Samuel Norton

Samuel Norton

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As the creators of HBO's Westworld, Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan live and breathe tech dystopia.But Facebook is too much even for them.Joy said she's canceled her Facebook account, speaking on the red carpet Thursday night ahead of the premiere screening of the second season opener episode of Westworld.Nolan, her husband, compared Facebook's collection of data to suppression efforts under the Castro regime in Cuba, during a discussion on stage following the screening."Raul Castro spent 20 years figuring out how to mine informal social networks, because informal social networks are the greatest weapon against authoritarian regimes," Nolan said."It took us five years to volunteer that information to a college dropout who then gave it away to the fucking Russians."
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Much has been made of the fact that television ratings for this year’s Super Bowl, Oscars and Winter Olympics have decreased significantly compared to past years.These massive live tent pole events have typically been a ratings bonanza for the major networks, keeping viewers glued to the action and to the commercials that accompany them, yet concern over the lost audiences from these events often misses the point.It’s not that people no longer care about the Oscars, but rather the awards show’s ratings decline is indicative of a complete shift in how programming is consumed and how audiences are viewing advertisements.The evidence of this underlying issue is everywhere in front of us, from the ascendant subscriber numbers and heavy investment in original content by ad-free streaming giants Netflix and Amazon Prime, to the skyrocketing amount of time millennials and Generation Z spend on digital platforms like YouTube and Instagram, to the way broadcast networks are treating their bread-and-butter revenue stream, the 30-second spot.Just recently, Fox boldly announced it would reduce ad time to two minutes per hour by 2020, and in February, NBCUniversal promised to cut the number of ads in primetime programming by 20 percent.Significantly reduced or completely ad-free platforms aren’t an emerging trend; they’re the new normal.
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Why not try putting a dent in them?No, it’s not a “fix the TV by banging your hand on it” solution, but an actually demonstrable discovery from researchers at the United Kingdom’s University of Warwick.Instead, the research shows that it’s possible to squeeze extra power out of solar cells by deforming the tiny p-type and n-type crystals in photovoltaic semiconductors.Most commercial solar panels are made up of two layers, which create a junction at the boundary where the positively charged p-type and negatively-charged n-type semiconductors meet.When the solar cell absorbs light, this junction splits the photo-excited carriers in opposite directions, thereby generating current and voltage.But while this junction is crucial for producing electricity, it also comes with a limit — called the Shockley-Queisser limit — which stops any more than 33.7 percent of the power in sunlight being transformed into electricity.
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Following months of extensive research and a thorough nomination process, we are delighted to confirm the latest five nominees for the Mobile Power 50.These industry figures imbue their own businesses with their values and qualities and their influence is felt beyond their role.We feel they serve as an inspiration to the rest of the trade.Walter Jirengui, President of Consumer Business Group, HuaweiConor Pierce, VP Mobile & IT, Samsung UK and IrelandNazish Dossa, UK Managing Director, Brightstar
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And for those who started university from 2012 onwards, the impact of their student loans this week got a bit greater.From September, they could now face interest rates of up to 6.3% on their loans.Some turned down university places through fear of taking out a loan, while others reckon that while their education was pricey, it still represents “a pretty good deal.”Victoria Chandler, a 24-year-old former Journalism, Media and Culture student studied between 2012 and 2015 and owes £42,000.She is paying her student loan off now, but her debt is bigger than when finished the course – something that she says is “frustrating”, although she has no regrets.“When I first started working, I didn’t earn enough to pay it off, and now that I am paying, it is a small amount [each month] so it doesn’t affect my day to day but it’s always just lingering there.
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Analytiker hävdar att Apple är på väg att lansera en 6,1-tums Iphone med dubbla sim-kort - och ett pris på runt 550 dollar.Dyrgripen Iphone X får sällskap av en betydligt billigare ny mobilmodell i höst.Det hävdar den ofta pricksäkra analytikern Ming-Chi Kuo på KGI i en rapport som Apple Insider tagit del av.Det ska vara en 6,1-tums mobil med LCD-skärm som får ett instegspris på 550 dollar.Den kan även komma att släppas i en dyrare version som har plats för dubbla sim-kort, en funktion som Iphone till mångas förtret ännu saknar.Det skulle lägga på 100 till 200 dollar på priset, tror Ming-Chi Kuo.
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Ljudböcker blir allt populärare, inte minst tack vare flera Spotify-liknande tjänster.För 169 kronor i månaden får du lyssna hur mycket du vill på tusentals ljudböcker hos exempelvis Storytel.Nu utmanas Storytel av Bokus, som är Akademibokhandelns nätbutik.Hittills har de bara sålt e-böcker styckevis via tjänsten Dito, men nu lanserar de även abonnemangstjänsten Bokus Play.Det unika med Bokus tjänst är att det finns ett lågprisalternativ.För 89 kronor i månaden får du lyssna på en bok per månad.
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Interruptions in workflow, such as a phone call while working on another task, or when a colleague stops by for a chat, can lead to inefficiencies in the workplace.For nurses working in emergency departments, those interruptions could affect patient care.Findings suggest that changes in workflow in emergency departments could increase the care team's efficiency and help improve patient care."Our analysis showed that when emergency department nurses were interrupted in patient care activities, their workload was about two times higher," said Jung Hyup Kim, an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering in the MU College of Engineering."When electronic medical documentation was added to those tasks, the workload was about four times higher than in a non-interruption scenario."Kim and his team of graduate and undergraduate students traveled to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., to study how brief interruptions affected nurses in the emergency department.
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Billboards are so last century… unless you paint them on a six story building and add some really cool tech to bring them to life.If you weren’t stoked for the God of War release this Friday, you are now.And while 48 hours is an eternity, you can quell some of your jonesing by checking out our review.Details, details: Sony recently commissioned a German painter to create a larger-than-life mural on the side of a building in Berlin.The artwork portrays God of War’s protagonists Kratos and Atreus, a father and son duo who hack and slash their way through a compelling story line (and some really impressive bad guys) in Sony’s upcoming PS4 exclusive.How it works: The mural uses a technology called “projection mapping” to bring the image to life.
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Godzilla and Pacific Rim is the crossover we deserve.In a just, good world, there would be five movies of this, just Jaegers and Godzilla, first enemies, then friends, then frenemies, and then, just when you think it gets old, in space.While that beautiful world is not yet ours, we at least have this: for the Japanese releases of the second film in the Godzilla anime series and Pacific Rim Uprising, illustrator Hidetaka Tenjin has created the poster we all deserve in our life.Placing Godzilla alongside a number of Jaegers, Tenjin has built a window into a better world.If only we could find our way there, together.Preferably in pairs, to pilot the Jaegers.
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Intel could soon have eight-core processors to rival AMD’s Ryzen 2nd generation CPU lineup.Redditor Dayman56 sniffed out three internal documents referencing ‘Coffee Lake S 8+2’ parts that could point to the company’s first eight-core mainstream processors.The ‘8+2’ naming likely refers to eight-cores paired with two-integrated GPU cores given that the current Intel Core i7-8700K processor labeled with a 6+2 processor configuration.The trio of documents – which were locked behind an Intel login and have been since removed as of this writing – outlined technical elements including the mechanical packaging of the chips and DDR4 memory support.Although there isn’t any mention of chipset or compatible motherboards, we highly suspect these processors will be introduced along a new Z390 motherboard.Rumors about the new 300-series chipset have been swirling since mid-last year with leaks of motherboards from SuperMicro and BioStar.
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Lyft drivers have received more than $500 million in tips from their customers, the ride-hailing service said Monday.Lyft took four years to reach the $100 million mark for tips, but only four months to collect the last $100 million, the company said.The average size of tips also increased by 8 percent in 2017 compared with the previous year, Lyft said, probably thanks to an app overhaul last June that offered customers pre-set tip options.Lyft has become a solid contender to rival Uber, providing passengers with 375.5 million trips in 2017, a 130 percent rise in the number of rides from the previous year, the San Francisco-based ride-hailing company said in January.But compared with Uber, Lyft has long been a small fry of the ride-hailing world.For example, Lyft operates in nearly 300 cities, has received $4.1 billion in venture funding and is valued at $11.5 billion, whereas Uber is in more than 450 cities, has received $12.9 billion in funding and is valued at $68 billion.
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You let go of the idea of Mark Zuckerberg as an awkward teenager long ago.In the showdown between Zuckerberg and Washington, they felt Facebook’s well-spoken founder had won, proving to everyone else what they’d known all along: Washington politicos are no match for Silicon Valley.For these entrepreneurs, Zuckerberg is a stand-in for the tech industry broadly—an industry that long has been understood as a group of rule-breaking upstarts.“In some ways, it felt like I was rooting for our person from Silicon Valley, as controversial as he is,” says open source advocate Chris Messina, who has worked both Google and Uber among other significant tech giants.The hearings were convened because people were concerned about tech, but to the tech industry, they only succeeded in confirming an entrenched conviction: people outside Silicon Valley would have you believe the problem with Facebook is tech, when really the issue is our own ignorance.According to most of the people I spoke to, Facebook’s challenge at the hearings can be reduced to two issues.
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The Xperia XZ2 Premium sees Sony add a dual-camera setup to a flagship phone for the first time.It’ll need a system update in the third quarter to bring Bokeh and monochrome modes.Sony’s Premium-branded Xperia devices generally represent the company’s most cutting-edge efforts.The Xperia Z5 Premium offered a 4K display, the XZ Premium delivered a 4K HDR screen and the slowest slow-motion on a phone, and the Xperia XZ2 Premium, well… it has a dual-camera setup.A first for the company’s flagships, the phone combines a 19MP f/1.8 main camera with a 12MP f/1.6 monochrome shooter.Sony claims that the pairing, in conjunction with the “AUBE” image signal processor, enables ultra low light results “previously only seen in interchangeable lens cameras”.
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Google's Pixel devices are the only ones that contained every security patch that it advertised to its users.An undisclosed list of Android phone makers have been actively deceiving customers about their devices' security against malware and hacking vulnerabilities, according to Wired, which spoke with researchers at the Security Research Lab (SRL) based in Germany.According to the report, some Android phone makers tell users via the update information within their devices' settings that the latest security patches are installed on their devices when, in fact, they aren't.Probably for marketing reasons, they just set the patch level to almost an arbitrary date, whatever looks best."SRL tested 1,200 devices from over a dozen Android smartphone makers and found that Google smartphones were the only ones that contained all the security patches that were advertized in software updates released in 2017.Google confirmed to Business Insider that its Pixel devices, including the original Pixel and Pixel 2, contain all the advertised security patches.
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A decade ago, Major League pitchers threw a grand total of just 196 triple-digit fastballs in a single season.Last year, 40 pitchers collectively threw 1,017.Consider the confusion over the game’s fastest fastball ever.On paper, the honor goes to Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman, who clocked 105.1 miles per hour in 2010.Similar retroactive estimates have put Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller’s fastest fastball at 107.6 miles per hour—and that was all the way back in 1946.Walter Johnson, who played from 1907 to 1927, is also thought to have thrown pitches at a 100 mph or more.
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Only 50% of Firms Are Ready for Australia’s Data Breach Legislation.Research suggests very few organisations are prepared to comply with Australia’s Notifiable Data Breach legislation.Although IT managers report that 95% of security breaches are caused by human error, only 40% of companies report actively training staff to improve cybersecurity practices.This ITNews survey identifies areas where Australian companies have fallen short when it comes to data protection and compliance.Download the new research report to learn how to prepare your organisation for NDB.
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Low-power WAN specialist Actility has announced it’s working with Swedish fibre network operator Öresundskraft to develop a commercially neutral IoT connectivity platform.The Open City Hub model involves the creation of an open access, commercially neutral network available to all companies or consumers in a given municipality.In this case the lucky recipient of a LoRa-powered IoT network will be Helsingborg, which looks set to be the first product of the StadshubbsAlliansen (City Hub Alliance) in Sweden.“A Stadshubb is a regional LoRaWAN with an open and neutral wholesale business model for connectivity, which enables anyone who needs to communicate with LoRa sensors to do so easily, without having to build or operate their own infrastructure,” said Öresundskraft’s Bo Lindberg.“This significantly reduces the threshold for service providers and end users to establish IOT services and solutions, thus accelerating and simplifying digitalization in general and the development of the smart city in particular.”“We’re very pleased to have been selected to partner Öresundskraft in the roll-out of this ground-breaking smart city infrastructure and innovative business model,” said Actility CEO Olivier Hersent.
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In May 2017, Google released Android Go, an Android 8.0 Oreo-based streamlined version designed specifically for entry-level handsets that run on 1GB or less memory.Since then growing manufacturers have been working on devices with this OS onboard.The latest one is from Ulefone named Ulefone S7 Go.The Android Go works on the Ulefone S7 Go is supposed to provide a much faster and smoother user experience while taking up less space and consuming less data.Belonging to Ulefone’s entry-level S series, the upcoming S7 Go has the same hardware specs like the former S7 model including a quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of ROM, 8MP/5MP dual rear camera combo, 5MP selfie snapper with softlight, 5.0-inch HD display, 2500mAh battery and independent audio chipset.The accurate release date and price tag of the S7 Pro are yet to be revealed.
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