George Comer

George Comer

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I open the Amazon Go app on my phone, scan a QR code on top of the white turnstile and watch as electronic arms open to let me in.I'm getting a preview of the Amazon Go automated store within the internet giant's headquarters in Seattle.After that, everything you pick up is automatically tracked by the store's cameras and charged to your Amazon account when you walk out."Our plan from the beginning was ... what can we do so you could walk into the place, take anything you want and leave," Gianna Puerini, vice president of Amazon Go, says as we walk around the store four days before it opens to the public.To the left of the ready-made meals are cold drinks -- pop, sparkling water and pretty much anything else you can think of.As I head right to walk deeper into the store, I see giant cookies from Seattle's Macrina Bakery and dill pickle chips from Whole Foods, the grocery store chain Amazon acquired last year.
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One of the neatest things about living outside the U.S. is discovering soccer culture, which is as strident and culturally charged as football is in America.Inter Milan will turn 110 years old.Each unit is led by an emoji that serves as a shorthand for its tale.As the project progresses, the emojis will compose Inter’s iconography.You also learn a lot about the tiny but meaningful moments that make this particular soccer club special, not just in the history of its sport but to the Italian fans who love it.The first story, “That poison lemon,” recounts the legend of striker Benito Lorenzi, who joined Inter in 1947 and died in 2007.
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Facebook’s Live Videos tend to see higher levels of engagement than prerecorded videos — and now Facebook is aiming to bring more of that interaction to any video with Watch Party.With testing beginning January 17 with a small group of users, Watch Party allows Facebook Groups to watch videos together.Watch Party is designed to bring some of the same interactions that comes from watching the same live moment simultaneously with other users — only the feature works with both Live and prerecorded videos.Inside the new feature, the Group administrator chooses a video and a time.With group participants watching at the same time, members can chat through the comments or use reaction tools, much like watching a Live video.Fidji Simo, Facebook’s vice president of product, says the tool is designed to recreate the same type of interactions on Live videos within a group.
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Apple said it plans to contribute some $350 billion to the US economy over the next five years, including creating 20,000 new jobs and adding a new campus.Already the nation's largest taxpayer, the tech giant said Wednesday it anticipates repatriation tax payments of approximately $38 billion as a result of the new US tax reform law.Additionally, the company said it will reach that $350 billion contribution by "combining new investments" along with its current pace of spending with domestic suppliers and manufacturers -- including an estimated $55 billion this year."We believe deeply in the power of American ingenuity, and we are focusing our investments in areas where we can have a direct impact on job creation and job preparedness," CEO Tim Cook said in a statement."We have a deep sense of responsibility to give back to our country and the people who help make our success possible."The news comes about a week after GOP Sen. John Thune, chair of the US Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, wrote a letter to Cook asking why Apple purposely slowed down the processing performance of older iPhones.
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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff warns that new technologies could kill one-third of the jobs in the US and create a world of have and have-nots.In the upcoming decade, tech automation will kill up to one-third of the jobs in the United States, and up to 800 million jobs globally, according to the McKinsey Global Institute.I’m increasingly worried that even as these technologies deliver incredible benefits to some, this wave of change will leave behind hundreds of millions of people around the world," he warns.Business leaders, not politicians, can really move the needleThere's only one set of folks who can fix that: "the haves," which Benioff argues are the business leaders, not the politicians."A challenge this big and complex cannot be left to politicians alone.
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There are major changes afoot in the weight-loss industry, with many marketers focusing on health and wellness, rather than calories, scales, inches and tape measures.And two powerful brands, Atkins and Weight Watchers, have recently taken the unusual, stereotype-busting step of hiring men as spokescelebs.The preternaturally youthful Rob Lowe will spend 2018 as the face of the Atkins “Life Well Lived” campaign, and recording artist-producer DJ Khaled has become Weight Watchers’ first social media ambassador.While marketing execs don’t expect the infamous before-and-after-style ads or fat shaming to disappear entirely, they say tactics have evolved to become more inclusive and realistic.“Diet is like a word out of the ’80s now, and it represents a short-term, highly restrictive approach,” said Scott Parker, CMO at Atkins Nutritionals, who recruited Lowe as the brand’s first male spokesman after the star’s public comments about eating “the Atkins way,” a low-carb, low-sugar, high-protein plan.And the message is more holistic these days than, ‘Get a bikini body.’”
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It’s just been a few days since the rumors about the specs of Cubot X18 Plus first surfaced and it is already looking to be way cooler than its older sibling, the Cubot X18, which still showed good customer feedback and most importantly, sales.According to the latest rumors, the Cubot X18 Plus will feature more RAM and storage than its little brother, specifically 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage compared to the 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage of the standard X18.In its advanced edition, the Cubot x18 Plus, will be more attractive and it might be the world’s first full screen smartphone with Android Oreo out of the box.The limited samples for review will be firstly arranged at the beginning of February.Check out the comparison table below:Let’s now watch Cubot Plus X18 Plus Official video:
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Earlier this month, I wrote that crypto companies are going to become investors in 2018.Ripple, the fintech startup behind the controversial XRP token, has its first investment after it backed U.S.-based storage startup Omni through a $25 million round.Omni was founded in 2015 as a storage option for those with limited space at home — ideal for the Bay Area where it is based — and this year it began to allow people to rent their stored items out to others.Ripple didn’t invest directly in this round, to be clear — instead executives Stefan Thomas (CTO) and Chris Larsen (executive chairman and co-founder) took part alongside existing Omni investor Highland Capital Partners.The funds will go towards a second city expansion in the second half of this year and hiring.It isn’t exactly clear why the startup has gone down the crypto route at this stage but you’d imagine that the Ripple deal is strategic in nature.
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The results are in at the Detroit Auto Show and the winners of the 2018 North American Car and Truck of the Year come from Honda, Volvo and Lincoln.The competition was stiff in all three categories but the Accord, XC60 and Navigator managed to stand out from the crowd and impress the judges as something special.The Volvo XC60 was the recipient of a complete redesign that updated the already well-liked midsize SUV to Volvo's stunning new design language.The competition in the Utility Vehicle of the Year category included Alfa Romeo's new Stelvio and Honda's Odyssey minivan."Like the XC90, the XC60 offers Volvo's distinct brand of luxury and it may even be more appealing than its bigger brother.The ride is exemplary, and when smartly equipped, it is a fine value," said Kirk Bell, NACTOY juror and freelance auto writer.
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The mobile game Star Wars: Rivals, which made a brief appearance in Australia and New Zealand last year, has launched for “pre-registration” on the Google Play Store.You can’t play the game yet, unfortunately, but now we have a better idea of what to expect when it does launch.Rivals is the latest mobile game in the Star Wars universe, one we’ve known is in the pipeline for months, but that unfortunately still isn’t available.Disney had a soft launch of sorts during the summer of 2017, but it was very limited.The wait may be worth it, though, as fans prepare for the franchise’s first real-time shooting game designed for mobile devices.Disney revealed full details about the title yesterday, explaining that this is a real-time competitive action shooter, but one created for tablets and phones rather than game consoles and PCs.
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It would take another 30 years before the company streamlined production and made cars available to the mass market.Consider that in the first generation of vehicles (1750-1850), if a person wanted a means of transport, they had to design and fabricate every component.This “design” phase produced unique artifacts such as the Cugnot Steam Trolley, the first self-propelled land-based vehicle.Having gone through several additional phases, including build and repair, we’re now at a point in which we can pick out a car and drive it off the lot.For example, AI requires machine learning, machine learning requires analytics, and analytics requires the right data and information architecture (IA).AI currently mimics and improves the human function; said another way, it brings human features to technology.
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Visa today announced that it will join MasterCard, American Express, and Discover in eliminating the need for signatures when making any EMV chip or contactless payment, starting this April.The change will enable North American users of Apple Pay, Google Pay (formerly Android Pay/Google Wallet), and Samsung Pay to complete Visa transactions with little more than an identity-authenticated touch of the device to a payment terminal.EMV chip and contactless payments generally rely on tokenized one-time codes for individual transactions, rather than reusing the same code across multiple transactions, reducing the potential for fraud.Noting that credit card fraud has declined 66 percent in the United States in the less than two years since EMV chips were launched, Visa cites increased convenience as its reason for the change, along with use of “advanced analytics and biometrics” that are increasing transaction security.Visa’s move follows similar announcements made by MasterCard, American Express, and Discover last year.All four of the companies are dropping the signature requirement this April across the United States and Canada.
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Samsung today launched the new Galaxy A8+ (2018) in India.The company had teased the smartphone last week, revealing that it will be an Amazon-exclusive for online sales.The Galaxy A8+ (2018) is the first Samsung phone to sport two front cameras.The phone has a 6-inch 18.5:9 FHD Super AMOLED display with support for always-on Ambient Display feature.The phone features an 18.5:9 aspect ratio as seen on other high-end Samsung devices, which also means that the capacitive navigation buttons have been removed, in favour of on-screen buttons.Powered by an octa-core Exynos 7885 chipset, the Galaxy A8+ (2018) comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, with support for microSD cards up to 256GB.
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In particular, when approaching new process, decision-making, day-to-day operations, technology choices and, most importantly, change.However, one thing still remains the same: the customer still is – and will always be – king.Whether that means adapting to new customer needs or industry change, responding to new competitors or diving into new markets, or making decisions on strategic tech platforms.We recently held a half day workshop with senior company executives at many of the UK’s major financial services organisations, designed to share and discuss how businesses build an effective corporate innovation model.The unanimous opinion was that none of the big corporates represented has yet cracked the test & learn model that startups are so very good at.But there are various inhibitors and red tape blockers in the ecosystem, including these common challenges: corporate functions to consult and get approval, non-aligned objectives, regulation, legacy systems, short-term quarterly results focus, and a requirement for financial certainty.
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While it is having a swell time at the CES 2018, Samsung has just officially revealed a new Smartphone dubbed Galaxy J2 Pro (2018) outside of the CES show.Spotted on the Samsung Vietnam website, the Samsung Galaxy j2 pro (2018) which is aimed towards the budget segment of the market had its specs and images leaked a couple of weeks.Measuring 143.8 x 72.3 x 8.4mm and with a weight of 153 grams, the device follows the design of the Galaxy J2 from the previous year, featuring a polycarbonate body with thick bezels on all sides of the screen.The device has a single secondary and primary camera, with a physical home button below the display.On the display front, the device flaunts a 5-inch S-AMOLED display with a qHD resolution of 540 x 960 pixels and powered a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor with 1.5 GB of RAM and an expandable internal storage of 16 GB.The device boots Android Nougat out of the box, while it comes fitted with an 8MP rear camera as well as a 5MP camera above the display for selfies.
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Dick Clark’s American Bandstand had more than its share of cheesy guests over the years—bands that lip-synced their tunes in front of a TV audience under orders to cheer.But few acts quite equaled Buckner & Garcia, two friends who’d met at Perkins High School in Akron, Ohio, and managed to write a song that, by March 1982, skyrocketed them to fame.No compatible source was found for this video.With home video game systems in their infancy in 1980, Pac-Man made its initial splash in the arcades, with Midway eventually selling 400,000 machines (1) with the help of advertising (2).Americans initially caught the Pac-Man fever two years prior in October 1980, when a little-known Japanese gaming company called Namco licensed its latest game, Puck Man, to Midway for stateside distribution.“Pac” is short for “pakku,” the Japanese word for munch—so knowing very well what American mall rats would do with a name like Puck Man, Midway wisely changed it to Pac-Man.
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Hyundai has revealed the new Hyundai NEXO, its new fuel-cell vehicle packing the automaker’s latest driver-assistance technology.Officially named at CES 2018 today, the hydrogen-powered SUV can beam video from both sides of the car to the dashboard during lane-changes, along with the automaker’s first implementation of lane-following assistance.NEXO is, Hyundai says, the first of its new range of green-minded vehicles, expect to number 18 by 2025.Not all will be hydrogen powered, of course, though nor is the NEXO the automaker’s first ride in the fuel-cell rodeo.It’s actually Hyundai’s second-generation hydrogen car, following the Tucson FCEV.Along the way it has increased range significantly, with Hyundai claiming the NEXO will do 370 miles on a full tank of hydrogen, 105 more than the old car.
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Nvidia announced a beta for its GeForce Now game streaming service for the Mac last year, and now it’s finally coming to Windows PCs.Starting this week, beta users of the GeForce Now Mac client will be able to install and run the Windows app.This brings the beta service far beyond its roots as an exclusive to for Nvidia’s Android-based Shield devices, and more into the core Windows gaming PC audience.I got a chance to play with an early beta of the GeForce Now service on a $400 Windows PC at CES today.My biggest concerns about game streaming services are latency and internet connections, but Nvidia had the service setup using a 50mbps connection on the Wynn hotel’s Wi-Fi.I didn’t notice a single issue, and it honestly felt like I was playing Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds directly on the cheap laptop in front of me.
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The reign of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the top of the box office has ended after three huge weekends both domestically and overseas.Disney and Lucasfilm’s sci-fi sequel dropped to third place, with returning film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle taking over the top spot at the weekend box office, and new arrival Insidious: The Last Key debuting in second place.After spending the last two weekends finishing second to The Last Jedi, Jumanji leap-frogged the Star Wars sequel with an impressively strong third weekend that raked in an additional $36 million in U.S. theaters — a mere 28-percent decrease from the previous week.The ensemble jungle comedy adventure is doing a nice job of translating all of the positive buzz (and good reviews) it received its first week into box-office success, and is expected to have a few more strong weeks ahead of it.The fourth film in the Insidious horror franchise, The Last Key also had an impressive weekend, and ended up with the second-biggest opening weekend of the series so far (second to 2013’s Insidious Chapter 2).Given that all four movies were made for $26.5 million collectively — the last two installments each cost $10 million, while Chapter 2 cost $5 million, and the original Insidious cost just $1.5 million — the fact that the micro-budgeted series has earned more than $219 million domestically and $420 million worldwide to date makes it one of the most successful genre franchises out there right now.
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Johnson & Johnson-owned Neutrogena knows you buy a lot of its skincare products – it’s the number one facial skincare brand in the US, and at least $1 billion of J’s quarterly sales came from its beauty segment in the third quarter reported last fall.Now it wants you to buy even more Neutrogena, with the help of a skin-scanning gadget and app.The company announced today a hardware product called SkinScanner that attaches to the upper portion of a smartphone and, using a combo of sensors, is supposed to give users the kind of magnified image of their facial skin that you usually see in before-and-after pics in ads.The scanner wirelessly syncs up with a mobile app, called Skin360, which will show a person’s skin health over time and suggest they improve their skin.It’s the latest in a series of connected beauty products that have been shown off at CES in recent years; and is part of a larger attempt by traditional consumer product goods companies to adopt digital strategies that appeal to younger, tech-savvy customers.The SkinScanner product was made in partnership with a New York-based company called Fitskin.
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