Paul Williams

Paul Williams

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Facebook shares hit an all-time high in after-hours trading on Thursday, after it said it enjoyed a 45pc surge in revenue in its recently-ended quarter thanks to continued dominance in the mobile video advertising market.The company's stock closed up 0.2pc on Thursday, but rose 4.5pc in after-hours trading to $173.Its revenue hit $9.3bn (£7bn) in the three months ended June 30, of which 98pc came from advertising, while diluted earnings per share rose almost 70pc year on year to $1.32.Analysts had forecast revenue would come in at $9.2bn and earnings per share at $1.13.The rise in advertising revenue comes largely on the back of growth in the mobile market.In the three month period, Facebook said it generated 87pc of its advertising revenue from mobile, up from 84pc a year earlier, meaning mobile advertising revenue rose 52pc on the year to $7.97bn.
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Getting in touch with a loved one in an emergency situation can be frustratingly difficult -- especially if you're on different platforms.Google’s Trusted Contacts app, which allows friends and family to request each other’s location, has just landed on iOS.The app originally released last December exclusively for Android, though the update means that emergency contacts can now check in no matter what devices they’re using.“Whether it’s hiking alone or walking down a street after dark — sometimes you want to know someone’s got your back,” Google wrote in a blog post announcement debuting the app.“To help you feel safe and give your friends and family peace of mind, today we’re launching Trusted Contacts.This new personal safety app lets you share your location with loved ones in everyday situations and when emergencies arise — even if your phone is offline or you can’t get to it.”
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Opiskelijoiden asumistuki muuttuu elokuun alusta eli ensi viikon tiistaina, kun opintotuen asumislisä poistuu ja opiskelijat siirretään yleisen asumistuen piiriin.Muutoksella on useita vaikutuksia opiskelijoiden arkeen.Tähän asti opiskelijat ovat saaneet opintotuen asumislisää, joka on suuruudeltaan enintään 210 euroa kuussa.Siirtyminen yleiseen asumistukeen kasvattaa tuen määrää 290–406 euroon kuukaudessa.Asumiseen myönnetyn tuen määrä nousee noin puolella opiskelijoista."Eniten muutoksesta hyötyvät yksin asuvat opiskelijat.
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I'm not just going to show you how to do it, I'm going to let you do it too.I'm going to start with the most important physics idea needed for the trajectory of a baseball: the momentum principle.If you know the forces on an object, you can find its change in momentum.The second force on the ball is a little more complicated: It's the air resistance force.When you stick your hand out of a moving window or when you ride on a bike you can feel the force as you move through the air.The cross sectional area of the object is A and C is the drag coefficient that depends on the shape of the object.
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Parents of a boy who died in an accident while riding a bike belonging to Ofo thinks the Chinese bike-sharing company should take responsibility for its locks.The 11 year-old victim died in China after a coach crashed into him while he was riding against traffic, Chinese media reports.He was too young to access an Ofo account on his phone or cycle on public roads, but was able to open the mechanical lock on Ofo's bike.The boy's parents claim that the Ofo bikes' locks are "inadequate" and have taken Ofo to court, demanding RMB 8.78 million (or $1.3 million) in compensation.They argue that Ofo should take the blame because its bikes are left unsupervised and anyone can access them.The bikes pose a "great hidden risk to safety," according to the parents, since the victim and three of his underaged companions were able to unlock them.
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If you’re looking for a way to start your journey into home automation, this latest deal on the Google Home and some bulbs from Philips could be just what you need.Best Buy has knocked $100 dollars off the total cost of Google’s voice activated speaker (usually $129) and the Philips Hue Color Starter Kit (normally $199), bringing the price down to $229 for both.The Google Home is a voice-activated speaker that helps you stay on top of your schedule, play music with streaming services, operate compatible TVs, and answer questions.Google launched the device late last year, delivering not just a nice-looking product for the home, but also a great sounding one.Read our full Google Home review at the link to find out more.The Philips Hue bulbs, meanwhile, give you voice control over the brightness and color of the light in different rooms.
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Outokumpu announced on Tuesday last week's profit warning in line with the figures, but the company's stock weighed more than four percent of the control.at the Same time, another steel manufacturer SSAB's course is a couple of percent rise.If Outokumpu had in advance warned that its second-quarter ebitda remains previously expected to be smaller, i.e. about 200 million euros, the market reaction would have been rougher.Also, raw material prices added pressure," ceo mr Roeland Baan said in a bulletin.Many other stainless steel manufacturers have gone better.Last year, when Outokumpu's operating profit percentage of their haul to five, competitors Acerinox, and Aperam reached 8% to 12% operating margin.
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Amazon’s discount policy is being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission following a complaint from a consumer advocate group.A source reportedly close to the matter tells Reuters that the probe, which is part of the FTC’s review of Amazon’s agreement to purchase Whole Foods, was prompted by Consumer Watchdog.The consumer advocate group said it monitored around 1,000 products on Amazon’s website last month and noticed that around 46 percent of them showed a “reference” price (the original price before being marked down as part of a sale).Consumer Watchdog contends that in 61 percent of products with reference prices, Amazon’s reference price was higher than the price the product had sold for in the previous 90 days.In other words, the group claims that Amazon inflated the reference price during a sale to make it appear as though the discount offered by the sale was greater than what it regularly sells for.The FTC has specific guidelines in place that warn against using a “fictitious” list price for the purpose of making a sale look like a better bargain than it actually is.
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Python is the most popular tool among the developers, in any case, if you can believe the fresh investigation Packt's 2017 Developer Skills and Salary Report.Read also: the 9 languages to keep their eyes on theOf the 4 731 the developers who responded to the survey, it was the whole 20 percent that said that Python was the tool the most frequently used.According to the survey, it is not only developers who value Python high but also to the companies, then the knowledge of the language could give a noticeable difference in his pay envelope.”In a world where automation and speed are becoming increasingly more essential for the modern it professionals and their organizations, fit Python very well and makes you really valuable,” writes Packt.But when it comes to high salaries low, however, other tools in top, Splunk, Kafka, and Hadoop.
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After stories arose of failed attempts to upgrade such hardware to the Creators Update, Microsoft confirmed late Wednesday that any hardware device that falls out of the manufacturer’s support cycle may be ineligible for future Windows 10 updates.In the case of the four “Clover Trail” processors (part of the Cloverview platform) that have fallen into Intel's End of Interactive Support phase, they will be ineligible for the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft confirmed.The problem, however, is that Microsoft’s language opens up the possibility that any unsupported hardware device could be excluded from future Windows 10 updates.“If a hardware partner stops supporting a given device or one of its key components and stops providing driver updates, firmware updates, or fixes, it may mean that device will not be able to properly run a future Windows 10 feature update.”Why this matters: For years, the rule of thumb was that you could run virtually any operating system on top of any Intel, AMD (or even Cyrix) hardware.Chances are that it would run, if slowly.
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Amazon introduced on Wednesday a new payments feature that will let people use its mobile app to buy stuff in stores and restaurants.For now, Amazon Pay Places is only available for pickup orders at T.G.I.Fridays restaurants in Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Richmond, Va. and Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Here's the menu, if you're feeling peckish.)But, if Pay Places expands, it could become another way for people to cut out cash or plastic and switch to digital payments.Amazon is among a handful of tech players working to push that change.Apple, Samsung, PayPal and others all working on digital-payments services for both online and in-store shoppers.
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I borrowed a friend’s $150,000 Mercedes not too long ago.One was the massaging seats, which are seriously the greatest things I have ever experienced in a car.The HUD projects info onto the windshield of your car just at the bottom of your line of sight, so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road to see things like speed and navigation instructions.Well guess what: you don’t need a $150,000 Mercedes to get a HUD in your car.Check out the Mpow Universal HUD, which sits on your windshield and transforms your iPhone or Android phone into a full-features head-up display.Here are some key details from the product page:
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Leaks and rumors surrounding Samsung’s upcoming new Galaxy Note 8 have been trickling out for months now, so it might seem like we know everything there could possibly be to know about this new phone.As we learned late last week, however, the hot new Galaxy Note 8 still has a few secrets left that haven’t yet been revealed.What’s even more interesting, perhaps, is it looks like there may have been some last-minute design changes at Samsung.As a result, the Galaxy Note 8 that the company unveils late next month apparently won’t look exactly like the renders we’ve seen leak time and time again over the past few months.Don’t worry though, because a new set of leaks likely shows us exactly what we should expect when Samsung executives take the stage in August to unveil the Galaxy Note 8.Two fresh new leaks hit the web over the past couple of days, and they might be our best look yet at what the Galaxy Note 8 actually looks like.
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When it reaches a tiny village in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu, the drone releases the payload to a landing pad in front of a distribution center, where a contractor picks it up and makes the final delivery to the buyer’s doorstep.“What used to take two hours to ship… now takes about ten minutes by drone,” Eric Zhao, VP of Technology at JD, says as he plays a video to an international crowd at the RISE Conference in Hong Kong.Revolutionizing the life of small-town ChineseAlmost half of China’s 1.3 billion people still live in rural areas.Poor infrastructure, fewer orders, and higher logistics fees have long been a challenge for China’s e-commerce companies.The rise in rural income has boosted rural e-commerce where small-town residents can enjoy aspects of urban quality and convenience without having to relocate to expensive and competitive cities.
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With all signs pointing to a trio of new Apple smartphones for 2017, the biggest questions have centered not on the largest or smallest, but the mid-sized phone.That’s expected to be the “true” iPhone 8, slotting in-between the refreshed but evolutionary iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, with a revolutionary design that opens the door to the iPhone’s next decade.Now, one source claims we know what this phone looks like.As is often the case, the news comes from the leaky supply chain around the upcoming smartphone.Case manufacturer Nodus and Forbes claim to have enough insider-info on the iPhone 8 to put together an accurate render of what we can expect.Specifically, Nodus says that, with CAD files detailing the iPhone 8’s design, most of the big questions about the handset’s form-factor can now be answered.
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Wall Street is expected to open slightly up earnings through the bustling week at the beginning.the Second quarter results, the publisher has in store this financial companies Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, technology companies from Microsoft and IBM, as well as pharmaceutical giants Johnson and Johnson.streaming service Netflix is expected to result yet on Monday the U.S. stock exchanges after closing.the Company's share was one per cent rise in futures trade.according to Reuters, analysts predicted the S 500 index list of companies to improve performance by 8.1% in the second quarter of last year to the same period of the comparison.released Today, the U.S. Empire manufacturing index fell 9.8 points in July.
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"A Wrinkle in Time," the beloved children's book by Madeleine L'Engle, is becoming a Disney movie, and the first trailer was released Saturday morning at the D23 fan-club event in Anaheim, California.The novel was adapted for a (bad) television movie in 2003, but this is a big-bucks, big-name-studded version starring Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Zach Galifianakis.Winfrey's oh-so-familiar voice dominates the trailer, backed by a mournful cover version of The Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)."Young actress Storm Reid, 14, plays Meg Murry, who teams up with friend Calvin and her genius brother Charles Wallace to try to rescue her missing scientist father.(This is the book that taught many of us what a "tesseract" is.)"A Wrinkle In Time" comes out March 9, 2018.
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Anyone who’s tried to do anything artistic in New York City knows that one of the toughest things to do is find a space to make the things they want to make or do the things they want to do.Well, a new service called Scout It Out has launched in the city that never sleeps to provide would-be artists, directors, actors, interpretive dancers and anybody else with spaces they can use to fulfill their procreant urges.It’s a hard business to crack.Several companies have launched to try to find creative ways to connect unused real estate with potential short-term renters, but so far the businesses haven’t stuck.Scout It Out has the benefit of being founded by three women with deep experience in technology and the singular joy of grappling with the New York arts scene.Kendra Curtis, a 15-year veteran of Google Inc. and an aspiring actor who got bit by the showbiz bug when she moved to New York in 2008 is the chief executive officer of the young company, whose founding team also includes Noël Neeb, chief operating officer, and a Morgan Stanley control analyst of 15 years who’s also a director and producer, and finally Rachel McKinney, the company’s chief design officer, a New York-based actress.
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"I gave up after a month," my friend says of his new fitness exploits."I bought a Fitbit and everything."After all, buying a fitness wearable is like paying for a gym membership: it might be helpful one day, but for most people, today is not that day.Sure, plenty of people are jumping on the bandwagon, with just over 100 million wearables sold last year, according to IDC Research.CNET reviewer Scott Stein hesitates to call fitness trackers must-haves, but points to the Fitbit Charge 2 for those who want everyday tracking, plus sleep and heart rate monitoring.And this is where I have to add a big fat asterisk: You have to like running, since running is the activity most smartbands and watches can track most reliably.
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Radiohead have long been known for hiding cool Easter eggs for fans to discover, and this hidden computer program may be their coolest trick yet.The latest special-edition Radiohead box set hides a computer app that only runs on a specific brand of British-made computer, fans have discovered.The app was uncovered on the last two minutes of an audio cassette that was included in the band’s special 20th anniversary box set for their seminal OK Computer album.The box set, which we previewed when it was first announced in May, is called OKNOTOK, and includes three vinyl LPs, a picture book, a copy of frontman Thom York’s 104-page notebook from the making of the album, and the aforementioned audio cassette — which was originally describes as only containing demos from the recording session.It’s not surprising that Radiohead fans, know for their nerdy tenacity, quickly realized that the last two minutes of the cassette, which showcased a series of odd high-end frequencies, was more than meets the ear.Users on Reddit identified the frequencies as the sound of the famed 1980s ZX Spectrum computer, a piece of British hardware with a cult following.
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