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Michael Vaughn

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Consumers feel happier and more engaged when they are playing mobile games than when they are using social networks, according to a research report from mobile monetization firm Tapjoy.Tapjoy conducted the report to find out what motivates mobile gamers, which are a highly desirable consumer audience for brand advertisers.One finding from  The Changing Face of Mobile Gamers: What Brands Need to Know, is that consumers are twice as likely to say they feel relaxed when playing mobile games than they are when using social apps.They also say they feel more focused 35 percent vs 11 percent , happier 34 percent vs 21 percent , and more engaged 35 percent vs 20 percent on gaming apps than social networking apps.Conversely, consumers are 2.4 times more likely to feel bored on social apps than gaming apps, and 60 percent more likely to feel stressed.When designing their digital advertising strategies, it s critical that brands take into consideration the activities that consumers are engaged in at the time and how they make them feel, said Shannon Jessup, chief revenue officer of Tapjoy, in a statement.There are nearly 2 billion mobile gamers in the world, and the unique state of mind consumers have when playing games on their smartphones or tablets represents an incredible opportunity for brands to truly connect with consumers.Another finding: More than two-thirds of consumers who play games do not identify themselves as a gamer.Even among those who said that they play mobile games six times per week or more, less than one in three identify as a gamer.Women represent the majority of mobile gamers, making up 63 percent of the total player base.
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Google officially spun out its self-driving car project into the newly-named Waymo company in December.But while the car group unveiled a shiny new logo and brand to the world, it quietly washed away another, less-flattering bit of information from its public identity.The company removed the page of monthly reports detailing traffic collisions and other accidents on public roads that involve its self-driving vehicles.The page that once hosted all of the accident reports now redirects to Waymo's general website, which makes no mention of any accidents."We ve replaced our PDF reports with a new blog and website that continues to give insights into our technology," a Waymo spokesperson told Business Insider in a written statement."The monthly accident reports, which Google began publishing in June 2015, were an effort to appease growing concerns about the safety of the self-driving cars that Google was testing on public roads in California.Fender bendersMany of the reports detailed small fender benders, which often occurred when Google's autonomous cars were in manual mode and were rear-ended by other drivers.
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Astronomers have discovered an immense surge of energy coming from a cosmic particle accelerator located about 2 billion light years from Earth.It's powered by interactions between a supermassive black hole and the colliding galaxy clusters Abell 3411 and Abell 3412.Using several telescopes, researchers have traced extremely energetic particles back to a giant black hole shooting out matter, and this material is then caught up in the galaxy merger, flinging the particles away with even more power.The research team compared the process to launching a rocket into low-Earth orbit and then sending that rocket out of the solar system with another rocket blast."We have seen each of these spectacular phenomena separately in many places," study leader Reinout van Weeren, a fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics CfA , said in a statement."This is the first time, however, that we 've seen them clearly linked together in the same system."
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Now TV is one of the most feature packed streaming service out there, and if you re looking for a cheap deal on the box or the hardware then we ve got some excellent Now TV deals for you.One this page we re listing both the cheapest deals on both the Now TV box and the more recent Now TV Smart Box, which includes a freeview tuner so you can watch live TV as well as keeping up with on-demand and streaming services.We ve also searched high and low for the best Now TV pass deals.So whether you re looking to equip your TV with the Now TV box, or you re just looking for a cheap way to get another few months of the service, read on for our best Now TV deals.The Now TV box is a cheap and easy way of getting your TV equipped with a variety of streaming services.At its core the box is a modified Roku streamer, but it s been focussed more around Sky s streaming service.
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Så långt har alla världens Pokémon Go-spelare gått gemensamt.Det är ungefär lika långt som 217 000 varv runt jorden.Vi har alla sett dem: unga, och en del gamla, som med huvudet nere i sina telefoner vandrar runt i jakt efter pokémon-figurer.Spelet som blivit en enorm succé världen över har uppenbart bidragit till en hel del vardagsmotion.Enligt Niantics, som är företaget bakom spelet, har entusiastiska spelare promenerat sammanlagt 8,7 miljarder kilometer, skriver tekniktidningen Venture Beat.Det kan jämföras med att det tar lite mer än åtta timmar att färdas samma sträcka i ljusets hastighet.
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While still waiting for Samsung s official and hopefully final excuse explanation for the whole Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, we could do with a bit more Galaxy S8 speculation.Especially with its expected MWC 2017 reveal inching ever closer.This latest tidbit doesn t show beyond a sliver of a doubt the final smartphone s appearance.Instead, it only leaves us with figures of the Galaxy S8 s, as well as the Galaxy S8 Plus , supposed sizes.But if these numbers are correct, we re in for some interesting screen sizes next month.The size relationships, however, are still in place, But instead of a normal and big tandem, we re going to have big and bigger , but only as far as screen are concerned.
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Technology giants Google, Twitter and Facebook may be hauled before a UK parliamentary committee later this year to explain what measures are in place to combat the spread of so-called "fake news."The social media platforms, each with millions of users, were reportedly singled out by British members of parliament MPs who – in light of the recent US election – fear the spread of false or malicious news could have a detrimental impact on democracy.To analyse the issue, a Commons Culture Committee, chaired by conservative Damian Collins, is hoping to set up official meetings with the US-based firms by early summer, according to The Telegraph."The concern is a fake story can get out and be distributed on the internet and become the received wisdom before the truth can get out."Collins said he believes social media firms have a "responsibility to democracy" to make sure their platforms are not being used to intentionally spread news from dubious or unknown sources."What's interesting is we've accepted that search engines have a responsibility to combat piracy on their websites," he noted.
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Den norska serien Skam har blivit en stor snackis även här i Sverige.Men norska NRK kom nyligen med dåliga nyheter för de svenska fansen.Skam säsong 4 kommer inte att sändas i Sverige:Men istället för att lägga dig i duschen med kakor och vänta på att någon svensk aktör ska köpa rättigheterna, så finns det faktiskt knep du kan ta till för att se serien även om du inte befinner dig i Norge.Se Skam säsong 4 med vpnMånga strömningstjänster använder något som kallas för geoblockering, vilket betyder att ett visst klipp på tjänsten begränsas till ett visst/vissa länder där du kan se det.
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Andy Rubin lämnade Google 2014.Enligt en ny rapport från Bloomberg innebär det inte att han har lämnat mobilindustrin.Tidningen påstår att Rubin i hemlighet har utvecklat en ny lyxig mobiltelefon med fokus på artificiell intelligens som kan lanseras så tidigt som i sommar.Rubin registrerade ett företag vid namn Essential Products Inc i november 2015, och Bloomberg skriver att den nya mobilen kommer säljas under varumärket Essential.Telefonen Rubin och hans nya kollegor jobbat på ska ha en heltäckande skärm med ett bakstycke tillverkat i keramik.Tryckkänslig skärm som Apples 3d touch och en ny form av magnetisk kontakt för både laddning och tillbehör är annat som kan ingå.
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In 2016, Canon filed more United States patents than Google, Intel and even Apple.In the annual IFI Claims report, the camera giant is only third on the list of the top filers for the year.Last year wasn t the first time Canon appeared on the list — it s the company s 31st consecutive year among the top five.In fact, Canon filed about 11 percent fewer patents in 2016 than in 2015, though they still listed third.Last year, Canon filed an impressive 3,665 patents, or about 10 a day.More: Canon s 120MP image and 8K video sensors will eat data at insane levels
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In the interest of looking back, we also highlight some excellent content spanning the last several decades that s now available on a streaming service near you.From Martin Scorsese s 1970s documentary about The Band s final concert, to the touching alien story Starman from the 1980s, to Boogie Nights, which made Mark Wahlberg a household name in the 1990s, to a couple must-see flicks from more recent history, these 12 movies are a testament to the enduring delight of great cinema.Widely considered one of today s very best directors, Paul Thomas Anderson had his breakthrough with this, his second film.Simpson trial was a loaded prospect; here was a remarkable athlete who managed to transcend color barriers—by not identifying as a black man —at the center of a trial that eventually became about race.The one-of-a-kind filmmaker Werner Herzog, a one-time member of the German New Wave, recently premiered his latest documentary on Netflix, Into the Inferno; that movie required him to go exploring all over the world, peering into the fiery pits of active volcanos.The modern-day sequences still have a wonderful big-city feel with lots of bold colors and a soft-focus sheen, while John Williams heart-thumping score gives everything a lift.
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T-Mobile and AT s zero-rating policies violate the Federal Communications Commission s Open Internet Order.That is the conclusion of a new FCC report issued by chairman Tom Wheeler, published a week and a half before the incoming presidential administration names new commissioners to the panel.The report examined four different zero-rated services — first-party streaming services, download benefits, and other programs specifically exempted from subscribers data caps — in order to determine whether they disadvantaged third-party services that weren t afforded the same privilege.The report accused AT of charging exorbitant rates for third parties — crucially, rates higher than it charges on service from its TV subsidiary, DirecTV — and offering more favorable terms than it extended to unaffiliated sponsored data partners.While observing that AT provided incomplete responses to staff inquiries, Wheeler wrote in a letter to senators, the report states that the limited information available supports a conclusion that AT offers Sponsored Data to third-party content providers at terms and conditions that are effectively less favorable than those it offers to its affiliate, DirecTV.The current magnitude of any anticompetitive effects of Verizon s practices may be smaller than AT s, the report read.
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Dedicated detective and Lego mini-figure Chase McCain starred in one of the earliest exclusives for the Wii U, Lego City Undercover, and he will be making his way to Nintendo s latest console to take down baddies and collect plenty of plastic bits.The game is coming to the Nintendo Switch this spring and a new trailer reminds us why we loved the original so much.For those who haven t checked out the open-world police adventure, the above announcement video, set to some Nicolas Winding Refn movie-sounding synthesizer, should get you up to speed.McCain returns to the titular Lego City as a hero, but his visit isn t just to exchange pleasantries with citizens — the evil Rex Fury has escaped from Albatross Island and only McCain is capable of bringing the dastardly villain to justice.He does have some help, however, in the form of the dimwitted Frank Honey and Chief Dunby and the secretive Natalia Kowalski.As the name would suggest, Lego City Undercover — in place of the various different playable characters usually found in a Lego game — has McCain make use of dozens of disguises and outfits to help him in his police work.
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Watchdog's staff outline new guidelines, but it won't matter if Commissioner Pai has his wayUS comms watchdog the FCC has issued new guidelines on the controversial practice of "zero rating" and whether it is illegal or not.We already knew from letters sent to AT and Verizon in December that FCC staff have determined that their services – where users do not have certain services counted against their data caps – broke net neutrality rules.But the report PDF is the first time the federal regulator has outlined how it will make future determinations on what is and is not allowed.Ajit Pai put out a statement shortly after publication claiming that it had been put together and published without his knowledge and represents a "partisan, political agenda" that "does not reflect the views of the majority of Commissioners."AT and Verizon have also previously slammed the decision, claiming that the FCC does not have the authority to make such a determination given the results of the presidential election.
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Wigs were in vogue in 18th-century England, so socialites had to watch out for wig-snatchers — and sometimes they weren t even human.The top tourist attraction  according to TripAdvisor in some countries is easy to guess, but others may surprise you.A look at micro-dosing LSD, which is said to be on the rise.Lastly, my fellow humans, did you hear about our new organ?It s been there all along.Photo: A rainbow surrounds Niagara Falls — Canada s top tourist attraction — in Ontario in 2007.
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But I just couldn t help myself.I d do it first thing in the morning while still in bed, after picking up the phone to disable my alarm.While writing a dry proposal in the office, absently-mindedly pressing Cmd T to open a new Chrome tab without making a conscious decision to do so.For almost ten years now, I ve found myself browsing Facebook, unaware that I am doing so.Before I even notice what I am doing ...half an hour just goes.Remember all those warnings you got as kid not to watch too many cartoons as they would rot your brain?
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While the 24-month device payment plan does not require a contract, it has some similarities to the traditional two-year contracts.When a customer pays off the entire cost of the device, the monthly device payment goes away, effectively lowering the overall monthly bill.Customers who purchased subsidized phones also get a bill reduction after their two-year contract is up.That's because Verizon charges a $40-per-month "access charge" to customers with subsidized devices but lowers that payment to $20 .For customers on device payment plans or who own their phones outright, the monthly access charge is $20 from the start.
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Car tech took center stage for much of the show, which is certainly understandable considering all the disruption sweeping the automotive industry right now.In this post, we ll focus on 10 products in particular that rose above the rest and really wowed us at CES.But Faraday has managed to stay the course, and the company wowed CES 2017 attendees on Tuesday night when it finally took the wraps off its first production car.We were lucky enough to tour Faraday s labs and even go for a ride a couple weeks before CES began, so be sure to check out our first impressions of the FF 91.LG Signature OLED TV W7An iPhone 7 is 7.1 mm thick.
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Dell has unveiled its new Dell Canvas, a 27-inch so-called smart workspace alternative to the Surface Studio, only without the PC aspect of the latter device.This display has a QHD resolution and is targeted at artists, among others, who may want to work on their creations in a manner similar to pen on paper: flat on their desk or worktable.Dell says the Canvas was developed in partnership with Microsoft.The Dell Canvas is essentially a very large touchscreen monitor that users connect to their own Windows 10 PC.The unit can be laid flat on a desk, as shown in the image above, or it can be set at an angle, depending on your project and needs.This model has totem, touch, and pen support.
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And what makes the internet great is the easy, unrestricted, and free availability of all kinds of information, regardless of the content provider, a regime known as network neutrality.Having supported the fast growth of internet-based companies that currently serve as the backbone of today s US economy, net neutrality is pro-business, pro-growth, and pro-freedom.But President-elect Donald Trump s appointment of Jeff Eisenach and Mark Jamison to the Federal Communications Commission s transition team sends a clear message: Net neutrality is in grave danger.Without net neutrality rules, prioritization of internet traffic by telecom and cable companies would skew the competition for content, as well as tilt the scales in the dissemination of all political and social views in favor of websites and companies that are able to pay internet access providers.Cable and telecom companies want to kill network neutrality to increase their profits, not decrease prices for consumers.Without net neutrality, consumers would be forced to access a distorted internet, where information is prioritized according to the financial interests of telecom and cable companies.
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