formerly worked as Google’s head of product for Android, as the Journal reports.

Proud said his inspiration for the Sense stemmed from a basic concept: everyone needs to sleep, and most people want to learn how to sleep better.

“Most people don’t walk a lot every single day,” Proud told Business Insider in a previous interview. “But everyone has to sleep every single day. … Your day is purely influenced by how you slept the previous night.”

Proud’s desire to create things began to show at a very young age. When he was 9 years old, Proud taught himself HTML after seeing a book called “Your Own Website” in a store, according to Forbes. By age 12, he was already building professional websites.

Proud says he always had a desire to attend college, but by the time he had graduated from high school, he had a change of heart, as Forbes reports. Instead, the South London native opted to join Peter Thiel’s fellowship in 2011 — a program in which the billionaire investor pays young entrepreneurs to skip out on a traditional college education to pursue their business ideas.

Proud’s first startup, GigLocator, was the product of his time in Thiel’s fellowship. GigLocator, a live music aggregation service, was bought by the owner of the Williamsburg-based Brooklyn Bowl venue almost immediately after Proud’completed Thiel’s program in 2012.

After GigLocator was bought, Proud began working on Hello Inc. The Sense sleep tracker is Hello Inc.’s first product, and it will retail for $129 when it eventually launches.

The secret to making a successful tech product, Proud says, is to create something that works so well it fits naturally into your everyday life.

“Technology is most valuable when you don’t have to think about it,” Proud said to Business Insider previously. “That’s when it becomes magical.”

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After seeing Josh Groban at Wolf Trap in VA, I would recommend his show/performance to all who love excellence in music and entertainment.

He is the “Next best Entertainer”

His voice is incredible and his songs and stage presence are magnificent.

Our families top 3 performers are Chris Botti, Josh Groban and Harry Connick, Jr.

If they are in your area, don’t miss them.

Enjoy

 

 

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Amazon Might Start Testing Its Delivery Drones In India, Since It Can’t In The US

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Amazon

Amazon will reportedly start testing its delivery drones in India as soon as October, sources tell The Economic Times of India.Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos first announced the company’s drone delivery ambitions back in December 2013, which would let customers receive packages in as little as 30 minutes.

The company hit roadblocks in its initial testing because commercial drone use is currently illegal in the US. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) currently dictates that only hobbyists can fly drones outdoors, while all commercial experimentation needs to take place indoors. (The FAA was originally expected to lift its ban on commercial drones starting in September 2015, but The Washington Post says “technical and regulatory obstacles” will delay that deadline.)

To avoid these domestic regulatory constraints, Amazon will reportedly start drone trials in India, which doesn’t have any laws about drone usage. The Economic Times pinpointed two Indian cities, Mumbai and Bangalore, where Amazon already has warehouses.

The testing would likely bring big publicity to Amazon in India, where the company is currently battling it out with Flipkart, an e-commerce company that recently raised $1 billion. The next day, Bezos announced that Amazon would invest $2 billion in its Indian operations.

Amazon told The Economic Times that it wouldn’t comment on the rumors.

Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions.

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