Albert Colburn

Albert Colburn

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It was understandably difficult for Note 7 owners to abandon their device.After all, it was a well-received handset, save for…that one thing…Still, as Samsung has routinely reported, return rates have been high for the device.At last count, the electronics giant touted a 96-percent return rate on the phone tied to a bit of news about the FAA no longer having to announce its ban on flights .But, as anyone with a basic understanding of math will happily tell you, 96 is not 100.So, what s to be done about all of those Note fans unable to give up the dream?
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In the tech industry, new innovations are constantly supplanting old ideas and seemingly stable companies can find themselves facing unexpected challenges.However, the trends we saw started in 2016 posed questions that have yet to be answered.Can Alipay effectively deter the aggressive rise of WeChat?Alipay and WeChat Image credit: cztv.com Considering that Alipay has been trying hard to make Alipay a something more than just payment platform; a social community, what kind of strategies will actually attract users to use Alipay for engaging with other users?2.How will competition between China s bike-rental platforms, Mobike and Ofo, play out?Orange Mobike and yellow Ofo Image credit: Mobike Which one will become more dominant?How will LeEco s car business develop?LeEco s CEO, Jia Yueting, doing a live demo of LeSEE, an electric concept car of LeEco Image credit: Engadget LeEco is probably the most argued-about company in China, especially regarding its financial status.The latest news is fresh funding of 16.8 billion yuan $2.4 billion from real estate developer Sunac .How that will impact the company s transportation plans is still unclear.4.
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Astronomers have detected two stars that are on course to collide and create a spectacular explosion in Earth's sky sometime between 2021 and 2023.This binary star system is known as KIC 9832227 and consists of two stars that orbit each other once every 11 hours or so.Astronomers predict that the binary star will merge and create a bright explosion visible in the constellation Cygnus."It's a one-in-a-million chance that you can predict an explosion" of a star, Larry Molnar, an astronomy professor at Calvin College who predicted the timing of the binary collision, said in a statement from the college."It's never been done before."Supernova Photos: Great Images of Star Explosions
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In the hours since a private firm s intelligence document leaked to the web, alleging 35 pages of President-elect Donald Trump s dirty laundry—complete with corrupt ties to Russian officials, blackmail, and bodily fluids—Twitter, Facebook, and cable news have become a feeding frenzy.But former intelligence agents see it differently: To borrow the phrase often applied to Trump himself, they re taking it seriously, not literally.The document includes reports from unnamed sources claiming that the Kremlin has cultivated Trump as a Putin-friendly politician for the last half decade, recorded him in blackmail-worthy perverted sexual acts, and made secret deals with his campaign to exchange information.While Buzzfeed acknowledges that the document is unverified, it says it decided to publish it so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government.At the very least, the document is no hoax: According to CNN and the Guardian, senior intelligence officials presented a two-page summary of its contents to both Trump and President Obama.But those who spent their careers in the intelligence world are reading the report with more tempered skepticism, what ex-CIA analyst Patrick Skinner describes as interested caution.
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Autofill on Google's Chrome and Apple's Safari could be giving sensitive details to phishers using a simple flawAs the use of multiple usernames and passwords across different sites becomes common online practice, people increasingly turn to password managers and browser autofill in order to log in.While this is the recommended way to stay safe online, a newly discovered flaw in popular browsers and password managers could let scammers steal sensitive information, a researcher has found.The flaw affects the autofill function, which saves personal information and automatically pastes it to prevent repetitive typing, on browsers including Google's Chrome and Apple's Safari.It also affects some plugins and add-ons including the LastPass password manager.When a user starts to input information into a website, such as their name, autofill suggests information to paste into other boxes on the page.
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Since the original Agile Manifesto of 2001, which was written by and for software developers, the Agile movement has spread exponentially.It s provided a tried-and-true process for continual improvement and a focus on providing value to customers, not an obsession with following stiff procedures.What does it mean to be Agile?Instead of planning out all work in advance and then rigidly sticking to that plan for the long haul, Agile separates projects into mini sprints.This ensures that progress is made and that the process can be refined continuously based on real-time customer feedback.With Agile, the primary focus is about delivering real value to the customer, right away and continuously, without getting bogged down in procedures and outdated ways of thinking.
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Adding to the near-infinite list of things you saw on the internet that you really shouldn t try at home, YouTube s the Hacksmith strapped a couple of jet turbine engines to the back of a snowboard and hit his Canadian snow-covered streets because when you ve got a jet-powered snowboard, you don t need a mountain.The Hacksmith, aka James Hobson, might be the closest thing the internet has to a real-life Tony Stark.Using these compact jet turbine engines, which are readily available for purchase on the internet for powering RC planes, Hobson is actually trying to build his own flying Iron Man suit.That creation is still a long ways away, but in the meantime Hobson has found some fun uses for these engines.The snowboard doesn t quite hit the same speeds you d reach careening down a mountain — these engines don t come anywhere close to those that power a 747.But you also don t need to wait in line to catch a ride on a chairlift for your next run.
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The building process begins before you ve even started to play.The game comes with a collection of 34 different building types, only 13 of which you ll use on any given playthrough.When you add them to your city, each building provides a different ability, such as letting you store extra resources or trade with your rivals; different card combinations can make for games that feel quite different to play.You can tailor your game experience, including favorite cards, leaving out others or just using a random selection, and a simple smartphone app , can generate card combinations if this all seems like too much effort.The marketplace for buying new buildings.
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Tonight's traditional New Year's Eve countdown to 2017 will take 11 seconds instead of 10.The National Physical Laboratory, the body responsible for measuring time in the UK, will add a leap second to the lastClocks will strike 23:59:60 for a second before 2017 dawns to account for the slowing rotation of the earth.
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We re almost at the end of the year, in fact we re so close I m tempted to crack open a beer now, but before I do let s look over the top stories of 2016.This past year has really seen the Chinese mobile industry mature, and the majority of phones that come out of China are pretty damn good!Some are even class leading which has meant some seriously high traffic for certain GizChina stories.Below I ve listed the top 10 stores from 10 – 1 1 getting the most views along with a brief summary and some comments of my own.Just looking over at the top phone news of 2016 I can already see a pattern, let s see if you can.10.7 accessories for the Xiao Yi Action CameraI really surprised to see that this is our 10th most popular article of the year, but actually it makes perfect sense.GooApple i7 is an iPhone 7 cloneIt wouldn t be a real year of Chinese tech news if GooPone and their merry band of clones did turn up somewhere.This year GooPhone announced details of their iPhone 7 clone before Apple made their phone official!
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Carrie Fisher, the actress best known for her performances as Princess, then General Leia Oragna in the Star Wars saga, has died at the age of 60, her family has confirmed.Fisher suffered a heart attack on a flight from London on December 23, but was thought to be in a stable condition while recovering in hospital.A family statement, given to People Magazine, said: It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning.She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.As well as her most famous turns in the original Star Wars Trilogy, Fisher reprised the role in 2015 s The Force Awakens and wrapped filming on the as-yet-untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII in July.She was also known for roles in The Blues Brothers, The Burbs, When Harry Met Sally, Her Sisters and more recently, her cameo in Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back.
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Dancing patterns and vibrant colors may make the videos from the sixth-annual Nikon Small World In Motion contest look more like art, but they re actually both art and science.Nikon Instruments Inc. recently unveiled the winners from the video version of their photomicrography competition, displaying everything from a starfish larvae to the growth of mold spores.The branch of Nikon dedicated to scientific imaging equipment, like microscopes, awarded the first-place honors in the competition to Stanford University s William Gilpin for his shot of an eight-week-old starfish larvae video above .As the larvae searches the water for food, the tiny creature s motion turns the surrounding water into an intricate pattern.Gilpin captured the footage while studying how physics impacts evolution — surprising the judges with the patterns the starfish created in the water.Gillpin s video helped capture how the starfish s appendages, believed to be a result of evolution, created the patterns, something previously unknown according to contest organizers.
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WALTHAM, Mass.– BUSINESS WIRE –December 21, 2016– Augmenix, Inc. a medical technology company that develops, manufactures, and sells proprietary absorbable hydrogels that separate and protect organs at risk during prostate radiotherapy, today announced that it will participate in the 35th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.John Pedersen, Chief Executive Officer, is scheduled to present on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time in the Elizabethan D room.This Smart News Release features multimedia.View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161221005471/en/ About Augmenix, Inc. Augmenix, Inc. is a privately held company based in the Boston area focused on the development and commercialization of radiation oncology products using its proprietary hydrogel technology.The company was founded by Incept LLC in 2008 and is funded by several leading venture capital groups.More information about Augmenix can be found at http://www.Augmenix.com.
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Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban has a suggestion for President-elect Donald Trump's infrastructure plan: Make sure to spend some cash on robotics.In a Sunday night post on his blog, Blog Maverick, Cuban said a "big chunk" of the $1 trillion Trump proposal should be spent on research and development, software, and design for robots "and every other
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Ants being tracked in the colonyBaboons were tracked to show how they move as oneSeals are used to map the Southern Ocean - with sensors glued to their fur they can collect sea temperature data under the ice along the Antarctic PeninsulaAlbatrosses were found to travel up to 25,000 kilometres in circumpolar migrations: from South Georgia to the Indian Ocean, on to New Zealand and then home againWarblers, tiny songbirds escaped a tornado from Tennessee, US, by all flying to ColumbiaAfter attaching GPS collars to jaguars in the Peruvian Amazon, it was found they can travel distances of a range of 600km2
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When Sir Roger Bannister ran the first four-minute mile in 1954, he redefined what athletes were capable of.The International Association of Athletics Federation IAAF current marathon world record for men is 2:02:57, set by Dennis Kimetto of Kenya on September 28, 2014 at the Berlin Marathon.In order to do this, the sports company will work with a team of leaders across science and sport, combined with a holistic approach to athletes, product, training and environment.Nike has handpicked three elite athletes to take part in the challenge: Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya, Lelisa Desisa from Ethiopia and Zersenay Tadese from Eritrea.He set a new course record in the London Marathon in 2016 with a winning time of 2:03:05.Tadese is the men s half marathon world record holder and was the first ever Eritrean Olympic medalist.
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It s 1997 and digital cameras were just coming on the market.Native support didn t exist on Mac or PC, USB ports weren t standard, and the miniSD card wouldn t exist for another six years.The best storage option for the time was the humble floppy disk.As The 8-Bit Guy shows in a walk down tech s memory lane, the very first digital cameras — like the Sony Mavica — were enormous, because they had to fit an entire floppy disk in them.The Mavica also took awful photos in two flavours: crap resolution where everything that moves is blurry, or apocalyptically bad resolution with less motion blur.Digital would surpass film in only a few years time, but when the Mavica first launched the only obvious perk was the ability to delete photos.
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There's been lots of talk about the cloud taking over on-premise servers in recent years, as companies move their data online instead of storing it on their own hardware servers.That may be the clear long-term trend, but the cloud doesn't seem to be the answer for every company — at least for now.According to a CIO survey by financial firm Pacific Crest, 62% of the respondents said they returned to on-premise servers, after trying things on the cloud.Pacific Crest calls this a "boomerang effect," in which companies realize the cloud isn't a good fit yet and bring back their workloads to traditional on-premise datacenters."Surprisingly, 62% have brought workloads back from the cloud, supporting the idea that cloud doesn t work for everything and there is a need for on-premise," the report says.As seen in the chart above, the need for on-premise is more apparent among tech companies and large enterprises.That may be due to the various security and compliance issues they need to deal with, but it may also be a reflection of how big industry transitions like these take a long time to complete.For example, AWS, the de facto leader in the cloud computing space, recently struck a partnership with VMware to offer a "hybrid" solution, showing there's still huge demand for on-premise from companies hesitant to go all cloud."We re going through a gigantic transition right now from people running everything on-premise to people running mostly in the cloud, but that transition is going to take a long time," AWS CEO Andy Jassy told Business Insider after announcing the VMware partnership.Still, the Pacific Crest report said there's no denying that cloud adoption is an on-going trend and will continue to benefit the largest public cloud vendors like AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google.Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions.NOW WATCH: NASA just spotted a massive hole growing on the sun — here s what it meansLoading video...
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Silicon Valley tech executives honored some of the top minds in science on Sunday at the fifth annual Breakthrough Prize awards.Twelve researchers won a combined $24 million for pursuing ideas ranging from the genetic causes of rare diseases to furthering our understanding of black holes.Another $1.4 million went to junior researchers and students.The event—sponsored by founders such as Facebook Inc. s Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin of Google parent Alphabet Inc.—highlights the close ties between the sciences and the tech industry.The technological innovation that drives the economic engine of Silicon Valley relies on scientific advances.Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner launched the prize with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. founder Jack Ma and his wife Zhang Ying; Mr. Brin and 23andMe Inc. co-founder and Chief Executive Anne Wojcicki; and Mr. Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, a physician.
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Malicious software disguised as legitimate apps for Android smartphones and tablets has seized control of more than one million Google accounts since August, according to research from security firm Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.The apps had innocent-sounding names, such as StopWatch, Perfect Cleaner and Wi-Fi Enhancer.Some of the unauthorized apps also used the victim s user name and password to post fake reviews.The malicious Trojan-horse software known as Gooligan was found in 86 fraudulent apps and has been infecting about 13,000 Android devices a day, Check Point said.The Gooligan apps come from third-party app stores rather than Google s authorized Play store, but some apps downloaded without authorization can be found on Play, Check Point said.Gooligan is a variant of malicious software known as Ghost Push, which has been giving Android users headaches for two years.
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