Albert Colburn

Albert Colburn

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Marketing services group St Ives is curtailing its marketing activation division with the £6m sale of numerous assets to SelmerBridge.Amongst the divisions being sold are SP Group Limited, Service Graphics Limited, Tactical Solutions UK Limited and Flare Limited, leaving St Ives with a rump operation consisting solely of its print management division, St Ives Management Services.St Ives chief executive Matt Armitage commented: "Having taken considerable action over the past year to stabilise the performance of the division, we are pleased to complete the sale as part of a planned disposal process."The sale is in line with the board's stated strategy of focusing on the group's core businesses, in particular those within its higher growth, higher margin strategic marketing segment."St Ives has set itself the task of migrating away from commoditised sectors of the print sector amid falling prices and declining profitability.
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but still you win a lot of it (blushing smiling face?)?On Saturday, the day before the 2018 Academy Awards, the Golden Raspberry Awards for the worst movies of the year were handed out, and "The Emoji Movie," whose stars included Patrick Stewart voicing a piece of talking poo, is truly No.The 2016 animated movie not only claimed worst picture, it also won worst screenplay, director and "worst screen combo."That last award was given to "any two obnoxious emojis" from the film, beating out competitors including "Johnny Depp and his worn-out drunk routine" from "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," and "any combination of two characters, two sex toys, or two sexual positions" from "Fifty Shades Darker."The plot summary sounds like something a fourth-grader scribbled down as a last-minute creative-writing assignment, but here it is:"The Emoji Movie" features T.J. Miller.
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The Devialet Phantom was met with wide praise in the audio community a few years ago for achieving something rare: a truly full-range, compact high-end speaker.That it looked like a futuristic orb designed by space-faring creatures didn’t hurt.I’m testing a pair of the Elevates in my studio apartment, which is far from an ideal testing environment.And though I’ve listened to all sorts of hi-fi headphones, my experience with speakers in this price range is limited.Against my Sonos Play:5 – excellent speakers in their own right – there’s no real competition: the Phantom sound better in pretty much every respect, unless you prefer more (muddier) bass.What I most find remarkable is the fullness of the sound from a speaker this small; voices and instruments between almost sound like massive bodies.
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There’s no denying the fact that Samsung flagships come with top-of-the-line camera hardware and are often top three in the market, if not at the peak.A lot of the Galaxy S9’s marketing has revolved around its camera.Will it live up to the hype that it has generated so far?Apparently so according to DxO Mark.The Galaxy S9+ got praise for offering “one of the most comprehensive smartphone imaging feature sets available today.” Its score came up to a grand total of 99, with a record-setting 104 in snapping photos.The comparatively lower video score of 91 definitely warrants some improvement however.
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Google is releasing Hangouts Chat this week, a service that allows users to message each other privately or in groups, and work collaboratively on projects.The software was first unveiled in March last year, but to date, it has only been available to companies enrolled in Google’s Early Adopter Program.Now, it’s open to all users signed up to G Suite, Google’s software for businesses that includes Gmail, Google Docs, and so on.Hangouts Chat represents a big overhaul of Google’s messaging strategy that signals its entry into the business communication arena.For businesses already paying for G Suite tools, Hangouts Chat could be an attractive alternative to Slack as it will be included for every G Suite subscriber at no extra cost.It’s also tightly integrated with other G Suite apps.
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T-Mobile has confirmed that it will once again gift customers with a free subscription for Major League Baseball’s streaming service for 2018.The offer will goes live on March 27 via the T-Mobile Tuesdays app and will be available to redeem until April 2 (via TmoNews).The regular season subscription – which should cost $115.99 for a yearly sub – offers access to every out-of-market regular season game live or on demand.The deal also includes the At Bat Premium app for Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire devices, with up to ten devices supported at any time.As ever, subscribers can choose between home or away broadcasts in HD quality on a wide array of non-mobile devices too.These include Xbox One or PS4 consoles, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, and more.
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According to a recent white paper released by Nielsen and Alipay, 65% of Chinese tourists sampled have used mobile payments while traveling overseas, compared with only 11% of non-Chinese tourists.The white paper, “Outbound Chinese Tourism and Consumption Trend: 2017 Survey” found that 91% Chinese tourists said they were more likely to buy from a merchant if they supported Chinese mobile payment services.The total number of Chinese traveling abroad has been increasing steadily over the past years, encouraged by increasing income and more favorable visa policies.A total of 131 million trips were made by Chinese tourists in 2017, a 7% increase from 2016, according to the China National Tourism Administration.Alipay used to hold over 80% of the transaction value across China, but in Q1 2017, Alipay’s market share dropped to 54 percent, while WeChat Pay claimed 40 percent.“China has embraced mobile payments faster than any country and will continue to lead the global charge in this regard.
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Tesla Model 3 first-day reservations to get mini diecast models?Samsung Galaxy S9 event: Watch it live herePut a Google Assistant on your nightstand for $69.992019 Buick Envision: A little bit better, a little bit cheaperGet ready for your first home or apartment with these tipsHow the Galaxy S9 marks a big coverage boost for T-Mobile
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In a fascinating post, Brian Krebs and a group of security researchers have found a method for laundering money through expensive ebooks.It started when author Patrick Reames received an Amazon tax form saying he’d made $24,000 selling his books through Amazon’s CreateSpace, the company’s book-printing arm.His books didn’t sell nearly that many copies, he thought, and when he investigated he found a $555 book full of gibberish being sold under his name.The scam is simple: crooks use stolen credit cards to buy their own fake ebooks for inflated prices and pocket the 60% commission.Amazon and CreateSpace, obviously, also get their cut.Doing this a few times can rack up earnings with ease.
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Primary schoolchildren who have been raised in homes surrounded by more greenspace tend to present with larger volumes of white and grey matter in certain areas of the brain.This is the main conclusion of a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives and led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a center supported by the "la Caixa" Foundation, in collaboration with the Hospital del Mar (Spain) and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (UCLA FSPH).The study was performed in a subcohort of 253 schoolchildren from the BREATHE project in Barcelona (Spain).Brain anatomy was studied using high-resolution 3D magnetic resonance images (MRI).The data analysis showed that long-term exposure to greenness was positively associated with white and grey matter volume in some parts of the brain that partly overlapped with those associated with higher scores on cognitive tests.A previous study of 2,593 children ages 7 to 10 from the BREATHE project showed that, during the 12-month course of the study, children who attended schools with higher outdoor greenspace had a greater increase in working memory and a greater reduction in inattentiveness than children who attended schools with less surrounding greenness.
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For everyday customers, that’s a problem without an easy solution.If you’re unfamiliar, Meltdown and Spectre are exploits which affect your computer’s processor.They’re two different, but related, exploits which take advantage of ‘speculative execution’ an optimization method used on essentially every computer processor manufactured in the last 20 years.Yes, that means almost every processor sold in the last two decades is vulnerable to these exploits — including the one in your smartphone, the one in your desktop, and the one in that old student laptop you used in college.Following the disclosure, each company started reaching out to its corporate customers and notifying them of the vulnerabilities.Everyone was scrambling to both find a fix and to keep it secret, because as long as the vulnerabilities remained private they were less dangerous to the public.
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White separatist Jared Taylor and his American Renaissance group are suing Twitter for permanently suspending their accounts.The suit, which is being filed in San Francisco Superior Court, argues that "Twitter took this action only because it disagreed with the content of their tweets, not because Taylor or American Renaissance violated the company's terms of service," according to a press release.In December, Twitter began enforcing an updated policy aimed at reducing hateful and abusive content.The changes included a ban on promoting violence and hate in usernames or bios, possible permanent suspension of accounts that threaten violence or death and a ban accounts that feature hate symbols and images.American Renaissance says suspending the accounts is "censorship," and that the suit is about defending freedom of speech."Twitter has capriciously enforced vague 'terms of service' for the sole purpose of silencing voices with which it disagrees," the release says.
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While PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp. continues its ongoing fight against cheaters, it is still sneaking out some updates to its battle royal shooter.The studio is introducing a pair of new loot boxes filled with fresh cosmetic items, and it is testing a method of matchmaking that should improve the experience for people with fast pings.The loot boxes are called Fever and Militia crates.They feature 1970s- and 1980s-era fashions including a leathery frontiersman outfit that will look at home in the desert Miramar map.In a blog post today, PUBG Corp. is referring to these as its spring crates, and the apparel reflects that as well.The Fever crate requires a key, an item you have to purchase with real money, to unlock (or you can sell it on the Steam Marketplace).
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The Bad News game puts players in the shoes of someone who wants to spread mischief and lies, with the aim being to show people how the bad guys do it in a controlled environment so they are wise to it in the wild.But the game's simplistic approach risks rendering it nothing more than a nice idea with little clout.The aim is laudable: we don’t need polls to tell us people struggle to spot fake news because the rapid spread of bullshit on the internet is testament enough to people’s gullibility, obstinance and opportunism – or all three.The representatives hauled up in front of politicians do their best to look concerned, while the PR machine cranks out programme, after initiative, after global fund.But even their best attempts are falling short, and so it’s perhaps unsurprising that the onus for spotting fake news has begun to fall on the public.However, the academics behind it - who worked with, and were funded by, a Dutch media group, DROG, that runs workshops and gives talks about fake news - claim that the game is a way of “vaccinating” people against misinformation.
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The current car (called 991 internally) has entered its last full calendar year on the market.It will make its public debut in a few short weeks at the annual Geneva Auto Show.The GT3 RS’ business end hides a 4.0-liter flat-six engine tuned to deliver 520 horsepower (20 more than the outgoing model) and 364 pound-feet of torque.You can buy a Porsche with more power, but it will either be a turbocharged model or a hybrid.The flat-six pelts the GT3 RS from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat and, given enough tarmac, sends it to a top speed of 193 mph.Porsche applied the lessons it learned on the track to the 911 GT3 RS.
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Hypergiant is launching out of stealth today to help large companies develop an AI strategy to meet their business goals.Hypergiant raised a seed round of an undisclosed amount last August and currently has 24 employees, with plans to grow its team to more than 150 by the end of the year.Customers include Bosch and TGI Friday’s, and the startup has established product incubation partnerships with Adobe and the aviation division of General Electric.Hypergiant will be run by Conversable CEO Ben Lamm and currently has offices in Houston, Dallas, and Austin.Conversable is best known as the maker of bots for large brands like TGI Friday’s, Pizza Hut, Whole Foods, and Booz Allen, which has been called “the world’s most profitable spy organization.” In 2017, Facebook included Conversable on a short list of companies essential to the Messenger Platform bot ecosystem.Lamm said Hypergiant was formed independently of Conversable to provide services that go beyond conversational AI and to take advantage of opportunities discovered during Conversable’s expansion over the past two years.
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"Blade Runner 2049" was almost unanimously praised by critics, but Rutger Hauer, who was unforgettable as Roy Batty in the 1982 original, wasn't a fan."I just think if something is so beautiful, you should just leave it alone and make another film," he told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview.Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049 was hailed as an instant classic but underperformed at the Box Office, barely recouping its $185 million budget with a worldwide gross of $259 million.According to Hauer it focused too much on the homage."In many ways, 'Blade Runner' wasn't about the replicants, it was about what does it mean to be human?But I'm not certain what the question was in the second 'Blade Runner.'
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Wine, beer and even full bars are touted as employee perks to help attract talented employees and entice employees to stay on the job during evening hours.But alcohol can also be a divisive issue in the workplace, and may actually be a deterrent for some potential employees, said Anthony Klotz, an assistant professor in the College of Business at OSU and lead author of the paper."A lot of companies seem to assume that young people will view alcohol-based perks positively, but in reality, alcohol can be a turn off for many applicants," Klotz said.Klotz began examining the role of permissive workplace drinking in recruiting in part because of questions from students and recent graduates.Not everyone finds it appealing."Klotz and co-author Serge da Motta Veiga of American University conducted two studies to evaluate how permissive workplace norms affected prospective employees' perceived fit with a company and their attraction to the company.
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Five years ago, Ji Yongtao left Shenzhen – China’s coastal metropolis that recently became the country’s third-largest economic hub – and returned to his hometown, located in the far-flung northwestern Gansu province.For three decades, the boom in top-tier cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen has been fueled by migrant workers flooding in from the country’s poorer, rural interior.When the day ends, my work also finishes.”As a freelance marketer, He’s US$1,600 monthly salary puts her above the average US$1,230 of 37 major Chinese cities.In rural areas like Kang County, people are enjoying a rise in earnings and consumption.In 2016, mobile payments in China’s rural areas hit US$3.69 trillion, up 71 percent year-over-year, according to the People’s Bank of China.
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Security personnel operating X-ray machines at airports and other transport hubs have a hugely responsible job and need high levels of concentration as they carefully analyze the contents of each item passing through.And while most will see nothing particularly outstanding during a typical shift, there will be times when an object causes the operator to sit up and take notice.An object like … well … a human.As bags and other items passed through the machine, the operator suddenly noticed the unmistakeable shape of a person on the monitor, the BBC reported.The woman at the center of the incident had first placed her suitcase on the conveyor belt before walking through the scanner carrying her handbag.Security insisted she put her handbag on the conveyor belt, too, but clearly keen to keep hold of it, she hopped onto the belt and disappeared into the scanner.
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