Pilot fish is membership coordinator for a large fraternal organization with thousands of members in hundreds of chapters spread across the state.Each year at its annual convention, the organization hands out awards for the chapters that met their membership goals, the chapter that reached its goal first and the chapter with the most new members.There’s a membership database that’s used for figuring all of that out, but the membership report for the annual convention is done by hand — which is not only laborious, but also not always accurate, and that can cause bad feelings if a chapter gets snubbed because someone didn’t add things up correctly.Wanting to avoid such problems, fish writes an Excel macro to automate the process.It’s over 2,000 lines long, but it’s totally accurate.[ Find your 2017 salary info and our detailed report at IT Salary Watch ]
Designed expressly for business environments, Slack helps co-workers collaborate in real time through its cloud-based chat interface.One of Slack’s strengths is that it allows the installation of third-party apps and bots to add features to the basic chat platform.Bots are apps that are designed to interact with users via chat; most respond to requests from users, while some operate in the background and chime in to the conversation as needed.When deployed to your team’s workspace, bots can perform a variety of useful tasks, such as gathering feedback from members of your team, reminding them of events, or tracking their work progress.Others perform less crucial tasks like telling jokes or helping a group decide what to have for lunch.We sorted through the hundreds of bots available to install in Slack workspaces, zeroing in on those that are most helpful for teams looking to get serious work done together.
Drunk shoppers on average spend more than $400 per year on items purchased while intoxicated, equivalent to an over $48 billion industry, and Amazon is apparently the biggest beneficiary.A survey carried out by The Hustle revealed that waking up with a hangover plus a confirmation receipt for a purchase while drunk is actually a pretty common thing in the United States.More than 2,000 alcohol-imbibing American adults participated in the survey, which revealed several interesting tidbits about drunk shoppers.Out of the 2,174 participants, 79 percent said that they have made at least one drunken purchase, with The Hustle providing a story about a man named Ryan Green as an example.Green, who was drunk while watching Justin Timberlake perform at the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show, purchased two tickets worth $165 each to watch a Timberlake concert.He woke up the next day to find a confirmation email of a purchase that he did not remember.
There’s nothing like a niche language to create a sort of lock-in for a startup, and that’s exactly what’s happened with e case of Gjirafa.Focusing exclusively on Albanian-speaking countries, co-founder and CEO Mergim Cahani started out developing an Albanian language search engine and then literally digitizing the country’s information, from bus timetables to a database of local businesses and venues, and beyond.Investors were been attracted to this ’emerging-market approach’ and put in a $2 million Series A three years ago to “grow the Balkans’ internet economy” by digitizing and indexing information in Albania and Kosovo, thus making Gjirafa the regional leader in search, e-commerce, and online advertising.Today it claims 3 million monthly unique users across its services and has now raised a series B round of $6.7M from Rockaway Capital, which has been backing the company since 2016.The new funding is intended for scaling the current products regionally.The Series B will allow the company to double their current team (currently at 70 full time, and about 100 in total with part-time), scale with the existing products regionally, and deliver other digital services that aren’t available in the region.
The new fund will typically invest between €5m-€10m per round, while also having the capacity to follow on in future rounds for the most promising portfolio companies.His investments are said to include UK unicorn The Hut Group, Magic Pony (acquired by Twitter in 2016), GoCardless, Paddle, Touch Surgery, Appear Here and Revolut.He also has decent entrepreneur stripes, having founded and exited Firefly Tonics, a health drinks company, which he expanded to 35 countries, before selling to private equity firm Langholm Capital.Also joining Omers in Europe is Henry Gladwyn, who previously managed seed investments for the founders of DeepMind.TC: Omers Ventures in Europe plans to do Series A and B investments, typically writing cheques between €5m-€10m per round, as well as following on.TC: You’ve recruited Tara Reeves from LocalGlobe and Henry Gladwyn, who previously managed seed investments for the founders of DeepMind, but I gather you’re not done yet.
Look, Apple could have done what it normally does: turn on its livestream in time for its March 25 event at 9 a.m. PT when the event starts.The livestream, of course, is for Apple's upcoming event.If you click through to Apple's official livestream site, you'll find that it's already gone live and is streaming an empty theatre, occasionally shifting camera angles.But that's just the beginning of the strangeness.Might mess around and get Chris Evans, of Captain America fame, to call in during the livestream.So basically it seems like Apple is creating a bizarre marketing performance art stunt.
The Honor 8X is one of the Chinese brand’s best budget smartphones, so we’re happy to see the company bring Android Pie and EMUI 9 to the device.A user on the XDA-Developers forum gave word that the update hit their device, with confirmation coming from a forum member in Macedonia.So what should you expect from the update?Well, according to screenshots posted by the outlet, you’re looking at a 3.14GB update (if only it landed on Pi Day).The update brings a simplified UI, new audio recorder features, faster app launching, and Huawei Share 3.0.Huawei revealed EMUI 9 back at IFA 2018, confirming several tweaks in more detail.
(Reuters) — Uber is set to offer over $3 billion to buy Dubai-based rival Careem Networks, two sources familiar with the deal told Reuters.Uber’s offer could be unveiled during the early part of this week, a third source added.Uber will pay $1.4 billion in cash and $1.7 billion in convertible notes, which will be convertible into Uber shares at a price equal to $55 per share, Bloomberg had earlier reported, citing a term-sheet.Careem declined comment while Uber did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters to comment.Uber has been preparing for an initial public offering, and its bankers have indicated that it could be valued at as much as $120 billion.The U.S.-based global logistics and transportation company has been seeking new avenues of growth even as it faces severe competition in its core business of ride hailing from rivals like Lyft.
Generally when someone says smoothie, I think banana.To encourage greater recycling rates to better appreciate exactly what materials go in to producing the handheld supercomputers we slip into our pockets every day, two geologists at the University of Plymouth have stuck an iPhone into a blender, pulverized it to dust and then chemically analyzed its composition.Smartphones have become so ubiquitous it's kind of hard to imagine a world without them.But of course, it takes a whole lot of energy to build one -- and plenty of mining.and mixing it with an oxidizer at around 500 degrees Celsius (approx.932 degrees Fahrenheit), the researchers were able to find exactly what the iPhone was composed of.
Apple is holding a keynote today on its campus in Cupertino, and the company is expected to talk about new services.Don’t expect any new device, today’s event should be all about content.At 10 AM PT (1 PM in New York, 5 PM in London, 6 PM in Paris), you’ll be able to watch the event as the company is streaming it live.Rumor has it that the company plans to unveil multiple new services.The most anticipated one will be a new video streaming service that should compete with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and others.In addition to that service, Apple will unveil an Apple News subscription to access magazines and premium articles for a flat monthly fee.
The answer came in a convoluted four-page letter to Congress from newly installed Attorney General Bill Barr, who spent the weekend sorting through Mueller’s final report with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.The second part covers the president’s actions, and whether they count as obstruction.On that question, Barr writes, “the Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.’”Mueller’s report appears as tenacious and thorough as was to be expected of the former FBI director and long-time prosecutor: Barr reported that Mueller’s team of 19 lawyers, alongside 40 FBI agents, analysts, forensic accountants, and other staff, issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants, pulled more than 230 sets of communication records, collected details from nearly 50 pen registers used to track telephone calls, and made 13 requests of foreign governments and law enforcement agencies for additional evidence.They also interviewed around 500 witnesses, although Mueller was unable to question in person a few key figures—namely, the president as well as his children Ivanka and Don Jr.Along the way, Mueller’s team brought charges against nearly three dozen individuals—including Trump’s campaign chair, deputy campaign chair, national security advisor, and personal lawyer.
Sony is set to launch State of Play, a new video program that will feature updates and announcements for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR.The first episode, which will be released on March 25 at 2:00 pm PT, will showcase new PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR titles, including new trailers, game announcements, and gameplay footage, according to a post on the official PlayStation Blog.The new program is being compared to Nintendo Direct and Inside Xbox, which Nintendo and Microsoft use for similar purposes.Sony is not explicitly saying that State of Play is a live show, which may mean that it will be a pre-recorded video like Nintendo Direct presentations, and not an actual live stream like Inside Xbox episodes.Some of the PlayStation 4 games that are expected to be part of the first State of Play include Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part II, Ghost of Tsushima, and Days Gone.Given the focus on software on the official blog post, it does not look like Sony will be teasing the PlayStation 5 in the first episode of State of Play, through there is a possibility that the company will use the program to reveal its next-generation console in the future.
Physicists believe that for every particle that exists in our universe, there is an antiparticle which is identical but has the opposite charge.But when antimatter meets matter, both particles are annihilated in a flash of energy.This leads to a tricky conundrum: if matter and antimatter were both produced in equal amounts by the Big Bang, why is there so much matter around us today, and so little antimatter?In a delightful factoid, CERN researcher Marco Gersabeck writes this means that “your average banana (which contains Potassium) emits a positron every 75 minutes.” But overall, we have observed much, much more matter in the universe than antimatter.A new experiment from CERN may hold the answer to this decades-long puzzle.Experiments have shown that particles like mesons, which consist of one quark and one anti-quark, can spontaneously turn into anti-mesons, and visa versa — but this process happens more in one direction than the other.
Mozilla has released a version of Firefox designed specifically for Apple’s iPad, to provide a better browsing experience for owners of the tablet.“We know that iPads aren’t just bigger versions of iPhones,” Mozilla said in a blog post.“So rather than just make a bigger version of our browser for iOS, we made Firefox for iPad look and feel like it was custom made for a tablet.”Firefox for iPad, now available on the App Store comes with several features that will help it stand out among other internet browsers available for the tablet.One of these features is split screen support, which is viewed as a tool to improve productivity.The iPad provides a limited range of split screen capabilities, depending on the model, that allows two apps to be displayed on the screen at the same time.
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It's extremely versatile, allowing you to play both at home in your living room and on the go.Plus, there are a ton of excellent games for it.Here are the best Nintendo Switch accessories for 2019:Best Nintendo Switch controller: Nintendo Switch Pro ControllerBest Nintendo Switch carry case: Orzly Carry Case for Nintendo SwitchBest Nintendo Switch screen protector: amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector
Group Nine Media and Refinery29 are in talks to merge, say three people familiar with the situation.Investors including Discovery and Turner, which have backed Group Nine and Refinery, respectively, and the boards of both companies would have to agree on the terms.It's also hard to combine companies with different cultures and the participating companies would have to agree on the value their respective company would have in the merged entity.One potential scenario is that the companies could combine in a stock deal where no money would change hands, say people who have experience with media MAsked for comment, a Group Nine spokesperson said: "It's our policy not to respond to rumors."The two are connected in that Group Nine CEO Ben Lerer is on the team of Lerer Hippeau, which is an investor in Refinery.It's valued at $500 million, based on Discovery owning 42% of the company and valuing it at $212 million.
Phones like the Galaxy S10 Plus and iPhone XS have no intrinsic value, and the head of one of the largest wireless carriers in the world knows it:"We carry around these devices and they're bigger than they should be...I say they go away," AT CEO Randall Stephenson said to the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. "It is conceivable that we're going to be moving into a world without screens, a world where (glasses are) your screen.Stephenson's comments are, of course, meant to promote the power and ubiquity of 5G networks coming from his industry, promising to move storage and computing out of phones and onto the network.But he also shines a light on the dirty little secret of all phones on all networks: They're a crutch.They're the lightest crutch we've been able to devise to access media, communications, information and navigation, but still a crutch.
Infinity Augmented Reality, an Israeli virtual reality startup, has been acquired by Alibaba, the companies announced this weekend.The deal’s terms were not disclosed.Alibaba and InfinityAR have had a strategic partnership since 2016, when Alibaba Group led InfinityAR’s Series C. Since then, the two have collaborated on augmented reality, computer vision and artificial intelligence projects.Founded in 2013, the startup’s augmented glasses platform enables developers in a wide range of industries (retail, gaming, medical, etc.)to integrate AR into their apps.InfinityAR’s products include software for ODMs and OEMs and a SDK plug-in for 3D engines.
The nearly two-year investigation into foreign interference in the 2016 US presidential election, including whether anyone tied to President Donald Trump's campaign cooperated with Russia to get him elected, came to an end March 22, when former FBI director Robert Mueller delivered his report to US Attorney General William Barr.On Sunday, Barr sent his summary to Congress, concluding that Mueller's findings did not show the Trump campaign conspired with Russia.While Mueller's investigation has already led to the indictments of six of Trump's advisers, along with 26 Russian nationals, no new indictments are expected, according to CBS News (both CBS News and CNET are owned by CBS).US law makes it unlikely that a sitting president can be indicted, which is why Mueller pursued Trump's top collaborators from the 2016 campaign.But the president indicated March 20 that he wants the report released, saying "Let people see it."In the meantime, what Mueller found during his 675-day investigation could lead to a widening of the partisan divide in the US, with Trump supporters likely to view the final results of the Mueller probe as exonerating the president, while his detractors see the report's contents and existing indictments as ample proof of wrongdoing.