Val Strefeler

Val Strefeler

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Certainly not this year's San Diego Comic-Con.Compare that with last year, when Stranger Things, Game of Thrones and Westworld had key panels, and Marvel showed up with exclusive footage to Infinity War, concept art for Captain Marvel and teases for Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok.A dozen episodes will follow the further adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano and Obi-Wan Kenobi."I'm just going to walk in," said Jeremy Wong, a 34-year-old project manager for a construction management firm in San Mateo, California, who has waited in line for Comic-Con's famed Hall H presentations every year since 2012.Actor Jason Momoa was among the highlights of last year's Justice League presentation, triumphantly charging down the aisle of the Hall H audience and leaving fans in stitches with his antics.At the DC booth, costumes for Shazam were on display.
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2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid drops base price by $1,350All power windows aren't created equalWhy all your car's windows aren't automaticVolvo shifts US-bound XC60 production from China to dodge tariffsNissan Leaf Nismo EV packs custom tuning, more aggressive looksYour Uber could now come with snacks, drinks, electronics
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Kaggle, winner of the 7th Founder Showcase, recently announced a plan to join forces with EMC Corporation through its Greenplum division.The two aim to tackle the problematic shortage and heavy demand for data scientists by using an integration between Kaggle's data science community and EMC Greenplum Chorus.Just five months after winning the 7th Founder Showcase, Kaggle raised an $11m round led by Index Ventures and Khosla Ventures, SV Angel, and Yuri Milner.Purchase your tickets to the November 7th Showcase where we will help launch several more promising startups like Kaggle to greatness.According to a May 2011 report, 'Big Data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity' from the McKinsey Global Institute, there is a shortage of talent necessary for organizations to take advantage of Big Data.This shortage of talent is widely believed to be the biggest block to the wholesale adoption of Big Data by industry and creates difficulties for Big Data companies to access data scientists.
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Ask any startup founder, and they'll tell you that there were multiple times where they considered giving up and returning to the safe, yet relatively unexciting, realm of a 9 to 5 day job.Motivation and your ability to dig deep and keep going even when everyone tells you to stop or when people cease to believe, is one of the critical things that separates those who succeed from those who litter the pages of startup history.Your level of motivation day in day out has a direct impact on all of the following, just to name a few:Getting S**t done: You ability to stay motivated is the primary driver in your ability as an entrepreneur to get things done.Whether it's those extra few lines of code, making 10 additional phones calls or making your 100th investor pitch, ultimately running a business and your ability to deliver is driven by how motivated you are to get the job done.Enrolling others: I talk about this often as a coach.
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Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute.To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.A company’s brand has the power to shape customer expectations before they have even experienced the product.In the video below, Robin Chase explains that if the "promise through branding is matched by the experience" through execution, customers will continue to come back and spread the word.Robin is the Co-Founder and former CEO of the largest global car sharing service, Zipcar, which went public in April 2011.She also founded GoLoco, Meadow Networks, sits on two national advisory committees for the US government, and was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
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Silicon Valley grad, Udemy, an online education portal that features thousands of courses taught by experts all over the world, recently launched a new iPad app, taking it’s nearly 5,000 courses mobile.With increased access to Udemy’s diverse selection of content, the platform’s 350,000+ users can now utilize their iPads for higher education and professional development while on the go or during their leisure time.Think twice next time you pick up the iPad to play a game or suft the web; instead visit the Apple itunes store and download Udemy's new app to start learning.The site offers both free and paid courses on subjects ranging from entrepreneurship to vegan cooking.Click here to get started today.“The future of learning is mobile and the iPad is the perfect lifelong learning device,” Eren Bali, CEO and co-founder of Udemy, said in a statement.
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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings' company will be reporting its second-quarter results Monday afternoon.Reuters/Mike BlakeNetflix will release its second-quarter results after the bell on Monday, and analysts have high hopes for the report.Here's what Wall Street is expecting, on average, and how those expectations compare with the company's results from the same period last year:In second quarter last year, Netflix posted $2.79 billion in sales.Earnings per share: 79.4 cents.In the second quarter of 2017, it earned 15 cents a share.
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As you may have heard, Apple released new MacBook Pros earlier this week, featuring the usual processor and RAM updates, along with True Tone displays.Less touted, however, was an “improved third-generation keyboard” which only promises to offer a quieter typing experience.Apple didn’t say anything about making real changes to the keyboard’s butterfly switch mechanism, leaving us wondering if they’d even addressed the recently acknowledged “sticky key” problem.As it turns out, they did.The teardown pros at iFixit have discovered that Apple may have in fact improved the new MacBook Pros’ keyboards to prevent dust and other particles from getting stuck under individual keys, but just kept quiet about it.In their teardown of a 15-inch model, iFixit found a new silicone membrane under each key of the laptop’s keyboard.
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Following the Season 5 update for Fortnite, some PlayStation 4 players are reporting issues joining other players’ parties, making it impossible to play Duos and Squads.Epic Games has acknowledged these reports, stating earlier today that it is “monitoring” the situation with plans to update gamers when the issue is fixed.After installing the Season 5 update, some PlayStation 4 console owners began reporting issues with the in-game party feature.According to reports, some players are experiencing issues joining a party or inviting others into their own party.Friends can’t play Duos and Squads mode without joining the same party, leaving players with Solo and 50v50.Epic said in a tweet posted on the official Fortnite Twitter account, “You may run into issues partying with your squad on Playstation.
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Moving Day on July 1 in Québec is a local tradition that strikes a curious tone for those who don’t live there.Though it’s not a legal requirement, many years back, the province mandated that all leases for properties were to end on that day, which also happens to fall on Canada Day, the country’s biggest holiday.In Montréal, a little over 63 percent of people rent their homes—an estimated 130,000 people—and hit the streets (and moving vans) in a day-long pilgrimage to get into their new domiciles.Putting it into a more American context, imagine if the entirety of New Haven, Connecticut or Thousand Oaks, California picked up and moved from one place to the next in the same day.To ease the pain of lugging queen-sized mattresses, couches and the many, many boxes, McDonald’s used the latter form to celebrate this unique day.In a series of ads from Cossette, fries, coffee and ice cream serve as the canvas, using boxes for a clever spin to entice those participating in the nomadic day to try the brand’s app.
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In progress: Capturing Donald Glover dance in This Is America video.Using Macintosh SE computer, MacPaint software & MacroMind software.A post shared by Pinot W. Ichwandardi (@pinot) on Jul 4, 2018 at 4:18pm PDTLooks like Donald Glover has some creative fans.Artist Wahyu Ichwandardi (aka Pinot) is paying homage to Glover by recreating the This is America music video with an Apple Macintosh SE computer from the 80s and some old-school Mac software.The result is a little pixelated version of Glover that dances in perfect unison with the real-life Glover.
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It may be the middle of summer, but it's beginning to feel a lot like November.Amazon Prime Day is just around the corner, and last week Dell unveiled its Black Friday in July sales event.Both Dell Home and Dell Small Business are offering Black Friday-esque deals on computers, TVs, and other electronics.Even better, in addition to the deals already listed, both sites will be featuring Black Friday-style doorbuster deals each day July 9 to 13.And in Black Friday style, Dell is dubbing next week "Cyber Week" and will feature new doorbusters July 16 to 20.To make it easier for you, we've listed the doorbuster deals below so you don't have to go searching for them.
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Your email might not be safe from prying eyes, whether you’re using Gmail, Yahoo!A recent report revealed how some developers have no qualms about letting their employees read emails that pass through their apps.Google has responded with a blog post that explains how it has mechanisms in place to prevent such abuse.Except said mechanism doesn’t seem to protect users from such third-parties and, maybe, even from Google itself.Google has stopped giving human employees access to emails after reports of its business practice came to light.And, according to those developers, it’s common knowledge, tech’s dirty secret.
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It's Independence Day in the US, and much of our staff is at work near a grill with ketchup and mustard handy instead of office supplies.Back in 2013, a certain hydrophobic sealant called Ultra-Ever Dry swept through a niche portion of the Internet thanks to what seemed like a too-good-to-be-true demo video that went viral.Being the rigorous reviewers we are, Ars couldn't sit this one out.The piece originally ran on May 21, 2013; it appears unchanged below.A mysterious hand is getting ready to soak this thing with a squeeze bottle full of water, but the first squirt yields puzzling results.Applying the coatings to anything inside a house or apartment is absolutely out of the question.
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Infinite battery life powered by youUnique forms of fitness trackingIt’s about time the smartwatch fitness tracker industry did something interesting.However, that a digital watch with notifications, a stopwatch, and more never needs a charge is really interesting.It’s got a clock (of course), as well as a stopwatch mode and a running mode.It can receive notifications (SMS and phone calls), count calories, steps, and track sleep.
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Considering we live in a world where MIT researchers created Norman, a psychopathic AI, it makes sense -- perhaps we'll soon occupy a future where we have to "treat" AI for potential personality disorders, in much the same way we treat human beings.That's the position of researchers from Kansas State University.They believe that as artificial intelligence grows in complexity there's a real chance it could fall prey to "challenges of complexity" -- meaning personality disorders.Perhaps AI could benefit from decades of knowledge in how we treat and help human beings suffering with PTSD, depression or psychosis?Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, for example, tries to systematically change behaviour patterns in human beings.Why couldn't similar logistical processes be used to change the behaviour of rogue AI in the future?
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Eighteen more Chromebooks are getting support for Linux apps on Chrome OS, with laptops based in Intel’s Apollo Lake architecture now able to run the applications, via XDA Developers.That list includes computers from Lenovo (Thinkpad 11e Chromebook), Acer (Chromebook Spin 11 and Chromebook 15), Asus (Chromebook Flip), and Dell (Dell Chromebook 11) — check the full list at XDA’s site to see if your machine is included.Previously, Linux apps worked on the Google Pixelbook and Samsung Chromebook Plus, but support for the Apollo Lake machines should open it up to a much wider range of users — and more importantly, to a much wider range of laptop price points.The update is still in the works, so Canary and Developer channel users will see the added support first, with customers on the main, final Chrome OS branch not set to get the update until the next version of Chrome (Chrome 69) rolls out later this year.
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The Google Home has finally picked up the ability to speak Spanish.Though Spanish was available as part of the Google Assistant for some time now, for whatever reason it wasn’t available through the Home, Home Mini, or Home Max.Spanish support started to quietly roll out two weeks ago, and now Google is formally announcing the feature.Three localized versions of Spanish are available: one for Spain, Mexico, and the US.The Home and Home Mini actually launched in Spain last week (where, obviously, Spanish support was available from the start), and Google is also bringing those devices to Mexico as of today.If you already own a Google Home and want to change it to Spanish, you can do that by going into the Assistant’s settings on your phone, selecting your smart speaker in the “devices” menu, and then tapping on “Assistant language.”
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Scientists led by Daigo Shoji from the Earth-Life Science Institute (Tokyo Institute of Technology) have shown that an artificial intelligence program called a Convolutional Neural Network can be trained to categorize volcanic ash particle shapes.Because the shapes of volcanic particles are linked to the type of volcanic eruption, this categorization can help provide information on eruptions and aid volcanic hazard mitigation efforts.Volcanic eruptions come in many different forms, from the explosive eruptions of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull in 2010, which disrupted European air travel for a week, to the Hawaiian Islands' relatively tranquil May 2018 lava flows.Likewise, these eruptions have different associated threats, from ash clouds to lava.Classification by eye is the usual method, but it is slow, subjective, and limited by the availability of experienced volcanologists.Conventional computer programs are quick to classify particles by objective parameters, like circularity, but the selection of parameters remains the task because simple shape categorized by one parameter is rarely found in nature.
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Normally, you’d expect launch dates for product launches to be dished out by company officials.But it looks like Xiaomi has just outsourced half of that duty to Xiao AI, its own AI assistant.The AI that resides in Chinese phones for now, revealed yesterday that there is a new product incoming on July 3.While we just had the Redmi 6 Pro and Mi Pad 4 drop today, we can only speculate which new device is launching so soon.It would most likely not be a Mi Max 3 even though the device looks ready for launch.That’s because two new launches have just taken place.
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