Michael Webster

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Amazon's Echo Spot brings you all the features of its Echo, with a screen for displaying weather forecasts, news updates, sports scores, song lyrics and much more.All you need to do is ask Alexa.It fits comfortably on a nightstand and works well as an alarm clock and bedside calendar as well.Watch videos, call your friends, control your smarthome -- new features are added all the time.Right now, if you buy two, Amazon will activate a $40 discount in your cart.See this deal now on Amazon.
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Coinbase just announced they’re hiring Tina Bhatnagar as VP of Operations and Technology to lead all operational teams at Coinbase and GDAX.But perhaps most relevant right now is the fact that her responsibilities will include overseeing the fast growing startup’s customer service division.It’s no secret that Coinbase is in need of some help with it comes to support and customer service.The company has struggled to handle both technical and customer support operations during the massive spikes in price, new users, and transactions over the last few months.But Coinbase isn’t blind to these shortfalls, and about six months ago unveiled a plan to revamp their customer service experience and roll out phone support and shorter response times.They also recently hired Asiff Hirji, former COO at TD Ameritrade and promoted Dan Romero as GM of Coinbase to oversee all of Coinbase’s retail platform.
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As the General Counsel of Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE USA, Inc.), I’ve spent the last few years engaging in battles with patent trolls, at a cost to my company and colleagues.If you think your business is too big or too small or too off the radar to fall prey to a patent troll, think again.Your business can be a target — and the damage spreads far beyond the office of your general counsel.I’ve been lucky to have forged strong relationships with our very high performing teams, who generally do see me as a part of their functional teams.Dealing with patent troll lawsuits effectively requires preserving the relationship between the product team, the executives in charge of the product team, the procurement team, the suppliers and the office of the CFO.Imagine this scenario: I’m sitting in a two-hour meeting with three top Product Line Managers (PLMs) talking about product development, and before the meeting adjourns I have to ask them to drop everything and start gathering materials for discovery for possible PAE litigation.
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Scientists from the School of Nuclear Science & Engineering of Tomsk Polytechnic University are developing a technology enabling the creation of high-temperature gas-cool low-power reactors with thorium fuel.TPU scientists propose to burn weapons-grade plutonium in these units, converting it into power and thermal energy.Thermal energy generated at thorium reactors may be used in hydrogen industrial production.The results of the study were published in Annals of Nuclear Energy.For example, they can be used in arid areas, as well as in remote areas of Siberia and the Arctic.Associate Professor Sergey Bedenko from the School of Nuclear Science & Engineering tells: 'As a rule, a nuclear power plant is constructed on the riverside.
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Prince Nasr Harfouche, a principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP, joins this upcoming VB Live event to share how every industry can leverage location intelligence to transform their digital marketing strategy.Learn how location intelligence, incorporated into digital strategies, helps engage consumers in real time, increases brand loyalty, and provides actionable data.Pair that with an audience that’s growing increasingly receptive to relevant messaging — the kind that happens where and when they’re most interested and delivers exactly what they need?You’ve got a revolution in targeting that’s touching every industry, says Prince Nasr Harfouche, a principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP.“We see location data being used in insurance, corporate communications, banking, telecommunications, and more,” says Harfouche, and each use case demonstrates a new way for companies to unlock the potential of location-based intelligence.With location data added as a new dimension of customer data, insurance agents gain an understanding of each customer’s pattern of movement and travel, delivering deeper insight into potential risks when they’re underwriting an insurance claim.
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Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.Our co-host Matthew Lynley is back, Katie and myself were on hand, and our guest, Shruti Gandhi from Array Ventures, was brilliant.And the news gods were kind, as there was quite a lot to get through.Dropbox has reportedly filed confidentially to go public, meaning that the company’s long dance towards the public markets is nearing its conclusion.But what will it be worth when it does go public?That is the new Silicon Valley parlor game.
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Today the Commons sees a policy and political landmark when Conservative Ministers back a Labour Bill to tighten regulation to help renters.In truth Karen Buck’s Bill makes a modest legal change to give all tenants a right to take action in the courts when their landlord fails to make their home fit for human habitation – in other words safe from fire and free of vermin, dangerous wiring, inadequate heating or poor ventilation causing damp and mould.Remarkably, at present tenants have no legal right to make their property safe or free from such serious health hazards.Yet for two years the Conservatives in government have set their face against such basic consumer rights.The former housing minister, and now Party vice-chairman, Marcus Jones stated Tory policy and philosophy in January 2016 when opposing Labour’s amendment to make this change in the Housing & Planning Act; he said it “will result in unnecessary regulation and cost to landlords, which will deter further investment and push up rents for tenants”.This was a part of the prevailing Conservative approach to market regulation based on the infamous ‘one in, two out’ rule.
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Following years of sluggish development and a half-baked "paid early access" launch in July, the game received a new, entirely free mode in an update for all PC and console versions.That mode, the incredibly PUBG-like Fortnite Battle Royale, has gone on to rack up millions of players (though exactly how many is unclear, since Epic still describes both the paid and free content as a combined number of over 40 million).The mode's success hasn't left every Epic Games fan satisfied, however.For the uninitiated, Paragon launched both as an Unreal Engine 4 showcase and as a take on games like Dota 2 and League of Legends, with a more active, behind-the-character camera angle (a formula seen in other recent F2P games, including Smite and Gigantic)."This [lack of player growth], combined with the humbling success of Fortnite, has caused us to question if we have a good path to grow Paragon and make it thrive," the staffer adds.In the post, the staffer confirms that fans aren't imagining things; Paragon's development updates have indeed slowed down in part because a number of its developers "jump[ed] onto Fortnite to help sustain the game."
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Components made of this material are now found in a wide range of devices, including cell phones, optical modulators, and frequency converters.However, unlike silicon, which is easy to etch, lithium niobate is not amenable to chemical etching, a technique used in the silicon-based industry to produce nanometer-sized structures like waveguides.Other techniques used to create waveguides, such as ion-diffusion and proton-exchange, were unsuitable for lithium niobate because they resulted in a low optical-index contrast between the waveguide and the bulk material.One way to resolve this difficulty could be a hybrid approach, explored at several research centers during the last few years: combine the ease of etching in silicon with the optical properties of lithium niobate thin films.Researchers at Harvard University recently published a study in Optica about how their experience with similar intractable materials inspired them to apply another technique—plasma reactive ion etching.“Diamond is actually easier to etch than niobate, but it doesn’t exist as thin films,” says Lončar.
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Ever look down at your $1,600 Tag Heuer smartwatch and think, “Gosh, this really could use $195,400 of diamonds on it?” Apparently someone at Tag Heuer did, because at this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève watch show (also known as SIHH 2018), the company announced the Tag Heuer Connected Full Diamond, a name that is as unsubtle as the 589 diamonds that stud the entire watch, spotted by Droid Life.Despite the flashy adornment, the Tag Heuer Connected Full Diamond is otherwise identical to the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 smartwatch the company launched last year, although at a price of 190,000 Swiss Francs (roughly $197,000), the Full Diamond model is the most expensive Android Wear watch ever made.Although it does make the otherwise incredibly expensive $1,600 price tag on the regular Connected Modular 45 look like a downright bargain in comparison.So, what exactly does your $197,000 get you?A case and bracelet made out of 18K polished white gold, and a total of 23.35 carats of baguette diamonds (78 on the bezel, 16 on the lugs, and 495 on the bracelet, in case you were curious.)Remember when Apple released the $17,000 solid-gold Apple Watch Edition?
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Advancements in technology can help to mitigate the threat of fraud in real time and enable financial institutions to better detect and prevent financial crime while also meeting regulatory requirements.To stay in step with consumer demands, financial institutions are continually expanding their offerings to deliver the speed, ease and convenience customers expect.AI technologies have been at work in financial servicesfor some time and are rapidly evolving the customer experience and the back office.One aspect of machine learning involves identifying patterns of behaviour from large data sources.Machine learning can take behavioural analysis to the individual consumer level, improving detection and reducing false-positive rates, while facilitating regulatory compliance.
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If you’re like me, you know Sennheiser as that sleek German company that makes dependably terrific headphones and microphones.Later this year, Sennheiser will release a next-generation sound bar that aims to bring 3D audio into the living room.It’s a lofty goal, since plenty of other companies are trying their best to build the best sound bar on Earth.But after listening to Sennheiser’s prototype at CES in Las Vegas, I’m thinking the Germans are about to do something incredible.It will inevitably be incredibly expensive, but after I heard this sound bar, I knew I’d never be the same.The sound bar in question is stocky so far.
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In a statement over the weekend, Fed Square Pty Ltd, the company that manages the plaza, defended the plans.In 2018, it will begin making over hundreds of stores into "town squares."Apple has a nebulous definition of the phrase "town square," using it to refer to stores where people can participate in free classes, like photographing, producing music, and editing with iPhones.Set to open in 2020, the two-story Apple store will replace the Koorie Heritage Trust, an indigenous cultural center inside the Yarra Building that will need to relocate.The project will also create approximately 5,380 square feet of public space and attract approximately 2 million more people annually to the square, according to Fed Square Pty Ltd.The plan has caused outrage among some residents, who say the local government didn't consult the public before Apple signed the lease.
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A US intelligence satellite sent into space aboard a SpaceX rocket on Sunday failed to reach orbit and is presumed lost, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing industry and government officials.The classified satellite, code-named Zuma, failed to separate as planned from the upper stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 after its launch Sunday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and is assumed to have plummeted back into the Earth's atmosphere, the newspaper reported.The satellite, built by Northrup Grumman, is said to have carried a price tag in the billions of dollars.SpaceX's first successful Falcon 9 rocket launch of 2018 was also probably the most secretive in the company's history.About all we know is that contractor and manufacturer Northrop Grumman booked the launch on behalf of the federal government.SpaceX has done classified launches for the Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office before, but this is the first time the name of the government agency behind the spacecraft being launched isn't even known.
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Intel set a world record for flying more than 100 drones from a single computer.Intel CEO Brian Krzanich staged the 100 “Shooting Star” mini drone light show at his opening keynote speech at CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week.At a theater in the Monte Carlo hotel, the drones took off indoors and put on an aerial show.The drones can create ore than 4 billion color combinations and create dazzling visual effects.This drone is the counterpart to the Intel Shooting Star drone that has been illuminating the night skiesaround the world at music festivals like Coachella, marquee sporting events, celebrations across Asia and more.
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Supported You’re a business running on traditional IT, using banks of servers with monolithic applications and backed by traditional storage arrays as well.In fact, the chances are that the vast majority of organisations will already be consuming cloud services in some form, even if that is nothing more than a hosted email or HR system.The fact is that there is nothing magic about the cloud – it is just another delivery method for IT services, one that should be evaluated alongside other delivery methods to determine their suitability based on cost effectiveness and your business requirements.For this reason, most companies are going to end up with a multi-cloud scenario, where some of their IT remains on-premise and other services are delivered by more than one cloud provider.With that in mind, the first step should be to consider your business objectives and come up with a defined strategy and budget.Not all applications and services will necessarily benefit from being migrated to the cloud, perhaps because they process sensitive data or because performance may suffer.
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The good versus bad immigrant narrative was a key bargaining tool for Brexit and Donald Trump and emboldened the Populist Press like we have never seen before.How ironic that our information age has led to such misinformation.He proudly declared that his great-great grandfather was someone who “integrated into British society and worked his fingers to the bone.” The DACA programme introduced by Obama during his premiership put certain immigrants on the path to ‘legitimisation’ at the expense of stigmatising others.“They remain amorphously young, forever the same high-achieving kid.″ Donald Trump’s succeeding rhetoric also stresses the importance of meritocracy in distinguishing a good immigrant from a bad one.In 2016, Foreign Direct Investment in the UK was valued at £196 billion.Of course these are fantastic statistics, and while the good immigrant narrative may, with examples such as this, encourage migration which economically benefits the UK, they shouldn’t be the model criteria of a ‘good’ immigrant.
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Future Motion, the company behind the infamous Onewheel rideable, announced at CES 2018 today that it’s now taking pre-orders for it’s latest product: the newly-announced Onewheel+ XR.While the new board doesn’t look any different than the previous model that was announced at CES 2017, it boasts a number of improvements under the hood.In addition to a bit more power and torque for climbing hills, a single battery charge on the XR will get you between 12 and 18 miles of use — more than double the range of earlier models.To make a splash at the show (which Future Motion is known for — just ask the Chinese company that attempted to copy them at CES 2016), the company is attempting a three day, 300-mile trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to prove the XR’s abilities.We’ll report back if the endeavor is successful.Of course, these new long-range capabilities don’t come cheap: Whereas the Onewheel+ will set you back $1,500, the XR costs an additional $300 — which puts it out of the price range for most average consumers.
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As the HDR standards war continues to heat up, Samsung's new HDR10+ has found a powerful new ally in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, as reported by Forbes.Warner Bros. and the HDR10+ Alliance have confirmed that the film studio is now officially throwing its support behind the latest high dynamic range format, joining 20th Century Fox, Amazon Prime Video, Panasonic and, of course, Samsung."With HDR10+ dynamic metadata, WB can continue to more accurately bring the filmmakers’ vision of our 2018 releases and our vast catalog of over seventy-five 4K HDR titles to the home across a broad range of HDR10+ capable TVs," said Jim Wuthrich, President of the Americas and Global Strategy at Warner Bros.HDR10+ differs to regular HDR10 in that it uses dynamic metadata to adjust brightness on a scene-by-scene basis, something that competing format Dolby Vision is also able to do.While Dolby Vision has a technical advantage in that it provides 12-bit colour, HDR10+ does not force TV and Blu-ray/4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player manufacturers to pay royalties.Instead, Samsung will charge an annual administrative fee, which makes HDR10+ more of an open standard.
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The recent discovery of legible text on paper pulled from the cannon of Blackbeard’s flagship paints a strikingly different picture of these misunderstood sailors.Specifically, Blackbeard kept a copy of Edward Cooke’s A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World, Perform’d in the Years 1708, 1709, 1710 and 1711, detailing the British naval officer’s participation in a global expedition aboard the ships Duke and Dutchess.The wreck was re-discovered in 1996, and most of the ship’s 27 known cannons have been raised.The researchers found 16 tiny fragments of paper in a mass of wet sludge crammed inside the chamber of a breech-loading cannon (how it got there is anyone’s guess).The largest piece was only the size of a quarter, but it’s exceptionally rare to find paper in a submerged wreck—particularly one that’s 300 years old.Paper tends to deteriorate rapidly under water.
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