Val Strefeler

Val Strefeler

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Faced with the challenge of finding his infant daughter a spot in one of Toronto's highly in-demand daycare facilities, Regnard Raquedan got a bright idea."Finding available daycares was hard.The resulting business, CubbySpot, has rapidly expanded from Toronto to all of Canada's major cities in less than a year.Founded by Raquedan and his wife, Liza, CubbySpot has also been quick to gain accolades, including a finalist spot at the 2015 Ignite Capital competition and a 2016 Brightlane Entrepreneur Award.The Beginning: Raquedan Draws on Experience, Help From The Founder Institute for CubbySpot ConceptWhile balancing life as a new father, Raquedan decided to also launch his business, drawing on 15 years as a user-experience designer who could build websites and apps.
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In this guest blog post, Shawn Parrotte, Marketing Manager at Designli and friend of the Founder Institute, explains the difference between T-shaped and I-shaped professionals, and what to consider when hiring them at your startup.As more college graduates enter the job market, they’re creating an ever-widening skills gap that businesses are finding difficult to overcome.What's the Difference Between T-Shaped and I-Shaped Professionals?Over the past few years, the concept of the T-Shaped skill set has risen to the forefront of the professional community.In fact, today, most young adults that are entering the workforce straight from college can be regarded as I-Shaped.While this can help a student to become thoroughly educated in one area, it also keeps them from broadening their exposure to many of the concepts that can be vital for success.
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Considering it will cover the whole breadth of Apple’s products and services, it’s not surprising that there’s quite a lot to talk about.Here are a few points to consider.Siri might be getting new voices but if it doesn’t understand yours, it’s going to be more annoying than entertaining.For quite some time now, Siri has been the butt of jokes over misunderstanding users’ questions (just search for “Siri misheard” on your favorite search engine).For a comedy skit, that’s hilarious.And, of course, it also needs to be smarter about the answers it gives.
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Google is all about automating things that you shouldn’t have to manually do.Like unlocking and keeping your phone unlocked under certain conditions.Android calls this feature “Smart Lock” and those conditions can range from Bluetooth devices to networks to locations.That last one has been the subject of complaints by many users for months but now it seems that Google has found away to silence all of those.Ironically that’s by actually removing Smart Lock’s Trusted Places option completely.Smart Lock is one of those advanced power user features that has enough users to make a noise when things go awry.
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If you’re a fan of The Simpsons or Futurama (R.I.P.), it’s time to start rubbin’ those hands together, Mr. Burns-style.As officially announced via the brand-new Disenchantment Twitter account, the first season of Matt Groening’s new animated series will arrive on Netflix on August 17.Disenchantment, which is targeted at adults à la Adult Swim programming, will feature Groening’s trademark humor and animation style imbued with some major fantasy flavor.The series follows a “hard-drinking” princess, Bean (Broad City‘s Abbi Jacobson), and her personal demon, Luci (Eric Andre), as they engage in medieval-themed misadventures.The pair will be accompanied by a little green elf named Elfo (Nat Faxon).
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Förra året gjorde Nokia comeback på smartphone-marknaden med ett antal nya Android-baserade modeller.Verksamheten sköts genom det finska bolaget HMD Global.Under det första verksamhetsåret 2017 har HMD Global sålt 70 miljoner Nokia-telefoner och haft intäkter på 2,1 miljarder dollar.Nu planerar de att expandera.Enligt nyhetsbyrån Reuters ska HMD Global fördubbla försäljningen som sker i deras kanaler på nyckelmarknader under det här året.– Vårt mål är att bli en av de ledande spelarna på den globala smartphone-marknaden, och vår framgång nu i början stärker vår tro på att vi kan fortsätta tillväxttakten under 2018 och där bortom, säger vd Florian Seiche.
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China’s newly invigorated space program has some ambitious goals, and one of them is something that’s never been done before — landing a spacecraft on the far side of the moon.The Queqiao relay satellite, launching today from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China, will provide a vital link back to Earth.Although it’s sometimes called the “dark side” of the moon, it’s not actually dark, of course.In other words, the same side is always facing us, and that’s where nearly all lunar missions have landed.The Chang’e 4 mission will land on the surface and dispatch a rover for observation and analysis.Direct communication through the enormous mass of the moon is not possible, so Queqiao will provide a relay link to Chinese mission control.
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Some spoilers ahead, so if you haven't yet finished binging the series (and you should go do that now).The second is that robot alien technology.To that end, we definitely geared more towards almost old-school mechanical switches rather than touchscreens that you might have on your smartphone now.The ISS and the space shuttle had a lot of older technology on board because it was more stable.The last thing you want to have in space is having your computer crash, because then everybody dies.Which it turns out is very difficult to have them run properly.
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An aggressive form of malware designed to mine cryptocurrency is now crashing PCs when you try to remove it from the system.Dubbed “WinstarNssmMiner” by the 360 Total Security team, the malware essentially hijacks the target PC by consuming loads of processing power to mine the digital coins and attaching itself to the critical system services in Windows to prevent removal.“The distributor has made tremendous profit via mining Monero on infected computers,” the team said in a blog.“According to our statistics, 360 Total Security has intercepted its attack over 500,000 times in 3 days.”What’s not clear is how victims end up with this malware in the first place.Once it lands on a victim’s PC, it scans for antivirus software and will disable any solution not developed by Kaspersky, Avast, and other high-tier providers.
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Netgear’s Arlo security light has a release date, after being announced late last year alongside other products in the company’s Arlo home surveillance lineup.It retains the IP-65 weather resistance and rechargeable battery seen in all other Arlo products, but also features motion detection, the ability to change the sensitivity of detections, color temperature, and even flash red, as a warning to intruders.The Arlo light’s max brightness is a blinding 400 lumens, but saves energy with a battery saver function to cycle between day / night cycles.The light is also compatible with the $79 Arlo solar panel, in case you never want to worry about charging it.For those of you looking for nearly effortless control over the Arlo light, Netgear included IFTTT and Alexa support.The Arlo light also works with the existing Arlo home app, where you can schedule its on / off cycles (like when you come back from work, for example).
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Morgonens problem med Swish är nu lösta efter att tjänsten legat nere i en dryg timme.– Vi hittade felet men vad det var kommenterar vi inte, säger Per Ekwall, presskontakt på Swish.– Men nu ska allt fungera, inga konstigheter.Tjänsten fungerade för vissa transaktioner men alla kunder och alla banker drabbades.
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The Vkworld VK7000 is the latest rugged phone coming from the entry-level Chinese phone maker.Presales for the device will kick off on May 15th at the asking price of $149.99, which is quite a good price tag for the tri-proof smartphone.Vkworld told us they managed to keep the price so low thanks to a new marketing model they are adopting – F2C.F2C means “Factory to Customer”, thus there’s no middleman or additional charges.This allows them to include a wireless charger, a floating protective case and a screen protector with a value of $49.99 for free.The VK7000 is made of shock-resistant TPU material on the front and back, meanwhile in the middle we find a metal frame.
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En grupp säkerhetsforskare har upptäckt ett allvarligt säkerhetshål i krypteringsverktygen PGP och S/Mime som kan användas för att dekryptera krypterade mejl.Detaljerna kring sårbarheten är ännu inte offentliggjorda men forskarna har lovat att berätta mer på tisdag.Till dess uppmanas alla att sluta använda verktygen, då användandet riskerar att göra gamla krypterade mejl läsbara.We'll publish critical vulnerabilities in PGP/GPG and S/MIME email encryption on 2018-05-15 07:00 UTC.They might reveal the plaintext of encrypted emails, including encrypted emails sent in the past.— Sebastian Schinzel (@seecurity) May 14, 2018
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After being so terribly bored by last week's bloody episode, this was everything I love about the theories, the madness and the awesomeness that is Westworld's layers.I don't think so, but I can't for the life of me think of who else has uploaded their consciousness to Delos: Logan?The possibilities are endless, and include characters we haven't even met yet!As he devolves, Delos begins to reach for straws and we learn this final look at the fucked-up host is after Juliet's suicide (his daughter, William's wife), and that Logan died of an overdose (but diiiiiid heeeee?).The non-host host destroys his well-decorated apartment and is left to rot in piece... until Elsie and Bernard find him and destroy him yet again.Key moment: William telling Delos "If you can't tell, does it even matter?"
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Along the way we'll explain some of the jargon and the differences between cameras, though if you need a bit more help deciding what kind of camera you need, you can get a lot more information from our special step-by-step guide: What camera should I buy?On the other hand, you may already have a clear idea of the kind of camera you want, in which case you could go straight to one of our more specific camera buying guides:High resolution meets high speedType: DSLR | Sensor size: Full-frame CMOS | Resolution: 45.4MP | Lens: Nikon F mount | Viewfinder: Optical | Screen type: 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen, 2,359,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 7fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Intermediate/expertIt may be expensive, but if you're looking for the best camera money can buy right now, then Nikon's fabulous D850 DSLR pretty much ticks every box.The Alpha A7 III might be the entry-level full-frame camera in Sony's mirrorless range, but it offers a stunning blend of features and performance that makes its a brilliant choice for the enthusiast photographer or pro looking for a second body.
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Microsoft has updated Notepad, its legendary text editor, with something that’s been on the wishlist of most Windows-using coders — the ability to view and edit text files created on UNIX-based systems, like macOS and Linux.It sounds strange, but for its 20 years of existence, Notepad only supported Windows End of Line (EOL) characters.These are Carriage Return (CR) & Line Feed (LF).This meant that if you opened a text file created on a Unix system, it’d look… well… a little screwy.Below is a .bashrc file opened in Notepad.Although Notepad defaults to Windows EOL characters by default, it can now read, edit and print Unix/Linux and Macintosh line endings.
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the Rumors turned out to be and for the first time since 2011 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has Android received a new systemnavigering.According to Google, the focus is on simplicity and on making Android more accessible.A swipe up from the new home button (a dash) at the bottom of the interface shows the multikörningsmenyn, which is now horizontal.There are thus two swipe to reach the applådan, even from the home screen, Pixel Launcher.Each application in the list is live, that is to say that it is not just a picture.This means that, for example, you can select and copy text in an app in the multikörningsmenyn, without first having to open it.
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Microsoft is launching AI for Accessibility, a $25m program to fund ways to leverage artificial intelligence to the benefit of those with disabilities.Announced at Build 2018 today, the five year scheme will fund and support projects that use AI to alleviate the impact of being blind, deaf, and more.It comes on the heels of AI for Earth, which Microsoft announced last year.That program was focused on how artificial intelligence could be implemented to address things like climate change, agricultural development, and biodiversity.“At Microsoft we’ve been putting to work stronger solutions such as real-time speech-to-text transcription, visual recognition services, and predictive text functionality,” Brad Smith, Microsoft president and chief legal officer, said today.“AI advances like these offer enormous potential by enabling people with vision, hearing, cognitive, learning, mobility disabilities and mental health conditions do more in three specific scenarios: Employment, Modern Life and Human Connection.”
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Chefer på Sveriges olika mediabolag gick häromdagen ut och kritiserade Telia för att vad man menar är bristande nätneutralitet.Detta för att man inte tar betalt för trafiken som går till Facebook och andra sociala medier men väl övriga trafik inklusive mediabolagens egna webbsidor.Telia menar på att debiteringen av trafik inte rör just nätneutralitet så länge trafiken inte prioriteras.Bolaget stryker även under att man inte har något formellt samarbete med Facebook och ingen data eller likvida medel delas mellan bolagen.Läs hela debattartikeln hos Dagens Industri.
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7 Up has introduced limited edition six vintage designs from 1950s through the 2000s to connect with millennials.The TVC, conceptualixed by creative agency BBDO, shows the evolution of different designs which begins from the 1950s slogan 'Sure Is Swell', a popular slang of the decade; while the ‘Far our Flavour’ slogan is from the 1960s.The 1970s are depicted through the ‘Get Down, 7 up’ slogan and ‘Clearly The Uncola’ is inspired by the 1980s.The 1990s bottle sees ‘King of Cool’ Fido Dido take a break while lying in his hammockGaurav Verma, associate director, Flavors Marketing, PepsiCo India said: “7 Up is a brand which is inherently cool and has retained its personality through the decades.Through the limited edition 7 Up Vintage packaging, we have once again taken a unique and ‘cool’ approach to connect with today’s generation.
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