Matt Ouellette

Matt Ouellette

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It seems like a natural fit for desert dwellers: Use the sun to scrub salt from groundwater or seawater and make it suitable to drink.Armed with oil money, the Saudi government’s Saline Water Conversion Corp. (SWCC) has already built the world’s most extensive network of desalination plants.However, like many facilities in Saudi Arabia, those plants are powered mostly by fossil fuels.Thanks to a steep drop in the cost of photovoltaics (PV), solar power is now starting to look like a tantalizing replacement.As of press time, desalination expert Thomas Altmann of ACWA Power was expected to argue that solar power is turning the industry “on its head” at a conference in Paris in April, according to a session description.Another solar desalination plant, in Morocco, has also failed to integrate the two parts.
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While you could honestly debate about whether Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa is the better digital assistant, Apple’s Siri is largely considered to be the worst of the three.Finally, it looks like Apple could be working on changing that — the company has been awarded a patent related to discovering trending topics in speech requests.As time goes on, new words and phrases are invented and begin being used in society — like “cryptocurrency,” and “bae.” These are the kinds of words and phrases that the patent is aimed at learning.As the phrases and words get used more often in social media, news articles, and web searches, the patent describes the system as being able to search archives of both live and recent speech traffic to find out if they’re being said to a digital assistant.If they are, notifications are generated to identify the meaning and context of the words and phrases and to provide usage statistics — things that could be helpful in ensuring that a digital assistant knows when a word or phrase is being used appropriately.The technology could be useful.
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If you’re a Chrome user, you’ll have one more choice this week for defense against phishing while you’re on the internet.Even though Microsoft and Google compete in a number of areas — Windows 10’s Microsoft Edge browser is a direct competitor to Chrome — Microsoft is making nice with its frenemy by releasing its Windows Defender Browser Protection extension for Chrome browsers.Although solutions already exist for Chrome — Google, for its part, displays a bright, red screen whenever you visit a website suspected of phishing or scam — Microsoft claims that Windows Defender for Chrome is superior and can stop more threats.When the company highlighted the merits of its Microsoft Edge browser, it noted that Windows Defender is 99 percent effective at thwarting threats.In theory, with Windows Defender available as an extension and working in Chrome, Chrome users should benefit from the same level of protection as Microsoft Edge.With Windows Defender engaged at the browser level, if you visit a malicious website, the screen will flash red, alerting you to navigate away.
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By the end of April, Target said it will offer same-day delivery for in-store purchases at nearly 60 stores in Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC.When checking out, shoppers at these stores will have the option to choose a two-hour delivery window for a $7 fee, while oversized purchases may also come with an additional $25 handling fee, according to an announcement on the company’s site.Target has piloted same-day delivery at four New York locations since 2017 and found its “Home” department was most popular among urban shoppers selecting delivery.“Scaling this handy service for city-dwellers in five major markets is just one of many ways we’re making Target America’s easiest place to shop,” the retailer added.Akin to Amazon, Target is also offering free two-day shipping on hundreds of thousands of items to customers who use their Target Redcards or spend more than $35.Target said that by the end of the year, it will also offer same-day deliveries nationwide through grocery delivery service Shipt, which is based in Birmingham, Alabama.
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Art in the 21st century is weird because the past that informs it is, for the first time in human history, preserved to an exhaustive degree and with pristine clarity.George Lucas made Star Wars to mimic and revel in Golden Age Hollywood serial films because those serials weren’t just in fashion anymore.You couldn’t run down to Blockbuster and rent the 1936 Flash Gordon.It’s all preserved and present in a manner that compromises attempts to modernize it.The artist can’t tease and toy with the rose-colored haze of memory, and they can’t throw out every convention and start over.This new PlayStation 4 entry marks not just the Japanese role-playing game series’ 30th anniversary but also the third attempt to make it a globally embraced institution rather than just a Japanese one.
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Netflix går som tåget och redovisar en omsättning helt i linje med vad man hade förväntat sig under första kvartalet.Under Q1 var omsättningen 3,7 miljarder dollar och man fick in 7,41 miljoner nya användare, totalt har man nu ca 125 miljoner betalande kunder världen över, man gjorde även en vinst på 290 miljoner dollar.Netflix spår att man under Q2 kommer få in ca 6,2 miljoner användare och Netflix förväntas lägga mellan 7,5-8 miljarder dollar på eget material, 1,3 miljarder dollar på utveckling och 2 miljarder på marknadsföring.
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Poor battery life is one of the major problems in our notebooks, and one of the worst strömtjuvarna is the monitor.to extend the battery life you can adjust the brightness.Select Settings, System, display options, and turn down the brightness with the slider at the top.If you have a computer with built-in camera, you can also adjust the brightness automatically when the ambient light is changed.another way to improve battery life is to turn off the apps working in the background.Take the battery out too quickly, you can check which ones are the big batterislukarna – and think about if you need them.
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It doesn’t seem like HMD Global is bothering keeping this one a secret.Or rather, it’s actually surprising that it was able to keep this new phone under wraps this long.Seen on a theater display in China, an ad for what is clearly being called the Nokia X appeared out of nowhere and has caught many by surprise.We won’t to wait long to find the answers, though, as the device will supposed;y be unveiled in less than two weeks.The idea of a new Nokia X phone is intriguing in itself.It’s not a new name, after all, and is actually the name of Nokia’s first ever Android phone.
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Sverige hamnar i topp i Europa med största andelen e-sportpublik via onlineplattformar, enligt en undersökning av analysföretaget Superdata och betaltjänsten Paypal.Undersökningen förutspår att den svenska marknaden kommer att omsätta biljetter, varor, sponsorskap och reklam för nästan 350 miljoner kronor under 2019.Och då räknas inte försäljningen av dator- och tv-spel in.Under 2018 beräknas den sammanlagda publiken att uppgå till 380 miljoner, en större publik än vad NFL drar.2015 visade MTG att man storsatsar på e-sporten genom att köpa upp event- och produktionsjätten Dreamhack för 244 Mkr.Tidigare samma år investerade bolaget i ESL, en av världens största arrangörer av e-sport som lockar hundratusentals fysiska besökare till turneringar.
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That all changed when NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft zipped through the system, revealing craters, deep crevices, valleys, and mountains on the distant moon—surface features that now have formal names.Dorothy, Butler, Kubrick, and Nemo—these are a sampling of the new names given to some of Charon’s most distinctive surface features, as proposed by the New Horizons team and approved by the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature.Some of the names, such as the Argo Chasma (a canyon) and Kubrick Mons (a mountain), were already in use by astronomers, but the IAU’s ruling now makes them official.New Horizons came within 17,000 miles (27,000 km) of Charon during its brief 2015 approach, changing what we know about it by several orders of magnitude.The 12 new names are international in scope, recognising “the spirit of human exploration, honouring travellers, explorers and scientists, pioneering journeys, and mysterious destinations,” in the words of the IAU.Here’s the complete listing of the new names:
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Facebook’s downfall has, it seems, been greatly exaggerated — at least according to Facebook .Even with the Cambridge Analytica fallout and subsequent DeleteFacebook campaigns, the site appears to be largely unfazed.An executive confirmed as much in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal.“We have not seen wild changes in behavior with people saying ‘I’m not going to share any data with Facebook anymore,’” Global Marketing VP Carolyn Everson told the site.And while the company has certainly been put under a microscope by Congress and other lawmakers internationally, Everson adds that Facebook isn’t really anticipating that much will change on the legislative side of the equation, either.”The engagement factor is staying still.
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Kygo Life is a relatively new brand with Norwegian dj Kygo attraction.in Addition to clothing collections, the company has also launched a bunch of headphones, where fashion and music meet” and ”scandinavian look and feel”.Well, when we pack up the headphones, we can conclude that it is a really neat creation.the Model we have chosen to look at is called the A9/600 and a couple of closed-lurking in the so-called over-the ear design.The first impression is that they are well-built with a sturdy construction that's also really good.You can choose between a traditional linking up with your smartphone, or slightly faster using nfc.
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People who fly small drones as a hobby may have increased regulations from the FAA if companies such as Alphabet, Amazon, and Ford have their way.A loophole that allows some private or occasional users to skirt past some federal restrictions may be closed and put added pressure on those who use drones recreationally.Bloomberg reported last week that the move is backed by the Commercial Drone Alliance, which has members that include Time Warner Inc. Amazon has separately supported such steps that would enforce the regulations on all drone users.Back in December, the FAA got its wish with a law that reinstated small drone registration for devices 0.55 pounds or greater, after a judge had previously struck it down in a case brought to court by a drone user.Tech companies supported that law, too.But those who had experience flying toy aircraft were opposed to the final ruling, arguing they already had appropriate guidelines.
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The iPhone X lets you unlock your device without even touching it.Now, it seems Apple may be working on a way to let you actually use your phone without touching it either.According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple is working on “touchless gesture control” which would allow iPhone users to “perform some tasks by moving their finger close to the screen without actually tapping it.” Think of how many styluses allow you to hover over your screen without touching anything, for instance.Granted, this would be far from the first time we’ve seen touchless gesture controls – remember Google’s Project Soli?and considering you’ll still need to hold your phone to use it most of the time, I assume this isn’t intended be a primary way of interacting with the device.Instead, it could be used for actions you typically can’t do on a smartphone (hovering over website menus comes to mind).
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Sure, they may not always be the best phones out there when it comes to things like cameras or razor-sharp displays, but they’re a fascinating example of what happens when you take a multipurpose device like a smartphone and turn it into a gadget that’s designed for just one thing.In this case, that’s sheer and almost ridiculously overengineered ruggedness.Joining the ring as a new contender for the toughest phone yet is the Sonim XP8, which recently went on sale at AT, via Android Police.It still runs Android Nougat, instead of the newer Oreo, and internally, there’s a Snapdragon 630 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (which can be expanded by microSD), which is all pretty standard.Cameras are a 12-megapixel rear shooter, and an 8-megapixel front-facing lens, but if you’re buying the Sonim XP8, it’s probably not to take pictures.The highlight here is a massive 4,900mAh battery that Sonim claims is good for 30 hours of talk time or 30 days of standby, which fits more in line with the rugged purpose of the XP8.
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Amid the woes Uber has faced in the UK’s Capital, a rival company has been backed by Mercedes-Benz in a bid to take over the ride-hailing business in London.After waiting a year to launch, the company will be setting off its ‘Via Van’ service in London from Wednesday.With the aim of overtaking Uber the company will be providing a shared ride-service, similar to UberPool, however passengers may have to walk a short distance to reach the car in order to make sure routes are not diverted too much.The ethos behind Via’s plan is to make life easier for commuters heading in the same direction, as well as encouraging more use of carpooling to better the environment.We really believe the future of mobility has to involve sharing,” Chris Snyder, Chief Executive of Via, said.“Londoners are amongst the savviest of consumers, always looking for the right mix of quality, cost, convenience, and social impact.
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Facebook has been burned and it is burning others in turn.Facebook has just announced what is probably its boldest and biggest fake accounts takedown.And while 270 or so accounts pales in comparison to the thousands it already removed, it’s the source of the accounts that makes it such a big move.Facebook has taken down most, but probably not all, accounts and pages connected to the Russian Internet Research Agency, the notorious Internet troll factory blamed for manipulating the outcome of the 2016 US presidential elections.Facebook has been accused of aiding that manipulation, knowingly or otherwise.Facebook, however, is really only the vehicle and means.
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GoFundMe, the startup focuses crowdfunding for charitable causes, has made another acquisition to scale up its platform: it has acquired YouCaring, a smaller rival, creating a combined community of 50 million donors in some 19 countries in the process.Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed, but it comes amid a flurry of acquisitions in the space as smaller companies look to consolidate in the face of growing competition from the likes of Facebook, and, it seems, Amazon.Other acquisitions among charitable crowdfunding startups have included GoFundMe buying CrowdRise (and relaunching it last month), and YouCaring acquiring Generosity.com from Indiegogo in January of this year.Crowdfunding has become one of the biggest levers for raising money over the internet.Using emotional storytelling campaigns that spread virally through social media (and more traditional media), charitable giving specifically has been given a huge boost.GoFundMe was already the world’s biggest platform for causes-based online giving, and this deal with extend its margin further.
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Sometimes a butterfly is more bot than botanical.Scientists in the bio-electronics lab at Southeast University in Nanjing, China, have created a "bio-bot" that could help save human lives, according to research published this week.The researchers created a butterfly shape out of hydrogel and added iridescent nanocrystals that mimic the color-changing properties of a chameleon's skin."After that, they added a layer of heart cells taken from a rat.When the heart cells beat, the nanoparticles get stretched and change color, creating the impression of flying wings," according to the MIT Technology Review.The results of the research are detailed in "Bioinspired living structural color hydrogels," a paper published in the Science Robotics journal Wednesday.
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Chinese phone maker OnePlus is known for making premium phones with top-tier hardware and offering them at hundreds of dollars less than high-end competitors like Apple and Samsung.As with past years, OnePlus is expected to launch a new flagship sometime in the summer, followed by another phone with incremental updates in the fall.This time around, we're anticipating the successor to the OnePlus 5 and 5T, which is assumed to be called the OnePlus 6.Below are some of the most appealing rumors that have circulated so far.Confirmed: OnePlus 6 will have a notchAfter much speculation, OnePlus confirmed that that its next phone will have a narrow black notch running across the top of its screen, similar to the iPhone X and other Android phones like The Essential Phone, Huawei P20 and Asus ZenFone 5.
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