Toby Taft

Toby Taft

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In fact, we are exposing some of our patented techniques on how to get press for your startup, which we have whittled down to make getting press a foolproof process that is insanely effective.Either way, it’s a process that requires using the right tools with a finessed touch and we are going to tell you exactly how we do it.So if we are going to shoot ourselves in the foot, let’s make it quick and painless for everyone…In fact, a study by Moz showed that 99.2% of the top 50 search engine results had at least one external link leading back to the page.Groove reported a 12,024% increase in traffic by using press coverage as one of their zero-cost strategies to website growth.This means that buyers are looking for the best and most effective choice that they can find.
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p Sergey Brin is aiming high.The Google co-founder and current president of Alphabet Inc., is allegedly building the world's biggest airship, according to The Guardian.The craft is supposedly being built in a giant NASA hangar and will measure nearly 650 feet long (or 200 meters).It's estimated to cost around $100 to $150 million dollars."Sergey is pretty innovative and forward looking," said airship designer Igor Pasternak in an interview with the Guardian."Trucks are only as good as your roads, trains can only go where you have rails, and planes need airports.
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p Samsung Electronics has confirmed it is investigating claims by a German hacking group that it fooled the iris recognition system of the new flagship Galaxy S8 device.The launch of the Galaxy S8 was a key step for the world’s largest smartphone maker as it sought to move on from last year’s humiliating withdrawal of the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7, which hammered the firm’s once-stellar reputation.But a video posted by the Chaos Computer Club (CCC), a German hacking group founded in 1981, shows the Galaxy S8 – which is being officially released in Hong Kong today – being unlocked using a printed photo of the owner’s eye covered with a contact lens to replicate the curvature of a real eyeball.“A high-resolution picture from the internet is sufficient to capture an iris,” CCC spokesman Dirk Engling said, adding: “Ironically, we got the best results with laser printers made by Samsung.”A Samsung spokeswoman said it was aware of the report and was investigating.The iris scanning technology was “developed through rigorous testing”, the firm said in a statement as it sought to reassure customers.
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p In fresh analysis of the WannaCry ransomware attack which impacted more than 150 countries earlier this month, cybersecurity sleuths at US firm Symantec now believe it is "highly likely" that a North Korean hacking team known as "Lazarus Group" was involved.In a blog post this week (22 May), the researchers detailed their probe into previous versions of WannaCry – a form of malware which locks down computers until a ransom is paid to the hackers."Analysis of these early WannaCry attacks [...] revealed substantial commonalities in the tools, techniques, and infrastructure used by the attackers and those seen in previous Lazarus attacks, making it highly likely that Lazarus was behind the spread of WannaCry," the blog post read.The Lazarus Group has long been linked to the reclusive North Korea regime, however its true scope and level of financial resources remain unclear.In this instance, however, Symantec said the WannaCry attacks "do not bear the hallmarks of a nation-state campaign but are more typical of a cybercrime campaign."Later, on 27 March, analysis revealed at least five more organisations had been infected by the ransomware.
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p On the road to making machines artificially intelligent, everything needs to be taught, even the facial structure of a dog that looks like a mop.In this episode of Judah vs. the Machines, actor Judah Friedlander sets about his goal of “challenging the world’s top artificial intelligence robots for the sake of humanity” by taking a look at Facebook’s applied machine learning team.The actor, best known for his portrayal of Frank Rossitano on NBC’s much-loved 30 Rock, descends on the Menlo Park campus at 1 Hacker Way to get a little taste of what life is like working at one of the world’s biggest tech companies.After exhausting all of the campus’s free perks, Friedlander tests the wits of FB’s machine learning team.The AI he’s examining isn’t combating fake news or sensitive content on Facebook Live — it’s computer vision tech doing the all-important task of guessing dog breeds.To find out what the deal was with Facebook’s dog love, Friedlander had the chance to sit down with Joaquin Candela, who is the director of applied machine learning at Facebook.
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p Embrace.io says it can help developers understand the performance of their apps — and determine whether things like bugs or slow load times are actually driving users away.The company just announced that it has raised $2.5 million in seed funding led by Eniac Ventures, with participation from The Chernin Group, Techstars Ventures, BoxGroup and others.CEO Eric Futoran (pictured above with his co-founders Maggie Shih and Fredric Newberg) told me that existing mobile analytics products are built primarily for marketers.So if a developer wants to understand the technical reasons why people are leaving their app, they’re basically “blind to it,” he said, or they have to build their own “jury-rigged” products.Futoran said he experienced this himself as a co-founder at mobile gaming company Scopely.If he wanted answers to these kinds of app performance questions, he said he’d “walk up to my lead engineer’s desk,” but the engineer would just “shrug and say there’s no way to reproduce the issue.”
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p Among the many new Google Assistant hardware partners announced at I/O, one stands out.Mobvoi, the maker of the Ticwatch 2, will be the first Chinese company to produce an Assistant-equipped device.This is notable because, as you know, Google isn’t exactly popular in China.The Tichome Mini is a muffin-top version of Google Home, an ultra-portable, small circular speaker disc that is battery-powered to boot.There’s no pricing or release information available yet, but it will be coming to the US later this year.While it will feature full Assistant support, I wouldn’t be surprised if it loses its always-listening abilities when it is running on battery power.
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p Like I said in the title, I work for a local audiology, speech pathology, and medicine clinic but lately we have been offering continued education courses for audiologists, and speech pathologists and therapists.We're using email as our main marketing tool so I created a Gmail account.Today I found out that there's a limit on 500 emails per day, but we have more than 500 contacts to send to.Is there a safe and effective program I can use to send unlimited bulk emails?Preferably free if it's an option.I' appreciate it a lot.
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p A mere three months after the European Commission proposed allowing OTT service subscribers to access their subscriptions when abroad the European Parliament has approved it.But don’t start planning your holiday box set streaming binge just yet.The approval of two massive bureaucratic bodies is just the start of the process in Euro-land; the draft law still needs the approval of the EU Council of Ministers.And three months seems to have been viewed in hindsight as needlessly hasty, so the Council has been given nine months to find its rubber stamp.“European citizens have been waiting for these new rules, which represent a step towards a common digital market,” said Jean-Marie Cavada, described as a Rapporteur in the announcement.“The news rules increase mobility and successfully offer portability to users of European online content, without affecting copyright.”
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p Hallitus ei tule saavuttamaan julkisen talouden tasapainottamista koskevia tavoitteitaan, toteaa talouspolitiikan arviointineuvosto eduskunnan valtiovarainvaliokunnalle jättämässään lausunnossa.Lausunto liittyy julkisen talouden suunnitelmaan vuosille 2018–2021.Neuvosto toteaa, että mikään hallituksen talouskasvuun liittyvistä ennusteista tuskin tulee toteutumaan.Arviointineuvoston mukaan tarvitaan uusia toimenpiteitä, jotta hallituksen tavoitteet julkisen talouden tasapainottamisesta ja työllisyysasteen kasvusta toteutuisivat.Ennusteiden valossa suhdannetilanteen muutokset huomioiva rakenteellinen jäämä ei kohene vuosina 2017–2019 siinä määrin kuin vakaus- ja kasvusopimus sitä edellyttäisivät.Tämän vuoden aikana toteutetut veroleikkaukset kasvattavat kestävyysvajetta ja lisäävät tarvetta sopeutustoimille tulevina vuosina.
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p Yhdysvaltain presidentti Donald Trump on paljastanut erittäin salaisiksi luokiteltuja tiedustelutietoja Venäjän ulkoministerille Sergei Lavroville sekä Venäjän suurlähettiläälle, kertoo The Washington Post, joka perustaa tietonsa hallinnossa työskenteleviin, nimettömiin lähteisiin.Lavrov ja suurlähettiläs vierailivat Valkoisessa talossa viime viikolla.Washington Postin mukaan venäläisille kerrotut tiedustelutiedot käsittelevät terroristijärjestö Isisiä ja terrorismiuhkaa, joka liittyy kannettavien tietokoneiden käyttöön lentokoneissa.Lehden lähteiden mukaan Yhdysvallat oli pitänyt tietoja salassa jopa läheisimmiltä liittolaisiltaan.Trumpin kansallisen turvallisuuden neuvonantajan H.R.McMasterin mukaan tieto on väärä, eikä lehden väittämä pidä paikkansa.
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Viime viikolla Työeläkevakuuttajat Telan ekonomisti Mauri Kotamäki kritisoi Talouselämässä sitä, että ansiopäivärahan ansio-osa rahoitetaan työttömyysvakuutusmaksulla, joka lankeaa kaikkien palkansaajien maksettavaksi.Se on huomattavasti suurempi maksu kuin työntekijän osuus.Käsitys järjestelmän epäoikeudenmukaisuudesta elää Yksityisten työttömyyskassan YTK:n työttömyysturva-asiantuntijan Petja Eklundin mielestä siksi, että sillä on ideologista ja populistista käyttöarvoa.Eklundin mukaan Kotamäen väitöskirjassa ei haeta syitä järjestelmän epäoikeudenmukaisuudelle, vaan se on ennemminkin perustelu tutkimuksen varsinaiselle kohteelle, eli vaihtoehtoiselle rahoitusjärjestelmälle, joka toisi kaikki kansalaiset ansiosidonnaisen työttömyysturvan piiriin.”Työmarkkinatuen varassa on nuoria, jotka eivät ole täyttäneet työssäoloehtoa sekä pitkäaikaistyöttömiä, jotka ovat enimmäismaksuajan käyttäneet.Yleinen työttömyysvakuutus ei muuta tilannetta, koska ei ole ansioita, joiden perusteella ansioturva laskettaisiin.”
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p This morning, the world held its breath as people returned to work and booted up their computers to see if a creepy red sign would appear informing them they were a victim of digital black mail./p p “Several new variants have emerged during Sunday and last night, of which only one appears to have [gotten] some very limited traction,” said Costin Raiu, director of Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis team (GReAT).“The other variants appear to have been manually patched by unknown entities and have not been created by the original Wannacry authors.And this means that on this grim Monday morning, there is ample blame to go around.The focus too often is on short-term costs and savings.There apparently had been neither the will nor the skill nor the resources to update to more recent versions.
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p Senior citizens and technology don't always get along.But in a parody ad aired on "Saturday Night Live" on Saturday, Amazon solved that problem, inventing "Amazon Echo Silver -- For The Greatest Generation."And it's kind of a shame it's not real, even for some of the younger set.For one thing, this version of Amazon's smart speaker responds to any randomly close name to "Alexa" that an elderly person might come up with -- Allegra, Anita, Odessa, Aretha, Excedrin, whatever.It patiently repeats answers over and over, even after the asker has forgotten the question.It dutifully reminds them their favorite ballplayer died in the 1980s, fills them in on what the young people goofing off on the street corner are up to, and helps them find the phone they've lost (it's in your right hand).
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p I hate the fact that Google’s Allo messaging service has some pretty cool features, because none of my friends are on it and so I can’t use them.Thanks to its latest update, I hate the app even more.It can now generate a sweet sticker pack based on your selfie, with a hand-illustrated look across the entire lot.You can even customize facial features to personalize the stickers, which can help you express a wide range of emotions (including the feeling of being human garbage).I’m usually not one for littering IM conversations with stickers, but if I had to use them, I’d certainly appreciate being able to have my ugly mug in them.To create this feature, Google’s Allo team worked with Machine Perception researchers at the company to create an algorithm that can pick out easily recognizable features features in a person’s face, abstracting away details that don’t matter quite as much.
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the Finnish social security benefits, the minimum level is insufficient, the European social rights committee said last Wednesday.nordea's consumer economist Olli Kärkkäinen now estimates that unemployment benefits increase in the level of the committee of the stricter requirement would mean up to 2.2 billion additional decline in the unemployment security expenditure.the Committee decided to keep the Finnish level regarded as insufficient, because it compares the preferences of Finnish middle-income."currently, the labour market subsidy level is around 700 €/month.taking into account the tax effect, means the committee's decision that the labour market support level should be raised to about eur 1 250 per month.If the target to take 40% of the median income, the need for labour market support increased ”only” by 40 per cent to less than one thousand euros", Kärkkäinen writes.
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p “It can be overwhelming to walk into a retailer and see all the TVs on the wall.It’s intense, definitely, and more than a little deceitful.But let’s not focus on that god-awful practice for a minute.We comment on how this LG OLED might look better than Samsung’s new QLED screen, at least in terms of contrast, and quibble over whether Android TV is the best or the worst thing to ever happen to televisions in the last century.But for others, like my parents, this section of the store – and in particular this wall of TVs – is nothing but a bunch of seemingly identical screens.As long as the TV looks good and doesn’t cost much, they’re happy.
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I Felt the staff, because I have previously worked in this house.When I was elected to the theater director, was the Little theater's creative director Raila alder on retiring.I am confident that Ina will lead Lillania own personality, although I don't in everyday life to see her in actual leadership situations: the Ina manager.we Learn to know each other better while we work.on the other Hand, my picture Ina has remained the same as the first meeting.Ina to understand why someone might experience something bad, but not let it still affect too many decisions.
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p Intel has told a court that MGT Capital Investments has gone ahead with the announcement of the “John McAfee Privacy Phone,” even though the company that proposes to change its name to “John McAfee Global Technologies” has previously said that it did not plan to launch products and services under the McAfee mark.The chipmaker claims it acquired the mark when it bought McAfee Inc. in 2011, and has used and promoted it for security products, services, and publications for consumers and businesses.Security expert John McAfee has stated that he did not sign away rights to his personal name.Intel spun off last month its security business as a separate company, called McAfee, in which it now owns 49 percent of the equity, with the balance owned by investment firm TPG.The federal court had earlier refused John McAfee and MGT Capital a preliminary injunction until the resolution of the dispute on Intel’s transfer of marks and related assets containing the word McAfee as part of the spin-out.MGT Capital, which has John McAfee as CEO and executive chairman of the board, has indicated its interest in diversifying into the security market.
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p Germany is showing the world what's possible with a sufficient investment in renewable energy.Germany is kicking all kinds of sustainable butt when it comes to its use of renewable energy sources.According to recently released figures, for the last weekend of April, the country established a jaw-dropping new national record in this department — with 85 percent of all electricity consumed in Germany being produced through wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric power.Aided by a seasonal combination of windy but sunny weather, during that weekend the majority of Germany’s coal-fired power stations weren’t even operating, while nuclear power stations (which the country plans to phase out by the year 2022) were massively reduced in output.To be clear, this is impressive even by Germany’s progressive standards.By comparison, in March just over 40 percent of all electricity consumed in the country came from renewable sources.
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