Ricky Nesbitt

Ricky Nesbitt

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To everyone who asked Larry David over the past six years whether he would make another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm: Congratulations; you wore him down.David told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in L.A. that he decided to make Season 9 of Curb, which premieres Oct. 1 on HBO, in part because he was tired of people asking him about it.“I couldn’t face that question anymore,” said David of returning to the series after a six-year hiatus.But I was missing him, and I was missing these idiots”—he gestured to castmates Susie Essman, Jeff Garlin and J.B. Smoove—“so I thought, ‘Yeah, what the hell?’”Despite the long break, the show doesn’t seem to have missed a beat, judging by the uproarious response to the Season 9 footage HBO screened for the press.The TV version of David yells at a couple making out outside his office window (“You’re allowed to be happy, but not in front of me!”), tells a woman sobbing loudly at a funeral to “shut up!”, goes on Judge Judy and is stuck in the middle seat on a plane.
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Today’s report about a 6.7 percent drop in software-related job postings over the past five years for San Jose, California should surprise no one.This shift is consistent with two themes that we’ve reported on and points to a tipping point.Have we reached “peak” Silicon Valley?First, the cost of doing business — from wages, to rents, to costs, is much higher in Silicon Valley and other established tech centers than across the rest of America.Second, as one industry after the next continues to embrace new technologies, every company becomes a “tech” company.Or maybe they always were, but just not in the strictest sense of the word.
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Meizu har under eftermiddagen introducerat toppmodellerna Pro 7 och Pro 7 Plus.Den mest kännetecknande egenskapen är att telefonerna har bonusskärmar på 2” under kameran på bakstycket.De bakre skärmarna har Super AMOLED-teknik, precis som de främre, och kan exempelvis visa tid och datum, väder, aviseringar och levande bakgrunder.Bonusskärmen kan även användas för att ta självporträtt med bakre kameran.Pro 7 har utrustats med en 5,2-tumsskärm med 1920 x 1080 pixlar, medan Pro 7 Plus har en 5,7-tumspanel med 1440p.Andra olikheter mellan de två modellerna är RAM-mängden, batterikapaciteten och lagringsutrymmet: 4GB, 3000mAh och 64GB för Pro 7 och 6GB, 3500mAh och 64/128GB för det större syskonet.
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A bill that bans the use of VPNs, as well as anonymous browsers like Tor and online proxies, has been passed by the Russian parliament.It has now reached the president's desk where it will become law of the land once Russian President Vladimir Putin signs it.The bill was passed on 21 July amid protests from the Russian public who took to the streets on 23 July in Moscow.Protesters demanded that the internet remains free and uncensored while also calling for the resignation of the head of Russia's state media regulator 'Roskomnadzor'.Rights activists protested the recent crackdowns by the Russian authorities on free speech over the internet.The Russian government, however, is justifying the censorship arguing that it is battling extremist activity.
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Knee-jerk reactions are rarely based on sound judgement.In such scenarios, you would be better off giving due consideration prior to taking action.The problem is that this advice is lost upon what would appear to be a worryingly large portion of the SEO world.Google is continually changing their fiendishly complex algorithms and will often neither confirm or deny such changes.It’s a poker game where everyone wears masks and keeps their cards very close to their chest – and no-one shows their cards for free.Add to this the threat of your website being heavily sanctioned by one of Google’s many bizarrely-named updates due to ‘spammy’ techniques, and you can see why people are on edge.
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In a move that should come as no surprise given the declining need for proprietary rich Internet plug-ins, Adobe on Tuesday said it will cease updating and distributing its Flash Player at the end of 2020.Content creators will instead be encouraged to migrate existing content to new, “open” formats such as HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly.Adobe cited the advent of these standards as having matured enough to provide capabilities pioneered by Flash.“Today, most browser vendors are integrating capabilities once provided by plug-ins directly into browsers and deprecating plug-ins,” the company said.Adobe said it will continue with development of new web standards including HTML5 while participating in the WebAssembly Community Group.Indeed, seeing the writing on the wall, Adobe has been making accommodations for HTML5 for several years now.
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Google wants to provide people with easy access to actionable information in times of crisis.The internet giant is launching a new feature to help netizens promptly and effortlessly figure out how they can stay safe when natural disaster strikes.The so-called SOS Alerts initiative will introduce numerous help tools to Search and Maps.Designed to keep users safe, the new addition will display top stories, authoritative local information, emergency hotlines and websites, as well as various translations of useful phrases and terms.Users in close vicinity to affected areas might also receive notifications on their mobile devices that direct them to the same information.The new functionality will also make it easier for unaffected users to find relevant information in times of crisis.
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UPM's comparable operating profit rose to 270 million years ago 264 million.earnings per Share increased to eur 0.38 in the previous year eur 0.37, while analysts were expecting 0.42.UPM's turnover, in turn, was basically the previous year's level.Turnover amounted to 2,46 billion, while year sitetn had to 2.45 billion.Analysts had expected the change to increase of 2.51 billion.UPM should appear for 2017 unchanged.
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Google on Monday rolled out the fourth and final Android O Developer Preview, giving developers one last chance to finish testing their apps on the platform and publish any updates to make the transition as seamless as possible for consumers who upgrade to the new OS later this summer.“Developer Preview 4 is a release candidate build of Android O that you can use to complete your development and testing in time for the upcoming official release,” explains, Dave Burke, Android VP of Engineering, on the Android Developers Blog.“It includes the final system behaviors, the latest bug fixes and optimizations, and the final APIs (API level 26) already available since Developer Preview 3.”Burke also notes that users running the newest versions of Android are typically more active when it comes to downloading apps and consuming content.They are also more concerned about their apps supporting new Android features, including notification channels, shortcut pinning, picture-in-picture, autofill — all of which are set to debut alongside Android O when it launches this summer.If you want to see for yourself what a near-final version of Android O looks like, you can still sign up to receive the Developer Preview with the Android Beta Program.
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At Lenovo’s Tech World conference in San Francisco last week, the company showed off Folio, a fully-functional prototype with flexible screen that allows it to transform from a smartphone-sized mobile device to a larger tablet.The idea, of course, is to put the best features of both devices into a gadget you can easily carry in your pocket.Like flying cars, folding smartphones and tablets with flexible displays have always seemed like a gadget that’s just a few years away from reaching consumers.We know that folding screen technology exists, having seen it demoed at CES and other trade shows over the past decade, but we want more than cool tech demos.I hate having to switch between the iPhone and iPad for different tasks, but trying to read graphic novels or magazines on a small screen is an act of frustration.At the same time, I refuse to upgrade to a Plus-sized iPhone.
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E-handelsplattformen Tictail, som grundades 2011 av Carl Waldekranz, Kaj Drobin, Siavash Ghorbani och Birk Nilsson, är en av Sveriges mest omtalade startups.Under de första åren figurerade bolagets vd Carl Waldecranz flitigt i medier och berättade om Tictails vision att göra alla till e-handlare.Men efter att företaget i april 2016 tvingades säga upp personal har Tictail lagt locket på.Nu visar årsredovisningen för Tictail AB, som är dotterbolag till Tictails amerikanska moderbolag Tictail Inc, att omsättningen i Sverige för 2016 landade på 2,1 miljoner kronor.Det är en ökning från de 848.000 kronor som omsattes under 2015.Det vi ser här är bara siffrorna för den svenska verksamheten, men de ger åtminstone en fingervisning om hur det går för Tictail som helhet.
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But in terms of comfort, no one’s lining up for a bus.But if you’re looking for an alternative to a train, a plane, or being your own chauffeur, this could be a viable option.Cabin, as you might guess, gives its passengers their own cabins, which come with comfy beds, luxury sheets, privacy curtains, power outlets, USB cords, ear plugs, and free Wi-Fi.The journey begins at 11 p.m., so you can think of it as a redeye of sorts.Upon boarding, you’ll be given a cup of chamomile tea, and a bottle of melatonin-laced water.Eight hours later, when you arrive at your destination, you’ll get a cup of espresso.
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As is their tradition, Marvel and Netflix didn’t just bring a clip of their latest show to their panel.They brought the whole first episode, and we have a spoiler-free review.We had already been told that Defenders would begin with each character following separate breadcrumbs that would eventually link them up, and that is absolutely the case in the first episode.If you were a fan of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, or Iron Fist, this first episode picks up with each character and their separate scenes feel very true to their standalone series.If the Defenders is meant to follow the path laid down by the movies — solo adventures, seasoned with a few linked Easter eggs, and culminating in a big team-up —t hen the TV version is actually slightly better than its big screen big brother.The extra time afforded an 8-episode series means that it’s got a lot more time to put all the characters in the same room.
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In and interview earlier this week at the TechCrunch Robotics Session held on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA, Sami Atiya, president of ABB’s Robotics and Motion division, said he believes bringing robots into the manufacturing process actually adds jobs instead of killing them.ABB certainly has some data points with more than 300,000 industrial robots installed worldwide, and Atiya claims that conventional wisdom is wrong when it comes to robots and jobs.He went on to say that countries with the highest ratios of humans to industrial robots in production environments also have the lowest rates of manufacturing unemployment.“If you look at pure data and statistics,” he said, “in the countries that have the highest rates of robots per employees, which is Japan and Germany, they have about 300 robots per 10,000 employees, and they have the least unemployment…in the manufacturing sector.”He also claimed that there have been 100,000 industrial robots installed in the U.S. in the last five years, which has resulted in 270,000 additional jobs, more than two jobs for every robot.In May, an article in the LA Times appeared to back up this assertion, citing a study by PwC, which claimed that 38 percent of all U.S. jobs could be lost to automation by the early 2030s.
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Google is testing a new feature to let searchers add more data to the movie results displayed in the Google search results.Some searchers are receiving notifications from Google asking them to tag the movie they just searched for with critic-like adjectives, such as “strong acting,” “over-hyped,” “plot twist,” “authentic acting” and many more.Search Marketer Paul Shapiro first spotted this and shared screen shots of the apparent Google search test with us on Twitter.Here is how the searcher is presented to “vote for tags” on a movie.Google is saying it will help others decide if they should see the movie or not.Here are the buttons around what tags a searcher can select for this specific movie:
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In the last 12 months, we’ve had Wannacry, Russian election hacking, and a Gmail scam that hit millions.But we haven’t yet had a Hurricane Katrina-style cyberattack hit anywhere in the world.It’s just a matter of time until that happens, researchers reckon, and the effects could be devastating — and expensive.A report from Lloyds of London, an international insurance company, guesstimates the cost of a global cyberattack at around $53 billion.That puts it up there with the kind of loss that’s normally reserved for a major natural disaster.In the hypothetical scenario dreamed up by Lloyds, a major cloud services provider is hacked, and malicious code spread to its customers.
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If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to get your hands on the perfect smartphone, your wait is now officially over.There’s no question whatsoever at this point that Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are as good as it gets.Inside and out, Samsung has achieved something special with these sleek new smartphones, and it all starts with the display.As a result, distractions fade away and the user is immersed in the content being displayed on the device.Of course, the screen design is just the beginning.Samsung is known far and wide for making the best smartphone displays the world has ever seen, but the company has truly outdone itself with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
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Once you see the makings of a cold sore, you're probably stuck with the problem for life.That seems to be the same way the public treats crossovers, according to new data from IHS Markit.Consumer loyalty within the SUV/crossover segment has risen to new heights, IHS Markit reports, citing its own research.66.2 percent of crossover buyers who returned to market in the beginning of 2017 purchased another crossover.Crossovers and SUVs have the highest loyalty of any segment, and have since 2014, when the segment finally surpassed sedans.Industry average for consumer loyalty sits at 52.6 for the beginning of 2017 and only two segments are above that average -- crossovers and pickups.
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In a bid to protect children, internet users in the UK will soon be forced to prove they are at least 18 years old before being allowed access to pornographic websites.The age verification proposal comes as part of the Digital Economy Act 2017 and will reportedly be in place by April next year.Non-compliant sites hosting adult content could face hefty penalties of up to £250,000 or be blacklisted by internet service providers (ISPs), while reports indicate the verification will be based around credit card details as these are not issued to anyone under the age of 18.A regulator – believed to be the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) – will police the websites.Digital Minister Matt Hancock said: "We are taking the next step to put in place the legal requirement for websites with adult content to ensure it is safely behind an age-verification control.It remains to be seen how much push-back the proposals will receive from industry.
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It's not the colors it'll come in.According to numerous reports, especially from the accurate Apple analyst from KGI securities Ming Chi Kuo, Apple plans to release three new iPhone models this year.The third model will be the star, with a new screen using OLED technology that produces better colors and maximizes power efficiency.Here's the real kicker: The so-called iPhone 8 will open up a new "luxury" tier in the iPhone lineup thanks to its sky-high price.But unless Apple is cooking up some magical trick we haven't heard about yet for the iPhone 8, the prices being thrown around don't match up to what the phone will be able to do, meaning Apple's biggest challenge won't be convincing people to buy the phone, but making a good argument that it's worth the monumental cost.I'll get this out of the way now, so people don't misconstrue what I'm really saying: The iPhone 8 will be a massive success at any price.
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