Albert Hummel

Albert Hummel

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CCO Serge Hascoet is out. So are the global head of HR, head of Canadian studios.
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Brave version 1.0 has the same pitch: an open source browser that blocks ads but also offers a blockchain-based digital advertising platform.The company launched Chromium-based open source browser Brave in January 2016.Despite being in beta for almost four years, Brave has garnered 8.7 million active users and 3 million daily active users, Eich told VentureBeat.Still, this is a notable achievement given how difficult it is to differentiate a browser nowadays.Even more notable is that Brave has pushed other browsers to follow in its path of cleaning up the web.On by default, the Brave Shields feature blocks third-party ads, trackers, autoplaying videos, and device fingerprinting.
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On-demand trucking and freight marketplace Convoy has raised $400 million in a series D round of funding co-led by Generation Investment Management and T. Rowe Price Associates, with participation from Alphabet’s CapitalG, Lone Pine Capital, Baillie Gifford, Fidelity Management and Research, and Durable Capital Partners.Other illustrious previous investors include Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom, Jeff Bezos’ Bezos Expeditions, Y Combinator, Greylock Partners, and — because why not — Bono and The Edge from U2.By way of a quick recap, Convoy connects shippers with carriers, matching supply with demand to ensure trucks aren’t traveling long distances with empty trailers.It’s all about optimizing and streamlining cargo loads — like Uber for trucks.Countless other trucking startups have raked in big venture capital (VC) bucks — San Francisco-based KeepTruckin recently secured $149 million in funding from a host of big-name investors, including Alphabet’s other investment arm GV, while Next Trucking closed a $97 million investment.“We built this company from the beginning with a focus on creating a more efficient model for connecting shippers and truckers,” explained Convoy CEO and cofounder Dan Lewis.
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a huge hit when it released in 2017, so it's no surprise that Nintendo has a sequel in the works.However, it looks like Breath of the Wild 2 could be arriving earlier than we thought.According to leaker Sabi (via wccftech), Breath of the Wild 2 is due for release in 2020.But, as Sabi points out, "Zelda release dates are historically delayed, internally or publicly".Check out the tweet below:I would tell you Botw2 is planned to release in 2020, but Zelda release dates are historically delayed, internally or publicly LOLNovember 12, 2019
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Just now, Techconfigurations exposed a set of renderings of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 10 flagship smartphone.As the source claims, this handset is going to be a performance beast.The machine inherits the newly controversial 108MP camera.And of course, under the hood, it will carry the Snapdragon 865 mobile platform.As for the screen, it seems the waterfall screen of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and the likes will become mainstream.The back of the phone will use a glass material.
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Good Morning Britain's Piers Morgan wasn't impressed with the idea either, unsurprisingly.HuffPost is part of Verizon Media.Verizon Media and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Verizon Media will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Verizon Media and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Now is the time for CMOs to nurture relationships with the rest of the c-suite and trumpet revenue-generating results.After years of clamoring for more recognition, chief marketing officers finally have their seat at the table.The question is how they can take advantage of the opportunity and mitigate the outsized blame they receive when the company isn't hitting the numbers.I believe the heart of the problem is that CMOs lack visibility into their marketing activities and can do a better job of creating metrics that show how their activities are generating revenue for the company.To begin to change all of this, CMOs need to nurture their relationships with the rest of the c-suite, and in particular the CFO.Without clear data and metrics from marketing, the CFO’s assumption might be that growth is coming from elsewhere, severely discounting marketing's contributions when judgment time comes.
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Social media started off this decade as an innocent tool to share ‘what’s on your mind’ and stay in touch with loved ones.But as the years have passed social media’s darker side has become so obvious that even the employees of the biggest platforms have begun protesting their policies (or lack thereof).A new study published by Freedom House — a Washington-based pro-democracy group — has also dealt a blow to social media as a whole as it finds it the main reason for declining internet freedom in the world.The research notes that freedom is under siege as some governments are weaponizing social networking platforms to manipulate elections, apply censorship, spread disinformation, and monitor its citizens.The report titled “Freedom on the Net 2019: The Crisis of Social Media” was published yesterday and included an analysis of 65 countries — including China, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Zimbabwe.Of those countries, researchers found that half showed an overall decline in their internet freedom score, while only 16 registered “improvements.” Freedom House concluded that global internet freedom has declined for the ninth consecutive year.
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HBO would like a few lucky winners to have a free box.While cats might get excited about this, humans are more likely to say "huh?"The HBO Box is a giant black cardboard box with holes for airflow, a shelf inside and cutouts so your legs can stick out one end.It's real, and the promotion is aimed at US college students suffering from pesky roommates and a lack of privacy.HBO posted a video for the box on Tuesday that comes off like a Jony Ive/Apple design parody, complete with a soothing voiceover in a British accent.The promotion rules are somewhat strict.
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TikTok will soon join the list of social networks integrated into your favorite apps.On Monday, November 4, TikTok announced TikTok for Developers, a software development kit (SDK) that allows third-party apps to add a TikTok shortcut for easy sharing to the popular network focused on short videos.The platform launches with seven apps already building a TikTok shortcut into the program, including mobile video editors like Adobe Premiere Rush, as well as Plotaverse, an app for turning still photos into GIF animations.The capability allows users to easily access more editing tools and options than what’s on TikTok alone.Along with Rush and Plotaverse, the list of apps building in a TikTok integration includes PicsArt, a popular photo- and video-editing app; Enlight Videoleap, a mobile video editor; fuse.it, an augmented reality video tool; medal.tv, an app for sharing gaming videos; and Momento GIF Maker, an app for automatically generating animations from your camera roll.“TikTok offers lots of creative filters and editing tools, and we want to continue giving our users the tools to create whatever they can imagine,” the company shared in a blog post.
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After months of speculation, Google has pounced and moved to acquire Fitbit for a cool $2.1 billion signalling its intent to get serious about wearables.Wear OS has struggled to make any kind of discernible dent in the smartwatch market with Apple dominating the space along with Samsung offering a better all-round smartwatch experience.Actually, quite a lot that could be the saving grace for Google’s ambitions to finally make smartwatches and wearables work.Google decided to focus on software instead of building the hardware to house its smartwatch operating system, initially working with the likes of Samsung, LG and Motorola to showcase what the OS formerly known as Android Wear was capable of.Those hardware partners have in more recent years evolved to become more diverse with the likes of Fossil, Louis Vuitton and Mont Blanc leaning on Google to build their own smartwatches.It housed the best of what Fitbit had to offer and packaged it in a customizable body that could be as sporty or dressy as you wanted it to be.
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Dropbox is rolling out its previously announced file transfer service to all users from today after a four-month beta period.The cloud-storage giant first unveiled Dropbox Transfer back in July, and it serves as an easy way for users to share files with people when collaboration isn’t important.Using Dropbox Transfer, the sender can access key stats, such as how often a link has been clicked on or how many times it has been downloaded.They can also choose to receive download alerts each time someone accesses the files and set passwords for security, as well as expire limits so that a file automatically disappears after a set period of time.It’s worth noting that some of this functionality already exists as part of Dropbox’s shared-links feature, which also offers expiry times and password-protection.But the use cases for Transfer are slightly different — shared links is aimed at situations where an end-user may require access to files that change frequently.
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Cortana can now read your emails to you, book and reschedule meetings, and provide personalized daily rundowns to help you prepare for meetings.The work is a result of collaboration between Microsoft’s Cortana and Outlook teams and was leaked in a video a few days ago.Cortana’s been able to find and write emails or surface reminders in your inbox for years, but Cortana in Outlook utilizes Microsoft’s key point extraction and summarization AI to deliver a synopsis of emails that lets people do quick triage — flagging and saving longer emails for later review or sending quick responses.“Play my email” also notes changes to your schedule that appear in email text and alerts you to any scheduling conflicts — like double-booked meetings.Summaries can share context, like who else received the email and whether it was a follow-up or part of a thread, and when connected with Azure Active Directory, they can also factor company structure into the order of your email playlist, prioritizing emails from a manager, for instance.Each email rundown begins by telling you how long it will take, and the feature is trained on your personal data and relationships.
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The launch of the Pixel 4 model also ushered in the arrival of Recorder, an app from Google that it made available exclusively on this handset.The app is notable for its auto-transcription feature, which automatically turns speech into text with a high level of accuracy without depending on the cloud.The same app will soon be available on older Pixel models.As we noted in our Pixel 4 review, the Recorder app is an excellent product.Anyone who often needs to record conversations — students who record lectures, for example — will find the automatic speech-to-text transcription very convenient, particularly due to its high accuracy and the ability to search through it.The Recorder app does all the work on the device itself rather than in the cloud.
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APT’s 64-bit ELF data miner at work within at least 4 telcosSecurity firm Fireye says a “highly advanced” Chinese Advanced Persistent Threat dubbed APT41 is using its intrusions into telecommunications companies to to monitor SMS traffic for specific users and keywords using a previously unseen malware type – with high-ranking military and government officials the primary target.The servers were being used to route SMS messages or store them until the recipient comes online (so-called SMSC servers) FireEye said.FireEye said it has identified four affected telecommunications companies.“MESSAGETAP grants APT41, and by extension, China the ability to obtain highly sensitive data at scale for a wide range of priority targets with little chance of being detected”, FireEye said, with no mitigation possible on the end-user’s side.The report is the latest suggestion that Chinese APTs have gained deep access to global telecommunications providers: a June 25 report by Boston-based Cybereason detailed the systematic penetration of over 10 global telecommunications companies by a believed Chinese APT, which had extracted over 100GB of data from the primary telco assessed.
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På månens sydpol ska Nasas nya rover Viper använda sin borr för att kartlägga var det finns fruset vatten.Strövaren gör själv analysen av proverna.Forskarvärlden anser att man kan utvinna både syre och vatten ur månens regolit– men de tror också att det kan finnas stora mängder fruset vatten vid sydpolen.Närvaron har påvisats av den indiska sonden Chandrayaan-1, genom det Nasa-utvecklade instrumentet MIP (Moon Mineralogy Mapper).Senare har Nasa själva bekräftat det frusna vattnet när LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite) träffade månytan.Nu har Nasat presenterat den rover som ska borra sig ned i isen.
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Billed as a cloud-native data platform for analytics, AI, and machine learning, Qubole offers solutions for customer engagement, digital transformation, data-driven products, digital marketing, modernization, and security intelligence.It claims fast time to value, multi-cloud support, 10x administrator productivity, a 1:200 operator-to-user ratio, and lower cloud costs.What Qubole actually does, based on my brief experience with the platform, is to integrate a number of open-source tools, and a few proprietary tools, to create a cloud-based, self-service big data experience for analysts and data scientists.Qubole takes you from ETL through exploratory data analysis and model building to deploying models at production scale.Along the way, it automates a number of cloud operations, such as provisioning and scaling resources, that can otherwise require significant amounts of administrator time.Whether that automation actually will allow a 10x increase in administrator productivity or a 1:200 operator-to-user ratio for any specific company or use case is not clear.
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The U.S. Army is joining forces with the Smithsonian to train the next generation of ‘Monuments Men,’ the celebrated experts who saved artworks and historical treasures during World War II.The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) and the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative recently signed an agreement “to train and support soldiers whose mission is to ensure cultural property is not destroyed or damaged during armed conflict.”“The training continues the legacy of the World War II Monuments Men and Women, a group of curators, architects and other cultural heritage specialists who served in the Army Civil Affairs Division and were tasked to save many of Europe’s cultural treasures,” the Army explained in a statement.ANCIENT TREASURES LOOTED FROM SYRIA AND IRAQ ARE BEING SOLD ON FACEBOOK, EXPERTS WARNThe destruction of historical treasures has been thrust into the spotlight in recent years as Islamic State militants have wrought devastation across swaths of Iraq and Syria.In the past, ISIS has launched a series of wanton attacks on sites of historic and religious importance such as the ancient city of Palmyra.
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(Di, Digital/Silicon Valley), Facebook reported earnings per share of 2.12 dollars in the third quarter, which was higher than the expected 1,91 dollar, according to Bloomberg's tally.Also, the sales exceeded expectations, and made of 17,65 million.This is an increase of revenue by 29 per cent compared with the same period of the previous year. " It is so important användartillväxten increased by 8 per cent, of the active user, per month, to 2.45 billion.Facebook's stock has gone up and down throughout the year, as it has been around the company.on the whole, Though, the giant has done so far in a strong year on the stock market, and has increased in value by over 35% since January.
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A ghostly countenance is glaring back at us through 704 million light-years of interstellar space, in what’s actually a galactic collision of epic proportions.With galaxies for eyes and rings of gas and dust for its face, the Arp-Madore system presents a truly haunting visage.The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured this striking image back in June, but the fine folks at Hubble released it this week in honour of Halloween and all things scary.This system is scientifically interesting, aside from its ability to induce pareidolia – when we see faces in inanimate objects.These two galaxies are heading straight towards each other in a slow-motion intergalactic head-on collision, rather than a glancing blow.The Arp-Madore system is also cool because the two galaxies are of roughly equal size.
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En bedrift som på sikt och enligt flera bedömare kan komma att förändra världen.– Detta är helt klart en milstolpe, säger professor Per Delsing.Genom att använda en så kallad kvantdator har de lyckats genomföra en beräkning som tog drygt tre minuter, eller 200 sekunder, att utföra.En uträkning som för en vanlig dator, även om det är världens snabbaste, skulle ta minst 10.000 år.– Vi ser det som Google gjort som något väldigt viktigt.Som en milstolpe, säger Per Delsing, professor i fysik vid Chalmers tekniska högskola och chef för kvantforskningen vid Wallenbergcenter i Göteborg.
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Venture investors, entrepreneurs, and Wall Street have all learned to pile on, leading to a shared consensus that cloud investing is “a sure thing.” Nothing is more destructive to investors over the long term than a sure thing, so I began to wonder, “what could cause the wonderful economics of cloud investing to unravel?”My conclusion is that while the cloud is obviously here to stay, the next five years in cloud investing will neither be the same nor as easy as the last 10.My reason for writing this post is not to be a party pooper, but to provide a context for startups to navigate this potentially harsher environment.This post identifies three different startup strategies, all of which can work even in the more competitive cloud economy that I envisage.Big picture, the summary points are as follows:First, cloud company valuations are at all-time highs which cannot be justified by improved company operating performance but can explained by 20 years of consistent 30% growth in the cloud software market.
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Stranger Things may be the most-watched show on Netflix -- at least, as far as we know from the small selection of cherrypicked stats the streaming giants has strategically released.Stranger Things was the latest Netflix hit prodding the streaming giant to keep up its streak this year of bragging about how many people watch its shows.In addition to stats for the retro sci-fi phenomenon, Netflix dropped viewership numbers for Money Heist, Tall Girl, Secret Obsession, Unbelievable and Otherhood Wednesday.They came in Netflix's latest earnings release, which painted the picture of a streaming giant having a tougher time keeping its rate of subscriber growth aloft in the US just as it faces some of its most intense competition yet.But even with the headwinds, Netflix remained committed to spilling viewership figures.But lately Netflix has loosened up to help recruit talent and drive buzz.
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This could help inform clean-up efforts in Fuksuhima region.Distribution, number, source, and movement of the microparticles in the environment has remained poorly understoodA large quantity of radioactivity was released into the environment during the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident.The released radioactivity included small, poorly soluble, cesium-rich microparticles.The microparticles have a very high radioactivity per unit mass (~1011 Bq/g), but their distribution, number, source, and movement in the environment has remained poorly understood.This lack of information has made it hard to predict the potential impact of the radioactive microparticles.
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Governments globally are both affected by tech and trying to control it.But most including the US government don't understand tech.This is the reason for ideas like the one Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is also a presidential candidate in the 2020 elections proposed.The idea was simple – Break up big tech companies such as Facebook, Amazon and Google, because their size and market control raises antitrust concerns.Elizabeth Warren alleges that these companies have staved-off innovation and made the industry non-competitive.It seems like a plan that is not executable because it is targeting the companies, but not the market that enables this behaviour.
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Crimson Education, a global edtech firm based out of New Zealand, bagged US$20 million in a series C round led by Hong Kong-based Chow Tai Fook Education Group, which injected US$10 million.The round also saw participation from Korea-based Solborn Investment, which poured US$5 million into the startup, and other strategic investors such as New Zealand-based K1W1, which collectively invested US$5 million.Founded in 2013, Crimson Education aims to help students get accepted into competitive universities.It provides students access to its network of strategists, leadership mentors, and tutors to help them reach their goals through personalized strategic programs.The company plans to use the fresh funds to add more resources to its network and expand its presence across Asia and globally.It currently operates in Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, Bangkok, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Ho Chi Minh City, Seoul, and London.
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The post from Twitter doesn't discuss the actions of any specific world leader, but the company said it wanted to better explain why it makes moderation decisions when reviewing controversial posts from political figures.Twitter has revealed its moderation policies for world leaders in a new blog post."When it comes to the actions of world leaders on Twitter, we recognize that this is largely new ground and unprecedented," Twitter said in a blog post."We understand the desire for our decisions to be 'yes/no' binaries, but it's not that simple.Twitter said the following types of tweets will lead to enforcement, regardless of who is making the posts:Clear and direct threats of violence against an individual (context matters: as noted above, direct interactions with fellow public figures and/or commentary on political and foreign policy issues would likely not result in enforcement)
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Launched in 2017, the original Google Home Mini delivered all the smarts of Google Assistant in a compact form, allowing it to act as a cheap hub for your smart home, as well as nifty little speaker.While popular, the Google Home Mini did have its issues; namely poor audio quality, which the tech giant is hoping to rectify with the new Nest Mini.Happily, the new Google Nest Mini is exactly the same price, so you won’t be paying a premium to get your hands on the newer Google Assistant speaker.Either way, we can expect to see the original Mini discounted over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so if you’re in the market for a cheap speaker, it’s worth keeping an eye on our best Black Friday deals page for updates from the massive sales event.Google Nest Mini vs Google Home Mini: designDesign-wise there’s not a huge amount of difference between these two smart speakers; they’re exactly the same size and shape, with the same chic fabric grille and four-LED display.
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Facebook sent the world into a frenzy when it announced its intention to enter the payments space with the launch of its controversial ‘cryptocurrency‘ Libra earlier this year.But, as soon as regulators and central banks caught wind of Facebook‘s plans they began to issue warnings and air concerns about Libra‘s potential effect on the world’s financial system; spooking several of the company‘s backers along the way.Four months on, and after losing many of its original supporters, Facebook finally managed to get 21, out of the original 28, organizations to sign the Libra Association charter.ran a mile, because, let’s face it, it’s hard to keep track.Rumors about uneasiness among Facebook‘s Libra supporters have mounted for some time, but confirmation about a series of high-profile departures finally arrived over the past few weeks.However, the multinational company became the first company to leave Libra when it announced its withdrawal earlier this month.
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