Christopher Driskell

Christopher Driskell

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Machine identity is when authentication is applied to network entities that are not human, a concept becoming increasingly common in our digital world that is bristling with cyber threats.PSD2 is a prime example of one of these technological sea changes impacting our world and bringing with it disruption that will be advantageous to banking customers, opening up opportunities to leverage the innovative services offered by third parties while continuing to use your original bank.This new cross-fire of communication will be conducted by machines, machines that must have identities to conduct their valuable work.“With PSD2 opening up the banking environment, really what we are opening up are these new types of machines that are APIs and they are little bits of a bank that now anyone can talk to.The use of the term machines as an overarching name may be a daunting prospect for some, but Mr Bocek was able to concisely break down the four different kinds of machines and their sub species that have identities.That is a really interesting type of machine because when your mobile app for banking talks to the cloud, they are different species.
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The Chairman of News Corp – Rupert Murdoch – has issued a public statement calling for publishers to be paid along similar lines to the carriage free one used by cablecos.The statement seems to have been prompted by the tweaks Facebook has been making to its ‘news feed’ especially its recent move to grade how trustworthy a given news source is.Perhaps panicked by the implications for his polarising Fox News network, Murdoch expressed reservations about the plan, while simultaneously claiming it doesn’t go far enough.“Facebook and Google have popularized scurrilous news sources through algorithms that are profitable for these platforms but inherently unreliable,” said Murdoch.“Recognition of a problem is one step on the pathway to cure, but the remedial measures that both companies have so far proposed are inadequate, commercially, socially and journalistically.“There has been much discussion about subscription models but I have yet to see a proposal that truly recognizes the investment in and the social value of professional journalism.
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The Marine Corps plans to equip more infantrymen with the M27 rifle, which has been in limited use for sometime.The M27 offers longer range and better accuracy than the M4 currently used by Marine rifleman, though not everyone will get the new rifle.The M27 is currently carried by just one member of the fire team, the automatic rifleman.Each member of the rifle squad will receive the $3,000 rifle, as will others outside the squad — though the exact number has not been finalized.A request for information issued by the Marines in February asked for 11,000 M27s, which would be sufficient to equip every squad.'I'm ready to say yes'
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Diesel is launching its spring/summer 2018 campaign today (22 January) with a film from François Rousselet, which depicts an intense romance that grows in spite of the couple’s hidden ‘flaws’.The young protagonist of ‘Keep the World Flawed’ is first seen anxiously obsessing over the size of his bigger-than-average ears.He eventually makes the decision to go under the knife, which leads to him bagging a girlfriend, who he meets at a laundrette.The two fall in love and, after a several highly charged bedroom scenes, our heroine falls pregnant.However, when the baby is born, it becomes apparent that his mother also had a flaw of her own – a big, crooked nose, which she too rectified with surgery.The offspring is gifted with both his father’s ears and mother’s schnozzle, demonstrating the brand message that ‘eventually, our so-called flaws will always be stronger than any of our attempts to hide them’.
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We're all secretly in love with ourselves.Selfies merely give us permission to express that love and demonstrate it to the world.So Apple wants you to know that the iPhone X's camera will make you look like you're the greatest.In an ad released on Sunday, Cupertino gets the self-styled "Double-Greatest," Muhammad Ali, to bolster your self-belief.The soundtrack is one of the, well, greatest speeches he ever made.The one where the boxing genius explains just how great he is.
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I fancy that many who aren't New England Patriots fans will be rooting against Tom Brady and his cohorts during Sunday's AFC championship game.Somehow, the quarterback's slight smugness and aloofness -- and his infernal penchant for good fortune (disclosure: Los Angeles Chargers fan) -- move fans to root for his opponents.Apple's Beats is not among those.To coincide with the big game, it's just released a little homage to Brady's focus and Beats' role in it.Coz all I hear is, 'it's payback time,'" intones the dramatic voice-over.It's not entirely clear what Brady needs to offer payback for.
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Then it turned around and canceled three shows at once: "Jean-Claude Van Johnson," "One Mississippi," and "I Love Dick."The cancellations come as Amazon continues to clean house after a management shakeup.In October, Amazon Studios head Roy Price resigned after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced, and CEO Jeff Bezos has reportedly directed a change in strategy at the company, which led to Amazon in November grabbing the rights to make a TV series based on "The Lord of the Rings."Amazon also seems to have a much quicker trigger finger than Netflix, and has killed a bunch of shows already.Here are the shows Amazon has killed, along with their critic and audience ratings from Metacritic:'One Mississippi': Canceled after two seasons (2015-2017)
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Coinbase, the white-hot cryptocurrency exchange, is bringing on more engineering talent to help it continue to capitalize on the crypto boom.The company has announced that it’s bringing on the engineering team from Memo.AI, a two-year-old startup that built a Slackbot for helping technical teams manage notes and instructions.The small SF startup announced yesterday that it will be shutting down its service on March 16 and that it won’t be accepting any sign-ups in the meantime.In a blog post, co-founder Mircea Pașoi admitted that the company failed to “succeed in finding product/market fit and building a sustainable business.” Users will have until the service shuts down to export their data while active paying teams will be refunded.“We decided to join Coinbase because we’re super excited about the company’s mission of building an open financial system,” Pașoi wrote.SV Angel, Bloomberg Beta, Version One Ventures and Instagram Product Head Kevin Weil were among the startup’s investors.
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This week the folks at Samsung’s trademark for Metal 12 was revealed, and its future in smartphones is all but assured.Samsung used this special mix of metal previously, with their Samsung Notebook 9 (2018).This magnesium aluminum alloy allows the device to be significantly lighter than without, and without significant loss in durability.Samsung described the material as follows: “This magnesium alloy is incredibly light, yet unbelievably strong – and feels amazing in hand.” Metal 12 has a bright future in a wide variety of devices if Samsung’s trademark has anything to say about the matter.Also included in the trademark’s list of goods and services are 3D eye glasses, mobile telephones, portable computers, rechargeable batteries, smart phones, and tablet computers.The trademark application can be found under application number 017686072 with EUIPO.
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In public health alone, the tax law is likely to trigger massive spending cuts, including $61 million from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and $900 million from a health education fund in the Affordable Care Act.The tax bill could also mean $145 million in cuts to the federal food stamp program, known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which includes SNAP-Ed, a program that provides tens of millions of dollars to states to fund initiatives that promote healthy eating habits and prevent obesity, like cooking demonstrations at farmers’ markets.Policymakers and advocates seeking alternatives to fund these types of programs are further stymied by how the federal funds even flow to local and state-level programs.Charting the ways that federal policy affects these nutrition education programs at the state and city level is about to get a bit easier: A report released today by researchers at the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education, and Policy at Columbia University’s Teachers College, attempts to map out those connections, using New York as its focus.“Our ultimate goal is more people having great nutrition education.”Uno and her team define nutrition education broadly.
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Successfully funded via Kickstarter last month, CarWink is a tool designed to make it easier for drivers to communicate with other road users.We all know how important hand gestures can be when driving — a wave to say 'thanks' when someone lets you pull out, or, you know, a middle finger or loose shake of a fist if someone cuts you up.CarWink, a little screen that sits in your back window that's controlled by your smartphone, wants to focus on just the friendly gestures, though.Besides an 'unamused' face, the other options programmed into the app are designed to be polite and informative — you can say thanks or sorry, and you can also let other drivers know of upcoming hazards in the road.There's, er, also a flirting emoji.The app is voice activated so you don't have to go fiddling with your phone while you're driving - a quick "CarWink say thanks" will get the correct emoji displaying on the panel — which is cleverly powered by solar panel.
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Sony’s free, ad-supported streaming service Crackle will rebrand as Sony Crackle this spring, the outlet announced at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour.The new name will allow Crackle—make that Sony Crackle— “to lean into the power of what Sony stands for,” Eric Berger, GM for Crackle and evp and chief digital officer for Sony Pictures Television Networks, told reporters.Berger elaborated on those remarks in an interview with Adweek, explaining that the name change “is a big push to be associated with the larger Sony brand on a company-wide basis.We’re part of that family, we’re part of the Sony Pictures Television Networks organization, and we just wanted to crystallize that,” said Berger.The name change also reflects the message Crackle sent to advertisers and buyers during last April’s upfront, when Berger said that Crackle is now positioning itself to advertisers under the entire Sony umbrella, as it can sell ad space on Crackle properties and also across PlayStation devices.Crackle has an average monthly U.S. audience of 18 million.
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George Clooney is set to return to the small screen after nearly 20 years as actor, director, and producer of the limited series Catch-22, according to Deadline.The project drew interest from several different outlets with Hulu emerging as the victor.It could be another critical and commercial success for the streaming content provider, which has staked out a claim in recent years as a major player in the industry.Based on the 1961 novel by Joseph Heller, the story revolves around a World War II bomber squadron flying missions from an island in the Mediterranean.The term “Catch-22” has entered the lexicon as a euphemism for a no-win situation, and in the book it refers to a military regulation that governs when pilots can end their tour of duty and return home.The airmen can only go home if they’re insane, but “Catch-22” states that anyone who wants to go home is sane and therefore not eligible.
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Niantic revealed Pokemon GO Community Day this week as a monthly event that’ll take place at parks around the world.“Pokémon GO Community Day is an opportunity for Trainers around the world to meet up at their local parks to make new friends and experience what it means to be a part of this special community.” Niantic announced that these events will feature a “special Pokemon” that’ll only be available during that time, on that special day.The first special Community Day Pokemon is Pikachu with a unique move: SURF!The first Community Day event was announced to take place on January 20th, 2018.This day’s event session will take place at a different time dependent on each trainer’s region of the world.In the United States, we’ll have Community Day on January 20th from 11 AM Pacific Standard Time until 2PM.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants you to remember a time when you curated your list of favorite movies, showed off your new pair of shoes, shared some good news, and didn’t see using Facebook as a pseudo-masochistic act of poor impulse control.He wants you to forget the time Facebook made you hate everything.It continued adding users and its stock price just kept going up.In real life, people don’t point at the same news article as their friends and say “THIS.” In real life, people don’t tell others to kill themselves when they say they like pineapple on pizza.He wrote on his Facebook wall:Research shows that strengthening our relationships improves our well-being and happiness.
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There’s been no lack of Galaxy S9 rumors to start the year but we’re now starting to see signs of life from the device.From leaks that highlight parts that are supposedly final to what we’re seeing today, it certainly seems like we’re barreling toward reveal.Most recently, we heard that the Galaxy S9 could be revealed shortly before MWC 2018 in February, so perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that we’re seeing the retail box for the device leaking out today.CDC ELITE & NYSDOH ELAPCertified - Fast Results NorthThe leak comes from Reddit, where a user by the name of minhvn shared an image of the box to the Android community.
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With GE laser-focused on playing a large role in the future of smart homes, Digital Trends caught up with Jeff Patton, GE Lighting’s general manager for connected home products, at CES 2018 to get some insight on the company’s upcoming products and innovations.Patton touched on a number of GE innovations in the smart home field during his visit to the DT booth, but went into great detail about the Alexa voice integration aspect of the recently released C by GE Sol light.“[The Sol is] the first lighting product to have Alexa voice assistant embedded,” Patton told Digital Trends.“With the voice assistant embedded in the base of it, the [Sol] is an all-in-one-product.It’s a combination of your table lamp, clock, radio — it’s all built into one.”The voice integration of Alexa is a big aspect of GE smart home products moving forward.
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The European Commission, hereafter known as the Gaggle of Red-tapers, has unveiled plans for a €1 billion investment in supercomputer infrastructure.The move has been marked as a step forward in the European ambitions to be competitive and independent in the global data economy, with the Gaggle of Red-tapers looking to bring work back into the continent.As it stands, many scientists process their data outside the EU because their needs are not matched by the computation time or computer performance available.This is of course not acceptable.For those who have the patience to fill out endless forms, navigate the red-tape maze and accept the dreariness of the public sector, the Gaggle of Red-tapers is coming to your rescue.No dates have been set just yet, but it shouldn’t be too long, the European Commission is a well-oiled, efficient machine after all…
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A method of securely communicating between multiple quantum devices has been developed by a UCL-led team of scientists, bringing forward the reality of a large-scale, un- hackable quantum network.To date, communicating via quantum networks has only been possible between two devices of known provenance that have been built securely.When quantum computers are fully developed, they will break much of today's encryption whose security is only based on mathematical assumptions.To pre-emptively solve this, we are working on new ways of communicating through large networks that don't rely on assumptions, but instead use the quantum laws of physics to ensure security, which would need to be broken to hack the encryption," explained lead author, Dr Ciarán Lee (UCL Physics & Astronomy).Published in Physical Review Letters and funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the study by UCL, the University of Oxford and the University of Edinburgh scientists details a new way of communicating securely between three or more quantum devices, irrespective of who built them."Our approach works for a general network where you don't need to trust the manufacturer of the device or network for secrecy to be guaranteed.
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Facebook Messenger Kids is coming to Amazon Fire tablets and the Amazon Appstore in the US, as spotted by TechCrunch.The messaging app for kids under the age of 13 was originally only available on iPads, iPhones, and iPod touch in early December.Facebook’s children messaging app has a number of parental controls in place.It allows parents to control the contact list and remove unwanted contacts.Messages also can’t be hidden by kids.Parents and other approved adults can connect from their Messenger app to check in on their kids.
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