Michael Morehead

Michael Morehead

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Marco Polo I am not, but today I embarked on a journey just as important.For science, and only science, I traversed the depths of PornHub, shielding myself from cocks while on the lookout for an elusive member… wait, bad word choice… user known for leaving the most G-rated comments on a site known for some not-so-G-rated content.There’s a saying on the internet: don’t read the comments.On a porn site, I discovered, this is doubly true.There’s sage wisdom touting previously unknown fellatio ranking systems.And complaining about dicks occupying too much of the screen in a non-solo, non-lesbian porn film.
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You probably can’t get tickets to a Radiohead show.The legendary band, which now tours almost as rarely as it puts out studio albums (about every 5 years) sells out most U.S. shows within seconds.Seated in a second-tier private suite — a pricey proposition split among over a dozen friends determined not to miss the opportunity — I witnessed a band still secure in its state of iconic rock-god status.The superb follow up to their simplistic debut, Pablo Honey, The Bends was nothing less than a milestone in the rapidly expanding alt-rock road map, cutting through the noise with a slew of hummable tunes bundled with pretty soundscapes and intriguing videos.It took all the beauty and relative rock stability of The Bends and mashed it in a blender, melding a cacophony of electronic ribbons with shredding guitar lines and existential lyrics to create an experimental hunk of rock and roll hybrid.The album hits its fever pitch in lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s recklessly primal guitar solo that splits the middle of the deceivingly beautiful Paranoid Android — still a staple of Radiohead’s live setlist, and still shocking every time.
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Five Hollywood studios are currently battling over which one will make the next James Bond film.The New York Times reports that MGM and Eon, the companies that control the film rights, are currently taking pitches from several major studios for a one-film contract to distribute the 25th film in the Bond franchise.According to the piece, Sony, which had a deal for the previous four films, pitched the rights holders touting its great successes with those films and deep ties to the franchise.The studio reps even held the meeting on a replica set from Dr. No, to show their passion.Also vying for the rights are Warner Bros., Universal, 20th Century Fox, and Annapurna, all of which will be doing similar pitches.(Just probably not on replica Dr. No sets.)
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If you aren’t disabled then you’ll probably never realise how difficult a simple thing like filling up your car can be.I know that I never gave it a second thought before I had a bike accident in 2013, which left me paralysed from the chest down.I am lucky I can use my arms, but I still have to lift my chair over myself from the passenger side and haul myself into it, which can take five or 10 minutes in itself.I have poor balance, so I invariably end up dousing myself in petrol as I fill up, and then there’s the whole process of getting myself and my chair back into the car again, covering myself in all the dirt and petrol its wheels have picked up in the process.All told, this can take as long as half an hour.If you can’t get out of your car then you simply have to drive from station to station trying to find one where the staff can help you, hoping that you don’t run out of petrol before you get there.
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Saving the planet shouldn’t be something we only think about once a year, but Earth Day does give us the opportunity to scope out the hottest tech products for going green.All this Logitech Wireless Solar Desktop Keyboard K750 needs for a charge is light, saving you endless batteries.This model is available for Mac computers and matches perfectly to your already sleek white or silver Apple products — plus it’s currently discounted to just $50 on Amazon right now.The keyboard also uses a tiny Logitech unifying receiver that stays in your laptop for connecting additional compatible wireless devices.The Logitech Wireless Solar Desktop Keyboard K750 normally retails for $55 but is currently discounted to $50 on Amazon for a limited time, saving you 9 percent or $5.TP-Link Smart Plug With Energy Monitoring
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Relieved, he hurries to the local and asks, “How do I get to Augusta?” The farmer, after sizing the man up, responds laconically, “Well, I wouldn’t start from here.”It is imperative for success in digital advertising to start off from the right place — with a clear focus on the metrics that matter.Yes, technology incited an explosion of content, devices, formats and opportunities to reach people, together with a cavernous quantity of data and a mind-boggling suite of metrics.Marketers can easily feel lost in unfamiliar territory like our Google Maps-less city slicker, struggling to adapt to a constantly changing environment and forced to choose — often inopportunely — from a plethora of potential navigation strategies.Youngme Moon, in her book, “Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd,” postulates that “the minute we choose to measure something, we are essentially choosing to aspire to it.Choosing the wrong metrics can lead to the opposite of the intended outcome — a phenomenon known as “perverse incentives.”
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The world is drowning in brands.There are more than 28 million small businesses in the United States, and even more mid- to large-size businesses that increase that number further.Even if only a fraction of those businesses compete with yours, that’s an overwhelming number to deal with in an age where information is plentiful and digital exchanges are commonplace.Instead, find an angle that nobody has taken before, and develop an image and voice that are wholly your own.This is easier said than done, of course, but it’s a necessary step if you don’t want to blend in with the competition.Instead, show your human side.
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That new, 10,000-person health study Google’s putting together?To put the sensor under your mattress that can tell when you’re … er … you know … sleeping?To answer all the questions on your phone and report to one of the three groups Google is working with at Duke, or Stanford, or the ritzy private clinic in Los Angeles once a year for blood tests and imaging and genome scans and and and?Studies on the health of large populations have been some of medicine’s great successes.The Framingham Heart Study began in that town in Massachusetts in 1948 with 5,209 people, and expanded to their children and grandchildren, thousands more, using biannual medical exams to establish that smoking, high blood pressure, and lack of exercise caused heart and lung problems.That was a lot easier in 1948 or 1976.
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Bolagets omsättning för den kvarvarande verksamheten uppgick till 999,7 miljoner kronor (1 010,5) under det första kvartalet, en minskning med 1 procent.Bruttomarginalen för kvarvarande verksamhet uppgick till 19,2 procent (15,5).Justerat rörelseresultat för den kvarvarande verksamheten uppgick till -28,5 miljoner kronor (-34,7).Resultatet efter per aktie för kvarvarande verksamhet blev -0,15 kronor (-0,26).
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City Football Group (CFG) could use the value it places on sponsored social media videos to broker future deals with brands in a bid to monetise what has become the biggest thing in sports marketing – shareable content.As the way people watch sports changes, so must the measurement of sponsorships as sponsors start to pivot their deals to strike exclusive digital tie-ups with top clubs and competitions.Business are “seeing the power” of sport to connect with people and often “marketing professionals are looking for things that work,” CFG’s commercial boss Tom Glick told The Drum.Instead, Glick and CFG’s long-term partner Etihad Airways both talk about creating ownable, measurable experiences that reflects how shares and likes – so-called vanity metrics – have become the new currency for fans.Rupert Pratt, director of Mongoose Sports & Entertainment says: "Clubs are continuously looking for new ways to commercialise their estate and carve up inventory – eg stadia naming rights, geographical and category fragmentation, training kit and ground sponsorships etc – and digital provides them with a new landscape to commercialise.However, while clubs have invested heavily in building substantial social media followings, at the moment they can only indirectly monetise it, as the likes of Facebook, Twitter etc are the ones directly commercialising their efforts by selling the advertising around it.
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Omsättningen blev 58,7 miljarder kronor.Både Financial Times och Bloomberg rapporterar om bokslutet för 2016, och siffrorna bekräftas av Uber i en Bloomberg-intervju.Ubers kinesiska verksamhet som såldes under fjolåret är inte medräknad i siffrorna.Förlusten på 25,3 miljarder lär ge Ubers kritiker vatten på sin kvarn.Det extremt snabbväxande bolaget har under året blivit ifrågasatt för sin bristande lönsamhet – men också för kulturproblem på bolaget.Flera tunga chefer har nyligen slutat, efter anklagelser om sexism på bolaget och efter att vd:n Travis Kalanick blivit ifrågasatt i sitt ledarskap.
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You know if you’re not a big name online you’re constantly battling website credibility issues, right?Because every time a reader visits your site, there’s visual cues that helps determine if you’re a credible business.Well today you’re in for a real treat.
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Renowned drone maker DJI is discontinuing its popular Phantom 4 UAV later this month.There won’t be a gap in DJI’s lineup, however, as the company has announced two new models to replace the sunset-bound Phantom 4.The new Phantom 4 Advanced is more or less the same as the standard Phantom 4 albeit with a few upgrades like a nicer camera.It features a 1-inch, 20-megapixel sensor with mechanical shutter that can shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second.It also supports H.264 4K videos at 60 frames and H.265 4K at 30fps, both with a 100Mbps bitrate.DJI says the Phantom 4 Advanced is similar to the Phantom 4 Pro in that it features several “intelligent” features that allow for smooth, automatic flight modes such as ActiveTrack, Draw, TapFly, Gesture and Tripod.
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Computer Sweden has in a number of articles have shown how there is high pressure and almost fights experienced software developers and tug-of-war on the junior of the consultancy firms, for keeping up with all the requests they have from the companies and the authorities.in Addition, increasing the self-employment within it.For example, marketing departments started to ask just that.Banks digitize customer service, agencies that want to automate civic services, a retail business strengthen e-commerce and vehicle manufacturers to connect their cars.Read more: skills shortages puts a spoke in the wheel for the it industry in Stockholm, swedenWhen the SCB now come out with new statistics about the Swedish labour market, it is possible to conclude that between the years 2014 and 2015, which is the latest in the investigation – so is the growth for systems analysts and related occupations perched on the almost 3 000 people.
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Chartbeat took about 5,000 sites on both ends of the political spectrum (it wouldn’t identify which ones).The study found that Donald Trump was mentioned by conservative sites more than any of the Academy Award winners or other topics, and significantly more than by left-wing sites.Left-leaning sites were more likely to mention “Moonlight” and black actors Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis (see charts below).Sonya Song, a media researcher at Chartbeat, said it’s not too surprising that politics shows up in entertainment coverage, given how culture is politicized to start with.“Life could all be about politics,” she said.For the past month, these roundups have been some of highest-performing articles across all the Times’ newsletters, the publisher said.
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For the first time in 25 years, my Detroit Red Wings are not in the NHL playoffs.This is where Old Time Hockey steps in, providing an alternative take on the frosty sporting action I still crave.Old Time Hockey from development studio V7 Entertainment tries to combine familiar mechanics sports games with the look and feel of the 1977’s Slap Shot, a flick about a squad of misfits on a minor league team.Like in that movie, Old Time Hockey is as much about fighting as it is about scoring goals.But unlike Slap Shot, the hockey and the fighting is not a ton of fun — at least that’s my impressions after spending around four hours with it.And I think that’s because it is stuck emulating EA’s NHL games instead of forging its own identity.Old Time Hockey is out now on PC and PlayStation 4.It will hit Xbox One and Nintendo Switch later this year.When V7 first revealed Old Time Hockey, it was with the understanding that this it is for the people who have a deep fondness for the sport as well as classic hockey games like EA NHL ’94.
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City of London police chief Ian Dyson has warned that recorded cyber-crime figures for the capital may just be the tip of the iceberg as the many businesses fail to report instances when they fall victim to online fraud and hacking.Authorities are openly appealing to businesses to come forward when they fall victim to allow such crimes to be investigated amidst fears that a culture of silence may be taking root.Dyson estimates that just 10% of online crime experienced by business and individuals is flagged-up to the police, blaming an ‘urban myth’ that police focus resources on traditional forms of crime for this reticence.Other reasons to hold back include a fear of reputational damage which may arise from going public with any security lapses.In a plea for engagement Dyson said: “We go where the criminality is.Some think, 'can enforcement do anything?'
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The gang behind the Dridex computer trojan has adopted an unpatched Microsoft Word exploit and used it to target millions of users.The exploit’s existence was revealed Friday by security researchers from antivirus vendor McAfee, but targeted attacks using it have been happening since January.After McAfee’s limited public disclosure, researchers from FireEye confirmed having tracked the attacks for several weeks as well.The exploit takes advantage of a logic bug in the Windows Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) feature of Microsoft Office.It allows attackers to embed malicious code inside of Microsoft Word documents, with the code automatically executed when those files are opened.Even though security researchers have not disclosed specific details about the vulnerability, it seems that mere knowledge of the exploit’s existence was enough for cybercriminals to track it down and reverse engineer it.
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Advertiser Perceptions, which provides data-driven business intelligence for the advertising industry, has launched an online resource providing marketing executives, agency professionals, media sellers and investors with access to its proprietary insights on advertising trends, issues and media.The Center for Advertiser Intelligence (CFAI) was launched to deliver unique and useful market research and business intelligence on the complexities, opportunities and changes occurring in the advertising marketplace.Marketers will find peer-group information on advertising and media leading to hopefully better, more informed marketing decisions.Media company executives will gain insight to help strengthen their brands and increase ad sales, while agency professionals will learn about improving client retention and generating new business.Investors will find data on media to support investment decisions.“We wanted to create one place where everyone can get meaningful answers fast on advertising trends, issues and media,” said Frank Papsadore, senior vice president/marketing at Advertiser Perceptions.
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High Tech in the Heartland is an occasional series exploring the relationship between Silicon Valley and the rest of America.The 2016 presidential election laid bare a chasm between technology companies and the rest of the country, namely the so-called flyover states and the region often derided as the Rust Belt.Last summer, more than 140 tech executives penned an open letter stating that Donald Trump’s presidency would be a disaster if he were elected.The rhetoric increased as the election approached, ratcheting up week after week, only to crumble as Trump’s Silicon Valley critics were humbled in the true sense of the word — meaning “to be brought low” — by the election result.With the red-blue battles largely behind us, VentureBeat’s High Tech in the Heartland series aims to explore the ecosystems of company formation, technological innovation, and the roles of private and public money, contrasting what’s afoot on the coasts with the state of affairs in the middle of the country.“Not to say that people in Silicon Valley don’t work hard, but people here work their asses off, and they’ve been doing it on the highline for generations.Life is hard here, very aggie and blue collarish and people don’t have the same opportunities.” — Randy Reibel, Blackmore Sensors and Analytics“Silicon Valley is like a little island of success.You get pretty insular about what’s important and what’s going on.” — Mark Kvamme, Drive Capital“You can call it the rustbelt, the heartland, anything you want.People ask me, what’s an A-Kron?
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