Eric Erikson

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Previously market leading Taiwanese phone maker HTC just launched a new variant of their very unique Exodus 1 – meet the HTC Exodus 1 Binance Edition.The HTC Exodus 1 Binance Edition will be world’s first Binance Chain-ready smartphone for cryptocurrency enthusiasts and traders.It’ll indeed integrate the apps Zion Vault and Binance DEX to allow users to exchange encryption on the platform directly from their smartphone.In addition, the Binance and Trust Wallet apps will be pre-installed on the handset.HTC Exodus 1 Binance Edition Launched for $599Binance is a famous and one of the biggest global cryptocurrency exchange platform in the world.
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The percentage of websites protected with HTTPS secure encryption --indicated by the lock icon in the address bar of most browsers--has jumped from just over 40% in 2016 to 80% today.That's largely due to the efforts of Let's Encrypt, a nonprofit certificate authority co-founded in 2013 by J. Alex Halderman, a University of Michigan professor of computer science and engineering.They hope it serves as a model for streamlining other aspects of the internet infrastructure we all rely on every day.It provides integrity by preventing malicious networks from changing the data.Then the certificate authority issues the site a digitally signed certificate, which works like a driver's license to let browsers confirm its identity.Edward Snowden showed us that governments were surveilling traffic on a global scale.
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”Det är svårt för elsparkcyklarna att nå lönsamhet i dag.Men för oss är det lättare”, säger han.Hyrbara elsparkcyklar och vanliga cyklar från ett tiotal bolag susar sedan en tid tillbaka omkring på Stockholms gator.Bland annat var han med och rullade ut taxiverksamheten i Stockholm och Göteborg.Det skedde olyckor varje dag som jag fick hantera.Men för oss är det lättare
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Ricoh has partnered up with Alzheimer’s Research UK in an effort to help people better understand the diseases that cause dementia, while using 3D printing to visibly illustrate the effects of Alzheimer’s on the brain.This is all part of ‘Dementia Uncovered’, an awareness campaign that highlights the various diseases which can cause dementia and the way they affect sufferers.This campaign includes a number of short films highlighting the experiences of people who are living with different forms of dementia, as well as videos documenting the progress of the ongoing research for a cure.A previous film – which featured Simon Pegg – showed how Ricoh’s 3D printing tech can produce models to visibly show the effects of Alzheimer’s on the brain, as we mentioned at the outset.The idea is that doctors could use these kind of 3D-printed models to show patients exactly what’s going on with their brain, so they can better understand the disease (which shrinks the brain four times as fast as the normal rate of healthy ageing).And the broader hope is to challenge a number of misconceptions about dementia, and make it clear that while Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, there are other causes with far lower profiles (such as vascular dementia or dementia with Lewy Bodies).
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”Vi är på väg att bli ett miljardbolag och behöver hjälp med att kunna göra den resan”, säger Pernilla Ramslöv, vd för konsultmäklarföretaget Nox Consulting som nu får in Per Granaths investmentbolag som storägare.Stockholmsbaserade Nox Consulting, som i dag har 5.000 frilansande it-konsulter i sitt nätverk, får nya storägare i form av investeringsbolaget Broviken.”Det är en partner som vi har känt länge, som delar våra värderingar och vill samma saker som vi.Per Granath, vd för Broviken, är själv entreprenör och har gjort en liknande resa som den vi är på väg att göra nu.Nästa steg är att vi kommer öka takten, vi ser ju hur gig-ekonomin växerBrovikens vd Per Granath var tidigare vd för Humana.
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Slowly we are approaching that time of the year in which Honor presents a new flagship device on the market that partly anticipates the novelties of 2020 and shows the muscles before the others.The Chinese company now seems ready to launch on the market the new Honor V30, a smartphone that could say a lot already from this initial information that has revealed.Directly from the hands of the president of Honor itself, Zhao Ming, came the first screenshots relating to the speed test performed by the smartphone under the 5G network to which it had connected.The phone is powered by the new Kirin 990 processor, which we will surely see also on the new Huawei P40 next year and which, we can say, will be tested well on this Honor model.5G speed screenshot from Honor V30The numbers reached are in line with what were the expectations.
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The ability to transform sunlight into energy is one of Nature's more remarkable feats.Scientists understand the basic process of photosynthesis, but many crucial details remain elusive, occurring at dimensions and fleeting time scales long deemed too minuscule to probe."This work is so important, as it shows the first proof of concept of megahertz serial crystallography with one of the largest and most complex membrane proteins in photosynthesis: Photosystem I" says Fromme.The EuXFEL, which recently began operation, is the first to employ a superconducting linear accelerator that yields exciting new capabilities including very fast megahertz repetition rates of its X-ray pulses--over 9000 times faster than any other XFEL--with pulses separated by less than 1 millionth of a second.Fromme is the director of the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery (CASD) and leads the experimental team efforts of the project, while Zatsepin led the XFEL data analysis team."This is a significant milestone in the development of serial femtosecond crystallography, building on the well-coordinated effort of a large, cross-disciplinary, international team and years of developments in disparate fields" emphasizes Zatsepin, former Research Assistant Professor in the ASU Department of Physics and Biodesign CASD, and now Senior Research Fellow at La Trobe University in Australia.
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Google’s Pixel 4 was met with some backlash when users started to figure out the phone’s display hardly seemed to stick to 90 Hz – one of the phone’s headline features.Soon after the first reports emerged, Google said it would issue an improvement for the feature.That update is rolling out now with the November security patch.As spotted by 9to5Google, the November patch release notes indicate there have been “Smooth Display improvements” for the Pixel 4 and 4 XL.The company doesn’t provide any details beyond that.As a recap, it turns out the Pixel 4 would reduce the refresh rate back to 60Hz whenever the display brightness dropped below 75 percent for some reason.
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How small is the smallest possible particle of ice?According to new research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the smallest nanodroplet of water in which ice can form is only as big as 90 water molecules--a tenth the size of the smallest virus.In the smallest water nanodroplets, she says, that's exactly what happens.Ice exists on Earth almost exclusively in the highly ordered hexagonal crystal structure known as "ice I."In our atmosphere, small water clusters form and subsequently freeze, seeding larger crystals and eventually clouds.Due to competing thermodynamic effects, however, below a certain diameter these water clusters cannot form thermodynamically stable ice I.
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Battle royale game Apex Legends launched in February as a free-to-play alternative to hit Fortnite.The game was a huge success, though its spike in popularity dwindled to a more stable simmer in the following months.In May, EA revealed as part of its quarterly earnings that it would be releasing the game on mobile, though very little information was given at the time.Now the company is back with a time frame.In May, EA revealed that Apex Legends drew in a huge number of players who were completely new to the company.In light of the success, EA promised that it will provide ‘long-term live service’ for Apex Legends, including future Battle Pass content that was more robust than the lackluster first season.
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It feels like we've been talking about Fiat Chrysler and the PSA Group -- which is made up of Peugeot, Citroen and ex-GM brands Opel and Vauxhall -- merging forever now, to the point where it's all starting to feel a bit like a bad romantic comedy.Well, according to a report Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal, we may be coming to the end of that particular movie.See, the word 'round the campfire is that FCA and PSA are seriously considering a "merger of equals" where the companies combine all stock.The new company would be helmed by PSA boss Carlos Tavares, and FCA's John Elkann would act as chairperson for the new entity.FCA has been casting around for someone to merge with for years now since before its legendary leader Sergio Marchionne died in 2018.Things came close with Renault, but that fell apart amidst that company's trouble with former CEO Carlos Ghosn.
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Mini has announced the US list price of its new battery-powered Mini Cooper SE.The starting price fo the new 2020 Mini Cooper SE is $29,900 plus an $850 destination charge.The car will hit showrooms in the US in March 2020.Mini says that the price makes the vehicle the most affordable premium EV in the US.The automaker promises that the new electric Mini maintains the attributes of the car that have made it so popular.Those include the design, handling, and fun that are found in every Mini.
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In addition to unveiling the Xiaomi CC9 Pro, and the Mi Watch smartphone, Xiaomi a few days ago confirmed it will be unveiling the Xiaomi Mi TV 5 come November 5th.Ahead of the launch, the brand has released a fresh teaser on Weibo that reveals the TV could mark its entry into the very premium TV segment.According to the teaser, the Xiaomi Mi TV 5 will feature the premium Quantum Dot display panels from Samsung.While the brand has yet to reveal official renders of the upcoming TV5 series, the latest teaser says the TV will come with a 4K QLED panel with NTSC 108% wide color gamut.This will mark a move from the LCD or LED panels currently employed by the Chinese firm for its range of Smart TV.The TV, much like the Oneplus TV might come with HDR, HDR 10+, and Dolby Vision.
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Facebook’s plans to launch its very own cryptocurrency was met with heavy opposition last week, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Libra proposal to Congress was hijacked into a hearing of the company’s past mishandling.Without a clear structure for regulation, there are concerns that Zuckerberg’s new Libra project could undermine the national dollar, as well as contain loopholes for criminals to exploit.Libra presents a new reality for currencies in the near future.Here’s what you need to know:Users can make payments and transactions digitally, confident that the value of the Libra coin would remain relatively constant.Fear and doubt in the economy could see the value of the Bitcoin fall drastically.
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Ett kursras och en skilsmässa gör att Jeff Bezos får se sig petad från tronen som världens rikaste.I stället toppas listan av dess länge ohotade etta, Bill Gates.Amazons aktier såldes av i raskt takt under torsdagseftermiddagen efter att bolaget släppte sin rapport för det tredje kvartalet.För första gången på två år redovisade bolaget minskade intäkter, den här gången på 26 procent, skriver Forbes.De negativa siffrorna fick Jeff Bezos förmögenhet att krympa till 103,9 miljarder amerikanska dollar – knappt två miljarder mindre än Microsoftgrundaren Bill Gates.Makskiftet sker ett år efter att Gates blev passerad av just Bezos på förmögenhetslistan.
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I recently set off on a four-day journey from coast to coast via Amtrak.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Surf and turf was far from what I expected to eat on my first cross-country Amtrak trip.I had previously reported on a massive backlash to some dining-car changes on shorter routes, where custom-cooked food is going by the wayside, but the promise of gourmet eats on a moving train in the middle of North Dakota seemed far-fetched to say the least.Over three days — and five meals — we crossed through wide expanses of the American heartland, through towns large and small, and past beautiful snow-capped peaks.To be sure, the food on this part of my journey was a stark difference from my introduction to dining on rails.
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Yet it's full of the tricky decisions, competitive countermeasures, and three-moves-ahead plotting that can ratchet a game to the top of a diehard tabletop community's rankings.A more accurate name might have been "Minecraft: Builders & Battlers."The game includes 64 chunky wooden blocks split into five colors: yellow (sand), brown (wood), gray (iron), black (obsidian), and green ("wild").Presto: You now have a block base, four tall by four wide by four deep, and you will spend each session picking it apart with your hands.In one more cool twist, the game's scoring phases revolve around the block base's four layers.Pardon my gushing, but I cannot get over how lovely the block base works in action.
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Huawei’s Nova series is popular for bringing flagship-tier specs & features at a tempting price tag but the Nova 5T takes things to another level.The four lens setup on the back uses a 48MP HD lens as its main sensor.There’s a 16MP Ultra Wide Angle lens that allows you to capture more of the scene, and a macro lens for getting shots up close.The camera software comes with AI baked-in and takes your shots to the next level by making all the important decisions for you.And when you feel like making things more dramatic, the AI Portrait Color video mode can isolate human subjects and retain their color profile, while desaturating colors around them.If you are a fan of shooting videos then you would definitely want to take a look at the slow motion recording capabilities of this phone which can shoot at 960fps using the Super Slow-Mo feature.
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J.J. Abrams is well aware of the burden on his shoulders.The director of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker told Entertainment Weekly that his plan is to bring the Star Wars saga to a satisfying end that answers fan questions and draws all nine movies together.The director said George Lucas, creator of the saga, had a plan for the series, but was open to flexibility.That didn't mean he had a list of "payoffs" he had to wedge into the film, though, he said."We also were very much aware this is the end of the trilogy and it needs to satisfy," Abrams told EW in an interview to be published in November."We went into this thing knowing it has to be an ending.
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Ökad efterfrågan från kunder gör att lastbilstillverkaren Volvo placerar autonoma transportlösningar i ett eget affärsområde.De senaste åren har vi fått se ett antal projekt från Volvokoncernen som på olika sätt kan komma att göra föraren överflödig i framtiden.Den autonoma lastbäraren HX02 från Volvo CE som demonstrerats i en bergtäkt utanför Göteborg är ett exempel.Ett annat är det hyttlösa dragbilskonceptet Vera som presenterades för drygt ett år sedan och som redan fått sin första kund.I en norsk kalkgruva kommer dessutom autonoma FH-lastbilar transportera material längs en fem kilometer lång sträcka.Insatserna följer den globala trend där framför allt amerikanska teknikbolag driver på utvecklingen mot autonoma transporter – och de etablerade fordonstillverkarna hakar på.
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AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, 3970X and 3990X make up the official range of 3rd-gen chips which are about to be unleashed on the world, although the flagship will come slightly later – or at least that’s the latest word from the graphics grapevine.According to Videocardz, an inside source at AMD shared ‘highly confidential’ documents which show the intended launch schedule for the aforementioned processors (although the tech site notes that while these dates were correct a few weeks back, the schedule could change – as ever with any launch plans).At any rate, AMD’s alleged intention is to reveal all three of these Threadripper 3000 CPUs on November 5 alongside TXR40 motherboards (and mobo manufacturers will be able to show off their respective products built on that chipset).At this point, the core counts and clock speeds of the 3960X and 3970X will be detailed, but not the spec of the flagship 3990X – only the latter’s existence will be revealed (via a ‘teaser’) on November 5.The full unveil of the Threadripper 3990X will happen in January 2020, where the specs will be divulged – so that could possibly be planned for CES – with a launch following later in the month.As for the launch of the 3960X and 3970X, following the reveal on November 5, these chips go on sale come November 19 (along with the TXR40 motherboards).
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Are you in the market for a new 4K TV?If so, you should check out the fantastic TV deals on offer at Best Buy, which has slashed the price of some of its Hisense TVs ahead of Black Friday.With savings of up to $100 on these already budget-friendly Hisense HDR TVs, these deals mean that you can get your hands on a new 4K TV without breaking the bank.All of these TVs come with either Roku or Android operating systems, which allow you to access your favorite streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video with a flourish of your remote control.It's worth bearing in mind, that as a budget brand, Hisense TVs won't offer the same peak brightness as more expensive sets from bigger name brands.This means that the images shown on the sets don't quite have the same sparkle to them as better HDR sets.
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Intel’s incoming Core i9-9900KS, a new top-end CPU which is expected to launch later in October, has apparently already been purchased by a Redditor and overclocked with impressive results – hitting 5.2GHz just on air (in other words, with no fancy liquid cooling solution).Apparently the chip was mistakenly listed – and errantly sold – by a retailer in the Czech Republic.AMD vs Intel: which processors are better?The Redditor admits to being a “total OC [overclocking] noob”, and using just air cooling – a Noctua NH D15 – overclocked the CPU to 5.2GHz over all cores with the voltage set to 1.36V, while benchmarking in Cinebench R20.Assuming this is genuine, it seems to be an impressive indicator of the overclocking potential of the Core i9-9900KS.The chip recorded a result of 5,356, and as Tom’s Hardware notes, a stock 9900K hit 4,984.
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A team led by Carnegie Mellon University researchers has proposed a complete system for aerial cinematography that learns humans' visual preferences.The fully autonomous system does not require scripted scenes, GPS tags to localize targets or prior maps of the environment."We're putting the power of a director inside the drone," said Rogerio Bonatti, a Ph.D. student in CMU's Robotics Institute.It autonomously understands the context of the scene -- where obstacles are, where actors are -- and it actively reasons about which viewpoints are going to make a more visually interesting scene.It also reasons about remaining safe and not crashing."As a goal, "artistically interesting" is subjective and difficult to mathematically quantify, so the system was trained using a technique called deep reinforcement learning.
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Snapchat went down yet again on Monday morning, the latest in a string of outages to affect the app.The Snapchat outage began just after 8 a.m. PT on Monday, with users reporting that they were unable to send snaps, receive snaps, or even refresh their feeds.At least 18,000 people reported the outage on DownDetector, with issues largely affecting the United States, Canada, and Europe.The company’s Twitter support account had yet to post any updates about the app being down.We’ve reached out to Snapchat for more information on the outage — and when they expect the app to be back online — and will update this story when we hear back.The latest major outage comes less than a week after Snapchat went offline for hours on Wednesday, October 9.
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Co-workingjätten Wework är finansiellt pressat sedan bolagets planerade börsnotering hamnade i diket.Företagets kreditvärdighet har också ifrågasatts.Nu jagar företaget istället finansiering, ett uppdrag som gått till JP Morgan.JP Morgan skall också arbeta på en skuldbaserad lösning.Softbank, som redan äger en tredjedel av Wework, skall samtidigt enligt källorna arbeta på en plan som innebär att företaget går in med åtskilliga miljarder dollar i bolaget.Det rapporterar Wall Street Journal och hänvisar till källor.
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You’re dramatically boosting your brand’s awareness, and the links themselves can provide substantial improvements to your organic rankings, as well.Why do some stories enjoy massive syndication after initial earned media coverage while others don’t?”Toward this goal, I leveraged new machine learning classification techniques to better understand which categories of content and which specific entities (people, places, things, organizations, ideas) seem to disproportionately drive high levels of link syndication.Read on to learn how you can use natural link syndication to your advantage when promoting your content to online publishers.Which topics are most represented among “successful” stories?Because Google’s Natural Language API labeler returns Category/Subcategory/SubSubcategory, there’s a lot of granularity to explore.Let’s begin with top overall categories (category/subcategory) found among all news stories earning 10 or more links:
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Zero-fee stock trading app Robinhood is launching Cash Management, a new feature that earns users 2.05% APY interest on uninvested money in their account with the ability to spend it through a special Mastercard debit card.“If you have $5000 in your account while you’re thinking about what to invest in, you’d have an extra $105 at the end of the year” thanks to Robinhood Cash Management’s interest, co-CEO Baiju Bhatt tells me.But the product turned into a PR disaster when the Securities Investor Protection Corporation that was supposed to insure users’ funds declared Robinhood ineligible, with its CEO noting it had never agreed to cover checking account.Now despite Bhatt claiming “Cash Management is a brand new program built from the ground up”, it will offer the exact same debit card design and network of 75,000 ATMs .He joins the startup’s recently hired COO, CFO, Chief Compliance Officer, VP of risk & compliance, and VP of legal & regulatory to bring more supervision to Robinhood.That convenience could give Robinhood an edge as its loses one if its key differentiators.
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Apples planer på att paketera ihop Apple Music med Apple TV+ kan slå hårt mot Spotify.Det blir spännande att se hur Daniel Ek och finanschefen Barry McCarthy ska försvara sig, skriver Di Digitals reporter Jonas Leijonhufvud.Men i dag är streamad musik lika självklart som el och bredband.De senaste åren har vd Daniel Ek exempelvis storsatsat på sin radiotjänst och sina algoritmstyrda spellistor.Läs mer: Spotify köper ännu ett poddbolagMålet är, enligt vd:n och grundaren Daniel Ek, att bli störst på ”audio”.
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