Stuart Smith

Stuart Smith

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If you’re familiar with project management, then you’re also likely familiar with Agile.And for those who use the methodical approach to getting a software product from idea to store shelves, the Agile offshoot Scrum is one of the most popular project frameworks in the industry.Right now, you can go deep inside Scrum and how it can impact everyone involved in the development process with the Complete Learn to Scrum course bundle.The package (a $1,140 value) is on sale right now for just $39 from TNW Deals.This collection includes five separate courses, each contoured to address different employee groups and their place in the overall Scrum process.Scrum focuses on helping team members set short-term goals, and use those regular guide points to help cut down on unexpected surprises, control risk, and ultimately bring a successful project in on-time, on-budget, and up to everyone’s expectations.
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If, however, you delight in horror that’s so “bad” it’s gone all the way back to good – and is genuinely entertaining – have we got a fun list for you.Blood Feast’s most infamous gag – literally – still holds up over 50 years later; you’d be hard-pressed to find a more disgusting tongue-ripping scene.The rest of the movie, made on the cheap, hasn’t held up as well, but its kookier elements (including what’s clearly a spray-painted mannequin standing in for a statue of the goddess, and the mention of a book titled Ancient Weird Religious Rites) only add to its charm.Anyone who drinks it melts down into a rainbow of colors, which translates to several spectacularly gross on-screen deaths; there’s also a memorable decapitation and a game of keep-away involving a certain severed male body part.Director Jim Muro went on to become an in-demand Stedicam operator – he worked on on Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Abyss, Point Break, Casino, and many others – and has directed a lot of TV, but Street Trash remains his sole feature directorial credit.Not to be confused with a recent Australian horror film with the same title and similar themes, the 1977 Pack is set on an island off the coast of Canada that’s popular with vacationers but has few year-round residents.
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The lending woes of small and medium-sized enterprises have been a focus for many startups.A 2017 collaborative study published last year found that more than US$245 billion worth of financing was disbursed by alternative lending platforms in Asia Pacific in 2016.To snatch the rising opportunity, former Lazada executive Andrea Baronchelli and startup vet Giovanni Casinelli set up their own firm.Founded in January 2018, the Singapore-based firm has raised a seed round worth US$9 million from US, European, and Asian investors, including ex-Sequoia partner Yinglan Tan’s Insignia Ventures Partners, Mark II Ventures, and Hummingbird Ventures.While moneylenders are an option, these arrangements usually involve extraordinarily high interest rates and hidden fees.Tech startups have moved in to fill that gap.
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Spare change investment app Moneybox today announced the close of a £14m series B fundraising round, led by Alibaba investor Eight Roads.Existing investors Oxford Capital Partners and Samos Investments, among others, also participated.The fresh funding takes Moneybox’s total amount raised to date to £21.3m.City A.M. understands that the money will be used to fund new products and to expand the team from 30 to 60 staff, all based within the startup’s London base on Southbank.The Moneybox app connects to a user’s bank account and automatically rounds up their payments, investing the spare change into an ISA of their choice with three different risk appetites from funds run by Vanguard, Henderson and Blackrock.Users can also make extra deposits into their Moneybox ISA, with more than 80 per cent of Moneybox users setting up weekly deposits and 15 per cent utilising its pay-day boost feature.
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Remittances and the process of transferring money between people and organizations continues to be a huge business — worth some $613 billion globally, according to the latest figures from the World Bank.Banking Circle’s co-founders and co-CEOs, Anders la Cour and Laust Bertelsen, will stay on and keep leading the company.EQT said that it plans to invest in the business to expand its product offerings and also help it move into more geographies.For now it will stay focused on B2B although it has also some sights on extending to consumer by way of its clients (in other words, B2B2C).La Cour told TechCrunch that Banking Circle was essentially started under the wing of Saxo “because it’s very hard to build this without the help of a major partner.” Similarly, now that it has grown, it’s time to grow under a different structure with less ties to a single bank.“We’ll keep investing heavily over the next couple of years.”
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Because literally everyone owning a smartphone has experienced this problem, it’s no surprise that people would start hunting for and doling out all sorts of little tips and tricks to make their batteries healthier and longer lasting.In fact, you probably actually believe one of the many prevailing battery myths, but now it’s time for Android Authority to go on a myth busting spree.Craving Unhealthy Food Isn't About Your Willpower—It's ThisMyth: leaving your phone on the charger all night will overcharge your batteryThis is one of the most common rumors we come across but it’s just plain wrong, at least the overcharging part is.It’s complicated, as leaving your battery plugged in all night certainly isn’t dangerous but it might make your battery age slightly faster.
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The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 has been causing quite the buzz since the past few weeks.Most notable being the company’s CEO, Lei Jun, posting the retail box of the Mi Max 3, hinting at an imminent launch in the coming weeks.We know that the Mi Max 3 will follow in the footsteps of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, with a notch-less and full-screen display.Previous renders have speculated the presence of a dual camera setup on the back.As of today, a leaked photo of the alleged Mi Max 3 confirms the presence of a dual camera setup.This is supported by the TENAA listing that appears a few weeks back.
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London-based Fever, an urban events discovery app-cum-entertainment events business with an online media arm that it uses as marketing megaphone and data-gathering lens on its community of users, has closed a $20 million Series C investment to expand into new markets across Europe and North America — and win more hipsters over to its own brand “immersive themed experiences”.The round was co-led by European media group Atresmedia and real estate company Labtech — because of course parties need venues — and with participation from existing investors Accel Partners and 14W Ventures.The 2014-founded startup had raised $19.3M prior this round, according to Crunchbase, including a $3M seed for its original Fever event discovery app back in 2014.Fever’s urban events discovery app uses a recommendation algorithm to offer personalized listings coverings activity such as music festivals, theatre, fashion, restaurants and pop-ups.But it also feeds and supplements that business via an online media network, called Secret Media Network, plus a series of branded social media channels (Secret London, Secret NYC etc) — using this cross-platform media operation to gather intel on what its community of urban users would like to do next for paid hipster fun.In its main markets (London, New York, Paris, Madrid) it says the reach of this network is more than 12M unique users per week — allowing it to market upcoming events to millions of engaged eyeballs as well as power its own-brand ‘Fever Originals’ events, based off of the insights it’s mining from its community.
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When the first dual lens camera came out people were a bit sceptical, but accepting.Then Huawei pushed out a phone with three lenses and people started wondering whether this was going to be an ongoing trend.Now camera-maker Light is taking the multi-camera trend to its extreme pretty early on, with reports that it's developing a phone packing a ridiculous nine camera lenses.That's despite the fact the company only has prototypes at the moment, with various versions of the device including between five and nine camera sensors.Bragging rights, maybe, being the first company to offer three times the number of sensors on a smartphone.The Washington Post also claims the phone will offer 64MP images, with excellent low light performance and depth effects.
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A foldable phone requires more than just a flexible screen as it can also be necessary for some of the internal components to be curved, which is probably one of the reasons we haven’t seen one yet.It sounds like Samsung is close though, as the company has apparently created a curved battery suitable for such a phone.We say ‘suitable’, because Samsung SDI actually created a curved battery four years ago, but it only had a capacity of 210mAh.Now, though, it’s created one that can be between 3,000mAh and 6,000mAh and which is set to be used in the folding Samsung Galaxy X according to ITHome, citing industry sources.The upper end of that range would be far higher than most smartphone batteries, but then the Samsung Galaxy X might need it, as the phone may have a screen of around 7.3 inches, making it more like a small tablet when fully unfolded.There’s no other new information on the Galaxy X, but based on other recent rumors it sounds like the wait might almost be over, with sources suggesting it could go into mass production later this year and hit stores in early 2019.
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Det började med en ledad pinne som snurrades.Nu har Disney Research utvecklat konceptet till en övermänsklig stuntman.Kolla in videon där ”Stuntronics” gör kvadrupelvolter och skruvar.Så sent som i maj visade Disneys tekniklabb upp en ny typ av robot.Det var en ganska basal skapelse kallad Stickman.När den släpptes kunde den genomföra en volt innan den landade.
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The Founder Institute, the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, announced today that it is officially launching its first chapter in Nigeria - in the city of Lagos.The Silicon-Valley based program decided to officially launch earlier than scheduled, after a successful trial period this summer attracted over 50 applicants.Applications to the first ever Lagos Founder Institute are open now, and anyone interested in launching a technology company is welcome to apply at http://fi.co/apply/lagos.In order to celebrate the launch, the Lagos Founder Institute will host a series of free startup events for the general public - to see the full list of upcoming events, visit http://fi.co/curriculum/lagos.The tech community in Lagos is very vibrant and is beginning to nucleate around the Sabo, Yaba axis of Lagos known as 'Silicon Lagoon'.Therefore, Lagos provides the perfect blend of developers, corporations and market."
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We’d taken a wrong turn winding our way up Leith Hill in Surrey, U.K., and while lost would be a strong word to use, Google Maps didn’t provide the detail and information needed to get back on the right path.Sorry to disappoint, but no.In our hand was the Land Rover Explore, a phone designed for those who regularly get off the beaten track, wander about on hillsides, don’t see another person for 48-hours, and enjoy every minute of it.The Land Rover Explore comes with the ViewRanger app pre-installed, where we had downloaded Ordnance Survey maps of the area, and plotted a walking route.An arrow in the bottom right of the screen permanently points in the direction of travel, and a crosshair on the map indicates your exact position.We know it’s exact, because on the back of the Explore was the Adventure Pack, an extended battery with a large 25x25mm Ceramic Patch GPS antenna, so you don’t need phone reception.
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The space between stars may look pretty empty — and for most mundane intents and purposes, it is — but it’s actually full of electromagnetic radiation and vast clouds of matter, together collectively known as the interstellar medium.Some of it is aliphatic carbons that leak from stars, and a new study from University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Ege University researchers has found there is an awful lot of it.Interstellar space has enough of the greasy, likely toxic carbon substance that UNSW professor and study co-author Tim Schmidt says it might accumulate on any theoretical future interstellar craft, the Guardian reported:The Australian-Turkish team discovered more than expected: 10 billion trillion trillion tonnes of gloop, or enough for 40 trillion trillion trillion packs of butter.Prof Tim Schmidt, a chemist at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and co-author of the study, said that the windscreen of a future spaceship travelling through interstellar space might be expected to get a sticky coating.“Amongst other stuff it’ll run into is interstellar dust, which is partly grease, partly soot and partly silicates like sand,” he said, adding that the grease is swept away within our own solar system by the solar wind.
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The 4th of July is coming up, and though we haven't seen an onslaught of deals yet, we have collected nine solid discounts that you should check out this week.We've got a deal for WIRED readers on the Bitdefender Box, which is a router with built-in security features, and several more picks that we found with a little help from the team at TechBargains.This deal for WIRED readers makes the Bitdefender Box a bit more affordable.The Box is a wireless router that also keeps your devices secure with built-in antivirus, a firewall, and other software.Is your baby monitor actually secure?Chances are, probably not, but the Box serves as additional protection.
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DevOps — the branch of enterprise IT that involves both products and best-practices for developers to build, test and run apps and other software — is on track to be worth nearly $13 billion by 2025.The company isn’t readily disclosing its valuation — although we are trying to find out — but according to Pitchbook, its last disclosed valuation was in 2014, when it raised $40 million and was valued at $652 million post-money.But Puppet has grown more than two-fold in the last four years: back then, it had 18,000 customers, including the likes of Google, Twitter, Salesforce and AT Now, it says it has over 40,000 companies as customers, “including more than 75 percent of the Fortune 100” using both its open source and commercial products—use Puppet’s open source and commercial DevOps solutions, and it’s expanded internationally and has made a couple of acquisitions (including the startup Reflect earlier this month).“Our rapid growth and international expansion is a testament to the rising demand for DevOps transformation, software automation and the pressing need for enterprises to navigate the new world of software delivery.That’s why we’ve been so focused on expanding our product portfolio—to empower customers to discover, deliver and operate software across their cloud and containerized environments,” said Sanjay Mirchandani, CEO, Puppet, in a statement.It helps us better support our customers’ journey to pervasive automation.”
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£13m thing aims to get newbies playing with the big boysMatt Hancock, the only UK government minister to have his own social networking app, opened a £13m London infosec creche this morning.The Minister of Fun cut the ribbon on the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement, which styles itself LORCA – though any connection with the early 20th century Spanish poet and playwright appears to be purely accidental."It's fantastic to open this new centre where some of our most talented entrepreneurs and innovative companies will develop the cyber security technology of tomorrow.This will boost London's booming tech sector and benefit businesses across the country," said Hancock, formally known as the Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Sport and Digital – y'know, the "fun" stuff.The point of LORCA is to act as a tech creche; that is, one of these government-funded initiatives that will "help some of the UK's brightest cyber security stars across all stages of growth address business challenges and achieve greater impact with their innovative solutions," as they put it.
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On May 31st in Shenzhen, Xiaomi released its new generation of Mi Band – Xiaomi Mi Band 3 alongside other Xiaomi devices.At the time of release, this band comes in three colour variants – Orange, Blue, and Black.Now, a new version of this bracelet just appeared online.This version is called Xiaomi Mi Band 3 Explorer Edition and it comes with a translucent band.This is quite out-of-the-line because the phrase “Explorer Edition” is usually used for Xiaomi smartphone lineups like the Xiaomi Mi 6 Bright Silver Explorer Edition or the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition.This band was displayed on Weibo and it is currently available in black, orange and blue colours just like the regular version.
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Iphone X kunde ha skeppats helt utan lightning-kontakt.Det framgår i samma rapport från Bloombergs Mark Gurman som hävdade att Airpower efter många problem till slut kan lanseras i september i år.Enligt uppgifterna ska Apple alltså ha övervägt att lansera Iphone X helt utan lightning-port och istället förlita sig på trådlös synkronisering av data, trådlös säkerhetskopiering och även trådlös laddning.Idag vet vi dock att så inte blev fallet.Vid tidpunkten för lanseringen av Iphone X var trådlös laddning på Iphone fortfarande långsammare än den medföljande fem watt-laddaren, och är fortfarande idag betydligt långsammare än snabbladdning med en usb-c-laddare.Dessutom skulle det ha höjt priset på den redan dyra Iphone X ytterligare om en trådlös laddplatta skulle skeppas med varje Iphone.
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