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It s cliché to say that the kitchen is the center of the home, but we re going to do it anyway, if only because two recent surveys prove the old axiom.Last week, Ikea released its Life at Home report, based on its survey of 12,000 residents of Berlin, London, Mumbai, New York, Shanghai, Toronto, and five other cities.Not only is the kitchen the third-largest room in many homes behind living rooms and master bedrooms , it s where the bulk of remodeling money goes.Sixty-three percent of respondents said they cook to create the feeling of home.Back in 2014, only about 13 percent of homes had at least one smart-home device, according to one survey, and Houzz indicates that it s the young ones those aged 24 to 35 who are most likely to buy into home automation right now, though it was only 26 percent of them.Demographics are definitely something to consider with this data.
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Att suspekta program som sprider virus och rent av tar över din telefon dyker upp på Android tillhör inte ovanligheterna, och nu är det tyvärr dags igen.Säkerhetsföretaget Trend Micro flaggar nämligen för programmet Godless, en ny form av elakartad app som kan ta över din telefon om du har otur.Missa inte: Så bra skyddar antivirusprogrammenDet luriga med Godless är att programvaran döljer sig i appar av olika typer, bland annat en rad olika spel- och ficklampsappar.När appen väl är installerad kan den ta över hela operativsystemet, skapa egna administratörsrättigheter och i slutändan installera virus på telefonen.Enligt Trend Micro kan det vara svårt att bli av med Godless om du väl har installerat appen.För att undvika att få telefonen nedlusad med virus gäller, som alltid, att främst installera appar från säkra källor som Google Play och Amazon.
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SCAM: Amazon has been targeted by iPhone fraudstersWith Apple's 6S handset starting at £619, buying a shiny new iPhone is an expensive business.One angry Apple fan slammed the scam saying: "I ordered an i phone 6s 64 GB unlocked.Software engineer Cory Klein discovered the reviews when searching Amazon for an unlocked Apple iPhone.That s when it clicked: there are no seller scammers here, he posted in his blog.It s the buyers that are the scammers.It is unclear whether the buyers actually received a full refund from Amazon, this is only the theory developed by Cory Klein based on his knowledge of Amazon's A-Z Guarantee claim process.
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That means they load quickly — up to 10 times faster than the typical mobile web page, claimed Facebook.People have spent, on average, 31 seconds in a Canvas ad over the past four months, according to Facebook.Canvas posts are more labor-intensive over the long run than Instant Articles.They must be created one at a time whereas an Instant Article can be formatted from a site s RSS feed, assuming the site has already reworked its code to adapt to the Facebook-only format.In the battle for people s attentions, every second counts.He has broken stories on Snapchat's ad plans, Hulu founding CEO Jason Kilar's attempt to take on YouTube and the assemblage of Amazon's ad-tech stack; analyzed YouTube's programming strategy, Facebook's ad-tech ambitions and ad blocking's rise; and documented digital video's biggest annual event VidCon, BuzzFeed's branded video production process and Snapchat Discover's ad load six months after launch.
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HONG KONG—China s smartphone makers are increasingly turning to patents as ammunition as they try to reel in global leaders Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co.Chinese technology giants from Huawei Technologies Co. to ZTE Corp. and Lenovo Group Ltd. are acquiring patents through licensing deals, acquisitions and hefty spending on research and development—moves that could signal more legal challenges for Apple and Samsung not just in China, but overseas as well.Patents are also playing a role in the harsher mobile landscape Apple and Samsung are navigating in China, where regulators increasingly insist that foreign firms play by Beijing s rules.In a sign that Huawei is making progress in building its intellectual-property portfolio, earlier this year Apple and Huawei struck a licensing deal whereby the Cupertino, Calif., company is paying royalties for the Chinese company s patents, according to a person familiar with the matter.Richard Yu, head of Huawei s consumer business, told about 100 engineers at its Beijing research center in a speech in January that the company would pour more money into R and engineers bonuses would increase as the business grows.Last month, Xiaomi agreed to purchase around 1,500 patents from Microsoft Corp. as it seeks to one day sell its devices beyond developing markets like India and Brazil.We are still behind Apple, but we think the gap is narrowing, the Huawei employee said.
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A/B testing is ruining your website.More like in an Eric the Red sort of way.Quick history lesson: Eric the Red claimed and named Greenland.He was banished from Iceland and got stuck on a horrible, cold land mass Greenland .So he went back to Iceland and pimped out this warm lie lush lie land called Greenland that everyone should go to.And it s the same misinformation from A/B tests that can eat up your precious time and money.
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Daniel Goldberg is editor at Di Digital We feel a certain desperation before the issue of tax evasion in the taxi industry. So write covenant director Claudio Skubla in response to my text on industry organization Taxi Association methods in the fight against the upstart Uber. in the text Claudio Skubla answers. That one, at most probable option: Uber bow to Swedish law and begins to pay tax according to the rules. The second, highly unlikely option: Uber giving up and leaving Sweden. Online and digital technology leads to new business models are efficient and scalable in a way that was not possible before.
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USB-C Flash DriveThe Lexar JumpDrive M20c 32GB USB Type-C /USB 3.0 Flash Drive look like a fancy wind-proof butane lighter, but it s actually much cooler than that.It s a portable flash drive that works with any computer on the planet, just like any other USB flash drive.But on the other end, it has a next-generation USB-C port that will let you plug it into newer Android phones — soon enough, every single Android phone and tablet out there will have a USB-C port.Some key details:Lexar JumpDrive M20c 32GB USB Type-C /USB 3.0 Flash Drive: $14.95 with free Prime shippingWant a larger 64GB model?It s on sale for just $24.99 right now.Follow @BGRDeals on Twitter to keep up with the latest and greatest deals we find around the web
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Image: retrorocket / getty imagesMashable's latest BizChats Twitter chat discussed how to get over the prevalent and equally paralyzing stage fright and instead, develop public speaking skills to serve as an asset in business.Over the course of an hour, @MashBusiness covered an array of questions, ranging from the best ways to prepare yourself for delivering an effective speech, to ways to eliminate those pesky pre-speech jitters.Several public speaking experts shared their expertise on the topic including: Adam Grant, Wharton professor, op-ed writer for The New York Times and author of Originals and Give and Take; Amber L. Wright, corporate trainer and public speaking coach; Brian Tracy, chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International; Chris Anderson, curator of the TED conference and author of The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking; Chris Widener, author, leadership and influence expert; and Lauren Ferraro, public speaking coach to CEOs and senior executives.Check out highlights from the chat in the Storify below:Image: Mashable Composite, John Moore / Getty Images
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Taiwanbaserade AOC rosar marknaden för gamingskärmar med en ny premiumserie.Stöd för Nvidias G-Sync-teknik och flimmerbekämpande IPS-teknik är de huvudsakliga säljargumenten, och först ut är skärmen AGON AG271QG, som börjar säljas nästa månad.Sagda bildskärm har en upplösning på 2560x1440 pixlar och en uppdateringsfrekvens på hela 165 Hz.Den hugade får räkna med att punga ut 7 400 kronor för skärmen, som har en storlek på 27 tum.
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England's Euro 2016 campaign got off to a stuttering start against Russia, making today's 'Battle of Britain' match against Wales even more vital.At 2pm BST, England and Wales will go to work in Lens, and whichever side of the divide you're on, we're sure you'll want to follow all the action in real-time.Living room commandeered for Home and Away reruns?Forgot to book the afternoon off like the rest of us?The BBC and ITV have let the UK downThe BBC has the rights to the England v Wales, Rooney v Bale clash, so all you need to do is head to BBC iPlayer to watch Roy's boys try and get their first three points against Chris Coleman's spirited side – if you miss the match this afternoon, catchup will also be available via the same portal.Related: 9 simple steps to optimise your TV for footballHow far will England go in Euro 2016?
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Microsoft announced this morning that it s acquired messaging and chatbot startup Wand Labs.The terms of the deal were not disclosed.On Microsoft s blog, corporate VP David Ku said the deal  accelerates our vision and strategy for Conversation as a Platform, which Satya Nadella introduced at our Build 2016 conference in March.Ku went on to say that Wand s tech and team will strengthen our position in the emerging era of conversational intelligence — that is, the era of things like bots, a category which has proven troublesome for Microsoft.While this era of conversational intelligence is just beginning, it s also already crowded by startups and corporations alike.Microsoft certainly has plenty of time to make its mark, but the company s mobile woes may hamper its success.Following the acquisition, Wand CEO Vishal Sharma says the company s services, which were only available in private beta, are shutting down.Sharma hints, however, that users should expect to see familiar elements of our work in the future.
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Twitter invests in Swedish founded SoundCloud and Microsoft buy LinkedIn. While the battle rages on the Swedish taxi market further between Uber and Taxi Association. Listen to this week's episode here :: You'll also find Digitalpodden on Acast and direct in iTunes. Have you listened to Digitalpodden? Give us your feedback! We are on Twitter, Facebook, and of course also on the email.
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Google workers may be smart, but they can be manipulated into eating Brussels sprouts, a new study suggests.The research revealed additionally that Googlers generally dislike parsnips, squash and cauliflower — and that they re prone to serving themselves a whopping quarter-pound of M at a time.Now, one might ask what prompted a probe — complete with undercover operatives — into the goings-on at Google s famed free-food employee cafeterias and snack stations.By placing the campaign posters at the Moment of Truth, right next to the dish — rather than, say, emailing an article about the health benefits of vegetables — we increased the number of employees trying the featured dish by 74 percent and increased the average amount each person served themselves by 64 percent.It should be noted that the cafeteria results far surpass the success of Google s AdWords, which have a click rate of only about 2 percent.To be sure, it doesn t appear that the researchers actually watched their subjects eating, so some of the hearty helpings of promoted veggies could ve ended up in the company s compost bins after only a bite or two.The study also involved a cloak-and-dagger operation that produced a stunning finding: coffee can make you fat.The researchers sent  undercover observers to one of Google s snack- and drink-stocked break rooms, where the spooks surreptitiously eyeballed more than 1,000 Googlers to see who was grabbing snacks along with drinks, and who was taking only drinks.This simple intervention reduced the average serving by 58 percent, from 308 calories to 130.That outcome fits the overall conclusion of the study, that collateral damage from employee food perks can be mitigated without wholesale change: Small tweaks can nudge behavior toward desirable outcomes and yield outsized benefits, the researchers wrote.
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SpaceX s last launch, just a single satellite this time Image: SpaceX A pair of satellites is going up this morning on one of SpaceX s Falcon 9s.Will the rocket pull off a double-satellite launch and ocean landing as neatly as it pulled off its singles?Let s watch and find out!That means the rocket is coming back to the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship hot, fast, and with not a lot of extra fuel to spare.Elon Musk has suggested instead that we could finally see a Falcon 9 re-launch sometime in September or October, but no firm date is set as of yet.Watch along with us right here at 10:29 am EDT, when the Falcon 9 and its two satellites blast off.
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The company isn t accepting suggestions from the public anymore – at Google I/O in May, Google opened up a portal where Android fans were able to enter their own proposals for Android N. Meanwhile, one Google exec might be trolling us with hints that Android N might be called Android Nutella.DON T MISS: HBO is trolling Game of Thrones fans with a very stupid decisionGoogle s senior vice president for Android, Chrome OS, and Google OS Hiroshi Lockheimer posted the following message on Twitter, complete with a teaser image.You can see the various things he s just testing, including a hat tip to the recently unveiled OnePlus 3, the Google Play store, and Microsoft s Office suite.Nutella is a brand that requires no introductions.You ve probably enjoyed the cocoa spread more than once in your lifetime.And Android Nutella sounds great, perhaps even better than Android KitKat a few years ago.
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Zenefits on Tuesday said it is laying off another 9% of its staff, the latest restructuring by the once highflying health-benefits broker that is reeling from regulatory issues and missed sales targets.That figure includes 61 people in the company s Arizona sales office, which is being shut down, and 45 others, mostly from the company s operations team.In February, shortly after Mr. Sacks replaced founder Parker Conrad as CEO, Zenefits dismissed about 250 employees, or 17% of its workforce.After the newest layoffs, it will have less than 1,100.In total it has raised about $600 million of capital from Fidelity Investments, Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Fund and others.The company has blamed some of its problems on mismanagement by Mr. Conrad, pointing for instance to a software program that Zenefits says he created that helped some employees complete licensing requirements more quickly than legally allowed.
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Party-poopers coming through.Excuse us while we thrust a pin into that lovely PlayStation VR-branded bubble you've got there.It looks like customers who pre-ordered Sony s upcoming virtual reality headset could have to wait longer than initially expected to receive the headset.Just got an email from Amazon changing 'Nov 4-7' delivery for the PlayStation VR I pre-ordered in March to 'unknown' pic.twitter.com/TO1TR9u9XiMatt King posted this tear-jerker of an order update email from Amazon UK on Twitter this morning, and it s not the news he wanted to hear, especially with it coming just a few hours after Sony s hype-building E3 conference, during which the company revealed an official release date and a bunch of new games.His headset was originally scheduled for a November 4-7 delivery, but this is now up in the air.We don t yet know whether or not Matt s is an isolated case, but we ll speak with Amazon to find out more details.
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Ever since Epic Games announced its new MOBA multiplayer online battle arena game Paragon back in December, the community has been responding in great numbers through the Early Access Season.Millions of gamers have previewed the free-to-play Paragon thus far, and now the video game development company wants to share the love with even more fans, according to a recent post.Beginning August 16, Paragon, which is powered by Epic Games own Unreal 4 Engine, will be entering Free Open Beta, which means anyone will be able to play without shelling out any money.In the meantime, the Founder s Packs and Essential Edition will still give those who made these purchases deals on stuff in the game and Early Access.His Ultimate move, Cull, deals a ton of damage and both roots and isolates a target from his or her friends.All heroes in Paragon are free, and if you have Early Access, you ll be able to use Khaimera beginning June 21.
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If you have one and it just needs a little layout and design love, or you want something simple to give you a jumpstart, check out Google Docs free resume templates, which we ve highlighted before, or these free resume templates for Microsoft Word.Similarly, if you want a jumpstart without typing in a ton of information, consider LinkedIn s resume builder.If you re a woman looking for a company that s not full of garbage people, consider checking out FairyGodboss, a site dedicated to giving women a place to discuss issues that matter to them in a company, and rating their employers accordingly.Contact Managers that Remind You to Follow UpWhen you do apply for a new job, or you email back and forth with a hiring manager, recruiter, or HR professional, your next step is to make sure you keep the conversation going and keep talking—even if you re not terribly sure you re going to get the job, you never know when someone will be useful in your professional network.Pick up a contacts app that will help you remember to follow up—or encourage you to reach out to your contacts—on a regular basis.Keep that in mind, and don t forget to network down, too.
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