Eric Grunau

Eric Grunau

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Ällöttävä yhteys ei ilmeisesti häirinnyt Intersportia, joka osti ketjun vuonna 2012.Suomeen rantautuvan The Athlete's Foot -tennariketjun nimi saattaa aiheuttaa ihmetystä englantia osaavissa ihmisissä.Ahtlete's foot tarkoittaa nimittäin englanniksi jalkasientä.Ilmeisesti kauppaketjua ei kuitenkaan hieman ällöttävä yhteys häiritse, sillä se toimii jo 25 maassa ja sillä on yhteensä 472 liikettä.Yhtiön verkkosivujen mukaan ensimmäinen The Athlete's Foot -kauppa avattiin Pittsburghissa Yhdysvalloissa vuonna 1971.Kaupan perustivat Robert ja David Lando.
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In the last few years, Ikea has shrugged off its false perception of a purveyor of cheap furniture and started selling some truly stunning stuff.But for every good-looking piece, there s a terrible one that some poor college student is going to get tricked into buying.Of course, knowing what I know about the company and its shady history, I can t help but wonder how some of this well designed home goods could be so cheap.BEST: Vallentuna three-piece sectional - $1300If you like a little breathing room with your furniture, the modular design of the Vallentuna couch is just great.You can dance between color, materials, sitting room, or storage for whatever your space requires.
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Here are some of the things people in markets are talking about today.Verizon Communications Inc. will announce plans to buy Yahoo s core assets for a bit more than $4.8 billion before the market opens this morning, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation.The deal will also likely end the reign of Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer who was appointed from Google in 2012 to revive the company's flagging fortunes.In Japan, shares of Nintendo Co. plunged by 18 percent - the maximum one-day fall allowed by the exchange - after the company said late on Friday that its effective economic stake in Pokemon Go developer Niantic Inc. and Pokemon Co. is just 13 percent, and that the financial impact from the global smash hit would be limited.Apple Inc., Google parent Alphabet Inc., and Facebook Inc. are also due to report earnings this week.A barrel of West Texas Intermediate for September delivery was trading at $43.92 at 5:59 a.m.Oil bulls are also facing seasonal demand problems, with U.S. gasoline consumption typically dropping in August and September, while stockpiles are at their highest seasonal level since 1990.
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Reports of fraud have doubled, according to official statistics – because the Office for National Statistics ONS is now including cyber crimes in its figures.The UK's ONS reckons, in crime statistics released last week, that more than two million computer misuse offences and 3.8 million online fraud offences took place in the 12 months to the end of March.Of the computer misuse offences, 68 per cent involved malware, while 32 per cent consisted of hacking or unauthorised access.The combined total of 5.8 million incidents of cybercrime in England and Wales is enough to nearly double the overall crime rate.According to the ONS, cybercrime now makes up 40 per cent of all recorded criminal incidents.An estimated 51 per cent of fraud incidents from October 2015 to March 2016 were cyber-related.
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Transistors will stop shrinking after 2021, but Moore's law will probably continue, according to the final International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors ITRS .The ITRS—which has been produced almost annually by a collaboration of most of the world's major semiconductor companies since 1993—is about as authoritative as it gets when it comes to predicting the future of computing.For example, despite all the fuss surrounding graphene and carbon nanotubes a few years back, the 2011 ITRS predicted that it would still be at least 10 to 15 years before they were actually used in memory or logic devices.The latest and last ITRS focuses on two key areas: that it will no longer be economically viable to shrink transistors after 2021—and, pray tell, what might be done to keep Moore's law going despite transistors reaching their minimal limit.Basically, starting at around the 65nm node in 2006, the economic gains from moving to smaller transistors have been slowly dribbling away.Previously, moving to a smaller node meant you could cram tons more chips onto a single silicon wafer, at a reasonably small price increase.
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At first, the feeling just seemed odd—nothing serious, just…weird.By the time I climbed the flight of stairs to my floor, the feeling had grown worse.I had too much to do, lots of work to finish, and I was scheduled to leave that afternoon on a 780-mile drive with my family to celebrate my daughter s graduation from her Master s program.By lunchtime, I had made up my mind not to mention anything to my wife and to go ahead with our trip.I was thinking about packing lists and making a mental note not to forget my Apple Watch charger as I walked down the two flights of stairs to the cafeteria.In the end, it was that cold, objective number staring at me from my watch that finally got me to believe there was something real going on, something I couldn t just ignore or wish away.
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Facebook s React project is an open source library that allows developers to quickly build apps and their user interfaces in JavaScript.But that s a bit of an understatement, because besides JavaScript, you also have to learn a lot of tools to simply set up a React project.While Facebook has talked about its own tooling for React, most individual developers and startups don t have the resources a company like Facebook has.To help these React users get up and running with React, the company today launched Create React App, a new open source project born out of a hackathon that bundles the tools it takes to get started with React into a single command-line tool.We knew that such projects traditionally haven t been very successful in the React ecosystem, Facebook s Dan Abramov writes in today s announcement.Christopher Chedeau told me that multiple React CLI projects have started and failed at Facebook.
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Som en del av Facebooks, ibland omstridda, projekt för att sprida tillgång till internet till platser utan uppkoppling har flygplanet Aquila nu gjort sin första testtur.Det självkörande planet är utvecklat av Facebook Connectivity Lab, som arbetar med tekniska innovationer för att sprida tillgång till internet.Tidigare har en mindre modell av planet testflugits, men det här var det första höghöjdstestet med den fullskaliga versionen.När planet står färdigt ska Aquila kunna flyga tre månader i taget.På sin nyhetssida skriver Facebook att planet ska kunna täcka områden med en diameter på nästan 10 mil, där den ska sprida uppkoppling upp till höjder på drygt 18 000 meter.Här kan du läsa mer om resultatet av provflygningen.
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Notes line a window of a meeting room in the new Kapor Center on Thursday, July 14, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group As Uber prepares to open its new offices in the former Sears building in Oakland's Uptown neighborhood, a different kind of technology hub is settling into its own new headquarters just a few blocks away.The Kapor Center -- part nonprofit, part community center and part investment firm -- is settling into its newly renovated building at 2148 Broadway as part of its mission to help build diverse companies in the tech ecosystem.The move follows its initial decade in San Francisco's SoMA neighborhood and the past few years in a rented space in Oakland as it built out its new headquarters.Just miles away from the tech hubs in San Francisco and Silicon Valley that have oft been criticized for a lack gender and racial diversity, Oakland has increasingly spawned efforts to make tech more diverse, and the Kapor Center has been at the center of it.The new building houses all three arms of the Kapor Center: the Kapor Center for Social Impact, which aims to increase access to tech and diverse entrepreneurship through its community programming and education; Kapor Capital, which is a seed stage investment firm with an emphasis on funding tech that helps increase opportunities or access for communities of color; and the Level Playing Field Institute, which provides resources to underrepresented students of color in science, tech, engineering and math fields.Besides housing these programs, the new building, complete with an auditorium, meeting rooms and a rooftop area for events, will allow the Kapor Center to be a community gathering place.Mitch Kapor, founder of spreadsheet software firm Lotus 1-2-3, and his wife, Freada Kapor Klein, started the center roughly 15 years ago, following Kapor's successful stint in software and Klein's work in helping businesses make their work forces more diverse.
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At its Build conference back in 2015, Microsoft set for itself a particularly ambitious goal: Have 1 billion devices running Windows 10 by mid–2018.But now that we re more than halfway through 2016, Microsoft has backed off of that figure, admitting that goal was just a little bit too big.In a statement to ZDNet s Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft said emphasis ours :In other words, when Windows chief Terry Myerson made the claim that there would be 1 billion Windows 10 devices, that was back when the company still thought Windows on mobile devices had a chance.Even Microsoft has all but conceded that s not going to happen – niche handsets notwithstanding.Now, that isn t to say that Windows 10 adoption isn t still impressive; 350 million monthly devices is a great figure – and that s up 50 million from the last time the company reported figures in May.
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If you ve been playing a lot of Pokémon Go, you re probably tired of catching the same ol pokémon in your neighborhood.The Poke Radar map and iPhone app help you find the rest of them so you can complete your collection.The map, put together by developers Braydon Batungbacal and Nick DiVona, lets you search for rare pokémon anywhere in the world, and you can even set a filter so you only see where a certain type of pokémon is found.The map is powered by the Pokémon Go community, however, so it s possible for trolls to drop rare pokémon all over the place.That said, there are a few things in place to help you avoid falling for their tricks.When you click or tap on a pokémon s icon, you ll see who posted the tip, and how many other trainers found the tip helpful.
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Is Apple s new 2016 phablet going to be called the iPhone 7 Plus?Will it be called the iPhone 7 Pro instead, so that Apple s iPhone branding aligns with its iPad branding?Or will Apple launch two different phablet models, including the Plus we re all expecting and a higher-end Pro?As much as we already know about Apple s upcoming new iPhone lineup, there are still plenty of questions that remain unanswered.We know new iPhones are coming and we know exactly what they re going to look like thanks to countless leaks.We also know plenty about their specs and features — including Apple s widely publicized decision to ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
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A little over a year ago, the retro gaming community was treated to the discovery of an ultra-rare Nintendo PlayStation.The unreleased machine, the result of a partnership between Nintendo and Sony that unfortunately went sour, was proven to be legitimate a few months later although the optical disc drive wasn t functional.That didn t stop the homebrew community from creating the first-ever game for the prototype – Super Boss Gaiden – but the mystery surrounding the optical drive remains as it would be amazing to see everything up and running as intended.That s where console modder Ben Heck comes in.The owners of the prototype recently got in touch with Heck and arranged to have him conduct a teardown.At some point between late last year and now, something broke as the machine is no longer putting out a video signal or sound.
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Reuters – Authorities in the Gulf Arab states of Kuwait and United Arab Emirates on Friday warned of security dangers to playing the wildly successful new smartphone app Pokemon GO.Users must resist the urge to point camera phones at Pikachu popping out in front of the Kuwaiti Emir s palace, mosques, oil facilities or military bases, Kuwait s Interior ministry said.The danger in dealing with this game is that it involves the user photographing areas nearby with … smart phones which transfer the pictures of the sites to third parties, Kuwait interior ministry undersecretary Suleiman al-Fahd said.The interior ministry has informed security men to show zero tolerance to anyone approaching such prohibited sites, deliberately or not, Fahd said in a statement.Officially launched in only five Western countries, Nintendo s Pokemon GO is set to be released to 200 more relatively soon, according to the company.Accessing the app by a VPN connection or foreign app stores, Mideast users too have become addicted to Pokemon, which involves walking in search of the pocket monsters which emerge superimposed on the phone screen via the camera.Now the colorful creatures have been sighted at landmarks such as Egypt s pyramids and Jerusalem s al-Aqsa mosque.Relatively wealthy and phone-obsessed, Gulf Arabs are no exception but ply their devices under the wary eye of states keen to prevent sectarian or seditious ideas.The UAE s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said in a statement that waiting for the game s official launch in the country would save budding Pokemon traders from violation of user privacy.Criminals can deploy malicious software posing as these applications … before their release in app stores, using this technology to damage smart phone operating systems or spying on their owners, the statement said.A main driver of 2011 pro-democracy uprisings in 2011 dubbed the Arab Spring , social media and its widespread use by the region s growing youth population has vexed traditional Arab authorities, both secular and spiritual.Egypt s cabinet spokesman said on the news show 90 minutes on Wednesday that authorities were investigating Pokemon GO and sought to minimize the dangers of these games.Abbas Shoman, undersecretary of Cairo s Al Azhar mosque, the foremost seat of Sunni Muslim learning, despaired.It s the utmost kind of manic harm for the future of those people enamoured with this game, searching for Pokemon through the streets … like drunkards, he told Youm7 newspaper.
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Sprint, the fourth largest wireless carrier in the U.S., is capitalizing on the Pokémon Go craze.Following T-Mobile's announcement that its U.S. customers will be able to play Pokémon Go for a year without any of the data counting towards their monthly plans, Sprint has laid out its own monster-catching incentives.Starting on Friday, Sprint will use "lures" an item in the game that attracts Pokémon to a specific location at its retail stores and at Boost Mobile shops to entice players to come catch monsters.Retail staff will also provide tips and tricks on how to play the game.And, presumably, make some sales."We welcome Pokémon Go players to visit their local Sprint and Boost Mobile stores to capture some of the monsters in town," said Roger Sole, Sprint's chief marketing officer, in a press release.
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This morning the folks at Razer have revealed their first big play for the iPad Pro in an keyboard case.This keyboard case works with Razer's own Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical Switches, the first of their kind.Every one of these Razer Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical switches works with "a true actuation and reset point."In short - they're radical.The case will be shipping immediately straight through Razer's official store online at Razerzone dot com.Each of these Razer Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical switches works with registration of 70 grams of force.
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Two Zika particles at work Image: David S. Goodsel/The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is collecting semen from hundreds of Zika-infected men to figure out how long the sexually transmitted virus lingers in the body.Zika is primarily transmitted by infected mosquitoes, but it can also spread through sexual contact.Virus particles remain in the body even after symptoms have disappeared, but scientists aren t entirely sure how long it takes the body to completely flush out this disease, which is known to cause serious birth defects.For the past two months, the CDC has been asking men who have been infected with Zika to provide semen samples.In return for their contribution, the CDC is awarding them a $50 multi-use gift card.
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Nyregistreringarna av supermiljöbilar ökade med nästan 70 procent i Sverige under de sex första månaderna i år.I Stockholms län fördubblades antalet nyregistrerade laddbara bilar.Högst andel laddbara bilar registrerades i Stockholms län och Jämtlands län.4,8 procent av nyregistreringarna i Stockholm var laddbara bilar och 3,8 procent i Jämtland , säger Bertil Moldén vd på Bil Sweden enligt ett pressmeddelande.Närmare tre av fyra nya supermiljöbilar registrerades i de tre storstadslänen.Det första halvåret i år har varit rekordstarkt för bilmarknaden.
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Pokemon Go - a mobile game that has become a global phenomenon - has been released in the UK.The game has already been released in the US, Australia and Germany but some UK gamers found ways around the app's country restrictions to get early access.On Wednesday, the chief executive of children's charity NSPCC has urged the app's makers to add safety measures before its UK release, warning that adults could use it to prey on children.
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A Russian cybersecurity firm has announced a scary new mobile phone monitoring solution that could seriously impact employee privacy rightsA Russian cybersecurity firm headed by Eugene Kaspersky's ex-wife is touting a frightening new solution that would give your employer the ability to eavesdrop on all mobile phone calls that are made on the premises of the workplace.InfoWatch, a firm specialising in data loss protection DLP solutions, is touting a new system that uses a femtocell – a small low-power mobile base station usually used to amplify phone reception in buildings where mobile signal is weak – to intercept all mobile voice traffic and then convert the calls into text transcripts in 35 languages.The system then uses computer algorithms to analyse the data for suspicious keywords that might reflect an employee's intention to steal and leak sensitive information.InfoWatch was spun off from Kaspersky Labs in 2007 following co-founder and CEO Natalya Kaspersky's divorce from her husband and the resulting business separation deal.Developing technologies to secure corporations against internet and external threats was originally an idea of Natalya's back in 2003, and although InfoWatch was initially not profitable when it was first spun off, in 2015 the firm's revenues hit 1.1bn rubles $172m, £129m .
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Always with his finger on the pulse, Senator Al Franken D-Minn. today sent an official request to Niantic asking about particulars of the Pokémon GO privacy policy.I am concerned about the extent to which Niantic may be unnecessarily collecting, using, and sharing a wide range of users personal information without their appropriate consent, the letter reads PDF .As the augmented reality market evolves, I ask that you provide greater clarity on how Niantic is addressing the issues of user privacy and security, particularly that of its younger players.The Senator touches on the Google Account bug, which was recently fixed and, though I m waiting to hear back from Google about this, may never have been as big a deal as we all made it , but also asks for specifics on several other items found in the terms of service and privacy policy:What information Niantic collects is actually necessary for the game and its related servicesTo what other uses will this information be put, and with whom will it be shared exhaustively describe
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Curiosity is finally back in action, after it threw itself into a mysterious partial shutdown last week, briefly falling out of communication with Earth.Now, NASA has figured out the cause—and the culprit is also one of Curiosity s best features.The problem stemmed from Curiosity s cameras and how they stored their image data.A software mismatch occurred when Curiosity attempted to save images to its main computer, throwing the rover into safe mode.In safe mode, the rover shuts down everything but its most essential functions.Curiosity fell into safe mode on July 2, and while it quickly got back in touch with Earth, it wasn t until last night that the rover finally regained its full functionality.
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At a press event today in New York, Google announced a series of updates coming to search results aimed at travel planners looking to get the best deals on flights and accommodations.Now, when you search for specific types of hotels like pet-friendly and under $175 a night, Google can surface results nearest you or whatever location in your search query that fits those requirements.You can also narrow results down by clicking various filters, like budget or luxury.Richard Holden, VP of Product Management for Google Travel, said that while Google has advertising partners, results are shown organically to best match what the user is searching for.These deals are automatically identified by our algorithms when we see a significant reduction in price, Google says.In our early tests, we ve seen that hotels marked as deals receive about twice as many bookings as other hotels.
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Häromdagen hävdades att Google kommer släppa två egna Android Wear-klockor: Angelfish och Swordfish.Bilden ovan, som bygger på rykten, kan ge en idé om hur smartklockorna ser ut.Den större enheten till vänster i bilden är Angelfish.Den har tre knappar till höger och kan användas helt fristående då den sägs erbjuda både LTE och GPS.Klockan till höger är Swordfish som ser ut att bli ett billigare alternativ, utan SIM-kortsstöd, GPS och eventuellt även utan pulsmätare.Enligt ryktet kommer dessa klockor lanseras någon gång efter höstens Nexus-telefoner.
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Pokémon GO ser ut att bli en succé från dag ett.Här hittar du tips och tricks så att du är redo när det är dags att börja jaga de små monstren på Sveriges gator och torg.För den som är ny i spelet är det här de viktiga delarna du ser på kartan och vad de gör.Välj om du vill se en statisk karta med norr uppåt, eller om kartan ska vrida sig utifrån vilken riktning du tittar åt.Blåa fyrkanter Här kan du skaffa grejer som hjälper dig i jakten på Pokémons.Till exempel olika potions, fler PokeBalls att fånga monster med, eller ägg.
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It's important for many parents to keep their kids on a schedule so the child knows what to expect during their daily routine.The problem is that reminders only help when the child understands them and parents who want to foster independence don t always want to tell the child when it's time to do things.This is where a new wearable for young kids called Octopus by Joy comes in.The Octopus is an icon-based watch that teaches kids good habits that children who aren't yet readers can understand.The watch aims to link contextual icons to time for events.Essentially the watch is a way to schedule things for kids to keep them on a routine and the maker says that it can help foster responsibility, independence, and self-esteem.
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Snart kommer Messenger-användare kunna skicka meddelanden med ny kryptering.Det sociala nätverket Facebook kommer att lansera en ny kryptering av meddelandetjänsten Messenger.Funktionen som kallas "hemliga samtal" ska bland annat skydda användarna så att konversationen endast kan läsas av avsändaren och mottagaren."Att erbjuda fler möjligheter att dela saker med varandra, på ett säkert sätt, är en viktig del i att göra världen mer öppen och sammankopplad", skriver Facebook vice vd David Marcus på sin Facebook-sida.Facebook har tidigare i år lanserat den här typen av kryptering i meddelandetjänsten WhatsApp.Även Google, Apple och andra teknikföretag har utvecklat liknande funktioner.
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Scan receipts directly from Dropbox, create and edit Office files, trade comments with collaborators, and more.The latest version of the popular file-syncing app can now scan documents, including receipts, and quickly upload them to your Dropbox account.You can also create Microsoft Office documents directly within Dropbox, or trade comments about a file with your fellow collaborators.And don t forget such oldie-but-goodie features like keeping a Dropbox file offline or securing the Dropbox app with a passcode.Scan documents from the cameraPlenty of third-party mobile scanning apps will snap a photo of a document or a receipt, convert it to a PDF, and upload the file to Dropbox.
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Microsoft has apologised after being widely mocked online because of an email sent by one if its recruiters.In this email, the author tried to use youthful slang to recruit interns in the Bay Area of San Francisco.However, it was acknowledged by people on social media that it was a poor imitation of how young people speak, evidently written by someone older.One person on Twitter inquired: "Was this written by Hillary Clinton?".Another said: "This is maybe the most embarrassing thing I've ever read".The email reads: "HEY BAE INTERN!
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Nor is it clear what rights people have to protect scans of their retinas or the contours of their face from cataloging by the private sector.There s one place where people seeking privacy protections can turn: the courts.At least four of the suits filed under BIPA are moving forward.These cases are important to scope out the existing law, perhaps point out places where the law could be improved, and set principles that other states might follow, says Jeffrey Neuburger, a partner at law firm Proskauer Rose.The bankruptcy of fingerprint-scanning company Pay By Touch spurred BIPA s passage.Biometrics, however, are biologically unique to the individual; therefore, once compromised, the individual has no recourse, and is at heightened risk for identity theft.In April 2015, Chicagoan Carlo Licata, a Morgan Stanley financial adviser, sued Facebook under BIPA, arguing that the company violated his privacy by using its facial-recognition software to create a detailed geometric map of his face and tag him in photos.Two more Illinois residents filed complaints against Facebook the following month.
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