Robert Carter

Robert Carter

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For the average consumer, it’s likely not very high on the list of must-have components, even for businesses.HP and agency Giant Spoon are determined to change that with a star-studded campaign so elaborate, it deserves its own cinematic release.Launching its third film in “The Wolf” series, Christian Slater reprises his role as a breezy, charmingly confident hacker determined to illustrate just how crucial printer security is.In this cinematic brand masterstroke, Slater goes up against Breaking Bad star Jonathan Banks and the thoroughly stellar Betty Adewole in a 20-minute action short entitled “The Wolf: True Alpha” which was directed by Lance Acord and filmed on location in Europe.To better understand the evolution and ambition of the series, one can go back to February 2017, when HP released the first, comparatively short, 6-minute 22-second film called “The Wolf,” which sets the tone by revealing that less than 2 percent of the hundreds of thousands of business printers are secure.Knowing this, the Wolf begins to prey on a poor, unsuspecting company by hacking the unprotected printers with his phone.
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After a disappointing second quarter, Netflix is back in Wall Street’s good graces.The company just released its third-quarter earnings report, and as of 5:30pm East Coast time, the stock is up 12 percent in after-hours trading.The most important number here is subscriber growth, and that’s where Netflix came in way ahead of expectations, with 6.96 million net additions, compared to the 5.07 million that analysts predicted.The service now has a total of 137 million members, and 130 million paying members.The company also reported earnings of 89 cents per share on revenue of $4 billion — analysts had predicted EPS of 68 cents.In addition to reporting on the latest financials, Netflix’s letter to shareholders also offers an update on its original content strategy.
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Boston Dynamics continues to get the most out if its AdSense dollars with a new YouTube video of its four-legged robot SpotMini.This time, it’s dancing to a cover of “Uptown Funk,” complete with the best robotic rendition of the Running Man dance we’ve ever seen.SpotMini performs fantastically, and it’s right to prepare for the spotlight.Next year, the bot will go on sale as Boston Dynamics’ first commercial product.It won’t be sold for a particular job, but the company’s founder, Marc Raibert, has said it could be used for a number of tasks, from inspection duties for heavy industries to security to research.One thing Raibert stressed onstage at Wired’s recent conference was the limitations of these robots.
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Två tredjedelar av 540 tjänster på det amerikanska medicinteknikbolaget Baxter försvinner från Lund, rapporterar HD-Sydsvenskans näringslivssajt 8 till 5.Anledningen är att företaget lägger ner produktionen i Lund och drar ner inom forskning och utveckling.Ett okänt antal konsulter, som arbetar för Baxter i Lund, berörs också.Varslen i Lund är en effekt av ett globalt omställningsarbete inom Baxter.Målet är att koncernen ska bli mer effektiv i produktionen och öka innovationstakten, uppger Camilla Sjöström, kommunikationsansvarig för Baxter i Norden, för 8 till 5:– Det här är den största flytten som sker inom det här förändringsarbetet, säger hon.
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It was only a matter of time—the same day that Google announced it was shutting down Google+ in the wake of a data leak, two users filed a proposed class-action lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco, saying that their privacy had been violated.The case, Matt Matic and Zak Harris v. Google, alleges that the company’s "lax approach" to security resulted in API bugs that exposed the private details of almost 500,000 Google+ users."Worse, after discovery of this vulnerability in the Google+ platform, Defendants kept silent for at least seven months, making a calculated decision not to inform users that their Personal Information was compromised, further compromising the privacy of consumers‘ information and exposing them to risk of identity theft or worse," Joshua Watson, the attorney for Matic and Harris wrote in the civil complaint filed on Monday.The men allege violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law, negligence, and invasion of privacy, among other claims.Google did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.
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The war for the countertop has begun.Google, Amazon, and Facebook all revealed their new smart displays this month.Each hopes to become the center of your internet of things-equipped home and a window to your loved ones.The $149 Google Home Hub is cheap and privacy-safe smart home controller.The $229 Amazon Echo Show 2 gives Alexa a visual complement.And the $199 Facebook Portal and $349 Portal+ offer a Smart Lens that automatically zooms in and out to keep you in frame while you video chat.
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But last month, on September 25, the nearly three-year employee of Defense Distributed officially stepped into one of the most high profile firearms’ related positions in the US: director of that same 3D-printed guns activist organization.That’s because throughout the organization’s nearly six-year-existence, only one public face has been available to onlookers—that of founder Cody Wilson.For now, the new Defense Distributed director hasn’t been available, but a little Internet sleuthing does begin to paint a picture of Heindorff—particularly through a quartet of interviews she gave in recent years.Like all good ideas, it apparently started over drinks.The way I’ve become involved in pro-gun, pro firearms activism focuses on the Second Amendment.It mentally erodes the confidence and motivations, the survival instincts we have as human beings… so I’ve always been anti-statist in that way.
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At the IFA trade fair, Samsung introduced an 8K tv is 85 inches, which made it mouth-watering at me.Especially when you told me that it would actually go to buy, the question was at what price.Now, the price is clear and the sale is going and you want to have 15,000 u.s. dollars.the Price in Sweden seems to be 150.000 sek, a bunch of stores have it in their range but nobody has it in stock,
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While the original vision of the Assistant focused mostly on voice, half of all interactions with the Assistant actually include touch.So with this redesign, Google acknowledges that and brings more and larger visuals to the Assistant experience.You now get controls and sliders to manage your smart home devices, for example.Those include sliders to dim your lights and buttons to turn them on or off.Even in cases where the Assistant already offered visual feedback — say when you ask for the weather — the team has now also redesigned those results and brought them more in line with what users are already seeing on smart displays from the likes of Lenovo and LG.On the phone, though, that experience still feels a bit more pared down than on those larger displays.
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Tight cash flow and lack of capital are the top reasons why small and medium-sized enterprises go out of business.First Circle, a startup launched in the Philippines more than two years ago, has raised US$26 million to offer SMEs much-needed financing to grow.First Circle plans to use the fresh fundraise to branch out across the country, with an eye towards hitting other emerging markets in Southeast Asia in the near future.Using its own credit assessment process, First Circle lends to SMEs, which are often ignored by banks because they’re perceived to be a greater risk than large established firms.It offers purchase order and invoice financing, catering mainly to firms engaged in supply chains.CEO and co-founder Patrick Lynch is an Irishman who moved to Hong Kong and then the Philippines to work for financial marketplace CompareAsia Group.
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It’s been more than eight years since the release of Mega Man 10, but Capcom is finally giving us a new entry in the 2D action-platformer franchise.The character has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, going back to memories of playing the Nintendo Entertainment System (or watching my older brother play) in the basement.The combination of precision platforming with gun-based action has always hooked me, and Mega Man’s cartoon-future aesthetic continues to tickle my imagination.And it manages to walk that line without stumbling.Not that there’s anything wrong with that system, and it serves the 2D Mario formula (which focuses on pure platforming).Sometimes, a single pixel is the difference between safety and death.
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You are setting up a quick report around sales for the year, and it needs to use three separate databases.One is an object database running on Amazon Web Services.The second and third are relational databases running on Microsoft Azure.You have a few issues to address in this multicloud scenario:Finding the single source of truth among the three databases, such as customer information.Dealing with the different data types and structures native to each database.
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After eight years, the founders of Instagram are leaving the company.CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger announced Monday that they are departing the mega-popular photo sharing social network , which was bought by Facebook for $1 billion in 2012.The news came following months of turmoil and scandals for Facebook, and reportedly comes amid tension between the founders and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Still, it's something of a surprise that Systrom and Krieger would leave the app they built from scratch.Systrom was born in Holliston, Massachusetts, a wealthy suburb of Boston.His father worked as a human resources executive, while his mother worked in tech — first at Monster and Swapit, and later at Zipcar.
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In a move which should have Instagrammers all around the world worried, co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have decided to take their leave from the popular social media platform.With a short and sweet statement, Systrom has announced he and Krieger would be leaving the company they founded in 2010 to take a break and find themselves.While it might sound like the pair are readying their backpacks for a couple of months sipping beers and relaxing in hammocks, the wording does not suggest the Facebook business is in a particularly healthy state.“We’re planning on taking some time off to explore our curiosity and creativity again.Building new things requires that we step back, understand what inspires us and match that with what the world needs; that’s what we plan to do.”This of course might mean nothing in particular, though it does seem to suggest the pair need to move elsewhere to flex their creative muscles.
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Now, imagine that every car within your line of sight is a GTI-badged Volkswagen.That’s precisely what we experienced while driving to the GTI Coming Home event held in Wolfsburg, Germany.The Golf-based cars – all seven generations of them – ruled the roost but every member of the GTI family came out to play on this warm late-summer day.We took it all in from the driver’s seat of a brand-new, fully-stock Polo GTI, a sub-Golf model not sold in the United States.It’s tuned to make 255 horsepower – 55 more than stock – and it spins the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.It wasn’t the shiny red paint that made it stand out; we spotted much wilder colors while meandering through the endless rows of cars, including purple and neon orange.
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Tencent and PUBG Corp. announced details today for a tournament for the mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.Star Challenge will be a global event featuring teams of professional gamers, internet personalities, and celebrities.Teams will be competing for a prize pool of $600,000, and the finals will take place in Dubai toward the end of the year.PUBG helped popularize the battle royale genre when it became a hit on PC last year, and the mobile versions on iOS and Android have expanded the game’s audience.Esports events such as Star Challenge should help promote the game, grow an audience, and attract sponsors.Esports is becoming a significant sector in gaming.
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Google is likely to release a Chromebook – dubbed Nocturne – alongside the new Pixel phones on October 9, and thanks to AboutChromebooks, we have an idea what it will look like.The blog found images of the product with two ChromeOS tablet keyboards from Brydge.Nocturne is likely to sport two USB-C type ports.One of them can be seen near the bottom left of the screen in the image; the other being on the right side.The device The screen is said to support a resolution of 2,400 x 1,600 pixels – same as the current Pixelbook.Another image indicates the presence of a fingerprint sensor on the top – in line with a fingerprint enrolment image found in the Chrome OS code, a few days ago.
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EU-kommissionen har inlett en granskning av hur Amazon använder data från sina återförsäljare.”Det finns en risk att Amazon regleras hårdare framåt”, säger Niklas Lundin, fondförvaltare på Handelsbanken.På sin plattform säljer Amazon både egna produkter och varor från tredjepartshandlare.EU:s misstänker att Amazon har dragit nytta av data från andra e-handlare för att sätta egna konkurrerande produkter på marknaden.Men frågan är om de också använder den för att göra egna kalkyler”, säger Margrethe Vestager, EU:s konkurrenskommissionär.Hon pekar på att Amazon kan ha dragit stora fördelar av att ha tillgång till information som andra e-handlare har genererat.
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More than 200,000 environmentally-conscious California drivers are ticked off.Many early adopter low emission vehicle (LEV) and zero emission vehicle (ZEV) drivers in California will lose their right to use highway carpool lanes as of January 1, 2019, the L.A.Times reports.An “Access OK – Clean Air Vehicle” decal that allows solo drivers to travel in less crowded High Occupancy Vehicle (HOW) lanes otherwise restricted to vehicles with multiple passengers is one of the greatest perks for buying LEVs and ZEVs in California.The Golden State provides generous financial benefits to clean ride buyers, but faster transport on the state’s infamously traffic-clogged highways has a greater appeal than rebates or credits for many.The LA Times cited a UCLA study that “found the ability to drive alone in a carpool lane or a toll lane is the ‘single biggest incentive’ for Californians to buy a zero-emission vehicle if they live within 10 miles of such a lane.”The decal program originated in 2012, but now the HOV lanes are too crowded, according to the state.
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Telecoms.com periodically invites expert third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues.We have seen some exciting recent progress in technology:5G has become truly mobile with the first transmission of a 3GPP 5G NR Layer 3 call.A 5G signal has been successfully sent to a receiver situated in a moving vehicle with seamless handoff of the signal from one radio sector to another.Beamforming based on massive arrays of controllable antenna elements is a key enabler for 5G’s superior spectral efficiency, boosting the capacity of radio networks.5G cuts across the entire network
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