Mary Jones

Mary Jones

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Aaron Samuels is cofounder and chief operating officer of Blavity, the LA media upstart focused on African-American millennials, and he is a man of many talents.Samuels' early years as an artist and poet helped shape that focus, and he believes that by owning your own narrative you can reshape the way you live in the world.With the help of Samuels' cofounders, Blavity is emerging as a media juggernaut, a little more than four years after its founding."When you tell your own story, it changes the way other people see you, and it changes the way you see yourself," Aaron Samuels, cofounder and chief operating officer of Blavity, a digital-news publication geared toward African-American millennials told Business Insider.Blavity has been a hot topic in the media world since it closed a $6.5 million Series A round with Google Ventures in July, bringing its total venture investment so far to $8.5 million.That's an almost of unheard-of amount of money for an early-stage, black-owned startup, much less a new digital publication — especially one with a young, black, female CEO, Morgan DeBaun, Samuels' cofounder.
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The Honor Magic 2 has been completely disassembled by a Chinese news site.One of the included images shows exactly how the sliding mechanism works.At the end of October, Honor announced the Magic 2, the successor to its AI-focused smartphone.While the handset is impressive from a specs and camera perspective, the phone features a nearly bezel-less display thanks to a sliding mechanism that hides the front-facing sensors.Unlike phones like the Vivo Nex that feature a pop-up camera module, Honor separated the Magic 2’s display and fingerprint sensor from the body of the handset.When the user wants to take a selfie, they have to slide the front portion of the device down.
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Facebook försökte länge dölja hur mycket man visste om ryska påverkansförsök, skriver New York Times.När kritiken var som störst anlitade nätjätten lobbyfirmor som kallade motståndare antisemiter – eller lade skuld på miljardären George Soros.Ryska påverkansförsök och falska nyheter, läckor av miljontals användares data och en oförmåga att hantera spridningen av hatiska budskap.Under de senaste årens kriser har Facebooks devis varit att "fördröja, förneka och avleda", enligt en utförlig granskning gjord av New York Times.När grundaren och vd:n Mark Zuckerberg sade att det var galet att tro att Facebook hade använts för att hjälpa Donald Trump att vinna presidentvalet hade Facebooks egna experter utrett och samlat bevis för sådan aktivitet i över ett års tid, enligt tidningens uppgifter.Vittnesmål gör gällande att Zuckerberg och den operativa chefen Cheryl Sandberg "ignorerade varningstecken och sedan försökte dölja dem för offentligheten".
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November 14, 2018 - Scientists at Duke Kunshan University and Duke University are collaborating with InDevR Inc. to evaluate the FluChip-8G Insight system for the rapid identification of the influenza virus subtype from human and animal samples.The FluChip-8G test promises to be a faster and easier way to determine the subtype of seasonal and non-seasonal influenza viruses."Knowing that a patient is infected with a dangerous influenza virus could lead to early antiviral treatment, isolation of the patient, and early identification and mitigation of the virus source, which could save lives," said Professor Gregory Gray, the Principal Investigator for Duke Kunshan and Duke University.Study teams at Duke Kunshan and Duke are employing the FluChip-8G test alongside standardized WHO/CDC rRT-PCR tests that are currently used for Gray's research in zoonotic influenza virus epidemiology."We are excited to participate in the multi-month field validation of this technology," said Haiyan Gao, vice chancellor for academic affairs at Duke Kunshan and Henry Newson Professor of Physics at Duke University.It is also a typical example of how joint research projects between China and the United States can make people's lives better," Gao said.
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Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ordered his management team to only use Android phones, given that the operating system has more total users worldwide.According to The New York Times, the decision reportedly occurred after Apple CEO Tim Cook criticized Facebook in an MSNBC interview for being a service that traffics “in your personal life.”In those comments made back in March, Cook dismissed a question asking him what he would do if he were in Zuckerberg’s shoes dealing with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal by saying, “I wouldn’t be in this situation.” Zuckerberg soon after retorted in an interview with Recode that he found Cook’s comments to be “extremely glib,” and that “I think it’s important that we don’t all get Stockholm syndrome and let the companies that work hard to charge you more convince you that they actually care more about you.Because that sounds ridiculous to me.”While it’s not clear how Cook’s aggressive comments directly provoked Zuckerberg into issuing his Android-only order, it’s still a rational decision to make Americans use Android.
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Microsoft is today introducing container support for Azure Cognitive Services in preview.This will allow users of Azure Cognitive Services pre-made models to deploy AI via Docker containers for edge devices, in the cloud, or in on-premise servers.About 1.2 million developers have used Azure Cognitive Services, whose pre-made AI models can be adapted to meet the needs of companies and developers without the time or resources to make their own models from scratch.Container support may appeal to those who finding drawing AI predictions from the cloud expensive, businesses with privacy or data requirements, or anyone who simply doesn’t want to put their data in the cloud.“It’s [containers] become the default way to deploy anything, and so AI models wrap up really quite nicely into a Docker container.That’s how people want to consume it, and so that’s the way that you should author them,” Microsoft VP Eric Boyd told VentureBeat in an interview.
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After a year of hype and anticipation, Amazon picked not one, but two locations for its HQ2 project.Amazon also said it has selected Nashville to host a new 5,000-person "center of excellence" for its operations business, which handles customer fulfillment, transportation, supply chain and other activities.Tuesday's decision got positive responses from Virginia's public officials, who said they plan to use the new site to build up the are's tech jobs.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an incoming Democratic congresswoman representing Queens and the Bronx, was among several local leaders questioning the deal, tweeting: "Amazon is a billion-dollar company.Those numbers are now split in half, with $2.5 billion in spending on 4 million square feet of space and 25,000 employees at each location.Some of those problems may be mitigated by splitting the project between two cities, but they're unlikely to go away entirely.
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David Harbour says playing Hellboy in the upcoming reboot isn't quite so different from playing everyone's favorite Stranger Things Sheriff: "Good guys sometimes pissed off they have to do the right thing."In an interview with CNET Magazine, Harbour, who plays the titular Hellboy, made it clear that we can expect this version of the demon to be a darker, more tortured representation of the paranormal detective."(Hellboy) lives in a world where human beings don't accept him for who he is," Harbour said."So even when he winds up saving people, they still show up with pitchforks and torches to try to kill him.I think the biggest struggle for him is he's hunting down monsters, and yet he is one."2019's Hellboy will be the third big screen adaptation about the demonic hero; the previous two from director Guillermo del Toro in 2004 and 2008 were brighter representations of the dark comics they drew from that failed to capture the bleak tone of Mike Mignola's comics.
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And now, Amazon is back with another update to the Paperwhite that brings features like waterproofing and Audible audiobooks from a high-end sibling (in this case, last year’s Oasis), along with a slightly tweaked design and a $10 price increase.On the outside, the updated Paperwhite looks a whole lot like the 2015 model, and if you’ve used a Paperwhite anytime within the last few years, you’ll know what to expect.Amazon also says that the lighting is improved, with an additional LED for a total of five (for reference, the high-end Oasis features 12 LEDs, plus an adaptive light sensor for automatic brightness adjustment).But the two headline features that really make this an upgrade over the 2015 Paperwhite come straight from last year’s second-gen Kindle Oasis: water resistance and support for Audible audiobooks.At $129 for the entry-level Paperwhite, it costs nearly half of what the pricier Oasis does, putting what was already Amazon’s best-selling Kindle at near feature parity with its most premium model.The new Paperwhite is also plagued by a few issues that have dogged the Kindle lineup for years: Amazon still only offers support for 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, which is increasingly frustrating given the new support for audiobooks that can only download over Wi-Fi.
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With a name like "The Clovehitch Killer", you're expecting a movie about a killer.This is the story of a man who be a killer, and Skiles' taut, cleverly crafted script takes us on a ride to find the answer in the most ominous of backdrops: an all-American Kentucky town.Up and comer Skiles brings a chilling comedic touch to the family with a dark side.In the browns and beiges of suburbia, quiet teenager Tyler (Charlie Plummer of Boardwalk Empire) spends his nights sneaking out to meet girls in his dad's car.Night ruined, his suspicions turn to his dad Don (the brilliantly creepy Dylan McDermott), despite this squeaky-clean reputation as a boy scout leader and religious man.Don dutifully instructs scouts on how to hold a flag for a memorial commemorating victims of the Clovehitch Killer, a still-at-large serial killer who bound and tortured women and left a "clove hitch" knot behind as a calling card.
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Oregon State University's Cassie robot is a bipedal dynamo that can balance itself and go for walks.Cassie already bears a passing resemblance to the two-legged AT-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport) killing machines from Star Wars, so Cassie's humans decided to dress the bot up as one with a custom costume.The university's Dynamic Robotics Lab created the corrugated costume for Halloween, but then went the extra parsec and made a short video showing Cassie blasting off lasers and stomping through a forest.The video is a nod to the Battle of Endor from Return of the Jedi.There's even an Ewok stand-in.Fortunately for humanity, Cassie is designed to show how robots in the future could deliver packages, help the elderly or assist in emergency situations that are too dangerous for humans.
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I have listened to Tim Westwood for over 20 years from his time at Capital FM to BBC Radio 1.His late night rap shows were legendary with his live New York Rap exchanges with Funkmaster Flex.Whether you were a die hard or newbie to the scene, Westwood’s rap show set the bar for tapping into hip hop culture.It was my first discovery for major rap artists like NWA, London Posse, Public Enemy, Monie Love, Nas to Notorious Big.Charlie Sloth was handed the baton to connect with the next generation of Radio 1 and 1Xtra listeners when he took over from Westwood in 2013.He was handed a show which Westwood took years to construct and take to a national audience from his stints on Kiss and Capital FM in the late 80′s.
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With Fallout 76 just weeks away, some Nintendo Switch owners may be wondering if the multiplayer-oriented shooter may be in the cards for Nintendo’s hybrid platform.According to Bethesda’s marketing executive Pete Hines, Fallout 76 “wasn’t doable” on Switch, GameSpot reports.Fallout 76 is shaping up to be a massive game with a distinctly multiplayer focus, a change of pace for the series.Despite recently launching Nintendo Switch Online, the Switch isn’t exactly seen as a great console for online gaming.For starters, it would largely eliminate the on-the-go appeal of the Switch, forcing players to play it almost solely as a console game.But we also imagine the Switch would struggle to support the scope of the experience to begin with, given its limited hardware capabilities in comparison to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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Snapchat has hired Amazon's Jeremi Gorman and The Huffington Post's Jared Grusd to replace chief strategy officer Imran Khan.Advertisers see the hires as a much-needed move to help them communicate with the company and build relationships with marketers.At the same time, agencies need Snap to prove that it can broaden its user base away from its core teens to justify more ad spend, and some execs are getting wary that Snapchat cannot do that.Jeremi Gorman is joining Snap as chief business officer from Amazon and will oversee "global business solutions, global online sales, customer operations, and business marketing," according to a memo CEO Evan Spiegel sent to employees.Amid significant turnover in leadership, a sinking IPO, and increasing competition from Instagram, agencies are hopeful that Gorman will serve as their go-to contact at Snap, which is something that they haven't had under Khan's leadership."In comparison to other partners that we work with, Snap didn't really ever have an advertiser-focused lead," said Jeanne Bright, VP and head of social activation at Essence.
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AT has begun beta testing a streaming device that seems to be something of its own Roku competitor, according to a statement made by John Donovan, CEO of AT Communications, during the company’s third quarter earnings call.The device, first scooped a year ago by Variety is an Android TV-based set-top box which integrates other streaming apps and ships with a voice remote, according to an FCC filing.While AT didn’t comment on Variety’s report at the time, it did later confirm the device on an earnings call earlier this year.The box was then described as a way for customers to watch DirecTV Now or other streaming services from their home.The plan at the time was to have the device launched by the end of 2018, the company had said.Donovan said the service was in “beta testing” now, but added that AT planned to “roll out trials in the first half of next year.”
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Renting a tiny room in Nob Hill for too many dollars a month?This gear can help you make space for cooking.Pots and pans are some of the biggest space hogs.Your time is too precious to wash dishes by hand—you’ve already got a 10-by-10 room to keep tidy.A reservoir inside holds enough detergent for dozens of cycles.Cuisinart Smart Stick 700-Watt Hand Blender
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Samsung has hinted that it will show off its foldable phone in November at the Samsung Developer Conference.The hint comes via a recent tweet that includes an unfolding graphic.This fits in with previous rumors that suggested Samsung would unveil the phone in November.Samsung has given the strongest hint yet that it could unveil a foldable phone at its developer conference in November.In an official tweet promoting the event (spotted by The Verge), an animation shows an icon unfolding similar to how we expect the company’s folding phone to.The crossroads between the present and the future – Samsung Developer Conference is where you’ll meet the knowledge needed to stay on tech’s cutting edge.
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It might not be the best Android TV box available, but the Xiaomi Mi Box S is still one of the better options available.Pair that with the Google Home Mini, and you actually have an affordable way to use your voice to play movies and TV shows.You can spend even less if you look at Walmart, where the Mi Box S and Home Mini are currently going for $85.That is a $24 discount compared to the $109 you would normally pay if you bought the Mi Box S and Home Mini separately.It might not sound like a significant amount, but you can put the $24 toward a Chromecast or even a second Home Mini.You can pick up the Home Mini in either Charcoal or Chalk, but the Coral option is currently unavailable.
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The new eBay Instant Selling program will give you instant money for your old phone.All you have to do is snap some pics of your eligible phone and eBay will give you a cash credit toward a new phone on eBay.This is the third time eBay has tried a program like this, so hopefully, this one sticks.If you have an old smartphone lying around, eBay wants you to sell it.In fact, it is so eager for you to sell it, the company will give you instant credit for the device.That’s what the new eBay Instant Selling program is all about: turning your old smartphones instantly into cash.
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Almost lost in the noise about Microsoft yanking Windows 10's latest upgrade from distribution was the Redmond, Wash. company's decision to do the same thing with the newest Windows Server editions.Both Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server 1809 remained in limbo as of Monday."We have temporarily removed all media for Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server, version 1809," the company said in an Oct. 12 update to a blog post.We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused."Windows Server 2019 is the on-premises, perpetual-license successor to Server 2016, and like that software, will be supported using the standard 5+5 scheme, with five years of "Mainstream" support and another five years of "Extended" support.The former will expire Oct. 10, 2023, while the latter ends Oct. 10, 2028.
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