Monte Martin

Monte Martin

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Timing is everything, especially when you’re trying to get the attention and engagement of your customers and prospects.Interest rates are reasonably low right now, so plenty of banks are competing to get homeowners to refinance.You can hammer me with emails and phone calls amidst my usual busy day and I’m likely to ignore them.I’ve known we should refinance our mortgage to take advantage of lower rates for months now, but finally two days ago started the process with our mortgage broker.This morning I got an email from my current mortgage provider who noticed our credit had been pulled for the purpose of a refinance and wanted to ensure they got the business again.Sure it might be a tad bit scary that had such quick and clear access to that information, but they were also smart to reach out to me right now, today, when clearly I have started something they can help with.
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Bain Japan's MD reportedly wants to get on the Toshiba Memory Business board, to invest in it and get an agreement with WDC about continuing the joint venture to make flash chips.Yuji Sugimoto is said MD and reportedly told Nikket Aisan Review he planned to become a director of the to-be-acquired Toshiba Memory Business and so have a say in how the flash foundry joint venture with warring legal opponent WDC is run."We respect the current lineup of executives, but when it comes to directors, who play an oversight role, we will be aggressive in enlisting outsiders.I myself will become a director," he is quoted as saying.Private equity house Bain Capital, owner of Bain Japan, and its consortium won the auction for the Toshiba Memory Business (TMS) which owns Toshiba's stake in the flash foundry JV and its flash production operations at Yokkaichi in Japan's Mie Prefecture.Toshiba needs the bid money to survive as a listed company beyond a March 2018 deadline, following catastrophic losses in its now bankrupt US nuclear power plant building business.
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After a few years of sticking with essentially the same design, Google Calendar on the web is getting a makeover today.That means a fresh new color palette and a design in line with Google’s Material Design scheme, but also — and more importantly — a responsive layout that smartly adjusts your calendar to the size of your browser window.This update isn’t just about giving Calendar a fresh coat of paint, there are also a number of feature updates here that’ll make using the service a bit easier.If you work in a large company, then Calendar can now show you more details about your organization’s meeting rooms, for example (where it is, what AV equipment is there, etc.), after your admins put this info into the system.Google Calendar invites can now also include rich formatting and links to relevant spreadsheets, documents and presentations.
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If you’re a light reader or you only read while you travel, the entry-level Kindle eReader is perfect for you.It’s affordable, the battery life is incredible, and it has enough storage to hold more books than you’ll ever need.But if you’re a more avid book fan who reads as often as you can, there’s a hot new Kindle model that you’re going to absolutely love.The All-New Kindle Oasis has a gorgeous high-resolution 7-inch E Ink display with a mind-blowing pixel density of 300 ppi.It’s also IPX8-rated, which means it’s waterproof.We’re not talking splash-proof here… you can grab an oxygen tank and read your book at the bottom of a pool if you want to.
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As most players are already aware, a special Halloween event is coming to Pokemon Go this year.But it appears the spooky-themed update isn’t the only thing players will experience in the weeks to come, as a new datamine has revealed that several generation three Pokemon have been added to the game’s files, along with a new loading screen teasing their arrival.For fans wanting to experience all the surprises of the Halloween event, it would be best to look away now, as spoilers follow after this.The Pokemon fan community at The Silph Road was the first to dive into the just-released 0.79.2 update for Pokemon Go.Other details in the update include sound files and badges referencing Pokemon from generation three, new music, and, of course, bug fixes.It’s also unclear if Niantic plans to rollout generation three in the same way as they did with generation two, which saw a staggered release starting with seven baby Pokemon in December 2016, followed by a full rollout several month later.
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Talk around the one day WomenBoycottTwitter movement saw it mentioned nearly 1750,000 times during the Friday the action took place.The hashtag was created to encourage users to silence themselves in support of prominent and temporarily banned actress and activist, Rose McGowan in order to demonstrate that the platform had issues it could no longer ignore.According to exclusive data provided by Meltwater to The Drum, the hashtag for the movement was mentioned 172,667 during research that took place on Friday 13 October from 9.30am (GMT), while McGowan received 59,412 mentions during the same timeframe.McGowan is one of the many accusers of movie mogul Harvey Wienstein, and has used Twitter as a way of voicing issues with the movie industry, especially around sexual harassment.Her account was closed for 12 hours earlier in the week, which was seen a censorship being carried out by Twitter which later claimed to have done so due to her distributing a telephone number on the platform.Themes that tended during the day that were connected to the hashtag included ‘support’, ‘conflict’, ‘Ladies’, ‘Censorship’ and ‘White House’ with ‘Rose’ found to be mentioned in 5% of related conversations.
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Airbnb is looking to take an increasingly active role in ensuring the homes it offers for rent on its site are pleasant to stay in, from offering loans to hosts for home improvements to actively partnering in the construction of an apartment block in Florida, according to reports.The changes, which see the company move further than ever from its origins as a listing site connecting holidaymakers with hosts who have a spare room, could help Airbnb cement its position as an alternative to traditional hotels.But it also risks irritating hosts who enjoyed the previously laissez-faire approach, as well as prompting awkward questions from regulators worldwide about the precise nature of Airbnb’s business.That can range from advice on cosmetic improvements to their homes, to help shooting the best photographs, as well as more significant aid such as the loans, which would be repaid through revenue made from future bookings.Even its conventional hosts have reportedly come under pressure from the company to dial back on the idiosyncrasies that the site was famous for in its early days, when the key selling point for many tourists was the ability to “live like a local”, as one recent ad campaign put it.Hosts are urged, for instance, to “learn from hotel bathrooms” – clearing bathroom counters of their own products and placing rolled-up towels in a basket – and “show personality, not personal items”.
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Joseph Cox, reporting for the Daily Beast: The dark web -- a pack of websites that hides their physical location with special software -- is always a precarious place, with the FBI shutting down massive criminal networks, or competing sites hacking one another.Now, someone is trying to take the four largest drug marketplaces offline, seemingly by flooding them with a torrent of traffic.These sites offer a mail-order service for pretty much any drug a customer could imagine, from LSD to varieties of heroin.As of at least Friday morning, several marketplaces were inaccessible or could only be visited from backup website addresses, and at the time of publication are still facing problems.It's not totally clear who is behind the outages, but the downtime has disrupted the dark-web community somewhat."We are facing a DDoS attack atm [at the moment] and I guess many other markets as well," a Reddit moderator for the site dubbed Wall Street, one of the affected marketplaces, told The Daily Beast.
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Thus, Google offers no current hemskärmsapp that can be installed officially on all android units.In the normal order, however, there are APK files available and now it is possible to install the latest Pixel Launcher manually.The most obvious news is that the search bar now located at the very bottom of the screen.On devices without virtual navigation buttons, it's looking strange, then the search field is almost totally devoid of bottom margin, which can be excused of that the app is only designed for Pixel-phones.to the Google page at the left to display need Pixel Launcher is installed as systemapp.Pixel Launcher is very basic for those who are accustomed to hemskärmsersättare, but those who want to test can find the APK file here.
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One of my favorites was a person who told me that every day he wished I'd never been born.He managed to time it in the week my mom died, which was touching.Many people, though, have suffered far, far worse online.A new PSA released this week imagines what it would be like if online hate were acted out in real life.It's the inspiration of Monica Lewinsky -- the former Bill Clinton intern who suffered online harassment when the web was new -- in conjunction with various anti-bullying groups.The PSA was released to mark National Bullying Prevention Month.
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Open-Xchange, a longtime provider of white-label email that jumped into the consumer space this past year, has raised $25 million to continue expanding its services that offer a different balance between privacy and advertising.The round was led by Iris Capital and included current investors such as eCapital.The company said the investment will be used to expand Open-Xchange’s headcount, which now stands at 250 people, as well as to continue to develop its products and services.Founded in 2005, Open-Xchange makes technology widely used to power the email services offered by more than 100 large hosting and telecom companies.But late last year, Open-Xchange decided to start offering its services directly to consumers.The idea was to create a European-based alternative to most email services in a way that severely limits collection of user data and the ability to sell it to advertisers.
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Shadow of War, the follow-up, further sophisticates its legion of orcs, but that niggling question of “wouldn’t this system be cool in a different game” still sneaks up on you.Shadow of War stars Talion, a buff-and-gruff protagonist who would be generic were it not for the fact he is technically dead.In the first game, Celebrimbor is introduced as the crafter of the Rings of Power—this is a Lord of The Rings game—and, by granting Talion otherworldly skills, he drafts him into a war to stop the forces of Sauron.That’s where the second game takes off: Talion forges a ring to fight against the return of Sauron, but wouldn’t you know it, things don’t go according to plan.This time around, your efforts are focused on the network of orcs who occupy/control various castles, each of which has its own chain of command.And each Warchief commands a wider pool of henchmen called Captains, which act as their bodyguards.
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Quantum computing is far from fiction but it is also out of reach for consumers and businesses with limited budgets.Intel has announced that it has successfully produced a 17-qubit superconducting chip for QuTech.Intel fabricates quantum chips, QuTech runs tests on the chips and sends feedback to Intel where its employees work to build improved renditions.The new test chip is not a large step forward in terms of raw compute power but it is a step in the right direction towards more stable production.Producing qubits in a reliable fashion is still a difficult task even for Intel's skilled engineers.Merely observing qubits can cause data loss to occur let alone exposure to external noise.
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Tracy De Groose is to step down as UK chief executive of Dentsu Aegis Network, following a three-year stint with the company.De Groose, the former managing director of Naked Communications, has not yet revealed her next career move, with the agency network likewise declining to comment on plans to find her successor at present.Previously the UK chief executive of Carat, De Groose has been one of the key industry figures leading the charge for diversity.She is an executive member of Wacl and volunteers as a Marketing Academy mentor, while internally she oversaw the launch of the network’s Women & Leadership Programme, Gender Equality Network, LGBT+ Network and Fortysix, a digital agency that will be entirely staffed by young people from diverse backgrounds.Speaking to Daniele Fiandaca in The Drum’s Token Man series earlier this year, De Groose said: “At different points in your life and stages of your career, you are given the opportunity to be brave.Sometimes those points are obvious, others take reflection to recognise.
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Bluetooth is great for connecting hardware, except when it’s not, as 9to5Google blogger Hayato Huseman learned the hard way with his desktop:I just turned off Bluetooth on my iMac without thinking about the fact that my keyboard and mouse use it and now I can't turn it back on.— Hayato, but spooky (@hayatohuseman) October 8, 2017That’s right – if your gadgets connect to your computer via Bluetooth and you turn the feature off, you won’t be able to use your computer until you figure out a way to enable it again.In Huseman’s case, he picked up a cheap wired keyboard and managed to turn Bluetooth back on.Before you call the obvious police on us, consider that it’s possible to do this entirely by accident, or that some computers might turn off Bluetooth when you engage Airplane Mode.
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While you can pre-order those today, you might be looking for deals on some other great tech that’s available right now.Our favorites includes Amazon’s Sonos sale, discounts on 4K smart TVs, and two Samsung deals (Galaxy Tab 3 and Gear S3) ending today (Saturday, October 7th).Sonos deals via Amazon: As mentioned earlier this week, score $100 off the Play:5 with code SONOSPLAY5 and $60 off the Play:1 with code SONOSPLAY1.Note that the discount is only redeemable for accounts associated with an Amazon Echo and ends Tuesday, October 10th.Samsung 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV: Massdrop has the 2017 model for $300 lower than the usual price until Tuesday, October 10th, down to $900.Sony XBR-43X800E 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV: Amazon is selling the 2017 model for $100 off, dropping the price to $648.
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If you think an hour-long Candy Crush session or occasionally dropping $10 to refill your stash of Pokemon Go pokeballs is evidence that you have a smartphone “addiction,” you’ve got nothing on Wu Xiaojing, a 21-year-old woman who lives in northwest China’s Shaanxi province.Xiaojing (an apparently fake name she used to hide her identity) is a real smartphone addict, and by “real” I mean she ended up in the hospital after a 24-hour smartphone gaming marathon left her blind in one eye.Xiaojing, who says smartphone gaming is her only hobby, spends her nights and weekends with her eyes glued to small screen mobile games, regularly playing them for many hours on end and sacrificing sleep — and apparently her health — in the process.Xiaojing, who is training to be an accountant, lost her sight early one evening after an incredible marathon session.She says her eyesight dimmed gradually before going dark completely, at which point she headed to the hospital.Doctors have diagnosed her with a condition known as retinal artery occlusion, which has been attributed to her intense smartphone gaming habit.
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And as and when we do start hearing information about it you’ll find all of that here too, in our constantly updated guide to Google’s next wearable OS.Android Wear’s original release was back in June 2014, following a March 2014 announcement.As there haven’t been any new versions since then (not even a 2.1) it seems likely that some sort of Android Wear update will arrive before too long, but whether it will be a big jump to 3.0 or a small jump to 2.1 is less clear.Android Wear 3.0 news and rumorsThere’s nothing to report yet on Android Wear 3.0, which suggests we might see it later rather than sooner.While Android Wear doesn’t have the kind of app problem that plagued Windows Phone, it could definitely do with a wider selection, and doesn’t seem to have the same sort of support as watchOS.
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The big rumor last week was that Tencent, the biggest game company in the world, had bought a 5 percent stake in Bluehole Studio, the South Korean developer behind one of the most talked-about games of 2017: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.It hadn’t, though the talks between the Chinese PC and mobile gaming behemoth and Bluehole are ongoing.PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has become so huge that Bluehole has created a subsidiaryto manage the online multiplayer shooter.It’s amazing that we’re seeing these blockbuster numbers for two base games that are still in Early Access development — people pay to play these ($30 for PUBG, $40 for Fortnite) before they officially release, dealing with bugs and changes and providing feedback (and money) to the developers.As for me, the pull of Divinity: Original Sin II continues to dominate my PC gaming time.At this rate, I’ll finish in … March?
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Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: A security researcher has found nearly 700 Brother printers left exposed online, allowing access to the password reset function to anyone who knows what to look for.Discovered by Ankit Anubhav, Principal Researcher at NewSky Security, the printers offer full access to their administration panel over the Internet.Anubhav has provided Bleeping Computer with a list of exposed printers.Accessing a few random URLs, Bleeping has discovered a wide range of Brother printer models, such as DCP-9020CDW, MFC-9340CDW, MFC-L2700DW, or MFC-J2510, just to name a few.The cause of all these exposures is Brother's choice of shipping the printers with no admin password.Most organizations most likely connected the printers to their networks without realizing the admin panel was present and wide open to connections.
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