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ServiceNow has slipped into 2018 by slipping out a new release of its platform.“Kingston” debuted late last week.Unlike other software-as-a-service players, ServiceNow offers dedicated instances and lets its customers choose when to start using an upgrade rather than suddenly springing new functionality on all its users.Kingston is therefore an option for customers.But it looks a very decent option, as new features for ServiceNow’s core IT users include:Automated responses to phishing attacks that let IT departments respond to reports of attacks with tools like auto-detection-and-deletion of similar emails in a mail server;
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You suddenly felt so small.Well, now there’s something seemingly vaster than space to make you feel even more insignificant.As you thoughtfully craft your daily Facebook post—adding the perfect image, spell-checking and shaping your brand’s online persona—55 million other status updates are crowding onto the platform along with yours.In addition, 95 million photos and videos hit Instagram on average each day, while every second, an average of 6,000 tweets are published to Twitter.Why brands’ social media approaches failBrands are desperate to be “good at social media,” and they will do anything for guidance to show them the way.
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Elaine Welteroth, who was promoted to the magazine's top post in April 2017, has announced her exit from Teen Vogue.Welteroth joined the publication in 2012 as their beauty and health editor after time spent at sister Conde Nast magazine Glamour.She held the role until elevated to editor, and soon thereafter shared role of editor-in-chief duties with digital editorial director Phillip Picardi (now editor of new digital-only LGBTQ publication them.In her tenure as the magazine's youngest and only female editor-in-chief (second editor-in-chief of color in Conde Nast history), the magazine was noted for its shift to creating politically-engaged content for its teenage audience, especially on its digital channels.In November, it was announced by Conde Nast that the magazine would shutter its print publication, after being forced from monthly to quarterly issues in 2016.It's last issue, true to form with its newfound activist voice, had presidential candidate Hilary Clinton as its guest editor.
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As the commissioner of the National Lacrosse League, he’s constantly trying to figure out how to take the three-decades-old niche sport and grow it in an era where it can be nimble in arenas that previous leagues, at their outsets, didn’t have available.Sakiewicz said that because his organization has not been able to reach the types of television deals secured by larger sports leagues like the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League, it turned to digital TV and social media to get its product in front of the masses.“It is crazy how dramatically the landscape has shifted from traditional TV and cable to multidevice.”Kevin Collins, senior vice president of strategic investment, sports and events at IPG Mediabrands’ strategic media insight unit, Magna Global, is bullish on the potential of lacrosse, saying the sport has grown by “leaps and bounds from 20 years ago, even 10 years ago,” and adding that he believes it will become part of the Olympics in the next 10 years.Sakiewicz described the NLL’s typical audience as “extremely young,” under 35, very tech-savvy and not necessarily subscribing to cable or satellite TV, instead consuming video content via multiple devices, often simultaneously.And in a digital environment in which sports leagues sign deals across platforms, it’s no surprise the league is experimenting with everything from Twitter livestreams to over-the-top channels.
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Apple has agreed to cough up £136m in back taxes to HMRC following an "extensive audit" by the tax man.In its Company's House filing for the year ended April 2017, Apple Europe said: "Following an extensive audit by HMRC the company has agreed to pay the adjustment covering prior years up to September 26 2015.This payment of additional tax and interest reflect the Company’s increased activity and is recognised in current financial period which ended 1 April 2017."It added the income tax payments “will increase going forward” as the adjustment is incorporated into future tax bills.In December last year Apple agreed to start paying the Irish government up to €13bn (£11.4bn) in 2018.That followed a ruling by the European Commission in August that tax arrangements between Ireland and Apple were in breach of the EU's state aid laws.
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Lock maker Schlage today announced at CES that it’s added Google Assistant support to its Sense Smart Deadbolt door lock, which pairs with the company’s Wi-Fi adapter for wireless connectivity and remote access.Now, Google Home and Android users will be able to use Assistant to lock their door or ask whether the door is unlocked or not via voice, either by accessing the software through a smart speaker or on a smartphone.Adding Assistant rounds out Schlage’s smart home support for the big three players, including Amazon’s Alexa / Echo platform and Apple’s Siri (via HomeKit).The Sense Smart Deadbolt costs about $200, depending on which model you get and in what color, and the Wi-Fi adapter is sold separately for $69.99.
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Podcasts are becoming more popular every year, which means there's a wealth of audio storytelling to listen to — and many options to choose from.Whether you need something to listen to on your commute or just want a brain-boost while you pick up around the house, you can always trust a science podcast to teach you something new.Some of our favorites tell fantastic stories, others examine the science behind controversial topics, and a few delve deep into the mysteries of how we exist in and understand the world.In this personal storytelling show, individuals recite their own tales — similar to "The Moth" — but they're all focused on science and more specifically, the ways that science touches people's lives.It's a science-themed show about people.In some cases, scientists tell stories about things that have blown their minds or gone horribly wrong.
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Nicknamed Meltdown and Spectre, the security vulnerabilities take advantage of how modern processors work on the hardware level, making it a tad difficult to fix without repercussions.Plus, it affects not just in Intel but AMD and even ARM CPUs as well and doesn’t discriminate between operating systems either.So while Macs and iOS devices, often hailed for being very secure, aren’t immune, Apple’s latest bulletin basically says stay calm and keep updated.Both Meltdown and Spectre exploit the capabilities of modern processors from different angles but in the same manner.They basically take advantage of the fact that CPUs try to execute code that it predicts will be needed next.regular programs, can access supposedly protected kernel space memory in order to inject malicious code that the CPU will unwittingly execute in advance.
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Intel is responding to claims that the company’s processors have a security bug, and software fixes could slow down PCs.Reports this week have suggested that a security flaw in Intel processors, and allegedly not AMD ones, has led to a redesign of Linux and Windows kernels to protect against a hardware flaw.“Recent reports that these exploits are caused by a 'bug' or a 'flaw' and are unique to Intel products are incorrect,” says a statement from Intel.“Based on the analysis to date, many types of computing devices — with many different vendors’ processors and operating systems — are susceptible to these exploits.”Intel says it’s working with AMD and ARM in a strongly worded statement, despite AMD engineer Tom Lendacky previously saying “AMD processors are not subject to the types of attacks that the kernel page table isolation feature protects against.” Intel says it planned to disclose this issue next week along with other vendors, but that it’s issuing a statement today due to what it angrily describes as “inaccurate media reports.”Some reports suggested that the software and firmware fixes would cause performance slowdowns on PCs, and Intel doesn’t deny that.
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Amidst speculation that popular cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is quietly working on adding Ripple (XRP) to its platform, Canada’s leading exchange desk, Coinsquare, has announced plans to integrate Ripple to its website in the near future.In a televised interview on the local Business News Network (BNN), Coinsquare CEO Cole Diamond revealed that the company is eyeing to extend its line of cryptocurrencies with new additions – and Ripple is among the first ones on the agenda.The Coinsquare boss said that cryptocurrencies that have their own blockchains will be first in line to get support on their platform.Among others, Diamond singled out Ripple and privacy-centered Monero (which has been garnering the attention of dark web drug lords as of recently).“We’re going to be adding Ripple, we’re going to be adding Monero,” Diamond stated during the interview.“We’re going to be adding other digital currencies that have their own blockchains and never did ICOs (initial coin offerings) – with the exception of Ethereum.”
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The Garmin Vivofit has always been one of the more non-nonsense fitness trackers out there, but Garmin is spicing things up just a tad with the newly released Garmin Vivofit 4.Structurally, it doesn't look terribly different from the Vivofit 3, but it now comes in five patterns that range from the basic matte black to a navy blue band with purple flecks.It also still contains a coin battery, which means it's one less device that you have to worry about charging on a regular basis.Under normal circumstances, it should last for about a year.The Vivofit is also water-resistant, so you won't have to worry that much if you jump in the shower with it.You can get some information through the always-on color display itself, but the Garmin Vivofit chiefly works by syncing with a Garmin iOS or Android app on your smartphone through Bluetooth.
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Apple’s slowing of older iPhones to avoid battery-related shutdowns has drawn the attention of South Korean regulators, amid allegations that it defrauded owners with the practice.The Cupertino company began adding features in earlier releases of iOS that would delay processing in iPhones with older, worn batteries.That, Apple argues, was the best possible fix for a sporadic shutdown problem some users were complaining about encountering.The problem concerns the natural tendency of lithium-ion batteries to degrade over time.Although the fact that such degradation leads to reduced overall capacity is fairly well known, less commonly acknowledged is that it also reduces the peak output of the battery packs.When apps made processor-intensive demands, Apple observed, the phone’s appetite for power could outstrip the peak voltage the battery was able to provide.
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It’s the one time of year when you’ve actually got enough downtime to sit and watch some TV, but Christmas also sees you suddenly spoilt for choice.The terrestrial TV channels seem to save all their budget up for bagging the silver screen hits over the festive season, Sky throws out its biggest premieres over Christmas, and there’s a good chance that you’ve had a Netflix or Amazon Prime subscription stuffed into your stocking, too.But fear not, intrepid square-eyed mince pie eater!We’ve scoured the airwaves and the streaming libraries for the best movies (and the odd show) to watch over the Christmas period.Put that TV guide down, grab the remote and strap in for a festive binge session.
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A little late in the day news dump for you, ahead of the upcoming holiday.Longtime Google executive Eric Schmidt announced today that he’ll be stepping down from his role as the executive chairman of Alphabet’s board of directors.Alphabet has confirmed the move with TechCrunch, offering up a statement from Schmidt.“Larry, Sergey, Sundar and I all believe that the time is right in Alphabet’s evolution for this transition,” he said in the statement.“The Alphabet structure is working well, and Google and the Other Bets are thriving.In recent years, I’ve been spending a lot of my time on science and technology issues, and philanthropy, and I plan to expand that work.”
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The phrase "heat engine" might trigger some bad memories from your introductory thermodynamics course.But don't worry, I am going to show you the coolest heat engine you could possibly image—the thermoelectric generator (TEG).Here's what it looks like.What you are seeing here is the Seebeck Effect (named after Thomas Seebeck).Actually, you can make a better generator by using a semiconductor instead of two different metals—but the two metal version is way easier to build.But here is my super short answer: An electric conductor has free charges that can move about (somewhat).
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Walking nine miles to school every day, through hellish heat and merciless monsoons, past poisonous snakes, swatting away mosquitoes that carry malaria, dodging human traffickers along the way.The West African nation is in dire need of new schools, forcing youngsters, particularly those in poor rural areas, to walk for hours on dangerous dirt roads to just attend classes.They often lack fresh water or food.“The inspiration behind the ‘9 Mile Scroll’ came from the children whose stories we heard while researching this project,” agency creative director Greg Buri tells AdFreak.And how could we contextualize the distance so others can relate to the extreme lengths these kids go for an education?”Error loading player: No playable sources found
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Sorry to sound like a broken record, but if you're not following me on Facebook and/or Twitter (see above), you're missing out on polls, bonus deals, answers to reader questions, reading/viewing recommendations and other fun stuff.Help me help you: follow along!To quote Steve Martin: "Some people have a way with words, and other people, oh... not have way."And that communication can be , whether you're writing a school paper, creating a proposal, applying for a job or what have you.It's not cheap -- but today, at least, it's cheap.For a limited time, StackSocial is offering a one-year Grammarly Premium subscription for $69.98 -- a full 50 percent off the regular price, and a rare discount.
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Seven years after Apple released the original iPad, choosing the iPhone’s pared-down operating system over the Mac’s robust version, the company apparently plans to merge the separate platforms’ apps into unified iOS and macOS binaries.According to a report from Bloomberg’s well-sourced Mark Gurman, the next version of macOS — expected to be numbered 10.14 — will be capable of running apps originally developed for iOS devices.macOS will reportedly enable a single binary to run on iPads, iPhones, and Macs, automatically determining the correct interface to display.This would allow developers to focus on creating a single app rather than trying to maintain features and fixes across two apps, benefitting neglected Mac apps such as Twitter.Unified iOS/macOS apps could then be offered on the Mac’s version of the App Store, rejuvenating the rare Apple shop that has long resembled a ghost town.Apple has been laying the foundation for this transition since the earliest days of iOS.
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If you'd like to read more articles like this then subscribe to Mac Life magazine, and save an extra 10% off a subscription – it's also the perfect gift for any Apple fan.Simply add code ML10 at checkout.Procreate is aimed squarely at artists – whether dabblers or full-time professionals – both for finished artwork and visualization, where a scene or character is roughed out.So you can get results quickly, but you also have the depth and precision to produce polished work if you wish.The neat interface is more streamlined than ever, with everything clearly and logically laid out in drop-down panels accessed from the top toolbar, making it easy to switch colors and brushes.The developers have also made clever use of gestures, so you can find extra settings with a swipe, which is not unlike using keyboard shortcuts.
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Microsoft has long been a driver of alternate user interaction models on the PC; its first mouse shipped back in 1983, two years before Windows appeared and a year before the Apple Macintosh made the mouse mainstream.Now, with the current generation of Windows, those familiar computer interactions are joined by cameras (both the familiar 2D and newer depth-based devices), dials, voice, and even eye-tracking hardware.That’s a lot to think about when developing new applications, especially when supporting a flexible, mobile workforce that often bring their own hardware, and who want to use every feature they’ve paid for.[ Explore the power of the graph—the Microsoft Graph, that is—in your apps: Microsoft Graph: The APIs to Office 365’s hidden riches • Microsoft Graph and Microsoft Teams reshape Office • Cortana moves way beyond being a personal assistant.Instead, you’re going to need to use the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) APIs to add alternative input methods to your applications.Older Windows releases won’t get access to these features, which depend on new hardware—although in some cases third-party drivers will be usable on older versions of Windows.
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