Albert Colburn

Albert Colburn

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The last of the gunfighters will not be hanging up its holster any time soon.While the Trump administration has been playing Let's Make a Deal with Lockheed Martin and Boeing over the future of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Department of Defense has decided to extend the life of yet another old warhorse to fill the gap.At least 300 F-16 Fighting Falcons will receive structural and avionics upgrades that will allow them to fly until at least 2048, thanks to a Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) with Lockheed Martin.The Obama administration had already made plans for the A-10 Thunderbolt to stay in service until 2022 to fill the close air support role and had plotted an upgrade to the F-16 as well since 2012.The F-16 was a product of a push by a group of analysts within the Air Force known as the "Fighter Mafia" for a lightweight fighter—a counterpart to the F-15 Eagle in what was referred to as a "high-low mix" (with the expensive, high-tech F-15 being the "high").The Fighting Falcon entered service a bit less "low" than the Fighter Mafia (as embodied by John Boyd, Pierre Sprey, and Thomas Christie) may have wanted.
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Samsung is seeing strong demand for its Galaxy S8 and S8 smartphones, suggesting that consumers may be looking beyond the company’s debacle with the Galaxy Note7.The company’s head of mobile DJ Koh said at a media event in South Korea on Thursday that pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 and S8 had outstripped those for its predecessors, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, which were launched in March last year."The news about the S8 is very positive at this point, though we have to see how many of the pre-orders translate into sales," said Kiranjeet Kaur, research manager for client devices at IDC Asia/Pacific.There is a pent up demand for a large screen Samsung phone after the Note7 was discontinued, and the S8 devices meet that requirement, she added.The Galaxy S8 and S8 are scheduled to hit shelves in the U.S. and some other markets from April 21.Koh said the companies had tested over 100,000 batteries internally this time to ensure the problem doesn’t recur with the S8, according to a report.
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General is a very good dog who just wanted to get out of the animal hospital.You can just feel that sweet taste of freedom hit him as he saunters off into the unknown.The ten-year-old Great Pyrenees was being held at the Aquia-Garrisonville Animal Hospital in Stafford, Virginia while his family was on vacation, local news outlet WJLA reports.It’s unclear what exactly happened that allowed General to initially push open the door to his cell.It looks like the keys were left in the door.The look on his fellow inmates face when he first gets out is priceless.
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Alibaba Group affiliate Ant Financial Services is making its first foray into Indonesia with plans to launch a new mobile platform for payment and other financial services in partnership with a local firm.Ant Financial, operator of China’s popular online payment platform Alipay, announced on Wednesday that it will set up a joint venture with Indonesian digital company Emtek.Without disclosing the size of the investment, the two companies said the joint venture will leverage Ant Financial’s experience and know-how in mobile payment, digital financial innovations, risk control and cloud computing.To begin with, the new payment platform will be offered on BBM, Indonesia’s most commonly used messenger application, which is operated by a subsidiary of Emtek and has a user base of over 63 million monthly active users.“Ant Financial has proven know-how in delivering payment and other financial solutions to a large and growing mobile audience in China and enabling its partners globally, and we are looking forward to replicating and creating this success in Indonesia,” said Alvin Sariaatmadja, CEO of Emtek.The partnership with Emtek is the latest move in Ant Financial’ global expansion.
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Give me metrics, analysis and facts to justify why it was actually the most genius commercial of all time and the rest of the world is too blind to see it.The commercial in question in case anyone is living under a rock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v dA5Yq1DLSmQ
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Looking to turn your love of photography into a career, but not sure where to start?Look no further than this Hollywood Art Institute Photography Course & Certification program, available for $20 and currently discounted 99 percent.This 22-module program can be taken entirely online, and you’ll receive a certificate nationally accredited by the Photography Council.This complete training program dives deep into the technical aspects of photography and trains people to take photos that will give any professional a run for their money.You’ll study various photography techniques with the help of videos, tutorials, articles, ebooks, an article database, flashcards, and quizzes, all of which will prepare you to take your photography knowledge into the real world.You’ll also gain valuable insight from the most talented and experienced photographers in the industry, while learning down-to-earth techniques to help you take better photos right from the start.
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Amazon might just have the edge in the smart speaker market for now, launching its Alexa-powered Echo device before rivals, along with the smaller Echo Tap and Dot.But Google isn't far behind with its Google Home alternative, which launched stateside last year and is made its way to the UK just this month.And now, it seems the big G is adding a new feature which might just give it one up on Amazon's rival device.Related: Google Home vs Amazon EchoAs reported by AndroidPolice, the Discover tab of the Google Home app now features a card that says 'Multiple users now supported".That means we can expect to see the device supporting multiple accounts, allowing different users with separate music accounts and data to make use of the speaker.
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Starting today, Amazon’s Alexa can change the color of lighting in a room.Users can set the lighting in their home by color or enable mood settings like reading or daylight.You can also simply ask for warmer or cooler color.These additions to the Smart Home Skill API give you the ability to control Philips Hue, SmartThings, TP-Link, and LIFX lightbulbs with your voice.The new feature, announced today in an Amazon Developers blog post, lets you issue commands like “Alexa, make my lights orange” or “Alexa, turn the living room to blue.”Smart bulbs from these companies have always been able to change colors, and you could configure color or temperature using apps provided by makers of the devices.The difference now is that you can use voice commands to your Alexa device instead of opening an app.The ability to change the color of a room with your voice is one of a series of changes Amazon made this week to aid developers.Earlier this week the company released a skills analytics dashboard for tracking skill performance and gave skills the capacity to request a user’s location.Also this week, Alexa skills no longer require downloads, a change first uncovered by CNET reporter Taylor Martin.In addition to support for lighting based on mood or a party, smart lightbulbs are also being used for home security, to sync with music (sorta), and to indicate when your favorite Twitch video gamer starts livestreaming.
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CD Projekt Red says its cyberpunk trademark will prevent gamers from an onslaught of apps and Steam games attempting to piggyback on any potentail success of Cyberpunk 2077.Having redefined the fantasy role-playing game with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt Red is now hard at work on its promising sci-fi RPG, Cyberpunk 2077.The company’s decision to trademark the term “cyberpunk,” however, has caused some unrest among fans, and now the studio has responded.Cyberpunk 2077 takes inspiration from the pen-and-paper RPG Cyberpunk 2020, which in turn was inspired by literature like William Gibson’s Neuromancer and the Mirrorshades anthology by Bruce Sterling.These books are part of a sci-fi subgenre that’s become known as cyberpunk, and some enthusiasts feel that CD Projekt Red’s decision to trademark the term is reductive.“The reason for our registration is to protect us from any unlawful actions of our competitors,” said a representative for the studio, according to a report from GameSpot.
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At Hypermaus, we build an Artificial Intelligence SaaS to optimize User Interfaces.To be a bit more precise, we provide a single line of JS that automatically improves critical KPIs of your website.In the long run, we want to be able to provide Artificial Customers on a global scale.While we are still quite young (8 weeks on this iteration), we identified 3 incredibly worthwhile services that facilitate our daily routine tremendously.Together, they build a lean funnel to quickly identify markets, look for users of tools, and send them to your own product.Siftery does a great job on collecting services, letting you know how popular they are, and categorizing them in a sound way.
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Just when you thought you were out, they pull you back in.Starting this afternoon, Bottleneck Gallery is selling a beautiful, officially licensed poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Gabz, aka Grzegorz Domaradzki.It’s available in two editions and is a perfect compliment to his previous trilogy poster.Licensed by Lucasfilm and Acme Archives, the regular is a timed edition, meaning they will print as many as possible between 5pm BST April 6th through 4:59 am BST April 10th.It’s 24 x 36 inches and costs $50 (£40.07).The variant is limited to 250 and costs $60 (£48.09).
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Enjoyed this post from Ryan Kulp that goes step-by-step into a reactivation campaign on an unengaged email segment of 78,000 for a large B2C client.This campaign is inspired by the The Birthday Paradox, which says in a room of just 23 people, 2 folks are likely to share the same birthday.Following that math, an email list of 78,000 would have nearly 840 people whose birthday was within /- 1 day of an email...Idea to test from this article (clicking on idea title will provide more details)Idea: Turn stale subscribers into active users by using The Happy Birthday Hack.Details: Ever struggle with what to do with your subscribers who fell off the map?
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Google launched the beta version of YouTube Go on Android in India.The YouTube experience was designed for users on slow networks, and it supports offline video viewing.The YouTube Go home screen features trending and popular videos from a user’s area.While using the application, users can tap video thumbnails to receive previews of videos before deciding to watch them or save them for offline viewing.Users can also choose from multiple video qualities when they decide to watch or save a video.Finally, the app allows users to share videos with nearby users without using data.
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Mesh routers – whole home Wi-Fi explainedMesh router or whole-home Wi-Fi systems use multiple routers, or nodes, to spread your Wi-Fi signal throughout your home.This results in greater coverage, faster speeds and a more reliable connection.They’re great, and a good-quality modern device has powerful and fast enough Wi-Fi to cover most typical three- or four-bedroom houses.However, if you have a larger home – or want to stretch your Wi-Fi to an outbuilding at bottom of the garden, for example – then the Wi-Fi signal from a single router may not reach the furthest parts.The nodes work together to distribute the load of the network, and offer three key advantages over normal Wi-Fi extenders.
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P’s chief brand officer Marc Pritchard has talked at length about the content “crap trap” that he believes has led to a surplus of bad ads that overpopulate screens and feeds.At the 4A’s Transformation conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Pritchard encouraged both brands and agencies to dig themselves out of the trap by creating fewer, but better, ads.“If legends like Leo Burnett and David Ogilvy were to come back and observe our behavior today, what do you think they’d think we believe about advertising?Our behavior indicates we believe more is better,” he said.“We bombard consumers with thousands of ads a day.We’re awfully busy, but all of this activity is not breaking through the clutter.
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Nu storsatsar man på att vidareutveckla sin säkerhetsteknik.Resultatet blev Yubikey, en usb-nyckel som skapar nya inloggningskoder varje gång den används.Den tekniken gav det unga bolaget en plats på 33-listan tre år i rad: 2009, 2010 och 2011.Det är maxgränsen för hur många gånger ett bolag får vara med.Det var väldigt lärorikt att vara med och tävla.Jag rekommenderar alla entreprenörer att lära sig en 60-sekunders presentation av sitt bolag utantill.
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Today, 1 April, is International Fake News Day and to mark the occasion we are handing out The Fakers, our special new awards for the leading practitioners of cock-and-bull stories.Naturally, given our own high ethical standards, we've excluded ourselves from consideration to preserve the dignity and integrity of these important awards.So join us as we now give recognition to the czars, wizards, moguls, outlets and poets conjuring the world's most creative, effective and entirely false news.So step forward none other than the fibbing father of fake news, president Donald J Trump.The most powerful man in the free world is the grand master of the genre, with a rap sheet that includes helping to perpetuate phony stories about his predecessor Barack Obama's birth certificate, the size of his inauguration crowd and that the Chinese invented climate change.A month ago, Trump vaguely referred to a nonexistent Swedish terror attack in an assault on Europe's immigration policy.
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Hong Kong faces the second-highest risk of cybersecurity attacks in Asia despite having the most number of firms that increased spending on IT security, according to a new report.Telecommunications company Telstra’s Cybersecurity Report 2017 found that 14.7 per cent of Hong Kong firms have been hit with cyber attacks in the last year.Hong Kong was narrowly behind India, which clocked in at 14.8 per cent.In contrast, only 7.3 per cent of Singapore firms suffered from security incidents, the report found.The survey was based on 360 responses from C-suite executives and IT security managers at companies across Asia and Australia.History has shown us that some of the most damaging attacks can come from inside your own workforce
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Of Zound industries ' turnover of 757 million crowns in 2015 came just over half from the sale of the speakers.A segment where the company is now betting on the products under its own brand Urbanears, which has so far mainly been known for its colorful headphones.The new speakers, "Urbanears connected speakers", is wireless and, like the u.s. the Sonos – which in recent years had a large impact in Sweden – pair with each other in order to be able to play audio in multiple rooms at the same time.at the same time that Urbanears has become a strong and well recognized brand, it is not here that the majority of Zound industries ' turnover is.Around two thirds of sales take place today under the brand Marshall, in which the speaker is one of the product categories.the Sale, which is linked to a licensing agreement with the british förstärkarvarumärket.
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Airlines are generally less digitally savvy than some other sectors when it comes to exploiting the likes of big data analytics and the Internet of Things.Some carriers are doing a great job when it comes to in-cabin service, online bookings, tracking bags and informing passengers about gate changes.But unfortunately, many airlines tend to tackle these services in a segmented way, not providing a visible and seamless presentation of their offerings online, and thus not giving consumers a full, 360 digital experience, says Nikunj Shanti, chief data and digital officer at AirAsia.While AirAsia was among the first to only do bookings online and has been proactive on social media, Mr Shanti could not help but perceive the airline as epitomising a low-cost carrier (LCC).AirAsia, Asia’s largest LCC in terms of passengers carried, is not looking at any airline as a role model for undergoing digital transformation.AirAsia group chief executive Tony Fernandes says the airline is not moving rapidly enough to leverage information technology in a virtual world, which would bring about substantial cost savings, improve customer experience and satisfaction and ultimately boost revenue in the future.
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