Albert Colburn

Albert Colburn

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If you've been craving a phone with a beefy battery pack, the Moto Z3 Play might be the ticket -- it comes with a magnetic modular battery back that promises a combined 40 hours on a charge.And though we haven't reviewed it yet, it's now available for pre-order through Best Buy, B Photo, and Motorola.com for $500.Or, if you're an Amazon Prime member and don't mind a few preloaded apps, you can get the Moto Z3 Play for $450 as an Amazon Prime Exclusive phone.As a Prime Exclusive, the Moto Z3 Play comes unlocked with pre-loaded Amazon apps like Prime Video, Amazon Shopping and the Kindle app.The Moto Z3 Play also comes integrated with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.Compared to last year's Moto Z2 Play, the Z3 Play offers a larger, higher-resolution 6-inch screen in the same size phone, but lose the headphone jack.
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VR still has some major problems to solve -- like the pesky cord that often tethers you to a PC.But Valve, the company that's working on three full-length VR games (you may also know it from a little thing called Steam), might soon solve the problem of being able to naturally pick up, hold and squeeze objects with your hands in virtual reality.Today, the company revealed its near-final Knuckles EV2 VR controllers, almost exactly a year after the previous Knuckles revision, and Valve tells CNET the company will announce a ship date soon.What makes Knuckles any better than the wands that come with, say, an HTC Vive VR headset?I'm glad I used a rhetorical crutch to make you ask -- they're covered with force sensors (pressure) and capacitive sensors (touch) that tell games when and how you're gripping, squeezing and pinching virtual objects.You've never done anything quite like that in a game before, I bet.
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It'll be the first Volvo to be sold without a diesel variant.The front and rear bumpers are a bit more aggressive in their layout, and the door panels are more expressive, as well.Where the larger 90-series cars have more wood trim, the 60-series models make do with less.The V60 had quite a lot of openness thanks to its longer roof, so it'll be interesting to see how that changes (if it does) with the sedan body.Since the S60 rides on the same Scalable Product Architecture platform as nearly every other new Volvo (V60, XC60, S90, V90 and XC90), expect a lot of the same powertrain components to make an appearance.Volvo says the S60 will come with two plug-in hybrid variants, too -- the 340-horsepower T6 Twin Engine and the 400-horsepower T8 Twin Engine.
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Smart speakers are taking over the world one country at a time.The Amazon Echo will soon be made available in both Spain and Italy, and at around the same time, Sonos and Bose will both offer up their own Alexa-enabled devices in those two markets as well.In advance of this availability, Amazon has announced that developers now have the option of building voice commands for folks in Italy and Spain using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK).Skills created will be made available to customers on the European continent once Echo makes its way across the ocean later in 2018.Of course, that means that Alexa now supports both Italian and Spanish, so developers can create skills that work in their native languages.For the time being, Alexa also speaks English, German, Japanese, and French.
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Startupbolaget Insurello have a digital service that users can use for help with insurance claims in case of damage.Through its digital platform that manages the company in all communications and processes with the insurance companies.Now take Insurello in an investment of more than 6 million of Luminar Ventures, Wave Ventures, and angel investors.”Our vision is that everyone will get the compensation they deserve when an accident had been there.With this investment, we have the opportunity to continue to build on our platform for the launch of new technical solutions for the customer – to be able to help more people get the compensation they deserve,” says co-founder Marcus Janback in the press release.Read also: Broken foot led to the startup – now they are in namnkunnigt capital
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Just a decade ago, your standard PC or laptop probably had a hard drive that could hold between 80 and 120GB of data.Ten years later, the typical device hard drive holds anywhere from 256GB up to a hefty 1TB.The point is that with video and other media-intensive data, file sizes keep getting bigger — and unless you’re prepared, your hard drive can fill up a lot faster than you think.Forget maxing out drives when you can just ship it all safely to the cloud.Right now, Zoolz is promoting one of their biggest online storage options ever: a full 3TB of cloud real estate for life for only $74.95 from TNW Deals.Once you’re signed on with Zoolz, the process is simple.
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Albeit controversial, 8848 phones have quite a following in China.Currently, there have been only four handsets released, all of them selling at insanely high price tags, but that’s what you have to pay to be at the top of the world.For those who aren’t aware, 8848 meters is indeed the height of Mount Everest.Back to today’s news, the upcoming 8848 M5 has been certified by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (TENAA), so its design and specifications are now fully disclosed.The 8848 M5 continues the hexagonal design of its predecessor – the M4, with its upper and lower corners protruding.At the front there’s also pentagon shaped Home button, meanwhile screen sized has been enlarged to 5.65 inches (TFT) and the resolution slightly increases to 2016×1080.
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What attracted me was mainly to Fortlax aim to deliver high quality services within the data center with the environment in mind at the bottom.the electrical energy is 100% renewable, and it involves the placement in Piteå that has access to the natural cold almost all year, " he says.With Tomas utvecklarbakgrund his first mission to automate our services and create a new customer portal, " says Jasenko Masic, COO at Fortlax.tieto's procurement manager to step in as cioAs Computer Sweden wrote leaving cdo Alexandra Drevenlid Tieto to start on Dustin.Tomas Elken will in addition to his current role as purchasing manager to adopt the role of the cio.
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But what got people excited was the potential to use the same technology as a computer’s main memory—potentially kicking aside DRAM and replacing it with something that doesn’t lose its data if the computer loses power.“So people are predicting—including myself—that eventually DRAM will gradually be replaced by this memory.”Today, storing data that’s in a computer’s main memory, making it “persistent,” means converting it into a series of bytes for transport to a solid-state drive or hard disk drive where it’s stored as a file.But if the memory itself is nonvolatile just like the drive, there’s much less need for that time-consuming process.The state-of-the-art method of preventing such a situation is called eager persistency, explains Solihin, a fellow of the IEEE.Unfortunately, it requires a lot of overhead, adding about 9 percent to transaction times.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a big phone, but its battery is rather small at 3,300mAh.They might be sure, but as far as we’re concerned nothing is guaranteed for now, so take this with a pinch of salt.In fact, it’s a claim we’ve heard before, though not all sources agree, with an earlier leak pointing to a still-large 3,850mAh battery.One thing that all sources so far seem to agree on though is that the battery will be getting bigger by some amount, which can only be a good thing.Instead, we're likely to see Bixby 2.0 and an improved dual-lens camera, maybe one with the HDR video recording left out of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus.Probably at least $929 / £869 / AU$1,499
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US president Donald Trump asked North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to watch a video on an iPad yesterday, during a summit between the two leader’s nations in Singapore.The film, which was also shown to the media, depicts the two leaders as the protagonists in a four minute movie trailer where they’re asked to heroically break the cycles that have repeated throughout history.It’s like the creators of “South Park” filmed a fake trailer for a comedic satire, but it’s real.You can watch the 4:12 trailer below.And, just because the only logical reaction to seeing this is to say “this has to be a joke,” here’s the full video on the official White House YouTube page, the movie trailer begins at 39:25.Honestly, it seems a tad bit romantic.
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När Elektronikbranschen idag presenterar sin månadsrapport över försäljningen hos sina medlemsföretag Audio Video, Elgiganten, Euronics, Media Markt och Netonnet, så är det tydligt att det klassiska greppet att dundra på med reklamkampanjer inför stora idrottsevenemang är fortsatt framgångsrikt.Det är nämligen stora tv-apparater, över 65 tum, som är ett av få glädjeämnen för kedjorna i maj. Den kategorin har vuxit med hela 60 procent jämfört med maj 2017.Tittar man på försäljningen under de första fem månaderna 2018 så är de stora tv-apparaternas tillväxt mindre, men fortfarande 22 procent.– Svenskarna köper i allt större utsträckning de största tv-skärmarna.Kan det vara att de förbereder sig för fotbolls-VM, lyder Elektronikbranschens vd Klas Elms kommentar till siffrorna.– Vi brukar se ordentliga skutt i tv-försäljningen inför stora sportevenemang som OS och fotbolls-VM och det gör vi nu också.
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Yesterday showed EA the Swedish Unravel the Two and it is the Swedish indiestudion Coldwood Interactive who is the creator of this masterpiece.the Game's sequel takes place in Sweden, too, but new is that you can play alone or with a friend, so now there is a blue and a red Yarny to choose from.They have also worked on the physics and Yarny can now do some more acrobatic movements.the Game looks just as cosy as one, and it is said that buy in this now to PC, PS4 and Xbox One.the price tag is about 180 Swedish crowns.Tvåbarnspappa resides in Stockholm with a penchant for all the technology.
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(Reuters) — Verizon named Chief Technology Officer Hans Vestberg as its new CEO on Friday, surprising analysts and signaling the largest U.S. wireless company’s priority is building the next-generation 5G network, not expanding further into media content.Vestberg, 52, joined Verizon a year ago after being fired as chief executive at communications equipment maker Ericsson in 2016, following years of dismal growth and weak earnings.At Verizon he headed a team building out Verizon’s fiber network infrastructure, and he will lead Verizon in a strategy that differs markedly from wireless rival AT Inc. which is battling with the U.S. Justice Department to acquire media company Time Warner Inc. in an $85 billion deal.Current Verizon CEO, Lowell McAdam, said in an interview it was the perfect time to hand the reins to Vestberg, with Verizon at an “inflection point” holding all the pieces it needs for 5G, such as fiber and spectrum.Some analysts had expected John Stratton, Verizon’s president of global operations, to succeed McAdam.Vestberg said in an interview Verizon would keep pursuing its current 5G strategy but he did not “see anything new on the horizon” to pursue media content.
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Three days have now passed in PlayStation’s countdown to its E3 showcase on June 11.So far we’ve seen the announcement of the PS4 and PS VR title, Tetris Effect, as well as the reveal of the release date for highly-anticipated zombie survival game Days Gone.Sid Shuman has returned on day three to reveal Twin Mirror, a brand new game for PS4 that will be released in 2019.Twin Mirror is being developed by Bandai Namco and Dontnod, the creators of Life is Strange and Vampyr.It looks like Dontnod is going out of its way to show its range again, because while this is going to be a another narrative driven game it’s a very different kind of story and character, with mystery, memory loss and murder at its core.We also got a look at a trailer for the game, which actually gave us some psychological thriller Alan Wake vibes until things got a little trippy towards the end.
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Concerns about data privacy have certainly escalated following the news of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica’s misuse, but despite the lively and well-deserved public debate, customer-facing businesses can still provide a rich experience where personalization and privacy are in harmony.More than 8,800 U.S. data breach incidents have been reported since 2005, involving more than 1 billion estimated records, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center.The problem is clearly more than alarmist hype, and the sensitivity is even greater in other global markets.According to an Accenture study, 87 percent of respondents believe it’s important for companies to safeguard their information, 73 percent are frustrated with companies that they don’t trust with confidential info and 58 percent would switch one-half or more of their spending to merchants that excel at balancing trust and personalization.Accenture results showed that 48 percent of consumers expect specialized treatment for being good customers.Yet consumers are still willing to trade privacy for personalization—the study showed that two-thirds expect businesses to know their preferences and understand their needs.
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Popular dating app Badoo is going to remove its traditional swiping feature and replace it with video streaming Badoo Live, in an attempt to encourage more genuine connections between users.Badoo wants to disrupt the market of swiping on potential matches, which forms the basis of most major dating apps like Tinder, Bumble and Happn.Badoo Live, which is due to begin testing this summer, will allow its 380m users to see the live streams of people nearby, as well as all over the world via a tab within the app.Upon logging into Badoo, users will scroll down through the feeds and choose which one they’d like to view, with top streamers of the day getting prime placement.Viewers will also be able send public messages to streamers during the broadcast, in a similar style to the popular Live story feature on social media app Instagram.Speaking to City A.M. this morning, Badoo CEO and founder Andrey Andreev said:
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These are not the criminal geniuses you were expectingAn IoT botnet has been commandeered by white hats after its controllers used a weak username and password combination for its command-and-control server.Ankit Anubhav, of Newsky Security, said researchers with the company were able to take over the MySQL server used to control the Owari botnet – thanks to its creator leaving port 3306 open and the username and password as root."Mirai botnet was designed to set up a MySQL server for the command and control containing three tables, namely users, history, and whitelist," explained Anubhav."While IoT botnets have evolved and many of them have different attack vectors, most of them still retain this tried and tested MySQL server structure, and Owari is no exception to this."Ironically, Anubhav points out, both Mirai and Owari themselves are able to infect Internet-of-Things devices by brute-force guessing passwords and taking advantage of default credentials in the appliances.
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With a surname like Leonardo, 19-year-old Indonesian student Andika has lots to live up to, and so far, it looks like he's working hard at it.He's the first-ever Indonesian student to win a scholarship from Apple for a trip to its WWDC event in San Jose, California.He did so by creating a neural network class in Swift Playgrounds, Apple's app that teaches you more than the basic programming techniques, all without having ever coded his own app before.With developers having made bank in earning over $20 billion last year, coding for Apple, a company that has more than 1.3 billion active devices globally, makes a lot of sense.The second-year computer science student at Indonesia's Bina Nusantara University spent a week studying and understanding machine learning, before spending another three weeks to develop two systems -- one that can calculate the shortest route between two points and another that can read basic handwriting and numbers 1 through 9."I wanted to keep things from being too technical when coding my application, because it will make laymen confused.
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ARKit 2’s flashiest update allows for four-play augmented reality, and the observation of AR games through your own iOS device, but the most important AR update might be Apple’s own Measure app.Claiming Apple’s entry into the measurement space will spell certain doom for the existing crop of AR-friendly measurement apps (like Measure 3D or AirMeasure) is an overstatement, but if you just want to measure a door or some picture frame, it might be all the augmented measuring you need.You can link actions together from different apps (like turning on the bedroom light, starting your morning playlist, and getting a weather report) and even rely on Siri to offer suggestions for actions you should add to your list of automated activities in Shortcuts.Without that deep integration, it’ll be hard for third-party developers to maintain a following and sell people on second-class features.While 32 people seems like a very extreme chat, adding larger group support to FaceTime on iOS and macOS makes it a bit harder to justify using a third-party app like Skype or Google Hangouts when your friends are all blue-bubbled Animoji enthusiasts.FaceTime also seemingly handle those group conversations pretty elegantly, and will subtly increase the size of the speaking party’s window while letting you still see who’s on the video call.
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