Matthew Simmons

Matthew Simmons

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When Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was recalled, the tech world went agog and many were interested in how the South Korean tech giant plan to bounce back.The company responded by releasing the spectacular Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.Now, Samsung has big plans for its upcoming Galaxy Note 9.In a recent report, the company said that features like the S Pen will be updated.Samsung’s Global Product Planning Group for mobile represented by BJ Kang and Cue Kim revealed this in an interview.The representatives also noted that maximum efforts were involved in the planning process for Galaxy Note 8 and the assessment period was extended to ensure maximum safety.kim said that Samsung took cognizance of the features that users love the most in previous models and that guided them to focus on and improve the camera, S Pen and the large display in the Galaxy Note 8.
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For the second weekend in a row, Blade Runner 2049 underperformed at the box office.2 slot, dropping by over half to bring in just over $15 million, and coming in behind Happy Death Day, a horror movie about a college girl who dies and comes back to the same day repeatedly to try and solve her own murder.While the Blade Runner sequel has brought in almost $100 million overseas, it hasn’t been able to capitalize on the strong word of mouth and positive reviews that have earned it an 89 percent “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes and acclaim as a worthy successor to the original.Why didn’t mainstream audiences turn out to catch up with Harrison Ford’s Deckard 30 years later and see what Ryan Gosling would add to the story of Replicants?There are a few factors to consider.Adjust for inflation that would be about $15 million in today’s dollars.
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Ordinary, stupid human mistakes are more than bad enough.For example, Accenture left hundreds of gigabytes of private user and corporate data on four unsecured Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 cloud servers.What did you need to dig into this treasure trove?With those, an attacker could have also taken control of all the company’s encrypted AWS data.According to a survey from RedLock, a public cloud security company, “53% of organizations using cloud storage services such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) had inadvertently exposed one or more such services to the public.”Worse still, “it appears that this is trending upwards despite growing awareness about the risks of misconfigurations; earlier in May this number was 40%.”
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There’s a seismic shift taking place in entertainment – and its effect on digital service providers is profound.On-demand media consumption will change every facet of your service offering – and sooner than you think.Leading service providers are already adopting new strategies to capitalize on the on-demand revolution.Download the new S analyst report: On-Demand – Video’s Present and Future.Please fill in the short form below to receive a copy of this whitepaper - Fields labelled with * are mandatory.You may use these HTML tags and attributes:
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The best compact camera smartphone attachment you can buy is getting an Android version, and a heap of updates for the existing iPhone model that make it even better (and it’s already excellent).The DxO One, DxO’s first camera hardware, gets a free software update this morning that adds Facebook Live multi-camera streaming, time-lapse and more, and customers can sign up to find out more about DxO One for Android, with more details to be released on November 2.The DxO One, originally released in June, 2015, is a digital camera with a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor, similar to that found in the Sony RX100.But it’s even more pocketable than that pocket camera, because it does away with the colour LCD display, peering instead a simple onboard mono OLED screen – and plugging into an iPhone via the integrated Lightning connector when you want a real viewfinder.Basically, the DxO One combines the best of the top-end pocket camera world with the maxim that the best camera is the one you have with you, and it does it in a neat little package that works with a range of accessories including an underwater housing that make it a formidable go-anywhere shooter.Now, it gets a little more go-anywhere, with new accessories including an external battery pack that doesn’t add that much additional size, and that offers double the battery life of the camera itself, available for $59.99.
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Azeem Azhar, product entrepreneur and curator of weekly tech newsletter, Exponential View, discusses how AI can deliver real value for businesses and considers the risks related to the emerging technologyAI is a very odd nomenclature.It has a competing technical definition even amongst its real practitioners (mostly in labs).Take money machine Facebook: its ad business is entirely driven by the application of AI technologies and machine learning.The tech is employed to help create personalized newsfeeds to increase the amount of time that users spend on the platform.Digital industries will benefit first with the technology allowing the IT sector, for example, to advance through the automation of processes and more effective prevention of cyber attacks.
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Successor to the budget friendly Redmi 4A, the Xiaomi Redmi 5A has been launched with a price tag of 599 Yuan, approximately $90.The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as the Redmi 5A retains manual features found on the Redmi 4A with a few enhancements.From the design point of view, the Redmi 5A resembles the Redmi 4A with the only difference being the placement of the speaker.The phone features a full metal body.The front features the traditional navigation buttons on the bottom bezel with the top bezel housing the front camera on the right side of the ear piece.On the top left corner of the back, lies the primary camera with LED flash.
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Tom DeLonge has always liked UFOs.Now he wants to go meet them, and he wants your help.Tom DeLonge -- you know, the guitarist from Blink 182 -- has long been a fan of unidentifed flying objects.And to that end, he has gone and made it all official and stuff, launching the To The Stars Academy, with the help of "an elite team from CIA, DOD" and Lockheed Martin's Skunkworks.The Academy, because that's what I'm going to call it from now on, will explore "transformative discoveries" to "revolutionise the human experience", but "without the restriction of government priorities".You know, those pesky government priorities that have been getting in the way of Tom DeLonge meeting aliens for all these years.
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Photos and virtually all that there is to know about the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 series have been leaked in the preceding weeks – but what is left unknown is the possible retail prices of these upcoming devices.Well, we are just hours away from the official launch, and a privileged source has decided to spill the beans.Previous leaks and rumours suggested the mate 10 will come in four variants: the base Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, Mate 10 Lite, and the Mate 10 Porsche Edition.Cementing these leaks is the latest leak which gives the price details of three variants of the Mate 10 hours ahead of the official unveiling.The source puts the three variants as a base Huawei mate 10 with 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM, Mate 10 pro with 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM, and Mate 10 Porsche Edition with 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM.According to sources, Mate 10 pro will cost €599 (~¥4662), the 6GB RAM Mate 10 pro will go for €799 (~¥6219) while the 8GB RAM Mate 10 Porsche Edition will sell for as much as €1199 (¥9332) in Europe.
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The Boston Globe has set a challenge to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos ahead of it announcing its choice for a US city to house its second headquarters, to help the city propser.With just two weeks to go for contenders to put forward their ideas to Amazon as to what would make their North American city the best choice for a new second HQ, employing up to 50,000 people, the Boston Globe yesterday put forward a dramatic four-page challenge to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos:“You asked cities like ours to think big.But we challenge you, Jeff Bezos, as the founder and chief executive of Amazon, to also think big , and redefine how a corporation can help shape a city.”The Globe spelled out the problem: “We need the creativity and the resources of one of the world’s most innovative companies backing Boston as it tackles the challenges of our 21st century city: Expensive housing.A mixed bag of public schools that leave too many children behind.”
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Sorry to start off your week with some bad news: the WPA2 encryption protocol that protects your Wi-Fi router and connected devices from intrusions is rumored to have been cracked.That means that a hacker who is within physical range of your home or office network could crack your Wi-Fi password, listen in on your internet activity and intercept unsecured or unencrypted data streams (such as a password entered on a non-HTTPS site, or video from your crappy home security camera to the cloud).That’s to be expected, seeing as how WPA2 is about 13 years old now.The proof-of-concept of this attack is called KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attacks).The CVE outlining the security flaw is expected to be published at 8AM EST / 5AM PST / 2PM CEST / 5:30PM IST on Monday, and the site krackattacks.com which will carry more information isn’t entirely live yet, so that’s when we’ll know for sure just how bad things are.What does that mean for you?
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IBM has partnered with a Polynesian payments system provider and an open-source FinTech payment network to implement a new international exchange based on a blockchain electronic ledger.Blockchain can only be updated by consensus between participants in the system, and when new data is entered, it can never be erased.Financial services (see Bitcoin) was the first industry to jump on board the blockchain wagon.The new IBM-based service is designed to improve efficiency and reduce the cost of making global payments for business and consumers, and for Klickex and Stellar.org, developing nations.Participants in the Pacific region blockchain exchange include Bank Danamon Indonesia, Bank Madiri, Bank Negra Indonesia, Bank Permata, Bank Rakyat Indonesia, Mizuho Financial Group, National Australia Bank, TD Bank, and Wizdraw of WorldCom Finance.The institutions will collaborate to help expand the distributed ledger's use in other regions around the world, IBM said.
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Search has been at the forefront of conversation for advertisers in recent months as the likes of Google, Pinterest and Asos announced their move away from the traditional search to focus on image and voice search.The step back from key words and search engine optimisation (SEO) has also brought around many questions about the use of data, machine learning and the morality of paid search.At The Drum’s search breakfast, Daniel Wilkonson, head of paid media at Jellyfish, explained why he is worried that brands and marketers might be overlooking image search.Noting Asos’s recent image search update, which allows shoppers to snap an item they like in a shop and find similar items on Asos.com, he said: “I think, especially for fashion brands, image search is a great new way of providing an enhanced customer experience.“But it can be used for other industries as well, and I think this ties into discovery using image search and discovery.As humans we respond better to images and videos, rather than seeing a text.
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An Apple Watch notification helped save a man’s life after it alerted him to needing immediate medical attention for a blood clot in his lungs.James Green, a podcast and reporter, from Brooklyn, New York, tweeted: “Never thought a stupid lil wrist computer I bought two years ago would save my life.“Saw my heart rate go up, ended up being a pulmonary embolism.”The 28-year-old says he owes his life to the HeartWatch app, which monitors a person’s heart rate constantly throughout the day and notifies them when it goes above or below a certain threshold.Never thought a stupid lil wrist computer I bought 2 years ago would save my life.Saw my rate go up, ended up being a pulmonary embolism pic.twitter.com/r97uRcX0En
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“Fox and the Whale” is a brief animated film about a fantastical meeting between two creatures from different parts of the natural world.It’s the perfect breather after a long week.All Images: Screenshots via “Fox and the Whale,” art by Robin Joseph & Kim Leow.Every moment of this short, created by Robin Joseph and Kim Leow, floored me.Its oceanic pastoral setting is built with wonderful, slow-moving tableau, drawn from intimate close-ups and angel’s-eye-view distant shots that feel like landscape paintings come to life.The film’s ten-minute runtime is taken slowly, calmly.
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The new product could possibly reach consumers by 2020.US computer data storage company Western Digital (WD) has devised a way to make use of microwave technology on its write heads that can expand storage in hard disk drives (HDDs) by up to 40 TBs.The technology will make use of traditional HDDs that have 3.5 inch disks rather than solid state drives (SSD) that have become popular over the last few years.In spite of the compact nature of SSDs and their seemingly more reliable operation, most people still make use of hard drives simply because it is cheaper, Gizmodo reports.While a HDD right now has a maximum capacity of between 10 and 14 TB, the new type of write head, a small arm-like device that moves above the disc, creates a magnetic current and enables the writing of information.It copies data at a lower magnetic field by creating the right amount of energy necessary for it to work.
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New York Times journalists have been handed new social media guidelines to ensure its reporters aren’t perceived as biased online.Issued by executive editor Dean Banquet on Friday (13 October), staff have been advised to read the new guidelines “closely” and “take them to heart”.“Many of our journalists are influential voices on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms.The voices of our readers, listeners and viewers inform and improve our reporting,” Baquet wrote.“But we also need to make sure that we are engaging responsibly on social media, in line with the values of our newsroom.”Ahead of publishing the new guidelines, according to Politico, Baquet said staff “should not be able to say anything on social media they cannot say” in the Times whilst speaking at a forum at George Washington University on Thursday.
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Amazon said earlier this week that it was reviewing its options around the shows it was producing with The Weinstein Company.Now it looks like the company has made a decision and is moving to sever ties with TWC.One show, an untitled project from director David O. Russell, has been canceled entirely.Russell, along with stars Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore, released a statement saying they “support Amazon’s decision as in light of recent news and out of respect for all those affected we have decided together that it is best to not move forward with this show.”Another show, The Romanoffs from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, will move forward without The Weinstein Company’s involvement.This follows bombshell stories in The New York Times and The New Yorker, in which a number of women alleged that producer Harvey Weinstein had harassed or assaulted them.
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Retro gamers have been clamoring for original Xbox backward capability for years, and now Microsoft is poised to deliver.One of the surprise announcements at the 2017 E3 show was backward compatibility for some original Xbox games, meaning you’d be able to play some classics from Microsoft’s first console on Xbox One.Not many details were made available, but the company has confirmed that the planned feature is still on track for some time later this year.Many Xbox 360 games have been available on Xbox One for a couple of years.Although some reports suggest that backward compatibility is not a big deal for most gamers, Microsoft disputes those findings, saying that “players are highly engaged with backwards compatibility game titles.”In a wide-ranging interview with GameSpot from the Brazil Game Show, Phil Spencer of Xbox seemed enthusiastic about the upcoming feature.
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In response to a high-profile protest against Twitter, CEO Jack Dorsey said the social network will up its game when it comes to monitoring content and policing hateful and harassing tweets.Dorsey took to Twitter on Friday night to post a string of tweets about "critical" policy decisions he said the company had made earlier Friday.Twitter will take a "more aggressive stance" regarding its rules involving "unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorify violence," Dorsey tweeted.Dorsey's tweets came the same day as the WomenBoycottTwitter protest.The boycott was also designed to show solidarity for Rose McGowan, one of several people who've called out film producer Harvey Weinstein for alleged sexual harassment and assaults against women.Twitter temporarily froze McGowan's account Thursday after she'd posted tweets about Weinstein.
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