David Harrison

David Harrison

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For as much praise as the Galaxy S8 has received from critics, there is one feature that hasn’t received many compliments: Bixby, Samsung’s (unnecessary) answer/companion to Google Assistant.As our own Zach Epstein noted in his review, the curiously-named AI assistant doesn’t even appear to be fully functional upon release, which makes the dedicated Bixby hardware button even more perplexing.Many future Galaxy S8 owners were disappointed to learn that there would be no official way to remap the button to activate another feature or app on the phone that they might actually use, but a free app called BixRemap recently appeared on Google Play to give all of those future S8 owners an out.“A simple app I designed in 20 minutes,” developer Dave Bennett explains.“It launches Google Now when you hit the Bixby button (Google will Launch over the Bixby app).If there’s any more interest in this, I can develop this further.
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Apple TV users who subscribe to Sling TV may want to come up with an extra five bucks.That's because the internet TV service's "cloud DVR," which allows you to record and play back select channels, as well as pause, rewind and skip commercials, is now available for Apple TV.Sling TV is a live TV streaming service that starts at $20 per month for a handful of channels including ESPN, CNN and The Disney Channel.To add cloud DVR service you'll have to pay an additional $5 per month.The "DVR" can store up to 50 hours of TV shows and movies, although not every channel can be recorded.Sling TV also offers its cloud DVR on Roku, Amazon Fire and Android devices.
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Elöverskott låg bakom elavbrottet på Öland i fredags.Det blåste hårt, som mest 19,8 meter per sekund i byarna, vilket gjorde att vindkraftverken ångade på för fullt.Men överskottet gick inte att skicka till fastlandet eftersom en sjökabel var ur funktion och följden blev ett omfattande elavbrott, rapporterar lokala medier.Det mätinstrument som ska slå larm vid överbelastning var också ur funktion.När strömmen skulle kopplas på igen blev det problem, eftersom en av elbolaget Eons medarbetare inte gick att nå via mobiltelefon – den hade slutat att fungera på grund av strömavbrottet.– Eftersom han skulle kunna ha varit inne i elstationen kunde vi naturligtvis inte koppla in elen igen.
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China’s bike wars are set to go international as the country’s leading bike sharing apps prepare to launch into new markets.China’s biggest bike-sharing startups Ofo and its rival Mobike have revealed plans to expand their booming cycle empires into overseas markets this year.Speaking to Bloomberg Television, Ofo co-founder Zhang Siding said the company plans to launch in 20 different countries in 2017.It will also launch in 200 cities across China.Siding said the company would leverage its strategic partnership with Ant Financial, the financial services arm of Alibaba Group, to facilitate the company’s overseas expansion.It follows a recent announcement from Mobike that it plans to expand its business into 100 cities globally before the end of the year.
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Not quite promptly at six o’clock on Saturday morning, two dozen scientists whose fields of study can’t be summarized in a sentence boarded a bus at the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, New Jersey, and headed south, bound for the March for Science, in Washington, D.C. “I hope it doesn’t rain,” Ed Witten, the first and only theoretical physicist ever to win the Fields Medal, the Academy Award of mathematics, said.Witten, who is in his sixties, is tall even when seated and speaks in a measured, almost sheepish tone.In it, Abraham Flexner, an educational reformer and the founder of the I.A.S., argued that institutions of learning should be more concerned with cultivating intellectual exploration than with finding immediate applications for scientific research.“Throughout the whole history of science,” Flexner wrote, “most of the really great discoveries which had ultimately proved to be beneficial to mankind had been made by men and women who were driven not by the desire to be useful but merely the desire to satisfy their curiosity.”Many of the bus passengers seemed to fall easily into that category.Stanford, for his part, was “trying to understand some conceptual aspects of black holes that are confusing.” Having grown up in Washington State, he said, he was “rather happy about the weather today.” He hadn’t made a sign, though.
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I'm working with a team on a new YouTube channel that's launching in a few months.It's a news-based channel, and we want to have a good marketing plan for launch in order to get a decent boost in subscribers when we launch.I don't know anything about marketing for a small scale channel, so I figured I would ask around here.I'll be asking on a few YouTube subs and the Digital Marketing sub as well, just to get a few different perspectives.I've made a really rough plan, it's still in the early planning stages for release, but I split it up into four different sections, explained here:Paper:A local newspaper, 3 newspapers from surrounding colleges where we have connections, Fliers (maybe?)
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The Genesis G80 keeps the price hikes to a minimum -- until you opt for the biggest engine.The 2018 Genesis G80 sedan starts at $41,400, for a model with rear-wheel drive and a 3.8-liter V6 putting out 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque.Adding all-wheel drive to the equation bumps the price up to a modest $43,900.Both prices are $350 higher than their 2017 equivalents.Two packages are available for 3.8-liter G80s.The $5,000 Premium Package (up $250 from last year) adds a panoramic sunroof, a 14-speaker Lexicon sound system, parking sensors, ventilated seats and a 7-inch display in the gauge cluster.
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This seems like it's going to do more harm than give off good press, no?Me thinks someone is getting fired https://www.opulentjewelers.com/blog/opulent-jewelers-launches-unbeatable-campaign-to-help-wary-united-customers/
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For now, though, we’ve still got the upper hand(s), as we can safely place virtual reality headsets upon our unprotected craniums without fear of decapitation, accidental laser eye surgery, or any other freaky sci-fi mishap.Some titles — particularly horror games — offer a certain je ne sais quoi that just can’t be equaled on a boring old television screen.That said, gaming isn’t the only way to take advantage of a VR headset.The most exciting thing about VR is that we’re still just scratching the surface and discovering new ways to educate and entertain ourselves.Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVRPenrose Studios’ free-to-play, stop-motion VR film experience, chronicling the story of a young girl in a cloud-borne village, is absolutely breathtaking.
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Having a regular or irregular heartbeat may come down to moonlighting immune cells that surprisingly help power blood-pumping pulses, a new study in Cell suggests.In a series of experiments, Harvard researchers caught immune cells hanging around and helping heart cells conduct electricity for their rhythmic beats.The immune cells, called macrophages, are best known for surveilling the body and devouring invading germs and debris.But in the heart, they snuggled up to heart cells and formed pores through which electrical current could pulse through the organ, allowing for synchronous heart muscle contractions that pump blood.The macrophages also helped neighboring heart cells recharge between pulses.In genetically engineered mice, a lack of macrophages in the heart led to irregular heartbeats that, in humans, would warrant implanting a pacemaker, the researchers found.
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Audio equipment specialist Bose has found itself dragged behind the dock amidst accusations that it has been spying on the listening habits of wireless headphone users by tracking music, podcasts and other audio channeled through its speakers.A lawsuit filed by Kyle Zak at a federal court in Chicago alleges that Bose used its Bose Connect app to gather the data showing ‘wholesale disregard’ for the privacy rights of music lovers by selling on the information it had obtained without securing consent.Zak contends that he was unaware of Bose’s practices prior to downloading the free app to his smartphone, only subsequently being made aware that Bose passed on ‘all available media information’ to third parties at a later date.This is because a privacy agreement signed by customers when they apply to use Bose’s service makes no mention of data collection.Zak’s lawyer Christopher Dore said: “People should be uncomfortable with it.People put headphones on their head because they think it's private, but they can be giving out information they don't want to share.”
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You can spend $60 or more for industry-standard pointing devices, such as the Razer DeathAdder Elite, or choose less costly alternatives like Logitech’s G602.The Aukey gaming mouse might seem a little too humble if you’re into impressive specifications like 16,000 DPI sensors and tracking speeds of 450 inches per second.Users can also program it to display colors corresponding with the current DPI setting.On the right side, at the top of the thumb groove, are the usual Front and Back buttons, and between them is a disk-shaped double-click button.The underside is also made up of aluminum, and embedded in the metal are four plastic pads that provide smooth movement.The KM-C4 connects a USB cable encased in nylon braiding, which is not only quite sturdy, but also tangle resistant.
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There are more changes coming to the Google Analytics interface.Today, the company announced plans to give users a new home/landing page that’ll show right after login.The new home page will show a curated set of data from various reports, including real-time data, traffic sources, user location, devices used to visit your website and so forth.There’s some customization involved, too — users with goals or e-commerce will see a different home page than those without, for example.The various widgets (for lack of a better term) on the new home page will also offer date filters like “last 7 days” and “last 30 days” — no need to dive into the various reports for those views.It replaces the current Audience Overview report, which focuses on metrics like sessions, unique users, page views and pages per visit (among other data points).
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Marc Lore, head of Walmart’s e-commerce operations in the U.S., says that one of the things he loves about his employer is its “maniacal focus” on its customers and the way it goes about “finding ways to offer them low prices — every day.” The most recent evidence, according to a company blog post written by Mr. Lore, is “Pickup Discount,” a new program that gives customers a price break for ordering select items online at Walmart.com and picking them up in one of the chain’s 4,700 stores.The new discount, going into effect today, will initially be available on 10,000 items.By the end of June, more than one million items will be eligible.Discounts are expected to range between three and five percent of regular prices depending on the item.Walmart offered examples of the deals consumers will get with its pickup discount, such as the LEGO City Great Vehicles Ferry, 60119, which will cost $23.99 when delivered and $21.44 when picked up.“We’re creating price transparency to empower customers to shop smarter and choose what’s best for them.
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Toshiba has a new 8TB NAS disk drive with its fastest data transfer rate.It announced its 8TB MN series NAS drives in February and the N300 is a retail version of these.The 4TB and 6TB versions were announced in Europe in January.Like the MN series, the N300s come in 4TB, 6TB and 8TB versions, spin at 7,200rpm, have a 6Gbps SATA interface, and 1 million hours mean time between failures.The N300 has a three-year warranty, a 180TB/year workload with 24-by-7 operation, a 4.17ms average latency, and is meant for 1 to 8-bay NAS systems.Its sustained data transfer rate varies with capacity, being 200 MBps (4TB), 210 MBps (6TB), or 240 MBps (8TB).
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Brouhaha over shoddy website and payments sparks lawsuithas been hit with a lawsuit alleging its web-hosting service has been shutting down customers' websites for months while still charging them.The class-action complaint [PDF] was filed on Friday in the Northern California US District Court by a bloke called Ronald Meyer.He accused the Purple Palace's Small Business service of taking his website and email offline while still taking payment for the service.boss Marissa Mayer – says that in October of last year, the photography site he has run through Yahoo!Small Business since 1998 was taken down without any notice or warnings.
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Nashville-based Shoney's, a 70-year-old American restaurant chain that operates mostly in the South and mid-Atlantic, has been hit with a major payment card breach compromising customers' card details for months.Security blog Krebs on Security first reported the hack citing multiple finance industry sources who identified pattern of fraud on customer cards.The sources said they received confidential alerts from various credit-card associations about suspected breaches at multiple Shoney's locations.Best American Hospitality Corp (BAHC), which manages and operates some of Shoney's locations, confirmed the breach in a statement saying 37 restaurants across the South were affected with most located in Tennessee and a few in South Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Virginia, Florida, Missouri, Alabama and Arkansas.The affected restaurants were infected with point-of-sale malware in December last year which was active between 27 December and 6 March, 2017 when it was contained.The company also published a list of the affected restaurants as well.
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One of gaming’s most difficult series has inspired a new Kickstarter success storyBattle Princess Madelyn passed its crowdfunding goal today, raising $159,020 to easily eclipse its $44,865 target.Battle Princess Madelyn is a retro-style 2D platformer, taking its inspiration from the classic Ghosts ‘n Goblins series.That Capcom series was famous for its punishing difficulty and monster-filled sword-and-sorcery setting.Developer Casual Bit Games is planning to release Madelyn for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Vita, and Wii U.“The campaign for Battle Princess Madelyn was an incredible and humbling experience,” said Christopher Obritsch, creative director at Causal Bit Games, in a press release sent to GamesBeat.“We honestly didn’t anticipate such a strong response for our game and it’s absolutely overwhelming hearing how people can relate to Maddi’s story.With this level of funding we will deliver our vision and make the game the very best it can be.”Casual Bit Games is still taking money via a PayPal page.
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In the midst of the ongoing manhunt for Steve Stephens, who allegedly shot and killed a 74-year-old man on Sunday and then uploaded a video of the slaying to Facebook, members of the alt-right are spreading an altered image of the murder suspect under the guise of fighting “PC Culture.”In the hours after the shooting, reports spread within alt-right social media circles that, in broadcasts, CNN was inhibiting the ongoing search for Stephens by refusing to tell viewers he was black:In a broadcast that aired Sunday night, CNN listed a description of Stephens as issued by Cleveland PD when they announced the murder warrant.That broadcast didn’t list Stephens’ race onscreen alongside his height or weight.In later broadcasts, CNN used Stephens’ photo, but didn’t change the text of the official police description:The right (alt or not) already has a pretty low opinion of CNN, and complaints about the network somehow covering up Stephens’ race quickly spread online.
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Users of ATMs, shoppers in stores that use credit card scanners, and mobile phone customers could also see prices go up after the FCC deregulates the so-called business data services (BDS) market.The FCC is scheduled to vote Thursday on a proposal from Republican Chairman Ajit Pai that would deregulate large parts of the BDS market, which generates an estimated US$45 billion a year for AT, Verizon, and other telecom carriers.Incumbent telecom carriers welcome the plan, saying there's plenty of competition in the BDS market, sometimes called special access.Small businesses, ATM providers, and other customers who depend on low-speed, sub-50Mbps broadband service are most likely to be hit with cost increases because 86 percent of those low-speed customers across the U.S. have only one broadband option, said Chip Pickering, CEO of INCOMPAS, a trade group for small telecom carriers.That statistic comes from the FCC's own analysis of the business data service market, collected in about 2013, but the FCC itself noted less than a year ago, in July, that an estimated 73 percent of BDS customer locations are served by just one provider, and only 3 percent have more than two providers.But now, after a change in party leadership at the agency, the FCC has found there's "intense competition present in this market."
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