Michelle Briggs

Michelle Briggs

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Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime had an interview this week where he made clear the fate the NES Classic and SNES Classic.Both of these systems come with a pre-set number of games, and at first appeared to be limited to those games alone.This week, Fils-Aime put to bed rumors that either one of the consoles would have a path to attaining additional games at any point in the future.“There’s no ability for add-on content with our classic consoles, so when you purchase the console it’s coming with that set roster of content,” said Fils-Aime.We’ve said that the current systems are the extent of our classic program.”Fils-Aime went on to note that Nintendo will continue to release content through Nintendo Switch Online.
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An Indiana officer got a stunning view of the Geminid meteor shower — known as one of the best meteor shows of the year — from his patrol car late Wednesday.Chris Cramer from the Howard County Sheriff’s Department was driving on a roadway just before midnight when a flash of bright light caught his eye."[He] caught what appears to be a meteor entering our atmosphere on his dash camera near 600 E. on SR22," the sheriff's department posted on Facebook Thursday night, along with a 20-second clip.GEMINID METEOR SHOWER PEAKS THIS WEEK: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE 'STRONGEST METEOR SHOWER OF THE YEAR'The video, which shows a huge green fireball streak across the sky, has been viewed more than 12,000 times since it was posted.Pretty cool," one man commented on the Howard County Sheriff’s Department's post.
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‘Love Island’ winner Dani Dyer has criticised reports in the media suggesting that she and boyfriend Jack Fincham are only staying together for financial reasons.Last week, Dani revealed that she and Jack had chosen to go their separate ways, four months after leaving ‘Love Island’, but her dad Danny Dyer later revealed that they hadn’t actually split up but had actually had an argument.With reports in The Sun claiming their reconciliation is actually more for commercial gain than actual romantic feelings, Dani has now insisted this is not the case.Ricky Vigil M via Getty ImagesCommenting on a black and white photo of herself and Jack that he had shared on his Instagram page, she wrote: “Love you baby.Oh wait maybe I shouldn’t say that because we together for money apparently??
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Instagram users can now add an interactive countdown sticker to their Stories to help track how much time is left until events like vacations.The countdown sticker is available via the sticker tray in the application’s Stories camera, and customization options include name, date/time and color.Followers who click the arrow in the corner of countdown stickers can opt to receive reminders about the countdown or share the sticker to their own Stories (if the original poster has allowed this).Those who post countdown stickers will receive notifications in their Instagram Direct messages whenever someone shares their countdown stickers, the same way they would if another user @mentioned them in their Story.Finally, any followers who follow or share countdown stickers will receive activity feed notifications when the countdown ends.Cable network Bravo was one of the first brands to take advantage of Instagram’s new countdown sticker, using it to promote this coming weekend’s installment of its Vanderpump Rules reality show.
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Gävle and Sandviken has sold 130 acres of land to the IT giant Microsoft.But so far it is not known what the land will be used for.software giant Microsoft is planning a major investment in Sweden.It is clear on Tuesday afternoon after it became known that the company has purchased 130 hectares of land by the municipalities of Gävle and Sandviken.The u.s. software giant betlar 269 million for an area the size of 260 football pitches.What Microsoft has plans for the land is, however, the press release was sent out on Tuesday.
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Cyber security firm Shearwater reported deeper losses in its interim results today, despite a huge increase in revenues as it expands in new regions.Shearwater’s underlying loss fell to £1.6m, down from £100,000 in 2017.Revenue soared 118 per cent to £4.5m in the six months to the end of September.Loss per share widened to 0.32p from 0.18p the year before.The AIM-listed cyber security firm saw its revenue soar thanks to increased trading with Securenvoy, Acina and Geolang.But the improved sales results were overshadowed by a deepening of losses, which the company said was due to “continued investment across the portfolio”.
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Borrowing Google's open-source Chrome browser technology is popular these days.One day after Microsoft announced it's ditching its own EdgeHTML core and rebuilding its Edge browser on Google's rival Chromium project instead, rival Brave said it's completed its own move to a tighter integration with the software.When Brave launched two years ago, it used its own interface software, but the new "Brave Core" version pulls in much more of Chromium, the open-source foundation of Chrome.The new version has been available for testing, but on Friday, anyone using the older version will be prompted to upgrade.Its earlier approach suffered from incompatibility with Chrome extensions, and the update fixes that while boosting speed as well.And it looks more familiar to anyone switching from Chrome, which is most of us given that Google's browser dominates the web.
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Apple’s support for dual SIM, dual standby (DSDS) on this year’s iPhone generation was a double-edged sword.On the one hand, it finally gave what some iPhone owners have been requesting for years.On the other than, its implementation is based on a normal, physical SIM and a digital eSIM.That, however, is changing soon with both Verizon and T-Mobile following not far behind.When the GSMA ratified the eSIM specification in 2015, it envisioned it as a way to make it easier for consumers to use the network they want on a phone without having to go through the usual hoops involved in getting a physical card.Three years later, few devices support that technology and even fewer carriers do.
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Göteborgsbolaget Parakey gör det möjligt för användare att låsa och låsa upp dörrar på håll via en app.Nu tar bolaget in nytt kapital i form av 9 miljoner kronor för att höja tempot.”Det känns väldigt skönt då vi kan satsa större resurser på att utöka vårt team både inom sälj och utveckling”, säger bolagets vd och medgrundare Jonas Arvidsson.Bolaget grundades 2014 och de digitala låsen lanserades under förra året.Enligt bolaget har efterfrågan varit över förväntan, vilket innebär att kapital var nödvändigt för att kunna skala upp än mer med hjälp av nyrekryteringar.I dag är man 10 anställda, de ska öka.
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If there are two things missing from Qualcomm’s big Snapdragon 8cx announcement today, it’s 5G and actual hardware.The chip-maker has been talking up fifth-generation networks all week at its Snapdragon Summit 2018, making it a key pillar of the Snapdragon 855 mobile processor which will start showing up in smartphones early in the new year.The new flagship is focused on always-on, always-connected ultraportable notebooks, tablets, and 2-in-1s.Certainly the promises aren’t insignificant: lower power consumption from notebooks as powerful – if not more so – than machines running CPUs like Intel’s Core i5 U Series, in fanless thin-and-light designs.However even when Lenovo’s Matt Bereda, VP of global consumer marketing, took the stage, he brought an existing Yoga C630 with him, not new hardware.Qualcomm has confirmed to SlashGear that the 8cx is indeed compatible with the X50.
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DURHAM, N.C. -- For a child, recovering from a broken bone is typically a short-lived, albeit painful, convalescence.Finding ways to speed bone repair is a public health priority that could save both lives and health care expense.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of fall injuries, including broken hips, and these hospitalizations cost an average of $30,000."Delayed fracture healing is a major health issue in aging, and strategies to improve the pace of repair and prevent the need for additional surgeries to achieve healing substantially improve patient outcomes," said senior author Benjamin Alman, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Duke.Duke Health researchers previously showed that introducing bone marrow stem cells to a bone injury can expedite healing, but the exact process was unclear.Now, the same Duke-led team believes it has pinpointed the "youth factor" inside bone marrow stem cells -- it's the macrophage, a type of white blood cell, and the proteins it secretes that can have a rejuvenating effect on tissue.
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Driving his father’s tanker truck around Asbury Park, N.J., in 1933, 19-year-old Leon Hess probably had little inkling that he would become one of America’s most successful businessmen—and, almost as an afterthought, create one of the most successful holiday toys in history.For the first few decades after founder Leon Hess (above) first started selling the trucks in 1964, before holiday shoppers could buy their gifts with the click of a button, anyone who wanted to get their hands on one of the Toy Trucks needed to go to one of Hess’s physical locations.And the toy, of course, is the Hess Toy Truck, a yearly limited edition so popular that it always sells out.“Families across the country have a new truck to look forward to each year and know that it will be something special because of the quality,” said Toy Truck gm Justin Mayer.“They last for many years and the collection grows across generations within families.”But none of this looked likely to a young Leon Hess in the worst year of the Great Depression.
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Here's a FEELGOOD Christmas story involving two of the most commonplace things in the UK – Uber and the NHS.Because our public transport system tends to close down for Christmas, NHS staff can be left stuck for a way to get in to work, as the sick don't all magically heal themselves and politely check out on Christmas Eve.Hence some workers employed by NHS Scotland are about to enjoy the luxury of taking Uber rides for free on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, making it easier for them to get to their hospitals and clinics of work during bus/train lockdown.It's not quite as massively generous a splurge as it sounds, though, as NHS Scotland staff are being handed two £10 "vouchers" (in the form of electronic discount codes) that can be used to pay for trips with the car-hailing service.There is some signing-up to be done beforehand too, which will filter out a few of the not-bothereds.This positive news could be destroyed by Uber aggressively surge-pricing the hell out of customers over Christmas, mind, so save the thumbs-up emojis for December 27 at least.
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Are smart home voice assistants helpful or a potential threat?A video produced by Ghost+Cow Films for Big Data, L1zy explores a dystopian downside as a possible answer about the devices that bring Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant into our homes.As voice assistant devices proliferate, manufacturers don’t release precise sales quantities.In January, however, Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) reported there were approximately 31 million Amazon Echo/Alexa devices and 14 million Google Home (now renamed Google Assistant) units in the U.S.The video, broken into a string of TV commercial-like segments, plays out one view of what could happen in homes with helpful voice assistants.The video starts with the happy arrival of a device labeled Big Data on the doormat and quickly leads to disturbing interference with all aspects of family life.
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Amazon briefly surpassed Apple as the world's most-valuable publicly traded company.It passed Apple on Monday with a market value of about $865 billion.Amazon on Monday briefly surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable-publicly traded company, days after Microsoft dethroned the long-time leader Apple.Amazon rose as much as 4.7%, giving it a market capitalization of $865 billion ahead of Apple's $864.8 billion valuation.Apple reclaimed its crown with a market value $846.4 billion - after Amazon's market cap dropped to $827.1 billion as of 3:00 p.m.Microsoft, whose market capitalization last Monday surpassed Apple's for the first time in eight years, had a market value of $844.9 billion.
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The global smartphone market’s continuing on a slow but steady uptick.That’s according to research firm Gartner, which today published a report showing that in Q3 2018, handset sales grew 1.4 percent to reach 389 million units.Shipments were led by Chinese brands Huawei and Xiaomi, the former of which saw demand for its devices grow 43 percent.In fact, according to Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner, smartphone sales to end users would have declined by 5.2 percent if the vendor’s list hadn’t included Huawei and Xiaomi.Samsung fared rather poorly, on the other hand, experiencing the largest year-over-year decline since Gartner began tracking smartphone sales globally.Shipments of the Galaxy S9, S9+ and Note 9 and other flagship handsets declined 14 percent in Q3 2018, and the company’s mid-tier lineup faced stiff competition in developing markets from Chinese brands and others.
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Apple might finally be releasing an upgraded version of its AirPods in the first quarter of 2019, and and might redesign the device for 2020.9to5Mac cites a new report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says that demand for the devices will grow dramatically in the coming years.There were rumors all summer that upgraded AirPods would debut during this fall’s product launches, but they never appeared on stage.If Kuo’s predictions are correct, the new models will have “wireless charging support,” although it’s not clear if that means an upgraded case or the earpieces themselves.There are some other changes that line up with prior rumors as well — Kuo says that the next model will come with upgraded Bluetooth specs, an upgraded hinge on the case, and that some internal components will be a bit more expensive.There have also been rumors that 2019 will also bring a new set of high-end AirPods that will be water resistant and will come with noise cancelation.
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Microsoft has moved ahead of Apple to become the most valuable listed company in the world after it ended Friday with a market value of more than $851bn (£667bn).It is the first time Microsoft has held the top spot in 15 years and rounds off a disappointing November for Apple.The iPhone maker's value was $847bn at the market's close.Microsoft's share price rose to $110.89, gaining 0.6 per cent during Friday's session, while Apple's fell further by 0.5 per cent to $178.60.Apple's shares have plunged in recent weeks and fallen by almost 25 per cent since October with the tech industry toiling.Microsoft's cloud services unit has driven the firm's growth in recent years and sells to other businesses, while Apple are reliant on consumer spending and there is some concern for investors of a decreasing demand for new smart phones.
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I consider myself a pretty clean and tidy person.You would not believe this to be true, however, if you looked at my laptop.There’s that saying that goes something like, the floor is so clean you can eat off of it.Well, my laptop is so filthy it looks like I did eat off of it.As I’m typing this, I’m noticing a little burnt orange-coloured splatter beneath the MacBook Air logo.Likely a result of when I eat take-out ramen at my desk and try to delicately pour the noodles into the broth, creating a spill-splatter effect that I have undoubtedly repeated several times over the years.
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The US government is attempting to persuade allies to stop using Huawei equipment due to security fears, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.Sources claim that US government officials have met with counterparts in Germany, Japan, and Italy, and are reportedly considering offering financial incentives to countries who opt not to use equipment from the Chinese manufacturer.Already this year the US has banned government use of Huawei-made equipment and refuses to let retail stores on military bases sell Huawei handsets.However, there are now fears that US military bases located overseas could be made vulnerable to hacking attempts if their internet traffic travels over commercial networks in other countries built using Huawei hardware.The roll-out of new 5G networks also adds additional security concerns.Although worries about the use of Chinese-made telecom equipment predate the current administration, the souring of relations with China and an ongoing trade war spearheaded by President Trump have increased cybersecurity fears.
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