Ralph Philbrick

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When you purchase a less pricey version of a vacuum cleaner from a well-known brand that has a wide variety of selections, that doesn’t imply you’re receiving a low-quality variant of the latest model.This means you are still getting a former flagship model at a highly reduced price.These dust-suckers will help you pull those dirt and pet hairs from the bed, sofa, and up to your car seat in no time.For quick pickups and cleaning above floor levels, the Shark Rocket HV292 ultra-light hand vacuum is an absolute choice.This vacuum has a 15-foot-long power cord, so you’ll never have to recharge.This handheld vacuum boasts its TruePet motorized brush accessory that picks up loose debris and pet hair, while forcibly deep-cleans exteriors.
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Last year, both Android Authority reviewers and readers considered the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 the best overall phone of the year.We poured through comments on our site, tweets, poll results, and more to find an overall picture of what the general public thinks of these two new smartphones.Remember that these comments are not from professional tech reviewers — these are general smartphone users who happen to be passionate about Android.An Android Authority commenter had this to say on the Note 10’s price: “$1,000 and no removable storage, pathetic battery, missing headphone jack, and a worse low-light camera with a hole punched in the display?Here’s what another commenter had to say about that: “My Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is still rock solid and if it came down to it I might jump to a Note 9 once the price goes down.Here’s what one commenter had to say on that point: “I pre-ordered the Galaxy Note 10 Plus in blue.
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Hyundai is looking to the past for its latest design inspiration and the automaker provided a first look at the electric concept car scheduled for a debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show next month.Dubbed the Hyundai 45, the company said the overall design previews the direction the South Korean brand will take its styling in the years to come.This teaser image comes just about a week after Hyundai said it would use the Frankfurt Motor Show as the backdrop to a new electric-car concept.Previously, the company said the design will reflect a focus on driver personalization, which Hyundai believes will increase in the future.The automaker added that the concept is also the next step in Hyundai's "sensuous, sportiness" design language.This ethos influenced the upcoming Sonata, and so far, it's been a very good thing for the brand's vehicles overall in my opinion.
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Other days I come in and someone tells me they’ve spotted something so bizarre, so wonderful that I immediately think, “I gotta check this shit out.” In this case, it was my boss telling me he’d just found out that the developers of The Stanley Parable had made a 90s-esque browser MMO set in a dance club.If you’d told me this time yesterday that I’d be checking out a game like this, I’d have told you to lay off the MDMA and let me get back to guzzling my coffee.The game is developed by Crows Crows Crows, the studio founded by William Pugh, one of the designers behind popular ennui simulator The Stanley Parable.The studio described it in the announcement newsletter as “a mission-less, non-competitive, online music listening game (it’s an MMO).” And it’s hard to argue with those semantics.Curiosity appropriately piqued, I entered the game — which can, by Crows’ words, be played in any browser for free — and immediately had to turn down my volume.Being set in a nightclub, the musical thuds I could hear even from the starting area set my head pounding.
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India launched the Chandrayaan 2 lunar probe about four weeks ago, and this week the probe entered lunar orbit.Inserting itself into lunar orbit is one of the most challenging maneuvers that the probe had to pull off on its Moon mission.The trip to the Moon took four weeks, and the Indian Space Research Organisation has stated that the spacecraft has completed its Lunar Orbit insertion.The space agency said that the lunar insertion was completed on Tuesday at 0902 hrs IST (0332 GMT).The insertion went as planned, and the spacecraft used its onboard propulsion system for the maneuver.India intends to become the fourth nation after Russia, China, and the US to land a spacecraft on the Moon.
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Google today launched Google Go globally in the Google Play Store.The lightweight search app for accessing the internet on a spotty connection, which can also read and translate text in the world around you, is now available for all devices running Android 5.0/5.1 Lollipop and above.Google Go is one of several “lite” Go-branded apps Google has introduced in recent years.Others include YouTube Go (available in dozens of markets, but not the U.S.), Google Maps Go (available globally), and Gallery Go (launched globally last month).Google Go arrived in preview for India and Indonesia in December 2017 and rolled out to more emerging markets the following year.Google Go lets you access information even on unstable connections “while keeping your phone fast by using less storage and memory,” Google Go product manager Bibo Xu explained today.
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In March, Apple announced its grand plans to launch a streaming service called Apple TV+, without giving out many details.Now, a report by Bloomberg suggests the streaming offering will launch in November and will have a monthly fee of $9.99.The report notes the company will also offer a free trial, so you can get a taste of the service at no charge.Apple had announced 14 shows during the Apple TV+ unveil; it will launch some of them on day one, and add more shows from that roster later.A report published by the Financial Times last night said the Cupertino-based company has already spent over $6 billion to produce its original shows.Here’s a fresh new trailer for one of Apple’s upcoming shows, ‘The Morning Show,’ a drama series starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carrell:
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Project Veritas, a non-profit conspiracy theory outlet, today dropped the ‘bombshell’ that it’d obtained hundreds of leaked internal documents from a whistle-blower showing Google‘s bias against Conservatives.As TNW’s Ravie Lakshmanan pointed out, the documents are probably authentic.I’ve pored over every single one in the document dump on Project Veritas’ website and it’s my opinion that almost all of them appear completely legitimate – the exception being screenshots of a Google employee’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, which I’m guessing were taken by the ‘whistle-blower,’ as opposed to being official company documents.Because, aside from personal information of dozens of Google employees, none of it matters.And in this case the message is that Google has diversity training, holds lectures and training on bias in machine learning, and thinks Breitbart and Infowars peddle in hate speech and fake news.They appear to be randomly selected from an email chain discussing deprioritizing Breitbart because it spreads hate speech.
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Logitech has announced a pair of new mechanical keyboards, the G915 Lightspeed Wireless and the G815 Lightsync RGB, which use the company’s new low-profile Romer GL switches.Both feature RGB lighting with support for up to 16.8 million colors and five programmable macro keys, while the G915 is also wireless, connecting to your PC via a dongle using Logitech’s proprietary Lightspeed technology.The new Romer GL switches are available in three variants — linear, tactile, and clicky —which would make them the equivalent of Cherry MX Red switches, Brown switches, and Blue switches respectively.Whichever variant you prefer, Logitech says the GL switches are half the height of its existing Romer G switches.It also claims that they are 25 percent faster to press, since you don’t have to press them down as far before they actuate.The wireless version of the keyboard, the G915, uses Logitech’s proprietary 2.4GHz wireless Lightspeed technology to connect the keyboard to your computer.
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Collaborating at work has never been easier thanks to the slew of collaboration tools that have become commonplace in organizations worldwide but new research has revealed that millennials are 1.5-times more likely to use unapproved apps when doing so.To compile its new “Teamwork and Collaboration: Rise of Millennials and End User vs IT Discord” report, the collaboration platform management company Unify Square surveyed 600 end-users across three age groups in large organizations to better understand how IT departments are managing their collaboration apps.The survey found a disparity between what IT departments believe users want and what the users themselves actually think.IT believes 44 percent of users are “very satisfied” with the collaboration apps used at their organization and 47 percent are just “somewhat” satisfied.However, respondents reported satisfaction levels of 51 percent and 34 percent respectively.The collaboration challenge - so many tools, so little time
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We have been talking about HTC devices for a few weeks and a possible launch by the company.Today we can finally announce that one of these mobiles has been officially available.It is the HTC Wildfire X, a renewal of the classic HTC phone and possibly one of the best Android phones we have had over the years.The HTC Wildfire X is a new mid-range smartphonePerhaps the most interesting thing about this new HTC is its design.The images show an attractive design with a triple rear camera.
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hundreds of officials, was given the task of listening to and transcribing the Facebook user's call, to disclose to Bloomberg News.the Aim of the study was to determine if The ai interpreted the content correctly.Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook have all been working with sub-contractors, in order to examine their users ' conversations, with the goal of improving its ai.this is a new, revealing, telling Bloomberg News that hundreds of civil servants have been paid for to rewrite Facebook-the user's audio.in The contract, the officials have not been given to know the source of the sound, they were to rewrite came from, where it was recorded, or what the purpose of the transcription was.But according to Bloomberg News sources, the officials, have taken the a part of Facebook users ' conversations, sometimes of a sensitive nature.
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The persistent rumors about two new iPads coming in the fall may help explain the frequent discounts being applied to virtually all of the models in Apple's current lineup.Though some of the best deals continue to come and go, the least expensive model, the iPad that debuted in 2018, has been consistently marked down for months now -- both the 32GB and 128GB versions.And even the most premium tablet in Apple's portfolio, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, hit a new low last month, bottoming out at $825 at Amazon.At the moment, the biggest discount is on the plain old iPad.You can pick up the entry-level 32GB model for $250 -- that's 25% off its $329 list price.And most retailers are selling the step-up 128GB version for about $330 -- about $100 off its $429 list price.
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The former Ohio University standout was handed a two-year suspension from FIBA for failing a drug test.HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath 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.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Ett dokument som publicerades på sajten strax innan dådet tros vara skrivet av gärningsmannen.Gärningsmannen i Christchurch-massakerna använde samma forum för att posta dokument om sina motiv.”Skälen är enkla: de har visat sig vara laglösa och att den laglösheten har orsakat flera tragiska dödsfall.Även om 8chan kanske inte har brutit mot lagen genom att vägra att moderera sin hatfyllda gemenskap, har de skapat en miljö som vänder sig mot att kränka dess anda”, skriver Cloudfares vd Matthew Prince i ett blogginlägg.Han skriver att det inte är lättvindigt fattat beslut, eftersom Cloudfare är en underleverantör så vill man inte ha för strikta riktlinjer, eftersom kunderna ska få sätta sina egna regler för sina sajter.”Vi drar gränsen – 8chan har passerat den linjen”
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By 2021, it is estimated that cybercrime will cost the global economy over $2 trillion.This makes it imperative for companies to make concerted efforts to improve their cybersecurity health, and evolve from a compliance-focused approach to a more threat-aware strategy focusing on risk.Another challenge which professionals face when making strategic decisions around security is context.In certain US states, the law stipulates a four-hour breach notification timeframe.There are already a number of applications which include some variation of analytics.Analytics is used for intelligence, technical and business context consolidation that helps make sense of the deluge of information and help make times decision and define priorities.
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Google Pay is the search giant’s solution for digital payments.It’s a convenient and practical way to perform payments with your smartphone.However, not all banks across the globe have a partnership with the Mountain View company.So whenever a new bank is added to the list it’s a reason to celebrate.What to say about 25 banks across different regions?Google Pay is adding support for 25 banks across Europe, Asia and one bank In New Zealand.
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Let’s say you have a trailer for a new season of content for your popular live-service game.And someone on your marketing team has the idea to work with influencers to debut the video.But that is where the StreamElements comes in with a solution that makes it easy to handle this sort of simultaneous broadcast across multiple channels.StreamElements provides a set of production tools for creators on YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook Gaming.Scott Clark, StreamElements’ brand partnerships boss, says that a lot of brands are interested in working with influencers to reach younger audiences.At the same time, however, the marketing teams at those companies are wary about giving up control to dozens of creators who could easily make a mistake that derails a carefully planned campaign.
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How many times have you ordered a tiny item from Amazon, only for it to arrive in a box way larger than necessary?The online shopping giant is well aware of the issue and its impact on the environment, and has been taking steps to try to get vendors to package their products in a way that creates less waste.To encourage good practice, it’s even been paying retailers $1 for each package they send out that’s recyclable and that doesn’t require an Amazon “overbox,” CNN reported recently.But from this week, that incentive turns into a fine, with some sellers facing a $1.99 penalty fee for each package that fails to comply.The packaging conundrum is considered such a serious issue by Amazon that it created a Customer Packaging Experience team — currently comprising 85 people — aimed at making improvements to how Amazon and its sellers ship items.Lead Kim Houchens says her team is constantly asking itself, “What is the right design to make sure a product arrives unbroken, in the least wasteful package possible?”
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The easiest way to boot from USB is to open the Advanced Startup Options by holding the Shift key when you choose the Restart option in the Start menu.If your Windows 10 computer isn't booting from the USB drive, you may need to tweak the BIOS (basic input/output system) settings.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.In the old days, people commonly booted their computer from CDs and even floppy disks, but those days are long gone.Now, if you need to troubleshoot your PC, boot from a different version of the operating system, or install a Windows upgrade, it's frequently done by booting from a USB drive.Windows 10 has made booting from USB very easy to do.
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Audi has already given out a whole host of details for the upcoming 2020 S6 and S7 sporty siblings, including what to expect under the hood and in the cabin.Last week, the automaker told us how much the S6 would cost, and this week, it's the S7's turn up to bat.I hope you brought a larger wallet.The 2020 Audi S7 will start at $84,895 after the $995 mandatory destination charge.This represents a $10,000 premium over the 2020 Audi S6, both of which offer the solidly-equipped Premium Plus trim as the base.Stepping up the higher Prestige trim in the S7 brings the price up to $90,495.
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Samsung has formally announced when its foldable phone will be returning to the fold.Come what may, save for another disastrous design flaw, the Galaxy Fold will launch in September, though at least one carrier has already expressed disinterest in selling it.You’d think that Samsung’s other big rival would be scrambling to follow suit.Surprisingly, Huawei is saying it’s Mate X foldable phone isn’t yet ready for releasing to the public.Given the PR nightmare that Samsung went through after the Galaxy Fold started failing left and right.Also given that Huawei can’t risk tarnishing its troubled image even further, it’s unsurprising that it will put its full weight on its stable brands first.
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Multiple studies over the past several years have found links between resveratrol, a phenol found in grape skin, and a decrease in depression, among other potential health benefits.The key to this beneficial effect may be the blocking of an enzyme called phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4).Phosphodiesterase 4 is influenced by corticosterone, a stress hormone that regulates the body’s response to life’s various stressors.Though beneficial, someone who is experiencing chronic stress may end up with too much of this hormone circulating in their brain; too much stress also often leads to the development of anxiety and depression.A vast amount of research has focused on unraveling the cause of these two common mental disorders, but the development of broadly effective treatments with low side effects has remained elusive.This compound was found to be neuroprotective by inhibiting the expression of PDE4, which increases when there’s too much corticosterone.
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This is another indication that Oracle's cloud strategy is really about keeping customers from defecting to rival cloud databases, rather than taking on the cloud giant Amazon Web Services head-on.After three years of fanfare, Oracle quietly changed its "Cloud at Customer" product in a big way earlier this year, according to the market research firm Gartner — a move confirmed to Business Insider by Oracle.Private cloud is the concept of running cloud software on a customer's own servers, rather than having it hosted from a data center operated by mega-providers like Oracle.So the short version of the significance of all this is: This is yet another indication that Oracle's cloud is becoming a niche player, more of a way to serve and preserve its all-important database customers and less of a general-purpose cloud that will really challenge a giant like Amazon Web Services, as Oracle has been promising to do.As Gartner put it in its recent market-research report on the cloud-infrastructure market, "OCI is best suited for enterprises requiring cloud IaaS for Oracle applications and for applications that require an Oracle Database."With Oracle's Cloud at Customer, companies lease Oracle hardware and software infrastructure and plunk it into their own data centers, but it is managed by Oracle and paid for on a subscription basis.
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Google has offered to pay out $13m to settle a class-action lawsuit over the infamous "Wi-Spy" incident – when its Street View cars were caught slurping data from unsecured Wi-Fi access points between 1 January 2007 and 25 May 2010, when they got caught.According to an investigation by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), information gleaned from wireless networks included user e-mails, passwords, medical listings, information about online dating, records of visits to pornographic sites and data contained in video and audio files.And according to a court filing [PDF] this month, just $3m from the $13m settlement is expected to go to the 22 plaintiffs; the rest will be distributed among eight organisations dedicated to data privacy and consumer protection.But whether Google will be allowed to sweep the decade-long controversy under the carpet is up to Judge Charles Breyer, of the US federal district courts in northern California, who is expected to make the final decision on 6 September.Google already paid out $7m in a different settlement over Wi-Spy in 2013.But that May, the Chocolate Factory admitted it might have "accidentally" collected around 600GB of civilian information as its Street View cars made their mapping journeys, adding that most of this data was in fragments.
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U.S. attorney general William Barr has said consumers should accept the risks that encryption backdoors pose to their personal cybersecurity to ensure law enforcement can access encrypted communications.In a speech Tuesday in New York, the U.S. attorney general parroted much of the same rhetoric from his predecessors and other senior staff at the Justice Department, calling on tech companies to do more to assist federal authorities to gain access to devices with a lawful order.Encrypted messaging has taken off in recent years, making its way to Apple products, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, a response from Silicon Valley in response to the abuse of access by the intelligence services in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations in 2013.But law enforcement says encryption thwarts their access to communications they claim they need to prosecute criminals.The government calls this “going dark” because they cannot see into encrypted communications, and it remains a key talking point by the authorities.Critics — including lawmakers — and security experts have long said there is no secure way to create “backdoor” access to encrypted communications for law enforcement without potentially allowing malicious hackers to also gain access to people’s private communications.
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Unicron is the kind of character who makes other Transformers and Decepticons look downright puny.It debuted in the 1986 animated film The Transformers: The Movie.Now fans have a chance to buy the massive figure via the Hasbro Pulse crowdsourcing platform HASLAB.In robot mode, the figure, called the Transformers: War For Cybertron Unicron, will be over 2 feet tall (686 mm) and has more than 50 points of articulation.Unicron approximately weighs 19 lbs (8.6 kilograms).The gigantic Unicron will be Hasbro's largest converting Transformers figure ever created, taking the title from Fortress Maximus.
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Ever since Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 855 Plus, ASUS has been teasing the ROG Phone 2.The ROG Phone 2 will be the first phone to leverage Qualcomm’s souped up Snapdragon 855, but today, ASUS pulled the veil back entirely, revealing specifications for the incoming device.We already had some inkling that the ROG Phone 2 would be a beast of a phone thanks to leaks, but today’s announcement confirms it.The phone will ship with a 6.59-inch AMOLED display that clocks in at 2340 x 1080 resolution.It supports HDR, has a 1ms response time, and serves up a 120Hz refresh rate, which is an improvement over the first ROG Phone’s 90Hz display.The ROG Phone 2’s display is also capable of 240Hz touch sampling, so your input will be able to keep up with that high refresh rate.
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