Steven Condon

Steven Condon

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“For us, it’s a very important move.“But the logic is very simple: it doesn’t cost us very much to execute a trade, a few pennies, so our view is we’re going to pass the entire savings onto customers.”His startup, 8 Securities, is this week rolling out commission-free trading with the launch of Tradeflix.It puts Abdulla’s Hong Kong-based startup head-to-head with the very similar Robinhood, which earlier this year hit a US$1.3 billion valuation with its latest round of funding.Their growth has been pretty inspiring.So we definitely took a cue from them.”
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Microsoft’s original IntelliMouse became a status symbol and a mouse that lived on for what seemed like forever.While Microsoft discontinued the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 more than five years ago, fans of the mouse have been scrambling to stockpile them ever since.Microsoft is now bringing back the IntelliMouse with a new modern version that’s based on the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0.The new Microsoft Classic IntelliMouse has appeared on the company’s Surface accessories page, with a “coming soon” label.Twitter user Olly Cripps noticed the listing, and it appears the new mouse is wired like the original.Microsoft is promising even more precise tracking with a DPI range of up to 3200 for the new Classic IntelliMouse.
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It’s a familiar sight - the uniformed security guard patrolling the store on the lookout for shoplifters, ready to spring into action to stop thieves from getting away with the goods.However, it seems that in the virtual world the retail security guard is out of shape, unable to keep up with the almost continuous threat of cyberattack.In a recent A10 Networks global survey 29% of participants felt that the retail sector is the least prepared to respond to cyberattacks.High transaction volumes, including spikes at predictable times such as the holiday season and Black Friday, offer plenty of opportunities for fraudsters to get in amongst legitimate purchasers and make a profit.PWC recently found that attacks globally were up by 30% year on year and the number of serious data breaches in retail firms reported to the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has doubled.In a climate where customers are increasingly aware of the importance of privacy and the risks of identity theft, this statistic is a big problem for retailers.
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The Google Pixels have had several problems since updating to Android Oreo.While recent Bluetooth problems seem to be behind them thanks to the October security patch, another issue is now present on the handsets.Some Pixel owners have reported that they have stopped receiving text messages since upgrading their device to Android Oreo.Apparently, outgoing messages are still being sent and only incoming messages have been affected.The news arrives from the Google Product forums (via Android Police) in a thread that was started in September by a Pixel XL owner on Verizon.Since then, more and more Pixel owners have commented to state that they have similar issues, but the circumstances under which the issue occurs remain unclear.
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Slashdot reader Templer421 quotes the Wall Street Journal's report [non-paywalled version here] on DARPA's "Financial Markets Vulnerabilities Project": Dozens of high-speed traders and others from Wall Street are helping the Pentagon study how hackers could unleash chaos in the U.S. financial system.The Department of Defense's research arm over the past year and a half has consulted executives at high-frequency trading firms and quantitative hedge funds, and people from exchanges and other financial companies, participants in the discussions said.Officials described the effort as an early-stage pilot project aimed at identifying market vulnerabilities...Participants described meetings as informal sessions in which attendees brainstorm about how hackers might try to bring down U.S. markets, then rank the ideas by feasibility.Among the potential scenarios: Hackers could cripple a widely used payroll system; they could inject false information into stock-data feeds, sending trading algorithms out of whack; or they could flood the stock market with fake sell orders and trigger a market crash... "We started thinking a couple years ago what it would be like if a malicious actor wanted to cause havoc on our financial markets," said Wade Shen, who researched artificial intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining Darpa as a program manager in 2014.
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dryriver writes: China launched a space laboratory named Tiangong 1 into orbit in 2011.The space laboratory was supposed to become a symbol of China's ambitious bid to become a space superpower.After two years in space, Tiangong 1 started experiencing technical failure.Last year Chinese officials confirmed that the space laboratory had to be scrapped.The 8.5 ton heavy space laboratory has begun its descent towards Earth and is expected to crash back to Earth within the next few months.Most of the laboratory is expected to burn up in earth's atmosphere, but experts believe that pieces as heavy as 100 kilograms (220 pounds) may survive re-entry and impact earth's surface.
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In terms of hard drives, solid-state drives are popular, including with us, because they offer speed and reliability within a smaller package than other hard drives.Those advantages do come with a trade-off when compared to older disc-based drives, namely a lack of storage capacity.SSDs simply can’t store as much information as disc-based drives.Western Digital is one of the companies that has led the way in terms of disc-based drives.BGR reports that the manufacturer recently unveiled a new technology that could help disc-based drives maintain their dominance for years to come.WD is currently working on the production of microwave-assisted magnetic recording, or MAMR.
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Apple's head of diversity Denise Young Smith apologised to staff in an internal email after comments she made at a conference last week, TechCrunch reported."There can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blonde men in a room and they're going to be diverse too because they're going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation," Young Smith said on-stage at the One Young World Summit, held in Bogotá, Colombia."Diversity is the human experience," she said."I get a little bit frustrated when diversity or the term diversity is tagged to the people of color, or the women, or the LGBT."TechCrunch reported on October 13 that Young Smith sent an email to her team at Apple earlier that day in which she apologised for her comments at the conference."Last week, while attending a summit in Bogota, I made some comments as part of a conversation on the many factors that contribute to diversity and inclusion," Young Smith wrote.
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The interface is designed to be used by developers of all skills.Gluon: “An elementary particle that acts as the exchange particle for the strong force between quarks,” and now a deep learning interface that’s been created by AWS and Microsoft.Designed to allow developers to build and run machine learning models for apps and services, one of its key selling points is that it’s designed to be used by developers of all abilities.The interface is provided in the form of a Python API and can be used to build neural networks under the Apache 2.0 license and it works with Apache MXNet and will also support Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit in an upcoming release.“The potential of machine learning can only be realized if it is accessible to all developers.Today’s reality is that building and training machine learning models requires a great deal of heavy lifting and specialized expertise,” said Swami Sivasubramanian, VP of Amazon AI.
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the Project, Apple would sever the most expensive of their cooperation, the Samsung with.the Apple iPhone-the phone has a lot of, above all, samsung's components.for Example, the phone OLED screens are from Samsung production.android authority has calculated that Samsung deserves a lot of Apple-as a subcontractor.Now, the same android authority writes that Apple is working fiercely off the Samsung-dependence, because Samsung is at the same time, the company's main competitor.until now, the partnership has not been an option, but now the situation looks like apple's in terms of the already brighter.
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In an interview with the Independent, Cook explained history gives him hope that humanity is moving in the right direction:I think that history sort of ebbs and flows at time, but the arc always goes in a certain direction.But looking back, particularly for me, I saw the way that African-Americans were treated in the 1960s and into the 1970s – and still today in too many places.But then arguably the laws also not only allowed it but facilitated discrimination.So I’ve seen massive improvement.Life would be so much better.
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The Bitcoin bubble will continue blowing up until it inevitably pops, according to Michael Novogratz, a former manager at the $72 billion investor Fortress.Bitcoin traded near $4,823 per dollar at 11:31 a.m.At a recent meeting with institutional investors in San Francisco, he realized the "herd" was approaching to cash in on the booming demand for cryptocurrencies.The CEOs of major investment banks including Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs have recently commented publicly on bitcoin."Yes, it's a bubble," Novogratz said."It's going to be one of the great manias of all time."
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How much time is spent, we are actually on our mobiles every year?the Data will vary of course, depending on the region and age group, but also depending on which study the information is coming from.An arc across all age groups and from several different sources (ComScore and Nielsen), however, results in approximately four hours of use per day, in the united states in the year 2017.That means 1460 hours per year, or 36.5 million working weeks of forty hours.Those between the ages of 18 – 24 years are using their mobiles more than older users, approximately one hour extra on the day.It should again be noted that this is not any exact figures, but regardless, our smartphones become the devices we use most.
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Facebook has finally launched a more streamlined and less memory and data hungry version of its Messenger app in the UK.Described as a "lightweight version of Messenger", Messenger Lite requires less storage space, around 20MB compared to 100MB or more, and uses less data meaning users can potentially save money.Facebook launched the stripped back, smaller version of Messenger in October 2016.It was initially only available in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela, but was expanded to a further 132 countries in April.The app, which is currently only available on Android devices, was designed for areas with 2G signal or areas with slow or unstable internet connections.While it was initially created to attract users in countries where reliable data connections are scarce, it will work equally well to improve user experience in rural areas of the UK.
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Arizona Lottery officials are investigating what they described on their website as "technical difficulties" surrounding one of their random number generators used to pick the winning numbers for many of the state's lottery games.As it turns out, the machine generated the same winning numbers in multiple drawings for three different games.The lottery's computerized picking system generated duplicate numbers for the game All or Nothing on September 28 and September 30, and on September 29 and October 3.Other affected games include Pick 3, which saw duplicate winning numbers on September 29 and October 3.The same thing happened with the game 5 Card Cash on the same dates.However, bettors can breathe a sigh of relief.
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A sequel to a game about killing Nazis offends Americans because it's about killing Nazis.
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Apple’s new iPhones might just be the most beautiful smartphones on the planet right now.Are you really going to sully them with a cheap plastic wireless charger?OK, we’re joking and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with inexpensive wireless chargers.In fact, I use this $13 wireless charging pad.But some people are want a charging pad a bit more fitting for such a sleek phone.Check out the iDudu Aluminum Qi Fast Charge Wireless Charging Pad.
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The Moto Z2 Force is really thin, with a fast processor and great battery life.It can survive drops without shattering.
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Image Credit: Steve Heap / ShutterstockWhen it comes to cryptocurrencies and ICOs, everyone is talking about one thing.Today Stox — an open source, Bancor-based prediction market platform — announced its acquisition of CommoLogic, a B2B company that creates innovative products for the iGaming market.Because acquiring CommoLogic means that Stox just became the first regulated ICO prediction platform.Through the acquisition, Stox acquires three gambling licenses from CommoLogic: A software license in the UK, an operating license in the UK, and a Class 4 (B2B) license in Malta.Stox is an Ethereum-based platform that allows users to predict the outcome of a variety of events.
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Every time I report on a study tracking engineering salaries across the United States, Silicon Valley inevitably comes out at the top.And, just as inevitably, commenters will point out that Silicon Valley’s high cost of living means that those salaries, in terms of local purchasing power, are nowhere near the top.That, however, is not true, at least according to a new study by job search site Indeed.com.Adjusted for the cost of living, tech salaries in the Bay Area (split into the San Francisco-Oakland region and the San Jose-Santa Clara region), while not at the absolute top of the scale, are in the top six out of 25 metro areas considered.At the very top were two southern cities—Charlotte and Atlanta, followed by Austin.Dallas, Raleigh, Detroit, and Phoenix rounded out the top 10.
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