Michael Hurlock

Michael Hurlock

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HBO Ask Zhenan Bao why she went from designing batteries to creating synthetic, human-like skin and she'll give you a"I decided it was time to start helping people," Bao, engineering professor at Stanford, tells BusinessBao's 17-member Stanford team is developing is flexible, stretchable skin that can sense touch and temperature.
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Yet more companies are pulling their ads from Google and YouTube because of fears the ads would appear alongside offensive content, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal.Per the Journal’s testing, ads for companies like Coca-Cola and Microsoft showed up on five racist and anti-Semitic YouTube videos, despite Google’s recent promise to overhaul its advertising system.The Journal story didn’t describe any of the objectionable videos in detail, but the reporter, Jack Nicas, tweeted some examples, including a Crest toothpaste ad running before a video titled “A 6000 Year History Of The Jew World Order.”According to the Journal, Walmart, PepsiCo and Dish Network will pull all ads from Google, including YouTube, except those present on targeted search results.FX Networks said it would pull all of its Google ads.Our content should not have appeared before the video referenced or any videos like it.
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Drone business is on the rise and the popularity of small pocket drones is at its peak, because it’s so easy to carry something portable for taking quick aerial videos or pictures while controlling with your phone.Not to mention the low price usually, with the notable exception of the fantastic Mavic Pro priced $1000 and up.But today we are fishing in different price waters with the FQ777 FQ17W model.FQ777 FQ17W is a small portable pocket drone weighing just 45.7g so really ready for any mischief in every situation in hand.It features 6-axis gyro, altitude hold function, headless mode, Wi-FI FPV, one key take off/landing and more.Its 300 mAh battery can offer about 6-8 minutes of flight time and some basic photo/video is taken by the 0,3 Mpix built-in camera.You can control the drone with your phone, but it’s surely better to use the extra controller, which is also included in the package.
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Nyligen stod det klart att Miljöpartiet satte sig på tvären gällande förslaget om nya 3:12-regler.Det har i debatten talats om en ny ”entreprenörsskatt”.I klartext handlar 3:12-reglerna om hur stor andel av inkomsterna som den som äger kvalificerade andelar i ett fåmansföretag kan ta ut som lägre beskattad kapitalinkomst.Regeringens utredare föreslog att taket skulle sänkas.”Genomförs förslaget fullt ut skulle det drabba många viktiga mindre företag, det skulle få alldeles för stora konsekvenser”, sade Rasmus Ling, skattepolitisk talesperson för Miljöpartiet nyligen till Dagens Industri.I en debattartikel, undertecknad av finansminister Magdalena Andersson (S) och biträdande finansminister Per Bolund (MP), ger regeringen nu under tisdagskvällen besked i den för entreprenörsdrivna bolag heta frågan.
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According to numerous reports, U.S. authorities today alerted a number of Middle Eastern and African airlines that starting soon, their passengers will have to check any electronic items larger than a cell phone.That means passengers on these flights will have to put their laptops, tablets, Kindles and portable game consoles into their checked baggage for the foreseeable future.There is still a lot of confusion around this ban.It’s unclear which countries and airlines are actually affected by this, for example.CNN’s Jon Ostrower reports that more than a dozen airlines are affected by these new procedures, but it’s unclear which airlines we’re actually talking about.So far, only Royal Jordanian Airlines has tweeted about (and subsequently deleted its message).
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Flashback is based on Betamax and was used by LinkedIn for testing third party websites.LinkedIn, the social networking platform for professionals, has now open sourced Flashback, a proxy server application that helps in recording, storing and replaying internet transactions for developer testing.Flashback tool is used for mocking internet traffic for developer testing, when web applications are being developed which needed interaction with third-party websites.LinkedIn stated that Flashback tool was developed by Shangshang Feng, Yabin Kang, and Dan Vinegrad to test reliability, scalability and speed on new code before wide application.It is based on Betamax, a tool developed to mock actions (record and replay) of web services and REST APIs used by developers.According to LinkedIn, it develops web applications which need to interact with third party websites, hence it uses automatic testing that ensures quality of testing.
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(Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Saturday for Europe to set about standardizing rules on using data in Europe, ahead of a visit to the CeBIT technology fair in Hanover where digitalization is expected to be in focus.“We want to create a digital single European market.That means we need to have legal situations that are as similar as possible in all European countries,” Merkel said in her weekly video podcast.A key issue is determining who owns the data and the related copyright issues, Merkel said, adding: “We’re still discussing that.”She said that in the automobile sector, for example, it was important to clarify whether data belonged to carmakers or software manufacturers because it was possible to develop new products with the data about clients.“We need to very quickly and uniformly implement legislation in Europe regarding copyright laws and the ownership of data,” she said.(Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Stephen Powell)
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the Investment company Bure come in and buy 20% of the shares, in part, from existing private investors.Breakit has previously reported that Yubico, whose product is an encrypted USB key can replace the password at login, is valued at least a billion – likely more.For the early investors have Yubico, thus, been a real jackpot.But a question remains around the Bure's purchase.What is it that sells?Breakit has sought the founder and ceo Stina Ehrensvärd, answer the following via e-mail.
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Taxitjänstföretaget Lyft tvingas betala 27 miljoner dollar – motsvarande 237 miljoner kronor med dagens växelkurs – till chaufförer i Kalifornien.Det har en amerikansk distriktsdomstol kommit fram till, rapporterar sajten Engadget.Chaufförerna hade gått ihop i en gruppstämning och krävde att de skulle klassas som anställda, men det målet uppnåddes inte.Lyft hänvisade till en nyligen genomförd undersökning som visade att 80 procent av förarna föredrar enskilda avtal eftersom det ger en ökad flexibilitet.Hade förarna varit anställda skulle de ha haft rätt till ersättning för bränsle och underhåll av sina fordon.Nu har parterna ingått förlikning.
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Next year is expected to investment in big data and data analysis to be $ 150 billion total in the world.the Growth is expected to remain at over 10% per year, which means that the investments in 2020 will be 210 billion dollars.according to a report by IDC.And, according to Jan Horsager, research director at IDC in Denmark, cio:n n n n n important role to play.– the Cio's task is to make data an asset in the organization.to Demonstrate that data is the new raw material of business, " says Jan Horsager.
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A little-known benchmark tool has winkled out a bug in the microcode of AMD Ryzen processors which allows programs using a 128-bit Fused Multiply Add 3 (FMA3) instruction to hard-crash the host system - but a fix is reportedly on the way.The flaw in AMD's Ryzen parts was first spotted last week by HWBOT user Mysticial, who posted a forum thread detailing a strange experience with the open-source Flops benchmarking tool.Using a version of the tool designed for Intel's Haswell processors, Mysticial was able to hard-freeze his system every time Flops ran a single-precision 128-bit Fused Multiple Add 3 (FMA3) instruction - requiring a complete power off and on in order to restore functionality.As others tested the tool, it became clear that the crash wasn't restricted to Mysticial's build nor the Asus motherboard but was entirely reproducible on any Ryzen system.Following community confirmations of the bug, HWBOT's chief operating officer Pieter-Jan Plaisier posted that he had received confirmation that the crash was the result of a flaw in AMD's Ryzen microcode - meaning it affects all currently-available Ryzen chips, and likely also the company's upcoming Naples server parts which share the same Zen microarchitecture.Thankfully, a fix is on the way: 'Was told this issue will be fixed in a new AGESA [AMD Generic Encapsulated Software Architecture microcode] code,' Plaisier claimed.
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The last film to be directed by Orson Welles might soon be finished, with Netflix stepping in to provide the money and legal help needed to get it out of the vaults, taped together and digitised for the kids to half-watch in a tab and declare rubbish after only ten minutes.The Other Side of the Wind had a troubled time of it in the early 1970s, when Welles spent six years, on and off, filming and editing it.Since then, a few campaigns to piece it together have come and gone, but this time, thanks to Netflix's pockets, it should happen.Frank Marshall, the production manager from the film's original 70s attempt at being made has joined the project as a producer of this new version, and he said: "I can’t quite believe it, but after 40 years of trying, I am so very grateful for the passion and perseverance from Netflix that has enabled us to, at long last, finally get into the cutting room to finish Orson's last picture."The film's staggeringly ironic premise follows the attempts of a legendary film maker to complete his final masterpiece, although it doesn't go so far as to include the director dying and nothing happening for 40 years.Want more updates from Gizmodo UK?
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French car giant Renault is suspected to have used unfair means to its automotive gasoline and diesel engine emissions tests.French investigators report, the fraud would have continued even more than a quarter of a century.the Report explains that the company's entire top management should be involved in scams.Authorities began investigating the suspects fraud in January.
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A cover story in the April issue of the Atlantic titled “Why is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women” might resonate with other women who work elsewhere.But the spotlight on the center of the tech universe is understandable — after all, it claims to care, to be progressive.The stories, taken from conversations writer Liza Mundy had with dozens of women working in tech, counter the image that the valley has tried to work harder to cultivate lately.There’s the job candidate who was dismissive of the women who were among his interviewers, then who actually told a new male employee of the company he encountered afterward, “finally, somebody who knows what’s going on!”There are stories of unwanted sexual advances, which are timely considering Uber is facing a high-profile sexual-harassment lawsuit, and a woman suing Tesla recently spoke out as well.A couple of other examples that might seem familiar include women being interrupted at meetings, or some people directing their questions to men instead of the women who are experts in their field — slights that amount to “death by a thousand cuts.” It’s a term that has been mentioned by Ellen Pao, the valley executive who lost her gender-discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers two years ago.The Atlantic piece, as others have before it, called the Pao trial a “watershed.”Findings from “Elephant in the Valley,” a 2016 survey inspired by the Pao case, include: 60 percent of women in tech have dealt with unwanted sexual advances; 88 percent of them have seen questions directed at their male colleagues instead of them; and 84 percent of women said they had been told they were too aggressive.The piece mentions other similar studies with findings that run along the same lines.How are women supposed to navigate the workplace?From the Atlantic piece: “[Entrepreneur and investor Susan] Wu learned how to calibrate the temperature of her demeanor: friendly and approachable, neither too intimate nor too distant.”The article also mentions that women who aren’t white face even more issues, because they also have to deal with people’s racial attitudes.Despite all the problems and issues the piece addresses, it also points to some causes for optimism.People are talking about this stuff.
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Solar power is on many individuals’ radar, but even as costs come down, many people are unsure about whether they should take the plunge and have it installed for their own home.Here to help is Google’s Project Sunroof, something that first launched in 2015 to shed light on whether any given building in the nation has adequate enough ‘solar potential.’ As of now, Project Sunroof has been expanded to cover every state in the country.Project Sunroof is a massive undertaking, one that relies on Google’s Maps and Earth technology, as well as machine intelligence and 3D modeling to make its determinations.Monitoring locations over the course of a year, Google figures out how much light any given roof receives throughout that year, factoring in things like typical weather, the changes in the sun’s position in the sky throughout the year, and more.The GIF above shows the project’s coverage across the nation — while many places are still left out of the analysis, Google’s estimations cover a greater region than ever, and show a huge uptick in data in just a couple years.Based on the info it has gathered thus far, Google says that 79% of the rooftops in the U.S. (that have been analyzed) are ‘technically viable for solar.’
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The ability to personalise your home screen with apps, widgets and icon packs galore has always been part of the appeal of Android, but the endless possibilities for customisation can be an overwhelming and thankless task for some users.If you’re in that category of people, then Google’s new myAndroid Taste Test is for you.Designed like a quick-fire personality quiz, the online tool takes you through a series of questions to help construct the perfect Android home screen for your device.Thankfully, the myAndroid Taste Test isn’t likely to provoke an existential meltdown like many of the online personality quizzes out there.Each question asks you to choose from a pair of pictures, which represent design elements like icon layout, colour schemes and wallpaper style.It takes a couple of minutes, and when you’re done, you’re offered three home screen options designed around your answers, each including a wallpaper, icon pack, launcher and some handy widgets.
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Is there an official place I can go to check Facebook image sizes.Seems like there are a ton of different opinions.
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I said it before, and I’ll say it again: the second half of The Walking Dead season 7 is a looking a lot better than the first half, and last night’s episode might be the best one yet.After missing episodes 11 and 12, I had a chance to watch them a day before Bury Me Here aired on Sunday night.She might not be too keen on killing people anymore, but she does understand what needs to be done.Morgan is very similar in that regard, but he’s got just a hint of crazy that makes him an unpredictable ally.Carol wakes up after a nightmare determined to find out what happened in Alexandria.What follows in the episode convinces Morgan not only to kill again and dive back into the insanity that ruled his life soon after his son died, but also to finally tell Carol what Negan and the Saviors did.
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HBO AUSTIN — The final season of "Game of Thrones" will only be six episodes, the show's creators D.B.That said, there won't be a shortage of material for the eighth and final season of the hit show.The outline alone for the season is 140 pages, the directors said.
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Nintendo has revealed a bunch of details regarding Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in a new overview trailer, including the revamped Battle Mode.Coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch on April 28, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will include over 48 tracks and 40 racers found in the main game and across its two DLC expansions.Oh, and keep an eye out for Donkey Kong dabbing at the 2:44 mark.Some of the new characters set to debut in Deluxe include the Inklings from Splatoon, King Boo, Dry Bones and Bowser Jr. Gold Mario can also be unlocked by beating all tracks on 200cc difficulty.In addition, Nintendo has finally described the changes coming to Mario Kart 8’s initially disappointing Battle Mode.The Switch iteration will see us revisit maps such Wario Coliseum, Wii Sports Resort’s Wuhu Island and Luigi’s Mansion.
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