Gerald Hurtado

Gerald Hurtado

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The Apple Music tripod just lost one of its legs.When the service launched in 2015, Apple promoted three foundations that made Apple Music unique: music streaming, Beats Radio, and the social hub Connect.Now Apple will have to revise history to show that the service stands only on two legs.As of today, Apple Music Connect is practically shutting down, save for a few traces, leaving artists less connected with their fans.Apple probably didn‘t need a third pillar.Its collection of music and its industry clout would have probably been enough to sell Apple Music.
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Daybreak Games has announced that PlanetSide Arena will be the next installment in the multiplayer sci-fi shooter series.It will be a battle royale game, and it’s coming out for PC on January 29.PlanetSide 2 followed in 2012.These games have a sprawling, persistent world for players to explore, but Arena will focus on single matches inside one map (like the experience you’d expect from other battle royales like Fortnite and PUBG).Now more traditional shooter series, including Call of Duty, Counter-Strike, and Battlefield are entering the battle royale scene.And despite this upcoming launch, Daybreak Games is staying committed to supporting PlanetSide 2.
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Earlier this year, Apple acquired Texture, which is often described as “the Netflix of magazines.” With Texture, users pay a monthly fee to access around 200 different magazines – that rate used to be $14.99 per month, but not long after picking up Texture, Apple dropped it to $9.99.As it turns out, Apple might have even bigger plans for Texture besides a simple price drop, but some publishers aren’t that thrilled about what Apple it plotting.Apple is apparently planning to relaunch Texture as a premium product that will be rolled into Apple News.As part of this relaunch, Apple is looking to incorporate newspapers as well as magazines, but it sounds like some publishers aren’t sold on the all-you-can-eat approach to news.This information was revealed to Bloomberg by unnamed sources with knowledge on the matter.Even though Apple has high hopes for its Texture relaunch, newspaper publishers are hesitant to jump on board.
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The company which supplied cladding wrapped around Grenfell Tower has said the fatal fire was propelled by other materials and that the flames could have been put out by a common fire extinguisher.Arconic told an inquiry into the June 2017 disaster on Wednesday that it was possible no lives would have been lost in the blaze, in which 72 people died, had other aspects of the tower’s refurbishment been different.According to a report in the Guardian newspaper, Stephen Hockman QC, a lawyer for the US industrial firm, said uPVC windows on the flat where the fire began as well as decorative cladding may have had more involvement in the speed at which the blaze spread.He also suggested that basic firefighting techniques, such as the use of a common extinguisher, might have had success had the fire been contained in the fourth-floor flat.The type of cladding supplied by Arconic for Grenfell is among those due to be outlawed in use on high-rise buildings next week.The inquiry into the disaster heard previously that the fire rose 20 storeys in just 35 minutes in the early hours of 14 June last year.
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The period between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday brought increased sales across the industry, fueling a promising start to holiday shopping.We saw four trends playing a big role.Cyber Week data from over 70,000 brands found that retailers released Black Friday deals 6.2 days earlier in 2018 than they did in 2017, likely to take advantage of consumer appetite to browse the deals before they buy and encourage repeat visits.Apple’s shift is in line with shoppers’ growing desire to browse throughout Cyber Weekend and buy at their convenience.Cause shopping strikes a chordShoppers love discounts, but they also value giving back.
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Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) had a seemingly simple question for Google CEO Sundar Pichai today at a congressional hearing: Could my phone track if I stood up and moved across the room?There was jut one problem — Rep. Poe was holding up what appeared to be an iPhone, not an Android phone.Pichai tried to explain that it depended upon whether Rep. Poe had any Google apps downloaded on his phone, and what the phone’s location settings were.Tuesday’s hearing was called to question Google about the ways it collects and use data, and how it filters search results.Many questions, like Rep. Poe’s, attempted to get an answer from Pichai in layman’s terms about how Google did just that.Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), for example, acknowledged that he doesn’t understand Google’s different privacy and location settings, and asked Pichai if the company had ever considered creating an “online school” that users could go to to ask questions of a Google representative.
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Other participating FEHM-UB researchers are Núria Bonada (UB-IRBio), Cayetano Gutiérrez-Cánobas, Raúl Acosta and Pau Fortuño; Neus Otero and Albert Soler, from the Research Group on Applied Mineralogy and Environment (MAiMA) of the Faculty of Earth Sciences of the UB; David Suari and Santiago Gorostiza (UAB), as well as experts from the Environmental Hydraulics Institute IHCantabria from the University of Cantabria, the University of Murcia, the University of Castilla-La Mancha and the Institute of Natural Products and Agrobiology (IPNA-CSIC) in Canary Islands, among others.Rivers with too much salt: the human factorSalinization is a serious environmental threat worldwide and one of the most extreme cases is found in Australian rivers.In some fluvial basins of the peninsula -Soldevilla torrent in Sallent, the plain of Ebro River, or the region of Murcia- some of the rivers' salinity is three or four times higher than the sea's.In the European continent, salinization related to human activity is more and more worrying but there is a lack of regulation guidelines.High salinization in fluvial systems creates a serious ecological, economic and global health impact, in some cases related to the concentration of carcinogens in the water environment or metals released by pipe corrosion.
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It’s been a little under two years since HMD Global brought the Nokia smartphone brand back to life.One of the more remarkable stats is that HMD Global has sold 70 million Nokia-branded phones in the past two years.Recently, Britta Gerbracht — the new German marketing chief at HMD Global — attended a press conference to discuss the recently-released Nokia 8.1, via WinFuture.That’s a huge number and represents a terrific success on HMD Global’s part.The majority of Nokia phone buyers are over 35 years old, male, and previously purchased Nokia-branded phones before HMD Global took over the brand.The average Nokia phone buyer also holds on to the phone for longer than most other buyers do with most other brands.
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Fortnite maker Epic Games has long faced criticism for using existing dance moves as "inspiration" for its popular in-game emotes without offering compensation to the creators of those dances.Milly argues in a federal lawsuit filed this week in the Central District of California that Epic infringed on his copyright, violated his right of publicity, and engaged in unfair competition by using his "Milly Rock" dance move as the basis for the paid "Swipe It" emote in the game without his permission."Although identical to the dance created, popularized, and demonstrated by Ferguson, Epic did not credit Ferguson nor seek his consent to use, display, reproduce, sell, or create a derivative work based upon Ferguson’s Milly Rock dance or likeness," the lawsuit alleges.The Milly Rock dance move traces its roots back to 2014, when it was popularized in a video for a song of the same name that currently has over 18 million YouTube views.The extremely similar "Swipe It" emote in Fortnite is currently sold for 500 V-Bucks (about $5) or as part of a Season 5 Battle Pass for 950 V-Bucks (About $9.50)."Epic uses the Milly Rock, and other dances, to create the false impression that Epic started these dances and crazes or that the artist who created them is endorsing the game," the lawsuit argues.
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Most of life’s petty irritations fall into immediate perspective when you have to face something truly serious.You know…like when your house has major WiFi problems.Laugh if you want, but constant issues staying connected while texting, watching Netflix or doing any of the dozens of daily tasks that require WiFi are enough to make you want to put your head through a wall.The Bearifi Edge Mesh WiFi Extender Bundle can help get around all those pesky dead zones and connection issues that plague so many homes.Right now, TNW Deals is knocking almost $37 off the price of the bundle, bringing the total down to just $103.20 with promo code: GREENMONDAY20.One of the Bearifi’s big selling points is the Edge Mesh doesn’t require replacing your existing router.
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Amazon has streamlined and refined its Echo hardware over the past few years to create a robust smart home experience.Some of the most recent hardware updates come in the form of the Echo Show and Echo Spot.They’re the first Echo devices to include displays and video cameras, making them great for visual announcements and video calls.Tablets have screens and video cameras too, though, and some of these features are making their way to Amazon’s Fire tablet lineup via a software update — specifically Drop In and Announcement modes.The new features will not be available on all Amazon Fire tablets though.Right now Amazon is adding the functionality only to its Fire HD 8 (2017 and 2018) and Fire HD 10 tablets.
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Google has partnered with Wikipedia to make English-only content more accessible for Indonesians.The US giant announced the tie-up, along with other partnerships and new products, at its annual Google for Indonesia event today.Google will identify relevant Wikipedia articles that are only available in English and translate them into Bahasa Indonesia using its AI-powered neural machine translation system.Google will then “surface” these translated articles in search, said its Indonesia managing director in a blog post.The company sees a huge opportunity because less than 1 percent of online content is in Bahasa Indonesia.While the language accounts for a very small share of the pie, research from Statista says it still ranks among the top six most commonly used online.
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When the ‘million-dollar idea’ itself is enough to get potential customers excited, marketing and promotions come easy.But most small business owners and e-commerce entrepreneurs aren’t so lucky …This doesn’t mean that their products and services are worthless.Without a little extra innovation, this can make it all too easy for SEO campaigns and other promotional efforts to fall flat.Founder Michael Dubin was interviewed by The New York Times, and in 2016, the company sold for $1 billion.Not bad for a brand whose goal was to provide monthly deliveries of affordable shaving supplies.
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More than a hundred firms have been fined for failing to pay fees that the UK's overstretched data protection watchdog needs to feather its nest.Since May, data controllers – orgs that define how and why personal data is processed – have been required to pay higher fees to the Information Commissioner's Office.If they don’t, the ICO can fine them up to £4,000, and they are able to levy an extra £350 on the most egregious cases.The body has been sending out warning letters to companies that haven't made the payment, with more than 900 issued.Today it announced it was issuing 100 of these bad apples, in the business services, construction and finance sectors, with monetary penalties."More fines are set to follow," the ICO added.
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Just six months on from the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), new research from Thales eSecurity has revealed that more than two thirds (69%) of consumers would consider legal action against any company that failed to manage their data properly under GDPR.The company surveyed 1,000 UK consumers and 250 IT decision makers to discover that 86 per cent of consumers would consider switching to another company after a data breach and 35 per cent stated that a data breach under GDPR would 'definitely' give them a negative perception of the a company.Surprisingly 17 per cent of UK consumers said they still had not heard of the regulation compared to just nine per cent in Germany.However, a quarter (25%) of people in both regions revealed that they could not explain what GDPR is.Thales eSecurity also questioned members of the C-Suite as to whether their organisation was prepared for the legislation in time for the May deadline and 84 per cent of businesses reported being 'completely' ready with 11 per cent being somewhat prepared.The manufacturing and utilities industries had the highest preparedness rates at 91 per cent while retail had the lowest across both countries at 78 per cent.
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Nokia India has teased the launch of a new Indian smartphone.The official Twitter handle of the company has tweeted a video of a phone in silhouette with a notched display.The picture's about to get rosy with an epic viewing experience.Get ready to ExpectMore pic.twitter.com/Tj5XfNuN0hNovember 23, 2018Since the Nokia X7 was launched in China last month, there have been rumors that it would also release in India under the name Nokia 8.1.Additionally, the Nokia 8.1 was also spotted on Geekbench and the listing suggested that the new device could run on Android 9 Pie, Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC, coupled with 4GB RAM.
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Google Home Hub, $100 (save $50)Doorbuster (limited quantities): OK Google, what's new?This cameraless, petite smart screen will blend into any room.And makes perfect sense in the kitchen, as a photo frame or a smart home control panel.See at Target Microsoft Xbox One S reviewAmazon Echo Dot (2018), $24 (half price)
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After five years of deliberations and sixty potential landing sites, scientists at Nasa decided which area of the March, as the next expedition will explore.the Hope is to get the answer to a burning question: has there ever been life on the red planet's surface?the Rover will be tasked to explore the 45-kilometer-wide Jezerokratern located just north of the Mars equator.Researchers believe that the area of 3.5 billion years ago may have been a large river delta, and estimates that there may have been life here.”the Delta is a great place where evidence of life may have accumulated and then been conserved during the billion years ago there was a lake there,” said researcher Ken Farley at a news conference that Nasa held, reports The Verge.There are several stentyper who has good chances to contain the remains of mikrobakteriellt life, and the water may have brought with it minerals from the large areas of land both within and outside of the crater.
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Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei has signed 22 commercial contracts for 5G and is working with more than 50 carriers on 5G commercial tests, Ryan Ding, executive director and president of carrier business group, announced during his speech at the Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF) in London.Through heavy investment and continuous innovation, Ding said the company is committed to helping carriers deploy 5G networks and driving the development of the 5G industry.“Every new generation of network comes with new challenges, and this applies to 5G commercial deployment, too,” Ding added that the company is closely collaborating with carriers to address those challenges.According to the company’s press release, the device industry is a major driver of 5G technology development.After commercial roll-out of 5G networks, which is expected to happen next year, major smartphone makers will start offering 5G phones—this, of course, includes Huawei’s foldable phone announced in October.The first wave of 5G commercial use is expected to cover one-third of the global population, according to GSMA.
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A new report from The Wall Street Journal includes some new rumors surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S10.According to the report, the top-end Galaxy S10 could have six cameras (two on the front, four on the back), 5G support, a huge display, and reverse wireless charging.The WSJ says we can expect this beast of a phone in the spring of 2019, after the initial launch of the “regular” Galaxy S10 devices.Yesterday, SamMobile posted some new rumors surrounding the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10.Now, we have a report from The Wall Street Journal which seems to corroborate some of the rumors from yesterday — and add in a few more for good measure.According to the latest rumors, the Galaxy S10 will have four distinct models: an entry-level model with mid-range hardware and a cheaper price; a “vanilla” model which will be the direct successor to the Samsung Galaxy S9; a “Plus” model which will be the direct successor to the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus; and a top-end model which will have 5G support.
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