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Dynamics 365 users will be able to draw on LinkedIn sales data in the first fruit of Microsoft’s £20bn acquisition of the social networkMicrosoft is to give users of its Dynamics 365 sales tool direct access to LinkedIn’s database of 500 million people, in the first major feature to spring from the company’s $26 billion (£20bn) acquisition of the business social network last year.The feature will use artificial intelligence to suggest ways of strengthening the user’s position on a deal, for instance bringing in a colleague who is connected to the potential customer on LinkedIn.“Sales Navigator with Dynamics 365 will dramatically increase the effectiveness of salespeople by tapping into their professional networks and relationships, giving them the ability to improve their pipeline,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president for the Cloud and Enterprise Group at Microsoft, in a blog post announcing the feature.The company is also to allow Dynamics 365 users to search for new staff using LinkedIn’s Recruiter and Learning features, Guthrie said.Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said he sees such features drawing on LinkedIn’s massive database of user data as key to developing Microsoft’s cloud-based business software in the face of stiff competition.
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Nintendo may never release the prototype it made for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in the style of the original NES game, but a fan just has.A developer, who goes by the named WinterDrake, has released Breath of the NES for free on the Itch.io game-distribution platform.This is a remake of a prototype that Nintendo showed off during a presentation at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference.As part of that event, Nintendo gave a talk about the creation of its latest mega-hit, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (read our review), and the game’s developers revealed how they tested the ideas for the physics and other systems by first testing them in the 8-bit style of The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System.Now, fans can get a test of what that’s like in a fan version.Like in Breath of the Wild for Switch and Wii U, Breath of the NES features a physics system, multiple weapons, and a ton of items to pick up.You can chop down trees, set fire to a field of grass, and cook elixirs.But like in the prototype that Nintendo demonstrated at GDC, this fan game uses a top-down perspective and low-pixel count with shadows behind the characters for a slight parallax-3D sensation.It’s a striking look for anyone who has fondness for the first game in the series.https://twitter.com/WinterDrakeDev/status/856535420024246272I’ve asked Nintendo for a comment.
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Där Zipp är en rejäl högtalare för hemmabruk är Mini mer i storlek som UE Megaboom.Tack vare det rimligt kraftiga batteriet är den portabel nog för att platsa i testet.Det här är högtalare som vill synas och man kan till och med köpa nya tyger och klä om högtalaren.Tyget gör dock att den är raka motsatsen till Megaboom i fråga om tålighet och man ska definitivt inte ta med den till stranden.Den är inte heller lätt att ladda i farten då den har en specialladdare.
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What is your favourite way to acquire new clients for marketing/creative services?(the most cost/effort effective, brings in higher quality clients) Tell us about your winning process in more detail in comments.I am just curious to know what other people do.
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eSports is on the brink of becoming a billion-dollar industry.While in Asia, it was recently announced that eSports would become a medal event at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.Despite eSports’ swift audience growth, when it comes to brand sponsorships, the industry is lagging behind and investment is largely driven by partnerships with other sports properties and leagues.If you look at the current state of play, teams as varied as the Miami Heat, Manchester United, West Ham and the Philadelphia 76ers – who recently purchased eSports franchise Team Dignitas – are investing heavily in players and teams in this space.For them, it’s a chance to grow and develop fan bases, while also creating new and appealing assets to sell to current and future corporate partners.But for the market to really mature, the various games and leagues within the eSports umbrella need more brand partnership opportunities.
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That's what enterprise IT people in the Open Networking User Group have discovered Last year, public cloud providers persuaded C-level executives to move significant corporate workloads to the cloud, but the tools weren't there to make it work, said Nick Lippis, co-founder and co-chairman of ONUG.So the user group, which includes IT executives from hundreds of enterprises, chose building hybrid cloud infrastructure as its focus for this year.It will be the main topic at ONUG Spring 2017, taking place next week in San Francisco.ONUG's mission is to steer the IT industry toward open technologies that meet the real needs of enterprises and help the industry develop them.A year ago, at ONUG Spring 2016, the group focused on SD-WANs (software-defined wide-area networks), which automate connections between central and remote sites in an enterprise.They had to find a way to extend that out to public clouds, and there they found new challenges.
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Every few months now, a good obit goes viral.Val Patterson of Salt Lake City used his own 2012 obit as a confessional: "As it turns out, I AM the guy who stole the safe from the Motor View Drive Inn back in June, 1971."Chris Connors' 2016 obit reveals the Maine man's "regrets were few, but include eating a rotisserie hot dog from an unmemorable convenience store in the summer of 1986."When Pat Stocks of Toronto died in 2015, her son Sandy used her obit to list the old TVs and knick-knacks his mom left behind, noting that if anyone wanted them, "You should wait the appropriate amount of time and get in touch.We've come a long way from the days when obituaries were simple lists of survivors, college degrees and charities to which memorial donations could be sent.Today, whether an obituary is straightforward or silly, it has a reach far beyond just the subscribers of the deceased's hometown newspaper.
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Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty disagrees with other Apple analysts mostly on one estimate: what the average selling price of an iPhone will be next year.Huberty writes in a research note distributed on Thursday that she estimates the average iPhone will sell for $753 in 2018, which is significantly higher than the Street's consensus of $675.Apple is believed to be launching a high-end iPhone this fall that is rumored to cost as much as $1,000.This year's iPhone could have a "more power efficient OLED display, wireless charging, 3D sensors, and a new curved form factor," according to Huberty.Apple is also increasingly selling more iPhone 7 Plus models, which have a bigger screen than the iPhone 7 and cost over $100 more.Both of these trends point Huberty's models to a more expensive average selling price for iPhones in the future.Ultimately, Huberty sees a "clear path to supercycle," which is the investor belief that a built-up group of people hanging onto older phones are ready to upgrade as soon as Apple launches a new, desirable iPhone model.
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When Apple released the iPhone 6s in 2015, the company also introduced Live Photos, a picture that, when you tap it on your iPhone, becomes a 1.5 second video clip.It’s a fun feature, but it has limitations.It’s not easy to post a Live Photo on the web, for example.Nearly two years after Live Photos made its debut, Apple has finally revealed the Live Photo API.The API makes it easier for developers to post Live Pictures to the web or to add Live Pictures support in an app.Apple’s developer website features details on a software development kit for building apps for iOS, macOS, and tvOS.
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Twitch recently announced plans to introduce two new subscription tiers – on top of the existing $4.99 tier – that’ll let partners offer additional perks to their most loyal subscribers (and of course, generate additional income).Twitch Product Marketing Director Annie Berrones said they’ll soon offer a $9.99 monthly subscription as well as a $24.99 subscription.Perks include the ability to send a custom message to the community upon first subscribing, gaining access to additional emotes (if provided by a partner) and the option to participate in “subscriber roles” within the Twitch App (again, if offered by a particular partner).Berrones points out that subscribing also helps a partner unlock new emotes faster as a $9.99 sub is worth two subscriber counts and a $24.99 sub is worth six (the more subscribers a partner has, the more emotes they can unlock).I’m not big into Twitch but apparently these emotes are a big deal.Initially, the new tiers will only be available on partnered channels that opt into the beta (it will be a rolling beta with new channels added weekly).
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De klassiska it-konsulterna, de globala revisionsjättarna samt stora managementkonsulthus har alla fått mersmak på den världen.Jonathan Pettersson, vd på Making Waves/Great Works, säger så här om den utmaning som väntar i form av exempelvis Capgemini, Accenture, PwC eller McKinsey.Vi tror att det även framåt kommer att finns plats för många olika sorters aktörer men det vi tar med oss in i konkurrensen är många års erfarenhet av att identifiera, utveckla och lansera digitala produkter och tjänster.Man måste anamma lite av den mentalitet som startups har, det handlar inte bara om bra insikter och bra idéer, man måste också få ut något handfast och konkret, säger han.– Alla som ska lyckas måste skapa en miljö där smarta människor trivs och vill jobba.Att man väljer oss framför de stora konsultjättarna beror på att man drivs av att få göra mer än själva strategin.
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F8 2017 Facebook has open sourced Caffe2, the toolbox of deep-learning software its own developers use to train AI models and build apps.Caffe2 appears to be product driven, and is geared towards deploying machine-learning systems into smartphone applications and onto large-scale clusters.It differs from PyTorch, another software framework from Facebook that is more research oriented as it allows programmers to experiment with different neural network architectures more easily.Using AI in production is tricky, and Caffe2, written in a mix of Python and C , tries to alleviate the pain.Facebook has been working with Nvidia to integrate Caffe2 into the graphics chip giant's deep-learning developer libraries so the framework can take advantage of hardware acceleration on Nv's GPUs.We're told, for example, Caffe2 is nippy on Facebook’s Big Basin OpenCompute AI servers that pack 64 Nvidia Tesla P100 GPUs.
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Hot on the heels of the news that Spotify is launching a shiny new Facebook Messenger bot, the music-streaming giant has now revealed that it’s expanding its student-focused Premium subscription discount to 33 new markets.Spotify first introduced its half-price student subscription back in 2014, kicking off in the U.S. before expanding into the U.K. and Germany, but today’s news represents a significant increase in the student subscription availability.New markets include Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, and Indonesia.The 50 percent discount applies to all registered students for each year of their study.But, of course, students must first verify that they are indeed students by registering here.For the initiative, Spotify says it has teamed up with SheerID, a company that specializes in verifying consumer eligibility.It’s worth noting here that Apple Music launched student discounts last year, kicking off with seven markets.Apple later expanded the offering to cover 32 regions, which by our calculations mean that Spotify now offers student discounts in four more markets than Apple does.For what that’s worth.Spotify recently announced that it has 50 million paying subscribers, and it finally succumbed to long-standing industry pressure by agreeing to allow artists to limit new albums to its Premium tier for up to two weeks.
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LeEco might be having a tough time managing it’s finances (and properties), but the brand is still not out.As they say, The Chinese giant has announced yet another product targeted at the consumer market.The new LeEco M1 power bank is what we’re talking about.Like almost every other LeEco product, this one too is pretty affordable.Join GizChina on TelegramAt $14 (99 yuan in China), the LeEco M1 power bank is packed 10,000mAh juice, but that’s not the most interesting aspect of the gadget.What you might find more worthy is the fact that the power bank features fast charging on both the USB ports that it features.
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Facebook is releasing a host of updates for its enterprise team solution so users can adapt it into their workflow.The company announced today that it’s now supporting file-sharing, eDiscovery, and compliance; expanding its live video capabilities to include professional cameras; and perhaps most significantly, opening up the doors to third-party bot makers.Since officially launching in 2016, Workplace has targeted the business world, similar to Slack, Cisco Spark, Yammer, and other team collaboration services.Highlighting interest among companies, Facebook revealed that more than 14,000 organizations are using Workplace — it declined to state how many individual users there were, though.Some of these companies include Discovery Communications, the Financial Times, Viacom, Starbucks, World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), Oxfam, and the government of Singapore.“What we’re seeing, as we bring this software that 1 billion people know how to use, into the workplace, it transforms [employees’] productivity and how they’re connected to colleagues,” explained Simon Cross, Workplace’s product manager.“It fundamentally changes the speed in which you can make decisions and the context you feel connected to a company’s mission.”Facebook has added support for file and document sharing, partnering with Microsoft, Salesforce, Quip, Box, and Dropbox to bring files from the cloud directly into Workplace.“We’re making it much easier to share, preview, and discuss records.”Employees can open up the native file picker, select a file, upload it, and have it transformed into a rich story that includes a preview for every image or page.
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Ten years ago, Facebook held the first F8 developer conference where its platform debuted.Since then, a myriad of tools have been released to allow developers to build websites, apps, and bots on top of the social network and its “graph” of data.This year, the company is launching a new initiative with the goal of empowering developers to help one another build on its platform.Called Developer Circles, this is a group program that brings together developers in local areas to not only build together, but also connect and learn from one another.Each chapter will have a forum on which members can share knowledge and ideas while also discussing the latest updates from Facebook and the rest of the industry.“One of the economic concepts applied to the developer community is [known as the] ‘multiplier effect,’ an idea that, for example, if you have a government, city, or municipality that’s investing in a road, etc., investment leads to people, commerce, trade, and more investment and trade.With Developer Circles, developers don’t have to directly rely on Facebook, but can reach a group of like-minded professionals for help.Through this, developers can converse with one another, find tutorials and educational resources powered by Udacity, and more.“We’re excited to provide a new learning opportunity to a developer ecosystem rich with talent and innovation.
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On Easter Sunday, 37-year-old Steve Stephens from Cleveland, Ohio, uploaded a video to Facebook which showed him shooting and killing a senior citizen at point blank range, on a sidewalk.The victim was identified by Cleveland Police as 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr.He is believed to have no connection or relation to Stephens, who, in a previous video, said he was driven to kill people by his girlfriend Joy Lane.He also claimed to have killed about a dozen more people, but that is yet to be verified.At the time of writing, Stephens remains at large, and police say he is armed and dangerous.A previous report indicated that Stephens livestreamed the murder on Facebook Live, but it was later found that he uploaded the video some time after filming it.
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TP-Link makes a strong entry into the whole-home Wi-Fi game with its Deco M5.A single Deco M5 might be all you really need for a studio apartment.As with all the mesh routers we’ve reviewed to date, the three nodes are functionally identical until you configure the system.A single multicolored LED on top indicates status (yellow for startup, blue for pairing, and green for normal operation).You won’t be able to plug in a storage device or printer and share them over your network, nor will you ever be able to plug in a USB Z-Wave or ZigBee dongle to use this router as a smart home hub.The Deco M5 is a dual-band, 2x2 (two spatial streams up, two spatial streams down), 802.11ac router offering maximum theoretical throughput of 400Mbps on the 2.4GHz frequency band and 867Mbps on the 5GHz band.
Finland
Kuntavaaleissa kävi tällä kertaa kaikille puolueille hyvin.Perussuomalaisille tuli selittelemättä sekä takkiin että turpaan, mutta henki jäi.Vanha samurai Timo Soini (ps) muistutti voittaneensa noin 16 vaalia.Kansanedustaja Arja Juvonen (ps) lisäsi tähän, että pidetään lippu korkealla, ja vaikka takkiin tulee, ei heitetä pyyhettä kehään, sillä kisa ratkeaa maalisuoralla ja joukkoja johdetaan edestä.Vihreät ei itsekään käsittänyt tulostaan, joka käänsi uuden lehden historiassa, koska koulutus, toivo, tasa-arvo, ihmisarvo, hyvinvointi, ympäristö ja tulevaisuus.Vihreät kampanjoi koulutuksella, koska siitähän kuntavaaleissa on kyse.
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Wordfence har gått ut med en varning för ett nytt allvarligt säkerhetshot.Det handlar om en ny metod för phishing som gör det möjligt att helt och hållet maskera den falska adressen, inklusive det gröna hänglåset som indikerar att du är på en säker sida.Bristen finns i senaste versionerna av Chrome, Firefox och Opera men inte i Safari eller Internet Explorer.Om du skriver in https://xn--e1awd7f.com/ i någon av de drabbade webbläsarna kommer du till en varningssida gjord av Wordfence, men titta i adressfältet: Det du ser är istället www.epic.com med ett grönt hänglås.Epic är ett företag i hälsobranschen, och Wordfence valde det för att visa hur en hackare kan göra en riktad attack för att komma över inloggningsuppgifter till känsliga system.Det här är möjligt på grund av något som kallas punycode och går ut på att förvandla ascii-kodad unicode i webbadresser.
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