Eric Grunau

Eric Grunau

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Thrilling news: my Libra account is ready!Yet I received my confirmation this very morning.That is, it arrived a few days ago but my silly email program diverted it into the Junk folder by mistake, duh!I'm not sure about being likened to a toad but perhaps it's blockchain slang, like a kind of Gen-Z teknospeek.Yes I know that a physical address has little to do with unsolicited electronic communications but it does represent one component of what many organisations consider to be acceptable forms of customers' multi-factor authentication.Providing the first line of your address and the postcode continues to be enough, combined with your full name and account number, to validate your identity when calling customer services by telephone.
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Today, you’re a horrible goose from Untitled Goose Game, and the internet is laughing with you.Five months from now, if anyone looks at your photos from tonight, all they’ll see is waterfowl.now skids down an ever steeper slope.Online, a meme’s ephemerality is a given, and old jokes more or less evaporate.When meme-famous geese or chicken sandwiches or preoccupations with tariffs jump from a server to a Halloween soiree, their lives don’t get any longer, but they also never really disappear.For years now, costume companies like Yandy have been gaining customers and media attention for their ability to turn online moments into sellable, sexified scraps of fabric within days or even hours.
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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is planning an initial public offering in Hong Kong as early as this November looking to raise up to $15 billion, Reuters reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.Why it matters: There have been multiple rounds of speculation about Alibaba’s dual listing in Hong Kong.This time the fundraise amount is smaller than earlier reports, and the timeframe accelerated, following plans to list in August were suspended due to market uncertainties caused by months-long protests in the city.Alibaba’s listing would boost the status of Hong Kong as a major capital markets hub.Hong Kong’s stock exchange has been hit hard by the unrest, with IPO proceeds plunging nearly 43% year on year as of mid-October.Details: Alibaba plans to seek listing approval from the Hong Kong stock exchange shortly after the Chinese e-commerce giant’s massive online retail promotion on Nov. 11 called Singles Day.
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Modex Blockchain Database (BCDB) is created by an experienced team of developers and brings many world firsts and unrivalled advantages for companies offering: cost cutting, data security, and time efficiency.From a technical standpoint, Modex Blockchain Database (BCDB) falls into the middleware category, as it positions itself between the client’s software application server and their database.As previously mentioned, the procedure involves a minimal level of changes, consisting mostly of writing and implementing the connectors which enable the database to communicate with the blockchain network.Be it Java, Javascript, C, C++, Golang, C , etc, BCDB enable developers to connect through a REST API and GRAPH QL, while providing drivers for the most popular programming languages.This characteristic opens a new window of opportunities, as compatibility related issues become a thing of the past.Regardless of the type of database a company is employing, or the type of blockchain it wishes to connect to, our solution ensures a seamless connection between the two technologies.
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Three years until mainframe staff retirements cause serious issuesA massive 93 percent of respondents to a recent global survey on attitudes to mainframes expressed “serious concerns” about their mainframe environment, according to Zurich-based LzLabs, which tasked Vanson Bourne with a survey of 650 “IT decision makers” across a range of industry verticals.While it is always hard to take such surveys particularly seriously – they’re a standard PR ploy – and LzLabs specialises in migrating applications off mainframes (“he who pays the piper…”) the figure is nonetheless strikingly high.Respondents bewailed mainframe skills shortages in the report, saying the average time until retiring staff will significantly impact respondents’ organizations’ mainframe workforce is down to just three years.They cited the allure of being able to leverage cloud elasticity (52 percent) and improve development agility (also 52 percent) as “pull” factors behind efforts to migrate applications off mainframes.The survey results showed that a skills crisis is expected to have far reaching impacts, with almost two thirds of respondents reporting that the loss of mainframe skills in their organization presents a big risk to the entire business.
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In 1942, physiologist and Harvard Medical School researcher Walter Cannon published an academic paper with the sort of title you’d expect from a direct-to-video schlock horror flick: “Voodoo Death.”Cannon was entirely serious, though.In the paper, he argued that historical accounts of supernatural deaths, including those supposedly brought on by voodoo curse, might have not been supernatural at all.Instead, Cannon theorised these victims might literally have frightened themselves to death.Cannon was the scientist who coined the phrase “fight or flight,” a concept that is still commonly used as a shorthand for the variety of biological changes our bodies undergo when confronted with a stressful situation.So he clearly had insight into how we react to terror.
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Ofcom is to hold another 5G spectrum auction in Spring 2020, in which it will free up 200MHz worth of bandwidth for next-generation mobile services.Ofcom said it would hold the second 5G auction in order to “help improve mobile services and enable more people and businesses to access 5G networks.”It comes after the government and the four main mobile networks last week pledged to deliver 95 percent 4G coverage in the UK via a ‘Shared Rural Network’ (SRN) programme.In exchange for operators deciding to share their mast networks for the mobile coverage push, Ofcom is proposing to no longer include coverage obligations in its auction.“This is because, through the companies working together, the agreement will achieve higher coverage than the requirements we could have set through an auction,” said the regulator.“So we have today published updated proposals for how our mobile auction will work.”
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Liverpool may have lost their 100% record following their draw at Old Trafford last weekend, but Jurgen Klopp will have been impressed with how his side fought their way back to win a point.While Tottenham's emphatic 5-0 midweek win over Red Star Belgrade in Europe will have lifted some of the pressure off boss Mauricio Pochettino, today's match places the focus back on their faltering title challenging hopes against a side who already look out of sight.Both teams have been less than convincing at the back in recent weeks, which suggest goals at both ends will be likely.Like their opponents today, Liverpool also enjoyed a resounding victory in Europe mid-week, with a 4-1 win against Genk, and the home side will be keen up to get back to winning ways after dropping points last weekend.Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip sat out the Genk victory and will face late fitness tests ahead of today's game, but Mohamed Salah looks set to start having returned to action in Wednesday's game.Having played a back three in their lacklustre draw against Watford last week, Spurs reverted back to a 4-2-3-1 in Belgrade with some success and the smart money will be on Pochettino's side sticking with what appears to be their most effective formation against the Reds.
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There's a lot of power in a rough estimate.If you’re trying to figure out whether something is worth doing, you could really go deep into the weeds trying to capture all the costs and benefits.Well, in reality it might be 9 hours, or it might be 11 hours—it doesn’t matter!I had wondered, if everyone on earth planted a tree—all 7.5 billion of us—how much carbon dioxide would it pull out of the air?My answer, based on some very rough assumptions, was that it could cut atmospheric CO2 levels by around 6 percent.Some people disagreed with my result, and that's fine.
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There's a reason we typically go to a coffee shop when we're in the mood for espresso: The machine that makes it is big, loud, expensive and kinda scary.Thankfully, there's a consumer-friendly machine that's compact, not as loud and not the least bit scary.Today only, and while supplies last, Amazon has the Nespresso Vertuo with 30 coffee capsules for $99.99.Normally the Vertuo sells for $199 all by itself (though it's currently on sale from Nespresso proper for $139).The last time I shared this deal, Bloomingdale's was offering the machine with a milk frother -- but no coffee -- for the same price.The Nespresso Vertuo makes regular coffee and espresso; it automatically detects what kind of pod you've inserted and brews accordingly.
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The field of brain-machine interfaces (BMI) – which use electrodes, often implanted into the brain, to translate neuronal information into commands capable of controlling external systems such as a computer or robotic arm – have actually been around for some time.In the long term, BMI devices may help monitor and treat symptoms of neurological disorders and control artificial limbs.However, conventional implants – often made of silicon – are orders of magnitude stiffer than the actual brain tissue, which leads to unstable recordings and damage to surrounding brain tissue.This is because our human brain is like a guarded fortress, and the neuroimmune system -– like soldiers in this closed fortress – will protect neurons (brain cells) from intruders, such as pathogens or BMI.To avoid damage and immune responses, researchers are increasingly focusing on the development of so-called “flexible BMI”.These are much softer than silicon implants and similar to actual brain tissue.
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"All hands are good hands" is the call for finger representation we never knew we needed.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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Fintech has been a very popular area for venture investment, and this is particularly true in Europe.Dozens of high-growth fintech startups have launched over the past decade, from challenger banks and neobanks to new payment services and better ways to save and invest wealth.On the Extra Crunch stage at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, we wanted to dive deeper into what it takes to build a great fintech startup, and also radically reshape finance along the way.That’s why we invited two deep thinkers — Yoni Assia of eToro and Charlie Delingpole of ComplyAdvantage — to discuss how entrepreneurs today can affect the future of finance in the years to come, as well as the lessons learned from building their own successful fintech startups.Assia has been a lifelong finance geek, day trading in his youth while learning computer science before eventually founding eToro in 2006. eToro’s social trading platform allows investors to follow peer investors and mirror their trades, all the while creating a hub for analysis and discussion around investment opportunities.The company has raised nearly a quarter billion dollars in venture capital according to Crunchbase.
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Personal data is stolen and leaked.Tech workers themselves are protesting against their employers over harassment and discrimination.One art exhibition hopes to capture all of this and more.The Glass Room has 50 installations that use real data to examine how technology has shaped our lives and our world -- for better or for worse.The exhibit initially opened in Berlin in 2016 and has since shown in London and New York.The exhibition will open on Wednesday in San Francisco, the northern annex of Silicon Valley.
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Google has announced its latest headphones, the Pixel will be Available.unlike the day earlier, the headphones are completely wireless, but it is going to have a very strong connection to the phone.According to the Google, Pixel, Available, work, even if three of the rooms of your phone, which will let the law run smoothly.a Pixel is Available, it will have a battery life of 5 hours, which can be petas for up to 24 hours laddfodralet.the Units will be equipped with the dual-microphones on each of the plugs, which will make Google Assistant, or the person you are talking to, and will always hear you out no matter what listening environment you are in. In order to highlight the pratljud from the user, including an accelerometer to recognize when you touch the jaw line, so that the headphones don't send off a lot of the sounds in vain.a Pixel is Available, it will be released in the spring of 2020, and the price will be $ 179.
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It is well known that the Chrome browser can be a pretty demanding of the browser that's eating up a lot of your computer memory, not in the least, if you use the add-ons or like to have a lot of tabs open at the same time.But now Google is testing a new feature in Canary, Google's experimental version of Chrome that will cause the browser to consume less memory.At the present time, Google Chrome has a feature that shuts off the tabs that are not being used to it after a while because they are eating up memory and reduce performance, unduly.for Now, Google wants to improve the functioning of something called the " order “tab freezing” (about the flikfrysning) that lets users set the amount of flikhanteringen to work, and when the tab is turned off.In the present situation, let the Public use the tab freezing, in the following ways 1) Allow, 2) Allow you don't have 3) to Allow the freezing to take away the freezing for 10 seconds every quarter of an hour; and (4) to Shut down.on Windows, the Latest estimate of the new feature would be to be able to show up in the standard version of the Chrome browser later this year.
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While the Samsung Galaxy Fold hasn’t been one of the most successful devices to date, the South Korean tech giant seems willing to give the foldable phone trend another try with what appears to be a second generation of the handset.Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 Latest Patent Shows S Pen SupportAccording to news site Letgodigital, Samsung might indeed be working on a Galaxy Fold 2, or at least applied for a new patent on August 26th 2019 in the EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) and the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office).In the new patent we can see the Galaxy Fold 2 supporting Samsung’s iconic S Pen, which can work both with the tablet folded or unfolded; giving much more flexibility to the user.In addition to that, in the patent application file submitted by Samsung to the US Patent and Trademark Office, the Galaxy Fold 2 can be seen able to drag the content from one side of the screen to the other with the S Pen, both in the folded and unfolded state.We can check that in the image below.
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(UC Berkeley’s Dr. Stuart Russell’s new book, “Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control, goes on sale Oct. 8.I’ve written a review, “Human Compatible” is a provocative prescription to re-think AI before it’s too late,” and the following in an interview I conducted with Dr. Russell in his UC Berkeley office on September 3, 2019.)Dr. Russell: I’ve been thinking about this problem – what if we succeed with AI?So we’ll just make more of it, and everything will be fine.When you start crossing over to systems that are more intelligent, operating on a global scale, and having real-world impact, like trading algorithms, for example, or social media content selection, then all of a sudden, you are having a big impact on real-world, and it’s hard to control.And that’s just going to get worse and worse and worse.
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Snapchat is adding one of the most popular smartphone games, Subway Surfer, to its Games section.The game launch was announced on YouTube on Monday and will be added to the Games section, which was announced in April this year.A player can start playing the game right from the chat window by just tapping the "rocket" icon on the chat bar.The Snapchat version of Subway Surfers will be called Subway Surfers Airtime.Just like the Android/iOS version of the game, the player will play in an endless run manner – he/she will surf, slide, jump over and avoid obstacles in the way.Mathias Gredal Nørvig, the CEO of SYBO Games, which developed the franchise, stated to Engadget, "We're thrilled to expand the Subway Surfers franchise and partner with Snap Games on this exclusive release.
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the Next-generation screen technology is just around the corner.Apple is going to use the mini-led-screens of the upcoming top models of the Macbook and the Ipad, according to Ming-Chi Kuo in the INTERIM, the International Securities as long as the followed the Series.it was just a couple of days ago, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, out there in the media, and speculated on the Iphone or ipad.Now it's time for the new data, and this time it is the Macbook and the Ipad.the Kuo claims that Apple is planning to launch the exclusive, Macbooks, and Ipads, with a new screen technology, either in 2020 or in 2021, writes Macrumors.the Units will come with a new type of screen, which goes by the name of the Mini LED.
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Today, Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaomi, released its second 5G smartphone, Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G in China.This smartphone comes with a dimension of 157.21 x 74.64 x 8.54 mm an weighs only 196g.The Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G comes with a 6.39-inch AMOLED screen and the screen ratio is 90.7%.This device supports step-less color temperature adjustment and full DC dimming.The Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G uses a 103.8% NTSC wide color gamut.This ensures that the basic screen quality is perfect.
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Facebook realizes that not all developers can attend its annual F8 conference, so it is bringing a taste of F8 on the road in the form of its iD8 events.Director of platform partnerships Konstantinos Papamiltiadis said in a blog post that iD8 events give developers the chance to connect face-to-face with Facebook employees and learn about the latest technologies and product updates, covering topics including augmented reality, virtual reality, Messenger and social commerce.The first iD8 recently took place in Singapore, and the next three invite-only iD8 events are set for São Paulo Oct. 16 and both Berlin and New York Oct. 22.Developers can register for São Paulo, Berlin and New York via these links.Papamiltiadis wrote, “Facebook iD8 is a two-way dialog where we have a chance to hear about your experiences, learn about your challenges and roadblocks and provide an opportunity for you to connect with other members of our shared community that may face similar challenges.”
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If letting your kids loose with your expensive drone is something you're not quite down with, have you considered the terrible idea of getting them their own?Because Oaxis has, and now it's become a reality.Say hello to myFirst Drone, part of a myFirst range aimed at getting kids outside and playing with tech.Does it sound like an ad taken from RoboCop or some other dystopian future where kids are casually flying drones about?But it comes in a very non-threatening blue and pink, and doesn't include a remote so the mischief your little buggers could potentially cause is somewhat mitigated.You can charge up the drone via USB and it'll be ready to fly in 40 minutes, at which point you just lob it skyward to get it flying, which definitely isn't going to go horribly wrong when they get excited and start chucking it about like a volleyball.
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The news is a setback for DDB, which was the QSR giant’s sole creative marketing partner after beating out Publicis for the business about three years ago.“We are confident the talented team at Wieden + Kennedy New York will drive the creative excellence that will influence culture and develop relationships with our customers in new ways,” said McDonald’s U.S. CMO Morgan Flatley.“We would like to thank We Are Unlimited for their work over the last three years supporting key moments in our transformation and operational excellence.”It’s a significant blow to We Are Unlimited, the McDonald’s-dedicated shop that lost exclusive partner status in January, though a press release indicated the agency will continue its relationship with the brand in support of unspecified operational projects.“We remain a proud partner with McDonald’s and are working closely across both the McDonald’s and We Are Unlimited teams to ensure we remain focused on our shared goals and priorities,” according to a statement from We Are Unlimited.Founded in 2016, We Are Unlimited recently went through a round of layoffs attributed to changes to the account earlier this month.
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Say hello to Ferrari's latest stunner, the F8 Spider.The F8 Spider shares its appearance and powertrain with the F8 Tributo, so the car is already quite familiar.The look is definitely polarizing; Ferraris are certainly boldly styled these days, though they aren't quite as pretty as they used to be.That said, the somewhat awkward design can be forgiven considering this car offers outstanding performance.Power comes from a twin-turbocharged, 3.9-liter V8, tuned to produce 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque.The F8 Spider makes 49 more horsepower than its 488 predecessor, though thanks to a lighter crankshaft and flywheel, the engine weighs some 40 pounds less than the one in the previous Spider.
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Recently, some operators have exposed the upcoming Xiaomi 5G smartphone – Xiaomi Mi 9s 5G.This smartphone will be the second 5G device from the company.According to the report, the device upgrades to a 2K display and will also use OIS anti-shake.According to Lei Jun, Xiaomi’s first 5G smartphone, Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G will arrive in China in September.Recall that in May this year, Xiaomi released this smartphone in Europe.In August this year, Xiaomi Mi 9s 5G got three certifications.
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Jeremy Corbyn and other leaders want to prevent a no-deal Brexit on October 31.HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath 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.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Instead, it actually made me nostalgic for Tiger Electronics’ LCD handhelds; arguably some of the first true portable video game systems.They were bite-size snippets of action with a goal that was rarely more involved than registering a new high score.You could easily hop in into a game in a couple of seconds, enjoy a few minutes of satisfying button mashing, and then quickly stash them away until you needed to feed your gaming addiction again – minus the side effects of losing hours of your life or blowing your budget.Founded by Arnold, Gerald, and Randy Rissman in 1978, Tiger Electronics got its start making simple electronics like phonographs, but transitioned to interactive toys and LCD-based gaming devices in the early ‘80s.Before Tiger’s new line, portable gaming systems always came with a premium price tag.I can remember drooling over mini tabletop arcades in catalogues, but never actually putting them on my Christmas or birthday wish lists for fear of maxing out what my parents were willing to spend.
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The International Space Station has received a 600 Mbps data rate upgrade, according to NASA, enabling astronauts and control centers on Earth to communicate at faster rates.The upgrade doubles the ISS’s data rate, making it possible to conduct new types of tech demonstrations and scientific experiments that come with more demanding data requirements.This upgrade will also play an important role in communication capabilities for the future Gateway station.Communication between the International Space Station and Earth is made possible by the Space Network, a series of antennas located on the ground, as well as Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) in orbit over Earth.Data from the ISS is relayed by these satellites to the ground antennas, after which point the data is sent by landlines to NASA centers.These centers, the space agency explains, feature computer systems that convert the radio signals into readable data, a process that is reversed when teams on Earth need to send data to astronauts on the ISS.
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Apple has instituted a screen replacement program for the aluminum models of the Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 3 to address cracking issues.Apple said that in “very rare circumstances,” a crack may form along the rounded edge of the screen of the affected models of the Apple Watch.The crack may start on one side and then continue around the screen.The Apple Watch Series 2 models eligible for the program were sold between September 2016 and October 2017, while the Apple Watch Series 3 models that may get a free screen replacement were sold starting September 2017, until September 2019.The full list of eligible models is in the support document that Apple published for the program.Customers who believe that their Apple Watch should get a free screen replacement may visit an Apple retail store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider to receive confirmation of eligibility.
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