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Estonia intends to build a Luxembourg data center, which it could store backups of all critical data infrastructure from unexpected crises, such as war or natural disaster, says Security Intelligence.This country can be preserved during the crisis, performance across its borders.It was the so-called data embassy.the Luxembourg authorities access to the Estonian data should be blocked in the same way as traditional diplomatic missions.the plan ensuring the implementation of the agreement has not yet been signed."in the Digital world we have to abandon traditional notions of national borders", said the Luxembourg government it boss Gilles Feith.
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'I started an eternal flamewar over code brackets and all I got was this stupid badge'GitHub has added a chunk of features it says will help new users and projects build better communities.Singing the “teamwork” song, the organisation says the features announced here are about making it easier to contribute to projects.For project maintainers, new contributors will show a “first time contributor badge” attached to their pull requests.That will become a “contributor” badge when the PR is merged, and there's an additional flag to help maintainers “separate signal from noise” during flamewars (politely described by GitHub as “lengthy or heated discussions”).This information is also exposed via the GraphQL API as the issue, pull request, or comment's authorAssociation.
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The rise of mobile has enabled customers to manage their accounts whenever, and wherever they are; with little reason for in-store visits or engagement with customer service representatives.With today’s consumers never far from their smartphones, and moving fluidly between digital platforms, could gamification be the answer in the quest for greater engagement?Some of the aims of gamification include: driving a level of competition within users that results in increased usage and engagement; tapping into the human need for esteem and self-actualisation to increase the levels of motivation; playing on the human desire for power in an attempt to drive users to log back in and increase their status; and evoking similar reactions to those elicited by gaming by releasing chemicals which invoke feelings of excitement, euphoria and pleasure.Typically, gamification is based on points and rewards.Badges are also used to symbolise achievements whilst leaderboards recognise accomplishments and promote friendly competition between users.This is no surprise when you consider the proliferation of devices, apps and social media channels, which have increased customer expectations of the digital experience.
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Updated: EA has just released a new trailer for Need For Speed: Payback which shows off its car-customising potential for the first time.The game features three protagonists, Tyler, Mac and Jess, who team up to take on the House, who have taken something from the crew that needs to be returned.We've had a chance to play the game for ourselves, and have even had a chat with the game's creative director William Ho, so read on below for everything we know so far about the game.It also outlined how winning races will reward you with parts, which can be used to upgrade your current car, or else to bring disused cars (found at the side of the road) back to life.Need for Speed Payback takes players on an explosive adventure filled with intense heist missions, high stakes car battles and epic cop pursuits.You can decide to do any type of mission at any time as the game will give you the option of all three from the main menu by choosing between the three main characters.
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Anil Seth has recently been experimenting with a new tool in his study of human consciousness: strobe lighting.A powerful strobe lamp, according to Seth, is capable of inducing altered states of consciousness, while allowing him to record brain signals at the same time.“It looks like we’re simulating a higher state of consciousness, but we don’t know for sure yet,” Seth says.When you flicker a strobe light at someone you get messy data.”Seth, the co-director of the University of Sussex’s Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, has been studying a fundamental scientific problem for most of his career: the question of how consciousness happens.The standard experimental setup of cognitive experiments used to involve seating someone in a dark room, at a desk, and administering a computer-based test.
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Steve Jobs’ vision of an internet without the Flash player is finally coming true.By the end of 2020, Adobe will kill off Flash Player, and with it one of the original building blocks of the World Wide Web will be no more.Adobe’s Flash player was revolutionary in its day, transforming the internet from flat, boring pages to interactive experiences.Thing is, the latest version of HTML does everything flash could do and has seemingly pushed Adobe into a corner.Security patches for Flash will still be available until late 2020 for those still clinging to the plugin.That’s right UK lawmakers are banning gas and diesel powered cars… in 23 years.
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Japanese firm SoftBank is reportedly aiming to take a multibillion-dollar stake in Uber, just days after it stumped up cash for Singaporean ride-sharing biz Grab's latest investment round.According to the Wall Street Journal, SoftBank has approached the lawsuit-ridden taxi app maker about gaining a large stake in the company.The newspaper reported sources as saying the talks are preliminary and one-sided, and that any potential deal would have to wait until Uber brings on a new chief executive following Travis Kalanick's resignation last month.SoftBank already invests in three ride-sharing companies in Asia: Ola in India, Didi Chuxing in China, and Grab, based in Singapore and operating in seven countries in Southeast Asia.Yesterday, SoftBank and Didi announced that they had backed Grab's latest funding round, which raised some $2.5bn, valuing the Singapore biz at more than $6bn.Reports described this as the biggest investment in a tech startup in Southeast Asia.
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Everyone else did the 'Houston, we have a problem' headlineAn online fundraising campaign is asking for $250,000 to cover the costs of preserving and maintaining a historic control room used for NASA's Apollo missions.A Kickstarter drive launched by Space Center Houston is hoping to drum up the quarter of a million bucks by August 19.It is part of a larger $5m restoration effort to keep the mission control room at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, in pristine condition and open to the public.The control center was home to the boffins who coordinated and managed the Apollo missions, including the historic Apollo 11 moon landings and the Apollo 13 near-disaster.The control center, located in building 30 of the Johnson Space Center campus, includes the mission control center, two support rooms, a projector room, and a viewing area.
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In addition to being the home of video game live streams (and the occasional food channel), Twitch has been gaining a reputation for hosting a number of marathon streams of aging TV shows.There’s been one for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the Pokemon cartoon, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and even anime.Now the next one has been announced: the ’80s arcade game TV show called Starcade.If you were a gaming fan in the early ’80s, you might remember Starcade.The program aired on TBS between 1982 and 1984, and featured contestants answering game-related trivia questions and facing off in rounds of hit arcade games of the time, including Pac-Man, Centipede, and Galaga.There were 123 episodes in total, and soon you’ll be able to stream them all from Twitch.
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Popular travel app Citymapper is putting its money where its route suggestions are by launching its own bus service.The UK-based app company, which offers travel advice to commuters in 39 cities across Europe, the Americas, Australia and Asia, claims to have spotted a gap in London's night bus service.Having secured approval from the city's transit authority Transport for London, the Citymapper CM2 Night Rider will launch in late August or early September.The distinctive green bus will charge fares to contactless cards and mobile wallets including Apple Pay and Android Pay.It'll run at weekends between Aldgate East and Highbury and Islington, essentially running north and south through East London's trendy Shoreditch and Dalston nightlife spots.
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Let me ask you a question: Do you know what it takes to hire a team of writers?It takes more than posting a listing in a marketplace, that’s for sure.(Actually, if you are looking for writers in marketplaces, you are likely doing everything wrong.)It actually takes a lot of decisions, some of which are small and some of which are big.This can seem a bit too daunting at first.You want to build a great team to drive your content marketing, and you want to do it in an efficient manner.
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Go compare the original opt-out request, firm toldPrice-comparison darling Moneysupermarket.com has been fined £80,000 for sending 7.1 million emails to customers who had opted out of receiving direct marketing emails.The UK’s data protection watchdog stepped in to compare the firm’s behaviour with the law – and found that it had attempted to circumvent rules on direct marketing.Between 30 November and 10 December 2016, Moneysupermarket.com sent out a batch of emails to people who had asked not to be contacted, with 6.8 million successfully received.The message was audaciously dressed up as an invitation asking people to accept promo material.Folks who had previously insisted they'd rather not be receiving end of marketing bumf were asked if if they’d like to reconsider.
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Additionally, financial institutions have started investing heavily in user experience for their web properties to focus on customers first.The team at H Block has taken digital transformation to the next level by utilizing the artificial intelligence from IBM Watson to help tax preparers dig deeper and help customers save money.Zerlina has nearly eight years of marketing experience in the financial sector and was able to shed some light on topics that are top of mind for nearly every marketer.Zerlina will be presenting at Content Marketing World this September and was kind enough to provide insights into what her role at H Block entails, what it truly takes to create an exceptional customer experience and some takeaways from her presentation at the conference.Our driving traffic strategy consist of developing programs to ensure our information is found beyond hrblock.com (i.e.google quick answers, local listings, optimizations for SEO).
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Apple has released a security update that fixes a problem with the Wi-Fi chip in the iPhone, which could have let cyber criminals access a phone while it was searching for a connection.Using the problem, hackers could have found phones with Wi-Fi switched on, remotely taken over the chip that powers Wi-Fi, and crashed the device.Android devices were also affected by the problem, called the Broadpwn exploit, and Google issued an update at the beginning of the month.Described as a "critical" flaw it affected devices from numerous brands including Samsung and HTC.Apple released a fix for the Broadpwn exploit in an update that patches an additional 46 flaws in iOS 10.Users are advised to apply the update in order to keep their devices secure from would-be cyber criminals.
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Nintendo just launched a new smartphone app called Nintendo Switch Online.It is a companion app for Nintendo’s latest console and it is now available on iOS and Android for free.When Nintendo first introduced the Nintendo Switch, the company said that many of the social features for online multiplayer would work through a smartphone app.While it took a few months, the app is now available just a couple of days before the release of Splatoon 2.With the Nintendo Switch Online app, you’ll be able to connect to your Nintendo account to view your Splatoon stats and see how you stack up against your friends.It’s also going to make it easier to buy optional clothing items for your in-game characters.
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A lot of what you’ll read about BMW’s newest 5 Series sedan will devote sizable column inches to lamenting the past – that is to say, the bygone era when BMW cared a little bit more about crossing the finish line first than coddling comfort.Those days are gone, however, as evidenced not just by the 2017 BMW 540i xDrive I drove for a week, but also when examining almost every other model in the automaker’s Byzantine line-up.From a business perspective the answer is a resounding ‘no,’ as the German automaker continues to post serious profits and reap the rewards of its diversification effort that sees SUVs command more attention than previously-nimble sport sedans.In the first category, the 540i xDrive excels, what with a surely under-rated 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque available from its eager 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine.The car’s eight-speed automatic transmission is perfectly suited in its role, deftly handing out multi-car leaps forward when passing in traffic and then shrinking to the point of invisibility while cruising, but the manual mode never inspired me to snag a downshift and try to make the six-cylinder sing.Likewise, the car’s steering is precise without revealing any of its secrets, keeping you in the dark as to what, exactly, is transpiring under the BMW’s front wheels, and the dynamic suspension system outfitted to my 540i tester was certainly competent, yet stopped short of egging on a repeat of the last rural road.
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Initially, Snapchat Spectacles were only available for purchase from pop-up vending machines across the US.Then in February, the company started selling them on their own website.Those of you still thinking of buying a pair can now also get them on Amazon.The price hasn’t changed, which means that Spectacles still retail for $129.99.There are three color options available which are Black, Coral, and Teal.For those of you unfamiliar with Snapchat Spectacles, they are basically a pair of fashion sunglasses with a built-in camera that lets you record videos up to 30 seconds long and then share them on the social media platform.
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Everyone understands that a good social media strategy is the holy grail for businesses; it molds the perception of a brand, carries the voice, creates the appeal, and as a result, increases revenue.There are a few fundamentals that can help enhance the strategy, but SEO, or search engine optimization, is hardly ever considered.I’ll start by stating that social media and SEO are heavily tied to each other.In fact, SEO data provides a bunch of information about your visibility and target audience: who they are, how they search for things, what keywords they’re using and what sites they’re surfing, not to mention the good old profiling data found in Google Analytics, SimilarWeb and SE Ranking.As a growing brand and business investing a lot into social media appearance, you need to know what people are saying about your company or products.To find that out, you can use different monitoring tools such as Mention or Google Alerts.
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Street Fighter has a long history and a lot of fans, and they’ll soon be in for a treat: Capcom is adding a dose of nostalgia with the addition of a beloved classic stage, as well as some retro costumes.The new stage is Suzaku Castle, the rooftop stage that will transport fans back to 1991 where they first enjoyed the design.As if that’s not retro enough, some recognizable costumes from past eras are returning, and players are also getting a new character.Many people like Suzaku Castle — it has an old-timey design with a pleasant, atmospheric background and overall relaxing atmosphere…quite the opposite of the warrior battles that gamers carry out in front of it.Joining the Suzaku Castle stage will be new costumes for Alex, Ibuki, and Juri; they’re all based from Street Fighter 3 and 4, which is technically set before the newer title Street Fighter 5.Giving consideration to the chronological bending, Capcom made adjustments to the costumes in ways that make sense based on the fact that they’re older time-wise.
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Uber is in a global retreat right now.The company will suspend its operations in the former Portuguese territory of Macau from 22 July as it could "not secure a business environment" to "unlock the full benefits of ride-sharing".Uber, in its official website, said it was exploring ways to serve the Chinese-controlled territory again and had started talks with business partners, including transport operators and hotels.The company had been operating in Macau since late 2015.The news comes a few days after Uber announced it would cede control of Russia and several surrounding markets to search giant Yandex.The two companies will merge their ride-sharing operations, with Yandex controlling around 59%, and Uber about 37%.
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