Ralph Vandermeer

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Customers are asking for information instantly, even data delivery has to be instant as Manish Gupta from Redis Labs explains.We are at a time in our evolution where instant is everything.The efficiency with which you can deal with data, the intelligence that you can apply to the data, and the speed with which you can represent, and predict what you can deliver to the end customer is the difference between winning and losing.Many applications are still SOA-based and to meet today’s ‘speed of service’ the architectural mindset has changed, with microservices architecture gaining in popularity.A microservice architecture delivers greater agility in application development and simpler codebases.Once developed, updates and the scaling of individual services can be achieved in isolation.
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B has reduced the price of the unlocked LG G7 ThinQ by $120 (as spotted by PhoneArena), bringing the phone down to $629.99.It comes with a free Avoda LG G7 Tempered Glass Protector worth $19.99 and a one-year warranty that can be extended to two-years if you register the phone with LG.While the carrier version of the phone was released in the U.S. on June 1, the unlocked version was only released in early July.The discount on the unlocked model is similar to discounts given to carrier versions soon after the release of the phone.Some of the highlights of the LG G7 ThinQ include its 6.1-inch LCD display, capable of up to 1,000 nits of brightness, and its impressive rear dual cameras.The device’s specifications include 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, a Snapdragon 845 processor, IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, and a 3,000mAh battery.
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You’re probably sitting still, right?Not only are you on a spinning orb, but you’re also travelling around 70,000 miles per hour around a star, in a galaxy that, observations imply, is sailing through space at over a million miles per hour.The laws of physics look and feel the same for any object so long as it’s not accelerating, the way you can’t feel that a car is travelling at a steady 60 miles per hour unless you look out the window.But that also makes our galactic speed hard to measure from here on Earth.The million-plus mile per hour number is based on measurements of how the most distant objects in the Universe appear to move in comparison to us, but scientists want to try to measure our acceleration by looking at more nearby objects.“We’re attracted by nearby masses, galaxies, clusters of galaxies, and superclusters of galaxies,” Christian Marinoni, physics professor at the Aix-Marseille University in France, explained to Gizmodo.
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The Federal Communications Commission voted 3–1 today to change how it handles consumer complaints, but questions over what those changes mean turned into a heated exchange among the agency’s commissioners.Earlier this week, House Democrats said in a letter to the agency that a proposed change could lead consumers filing free informal complaints with the agency to file formal ones instead — a process that costs $225.The Republican leadership at the agency disputed the letter, and said during the vote today that changes in language had no practical effect on how the agency handles informal complaints, only formal ones.But Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, the agency’s lone Democrat, agreed with the lawmakers, and today voted against the proposal.According to the Democrats, the proposal removed language that directed the Commission to advocate on behalf of consumers if their informal complaints were not satisfied.In the new wording, they said, unhappy consumers are directed by the FCC to file a formal complaint if their issues are left unresolved.
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On Thursday, a Los Angeles county transit agency purchased the first all-electric double-decker bus in North America.The bus will be made with batteries from electric bus designer Proterra, and the carriage of the bus will be designed by Alexander Dennis, the company that supplies double-decker buses in London, Hong Kong, Auckland, Singapore, Toronto, Ottawa, Seattle, and Mexico City.Buses are prime candidates for electrification: their diesel counterparts are considerably polluting, and buses travel extremely predictable routes at relatively low overall speeds, so range anxiety can be eliminated with route planning and heavier, more powerful batteries.Proterra has been making electric bus batteries for years, and the company recently broke a record for electric buses by traveling 1,101.2 miles on a single charge.That range was possible with the help of a 660kWh battery called the E2.This double-decker bus, which is expected to enter service in 2019, won't have a battery that big, but its battery will be based on the same concept as the record-breaking battery, packing 160 watt-hours per kilogram.
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An assessment by the UK National Infrastructure Commission highlights areas where investment should be prioritised to prevent shortcomings.“It’s why it’s not just a one-off but something we will be repeating every five years to ensure we remain on the front foot.”The assessment covers a range of infrastructure needs including connectivity, energy, transportation, and reducing environmental impact.“Whether it’s electric or driverless cars, new energy sources, tackling the risk of climate change, or preparing for the newest and fastest broadband speeds, the issues we’ve been considering profoundly affect people’s everyday lives,” continues Armitt.Earlier this week, Telecoms reported the UK had slipped to 35th in the Global Broadband Speed Rankings.Embarrassingly, 25 other European countries are ahead of the UK on the list.
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Artificial intelligence can make pretty pictures while potentially breaking the law.Nvidia's latest AI technology, announced Monday, can automatically fix grainy photographs.And that "fixing" includes removing text and watermarks.Nvidia, and researchers from Aalto University and MIT, trained the AI's neural network by feeding it thousands of photos.But instead of offering it before-and-after photos with both corrupted and optimal examples, researchers only let the AI study corrupted photos."It is possible to learn to restore signals without ever observing clean ones, at performance sometimes exceeding training using clean exemplars," the researchers said in their paper.
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the Asus gaming brand ROG (Republic of Gamers), we have made acquaintance with several times before.Mainly in the form of potent laptops but we have also tested the headphones with the ROG brand.ROG Strix is the common name of the Asus for cheaper gaming equipment, for example, the screen of Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ.It is about a 27-inch, concave screen with the classic gaming design: the pitch-black screen is based on a high three-legged foot with the red light that streams out from the bottom.On the back of the screen lights up a ring in a rainbow of programmable RGB colors.On such a large screen would be a higher resolution have been a plus, but then the price would also become another.
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ASF looks good at 19The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has passed its first financial audit, migrated its own infrastructure to the cloud from ten-year-old tin, smashed its fundraising target and seen contributors add $625 million-worth of code* over the past fiscal year, as the long-running, volunteer-led foundation gears up for its twentieth anniversary in 2019.The ASF’s annual report, published today, gives an insight into a developer community in rude good health, with the world’s largest open source foundation’s 300+ free enterprise-grade projects continuing to serve as the backbone for some of the most widely used applications in computing today; not bad for a team of volunteers.The hottest project over the past year has been Apache Mynewt, the embedded operating system for building, deploying, and securely managing billions of devices, the annual report shows; with Mynewt contributors adding $61,769,063-worth of code in this period to their core component alone.(Mynewt, first unveiled in 2016, is a tiny – the kernel is just 6kb – hardware-agnostic, composable OS for 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) that allow a variety of embedded devices, such as wearables, light bulbs, locks, doorbells, and other devices to connect to the IoT; it has been designed to be easy to build and connect.)This reduces our risks around hardware failure (we have seen many disk failures over the years), and speeds up our provisioning of new services.”
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In February, we wrote about an impressive insect-inspired robot which scuttled around at impressive speeds like a cockroach on Red Bull.As it turns out, the team responsible for the robot aren’t capable of sitting still either — since they’re already back with one doozy of an update, granting their insect-bot the amazing newfound ability to walk on (and under) water as well as it can on land.In nature, cockroaches have the ability to survive underwater for up to half an hour.The team behind HAMR (Harvard’s Ambulatory MicroRobot) were therefore keen to add similar functionality, both to mimic the robot’s real-world inspiration and also to open up new potential applications.“There are two parts for achieving ‘walking on water,’” Kevin Chen, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard University’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science, told Digital Trends.“First is supporting the robot’s weight via surface tension, and the second is moving on the water surface via asymmetric paddling.”
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Not all people who attend concerts are consumers of cannabis, and not all consumers of cannabis attend shows, but nonpartisan voter engagement organization HeadCount.org is looking to connect with the members of those groups that do overlap.HeadCount.org is gearing up for National Voter Registration Day Sept. 25 with the Cannabis Voter Project, aimed at educating Americans on how voting can impact cannabis policy.The organization will register voters at concerts this summer, including tours by Dead & Company, G-Eazy, Jay-Z and Beyoncé , as well as the Vans Warped Tour.But it’s also focusing on local shows at venues such as Paramore at Bold Sphere Music at Champion’s Square (New Orleans) and Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Republic New Orleans.Here’s a letter from our Co-Founder and Co-Chair Marc Brownstein (@marcbrownstein) announcing our new Cannabis Voter Project: We’ve heard it all… My vote doesn’t count... There’s no point in voting...Do you care about cannabis legalization?
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This week the team discuss the world of Porsche and everything it's done recently to blow our minds.We also catch up on all the behind-the-scenes stories from the last few weeks and a look ahead to what's coming up on Carfection.
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Apps pre-installed on phones sold in developing countries said to secretly collect user data.The apps have reportedly collected IMEI numbers, MAC addresses, and location data.The CEO of the company at the center of the report says his company hasn’t broken any data-collection laws.Some cheap phones sold in developing countries contain pre-installed apps that secretly collect user data, according to The Wall Street Journal.The main offender mentioned in the article is an app that sends data to a Taipei-based advertising company called GMobi.The company collects this data in order to target users with ads.
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- We have made a fantastic journey.I was the first employee with expertise in electrical and automation 2013, and then had the title of automation engineer.When I was responsible for programming and to build software for our control systems, " says Christoffer Ahlström, who today advanced to the head of department of electricity and automation.They are open-minded and see new opportunities, " says Christoffer Ahlström and adds:- It is necessary because the products we deliver never look the same.All vessels require different solutions, so the company is all the time under constant development.
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Google’s new “Smart campaigns” is the first advertising product under the new Google Ads brand.Smart campaigns use machine-learning algorithms to help small businesses become more successful online advertisers.The tool may be particularly helpful for small multichannel retailers selling from both an ecommerce-enabled website and a physical location as it’s relatively easier to set up campaigns that may drive both online and brick-and-mortar sales.All of this information is analyzed and used to help Google Ads dynamically adjust a campaign’s keywords, bids, and ad placements.Smart campaigns will even automatically generate text and display ads to get more clicks or calls.In addition, Google says that Smart campaigns boost conversions by about 20 percent without increasing the cost per action.
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AT has quietly increased a certain fee it charges its wireless customers, it has been revealed.Called an “admin fee,” the wireless carrier is now charging more than double its original rate, though no big announcements about it were made and many customers are unlikely to notice the increase on their billing invoices.Until now, AT charged an admin fee of $0.76, something that has increased to $1.99.That’s more than double the original rate, though the cost is tucked in wireless customers’ bills as one of multiple charges.This rate doesn’t apply to prepaid customers, however.It’s unlikely many customers would notice this particular small fee and its sudden jump in price.
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If you've been into a Lego store any time over the past several years you'll know that there are booths that let you build your own minifigures.It's nice, but limited to pieces and designs Lego mass produces.The Lego store in Copenhagen just installed a brand new machine that will print custom designs straight onto blank minifigure pieces.What's more it's not a slow-moving machine that takes hours to run, and can pump out 40 minifigures in a single go.So if you've ever wanted a minifigure of yourself wearing a t-shirt that says "I hate apples" then you may just get your chance.The machine is the brainchild of designer Jens Hjorth, who spent a year and a half working on the machine.
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On Wednesday, June 20, Microsoft announced the launch of Microsoft News — the new name for its news engine that runs MSN.com, Microsoft Edge, Windows 10, and more.Whether you’re on a desktop or your smartphone, Microsoft News allows you to customize the news you receive.You can personalize your feed by selecting specific interests to follow and it also prioritizes your chosen topics all via the Microsoft Edge Start page.In terms of changes to the interface, the Microsoft News app has been designed to include more of a modern look.The update also offers a few new features to allow for a better overall user experience.For starters, users have the ability to tailor the app to their interests the same way they would with the desktop version.
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AI-company Leeroy (NTL) was founded in Sundsvall in 2008 with the ambition to help the restaurants and stores to get customers to shop more and more often by personal offers online and on digital screens in the shop.the Company has grown in profitability, but four years ago, a so-called "pivot" and changed the strategy.since Then, much has revolved around the apps used by restaurants to create customer clubs and allowing visitors to pre-order food.Now take the company into 25 million in a round led by Collector Ventures and Zenith Ventures.Also, Almi Invest and Norrlandsfonden participating in the round, according to a press release.In connection with the investment, the company will recruit new developers to its offices in Stockholm and Sundsvall and wager on an international launch.
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På onsdagen röstar EU-parlamentet i en fråga om upphovsrätt som kommit att uppröra många användare på sajter som Youtube, Twitter och Facebook.– Det kommer förstöra internet så som vi ser det i dag, säger EU-parlamentarikern Fredrick Federley (C) om förslaget.Lagförslaget går ut på att stärka rättigheterna för de med upphovsrättsskyddat material.Men hur förslaget är utformat har väckt kritik.Det innebär att videor, texter eller så kallade memes – ofta bilder med underhållande text – måste rensas bort.Det räcker med att en skyddad bild publiceras i en kommentarstråd.
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