Val Strefeler

Val Strefeler

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Legacy is a powerful thing, and at times it can threaten to smother the equally mighty maxim that moving ever forward is the only way to stay above water in the ultra-competitive automotive industry.Chevrolet, faced with the need to redesign its strong-selling compact SUV – the Equinox – refused to be dragged down by the temptation to simply keep riding a popular horse until it collapsed, foaming and spent, into its grave.Instead, the company realized that the future favors the bold, and elected to invest heavily in a completely new and dramatically different 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.Keep in mind that Chevrolet has been careful not to adjust the edges of the envelope when it comes to the Equinox’s mission statement, as the previous model’s passenger room and footprint were competitive when compared against contemporaries like the Toyota RAV4 and the Mazda CX-5.Where things felt more than a little old-school?Under the hood, with the SUV of old offering the choice between naturally-aspirated four-cylinder and V6 engines.
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Citrix has revealed a little more about XenApp Essentials, its replacement for the Azure Remoteapp application publishing service that Microsoft killed off last year.We wrote about this product just yesterday, because its sibling XenDesktop essentials appeared unheralded.XenApp Essentials had been promised for delivery in the first half of 2017, yet barely a squeak had been heard about it.We still can't tell you much about the product, but Citrix has at least revealed its pricing for the product.And here's how Citrix will price the full versions of its products, delivered from its own cloud, Azure or its own cloud..To the mind of The Register's virtualization desk, this is remarkable because it looks like the bundle outlined in the graphic above will be cheaper than running both Essentials editions.
UK
Northampton missing person Keith Gregory has been found in London after going missing in November – in the east wing of the National Portrait Gallery, slashing a famous Gainsborough painting with a screwdriver.We're still trying to find Keith Gregory, believed missing in London - have you seen him?He was believed to be in London after being spotted on CCTV at Euston on the day he vanished, but it's unclear what happened to him in the intervening months.A Reddit post by a Londoner who witnessed Gregory's arrest gave more details of the incident:Was wandering with a friend through the gallery yesterday, when one of the staff shouted at everyone to move aside.An older man, surrounded by about 6-8 staff, was quickly taken past us.
UK
The Devon and Cornwall Police force is looking to up its drone coverage of the counties, with a job listing advertising the permanent position of drone manager -- and saying it heralds the launch of a 24/7 police drone assistance service in the region.It'll also cover Dorset, with equipment based at nine stations under the control of the new drone manager.Someone a bit like the token characters played by Simon Pegg and Ricky Gervais in Hollywood blockbusters is required to man the system, which has been running on a trial basis in Devon and Cornwall since 2015 using four DJI Inspire 1 drones.Searches for missing people in the region have been assisted by drone since then, with the full unit set to launch this summer and expected to expand its uses to chasing suspects and delivering hot pasties to bored men on stakeouts.Want more updates from Gizmodo UK?Make sure to check out our @GizmodoUK Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
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Neil Patel describes “user intent” as the goal someone has in mind when typing a query into Google.Just as you wouldn’t develop a product without knowing who the user for that product is going to be, you shouldn’t develop online content without knowing how it can help people and whose goals it will help fulfill.As you seek to better incorporate user intent into your content marketing strategy, these three tips can help.Informational: A person wants additional information on a topic or answers to their questions.First, you look at keywords people are using in their queries.If, someone queries “how do you change the lens in Smith goggles,” the intent is probably informational.
UK
Jeremy Fleming, the deputy director-general of MI5, is to helm GCHQ following the surprise resignation of Robert Hannigan this January.Citing "personal reasons", Hannigan informed the UK's Foreign Secretary of his decision to leave in an exchange of letters a couple of months ago.Even then, his departure came at a difficult time for the agency as its most prominent ally, the US National Security Agency, looked towards pro-torture President Trump as its commander-in-chief.He also comes at an interesting time for the spy agency.Just over two weeks ago, on Twitter, the US president first claimed that his phones had been "tapped" by former US president Barack Obama.Last week, President Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer repeated accusations that GCHQ had been "wiretapping" the leader on behalf of the NSA, a claim initially made by Fox news "media commentator" Judge Andre Napolitano.
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SANTIAGO, CHILE – Young inmates in the southern Chilean city of Valdivia are learning how to use 3D technology to make prostheses for children from poor families."The kids have really surprised us with their motivation and commitment to the project," program director Montserrat Arevalo told EFE.THIS NEW 3D PRINTER CAN PRINT ITS OWN PARTSThe project to help poor children in need of prosthetic limbs is being run by the Ciudad del Niño Foundation."In the beginning, there were some concerns over how the learning process was going to work, especially the use of specialized software and caring for the machines," Arevalo said.The young inmates selected for this program have "the support of their families for this new opportunity to improve their lives," Arevalo said.
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I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I’ve broken the terms of use for SaaS software and shared a license before.Surprised?My guess would be no … because you’ve probably done it too.In general, per-seat licensing has been a great way for SaaS companies to charge a subscription and collect reliable revenue.But there’s also no question that this success and revenue reliability comes at a cost, where pricing is not tied directly to how much a customer uses a service.In short, seat-based subscription models have lots of problems but have been “good enough” for a long time.However, as more SaaS services leverage AI to augment human work, it will make less and less sense to charge per human seat and more sense to charge for what is actually being used to get work done: the compute power needed to run increasingly intelligent and useful AI-enhanced services.This shift from human to AI-based productivity is going to fundamentally alter how SaaS companies sell their services.If SaaS companies don’t start thinking about this inevitability, and pricing it into their models, AI may cannibalize their revenue over time.For service models in which AI can provide value, such as in customer service or CRM, the AI itself is going to actively reduce human work over time.But SaaS companies that integrate AI while continuing to charge on a per-seat basis will actually be dis-incentivized from making users more efficient.
UK
We’re all well aware of what a bad deal the bees have been getting in recent years.Hell, the minute they get put on the endangered species list, bureaucracy steps in to say, “not so fast.” Now, on top of everything, hundreds of their hives are mysteriously being stolen in New Zealand.According to local law enforcement, 400 bee or honey thefts have been reported over the course of the six months leading into January.Police are unsure who is the culprit is but they believe the thieves’ motive to be the increasing price of native Mānuka honey.In a single year, New Zealand’s honey industry saw a 35 per cent jump in exports, bringing in $315 million New Zealand dollars (£180 million) to the country.Honey is overpriced mate, it’s ludicrous.
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If you haven’t noticed, live streaming seems as if its becoming increasingly prevalent in the content marketing world (http://tedrubin.com/biggest-content-marketing-trend-heading-2017-live-streaming/).On the consumer side of the equation, 81% of web- and mobile-based users watched more live video in 2016 than in 2015.From the producer’s side, 70% of marketers believe video is the most effective method of generating conversions.(If you’re still not convinced, Livestream has even more evidence that live video is here to stay - https://livestream.com/blog/62-must-know-stats-live-video-streaming)Broadcasting live is also an effective way of allowing your audience to communicate with your brand - in turn driving retention and loyalty.If you’re not already on the live streaming bandwagon, you’re potentially missing out on an opportunity to engage with your audience (https://twitter.com/DebComanWriting/status/828461943522459648)
Sweden
Regeringen vill att så många som möjligt ska sköta sina kontakter med myndigheterna via en digital brevlåda.– Vill medborgaren ha digital kommunikation ska han eller hon ha rätt till det, säger civilminister Ardalan Shekarabi (S).Han tillägger att digital kommunikation mellan medborgare och myndighet ”ska vara huvudregel”.I dag är cirka en miljon personer ansluta till tjänsten Mina meddelanden, genom vilken det går att få digital myndighetspost.I Danmark har den mycket snabba övergången från vanlig till digital post inneburit stora problem för den danska posten, en del av det svenskdanska Postnord.Postmängden i form av vanliga brev har minskat så mycket att bolaget har fått kraftigt minskade intäkter, vilket hotar verksamheten.
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The next major version of iOS could make hundreds of thousands of apps obsolete.That is according to Apple Insider, which reports that the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system could kill off support for 32-bit apps.First, a primer on 64 bits.Apple’s iPhone 5S was the first iOS device to include a 64-bit processor, the Apple A7, and the benefits are myriad.Apps recompiled — i.e., made compatible — with the iPhone 5S’s chip see up to a 25 percent performance improvement, and the iPhone 5S processor is about as twice as fast as the iPhone 5 in day-to-day tasks like web browsing.More: So what does the new iPhone’s 64-bit processor really do for you, anyway?
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Revolut is partnering with peer-to-peer platform Lending Works to let its UK users borrow between £500 and £5,000 through the app at a representative APR rate of 9.9%.Revolut, which began as simply a foreign exchange app, says users will be able to get funds in as little as two minutes, thanks to its integration with credit check providers and the fact that
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You’ve heard all the theory of Account-Based Sales and you’re sold.But putting it into practice is a whole new ballgame.Your sales team members need to understand these three basic tenets of Account-Based Sales and use the right tools in the right way to cultivate these new skills.
China
Fuji Xerox, the biggest supplier of office printers and document management systems in Asia-Pacific, is predicting a rush of listed Hong Kong firms to start investing in advanced programmes to help them comply with more stringent environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting in the city.It is a development that Tokyo-based Fuji Xerox has prepared for since September last year, when the company introduced a cloud-based enterprise management service that streamlines the ESG reporting process.Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, which operates the local bourse, last year made it mandatory for the more than 1,700 companies listed the city to make general disclosures on their ESG policies.From this year, all Hong Kong-listed firms must make further disclosures on measurable key performance indicators of ESG targets and achievements.Failure to comply will require companies to explain why they did so.“We expect huge demand in coming months, as more listed companies in Hong Kong get serious about their ESG disclosure,” Fuji Xerox Hong Kong managing director Herbert Hui told the South China Morning Post.
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First they partnered, and now comes the acquisition: media in Israel are reporting that the computing giant Intel is acquiring Mobileye, a leader in autonomous driving tech, for up to $16 billion.TechCrunch sources tell us that Mobileye has now gathered staff for an announcement, so the news could be official very soon.If confirmed, this would be the biggest ever acquisition of an Israeli tech company.Intel has been working officially with Mobileye since last year and earlier this year, with BMW, started to test self-driving cars equipped with the two companies’ technology.Mobileye went public on the Nasdaq in 2014 and currently has a market cap of about $10.5billion.This is part of Intel’s bigger strategy to build up its position in emerging areas of computing like autonomous, connected cars; connected “objects” (IoT) and virtual and augmented reality, and it has been following through on this with acquisitions as well as organic growth.
UK
Sir Tim Berners-Lee is a bit of an authority on the internet, he did invent the World Wide Web after all.Like any proud parent, Sir Tim isn’t keen on letting his baby grow in their own way, if it’s not ultimately in their best interest, and that’s what’s happening with the web now.A full 28 years after its creation, the computer scientist outlined what he sees as the biggest problems affecting the internet today, and how these issues need to be addressed.In an open letter to mark the web’s birthday, Sir Tim laid out a five-year strategy for the web, with fake news, a loss of control over our personal data, and a need for more transparency around political advertising topping his list of concerns.“I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities, and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries,” he wrote of the web’s foundation.“In many ways, the web has lived up to this vision, though it has been a recurring battle to keep it open.”
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It turns out humans have been accidentally medicating fish and wildlife with antidepressants.In the same way that our contraceptives find their way into rivers, so do the calming drugs we take to deal with modern life – and from there, they're taken in by fish and animals, who have been calming the fuck down as a result.This might be a good thing.But it could also be a very, very bad thing.Chemistry World reports that benzodiazepines ('benzos') like Valium and antidepressants like Setraline caused fish to become braver and more active, and even to live longer, in lab experiments – but in the wild, that same behaviour could get them killed.In one lab study, for instance, fathead minnows (that's their actual name, we're not just being rude) stopped hiding during the day and came out to feed.
Sweden
Googles lilla Chromecast-pinne är ett billigt och användbart sätt att visa strömmande film på tv-skärmen.Den fungerar bra med onlinetjänster som Youtube, Netflix och andra.Men om du skulle vilja visa en lokal film som du har på datorns hårddisk är det värre.Utvecklarna av den suveräna videospelaren VLC har jobbat på stöd för detta i åratal, men ännu inte fått fram någon stabil fungerande funktion.Men du kan använda webbläsaren Google Chrome med ett tillägg!Välj Fler verktyg och sedan Tillägg i inställningarna i Chrome.
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Hi, I have built an android app which assist in learning a new language.It basically translates everything you type on mobile while chatting into the language you are learning.What is the best way I can go about promoting this app.What are the best forums/platforms to find people who are serious about learning a foreign language because the app is total useless/nuisance for someone who is not into learning a new language.App Link - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id com.adevole.hellohola_free
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