Bill Davis

Bill Davis

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Craig Sullivan had an idea about how to find himself a new partner.Instead of trawling dating apps or dogging in motorway service stations he decided on the more romantic option of sending out 2,000 messages in bottles, chucking them in the sea to see if, somehow, his ideal woman might open one up and respond to his appeal for a date.He was happy about it to begin with:100 ready to go in Portland bay at high tide.It's pissing down like a perfect English July.Now the caps to do.. pic.twitter.com/63GvpKfilf
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From personal assistants on your phone to smart speakers in your house to the smart TV in your living room.OK, you don’t actually speak to your TV directly.You do so via a handy dandy remote control.Not one to buck the trend, TiVo, the granddaddy of DVR and streaming set-top boxes, will have a voice-enabled remote control soon.FCC-soon, by the looks of it.TiVo’s odd peanut-shaped remote is finally getting a little blue button to activate voice commands.
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Redan i början av juni sades Samsung Galaxy Note 8 bli den första telefonen som utrustas med det icke tillkännagivna Snapdragon 836.Ett nytt rykte från Fudzilla menar nu att chippet istället kommer att debutera i Google Pixel 2.I höstas var Pixel-telefonerna först med Snapdragon 821 – fjolårets motsvarighet till Snapdragon 836.Precis som S821 förväntas Qualcomms nästa SoC bli en mellanlandning med smärre prestandaökningar innan nya generationen anländer nästa år.Tidigare rykten om specifikt Pixel XL 2 har nämnt en tryckkänslig ram (tänk HTC U11), samt en högupplöst 6-tumsskärm (AMOLED/18:9) som kan vara ständigt aktiv.
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Yleensä tietojenkalastelijan tavoitteena on saada käsiinsä salasanoja ja maksutietoja.Viime päivinä suomalaistenkin sähköposteihin on tullut viesti, jossa käyttäjän Apple-tilin väitetään olevan jäädytetty ja käyttäjää pyydetään varmistamaan tilin maksutiedot tilin avaamiseksi.Viesti näyttää ulkomuotonsa perusteella Applelta tulleelta, mutta kyseessä on huijausviesti, jolla yritetään kalastella käyttäjän tietoja.Applen mukaan huijausviestien lähettäjät kopioivat tunnettujen yritysten sähköposteja ja tekstiviestejä saadakseen käyttäjän henkilökohtaisia tietoja ja salasanoja.Usein kalasteluviestit yritetään saada näyttämään mahdollisimman uskottavilta.Tällä viikolla liikkuneessa viestissä on käytetty samaa fonttia kuin Applen omilla sivuilla ja viesti on muutenkin ulkomuodoltaan sellainen, että se muistuttaa Applen kotisivujen ulkoasua.
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Whether you’re moving into a new house or apartment or your decades-old appliances are starting to show their age, summer deals and sales provide the perfect opportunity to score some new stuff to furnish your home.Home Depot now has this Frigidaire on sale for $478 including free delivery right to your home, giving you a 24 percent discount of $151 for a limited time and saving you some cash on shipping.You can do a lot with a good multi-cooker, but you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg for a professional-grade model.The multi-cooler utilizes a 6-quart nonstick cooking bowl — great for sticky foods like rice — and offers four programmable non-pressure-cooking options for slow-roasting food or simply keeping it warm.Unlike a microwave, a toaster oven cooks via convection for more even cooking.The Hamilton Beach toaster oven can hold six slices of bread laid flat or a personal 9-inch pizza, and while it’s countertop-friendly, it’s still large enough on the inside to cook a whole chicken (try doing that in a microwave).
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Always a favorite, this one keeps your computer from going into sleep mode, starting the screensaver, or performing the auto-dim function.The bare-bones application functions as a shortcut tool, meaning you can use it to quickly copy and move files, launch applications, and share content through popular services such as Facebook and Flickr.You can also upload files via FTP and Amazon S3, or shorten URLs using the newly-added Goo.gl shortener.With Magnet, you can drag and snap windows to the edges and corners of your screen, which will then lock into place.Evernote is the undisputed king of note taking apps, and for good reason.Evernote has a free version that provides the basic functions, up to 60mb of uploads a month, and syncing for two machines, but if you’re a heavy user you’ll want to consider a paid version starting at $35 a year.
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It’s getting difficult to keep track of the number of new handsets LG is releasing.Following on from the G6, G6+, Q6, Q6+, Q6α, and upcoming V30, another smartphone from the Korean firm has just appeared on an Italian site: the Q8.While the recently revealed Q6 line essentially consists of smaller, cheaper versions of the G6, this new addition to the Q family is closer to 2016’s V20, which fell into the good-not-great category.The Q8 has similar specs to the V20, such as the Snapdragon 820, a 1440p display, and 4GB LPDDR4, but it comes with a smaller, 5.2-inch screen (554ppi) and 32GB storage, though this is expandable with a microSD.Partly thanks to the non-removable battery, it also has an IP67 rating, meaning it’s resistant to liquid and dust and can survive under a meter of water for half an hour.The smaller screen and older hardware should result in a more budget friendly price than many flagship smartphones, too.
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Unfortunately, as our Dash review concluded, they also came with some serious limitations, including buggy functionality, poor call quality, and connection issues.Are they finally ready to deliver?Inside a black and yellow box, the Dash Pro come packed in a drawer alongside containers for their accessories.Like the original, the Dash Pro arrive nestled within a sturdy metal charging case, the beaded black buds mounted on magnetic chargers.The Dash Pro connect to your phone in two ways: The left bud connects to Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) to send sensor data to Bragi’s app, while the right connects via your phone’s Bluetooth menu directly for audio.It isn’t great for busy locales (or windy streets) where sharp exterior sounds tend to bombard your ears.
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British bank TSB has made a bold step forward by introducing iris recognition to its mobile banking app as an authentication feature.From September, customers with the latest Samsung Galaxy S8 will be able to access their account by simply looking at their phone.The software, which will remove the need for passwords or memorable questions, was added as a feature to the latest model earlier this year, alongside face recognition and fingerprint scanning capabilities.We want our mobile app customers to continue to have a fast, easy-to-use experience; iris recognition delivers that and, when combined with our other security measures, an unparalleled level of cyber security.”And while the technology world might get excited about such developments, reaction from the general public demonstrates there might be a bit of friction.Realistically, no security features are 100% secure and should not be sold as such.
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Blue Apron's post-initial public offering performance has been a dud.The company filed to go public on June 1 and pegged its IPO price range at $15-$17 per share about two weeks later.But Amazon showed it was serious about the grocery delivery business when it announced its acquisition of Whole Foods mid-June.Blue Apron subsequently cut its IPO price range to $10-$11, and the shares closed at the IPO price on day one.The stock is now down about 36% since the June 30 debut, and slumped some more this week after Amazon unveiled its rival subscription-box meal kits.Blue Apron isn't the only IPO flop of 2017.
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IBM has signed up to an EU Cloud COC initiative and is announcing four new data centres in the UK, Australia and Silicon Valley for the IBM Cloud.There are two in London, one in Sydney and the fourth in San Jose and they are open now.They take the IBM Cloud global data centre total to almost 60 in 19 countries.There are now five IBM Cloud data centres in the UK, with an additional one to be launched later this year.Example customers are Dixons Carphone, National Express, National Grid, Shop Direct, Travis Perkins PLC and Wimbledon.Big Blue said in November last year it was adding four new UK data centres, and signed an agreement to lease space within Ark Data Centres in the UK.
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Huawei might not be able to make heads or tails of smartwatches, but it seems to know exactly where it wants to go as far as fitness trackers go.After giving the first Huawei Band a confusing smartwatch design, Huawei has decided to go with a more conventional tracker look with the Band 2 and Band 2 Pro.And by “conventional”, we mean “looks like a Fitbit”, which is a fair comparison considering what the Huawei Band 2 is capable of.While the fitness tracker market remains stronger than smartwatches, Fitbit is reported to be having some numbers problem and is looking into entering the smartwatch market.But even that is delayed until further notice.Now others are aiming for whatever piece of the pie it has left.
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For classical music connoisseurs, BBC Proms season is one of the highlights of the year.The mix of world class orchestras and conductors within the acoustic majesty and pomp and circumstance offered by London’s Royal Albert Hall is a tough combo to beat.However, this year, in its 90th anniversary, the BBC Proms broadcasts will sound better than ever before.The BBC has announced Radio 3 will be streaming the event in lossless audio for the first time.That means in the FLAC format at a minimum of 16-bit/44.1kHz quality, for those with compatible equipment.You can listen to the events, which started last Friday and run until The Last Night of the Proms on September 9, via the BBC Proms website or Radio 3’s website (via What Hi-Fi).
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Analysis A study aiming to raise the profile of cyber insurance claims that cloud outages and ransomware outbreaks on the WannaCry scale could cost companies $81.7bn – more than natural disasters like 2012's Hurricane Sandy.That's an awful lot of money, but wait – before you fish out the wallet – how did the authors arrive at these numbers?Cyence, a cyber-risk analytics platform, and Lloyd's of London, the world's largest insurance market, said they "collaborated with a team of economic modellers and experts from the cybersecurity and cyber insurance industries" in the hope that their findings will move the industry as a whole toward a "standardised approach of measuring cyber risk".The research process accounted for everything from commonly adopted technologies used across industries to non-technical factors that vary widely like people and processes.Additionally, underwriters from the Lloyd's Market Association participated in a series of workshops to provide feedback and identify implications for the emerging cyber insurance industry.Cyence reckons global losses from WannaCrypt will come out at $8bn compared to $850m from the NotPetya ransomware.
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From the first moment, customers have been locked into suppliers ' hardware, system software and applikationsmiljöer.Sure, there is constantly work to reduce lock-in effects, but when a ray of hope looming on the horizon, it is time for the next technology shift, with the new lock-in effects as a result.The ongoing transition to cloud technology is no exception.Companies that want to have portability in order to protect themselves against the problems of quality, poor performance, and the price increases, the cloud has not so much to download on today's molnplattformar, writes David Linthicum of Infoworld, a sister site to the IDG.see.Portability means that both applications and data must be moved from one vendor's cloud platform to another.And it is not as simple as to recompile, change configurations, test and run.
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It has been some time since the GTX 1080 Ti launched, although AMD is yet to come close to matching its performance with a card of its own.This £936 card, which will be limited to just 3,000 units, is described as 'built to be perfect'.These are certainly high clocks as GTX 1080 Tis go, but there do exist a few cards with yet higher speeds.With die-cast cooler parts and an extremely bulky heatsink, it weighs a whopping 1.7kg and comes with a replacement triple-slot PCI bracket for extra anchorage – there's a real risk of damage to your motherboard with a card like this (even on reinforced slots) if it's not secured and supported properly.MSI has ditched the yellow and black colour scheme of previous Lightning cards in favour of a more neutral one that sees the mostly black fascia adorned with silver highlights.Stickers in the box allow you to swap these to red, gold, or black to better match your system, while MSI has also gone to town with its RGB lighting offerings.
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Renowned photographer and artist Barbara Davidson has utilised the on-board safety cameras of the new Volvo XC60 to create a special collection of photographs, capturing life on the streets of the Danish capital Copenhagen from a fresh perspective.Davidson’s photographs were first exhibited at Canvas Studios gallery in London’s Shoreditch this week and the exhibition will travel to other countries during 2017.A multiple Pulitzer Prize-winner, holder of an Emmy Award and a former staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times newspaper, Davidson chose to work with Volvo Cars based on her own history with the brand.She said: “I have a very personal connection with Volvo Cars.When I was a teenager I was involved in a serious road accident where the car flipped over which, in normal circumstances, would probably have proven fatal.I was told later that I had survived because of the car I had been travelling in – a Volvo.
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Messaging apps are big business.With the number of users they pull in (Facebook Messenger recently passed 1.2 million) and the potential for advertising, it’s no surprise to find more companies want in on the action.According to AFTVnews, the next player looking to enter the market might be Amazon.The retail giant has reportedly been sending out customer surveys about a new messaging service called Anytime.Amazon wants to know which features users consider the most important when it comes to such apps.The standalone application appears to combine common messaging features such as video and voice calls, encrypted messages, and filters with more advanced tools like those found in Messenger, including the ability to interact with businesses, @mentions, and playing games.
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Containers have been all the rage in the open source world for a number of years, but noticeably absent from Windows until now.In Windows Server 2016, Microsoft released its own container capabilities.Furthermore, Microsoft has given its customers the flexibility of operating containers at the Windows Server level or at the Hyper-V level.Before I go on, let me take just a moment to explain the basic concept of a container.Containers are a form of virtualization, but they are quite different from virtual machines.Virtual machines use hardware virtualization to allow multiple OS instances to run side by side, isolated from one another by the virtual machine structure.
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Metsäkonealan ammattilaiset suhtautuvat tulevaisuuteen pitkästä aikaa valoisammin.Nyt kun Äänekosken biotuotetehtaan toiminnan käynnistäminen kuluvana kesänä lisää pyöreän puun käyttöä yli 5,5 miljoonaa kuutiometriä vuodessa, tulee myös puutavaraterminaalien työntekijöiden määrä kasvamaan.Tehtaan käynnistyminen tasoittaa myös metsäkonealan ei-toivottua kausiluonteisuutta, kertoo Puuliitto tiedotteessaan.Alan työvoiman riittävyys on ollut metsäteollisuuden puolella huolenaihe jo jonkin aikaa.Työntekijäpuolella huolta taas on herättänyt se, että viime vuosina lakeja ja sopimuksia rikkovien työnantajien määrä on ollut alalla kasvussa, Puuliitto huomauttaa.Nyt kun Puuliitto, Team Teollisuusalojen ammattiliitto ja Metalliliitto yhdistyvät uudeksi Teollisuusliitoksi, ovat metsäkonealan ja puutavaraterminaalien työntekijät tyytyväisiä.
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