Val Strefeler

Val Strefeler

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Internet encryption tools are stopping FBI chiefs from accessing nearly 7,000 mobile, BBC News reports.Speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Philadelphia, FBI director Christopher Wray said the technology was “a huge, huge problem” and was holding back investigations.He added: “There's a balance that needs to be struck between encryption and the importance of giving us the tools we need to keep the public safe.”Professor Alan Woodward, cyber-security expert at the University of Surrey, told the BBC: “Encryption that frustrates forensic investigations will be a fact of life from now on for law enforcement agencies.”He added that while “back doors” can be employed to allow authorities access to encrypted devices, these could lead to vulnerabilities that could be exploited by cyber criminals.Over the past 11 months, the FBI was unable to unlock half the devices it targeted itself because of the security tool, says Alphr.
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A few years ago, it would have been hard to imagine financial institutions opening up their software to outside organizations.But today, it’s becoming common practice, and for good reason — it’s significantly improving customer experiences.Most importantly, banks are able to do this in a secure way, thanks to Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).As both consumers and enterprises have started to move toward mobile-first behavior, their expectations around experiences have started to change.Financial institutions and other industries, including healthcare and retail, have been able to innovate and adapt quickly with APIs since these tools can easily link new technology with legacy systems.How APIs are changing finance
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2, we think that with the advent of transportation as a service, and the change in consumer behavior that we’re seeing with ride sharing and so on, that now is the time for autonomous technology to move to a point where it can be deployed in commercial scale.MS. HELLER: So it’s a technology play, and Google’s been out there with Waymo, and has logged many more hours of test-driving on public roads than GM.MR. AMMANN: A demonstration-level capability or small-scale deployment doesn’t have the impact on the world that we think this technology can.We’re making sure we have control of all of the capabilities necessary to do that, from the advanced software-engineering capability for the self-driving brain of the car, all the way through the integration of that into all of the sensors on the vehicle, the electrical architecture, the automotive-grade safety validation, and then the ability to reliably build these cars at large scale once we believe we’re ready to do that.That all lets us think about this as one big integrated system, rather than just working on one piece of it or another.As a rule of thumb, our cars experience about as much in one minute of San Francisco driving as they do in one hour of Scottsdale driving, just given the number of interactions with other players, between pedestrians, cyclists, other vehicles, and things going on.
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There’s almost nothing more important than safeguarding your vital personal information online.Of course, the best protection usually comes from the innovators, those who take tried-and-true security methods and improve on them.VPNs are one of the most battle-tested means of protecting yourself from theft and other web dangers.However, Windscribe is offering VPN security that’s more than just a VPN, which is why you should seriously consider this lifetime pro subscription for just $49 (over 90 percent off) from TNW Deals.Also, get an additional 15% off for a limited time with coupon code: VPN15.On the surface, Windscribe handles all the stuff a VPN is supposed to do, including lightning-fast connection speeds, free access to geo-locked content worldwide and, of course, total anonymity.
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It’s a third exposure control, alongside shutter speed and lens aperture, and together these make up what’s called the ‘exposure triangle’.Much of the time you'll just adjust the shutter speed and aperture to control exposure, but in poor light you'll often need to increase the shutter speed to the point where camera shake or subject movement becomes a problem.Increasing the ISO setting means you can carry on using safe shutter speeds for handheld photography, or successfully freeze fast action, which is a major boon for sports and action photographers working indoors or in bad light.It’s like turning up the volume on a faint audio recording – the quality is lower, and random background noise becomes louder and more distracting.The larger sensors in mirrorless cameras and DSLRs produce much less noise than the tiny sensors in smartphones and regular compact cameras.ISO settings are calibrated to follow the same 2x exposure steps as shutter speed and aperture adjustments, enabling you to easily mix and match settings to achieve the same exposure.
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Still having a hard time finding a Nintendo Switch in stores?Or maybe you’re tired of waiting for Nintendo’s promised online store full of retro games?Tim Lindquist took things into his own hands and built a Nintendo Switch clone from scratch that can emulate games from over 50 classic systems.Lindquist spent his summer designing, engineering, and building his Nintimdo RP (slow clap) console which shares a lot of features with Nintendo’s Switch, including a generously-sized LCD screen flanked by (non-removable) controls on either side.He fully documented his project here, but you can get a better sense of what goes into making your own portable gaming console through this timelapse video Lindquist made.The custom Nintimdo RP housing is thicker than the Switch’s, but that’s because it’s filled with off-the-shelf parts like a Broadcom BCM287 processor running Linux and emulators, a full cooling system, a massive 10,000 mAh rechargeable battery (the Switch’s is a mere 4,310 mAh) and a motherboard facilitating two USB ports and an HDMI port for playing games on a bigger screen.
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Facebook has come under fire for its role in influencing the U.S. presidential election, particularly when it comes to “fake news” and Russian-sponsored ads.When asked about this at WSJ D.Live in Laguna Beach on Wednesday, Facebook VP David Marcus at first deflected, talking at length about all the positive impacts that the social media giant has had on the world.“When you design a platform that reaches 2 billion people every month…sometimes bad things happen,” he concluded.Marcus said that Facebook is “collaborating with special counsel and Congress” to help evaluate Russia’s use of the platform for U.S. politics.He says it’s a priority of the company to “make sure that we build systems to prevent what happened from happening again.”Marcus oversees the Facebook Messenger platform and acknowledged that a “small number” of Russian-related incidents happened on the messenger service, but did not elaborate.
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If you own more than one USB powered device – just like many of us over at GizChina – then you must have incurred in a situation where you couldn’t find the right cable for the right device.That won’t be a problem no more thanks to this handy adapter from Dodocool, the DA120GY.Let’s learn more about it!The Dodocool DA120GY is one of many high quality adapter produced by the Chinese company.This one specifically comes with a 3.3ft long cable, an USB Type-A port on one side and either a microUSB, USB Type-C or Lightening port at the other end.All the adapters are connected to the main cable, so they aren’t easy to lose, you simply plug whatever you need to the main microUSB out and you’re ready to go.
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LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.—The software services industry is in the midst of generational change, and Oracle Corp. ORCL 0.79% has reacted by embracing the cloud.The shift to selling web-based, on-demand computing services known as the cloud has changed the way Oracle is paid and has given the company new services to pitch to longtime customers, Chief Executive Mark Hurd said in an interview at the WSJ D.Live technology conference.The shift has helped send shares of the 40-year-old company to record levels.Mr. Hurd said shifting corporate software systems to the cloud provides more security for companies than they can provide by managing systems themselves.He said that right now a patch for an attack on companies’ own servers could take a year to reach every customer using that software.
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Motorola has announced the latest MotoMod for its Moto Z family of handsets - the Moto smart speaker with Amazon Alexa.Priced at £99, $149.99 (around AU$160), the snap-to-connect mod features its own dedicated speaker and familiar blue illumination ring that owners of the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot will be familiar with.Motorola says you'll be able to buy the speaker with Amazon Alexa from Amazon and its own website in the UK, US and Germany from November.Alexa at your beck and callThe Mod will allow you to trigger the smart assistant with you voice without having to even touch your handset, and results (if necessary) can be displayed on the phone's screen.It also features its own battery, which Motorola claims will give you up to 15 hours of use, so you shouldn't need to worry about it draining the phone's battery.
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Carbon Monoxide is odorless, tasteless and invisible, and it accounts for over 72,000 cases of poisoning each year.Kidde calls their C3010D model "worry free" because its sensor and sealed battery provide 10 years of uninterrupted CO detection, and a digital display that updates every 15 seconds.The unit will chirp when its reaching the ends of its life, so you don't have to wonder.The Kidde C3010D alarm is currently discounted down to just $27.93.See this deal now on Amazon.This story, "48% off Kidde Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Display and 10 Year Battery - Deal Alert" was originally published by TechConnect.
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Months after Dutch National Police vowed to actively persecute individuals suspected of buying and selling illegal substances on the dark web, two 23-year-old men from the Netherlands have been sentenced to serve time in prison for dealing drugs.The two defendants, Thijs V. from the city of Houten and Mike W. from the city of Muiden, will each have to serve sentences of six years, local news outlet RTL Niews reports.The drug dealers had purportedly distributed dozens of pounds of hard drugs, mainly MDMA.Most of the packages were disguised as unassuming gifts, hidden in peanut butter jars or postcards, and then shipped to various parts around the globe.“They made every effort to carry out their trade in a refined manner,” commented the Dutch Midden-Nederland court.Prior to getting busted, the two men had reportedly traded illegal substances worth well over $470,000 (approximately €400,000).
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Free streaming TV service Pluto TV announced today it has received a new $5 million investment from Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, the VC arm of the Samsung Group.Combined with other investors, the full round totaled $8.3 million, the company says.Pluto TV declined to disclose the other investors in the round, but said they’re a mix of both new and prior investors.The round follows a $30 million Series B for the streaming service, announced a year ago, which valued the business at $140 million.While that round was more focused on helping fuel Pluto TV’s expansion into the European market, the funds from Samsung could be viewed as more of a strategic investment from a partner.(Pluto TV already streams its content on Samsung Smart TVs.)
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Hustler publisher Larry Flynt will pay top dollar for information that could lead to the impeachment of President Trump, and he took out a full-page ad to say so in the Sunday edition of the Washington Post.The ad is a block of text from Flynt and Hustler magazine, offering a $10 million reward for the intel.At the bottom of the page is an email to a tipline as well as a 1-800 hotline number.“We’ve gotten quite a lot of calls,” said freelance staffer running the hotline, who noted that it will be staffed Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT time.(The staffer declined to give his name, instead referring Adweek to a PR director for Larry Flynt Publications.)“Of course, the ad just came out yesterday.
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After my column about Home Service Ads came out last week, I got a message from Google with some great news.They told me two things:Google plans to add pure service-area businesses (SABs) back into the local results — this includes home-based businesses.The disappearance of results for home-based businesses in markets without Home Service Ads was due to a bug (not intentional), which Google says should be resolved soon.So, almost a year after deciding to remove service-area businesses from the local results, I’m starting to see that Google is adding them back.[Read the full article on Search Engine Land.]
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Older flagship models are sometimes still the better choice to get than some current low-end devices, especially when the price is more or less the same.But the value is of course still on the side of the former titans, just like in case of the legendary ZUK Z1, which is now selling really almost for peanuts.ZUK Z1 in its glory days has been one of the very popular phones out there, mostly due to the highly customizable CyanogenOS 12.1.It’s maybe packing an aging processor Snapdragon 801 coupled with 3 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, but the build quality is still superior and for normal usage it’s more than enough powerful.Add into the equation the 5,5-inch FullHD display, 13MP+8MP cameras with OIS, big 4100 mAh battery, USB Type-C port or front fingerprint sensor and it’s looking quite good even today.Especially when you just take a glance at the price, because the ZUK Z1 International edition is available for just $123.49/€110.49 and that’s not really a high price for any phone, not to mention former top of the line.
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Noah was our guest for Tough Love Tuesday and discussed how to use marketing growth hacks to grow your email list, get more traffic and create a better user experience.I have some good news for you...You can make it happen right now.Here are just a few reasons why you should be growing your email list in 2017:Email has been the 1 most profitable marketing channel for 10 years in a rowEmail is 40x more effective than social media for customer acquisition[*]
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Normally, I love looking into the physics of superheroes—the flying, the swinging, the clobbering.But this time, physics shows up in a different way.Near the beginning of the movie, a scene shows Peter Parker in his physics class.Linear could mean in one dimension.Now consider this mass swinging on a string.Second, it changes direction because the string makes it move in a circle.
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To celebrate the release of Gran Turismo Sport on October 18 Nissan has done something very cool.It took a Nissan GT-R and turned it into a full-size RC car that is controlled by a DualShock 4 controller to create the GT-R /C.The giant RC car was driven around Silverstone race track by Jann Mardenborough, the winner of GT Academy.The driver of the car was flown around behind the GT-R /C in a helicopter and controlled the car from there.If you have never driven a fast RC car, you might not know how hard it is to control the vehicle when it is coming towards you, controls are reversed in that instance.Being in the helicopter with the car always pointing away from you makes things easier.
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And fans have argued about it for three decades."I love questions," said "2049" director Denis Villeneuve when we met to discuss the film.The 1982 sci-fi classic "Blade Runner" first brought Rick Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, to the big screen.As a state-sanctioned "Blade Runner", his job was to hunt and kill illegal bioengineered androids known as replicants.Uncovering a horrifying conspiracy, K seeks out Deckard and brings the older cop back into the centre of conflict between human and replicant.He isn't blessed with superhuman strength like the other replicants, but he is shown with glowing eyes, a visual cue identifying androids.
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