Mary Condie

Mary Condie

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In the next few days, Blizzard will begin to roll out Heroes of the Storm 2.0 — the biggest update for its popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) since the game launched two years ago.You can read more about the update on the Heroes of the Storm site, which details the new progression system, introduces Loot Chests and shows off some the cosmetic items that will be coming to the game.But the most exciting part of the update might be the promotion that launches alongside it.When Heroes 2.0 rolls becomes available in your region, you can log in to receive 100 gems for free.With those 100 gems, you can buy one of four Mega Hero Bundle from the in-game shop, each featuring a selection of heroes that suit a certain play-style.There’s an assassin bundle, a flex bundle, a support & specialist bundle and a tanks & bruisers bundle.
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To the uninitiated, Juicero is a $400 cold-press juicing machine that uses $8 packs that - it turns out - you can squeeze by hand (although the CEO does not want you to do this).The tech blogs and Twitter have been having a field day with the machine - some love it while some are calling out Juicero for being...well the b-word.Google Ventures and other investors have poured over $120 million into a company that is effectively redundant.Clearly, there has been some thought and R money that has gone into Juicero.Design-wise the unit is sleek and clearly went through a few iterations for it to look somewhat Apple-esque but the fact remains it is incredibly over-designed for the task at hand.It fails the TBD test instantly; Technologically it can do what I want (tick), Behaviourally people will do what it can and won't spend $400 dollars (big cross) and it seems a lot of others won't too so it fails the Data test.
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Architects, filmmakers, designers, and scientists fall into this group of elite PC users, and the high-end PC workstation is the class of machines that is made specifically for them.HP has long been a player and it announced a refresh of its own Zbook line of mobile workstations.The laptop line is getting four new machines and HP is focusing that the intellectual product created by each machine is kept secure.With that, the company incorporated its various device security technologies and software, including HP Sure Start Gen3 self-healing PC BIOS.First up in the new line is the HP Zbook Studio, which starts at $1,399, is the company’s highest-end machine that is built around an HP DreamColor 4K UHD (3,160 x 2,160) display with 100 percent AdobeRGB color gamut support.It is a relatively thin and light machine, at 18mm thick and 4.6 pounds, and is made from machined aluminum with diamond-cut edges to match HP’s recent design aesthetic.
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Like many publishers, Shortlist Media is placing its hopes on video to help reduce its reliance on display advertising.The publisher, home to free magazines Stylist and Shortlist, which are distributed in 10 cities across the U.K., is pushing the number of videos it produces from five to 60 a week across the two brands.The hope is these will serve as a shop window for the kind of video it can create in-house for brand clients.The DC Thomson-owned media owner has 160 staff in total, and has nearly doubled the size of its video team since last November, taking the total to 19 people.In the past six months the video team has been dividing its focus between creating videos that cater to female-focused title Stylist and content that appeals to its more male-skewing title Shortlist.Search-based editorial strategies are a solid way to drive video views and bring in traffic to its sites, which have almost 2 million monthly unique users, according to comScore.
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A powerful tool for creating 3D spaces like Unreal Engine is great for making games, but it has other purposes as well — and now Epic Games wants to emphasize this.Epic revealed this week that it is planning a series of webinars that will demonstrate the Unreal Engine’s capabilities as a visualization tool for architects.When a structural designer comes up with an idea, it is often difficult to convey what the final product might look like to other people.In the past, architects have relied on drawings or small-scale models, but something like Unreal can bring a design to life and enable people to move around in a photorealistic setting with natural lighting at a variety of scales.And with virtual reality, something like Unreal could even make people feel like they are standing inside a building that does not yet exist.The company is planning four free webinars with the first one kicking off April 2.That event will feature architect Fabrice Bourrelly, who will go over some of the reasons to use Unreal for architecture.Register for the webinar here.“Using models of Philip Johnson’s Glass House and Tadao Ando’s Church of Light, Fabrice will illustrate how Unreal Engine brings the emotion, mood and atmosphere of offline-quality rendering to the real-time, immersive and interactive experience of virtual and augmented reality,” Unreal community representative Chris Ruffo wrote in a blog post.
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Last week, Nintendo dealt a crushing blow to retro gaming fans when it announced that it was discontinuing the uber-popular NES Classic Edition.We’re still not sure what Nintendo was thinking—most companies do not choose to discontinue products that get such great reviews and sell out immediately and consistently across the globe—but the good news is, we might see a mini Super Nintendo at the end of the year.According to Eurogamer—a publication with an excellent track record for this sort of thing—“sources close to Nintendo” confirmed that a mini SNES is planned for a Christmas launch.Eurogamer says that its sources indicate development is well on its way.In fact, Eurogamer’s sources say that the development of the mini SNES may have led to the discontinuation of the NES Classic Edition:Nintendo’s plans for SNES mini are also a major reason why last year’s NES mini did not see a reprieve from discontinuation, Eurogamer understands, despite the latter’s continued popularity and sell-out status.
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More than 175,000 Arizona residents who received Theranos Inc.’s blood tests will receive a full refund under a pact reached between the embattled laboratory firm and the Arizona attorney general.The settlement, which requires Theranos to pay $4.65 million into a state reimbursement fund, resolves another outstanding legal challenge for the Silicon Valley firm.Theranos also will pay a $200,000 civil penalty and $25,000 in state...
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Google is introducing today an updated version of its Google Earth service with new features designed to make it more social and interactive.The company has a splashy launch event planned this morning at the Whitney Museum of Modern Art in New York City that’s aimed at highlighting the media partnerships it has struck to leverage the new features in Google Earth.Chief among them is “Voyager,” an expanded, interactive guided tour feature that offers specialized stories created with “some of the world’s leading storytellers, scientists and nonprofits to bring the planet to life with…a showcase of interactive guided tours,” wrote Gopal Shah, Google Earth product manager, in a blog post.These include such tours as “Natural Treasures,” a collaboration with BBC Earth that takes viewers through a series of habitats to explore the different wildlife found there.There’s also a tour of Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania, narrated by Jane Goodall.Google said there are now more than 50 stories in Voyager and that it plans to add more each week.The company has also brought in a version of its search engine’s “I’m feeling lucky” feature.Now, when a user clicks on that button in Google Earth, it will take them to one of 20,000 random destinations that were curated by Google staff.Finally, a new 3D button will allow users to see a site from any angle.If a user wants to share it, they can send the view as a postcard to someone else.These new features are available today for Google Chrome browser and Android users.The company says it will bring them to other platforms later this year.
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With the onset of improved artificial intelligence, fitness devices are getting a makeover.The latest example is the Vi, the voice-activated, AI-based personal trainer from LifeBeam.LifeBeam’s expertise in AI wearables comes from its experience developing technology for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Air Force.Vi is built into biosensing earphones with sound powered by Harman Kardon.It brings consumer AI to the next level by adapting to a person’s behavior, environment, and physiology to deliver tailored, real-time coaching that makes workouts more fun, motivating, and effective, the company said.“Vi is not like anything people will have heard or seen before.She is a listening, talking trainer that is aware of a person’s surroundings, physiology and activities inside and outside of workout sessions,” said Omri Yoffe, CEO of LifeBeam, in a statement.“Our vision is to build the best AI companion for body and mind.The natural first step was delivering an amazing voice-centric running experience, but we are already exploring opportunities to bring Vi to other devices and health and wellness settings.”To create the experience of a relationship with a life-like fitness companion, LifeBeam created Vi with a human voice powered by hundreds of thousands of audio recordings.
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The US Air Force has chosen Virginia-based defence contractor Engility Corporation to develop new defensive and offensive laser weapons to help drive optical warfare.Engility has been awarded $8.5m (£6.8m) to research new ways that infrared, ultraviolet, lasers and visible light can be used as optical radiation weapons that can be armed onto military aircraft, as part of the US Air Force's Optical Radiation Bioeffects and Safety (ORBS) programme.Optical warfare means using light instead of radio waves tor communications, sensors, weapons, surveillance and defensive measures.It is one aspect of the emerging military discipline "spectrum warfare", which includes electronic warfare and cyber warfare.The defence contractor will also be researching new ways to treat injuries caused by optical radiation, as well as formulating a system for caring for casualties during optical warfare, such as triage, diagnosis and treatment processes.As part of this work, Engility will have to simulate what laser injuries would look like.
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After too many years on the internet,I thought nothing could surprise me any more.And then I saw this face-melting Cassius music video.My face actually melted into a beautiful puddle of tears and teeth.
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Despite the artistic implications of its name, the Windows 10 Creators Update, which started rolling out April 11, brings with it several nuts-and-bolts productivity enhancements.Here’s an overview of four that can make a big impact on your day-to-day routine.Cortana is one of the most useful productivity features of Windows 10, thanks largely to its ability to provide contextual reminders around meetings, deadlines, and other important events.The Windows Creators Update remedies this glaring omission, enabling Cortana to issue a place- or time-based reminder daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly.The new feature is particularly helpful for more infrequent occurrences, like paying your car registration or renewing your Washington Post subscription, that tend to get forgotten until they come due.No matter if it’s in a cafe or a corporate office, an unattended computer is a vulnerable one.
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It's only an iPhone 6S 16GB.Still, here's Scotty Allen building one from bits and pieces.The explanation for his building project, he says, is that "You know the thrill of walking down a back alley in hopes you might find something amazing?So here is a 23-minute video of how he painstakingly put together his phone.The idea was to go around the public cell phone markets in the Huaqiangbei area of Futian, which is known as a a significant home of electronics manufacturing.First, Allen looks for phone backs.
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We told you it was coming, we told you how to get it before everyone else, and we even showed you some of the best practices to consider before upgrading your Windows 10 machine.And now it’s finally April 11th, or the day when Microsoft will start pushing out its next massive Windows 10 update to everyone.Windows 10 Creators Update is available as a free download as long as you’re already a Windows 10 user.All you have to do to get it is get Microsoft’s Windows 10 Update Assistant and start downloading it.Mind you, the update is quite hefty, weighing in at well over 3GB.That means you’d better make sure your computer has access to a dependable and preferably uncapped Wi-Fi or tethered internet connection, and that you have enough battery life to download and perform the update.
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Industry research institute Etla ceo Vesa Vihriälä does not believe the election results to affect very much the work of government if the true finns remain involved.vihriälä, according to the true finns are likely to select in June, a new president, under whose leadership the party will remain in the board election through to the end.If the basic finns goes, or is sent out from the government, possible is Vihriälä, too, that the Swedish people's party and christian democrats raised government support to the Center and Coalition cooperation.the national Coalition party and the Centre neither want new elections, because they have too much to lose, Vihriälä reflect Economic vaalitebatin his speech."politically, the biggest loss is for the true finns relegation parliamentary elections in the four largest among them less than ten percent of the party.""the Sdp and the center of the results were also losses, the previous low cost opposition, a position created by the expectations, the latter relative to the position of prime minister as a party."
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According to a new report in Korea’s The Investor, Samsung will give up producing digital cameras entirely to focus on smartphone and VR cameras instead.An unnamed official reportedly told the newspaper that the company is no longer “producing and selling digital cameras,” indicating the decision has already been implemented.As the digital camera market is increasingly gobbled up by superior smartphone cameras, times are tough for a lot of smaller pocket camera makers.Considering how awesome Samsung’s smartphone camera reputation is, we needn’t worry too much.The good news about all this is that Samsung will be able to put all that accumulated imaging know-how to good use on the best camera around: the one in your pocket.The last digital camera Samsung released, the NX500, was two years ago so this news will not come as much of a surprise to many.
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This is why part of the joy of football has been removed for Arsenal fans, as there is no variability to their overall results.At the end of every season they qualify for the Champions League and then get knocked out in the last 16, and every season it becomes less exciting for their fans.It has now reached the point where many Arsenal fans would rather finish outside the Champions League, and get a new manager, even if it risks a Manchester United-style freefall.The variable nature of the reward would be better, even if it involves more finishes outside the top four.At the heart of this is a powerful cognitive factor captured by a behaviourist called B.F. Skinner in the 1950s.And the pattern of that first experiment holds true for us.
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Every parent’s priority is to make sure their kids are happy and healthy.We also teach them right from wrong, providing insight and knowledge to help make educated decisions throughout their lives.So that’s why my mouth almost hit the ground while I listened to my 14-year-old, smart son protest that YouTubers, or ‘vloggers’ as he corrected me, did not get paid money to endorse or promote brands via their videos.He was adamant that I had my facts all wrong, despite working in the media and marketing industry, and it took a bit of persuasion to convince him otherwise.It was nothing to do with getting paid thousands of pounds or dollars; it was just purely for the love of the product.Despite ASA’s influencer marketing guidelines around labelling branded content, most kids are probably still oblivious to any kind of commercial partnership.
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E-handelsbolaget HM Fur tillhandahåller kläder med päls och säljer bland annat jackor, mössor och accessoarer.H:s jurister menar i en stämningsansökan att HM Fur och HMFur.com är förväxlingsbara med Härkena och att det hela handlar om ett varumärkesintrång, rapporterar Affärsvärlden.H kritiserar även att pälsbolaget märkt bilar med texten "HM Fur.com" med bokstäverna HM i rött.Marcus E Ericsson, styrelseledamot i Carl Philippe AB som kontrollerar HM Fur, menar att en av orsakerna till varför H väljer att lämna in en stämningsansökan är att H inte vill förknippas med försäljning av pälskläder.
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Hi all, made a couple of posts on here prior to this one but after some generic advice.Ive been with a small high end car dealer business for 8 months or so.Im comfortable with most parts of SEO however it has only ever been theory based learning with little to no practical testing.Could someone point me in the rough direction of where to start?The website itself has 0 optimisation as its not something the website provider offers.I have a rough idea of a process I need to go through but I wanted some clarification if I'm on the right tracks and if not, then what would be the best way to go about it.
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