Kevin Oconnor

Kevin Oconnor

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Nearly three years after Hurricane Maria, the island's grid remains vulnerable and brittle
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The official line is the move will allow Arm to give more attention to its core semiconductor business, but it will also allow financially strained parent-company Softbank to sell a slice.
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Hours since the first Apple Silicon Mac benchmarks leaked come a fresh set of numbers detailing what could be Apple’s next iMac release.An iMac with Intel inside While we all expect Apple will introduce its first Apple Silicon Macs later this year, the company has told us it will continue to support and sell Intel-based Macs.To read this article in full, please click here
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Vodafone UK’s PAYG returns to growth for the first time in a decadeThe last time that Vodafone reported revenue growth for its Pay As You Go (PAYG) mobile business, Gordon Brown was Prime Minister and Slumdog Millionaire was winning awards; it was, in short, a small lifetime ago.This morning Vodafone UK touted the return to growth of PAYG as among the highlights of a standout quarter, with new mobile contract customers doubling quarter-on-quarter in the three months ended September 2019.Company Continues to Trim Costs, Using RPA and ChatbotsThe news came as first half financial results showed group revenue increasing by 0.4 percent to €21.9 billion in H1.The company is midway through an aggressive digitalisation campaign designed to trim costs.
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"Amazon is opening a grocery store in Woodland Hills in 2020," an Amazon spokesperson confirmed to CNET on Monday morning, soon after the company published four new jobs postings for the location.Woodland Hills is a neighborhood in Los Angeles.It didn't say whether it will open more of these locations, what its selection or pricing will be, or what the brand name is.The store won't use the company's Amazon Go technology, which allows customers to check out without waiting in line.Instead, checkout will be conventional as at other grocery stores, the company said.In addition to Whole Foods, which Amazon bought for $13.2 billion in 2017 and has over 500 stores, the company offers grocery delivery through Amazon Fresh, the main Amazon website and Prime Now, as well as food at Amazon Go.
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A pioneering church that has been hailed by politicians as a beacon of hope for ex-gang members has created the conditions for fraudsters to flourish within its ranks and is failing to act on pastors financially exploiting the young people it claims to help.Ex-congregation members of SPAC Nation speak out to reveal shocking cases at the church.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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Black Friday is a great time to buy iPhones.You probably don't need us to tell you that they're usually pretty pricey around the rest of the year round and history tells us that you can usually find some pretty good Black Friday iPhone deals.And the deals have now officially begun, with iD Mobile announcing some really cheap iPhone offers.The offers are on a range of iPhones from the former-flagship iPhone 7 all the way to the iPhone XR.So if you've been waiting to trade up, or your current phone is nearly giving out, the time to get a new iPhone is now.With iD's range of deals you could be looking at paying as little as £19.99 a month for your iPhone.
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AlphaStar, an artificial intelligence program powered by Google’s DeepMind, was present at BlizzCon 2019, with the goal of beating any human that tried to go up against it in StarCraft II.Blizzard set up computers at the Blizzard Arcade section of BlizzCon 2019, which ran from November 1 to November 2 at the Anaheim Convention Center, for attendees to try to beat AlphaStar.The catch, however, was that the A.I.program is nearly impossible to beat at the real-time strategy game.AlphaStar has achieved grandmaster status in StarCraft II for all three races of Terran, Protoss, and Zerg, which means that it is capable of beating 99.8% of all ranked human players.Making the feat even more impressive is that the A.I.
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A £100,000 government grant to Jennifer Arcuri's infosec training business, Hacker House, has been flagged as "appropriate" following an investigation.The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) awarded the money to the business in October 2018 under the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund (CSIIF).However, the grant has been placed under heavy scrutiny since it emerged Arcuri had a close friendship with prime minister Boris Johnson.The Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) opened a review into the award after it was revealed the cash, intended for UK businesses, had been given to Arcuri after she relocated to America.It concluded: "In respect of the grant award to Hacker House Ltd, the assessment of eligibility and subsequent award of a reduced value of £100,000, is considered appropriate."The review said the company's application recorded its annual income as £0, adding that the figure was found to be inaccurate because bank statements submitted with the application provided evidence of income during the previous financial year.
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These global brands are relentlessly focused on one key thing: growth.When I meet with them, the tone of the meeting is often set by the most senior person, saying, “Don’t tell us what we want to hear; tell us what we need to know.” They are impatient for progress.Typically, the questions asked are: How can we create a competitive advantage?While this may not be the most popular answer, I’ve seen a common factor emerge to define the most successful advertisers.It’s those most focused on and committed to their own success.They see their performance as a dynamic relentless quest for improvement.
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It’s working on a suite of “Preventative Health” features designed to help people keep track of their personal maintenance.Is it just me or does this company seem like a bad choice for that role?Facebook today announced it’s working with major health organizations to integrate health reminders into the platform.The Preventative Health tool will tell users what kinds of check-ups are recommended for someone of their age and sex, as well as the optimal time for a flu shot.You can then set yourself a reminder, using the tool, to get these check-ups, which can include cholesterol checks and mammograms.And Facebook is quick to point out that, while it would offer the reminder, the actual test results or patient records would never be shared with it.
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Apple began rolling out iOS 13.2, the latest version of its iPhone operating system, on Monday.iOS 13.2 includes Apple's "Deep Fusion" camera feature, which uses AI software to supposedly improve photo quality on the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.Apple said that Deep Fusion "uses advanced machine learning to do pixel-by-pixel processing of photos, optimizing for texture, details and noise in every part of the photo."Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Along with a quiet reveal of its new AirPods Pro, Apple is rolling out on Monday the latest version of its mobile operating system — and it comes with even more improvements to the iPhone 11's excellent camera.iOS 13.2 includes Apple's "Deep Fusion" AI software that the company said "uses advanced machine learning to do pixel-by-pixel processing of photos, optimizing for texture, details and noise in every part of the photo."
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Sony is said to be looking for a buyer for PlayStation Vue amid an increasingly crowded streaming industry, nearly five years after the internet TV service was launched as one of the first alternatives to traditional cable.Sony tapped Bank of America Merrill Lynch several months ago to explore a potential sale of PlayStation Vue, which will include the technology and a subscriber base of about 500,000 households, The Information reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.Sony is said to have approached at least one potential buyer, namely FuboTV, a sports streaming service, but talks have not advanced, according to one source.PlayStation Vue, which Sony is looking to sell for a price in the “tens of millions,” is losing money despite raising the prices of its bundles several times due to the high costs of content.Sony believes that it is paying more compared to rivals like Hulu or DirecTV because it has less leverage as it does not have as big of a library of content on its own.PlayStation Vue most recently increased its packages by $5 in July, making it one of the most expensive ways to access live TV online with bundles ranging from $50 per month to $85 per month.
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Wednesday was warm in Santa Barbara, California, but Google’s quantum computing labs there were pleasingly cool—colder than outer space in some spots.Three fridge-sized silver cylinders hung below crowns of ducts and cables.Googlers gazed at one of the gleaming cylinders, sporting a ring of green LEDs, with special fondness.In the early hours of the morning, the journal Nature published a peer-reviewed paper describing how the chip inside, named Sycamore, had completed in minutes a math problem estimated to require a supercomputer to work flat out for 10 millennia.Although IBM has questioned Google’s results, many researchers say they appear to represent a scientific milestone termed quantum supremacy: When a quantum computer gives the first taste of the technology’s potential by doing something beyond any conventional computer, even if on a contrived problem.On Wednesday, Google took a victory lap.
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Gartner analysts at its annual IT Symposium/Xpo shindig in Florida reckon IT spending is on the way up next year, despite dire predictions for the rest of this year.They reckon overall sales will be up 0.4 per cent for 2019 compared to 2018, the lowest growth forecast so far.But for 2020, Gartner believes growth of 3.7 per cent is on the cards, mainly thanks to enterprise software spending.It credits spending on security, and especially compliance and privacy laws, for driving spending for products to help companies keep on the right side of the law."The slowdown in IT spending in 2019 is not expected to stretch as far into 2020 despite concerns over a recession and companies cutting back on discretionary IT spending," said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner.Lovelock added that an increasingly complex regulatory world, with additional tariffs, multiple and conflicting privacy laws, and greater threats from hackers, has all pushed 2019's security spending up over 10 per cent and cloud security spending up 41.2 per cent.
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Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C are frequently mentioned in the same breath, which can make understanding the difference between the two quite challenging for the average person.USB-C is one of the latest USB hardware designs, a very significant upgrade for the USB port that added some important features, including the ability to (at last) connect no matter side was up, and the ability to deliver up to 100 watts of power to charge devices.Thunderbolt was a connectivity technology developed via a partnership between Intel and Apple, a combination of PCI Express, DisplayPort and DC power technologies.As you might expect, Thunderbolt connections are frequently found on Apple products, although other brands around the world have made use of them as well.Now comes the complicated part: The two connection technologies were separate for a number of years, supporting different devices for different people.However, as time passed this became less feasible, and the two technologies started to resemble each other more.
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India's destruction of South Africa in the first two matches of their three-Test series means they'll go into the final games at Ranchi with huge amounts of confidence and as overwhelming favourites.The dates, times and venues for the three-match Test series are as follows:Each match starts at 9.30am IST local time.Virat Kohli struck a remarkable double-hundred last time out, with Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma also taming the South African seamers to make three figures.Not in the least missing the injured Jasprit Bumrah, spinners Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have made the South African batsmen's lives very uncomfortable indeed.From numbers one through eleven, the Men in Blue have shown why they're way out in front in the Test cricket World Rankings.
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Google’s new Pixel 4 smartphone doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor.Instead it relies on “Face Unlock,” a proprietary facial scanning system similar to the one found in Apple’s Face ID.Early reports show a system that works well, perhaps too well, in fact, according to some security experts.To unlock a Pixel, the operator must hold it up to their face while onboard cameras and sensors go to work scanning their mug for defining characteristics — the distance between your eyes, for example.With Google’s system, according to the BBC, the Pixel’s Face Unlock function works even if a user’s eyes are closed, a clear and security risk for anyone with a Pixel 4.Using default settings, users who are asleep, or even dead, could unknowingly unlock their phone for others.
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Spooky season is certainly in full swing: The leaves are turning into glorious reds and oranges, plump pumpkins are invariably finding their way into supermarkets and elastic white spiderwebs are being strung across doorways and windows.So in the interest of continuing the trend, Zwilling -- a renowned knife manufacturer and cookware company stationed out of Germany -- has launched a Halloween-forward sale, boasting items up to 65% off.You may be quite in the mood to invest in Staub's pumpkin-shaped cocotte, or you may simply be in the market for a new paring knife.Either way, you'll undeniably be setting the mood for the spookiest of seasons.Keep reading to check out our Halloween picks, or see the full list of sale items on Zwilling.Read more: Riedel wine glasses are insanely cheap today at Best Buy (Yes, Best Buy)
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Google’s Next Billion Users project launched the Datally app back in 2017.The app was designed to help users save mobile data and find public Wi-Fi hotspots.It looks like Google has no use for the app anymore.The company has confirmed that Datally is no longer available on the Google Play Store.Google’s help and support page for the app has a notice stuck right at the top saying, “Please note: Datally is no longer available on the Google Play Store.”Datally is not the first Google app casualty we’ve seen.
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A Purdue University-affiliated startup, Blue Wave AI Labs, is using predictive analytics to operate nuclear reactors across the United States and to help them operate as safely and efficiently as possible.Tom Gruenwald, who received his PhD in physics from the Purdue College of Science, and Gina Pattermann, a serial entrepreneur, founded Blue Wave.Last month, Blue Wave AI Labs received a $6.9 million grant from the Department of Energy to develop predictive models of reactor components that might cause unplanned outages.The Blue Wave research team, based in Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, will use the funds to analyze billions of nuclear reactor data points.Additionally, the team will create a virtual sensor platform for nuclear reactor operations and maintenance that may also be applicable to the next generation of reactors."This award will allow us to use our scientific and engineering expertise and experience, along with our innovative AI and machine learning systems, to develop solutions for better predictions of potential maintenance and other issues occurring within nuclear plants," Gruenwald said.
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Google har presenterat sina senaste hörlurar Pixel Buds.Till skillnad från gängets tidigare hörlurar är den nya versionen helt trådlösa, men kommer ha en stark koppling till telefonen.Enligt Google ska Pixel Buds fungera även om du är tre rum från din telefon, vilket låter rätt smidigt.Pixel Buds kommer ha en batteritid på 5 timmar som kan petas upp till 24 timmar med laddfodralet.Enheterna kommer vara utrustade med dubbla mikrofoner på varje plugg, vilket ska göra att Google Assistant eller personen du pratar med alltid kommer höra dig oavsett vilken ljudmiljö du befinner dig i. För att lyfta fram pratljud från användaren används även en accelerometer för att känna igen när du rör käkpartiet, så att lurarna inte skickar iväg massa ljud i onödan.Pixel Buds kommer släppas under våren 2020 och priset kommer ligga på 179 dollar.
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Meizu’s latest flagship, the Meizu 16s Pro, has been out for a couple months.Now, we aren’t aware whether the phone is doing good or not on the market but it’d seem that it is as the company just unveiled a new variant of the device.We’re talking about out the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage Black Mirror Edition now on sale on Chinese retail site Jingdong for 2999 yuan, around $420.Aside from the new Black glossy finish on the back, the smartphone packs the same hardware as the regular Meizu 16S Pro, this means we find a full-edge full-screen design with a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 103% NTSC color gamut, 96.1% DCI-P3 color gamut, along with DC dimming and a touch sampling rate of 160 Hz.The smartphone also comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ with UFS 3.0 storage, dual super linear speakers and mEngine 3.0.It also supports OneMind 3.5.
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Here's another reminder of Internet Rule 34: If it exists, there's porn for it.In the days after Joaquin Phoenix's Joker film opened, searches on Pornhub including the word "Joker" surged, the site reported.Those searches reached 741,000 in four days.Oct. 6, two days after the film opened, saw the highest number of Joker searches, with 291,000 that day alone.Pornhub also notes that Harley Quinn, Joker's girlfriend in 2016's Suicide Squad, remains the most popular movie or game character on the site, with over 10 million searches in 2018 alone.This is far from the first time Pornhub has reported on the popularity of fictional characters on the site.
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Caia Cosmetics har medgrundats av Bianca Ingrosso.”Jag ser Live Video Shopping som ett innovativt och spännande verktyg för att förbättra kommunikationen med och komma närmare följare och kunder i vår digitala värld”, säger hon i en kommentar.Läs även: Kändisarnas bolag – så mycket tjänar dePartnerskapet med Caia Cosmetics innebär Bambusers första steg in i skönhetssegmentet, ett segment med stor potential, skriver Bambuser.Inga finansiella detaljer om samarbetet anges.I slutet av september lanserade Bambuser sin nya lösning mot e-handelssegmentet med namnet Bambuser Live Video Shopping.
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It appears that GitHub has no intentions of cutting its working relationship with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency despite moral and political disagreements with the Trump administration, a leaked memo has revealed.The memo, which leaked yesterday, touches on the moral and ethical dilemmas that went into the decision to renew a $200,000 contract with the agency.Following the leak, CEO Nat Friedman shared the full email in a blog post for everyone to see.“At GitHub, we believe in empowering developers around the world.We also believe in basic human rights and treating people with respect and dignity,” a disclaimer at the top of the memo reads.“Today, I wanted to share a message I sent to all employees yesterday that is related to this, as it is important that we share our views on immigration policy with the world and not just internally with employees.”
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Mikroplast omfattar fragment upp till fem millimeters storlek, men det är de mindre partiklarna som är svårast att rå på.De förorenar inte bara hav och sjöar, utan finns även i vårt dricksvatten och maten vi äter.Problemet är globalt, och nu har San Francisco Estuary Institute och 5 Gyres Institute genomfört Kaliforniens mest grundläggande kartläggning av partiklarna hittills.Studien avslöjar bland annat hur stor mängd av mikroplasterna i San Francisco-buktens vatten som härrör från vägarna – och andelen som har spolats från körbanor är 300 gånger större än källor som kulor i kosmetika eller den mikroplast som frigörs när man tvättar polyesterkläder.Däcken är den primära källan, ett resultat som går i linje med tidigare svenska och danska studier.Gummipartiklarna från däcken har dessutom egenskapen att de lätt plockar upp ämnen som har sitt ursprung i fossila bränslen.
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Nearly four years after the debut of Samsung’s Chromebook 3, the company has announced a follow-up to its core Chromebook laptop.The new 11.6-inch Chromebook 4 has been released today for a starting price of $229.99, along with the larger 15.6-inch Chromebook 4 Plus that starts at $299.99.A lot has changed in the Chrome OS market since the Chromebook 3 was introduced, and the Chromebook 4 reflects several of those changes, starting with a slightly more modern, high-end look that’s akin to the Asus Chromebook Flip C302.Samsung went with Intel Celeron N4000 processors across the line, and both Chromebook 4s charge via USB-C: the 11.6-inch model has a single USB-C port, while the 15.6-inch model has two, one on each side.Samsung notes that the USB-C port isn’t just for powering the laptop.You can transfer data at speeds up to 5Gb/s, and connect to a 4K monitor as well.
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It is reported by Breakit, on Monday.Afound, which is a sort of outlet for H, and to focus more on digital and less on physical stores.In this process, more than 50 posts out of a total of 150 likely to be affected.”We haven't come to any varselsituation, but we have identified a loss of 60 roles, and it affects about 50 people.What we're doing now is we are trying to find solutions from both within and outside of the H to the victims,” said Afounds ceo, Michael Hummel, to Breakit.Afound was at the end of August, the six physical store locations, all of them are in Sweden.
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If you're considering upgrading from a Galaxy S10 to a Galaxy Note 10 in order to utilize the latest version of Samsung's DeX, you may want to hold off as a new software update is bringing many of the best features from the Note 10 to the S10.A software update for the Galaxy s10, s10 plus and s10E is currently rolling out to certain regions and includes support DeX PC connectivity, Live Focus blur effects while recording video and the latest Android security patch.In a press release, Samsung explained how Galaxy S10 users can begin taking advantage of the latest version of DeX, saying:“The update also incorporates support for Samsung DeX for PC.Once users download the app from SamsungDeX.com, they’ll be able to launch Samsung DeX on their PC or Mac simply by connecting their Galaxy S10 to their computer via USB cable.Link to Windows support has also been added, which means that Galaxy S10 users will be able to wirelessly connect their phone to their Windows 10 PC and easily view its contents, send and receive messages, and sync recent photos directly from their computer.”
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