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p Bungie's Destiny has a rich sci-fi fantasy story to tell, but the original release in 2014 didn't tell it.The most interesting aspects of Destiny's galaxy and turmoil were revealed not through the game's story, but in text form through collectable "Grimoire cards".These cards were crucial if you wanted to enjoy Destiny for anything other than its gameplay, but they won't be returning in this year's follow-up Destiny 2.Following last week's gameplay reveal, Bungie has been explaining why.Asked if they'd return by Forbes, Bungie's world lead Steve Cotton said: "The answer to that question is 'no' and the reason it's 'no' is because we want to put the lore in the game."We want people to be able to find the lore.
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p I'm part of a newsletter editorial team with my company and I'd like to impress the marketing genius who's running the editorial.I've been asked to write about a specific person and submit the "raw information" to him to be editorialized.Should I write it as if it were a paper, or should I just list a collection of facts?What kind of document should I submit - a pdf?Should I just include the information in the body of an email?Should I cite my information?
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p Follow this guide to switch between a public and private Twitter accountBy default, when a user posts something to Twitter, it has a public privacy setting, meaning that anyone can view and interact with the content.However, did you know Twitter allows you to “protect your tweets” so that only your followers can view them?Once you turn this setting on, all of your past and future posts will become private (viewable only to your followers), and you’ll have the power to approve or deny requests from users who wish to follow you going forward.If you’re interested in making your tweets private, our guide will show you how to do so from the Twitter mobile application.Note: These screenshots were captured in the Twitter app on iOS.
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p There’s one big thing that keeps me up at night: The best candidates in the world aren’t looking for jobs.They want to grow their careers at companies that stop them in their tracks, not the ones banging down their doors with job offers.Not surprisingly, I’m not the only one losing sleep over it: Hiring was the number one concern of founders in 2016 (First Round, 2016).I think it’s time companies start thinking dramatically different about how they attract and hire talent.The balance of power has shifted from recruiters to candidates, and that means one thing for companies: you need to change the way you attract candidates to match how the best job seekers on earth want to connect, learn, and explore opportunities with your team.HubSpot was built on inbound marketing – at its core, inbound is about putting the customer first.
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p Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.If I asked you how a mattress is like an iPhone, I fancy you'd say: "Let me count the ways."The people behind mattress chain Mattress Firm, however, believe that its products should be sold just like the bedrock of Apple's business.Last week the company not only emitted ads that look remarkably like iPhone ads, but even hired Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to launch its new idea at a company meeting.Because, of course, everything is about technology these days, so sleep must be too.In one ad, the Beautyrest Black Hybrid 1 floats in the air just like an iPhone.
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p The Oxford English Dictionary made “post-truth” its 2016 Word of the Year, noting that use of the word had increased 2,000 percent over its usage in 2015.Oxford defined post-truth as occurring when “objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”Related: Fake News and the Threat to Your Brand: 4 Things You Can Do About It NowWikipedia’s entry, meanwhile, chimed in with its own definition of post-truth as “the repeated assertion of talking points to which factual rebuttals are ignored.”In every one of those interactions.you're called on to make decisions about “the truth.” And many of those decisions are non-controversial, while others entice you to be more liberal in your characterization of the truth -- as in, “We now have over 1,000 customers” -- since the definition of "customer" is often stretched to be as flattering as possible.
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p Rob is a co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm that champions founders that are using technology to redesign the largest categories of the everyday economy, including transportation, food, housing, apparel, money, health, and entertainment.NextView has invested in over 60 companies at the earliest stages, including Sunrise (acq.by Zillow), Dia , ThredUp, Mealpal, and many others.Prior to co-founding NextView, Rob was at Spark Capital, a leading venture capital firm focused on the intersection of media, technology, and entertainment.Before joining Spark Capital, Rob worked at Ebay as the Business Product Lead for "Finding”, in which he oversaw the launch of various products that significantly enhanced Ebay's search, browse, and merchandising capabilities.Previously, Rob was a consultant at The Parthenon Group, held product management roles at Fidelity Investments and BzzAgent, and helped to found Letslink.jp, one of the first social networking sites outside of the United States.
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p Rhonda Huber fell in love with the shape and color of the beautiful palm leaves she saw at her Long Beach home.Being an interior designer, she enlisted the help of her daughter – an illustrator – to draw out her idea, turning that inspiration from nature into a beautifully organic-looking piece of furniture, which she called the Sunday Chair.The idea behind it, explains its CEO Neil Patel, was to make people realize how far 3D printing has come in recent years, and that this is now a technology that can be used to create beautiful, useful – and increasingly affordable objects.Anna Maria Mannarino’s cocktail table was also among the items that materialized in the Manhattan pop-up store next to Times Square last month.Her draped design was printed upside down in horizontal layers, a process that took around 90 hours due to its size and complexity.It had previously never occurred to her that it would be possible to print such large items, as most things she read about or saw were much smaller.
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Tim Schafer’s videogame career has spanned every platform from the Commodore 64 to the current generation of consoles.His best game, Brütal Legend, stands as an important but little known artistic achievement of the early 21st century.Schafer was born in Sonoma, California.Schafer did not invent videogames any more than Orson Welles invented cinema, but by drawing upon the earliest text-based games and the graphical innovations of the videogame renaissance, he unleashed their potential.He went on to study computer science at UC Berkeley, where he began reading Kurt Vonnegut and taking creative-writing classes.Schafer started during a transitional time; his next assignment involved taking apart Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick’s Commodore 64 and Apple computer game Maniac Mansion and reprogramming it for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
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p Asia’s largest airline, China Southern Airlines, has appointed PR agency Rooster PR as its first ever UK public relations agency, following successful digital and social media campaigns that saw seasonal bookings double.In its new, extended PR remit, Rooster will promote the airline’s four-star service and lower transfer times to destinations across China, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.They will also implement the carrier’s new, twice-daily service – an increase from the airline's current daily flight from London Heathrow – from Heathrow to Guangzhou, launching on June 1 2017.Nick Newman, the airline's commercial manager for UK and Ireland, said: “Rooster’s digital activity has had an immediate positive impact on our UK sales and we’re delighted to have them on-board as our PR agency as we continue to expand in the UK market.We’ve got a number of big announcements coming up and are confident we have the right agency to help us realise our ambitions in the UK.”Rooster's managing director, James Brooke, commented: “Adding the world’s fourth largest airline to our growing aviation portfolio is a fantastic achievement for Rooster, allowing the team to complement our sales-focused digital work with media relations and creative story-telling.
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p While some investors have been waiting for Apple’s market capitalization to reach US$1 trillion, those looking for big round numbers might be better off looking to the S 500 technology index as a whole, which is approaching the US$5 trillion mark.The S 500 technology index, which includes Apple, will hit $5 trillion in about two months if its growth of 16 per cent so far in 2017 continues at the same pace.Apple is already the world’s most valuable publicly traded company, and its weight within the S 500 in recent decades has been rivalled only by Exxon Mobil and Microsoft.The iPhone maker’s market capitalization recently reached a record US$774 billion after increasing 27 per cent so far in 2017.“Investors see the big numbers, the hoopla surrounding hitting one of these arbitrary levels,” said Kim Forrest, senior equity research analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group in Pittsburgh.“Hitting those milestones often attracts more investors.”
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Soon Wi-Fi will do more than just connect you to the internet.According to a paper published today, Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a holographic imaging process that uses radiation of a Wi-Fi transmitter to generate three-dimensional images of the surrounding environment, down to centimeter (.4-inch)-scale precision, effectively making holograms out of thin air.According to Friedemann Reinhard, director of the Emmy Noether Research Group for Quantum Sensors at the Walter Schottky Institute of the TU Munich, generating holograms with the microwave radiation of a Wi-Fi transmitter requires merely one fixed and one movable antenna, which is much simpler than optical holograms that require elaborate laser technology."Using this technology, we can generate a three-dimensional image of the space around the Wi-Fi transmitter, as if our eyes could see microwave radiation," Reinhard says in the paper.Since Wi-Fi signals penetrate walls, this means going forward it can be used to locate and recover victims buried under an avalanche or a collapsed building.The development of this technology is still in its early state but for those concerned about privacy, Reinhard says the movable antenna required to scan an entire room, or a building, would be very large and can't be installed clandestinely.
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p At first glance, Windows 10 S makes perfect sense.That makes it a good fit for schools, with laptops running the software priced as low as $189.But the most remarkable thing about the operating system in its current form may be its reliance on the Windows Store.In Microsoft’s sales pitch, limiting the ways in which users can download content is actually a net positive.Certainly it’s easy to see how such a strict structure is beneficial in a classroom setting.Letting students download things at will is most likely a recipe for chaos, malware and, well, all sorts of things you’d rather not introduce into a classroom setting.
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Gojimo, an app that helps U.K. high school students prepare for exams, has been acquired by Telegraph Media Group, the publisher of The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph newspapers.Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, but from what I gather the Gojimo team are staying on and the company will still be run as a separate entity.The startup’s shareholders included London VC firm Index Ventures, and JamJar Investments, the venture fund set up by the founders of Innocent Drinks, who both invested in Gojimo’s seed round.In a later round, father and son duo Robin and Saul Klein, Deborah Quazzo of GSV Advisors, seed-stage investment platform Firestartr, and the London Mayor’s London Co-Investment Fund also backed the company.Additional money also came via equity crowd funding platform CrowdBnk.Gojimo was thought to have raised around $3 million in total.
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Silicon Valley is literally taking to the skies.Tech giants like Uber and billionaires such as Google's cofounders have all been in the news over the last week for backing new forms of aviation transport that could one day whiz people around cities or even across continents.Let's take a closer look at who is backing which ideas:Uber: the San Francisco taxi-hailing company
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The completion of this transition is marked today by the largest merger ever in China’s co-working field between two top players in the market.China’s co-working unicorn URWork inked an agreement with another rival New Space for a strategic merger, the latter announced today.The market valuation of the merged entity would hit an impressive RMB 9 billion (US$1.31 billion), the firm disclosed.Beijing-headquartered URWork has raised to unicorn status in January this year after pocketing an RMB 400 million worth of round, the largest capital injection in the vertical so far.Given URWork’s latest round booked a valuation of RMB 7 billion, it puts New Space’s valuation at roughly around RMB 2 billion.A new name for the company has not been mentioned.Mao Daqing, CEO of URWork, was announced to take the post of board chairman and to co-CEO the new entity with Wang Shengjiang, CEO of New Space, after the merger.The tie-up mainly lies in the sharing of resources.Both of the two companies were launched in 2015, the year that marked the full boom of China’s co-working industry.
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The Juicero story is a funny one in some ways and a sad one in others, so let’s just assume they cancel each other out and admire the machine itself in a nice judgment-free moral vacuum.Or rather, let’s let someone qualified do it for us.Ben Einstein, general partner at Bolt, served up this excellent teardown of the Juicero on the company blog.If you were wondering how a juice press could possibly cost $400… well, this is how.Without getting into the nitty-gritty (Einstein does it far better than I would anyway) the gist is that this thing is extremely overengineered in the most fabulous possible way.Everything is custom, using the best processes and materials, and lots of ingenuity and care is on display at every level.
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Getty Apple is expected to launch a redesigned iPhone model this fall based around a next-generation display technology called OLED, and Wall Street analysts believe it could cost a lot more than the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.Some analysts have even predicted that the cost of the device could top $1000, which was first reported by Fast Company.
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The US military and its partners are expanding their use of drones, turning to them for logistical purposes like resupply while expanding their abilities to defend against enemy drones.The latest piece of drone-related equipment is a 5-pound radar-gun-like device used to jam drones in remote areas orIn April, the US Army's Rapid Equipment Force purchased 50 of the
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Another week, another round of exploits and intrigue.We took a look at why encrypted phone calls haven’t quite taken off yet the way chat has.As always, click on the headlines to read the full story in each link posted.Man Who Stole 100 iPhones at Coachella Forgot Find My iPhone Is a Thing http://mashable.com/2017/04/17/coachella-phones-stolenSome people spend their time at Coachella enjoying the music.Because technology contains wonders beyond all reasonable expectation, many of the victims immediately activated the “Find My iPhone” feature, allowing them not only to locate the alleged perp but literally follow him around the venue https://www.facebook.com/indiopolicedepartment/photos/a.1209112925811020.1073741827.155818124473844/1279413838780928/?type 3 until security finally nabbed him.
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