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It's no secret either why Canadians are the go-to for peacekeeping forces: there's just something so eminently fair yet no-nonsense about the nation.And so it seems that Canadian culture has been passed down to the controversial topic du jour in the internet world: network neutrality.Late last week, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued two important rulings on how it would view and treat issues around the delivery of content to consumers.Most critically, it issued a decision on the tricky topic of "zero rating," where internet providers offer specific services for free and/or without it impacting a customer's data usage.It's fair to note though that some were surprised the CRTC managed to reach a reasonable decision."I am, as much as this cynical old observer of things political can be, in a mild case of awe," wrote internet policy wonk Tim Denton in a blog post.
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Google is announcing that advertisers can now buy traditional TV advertising through the DoubleClick Bid Manager.Bid Manager is the main DoubleClick ad-buying product, so Google is pitching this as a way to manage TV and online ad campaigns from the same place.“Historically, TV and digital advertising have been bought and measured through different systems and currencies,” Google writes.“By adding traditional TV buying into DoubleClick Bid Manager, we are taking the first step towards allowing advertisers and agencies to manage their video campaigns across digital and linear TV, in a more efficient and effective way.”Google has dabbled in TV advertising before, for example through Google Fiber, but this looks like it could be the company’s most significant move into the market — and an important step in the blurring of the lines between buying online and TV ads.To make this happen, DoubleClick has been integrated with other TV ad companies and products, including Wideorbit, Clypd and Google Fiber.
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Each week, innovative and exciting new tech gadgets hit the market.But for every practical invention, there is also a totally outlandish, off-the-wall gizmo.Here at Business Insider, our inboxes get inundated every day with emails from startups and companies "pitching" their new, game-changing products.We can't write about everything, of course.And not all these products fit neatly into our tech coverage.But some of these products are so odd, unusual or just plain fun that it feels wrong to let them languish, unheralded, in the depths of our inboxes.So we've compiled some of our favorites.
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There would be no Apple without Steve Wozniak.Wozniak, who co-founded Apple over 40 years ago with the late Steve Jobs, remains a revered figure in Silicon Valley.Although he is no longer connected with Apple, he keeps busy making appearances at big tech conferences to inspire inventors, serves as chief scientist for the enterprise data storage startup Primary Data, and even found time to cha-cha-cha on the TV show Dancing With The Stars a few years ago.On Friday, Wozniak returns to the upcoming Silicon Valley Comic Con event where pop culture fans, celebrities, and technologists will celebrate “the nerd side of things,” as he put it.In this edited interview with Fortune, Wozniak discusses how his former company is acting like Microsoft, the influence of money in Silicon Valley, and being an introvert in the social networking era.Fortune: How has the tech landscape changed over the years?Wozniak: When Steve and I started Apple we were so naïve and young.That’s how I thought companies worked.Boy, it’s a different story now in Silicon Valley.I think there are an awful lot of people who have a quick exit plan like selling the business to another big company to get enough money to buy a house in San Francisco.Engineers say, “What would be a cool product?
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HMD haluaa Nokiasta jälleen kerran Intian johtavan puhelinmerkin pian kauppoihin saapuvien kännyköiden avulla.Brändin lisensoiman HMD:n mukaan Nokia on aina nähty maassa rehellisenä, luotettavana kansanbrändinä ja HMD odottaakin uusista, aikaisemmin tänä vuonna Barcelonassa kerrotuista puhelimista myyntimenestystä.HMD:n Intian johtaja Ajey Mehta kertoi Kauppalehdelle, että suomalaisen brändin perintö tulee auttamaan yrityksen etenemisessä Intiassa.“Nokia on aina nähty Intiassa rehellisenä kansanbrändinä, johon on yhdistetty luotettavuus ja tietynlainen inhimillisyys.Tämä ei ole kadonnut mihinkään vuosien varrella ja se tulee auttamaan meitä nyt uusien laitteiden lanseerauksessa.”HMD aikoo tuoda kauppoihin Intiassa kolme uutta älypuhelinta eli Nokia 3,5 ja 6 – puhelintrion sekä 3310 – retrolaitteen kesäkuuhun mennessä.
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Biometriska säkerhetsfunktioner som fingeravtryck och ansiktsigenkänning har länge varit föremål för teknikföretagens framtidsvision.Nu meddelar kortleverantören Mastercard att även de hoppar på det biometriska tåget med fingeravtryckssensorer på sina framtida kort.Läs också: Svenskarna älskar sina kontokort – men Mastercard vill få oss att fimpa demMastercards förhoppning är att sensorn ska kunna användas vid betalningar istället för dagens pin-koder och signaturer, det enda som ska krävas är att kortägaren placerar tummen på sensorn.Det fiffiga med de nya korten är att det är sensorn i kortet som gör allt jobb när det kommer till autentiseringen, vilket betyder att inga kortterminaler behöver bytas ut hos handlarna, förutsatt att de har maskiner som kan hantera chip-kort.Enligt Engadgets reporter som testat kortet ska det dessutom vara en snabb och intuitiv process.
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En amerikansk och en rysk rymdfarare är på väg till den internationella rymdstationen ISS, efter en lyckad uppskjutning från den så kallade kosmodromen Bajkonur i Kazakstan, enligt Nasa.Astronauten Jack Fischer och kosmonauten Fjodor Jurtjichin påbörjade den sex timmar långa resan strax efter klockan åtta på torsdagsmorgonen svensk tid.På ISS ska de ansluta sig till befälhavaren Peggy Whitson, ryssen Oleg Notivskij och fransmannen Thomas Pesque, som redan befinner sig på stationen.För tio dagar sedan återvände en amerikansk astronaut och två ryska kosmonauter till jorden efter att ha tillbringat nästan sex månader på ISS.
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I januari stod det klart att startupen Raceone, som låter sina app-användare följa deltagare i idrottslopp, tagit in 2,5 miljoner kronor i riskkapital.Bakom pengarna den gången stod bland annat startuppprofiler som Fishbrain-grundaren Johan Attby och den tidigare MTGx-chefen Rikard Steiber.Nu står det klart att Raceone, som grundats av den tidigare allsvenska fotbollsstjärnan Marlene Sjöberg, tar in ytterligare 5 miljoner kronor i rundan.Bakom de nya miljonerna står framför allt Almi Invest.“Vi är väldigt glada för att ha fått in den här investeringen”, säger Marlene Sjöberg, vd och grundare av Raceone.Totalt sett tar bolaget alltså in 5 miljoner kronor.
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With as much stability as Niantic has now with servers and over a year into the game’s life, it’s time to end the reign of the Spoofers.And the bots, of course, but the Spoofers first and foremost.In the game Pokemon GO, gamers explore the real physical world while using their smartphones to track themselves in a virtual world.In that virtual world, mapped over our own with GPS coordinates, Pokemon GO provides access to Pokemon – Pocket Monsters – tiny creatures that can be captured and used to battle.Here after a year and some weeks of the game being active, Niantic has acknowledged that they’re making a renewed effort to block the cheaters.The Tweet you see below is being interpreted not only as a response to requests to ban GPS Spoofers by the community, but as a warning to those that spoof regularly.
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Netflix is rebooting yet another childhood staple as the streaming specialist has ordered an animated series based on the popular Carmen Sandiego franchise from the 1980s and '90s.The title character, Variety reports, will be voiced by Gina Rodriguez who won a Golden Globe in 2015 for her role in the CW series Jane the Virgin.The actress also appeared in Deepwater Horizon alongside Mark Wahlberg and will star in Annihilation later this year.Variety says the series will be based on the iconic educational franchise which, if you remember, followed villain Sandiego as she travelled the world to steal national treasures.The franchise served as the basis for several games, books and comics for children.There were even a few television game shows; the original was designed for children ages 8-12 with a heavy focus on geography.
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United Airlines has been the topic of a pretty steady stream of bad press.Following a viral video of a man forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight, somehow someone got stung by a scorpion on a United flight, and today DropUnited launched.DropUnited is a Chrome extension that removes United Airlines flights from your flight searches.“So the next time you search for a flight, United won’t have a seat in your options,” the extension’s creator said on Dropunited.com.“Welcome to the United States of Humanity.”DropUnited removes United Airlines flights from searches on Kayak, Expedia, Google Flights, and Google searches.Chrome extensions have been used as an act of protest before.Following attacks by religious fundamentalists in Paris that killed 130 people in November 2015, a Chrome extension was made to replace every mention of the word “terrorist” with “coward.”Another Chrome extension made shortly after the election of President Donald Trump changes every photo of Trump into a photo of a kitten.
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Om bara en liten andel människor väljer kollektivtrafik i stället för bilen vid stora evenemang kan det ge en rejält förbättrad restid för samtliga.Forskare vid centret för avancerade urbana studier vid MIT har undersökt trafikflöden under olympiska spelen i Rio de Janeiro 2016.Genom att samla in och bearbeta stora mängder data från mobiltelefoner, Airbnb, hotell, spelscheman och trafikappen Waze har Yanan Xu och Marta C. González kommit fram till två slutsatser:– Om boende i staden skippar den vanemässiga färdvägen under rusningstid och i stället använder sig av en individuellt optimerad rutt från en navigationstjänst blir den totala restiden för samtliga resenärer mindre.– Om bara en liten andel resenärer från utvalda områden åker kollektivt i stället för att ta bilen kan den totala restiden minskas rejält.Sistnämnda slutsats kom forskarna fram till genom att försöka svara på frågan: Hur mycket restid kan sparas om ett fordon tas bort från en given rutt?
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Dell has a habit of reusing the same model name in the new computers from year to year.But besides that they just are thin and luxurious 13-incher, they differ sharply from each other – despite the name.the Latest editions of the XPS 13 from 2016 onwards has extra thin skärmram around a standard sized panel on the 13.3 inch.On the outside it is a sleek computer.We get the two pieces slightly rounded metal plates with a stylish finish and shiny edges.the Inside has a matte, rubbery coating that is perfect to rest your wrists on.
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Gender pay inequality is a big topic currently and Google has stepped up to outline why it believes it doesn’t exist at its company.In fact, Google has even created a methodology specifically to put this idea to the test, and has made it available to other businesses.Google discussed this in a blog post earlier today as a response to the recent allegations from the Contract Compliance Programs at the U.S. Department of Labor (OFCCP) that it isn’t compensating women fairly.Google said it was “taken aback by this assertion,” as it “conducts rigorous, annual analyses” to ensure its pay practices reflect its stance on equality.Each year, Google suggests an amount of compensation (salary, bonus and equity) for an employee based on their role, job level, location, and performance.This suggested compensation isn’t tied to gender, Google says — the analysts who calculate it do not have access to employee gender data.
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Käytettyjen autojen matkamittareiden peukaloinnista on tullut Saksassa entistä tavallisempaa.Münchenissä ilmestyvän Süddeutsche Zeitungin mukaan autojen mittariin tulleiden kilometrien kursiminen vähemmäksi on nopeaa ja teknisesti yksinkertaista.Auton omistajalle harmittomalta tuntuva "pikku temppu" voi tuoda tuhansien eurojen ylimääräiset tulot.Temppu on laiton, mutta monelle houkutus on liian suuri.Beijarilaislehden mukaan mittareiden peukaloinnista on tullut Saksassa miljardibisnes.Süddeutsche Zeitungin mukaan Saksassa myydään sadalla eurolla pikkukännykkää muistuttavia laitteita, joita ilmoituksissa kutsutaan analyysilaitteiksi.
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I put out a HARO query to see what tactics other SEO specialists and agencies used as quick wins when they took on a new project.Most of the answers I received fell into one of five basic categories: digital asset consolidation; link reclamation; long-form content creation; identification of low-hanging fruit keywords; and internationalization.I’ve picked what I felt was the best advice for each of these categories because I’ve personally seen results from these actions on my own client sites:Dan Mallette of InVue Digital takes note of all of the client’s digital assets and consolidates them:“Some of the easiest wins for new SEO clients come from a consolidating the customer’s redundant assets.Too often, as you start diving in, I find brands with three or four websites for no good reason whatsoever.
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Facebook announced today that it has launched a new tool to help in the effort to prevent so-called hämndporr.To lay out the sexual images from public view on the net to defame people will be significantly more difficult on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram, reports the social media giant.Angry, the list: 15 things you immediately need to stop by on FacebookCard and plenty of new technology for image recognition may be used to prevent a reported and deleted image shared on the new in the social flows.trying to share a previously registered image will be greeted by the news that this is not possible on the basis of a previous evaluation conducted by a dedicated team at Facebook.Facebook bets big on näthygien and well-being in 2017.
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The case of Unwired Planet vs Huawei regarding the latter’s licensing of FRAND patents has been decided in favour of the former, a decision that could have global implications.Patent litigation is hardly a sexy business but in an industry that relies so heavily on countless enabling technologies, IP owners need to be protected if R is to be encouraged.They cover a bunch of wireless technologies that Huawei is accused of using but not paying sufficiently for.Today’s judgment is the result of possibly the most in-depth judicial investigation of such patents, specifically the concept of FRAND.Ultimately it calls for those patents to be licensed, but also to protect implementers of the patents from being charged excessive amounts.We spoke to Gary Moss, head of EIP Legal, who led the team representing Unwired Planet, and he explained that one of the key precedents set by this ruling concerns the ability of the patent holder to demand a worldwide license be taken, rather than just one for the specific country where the legal action takes place.
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The Moto X is the middle-ground phone in Motorola's line-up: not as high-end as a Moto Z and its funky interchangeable Mods, and not as friendly on the wallet as the bargain Moto G.We were treated to three distinctly different versions back in 2015, but nothing last year, so we're well overdue an update.An update which, according to early leaks, might not be far away.Things might have changed now that Lenovo is the parent company calling the shots, but there's still plenty to get excited over ahead of launch.Here's everything we know so far.Lenovo has had a big influence on the look and feel of recent Motorola phones, dropping the unique design, textures and materials of previous years for more mainstream metal and glass.
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