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A generation ago the teleconference was a luxury, convened only by those with status and something to say.That s a triumph for telecommunications, but a downer for those who have lost untold hours to unnecessary or unproductive calls.But with a few behavioral tweaks and attitude adjustments, your company can clean up its teleconference etiquette and turn these marvels of remote collaboration back into the brisk, informative sessions they were meant to be.Get on your feet.Software developers, a notoriously meetings-averse bunch, gave us the gift of the standup meeting, which is exactly what it sounds like: a meeting conducted on one s feet.Hosts introduced participants, managed connections and disconnections, and even moderated questions, while keeping time when necessary.Office admins often make effective hosts.
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Last week, the UK government proposed a series of strict measures to curb dangerous flying of personal drones.To continue providing news and award winning journalism, we rely on advertising revenue.To continue reading, please turn off your ad blocker or whitelist us.People unwrapping their brand new drones this Christmas have been cautioned to brush up on the rules and risks of flying their devices before taking it to the skies.Following a series of near-misses with aircraft, aviation authorities and police have warned new drone owners that those caught flying their new devices dangerously could face up to five years in prison and an unlimited fine, The Guardian reports.One of the proposals includes mandating that anyone who buys a drone in the UK to register it and take a test to show they understand the safety guidelines.
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Welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup!This time, we talk about our favorite Star Wars games, Super Mario Run makes a lot of money, and we listen to the beautiful voice of Waluigi sing a Christmas carol.Enjoy, and have a happy holiday!Pieces of flair and opinionNewsMobile and social
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The fingerprint reader in the Apple iPhone 5S is integrated into the home button.The company had previously announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June that all apps submitted to the App Store will need support the App Transport Security ATS feature starting January 1st, 2017.It has not yet set a new deadline.ATS is a feature first introduced in iOS 9 that forces apps to communicate with internet servers using encrypted HTTPS HTTP over SSL/TLS connections.It s an improvement over the third-party frameworks that developers previously used to implement HTTPS because it ensures that only industry-standard encryption protocols and ciphers are used.Even if ATS is enabled by default in iOS, on a technical level app developers can disable some of its features or can opt out of it entirely through various exception settings that ATS makes available.
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Do you know where all your holiday presents are?If you still haven t crossed off everyone on your list—or maybe your list suddenly expanded because your nephew is bringing his new girlfriend to Christmas dinner, or a coworker surprised you with a thoughtful gift—there s still time to get something for them.iTunes gift cards are good for music, movies, apps, books—anything you can buy without leaving iTunes, basically, although you can t use them to gift iTunes items to another person.Check out Groupon or Living Social for things like massages, getaways, spa treatments, and fun activities in your city.And don t forget to Google for your city s local theater and arts scene—tickets or a membership are a great last-minute gift they can enjoy when the wrapping paper s long been recycled.Seamless offers email-friendly gifts, and so does GrubHub.
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22 people have died and at least 70 have been injured after an explosion occurred at the San Pablito fireworks market in Tultepec, Mexico, a city north of Mexico City.The blast is especially terrifying because the thick smoke plume covers the entire market while fireworks were still catching fire and going off in every direction.Nearby homes were also damaged in the explosions and the scene remains dangerous, according to National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente.Here are some photographs of the aftermath:Continúan paramédicos de Cruz Roja apoyando en la remoción de escombros tras el incendio en el mercado de Tultepec pic.twitter.com/J3HTyb9osf— Cruz Roja Mexicana @CruzRoja MX December 20, 2016
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The European Commission has found that Facebook provided misleading information about its 2014 takeover of WhatsApp following an investigation into the deal.The commission s complaint relates specifically to the sharing of user data between Facebook and WhatsApp.In a submission to the EU made in August 2014, Facebook said it would not be possible to create a reliable automated system for matching users.In August 2016, WhatsApp announced that it would be linking WhatsApp user phone numbers with Facebook user identities.In a statement of objections sent to Facebook, the commission said it took the preliminary view that in 2014 Facebook knew full-well it was technically possible to merge the two databases of user data.As a result, the commission has expressed concern that Facebook intentionally, or negligently, submitted incorrect or misleading information at the time of the merger, in breach of its obligations under EU regulations.
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When those leaders represent the liberal stronghold of Silicon Valley and that future President is Donald Trump, however, it s anything but.So after Tim Cook and other top tech executives met with the President-elect last week, the Apple CEO explained his visibly uncomfortable attendance to employees on Monday, basically saying it s better to have a seat at the table than stand screaming in the hall.Asked in an internal communication how important it was for Apple to engage with governments in light of last week s meeting, Cook wrote, Personally, I ve never found being on the sideline a successful place to be.The way that you influence these issues is to be in the arena, said Cook in an Apple Web posting obtained by Techcrunch.In the same answer, Cook reaffirmed Apple s commitment to its ideals, pledging to continue stand ing up for what we believe in :Governments can affect our ability to do what we do.
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The game industry s professional academy, the AIAS Foundation, has announced the scholarship recipients for its WomenIn program.The Los Angeles-based group, which is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, awarded scholarships to 11 women students for the 2016-2017 academic school year.Each student will receive $2,500 to advance their academic careers in video-game related programs at four-year colleges and universities.The AIAS puts on the Dice Summit game conference each spring in Las Vegas.These eleven AIAS Foundation WomenIn scholars are great examples of how and by whom the games industry will continue to grow and diversify in the future, said Don Daglow, president of the AIAS Foundation, in a statement.We are proud to support their education and to welcome them to the 2017 D.I.C.E.Conference and pair them with experienced industry mentors.
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If you, like me, like subtle shades more than in-your-face blingy material, the matte black edition of the Blackview P2 might suit your taste.Let s have a look at the full Blackview P2 specifications, and a bit more.That said, the phone is yet to land in anyone s hands besides the factory so it s hard to say if it s really going to be any good besides pleasing to the eye .Anyway, let s make do with what we have for now — photos an info.Blackview P2 specifications, photosDisplay: 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080pProcessor: MediaTek MT6750T 1.5GHz octa-coreRAM: 4GBROM: 64GBCameras: 13 mega-pixel rear, 8 mega-pixel frontBattery: 6000mAhOther: RGB notification LED, Fingerprint scannerColours: Matte Black, Champagne Gold, Mocha Grey, Iron BlueFirst, take a look at the photos.It does appear to have thin bezels, but based on what we ve learnt from previous Chinese phones, we ll wait for the real thing to see really how thin they are.Next, we also have some info about the software on the Blackview P2.Here are the highlights according to the company.Optimized audio via software to greatly enhance the user experience when using earphones/Bluetooth headset, and other sound equipments.Any installed apps on the smartphone can be encrypted by the users fingerprint.Moreover, the notifications from certain user-selected apps could also be encrypt by fingerprint.Greater control over screenshots.Users can take screenshot of a certain part of the screen instead of a whole screen;Screen mirroring.
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Apple is going to war with the EU over its record-breaking $14 billion tax bill — with senior executives claiming that the regulators ignored tax experts and corporate law in order toIts combative stand and firey rhetoric underlines its anger with the European Commission, which said on Aug. 30 the company's Irish tax deal was illegal state aid — and ordered it to repay up
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But Apple would like you to know that you ve just discovered the tip of the iPad iceberg.She will provide a list of restaurants near you when you tell her I m hungry, and she also can help with daily chores.Tap the microphone button on the keyboard, say what you want to write, and your words will be converted into text.Turn Zoom on for full-screen or picture-in-picture view, allowing you to see the zoomed area in a separate window while keeping the rest of the screen at its native size.Touch or drag your finger around the screen and VoiceOver tells you what s there.Activate the Larger Dynamic Type feature to increase the size of the text within apps.
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This year, we've added two new trophies: Audio System of the Year, won by Bowers & Wilkins; and Infotainment System of the Year.For 2016, our Infotainment System of the Year goes to Audi. CockpitBMW iDriveFord SYNC 3/SYNC and MyFord MyLink/IntelliLink/Cue plus OnStarTesla Touchscreen As connectivity, apps, smartphone integration for voice calls and texting, as well as email , GPS navigation, and
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The child mummy with smallpox that researchers discovered in a Lithuanian Church.The mummy of a child discovered in a crypt beneath a Lithuanian church harbors the oldest sample found to date of the virus that causes smallpox, a new report said.But the researchers' analysis of the virus, called the variola virus, suggests that smallpox first appeared in humans much more recently than thought, the researchers said.Scientists had thought that smallpox was an ancient disease that plagued humanity for millennia.More studies are needed to confirm that the smallpox virus indeed arose that recently, but if it did, this would cast doubt on the previously suggested idea that people in ancient Egypt had smallpox.Although 3,000- to 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummies have pockmark scarring, a symptom of smallpox, these scars could have also come from measles or chickenpox, said the study's first author, Ana Duggan, a postdoctoral fellow at the McMaster University Ancient DNA Centre in Canada.
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The new Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pros have been polarizing, to say the least.The company said in its year-in-review blog post on Monday that more people are switching to from the MacBook to Microsoft s Surface than in years past.Our trade-in program for MacBooks was our best ever, and the combination of excitement for the innovation of Surface coupled with the disappointment of the new MacBook Pro—especially among professionals—is leading more and more people to make the switch to Surface, like this.It seems like a new review recommending Surface over MacBook comes out daily.This makes our team so proud, because it means we re doing good work.As 9to5Mac noted, Microsoft was running a better promotional offer for MacBook trade-ins this year—Pro and Air users got up to $650 to put toward a Surface Book or Surface Pro 4 from Oct. 27-Nov. 23.
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There s one big achievement in the game The Last Guardian that s fairly awe-inspiring.It s not the level design or even the gameplay, which are both compelling enough.You can read our full coverage of the game here.As a long-time gamer who has fond memories of playing Ico quite a few years ago and then beating the spiritual successor to that game called Shadow of the Colossus in 2005 all created by designer Fumito Ueda and his team with a focus on forming an emotional bond , I ve kept up on the latest entry.It features a young boy climbing around on castles and coaxing a giant dragon-like creature named Trico into helping him escape.The interchange between the boy and the creature is what held my attention.It serves as a good lesson in how to make AI in a chatbot, a digital assistant or within an app or any piece of software.In most games, you might press a button and see a more immediate response, but in The Last Guardian, everything is more subtle.
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Samarbetsverktyg används brett ute på företag i dag och gör så att människor kan arbeta effektivare.Men: Många av dagens applikationer medför risker och rymmer säkerhetshål.IDG News har bett vd:n för Spideroak – som är en leverantör av samarbetsverktyg - Mike McCamon, att peka på de vanligaste säkerhetsmisstagen i de här sammanhangen:Många samarbetsverktyg levereras primärt genom en webbläsare, och detta medför en del risker: Skadlig kod, plugins, cookies och en mängd andra som kan hota din säkerhet.Även om du själv ger akt på säkerheten så räcker det med att en medlem inte gör det för att hela organisationens data utsätts för risk.Enda sättet att skydda organisationen mot denna typ av risker är att försäkra dig om att ditt samarbetsverktyg helt och fullt kan laddas ner till en enhet i stället för att bara existera på webben.
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Bus drivers often remind passengers to keep their cellphone conversations as quick and quiet as possible, and now airline pilots might need to do the same.That s right — on top of everything else that s annoying about traveling with a bunch of strangers in a flying capsule, you may also have to endure hours of unintentional eavesdropping, as passengers could soon be allowed to make in-flight Wi-Fi calls.If a new proposal from federal regulators passes, you ll be able to chat to your friends around the world from thousands of feet in the air.But don t worry — flight attendants and others familiar with the hassles of air travel have already pointed out that such a practice could be incredibly disruptive, which is why the Department of Transportation said on Thursday that it would have airlines inform passengers beforehand whether or not they allowed for in-flight calls.This way, those who want to chat the hours away can do so, and those who want no part of it can pick an alternate airline.This proposal will ensure that air travelers are not unwillingly exposed to voice calls, as many of them are troubled over the idea of passengers talking on cell phones in flight, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement.
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Michigan's new laws will allow vehicles without steering wheels, gas or break pedals or any human control to be tested on public roadsJ.D.To continue providing news and award winning journalism, we rely on advertising revenue.To continue reading, please turn off your ad blocker or whitelist us.Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed four autonomous driving bills on Friday 9 December at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn that clarify how the autonomous vehicles can be legally used on public roads.The new laws would repeal the state's pre-existing law barring automated driving in the state."Michigan is the global center for automative technology and development, having transformed the way the world moves for more than 100 years," Snyder said in a statement.
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Sprinklr has introduced a new product, called Audiences, that lets brands be more efficient when advertising across social channels.The objective is to sync the conversational data Sprinklr gathers across Twitter, Facebook, websites, and other sources with marketing opportunities, so that brands communications appear more personalized and their advertising spend is maximized.The social media management platform s latest product came out of the company s acquisition of Booshaka in 2015.And when you add to that the various social media channels that are available, integrating all that engagement data can be a complex and costly endeavor.Sprinklr Audiences takes from the disparate touch points what customers have said about a brand on Twitter, their browsing behavior, purchase history, etc.This allows brands to optimize their advertising, as they won t inadvertently show a product ad to someone who just bought that item recently, or who may have complained about it on another social channel.In its simplest form, managing the customer experience is a game of data, explained Sprinklr vice president of Audience and Advertising and Booshaka founder Erik Ober in a blog post.And winning this game means understanding everything about your customer across channels, and using that information to engage in a relevant and personal way — at scale.
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