Henry Booker

Henry Booker

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At the end of last year came to Nordea, with the news that it will be implemented large cuts in the bank's Swedish it operations.According to Computer Sweden experience they have upcoming nedskärningsplanerna created great concern among the staff.When it comes to how many that may go is the ruling still the same as in the fall.It was in October, in conjunction with the report for the third quarter of 2017, which the bank flagged that the total cutbacks within the entire Nordea will affect approximately 4 000 fixed-line services.That figure, however, a longer period of time and exactly in what areas these cutbacks will be done is, according to Nordea, set not in the present.Sundsvall, Malmö and Gothenburg are covered, and the reason is that we had too many small it units, " says Janina Pfalzer on Nordea's press service.
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Although the ability to publish pre-recorded video to Facebook Live has been an option for some time, it’s required the use of third-party programs like OBS and Wirecast.Now, Facebook is testing a feature called Premieres, which will let creators publish already-made videos to Facebook Live, as reported today by Engadget.While there isn’t much information on Premieres yet, it appears to be angled toward content like movie trailers, Facebook Watch shows, and music videos, and it would come with Facebook Live functions like chat.Essentially, it’s a way for publishers to bring the experience of a television premiere or film trailer drop to Facebook, allowing people to experience a new video together in real time.“We’re testing this now with a group of diverse video creators, publishers, and shows,” Facebook’s Fidji Simo tells Deadline.“And we’ll be rolling this out more broadly soon.”
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Wins one, loses one, in London High Court as Google is told to remove links to criminal convictionsGoogle has experienced mixed results in a legal battle in London over two “right to be forgotten” cases involving two separate businessmen.The ‘right to be forgotten’ was made into law in May 2014, when the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled that search engine operators (Google, Bing etc) were responsible for links to web pages that contained personal information, and should therefore remove such links on request of the information owners.Google for its part has previously protested against the law, but later began publishing transparency reports to show how it was (reluctantly) complying with the ECJ order.Fast forward a number of years and Google lost a landmark “right to be forgotten” case that could have wide-ranging repercussions.The ruling was made by Mr Justice Warby in London’s High Court on Friday, the Guardian newspaper reported.
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Electric bike designs are evolving at a rapid rate, particularly as more and more traditional bike manufacturers jump into the ebike arena.But one of the biggest challenges that these companies face is finding ways to integrate the often-bulky battery packs onto their bike frames without throwing off the balance and geometry.Bosch is hoping to make that process a lot easier by introducing a new option specifically built to solve this challenge.The Bosch PowerTube 500 is a battery pack that was purpose-built to integrate directly into the frame of a bike.This gives manufacturers much more leeway in how they build their bikes, allowing them to create a more classic bike aesthetic with the potential for improved aerodynamics, a better center of balance, and a more traditional geometry.Weighing in at 6.2 pounds and offering 500 watt-hours of energy, the PowerTube 500 is one of the lightest battery packs currently on the market.
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the Wheelbase is extended by three centimeters and the total length is now 441,9 centimeters, which is 12 centimeters longer than its predecessor.Even the boot has increased and can accommodate 370 liters instead of the previous 341 litres.The analog instrumentation as well as the centrally placed screen has got to give way for the two screens together runs horizontally along the upper portion of the panel, almost all the way off to the manufactured.The two screens come in different sizes, 7 or 10,25 inch, and they can be combined in different ways even if the outer measure of the actual ”frame” around the screens is the same.Regardless of the combination see the screens out to flow together to one and the same device and the functions can be controlled directly on the screen via the controls between the seats, or with the help of touchknapparna on the steering wheel.Dead angle-warner, Lane assist, head-up display to name a few, and the arrangements for the car to become increasingly self-driven is impressive in accuracy.
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If you have a smart speaker, like the Amazon Echo, you should already know that you have a device in your house that's always listening out for that key phrase "Alexa" so it can jump in to help you do whatever it is you can't (or won't) do for yourself.Amazon insists that the speaker doesn't record anything else you say before using the activation phrase, though a new patent suggests it's been considering expanding the number of keywords that will activate the Echo's digital ears.The purpose of the patent is to activate new trigger terms within the Echo, working out what people "love" ,"like", or "hate" to better improve the recommendations offered by Amazon's retail site.The patent also mentions targeted advertising as one potential way to utilise this information, though Amazon has admitted its wariness of pushing adverts through the Echo in the past.Of course past reports have indicated the company has been considering it, but at the moment that is one of the key differences between Amazon's Echo and Google Home - with the latter coming under fire for some of its alleged advertising practices in the past.It's important to mention that just because Amazon has filed the patent doesn't mean it will ever be implemented, with the retail giant confirming there are currently no plans to launch any new activation phrases.
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Spotify and Hulu have formed a warm embrace after the pair reached an agreement for the music streaming service to offer some Hulu-owned TV and movie content to its own subscribers.By broadening its streaming base in this way, Spotify is aiming to diversify away from its bread and butter music catalogue and kickstart user growth in the video sphere.For $12.99 per month Spotify subscribers can get the best of both worlds with access to a catalogue of 40 million songs, as well as 75,000 TV shows and movies, lending it an edge amidst cut throat competition from the likes of Apple and Amazon in the pursuit of subscribers.Spotify has come under pressure to justify its $27bn valuation to investors, forcing it to come up with innovative new ways of proving its worth at the premium end of the paying spectrum, where the greatest profits lie.Despite boasting 71 million paying subscribers last year, the company still conspired to rack up a loss as it anxiously looks over its shoulder to the rise of Apple Music which has attracted over 36 million subscribers over a much shorter lifespan.The company is likely to reach over 200 million users this year although the majority pay nothing by taking advantage of the Swedish streaming services free package which offers limited access to its catalogue.
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At the conference, where the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S was out, the manufacturer also came with a couple of attractive products including the Xiaomi Mi AI Mini Speaker and the first Xiaomi Gaming Laptop.The Xiaomi Gaming Laptop is considered to be one of the thinnest products in the niche.It comes with an all-metal housing at a thickness of 20.9mm only.The company continues using a logo-less design.Like the rest of Xiaomi notebooks released recently, this model comes in a dark gray color option.It consists of four parts.
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The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the entity that maintains the standards used across the internet, said on Monday, April 9, that Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla signed on to support web-based technology for biometric authentication.In other words, Chrome, Edge, and Firefox will soon support signing into online accounts using fingerprint scanners, voice authentication, facial recognition, and so on without additional software.The support for biometric logins stems from the Web Authentication (WebAuthn) standard submitted by the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance, another consortium focused on security solutions.It defines how browsers can utilize a component built into web pages that can access biometric-based hardware without any additional software or browser plugins installed on the user’s machine.Moreover, WebAuthn supports FIDO’s Client to Authenticator Protocol (CTAP).Thus, if your desktop or laptop doesn’t include a fingerprint scanner or infrared camera, an external device could work as a substitute.
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Two people in one changing room?The unnamed duo were yesterday taken to court by the owners of spa complex Badewelt, based in, er, Sinsheim, south Germany, after they refused to cough a €600 fine for supposed fruity behaviour in the changing rooms, The Local reported.The legal jousting lasted minutes at the local district court, as the couple agreed not to return to the venue for half a decade, and all parties vowed to keep schtum about what had been seen next to the slippery puddle.House rules are supposed to prevent two people from entering a changing room together at the same time, and other couples have also fallen foul of this regulation by innocently lending a hand to towel-dry each other.Nine additional actions have been brought by the Badewelt against others accused of post-sauna nookie who denied any wrongdoing and refused to pay the €600 fine."There was a knock on the door and we were told to come out immediately, even though I was undressed," one female customer told the Rhein-Necker-Zeitung.
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Even though Tesla has been unable to produce as many Model 3 EVs as it wanted to, a new model is coming this summer.When July rolls around Tesla will roll out a dual motor version of the Model 3 that has all-wheel drive.That version of the EV was originally set for a mid-2018 launch.Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed the launch of the vehicle and noted that he expects Tesla to hit the 5,000 vehicles per week production rate in July.Musk also said that the company had to hit that 5,000 unit per month number before the AWD version launched.Another tidbit dropped by Musk was that the white interior option for the Model 3 would come about the same time.
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Grab has given the Uber app a stay of execution in yet another market as regulators across Southeast Asia continue to investigate the merger deal announced between the ride-hailing companies last month.This extension follows an order from the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) made over the weekend, and it now means that Uber’s app will cease running in the country on April 16.Elsewhere, Grab shuttered the Uber app in its six other markets in Southeast Asia today as planned, two weeks after the merger deal was confirmed.It appears that Grab didn’t count on Southeast Asia’s being so intent to probe the tie-up.The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) said last month that it had “reasonable grounds” to suspect that the deal may fall foul of section 54 of Singapore’s Competition Act, while the PCC voiced similar concerns last week.“This move by Uber in the Philippine market leads to further substantial concentration of what is, to begin with, an already highly concentrated ride-sharing market.
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Real Madrid has announced an exclusive video content partnership with Samsung.As part of the partnership, Samsung, an existing regional partner of the club, will offer exclusive content via Twitter to Real Madrid.According to Market4Place, fans will be able to see interviews with the players, access to the comments of the dressing room after the matches, press releases of the coach, goals and better plays of the training on the club's official Twitter profile.Simone Tomassetti, head of sports partnerships, Southern Europe Twitter said: "We are delighted that Real Madrid and Samsung bet on Twitter to bring quality video content that is very interesting for our users."Twitter has always been the reference site to comment in real time on sporting events, see and share the reactions with its fans and hear firsthand the protagonists.With agreements like this, users now access relevant content about what is happening in the format they like the most: the video, "
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Perhaps aiming to snag some attention away from Snapchat’s big group video call update out this morning, Facebook also announced an update to its chat app Messenger, which will now allow users to share 360-degree videos and HD quality video (720p).In both cases, you’ll have to capture the photo or video outside the Messenger app, the company notes.The update follows another that rolled out last fall, allowing users to share high-resolution photos through Messenger – something that Facebook said was the result of its significant investments in helping people “communicate visually.”The idea that mobile messaging is often a camera-first experience isn’t unique to Facebook Messenger, of course – it’s the premise of the Snapchat experience and, these days, Instagram too.Unfortunately for Facebook, news of improved media-sharing capabilities comes at a time when the company is under siege for its mishandling of user data, and, most recently, another reveal that it had been retaining videos that users believed to be deleted.The broader effect of this news cycle around Facebook’s approach to privacy, is an increased general mistrust of Facebook’s products as the place to share – including sharing through Messenger, which isn’t as distanced from the core product as Facebook-owned Instagram and Whatsapp are.
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Google may be making a smart display to rival the Amazon Echo Show, which both comes as a surprise and also makes total sense.Up until now, it’s looked like Google was leaving the manufacture of a Google Assistant-powered smart speaker with a screen to third-party companies like JBl and Lenovo (pictured), but now it looks like the search giant may be getting its own hands dirty.This revelation comes from an interview that Google VP Rishi Chandra had with Variety.Now, Chandra didn’t officially announce a new product, as much as give us a hint of a plan with a delicious double negative: “I’m not saying we are not going to do it.”Are you seeing what I’m seeing?Chandra claims in the interview that the smart display is “an emerging category”, and that Google’s strategy could follow the pattern of its smart speaker rollout, with Google own brand devices sitting alongside third-party devices.
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Point72 Ventures and three other investors have poured $21 million into fintech firm DriveWealth.DriveWealth chief executive Robert Cortright told Business Insider his firm's tech is helping move the cost of stock trading to zero.DriveWealth, a company building technology to bring the cost of investing to zero, has landed $21 million in an investment round led by four investors including the venture unit of Steve Cohen's Point72.The New Jersey-based company announced Tuesday the Series B fundraise led by Point72 Ventures, SBI Group, Raptor Group, and Route 66 Ventures, a previous investor in the company.Its clients include MoneyLion, a lending and wealth management app, and INVSTR, a UK-based stock trading application.In an interview with Business Insider, DriveWealth chief executive officer Robert Cortright said the new money will help the company enhance its products, including a new one that enables its customers to provide real-time rebalancing for portfolios.
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Snapchat aired its first-ever TV ad this past weekend during the NCAA’s Final Four, and it appears to have set its sights on a new audience: your parents.The ad bills Snapchat as “a camera, where how you feel matters more than how you look,” while painting it as an easy way to take photos of messy babies and put dog ears on grandma.But by framing itself as another milquetoast social app designed for flaunting idyllic vacations and family reunions, the ad completely ignores what makes Snapchat appealing in the first place.Those highly curated shots are already going up on Instagram Stories.Snapchat is the place where you trade dumb jokes with your friends, non-essential thoughts, or show off the trashy nights you don’t want preserved past a five-second timer.Snapchat is not for warm-and-fuzzy family moments.
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MDC Partners announced today it has taken a 51 percent majority stake in Portland, Ore., independent digital agency Instrument for an undisclosed sum.It’s the holding company’s first 2018 acquisition of what will likely be several.Founded in 2002, Instrument is one of the largest digital indie shops in the U.S., housing 175 strategists, producers, designers, engineers and content creators, according to MDC.The holding company said Instrument adds to its portfolio of “modern, innovative and digital-first agencies” as clients increasingly look to navigate the changing digital landscape.“Instrument is one of the largest and most respected independent creative companies,” Scott Kauffman, chairman and CEO of MDC Partners, told Adweek.“They fit perfectly into the MDC family.”
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Alibaba has acquired Chinese delivery app Ele.me in a bid to further bolster the brand’s 'new retail' strategy.The deal sees Alibaba assume full ownership of the app, acquiring all outstanding shares in the start-up local delivery company.Alibaba previously held 43% of shares in Ele.me.The deal, which values Ele.me at $9.5bn, will enhance Alibaba’s New Retail strategy by providing local delivery services from Ele.me’s huge national network of delivery drivers.Alibaba also plans to expand Ele.me’s services beyond food to incorporate other products and services, in a bid to give the company a bigger slice of China’s booming local services industry.Ele.me delivery services will be merged with local services platform Koubei to create integrated customer experiences for restaurants and businesses.
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In Google’s ongoing crusade to eliminate ties to piracy in search results, the company removed the search term “Kodi” from its autocomplete list.Those who type in the term won’t see a list of suggestions related to the popular tool or associated software, but instead will see results tied to the term “Kodiak,” such as Kodiak Bear and Kodiak Cakes.“Since 2011, we have been filtering certain terms closely associated with copyright infringement from Google Autocomplete.Kodi is an open-source home theater software solution developed for Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, Linux, Raspberry Pi, and Xbox One.It’s a network-capable tool for managing and streaming your favorite music, movies, TV shows, and photos on any device that supports the software.You can either view media stored on your device or push all media to a centralized storage unit connected to the network that’s accessible by all devices.
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