Raymond Maxwell

Raymond Maxwell

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If you’re a person even remotely annoyed by the pervasive paresence of ads in virtually every digital space, it’s probably safe to assume you definitely don’t want them in your email.Microsoft appears to have only just realised this.The company seemingly backtracked on rolling out an A/B test for banners in its Windows 10 Mail client following reports of ad appearances this week for some of its users, according to the Verge.Responding to a tweet about the ads by the Verge’s Tom Warren, Microsoft communications head Frank Shaw said that their appearance in Mail “was an experimental feature that was never intended to be tested broadly and it is being turned off.”Bad news: Mail for Windows10 is getting ads for non-office 365 subscribers!— Aggiornamenti Lumia (@ALumia_Italia) 16 November 2018
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Facebook has declined once again to send its CEO to the UK parliament — this time turning down an invitation to face questions from a grand committee comprised of representatives from five international parliaments.MPs from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the UK have joined forces to try to pile pressure on the company’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to answer questions related to his “platform’s malign use in world affairs and democratic process”.The UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee, which has been running an enquiry into online disinformation for the best part of this year, revealed the latest Facebook snub yesterday.It put out the grand committee call for facetime with Zuckerberg last week.In the latest rejection letter to DCMS, Facebook writes: “Thank you for the invitation to appear before your Grand Committee.As we explained in our letter of November 2nd, Mr Zuckerberg is not able to be in London on November 27th for your hearing and sends his apologies.”
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A quick peek into the Digital Trends’ archives reveals a 2013 article about how Twitter was considering introducing an edit tool for tweets.After that, it all went a bit quiet.Three years later, in 2016, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded to increasing calls for an edit function by telling the community that the company was “thinking a lot” about introducing the feature, even going so far as to say that “a form of edit is def needed.” It went a bit quiet after that, too.Well, here we are in 2018, and despite all the ruminating and half promises, an edit button for tweets still hasn’t landed.But Jack and co. haven’t forgotten about it.On the contrary, they’re still contemplating the idea back at Twitter Towers.
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The Swedish industrial group Sandvik ab acquires us-Dura-Mill, a manufacturer of carbide end mills, according to a press release from Sandvik.Dura-Mill has 30 employees and sales amounting to 65 million in 2017."the Acquisition is in line with Sandvik Machining Solutions intends to grow the deal in solid carbide tools.Dura-Mill further strengthens our capabilities in custom end mills," writes Klas Forsström, head of Sandvik Machining Solutions.the Parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.the Deal is expected to be completed before year-end.
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You've probably suspected it in the past, but now comes the research to back it up.Broadband providers are taking advantage of the loyalty of their customers to the potential cost of hundreds of pounds a household, according consumer charity Which?.Specifically users whose contracts have ended but remain with the provider appear to be losing out.The problem is that some introductory deals will end and then bump up the monthly charge without the paying customer either noticing or realising why.In nearly all cases they have the option at that stage to seek a better deal.TalkTalk was singled out as having nearly 90 percent of customers staying loyal for 3 years or more.
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If you’ve never quite gotten over the loss of video-looping app Vine, then listen up.A similar offering from one of its co-founders is coming to smartphones soon.Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann said in a tweet on Thursday that his new video-looping app will be called Byte and plans go live in the spring of 2019.our new looping video app is called byte.— dom hofmann (@dhof) November 8, 2018Months after Vine was founded in 2012, Twitter stepped in to acquire it for a reported $30 million.
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It’s already clear the smartphone trend of 2019 will be foldable devices, and Google is welcoming it with open arms.At this year’s Android Dev Summit, the company announced it’s adding support for what’s known as “foldables,” allowing Android apps to work seamlessly with the new form factor.Dave Burke, Google’s vice president of engineering for Android, took to the stage to explain how the company plans to go about embracing the new concept.While he didn’t go into extreme detail, he did reveal that resizable flags will be added so that apps can respond to folding and unfolding.The company also said we’ll see more foldable phone features in new Android releases, so it’s highly likely to be included in Android Q.It’s considered a phone and a tablet that comes in two variants — two-screen devices and one-screen devices.
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Portify, a London fintech startup that offers an app and various financial products to help gig economy workers better manage their finances and in turn improve financial well-being, has raised £1.3 million in seed investment.Founded in May last year by EF alumni Sho Sugihara (CEO) and Chris Butcher (CTO), Portify is setting out to address the financial volatility many flexible or so-called gig economy workers face.The startup offers a number of tailored financial products, accessible via its mobile app, to help flexible workers get insights into their current financial status and income, as well as do short and long-term financial planning.The app — primarily a B2B2C play — is distributed in partnership with various gig economy platforms and also includes earning “rewards” at partnering merchants or service providers.The current Portify website lists TransferWise, Amazon and Spotify as rewards.“Portify’s vision is to enable financial security and well-being for independent workers,” Portify co-founder and CEO Sho Sugihara tells me.
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The situation is arguably more severe that alleged Russia-backed attempts to meddle with the 2016 U.S. election — people have died in Myanmar as Facebook has been used to spread hate speech against its minority Muslim population for years.There are some serious issues here that need exploring, and not just in the context of Myanmar.In Myanmar’s case, Facebook admitted its failings in a blog post that announced the results of the BSR report into “a human rights impact assessment” of Facebook’s presence in Myanmar, where it is used by nearly 20 million people.“The report concludes that, prior to this year, we weren’t doing enough to help prevent our platform from being used to foment division and incite offline violence.Young men browse their Facebook wall on their smartphones as they sit in a street in Yangon on August 20, 2015.The BSR report itself concludes that there would be “both advantages and disadvantages” to a Facebook presence in Myanmar since “the existence of local Facebook staff may increase government leverage over content restrictions and data requests by allowing them to threaten seizure of Facebook’s IT equipment or data or place Facebook staff at safety risk.”
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Bodil Sidén, Ubers spokesperson in the Nordic countries and the former vice chairman of the Moderate youth league, to become a communications consultant.”this Policy goes much slower than innovation,” she says.Bodil Sidén, Ubers spokesperson in the Nordic region, leaves his position after two years.”I started on Uber after I had left the Conservatives because of their approximation to the sweden democrats.Many of the drivers coming from other countries”, says Bodil Sidén.”the Possibility that the start of the Bellbird came up and I think it feel exciting to be working as a consultant, with several different types of companies.”
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As smartphone shipment slows around the globe, Apple, like every other smartphone maker, has been compelled to explore India in recent years to scout new customers.But unlike other smartphone makers that are reporting growth in India, one of the last great markets, Apple continues to struggle to make inroads in the country — and it is highly unlikely the company’s fortunes will change in India any time soon.Fielding questions from analysts during the company’s earnings call Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company’s business in India was “flat” during the quarter that ended in September.Apple held one percent of India’s smartphone market in the quarter that ended in September, down from 2 percent during the same period last year, according to research firm Counterpoint.But despite Cook being “bullish” on the nation for nearly a dozen quarters now, the company just can’t seem to move the needle there.During the earnings call, Cook suggested that when Apple opens its stores in the country, things may improve.
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Dozens of tech companies, including Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google, have come together to condemn discrimination against transgender people in the face of actions President Donald Trump is reportedly considering to reduce their legal protections."We oppose any administrative and legislative efforts to erase transgender protections through reinterpretation of existing laws and regulations," the letter states.The letter doesn't specifically mention Trump but comes a little more than a week after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) set off a firestorm of protest when he told reporters that Trump was "looking at" making changes that would affect legal protections for transgender people and that there are "a lot of different things happening with respect to transgender."The memo, which is believed to be a few months old, suggests that people should be categorized for Title IX considerations solely by the biological traits with which they were born."Proposed Definition: Sex means a person's status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth," the draft memo reads."The sex listed on a person's birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person's sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence."
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Spotify wasn't spectacularly unprofitable in the third quarter!And it has its big Chinese streaming service to thank.Spotify, the world's biggest subscription streaming music service by members, routinely reports wide losses in the hundreds of millions of euros, primarily because royalties eat up the majority of its revenue.But its latest three-month period was the exception, thanks to a one-time tax windfall that was big enough to tap Spotify's profit into positive territory for once.Last year, Spotify and a big Chinese streaming music service, Tencent Music Entertainment Group, swapped investments in each other to become strategic partners.Then this summer, Tencent Music registered to go public in the US -- it's expected to be one of the biggest tech IPOs ever.
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Bucking all of the hot smartphone trends, Chinese company Nubia has introduced a new flagship phone with just one camera and no notch.Instead, the Nubia X has two screens -- one on the front, and a second on the back for setting up the perfect selfie.The Nubia X comes equipped with a primary 6.3-inch LCD display and a secondary, rear-facing 5.1-inch OLED.The second display eliminates the need for the front camera found on most phones, which is usually technically inferior and embedded in an unsightly notch -- think Apple iPhone XS and Google Pixel 3 XL.When you flip the Nubia X around, the second display activates and boom, there's your dedicated viewfinder for selfies.This kind of thing has been done before, kind of.
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The wearable company reported a profit (when adjusted for items such as stock-based compensation) thanks to growing sales in the new category.Total revenues rose slightly to $393.6 million in the third quarter compared with the same period last year.But it was rosier than in previous quarters and showed that Fitbit is moving in the right direction.Net losses narrowed considerably to $2.1 million from $113.4 million this time last year.A good deal of the company’s revenue is being driven by the shift to smartwatches, which now comprise around half of Fitbit’s total revenue.It’s a gamble that’s finally starting to pay off for the company.
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Apple announced an updated version of its Pencil at its iPad Pro and MacBook event today, and although it keeps much of the original specs of the original stylus it released in 2015, it still features some updates made specifically for the new iPad Pro.With the new iPad Pros switching to USB-C ports, it makes sense for Apple to release another Pencil that uses a new charging method.The Apple Pencil 2 now charges wirelessly via a magnetic attachment that clips to the side of the tablet, and lets it automatically pair.It’s a way better solution than the previous charging method, which was a precarious situation that required plugging the pencil into the iPad’s lightning port.The design is more minimalistic than before, with the silver rail on the top and detachable cap now gone.The pencil also now has one flat side, so it doesn’t roll off the table.
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This novel, one-and-done flu drug could be available soon in the USFour ex-Genentech employees have been criminally charged with stealing trade secrets from their former employer.According to a press release issued Monday by the United States Attorney’s Office in San Francisco, Xanthe Lam, Allen Lam, John Chan, and James Quach are alleged to have taken "confidential Genentech information to help a company in Taiwan create and sell drugs similar to those that were created by Genentech."Xanthe Lam, the wife of Allen Lam, and the two other men reportedly became consultants for a Taiwan-based company known as JHL Biotech, which was founded in 2012 and manufactures "biosimilar" pharmaceuticals.According to the Food and Drug Administration: "A biosimilar is a biological product that is highly similar to and has no clinically meaningful differences from an existing FDA-approved reference product."Over the course of approximately five years, ending in October 2017, the four individuals are accused of stealing "the company’s trade secrets related to biopharmaceuticals Pulmozyme, Rituxan, Herceptin, and Avastin," according to prosecutors.
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After months of leaks, rumors, and statements, OnePlus has finally taken the veil off the OnePlus 6T.I’ve only been using the device since the evening of October 24, so I don’t feel comfortable delivering a complete OnePlus 6T review quite yet.The battery is now 3,700mAh, which isn’t the most massive battery we’ve seen, but man, does it pack a punch.This is probably the best battery life I’ve ever seen in an Android smartphone, proving that battery capacity doesn’t tell the whole story.Probably the best battery life I've ever seen in an Android smartphoneOnePlus has removed the rear-facing fingerprint reader on the 6T, switching to a new in-screen optical solution.
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With Uber gone in Singapore and the rest of Southeast Asia, there's a new kid on the ride-hailing block.Indonesian ride-hailer Go-Jek has expanded into Singapore and opened its doors for drivers to preregister.It launched a portal Sunday for drivers to register their interest and become among the first to use the Go-Jek Singapore platform.Go-Jek will follow up with potential drivers in the coming weeks to let them know how they can officially apply and be on board when the platform launches -- though it not-so-helpfully said that the launch date will be announced "in due course"."There has been a huge amount of driver interest here in Singapore and we are pleased to take this important first step toward driver recruitment," a Go-Jek spokesperson said."At Go-Jek, we understand that driver-partners are crucial to successful operations, which is why we're looking forward to building strong, engaging relationships with the driver community."
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Nya Apple Watch Series 4 har en funktion för att upptäcka fall och automatiskt ringa nödsamtal.Nu rapporterar Aftonbladet att en av de första som dragit nytta av det är svenska Gustavo Rodriguez.Han stod och lagade mat när han drabbades av akut ryggskott och kollapsade.Eftersom han hade aktiverat falldetektering i Apple Watch kände klockan igen fallet och frågade om han ville ringa 112.Efter en stund lyckades han släpa sig till vardagsrummet, men kom på att spisen stod på och då använda han klockan igen för att kunna ringa sin svärmor som kunde komma över snabbt och stänga av den innan hans lilla dotter kom in och kunde ha bränt sig.Gustavo Rodriguez säger att han är förvånad av att faktiskt ha nytta av funktionen, men att den är ”helt klockren”.
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