Ralph Philbrick

Ralph Philbrick

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Samsung settled a class action lawsuit involving more than 30 top-loading washing machine models for $6.55 million, according to Top Class Actions.The class action alleged the washing machine tops could detach, or the machines could explode during washing cycles.Samsung recalled the washers in 2016, but consumers sued.Original owners may qualify for purchase price refunds plus a cash settlement up to $400.The lawsuit claimed the Samsung appliances were a danger to anyone who might be near them while the machines were operating.After the 2016 recall of almost three million washing machines, reports of exploding washers continued.
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Most security system manufacturers rely on in-house help to sell and install security systems but the advent of smart home tech has seen an increase in the number of do-it-yourself installations available.Now it looks like Palo Alto, California-based Abode Systems is working both sides of the street by offering both user-managed installations as well as a new partnership with Los Angeles-based tech support firm HelloTech to send professional technicians to customers’ homes to install their home security equipment.Abode’s DIY security kit has been on the market for a few months now and the company recently upgraded its smart home gateway, adding optional 4G cellular backup connectivity and enhanced Z-Wave functionality, all in an effort not only to “future-proof” its products but also to tap into more of the multi-billion-dollar smart home technology market.The new partnership with HelloTech should enhance the company’s customer base nicely, enabling Abode not only to reach technophobes and other customers who might mistrust the company’s security technology but also those for whom the technical process of installation is just too burdensome.“Abode is thrilled to partner with HelloTech and extend its premium in-home installation services to customers nationwide,” said Chris Carney, Abode co-founder & CEO, in a release.“Our customers can still choose to install the system on their own or, for a white-glove experience, have one of HelloTech’s experts install and configure their system for them to tie together all aspects of their smart home and security needs.
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Unless you count that one time I grabbed my airline snacks, but forgot the paper ticket at home.And I guess I leave a credit card sticking out of a taxi cab reader last month at CES, but usually I'm the vision of responsibility.More powerful and more forgiving than Google Pay and Apple Pay, it works on almost every terminal that reads a payment card's magnetic stripe, which means I'd be able to pay for more things in more places than with either mobile payment rival alone.Fast-casual eateries around the Bay Area have gotten good at outfitting their point-of-sale terminals with mobile payment readers.Cash withdrawal: Genius strikes, then fizzlesLeaving lunch on the way to pick up supplies at the Walgreens pharmacy and convenience store, I spied an outpost of my bank.
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Police have charged a man with murder following the fatal stabbing of a mother.Ricardo Godinho, 41, was on Sunday charged with killing 39-year-old Aliny Mendes who was attacked in a street in Ewell at about 3pm on Friday, Surrey Police said.Godinho, of Kingston Road, Epsom, will appear in Staines Magistrates’ Court on Monday, the force added.Officers also announced that the matter has been referred to the police watchdog, the Independent Office of Police Conduct.Police said Ms Mendes was on a road near the junction of Sparrow Farm Road and London Road when a man got out of a car and stabbed her.Ms Mendes was described as a “caring mother” with a “wonderful heart” by friends and family.
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Forskare i USA har utvecklat en ny slags självreglerande textil.Materialet känner av när det är läge att värma eller kyla ner den som bär det.De flesta kläder som vi tar på oss håller oss huvudsakligen varma.Forskare vid University of Maryland har utvecklat ett nytt slags självreglerande tyg som kan värma men också kyla ner någon vid behov.Människokroppen absorberar och avger mycket av sin värme i form av infraröd strålning.Det här är något som det nya tyget drar nytta av, enligt studien som har publicerats i den vetenskapliga tidskriften Science
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The EU is still plowing ahead with its highly contested Copyright Reform.Trilogue negotiations between the union’s pillars have started again to reach an agreement on the finalized version, and pass the law in March or April this year.A myriad of EU politicians and companies are troubled by parts of the reform, including big players like Google.Kent Walker, Google‘s SVP of Global Affairs, laid out Google’s opposition and called for a fix before it’s too late.Article 11 in its current form will limit news aggregators’ abilities to show snippets of articles.According to Google‘s own experiments, the impact of it only showing URLs, very short fragments of headlines, and no preview images would be a “substantial traffic loss to news publishers.”
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Starting today, the Google Play Store is offering deals on several romance movies, e-books, and audiobooks for Valentine’s Day.The discounts are available through February 15.Here are some highlighted deals:You can find additional discounts on Titanic, The Fault In Our Stars, Brokeback Mountain, and other romance-themed movies, e-books, and audiobooks.The Play Store also offers curated lists of apps and games that include OpenTable, Spotify, Smule, Grubhub, Candy Crush Friends Saga, Brawl Stars, and more.You can go here to check out the curated content.
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Effective spam blocking is yet another thing we can add to the ever-growing list of uses for artificial intelligence.Via a Google Cloud blog post published Wednesday, February 6, Google announced that it has been using an A.I.platform to further its spam-blocking endeavors with significant results.The platform, known as TensorFlow, was developed by Google and is “an open-source machine learning (ML) framework.” (ML is a form of artificial intelligence that involves programming machines or programs to carry out tasks relatively independently, by relying on the analysis of data to make their own decisions about how and when to complete such tasks.)While the platform may sound like a new innovation, TensorFlow was actually launched and open-sourced in 2015.According to Google, TensorFlow is allowing the technology company to block 100 million more spam messages from reaching the inboxes of Gmail users on a daily basis.
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Spotify boosted it podcast effort Wednesday, announcing that it has bought podcast companies Gimlet and Anchor as it released quarterly financial results."Our podcast users spend almost twice the time on the platform, and spend even more time listening to music," Spotify Chief Executive Daniel Ek said in a statement."We have also seen that by having unique programming, people who previously thought Spotify was not right for them will give it a try."Amid a cultural shift to streaming as the most common way people listen to music, Spotify and Apple Music have emerged as the leaders in a race to dominate subscription tunes.Though Spotify remains the biggest streaming service by both subscribers and those who listen for free, Apple Music has been growing quickly, and its iTunes service remains the world's de facto place to find and download podcasts.Wednesday, Spotify said that Gimlet and Anchor would serve two different podcasting roles, as a platform for podcast creators and the leading producer of podcasts itself.
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TU Delft researchers have developed a new approach for calculating fast and accurate the solar energy potential of surfaces in the urban environment.The new approach can significantly help architects and urban planners to incorporate photovoltaic (solar power) technology in their designs.Accurate assessment of this performance, and the related price/performance of PV systems, will facilitate their integration in the urban environment.Several tools are available for simulating the energy yield of PV systems.These tools are based on mathematical models that determine the irradiance incident on solar modules.However, it is not easy to determine accurately how much electricity a PV system generates in an urban environment.
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The Xbox Scarlett is already rumored to feature some cutting-edge silicon, but now we’re hearing reports this next-generation console will be the first to introduce separate CPU and GPU parts as well.Purported Xbox Scarlett specs have appeared on Reddit suggesting that Microsoft's next console will utilize an Arcturus 12 GPU featuring 64 ‘Arcturus Engines’ and a total of 4,096 GPU cores.That’s a beastly graphics chip compared to the 2,560 GPU cores found in the Scorpio graphics processor powering the Xbox One X.Furthermore, PCGamesN theorizes that this new Arcturus GPU will be made into a discrete graphics part due to the sheer size and complexity of the chip.It makes a lot of sense considering even AMD’s smallest 7nm GPU architecture, found in the Radeon VII, packs 3,840 stream processors into what is still a very sizable processor die.Add in the speculation that the next Xbox also may introduce 7nm Zen 2 CPU cores, and suddenly the creating a system-on-a-chip that incorporates both a 7nm processor and these high-end graphics becomes inordinately expensive and complex to manufacture.
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One of my first memories is of my father picking me up in his arms; I was red faced and my eyes blurry from endless tears, and the words he chose to comfort me send shivers down my spine: “Mummy’s gone.I’m 27 now and I’m still afraid of my mother.Just thinking about her can be enough to make my skin blotch and my heart race.The fact she was a psychopath didn’t dawn on me until my friend pointed it out.I certainly didn’t see it as psychopathic.In the first 16 years of my life I’d lived in four countries, 13 houses and been to countless schools.
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UK data watchdog's plan to stay on top of Internet of S*'%tThe UK's Information Commissioner's Office is on the hunt for organisations that are using personal data in "innovative" products, to help the data protection watchdog understand how to regulate it.It is particularly interested in data generated by wearables or which can help increase public trust in data-slurpers.The players will be welcomed into its regulatory sandbox, which starts its beta phase in April.But don't get too excited - liability for future breaches would lie with your own organisation and not the ICO, the body pointed out.The watchdog mooted the idea of a test environment in its technology strategy, published last year.
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the Expression "follow the money" is somewhat trite, but the money speaks its clear language.This week it feels like I have said the word billion one hundred times in my meetings with the Di's nyhetschefer and editors.Despite the talk about an incipient slowdown in the business climate seems to be right hot out there.Apparently looking for the founders Alan Mamedi and Nami Zarringhalam a unicorn valuation of $ 1 billion, equivalent to 9 billion.Déjà vu, thinking maybe our informed readers.It was just the Truecaller wanted 2015 – without success.
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After years of development as a movie, Stephen King’s The Stand is headed to television — or more precisely, to streaming service CBS All Access.The latest adaptation of The Stand has been in the works for quite a few years now, with The Fault in Our Stars and The New Mutants director Josh Boone developing the project with SEAL Team executive producer Ben Cavell.Boone will co-write and direct the 10-episode adaptation for the CBS streaming service, according to Deadline.King’s best-selling novel — which chronicles the aftermath of an apocalyptic event that pits survivors against each other in a battle of good versus evil — was previously adapted as a four-part miniseries that aired on ABC in 1994 and earned six Emmy Award nominations and won two awards for sound mixing and makeup.“I’m excited and so very pleased that The Stand is going to have a new life on this exciting new platform,” said King in a statement accompanying the announcement.The result bids to be something memorable and thrilling.
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Verizon is the first major US carrier to offer one of HMD Global’s Nokia phones, launching a custom version of the Nokia 2.1 starting today.Verizon’s version, called the Nokia 2 V Prepaid, is one of the few Android Oreo Go phones sold in the US.Android Go devices are low-cost phones usually reserved for countries like China and India, and for people with limited internet connectivity.The Nokia 2 V has a basic spec list, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor and 1GB of RAM.There’s a 5.5-inch HD display with two cameras, one 8MP rear camera, and a 5MP selfie camera.The phone comes in two colors, blue and silver, and its 4,000 mAh battery is bigger than most, which HMD Global says should last up to two days on standby.
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Samsung Electronics kvartalsvinst rasar med nästan en tredjedel.Det sydkoreanska företaget hoppas att vikbara skärmar och 5G ska vända utvecklingen.Nettovinsten under sista kvartalet förra året blev 8,46 biljoner won, motsvarande 68,5 miljarder kronor.Det är en nedgång med ungefär 30 procent jämfört med samma kvartal 2017.Världens största telefon- och minneskretstillverkare förklarar detta med att efterfrågan helt enkelt är lägre på en rad av bolagets viktigaste produkter.I synnerhet har Samsung problem på de viktiga jättemarknaderna Indien och Kina.
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AT lost 403,000 DirecTV and 267,000 DirecTV Now customers in the fourth quarter of 2018.The wireless giant previously said it expected churn to pick up in the fourth quarter as it focused on profitability.AT's pains are in line with much of the traditional linear TV industry.AT's pay-TV business got clobbered during the fourth quarter of 2018, when it lost more than 650,000 subscribers.Reporting quarterly earnings today, the wireless giant previously said to expect a pick up in churn in the fourth quarter as it focused on profitability by rolling back promotional offerings.The losses, which BTIG analyst Walt Piecyk said were the worst in the company's history, were staggering, with 403,000 DirecTV and 267,000 DirecTV Now customers cutting the cord.
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For many years, “Designed by Apple in California” has been the closest most Apple products can come to claiming the “Made In U.S.A.” label.Apple is the crown jewel of American technology and it’s been a symbolic focus for politicians who hope to bring manufacturing jobs back home.In 2011, President Obama asked Steve Jobs what it would take to get Apple to build the iPhone in the U.S.Citing three sources who worked on the project, the Times claims that the delay came when Apple discovered the American machine shop it had contracted to manufacture custom screws for the Mac Pro was only able to deliver a maximum of 1,000 screws per day.The sources claimed the screw was illustrative of a number of issues that Apple encountered with the U.S. manufacturing sector.In China, custom shops for building parts on the fly are a dime-a-dozen, and labour is plentiful and cheap.
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I came of age in the late 90s, when bras were padded beyond recognition and Abercrombie faced a mild backlash over child-sized thongs.Then brands got “real.” They went lighter on Photoshop.A JWT global poll showed half of women were their home’s major earner.While the shopaholic stereotype of wives running loose with a charge card is eerily recent, we’ve proven to be shrewd spenders (that wage gap really forces you to be discerning about how you spend your $0.78).Best of all is that these women-led businesses are outspoken about dismantling man-made approaches of the past.As we begin to lean less on the harmful parts of gendering and start acknowledging the vast spectrum of how people self-identify, it’s important to not let empowerment shift into gender-rigidity.
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