Eric Billiter

Eric Billiter

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SEATTLE—A little more than one year ago, I tried, and failed, to sneak into Amazon Go.Initially, it was limited only to Amazon employees.Worse, promises that the shop would open for average consumers in "early 2017" didn't come close to fruition, with insiders indicating to Ars that the store's camera-tracking system didn't hold up to larger testing scrutiny as anticipated.That same Seattle pilot shop—the one Amazon staffers refused to let us into in December 2016—finally opened its doors to anybody with a smartphone and the Amazon Go app.If you want to stroll into the world's first Amazon Go store, all you need is an Amazon account with valid credit card information and a working smartphone.a few cheerful people in official attire said as I approached, nearly in unison.
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This motion tracking machine can simulate downhill snowsports.It even features courses from the 2014 Sochi Olympics.Some Olympians have even used it to train.The SkyTechSport simulator makes it feel like you are skiing indoors.It uses several engines and motion tracking to create the feeling that the user is skiing.SkyTechSport is based in Los Angeles and has sold different variations of the technology.
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Amazon is breaking into physical retail in a new way.Amazon's checkout-free grocery store opens in Seattle on Monday.The online retail giant first started testing its grocery store with employees in December 2016, when it also revealed its vision for a store without cashiers.The store, called Amazon Go, doesn't work like a typical Walmart or supermarket — instead, it's designed so that shoppers will use an app, also called Amazon Go, to automatically add the products they plan to buy to a digital shopping cart; they can then walk out of the building without waiting in a checkout line.The store opening Monday is 1,800 square feet, according to Reuters, and it's located in an Amazon office building.The idea is that Amazon's machine-learning technology can automatically identify when a product is added to your cart, so you don't have to do it yourself.
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WeChat announced that their media platform will regulate user’s information dissemination behavior and those trying to conduct marketing activities by distorting China and CCP history, ThePaper is reporting [in Chinese].The announcement comes one week after WeChat’s Open Class in Guangzhou, where WeChat promised to work on helping content public accounts to monetize their user base.With the announcement of now 580,000 WeChat mini programs, WeChat wants to make sure all their platform operators abide by the rule of “People’s Republic of China Cyber Security Law”, and publish only appropriate content.WeChat announced that it will permanently remove any Official Account “distorting” the national history or the Party history.Here’s the full text of the announcement (our translation):Recently, WeChat public platform (微信公众平台) found that some public accounts and mini programs that were distorting the party history and national history and were conducting marketing activities.
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A downloadable demo for a fan-made recreation of that horrifying P.T.demo tease for the canceled Silent Hills game, has appeared online and it’s surprisingly good.Rebuilt in Unreal Engine 4, you can experience the horrors of that claustrophobic, repetitive home along with familiar audio and sound effects in the brand-new “Corridors” experience.demo was a ‘playable teaser’ for the still-in-development at the time, Silent Hills, the next game in the franchise of the (almost) same name.The game ended up being canceled as Hideo Kojima was ultimately removed from Konami in a somewhat messy fashion and the P.T.demo was eventually removed from the PlayStation Store, making it hard to get a hold of the experience if you didn’t already have it.
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Marston’s PLC has unveiled new branding for The Eagle Brewery and many of its famous beer brands, designed by creative agency Bonfire Creative Intelligence.The Eagle Brewery was born from the sale of Charles Wells Ltd brewing and brands business to Marston’s PLC last year, who briefed Bonfire to develop a new brand story and visual identity that would align the brewery with its vision for the business.The Eagle Brewery and its new branding will be presented at a grand opening ceremony on 19 January, supported by a local press campaign and social media activity.The new branding will also be appear on digital assets, brewery truck livery and point of sale material.Gordon Keen, marketing manager at Marston’s said: “The Eagle Brewery brand will be the flagship of Marston’s new venture in Bedford.We wanted a new visual identity that was representative of our innovative and future-facing approach to brewing but that also remained true to the brewery’s enviable heritage as a master brewer and its long-standing relationship with the town of Bedford and wider area.
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The system, according to its developers, could enable better end-of-life care for hospital patients.Researchers have developed a revolutionary AI system, a novel deep-learning algorithm that predicts the death of hospital patients with an unprecedented 90% accuracy.Although the idea of predicting the death of an individual sounds unsettling and far-fetched, researchers from Stanford University have made it possible for a noble cause – providing appropriate end-of-life care to hospital patients.People suffering from terminal diseases are in dire need of end-of-life care, specialised treatments targeted at improving quality of life while providing him relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness.However, in order to administer the approach correctly, the first thing doctors need to know is how long a patient may live.If this goes wrong due to any unforeseeable reason, some random individual may get the care ahead of the one who is actually in need and may die sooner.
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President Donald Trump tweeted a link to his so-called "Highly-Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards."The linked website was not loading for many users.A cached version of the website showed that it featured a poll for visitors to select the "winners."The independent, nonpartisan Committee to Protect Journalists, responded by listing its "Press Oppressors" awards, naming Trump "the most thin-skinned leader."A Washington Post analysis published on January 2 found that Trump made 1,950 false or misleading claims in his first 347 days in office.President Donald Trump teased a website announcing so-called "fake news winners," but the website, hosted by the Republican National Committee, went offline almost immediately and displayed several different errors.
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After a year that saw many grocers expand their e-commerce presence following Amazon's Whole Foods acquisition, 2018 will be the year supermarkets deepen their engagement with online shoppers, according to analysts interviewed by Food Dive.At the same time, as competition and pricing pressure grows, sources predict retailers will also invest in technology that helps them operate more efficiently and enhance the buying experience for shoppers.Supermarket operators have gotten better at collecting customer data over the years, but mining and using that information hasn’t always been a foolproof process.Retailers like Target and Whole Foods have deployed machine learning to make their store deliveries more precise.Earth Fare, a natural and organic chain that operates throughout the Southeast and Midwest, last year reported improved top-line sales and efficiency one year after adopting AI technology that optimizes its store promotions, pricing and demand forecasting.Still, many chains have long relied on experienced managers to guide their decision-making, and are reluctant to give up that practice.
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As many as 2,000 young apprentices were “left in the lurch” by Carillion’s collapse, Angela Rayner has told HuffPost UK.The Shadow Education Secretary said it was “imperative” the Government intervenes to find placements for the scores of apprentices cut adrift by the failed outsourcing and construction giant.Carillion - which employs around 20,000 people - went into liquidation after issuing a major profits warning last year.It has public sector or public/private partnership contracts worth a staggering £1.7bn and was the UK’s largest trainer of construction apprentices.The firm had a £6.5m public contract to train 2,000 apprentices, but the youngsters’ future is now unclear.Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, said: “Thousands of Carillion apprentices could be left in the lurch and millions of pounds of public money at risk, yet the Tories have said nothing about what, if anything, they will do to protect workplace learners and protect the taxpayer.
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Outdoor advertising specialist JCDecaux is seeking to distance itself from a contentious abortion referendum in Ireland by refusing to host billboards conveying campaign messages from either side of the debate.With emotions running high in the country, the display specialists have imposed an outright ban on any material associated with either pro-choice or anti-abortion campaigners in a bid to avoid alienating a large swathe of the population.This follows prior incidents in which social media campaigns orchestrated against the advertiser saw it targeted by activists who destroyed and defaced billboards associated with previous abortion campaigns.Far from appeasing both sides, however, the move has angered anti-abortion group Family and Life, which deplored the ‘grim news’, warning that it would impede their ability to push their argument to the public.David Manly, the director of Family and Life, commented: “This is a huge setback for us with the Eighth Amendment referendum just months away.Outdoor advertising is one of the few advertising channels available to us and one of our most crucial types of campaign messaging.
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Keir Starmer has urged Labour MPs to stop thinking how to “rub out” Brexit and instead focus on how to get the best deal for Britain outside the EU.Speaking to the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) on Monday night, the Shadow Brexit Secretary said that a second EU referendum couldn’t be held until 2021 at the earliest and even then would face “obvious” practical problems.In what was seen by MPs as a hardening of his stance on a second vote, HuffPost can reveal that Starmer warned that Nigel Farage was probably backing a re-run because he thought Vote Leave would win again.His remarks follow weeks of mixed messages from Labour over a new referendum, with Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott appearing to tell constituents she wanted one only to insist she had been misunderstood.Tony Blair said earlier this month that the country should have a chance to ‘think again’ about membership of the EU, either through a general election or new referendum.Starmer was treated ‘respectfully’ by MPs as he updated them on Labour’s plans to vote against the EU (Withdrawal) Bill’s Third Reading due this week in the Commons.
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Originally unveiled at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Panasonic is now bringing its latest video-focused mirrorless camera, the Lumix GH5S to the Middle East.For the Lumix GH5S, Panasonic has ditched the 20.3MP Micro Four Thirds Live MOS sensor found in the GH5 and replaced it with an all-new 10.2MP sensor.This has allowed Panasonic to improve on the maximum ISO of 25,600 on the GH5, with an ISO ceiling of 51,200 in the GH5S.The Lumix GH5S also gives those shooting stills the option to shoot 14-bit raw files, while the newly developed multi-aspect sensor provides sufficient margin to get the same angle of view in 4:3, 17:9, 16:9, and 3:2 aspect ratios.While the Lumix GH5 was the first mirrorless camera capable of shooting 4K footage at up to 60/50p, the Lumix GH5S takes this one step further and shoots at a world-first 4K 60/50p recording in Cinema 4K (4096 x 2160).That's just part of the story, as the GH5S is capable of internal 4:2:2 10-bit recording, which should deliver even stronger color reproduction, while V-Log now comes pre-installed on the camera – something that was an additional cost on the GH5.
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Officials at US border-crossing points such as airports now have new restrictions on when they can copy data from devices such as phones and laptopsThe US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has placed new restrictions on when its agents are permitted to copy data from devices such as mobile phones and laptops at border crossing points such as airports, amidst a surge in such “advanced” searches.Agents will now need to have “reasonable suspicion” to conduct advanced searches, which may include copying data from the devices of people entering or leaving the country, the patrol said in new guidance published on Friday.The new rules, an update to guidance put into place in 2009, continue to permit agents to inspect information stored on a device at random.“CBP’s authority for the border search of electronic devices is and will continue to be exercised judiciously, responsibly, and consistent with the public trust,” said John Wagner, deputy executive assistant commissioner, office of field operations, in a statement.CBP agents inspected 30,200 phones and other devices during 2017, up 63 percent from 19,051 in 2016.
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LG seems poised to make one hell of a splash when CES 2018 kicks off in a few hours.The South Korean OLED specialist wowed the world with its ludicrously skinny 'wallpaper televisions' last year, and 12 months later, the firm is now ready to show off an 88-inch 8K TV.Because 2160p is a sinfully low resolution, dammit!But LG also has another new OLED to roll out at the Las Vegas event.Over the new few days in Sin City, LG is going to show off an OLED prototype display that can be rolled up like a newspaper.The company first announced the tech a couple of years ago, but now it's ready to show off a 65-inch, 4K version of this absurdly futuristic display.
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More than five years after it landed on the red planet, NASA’s Curiosity Rover is still cruising around and discovering curious things that have scientists here on Earth scratching their heads.It could be a ground-breaking discovery, he told the website Inside Outer Space.“They look remarkably similar to Ordovician trace fossils I have studied and photographed here on Earth,” he said.“If not trace fossils, what other geological explanations will NASA come up with?”The rover has given us some stunning images of the red planet’s landscape, but tiny formations in a Martian rock may be the biggest find yet.The stick-like features were first spotted in black-and-white photos takes by the rover.
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Researchers said the attack occurred in August 2017, around the time of Ukraine's Independence Day holiday.Hackers have compromised the official website of Ukrainian accounting software developer Crystal Finance Millennium to distribute a new variant of the malicious Zeus banking trojan.According to Cisco Talos researchers, the company's website was found dispersing malware that was retrieved by malware downloaders attached to messages as part of an ongoing spam campaign.Ukrainian authorities and businesses were alerted to the cyberattack by local security firm ISSP.However, researchers noted that the hackers did not compromise the company's update servers or have the same level of access observed in the earlier Nyetya compromise.In this attack, malicious malware-laden emails were sent out featuring a ZIP archive that contained a JavaScript file that functioned as a malware downloader.
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Ford's new subcompact SUV, the 2018 Ford EcoSport, is landing at dealerships as I write this.And if you hop online to configure one, you'll end up staring at a pretty sweet lease incentive.Ford's 2018 EcoSport configurator is now live, and there aren't many surprises.As we reported back in September, the starting price is $19,995 for a base EcoSport S with a 123-horsepower, 1.0-liter I3 mated to a six-speed automatic.An extra $1,500 will net you a larger I4 engine and all-wheel drive.As the price rises, so does the equipment.
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It’s 2018, and a gang in East London has just been sentenced for cock fighting in a prosecution brought by the RSPCA.But even back then, there were some, like St Augustine, who questioned people’s fascination for the bloodsport.Increasingly, the RSPCA is also seeing more incidents of badger baiting and dog-fighting - other crimes that - like cock-fighting - are based on forcing one sentient animal into a bloody battle with another.But there are three clear, common threads which link all these illegal activities: egos, organisation and social media.Another similarity is that these cruel activities are often highly organised, rather than spur of the moment.And despite the fact that these savage organised activities hark back to a supposedly less enlightened, medieval age, the perpetrators use 21st century technology to share and brag about their cruelty on social media.
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I'm doing new things every day so I need to constantly reinvent and learn fast on the job.Building trust and relationships at the highest client levels are also intensely crucial, as well as dynamically playing multiple roles at work, as it’s the only way to keep things together.But I’ve maintained resilience and positivity and have surrounded myself with a solid support network – whether that’s access to an incredible executive team who have given me air cover when I’ve needed it to nice coffee chats outside of the office to get some outside perspective.There is nothing that a brownie can’t solve.Ali [Hanan] from Creative Equals has also generously given ample advice and opportunity.Caroline Paris, creative director at Brave
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