James Mccullough

James Mccullough

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Peacock mantis shrimp are feisty little creatures best known for hammer-like appendages that help them dismember their enemies punch by punch.But after spawning, the mantis shrimp utilize their mitts for a more peaceful purpose: hauling a giant sack of eggs everywhere they go.But that didn’t stop Italian photographer Filippo Borghi from nabbing this fantastic portrait while diving in Indonesia.The 5-inch crustacean protectively clutches a monstrous ball of eggs, its bulging alien eyes defiantly staring down the camera."Maybe it was curious about the light of my strobe, or maybe it liked seeing itself in the mirror in my lens."These unusually intelligent arthropods live up to six years and mate for life.
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Although rooting is no longer as big a thing compared to the earlier days of Android, installing custom recovery still has a ton of uses no Android app can provide.To install TWRP, however, you do need an unlocked bootloader first, which is why this particular unofficial version of TWRP for the Galaxy S8 Snapdragon models is rather significant.The bootloader situation with Samsung’s devices has always been complicated, especially with flagships that have two different processors.Galaxy S8 and S8+ models using Samsung’s own Exynos processor are relatively easier to unlock, simply needing a toggle (OEM Unlock) to allow it and using tried and tested tools and methods.The situation with the Snapdragon models is different and has a slight twist to it this year.However, there are some, particularly those sold in China and Hong Kong, that seem to go against the flow and are easily unlocked.
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Supermarket chain Aldi has launched a 30-second TV ad in Australia featuring a man named Dave, supposedly a man of few words, to tell customers that their opinions good or bad, matter to them.The ad sees Dave saying “not bad” after taking a bite off a sandwich and his words are spread rapidly by mouth of word before being picked up by major news outlets as breaking news.Devised by BMF to promote Aldi’s Good Different brand platform, Aldi hopes to encourage shoppers’ feedback though its Testers Club to help the company improve the quality of its products.BMF previously produced Aldi’s ad for its sponsorship of Football Federation Australia’s grassroots junior program, which aims to help young Australian footballers grow on and off the pitch.
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According to a new report from MediaRadar, programmatic advertising in the US dropped substantially in the first quarter of 2017 from a year ago.Conversely, native ad placements have surged during the same time period.And while there isn’t a one-to-one correlation, there is a relationship, according to the company.According to the report, which tracks thousands of advertisers and ad buys across digital and traditional media channels, programmatic declined 12 percent year over year.The report attributes this to brand safety concerns and the black-box nature of programmatic placements.[Read the full article on MarTech Today.]
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A new form of credential-stealing malware complete with slick marketing and support from its authors is available for as little as $7, providing a worryingly-easy entry point into the cybercriminal world for wannabees.First appearing a month ago, Ovidiy Stealer is under regularly updated by its Russian-speaking authors and the malware has hit targets around the world including the UK, the Netherlands, India and Russia.Despite its low price of 450-750 Rubles ($7-13), the malware comes with code designed to avoid analysis and detection.Uncovered by researchers at Proofpoint, this malware is spread via a number of methods, including malicious email attachments, file-hosting websites and even within software packages.It comes with functionality to target multiple applications, but buyers are able to purchase a version of the malware which only focus on a single browser if they so wish.If the malware is able to find passwords in its targeted applications, it will send them to the gang using it, putting the victim and their organisation at risk of compromise, especially if the same password is used across multiple accounts.
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Fiat Chrysler on Friday on announced two recall programs that total 1.33 million cars worldwide between them.There are two distinct issues that Fiat Chrysler wants to fix.One concerns proper airbag deployment, and the other is a potential fire risk in certain models.According to Reuters , a wiring issue could chafe against pieces of steering-wheel trim, which could cause a short-circuit that could then lead to an inadvertent airbag deployment.The same wiring issue might also result in unintended windshield wiper activation and inoperable switches.The airbag problem affects some 770,000 vehicles, including 2011-2015 Dodge Journey cars in North America and 233,000 Fiat Freemont models sold worldwide.
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Here are four ways that you can start to scale your online store’s revenue.Use an abandoned cart exit-offerThe majority of website visitors that add products to the shopping cart will leave before completing the purchase.It’s actually much higher than you would imagine, with the average shopping cart abandonment rate for e-commerce stores being between 60 and 80 percent.Imagine if you were selling a product for $50, and you have an average of 1,000 visitors add it to the shopping cart every month.If 40 percent convert and 60 percent abandon, that generates $20,000 in revenue.
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Rick and Morty’s willingness to blatantly riff on and make fun of narrative tropes seen in scifi/pop culture is a large part of what makes the show so fun.While the show works perfectly find as 2D animation, it’s even more satisfying to see Rick and Morty getting into all kinds of craziness in as talking clay figures.These are the latest series of claymation Rick and Morty shorts that reenact a number of iconic scenes from Aliens, Blade Runner, and Re-Animator.As before, none of the scenarios are canonical, but what even is canon when you spend the bulk of your time traipsing through the multiverse while on an alcohol-fueled bender?Rick and Morty returns for its third series in the US on July 30th.UK broadcast dates have yet to be announced.
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As Annie Dillard writes in her book "The Writing Life," "how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."There's no short-cut to a happy life, but there are simple things we can do to help us get there."We have a choice in our lives, in our behavior, and in our thoughts, as to what we want to focus on and what type of people we want to be," host of "The One You Feed" podcast Eric Zimmer told Business Insider.Zimmer has talked with nearly 200 psychologists, mindfulness teachers, and life coaches about overcoming fear and fostering happiness.He has found happiness takes more than positive thinking.Even if it's just for two or three minutes a day, a daily meditation practice helps you be more present, focused, and empathetic, Zimmer said.
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After forcing Facebook users to switch to a separate Messenger app to continue chatting, the social network is about to start pushing adverts on those using the function.Facebook said on Tuesday that it was testing advertising on its Messenger app globally as the world’s largest social media company looks to further monetise its popular chat service, which has 1.2 billion monthly users.Ads will be displayed on the home tab of the Messenger app, Facebook said, adding that users clicking on the ads will either be taken to the advertiser’s website or to a chat window where they can interact with the brand.Previously Facebook allowed businesses to chat with Messenger users directly and send them sponsored content.The move follows Facebook’s initial tests in Australia and Thailand in January, and is a crucial step in its plans to continue to monetise users across its increasingly diverse and segregated platforms, which include the main Facebook social network, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.Of the four, only WhatsApp does not contain ads.
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On paper, the Nikon KeyMission 170 certainly has the makings of a great action cam: 4K video, built-in electronic image stabilization, and a rugged, waterproof body.At $400, it’s exactly the same price as the GoPro Hero5 Black, our top action cam pick, so the question is, can Nikon beat the reigning champ?When we put it through various activities for our Nikon KeyMission 170 review, we found that it has interesting features that give the camera its own identity, instead of being just a “me too” product.The KeyMission series consists of three “action” models, the KeyMission 80, the KeyMission 360, and KeyMission 170.In addition to the aforementioned shutter/record buttons, there are two navigation keys and an OK button next to the LCD.But it’s not a deal-breaker: When you consider that older GoPros didn’t have screens at all, and the current Sony FDR-X3000 also doesn’t have one, we’d say the KeyMission’s smaller LCD is just fine for 90 percent of what you’ll be doing with an action cam: Composing, shooting, and playing back shots.
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Glassy, glossy, sassy... but smudgyReview Thank goodness HTC is still with us, for I haven’t enjoyed using an Android more all year than its flagship U11.From the spec sheet it looks generic flagship too.Mine was one of the four basic colour combos, a retrained and rather superfluous “black”, a “white” that’s really a silvery blue, a deep cobalt blue-to-purple, but the most striking is “Solar Red” which is quite fantastic, shimmering from red to gold.If you’re going to go for a gaudy look, you may as well go the full Imelda Marcos.It may go off accidentally in a tight trouser pocket – but it depends how tight your trousers are (I don’t want to know).
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Amazon’s massive Prime Day 2017 shopping event is now in full swing, with the fun having kicked off earlier this evening at 9:00 PM ET.But wait, isn’t “Prime Day” just one day, you ask?To that, we say don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, and enjoy the extra three hours of Prime Day discounts Amazon has made available on Monday evening.This is the third annual Prime Day event, and Amazon’s sales on Prime Day have historically outperformed Black Friday.For Prime Day 2017, Amazon is doing everything in its power to ensure that the trend continues.We’ve seriously never seen anything like some of the sales happening right now on Amazon, which is fantastic for consumers.
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Youth unemployment is one of the ticking time-bombs facing Afrika.Take for instance two of the continent’s larger economies, Nigeria and South Africa, both are sitting with youth unemployment rates of well over 30%.There seems to be no clear or promising solution in the short to medium term either by Afrikan governments.Coupled with poorly performing economies, in the cases of South and Nigeria, the problem of youth unemployment should be a priority.“In 2014, my co-founder (Kehinde Ayanleye) and I found it difficult to get our first job out of college in Nigeria, we discovered 12,000,000 Africans face this problem every year.So, we decided to solve this problem for ourselves by creating a listing site for internships and entry level jobs and this has evolved over the last 29 months to be the largest marketplace for students and recent graduates in Nigeria,” said Taiwo Ayanleye, Co-founder at Stutern.com, as he explained to iAfrikan how they are looking at solving the youth unemployment problem in Afrika.
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Sites such as Netflix and Amazon are joining with civil liberty groups in a co-ordinated protest, and activists are already sharing viral content on Twitter, Reddit and Facebook in preparation.Proponents of net neutrality say it's a matter of fairness, that it limits censorship and ensures that large ISPs can't unfairly choke off other content providers.But President Trump is a vocal critic of the measures, and he appointed a net neutrality opponent, former commissioner Ajit Pai, to chair the FCC at the beginning of this year.FCC commissioners voted to start the process to end net neutrality rules in May, and the commission is now conducting a public consultation on the issue.One of the most outspoken has been British comedian John Oliver, the presenter of Last Week Tonight, who was instrumental in getting the issue of net neutrality trending when the vote results were released, after his tirade against the FCC's decision went viral.Oliver has long been interested in the issue and was one of the champions of the regulations when they were first introduced, and his call to arms saw thousands of people post comments on the FCC website.
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While Uber, Tesla, and Google are fighting over who will be first to deploy self-driving cars on a large scale, the Dutch underdogs at mobility startup Amber are planning a surprise move to overtake them all.Amber CEO Steven Nelemans made the announcement at the Hannover Messe, one of the world’s biggest industrial fairs, in April.It’s a bold plan indeed, but the influential automotive consultancy firm Roland Berger recently ranked The Netherlands number one in its Automotive Disruption Radar.Apart from Amber, other spinoffs include a company working on a new way of energy storage for heavy transport using formic acid and one building a commercial car charged with solar power.Cooperations between the TU/e and automotive companies in the Brainport region of Eindhoven provide a fertile ecosystem for ambitious tech startups.The anticipates where its cars will be needed
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Ny Teknik arrangerade sammanlagt sju seminarier under Almedalsveckan i Visby, som berörde teknikbolagens vardag och villkor.Gästen Mats Lundquist, vd på Telenor Connexion, berättade om möjligheterna, tekniken och framtiden för internet of things.– Vi har en tydlig strategi för hur vi hanterar de frågorna, sa Plantagons vd Owe Pettersson.Industribolaget Inission ville lyfta tre problem som hindrar deras expansion: Lagens om anställningsskydd (LAS), de allt längre betalningstiderna och svårigheten med kompetensförsörjningen.Han fick medhåll av Caroline af Ugglas, vice vd Svenskt Näringsliv.Och Fredrik Ahlstedt, kommunalråd för Moderaterna i Uppsala menade att en omprövning i frågan pågår inom partiet.
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If you don’t include a strong, clear call to action in your direct mail campaign, you are wasting money!In direct mail, your call to action could be, "For Your Free Report, Call 1-800-123-4567" or "Order the Ultimate Weight loss System today by calling 1-800-123-4567.” To get the response you want, your sales copy must convince readers that this is something they need to act on NOW.That’s because people skip around when reading, and your instructions should be so simple that a 12-year-old can follow them.That’s because busy, distracted readers often think at this level.I received a postcard from my local hospital recently, and I’m still scratching my head trying to figure out why they wasted advertising dollars on this campaign.They seemed to be notifying everyone about the arrival of two new doctors, and I think they were looking for “consultations and surgical care” patients.
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Stretch your non-Artificial Intelligence at MCubedPromo The agenda for MCubed is complete, with almost 40 of the smartest brains in machine learning and AI due in London in October to not just talk about the technology, but to show how to use it in real world organisations.And you won’t need to overtax your traditional non-silicon brain to realise that you have less than a month to secure the best possible deal on tickets for the conference - early bird ticket sales will stop at the end of July.The programme committee for MCubed considered over 100 proposals for conference sessions, whittling them down to an agenda that doesn’t just tell you what the potential of machine learning and AI is, but shows you how other organisation are putting the technology to work now.With an emphasis on practical sessions, neophytes can can get up to speed with the key concepts underpinning machine learning and AI with with sessions taking a deep dive into core concepts involved or examining the key algorithms.More experienced practitioners can examine key tools and techniques in depth, such as TensorFlow or Caffe.
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When it comes to branding, there are two kinds of business owners: those who prefer to stay behind the scenes and let their companies do the talking, and those that outshine even the million-dollar companies they leave behind.As a marketer, I’ve always wondered why some entrepreneurs are able to take their personal brands to the next level and became household names while others try their hardest to get noticed but never seem to get a lucky break.Let’s take a look at four famous influencers who rode their 15 minutes of fame into the sunset, and see if we can figure out what sets them apart.Guy Kawasaki has an estimated net worth of $30 million.In fact, one of the top Quora pages about him is titled “What is Guy Kawasaki famous for?”Kawasaki started out as one of Apple’s early employees.
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