Michael Nicewander

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During this year's Internet Retailer Conference, online marketing company Constant Contact announced new integrations with WooCommerce and Shopify that will make it easier for small businesses to succeed at e-commerce.Small businesses that are using WooCommerce can easily connect their stores to their Constant Contact email account, enabling them to incorporate automated, personalized emails into their marketing efforts.By syncing their contacts and using pre-defined customer segments, WooComerce users will now be able to send automated emails with complete product information to new customers, repeat customers and to customers who have made a purchase in the last 30 days.Constant Contact is also revamping its popular Shopify integration by giving small businesses the ability to segment their online store customers based on their purchase activity.This means they can now create personalized marketing emails based on an activity such as the number of orders a customer has completed in a given time period and revenue generated by a customer from orders in a given time period.Small businesses can even take this functionality a step further by adding in additional data, including email open and click activity, as well as contact details such as location and birthday month.
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Employees at the online furniture retailer Wayfair plan to walk off the job Wednesday in protest of the company's sale of bedroom furniture to operators of detention centers for migrant children at the southern border.The protest comes after employees learned last week that a $200,000 order of bedroom furniture had been placed by BCFS, a government contractor that operates the facilities."We were disheartened and concerned about Wayfair's business" with BCFS, an anonymous employee told the Boston Globe.A letter singed by more than 547 employees was sent to the Boston-based company's executive leadership outlining their concerns.Wayfair employees are just the latest tech workers to walk off the job to express their dissatisfaction with their company's business decisions.In May, more than 100 employees of Riot Games, the company behind League of Legends, walked out to protest the use of forced arbitration to resolve sexual harassment claims.
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Even govt rules have knock-on effects, warns Andrew SullivanInterview Andrew Sullivan, chief exec of the Internet Society, has condemned governments that "interfere in underlying technologies that people are allowed to build," as regulators increasingly target net infrastructure to enforce their visions of how the online world ought to be.His pitch is simple: governments and quasi-governmental regulators alike need to stop targeting internet infrastructure as a means of blocking certain types of content.If they continue doing it, he said, vital security protections will end up being weakened and innocent sites will be wrongly blocked.What people are doing is reaching for the thing they're trying to regulate, the underlying infrastructure."Top of the infrastructure-as-policy-tool agenda in the UK is the DNS over HTTPS (DoH) proposal made by browser builders Google and Mozilla.
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Adonit has made a name for itself in the world of styli, and its latest is the Adonit Pro 4, an update of its passive, non-connected tablet pen.Unlike the Apple Pencil — easily the best, most sought after, and among the most expensive stylus on the planet for iPad owners — the Adonit Pro 4 is platform agnostic and can be used on any capacitive touch screen.The dampening tip lets you write naturally like a pen on paper regardless of how fast or slow you go, and I experienced very little skipping, with most strokes registering correctly on screen, though with a barely perceptible delay.It has a solid, well-built 9.25mm aluminum body, and feels smooth and sleek in the hand.Using it for an extended period of time did not tire me out.The metal bar that holds the tip is made from a stainless steel alloy, so it resists corrosion, and the disc is designed to not scratch or damage your tablet or phone’s glass surface as you sketch, jot notes, or navigate with it.
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At least it did until today, when the Supreme Court held that the requirement violated the First Amendment.Brunetti claims the mark is "pronounced as four letters, one after the other: F-U-C-T." But a lot of people have interpreted it as (in the words of the government's lawyer in the case) "the profane past participle form of a well-known word of profanity."Supreme Court rules: Offensive trademarks must be allowedBeyond that, the US Patent and Trademark Office looked at the products being sold under the FUCT mark.The trademark office concluded that the FUCT mark "communicated misogyny, depravity, and violence," and rejected the registration.But that's exactly the kind of analysis a government agency isn't allowed to do under the First Amendment, a six-justice majority ruled.
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Pestered folk to 'download my EE app' and 'upgrade your phone'EE, the mobile operator arm of BT, is nursing a six-figure fine for texting more than 2.5 million pain-in-the-ass direct marketing messages to customers without their consent.The £100,000 penalty handed down by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (PDF) was for sending mailers in early 2018 that pestered punters to download and use the My EE app to manage their account, and to upgrade their phone.Just for good measure, a second round of messages were subsequently sent to EE customers that had decided not to interact with, use or download the app after the first wave of nagging.In total, the mobile operator distributed 16.6 million messages to customers between February and March last year, and 2.59 million of these were to people who had opted out of receiving marketing messages via text.EE claimed the texts were dispatched as service messages and so not subject to electronic marketing rules.
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Indian ecommerce giant Flipkart is planning to tap into the US equity market by 2022, reported The Economic Times, citing people familiar with the matter.CEO Kaylan Krishnamurthy formally informed Flipkart’s top execs about the IPO timeline, the sources added.According to a separate report, Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal sold an additional US$76.4 million worth of shares in the company to a Walmart entity a year after the US company acquired Flipkart.Walmart snapped up Flipkart for roughly US$16 billion in 2018, during which Bansal sold 1,122,433 shares for about US$159 million.
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McCann New York has won lead creative duties for TGI Friday’s without a formal review.MullenLowe’s Winston-Salem, N.C., office previously handled creative duties for the chain, which started working with the IPG agency in 2018.Earlier this year, MullenLowe created a TV and digital campaign called “TGIF*IT” that encouraged diners to forgo their New Year’s resolutions to enjoy the chain’s appetizers, entrées and desserts.The agency shake-up comes months after TGI Friday’s underwent some executive changes.Late last year, the brand hired Cindy Syracuse to serve as vice president of marketing months after its CMO Stephanie Perdue departed the chain for Chipotle.Syracuse formerly served as vp of marketing activation at TGI Friday’s in addition to holding top roles at Burger King and Omnicom agency Zimmerman.
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On the review side, this week we published reviews of the Moto Z4, Red Magic 3, and ZTE Axon 10 Pro smartphones.We also gave our first impressions of the mid-range Samsung Galaxy M40, which looks like another winner for smartphone giant Samsung.Here are the top 10 Android stories of the weekMotorola Moto Z4 review: Treading water gets you nowhere — The Motorola Moto Z4 is probably best left to those who’ve already invested in the Moto Mods ecosystem.ZTE Axon 10 Pro review: It packs a huge punch — Starting at just 599 euros, the ZTE Axon 10 Pro brings insane value to the flagship space.Samsung Galaxy M40 impressions: Makings of a mid-range champion — The Infinity-O display and powerful internals help the Galaxy M40 stand out in a sea of competitors.
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It's customary for NASA astronauts to snap a few glamour photos ahead of a big mission, and it didn't get much bigger than 1969's Apollo 11 mission to land humans on the moon.Command module pilot Michael Collins rediscovered an old photo of his famous crew and shared it on Twitter on Thursday.Found this at the bottom of a box.Don't think it was ever used by NASA," Collins wrote.This exact photo doesn't seem to appear on the NASA website, but you can find other poses from the same shoot.The photo shows Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin off to one side and Collins with his arm casually reaching over a large mock-up of the moon.
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FCRC assembles a spectrum of affiliated research conferences and workshops into a week-long coordinated meeting.The FCRC model allows both a strong research focus within each represented subdiscipline of computing while also facilitating communication among researchers in different fields of computer science and engineering.The FCRC is held only once every four years.Each morning, FCRC features a joint plenary talk on topics of broad appeal to the computing research community.To the extent facilities allow, attendees are free to attend technical sessions of other affiliated conferences being held at the same time as their "home" conference."Differential Privacy and the US Census"
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Astronomers have been looking at the edges of the Milky Way galaxy have seen some very intense superflares originating from stars.The exact reasons for a superflare aren’t understood, but superflares eject huge bursts of energy that can be seen from hundreds of light years away.Scientists had assumed that superflares occurred mostly on stars that were young and active, our Sun doesn’t fit into that category.Research has now shown that superflares can happen on older stars like our Sun, but they are rare.The team estimates that calm stars like the Sun have superflares about every 1,000 years.CU Boulder scientist Yuta Notsu, the lead author of the study on superflares, says that if a superflare erupted on the Sun, Earth would likely sit in the path of the high-energy radiation released.
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Elon Musk told a group of shareholders on Tuesday that Tesla has the design for a submarine car that is similar to the Lotus Esprit featured in James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me."While it would be difficult to create an aquatic car, it's technically possible, Musk said.Musk owns the 1976 Lotus Esprit which was featured in the 1977 movie, which starred Roger Moore.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.A submarine car isn't totally out of the question for Tesla, Elon Musk says.In response to a question about whether the company would ever look to develop an aquatic car during the company's annual shareholder's meeting on Tuesday, Musk chuckled and said: "Funny you should mention that...we do have a design for a submarine car like the one from 'The Spy Who Loved Me.'"
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personal Injury, affecting around 600,000 people annually.Startupbolaget has developed a digital service that helps the insured persons have the right to compensation in case of damage.”In many instances, covered persons of the insurance policies they are not aware of, such as, for example, the municipal insurance for the children and young people, idrottslicensförsäkringar insurance, which is included in the fackavgiften.the platform will take into account all of the necessary information to find the unknown insurance policies, and ensures that you receive the proper reimbursement,” he said.about 25 percent of the amount due, up to 25 000 sek per year, when we are able to.the Company was founded in 2016, and currently has 30 employees.
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A fake video of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that was created using deepfake technology has appeared on Instagram.The video appeared not long after Facebook came under criticism for its decision not to remove a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that was circulated on the platform.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.A fake video of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg created using "deepfake" technology has emerged on Instagram, in yet another example showing how artificial intelligence can be used to construct phony content that's easily shareable through social media.Spectre showed me that whoever controls the data, controls the future."The video was posted four days ago and has nearly 2,000 views at the time of writing.
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We saw new footage of Watch Dogs Legion and new games like Gods and Monsters and Roller Champions were announced.Microsoft brought the heat with a new console announcement and Bethesda brought the Battle Royale and Halo Eternal.If you need to play catch-up we have conveniently put every single trailer so far in this handy post, but there's still plenty to come.Hacking, combat and other open world staples are a huge part of the game but -- the leaks were accurate -- the game also has a mechanic whereby you can recruit players and then control them in the game world.Gunplay is mixed up with some really cool interactive stuff -- at one point the player hacked a car to drive on its own and run over enemies.For the uninitiated, that's the guy behind the legendary Far Cry 2, one of the most sophisticated, influential open world games ever made.
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American Airlines won’t use Boeing 737 Max aircraft until at least September, pushing back the expected reintroduction of the troubled plane by at least two more weeks.The airline announced Sunday that, while it “remains confident” that a forthcoming software update and new training efforts from Boeing will be enough to get the 737 Max recertified, it wants to give “customers and team members” ample time to “reliably plan their upcoming travel.”Boeing said in May that it had completed the software update meant to fix the anti-stall system that contributed to two deadly crashes in five months, but that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was holding up the process.Boeing has completed its own test flights using the new software, but still needs to perform a certification flight as part of the FAA’s formal review process.American Airlines expects to lose $350 million as a result during what could be the busiest summer travel season everIn the meantime, American Airlines has to cancel 115 flights per day between now and September 3rd, when it expects to be able to fly the 737 Max again.
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the Land, and the supreme court postpones its decision on the appeal of Our expansion of the oil refinery in the Lyskil.in the Decision, the first on June 17.the Land and environment court has in the past given the Preem's licence to the existing and expanded business by Refining.However, the state has been appealed to the Land and environmental court of appeal of about a hundred individuals, and several other organizations.the Court will first have to take a position on whether the granting of a new trial, the so-called right of appeal.first, if it is granted, it may be the case for a new hearing.
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Doom seemed like old news.When we put it out there and really started to hear people talk about–not just saying it’s good, because we know it’s good, but when you hear people talking about the intricate things that you spend a lot of time obsessing about and it means something to them, I think that’s probably the most rewarding thing.Certainly we were well into early production in 2017.We wanted to make every inch of the level enjoyable.Traversal and environmental puzzles to solve, places to get into, things to figure out.GamesBeat: Was it difficult to decide what needed to change from the last game and what needed to stay the same?
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On Tuesday, YouTube decided that homophobic slurs don’t violate its policies.And on Thursday, we were reminded that questionable “engagement” algorithms drive millions of YouTube views.YouTube may not be a social network in the strictest sense, but when it comes to enforcing its own rules and developing recommendation algorithms, the Google company is no better than Facebook and Twitter.Last month, Facebook refused to remove a heavily edited video that attempted to make U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi look incoherent.The racism, homophobia, and extremist “bans” are just the latest crackdowns that happened to line up this week.If you go back a few more days, YouTube concluded that videos claiming vaccines poison babies and that children with autism have parasites that can be cleansed don’t violate its policies on medical misinformation.
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System 91L is an area of tropical low pressure located in the Bay of Campeche.On June 3, when NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed the western Gulf of Mexico, it captured an image of the storm that showed its extensive reach.The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard Suomi NPP provided a visible image of the storm.The VIIRS image showed fragmented bands of thunderstorms around System 91L's circulation center which filled the Bay of Campeche and stretched north into the western Gulf of Mexico.System 91L's clouds extend from Mexico's Yucatan state to the west bordering and including the states of Campeche, Tabasco, Veracruz and as far north as Tamaulipas.At 8 a.m. EDT on June 4, NOAA's National Hurricane Center or NHC noted that System 91L now has a 40 percent chance to form into a depression over the next two days.
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Apple announced a bunch of big new updates coming to the iPhone camera and photos apps in iOS 13 during WWDC 2019.The camera app in iOS 13 brings a new portrait lighting mode, and you can now adjust the intensity of the lighting effects in existing portrait modes, too.It's the direct opposite of the existing portrait mode effect that puts the subject against a black background.With High-Key Mono in iOS 13, the subject is against a simulated bright white background and is flooded with light.Increasing the intensity of the lighting has the effect of smoothing skin and brightening eyes and facial features.When you reduce the intensity of the lighting effect, it's like pulling studio lights away from your subject, which Apple says offers a more subtle and refined look.
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HBO is done paying for the Pied Piper.Silicon Valley is coming back for one last hurrah with a short season 6.It will be the show's last.The official HBO PR Twitter account retweeted a Deadline story on the finality of the show's delayed sixth season on Friday.Showrunners Alec Berg and Mike Judge issued a statement saying Silicon Valley has been a career and life highlight, but that the final seven-episode season will be a "fitting conclusion."Silicon Valley has been tracking the adventures of a technology startup since it debuted in 2014.
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Sadly no HD video back in 1900 but restoration has worked wondersVideo The first ever film of a solar eclipse, created in 1900 and once thought lost forever, has been found and restored by the British Film Institute and the UK's Royal Astronomical Society.Julius Berkowski was the first man to take a decent picture of a total eclipse in 1851 at the Royal Observatory in Königsberg, Prussia – an area now known as Kaliningrad, Russia.In those days, photography was tedious and Berkowski had to figure out how to record the event using a small refracting telescope and imprinting the image onto a copper plate.By 1900, people could capture short films by stringing images together.Nevil Maskelyne, a magician-turned-filmmaker, snapped this first film of a total solar eclipse while on an expedition to North Carolina on 28 May 1900.
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There is a lot of discussions now around the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 because of some unpopular rumors.There’s, of course, the now notorious Galaxy Fold and the current Galaxy S10 king.There’s even the Galaxy A series that has become Samsung’s playground for experimental features.Some might think that Samsung may have forgotten it has one other letter in its alphabet soup but the recently revealed Galaxy M40 proves that it has big but slightly confusing plans for that series.The Galaxy M replaces the Galaxy C and Galaxy On brands in emerging markets and nicely forms an “S, A, M” series with Samsung’s other lines.As such, most probably expected it to also be along the lines of the budget-friendly, entry-level, low-tier phones that it supplanted.
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July marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission which successfully landed two astronauts on the moon, and Lego is one of countless companies hoping to cash in on the accomplishment with a new 1,087-piece set that recreates the Lunar Lander with an impressive amount of detailing.But I’m a little disappointed the included Lego minifigures look like astronauts transplanted from a futuristic sci-fi movie.Officially available starting June 1 for £85, the set includes the Apollo 11 Eagle lunar module with detachable ascent and descent stages so you can recreate the historic mission again and again.But for those times when you’re not procrastinating at work, the set also serves as a desk-friendly collectible allowing you to perch and display the lunar lander on an included replica of the moon’s surface – complete with craters, footprints, and a US flag.There’s a respectable level of detail here for what is technically a children’s building toy, and Lego has even gone to the trouble of creating special gold versions of several parts so that the Lunar Lander set looks as accurate as possible.You won’t be fooling anyone if you try to use the model to snap fake moon landing photos, but for £85 it also doesn’t require you to break out the hobby knives, glue, or paint.
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The American Heart Association has published a new study that warns consuming a large energy drink in a short period of time may jeopardize heart health.The research involved participants as young as 18 who were tasked with consuming a large caffeinated energy drink that contained ingredients commonly found in these beverages, including taurine and B-vitamins.The results come from a small study that involved 34 healthy adult volunteers ranging in age from 18 to 40.The researchers assigned the participants to drink one of two ‘commercially available’ energy drinks, though it didn’t name which brands were used.The participants were only restricted from drinking more than one 16oz bottle in half an hour.A control group was assigned placebo drinks.
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This week on Why’d You Push That Button?, I stew in jealousy over people who maintain anonymous online accounts.Anonymous accounts are some of my favorites to follow.They’re often popular and dedicated to something specific with an unidentifiable person behind them.My co-host Kaitlyn Tiffany and I wonder why people have anonymous accounts, so we chat with some of the people behind them.We talk to @ambivalentlyyours, @breadfaceblog, and @supremecopies to hear how and why they started their accounts and what it’s like to build a popular page without having their identities tied to their successes.It sounds like a dream!
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