Alan Krieg

Alan Krieg

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Everything about The Addams Family beyond the (admittedly great) casting has confused me.A new animated adaptation of the creepy family?Okay, I get it, but the art style… seems a little off?The plot involves them, uh, going to New Jersey?Every bit of new information that trickles out about this film, I become more wary.Surely the Addams Family, inspiration to goth nerds everywhere, deserves better.
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The sun gives life to solar-powered space explorers far away from Earth, so a loss of sunlight bodes ill. NASA's Opportunity rover died during a massive dust storm on Mars.NASA doesn't want the same thing to happen to its Jupiter-orbiting Juno spacecraft.Juno's next close flyby of Jupiter is scheduled for Nov. 3.But there was a hitch: Juno's trajectory would have plunged the spacecraft into Jupiter's shadow for 12 long hours.It would have been the death knell for Juno's batteries and could have ended the mission prematurely, so NASA had to act.The space agency commanded Juno to execute an extended propulsive maneuver that lasted 10.5 hours, starting Monday and continuing into Tuesday.
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With the Surface Pro X, Microsoft’s taken a new approach to the Surface brand with this piece of hardware.They’ve still got the kickstand, they’re still suggesting that users work with a Surface Pen, but something’s changed.With the imagery used to promote this device, you’ll notice that the focus on Windows is ever-so-slightly de-focused.This is a far more mobile situation.If you take a look at the latest smart-connecting keyboard for this device, you’ll see what I mean.Notice how the Surface Pen has its own little snug bin there at the head of the keyboard.
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Within the first five minutes of his presentation at Amazon's product launch event last week, hardware chief David Limp began speaking in a serious tone.Those features include auto-deleting recordings, preventing Alexa from turning on at unintended times and more privacy controls for Ring home-security cameras.The choice to deviate from Big Tech's playbook underscores how serious a problem privacy issues have become for voice assistants, particularly Amazon's Alexa.The list of woes includes news that human reviewers listened to users' private conversations, a common practice to train digital assistants but one many customers didn't know about.Amazon's child-friendly Echo Dot Kids Edition smart speaker has also worried parents over how it uses and stores kids' data.So far, there's little indication these worries have weighed on sales of voice-activated devices like Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo line.
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UK startups concerned the country is about to leave the European Union in just a little over a month’s time with nothing agreed to ensure a smooth transition should point their eyes at this guide — put together by startup policy advocacy group, Coadec.While a ‘no deal’ brexit is still not inevitable the chances of it happening have stepped up sharply in recent months as the clock winds down towards exit day with no withdrawal agreement in place.Such an outcome has major implications for technology businesses, given the cross-border nature of services startups tend to provide.“With the UK potentially just over a month away from exiting the EU, no deal remains the default option,” warns Coadec.That’s why we have teamed up with the UK Tech Cluster Group & Tech Nation to put together this guidance for the startup community.”Under current prime minister, Boris Johnson, the UK government has sharply dialled up the brexit rhetoric.
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There’s also performance, build quality, battery life, and much more to consider.The Black Edition moniker is Dell’s way of saying that a laptop isn’t quite an XPS but is more than just your run-of-the-mill Inspiron.It’s right up there with the best laptops in terms of its rigidity, with a lid that resists bending and a bottom chassis that feels solid.That compares to the new XPS 13 2-in-1 that sports some seriously tiny bezels, comes in at 0.51 inches, and weighs slightly less at 2.9 pounds.I was up to my usual 90 words a minute or so in no time on this keyboard, and it ranks up there with some of my favorites.Note that the XPS 13 2-in-1 now comes with an updated version of the magnetic levitation (maglev) keyboard that Dell first introduced in its XPS 15 2-in-1.
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British supermarket chain Tesco has closed down its parking validation web app after The Register discovered tens of millions of automatic number-plate recognition (ANPR) images left unsecured in a Microsoft Azure blob.The images themselves consisted of photos of cars taken as they entered and left 19 of the company's car parks spread across the country.While the drivers of these vehicles were not visible in the photos, their license plate numbers were.The Azure blob which powered Tesco's outsourced parking validation web app had no login or authentication controls and was completely accessible.The company admitted to The Register that these timestamped images were left exposed during a data migration exercise.Ranger Services, which operated the Azure blob for Tesco's web app, is still investigating the extend of the breach.
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It’s no surprise that most movies and shows don’t follow space logic.Even works like Firefly or Gravity, known for attempting a sense of realism, bend or break the rules.Director and co-writer James Gray may have promised Ad Astra will have the “most realistic depiction of space travel” ever, but he did make one concession for star Brad Pitt – even though the actor didn’t want him to.Ad Astra is about an astronaut named Roy McBride (Pitt) who assigned a dangerous mission to travel across the universe in search of his father, played by Tommy Lee Jones.It may be about the fate of the universe, but it’s also a deeply personal quest that promises to explore McBride’s complex relationship with his father (a.k.a space daddy issues).So, it’s no surprise that Pitt got into it.
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Snowden in 2013 leaked a series of secret documents to the press, an act of whistleblowing intended to shine light on the breadth of blanket electronic surveillance carried out by the US and its allies.After being stuck in the airport for more than a month, Snowden won asylum in Russia, and he still resides there.Permanent Record was published on Tuesday by Henry Holt and Company, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, which is owned by Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, based in Germany.The US Department of Justice is suing Snowden and those three affiliated publishing entities to prevent the author from receiving any proceeds."Intelligence information should protect our nation, not provide personal profit," said G. Zachary Terwilliger, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, in a statement."This lawsuit will ensure that Edward Snowden receives no monetary benefits from breaching the trust placed in him."
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Ready to squeeze every bit of opportunity out of Disrupt SF this October 2-4?Which is why we’ve got your back with TechCrunch’s attendee networking platform, CrunchMatch, that helps you to zero in on the people and connections that matter most to your business.Don’t have your pass to attend Disrupt SF yet, you can grab yours right now and still get some great savings.All people who have Innovator, Investor and Founder pass types will be able to access CrunchMatch through the TechCrunch Events app which means you can use it to find and set up meetings with people that you are specifically looking to connect with at Disrupt SF.It’s where you’ll find founders looking for developers, investors in search of hot startups to add to their portfolio, technology service providers eager for new customers, founders looking for marketing help — the list is endless.You create a profile listing your specific criteria, goals and interests.
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Chinese manufacturer, Huawei, is still at loggerheads with the US.The upcoming Huawei Mate X and Mate 30 series can not use Google services.This is a concern for many potential buyers.However, these smartphones will come with Android-based open-source system.According to Huawei’s CEO, Ren Zhengfei, Huawei’s Harmony OS is not ready for smartphones.He said that even if the company is to turn things around, it will take several years to build a reasonable ecology.
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Almost four years after its launch, Apple has finally launched a web player for its streaming service,Apple Music.The web version is currently in beta and available to everyone across the world.This isn’t yet a stable release, but it does include almost all of the service’s features.You can access your library, playlists, and For You sections.Just like in the app, you can search for songs, play online radio stations, and check out new releases in the Browse section.However, you can’t download songs for offline usage.
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Alibaba Group announced today that it has acquired NetEase’s cross-border e-commerce unit Kaola for approximately $2 billion, and along with Yunfeng Capital will take a minority stake in NetEase Cloud Music for $700 million.Why it’s important: The acquisition merges the two largest platforms in the landscape, forming a principal player in the cross-border market.The two platforms jointly hold more than half of the country’s cross-border e-commerce market, according to data from research firm Analysys.The deal forms a formidable competitor to other platforms in the field, including JD’s cross-border e-commerce unit, VIP.com, and Suning Global.China’s cross-border e-commerce market value was RMB 90.83 billion (around $12.70 billion) in the first quarter, according Analysys.“Alibaba is confident about the future of China’s import e-commerce market, which we believe remains in its infancy with great growth potential.
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NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the newly renamed storm and took the temperature of Faxai's clouds and storms.NASA's Terra satellite used infrared light to analyze the strength of storms in the remnants of Tropical Storm Faxai.Infrared data provides temperature information, and the strongest thunderstorms that reach high into the atmosphere have the coldest cloud top temperatures.On Sept. 5 at 8:15 a.m. EDT (1215 UTC), the Moderate Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA's Terra satellite found strongest thunderstorms had cloud top temperatures as cold as or colder than minus 70 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 56.6 Celsius).Those temperatures were in cloud tops of storms around the low-level center of circulation and in a thick band of thunderstorms that wrapped around the storm from west to north to east.Cloud top temperatures that cold indicate strong storms with the potential to generate heavy rainfall.
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Nestle has done something that'll fool only the most fool-worthy of Instagram influencers; it has put small bits of fruit and nuts in a KitKat so it can pretend it's a healthy option you could entirely live on and turn out totally fine.It is the new bastardised KitKat Chunky More, which is being pitched as a protein-rich superfood as well as a healthier choice because of the fruit and nut scrapings it's put into the bar.The recipe has been altered enough that Nestle can claim the bar contains 30 per cent less sugar than a standard Chunky too, and the packaging has got green on it which obviously means it's better.Expect to see one poking out of the back pocket of your favourite sexy influencer's shorts as she flexes her calf muscles in front of a waterfall.The same technique is also being used to upsell the Yorkie as a health treat for environmentalists too, with the 30 per cent less sugar claim attached to the Yorkie More pack's entirely green wrapping; accompanied by the promise of bits of oats, apple and cinnamon inside, making the bar a totally legitimate source of fibre and something you could have three of for dinner and feel good about, rather then needing to vomit and die from self hate.
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Silicon Valley has often pushed the boundaries in pursuit of progress, but the it deserves everything it gets if it continues to try the patience of consumers and regulators with privacy.It is certainly easier to act and face the consequences later, but it should not be right or allowed.“We know that customers have been concerned by recent reports of people listening to audio Siri recordings as part of our Siri quality evaluation process — which we call grading,” Apple said in a blog entry.This process should have been in-place prior to the ‘grading’ system being implemented.It is inconceivable that Apple did not realise this would break privacy regulations or breach the trust it has been offered by the customer.It muddied the waters to hide the practice.
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Indeed, not only is Carphone the UK's biggest, it's also the largest independent telecoms retailer in Europe.It sells the widest range of handsets in the UK across almost all the main UK networks - Vodafone, EE and O2 as well as its own network, iD.- Carphone Warehouse's best pay monthly deals- Carphone Warehouse's best SIM-free phone pricesWe'll help you narrow down the retailer's best prices on the market's flagship phones - including the likes of the iPhone XR, Samsung Galaxy S10 and Huawei P30 - using our industry-leading price comparison below.After our comparison widget, read on to find out the best Carphone Warehouse deals on these and many more handsets.
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In an effort to enter every major market, affiliate marketing has been increasingly looking to online gaming; a new, rapidly developing worldEverything suggests that’s a bet on the right horse.By design, it’s a field that encourages engagement and interaction, bringing advertisers lucrative opportunities waiting to be explored.No matter their specific activities, be it streaming, blogging or influencing, affiliate programs can direct them towards steady passive income, helping them fulfill those dreams.This can be done via simple strategies, such as posting affiliate links in videos and descriptions, or by displaying unique affiliate promo codes during streams.For example, when promoting another game, a player can earn money by simply encouraging their audiences to carry out simple activities: register in a game, play it repeatedly, or complete a series of quests.
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When the Blade Pro 17 first arrived, I worried that maybe Razer sent me the wrong review unit.When it's clammed shut, the Blade Pro 17 looks like a thin 0.8-inch-tall solid block of matte-black aluminum with sharp, precise edges and a trio of neon green snakes coiled around the lid.Open it up and you'll notice how massive the display is, surrounded by razor-thin bezels.Everything, right down to the hinge, is spare and robust, as big as it needs to be without being bulky.I had to keep reminding myself of that as I stopped to adjust my straps over and over again, sweating and beet red during an otherwise routine commute.Typing on the Blade Pro 17 is the kind of experience that spoils you.
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Runners, cyclists, CrossFitters, weightlifters and other athletes have for years enjoyed the improved athletic performance that comes with activity analytics – Fitbit, Apple Watch, Garmin and other brands changed the game with their suites of fitness trackers and heart rate monitors.And while many of those fitness trackers can record your swim sessions, it can be awkward to try to read the metrics displayed on your wrist mid-stroke.Form has changed that with the first augmented-reality display swimming goggles.Developed in collaboration with professional swimmers (including former Olympians), these $200 goggles use a tiny onboard computer to track swimming metrics, like stroke rate and pace per 50 meters, and display those metrics where swimmers can see them clearly -- in the goggles themselves.Form's goggles are the first swim goggles with a heads-up display that show swimmers real-time metrics right in their field of vision during laps.While the Apple Watch (Series 2 and up) can track swim metrics, swimmers still can't really view them in real time -- only during rest periods or after the workout.
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To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.Citadel Securities, one of the largest trading firms in the world, released a fall reading list based on recommendations from its traders.The books are centered around four topics its team felt traders should read more on: Statistics, game theory, Python, and options and futures.It indicates an expandable section or menu, or sometimes previous / next navigation options.1/ It indicates an expandable section or menu, or sometimes previous / next navigation options."Statistics" by David Freedman, Robert Pisani, and Roger Purves
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Mercedes is plugging away on its road to electrification, noting that the plug-in hybrid is a big step on the road to a fully electric future.The automaker has announced new plug-in hybrids under the EQ Power label.The new hybrids include the A 250 e that consumes 1.4-1.5 liters per 100 km.The combined Co2 emissions of that car are 33-34 g/km, and the combined electrical consumption is 14.8-15 kWh.Mercedes has also announced the A 250 e Saloon with 1.4l/100km and CO2 emissions of 32-33g/km.The combined electrical consumption is 14.7-14.8 kWh/100km.
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Databricks today introduced its AutoML Toolkit, an automated end-to-end machine learning service made to accommodate developers with a range of experience.Available from Databricks Labs, the AutoML Toolkit can automate things like hyperparameter tuning, batch prediction, and model search.AutoML Toolkit is built on existing Databricks tools like MLflow, an open source machine learning platform that integrates with frameworks like TensorFlow and Amazon SageMaker.AutoML Toolkit executions are automatically tracked using MLflow.The toolkit also utilities Apache Spark, an open source project created by Databricks founders and turned over to the Apache Spark Software Foundation in 2014.The AutoML Toolkit differs from other AutoML solutions in that it allows data scientists and engineers with varying levels of expertise to work together, Databricks head of ML project management Clemens Mewald told VentureBeat in a phone interview.
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Gamescom 2019 is about to get into full swing.To help kick off the conference, there will be a Google Stadia Connect event held today, August 19, in which Google will reveal some more juicy details about its upcoming game streaming platform.However, we have some hunches based on rumors.You can scroll down a bit to find out when the event starts and how you can watch it.Scroll down even further to read about what we think Google will reveal during the stream.Google Stadia Connect August 2019: How to watch
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Ineos and its billionaire owner Jim Ratcliffe may soon have good news for the car builders of south Wales, as reports suggest the startup carmaker could be about to start building in Bridgend; where it could produce the 'Projekt Grenadier' 4x4 vehicle it's been developing for some time.Projekt Grenadier came about because Ratcliffe was a bit miffed about Land Rover ending production of the classic Defender, so, being a billionaire of the Tony Stark type, he decided he could make his own version of the timeless offroader.The Mail on Sunday says Ratcliffe is now in "advanced talks" with the Welsh government about the move to establish a base in Bridgend, presumably meaning there's some financial incentive being waved around in order to locate a new manufacturing business in the region.It would come at a good time for the workers of Bridgend too, as the town is about to lose the building business of Ford, which is pulling out of its own site there in 2020.Ineos has said it would like to produce 25,000 cars a year in a distant future, should it get things together enough to disrupt the off road sector.Its web site at the moment is full of photos of Land Rovers, wild dreams and job adverts for industrial designers, so it's got some way to go yet.
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Now that the wait is over, and Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy Note10 on the 8th of August during the Unpacked event, it’s time to highlight what makes it the most powerful phone in the market and what offers you could get.For the very first time in the history of Note series, the device is offered in two sizes.Yet, that did not affect the display screen size; on the contrary, Samsung has made the Galaxy Note10+ screen even bigger while keeping a compact shape for a comfortable grip.Whether you choose to go for the 6.3” Galaxy Note10 or the 6.8” Galaxy Note10+; they both are lighter and slimmer than Galaxy Note9.Not to mention, its Infinity-O display and best-in class Dynamic AMOLED technology provide the most uninterrupted viewing experience.As for the intelligent S PEN, a lot of new features have been added as it caninstantly turn your handwriting into text, and it enables you to control the phone without even touching it.
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Between walking at a leisurely pace and running for your life, human gaits can cover a wide range of speeds.As reported today in Science, a team of researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and the University of Nebraska Omaha now has developed a portable exosuit that assists with gait-specific hip extension during both walking and running.The team first showed that the exosuit worn by users in treadmill-based indoor tests, on average, reduced their metabolic rates of walking by 9.3% and of running by 4% compared to when they were walking and running without the device.Walsh is a Core Faculty member of the Wyss Institute, the Gordon McKay Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SEAS, and Founder of the Harvard Biodesign Lab.The hip exosuit was developed as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s former Warrior Web program and is the culmination of years of research and optimization of the soft exosuit technology by the team.A previous multi-joint exosuit developed by the team could assist both the hip and ankle during walking, and a medical version of the exosuit aimed at improving gait rehabilitation for stroke survivors is now commercially available in the US and Europe, via a collaboration with ReWalk Robotics.
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We're still a few months out from when Google will most likely unveil the Google Pixel 4.The leaks and rumours have already begun, with Google even releasing its own image ina baller power move earlier this year.If it's to be believed, we're looking at a 5.7-inch Pixel 4 (slightly larger than the 3) and a 6.3-inch Pixel 4 XL with 2160 x 1080 HD+ and 2960 x 1440.It said that the OLED screens will also have a sexy 90Hz refresh rate, which will make it one of the few phones in market with this capability - especially in Australia.Under the hood the Pixel 4 is said to be finally getting a RAM upgrade to 6GB, with both 64GB and 128GB storage options.If true we're hoping that there has is some significant power efficiency upgrades to explain the decision and ensure that the newer device has the same/improved battery life.
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