Dwayne Alcorn

Dwayne Alcorn

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"Tidningsdöden är en kris för demokratin!"."Risken är att ingen i framtiden vill betala för dyr, grävande journalistik".Så brukar det låta när såväl nyanserade skribenter som högljudda domedragsprofeter ska diskutera journalistikens framtid.Det går att förstå resonemanget.De dagstidningar som historiskt sett har producerat majoriteten av Sveriges samhällsjournalistik tappar ju onekligen intäkter, vilket får effekten att journalister sägs upp - vilket i sin tur leder till svarta rubriker om demokratins undergång.I ett traditionellt tidningsföretag står den redaktionella personalen för en ganska lite del av kostnaderna.
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Danska Menucard NTL avslutade sin teckningstid inför noteringen på Aktietorget strax innan jul i fjol.Trots svalt intresse, då endast 73 procent av aktierna tecknades, var planen att aktien skulle börja handlas nu på måndag den 23 januari.Men nu senarelägger Menucard sin planerade noteringsdag och beräknar den till den 6 februari."För att säkerställa att alla nya aktieägare hinner få sina aktier i MenuCard innan första handelsdagen, har bolaget tillsammans med sina rådgivare beslutat att flytta fram första handelsdag två veckor", skriver bolaget i ett pressmeddelande.Läs mer: Svagt intresse för Menucards noteringTotalt valde cirka 500 personer, varav hälften var danska, att teckna i listningsemissionen.
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Better profitability and more content quality – the free service is aimed at getting users to pay.It started out as a service to make it easy for people to share their own videos.Twelve years after its inception, Youtube reaches over a billion users.the Parent company, Alphabet Inc did not report separate results for Youtube.According to an estimate by the u.s. E-marketer research has done is Youtube's sales in 2016 of around to 5.58 billion u.s. dollars.the Verdict on the number of user ports Youtube far behind the other nätjättar as Facebook, Twitter and Google: between 3.5 to 5 dollars per users, compared with Facebook's 16 dollars per user, and Google, which receives more than 50 dollars per user in revenue.
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Nintendo looks to be avoiding having another console flop.Market research and consulting firm DFC forecasts that Nintendo s upcoming Switch system will reach 40 million consoles sold by 2020.That s almost three times what its predecessor, the Wii U, sold in its first three years.Lifetime sales for the Wii U, which came out in 2012, sit at a paltry 13.36 million.If DFC s forcecast plays out, Nintendo will have a hit on its hands.The Nintendo Switch is home console that turns into a portable device, allowing gamers to play on the go or on the TV.It comes out on March 3 for $300.That 40 million number would still lag behind this generation s most popular console, the PlayStation 4, which hit 50 million consoles sold shortly after three years on the market.But it would put the Switch ahead of Microsoft s Xbox One, which sold 26 million machines in its first three years.
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If you can t wait for Injustice 2 to launch this upcoming May, you may get the chance to try it out early.NetherRealm and Warner Bros. Games have officially launched registration for the game s beta; those who signup will be in the pipeline to get a beta code.This beta registration is for North America, and comes ahead of the game s May 16 launch date.You ll need a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One to play the game.Unfortunately, there isn t much information on the beta at this point — a tweet on the Injustice 2 Twitter account says that more details are coming soon, so for now we re left with the signup but not much else.This registration follows the game s story trailer release.
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Facebook has been accused of "racially-biased" censorship by a group of 77 civil rights groups.The groups claim that the social network's policies routinely see photos and posts related to protests and discussions of racism removed, while those that target users based on race or sexual orientation have been deemed acceptable."Activists in the Movement for Black Lives have routinely reported the takedown of images discussing racism and during protests, with the justification that it violates Facebook s Community Standards," reads the letter to Facebook, signed by groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and SumOfUs, a corporate watchdog."At the same time, harassment and threats directed at activists based on their race, religion, and sexual orientation is thriving on Facebook.Many of these activists have reported such harassment and threats by users and pages on Facebook only to be told that they don t violate Facebook s Community Standards."It is the latest row over censorship on Facebook, which has 1.8 billion members around the world but has struggled with how to police material on the website.
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Fredag 20 januari svärs Donald Trump in som USA:s president.Den specialbyggda bilen "The Beast" ska hålla honom säker.När Donald Trump arbetar sin första dag som president kommer han att resa i presidentbilen Cadillac One , också känd under beteckningen The Beast" besten .Den nya presidenten får en ny version av den specialutrustade limousinen.Playback isn't supported on this device.Några av dess extra-funktioner är: Skottsäkert material i dörrar och fönster, gaskanoner, gevär och påsar med blod av samma blodgrupp som presidenten.
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The creators of encrypted email service ProtonMail have set up a server that's only accessible over the Tor anonymity network as a way to fight possible censorship attempts in some countries.The service provides end-to-end encrypted email through a web-based interface and mobile apps, but the encryption is performed on the client side, and the ProtonMail servers never have access to plaintext messages or encryption keys.On Thursday, Proton Technologies, the Geneva-based company that runs ProtonMail, announced that it has set up a Tor hidden service, or onion site, to allow users to access the service directly inside the Tor anonymity network.A Tor hidden service is a website that can only be accessible from within the Tor network.It is set up in such a way users don't know the real Internet Protocol address of the server, and the server can't see the real IP addresses of the users, offering two-way privacy.Inside the Tor network, hidden services can be accessed using .onion addresses, where the address names are actually cryptographic hashes.
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Just before the end of the year, we wrote about the company, which is about to open a new office for developers.the Options was Borås, Gävle, sweden.According to the ceo Olle During, it came in just over 3 000 votes, and it was tight to the last. "It was something few votes to the Most advantage," he says and notes that he and the company feared a little for an even result.– From the aspect that the results would help with a ruling we had hoped for a landslide victory.But what we have seen is that there are significantly more voters who said that if you choose Gävle, we are interested to work with you.
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In a music world which increasingly relies on streaming services and devices with no headphone jack, the proliferation of Bluetooth in audio is becoming bigger by the minute.Virtually every form of audio device — from speakers to headphones and home stereo amps — offers some form of Bluetooth for cord-cutters, and the push for fully wireless earbuds is now stronger than ever.Bluetooth adapters for non-wireless turntables and amplifiers are relatively cheap, and besides, why would you want that beautiful analog signal to be made wireless after you spent all that extra cash on wax in the first place?If you re not using the Bluetooth for playback, all you have to do is plug the turntable into the wall and the 3.5mm to RCA cable into an amp or phono pre-amp.The LP-60BT has a built in phono-pre for those without one presumably most who are purchasing a table at this price point , and choosing whether one wants to use it or not is as simple as flicking a switch on the back of the table.You hold down the wireless function button on the left side of the base for 4 seconds and then let go, at which point the light in the button starts blinking red and blue, indicating it is ready to pair.
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In april of last year left the agency its proposal for a national strategy for the school's digitisation to the government.Throughout the fall, the matter has been prepared at the ministry of education but yet, the strategy has not been presented.And it creates a certain frustration on the part of the municipalities.Just before christmas left Sweden's Municipalities and County councils in a petition to the government calling for a national mobilization for the school's digitisation and where it is also clear that the municipalities want to be more involved in the work."We need to increase the pace, we need to do it together and we can't wait", type SKL. "We want to clearly highlight that we want to work jointly with this," says Lena Micko, president of SALAR.
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The government, it turns out, could intercept WhatsApp texts if it wanted to, a new report revealed a few days ago.That s even if Facebook s most popular chat app is end-to-end encrypted.Some people have called this feature an encryption backdoor, while Facebook and WhatsApp have defended against such claims, saying that the vulnerability is actually a convenience feature for users.Tobias Boelter, the person who figured out the WhatsApp hack, wrote an extensive piece in The Guardian in which he explains why the security issue should concern users, especially those people who d be presumed targets of government surveillance.First of all, when a message is sent but not delivered to the recipient you see a single tick on your sent message , WhatsApp servers will hold onto the message until it can be delivered, regardless of what happens to the receiving account.Secondly, if a person — let s call him Jay — loses a smartphone, buys a new one, or changes SIMs, but wants to keep using the same WhatsApp account, the application will warn all Jay s contacts that their friend has changed devices, and an in-person security check might be required to verify his identity.
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A number of consumers report they re unable to get a refund for their subscription to AT s recently launched streaming service, DirecTV Now – something they ve requested after being unhappy with the new service s performance.According to several postings on AT s official forums, customers found the only way to get help was through a hard-to-find chat feature, and when they asked the AT reps about refunds, the customers were told they were not offered.A third experienced a similar issue, having cancelled within a 6-day period, but found they were still charged $37.89 for the month.When they hopped on chat to complain, a rep told them refunds are not provided.There are more than a handful of complaints about the inability to get a refund, even though AT has marketed DirecTV Now as a cancel anytime, commitment-free type of service.While it s true that AT will process your cancellation, it seems you can t get your money back, if dissatisfied.
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Qtum a Shanghai-based blockchain company, announced on Wednesday a more than 1 million USD angel round from top blockchain evangelists, academics, venture capitalists, and technology enthusiasts on Wednesday.The company claims they have the world s first digital currency that can execute smart contracts with a proof-of-stake consensus mechanism, and are now working on a project called Qhola to circulate its currency on top of WeChat mini program.Some of the project backers include Kuaidi founder Chen Weixing, OkCoin CEO Star Xu, founder of Ethereum and Jaxx Blockchain Interface Anthony Di Iorio, blockchain technology advocate Bo Shen, and Chinese angel investor, Xiaolai Li.Qtum  pronounced quantum is an open-source value transfer protocol and decentralized application platform that aims to pool the development resources of Bitcoin with decentralized application developers from Ethereum.Ethereum is a platform and a programming language that makes it possible for any developer to build and publish next-generation decentralized applications.Bitcoin is primarily a value transferring network while Ethereum is predominantly a smart contracts platform.Qtum utilizes the core technology from both of these platforms; it merges the value transfer technology of Bitcoin with smart contract execution technology of Ethereum,  John Scianna, PR manager at Qtum told TechNode.The funding will allow the Qtum Foundation to develop a working beta of the project.Until now, the team has managed to get the Ethereum Virtual Machine EVM running on a fork of Bitcoin Core 0.13, which allows the company to use many of the decentralized applications that were already built on Ethereum.Leveraging WeChat mini-apps Light wallet protocol supporting QtumQtum is aiming to leverage WeChat s new mini-apps platform to circulate its tokens on WeChat.
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Opera just released a new browser called Neon to try out some unique ideas and designs.Instead of the usual tabs and bookmarks, sites are managed through bubbles.That and more in today s news.Opera Neon isn t really meant to replace their other, more traditional browsers; rather it s a test bed for new designs and experiments.Along with the bubble interface, there s also floating pop-out media, split-screen browsing, a screen capture tool, nice animations, and an emphasis on treating the browser as a sort of desktop replacement.Sony is now accepting signups for the PlayStation 4 system software 4.5 beta.
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Apps & Software Image Source: UberEveryone who converts from cabs to Uber tends to rave about the pricing and service.But one thing that Uber is not so great at is customer privacy.The company has come under fire before for allegedly following customer s rides and tracking location data from smartphones when you re not using the app.So although Uber s new Calendar Shorcuts feature sounds superficially useful, it might be worth thinking about whether you want to give Uber access to your entire calendar.The new feature, which is rolling out today, allows riders to integrate their calendar with Uber s app, if they so wish.
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This is what happened after our article made it to the front page of Hacker News.
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Japanese tech giant SoftBank has hired the founder of a London-based investment fund to help manage its new $100 billion £82 billion tech fund, Bloomberg reports.Akshay Naheta, founder and chief investment officer of Knight Assets, has been appointed to guide public equity investments and potential acquisitions for SoftBank's new "Vision Fund,"
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Back at CES 2016 more than a year ago, Dell showed off the UP3017Q, an impressive 30-inch 4K OLED monitor for professionals.The display was first expected to go on sale in March of 2016, but the end of March came and went without any official release.In July, Dell was reportedly still "tuning" the monitor and claimed it would be available "soon".Since the middle of last year, there have been no further updates from Dell on the status of the UP3017Q.However, according to French publication Les Numeriques via The Tech Report , Dell officials at CES 2017 confirmed the monitor was canceled.The reason behind this cancellation revolves around image quality issues, specifically color drift when the monitor was viewed off-center.
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Samsung probably isn t the first company that comes to mind when you think of excellent battery performance.But while it may take a while for the Korean firm to escape the Note 7 s ghost, its lithium ion and renewable subsidiary – Samsung SDI – is making some huge strides in the world of electric vehicle batteries.Two of the big drawbacks with EVs are the limited range provided by their batteries and the time they take to charge, but Samsung SDI s new battery cells could solve the problem.The company claims that the improved density in its next generation battery offers 373 miles of driving on a single charge.Plus, it takes just 20 minutes to charge the battery to 80 percent capacity, allowing a vehicle to travel around 310 miles.For comparison, the batteries in Tesla s Model 3 allow for around 215 miles travel on a single charge, and juicing them to full capacity takes around an hour.
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