Letha Byrd

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There have been rumours for and against the OnePlus 5T but so far these renders are the most compelling.There’s a strong argument for both reasons why OnePlus will launch a OP5T and won’t launch one.Commentators have pointed out that a new OnePlus would likely adopt a 18:9 screen ratio and that this is too much of an upgrade to be simply launched as a pre-life update.Over the past few days, OnePlus 5 stock has been depleted in most major online territories which sparked rumors that a new version of the Five would be launched.For the sake of argument, we’re calling this render a OnePlus 5T because, well just look at it!.From the rear, the phone is clearly based on the current OnePlus 5, and even from the front, the design is similar, well except for the large ratio display.
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Google will be selling its brand new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL at pop-up locations in Los Angeles and New York City starting tomorrow.But while you might expect that a Pixel purchased from these temporary Google shops would be the same as buying one from the Google Store, it turns out that’s an incorrect assumption.A Google spokesperson has confirmed with The Verge that the pop-up stores will in fact be selling the Verizon model of both Pixel 2s.The Verizon Pixel 2 is unlocked and compatible with all major networks, so using it on AT, T-Mobile, Sprint, or another carrier isn’t a problem.It also receives software updates and new versions of Android at the same time as the Google-sold hardware.I’ve followed up to ask whether buyers will need to have a Verizon account in order to buy the phone at the pop-ups, which will be open through mid-December.
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At 8AM Monday morning Eastern Time, researchers plan to reveal details of a new exploit called KRACK that takes advantage of vulnerabilities in Wi-Fi security to let attackers eavesdrop on traffic between computers and wireless access points.The exploit, as noted by Ars Technica, takes advantage of several key management vulnerabilities in the WPA2 security protocol, the popular authentication scheme used to protect personal and enterprise Wi-Fi networks.So yeah, this looks bad.The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued the following warning in response to the exploit:US-CERT has become aware of several key management vulnerabilities in the 4-way handshake of the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) security protocol.The impact of exploiting these vulnerabilities includes decryption, packet replay, TCP connection hijacking, HTTP content injection, and others.
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schwit1 quotes the Mises Institue: When Hurricane Maria knocked out power in Puerto Rico, residents there realized they were going to need physical cash — and a lot of it.Bloomberg reported that the Fed was forced to fly a planeload of cash to the Island to help avert disaster."William Dudley, the New York Fed president, put the word out within minutes, and ultimately a jet loaded with an undisclosed amount of cash landed on the stricken island.[Business executives in Puerto Rico] described corporate clients' urgent requests for hundreds of thousands in cash to meet payrolls, and the challenge of finding enough armored cars to satisfy endless demand at ATMs... As early as the day after the storm, the Fed began working to get money onto the island."For a time, unless one had a hoard of cash stored up in ones home, it was impossible to get cash at all.85 percent of Puerto Rico is still without power... Bloomberg continues: "When some generator-powered ATMs finally opened, lines stretched hours long, with people camping out in beach chairs and holding umbrellas against the sun."
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If you want to learn the art of camouflage look no further than octopuses.Just watch this famous video that shows a diver slowly swimming up to a clump of rock and seaweed, only for part of that clump to turn white, open its eye, and jet away, squirting ink behind it.Materials scientists and engineers have fallen under the octopuses' spell.From a report: Scientists have engineered a material that can transform from a 2D sheet to a 3D shape, adjusting its texture to blend in with its surroundings, per a new study published today in Science.They mimicked the abilities of an octopus, which can change both shape and color to camouflage.This is a first step toward developing soft robots that can hide in plain sight, robotics expert Cecilia Laschi writes of the research.
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Glenfiddich's openness to continual experimentation has made it the world's most-awarded single malt.Yet that spirit of innovation and a willingness to create is attainable for everyone says Alastair Humphreys, a man who sees experimentation as integral to adventures – both massive and micro.It’s a fitting title, especially given the feats he’s achieved and recorded.“The idea came about because I kept hearing from people, ‘I’d love to do the sorts of things you do but I can’t, because…’ and there were lots of regular reasons.” He accepts that he is an exception as a full-time adventurer, and to inspire those that aren’t means showing what’s possible a little closer to home.“I’ve been lucky to go out with people trying their first microadventure, and experimenting is something they’ve never done before”.Such ventures result in “people speaking in hyperbole as the Sun sets, saying ‘It’s the best thing I’ve ever done!’”.
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Samsung Electronics made two announcements today that contrasted starkly with one another in tone.First, it issued an optimistic third-quarter earnings guidance.Then, a few hours later, it posted a resignation letter from chief executive officer and vice chairman Oh-Hyun Kwon, who said it is time for new leadership as the company faces an “unprecedented crisis inside out.”In terms of earnings, the chaebol has had a good year so far, posting strong first and second-quarter results thanks to its components business, which Kwon also oversees.In August, Samsung vice chairman Jay Y. Lee, who was widely expected to replace his ailing father Lee Kun-hee as chairman of Samsung Group, was sentenced to five years in jail after being found guilty of bribery, embezzlement, capital flight and perjury charges.Kwon, who began serving as Samsung Electronics’ CEO in 2012, also plans to leave his roles as the head of its components and display units and will not seek re-election to its board.
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Hyatt Hotels has suffered a second card data breach in two years.In the first breach, hackers had gained access to credit card systems at 250 properties in 50 different countries.This time, the breach appears to have impacted 41 properties across 11 countries.Krebs on Security reports: Hyatt said its cyber security team discovered signs of unauthorized access to payment card information from cards manually entered or swiped at the front desk of certain Hyatt-managed locations between March 18, 2017 and July 2, 2017."Upon discovery, we launched a comprehensive investigation to understand what happened and how this occurred, which included engaging leading third-party experts, payment card networks and authorities," the company said in a statement."Hyatt's layers of defense and other cybersecurity measures helped to identify and resolve the issue.
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In a move that has left the Twitterverse reeling, YouTube has pulled the ad revenue from a video by popular vlogger and filmmaker Casey Neistat, prompting his followers to show support and donate to a fundraiser dedicated to the victims of the bloody Las Vegas mass shooting.But what is particularly problematic about this situation is that it has outlined a discrepancy in the way YouTube treats its creators, suggesting the video sharing service is arbitrarily playing favorites.Earlier this week on October 2, Neistat posted a clip, announcing he has set up a GoFundMe fundraiser for the victims of the Las Vegas tragedy.Yesterday on October 5, the vlogger tweeted to express his disappointment that YouTube has deemed his video “not suitable for advertisers,” pulling all ad revenue from it.literally a video about charity.. where i state all Adsense is going to that charity.. youtube says NOT SUITABLE FOR ADVERTISERS pic.twitter.com/PBvHFNNuGy— Casey Neistat (@CaseyNeistat) October 5, 2017
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Motor vehicles are a major source of air pollution in urban areas, and for decades municipal and regional governments have used various traffic management strategies in an effort to reduce vehicle emissions, alongside advancements like cleaner fuel and greener cars.But not all traffic management strategies are created equal, says UBC transportation expert and civil engineering professor Alexander Bigazzi.In a review of more than 60 studies on the subject, Bigazzi has concluded that road pricing - or pay per use - is the most effective strategy to reduce emissions and traffic.You reviewed traffic management strategies (TMS) in Asia, Europe and the Americas.We looked at the entire body of literature, including hundreds of published papers, and identified 65 studies documenting the real-world effects of 22 types of traffic management strategies including speed enforcement programs, lane management such as HOV lanes, road and congestion pricing, and trip reduction strategies like incentives for telecommuting or ride sharing.Other strategies have potential benefits, but there is less empirical evidence, either because the benefits are very small or because the benefits are offset by some other effect.
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Chinese smartphone manufacturer – ZTE – has gone a long way from its origins.ZTE is now indeed one of the most recognized Chinese phone brands in the US.That’s mostly because of the more cost-effective devices they’ve been launching throughout the years, as opposed to bigger brands such as Samsung, Apple and LG.This time is no different, ZTE are in fact releasing a new really affordable handset in the US market – it’s called ZTE Blade Vantage.The smartphone is a low-end one and it’ll be costing $49.99 on Verizon’s website.Hardware wise, the ZTE Blade Vantage is packed with a 5-inch display with 854×480 resolution, encased in a textured plastic body.
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Honda has a new bipedal robot, which isn’t perhaps as charismatic as Asimo, but which could be a lot more useful.The robot is a disaster relief model, dubbed E2-DR (very Star Wars) which has flexible, articulating joints, a waterproof design and a 2km/h walking rate.The robot can climb ladders, crawl over debris, work in extreme temperatures and has a range of sensors that let it see in almost any lighting conditions – including through depth sensing cameras embedded into its hands.E2-DR is also designed to work with wireless accessories that can give it various additional capabilities based on the needs of the situation – these could include dexterous appendages for gripping objects or manipulating controls, for instance.The robot stands at 5’5″ and weighs only 187 lbs, a relatively light weight for a bot this size.Plus, it’s only 9.8-inches thick at its thickest point, which allows it to crawl into tight spaces.
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When it comes to shopping, we all have our favourite brands, stores and products that we’re loyal to.Whether it’s a new season winter coat or replacing yet another lost phone charger, we tend to stick to the familiar.But eventually, we can find ourselves in a shopping rut.Now, thanks to the emergence of AI, machine learning and big data technology, retailers can better serve customers with a curated choice of products and services we didn’t know existed.Yet, at the same time, as shoppers’ needs become increasingly demanding and expectations are high, merchants also need to have a seamless shopping experience on devices.By embracing an omnichannel approach, retailers can provide shoppers the experience that allows them to shop for something they’ve seen instore, online and have it shipped, known as “showrooming”.
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Your tagline should be the most succinct possible explanation of your essence.Does your paper towel soak up liquids faster than all the others?We do diamonds better than anyone, because diamonds are all we do."Don't be global and general.If your tagline doesn't differentiate you from your competitors in a meaningful way, kick it to the curb.If it doesn't raise the eyebrows of your friends, it isn't worth promoting to the public.
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The next version of Firefox, aptly named Firefox Quantum, is getting a big speed boost."The idea, of course, is that the upcoming version 57 is a quantum leap over predecessors -- or, in the words of Mozilla CEO Chris Beard, a 'big bang,'" reports CNET.While Mozilla stopped short of declaring victory over Chrome, Nick Nguyen, vice president of Firefox product, said Firefox Quantum's page-load speed "is often perceivably faster" while using 30 percent less memory.From the report: The new Firefox revamp includes lots of under-the-covers improvements, like Quantum Flow, which stamps out dozens of performance bugs, and Quantum CSS, aka Stylo, which speeds up website formatting.More obvious from the outside is a new interface called Photon that wipes out Firefox's rounded tabs and adds a "page action" menu into the address bar.It also builds in the Pocket bookmarking service Mozilla acquired and uses it to recommend sites you might be interested in.
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US technology giant Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is reportedly set to slash 10% of its global workforce – with at least 5,000 job to go by Christmas.The move, first reported by Bloomberg, was described by one internal source as an effort to reduce company costs as competition in the IT industry grows.The international firm sells corporate tech services and products including servers, cybersecurity and storage.But it is now facing heightened competition from cloud computing businesses including Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google.Reports indicate that cuts at the company – which has approximately 50,000 staffers – will not only impact staff in the US, where it is headquartered, but also other countries across the world.It comes as the company reportedly seeks to make $1.5bn in savings over the next three years.
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Once again, an exciting few days at Dmexco have drawn to a close and I've been left feeling humbled to be a part of such an energetic, fast-paced industry.There were certainly some tough questions being asked in the Koelnmesse this year, and while the industry might not yet have all the answers, there is clearly a steely determination to fix the digital ecosystem and make it work better for those not only consuming content but advertisers and platforms too.Looking back at what’s been a jam-packed couple of days, I wanted to share three key learnings from this year’s festival:Don’t underestimate the sheer power of face to faceThe unforgettable interaction between Jack Dorsey and Sir Martin Sorrell stands out as a highlight this year.A year later than originally scheduled, the WPP chief executive finally came face to face with Twitter’s founder on stage in the Congress Hall.
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Over the past couple of episodes, we've talked about how photos affect our lives, and issues around publishing them to the web.Today, we're going to get the answers.There's lots to consider when it comes to ethics or privacy -- but that's not what today's about.All you have to do is look through the archives of National Geographic, Life Magazine or even the Pulitzer Prizes to get a glimpse of the power a good photo can have.When it comes to actually storing your photos it's a messAnd I think it is for everyone since we're not used to having those cameras with us every time everywhere.
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Hot graphics and complex worlds provide a good testbed for algorithmsUnity, the most popular cross-platform game engine favored by video game developers, on Tuesday opened up its platform for machine learning researchers to test their algorithms.Reinforcement learning is a strand of machine learning that teaches agents to perform a specific task in a given environment.It’s been useful for training self-driving cars in simulation before they are tested on the roads, for training robots, and for teaching agents to play games like Go and poker.If a bot makes a good move, it is rewarded with a point.Since it’s been programmed to collect these points, it’ll keep repeating these good actions until it learns how to perform a function.
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: At the Bloomberg Global Business Forum today, Carlyle Group co-founder and CEO David Rubenstein asked Microsoft founder Bill Gates to account for one of the most baffling questions of the digital era: Why does it take three fingers to lock or log in to a PC, and why did Gates ever think that was a good idea?Grimacing slightly, Gates deflected responsibility for the crtl-alt-delete key command, saying, "clearly, the people involved should have put another key on to make that work."Rubenstein pressed him: does he regret the decision?"You can't go back and change the small things in your life without putting the other things at risk," Gates said.If I could make one small edit I would make that a single key operation."Gates has made the confession before.
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