Kenneth Childs

Kenneth Childs

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From his exquisitely preserved remains we know that Ötzi was about 45 years old when he was killed.His body was covered in tattoos (61 to be exact), and his stomach contents contained bits of wild goat, grains, and dry-cured meat.New research published yesterday in PLoS One presents an updated analysis of the Iceman’s toolkit, offering new insights into this remarkable individual and the Copper Age community in which he lived.“What we do is to examine tools from the past and reconstruct their life cycle in detail, from their production to their utilisation until they were finally discarded.Ötzi also had an antler retoucher (also known as a pressure flaker), which he used for flaking chert and for resharpening worn-out tool edges; the antler spike inside this tool was likely made from roe deer antler.(Image: U. Wierer et al., 2018/PLoS One)
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Instagram has become Mecca for bloggers and influencers and it's showing its value for advertisers too.With Instagram being flooded with bloggers and influencers across all genres, sometimes a post or page may need a little added push to reach new customers.Follow this step by step guide to get started with advertising on Instagram, and you should have your ad up on Instagram in no timeSTEP 1: Create a business Page and profileYou must have a Facebook Page to run ads and create a free business profile on Instagram.If you don't have one yet, create a Page.
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The “garage” conjures an image of bootstrap dynamism and success, so much so that a very prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm headed by co-founder Guy Kawasaki has been christened Garage Technology Ventures.With a seed capital of Rs 10000 (less than $200), entrepreneur Kiran Mazumdar Shaw set up a company which today has revenues inching towards the half a billion-dollar mark.The garage metaphor operates at both the level of the entrepreneurial psyche, as well as at a subtler and important level, in terms of the role that the “garage” plays in the entrepreneurial process.The garage as a goalFirst, the “garage” represents an inspirational ideal.In strategic terms, the location and the cost of the ‘incubator’ can be far more important than the actual size, the condition or the elegance of the place.
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Apple's trying a different tactic in its battle with Qualcomm -- asking for the chipmaker's patents to be declared invalid.The iPhone maker on Thursday filed petitions with the US Patent and Trademark Office, asking for the four Qualcomm patents be canceled, according to Bloomberg.Apple argues the four patents -- related to how to focus a digital camera, a device that works as a phone and personal digital assistant, touch-sensitive displays, and circuit memory -- aren't new ideas and shouldn't be valid, Bloomberg said.Qualcomm is the world's biggest provider of mobile chips, and it created technology that's essential for connecting phones to cellular networks.The company derives a significant portion of its revenue from licensing those inventions to hundreds of device makers, with the fee based on the value of the phone, not the components.Because Qualcomm owns patents related to 3G and 4G phones, as well as other features like software, any handset maker building a device that connects to the newer networks has to pay the company a licensing fee, even if it doesn't use Qualcomm's chips.
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- For a thousand years, people have reported feeling better by meditating but there has never been a systematic study that quantified stress and how much stress changes as a direct result of meditation until now.U.S. Army Research Laboratory researchers spent a year collaborating with a team of scientists from the University of North Texas to develop a new data processing technique that uses heart rate variability as a sensor to monitor the state of the brain.Their findings are reported in a paper published in the June edition of Frontiers in Physiology.Healthy heartbeats have irregularities built into them with a slight random variation occurring in the time interval between successive beats.Heart rate variability provides a window through which we can observe the heart's ability to respond to external disturbances, such as stress, said Dr. Bruce West, the Army's senior research scientist for mathematics.He said it turns out that the HRV time series is very sensitive to changes in the physiological state of the brain and the new data processing system, called dynamic subordination technique, can quantify the changes in HRV and relate these directly to brain activity, such as produced by meditation.
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For more than a year leading up to the May 25 deadline, thought leaders from around the globe buzzed about its impact in the European Union and beyond.Now that GDPR has gone into effect, the biggest concerns should be its potential restrictiveness and cost to implement, which has been and continues to be extraordinarily high, versus the perceived harm it seeks to prevent.In its most aggressive interpretation, GDPR could result in less technological innovation, less free content and fewer jobs.GDPR will impact the EU the most, followed by a cascading impact on the internet economy across the world.With very little to no economic or anti-competitive research done prior to enacting this legislation based on fundamental human rights versus actual harm to consumers, we have all entered into the largest social and economic experiment in modern global history.Over the past 10-plus years, I’ve been involved in helping organizations use commercial ad technology to help communities around the world, and this is an area that could be taking steps backward as GDPR stands today.
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Brian Krzanich is stepping down as Intel’s chief executive due to a ‘past consensual relationship’ with one of the company’s employees.According to Intel, an ongoing investigation by internal and external counsel confirmed that Krzanich’s relationship violated that company’s non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers.Krzanich, who was named chief executive in 2013 after serving as chief operating officer, will also resign as a member of Intel’s board of directors.Chief financial officer Robert Swan will step in as interim chief executive officer of Intel while the company searches for someone to permanently take on the role.As interim chief executive, Swan will manage operations in close collaboration with Intel’s senior leadership team.Swan has been Intel’s chief financial officer since 2016 and leads the global finance, IT and corporate strategy organizations.
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Conversations with the Google Assistant will involve less “Hey Google” and more chat moving forward, with one of the big features previewed at I/O 2018 arriving on smart speakers today.Continued Conversation allows users to have multi-part interactions with the voice-driven AI, without having to say the “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” trigger each time.The Assistant can already handle queries that span multiple requests.For instance, if you asked your Google Home for the weather forecast for the day, after getting that report you can follow up by asking “What about tomorrow?” The Assistant remembers that you were talking about the weather, and so understands the context of that second question.Continued Conversation, which Google detailed at its I/O developer conference a few weeks back, strips out the duplicated wake-words.While you’ll still need to say “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” the first time, the Assistant will keep listening after making its response in case you have a follow-up question or need clarification.
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Last week it was announced that Aldi's whiskies had won a bunch of prestigious awards, despite the fact they cost a lot less than other, more expensive brands.Turns out the discount supermarket's quality booze isn't restricted to spirits, because its champagne has just been named one of the best in the world.The £10.99 Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut just won a 'silver outstanding' medal at the International Wine and Spirits Challenge.It's proper Champagne too, from the right region and everything, where it's made by Philizot et Fils.The wine is supposed to taste fruity, with some floral hints, if that's the kind of thing you care about in booze.If you're looking to seem posh on a budget, then you'll already have been sold by the price tag.
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One of the things that Tesla is most famous for is providing new features and fixes for complaints via over the air updates.The most famous of uses cases for this sort of upgradability was when Tesla sent out a brake update that managed to wow Consumer Reports enough to give the Model 3 its coveted Recommended rating after denying it on initial tests.Tesla has now rolled out another OTA feature that allows the speed to be limited remotely.This new feature expands on the previously released valet mode.The remote speed limiting feature allows owners of Tesla cars to remotely limited the speed of the cars using a mobile app combined with a software update for the car.To use the feature the Tesla owner needs vehicle software version 2018.24 or higher and the latest version of the mobile app, 3.4.1.
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A hanging garden encloses three videos screens, creating private viewing booths.There's no answer to that question, of course.And there are 28 more conversation prompts at 29Rooms, a series of immersive, interactive art installations that's been traveling across the country and is making its debut in San Francisco this weekend.Hosted by Refinery29, a digital media company that's "a catalyst for women to see, feel and claim their power," the exhibition started in 2015 to celebrate the company's 10th anniversary.This year's theme is Turn it into Art, something each of the installations does by converting an open space into a tight-knit work of art."We ignite people's imaginations, spark dialogue and action," said Piera Gelardi, a co-founder of Refinery29.
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The blockchain solution is first implemented for Microsoft’s game publisher partners.Indeed, gaming giant Ubisoft is already experimenting with the technology.The two companies hope that the move to blockchain will streamline the process of paying royalties to the rightful copyright holders.When consumers buy their content online or from retail stores, the transactions will be recorded on the blockchain and royalty amount decided as per the smart contract.The publishers and distributors will have access to all relevant data.The network is built using the Quorum protocol and Microsoft’s Azure cloud and blockchain infrastructures.
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Its full-year results, out today, confirm that the firm has taken a beating as it struggles with customers upgrading phones less often and the demise of the high street.For the 12 months ended 28 April, the biz reported pre-tax profits of £382m – down from £500m in 2016-17.The firm has had a rough few months, having announced plans to shutter 92 of its 650 stores amid a profit warning in May, followed by public revelations that the personal info of some 1.2 million people had been exposed in a hack.CEO Alex Baldock, who took the reins April, admitted there was "plenty of work to do" but that "there's nothing here that can't be done, and we expect top and bottom-line benefit of doing it".Despite the apparently gloomy situation, Baldock added: "I'm even more confident than the day I took the job in our long-term prospects."On the earnings call, the boss emphasised that the firm planned to focus on its core business and make significant improvements to infrastructure, adding that people, process, data and technology "all needs plenty of work".
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From manufacturing and utilities to transport and operations, artificial intelligence offers major disruptive potential.A reallocation of resource with more accurate dataAutomation’s most obvious benefit to IT is its impact on the speed of operations.Tasks are executed more quickly, with better precision, and more securely.but on the whole, automation liberates the IT department, allowing them to spend more time on other tasks that have wider impact on IT performance, and often the entire organisation.Transactional license management tasks, such as the gathering, consolidating, and normalising of software install and usage data, and the cross referencing of that data with license entitlement, is the perfect example of such tasks.
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When Bitcoin was first conceptualized in a paper circulating a cryptography mailing list, it was difficult to take seriously.This wasn’t the first time an e-currency outside of government regulation had tried to shake up the financial world, and every single one of them had flopped.Bitcoin became a global phenomenon.Blockchain has offered a way for data to be handled without trusting it in the hands of centralized corporations.From Qtum – Patrick Dai, Co-Founder of the Qtum FoundationThe Qtum Foundation provided the first smart contract system for the Bitcoin ecosystem, making crypto payments more secure and more reliable.
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Back in March 2017, Microsoft announced at the Game Developer’s Conference that it would bring mixed reality experiences to its Xbox consoles in 2018.It’s walking back that promise, as it wants to focus on MR for PCs instead.Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz at E3 last week, Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Mike Nichols said, “We don’t have any plans specific to Xbox consoles in virtual reality or mixed reality.”That’s a shame, because one of the big draws to the company’s powerful Xbox One X console was that it’d come with hardware capable of driving “high-fidelity VR” fidelity experiences, in addition to running games at 4K on your TV.Microsoft confirmed to CNET that it was keener on bringing mixed reality to desktops instead:Because of the opportunity with Windows Mixed Reality, and because we believe the user experience will be best on PC right now, that is where our focus is.
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PlayerUnknown's Battleground is taking a page from its major competitor Fortnite with a $10 (roughly £8 or AU$13 converted) new Event Pass that will launch with its upcoming Sanhok map.The pass, set to launch globally on June 22, Friday, will last for four weeks and allow players to unlock outfits exclusive to the pass that can't be purchased from the in-game store.Players can complete daily challenges and missions to gain levels (up to 30).This is similar to Fortnite's three-week long Battle Pass, which features 100 levels and rewards for each one.Battle passes aren't a new thing, despite helping Fortnite become a smashing success for its publisher, Epic Games.Valve's DoTA 2 used a similar model for previous runs of its annual The International tournament, as well as using it for regular seasons, with over $90 million in revenue generated for the 2017 International (25 percent of which goes back to the prize pool).
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Instead, the announcement drew fresh criticism about how the proposed funding increase, equivalent to 3.4 per cent a year, was still far short of the four per cent rise experts say the service needs.Putting aside how Theresa May will afford this present to the NHS ahead of its seventieth birthday on 5 July, questions are rightly being asked about the best use of the money.Her budget announcement came hot on the heels of a speech she made late last month, calling on the health service to work with the tech sector to make use of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data to transform healthcare by, among other things, quickly and accurately predicting chronic diseases.Certainly one group keen for technology to make more of an impact is the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA), which launched a campaign this week to “automate the state”, urging for the pace of automation in healthcare – and public services more broadly – to be increased in light of the budget announcement.Among the TPA’s proposals is a call to automate the role of the GP receptionist by moving to a secure online platform for booking appointments, in order to save time and effort for both the patient and surgery.Another is to integrate automated processes and sensor technology to monitor a hospital patient’s vital signs, allowing nursing staff to focus on more pressing matters.
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Tencent Games has introduced a new service called “Underage User Game Spending Reminder” (未成年人遊戲消費提醒, our translation) that notifies payment account holders when a suspected underage player’s daily spending reaches RMB 500 or above.The mechanism is designed to curb out-of-control spending habits among underage players.“After over a year of multiple rounds of research and testing, we have recently launched the ‘underage user game spending reminder’ service.The feature is now in the trial stage,” the company said in the press statement.According to the company statement, for suspected underage high-spending activity on Tencent-owned games, it will try to “take the initiative to intervene and notify the user to pay attention to the potential underage irrational spending behavior.” Tencent, which claims to be the first gaming company to roll out such feature, has formed a team of over 200 customer service representatives to execute the new services—contacting payment account holders to remind and confirm the payment.On that end, the company said it will continue to work on improving the communication with payment account holders to help parents monitor, guide and manage their children’s game spending behavior.
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HBO is debuting its first full-scale voice skill with 'Westworld: The Maze,' an immersive gaming skill for fans of the show, leading up to the season finale.Available on Alexa-enabled devices starting today (June 20) 'Westworld: The Maze' brings Westworld’s layered story mapping to voice, where users are led on a three-tiered quest for consciousness.In the game, users play an unnamed Westworld host and are guided through three 'choose-your-own-adventure' style levels with over 60 storylines and 400 unique game choices riddled with questions about the Westworld universe.Created in partnership with Kilter Films (the production team behind the show) and advertising agency 360i, 'The Maze' is a premium and immersive Voice experience that leverages the series’ full sound library.Characters Bernard/Arnold (Jeffrey Wright) and Clementine (Angela Sarafyan) appear throughout certain stages of the game, lending their vocal talents to test users on their understanding of Westworld lore.“Voice is the next frontier of interactive storytelling, with a powerful ability as a marketing tool to deepen engagement with our fanbases.
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