George Comer

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Uber is building on its efforts to make passengers feel safer in their on-demand taxis, introducing continuous background checks for its drivers.Beginning in the US, Uber will now get alerts very soon after one of its drivers gets charged with a criminal offense.Axios reports that Uber is going to rely on third-party services Checkr and Appriss to monitor its drivers.Up until now, once a driver has passed the initial background check and been approved, it hasn't always been easy for Uber to keep track of what happens after that point.It's going to be up to Uber whether or not drivers will be able to continue working after being charged.At the same time drivers who have been stopped from Ubering in the past can apply again if their circumstances have changed.
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An 11-count federal indictment filed against 12 Russian military intelligence officers alleges that the group used cryptocurrency to remain anonymous in a scheme against the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016.They are accused of using these digital coins to pay for the website used to release and publicize stolen election-related documents, keeping their true identities hidden.A month before releasing the stolen documents, the group registered the dcleaks.com domain and leased a virtual private server through an online cryptocurrency service, according to the indictment.After that, they registered an URL-shortening account that was used to “spear phish” the Clinton campaign chairman and “other campaign-related individuals.”From the time of the site’s launch until the end of the election, the group released emails stolen from the Clinton campaign and affiliated individuals, along with documents obtained through previous spear-phishing operations.The site claimed that it was run by “American hactivists” and received more than 1 million page views before it was shut down in March 2017.
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On this podcast, we talk about:Magic Leap offers new details on its secretive and much-hyped augmented-reality headset and says it'll release the gadget this summer.
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Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk stands on the podium as he attends a forum on startups in Hong Kong, China.Reuters/Bobby YipTesla has sold 200,000 electric vehicles in the US, Electrek first reported, which means its customers will start to lose access to a $7,500 tax credit.Tesla has sold 200,000 electric vehicles in the US, Electrek first reported, which means its customers will start to lose access to a $7,500 tax credit.Tesla confirmed it had passed the 200,000 vehicle threshold to Business Insider.The credit will begin to phase out for Tesla customers in January 2019 and will no longer be available in January 2020.The federal government gives people who buy electric vehicles a tax credit between $2,500 and $7,500, depending on the vehicle's size and battery capacity.
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"Efficient LEDs have strong potential for saving energy and protecting the environment," said research leader Sedat Nizamoglu, Koç University, Turkey."Replacing conventional lighting sources with LEDs with an efficiency of 200 lumens per watt would decrease the global electricity consumed for lighting by more than half.That reduction is equal to the electricity created by 230 typical 500-megawatt coal plants and would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 200 million tons."The new LEDs use commercially available blue LEDs combined with flexible lenses filled with a solution of nano-sized semiconductor particles called quantum dots.Light from the blue LED causes the quantum dots to emit green and red, which combines with the blue emission to create white light.To create white light with today's LEDs, blue and yellow light are combined by adding a yellowish phosphor-based coating to blue LEDs.
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Last month, three women at a senior living facility in the US state of Georgia made a Snapchat video in the room of a 76-year-old woman who had a stroke, according to police.The women, who were all at the time working at the facility, reportedly titled the story “The End.”They were arrested on 22 June for allegedly exploiting an elderly and disabled person.“One of them was smoking a vape pen,” a Jefferson Police Department detective said, according to WSB-TV.“They were using profanities and (making obscene hand gestures) at the camera.”The three women—Jorden Lanah Bruce, 21; Mya Janai Moss, 21; and Lizeth Jocelyn Cervantes Ramirez, 19—worked at the Bentley Senior Living in Jefferson, Georgia, and created the Snap video on 13 June while they were waiting for the hospice nurse who, according to the Jefferson Police Department spokesperson, wouldn’t be back for a while.
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Apple is expected to launch a new iPad Pro 2018 in the coming months, and it’ll take cues from the iPhone X TrueDepth camera, according to fresh, convincing evidence discovered today.Make way for iPad-sized Animoji.iOS 12 beta includes iPad support for AvatarKit, the backend software that requires a TrueDepth camera to work, tweets iOS app developer Steve Troughton-Smith.This backs up previous hints in the iOS 12 beta that have indicated the next iPad Pro refresh would add Face ID and maybe even a notch cutout at the top.This is why we think the iPad Pro 2018 will have a bezel-reduced display.This feature doesn’t make much sense on an iPhone, but an iPad is generally shared between family members.
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As his 90th birthday approaches, one wonders how Intel co-founder Gordon Moore considers that his famous ‘law’, first postulated in 1965, still pretty much holds true.As revised in the ‘70s, it forecast that the number of transistors in an integrated circuit (read CPU) would double every 18 months, while the cost halved over the same period.That’s why the processing power on a single Xeon CPU today is roughly equivalent to all the mainframes that existed in the world in the early 1960s, which would have occupied a space roughly equivalent to several floors of the Empire State building.Many experts – physicists and engineers – are now saying we’re about out of room for Moore’s law to continue as in years past.The problem is physics: It is increasingly difficult to continue to shrink IC dies to continue the growth in the number of transistors; the physical limitations of etching dies is now reaching atomic limits that just can’t be exceeded with our current knowledge of the universe.So, what’s the answer to continue giving our users the horsepower that the ever-growing app explosion demands?
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You walk out of a concert, a restaurant, or the office at an hour well past sunset, go to unlock your bike, and you realize you don't have your lights.Maybe you forgot to charge them and they're as dead as beans.Maybe you forgot to bring them entirely because it's the summer and they daylight hours are long.A San Francisco company called Mission Bicycle has rolled out a new bike design that will never leave an owner in the dark.Tapping a button sets the front end of the bike alight.To access it, you unscrew the top cap, and the battery pops up far enough for you to grab it.
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It was business as usual for an Uber driver who'd been picking up and dropping off riders in Los Angeles on a Wednesday afternoon in early June.It was from San Francisco's 415 area code."They tell me I need to verify my account.The caller told him the passenger requesting the trip is disabled, so Uber wanted to send an SUV to accommodate a large service animal, instead.Fraudsters have signed up as drivers to get fees on fake cancellations, and cheated passengers with bogus discount rides offered on messaging boards and chat rooms.CNET spoke to three victims of this scam: One happened nine months ago, another three weeks ago and the third occurred last week.
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Oculus’ standalone VR headset, the Oculus Go, is now available for purchase online or in store across Canada and a range of European territories.The Oculus Go was previously only available in the United States, after an initial soft launch on May 1 this year.The wider release brings it to another 10 nations, across a total of over 300 stores worldwide.The standalone VR headset offers a simplified alternative to the more advanced Oculus Rift headset, as a similarly-untethered headset for dedicated virtual reality experiences – whether that’s movies, shows, 360-degree tours, or interactive games.It doesn’t have the room-scale sensors or processing might of the Rift, but is intended as a more price-accessible alternative for the average household, much in the vein of the Lenovo Mirage Solo.Oculus Go Comes to Canada, Europe, and the UK: Headsets Now Available in Stores // https://t.co/7FqveHpyks pic.twitter.com/Vj8k4LX68sJune 26, 2018
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From Chinese professional Go player Ke Jie and Go-playing computer program AlphaGo’s man vs. machine battle, to social humanoid robot Sophia and iPhone X’s facial recognition unlock feature, artificial intelligence has become part of a wider national security strategy.If it is said that 2017 was the year AI took off, then 2018 is the year it lands deep into all walks of life and redefines the world in which we live.Artificial intelligence, a subversive and strategic technology with the potential to lead the future, has become the new focus on the international stage.Leadership requires creativity, wisdom, and courage, to forge a path for those who follow.Deputy General Manager and Secretary Board of Directors, Ecovacs RoboticsIn June 1999, Ma Jianjun graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Antai College of Economics and Management.
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Reddit recently revealed its plans to build a dedicated news section on its site — and already the community is pushing back against the change.Reddit announced the News tab beta last week (the alpha was available for a while before that), along with details about how it was planning to integrate into the core Reddit experience.The tab will be a landing for content surfaced from news-based communities around the site — though Reddit has yet to specify which subreddits in particular.Users can filter their news by various subtopics, from the broad to the specific — for example, you can follow sports in general or baseball in particular.Here’s what it the tab looks like for me today:This new effort could be an attempt by Reddit to capitalize on the areas where Facebook is floundering, that platform having been embroiled in a heated debate over the merits of its news.
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The chemical industry produces not just valuable vitamins, pharmaceuticals, flavours and pesticides, but often a large amount of waste, too.This is particularly true of pharmaceutical and fine-chemical production, where the volume of desired product may be just a fraction of the volume of waste and unsaleable by-products of synthesis.Pérez-Ramírez and his group have now collaborated with other European scientists and an industry partner to develop just such a solid catalyst for a major chemical reaction, as the researchers report in the magazine Nature Nanotechnology.Their catalyst is a molecular lattice composed of carbon and nitrogen atoms (graphitic carbon nitride) that features cavities of atomic dimensions into which the researchers placed palladium atoms.Efficient catalyst for a Nobel-prizewinning reactionBy making tiny particles of this palladium-carbon-nitrogen material, the scientists were able to show that it catalyses what is known as the Suzuki reaction very efficiently.
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Mercedes-Benz adds down production of the current generation of GLE, the S-class, C-class and E-class-hybridvarianter for the benefit of their new brand, EQ, and the third generation hybridlina.The new generation of EQ-vehicles will only with Mercedes new 9-speed automatic transmission, when the electric motor is a part of the gearbox.the electric Motor is an upgrade from generation 2 and now produces 121 hp and 440 Nm, unlike the previous generation with ”only” 113 hp.With the 3rd generation you should be able to run 15 km longer than the previous generation, ie, over 50km, on a single charge.Naturally, the society for the S-class to be the first with the new drivetrain.In combination with a 6-cylinder petrol engine, the new S-class hybrid, S560e, probably to be launched already in autumn.
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At this point, it’s no secret that the butterfly keyboard used on newer models of Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops have a litany of issues.Apple might be the last to recognise it, but the company is finally offering its customers free fixes for issues stemming from the flawed keyboard design.Owners of MacBooks dating back to early 2015 and MacBook Pros from 2016 and newer will have the ability to get a number of common keyboard-related issues fixed for free from Apple through a new service programme.For those who have already forked over cash for repairs, Apple will offer a refund.According to Apple, the programme will address letters or characters on the keyboard repeating unexpectedly, letters not appearing when a key is pressed, and keys feeling sticky or not responding in a consistent manner — all issues that users of Apple’s new laptops have likely encountered at some point.Per Apple’s notice announcing the service programme, here’s the full list of models that are eligible for the service programme:
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CANNES, France—On Tuesday at high noon, marketers and sneaker heads gathered for Adweek’s Terrasse Talk at the JW Marriott hotel to hear from Alegra O’Hare, vp of global communications for Adidas Originals & Style.Adidas Originals returned to Cannes this week where it’s taking a well-deserved victory lap for its three-year global campaign “Original is Never Finished,” which put a fresh, edgy spin Sinatra’s classic ‘My Way.” The critically acclaimed work earned Adidas Originals a clutch of Cannes Lions, including the Grand Prix in Entertainment for Music category and an Adweek Brand Genius award.O’Hare sat down with Adweek and raised the curtain on creativity, audience targeting and cultivating a diversified workforce, which is at the heart – and soul – of the lifestyle brand’s communications and content strategy.So I would probably say 20, 30 pairs, and that’s not a lotOK. We got that out-of-the-way.When we relaunched Originals three years ago we worked on two areas that were vital: one was strategy and the other was the team.
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An account executive at Uber may have prematurely let the cat out of the bag about a new feature that rewards patient passengers.Uber employee Gregory Jacobs first revealed the new feature, perhaps accidentally, yesterday.The image showed an option that allowed Jacobs to wait a little longer for a ride in exchange for a cheaper fare.He could get the ride now (4:46pm local time) for $10.18, or wait four minutes and pay $8.15 — a savings of about 25 percent.“If you’re OK with leaving later, we’ll request your ride for 17:00 for a lower price,” the app stated.Jacobs has since deleted the tweet and set his account to private but you can view the original tweet here.
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Elizabeth Holmes is no longer running Theranos, the company that promised a portable blood analyzer that could have changed blood testing, if it had been what the company promised.That's what a brief press release from the company announced -- moments before a Department of Justice press release revealed even bigger news: Holmes and former Theranos president Ramesh Balwani are now being charged with criminal wire fraud.Three months ago, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Theranos, Holmes and Balwani with civil fraud, charges that they agreed to settle.In Holmes' case, that meant agreeing to pay a $500,000 penalty, returning 18.9 million shares of company stock, giving up majority voting control, and being prohibited from serving as an officer or director of a public company for 10 years.But with new criminal charges, the US government is attempting to punish Theranos execs for both defrauding investors and knowingly endangering people's lives with inaccurate blood test results, a penalty that could discourage other companies from lying about new products.The DoJ says the charges could put them in prison for up to 20 years and add additional fines of $250,000 for each count of wire fraud.
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Med det i bagaget bjuder vi på ett rejält matigt samtal om intryck av det som visades upp på alla presskonferenser och presentationer.Spänn fast er, knyt skorna, ladda Switchen, byt batterier i Xbox One-kontrollen, koppla in laddningskabeln i Dualshocken - för nu åker vi!00:45:55 - Fabian har spelat Metro: Exodus
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