Kevin Oconnor

Kevin Oconnor

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Tech Mahindra has announced a number of new investments into the UK, indicating the technology partnership signed between the UK and India recently was perhaps more than a PR stunt for the Prime Minister.The UK government is in need of friends right now, and India is looking like it could be our new trading chum.As part of the announcement, Tech Mahindra has set up a new research lab, ‘Makers Lab’, at Adastral Park near Ipswich in collaboration with BT, has opened a new office in Salford, Greater Manchester and also plans to roll out an apprenticeship programme in the UK.“Innovation is the key to survival in the digital future,” said CP Gurnani, CEO and MD of Tech Mahindra.“The UK-India Innovation partnership draws from the best learning and skills of both developed and developing economies in shaping the digital future.We at Tech Mahindra are taking the philosophy of disruption by design to our client ecosystem, academia and people through our research arm Makers Lab in UK.”
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If you missed out on seeing the original Bullitt Mustang at the Detroit Auto Show in January, don't fret because it will be on display in Washington D.C. in the shadow of the Washington Monument.The car, which had been thought lost for decades, made its grand reentry into the spotlight when it was driven out onto the stage of the Ford booth alongside the new 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt.Understandably, the car generated a lot of excitement from both the motoring public in general and from the National Historic Vehicle Register.The National Historic Vehicle Register is a project by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) to identify and preserve historically significant vehicles in America.So far, the register has just 24 vehicles, of which the 1968 Ford Bullitt Mustang is one.To commemorate the Bullitt car's induction into the register, it will be displayed in a glass case on the Lawn in our nation's capital alongside the 15-millionth Ford Model T for one month as part of the HVA's Cars at the Capital celebration.
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It’s a big week for Nintendo Switch owners – or at least those who also like South Park.Just as it does every Thursday, Nintendo has detailed all of the games coming to the eShop over the next week, and this week the headliner is a pretty big one.South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be making its debut on the Switch in a few days, giving Switch owners the chance to check out this unique game if they haven’t already on other platforms.One reason why this launch is so noteworthy is because we don’t often see titles like South Park: The Fractured But Whole launch on Nintendo consoles.Nintendo built up a family-friendly reputation for itself during the days of the Wii and the Wii U, but with the Switch, we’ve been seeing the company embrace titles meant for more mature audiences.South Park is definitely one of those games, but it also happens to be a fine RPG as well, so consider picking this one up if you haven’t played it yet.
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Den populära appen Sleep Cycle har nu släppt en uppdatering till Apple Watch som lär uppskattas av alla som har en sängkamrat som snarkar.Det funkar så att Sleep Cycle har en ny funktion som heter ”snore stopper” som under natten lyssnar efter snarkningar.Om man börjar snarka så skickas vibrationer till klockan så man förhoppningsvis börjar röra på sig lite och slutar snarka.”Available from today, Sleep Cycle’s Apple Watch app release features a snore stopper, a welcomed added feature.In addition to the snore tracker, already available in the existing Sleep Cycle alarm clock app using patented sound analysis technology.Snoring is more likely to occur in certain positions.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 19, 2018–Contessa Health Inc., a leader and pioneer of Home Recovery Care, a risk-based model that combines all the essential elements of inpatient hospital care in the comfort of patients’ homes, announced today that they have secured additional financing.The round was led by Health Velocity Capital, with participation from existing investors: BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, Noro-Moseley Partners, and Sandbox Advantage Fund.Our mission at Health Velocity Capital is to generate outstanding financial returns while contributing to a more affordable, sustainable, consumer-friendly healthcare system,” said Bruce Crosby, Managing Partner at Health Velocity.“Research shows that eligible patients who choose inpatient care at home experience equal or better outcomes, but at lower costs and higher patient satisfaction.We believe this is an investment in which we can leverage our relationships to help Contessa to continue to drive growth and value, funding the demand for Contessa’s Home Recovery Care models.”
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Whole Foods will shut down its rewards program, digital coupons, and customers’ online accounts on May 2nd and fold everything into Amazon Prime, according to an email to customers this week.The email, as spotted byMarketwatch, says unused rewards will not roll over to Amazon Prime, so customers should try to use their benefits before the program officially sunsets.No other details were provided, but the online retailer did hint that additional announcements are forthcoming.Since Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods last year, the online retailer has been more present in Whole Foods stores across the US.On the day Amazon officially closed the acquisition deal, it immediately started selling Echo speakers in stores nationwide.Over the past few months, it also began offering discounts for Prime members, delivering groceries via Prime Now, adding Amazon Lockers in stores, and giving 5 percent cashback for Whole Foods shoppers with an Amazon Prime Rewards credit card.
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To prove the point, their live performance consisted of the two robots perched atop an enormous pyramid of screens, blaring lights and sound at the audience.As it turns out, this was a perfect visual metaphor for the current state of retail marketing, where technology regularly launches uninvited assaults on all your senses, from digital billboards to pop-up ads to in-feed autoplay videos.Eventually, Daft Punk evolved, shifting their focus from the robotic to the human side of music on their album Human After All.The single “Robot Rock” featured a searing major rock chord guitar riff instead of artificial loops and sounds effects, and the artwork featured an iconic Gibson double-neck guitar.Just as the Parisian pair eventually returned (in part) to their human roots, retail will always do the same.Statistical analyses of the growth of ecommerce almost always get coupled with a story surrounding the decline of physical retail, with a heavy focus on the closure of malls.
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Potenta 400 stereowatt låter lockande.Speciellt som det kommer från Parasound.Parasound tillhör de fina märkena, mycket tack vare John Curls kretskonstruktioner som har gjort att allting från Parasounds RIAA-steg till förstärkare är några av de mest välljudande.John Curl ligger bakom insidan av Halo JC5 också.Det är en 400-watts stereoförstärkare som är nära släkt med monoffektförstärkaren JC1.Förstärkaren har John Curls autograf på fronten och är helbalanserad från ena änden till den andra.
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Vi såg Transportstyrelsens ledning schavottera då hanteringen av deras sekretessbelagda register lagts ut på entreprenad utan säkerhetsklassning och med stora risker för enskilda liksom för rikets säkerhet.Var och en som kopplar upp sig mot ett offentligt wifi-system på en flygplats, järnvägsstation eller liknande riskerar att smarttelefonens innehåll länsas på sin elektroniska information inom några sekunder.Vi talar om koder, mejl och uppgifter som inte borde komma i orätta händer.Detta och möjligheten att via smarta system baserade på artificiell intelligens filtrera fram känslig information gör att det går ganska fort att hitta intressanta uppgifter för den som är ute efter hemligheter.Och ändå är det inte bara en fråga om täppa till informationsläckor, vilket är nog så viktigt.Kontorsarbete i Sverige har förändrats kraftigt under de senaste trettio åren.
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Det kan ta flera hundra år för naturen att bryta ner petflaskor, men ett nytt muterat plastätande enzym kan påskynda processen.Det naturligt förekommande Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6 upptäcktes för första gången i ett japanskt sopberg.Denna bakterie ska enligt en studie publicerad i Science 2016, ha utvecklats just för att kunna bryta ner plast.En forskargrupp från University of Portsmouth och den amerikanska energimyndighetens National Renewable Energy Laboratory var egentligen ute efter att studera de enzymer som bakterien producerar när de av misstag tog fram en muterad enzym.Den visade sig vara ännu bättre än de naturliga på att bryta ner plast.Enzymet som kallas Petase ska kunna påbörja nedbrytningsprocessen av petplast på några dagar.
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Fresh new BLUBOO S3 revealed its full specs just few days ago and now the phone is finally here with the global launch event and special promo sales events tied to it.So starting from April 18th up to April 27th you can get the phone for just $149.99, furthermore two free orders will be randomly chosen every day and 10 half-price orders can be found daily at 10:00 UTC.From the pictures and videos available it’s clear that BLUBOO got inspired with the design of the Samsung S9 and the name of their new model would strongly suggest that too.And of course they can’t shy away from a direct comparison too, so you can take a look below at the chart with the two phones.And the BLUBOO S3 is mainly trying to score some points with its massive 8500 mAh battery and most importantly the price.Aside of the battery and the pretty nifty 12V/2A fast charging BLUBOO S3 packs some other extra features not so common in this segment of the market.
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Finansinspektionen (FI) föreslår att det ska bli möjligt för kreditgivare som lämnar så kallade kapitalfrigöringskrediter ("seniorlån") att medge undantag från de krav på amortering som följer av amorteringsföreskrifterna.Samtidigt föreslås amorteringskravföreskrifterna utvidgas så att de även gäller för företag som har tillstånd att lämna bostadskrediter, enligt lagen om verksamhet med bostadskrediter.Det innebär att Enkla, Schibsted-backade Hypoteket och Avanza-delägda Stabelo ska omfattas av amorteringskravet."Att reglerna inte omfattar sådana företag i dag, utan enbart kreditinstitut, medför en risk för att reglerna inte får önskad effekt samt att konkurrensen på marknaden snedvrids", påpekar FI.Di Digital har kontaktat företrädare för Hypoteket, Stabelo och Enkla under måndagen.Och alla är mycket positiva till FI:s förslag på striktare regler.
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IBM has revealed new technology and services that improve the way security teams use human machine and intelligence to fight, defend and respond to cyber-attacks.The new technology contains a Resilient Incident Response Platform (IRP), which combined with Intelligent Orchestration can help significantly accelerate the incident response time.IBM’s platform delivers the three key components required for a Security Operations and Response model, according to Gartner, into a single integrated platform.These include Security Orchestration and Automation, Security Incident Response Platforms and Threat Intelligence Platforms.Delivering these capabilities through a unified platform offers an open platform to work on, with a new ‘drag and drop’ workflow engine, allowing workers to move and re-use integrations as security environments or plans change.Organisations will benefit from the capabilities by improving the speed and agility of response process in addition to achieving rapid time to value of their security investments.
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In reality, AR Emoji's creepy human avatars look very little like the real people they try to represent.None of the over-20 CNET staffers who made an AR Emoji recognized themselves in their avatar.Our 3D selves had plasticky faces that grimaced every time we tried to smile, developed a horrible eye twitch and lacked enough customization options to give me curly hair or clothes I'd actually wear.But their AR Emoji would have them separated at birth:In theory, AR Emoji lets you customize everything from hair to skin tone.It snapped up the license to bring these plasticky, unsettling faces to life from two-year-old startup called Loom.ai.
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Photo by Tom Warren / The VergeMicrosoft is rolling out new Surface Pro 4 firmware this week, and it finally introduces on-screen support for the Surface Dial accessory.The software maker originally promised to support the Surface Dial fully on the Surface Pro 4 back in October 2016, with a rough release date of early 2017.The support lets the Bluetooth-powered puck display contextual radial menus that you can interact with right on the display (underneath the Surface Dial).Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro includes this support out of the box, and the all-in-one Surface Studio was the first to introduce the on-screen Surface Dial.The screen size of the Surface Pro 4 is obviously a lot smaller than the Surface Studio, but the ability to sense the puck and display menus could be useful for some.
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After months, years even, of speculation and legal action, the first phase of Ofcom’s 5G spectrum auction is finally over.In 2013, it won 20MHz of 800MHz spectrum that would form the basis of its 4G network, but none of the 2.6GHz airwaves up for grabs.The Telefonica-owned operator had shrugged off suggestions that this was an issue in the past, preferring to focus on the industry’s favourite complaints about access to sites and planning permission, but the argument has now been put to rest.It will also give parent Telefonica some clarity over its intended IPO for the network.”O2 is proud that uSwitch users voted that it had the best coverage, but network benchmarking firms have consistently ranked it last in overall tests, despite some good performances in individual categories and in some regions.The operator is renowned for its customer service, but this can only go so far as demand for coverage and data goes up.
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readers will have guessed, the ring in question – the Xenxo S-Ring – is a smart device to be worn on the hand and I have been predictably and rather pathetically trying to pique your interest with childish double-entendres.So far it's just another fantasy IoT product but I hope to track the progress of any prototypes that get built.Smart rings as a concept are old hat but those I've seen tend to offer only one feature – or two if you include "looking pug ugly".It's this kind of attitude that explains the following excerpt from Ghost In The Shell 2.0: the screenplay probably had a throwaway line such as "a festival procession moves down the canal" which then gets turned by the director into a bewildering and utterly unnecessary mini epic of beautifully grotesque melancholy.It can be operated from a smartphone app.That'll certainly keep my ring bright and shiny!
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Shures referenslurar har inget musikernamn.Å andra sidan kan de användas i professionella ljudstudior.Inte alls lika roliga att lyssna på som mer baspumpande lurar som är avsedda för hemmabruk.Amerikanska Shure är ett av de riktigt gamla namnen inom hifi.Faktum är att Shure beskriver den som mer exakt än den dyrare SRH1540, som i gengäld sägs vara roligare att lyssna med.Det ingår två kablar till SRH940: en vanlig rak kabel och en gammal hederlig spiralkabel – precis som de flesta hörlurar hade när den här skribenten var tonåring.
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If you’ve yet to dive into the gaming phenomenon that is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), then this new piece of ransomware will make sure that happens.Ransomware, or malware that holds your files hostage under encryption until you meet its demands, generally just wants some of your money.However, this piece of ransomware discovered by MalwareHunterTeam on Twitter simply wants you to play PUBG for an hour.Simply dubbed ‘PUBG Ransomware’ (real original, folks), this software will encrypt all of your computer’s desktop files and folders and append the ‘.PUBG’ extension to them.Then, a screen will appear, giving you two outs from this miniature hell.You either just play PUBG for an hour… or you enter a complex code displayed plainly on the screen to get your files decrypted and returned to your desktop like normal.
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Eva Longoria has thrown a heap of shade at one of her former ‘Desperate Housewives’ co-stars, and it doesn’t take a genius to work out who she is talking about.The Gabrielle Solis actress appeared to suggest she and Teri Hatcher were no longer on good terms, during an appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ in the US.Brian To via Getty ImagesWhen the host jokingly asked if the cast “all hated each other now”, Eva explained how fellow ‘Housewives’ Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross were coming to the unveiling of her Hollywood Walk Of Fame star - but it seems Teri’s invite was lost in the post.“Felicity is giving a speech.We’re all very good friends,” Eva said.
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