John Dumlao

John Dumlao

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The Flash Player has been there for you all along, inside your browser, making it possible for you to play online games, stream radio station music and watch YouTube videos.Countless nails have been hammered in Flash's coffin in recent years, most notably by Apple's Steve Jobs and also by Adobe itself.It's more appropriate to rejoice, since the software today is a security risk and major source of browser crashes.Indeed, Adobe's move is momentous enough that the biggest names in web tech -- Apple, Google, Facebook, Mozilla and Microsoft -- coordinated announcements to tell us what's going on and to reassure us all that it's going to be fine.Some websites, especially old ones that are no longer updated, might stop working.In 2019, Microsoft will disable Flash by default, and by the end of 2020, Microsoft will disable it completely in both browsers.
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As part of its ongoing effort to fight criticism that its platform allows discrimination and its business model displaces low-income residents, Airbnb on Wednesday announced a new partnership with the NAACP focused on serving communities of color.The San Francisco-based home-sharing startup will step up its outreach in those communities with the goal of getting more people to rent out their spare bedrooms, couches or homes to earn extra money.If the program succeeds, the impact will be two-fold — those people will be earning extra cash to help make ends meet, and the effort will bring more travelers into communities that may typically be neglected by tourist dollars.Airbnb also will share 20 percent of its earnings from this program with the NAACP, and the two partners will collaborate on a series of projects to increase workplace diversity.“For too long, black people and other communities of color have faced barriers to access new technology and innovations,” Derrick Johnson, interim president and CEO of the NAACP, wrote in a news release.“This groundbreaking partnership with Airbnb will help bring new jobs and economic opportunities to our communities.
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In what is now the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind, scientists have presented compelling evidence in support of this rather alarming assertion, showing that sperm counts have dropped more than 50 percent in just four decades.By conducting a meta-analysis of 185 studies published between 1973 and 2011, researchers from the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai documented a 52.4 percent decline in sperm concentration, and a 59.3 percent decline in total sperm count among men living in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.The same declines were not observed among men living in South America, Asia, and Africa, where fewer studies have been performed.The men used in these studies weren’t chosen because of any suspected fertility issues.Alarmingly, the rate of decline does not appear to be stopping; the downward slope was “steep and significant” even when the meta-analysis was restricted to studies done after 1995.Low sperm counts are often an indicator of other health problems, and are often used by doctors to predict health and morbidity.
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A smart home isn’t really very smart if it can’t protect itself or its masters.Xchime is a new contender that has no qualms about adding yet another choice in the market.That is, a video doorbell whose usefulness isn’t at the mercy of Internet lag.How it will manage to accomplish that is its secret, proprietary sauce and we’ll have to take their word for it, at least for now.Even just a few seconds of lag makes that doorbell little more than evidence after the fact, which doesn’t always help at times when culprits are nowhere to be found.Those precious few seconds are also critical when responding to deliveries, knowing when family members are back at home, or even just locking the garage door.
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This phone case from Prynt allows you to instantly print photos like a Polaroid camera.The Prynt Pocket can be used to take photos straight away or you can even print old photos already saved to your phone.Photos are printed on inkless 'sticker paper' so they can be easily scrapbooked.The case even lets you shoot video directly onto your photos which can be viewed through your phone using augmented reality.Prices start from around £75 and can be bought from their website.
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Even as it pushes its Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships hard, Samsung knows too well that not everyone will want or can even afford one.It also knows that there is a subset of such consumers who care not for the chains for carrier contracts.In an attempt to cover all its bases, Samsung is making available its Galaxy J3 and J7, 2017 editions of course, in the US and will be making them available unlocked, making sure that even if you don’t aim for the high-end, your next smartphone will at least still be a Galaxy.Samsung has been aggressively pushing its Galaxy J series mostly in emerging markets as its premiere mid-range line.The Galaxy J7, in particular, has received countless permutations with ever possible suffix attached to it.For the US, it seems that Samsung’s marketing is a bit simpler, and hopefully it remains that way.
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If this project comes to fruition, people with older Windows laptops could have an easy, convenient way to make use of LTE connections.A patent application may have revealed the existence of a new piece of portable hardware from Microsoft — but unfortunately for users eagerly anticipating the rumored Surface Phone, it’s probably not a smartphone.Instead, it’s likely a wireless hotspot intended to help laptops and tablets connect to the web when you are out and about.The patent describes a “folding wireless communications device” that lends LTE capabilities to another device while occupying a small, lightweight form factor, according to a report from Pocket Now.It is said to measure 90 mm by 57 mm, which would make it easy to stow in a pocket or throw in a bag.Many modern laptops have built-in LTE support, but older models rarely offer this kind of functionality.
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Scientists have untangled the competing influences of water and gravity on plant roots - by growing cucumbers during spaceflight.Plant roots grow to find water, according to a process known as hydrotropism.Roots are also influenced by gravity and tend to grow downwards, called gravitropism.To find out whether gravity or water had the greater influence on root growth, investigators grew cucumber plants in the microgravity environment on board the International Space Station.In their experiments, water (or hydrotropism) had more influence in controlling root growth."We will be able to utilise roots' ability to sense moisture gradients for controlling root growth orientation and efficiently growing plants in future space farms," said Dr Hideyuki Takahashi, senior author of the study.
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WebMD Health Corp. confirmed today that KKR’s Internet Brands has offered to pay $2.8 billion to acquire the health services company.Internet Brands will pay $66.50 for each WebMD share, which closed last Friday at $55.19.The companies emphasized that the price is a 30 percent premium on WebMD’s share price from February 15, which was a day before it announced plans to consider “strategic alternatives.”WebMD’s stock jumped 18.68 percent to $65.75 after the deal was announced this morning.“After a thorough review of strategic alternatives, we are pleased to announce this transaction, which provides our stockholders with immediate and significant cash value and a substantial premium,” said Martin J. Wygod, chairman of WebMD, in a statement.“Throughout this process, our Board has conducted diligent analysis and thoughtful deliberations.
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of an investment of $450 million, Vice has laid off around 60 employees, or 2 percent of its 3,000-person staff in North America and Europe today.In an ongoing trend with digital media companies attempting to keep up with, or anticipate, audience demands of video content, Vice will continue to focus on video and scripted content production while also expanding internationally.“This [investment] will allow us to build up the largest millennial video library in the world, enabling VICE to widen our offering to include news, food, music, fashion, art, travel, gaming, lifestyle, scripted and feature films,” said Shane Smith, Vice’s founder and CEO, at the time of the investment.Today’s layoffs affect non-video positions across the company’s sales, branded, editorial and corporate divisions, according to The Hollywood ReporterAdditionally, Vice Sports’ editorial staff was cut in order to focus more on video production.This comes at a time when Disney, an investor in Vice, is concerned about the future of ESPN, which recently went through a major round of layoffs amid profit and web traffic concerns.
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I mars 2016 lanserades Iphone SE, en mobiltelefon på fyra tum som ersatte den gamla trotjänaren Iphone 5S.Senaste nytt på ryktesfronten är att en ny modell av Iphone SE är på gång.Om det stämmer borde vi få se specifikationer som påminner mer om Iphone 7 än Iphone 6S.Till exempel skulle A9-processorn kunna ersättas av mer kraftfulla A10 Fusion.Enligt den franskspråkiga sajten Igeneration kan en lansering ske redan nästa månad, något som får ses som högst osannolikt med tanke på att Apple brukar anordna sina Iphone-event i september eller oktober.I sammanhanget kan nämnas att Apple faktiskt redan har uppgraderat Iphone SE i år, i mars fördubblades nämligen lagringsutrymmet till 32 respektive 128 gigabyte.
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For the past 15 years, Chipchase has held a string of idiosyncratic jobs whose titles—like “executive creative director for global insights” (at Frog Design), “principal scientist” (at Nokia), and “director of international research and design projects” (at his current self-founded strategic consultancy, Studio D Radiodurans)—read like a headhunter’s best-guess attempt to label “Jan Chipchase doing his thing.”Until now, Chipchase has been content to keep that “thing” vague, as he travels the world observing and interviewing product users in places that corporations find difficult to penetrate via standard market research—such as Afghanistan, Burundi, and Saudi Arabia.Its tagline is “Travel anywhere, make sense of the world, and make a difference.” This seems to tease the book (and Chipchase himself) as a kind of talking cure for the FOMO-fueled ennui that plagues a certain breed of professional: the “creative” who shares Chipchase’s self-described luck at “hav[ing] turned curiosity into a career,” yet not-so-secretly envies the fact that his version seems to prioritize international adventuring over refreshing one’s Twitter feed.The $110 Handbook’s first printing sold out on Kickstarter within a week, driven in part by interest from internet-famous non-field researchers like Jason Kottke, who blogged that he “can’t wait to get [his] copy.” Apparently, many people are very “willing to purchase” Jan Chipchase being himself—and at considerable expense.Writers and peers have compared Chipchase to Indiana Jones, Lawrence of Arabia, a Navy SEAL, and even a member of the A-Team.(Chipchase also has a side business, SDR Traveller, which sells luggage expressly designed for situations like needing to haul a million dollars in cash through customs without attracting interest from bribe-seeking apparatchiks.)
China
With the tablet production and sales plummeting in general it’s time for the laptops to pick up the slack and the chinese ones are becoming increasingly popular lately.With the former questionable build quality already out of the way for most of the new ones the price advantage can be really significant over the more established and quite often overpriced bigger brand offers.And ideally you can even catch a better price than usual in a sale, just like the one that’s happening on Geekbuying right now.There are various interesting pieces to be found in there, but personally i would choose two of the best laptop offerings in my eyes.Jumper EZbook 3 Pro is a metal-build 13.3″ FullHD IPS screen laptop with Celeron N3450, 6 GB RAM and M.2 SSD expansion slot to cure the intergrated slow eMMC memory disease.Not bad for the $229.99 price.
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While the average American spends 52 minutes commuting to and from work each day, according to US Census data, in an interview with the BBC, the cofounder and CTO of tech company Motiv recently detailed his daily, almost 800-mile commute from Burbank, California, to San Francisco and back, which takes two cars, two plane rides, and six hours to complete.Here's how von Badinski completes his commuting feat five days a week:At 5 a.m., Von Badinski wakes up and gets ready to go to work.He drives a small sports car to Bob Hope Burbank airport, which is a 15-minute drive from his apartment.His flight to Oakland, California, which is about 400 miles northwest of Burbank, takes about 90 minutes.After arriving at Oakland airport around 7:30 a.m., von Badinski hops in his second car, a Chevy Volt, and drives from Oakland to his office in San Francisco.
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It's been two years since NASA's New Horizons spacecraft got up close and personal with dwarf planet Pluto.It sent back our best-ever looks at the icy body.NASA released a new video on Friday that takes viewers on a stunning flyover across Pluto's scenic craggy mountains and wide plains.The two-minute video combines New Horizons data with digital models of Pluto's elevations and turns them into a visual experience that makes you feel like you're zipping along with the intrepid spacecraft.It starts off dark and mysterious and then pulls you into the dwarf planet's exotic surface formations.The video is silent, so put on your favorite soaring soundtrack music, dim the lights and go full screen for an optimal experience.
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Robotics might come off as complicated, but Raspberry Pi makes learning the basics accessible and fun.The SunFounder Raspberry Pi Robot Kit allows you to build your own Pi-powered car and get exposed to the fundamentals behind robotic programming.The kit includes three new circuit boards, a Raspberry Pi 3 board, and a wide-angle USB webcam, so you can operate your robotic racer on your PC, mobile phone, or tablet.Perfect for beginners, this kit boasts simple wiring and includes Python code.That way, you can get your vehicle up and running with minimal hangups.Using the car's USB webcam, you can transmit images and video in real-time as you drive.
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A recently discovered strain of Apple Mac malware has begun mimicking major banking websites in an effort to steal credentials from victims.First uncovered in May, OSX.Dok affected all versions of Apple's older OS X operating system and was initially used to spy on victims' web traffic.The malware was later modified to infect macOS users, and its latest variant has been updated to steal money and financial credentials, say researchers at Check Point.This new Dok campaign is distributed via phishing emails relating to financial or tax matters, with the payload deployed via a malicious ZIP file that victims are urged to run.This latest attack specifically targets macOS users, with the malware partnered with a man in the middle attack that enables the perpetrators to spy on all victim communications, even if they're SSL encrypted.Dok appears to be highly sophisticated malware, as evident by mutations in its code that make it more difficult to detect and remove - especially as Dok modifies the OS settings in order to disable security updates and prevent some Apple services from communicating.
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Despite it almost ruining Samsung's reputation beyond repair, it looks like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is making a comeback.However, in a move to avoid another recall of the tarnished phablet, the limited-run Samsung Galaxy Note 7 "Fan Edition" will feature some major changes to its battery, according to a teardown by iFixit.The South Korea-exclusive Fan Edition features a brand-new, lower-capacity battery that holds 3,200mAh of juice, down from the original Note 7's 3,500mAh.However, it's not just smaller energy storage that's meant to prevent the Fan Edition from overheating, but also a smaller form factor.In this case, size does matterThough we've known for a while that the Fan Edition would sport a lower-capacity battery, iFixit's teardown finds the new battery is also physically smaller, both in mass and dimension.
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A small set of purported MIUI 9 screenshots leaked recently and it sure looks legit.It comes from a Xiaomi Redmi 4X model running on MIUI 8.7.7.6 build, which is basically the MIUI 9 Alpha build that was given to developers and ROM testers.The leaked photos reveal some of the design changes of the upcoming MIUI version, along with some views of the split-screen interface.Note that we’re seeing an Alpha build, so some things could change until the final version.One of the most expected features of MIUI 9 is Android’s split-screen that now looks more material and… cleaner when compared to other Android skins.This feature was allegedly added since the Xiaomi conducted a poll in the MIUI forum and the 80% of the fans requested for it.
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A Japanese blogger has questioned the timeline of a newly discovered photo that was touted as providing a vital clue to Amelia Earhart's fate.Researchers have claimed that new evidence from U.S. government archives may finally solve the mystery of what happened to the record-breaking pilot.However, a Japanese blogger claims that the photo was actually first published in a travelogue in 1935, well before Earhart’s disappearance.“So the photograph was taken at least two years before Amelia Earhart disappeared in 1937 and a person on the photo was not her,” explains the blogger.The photograph, the blogger says, was first published in the Pacific island of Palau in a photo book called “Motoaki Nishin."The blogger, who tweets as @baron_yamaneko, was identified as Kota Yamano by the Guardian.
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