Charles Glass

Charles Glass

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p Last week at AAPicks we pointed you in the direction of a great discount on a C bundle.If you liked the idea but were a bit nervous about it as a first step, then check this out.We’ve just got wind of a similar discount on the ultimate C bundle.C is very similar to C but it’s easier to learn.That’s pretty much why Microsoft developed it.Take C , stick on a few bells and whistles, make it as easy to learn as Visual Basic, and hey presto… You’ve got C .
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p If you’re serious about protecting your PC—and any unsaved work or game you might have open on it—you need an uninterruptible power supply (UPS).A UPS is a surge protector and emergency battery in one, meant to keep devices safe and humming along when the power goes out.Right now, Newegg has a particularly good model on sale: The retailer has dropped the CyberPower GX1325U to just $125.That's $65 cheaper than the going price at other retailers.This UPS is an 1325 VA / 810 watt unit with pure sine wave output.That last bit isn’t a pop quiz from high school—a pure sine wave is supposed to offer a more reliable transition from your local electrical grid to battery power, especially for sensitive PC power supplies.
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p /p p class "bwalignc" Loyalty Rewards Gain Share Versus Cash Back Offers /p p class "bwalignc" Commerce Bots Promise to Drive Digital Advertising Dollars to New Offline Sales /p p class "bwalignc" 95% of Participants Use Card-Linking as Main O2O Strategy /p p /p p SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 24, 2017– /p p The CardLinx Association today released new data from the 2017 Card-Linking and O2O Industry Annual Survey.The new 2017 data is sourced from the largest merchants, payment companies, digital publishers and card-linked technology companies including CardLinx members Microsoft, Samsung, Facebook, Mastercard, Discover, Whole Foods Market, Hilton, Sears, First Data, FIS, Empyr, Affinity Solutions and many others.Card-linking technology enables consumers to enroll their existing payment card in any digital account and receive targeted offers and discounts in-store without using a paper coupon, loyalty card or promo code.This year’s survey shows over 80% of respondents indicating at least 50% growth over the last 12 months.That is the highest growth rate since the inception of the survey.To access the full 2017 report and survey findings, click here: http://www.cardlinx.org/2017-card-linking-o2o-industry-survey/ /p p “Over the past 12 months card-linking has emerged as the killer app in online-to-offline (O2O) commerce and the Internet of Things,” said Silvio Tavares, CardLinx President and CEO.
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p Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is a fantastic Android phone by just about any measure, but if there’s one area where the new flagship could use some serious work it’s in the biometric department.We already knew that the phone’s facial unlock feature can be easily fooled with nothing more than a simple photograph of the owner, but a new video from the Chaos Computer Club demonstrates that the new iris scan security layer — which Samsung calls “one of the safest ways to keep your phone locked and the contents private” — is just as easily fooled.The video from CCC makes the trick look ridiculously easy to pull off, using nothing more than a photo of the individual and a contact lens.Since the iris scanner uses infrared light, a photo of the phone’s owner is shot with a simple digital camera, using “night mode.” Then, the photo is cropped and sized so that the iris is roughly the size of a real-life human eye.After that, a contact lens is placed on the printed photo, and the Galaxy S8 instantly recognizes it as being a “real” human eye and unlocks the phone.What’s particularly interesting is that the photo itself doesn’t even have to be particularly high quality, and the image used in the demonstration was shot from several feet away.
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p Instagram is the most damaging social media platform when it comes to young people’s mental health, new research suggests.The photo-sharing app, which is owned by Facebook and has 700 million users worldwide, is considered the social media platform most likely to cause young people to feel depressed, anxious and lonely, according to a new UK-wide study by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).In a survey of almost 1,500 Britons aged 14 to 24, the RSPH found that young people were most likely to associate Instagram with negative attributes and low self-esteem, resulting in poor body image and lack of sleep.Snapchat, the ephemeral photo messaging app, was also seen as a close contender, and most likely to leave users feeling bullied or left out by their peers.“It’s interesting to see Instagram and Snapchat ranking as the worst for mental health and wellbeing – both platforms are very image-focused and it appears they may be driving feelings of inadequacy and anxiety in young people,” said Shirley Cramer, chief executive of RSPH, which conducted the StatusOfMind report in collaboration with the Young Health Movement.Instagram said that it remains dedicated to keeping the platform a “safe and supportive place” for users, adding that it is working closely with experts to enhance the app to provide mental health support.
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p As part of Amazon's Gold Box Deals today, Anker is selling some of its input devices at a steep discount.Of the PC input deals, the one device that really caught our eye was Anker's ergonomic wireless mouse for $15.On top of that, Amazon is also offering Anker's compact Bluetooth keyboard for $17 as part of a different promotion.The mouse deal lasts until just before midnight on Monday night, while the keyboard deal's expiry date is unclear as it requires a coupon code (enter DOTD7721 at checkout).The mouse is a 2.4GH RF wireless ergonomic optical mouse with five buttons, as well as 800/1200/16000 DPI resolution tracking.It's a standard two-button mouse with a clickable scroll wheel and next/previous buttons for use during web browsing.
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While it's rad that Ellen Ripley happens to be a woman, that doesn't at all impact her level of badarsery — though it does inform her character in ways that make her much more interesting than virtually any other cinematic hero.She's complicated, she feels real, and I have total confidence the Alien movies would not have become classics without her.But she's still a team player.She cares about Kane and while she doesn't forget the slight, she rolls past it in the interest of tackling the next crisis at hand.That incident — which obviously ends up proving Ripley so completely right, because of course you should not let that guy with a damn alien clamped to his face onto the ship — moves the plot forward into horror movie territory, but it also illustrates the level of human (artificial and otherwise) crap Ripley has to put up with on a regular basis.Imagine going through all of the events of Alien, only to wake up decades later in Aliens, surrounded by a snooty, dismissive panel of corporate superiors who flat-out don't believe your story.
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p Polisen ber regeringen om en lagändring för att kunna ta fram ny teknik som kan oskadliggöra drönare som används för kriminella syften, rapporterar Sveriges Radio Ekot.Läs även: Många tillstånd för drönarfoto utfärdade"Drönarna blir mer och mer sofistikerade och lättanvända dessutom, och får bättre och bättre prestanda samtidigt som prislappen på dem sjunker.Det gör att de kan utnyttjas av terrorister och vi vet ju redan att det har använts i Syrien av stridande där", säger Anders Hall vid polisens nationella operativa avdelning (Noa).Den teknik som Noa vill utveckla slår ut drönarnas förbindelse med personen som styr farkosten, eller skickar en signal som tvingar ned drönaren på marken.Läs mer: Hennes drönarbolag levererar blod i Rwanda
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p Eight days ago, the WCry ransomware worm attacked more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries.The outbreak prompted infected hospitals to turn away patients and shut down computers in banks and telecoms.Chief among the revelations: more than 97 percent of infections hit computers running Windows 7, according to attacks seen by antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab.That's according to Costin Raiu, director of Kaspersky Lab's Global Research and Analysis Team, who spoke to Ars.While the estimates are based only on computers that run Kaspersky software, as opposed to all computers on the Internet, there's little question Windows 7 was overwhelmingly affected by WCry, which is also known as "WannaCry" and "WannaCrypt."The figures challenge the widely repeated perception that the outbreak was largely the result of end users who continued to deploy Windows XP, a Windows version Microsoft decommissioned three years ago.
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p If you own a Windows XP or Windows 7 PC that's been hit by the WannaCry ransomware, there's good news: French researchers have created a software utility called wanawiki that can potentially unlock an infected PC.Matt Suiche, the founder of CloudVolumes and Comae, published a blog post that describes how Benjamin Delpy's wanawiki tool works: It sniffs out the prime numbers used by the ransomware to reconstruct the key used to encrypt your PC.Once the wanawiki tool is run, the software can basically generate the key, and the tool will then unlock the encypted files.There's a catch: To give the tool a chance to reconstruct the key, the infected PC cannot be rebooted.Also, wanawiki needs to be run as soon as possible, because the prime numbers the ransomware uses may be overwritten over time, Suiche wrote.Users with PCs infected by WannaCry need to download the tool, run it, and "pray" the prime numbers haven't been overwritten, according to Suiche.
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p Accenture plans to expand The Monkeys brand across the Asia Pacific region, following its recent acquisition of the creative agency.Michael Buckley, head of Accenture Interactive Australia and New Zealand, told The Drum, the Sydney-based agency will open a Melbourne office within the next six months, with a New Zealand office to follow.“As demand grows we’ll continue to expand.”The Monkeys chief executive officer Mark Green added, “Part of the reason that we linked up with Accenture is that we wanted to grow the brand beyond Sydney.“Melbourne is the obvious next move but we feel that there are opportunities throughout the region over time.As we get through each move we will look at different ways to grow from there.”
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p Update, May 19: Kevin Ho, head of Huawei’s smartphone operations, confirmed on Twitter the imminent launch of the Nova 2.Confirming previous leaks, the image shared by the executive shows the dual-camera Nova 2 in lime green.— Kevin Ho (@KevinHo_Huawei) May 19, 2017Original post, May 10: The Huawei Nova 2 has recently been certified by TENAA in China.Thanks to the images posted on its website, we already know what the device looks like.Now, we also know when it will be announced, as a promotional image for the upcoming smartphone has leaked online.
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p The term “hackathon” typically evokes bleary-eyed computer engineers crunching numbers and solving algorithms until the break of dawn.In fashion, the relatively recent rise of hackathons — a practice long ingrained in Silicon Valley — can be attributed to the sluggish digitization of luxury retail.Liz Bacelar, founder of Decoded Fashion and currently the chief content officer at The Current, created the first highly publicized fashion hackathon in 2013, an event that convened 650 fashion and technology professionals to solve digital challenges of major fashion brands.Over the course of 24 hours, participants separated into groups and used their combined skills to tackle real-world requests from executives at brands including Rachel Roy, Michael Kors and DKNY.A team of industry judges scored their efforts, granting cash prizes to top teams.If you open your company to let change in — especially because hackathons tend to focus on young talent and entrepreneurs — it creates ways to co-create,” she said.
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p Which key SaaS metrics should you obsess over?8 leading SaaS companies share the subscription metrics most important to their companies and why they matter.
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p This post cuts through the noise around Local SEO.It clearly lays out what it is, how to do it, and recommends some tools to help you be successful.Drawing on years of experience as a local SEO for Detroit's Big 3, Jordan lays out actionable steps for ensuring your brick and mortar business appears at the moment local buyers are looking for it.
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p På onsdagen chippades ett antal personer för SJ:s räkning.Endast kundkortsnumret lagras, helt okrypterat.En del av det är att möjliggöra för resenärer att få ett chip inplanterat i handen vilket ska underlätta vid biljettkontroll.– Jag är något nervös eftersom jag är otroligt rädd för nålar, konstaterade tågvärden Christer Forslund innan Jowan Österlund från företaget Biohax placerade chippet under Christers hud med hjälp av ett sprutliknande verktyg modell större.Bontouch är programvarubolaget som utvecklat tekniken för läsning och skrivning av chippet, samt själva appen.Jerker Karlsson, Caroline Ljungström och Patrik Gottfridsson fanns på plats vid chippningen.
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p At its recent developer conference Samsung was keen to talk up its Artik IoT platform and insisted unfashionable OS Tizen has a significant part to play.ARTIK – Samsung’s IoT platform – was launched two years ago but we haven’t heard much about it since.Now the company seems to be trying to reboot the concept via the time-honoured ‘new and improved’ marketing method.Among the inevitable claims of new end-to-end capabilities is a new module (pictured), which is effectively a mini computer complete with processor, memory and connectivity, that brings a lot of this new-and-improved goodness to IoT devices.“A smart, powerful IoT platform is key to fostering an interoperable, and most importantly, secure ecosystem,” said James Stansberry, U.S. Head of Artik at Samsung Electronics.“That is why we developed the Samsung Artik Smart IoT platform from the ground up with end-to-end security, and why we continue to integrate new security enhancements across hardware, software, cloud and communications.
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p Faced with pressure from Microsoft and declining iPad sales, Apple will announce updates to its MacBook laptops at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, according to a report by Bloomberg.Citing "people familiar with the matter," Apple will reveal three new laptops.A new MacBook Pro will sport Intel's Kaby Lake processor, an upgrade over the current Skylake-based models.Bloomberg says that the MacBook will also get a faster CPU, but doesn't specify what Intel part will be used.And perhaps to the surprise of Mac users, Apple may introduce a 13-inch MacBook Air with a faster processor.Bloomberg states that sales of the MacBook Air remain strong, despite the fact that Apple killed the 11-inch MacBook Air last October.
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p This week on The Upgrade we talk with Leo Laporte: author, entrepreneur, speaker, and yes—tech podcast god.Leo hosts The Tech Guy Show, a national radio technology talk show that airs on over 200 stations.In addition, his TWiT Netcast Network produces some of the most popular podcasts in the world, including shows like this WEEK in TECH, Security Now!, The New Screen Savers and the 2017 Webby Award-winning show Triangulation.Listen to The Upgrade above or find us in all the usual places where podcasts are served, including Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, and NPR One.We covered a lot of territory in this episode, including but not limited to:How Leo Laporte became “The Tech Guy”
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p According to Scott Brinker’s latest marketing technology landscape, there are over 5,000 martech vendors.That’s a lot of vendors.There are so many that you’ll have to click on the landscape just to read the different categories:Brinker has done an amazing job identifying and categorizing all the vendors in a space that’s expanding so rapidly.But despite the growth, there is stability at the top.Brinker found that less than 7 percent of the 5,000 vendors qualify as enterprises (which he defines as companies that have either gone public or have more than 1,000 employees).
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