Matthew Simmons

Matthew Simmons

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Even though Deadpool isn't one of the Avengers (yet), that doesn't mean Thor can't welcome him to the Marvel family with open arms.With the big Disney-Fox deal closed, other characters from Avatar, The Simpsons and even Deadpool now fall under the umbrella of Marvel Studios.So being the friendly sort, Thor actor Chris Hemsworth reached out on social media to Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds to make him really feel like he's part of the Marvel-Disney tribe.On Thursday, Hemsworth shared a piece of art on his Instagram by illustrator M.J. Hiblen showing Deadpool wearing Thor's classic helmet and holding a very tiny version of the hammer Mjolnir.The caption playfully reads "Our love child."Considering that Reynolds often likes to tease fellow superhero actors on social media -- we're looking at you, Hugh Jackman -- chances are we'll be getting a snarky response from the Deadpool actor soon.
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A flexible, scalable OSS CDP with a good privacy REST API?Commercial rivals have cause for alarmDoes your business need a Customer Data Platform (CDP) to store customer insights, such as behavioural data, or handle visitor profile management?Typically enterprises needing this kind of resource have had to pay for closed source proprietary software – open source alternatives are not thick on the ground.That means a: paying for a subscription; b: little configuration flexibility and c: few, if any, commercial CDPs offer integrators the genuine ability to build in a user interface for customers that lets them manage privacy, in a world in which that is becoming both a customer concern and regulatory priority apropos GDPR.A REST server that manages user profiles and events related to the profiles, it can be used to integrate personalisation and profile management within very different systems such as CMS, CRMs, Issue Trackers and native mobile apps.
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Professor Andreas Schütze and his team of experts in measurement and sensor technology at Saarland University are making available a free data processing tool that represents the very essence of a large number of their research projects.The free software enables very large volumes of data, such as those produced by modern sensor systems, to be processed, analysed and visually displayed very rapidly, so that researchers can optimize their measurement systems interactively.Members of the research team will be at Hannover Messe from the 1st to the 5th of April (Hall 2, Stand B46) where they will be explaining their open source software.The source code of the MATLAB toolbox 'Dave - Data Analysis and Verification/Visualization/Validation Environment' has been published at http://www.lmt.uni-saarland.de/dave.When engineers in research departments or research institutes conduct experiments with sensor systems they collect huge quantities of data and have countless signals to analyse - as a result, things tend to get very complicated very quickly.Juggling all of the numbers that come flooding in from the sensors can be extremely challenging.
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On Monday, we'll finally find out where Apple's billion dollars have gone.For years, rumors of Apple diving into a market dominated by YouTube, Netflix and other streaming companies floated around.We'll find out on Monday when Apple hosts an event at the Steve Jobs Theater on its campus in Cupertino, California, to unveil its long-awaited video offering.For Apple, the launch marks the first time it's making its services business the centerpiece of a major event.Last year, Apple became the first trillion-dollar American company but slipped below that mark three months later.Its iPhone business seemed to be on an almost never-ending rise -- until it suddenly wasn't.
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The landscape has shifted a lot over the past decade, though.Linux-based Operating systems have seen increasing acceptance among everyday users who are growing less shy about breaking away from the ubiquity of Microsoft and Apple software.It’s for that reason that this discounted Google PixelBookever even came into existence.Google jumped on this burgeoning trend with its own Linux-based computer operating system, Chrome OS, and in recent years, we’ve seen a number of great Chrome-based laptops – aptly named “Chromebooks” – burst onto the scene.Initially touted as inexpensive, compact, and lightweight alternatives to Windows laptops or Macbooks, these Chromebooks have come to compete strongly with traditional PCs, and Google’s own Pixelbook, now on sale from Amazon, is one of the best examples of these full-featured Chrome OS machines.At a quick glance, the Google Pixelbook could easily be mistaken by the uninitiated for a Macbook: It’s got a sleek, super-slim (just over 10mm thick) aluminum-bodied design and a 12.3-inch Gorilla Glass touchscreen display with an HD resolution of 2,400 x 1,600.
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“Weather Rescue” sounds like it could be a Baywatch-style TV show about the adventures of an emergency response team.The UK Met Office has an incredible trove of historical weather data in its archives that is trapped on paper.The collection goes all the way back to 1860 and includes the first weather forecasts coordinated by Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy—the same Robert FitzRoy who captained the HMS Beagle on Charles Darwin’s historic trip.After a storm sunk 200 ships off the coast of Wales (including the Royal Charter and its crew of 450), FitzRoy set about creating a network of UK weather stations that could telegraph daily observations to him in London.After some of the fishermen who ignored this new-fangled sorcery sank in the storm, the forecasts encountered an increasingly attentive audience.The Weather Rescue project uses volunteers—a group you could join by visiting the website—to read the scanned paper records of the daily measurements from the network Fitzroy created, which span a century.
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On episode 92 of Digital Trends Live, DT’s live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Nicole Raney tackled the biggest stories from the world of tech and interviewed some fascinating guests.On today’s docket: MoviePass is back, and it’s offering free movies … if you watch ads and let them scan your face via your phone.Also, AT’s CEO got a robocall during a live interview, proving the plague can catch anybody, and a new robot dog has emerged from the uncanny valley.Later in the show, Greg spoke to Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read to talk about tech issues the state government is looking at, including the potential of 5G, lack of internet access in rural areas, and blockchain.Over in DT’s New York City studio, gaming editor Felicia Miranda interviewed Natalie Casanova, also known as ZombiUnicorn, to talk about Casanova’s career as a Twitch personality.Finally, Greg spoke to Zach Sims of Codecademy, an online platform that offers interactive coding lessons.
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One important task that tidy eval helps handle is both useful and easy: incorporating functions from packages such as dplyr and ggplot2 inside your own custom functions.Let me go through an example.Using the ubiquitous mtcars sample data set, here’s how I might do a scatterplot of miles per gallon by weight, using dplyr to filter for higher-mpg cars only (I’ve also added a few style tweaks):theme_hc() + xlab("") + ylab("") +theme(plot.title = element_text(size = 14, hjust = 0.5)) +geom_smooth(method = 'lm', formula = y~x, se = FALSE, linetype = "dotted", color = "darkgrey")
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They have 113 million more active buyers on an annual basis than JD.com and grew revenue 652% last year.This is measured by a figure called free cash flow, a measure of the cash produced that is free to be used by the firm for whatever they want.Pinduoduo announced 2018 results on March 13, and at first glance it looks like Pinduoduo is producing tons of cash: “net cash provided by operating activities” was over RMB 7.7 billion (about $1.15 billion).Pinduoduo’s most recent press release does not give the components of net cash from operating activities, so I need to go back to their Form F-1 filed on June 29, 2018.According to “Note 2: Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” in Pinduoduo’s IPO prospectus: “Restricted cash represents cash received from consumers and reserved in a bank supervised account for payments to merchants.” Restricted cash is not freely usable and therefore should be excluded from free cash flow.Payables to merchants appear to arise when a customer orders a product, pays for it, and the cash is held in an account waiting to be paid to the merchant.
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“In my opinion, money is just a tool,” says Yosuke Tsuji, co-founder of Japanese fintech software-as-a-service (SaaS) company Money Forward.“Our goal [is] for everyone to enjoy their lives.[We hope] that people don’t have to think about money,” he adds.This is what motivated Tsuji to set up the company, where he serves as CEO, president, and representative director.Launched in 2012, Money Forward has built personal financial management (PFM) apps that allow people to track their money, plan their financial future, and optimize their spending, savings, and investments.Meanwhile, its cloud services for enterprises let companies streamline their back-office and accounting services, as well as their business-to-business-to-customer (B2B2C) cloud offerings.
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China-based Nreal wants to make a permanent place in everyday life for its ready-to-wear, mixed reality glasses (MR).Recent tweaks in the design and development of the AR smartglasses were revealed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.Holographic video conferencing sitting in the back of taxi is appearing closer to a mass consumer market reality as nreal, the small AR startup that has acquired $31 million USD in funding, tries to find the sweet spot between form and function: the groundbreaking nreal light mixed reality glasses are compact with small form factor, and doesn’t sacrifice brilliance of display.1080p, 52* field of view, and SLAM based environmental understanding offer a relatively affordable multi-sensory and immersive experience.The futuristic spectacles sport a sunglass-like design, weighing a mere 85g and recently updated with foldable legs for better portability and more natural look and feel.Stylish shapes, funky colors, and magnetic nose pads offer personalized fit and relative comfort.
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More than 500 individuals have been arrested for using Didi’s ride-hailing platform for fraudulent activity and personal data theft.In a work report released Thursday on WeChat (in Chinese), Didi confirmed Chinese police apprehended suspects in 25 cases during 2018, the latest in a series of measures to ensure compliance on its platform.The perpetrators allegedly took advantage of a system that Didi uses to pay its drivers prior to receiving payment from customers.The suspects registered for Didi user accounts with fake payment credentials.They then posted ads online offering Didi trips at reduced prices.Internet users respond to their postings and paid the fraudsters for the trip, though no money ever reached Didi.
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Last night, Facebook revealed that it found a flaw in January in its systems that stored user passwords in plain text, which meant that anyone who had access to them could read those passwords without having to decrypt them.The vulnerability impacts “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users.”What’s more shocking is that, according to cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs, in some instances, the company has been storing these passwords without securing them since 2012.The report also noted that because of the flaw, nearly 20,000 Facebook employees had access to the plaintext passwords of between 200 million and 600 million users, in a searchable form.However, Krebs explained that only 2,000 developers ran queries that rifled through these passwords:My Facebook insider said access logs showed some 2,000 engineers or developers made approximately nine million internal queries for data elements that contained plain text user passwords.
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Rift S adds some technology... but not enoughHands-On It's the annual Games Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, where the great and the good from the games industry converge to show off their new products.The big news this year is a new high-end headset from Facebook: the Oculus Rift S.The original Oculus Rift almost single-handedly kicked off the revival in virtual reality when its pre-production models started appearing in 2013.But while the Rift was a jump forward, and sparked a number of other companies to get serious about VR, the truth is that it remains only for enthusiasts.Critically it has slightly better resolution, which means it feels a little less like you have a phone pushed right up to your face.
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One of the fringe benefits of having an electric car is that for the most part, they require much less maintenance than a comparable vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine.Tesla is taking advantage of this after crunching the data on the last few years of service and vehicle data by moving away from a recommended yearly service program to one that only requires vehicles to come in when parts need to be replaced.This probably sounds crazy if you've never spent a significant amount of time with an electric vehicle, but think about it like this: What are the most common service items on your ICE-powered car?Oil changes, brakes and tires.Add in things like accessory belts and timing belts that degrade with use and heat and all of a sudden you have a pretty full maintenance schedule.An EV doesn't have engine oil to change, nor do the motors produce the same kind of heat that gasoline or diesel-powered engines do.
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Xiaomi is one of the more prominent OEMs supporting the Android One program, most recently delivering the Mi A2 series.It stands to reason that the company will offer successors this year, and it now looks like we have a few details.XDA-Developers has discovered that Xiaomi is testing three new phones, code-named pyxis, bamboo_sprout, and cosmos_sprout.The outlet notes that it’s standard practice for OEMs to give the “sprout” suffix to Android One phones.It’s also speculated that the third device (pyxis) is a Chinese variant of one of the Android One devices.Xiaomi previously released the Mi 5X and Mi 6X in China, which ended up becoming the Mi A1 and Mi A2 respectively when they received an Android One makeover.
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You can thank Nintendo for bravely venturing into a new type of virtual reality gaming -- one that includes a bunch of cardboard contraptions and quick-hit creative play.The new Nintendo Labo VR kit is the latest batch of cardboard contraptions you build for the Switch game console.I spent about 45 minutes sampling the mini games and using the Switch VR goggles with a bird, elephant mask, camera, blaster gun and wind pedal.And that's a good thing -- I needed breaks between games to prevent myself from feeling that VR eye-strain sickness.With one of the bird games, I'm squeezing down on two cardboard handles to flap wings on the duck-figured goggles, soaring around a land collecting food for overly dramatic baby birds.In another game, I press my foot down on a pedal attached to a big cardboard fan flap, so every press of the pedal offers a refreshing swoosh of air in my face.
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It looks like Nokia could be the latest tech company to be in privacy-related hot water — and in its home country of Finland, too.According to a report from Reuters, Finland’s data protection watchdog is investigating Nokia parent HMD Global for reportedly transmitting sensitive information to China.The investigation comes after Henrik Austad, a Nokia 7 owner said that he was monitoring traffic from his phone to find that it was sending unencrypted information to China when switched on.That information apparently included data like is location, his phone’s serial number, and his SIM card number.The Chinese server was reportedly under the domain “vnet.cn,” which is managed by China Telecom, a state-owned Chinese telecommunications company.After initial reports, HMD Global reportedly admitted to Norwegian public broadcaster NRK that it was sending data to China, but said that it was a software error and that the issue had been fixed in a January software update.
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Facebook’s continuing efforts to revamp and simplify its Messenger application took one more step forward with this week’s global rollout of message replies.Messenger users can long-press on messages—text, photos, videos, GIFs and emojis—and then tap the reply icon.The full original message will be displayed in the text thread so that it’s clear to participants exactly which message is being responded to.Twitter has been testing ways to make conversations easier to follow on its platform, as well.Vice president of Messenger Stan Chudnovsky unveiled Messenger 4 last October, calling it a new, simplified version of the social network’s flagship messaging app.The Remove for Everyone feature was rolled out globally in February, giving people 10 minutes to delete messages to individual people or groups.
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At the very least, there are some challenges that highlight season eight’s themes of pirates and treasure.Of those seven challenges, there are three that are available to free players and four that are exclusive to Battle Pass owners.It is likely, though, that you already own the Battle Pass for this season if you did the overtime challenges last season.You can find the full list of the week four challenges in our screenshot above.After all, a pirate-themed season wouldn’t be complete without some awesome buried treasure chests to discover on the map.It looks just as you would expect a treasure map to look.
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