James Finch

James Finch

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The renowned research firm IDC has just published another of its quarterly researches.After analyzing the Indian market, the new report reveals the overall performance of China’s smartphone market.According to IDC, the Q3 2019 brought another decline in smartphone sales, however, it’s starting to show some signs of recovery.Year-over-year, the market has shrunk just 3.6%.This is a better result than the one achieved in the previous quarters.According to the report, China’s smartphone market reached 98.9 million units during the last quarter.
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Oslo ska bli en grönare stad.Som ett första steg ska det under nästa år planteras 10 000 träd runt om i Norges huvudstad, en markant ökning från årets 302 planterade träd.Totalt hoppas staden kunna plantera 100 000 träd fram till år 2030.– Kommunen ska inte på egen hand stå för all denna plantering.Det ska genomföras i samråd med näringslivet och vi ska se över hur medborgarna kan bidra genom att till exempel plantera träd i sina egna trädgårdar, säger kommunrådet Hanna E Marcussen, som tillhör Miljøpartiet De Grønne, till Dagsavisen.Marcussen erkänner att det är ett högt mål, redan årets 302 träd var en ökning mot 2018, då 32 träd planterades.
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The global digital economy is moving into its next phase as we observe a growing number of Chinese tech companies targeting overseas markets, bringing along their capital, expertise, and technology.The tech development gap between Southeast Asia and China creates vast opportunities for investors to profit from investing in up-and-coming tech companies.Will the going abroad (chuhai) endeavor prove to be a success or a flop?There is an accelerating need for innovation across the food & agriculture value chain due to the changing consumer tastes and preferences in recent years.Consumers not only seek healthier and more affordable options, but they also demand expanded varieties and convenience.We have witnessed Luckin Coffee bursting onto China’s coffee scene in January 2018, filling the unmet gap with a more appealing price point and its efficient delivery service.
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- November 7, 2019 - A research team led by professors at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will use data analytics and optimization to determine the most efficient use of shelters and services for homeless youths in New York City.Their goal is to disrupt the "supply side" of human trafficking networks by reducing the vulnerability of those most at risk of exploitation.Andrew Trapp, also associate professor, is a co-principal investigator on the project.The study will build on previous research led by Konrad using analytics to develop tools to understand and address human trafficking networks."To disrupt human trafficking, we need to look at the beginning of the supply chain--at-risk homeless youths," Konrad said.The office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the mayor's Youth Homelessness Task Force, and the Coalition for the Homeless have committed to support the project.
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It’s dark and I’m parked in an alley near a lopsided compost bin.I am trying to track their movements, to understand how far they go and how often.There are too many and they move in places where I can’t follow.As someone who has trapped more than 700 rats, I can tell you that this lack of information is partly because rats are notoriously difficult to study.For other wildlife species, you can track movement by trapping an animal, tagging it with something like a numbered ear tag, recapturing that animal later on and then measuring the distance between traps.To get around issues of trappability, researchers can use GPS technologies.
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There’s no shortage of IT jobs out there, especially since new tech-companies launch each year.That means that a career in IT can be stable and even lucrative.However, you’ll need to earn an IT certification before you can enter the field, and vendor-neutral CompTIA certifications are some of the most sought-after because they’re so versatile.If a career in IT sounds interesting to you, you can prepare for the CompTIA certification exams with this $69 training bundle.The Complete 2019 CompTIA Certification Training Bundle features 12 courses on the most popular CompTIA certs on the market.You’ll find courses covering the entry-level exams needed to earn the A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications, but once you’ve passed and earned these, you can branch-off into specialized roles.
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A tipple (or many) and a typewriter was a potent combination for some of history’s best known authors.William Faulkner enjoyed a whiskey while writing.Ernest Hemingway’s affection for booze was the stuff of legend.Even Maya Angelou credited a little sherry with kickstarting her creativity.Stuck writers have used all manner of inspiration, both natural and otherwise, to break the block.Interestingly, John Carpenter, creator of the legendary Halloween films, employed The King of Beers as his secret writing weapon of choice.
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NASA astronomers were using the Hubble Space Telescope to look deep into space, and with it, they found a pair of galaxies that are colliding and look a bit like a face with two glowing eyes staring back at them.The scientists say the image shows a head-on collision between two galaxies.Each of the eyes in the image are bright galaxy cores that have crashed into each other.The outline of the face is a ring of young, blue stars.Additional clumps of stars form the nose and mouth in the image.The system is cataloged as Arp-Madore 2026-424.
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In a move to boost family subscriptions to its app, Spotify this morning announced the launch of a dedicated Kids application which allows children three and up to listen to their own music, both online and offline, as well as explore playlists and recommendations picked by experts, and more.The music selection is also filtered so songs won’t have explicit content.But Spotify believes children deserve their own space, where the music they listen to is available in an ad-free environment, where they won’t accidentally encounter lyrics that parents disapprove of, and where content is hand-curated by editors.Spotify Kids, essentially, is a set of hand-picked playlists across categories.), genres, seasonal, Spotify Originals, artist/groups and Stories.These playlists are all programmed by human editors, not algorithms, who follow a set of guidelines about what’s appropriate for children.
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The former Gogglebox star has urged fans to be "kind" to each other in light of the letter.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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Fireflies.ai announced the close of a $5 million seed round today to grow its business and continue its effort to create an AI assistant dedicated to surfacing action items and next steps from what people say in meetings.The seed round was led by Canaan Partners along with F7 Ventures and angel investors like former Slack CPO April Underwood, former Slack CMO Bill Macaitis, and Salesforce director of search Susan Kimberlin.The funding will be used to grow the company’s machine learning and engineering ranks.Fireflies launched the text-to-speech transcription service one year ago in October 2018.Alongside services like Fireflies and startups like Voicea, automated transcription is increasingly becoming the norm.Automated transcription has become available in Microsoft Teams and even the Recorder app for Google’s Pixel 4.
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The Fancy Bear is back on the prowl.Microsoft said the Russian state-backed hacking group has targeted at least 16 national and international sporting and anti-doping organizations ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.The campaigns mounted by the threat actor — also known by a variety of monikers like APT28, Sofacy, and Strontium — is said to have started on September 16, shortly before reports emerged about possible action by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against Russian athletes.The Windows maker said the attacks involved the use of spearphishing, brute force password spraying, exploiting internet-connected devices, and the use of both open-source and custom malware.The company hasn’t divulged the exact specifics of the attack or the group’s motivation behind them, but stated it notified all the targeted customers and that it worked with those who sought its help to secure compromised accounts.“Some of these attacks were successful, but the majority were not,” Microsoft‘s Tom Burt said.
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If there’s one smartphone feature that captures everyone’s imagination, it is the thermal camera.Already available in the likes of the Cat S60 or Cat S61, this feature allows you to generate a colourful image based on the levels of heat source around you.Until recently though, such a feature was only available either as a standalone product - usually courtesy of FLIR - or on smartphones that were not exactly cutting edge or cheap.Want to carry around your data safely?Check out the best rugged storage solutionsBlackview wants to change that and has taken to Kickstarter, the crowdfunding platform to make it happen.
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Remember that epic Equifax hack from 2017?As it turns out, the company made it pretty easy for hackers to get in.A recent filing in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division points out a few of the company’s missteps that might have led to the breach.The first of those issues comes in the form of the password the company users to protect a portal used to manage credit disputes.While you might think a major company holding personal information like people’s names, addresses, and social security numbers might use an exceptionally secure password in that instance, it actually went for something a different: It used “admin” as both the username and password for the portal.Not exactly the most secure move.
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Today's news will make youths mad and commuters glad.Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday?Juul, under heavy fire, pulls fruit-flavored pods from USE-cigarette maker Juul announced Thursday it would stop selling its creme-, fruit-, berry-, and mango-flavored pods in the US until the products have been reviewed by the US Food and Drug Administration.The move comes on the heels of a string of mysterious deaths and illnesses thought to be related to vaping.
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Vaping company Juul has announced that it will no longer sell flavored liquids, the only exception being pods that contain mint and tobacco flavors.The change will take place in the United States where the FDA is cracking down on the sale of flavored liquids, citing concerns over health and their appeal to minors.Pending an FDA review of its flavored products, customers will no longer be able to buy Juul’s Fruit, Mango, Creme, and Cucumber flavors in the US.The business change was announced today by Juul CEO K.C.Crosthwaite, who cited the FDA’s Premarket Tobacco Application (PMTA), a process that requires companies to get authorization for the sale of a new tobacco product.The FDA is using the PMTA process to clear the market of all unauthorized flavored vaping liquids, something it emphasized in recent weeks amid the ongoing vaping lung injury outbreak.
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Jays fortsätter att släppa nyheter och i dag handlar det om ett par over-ear-lurar med aktiv brusreducering som heter q-Seven.Prislappen ligger på 1499 kronor och de ser riktigt trevliga ut så det här kan vara ett bra alternativ för de som inte vill lägga 3000-4000 kronor.Batteritiden ligger på 20 timmar med och 30 timmar utan brusreducering.Det går också att använda lurarna för att prata med Siri eller Google Assistenten.
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No one ever hires me to write marketing copy for their products, which is a shame: I think I'd be pretty good at it.For example, I have the perfect tagline for the JBL Link 10: "Yeah, it does that."It has built-in Google Assistant.Of course, you'll pay a premium for such a well-rounded speaker, right?Yep: It retails for $180.Good news: For a limited time, and while supplies last, the refurbished JBL Link 10 portable wireless voice-activated speaker is just $39.99, with free shipping to boot.
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The media have to bear some responsibility for directing such hate towards environmentalists that people think it’s acceptable to assault them, writer Adam McGibbon writes.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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For the fourth quarter of the tracks, the company is, however, a much lower growth rate than analysts expected.net Sales for the third quarter rose by 31 per cent to a high of 5.25 billion dollars ($4,00), compared with the Factset analytikerkonsensus, which was at a high of 5.25.Earnings-per-share came in to 1.47 u.s. dollars (0,89), which is 43 percent higher than in the analytikerkonsensus which was to 1.03.the Number of new subscribers during the quarter, amounting to a total of 6.77 million (6,07) is compared with the expected 6.7 million, according to Factset.the Total number of subscribers amounted to 158,33 eur million) (130,42).For the fourth quarter of the tracks, like Netflix, an increase of 7.6 million subscribers.
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Apple is making the move towards thinner and lighter MacBooks, and while it’s producing laptops that are more powerful than ever in a slimmer and more compact form factor, they’re also now lacking in ports or a reliable, comfortable keyboard.It’s wise, therefore, to invest in a few peripherals that help to improve your everyday computing experience with the MacBook Pro.We’re not just talking about aesthetically pleasing cases and fancy sound systems here.What you need to know about Black Friday 2019Deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday are always excellent times of year to pick up shiny, new accessories for your MacBook Pro.A dock, therefore, that gives you access to all the essential ports is kind of a life- (not to mention, time- and space-) saver.
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New assistive technology can diagnose collapsed lungs from chest x-rays with a higher degree of accuracy than radiologists.The system, developed at the University of Waterloo, uses artificial intelligence (AI) software to search a huge database of x-ray images with known diagnoses for comparison to x-rays of new patients with unknown conditions.That approach enables researchers to identify 75 per cent of cases of collapsed lungs, or pneumothorax."Our results are very exciting," said Antonio Sze-To, a postdoctoral fellow at Waterloo."The AI we use works almost like magic - and it will help radiologists save lives."Pneumothorax occurs when air gets between the chest wall and the outside of a lung, causing pain and symptoms such as shortness of breath.
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GIFs are no longer just fodder for messaging and social interactions — with Giphy Arcade, GIFs are building blocks for custom arcade games.Launched on Wednesday, October 16, Giphy Arcade lets users design their own games using animated stickers, then share and play without an app download.The Giphy Arcade Remix allows you to choose a type of game — like running and jumping over obstacles or shooting bricks — and customize the game by filling in the characters with GIFs.For example, you can create a game where a burger has to jump over a barbecue grill.Game designers can also choose their own backgrounds and old-school arcade music.The games are designed from the new Arcade web app, which means there’s no app download required to design or play.
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Google just got done away with a formal announcement about its next generation products including the much-awaited Pixel 4 series.And while the those who were following the developments got to know all about the phone before its launch, thanks to the numerous leaks, Google itself corroborated some of the speculations.However, not until the last few hours of the launch had we started heard rumblings about the Mountain View giant skipping past India for the launch of the Pixel 4.Fast forward the launch, which essentially established Pixel 4 as the epitome of next generation computational photography, we now have an official statement from Google India.We decided not to make Pixel 4 available in India.We remain committed to our current Pixel 3a phones and look forward to bringing future Pixel and other hardware products to India."
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Sports owners are running esports teams, football players are streaming on Twitch, and sports leagues are bolstering their digital counterparts.At the end of August, Adidas released a new clothing line featuring Fortnite streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins.Last month, Nike dropped team kits for China’s League of Legends Pro League.Now it’s Puma’s turn to get in on the action with a new ad showcasing their first official collection with Cloud9, a leading esports organization.“Cloud9 is a very diverse group that is able to adapt to the variability of the gaming space in ways that any single league or individual simply isn’t,” said Adam Petrick, Puma’s global director of brand and marketing.“If a game falls out of popularity, a league could suffer; if a streaming platform struggles, a streamer’s career could stagnate.
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Google has announced the Pixel Buds 2, its first proper attempt to compete with the Apple AirPods for dominance of the true wireless earbuds market.Launched alongside the Google Pixel 4 at Google’s much-anticipated Made by Google event in New York City on Tuesday, the Pixel Buds 2 are the successor to the original Pixel Buds, which debuted in October 2017.Let’s start with the design — unlike the original Pixel Buds, there’s no wire connecting the two Buds.Gone are the days of having to tap the Pixel Buds to fire up Google Assistant and take advantage of Google Translate.Now, everything is handled using your voice, à la the AirPods 2.From here, you can instruct her to do everything from streaming a song through Play Music or Spotify to sending a message via Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp.
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Herow, a French startup that helps marketers and app developers engage mobile users with contextual messaging, said it has closed an $18.6 million series B round of funding from Xerys Fund, Siparex, and Calao Finance.In truth, only $8 million of the funding is fresh, given that Herow apparently closed its series B round at $10.6 million way back in 2015.But the company appears to have reopened the round four years later and almost doubled the pot, taking its total funding to $19.7 million since its inception.Founded out of Paris in 2007, Herow was known as Connecthings until just a few days ago, when it changed its name to match the augmented location platform it brought to market a year ago.Its name change last week reflects the company’s “enhanced focus on user context,” according to a statement made at the time.The Herow dashboard also offers a map showing where a particular app’s users are currently situated.
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A toilet called the iThrone uses a breathable membrane to absorb water out of waste.A decade ago, Diana Yousef was working as an advisor for NASA, trying to figure out how to recycle wastewater in space.Her team was studying a breathable material that could absorb clean water out of waste, but the idea didn't get off the ground."It sort of hung around in my brain for a number of years while I was doing other things," Yousef told Business Insider.Five years later, she found a way to apply the concept on Earth.In 2015, Yousef founded a company called change:WATER Labs, which produces a toilet called the iThrone.
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Everyone enjoys blasting their vehicle's heater on cold days, but the 2019 Ford Ranger's HVAC system might get too warm for comfort.Ford said on Monday that it will recall 17,965 Ranger pickup trucks for a possible fire risk related to the HVAC system.In affected trucks, there may not be enough clearance between the electrical terminal and the conductive-base plate slot, Ford said.Without proper clearance, there's an increased risk for an electrical short, which may lead to the blower motor overheating, smoking and, in the worst cases, catching fire.The automaker said it's not aware of any injuries related to the problem, but one Ranger owner has filed a warranty claim over the pickup truck reportedly smoking while driving.Ford said this issue may be related to the new recall.
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Germany‘s new ‘security catalog’ — which is expected to be released later this week — will not exclude Huawei from supplying equipment for the country’s 5G mobile networks, Reuters reports.The US blacklisted Huawei back in May over its alleged ties with the Chinese government and imposed export sanctions on the company’s products.The US then pressured Germany to do they same by excluding Huawei from an auction on providing the country with gear for its 5G infrastructure — but the new security rule book shows Germany has no intention on caving.“Germany’s approach did not and does not foresee any clause that would exclude any one company,” a senior government official told Reuters, under anonymity.This confirms Angela Merkel’s stance from earlier this year where she said Germany wouldn’t single out individual vendors while toughening the security of the country’s mobile networks.The new security catalog will detail higher technical and security standards which operators would need to adhere to.
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