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Richard Lee

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Snapchat wants brands to buy a lot of geofilters that layer fun text and graphics over users’ photos and videos.On Monday, the app opened up its API (application programming interface) a bit more, letting brands buy the location-based promos automatically.More than 15 of Snapchat’s ad partners in the U.S., U.K., Australia and Canada, including Amobee and Videology, are now pitching sponsored geofilters to agencies and brands, as well as the full-screen, vertical video ads that run alongside stories and Discover content.Until now, advertisers have purchased branded geofilters through Snapchat’s self-service buying tool.The API is Snapchat’s version of programmatic technology that plugs tech companies into the platform to manage campaign spend, data, targeting and creative for advertisers.In theory, the ad-tech vendors can help brands buy bigger ad packages that include both formats and automatically manage the targeting of geofilters to make sure they run at specific locations and times.
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The EPA—still young at the time—was a mess.But the symbol had its own problem: The colors made it expensive to print.They might sound trivial, but these graphical hangups were wasting millions of government dollars every year.The agency couldn’t buy paper in bulk, and nearly every piece of printed design was made from scratch by hired designers.The result was the 1977 EPA Standards Manual, an 84-page booklet that explained, in precise detail, how the EPA could streamline its graphic identity to save money and present a more cohesive identity to the public.Forty years later, it represents something more aspirational.
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It looks like the popular streaming music service Spotify wants to get into the hardware market.A recently posted job listing for the company confirm that it is looking to hire a “Sr Project Manager – Hardware”, with the description stating that person will lead Spotify’s efforts “to deliver hardware directly from Spotify to existing and new customers.”The job listing adds that Spotify wants to release “a category defining product akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap Spectacles.” Zatz Not Funny, which first reported on the job listing, adds that a “trusted source” claims Spotify wants to release a “wearable” hardware product, but specifics were not mentioned.Based on the job listing, it looks like Spotify wants to jump start a whole new product category for its first hardware launch.One possibility is that the company could release headphones that would directly connect to the music streaming service, without the need for a smartphone or smartwatch app.One thing does seem very clear with this job listing.
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Silicon Valley Comic Con, now in its second year, took over the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif. this weekend bringing with it thousands of attendees, dozens of costumed heroes and, well, a few robots, too.The event was formed by resident technophile – as well as famous Apple co-founder – Steve Wozniak and comic book maven Stan Lee back in 2016 as a Northern California extension of the massive celebration that takes place down in San Diego each year.While Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC, for short) shares its roots with its southern cousin, this show is slightly different in the sense that it’s smaller in scale and attendance and, instead of focusing solely on pop-culture, extends an invitation to local tech companies to partake in the three-day event.To that end Sony and Facebook both acted as sponsors to the event offering demos and giveaway gifts to attendees, while the convention floor itself played host to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).If game consoles, comic books, cosplayers and former astronauts are your scene, this is the place to be.But if you missed this year’s event, don’t worry – we scoured the show floor to find some of the most interesting sights of the show and compiled them in gallery form for your viewing pleasure.
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Älypuhelinten myynnin kasvu on hidastumassa kehittyneillä markkinoilla ja Kiinassa.Intiassa kasvua riittää vielä pitkään.Intiassa ensi vuonna 62 prosenttia myydyistä puhelimista tulee olemaan älypuhelimia verrattuna tämän vuoden 50 prosenttiin.Tutkimusyritys Garterin mukaan älypuhelimien kysyntää kasvattaa puhelinoperaattoreiden 4G - verkkojen päivitys, joka on parhaillaan käynnissä maassa.Myös digitaalisen rahan ja maksulompakoiden käyttö lisää osaltaan älypuhelimien kysyntää Gartnerin mukaan.Intiassa on arviolta noin 220 miljoonaa ihmistä joilla ei ole pankkitiliä, mutta jotka maan hallitus haluaa pankkipalveluiden piiriin.
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American Gods is a giant tome of a book, with huge chunks removed or left out once Neil Gaiman realized how long his tale was getting.So when Bryan Fuller and Michael Green turned the book into a show, they had to move things around, change characters, and create a natural season end.And so the ending we’re going to get is brand new.When we asked star Ricky Whittle if he had read the book before he’d heard they were making a show, he said he hadn’t:I didn’t read the book and I think I’m the perfect advertisement for this show in that I’m completely fresh to American Gods and to Neil Gaiman, and my mind was blown.And the episodes Ive been watching of the show made me want to binge watch the whole season.
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Waymo LLC, the self-driving car unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc., accused Uber Technologies Inc. of intentionally hiding a key project from a federal court that Waymo says shows the ride-hailing company copied its design plans for a laser sensor used in autonomous vehicles.The court document on Friday, filed to support Waymo’s previous request to halt Uber’s development of laser sensors, includes a new accusation that Uber concealed a second program to design so-called lidar during the court proceedings.
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Late last year, 58 papers were retracted from seven different journals— 25 came from Tumor Biology for the same reason.It’s possible to fake peer review because authors are often asked to suggest potential reviewers for their own papers.This is done because research subjects are often blindingly niche; a researcher working in a sub-sub-field may be more aware than the journal editor of who is best-placed to assess the work.But some journals go further and request, or allow, authors to submit the contact details of these potential reviewers.If the editor isn’t aware of the potential for a scam, they then merrily send the requests for review out to fake e-mail addresses, often using the names of actual researchers.Fake peer reviewers often “know what a review looks like and know enough to make it look plausible,” said Elizabeth Wager, editor of the journal Research Integrity & Peer Review.
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Security researchers have discovered a number of vulnerabilities in various models of Linksys routers that hackers could potentially exploit to create a botnet.Senior security consultant Tao Sauvage and independent researcher Antide Petit discovered the bugs late last year.In a recent blog post, Sauvage reveals they identified ten vulnerabilities that range from low- to high-risk issues, six of which can be exploited remotely by attackers.The security flaws could allow hackers to overload a device, force a reboot, deny user access, leak sensitive information about the router, and change restricted settings."A number of the security flaws we found are associated with authentication, data sanitisation, privilege escalation, and information disclosure," said Sauvage."Additionally, 11 per cent of the active devices exposed were using default credentials, making them particularly susceptible to an attacker easily authenticating and potentially turning the routers into bots, similar to what happened in last year's Mirai Denial of Service (DoS) attacks."
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Google is reportedly developing a way to block ads directly from the Google Chrome Browser, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.The ad blocker would be part of the Google Chrome Browser, which is the most popular browser in the US according to a January report from the federal government's Digital Analytics Program.Such a move could have major implications for the online ad industry and the digital media publications whose businesses rely on ads.And it could also expose Google to criticism, since the company is a major player in the display ad market and it could theoretically 'white list' its own ads in the Chrome browser, while excluding ads of competitors.Nearly 25% of US internet users had an ad blocker in 2016, according to research firm eMarketer.That number is expected to climb to 30% by 2018.Google's rumored ad blocker could be turned on by default for users, blocking ads that Google deems as not a good experience.According to the WSJ, the ads that don't make the cut would be from a list of ad types as defined by the Coalition for Better Ads, which it helped create.
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Apple alleged, according to a new report, look forward to increased sales of its smart watch, and should therefore have contracted a other manufacturers.the Chinese Economic Daily News is reporting that Apple has contracted a new manufacturer, Compal Electronics, in order to produce Apple Watch the Series 1 and Series 2.in the Past has Quanta, accounted for 100 per cent of the production, but the Compal will now take over 20% to 30%.Behind this decision is, among other things, strong sales and optimistic projections of future sales, but Apple allegedly also like to strengthen its negotiating position against Quanta and reduce risks.It is a clear unusual that the company relies completely on manufacturers.
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När IBM rapporterar för sitt senaste kvartal finns oroväckande tecken på att företagets vändning kan vara längre bort än vad man trott.För tjugonde kvartalet i rad rapporterar IBM om minskad försäljning – detta var i sig ingen överraskning – men minskningen var större än väntat.Analytikerna hade trott på en minskning på 1,3 procent, men den landade på 2,8 procent.Skälet uppges vara svagare efterfrågan inom it-tjänster – vilket är ett tecken på att företagets vändning kan ta längre tid än vad man tidigare trott.Bill Kreher, analytiker på Edward Jones, säger till Reuters:– Jag tror att det finns en frustration över att de missar när det gäller omsättningen.
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — An Orbital ATK cargo ship bound for the International Space Station is poised for liftoff Tuesday aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.ULA's 71st Atlas V rocket is scheduled for launch at 11:11 a.m. EDT (1411 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.You can watch the liftoff live in a 360-degree view here, courtesy of NASA TV."We are looking forward to a great launch tomorrow and continuing our record of 100 percent mission success," Vern Thorp, United Launch Alliance's (ULA) commercial missions program manager, told reporters during a briefing Monday (April 17).The Cygnus cargo ship, named after Mercury astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, will be carrying about 7,635 lbs.(3,463 kilograms) of food, supplies and science experiments to the station.
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Facebook’s big F8 gathering takes place Tuesday and Wednesday, and you can watch the whole thing online.F8 is a show-and-tell for all the latest features coming to the world’s largest social network.We expect the Facebook announcements to come quickly, beginning with CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s opening keynote on Tuesday morning.Zuck takes the stage at 10 am PDT (1 pm EDT) on Tuesday.All of the big announcements happen during Zuckerberg’s 90-minute slot.The conference sessions follow for the rest of the day, and you can watch those on-demand at any time.
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When OLED TVs first arrived in 2013, they were lauded for their perfect black levels and excellent color, but took a little bit of a hit due to brightness levels that couldn’t compete with LED/LCD TVs.There was also a huge price gap between OLED TVs and their premium LED/LCD counterparts.But LED TVs still have some distinct advantages.Now the preferred choice as a backlight for LCD displays, LEDs can be created at a much smaller size than compact fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs, yet they can get extremely bright.That may not seem like a huge difference when compared to LEDs, but unlike LEDs, OLEDs can be made to be extremely thin, flexible, and remarkably small.When it comes to black levels, OLED reigns as the undisputed champion.
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Hacking the Nintendo Switch gaming console could score you a $20,000 payday.Nintendo said it would pay rewards ranging from $100 to $20,000 to people who identify bugs and vulnerabilities in the new Switch, according to a posting by the company on HackerOne, widening its earlier call for a bug hunt in its 3DS system.It's looking for help finding flaws that could allow piracy, cheating or showing naughty stuff to little kids.Nintendo said it will reward the first reporter of a qualifying vulnerability.
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You're at the beach, sitting by the pool, hiking in the wilderness or working in your garden.You'd like to keep your phone or tablet charged but there's no power source nearby, nothing to plug into for juice.The standard remedy is to go buy an external battery -- or battery case -- and keep that around for backup power.Yes, that big yellow ball in the sky has long been seen as a potential power source for our gadgets.More-efficient solar cells allow manufacturers to cram more wafers (those thin slices of semiconductor material made of crystalline silicon) into a smaller space, explained Norm Krantz, Goal Zero's vice president of product innovations.That in turn leads to smaller panels that can output more power.
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Although there's no reason to be immediately alarmed, this study does shed light on some of the flaws in modern authentication systems.The story goes that no two fingerprints are exactly alike, which makes them an excellent method for authentication.However, as researchers at New York University and Michigan State University have recently found, they’re hardly foolproof.The team has developed a set of fake fingerprints that are digital composites of common features found in many people’s fingerprints.Through computer simulations, they were able to achieve matches 65 percent of the time, though they estimate the scheme would be less successful in real life, on an actual phone.Nasir Memon, a computer science and engineering professor at New York University, explained the value of the study to The New York Times.
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Experts are doubtful, but consumer discontent is clearNow that it’s gone viral, the video showing three burly airport security officers physically dragging a screaming passenger off United Airlines Flight 3411 yesterday has left the carrier with quite the public relations nightmare—along with a broader question: Will this very public, shocking incident result in broader changes to airline booking policies?The flight wasn’t initially overbooked in the traditional sense of an oversold number of tickets, until the airline realized it would need seats for crew members deadheading to Louisville, Ky., to take over another flight.When no volunteers came forward, the airline randomly selected four passengers on board to be bumped.One of them—who said he was doctor due to see patients the following morning—refused to give up his seat, resulting in his forcible removal at the hands of security (as several nearby passengers filmed it all on their phones).United, still recovering from a a recent social media flare-up around teen passengers who weren’t allowed to board in leggings, was quickly shredded on Facebook and Twitter as the new video went viral.
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Inom de närmaste dagarna kommer teleskopnätverket Event Horizon Telescope att försöka ta den första bilden någonsin på det supermassiva svarta hålet i mitten av Vintergatan, Sagittarius A*, skriver Techcrunch.Missa inte: Nasa lyfter på locket om ambitiösa Mars-projektetDet svarta hålet som befinner sig 26 000 ljusår bort har tidigare varit omöjligt att fånga på bild med tidigare radioteleskop.Event Horiozon Telescope kommer istället använda sig av en kombinerad samling av världens mest avancerade teleskop, från Hawaii, till Chile, till Sydpolen, med mera, för att utföra arbetet.Event Horizon Telescope kommer då att observera det svarta hålet från 5 till 14 april så länge det interkontinentella vädret tillåter.Uppdraget beskrivs som oehört svårt då svarta hål per definition är osynliga eftersom de suger åt sig allt ljus.
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