For the last few years, most security experts have been trumpeting the virtues of a virtual private network (VPN).And yes, VPNs are great.That’s why many have been embracing Disconnect as the natural evolution of the protections offered by a VPN.Right now, you can find out for yourself why picking up this tracking blocker/VPN all under one hood is such a plus.If you need three (more) good reasons to pick up Disconnect, there’s…While VPN users often suffer either rerouted traffic or ISP throttling slowdowns, Disconnect has countered those hobblings by scrapping all the speed-sucking parasites off your browser.
For the most part, they succeed, but like any computer, sometimes things go wrong.You need to reformat hard disks, reinstall operating systems, and perform all sorts of laborious setup tasks.Reset Settings to remove customizationThis option for resetting your Chromebook will remove any customization you’ve made to your device — background image, display resolution, homepage, themes, et cetera — and disable any extensions you’ve installed.Step 2: Scroll down to the bottom of the menu and click “Show advanced settings,” then scroll down again.If you’re ready, click “Reset.”
The Cupertino, Calif., consumer electronics giant said Thursday that it sold 77.3 million iPhones, down 1 percent from a year ago.The expectation was for the iPhone X to be a hard-to-find item after it launched in November, but many customers were able to easily get one after the first few weeks, suggesting demand wasn't as strong as expected.Then there's the talk that iPhone X sales have dropped even further in the new year, with several reports pointing to Apple halving the production run of the phone to 20 million units.The pricier iPhone lineup still drove the company to post all-time records in quarterly profit and revenue."iPhone X surpassed our expectations and has been our top-selling iPhone every week since it shipped in November," he said in a press release.Apple ended 2017 in unusual fashion.
Apple’s Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron Corp. is reportedly planning a new iPhone production facility in Bengaluru, India, according to Reuters.The move comes following the government’s decision last month to raise import taxes on electronics, such as mobile phones.To promote domestic manufacturing in India, the government set out to raise the customs duty on phones to 15%, up from 10%.As a result, Apple increased the price of every model, except the locally produced iPhone SE, an average of 3.5%.Shifting production to India would help Apple cut costs of the iPhone 6s and drive uptake of its iPhone devices.In Q4 2017, Apple accounted for less than 3% of the Indian smartphone market, while Samsung and Xiaomi captured 23% and 25% of the market, respectively.
Mitipi, based in Zurich, Switzerland, was founded by four young developers to build, prototype and ultimately manufacture the device.Co-founder and CEO Julian Stylianou began working on the concept of a virtual roommate to ward off intruders in 2016.The way the device generates these simulations is ambitious and surprisingly complex.Kevin uses a smart algorithm that takes into account numerous factors including the user’s time zone, region, language, weather, home size, and other considerations such as whether the user lives alone or with a family, plays instruments or own pets.The company aims to launch Kevin with weeks of pre-loaded content so potential intruders can’t detect the content loop.At launch, Kevin doesn’t have any cameras or sensors that might detect whether someone is home but the company sees this consideration of a user’s privacy as a feature, not a bug.
Del 19 al 21 de febrero se celebra en IFEMA, Madrid, Hospitality Innovation Planet 2018, el evento de innovación para el sector Horeca que con una sola edición celebrada, se ha convertido ya en una referencia.Más de 300 empresas han confirmado su presencia en el área de exhibición.Hablamos con Manel Bueno, Director de HIP y Eva Ballarín, directora del Hospitality 4.0 Congress para conocer las novedades y expectativas de esta cita de primera mano.Perspectivas para Hospitality Innovation Planet 2018Cuando en 2017 cerrábamos la primera edición de Hospitality Innovation Planet, nos decías “Innovación es anticiparse a las necesidades de nuestros clientes”.¿Cómo se materializa esto en HIP18?
It’s been 5 years since Gearbox released Borderlands 2 and given that the game was beloved by critics and players alike, we wouldn't be at all surprised if a third proper entry was in the words (and no, the Pre-Sequel doesn't count).This isn’t just because it makes sense for Gearbox to develop a sequel based on the previous performances of games in the franchise; there have also been strong hints from the game’s developers which you can read more about below.The as-yet-unconfirmed third numbered game in the first-person shoot and loot franchiseWhen can I play it?It’s likely to be released on PS4, Xbox One and PCAs Borderlands 3 hasn’t been confirmed as being actively in development quite yet, Gearbox has unsurprisingly not given it a release date either.
Embattled chip giant Qualcomm is so keen to acquire new allies it has held a special event in China to court its smartphone vendors.In common with the rest of the industry it’s all about 5G this year, and for the foreseeable future, for Qualcomm.We’re already all too aware how aroused telcos’ marketing departments are at the prospect of slapping 5G on everything, on the assumption that they’ll flog loads more of it as a consequence.This trend is likely to be most conspicuous among smartphone vendors.A lot of these are Chinese, so it makes sense for Qualcomm to make a bee-line for them, especially since the only other two of note are Samsung, which has an ambivalent chip relationship with Qualcomm, and Apple, which seems to actively despise Qualcomm.The result is the ‘5G Pioneer Initiative’, which involves Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, Lenovo, ZTE and Wingtech.
LONDON (AP) — Researchers have identified a mummified body found in a Basel churchyard as a wealthy 18th-century Swiss woman who is an ancestor of British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.The body of an apparently wealthy woman was found decades ago during renovations on the Barfuesser Church in the Swiss city.There was no gravestone, and her identity was a mystery.Basel's Natural History Museum says its experts led an international team that identified her.The results will be shown on Swiss television Thursday.The BBC says DNA extracted from the mummy's toe has revealed she is Anna Catharina Bischoff, a member of a prominent Basel family who died in 1787.
Apple has just announced that its next update to iOS 11, version 11.3, will include a toggle for disabling processor throttling and slowed performance in iPhones that contain older, chemically-aged batteries.CEO Tim Cook tipped that this feature was on the way in an interview with ABC News last week.The company says iOS 11.3 will launch this spring.An initial beta is available today, but the battery features haven’t yet been implemented.Once they’re added, Apple says users will be able to “see if the power management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns, first introduced in iOS 10.2.1, is on and can choose to turn it off.” The update also shows more detailed information on battery health for the iPhone 6 and later.The move is Apple’s latest attempt to quell a major controversy that erupted late last year when it was discovered that the company handcuffs the performance of older iPhones to prevent unexpected shutdowns when the battery can no longer reliably support maximum phone performance.
Back in November, Adobe teased a new Photoshop feature I’d been waiting for all my life: an AI-powered selection tool.In Adobe’s demos, at least, it can do an impressive job of identifying a subject with just one click.Now it’s finally available to trySimply called ‘Select Subject’, it uses Adobe’s Sensei AI to understand what exactly you’re trying to select.While results aren’t perfect, it’ll at least give you a head start that could amount to legit time savings.Selecting subjects is one of the most vexingly menial tasks you can do in Photoshop – my curly hair is often a pain point in my own photos.
Tax credit claimants who suffered as the result of a botched outsourcing plan have been paid just £14 each in compensation.Concentrix adjusted or terminated around 108,000 cases of claimants’ tax credits – nearly a third of which were overturned at appeal.HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) ended its deal with the contractor after a series of problems came to light.Now we learn that the average amount people can expect in compensation is less than £15.That’s a pitiful amount and it is simply insulting to the victims."That’s a pitiful amount and it is simply insulting to the victims.
One of the very first attempts to understand the mechanism of a charge ordering transition dates back to 1939 when Evert Verwey, a Dutch chemist, observed a sudden jump in resistivity in the prototypic mixed valence compound magnetite, Fe3O4, near -150 C. He proposed that in the nearly metallic state of Fe3O4 at temperatures higher than -150 C, certain iron atoms are indistinguishable in the crystal lattice due to a full delocalization of charges.In the journal Science Advances now a research team of scientists from Germany and Slovenia reports a Verwey-type transition in a completely different class of mixed-valence compounds which is composed of negatively charged dioxygen molecules.The cesium compound Cs4O6 undergoes a phase transition from a state with indistinguishable molecular O2x- entities to a state with well- defined singly charged superoxide O2- and doubly charged peroxide O22- anions, which is accompanied by a corresponding change in charge transport dynamics.Whereas in Fe3O4 the charge order state is complex and it is difficult to identify individual charge states the situation is more unambiguous in Cs4O6 as the molecular entities in the charge ordered state reveal the typical structural and magnetic features of the constituting paramagnetic superoxide and diamagnetic peroxide units.The authors have established the properties of Cs4O6 by using several experimental techniques, namely neutron diffraction for the study of the crystal structure as well several spectroscopic techniques for verifying a charge localization transition which is a typical hallmark for Verwey-type charge ordering processes.By contrast to Fe3O4 the present compound Cs4O6 remains magnetically disordered down to a temperature of -271 C which is only two degrees above the absolute zero point and it is much less conducting than Fe3O4.
Update: A spokesperson for Mark Zuckerberg offered a pretty flat-out denial of the reports, saying, “The reports related to Mark purchasing a yacht are completely inaccurate as he did not purchase a yacht.”Though searching through Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page last year might have led you to think he spends all his free time cozying up to a plate of grits with random families in Louisiana, it turns out he enjoyed a lot of billionaire simple pleasures in 2017, as well.Namely, the Facebook CEO bought a $150 million ultra-luxury super yacht in Monaco this past September, the Hürriyet Daily News is reporting.The “expedition” yacht, named “Ulysses,” is 107 meters long, includes dozens of rooms and is primed for journeys as long as 8,500 nautical miles.The report details he bought the yacht “in secret” from another self-made billionaire, Graeme Hart.Among yacht bloggers (that’s a thing), this vessel is pretty well-regarded.
Last summer, the team behind the encrypted email service ProtonMail announced its own VPN service, giving the public access to secure browsing.The service came out of beta back in June 2017, though not for every platform.That changed on Monday with the launch of ProtonVPN for Android, bringing secure mobile browsing to smartphones and tablets around the world.The company calls its ProtonVPN Android launch a new milestone for the service, which offers security-based products for helping private matters stay private.ProtonVPN is presented as a “substantially” different alternative to other free VPN products found for Google’s mobile platform, offering users access without restrictions.ProtonVPN doesn’t have data caps, bandwidth limits, or any other restrictions, the team explains, including for the free plan.
Also, don't get the BOFH to publicly smack them with a LARTUsenix Enigma It's frustrating getting users to keep information and systems secure on a daily basis.However, don't try any smart gimmicks – particularly offering wedges of cash or other prizes for good behavior.Paying out a bonus to those who make few or zero security mistakes ultimately demotivates staff, Masha Sedova, cofounder of Elevate security, told Usenix's Enigma 2018 security conference in California on Tuesday.This is, in part, because once an incentive – especially a financial one – is dangled as a carrot, it's usually never substantial enough to warrant the extra effort required to follow security best practices.Sedova said this massively demotivates staff.
If you want to learn how to play the piano, you take piano lessons.If you want to become a better writer, you study the best practices of others and dedicate more time to writing yourself.But what if you want to become a better marketer?There isn’t a single, specific learning path for that.The smartest people I know, and some of the most successful people in history, are voracious readers and learners.They consumer a wide variety of formats and topics, knowing that best practices and ideas in one walk of life can often inspire and direct ideas in another.
Instacart announced that it has acquired Unata, a Canadian startup that offers an all-in-one ecommerce platform for grocery retailers.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Founded out of Toronto in 2009, Unata provides a cloud-based, white-label platform that brings together all the strands needed for grocers to sell online, while also offering in-store integrations via beacons for location-based marketing initiatives.The platform also joins the dots between the various systems retailers use, including point-of-sale and loyalty systems, leveraging data and machine learning to offer personalized recommendations for each shopper.San Francisco-based Instacart partners with local stores to offer same-day deliveries on thousands of grocery products.The company has raised around $675 million in funding, to date, including a hefty $400 million raised last year.
Marvel Studios is pressing the Black Panther marketing train into high gear, as evidenced today by three new TV spots, each with a healthy mixture of old and new footage.My favourite is the “King Of Avengers” spot, which includes some excellent moments where T’Challa gets to see his new suit.“It’s lighter, it absorbs energy, and it’s got some swag.”You can also check out the “Entourage” spot, which highlights the Panther’s fabulous allies, and “T’Challa is Back” to wrap it all together.We have all three spots to look at courtesy of Comicbook.com (the new spots are in the first thirty seconds of each video).You can view them below, and Black Panther comes out February 12th in the UK.
The company matches users according to their personality, using their own data on existing relationships.According to the ASA, however, eHarmony failed to demonstrate that its matching system was scientifically proven to give users a better chance of finding a partner.First, we need to understand that online dating has had a huge impact on modern societies.Nearly one-third of modern marriages in the US now begin online, and up to 70% of homosexual relationships.For better or for worse, online dating has changed who we end up marrying.Before online dating, people tended to marry people who were already (at least loosely) in their social circle – someone who attended the same school or college, someone who lived in their own neighborhood, or someone who prayed at the same church, temple or mosque.