Michael Webster

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Upcoming film The Circle appears to be about a bearded white guy who runs a technology company that (I guess, based on the trailers) preaches connectivity and positive disruption but exists as a front to mine personal data.Because Jack Dorsey tried to dodge a question by saying an astonishingly stupid thing.Apparently, diversity is something Dorsey is still committed to, at some indeterminate time in the future.But when cast member Patton Oswalt asked Dorsey about the lack diversity within the company, noting that it’s “odd that [diversity is still] being addressed in 2017,” Dorsey seemed perplexed at first.“I’m not sure what the causes are,” he fumbled, before landing on a possible answer: location.Jack Dorsey, it seems, believes residents of the Bay Area do not constitute a diverse enough talent pool for his company to draw from.
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A rare copy of the United States' Declaration of Independence has been discovered in a small records office in South East England.Researchers constructing a database of every known copy of the historical document uncovered the document in an archive in the cathedral city of Chichester, West Sussex.The original, drafted by third US President Thomas Jefferson, was signed on 4 July 1776 in Philadelphia, asserting the independence of the thirteen American colonies which were then at war with Great Britain.While a limited number of copies were made at the time, the original is considered to be the one housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.In August 2015, Emily Sneff, a researcher at the Declaration Resources Project found a catalogue listing reading: "Manuscript copy, on parchment, of the Declaration in Congress of the thirteen United States of America".Previously, numerous mentions of the document had been found that turned out to be 19th-century reproductions, so Sneff was sceptical.
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Corporate customers is expected in the high-grade bet on the new Samsung flaggskeppsmobiler S8 and the S8 , thanks to the strong focus on productivity and safety that have been made.they say analysts IDG News spoken with.Bryan Basset, who is an analyst at IDC predict that the ”million business customers” will buy any of these devices – not least because there is a pent-up need, then the företagsorienterade Note 7 was recalled because of overheating batteries.– the Samsung will not have any problems selling these devices, and they will go good, both among consumers and businesses.the business users are very eager to lay hands on the S8 after Note 7 was revoked.Jack Gold, analyst at J.
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It seems that Xiaomi factory workers are really happy with their work and… for a good reason as we can understand.A recent photo that leaked a couple of days ago, shows 10 Xiaomi workers standing in front of a huge pile of boxes containing the first Xiaomi Mi 6 units, that are scheduled to be shipped to their perspective owners.Join GizChina on TelegramIn case you forgot, next Friday (April 28) is the day for all Xiaomi fans all over the world, because that’s the date the Mi 6 model will be launched in China.Pre orders are already soaring according to information, and more that 600.000 customers of JD.com have already expressed interest to take part in the first flash sale this coming Friday.If we are to combine this number with other registrations in retailers, then we are looking at a possible 2 million registrations for the handset across the many different Chinese platforms that are selling the phone.This seems only logical, since the Snapdragon 835 powered device comes at a very affordable price – given its impressive specifications obviously.The Mi 6 is available in White, Black and Blue colors, since the silver variant is being delayed due to manufacturing issues with its electrocoating.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
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If possible, you should go into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.There are a lot of huge surprises.However, now that the film is screening and the cast is doing interviews, spoilers are starting to leak—including some major ones at yesterday’s press conference.But for you spoiler fans, here goes.Near the end of the movie, new characters played by Ving Rhames and Michelle Yeoh appear.The credits (as well as James Gunn at the press conference) confirm they play Charlie-27 and Aleta Ogord, two ravager leaders in the film.
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If you feel like saving Star-Lord and his gang of misfit Marvel superheroes from the clutches of a creepy enemy, the "Guardians of the Galaxy -- Mission: Breakout" ride will be worth the long lines.The Collector's Fortress, debuting May 27 at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, was previously the Tower of Terror.It's an intimidating, shiny building over 180 feet tall "where guests will view the rare items in Taneleer Tivan's extensive holdings, including his newest acquisitions: the Guardians of the Galaxy," Disney said in a blog post Thursday.Tivan, to refresh your memory, is a collector of galactic life forms, including sentient beings kept in cages.On the building's exterior there are metal pipes that carry the "organic matter the Tivan Group has mined to power the massive generator that powers the entire building, keeping every cage locked and the valuable collection secure."The Collector's Fortress looks both ornate and old, as though it existed long before Walt Disney was born.
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This week, a kilometer-wide asteroid whizzed by within about a million miles of this planet—about four and half times the distance between the Earth and the moon.The odds of 2014 JO25 actually hitting Earth were around one in a million.As in, how much of it astronomers were able to gather from the close pass of such a huge space rock.Size, speed, spin, shape, structure … an asteroid’s attributes are clues about where it came from, and where it’s going.But because they are essentially lightless flecks zipping around the vacuum, first you have to find them.“We discovered 2014 JO25 on the night of May 4th, 2014 using our 1.5 meter survey scope on top of Mt.
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Mr. Grey — no, not the one from "50 Shades" — curates an art collection with pieces so expensive that few people can afford them.The 21-year-old independent curator, who prefers to keep his anonymity, works with artists who have carved out a new niche in Manhattan's art scene: high-end glass pipes and bongs.It's a market that's blowing up, he says, thanks to the growing legalization of marijuana across the country.In the past three years alone, nine states have legalized cannabis for recreational or medicinal use, bringing the total to 28 states plus Washington, DC that have decriminalized the drug.Grey tells Business Insider that the new laws are encouraging artists trained in glassblowing, to experiment with cannabis glass design and create extravagant works of art.He recently showcased 30 pieces in his two-story apartment in New York City.We got an inside look at the items in the curated collection, which cost up to $300,000.Keep scrolling to take a look.
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När IBM rapporterar för sitt senaste kvartal finns oroväckande tecken på att företagets vändning kan vara längre bort än vad man trott.För tjugonde kvartalet i rad rapporterar IBM om minskad försäljning – detta var i sig ingen överraskning – men minskningen var större än väntat.Analytikerna hade trott på en minskning på 1,3 procent, men den landade på 2,8 procent.Skälet uppges vara svagare efterfrågan inom it-tjänster – vilket är ett tecken på att företagets vändning kan ta längre tid än vad man tidigare trott.Bill Kreher, analytiker på Edward Jones, säger till Reuters:– Jag tror att det finns en frustration över att de missar när det gäller omsättningen.
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Everyone is talking about the Galaxy S8 this week, but Xiaomi is trying to take some of the attention away from Samsung’s juggernaut.At an event in Beijing, the company took the wraps off its own flagship handset, and it clearly has the S8 in its sights.However, with Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium not shipping until June, it will be the first to hit shelves after the S8.And with a price tag starting at around $360 (a bit higher than Xiaomi’s usual flaghips but still very affordable), it looks like an attractive alternative for budget-conscious buyers drooling over the S8.You’ll get 6GB of RAM, a giant (for this size phone, anyway) 3,350 mAh battery, dual stereo speakers, and an attractive, S7-inspired design.While there isn’t a wraparound screen on the Mi6, it does feature four-sided 3D glass to create the illusion of an edge display and an under-the-glass fingerprint scanner below the screen.
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A compact power bank, a car jump starter, and a LED flashlight, all fit into a minimal and portable design.Whether it is your car or your USB devices, never run out of power again.Store it in the glovebox or simply drop it in your bag.Have a concentrated 14000mAh source of power always with you -- enough for up to 20 vehicle jumpstarts or many device recharges before the unit itself needs to be recharged.RAVPower's jump starter typically lists for $160 but is currently discounted 59% on Amazon to just $66.See the discounted car jumper now on Amazon.
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Data is more ubiquitous than ever in the digital media industry, but at Parse.ly we wondered if data literacy and data access necessarily go hand-in-hand.The best place to find these answers?In partnership with Digiday’s CUSTOM studio, we interviewed almost 300 brand, agency and publishing professionals about how they access and implement data as a part of their content strategies.Brands are focused on results.However, while conversions are highly prized, they can also cause confusion if everyone is not aligned behind them.In other words, brands tend to prize the end of funnel metrics, while publishers focus at the top.
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The issue isn’t that they are lacking effort, it is that they don’t know the best place to focus their effort.I’m going to teach all local business owners how to crush it on their own local SEO, taking just five hours to do it.This is what I’m referring to when I say local SEO.Depending on the industry, it has the potential to be the very first result on Google and can make a big difference when it comes to bringing new leads into your business.It is free to create a Google My Business page and shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes to cross this step off your checklist.To verify this process, Google will manually send you a postcard with a pin so make sure to check your mail!
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By now, most companies who do any business in the EU are aware of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which was approved by the EU Parliament on April 14, 2016, and goes into effect on May 25, 2018.The GDPR replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.Organizations found in non-compliance will face heavy fines: €20 million or 4 percent of global revenue per infraction.This could mean millions, or even billions of dollars in fines for large companies.The new regulation requires companies to implement entirely new processes and procedures around the collection and storage of personally identifiable information (PII) and goes on to define PII as any information that relates to an EU resident’s private, professional or public life (IP address, banking information, email addresses, social media posts and so on).Much of the new regulation goes into making sure that this PII is stored with a person’s permission, used for the specified purpose for which it was obtained and for a duration that makes sense, given the initial reason for obtaining the data.
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Microsoft is taking the risk out of buying games and apps from the Windows Store.The company recently announced via the Xbox One Insider app that Insider testers can now request refunds for digital products, as first reported by VentureBeat.The new policy means people can purchase an expensive game such as Gears of War 4 or Forza Horizon 3 knowing they can get their money back if there are any problems.Some games have technical issues at launch, for example, or fail to work on certain systems even if that PC meets the game's technical requirements.Microsoft representatives stressed to VentureBeat that this program is just a test at this stage, however, available only to select Windows and Xbox Insiders.Similar to Steam, users must request a refund within 14 days of purchase and have less than two hours of play time across all their accounts.
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The clock is ticking to get tickets to Disrupt NY 2017 at the lowest possible price.You have just four days left to save $1,000 by purchasing early-bird tickets to Disrupt for just $1,995 apiece, so get on over to our ticketing page to score your deeply discounted tickets before the price jumps to $2,995 after the 15th.Disrupt NY 2017 is shaping up to be one of our best shows yet.We’ve put together a fabulous lineup of investors, innovators and entrepreneurs for a series of interviews and fireside chats — folks like WeWork Co-Founder and CEO Adam Neumann, Pipeline Angels Founder and CEO Natalia Oberti Noguera and Facebook’s Fidji Simo, to name a few.In addition to these incredible speakers, Disrupt attendees can check out the hundreds of startups displaying their wares in Startup Alley and Hardware Alley, and watch the dozen or so early-stage startups compete in the illustrious Startup Battlefield competition.In the Battlefield, startups will be battling for the highly coveted Disrupt Cup, a $50,000 grand prize, and the attention of the tech community at large.
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A team of researchers at Newcastle University in the UK has published a paper highlighting some troubling findings linking on-board sensors with privacy issues.Using data collected by mobile device’s hardware tracking systems, the team was able to crack four digit PINs with 70-percent accuracy on the first try, with 100-percent accuracy by try number five.While some applications alert users to specific on-board monitoring, it’s certainly not universal – nor, for that matter, is any insight into how often that information is being accessed.“Having access to these sensors, either via the native apps, which you can install on your phone or a web application – it’s not like they always ask permission,” the paper’s lead researcher Dr. Maryam Mehrnezhad told TechCrunch.And a lot of users don’t know that the web application has access to it.”Hackers gaining access to that data can use it to determine a wide range of different activities, according to researchers, like whether the user is sitting, walking, or traveling in a car or train.
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The Federal Communications Commission in 2013 considered allowing passengers on commercial flights to conduct voice calls.The proposal wasn’t all that popular as people across the country were turned off by the idea of being stuck in an airplane full of obnoxious passengers talking on the phone just because they could (because that’s exactly what would happen).Fortunately, the idea fell by the wayside as more pressing issues bubbled to the surface.With the recent change in power, however, the FCC is now revisiting the matter.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Monday circulated an order that would put an end to the agency’s plan to relax rules governing mobile communications on planes.Pai said in a statement that he stands with airline pilots, flight attendants and America’s flying public against what he calls the FCC’s ill-conceived 2013 plan to allow people to make cellphone calls on planes.
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MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium ReviewUK price (as reviewed): £298.99 (inc VAT)US price (as reviewed): $299.99 (ex tax)We're a month in from Ryzen's launch, and thankfully things are starting to become a little more amenable as far as stability and hardware support are concerned.It's been a mixed bag of random and consistent issues and not just from motherboards but from AMD too, but with motherboard manufacturers dishing out new BIOS versions at a furious pace, we're starting to see these early teething problems being gradually solved.With us today is the first MSI AM4 board to enter our lab - the X370 XPower Gaming Titanium, and like its Z270 counterpart, this is one very lust-worthy, feature-packed, and expensive motherboard.
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A Tweet showing a picture of Donald Trump and his entourage being debriefed on an airstrike in Syria has left tech experts baffled as they attempt to identify a number of mysterious devices being used in the image.The photo, tweeted by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, bares a stunning similarity to the famous 2011 picture of Barack Obama and his administration in their own Situation Room receiving news that Navy Seals had killed Osama Bin Laden.The big difference is the unidentifiable technology laid upon the table.In the secure room at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida there was no sign of the gaggle of laptops seen in the Obama era.Instead, mysterious white and black boxes sat in front of security advisers, defence officials, intelligence aides and the President himself.Since the image went public people have been attempting to solve the mystery to what they are and what they do.
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