Eric Erikson

Eric Erikson

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People loved the idea of Google Fiber when it was first announced in 2010.Superfast internet that's 100 times faster than the norm — and it's cheap?It sounded too good to be true.But maybe that initial plan was a little too ambitious.Over the last several years, Google has worked with dozens of cities and communities to build fiber optic infrastructure that can deliver gigabit speeds to homes and neighborhoods — this would let you stream videos instantly or download entire movies in seconds.But right now, introducing Google Fiber in any town is a lengthy, expensive process.Google first needs to work with city leaders to lay the groundwork for construction, and then it needs to lay cables underground, along telephone lines, and in houses and buildings.This all takes time and money: Google has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on these projects, according to The Wall Street Journal, and the service is available in just six metro areas, an average of one per year.Given these barriers, Google Fiber is reportedly working on a way to make installation quicker, cheaper, and more feasible.According to a new filing with the Federal Communications Commission earlier this month, Google has been testing a new wireless-transmission technology that "relies on newly available spectrum" to roll out Fiber much more quickly."The project is in early stages today, but we hope this technology can one day help deliver more abundant internet access to consumers," a Google spokesperson told Business Insider.And, according to The Journal, Google is looking to use this wireless technology in "about a dozen new metro areas, including Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas.
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House Minority Speaker and senior Democrat Nancy Pelosi said she received "obscene and sick" callsTwitter has reinstated a suspended account that publicised leaked personal data belonging to Democrat politicians.On Friday, the hacker known as "Guccifer 2.0" released contact details of 193 current and ex-Congress members.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi later told colleagues she had received "obscene and sick calls" after her phone number was leaked.Twitter declined to comment on the reasons for the suspension and subsequent reinstatement.Wordpress also blocked some content on Guccifer's blog which has not been reinstated.
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A man has hacked VR support into current hype potato No Man's Sky, using the HTC Vive headset and your usual tweaked configurations to get it all running through the headset.He's unlikely to ever take his helmet off again.It's a man being very, very enthusiastic about it:He can't believe it works so well.That HTC Vive was worth it.The instructions on how to get it running in stereo vision with an HTC Vive and third-party utility VorpX can be found on Reddit, but the basic thing is to use an existing OpenGL profile from something else that works and if you;re lucky it'll work too.
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With the blessing of Governor Jerry Brown, a California legislator plans to increase pressure on carmakers to produce zero emissions vehicles.Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Los Angeles, said today she s going to present legislation next week to require that 15 percent of all new cars be emission-free within 10 years, according to the Associated Press.Carmakers that don t hit the mandated level would pay fines to the state or make payments to competitors.If we create more competition in the market, that automatically will trigger a more affordable vehicle, said Burke.California s current law calls for vehicle manufacturers to gradually increase cleaner technology.Automakers have annual targets and get credits for hitting them.
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Analysis: Missed opportunity reforms should be embraced as happy medium by fintechs and banks.Some voices called it a missed opportunity, stating that it didn t go far enough, while others focused on the benefits for customers.What should be remembered is that the CMA is focused on what is best for the customers and it clearly holds a belief that more competition in the space will help to create better services, more openness, and generally a healthier banking industry that will insure that the damage done by the 2007 banking crisis is not repeated.Customers are becoming increasingly comfortable with using their smartphone as the primary channel to manage their finances, which calls into the question the relevance of traditional bank branches.Banks such as Atom and Mondo, which focus on mobile app technologies to deliver banking services, have led the charge but banks like Barclays have also been trying to innovate with things like payment bracelets, which it launched in partnership with Topshop earlier this year.Typically the feedback that I get from fintech companies is that regulators, such as the CMA, are doing a good job.
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Google har börjat skicka ut en uppdatering av Google Maps som låter användare spara cachade kartor på minneskort.Många budgetmodeller har begränsad intern lagring och finessen gör att utrymme kan frigöras.Nästa tillskott är ett läge som gör att Maps bara fungerar tillsammans med offline-kartor om du är uppkopplad mot Wi-Fi.Google beskriver det som att Maps är i flygplansläge med Wi-Fi aktiverat medan resten av telefonen fungerar som vanligt.Now, when you know you ll have spotty service or just want to save on data, you can toggle to Wi-fi only to use Google Maps entirely offline on Android.And the best part is that you can still use other apps and the rest of your phone as you normally would.
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If you just ran out and bought a Galaxy Note 7, you re probably pretty excited about the fancy stylus that s burning a hole in your pocket right now.We ve rounded up some of our favorite apps that work with the S Pen, including a few for artists, note-takers, doodlers, and gamers.The app supports layers, so you can add or delete layers as you go.It s easy to hide the menus when you want a blank canvas to draw on, but a tap in the corner on the little circle brings them back up quickly.The interface is simple, there are layers, and you have lots of control over the tools you use to create your masterpieces.You can also sign up for a membership to Autodesk for $25 a year if you want to design your own brushes and have access to 100 tools.
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Insider It looks like Niantic, the company behind the smash-hit smartphone sensation Pokémon Go, is working on a big, huge upgrade to the way you find nearby Pokémon, finally fixing a big frustration for players. notes for the newest Pokémon Go app update for Android and iPhone, Niantic teased that "we're currently testing a variation of the 'Nearby Pokémon' feature with a subset
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Facebook has found itself embroiled in a dispute with German state authorities following allegations that it did not cooperate with criminal investigations.The social network has released a statement denying claims made by the country s spy chief, and echoed by regional ministers, who are calling for a law to be passed regarding the handover of social media data.Facebook insists that it provided round-the-clock assistance to authorities in the wake of a series of violent attacks in Munich, Wuerzburg and Ansbach last month.The social network s transparency report calculates that it received a total of 16,000 information requests from Germany over the last three years.In 2015, Facebook produced data for 42% of requests from the country, in comparison to 54% in France and 82% in Britain, reports Reuters.German officials say this lack of compliance has to change, especially when inquires relate to terror suspects.
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Cloud communications company Twilio announced its first-ever quarterly earnings ever as a public company — and, although it beat Wall Street expectations, the stock is staying flat.Here are the important numbers:Revenue of $64.5 million vs. $58 million expectedLoss of $0.08 per share vs. loss of $0.14 expected.It's not affecting the stock, much, though — it's up less than 1% from its closing price after hours.The lack of stock movement isn't necessarily bad news for Twilio or its investors.Just about two months ago, Twilio had an explosive IPO, rocketing up from $18 in its debut to its current heights.Twilio's public valuation of $3.57 billion is about three times as much as its last valuation as a private company.So the fact that Twilio had such a solid beat on its earnings is probably taken by early investors as validation of their early hype, rather than a big surprise.
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Engineering problems can sometimes appear simple beside the amorphous challenges of regulating and managing cutting edge technology use within existing societal structures.But early stage startup Flock is viewing the knotted intersection of technology and regulation as just another business opportunity.The London-based big data startup is building a platform for performing real-time quantified risk analysis of of drone flights, including by applying AI to tracking data sourced from urban environments.Currently it s focusing its efforts on the UK market.It s not building a sense-and-avoid object detection system — rather it s licensing data pertaining to the position of buildings, people and cars in urban environments, as well as weather conditions, and feeding that into its risk assessment platform.Idea being for its software to analyze a planned drone flight in real-time and perform a cost/benefit analysis — to help insurers set premiums or drone operators decide whether or not to undertaken a given flight or not.
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Sony will unveil its highly-anticipated high-end PlayStation 4 early next month, according to two separate publications.On Monday morning, French gaming site Gameblog reported that Sony is going to hold an event on September 7th in New York to reveal the upgraded PS4 console it announced in June.DON T MISS: Apple needs a new Macbook AirPatrick Klepek and Austin Walker of Vice Gaming followed up with a report of their own, claiming that multiple sources familiar with the project had confirmed the information to them.One source told them that the event would serve as a technical showcase for the console, and that Sony was still trying to figure out what it wanted to show off at the event in the past few weeks.Finally, another source told Klepek and Walker that Sony would begin shipping dev kits to developers around the same time as the showcase event.
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The Xbox Scorpio release date was given a 'Holiday 2017' window at E3 2016, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer has confirmed plenty of work is already underway for Microsoft's super-console.Very little is known about the console outside of the hardware specs revealed during Microsoft's press conference – including an 8-core CPU and a whopping 6TFLOPS of power – but in terms of the games that will be coming and what the hardware will look like, much is still left to speculation.Now, in response to a fan question on Twitter, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has confirmed work is underway on the hardware, games and the platform, which we presume to mean the operating system and user interface.While initially Phil Spencer said that the Scorpio would not have exclusive games, this was later backtracked and he later confirmed it would be "up to developers" if they want to develop games exclusively for the new console.Also, all current Xbox One games will be upgraded on the Scorpio, much like PS4 games will get on the rumours PS4 Neo.With quite a wait until the console launches, hopefully we can expect a bunch of teasers and a solid reveal event ahead of next Christmas.
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UK national newspapers The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, and The Times are teaming up in a bid to ward off the threat of Google and Facebook to advertising revenue.According to City A.M., the newspaper groups are working on a "feasibility study" into how they can work together to boost their ad income.The "well-resourced" project, named Project Juno, is reportedly
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It s been a month since Niantic unleashed its tremendously popular AR game Pokémon Go, but millions of players around the world still haven t had a chance to try it.However, the company s slowing remedying the situation.Last Friday, the game launched in 15 more countries across Asia and Oceania: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau.Niantic is certainly going to be busy monitoring its server uptime with the massive influx of new players that came online over the weekend.However, it hasn t yet launched the game in three major mobile and gaming markets: India, China and Korea.Releasing the game in those markets will likely help its flagging growth.
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MANILA Reuters - The Philippine central bank said on Friday it will fine Rizal Commercial Banking Corp RCBC 1 billion pesos $21.33 million in relation to the Bangladesh Bank cyber heist.The central bank said in a statement that it was the largest amount it has ever approved "as part of its supervisory enforcement actions" on a bank.RCBC said separately that it will pay the fine over a one-year period.RCBC was used as a conduit by cyber criminals to steal $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank's account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
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Samsung had more than a new Galaxy Note to show off this week - it also unleashed an updated version of the Gear VR headset.If you picked up a Samsung phone in the last year or two, the Gear VR has been the best way to get a first taste of virtual reality - it was hard to go wrong for £99, but that doesn't mean there was no room for improvement.We got the chance to try it out at the Note 7 reveal event earlier this week.It helps that the padding feels thicker, so you can easily find a comfortable fit.The basic design hasn't really changed, but it has gained an extra button.We're not convinced it's better than the grooved design on the old model yet - we'll have to wait until we've spent more time in VR to deliver a final verdict.
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Cyber warfare appears to be the latest tool deployed in the territorial dispute over the South China SeaHackers have used targeted malware to steal data from some of the governments and private sector organisations involved in the dispute over territory and sovereignty in the South China Sea.Cybersecurity company F-Secure Labs uncovered the malware, dubbed NanHaiShu by researchers, which it said targeted the Philippines Department of Justice, a major international law firm involved in the South China Sea case, and the organisers of November 2015's Philippines-based Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation APEC Summit.Erka Koivunen, cyber security advisor at F-Secure, said the NanHaiShu campaign is particularly sophisticated in nature."This isn't an ordinary, run-of-the-mill opportunist piece of malware, but something that somebody has put some thought into and effort into, running a campaign with a selected group of organisations and individuals that are being targeted."NanHaiShu is a remote access Trojan which is able to send any information from an infected machine to a remote command and control server with a Chinese IP address.
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Why Is Comcast So BadAs if there weren t enough reasons to hate internet service providers, Comcast is giving you a brand new one.The company wants to be able to charge you more to better protect your privacy, or offer you cheaper plans as long as it s able to sell your data to advertisers.And by data, we mean all of your browsing history, which is something most people go out of their way to guard.DON T MISS: Leaked video shows a real iPhone 7 in action for the first time everComcast on Monday met with the FCC to discuss the matter, The Washington Post notes.
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Former Microsoft enthusiasm battering ram Steve Ballmer is the latest tech giant to be connected to a possible acquisition of Twitter, with rumours linking Ballmer to the perpetually-for-sale social site causing its share price to rocket by seven per cent yesterday.While he might be attracted to Twitter the business, Ballmer doesn't appear to get Twitter the product.He's tweeted just 18 times on the new account he set up last year and is following only 24 people; a mixture of sports writers, former Microsoft buddies and... Kanye West.He no doubt opens up his Twitter page once a week, wonders what all the fuss is about and why nothing seems to be happening, then closes it again, going back to Microsoft 140 Character Communicator 2009 Edition or whatever his chosen micro-blogging platform really is.Would he be a Microsoft-like disaster as the owner of Twitter?Or would the fact he has tonnes of cash be good enough to swing the deal?
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When Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump said he hoped the Russian government had found Hillary Clinton s 30,000 missing emails, he wasn t just taking a swipe at his opponent.While social media users were atwitter about whether or not The Donald had committed treason—for the record, he didn t—I don t know if his quasi-seditious braggadocio reveals anything about his loyalty to the country he hopes to represent at home and abroad.Personally, it made me wonder about his fitness to lead a nation daily engaged in cyber military operations that almost certainly make the Stuxnet attack on Iran s nuclear program look like Day One.And far more importantly, it made me question whether Trump understands just how serious the threat of hacking is — and that such a lack of understanding could cost him the election.The Stakes Have Never Been HigherWe now have fresh evidence that suggests Russia its leader, an apparent fan of the Republican nominee hacked the DNC, and that another incursion into the computer systems used by Hillary Clinton s presidential campaign as well as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee discovered days later also appeared to be the work of a Russian government agency, according to The New York Times.
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Plyometrics, or jump training, can help you build power in jumping and sprinting-type sports, but they re also stressful on your knees.Make them lower impact by holding onto suspension trainers like TRX straps , which will dampen the repeated impact on your joints and let you still reap the benefits of jump training.Muscle rings also work here.When you set them up, make sure the handles hang around shoulder level.Here re what these exercises look like:Assisted Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat Jumps
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After a few months of testing the waters, Kik is still bullish on chatbots and has quite a few reasons to be.Just last May at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, Kik CEO Ted Livingston divulged that developers had built over 6,000 chatbots on the platform.Fast forward a few months and the popular messaging app has announced today that more than 1.8 billion messages have already been exchanged with the nearly 20,000 registered chatbots on the service.Developers can apply to have their bots included in Kik s Bot Shop where any user can pop in and take a bot for a spin, but they have to meet some guidelines first that ensure they re a good fit for users.To date, 100 chatbots have been approved and are currently available for download in the Bot Shop under three categories: entertainment, lifestyle and gaming.These bots range from user-created tools to bot experiences built by brands like Sephora, H and Vine.
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Apple Inc. AAPL 1.25 % Wednesday reported small increases in the share of women and minorities working at the tech giant, but said its most recent group of hires is considerably more diverse.Apple said the share of Hispanics among its 80,000 U.S. workers grew to 12% in June, from 11% a year earlier; blacks accounted for 9% of the U.S. workforce, up from 8% a year earlier.Women are now 32% of Apple s 125,000-person global workforce, the company said, up from 31% a year ago.In its annual diversity report, Apple also released numbers on the gender and ethnic makeup of its hires over the past year, highlighting the challenges in changing the demographics of a company s workforce.Apple said 37% of the employees it hired over the past year are women, compared with 32% for the overall workforce.Among new hires in the U.S., 27% are black, Hispanic, Native American or Pacific Islander, compared with 22% of its U.S. workforce.
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After months and months of leaks, Samsung has finally, officially revealed the shiny new Galaxy Note 7.But maybe you want to read even more about it.If you re not convinced - maybe you re a diehard Apple fan with a tattoo of Steve Jobs on your back - then that s fine, each to their own.But I m going to outline why I think it ll be the best smartphone in the world, regardless:Yep, you read that right.In many ways, the Galaxy Note 7 is essentially the Galaxy S7 Edge s spirit animal.
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Tesla förvärvar Solar City där Elon Musk är huvudägare.Den amerikanska elbilstillverkaren Tesla tar över solpanelstillverkaren Solar City i utbyte mot Tesla-aktier värda 2,6 miljarder dollar, motsvarande drygt 22 miljarder kronor.Teslas vd och medgrundare Elon Musk har tidigare sagt att affären kommer att göra Tesla till världens enda företag som erbjuder ren energi från början till slut, från solpaneler och batterier för hemmet till elfordon.Musk är också styrelseordförande och huvudägare i Solar City som är USA:s största tillverkare av solpaneler för hemmabruk.
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The competition for streaming device dominance is a fierce one, but Google is one of the companies sitting at the top of the heap.Google announced during its Q2 2016 earnings call that sales of its Chromecast line up of devices has jumped to 30 million.The last time Google shared Chromecast sales numbers was in May, when it said the line had sold 25 million.That means sales have jumped an impressive five million in just a couple of months.Get Archive Manager for OSX.100% Safe & Secure, Download Free!
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Google sa redan i mars att skarpa versionen av nya Android släpps i sommar och under tredje kvartalet.Nu menar Evan Blass @evleaks att Android 7.0 Nougat kommer att skickas ut denna månad.Google släppte femte och sista förhandsversionen av Android 7.0 för två veckor sedan, så det kan mycket väl stämma.Blass hävdar samtidigt att snart tre år gamla Nexus 5 blir kvar på Marshmallow.Det är möjligt att Galaxy Note 7 blir första mobilen som lanseras med Android 7.0.
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Fortunately, an increasing number of applications offer dark themes, which display text, images, and videos on top of dark backgrounds.While the iOS operating system does have an Invert Colors option Settings General Accessibility Display Accommodations that forces apps with a light background to go dark, iOS is lacking a full-blown dark mode that keeps photos and other content looking the way it should.Here s a list of 25 apps that currently ship with dark themes.They re all free, unless otherwise noted.This is a simple writing app with support for Markdown formatting, Word documents, the WordPress content management system, and Dropbox sync.It costs $3.99.This was originally the default virtual keyboard that Microsoft shipped with Windows Phones.It s easy to overlook that the default user interface, on mobile, web, and desktop, is a dark theme.Apple has offered a dark them in its standard-issue book-reading app since 2011.
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Reuters – Tesla told U.S. Senate Commerce Committee staff it is considering two theories that may explain what led to the May 7 fatal crash that killed a Florida man who was using the car s Autopilot system, a person familiar with the meeting told Reuters on Friday.Tesla staff members told congressional aides at a briefing on Thursday that they are still trying to understand the system failure that led to the crash, the source said.Tesla is considering whether the radar and camera input for the vehicle s automatic emergency braking system failed to detect the truck trailer or the automatic braking system s radar may have detected the trailer but discounted this input as part of a design to tune out structures such as bridges to avoid triggering false braking, the source said.Joshua Brown was killed when his vehicle drove under the tractor-trailer.It was the first known fatality involving a Model S operating on the Autopilot system that takes control of steering and braking in certain conditions.The accident has increased scrutiny of automated driving technology.Tesla s chief executive, Elon Musk, was asked on Twitter about why the radar did not detect the truck.Musk wrote in a June 30 tweet that radar tunes out what looks like an overhead road sign to avoid false braking events.A Tesla spokeswoman declined to comment on the meeting, referring questions to the company s recent statements.Tesla also told committee staffers it views braking failure as separate and distinct from its Autopilot function, which manages steering, changing lanes, and adjusting travel speed, the source said.On Tuesday, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board NTSB said its preliminary findings showed the Model S was traveling at 74 miles 119 km per hour in a 65-mph 104 km per hour zone at the time it struck the semi-truck near Williston, Florida.The report said the NTSB confirmed the Model S driver was using the advanced driver assistance features Traffic-Aware Cruise Control and Autosteer lane-keeping assistance at the time.The NTSB has not yet determined the probable cause of the crash.Tesla faces a separate investigation by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA into whether the system poses an unreasonable risk to driver safety.
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