Anthony Breedlove

Anthony Breedlove

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A cross-party group of MPs and peers are pushing to have gambling companies treated like tobacco firms, calling on health warnings to be displayed on their products and a ban on advertising during live sporting events.The group, which includes shadow culture secretary Tom Watson and former Tory minister John Hayes, want the companies to be forced to stop any associations that gambling is “fun”.It said that the current system where “the onus of social responsibility remains subject to the self-regulation of the licensee is not working” and current regulations are being flouted “without fear of meaningful sanction”.GambleAware recently found that online casino houses have collectively spent £1.4bn on marketing since 2012; part of a 97% increase in ad spend over the past five years.Meanwhile, separate research conducted last year found that a fifth of all adverts broadcast during live football matches promoted betting companies, a proportion which rose to a high of 40% during one game.While aimed at adults, many of these ads are inadvertently being consumed by children.
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YouTube is optimizing itself for views – more views, as many views as possible, at all costs.This is real, it’s happening, and for some users it’s already happened.Instead of acting as a platform, as it should, YouTube is turning into Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social sites are optimized for attention.They’re constantly evolving based on user, making certain that the things you look at and click on most often also APPEAR most often.YouTube was a platform where the creators of media could place their content and it’d be displayed in order for the end user, the viewer, to view.
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“Since 2016, the ‘Year One’ of virtual reality, a VR ecosystem that encompasses users, hardware manufacturers and content developers has been gradually taking form.Two years later, the year 2018 marks the beginning of a new chapter for Vive Reality, which will integrate the benefits of VR, AR, 5G, and AI technologies,” said Alvin Wang Graylin, the China Regional President of HTC, at Vive Ecosystem Conference today.The ubiquity of smartphones not only makes it a big business on its own, it’s also becoming an increasingly essential factor for the success of other smart hardware devices.As a top player in the sector, HTC Vive is testing the trend in VR industry.After selling a huge chunk of smartphone division to Google last year, the former phone giant relaunched smartphone business with the release of flagship smartphone HTC U12+.However, as part of the company’s focus shift, smartphone on its own is no longer the key strategy of HTC’s such move.
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It’s a set of tools that allows large enterprises ranging from Comcast and PayPal to stock exchanges and telecom providers to run their own AWS-like cloud services inside their data centers.Now, we’re talking about a stable project that many of the most valuable companies on earth rely on.The OpenStack project was founded by Rackspace and NASA in 2010.In the early days, there were also plenty of startups in the ecosystem — and the VC money followed them, together with some of the most lavish conference parties (or “bullshit,” as Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth called it) that I have experienced.Today, only a few of the early players remain standing, and the top players are now the likes of Red Hat, Canonical and Rackspace.And to complicate matters, all of this is happening in the shadow of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and the Kubernetes project it manages being in the early stages of the hype cycle.
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Microsoft’s patent for an augmented and virtual reality accessory could make interacting with the virtual world feel more realistic by giving users more tactile feedback in the real world.The patent for a device called an electrostatic side clutch was originally filed in 2017 and was recently only publicly published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.The side clutch, which Microsoft illustrated as an arm-worn accessory with haptic feedback motors, allows users to feel resistance when interacting in a virtual environment.“While mixed reality and virtual reality systems may provide an immersive visual and auditory experience, such systems may not provide a satisfying tactile experience for the user, in which virtual objects feel like real objects,” Microsoft said, noting that its electrostatic side clutches “may be used for tactile feedback in mixed reality and virtual reality settings.”If you’re playing a basketball game, for example, wearing the side clutch device on your wrist could allow the game to mimic drag as you’re attempting to make a free throw shot in NBA 2K18.“In particular, haptic device may be configured to provide resistive contact sensation in response to detection of contact between the body of the user in a virtual display object projected into a field of view,” Microsoft wrote in its patent filing.
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Test rig itself might be causing any thrust readingsA group of German physicists with TU Dresden has tested two proposed means of propellantless propulsion – the EmDrive and Mach Effect Thrusters – and found the act of testing is what makes these arguably physics-flouting technologies appear to work.The researchers – Martin Tajmar, Matthias Kößling, Marcel Weikert and Maxime Monette – presented their findings last week at the Aeronautics and Astronautics Association of France’s Space Propulsion conference.The title of their paper is "The SpaceDrive Project – First Results on EmDrive and Mach-Effect Thrusters."But like endless coffee refills, the Never Ending Pasta Bowl and unlimited online storage, it looks to be a rather optimistic interpretation of reality.Critics of the EmDrive have argued it violates the laws of physics as we currently understand them.
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President Donald Trump can't block Twitter users critical of his policies from following him on the social network, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.Seven Twitter users sued Trump in July after the president blocked them for criticizing or mocking him on the social network.The group argued the practice violates the First Amendment.US District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald agreed with the seven, ruling that a public official may not block people from his or her Twitter account in response to the political views the people have expressed, even if that official is the president of the United States."We hold that portions of the @realDonaldTrump account -- the 'interactive space' where Twitter users may directly engage with the content of the President's tweets -- are properly analyzed under the 'public forum' doctrines set forth by the Supreme Court, that such space is a designated public forum, and that the blocking of the plaintiffs based on their political speech constitutes viewpoint discrimination that violates the First Amendment," the judge wrote in her ruling."In so holding, we reject the defendants' contentions that the First Amendment does not apply in this case and that the President's personal First Amendment interests supersede those of plaintiffs."
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FreedomPop, a wireless carrier operating in the US and UK, has announced a new MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) that’s the direct result of Sprint and T-Mobile’s joint decision to merge.It’s called Unreal Mobile, and compared to other MVNO options, like Cricket and Boost Mobile in the US, and Sky Mobile and Tesco Mobile in the UK, it includes more features in its unlimited plans, which start at $15 per month.Beyond 4G LTE coverage, Unreal Mobile will provide to its users a VPN, ad blocking, and the flexibility of using phone numbers on phones, tablets or computers by leveraging VoIP, a severely underutilized technology on the carrier side.FreedomPop stated that Unreal Mobile couldn’t have happened without the Sprint and T-Mobile merger underway in the US, as regulators are now “compelled to accept MVNO models and pricing that historically would have been seen as too competitive…”, according to statement provided to PhoneScoop.The new MVNO hasn’t launched its service just yet, but is supposed to in the coming months.If you’re interested, you can check out the site here and sign up for more info by providing your email address.
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A 10-fold increase in the ability to harvest mechanical and thermal energy over standard piezoelectric composites may be possible using a piezoelectric ceramic foam supported by a flexible polymer support, according to Penn State researchers.In the search for ways to harvest small amounts of energy to run mobile electronic devices or sensors for health monitoring, researchers typically add hard ceramic nanoparticles or nanowires to a soft, flexible polymer support.The polymer provides the flexibility, while the piezo nanoparticles convert the mechanical energy into electrical voltage.But these materials are relatively inefficient, because upon mechanical loading the mechanical energy is largely absorbed by the bulk of the polymer, with a very small fraction transferred to the piezo nanoparticles.While adding more ceramic would increase the energy efficiency, it comes with the tradeoff of less flexibility."The hard ceramics in the soft polymer is like stones in water," said Qing Wang, professor of materials science and engineering, Penn State.
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the Clip has been quite a stir on social media.the voice Says Laurel or Yanny?three years ago, there was a social media if the colors on a dress.Now, it is instead an audio clip which has become viral where a voice says a word, which has divided the internet into two camps: the voice says Laurel or Yanny?In a video explains the Abby Walker, a professor at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, it may be due to two things why the sound is perceived different.the sound will be Played in your headphones, it may not be perceived the same as if you are listening through a speaker, says Abby Walker.
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The Chinese smartphone maker has landed in the top five quarter after quarter (sometimes breaking the top three, according to some analysts), behind household names like Apple, Samsung and LG.It’s like a story ripped from the pages of some Cold War thriller, though instead of Jason Bourne, it’s that one budget smartphone company that you’ve maybe heard of, who maybe makes that weird Android phone with two screens.ZTE began U.S. operations in 1998, a little over a decade after forming in Shenzhen (and a year after going public in China) as Zhongxing Semiconductor Co., Ltd.The change of name to Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment reflects the newfound focus for the company, which employees around 75,000 and operates in 160 countries.In recent years, however, the company has come under increased scrutiny on two fronts.In February, top officials at the FBI, CIA and NSA all warned against buying product from both companies over remote surveillance concerns and later ending their sale at military bases.
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The blockchain value proposition is that ad fraud and a confused and complicated marketplace prevent brands from running successful influencer marketing campaigns, and that blockchain solves these problems through price transparency and better metrics measurement.However, what blockchain solutions don’t provide are any concrete details about how they solve those problems or how blockchain solutions are different from existing platform technologies.Don’t let them convince you that you have an influencer marketing problem blockchain can solve—ad fraud, poor metrics measurement, influencer payments—with no facts to back it up.The technology used to measure metrics remains the same, regardless of whether those measurements are stored as they are now or in a blockchain, so why waste money on something that isn’t broken?This is a “problem” that is easily solvable with other solutions, like a standard accounts payable function or PayPal payments directly to influencers (which is what many influencer agencies do).The only thing private blockchain solutions offer, other than Bitcoin, is customer lock-in to one particular platform that’s controlled by one vendor.
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What should have been a great successor to a great first product quickly turned into a disaster.The Google Pixel 2, most especially the bigger Pixel 2 XL, was beset by many complaints and issues.The first of those was about how its OLED screen was dry and dull, forcing Google to add some color mode options.Google, however, is never a fan of manual options or letting less knowledgeable users be in control.That’s why in Android P, the Pixel 2 phones might get a new color mode, one that will decide what’s best on the user’s behalf.The new color mode spotted by XDA is simply called “Automatic” and will let the system decide when to “Adjust between vivid and accurate colors”.
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Earlier in the spring signed the thousands of Google employees a protest letter against the company supplies a controversial Pentagon project, called Project Maven, with artificial intelligence.Google's technology used to interpret video images, and could be used to improve the precision of the drönarattacker.Now, writes the news site Gizmodo that ”a dozen hiring ends in protest against the company's continued involvement in the Maven”.Gizmodo has talked with several of the employees leaving, and they say that there is a frustration over this particular issue, that Google's AI can be used for drönar-warfare, but also how decision-making takes place.There is a perception that Google's management has become less transparent towards their employees when it comes to controversial business decisions, and that they are less interested in listening to their employees than in the past.One of the employees who decided to leave Google tells Gizmodo:
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Screenshot: The BIG Bell TestThe physics that governs the most basic aspects of our universe rely on math that seems to work really well, but one concept, quantum entanglement, can seem downright upsetting.Entanglement confounded Einstein because of the way it seems to instantly send information faster than the speed of light.The experimental test subjects were video game players, and all they needed to do was play a button-mashing game in an effort to be as random as possible.Entanglement, what Einstein called “spooky action at a distance,” describes things that are separated far in distance yet seem to be inseparable mathematically—measuring one seems to immediately impact the other.Obviously, looking at the orange didn’t cause the fruit in the other bag to become an apple.
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By now, it is no more secret that Lenovo is cooking a new Android flagship that might soon get released.The company’s Group VP Chang Cheng, a few hours ago hinted that the company is working on releasing a smartphone ( alleged to be the Lenovo Z5) which goes beyond the now trending aspect ratio.While all we got from the previous teaser is a tiny glimpse at the corner of the device, Group VP Chang Cheng has now given detailed information on what the device been teased could be.A fresh teaser post released by Group VP Chang Cheng reveals more of the design as well as the name of the upcoming device.According to Group VP Chang Cheng, its company might be unveiling the Lenovo Z5 with such amazing screen-to-body ratio of more than 95 percent.Corroborating the previous teasers, the latest teaser reveals an image whose screen span throughout the display with no traceable notch, top, and bottom bezels.
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If you put something on a publicly-accessible webpage, you should assume that it can (and eventually will) be read by another person.By that, I mean don’t put things you’d want to keep secret — like passwords and API credentials — in places where someone might eventually find them.That said, one security researcher stumbled upon a troubling trend of organizations storing sensitive credentials in Trello documents, no less.An attacker could easily find these with little more than a Google query.The researcher, Kushagra Pathak, found a veritable treasure-trove of credentials.These include usernames and passwords for emails and social media accounts, as well as stuff that’s arguably more serious, like SSH credentials, and API secrets for a variety of online services, like Amazon Web Services.
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A bill passed by Georgia's legislature that would have criminalized unauthorized access of computer systems and allowed companies to "hack back" in defense against breaches was vetoed on May 8 by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.The veto came after many weeks of opposition from information security firms and professionals, as well as major technology companies—including Google and Microsoft executives, who expressed concern that the bill would actually make it more difficult to secure computer systems.But Deal's reasoning wasn't necessarily what individuals in the information security research community would have hoped for.Biting the hand that secures youThe bill was a direct result of the controversy that followed the discovery of major security issues in Georgia's election systems by Georgia-based security researcher Logan Lamb.Lamb contacted CES Director Merle King with details of the exposure immediately; King told him that the misconfigured Web server would be fixed.
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Fintechbolaget Izettle delger nu att det avser att noteras på Stockholmsbörsen.Börsen har godkänt bolagets noteringsansökan förutsatt att sedvanliga villkor uppfylls och noteringen förväntas ske under 2018, beroende på marknadsförhållanden.Det framgår av ett pressmeddelande.Tanken är dels att befintliga aktieägare säljer aktier, dels att nyemitterade aktier erbjuds institutionella investerare i Sverige och utlandet samt svenska privatpersoner.Bolaget planerar en kapitalanskaffning av ungefär 2 miljarder kronor i samband med börsintroduktionen.Under hela 2017 omsatte bolaget 966 miljoner kronor.
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Many people are reluctant to contribute their genomic data to biomedical research projects, and an organization hosting a large repository of genomic data might conduct a months-long review before deciding whether to grant a researcher's request for access.In a paper appearing today in Nature Biotechnology, researchers from MIT and Stanford University present a new system for protecting the privacy of people who contribute their genomic data to large-scale biomedical studies.Where earlier cryptographic methods were so computationally intensive that they became prohibitively time consuming for more than a few thousand genomes, the new system promises efficient privacy protection for studies conducted over as many as a million genomes."As biomedical researchers, we're frustrated by the lack of data and by the access-controlled repositories," says Bonnie Berger, the Simons Professor of Mathematics at MIT and corresponding author on the paper.At the core of the system is a technique called secret sharing, which divides sensitive data among multiple servers.Collectively, however, they can still perform useful operations.
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