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More than a year ago, Sundar Pichai took the helm at Google.While Larry Page is still CEO of Google's parent company, Alphabet, Pichai has the incredibly important job of making sure that the company's core businesses and cash cow stay strong.So who is Pichai and how did he scale the ranks to get one of the most important jobs at one of the most important companies in the world?Here's his story.Jillian D'Onfro contributed to an earlier version of this article.
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Sony intended PlayStation Vita to be a handheld on which high-end, console-like games would flourish.It worked quickly to bring first-party series Uncharted and Killzone to the platform, but it never took off, slowly becoming less and less of a priority for the company.Those who did buy it were often left frustrated at the lack of releases, but eventually it became apparent that Vita was an excellent device for smaller, budget third-party and indie titles.With Cross-Play and Cross-Buy allowing PS4 games to support the device with ease, suddenly Vita became a popular port of call for indies.Vita's meagre sales meant this didn't take off, but the handheld's only real use could be something Nintendo turns into a compelling reason to own a Nintendo Switch.It supports high-end, traditionally home-console games such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Just Dance and Skyrim, but with the option to also play them on the move.
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Last night was a bit of a nightmare commute for thousands of Londoners, after both the Westminster and Waterloo Bridges were closed off by police following the discovery of an old World War II bomb in the Thames - just meters away from the Houses of Parliament.It was found by a dredger operating in the Thames near the Victoria Embankment.When the discovery was made, the Royal Navy's bomb disposal experts were called from Portsmouth's Southern Diving Unit 2, and the bridges were closed as a precaution rather than an active threat.Luckily for Londoners though, Hitler wasn't able to get the last laugh as the bomb - a German SD 50kg bomb - was presumably carefully towed along the river to Tilbury - where it was finally safely detonated at around 6am.It was a long night for me and the team but this is exactly what we are trained for so it was a successful operation, although it was a little surreal carrying out our job right next to the Houses of Parliament, the Navy press releases quotes Lieutenant Mike St Pierre, the officer who led the bomb disposal team on scene, as saying.So it all worked out okay - but it does mean that the person who is literally responsible for your bus being massively delayed last night was none other than Adolf Hitler himself.
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Here are the games that made the most of the year.The NPD Group has released its list of the 10 best-selling games of 2016.And, yes, shooters and sports titles continue to dominate the industry.The list includes physical sales and some digital for PC games it includes Steam, but not other digial stores like Origin .Once again, Call of Duty is at the top of the list.The shooter franchise has dominated the industry since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare came out in 2007.In fact, Call of Duty shows up twice on this list, with last year s Black Ops III ranking at No.8.Electronic Art s big shooter of the year, Battlefield 1, wasn t far behind at No.This year s entry took a risk by using a World War I setting, which is a rarity for gaming.
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Apple has made its music editing software more robust.On Wednesday, Apple updated GarageBand for iOS and Pro Logic X for macOS, giving users the ability to share projects between the two music editing apps via iCloud File Sharing.This means that users can record music and share the recordings over the cloud to be edited in either app.Previously, you could import GarageBand recordings into Logic Pro X, but not vice versa.GarageBand has been designed to be more consumer-friendly, whereas Logic Pro X caters to the pro level.In addition, GarageBand 2.2 for iOS got a redesigned sound browser, multi-take recording, and advanced studio effects like distortion and pitch correction.
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If you don t like Donald Trump s use of Twitter, you re not alone.Most Americans believe that the president-elect s constant use of Twitter is a bad idea, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll.Sixty-nine percent of adults agreed with the statement that Trump s use of Twitter is bad because in an instant, messages can have unintended major implications without careful review, the WSJ said Wednesday.But 26 percent agreed that his tweeting was a good thing because it allows a president to directly communicate to people immediately.Among Republicans, 47 percent think his use of Twitter is bad, while 46 percent think it is good.Two-thirds of independents and 89 percent of Democrats agree with the 47 percent of the Republicans.The poll results come after Trump just said that he plans to continue tweeting from his personal Twitter account after he officially becomes president, singing the praises of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as a way for him to reach the masses directly without having to deal with the pesky media.The tweeting, I thought I d do less of it, but I m covered so dishonestly by the press, Trump told the press — in this case, the Sunday Times in London.He also seems to relish that he could make news by tweeting.and they put it on and as soon as I tweet it out — this morning on television, Fox — Donald Trump, we have breaking news.
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I Ekots lördagsintervju avslöjade SVT:s vd Hanna Stjärne att norska succé-serien Skam, som har fått ett enormt genomslag digitalt, just passerat julkalendern som deras största serie genom tiderna.De senaste veckorna har SKAM helt försvunnit från mätningstjänsten MMS som hanterar traditionella kanalers tittarsiffror .Det tidigare rekordet är från julkalendern Selma.Genomsnittligt tittande baserat på tittartid/programmets längd Julkalendern har en fördel i att avsnitten är korta, bara knappa 14 minuter, vilket gör att det viktiga måttet "genomsnittlig webbpublik" lättare bli högt.Så låt oss jämföra det med Skam, serien som SVT nu menar är deras rekordprogram.
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Burnt, stuck-on food may seem like a dishwasher s worst nightmare but, with the help of baking soda, it can be removed super easily without any scrubbing at all.Watch the above video—which actually features three kitchen-cleaning tips—for the visual, but there s not a whole lot to this method.Just cover the offending charred mess with baking soda, add water, and bring it to a boil.Stir everything with a wooden spoon to free any stubborn bits, dump it out, and rinse.
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Sweden wants to be and is in many ways outstanding when it comes to advanced services and technologies, and has a population with regular access to the internet.Digitisation has developed into a kind of technological modernization process, similar to the last century urbanisation and individualisation.as the whole society is changing and becoming more digital, automated and global change also the labour market and workers ' behavior and needs.this Trend places strict requirements on employers who must find the courage to turn about and challenge their organizations to change and to follow the developments.Otherwise they will not attract future workers.the municipality of Nacka have realised that digitisation is not just an interest but a practical necessity, and has long since been in a digitisation process be interpreted with a good attitude towards changes that lead to improvement and efficiency.
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That's the impression we got from oneInterview With the demise of Bitcasa, EMC selling off Syncplicity, and so forth, the enterprise file sync and share market might appear moribund.What s happened is a trend of consolidation plus an addition of functionality for other content functions.Now, three years later, vendors who seemed to have a promising future are disappearing - Bitcasa, Hightail YouSendIt , Syncplicity, and more.So IT started leveraging EFSS beyond the core value prop and into content consolidation, optimising old storage vendor footprints read EMC, NTAP etc , tying in with other cloud apps Salesforce, Docusign etc , Governance - and EFSS needed to evolve into a platform play.It is not hard to understand why many have not survived as their simple architecture is extremely difficult to retrofit or reverse-engineer.
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You could think of it as Toastmasters for diverse professionals.Amplifying Voices is a program where veteran professionals in the game, virtual reality, or augmented reality industries train new people who are up and comers.Last year, the group of six coaches quietly trained 36 people among the developer, artist, and programming communities, giving them a little more polish and poise when speaking publicly or to the media.The organizers think that Amplifying New voices is even more important in the current political climate.The workshop takes place on February 26 in San Francisco, just a few days before the Game Developers Conference.ANV s goal is to cultivate and train applicants in how to be spokespeople and role models in the industry.Specifically the participants will work with mentors to hone their PR, public speaking and presentation skills.They will also be introduced to many members of the industry and will be encouraged to work on their community building.If your application is accepted, besides attending the workshop, you will also get a pass to the Game Developers Conference, and you will be given a stipend to help pay for your flight and hotel.In order to be eligible for acceptance into the workshop, you will need to meet the following criteria:The applications or nominations are January 30, 2017.
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Kesko nielaisi pitkään tappiota tehneen Suomen Lähikaupan viime vuoden aikana.Vuodenvaihde ei ole juurikaan kirkastanut näkymiä.Kesko käynnisti yt-neuvottelut, Seppälä-ketju sulkee liikkeitä ja Hong Kong -ketju hakeutuu velkasaneeraukseen.Raju hintakilpailu voikin olla kuolinisku.Nyt sama musta aukko yrittää nielaista Hong Kongin.Hong Kong on halpatavarataloketju, joka myy muun muassa työkaluja, kalastustarvikkeita ja asumisen tuotteita.
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Cities are at their calmest as dawn breaks, but it won't last for longOver the next four weeks, BBC News will be offering a snapshot of the day in the life of a city - looking at how technology is transforming our urban landscapes, now and in the future.We will look at how technology is improving the morning commute, what it is doing to make our working day better, how it will transform our evening's entertainment and what goes on at night in the smart cities that increasingly never sleep.Some people dream of getting to work via a jetpack"Jetpacks will be part of future cities," Peter Coker, vice-president of innovation at KuangChi Science, Martin Aircraft Company's major Chinese shareholder.But, according to Michael Read, who is one of only two test pilots who have actually flown the jetpack, it will be worth it.
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Australia has a kitty problem, and it s not the cat scratched up the couch.It s that feral cats roam 99.8 percent of the country—cats cover more Australian land than internet access does.To alleviate the problem, officials from Parks Victoria are, uh, feeding the cats KFC.But also maybe embezzling public money.On Monday Victoria s environment minister, Lily D Ambrosio, announced an external auditor would undertake an independent review of Parks Victoria s credit card transactions over the past four years.The investigation was prompted by a large number of credit card transactions and credit cards available to Parks Victoria staff, the minister said.
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A very good horse named Kruzah was kind enough to demonstrate the proper way to utilise a rubber chicken, as evidenced in the video below.The lovely thing about Kruzah s goodness that it is infinite: the precious horsey has also made instructional videos detailing the best way to operate a big silver ball, a toy named Pokey and a rubber ducky.
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Parliament is set to examine UK's cybersecurity defences.A committee of MPs and peers is to investigate the UK's vulnerability to online attacks and hackers as part of a review of the nation's cybersecurity strategy.The launch of the inquiry by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy comes days after US intelligence agencies issued a report into hacking and other cyberattacks during the 2016 presidential election campaign and pointed the finger squarely at Russia.The National Security Strategy committee wants to determine what measures need to be taken to ensure that the country can protect itself from cyberattacks against government, businesses and critical national infrastructure and "exploitation of the cyber domain by other states"."The internet has changed our daily lives almost beyond recognition from the way we communicate, to the way we trade and the way government provides services to citizens," said chair of the committee Margaret Beckett."However, while the digital revolution has opened up a whole host of opportunities, it has also created new vulnerabilities.
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Industrial Technology Research Institute visar upp sitt avancerade visuella system för robotar med en schackspelande baristabot.Nu kan ni hitta er IT-kompetens iVar hittar vi en schackspelande baristabot om inte på CES-mässan i Las Vegas?Den något udda kombinationen är Industrial Technology Research Institutes val när de kommer till mässan för att visa sitt avancerade visuella styrsystem för robotar.Företagets robot använder kameror och maskininlärning för att varsamt hantera små föremål med precision, som till exempel schackpjäser och kaffekoppar.Med tanke på att moderna datorspelare i princip är omöjliga att besegra i schack kanske det var smart av ITRI att mildra förnedringen hos besökarna i montern med fika.
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CES HDR, High Dynamic Range, börjar äntligen hitta till datorskärmarna.På CES i Las Vegas kollar M3.se närmare på Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ, som förutom HDR även kör med G-sync, 4k, direkt backlight och 144 Hz i en ljuvlig IPS-panel.
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Construction sites can be dangerous places.And while recent advancements in safety technology have done a lot to help protect workers, there hasn t been as much focus on protecting the site itself from things like fire, water and mold damage.Any of these three risks can cost construction companies or insurance companies millions of dollars in damages, and are the biggest causes for loss in construction damage.Pillar Technologies, a New York-based startup competing in TechCrunch s CES Hardware Battlefield 2017 has a solution.The company has developed smart sensors for construction sites, as well as a backend system to turn all the data collected from the sensors into a system that gives both real-time alerts and long-term analysis of the risk level for these accidents.ft. of building space.These sensors can detect temperature, humidity, dust particulates, pressure, noise vibration and volatile organic compounds which arise from an overload of varnish or paint .
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The biggest takeaway from CES this year is that soon your entire house will be connected to the internet.It s not just that every appliance in your house will have a Wi-Fi connection at least if manufacturers like LG and Samsung have anything to say about it .A smart fridge that talks backLG showed off a new Wi-Fi refrigerator that responds to voice commands, thanks to Alexa, and can even order groceries for you.The fridge has a giant 29-inch touchscreen, which lets you browse recipes, watch videos, add notes for family members, scroll through photo albums—you know, standard fridge functions.There s no pricing or availability information for LG s Smart InstaView refrigerator, but expect it to be $$$.
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