Eric Billiter

Eric Billiter

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We all love the Android 7.1 Nougat shortcuts.Everything that saves time these days is welcome functionality, especially when it comes to multitasking on our smartphones.That being said, many users would like to do more with shortcuts, but are limited by what Google provides.Nova has partnered with a couple of developers, known as Sesame crew, to bring their Sesame Shortcuts app features to its launcher.Want a quick way to search for the latest Orange is the New Black episodes on Netflix?Tap it, and you’ll be taken straight to the Netflix search results.
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Automattic, the company behind WordPress, Akismet, and Gravatar, today unveiled the National Security Letters (NSLs) from the FBI, in an attempt to cast light on what these secretive letters are and what kind of information they request.Paul Sieminski, general counsel for Automattic, explained that NSLs are hard to talk about, due to the fact they often come with non-disclosure clauses.Regardless, he says Automattic has concerns about the NSLs and what they contain:…we take our commitment to transparency very seriously, and believe that our users and the public have a right to be informed about the nature of the tools that the government uses to conduct investigations and the scope of their use.… We also continue to believe that NSLs pose serious constitutional concerns, particularly because they indefinitely prevent companies like us from speaking about them, and informing our users or the public about the NSLs that we receive.All of the NSLs appear to be the same, barring the specific URLs and emails they request.
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As if ransomware wasn't sinister enough, a simple to use and easy to buy form of the file-encrypting malware now provides its users with the ability to track victims on Google Maps.First appearing on the cybercriminal market in September last year, the Philadelphia ransomware is available for $400 and the developers offers a 'ransomware-as-a-service' package which provides support and updates for the malicious software.The RaaS kit is even promoted to potential customers with adverts complete with slick marketing videos and promotional screenshots boasting of a 'Full Lifetime License' from its creators, complete with regular support.That support includes software for managing attacks, including the ability to list all of the infected machines -- not just by displaying the country the victim is in, but their location and IP address as well.The feature is designed to help give the ransomware's users an insight to where they've made successful attacks -- including the set ransom amount for that target and their operating system."It's the operational part of running your 'hacking business' in order to manage the machines under control -- a critical element of a non-technical person's ability to leverage this tool and monetise it," Dan Schiappa, senior vice president of the Sophos Enduser and Network Security Group, told ZDNet.
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Recently, the U.S. lost half of its Caribbean coral reefs in one year due to climate change.Data later confirmed that the thermal stress on the coral system was greater than the previous 20 years combined.These so-called “bleaching events” occur when corals are stressed by changes in the environment and expel their symbiotic algae.The exodus of algae causes the reef to turn completely white, thus the term bleaching.Professor emeritus at the University of Arizona, Mo Ehsani, believes using a system to deliver cool water directly to colonies at risk could reverse this dire trend.Ehsani has been testing fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) products for nearly three decades and founded, QuakeWrap, a construction company specializing in FRP commodities, in 1994.
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“Jake, I don’t care,” Anthony Scaramucci, Donald Trump’s new communications director, told Jake Tapper on Sunday, on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Scaramucci added, “You know who doesn’t care?faced “a moral debt restructuring, one caused by the reckless behavior of a man who knows a thing or two about bankruptcy.” Tapper, reasonably enough, took this to have been a criticism of the man who is now Scaramucci’s boss, and asked how many positions and principles Scaramucci was willing to renounce in return for a White House office.Scaramucci had already deleted tweets in which he’d declared himself pro-choice, pro gun control, and opposed to the conspiracy theories of climate-change denialists.Or maybe, as he told Tapper, he just saw the light during the campaign and realized that Trump would be “phenomenal” for America, and thus came by his flashy obsequiousness honestly, at least once other candidates he’d preferred, such as Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, had dropped out.When Tapper asked him about the investigation, he offered up the novel theory that, if the Russians had really been up to something, we would never have known—“they’re super confident in their deception skills in hacking”—and thus the existence of evidence that they were, say, reaching out to the Trump campaign was actually proof that they were not.Scaramucci didn’t take credit for coming up with that one himself; he was repeating something “somebody said to me yesterday, I won’t tell you who.”
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It has vexed fans for years that some people call the main character of Doctor Who “Doctor Who” instead of just “The Doctor.” Well, departing showrunner Steven Moffat has some good news for the side which has insisted for years that either name is correct.At the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel today, Moffat had this answer:If you take continuity seriously and, be honest, you all do, there isn’t any doubt about this.It was established in “The War Machines” that his name is Doctor Who.He doesn’t often call himself Doctor Who because it’s a bloody stupid name, but he signs himself Doctor W. The third Doctor had a car with “WHO” on the license plate.He’s not a master of subtlety.
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Imagine a world without high-performance serversThe move to containerisation has been built on a simple formula: containers mean Docker and container management means Kubernetes."There's a clear mechanism to develop the API within Kubernetes," Goasguen continues, pointing out there's a need to identify what is the core API first.There's lot of competition in the online retailing market and any time saved loading the shopping cart, processing payment and organising delivery is going to be beneficial to retailers.Kubernetes was being deployed for the Code for Life project, a multiplayer gaming initiative run for the benefit of school kids.Ocado was already using Google products – it's a heavy user of Google's Cloud Platform.
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We’ve already taken a look at neural networks and deep learning techniques in a previous post, so now it’s time to address another major component of deep learning: data — meaning the images, videos, emails, driving patterns, phrases, objects and so on that are used to train neural networks.Surprisingly, despite our world being quite literally deluged by data — currently about 2.5 quintillion bytes a day, for those keeping tabs — a good chunk of it is not labeled or structured, meaning that for most current forms of supervised learning, it’s unusable.The more labeled pictures they see, the bigger (and more diverse) the data set, the better they can refine the accuracy of their predictions; practice makes (almost) perfect.Unsupervised learning: Go west, young manThe companion to supervised learning, as you might guess, is called unsupervised learning.This technique is impressive and produces some extremely interesting and useful results, but, so far, unsupervised learning doesn’t match the accuracy and effectiveness of supervised training for many purposes — more on that in a bit.
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Telia will go to Finland, but the Swedish weak trend is causing hundreds of layoffs.the Second quarter proved to be more difficult than expected the telecommunications company telia's profitability.the Company's comparable operating profit fell in the April–June 16.7 percent to 3.7 billion Swedish krona and comparable use kate to 4.6 percent from a year earlier period.This case we have only to subscribers
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Users of WhatsApp in China are reporting widespread service disruptions amid fears that the popular messaging service may be blocked at least partially by Chinese authorities.WhatsApp users on the mainland reported Tuesday on other social media platforms that the messaging app was inaccessible without virtual private network software used to circumvent China's censorship apparatus, known colloquially as The Great Firewall.It appeared that users in China could send texts over WhatsApp without VPNs but not images.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said he had no information on the issue when asked by reporters.Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.China blocked Telegram, another messaging service, in 2015 after it became a popular platform for activists and dissidents to share information.
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War for the Planet of the Apes is a unique effects-driven summer blockbuster in that it has a very clear end to a major part of its story.War for the Planet of the Apes doesn’t end with a big ape-versus-human fight.The Colonel (Woody Harrelson) killed Caesar’s family, imprisoned and enslaved the rest of his apes, and tortured Caesar personally.And yet, Caesar doesn’t kill the Colonel after going to hunt him down.Instead, the Colonel takes his own life, stricken with a disease that makes humans mute and less intelligent.“It is a thing where you have the two leaders of two factions—the apes and the humans—and I really liked that number one on my [character’s] to-do list is eliminate [Caesar],” Harrelson told us.
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Party City, the party goods supplier and retail chain, has taken a minority stake in digital invitations platform Punchbowl, the companies announced today.While the official announcement didn’t disclose the size of the round, an SEC filing listing Party City Retail Group president Ryan Vero points to an infusion of an additional $4 million.Starting in mid-2016, Punchbowl began to see a lot of inbound interest, leading to what he described as “several alternatives” that the company could have pursued.But Party City is also a vertically integrated company, meaning they’re often the manufacturer of party goods sold in other party stores, too.Founded in early 2007, the service is one of the early competitors in the digital invites and e-cards space, and a rival to others like Evite.The company, which now sees tens of millions of customers per year, had bet on the demise of paper cards for things like party invitations and greeting cards.
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super-entrepreneur Elon Musk is not known to fear the march of technology, he is, after all, determined to colonize our neighbor Mars, but there is one area that he has to fear – artificial intelligence.Over the weekend, took he, therefore, to warn of the risks associated with unregulated AI when he spoke at a meeting with u.s. regulators.”I have access to very prominent AI and I think that people should really be worried about it,” said Musk according to the site The Verge.According to Musk, he will continue to warn of the risks associated with AI so long as it is needed, then he fears that the subject is too obscure for most people to take in, and he hopes that the technology will have to be regulated tightly in the future.”AI is an unusual case where we need to be proactive with regulation instead to be reactive.I think it will be too late when we become reactive with the regulation of the AI”.
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Don’t you just hate it when the thumbnail image for a YouTube clip isn’t an accurate representation of the video it’s supposed to represent?Well now the company is seeking to rectify that by adding GIF-like moving previews to thumbnails, similar to the previews used by certain ahem… artistic websites… to entice users to click.All you need to do is roll your cursor over the thumbnail in order to see 3 seconds of automatically selected video.YouTube says (via The Verge) it is selecting a clip from the first half off the video that “it believes gives the best idea of what the video is about.”Yes, we’re pretty sure that’s the tactic PornHub and co. are deploying too.YouTube says you’ll need Chrome 32 and up or Opera v.19 and up to see the new previews which will appear on the home page, in search results and within the watch page, subscriptions tab and the trending tab.
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The u.s. fast-food chain KFC, or Kentucky Fried Chicken, is not particularly known in our latitudes, but overseas it is another story.In China, the chain for example, been in existence for 30 years, and this want KFC to celebrate properly.Just in time for the chain's 30-year anniversary in China released namely KFC-phone in cooperation with phone manufacturer Huawei.KFC Edition Huawei Enjoy 7 Plus, which is the phone's full product name, has a screen of 5.5 inches, a Snapdragon 425 processor with 3gb of ram and 32 gb of memory, which can be expanded via micro-sd.Other features include a fingerprint reader and a pre-installed KFC-application that allows you to create playlists that can be shared in the growth, ungrfär as a virtual jukebox.
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Berlin esports startup Dojo Madness has launched Shadow.LoL, an analytics and data visualization platform for professional League of Legends teams.The esports phenomenon has become a big business, with growth expected to go from $696 million in 2017 to $1.5 billion by 2020, $696 million in 2017, according to market researcher Newzoo.And Riot Games’ League of Legends is one of the biggest esports games of all.So Dojo Madness teamed up with Tim “Magic” Sevenhuysen, the world’s foremost League of Legends statistician, and esports outfit Team Liquid to build a platform that can improve how teams prepare for and analyze matches.The Shadows.LoL platform is a software-as-a-service, designed to help pro teams win games, as well as help broadcasters tell more advanced data-driven narratives in their play-by-play “shoutcasts.” In a way the technology is reminiscent of the book (and film) Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, about how the Oakland Athletics baseball team used analytics to become one of the top competitors in Major League Baseball.Shadow.LoL offers ways to track teams’ performances on stage and in scrimmages, monitor players’ champion pools, scout opponents’ tendencies, prepare strategies and drafts for upcoming matches, and dive deep into statistical analysis, all in one place.
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Findo, an AI-focused smart search startup that’s striving to help people find information buried in cloud accounts, documents, and email attachments, has announced a new personal assistant designed to automatically create tasks and reminders based on the content of your emails.Similar to Findo’s other AI-infused productivity tools, Yva.ai uses natural language processing (NLP) to dissect and understand the content of your emails, while leaning on machine learning to identify tasks issued to you within any of your emails.Email may be on the decline in some spheres, with mobile messaging apps such as WhatsApp now the main communication conduit for billions of people around the world.But email does actually remain in rude health, particularly in business.Recent reports suggest there will be more than 2.9 billion email users worldwide and 246 billion emails sent and received per day by 2019, up from 205 billion messages in 2015.And this is why Findo is still focusing heavily on email: Yva is all about saving you from manually extracting every task and request from every email, giving you an actionable to-do-list that’s created automatically.
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On this page, you can browse our personal favourite phone deals on EE this month – our little gift to you to take the edge off your search.If you pick one of our favourite EE deals featured on Mobiles.co.uk, it's currently offering £10 of the upfront cost with the voucher code 10OFF.The best Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deals on EEThe Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus carries a spacious 6.2-inch screen along with the same great specs as its smaller sibling, the Galaxy S8, which include the Snapdragon 835 chipset, QI wireless charging, Android 7.0 and IP68 water-resistance.Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus 64GB (Midnight Black) | Free upfront | Unlimited calls texts | 15GB data | £47.99 per month If you want to go large on data as well as your phone, this generous 15GB deal on the Galaxy S8 Plus is a good option for you.It's certainly the best top-tier data deal on EE that we spotted on Samsung's supersized flagship phone.
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The media invite that has just landed in our inbox and our sources confirm that Xiaomi will launch the Mi Max 2 in India on July 18.The Mi Max 2 was unveiled in China in May, and the 6.44-inch phablet is successor to last year’s Mi Max.The ‘Max’ is clearly the keyword for the device as it sports a big 6.44-inch HD display and a whopping 5,300 mAh battery.With dimensions of 174.1 x 88.7 x 7.6mm, it’s a really big phone and makes no qualms about it.Powered by the Snapdragon 625 chipset with 4 GB of RAM, the device packs in 64 GB or 128 GB of internal storage, although I’m not sure both variants would land up in India.There’s a 12 MP Sony IMX386 camera sensor with phase detection autofocus at the back and a 5 MP camera with an 85-degree wide-angle lens up front.
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How many power lines did you drive under on your way to work this morning?Well, while you were casually sipping your double-soy-mocha-no-whip-latte there was a truly devastating deity lurking in those innocent-looking black cables hanging overhead.One unlucky driver in Ontario, Canada, decided that they would see if they could meet him, so they slammed their minivan straight into a utility pole, summoning the lightning god himself, and boy was it a sight to behold.The incident, which occurred right across the street from a Popeyes Chicken joint (dinner and a show!), was captured by an onlooker.The pole, severed from the ground, failed to safely secure the high-power cables in place, and in the mangled mess of wrapped wiring and twisted cords Zeus entered into this earthly plane and proceeded to shoot blue bolts of plasma.
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