Gerald Hurtado

Gerald Hurtado

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I am not usually one who cares about bezels but those are friggin massive on the Acer Spin 11.They could have made the screen at least an inch wider without changing the dimension of the device at all.Would a 12" screen really have added that much cost?
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The Meizu 15 Plus is all set to be unveiled this spring alongside the Meizu 15.The Meizu 15 Plus schematic has been reported on Slashleaks, throwing light upon the design of the phone.The schematic doesn’t reveal much more does it corroborate with the previous leaks and renders that have been reported.It sports a rather unusual design, one that deviates from Meizu’s signature designs.The render shows the alleged 15 Plus with a full screen display that is curved on the sides.The bottom bezel houses a circular button which I’m guessing is the mBack button, which Meizu skipped on the recently unveiled M6S.
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YouTube is taking steps to shut down a viral video trend in which people post recordings of themselves purposely ingesting laundry detergent.But like viral video predecessors the "cinnamon challenge" and the "bath-salt challenge," this fad represents a dangerous health threat, officials warn."YouTube's Community Guidelines prohibit content that's intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm," the video site said in a statement to FastCompany."We work to quickly remove flagged videos that violate our policies."The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning in 2013 that liquid laundry packets or capsules contain "highly concentrated, toxic detergent" that can result in injury, including burns, loss of consciousness, excessive vomiting and difficulty breathing.Nearly 220 teens were reportedly exposed to the capsules in 2017, and about 25 percent of those cases were intentional, according to data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers cited by the Washington Post.
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Bill McDermott admits hub was seen as a 'channel to promote corporate messages'CEO Bill McDermott has pledged to improve the SAP Community network previosuly slammed by members for offering a crap user experience and being another mechanism to push marketing messages.The SAP Community is supposed to be a forum for developers, mentors and tech users to discuss problems and share tips – but over the years it has lost affiliates and direction.Jarret Pazahanick, an SAP mentor alumni, agreed the community had once been a "crown jewel for SAP".But he said that "due to multiple re-platform changes, poor strategic decisions, lack of follow through and commitment it has become a shell of its former self, with very poor usability and only a small percentage of quality content and engagement from what it was in the heyday".In a blog post, he said the community had "drifted" away from the things that made it a success, with a series of user experience changes that "frustrated our community and eroded some of the participation".
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Facebook shares fell around 5 percent on Friday following the news that the company would retool its News Feed to boost social interactions over stories from publishers.Mark Zuckerberg announced the news on Thursday evening in a post on his own Facebook page to expected investor skittishness.“I want to be clear: by making these changes, I expect the time people spend on Facebook and some measures of engagement will go down,” Zuckerberg admitted.“But I also expect the time you do spend on Facebook will be more valuable.And if we do the right thing, I believe that will be good for our community and our business over the long term too.”Shares opened on Friday around $178, a sharp fall from the previous day’s high of around $188.
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HTC U11 EYEs is all set to be announced on the 15th of January, as confirmed by the manufacturer on their Weibo account.The Taiwanese manufacturer will be announcing the smartphone in three Asian countries, China, Hong Kong, and their home country, Taiwan.The HTC U11 EYEs had leaked earlier as the HTC Ocean Harmony, which was then confirmed to carry the EYEs moniker by Evan Blass on twitter.The moniker does hint towards a camera centric smartphone.An earlier HTC smartphone with the Eye moniker, the Desire Eye, sported a massive front snapper.The press invite also sports a background that shows two camera lens, hinting towards a dual camera setup, either on the back or the front.
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Nintendo released a surprise “Nintendo Direct Mini” presentation Thursday morning, focused on upcoming games coming to the Switch in 2018.Though the presentation didn’t reveal many new Nintendo exclusives, fans are sure to be excited about the a new wave of Switch ports on the way.If you’ve been waiting to praise the sun on the go, now is your chance.Developer From Software’s name was included on Nintendo’s third-party partners list when the Switch was announced in late 2016, and we now know what the company has been working on.Dark Souls: Remastered, a remake of the original Dark Souls, will launch on Switch May 25.The remake, which is also coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC, will include the original Dark Souls and its Artorias of the Abyss expansion, and supports up to six players via dedicated servers.
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Many of tech’s most prominent executives have joined more than 100 American business leaders in signing an open letter asking Congress to take action on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program before it expires on March 5.Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos and Sundar Pichai, the chief executives of Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google respectively, are among the executives who want Congress to pass legislation ensuring that Dreamers, or undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children and were granted approval by the program, can continue to live and work in the country without risk of deportation.Failure to do so will not only result in upheaval, but may also potentially cost the U.S. economy $215 billion, they said.Tech companies have been among the most vocal supporters of Dreamers since the Trump administration announced in September that it plans to end DACA.Other tech leaders who put their names on the letter, which was sent to Congressional leaders and will also run as a full-page newspaper ad on Thursday paid for by the Coalition for the American Dream (a PDF is at the bottom of this article), include IBM CEO Ginni Rometty; Brad Smith, the president and chief legal officer of Microsoft; Hewlett-Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman; and CEOs or other leading executives of AT, Dropbox, Upwork, Cisco Systems, Salesforce.com, LinkedIn, Intel, Warby Parker, Uber, Airbnb, Slack, Box, Twitter, PayPal, Code.org, Lyft, Etsy, AdRoll, eBay, StitchCrew, SurveyMonkey, DoorDash, Oath and Verizon*.Addressed to House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, the open letter calls on Congress to vote on extending DACA by January 19 in order to give the Department of Homeland Security time to implement changes before March 5.
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Broadband consumer advocates have launched a "Mobile Only Challenge" to show US regulators that cellular data should not be considered an adequate replacement for home Internet service.The awareness campaign comes as the Federal Communications Commission is considering a change to the standard it uses to judge whether broadband is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion.While FCC Chairman Ajit Pai hasn't released his final plan yet, the FCC may soon declare that America's broadband deployment problem is solved as long as everyone has access to either fast home Internet or cellular Internet service with download speeds of at least 10Mbps.That would be a change from current FCC policy, which says that everyone should have access to both mobile data and fast home Internet services such as fiber or cable."The FCC wants to lower broadband standards," organizers of the Mobile Only Challenge say on the campaign's website.Some tasks “near-to-impossible on the phone”
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Crowdfunding site Kickstarter has been around for the better part of a decade, but you could argue that CES 2018 is its breakout year when it comes to lasting effects on the industry.No less than 250 of the companies exhibiting on the show floor began as Kickstarter projects, and 2018 marks the first year Kickstarter has an actual booth.Julip Terra, director of technology and design for Kickstarter, stopped by the Digital Trends booth at CES in Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon to provide some details on what Kickstarter is up to, as well as to explain why after nine years the company finally decided to have a physical presence at the show.forTerra says that having the booth helps illustrate how his company is moving beyond just funding, and toward a comprehensive solution g bringing products from concept to prototype and then mass market release.At any given time, Kickstarter hosts nearly 1,000 design and tech gadgets looking for funding, he said, and all Kickstarter projects must have working prototypes.This in theory should prevent the biggest potential problem with any crowdfunding effort: a project that’s funded and never makes it to market, leaving supporters high and dry.
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But that’s not the coldest water could be.Scientists in a few labs lab have now made the coldest water yet.One team of researchers got their liquid water as cold as 230 Kelvin, and another down to 228 Kelvin—that’s around -50 Fahrenheit (-45 Celsius).This is cool for science reasons alone, since this “deeply supercooled” region is difficult to probe with experiments.And it doesn’t always obey the rules you learned in high school: It can exist as a liquid at temperatures as low as -31 degrees F (-35 degrees C) in our own atmosphere, and it has strange properties that only get weirder at temperatures that cold.“Yet what sort of singularity might water be approaching still represents an unresolved puzzle that has prompted the formulation of conflicting scenarios to interpret its origin,” the authors write in one of the studies published last week in Physical Review Letters, lead by Ph.D student Claudia Goy from the Institute for Nuclear Physics at Goethe University, Frankfurt.
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Awards season may be well under way in the US, but some of the hottest events taking place here in the UK are still weeks away - including the biggest night in British music, the Brit Awards.The 2018 event isn’t on until late February and organisers are currently in the process of revealing all the info gans will need on the night, including who’s up for which awards, and the acts that will be performing on the night.The Brits take place at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday 21 February at 7.30pm.See all avaliable seats and purchase them here.All the action from the ceremony will be screened live - well, nearly, as the usual 30-second delay will be put in place to make sure any cheeky swear words aren’t broadcast to the nation - on ITV.While the shortlists are being kept under lock and key, the list of people performing during the show serves as a clue as to who can expect nods, with Paloma Faith and Liam Payne taking to the stage.
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Jon Laurence has left his role as head of digital for Channel 4 News to take up a new post as deputy editor at US social video publisher NowThis.Relocating to New York, Laurence will oversee “editorial vision and execution”, the company said, as well as managing day-to-day operations in its newsroom.He will also work with the senior leadership team to “develop strategic plans for future growth and expansion into new channels and markets”.Laurence spent almost three years at Channel 4 News, where he was responsible for its daily online output and spearheaded a successful push into social video that yielded 2bn annual views.His role in the programme's digital transformation was recognised in 2017 when he was named online editor of the year at The Drum’s Online Media Awards.“Jon’s work leading digital and social video at Channel 4 was exemplary in every way,” said Sarah Frank, NowThis editor.
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Hampton Products introduced the Brinks Home Security Array family of products at CES 2018.In addition to the Array Smart Deadbolt announced yesterday, Brinks is adding smart light fixtures with built-in security cameras.The Array Smart Light fixtures, designed to replace a home's existing outdoor lighting will come in two styles.The coach-style LED light is intended for front porches.The dual-head security light is meant for yards as well as side areas, which both include a standard setting to illuminate the area and an ultra-bright setting for added visibility when the light's motion sensor is activated.The dual-head security light will also feature a siren.
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Whether its playing a PC game or the game of life, one can’t afford to lose.Especially if the latter involves a wee little one.At CES 2018, network equipment professionals NETGEAR put on display their latest connected gear for all sorts of home users.Be it amateur or pro gamers who need the reliability of the Nighthawk Pro Gaming router and its companion LAN Switch, or the concerned parent who needs to see what the little one is up to from afar with the Arlo Baby Camera.Home networks are very different and more sophisticated these days and, more often than not, often include one security camera or another.But while outdoor and indoor security is important, for some families, toddler safety is even more critical.
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A scheduled vulnerability scan is running in this big data center when, without warning, the storage farm is suddenly knocked out, reports an IT pilot fish on the scene."This scan checks all ports and protocols on the network for any exposures," fish says."The scan had never affected the storage pool, but this time the Windows, Unix and mainframe storage farms completely shut down."The security guys said it obviously meant the storage was vulnerable and that the scans should continue.The storage team was saying they couldn't bring the storage back until the scans stopped."In the meantime, we had a major outage -- all servers, regardless of operating system, were down.
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Practice Fusion, a 12-year-old San Francisco-based startup backed by the likes of Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, was written about several years ago as a company on the brink of going public.In 2015, JPMorgan, working with Practice Fusion, estimated that the company could be assigned a valuation of around $1.5 billion if it went public in 2016, a figure based off estimated revenue of $181 million for 2018.Instead, Practice Fusion is selling for $100 million in cash to publicly traded Allscripts, it was announced today.The amount, roughly two-thirds of the $157 million the company had raised over the years from VCs, is further “subject to adjustment for working capital and net debt.”The news won’t come as a complete shock to anyone who has been following the electronic medical records company for the last couple of years.Despite backing from Founders Fund — along with Kleiner Perkins, ORIX Growth Capital, Artis Ventures and others — Practice Fusion had stumbled in recent years as bigger competitors such as 38-year-old Epic Systems continue to gain market share.
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It’s also the first issue to feature augmented reality activations—four of them, all on the issue’s theme of optimism.They include an interview with guest editor Bill Gates by Time’s Nancy Gibbs, an animated infographic on the global gender gap in education by contributor Bono, a video of the cover subject, Mohamad Nasir, and a behind-the-scenes featurette showing how the issue was made, all accessible with Time’s Life VR smartphone app.But the team, which includes the third-party Ryot Labs, had already been brainstorming ideas for over a year, since they had produced a “Capturing Everest” feature for Sports Illustrated.A single AR activation quickly became four.“In the way that VR was nascent a few years ago, I think AR is right now.” The plan is to continue to develop AR activations across Time, Inc’s line of titles, as well as standalone AR and VR experiences.Tramz recommends readers watch the activations with sound on, especially for Bono’s infographic and the cover story, which Gates narrates.
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Facebook’s personal assistant experiment just got the ax before ever reaching a wide audience.Facebook recently confirmed that the beta version Facebook M will be discontinued on January 19, though some features that the program inspired, including M suggestions, will continue.M is Facebook’s version of a virtual assistant, but mixed human operators with artificial intelligence in order to continually train the system.Facebook is discontinuing that human element — which was only available to around 2,000 people — and is offering staff other positions within the company.M Trainers worked alongside the software to assist the chatbot, which is able to handle tasks like booking an Uber or making dinner reservations.As virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri, and Cortana grow in both popularity and features, the full Facebook M isn’t going to ever make it out of beta.
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EV owners who want a fancy charging station for their home with lots of technology integrated might want to check out the ChargePoint Home charger that now has Alexa integration and other new features.These new features allow drivers to ask Alexa to start and stop charging of their EV.They can also use voice commands to find out if the vehicle is plugged in and see how many miles of driving range has been added.ChargePoint drivers can also ask Alexa to find out their account balance and how much they have spent on charging.As ChargePoint has integrated Alexa support, it also rolled out a new app to make it easier for drivers to charge when away from home.Drivers can snap a photo of any public charging station and upload it to ChargePoint to help other drivers find the station using visual context.
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