Letha Byrd

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More than 1,000 days have passed since Apple updated its Mac mini hardware.Since then, Apple has launched the Apple Watch, AirPods, the retina MacBook, and the Touch Bar MacBook Pro.But in an e-mail to an Apple customer today, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the Mac mini isn't going anywhere.The customer, who goes by the name Krar, e-mailed Cook to note that the Mac mini hasn't seen an update in three years.Krar wanted to know, "Are we are going to see anything in the pipeline any time soon?"Cook's response, which was shared on MacRumors, said:
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Switching the country from petrol/diesel to electric vehicles isn't going to be a quick task, but the government has announced plans to help increase EV adoption and make them more appealing.Telling motorway services and petrol stations that they have to install EV chargers.This is part of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, first announced during the Queen's speech in June, was read out in Parliament yesterday, outlining new powers to help increase EV adoption across the UK.In addition to actually installing the chargers, the government wants this new network of charging points to be "smart" - meaning it can interact with the national grid to help manage demand across the UK.Anyone operating the chargers will also have to display clear information on their location, cost, operating hours, and what charging options are available.Plus whether they're a) working, and b) currently in use.
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For now, consider the new Surface Book 2 with mere 17-hour life and Intels insideMicrosoft says testing of Qualcomm-powered laptops running Windows 10 is well advanced and suggest it will be possible to use the devices for multiple days without charging their batteries.News from Qualcomm's 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong this week suggest that deadline could be met.Trusted Reviews reports that Microsoft's principal group program manager for connectivity partners Pete Bernard told media at the event that hundred of Qualcomm-powered lappies can be seen in the halls at Microsoft HQ.Bernard also said that the machines are doing better than expected in terms of battery life as he now happily leaves his charger behind, safe in the knowledge he won't need it every day.Other reports from the Summit have Bernard saying testing of Qualcomm-powered Windows 10 machines is very advanced.
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A Colombian shop owner fought for his rights against Google.The small-scale furniture seller recently won a court battle with Google after failing to silence an anonymous blogger who spread false accusations, shattering his online reputation.The man, who chose to remain unnamed, owns a furniture store in the city of Ibagué, Colombia and decided it was time to take action for protection (acción de tutela) against a blog that published negative comments regarding his small venture.The blog was set up on Blogger, which belongs to Google Inc.The anonymous blogger posted false accusations, including claims that he was a thief and asked for advanced payments — only to then run off with the money and disappear.The man said he waited two years for a response from the blog owner before taking it to court, claiming the increasingly bad rep affected his personal and work life — even though they were false.
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Now, one of SoftBank’s besties — the sovereign wealth fund of the United Arab Emirates, called the Mubadala Investment Company — is also making a splashy debut onto the scene, announcing today that it’s opening a San Francisco office, pouring $400 million into early-stage startups and committing between $50 million and $70 million to a “fund of funds” that will invest in various venture firms.Middle Eastern investors have been funding Silicon Valley startups for years, just as have Chinese and Japanese investors (and many others).In fact, as Recode reports, the Mubadala team will be tasked, in part, with overseeing the $15 billion that Abu Dhabi has committed to the Vision Fund, which held a close earlier this year on $93 billion.Given the money at stake, you can understand them wanting to get more involved in what’s happening on the ground.Meanwhile, SoftBank is chipping into Mubadala’s new $400 million early-stage fund as a way to cement its relationship with the outfit, as well, presumably, as a way to look at younger, smaller companies that it can’t afford to waste time on now, given the checks it’s writing, which are typically $200 million or larger.As a source close to SoftBank told us a couple of weeks ago: “If you can show [SoftBank] where it can invest $10 million and make a billion, who is going to say no?
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Alert: Researchers warn that large parts of biomedical science could be invalid due to a cascading history of flawed data in a systemic failure going back decades.A new investigation reveals more than 30,000 published scientific studies could be compromised by their use of misidentified cell lines, owing to so-called immortal cells contaminating other research cultures in the lab.The problem is as serious as it is simple: researchers studying lung cancer publish a new paper, only it turns out the tissue they were actually using in the lab were liver cells.Or what they thought were human cells were mice cells, or vice versa, or something else entirely.If you think that sounds bad, you're right, as it means the findings of each piece of affected research may be flawed, and could even be completely unreliable.Horback and fellow researcher Willem Halffman wanted to know how extensive the phenomenon of misidentified cell lines really was, so they searched for evidence of what they call "contaminated" scientific literature.
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World’s largest mobile electronics trade fair -Global Sources HongKong Electronics Fair at Asia-World Expo, will be opening its doors already tomorrow and for the next 3 days you can see products from 2.700 exhibitors from over 100 countries all around the world.And well the aspiring chinese brands like Leagoo can’t miss it, so you are invited to visit them at their booth 7J18 and hey they have a beer word in their invite !And in their booth you can surely see the latest models Leagoo S8 and S8, which made the debut not that long ago on September 28th.These two pieces are trying to perfect the 18:9 display formula started originally by LG G6 and Samsung S8 and they will surely try to stand out of the crowd with the design.They tried to make especially the rear cover truly unique with 3D curved glossy finish, CNC metal crafted body and all the jazz.For better idea they also released first batch of live photos today, so you can ogle the Leagoo S8 Pro in stylish Dazzle Blue color.
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Apple har sedan tidigare utlovat att Apple Pay ska komma till Sverige "innan året är slut".Någon tidpunkt har vi dock inte fått, varken datum, vecka eller ens månad.Men nu verkar det hända saker.Sajten Macpro skriver nämligen att Apple och Nordea ingått partnerskap och att Apple Pay lanseras redan i nästa vecka.Närmare bestämt är det tisdag den 24 oktober som Nordea och Apple ska lansera tjänsten.Några fler detaljer framkommer dock inte, exempelvis om fler banker är redo eller om detta är en exklusivitet för Nordea en tid framöver.
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Blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, and token sales are all the rage right now.There are many exciting developments coming to market both in terms of improving existing blockchain functionality as well as the consumer’s experience.However, given the rapid pace at which projects are coming to market, I’ve found it to be difficult to keep track of each and every project and where each one fits into the ecosystem.A quick disclaimer: While it’s difficult to pigeonhole a number of projects into one category, I did my best to pinpoint the main purpose or value proposition of each project and categorize them as such.There are certainly many projects that fall into the gray area and could fit into multiple categories.Below is an overview of each broader category I’ve identified, touching on some of the subcategories that comprise them:
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For some time now, Samsung has dominated the US market, however, it appears that Apple has made some appreciable gains because the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel shows that Samsung and Apple had an equal amount of market share in the US.Samsung would not really be worried because the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy J3 (2016) are performing quite well in the UK.While Apple grew its market share by 3.7 percentage points year-over-year to 35 percent, Samsung only saw a growth of 0.8 percentage points year-over-year.Samsung’s market share remained stagnant at 35.2 percent for the past three months ending August 2017.Reports have it that the largest carrier in the US, Verizon, did not do very well with Samsung devices and that affected Samsung’s share.While Apple approached a 50 percent share within Verizon.
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Förra året debuterade Moto Z-serien, Lenovos nya flaggskepps-och mellanklassmobiler med slimmad design och Moto Mods-ekosystemet av påsnäppbara moduler som ger telefonerna nya, unika funktioner.Samsung och LG har i sina senaste flaggskepp med nya format fått till mer skärmyta trots mindre mått, medan andra, som Huawei och Nokia, har minimerat skärmkanterna på sidorna.Höjd och bredd gör oss inte så mycket, vi vet vad vi har att vänta av en 5,5-tummare, och den är fortfarande smalare, och tunnare, än en Iphone 8 Plus.De är möjligen tåligare än de flesta konkurrenter (oberoende falltester visar att skillnaden inte är så värst stor), men klart tuffast skärm har Moto Z Force, Moto Z2 Force, och även tidigare Moto X Force.Vi har själva drämt en sådan rakt ner i trottoaren från hög höjd utan att glaset sprack.Snygg skärm och kraftfullt ljud
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Data that may have proved critical to investigations into Russia-funded North American political ads appear to have been tossed by Facebook and Twitter into the proverbial shredder.Both platforms have deleted data that researchers say is crucial to understanding the motives and impact behind social media propaganda that targeted American voters last year.Facebook, however, has instead blamed a “bug.”Over the past month, Congressional probes into potential Kremlin-backed misinformation campaigns have largely turned to the social networks, where loads of cash were spent by Russian trolls on ads targeting American voters.This week, House lawmakers announced they intend to publish the Russian-bought ads posted to Facebook once the company scrubs them of personally identifiable information.The decision led to allegations in the Post that Facebook may have been acting on its own behalf to conceal the true reach of the ads.
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Nintendo har på sistone haft stora framgångar med sina mini-modeller av klassiska spelkonsoler, så nu spekuleras det för fullt om vad som kommer härnäst.En ansökan om varumärkesskydd från den 15 september kan tolkas som att Game Boy står näst på tur att väckas upp från de döda.Eftersom originalversionen släpptes 1989 vore det rimligt om en jubileumsmodell släpptes 2019, rapporterar Mashable.Om så är fallet kan vi räkna med moderniserad hårdvara och ett antal utvalda spel som är inbyggda i enheten.
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No matter the season, thermostat wars rage in offices worldwide.Workers bicker over the temperature, alternately complaining that it's too hot or too cold.Thankfully, Concordia researchers may have developed a solution.A new study published in the Journal of Energy and Buildings proposes a method that simultaneously optimizes individual office workers' productivity and energy consumption costs by automating the control of indoor environmental conditions including air quality, temperature and lighting.He conducted the study with Farhad Mofidi (PhD 17), a recent graduate in building engineering.The researchers simulated their method in an open-air Montreal office building with five zones and four occupants per zone.
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When he was still at Google Ventures, Bill Maris led a round of funding into music royalty collecting startup Kobalt, to make one of the VC arms bigger bets in the world of digital music.Now that he’s moved on to start another firm, he’s taking a step to re-up his interests in the company.Post money, we have confirmed that the company now stands at a $789 million valuation.As part of this investment, Maris is also joining Kobalt’s board.As we have noted before, Kobalt’s basic business proposition is to provide a set of big-data-based tools (and a dashboard to use them all) to the music industry so that it can collect royalties across the fragmented but very popular music market.“A big hit today has 4 billion micro-transactions,” Willard Ahdritz, the founder and CEO of Kobalt told me earlier this year.
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In the pure electric car promised land of Norway, now wants the government to have a new tax on the emission of the vehicles.Because it is based on the weight of the car is called the already for Tesla-fee.At the present time is the american manufacturer's cars the only ones that are so heavy that they end up in the highest class, 70 000 Norwegian kronor in one-time, writes NRK and other Norwegian media.– It is big and heavy cars wear on the roads, justifying His Andreas D from the progress party's proposal.– The only advantage with them is less emissions.the environmental organizations Bellona and the Norwegian elbilforening think the idea is headless, just when the emission the wagons are starting to establish themselves as the most common type in the Norwegian showrooms.
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Uber and Waymo have been locked in a legal fight for months over the companies’ self-driving car technology—and now Waymo is asking a judge to compel Uber to hand over the source code that pilots Uber’s fleet of autonomous vehicles.The request comes on the heels of a damning due diligence report released last week, which shows that Anthony Levandowski, a former Google employee who went to work at Uber, walked out of the job with source code and photos of Google devices, and worked to destroy the files before his due diligence interview.Uber has fired Levandowski and denies that he brought any Waymo files to Uber.Waymo (which spun out from Google last year and is now organised under Google’s parent company, Alphabet) already claimed that Levandowski stole thousands of confidential files when he left the company and used them to advance Uber’s autonomous vehicle technology.But the revelations in the due diligence report—particularly that Levandowski may have taken source code—are new.Uber provided some source code for Waymo’s review in August, but Waymo says it needs the current version to accurately detect whether Uber is using its technology.
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electrek: Today, the new Dutch government presented its detailed plan for the coming years and it includes making all new cars emission-free by 2030 -- virtually banning petrol- and diesel-powered cars in favor of battery-powered vehicles.The four coalition parties have been negotiating their plans since the election in March and now after over 200 days, they have finally released the plan they agreed upon.NL Times posted all the main points of the plan and in "transportation," it includes: By 2030 all cars in the Netherlands must be emission free.While some local publications are reporting "all cars," we are told that it would be for "all new cars" as it is the case for the countries with similar bans under consideration.The potential for the ban has been under consideration in the country since last year.The year 2025, like in Norway, has been mentioned, but they apparently decided for the less ambitious goal of 2030.
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We've already got the self-lacing shoes that were supposed to be the hot trend in the alternate reality of Back to the Future II, and if Apple has its way, we'll soon having self-adjusting watch bands as well.As spotted by AppleInsider, Apple was granted U.S. Patent No.9,781,984, which covers "dynamic fit adjustment for wearable devices."Apparently the idea is that the band for your Apple Watch will adjust to the size of your wrist, either automatically or by tinkering with a setting.Not only is this attractive because it will save you a few seconds in the morning, as Apple says in the patent filing, but it'll also ensure the biometric sensors built into the Apple Watch will get an optimal reading.At the very least, it'll make the watch more comfortable.
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The Dow Jones newswire reported some mind-blowing news today: Google is acquiring Apple for the relatively paltry price of $9 billion (£6.8 billion), thanks to an agreement revealed in Steve Jobs’ will.But the news—and the multiple alerts that the newswire blasted out—were bogus.“In a surprise move to anyone who is alive, Google said it’s going to buy Apple for $9 billion,” read a report by Josee Rose.“Google Chief Executive Larry Page had secret talks with the now-deceased Steve Jobs in 2010 to firm up the deal... Obviously Google will move into Apple’s fancy headquarters.The story was originally reported by 9to5Mac after traders began sharing the strange news alerts on Twitter.Since the news was very obviously fake, the incident does not seem to have made much of an impact on the market, other than Apple’s stock price briefly going up to $158 (£120), according to 9to5Mac.
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