Charles Pete

Charles Pete

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Awareness and branding are key to any rebrand.For travel agent TUI, SEO is just as vital given its own rebranding means shifting one site to another, a move that could potentially cost it more than half of its bookings if it doesn’t get it right.The U.K.’s biggest holiday firm by sales has spent the last six months carefully replacing the Thomson brand with TUI, the name of its German parent.But with the rebrand completed, the challenge for TUI is protecting the huge SEO equity of the old thomson.co.uk site, of which over 50 percent of traffic came from SEO.In moving to tui.co.uk, a new site that has comparatively limited equity in travel searches compared to the old version, the business wants to avoid any drops in authority and relevance.To do this, it is building a content hub to create what TUI’s U.K. marketing director Jeremy Ellis said is a “substantial amount of SEO equity” in the URL.
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The mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, sent out a press release earlier this month to declare he'd bought 1,000 items on Amazon.com and then offered a stat, fact or story about his city on each product's review page."The idea was easy -- make Kansas City the most well-reviewed city on Amazon," Mayor Sylvester "Sly" James Jr. said in a statement.It was one of many wacky and over-the-top responses from cities that are hoping to lure Amazon as the e-commerce giant conducts a public search for a second home, dubbed Amazon HQ2.Tucson, Arizona, sent a 21-foot saguaro cactus to the tech giant.New York City lit several landmark buildings in "Amazon orange."The deadline for cities' submissions to snag Amazon HQ2 ends Thursday.
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The bill would end what has been a major discrepancy between how political activity is regulated online compared with broadcast television and radio.By and large, online advertising is exempt from the much stricter disclosure rules that apply to broadcast ads despite its emergence as a billion dollar industry and a key tool in the arsenal of modern political campaigns.The legislation was prompted by a revelation by Facebook , Inc. in September that it had discovered about 500 inauthentic accounts responsible for more than $100,000 in advertising associated with the election and that it believed was linked to Russia.Facebook has handed information about those accounts over to the congressional committees investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is conducting a criminal investigation into whether anyone with the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.President Donald Trump has said his aides did nothing improper, and Russia has denied interfering in the campaign.The proposed law would apply to sites with an average of 50 million or more viewers or users—a standard that wouldn’t only include tech giants like Facebook and Google but also online services like Twitter , Pinterest, LinkedIn, Snapchat and others.
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Redmond said on Wednesday the Azure Government wing of its cloud compute service has been cleared to host secret-level data and code for Uncle Sam's agencies and contractors.The service, creatively dubbed Azure Government Secret, will be offered across the US Azure Government Cloud network; an isolated set of six interconnected cloud data centers spread across America from Virginia to Arizona."Azure Government Secret will deliver multi-tenant cloud infrastructure and cloud capabilities to US Federal Civilian, Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and US Government partners working within Secret enclaves," said Azure head of global infrastructure Tom Keane."Customers with Secret requirements can expect to gain access to new technologies at scale, including services such as cognitive capabilities, artificial intelligence, and predictive analytics."Microsoft also said it is updating its government service to add support for blockchain applications (via Azure blockchain apps), and include support for the Azure Security Center service on the Government cloud.Other planned upgrades include adding support for the high-performance H-series instances in the government cloud (which won't happen until the end of the year) and adding support for Citrix VDI server instances running Windows 10 boxes (which is out today).
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When Cisco acquired AppDynamics in January for $3.7 billion, it was a big surprise as the company was on the verge of going public.While it’s probably too soon to say how intertwined it will become in the Cisco product family, it continues to march forward announcing an update to the products set at the AppD Summit this week in New York City.Today’s announcements build on the company’s push to become more than an applications monitoring platform, but to begin to understand the full impact of technology performance on the overall business that began at the end of last year.Instead of simply looking at the underlying technology and how a performance issue could affect the overall experience of a customer, it wants to begin to analyze the business process itself.That means if you are looking at a process like a loan, you can follow the customer, who might start in a browser, then move to a mobile app and finally into the bank itself, and Prathap Dendi, GM of Business IQ at AppDynamics says you need to be able to track each step of that process and understand what’s happening from a business and technology perspective.The company is also beginning to look at Internet of Things (IoT) sensor data moving into the enterprise, but again, they are looking at this from more of a customer experience perspective than a traditional monitoring one.
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Today, Google rolled out a new program called Advanced Protection for personal Google accounts, intended to provide much higher account security to users of services like Gmail and Drive who are at a high risk of being targeted by phishers, hackers, and others seeking their personal data.The opt-in program makes Google services much less convenient to use, but it's built to prevent the sorts of breaches that have been making recent headlines.Examples of users who could benefit include journalists, politicians, and other public figures who may be running up against hostile actors with considerable resources—and also for private individuals in dangerous situations, like those escaping abusive relationships.In its blog post announcing this program, Google specifically named "political campaign managers," which harkens back to the breach of Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign Chairman John Podesta's e-mails, which led to a release from WikiLeaks that may have played a significant role in the US presidential election last year.And yes, Podesta could have avoided that particular breach had he been using this new program.That's because the Advanced Protection Program goes beyond digital two-factor authentication by requiring a physical security key in addition to your password to log in.
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For now, we think there’s enough here to merit our four-star review score.Where the fun starts: Story Remix, Mixed Reality Viewer, and Paint 3DWe could begin with Microsoft’s massive bets on new platforms, like mixed reality—but those are also its biggest question marks.Story Remix can take a selection of photos and videos and create an album, or turn them into an algorithmically generated movie, or let you take total control and add fun 3D effects.Your Photos are now stored in a searchable Collection tab that needs to be indexed when you first open it.Microsoft may be overzealous in its curation, slicing minutes’ worth of video down to just a few seconds in some cases.
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Two years ago, DxO — the company best known for issuing scores for the best (and worst) smartphone cameras on the market — released a curious little camera called the DxO One that plugged into the Lightning port of iPhones and iPads.Now that camera is finally coming to Android.DxO announced today that the company is launching a USB Type-C version of the One that should work with most USB-C Android phones and tablets.We don’t know much more about when the Android version will be available, how accessible it will be, what it will cost, or if it will be any different.(For what it’s worth, the current price of the original DxO One is $499.)DxO says more information is coming on November 2nd, and that the camera will be part of an “Early Access” program, and that’s about it.
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Samsung Electronics is currently working on a future update that would see the Galaxy S8 single camera support portrait mode.Presently, Samsung Galaxy S8 does not have a telephoto camera like the Galaxy Note8 but it can produce blur background using a software, just as it is on Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL.A user (Sabith Pulukkool) asked if Samsung Galaxy S8 will get portrait mode update similar to Google Pixel 2 and Samsung Electronics replied“…unfortunately there is no information yet, but we hope that you will get portrait mode update with the next SW”.This response from the South Korean manufacturing giant is not usual because support responses are normally obscure.However, this response did not only give hopes that the feature will be coming, it also specified the next update.
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An anonymous reader writes: Tech companies are competing to serve the wealthy, argues the winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, complaining there's no "global vision," with big innovations instead "designed and dedicated mostly for commercial successes... while trillions of dollars are invested in developing robotics and artificial intelligence for military and commercial purposes, there is little interest in applying technology to overcome the massive human problems of the world."A genius in the tech industry "can dedicate his work to creating a medical breakthrough that will save thousands of lives -- or he can develop an app that will let people amuse themselves."As an exception, he cites the low-cost Endless computer, which runs Linux and has 50,000 Wikipedia articles pre-installed to enable offline research -- plus more than 100 applications -- for a price of just $79."One part of Endless's business is operated like a conventional, profit-seeking company, while the other part is a social business that provides underserved populations with educational, health, and creative services they were once denied.Endless is already being shipped around the globe by four of the five largest computer manufacturers.It has become the leading PC platform in Indonesia and much of Southeast Asia.
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Long airline flights may be a thing of the past in the near future, thanks to enterprising startups like Spike.You may soon be able to travel from London to New York in just three hours on a supersonic passenger jet capable of speeds up to 1,354 miles per hour.A prototype for the Spike Aerospace S-512 just completed its first unmanned test flight, and commercial versions may be able to take to the skies as early as 2021.“The SX-1.2 test flights were conducted in a real world situation, and provide significantly more data than wind tunnel tests done in an artificial environment,” said CEO Vik Kachoria.“We were able to test not only handling, but also a range of other considerations.”Spike didn’t provide any pictures or video of the exercises, but said seven short flights were conducted to test the overall design and flight controls of the aircraft.
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Facebook traffic and engagement is way down for so many small to medium size publishers… and some bigger ones too.And the whole video thing is nuts.In my opinion, Facebook has and still is creating a fake ‘demand’ for video.Video only looks so popular because Facebook’s algorithm is making it that way.I believe it intentionally prioritises and shows us all more and more video so there is a corresponding meteoric rise in video views.It’s not so much people demanding or liking videos more now than ever before, it’s Facebook forcing it upon people in their news feed, which has led to publishers feeling obliged and under pressure to produce more of it.
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Precisely one week ago today, Microsoft announced that preview builds of its Edge browser were coming to iOS and Android.The preview was available on iOS later that day, but not on Android.Instead, Microsoft promised that the Android version was coming soon, but failed to give an actual launch date.As it turns out, that day is today.The Microsoft Edge preview for Android is now live, but getting it is a little more complicated than simply going to the Google Play Store and performing a search for the browser.You’ll need to go through Microsoft instead, and the company has set up a new preview page that you can use to request a download link.
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The software, made by the Moscow-based company Kaspersky Lab, routinely scans files of computers on which it is installed looking for viruses and other malicious software.But in an adjustment to its normal operations that the officials say could only have been made with the company’s knowledge, the program searched for terms as broad as “top secret,” which may be written on classified government documents, as well as the classified code names of U.S. government programs, these people said.The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Russian hackers used Kaspersky’s software in 2015 to target a contractor working for the National Security Agency, who had removed classified materials from his workplace and put them on his home computer, which was running the program.An NSA spokesman didn’t comment on the breach.But the use of the Kaspersky program to spy on the U.S. is broader and more pervasive than the operation against that one individual, whose name hasn’t been publicly released, current and former officials said.Kaspersky Lab, founded by an engineer trained at a KGB technical school, has long insisted that it doesn’t assist the Russian government with spying on other countries.
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Trenden pekar nedåt för hela persondator-industrin, och det verkar gälla även Macar.Enligt analysföretaget Gartner, rapporterat via Appleinsider, kommer försäljningen av nya Macar minska med 5,6 procent under årets tredje kvartal.Siffrorna är en uppskattning inför Apples kommande kvartalsrapport.Mac OS High Sierra: En stor, liten uppdatering som ger mer med tidenEnligt Gartner har Apples lyckats kränga 4,6 miljoner Macar under tredje kvartalet, och det efter att nya modeller presenterats på WWDC 2017.Det skulle ge en marknadsandel på 6,9 procent, och göra att Mac halkar ned på femte plats över listan på antal sålda persondatorer, efter HP, Lenovo, Dell och Asus.
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A lot of men out there just don't get it.The report was conducted in partnership with LeanIn.org, a nonprofit founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg that focuses on women's empowerment.In fact, 50 percent of men surveyed think that if women make up 10 percent of their company's senior leadership, that's good enough.Fifty-five percent of men think that disrespectful behavior toward women is often or always addressed quickly, compared with 34 percent of women.Sandberg wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Tuesday discussing the report.Companies like Facebook, Google, Apple and others have unveiled plans to attract more women and minorities to their ranks through everything from outreach programs and partnerships to re-evaluations of hiring practices and pay scales.
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Black Mirror has predicted events that eventually happened in real life, and season 4 may do the same.Jodie Foster made a surprise appearance at New York City Comic-Con 2017, as moderator of the Black Mirror panel discussion with creator Charlie Booker and producer Annabel Jones.Last year, the Black Mirror episode Playtest from season 3 world premiered at NYCC 2017.Season 4 is expected to be released later this year, but Netflix has yet to announce a release date.The treatment being offered is an implant in the child’s temple that allows the parents to control their child from a tablet.The clip ends with the mother filtering out a barking dog, turning it into a mush of pixels and faint barks, much to Sarah’s apparent amusement.
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At GITEX Technology Week 2017, LG is showcase its range of its slim, light and future display technology which will allow businesses to explore new ways to reach their consumers with a stunning visual experience.Visitors to LG’s stand (Hall 6, MAC6-4) at GITEX will be met by an immersive nature experience with a unique digital palm tree installation featuring LG’s next generation Open Frame OLED signage.The signage can be configured into either convex or concave curves in both landscape and portrait mode.Using dual-sided slim OLED panels in a glass pane, LG’s In-Glass Wallpaper OLED signage is targeted for retail outlets, art galleries and other businesses.In addition, LG will unveil OLED “Wallpaper” Hotel TV.The world’s first 65-inch in-room OLED TV that combines LG’s hotel TV technology with sleek aesthetics.
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Statliga Green Cargo har drabbats hårt av it-problemen hos norska Evry.Flera av logistikföretagets system ligger nere vilket leder till stora problem i företagets tågtrafik.Det blir rätt stora påverkningar.Det är hela vårt nätverk som trafikerar cirka 270 orter i Sverige, säger kommunikationsdirektör Sohana Josefsson till DN.Hon uppger att bolagets samtliga kunder kommer att beröras av stoppet.Däribland finns 300 svenska företag runt om i landet.
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