Eric Erikson

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TLDR: From screen capturing to editing and creating post-ready videos, Capto puts all Mac video features under one roof for $16.99Just like everything else in the digital space, video editing and the process of creating video for websites and social media has transformed mightily in the past decade.While some hardcores want all the tools and features for cutting a Hollywood blockbuster on their MacBook Pro, most have significantly more modest goals.They want to capture a video from a webpage and share it.Or put a pretty graphic on their kid’s recital video and send it to Grandma.Capto is an app that’s all about helping users handle the kind of everyday projects they need done.
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Asus has announced the limited edition ZenBook 13 Edition 30, a super-stylish luxury laptop to celebrate its 30th birthday.Encased in a hand-crafted and fitted genuine Italian leather body in Pearl White, with Rose Gold diamond-cut edges and 18-karat rose-gold logo, this is an insanely premium-looking (or garish, depending on your tastes) laptop, and it seems like Asus is going all out to celebrate its 30th anniversary.The best Ultrabooks 2019: top thin and light laptops reviewedIFA 2019: show dates, exhibitors and everything we expect to see in BerlinTo accompany the design, the ZenBook 13 Edition 30 will come with some exclusive accessories, including a Pearl White mouse, a leather-look box and mouse pad, and a genuine-leather sleeve.It’s not all about the outside bling, however, as Asus has packed in some new features within the ZenBook 13 Edition 30 as well.
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The data collected by self-driving cars used to be a closely guarded secret.But recently, many companies developing autonomous driving systems have begun to release their data to the research community in dribs and drabs.Waymo says its dataset contains 1,000 driving segments, with each segment capturing 20 seconds of continuous driving.Those 20-second clips correspond to 200,000 frames at 10 Hz per sensor, which will allow researchers to develop their own models to track and predict the behavior of everyone using the road, from drivers to pedestrians to cyclists.The data was collected by Waymo’s fleet from four cities: San Francisco, Mountain View, Phoenix, and Kirkland, Washington.It includes images captured by each vehicle’s sensors, which includes LIDAR, cameras, and radar.
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While FogCam never quite attained the level of fame enjoyed by the San Francisco cloud that it was set up to capture, it has nevertheless managed to become the longest continually running webcam in the world.But 25 years after setting up the camera on the campus of the San Francisco State University, FogCam’s creators have decided to call it a day.Jeff Schwartz and Dan Wong (aka Webdog and Danno) said it was “time to let it go” after deciding it was becoming too difficult to find new locations to set up the camera.“The university tolerates us, but they don’t really endorse us and so we have to find secure locations on our own,” Schwartz told the SF Gate.In a tweet announcing the news of FogCam’s imminent demise, the pair wrote that their webcam will be “shutting down forever” at the end of August 2019, adding, “The internet has changed a lot since 1994, but Fogcam will always have a special place in its history.”After 25 years, Fogcam is shutting down forever at the end of August.
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Streaming a good comedy movie is always a great way to unwind after a long day at work.This 2000 comedy movie centers on a boyfriend’s ultimate fear: meeting his girlfriend’s parents for the first time.In the case of Ben Stiller’s character, his girlfriend’s parents include a father, played by Robert De Niro, who also happens to be an ex-CIA agent.Hilarity ensues a Stiller’s character tries his best to impress De Niro but with decidedly mixed results.The 1996 American remake of the classic French film La Cage aux Folles is also one of the best movies that features the late, great Robin Williams.Nathan Lane and Williams play a gay couple, but Williams also has a son from a one night stand with a woman.
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IT project managers are increasingly crucial to the tech industry.They’re tasked with leading projects to success within budget and on schedule.If you’re interested in moving into this lucrative profession, you’ll need certifications to distinguish yourself from the herd.The Complete IT Project Management Certification Bundle can help you ace all the exams you need to pass, and more.It’s on promotion this week for only $29.These four modules are explicitly designed to help you undertake the ITIL4 and PRINCE2 exams.
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While the United States currently has an edge in the race to develop artificial intelligence, China is rapidly gaining ground as Europe falls behind, according to a report released today by the Center for Data Innovation.The study arrives amid a wide-ranging debate about which region has gained AI leadership, and the implications that holds for dominating cutting-edge technologies such as autonomous vehicles and other forms of automation.There has been growing concern among U.S. tech companies and policymakers that China’s initiative to make it dominant in AI by 2030 is allowing it to dictate this critical field.The ability of its central government to allow sweeping data gathering and determine official champions to lead this charge seems to have given its efforts significant momentum.Of the three, the EU may face the greatest challenges because it doesn’t lead in any of the six categories measured.“AI is the next wave of innovation, and overlooking this opportunity will pose a threat to a region’s economic and national security,” said Center for Data Innovation director Daniel Castro in a statement.
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Playboy has a recent history of wacky ideas, and its latest oddball announcement is the company's first Bluetooth headphones: the Playboy Audio Icon 1.You know, because the magazine interviewed Miles Davis or something.The $149 headphones promise better comfort in a lightweight design and feature the iconic bunny logo over each earcup, as well as the word Playboy on the headband.Playboy Audio says the Icon 1 has an "ultrapremium distortion-free sound combined with our powerful rich bass offers a superior, industry leading, high-fidelity listening experience".The Icon 1 also offers "better hands-free calling" (ick) using the company's "advanced microphone technology" and the ability to listen for up to 22 hours per charge.The magazine's racy history is never far away, especially when it comes to fan extras like the promised and suggestively-named "Pleasures Playlist."
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It’s absolutely essential, but perhaps one of the hardest marketing disciplines to master.And during his session, titled Building a Marketing Dashboarding Discipline: It’s Not About the Tool (Until It Is), Joseph challenged marketers to flip our thinking on how we measure.They had a complicated, nuanced message to share with a skeptical audience—and less than 15 business days from when they received their KPIs from management to when the activation needed to be executed.Joseph suggested using a challenge like this as a tool.“You don’t have to change the entire system.You don’t have to change the entire system.
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Facebook’s tool for building augmented reality effects, Spark AR, now allows anyone to make custom face filters and other effects for Instagram Stories.The platform was previously limited to approved creators, but today’s update will let anyone create and upload their own AR filters to Instagram.Instagram is also introducing an Effect Gallery tab on artists’ profiles, letting artists display their creations.Instagram introduced AR filters in May 2018, but the filters only exploded in popularity after more creators joined the closed beta last October.The surreal designer filters have helped boost AR creators’ followings, as effects can only be added to a user’s in-app camera once they follow the creator’s account.Once a user follows a creator, effects from that account will automatically show up in the Stories camera’s effects tray.
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Today, DJI is launching the newest entry in its line of smartphone stabilization gimbals: the DJI Osmo Mobile 3.As with previous iterations in the Osmo Mobile series, you snap your smartphone into the gimbal and use Bluetooth to get crisp and stable video shots.However, the Osmo Mobile 3 has a distinct advantage over previous DJI gimbals as well as most competitor products: the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 folds up, making it incredibly portable.Sure, you can make them flat so they take up less room, but they still take up way more real estate in a backpack than most travelers would like.If you fold up the Osmo Mobile 3, the device takes up less backpack space than pretty much any other gimbal, which is terrific news.Although it’s far from pocket-sized, it could now easily fit into a shoulder bag or fanny pack.
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We’ve been writing about this gizmo named Effie for nearly two years now — it’s a home device built by a British startup that’s designed to take the pain out of ironing.Just put items on hangers on Effie, which irons clothes by contracting them and pressing the creases out, simulating the steam iron process.(Ironing is a thing your mother used to do to your father’s suits before he went to work at the bank, for you younger folks who are part of the gig economy and wear shorts to work like the rest of us).A press of a single button gets the process started, and the device stops itself when the job is done.It’s not here yet, but we’ve received an update about the product’s development from the crew behind it.The device, invented by British engineers Rohan Kamdar and Trevor Kerth, is apparently now able to iron a wider variety of shirt styles, rather than just the business suit-type shirts that most people wear to work.
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Chromebooks are known as cheap alternatives to laptops since they aren’t powered by any high-tech processors.You cannot install any software on them (you can download apps though), and they’re used primarily for web browsing.Most come with Word so you can create and edit documents and reports, making it the perfect computers for students, especially now that school is about to start.Then along came Google’s Pixelbook, a so-called premium laptop/tablet hybrid that runs with Chrome OS like any other Chromebooks.Its design is sublime, it boasts full Android app support, it’s surprisingly fast for a Chromebook, and the battery can last an entire day.Besides its pleasing aesthetic, the Pixelbook is only four-tenths-of-an-inch thick.
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Square Enix revealed its financial results for the quarter ending on June 30, showing growth compared to the previous year thanks to its iconic Final Fantasy franchise.The publisher reported net sales of $500.97 million, up 19.1% compared to last year.During the quarter, Square Enix released Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.Even without a technical “new” release, the anticipation for Shadowbringers drove sales for Final Fantasy XIV and bringing the remasters of older Final Fantasy games to new platforms helped open them up to a larger audience.That’s the power of long-lived and long-loved franchise.Sales for the Final Fantasy franchise, which launched in 1987, now stand at over 144 million.
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Indian co-working startup GoWork has raised US$53 million in a debt financing round led by asset management firm BlackRock, The Economic Times reported.The financing is for a period of 24 months, said a senior exec at GoWork.The startup looks to use the proceeds from the funding towards expansion, marketing, and scouting for potential acquisitions.GoWork competes with Oyo-backed Innov8, WeWork, and Sequoia-backed Awfis Space Solutions in India.
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Another werewolf movie you might want to consider is the more-recent Ginger Snaps.Dourif’s character, serial killer Charles Lee Ray, finds himself dying from gun wounds in a toy factory.Before Ray bites the bullet, he casts a voodoo spell on a children’s doll to capture his soul, transforming the toy into a rage-fuelled psychopath.Check out 1986’s Dolls and 1975’s Trilogy of Terror.The movie begins with the gates of Hell opening its doors thanks to a selfish priest committing suicide in a church cemetery.If you haven’t watched this movie already — and honestly who hasn’t — then spoiler alert: Jason isn’t the resident butcher in the first movie.
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The run game, which felt as close to balanced as ever last year, is now bordering on cheat code level efficiency — at least against the CPU.And the new Face of the Franchise career mode is a resounding dud.Even when playing on All-Madden difficulty, my Browns running back tandem of Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb averaged north of 10 yards per carry.The running game has been an uphill battle in Madden for years, so it’s incredibly surprising to see this major turn.I can run four tosses to either side of the field in a row and gain significant positive yardage on at least three of them.The addition of RPOs — run-pass options — to the playbook is a nice bonus that competitive Madden players will certainly enjoy.
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The Blu-ray version of Avengers: Endgame doesn't hit stores until August 13, but the digital version of the movie -- available on services including Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and more -- arrived earlier this week.It costs $19.99 at most locations.Earlier this month, the film surpassed Avatar as the highest-grossing movie of all time, thanks in part to a theatrical re-release in recent weeks that included a post-credits scene and Stan Lee tribute.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of merchandise featured on this page.Getting a disc or digital version with the directors' commentary and deleted scenes will shed some new light on the movie, even for hardcore Marvel fans.Also notable for the home release is that Endgame is one of the first movies to support Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos on the Movies Anywhere service -- at least when viewed on 4K-capable Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast and Android TV hardware on compatible 4K TVs.
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The next evolution in Fortnite is upon us.After heavily teasing its upcoming tenth season (“Season X”), Epic Games has finally announced the downtime details for the major update that’ll arrive on August 1.As anticipated, the next update will be substantially larger than normal — this is due to the large number of changes the game will bring.Here’s what to expect from the Season X update.On Wednesday evening, Epic Games announced via the official Fortnite Twitter account that Season X / 10 will arrive following downtime scheduled for 4AM ET / 1AM PT.This is the company’s usual downtime slot for patches it releases typically on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
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Lenovo makes some excellent value for money Chromebooks and the company has just refreshed its portfolio with three new models with Intel processors today.The smallest and also likely the most affordable will be the Lenovo Chromebook C340-11.The second one is the Lenovo Chromebook C340-15 which is the most powerful model and a third one labelled Lenovo Chromebook S340-14 which is kind of something in the middle.Prices of all the three models have not been revealed yet.The Chromebook C340-11 has an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel touchscreen 360-degree convertible display and is powered by an Intel Celeron N4000 dual-core Gemini Lake processor.It has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage.
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Porsche has debuted the new 911 Carrera sports cars with both a coupe and a convertible breaking cover.Power for both Carrera version comes from the same 3.0-liter six-cylinder boxer engine that uses new turbochargers.The new turbos have smaller wheel diameters for turbines and smaller compressors.Power goes to the wheels via a new 8-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission that allows acceleration for the Carrera Coupe of 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds.Buyers who opt for the Sport Chrono Package reduce the 0-100 km/h time by 0.2 seconds.Both Carrera models use 19-inch 235/40 ZR tires on the front with 20-inch 295/35 ZR rear tires.
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The American Heart Association reports that 116.4 million U.S. adults (46%) alone have hypertension, and it’s estimated that about 800,000 people die of cardiovascular disease complications each year.That makes it the leading cause of death for both men and women — not to mention one of most expensive to treat: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention puts the cost north of $320 billion.Redwood City, California-based Hello Heart hopes to turn things around with a digital wellness program targeted at employees.The capital infusion follows on the heels of a $9 million raise in March 2017, and CEO Maayan Cohen says it’ll enable Hello Heart to scale its sales team in the employers and health plan segments.“Our mission is to empower patients to understand and improve their health, and we’re very proud to be able to help them do it so effectively in heart health,” said Cohen, who cofounded Hello Heart in 2013 with Eran Keisar and Ziv Meltzer.“We’re in an exciting growth phase.”
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All 86-year-old Arlene Kaganove wanted was a free bagel from American cafe chain Panera on her birthday.Instead, after signing up for the My Panera rewards programme, Kaganove was sent threatening emails demanding she pay $1,400 (£1,146) worth of bitcoin—in exchange for a supposed recording of her watching porn.“I am always signing up for whatever comes free on my birthday,” Kaganove told local Chicago station NBC 5.According to Kaganove, the extortionists sent her emails saying they had a recording of her watching porn.The reason she connected the dots to Panera was the emails noted the actual username and password she used to sign up for the My Panera account.And because Kaganove, unlike most of us, exercises extremely good security hygiene, she says the username and password were not used for any other account.
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Today we’ve got a Pokemon GO Team GO Rocket action guide for you to take a peek at the dark side of the moon!This update to the game is not limited edition, but individual storylines within the Team Rocket universe are not long for this world!The PokemonGoApp Twitter account’s been delivering some strange Tweets this week.July 22nd, 2019, Professor Willow reported the first Rocket overtakes of PokeStops.If you saw a Rocket GO stop at this point, consider yourself lucky.On July 23, Willow looked a bit closer with Spark – and found a strange “aura” around Rocket Pokestops.
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When Apple introduced Face ID on the iPhone X in 2017, many other companies were quick to launch their own version of the facial recognition technology.Now, however, it looks like Google will include not only facial recognition in the Pixel 4, but will take it a step further by including gesture-based controls, essentially meaning that you can use the phone without even touching it.Google showed off the tech in a new video posted to Twitter, in which a user can be seen unlocking the phone, then waving her hand to skip through songs on a playlist.This kind of tech could come in handy, for example, when your hands are dirty and you don’t want to touch your phone.Pixel4 Learn more https://t.co/PYY0AFcnyI pic.twitter.com/f9v51VbXWd— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) July 29, 2019
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When is a 600Mbps connection not enough?When 700Mbps is available, according to Shenzhen-based phone manufacturer OnePlus, which has today claimed that the 5G connection on its OnePlus 7 Pro 5G handset is faster than rivals Samsung, LG and Oppo.According to the press release, the study was carried out independently by RootMetrics, and saw the company's researchers take a the 7 Pro 5G, along with a Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, as well as the LG V50 5G and Oppo Reno 5G, to various sites across London, and then measured the 5G speeds available.Reportedly, OnePlus's device achieved peak speeds of "nearly" 700Mbps, while Samsung managed only a lacklustre 550Mbps - with LG and Oppo clocking in at around 600Mbps.The test apparently used the speed achieved in the St Paul's area as a baseline, and also factored in speeds in the City, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, Covent Garden, Soho and on the South Bank.So why the difference in speeds?
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Appen Greenely mäter energiförbrukningen i 80 000 svenska hushåll.Nu har bolaget också blivit en leverantör av el och tar in 26 miljoner kronor i nytt kapital.”Vi ska lansera i andra länder”, säger vd:n Tanmoy Bari.Greenely grundades 2014 av Mohammed Al Abassi, Tanmoy Bari och Fredrik Hagblom, som alla tre var studenter vid Kungliga tekniska högskolan, KTH.Genom att jämföra den med liknande hushåll erbjuder Greenely tips om hur kunden kan spara pengar och minska sitt klimatavtryck.Greenely hämtar data direkt från elnätsbolagen, med kundens medgivande, vilket innebär att konsumenterna inte behöver installera någon extra hårdvara i hemmet.
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A Russian software developer, currently under American sanctions for its purported role in the Kremlin's interference with the 2016 US elections, is now selling spyware to governments.Researchers at security house Lookout today reported [PDF] that St Petersburg-based Special Technology Centre (STC) is developing and maintaining a commercial spyware tool known as Monokle.STC was among the Russian businesses hit last year with US economic sanctions for their supporting role in the GRU's election-meddling efforts.The Russian tech firm is said to have its hands in a number of fields, including UAVs, radio equipment and, now, surveillance software.Monokle targets Android devices by being added as a hidden payload in seemingly legitimate apps like Google Play or Skype.Most recently, Lookout says, the malware has used the names and icons of apps popular in Syria and the Caucasus regions in an effort to keep an eye on groups in those areas.
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Then, by tapping supercomputers, physician-led teams could simulate how tumor cells behave to test millions (or billions) of possible treatment combinations.The therapy, however, helps only 10 to 20 percent of patients -- partly because the way in which cancer cells and immune cells mingle is complex and poorly understood.To begin uncovering the rules of immunotherapy, the team turned to a set of three tools:Agent-based modeling, which predicted the behavior of individual "agents" - cancer and immune cells, in this caseArgonne's award-winning workflow technology to take full advantage of the supercomputersA guiding framework to explore models and dynamically direct and track results
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