Dwayne Alcorn

Dwayne Alcorn

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The iPad Pro 9.7 is an excellent tablet, but if you want to keep the aluminum body and display in pristine condition, you’re going to need a proper case or cover.The plastic shell has foam padding to protect your iPad Pro 9.7 in the event of a fall and it has been drop tested up to four feet.The cover has a clasp closure, but there are magnets to automatically sleep and wake your tablet when you open and close it.The openings are generous and a clever forward-facing design on the speaker cutouts helps redirect the sound straight at you.If you’re seeking 360-degree protection for your iPad Pro, then the Otterbox Defender Series should make your shopping shortlist.It’s a bulky case that consists of three distinct layers.
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Cryptocurrency enthusiasts use the acronym FUD to describe any negativity that might be swirling around the market that causes prices to drop.And the FUD was strong this week, when the whole cryptocurrency ecosphere got screwed.Two major corrections over the last month have caused the price of bitcoin to plummet by 45 per cent, and the entire cryptocurrency market has fallen with it.In a month, bitcoin’s price jumped by 200 per cent, hitting yet another all-time high.It seemed like it couldn’t fall—until it did.There are a lot of factors driving fear in cryptocurrency markets at the moment, but from a big picture perspective, you can really focus on three factors: governments, whales, and ICO madness.
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In a study published Wednesday, a pair of Dartmouth researchers found that a popular risk assessment algorithm was no better at predicting a criminal offender’s likelihood of reoffending than an internet survey of humans with little or no relevant experience.The study compared the crime-predicting powers of an algorithm called COMPAS, already used by multiple US states, to those of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, a sort of micro TaskRabbit where people are paid to complete small assignments.Using an online poll, the researcher asked “turks” to predict recidivism based on a few scant facts about offenders.Given the sex, age, crime charge, criminal degree, and prior convictions in juvenile, felony and misdemeanor courts of 50 offenders, each of the 400 survey takers had to assess their likelihood of reoffending.The Dartmouth researchers had information on whether the offenders in question actually did reoffend.In the end, the authors of the study found that the risk assessment algorithm was no more accurate than people without criminal justice experience.
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These are some of the “superheroes” appearing in mcgarrbowen’s new United Airlines campaign ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, next month.We’re not talking about marvels (or even Marvels) who leap tall buildings in a single bound, spin webs from their fingers or dress up as flying mammals.Instead, these heroes fall into two distinct categories: the six U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes sponsored by United (official airline of Team USA) and a half-dozen of the carrier’s own employees responsible for transporting the competitors and their gear to the Games and back.Each subject gets a goofy superhero nickname that references either their chosen Olympic sport or United job description.Brawny two-time Paralympic sled hockey gold medalist Nikko Landeros is “The Fury,” raising a blue-gloved fist and boldly proclaiming “Team USA to South Korea!” in the ad below.When no magical transportation occurs, Olympic bronze medal-winning luger Erin Hamlin—hero name: “The Rocket”—points out, “WE can’t fly.
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My, how impressionistic you areIf you’ve got a Facebook or Twitter account or are into painting, you’ve probably seen your friends posting up selfies that Google’s suddenly wildly popular Arts and Culture app is matching up with artwork hanging in museums.If there was ever a way to get people to interested in the old masters – or just old paintings in general – the folks at Google just found it.The app was initially released in 2015 but was updated with the arty match-up feature just over a month ago.Google says the app has been downloaded over 5 million times.The Chicago Tribune says that both states have laws against using biometrics, or the specific details of a persons’ face, fingerprints, DNA or other non-changeable characteristics.
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Kicking off the tech industry calendar, the Consumer Electronics Show is a prime opportunity for innovators to make their mark on often-crowded marketplaces, or to introduce their goods to valuable new audiences.So it was surprising to me that this year, retail innovation was a somewhat underwhelming affair in comparison to the buzz around other halls.The first was a tech-enabled “training” system by SellPro that allows quick and inexpensive upskilling of staff.This may not seem like the sexiest innovation in Vegas, but at a time when customers are making most of their purchase decisions online before setting foot in store, the tech could enable retail workers to adapt.Moving staff from stock-checkers into indispensable support for customers could enable retailers to re-open dialogue and add value.Some brands are making progress towards this dynamic, notably Carphone Warehouse in the U.K., but adopting a platform to train staff could accelerate the process.
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The position of the US state towards Chinese telecoms companies seems to be hardening by the day.Reuters reports that Huawei’s abortive attempt to do a handset deal with AT was scuppered by members of Congress lobbying regulators to put a stop to it.On top of that, we’re told, the US government has also blocked a bunch of attempted acquisitions by Chinese companies.Most ominously of all, Reuters reports that lawmakers are also telling US firms that even if they have ties to Huawei and China Mobile it could hamper their ability to do business with the US state, according to an anonymous insider.Included under ‘ties’ seems to be collaboration over the development of the 5G standard.At least one member of Congress has put his hand up and moved to pass formal legislation preventing the US state doing business with Huawei and ZTE but this imposition of pressure from the government on private enterprise to treat Chinese companies as pariahs, and to threaten punishment if they don’t, is a significant escalation.
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Arctic wind lurking off the UK’s shores will threaten travel plans and power supplies when it streaks across the country on Monday.Forecasters have issued snow and ice weather warnings for Scotland and Northern Ireland as the icy front advances from the Atlantic at the start of the week.Mild conditions of around 10C on Monday morning will disguise the bitter weather expected to swallow the country later in the day.The yellow Met Office alert kicks in at 6pm, signalling three days of “frequent and heavy hail and snow showers” across much of the two countries.It continues: “Travel delays on roads are possible, with a small chance of cancellations to public transport.“There is a small chance that power cuts will occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected.”
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Looking up at the Milky Way, it’s hard to imagine what it would be like to be up close and personal with the centre of our home galaxy - a site located a huge 26,000 light years away.Not least because the supermassive black hole at the epicentre, known as Sgr A*, would make it pretty hard for humans to travel anywhere close without being spaghettied into oblivion.Now NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts has provided scientists with enough data that they can explore the region on our behalf.And produce a spectacular 360-degree video tour to take us along.The video seats viewers in the ultimate hot seat - from the vantage point of Sgr A* - looking out at the stars and watching material flying by at speed.Because the video is 360-degree enabled, you can control your own exploration of the region by moving the screen (simply click on the video and drag left or right).
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After covering CES for 10 years, nothing I’ve seen at the show has me as excited about the future as Ossia’s wireless charging technology.The company’s developed a way to deliver power to your gadgets the same way internet is delivered by wi-fi, and one of the first real-world applications of the tech is a AA battery that may never need replacing.We first had a demo of Ossia’a Cota wireless power technology at CES 2016 with an iPhone, wrapped in a special case, that was able to charge in mid-air thanks to a nearby wireless power transmitter that looked like a glowing blue trashcan.If that device doesn’t have a Cota RF antenna inside it, as no gadgets on the market currently do, you’d need to use a bulky case on a smartphone, for example, to make it compatible with wireless power.Unfortunately, when you look at how long it took a company like Apple to embrace and include induction charging on the latest iPhone, it’s going to be a long time before a technology like Ossia’s wireless power will be incorporated into devices by OEM manufacturers, freeing us all from charging cables.But that’s where the Cota Forever Battery enters the picture.
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Hong Kong-based RealMax is an augmented reality startup, one of many trying to crack the highly sought after smart glasses market that’s taken CES by storm this year.The company’s prototype product, which it’s brought to the show floor in Las Vegas this week, is very much a work-in-progress, but it does have one promising step up over the competition: the product has the widest field of view (FOV) of any AR device I’ve ever personally tried, including the HoloLens.I didn’t get to spend an extensive amount of time with the Realmax headset.But I did try two different demos, the first of which filled my field of vision with a mermaid and a school of ocean-dwelling fish, while the second floated virtual satellites around a 3D map of the Earth floating in front of my face.Aesthetically, RealMax’s prototype headset looks like it was cobbled together by a handful of off-the-shelf parts.But the FOV, at more than 100 degrees, is genuinely impressive.
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The pickup truck is the best-selling vehicle platform in America, but no EV options have existed, until now.At CES, the Workhorse Group showed off an almost-production version of the W-15, its electric pickup truck.The W-15 can drive the first 80 miles just on electricity, but there is a gasoline generator to continuously charge the battery for an additional 310 miles of range.The W-15 should scoot to 60 miles per hour in 5.5 seconds, thanks to the 480 horsepower.For now, it's based off a Chevrolet Silverado, but the chassis is straight from Workhorse, featuring an independent rear suspension and all-wheel drive.There are a few driver's aids like emergency braking and lane departure warning, but blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control are not in the queue for the moment.
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Google has its own family of smart speakers with its Assistant built in, but the first Assistant device with a display is apparently coming from Lenovo.At CES, Lenovo announced the Lenovo Smart Display, a slab-like gizmo dominated by a touchscreen that houses the Google Assistant.Much like Amazon's Echo Show with built-in Alexa, the Smart Display uses Google's digital assistant to provide weather, traffic, and news updates, connect to smart home devices, and perform screen-dependent tasks like video chats and YouTube streaming.Lenovo made 8-inch and a 10-inch model of the Smart Display, with the main differences between them being screen resolution and color.The 8-inch model has a slightly smaller speaker than its 10-inch sibling (1.75-inch versus 2-inch), but both are 10W and have a dual passive radiator.On looks alone, the larger Smart Display fits the best into Google's in-house line of smart speakers.
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By leveraging its national network of clinical genetic experts — the firm offers genetic counseling in all 50 states — Genome Medical will give employers the resources to help improve the health and well-being of their employees, and potentially a more efficient way to manage any costs related to healthcare.Here are the new programs they are offering:Genetic Medical Services: Genome Medical offers genetic counseling, genetic test ordering, and case management services to help identify and evaluate individuals at risk for inherited diseases or conditions.Proactive Health Programs: By using family history assessments and proactive genetic screening services, individuals with specific genetic markers are provided with early knowledge of risk, leading to preventive care and more informed treatment decisions.These physicians can provide expert knowledge on genetic testing, advise on a patient's best course of action, and make referrals.Genetics Resource Center: Via interactive tools, which include messaging services and a telehealth platform, users can ask questions and seek out options across a larger number of genetic topics and conditions.
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Android Central has reported that Google has started sending out surveys to some owners of the Pixel 2 XL.The survey can be seen in the form of a small pop-up that appears in the settings menu.The message reads “Help improve Pixel: 1 minute survey.” Users can press “no, thanks” to make the message go away, but agreeing to it will prompt a series of questions.Google’s running a survey in the settings of the Pixel 2 XL … pic.twitter.com/X7XQi56fCx— Andrew Martonik (@andrewmartonik) January 4, 2018At the end you have room to type out comments and what you do/don’t like.
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What if we’re stuck in a loop, slave to new innovations that only amplify hate, human flaw, and social fragility?His stories are of a world in the throes of madness—be it dread brought on by devices that govern human emotion (“Nosedive”; “The Entire History of You”) or the mayhem that arises out of one’s inability to access, or sustain, a particular social standing (“The National Anthem”; “Shut Up and Dance”).It’s not solely a matter of distance, but also of what one is willing to do to bridge that distance, that causes the series’ small, fertile tragedies.(Spoiler alert: major spoilers for the Black Mirror episode “Black Museum” follow.)Uncoincidentally, the ominously-titled roadside institution is a collection of techno-crimes assembled by its devious white proprietor, Rolo Haynes (Douglas Hodge), a man with an appetite for the carnival and the criminal.The heroes and villains that furnish the anthology series have never wanted for audacity, but Haynes’s huckster bile manages to feel singularly evil, an opportunistic sociopath in the vein of P.T.
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Qualcomm has confirmed its processors have the same security vulnerabilities disclosed this week in Intel, Arm and AMD CPU cores this week.The California tech giant picked the favored Friday US West Coast afternoon "news dump" slot to admit at least some of its billions of Arm-compatible Snapdragon system-on-chips and newly released Centriq server-grade processors are subject to the Meltdown and/or Spectre data-theft bugs."Providing technologies that support robust security and privacy is a priority for Qualcomm, and as such, we have been working with Arm and others to assess impact and develop mitigations for our customers."We are actively incorporating and deploying mitigations against the vulnerabilities for our impacted products, and we continue to work to strengthen them as possible.We are in the process of deploying these mitigations to our customers and encourage people to update their devices when patches become available.Qualcomm declined to comment further on precisely which of the three CVE-listed vulnerabilities its chips were subject to, or give any details on which of its CPU models may be vulnerable.
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Apple has finally spoken out on the Meltdown and Spectre security scare which has dominated headlines this week, with the company confirming that all Mac computers and iOS devices are affected – but also that it has already patched macOS and iOS to defend the operating systems against Meltdown.Spectre, however, still looms large…In a statement released on its support site, Apple said that these issues affected all modern processors and ‘nearly all computing devices’ out there, including all Mac machines and iOS phones and tablets as mentioned, although it added that there were no known exploits impacting users at this time.Apple then stated that it has already released ‘mitigations’ for Meltdown in macOS 10.13.2 and iOS 11.2 (as well as tvOS 11.2), so you are protected if you’ve updated your OS appropriately.Indeed, older versions may have also been patched previously, but it’s not clear if that’s the case, and probably best not to take the risk on balance – especially now that these problems have become widespread knowledge.On the subject of the Apple Watch, the firm said it wasn’t affected by Meltdown anyway.
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(Reuters) — Alphabet’s Google has joined an investment in Chinese live-stream mobile game platform Chushou that brings the startup’s total funding to $120 million, as the U.S. firm eyes new inroads to China where its search engine is blocked.Founded in 2015, Chushou is an online e-sports platform where users can live stream their mobile phone games.The service has roughly 8 million streamers and 250,000 live streams a day, said the companies in a statement on Friday.Google will help the Chinese firm expand its services to target more overseas viewers, it said.Live stream gaming platforms are a popular form of e-sports in China, part of a growing industry that involves competitive game play viewed by spectators.Google’s YouTube launched a specialized service for live stream gamers in 2015, capturing a large chunk of the global market.
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Those major chip security flaws, detailed Wednesday, impact all Macs and iOS devices.Apple on Thursday said all of its computers, iPhones and iPads are affected by the two newly discovered flaws.Its Apple TVs also are affected.Apple said, though, that "there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time," and for a hacker to exploit the flaws, there would also have to be a malicious app loaded on a Mac or iOS device.It plans to release fixes for its Safari browser over the coming days to help defend against the Spectre flaw."We continue to develop and test further mitigations for these issues and will release them in upcoming updates of iOS, MacOS, tvOS and watchOS," Apple said on a support page.
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