Donald Koontz

Donald Koontz

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Pandora has agreed to be acquired by satellite company SiriusXM for $3.5 billion.The deal will expand SiriusXM's reach.The satellite company has 36 million subscribers, while Pandora has more than 70 million monthly active users.The companies say users shouldn't expect any immediate changes, and Pandora will continue to operate as a separate service.Pandora has amassed a massive audience, but the company has struggled financially due to long-running fights with music labels over music licensing rates.Recently it has lost ground to rivals Spotify and Apple Music, and last year it launched a Spotify-like premium on-demand service.
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When messaging apps began to take over the workplace, some leaders worried that they would replace face-to-face interactions and kill our humanity completely.But at the same time, we can appreciate the speed and efficiency granted to us by collaborative messaging apps and generally agree that as businesses build bigger teams, establish more offices and utilize remote workers, these types of platforms become absolutely imperative.As business leaders all over the world are becoming more mindful about balancing human interaction with technology, the way we use Slack is morphing too.And if you have somehow never had a conversation with one of your co-workers in real life, chances are slim that you will collaborate optimally.According to Alivia Norwood of Bite, Slack’s App Director is full of resources to help prompt in-person meetings.on a regular basis to promote deeper team relationships.
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Annoyed at Instagrammers that post hastags in the middle of sentences?Instagram could be testing a solution along with a handful of other new features.Doing some reverse-engineering, tech researcher Jane Manchun Wong found code that points to several potential upcoming features inside Instagram, including a dedicated spot for hashtags, the option to limit posts by geography, and an expansion of the Stories sharing.Instagram is testing the ability to add hashtags to posts without including it in the post caption pic.twitter.com/OhQn0xcCuw— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) September 20, 2018Part of that reverse-engineered code suggests Instagram is considering creating a designated spot for hashtags when creating a new post.
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Without a way to prove that a new MRI technique is safe for all women, clinical MRIs haven't been able to keep pace with the latest advances in MRI research.More informative cancer detection is possible with stronger magnetic fields that also, unfortunately, increase the risk of tissue heating during a screening.The simulations would allow cutting-edge MRI techniques to finally show that they meet safety limits, as defined by entities like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and start clinical trials for real-life use.Published findings are featured in the journal Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and software code for the simulations is available open-access to the scientific community via Github.The work aligns with Purdue's giant leaps celebration, acknowledging the university's global advancements made in health, space, artificial intelligence and sustainability as part of Purdue's 150th anniversary.Those are the four themes of the yearlong celebration's Ideas Festival, designed to showcase Purdue as an intellectual center solving real-world issues.
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Nokia decided recently to lay down their health and sold back Withings to Withings-founder Eric Carreel.the Withings released its first product after breakup and it is about a new variant of Steel HR which goes under the name of Steel HR Sports.the Sport version inherits a number of different functions, from Steel HR heart rate monitor, 25 day battery life and notifications from the phone.New Sport version is GPS and a new dial with a new display for the smart features.in Addition, the Sports version with more bands of the including silicone.When it comes to notifications from your phone, so have the Sport version has become significantly smarter.
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One could walk thousands of miles across the vast steppes without encountering a single human settlement.70 percent of Kazakhstan’s GDP is revenue from the sale of mineral resources such as oil, gas, and coal.Thanks to oil revenues, life is pretty good here – in 2015-2016, the Doing Business ranking placed Kazakhstan among the fastest growing economies in the world.Historically, resource dependence has already ruined several states — such as Argentina in the 19th century, or the Soviet Union in the 20th century — and risks destroying dozens more.These countries have a “nest egg” to buy themselves a decade or two in which to reorient the economy and adjust to the new realities.Why import of technology hurts developing countries
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Retail and tech giant Amazon says it is investigating leaks and internal corruption throughout its marketplace.Since the company’s founding in 1994, Amazon has grown to become one of the world’s largest firms, and that size has led to some problems the company is determined to root out.Some of Amazon’s employees have reportedly started to make some extra cash by selling confidential information to merchants who are listed on the site.The payments offered for these services range from around $80 to more than $2,000.In exchange, merchants will gain access to sales data and reviewer’s email addresses.For the right amount, merchants can have negative product reviews scrubbed or even restore an account that has been deleted for violating the site’s terms of service.
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The new iPhone XS and XS Max will have dual SIM capabilities, with a special edition for the Chinese market that contains a SIM tray which holds two physical cards.While there are many benefits to eSIM, the nascent technology hasn’t seen wide adoption yet.Only nine countries offer eSIM support right now: Austria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, India, Spain, the UK, and the US.Sprint and smaller carriers in the US don’t offer eSIM support, meaning that customers will need to switch over to T-Mobile, Verizon, or AT in order to enjoy that feature.% of smartphones that are dual-SIM in selected countries, 3Q17-2Q18Source: IDC Mobile Phone Tracker, 2Q18
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Three programme grants, supported with £18 million of funding by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), will support the investigation, refinement and execution of new approaches that could have a wide-ranging impact.This project is being funded as part of the wider EPSRC investment in Energy demand and efficiency, led by the Centre for Research in Energy Demand Solutions.The Probing Multiscale Complex Multiphase Flows with Positrons for Engineering and Biomedical Applications project led by the University of Birmingham aims to enhance understanding of multiphase flow and address these challenges to benefit a wide range of industries.Dr Andrew Lawrence, EPSRC's Head of Engineering, said: "Through innovative new engineering approaches, complex physical processes can be harnessed and manipulated for the benefit of society."These Programme Grants, announced in the Year of Engineering, will provide world-leading research groups with the resources and flexibility they require to investigate how these approaches can be used to impact on areas as diverse as energy production and use, food and medicine production and carbon emission reductions."Probing Multiscale Complex Multiphase Flows with Positrons for Engineering and Biomedical Applications - EP/R045046/1
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Developments such as ridesharing and carsharing and even vehicular autonomy promise to make transportation easier and safer, but they've done nothing to help congestion.In fact, the rise of Uber, Lyft and similar services are actually making congestion worse, leading to things like New York City's recent cap.Elon Musk's Boring Company wants to help alleviate the problem by getting cars off the road altogether, and its latest development could make your driveway obsolete.In a filing dug up by The Mercury News and spotted by Ars Technica, The Boring Company received permission to dig a vertical shaft connecting a residential garage directly to one of its underground test tunnels.Testing will take place at a plot of land near SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, CA, where the company plans to deploy this rather radical concept for future subterranean travel.The idea would be that you'd not even need to drive to the end of your driveway to begin your commute: Your car could be automatically dropped down and then carried along on an emissions-free, electric carrier to a bigger Boring Company tunnel.
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Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 4 today, which it touted as being thinner than previous models.This is only partially true: the upcoming fourth-generation Apple Watch is the thinnest since the Series 3, which had an 11.4mm case compared to this year’s 10.7mm version.However, if you compare the Series 4 to the first-generation Apple Watch, you’ll find that the newer model is 0.2mm thicker; the original came in at just 10.5mm when it launched in 2015.(Of course, the Series 2 added GPS and water resistance, so it’s hard to fault Apple for adding 0.9mm of thickness to the overall case.)The dimensions get even more intriguing when you start to consider the footprint of the newest Apple Watch.The Series 4 comes in 44mm and 40mm versions, compared to the 42mm and 38mm variants we’ve seen in past models.
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If your brand works with paid online influencers, you’re probably familiar with one of the technique’s biggest risk factors now: influencer fraud – a dilemma that occurs when paid tastemakers use artificially inflated follower numbers to increase their asking rate for engaging their audience on behalf of a brand.Regardless of whether an influencer partner intentionally participates in deceitful practices or may be an unwitting victim of a third-party effort to game the system, the cost to your business – and its content – remains the same: precious budget dollars wasted to curry favor with fake followers.And, even if you aren’t paying popular social stars to help drive interest and increase reach, your content marketing activities still may not be immune to fraud and other influencer marketing pitfalls – as you’ll see from some recent news stories.Those chickens may just have come home to roost: TechCrunch and MarketWatch, have cited growth and engagement declines as contributors to Facebook’s recent market cap drop of $123 billion – more than most startups or public companies are ever worth.Read: Facebook loses $120 billion in market cap after awful Q2 earningsConsider: For content marketers, follower reductions on your brand’s social profiles due to scrubbed accounts or mass exodus from the social channel can amount to millions in wasted ad spending.
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The Trump administration has been working to rollback rules instated by the Obama administration that would limit how much methane gas could be vented to the atmosphere at oil- and gas-drilling and processing operations.In a press release today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is proposing to relax Obama-era rules, saving the industry $484 million in avoided energy costs.That analysis (PDF) suggests that this regulatory rollback will also come with costs in the form of 308,000 short tons of methane emitted between 2019 and 2025.For context, the Aliso Canyon gas leak three years ago represented the largest accidental release of methane in US history, and over the four months that workers struggled to plug that well, 107,000 short tons of methane are estimated to have been released.Methane is many times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas, though it decomposes in the atmosphere more quickly.Carbon dioxide sticks around in the atmosphere for a longer time, but each individual molecule of CO2 has less of a warming effect than a molecule of methane.
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Sure, 7-11’s never been particularly well known for being on the bleeding edge — expect, perhaps, in its quest to push the boundaries of human beverage consumption.Still, the Japanese-owned convenience mega-chain has been notably slow on the uptake of mobile payment technology.This company announced today that it will finally be bringing Apple Pay and Google Pay to “most” of its U.S. stores, starting this month.Interestingly, Samsung beat its two major competitors to the Slurpee slinger — likely the two companies reached some sort of mutually beneficial exclusivity agreement to help push the Galaxy maker’s payment system.CEO Tim Cook announced earlier this summer that arrival at 7-11s was imminent, along with the CVS pharmacy chain.The addition of the payment options should go a ways toward helping mainstream this manner of mobile payment among many users.
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A new fleet of trains due to be rolled out at the end of this year on the East Coast mainline is being held back due to out of date equipment on the tracks.Azuma trains, operated by LNER, use both electric and diesel to reach higher speeds more efficiently than older trains.But old signals and points in certain parts of the country aren't compatible with the trains' electric technology, meaning that they're limited to using only diesel, and therefore much more slowly than they're designed to be run.The Azuma trains are currently being tested on the East Coast mainline, where they're proposed to run between Edinburgh and London from the end of the year.At their expected speed, the Azuma trains will reduce the journey time between the two capital cities by 22 minutes.But unless the track issues are fixed, that won't be the case.
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Chrome is turning ten, and it’s getting a makeover to celebrate.Google today announced a wide set of changes coming to the world’s most popular browser – some aesthetic, and some functional.Most notably, the app now has a flatter, rounder design more in line with Google’s Material Design principles; these changes will be seen on both mobile and desktop.Website icons are now easier to see when you’ve overloaded a window with tabs, and menus and other design elements have been tweaked and simplified throughout various versions of the app.(Truth be told, we’ve been seeing these changes in Chrome betas for ages, but it’s nice to finally see them roll out.)In terms of utility, here are some of the most notable changes:
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Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The VergeRazer is officially working on a second-generation version of the Razer Phone, according to a note in company’s most recent earnings report (via 9to5Google).There’s barely any information on the upcoming device, aside from the fact that Razer has acknowledged that the company is, in fact, working on it.While Razer hasn’t released total sales numbers for the original Razer Phone, the company is reportedly “very pleased with the success of its first generation Razer Phone.”The report also notes that the original was only released as a “limited run,” which seems like more of an excuse for less-than-great sales.If true, however, it’s possible the company could be targeting a wider release with its follow-up device whenever it does come out.
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The US Marine Corps is testing the use a large concrete-based 3D printer to rapidly create barracks.The project has taken place at the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Illinois, where the I Marine Expeditionary Force used the printer to create a 500-sqft barracks hut in only 40 hours.Such technology could be used following natural disasters, among other things.Concrete 3D-printers aren’t a new invention, but they haven’t been adopted by any military as a tool.That could change in the near future, according to the US Marines, which reports that its Additive Manufacturing Team at the Marine Corps Systems Command worked with the I Marine Expeditionary Force in Illinois.Working also with the Navy Seabees and US Army, the Marines used a concrete 3D printer to produce a relatively large barracks, demonstrating the use of a concept that may pave the way for rapid barrack creation in the future.
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President Donald Trump unblocked more of his Twitter critics on Tuesday, following a federal judge ruling that preventing people from following him violated their constitutional rights.US District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled in May that a public official can't block people from their Twitter account in response to the political views the people have expressed.The seven people who filed the suit that led to the ruling were unblocked in June, even as the Justice Department said it was appealing.Since then, Columbia University's Knight First Amendment Institute sent the Justice Department a list of 41 accounts still blocked by Trump.At least 20 of them said on Twitter that the president had unblocked them on Tuesday, according to Reuters."NEW -- important update to this -- thanks to @KatieFallow and @knightcolumbia, I've been officially UNBLOCKED by @realDonaldTrump after 14 months," wrote White House reporter J.D.
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As houses become increasingly smarter, so too does the temptation to break into them increase.Just plain old breaking and entering will do.It would be almost too ironic if your newly set up smart home wasn’t smart at protecting you.That’s why Google is now announcing a new set of integrations that can help homeowners monitor and control their house’s security, even and especially when they’re far away.Naturally, your first line of defense will be the lock on your door.But while the Nest x Yale Lock isn’t exactly new, it hasn’t exactly worked with Google’s own smart assistant before.
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