Letha Byrd

Letha Byrd

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Spanish scientist Sergi Santos designed silicone sex dolls with wigs and artificial brains that will not only earn him money but may also be used to staff brothels and help combat sex trafficking.But the arrival of sex robots has divided opinion – this film by the Thomson Reuters Foundation explores the complex issues that have been raised by the increasingly life-like robots.
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Almost nine out of 10 shoppers read product reviews, and many studies over many years have shown that reviews help shoppers to make online buying decisions.To discuss ecommerce reviews, I recently spoke with Paul Kirwin, C.E.O.and founder of Channel Signal, a product review monitoring and analytics firm.Paul Kirwin: Ninety percent of consumers read product reviews.Consumers view product reviews as direct feedback from other consumers.And when companies measure the voice of the buyer, they can understand what products to fix and what products are really getting traction.
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according to Statistics finland, building permits were granted in march and in may, 2.7 percent less than a year ago.permission was granted to 12.2 million cubic metres.Housing grant at cubic meters the amount of growth was 12.5%.Nearly a third of the building permits was pääkaupunkiseuden-rise projects.Commercial and office construction building permits issued number of continued significant growth.
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DC has confirmed that the Shazam movie will be the next live-action superhero film on their docket.And we’ve also learned who will direct the debut of the young Billy Batson, who gains the ability to become an adult superhero when he yells “Shazam,” too.David F. Sandberg, a relatively new director (whose most-recent work is Annabelle: Creation) confirmed to Kevin Smith at San Diego Comic-Con (via IMDB) that he’s taking the job.With The Flash seeing delays from lack of a director, and Batgirl, the Suicide Squad sequel, and the possible Wonder Woman sequel still in early development, Shazam has been bumped up in the roster—shooting is expected to start in early 2018, with a 2019 release date.One of the biggest questions remaining is whether Dwayne Johnson, who will play Shazam’s regular archenemy Black Adam, will actually make his debut in the movie.There are rumours Johnson won’t be in the film, and Sandberg kind of brushed aside Smith’s suggestion that they’d appear on stage together to promote the film.
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Thanks to this, the game’s community is vast.It also has a selection of pre-built creations for you to use as well.Some maps even have YouTube videos attached to show you around.Finding a good seed is tough, but this makes it easy.You can find a full set of features on the Play Store using the link above.Soon, Microsoft will drop the Pocket Edition from the name.
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TOKYO—Seven months after Honda Motor Co. announced plans to collaborate with self-driving car pioneer Waymo LLC, little progress has been made, Honda’s chief executive said.“Nothing concrete” has been decided in talks with Waymo, the driverless-car division of Google parent Alphabet Inc., said Honda Chief Executive Takahiro Hachigo in an interview this week.“We are still at the study stage and haven’t come up with specific research...
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The panic about running out of cod is over, apparently, with the Marine Stewardship Council saying it's OK to have the nice old classic fish shop fish again instead of one of the weird soggy ones on the menu no one even really knows how to pronounce.The MCS has estimated the amount of cod in the North Sea right now and, pending some massive super-trawlers dumping their loads, it says there's about 167,711 tonnes of cod in our bit of the sea.That puts cod stocks at the highest since 1982, and lifts them off the recent low of 44,000 tonnes in 2006, when Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was personally hanging around outside fish and chip shops begging people to have hake or huss or pollock alongside their polystyrene boat load of chips.The MSC's Toby Middleton said: "Thanks to a collaborative, cross-industry effort, one of our most iconic fish has been brought back from the brink.Modified fishing gear, catch controls, well-managed fishing practices -- all these steps have come together to revive a species that was in severe decline."Which is handy, as haddock's recently been put on the danger list.
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Software company Tecnotree to start personnel negotiations in Finland its operations.conference may, according to the company leads to maximum of 20 person's termination.the Tecnotree employs a total of 719 people, including 82 in Finland."during the consultation process dealt with the staff reductions in addition to other potential functions of the adjustment.the objective of the Negotiations is to adjust the cost levels to meet the business current situation and intensify our activities to meet market requirements", the company told in a statement."the Tense economic situation due to Tecnotree's objective is already announced previously, in addition to about five million operational expenditure additional cut in 2017.
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I Montaser Amros nystartade teknikbolag på Västbanken samarbetar palestinier och israeler.I en modern byggnad i Ramallahs centrum ligger Qual-it, ett av många små it-företag som har etablerat sig på Västbanken under senare tid.Qual-its mål är att vara ett it-företag som tar ett socialt ansvar.– Även om lönerna för it-ingenjörer och datatekniker är lägre här än på andra ställen i världen så erbjuder vi dubbelt så höga löner som inom andra palestinska sektorer.Dessutom har vi en god arbetsmiljö, säger Montaser Amro, bolagets vd.I dag består företaget, förutom av Montaser Amro själv som är civilingenjör, också av Mohammed Quaisi, utvecklingschef och med en bakgrund inom datateknik.
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Microsoft hast just launched Seeing AI, an iOS app that it appropriately describes as a ‘talking camera for the blind’; I’ve been giving it a whirl this morning and it’s actually pretty impressive.Fire up the free app and point your iPhone at anything, whether it’s a document, a menu card, a room or even a friend, and Seeing AI will tell you what it is with its voice.I tried it on a bunch of objects and spaces, and the app was astonishingly quick and accurate for the most part.It managed to recognize a guitar, identified me by my face and told me just how far away I was, and even described my living room and shower with some basic details.It was also able to read out the blurb of a book and the ingredients on a ramen packet, and even identified the contents of a photo I sent to the app from the share sheet in Twitter.Seeing AI is also supposed to be able to identify currency notes and products by barcode, but these features weren’t available on my iPhone 5s in India.
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Wrapp har tagit fram en tjänst som gör det möjligt för till exempel butiker och restauranger att skicka rabatterbjudanden till trogna kunder – eller konkurrenternas mest trogna kunder.Bolaget har satsat hårt på att få till samarbetsavtal med storbankerna, så att Wrapp ska få tillgång till information om vad bankernas kunder köper när de handlar med kort.Nu tar Wrapp ännu ett steg på den inslagna vägen, när Nordea investerar för andra gången i rabattappen."Vi har samarbetat med Wrapp i två år och det känns naturligt för Nordea att backa Wrapps vidare expansion med fokus på Sverige och Finland.Wrapp bidrar med värde för våra kunder genom att erbjuda dem skräddarsydda erbjudanden baserat på data", säger Nicklas Ilebrand på Nordea.Wrapps vd Aage Reerslev jämför Wrapp med när Mastercard en gång i tiden byggdes upp, som ett bolag där banker kunde ingå i ett nätverk och på så sätt bygga värde åt kunderna.
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Soppjätten Campbell som mest är känd bland svenska konsumenter för sina kondenserade soppor.1) Campbell köper konkurrenten Pacific Food för nästan 7 miljarder svenska kronor.Pacific Food är känd för att producera och leverera organiskt framtagna soppor och hamnar i affärsområdet "Fresh"Du finner företagets pressmeddelande här2) Campbell har tagit fram en egen ny hälsosammare linje under varumärket "Well Yes".FoodDive skriver om det faktum att man lyckades vara innovativ genom att låta anställdas idéer slå igenom i produktutvecklingen:
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Tesla is building the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia, as part of wider renewable energy projects and to stop residents from suffering frequent power blackouts.CEO Elon Musk confirmed that his company had won the “historic” deal in Adelaide on Friday, to be paired with renewable provider Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm, near Jamestown.The huge-scale project was kickstarted after the region suffered multiple electricity outages and damage to critical infrastructure, last September when a storm hit, and then again in early 2017.It left 1.7 million residents without electricity in the heat of the summer.As a result the Australian government had been looking to invest in a sustainable solution to ensure energy security now, and into the future, with at least 100 megawatts of capacity.Upon completion in December 2017, the system will be big enough to provide power for more than 30,000 homes during peak hours, approximately equal to the amount of homes that lost power during the blackout period.
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Kyytipalvelu Uberin on kerrottu rahoittaneen Intian toimintojansa hiljattain kahdeksalla miljoonalla dollarilla pitääkseen toiminnan pystyssä.Kalifornialaisyhtiö jätti tiedotteen Intian yritysasioista vastaavalle viranomaiselle, jossa se kertoi pyytävänsä lupaa siirtää miljoonia Intiaan tämän vuoden toukokuussa, kertoi VC Circle–verkkosivusto valtion lähteisiin nojaten.Intialaiset mediat ovat jo ehtineet spekuloimaan, että Uberin Intian suunnitelmat on pantu jäihin.Yhtiö on kuitenkin kertonut Intian olevan tärkein kasvumarkkina sen jälkeen kun se myi Kiinan toimintonsa Didi Chuxingille viime vuonna ja se aikookin sijoittaa ison osuuden saudiarabialaiselta sijoitusrahastolta saadusta 3,5 miljardin dollarin summasta Intiaan.Yrityksen toimitusjohtaja Travis Kalanick ilmoitti eroavansa yrityksestä viime kuussa.Kalanick luopui paikastaan sijoittajien painostuksen takia, sillä yrityksen sisällä paljastui systemaattinen seksuaalisen häirinnän kulttuuri.
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You now have an easier way to create 3D objects for VR environments -- all you needs is an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset.Augmented and virtual reality continue to make meaningful strides in terms of the hardware that makes the experiences possible.At the same time, software and content need to continuously keep up or all of that hardware will go to waste — a fact that isn’t lost on companies like Google and Microsoft that are heavily invested in AR and VR technology.Google has taken a particular approach to induce developers and creative professionals to create the tools and assets that can bring AR and VR worlds to life.Specifically, Google has focused in part on making it easier to create artwork and 3D objects for use in AR/VR environments and then sharing them with the world.Its newest offering is an app called Blocks, which is aimed at creating 3D assets in its most natural environment — that is, from within VR headsets themselves.
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Film studio profits have been suffering in recent years, and the "desperation level in Hollywood" has reached new highs, according to a new research note from Morgan Stanley.Despite the gaudy, billion-dollar global box office figures, most of Hollywood isn't earning huge profits, thanks in part to the onslaught of streamable, high-quality TV content.Apart from Disney, which in 2016 pulled in $1.8 billion in EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization), the studio industry generated a combined EBITDA of just $1 billion.Studios would charge $30 to $50 for the early access, compared with the $5 to $7 it currently costs to watch a movie on demand months after the theatrical release.Premium video wouldn't necessarily attract hordes of new customers, since it would likely cannibalize sales from people who visit theaters.Market research conducted by Morgan Stanley's suggests that 25% of consumers would be interested in the product, but those who expressed interest already go to the movies.
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Formula One (F1) has teamed with sports marketing agency Lagardere Sports in a bid to raise the profile of motor racing in China.Lagardere Sports will be tasked with building strategic partnerships in China including event promotion, media rights, digital and brand partnerships, merchandising, talent development and racing team development.The move is part of a strategy to broaden the appeal of motor racing in key growth markets, such as China, by leveraging the global popularity of Formula One as a premium entertainment event.It also aims to capitalise on China’s live sports and entertainment market, which is currently experiencing strong growth.It follows last year’s $8bn takeover by Liberty Media, which aims to evolve the sport’s commercial model and create a more engaging offering for brands and consumers.Formula One has made a series of appointments including the new head of international sponsorship operations Murray Barnett and new global head of digital Frank Arthofer.
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Now the Korean giant is looking to snatch back the 4K crown with the UBD-M9500, a step-up model with a slew of new features and a revamped design.That said, it’s a devilishly good-looking deck, with chamfered edges and black brush-effect panels.There are other subtle cosmetic changes – the USB port has been moved from the front to the side and the disc tray logo has been removed – but on the whole it looks similar to the K8500.I managed to get it working with a Samsung Galaxy S6.Another significant omission is Dolby Vision, the advanced form of HDR, which uses dynamic metadata to optimise picture quality frame by frame.If your appetite for entertainment still isn’t sated by that little lot, the UBD-M9500 lets you access an wide range of online apps – around 300 in total – including Netflix, Amazon Video and YouTube (all with 4K and HDR content) plus Google Play, BBC iPlayer, All 4, My5, Spotify and Deezer.
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Creating the right kind of pitch is vital in securing that client you have been working hard to aquire.Jody Sutter, founder of the Sutter Company is a business development consultant who specialises in working with leadership at small to mid-sized ad agencies and will help them identify their natural talents for sales and marketing.Sutter will be a speaker at The Drum’s annual Pitch Perfect (formerly Brief Encounters) conference on Thursday 28 September.Her session 'Eight essential elements of the new business plan', is about the importance of having an annual plan for new business, as well as the eight essential elements that must go in it.She explained: “One of the reasons it's good, is that the conference is at the end of September.We will be going into the cusp of the fourth quarter of the year when most agencies should be thinking about the year ahead.
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Through it all, they’re constantly pitching their solution to a variety of audiences.When it comes time to scale, startups often look to forge relationships with longstanding institutions –commonly through accelerator programs.These programs also allow organizations like mine to explore big ideas and help shape the future of our evolving customer needs.As the head of the Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator program, I have the opportunity to review pitches from hundreds of startups from around the world, all looking to stand out in an ultra-competitive space.Most of the pitches I attend are small, face-to-face meetings with plenty of room for interaction and questions — a typical format for many VCs and accelerators.While there is no magic recipe for success, there are some tips that entrepreneurs should consider.
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