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Today's deal addresses one of the biggest problems in the lives of most PC users: cable management.Amazon is currently selling 100 Velcro-brand hook and loop black ties for $6.09.The ties measure 8 inches long by 0.5-inch wide.While the ties come at a set length, it's easy to cut them to smaller lengths when necessary.If you're building your own PC, be sure to check out our ultimate guide to proper PC management for ideas on how to put these velcro ties to work.Even if you're not building your own PC, these ties will come in handy to keep all those wires behind your desk organized—not to mention that mess of extra cables hiding under your bed or desk.
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Branch Messenger has created a self-service platform that hourly workers can use to schedule their shifts and manage their time.The Branch app enables workers at places such as Target to use their mobile phones to quickly pick up or swap shifts.The Minneapolis company most recently closed a $6.8 million funding round, led by March Capital Partners, with participation from CrossCut Ventures, Techstars Ventures, Matchstick Ventures, and other investors.“Branch exists to give unparalleled freedom and flexibility to shift workers and to enable enterprises to communicate with those workers in ways never before possible, and we’re gratified to have the support of such exceptional investors who share our vision,” said Atif Siddiqi, founder and CEO of Branch Messenger, in a statement.“This funding will allow us to quickly accelerate the growth of the team as we work to bring Branch to new users around the world.Branch is free for employees and available as a mobile first application for iOS and Android users.
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(August 1, 2017) - Although most people don't broadcast in advance their intention to engage in criminal activity, University of Virginia Assistant Professor of Systems and Engineering Information Matthew Gerber has discovered that the use of Twitter can help predict crime.Gerber's research and work developing statistical crime prediction methods will be presented on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Baltimore, Md.After all, people don't share with the world that they intend to or have just committed a crime," said Gerber."What they do share are things like social events or outings that could lead to criminal activity."Gerber chose Twitter over other social media platforms for its openness and the fact that anyone can access GPS-tagged tweets generated in a given area.His statistical method involved collecting more than 1.5 million public tweets tagged with Chicago-area GPS coordinates spanning January to March of 2013, as well as crime records covering the same period and geographic area.
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Nevertheless, the number of attacks on businesses continues to grow: at the start of 2016, around 17 per cent of crypto-ransomware attacks targeted the corporate sector; by the end of the year, this had risen to around 24 per cent.As WannaCry showed, unpatched operating systems become “easy targets”.As the news about WannaCry broke, it quickly became apparent that the attack was spreading fast, as companies and organisations around the globe put their hands up to report that attacks had taken place on their computer networks.ExPetr was unleashed on 27 June, just weeks after the WannaCry epidemic.It seemed like yet another ransomware attack - albeit a more targeted one.The encryption code in ExPetr was implemented in such a way that it was completely impossible to decrypt files, even if the victims paid the ransom.
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Over 100,000 internet-connected security cameras contain a "massive" security vulnerability that allows them to be accessed via the open web and used for surveillance, roped into a malicious botnet, or even exploited to hijack other devices on the same network.Representing yet more Internet of Things devices that are exposed to cyberattackers, vulnerabilities have been uncovered in two cameras in Chinese manufacturer Shenzhen Neo Electronics' NeoCoolCam range.Researchers at Bitdefender say the loopholes mean it's trivial for outsiders to remotely attack the devices and that 175,000 of the devices are connected to the internet and vulnerable.The easy online availability and low cost -- some models are available for under £30 ($39) -- of Shenzhen products means the NeoCoolCam devices have spread around the world; the products are in no way just limited to China."This proof of concept attack confirms once again that most Internet of Things devices are trivial to exploit because of improper quality assurance at the firmware level.Paired with the fact that the bug affects the authentication mechanism and the massive pool of affected devices, we can only imagine the impact a harvested botnet of devices might have," Bitdefender's research paper said.
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Apple has removed software allowing internet users to skirt China's "Great Firewall" from its App Store in the country, the company has confirmed, sparking criticism that it was bowing to Beijing's tightening web censorship.Chinese internet users have for years sought to get around heavy internet restrictions, including blocks on Facebook and Twitter, by using foreign virtual private network (VPN) services.Beijing mandated in January that all developers must obtain government licenses to offer VPNs, leading to the Apple decision.VPNs removed from China App Store.Dismayed Apple sided w/ censorship, but we're committed to keeping you connected: https://t.co/wvVk6IIsD3— ExpressVPN (@expressvpn) July 29, 2017
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Excellent examples of success messages in this post.Learn from Codecademy, Google, Honey, Dropbox, Fullstory & more
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In may ended a long-standing conflict between Apple and Nokia regarding the licensing on a range of patents, but how much money Apple should cough up has been unclear.the other Day, however, it was time for Nokia to announce a new interim report and, where it appeared that the company received eur 1.7 billion (corresponding to sek 16.2 billion) in cash from Apple.How much Apple should pay in current expenditure to Nokia for patentlicenserna is, however, not of the quarterly report.
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With BuzzFeed's new Tasty One Top smart appliance, the guesswork is done automatically.With BuzzFeed’s first smart appliance, most of the guesswork has been taken out.By teaming up with GE Appliances’ First Build team, BuzzFeed Product Labs was able to bring the innovative product to life.By automatically adjusting to the right temperature when it is needed, this induction burner perfectly re-creates recipes every time.Induction technology is a faster, safer, and more precise way to cook food.This includes pan cooking, slow cooking, sous vide, and more.
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The four major cloud providers all have a data centre footprint in the UK, making it one of the key battlefields for market dominance.The UK’s importance to tech companies has been in question over the past year since the Brexit vote, but the leading cloud providers have displayed a high level of commitment to the region.Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and IBM have all opened new data centres, or UK regions over the past year, highlighting how significant the region is to their businesses.It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the UK is a significant market for these cloud players, given that the UK’s digital industries account for 16% of the domestic output, a quarter of all exports, and generates 10% of employment.The UK is a digitally advanced nation, one that relies upon the likes of Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and IBM to go about its daily lives.Whilst the UK certainly needs these companies, they also need our trade.
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Jane Steed, PMO Manager, Capgemini UK on how to support LGBT in technology.As the founder of Capgemini’s LGBT network OUTfront, I seem to spend a lot of time musing on the difficulties of being LGBT in the modern world.Imagine my delight therefore when, at a joint event held by Capgemini and HMRC on IDAHOT 2017, I found myself surrounded by 160 colleagues who were all there to support me.In order to convince myself of the value of such an event, I had to identify a more specific objective – and the one I settled on was “action.” What I wanted was for each individual to take one action away from the day.Not everyone was going to be spurred into marching on parliament, but everyone could at least leave the event having decided to do one small thing to make a difference.Having listened, talked, engaged, written, literally laughed and cried together, below are a couple of the main actions we agreed to take:
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Amazon has launched a new service called Hub, which is a locker system that allows delivery people to drop off parcels for you even when you aren’t home.The units currently start at six feet wide, and include a number of lockers with a touch screen embedded in the middle of the unit.Once your parcel has been delivered, you get a notification with a code.You put the code into The Hub and your locker panel will open revealing your delivery.They appear to be similar to Amazon's existing parcel drop off stations which have been installed in a number of public locations in the UK and US.What is interesting about the new service is that Amazon is allowing the locker to be used by any delivery service.
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Sotkamon Talvivaarassa toimivan Terrafamen liikevaihto kasvoi ja liiketappio pieneni toisella vuosineljänneksellä.Kaivoksella tehtiin historian kvartaalituotanto-ennätykset, jotka olivat nikkelissä 5 176 tonnia ja sinkissä 11 204 tonnia.Liikevaihto kohosi huhti-kesäkuussa 47,2 miljoonaan euroon viime vuoden vertailukauden 18,0 miljoonasta eurosta.Liiketappio pieneni 37,3 miljoonaan euroon edellisvuoden 48 miljoonasta eurosta.Käyttökate oli -32,9 miljoonaa euroa, kun viime vuonna se oli -44,8 miljoonaa euroa."Jatkoimme vuoden toisella neljänneksellä tuotannon ylösajoa ja toiminnan vakiinnuttamista.
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ESET security research discover Cepkutusu.com was spreading malware via its app marketplaceCyber security researchers from ESET have discovered that a Turkish alternative to Android’s Google Play Store, Cepkutusu.com, has been spreading malware masquerading as Android apps.ESET found that when users tried to download any app from Cepkutusu.com they were redirected to a site that downloaded malware disguised in the form of an installer for Adobe Flash Player for Android.“Probably to increase their chances to stay under the radar longer, they introduced a seven-day window of not serving malware after a malicious download,” he explained.“In practice, after the user downloads the infected app, a cookie is set to prevent the malicious system from prevailing, leading to the user being served clean links for the next seven days.After this period passes, the user gets redirected to the malware once they try to download any application from the store.”
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Plus, Google algorithms are constantly changing – your website’s usability affects your Google search rankings.One of the biggest analytics you should be looking at is your bounce rate.Their algorithms rank pages with faster loading times higher than those who have slower loading times.Take a look at your site from your visitors’ point of view (use different browsers, as this can also be the issue).The tool searches on a standard operating level (3G).The tool shows how many seconds (or heaven forbid minutes) it takes to load your website on a mobile device.
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Built on FutureWave's SmartSketch vector illustration software and designed to compete with Macromedia's Shockwave, the FutureSplash animation platform and its creator were acquired by Macromedia in 1996 and rebranded as Macromedia Flash 1.0.In 2005, Macromedia was itself acquired by Adobe, which has been building and promoting the Flash animation platform ever since.Sadly, the history of Flash is one littered with security vulnerabilities.While the platform is undeniably powerful, it turns out that such power can be easily used to take complete control of target systems simply by visiting a website or opening an email.Rarely a month goes by that a critically rated patch isn't issued for the Flash Player client-end software, and in response media hosts and browser creators have been abandoning the platform in droves: Google's Chrome and Microsoft's Edge are among the browsers with a roadmap to complete deactivation of Flash, while media streaming sites like Twitch have begun offering HTML5 in its place.Now, Adobe itself has officially announced that it, too, is dropping Flash in favour of open standards like HTML5 and WebGL.
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Protests sparked after web security hole reportedThe arrest of a Hungarian bloke after he discovered a massive flaw in the website of Budapest's transport authority – and reported it – has sparked a wave of protests.Thousands of users have flooded the Facebook page of the capital city's transport authority Budapesti Közlekedési Központ (BKK) – and its main website was taken down for several days by online attacks.Meanwhile, a crowd of protestors gathered outside the main BKK offices in Budapest on Monday and the story has taken off in the Hungarian media, thanks in large part to conflicting accounts of what happened from the young chap himself and the CEO of BKK, Kálmán Dabóczi.The tale started last week when an unnamed 18-year-old found that he was able to, when purchasing a ticket online, poke the BKK website in a particular way to modify the ticket's price and buy it at that new price.Rather than take advantage of virtually free travel in the country's capital, however, he did the right thing and reported the security hole to the BKK, complete with a demo in which he was able to buy a $35 ticket for just 20 cents.
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The company's digital transformation started from withinNestlé this past weekend celebrated the first anniversary of its global innovation platform Henri@Nestlé, but in truth, it was more of a transmogrification six years in the making.Henri@Nestlé, which is named after the company’s 19th-century scientist-founder Henri Nestlé, virtually connects numerous independent innovation labs from London to Shanghai.Via an online channel, the conglomerate’s managers post business challenges that the startups pitch against and then, if they’re lucky, are chosen for a Nestlé-partnered pilot with $50,000 seed money.In the past year, the program has attracted a slew of submissions that include assessing and diagnosing micronutrient deficiencies as well as finding sustainable materials to replace plastic water bottles.“It’s just the beginning,” noted Gerardo Mazzeo, global innovation director and CSV manager at Nestlé, who added that he will continue working with “new startups to make a difference on projects that matter.”
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Samalla kun EU:ssa varaudutaan vastatoimenpiteisiin, Kremlistä viestitään, että Yhdysvaltojen uudet sanktiot Venäjää vastaan voivat aiheuttaa haittaa Venäjän eurooppalaisille kumppaneille, kertoo uutistoimisto Reuters.Uutistoimiston mukaan Kremlin tiedottaja Dmitri Peskov on kommentoinut mahdollisten uusien pakotteiden vaikutuksia yhteistyöprojekteille eurooppalaisten valtioiden kanssa.Yksi näistä on Nord Stream 2 -hanke, jonka tarkoituksena on tehdä uudet kaasuputket Venäjältä Saksaan."Työskentelemme eurooppalaisten kumppaneidemme kanssa suurissa projekteissa.Sanktioteemoista keskustelu – sellaisista jotka voivat haitata näitä projekteja – on meistä huolestuttavaa", Peskov sanoi.Tiedottajan mukaan Moskovassa suhtaudutaan äärimmäisen negatiivisesti uusien sanktioiden mahdollisuuteen.
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The government wants to prevent drones from taking over UK skiesThe government is introducing regulations that will require drones to be registered and their users to pass safety tests, aimed to make their use safer while maximising their commercial potential.Drones over 250 grams in weight will need to be registered and their owners will need to pass a new drone safety awareness test, with the goal of making such drone pilots more accountable and responsible for their aviation actions.Drone pilots will need to no only prove that they can fly a drone safely but alos show an understanding of UK security and privacy rules, given may drones are equipped with video cameras to record airborne footage.“The UK is at the forefront of an exciting and fast growing drones market and it is important we make the most of this emerging global sector,” said aviation minister Lord Callanan.“Our measures prioritise protecting the public while maximising the full potential of drones.
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