Albert Colburn

Albert Colburn

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Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) provide many advantages in automated smart factories, including increased efficiency and improved worker safety.But rugged industrial environments do pose challenges to AGV system designers, as dust, debris, electromagnetic interference (EMI), and extreme temperatures can damage or disrupt electronic components and signals.To overcome these challenges and take advantage of the benefits of AGVs, system designers require rugged computing platforms that provide the performance necessary for advanced applications as well as a robust design that can minimize the potential for faults and system failures.In an effort to provide such solutions, AGV subsystem vendors are turning to development principals from the rail industry.In this article, AGV system designers and facility operators will learn:• How standards and design practices from the rail industry can be applied to the development of AGVs
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New code of practice to reduce consumer confusion over ISP ‘up to’ broadband speed claimsBritish communications regulator Ofcom has outlined its plans to impose tougher requirements on Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and their claims about the broadband speeds customers are likely to achieve.Essentially, it wants to clamp down on the controversial “up to” broadband speed claims made by ISPs, to give people and businesses a more realistic speed expectation.It comes after many years over controversy surrounding the use of “up to” download speeds in broadband adverts.Ofcom is considering ‘enhancing’ its current Codes of Practice that date back to 2008, which commit ISPs signed up to the code, to give customers an estimated range of speeds they are likely to receive, as well as the right to exit their contracts penalty-free if their speed falls below a minimum level.In order to achieve this, Ofcom is planning a number of changes.
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Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ghostface Killah has co-founded a cryptocurrency and hopes to raise $30 million during its initial coin offering, according to a CNBC report Wednesday.Killah's firm, Cream Capital, apparently takes its name from Wu-Tang Clan's 1993 classic song "C.R.E.A.M."But instead of standing for "Cash rules everything around me," the acronym this time around represents the trademarked Crypto Rules Everything Around Me, Cream Capital Chief Executive Brett Westbrook told CNBC.The burgeoning market for cryptocurrencies, which has grown so quickly that one bitcoin was worth more than an ounce of gold in March, has seen digital currency entrepreneurs flocking to ICOs to create and sell digital tokens to investors, who include celebs such as Paris Hilton and Kanye West.Still, regulators are not taking to ICOs well.The practice, which Bloomberg said netted $1.6 billion in the last year, has prompted security concerns from the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Det är många som experimenterar med att leverera paket med hjälp av drönare och i Storbritannien har Cambridge Consultant tagit fram ett koncept där drönare levererar paket direkt till där beställaren befinner sig och inte en angiven fysisk adress.Man kallar konceptet för DelivAir och drönarna använder två olika metoder för att hitta fram till personen som beställt paketet via DelivAirs app.Först tar sig drönaren till området där beställaren finns genom att spåra beställarens telefons GPS-position.När beställaren ser drönaren i luften ska den via appen tillkalla drönaren genom att blinka en unik kombination ljussignaler med mobilkamerans blixt mot drönaren.Därefter åker drönaren ner till beställaren, kontrollerar ljussignals-kombinationen och om denna är korrekt så vinschas paketet ner till beställaren.DelivAir är primärt inte tänkt att användas för leveranser av vanliga postpaket utan är snarare tänkt att användas i nödsituationer där någon till exempel behöver sjukvårdsmaterial, medicin eller något annat som man behöver förhållandevis omgående.
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Uber's UK revenue and profits jumped before the company was banned in LondonThe ride-hailing company is to appeal the ban and sent its chief executive to London to speak to regulatorsUber has warned against major risks to its business for the first time, such as the classification of its drivers as workers and regulationUber's UK operation saw a massive increase in business and staff count during 2016 before London's transport regulator refused to renew its licence to operate in the capital.Uber's pre-tax profits in the UK climbed 65% to £3 million in 2016, while revenue was up 59% to £37 million, according to newly filed accounts in the UK.The number of staff almost doubled to 199, mainly because of "increased demand for services."
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Over the last four years I’ve had the chance to see our team quadruple in size.But despite new opportunities that have arisen, in turn I’ve had to deal with more challenging times, including when people leave.While MBA programs were traditionally considered a requisite for management roles at leading companies, nowadays they are becoming less popular with both students and employers alike.Mixergy advertises that it features more than 1000 mentors, including the founders of Wikipedia, LinkedIn, and Pixar.“The flexibility an online MBA allows is very attractive for a generation where time is constantly being squeezed and the demands of work heightened — you can fit the distance-learning MBA around your life,” John Colley, associate dean in charge of the MBA program at the Warwick Business School told the Financial Times.Thanks to digital learning platforms now offering live streamed classes, and the chance for students to partake in interactive sessions with other students, professors and mentors, students can now enjoy all of the benefits of a full-time courses, without needing to shoulder the large debts traditionally associated with returning to study.
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Alongside Google’s product reveals today, including the new Pixelbook and the Pixel 2 phone, the company has made considerable effort to improve its voice assistant speaker lineup.As well as the Home Mini, Google has launched the Home Max, a large multiroom-capable speaker with Assistant that is 20 times more powerful than the existing Home.The Max will likely be bass heavy, too, with two 4.5in woofers inside, along with two 0.7in tweeters.A quick look at the design and it is clear to see similarities with Play:3 from Sonos, who itself has released a new smart speaker today, the Sonos One.The One will launch being Alexa ready but Sonos says it will be adding support for Google Assistant next year.Not only has the Max got the same rectangular shape as the Play:3, like the Sonos speaker it adapts its sound output depending on whether it is placed vertically or horizontally.
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Svensk Ligo-forskare: ”Vi letar efter helt nya saker.Exakt hur de ser ut vet vi inte.”Carl-Johan Haster är en av drygt 1 000 forskare som ingår i Ligo-samarbetet.Han är verksam vid Kanadas institut för teoretisk astrofysik vid Toronto universitet, och arbetar med att analysera data som samlas in vid de tre detektorerna som ingår i projektet.– Det är det ultimata beviset på att den vetenskapliga världen tycker att det här är något att ha.På kort sikt håller vi igång rätt bra som det är.
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Waymo accused the head of Uber's self-driving car project, an ex-Googler named Anthony Levandowski, of stealing 14,000 files just before he left Google.A jury trial is scheduled to begin on October 10, although Waymo has asked for a delay, due to the overwhelming amount of information it has acquired in recent discovery.Levandowski "seemed surprised at the amount of Google-related information on his laptop," Stroz reported.He also had source code "snippets" and e-mails from his Google account discussing Chauffeur-related issues."ill [sic] send you a bill and a pic/video."On March 13, 2016, he texted an unknown recipient, saying, "We're ready for junk King," the name of another local disposal company.
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ATSB wraps up, nine months after 'suspending' searchAustralian air authorities have published their final report into the MH370 mystery, concluding that they’re no wiser about what happened or why than when the Malaysian Airlines flight vanished three years ago.Australia’s Transportation Safety Board (ATSB) took a leading role in the investigation at the invitation of Malaysian authorities after the airliner disappeared.It is thought to have crashed into the sea a few thousand miles off Australia’s north-west coast.In spite of more than a dozen nations sending ships, aircraft and submarines to scour the Indian Ocean, the Boeing 777 has never been found.Analysis of some debris that was located and identified as being from MH370 narrowed the search zone considerably, in relative terms.
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Mercedes-Benz Vans have announced that it is working with a drone systems developer called Matternet and Swiss online marketplace Siroop to pilot a new program that will support on-demand delivery of e-commerce goods to buyers.The project started on September 25 and marks the first time that beyond-line-of-site drone operations are being used with a van as the landing platform in a major urban area.The pilot project will last three-weeks and during the project customers can order select products from Siroop that are suitable for delivery by the Matternet drones.These products weight up to two kilograms and delivery is made the same day the product is ordered.Matternet was showing off a fully automated battery and package exchange system for drone deliveries late last month.The drones used in the program are loaded at the retailer and then fly to one of the pair of Mercedes-Benz Vito vans with precision landing technology integrated.
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Most of the time, I navigate to my social media apps reflexively, as though my finger and the icons are magnets.I don't even realise I'm doing it until my thumb taps the Instagram icon on my screen.And yet, we do it anyway.So last month, I tried something new.I logged out of my social media accounts on my phone, and logged into them on my desktop.I set myself a goal to only engage with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on my laptop or work computer, hopefully offloading my biggest time suck to devices that I’m only around for part of the day.
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VLC för Android har uppdaterats från version 2.0.6 till version 2.5.0 i Google Play.Videospelaren har fått en rad nya funktioner och förbättringar som stöd för 360-videor, bild-i-bild i Android Oreo, samt en implementering för Android Auto.Enligt utvecklarens changelog har gränssnittet blivit mer dynamiskt och i linje med ”Material Design”.Det går att dubbeltrycka längs skärmens kanter för att hoppa fram eller tillbaka 10 sekunder, och appen startar snabbare än tidigare.En annan nyhet är stöd för skärmar med bildförhållande upp till 18,5:9, vilket är vad Samsung använder i S8 och Note 8.If you are a moderator please see our troubleshooting guide.
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Digital ecosystems, or business ecosystems, are a model in which traditional industry boundaries are radically reordered, where sectors that once seemed disconnected fit together seamlessly and where users, their data, and businesses are part of a large co-dependent machine, according to a McKinsey analysis titled “Competing in a world of sectors without borders.” The report shows how China’s tech giants are developing this model and setting an example for global players.The model is a good reference for China’s digital landscape.Consider Alibaba—it can be defined as a retailer and a financial company.Alibaba, of course, is not the only example, other companies in China such as Tencent and Baidu, and even insurance company PingAn are building their own ecosystems.They were founded at a time when the efficiency of the traditional industries was low: e-commerce gained massive user number because classical retail was underdeveloped; delivery companies expanded because of the unreliability of China Post; healthcare apps gained momentum because of the inefficiencies of the healthcare system; mobile payments took the population by storm because plastic never had time to gain traction.By not being defined or constrained by a single industry, Chinese tech companies have accelerated the blurring of the borders between areas such as these.
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If you’ve been following out Sketchfab Favs feature, you’ll know that the platform is home to nearly two million 3D models and artworks, made in apps like Google’s Tilt Brush, Oculus’ Medium, and Gravity Sketch as well as more traditional software.From today, these creations can be placed in the real world.Sketchfab has just updated its iOS app to include support for Apple’s ARKit.That means that users can select any of the creations currently live on the platform, and project it into the real world through an iPhone or iPad display.As such, animated characters can come to life inside real-world environments, and VR artists have an entirely new way to explore their work and others’.All you need to do is load up any Sketchfab model inside the app and then tap and AR icon, just like you’d tap a VR icon to view models in headsets.
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Just days after the 2016 Presidential Election, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that it was “pretty crazy” to think that his company had influenced the election’s outcome in a meaningful way.He’s had an about-face on that line of thinking since then, and at the end of Yom Kippur, he’s publicly asked for forgiveness “for those I hurt this year,” and pledged to do better.Facebook has been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks following revelations that Russian companies bought ads and organized pro-Trump rallies during the 2016 presidential election, and after it was discovered that hate groups could advertise to users who liked specific anti-Semitic categories.In his post, Zuckerberg acknowledged that Facebook has had a divisive effect on the country, and that he’ll work to do better in the coming year.But as TechCrunch points out, Facebook itself needs to do better to improve its efforts in combating the spread of false information and abuse that appears throughout its platform.It and other social media sites have often touted themselves as a neutral platforms for all ideas and beliefs, but underestimate how these ideals can be undermined, which led to tangible impacts in the real world.
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Putting humans on Mars has been a staple of science fiction and a goal of numerous scientists for decades.Today, thanks to technological advances, fascinating images sent back from the Red Planet by rovers and orbiters, and growing concerns about our future here on Earth, interest in putting boots in that red soil is at an all-time high.NASA, SpaceX and Mars One are all aiming to land people on our neighboring planet in the next 15 years or so, each on their own timelines and using different architectures.Here's a look at all three road maps, starting with a plan from Iron Man himself, SpaceX founder Elon Musk.The Moto Z2 Force is really thin, with a fast processor and great battery life.It can survive drops without shattering.
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Learn how to master proven strategies, avoid costly mistakes and grow your business.Links are important not only because they drive traffic but also because they continue to be the single most credible metric used by Google and other search engines to determine a site’s ranking.At the other end of the link-building spectrum there’s what some refer to as “black hat,” which is when you create your own manipulated collection of content, sites, and links that you fully control, meaning they're not earned by merit, in hopes of fooling a search engine.But truly outstanding content doesn't have to resort to manipulation of links in order to get traffic.Nobody can predict the future, but based on what I’ve seen over the past 18 years, links are too useful for the engines to ignore.It’s fine to optimize your content for the search engines, because the reality is they do represent a tremendous opportunity for organic traffic.
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Q: I'm considering opening a gift shop and calling it "The Gift Box."Although the market for gifts in my area is very strong, I'm concerned about competition from other, already existing gift shops.How can I be successful entering a market containing other, similar well-established businesses?Your MSA must be limited to a single item; it should not consist of a laundry list of things that positively describe what your business does that's special.Then all you have to do is drop off the driver at the Enterprise Leasing location that activated the rental.Visit our Expert Center to ask our experts your most pressing business questions.
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This is the last post in the series of articles about using Multi-Channel Attribution in marketing.In previous two articles ( part 1 and part 2), we've reviewed a simple and powerful approach based on Markov chains that allows you to effectively attribute marketing channels.
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