William Figueroa

William Figueroa

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At this point, it’s clear that Fall Guys is a very popular game. Not only is it inescapable on streaming sites like Twitch, but for the game’s first week following release, the servers often buckled under the sheer number of players trying to find a match. Those who contended with spotty servers throughout the first week are getting some goodies … Continue reading
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Wi-Fi 7 had us on 'Extremely High Throughput,' the latency improvements sound nice, too As the IEEE 802.11 project, forebearer of Wi-Fi, marks its 30th anniversary next month, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) gear is just beginning to appear in the market, even as the spec awaits final ratification later this year.…
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(Norwegian University of Science and Technology) A study that asked children to assess three different robots showed that they responded most positively to simple robots shaped like flower pots, and were most sceptical of Pepper the robot, which looks more human.
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Kaspersky, a Russian antivirus software maker, alleged that Apple forced it to remove features from a Screen Time competitor.
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Only a few years ago, when we talked about infrastructure we meant physical infrastructure: servers, memory, disks, network switches, and all the cabling necessary to connect them. I used to have spreadsheets where I’d plug in some numbers and get back the specifications of the hardware needed to build a web application that could support thousands or even millions of users.That’s all changed. First came virtual infrastructures, sitting on top of those physical racks of servers. With a set of hypervisors and software-defined networks and storage, I could specify the compute requirements of an application, and provision it and its virtual network on top of the physical hardware someone else managed for me. Today, in the hyperscale public cloud, we’re building distributed applications on top of orchestration frameworks that automatically manage scaling, both up and out.To read this article in full, please click here
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Ford's big SUV is actually cheaper for the new model year.
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Yes, you'll be spending a lot on the new Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, but you're getting a lot of phone in return.
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This article was originally published on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted transport behavior, and lockdowns have shown how much healthier city life could be without clogged streets, deafening noise and polluted air. According to the latest data from the AA, the traffic on Britain’s roads during the weeks in which lockdown measures were imposed was at a similar level to… This story continues at The Next Web
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Photography, especially digital photography, has become an important part of the modern lifestyle, in no small part thanks to smartphones. These mobile devices haven’t completely displaced dedicated and more powerful cameras, however, and there are many who come looking to sharpen their skills with more advanced tools. Fortunately, camera makers like Olympus are welcoming them with open arms, and its … Continue reading
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Someone appears to have forgotten to hit bcc on a mass mailer.
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Apple Arcade updated the mystery game along with three others for the weekend.
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This week in Android: Best of Android mid—2020 awards, Huawei P40 Pro Plus giveaway and more.
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Danielle Strachman, the cofounder and general partner of 1517 Fund and a founding member of the Thiel Fellowship, says that she looks for founders who are "crazy awesome," not "crazy." The venture capitalist connected with an aspiring founder on Twitter, who was passionate but came off as "pretty nuts," so she offered him some advice.  She said that founders "should put together a narrative and story that is exciting and sounds believable and doable" so that VCs can recognize what actually exists.  For a venture capitalist to take an idea seriously, it has to exist outside of an aspiring founder's head, Strachman said.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When fledgling founders seek out advice from seasoned venture capitalists, it's not unusual for them to strike up a conversation on Twitter. And many VCs, who often list their Twitter handles and LinkedIn accounts publicly but keep their email addresses private, seem to enjoy giving advice on the Twittersphere.  And Danielle Strachman, the cofounder and general partner of 1517 Fund and a founding member of the Thiel Fellowship, is one of them.  On Friday, the experienced venture capitalist offered some advice for aspiring founders. She tweeted, "Made a connection off Twitter recently with a young man who is super passionate and pumped, but also not putting their best foot forward. Here's a little on how to showcase yourself as crazy awesome over just crazy." Along with the tweet, Strachmann included a Loom video that summarized her call with the young man on Twitter.  In the Loom video, Strachmann said that the young entrepreneur was working on a hardware technology and had sent her an initial email that she described as "kind of weird." "I couldn't really tell what existed and what didn't," she added. The VC, whose firm prioritizes working with dropouts, college students, and those who never attended college, felt that the initial email was "off-putting," even though the aspiring entrepreneur was so passionate about what he was building. On their Zoom call, the young entrepreneur went on about his failed applications and rejections. And about 15-20 minutes into the conversation, Strachmann decided to tell him something he needed to know — that he came off "as crazy" and seemed "pretty nuts."  But there are two types of crazy, she told him. There are also "crazy awesome people" who have a big vision, and "can put together a narrative and story that is exciting and sounds believable and doable,'' she added as encouragement. "Crazy awesome" people have usually done something to solidify their ideas, such as sketching out a roadmap for their project or developing a prototype. For a venture capitalist to take an idea seriously, it has to exist, in one way or another, outside of an aspiring founder's head, Strachmann said. VCs are less likely to reject ideas from founders who have demonstrated that their idea can sell, or who have outlined a "path to execution," Business Insider's Shana Lebowitz and Jennifer Ortakales have previously reported. And founders who are trying to raise funds for a project should, at the very least, prepare a flawless pitch deck. But when founders come off as "just crazy," or when they have no concrete ideas to share, they're more likely to face rejection from VCs, Strachmann said. "If you're crazy awesome, I want to hear from you," she said, towards the end of the Loom video. "If you're crazy, I might want to hear from you, too.''Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why electric planes haven't taken off yet
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If you’re following the science of COVID-19 you’re likely still working at home. So how can Apple’s Siri help you get that work done?Here’s a handful of tasks you can request from Apple's voice-based assistant, with a couple of useful Mac-only suggestions:Open an app The best and easiest way to open any application on any Apple platform that supports Siri is Siri. Just ask it to “Open [app name].” It’s that simple.Send a Message, text or email You can ask Siri to send an email to a named person, so long as they are listed among your contacts. Just say: “Send an email to [person] saying [dictate short message]." You can send texts, too. Just say, “Send a text….”To read this article in full, please click here
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Earlier today, the British government announced the ban of Huawei’s equipment from its 5G network. In an official response, the Chinese manufacturer said that this ... The post Huawei responds to the U.K ban – Britain could move into the digital slow lane appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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The International Baccalaureate program canceled its high-stakes exam because of Covid-19. The formula it used to "predict" scores puzzles students and teachers.
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Exclusive collections only on app, more data use... The post Big Denim Does Big Data: Levi Strauss Earnings Showcase Pivot to AI, Virtual Tools appeared first on Computer Business Review.
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Messaging app Telegram wants a US court to dismiss the allegations put forward by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) about its token being a security.Telegram outlined its case in a court filing submitted on Tuesday, where it refuted all the allegations made by the SEC.“Plaintiff’s claims are without merit as Telegram‘s private placement to highly sophisticated, accredited investors was conducted pursuant to valid exemptions to registration under the federal securities laws and Grams will not be securities when they are created at the time of launch on the TON Blockchain,” the filing reads.“[…] Plaintiff has engaged in improper ‘regulation by enforcement’ in this nascent area of the law, failed to provide clear guidance and fair notice of its views as to what conduct constitutes a violation of the federal securities laws, and has now adopted an ad hoc legal position that is contrary to judicial precedent and the publicly expressed views of its own high-ranking officials,” it adds.Telegram noted it had “voluntarily engaged” with the SEC, allegedly asking for guidance on how to avoid breaking federal securities laws, but claimed the regulator failed to help before it decided to enact enforcement action.Additionally, Telegram said its Gram tokens are yet to be created and noted that “if and when they do, they will constitute a currency and/or commodity — not securities under the federal securities laws.”
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Earlier this year, Paramount Pictures took a swing and a miss by releasing the first trailer for its upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog flick.The response to that trailer was not great, with many people complaining about Sonic’s uncanny valley look.Fans of the blue blur criticized everything from Sonic’s vaguely human proportions to the way his teeth looked and the shape of his eyes.There’s no denying that movie Sonic looked far different from video game Sonic and fans of the franchise were not pleased about that.After a few days of heavy criticism, Sonic the Hedgehog director Jeff Fowler took to Twitter to announced that the VFX team would be tweaking Sonic’s design before the movie’s release, which was subsequently pushed back to February 14th, 2020.Now, some six months later, we’re seeing the final result of Fowler’s decision to go back to the drawing board.
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Honor will launch the V30 smartphone on November 26 and it will come with 5G, making it the brand’s first model to support the technology.First announced on the official Honor Weibo social networking page, the V30 will be shown off in Beijing.It should be considered the sequel to last year’s Honor View 20, and 5G won’t be the only big change compared to it.The Honor View 20 was the first phone to widely use a cutout in the screen for the camera.Samsung adopted a similar dual camera screen cutout on the Galaxy S10 Plus.Both the teaser images state the V30 will have 5G, but it’s not the first time the phone has been connected (if you’ll forgive the pun) to this tech.
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When the Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge became the first human to run a marathon in under two hours as part of the recent INEOS 1:59 Project Challenge, this was arguably one of the most significant achievements of athleticism since Sir Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile in 1954.They are built around a carefully considered sole design that absorbs the energy of each foot strike and then helps store, channel, and returns it as the athlete runs.Its various patented innovations include the types of polymers used and how they and air pockets are located to absorb and return energy, coupled with a carbon plate built into the midsole.Yet since then, the maximum projections in that study have already been exceeded by around two minutes, and nearly by four if you include Kipchoge’s time.In fact, compared directly to other elite-level trainers in the same study, the performance gain was in the range of 2.6 percent to 4.2 percent.At the razor-thin margins of elite sport, that sort of benefit is the equivalent of bringing a gun to a knife fight.
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In October, Google officially discontinued its Daydream View VR headset — and the company took another step away from its initial leadership position in phone-based VR today by announcing that it’s open sourcing the software of Cardboard, its “no-frills” VR headset.It had already “open-sourced” the actual Cardboard VR viewer by posting its technical specifications for anyone to download, so it is nice to see Google open up the software as well.Google says it’s shipped “more than 15 million [Cardboard] units worldwide,” but that it’s seen usage of Cardboard “decline over time.” That doesn’t surprise me, sadly — I just don’t think there were many compelling uses for Cardboard, beyond its initial novelty.I remember playing with a free Cardboard viewer from one of Google’s promotions with The New York Times, and while it was really cool that one time I used it, I haven’t been clamoring for another Cardboard experience since.Introduced in 2014, Cardboard was one of the first DIY VR kits, following projects like the FOV2GO, and helped kick off years of interest in phone-based VR.Now, though, that trend is officially over, with seemingly no way to buy Oculus’ Gear VR in the US and Google discontinuing Daydream.
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The FTC today announced it had settled a lawsuit with AT over misleading marketing concerning the company’s “unlimited” data plans and would issue a $60 million fine.The fine comes five years after the suit was brought forth by FTC chairpersons who, in 2014, determined that AT had likely begun the practice of throttling data on customers’ “unlimited” plans as far back 2011.The suit alleges that all customers on the specific plan(s) were subject to this practice upon reaching a specific usage threshold.AT, in reference to the fine, gave the following statement to The Verge earlier today:Even though it has been years since we applied this network management tool in the way described by the FTC, we believe this is in the best interests of consumers.It’s no surprise that AT appears to have no objection to the $60 million fine.
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It's that time of year again -- good lord no, I am not talking about the holiday season.It's nearly SEMA show time, and automakers are busy previewing the latest builds meant to flex aftermarket companies' muscles.The F-150s shown on Thursday, however, cover both the mild and wild side of things.The F-150 Sport Crew Cab headed to the Vegas trade show features a black appearance package.They include a Fox suspension kit with Ford Performance tuning, Rigid LED lighting, a Borla cat-back exhaust and 22-inch off-road tires.Custom graphics and smoked badges complete the look.
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Hundreds of Facebook employees are asking the company to change its policies on political ads, according to an internal letter obtained by The New York Times.The social network currently refuses to fact-check ads from politicians, allowing them to lie with impunity.250 employees signed on to an internal open letter calling for this to end and for Facebook to make a series of other changes.Facebook's polices on political ads are proving intensely controversial, in particular with Democrats.On Monday, The New York Times' Mike Isaac reported that more than 250 workers at the Silicon Valley social networking giant have signed an internal letter calling on the company's leadership to change course on its stance on political ads, which has become the latest political firestorm to engulf the company."Free speech and paid speech are not the same thing," the letter reads, according to a copy of it published by the NYT.
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They’re finally here: Apple today announced the AirPods Pro, a noise-cancelling, (presumably) better-sounding variant of its extremely popular true wireless earbuds.This marks the first time Apple has introduced a ‘serious’ headphone since 2008’s Apple In-Ear headphones.By serious, I mean a headphone that actually prioritizes sound quality.While the AirPods are decent for what they are, they won’t win any prizes for their fidelity.On top of this, Apple has added active noise canceling, which uses two microphones to capture and mitigate background noise.But many AirPods users liked them precisely because they didn’t require a seal.
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UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced that the next tranche of 5G frequencies will be made available to operators via an auction next year.The spectrum consists of 80 MHz of 700 MHz band and 120 MHz in 3.6-3.8 GHz band.The 700 MHz is a lot more valuable to operators because it covers much greater distances than the higher frequency spectrum.Thus Ofcom is proposing a reserve price of up to £240 million per 2×5 MHz lot of that, compared to a reserve price of up to £25 million for each 5 MHz lot of 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum.Four lots of 5 MHz of 700 MHz spectrum will also be auctioned for downlink-only.The big news within the announcement is that Ofcom isn’t attaching any coverage obligations to any of the spectrum, apparently as a result of the deal struck with operators last week.
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Huawei is gearing up to launch their first-ever mid-range 5G smartphone in the form of Nova 6 5G.Before its impending release, a leaked render has revealed the entire design sans specifications.We are not sure what this phone will pack but can confirm the design by looking at the leaked render.The same pill-shaped notch has been leaked in some previous images as well.The display of Huawei Nova 6 will feature a pill-sized hole punch like the Galaxy S10 Plus to nest its dual front-facing cameras.The top and side bezels will be relatively narrow but the chin seems to be a bit wider than the other three sides of the phone.
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