Eric Erikson

Eric Erikson

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Japanese cosmetics maker Shu Uemura recently revealed a holiday beauty line patterned after — of all things — the Super Mario Bros games.It’s the crossover you never wanted and never expected, and it’ll be out in Japan in November.According to Kakuyasu Uchiide, Shu’s artistic director, the connection between the two brands is based in … well, I’m not sure exactly:This collection is not so much about creating, but it is about playing.I want people to be able to play with their individual style.I really want to show what is our spirit, our DNA, our creativity.
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Det är nu två och ett halvt år sedan Breakit drog i gång.Vi har på kort tid lyckats bygga en stor publik bland Sveriges techintresserade.Men hur går det egentligen med ekonomin?Bokslutet som skickades in till Bolagsverket häromveckan bjuder på följande siffror:Breakits omsättning ökade i fjol med 270 procent till 6,8 miljoner kronor.Vi gjorde en förlust på 1,5 miljoner kronor under 2016.
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According to a recent report from The CMO Council, 63 percent of marketers said their teams were either “getting better,” “need improvement” or doing “not well at all” at localizing branded content for different markets.At the same time, a wide margin of the marketers — 75 percent — are spending 10 percent or less of their budgets on localization needs.Joining forces with HH Global, the CMO Council polled a relatively small pool of marketers for its “Age of the Adaptive Marketer” report.The findings are based on 150 completed surveys from marketing executives in a range of industries, in addition to anecdotal comments from interviews with C-level executives from Pepsi, Chobani and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.The CMO Council said the aim of the report was to, “… ignite a much-needed dialogue around new platforms, opportunities and mandates for rapid deployment and expansion of market localization across all creative adaptation programs.”Of the 150 marketers surveyed, the largest majority — 63 percent — rated their efforts as either “not doing well at all,” “need improvement,” or “getting better” when asked how effectively they adapt, modify and/or localize branded content for different markets, audiences, partners and geographies.
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Come September, it will almost be a year since Lenovo wowed the world with its unusual Yoga Book laptop/tablet convertible.Lenovo will indeed launch two new Yoga Books in September, but they will barely be different from last year’s model.Their only difference is that they will come in two new colors of Pearl White and Ruby Red and nothing more.Those might sound like Pokemon titles but reality is less impressive.Or more impressive, depending on your take.The Lenovo Yoga Book is admittedly interesting, with its keyless Halo Keyboard, a Create pad that integrates a Wacom digitizer, a seemingly magical workflow that digitizes real ink, and a suave, lightweight look that will have people’s heads turning.
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The latest two-wheel transporter toy from Segway was disturbingly easy to hack, with miscreants requiring just seconds to take control of a vehicle, we're told.Researchers at hacking house IOActive probed the Chinese Segway miniPro, and said they found the wireless link between the machine and its accompanying mobile app was insecure – allowing anyone in radio range to potentially reconfigure and commandeer passing rides.In a talk due to be given at next week’s Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, Thomas Kilbride, embedded devices security consultant for IOActive, will explain how it was possible to disable the anti-theft system on the miniPro in seconds via Bluetooth, with full control achievable in less than half a minute using a smartphone.The problem, as is all too common with Internet of Sh!t devices, was in the communications: the Segway's firmware talked to its Android and iOS apps using wide-open plaintext chatter.Although the apps use a PIN system to authenticate with the vehicle, a suitable script on, say, an attacker's laptop could fire the right signals over Bluetooth at the hardware to reset the PIN to something they know.With the new code, the miscreant could use the standard app to connect to and take over the miniPro.
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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) released images and video Friday from the JEM Internal Ball Camera -- Int-Ball for short -- an adorable looking camera drone that's floating around on the International Space Station.The drone, whose parts were all made with 3D printing, lets crew on Earth check the ISS crew's work from the same viewpoint as the crew in space.Personnel on the ground can remotely control the Int-Ball, but it can also move autonomously.Flight controllers and researchers on the ground can check the Int-Ball's footage in real time.
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Työpäiväkorjattu kansantalouden tuotanto kasvoi toukokuussa 2,5 prosenttia edellisvuodesta, Tilastokeskus kertoo.Alkutuotanto laski vajaan prosentin vuodentakaisesta.Jalostus nousi viisi prosenttia ja palvelut vajaat kaksi prosenttia.Huhtikuun työpäiväkorjattu tuotanto nousi tarkentuneiden tietojen mukaan 3,3 prosenttia edellisvuoden huhtikuusta.Kausitasoitettu tuotanto laski toukokuussa 0,2 prosenttia edelliskuukaudesta.
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German car maker Daimler announced that they would cooperate with their Chinese partner Beijing Automotive Group to establish an electric car battery plant in China.With an investment scale of EUR655 million, which is about USD740 million, this plant will not only make electric car batteries, but also will produce Mercedes-Benz battery-powered cars.Hubertus Troska, board member of Daimler, said in a statement that by 2025, China would account for a large share of electric car sales of Mercedes-Benz.Therefore, localized manufacturing would be the key to the success of their electric car portfolio.With the help of Beijing Automotive Group, Mercedes-Benz will be able to save 25% tariff for its import cars sold in China.It is said that Daimler will invest about USD1.13 billion for battery production around the world.
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A pending code change could bring a period of instabilityThe community-driven organization overseeing Bitcoin on Wednesday warned that any Bitcoins received after Monday, July 31, 2017 at GMT-0700 may vanish into thin air or be rejected as invalid.Bitcoin.org said that at the end of the month, Bitcoin confirmation scores – a number that represents the difficulty of altering the associated transaction – may become unreliable for an unknown period.The reason for this "potential network disruption" is Bitcoin Improvement Proposal 148 (BIP 148), which describes a "user-activated soft fork" (UASF).Doing so offers a number of ostensible benefits, including increasing the Bitcoin blocksize, limiting the extent to which transaction data can be modified by third parties, and simplifying scripting upgrades.In an email to The Register, Bitcoin contributor Dave Harding explained, "The development team for SegWit, called Bitcoin Core, released it in late October 2015 with an activation method used for a previous successful Bitcoin upgrade.
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If you're a Windows Insider, then you'll want to hit that update button for some nice Windows Shell, Task Manager, and Mixed Reality improvements.This time around, Microsoft focused on the Windows Shell user interface components, along with a smattering of Task Manager and mixed reality improvements.Now, users can recover access to their managed service accounts (MSAs) and Azure AD Premium (AAD) accounts without needing to go through their IT administrators.Another refinement in build 16241 is a softening of the Acrylic Material that’s part of Microsoft’s Fluent Design System that will make its debut in Fall Creators Update.The change will soften the noise layer, as demonstrated in the images below.The new GPU section of the Task Manager Performance tab is getting some additional attention in this build after being introduced two builds ago.
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Only 15 years ago our interaction with the internet would have been through technology that was tethered to a desk, with mobility achieved through the use of a laptop.The next major evolution came in 2007 touch (although this technology had been around in some form since the 1970s) when the Apple iPhone gave birth to touch and started our love affair with tapping and swiping screens.Out went the traditional Qwerty Keyboard and in came the touch screen and navigation of apps and browsers with swiping and tapping.Toddlers and teens will never remember a time before touch screens.Now, however, the tech world is leaving fingertip control behind, taking advantage of technology that has been around for some time and requires your voice to make it work.Voice recognition technology combined with artificial intelligence (AI), is now so effective that users can replace the key strokes, touches and swipes that we have been so familiar with for years.
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movements of Live animals are the most significant risk of animal disease spread.the Legislation, contrary to the events, movements of animals endanger Finland's good animal disease situation and may also threaten human health, warns food safety authority Evira in a statement.Before the transfer is of animal origin and the area the animal health status ensure and the animal has to be in the country of origin issued health certificate.It allows the movements of the animals can, if necessary, be traced, if the output area of the outbreak of animal diseases after the transfer."an Example can be mentioned poultry smuggling.It can undermine the professional poultry economy.
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Microsoft is very aware that internet speeds in rural America are no match for broadband service available in urban areas, and has a plan to fix it: Using your existing TV connection.Microsoft won’t just install some sort of contraption that will turn your TV into a broadband beaming device.Instead, the company wants to use white spaces, or those TV channels that aren’t used for TV broadcasting, to bring broadband access to more than 2 million people in the US.According to the The New York Times, Microsoft on Tuesday will announce plans to start a white spaces service in 12 states including New York, Texas, Washington, Virginia, Michigan, Maine, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.However, Microsoft will not become an internet service provider.The company will work with local companies including the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities in Virginia and Axiom Technologies in Maine, sharing investment costs and revenue.
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One of the biggest draws to LG’s 2017, flagship phone, the G6, is the eye-catching FullVision display that dominates the front fascia and elbows the bezels off to the edges.Now, the hardware maker is bringing that same treatment to a series of presumably more affordable handsets starting next month.While the G6 featured a 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ screen, the new Q6 lineup will come with a 5.5-inch 2160 x 1080 pixel display.That means you’ll get the same aspect ratio in a slightly more pocketable size; the lower resolution might be a blessing in disguise, as it will potentially consume less battery life than a sharper screen.The other notable downgrades are in the processor and camera departments: instead of the G6’s Snapdragon 835, you’ll get a 435 from 2016, and a single rear 13-megapixel shooter.The three variants, the Q6, Q6+ and Q6α are practically identical, save for their RAM and onboard storage configurations, and color options.
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Are you doing something innovative to build your email list?Something beyond the sidebar blog subscription tactic we're all so fond of?Or do you know someone who is?I'm putting together a round-up article and looking for contributors from this awesome community.I'd love to hear from you!Either comment here or email james@wishpond.com.
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Lucid Motors turned heads earlier this year when its Alpha Speed Car prototype reached a top speed of 217 mph during a test run on a high-speed track in Ohio.That’s an incredibly impressive feat considering electric cars are typically revered for the spine-twisting torque they generate off the line.The effort, however, looks absolutely pedestrian compared to what the company was recently able to accomplish.During a follow-up visit to the Transportation Research Center (TRC) facility, Lucid removed the software speed limiter to see what its prototype was truly capable of.The team also made changes to the vehicle’s air suspension to improve responsiveness under heavy loads, bolstered cooling to the front motor and swapped out the wheels for better aerodynamics.With the restrictions removed and the changes in place, the Alpha Speed Car prototype hit a GPS-confirmed top speed of 235.44 mph.
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In this day and age, that means Google and Facebook.Besides many other things, those two tech giants now command the bulk of the ad revenue that news outlets have long relied on, leaving publishers scrambling to find solutions to stem the bleeding.So a trade association representing about 2,000 newspapers in the United States and Canada — including this publication — will ask Congress to give it the right to bargain collectively with the Silicon Valley companies.“Google and Facebook ’s duopolistic dominance of online advertising… could do far more damage to the free press than anything the president posts on Twitter,” David Chavern, president and CEO of the News Media Alliance, wrote in a Sunday op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.Citing figures from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, Chavern says Google and Facebook “account for more than 70 percent of the $73 billion spent each year on digital advertising, and they eat up most of the growth.” He also cited numbers that support what many of us know: Most people get to their news by clicking on links in their Facebook news feeds, or from Google Search.Nearly 80 percent of all online referral traffic comes from those companies, according to Statista.
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The american teknikbolaget Apple will build a second data center in Denmark through an investment of 6 billion Danish kroner, which corresponds to approximately 8 billion Swedish kronor.The computer centre to start up in 2019 and will be used to deliver Apple's online services such as Itunes, App Store, Imessage, and Siri for european users.the Plant will get its power entirely from renewable energy.Apple's first data center in Denmark, which has had a price tag of around € 850 million, will start its operations in the year.
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Artificial intelligence isn't going away.The problem is, however, that you've spent the last few years programming distinctly unintelligent apps – enterprise servers for back office or web, systems that control batch transfer jobs or calculating energy models.In doing so, they must understand how to do two things, broadly: train AI algorithms on lots of data, and then deploy the trained models to go and analyse new things.The former focus on sourcing, scrubbing and understanding data, and then building stuff with it."Usually you spend 70-80 per cent of your time getting the data, cleaning up the data, trying different settings on the model to get it to work with your data, until you get good results," he says."When you're writing the code, usually there's not that much code."
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What would make the discovery of a secret passageway under Teotihuacan’s Pyramid of the Moon even more intriguing?A theory that the tunnel was used to emulate the underworld, to start.CT scans performed by archaeologists from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History in June indicate that a tunnel about 30 feet underground spans from the pre-Aztec pyramid to the middle of its outer central square, reports Live Science.They say it's possible the tunnel was used for ritualistic purposes, such as ceremonies marking the different agricultural cycles."The function of the tunnel may have been to reproduce the underworld, a world where life, animals, and plants originated,” says archaeologist Verónica Ortega, per the International Business Times.Construction began on the Pyramid of the Moon in 100 BC; it was initially a small platform that grew in stages over roughly 500 years to a height of 150 feet.
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