Gaston Alexander

Gaston Alexander

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Many animals endemic to islands have gone the proverbial “way of the dodo,” including, well, the dodo.Island species face some of the toughest climate and human-induced challenges, and some of them just don’t make it out alive.From the outset, solenodons have some strange things going on: though they are mammals, their saliva is venomous, and they use their teeth to inject prey with it.They’ve been called “slow” and “clumsy” and have a strange gait that makes them move in a zig-zag.Solenodons look like what you’d expect if you asked a person on PCP to draw an anteater.New research presented at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology conference in Alberta, Canada this week suggests that their ability to eat pretty much anything has helped them survive waves of indigenous and European populations in the Caribbean.
UK
In the olden days, back when Stuff was a nipper, you’d count yourself lucky if you got given a brick on a string to play with.These days, not only do kids have fidget spinners, iPads and Oculus Rifts as well as bricks to entertain themselves, the Toybox 3D printer is like having their own toy factory.Kids can use the app to pick the toy they want to print, or, if they’re particularly precocious, they can design and produce their own.Then, if our experience of 3D printing is anything to go by, you just need to entertain them for three hours while it gets to work.Back it on Kickstarter now from US$249.
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Have you noticed it's getting harder and harder to build referral traffic from Google?And it's not just that the competition has got tougher (which it certainly has!).It's also that Google has moved past its ten blue links and its organic search results are no longer generating as much traffic they used to.
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Samsung has confirmed it is developing its own voice-controlled "smart speaker" for the home, to rival devices by Amazon and Google.DJ Koh, head of Samsung's mobile division, told CNBC News: "I am already working on it."The company already has a voice-controlled assistant called Bixby on some of its devices, which can send messages and set reminders.Voice-controlled smart speakers are typically used to play music, set a timer, add items to a shopping list and control other internet-connected gadgets around the home.Amazon's Echo speaker can be used to buy products from the online retailer, while Google's Home speaker can retrieve search results in a conversational way, and play YouTube videos on a compatible television."Samsung will have to do something different," said Ranjit Atwal, a research director at Gartner.
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Silicon Valley venture firm Social Capital plans to help startups go public without the dreaded IPO process.And it’s something different than what Spotify is doing.Social Capital is creating a shell company known as a “SPAC” that exists solely to merge with a startup.These types of transactions are not rare outside of the venture world but have little precedent with tech startups.According to the prospectus, the holding company known as Hedosophia has been formed to make it easier for startups to trade on the stock market.It is raising $500 million by selling shares to investors.
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Follow our guide to manually decide which tagged photos appear on your profileBy default, when someone tags you in a photo on Instagram, the photo will automatically appear on your profile.However, did you know that Instagram allows you to stop this from happening?Our guide will show you how to prevent photos you’re tagged in from automatically appearing on your profile.Note: These screenshots were captured in the Instagram application on iOS.Tap your profile picture in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
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Virtual reality’s impact on the gaming industry hasn’t been as profound as some pundits had anticipated.The high cost of entry has had a lot to do with slow adoption although it’s just one of several contributing factors.Game developers and publishers have been somewhat reluctant to jump aboard the VR bandwagon, and for good reason.It’s an unproven platform and a new medium that requires loads of processing power.It’s no surprise, then, that many devs have elected to come out of the gate with experiences that – while fun and innovative at times – are rather simplistic.As the medium matures, we’re seeing game makers gain more confidence and a willingness to bring high-profile IPs to the virtual world.
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It is clear that Samsung wants to leave the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco in the rear-view mirror – it’s not like the company loves to remember the defective batteries that led to the phone’s multiple recalls.At the same time, it seems as if Samsung wants former Galaxy Note 7 owners to have faith and pick up the newly-announced Galaxy Note 8, which is likely why those owners will be given a potentially significant discount off the new phablet.Samsung’s olive branch is relatively straightforward: former Galaxy Note 7 owners can trade in their current phones and get up to $425 off the Galaxy Note 8 once pre-orders for the latter kick off on August 24.The instant discount offer will be made through Samsung’s website, though we are interested to learn how Samsung will parse out those former Galaxy Note 7 owners.As a quick recap, the Galaxy Note 8 features a 6.3-inch QHD+ AMOLED display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, 6 GB of RAM, and dual rear cameras with optical image stabilization for both sensors.This is certainly a gesture of good faith from a company whose reputation took a hit with the Galaxy Note 7.
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Data-Driven Marketing, or the process of making decisions that arise from the analysis of data, is in the news (again).3x more likely to have increased revenues6x more likely to achieve competitive advantage and improve profitability5x more likely to retain customersIn essence, the success of data-driven marketing comes from systematically extracting inferences from data sets to uncover trends and create opportunities that expand marketing effectiveness.stronger campaigns and better insight into performance – results that matter!).
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If you were holding out to see if Dell would offer an Alienware Area-51 desktop using a processor with more than 10 cores, you might want to consider the Threadripper Edition instead.Now Dell is reporting that the Intel X-Series version of its gaming desktop is available for a $1,900 starting price, which is cheaper than the Threadripper model’s $2,700 starting price.Unfortunately, the Intel-based model doesn’t provide a processor option of more than 10 cores, so you’ll have to make a separate purchase and install the Core i9-7920X 12-core chip or higher yourself if you want more performance.Here’s the full list of hardware options:Intel Core i7-7800X (6 cores)Intel Core i7-7820X (8 cores)
UK
The iPhone 8 is going to be the first iPhone in three years to feature a new design, and Apple fans couldn’t be more excited.The all-screen design… the OLED display… the glass and stainless steel construction… it all adds up to what will likely be the hottest iPhone Apple has ever made.Of course, Apple’s tenth-anniversary smartphone will also ship with a slew of new features and capabilities, and rumor has it that one of them in particular will be the biggest game-changer we’ve seen on an iPhone in quite some time.Now, a new leaked photo might give us our first ever look at the device that makes this new feature possible.Back in early August when rumors surrounding the possible removal of Touch ID from Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 were really starting to heat up, I wrote a speculative article about what using “Face ID” on the iPhone 8 might be like.Now, according to yet another report on Monday that echoes an earlier rumor, it looks like Apple does indeed have something better.
UK
Clawing its way out of the redMisco is shuttering its UK warehouse and distribution centre in Greenock, Scotland, in a bid to drag the P accounts out of the red.The company was owned by US parent Systemax until it, along with operations in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Sweden, was sold to private equity outfit Hilco Capital in March – the firm that came in for Staples and HMV.The turnaround job for the British arm was placed in the hands of CEO Alan Cantwell, formerly boss at Selection Services, and he confirmed today the closures of the logistics units."This difficult decision follows a detailed analysis of the business and is part of a wider strategy to bring Misco back to full profitability in order to achieve our long term goals," he said in a statement.He said Misco also planned to make fit for purpose the ERP platform and integration process with trade customers that he expected will feed into better sales with end customers.
China
New York-listed 58.com (NYSE: WUBA), often described as China’s Craigslist, reported $382.8 million in total revenues for the second quarter, growing at a 33.3% year-on-year increase and exceeding the higher end of the company’s guidance.“A magical site” (一个神奇的网站), as its slogan claims, 58.com provides classifieds platforms in diverse categories, from second-hand goods, second-hand automobiles, recruitment to real estate, the last two being the company’s main revenue drivers.“Among all our categories, jobs continued to deliver the fastest year-over-year growth and increasingly accounts for a larger proportion of total revenues,” says Chairman and CEO Michael Yao (Yao Jinbo) in the company’s financial report.Yao said in May that the company has for the first time outpaced its “online recruitment peers in China” in revenues.In 2016, real estate outpaced recruitment to become the biggest traffic driver for 58.com.Housing market headwinds in China, however, are heavily dependent on government policies.
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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to change the rights of data subjects (i.e.people), and ergo how companies process and store data, and how they communicate with data subjects at the point of consent and beyond.Remember that the key point of GDPR is lawfulness of data processing, which when it comes to user experience demands that the data subject gives their clear, affirmative consent (and then subsequently has rights such as the right to erasure or rectification).There's much more to consider in the GDPR – see the ICO's overview – notably storing consent profiles, notifying data subjects of breaches etc., but in this piece once again we'll be looking at website UX at the point of data collection.
UK
Are you paying $40, $50, or even $60+ per month for a traditional home security system?It’s obviously important to ensure that your family is safe and secure, but $480-$720 per year is a whole lot of money to spend on a system that some experts believe to be unnecessary.That’s right, many people are of the opinion that home monitoring solutions are a waste of money.Because if an intruder enters your home and hears an alarm sound, he or she is likely to flee right then and there.That means by the time you get a call from the monitoring center, the incident is already over.Another option for people looking for a less expensive solution that’s still effective is the Korner Home Security System & App.
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As an online marketer, you’re supposed to test your site, test your landing pages, test your app… basically, the mantra is, if you’re not testing, you’re wasting money on bad design!But, while I’ve been a big fan of testing and conversion rate optimization (CRO) for almost a decade, I’m also a very practical sort of guy.CRO is a great idea, but sometimes you have to pick your priorities as an online marketer — especially if you’re in charge of marketing a smaller business with limited resources.For marketers in this sort of situation, choosing where to spend your time is just as important as choosing where to spend your marketing budget, which begs the question:Should you focus on improving your traffic quality, or on improving your site experience?Now, don’t get me wrong — in a perfect world, you’d optimize your site and your traffic quality simultaneously.
Sweden
Xbox One X avtäcktes under E3 i juni.Och trots att priset, 499 euro, avslöjats har vi inte sett röken av ett svenskt riktpris.Några officiella förhandsbokningar finns heller inte att tillgå.Men detta ska det bli ändring på i helgen.Microsoft sparkar nämligen igång en presskonferens på söndag klockan 21.00 och den kommer att livesändas via Microsofts kanaler på Youtube, Twitch och Mixer.Vi gissar att konsolens pris landar på drygt 6 000 kronor i Sverige.
UK
Blank audio a handy workaround to in-car annoyanceThe smash-hit, "A a a a Very Good Song" by New York-based reporter Samir Mezrahi, is in fact a rather clever trick to get around one of the more annoying bugs in the way iTunes syncs up with cars via Bluetooth.Drivers and passengers have found that once an iPhone is paired with and connects to the car's entertainment system, it will play songs automatically, usually the first alphabetical title in the handset's library.To counter that, Mezrahi created and published an audio file that consisted entirely of ten minutes of silence and then gave it the "A a a a" title so it will automatically become the first song in most libraries.Thus, when someone gets into their car and the phone connects to the dashboard and begins automatically playing music, you get silence and about ten minutes to turn it off or pick whatever track you really want.For what it's worth, iFans are not alone.
Sweden
HP hör till de som under de senaste åren satsat hårt på att få in mer design och stiltänk även i den kategorin.För det mesta har de lyckats kombinera avskalad elegans med det mesta man kan tänka sig behöva i en jobbdator för både små och stora företag.Elitebook Folio 1040 G3 är en dator som lyckas bra på den punkten.Det är en 14-tummare med slimmat aluminiumchassi, kromglänsande avfasade kanter och lyxig ultrabookkänsla.Samtidigt känns den stabilare än de flesta liknande datorer i samma storlek.Ett utmärkt exempel på det är tangentbordet som har bättre kilckkänsla i knapparna, och även en aningen högre slaghöjd, än notebooks vanligen har.
UK
Google pulled its web domain support for the Daily Stormer just three hours after the neo-Nazi website moved to the search engine’s registry system following its rejection from another.Google also terminated the website’s YouTube channel.The Daily Stormer had moved its domain registry to Google after GoDaddy said it had 24 hours to find a new provider.GoDaddy cited Daily Stormer’s support of the "Unite the Right" march in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend that ended in at least one fatality as violating the company’s terms of service.We informed The Daily Stormer that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service.— GoDaddy (@GoDaddy) 14 August 2017
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