John Propps

John Propps

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Have you ever tried to watch a film on your HDTV, only to have the image appear a little … off?That may be thanks to an oft-hidden setting in your television.It goes by a number of different names: motion smoothing, motion interpolation, the soap opera effect, or my favorite, the sports effect.Motion smoothing is the process of inflating a film’s framerate by artificially adding frames.Most movies are filmed at a rate of 24 frames per second (fps), while HD TVs often have a refresh rate of around 60 fps.Yet when your TV tries to compensate, it can make the movie look a little too smooth.
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Amazon’s Ring just added color night vision to all of the brand’s wired smart home security devices.Ring’s battery-operated security devices will get color night vision later but will be the first with High Dynamic Range (HDR) control.The new features will be sent to users via software updates for Ring’s video doorbells and security spotlights and floodlights with motion-detection cameras.All Ring devices with cameras support night vision.In the past, the infrared sensors used for Ring’s night vision captured monochromatic images and video.With the new color capability in Ring’s night vision, owners will be able to discern more detail for greater protection.
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Sometimes referred to as drip or nurture campaigns, automated emails target consumers based on their actions.Start by establishing the goal and the segment to achieve it.Goal: Inspire prospects to make their first purchase.Segment: Customers who have spent less than a certain amount in a given timeframe.Goal: Bring back old customers.Or you may identify segments first based on purchase frequency, lifetime value, website visits, buyer demographics or psychographics, as examples.
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Amazon has abandoned plans to build its second headquarters in New York City, after facing strict opposition from both state and local politicians.The world's third-most valuable company had announced plans to split its second US headquarters, known as HQ2, across New York and Virginia in November last year.The move was expected to create 25,000 jobs.However Amazon faced an unwelcome reception from some local residents in the Queens neighbourhood where its new site was destined to land, who objected to the $2.8bn (£2.2bn) in incentives that the tech giant was promised in exchange for choosing New York.Amazon said in a statement that it will not seek out a replacement site elsewhere, nor shift any of the jobs planned for the headquarters to another campus."For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term," the company said.
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We regularly see news about ways our personal information has been compromised after a data breach -- and apps can be part of the problem.Yes it's a cliche, but having a strong password is the first step to keeping your personal data safe.Use a VPN on public Wi-FiUsing a virtual private network (VPN), especially when you're on public wi-fi, is an important part of keeping your data safe.When looking for a provider, it's important to research the company to find out if it's well-known and trustworthy."Always check all permissions during installation and revoke as many permissions as possible in your device settings."
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Google still faces accusations of being lax with security in its quest to keeping malicious apps off its Play Store, but in the last few years it’s been making increasing efforts to improve the safety of its digital distribution outlet.In a post on the Android Developers Blog this week, Google Play product manager Andrew Ahn said that in 2018 the company worked on enhancing its abuse detection technologies and machine learning systems, while at the same time expanding its team of product managers, engineers, policy experts, and operations leaders to tackle nefarious app developers.Ahn said the extra effort resulted in rejected app submissions increasing by 55 percent compared to 2017, while those that did get through were spotted and removed more quickly than ever before — often before anyone even had a chance to install them.“These increases can be attributed to our continued efforts to tighten policies to reduce the number of harmful apps on the Play Store, as well as our investments in automated protections and human review processes,” the product manager wrote in the post.Google declined to reveal how many dodgy apps it turfed out of the Play Store last year, though we do know that in 2017 the figure reached 700,000, with a sizable 100,000 developers banned from submitting any future apps.Fifty billion apps scanned every day
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Indonesian cryptocurrency traders are complaining that the government’s new rules on futures trading, which impose a high minimum capital for traders, will hinder market growth.Indonesia’s Commodity Futures Trading Regulatory Agency has stipulated a 1 trillion rupiah (US$71.17 million) minimum paid-up capital for new traders offering future contracts for crypto assets.The new regulation also requires traders to have a client support division, employ at least one certified security practitioner, keep transaction data for at least five years, and have a server inside the country.
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US President Donald Trump may not have to leave the White House to play golf anymore.According to a report in The Washington Post, the president installed a golf simulator inside his personal quarters in the White House in the last few weeks.The room-size simulator costs roughly $50,000, according to a White House source cited by the Post, and replaced an older system installed during the Obama administration.It's not the first high-tech upgrade to come to the White House.In December 2018, reports emerged that the Secret Service was planning to test facial recognition software in and around the president's official residence, while the building was also upgraded in the past decade with the installation of solar panels.But the installation of a $50,000 golf simulator could draw a different kind of attention, with President Trump already facing scrutiny over how much time he has spent golfing during his presidency.
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Huawei to Start Africa Data Center Services From March – BloombergWhat happened: Chinese telecommunications company Huawei is working with South African partners to launch services at its first cloud data center in the country in March.The center will be opened in Johannesburg, followed by another one in the coastal city of Cape Town at a later date.Huawei also said it would deploy localized public cloud services based on domestic policies and requirements as part of its plan for a fully-connected Africa driven by data and artificial intelligence (AI) applications.Why it’s important: Huawei’s expansion in Africa comes as it faces international pressure on its overseas operations.US carrier T-Mobile CEO John Legere said on Wednesday that the carrier doesn’t use equipment from Huawei “in any area of its network.” Governments across Europe are weighing restrictions on Huawei over concerns about the security of its equipment.
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Fujifilm is a master of retro camera design, and it's continuing its trend of capitalizing on that to challenge the leaders in its class, the new Sony A6400 and last year's Canon EOS M50.Its new X-T30, the step-down enthusiast model from the powerhouse X-T3 and successor to the X-T20, inherits a lot of capabilities from the more expensive X-T3 and an updated version of the X-T20's body.Plus, Fujifilm throws in some refinements to the autofocus operation that should improve the experience.Fujifilm's retro style really does make it stand out compared with Canon's and Sony's more mundane body designs, but even devoted enthusiasts can be put off -- or scared off -- by the intimidating array of dials intended to trigger warm fuzzy feelings associated with old-school film cameras and miss the fact that you don't really have to use them if you don't want to.You can go full auto and still look cool.The X-T30 will become available in the US near the end of March -- June for the snazzy new Charcoal Silver model -- at $900 for the body, $1,000 for a kit with the XC15-45mm f3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens or $1,299 for the kit with the XF18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS lens.
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It was over 70 degrees in New Orleans by the time I ate breakfast.Like the EOS R, the RP is built on the RF mount, which is considerably shorter compared to the EF mount of Canon’s DSLRs.It’s an interesting approach in a market segment that has moved increasingly toward higher-end cameras and away from lower-margin, consumer-focused models.Those numbers are down from 3.69 and 2.1 million, respectively, in the R. The love-it-or-hate-it multi-function touch bar is gone, and a classic mode dial replaces the R’s top information display.I found the physical controls to be somewhat limited; the job of adjusting settings falls primarily on the touchscreen, which is responsive and generally easy to use.You can also map the four-way button cluster on the back of the camera to control the AF point, but there is one glaring goof: The button in the center of that cluster, the one that definitively should reset the focus point to the center of the frame, brings up the quick menu.
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Audi announced on Wednesday that it plans to bring its next concept to wear the E-Tron badge to the Geneva Motor Show in March.Before the model, dubbed Q4, gets its official world debut on March 5, Audi is teasing us with a couple of sketches.The Q4 -- no relation to the badge you'll find on the back of some modern Maseratis -- will be a small crossover SUV and is meant to herald the coming of a smaller production E-Tron crossover in late 2020 or early 2021.The brand with the four rings is being typically stingy when it comes to other information on the Q4, and not much else can be inferred from the design sketches, other than that it appears to carry similar design language to the other E-Tron concepts we've seen recently.While we were truly blown away by the Audi E-Tron GT concept that we saw in Los Angeles in 2018, the Q4 looks like it will bear more resemblance to the slightly disappointing E-Tron SUV that's entering production soon.
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A former US Air Force intelligence officer allegedly worked with Iranian hackers who used Facebook and e-mail to try to trick her former colleagues into downloading malware that would track their computer activity.Monica Witt was charged with espionage after she provided national defense information to the Iranian government, the US Department of Justice said Wednesday.Witt, a US citizen, defected to Iran in 2013 and is still at large.An indictment made public on Wednesday detailed how Witt and Iranian hackers used fake Facebook accounts to target US counterintelligence officials after she re-entered Iran.The world's largest social network has been under pressure to do more to combat misinformation and continues to pull down fake accounts this year, including 783 pages, groups and accounts tied to Iran.From December 2014 to May 2015, at least four Iranian nationals created fake Facebook accounts to target Witt's former co-workers, the US alleges.
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The Facebook Marketing Partners program is now accepting applications for partners in its new offline conversions category.The social network’s offline conversions tool enables advertisers to measure, target and optimize their campaigns based on transactions or events that happen offline.Facebook created a page for potential offline conversions partners, which can apply here, as long as they meet the following requirements:A minimum average of $10,000 in enabled ad spend connected to offline event sets within the past 28 days.Offline data sets must be uploaded at least once per week, and time stamps must be precise to the minute.At least three clients must be leveraging the applicant’s product at the time of their submission.
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Online voting still isn’t a thing in most of the world due to concerns about security, accountability, privacy, and voter verification.But the Swiss government has an interesting plan in mind to help improve its e-voting system: Put out bounties for any white hat hackers who can find bugs during a dummy election later this month.The Swiss Post will allow anyone who registers for the Public Intrusion Test (PIT) to legally attack its e-voting system, including non-citizens.Hackers are allowed to publish their findings, so long as they respect conditions outlined in the trial’s code of conduct.The trial will last from 25 February to 24 March, which is same amount of time for a regular Swiss federal vote.A total of 150,000 CHF (£115,661) will be up for grabs, while individual bounties will range from 30,000 to 50,000 CHF (£23,132 - £38,554) for anyone who discovers “undetectable vote manipulation.” As the Verge reports, that number falls to 20,000 CHF (£15,421) for voting manipulations that could be detected by an auditor.
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You can already reserve a spot to pre-order the upcoming Galaxy S10 from Samsung.Those who are interested should consider that the phone hasn't been reviewed, or even announced yet.Samsung is announcing the Galaxy S10 at its February 20 Unpacked event.Reserving a spot gives you a 72-hour priority window to actually pre-order the Galaxy S10.Samsung is letting you reserve the Galaxy S10 a full week before the company even announces it at its February 20 Unpacked event.In fact, Samsung's reservation page doesn't even say it's the Galaxy S10 you're reserving.
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Google’s conversational display ad platform, AdLingo, is partnering with chatbot maker Automat to expand its interactive display ad business.Automat, a company based in Montreal that designs bots for beauty brands like L’Oreal, Vichy and CoverGirl, will integrate its artificial intelligence frameworks with AdLingo’s message-prompt ads that appear across hundreds of millions of websites, thanks to Google’s network.AdLingo, an outgrowth of Google’s experimental Area 120 incubator, first introduced its conversational inventory last October.“We’re looking to have more conversations with more consumers in more places, and obviously, the surface area of Google’s network is massive,” said Automat co-founder and CEO Andy Mauro.“This is probably the biggest surface area for conversational AI, maybe ever.”Vic Fatnani, co-founder and GM of AdLingo, said that in addition to its AI, Automat will bring to the table a wealth of experience in best practices for chatbots in the beauty space.
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Tesla employees are most afraid of layoffs at their company, according to a survey of more than 8,000 tech workers by workplace chat app Blind.Last month Tesla cut 7% of its workforce.Out of the major tech companies, Google's employees feel like they have the most job security.A survey by workplace chat app Blind shows that out of all the major tech companies, Tesla's employees most fear being laid off.Blind surveyed 8,230 tech workers over a week at the beginning of this month.Overall, 35.9% of users surveyed said they were worried about layoffs at their current company, while 64.1% have job security.
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ClickDishes Teams With Alipay For Mobile Orders – PYMNTSWhat happened: Canadian on-demand food tech startup ClickDishes and Alipay are partnering to launch a mini-program in Vancouver that will allow users to order ahead, skip the line, and make payment.With the mini-program, Alipay users will be able to access hundreds of participating restaurants across Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton areas to place orders.ClickDishes will be the first North American food ordering platform on Alipay.Why it’s important: The partnership with Canadian food tech startup is Ant Financial’s latest attempt to expand its services in North America.It also hints the company’s moving more quickly with mini-programs which launched last July—more than a year after rival WeChat launched its mini-programs.
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If your partner has an annoying habit of rolling over in their sleep and pushing you onto the floor, Ford has a solution: a bed that uses lane-keeping technology to keep the selfish sleeper out of your space.Like a car detecting when you're beginning to stray out of your lane and correcting the steering automatically, the bed's pressure sensors identify when a person has strayed off their side and usese a conveyor belt to shift them back.The Nokia Sleep tracks your snoozing without a smart watchThe bed's special revolving mattress isn't something you could pick up at the average furniture store, and the project is only a proof of concept, but it does address a serious problem that can drive couples apart (at night, at least).In a survey by the American Sleep Council, which questioned 542 adults in the US, 26% of respondents reported sleeping better alone, and 9% sleep in separate bedrooms to get a more restful night.Women reported much more disturbance from their partner's tossing and turning than men.
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