James Woodson

James Woodson

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If you have a Rolex or a Breitling or even a Patek Philippe, you'd probably be reluctant to swap out your expensive status symbol for a cheaper model, even if it is newer, smarter and offers you a whole host of features a traditional timepiece just can't provide.But you might be willing to change the strap.At least that's the bet Sony is placing with its latest range of Wena wearables.The company on Wednesday announced two different versions of the Wena wristband.Both can either be used with your existing watch face, or with one of a range of faces designed by Sony.The Wena Wrist Pro is a metal strap, which is available in silver and black, with 18, 20 and 22mm attachments, and is the more traditional of the two options.
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Being nimble, taking risks and working creatively, collaboratively and under budget are the hallmarks of marketing a challenger brand.But as we found out at our Brandweek: Challenger Brands summit last week, some of the biggest legacy brands increasingly see themselves as challengers.It’s all part of doing business alongside startups that are trying to do it better, faster and smarter.In this video, we hear from marketing leaders like Eduardo Luz, global brand officer and chief marketing officer U.S. of Kraft Heinz, Andréa Mallard, chief marketing officer of Pinterest, and Chieh Huang, co-founder and chief executive officer of Boxed.com, to learn how these leaders are challenging the status quo and keeping the customer first.
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The Tesla Model 3 has finally made its way to Dubai shores, debuting at the Tesla showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road.Tesla’s Model 3 is smaller, simpler, and pegged at being a more affordable electric car.According to Tesla, the company has sold nearly 140,000 units worldwide so far.While configuration options and local pricing have yet to be revealed (US pricing starts at around $55,000), customers will be able to configure both the battery type on the car (which determines the car’s travelling distance), as well as the option to add Enhanced Autopilot.Tesla said that reservation holders will be invited to configure their car in the 2nd quarter of this year, with deliveries beginning thereafter.
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Xiaomi has improved the imaging performance on a lot of its smartphones in the past one year.A part of this is due to the dedicated camera department that was established by Xiaomi last year and continues to research and develop new features and improve the overall post-processing of pictures.On Monday, Lei Jun, CEO at Xiaomi posted on Weibo that he expects the quality of the pictures to improve a lot as the camera department has been swiftly advancing with testing new features and improving the existing ones.In his post, Lei Jun listed a few of the breakthroughs that Xiaomi has achieved in the camera department.The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 was awarded 103 points by DxOMark for its camera performance which is more than the score of phones like the iPhone XR, Pixel 3, Galaxy S9 Plus and OnePlus 6T, to name a few.A couple of features like the night mode and slow-motion video recording at 960fps improved the overall photography experience on the Mix 3.
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Facebook's $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition in 2014 might not have happened if it wasn't for CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Hungarian sheepdog, Beast.In an interview with CNN, Zuckerberg said, "My dog Beast, I think, is actually the secret weapon here."According to Zuckerberg, negotiations were tense but when Beast hopped onto WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum's lap "a second later Jan goes like, 'Okay, I think we're good.'"Talking with CNN's Laurie Segall in an interview aired on Sunday, Zuckerberg described the multi-billion dollar negotiations with WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum and how his dog helped make the deal happen."It was a tense moment and Jan was like, 'All right I need to think about this.'""He's like, 'What's going on?
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If these renders are to be believed, the Galaxy S10E, the entry-level model in Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S10 flagship line, will come in a decidedly unmellow yellow color.We thought we'd seen all the colors the new phones might be available in, but MySmartPrice on Friday treated us to a possible Canary Yellow incarnation for the S10E.The Galaxy Note 9 had been briefly rumored to come in yellow before it launched, but that turned out to be just the color for the stylus that came with the staid blue model.You might say it hearkens back to Apple's early experiment with colorful phones, the iPhone 5C.The phones are expected to launch on Feb. 20 at Samsung's pre-Mobile World Congress Unpacked event.Originally published at 8:56am PT.
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In the increasingly competitive market of wireless Bluetooth earbuds, Skullcandy is looking to set itself apart from the competition by introducing a line of products designed with outdoor enthusiasts and fitness buffs in mind.Dubbed the Adventure Audio line, several of these products made their debut at last week’s Outdoor Retailer convention in Denver, including one device that is built to meet the specific needs of action sports athletes such as skiers, snowboarders, and mountain bikers.The new Vert Bluetooth earbuds have a lot in common with most other wireless earphones, including crisp audio, quick and easy paring with a device, and the ability to make and take phone calls.They are designed to be comfortable to wear for extended periods of time and are even IPX4 certified, which means they are sweat and water resistant, making them a good choice for use in active pursuits.But what makes the Vert completely different from any of its competitors isn’t the earbuds themselves, but the unique remote control disk that Skullcandy has attached to them.The dial is a small disk that is designed to attach to the side of helmet, goggle strap, backpack harness, or even a pocket, giving the user easy access to the Vert’s controls at all times.
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car manufacturer Volvo Cars accelerated sales by 20 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year.today are electric cars about 10 per cent of the production and, according to Samuelsson are craving for electric cars greater than the production capacity.at the same time, squeezed margins due to increased price pressure and trade restrictions. "We have a good result, but not the increase that we had expected with the increase in volume," says Håkan Samuelsson, president and ceo, in an interview with TT.That the margins dropped because, according to Samuelsson at a increased price pressure on the market and the effect of trade restrictions in the form of tariffs.Volvo Cars ' operating income for the fourth quarter landed at 4.5 billion, plus 25 per cent compared with the corresponding period in 2017.
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Navigation app Waze is popular in part because of the extra information it provides to drivers, namely alerts about upcoming wrecks, traffic conditions, speed traps, and checkpoints.The latter two alert types have caused friction with law enforcement officials who, in some past instances, have attempted to feed fake alerts to dilute the real warnings.In the latest example of contention over the feature, the New York Police Department has sent Google a cease-and-desist letter.Google purchased Waze in 2013; it has remained a popular navigation app offering for drivers who benefit from the user-reported information.In a cease-and-desist letter, the NYPD demanded that Google remove the DWI checkpoint warning feature, at least from maps that cover New York City.“Accordingly, we demand that Google LLC, upon receipt of this letter, immediately remove this function from the Waze application,” the letter reads.
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Streaming on Hulu in the US starting Feb. 28, the award-winning detective story stars Jakob Cedergren as a suspended cop stuck answering emergency calls.Hiding guilty secrets of his own, he's electrified by a call from a woman who's been kidnapped.The Guity is a master class in tension and suspense, keeping you on the edge of your seat as it shrewdly reveals ever more nerve-racking twists through cunning writing and immersive sound.The Danish-language film, which has been showing in theaters internationally since last summer, is actually so good that it's set to be remade in English with Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead.I sat down with Moller in the fall to find out how this precision-engineered thriller was inspired by Taxi Driver, Dog Day Afternoon and hit podcast Serial.Q: What's the key ingredient in telling a story that's so confined?
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Last week, local media reports indicated that a meteorite hit the Cuban town of Viñales after soaring across the Florida Keys, with residents reporting hearing a massive sonic boom as well as seeing a trail in the sky.The event was apparently picked up by the National Weather Service Key West’s radar some 26,000 feet off the ground, as well as caught on film by locals and a webcam in Ft. Myer connected to EarthCam.Caught the Florida/Cuba meteor bolide on webcam from EarthCam at Ft. Myer, FL.fireball bolide meteor Florida Viñales Cuba pic.twitter.com/CSGdZQFnxHRemnants of the meteor over Viñales in western Cuba evident in Goes16 GLM, Split Window Difference, and Sulfur Dioxide viewshttps://t.co/yQsbCadv4ghttps://t.co/WRmGQbnXPC pic.twitter.com/L4gLjCF4n6Now we know just how powerful that event was.
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(Reuters) — U.S. technology giant Apple said it had reached a deal with France to pay an undeclared amount of back-dated tax, with French media putting the sum at around 500 million euros ($571 million).Apple’s French division confirmed the tax payment agreement, but did not disclose how much it had agreed to pay.“As a multinational company, Apple is regularly audited by fiscal authorities around the world,” Apple France said in a statement.“The French tax administration recently concluded a multi-year audit on the company’s French accounts, and those details will be published in our public accounts.”The French government is pushing for a European Union-wide tax on the world’s top digital and software companies.
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If you were a corrupt Chinese bureaucrat, you would want to ditch it, of course.Resistance by government officials to a groundbreaking big data experiment is only one of many challenges as the Chinese government starts using new technology to navigate its giant bureaucracy.The foreign ministry, for instance, is using machine learning to aid in risk assessment and decision making for China’s major investment projects overseas.Beijing has been developing a nationwide facial recognition system using surveillance cameras capable of identifying any person, anywhere, around the clock within seconds.President Xi Jinping has repeatedly stressed the necessity of promoting scientific and technological innovations such as big data and artificial intelligence (AI) in government reform.According to people involved in the programme, this allows it to draw sophisticated, multiple layers of social relationship maps to derive behavior analyses of government employees.
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Another week, another set of scandals at Facebook and Google.Apple responded by cutting off both companies from developer accounts, before shortly restoring them.And it is never going to change because the vast majority of users just don’t care one iota about privacy or these scandals.Privacy advocates will tell you that the lack of a wide boycott against Google and particularly Facebook is symptomatic of a lack of information: if people really understood what was happening with their data, they would galvanize immediately for other platforms.Indeed, this is the very foundation for the GDPR policy in Europe: users should have a choice about how their data is used, and be fully-informed on its uses in order to make the right decision for them.It’s reminiscent of the political policy expert who says that if only voters had more information — if they just understood the issue — they would change their mind about something where they are clearly in the “wrong.” It’s incredibly condescending, and obscures a far more fundamental fact about consumers: people know what they value, they understand it, and they are making an economic choice when they stick with Google or Facebook .
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If you thought the incredibly low-scoring game of sport taking place during Super Bowl 53 was a bit of a snooze-fest, then you might have hoped the halftime show would save you.While the Patriots and the Rams were locked up at 3 points to 0, many looked to the halftime show like Marie Kondo looks to well-folded linen: They were searching for something to bring them joy.The halftime show lineup was extensive: Maroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi, a potential guest appearance by SpongeBob Squarepants and any special guests as yet unannounced.That's the type of lineup that could save one of the lowest scoring halves in Super Bowl history.It kicked off with Maroon 5, purveyors of radio rock classics like "This Love", "She Will Be Loved" and "What Lovers Do" (among other love-based songs) who led the halftime performance this year.However, there was one yellow, rectangular constant.
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Remarkable new video from Hawaii shows a humpback whale calf swimming through Pacific waters just minutes after being born.For marine biologist Lars Bejder, it was all about being at the right place at the right time.Last month, Bejder, director of the Marine Mammal Research Program (MMRP) at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, was filming humpback whales off the coast of Maui when he received an urgent call from a local tour operator, who was concerned after seeing frantic splashing and commotion in the water, followed by the appearance of blood.Bejder rushed over and soon spotted the freshly born humpback calf.“It was amazing to see this new calf—this very uncoordinated calf—so soon after it was born.”Credit: NOAA Permit 20311-01/University of Hawaii/Marine Mammal Research Program
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Snopes said Friday that it won't be renewing its fact-checking partnership with Facebook, which kicked off at the end of 2016 to help curb the spread of misinformation."At this time we are evaluating the ramifications and costs of providing third-party fact-checking services, and we want to determine with certainty that our efforts to aid any particular platform are a net positive for our online community, publication and staff," Snopes said in a post on its site.The fact-checking platform said it hasn't ruled out working with Facebook in the future, and hopes to continue to discuss ways to combat misinformation.Snopes also said it hopes Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with fact checkers following his 2019 resolution to "host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society."Facebook has faced scrutiny for not taking more action against fake news and misinformation, including interference by Russian trolls during the 2016 US presidential election.Last year, the social network landed in hot water after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a digital consultancy linked to the Trump presidential campaign, improperly accessed data from as many as 87 million Facebook users.
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Spotted this week within Google Search, typing "Superb owl" instead of "Super Bowl" will result in an image of an owl atop relevant information about the big game.The keystroke slippage has become so common around this time of the year that a thriving Reddit page was created for actual, superb owls.Comedian Stephen Colbert also popularized the "Superb Owl" joke back in a 2014 episode of "The Cobert Report" while addressing how aggressive the NFL had become over its trademarking of the name "Super Bowl."Google is embracing your typos ahead of the big game on Sunday.Spotted this week within Google Search, accidentally typing "Superb owl" instead of "Super Bowl" will result in a cute cartoon of an owl atop relevant information about the NFL title game.The keystroke slippage has become so common around this time of the year that a thriving Reddit page was created for superb specimens of the avians known as owls.
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Nintendo's rumored plans to produce a revised Nintendo Switch model picked up steam on Thursday with a tantalizing bit of new information.Last year's rumor mill simply predicted a new model could arrive in 2019, but a Japanese report has narrowed fans' expectations based on its sources' intel: Nintendo may have a new SKU with portability and price, not power, in mind.The report from official stock exchange news outlet Nikkei.com (helpfully translated by Nintendo Everything) cites a combination of hardware partners and game developers who all suggest the next Switch model will be "miniaturized."The resulting system will reportedly emphasize "portability" and "playing outside," and it will "cut features" to bring the retail price down.Nikkei's report does not include more specifics, which still leaves plenty of questions about this rumored SKU.If we add up the details offered by Nikkei, though, we can guess that one of its cut features might be the removal of a bundled Switch TV Dock; this product can currently be purchased separately at an MSRP of $89.99.
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Windows has a pretty poor reputation when it comes to error messages.All too often you'll get a meaningless hexadecimal number or perhaps a reference to a Knowledge Base article.The Windows setup process used for upgrading to each major Windows feature update is a good example of this; it detects and diagnoses a wide range of incompatibility issues prior to performing the installation but does very little to help Windows users actually resolve any of the problems that it finds, instead preferring to leave them with obscure codes.The next major Windows release, the Windows 10 April 2019 Update (codenamed 19H1), is going to offer some significant improvements in this area.Microsoft described them on its Windows Insider webcast, and they were spotted initially by WinFuture.Currently, the best case during installation is something like this screen:
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