Scott Siebenaler

Scott Siebenaler

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If you think it's a question to which the only answer is yes, you'll be heartened by the findings [PDF].Three-quarters ranked speed as the biggest perceived advantage.Mass-market commercial air travel was also a distant dream in 1890, and still a rarity in the years after World War II.As Paul Mason, author of Postcapitalism: A Guide to our Future declared at the time: "We've tended to see heavy internet use as a kind of addiction, or even psychosis.But maybe all those people are living richer and somehow more human lives than all those sad people who've never killed an online dragon."Marketers flocked to promote brands in the virtual world, spurred on by enthusiasts such as the UK's Mike Butcher.
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If you've been waiting to pick up a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar but the price was holding you back, then consider a refurbished unit.The most important new feature introduced with the 2016 MacBook Pro was the new Touch Bar OLED touchscreen.The new input mechanism is Apple’s answer to the touch display and is being used by more and more developers to provide task-based virtual function keys to popular MacOS applications.The downside of the new machines is their price, with even the entry-level MacBook Pro 13 with Touch Bar coming in at a significant premium.One alternative for anyone who wants the new machine but can’t quite fit it into a budget is to pick up an Apple refurbished machine, which now includes the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, as MacRumors reports.The other members of the new MacBook Pro line were added to Apple’s refurbished lineup last month.
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How far can factory-overclocked versions with potent custom cooling solutions go?Well, for the first time ever, a graphics card is so damn fast that it managed to largely push a game’s bottleneck off of the GPU and onto the CPU in PCWorld’s ferocious testing PC—while running 15 degrees or more cooler than the Founders Edition.The GTX 1080 Ti SC2 hums along at a 1,556MHz base clock and 1,670MHz boost clock.Three RGB lights above the EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC2’s logo on the card's edge indicate how hot your GPU, PWMs, and memory are, respectively.You’re going to want to read the results for heat and Ashes of the Singularity.An Asus X99 Deluxe motherboard ($230 on Amazon for an updated version).
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Unifying the update schedules of Windows 10 and Office 365 makes sense, but this big change will have some serious repercussions for Windows 10 enterprise users.Today Microsoft announced that Windows 10 and Office 365 will be aligning update schedules going forward, meaning we should see two major “feature updates” for both products every year.To be clear, security updates and patches will continue to roll out as soon as they’re available via Windows Update.But major, feature-rich updates will now be on a twice-a-year schedule, according to the Microsoft blog.The move is intended to make life a little easier for enterprise users, who will have an easier time keeping their systems up-to-date and secure if Microsoft limits feature releases to just two major updates a year.This effectively brings Windows 10 in line with Office 365, which had already adopted a twice-yearly update schedule.
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Gamers, especially hardcore ones, are a very picky bunch.Everything has to be absolutely or at least near perfect.And that isn’t limited to graphics only.It also extends to the audio experience, something that Razer knows only too well.Now the gaming brand is bringing some of that audio expertise to mobile.With the new wireless Hammerhead BT and the wired Hammerhead for iOS, smartphone users of any platform will be able to enjoy Razer’s brand of audio quality, be it for gaming, music, or even just phone calls.
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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has a lot of money and nothing to prove.Post-Microsoft, his biggest achievement so far has been paying $2 billion to buy the LA Clippers, but on Monday The New York Times dropped an extensive report about his next venture: a project called "USAFacts," which aggregates publicly available government data to tell you how your city, state, and federal tax dollars are spent.Ballmer has already spent $10 million on the project and is "happy to fund the damn thing" (his personal net worth is estimated at over $22 billion, so he's good for it).He describes it as "a [Form] 10-K for government," a big searchable database that shows where tax revenue goes in and where it comes out.“How many people work for government in the United States?” he asked, with the excitement of a child showing off a new toy, before displaying the answer.Would you have guessed that?”
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Our Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6 comparison is here, to give you all the info you need to help you decide which South Korean phone maker’s new handset is best for you in 2017.Sure, they look different in terms of design, and the internal specs aren't too similar, but the dimensions, weight, and many key features are exactly the same.Android phone buyers have a tough choice on their hands.Here’s how the Galaxy S8 and bigger Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus stack up next to the LG G6, which, although pretty new itself, was rather overshadowed at launch as Samsung’s new handsets have hogged the limelight.They’re both beautiful-looking phones, with designs that virtually eliminate the top and bottom bezel, although Samsung’s curved display goes further by bending the screen around the left and right sides.Both phones have an IP68 rating, making them dustproof and waterproof down to 1.5m for 30 minutes.
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On april 18, Google will hold a new event at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York.On the agenda is a brand new version of Google Earth, the virtual globe downloaded over two billion times since launch in 2005.Exactly what news we get at this time is still a secret, but most experts are convinced that a major investment in virtual reality (vr) is dragplåstret.
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With the first round of the French presidential election just nine days away, Facebook is tightening up its game with regards to false information being shared in users' news feeds.Last week, Facebook said it would start publishing notifications about its "10 tips to spot fake news" at the tops of users' feeds.The tips include pretty basic ideas like closely examining the URL, article date, and source, as well as encouragement to "check the evidence" and suggestions to compare the "news" to other articles.Here's the full list of tips.The idea was just to flag the tips for "a few days" in 14 countries, but today it looks like the war against fake news is far from over.With a major election upcoming, Facebook—which saw mounting criticism following the US election in November—is eager to let the world know it's on watch against false information.
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Diesel sales in Europe are crumbling, as environmental activists ignite health fears and politicians promise to curb diesel vehicle sales with higher taxes and outright bans of their use in cities.Diesel's sudden fall from grace is a financial problem for Europe's car makers generally, but the German upmarket manufacturers are especially vulnerable because diesels represents such a huge proportion of their sales.No matter that government “experts” were aware of diesel’s health drawbacks when they were being recommended at the turn of the century when it was seen as a price worth paying.Manufacturers’ lease financing schemes and banks would also be torpedoed by falling second-hand prices, while ever-tightening European Union fuel consumption regulations, requiring much help from efficient diesels, could be missed, triggering bottom-line wrecking fines, but also the need to spend big on technology to replace oil burners with battery-electric motors, plug-in hybrids or even fuel cells.And the biggest sufferers from this trend will be the premium manufacturers in Germany like BMW, Daimler's Mercedes and Volkswagen's Audi.Tata Motors’ Jaguar Land Rover and Chinese controlled Volvo are also threatened.
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If you've been wondering what Microsoft will be doing next, then you won't want to miss out on this event.With yesterday’s release of Windows 10 Creators Update, right now would seem the perfect time for Microsoft to announce something new.Apparently, the company agrees, and it’s done just that with a typically vague announcement of an upcoming event in New York City on May 2, 2017.Titled “Learn What’s Next,” the event will likely be welcome news to anyone who’s been wondering how Microsoft will follow up its latest major Windows 10 release.All sorts of rumors are flying around about Microsoft’s Surface hardware line and the next Windows 10 build, and now we finally have an idea of when the company might provide some enlightenment.Of course, the announcement doesn’t tell us anything about what Microsoft might be planning to discuss.
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Video marketing platform Innovid is now able to deliver video ads to the same user across their devices, thanks to a partnership announced this week with cross-device identity provider Tapad.This is the first time that Innovid has employed cross-device identification, SVP of Product Ronnie Lavi told me.He noted that advertisers will now be able to retarget a potential customer across devices, deliver the most effective sequence of ads across devices and provide a related experience as users move from device to device.[Read the full article on MarTech Today.]Join us at MarTech San Francisco May 9-11 and tackle digital transformation at the intersection of marketing, technology, and management.Only MarTech blends graduate-level marketing, technology and management topics designed to help you succeed in this software-powered marketing world.
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Optical and electronic image stabilization is fast becoming as standard in smartphone cameras as an LED flash, but we still have loads of videos shot before our phones could eliminate the shaky cam effect.Now Google Photos is here to help.In the latest update rolling out in the Google Play Store, the long-expected video stabilizer finally makes its debut.The feature will use Google’s software magic to smooth over the rough spots in the videos in your library, applying electronic stabilization as if they were taken right on the Pixel.To find the stabilizer, simply open a video and tap the edit (pencil) icon.The video will download to your device (if it isn’t there already), and you’ll see a new Stabilize button at the bottom.
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In draft guidance, Nice said it could not recommend nivolumab for the routine treatment of NHS patients in England with advanced head and neck cancer.Treating a single patient with nivolumab costs around £5,700 per month.Last month Nice said more evidence of effectiveness was needed before it could recommend nivolumab for NHS patients with the blood cancer Hodgkin lymphoma.The drug is already approved for treating melanoma skin cancer on the NHS and Nice is reconsidering a previous ruling denying lung cancer patients access to the drug.Professor Kevin Harrington, from the Institute of Cancer Research, London, who led the UK arm of a Phase III trial looking at treating head and neck cancers with nivolumab, said: “It is disappointing and frustrating that today’s decision means doctors will not be able to offer this game-changing immunotherapy to patients with advanced head and neck cancer.“Once it has relapsed or spread, the disease is extremely difficult to treat and options, including surgery and radiotherapy, are very limited.
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New research from Forrester claims new technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality will not move beyond mediocrity unless more attention is given to customer experience.Only last month, the world was treated to a horde of demonstrations and other-worldly use cases for emerging technologies such as AI and VR, though little thought has been given to the practical implementation.That’s the state of play according to Forrester’s Jennifer Wise, who believes shortcomings in these technologies are all around customer experience.From Wise’s perspective, VR has become more immersive, IoT more realistic, robots are smarter and conversational interfaces are more every-day, though all still fall short when it comes to delivering customer experience and the wow factor.“The way VR experiences are rendered doesn’t match well-understood human expectations of sensory interactions,” said Wise in her report.“For example, you would expect to press buttons using your fingers, not a controller.
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When we're absent-mindedly watching Peep Show repeats with a pizza on a Friday night (hello weekend plans), we don't tend to think much about how comedy writers write their comedy.But an ongoing guide from Emmy-winning scriptwriter Andy Riley – he of the suicidal bunnies, as well as writing for Veep, Black Books and loads more – has made us slightly obsessed with the niche language of the comedy writing room.Some of our favourite examples from his crowd-compiled glossary include:"Langdon - a joke construction named after the writer John Langdon, who loves to write them.The stages of a Langdon are: (i) two elements are introduced.(ii) It appears that we’re continuing to talk about one of those elements in particular… (iii) but then it turns out we were talking about the other one.
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App has been short-changing drivers, new lawsuit claimsUber has been hit with a class-action lawsuit alleging the dial-a-ride app maker deliberately cuts driver payouts while at the same time overcharging riders.The complaint [PDF], filed this week in the California Central District US Court, claims the Uber phone app deliberately chooses longer routes to calculate fares, then presents the driver with a shorter route for calculating their payment.As a result, the suit argues, Uber maximizes its own payout by both overcharging the passenger and then underpaying the driver for each trip."When a driver accepts a User's request for transportation, the User's final destination is populated into the driver's application and the driver is provided with navigation instructions directing him or her to the best route to the User's destination.However, the software that calculates the upfront price that is displayed and charged to the Users calculates the expected distance and time utilizing a route that is often longer in both distance and time to the one displayed in the driver's application," the complaint reads.
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Google and Facebook Inc. took steps this week to combat the spread of misinformation on their platforms, though carefully stated they aren’t themselves arbiters of truth.The tech companies have massive reach and influence over billions of users, and for years have been hesitant to police the content on social networks and search results.But after the divisive presidential election sparked a proliferation of sources peddling...
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the stockholm-based game developing company King, which is behind the success of Candy Crush Saga, has a new project on the way.It is nothing less than a mobile-friendly version of the successful spelfranchisen Call of Duty, writes branschsajten Polygon.the King owned since the winter of 2015 by the american speljätten Activision Blizzard, which is behind the just Call of Duty.Activision paid 5.9 billion dollars for the King in a much-publicized affair.According to the Kings website, is looking for several new people for a new team to work with Call of Duty project.It is fastidious with the details in the other but at least four people are being sought for the roles of art director, level designer, senior systems designer and senior UX/UI designer.
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Julkaistut viimeiset kolme tilikautta ovat tuottaneet yhteensä 6,8 miljoonan euron tappiot.Valkee Oy:n toimitusjohtaja Aki Backman vakuuttaa, ettei yhtiö ole matkalla konkurssiin.Teemme tällä hetkellä töitä osakepääoman palauttamiseksi niin kuin laissa määritellään.En tätä sen enempää kommentoi”, Backman sanoo.Negatiiviseksi painunut osakepääoma tarkoittaa käytännössä sitä, että Valkeella on enemmän velkaa kuin mitä yrityksen varojen arvo on.”Meillä on enemmän muun muassa tuotekehityslainoja kuin mitä käteistä.”
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