OnePlus does a good job by keeping their phones updates in a constantly basis, the company has managed to bring updates for both the 2016 released OnePlus 3 and 3T even after a whole year, and is keeping the same form with OnePlus 5.The company took the wraps of today to release a new update for their half 2017 flagship the OnePlus 5.The update comes in the form of 4.5.15 and surprisingly does not bring Oreo for the handset owners, more shockingly it also lacks the Widevine Level 1 certification required for streaming HD content in apps like Netflix and other related services.What the update brings is a couple of fixes and tweaks for optimizing overall user’s experience.
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If you want to make a living creating white supremacist content, you’re probably not going to do it via sites like Kickstarter and Patreon, which prohibit hate speech.Tucows’ Ross Rader also replied to questions from Ryan Block (who was a valuable collaborator on this post) indicating that the company does not consider Hatreon a customer:a) they aren’t a customer – we work through resellers and b) even presuming we know in advance how someone will use a registration, should we also get to pick which startups we provide registrations to?I agree with Block that it is disingenuous to pretend that Hatreon is not a customer of Tucows — only the thinnest membrane separates them.There are plenty of regulations for complying with country code requirements and so on, but no section saying, for example, that Nazi publications aren’t welcome.Njalla, likewise, has prohibitions against “illegal activities” but nothing pertaining to hate speech, harassment, abuse, etc.
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Lyft has officially opened for business in Toronto, its first market outside the U.S.The Canadian expansion was announced last month, and December 12 is the first day of official operations with ride hailing services available in the city.Lyft service in Toronto includes standard Lyft service, Lyft Plus, Lyft Premiere, Lyft Lux and Lyft Lux SUV rides.It can also be used to hail a ride to and from Toronto’s Pearson Airport for travelers.This has been a busy year for Lyft, which has more than doubled its total number of rides given, and managed to rack up its most recent 100 million rides in only three months, compared to taking four years to reach that number for its first 100 million.It’s also now offering service to around 95 percent of the U.S. population, having increased its coverage by around 76 percent year-over-year.
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Call them content creators, influencers, or maybe just fellow narcissists with a camera, but whether you like it or not, the people you follow on social media are how you get introduced to things like news, memes, or trends.But in an update scheduled to start rolling out later today, Instagram is trying to change that by letting people follow hashtags for the first time.Currently, there are two main ways to find photos and videos with a certain hashtag.One way is to search for them under the Explore tab, the other is to click on a hashtag in the body of post in hopes of finding more related content.But with the new update, Instagram will allow people to follow entire communities, instead of just singular entities.Let’s say, for example, that you like photos of cuddly critters.
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Sony today released its Stranger Things VR Experience on the PlayStation store.Don’t get too excited though.It’s shorter than Eleven’s Season 1 haircut, which is a crying shame.The game, first teased back in October, appears to take place during the first season of the show.Promotional images show the Byers’ light-festooned home and little else.From what I’ve been able to tell, the game consists of a few jump scares and an extended trailer for the show.
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As revealed last week, today is the day that Overwatch‘s Winter Wonderland event goes live.Though this event for 2017 shares its name with the same event from last year, there will be fair amount of new content for fans to unlock and play.Of course, all of the old stuff from last year’s Winter Wonderland will be returning, so if you missed a few seasonal skins last year, you’ll have another chance to unlock them.If you’re looking to unlock all of the content Winter Wonderland 2017 has to offer, you’re in for a busy few weeks.The event lasts from today until January 1, and during that time, Overwatch‘s loot boxes will be replaced with Winter Wonderland loot boxes.Those loot boxes are guaranteed to have at least one Winter Wonderland item, but with all of the sprays and icons being added, you’ll have to play quite a bit to unlock all of the seasonal skins.
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Bob Safian announced to his staff at Fast Company this afternoon that he would be leaving his 12-year tenure as editor near the end of January.“Fast Company is a franchise all about change, and I have reached a point where it’s become clear that it’s time for me to make a change, too,” Safian told Adweek.Adweek named Safian Editor of the Year in 2009 amid crisis in the publishing industry; since he started, he’s edited at least 110 issues—more than anyone else who’s held his position since the publication’s launch in 1995.Safian will stay with his team through the end of its upcoming issue, but will look into other opportunities that he’s continually turned down over the years.“I consistently told people I wasn’t looking to leave Fast Company,” he said, “but now it’s time for me to explore the opportunities I’d been deferring for so long.”That said, Safian doesn’t have an immediate plan; he’s been approached him with advisory boards, management consulting or media investment opportunities.
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And we'll explain: Epic trolling, online pressure, window-dressing, serious wonk writingIt may have escaped your notice but America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, will vote on Thursday on a provision that would effectively undermine net neutrality protections in the US.Net neutrality is the notion that ISPs should not favor some internet traffic over another – such as streaming its own TV service at high speed to the detriment of a rival.Now, in the era of Trump, the Republican-controlled panel of commissioners that oversee the FCC is set to vote this week to undo those changes, going back to how it was pre-2015, thus allowing ISPs to control their network pathways as they see fit – albeit without potentially upsetting federal regulators, such as by making false advertising claims about connections speeds, and so on.This morning, an online campaign kicked off aimed at pressuring lawmakers in US Congress to take citizens' concerns about the planned vote seriously, and exert pressure on Pai and his fellow Republican commissioners at the FCC to call off the vote.Ignoring for a second the slightly disturbing concept of asking Congress to lean on a semi-autonomous federal regulator, the idea behind this latest pressure campaign is to demonstrate what a "broken internet" would look like as a result of the rules being torn up.
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SAN FRANCISCO—On the same day that the City by the Bay mourned the sudden passing of its tech-friendly mayor, Ed Lee, various tech leaders came together to discuss the current challenges that women and minorities face in Silicon Valley.One of the most bold suggestions on Tuesday morning at The Atlantic’s “Inclusion in Tech” conference came from Erica Joy Baker, a senior engineering manager at Kickstarter.“I don’t need to see Travis back,” she said, referring to the former Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, who resigned in June but remains on the board.“We don’t need them,” Kickstarter’s top engineer continued, referring to other powerful men who have been booted out of their positions, including Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein.They can go off—the rich ones can go off and play somewhere else.Other Silicon Valley luminaries who have been ousted this past year for alleged sexual misconduct include Shervin Pishevar, Robert Scoble, and Steve Jurvetson, among others.
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The 10,000-sq.-ft. space operates equipment ranging from small 3D printers to large industrial machining centers, such as precision measurement and laser cutting machines.Moshe Kam, dean of NJIT's Newark College of Engineering (NCE), said the move from computer simulation in the teaching of engineering to hands-on practice is essential, noting, "It's easy to teach engineering with simulators ... but it will only take you so far in becoming a successful practicing engineer."Plans to add electronic devices, a wood shop, a paint booth and soldering machines, among other equipment, and to double the space, are underway.The "industry-relevant" design, prototyping and practice skills that students will pick up in the facility constitute the "hands-on experience employers want to see," observed Robert Cohen '83, '84, '87, vice president and general manager of R for Stryker Orthopaedics' reconstructive division, chair of the NCE Board of Visitors and an enthusiastic backer of the Makerspace.Students also eagerly anticipate the edge the facility will provide to the university's competitive teams, such as the Baja SAE club, which experienced a dizzying ascent over the past three years from dormancy to a heady perch in global rankings this year: Number 6."I have great confidence and excitement for Baja and the other teams," said Matthew Emmerson '17, past captain of the SAE Baja Team, who will receive his B.S.
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They are: Joseph Izatt, the Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professor of Engineering; Nimmi Ramanujam, the Robert W. Carr, Jr.Professor of Biomedical Engineering, professor of global health and pharmacology and director of the Global Women's Health Technologies Center; and Tuan Vo-Dinh, the Goodson Professor of biomedical engineering, professor of chemistry and the director of the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics.Founded in 2010, the NAI recognizes academic inventors who have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development and welfare of society.With today's announcement, the Pratt School of Engineering faculty now includes seven members of the Academy.Joseph Izatt's research focuses on the application of optical technologies for non-invasive, high-resolution imaging and sensing in living tissues.He is considered one of the leading experts on optical coherence tomography (OCT), a medical imaging technique that allows researchers to peer beneath the surface of tissue to diagnose and treat diseases.
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The Thomas fire, the fifth largest in California's history, continues to creep towards Montecito and Santa Barbara, and is currently 234,200 acres in size.That is about 4,200 acres larger than yesterday.Reports today are citing the fire at 20 percent containment per Inciweb.Because the region was relatively cloud free last night, NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite's Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) observed smoke over Santa Barbara using its Day Night Band.Using local weather information and combinations of the data from Suomi NPP's various instruments indicates that the weather phenomenon was smoke, and overcast at 4,800 ft.The scattering of light in Santa Barbara is due to a combination of smoke and clouds.
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- Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and the University of Connecticut (UConn) are collaborating on a smartphone app aimed at helping users manage their overeating challenges in three key ways: by tracking eating patterns, providing interventions, and helping change behavior.A paper on the research was recently presented at the annual symposium for the American Medical Informatics Association, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the development of information technology to benefit healthcare.The WPI/UConn research report noted that a user study of 16 participants, all over the age of 18, overweight, and not necessarily trying to lose weight, showed positive results.At the end of the month-long pilot, nine of the participants lost an average of five pounds, three weighed the same, and four gained an average of two pounds.The paper's co-authors include the project's principal investigators: Bengisu Tulu, associate professor in WPI's Foisie Business School; Carolina Ruiz, associate professor of computer science at WPI; and Sherry Pagoto, professor of allied health sciences at the University of Connecticut and director of UConn's Center for mHealth and Social Media.The WPI/UConn app, dubbed SlipBuddy, is built to do just that.
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Microsoft released its Patch Tuesday passel a couple of hours ago, and it looks like we can all go home and enjoy some eggnog.There were two fixed vulnerabilities for Win7, and two for Win 8.1, and the (five) supported Win10 versions had three fixes apiece, all of them bundled into cumulative updates.There were no “critical” patches for Windows this month, although Internet Explorer with 13 patched vulnerabilities (9 critical) and Edge with 13 vulnerabilities (12 critical) should certainly turn your head.Assuming you still use either or both.In the “everything old is new again” category, I was excited to see the reappearance of an old, old security bugaboo: Microsoft Compiled HTML Help files, or CHM files.I last wrote about them and their profligate CryptoWall ways in 2015.
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Virtual reality may be comparatively stuck in the mud for the time being, but augmented reality is in full gear.Facebook realizes this, and to that effect it has announced it’s bringing new Snapchat-style augmented reality features called World Effects to its Facebook Messenger app.They’re basically the same things as Snapchat’s World Lenses.The basic idea is that you can drop 3D objects into your photos to make them appear as though they’re there in real life, such as a heart over someone’s head.A bit more usefully, you could use a floating arrow to point out a specific location in a wide shot.The news accompanies the announcement that Facebook is letting the general public use its augmented reality Camera Effects Platform and AR Studio kit, which lets developers create items like “masks” that fit over your face in photos.
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Every December, for about the last 30 years according to the New York Times, the BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal) publishes a batch of studies and papers that sound way more fun than the typical science fare.Last year, for instance, a Stanford epidemiologist asked whether caviar could be a risk factor for being a millionaire.Two years earlier, a researcher from Ohio’s Kent State University conducted a review of everything we know about zombie infections—including prevention!And this year, a paper has made the case that Peppa Pig is overtaxing UK doctors by raising expectations of how all-knowing they can be, through its character Dr Bear.Another paper claims to have found evidence of the “man-flu”—the phenomenon of men turning into deflated balloons and becoming sicker than women the moment they feel the sniffles coming on.These papers aren’t fake, at least not in the sense that scientists are gleefully making things up.
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“To the moon!” The phrase is the battle cry of true believers in cryptocurrency bitcoin—and charts of its price in recent weeks point directly heavenward.Bitcoin was a gift to the world from Satoshi Nakamoto, a pseudonymous person or persons who laid out the design in a 2008 white paper.The paper doesn’t use the term, but it’s a clear reference to the concept of micropayments—the idea that very small digital payments could change the economics of the internet, or help people in the developing world.But the currency has not introduced a new era of economic enlightenment greased with tiny transactions.Participants in bitcoin transactions pay fees to assure that the global network of computers that manage the currency will process the transaction.Videogame marketplace Steam stopped accepting bitcoin last week, citing high fees.
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A chunk of amber dating back about 99 million years has been found containing perfectly preserved ticks, shedding light on how these tiny pests evolved and what similarities they shared with their modern-day counterparts.One particular tick found within the amber has caught researchers’ attention: it is young and shown clearly clinging to a preserved feather, seemingly confirming that these parasites sought out dinosaurs.Ticks remain a big problem to this day: they carry diseases and are particularly problematic for pet owners who live in certain states.The parasite isn’t a new problem, though; various creatures have been dealing with them for millions of years.Debate exists about whether ticks had fed on dinosaurs, and now a tiny one preserved in amber offers an answer: yes, they probably did.Amber has been the source of many preserved insects, giving us a near-perfect look at critters that crawled the land millions of years ago.
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Buyers, from both the B2B and B2C categories, no longer wait for companies to introduce themselves: 75 percent of respondents said that they now use more sources to research and evaluate their purchases -- themselves.With so many research avenues at their disposal, in fact, customers are free to form opinions about a brand before their first engagement with the company.The message, then, is that to engage customers in this evolving market, companies must go to them -- but, fewer than you'd expect actually do that.Content's value in the modern sales funnelModern buyers no longer want salespeople to do their thinking for them and instead prefer a cache of relevant content, with a salesperson operating more as an optional guide.In fact, customers, who typically seem wary of brand content on principle, value educational content over sales-oriented content because they often assume that sellers will put their own interests ahead of objective information.
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Following an eleventh hour order instructing voting officials in Alabama to keep the digital ballots generated in Tuesday’s controversial Senate election, the state’s Supreme Court has issued a stay to block that decision.The order to preserve the records was issued by the Montgomery County Circuit Court on Monday afternoon — less than 24 hours before voting was set to begin — and the stay that will effectively nullify that order was issued late Monday night.“All counties employing digital ballot scanners in the Dec. 12, 2017 election are hereby ordered to set their voting machines to save all processed images in order to preserve all digital ballot images,” the Montgomery County order stated.Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and Alabama state election administrator Ed Packard are named as defendants in the suit, which was brought before the Montgomery County court by four Alabama voters.Initially filed on Thursday of last week, it cited the state-level election system hacking that the Department of Homeland Security notified 21 states including Alabama of this September in arguing that the state should hold onto the digital record of votes for at least six months rather than destroy them.As is often the case, state election practices are a bit confusing.
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