James Honor

James Honor

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Deras algoritm har lärt sig vilket väder som ger åsknedslag.Enligt forskarna har systemet 80 procents träffsäkerhet – inom en radie på 30 kilometer, och ett tidspann på 10–30 minuter.Blixtnedslag är ett oförutsägbart naturfenomen som slår ut elnät, dödar människor, skapar skogsbränder och tänder eld på byggnader.Men urladdningarna slår även mot solcellsanläggningar och vindkraftverk.En enkel lösning som med små marginaler kan förutse var åsknedslagen kommer att ske kan verka tekniskt svårt att få till, men nu hävdar ett team vid det schweiziska forskningsinstitutet EPFL:s School of Engineering att de har lyckats med just detta.The Electromagnetic Compatibility Laboratory har tränat sin artificiella intelligens med hjälp av en databas som omfattar fyra meteorologiska parametrar: atmosfäriskt tryck, lufttemperatur, luftfuktighet och vindhastighet.
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The findings — disclosed in cybersecurity firm Proofpoint’s quarterly threat report for the month ending September — reveal the evolving sophistication of social engineering attacks targeting users and organizations.“Email-based threats are among the oldest, most pervasive, and widespread cybersecurity threats hitting organizations worldwide,” Chris Dawson, Threat Intelligence Lead at Proofpoint, told TNW.“From massive malware campaigns targeting millions of recipients with banking Trojans to carefully crafted email fraud, the email threat landscape is extremely diverse, creating a wide range of opportunities for threat actors to attack organizations,” Dawson added.Emotet, for its part, didn’t completely go away.Dubbed “TA542” by Proofpoint researchers, the botnet-driven spam campaign, has recently emerged as the biggest source of destructive malware, morphing from its original roots as a banking Trojan to a “Swiss Army knife” that can serve as a downloader, information stealer, and spambot depending on how it’s deployed.While the malware appeared to have largely disappeared throughout the summer of 2019, it made a comeback in September via “geographically-targeted emails with local-language lures and brands, often financial in theme, and using malicious document attachments or links to similar documents, which, when users enabled macros, installed Emotet.”
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The media measurement company Nielsen will spin off its market research and analytics business from its global media measurement business, the firm announced Thursday.The split, which is expected to take anywhere between 9 and 12 months, will split Nielsen into two publicly traded businesses.Nielsen Global Media will focus on providing measurement metrics, including television ratings, to media and advertising clients.Nielsen Global Connect, the spun-off portion, will offer consumer packaged goods manufacturers and retailers data and analytics about market share and performance.“Following an extensive review process, which included an in-depth analysis of our businesses, strategies and market opportunities, the Board concluded that separating into two independent, publicly traded companies is the best path to position each business for long-term success and maximize value creation,” said James Attwood, who led the strategic review as chairman of Nielsen’s Board of Directors.As independent companies both businesses “will enjoy added flexibility and further strengthen their paths toward a new phase of growth, productivity and industry leadership.”
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Apple has released iOS 13.2.2, promising a fix for the apparent memory management issue that had caused some iPhone and iPad users big problems with multitasking.A not-insignificant number of iOS 13 users had been reporting that background apps were being closed in a far more aggressive way than previously, which was adding up to a headache in how they were trying to use their phones.For example, iOS 13 could often shut down an app in the background after just a few seconds of a user switching away.In the process, that meant the possibility of losing progress in that app – such as entering data into a form, or breaking an SSH connection – when you switched back.Now, Apple says it should have fixed the issue.iOS 13.2.2 was released today, and Apple says it addresses the problem “that could cause apps to quit unexpectedly when running in the background.” There’s no explanation of what, exactly, might have been causing it, though the general consensus has been that it’s overly-aggressive memory management.
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You've never had more high-quality phone options than you do right now.With the end of 2019 drawing near and phone companies having finished launching their flagship phones, it's now the best time to consider all options when it comes to buying a new phone.So if you're looking to buy this year, there are a ton of viable choices in different categories at different prices.No matter your budget this holiday season, your biggest challenge will be in choosing which phone is right for the person you have in mind.Read on to see what the best phones are right now and check out our tips on how to buy a new phone.Starting at $700, the iPhone 11 is the best midtier model Apple has ever made.
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V-Moda’s M100 headphones, later iterated upon with the Crossfade Wireless and Crossfade 2 Wireless, were a fantastic value and a crowd favorite for their durability, bass-forward performance, and customizable side plates.Today, the company is introducing the M200 headphones, but these aren’t meant for your Spotify playlists and they’re not pitched to mainstream consumers.They’re pro-level headphones intended for musicians, composers, audio engineers, and so on.And if you’re carrying a hi-res Sony Walkman or DAC around, you’re probably part of the target market, too.V-Moda says the M200s are its “first-ever reference studio headphone,” and they’ve been designed for a neutral, clean sound output “perfect for producers, musicians, and sound professionals alike.” They go up for preorder today for $350 and will ship later this month.Since they’re built for professional purposes, the M200s have a wired connection.
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Chinese mobile gaming giant CMGE Technology Group went public on the Hong Kong stock exchange on Thursday, returning to the capital markets following its delisting from Nasdaq in 2015, game media GameLook reported.Why it matters: As competition in the Chinese mobile games market intensifies, CMGE is looking to secure more funding to expand its line of products and prolong the lifespan of its existing titles.Details: CMGE raised HK$1.31 billion (around $167.2 million) from its initial public offering, boosting the company’s market capitalization to HK$6.53 billion as of market close on Thursday.Half of the net proceeds will be used to expand and enhance CMGE’s IP-based game publishing and development, while around 40% would be allotted to merger and acquisition activities.The seven cornerstone investors—including heavyweights such as short video app Kuaishou, entertainment and video-streaming platform Bilibili, and Tencent’s online literature arm China Literature—invested a total of HK$250 million in CMGE.CMGE is known for holding a large number of licenses for series or individual games commonly referred to in the industry as IP, or intellectual properties.
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Welcome to Unofficial JBL Month here at CNET.Through sheer coincidence, I've had deals crop up on the JBL Link 10, JBL Link 500 (still available, by the way) and JBL Boost TV, all within the last 10 days or so.So just to finish off October in style, here's one more: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Daily Steals has the JBL Link 20 portable wireless voice-activated speaker for $59.99.That's after applying promo code CNETLINK20 at checkout.It lists for $229.95, currently sells for $199.95 and runs $172.99 refurbished.The Link 20 is the big brother to the smaller Link 10 I wrote about last week and offers a similarly dazzling array of features: It's portable, waterproof and wireless times two (Bluetooth Wi-Fi).
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These are tricky times for the global economy.According to research from PricewaterhouseCoopers and CB Insights, global VC funding fell 7% quarter-on-quarter in Q3 2019, while North America saw its lowest number of quarterly VC investment deals in two years.Trade war opportunities, popping valuationsWhile much of the big money still finds its way to China and India, Southeast Asia continues to attract a decent share from investors.Speaking onstage at Tech in Asia Conference 2019 in Jakarta earlier this month, three of the region’s most high-profile VCs agreed that things are only likely to get better for startups amid the US-China trade war and the wider macroeconomic situation in the coming years.Willson Cuaca, managing partner at Jakarta-based East Ventures, said the China-US conflict “doesn’t really affect” tech investment in Indonesia and Southeast Asia’s other developing markets, where the middle class is growing and GDP is going up across the board.
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the Plans have provoked strong criticism and has become the regeringsfråga.this reduces the Preem of the proposed expansion of the refinery in Lysekil in sweden, with a 20 per cent.It is also in the forecast for the increase in carbon dioxide emissions are down, reports the Dagens Industri newspaper. " Preem wants to expand their refinery in Lysekil, in order to, among other things, to be able to convert heavy fuel oil into gasoline and diesel fuel.the plan has, however, attracted heavy criticism because of the increase in carbon dioxide emissions, and has been appealed by, among others, Swedish society for nature conservation. - - Now, adjust the Preem of its application.
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Even if you have a USB port in your car, there's a decent chance it's all but useless.Most cars can't deliver enough juice to charge your phone -- especially when the phone is in use -- which is why you can watch it actually lose battery life when it's supposedly charging.Give up on the USB port and plug in a YI Car Charger with Dual-Port USB Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, which you can get for $4.59 by applying coupon code YI459Car at checkout.It lists for $13 and you can often find it for about $10; this deal puts it squarely in Five Below territory.Unlike your car's USB port, which probably delivers an amp or less to your phone, the YI Car Charger delivers 2.4 amps through the 12-volt accessory socket (you know, the car's cigarette lighter, aka power port).That makes all the difference in the world.
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JavaScript Object Notation is a schema-less, text-based representation of structured data that is based on key-value pairs and ordered lists.Although JSON is derived from JavaScript, it is supported either natively or through libraries in most major programming languages.[ Git essentials: Get started with Git version control.• 20 essential pointers for Git and GitHub.In this article, we’ll take a quick look at JSON and discuss where it came from, its advantages over XML, its drawbacks, when you should use it, and when you should consider alternatives.Here’s an example of data encoded in JSON:
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The booming Asian travel scene presents a huge opportunity for local tourism, particularly for the tours and activities segment, which has undergone a huge shift in recent years.Younger travelers are now booking all their activities online, and they expect instant confirmation, says Blanca Menchaca, CEO and co-founder of Asia-focused travel startup, BeMyGuest.But the problem is, the majority of Asian tour operators are still dependent on pen and paper.Experts surmised that less than 20% of tours and activities in Asia are booked online.This is because most businesses lack the tools to provide real-time availability and instant confirmation for their tours, or the know-how to distribute their products to resellers or online travel agents (OTAs).Travel industry veterans Clement Wong and Blanca Menchaca were well-aware of these gaps in the industry and saw an opening for a platform that could do two things: equip operators with affordable technology solutions and connect them to a vast network of online resellers.
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Oracle co-CEO, and ex-HP boss, dies aged 62 after stepping aside for health reasonsOracle chairman and personal friend Larry Ellison broke the news with an open letter on Hurd's personal webpage.First, as HP slimmed down its operations in the early 2000s, and later as Oracle shifted from a focus on on-premises technology to cloud-deployed services in this decade.After graduating from Baylor University in Texas in 1979, Hurd got his professional start at point-of-sale equipment specialist NCR in the early 1980s.Over 25 years he worked his way up through sales and management positions to eventually become the company's CEO in 2005.His first run at chief executive was both successful and short-lived.
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You'll soon be able to download and play the League of Legends game you know and love on mobile – well, not exactly the same game, but a near-identical version modified for smartphones, as well as consoles.This is League of Legends: Wild Rift, and it was just announced by developers Riot Games at a 10th anniversary celebration for League of Legends.Yes, it's been around for a decade – feel old yet?Looking for the best phone for gaming?League of Legends: Wild Rift is not exactly the same as League of Legends on PC; the main difference is in controls, as the game has been optimized for gamers who aren't using a mouse and keyboard.There's also slightly shorter game times, at around 15-20 minutes, and a new version of the map.
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Finally, since Android 10 is poised to completely overhaul Android’s gesture support, we’ll be looking at how you can update your applications to support Android’s new gesture-based navigation, including how to ensure your app’s own gestures don’t conflict with Android 10’s system-wide gestures.Android gestures can be divided into the following categories:These allow the user to move around your application, and can be used to supplement other input methods, such as navigation drawers and menus.A MotionEvent also describes the touch event’s state, via an action code.In the following code, I’m also using getActionMasked() to retrieve the action being performed:public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {
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You can mirror the Samsung Galaxy S10 to a Roku streaming media player, as you can with any other Android phone.Roku isn't just a versatile streaming media player — it is also a handy "projector" for displaying your phone's screen on a TV or other big screen.Using the Roku's screen mirroring feature, you can display exactly what you see on your Galaxy S10 (or almost any other phone) on your TV.Check out the products mentioned in this article:Samsung Galaxy S10 (From $899.99 at Best Buy)Roku Streaming Stick (From $59.99 at Best Buy)
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Motorola today launched yet another smartphone dubbed Motorola One Macro expanding its One lineup even further.As the name suggests, the One Macro is a camera-focussed device bringing macro photography to the lineup.Some of the key features of the device include a triple rear camera module, Helio P70 chipset, waterdrop notch display, and 4,000mAh battery.Motorola One Macro: Price, AvailabilityMotorola One Macro comes in a single memory variant featuring 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.Like the memory, the device comes in a single Space Blue color option.
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The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories.If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here.And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2019 is… RenderIn the beginning, there were 20 startups.After three days of fierce competition, we now have a Battlefield champion.That winner is Render, which has created a managed cloud platform to serve as an alternative to traditional cloud providers such as AWS, Azure and GCP.
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Fairness ProjectLast week, I moderated a panel at TWIMLcon about how teams and organizations can operationalize responsible AI that combined perspectives from three people from different corners of the tech and AI community.To set the table and help a team or organization incorporate more AI ethics into operations, Saint-Jacques said, it helps to begin by forging a company culture that puts the user first.At LinkedIn, “We found that we can’t really have just one central team that writes one piece of code and fixes fairness for the whole company, and so it’s really everyone’s problem,” he said.Diversity is a word that comes up so often in AI ethics conversations that it’s probably an obvious answer, but Sobhani is talking about diversity that serves your users best; that can go beyond ethnic or gender diversity.Sobhani’s urging echoes calls for a broader definition of AI teams this year from groups like OpenAI, whose researchers earlier this year penned a paper titled “AI Safety Needs Social Scientists.“One example Sobhani offered of an AI ethics success story is when she was working with a business whose AI identifies plagiarism in text.
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Google is warning owners of some popular Android devices to keep a close eye on their gear following the release of an exploit for an unpatched flaw.A post from the Chocolate Factory's in-house Project Zero crew outlines the flaw, a use-after-free bug in the Android Binder driver that could be exploited by a local app to elevate privileges.In fact, strike the "could" because Google bug-hunters say the flaw is already being targeted in the wild by criminals to compromise some Android devices, including the Pixel 2, Samsung S7-S9, Moto Z3, and Huawei P20, among others.While the flaw in question is unpatched in the Android kernel, the underlying use-after-free issue has been known for years and was patched.In the more recent versions of Android, however, it re-emerged.There is currently no CVE number associated with the flaw.
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A series of cyberattacks targeted at U.S. presidential candidates and their campaigns, journalists, and current and former government officials is said to be linked to and backed by the Iranian government, according to a recently published report from Microsoft’s Threat Intelligence Center.According to Microsoft, the Phosphorous group is behind the attacks, and the hackers were observed to have made more than 2,700 attempts in identifying Microsoft customer emails in a 30-day period between August and September.Among those attempts, hackers tried to gain access to 241 of those accounts.In order to carry out the account hack, Phosphorous used personal information about their targets obtained through copious amounts of research.The information was used to game password reset and account recovery features, Microsoft said.“For example, they would seek access to a secondary email account linked to a user’s Microsoft account, then attempt to gain access to a user’s Microsoft account through verification sent to the secondary account,” Microsoft detailed in its cybersecurity blog post.
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At an event devoted to its Surface device range Microsoft teased a new, dual-screen Android smartphone called the Surface Duo.This is Microsoft’s first attempt at an Android phone and it gets its name from the fact that it has two screens, joined by a 360-degree hinge, i.e.Microsoft has yet to issue a formal press release on the launch, but there is a sparsely-populated product site and a video, which you can see below.Panos Panay, Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer, did manage to have a chat with Wired, however, and he insisted it’s not a smartphone at all, despite it using the Android OS and enabling phone calls.Instead, Panos insists, it’s a ‘device’.The reason for this gadget semantics seems to be Microsoft’s hope that people will view the Duo as a completely new category.
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I’ve also written extensively for TechCrunch and ExtraCrunch about how founders can optimize their pitch decks to make the most of the 3 minutes and 44 seconds the average VC will spend looking at their deck.But what can VCs do to make sure they’re getting the biggest piece of the most promising looking companies?Before we dig into the numbersThe data included in this research came from companies that explicitly opted in to participate by responding to an automated email sent to them.We are incredibly appreciative to these founders for making this research possible.In this article, I’ll talk about how founders choose their VCs, both in oversubscribed rounds and non-oversubscribed rounds, and how investors can use that information to beat out their competitors.
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After committing to having a first crewed launch of its rocket ship in 2019, Blue Origin, the rocket manufacturer and launch services company backed by Jeff Bezos, is likely going to have to push that timeline back to 2020.Speaking onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, Blue Origin chief executive Bob Smith said that the window for getting the crewed flight done within the 2019 timeframe was narrowing.“We’re not going to be date driven,” Smith said.But as commercial launches come to market, customers can expect to pay “hundreds of thousands of dollars” for a ticket on the New Shepard suborbital flight.Blue Origin isn’t the only commercial space company looking to conduct a crewed launch before the end of the year.In June, NASA set a timeline to get crewed launches from Boeing and SpaceX in September and November, respectively.
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Silicon Valley investors and executives are holding a big summit to explore alternatives to Wall Street's system for initial public offerings, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.The summit will examine the system in place for IPOs, which is based largely on rules set by the financial industry and run largely by underwriters.The gathering will look into alternative processes, including the use of direct listings based on cutting-edge software algorithms.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Prominent Silicon Valley investors and executives, fed up with recent initial-public-offering fumbles, are holding a big meeting to explore alternatives to Wall Street-style IPOs, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.The Silicon Valley summit features major venture capitalists, executives, and other leading tech figures, including the author Michael Lewis, and will examine the prevailing system for IPOs, which is based largely on rules set by the financial industry and dominated by underwriters.
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A new report from HMC (the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference), a professional association of heads of private schools, has highlighted a worry social media trend among troubled youngsters.The report is based on interviews with 50,000 pupils in the UK, and it found that a social-media ‘trend’ is leaving troubled young people with genuine mental health problems.“School children are becoming more tech-savvy, and are more likely to manage their own use of technology with responsibility and common sense,” said the report.“But troubled teenagers are increasingly seeking comfort online, from strangers as well as friends.Whilst some find solace, others report feeling worse after being accused by fellow users of ‘sadfishing’ and attention seekingAccording to the report, “sadfishing” is being reported by young people as a growing behavioural trend which they are finding hard to manage.
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Shortly after the Switch Lite was included in the class-action lawsuit, new FCC documents submitted by Nintendo hint at a new model in the works.Even though Nintendo Switch sales are on a huge upswing, a class-action lawsuit can derail the company's successes.While rumours are circulating about a Pro version in the near future, sources are speculating it could be another Switch Lite with new components addressing the Joy-Con drift issue.Talks of a new reworked model of the portable game system arrived shortly after a recent transaction with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).It looks like Nintendo was filing documents for a new device designated as BKEHDH002.Digital Trends states that owners of the new handheld game system still experience what the tech industry calls "ghost movements" on the analog sticks.
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You could be forgiven for thinking that DSLRs are dead in the water, what with the leading camera manufacturers throwing much of their development weight behind mirrorless – and those manufacturers include Nikon.Its predecessor, the D5, was announced all the way back in January 2016, but these kind of camera behemoths don’t tend to be as updated as frequently as cheaper and mid-range offerings.2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the Nikon single-digit D series, which launched in 1999 with the Nikon D1, and the company promises that the D6 will be “the most advanced digital SLR to date”.At the moment, we don’t have any official specifications – just the knowledge that the camera is coming – but we can engage in a fair amount of speculation based on what we think is likely to appeal to professional photographers four years on from the D5.Mirrorless existed – even full-frame mirrorless – but the number of players was limited, with Nikon and Canon yet to enter the full-frame mirrorless market.Many may wonder why the D6 is even in development – after all, why not just go full pelt with a highly-specced pro mirrorless model, such as the Sony A9 (and the upcoming Sony A9 II), and get out of the top-flight DSLR game altogether?
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