Alan Krieg

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Xiaomi has done a pretty solid job of supporting the Pocophone F1 via firmware updates, bringing new features and bug fixes to the affordable flagship.The company is stepping things up to solve touchscreen issues though, as it’s now calling for users to submit their devices for testing.Pocophone head Alvin Tse announced the news on Twitter, confirming that the brand was looking for devices that suffered from screen freezing, phantom touches, and touch lag in general.(1/2) Now that 10.3.5.0 stable has been released for POCO F1 and some improvements have been reflected in the build, we are looking to analyze devices that are facing 1) screen freezing 2) ghost touch 3) touch lags.We will need to collect some devices to further test.— Alvin Tse (@atytse) July 12, 2019
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Teams, Microsoft’s two-year-old Slack competitor, is the company’s fastest-growing application in its history.That’s something Microsoft has said in the past, but for the first time, Microsoft today also announced actual user numbers for the service ahead of its Inspire partner conference next week.Teams now has 13 million active daily users, Microsoft said, and 19 million weekly active users.Microsoft also today said that Teams is now in use by 91 of the Fortune 100 companies.The company isn’t afraid of putting those numbers up against Slack, which IPOed only a few weeks ago.Jared Spataro, Microsoft Corporate VP for Microsoft 365, doesn’t mention Slack by name in his blog post, but the company put together a little graphic that clearly shows why it is now willing to share these numbers.
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The Pokemon Trading Card Game has had a devoted fanbase ever since it was introduced to the world in 1996, so it'll come as no surprise that rare cards can sell for lots of dollars.That was almost a year ago but he still hasn't received it.The card was lost in the mail."Recently one of the most valuable cards in the hobby was lost or stolen in the mail," explains YouTuber smpratte, a trading card aficionado, in a video Tuesday."Both buyer and seller, I know both of them very well, they did everything they could to make this as above board and legitimate as possible."It was given out to the third-place finalist at Super Secret Battle, a Japanese Pokemon card game tournament in 1999 -- around the time Pokemon Gold and Silver were hitting Game Boys.
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Facebook aims to double the percentage of women working at the social network around the world over the next five years, while simultaneously doubling the number of black and Hispanic employees in the US.The company stated the goals in a Tuesday blog post about its diversity efforts that showed the percentage of women in Facebook's ranks had inched higher last year.Maxine Williams, Facebook's chief diversity officer, called the goals "ambitious" and "incredibly important."They add to our tangible ways of tracking our progress and measuring success," Williams said of the goals."They also create accountability, which is absolutely key to progress."The annual diversity report showed women made up 36.9% of all Facebook employees, up from 36.3% in 2018.
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Verkstadskoncernen ABB säljer sin verksamhet inom solenergiinstallation till italienska Fimer.Försäljningen inom verksamheten som har cirka 200 anställda uppgick till 290 miljoner dollar i fjol.Kostnaderna relaterade till avyttringen uppskattas landa på 430 miljoner dollar (drygt 4 miljarder kronor).Solenergiinstallationsverksamheten som köptes 2013 har blivit ett sorgebarn som dragit ned resultatet inom affärsområdet elektrifiering.
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You celebrated the vanity metrics only to realize they added no tangible value to the business.The percentage of traffic that converts into your desired goal (e.g., sales).The higher this number, the more exposure your content receives.Determine how well your social media content leads people to your website by evaluating referral traffic.It helps you determine whether you’re posting regularly enough to grow your audience and if your posts resonate well with your target audience.If your growth rate is sluggish, consider implementing some changes to post frequency, content topics, format, etc.
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The Coalition has confirmed that it will be hosting technical test sessions for some of Gears 5’s Versus multiplayer modes in July.First mentioned during E3 2019, these tests will take place across two sessions so if you can’t make one, be sure to block out your calendar for the other.The first session will run from July 19 until July 22, while the second will run from July 26 until July 29.Both sessions will include three distinct modes from Gears 5 across two of its new multiplayer maps.The modes will be Arcade, which is described as “a new approachable, frenetic Versus experience”, as well as the more familiar Escalation and King of the Hill.Testers will also have a chance to try out new features called Bootcamp and Tour of Duty.
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UrbanAgents, an AI-powered platform that links up home sellers to real estate agents, raised about US$1.47 million in seed investment from FarSight Capital, APAC Realty, and angel investors.The Singapore-based startup will use the fresh funds to further develop its AI technology to determine a “target price” for properties and pin agents’ commissions on their relative performance.Agents who take a fixed commission rate have little incentive to achieve a higher price for the seller, according to Michael Cho, CEO and founder of UrbanAgents.Cho is also the head executive and founder of UrbanZoom, a property research portal that developed an auto-valuation tool called Zoom Value.“We thought, why don’t we leverage on [Zoom Value] and tie it to agents’ commissions somehow?” he said.The service, which was soft-launched a few months ago, sets a target price based on the home’s Zoom Value.
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The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.It’s Plan Picks time, but today it’s the latest Flex Lease deals from Sprint that caught our eye.Sure you don’t actually own the phone, but you’re always sporting a hot new handset.If you want to keep purchasing new smartphones which nosedive in value after 12 months, then go ahead.$300 off the Google Pixel 3 or 3 XLAnd let’s be clear, that isn’t $300 off the retail value of the Pixel 3, it’s $300 off the normal Flex Lease price.
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Citing concern over potential discrimination and dystopian misuse, the Somerville City Council in Massachusetts today voted to ban facial recognition software use by local police or city departments, the second U.S. city to outlaw the technology.In addition to a ban of active use by city departments, the ordinance outlaws use of data or evidence produced by facial recognition software systems in criminal investigations or legal proceedings.The law refers to facial recognition as the “functional equivalent of requiring every person to carry and display a personal photo identification card at all times” and cites concern false positive facial recognition matches for women, young people, immigrants, or people of color was listed among reasons the ordinance was created.As face recognition software begins to trickle into the workplace and consumer devices like the iPhone use them to verify purchases, it’s also growing in use by police, faces little regulation, and governments around beginning to consider how facial recognition software should be used in society.Local residents shared 98 written comments and letters of support from the ACLU and a letter in opposition from trade organization Security industry Association about the legislation, Somerville City Clerk John Long told VentureBeat in an email.“Any new “security” technology must be proven effective before taxpayer money is spent implementing it,” Somerville resident Dmitry Erastov said in a letter.
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Boris Johnson might soon become the Prime Minister after Theresa May stepped down in disgrace following her failed attempts to exit the European Union.And that means Johnson has been giving lots of interviews lately, including one with TalkRadio, where Johnson rambled on about how he enjoys making model buses.Some people believe he may have been trying to game Google’s search results.— Ross Kempsell (@rosskempsell) June 25, 2019In the interview clip, which you really should watch for yourself, the interviewer asks, “What do you do to relax?What do you do to switch off?”
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Despite Google employees petitioning San Francisco Pride to exclude the company from participating in the Pride parade this weekend, SF Pride says Google will be allowed to march in the parade.That came after activists expressed concerns regarding Google’s participation in Pride in light of YouTube’s response to homophobic and racist content on its platform.Earlier this month, YouTube said conservative commentator Steven Crowder’s racist and homophobic remarks did not violate its policies.“If another official platform, YouTube, allows abuse and hate and discrimination against LGBTQ+ persons, then Pride must not provide the company a platform that paints it in a rainbow veneer of support for those very persons.On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, in a Pride celebration whose very slogan is “Generations of Resistance”, we ask you to join us in resisting LGBTQ+ oppression on the internet, and the subjugation of our right to equality in favor of calculated business concerns.The first Pride was a protest, and so now must this Pride be one.”
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The Office will be departing Netflix for NBCUniversal's future streaming platform, the original producer of the show announced Tuesday.But you've still got until Jan. 2021 to catch the US show's nine seasons on Netflix.NBCUniversal -- the Comcast media giant behind the Jurassic World franchise and TV networks including NBC, Bravo and Syfy -- in Jan. announced plans to launch a streaming service next year.It will feature NBC programming as well as content from outside producers."The Office is one of our most prized series," Pearlena Igbokwe, president of Universal Television, said Tuesday.The series was produced by Universal Television in partnership with Deedle-Dee Productions and Reveille Productions.
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We’re still a couple months away from seeing a version of iOS 13 that's fully stable and ready for every iPhone out there, so this download isn't something you should install if you're not comfortable with some technical hiccups.iPhones with OLED displays may experience a small battery boost from this, but otherwise Dark Mode is mostly an aesthetic choice—and a wonderful choice it is.Seriously, it’s my favorite update in iOS 13 so far, and brings the iPhone’s camera roll much closer to the experience we’ve all come to expect with Google Photos.The same four tabs still exist at the bottom of the home screen—Photos, For You, Albums, and Search—but in iOS 13 there’s an additional layer above that with four new filtering options: Years, Months, Days, and All Photos.As you scroll, you'll notice that photo thumbnails are no longer the same, uniform size; certain shots, usually the most eye-catching ones, are enlarged and prioritized.Finally, the All Photos tab is a handy shortcut to your entire camera roll.
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the Ipo of Spotify, and the sale of the Izettle received a venture capital firm Creandum to hit the utdelningsrekord of the year.Now, to take it up to 2.8 billion, its largest fund ever."But they had to also say "no thanks" to a huge amount of capital,” says the partner Staffan Helgesson.He also stressed that the startupbolag all those who wish to know the location of the capital they bring in will come from.Creandum is sure to bring out the capitalist in origin.Or invest in too many companies lose focus,” says Johan Brenner, a branschveteran, who came to the Creandum in 2010.
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The risk of focusing too explicitly on one area, vendor or technology is a lack of attention elsewhere, but here, the National Cyber Security Centre seem to have finally admitted it’s not all about Huawei.This is the precarious position the UK is in.Many in the industry are focusing on the threat of Huawei due to indirect links to the Chinese Government, and seemingly not taking into consideration of the risks elsewhere.To date, most discussions have focused on whether exposure to Huawei or Chinese companies should be limited, but the real key to these discussions should be how to mitigate risk irrelevant as to where is comes from.“And it means we’ve built the networks the wrong way.Focusing on one company protects you from that company, but due to the complexities of global supply chains in the industry today, the source of threats should be considered from everywhere.
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CANNES, France—When HBO launched its ambitious and intricately crafted Alexa voice skill, Westworld: The Maze, the game immediately raised the bar of interactive audio to a completely new level.Today, in what is admittedly one of the less surprising moments at this Cannes Lions, the project from agency 360i was honored with the Radio and Audio Grand Prix at the creative festival.“This is completely pushing the boundaries,” said jury president Jose Miguel Sokoloff, CCO of MullenLowe Group U.K. “It’s got game play, it can only happen if you talk to it, it’s voice-activated, it talks back to you.It takes you on a journey.Every piece of sound, if you listen to it with headphones, you feel like you’re actually in this world.Shortly before the win was announced, Adweek sat down with 360i CCO Menno Kluin and chief strategy officer Raig Adolfo to learn how “Westworld: The Maze” came together.
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Big Netflix watcher and thinking of a new TV?Netflix has some new recommendations for you.After blessing some Sony and LG TVs last year, the streaming media giant has once again selected certain televisions as being "Netflix recommended" sets.These TVs, the company says, check five of Netflix's seven boxes for being a great Netflix TV.They can wake up instantly, are fast, offer a button on the remote or tile on the home screen to quickly get to Netflix, update Netflix content in the background, have a high-res interface and use the latest version of the Netflix app.It should be noted that these TVs, which are on the higher-end scale of new televisions, weren't tested by Netflix for picture quality or measured on price and value.
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Google this week asked for help in identifying suspicious websites, offering users of its Chrome browser an add-on that lets them rat out URLs.The Suspicious Site Reporter, which can be added to desktop Chrome, places a new flag-style icon on the top bar of the browser."By clicking the icon, you're now able to report unsafe sites to Safe Browsing for further evaluation," Emily Schechter, a Chrome product manager, wrote in a Tuesday post to a company blog.Safe Browsing is the name of the technology used by Google's search engine, Chrome, Mozilla's Firefox, Apple's Safari, and Android to steer users away from sites that host malicious or deceptive content.On the back end, Google uses robots to scan the web and build a list of websites that host malware, harmful downloads or deceptive ads and pages.Software developers can then plug into an API to integrate this list into their own applications, something rival browser makers have done for years.
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There are a few constants among the broadcast networks each year: CBS wins the season in total viewers—as it just did for the 11th consecutive year—and is usually the first network to lock in its fall premiere dates.After a scheduling delay last summer, the network is back out in front this year, announcing today that almost its entire fall schedule will debut the week of Sept. 23, which is the first week of the 2019-20 TV season.CBS’s entire Monday lineup rolls out on Sept. 23: returning comedy The Neighborhood, followed by new sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola, freshman drama All Rise and returning drama Bull.Tuesday, Sept. 24 will see the return of a trio of dramas: NCIS, FBI and NCIS: New Orleans.Survivor will have a 90-minute season premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 25.A week later, on Oct. 2, dramas SEAL Team and S.W.A.T.
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A recent research expedition to Mount Everest that wrapped up this week recorded a number of global records and world-firsts, including installing weather stations at the highest elevation ever on Earth, collecting ice core samples from the highest point ever, and performing a helicopter-based liar scan from the most extreme height ever accomplished.The series of experiments were part of a multipurpose scientific expedition that included researchers from the National Geographic Society and Tribhuvan University in Nepal.The team for the research trip was made up of scientists and researchersDuring the expedition, the team installed fully automated weather monitoring stations at 8,430 meters (27,657 feet) and 7,945 meters (26,066 feet), both of which are the highest currently in service today.In total, the researchers set up five weather stations across Everest.One ice core sample collected during the trip was taken at a height of 8.020 meters (26,312 feet), gain breaking records, and the lidar imagery piece of the puzzle included the most detail scans ever taken of both the Everest Base Camp and the Khumbu Glacier, as well as a helicopter-based lidar scan at the highest elevation on record, also of the glacier, which will help in monitoring its state over time.
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I’ve got good news and bad news about AMD’s new graphics cards — the just-announced Radeon 5700 and 5700 XT.If you’re an AMD fan hoping that this will be the moment in history when the company finally pulls ahead of Nvidia with a high-end video card — like it may be doing against Intel with desktop CPUs — this isn’t that moment.Despite its new Navi architecture, which offers 1.25x the performance per clock and 1.5x performance per watt, these aren’t even as high-end as AMD’s existing (and complicated) 13.8 TFLOP Radeon VII GPU.At up to 9.75 TFLOPs and 7.95 TFLOPs of raw computing power respectively, and with 8GB of GDDR6 memory instead of 16GB of HBM2, the 5700-series isn’t a world-beater.But these two new blower-style graphics cards may be doing something more important: taking on Nvidia where it actually counts in bang-for-the-buck GPUs.AMD says they’re designed to destroy the upper-mid-range Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2060.
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Nu flaggar Nasa för de kommer erbjuda civilister ett antal besök ombord på den internationella rymdstationen.Prislappen för att ta sig dit exkluderar dock de flesta.Länge höll USA på sitt förbud mot att ISS utnyttjas av kommersiella aktörer – men nu har den amerikanska rymdmyndigheten ändrat sig.Från och med nästa år ska det bli möjligt för civilister att besöka den internationella rymdstationen.Nasa tänker sig att kan bli två korta gästspel om året, med tillstånd för att stanna i upp till 30 dagar.Resan hänger dock på att du har de knappa 545 miljoner kronor som det kostar att bli uppskjuten till ISS med en amerikansk farkost.
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Richard Slyfield is the UK Storage Business Manager, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.He is responsible for creating and driving the business strategy in the UK and enables HPE sales and the channel to sell storage solutions effectively.It’s what’s driving our businesses, and us as society, to a faster, more intelligent world.But as these businesses become increasingly digitally native - run more applications, produce more data, and require increasing amounts of storage capacity – how do they ensure the mobility, reliability and visibility of data and information that enterprise IT applications require?Over the last decade or so, we’ve seen this requirement drive a great deal of organisations to migrate towards cloud technology – arguably one of the most influential disruptors of business IT over the last ten years.Cloud computing has changed business by making it easier, cheaper and faster to run state-of-the-art IT architecture in any type of company – particularly within large enterprise.
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China’s Didi Chuxing announced it has launched its ride-hailing services in Chile and Colombia, taking on its US rival Uber in those countries.The company’s Didi Express became available in Valparaiso, Chile’s second largest metropolitan area, on June 3, while it launched in Colombia’s capital of Bogota on June 4.The company also said it plans to launch a taxi-hailing service in Colombia later this year.Didi’s expansion in the region was tipped off in February as the company started recruiting managers in Chile, Peru, and Colombia.It also began looking for driver operations, crisis management, marketing, and business development personnel around the time.“We will work hard to build partnerships with drivers, passengers, policymakers and business partners to provide fully localized mobility services that offer safe, efficient, and affordable rides to local consumers while providing attractive and flexible income opportunities for private-car and taxi drivers,” said Mi Yang, head of Didi’s operations for Central and South America.
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On Mars, we can chill next to Curiosity and watch the water ice clouds go by.But sometimes this dusty planet can seem quite serene, almost lonely—especially when we imagine rovers like Curiosity and others cruising around, by themselves, looking up.Our next stop is on the asteroid Bennu and the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, as it prepares to collect a sample from this ancient space chunk.Seems like a pretty straightforward task, but the mission has hit a snag.The spacecraft carries a tiny container for some dirt and pebbles, and Bennu’s surface looks like it’s all rubble.Asking the public for help, of course: Folks around the world are now sorting through images of Bennu’s surface, counting rocks and identifying the best possible sampling sites.
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When Donald Trump visited Louisiana earlier this month, he was greeted with an unexpected hairy surprise.Billy Nungesser, the state’s Lieutenant Governor, got dressed with the commander-in-chief in mind that morning.With the president and news cameras as his witness at the airport, Nungesser joyfully lifted the leg of his pants to reveal a goofy pair of socks: each ankle bore Trump’s face, complete with a signature tuft of fake blond locks, waving daintily in the breeze.Easley is the founder of Gumball Poodle, a small Los Angeles-based sock company that originally came up with the hirsute design during the last presidential election.Dozens of third-party merchants, most of whom looked to be from China, had jammed her Amazon listing with what Easley believed to be knockoffs, selling for a fraction of the original $30 price tag.Everything is made in the USA.)
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Few places summon the trolls like movie reviews.After suffering through multiple cases of review-bombing – when trolls flood in with disproportionate negative reviews – Rotten Tomatoes wants to weed out the people who haven’t actually, you know seen the movie.Specifically, users will now be required to verify their ticket purchase for their votes to be counted in the new Audience Score:“Rotten Tomatoes now features an Audience Score made up of ratings from users we’ve confirmed bought tickets to the movie – we’re calling them “Verified Ratings.” We’re also tagging written reviews from users we can confirm purchased tickets to a movie as “Verified” reviews.”Currently, you can verify you’ve seen a movie if you’ve purchased a ticket through Fandango, but AMC, Regal, and Cinemark have signed up to participate.To be clear, you can still review a movie even if you’re not verified.
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A website for a major title insurance company exposed hundreds of millions of records including bank account information, Social Security numbers, images of drivers' licenses and mortgage and tax records, security expert Brian Krebs found.First American Financial, which serves as a neutral party to help finalize real estate transactions, left approximately 885 million exposed to anyone who had the correct URL, Krebs found.No password was needed, just a web browser.The information was secured on Friday, and it's unclear if fraudsters accessed or abused the data before it was taken down.A real estate developer reportedly alerted Krebs to the problem after he noticed he could access sensitive documents on the First American website by altering the string of digits at the end of a URL.The earliest document identified was from 2003 and the data included records through 2019.
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