Peter Garvey

Peter Garvey

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No choice appears to be the right choice for T-Mobile customers.The backlash over T-Mobile One -- the company's unlimited data plan -- seems like a distant memory.When the carrier in August first unveiled its decision to remove all of its plans in favor of a single unlimited option, it drew heaps of scorn as customers complained that they would be forced into a pricier plan.Others simply decried the lack of options.T-Mobile initially pulled back from the move, letting people choose its existing plans for a few months.But after "eliminating" taxes and fees, the company in January pulled the trigger and went all in on its unlimited data plan.
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Mums and dads, step away from your phones.It turns out that as much as parents worry about their children's internet use, children worry about their parents' habits.Thirty-six percent of children between 11 and 18 have asked their parents to stop checking their mobile devices, according to a survey of 2,000 students and 3,000 parents carried out by nonprofit Digital Awareness UK and the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, a professional association for teachers.Of those children, 46 percent said their requests were ignored and 44 percent said their parents' internet use upset them.Internet habits could be well affecting quality family time, with 22 percent of children saying that mobile use has stopped family members from enjoying one another's company.The students were also traditional about table manners, with 82 percent saying they believe phones should be banned at mealtimes.
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I dag talas isländska av runt 340 000 personer.Men språket som för oss nordbor ofta kopplas till de klassiska sagorna kan vara i fara.Orsakerna är enligt lingvister att engelskan breder ut sig genom massturismen men också genom digitaliseringen där allt mer röststyrning används.Den tidigare presidenten Vigdis Finbogadottir säger till nyhetsbyrån AP att Island måste vidta åtgärder för att skydda språket.Framför allt handlar det om att se till att språket enkelt kan användas i den nya tekniken.– Annars kommer isländskan att hamna i den latinska soptunnan, säger hon.
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ZTE's Quartz smartwatch is the Chinese phone maker's first attempt at breaching what's quickly becoming a saturated U.S. smartwatch market.3G Connectivity may not be as useful as you thinkTo begin with, I must point out that a lot of the issues I had while using the ZTE Quartz were not necessarily issues arising from the watch itself, but rather from its OS, Android Wear 2.0, and limitations on the T-Mobile network.Quartz comes with 3G support from T-Mobile, as well as WiFi, and a built-in speaker, which means that you should be able to make and take calls without your phone.During testing, calls from the watch worked fine, and I was actually pleasantly surprised by the volume of the speaker, but there's a big caveat: You have to have two different numbers for your phone and for your watch.But as the program is not yet available to everyone, Quartz users will still need two separate numbers for their phone and watch, which could make it less feasible to leave your phone at home.
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After venturing in Germany last year, Zee entertainment is all set to launch a customised version of Zee One, its Bollywood film and entertainment channel, for the Polish audience, expanding its presence in Europe.In a press release statement, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) chief executive officer, international broadcast business, Amit Goenka, said: "After the successful launch of Zee One in Germany last year, we want to further strengthen our presence in Central Europe and Poland is the market with the highest potential in this region."He further added: "With a wide range of television channels, online platforms and film productions, we now reach more than one billion viewers across five continents."The newly appointed Zee Entertainment Enterprises country manager Pawel Kolasa will report to Zee Network Europe CEO Neeraj Dhingra.He said: “I am extremely excited to be a part of ZEE and lead the organization’s growth in this region.We plan to bring the best of Bollywood to viewers in Poland.
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With all those options, you can’t be wasting your time on tracks that deserve a thumbs-down click.But don’t worry, we’re going to save you the hassle.We listen to some of the most-hyped and interesting songs each week, and tell you which are worthy of your precious listening time.Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our Spotify page for a playlist of our weekly picks, which can also be found at the bottom of this post.A lo-fi punk-influenced blues number from rocker Iggy Pop, Asshole Blues channels old field-recorded classics, with deep acoustic guitar and vocal inflections that paint an emotional musical portrait throughout.The acclaimed Stooges frontman wrote and recorded this single to kick off a new flexi-disc (the paper-thin vinyl found in ’70s magazines) series for the Miami-based Mag Mag label, and we can’t think of a better genre — or performer — for the format.
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In this article, I cover some of the technical choices faced by a team building mobile apps.The article focuses on the enabling technologies that should be incorporated into the app to empower the team to drive impact on growth metrics once the app is live.
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YouTube today claims to have fixed an issue with its service that was causing it to incorrectly filter content in “Restricted Mode” and hiding a large selection of LGBTQ videos as a result.The company had come under fire last month when it was discovered that users who turned on “Restricted Mode” – a setting that allows YouTube users to filter out the site’s more mature content – were no longer able to see a number of innocuous videos referencing same-sex relationships.The intention of “Restricted Mode” is to offer a more family-friendly version of YouTube that hides videos that include adult content – including those that focus on subjects like health, politics and sexuality – that aren’t appropriate for children.But the feature was not working properly, having gone so far as to hide videos like a wedding ceremony, for example.One YouTuber Rowan Ellis posted a video about the issue titled “YouTube is Anti-LGBT?” to bring attention to the problem, and hashtags like YouTubeRestricted and YouTubeIsOver erupted across Twitter as more users began to reporting their own videos were also hidden, along with others about LGBTQ topics.YouTube in March admitted and apologized for the error, addressing the community via a blog post that explained how Restricted Mode works.
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Sdp:n varapuheenjohtaja Sanna Marin, olitte kuntavaaleissa 5 783 äänellä Tampereen suosituin poliitikko.”Tämä tarkoittaa, että Sdp:lle tulee pormestarin paikka.Ehdokkaamme Lauri Lyly johtaa nyt neuvotteluja puolueiden välillä.Meillä on hyvin vihreitä tavoitteita.”Olisi kyllä ollut mielettömän hienoa palata virastotalolle pormestarina, varsinkin kun opintoalani on kunnallinen johtaminen ja olen koulutukseltani virkamies.”Ura Sdp:n varapuheenjohtaja 2014–, Tampereen kaupunginvaltuuston puheenjohtaja 2013–2017, kaupunginhallituksen varajäsen 2009–2013, erilaisia työpaikkoja 2004–2012
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Researchers have created a new type of 3D bioprinting material designed to form custom cartilage knee implants.Wave a tentative goodbye to knee braces!Researchers from Duke University have created a new type of 3D bioprinting material they hope will one day be able to help form cartilage implants for patients with damaged knees.“We’ve developed the first 3D-printable hydrogel that surpasses both the compression strength and elasticity of cartilage,” Feichen Yang, a researcher on the project, told Digital Trends.“This high strength makes it a good candidate for meniscus replacement.”The work is described in a new paper published in the journal ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, which spells out how the cartilage-mimicking structures could be used to create customized implants on a patient-by-patient basis.
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Air Free Concept tires want to usher in a glorious future for cyclists where punctures and flats are a distant memory.Which cyclists would be willing to shell out for tires that can never get a puncture, never need to be inflated, and promise to never go flat?The wishful answer that Bridgestone is banking on is: All of them.Bridgestone first demoed its prototype Air Free Concept tires in the simpler days of 2011 at the Tokyo Auto Show.At the time, the nine-inch wheels — based on a solid tire design, featuring thermoplastic-resin spokes — was still just a concept.Fortunately, in the six years between then and now, the company turned it into something more closely approximating reality — and this week we got a sneak peak.
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Both CGI objects are framed by ornate, temple-style architecture and a hazy, blue-and-pink sky that stretches in all directions.I made it with Kokowa, a new platform that wants to democratize 3-D creation by making it as simple as building a Squarespace website.Log onto the free web app and you can click, drag, and drop your way to building bizarro worlds that you can view on your phone and tablet and later upload to virtual reality platforms.Meanwhile, companies like High Fidelity and Sansar have their own versions of drag-and-drop software, but even they can overwhelm the technologically faint of heart.His platform is intentionally simple.You can upload a photo or image as a background, or choose from a handful of preset options.
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With the hype surrounding The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild finally winding down, it’s time to focus the Switch‘s second major first-party release: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.Though this is essentially a re-release of the Wii U’s Mario Kart 8, this will be the first time some Switch owners are encountering this game.Reviews are beginning to hit today, so what’s the verdict?Yes, as it turns out, this can probably be considered essential for Switch libraries, especially considering the relative lack of games on the console at this early stage.At the moment, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is holding down a very impressive 93 rating on Metacritic, with a fair number of 10 out of 10 scores to its name.One of those scores comes from Nintendo Life‘s Thomas Whitehead, who says that the addition of a full-fledged battle mode (something the Wii U version lacked in many regards), makes this “arguably the best Mario Kart release we’ve seen.” That new battle mode is being added on top of all of the content from the original, including all of the DLC that was released for the Wii U, giving players plenty of content to work through.
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In case you were wundering what would happen to Wunderlist since it was bought by Microsoft, wunder no more: It's being replaced by a new app called To-Do.Microsoft acquired the popular mobile task management app Wunderlist in 2015, at which point it had more than 13 million users.But today in a blog post Microsoft announced that it's retiring Wunderlist in favour of To-Do, which is integrated into Office 365 and "powered by an intelligent algorithm".Wunderlist will be shut down when more of its features have been added to To-Do, including list sharing and apps for both Mac and iPad.In the meantime, you can import your tasks and lists into To-Do.
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Social networking is a competition of sorts with your friends.In recognition of that, Zynga is launching a new mobile party game called GIFs Against Friends for you to play with your friends via iMessages.In this game, up to 32 players submit GIFs, or photos with basic animations, on a particular topic.A judge votes on which one best represents the topic.The new game is part of a collection of 12 iMessage app games that Zynga has launched, including Words With Friends.Zynga developed the game in collaboration with Tenor, the fast-growing mobile GIF sharing platform.The title is available to play today within Apple’s iMessage app store.It’s a different kind of game, and it was inspired by all of the ways that people are using GIFs to express themselves.“As one of the foremost game publishers on the App Store for iMessage, we’re constantly looking for new ways to innovate on how mobile users are playing and communicating,” said Mark Kantor, General manager at Zynga, in a statement.“GIFs Against Friends is a brand-new social game that’s perfect to play right within an iMessage conversation.
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Every few months now, a good obit goes viral.Val Patterson of Salt Lake City used his own 2012 obit as a confessional: "As it turns out, I AM the guy who stole the safe from the Motor View Drive Inn back in June, 1971."Chris Connors' 2016 obit reveals the Maine man's "regrets were few, but include eating a rotisserie hot dog from an unmemorable convenience store in the summer of 1986."When Pat Stocks of Toronto died in 2015, her son Sandy used her obit to list the old TVs and knick-knacks his mom left behind, noting that if anyone wanted them, "You should wait the appropriate amount of time and get in touch.We've come a long way from the days when obituaries were simple lists of survivors, college degrees and charities to which memorial donations could be sent.Today, whether an obituary is straightforward or silly, it has a reach far beyond just the subscribers of the deceased's hometown newspaper.
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The Weather Company and LiveRamp collaborate for a first of its kind data integrationand LiveRamp announced a first-of-its-kind data integration that will allow for an event-based data (WEATHERfx) set to match with an audience-based data set in real-time.The collaboration will also deliver the Weather Company's real-time data on LiveRamp's IdentityLink Data Store to give advertisers an opportunity to apply data as a tier for decision making, such as using environmental conditions, severe weather, and relative weather conditions to improve their personalized marketing.The result will allow marketers and brands to develop better campaign outcomes, as well as, ensure the right message reaches the right customer at the right moment.“We believe this will be a significant industry breakthrough that will help marketers create better campaign outcomes and encourage expanded usage of different data sets across the media ecosystem,” says Jeremy Hlavacek, VP of global automated monetization at The Weather Company.The WEATHERfx platform allows marketers and brands to understand the influential impact weather can have on consumers' behaviors and actions.
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But now, officially, Europe, is also getting the bad news."We can confirm that we are no longer manufacturing the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System," a Nintendo spokesperson told Eurogamer."If production resumes in the future, an update will be posted on the official Nintendo website."The Eurogamer article also says that the NES Classic is discontinued in Japan and the rest of the world, but I can’t find an exact statement to confirm that, and I’ve reached out to Nintendo for a definitive answer.This news comes just a few days after a UK Nintendo spokeperson said the exact opposite, that production was continuing in the region:"Production for the Nintendo Classic Mini: NES continues, and NOE [Nintendo of Europe] will continue to ship units to retail on a regular basis," said a Nintendo UK rep on the 14th.
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I tisdags förra veckan läckte uppgifter ut att Spotify kommit överens om ett långsiktigt avtal med musikjätten Universal.Spotify-chefen Daniel Ek bekräftade uppgifterna några timmar senare:“Det här partnerskapet bygger på en gemensam kärlek till musiken, värdeskapande för artister och att leverera för fansen”, sade han i en kommentar.Avtalet har beskrivit som avgörande för att Spotify ska kunna genomföra sin länge emotsedda börsnotering och Wall Street Journal rapporterade senare i veckan att en listning kan ske redan i höst.I det tysta har samtidigt värdet på Spotify-aktien rusat i höjden.Spotify har många hundra aktieägare och den inofficiella handeln i aktien har varit omfattande i flera år.
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Conceptually, particle physics experiments are surprisingly simple.The results will either confirm whatever the business-as-usual theory is, or, if there’s a really crystal clear deviation from that theory, they might prove some new hypothesis about some new particles.But the middle ground, where the difference between what we know and what we see is still fuzzy, is where lots and lots of results live.Physicists are cautiously excited, because if these results hold up, they would imply the existence of some brand-new particles.Unlike last year, when a small signal that seemed like it could have been something new turned out to be just a statistical fluke, these new results are popping up in the wake of another hint observed in a different way a few years ago that hasn’t gone away.Protons and neutrons are combinations of three particles called “up” and “down” quarks, but there are four other heavier quarks you don’t usually hear about, called the charm, strange, top and bottom quarks.
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