James Mckinnis

James Mckinnis

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Stop me if you've heard this one before: On Silicon Valley, the show's main character, Richard Hendriks (Thomas Middleditch) is actually facing some small degree of success.But he panics in the face of it, then runs headlong into an awkward confrontation with his peers at tech start-up Pied Piper, before drastically changing gears.The last season ended with Richard's flailing company getting back on track by "pivoting" to a new idea: video chat, a side project invented by Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) that his coworkers mocked until it inadvertently became a success.The fourth season begins with Pied Piper's video chat service running into trouble while still growing fast.But Richard can't focus on it.His "improvement" to the product, to his colleagues, looks worse than trivial.
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Aegis is in a state of complete disarray.But now it’s in virtual reality, and instead of juggling the requirements of a pizza oven you’re instead trying to keep an enormous starship from hurtling into an asteroid while attempting to rescue a marooned ship and fighting off angry Klingons.Up to four players can play together, choosing the role of either Captain, Engineer, Tactical Officer or Helm Officer.The on-screen help will be a life saver here, as the much older starship doesn’t have any of the fancier controls of the Aegis.Gone are the dials and levers and instead you have what can only be described as a wall of buttons for all aspects of the ship’s control.In the single-player training missions this rightly made me feel like master of the ship, as whatever commands I issued via the main UI were enacted pretty much immediately by the AI crew.
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The Kitty Hawk Flyer is one of the first aircraft from Larry Page-backed Kitty Hawk, a startup taking aim at creating real, usable flying cars.The company, which is also led by CEO and former Google self-driving car project originator Sebastian Thrun, wants to begin selling the Flyer you see in the video above by the end of the year, so this isn’t a concept depicting a far-flung future.Kitty Hawk ran this test pilot at a lake near San Francisco, the New York Times reports, and as you can see it resembles more a motorcycle than a car per se, with an open-air design and pontoons to facilitate its water landing.NYT says the single-rider vehicle boasts eight rotors and was loud, like the overpowered speedboats you sometimes hear tearing across scenic lakes like this one, but the electric-powered vehicle likely isn’t anywhere near as damaging to the environment.It also should offer faster trips, and it falls into a category of ultralight aircraft that doesn’t require a pilot’s license under current FAA regulations – though that category requires that it be used only in areas that are sparsely populated.Kitty Hawk intends to sell these later this year, as mentioned, with a price yet to be determined.
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Premier League side AFC Bournemouth has appointed data-driven sports agency Two Circles to develop a new digital platform that will enhance fan engagement and increase the club’s commercial performance.The data-driven sports agency has been tasked with expanding Bournemouth’s commercial opportunities through the new digital platform as the club looks to increase their scale to capitalise on being in the top flight.Rob Mitchell, commercial director at AFC Bournemouth, said: “When you arrive in the Premier League every aspect of the club has to up its game.With the help of Two Circles we are already taking the next steps to develop and improve our revenue streams from both existing and new sources.He added: “Two Circles has provided us with invaluable insight which is designed to ensure that our commercial operations keep pace with our step up to the top flight”.In addition to helping the club as they relaunch their digital platform, Two Circles will also implement a new data management infrastructure that will sit behind the site and all the digital platforms.
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Another week in the worlds of media and marketing saw more punches thrown in the ongoing battle for audience ownership and ad dollars.As always, you can find a full list of our top stories at the bottom.Platforms vs. publishers war wages onA number of publishers recorded declines in reach on Facebook, with Matt Karolian, director of audience engagement at The Boston Globe, noting “last month was probably the worst we’ve had in reach in about a year.The fact everyone else is seeing it is a little bit troubling.”And on the other side of the Duopoly, Google is reportedly launching an ad blocker for Chrome, per The Wall Street Journal.
Sweden
We can thank the modd community too much.Second refines the graphics in the game we already love, but also build your own tracks and versions of popular games.An example is Counter Strike, which began his career as an add-on Half-Life.Then there are the more... obscure creations.Kotaku is reporting-namely, that there are people who live to build dedicated sexmoddar to The Sims 4 – the popular build-house-and-get-family-the simulator.Many of these live on contributions via Patreon, where some reportedly raking in around 35 000 sek per month.
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Numera är de flesta medvetna om att hur de uppfattas både privat och på jobbet är viktigt.Enligt en undersökning, 10 snabba frågor till konsulter (Konsultboken 2014), som jag genomfört bland konsulter rankas sälj som det svåraste i konsultrollen.Oss själva vill jag påstå, samtidigt som vi har förtroendet att vårda flera andras i samband med våra kunduppdrag.Läs också: Kom ut och engagagera dig - så blir du en chef som förebygger konflikterNär du agerar som konsult i olika uppdrag representerar du fler än ditt egna jag.För att hålla det enkelt, gör du rätt och agerar professionellt mot alla parter så stärker du per automatik ditt varumärke.
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Torrenting is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to share files and get the resources that you need.Streamza is an interesting solution to these problems.Your IP is kept anonymous, and the Streamza community actively vets and comments on different torrents, keeping you safe from malicious files.Another cool feature of Streamza is that you can adjust your video streaming quality on the fly, letting you consume less data or keep watching on a slower connection.Streamza has been featured on Yahoo Finance, Windows Central, and the Daily Dot.The service has been positively reviewed by the torrenting community, garnering between 4 and 5 stars from review sites across the web.
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Gladly, which provides software to help businesses deliver better customer service, announced today funding of $36 million, led by GGV Capital.Companies use Gladly to interact with their customers across voice, email, SMS, chat, and social media.“Legacy products, including the leading cloud products, like Salesforce and Zendesk, are all centered around tickets and cases, and they tend to silo the conversations inside of individual channels,” wrote Gladly’s cofounder and CEO, Joseph Ansanelli, in an email to VentureBeat.“So, a single phone call can kick off the creation of a new case number, and if a customer decides to then email, text, or tweet, a new case or ticket gets created for each and every subsequent communication.”Gladly wants to centralize all communications onto one messaging interface.Ansanelli said the startup is currently working with consumer brands in retail, travel, and hospitality, but declined to name specific customers.The software as a service (SaaS) subscription license is priced according to the number of active users — anyone in the company can participate in customer service, but those actively responding to customers (greater than 20 hours per month) pay $120 per user per month, which includes all channels.The San Francisco-based startup was incubated at Greylock Partners in 2015.Incidentally, Ansanelli is also a partner at Greylock.This seems to be common thread, as Aneel Bhusri, who is a partner at the firm, is the cofounder and CEO of Workday, which was also incubated at Greylock.“Greylock has a long track record of incubating companies and ensuring appropriate transparency with all its investors,” wrote Ansanelli.
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Audio-gear manufacturer Bose has been accused of spying on users of its premium wireless headphones – including the very popular QuietComfort 35 – via the company’s Connect smartphone app.A new lawsuit filed in the US claims that the Boston-based company has violated the US’s Federal WireTap Act and a number of other privacy laws by collecting data on users’ music playlist, podcasts and other audio choices, which together “provide an incredible amount of insight into his or her personality, behavior, political views, and personal identity”.The data collection reportedly occurs once the user has paired their headphones with the Bose Connect app, which is offered to customers as an option to manage the connected audio device and view settings, like adjusting noise-cancelation.The claim alleges that every time a smartphone is opened after a Bose device has been paired with it, data is collected and stored, which can then be sold for use in market research by companies like Segment.io.It also states that Bose did not inform the claimant, Kyle Zak, that it would be collecting and sharing said data.When interviewed, a lawyer for Zak said, “People should be uncomfortable with it.
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An ongoing shift towards digital marketing has again been highlighted in the latest edition of the IPA’s quarterly Bellwether report, with growth to the number of marketers increasing internet ad spend hitting a four-year high.During the first three months of 2017 a net balance of 16.9% marketers said their online ad spend had risen, marking the most notable growth in just under four years.The figure was also significantly higher than it had been in the final quarter of 2016 when it sat at 12.1%.Overall, 11.8% of 300-something companies questioned noted an increase to their budgets in the first quarter of the year, down from the 2016 Q4 figure of 12.9%.In terms of forecasts, toward the end of last year UK marketers indicated a positive outlook, with a net balance of 27.6% of companies signaling growth in their total budgets for 2017/8.The most recent study indicates this has dropped marginally to 26.1%.
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In June, at WWDC, Apple will as usual show up the new versions of their operating systems: Mac OS, IOS, TV the OLYMPICS and Watch the OLYMPICS.There are already some rumours about the news, particularly in IOS, but will now also tasks if the TV OS 11, which will be the next version of the Apple TV's operating system.The Verifier claims (in an ironically unverified article) that the new system will be a major update.Among other things, it'll get support for user accounts of any kind, so different family members can have their own settings and Icloud accounts.If it means that even IOS will get support for a variety of users in addition to the education sector (from IOS 9.3, schools can use the elevkonton on the shared Ipad) remains to be seen.another novelty is claimed to be the picture-in-picture, just like on the Ipad, so that you can continue looking at something in a corner while you begin to browse for other or playing a game.
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While BuzzFeed may be considered the millennial-focused site that started it all, the publication, like the demographic itself, was not into the term.The entry for millennial in the style guide BuzzFeed published in Feb 2014 came with the following guidance:(avoid using this term when possible; otherwise, generally use twentysomethings, twenty- and thirtysomethings, or teens and young adults, depending on context)Copy chief Emmy Favilla and deputy copy chief Megan Paolone have now relented, updating the style guide to allow use of the word.They have also provided a 900 word explanation, cross-posted in Columbia Journalism Review, on why they are “flying the white flag, announcing our surrender to the term’s unironic usage and acknowledging its journey from cheesy marketing buzzword we tried desperately to combat to just another everyday descriptive word in our vernacular.”The piece also doubles as a neat recap of the term’s troubled history, for anyone who’d like the refresher.
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As virtual reality catches on, companies are getting more creative in making the VR experience more immersive.The other day we reported on a device called the Mask that can sense your facial expressions and translate them to a computer avatar in real time.This advancement could make social interactions within virtual worlds more realistic.Now a company called Contact Ci is working on a glove that uses advanced haptic feedback to simulate the sensations of touching and picking up virtual objects.For example, any device with a vibrate function could be programmed to signal a very short vibration whenever a key is pressed.Add to that an audible clicking sound effect, and you get a sensation when using the on-screen keyboard that feels more like a physical keyboard.
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Way back in 2001, the notion that director Rob Cohen’s street-racing movie The Fast and the Furious kicked off one of the highest-grossing film franchises of all time would have seemed insane.But here we are, 16 years after Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto first shared his philosophy on living life a quarter mile at a time, looking at a franchise that will roar past the $4 billion mark worldwide when The Fate of the Furious hits theaters this weekend.The eighth installment of the franchise, The Fate of the Furious reunites Diesel with his director on 2003’s A Man Apart, F. Gary Gray, fresh on the heels of the latter’s success with Oscar-nominated NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton.The Fate of the Furious finds Dom and his team living the good life around the world, evidenced by scenes of Dwayne Johnson’s hulking federal agent Luke Hobbs coaching his daughter’s soccer team in the suburbs while Dom and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) enjoy a well-deserved honeymoon in Cuba.Saving the world several times over has put the franchise’s heroes in a good place – until Charlize Theron’s international cyberterrorist Cipher comes along.One of the recurring themes in the Fast and the Furious franchise has always been the notion of family loyalty, with Diesel’s ex-convict street racer at the center of the series’ close-knit cast of colorful characters.
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Pokémon Go's Eggstravaganza Easter event kicks off today, enticing players of the hit mobile game to go outside and play this upcoming four-day weekend with some egg-cellent bonuses, discounts and crucially, more Pokémon!Over the next week, eggs requiring players to walk 2km to hatch will offer a great variety of Pokémon, plus there's also double experience on offer to all players and a 50% discount on Lucky Eggs, which offer double XP themselves.Running from 9pm BST (10pm CEST, 4pm ET, 1pm PT) tonight (13 April), the event rolls on until Thursday 20 April at the same time.Released in July 2016, Pokémon Go quickly became a global phenomenon thanks to its augmented reality gameplay which littered the real world with Pokémon, items and gyms to contest for control of with other players.While not as popular as it once was, earlier in April John Hanke, CEO of developer Niantic, revealed that 65 million people still play the game each month – an incredible number for any game.In February Niantic added the bulk of Pokémon's second generation pocket monsters from the Gold and Silver games, giving players all new Pokémon to find and capture.
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Adult Swim and Owlchemy Labs has announced it will release a virtual reality game based on popular adult swim cartoon Rick and Morty on 20 April for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets.Rick and Morty creator and voice actor Justin Roiland aided the game's development, which has been led by Owlchemy Labs, the studio behind mobile hit Snuggle Truck and widely-praised VR title Job Simulator.Owlchemy describes the title, called Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, as "a fast-paced, chaotic VR adventure complete with mechanics and mayhem only possible in VR".Previewed at San Diego Comic-Con, the VR game puts players in the shoes of a Morty clone tasked with searching Rick's garage, the Smith household and alien worlds, while experiencing "all the trauma that comes with it.""Step through portals to strange worlds, help Rick with his bizarre experiments, and use your hands in VR to pick up and play in an interaction-filled 3D Rick-ality," the game's description reads."Follow Rick's directions (or don't!)
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Today is the 25th birthday of Disneyland Paris, and we're indulging our childhood wishes with a nostalgic trip to the theme park of our dreams.Opened on 12th April 1992 as 'Euro Disneyland,' the park changed its name to 'Disneyland Paris' in 2002.At the time, CEO Michael Eisner expressed surprise that people from Europe didn't find the word "Euro" exotic and cool:As Americans, the word ‘Euro’ is believed to mean glamorous or exciting.Disneyland Paris is in Paris the way that 'London Luton' airport is in London: in other words, it's close on a global scale, but not actually in Paris.It might surprise you to know that the park wasn't an immediate success: far from it.
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Jeremy och Norm från Tested spenderar här en hel del tid med att prata om MSI VR One, vilket är en liten dator som man kan bära på ryggen.Detta gör att man kan spela diverse spel i virtuell verklighet utan att vara fastkopplad till någon dator och därmed har man mer frihet att röra sig utan att oroa sig att man ska snubbla över någon sladd.
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Here’s what you need to know about bike-sharing in China – adults, mainly the working population in major Chinese cities, use shared bikes for trips within two kilometres.China’s emerging bike-sharing sector has two leaders – ofo and Mobike – far ahead of their competitors in terms of financing and market share.China’s leading bike-sharing app ofo and the Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China’s research arm on Thursday jointly released a report on bike-sharing use in major Chinese cities for Q1 2017.The report is based on ofo’s ridership statistics in the country’s four first-tier cities – Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen – and 16 second-tier cities.It is not necessary to list complicated data on every aspect of bike-sharing use, but here is a summary of the report in three questions:Who are using bike-sharing apps?Bike-sharing users are usually existing bike users.Although the report shows some cities with more male riders and other cities with more female users, the ratio is still within an appropriate range.Gender is not a factor that has prominent impact on bike-sharing app use.Age is an important factor though.However, for most cities, it is mainly between ages 18 and 45, and it accounts for more than 90 percent in the average age.How are they using it?Users ride shared bikes mostly during the day.The data is especially high during rush hours – a sign that riders normally use it to bike for some distance on their way to work and back home.Number of rides in four first-tier Chinese cities in a day.
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