Val Strefeler

Val Strefeler

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When The Defenders launches tomorrow, fans will have been waiting two years, four months and eight days for that team-up of Marvel's street level heroes – but having had early access to the first half of the series (Netflix has only made episodes 1-4 available for review), we're sad to say they'll be waiting another three hours to see the team together.That's right – despite the truncated episode run, The Defenders falls victim to the same interminable slow-burn malaise that's afflicted most of the Marvel shows to date.Taking almost half of the entire season to bring the full team together is a bizarre decision, making the first two episodes feel especially drawn-out, with much of the opening episodes spent checking in on the main characters since the ends of their respective shows.Matt Murdock (Cox) is winning court cases, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is still a hard-drinking private investigator trying to avoid the limelight, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) is being released from prison, and Danny Rand/Iron Fist and Colleen Wing (Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick) are hunting members of The Hand – a conspiratorial organisation of super ninjas, which has been a recurrent antagonist throughout the Marvel shows – in Cambodia.With connections to The Hand and its long-whispered "plans" for New York City, she sets in motion a cataclysm that warrants bringing the heroes together... by the final act of episode three.Thankfully, The Defenders picks up steam in its fourth episode, with not only the main team physically together, but slowly, reluctantly bonding, even if most of them have little interest in actually teaming-up.
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When it comes to customer retention, two key actions can make or break your business:Delivering an unparalleled customer experienceThe first is about facilitating a profound change in your customer’s organization.According to Gallup, this one action is “the single greatest driver in generating growth for B2B companies”.When you transform your customer’s reality by dramatically improving their workflow, significantly reducing their costs, or helping them skyrocket their revenue, you make your product indispensable in the process.No wonder it’s a key ingredient in maximizing retention—it encourages habitual usage of your product.
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Bluboo’s 18:9 aspect ratio phone — the Bluboo S8 — presales finally kick off today.The company has just published a teardown video of the device over on Youtube, so without further ado, let’s have a look at the video below.In the video we’re shown most of the components the smartphone is made of, like the 3450mAh capacity battery, the front selfie camera, the Sony dual rear camera setup and the fingerprint scanner.Bluboo’s skilled technician then reassembles the S8 and it seems to work fine, proving that the smartphone is not that hard to repair if anything goes wrong.Over the weekend Bluboo also released their “review” of the handset also on Youtube, if you’re interested check out this video:The best features of the smartphone, as shown in the video, are its dimensions which are: 151.2X71.6X8.8mm, its weight of 193 grams and the dual camera setup on the back consisting of a Sony 16MP plus a 3MP secondary shooter.
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We’ve indulged in some pretty mammoth gaming sessions in our time but nothing that would come close to exhausting Razer’s Atheris mouse (£55).Even with an Overwatch-ready 7200 DPI optical sensor and sturdy wireless tech, its battery will keep you firing for over 300 hours.If you do manage to wear it out, all it takes to get the Atheris back up and running is a pair of AA batteries, so you can be back to your fragging in no time.It’s designed to be completely portable too, so you don’t even have to let inconsequential things like socialising, work, or the birth of your first child get in the way of your gaming.
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Aside from confusion over the general state of the world and why people everywhere are clutching glowing rectangles at all times, you might find it hard to believe 23 years had passed if you were to play Sonic Mania.Forget the speedy hedgehog's 3D escapades (be they the rather good Sonic Adventure duo or the less-said-the-better Rise of Lyric) – this pixel-perfect platformer hasn't skipped a beat from Sonic's 2D glory days on the Mega Drive.In fact, Sonic Mania does its best to ignore later games, whether they took place in the second or third dimension.As usual, Dr Robotnik – sorry, 1994-coma-gamer, officially it's Dr Eggman nowadays – has managed to grab it first, and with the assistance of his new robot henchmen, the "Hard Boiled Heavies", he's set to conquer the world.It's a pretty typical set up – but it's not like fans play these games for plot, after all – but it gives rise to a zippy tour of Sonic Zones that offer inventive twists on familiar locales, along with brand new areas to race around.From the pastoral Green Hill Zone to the debuting television-themed Studiopolis, Zones are bigger than ever, with flashes of recognisable terrain mixed in with new avenues to explore.
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Where we’re going, we don’t need roads,” Doc Brown says, before flipping down his reflective goggles and launching his nuclear-powered DeLorean into the air.He's not just the nephew of John DeLorean, founder of the short-lived automaker that's now best remembered for its car's starring role as a time machine in the Back to the Future movies.He is the CEO and chief designer of DeLorean Aerospace, the company he founded in 2012 to develop a real life flying car.Earlier generations of DeLoreans worked as coach builders, so although he may cringe at the name recognition he has accepted it.He plans to build a two-seat vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) personal air transport vehicle (what the rest of the world calls a flying car).That moves him well out of sci-fi movie cliche territory and into the company of Uber, Airbus, Darpa, Larry Page, and a ton of startups.
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If you've ever paused to gaze up at the sky just to watch the clouds, then you have something in common with NASA's Mars Curiosity rover.On July 17, the rover captured a series of images showing clouds moving across the Martian sky and the result is haunting.NASA enhanced and accelerated the sequence of images and released the animations on Thursday.The images represent Curiosity's best look yet at clouds on Mars."It is likely that the clouds are composed of crystals of water ice that condense out onto dust grains where it is cold in the atmosphere," said John Moores, a member of the Curiosity science team.He describes the wispy cloud patterns as "fall streaks" or "mare's tails," which also form on Earth at high altitudes.
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We should be dreaming, with one foot on the ground.”According to Rod White, that’s the kick-off point for Philips when approaching the look and feel of any new TV.He heads up the team responsible for the process, distilling the trends they sniff out at home design and fashion shows into tropes that can be applied to the traditional TV template – or used to change that template completely.Industrial design is of critical importance to Philips TV: a calling card 125 years in the making.Born in Eindhoven, the brand now draws on the best TV technology from across the world, but its European Design philosophy is stronger than ever.As far as Rod White is concerned, it all boils down to four key elements, as you’ll find out in the video below…
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As trading revenues plunge at bulge bracket investment banks, JPMorgan Chase & Co. is putting its faith in technology to drive growth.“We know in our hearts that if, in five years we are doing exactly what it is we are doing today, then we will not be the top franchise,” said David Hudson, JPMorgan’s global head of markets execution in an interview in Hong Kong.The second quarter was a tough one for the trading desks of big Wall Street banks, despite the growth in other departments.Hudson, who took up his role last year, has a remit to drive innovation in JPMorgan’s trading businesses around the world.Of that amount, about US$600 million was spent on emerging financial technology solutions, including building and improving digital and mobile services and partnering with fintech companies.“There’s a lot of focus on electronic trading.
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Yeah, that’s not going to happen, because we’ve rounded up the finest browser games around, and they’re all free.Many are HTML5-based and need a decent browser (Chrome’s a good bet), and some still need Flash.All are entertaining to the level you’ll set fire to your Xbox and live life entirely inside a browser.Oh, all right, they’re not quite that good, but if you can’t waste an insane number of hours playing these fab games, it must be because you hate fun itself.Additional words by Sam KieldsenButton-mashing casual retro shooters abound.
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The classic keyboard-and-mouse setup may be the preferred way to handle most PC games, but that doesn't stop some titles from playing their best with a controller.Thanks to Microsoft's plug-and-play wireless dongle, the Xbox One's gamepad makes an excellent go-to for PC play — and now an improved version is in the works.Microsoft is releasing a new model of its Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows on August 8 for $24.99 (about £20, AU$30).The USB-connected adapter is two-thirds smaller than its (conspicuously large) predecessor, now taking up the space of a small thumb drive.Besides its new size, the upgraded adapter maintains the same functionality (and price) of the original.By plugging the accessory into a Windows 10 PC, laptop or tablet, users can connect up to eight Xbox One controllers at once wirelessly.
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Humans should embrace the change smart machines offer society, says former chess world champion Garry Kasparov.In a speech at Def Con in Las Vegas he said the rise of artificially intelligent machines would not be a huge threat to humanity.However, he said, there was likely to be huge social change as the "shaky hands" of humans were replaced.Mr Kasparov welcomed the change and said it would be good if the effects could be accelerated.In a wide-ranging speech that drew on his experiences playing chess against IBM's Deep Blue computer and many other so-called smart machines, he sought to put the current rise of AI into historical context.Only now, he said, were we starting to get true AI by which he meant a "black box" which reached its decisions by itself and whose reasons for making those choices was impossible to unpick.
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Also appoints EE chief exec Marc Allera as consumer bossBT's profits plunged 42 per cent to £418m for the first quarter, as the former state monopoly paid off £225 in settlements in relation to the accounting scandal in Italy.The biz coughed up the cash rather than go to court with Deutsche Telekom and Orange, after it wrote down the value of its Italian unit by £530m in January when it uncovered years of "inappropriate behaviour".Sales rose 1 per cent to £5.8bn, compared to the same period last year.BT has also paid £42m in the quarter to Ofcom over its failure via Openreach to compensate other telecoms providers for delays to fixing leased line "Ethernet" services.Compensation payments to other comms providers are currently being finalised as part of its discussions with the affected parties.
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Live professional gaming will be broadcast on the BBC after the corporation signed a deal with Britain's biggest esports organisation Gfinity to air its Elite series.Four hours of coverage will be broadcast live each weekend over the next six weeks.The first broadcast will take place tonight (28 July) at 9pm on online channel BBC Three, and will feature Street Fighter 5 action from the Gfinity Esports Arena in London.Tomorrow the action will focus on Counter-Strike GO, and on Sunday it's the turn of Rocket League.Following tonight's 9pm broadcast, weekly shows will air from 8:45pm on Fridays, 9pm on Saturdays and 5pm on Sundays.Broadcasts will consist of live competition, "exclusive lifestyle segments and editorial coverage... focusing on the players and their storylines," a statement explains.
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Ever wondered what death will be like?While no one likes to think about the end of life, lots of us (including scientists) have a strange curiosity about that infamous light at the end of the tunnel.Now a team from University Hospital of Liège, Belgium, have been trying to figure out if death is the same for everyone; whether we all go through the same experience or have totally unique ones.And it seems they may be more personal than we previously thought.There are some well-known phenomena commonly cited as occurring before death, including seeing a bright light, experiencing a feeling of peace, having an out-of-body experience and perceiving a tunnel.Author Charlotte Martial said: “The aim of our study was to investigate the frequency distribution of these features, both globally and according to the position of features in narratives, as well as the most frequently reported temporality sequences of the different near-death-experience features.”
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Well here’s something you don’t see everyday — wild rabbits riding on the backs of sheep to flee rising floodwaters.The remarkable scene was captured by a New Zealand farmer who said he’s never witnessed anything quite like it.As reported in the Associated Press, the event was captured by Ferg Horne, 64, on July 22 on a farm near Dunedin, New Zealand.He was trudging through pouring rain on his way to help his neighbour rescue a flock of sheep from the floodwaters when he spotted some strange, dark shapes.On closer inspection he realised — to his shock — that the splotches were actually three wild rabbits, clinging to the tops of sheep for dear life.He quickly pulled out his smartphone to take a photo, but inadvertently began filming video.
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Er, according to these JS framework fansNode Summit As the Node Summit got underway in San Francisco on Wednesday, Charles Beeler, general partner at Rally Ventures, said the Node community has come a long way since 2012, when everyone was talking about Node.js and no one was using it.Initially released in 2009, the JavaScript runtime environment now has enough users and momentum that the nonprofit Node.js Foundation feels comfortable claiming that "Node.js is emerging as a universal development framework for digital transformation with a broad diversity of applications."Its claim is without much specificity, burdened with the meaningless jargon "digital transformation."There are some 8 million Node.js instances online at the moment, according to the survey, and three in four Node users say they will increase their usage over the next 12 months.Some 71 percent anticipated more usage and 2 per cent expected the opposite.
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nstagram has the highest engagement rate for brands among all social networks.And with all the hard innovation done lately *cough* it is a fascinating platform for brands to start putting it front and central in their social media strategy.If you already started or if you still need to start creating an account for your business, this post dives into all the steps required to get ahead of your competitors and build a strong brand on this powerful social network.Instagram is a colourful visual and expressive social network.It's time to show the world that you are too.
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You live on a steaming dunghill of complexity, vendors want to keep you there and your CIO's way out is early retirementKill something, find a leader, stop thinking about apps and start thinking about products, get seriously good at agile development and realise there is no finish line.Those are just some of the things organisations aspiring to become digital businesses need to achieve if they're to succeed according to Gartner's veep and fellow Andrew Kyte.Speaking at the firm's Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit in Sydney today, Kyte offered colourful advice on how organisations with mature application estates can become digital businesses – fast-moving organisations that can rapidly iterate the services they provide to customers and staff.Getting to that state requires mandatory engagement with continuous delivery, Kyte said.But that;s not easy given that most organisations have “30-40 years of investment in yesterdays's techs and architectures.”
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Fox’s new scifi sitcom The Orville wowed us in its first look, mainly because it managed to come off as both a loving homage to the campiest aspects of classic Star Trek while also being genuinely funny.The new Comic-Con trailer is much the same—reminding us that exploring the strange new frontiers can be a truly ridiculous endeavour.Very pointedly dropped just as Star Trek: Discovery began its panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the new trailer delivers a few more glimpses at the show’s premise than we got in the first one, but mainly decides to skip most of the jokes and focus on the big scale scifi action we can expect to see when the titular ship’s dysfunctional crew isn’t running their mouths off ever other second.Honestly, if The Orville can balance traditional Star Trek style action and its goofy ribbing of the beloved franchise, we could be in for something very fun—at the least, it’ll be nice to get two Trek-ish shows on TV this September with both this and Discovery.The Orville debuts on Fox September 10th.
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