Letha Byrd

Letha Byrd

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While I loved "Curse of the Black Pearl" and "Dead Man's Chest," it felt like "At World's End" and "On Stranger Tides" spun a little too far out of control, turning to deeply convoluted magical MacGuffins and confusing plots.Instead of leaving with that happy feeling I mentioned earlier, I left scratching my head a bit and fearing the films had lost their way.Fortunately, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" regains its bearings, sets a course for the franchise's north star and breathes new life into the series by getting back to what made the first two films so enjoyable.The keeper of the trident can lift any curse and control the seas, so everyone wants to get their hands on it: Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), the young son of Will and Elizabeth Turner (Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley in brief cameos), hopes to break Davey Jones' curse on his father so he can have a real relationship with him; Lovable scallywag Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) still hasn't figured out how to free the Black Pearl, which is still trapped in a tiny bottle.He's also being hunted down by the terrifying ghost Captain Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem) and Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), who's become rich in the wake of the previous film and commands a fleet of pirate ships full of treasures.His shenanigans prove to be charming and funny and he's seemingly a more thoughtful pirate this time around.
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p In recent weeks, both Netflix and Disney have been threatened by movie pirates who demanded a ransom in exchange for not leaking big ticket films and shows.The producers of India’s most successful film of all time were also the victims of blackmail, and six suspects were arrested this week.You may not have heard of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, but it’s a big deal.It’s a mythological action movie that has grossed $184,077,677 worldwide.But what’s perhaps most impressive is the fact that it managed to break through in the US market which hasn’t historically been receptive to film productions from India.Baahubali 2 managed to make it into the top five weekend grosses while showing in relatively few cinemas.
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p Beyond cars, toasters and American GodsComment After six years as a formal project, OpenStack has survived numerous raids and famines and now finds itself in a not-too-weird space of being boring, on-premises infrastructure.That is, “boring” in the good way of focusing on what users want and fixing existing problems, only chasing shiny objects – cough, PaaS, cough, containers, cough, orchestration – as much as needed.Aside from a few exotic use cases like telco buildouts, the life for OpenStack is now tightly connected with private cloud use.While OpenStack spent much of it’s youth going after public cloud, that market has been won by Amazon, Microsoft, and Google, each of which has thrown up multi-billion dollar barriers to entry for anyone wanting to compete.Emblematic of this, Rackspace seems to have given up on their so-called “OpenStack-powered open clouds are the only clouds worth having” strategy.
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p Battery life is something Google hopes to tackle with Android O, and it plans to do so through a new battery settings menu and battery usage portrayed in a simpler and more understandable manner.When you dive into the revamped battery settings menu, the first thing you will notice is the lack of a graph.In its place is a large battery icon, with the battery percentage and approximated time remaining to the left.Power management tools that used to be in other menus, such as adaptive brightness, sleep, and a battery percentage icon for the status bar, are now consolidated within Android O’s battery settings menu.More significant is how contextual battery stats have become in Android O.When you enter the battery settings menu, it now displays the amount of drain as a percent and the amount of time each app was in the foreground.
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p Google’s using machine intelligence to kill two birds with one stone: Optimize apps and improve security.At the search giant’s 2017 I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California, Google announced a Google Play App Signing, a new cloud-based service that fine-tunes apps for a range of Android devices.Google Play App Signing, which launches in beta today, automatically adapts apps to fit different screen resolutions, RAM configurations, and processor models.And it compresses apps by eliminating redundant code.Google said it’s already made a tangible difference.Deliveroo, one of the group of select developers who were given a chance to preview Google Play App Signing, saw its Android app shrink by 36 percent — from 13.6MB before to 9.1MB after.
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p I go back to the basics by delving into the definition of "content marketing" and how it can be used at every level of the sales funnel.
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A day earlier, after the Washington Post reported that Trump revealed classified information to the Russian foreign minster, Sergey Lavrov, the White House had rushed out H. R. McMaster, the well-regarded general who replaced Flynn as the national-security adviser, to try to calm things.The alleged facts were obviously incendiary: the President, in speaking of the Flynn investigation with Comey, had said, “I hope you can let this go.” Trump’s critics greeted the news by talking immediately about obstruction of justice and impeachment.All it could do was issue a blanket denial, which said, “The President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn.”Thus, it was Comey’s word, which he reportedly documented at the time, versus Trump’s, at a time when the President is reportedly stalking around the White House cursing out his own aides.Republicans on Capitol Hill, although they have demonstrated a remarkable willingness to overlook Trump’s misdeeds and falsehoods, are ultimately concerned with their own political futures.On Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan broke the Republicans’ silence during his regularly scheduled press conference, which took place following a meeting of the House G.O.P.
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p Not everyone wants to place a heart-rate monitor on their chest or wrist.Sometimes you want a meaty sensor, something that won’t drain your battery and something that also carries your phone using a system of magnets that keeps your phone safe from harm.Sometimes you want the Shapeheart.Basically it’s a very usable, very clever heart-rate monitor that works with almost any health app on Android and iOS.It has a built-in heart-rate sensor that works on the meatier part of your arm.It lasts for 25 hours on one charge and is removable.
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the Entrepreneur and the artist Andreas Carlsson invest in liveplattformen Showify, it is clear from a press release.Showify is a liveplattform and music community website where artists directly on the platform can perform live and sell tickets to their show.Now, the platform has taken in a total of 4.5 million and in addition to Andreas Carlsson has, among other things Almi Invest joined in."Showify gives the oetablerade the artist, with a loyal grästrotspublik, a chance to earn instant money on their music," says Carlsson in the press release.Showity for discussion with other stakeholders before a next round is planned in the autumn.
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p If reliability is something you crave in a pair of shoes (if it isn’t, you may need to reconsider), I bet you have Cole Haan in your closet.And if you’re looking for a new pair for all the upcoming weddings you probably have, Amazon has you covered.They’re marking down four styles of men’s dress shoes all under $100, so you can relax about what to wear with your suit.
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The leadership of my company (all privately owned) is currently considering selling either a portion or the entirety of our company to outside investors, likely a private equity fund.I'm not concerned about my job (as I am likely on the way out before a transaction), but I haven't participated in a company's selling (just garnering outside funding from VCs, which is more incremental and not necessarily a fundamental change in ownership).My question for those that have experienced a similar process, does marketing need to do anything from a legal or policy standpoint?We own all outward facing materials to both clients and prospects, so I suspect existing clients would want some degree of notice.I want to make sure that any change in ownership is done by the books and that I can get ahead of it if at all possible.
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p The Blockbuster stores of old may have disappeared from our high streets, but renting is still alive and well when it comes to using the internet to watch movies in the comfort of your own home.But whereas renting a movie previously required you to trudge out to the local town centre to search desperately through the meagre collection of films on offer, modern renting is often just a variation on streaming movies online where you’ll lose access to a movie after a pre-defined period of time.Modern renting might be more convenient, and offer more choice, than heading to the shops to get a physical disc (or even, gasp, a video cassette), but in our opinion buying a movie still has its benefits.Enjoying a movie again and againThe most obvious benefit of buying a movie rather than renting it is being able to watch it again and again at your leisure.Thanks to the wonders of digital distribution, you can also watch a film on whatever device you choose.
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To spend half of their time at the different meetings is not uncommon today – even in fast-growing startups.Here are seven common meeting time-wasters and struktören, effektivitetskonsulten and föreläsarens David Stiernholms tips to solve them.Möteskulturen is deeply ingrained and says that at all cost we should meet eye to eye to discuss.”of course It depends entirely on what type of meeting it is.At a kick-off meeting before a project may all need to meet in order to get along and get to know each other, but for the follow-up meetings you can attend to the far more efficient digital.”Standing telefonavbrott is a distraction that is slowly but surely have been accepted as fully legitimate.
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p In just a few days, Google will kick off its annual I/O conference and the year of Android will finally begin in earnest.The company has been busy, but until Sundar Pichai takes the stage at the Shoreline Amphitheater, we won’t know for sure what Google has in store for the rest of 2017.The rumor mill has been oddly quiet with the show mere days away from starting, and we’re on pins and needles waiting to see what Google has to show us.Among our favorites, Google will be limiting background processes to eke out more battery life between charges, a new API will let us access password manager right inside Chrome, and picture-in-picture will let us work and play simultaneously on our phones.The first developer preview is for coders who need to do testing, and isn't part of the beta program.And we have to assume that Google is also prepping some long-overdue commands, like setting sleep timers, creating reminders, and reading recent texts or emails.
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p Tekniksajten Engadget rapporterar att det populära mp3-formatet har dödförklarats, detta då Fraunhoferinstitutet har upphört med både licensiering och support för formatet.Mp3 såg dagens ljus 1991, men det dröjde några år innan formatet mer eller mindre blev standard för komprimerade musikfiler.Till en början användes mp3 mestadels för piratkopierad musik, men så småningom började även skivbolagen att sälja låtar i formatet.
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The larger of the two, aptly called the Galaxy S8 Plus, features a beautiful 6.2-inch display that is packed into a body that feels far more compact than that size would suggest, and comes with the same gorgeous design, features, and capabilities as its smaller sibling.Which is why, we’ve rounded up some of the best protective cases and covers that are currently available for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus!In addition, a bumper case adds extra gripability, which considering the slippery nature of glass could really come in handy.At $24.95, the Rhinoshield is far from the cheapest case found in this list, but could be perfect if you simply want a little extra protection and grip without adding any noticeable bulk.The buttons are covered, and the case features precise cutouts for the charging port, speaker, headphone jack, camera, and fingerprint scanner.This case is just 0.35mm thin, yes that is not a typo, it’s that thin.
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Follow us here every Friday, or add us via RSS, iTunes, or Stitcher at the links below to take BtS on the road!Some of the most intriguing new stories include an X-Men team-up of Stark sisters Arya and Sansa, an old-man team-up of Sylvester Stallone and Jackie Chan, and a reported greenlighting of the long-awaited Downton Abbey movie.But first this week we’ll go into our usual Weekend Box Office Preview, such as it is.Amy Schumer appears to be having her own troubles on the big screen, seemingly unable to catch lightning in a bottle twice.Following the surprise hit, Trainwreck, Schumer’s new comedy opposite Goldie Hawn is getting only slightly better marks than King Arthur, and though the two seem to have given it their all, it’s the script that couldn’t get off the ground.Maisie Williams joins her Game of Thrones sister in the X-Men cinematic universe, reportedly set to star as Wolfsbane in the New Mutants spin-off film.
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p Sekä henkilö- että yhteisöasiakkailta kertyi tammi–huhtikuussa vähemmän tuloveroa kuin vuotta aiemmin, kertoo Verohallinto tiedotteessaan.Henkilöasiakkaiden tuloveroa Verohallinto keräsi 11 065 miljoonaa euroa, joka oli 215 miljoonaa eli 1,9 prosenttia vähemmän kuin vuotta aiemmin.Ennakonpidätyksiä tästä oli 9 447 miljoonaa.Niiden määrä laski viime vuodesta 1,2 prosenttia 117 miljoonaan euroon.Yhteisöjen tuloveroa kertyi tammi–huhtikuussa yhteensä 1 886 miljoonaa euroa.Se oli 80 miljoonaa eli 4,1 prosenttia vähemmän kuin vuotta aiemmin.
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in 2014, the company sold the co-founders Markus “Notch” Persson, Carl Manneh and Jakob Porsér his gaming company, Mojang, to Microsoft for 18 billion.Also, Carl Manneh and Jakob Porsér became billionaires.Now it is clear that Carl Manneh, ceo of Mojang, jumped on its first formal mission since miljardförsäljningen.He steps now into the board of directors for the Welcome App, which is an app that wants to make it easy for newcomers to come in contact with people in their new country.I have previously built the product and the community and hope to contribute with it, among other things, to see the Welcome's vision become a reality.in Addition, I got stuck for the founding fathers of the drive and the Welcome's potential as a whole”, says Carl Manneh.
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p If you’re going camping this summer, there’s a decent chance your phone will be protected inside an OtterBox case.The same may be true for your lunch, as it turns out.OtterBox has taken the wraps off its new Venture Coolers, a lineup of rugged boxes designed for holding food and ice rather than gadgets.The coolers are being offered in three different sizes and include things like an integrated cutting board, organization slots, and various durable accessories, among other things.OtterBox is perhaps best known for its ultra-durable phone cases, but it has also dabbled in the world of durable boxes, and the new Venture Coolers are no exception.These models are designed for serious outdoorsy folks who want to head out into the hot, harsh wilderness without sacrificing their cold beverages and fresh foods.
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