Glenn Vedder

Glenn Vedder

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According to Delta’s upcoming new requirements for service and emotional support animals, only Very Good Girls and Boys are allowed.The airline announced in a press release on Friday that all owners must provide proof of their animal’s vaccinations or other health records 48 hours before travelling.They must also sign a document attesting that their animal is well-behaved—although no proof of training is required.A Delta spokesperson said in an email to Gizmodo that to prove their animal is well-behaved, a customer can sign a form available on the airline’s website.Delta noted that the new regulations, which will go into effect on March 1st, aim to create safer flights without negatively impacting passengers with legitimate needs.The airline noted that it recorded “an 84 per cent increase in reported animal incidents since 2016” and that staffers had reported an uptick in acts of aggression last year.
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President Trump’s comments referring to certain nations, including Haiti, as “shitholes” provoked widespread anger and outrage.But one agency creative in the Caribbean nation is working on a more lighthearted response—raising money to run out-of-home and print ads in Washington, D.C., that aim to use Trump’s words against him to boost the image of Haiti.Fabien Dodard, a creative director at Parkour Studio, has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise cash to run “shithole” themed ads for Haiti in the American capital.He has set a $40,000 goal, and raised a little over $2,000 so far.The creative has already been produced, with headlines like “A majestic sh**hole awaits,” “You bring the sunscreen.We bring the sh**hole” and “Our sh**hole beaches go on for days.” There is also a letter to Trump that could run in The New York Times.
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People staring at your sneakers is a point of pride for sneaker enthusiasts, but after Adidas’ latest collaboration, it could help you get around Berlin a lot quicker.Earlier this week, Adidas collaborated with Berlin transit authority Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) on a limited-edition sneaker made with an annual BVG train pass attached to the sneaker.Adidas’ collaboration is called the EQT-Support 93/Berlin.The sneakers sport a similar shoe design to other sneakers in Adidas’ EQT line, except if you are wearing them, you can ride BVG transit for free the entire year.That is because the tongues of the new shoes were made with a year-long ticket sewn in.All you have to do when the conductor comes by you on the train is lift your foot up, show them your shoe ticket, and enjoy your ride.
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When it’s also a smartphone!That’s the pitch behind Shell, a new mobile device which promises to combine both devices into one, slightly unusual multi-purpose device that can be both worn on your wrist or detached from its cradle-like wrist mount and then held up to year ear to make a regular (or, well, semi-regular) cell phone.“Shell is a truly independent and fully functional smartwatch that tackles one of the major limitations of independent wearables,” creator Azar Talibzade told Digital Trends.“At the beginning, smartwatches evolved primarily as fitness trackers or notification centers.While this was the primary drive for developing Shell, other exciting features include manual emergency charging, a 360-degree rotating camera, and crystal-clear calls thanks to the stand-alone antenna.We’ve also made sure that these benefits can be brought to existing smartwatch owners by creating custom adaptors for top brands, such as Apple Watch, Moto 360, Samsung Gear, LG G Watch and Huawei Watch.”
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When it was announced that Intel and AMD had collaborated on a processor design that bundled together an Intel CPU core and an AMD graphics chip on the same die, it seemed as if dogs and cats were about to start living together.But as the days rolled on, other market participants absorbed the news, which is why it’s no surprise that a leaked Nvidia specification appears to be going after the new combo-chip with a design termed GTX 1050 Max-Q.Spotted by NotebookCheck in the latest Nvidia driver release for Linux platforms, the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti Max-Q chips are expected to sit somewhere just beneath the standard GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti cards in terms of performance, offering improved efficiency and thermal controls.If the speculation is correct, the idea would be to integrate such chips into lightweight laptops.Although that kind of talk is all conjecture, the educated guesses at clock speeds by the likes of VideoCardz suggest that these new 10-series graphics processors (GPU) could have a purpose beyond expanding the existing range of Nvidia chips.Their speculated performance would put them around about the power of the recently announced Kaby Lake G series with AMD graphics on board.
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Of course you can let someone know you love them by making a call or sending a text, photo or video.But those ways aren't unique.That's why a French company at CES launched the Lovebox -- a seemingly analog way to receive messages from friends and family.The Lovebox sits in your home and connects to the internet via wifi.A loved one sends you a message with the Lovebox app available on iOS and Android.On the front of the box is an itsy-bitsy heart.
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It better since it’s priced at $10,000 (£7,389; UK pricing TBA) and up depending on just how you configure it.But the introduction of yet another Technics tribute model—or collector’s item if you’re being honest with yourself—makes you wonder.Make money is the obvious answer to that question.It was ten years ago that Panasonic decided to close its Technics audio division, halting the production of some of the most famous, durable, and celebrated turntables on Earth.But the reincarnated 1200-series would come with a hilariously high price tag: £2,799 for one wheel of steel.That wasn’t exactly good news for a lot of Technics fans.
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Now that the Meltdown and Spectre cats are out of the bag and patches are being issued left and right, the main question people have is: will this affect my everyday work?Intel’s latest performance metrics suggest that yes it might, but not too much — more so if, like me, you have an older processor.Intel’s Navin Shenoy released the results of several benchmarks done internally, and the performance hit from the deeply rooted processor problem disclosed by Google researchers is mercifully small for modern chips.The most recent Kaby Lake processors, introduced late last year, generally see less than 5 percent performance loss in SYSmark14SE, and often none at all.(The margin of error is stated at +/- 3 percent.)But the biggest hit for those CPUs, and in fact most of the others as well, is on “responsiveness,” which according to the benchmark app’s creators includes “application launches, file launches, web browsing with multiple tabs, multi-tasking, file copying, photo manipulation, file encryption + compression, and background application installation.” So, pretty much all the stuff most people need to do.
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Every year, drones seem to dominate more and more showfloor space at CES — and 2018 was no different.This year we saw drones of all shapes, sizes, and purposes.But what were our favorites?Here’s a quick rundown of all the best drones at CES 2018.CES is home to some of the most brilliant, game-changing technology every year.It's also where you'll find some pretty darn wacky new gadgets.
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Following the success of the Best Man Project, a campaign created at The Drum’s Do It Day, Calm is preparing for a visit from the Duke of Cambridge.The campaign, created by a team of industry individuals in November, encouraged men to talk to a friend when they were feeling low or in a crisis.The idea came from the behaviour of men when they were asked to be the best man at a wedding, hoping friends would talk to one another during their key life moments, when they are feeling emotional and in need of support.Prince William will join a group of men, including former football professional Rio Ferdinand, musician Loyle Carner and presenter Romam Kemp, to help create a short series of films celebrating the importance of friendship for mental wellbeing.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, alongside Prince Harry, currently run their own foundation, Heads Together, which focuses on worldwide issues including mental health.They have said they want to: “Remove the stigma around mental health” by “developing programmes to fill needs in the mental health sector.”
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Washington, D.C. (Jan. 9, 2018) - Half of women working in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs report having experienced gender discrimination at work, according to a new Pew Research Center survey examining people's experiences in the workplace and perceptions of fair treatment for women - as well as racial and ethnic minorities - in STEM occupations.For instance, both are equally likely to say they have experienced sexual harassment at work (22%) and both groups are less inclined than their male counterparts to think that women are "usually treated fairly" when it comes to opportunities for promotion and advancement.The nationally representative survey of 4,914 U.S. adults included 2,344 workers in STEM jobs to speak to the issues facing women and minorities in the STEM workforce.It was conducted from July 11 to Aug. 10, 2017, prior to the many recent allegations of sexual harassment by men in positions of public prominence.An accompanying Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data finds that the number of jobs in STEM has grown substantially - particularly in computer occupations.Representation in STEM jobs has consequences for workers' wallets as STEM workers earn significantly more, on average, than non-STEM workers with similar education.
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Thanks to the ‘Uber effect’, a revolution is waiting to happen in the provision of internal services to employees.In our personal lives, thanks to technology, we have got used to a range of streamlined user experiences such as online shopping, ordering a cab or a pizza in two clicks, or checking our account status on our mobile bank app.Internal support needs generally fall into one of three categories: wanting something fixed, wanting another kind of help or wanting something new.A staff member is justified in asking “If I can do this online via self-service in my personal life, why can’t I do this at work?” What staff experience when they are at home ordering from Amazon, paying their mobile bill or downloading films, they increasingly expect at work from a more ‘consumerised’ IT environment.And yet in far too many organisations coming into work often feels like re-entering the information dark ages.Email is still clinging on as the primary tool of communication between internal service providers and their customers (both internal and external), followed closely by costly and often-frustrating telephone support lines.
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But that doesn’t mean Monday is boring.Not at all—there are demonstrations and press conferences where giant companies like Samsung, LG, and Sony announce new products.There are driving demos of the new cars the auto industry wants to show off.And there are sneak peeks at consumer gadgets all day.We’ll be posting photos and news bits about these things, and we’ll be letting you know whenever we’re going live on Facebook (which will be often!)so you can follow along there too.
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The other day I came across a video on my Twitter timeline:“I don’t think anyone who is facing a planned operation which has been cancelled would say it’s more important that they have treatment than someone who is a genuine emergency.”These were the words of one of the most up-and-coming Welsh Labour politicians, as he stood in the lobby of the Senedd speaking to BBC Wales Politics about the recent operation cancellations in Wales.It was stale, it was not good enough, it was a day too late.My fear is, if Welsh Labour can’t get back on the front foot, the whole party might start to look stale.Since the Welsh Assembly began on the turn of the millennium, the Labour Party has been the governing party, either alone or in coalition.
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As a survivor of rape working with and supporting other survivors of rape, I am all too aware that our Justice System is far from ‘just’ when it comes to justice in cases of rape and sexual assault.And so, yesterday’s news that the serial rapist John Worboys will be released on parole having served only 10 years in prison, some of that on remand before sentencing, when he was given a life sentence comes as a slap in the face.It is so rare that rapists go to prison, and now they’re getting out early?In John Worboys’ case that justice system had a very stark example of just how serial offenders can be; he was convicted for 19 offences, yet police believe he carried out more than 100 attacks.Have they changed how they investigate rape offences in the intervening years?To my knowledge, the man who raped me is still free as the CPS decided in my case not to prosecute.
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Millennials take a different approach to investing than previous generations.Only one in three are buying stocks.And some are turning to software, rather than humans, for advice on financial planning.For the past ten years, Wealthfront has been building out a platform that it hopes will appeal to the next class of wealth creators.Instead of paying advisors, Wealthfront believes that it is taking a more efficient approach by focusing on algorithms and cutting out the middlemen.Its technology can help with financial planning, investment management and other banking services, like loans.
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In its latest Vehicle Production and Deliveries report, Tesla says it is focussing on quality and efficiency, rather than just pushing for the max volume in the shortest time, and so is aiming for a production speed of 2,500 Model 3s per week by March, and double that by the end of June.If you are eagerly awaiting your Tesla Model 3, it might be time to download that meditation app, because you're gonna have to relax and get ready to wait.That's far fewer than it had promised, and puts just the tiniest of dents in the waiting list of 400,000 people who have paid $1,000 for a chance to buy the latest Tesla.The feeble numbers can be traced back to the Nevada Gigafactory where Tesla builds batteries for the cars."We had to rewrite all of the software from scratch and redo many of the mechanical and electrical elements," he says.“They are making some big promises, and they need to show a path to get there,” says R. A. Farrokhnia, a business and engineering professor at Columbia University.
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There are a lot of dating websites out there, may of which have their own gimmick that tries to get you to subscribe with them rather than a competitor.One of eHarmony's marketing tactics was to claim that its matching process was more than algorithms and pure chance, it was using science to help match you up with a would-be partner.Except Advertising Standards have determined that this wasn't the case, and has banned the site from making that claim.Specifically the ASA upheld complaints about an advert on the London Underground, which claimed eHarmony used a "scientifically proven matching system" to pair people off.The ASA called the advert, which said "it's time science had a go at love", was misleading.The initial complaint was filed by Lord Lipsey, joint chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Statistics and a former ASA council member.
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The German appliance manufacturing giant BSH is in the early stages of partnering with the U.S. and Israeli-based laundry-folding robot designer FoldiMate on product development and manufacturing in the latest volley in the battle to bring a commercially viable laundry-folding robot to market.As technology moves inexorably closer to an episode of the Jetsons (flying cars are already on the horizon), it’s only fitting that laundry-folding robots become the next step on the path.FoldiMate took CES by storm last year with its early prototype for a laundry-folding robot, and the company will be back again this year to unveil its new device and to speak more fully about what the partnership with BSH will entail.“We have come a long way since then,” FoldiMate’s chief executive, Gal Rozov says of his company’s progress since that CES 2017 debut.Seven Dreamers is working with Panasonic on the laundroid — which aims to bring its own vision of a laundry-folding machine to the masses.Backed by roughly $90 million in capital from funds affiliated with the Henry Kravis and George Roberts, two of the founders of the gargantuan private equity investment firm KKR, laundroid is clearly the better funded device — but the partnership with BSH will go a long way toward leveling the playing field.
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Image credit: Roberto Machado Noa | Getty ImagesArtificial intelligence, or AI, iallows computer systems to automatically recognize and perform certain jobs that formerly would have required human intervention.If you've ever loaded a new image into the photos application on your computer and had it instantly recognize the faces of every person there, you've seen the power of AI on display.Machine learning, on the other hand, takes things one step farther and allows computer systems to essentially learn and improve from experience -- without necessarily being programmed to do so.AI + machine learning = automatic insightsIn an enterprise environment, concepts like AI and machine learning are usually small but significant parts of the more recognizable concept of business analytics.
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