Albert Colburn

Albert Colburn

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captions settings, opens captions settings dialogThis is a modal window.Grab A Retirement Saver's Tax CreditDo you want to live in a world where the CEO of Apple has the ability to effectively shut down any web service at any point in its life cycle that tries to think different?Consider the reports of Tim Cook’s talk with Travis Kalanick over Uber’s iOS app in Mike Issac’s profile of Kalanick in The New York Times.Given Cook’s power as the ultimate arbiter of what will be made available to millions of smartphone users around the world, it’s hard to not cast Apple in the role of a feudal lord:
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WASHINGTON—State banking regulators sued a federal agency in an effort to prevent it from issuing specialty national banking licenses to financial-technology firms, a growing area of competition for traditional banking.The Conference of State Bank Supervisors claim the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is reaching beyond its jurisdiction with its plan to license fintech firms that make loans, take deposits or cash checks.The group, which represents bank regulators from all 50 states, argues the OCC only has the...
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Ron Howard is explaining what makes a genius."If you view the known as the light and the unknown as the darkness," he says, "then scientists and geniuses are working on that front line.They go in behind enemy lines, parachute in and have to fight their way back with any bits of knowledge they can discover.I'm on the phone with Howard to talk about "Genius", a new show exploring the life of legendary scientist Albert Einstein.The project began with Gigi Pritzker, who bought the rights to the biography of Einstein by Walter Isaacson.Isaacson also wrote the biography of Steve Jobs that was turned into the 2015 film, and Pritzker was intrigued by his exploration of creativity and where it comes from.
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A man in Thailand this week live-streamed himself murdering his baby daughter on Facebook, the latest example of the use of the social-media platform to broadcast disturbing, violent videos.The incident highlights the global scale of Facebook’s challenge in sifting through live video in different languages and countries largely from its offices in Silicon Valley.The footage of the killing on Monday was up for about 24 hours...
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After Verizon struggled through Q1, it is becoming increasingly clear where its profits and customers have gone; T-Mobile has been pinching them again.While it will come as little surprise CEO John Legere and magenta army of disruptors have romped away once again, perhaps the scale of the victory will be somewhat of a surprise.Over the course of the last month, competition has intensified in the US postpaid market as a flurry of unlimited data contracts have been released from all angles.It would be fair to assume customers would stick to current providers considering the hassle of moving and the little benefit gained, though T-Mobile has continued momentum with another whirlwind performance.Over the course of the quarter, 798,000 branded postpaid phone customers we brought in, as well as 386,000 on the prepaid side of things.Postpaid net customer additions for full-year 2017 are now expected to be between 2.8 and 3.5 million, up from the previous guidance range of 2.4 and 3.4 million.
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Instead of heading to couples’ counselling session to ail your frustration-filled pairing, however, tech could soon be sent to rescue you.More specifically, wearables, with scientists developing a way for body-adorning tech to be used to preemptively detect when arguments are about to break out.Research into the matter has already begun, with a team of scientists at the University of Southern California having kitted couples out in specialist wearables to study rising anger levels.As well as getting the participants to manually record their feelings towards their other half on an hourly basis, smart tech was used to monitor a range of body-tracking metrics.These included body temperature, heart activity and sweat levels.Combined with audio analysis looking at speech intensity and GPS data to show when couples were avoiding each other, all the data was fed into a machine learning system to detect when arguments were occurring.
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Xiaomi Mi MIX is one of those smartphones that really impressed us during the last year and surely made Xiaomi officials to re-think their whole manufacturing process as a whole.Join GizChina on TelegramThe device needs a special treatment in order to produce its tri-bezel less display and also its ceramic coating, which resulted in huge delays and reduced production numbers.This led to mediocre availability for quite some time now, but according to new reports all these will be a thing of the past, since the Chinese company finally managed to solve all of the aforementioned problems.An insider revealed that now Xiaomi has enough stock of all 3 available Mi MIX variants (black, pearl white, black-gold ceramic) in its official store, because now all the challenges with the production of the ceramic body have been resolved.I guess you already know by now that the Mi MIX comes with a 6.4 inch tri-bezel less display, 4/6GB of RAM, 64/128GB storage and a 4400 mAh battery along with a rear mounted fingerprint sensor.It is currently priced at ¥3499 ( $508) for the 4GB/128GB model and can reach up to ¥3999 ( $580) for the 6GB/256GB model.Oh, there’s a Mi MIX 2 currently in the works by Xiaomi designers, scheduled to be unveiled in the coming months, but we will talk about it soon.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
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After my Galaxy S8 review, of the most frequent questions I’ve been asked is whether people should buy the new Samsung now, or wait until the new iPhone is revealed later in 2017.Samsung deserves some serious kudos for what it’s done with the latest Galaxy flagship.Indeed, with bells & whistles like waterproofing and wireless charging that Apple is still yet to embrace, and the fact that the Galaxy S8 manages to include the 3.5mm headphone jack that proved so controversial in its absence on the iPhone 7, you might think the decision was a no-brainer.While Samsung may not have opted for a dual-camera system on the S8 – it looks like we’ll have to wait for the Galaxy Note 8 for that – I’d happily argue that the results from its single lens are at least on a par with what you’d get from a dual-camera Android rival.Factor in the easy upgrade process from one device running Google’s OS to the next, and really the only issue is figuring out whether to go for the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 or the 6.2-inch S8 .Problem is, along the way you have to find Android equivalents to the apps you currently use, figure out how you’re going to port across purchased music and video, and potentially re-invest in a whole bunch of accessories because your current Lightning ones won’t work with the S8’s USB-C port.
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Förra året tog Battlefield klivet och vred tillbaka tiden till första världskriget.I år väntas Call of Duty ta samma typ av steg och utspelas under andra världskriget.Och spelet kan snart visas upp.Enligt den väl ansedda speljournalisten Jason Schreier, som tidigare haft rätt med läckor, kommer Call of Duty: WWII att avslöjas under helgen.På Neogaf skrev han följande:”Vilken militärskjutare, som släpps på årlig basis, avslöjas under den första eller andra veckan av NBA:s playoffs?”
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Netflix original "13 Reasons Why" is the most popular digital series in the US.Here are the full insights from Parrot Analytics.For 6 April to 12 April, 2017 - Top 5 Digital Original Series in the US and Average Demand Expressions :13 Reasons Why, Netflix: 57,678,398Marvel's Iron Fist, Netflix: 13,700,058The Get Down, Netflix: 7,366,745
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Twitter-owned Periscope and the now defunct Meerkat paved the way for mobile live-streaming, and other social platforms have followed suit, with Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube all developing their own live video capabilities.However, tapping into this marketing opportunity presents its challenges.Here’s a look at a few of the issues that producing live content presents, and the ways brand marketers can overcome themThe most important thing to remember about live content is that its primary focus shouldn’t be about the brand or its services.Instead of viewing live video as a way to present information about a product or service in a new format, marketers should consider it as a way to share a story about a product or service, and how it adds value to a brand’s audience.As you begin incorporating live content into your marketing strategy, think about the key message and information you want your brand to convey, and evaluate whether or not you can achieve that goal with the help of live content.
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If you’ve ever been inside a weed store, whether that’s medical or recreational, you know that there are usually ludicrous sounding claims for every strain of marijuana the store has.One might be “perfect for anxiety,” while another is best suited for chronic pain.When it comes to weed strains, there are two terms to know: sativa and indica.A strain of marijuana is genetic blend of the two, usually called a hybrid.These hybrid strains of weed generally get goofy names like Purple Kush or AK-47.For legal reasons, as John Oliver pointed out on Last Week Tonight, research on marijuana has been pretty difficult, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
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The latest Pokemon GO update was claimed to stop spoofers and hackers alike, but in reality it’s only cut out a chunk of cheaters.The most hardcore of cheaters in Pokemon GO remain entirely active, regardless of the latest update to the game.Pokemon GO’s newest APK keeps Android 7.1 from spoofing.Users with security updates from the past month can no longer use the old methods.Take for example the group branded PokeBot.Ninja – they’re still running hot.This bot works on Windows and OS X devices alike, and its developer community works around the clock to keep it active.
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Världens största plattform för streaming av tv- och datorspel, Twitch, har avslöjat att de ska lansera en premiummodell.Anledningen är dels att tjäna mer pengar, men även ge användarna möjlighet att stötta sina favoritprofiler på plattformen.Läs mer: Streama själv eller följ andra - så kommer du igång med TwitchRedan idag kan du betala 4,99 dollar (cirka 45 kronor) för tjänsten men den nya modellen kommer innefatta såväl 9,99 dollar (99 kronor) som 24,99 dollars-alternativ.För den lägre kostnaden får man tillgång till exklusivt material för två prenumerationer medan den högre ger tillgång till sex stycken.Dessutom kan profilerna på plattformen skicka ut specialanpassade meddelanden till communityn.
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'Lunch' with the author whose new book 'soaps up' Miss AmericaThe joint was jumping at Michael’s today, where a scrum of paparazzi had their noses pressed against the glass in hopes of getting a better look at Quantico star Priyanka Chopra.I was really looking forward to today’s lunch with author and magazine vet Michael Callahan, who I had gotten to know over Facebook through our mutual friend and fellow scribe Lisa DePaulo.We’re all part of this highly opinionated and lively group that obsessively weighs in on the important events of the day like what the hell were they talking about on the latest episode of Billions?I couldn’t wait to talk to Callahan about his new novel, The Night She Won Miss America (Houghton Miflin Harcourt), about a reluctant contestant who goes on to win the pageant and then vanishes.I spent many an August afternoon on a lawn chair in my backyard on Long Island covered in Bain de Soleil reading those very same books.
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Slew of developer announcements from Facebook includes new deep learning framework for mobile devicesFacebook has made a number of announcements at its F8 developer conference in San Jose, California this week.Among the announcements are the social networking giant’s open-source Caffe2 deep-learning framework; updates to its Workplace by Facebook (its team communications tool); and an open source framework to enable Android developers to develop more efficient user interfaces.It is a busy time for the social network, thanks to the fallout from the recent live streamed murder on the platform and the growing menace of ‘fake news’.One of the first announcements concerned the open-source Caffe2 deep-learning framework, which is being targetted at mobile devices such as Android devices, iPhones, and low-power computers like Raspberry Pi.Essentially the Caffe2 AI toolkit allowed Facebook developers to train AI models and build apps, and now it has been open-sourced, it is available to the wider developer community.
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Audi’s newest electric vehicle is a crossover SUV with a 4.5-second 0-60mph time, and an impressive range of around 300 miles when its 95kWh battery is topped up.The Audi e-tron Sportback is set for production starting in 2019, and it’s part of Audi’s larger strategy to bring at least three fully electric cars to market by 2020, and to have a quarter of its overall lineup equipped with EV batteries by 2025.The carmaker is pursuing electric options fairly aggressively, likely part of an overall shift dictated by its parent company Volkswagen, which has been more emphatic about its EV plans since its diesel emissions scandal.The e-tron Sportback definitely sounds like it could be a strong contender to help show that the electric strategy is full of potential for a range of buyers, and it would be nice to see a vehicle that can compete in many ways with Tesla’s gull-wing luxury electric SUV, the Model X.Audi has already announced the all-electric e-tron quattro, which is set to begin being offered for sale in 2018, and by then, not to mention when the e-tron Sportback hits the market, there should be no shortage of options in the high-end electric SUV market, judging by the announced roadmaps of a number of carmakers.Static photo, color: Lux Silver
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It’s a become something of a broken record, but Facebook has been on a Snapchat copying rampage, adding a variety of camera effects with similar augmented reality filters.But at its F8 conference today, Facebook revealed a larger plan for these cameras: creating an open augmented reality platform.Mark Zuckerberg implied it should be our biggest takeaway from the event; Facebook sees these cameras as not just fun filters, but as a future platform for communication.Zuckerberg demonstrated using filters that not only apply effects to your face, but also interact with your environment using 3D mapping and object recognition.Coincidentally (yeah right), Snapchat just announced a very similar feature this morning, although without the ambitious promises.While it’s easy to dismiss augmented reality so far as menial filters, Facebook has grander vision to enhance our interactions with the world around us.
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Ulkomaisten työntekijöiden palkkaaminen saattaa muuttua pian entistä vaikeammaksi Yhdysvalloissa toimiville teknologiayrityksille, kertovat useat yhdysvaltalaisviestimet.Yhdysvaltain presidentti Donald Trumpin odotetaan allekirjoittavan vielä tänään tiistaina presidentin käskyn, joka koskee korkeasti koulutettujen ulkomaalaisten työllistämisessä käytettyjä H-1B-viiisumeita.Näillä viisumeilla työskentelee Yhdysvalloissa paljon esimerkiksi aasialaisia teknologia-alan huippuosaajia.Trumpin on määrä allekirjoittaa asetus vieraillessaan muun muassa työkaluja valmistavan Snap-Onin pääkonttorissa Wisconsinissa.Trump haluaa, että ulkomaisten työntekijöiden rekrytoinnista tulee entistä vaikeampaa, jotta yhdysvaltalaisten tekijöiden työllistymismahdollisuudet kohenevat.Vuosittain Yhdysvaltoihin palkataan jopa 85 000 työntekijää H-b1-viisumilla, joka on voimassa kuusi vuotta.
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The Oxford English Dictionary appears ready to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow with an announcement welcoming the term "sonic screwdriver" from "Doctor Who" into its official lexicon.The OED offers up this definition: "sonic screwdriver n. chiefly Science Fiction a (hand-held) electronic device which uses sound waves to perform various mechanical and technical function."Apparently, 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi's sonic sunglasses didn't make the cut.Saturday's OED announcement notes how the sonic screwdriver has come to signify "a type of ultimate tool of the future.""Sonic screwdriver" will join the new edition of the OED when the edition's released this June.The Doctor's trusty tool won't be alone inside the famed dictionary.
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