Brendon Dwelle

Brendon Dwelle

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Amazon is making it possible for almost anyone to make their own Alexa skills with its new Alexa Skill Blueprints program.Sure, third-party Alexa skills have been around for years, but actually writing one still meant that you had to have a fairly good understanding of computer coding.I’m not saying it wouldn’t have been worth it, but Blueprints makes that all much, much easier.With Blueprints, programming Alexa is as easy as filling in a couple blanks, Mad Libs style.Once you’re logged in, you’ll be presented with a list of possible options for making your skill.For example, the compliment or insult ones just ask you to fill out a list of phrases you’d like Alexa to randomly choose from and pick a name for the skill, and the trivia games basically amount to adding a list of questions.
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Fortfarande går bara en bråkdel av riskkapitalet till kvinnliga techgrundare.Enligt Di Digitals granskning tidigare i våras fick bolag med enbart kvinnliga grundare endast 0,7 procent av de 11,4 miljarder kronor som investerades i startups i fjol.Det vill Tillväxtverket och Wellstreet ändra på.Tio startupbolag ska i september få chansen att etablera sig på Stockholms startupscen genom att delta i gratisprogrammet Femtech Bootcamp."Vi behöver hitta nya vägar för att skapa möjligheter för fler kvinnor inom tech-sektorn.Läs mer: Startupgrundaren: Vi kvinnor granskas på ett tuffare sätt
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Alexa or Assistant can tell you.This week, XPO Logistics, the largest provider of last-mile deliveries for large items in North America, introduced voice-enabled delivery tracking through both Amazon and Google’s smart assistants.Now, folks who have an Echo or Google Home device can simply ask their A.I.-powered helpers where their packages are, and better still, schedule or reschedule deliveries.Beginning next month, if you tell Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to set a new delivery date, the smart assistant will activate a change in XPO’s internal logistics tracking and dispatching software.The new delivery time and date will be transmitted to a driver’s mobile app, ensuring a seamless process.XPO claims to be the first delivery and warehousing company across the globe to give its customers such an option.
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Android P is shaping up to deliver some truly useful additions – and it’s still early in its developer preview.The latest feature to be implemented is a smart volume control, of sorts, that remembers the volume settings of each Bluetooth device logged to your phone.For as smart as phones and tablets have become, something like this fills in one of the few remaining “dumb” parts by playing your music, podcasts, what have you, at a volume neither too high or low to infuriate you.This in-development feature is called “Implement Bluetooth device volume memory” and is likely to make its way in the next release of Android P, which we expect either before or during Google IO 2018 in early May.What else will Android P bring?The “P” flavored (that sounds gross, but it’s Google’s fault for not sharing a name yet) operating system appears to inject more surface-level changes into the experience, as opposed to iOS 12, which is rumored to be heavy on fixing the bugs that caused so many iOS 11 problems.
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Since the news of the Metldown and Spectre attacks earlier this year, Intel has been working to reassure the computer industry that it takes security issues very seriously and that, in spite of the Meltdown issue, the Intel platform is a sound choice the security conscious.First up is Intel Threat Detection Technology (TDT), which uses features in silicon to better find malware.In an effort to evade file-based anti-virus software, certain kinds of malware refrain from writing anything to disk.This has can have downsides for the malware—it can't persistently infect a machine and, instead, has to reinfect the machine each time it is rebooted—but makes it harder to spot and analyze.This, however, comes at a performance cost, with Intel claiming it can cause processor loads of as much as 20 percent.This is where Advanced Memory Scanning comes into effect: instead of using the CPU to scan through memory for any telltale malware signatures, the task is offloaded to the GPU.
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When everything appeared to be set for the highly-anticipated ZTE Axon 9 powered by the Snapdragon 845 and all the goodies to make it an outstanding flagship, a big bomb just exploded in the company’s shoulders.The US Department of Commerce is punishing the Chinese company for violating terms of a sanctions violation case, by banning all US companies and manufacturers from selling products to ZTE.That embargo will run for seven years, and among the prohibited products there are the Qualcomm chipsets.According to the US court, ZTE has pleaded guilty in 2017 to conspiring to violate US sanctions by illegally selling and shipping US-made products and technology to Iran.ZTE has promised to fire 4 senior employees and bring discipline to other 35 by reducing their bonuses and readjusting their functions.This year, the company managed to fire those 4 senior employers, however, the other 35 haven’t suffered any harm, for that reason the US decided to apply the ban.
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Today, the White House confirmed that cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce will head back to the National Security Agency, where he previously ran the nation’s top hacking team.His departure comes just a week after Tom Bossert, Trump’s cybersecurity czar and Joyce’s boss, was forced out—and leaves the administration without two trusted voices on one of the most important challenges the US faces going forward.While Bossert’s exit appears to have been engineered by recently installed national security advisor John Bolton, Reuters reports that Joyce will leave of his own accord.As homeland security adviser, Bossert’s purview extended beyond cybersecurity specifically, but America's security from digital threats has nonetheless been an area of particular focus for him since he served as deputy homeland security advisor in George W. Bush’s second term.He was also seen as a potentially stabilizing force in a freewheeling administration.That experience helped navigate everything from if and when US spy agencies disclose valuable vulnerabilities to the country’s deterrence strategy in an increasingly combative online world.
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Klocktillverkaren Filip Tysander har blivit miljardär på succén Daniel Wellington och sålt klockor på löpande band.Företaget har hittat ett framgångsrecept i sin marknadsföring genom influencers och har en rejäl följarskara på Instagram med sina runt 4 miljoner följare.Nu har bolaget stämt den svenska konkurrenten Ur & Penn.Anledningen är att en klockmodell som Tysander, enligt stämningen, designat 2011 och som sålt i över 2,5 miljoner exemplar nu fått en motsvarighet hos Ur & Penn.Det rapporterade sajten Breakit om först.Ur & Penns klocka säljs under namnet William Gregor och ser ut att ha samma nylonarmband som Daniel Wellingtons modell.
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Consumer electronics company Xiaomi is rumored to be applying for a Hong Kong listing with an estimated valuation of $65 billion to $70 billion, according to local media.The report states the company is in the final stages of readying itself and plans to submit its application by May at the earliest.It also intends to list in Mainland China.There has been no official statement from the company so far.With its expected valuation, Xiaomi will be Hong Kong’s 12th biggest listed company based on market capitalization.Reports earlier this year suggested that the amount would be closer to $200 billion after an investment bank approved the target.
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Fitbit Versa, the company’s second smartwatch, goes on sale today at major retailers for $200.We’re here to compare it to the Fitbit Ionic, the company’s first smartwatch, which went on sale in October for $300.Until we get wearables that aren’t essentially shitty phones, there are few devices worth considering.Both watches get nods of approval and complements when you start wearing them, so there’s little reason to be concerned if you care about appearances.If you happen to be getting both an Ionic and a Versa (as a couple, friends, or family members), you should probably know that they use different chargers.Versa, however, ships with Fitbit OS 2.0, an update that Ionic users got last month.
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Recently we wrote about a portable brain scanner that’s able to record a person’s neural activity while they’re on the go.That’s pretty impressive, but as far as on-the-move brain scanning is concerned, it may have just been one-upped by research coming out of the Johns Hopkins University.Researchers there have developed technology which lets them study what happens in the brains of bats as they fly.The breakthrough is the culmination of a 25-year dream by Cynthia Moss, professor in Psychological and Brain Sciences and Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins.It involves using a tiny wireless brain signal recording device, weighing less than one ounce.The bat’s flight is carried out in a special “flight room,” boasting high-speed cameras and microphones for picking up the bat’s echolocation calls.
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The open source movement changed how companies build software.Facebook, Twitter, and Yahoo employees pitched in during the early days of the data-crunching software Hadoop.Even after the relationship between Apple and Google soured, the companies' coders kept working together on an obscure but important piece of software called LLVM.Collaborating on freely available code enables companies and programmers to pool resources to solve common problems and avoid reinventing the wheel.An open source chip architecture called RISC-V could soon help change that.David Patterson, a computer architecture pioneer and vice chair of the board of the RISC-V Foundation, hopes RISC-V will lead to the creation of faster, more efficient, and more secure chips.
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I mars presenterade Huawei sin senaste flaggskeppstelefon Huawei P20 Pro.Kameraexperten DxOMark delar nu ut högsta betyg någonsin till en mobiltelefon genom att ge Huawei P20 Pro rekordhöga 109 poäng*.Telefonens kamera hyllas för dess innovativa teknik och enastående högkvalitativa resultat.Telefonen får hela 109 poäng* och faktum är att kameraexperten aldrig tidigare har delat ut så höga betyg till en mobiltelefon.Tack vare bland annat enhetens stillbildskapacitet får Huawei P20 Pro hela 114 poäng* i kategorin Photo.Kamerans videofunktion som erbjuder en videostabilisator och högkvalitativt autofokus tilldelas totalt 98 poäng*.
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[Update: A new expansion has been announced for one of our picks, Elder Scrolls Online.In June this year, veterans and newcomers alike will be able to visit the Summerset Isles for the first time since 1994.]Between RPG, FPS, and MMO, you can't spend any amount of time in the gaming world without bumping headfirst into an acronym.For those accustomed to them they're convenient, but if you're one of the uninitiated they have the potential to make things more confusing and less accessible than you dared believe.Here, we're going to touch on a genre that's already confusing enough without acronymic obfuscation - the MMO, or Massively Multiplayer Online game.Even if you aren't familiar with the phrase MMO or MMORPG, we're willing to put a bag of gold on the notion that you've heard of at least one of the games that fall into either of these categories.
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Last month, the Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, made a philosophical point during our debate on his government’s policy to reduce eligibility for free school meals.He said that: “the mere repetition of a falsehood does not make it into the truth.”Although it was aimed at the Opposition, he rather gave away the Tories’ way of doing things since they came into power eight years ago.Esther McVey provided a classic example in the very same debate.The Work and Pensions Secretary told the House of Commons that “no child who currently receives meals would lose their entitlement.”It was a claim that a number of Tory MPs echoed, no doubt reading off a party script.
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Today, Xiaomi released a new smart home product and it is an air purifier from Zhimi priced at 1,499 Yuan ($238).This is coming just a day before Xiaomi celebrates its 8th year anniversary.The Zhimi air system uses a 230mm large-diameter with a forward – inlet centrifugal fan.It comes with a built-in 1030 RPM brushless DC motor from Japan which can provide a fresh air volume of 220m3/h.It uses the principle of micro-positive pressure exchange to continuously send fresh and pure air indoor.It is worth mentioning that this Zhimi new air purifier can be used safely throughout the day because the highest power consumption is only 48W.In addition, it does not unleash much noise as the lowest value is 26.1dB.
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If you muster the courage to watch this flick, you'll see one of the most innovative, terrifying jump-scare horrors in recent memory.Guided by a small cast that includes John Krasinksi -- who impressively directs and writes -- Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe and Cade Woodward, we follow the Abbott family and their struggle to survive in a post-monster-invaded world.With all the film's foraging in abandoned supermarkets and trekking through forests, it's a little bit The Walking Dead.Except instead of slow-moving zombies, there are a handful of ruthless, Demogorgon-esque monsters with extremely good hearing.Krasinski's writing partners Bryan Woods and Scott Beck (Nightlight) have developed believable characters, including Krasinski's buff action hero Lee, a stoically bearded family man totally unlike the actor's iconic straight man Jim from The Office.A Quiet Place is about the decisions the Abbott family makes, rather than external events like where the monsters came from.
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Visitors to downtown Seattle can’t miss the Amazon Spheres.The three glass orbs opened in January, providing employees at the web giant’s headquarters with a plant-filled oasis to enjoy during breaks.The steel, concrete, and glass structure is home to around 400 species of plants from 50 different countries, with many of the 40,000 plants from cool and humid forest ecosystems.Also known as Bezos’s Balls (the first part taken from the family name of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and the second part referring to, er, the shape of the spheres), the company has decided to open up the space to the public, giving locals and travelers a chance to experience the interior of this impressive construction.The Spheres will be opening its doors on two Saturdays each month starting April 21, allowing ticket holders to fully explore the space in all its green glory, GeekWire reports.Up to now, visitors could only enter the giant greenhouse during a tour of Amazon’s adjacent headquarters.
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It’ll be a “multiyear effort” to fix Facebook’s security and content issues, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Speaking during a press call this afternoon, Zuckerberg once again took responsibility for the policies that led to as many as 87 million users having their data improperly used by the British data firm Cambridge Analytica.On the nearly hour-long call, Zuckerberg said the company “didn’t take a broad enough view” of its responsibility to protect the platform from—the likes of fake news, foreign interference and hate speech—describing the oversight as a “huge mistake, and it was my mistake.” While the company has announced plans to audit all apps with access prior to 2015, he said the company should have begun reviewing them sooner.“Knowing what I know today, clearly we should have done more and we will going forward,” he said.The remarks come a week before Zuckerberg travels to Washington, D.C., to testify in front of members of Congress about Facebook’s privacy policies.He pointed out that the company has 13,000 people working on security and content issues with plans to hire another 7,000 by the end of the year.
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Apple is reportedly in the early stages of development on two new (at least for Apple) technologies that could make their way into the iPhone in the next few years.The first is said to be a curved display, and according to a report from Bloomberg, this iPhone from the future would “curve inward gradually from top to bottom”.Based on this info, we picture the design resembling that of the LG G Flex 2, not the Samsung Galaxy S9, though we have doubts that Apple would opt for plastic build materials as LG did in early 2015.The company is also allegedly working to bring a touch-free interface to the iPhone that is said to allow users to navigate iOS just by gesturing with their hands above the phone.There’s not much information to parse through, but this feature is eerily reminiscent of Air Gestures, Samsung’s innovative, albeit sloppily implemented feature in the Samsung Galaxy S4 back in 2014 (which it shoved to the back burner by the time the Samsung Galaxy S6 arrived) and also akin to what Microsoft demoed with its fascinating 3D Touch-like hover interface.If you’re itching to touch your future iPhone less and admire its curved display, there’s some bad news.
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