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Microsoft sign on a building in Cambridge, Massachusetts (Photo credit: DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)Microsoft Monday is a weekly column that focuses on updates in regards to the Redmond giant.This week, Microsoft Monday includes details about IoT Central, a new solution for passwords, the purchase of 10 million DNA strands, the acquisition of Intentional Software, the release of the To-Do app, a battery-saving feature coming to Windows and two major Windows updates coming per year, LinkedIn hitting 500 million users and data being integrated into Dynamics 365 for Sales and much more!“The strands of DNA will be long-chain oligonucleotides used by researchers at Microsoft and the University of Washington to encode digital data at higher density,” said Twist Bioscience in a press release.“After working together for over a year, the organizations have improved storage density, thereby reducing the cost of DNA digital data storage by encoding more data per strand and increasing the throughput of DNA production.”About a year ago, Microsoft purchased its first 10 million strands of synthetic DNA from Twist Bioscience.
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When James Cameron’s Avatar was released to theaters back in 2009, it was hyped to be the start of a major new multi-film franchise.Jump to 2017, and not even a single sequel has surfaced.That’s all going to change in the coming years, as 20th Century Fox has announced that a whopping four Avatar sequels are on the way, with confirmed release dates between now and the year 2025.The news came via the official Avatar franchise Facebook page, including a photo of Cameron and his production team.The post notes that work has already begun on the untitled sequels, and that the first two will hit theaters on December 18th, 2020, and December 17th, 2021.A three-year wait will follow, with the fourth movie arriving on December 20th, 2024, and the fifth and presumably final entry on December 19th, 2025.
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Research into high-performance computing could provide major improvements to the way your PC renders video games and virtual reality experiences.A researcher at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed a new architecture for 3D stacked memory.It uses the hardware’s capacity for “processing in memory” to deliver 3D rendering speeds that are up to 65 percent faster than previous methodology.Shuaiwen Leon Song collaborated with researchers from the University of Houston to accomplish those results.The architecture was tested using video games like Doom 3 and Half-Life 2, but there are hopes that it could one day benefit scientific research thanks to its uses in terms of visualization and modeling.A typical graphics card uses its graphical processing unit to render images from information that’s stored elsewhere.
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As media buying becomes more commoditized and less differentiated, communications planning — a discipline that uses data insights to help a client figure out brand positioning and media channels– is now a hot battleground for media agencies.For Maxus, that means motivating its media planners to get out of their comfort zone and learn how to develop creative ideas for the likes of Panera Bread, NBCUniversal and Church & Dwight.“We don’t want to solely be a distribution shop.We are the youngest in the [GroupM] family so we need to do something interesting and different,” said Steve Williams, CEO for Maxus’ North American operations.“We figured that it is easier to teach media people about creative than the other way around.”Maxus doesn’t plan to get into content production like videos or TV commercials.
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Pop-up advertisements are the enemy of a smooth internet experience, but Google's Chrome browser may soon have an in-built defence.The tech giant could announce a native ad-blocker for Chrome in the next few weeks, according to a new report from Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter.The feature will be available for both mobile and desktop versions of Chrome.The feature will reportedly filter out ad content deemed offensive by the Coalition for Better Ads, an industry group that Google helped found last year."We do not comment on rumour or speculation," a Google spokesperson said, though they added, "we've been working closely with the Coalition for Better Ads and industry trades to explore a multitude of ways Google and other members of the Coalition could support the Better Ads Standards."If true, Google will be backtracking on its word last year to keep away from developing one.
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Despite the ubiquity of smartphones with competitive cameras, instant cameras have come back in fashion.That said, its users still wish they had the flexibility of digital as well.Pocket photo printers can deliver that but they just don’t “feel” right.Sensing a potential market, Fujifilm is launching its new instax SQUARE SQ10 that hits two birds with one stone.At the same time, it is also the first instax to use Fujifilm’s new square format film.Why square, you might ask.
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Under onsdagen har Icloud och Apple Music drabbats av diverse problem, något som har uppmärksammats stort på Twitter och andra sociala medier.Bland annat har många användare fått ett mejl med beskedet att abonnemangen har upphört, något som inte stämmer.Det har även varit diverse driftstörningar och svårigheter med att ändra mängden lagringsutrymme i Icloud.
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And now, thanks to the internet, you'll be publicly mourned.People may even snap selfies of themselves attending your funeral.He's also a member of the Order of the Good Death, a group of funerary professionals, academics and artists working to demystify death in a culture that fears it.A form of the Roman tradition of wearing the masks has returned on Facebook, where users in mourning often change their profile photos to those of lost loved ones.The practice is also reminiscent of Georgians wearing black armbands, which served as visual signals the wearer was bereaved.One of the most contentious issues around online grieving is the funeral selfie.
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the Internet world in the race for customers is fierce, and they wish to expel the competitors.Spot-a-shop-site has collected the information of a few brands return policy.the House of Brandon inherits the return shipping of the discount products, but not normally priced.in both of These restore pay for 3.95 euros."the Average payout is 50, but it varies a lot of product and customer group.the Men return to the online shopping much less than women," notes Spot-a-shop-e-commerce website founder and ceo Jesse Jyläs.
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It adds access to serial ports from the Windows Subsystem for Linux, which will help with remote device debugging.The build also fixes some minor bugs while introducing a new, less minor bug.Specifically, if you use a Centennial application built using the Desktop Bridge—Microsoft's semi-virtualized technology for putting existing Win32 applications in the Windows Store—your system will crash.This will cause a Green Screen of Death—green, because a few builds back, Microsoft changed the screen color for Insider system crashes.At a glance, then, you can see the difference between a crashing machine on the stable Windows branch (as these remain blue) and a crashing machine on the developer branch.That Microsoft is willing to put known system-crashing bugs into its main development branch and then ship that development branch to consumers (albeit consumers that have volunteered to test pre-releases) just underscores the importance of the company's guidance that nobody use the Insider builds for their daily driver PC.
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Here is your round-up of the biggest video game news stories from the week, including the release dates for two of Nintendo Switch's biggest summer games, Splatoon 2 and Arms and the start of the latest seasonal Overwatch event.Elsewhere EA's Star Wars Battlefront 2 leaked ahead of its planned official announcement this weekend at the Star Wars Celebration fan event in Florida.The leaked trailer revealed the inclusion of characters and locations from every Star Wars film to date.Find out more below, and click through the headlines to read further.Star Wars Battlefront 2 trailer reveals campaign story, Darth Maul, Rey and moreEA's announcement trailer for Star Wars Battlefront 2 has leaked online, revealing the first look at DICE's upcoming shooter.
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Facebook Messenger är nu uppe i 1,2 miljarder användare vilket är lika många som använder företagets andra meddelandetjänst WhatsApp, skriver Recode.Siffran kan även jämföras med Facebook, det sociala nätverket, som har 1,9 miljarder aktiva användare på månadsbasis.Instagram har 600 miljoner användare.Messenger separerades från Facebook 2014 och har sedan dess allt mer utvecklats som fristående app och innehåller numera betalningar, chattbottar och videosamtal.Facebook fick stor uppmärksamhet för sitt köp av Whatsapp för motsvarande 123 miljarder kronor i februari 2014.
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Apple is the latest company to be linked with a possible bid for an investment in Toshiba’s sizable computer memory business, which is up for sale.The company is prepared to make a direct investment of several billion dollars in Toshiba Memory for a stake of “several tens” of percent, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported in its lunchtime news.The report said Apple is also considering a joint bid with Foxconn Technology, which manufactures the iPhone.Toshiba is a major supplier of components for the iPhone.Apple could not immediately be reached for comment.The memory chip business is one of the Toshiba’s jewels, but is up for sale as part of Toshiba’s attempts to dig itself out of a multibillion dollar hole caused by the collapse of Westinghouse.
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Flash sales are always the best times to get your hands on a new device and with the current levels of prices of budget models the phones are really as affordable as ever.And if you would be looking for something slightly extravagant then the Homtom HT37 is exactly for you.Homtom HT37 is most certainly not packing any impressive or cutting edge hardware with its ultra budget MT6580 processor, 5-inch HD resolution display, 2 GB and 16 GB of internal storage, but it can offset with some extra features like dual speakers, fairly large 3000 mAh for the phone’s range, fingeprint scanner and the trademark thing for the model – dazzling colorful breathing lights capable of flashing alternatively with the rhythm of the music.Way to catch some attention with your phone on the table on display.Join GizChina on TelegramThe flash sales are currently still under way on various stores on Aliexpress until April 16th with the special price of $59.99, like for example this one.You can find more infomation about the phone on the official website.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
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Twitter delivered a first-class takedown of United Airlines on Monday after horrifying video footage of a paying passenger being dragged from his seat made the rounds.But now it's a new day, and United needs a new motto, because "fly the friendly skies" isn't cutting it anymore, for obvious reasons.Twitter has plenty of ideas.Some played off United's various logos, some toyed with the CEO's tone-deaf statement in which he apologized for "having to re-accommodate these customers."As some travelers pointed out, this could be a real opportunity for United's competitors to rebrand themselves.And while that Southwest tweet isn't from the airline itself, Royal Jordanian Airlines really did get into the game with this dig.
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The attacks make use of a previously undisclosed bug in Windows’ Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) feature to take over users’ systemsAll supported versions of Microsoft Word are vulnerable to an unpatched bug that is being actively exploited to infect users’ systems, two security firms warned over the weekend.McAfee and FireEye both released advisories warning of the attacks, which make use of an unusual technique that involves booby-trapped Word documents sent to unsuspecting victims.When a user opens the document – specifically, an RTF file with a .doc extension – an OLE2link object embedded in the file causes Word to connect to an attacker-controlled online address and download and execute an HTML application file, researchers said.The .hta executable bypasses memory-based mitigations put into place by Microsoft and gives attackers the ability to execute arbitrary code on the victim’s system, McAfee said.The exploit also downloads and displays a fake Word document to the user to conceal a user prompt generated by the OLE2link object, FireEye said.
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The Drum editor, Stephen Lepitak offers his weekly take on some stories and events from the past week and highlights a few things ahead for The Drum.What to learn from Pepsi's misstepFor a few years now we have talked over and over about the rise of brand marketing latching onto social good in order to create consumer connections.Well Pepsi has just shown us just how dangerous that territory can be.They obviously wanted to appeal to a young demographic and show them that we are all human and that we share the same pleasures and that there are things that can bring us together - that was the message right?When brands are dealing with real-world issues,they should all have a real humbug on the team who isn't scared to make the point 'Maybe this isn't a good idea.'
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Microsoft is expanding its real-time Skype translation tool for spoken word into Japanese, its tenth language.The software giant first introduced Skype Translator in English and Spanish back in 2014, and it has since expanded into a number of additional languages, including Mandarin, Italian, Russian, and Arabic.In a nutshell, Skype Translator leverages artificial intelligence (AI) smarts such as deep learning to train artificial neural networks, meaning it should improve over time as it listens to more conversations.Back in December, Skype Translator was expanded to cover calls to mobiles and landlines too, meaning Skype users could call anyone, anywhere, and converse with them in their own native tongue.The text-based translation element, whereby users communicate across instant messaging, allows for real-time translation across 61 languages, but the spoken-word element is limited to 10.However, it’s worth noting here that all 10 of the compatible Skype Translator speech languages can be converted into the other 61 supported text languages in real time.In addition to real-time verbal Skype translation, Japanese is also now being added to Microsoft’s other translation services, including the standalone Microsoft Translator app.The U.S. Foreign Service Institute (FSI) ranks Japanese as one of the most difficult languages for English-speakers to learn, alongside the likes of Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Korean.So the addition of Japanese is a notable move by Microsoft and should prove particularly popular in the business realm, given that Japan is a major global trading market.Today’s news comes just a few months after Google revealed it would now let users convert from Japanese to English just by hovering their phone over a piece of text, a feature that works completely offline.
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the state council has appointed a Social and health authorisation and supervision agency (Valvira) as director general Markus Henriksson, LT. The appointment is temporary until the end of 2018.Henriksson start the task at the beginning of may.Henriksson has been in business since 2010 Valvira medical counsellor and group manager.before he was Valvira and Healthcare legal protection centre as chief physician of the year 2007 - 2010.He also served a long time in the armed Forces health management task in the central military hospital's chief of medicine and director of the doctor as well as the military medical centre as a director.Henriksson follow the task, Marja-Liisa Partasta, who has served on the Valvira director general for the years 2009-2017.
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Like the rest of the world, the canal relies on computer systems to keep it operating efficiently 24 hours a day, and those systems are undergoing a major overhaul that aims not only to keep them up to date, but also to help the Canal handle more traffic.QinetiQ, a subsidiary of Dassault Systems, which also has systems working at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the International Space Station, and the UK's Ministry of Defence, is the company handling the upgrade."We provide a single software solution that can deal with any kind of planning and optimisation challenge within a supply chain," QinetiQ's head of Latin America, Camilo Gaviria, told ZDNet."We can solve anything from the Panama Canal, and the vessels transiting it, and production planning, all the way through to planning the rosters of FAA controllers," he said.QinetiQ had been working with the canal for "about 18 months" when the first RFPs for planning, scheduling, and resourcing were put in."They were looking for a way to plan their vessels, taking into account all kinds of resources and restrictions such as maintaining the efficiencies of their transits while keeping current resources at maximum efficiency," said Gaviria.
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