Michael Ambriz

Michael Ambriz

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Unroll.me, the newsletter unsubscription service, was just busted selling off more data than most of us thought possible, so it goes without saying that many are dumping the service altogether.Good news though, a Google Script can unsubscribe you from a ton of emails almost just as easily.While Unroll.me’s primary feature was not just its ability to one-click unsubscribe, but to also “roll up” all the newsletters you do want, sometimes you have to make some sacrifices for the sake of privacy.Over at Digital Inspiration, Amit Agarwal put together a Google Script for bulk unsubscribing to newsletters.The idea for how this works is pretty straightforward: first, you go through your inbox and mark any newsletter you no longer want with the label “Unsubscribe.” Then, the Google Script parses the content of bulk emails, find the unsubscribe link, then automatically follows that link.With this script, you do not need to grant access to your Gmail account to any third party services, it just uses the Google account and services you already have.
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Driverless car tests will begin on Britain's motorways in 2019, when the computer-driven vehicles will share the roads with humans on a 60-mile route between Oxford and London.Manufacturers consider so-called vehicle-to-vehicle communication as the key to making self-driving cars work properly become safer than humans.A consortium of British companies led by Oxbotica, a spin-off from Oxford University which makes autonomous car software, is leading development of the vehicles.Tests so far have taken place on private land or in pedestrianised areas at low speeds.Not least because the UK's mobile phone network – and in particular the high-speed 4G internet service to be shared by vehicles talking to each other – is not universally available on every mile of every motorway.Network testing company Global Wireless Solutions has found smartphones carried in cars on UK motorways are, on average connected to 4G for between 30% and 84% of the journey.
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Digital Domain made its name as a special effects studio for Hollywood movies like Titanic and Beauty and the Beast.And now it is launching a whole family of creation, production, and distribution tools for virtual reality experiences — including a VR camera.In total, Digital Domain has made special effects for more than 100 movies, including Apollo 13, What Dreams May Come, The Fifth Element, Armageddon, Star Trek: Nemesis, and The Day After Tomorrow.I moderated a panel on Friday at the Silicon Valley Comic-Con with Rich Flier, managing director of business development at Digital Domain, and he said that while VR is a small market now, the company believes it will be a big part of its business in five years.Digital Domain went bankrupt in 2012, and it was acquired in July 2013 by Reliance MediaWorks and Hong Kong-listed public company Sun Innovation.Digital Domain has created a highly portable new spherical camera with advanced livestreaming capabilities, new integrations with post-production suites, and a cloud-based VR distribution platform.It enables visual effects production, 360 capture hardware and software, real-time stitching and encoding, livestreaming, application development, and content distribution.The company is demonstrating its VR suite at this week’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas.“VR experiences can transport audiences to new levels of engagement,” said Amit Chopra, executive director and CEO of North America at Digital Domain, in a statement.“But the process can be a challenge for brands entering this new realm.We’ve made it much easier for our clients and partners by introducing a comprehensive suite of VR broadcast solutions that not only opens their eyes to what is possible but also dramatically reduces the production time and expense involved in bringing new VR content to consumers.”Matt Romano, senior director of emerging platforms for Syfy and USA Network, said on our panel at SVCC that Digital Domain had created the VR apps for most of his company’s VR experiences, including ones for the Incorporated and The Expanse shows.“Considering the complexity of VR production, the ability to work with a single partner for production, development, and distribution makes good business sense,” said Jeff Marsilio, vice president of global media distribution at the National Basketball Association, in a statement.
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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.Food production is getting ever more scientific.It's that machines are employed to ensure every precaution is taken to be sure food is safe.Yet a curious piece of news makes me wonder how effective these precautions are.The Food and Drug Administration and McCain Foods have issued a recall on two brands of frozen hash browns -- Harris Teeter and Roundy's -- produced by the famous food company.It's the first sentence of the announcement that stirs discomfort: "McCain Foods USA, Inc. announced today it is voluntarily recalling retail, frozen hash brown products that may be contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials."
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If you want an affordable portable speaker that actually lives up to the name, look no further than this Mighty Rock Touch Wireless Bluetooth Speaker deal.Weighing in at just under 10 ounces and measuring just 4 inches by 2.5 inches, this ultra-portable speaker delivers full room sound and is currently discounted more than 50 percent on Amazon.The high-definition stereo speaker has a rich bass producing undistorted audio for every occasion, from playing music at dinner parties to studying to streaming the big game on your computer.It features two powerful drivers that provide loud stereo sounds and two passive radiators to offer dramatically deeper lows than you’d expect from similarly priced speakers.The speaker is both easy to use and easy to connect, featuring touch controls and multiple connection options.The sensitive touch control lets you easily play, pause, switch songs, adjust the volume, and answer phone calls.
China
A federal judge on Friday handed down the longest sentence ever imposed in the US for a cybercrime case to the son of a member of the Russian Parliament convicted of hacking into more than 500 US businesses and stealing millions of credit card numbers, which he then sold on special websites.Roman Seleznev was sentenced to 27 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly US$170 million in restitution to the business and banks that were the victims of his multi-year scheme.He apologised to his victims and said he was remorseful for his crimes, but he urged the judge to consider his medical problems, the result of being caught in a terrorist bombing in 2011, in deciding his prison term.But Jones told Seleznev that the bombing in Morroco “was an invitation to right your wrongs and recognise you were given a second chance in life.” But instead, Jones said Seleznev “amassed a fortune” at the expense of hundreds of small business.“This decision made by the United States government clearly demonstrates to the entire world that I’m a political prisoner,” Seleznev wrote.US Attorney Annette Hayes said Seleznev’s statement was “troubling.” He told the judge that he accepted responsibility and then sent his lawyer out claiming the case was political, she said.
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Google has responded to a barrage of criticism that it must do more to tackle online hate by launching a series of workshops for teenagers on how to tackle hate speech and fake news.The workshops, called Internet Citizens, will be launched by YouTube, the Google-owned video streaming service, for people aged 16 to 18 in cities across the UK as part of its Creators for Change programme.They are intended to raise awareness around issues such as tolerance, empathy and abuse online.The government pulled advertising from Google and YouTube last month after adverts funded by the taxpayer were placed alongside extremist content on the video site.An influential group of MPs from the home affairs select committee wrote to the company, accusing it of “profiting from hatred” just days after accusing Google, Twitter and Facebook of “commercial prostitution” because of a failure to tackle hate speech on their platforms.The Labour MP Yvette Cooper, chair of the committee, said that despite reassurances during a committee hearing that the companies did not allow hate speech or terrorist content to be monetised, media reports had revealed that was not the case.
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It does not seem like Huawi wants to stop at churning out some quality phones on the market at prices that are lesser than major flagships.Just a few months after Huawei launched the Enjoy 6s, they are back with its successor, the Huawei Enjoy 7 Plus.Quite like its predecessor, the Enjoy 7 Plus will be aimed towards the mid range market.In the design department, the Enjoy 7 Plus does not differ much from the Enjoy 6s.The Enjoy 7 has an aluminium body with the front of the screen housing just the display without any capacitive or hard keys.Much like Huawei’s design methodology, the fingerprint sensor lies on the back below the camera sensor with the branding lying in the front where most manufacturers have a fingerprint sensor or the home button.Join GizChina on TelegramA couple of weeks back, the specs of the Enjoy 7 Plus were revealed.
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Amazon.com Inc.’s Twitch is allowing more broadcasters to make money on its platform, a move that could help the live-streaming business seize on challenges facing bigger rivals YouTube and Facebook Inc.On Friday, Twitch said it will open up its revenue-sharing program next week for more broadcasters to get paid whenever they receive “bits”—custom, animated emoticons that act as an online currency for viewers to tip them.
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Every few months now, a good obit goes viral.Val Patterson of Salt Lake City used his own 2012 obit as a confessional: "As it turns out, I AM the guy who stole the safe from the Motor View Drive Inn back in June, 1971."Chris Connors' 2016 obit reveals the Maine man's "regrets were few, but include eating a rotisserie hot dog from an unmemorable convenience store in the summer of 1986."When Pat Stocks of Toronto died in 2015, her son Sandy used her obit to list the old TVs and knick-knacks his mom left behind, noting that if anyone wanted them, "You should wait the appropriate amount of time and get in touch.We've come a long way from the days when obituaries were simple lists of survivors, college degrees and charities to which memorial donations could be sent.Today, whether an obituary is straightforward or silly, it has a reach far beyond just the subscribers of the deceased's hometown newspaper.
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Ad-blocking could soon come as standard in the mobile and desktop versions of Google's Chrome browser according to a new report.Sources told the Wall Street Journal the company has been working on a native ad-blocker that would be turned on by default within Chrome.According to the "people familiar with the company's plans," Google's own ad-blocker would filter out only certain online adverts – specifically those that have been identified as potentially providing a "bad experience" for users.At this point, Google hasn't commented on the claims, and the information is far from verified, but the sources claim we could get an official announcement within weeks.However, the company is also said to still be working on the project, and could decide to shelve it altogether if the last few issues can't be addressed.If the feature does go live, Chrome's native ad-blocker could, it's claimed, block all ads on a site that has been identified as having just one or a handful of inappropriate ads.
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Samsung’s recent phones have sure been pretty, but the heavy use of glass doesn’t necessarily inspire much hope in terms of durability.But YouTuber JerryRigEverything (whose real name is Zack, by the way), recently took to the S8 to town with his usual set of durability tests, and the phone survived with solid results.For those of you not familiar, the tests typically involve a scratching, bending, and even burning with a lighter, for some reason.The S8 seemed to manage as well as the LG G6, hardly even bending under the pressure applied to it.Perhaps even better news for those concerned about the Note 7 battery fiasco: when YouTube channel ‘What’s Inside?’ cut into the phone with a saw, the battery expanded and smoked a bit, but did not burst into flames.Even after repeatedly poking at the battery directly with a knife – a sure-fire way to get a lithium battery to burn up – the phone did not catastrophically combust.
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Japanese telecom giant SoftBank is leading a $16.5 million “strategic” investment into Dome9 Security, an Israeli cloud infrastructure security company.Founded out of Tel Aviv in 2010, Dome9 targets enterprises with a SaaS (software as a service) platform that helps them assess their network security and detect potential misconfigurations, while simultaneously protecting against cyberattacks.The company recently moved its headquarters from Israel to Mountain View, California.A recent Gartner report suggested that the global public cloud services market is set to grow 18 percent in 2017 to reach a whopping $247 billion.More specifically, Gartner forecasts that the highest growth will come from cloud system infrastructure services, otherwise known as infrastructure as a service [IaaS]), which is touted to grow by 36.8 percent to $34.6 billion this year.And this is Dome9’s sweet spot — its stated goal is to make “bulletproof security a reality for every public IaaS cloud at any scale.”This latest cash injection takes the company’s total amount raised to $29 million, and Dome9 says that it will use its newfound wealth to boost its global growth.SoftBank’s involvement here is no accident — as part of the deal, SoftBank will become the “leading distributor” of Dome9’s security platform in Japan.“As enterprise adoption of the cloud continues to accelerate, there is a growing need for cloud-native solutions that simplify security operations and compliance,” said Masayuki Motoshima, director of cybersecurity business development at SoftBank.“Dome9’s strong traction in the enterprise market attests to the value the technology delivers, and led to our decision to invest.”Today’s news comes a year after SoftBank launched a joint venture in conjunction with Chinese tech titan Alibaba.“SB Cloud” combines the collective technologies from the two companies and is the precursor to a new data center that will provide public cloud computing services in Japan, powered by Alibaba Cloud.
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Last month, the region of Navarre in Spain welcomed senior members of the travel and tourism sector from across the globe to the eighth International Congress on Rural Tourism.The conference brought thought leaders and specialists together to discuss and debate key themes including sustainability, digitalisation and technology, innovation in service offering and the value of partnerships.Over two days in Pamplona, delegates heard from a range of keynote speakers and panelists from over six countries, including the managing director of Glasgow-born agency After Digital, David Johnstone.We caught up with David to find out more...For the past eight years, this international gathering has supported the development of stronger international business links and knowledge share, ensuring the sector firmly focuses on what lies ahead.This goes beyond eco-tourism to also incorporate education and communication."
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Beamdog has been untangling old computer code for more than seven years now.You’d think the Edmonton, Canada-based studio would’ve figured out every conceivable hurdle to taking the old Infinity Engine code and making it work.Of course not.Planescape: Torment threw a new problem at Beamdog: the spells.Seems that Brian Fargo’s Black Isle Studio started working with the Infinity Engine — the game tool behind the beloved RPG — before it was finished (Baldur’s Gate came out first, but Black Isle began work on Planescape before the engine was finished), and Beamdog discovered a heap of issues when taking the old code and updating it for the Enhanced Edition.“… Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale are kind of like cousins — they share a lot of similarities — whereas [with] Planescape, the [Black Isle] team actually forked from a version of the Infinity Engine before Baldur’s Gate shipped,” Beamdog cofounder Trent Oster said over a video call.“They took something that was about two-thirds of the way built and started making Torment with it.So they said, OK, we’ve got some free programmer time and some free designer time, [so] let’s make the spells.”Some of these spells, Oster learned, were “data-driven, made by designers,” and others were hard-coded, with custom code.
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The biggest bummer at a festival like Coachella should be a spilled beer or a long bathroom line, not having your iPhone stolen by a highly ambitious but also bumbling criminal.Awful person Reinaldo De Jesus Henao found himself in handcuffs on Easter Sunday, arrested with more than 100 smartphones in his backpack, nabbed with the help of Find My iPhone.According to reports by KMIR and Consequence of Sound, victims noticed their phones missing and quickly used Find My iPhone on their friends’ phones to actually locate 36-year-old Henao still at the festival.The victims followed the suspect and alerted security, who was able to hold him until police arrived.At the time of his arrest, Henao had more than 100 smartphones in his backpack, which is at least 98 more than any person should need.Some of the phones are still waiting to be reunited with their owners in Coachella’s lost and found (which is online and glorious).
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Whether or not you think it's working on a car, Apple's new autonomous-car permit in California is certainly proof of something related to self-driving vehicles.According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles website, Apple is the latest company to receive a permit to test autonomous vehicles within the state.It follows a number of automakers, suppliers and other companies, including Uber, Bosch, Mercedes-Benz, Faraday Future and Tesla.While it's not clear what Apple has up its sleeve, something must be there, because the application process for this permit isn't exactly short.Not only do companies need insurance and basic things like that, but also they must include an outline for operator training and registration information for all vehicles used for testing.There's no guarantee that this means Apple is building an autonomous car.
Finland
the parking fees to rise at five in the municipality since the beginning of may, the interior ministry said in a bulletin.in everyday language the parking fee is often referred to as a parking ticket.the ministry of regulation on the basis of the beginning of may parking tickets will increase in Hämeenlinna, finland, kimito island, in the south of Kuusamo, Ruka built-up area, Mikkeli and Pori.Relatively speaking, the largest increase occurred Kuusamo ruka's built-up area.There a parking fee will increase to 80% from 25 eur to 45 eur.• the Hämeenlinna city 45 eur 50 eur
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Det uppgav chefen för Samsungs mobilverksamhet Koh Dong under ett pressmöte, rapporterar nyhetsbyrån Reuters.Galaxy S8 presenterades den 29 mars och är central för Samsungs ambitioner att resa sig från debaclet med Galaxy Note 7, som de tvingades dra tillbaka eftersom batterierna överhettades.Den nya flaggskeppsmobilen har överlag fått ett varmt välkomnande.Frågetecken finns för storsatsningen på den virtuella assistenten Bixby.Analytikerkollektivet verkar emellertid överens om att S8 blir en kommersiell framgång – och Koh Dongs besked lär inte förändra den saken.– Det är fortfarande lite tidigt, men den initiala responsen i förhandsbeställningarna har varit bättre än väntat, säger Koh.
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Fresh off Tesla becoming the most valuable U.S. automaker by market capitalization this week (at least for a day or so), the company’s restless CEO Elon Musk is firming up plans to electrify the truck market.Taking to Twitter, his preferred form of communication, Musk said that Tesla will show off a concept version of a semi truck in September.On top of that, a Tesla pickup is also in the works and will be unveiled “in 18 to 24 months,” he said.“Team has done an amazing job,” with regard to its concept for the Tesla Semi, Musk tweeted.No doubt he and other Tesla executives will have more to say on the topic on May 3, when the company is to release first-quarter financial results.Adding heavy-duty electric vehicles to Tesla’s lineup, which currently consists of a luxury sedan and premium crossover that typically sell for $100,000 or more, would be an interesting strategic move for the Palo Alto, California-based transportation and clean energy company.
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