Malcolm Vanderveen

Malcolm Vanderveen

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Excellent example of how a brand used influencer marketing to go viral just in time to become the 1 hottest product on Amazon.
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Earth as we know it might not last forever.If sea level rise triggers flooding in our cities, if climate change makes it impossible to grow food for billions of people, or if there's some other as-yet unthinkable apocalyptic disaster, humans will need a new home.The architects at Shimizu Corporation, a Tokyo-based firm, want to build underwater cities that they call Ocean Spirals.There are no concrete plans to construct an Ocean Spiral, which project leader Masaki Takeuch estimates would cost $26 billion.But the renderings are certainly fantastical.Check them out below.
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The latest version of the Windows 10 preview adds UI improvements, bug fixes and eBooks ahead of Creators UpdateMicrosoft is adding ebook support to Windows 10 with Windows Insiders gaining early access to the feature, alongside a number of new UI elements.Users will be able to purchase ebooks from the Windows Store and read them from the Edge web browser.A dedicated hub for reading material will appear alongside bookmarks, history, downloads and reading lists for easy access.Font, text size and themes can all be customised and users will even be able to ask Cortana for help and view embedded video and audio.In addition to purchaseing books, users will also be able to read DRM-free EPUB files and PDFs.
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Ah, don't you just love it with enormous, faceless corporations do something nice?Amazon has today announced that to "thank customers" for voting it number one in the 2017 UK Customer Satisfaction Index, the company will chop a tenner off of your order at the check out, providing that you a spend over £50 and b enter the code "BIGTHANKS" at the checkout.The poll appears to be surprisingly robust: It was a survey of 10,000 consumers, and is run by the Institute of Customer Service.This year is apparently the second year in a row that Amazon has picked up the accolade.There is one important thing to note: The offer is only available on Amazon retail items, rather than on items sold by third party sellers - nor will it work on digital content or on Amazon's supermarket-style Fresh or Pantry orders.But hey, a tenner off?
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Our latest Five to Try column is loaded with enticing new Android apps and games, and all of them are free downloads as well.Color by Disney leads this week s offerings with a subscription-based coloring book service for all ages, while The Lego Batman Movie Game ties into the upcoming flick with a weird blend of endless running and… Batman as a DJ?Note: We planned to include current photo-altering sensation Meitu in this week s column, but ultimately pulled it due to concerns shared by security experts over its extensive permission requests and data being shared with external servers.It s the app that has produced the surely dozens of anime-stylized selfies you ve seen on social media over the last couple days, but we recommend waiting to download it until there's a satisfactory explanation of exactly what is going on behind the scenes, or an app update to change its behavior.Filling in each little section of a design is as straightforward as picking a color and then tapping, and the app includes hundreds of colors alongside some extra effects.Color by Disney has a few free pieces of art on tap, albeit with a limited color palette available, but the bulk of the app is premium: you ll need to pay $3/week, $8/month, or $40/year for access to the ever-expanding library of artwork and features.
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When will those features go from being available only on the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro, and move across the entire Mac product line?It s probably only a matter of time before the Touch Bar and Touch ID sensor crop up on the MacBook, if for no other reason than it s a laptop and Apple has already showed how to integrate those features into a laptop.But Apple apparently has solved the issue of biometric validation over a wireless connection, since you can now use Apple Pay on the Mac by validating your purchase via an iPhone s Touch ID sensor.I could see Apple integrating it into a forthcoming update to its Magic Keyboard.Currently the Magic Trackpad is edge-to-edge touch surface, but I could see Apple adding a small border at the top or side that would include a Touch ID sensor.Adding it to Apple s external pointing devices would go a long way to making it nearly ubiquitous.
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An organised cybercriminal gang is is using Google services to issue command and control C communications to help monitor and control the machines of unsuspecting malware victims.The Carbanak hacking group is one of the most successful cybercriminal operations in the world.Since it started operating in 2013, the gang has attacked banks, e-payment systems and financial institutions across the globe using Trojan malware in a stealthy and continuous campaign, making off with a suspected total of over $1 billion in stolen funds.Carbanak - also known as Anunak - is a highly organised group and continually evolves its tactics in order to continue to carry out cybercrime while avoiding detection by potential targets and the authorities.The latest malicious scheme by the group - dubbed Digital Plagiarist - sees the group using office documents hosted on mirrored domains in order to distribute the malware.This instance of malware is distributed using the common method of hiding a malicious document - this time disguised as an RTF file - inside a phishing email.
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With an Arduino and 3D printer, you can build your own bagpipe-playing robot -- called Ardu McDuino, naturally!Okay, so it s kind of a gloomy thought so early in 2017, but would there be a more Cool Tech way to close out your eventual funeral — years in the future, mind you!— than by having a 3D-printed robot play the bagpipes?Thanks to Instructables user XenonJohn, such a slightly morbid wish is no longer out of the realm of possibility — and all you ll need is a 3D printer, Arduino, and bagpipe chanter to make it a reality.A bagpipe chanter, for those unfamiliar with it, is a recorder-like instrument used for practicing to play the full-sized bagpipes.More: Take a listen to the first-ever concert using only 3D-printed instruments
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Around 20 000 norwegians let the car stand after the ban on diesel cars in the centre of Oslo.the Measure took effect in less traffic.Between midnight and 10 decreased the number of biltullpasseringar of diesel cars by 31 percent.On the other hand, the additional car traffic by 15 per cent.the net effect was a trafikminskning with 10 per cent, reports NRK.Tuesday's ban applied to diesel cars on the city streets, while the state genomfartslederna basically not affected.
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NFL Hall of Famer and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana announced a $250,000 investment in Blend today.The chat app and bot platform will use the funding to create additional chatbots, called Genies.The company plans to create 1,000 bots by the end of the year.I m very excited about Blend s push into the NFL; the potential for franchise engagement is exponential, Montana said in a statement shared with VentureBeat.The investment from Montana comes in the same week as Blend is launching Genies for each of the 32 teams in the NFL in a section of the mobile app titled Locker Room Talk.Genies were first made available on Blend last fall and deliver trending news stories and social media content to chat groups.Blend currently has one million monthly active users and hosts more than 180 different Genies, like Donald Trump, Rihanna, and Aria, a PornHub chatbot.
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When Gmail debuted 12 years ago it made a shift in how we thought about email.At a time when the norm was Hotmail's 2MB free storage, or using an ISP email address you were likely to lose at some point, the days of having to tightly manage your email storage are long gone.This has been helped by a clean interface to keep a tidy inbox and powerful search capabilities, so you can find and retrieve old emails at will.Gmail search is also speedy which makes it practical, even if you don't keep your inbox at all organized.For sake of brevity, I'll cover a few of my favorite and most useful Gmail search operators and then give you the full list below with some examples.If you don't want to remember any operators, clicking on the search box down arrow will bring up a dialog with useful ways to search, covering typical queries using labels, date, recipients, and so on.
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The new and improved default OS for the Raspberry Pi isn t just for hobbyist computer boards any longer.Thanks to an experimental version of the Linux-based software for PCs and Macs, you can use it to reinvigorate an old laptop and get a few more years out of an ageing machine.As we ve explained before, there s a lot to like about the Pixel Pi Improved Xwindows Environment, Lightweight OS.It looks great, comes with most of the applications you need, and isn t very demanding on system resources—which means it runs well on the older hardware you ve got lying around.To get started, you ll need to get the Pixel ISO image, which you can download here, on to a DVD or USB stick.If you re going for the latter option, Pixels creators recommend Etcher; for the former, you can use the tools built into Windows 10 via the burn to disc option in File Explorer or macOS via Disk Utility .
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Den tyska börsjätten Zalando har de senaste åren seglat upp som Kinneviks största portföljbolag.Men nu sker närmare hälften av omsättningen i övriga Europa.Det vill man nu ändra på.Vi har beslutat att bygga vårt första lager i Sverige för att förse hela den nordiska marknaden.Norden är en av våra snabbast växande marknader , säger Zalandos ene vd Rubin Ritter i en exklusiv intervju med Di Digital.Han uppger att målet är att etablera ett lager på cirka 20 000 - 30 000 kvadratmeter som ska kunna tas i bruk i slutet av året.
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For many of us the smarthone creation process is something similar to complex magic ritual and we can t really fathom all the necessary steps and processes needed for the gadget fully assembled and ready to leave the factory.So a quick peek behind the curtain can be pretty interesting.And thanks to the video supplied by Nomu we have a chance to see just that, quick tour of their mobile factory in Shenzhen, the chinese leyline and Silicon Valley of the East.So check out the following video to see the journey of the products through the departments, starting in assembly and visiting the labaratory for further testing and ending in packaging.More pictures in the gallery at the end of the article.Nomu is the up and coming maker of the rugged smartphones and so far the feedback for the recent trio of their resistant smartphones S10, S20 and S30 has been overly positive.You can find more information about the company, brand and individual models visiting the official website.
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Earlier this week, in a with the Times columnist Maureen Dowd, Thiel dove headlong into one of science fiction s most venerable debates.Asked by Dowd whether he was a bigger fan of Star Wars or , Thiel replied that, as a capitalist, he preferred the former.This latest salvo in an ongoing nerd battle would be all fun and games were it not for Thiel s deep involvement with the incoming Trump Administration—first on the campaign trail, and then as an adviser to the President-elect on technology.In 2011, for instance, he that he did not consider the iPhone a technological breakthrough.Compare this with the Apollo space program, he said, suggesting that feats of exploration, rather than advances in convenience and communication, are the real stuff of achievement.Two years earlier, in an essay published by the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, Thiel .
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When do you know you're finally done with optimizing in growth?Brian Balfour explains the one guiding principle behind the best growth strategies and teams:Systematic growth is iterative due to 4 factors...The second part of the essay presents 5 strategies to "embrace constant change" and beat fatigue, saturation, and flat aka zero growth.
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Pandora Media Inc. will reduce its U.S. employee base, excluding Ticketfly, by about 7% by the end of the first quarter, as part of a commitment to cost discipline.Pandora said its revenue for the quarter ended Dec. 31 will be above its guidance amid strong advertising performance.In October, Pandora lowered its 2016 revenue guidance and...
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As we have read in the past weeks, MGCOOL had spread some rumors about two new relatively cheap action cameras, the MGCOOOL Explorer and Explorer 1.This has been done to enlarge their market share and appeal more to people on a budget.MGCOOL said that both cameras will be out on the market in the first quarter of 2017.Today, the MGCOOL Explorer has been officially launched and here are all its final specs.The MGCOOL Explorer will be equipped with an Allwinner SoC, a Sony IMX179 image sensor and a 170-degree viewing angle.The camera will be able to shoot 4K resolution video, sports a 2-inch display on the back and will take microSD cards of up to 64GB.The Explorer will be able to go 30 meters underwater, with the provided case I assume.other than that it ll feature WiFi, 11 languages and a battery with a capacity of 1050mAh.That s nice and all, but what do we care if then it ll cost to much?
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Its launches reminded the industry how strategic an acquisition it will be, bringing significant depth and breadth to its new parent s auto offering, surrounding the core Snapdragon modem/processor with many other car-related chips, and adding valuable connections with the car industry and its channels.This claims to be the world s first one-chip system covering all global audio broadcast standards, including AM/FM, DAB , DRM and HD.Other companies provide a single RF front end to all these standards, but this is the first to deliver an entire system-on-chip SoC , rather than offloading some of the processing to a device CPU.This is part of NXP s wider push to simplify the connected car device ecosystem by replacing multichip systems with compact RFCMOS chips, which will drive down costs and encourage mass uptake.That will complement Qualcomm s existing presence in some Android Auto IVI systems, as well as its constant drive towards greater integration.The step from multichip discrete to a one-chip RFCMOS solution is a true quantum leap for the industry, said Torsten Lehmann, general manager Car Infotainment and Driver Assistance at NXP.
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On which type of insurance coverage to buy, 78 per cent of Hong Kong respondents are open to robo-advice, compared with the 74 per cent global average.A high percentage of Hong Kong consumers are willing to accept the use of robots – computer-generated advice and services – for their banking, insurance and retirement planning needs in future, according to a new survey by Accenture.The global consultancy found seven out of 10 respondents around the world would welcome such advanced digital retail platforms, which first emerged as robo-advice and automated trading systems in the investment banking sector.Piercarlo Gera, the senior managing director at Accenture Financial Services, said that financial institutions will need to put in place a phygital strategy that seamlessly integrates technology, branch networks and staff to provide a service that combines physical and digital capabilities, and gives consumers a choice .Institutions will need to put in place a phygital strategy that seamlessly integrates technology, branch networks and staff to provide a service that combines physical and digital capabilities, and gives consumers a choiceAccenture s global distribution and marketing consumer research, conducted in May and June last year, surveyed 32,715 respondents in 18 markets, including Hong Kong, Britain, Japan, the US and Singapore, if they were willing to solely receive robo-advice in future about which type of bank account to open and insurance coverage to purchase, as well as how to plan finances for retirement and what investments to make.
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