Robert Slater

Robert Slater

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Historically, Twitter has done a poor job of protecting its users from incessant abuse and threats.In a bid to curb the rampant harassment on its service, however, Twitter announced today that it’s buying Smyte, a San Francisco-based startup that aimed to help companies curb spam, fraud, and abuse online.As part of the acquisition, Smyte says it is shutting down its business, effective immediately.According to Smyte’s archived homepage, the company provided its services to companies like TaskRabbit, Meetup, GoFundMe, and Quora.It used a combination of machine learning and human moderators to identify and categorize user activity involving spam, profanity, and fraud.“The health of the conversation on Twitter remains our top priority and we’re looking forward to approaching this work with an expanded team and new technology,” Twitter said in its announcement of the acquisition.
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Xiaomi has taken to Weibo to tease the Lake Blue variant of the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro.Sibling to the Redmi 6 and 6A the 6 Pro is all set to be unveiled alongside the Mi Pad 4 on the 25th of this month, a mere three days from now.The phone will be available in a variety of colors, Rose Gold, Sand Gold, Lake Blue, Black and Flame Red.The phone sports all the gimmicks you would find on a phone made in 2018.There’s a full screen display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, dual cameras on the back and will probably feature face unlock.The fingerprint scanner sits on the back.
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In many cases, blockchain startups managed to raise millions of dollars by introducing nothing more than a conceptual whitepaper, a flashy website, a promo video and a team of veteran engineers.However, this wasn’t without troubles and controversies, especially as the crypto industry is still highly unregulated.And let’s not forget that the landscape was marked with fraud and exit scams.A trend worth watching in 2018 is that of reverse ICOs, the process in which non-blockchain companies move from centralized structures to tokenized business models.BigChainDB’s Trent McConaghy provides an excellent description of the reverse ICO and tokenization process.First, the company runs the reverse ICO, in which it issues tokens on the blockchain to replace its shares.
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In addition to the high-end positioning P and Mate series flagships, Huawei’s Nova series with a stylish look and mainstream performance in the mid-market is welcomed by young customers.A third-gen Nova model has already launched in face of the Huawei Nova 3e.Now it’s the turn of the original variant, the Huawei Nova 3.Today, it became known this handset is going to release in July.The selling point of this smartphone will be the Kirin 710 that will debut with the Nova 3.Of course, the Huawei Kirin 710 will be a mid-range chip.
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It seems like we’re hearing of a new data breach each month, giving companies transitioning to the cloud plenty reason to feel vulnerable.Using two-factor authentication and, where unique, cycled temporary passwords are sent to a device tend to be much safer for remote usage and security protocol.We recommend all of our clients who are storing sensitive information in the cloud to get a cybersecurity insurance policy to help protect them if there is a malicious attack on their company’s data.As a web-based healthcare company with access to PHI protected by federal law, security is paramount to customer confidence in our solutions.– Amanda Elms, Metis Genetics, LLCCloud storage services that offer local data encryption provides two levels of security.
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The “garage” conjures an image of bootstrap dynamism and success, so much so that a very prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm headed by co-founder Guy Kawasaki has been christened Garage Technology Ventures.With a seed capital of Rs 10000 (less than $200), entrepreneur Kiran Mazumdar Shaw set up a company which today has revenues inching towards the half a billion-dollar mark.The garage metaphor operates at both the level of the entrepreneurial psyche, as well as at a subtler and important level, in terms of the role that the “garage” plays in the entrepreneurial process.The garage as a goalFirst, the “garage” represents an inspirational ideal.In strategic terms, the location and the cost of the ‘incubator’ can be far more important than the actual size, the condition or the elegance of the place.
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Finding yourself frustrated once you get to that final circle only to be surrounded by rockets, shotguns and continuous, unchecked building?Epic is looking at how it can help players counter that play style, detailing upcoming changes in a blog post, published Thursday."You should be able to find Victory Royales through multiple strategies," Epic explained."It's important to support a variety of late game strategies, that don't boil down to 'just build lol'."is the reason I, personally, am a total amateur when it comes to Fortnite.The crux of the changes will enable players to counter others in combat -- especially in late-game scenarios which tend to be dominated by excessive building and powerful shotguns.
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Fresh out of VidCon, YouTube has announced new features specifically for its content creators, not the least of which is the ability to play pre-recorded videos during livestreams.YouTube calls these “Premieres,” presenting them as a way to offer existing content as live content for ushering in a planned livestreaming event.Until now, YouTube creators could schedule a livestream and their audience would have to wait for it to start.Premieres change that, offering a way to show videos before the actual livestream starts.Creators can use this as a opportunity to help everyone get up-to-date on what they may have missed, to introduce the context for the video, or just to keep viewers entertained while they wait.Viewers can chat with each other during these premieres, as demonstrated in the video above.
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BROOKLYN, New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018 - An international team of university researchers today reports solving a major fabrication challenge for perovskite cells -- the intriguing potential challengers to silicon-based solar cells.These crystalline structures show great promise because they can absorb almost all wavelengths of light.Perovskite solar cells are already commercialized on a small scale, but recent vast improvements in their power conversion efficiency (PCE) are driving interest in using them as low-cost alternatives for solar panels.In the cover article published online today for the June 28, 2018 issue of Nanoscale, a publication of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the research team reveals a new scalable means of applying a critical component to perovskite cells to solve some major fabrication challenges.The researchers were able to apply the critical electron transport layer (ETL) in perovskite photovoltaic cells in a new way -- spray coating -- to imbue the ETL with superior conductivity and a strong interface with its neighbor, the perovskite layer.The research is led by André D. Taylor, an associate professor in the NYU Tandon School of Engineering's Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, with Yifan Zheng, the first author on the paper and a Peking University researcher.
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The company is about to introduce a big change to the way it works, one that will no doubt upset some subscribers.Starting in July, MoviePass will charge a small fee to see movies that it deems as high-demand, a sort of surge pricing apparently intended to help reduce demand during peak times.The fees will start at $2 and depend on the movie.This is one of multiple changes coming to MoviePass, according to Business Insider, which got the information from company CEO Mitch Lowe.It seems the fee will be a relatively rare thing, targeting blockbuster movies during moments of high demand, such as Friday night and the weekend.By charging this, MoviePass hopes to drive more mid-week traffic to their theater partners.
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Here’s some exciting news for Motorola fans: the Moto Z3 Play, which was revealed at the beginning of the month, has gone up for pre-order.As you’d expect, the phone is available to order directly through Motorola, but you might also want to have a look as Amazon.The massive online retailer has revealed that the Moto Z3 Play, along with the less expensive Moto G6 Play, will be offered as Prime Exclusive phones.Usually, that would mean fairly attractive discounts on those devices, and in the case of the Z3 Play at least, that holds true.Amazon is offering the Moto Z3 Play for $449.99, $50 less than Motorola’s own price tag of $499.99.It isn’t a huge discount, but still, it’s hard to complain about having an extra $50 in your bank account.
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For more than a year leading up to the May 25 deadline, thought leaders from around the globe buzzed about its impact in the European Union and beyond.Now that GDPR has gone into effect, the biggest concerns should be its potential restrictiveness and cost to implement, which has been and continues to be extraordinarily high, versus the perceived harm it seeks to prevent.In its most aggressive interpretation, GDPR could result in less technological innovation, less free content and fewer jobs.GDPR will impact the EU the most, followed by a cascading impact on the internet economy across the world.With very little to no economic or anti-competitive research done prior to enacting this legislation based on fundamental human rights versus actual harm to consumers, we have all entered into the largest social and economic experiment in modern global history.Over the past 10-plus years, I’ve been involved in helping organizations use commercial ad technology to help communities around the world, and this is an area that could be taking steps backward as GDPR stands today.
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Last month vivo launched the vivo X21 in China which is one of the earliest smartphones to come with an onscreen fingerprint sensor.Now, the company has officially launched the glare red colour variant in Taiwan.This smartphone comes with a NT$16,990 (3600 Yuan/$554) price tag.It is equipped with a 6.28-inch screen with a display resolution of 2280 × 1080 pixels and ultra-thin bezels.These thin bezels ensure that it achieves a 90.3% screen-to-body ratio, and the back is made of 3D glass.vivo X21 also supports facial recognition and it can record 1024 facial features which helps it to swiftly unlock the device.
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Field trials of Fujitsu's prototype exascale post-K supercomputer CPU have begun.The post-K exascale (1,000 petaFLOPS) system project was started by Fujitsu and Japanese research institute RIKEN in October 2014.It followed the successful development of the K supercomputer, a 10.5 petaFLOPS system with 705,000 Sparc64 V111fx cores.The K project began in 2006 and the system was delivered in 2012.Fujitsu and RIKEN expect to deliver an operational system around 2021.The Arm8A-SVE (Scalable Vector Extension) 512bit CPU architecture has been used as the base for the post-K CPU.
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With World Wifi Day taking place this week, it seemed like a perfectly appropriate time to catch-up with Tiago Rodrigues, General Manager of the Wireless Broadband Alliance to discuss the work taking place to take wifi to the next level.Despite being a critical component of the connectivity ecosystem, public wifi has never seemed to meet expectations, Rodrigues hopes this is going to change in the future.“Wifi is a technology which has the potential to connect the unconnected and close the digital divide,” Rodrigues said.The main issue here seems to be customer experience.Many users, your correspondent included, choose to turn off wifi on devices while out and about, relying on 4G for a more reliable experience.For those who have unlimited or generous data tariffs this is a perfectly feasible option, though for some, it is not.
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Four solid gold nights of Ed Sheeran singing his song about that woman's body are to bring chaos to the people of Bristol, with drivers warned that the M4 and M5 and all their glorious associated interchanges might be clogged more than usual because of all the people heading in to see the singer's shows.Sheeran's doing a mini residency at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, hence regional gridlock is predicted.And because his fans have to be home in bed and sharing emoticons on their telephones quite early, the shows opens the doors at 5pm; the exact time you don't want tens of thousands of people who probably can't drive very well to be heading onto motorways.We have no evidence suggesting that Ed Sheeran fans can't drive very well, by the way, it just feels like it's probably the case that liking Ed Sheeran ought to be enough to get you banned from taking a motorised vehicle onto anything higher than a B road.Gareth Price from Highways England's emergency planning unit said the roads were bad enough when the Rolling Stones played the stadium last week, and now there are roadworks and it's Ed Sheeran fans who probably wobble their Vauxhall Corsas across lanes all the time, so be careful out there.
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Hangar18, a company from Koprivnica, Croatia has presented its products for the first time at the biggest ICT fair – CEBIT, held in the German town of Hannover.The devices that were presented were NOA smartphones and new NOA Vision smart TVs.CEBIT has been the world’s biggest IT exhibition for a long number of years, held by the Deutsche Messe organization, and is attracting exhibitors and visitors from all over the world.There were over 2.800 companies at the fair, 370 of them startups from Europe, Africa, and Asia.Over 600 speakers held talks on 10 stages.Hangar18 has presented itself at the CeBIT fair in the gsmExchange Trade Zone space in hall 12, which has gathered over 80 exhibitors from all over the world.
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With loads of apps and other productivity software promising to handle all of your various Mac needs, it’s tough to tell which ones actually have the goods to back up all that talk.So, when you see an app with credentials like Top Paid App, 2015 App of the Year, an Editors’ Choice honor and a stellar 4.6 out of 5 stars from over 1,100 reviews in the Mac App Store, you should probably pay attention.That app is PDF Expert for Mac — and right now, it’s on sale for more than half off at $24.99 from TNW Deals.Love ‘em or hate ‘em, PDFs are still the preferred format of choice for bouncing documents back and forth across the web.Since no pre-installed Mac software is up to that task, PDF Expert allows you to do all the editing necessary on a PDF document, whether you’ve created one yourself or received one from others.If you just need to handle a simple duty like adding or changing text, images or links, PDF Expert has you covered.
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BlackBerry is focusing on luring in more channel partners and developers to maintain growth, CEO John Chen told shareholders at the company's AGM.Chen has stabilised the business and jettisoned the devices unit that gave the company its name.Margins now reflect those of an enterprise software company – in the 70 per cents, compared to the 30-somethings when Chen joined the company in 2013, he said.Analysts expect a one-off fall in the results for the most recent quarter, due to be announced on Friday, but to rise after that.BlackBerry remains a curious amalgamation of secure enterprise productivity and communications, the result of a merger with arch-rival Good, an embedded OS unit, and an IP licensing unit that gets most of the headlines.BlackBerry clawed back $940m from Qualcomm a year ago, and is aggressively going after Facebook.
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Disgruntled former employee alleged to have hacked IT system and transferred sensitive data to third partyElectric car maker Telsa is suing a former worker, after it alleged he hacked into their IT systems and passed sensitive data to “third parties.”It comes after company chief executive Elon Musk earlier this week sent out an email in which he accused an employee of carrying out “extensive and damaging sabotage” against the firm.Telsa is currently a company dealing with a number of issues at the moment, including a record quarterly loss of almost $710m in the first three months of the year.Indeed, Telsa has reportedly not made an annual profit since it was formed nearly 15 years ago.The ongoing losses had prompted Musk to last week announce that 9 percent of Tesla’s workforce would be made redundant.
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