Michael Fewell

Michael Fewell

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No doubt included on the list of appliances you won’t want to transport often is a new espresso machine called the ‘AnZa,’ one created by designers in California who position the appliance as something like a kitchen sculpture.The appliance would match well with both modern home interiors and grungy, dark warehouse-style apartments.One would be tempted to think this model is unique, but it’s not.The AnZa espresso machine was made by design studio Montaag and an espresso repair shop (apparently those exist), the end result being a casual appliance made of everyday materials in a decidedly non-typical way.The bulk of AnZa is made with rough gray concrete, while the other components include Corian, wood, glass, brass, and steel.The team behind the espresso machine explain that AnZa is the result of both a ‘passion for good coffee and boredom.’ The team also made a secondary version of the machine, one made with additional Corian material rather than concrete as a sort of twist on the material (which itself is often found in kitchens as a countertop).
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Yet let’s face it: if you’re a pharmaceutical manufacturer, you still need to spend most of your time developing innovative drugs.And this is where outsourced application developers come into play.Many firms rely on the expertise of these developers to help them build technology solutions that are customized to meet their specific needs.Since choosing to hire an application developer is still a significant investment in time and money, it’s important to make the relationship a productive one.GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ]Unfortunately, this isn’t (yet) a skill that most software engineers possess.
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And here you were thinking that the Joker was bad.Executive producer John Stephens has been talking up Gotham series 4 at San Diego Comic-Con.As Screen Rant reports, the most interesting takeaway relates to the upcoming inclusion of one of Batman's most disturbing, bacon-loving foes.Yup, the disgusting Professor Pyg is coming to Gotham.Before we get to know the demented Lazlo Valentin a little better, here's the latest Gotham trailer:Back to Professor Pyg, and here's what Stephens has to say on the new villain:
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It’s the perfect time to kick back on the couch with a drink in one hand and a remote and/or controller in the other.Welcome to Off the Radar, a weekly column where I hope I can shed some light on that very question.Here’s how it works: week after week, I test a TON of products – everything from fantastic-sounding headphones and Bluetooth speakers, to the latest and greatest TVs and video game consoles.Rather than hoard all those great shows/movies/music/games, I want to share all those recommendations with you.To that end, I’ve got a few new recommendations for you to enjoy this weekend that I experienced while testing the Q7 QLED TV and the Pioneer Rayz Plus.Game of Thrones is available to stream on HBO Now/Go, Sling TV (the HBO add-on is free this weekend) and through on Amazon Video via Channels.
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Disruptive Indian operator Reliance Jio has launched a feature phone designed to bring millions of Indians onto its 4G network and deliver another blow to its competitors.The inevitably-named JioPhone is positioned to appeal to the many Indians who can’t afford even entry-level smartphones and seems also designed to bridge the smartphone gap in terms of features such as voice UI and to piss off its competitors even more.Voice calls, Jio promises, will always be free via this phone and it’s also offering ‘unlimited’ data for 153 rupees ($2-3) per month.The killer price point, however, was the device itself, which is ‘free’ in exchange for a 1,500 rupee (~$25) deposit that is refundable after three years in exchange for the used handset.It’s unclear what exceptions there are for things like damage, etc.Jio seems to like to use its AGM to announce major launches, as was the case this time.
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YouTube has made good on its promise to crack down on hate speech online by beginning to redirect searches for terrorist propaganda toward anti-hate videos in a bid to halt the potential indoctrination of viewers.The move will blacklist a glossary of unspecified terror-related keywords, referring individuals using the search terms to a curated playlist of videos designed to ‘debunk violent extremist recruiting narratives’.The video streaming giant will also develop video content of its own designed to counter extremist narratives at every stage of indoctrination.YouTube is moving to restore trust in the wake of an advertiser boycott in which some brands froze spend with the platform amid fears they may inadvertently become associated with videos espousing violence, extremism and hate-speech.The new tool is the result of research by Alphabet-owned think tank Jigsaw, which collaborated with anti-extremism organisation Moonshot in order to create the Redirect Method – a means of steering potential terror recruits away from their online recruiters.Over the coming weeks this technique will be rolled out internationally by incorporating a broad range of non-English search queries – each of which will be dynamically updated by machine learning algorithms in response to real world data.
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It’s nearly time for a new Star Wars movie, which means we’re even closer to emptying our wallets all over some new Star Wars toys in the run up—and the show for The Last Jedi is kicking off a little early at Comic-Con with the change to get not one, but two new figures from movie.Unveiled through Hasbro’s Toy Shop, the third Star Wars convention exclusive heading down to the obscene lines of San Diego this week—and from August 14th through Hasbro’s website, if you’re lucky—is a special early bird two-pack of Luke and Rey as they appear in the movie.Done up in special packaging, the 6-inch scaled Black Series figures depict Luke as he appears at the end of The Force Awakens in his “Jedi Master” outfit—the first time this version of the character has been available from Hasbro—complete with fabric cloak to dramatically toss off at a moment’s notice, and Rey in her new “Jedi Training” outfit from the movie, complete with lightsaber, staff, and blaster pistol.Poor Luke, all alone and accessory-less.As with previous Star Wars Comic-Con exclusives, these figures will presumably be available individually and in normal packaging starting September 1st, when the first wave of The Last Jedi toys become available.So you’re pretty much paying $50 (or more on the Comic-Con aftermarket) for a month and a half’s worth of early access and some fancy packaging, but hey—it’s early access to two of the most anticipated Star Wars toys of the year.
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Apple was granted 54 patents this week by the US Patent and Trademark Office.The filings ranged from a simple redesign of a headphone earpiece to a more complex mechanism that turns off CarPlay when the driver exits the vehicle.More interesting though is a patent that appears to be for an iPhone docking station.The filing describes the invention as a “smart dock for activating a voice recognition mode of a portable electronic device.” Of course, we all know that by "portable electronic device" they mean iPhone.In a nutshell, the design will act not only as a docking station for the phone but also as a home speaker.The mic will actively listen for voice input, and when docked, a user can control the smartphone from a distance.
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IBM wants to fight the hackers in the gate with the new mainframe Z14.the Machine can encrypt the twelve billion transactions per day, according to the computer giant.In the recent past we have seen several large hackerintrång.as late as just a few weeks ago paralysed, a number of banks in Ukraine as well as the majority of companies in Sweden and Europe in a coordinated attack.Of the more than nine billion computer data that has been lost or stolen since 2013, only four per cent had been encrypted, according to IBM.When the american computer giant, now launches its new mainframe Z14 is therefore the focus just on security.
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Ranskan puolustusvoimain komentaja Pierre de Villiers ilmoitti tänään uutistoimisto AFP:lle erostaan, jota on uumoiltu Ranskassa jo usean päivän ajan.Komentaja ajautui julkiseen riitaan presidentti Emmanuel Macronin kanssa, kun tämä oli päättänyt mittavista puolustusvoimiin kohdistuvista säästöistä.Ero on historiallinen: viidennen tasavallan aikana ei yksikään puolustusvoimain komentaja ole ennen tätä eronnut tehtävistään.Ranskan budjettiministeri Gérald Darmanin ilmoitti viime viikolla 850 miljoonan euron säästöistä ensi vuoden puolustusmenoihin.Koko valtion budjettiin on suunniteltu 4,5 miljardin euron säästöt.Puolustusvaliokunnan kokouksessa viime keskiviikkona hän muotoili ajatuksensa suomeksi käännettynä suunnilleen näin: "Minua ei kuseteta tällä tavalla!"
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The number of public companies in the United States is at a 40-year low; that’s good news for EquityZen, a four-year-old, New York-based company that operates a secondary marketplace for company-approved transactions in pre-IPO stock.To wit, the early-stage venture firm just led a $3 million Series A round in EquityZen, with participation from earlier backer WorldQuant Ventures.EquityZen had previously raised seed funding from 500 Startups, LaunchCapital and Projector Ventures.It has now raised $6.5 million altogether.Certainly, the company has been picking up momentum over the last year.According to CEO Atish Davda, EquityZen now serves 20,000 accredited investors, and roughly a quarter of those individuals joined in 2017; he also says his company has, in the first six months of this year, surpassed the transaction volume it saw in 2015 and 2016 — combined.
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united states president Donald Trump health care reform the way off so far in the senate.Trump, represented by the republican party for senator of the two turned to change on Monday, and now the party has in the senate a total of four reform opponents.the Latest party their own show opposed to the republican senators are Utah's Mike Lee and Kansas Jerry Morgan.the Party's majority is no longer sufficient under the new law the preparation of the start.the republican party has for years promised to destroy the previous democratic president Barack obama's health care model, which is called Obamacare.Republican senate majority leader Mitch McConnell conceded defeat on Monday, the report, inter alia, the New York Times.
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Paragon’s Backup & Recovery 16 Free Edition is not only free for home users, it’s unique among consumer programs in that it backs up using virtual hard drives as the container format.This can be Paragon’s own pVHD, VMware’s, or the VHD/VHDX supported by most flavors of Windows.Windows itself will mount VHD files, so you can grab files off of a VHD with any PC, not just a machine with Backup & Recovery installed.Beyond its signature VHD ability, Backup & Recovery 16 is a modernized, simplified version of Paragon’s well-established imaging technology and programs.All of the main imaging capabilities found in the company’s Hard Disk and Partition Manager are intact: imaging of entire system, whole disks, partitions, or sets of files you select.The builder sports user-definable network and driver options and will create USB sticks or ISO files.
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You want your customers to recognize your brand anywhere.Heck, you want to recognize your brand.Because you’ve been told that branding is important — and “authentic” branding is even better.And how do you keep it not just authentic to you, but consistent across your entire ecommerce funnel?And what the heck does branding look like when it comes to copywriting?Today we’ll talk about how to brand your copy and write in a unique voice throughout your entire ecommerce funnel — from cold traffic to rabid repeat customer.
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Essential, the startup founded by Android creator Andy Rubin, is reportedly bringing its first smartphone to the UK later this year.According to The Financial Times, Essential has been in discussions with UK carriers on a deal to launch the phone here.One potential partner is EE.It's also thinking about bringing the phone to western Europe and Japan.Essential's first phone, simply called Phone, hasn't actually launched in the US yet.But the startup has shown signs of trouble already.
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We've got some big-hitting phones still to come in 2017 but few are generating as much buzz as the Galaxy Note 8 - and thanks to a photo posted to Twitter we may just have got our best look yet at the upcoming phablet, even if we still have to wait for its official debut.Posted by Twitter use Ice Universe, who has a better-than-average record as a tipster, the shot shows three Galaxy Note 8 handsets in a row complete with minimal, slightly curved bezels and some rather fetching home screen wallpapers from the Samsung vaults.While these pictures look as if they could be genuine, and come from a fairly reliable source, we wouldn't bet the house on them being accurate just yet - however, they are potentially the best look we've got so far at the upcoming phone from Samsung.Earlier this week we saw what could be the Note 8 in a tweet from Samsung itself, though the lack of buttons on the side of the unit hint that this could be a dummy phone or maybe just a generic render (the tweet itself was advertising a Samsung Exynos processor).There's also plenty of speculation about when the Note 8 is going to see the light of day - the most recent insider info suggests a launch date of August 23, which would do very nicely for taking the wind out of the sails of the iPhone 8 launch.Other tipsters have said the phablet won't be officially unveiled until late September.
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The narrative often deems net neutrality a liberal versus conservative issue, or a battle between two different types of tech forces — internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon on one side, internet companies like Netflix, Google, and everyone else on the other.For one, polls have repeatedly suggested that most Americans, regardless of their political affiliation, support net neutrality as a concept.And within that divide, there are layers.This past Wednesday, hundreds of internet companies participated in an online protest designed to rally the net neutrality-supporting base and put pressure on the Pai and other Republicans' plans to scrap the existing net-neutrality rules.Those rules treat ISPs akin to public utilities — a la water or electricity providers — via Title II of the Communications Act, and have been upheld in court.The protest’s organizers said more than 2 million comments were submitted to the agency in support of the rules as a result of the event.
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In an age of ever-growing distrust—in marketing, in politics and in financial institutions—global firms are learning to engage and demonstrate transparency in ways they didn’t have to just a decade ago.That might sound like table stakes with all of the data-infused digital marketing that’s grown so common over the past several years.However, in the highly regulated, traditionally-marketed world of banking, newer channels like Snapchat might not have seemed useful beyond itsComing out of the 2008 financial crisis, Goldman Sachs was seen in a negative light, as regulators, media types and the broader public discussed what caused the subprime mortgage crisis.However, the banking brand began to see the need to speak to a much broader audience, in order to not just improve sales and talent recruitment, but also to boost public opinion.“We are not any different than any other type of global company with the type of global footprint that we have,” said Amanda Rubin, global co-head of brand and content strategy at Goldman Sachs.
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Samsung’s refurbished Galaxy Note 7, aka the Note Fan Edition, was announced last month.But instead of excitement, everyone had one question in mind: Will it also explode?Upon the announcement, it wasn’t clear what parts on the Note FE would be new and which would be old.The main concern was the potential reuse of old batteries which caused a series of phones to spontaneously combust last year.iFixit, however, has confirmed that the Note FE will have a completely new battery—so new it’s dated June 20th, 2017—which is great news for anybody looking to buy one.iFixit’s teardown of the Note FE shows the new battery is smaller than the original Note 7 battery, which will grant more room between the heat-sealed protective pouch around the battery.
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The common refrain floating around Washington argues that Russian operatives hoping to target American voters with fake news about Hilary Clinton would need someone on the inside—like, say, a Trump campaign staffer—to tell them which voters to target.Representative Adam Schiff raised the prospect in a widely-shared McClatchy article published Wednesday, which reported that the team led by Robert Mueller, the Department of Justice-appointed special counsel, is investigating ties between the Trump digital operation and Russia.It’s a question worth asking, certainly.But the answer may be far simpler—and less fishy—than Warner, Schiff, or the many Americans seeking a smoking gun in the Russian meddling investigation might expect.It also may be even more worrisome.Platforms like Facebook and Twitter make it easy for anyone to buy and target ads to narrow audiences.
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