Val Strefeler

Val Strefeler

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The European Space Agency has a trick question for you.It shared a photo showing the glowing orb of the sun with two objects dotting along in front of it, along with this caption: "Is it a bird?"The answer is yes, but the image also shows the International Space Station transiting our star.The line at a diagonal is the ISS, while the line going up and down shows a bird in flight.The photo comes from an astronomy club at the ESA's European Space Astronomy Centre near Madrid.Thanks to the camera's perspective, the bird appears to be the same size as the space station.
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With any iOS update also comes battery issues.Being able to handle iOS 11 isn’t a problem for the next-generation iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X, which all include an A11 Bionic chip.On Apple’s forums, multiple users have been complaining that their batteries have been draining extremely fast since downloading iOS 11.If you haven’t updated to iOS 11 yet, you might want to hold off until the issue gets fixed in the next update.Find which apps are taking up the most power by going to Settings > Battery power.There’s also always the option to contact the developer of the app if the issue continues to happen.
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Google introduced its Android Excellence collections in June.This was a new take on its Editor’s Choice category of the Google Play Store, highlighting what Google believes to be the best apps and games available at the moment.The fall selection of Android Excellence titles, which were picked because of their “strong focus on great design, an engaging user experience, and strong app performance,” were presented on October 1.The collection includes a few familiar faces — racing title Asphalt 8: Airborne is an old-favorite, as is budgeting app Mint — but there are bound to some interesting titles you haven’t previously heard of among them.Robinhood, in particular, could be worth a look.Check out the full Fall 2017 list below.
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With the recent announcements of Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore, the hype is building around AR becoming the next big thing after smartphones — the computing form factor that has dominated consumer technology in the past decade.After all, AR has the potential to have a global impact as massive as that of smartphones in the past decade.Some have even gone as far to claim that the death of the smartphone is imminent and inevitable at the hands of AR.However, to understand the rise of AR, we should look at the dotcom boom, not smartphones.This may seem trivial today but at the time it was revolutionary.Yet during that era, it was generally unclear how to best harness the internet to unlock its full potential.
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the Finnish Epic Foods Co. has collected half a million euros in additional funding.Epic Foods is an online kitchen that wants to offer its customers hand-made, high-quality and pure ingredients to prepare the meal bags.in Practice, Epic can be obtained through the family for a planned dinner, which is heated without pre-cook and store in the fridge home cooking way.Dosages order two days before delivery.epic's team I joined at the beginning of October in the past Stockmann Delicatessen consumer reseptii dip replied to Johanna Groove.in Addition, all of this gets delivered without additional fees,” Groove said in the announcement.
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A leading Russian telecommunications provider has stepped in to help the North Korean regime stay connected to the internet, a leading watchdog has revealed.38North, an academic research group dedicated to analysing the reclusive rogue nation, said on 1 October that Russia's TransTeleCom, or TTK, first started routing North Korean internet traffic from just after 17:30 Pyongyang time (9am GMT) on Sunday.The watchdog, citing statistics from web monitoring firm Dyn Research, said that the new internet connection will help back up an existing service offered by China.One cybersecurity expert told Reuters that the fresh link would be vital for coordinating cyberattacks.Despite denials from the state, the North's hackers have previously been linked to digital assaults including the sabotage of Sony Pictures back in 2014.More recently, the country has been tied to bitcoin heists and global ransomware outbreaks.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has allowed the Russian government to review the source code of its ArcSight cyber defense software.This software is the same system used by the Pentagon to secure its computer networks from cyber attacks.The code review was part of an effort for HPE to gain the certifications required to sell its products to the Russian private sector.The incident, first discovered by Reuters, had not been previously reported to any US authorities.This is not illegal though as there is currently no legislation that prevents companies from sharing source code with foreign governments to win contracts.The code review took place last year during a time when the US was blaming many high profile cyber attacks on Russia.
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News broke a couple of days ago of the world’s first* blockchain phone going into production, developed by Sirin Labs — creator of the $16,000 Solarin smartphone from 2016.The upcoming device, known as the Finney (after bitcoin pioneer Hal Finney), is said to run on a secure, open-source operating system called Shield OS, built on Android.It’s set to be developed following a crowdfunding campaign in October, and will start at $999, including a 5.2-inch QHD display, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of internal storage space, as well as a 16 MP main camera and 12 MP wide-angle selfie camera (the chipset it will make use of hasn’t yet been mentioned).But the device is not yet in production, and won’t be available for an estimated nine months after the crowdfunding campaign.Integrating a blockchain into a smartphone system is an interesting idea and could increase overall safety and accountability.This currency acts something like company shares, and a certain amount must be sold (in this case, the equivalent of $50 million dollars worth) for the offering to be successful, or the device won’t go on sale.
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It’s hard to re-enter society, but it might be easier for those returning citizens, like Simpson, whose NFL pension and luxury homes, along with the prospect of the new iPhone, await him, compared with the likely transition for those who will return to poverty.Like Simpson, when I came home from prison in 2014, after serving more than six years for identity-theft-related crimes, I had resources: money, my family's support, a driver's license that my parents had renewed in my absence.Even with all the advantages I had compared with other former prisoners, I would have been far better prepared for society if I had been primed for social media use prior to coming home.While the United States remains focused on the front end of criminal cases with attorney general Jeff Sessions announcing plans to lock up more people for longer, the real potential in justice reform is the ability to reduce recidivism.An oft-cited 2014 study from RAND found that recidivism drops 43 percent when prison students participate in education programs.Teachers, family and friends, and even volunteers puncture what seals prisoners off from the rest of humanity.
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You've had it with impersonal online interactions.You're tired of the digital distance created between you and your friends and family.So you invite your best bud over and hand her one of end an Experience Tube.You place the other end over your head and you are now deep into a new (but old) frontier of analog social media.The Experience Tube, which really is just a striped, stretchy tube of fabric, comes from Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico.Meow Wolf, sponsored in part by "Game of Thrones" author and Santa Fe resident George R.R.
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NEW YORK — Switzerland's financial watchdog, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, is concerned that some initial coin offerings are violating the country's laws against "terrorist financing."FINMA announced on Friday that it was looking into a number of ICOs for breaching "provisions on combating money laundering and terrorist financing" and other regulations.ICOs allow startups to issue their own digital token to raise, in some cases, millions of dollars in a matter of seconds.They've come under scrutiny by regulators because companies are often able to raise money through an ICO without disclosing substantive information to investors.FINMA said in a statement certain ICOs may be subject to existing financial regulations."Given the close resemblance, in some respects, between ICOs/token-generating events and conventional financial-market transactions, one or more aspects of financial market law may already cover ICO campaigns according to their various models," the agency wrote.
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As long as you're part of the conversation on the social Web, you can hear what's being said about you and massage negative perceptions about your business.That means you need to get involved on the social Web as soon as possible, not only to capitalize on the opportunities that it presents to your business, but also to develop and protect your reputation.If you start down a path on the social Web and hate what you're doing, you can change things around.The only differences are that on the social Web, you're talking through your keyboard, and your potential audience is much, much larger.Do you want to build relationships with customers and boost loyalty?Your answers to these questions greatly affect the type of content you publish and the activities you participate in on the social Web.
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Between filling the boss' office with golf balls or the old whoopee cushion on the chair gag, entrepreneurial companies have long looked at April Fools' Day tomfoolery as a levity-inducing morale booster.Here's a look at today's fun -- if not funny -- holiday hijinks.HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes informed users, investors and even board members through email (and subsequently, in a blog post) that the company, known for tools that allow users to manage multiple social media channels, was getting into videogame applications.Similar to Rovio Mobile's wingless creatures in its Angry Birds game, which get launched from a sling shot at a target of pigs on varying structures, Happy Owls also get launched at varying targets.The game, Holmes says, can be played on devices including: iPhones, iPads, BlackBerrys, Kindles, Androids, Zunes and -- perhaps cosmically -- on most flip phones.There was also a smattering of pranks stemming from the media world.
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So what does it mean if Gossip Girl starts talking about you?Just last week, the founders of the New York-based subscription-cosmetics service and online retail shop Birchbox announced that it would team up with The CW's wildly popular TV series Gossip Girl -- giving new and existing subscribers a branded Gossip Girl box as their monthly delivery in May.The show's fashion and makeup department heads were consulted in the creation of the special edition Birchbox, which will be filled with items inspired by Gossip Girl's glamorous characters.Whatever it is, it'll be happening a lot more, says Katia Beauchamp, the 20-something co-founder of the less than two-year-old startup.Today, brands not only want you to buy that Coke they also want you to follow Coca-Cola on Facebook, tweet about the company and pin it on Pinterest.Perhaps it's really exclusive or just plain novel, either way get them excited and talking.
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Social media marketing requires a lot of work, a certain amount of technical savvy, excellent writing skills, empathy for customers, and an awareness the company's strategy.Here are the traits look for when hiring a social media manager:Being naturally curious about what everyone’s working on in your company and the impact on customers, is important.A good social media manager should tap into different areas of the business and gather appropriate information that is engaging.It's important to hire someone who can write in a conversational voice, which isn't always an easy task.A question or comment posted on Twitter or on your brand’s Facebook Page or blog must be answered right away.
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Everyone in your company, from the summer intern to the CEO, has opportunities to communicate with individual customers.But few companies understand how to leverage these one-to-one marketing opportunities.Twenty years ago, Don Peppers and Martha Rogers, in their book, The One to One Future, introduced the term "one-to-one" marketing.Websites and data-driven marketing campaigns have become more targeted and dynamic, but most companies have been unable to implement true one-to-one marketing at scale.But this doesn't mean that startups should ignore one-to-one marketing.Such individualized interactions can create loyal customers and help improve your business.
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There are basically two kinds of lists:Compiled lists: For example, "All the dental offices in the United States," or "All the households in zip code 68505," or "All males between ages 31 and 40 in Cook County, Illinois."Response lists: For example, "Everyone who subscribed to Black Belt magazine in the past 90 days," or "People who donated more than $100 to the Sierra Club in the past two years," or "People who bought items from the Hammacher Schlemmer gadget catalog."You can easily get a compiled list of "SIC codes," four-digit numbers that the U.S. government uses to categorize businesses.If you sell any kind of stationery, you could get a list of all stationery stores in SIC code 5943, and you're going to have a much easier job.You might pay one cent to a dollar per name for a compiled list, depending on how sophisticated the information is and how many "selects" you buy.
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You've opened up that thing called "Outlook Express," and you're writing an email?as floppy disks and cell phones the size of Shaquille O'Neal's shoe.We learned of the McKinsey survey through a post by Technorati writer Kaleel Sakakeeny, who adds that email's advantage holds "if your goal is to acquire customers, and not just share the latest family news or travel experience."Depending on your perspective, McKinsey's report may be earthshaking or simply what you've been telling everybody for years.Dawn of the social media ageSince the dawn of the social media age, back when wooly mammoths roamed the plains and fur-clad hunter/gatherers crouched around the campfire tweeting selfies, contrarians have touted the necessity of email.
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When 7-year-old David DeVore slurred those four preternaturally profound words after a dental procedure in 2009, his dad, whose name is also David, happened to capture the anesthesia-fueled ruminations on film.Shortly thereafter, a viral sensation was born.Now, DeVore’s latest venture aims to re-hone the happenstance opportunities afforded by his brush with viral fame for a greater good.As director of the new content-sharing site ChristianLife.com, DeVore will curate videos, images, memes and more -- all with a faithful bent and uplifting overtone.Related: Why Faith Belongs in Your Workplace“While shareability has become a recent phenomenon through social media,” DeVore explained, “Christ was really the first example of that in the way that he sought to spread the gospel while he was here on earth.”
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