Albert Colburn

Albert Colburn

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On 27th June, Google was fined £2.1bn by the European Commission for breaching antitrust rules by promoting Google Shopping's comparison service at the top of the SERP.The European Commission has ruled that Google abused its dominant position in the search engine market and gave an illegal advantage to another Google product, its own comparison shopping service.Initially launched as Froogle as a beta in late 2002, it was later renamed Google Product Search and then finally Google Shopping as we know it in 2012 with the move from free to paid product listings.This paved the way for some shopping ads to list the same product from a choice of manufacturers with a direct price comparison.Search for “canon eos 700d” and you’ll see:Similarly, a search for the latest “fitbit alta hr” will show you:
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China's comprehensive internet censorship looks to be even harder, for now, reports Bloomberg, that the chinese internet service providers have been asked by the country's government to block all access to vpn services from first of February next year.this is not the first time that the Chinese government tighten freedom of expression online, in may introduced a series of new laws which all gave the government even more power over the internet.Among other things, it banned the foreign funding agencies that operate web-based media in the country, and all the bloggers/reporters need to be trained by the country's authorities before they are allowed to publish online.at the time Of writing, it is unclear how the new blocks will affect international companies operating in China, and who has previously been able to pay a license in order to get the surf on the ”free internet”.According to Jake Parker, vice president of the united states's and China's works council, would such a blockade be able to scare foreign companies from investing in the country.”Vpn services are incredibly important for companies trying to reach global services outside of China.
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Samsung launched its Bixby digital assistant software in an unfinished state.Naturally, some in the Android community thought Bixby’s dedicated launcher button, located on the side of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge, could be put to better use, so they found a way to remap it.For a while, this meant the Bixby button could be assigned to a much more useful function, like accessing your favorite wallpaper app, for example.Devs responded again to bring remapping back to the device for some weeks before news landed yesterday that an update for T-Mobile customers in the US had once again restricted it.This means anyone with the latest T-Mobile OTA can’t make use of previous workarounds for the Bixby software, such as utilizing the bxActions app, though non-T-Mobile subscribers with the June security updates reportedly still can.The problem is, this doesn’t address the underlying issue — Bixby isn’t very good.
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Jo Tikkurila Festivaalin suunnitteluvaiheessa järjestäjillä oli visio rakentaa tapahtumaan Suomen suosituin musiikkifestivaalien vip, toimitusjohtaja Jan Grehn sanoo.Tikkurila Festivaali järjestetään tänä kesänä neljättä kertaa, ja sen vip-alueille on myynnissä 1 600 päivittäistä lippua.Festivaalit eivät anna julkisuuteen vip-myynnin tarkkoja osuuksia tuotoista tai budjetoinnista.Grehn arvioi, että noin 20 prosenttia Tikkurila Festivaalin tuotoista koostuu vip-myynneistä.Ruisrockin vastaava tuottaja Annakaisa Anttila sanoo, että lippujen myynti on kannattavaa etenkin yhteistyökumppanien kannalta.Ruisrockin vip-liput ovat yleisessä myynnissä nyt viidettä vuotta.
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During the Almedalen week, invited Breakit and Almi, a number of contractors to his garden to talk about how they practice in order to take their companies to new heights and markets.a Stable economy everywhere, near, law and order and no corruption.abroad, I recommend to start with the Nordic region,” she said from the Breakits scene.A neighbour warns, however, she sharply away.From the stage, she was clear that Denmark was not included in her recommendation of the Nordic countries as a region.“Our loan losses are greatest in Denmark.
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Not everyone can fork out on a fully-fledged 5.1 speaker system to grace their living rooms.But as voracious consumers of TV shows and films, we all want something that sounds better than what’s oozing out of our slim new flatscreen TVs.To that end, we’ve rounded up ten of the best soundbars and soundbases you can find on the market, in two price categories.There’s one for every home and use here, with plenty of clever technology, streaming features and exciting sound quality to reel you in.Additional words by Kashfia KabirQ Acoustics Media 4 | Canton DM55 | Yamaha YSP-1600 | Cambridge Audio TV5 V2 | JBL Boost TV
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Rather than trying to comfort sleepers with one big cushion, SleepOvation uses 700 mini mattresses to cradle the body with the perfect amount of force.Finding the right mattress can be tricky.SleepOvation uses hundreds of mini mattresses to provide the best of both worlds while adding a few perks of its own.The true innovation of SleepOvation comes down to the 700 tiny mattresses that are each independently attached to their own pocket spring.“Our extensive tests have shown this invention to be a monumental breakthrough in sleep technology,” says Richard Codos, inventor of the cushion pocket spring used in the mattress.Previous innovations created by Codos include the multiple rate pocket spring system and many other mattress inventions used throughout the industry today.
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High-end camera maker RED is getting into smartphone business.The firm behind some of the most powerful 4K and 3D cameras in Hollywood has announced Hydrogen, an expensive new Android phone, featuring a “holographic” 3D screen.With the Hydrogen phone, RED seems to touting display tech similar to the glasses-free 3D available on the Nintendo 3DS, but it’s difficult to tell given the amount of marketing guff in the press release on Thursday.While real details are still thin on the ground, the company confirmed (via TechCrunch) the 5.7-inch display uses nanotechnology to move "between traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view content, 3D content, and interactive games.”The phone is also modular too, with RED promising Hydrogen will be compatible with its camera products and an "ever-expanding modular component system."It has USB-C connectivity, multi-dimensional audio tech, a headphone jack and microSD connectivity.
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With Amazon’s third annual Prime Day just days away, new research out today estimates that the program has grown by 35 percent in the past year.Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) has been tracking Amazon Prime’s growth for the past couple of years, and its latest research estimates that there were 85 million Prime members as of June 30, 2017, the end of the second quarter.CIRP’s June 2016 estimate had the number at 63 million.And a year earlier, the number was just over 40 million — meaning the program has essentially doubled in size in the US in the past two years.Amazon doesn’t give out exact Prime membership figures, so estimates are the best anyone can do at this point.But, in a regulatory filing earlier this year, Amazon did specifically call out $6.4 billion in revenue from a line item labeled “retail subscription services.” That led other analysts to estimate Prime membership at between 65 and 80 million.
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Ett av dem är Yepstr (NTL) som grundades av Jacob Rudbäck för cirka två år sedan.Vi har snittat 43 procent tillväxt varje månad det senaste året”, säger Jacob Rudbäck.Han uppger att Yepstr har ökat omsättningen från 60 000 kronor i april till 100 000 kronor i maj. Den senaste månaden har bolaget omsatt 170 000 kronor.Han ser också att det kommer att fortsätta i samma takt de närmaste månaderna.Bolaget, som fortfarande går med förlust, tog in 7 miljoner kronor för drygt ett år sedan.En av Investerarna då var redarmiljardären Dan Sten Olsson, som Jacob Rudbäck träffade när han klippte Stena-grundarens gräsmatta som ung.
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According to a poll by radio 5 live, football fans are turning away fom Sky Sports and BT Sport as their main platform to watch games, and turning towards streaming using methods such as the popular free Kodi TV player.Nearly half of 1,000 people questioned said that they had streamed content at least once on a service other than Sky or BT sports, who hold the rights to broadcast live games in the UK.However, although some fans were aware that watching online for free is against the law a third said they did not know unofficial streams were illegal.Kodi-style set-top boxes were one of the main devices being used by streamers to watch games, with nearly a quarter of those surveyed making use of one for illegal streaming.Kodi is not illegal but its open source platform allows users to install add-ons which can then access illegal content such as football and movies.This news comes as Sky Sports subscribers have been surprised with the possibility of a lower monthly bill with the firm rumoured to announce some major changes.
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Fredrik och Kristoffer snackar också om begränsningars fördelar för kreativiteten, mobbprogrammering - vore orgieprogrammering ett bättre namn?- och risken att man ser saker som dogma eller facit istället för tumregler eller visdomsord.Gillar du Kodsnack får du hemskt gärna prenumerera och recensera oss i iTunes!
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There are some technical issues here, but overall Goose VPN is a likeable service, and a reliable one.Goose VPN is a young privacy provider based in the Netherlands.It's small in comparison to the top VPN providers – the front page talks of around 13,500 Goose users worldwide – but the company still manages to offer some appealing products and plans.Goose allows installing and using the service on unlimited devices, and there are custom clients available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, as well as instructions for setting it up on some routers.A one-year Unlimited Goose plan gets you unlimited traffic for €4.99 (£4.40, $5.60) a month, paid annually.You can get the same product with monthly billing, although there's a big price hike to €12.99 (£11.50, $14.60) a month.
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President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday reinstating the National Space Council—a panel to be led by Vice President Mike Pence —as part of an effort to establish closer coordination among civilian, military and budding commercial activities.Mr. Trump said the move “sends a clear signal to the world that we are restoring America’s proud legacy of leadership in space.” Without disclosing any specifics, Mr. Trump said “we’re going to lead again,” pursuing what he called “the next great American frontier.”Friday’s announcement, long anticipated by lawmakers and industry officials, was decided before the GOP president was sworn in, according to people familiar with the details.The goals include speeding up big-ticket government space programs, while leveraging commercial projects to streamline federal efforts and reduce taxpayer costs.Mark Albrecht, the council’s last executive secretary before the panel effectively ceased operations in 1993, helped establish the framework for the new group.Mr. Albrecht said Friday that the order “provides all the necessary authorities” to address every component of space—from civil to commercial to national security operations—“separately and as an integrated whole.”
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Men vad behövs egentligen om det ska spelas spel?En spelkontroll är nästan oumbärlig för kampsportsspel och andra spel där snabba kombinationer avgör striden.Sist men inte minst har vi tittat på ljudet i spelen.De finns i många prisklasser och kvaliteter, och även möjligheten för personlig anpassning varierar stort.Trots sin blygsamma storlek finns det hela 10 knappar att välja på.Allt går att styra med en programvara där du kan fintrimma de olika tangenterna.
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Liikenteen turvallisuusvirasto Trafi on tyytyväinen siihen, että kannettavia tietokoneita, tabletteja ja muuta kannettavaa elektroniikkaa saa sittenkin viedä edelleen matkustamoihinYhdysvaltoihin suuntautuvilla lennoilla.EU ja USA ovat sopineet, että puheena olleiden kannettavien tietokoneiden kuljetusrajoituksen sijaan käyttöön otetaan tehostettuja turvatoimia.”Olemme tyytyväisiä neuvottelujen lopputulokseen, joka on erittäin hyvä lentomatkustajien mukavuuden sekä turvallisuuden kannalta.Myös globaalin toimintamallin saaminen oli erinomainen asia, mikä selkeyttää käytänteitä kaikista maista USA:han suuntautuvilla lennoilla”, toteaa ilmailujohtaja Pekka Henttu Trafin tiedotteessa.”Kannettavia elektronisia laitteita voi siis jatkossakin kuljettaa matkustamoissa kaikilla lennoilla.Päätös tuo kuitenkin turvatoimiin lisäelementtejä, esimerkiksi tarkastustoimenpiteitä USA:han suuntautuvien lentojen lähtöporteilla koneeseen siirryttäessä lisätään jonkin verran.
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Yksiselitteisesti", kirjoitti Sdp:n kansanedustaja Timo Harakka Twitterissä.Orpon ilmoituksen aiheuttama ihmetys johtuu siitä, että juuri tätä kokoomuksen ajamaan valinnanvapausmalliin liittyvää yhtiöittämispakkoa pohtii parhaillaan eduskunnan perustuslakivaliokunta.Valiokunnalta odotetaan perjantaihin mennessä lausuntoa perustuslain suhtautumisesta sote-uudistukseen."Minusta on erikoista, että ministerin aitiosta ministeri toteaa tämän ennen kuin perustuslakivaliokunnan lausunto on saatu.Siellä käydään nyt parasta aikaa keskustelua siitä, mikä on lausunnon sisältö ja nyt ministeri Orpo sitten totesi tuolta, että se on perustuslain vastainen", ihmetteli Harakan puoluetoveri, eduskunnan sosiaali- ja terveysvaliokunnan puheenjohtaja Tuula Haatainen puoluelehti Demokraatin mukaan.Keskustan kansanedustaja Mikko Kärnä puuttuikin Orpon yllätysilmoitukseen Puheenvuoron blogissaan.
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A small UK company that suffered a cyber attack has been fined £60,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).An investigation by the ICO found Berkshire-based Boomerang Video failed to take basic steps to stop its website being attacked, a hacking incident that led to the exposure of the personal details of 26,000 back in 2014.An unidentified attacker used SQL injection (a common hacking technique) to access 26,331 customer details.The ICO hopes the enforcement action (pdf) will prompt other small businesses to review their security policies.Sally Anne Poole, ICO enforcement manager, said: "Regardless of your size, if you are a business that handles personal information then data protection laws apply to you."If a company is subject to a cyber attack and we find they haven’t taken steps to protect people’s personal information in line with the law, they could face a fine from the ICO.
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Lite i skymundan, samtidigt som många av oss redan gett oss av på midsommarledighet, kunggjorde News55 i ett pressmeddelande att bolaget fått in 8 miljoner kronor i en nyemission.Teckningstiden i nyemissionen flyttades fram ett antal dagar vilket indikerar att bolaget har haft svårt att locka investerarna att gå in med pengar.Men till slut blev ändå nyemissiomnen fulltecknad med hjälp av ett konsortium som tecknade sig för 65 procent av nyemissionen.Totalt har News55 nu drygt 300 aktieägare och planen är att notera bolaget på handelsplatsen NGM Nordic MTF.Något datum för noteringen är dock inte spikat."Det är med stor tillförsikt vi önskar våra många nya ägare välkomna som ägare till News55 och ser fram emot att slutföra vår noteringsprocess.
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I’ve mentioned SSAddin on this blog before, but not given much detail about it.SSAddin is an XLL Excel addin exposing APIs for Google Analytics, Baremetrics, Quandl, Tiingo as worksheet functions.It’s distributed under a permissive Apache 2.0 license, so you can use, repurpose or redistribute however you like with no fees so long as you include license and copyright notices.You can download 32 and 64 bit .xll binaries from here: http://spreadserve.com/s3/downloads.htmlDon’t forget to take a copy of SSAddin.xll.config too and put it next to SSAddin.xll on your PC.You’ll need to edit the .config to add your license keys for Google, Baremetrics, Quandl and Tiingo.
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