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A series of events in the lead-up to this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend, starting with, well, the 2016 election as well as the decision by The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, followed by others, to the party circuit this year, continuing with the decision by President Trump to stay away from the dinner, the first president to do so in 36 years, and a decision by many organizations to students instead of celebs guaranteed that this year’s WHCD would look very different from years past.However changed the atmosphere may be, parties have, and are still happening.The 4th annual Washington Women in Journalism Awards went down at the home of Gloria Story Dittus, co-hosted by Washingtonian president and CEO Cathy Merrill Williams.Honored at the awards were: Cokie Roberts, for distinguished female journalist of the year; CNN’s Mary Katharine Ham, receiving the rising star award; NPR News national security correspondent Mary Louise Kelly, with the award for broadcasting; and New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer, for print journalism.IJR held its party at the Carnegie Library of Washington D.C., a fitting setting for its Golden Age of Journalism theme, specifically dedicated to the press.Among those in attendance were IJR founder Alex Skatell, CNN Senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta, Snapchat political sales head Rob Saliterman and ABC News reporter and producer John Parkinson.
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Valeuutisista ja mielipidevaikuttamisesta verkon kautta on puhuttu huolestuneesti jo jonkin aikaa.Facebook on nyt kertonut järjestäytyneestä propagandatyöstä sivuillaan.BBC kirjoittaa Facebookin julkaisemasta raportista, jossa kerrotaan yhtiön huomanneen laajaa propagoimista.Sen takana ovat ilmeisesti hallitukset tai vähintäänkin muulla tavoin järjestäytyneet tahot.FB puhuu valeuutisista ja pyrkimyksistä yleisen mielipiteen muokkaamiseen.Ainakin osittain toiminta vaikuttaa hyvin koordinoidulta.
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minister of Education and culture, minister Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (kok.)is worried about the high school education faded from popularity.High school popularity has been a downward trend in the 2000s, and today less than 40% of the boys perform in a high school diploma.Grahn-Laasonen, according to the high school is of great importance for the whole Finnish education for the future.the cabinet decided this week's mid-barn in the start of high school reform.the Reform is to increase high school popularity, and to ensure that high school can more easily move on to further studies.
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GoPro’s action-packed quest to turnaround its struggling business continues.The camera maker said Thursday that while its sales grew 19% year-over-year to nearly $219 million in its latest quarter, it lost roughly $110 million, or 3.4% more than during the same period last year.Investors were lukewarm to the results, sending GoPro’s shares down around 1.5% to $8.81 in after-hours trading.GoPro CEO Nick Woodman told analysts on a conference call on Thursday that the company is “more efficient than just six months ago” and that GoPro has “dramatically reduced spending without comprising our product roadmap.”Indeed, GoPro has been shaving costs through a series of layoffs, including one in March in which it fired 270 people.That job cut followed another round of layoffs in November that impacted over 200 people and coincided with GoPro shuttering its entertainment and media business, which Woodman previously claimed could help lift the company.GoPro has also moved much of its software development to cheaper locations like Romania, shifted its customer support and administrative services to the Philippines, streamlined its supply chain through unspecified changes, and changed how it packages and ships its products, said GoPro chief operating officer CJ Prober.These changes are “a major step in GoPro’s turnaround,” explained Woodman, and he expects the company to be profitable excluding certain costs by the end of 2017.If GoPro’s sales continue to increase, it will likely be due to the company’s core action-cameras and not its troubled push to build drones or a recently announced camera for capturing 360-degree video.The Fusion camera, for example, will not be available to consumers until the end of 2017.Additionally, Woodman said it’s likely that professionals will be the main buyers of the Fusion camera, which is a much smaller market than the mainstream consumers that typically buy the company’s other cameras.As for the Karma drone, Woodman said the product is “exceeding our expectations” despite an “admittedly rocky start.” The CEO was referring to GoPro’s decision to recall the drone in November due to a technical glitch that its customers discovered only a few weeks after it debuted.The drone went back on sale in February, but so far the bulk of its sales come from being bundled with GoPro’s flagship Hero5 camera, said chief financial officer Brian McGee.GoPro makes more money when it sells a camera than when it sells its drones, McGee explained.Still, Woodman seemed convinced that getting into the drone market is a good decision and that he is “quite optimistic” about it.“It will serve as a terrific platform to build upon with future models,” Woodman said.This story originally appeared on Fortune.com.
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Basically what he was saying while bragging about salesIntel today revealed that its first-quarter earnings and sales were more or less as forecast, sending its stock down in after-hours trading.Analysts had anticipated a Q1 2017 earnings-per-share figure of $0.65, non-GAAP, in line with Chipzilla's guidance.The Santa Clara, California-based processor giant reported EPS of $0.66, up 12 cents year-on-year.Intel's total revenue, in the three months to April 1, grew eight per cent, coming in at $14.8bn, in line with projections averaging $14.81bn and representing a first quarter record.Intel also has a solid stranglehold over data center compute processor sales worldwide, and has the desktop market pretty much sewn up, too.
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Snow Software utvecklar mjukvara inom licenshantering och stöttar företag med att optimera sina mjukvaruinvesteringar.De har gjort en raketresa sedan starten 2004 och växer med 50 procent varje år.Nu har de 700 anställda i 21 länder.Nu gör det amerikanska investmentbolaget Sumeru Equity Partners tillsammans med kanadensiska fonden Ontario Pension Board en jätteinvestering när de går in med 120 miljoner dollar i bolaget, över en miljard kronor.Det här ska användas till att öka takten i det svenska företagets globala expansion, förbättra mobil- och molnplattformen och för att driva ny produktutveckling, uppger företaget i ett pressmeddelande.De existerande aktieägarna, vilka bland annat består av grundaren Axel Kling, de anställda och investmentbolaget Vitruvian Partners kommer dock att behålla majoritetsägandet i bolaget.
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A few weeks ago, I had the chance to speak with 17-year old Femi Adebogun, the co-founder and CEO of Testify Software Solutions.Femi, please tell me about your background.I bought four-packs of soda cans at the dollar store and would sell the cans to my classmates for a dollar; each one made 75 percent profit margins.You mentioned you switched schools six times.To ensure we had something, my team and I spoke with dozens of educators and learned many interesting things that caused disengagement.The two areas we noticed most: it takes an extended period for teachers to understand and know their students, and there is a lack of education technology tools that can help solve this issue.
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Editor’s note: This originally appeared on Analyse Asia, a weekly podcast hosted by Bernard Leong, dedicated to dissecting the pulse of business, technology, and media in Asia.We discussed their vision, mission, leadership & financial services after their spinoff from Alibaba Group.We dissect their global expansion strategy particularly with their recent attempt to acquire Moneygram and investments into local payment networks.Last but not least, we discuss their competition and how they will move forward in 2017.Listen to the episode here or subscribe.Zennon Kapron (@chinafintech, LinkedIn, WeChat:zennon ), Founder and Director of Kapron Asia & China Fintech [0:37]Since our last conversation, what have you been up to?[0:58]What are the most interesting trends you have seen in fintech in the first quarter?[1:45]Ant Financial [3:25]Introduction to Ant-Financial – The company officially founded in October 2014 and originated from Alipay which is the world’s leading third-party payment platform founded in 2004.
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I don’t have the slightest idea of how to pronounce the company name, but they have found a niche selling high quality replacement Apple Watch bands on Amazon, at a fraction of the price of the original design they’re based on.OULUOQI sport band and case for Apple Watch in Black/Volt YellowAnd no, we're not talking "knock-offs."As with the iPhone, a deep selection of accessories helps to make the Apple Watch itself more popular.You can read a previous review here, but the long story short version is that the OULUOQI Apple Watch bands I’ve tried out have been virtually indistinguishable from Apple’s own.There are some subtle differences between the two.
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Australian state telecoms outfit NBN managed to hit 1.1 Gbps download speed in a fixed wireless demo conducted in partnership with Ericsson, NetComm Wireless and Qualcomm.The speed was achieved thanks to carrier aggregation utilizing a massive 11 carriers – seven in the 3.4 GHz band and four in the 2.3 GHz band – on TDD LTE as well as bonding together three antennae that NBN insists on calling Wireless Network Termination Devices.This seems mainly to be a publicity exercise to show NBN has been busy.“Our ability to deliver gigabit speeds on fixed wireless demonstrates our continued focus on identifying and implementing tech advancements as and when they are needed, across all technologies,” said NBN CEO Bill Morrow.“It’s particularly exciting to be able to reaffirm our commitment to delivering a great experience to the 600,000 premises in regional Australia that will be served by the fixed wireless network.“Our fixed wireless network has already been recognised as a world leader and we are determined to maintain that position by making sure regional Australians get access to the same high speed broadband available in our cities.
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Printed transistors could be used to develop tech like paper-thin displays, or smart labels that text you when your food goes bad.A team of scientists at Trinity College Dublin has created the world’s first printed transistors composed exclusively of 2D nanomaterials.They are pretty excited about it and with good reason.“You could imagine the possibility of one day having printed circuitry on food packaging, so that rather than having a barcode, you have a circuit that can communicate information to the user,” Professor Jonathan Coleman, a materials scientist who worked on the project, told Digital Trends.“That could mean a carton of milk that sends you a text message when your milk is about to go off.”Another possible usage, Coleman said, is the concept of paper-thin displays, which could be embedded into newspapers or magazines, or slung up on the wall like a moving poster.
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Facebook is facing a new European headache over its WhatsApp acquisition after a decision today by the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection prohibits the two services from sharing the data of their respective users.Following the acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014, Facebook had initially said that user data would not be merged or shared between the two services.However, in August 2016, the companies released new Terms of Service stating that WhatsApp user data would be transferred to Facebook, a process that did not appear to ask for user permission or create an opt-out mechanism, according to the commission.The commission did note that it would still be possible to create a process for WhatsApp users to opt into sharing their data.Specifically, it was initiating a mass transfer without seeking permission that the commission declared illegal.That practice has also prompted an investigation by the European Union, which had previously approved the merger under the belief that the data would not be shared.Last December, the EU declared that Facebook may have made misleading statements during the merger review and could be subject to financial penalties of up to $180 million.Facebook’s response to the E.U.inquiry is now under review.Today’s Hamburg ruling will further complicate the issue for Facebook.When it comes to data and privacy, rules in the EU are still somewhat fractured across the 28 member states.
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owner Liberty Media has appointed former Sky Sports strategy specialist Yath Gangakumaran with strengthening the brand’s digital performance and increasing fan engagement.In his new role as global head of strategy, Gangakumaran will advise on strategic decisions across all commercial operations within Formula One and will report to Sean Bratches, managing director of commercial operations.Gangakumaran joins from Sky Sports where he has worked in the broadcaster’s strategy team since 2014.While there he helped support the renewal of Sky Sports’ broadcast rights deal for Formula One and assessed the broadcaster’s approach to engaging and monetising millennial sports fans in light of changing audio-visual consumption habits.“Yath’s appointment to the Formula 1 management team is the latest example of where we are strengthening the commercial arm of the business,” said Bratches.“His experience and skillset, which combine sports and commercial strategy within the media industry, are going to be invaluable as we aim to expand Formula 1’s appeal globally.”
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From ATMs and mobile wallets to chatbots and robo-advisors, technology relentlessly transforms how we store, transfer, and manage money.Capital One moves at the forefront of this transformation — one of the largest and among the first banking institutions in the U.S. to make serious investments in digital technology and artificial intelligence.Several major financial services firms have publicly announced ambitious plans for AI, including consumer-facing chatbots.Companies that aren’t core technology organizations like Google or Facebook often struggle with getting tech products out the door.Capital One is one of the few exceptions to the rule.Capital One’s transition to digital kicked off when the company formed an in-house software engineering unit and migrated a significant part of operations to the cloud, foreseeing early on that agility would become a key competitive edge for players in the financial sector.More recently, the Fortune 500 firm infused both backend infrastructure and customer-facing channels with smart doses of machine learning and natural language processing, punctuated in March by an industry-first rollout of a gender-neutral and NLP-capable chatbot named Eno (“One” spelled backwards).In 2016, the Virginia-based lender became the first financial services company to launch customer account access on Amazon’s Alexa platform, allowing users to check their balances, pay their bills, and engage in a wide range of voice-based interactions.Ken Dodelin, VP of digital product management, explained, “Texting is the most widely used feature on the smartphone.
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the other Day it became known that some south Korean Galaxy S8-owners complained that the phone's screen has a reddish appearance, something that is allegedly not gone to fix in the settings.Now Samsung has confirmed that they will send out an update next week that gives customers more opportunities to calibrate the screen to suit your preference, in addition to hopefully fix the problem with rödaktigheten as some have experienced.While the Galaxy S8 and S8 have the ability for the user to modify the color of the display, Samsung has listened to feedback and has decided to release a software update as early as next week which will provide customers with a further enhanced ability to adjust the color setting to their preference.Recent articles about the SAMSUNG GALAXY S8
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Waze, the traffic and navigation app owned by Google, apparently knows me pretty well.Recently, as I returned to my car in Rockaway Beach, New York, a place I had been visiting for a few days in a row, Waze asked if I was bound for my home address the moment I opened the app.Waze was using, in essence, a form of Bayesian probabilistic reasoning1 to make a guess about my destination.It is generating inferences about that world and shaping how we perceive it.Andy Clark, a professor of philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and author of Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action and the Embodied Mind, uses the example of returning to his office and seeing a steaming cup of coffee he'd left on the table.Many of us might imagine that the process of seeing it is a bottom-up affair: it surges into view, like "an array of activated pixels", and as the representation takes shape, we match it against stored mental models of what an object such as a cup of coffee looks like.
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Michael Kors' new style-focused smartwatches are made especially for men or women, but its hybrid smartwatch takes a different approach.Michael Kors, the luxury watch brand behind last year’s Access Bradshaw, announced a bunch of new smartwatches at the 2017 Baselworld conference in Switzerland last month.“It’s clear to me that the future of fashion will combine great design, personal style, and innovative technology, and the amazing response to Michael Kors Access has confirmed that that future is now,” the company said in a press release.“We’re thrilled to be able to offer this next generation of smartwatches and hybrids.”Michael Kors has two new wearables in the pipeline: The Access Sofie, which is aimed at women, and the Access Grayson, which targets men.It’s a major upgrade over the last generation of Google’s wearable operating system, featuring customizable watch faces, a stand-alone app store, improved fitness tracking, and Google’s super-smart digital Assistant.
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Curating and publishing this type of list, while reaching out to featured influencers, is proven to create a large amount of exposure for your blog from a highly targeted audience.Though I focused on social media influencers, the process can work for just about any industry.First off, this strategy uses a proven process that has delivered significant exposure to my content more than once.An external tool is used to calculate and rank the top influencers on the topic of your choice.Choose a topic to focus onOne of the simplest ways to choose an influencer list topic is to just focus on your industry, for example “farming,” “manufacturing” or “technology.” However, consider narrowing your topic to research popular themes related to your industry.
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This weeks Doctor Who took us to one disconcerting future: a world where emoji-speaking robots exist, perhaps proving that Sony’s Emoji Movie might be more popular and influential on A.I.design than we wanted it to be.But put that chilling thought aside for a moment, and come share your thoughts on tonight’s episode!Another day, another misunderstood race of Doctor Who robots who go about murdering humans because someone didn’t think for more than a few minutes while programming them.I mock, but there’s been an awful lot of “misunderstood monsters” on the show lately that the emojibots almost feel like they would’ve been a bit more fun if they were just killer robots for the sake of it.Otherwise, “Smile” represented a solid, if not particularly stand out sophomore episode for writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce, and a definite step up from his bafflingly messy season 8 episode “In the Forest of the Night”, even if it played on the aforementioned familiar tropes of robots misunderstanding the depth and vagaries of human emotion to deadly effect.
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With Breath of the Wild behind us, there are a handful of Nintendo Switch games that people just can’t wait to get their hands on.Splatoon 2 is obviously one of them, as are ARMS and Super Mario Odyssey.But Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is probably at the top of most people’s lists, and it just so happens to be set to launch one week from today!If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber (or if you sign up for a free 30-day Prime trial), you’ll save 20% by pre-ordering Mario Kart now before it launches.Hurry though, because you only have one week left.Here are a few notes from the product page:
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