The Internet of Emotions: Putting the person back into personalization

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Do you know when you’re emotionally vulnerable?

We’re used to hearing about “The Internet of Things.” It infers that every object will be equipped with an Internet Protocol (IP) address to make it uniquely identifiable. When devices have the same standards, their technological interoperability allows them to communicate. When Intellectual Property issues are clear, manufacturers benefit from device usage with clarity surrounding issues of data ownership and revenue.

But as humans we don’t control our data. The digital signature created by our individual identities is tracked, measured and interpreted back at us by myriads of invisible algorithms. Individually these voices are largely harmless, updated versions of pop-up ads relying on personalization to provide value. We understand they’re designed to manipulate our feelings and incentivize purchase. This process isn’t new. Familiarity breeds ease. Read more…

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How to buy a TV just in time to watch Super Bowl 50

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On Feb. 7, the Denver Broncos will take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. It will be an epic event — like it is every year — not just because a bunch of guys are going to bang heads over a pigskin, but for the multimillion-dollar TV spots and halftime show that Coldplay will headline.

Even if you hate football, Beyoncé, the freakin’ Queen Bey, will also perform at the halftime show.

Whether you throw a party and invite a group of pals or watch Super Bowl 50 alone in your PJs, you’re going to want to watch the event on a screen that’s equally as epic.

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This insane Qatari supercar has a 525-horsepower General Motors V6

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Every year, when the Qatar Motor Show rolls around, we’re presented with a new dazzling but certainly insane supercar. Thankfully, this year is no different.

The wild and undoubtedly unpleasant-looking “Elibriea” supercar debuted this week at the global auto show. The car was designed by a Qatari student at the University of Texas in Doha but paid for by the Ali Bin Ali Group. Intriguingly, according to Arab GT, the student-turned-designer is already working on another supercar design.

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As for this one, however, underneath its gray, stone-like exterior beats a 525-horsepower V6 from General Motors. I’m trying to rack my brain to think which engine it could be, but I’m coming up short. Perhaps the designer was able to wring more ponies out of the 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 from the Cadillac ATS-V. Read more…

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Lamborghini's Hong Kong dealer has two $4.5 million Veneno Roadsters in stock

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Let me ask you a question: What’s better than one $4.5-million, 740-horsepower Lamborghini Veneno Roadster? The answer is two, of course.

If the car’s looks, power and price tag weren’t staggering enough, realizing that only nine of the hypercars were ever built and this sight becomes even more impressive.

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I call it not a sports car or supercar but rather a hypercar for good reason. The 6.5-liter V12 engine will rocket the Veneno to 60 mph from a standstill in 2.9 seconds on the way to its 220-mile-per-hour top speed. Read more…

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Samsung's Galaxy S7 could look almost exactly like the Galaxy S6

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Samsung will likely unveil its next flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S7, at Mobile World Congress next month, but we may already know what it looks like.

Surprise, surprise: It’ll look very similar to the Galaxy S6, if newly leaked press images of the unreleased phone, from the well-connected Evan Blass (@evleaks), are to be believed.

Writing for VentureBeat, Blass reports the GS7 will indeed come in two screen sizes. The 5.1-inch model will have a flat screen and the larger 5.5-inch model “S7 Edge” will have the curved screen that we saw on the S6 Edge and S6 Edge+. Read more…

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LG's 'White Card' could replace all your credit and debit cards

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Remember Coin, the electronic card that promised to replace your credit cards, debit cards and rewards cards? Yeah, it was a flop, but LG is now reportedly cooking up a similar version of the all-in-one payment card.

The credit-card-like device will reportedly be called LG Pay White Card, according to a report by ETNews. Like Coin and Plastc, the White Card will be able to store several credit, debit and rewards cards.

A leaked photo of the so-called White Card (shown above) shows a card with a simple LCD to display which card is selected, as well as buttons to switch between the cards. The contacts on the left side of the card are used for charging the White Card, which requires a separate charger. Read more…

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