Brandon Gaither

Brandon Gaither

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Rollerblades, climbing shoes, and more—here’s our favorite gear for warding off the winter blues.Are you someone who will literally die if you have to go inside?News flash, my brethren: You don’t have much of a choice when it’s 15 below zero, or melting snow has turned all your favorite trails into slime pits full of shoe-sucking mud.Winter may be the off-season for many outdoor activities, but there’s no reason you can’t keep honing your skills—and burning off energy—while you wait.Here are our favorite ways to bring the outside in until spring comes along.(If you're never chilly and you love winter, you might want to check out our ski and snowboard guide, too.)Note: When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small affiliate commission.
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A Chinese facial recognition company left its database exposed online, revealing information on millions of people, a security researcher discovered.SenseNets, a company based in Shenzhen, China, offers facial recognition technology and crowd analysis, which the company boasted in a promotional video could track people across cities and pick them out in large groups.The company left its database exposed online without a password, Victor Gevers, a Dutch security researcher with the GDI Foundation, discovered on Wednesday morning.The database contained more than 2.5 million records on people, including their ID card number, their address, birthday, and locations where SenseNets' facial recognition has spotted them.From the last 24 hours, there were more than 6.8 million locations logged, Gevers said."Knowing when someone is not in the office or at home can be useful for simple burglar crimes, but also social engineering attacks to get into buildings," Gevers said in a message.
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Jim Comfort is the right guy to talk to about IBM Cloud, not just because he’s general manager of IBM GTS Cloud Services.By his own account, Comfort was responsible for the 2013 acquisition of SoftLayer, whose 13 cloud datacenters immediately got IBM in the public cloud game.At the time, IBM seemed ready to battle it out with Amazon Web Services, aggressively expanding points of presence around the world, atop which IBM’s promising Bluemix PaaS—and Watson analytics capabilities—would mount a formidable challenge.But Bluemix was slow to propagate across SoftLayer infrastructure and the prospect of IBM as a vigorous public cloud competitor to Amazon, Microsoft, and Google faded.I spoke with Comfort in advance of the IBM Think conference in San Francisco this week, where the main announcement is the availability of containerized Watson AI services ready to be deployed on any cloud.The conference plays out against a backdrop of gigantic news—IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat—about which Comfort could say little, because the deal hasn’t closed yet.
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When it comes to acronyms, PTA is not one I ever expected to start using on a regular basis.Vague memories of women in flowery skirts selling cakes at my primary school summer fête blur with the recollection of dads passing a hat round to chuck coins in after the annual Christmas play.The Parent Teachers Association (or Friends Of as the cool kids now call themselves) are the people that hang bunting round the school gates in the summer and sell you cakes when you really don’t want them, aren’t they?The second your child starts school you are flung into the pleading world of PTA requests.We need help with this.My son’s first year at school flew by and - with ninja levels of avoidance - I managed to dodge committing to anything more than donating a few cakes for the Christmas bazaar and watching a couple of assemblies
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Check here every Thursday for our own version featuring a new B2B sales, marketing or business leader here answering what have become the standard “How I Work” questions.This week I’m excited to feature Jeff Anderson, founder of Evergreen Market in Seattle.A serial entrepreneur and fellow Husky alum, Jeff has built numerous successful businesses in a variety of industries.I usually have less than 10 emails in my inbox and treat them as my task list.See 2; keep inbox limited to stuff I need to do.Alcohol, Cannabis, Exercise, Sleep, Golf
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Security researcher Linus Henze recently uncovered a vulnerability within MacOS Mojave that allows an unauthorized application to steal passwords from both your Mac’s ‘login’ and ‘system’ Keychains.As macOS’ password management system, Keychain has been implemented since Mac OS 8.6, keeping user’s most important data safe and secure; however, as of late it doesn’t seem to be doing the job.A similar exploit was discovered and patched in 2017, but now Henze’s discovery, which he names KeySteal, is currently still within MacOS and available for hacker exploit.KeySteal can access and view a system’s Keychains without requiring any permission from the user.Such action is typically protected by an administrator password needing to be entered before an application is granted access to a single part of the Keychain.The exploit itself needs to be launched when a user is logged in and could be extremely dangerous if unsuspectingly downloaded.
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When the family-focused Walt Disney Company moved to acquire 20th Century Fox, many wondered if the integration of Marvel properties would have one particular casualty: the R-rated nature of Deadpool.In other words, it won't be watered down for a younger audience, so you can expect the franchise to keep its 15 (or higher) certification going forward.Well, on a recent earnings call, the CEO of Disney Bob Iger assured investors that Disney plans on keeping Deadpool rated R in the United States, and that R-rated movies (and films rated at least 15 in the UK) will continue to be a part of the company's plan.“We’re going to continue in that business,” Iger said according to Variety.Iger explained that to differentiate between R-rated movies and more family-friendly fair the company will “carefully brand” those films.Meaning, they are unlikely to say “Disney” at the beginning of them.
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Apparently, there's no end to the audience for Gwyneth Paltrow's vagina-egg-peddling, lawsuit-settling women's "health" brand, Goop.In addition to raising a tonne of money in funding and invading London with a pop-up shop, Goop has now decided to ruin Netflix for everybody.The 'Worst Pseudoscience Of The Year'-winning brand has a 'documentary' series on the way to the platform, on the topic of 'physical and spiritual wellness.'The series will consist of 30-minute episodes and will launch this Autumn.Some of the episodes will be presented by Paltrow herself, while some will be by her minions Goop editors.Whether the infamous yoni eggs and sex dust smoothies will get their own episodes remains to be seen.
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Nu vill Google-ägda Youtube utmana de etablerade spelarna inom barnunderhållning i Sverige med en ny app.”Det tog oss lite tid att utforma de rätta partnerskapen med innehållskapare”, säger Gregory Dray, chef för Youtube Kids.87 procent av alla internetanvändare besöker plattformen åtminstone då och då, enligt Internetstiftelsens kartläggning av trenderna under 2018.Som namnet antyder riktar sig tjänsten till barn under 13 år.Youtube Kids lanserades först i USA i februari 2015 och sedan dess har bolaget tagit tjänsten till 52 andra marknader globalt.Youtube Kids har nu knutit avtal med kända varumärken som Lego i Danmark och Rovio, skaparna av succéspelet Angry Birds, i Finland om att bidra med material.
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Apex Legends debuted today as a new free-to-play battle royale shooter game from Electronic Arts‘ Respawn Entertainment studio.EA and Respawn surprised everyone by keeping the 21-month project a secret for so long, as it had no prelaunch press or leaks until the past weekend.I switched machines a couple of times due to some bugs.But for the most part, the game ran smoothly on the PCs that I played on.You’ll notice there’s no long loading at the beginning of a match.I enjoyed my sessions, and I hope the launch goes off without a hitch, because this game has a few innovations that others don’t have — like being able to take a downed teammate’s tag, or banner card, to a respawn beacon (which glows green on the map) and reviving the player.
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In the more than five years since the French government launched an ambitious entrepreneurship program, the “French Tech” movement has made considerable progress.But a new venture funding report highlights the immense challenges this nation’s startup ecosystem still faces.Insights revealed that France’s startups raised $3.5 billion in funding in 2018, up 8 percent from 2017, and a new record for the country.Both numbers represent significant leaps since the first full year of the program, when 210 companies raised $1.5 billion.While it’s impossible to compare France’s tech ecosystem to that of the U.S. in absolute terms, the latter saw nearly 8,383 venture-backed companies raise more than $130 billion in financing last year, up from $83 billion in 2017.In contrast, France (and Europe) are slowing a bit, as their biggest competitors press down on the gas pedal.
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The coverage adhered to all of the tropes we’ve come to expect from AI coverage.Headlines (including our own) emphasized who was most at risk of losing their jobs.But on the bright side, the report found that only 0.5 percent of U.S. jobs are made up of tasks that, at the current rate of technological innovation, could be 100 percent automated by 2030.First of all, it’s not just factory workers who are at risk of losing their jobs — it’s also hotel workers, servers, administrative assistants — anyone who has a job that consists of very routine tasks.Second, the job loss that will be attributable to automation may not be obvious at first glance.These are areas that are already overlooked by national media, and because reporters aren’t checking in on what’s going on in Toledo, Ohio, or Kokomo, Indiana everyday — we won’t see how these areas are consistently losing more and more jobs, while tech hubs gain them.
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Reddit is making what it calls its first foray into performance-driven ad bidding with its official debut of cost-per-click ads on its platform on Wednesday.CPC bidding has been in beta testing the past few months with over 50 advertisers, including Wayfair, Hired and Kabam.Brands that were in the test group confirmed Reddit’s numbers.Hired growth marketing manager Chase Gladden said, “As a direct-response marketer, this new bid option provided the opportunity to mitigate the risk of buying on solely viewable metrics to one better tied to an offsite conversion.This led to a decrease of over 50 percent in CPC and an overall improvement in the quality of traffic down-funnel.”Kabam marketing manager Roz Hajian said her company has been promoting its Marvel Contest of Champions game on Reddit with “high-fidelity” video ads that showcase gameplay and new character releases.
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To Gen Z, there is no “internet” or “online.” Unlike their predecessors, they don’t see the digital world purely as a source for information, but rather as a way to stay connected to everyone, everywhere, all the time.Their connection to the digital world is so ubiquitous and seamless that the digital experience is their human experience, finds a new international study conducted by The Center for Generational Kinetics and WP Engine.So how do businesses cater successfully to this internet-native generation with online services that meet with their requirements and keep them coming back?By reviewing their existing platforms, experimenting with new forms of communication and focusing on content, brands can forge meaningful relationships with Gen Z consumers – ones that will continue to develop as their purchasing power grows.When thinking about how websites will function five years from now, more than three quarters (78%) of Gen Z believe that internet authentication will be done without keyboards via biometrics, 63% believe that everyone will have their own personalised virtual digital assistant (Siri, Alexa, etc.)(Image: Image Credit: Startupstockphotos / Pexels)
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Members of the academic and research communities may soon gain access to Facebook’s CrowdTangle content discovery and social analytics tool.Facebook acquired CrowdTangle in November 2016.Content from over 5 million public social accounts is surfaced via CrowdTangle, which uses real-time dashboards to track accounts, keywords, links and historical data and enables users to create custom reports and track topics across platforms.The tool has been available mainly to newsrooms and media publishers, but CrowdTangle CEO Brandon Silverman said in a blog post that opening it up to researchers and academics will help provide more transparency into how information is spreading via social media.Silverman added that more details will be revealed in the upcoming months for researchers and academics who are interested in gaining access to CrowdTangle.He also shared the following experiences with early partners in the program:
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The world's most popular YouTube channel is clinging to its title as the video-streaming giant's most subscribed of all time.PewDiePie, run by Swedish personality Felix Kjellberg, has held the record for the most YouTube subscribers for the last five years, taking that record on December 23, 2013.At that time, PewDiePie had accumulated around 14 million subscribers.But now, at a touch over 83 million, Kjellberg is holding on to the record by a thread.The channel is slowly edging toward 83 million subscribers and growing by almost 150 million per day.As of this writing, less than 250,000 subscribers separate the channel from PewDiePie's record, but the Swede is not done yet -- and he's survived such rallies by T-Series before, when subscriber counts got this close.
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Details are still pretty scarce on what Android Q will bring to phones running Google’s mobile OS, but it might finally get something iOS users have been bragging about for years: Face ID.There’s evidence that the next Android build could natively support phones with the hardware for facial authentication.XDA Developers allegedly got a hold of an early build of Android Q earlier this month and started sharing new features as they uncovered them.The latest reveal includes code strongly suggesting that Google is baking in support for phones with the hardware to run facial recognition, in the way that Apple’s top phones use multiple sensors to authenticate people via Face ID.Specifically, XDA Developers dug up lines of code in multiple parts of the Android Q build, all referencing facial recognition.Error codes in Android Q’s framework-res APK tell users to move the phone closer or look directly at sensors while the phone is assumedly trying to authenticate or alert the user that their device doesn’t have the right hardware.
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If you're like the Roadshow editorial team, you've got a pretty deep "bucket list" of automotive experiences you're keen to check off.Whether you're a motorsports fan, a vintage car fanatic, a budding collector, an off-roader or just want more automotive experiences, this list has you covered from name-brand icons to The New Hotness.With four classes of racing, from Daytona Prototype International purpose-built race cars to production-based GT Le Mans (GTLM) cars, there's something at the Rolex 24 for everyone.In addition to various classes of off-road rigs including tube-frame buggies, SUVs, UTVs (side-by-sides) and motorcycles, this year's event is adding unlimited desert truck racers, too, with celebrity off-road drivers such as Robby Gordon and Rob MacCachren at the wheel.Over 400 racers are expected, with the namesake King of the Hammers race lasting some 200 miles.Radwood, the 1980s and '90s-themed car show, only kicked off in 2017, but its popularity is mushrooming, and it's easy to see why.
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Best Buy is having a four-day sale -- and it's a good one, with many products at or near Black Friday prices.You'll find discounts -- some of them significant -- on a ton of items, everything from appliances to phones to smart-home gear.Below I've gathered up what I consider the five best deals from this big sale.If you happen to be in the market for a TV, an iPad, a pressure cooker or an entertainment hub with a universal remote, this is your lucky day.Apple iPad Pro 10.5 (256GB): $550 (save $250)This is an unusually large discount.
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Enheten har heller inga fysiska knappar.Istället är en del av ramen tryckkänslig och den ger ifrån sig fysisk feedback vid tryck, för att starta och stänga av enheten och ändra volymen.Zero laddas via trådlös laddning (18w).Meizu har tagit sig runt behovet av SIM-lucka genom e-SIM, och skärmvibrationer och benledning (Msound 2.0) används istället för samtalshögtalare.Övriga specifikationer som nämns är en 5,99-tumsskärm (AMOLED / 1440p), Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, samt en fingeravtrycksläsare som har integrerats under skärmen.Konstruktionen är förstås vattentålig, närmare bestämt IP68-klassad.
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