Efrain Johnson

Efrain Johnson

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I cut my teeth on network play with the Dreamcast, placing laggy arrow tiles in Chu Chu Rocket and sending choppy, five second voice clips over 56K in Alien Front Online.I had a blast, honestly, but something happened in the years following, a creeping distaste for the online scene that started to push me away.Regardless, I still keep my eye out for innovative hardware that centers around online multiplayer, so trying out Turtle Beach’s new Recon Chat headset was a no-brainer.The budget-conscious communication device retails for $19.99 and is out now in the UK, with a US release to follow mid-May (pre-orders available now).As far as basic sound goes, the Recon Chat has a single earpiece This is probably by design, as the product seems built around chatting with online friends while still being able to hear extraneous audio.This obviously cuts down on immersion, but all-encompassing audio isn’t what the Recon Chat is going for—the focus here is, at least from my perspective, a more heightened awareness of one’s immediate surroundings.
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LONDON — A South African insurance technology company supported by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is launching a life insurance product for diabetics in the UK.AllLife has partnered with Royal London, the UK's largest mutual insurer, to offer a new product to diabetics previously regarded as "uninsurable" because of their condition.
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Vodacom South Africa has announced a partnership with the Shembe church to distribute the telecommunications company’s products and services to the church’s members.The “mutually beneficial relationship,” as Vodacom announced, was signed between Vodacom and the Shembe Family Trust which handles the affairs of the Nazareth Baptist Church – better known as the Shembe church.According to Vodacom representative George Mendes, one of the church’s main functions would be to distribute Vodacom products and services.“Of course those benefits will then flow through to church members.It’s a mutually beneficial relationship,” he said.The church has about 6.7 million members, of which about 2.4 million are Vodacom subscribers.
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In some cases, a site completely unusable if the window pops up, and then you may need to close the tab or restart Safari completely.The sad is that the Mac OS is still not part of the technology, and the same applies to older versions of Apple's mobile operating system.to do this in IOS 10.2 or olderfirst, open the Settings and then go to the Safari.Scroll to the bottom to Clear history and website data.Confirm in the window that pops up.
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Staff Uber has delayed releasing the findings for its internal investigation into sexual harassment until the end of May, according to an internal memo sent by board member AriannaIn February, Susan Fowler, a female former engineer at Uber, said in a widely read blog post that managers and human resources officers at the company had not punished her manager after she
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Mark Duffy has written the Copyranter blog for 11 years and is a freelancing copywriter with 25-plus years of experience.His hockey wrist shot is better than yours.If you would like to skip the rest of this post, here’s the trick: Google Image search “Fallon McElligott ad” and start scrolling, clicking and reading.Spend a couple of hours with the ads, let the creativity flow through your brain, and then go about the rest of your day.However, if you keep reading, you’ll learn even more about how to be an even better copywriter/art director/content maker/creative technologist (still for free).Most of you have never heard of Tom McElligott.
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Just Dance is a baffling series and Just Dance 2017 is no different.It’s always been available on consoles that have never quite nailed full-body tracking (the Wii comes to mind).While it’s functional and includes a decent smattering of songs to dance to, there are also tracking issues, some bizarre design decisions, and the general question of “why does this exist when there’s better technology to play it on?” Despite all of this, I just danced.At the bottom corner of the screen you’ll see the prompts you’re meant to follow in time with the star dancer, silhouetted colourfully against the screen.Playing your standard “Just Dance” mode is the easiest way to get started, and you’re told you only need one to participate, or you can opt to download the “Just Dance” app and play along with your smartphone.The Switch’s Joy-Con is the optimal control method here as it comes with the wrist strap so you’re not one flail away from sending the Joy-Con (or your phone) through the TV.
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The grocery industry in the U.S. is bleeding around $57 billion every year.But Wasteless thinks it can help cut down on those losses and food waste with its new tech solution.It’s the epidemic we’re all aware of, and yet seemingly powerless to stop: wasted food at grocery stores.For every carton of milk or loaf of bread you take home, around $2,300 worth of product is left behind every day.But there’s a new company that’s here to help.Wasteless is the new tech solution behind the so-called “Internet of Groceries” that promises to recapture one billion dollars worth of lost grocery sales every week.
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Enligt företaget har Galaxy S8 mycket gemensamt med sin föregångare, trots en ny panel med extremt tunna ramar.Inte oväntat får båda telefonerna ett lågt betyg, 4/10, vilket indikerar att de är svåra att reparera.IFixIt delar ut pluspoäng för att många komponenter är modulära och kan ersättas oberoende av andra delar.Batterierna kan ersättas men de har limmats fast och likaså bakstycket, så det är något problematiskt.Enheterna får även minus för att det är svårt att ens öppna konstruktion på grund av allt lim, samt att det ”nästan är omöjligt” att ersätta glaset på framsidan utan att förstöra skärmen.De som är nyfikna på hur en modern smartphone ser ut inuti kan med fördel kika på guiderna för S8 och S8 Plus.
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Last week’s poll summary: Out of over 17,300 total votes, 53.2% of our readers said they’d choose the Galaxy S8/S8 Plus over the LG G6, while 29.9% said they’d rather have the G6 over the S8 or S8 Plus.10.2% said they couldn’t choose since both are such great phones, and only 4.9% said they aren’t a fan of either device.Over the past few years, many of the big smartphone manufacturers have decided to make their flagship phones water resistant.The ability to dunk your phone in water probably isn’t something you’ll use on an everyday basis, but it’s always nice to see the feature present on a “premium” device that comes with a $700 price tag.Most notably, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, LG G6, most Sony devices, and even Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus come with an IP67 or 68 rating, meaning these devices can survive underwater, at least for a short amount of time.But some OEMs still have yet to embrace the whole water resistance thing.
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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.As the promise of warfare wafts across the world, it's worth focusing on the future and whether the world has one.Conveniently, one of the countries that currently seems a touch bellicose, Russia, has unveiled a robot that seems very battle-ready.On Friday, the country's deputy prime minister, Dmitry Rogozin, tweeted video of the F.E.D.O.R robot and its most delightful capability.This robot can, like the finest of metal cowboys, stand legs akimbo and shoot guns with both hands.Rogozin offered these words to accompany the video: "Russian fighting robots -- guys with iron nature."
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It started yesterday and runs for a week, offering plenty of incentive to get out into that thawing world catching and hatching mon: better egg hatches from low-level eggs, more candy, and 2X experience, specifically.As usual, you'll see this effects if you just play normally, but you may want to do some maximization to best utilize the limited time event.Eggs can now yield a broader range of valuable critters from 2km and 5km eggs as well as a small amount of extra candy from each egg hatched.The simplest advice here is also the most obvious: spend some money on extra egg incubators as hatch as many as you can at once.That's why this event works from the developer's perspective: it's a strong incentive for in-game purchases.So if you like to spend some -- but not too much -- on this game, this is a good moment to deploy a limited budget.
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Facebook proudly announced today that it has — it thinks — put an end to the nefarious doings of a “sophisticated,” “coordinated operation” that has been spamming the site for the last six months.In a blog post, Facebook’s security team suggested the “inauthentic likes” came from accounts in “Bangladesh, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and a number of other countries.” That narrows it down!Actually, it sounds pretty smart: The accounts would appear, like a few pages, spam them, then fall silent.Proxies and other means were taken to make it seem that these fake accounts weren’t centrally administrated — which, of course, they were.As far as volume, the post scrupulously avoids real numbers:As we remove the rest of the inauthentic likes, we expect that 99% of impacted Pages with more than 10,000 likes will see a drop of less than 3%.
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That there's an independent direction beyond our conventional notions of x, y, and z-axes.And let's make it more interesting for you: imagine that you’re the only one in the world who can access this fourth dimension.As we moved downwards through their "slice" of space:We’d first appear as two foot-shaped prints,eventually giving way to two circles as we moved “down” through their Universe,the circles would grow until they joined to become an ellipse,
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Always ensure the office laptop gets returnedA systems administrator is being sued by his ex-employer, which has accused of the IT bod of planting a ticking time-bomb on company's servers to wipe crucial data.Nimesh Patel, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, is alleged to have broken the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, trespassed, and committed conversion – that's legal jargon for using other people's property for a crime.For 14 years, Patel worked at high-performance computing chip biz Allegro MicroSystems as a sysadmin, with particular responsibility for programming the shop's Oracle financial database system.He resigned on January 8, 2016 but is accused of then trying to sabotage the company.Over the course of his employment Patel was issued two laptops, which his bosses requested he return.
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Cutting the cord has never been easier than it is in 2017 thanks to all of the choices out there when it comes to streaming movies and TV shows on demand.It’s easy to save money by ditching traditional pay TV, but all of those online services still add up pretty quickly.That’s why a device like the 1byone 25 Miles Super Thin HDTV Antenna is so important — one $11 purchase gets you live, unlimited network TV in 1080p Full HD resolution.Here are the highlights from the product page:Free for Life – Never pay hugely expensive cable or satellite fees again!The 1byone Super Thin Indoor HDTV Antenna can pull in all of your local news, sitcom, kids and sports programs in full HD.
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Lucid Motors made its first auto show appearance at this week’s 2017 New York Auto Show — and it came prepared.The electric-car startup unveiled an “Alpha Speed Car” prototype of its Air luxury sedan that just achieved a claimed 217 mph at the Transportation Research Center test track in Ohio.That’s the same as a Ferrari LaFerrari.The Alpha Speed Car was pulled from Lucid’s fleet of prototype test vehicles for high-speed testing, and was fitted with a roll cage and large rear spoiler.Lucid says the 217 mph top speed, which was achieved on a 7.5-mile oval track, was actually software limited.It makes the Air one of the fastest electric cars around, assuming production models can achieve the same performance.
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Google Earth has always been an amazing resource but now it looks as if it's going to get even better.While Google Earth remains a reliable resource if you’re after some stunning satellite views of our blue planet, for many users the software has taken a back seat to Google Maps in recent years as the latter now incorporates so many of Earth’s features.But invitations sent out this week for a New York City event introducing “the new Google Earth” indicate that the company is far from done with its virtual globe.Taking place on April 18, the invite promises “a first look at the brand new experience” while offering nothing in the way of details.But considering the entire event is dedicated to Google Earth, major changes and new features are guaranteed.It’s possible the next-generation Google Earth could incorporate virtual reality features from the VR version released on the Steam gaming platform last November, or perhaps offer a radical overhaul of Earth’s user interface.
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It's sounding more and more like Samsung is building a foldable to two new reports — from The Korea Herald and ETnews — the South Korean electronics company is working on a prototype smartphone with a fold in the middle.The reports suggest it will be ready around midyear, but don't expect it to go on sale publicly.
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Focusing on high-end cameras is quickly becoming a trend — earlier today, April 12, Ricoh was the latest camera company to announce that it will be focusing on more advanced cameras as sales trends decline.The official statement was in response to a rumor published in the Japanese tech publication Nikkei that said the company was considering pulling out of the consumer camera industry altogether.Ricoh said that the statement is not based on any announcements from the company.“Ricoh is focusing its resource on the high added value products such as Pentax and GR that are appreciated by the existing users and photo hobbyists,” the statement reads.“Ricoh is also a market leader of input devices in the VR or AR market with its ‘Ricoh Theta’ where we can see rapid growth, and will keep on expanding the business even more in this field.In addition, Ricoh will develop and expand the imaging business in the solution business field for corporate, by creating new market utilizing its own camera technology.”
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