Raymond Powers

Raymond Powers

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After being criticized for its role in spreading disinformation intended to affect the 2016 presidential election, the massive social media company has been battered by months of bad news, beginning with the Cambridge Analytica scandal, intensifying with scrutiny over fake news on the platform, and it’s been linked to violence in Germany, Malaysia, Libya and the Philippines.Facebook has rolled out a number of changes intended to stem the flow of fake news, increase transparency and rebuild trust with people who have abandoned the service.The company has partnered with fact-checkers, started labeling ads that contain political content and made other changes, but those updates have caused headaches and controversies of their own.On Sept. 7, Adweek interviewed Carolyn Everson, Facebook’s global head of marketing solutions, about moving forward and about the initiatives the company has rolled out to try to address looming public criticism and lawmaker scrutiny.The conversation was part of a wide-ranging sit-down interview that Adweek conducted with Everson, along with Kay Hsu, the global lead for Instagram’s creative shop, Patrick Harris, the head of Facebook’s global agency team, and Karin Tracy, Facebook and Instagram’s head of industry, beauty, fashion and retail.Everson identified four major pillars that have been Facebook’s focus in 2018: data security and privacy, misinformation and fake news, tools and consumer education, and brand safety.
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Amazon is all-in on Alexa, and this week, it revealed a new set of voice-enabled products ranging from a a wall clock to a doodad that goes in your car.At a glance, it looks identical to every other 700W microwave, but it has some new tricks.Of course, the answer is no.But if Amazon gets it right, a voice-controlled microwave could bring this dated device into the 21st century.Regular old microwaves still work as well as they did in the 1970s, when they first became a thing people put in their kitchens.Most households own a microwave oven, but sales peaked in the mid-2000s and haven’t grown since.
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“I need to change some of my behavior, and I want to apologize to the people that my personal behavior hurt and possibly drove away from kernel development.”It was a major about-face from Torvalds, who’s known for his blunt, furious emails and has said before that “I simply don’t believe in being polite or politically correct.” And in another surprising move, the Linux Foundation changed its short “code of conflict” to a new, more traditional code of conduct based on the widely adopted Contributor Covenant.The revamped Linux code of conduct encourages behaviors like accepting constructive criticism gracefully, using inclusive language, and being respectful of “differing viewpoints and experiences.” It bars “sexualized language or imagery,” derogatory comments and personal or political attacks, and “public or private harassment,” among other behaviors.The code is longer and more specific than the old version, which primarily advised people to “be excellent to each other,” a reference to the film Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.The old code also placed particular emphasis on the idea that developers should be ready to face harsh criticism.That’s consistent with Torvalds’ communication style, which — according to his critics — created an environment where vicious personal attacks and verbal abuse were justified as honest feedback.
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In its role as German National Academy of Sciences, the Leopoldina has been advising politicians and society on key future issues for ten years.In this anniversary year, the Leopoldina Annual Assembly, which started today, is therefore set to focus on science-based policy advice over the course of two days.Under the motto 'Nature - Science - Society', the Academy will be joined by representatives of its partner academies to look back at ten years of advising politicians and society in Germany and on an international level."Within politics, important decisions often have to be made on behalf of our society.The people involved need a solid foundation upon which they can base such far-reaching decisions.The Leopoldina has been offering well-founded policy advice with a scientific focus for ten years, during which time it has evolved to become a central scientific institution within Germany," said Anja Karliczek, the German Federal Minister of Education and Research, offering her congratulations.
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They bunked in a double-wide trailer, cramming inside on cots and sleeping bags, as many as a dozen at a time.They worked desperately—tinkering, testing, and fixing—hoping that nothing would go wrong this time.United Launch Alliance, Arianespace, the Russians, and the Chinese likely would still dominate the launch industry, with their prices a closely guarded secret.Following in SpaceX’s wake, more than 100 private companies around the world are trying to accomplish the same feat with rockets of various sizes.A few days before the fourth and possibly final attempt to launch the Falcon 1 rocket, Dunn left Omelek by boat, making the trip to “the Kwaj,” or Kwajalein Island.Then came an agonizing six minutes when the Falcon’s upper stage engine, named Kestrel, would have to burn, necessary to show potential customers the rocket could put their satellites into a proper orbit.
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Most enterprises will now adopt a once-a-year upgrade model for Windows 10, finally getting some relief from the pressure of seemingly endless rounds of testing and deployment, a Windows expert said today."I think enterprises will fall into an annual cadence," Stephen Kleynhans, a Gartner research vice president, said in an interview."With 30 months of support, you get to choose when to start rolling out [the upgrade].Kleynhans was referring to the changes he expects enterprises to make following Microsoft's announcement last week that it is extending support of Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education to 30 months.Windows 10 Enterprise 1809 (and the matching Education edition), slated to release later this month or early in October, will be the first to get two-and-a-half years of security patches and non-security bug fixes.It had been difficult - but not impossible - for businesses to skip one of each year's two Windows 10 upgrades when support expired after 18 months.
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The Korean electronics giant late Wednesday unveiled its latest Galaxy A7, a midrange smartphone that features a rear triple camera that offers a trio of settings that includes an 8MP 120-degree option.The triple camera offering had been rumored to be a major feature of next year's Galaxy S10 Plus.The new handset's camera also sports a 25MP regular lens and a 5MP Depth Lens that lets users control the depth of field and adjust the bokeh effect that adds that blur image to the surroundings of the image's subject.The 24MP lens also promises crisp images in low-light circumstances by combining four pixels into one pixel.Phones with triple cameras are pretty rare.The Huawei P20 Pro has three cameras on the back, offering some quality faraway and hi-res shots.
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Amazon's testing a new tool called Scout that recommends products based on your "likes" and "dislikes."The tool is available now, though it's not clear when it launched.CNBC reported about the tool earlier on Wednesday.Shoppers can scroll through images of furniture, kitchen and dining items, home decor, indoor and outdoor furniture, bedding, lighting and women's shoes.After they hit the thumbs up or thumbs down button below an image, they'll get real-time recommendations on products.Amazon's site says more categories of items will be added in the future.
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Version 2.4.0 of the ASP.Net SignalR real-time communications library will support Azure SignalR Service, a managed service for adding real-time web functionality to applications.ASP.Net SignalR 2.4.0 is due later this year; Azure SignalR Service currently is in beta.It is an Azure cloud-managed service that can be used to develop capabilities such as chat rooms, instant broadcasting, and IoT dashboards.Developers using the service do not have to deal with hosting, authentication, scaling, or load-balancing.| Get started: Azure cloud migration guide.Working with the Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code development tools, Azure SignalR Service is tuned to apps with the following needs:
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Here's an unexpected news item that popped up over the weekend: OnePlus, the Android smartphone maker, wants to start making televisions.OnePlus CEO Pete Lau made an announcement on the company forums that a smart TV was on the way."We are building a new product of OnePlus’ premium flagship design, image quality, and audio experience to more seamlessly connect the home," Lau said."We call it: OnePlus TV."There are other Chinese firms, like OnePlus rival Xiaomi, that are also using price as a big differentiator, but OnePlus does business in Western markets like the US and Europe that Xiaomi won't touch.There have been some bumps along the way, and OnePlus raises its prices every year, but the company's products are still a good value.
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Though the Switch seems like the perfect platform for limited edition consoles themed around big game releases, we haven’t really seen very many of them for its first 18 months of retail availability.Slowly but sure, however, that’s beginning to change.Just recently, Nintendo announced a special edition Switch bundle for Pokemon Let’s Go, and now it’s revealed a similar package for Super Smash Bros Ultimate.Near the end of the most recent Nintendo Direct, the company announced the Switch Super Smash Bros Ultimate Set.The bundle comes with a custom Switch console that features the original eight Super Smash Bros fighters – Fox, Mario, Samus, Donkey Kong, Link, Kirby, Pikachu, and Yoshi – on the dock.The console itself doesn’t appear to have any special graphics on it, but the gray Joy-Cons do, featuring the Super Smash Bros insignia.
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Facebook has developed an artificial intelligence that will be able to fix the bugs found in their system so the process will hopefully go a little faster in the future.You call the AI for SapFix and currently it is included in a system along with Facebook's own applications Sapienz, that were developed to test the software.In the future, however, it is supposed to SapFix should be able to take care of the entire process yourself.For the moment can not SapFix find the bugs in the software yourself, but it is used Sapienz and then try to SapFix to fix the bug.the AI uses different methods to fix the bugs depending on what type of bug it is all about.In a blog post writes Facebook:
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Exactly 25 years ago today, NBC gave one of its coveted late-night hosting slots to a complete Hollywood unknown, with only a few TV series' writing credits to his name.That man, Conan O'Brien, celebrated the milestone on Thursday by posting his debut NBC episode on YouTube in its entirety—and promising more to come.The 38-minute video, scrubbed of its original ads and apparently dubbed from NBC's master tapes, includes a brief caption that hints to a huge archive project."Coming January 2019: The complete online archive of Conan’s 25 years in late night," the caption reads.The announcement does not include clarification of exactly where this video archive will be hosted, which could prove slightly complicated since that 25-year span includes work for both NBC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Comcast) and TBS (a wholly owned subsidiary of Turner).Whether that means the full archive will land on a network-specific video hub, on YouTube, or on O'Brien's own Team Coco site remains to be seen, as the announcement didn't include further details.
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With the staggering scale of data being used today in IT infrastructures, companies are transitioning to cloud computing services to meet their demands.As such, the demand for IT professionals with cloud experience is growing, and earning a cloud certification can be a lucrative and stable career choice.There are dozens of cloud computing services on the market, one such service being Microsoft Azure.There are numerous Azure certifications that can be earned, such as certifications for designing and implementing solutions for cloud data platforms and big data analytics.This Microsoft Azure Mastery Bundle contains prep courses for 3 Azure certification exams, and it's on sale for over 90% off.The first course is dedicated to the 70-532 exam, which focuses on developing Azure solutions.
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Inspectors swapping clipboards for PowerApps, Flow and SharePoint…Ofsted inspectors are starting the new term armed with electronic evidence gathering (EEG) tools including tablets as the schools regulator goes digital, Ofsted’s National Director Sean Harford has revealed.The decision to evolve from the traditional clipboard and pen comes amid a modernisation programme supported by UK consultancy Rainmaker Solutions, which has been working with Ofsted since early last year.The move, which is expected to significantly boost back-office efficiency, comes amid sharp budgetary cuts at the watchdog that saw it heavily criticised by a Parliamentary special committee last week.Ofsted’s Sean Harford said in a blog: “As you probably know, inspectors currently capture evidence on handwritten forms.These forms are collated by the lead inspector and sent to our evidence collection centre, where they are scanned and stored electronically.
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One of the common mistakes made by companies is that both they and their customers often take upgrades and improvements for granted.They don’t promote them, we as users often don’t use them and, even if we do, unless the changes are heavily marketed we tend to take these changes in stride and devalue them.This is a problem when a competitor emerges or when it comes time to upgrade to a new version of a product, because we’re likely to try the competing product or avoid the upgrade…because we don’t see the value of either the existing product or the improved offering.Apparently, Microsoft is moving to address this problem with something called the “Coming Soon” preview pane.I recently received this as a heads-up as part of my Office 365 subscription.If successful, I expect this capability to move to the rest of Office and become a far more common practice both within Microsoft and other firms as well.
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Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi launched three smartphones that are part of its new Redmi 6 series today in India.While the 6 Pro is a new model in Xiaomi’s budget lineup, the other two handsets are merely iterations of their predecessors from last year.According to data by IDC, Xiaomi sales account for almost 30 percent of phones in India.And it’s great, but it is becoming awfully difficult to keep up with Xiaomi’s offerings as there are so many to choose from each year – and many of them compete with each other at the same price point.Xiaomi currently has three competing phones priced around Rs 10,000 ($139): the Redmi Note 5, the selfie-focused Redmi Y2, and the newly launched Redmi 6 Pro.And the consumer has to be highly aware of the differentiation between models to pick the one she needs.
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Survey reveals CIO plans to take software development overseasA sweeping majority of CIOs are planning to move some of their software development overseas amid concerns about a loss of developer talent after Brexit, according to a survey by software and services company Pivotal released today.The study reveals 66 percent of IT decision-makers believe the UK is in danger of losing vital software developer talent following the EU departure, with 59 percent of CIOs predicting lack of access to talent will hinder their organisation’s success.James Governor, from software sector analysts RedMonk said: “Brexit will be the biggest systemic shock to British business in more than 70 years.The scale of change will require an unprecedented investment in IT, with in-house application development becoming more important than ever to deal with complexity.”Brexit Skills Fears: 93% Say Software Development Vital in Responding to European Exit
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Tillverkaren har hållit fast vid att deras supersbilar ska ha naturligt aspirerade motorer – men nu bjuder Lamborghini på en överraskning.I kommande flaggskeppsmodellen Aventador SVJ utvecklar den naturligt aspirerade V12:an på 6,5 liter 770 hästkrafter och 720 Nm.Sammantaget ger det 0-100 km/h på 2,8 sekunder och en topphastighet på 350.Den konservativa tillverkaren har hållit fast vid sin gamla käpphäst, att företagets superbilar inte har turbo – men crossovern Urus fick en V8 med dubbelturbo under huven.Enligt företaget var detta nödvändigt.– Om du vill flytta en bil som väger 2,2 ton över alla tänkbara ytor, även grus eller sand, så behöver du en motor som ger ett enormt vridmoment vid 1 500 varv.
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When Apple announced the iPhone X last September, it painted itself into a corner.With two "8s" (the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus) and a "ten", the iPhone 9 was passed over, and a whole new Roman numbering system was on the table.Now, with rumored new 2018 iPhones on deck for its big September 12 unveiling -- said to be three different screen sizes, but all using the iPhone X-style Face ID -- how will Apple designate and delineate the trio of models?Last year, Apple broke its own iPhone/iPhone S cycle, where iPhones in every even year sees a major upgrade -- often accompanied by a physical redesign -- while odd years get internal updates with the suffix "S." The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus "should" have been the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus, but Apple jumped a whole number.The iPhone X successor could actually be three phones, including a 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED-screen iPhone, both of which are called iPhone XS.That's according to 9to5Mac, which claims exclusive images and intel.
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