Jesse Brown

Jesse Brown

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Twitter has provided updated details on its investigation into Russian election interference on its platform in 2016.Its identification of more than 13,000 more Russian-linked bots that made election-related tweets puts the total over 50,000.In addition, about 3,800 (up 1,000 from Twitter’s data in the fall) were associated with the now-notorious Internet Research Agency.Still, Twitter denied that these accounts were a significant problem:The results of this supplemental analysis are consistent with the results of our previous work: automated election-related content associated with Russian signals represented a very small fraction of the overall activity on Twitter in the ten-week period preceding the 2016 election.As if to demonstrate the different scales at work here, the Twitter blog post then changed topics to its efforts to block bots and suspicious activity platform-wide.
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Amazon on Friday announced that it has raised the price of its Prime membership program for those who subscribe on a month-to-month basis.The plan previously cost $10.99 a month, but it will now cost $12.99 a month.That means the price of subscribing to the monthly Prime plan for a full year has jumped 18 percent, from $131.88 to $155.88.The e-commerce giant said it has also raised the rate of its cheaper Prime plan for students from $5.49 a month to $6.49 a month.Amazon’s annual Prime plan will remain at its usual $99, keeping it a significantly better deal for those who can afford to pay the full fee upfront.In an emailed statement, an Amazon representative suggested the bump was due to the ongoing increase in items eligible for Prime’s expedited shipping perks, as well as the growing amount of content in Prime Video:
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An update for the Alexa app for Android was given an update this morning with support for Alexa voice interaction.This update brings Alexa voice interaction on all Androids, not just a few – all just as long as they have at least Android 4.4 or newer.That’s the basic requirement for the app itself – and was before this update, too.This update brings user support for Alexa skills with voice as well as remote control for connected home devices.The app will bring the ability to ask questions of all sorts – right after the user taps the Alexa button.In the future we’ll expect ways to get to Alexa without having the app open – but for now, the app needs to be front and center to function or respond to voice commands.
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“I’m going through a particularly rough patch right now, and I’ve been self-harming again,” the Tumblr user tells The Verge via DM.But they’ve found comfort in an unusual place: an app called Calm Harm that aims to help users work through their urges.“Please reblog this if you see it,” said another, who goes by ollzlollz.“This is a free app called calm harm and it literally just saved my life.” In a DM to The Verge, ollzlollz says that they discovered the app through a friend’s reblog.Calm Harm offers a few simple solutions in the form of distraction techniques.“Distract” gives you challenges to choose from, like counting backwards in sevens from 100, or thinking up a name for every letter of the alphabet.
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If water were flowing at that rate from a 1-liter bottle of water, it would take about 200 years to drain.The invention is designed to fill an urgent need in the rapidly expanding field of microfluidics, in which precisely measuring tiny flow rates is critical.Clinical diagnostics, chemical research, cell sorting and counting, and continuous-flow micromanufacturing--essentially tiny factories that work nonstop to make small quantities of liquids--also increasingly require accurate measurements of similarly minuscule volumes."Some require calibration, others use complex imaging systems and microscopes; some take data over many minutes, and therefore, can't track dynamic changes, and some are not traceable to the International System of Units," said inventor Greg Cooksey, a biomedical engineer in NIST's Physical Measurement Laboratory.His optical microflow measurement system, fabricated at NIST's Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, avoids those complications.It monitors the speed of fluorescent molecules in liquid as they travel down a channel about the width of a human hair, measuring the time interval between the molecules' responses to two separate laser pulses.
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Through a cooperation between Microwear and online retailer Tomtop, the Chinese wearable maker was able to release a brand new smart watch namely called Microwear XR-05.Let’s check out what its best features are!The Microwear XR-05 comes with a 1.1-inch display encased in a plastic frame with a sapphire lass mirror coating and attached to skin-friendly PC+TPU straps.The watch is 30 meters underwater waterproof and it packs an altitude sensor, a barometric pressure sensor, a thermometer and an UV monitor.On the software side we find a plethora of fitness-related features such as pedometer, calories consumption, sleep monitoring as well as incoming call notifications and alarms.What’s really interesting is that it also gets 1 year of standby time with the included 550mAh battery – which is removable.
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Personalizing an email marketing program can greatly increase opens and clicks.In this post, I’ll review four common methods to personalize email, to encourage conversions.Tailoring the look and feel of your emails to major demographic cohorts can increase response rates.For example, show male clothing to males and female clothing to females.Also, align products and styles based on age groups.Adding a unique element to the subject line or preheader will typically increase open rates.
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At CES 2018, cutting-edge marketers are starting to see the automobile infotainment system as their newest playground.However, advertising, marketing and brand building messages must be carefully thought through and delivered.Remember when the screen on your dashboard used to be to tune the radio only.Think of this like the old story of putting a frog in a pot of boiling water on the stove.Move into this next step carefully.The good and bad news is there are no rules yet.
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Apple continues to drive forward in its attempt to teach people how to develop with Swift with a massive European expansion of its Everyone Can Code scheme.It has announced a range of initiatives with which to achieve this, ranging from child-focused coding lessons in stores to provision of a wide swathe of educational and other learning materials.The new extension of its coding education means 70 colleges and universities in Europe are adopting Apple's App Development with Swift curriculum, a one-year curriculum which the company launched in May 2017 as part of its Everyone Can Code programme.In the UK, you can now study these course at fifteen well-known locations including Highgate School in London, Plymouth University, Aberystwyth University, University of Liverpool, and Birkbeck University of London.There are courses now available at colleges and universities across Europe, including in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland and (beautiful) Portugal.Apple continues to face criticism for the way it has handled its European commitments to taxation, as a result it is working hard to get the message across as to how much it already contributes to the markets it does so much business in.
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Whether it’s repeatedly checking for new likes on a pic or mindlessly scrolling through your feed, Instagram can be a tremendously addictive app.And just in time to help feed your habit, Instagram has instituted a new “activity status” feature that shows you the last time someone was actively using the service.To see the new activity statuses, all you have to do is go into your direct messages and look for the little timestamp that shows the last time someone you’ve chatted with has used Instagram.The times are quite granular; you can see up to the minute or hour when some signed on most recently, while people currently on Instagram are simply labelled as “Active Now.” The update started rolling out yesterday for both Android and iOS users.For those of you who find this addition somewhat intrusive, thankfully it’s not hard to disable.Just go into Instagram’s settings menu and scroll down a bit until you see “Show Activity Status.” Tap the toggle next to it to disable the feature.
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A Question Time audience member sparked raucous applause after demanding to know why transport secretary Chris Grayling continued to work with construction giant Carillion, despite signs the company was failing.Tens of thousands of jobs were left at risk after the Wolverhampton-based firm was forced into liquidation on Monday.The business is thought to be involved in hundreds of government projects, including the much-anticipated railway HS2.As the collapse of the company was discussed on Question Time in Hereford last night, one woman asked: “We’re looking at what went wrong with the company, but my question is more: 'Why did Chris Grayling award them billion pound contracts after there had been a profits warning and a drop in share price?′“I think that’s the question people want to know.”Later in the show, American filmmaker Dustin Lance Black - who was sitting on the panel - earned himself whoops and hollers from the audience after arguing that it it misguided to direct too much anger towards private companies without acknowledging the state’s role in governing them.
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The computing power that we hold in our hands, pockets, and bags are nothing short of impressive.This has led not a few, including Samsung and Huawei, to try and turn our smartphones into “regular” computers, be it desktops or laptops.And almost all of them fall short of being perfect.That hasn’t stopped Razer, the newest kid on the smartphone block, from trying anyway.The result was Project Linda, and this phone-powered laptop might be appearing around IFA later this year, together with the next Razer Phone.Yes, the Razer Phone just got launched in the market and probably isn’t raking in dough just yet.
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The video streaming market has become a dog eat dog world, where rivals try to outdo each other with sometimes questionable tactics.Giant YouTube has recently come under fire, yet again, and some of its competitors seem to be circling around it like vultures around a carcass.That might be the feeling that some will get with Twitch.tv’s pair of announcements that are a not so subtle challenge to YouTube, conveniently timed while the latter’s too busy putting out fires.First up are the Video Producer tools, which basically gives user the means to create, edit, and upload pre-recorded, a.k.a.Twitch has primarily been a live streaming platform, in contrast to YouTube being primarily a produced video streaming service.One is Premiere, which lets streamers schedule a live stream around a pre-recorded video.
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There are a number of startups looking to disrupt traditional banking.We’ve covered Chime, Zero and Jiko, just to name a few.Another one of those is Varo Money and they’ve raised $45 million led by private equity giant, Warburg Pincus and The Rise Fund, a global impact fund that’s part of another private equity firm, TPG.(That’s the one U2’s Bono is involved with).Investors believe there’s a huge market opportunity to disrupt big banks and build a more cost-effective and consumer-friendly platform that appeals to Millennials.Young people “want something that is really simple and intuitive,” Varo Money CEO Colin Walsh told TechCrunch.
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Jonathan Grant Thompson, a 37-year-old YouTuber, has been charged with two counts of possession of an explosive device, KSL reports.The only people who could have seen this coming were any of his nearly nine million subscribers.Thompson (who bills himself as “The King of Random”) is one of the many video creators trafficking in low-effort science experiments.It seems one such experiment posted over the summer merited a tip from a concerned citizen to the local police outside Salt Lake City in the US state of Utah.“By putting dry ice in a sealed container you are essentially making a bomb,” Thompson told his subscribers in the June video where he had done just that, “and in most states and counties these days, dry ice bombs are illegal for obvious reasons.” Knowing this, Thompson still decided to film and upload the footage.At one point he attempts to shoot a highly pressurised but unexploded soda bottle with a BB gun.
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Virtual tourism is a little heavy in 2018.Sure, you’ve seen the Minecraft Eiffel Tower and beamed aboard the Minecraft USS Enterprise, but have you considered where you might wait out the end of days?Well, not you exactly, but people more important than you.To draw attention to the escalating threat of global nuclear annihilation, the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), which works to “prevent catastrophic attacks with weapons of mass destruction and disruption—nuclear, biological, radiological, chemical and cyber,” has partnered with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies to craft a virtual tour of the nuclear fallout facilities that Russian and/or American leadership will be whisked into in the event of nuclear war.The team has really outdone itself with the Fallout-esque teaser video.Nothing better illustrates the continuing absurdity of plans to fight a nuclear war than the massive complex of underground bunkers that the United States and Russia have built to survive and fight on even after both societies have collapsed.
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WASHINGTON - A comprehensive aviation safety system as envisioned by NASA would require integration of a wide range of systems and practices, including building an in-time aviation safety management system (IASMS) that could detect and mitigate high-priority safety issues as they emerge and before they become hazards, says a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine."Commercial aviation in the United States and most other regions of the world is the safest mode of transportation," said Kenneth Hylander, past chairman of the Board of Governors at the Flight Safety Foundation, executive vice president of safety at Amtrak, and chair of the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report.The report envisions an IASMS that can collect data on the status of aircraft, air traffic management systems, airports, and weather, and then assess the data second by second, minute by minute, and hour by hour to detect or predict elevated risks quickly.Additionally, the IASMS would focus on risks that require safety assurance action in-flight or prior to flight, such as making a decision to postpone or cancel a flight until flight conditions change or equipment is repaired, for example.Successful development of an IASMS will require overcoming key technical and economic challenges, and the task of maintaining a high level of safety for commercial airlines is complicated by the dynamic nature of the national airspace system -- the common network of U.S. airspace, airports or landing areas, aeronautical information, rules, regulations, and procedures, technical information, and manpower and material.As the national airspace system evolves to accommodate the increase in number of flights and numerous new entrants, such as increasingly autonomous systems, aviation safety programs must also evolve to ensure that changes to the national airspace system do not inadvertently introduce new risks.
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Contractors left out of pocket by the collapse of alleged tax-skimming scammers Plutus Payroll have been asked to provide copious details of their employment history by receiver Deloitte, which appears to have few details of claimants’ status or relationship to Plutus and its associated companies.Plutus Payroll collapsed in May 2017 after it was discovered the organisation operated several interrelated companies that lured IT contractors with a zero-fee payroll service made possible by tax fraud.As investigations into the company came to their crescendo, it stopped paying workers.Plutus Executives have since been charged and the companies no longer trade, leaving plenty of former customers out of pocket.Deloitte was appointed receiver of the companies in October 2017 and has now sent a letter to former Plutus Clients that says “We are in the process of reviewing your claim but require additional information from you … to determine whether your claim properly relates to … one of the [Plutus] Companies (and, if so, which one); or another entity, for example, a recruiter or labour hire company that engaged you to provide services to another business, or a client of the recruiter or labour hire company.”The letter goes on to ask for details of which of the ten Plutus companies paid former customers of the now-defunct payment operation.
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Ulefone decided to make everybody a perfect present and celebrate the new year with up to $80 off on their products selling on the online store Banggood.The offers include the Ulefone Power series and a whole lot of other all-screen smartphone models.This happens to be the latest 18:9 full display and big-battery smartphone from Ulefone, coming with a massive 6080mAh battery with a new 5V/3A fast charge support.It also features a powerful Helio P23 octa-core processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, an advanced Face ID recognition system and latest Android 8.1 Oreo as the OS.The Ulefone Power 3 is now on sale for $219.99 over on Banggood.If you’re looking for a more affordable one and still have a long lasting big battery phone, the Power 2 could be a great alternative.
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Here’s a surprise: After 22 quarters of consecutive year-over-year revenue declines, IBM today reported that its revenue increased from Q4 2016 to Q4 2017.The company reported revenue of $22.5 billion for the last quarter, up from $21.77 billion a year ago.Earnings per share came in at $5.18.Analysts expected revenue of about $22.06 billion and earnings per share of $5.17.What’s the reason for this unexpected turnaround?IBM’s executives argue that the company’s turnaround plans are starting to make a dent in their bottom line.
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