John Nelson

John Nelson

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As payments companies continue to look to the long tail of global markets to expand their businesses, a startup that helps them do business in disparate economies is getting a strategic investment from one of payment world leaders.PayPal is leading a $50 million investment into PPRO, a London-based business that is focused on cross-border payments for merchants, specifically by offering the merchants a seamless way of accepting payments from customers using whatever the most popular payment form happens to be in a particular country.The deal comes at the tail end of a wave of acquisitions from PayPal as it looks for new ways of expanding its business.Between mid-May and now, it has acquired iZettle for $2.2 billion; AI-based CRM specialist Jetlore; AI-based fraud and risk management firm Simility for $120 million; and gig economy payment facilitator Hyperwallet for $400 million.While the growth in e-commerce has been a global phenomenon, like a plant, it has grown differently and adapted to each market depending on local conditions.While credit cards or debit cards, for example, are very standard in the US and UK, in Japan, a lot of people pay for items purchased online by cash on delivery, or at convenience stores.
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Amazon’s annual Prime Day sales event starts at 12 p.m. PST Monday, July 16, and if previous years are any indication, it’s going to be a big one (and the longest one yet, running for a full 36 hours and ending on July 17).Prime members can look forward to a ton of exclusive discounts, but since a lot of these deals are going to sell out quickly or only be offered as limited-time Lightning Deals, you’ve got to be ready to snatch them up.To help you get a head start on Prime Day, we’ve listed 8 handy tips you can use to get the most out of the big sale.Get ready to make some bookmarks, warm up your F5 key, and read on to find out how you can get prepared to snag that item you’ve been eyeing before it’s gone.Take advantage of that free Prime trialPrime Day deals are exclusive to Prime members, but if you don’t have a subscription, then you can take advantage of the free 30-day trial – assuming that you haven’t done so already.
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For the first time in the last SIX YEARS, PC shipment numbers grew worldwide.This is according to analysts at Gartner, who suggest that this year-over-year growth in global PC shipments is a temporary situation.This is all apparently due to the business world replacing all their old PCs with new Windows 10 PCs in a global trend.This trend will apparently fall off within the next couple of year.“In the business segment, PC momentum will weaken in two years when the replacement peak for Windows 10 passes,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.“PC vendors should look for ways to maintain growth in the business market as the Windows 10 upgrade cycle tails off.” So, you know, PC vendors, find a way to make money – or else you won’t make money.
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It's New Year's Eve, and this consultant pilot fish gets a call from a VP at a big customer site on the other side of the continent."The caller explains with considerable animation that he and his fellow execs decided at the office celebration to send the IT operations staff home and start the year-end processing themselves," says fish."Things are not going well, and they expect me to talk them out of their dilemmas, as the year-end processing is super critical."That must have been some serious celebrating, fish thinks.And after a bit of conversation with the VP, his fears are confirmed: With these execs in this condition, the likelihood of walking them through the process is vanishingly small.Look, fish tells VP, just go home, get some rest, wait for the operations guys to sleep it off, and call me in the morning if they need help.
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With the VAST number of features and potential of the computers we all carry with us every day, I can be SURE there are features of which most readers do not take advantage.The following is one of a series of lists of features your phone has that you’re not likely rolling with right this minute.Go to Settings – System – About Phone – Model Number/Build Number.A new menu item will appear in your main Settings list.This new menu item is called “Developer Options”.Tap in and you’ll find a new collection of controls the likes of which you’ve never had access to before.
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Promo Keeping pace with a fast-changing security landscape is becoming an often baffling challenge for many organisations.Press reports of daring hacking exploits inflicting serious damage on prominent companies have made recruiting security-savvy employees who can detect and prevent intrusions a high priority.If you are a security professional, SANS London September 2018 promises to deliver immersion training that will arm you with the deep skills you need defend your organisation from intrusion and keep it safe in the future.Run by leading security training provider SANS, the event runs 17-22 September at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London, England.An intensive programme of lectures on cutting-edge aspects of cybercrime and security, combined with hands-on lab work, will sharpen your security skills and enable you to gain valuable GIAC specialist certification in your chosen area.SANS assures attendees that they will be able to bring their newfound skills into play as soon as they return to work.
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What started as a mere idea on Reddit has become a phenomenon -- as Thanos, the archvillain in Avengers: Infinity War, annihilated over 350,000 Redditors on Monday, July 9.But you didn't necessarily miss out on all the fun -- on Tuesday, Marvel Studios itself weighed in on the epic ban across two different Twitter accounts, and the "snap" itself is still something you can watch in a video embedded at the bottom of this post.In the movie, Thanos tries to obtain the Infinity Stones and wipe out half the universe.To mirror the baddie's quest, subreddit and Thanos fan page r/thanosdidnothingwrong decided to ban half of its subscribers with the snap of its (metaphorical) fingers.At the time we originally published this post, more than 710,000 accounts had followed the subreddit, testing their luck as they waited to see whether they'd be banned or survive.The stream started by showing lines of code with a series of colors, with the sound of fire playing ominously in the background, and then the sad procession of banned accounts began to be revealed.
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There are many things that constitute domestic violence.Right from verbal, physical, mental, psychological, to using modern day technology, a domestic abuser can use a combination of these to harass their victim.Technology-facilitated abuse is new demon in our society that can be used very cleverly by an abuser, without the victim even realizing that they are being played.Imagine being spied at home by your abusive spouse, or them using a smart home gadget, which is controlled by their phone, to harass and abuse.To help the victim stay two-steps ahead of the abuser and to at least make them aware of the possible situations that IoT can be misused, the socio-technical research team at University College London have compiled a document that aims to inform and guide victims of technology-facilitated abuse.The six-page list outlines the functionalities and purpose of most common IoT devices.
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Sonos officially filed for an initial public offering today, marking a major step as the audio company tries to stand out in a world of smart speakers.The company, which was founded in 2002, has grown into a dominant force in the speaker industry, with a name that is all but synonymous with the concept of multi-room audio setups.Sonos will trade on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol “SONO.”The filing is also a good look at some of the numbers behind Sonos’ business.As of March 31st, the company reported having sold 19 million products in roughly 6.9 million households around the world, a statistic that speaks to one of Sonos’ biggest strengths.At an average of nearly 3 speakers per customer, the figures are confirmation that people who buy one Sonos device are likely to continue to build out their setup by buying more.
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The good news is that there are some cracking cameras out there if you're on a tight budget, including some great entry-level DSLRs, sleek-looking mirrorless cameras, advanced high-end compacts, bridge cameras with huge zoom lenses, not to mention travel zooms and pocket compacts.We've compiled a selection of the best budget cameras going, so whether you want something to simply slot in your pocket for the odd snap that will be better pictures than your smartphone ever can, or a camera you can get a bit more creative with, you'll find it here.Sony's first true premium compact is a couple of years old now, but it still packs a punchType: Compact | Sensor: 1-inch, 20.2MP | Lens: 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9 | Screen: 3-inch, 1,229K dots | Viewfinder: N/A | Continuous shooting: 2.5fps | Movies: 1080p | User level: ExpertSony's latest camera in its RX100 line, the RX100 VI, is one of our favourite compact cameras right now, but there's no getting away from the fact that it's a pricey option.The good news is that the original RX100 is still available new (as well as all the other iterations we've had since then), and while it might not offer some of the latest features it's still a great compact at a bargain price.
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OnePlus has done it again, this time with a stunning red OnePlus 6 model that's leagues more beautiful than any other smartphone out there.All except the silk white OnePlus 6 model, perhaps.OnePlus is releasing the red OnePlus 6 model on July 10, and only in the higher-end $580 model with 8GB of RAM for smooth performance and 128GB of storage.This phone isn't just pretty, either.It's among the best bargains you can get for any smartphone, Android or iOS.The OnePlus 6 performs better than the competition like the Galaxy S9 and Pixel 2 but costs around $200 less.
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Seagate is adding a new SSD to its line-up, with the BarraCuda SSD targeting PC upgraders who won’t compromise on speed but who don’t necessarily have sky-high budgets.Four versions of the BarraCuda SSD will be offered.The most affordable will have 250 GB, then there’ll be 500 GB and 2 TB versions.Finally, the largest gets 2 TB.All four come with a 5-year warranty, 1.8m hours MTBG, and up to 1092 TBW with 24 hour global tech support.While Seagate clearly expects desktop PC owners to be interested, it’s also pitching the BarraCuda SSD at all-in-one PC owners looking to upgrade to some faster storage, and laptop owners wanting to boost their performance.
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Operator group Orange took its mate Cisco and Samsung on a road-trip to northern Romania to show off its 5G multi-vendor fixed wireless access skills.Orange says the test is the first of its kind in Europe and is a key step in the development of 5G in the region.At its core it seems to be a classic FWA set up, but using 5G architecture and millimetre-wave spectrum.The radio base station of the virtualized access network connects through fiber to the virtualized Core network installed in the Orange datacenter.It took place in a village called Florești, near the town of Cluj, which is apparently the capital of the province of Transylvania.15 Orange residential customers got to live the 5G FWA dream, which also involved Samsung 5G ‘terminals’ (which seems to mean small cells in this case) and Cisco routers.
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Facebook announced it is shutting down Moves, Hello, and tbh, a trio of apps the company created and acquired the past four years.The tech giant states it made the decision to shutter the apps “due to low usage”.Moves, originally acquired by Facebook in 2014, is the oldest of the three to get the chopping block.While it started off strong, with nearly 4 million users when it was purchased by Facebook, things appear to have stalled since.It’s been more than a year since the Moves app has been updated, and Tech Crunch reports it only has 13 million installs.Facebook is offering an option for Moves users to download their data before the app closes permanently on July 31.
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Apps and services come and go so fast these days that it’s almost foolhardy to invest to much time, effort, and emotion in them.Even big, popular companies aren’t exempt from fast turnovers.Case in point is Facebook shutting down three web apps, namely Hello, tbh, and Moves, citing low usage.Considering the ordeal the social networking giant is going through, limiting its sources of personal data might, indeed, be for the best.Not only are they old, they’re also limited to certain markets.More importantly, they’ve become obsolete, both in the face of rivaling services as well as Facebook’s own built-in features.
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Popular Linux distribution Gentoo has been hacked, with the company warning that its GitHub repository should be “considered compromised.” Unknown hackers took control of the GitHub account earlier this week, on June 28, and modified both pages and the OS data there.GitHub is a web-based hosting service, used by many thousands of projects to host their code.It’s often used as a version control system, with several iterations of software still preserved online.GitHub made headlines earlier this month, when Microsoft announced it would spend $7.5bn to acquire the company.It took the Gentoo Foundation team two hours to regain support of the account on GitHub, but even then it warned that the code saved there was still to be considered suspect.Work continues to identify the modified code and malicious comments, and restore it to the correct version.
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Harlan Ellison, considered one of AMERICA's premier science fiction writer, is dead, reports several media.even thirty? samhällskritikern was present in more than half a century, and leaves behind countless texts.Ellison wife confirms death on Twitter by his friend Christina Valada:”Susan Ellison has asked me to inform you that the author Harlan Ellison has passed away in his sleep earlier in the day.'For a short while I was here, and for a brief moment, it meant I something.'Ellison began her career in the 60's and during his career he wrote 50 books and over 1/400 short stories, essays, political columns, and scripts for movies and tv-series like ”Star trek”.
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The cybercriminal's cash cow and the marketer's machine"It is one of the biggest ways bad guys have of pulling money out of the online economy," said Louis-David Mangin, co-founder and CEO of Confiant, a firm that helps publishers mitigate the damage done by hosting bad ads, in a phone interview with The Register.Augustine Fou, a cybersecurity and ad fraud researcher who advises companies about online marketing, makes a similar point in a report he plans to publish on Monday."Ad fraud is the most lucrative way to cash out of other major criminal activities," his report, provided in advance to The Register, reads.It's nearly the perfect crime in the sense that it often goes unnoticed and hasn't been as high a law enforcement priority as other online threats."Ad fraud is against the terms of service of most ad exchanges, so it’s almost certainly a breach of contract," said Ratko Vidakovic, founder and principal consultant at AdProfs, ad tech consultancy based in Toronto, Canada, in an email to The Register.
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It might be a small and probably temporary win for privacy advocates, but it’s a significant win nonetheless.The City of Orlando, Florida has announced that they will be ending the use of Amazon’s facial recognition software in response to protests staged by the ACLU and dozens of advocacy groups.While the government is still keeping the door open to using the technology again in the future, Orlando residents can rest assured that the frighteningly accurate Amazon Rekognition won’t scanning their faces again any time soon.It had the makings of a police-state dystopia you’d only see in fiction and China.The ACLU’s investigations into business transactions between Amazon Web Services and the Orlando Police Department as well as Oregon’s Washington County Sheriff’s Office revealed how Amazon’s face recognition technology is being used more than just outside of retail but in law enforcement as well.Given Amazon’s depth of data on US customers, the accuracy of its face recognition, and the inclination of government to cast a very wide net, privacy advocates immediately sounded the alarm.
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Jag kan med handen på hjärtat säga att iPhone X är den bästa telefonen Apple har klämt ur sig.Det är den första iPhonen på länge där jag kände att det är en helt ny telefon och inte bara en liten uppgradering.Allt från designen, tyngden i telefonen, OLED-skärmen och sist men inte minst den stora skärmytan och underbara FaceID.Jag har som många andra även en iPad som man byter av med då och då när man vill ha lite större skärm att vila ögonen på.Dock så har jag sedan jag köpte min iPhone X upplevt att sätta sig framför iPaden är som att resa tillbaka ett par år i tiden.Min modell, en iPad Pro ger mig en känsla av att detta är en gammal produkt.
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