John Henderson

John Henderson

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Last month, the United States issued a ban preventing US-bound passengers from several Middle Eastern nations from carrying anything larger than a smartphone into the cabin.Now, it looks like the Trump administration is looking to expand that to European airports, in a move that’s bound to frustrate business and leisure travelers alike.The ban is in response to intelligence that terrorists are attempting to smuggle explosives onto aircraft disguised as consumer electronic devices – like laptops, iPads, and e-readers.Passengers wishing to take these devices with them in the aircraft will have to stow them in the hold.While the ban has yet to go into effect, there’s already speculation that the UK might be one of the countries affected by it.A Whitehall source, speaking to The Guardian, said that “although it was not certain that the ban would be extended to the UK, the US was considering doing so.”
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The Internet Archive provides a great way to look back at the evolution of the web, and this decision should help preserve the accuracy of the experience.The Internet Archive has announced that going forward, it will no longer conform to directives given by robots.txt files.These files are predominantly used to advise search engines on which portions of the page should be crawled and indexed to help facilitate search queries.In the past, the Internet Archive has complied with instructions laid out by robots.txt files, according to a report from Boing Boing.However, it has been decided that the way that these files are calibrated is often at odds with the service that the site sets out to provide.“Over time we have observed that the robots.txt files that are geared toward search engine crawlers do not necessarily serve our archival purposes,” stated a blog post that the organization published last week.
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In a sunlit warehouse in San Francisco, guests mill about while nibbling on lemon curd tarts with edible flowers.Then a gong sounds, signaling that the next round of marijuana joints is being served on the patio.In May 2015, chef and cannabis enthusiast Coreen Carroll and her partner, Ryan Bush, hosted the first ever Cannaisseur Series event.The underground pop-up restaurant invites medical marijuana patients to share intimate, gourmet meals and weed with like-minded individuals.In 2016, Business Insider attended the aptly named High Tea, an afternoon of food (both pot-infused and unmedicated), locally sourced cannabis, and community.Here's what it was like.
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There are a few certainties in life: Death, taxes, and dirty computer screens.That’s just an unavoidable fact of life, as dust, fingerprints, and assorted detritus gathers on your monitor.While all that grime on your screen might not cause damage, it can certainly be an eyesore, filtering your movies, games, and other media through a layer of grime.Harsh chemicals may be fine for windows or countertops, but they can wreak havoc on computer monitors, wearing away coatings.There are many cleaning fluids on the market geared specifically toward computer monitors, and while these products certainly work, you don’t need to spend the money on them if you don’t want to; distilled water should work for most monitor cleaning, and you can mix in some white vinegar for tougher grime.Additionally, avoid paper towels, rags, old t-shirts, or many of the usual materials you use to wipe down surfaces in your home.
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Pär Svärdsons digital pharmacy is growing like never before.Now notify the company to three months in a row, traded over 100 million.It notifies the company in a press release.”this development shows that our concept is exactly the right time.I Look back I can see that it has been breathtakingly fast.During a single day we can send out as many packages as we did in all of 2011.”, says Pär Svärdson.
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The latest Nat & Friends video explores just how 3D images are created for Google Earth, but unfortunately, Lo will be officially leaving the project.If you are curious about what goes on inside Google or if you just live on YouTube like me, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about Nat and Lo.Nat and Lo both work at Google, and since 2015, they’ve been making videos under what they call the 20% Project: at Google, employees are allowed to spend part of their time working on something that they came up with, and Nat and Lo decided to go behind the scenes of interesting projects at the company.Well, the latest video is all about Google Earth.As Nat explains, it was almost 50 years ago that we saw the first ever photo of the planet that we live in from the outer space.Today, we can access not only that but every nook and cranny of this amazing planet right on our computer, thanks to Google’s 3D images on Google Earth.
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There's a reason companies should fear disgruntled employees — they can really harm your business.An IT systems administrator is being sued by his former employer for allegedly installing malware that automatically deleted critical financial data after he left.Semiconductor manufacturer Allegro Microsystems has filed a lawsuit against Nimesh Patel, who worked for the company for 14 years from August 2002 to January 2016.The lawsuit (first spotted by Bleeping Computer) alleges that Patel was given three laptops to use during his time at the company.Patel resigned from his position, and when he left the company on 8 January 2016, he returned the two business laptops, However he kept the third laptop, which had been designated for personal use, with the company's blessings.However, Allegro alleges that on 31 January 2016, Patel returned to the grounds of the Allegro headquarters in Worchester, Massachusetts with the third laptop and used it to access the company's Wi-Fi network.
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Antibiotic resistance is a huge problem in hospitals.By targeting specific bacteria -- instead of all of them -- this CRISPR pill may eliminate antibiotic resistance.Scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison want to stamp out antibiotic-resistant bacteria.CRISPR has been making waves over the past few years, leading to what some are calling the “CRISPR Revolution,” impacting industries from healthcare to agriculture.Initially borrowed from bacteria, which use CRISPR as an immune defense against viruses, the gene-editing tool works by recording snippets of the attacker’s DNA, so that the bacteria can recognize and eliminate future invaders.In his lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jan-Peter Van Pijkeren hopes to use CRISPR to deceive a nasty germ called Clostridium difficile.
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When Facebook launched its Instant Articles feature in 2015, it sounded like a great deal for media companies.All news publishers had to do was hand over the content from their stories, and Facebook’s engineers would magically make those stories look better and load faster on mobile devices.Not only that, but Facebook promised to help publishers make money from the content they distributed through Instant Articles—they could keep 100% of the advertising revenue for any ads they sold, or take 70% of whatever Facebook sold for them.Some observers were skeptical of the offer, since Facebook seemed poised to gain more from the deal than media companies ever would.Others recalled how similar efforts aimed at encouraging publishers to distribute their content through the social network—including the similar “social reader” Facebook apps that were popular in 2012—ultimately fizzled.At the same time, however, many publishers were desperate to find new ways of reaching readers, and Facebook offered a cheap and easy way to reach more than a billion of them.Some, including the Washington Post, started distributing all of their content through Instant Articles in addition to publishing it on their own websites.Despite multiple iterations of the product, however, Instant Articles has never really delivered on its initial promise, and many of Facebook’s early partners—including the New York Times and Hearst—have dropped out of the program.According to a former staffer who worked on the project, the idea that media companies would need to make money from the feature was never really factored into its development by Facebook in any significant way“The idea that these products could meaningfully impact the revenue of the news industry just didn’t really come up,” the former employee told The Verge’s Casey Newton.“I don’t know that anyone [at Facebook] took that piece all that seriously.”Senior Facebook executives dispute this in the Verge piece, but it seems clear from the outcome that even if they did consider monetization to be important, the social network didn’t spend nearly enough time on that piece of the puzzle.
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Amazon has a great deal right now on Adobe's Elements software.Currently, both Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15 are already on sale at most online retailers, with either a discount of $30 per program or $50 off the bundle's usual price.For today, however, Amazon is selling both programs for $75.That's $25 cheaper than Adobe's current sale price for the pair, and only $5 more than the $70 sale price to buy either program by itself.Given the popularity of Adobe's video and photo editing software, we wouldn't be surprised if this deal sells out before the end of the day.Amazon's discount applies to digital downloads and disc-based versions for Windows and Mac.
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Does this work with the Garmin HR Chest strap?I do mostly martial arts and was wondering would the chest strap be something you could wear while training?There's a grappling element so I couldn't wear the watch while training.
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The Knights of the Old Republic games are two of the most loved Star Wars titles ever released, as well as being amazing RPGs.Sadly, other than the MMO, there hasn’t been a new entry in the series since KOTOR II: The Sith Lords arrived over a decade ago.Games journalist Liam Robertson recently revealed on his Patreon podcast that BioWare Austin, developer of The Old Republic, is “prototyping” a new KOTOR game.His information comes from anonymous sources, so it’s not a definite confirmation that we’ll soon see a new Star Wars title from the company.“I’ve learned now that [BioWare Austin is] pretty much now exclusively working on Star Wars games and they’re going to be doing that for the indefinite future.I don’t know when this is set to come out, but it has been in development for a little while now,” said Robertson, via The Star Wars Game Outpost.
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With almost 60% of US digital marketers polled in a recent interactive study suggests that B2B and B2C marketers are seeing an increased interest in cross-channel measurement and attribution this year, edging ahead of former go-to tactics like general audience analytics and programmatic media buying, according to eMarketer.With cross-channel measurement and attribution having fallen between 2015 and 2016, with consumers focusing more on their mobile phones or ahead at the store shelf, the industry has worked harder at cross-channel marketing by incorporating both online and offline tactics, and gaining greater insight into their customer base.Today, about four in ten retail marketers worldwide said they will implement cross-channel attribution initiatives in 2017.The survey found there were some tactics that respondents said they’d be spending less energy on, including general audience analytics, programmatic media buying for more mature markets and predictive modeling.The decreasing interest in programmatic for established formats is particularly interesting, the article notes, considering recent news about advertisers boycotting Google over objectionable content near ads.An emerging trend is that marketers want to take a more hands-on approach in deciding where their ads appear and don’t appear.
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Streamingtjänsten Tidal had big ambitions, but it has not quite worked as intended.Compared with Spotify and the Apple Music is Tidal a very small player, but the owners continue to invest heavily in exclusive agreements.One of the owners is Jay Z, and Macrumors now reports that almost the whole of his extensive catalog have been removed from both Spotify and the Apple Music.so far, Google Play Music and other services are unaffected, but they are also considerably less.Spotify recently announced that the service has reached 50 million paying users, while Apple Musics latest figure from december was ”over 20 million”.Tidal said in march last year that it had 3 million customers, but has not updated the figure since then.
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Kreisel Electric builds some interesting electric vehicles.First, they tripled the range of the Volkswagen e-Golf.Then, they teamed up with Arnold Schwarzenegger to create an all-electric Mercedes G-Class.The Kreisel EVEX 910e is a collaborative effort between vehicle manufacturer EVEX and the EV-minded startup.EVEX started reproducing street legal versions of the Porsche 910 racecar from 1967, with a 320-horsepower gas engine under the hood.Kriesel takes the EVEX 910 and converts that into a battery-electric vehicle with plenty of performance.
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Samplingar… Bara ordet avskräcker säkert många.Eller varför 90-talets iöronfallande hip hop som spred sig över världen likt en löpeld?Oavsett vilka dina preferenser är så står en sak klar, samplingarna kom för att stanna.I sin allra renaste form är en sampling en digital ljudinspelning som spelas upp igen och återanvänds.Fenomenet utvecklades dock redan under 60-talet, genom att man då manipulerade rullband eller vinylspelare.Idag ska jag dock tipsa om hur du kan krydda ditt redan inspelade material, ditt befintliga samlingsbibliotek eller dina trötta midi-instrument.
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Facebook’s Instant Articles opened up to all publishers nearly a year ago, but the mobile viewing product was very much read-only.Publishers didn’t really have a native way to support converting readers into something more, like subscribers.On Friday, the social media company launched call-to-action units with the goal of providing a “more direct line of communication” between the publisher and the reader.The call-to-action units are being rolled out starting next week to Instant Articles and can be created through what Facebook calls “a simple, self-service creation flow” and also can monitor conversions through a tracking dashboard.Publishers have at least two action items they can choose from, including signing up for email and liking the outlet’s page, but there are others in the works.Facebook teased that in the future, publishers could add free trial or mobile app install call-to-action units.“We recognize that publisher business models are diverse, and we’re continuing to collaborate with the industry to identify and develop new call-to-action units to deepen relationships and form new connections between people and publishers,” explained product manager Josh Roberts in the blog post.Similar to Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages project, Instant Articles is a means by which publishers can accommodate their content to the mobile screen.As people consume articles and stories during the day, a major friction point is having a site that’s not mobile-optimized — and we all know the ones where we have to pinch-to-zoom just to read the stories.But unlike Google, Instant Articles is applicable mainly for content shared and found on the world’s largest social network.Instant Articles has been billed as giving readers a faster experience to consume content, in addition to giving publishers more interactive features to “bring their stories to life in new ways,” according to Facebook product manager Michael Reckhow in a May 2015 blog post.As readers consume this content, it could come from the same publisher or multiple ones.
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It is no surprise, then, that three recently released handsets – the Huawei P10 (HK$4,480), LG G6 (HK$5,998) and Sony Xperia XZs (HK$5,298) – sport cameras with high specs.The Huawei P10 has dual camera and lenses “co-engineered” with Leica:The LG G6 also has dual camera and capability in taking wide (125-degree) angle shots:The Sony Xperia XZs has a 19 megapixel sensor:But which takes better images?We asked South China Morning Post photo editor for Culture and Lifestyle Antony Dickson to give the three loan units a quick test: to shoot in broad daylight, in auto mode with resolution set to the highest, as well as in low light conditions with no flash.
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Pros of Uber and Lyft: You press a button on your phone and a car comes to pick you up.Cons: There's a person in that car, who you'll sometimes have to speak to.Miyako Taxi, a company based in Kyoto, Japan, is ridding customers of this burden, introducing a new service that forbids drivers from initiating small talk, reports Rocket News."This service is currently in a trial stage, with the goal of creating an in-car atmosphere that provides the most comfortable ride for passengers through limiting the driver's speaking," said the company in a statement.The internet has provided many handy guides and tips for navigating communication with humans in taxis, but this service goes another route and eliminates its possibility altogether.Uber and Lyft were contacted to see if they would consider bringing a similar feature to their services but did not respond.
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There is a lot of showmanship surrounding YouTube’s recent ad “scandal” since brands want to take power back from Google and agencies want to show their brands that they take brand safety seriously.Brands including Verizon and AT have taken YouTube to task for running ads against racist videos, and some advertisers have had the audacity to demand discounts even though industry insiders have been well aware for several years that the possibility of appearing on extreme content on YouTube is part of the bargain of its cheap reach.But underneath the facade of moral outrage, agencies recognize that creating a ruckus can be good for PR and negotiating leverage.“A brand like Verizon or AT cannot be involved in scandal,” an anonymous ad buyer said in reference to the data deregulation and potential merger that have made these companies newsy lately.If AT was my client, I may want to do this, too.”Multiple ad buyers said that one of their biggest gripes with YouTube is its lack of third-party measurements, which is a common criticism that marketers make of platforms.
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