Albert Colburn

Albert Colburn

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The virtual assistant hasn't exactly been a recent development, especially when you consider how old Clippy is.But that hasn't stopped the tech companies going nuts for them over the past year or so, and it seems like everyone is scrambling to get their own AI companions to market in the hopes that everyone will forget Siri and Google Assistant exist.Sony is the latest one to give it a go, but rather than sticking an AI into a phone or a glorified speaker it's gone and put it in a pair of earphones.Unfortunately they were pretty rubbish, especially when battery life was concerned.Now Sony is back to try again.The assistant is called the Sony Agent, and lives inside the newly-updated Xperia Ear earphones.
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Google and Comcast announced a new deal this morning that will see the YouTube application installed on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 set-top boxes nationwide later this year.The integration will allow X1 users to launch the app by saying “YouTube” into the X1 voice remote, as well as browse featured content on YouTube, search the entire library, including by voice, and sign into to access their own personalized YouTube settings and subscriptions.Comcast says around half of its 22.5 million Xfinity customers have the newer X1 set-top box system, which includes a DVR with 500 GB of storage, voice remote, real-time sports scores, and other more modern features.The cable provider had already added Netflix to its X1 devices last year – another significant milestone in terms of merging the online streaming world with traditional TV content.The deal saw Netflix content and Xfinity on Demand programming combined into a single library, to make switching between services more seamless.Similarly, Comcast will integrate YouTube into the X1 in a unique way.
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Keep your tedious smartphone upgrades and awkward tablets.Roborace unveiled its autonomous race car today and it’s pretty wild stuff.The company brought its four-engine, AI-powered, self-driving electric race car to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today.Minds were blown.The company has been doing much of the development work in public.Some basic specs: It’s a bit longer than a Forumula One race car and has four 300kW motors.It can reach speeds up to almost 220 MPH.The car uses sensors, two radars, five laser radars (LIDAR), 18 ultrasonic sensors, and six cameras.
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Take a look at that crumpled-up piece of litter on your desk, compressed by the laws of physics and tossed aside.Crumpled paper is especially strange from a physical perspective.Like a ball rolling down a wedge, two perfectly rectangular blocks on a weightless pulley, or a perfectly-engineered spring.They think these so-called disordered materials have a lot of science hiding in them that we’re only just beginning to understand.Harvard researcher Yoav Lahini and his teammates put a piece of mylar into a cylinder and squeezed down on it with a weight.That time was proportional to the amount of time it had been squeezed for—meaning if you crumple up a candy wrapper and then let go, its structure locks in information on how long the crumpling lasted.
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Look, if robots do an uprising it ll only be because everyone kept accusing them of planning an uprising.All this one wants to do is upcycle you, or more likely your child, from a three-dimensional realspace meatsack to a metatronic code-spewing warlock.TankBot is the latest in UBTech s Jimu range, but we re excited about it because while the other bots were equally cute – one s a penguin with a bowtie, for pity s sake – their skillsets were limited to servo-based leggy wombling.TankBot has treads, for scooting about at a decent clip, plus an infrared sensor that enables it to sense and grab things with its manically clutching arms.Scoot, see, grab and run – if that s not an adequately fun scenario for learning to code, we ll eat our PiHat.It needn t. There s an app!
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Helst hade vi velat berätta om en helt trådlös version av Pryma, men någon sådan finns inte ännu.I stället kan man utrusta sina vanliga Pryma-lurar med en adapter som ersätter sladdarna.Den heter Air Cable och är en liten Bluetooth-adapter med knappar för volym och start/stopp samt en liten klämma som håller den på plats.Batteriet håller i 10 timmar och laddas med en vanlig microUSB-kabel.Priset är cirka 800 kronor.Samtidigt med Air Cable släpps Pryma i två nya färger: Carbon Notte matt kolfiber och Notte matt svart .
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E-handelsbolaget Sportamore NTL redovisar ett rörelseresultat på 13,8 miljoner kronor för det fjärde kvartalet 2016, en rejäl ökning från 0,8 miljoner året innan.Samtidigt mattas tillväxtökningen av något.Försäljningstillväxten var 40 procent, jämfört med 47 procent året innan.Bolaget omsatte 244,7 Mkr i det fjärde kvartalet 2016 och 174,5 Mkr samma tid 2015.Börsen tog emot delårsrapporten med ett glädjeskutt.En halvtimme efter att Stockholmsbörsen öppnats på onsdagen var Sportamores aktie upp med cirka 13 procent.
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In January could Di Digital tell you that the u.s. Pfizer is investing in Linköpingsbolaget Amra NTL , the winner of the pitchtävlingen Di Digital Startup Tour in 2016.Amra, which measures body fats with mri, took in a total of sek 80 million from Pfizer, the Danish Novo Nordisk and the Swedish industrial development fund.For Amra-the deal continues Pfizer to search the Swedish startup-company in healthtech.the Company has a startup hub in Berlin and is now starting the operations in Stockholm and London.Read more: Snillebolaget Amra take in 80 million"Sweden has always been early to start using the new technology.
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Evolution got a bit more complicated in Pokémon GO last night.Originally it was a pretty straightforward affair: you got candy for catching, walking and transferring Pokémon, which you then used to turn your Squirtles into Waroturtles, your Bellsprouts into Weepinbells and so on.For the most part, that's still how it works after the big Gen 2 update, except for a few noteworthy exceptions.Certain Pokémon now require either a steel coat, a sun stone, a king's rock, a dragon scale or an upgrade to evolve, and these items are all random drops from Pokéstops.The metal coat transforms Onix into Steelix or Scyther into Scizor.The king's rock transforms Slowpoke into Slowking or Poliwhirl into Politoed.
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Following the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, one of the obvious challenges that Samsung faced was to regain consumer confidence in its handsets.When airline passengers are warned not to travel with a Samsung Galaxy, when news reports around the world talk of exploding phones, and when your favorite brand is a late-night punchline, the next Samsung may not be going to the top of your "must have" list.Although a number of handsets have been released by the South Korean company since the Note 7, the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus flagships will be the first to really find out just how much damage the Galaxy brand has suffered.Although the Q4 sales figures have been stronger than expected and there have been surveys that suggest the Note 7 issues have not impacted on the brand, the only real test is in the retail market.Samsung is not resting on its laurels.While it can t come right out and say "this new phone will not catch fire," the detailed report into the causes of the Note 7 battery issues is extensive and clearly states the manufacturing issues and circumstances that led to incendiary results.
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IBM Watson Group opened a $200 million Internet of Things IoT headquarters today in Munich, Germany, what the company is calling its biggest investment in Europe in more than two decades.There more than 1,000 IBM engineers and designers will work with IBM clients and partners in what IBM Watson general manager Harriet Green called a collaboratory.Watson works with 6,000 clients worldwide, according to the company.This is more than a ribbon cutting or a ceremony.It s not even a trade show or conference.This is an industry moment.We think it is a turning point because at IBM we have always believed that there is only one way to fill the potential of this truly transformational technology, and that is together, Green said today at Genius of Things Summit, a gathering of press, the IoT team, and more than 400 business partners.As part of the opening of the new facility, several partnerships and business deals were announced, including:Some clients will be a permanent fixture at IBM offices in Munich.
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New monsters are coming to Pokémon GO.We've been catching the same Pidgeys and Rattatas for a good long while now.This is the still-young game's first chance to actually shake things up.Pokémon GO has seen updates both small and large since release last July, even the inclusion of a handful of new creatures from Gen 2 in the form of "baby" Pokémon.Reception has, for the most part, been pretty mixed.But this is the first of what we could call a major content update, giving longtime players something actually new to chase for the first time since the early days.
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Yes, the search results change and strategies evolve, but at the end of the day, search really comes down to creating something that s accessible, useful and important to your customers.Because keywords are the foundation of any SEO program.A new site with a new design, new content, new URLs and more.While there s always quite a bit of prep work that goes into a site transition namely, not messing it up , it also presents a great opportunity to look at what s currently there, what s working and what opportunities exist.Which takes me to the concept of a keyword-focused SWOT analysis.Until I started really breaking down the client s site and realized exactly what it was I was doing — I was analyzing their keyword Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and looking at potential Threats that could result from the site updates.
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Security researchers at antivirus software company Bitdefender have discovered a new variant of the Xagent malware that targets macOS and acts as a backdoor that can be customized depending on the objectives of an attack.Researchers traced similarities in the code that tied the malware variant to APT28, the hacking group accused of hacking into the U.S. Democratic National Committee last year.Bitdefender isn't entirely sure how the Mac version of Xagent is being distributed, but says it s likely planted on the system via a known macOS malware downloader called Komplex.Once installed, the backdoor checks for the presence of a debugger.If it detects one, it terminates itself to prevent execution.Otherwise, it waits for an Internet connection to communicate with the C servers.
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It probably took no more than a few seconds for Tiziana Cantone to begin the sequence of events that led to her suicide.In April 2015, the 31-year-old from Mugnano, on the outskirts of Naples, sent a series of sex videos to five people via WhatsApp.The words suggested an uninhibited young woman, who enjoyed being filmed during sex.No-one seemed to worry what the subject herself might think as she seemed so pleased about it."People confuse being an uninhibited person with wanting to go viral," says social commentator Selvaggia Lucarelli."She understood at some point that the situation would never be resolved; that a potential husband, her potential children could find those videos; that they would never disappear."
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Through a series of acquisitions has Danish Nets of a few years emerged as one of the largest betalbolag.the Company's share price has certainly fallen by just over 20 per cent since its listing in september.But the market capitalization of approximately sek 31 billion is still a good bit of, for example, Klarna latest valuation of sek 19 billion.As an example, we manage and treat almost 36 million payment cards in the Nordic region , " says Bo Nilsson, ceo of the Danish Nets, with operations in card payments and e-commerce.In short strokes is the Nets a result of several mergers, which are carried out by private equity firms Advent and Bain Capital.Only in Sweden has the Nets the last few years invested over three billion in corporate acquisitions:
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The Chicago artist issued his Coloring Book as a stream.Whether it receives trophies or not on February 12, Coloring Book, with its nominations, portends a new norm.That s a jump from 23 per cent in 2014.Eventually the big players – Spotify, Apple and Tidal – would like to do for music what the likes of Netlfix, Hulu and Amazon Prime did for TV, only there s a catch: They offer virtually identical catalogues.Coloring Book, for instance, is on Apple Music, Tidal, Google Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Deezer.Each service in the increasingly crowded field is working frantically to overcome the perception that the main distinction among the uniformly priced US$9.99-a-month offerings is little more than font style, quirky playlist title and colour scheme.
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With the help of a layer of conductive paint feel the gothenburg based company Mevia of a medicinförpackning opened in time.It is recorded by a small device that is put on the medicinförpackningen.the Company was born as a continuation of a project within Chalmers school of entrepreneurship, and has been run as a company late in 2014.Jesper Hazel tells us that the storage of data in the cloud database gave us some concern, because the storage of patient data is legally complicated: " We have stripped away so much of the data that we have been able in order to still be able to offer the service.So we know that you should take one tablet in the morning, but if it is a Advil or medication for hepatitis c, we do not know.
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Cloud Search is the new tjänsen that allows employees at Google's corporate customers get information by searching in the företagsmejlen, which are stored in the cloud and in the directory.Google is launching the service via a blog post where they write that the so-called knowledge workers spend 20% of their time searching for information and highlights its new search service as a way to reduce the tidsslöseriet.in Addition to the users can obtain information about their colleagues ' contact information via the directory, they also receive information about the shared files and it is included in the calendar, writes IDG News.What a user sees, however, is limited by the competence – for example, someone from the marketing department not to take part of the documents from the hr department.the Information presented with a kind of short no matter if you use the service via the web or your android device.Create smart business through data analysis
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Ulefone announced their first ever dual camera phone last year, and now that the Chinese Spring Festival is over it s time for the phone maker to begin sales of the handset.As usual, Ulefone are opting for the presale method of sales for it s new phone but to entice people to get in early, Ulefone has knocked $50 off the retail price of the phone!We re not sure if Ulefone have done this on purpose but the Gemini s Presale will begin on the 14th February $50 discount isn t a bad Valentines discount is it?If the saving wasn t enough, Ulefone is also offering $20 of accessories with the phone too!While the dual rear camera is the main selling point of the Ulefone Gemini, the other features are thankfully pretty good too.The handset backs a 1.5Ghz chipset, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, 5.5-inch FHD display and 3250mAh battery.At launch, the Ulefone Gemini will come in 3 colours including black, grey and gold.For full details visit the Ulefone Gemini launch pages here, and watch the video below.Preorder the Ulefone Gemini Now!
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