James Maloch

James Maloch

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Elizabeth Holmes has left her role as CEO of Theranos and has been charged with wire fraud, CNBC and others report.The company’s former president, Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, was also indicted today by a grand jury.These criminal charges are separate from the civil ones filed in March by the SEC and already settled.There are 11 charges; two are conspiracy to commit wire fraud (against investors, and against doctors and patients) and the remaining nine are actual wire fraud, with amounts ranging from the cost of a lab test to $100 million.Theranos’s general counsel, David Taylor, has been appointed CEO.What duty the position actually entails in the crumbling enterprise is unclear.
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Ofcom has released its first progress report on the legal separation of BT and Openreach, commenting progress is being made, but there still might be too much meddling going on.The report, which you can see here, states there has been a satisfactory amount of work done, though there are still signs BT is fundamentally entwined in the organization.The problem here is simply down to the fact BT will not want to lose too much control.Current projects have focused on staff training and removing BT branding from Openreach, but these should be considered little more than window dressing and busy work; Ofcom needs to make sure BT cannot influence Openreach operations to its own benefit or the detriment of competitors.The question still remains about balance.One of the concerns raised in the report is whether the new structure has struck the right balance between BT’s interests and those of Openreach.
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Shares in ZTE have continued to tumble, with another 10% being wiped off share price on Friday, while the threat of a trade war lurks in the background.Even meeting US demands of hiring a new board, new nominees were announced earlier in the week, and the announcement the team would be applying for a $10.7 credit line from Bank of China and China Development Bank can do little to stem the flurry of heavy-hitting punches.The share price decline is of course a significant worry, though Nomura believes the worst is yet to come, believing recovering from the fallout will be tougher than expected.Aside from the new board members, ZTE is also proposing a motion at the Annual General Meeting on June 29 to remove a clause which states the Chairman has to have at least three years’ experience at the company.There are considerable concessions which will need to be made to get back into the good books of the US government, but bringing in executives who are not tarnished by the company’s reputation is certainly a good move.Despite the share price, this should be deemed progress.
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Making the perfect cup of coffee seems like a pretty attainable goal these days.After all, an endless supply of smart coffee makers already exists to help feed your caffeine habit.But if you’d rather kick it with something a bit more spicy and a bit less bitter in the morning (or afternoon or evening), what you really need isn’t a coffee maker — it’s a chai machine.And luckily, the folks over at Y Studios have your fix.Meet the Chime Chai Maker, an automated chai machine that purports to deliver the perfect cup of chai every time.Because as it turns out, dunking a tea bag and adding some milk and sugar just doesn’t cut it.
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It looks like Google could be preparing the ground for its Pixelbook laptop to run Windows 10 natively.Of course, normally this top-end Chromebook runs Chrome OS, but native support for Microsoft’s operating system could be in the pipeline, at least going by recent code commits pertaining to the Pixelbook as highlighted by XDA Developers.What’s interesting here is that there is mention of testing with the Windows Hardware Certification Kit and Windows Hardware Lab Kit, which would seem to indicate that Google is readying the laptop to be officially certified and approved by Microsoft to run Windows 10.All of this is backed up by a story which emerged a couple of months back, with speculation that Google is working on an AltOS mode for the Pixelbook.This could allow for a second OS to be installed on the Chromebook.Again, that nugget was uncovered in development code for the laptop, and all this points to the possibility of allowing folks to dual-boot Windows 10 alongside Chrome OS on the Pixelbook, potentially adding to the appeal of the machine in a major way, and giving it far more flexibility in terms of the software the device can run.
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The module was yanked almost immediately, doomed to become a piece of fabled D lore.It was also starting to attract the attention of religious groups and worried moms who painted D as a literal tool of the devil.So even as the game was on the rise, life at TSR headquarters in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin was plagued with fears that moral outrage could end the good times at any moment.And so, to ensure Dungeon Module B3 never became the spark that started that blaze, it was scrapped.Now that D is once again cool, we asked some TSR veterans to recount the story of what really happened with "Palace of the Silver Princess."Kevin Hendryx, TSR game developer and designer, 1980-81: In essence, the philosophy of management [at that time] was that it was better to have anything to sell today than something of higher quality later, because the market was so hot and the demand so great that TSR was losing money by any delays.
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I think brexit is actually better.This legalitistic push to fix problems damn the costs through laws is just so damaging.
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A new report from PSafe concludes that almost a fifth of Android malware stems from adult dating scams.The other two prominent malware sources are fake giveaways and fake virus alerts.PSafe’s Dfndr Security app for Android has over 100 million downloads from the Google Play Store, of which there are 21 million active users.The company recently released a report on the state of Android security in the first quarter of 2018.Ever wonder what is written online about you?Android users need to stop falling for the same old tricks.
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AT is imposing another $5-per-month price increase on customers who have held onto a decade-old grandfathered unlimited data plan.The data plan's price was $30 monthly for seven years until AT raised it to $35 in February 2016.A second $5 bump brought the price to $40 a month in January 2017.The third $5 increase in three years will kick in next month."Customers who have a grandfathered $40 data plan will receive notifications of a $5 per month rate increase for the data plan," AT said in the price increase announcement."The rate increase will take effect starting with the customer’s July, 2018 service."
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With bee populations continuing to decline, farmers, conservationists, and technologists alike are busy searching for a solution to help carry out pollination.A New York-based company recently lent a high-tech hand to assist a local apple orchard pollinate its 300 acres of tasty crops.The Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard in LaFayette called in startup Dropcopter and its pollen-spreading UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) to perform the world’s first apple orchard pollination by drone.“Since 2015, we have been pollinating almond orchards with drones,” co-founder and CTO Adam Fine told Digital Trends.The drone flies an autonomous prewritten mission optimizing its speed to deliver the most effective application.We are the first real-world testing of automated aerial pollination in the nation.”
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this autumn, the company will launch a brand new corporate business and to help you have taken techveteranen Johan Hernmarck.”I don't think on the Block and Ebay in the long run,” he says.With a partner that skier Jon Olsson and his fiancee Janni Déler, both of which have become popular livsstilsprofiler on Instagram, seems the interest have been great from the customers from the outset.since Then, Yaytrade had hundreds of thousands of visitors from over 160 different countries, according to the company itself.We have also set up a clear plan for how we should scale up the company abroad”, says ceo and co-founder David Knape.I don't think on the Block and Ebay in the long run, they are too specific and are stuck in their big structures
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Samsung has a pair of new budget smartphones it’s bringing to the US beginning later this month.These new phones will continue the Samsung J line of entry-level phones, and while they may not have spec sheets near the level of something like the Galaxy S9, they should still get the job done.Unfortunately for us, Samsung didn’t really delve into specifics with today’s announcement.Still, it said enough to give us a basic idea of what to expect from the Galaxy J3 and J7.Samsung says that both phones focus on ticking a few key checkboxes – specifically, that means both phones will provide a decent display and capable cameras.Beyond that, though, it’s probably best not to expect too much.
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Och då är det kanske inte så konstigt att när konsultbolaget Evry nyligen presenterade sin nya AI-partner, så handlade det om ett bolag som har sin bas i Singapore.Addo AI, som den nya partnern heter grundades av Ayesha Khanna, som nyligen var i Stockholm och pratade på Fujitsus Fujitsu World Tour/Innovation Gathering.– Jag pratade på ett event i Oslo, om utbildning och framtiden inom vården, och de hörde mig prata, säger hon om hur samarbetet med Evry började.Läs också: Inte bara Google Assistant kan prata i telefon – här är Microsofts okända AI-botDe cirka 40 personer som jobbar på Addo AI är dock en ganska tydlig illustration av situationen i AI-världen.– Även om vi är ett litet bolag har vi haft ambitionen att vara ett globalt bolag från dag ett.
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Xiaomi revealed the Redmi Y2 (aka the Redmi S2) in India today, also giving global users a preview of MIUI 10.The company showed off the software update at its Mi 8 launch in China, but it has a few more details this time, including a list of phones that will receive a single-camera portrait mode.The new mode means users don’t need a dual-camera setup to take those ever-popular portraits.Instead, Xiaomi says it developed algorithms that were trained on over 100,000 photos.Phones set to get portraits on both front and back cameras are the Mi Mix 2, Mi 5s/Mi 5s Plus, Mi 5, Mi Note 2, Mi Max, Mi Max 2, Redmi Note 4 (India), Redmi Note 4X, Redmi Note 3, Redmi 5, and Redmi 4/4X.The company says more devices will be compatible “soon,” but didn’t give any details.
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People spoke about changes in the funding climate in US and China at the Tech in Asia 2016 conference.How did those shifts affect Southeast Asia?How were entrepreneurs, angel and seed investors expected to respond?Khailee Ng, managing partner of 500 Startups, presented some compelling data behind venture capital activity in the region and potential strategic options amid an evolving funding climate.
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Leaks for TCL’s BlackBerry Key2 more closely resemble a flood at this point, with a full reveal of the phone’s design earlier this week now being followed by a full spec sheet and the price, courtesy of Evan Blass on Twitter.According to Blass, the Key2 is set to cost $649 in the United States, or $100 more than the KeyOne sold for when it first launched last year.It’s an interesting ploy, to be sure, since I somehow doubt that anyone was really hoping to pay even more money for a new BlackBerry in 2018.Like the KeyOne before it, TCL is continuing to offer a decidedly midrange spec list for the Key2.On the processor front, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chip powering the phone, and both RAM and internal storage have been doubled from the KeyOne to 6GB of memory and either 64GB or 128GB of space.The front-facing camera is still an 8-megapixel shooter, but the rear camera — as teased by TCL earlier — is getting upgraded to a dual 12-megapixel camera system.
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The German operator of a fan page on Facebook must take its share of responsibility for the collection of user dataOperators of resources on Facebook are “jointly responsible” with the American company for processing users’ data, Europe’s highest court has ruled, amidst growing scrutiny of data-gathering practices worldwide.The European Court of Justice found on Tuesday that a German education firm which operated a fan page could not, as the company had argued, pass responsibility for data protection issues on to Facebook.The education company had made use of a Facebook feature allowing it to collect anonymised data on visitors to the fan page through the use of cookies.In 2011 a German data protection authority had ordered the firm to cease operating the page, arguing that users hadn’t been informed their data was being collected.The firm responded with a legal action arguing that Facebook, not it, was responsible for data protection issues, since it had provided the tracking service under non-negotiable conditions.
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Firefox has two new experimental features for you to try out today.One lets you theme your browser with colors of your choosing, the other lets you view two websites within one tab.Both are part of Firefox’s Test Pilot program, which allows you to try new features in the form of extensions and help decide whether they’ll make their way to the public.Simply called Firefox Color, the first feature allows you to customize various visual elements of the browser, “including background texture, text, icons, the toolbar and highlights.” There are few presets, or you can make your own.The changes are applied automatically, so there’s no need to restart Firefox just to try out a new look.You can also save and share your creations with others.
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the Developers of the more advanced apps that have not jumped on the prenumerationsvågen, but want to sell their apps to engångspriser has long had a big problem on the App Store: It has not been possible to give users a free taste of the full app.Apple has now updated the guidelines for App Store deployment, and among the novelties noticed in particular that this rule has changed.Developers will now be able to offer a time-limited buy-in-app with price of zero, which unlocks all the features in the app, for example 14 days.Many developers, specially on the Mac, have been asking for this ability, and it is something that has caused several developers to choose not to offer their software in the Mac App Store.Apple has also updated the rules for the services that work on multiple platforms.Users should be able to use features they have paid for on other platforms, even on IOS, but it must go to buy them even with the buy-in app and the developers should not try to induce the users to make their purchases on other platforms.
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Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom have completed the first international roaming trial of Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) technology in a development that could accelerate the development of cross-border IoT services.Roaming is seen as an essential component for licensed mobile IoT networks, with applications such as logistics tracking needing to work in multiple territories.It’s also essential if equipment manufacturers are going to achieve economies of scale with devices like smart metres.NB-IoT is a licensed Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology designed for use by mobile operators who want to capture part of the IoT connectivity market.It was argued that without an LPWA standard, the cellular industry would lose out to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Sigfox.“The success of these trials is an important milestone in the development of a sustainable roaming environment for Mobile IoT networks, showcasing their capabilities as well as ensuring consistent service across geographical boundaries,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA.
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