John Murphy

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Wish you could do more with your phone than just run Android?Codeweavers is working to sort you out: it’s just released version 3.0 of the Wine compatibility layer for Linux-based systems, which can now be built into an APK package and installed on your Android device.Once you grab the installer from this page and install it on your device (Android Police noted that it works better on some phones like the OnePlus 5T, and crashes on others like the Google Pixel from 2016), you’ll be greeted by a full-screen Windows 7 interface – Start menu and all.In addition, Wine v3 works better with x86 Android devices than those powered by ARM processors; if you’re on the latter, you’ll be limited to running apps that were ported to Windows RT (the XDA Developers forum has a nice list of them).Regardless of your processor type, you’ll need to bring your own Windows programs to the device, because none are bundled with this build.You might also want to connect a Bluetooth keyboard for text input, as software keyboards aren’t immediately recognized and pulled up when you tap on empty fields and the command prompt.
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In addition to our Sunday App of the Week feature, we also summarize some of our favorite B2B sales & marketing posts from around the Web each week.We’ll miss a ton of great stuff, so if you found something you think is worth sharing please add it to the comments below.In the meantime, here are some B2B Reads we love:The One Thing Killing Your Most Creative Content Ideas (and How to Stop It)A great look at creativity when it comes to content.Thanks for the article, Carla Johnson.
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Starting next week, users with either of Verizon's two unlimited plans can call and text to Mexico and Canada, as well as use data when visiting.Verizon has two tiers of unlimited plans: Go Unlimited (which costs $40 a month for four lines each) and the slightly more expensive Beyond Unlimited (which costs $50 a month for four lines each).Mexico and Canada were already included in Beyond Unlimited and on Jan. 25, the Go Unlimited plan will include those countries too.While the inclusion is an added bonus for those who call or visit those two countries every so often, customers who anticipate more frequent use should be wary.Using 4G LTE data in Mexico and Canada will be throttled to 2G speeds after 500MB a day.And although texts and calls are unlimited under usual circumstances, it might not be if more than half of your text, talk and data usage in a 60-day period is in Canada or Mexico.
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Apple just un-blocked an app by the name of Wehe this afternoon after a second round of screening.Earlier in the day, several sources reported that the app had been blocked and that Apple hadn’t made clear the reasons why.Meanwhile the Android version of the app had no such trouble in its listing on Google Play.The app is part of the wider Meddle system, made by Northeastern University researcher David Coffnes to sniff out net neutrality offenders.Before we get too far down the rabbit hole – know this: Apple seems to have been in favor of Net Neutrality for a while now.This app’s removal from the App Store might just have been because it was slightly confusing for the uninitiated.
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Reading the first draft in the cold light of January, there are clearly rolls of flab to be burnt away and replaced with lean, muscular prose before it’s ready to be exposed to the public.Does it really matter what that fancy hotel looks like?Nope – away it goes.Why on Earth is everyone drinking so much tea?As a former copy editor, I like to think I have a reasonable grasp of language, but editing your own work is quite different to working on someone else’s.It’s easy to skim over your mistakes and written tics.
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FILE PHOTO: An electric board showing exchange rate between South Korean Won and Bitcoin at a cryptocurrencies exchange in Seoul Thomson ReutersICE, the owner of the New York Stock Exchange, is launching a new cryptocurrency data feed.It's teaming up with Blockstream to launch the product, which is aimed at hedge funds.Intercontinental Exchange, the Atlanta-based owner of the New York Stock Exchange, announced Thursday it is gearing up for the launch of a cryptocurrency data feed built for hedge fund clients.The so-called Cryptocurrency Data Feed, which ICE built in partnership with blockchain tech company Blockstream, will draw information from 15 cryptocurrency exchanges, according to a release on the news.“With the broad array of cryptocurrencies and exchanges, and given the price variances between exchanges, it’s critical that investors have a comprehensive source of pricing information,” said ICE data services president and COO, Lynn Martin, in a press release.
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Marketron, a company whose software helps radio and TV broadcasters manage their advertising, has a new owner and a new CEO.The company announced this morning that it has been acquired by private equity firm Diversis Capital.(The previous owner, BlackRock Capital, will remain an investor.)It also announced that Michael Collins, previously the CEO of mobile ad startup Adelphic, is taking over from Jeff Haley as CEO.Marketron serves traditional broadcasters (more than 7,000 radio and TV stations) and was founded back in 1969, so it might not seem like the obvious next move for Collins, who left Adelphic last year following its acquisition by Time Inc.Collins explained that he first worked on the deal as a partner at Diversis — then the firm suggested “jumping over to the CEO role” at Marketron, a move that ended his “brief flirtation with private equity.”
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Cafago has provided us with some coupons on two really interesting products, a remotely controlled power socket and the LETV LeEco Le S3 X626.Let’s start off with the SONOFF S20 ITEAD, a smart outlet controlled via a phone.With it, users can instantly convert any plug into a smart plug with a convenient timer function, you can also turn on/off any connected device either on the app or by pressing the manual control knob of the WIFI outlet.The smart plug also allows you to set countdown/single/repeat timers to auto-turn on/off the WIFI controlled outlet, you can share the WIFI plug with your family so that you can control together or voice control your home appliances via Amazon Alexa or Google Home/Nest.Other features include “Sync Status”, where you get a real-time device status showing on the app; “Scene” which will turn on/off a group of devices with one tap and “Smart Scene” in which the outlet is triggered by temperature or other environmental conditions.You can get the SONOFF S20 ITEAD Wifi Wireless Remote Control Socket for only 11.75€/$13.98 using the coupon code JS172.
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Sixty games were booted off the Play Store after security firm Check Point discovered that they contained pornographic ads and malicious components.Before their removal, the games were downloaded between 3 million and 7 million times, according to the download metrics on the Play Store.The malware is dubbed "AdultSwine," and according to Check Point Research, it had three main features:Displaying ads from the Web that are often highly inappropriate and pornographicAttempting to trick users into installing fake "security apps"Inducing users to register to premium services at the user’s expense
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The NHS’s winter crisis has been laid bare at one of the worst performing A units in the country, with patients telling HuffPost UK they are waiting for care up to three times longer than the official four-hour waiting time.Waits of around 12 hours was just one of the concerns among anxious patients at Hillingdon Hospital’s A, where on Thursday afternoon the waiting area was crowded, with mothers comforting screaming toddlers and patients looking up from their mobile phones hopefully whenever a nurse or doctor walked by.The greater London hospital emergency department is the second worst performing major A unit in England, according to NHS England figures published today, and those waiting to see doctors and nurses told HuffPost UK they had “never, ever seen it like this before”.The damning data showed that nationally 85.1% of A patients were seen within four hours in December 2017, falling significantly short of the NHS target of 95%.HuffPost UK spoke to patients waiting to be seen at Hillingdon Hospital’s A unit on Thursday.She says she is in “agony”, but has been waiting to see someone for nearly three hours when HuffPost UK speaks to her.
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I thought hanging out with a Scrabble-playing robot would be a nice, chill time.I even imagined they would be useful at nursing homes, as therapy companions to elderly residents.Scrabble bot’s official name is actually the Intelligent Vision System for Companion Robots, made by Taiwanese research company ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute).It uses a combination of AI, 3D vision, and hand-eye coordination to pour its opponent a cup of coffee, and then mercilessly crush them at Scrabble.The AI determines which combination of letter tiles can create the highest scoring word, and tallies up the opponents score accurately as well.But it’s not really all that fun playing against a robot that’s programmed to maximize its wins, and also has the power of an entire dictionary by its side.
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Called Skull Canyon, the NUC combined an Intel quad-core with the company’s most powerful Iris integrated graphics.Intel is back at CES 2018 with another gaming-focused NUC, Hades Canyon.But this year, it’s not using its own integrated graphics, but instead features Intel Core i7-8809G.That’s the most powerful version of Intel’s 8th-gen Core with AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics, and while we haven’t tested it yet, its specifications look promising.The Vega GPU includes 24 compute units.That makes Hades Canyon instantly look like a winner.
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Boeing today unveiled a giant drone that’s capable of lifting a 500 pound payload.Calling it an “unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype,” the aerospace giant said it could serve as a precursor for future autonomous flying aircraft.The heavy-duty drone took Boeing’s engineers only three months to design and build, the company says.It successfully completed initial flight tests at Boeing’s research lab in Missouri.“This flying cargo air vehicle represents another major step in our Boeing eVTOL strategy,” said Boeing chief technology officer Greg Hyslop in a statement.“We have an opportunity to really change air travel and transport, and we’ll look back on this day as a major step in that journey.”
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Developed by Samsung Creative Lab and teased in 2017, the Fitt360 is a wearable 360 camera launching on Kickstarter.Light and portable, the Fitt360 can also be used for lifelogging, creating a personal “Street View,” and a number of other hands-free 360 options.Sending data from the three cameras wirelessly to an app, the Fitt360 app both stitches and stabilizes the footage, using a six-axis hardware-based system.The neckband is designed to be lightweight and comfortable, with three different sizes of “neck guides” designed to hold the device in place.The cameras are positioned at the front and back to capture the immersive view — which means wearers are going to want to make sure to keep long hair or bulky clothing from blocking any part of the view.Controls to power the camera on and off or start are recording are built into the device, as well as a battery indicator.
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The Elephone U and U Pro are two of the most hyped smartphones coming from a smaller Chinese phone maker.The latter is indeed version going to be equipped with a very unusual Qualcomm chip.Well, today we finally have a look at a new color variant for both upcoming devices.As you can see, the image above portrays an Elephone U (and U Pro) in a black coloration.The back cover appears very shiny which makes it look like glass, although it’s probably the Lumia material Elephone is so fond of.This version, together with the red one we can see below are probably the most interesting ones.
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Match the following figures – Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Guglielmo Marconi, Alfred Nobel and Nikola Tesla – with these biographical facts:Produced the first motor that ran on AC currentDeveloped the underlying technology for wireless communication over long distancesClaimed to have developed a “superweapon” that would end all warThe match for each, of course, is Tesla.The 75th anniversary of Tesla’s death on Jan. 7 provides a timely opportunity to review the life of a man who came from nowhere yet became world famous; claimed to be devoted solely to discovery but relished the role of a showman; attracted the attention of many women but never married; and generated ideas that transformed daily life and created multiple fortunes but died nearly penniless.
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There was a time when DSLR was the only word one uttered when professional high-level photography was discussed.Now this is where the mirrorless cameras comes in, which we also call a compact system camera.If you want to find out more, read this: Mirrorless vs DSLR cameras: 10 key differences.Some mirrorless cameras have a compact, rectangular body, some are styled like DSLRs with a 'pentaprism' on the top – though this houses an electronic viewfinder rather than the optical viewfinder you get with a DSLR.Read the full review: Sony A9The brilliant E-M10 Mark III is a little powerhouse of a camera
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Korean tech site and phone marketplace Cetizen tested OLED displays on the iPhone X, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge for 510 hours to measure burn-in as part of its ongoing iPhone X review.In all three cases, maintaining a static image for far longer than a normal use case was necessary to produce noticeable burn-in.The iPhone X took longer to exhibit distracting burn-in than the other two phones.The site left the phone screens displaying a static image at maximum brightness for the test's entire duration.The iPhone X first showed signs of burn-in at 17 hours, but even then the image retention was not bad enough to be noticeable in normal use.The Galaxy Note 8 took longer to exhibit retention, but by 62 hours it was more significant than what was seen on the iPhone X, such that a general user could identify the burned-in spots on the Note 8 at that time, but not on the iPhone X.
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CBR grilled Dr Adrian Nish, Head of Threat Intelligence at BAE Systems, about what he thinks the cyber security landscape will look like in 2018.The spotlight will be on the early breaches and how the regulators react to them.Malware authors outsmarting NextGen AV /AIIn recent years, a big trend in the anti-malware market has been the use of machine learning algorithms in detection engines that rely on features extracted from known bad samples.These bad samples include metadata values, exported function names, and suspicious actions.Malware authors get better at building techniques to outsmart them as ‘NextGen AV’ solutions become more commonplace
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The podcast Serial is being adapted to a TV series, but it has also inspired at least one other project.Apple nabbed Are You Sleeping, a new drama series starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, Deadline reports.The project is based on Kathleen Barber’s 2017 novel of the same name, which centers on a woman and her family dealing with the pain of having a true-crime podcast question the guilt of the boy who murdered her father.Barber wrote the book following the success of Serial.She admitted in a 17Scribes interview that she got swept up in the story and her first draft of Are You Sleeping was “a way for [her] to work through” her “obsession” with the podcast.Specifically, she was concerned with her lack of empathy for the people involved.
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