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Clarence Cohen

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In my house, we use it to play radio stations, to get the weather, and to answer questions like "When was the Edo period?"That's because it sounds terrible.Amazon has taken steps to improve the Echo's sound quality with a reboot last month, and companies like Lenovo have coaxed Alexa into nicer-sounding enclosures.What I really want—what every audiophile I know wants—is an Alexa speaker that sounds as good as the best speakers in the house.Also, I know a few friends with an Echo Dot plugged into their Sonos Play:5, and while that gets things moving, it's inelegant and you're still using two devices.But the key point remains: The One is a great-sounding Sonos speaker, and that's reason enough to consider one.
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Walmart has bought a handful of startups lately, and the company says this acquisition spree will continue.It’s looking to buy businesses in the technology, retail and digital native brands categories, said Marc Lore, CEO of Walmart eCommerce U.S., onstage at WSJ D.Live in Laguna Beach on Tuesday.The Jet.com founder joined Walmart through an acquisition last year when Walmart paid more than $3 billion for the fast-growing startup.Since then, it’s gone on to purchase ShoeBuy, Moosejaw, Bonobos, Parcel, Hayneedle and ModCloth.“Specialist positioning is better than mass,” said Lore about the strategy.“We’ve empowered the leaders of these companies to basically run the category across the entire entity.”
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We have known for some time that the number of signals coming from your IT systems surpassed the ability for humans to keep track of them years ago.Machines can help and have been for some time.The advent of artificial intelligence and machine learning has accelerated that ability and today, Cisco announced that it is using these technologies to help customers find failures before they become major issues.Cisco’s solutions are similar to others out there using AI and machine learning to help augment humans’ ability to sift through the mass of information being thrown at us by these systems.The first, “Business Critical Services,” uses analytics, automation, compliance and security tools — nothing you haven’t seen before, I’m guessing — to help track the health of these services.They are claiming it reduces the complexity associated with tracking your most critical business services, while reducing the risk of these systems going down.
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Several former employees of CD Projekt Red recently posted negative reviews about the company on Glassdoor.The reviews mainly leveled criticism at the company for long working hours and low pay.The complaints were met by current employees leaving positive reviews on the site and rebutting some of the other posters.The ripple raised concerns that low morale within the studio might negatively affect development on the hotly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077.To quell concerns, co-founder Marcin Iwinski and studio head Adam Badowski posted an open letter to Twitter explaining the company’s culture, philosophy and development stance, particularly concerning Cyberpunk 2077.“We'd normally avoid commenting on company reviews on spaces like Glassdoor, but this time around – especially in light of the fact that we haven't communicated anything about Cyberpunk 2077 for a long time and saw some gamers getting worried about the project – we’d like to elaborate on a few things.”
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Sanitarium ‘Weet-Bix Cholesterol Lowering’ product has been named product of the year at the Australian Healthy Food Magazine Awards.The complete award winners in different categories are listed below in this article.The Sanitarium product gained attention when launched earlier in 2017 with Sanitarium saying it is “clinically proven to reduce cholesterol levels by up to 9 per cent in four weeks”.Judge and Dietitian, Karissa Woolfe, said the product of the year award “recognises a product with outstanding nutritional value that gets top points for innovation and ease.”Other winners from the 2017 Healthy Food Magazine Awards include best packaged snack which went to Freedom Foods for its Barley+ Seven Seeds Bar, best flavoured yoghurt which was awarded to Rokeby Farms for its Quark Yoghurt and Woolworths for its Delicious Nutritious Asian Style Chicken which won best ready-made meal.Judges for this year’s awards included dietitian Dr Joanna McMillan, editor of the Australian Healthy Food Guide Brooke Longfield, nutritionist Catherine Saxelby and dietitian and journalist Karissa Woolfe.
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An anonymous reader writes from Bleeping Computer: Speaking at a security conference, researcher Alfredo Ortega has revealed that you can use your hard disk drive (HDD) as a rudimentary microphone to pick up nearby sounds.This is possible because of how hard drives are designed to work.Sounds or nearby vibrations are nothing more than mechanical waves that cause HDD platters to vibrate.By design, a hard drive cannot read or write information to an HDD platter that moves under vibrations, so the hard drive must wait for the oscillation to stop before carrying out any actions.Because modern operating systems come with utilities that measure HDD operations up to nanosecond accuracy, Ortega realized that he could use these tools to measure delays in HDD operations.The longer the delay, the louder the sound or the intense the vibration that causes it.
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You don’t have a Pixel 2 right now, because the release date isn’t until next Thursday, October 19th.But with 30 seconds of work and an Android phone, you can pretend like you’ve got Google’s newest flagship, thanks to the release of the Pixel 2 default launcher.The app, which you can download from an unofficial mirror here, is the new default launcher for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.The biggest change is a Google Search bar at the bottom of the screen, and a new Glance widget.Otherwise, it’s virtually identical to the old Pixel launcher.Either way, it’s almost certainly better than whatever you’re running right now.
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Som Breakit kunde berätta i våras delar fintech-tvillingarna Marcus och Alexander Widegrens skapelse "Swedish lunch" tillsammans med Stockholms Handelskammare ut "Entreprenörspriset" till en utvald startup.I priset ingår att vinnaren får flyga ned till Davos under World Economic Forum och där pitcha sin företagsidé inför världsledarna.Nu är det klart vem som är den lycklige som får flyga till maktens korridorer.Det blir Gavagai, vars produkt lär datorer läsa och förstå text på ett mänskligt sätt."På så sätt kan vi använda datorers kapacitet för att skapa mening av en stor mängd data” säger Lars Hamberg, vd på Gavagai.VInnaren har utsetts av en jury bestående av bröderna Widegren, Maria Rankka, vd på Stockholms Handelskammare, Christer Fuglesang, astronaut och Nami Zarringhalam, medgrundare till Truecaller.
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Thursday's reporting has been dominated by Tim Cook's mysterious visit in Stockholm.So yesterday was the Apple boss in the Oxford university in England where he spoke to students at the Foundry, which is the university's startuphubb.He warned, among other things, for the VC companies (venture capital) early start to ask questions about your plans to make the exit or who want to steer you towards selling the startup to the giants like Apple or Google.“If an investor asks you, you should trip you up and leave the room.You should not attracted by that kind of money, for the people will not help you build your company – they are looking for a quick buck," he said, according to Techcrunch.One other thing you should skip, according to Tim Cook, is working with focus groups.
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QardioBase and MyFitnessPal are teaming up to give you a more holistic sense of your health.You only get one in this lifetime, so you ought to take care of it.We’re talking, of course, about your body, that all-important vehicle for everything you do.Here to help your body reach its full potential is a new partnership between fitness app MyFitnessPal and smart scale and body analyzer, QardioBase.Thanks to the new collaboration between the two companies, you’ll be able to not only track your diet, but better understand how it affects your weight and body composition.We’ve long been fans of QardioBase smart scales, which present a friendlier approach to weight management.
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As the new SNES Classic Edition continues to sell out nearly instantaneously every time more units appears in stores or online, it seems like a no-brainer that Nintendo will continue to produce other retro consoles in the future.Nintendo has not made any official announcements regarding other Classic Edition consoles, but late last week, a trademark Twitter bot published a filing from Nintendo featuring a picture of the original Game Boy.The trademark uncovered by the bot and filed on September 15th, does not mention the Game Boy Classic Edition by name, but rather covers a variety of different merchandising opportunities employing the Game Boy brand, including wallets, bags, pouches, clothing, umbrellas and more.The tweet from the bot also notes that the filing covers programs and storage for “home video game machines” and “portable electronic game machines.”Save for a massive leak, it could be months or even a year before we know whether or not Nintendo is working on its first portable Classic Edition console, but there’s no question that it would be another hit for the company.To my mind, the only real question in whether Nintendo will release a retro Game Boy console or a retro N64 console first.
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For decades, video surveillance has been used to detect and deter criminal behavior in homes, businesses, and public spaces.But when you look back at footage from just a few years ago, it’s astonishing how rudimentary and grainy it looks.Whereas businesses once had to employ teams of people to watch security cameras around the clock, it’s now possible to automate much of the monitoring and have a security officer notified when there’s suspicious behavior.The role of AI in video surveillanceAs discussed extensively in this column, artificial intelligence (AI) is impacting just about every aspect of life and business.Typically, surveillance cameras provide citizens/businesses/law enforcement with the ability to either monitor situations in real-time or go back and review footage from something that happened in the past.
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According to CNBC, Amazon is working with Phrame, a maker of smart license plates that allow items to be delivered to a car's trunk, to build a smart doorbell that would give delivery drivers one-time access to a person's home to drop off items.From the report: Phrame's product fits around a license plate and contains a secure box that holds the keys to the car.Users unlock the box with their smartphone, and can grant access to others -- such as delivery drivers -- remotely.The new initiatives are part of Amazon's effort to go beyond convenience and fix problems associated with unattended delivery.As more consumers shop online and have their packages shipped to their homes, valuable items are often left unattended for hours.Web retailers are dealing with products getting damaged by bad weather as well as the rise of so-called porch pirates, who steal items from doorsteps.
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Över 1100 klimatrapporter har analyserats – inga bevis på partisk rapportering hittades.Klimatforskningen är ofta väl underbyggd, trots det stöter den på horder av människor som misstror den, det gäller både politiker och "fåtöljforskare".Att forskningen backas av stora mängder fakta och personer som är specialister på området tycks inte spela någon roll.Debatten om klimatforskningens äkthet fortsätter.Skepticismen kring klimatforskningen intensifierades 2009 då tusentals mejl och datafiler offentliggjordes efter ett dataintrång hos klimatforskningsinstitutet CRU.Klimatskeptiker hävdade sedan att datan som spreds bevisade att forskare manipulerade data för att stärka sina teorier om att klimatförändringar orsakas av människan.
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They’ve only filmed five of the ten new episodes, so we know that only those episodes must be included.Which means there’s a lot going on in the beginning of the season.Series creator Chris Carter, Mitch Pileggi (Skinner), Gillian Anderson (Scully), and David Duchovny (Mulder) were all on hand in New York to talk about the second season of the X-Files reboot and the eleventh season of the show overall.The big thing is that obviously William, Mulder and Scully’s son, is playing a huge role in the mythology (down to only two episodes of the ten).During the panel, Carter said that they’d “Explore that relationship, the father-son-mother relationship” and “you’ll see more of William than you’ve seen in a long time.” Of the relationship between Mulder and Scully, which was less romantic than fans may have wanted, Carter said they would be “kissing close.”The trailer has a shot of a younger man smoking in front of an alien.
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In the Val di Non valley in Trentino, Italy, 275 metres below ground, lies a network of abandoned mines running throughout the Dolomites mountains.For nearby fruit producer Melinda, the cool, dark conditions are, conveniently, just right for storing its fresh produce."Imagine a fridge like the one in your kitchen," saus Turri."It's bigger - but the idea is just the same."To keep its apples fresh, Melinda pumps air through oxygen filters into each storage cell, creating an environment that is 99 per cent nitrogen and one per cent oxygen."The apples can still breathe, but very slowly," Turri explains.
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How do you plan to fall asleep tonight?Perhaps you'll lay in bed and watch an episode of your latest binge obsession, but I have a better suggestion.Queue up this video of Star Trek and "Reading Rainbow" star LeVar Burton reading "Goodnight Moon" to science luminary Neil deGrasse Tyson.Inspired by the experience, Tyson tweeted his calculations on Sunday of what it would take for a cow to jump over the moon.In case it's been awhile, "Goodnight Moon," by author Margaret Wise Brown with illustrations by Clement Hurd, first came out in 1947 and covers all the things a child says "goodnight" to, including mittens, socks, kittens and a cow jumping over the moon.The video, released over the weekend, starts with Tyson wistfully tweeting about how he wishes someone would read the classic children's book to him as he falls asleep.
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Viikonlopun suosituimman ensi-iltaelokuvan automerkki paljastui ja yllätti.Tieteisklassikko Blade Runner sai perjantaina arvolleen sopivaa jatkoa kun loistelias Blade Runner 2049 saapui Suomessakin ensi-iltaan.Maailman suurimmissa elokuvissa esiintyvät tuotemerkit ovat yhtiöilleen tarkoin harkittua brändihallintaa ja mainontaa.Moni ensi-iltaviikonloppuna elokuvan nähnyt hieraisikin silmiään, kun leffassa merkittävissä määrin esiintyvä, Ryan Goslingin esittämän poliisi "K:n" käyttämä automerkki paljastui.Trailereissa post-apokalyptiselta Lamborghinilta vaikuttava lentävä auto ei tulekaan Italiasta vaan Ranskasta ja on Peugeot.Peugeotin logo esiintyy valkokankaalla vain pari sekuntia, eli saman verran kuin Krista Kososen suomenkielinen repliikki, mutta on maksanut PSA:lle miljoonia.
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Не делай из мухи слона, говорит ЕвгенийRussian government spies extracted NSA exploits from a US government contractor's home PC using Kaspersky Lab software, anonymous sources have claimed.The clumsy snoop broke regulations by taking the classified code, documentation and other materials home to work on using his personal computer, which was running Kaspersky's antivirus, sources told the Wall Street Journal.The allegedly stolen NSA code and dossiers sound an awful lot like the Shadow Brokers archive of stolen agency spyware.Like almost all security software, Kaspersky's software scans files on computers to look for anything matching known malware, or programs that behave in a way that looks like malicious code.It may be that the antivirus package sent the contractor's NSA code back to a cloud service to inspect, which set off internal alarms and attracted the attention of Russian spies, or the product was tampered with to open a backdoor to the PC, or the software was remotely exploited to gain access.
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The Google Pixel 2 might not have as vibrant a blue colour scheme, but this is a different phone from last year’s model, with a sharper design (that colourful camera button) and some new features that could inspire hope in Google fans who were less than stoked after last year’s outing.The Google Pixel was not an outstanding and world changing phone, despite how much fans (and Google) wanted it to be.The Pixel 2, which was announced yesterday, is going to have to do a lot to win over consumers and surpass the reportedly poor sales of the original (while Google carefully dodged stating real sales numbers at its event yesterday, some observers have estimated as few as 1 million Pixels sold).There are some big improvements to the device that could help it win wallets, but, at least in my experience trying the device for a little while this afternoon, Google’s at risk of once again falling short of expectations.That will likely harm repairability, but it also means you can stick it in your bra for a run in the rain and not have to buy a new phone when you finish.Even better is the camera’s Portrait mode.
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