Christopher Driskell

Christopher Driskell

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Samsung has announced that the förbeställningarna of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus increased by 30 per cent compared with the Galaxy S7 and S7 the Edge of last year.the Task for the north american market.It is allegedly enough to bring the maximum number of reservations ”ever” for Samsung in the united states.Consumers seem to in other words, be especially skeptical after the fiasco with the Galaxy Note 7 in the fall, then the whole phone afterwards were put down after copies started to burn.
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LinkedIn, the Microsoft-owned professional networking site, today announced it had passed a major milestone, with over 500 million users registered.That’s pretty impressive growth when you consider that it had 400 million members in October, 2015, and 450 million members in August, 2016.Although, when compared against the stratospheric growth of Facebook and Whatsapp, it’s less impressive.That’s not the whole story though.While most Facebook users engage with the service on a daily basis, LinkedIn users are more sparing, with only 25 percent visiting the site each month.Others are more bullish, with analytics firm Apptopia suggesting that half of all LinkedIn members visiting the site on a monthly basis.
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SAP Anywhere, the "complete front-office software package", is going nowhere quickly in Europe as the service has been closed to new customers.The cloudy thing purported to manage SME customers’ e-commerce websites, their CRM, sales, order management, inventory and customer services from a single point.But the German software firm has decided to wind down the business in the UK - where the European pilot had been running for the past year - a company spokeswoman confirmed.“We made the decision to focus the go-to-market strategy of SAP Anywhere on the US market as well as mainland China for the next few years,” she confirmed.“This means that in the UK and Ireland, the solution will no longer be commercially available, but we will continue to support all existing customers…from the US.If desired, we have also offered to support our customers to transition off the product,” she added.
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Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström (NTL) have made themselves into a far more robust industry: locally produced food, writes Business Insider.the Company Farmdrop allows buyers within a radius of not more than 150 English miles (about 24 English miles) to shop for fresh vegetables, eggs and other food products.Read also: H investing in zennström's small duschbolagNiklas Zennstrom, has backed the company through his investment fund Atomico (NTL) and the company download a total of 7 million pounds (nearly 80 million).Among the other investors in the Farmdrop is inmatningssystemets Swiftkeys co-founder Jon Reynolds and onlinemodehandlaren ASOS co-founder Quentin Griffith.besides, Niklas Zennström in Farmdrops board of directors since 2015.
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Puyo Puyo, the connect-four-blob puzzler formerly known as Puyo Pop, dates back to 1991.And yet, Puyo Puyo Tetris manages to feel fresh by simply combining the two puzzle formats into one stellar package.The game especially shines in multiplayer, which works particularly well on the Nintendo SwitchOriginally released in Japan in early 2014, the meeting of two puzzle giants has finally arrived in the states three years later.However, if you let the tetromino descend at its normal rate, the Puyo that it passes will be churned away, clearing up space on the board.Since you are generally competing against one or more human or computer opponents, deciding which technique to use is all a matter of circumstance.
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A new Apple data powered entirely by renewable energy will allow its excess heat energy to be used to keep local homes warm, a report by Macworld says.Data centres generate a great deal of excess heat, and are generally not regarded as the most energy-efficient facilities.This one, however, will store up all of the excess heat that would usually go to waste, and give it straight back to the local community.The data centre will begin operation in the Jutland region of Denmark later in 2017, and will also be powered entirely by renewable energy.Apple is currently working with Aarhus University on a digester system that processes agricultural waste to generate methane, which in turn can be used a power source for the centre.Local farmers are also set to benefit from Apple’s eco-giveaway – one of the byproducts of the digester process is a nutrient-packed fertiliser that Apple will make available for use on farmland.
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More power and tough chinese environmental requirements.There are two of the reasons that the luxury sports cars Porsche ever more cast a glance at the electrification.It revealed the head of the company at the auto show in Shanghai.But the new available classes like suvs and sedans are not the only one on the German manufacturer's wallpaper – electrification will become increasingly important.The latter is particularly interesting for the chinese market.In China, emission standards, more than any other country, be it mainly dictates the conditions of the cars, and if you want to deliver the sporty models so you have to look at something other than internal combustion engines and turbochargers.
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Free, easy-to-use hacking tools help many young people slip into a life of cyber-crime, according to a report.Many started by getting involved with game-cheat websites or forums that talked about ways to change or "mod" games, its report said.Mentors, role models and positive opportunities could deter people from committing cyber-crime, the NCA added.The report is based on a small number of interviews with people arrested or cautioned for carrying out computer-based crimes as well as analyses of academic studies of offenders.It also draws on information resulting from many more "cease and desist" visits to people the NCA identified as being on the periphery of malicious hacking.The average age of those interviewed and arrested was 17, far lower than for those the NCA picks up for drugs offences (37) or financial crime (39).
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Virtual assistants, and artificial intelligence, is now a major tech trend and mobile carriers are getting in on the game.It’s not enough that Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana, Alexa, Bixby, and many other virtual assistants are on-hand every day, ready to help out with our every whim; there are still companies that think we need another one.The latest is named Djingo, and it’s a joint project between mobile networks Orange and Deutsche Telekom, which makes it a bigger deal than you may initially think.Djingo has been announced at an event in Paris, France, and shown off as an Amazon Echo Dot-style speaker, but it will also be released as an app on devices, and there are plans to integrate it into a remote control for Orange’s set-top TV boxes.Unsurprisingly, it’s woken by an “OK Djingo” keyword, and the demonstration showed Djingo playing a requested audio track, and sending a tweet.It will also be able to make calls, send SMS, and control connected smart home devices.
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At my birthday party last week, my friend Ebby walked over and asked a group of us “What’s this Gather app all about?”I instantly felt a bit insecure.The next morning, hungover and recovering from the post-birthday blues, I received a text message: “You have been invited to Gather with 6 of your friends on Gather – DOWNLOAD LINK.”The text was sent from a five-digit number, meaning it came from a server instead of a real human’s phone number.Deep in the weeds of the App Store reviews — most of which are glowing and composed of near-perfect grammar and spelling (red flag!)This app is seemingly a wonderful idea, and looks well made.
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Labels identify some as simulations of human heads, while others relate to muscles.It sounds like the ghoulish headquarters of a mad scientist, but it isn't.It's the Silicon Valley offices of UL, a product testing organization previously known as Underwriters Laboratory, and these liquids play an important part in smartphone safety.You might not know UL, but you can probably find its logo on a number of products around your home.The standard is how much a human body can safely absorb.That standard is based on the specific absorption rate, or SAR, and that's where the liquids come in.
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Facebook is working on ambitious new technology that will let you type words directly from your brain and even "hear" through your skin.During day 2 of its annual F8 developer conference, the social media giant announced that it has a team of over 60 people working on a computer interface powered by the human brain.Regina Dugan, head of Facebook's secretive hardware R division Building 8 discussed the revolutionary projects in the works during a speech at F8 in San Jose, California.Dugan, who has previously worked at Google, Motorola and Darpa, was hired by Facebook last year to lead Building 8.It sounds impossible, but it's closer than you may realise," Dugan said.In a video demo, Dugan showcased a few examples including a woman with ALS who is able to type eight words per minute directly using her brain via an implanted sensor.
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Micromax has introduced a SecureVault app with Dual 5 and Evok Note, their latest smartphones.SecureVault is the first ever built-in security app that helps you hide installed apps and encrypt and hide photos, videos, and documents preventing unauthorized access with a unique fingerprint lock.All you need to do is set up your fingerprint to access SecureVault app.Enroll your fingerprint from Settings Security Fingerprint, and follow the on-screen instructions to register your fingerprint.Once that is done, you can launch the SecureVault app only with your fingerprint, restricting any unauthorized access.SecureVault helps you hide installed apps.
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Barely a week goes by without a new headline about a freshly uncovered vulnerability or new malware affecting millions of devices.There’s no denying these issues are exacerbated by the fact that the Android ecosystem is complicated.As a result, updates with security fixes in them take months to roll out to some handsets, or worse, never roll out at all.Consider vulnerabilities like Stagefright, which could give hackers control of an Android device through malicious code in an audio or video file, and Heartbleed, an OpenSSL vulnerability which affected Android 4.1.1 and could allow hackers to steal sensitive data like passwords.Patches for other devices were rolled out at the discretion of the manufacturers.“The cryptographic work that we’ve been doing, the sandboxing that we’ve been doing, and a lot of the work to make exploitation more difficult is all coming together nicely.”
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More Charts   Research firm IDC put out its latest quarterly report on the state of the PC market earlier this week, and as our chart here shows, HP is the worldwide leader in terms of market share.The California-based company retook the number one spot for the first time since 2013, according to IDC, pulling ahead of second-place Lenovo.Third-place Dell grew decently over the past year.Same goes for fourth-place Apple, which recently said its Mac business is now worth $25 billion, a testament to its exclusively high-end lineup.Acer is now fifth.The most important figure, however, remains that big one in the middle.According to IDC, the 60 million shipments in 2016 represented the PC market’s first year-over-year growth in five years.It was only up 0.6%, but it could mean the market is finally starting to stabilize after years of smartphones and tablets eating at its ankles.That said, as The Verge recently noted, some of that growth appears to be a result of the IDC including Google’s Chromebooks as part of its totals.
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Europe has a new accelerator program aimed at fledgling startups working in the artificial intelligence (AI) realm.Rockstart, a “multi-vertical” startup accelerator founded out of Amsterdam in 2011, supports early-stage startups in their first 1,000 days of existence, and it says it has invested in 108 startups across 11 programs since its inception.So far, it has offered a variety of programs, including smart energy, digital health, and web & mobile, but today it’s adding another string to its bow with what it touts as “Europe’s first AI acceleration program.”Applications for the new AI program open in May, while the program itself will begin in early September.Ten startups — which can hail from anywhere in the world — will be chosen, with each spending six months in s’Hertogenbosch beside mentors and other partner organizations, including the local Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS).All startups receive €20,000 in cash and €80,000 worth of “in-kind funding,” which includes things like resources, support, and office space.The program also promises dozens of additional “perks and deals” worth around €600,000, from partners such as Google, Amazon, and IBM.In terms of taking direct equity, Rockstart says that it “expects” to take a 6 percent stake in any startup entering the program after raising the startup’s next round of funding.Rockstart isn’t the first AI-focused accelerator program.Last year, Amazon announced a new 13-week program, designed in partnership with Techstars, that’s aimed at startups developing conversational AI technologies.
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Back in March of 2015, I wrote a blog post proclaiming that I would “literally eat the sun” if this AeroMobil flying car was released by 2017.Well, today, the company announced a new flying car that will be on display later this month.But I’m not grabbing my knife and fork just yet.Flying car companies are an interesting racket.They’ll often build a prototype to entice investors and “pre-orders” from consumers, claiming that their vehicle will be ready for sale in a short while—usually two years.So when AeroMobil announced in 2015 that the company would be releasing its flying car by 2017, I pledged to literally eat the sun if it came out.
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Podcasting site Audioboom has raised £4.5 million by selling shares to existing backer and property tycoon Nick Candy, and creative industry investor Edge Investments.Audioboom initially raised £4 million last month through shareThis means the company sold shares to private investors, and to investors who had already committed to financing.
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Swedish tech startup hub Epicenter’s offer of RFID microchip implants to members and staff made headlines globally last week, amid countless mentions of “cyborgs” and warnings of a “dystopian” future.The move has seen over 150 employees and hub members choose to have RFID microchips the size of rice grains injected into their hands, allowing them to open doors, use the printer, and pay for food items at the cafeteria just by waving their hand in front of a reader.As one of the first organizations to sponsor a body modification programme, Epicenter literally takes technology experimenting into a new dimension.In doing so it raises four issues:1.Is it a problem worth solving?The implanted RFID chip is no different from the one on a standard office key fob or an Oyster-style travel card that provides users with a unique identifier that can be read by scanners near doors or at pay points.Yes, having it implanted in a hand is more convenient and “cool”, but existing wearables such as NFC rings do exactly the same job and can be taken off at will.For example, in theory, a company could mine data from an implanted microchip and work out that it takes some employees longer than others to get from door A to door B on the 4th floor and decide to fire the slow ones first.While this scenario is unlikely in real life, questions still arise over how users know what information is being collected, what is being done with the data, who can access it, where it’s stored, and who owns it.
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I'm curious because LOTS of companies do this!For example, McDonalds has one sign that says "Don't miss out on delicious deals."(Note the period in that phrase.)Why would McDonalds not replace that with an explanation mark, or leave it without punctuation?The way I see it, that phrase sounds apathetic and dull.They have a sign saying "we're hiring."
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