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The veteran fund manager Neil Woodford has received a multi-million pound windfall from Mastercard trialling a fingerprint-scanning credit card.Mr Woodford’s Patient Capital Trust has a 26pc holding in IDEX, the Norwegian company whose sensor is included in the next-generation biometric technology.Mastercard disclosed on Thursday it was testing a card that replaces the four-digit credit card PIN with a fingerprint scanner.Shares in Oslo-listed IDEX, which develops the scanner, surged 18pc over Thursday and Friday.Mr Woodford saw the trust’s stake in the company rise to more than £100m as IDEX increased in value by £62m.Invesco Perpetual also retains a 16pc stake in the company.
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Unicorns are miraculous creatures, but do their powers transfer to the sparkly-sour limited-edition Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino?The GizmoSlip YouTube team loves to wrap smartphones in unexpected items and see if they can survive a fall -- for Easter, they slid a phone inside a chocolate bunny.In their latest test, published Saturday, they decided to play around with Starbucks' new bizarre drink (our Amanda Kooser taste-tested it, and we rounded up Twitter's many jokes about it here).The team bought 12 -- count 'em, 12 -- unicorn frappuccinos from a Portland, Oregon, Starbucks.Then they took a gleaming new Samsung Galaxy S8 and slipped it into one of the drinks.Good thing the phone is waterproof, because it had to sit in the frap for about an hour while they raced around to retrieve a forgotten component.
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From the ground, Earth looks like a boundless fertile plain that beckons to be explored and exploited.But astronauts would beg — and even plead — to differ."You realize that people often say, 'I hope to go to heaven when I die,'" Jim Lovell, an astronaut who flew on the Apollo 8 and Apollo 13 missions to the moon, recently told Business Insider."In reality, if you think about it, you go to heaven when you're born."Lovell has seen first-hand that we live on a tiny rock hopelessly lost in the void.He's also quick to tell you it's the only one we've got — a fragile spaceship for 7 billion people and counting:"You arrive on a planet that has the proper mass, has the gravity to contain water and an atmosphere, which are the very essentials for life.And you arrive on this planet that's orbiting a star just at the right distance — not too far to be too cold, or too close to be too hot — and just at the right distance to absorb that star's energy and then, with that energy, cause life to evolve here in the first place.
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So, with limited hours (and budget) working for yourself – how do you efficiently maximize your presence and get noticed by those who matter?You must focus on your market with laser-sharp precision, guiding your audience towards conversion; throwing out anything that won’t help you grow as a business or personal brand – incredibly useful when tasked with the many demands that come with being your own boss.There’s obviously a little more involved but with a clear goal, you can start a growth hacking campaign right now.Let’s look at the core principles for rapid results and the returns promised through growth hacking…Establish yourself by publishing impressive contentThe great WWW is awash with its fair share of both poor and awesome content.
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To get things done and stay away from watching funny videos or mindlessly scrolling Facebook you must give yourself a helping hand.According to ZDNet, Google Chrome is the most popular Internet browser in the world and it can be as dangerous as it can be useful if used with care.To help you focus, organize and stay motivated I compiled a list of 10 Chrome new tab extensions to help you achieve more.With Momentum, you can keep a to-do list, check the weather, set a specific goal for the day and more.Every single day you receive a completely new background and inspirational quote to keep you motivated.That’s right, now you can set Earth View from Google Maps as your new tab extension.
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The son of a prominent Russian lawmaker has been sentenced to 27 years in prison on Friday (21 April) for a massive computer hacking and credit card fraud scheme that caused nearly $170m (£132m) in damages.Roman Valeryevich Seleznev, 32, also known as Track2, was found guilty in August 2016 after infecting thousands of point-of-sale computers with malicious malware to steal credit card numbers and sell them on the dark market.Between October 2009 and 2013, Seleznev stole over 1.7 million credit card numbers from around 3,700 financial institutions and over 500 US businesses, including restaurants and pizza parlours in Washington.According to the Justice Department, the stolen data was then sent to servers he controlled in Russia, Ukraine and McLean, Virginia, bundled the credit card information into groups called "bases" and then sold it to buyers on various criminal "carding" sites on the Dark Web.Seleznev earned tens of millions of dollars from the vast cybersheme, officials said.In July 2014, he was arrested in Maldives following a years-long investigation by the US Secret Service that first began tracking his nefarious activities back in 2005.
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2017 is a time of serious political upheaval — but in the startup world, life must go on.Like the US, Europe has been shaken by populism over the past year, with Britain voting to leave the European Union in June 2016.The vote rocked the London tech community, widely regarded as the epicentre of the tech industry on the continent, with concerns ranging from potential hiring difficulties to the availability of venture capital to help startups grow.But the tech industry hasn't ground to a halt because of it.Startups need to sustain themselves and continue to grow — backed by a network of venture capital firms providing funding and guidance.Using data provided by tech and venture analysis firm Dealroom, Business Insider has ranked the 22 most prominent venture capital investors operating in Europe in 2017.So from Benchmark to Balderton Capital, here are the highest-profile VC firms in Europe today on the hunt for the next Spotify or Skype.A note on methodology: Unlike in previous years, where our European VC firm rankings have focused only on fund size, 2017's formula takes into account a number of factors, including deal activity, number of investments, number of exits, value of exits, European portfolio size, capital efficiency, and more.For the first time, the ranking also includes firms based outside of Europe that invest in the continent, as well as angel investors.You can read more about Dealroom's methdology here.
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The 2016 Moto Z and Moto Z Play promised a new direction for the Lenovo-owed smartphone titan, thanks largely to the array of the Moto Mods modular add-ons.While Moto Mods haven’t set the smartphone world alight amid waning enthusiasm for modular phones, new ones keep on coming.So it makes sense Motorola would continue the lineage with a 2017 edition.Rather than double down on the underwhelming Moto Z, it seems Moto is following up with a sequel to the better-received midranger, the Moto Z Play.On Friday, TechnoBuffalo posted the first purported Moto Z2 Play render, complete with the date June 8 pictured on the display.While that could signal a launch event date, it’s more likely to be a coincidence.
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“A good day is when no one shows up…and you don’t have to go anywhere,” says Burt’s Bees co-founder and namesake Burt Shavitz in the 2013 documentary Burt’s Buzz.This statement is a fairly good window into the life and times of the photojournalist turned beekeeper turned brand ambassador.Shavitz died in 2015 – and even though CPG giant Cloroxbought his eponymous personal care company for $925m in 2007, the Burt of Burt’s Bees – and his “quiet, uncomplicated life in nature” – remains core to the brand’s identity, too.And that’s why Burt’s Nature: A 360-Degree Tour is enabling virtual visits to Shavitz’s cabin in Parkman, Maine.It was relocated to the company’s headquarters in Durham, North Carolina in December 2016.To bring virtual visitors to Shavitz’s homestead, Burt’s Bees worked with Google and creative agencies Baldwin & and MediaMonks to create an on-site digital viewfinder that immerses visitors in the sights and sounds of rural Maine.
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Tech Junction is launching a new column that will bring you reports on the most watchable and insightful tech related events in Beijing.Our goal is to establish a tech community which connects thinkers and dealmakers around the world, and to exchange ideas in short and sharp dialogues among startups, tech and media professionals in China.Our first event covered in this new column is GMIC Beijing 2017.GMIC is a global tech conference network, and its Beijing conference is the largest in scale.Last year, it welcomed more than 700 speakers, 490 exhibitors, and hosted an astonishing 100,000 participants at its G-festival which showcased the newest highlights of the tech industry.The G-festival is a huge carnival with something for everyone: VR fights with ninjas and zombies, battles between giant robots (seriously), and live performances from top DJs.Visitors can expect a showcase of products which border on tech, entertainment, and art.
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Uber's star engineer Anthony Levandowski was "enticed" to copy valuable technology from Google and is now involved in a "cover up" to hide a device based on that technology, according to a new legal filing by Google's self-driving car unit Waymo.The device in question is a Lidar unit, the radar sensor that self-driving cars use to map their surroundings.
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FIFA 17 and Dragon Age: Origins are available now on EA's monthly subscription service.They’re also on Origin Access, the PC equivalent of the monthly service that offers a selection of free games and discounts on EA published titles.Launching last September for almost every single platform under the sun, FIFA 17 received a very warm reception from our resident footie fanatic Max Parker.“FIFA 17 is another strong entry in the iconic series, and one that looks to lay the groundwork for future titles by switching to a new engine.The hyper-realistic graphics are great, with facial expressions finally helping players look more than mannequins.”EA and Origin Access will cost you £3.99 a month, or you can grab a free trial period as a first-time user.
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NHS hospital shops in England are the latest to join the war on sugar, with a group of in-hospital food and drink providers agreeing to cut the amount of sugary liquids they sell to their captive audiences.Specifically, shops that sell stuff on hospital premises have been asked to limit their sales of sugary drinks so they account for just 10 per cent of their turnover from drinks sales.They've been given a year to hit this target, after which NHS England might look at completely banning the sale of luminous orange sugar-packed fruit drinks altogether should the limit not be achieved.Shops included in the sugary sales cutting initiative include WHSmith, Marks & Spencer, Subway and Greggs, with moves to limit price promotions and "extra free" initiatives already in place.NHS England's Simon Stevens said: "The NHS is in a great position to take action on the damage being caused by poor diet to the nation's health and the wider healthcare system.With more money spent each year on the treatment of obesity and diabetes than on the police, fire service and judicial system combined, urgent action is needed."
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The National Crime Agency has been looking at the ways the youth of the nation gets involved in cybercrime, and there's a lot more to it than simply buying a black hooded top and deciding to DDoS Barclays because of an unexpected overdraft fee.The NCA's paper [PDF] on the pathways to cybercrime says that many hackers start out modding games, then naturally progress to harder forms of hacking without really pausing to notice or think about the boundaries between hijinks and criminality.This means that the sort of seemingly nice stay-at-home kids who don't partake of nighttime muggings are entering the criminal world by the backdoor as it were, ending up with criminal records for what they consider a bit of harmless server modding.And they're not doing it for the money.The NCA says it's a weird kind of kudos thing, where kids are trying to breach security systems and cause trouble simply for the bragging rights the achievements come with, rather than for extortion or theft purposes.Richard Jones from the National Cyber Crime Unit's Prevent team said: "The aim of this assessment has been to understand the pathways offenders take, and identify the most effective intervention points to divert them towards a more positive path.
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The Genesis G80 keeps the price hikes to a minimum -- until you opt for the biggest engine.The 2018 Genesis G80 sedan starts at $41,400, for a model with rear-wheel drive and a 3.8-liter V6 putting out 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque.Adding all-wheel drive to the equation bumps the price up to a modest $43,900.Both prices are $350 higher than their 2017 equivalents.Two packages are available for 3.8-liter G80s.The $5,000 Premium Package (up $250 from last year) adds a panoramic sunroof, a 14-speaker Lexicon sound system, parking sensors, ventilated seats and a 7-inch display in the gauge cluster.
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is a great tool for quickly contacting friends and family, what if you want to take a break from chatting and would prefer not to be bothered?Did you know Messenger allows you to turn off chat so that you won’t appear in your friends’ “Active” lists?Friends can still send you messages even while you have chat turned off, but by appearing to be “inactive,” you may discourage them from doing so.If you’ve yet to try this feature yourself, our guide will show you how.Note: These screenshots were captured in the Facebook Messenger application on iOS.Tap “People” in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
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Google has responded to a barrage of criticism that it must do more to tackle online hate by launching a series of workshops for teenagers on how to tackle hate speech and fake news.The workshops, called Internet Citizens, will be launched by YouTube, the Google-owned video streaming service, for people aged 16 to 18 in cities across the UK as part of its Creators for Change programme.They are intended to raise awareness around issues such as tolerance, empathy and abuse online.The government pulled advertising from Google and YouTube last month after adverts funded by the taxpayer were placed alongside extremist content on the video site.An influential group of MPs from the home affairs select committee wrote to the company, accusing it of “profiting from hatred” just days after accusing Google, Twitter and Facebook of “commercial prostitution” because of a failure to tackle hate speech on their platforms.The Labour MP Yvette Cooper, chair of the committee, said that despite reassurances during a committee hearing that the companies did not allow hate speech or terrorist content to be monetised, media reports had revealed that was not the case.
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Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reached a new record high in 2016 and have continued to climb in the first two months of 2017, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported.(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)If climate change is not human-caused but carbon controls the atmospheric temperature, then what is the effect of all the carbon we are releasing?originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.I’m going to interpret the question as being curious about what the heck denialists think all of that excess CO2 is doing.Global warming is being caused by human CO2 emissions for the most part, along with methane, deforestation and a few other things.
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If you think that, tucked away in Alaska, there isn’t much in the way of creativity or outstanding work, Karen King, president and CEO of Spawn Ideas will certainly prove you wrong many times over.The full-service, independent shop, with offices in Denver and Seattle, embraces its Alaska — and it is an enticing environment steeped in the abundance of the state, especially the outdoors.In fact, the agency has been named one of Outside magazine’s best places to work for five years running.But what happens at the agency indoors (and, in fairness, outdoors as well) is testament to King’s leadership.A native Minnesotan, King is a mindful leader who embodies a form of leadership that is profound and caring — filled with passion and drive, much like the agency’s staff and the place they all call home — yet leavened with accountability, industry and hard work.King’s intellect and curiosity are perfect foils, bouncing off each other to form a world and work view that puts curiosity, generosity and cultural understanding at the fore.
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China is by far the world’s largest automotive market, a goldmine where consumers bought 24 million passenger cars last year.Sales are starting to slow somewhat after years of double-digit growth, but the country remains a top priority for automakers, who invariably roll into the Shanghai Auto Show with some of their coolest cars and concepts.The challenge lies in navigating the demands of the government, which wants to see electrics comprise 8 percent of all cars sold next year, and consumers who want big honkin’ SUVs.And so you see automakers unveiling both in Shanghai and hoping everyone finds something to love.General Motors unveiled a Chevrolet Volt wrapped in Buick bodywork—Buick is hugely popular in China.Jaguar and Audi showed off electric SUVs.
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