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Four cemeteries, from which at least 123 individuals have been excavated so far, have been unearthed near the remains of a medieval Christian monastery in Sudan.The cemeteries and remains, which have been excavated over the past two years, are located at a monastery called al-Ghazali near the Nile River.The people who were buried there lived about 1,000 years ago, during a time when a series of Christian kingdoms flourished in the area, according to Robert Stark, a doctoral student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, who presented the findings this month in Toronto at the joint annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society for Classical Studies.The discoveries include well-preserved burial shrouds that in a few instances still cover the skulls of the deceased, Stark said.In one cemetery, some people were buried in mysterious ways: For example, two individuals were found with post-mortem cut marks incised in their bones.See Photos of the Massive Burial Ground and Monastery
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By Robert Pease, Pipeline Performance Practice Lead for Heinz MarketingWe spend quite a bit of time here at Heinz Marketing helping companies sort out ways to improve their marketing effectiveness and increase sales pipeline growth.We are big believers in building the marketing plan to support the revenue plan and doing the funnel math that tells you how many leads you need to generate and explicitly states assumptions around conversion rates.The next level down of detail is deploying budget to specific programs and activities to execute the marketing plan and we have just released an Excel template that you can download no form to complete that does just that.Download the marketing plan and budget template!It is based on a spreadsheet I have used over many years that not only assigns dollars to activities but helps you think through when certain expenditures need to be made and how the overall budget will be deployed in a 12 month window.
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BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, has boosted its stake in Apple to 322 million shares, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.The firm now holds 6.1% of Apple's outstanding shares.That's up from the 5.7% stake it held in the iPhone giant in January 2016.BlackRock's Apple holdings are worth about $38.4 billion at the current stock price of $119.Apple isn't the only big-name tech stock that BlackRock has a significant stake in.It owns over 5% of each of Facebook, HP, and Microsoft as well.But Apple is a particular favorite of the BlackRock COO Sue Wagner, who joined Apple's board of directors in 2014.Apple stock reached a 14-month high earlier this week.Visit Markets Insider for constantly updated market quotes for individual stocks, ETFs, indices, commodities and currencies traded around the world.
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It looks like Asus s CEO, Jerry Shen has high hopes for the company s future, so after announcing earlier this week that he plans to double sales in 2017, now he admitted that the Chinese company plans to launch its Zenfone 4 series smartphones this May!It may seem strange and early, since the Zenfone 3 Zoom only debuted at CES two weeks ago, but this is the way to make more sales in the market: increase the number of available phones.We don t know much about the future Zenfone 4 devices, but rumors say that one of them will come with a 5.2 inch display full HD and a 4850 mAh battery.With these specs it doesn t look like a flagship model, but probably an Asus Max related device.
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As a huge network of professionals, LinkedIn provides 80 percent of all social media leads for B2B marketers.To help reach these audiences, data intelligence firm DataSift announced this week a new service that analyzes the topics and kinds of content that most interest specific job holders among LinkedIn s 467 million members.This new LinkedIn Engagement Insights, DataSift says, is the first such offering at scale.It utilizes DataSift s Pylon social analytics platform to deliver insights for finding audiences, boosting a brand or improving content for ad planning and content marketing.DataSift says it is the only strategic data provider for LinkedIn, and this is its first partnership with the social network.Search Engine Land's SMX West is returning to San Jose in 2017!
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Alongside new iPad Pro tablets, Apple is reportedly prepping a sequel to the don t-call-it-a-stylus Pencil accessory.The so-called Apple Pencil 2 will apparently include a magnet that allows it to attach to the iPad Pro s smart cover and as well as a shirt clip.The report from Letem Svetem Applem citing Chinese supply chain sources , suggests the next-gen Pencil will be much harder for iPad Pro users to mislay.Wednesday's report is given added credence by Apple patents that have explored ways of attaching the Pencil to the tablet.Apple first launched the popular Pencil accessory alongside the 12.9-inch iPad Pro back in the autumn of 2015.The $99/£99 accessory has been praised by creatives for its virtually lag-free responsiveness and ability to draw lines of any weight by varying the pressure.
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The VR API space is .Facebook's Oculus has its own SDK, the Oculus SDK.Valve has its own API, SteamVR, used with the HTC Vive headset.Parts of this API are open source, named OpenVR, and drivers have been built enabling SteamVR games to be used with the Rift, albeit forfeiting certain capabilities native to the Oculus SDK.The Khronos group, the industry consortium that stewards development of the OpenGL specification, is working on a VR specification of its own.A number of companies including Intel have banded together to create , an open source VR platform.
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The CIA posted almost a million declassified files online this week, offering a fascinating record of unexplained UFO sightings and the agency s secret operations.Around 930,000 documents, totaling more than 12 million pages, have been posted online.Previously, the files were only available to the public at the National Archives in Maryland.Spanning early CIA history, the Cold War, Vietnam, and the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, the archive also details a number of UFO incidents.A UFO search of the archive at Electronic Reading Room on the CIA s website returns 1,738 items, the earliest of which is dated 1942.Strange sightings are described in files such as a 1966 file detailing an unusual phenomenon on the horizon near the border between Iran and the former Soviet Union.
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Amazon has been granted a patent for a system that attempts to deal with the problem of autonomous vehicles navigating reversible lanes.The firm filed the patent in November 2015, and had the filing granted this week.It focuses on self-driving cars and how they would operate in a lane where the direction of traffic changes depending on traffic flow.Amazon's patent focuses specifically on communications between autonomous vehicles and road management systems, detailing methods of sharing lane direction information with driverless cars.The system laid out in the filing is applicable to any type of vehicle, including but not limited to cars, trucks, vans, buses, street cars, helicopters, trains, subways, aircrafts, boats, etc., regardless of how powered or driven.There's nothing in the patent that addresses Amazon developing its own driverless cars, but such a move would make sense given the company has its own fleet of semi-trucks that deliver products between Amazon warehouses.
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A popular Chinese photo-editing app has burst into popularity in the West, covering social feeds in airbrushed photos with huge, sparkling eyes.Although Meitu has been around since 2008, it has become an overnight success and was trending in Apple's App Store on Thursday.Meitu is a lot like other photo-editing apps — it has Bitmoji-style stickers, Instagram-style filters, and Layout-style photo collages.But the app really shines in its "hand-drawn" mode that is like a Snapchat filter on steroids.It slims jawlines, enlarges eyes, and adds a bit of sparkle to the whole package.Basically, it makes you look like a cartoon — and these images are rapidly spreading on social media.The company behind the app had its initial public offering in Hong Kong in December with a roughly $4.6 billion valuation, which may increase as investors learn that Western audiences like the app, too.Here's what using the app is like: View As:
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed its six-month investigation into the first Tesla Autopilot fatality and is not seeking a recall.The auto safety agency did not find evidence of a defect that would have required a safety recall of the cars, NHTSA spokesperson Bryan Thomas said during a
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By Robert Pease, Pipeline Performance Lead for Heinz MarketingCan you measure the ROI of content marketing?How much investment is required to see customer conversions that can be attributed directly to my content?As I covered previously in the Case for Content Marketing, investing in content marketing is a core component of a modern marketing plan and if you are not doing it, you are behind…or maybe missing out on a competitive advantage.Using content to reach your target prospects on their terms and in a format they choose to consume will have direct and meaningful impact on your sales pipeline and business success.Think of content as part of upper funnel activities designed to reach and engage your target audience with the goal of getting them to your website.
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The camera market has long been segmented into three basic categories: Cameras for professionals, models for the so-called serious hobbyists, and models for the newcomer.The market for aerial photography aka drones with real cameras on them is about 150 years younger, and therefore somewhat less segmented.This compact, low-priced $500, cheap for a UAV flyer is the drone equivalent of a cellphone camera, complete with an over-emphasis on selfies.As someone who falls somewhere between the professional and serious amateur markets which is to say I make money off drone cameras, but have not, thus far, felt the need for a pro level drone like the DJI Inspire 2 my first instinct was to scoff at the Breeze.Would I bring it to a high-end real estate photo shoot?The Breeze is lightweight and designed to fit in a backpack, though at 13 ounces, it still needs to be registered with the FAA.
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Netflix surprised Wall Street on Wednesday when it reported fourth-quarter earnings and subscriber growth.In the US, net additions totaled 1.93 million, much better than the consensus forecast among analysts of 1.38 million and Netflix's own prior estimates.Earnings per share were $0.15, two cents above the median forecast.Netflix's performance drove its stock higher in after-hours trading.On Thursday, it hit an all-time high of $143.45, up by 6%, in the first few minutes of trading.The streaming service is making a major push outside the US and investing heavily in original content that works for audiences everywhere."We are in no rush to push margins up too quickly, as we want to ensure we are investing aggressively enough to continue to lead internet TV around the world," the company said in its earnings letter.Below are some analysts' reactions to the earnings results and their ratings of the stock.
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The Elephone C1 Max is the first Elephone s phone with a large 6-6-inch display and, as such, we might even call it a phablet.The Chinese company shares with us what according to them are the real advantages of having this big of a screen.Let s find out!First of all, let s start with the obvious, the bigger screen allows people to enjoy their videos or movies even more.If you don t own a TV or you just want to watch something by yourself, get a pair of headphones.load the video on the phone and enjoy it; it doesn t get any easier than that.Same goes with games, the more screen real estate you have the more you are going to have fun with it as it ll get somewhat more immersive, no doubt about that.A larger screen also lets you share what you re watching with the people around you by holding it further away and thus increase the number of viewers.Another good scenario is using the bigger screen on the Elephone C1 Max to read e-books, ordinary e-book readers are about 7 inches so that s not a huge gap, doing so you also save money since you need one device less.Last but least, when you use a 6-inch phablet in map navigation mode it just gets much better.
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Deliveroo has launched a subscription service called Deliveroo Plus in six UK cities.Those that sign up to the service — priced at £8.99 a month or £89 per year — won't have to pay Deliveroo's £2.50 delivery fee each time they place an order.The trial launched on Thursday in Manchester, Birmingham,
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Serial entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson offered his unique perspective on business disruption, women in the boardroom, and a range of other topical issues during an on-stage Q at the National Retail Federation show in New York on January 16.The colorful Branson, a philanthropist, adventurer, and relentless self-promoter as well as founder of Virgin Group, the holding company for about 400 different businesses, entertained the NRF audience with anecdotes from more than 50 years in the business world.Every day there s something that makes me think, We could do that better, he said.Branson related some of his own experiences on the back end of disruption, citing an April Fools prank he pulled on the record industry in the 1990s, while he was overseeing record retailer Virgin Megastore.Virgin issued a press release at the time claiming that the company had invented a box that could pack every single song and album ever recorded.Apple s Steve Jobs had the last laugh, releasing the iPod in 2001.
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The announcement is the latest sign of trouble for the latest iteration of .Showrunner Bryan Fuller left the project in October of 2016 because he was too busy with his other obligations, leaving the show in the hands of Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts both worked with Fuller on in the late 2000s .At the same time, was from its original January 2017 debut to May 2017.CBS' decision to run the show exclusively on its $5.99-a-month All Access streaming service, rather than on live TV or on a generalized service like Hulu, has also sparked controversy.
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will be free to download when it launches; it will make money through in-app purchases.The game's "orbs" currency can be earned through combat or purchased with real money, and those orbs are used to generate new heroes.Each hero costs five orbs by default, which cost roughly 60 cents each when purchased in packs.The catch is, the orbs you receive come in random colors, and your generated heroes' attributes vary based on which colors of stones you spend in the generation process and even then, the heroes who appear once you spend these orbs are random .Nintendo actively encourages players to "spend more, save more" at this point until the random-hero generator coughs up your ideal swordsman, axe-wielder, or arrow-shooter.
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When it comes to something as deeply personal and emotionally powerful as a cancer diagnosis, few people are satisfied with a one-size-fits-all treatment plan.To find out what we can expect this year and beyond, I spoke with Dr. Clifford Hudis, CEO of the American Society of Clinical Oncology ASCO .He predicted major changes in precision medicine over the five to 10 years as routine tumor testing identifies genomic patterns for targeting expands, and drug matching to genomic alterations accelerates.Leukemia, some sarcomas, kidney cancer and a small subset of lung cancers are now identifiable as distinct molecularly with different treatments that have better outcomes.As the results of this matching, we re going to understand where precision medicine is paying off and where it s not.At the same time, one of the big challenges we face is as we develop better treatments, we have to make sure they re accessible.
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