Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy

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Donald Trump is officially America's 45th President.Unlike his predecessors, the VC-25As that serve as Air Force One will not be Mr. Trump's first personal Boeing airliner."Trump Force One" — as some have dubbed the jet — was one of the most visible symbols of his run for the Oval Office.However, Mr. Trump likes to call it the "T-Bird," according to a Discovery Channel documentary featuring the plane.According the documentary, the Trump Boeing 757 reportedly cost a whopping $100 million.Admittedly, that figure seems highly exaggerated when compared to market prices.
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Tesla will not be forced to recall cars featuring the controversial Autopilot software after US regulators decided to close a six-month investigation.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined the death of a driver in Florida was not caused by a defect within the vehicle.In May last year Johsua Brown died while using Autopilot on his Model S, but today s announcement clears the semi-autonomous feature of any blame.At the time Tesla says Autopilot was unable to detect the white side of the vehicle against the bright sun.Since that incident, Tesla has announced plans to launch improvements to Autopilot early in 2017 and has reiterated the need for drivers to keep their hands on the wheel at all time.Related: What is Tesla Autopilot
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Experts and the media heavily discussed all the possible benefits, the future, and the value bots could create for businesses and consumers.Since then, many developers and consumers have massively experimented with bots and tested their limits to find the most suitable use cases for bots.During this trend, the U.S. market has proven to be highly interested in bots.The increasing interest and importance is also reflected in the job market, where more and more companies are explicitly looking for machine learning specialists.Even though the U.S. has taken the lead, the future for bots in Europe looks bright too.The European Bots Landscape focuses particularly on the chatbot market to underscore this.Previous landscapes show that the U.S. has been quick to invest in this new chatbot market.Many startups have emerged to build a great array of chatbot services and bots.
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If you want to understand how the presidential motorcade moves around a city like a billionaire through the primaries, watch what s happening on the fringes, in the complex and intricately choreographed dance that is protecting the president and his entourage.The ballet starts with some serious training.The suited person at the wheel has definitely completed a specialized protective driving course—perhaps even a few.Protective driving skills are perishable, says Diana Chery, who trains security professionals in such things.Even POTUS receives a mandatory briefing on how to behave if something goes wrong.Imagine the protectee with an open coffee cup sitting on his lap, Scot Walker, a former federal agent who now runs security at a private firm, writes in a guide for protective drivers.
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The day before Donald Trump won the election over Hillary Clinton, the Swedish ad agency Round & Round put out an invitation to all Americans: Escape Trump.Two months later, the nearly 900 applications the agency has"A lot has happened since November," Round & Round's head of content, Nahir Aslan, told the Swedish edition of the Local news site on Friday, the day Trump became the 45th US president.
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Tidal, the music streaming service owned by rapper Jay Z and a collection of well-known musicians, has been accused of inflating its user numbers to appear more successful than it actually is.A report published in Norwegian by the newspaper Dagens Næringsliv says that Tidal has over-reported its subscriber numbers on at least two occasions.
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NetApp s growing focus on as-a-service platforms continues with BaaS UK rolloutStorage and data management provider NetApp has launched it s Backup-as-a-Service BaaS in the UK, in partnership with Node4 and Daisy Group, following previous rollouts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Spain.The cloud-based service enables UK organisations to securely store their data without any additional hardware investment, ensuring business-critical data is not lost in the event of a power outage or cyber attack.The launch marks the next step in NetApp s continuing strategy to focus more on as-a-service platforms and less on traditional hardware in line with a changing industry.Speaking in London, Matt Watts, NetApp s director of technology and strategy for EMEA, explained the reasoning behind the BaaS offering: We rely more on data, but our data is more at risk than it has ever been before.Therefore we have to have better processes, procedures and technologies in place to protect it to a level that we have never had to do before.
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Nintendo's upcoming video game console, the Switch, is versatile.In the image above, we see a pretty standard setup: a wireless gamepad, which looks relatively traditional, controlling a console connected to a television.If the gamepad looks a little "off," that's because it is.
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An Amazon spokesperson told Recode that the company wanted to build on the success of its physical Dash Buttons, so it developed these virtual ones that are free to use.Physical Dash Buttons still cost $4.99/£4.99 each.The development of the digital buttons is reportedly not connected to the fact that Amazon's patent on 1-Click purchases is set to soon.Digital Dash Buttons provide a very similar experience to 1-Click purchasing, the difference being that they give customers more control over which products they deem important enough to have on their homepage.With their ease of use, these buttons could make it even more tempting for Prime shoppers to buy essentials like batteries or pet food from Amazon on a regular basis.
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Don t know if there s anyone out there with this beauty in his hands, but if there is, then you re in for a treat!Sony announced that Xperia Z4 tablet joins the Z5 series and Xperia Z3 on the list of Sony devices receiving Android Nougat this week.ICYMI Android 7.0 now rolling out for Xperia Z5 series, Z4 Tablet & Z3 & Dual variants https://t.co/0o0f3KbhJH— Sony Xperia News @SonyMobileNews January 19, 2017The confirmation of the rollout was made with a tweet yesterday alongside a trailer for the new software.According to the video, the Z4 Tablet update was the fastest ever given to a tablet, since it only came 3 months after the official announcement.Have a look at the trailer for the new software and check what you will find once you hit the update button.Let us know in the comments what you think of Sony s take on Android Nougat.
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All the latest in the world of the channel from our sister site ChannelBizWelcome to Cross Channel, a weekly round up of the most pertinent stories from our sister site ChannelBiz, where you can find out all the latest developments, views and strategies from the world of the channel.Box ignites channel activity with new partner portalBox has launched a new partner portal to support partners internationally, claiming it is committed to building its channel programme in EMEA.The cloud collaboration software vendor describes the portal as a one-stop shop for Box partners channel-related needs.Working effectively with channel partners is important for our growth, and adding support with our new partner portal is a key step to strengthening our relationships and building a robust partner network, said David Benjamin, SVP and GM of EMEA, at Box.
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Now that we are a few weeks into the New Year, it s a great time to recognize what affiliate marketing trends from last year might follow us into 2017.I was struck by the recent eMarketer webinar when they announced that this was the year that US digital ad spending surpassed TV ad spending.There is no doubt that we will see the continued rise of influencers in 2017. eMarketer estimates that in 2016, influencer marketing revenues on Instagram alone will total more than $570 million.That suggests this space is easily a multibillion-dollar industry right now, and it s likely to grow.In 2017, as advertisers make a concerted effort to build out their programs and networks enhance their platforms, it will be a win-win for everyone.Influencers can bring their followers a personalized selection of products while using best practices to properly label their posts ; brands can create a dialog with their customers and make new connections; and most importantly, consumers will benefit from a curated review of products with content that is detailed and beautifully displayed.
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Emojipedia Redheads might soon be joining the emoji character set, according Emojipedia which we first spotted on The Verge.The report confirms that redheads are on the agenda at the Unicode technical tommittee meeting next week hosted at the AppleNew emoji are decided on by a non-profit organisation called the since 2015 to get redheads added to emoji.
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According to reports from various countries with a strong presence of Chinese phone brands, the Meizu M5 and the M5 Note could be heading out of China very soon.The phones are expected to launch in Indonesia and India very soon, along with a possibility of them hitting the European market soon after.The devices were spotted at Postel, which you can think of as the Indonesian cousin of the FCC.However, details provided by the authority were scarce.Thankfully, the devices have been around a while so we know what to expect.The Meizu M5 comes with a 5.2-inch 1280 x 720p display, and is powered by the mid-range MediaTek MT6750 SoC.Along with that, it has a 3070mAh battery, and features either 2GB or 3GB of RAM along with 16GB or 32GB of ROM respectively.The M5 Note, on the other hand, comes with a larger 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080p display and runs on the newer MediaTek Helio P10 SoC.With that, it has 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB storage and a beefier 4000mAh battery.
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Microsoft may have dumped its Cache experimental note-taking app, but Windows users have alternatives to the sometimes overwhelmingly complex Evernote, Google Keep, or Microsoft's own OneNote.These four Windows 10-compatible apps combine the convenience of digitized notes with the old-fashioned simplicity of scribbling on a notepad.Capture your notes in text or images on individual stickies just as you would on their paper counterparts.The app provides three sticky sizes—small, large, and wide—and a variety of colors to help you keep things neat and organized.You can pin your notes to the Windows 10 Start screen and sync them to OneDrive for access on all your devices.Sticky Notes is available in an ad-supported free version, which you can upgrade for $2.
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Last weekend, I spent some time with a couple of friends who both have Windows laptops and I found myself experiencing a hitherto unfamiliar feeling while watching them use their computers: envy.Let s be clear: I m not talking envy for Windows.No, what drew my eye was one specific hardware feature that their laptops—a Microsoft Surface Book and a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga—shared: a touchscreen.But as I watched them swiping away at the screen, I couldn t help but think that perhaps there s a missed opportunity for Apple here.The conventional thinking is that you don t want a touchscreen on a vertical surface, because your arms get tired if you hold them out for any length of time.Which I can say with some confidence as, like many other folks—and like Apple itself advertises—I often use my iPad with a physical keyboard.
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Nokia news today is that the brand might be working on a new monster tablet that would dwarf the current iPad Pro.The details come from a recent GFXBench report detailing a device with 18.4-inch 2560 x 1440 display!That would make this monster tablet one of the largest on the market today!The benchmarking software also revealed that the Nokia tablet would be powered be a 2.2Ghz Snapdragon 835 chipset, Adreno 540 GPU and run Android 7.0.Other details include 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory, 12 mega-pixel main camera and 12 megapixel front both of which can record 4K video.For easy connectivity, the tablet will also come with NFC, 4G LTE support and GPS.It s also speculated that a separate keyboard will be offered for the device too.
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If, say, the presidential inauguration is a thing you d like to watch on Friday morning, then great news, friend, there are plenty of options.The bad news is that you ve missed the musical stylings of Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood and 3 Doors Down.The good news is that the real, good-old-fashioned inauguratin doesn t really get started until 11:30AM ET tomorrow.That s when the swearing-in starts and the newly minted leader of the free world will address the Capitol, the country, the world and any space aliens with a good enough antenna.At 3PM, a parade will wind its way down Pennsylvania Avenue to his new home.There s no shortage of ways to catch the ceremonies, even if you don t have a TV, and some outlets have fun early 21st century options like 360 video, which is kind of like being there, without all of the inflated parking prices.
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Amazon is rolling out a new training program this week aimed at helping underperforming employees placed on the company's infamous performance improvement plan, according to an internal email obtained by Business Insider.The new program, called "Pivot," pairs the underperforming employee with a "subject matter expert" called Career Ambassadors who give guidance and support for a fixed period of time, the email says.The program comes as Amazon's hard-charging work culture and its impact on employees faces increasing scrutiny."Pivot is a program for employees who show a sustained period of underperformance, despite coaching and support.The program provides employees with options to 1 improve performance, 2 voluntarily leave Amazon with severance, or 3 appeal their manager s decision to place them in Pivot," writes the email."Throughout an employee s time in the Pivot program, they receive process guidance and support from a dedicated team of Pivot subject matter experts called Career Ambassadors CAs ."The new program is the first step Amazon is taking to improve its notorious performance improvement plan, more commonly known as "PIP," which is designed to put pressure on those deemed to be failing to reach their goals.The Pivot program is available to those placed on PIP.
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The U.S. Department of Transportation has identified 10 sites as officially designated proving grounds for autonomous vehicle testing int he U.S., including The Willow Run, Michigan-based American Center for Mobility, Concord, California s GoMentum Station, the City of Pittsburgh and more.The sites are designed to help the locations share best practices and information, forming a core community that Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx hopes will help spur the collective progress of autonomous vehicle development.The list or proving grounds were narrowed from an applicant pool of over 60, which included a range of different types of organizations including privately held facilities, enter state transportation departments, municipalities and cities and academic institutions.The choices, in the end, were made by the DoT based on a number of factors, including a healthy mix of conditions and facility types, with the aim of building a final designee list that can provide a range of testing scenarios and share that data collaboratively with one another.Federal designation gives these initial pilot program members a chance to help set the national tone on autonomous vehicle and systems standard in the U.S.: They ll likely be instrumental in helping the DoT establish its further recommendations and guidelines for companies developing autonomous vehicle tech, and help establish the process through which self-driving arrives on U.S. roadways for consumer and commercial uses.Here s the full list of all 10 pilot designated proving grounds:
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