Letha Byrd

Letha Byrd

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Following Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as the next Secretary of Education, the American education system could drastically pivot in unexpected ways.What we do know is that the declining state of education, and historical opposition DeVos has already faced for her views on its privatization, will lead to the development of new technological advancements from our top innovators over the next four years.Even prior to her nomination, higher education has become less accessible each year, and the ballooning costs won’t turn around under DeVos.The average in-state tuition for a four-year public university averages more than $9,000/year, with tuition and fees rising about 7-8 percent annually — twice the rate of average inflation.The White House hosted a gathering — fortuitously, the week after the election — of the most innovative leaders and organizations in education to discuss solutions to skyrocketing costs in the American education system.Each attendee from the Education Summit was hand-picked by Obama’s top higher education advisors and the Department of Education.
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One-third of the 500 billionaires on the recently relaunched Bloomberg Billionaires Index — including the top three — hail from the US.The 18 richest — culled from the global top 30 — are worth an astounding $793 billion — more than the annual GDP of the Netherlands, Turkey, or Switzerland.The two richest people in America are no surprise: Bill Gates and Warren Buffett maintain their lead at the top despite being the two most generous people on earth.But US tech moguls continue to creep toward the very top.Heavyweights like Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook add billions to their net worths each year as their powerful companies continue to grow in value and influence.Not everyone is an entrepreneur though.Inherited wealth has kept a hefty portion of the country's cash in the hands of a few families, as the Koch brothers, the Waltons of Walmart, and the heirs to the Mars candy conglomerate each rank among the wealthiest.Read on to learn more about the richest people in America.Note that Bloomberg does not report the net worth of its founder and owner Michael Bloomberg, who does not appear on this ranking, though other sources peg his fortune at roughly $45 billion.
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“WHY CAN’T YOU JUST LIKE THINGS?” one of my Twitter followers yelled at me yesterday as I tweeted about how the Switch seemed a bit too big to be as portable as many would like.It’s true that I am on the glass half empty side of analysis more often than not, and as such, I was expecting that I may not be quite as over the moon about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as most reviewers, handing the game so many perfect 10s it’s now one of the best-reviewed games ever made.An addiction to traditional open world RPGs.I’m probably going to break my only good sword.I hacked two to death, breaking the sword, watched one enemy bungle into a nearby hive and be murdered by bees, and I threw a bomb which cracked a tree in half, which fell on an enemy and killed him outright.But I was laughing, smiling.
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We've been asking for it for years, and now, it looks like Facebook is finally giving us a Dislike button.Facebook is finally making it easier for you to express your malcontent.That’s right, friends: instead of going on a rant on your favorite social media platform, just hit the dislike button instead.As per a new TechCrunch report, Facebook is testing out its highly requested feature, although it may not be where you expect it.As per a tip from tech blogger Hoan Do, Facebook Messenger appears to be testing various Reactions in its popular messaging app.Much like in Apple’s iMessage, if you hover over a message, you’ll see an emoji button that includes options like the thumbs-up Like, the thumbs-down Dislike, and various other emoji faces.
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Priset för en bitcoin passerade under torsdagen för första gången någonsin priset för ett uns (cirka 28 gram) guld, rapporterar Buisness Insider.Bitcoin värderades då till 1,241.30 dollar medan guldpriset låg på 1,241.25 dollar.Den heldigitala valutan passerades därefter av guldpriset igen under dagen men gick sedan om guldet ännu en gång under torsdagkvällen, svensk tid, enligt Bloomberg.Kryptovalutan Bitcoin skapades 2009 av Satoshi Nakamoto (vilket har påståtts vara en pseudonym) med målet att låta användare genomföra betalningar över internet utan involvering av en tredjepart, vilket möjliggör större anonymitet.Läs mer: Allt du behöver veta om bitcoinBitcoin-valutan saknar därtill central administration och påstås därför inte kunna manipuleras eller påverkas politiskt.
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Music Group Lorde has finally returned with new solo music, four years after her debut studio album "Pure Heroine," with its world-dominatingHer new single, "Green Light," comes from her hotly anticipated sophomore album, "Melodrama," due this summer. song online in a music video and on Apple's Beats 1 radio with DJIn an interview with Lowe, Lorde said the full album
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Hey, didn’t I see this…Basically, anything new that you see now was crowdfunded last year.Goji burgers, Article 50, those kittens… everything.But it’s no bad thing.If it means that this year we get to play with a paper aeroplane that you can fly using VR, then all power to its elbow.My paper aeroplanes never fly.
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Go around in hjulfötter and can jump over a meter vertical.After several mysterious, leaked videos have the robotics company Boston Dynamics (owned by Google Alphabet) to the last shown off its new robot Handle.Handle measuring close to two metres, can travel at over 14 miles per hour and can jump over a meter vertical.On one charge, it can take just over 24 kilometers.When it comes to function, balance and mobility using Handle of many techniques similar to what Boston Dynamics has used in the past but the robot is described at the same time as significantly less complex.Its wheels can travel smoothly on flat surfaces while the legs can get up close to everywhere.
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What happens when you are already rich as fuck and still need more.I just don't get the mindset of folks like this.
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“But … there were times when we couldn’t pay payroll, we couldn’t pay our suppliers, and it’s because 80 percent of our books are receivables, unpaid collectables.During one of the worst periods, I had to sleep in the office for three months because I could no longer pay my rent.I had to sacrifice my salary so we could allot the money the company had for the employees.”Fetalino knew he wasn’t alone.Getting a loan to cover the gaps was out of the question for most of them, since by law, businesses must be operating for at least three years before they can access financing and meet certain liquidity standards and other thresholds to qualify.Although alternative financing platforms often target borrowers who don’t meet traditional credit standards, they are constrained by the same regulations.
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Netflix Netflix's upcoming Will Smith blockbuster "Bright," which the company reportedly shelled out more than $90 million for after a two-week bidding war, has its first trailer.The movie is a cop thriller set in a world that is similar to our own in time period, but contains fantasy creatures like orcs andThe teaser trailer starts out looking like a typical cop movie
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As in, should Sony really stick 4K HDR in a phone just because it can - even though no-one will buy the Xperia XZ Premium?Sure, 4K HDR will likely look astounding on a 5.5in LCD - the kind of nice that’ll have fellow commuters reaching out to touch your phablet - but its very existence raises more questions than it answers.See, the Japanese manufacturer has lost out in a big way to Apple and Samsung over the last decade and, while it’s smartphones still sell, its numbers are a long way off its rival flagships.Its answer is to make incredible, relatively expensive phones that few people will buy - where the price tags are justified by features that don’t actually make your everyday better.Just as Sony’s Z5 Premium was the first phone to squeeze 4K into a phone, only for the world to say “OK” and wait until Samsung or Apple did the same thing a couple of years later, so it will be with 4K HDR on the XZ Premium.4K HDR is surely the future for phones, offering both incredibly sharp screen resolutions and a vast contrast range, delivering brighter highlights and deeper, darker blacks.
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Då och då kommer rapporter om att kändisars, och andra personers, privata sexfilmer läckt ut på nätet.Nu kommer en app som ska råda bot på detta – nämligen Rumuki.Rumuki är en kamera-app som installeras på två telefoner.Dessa kopplas sedan ihop med varandra och när en film spelas in, då blir den krypterad av Rumuki.För att kunna se på filmen måste man gå via appen på någon av de två mobiltelefonerna och då krävs det att båda parterna ger sitt godkännande genom en privat nyckel.Säkra din plats nu »
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Bike safety is something everyone gets pretty worked up about, from the cyclists risking their lives on terrifying London junctions to the drivers who have flashbacks of nearly hitting one.London-based entrepreneur Dominic Walters has been both, so he's crowdfunding BrightSpark, a set of clip-on handlebars for bikes that add headlights, laser projections, vibration alerts and car-style indicators.It seems like a no-brainer to add a bit more functionality to the classic pushbike if it makes everyone safer, and while the ideas in BrightSpark aren't new, it's a useful all-in-one package for adding tech to your analogue bike.- Twin headlamps with settings up to 600 lumens- Vibration alerts (if you've left your turn signal on, for instance)- Laser projections on the road on either side of you, like the ones on Boris Bikes
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Google's self-driving-car company Waymo filed an explosive lawsuit Thursday, alleging that Uber has used intellectual property stolen from Google in order to jump start its self-driving-car efforts.The allegedly stolen technology revolves around the "lidar" sensor — a key component of self-driving cars that uses lasers to map the surrounding environment.Here's what we know so far:Waymo learned of the alleged theft after one of its employees was inadvertently copied on an email that included machine drawings of what appeared to be Uber's lidar circuit board.Waymo claims the drawings bore a "striking resemblance" to its own lidar system.At the center of the lawsuit is Anthony Levandowski, an original team member of Google's self-driving-car project who left the company to co-found Otto, a self-driving-truck startup Uber acquired.The suit claims Levandowski downloaded 14,000 highly confidential files and trade secrets, including Waymo's lidar circuit board design.So, the three big questions that need to be answered are:Was Waymo's technology really stolen by the founders of Otto?If it was, did Uber knowingly acquire Otto to get the technology?Or did Uber simply perform inadequate vetting when it acquired Otto?It may be awhile before we learn the answers.But in the meantime, here's everything you need to know about Uber's relationship with Otto: View As:
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After a string of successes with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, Marvel Television and Netflix will attempt to make it four in a row with the upcoming series Iron Fist, which introduces the popular kung-fu master Danny Rand to Marvel’s cinematic universe.The final solo series before the protagonists of all four shows unite for a crossover in The Defenders miniseries, Iron Fist stars Game of Thrones actor Finn Jones as its eponymous hero.The series follows Danny Rand as he returns home after a mysterious disappearance 15 years earlier, only to face threats from both within his family’s company and from deadly enemies aligned against him in his role as the Iron Fist.A product of the ’70s, when Bruce Lee and martial-arts movies were all the rage in the U.S., Iron Fist joined Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, as the primary representatives of the genre in the Marvel Comics universe at launch.The version of Danny Rand present in the Netflix series keeps things a bit more grounded than his comics counterpart, but a healthy appreciation of the conventions of kung fu movies — and the sort of fantasy-fueled dialogue the genre is famous for — will likely make the series even more enjoyable.Be prepared for some heady talk of kung-fu powers and generation-spanning legacies that go well beyond anything we’ve seen in Daredevil, Jessica Jones, or Luke Cage so far.
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Will remember you -palvelulla on jälleenmyyjänään parikymmentä hautaustoimistoa.Nettotulos: –143 000 euroa 2015 Radiojuontajana tunnetun Jussi Heikelän startup Solace Media on tehnyt yhteistyösopimuksen Suomen suurimman hautaustoimistoalan toimijan, HOK-Elannon hautauspalvelun kanssa.Ketjun 12 hautaustoimistoa myyvät digitaalisia muistopaikkoja ja -esineitä startupin kehittämään Will remember you -palveluun.Startup on hakenut kumppaneikseen hautausalan edelläkävijöitä, joilla on läpinäkyvä hinnoittelu ja jotka hyödyntävät digitaalisia mahdollisuuksia.Syksyllä 2015 perustettu muistolehto ei vielä ole houkutellut isoja kävijämassoja.
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Abuse has driven celebrities and ordinary folks from social media platforms that are ill-equipped to deal with it, and some publishers have switched off comment sections.That’s why Google and Jigsaw (an early stage incubator at Google parent company Alphabet) are working on a project called Perspective.It uses artificial intelligence to try to identify toxic comments, with an aim of reducing them.The Perspective API released Thursday will provide developers with a score of how likely users are to perceive a comment as toxic.In turn, that score could be used to develop features like automatic post filtering or to provide users with feedback about what they're writing before they submit it for publication.Many publishers have been unwilling or unable to spend the time aggressively moderating comments on their articles and have instead opted to shut them down entirely and cede the discussion to social media platforms.
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Pebble’s name is well represented in the Kickstarter history books.Pebble Time, the company’s first wearable to feature a color e-paper display, currently sits as the most funded campaign of all-time with a haul of more than $20 million while Pebble 2, Time 2 and Pebble Core collectively generated $12.7 million and the original Pebble raked in more than $10 million.Given that level of success, most estimated that Fitbit paid anywhere between $34 million and $40 million when it acquired Pebble late last year.As it turns out, those estimates were a bit too generous.Fitbit revealed in its most recent financial report for the fourth quarter and full-year 2016 that it paid just $23 million for the assets it acquired from Pebble.The company also said it dropped $15 million to acquire Vector Watch the following month.
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Hey I just recently heard about this as a thing.People pay money to purchase 3rd party control over people's Facebook accounts and use them to advertise?
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