Michael Hurlock

Michael Hurlock

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Citrix has endorsed a third-party product that lets you manage its Xen Server virtualization stack with VMware's vCenter Server.Citrix's argument for doing so is to keep the management tools you like, but move to a better hypervisor.Citrix decided to stop competing in the mainstream server virtualization market years ago and also sold off its cloud platform.But it keeps Xen Server alive, arguing that it's the best environment in which to run its XenDesktop and XenApp products.Xen Server can do that job, but it couldn't crack the “leaders” quadrant of Gartner's last two Magic Quadrants for x86 Server Virtualization.Moving to the hypervisor is not inconceivable, but would deny users access to a few years worth of data centre and hybrid cloud innovation.
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The source said the direct-sales and programmatic departments butt heads because sales reps don’t understand ad tech, so they worry that programmatic will cannibalize their revenue.Here are excerpts from the conversation, edited for clarity.Our direct salespeople say, “You are selling CPMs for $2 programmatically and I am trying to sell CPMs for $10, so why the hell would any agency ever buy from us direct?” They think I am the boogeyman trying to take all their money.They’d rather not have the agency know how cheap the inventory is selling for on an open exchange.It sounds like ad buyers’ negotiation tactics are working if they are getting into the heads of your salespeople.It comes down to a lack of knowledge of what programmatic is.
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It may be early days for augmented reality, but that hasn’t stopped German football team Bayern Munich from building it into its mobile app.Fans who download the latest version of the team’s iOS app can use the AR feature to bring either team captain Manuel Neuer or forward Arjen Robben into their selfies.While it’s not a full-blown sales drive, the app’s AR feature is the first step to discovering the technology’s commercial potential, according to Stefan Mennerich, Bayern Munich’s director of media, digital and communications.Beyond jersey sales, the club believes sponsorships could also be sold around its app’s AR feature.“We’re already thinking about the merchandising experience via AR and how that could potentially work with sponsors when it comes to exporting the logos of our partners [to the feature].”The club’s decision to jump on the AR trend now was triggered by Apple’s iOS 11 update that lets brands add the feature to their apps, which some believe will help push the technology to the masses.
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Samsung 360 Round was revealed this week at the Samsung Developer Conference 2017 for enthusiasts and specialists in the 3D content field (for VR).That’s a fairly broad field, as it were – everything from extreme sports recording to live news broadcasting.As such, this newest 360 camera from Samsung is made to capture the most amazing spherical video a device this size is capable of.This camera has 17 lenses – and will quite likely be priced accordingly.These lenses are paired in stereo positioned horizontally, with one lens positioned vertically.As such, this device is able to capture everything around it – barring probably a perfect view of the very bottom of the resulting sphere – but that is the part you don’t need for VR, anyway.
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Naturopaths and other gurus of “alternative medicine” love to tout the benefits of traditional herbal medicines.For instance, Aviva Romm—a Yale-educated doctor who publicly defended Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle site Goop then later called it a “caricature of everything alternative health for women”—sells her own line of unproven herbal remedies.Billionaire Susan Samueli—who donated $200 million dollars alongside her husband so the University of California, Irvine, could open an “integrative” medicine program—promotes homeopathy, naturopathy, and runs an active consulting practice versed in Chinese herbs.In Taiwan, for instance, 78 percent of 98 liver tumors sampled displayed a pattern of mutations consistent with exposure to herbs containing aristolochic acids (AAs).These flora tend to come from the genera Aristolochia (e.g., birthwort, pipevine) and Asarum (wild gingers).Studies done on products found to contain AAs show that their levels are extremely variable and can sometimes be very high.
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It's just not a security vulnerability, says RedmondFeatures of the Intel MPX designed to prevent memory errors and attacks might be abused to launch assaults on Windows systems, security researchers claim.Windows 10 uses Intel to secure applications by detecting boundary exceptions (common during a buffer overflow attack).An exploit technique by CyberArk Labs uses the boundary exception as the hook itself to give attackers control of Windows 10 devices.The researchers claim the so-called "BoundHook" technique creates a potential mechanism for hackers to exploit design of Intel Memory Protection Extensions to hook applications in user mode and execute code.According to CyberArk Labs, this malfeasance could, in theory, allow attacks to fly under the radar of antiviruses or other security measures on Windows 10, 32-bit and 64-bit OS devices.
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Media publisher Steel Media is seeking nominees for its first annual Mobile Games Awards.Anyone can nominate games or studios for consideration before the November 6 deadline, and there is no submission fee.It will announce the winners January 23 at Pocket Gamer Connects London 2018, an annual industry event for mobile games.Steel Media owns a number of media sites that focus on the business of gaming, such as Pocket Gamer, an industry site that covers mobile.The Mobile Games Awards aims to also recognize industry excellence, and folks can nominate candidates for categories such as the Best Recruitment Agency and Best Analytics/Data Tool.Mobile games are a $108.9 billion market that will grow to $128.5 billion by 2020, according to market researcher Newzoo.
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För två år sedan stoppade EU-domstolen möjligheten att flytta data till USA under det dåvarande Safe Harbour-avtalet efter att det visat sig att den amerikanska säkerhetstjänsten NSA fick tillgång till dem.Förra året ersattes det med avtalet Privacy Shield, och nu har EU-kommissionen gjort en första granskning av hur det fungerar.Och enligt nyhetsbyrån Reuters är resultatet att avtalet får grönt ljus.Kommissionen är nöjd med skyddet för de data som förs över, även om den enligt källor också pekar på att exempelvis övervakningen av hur företagen följer dataskyddsreglerna kan bli ännu tuffare.Det väntas också förändringar i hur USA:s underrättelsetjänst får agera utomlands som EU nu håller ögonen på för att se hur de påverkar avtalet.Den stora dataströmmen från EU till USA går dock inte under Privacy Shield-avtalet utan under något som kallas standardklausuler – godkända undantag från grundregeln som säger att data om en europeisk medborgare inte får lämna EU.
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Two years of slowly shedding Thomson to bring travel company Tui under a single brand has culminated in its biggest ever marketing campaign but it will all be in vein, unless the multi-million pound SEO strategy is watertight.Developed by long-standing agency partner Y, it has centered on the new slogan ‘We cross the ‘T’s, dot the ‘I’s and put ‘U’ in the middle’ and has taken inspiration from musicals to "bring to life the idea that Tui takes care of you"."The campaign promise is brought to life and the script and lyrics strongly re-enforce that commitment," Jeremy Ellis, UK marketing director, said.The advert will air on every key TV station and is backed by comprehensive mix of out-of-home, radio, print, digital and social.It will appear in over 40 large digital outdoor formats and 6000 roadside six sheets in major UK cities including railway stations, bus T-sides in and around Greater London as well as a takeover of Gatwick airport’s shuttle for the next 12 months.Later this month, it will also takeover YouTube’s homepage for 24 hours while partnerships inked with the likes of Snapchat, Spotify, The Mail Online and Tripadvisor will also come into fruition.
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Today marks the beginning of Halloween festivities in Killing Floor 2 as Tripwire Interactive just released the Halloween Horrors Content Pack DLC for its Autumn event.The Halloween-themed update includes a new map, weapons and boss plus a new “Dosh Vault system.” The patch also features cosmetic items and emotes that can be earned by completing daily and weekly tasks.There are even some new baddies to slaughter.The pack drops players into random layouts that are themed after different nightmares or phobias.Clowns, spiders, bones and other creepy minutiae adorn the maps.It is a six-shooter rocket launcher that can lock onto multiple targets and fire missiles at them simultaneously.
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the Focal Listen Wireless is the wireless version of the Bar, the successor to the popular model Spirit One S. It looks cool in the black color and I like that the headphones are put on and off with a switch instead of a button.It is excellent to have a Listen Wireless on the train and in other loud environments without turning up the volume to drown out all the noise.But if you're out and fly, it is still a way to go for headphones with active noise cancellation, the Sony WH-1000XM2 and Bose QC35.the Focal headphones sounds much better than a pair of Bose turned off noise reduction.There are a lot of plastic, but so are the headphones water resistant also, and thanks to the rubberised controls, they should withstand a bit of splashing water.headband hinges are stable and can tilt to 180 degrees without breaking.
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The terminal is the beating heart of Linux, no matter how hard today’s user-friendly graphical distros might try to push it into the background.If you need something done quickly and efficiently, chances are the best way to do it is with some complex keyboard wrangling.Exactly what to type is beyond the scope of this article – check out our guide here to get yourself started.The key, if you’re a terminal-slinging Linux badass, is making sure you type those commands with as much style and panache as possible.And while you’ll likely never be in a position where you’re not able to drop to a straight full-screen shell, having a quick window to the command line on your desktop is always handy.Of course, your Linux distribution will have a ‘Terminal’ application already such as xterm, Gnome Shell or Konsole – but this probably isn’t as good as your emulator could be.
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When Apple first unveiled the iPhone X during last month’s big press conference, fans around the world immediately fell in love.The new hardware and display are stunning, and that all-screen design is a breath of fresh air after three consecutive years without any significant changes in the iPhone lineup.But many of those smiles would soon transform into looks of anguish when Apple finally revealed the iPhone X’s price: The phone will cost $999 with just 64GB of storage, while the 256GB model will be available for $1,149.Hot takes following the event were split pretty evenly where pricing is concerned.Others shrugged it off and said it wouldn’t matter because Apple fans will pay just about anything for new iPhones.We won’t know how consumers feel about the iPhone X’s price on a large scale until Apple reports its fiscal first and second quarter earnings next year, but it looks like even some hardcore Apple fans are refusing to cough up over $1,000 for an iPhone.
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Blizzard Entertainment announced today that its team-based shooter Overwatch has passed the 35 million players mark.Overwatch launched in May 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.Overwatch hit the 30 million player milestone in April.Blizzard’s number is for total players, not active ones.So 5 million people bought Overwatch in about the last six months.While sales aren’t moving at the insane pace they did during its first year, the milestone shows that Overwatch is still attracting new players.
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With talons so sharp they look like they could slice steel and a beak that could peck your eyes out in two seconds flat, the Harris hawk is not to be messed with.Recently, a chap by the name of Mark Render from the town of Washington, Tyne and Wear in Northern England lost one of these magnificent birds of prey.Happily, his winged chum – who's called Ares – has now turned up after being missing for two weeks.And you can thank a baby chick for the pair's reunion.After Render placed missing posters around town, Ares was eventually spotted by a dog walker near a park.The two-and-a-half-year-old predator was then lured down with a day-old chick, though upsettingly, the original BBC story doesn't detail if said chick was alive at the time, and if it was, whether or not it survived this bait-tastic encounter.
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Online media giant IGN has acquired Humble Bundle, the indie games storefront best known for its pay-what-you-want bundles that raise money for charity.The company says nothing will change for users and that “we will keep our own office, culture, and amazing team with IGN helping us further our plans.”Humble Bundle started in 2010, its first bundle (the Humble Indie Bundle) comprising World of Goo, Gish, Aquaria and several other notable indie games, for which users could pay anything from a nickel to well over retail price.With 138,000 purchases paying an average of just over $9, it raised $1.27 million, with a significant portion going to charity (Child’s Play, if I remember correctly).Since then there have been dozens upon dozens of bundles and sales, with the company branching out to e-books and music as well as games.Over $100 million has been raised for charity since the company started up, and a similar amount for the developers involved — an optional small percentage could be designated as a “Humble tip” to cover operations.
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If you’re in the market for new Apple Watch bands and you were thinking about heading over to the Apple store or even to Apple’s website, stop what you’re doing immediately because we’re about to save you a ton of cash.Apple makes plenty of great straps for the Apple Watch, of course, but so do third-party companies.And guess what: many of those third-party companies make the exact same Apple Watch bands as Apple, but they sell them for a fraction of the price.Well-known Apple Watch band maker Tirnga has a crazy sale going on right now that slashes the already affordable prices on a number of its Apple Watch bands.You’ll find the Sport band in a number of different colors as well as Milanese bands and more.The coupon codes listed below cut prices all the way down to between $4.99 and $8.99, and supplies definitely won’t last much longer.
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Love them or hate them, developers are embracing them as another way to generate revenue.As such, there have been calls for the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) to classify them as gambling.The ESRB already has two classifications for wagering in games – “Real Gambling” and “Simulated Gambling.”For a game to be labeled as real gambling, it must involve some type of wagering using actual money.So where do loot boxes fall?“ESRB does not consider loot boxes to be gambling.
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Oculus VR today revealed a new prototype headset design for its upcoming standalone product, codenamed Santa Cruz, at its Connect developer conference in San Jose, California.The headset was first shown off last year at Connect, but it was much farther from the polished design Oculus showed today.The goal with Santa Cruz is to create a headset that does not need to be tethered in any way to a PC, nor tracked by external cameras.In addition to a new headset design that looks similar to the consumer version of the Rift headset, Facebook’s vice president of virtual reality, Hugo Barra, also detailed all new Touch motion controllers.The new controllers work in tandem with new sensors on the face of the Santa Cruz headset to aide in what’s known as inside-out tracking, or the ability to track a user’s movement and body in space without the use of external, tethered cameras and without needing the headset to be plugged into a PC.Oculus says the Santa Cruz developer version will start shipping in 2018.
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Apple has made it clear over the past year that it intends to move into the original programming space and a recent report from The Wall Street Journal shows it may be making good progress.According to the report, Apple is in the process of finalizing a deal to bring back Steven Spielberg’s science fiction series “Amazing Stories” originally broadcast in the 1980s.The deal between Apple and Spielberg’s production company Amblin Entertainment would see 10 new episodes of the series produced in partnership with NBCUniversal.In a statement about the planned revival, NBC’s Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said, “We love being at the forefront of Apple’s investment in scripted programming.”It’s not clear exactly to what extent Spielberg himself will actually be involved in the creation of the show since Bryan Fuller is going to be the show runner but it’s expected that he’ll play some kind of executive production role.Given the original show took an anthological approach with different stories and directors for each episode, it’s very possible that we could see Spielberg take a more hands-on role for at least one episode but no announcements have been made in relation to this just yet.
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