Julie Romero

Julie Romero

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p The Trump administration on Tuesday sent a draft of proposed legislation to Congress that would give the government authority to take measures against any drones that are deemed a threat.As reported by the New York Times, the proposal would allow authorities to track, hack, control and destroy any drones over US soil.This would include quadcopters intended for consumers, such as those made by DJI, Parrot and Yuneec.In recent years, small remote-controlled aircraft have caused problems flying close to airplanes.One even crashed onto the lawn of the Whitehouse.The Whitehouse did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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p Daily Mail and General trust, the owner of the Daily Mail and Metro newspapers, slowed the rate of decline of print advertising in the first half of the year by 4%, while the popular MailOnline reported revenue increases of 19% year-on-year.Print advertising across the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Metro fell by 8% in the six months to end March, up from the 12% fall recorded in 2016.This is despite brands including Lego and Body Shop ceasing promotions and advertising in the newspapers owing to a clash in editorial stances, as well as calls for brands to boycott the newspapers from campaigning group Stop Funding Hate.Meanwhile the MailOnline business, which has spent the last year rolling out new formats for advertisers and building out its audience extension capabilities, recorded a 19% underlying revenue rise.Circulation revenues grew 2% in the six months, as cover price increases implemented in 2016 offset the impact of declining circulation volumes.Dmg events’ revenues increased by 3% on an underlying basis, supported by the launch of new events like East Africa Big 5 and the Egypt Petroleum show, although declined by 5% on a reported basis.
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p I’ve spent dozens of hours, reading over 650 growth hacking articles in my mission of collating the ten best articles every week to send to my growth.email subscribers.Now, with 22 issues in the archives, I have categorised and listed 212 of the best growth articles for you below.You can scroll down to see the entire list, or use this index to jump to that section;212 Killer Growth Hacking Articles Published This Year“Referral sales means closing your new and current customers on the concept of introducing you to other companies that are likely to need the solution you’ve built.” – Steli Efti.“Analytics not only tells you what is problems you have on your website; it will also tell you what changes you need to make to fix these problems.You just have to examine and analyze the data carefully.” – Khalid Saleh
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Rehashes of the same old ideas just won't cut it.Give me new ideas or a different take on common themes.That one is pretty obvious.It also has to be interesting or entertaining.Sure people read content to learn, but they can do that in numerous ways, including other blogs, books, courses, etc.Nobody wants to be bored.
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p The US Supreme Court ruled (PDF) today on how to interpret the patent venue laws, and the controversial business of "patent trolling" may never be the same.In a unanimous decision, the justices held that the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which handles all patent appeals, has been using the wrong standard to decide where a patent lawsuit can be brought.Today's Supreme Court ruling in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods enforces a more strict standard for where cases can be filed.The ruling may well signal the demise of the Eastern District of Texas as a favorite venue for patent lawsuits, especially those brought by "patent trolls," which have no business outside of licensing and litigating patents.The TC Heartland case will affect the entire tech sector, but the parties here are battling over patents on "liquid water enhancers" used in flavored drink mixes.Congress last re-codified the patent venue law in 1948, and it updated the general venue laws at the same time.
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Such robots are becoming increasingly common, and it has even popped up startups that acts as a kind of employment agency – they rent out samarbetsrobotar per hour and is for programming, development and maintenance.Our american sister site Computerworld has visited the company Creating Revolution can rent just such a resource.It is ”coboten” Manuel helps the company to build electronic boards for restaurangindustrin – and he works hours, without a break or benefits.Improper installation had caused the company major problems in its start.– the Problem is that you as a human being can not repeat the same process in exactly the same way, over and over again, in an effective way, " says Einar Rosenberg, who is the cio at Creating Revolutions.With Manuel on the ”payroll” has been Creating Revolutions reduced their produktåterkallelse to a minimum, they have brought down the overhead costs greatly and they can change the manufacturing process in real-time.
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p Google is opening the beta for its “buy button,” dubbed Purchases on Google.Sales & Orders reported finding the option in Merchant Center Tuesday.Google hasn’t made a formal announcement about it yet, but advertisers can request access to the Purchases on Google beta via the Merchant Center Programs section in Google Merchant Center.Google unveiled the Purchases on Google pilot nearly two years ago, in July 2015.The Shopping ads, tagged with “Buy on Google,” display on Android devices.Users can make purchases directly from Google-hosted landing pages.
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p Chip-and-lawsuit designer Qualcomm has drawn up a patent on blueprints for an internet-connected shoe.The semiconductor firm has filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for something it simply calls "Internet of Shoes."The abstract of the application describes it as:A connected shoe apparatus, comprising: a processor; a memory coupled to the processor; a radio; an antenna; and a magnetometer, wherein the connected shoe apparatus is wearable as a shoe by a user, and wherein the processor is to: determine the direction the connected shoe apparatus is facing with the magnetometer, and transmit information associated with the direction to a second device via the radio and the antenna.The filing, lodged with the USPTO in 2015 and published Thursday, goes on to describe the internet shoes as having motors to "provide tactile navigation" and an on-board battery that could be recharged by piezoelectric motors when walking.The described device would in theory provide functionalities beyond those offered today by in-shoe devices like the Nike , which places a small sensor in the shoe that connects to the wearer's smartphone.
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p Intelligent civil drone manufacturer CEEWA receives undisclosed Series B in millions of USD /p p CEEWA /p p Founded in: 2015 /p p Financing status: 2017 Series B round amounting to tens of millions in RMB (a few millions USD) /p p Intelligent civil drone manufacturer CEEWA on Tuesday received undisclosed Series B in millions of USD for the expansion of its technology team and to increase investment on developing and manufacturing new civil drones./p p CEEWA is an intelligent civil drone manufacturer that produces intelligent civil drones with cutting edge technology and mobile applications.Its civil drones can be used in anti-terrorism management, power line inspection, environmental monitoring, fire rescue, and so on.The battery of its civil drones can last four to five hours with a 400 meter communication range, as well as some useful features including high definition displays on sports watches and mobile apps, waterproof and dustproof, and so on./p p Founded in 2015 in Nanjing, the company is led by a group of brilliant research and development experts.CEEWA’s core competitiveness lies in-flight systems for drones, stabilization gimbal, location tracking, and so on.
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p Pandora is on the hunt for a buyer and now sources say that SiriusXM may be the one to acquire it.The music streaming service is said to be in talks with SiriusXM, which is tipped to be in ‘active discussions’ with the company.This won’t be the first time SiriusXM has expressed interest in Pandora; whether an acquisition will come from these latest reported talks is anyone’s guess.The sources go on to indicate that some analysts’ estimated acquisition prices are too high.Pandora, of course, is the Internet-based ‘radio’ service that offers music based on tastes in various user-specified ‘stations.’ The service recently expanded with the launch of Pandora Premium, which gives subscribers increased control over the music they hear.Still, the company’s financial state has spurred it to look for a buyer, something previous reports indicate it wants to wrap up quickly.
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p Sega made its name with its slogan for the beloved console: Genesis does what Nintendon’t.This still applies today, as the Japanese publisher has transformed from a console focus to a PC gaming-first company./p p And the results have been a positive for those who love playing games on the PC, especially when it comes to action and strategy games (such as Alien: Isolation from Creative Assembly or Company of Heroes).As more people in the developing world look beyond their smartphones for games, they aren’t going to the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One./p p For PC gaming coverage, send news tips to Jeff Grubb and guest post submissions to Rowan Kaiser./p p —Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor /p p P.S.
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p Disrupt Berlin 2017 is coming up in December, and even though that is a ways off, we are already building out our content.We’ll send you an email with more details on how you can obtain these limited supply tickets.By signing up now, you can use this extra ticket to bring a colleague, friend or whomever else you might want to bring.Disrupt is all about the most brilliant startups, entrepreneurs and investors, and Disrupt Berlin will be no exception.We’re delighted to announce the following two speakers:Founder & CEO @ Onefootball
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p Chinese officials have long protested the U.S. deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system to South Korea because they believe it can spy on its military activities deep inside its mainland.Well, on Tuesday, Beijing’s fears were pretty much confirmed when military officials in South Korea reported that they were in fact able to detect North Korea’s recent ballistic missile test Sunday with THAAD.Reuters reports that South Korean officials were able to determine that the missile was an IRBM (intermediate range ballistic missile), which can travel between 1,860 to 2,485 miles.While we are not sure how, exactly, the South used THAAD to track the north’s missile test, the accompanying X-band AN/TPY-2 radar may have played a role.At the same time, as The Diplomat explained in March, there are some technical issues countering the argument that the system is as powerful of the Chinese claim it is.There are already two in Japan, specifically the Shariki, Aomori prefecture.
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p Nintendo has brought handheld gaming back from a dying market and it's possible competitors would follow suit.It is no question the Nintendo Switch has proven to be a great success.Just one look at its lack of availability in stores confirms it.Even with the decline of the handheld market, the Switch’s hybrid design has pushed through.The success of the Nintendo Switch has led to questions whether or not competitors will follow suit.Curved, a German tech blog, has gone as far to conceptualize a design for a “PlayStation Switch.”
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p I piratkopieringskretsar har det länge varit lite av en sport att läcka nya filmer på nätet innan de ens gått upp på bio, men nu verkar en ny trend ha dykt upp bland piraterna – en trend lånad från gisslanprogrammen.För i början av månaden släppte en hackare hela den kommande säsongen av Netflix dramaserie Orange is the new black på nätet efter att en lösensumma inte betalats ut, och nu rapporterar The Hollywood Reporter att Disney krävs på pengar från en hackare som hotar med att släppa den kommande storfilmen Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales på nätet.Enligt källor till The Hollywood Reporter ska Disneys vd Bob Iger under måndagen ha berättat för sina anställda om att de krävdes på stora summor.Han nämnde inte själv vilken titel utpressarna hade kommit över, men enligt Deadline ska det röra sig om Pirates-filmen som släpps på bio i slutet av maj.Det han däremot var tydlig med är att Disney inte tänker betala, och att de anmält händelsen till federala polisen FBI.Om källorna till Hollywood Reporter har rätt ska hackaren hota med att släppa filmens första fem minuter online, för att sedan sprida ytterligare 20 minuter i taget tills lösensumman betalats.
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p A foundation working to clean up the world’s oceans is set to start by tackling the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the first half of next year.The Ocean Cleanup has accelerated plans by two years after devising a new long-distance floating boon to capture plastic bags, bottles and other waste.Engineers had originally designed the boons to be anchored to the sea floor, but the new design will feature floating anchors that lie underwater.Boyan Slat, the 22-year-old Dutch founder of the Ocean Cleanup, told AP that the free-floating design would drift with the currents and the wast.“We always work with nature,” Slat said.“So instead of going after the plastic, we let the plastic come to us, saving time, energy and cost.”
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p The jump to HTC U11 from the HTC 10 proves that the Taiwanese phone maker is willing to redesign its phone every year, not the usual every other year like some of its competitors.Is HTC's smartphone overhaul enough of an upgrade over last year's phone to deserve your attention in 2017?Colors include Solar Red, Amazing Silver, Brilliant Black, Sapphire Blue and Ice White.Here's the real trade-off: You're trading improved water-resistance for a 3.5mm headphone jack.HTC U11 upgrades to a water-resistant rating of IP67 (up from IP57), which lets you submerge the phone up to 1 meter deep in water for up to 30 minutes.In the future, the HTC U11's frame is going to be able to activate apps and shortcuts when you dimply squeeze the frame, but that unique functionality isn't launching right away.
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p Hey, isn't that ... ?Fans of the original "Planet of the Apes" movie series will recognize a familiar voice in the teaser that came out Monday for "War for the Planet of the Apes."Yep, it's the late actor Charlton Heston, who died in 2008.Heston played the lead human role of astronaut Taylor in 1968's original "Planet of the Apes" movie, and appeared briefly in its first sequel.In this teaser, Heston's booming recorded voice is heard in an inspiring speech from the 1968 movie, as historical images of humans building a society are interspersed with clips from the new film and the two that came just before it."I refuse to accept the end of man," Heston says, going on to say man will survive not due to his voice, but due to his soul and spirit.
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p Fans of Master of None, created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang for Netflix, could be anyone from hardcore foodies to travel buffs to niche comedy nerds to children of immigrants looking for new connections.On Friday, the second season of the much-anticipated show premiered with 10 new episodes.The style of the series is unique from the get-go: the first episode is presented in black-and-white, another has an 8-minute scene without any sound and yet another takes place in a series of flashbacks.The overall storyline of the show follows Ansari’s character, Dev, as he struggles with forming lasting relationships.Master of None is billed as a comedy, but many of the jokes come from observations rather than standard punchlines.The show was shot in Italy and in New York, as Dev ended the first season with a breakup and a major life decision to travel and learn how to make pasta, his actual true love.
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p The popularity of VR in porn shows just how big virtual reality is getting and not merely a passing fad.Think virtual reality porn is a gimmick that will never catch on?Don’t tell the folks over at Pornhub, because according to its latest user figures, VR is one of the fastest- growing categories of video on the website, in terms of both videos uploaded and users watching them.Since being launched back in the more innocent days of spring 2016 — when the only thing immersive about adult videos was their in-depth plots, usually involving plumbers turning up to the fix the sink in a sorority — hundreds of new VR videos are now being added to Pornhub each month.That is nothing compared to the number of users watching, though.On a typical day, VR porn videos are viewed 500,000 times.
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