Even though the name Silicon Valley represents to the world the epicenter of the technology industry, statistically speaking, most tech businesses are not located in the area.Increasingly, the Valley s companies are shifting key operations outside the United States.Qualified software engineers are rare anywhere, but this scarcity is particularly acute right here in the epicenter.So what will happen?Everyone likes to refer to Megan Smith, chief technology officer of the United States and former Google executive, who said, There s going to be 1.4 million tech and I.T.jobs coming within the next decade and only 400,000 trained people to fill them.Shame on us.We need to fix this problem locally, in Silicon Valley.But only 36 percent of those to match the 85,000 quota will be randomly selected to be processed in a system widely seen as rigged, arbitrary, or gamed by insiders who know the secrets of the INS temple.
Official Redmond response: Customers love Win10Microsoft says a fix is on the way for a video encoding issue in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update that has left some users unable to access their USB webcams and applications.Multiple peeps and developers have reported issues with their cameras or software not working following the installation of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.Microsoft, via Windows Camera team engineer Mike Morante, says that the problem is due to a change in the way Windows 10 now handles video streams from USB cameras.Specifically, Windows 10 stops software from accessing streams encoded in compressed MJPEG and H.264 formats, and instead forces them to use uncompressed YUV or NV12 streams.If a program expects MJPEG or H.264 from a USB-connected cam, it won't be able to get it.
PRESS SERVICE Was Russia behind the massive hack of the Democratic National Committee or this latest breach of what appears to be the NSA's elite hacking unit?That's quite possible, but the National Security Agency is probably not going confirm that — even as former employees proclaim it can do so, and top US officials say there is
Facebook Messenger changed its policy Monday to allow bot makers and businesses to send promotional messages.This is a significant development that will redefine conversational commerce.Venture capitalist Fred Wilson wrote that he now encourages entrepreneurs to pitch bots, not apps.Like the birth of a galaxy, the bot ecosystem is taking shape from many interconnected, disparate elements.The primordial soup consists of more than 170 companies, $4 billion in funding, and tens of thousands of bots, according to VB Insights.Learn more in this brand new report.Some new bots that caught our eye this week: DOM the Pizza bot from Domino s, a Rio Olympics bot from Sports Illustrated, and a SAAS accounting bot for Slack made debuts.Next week DoNotPay, the parking ticket-fighting bot, will launch in Seattle, and San Francisco after that.
It's a little depressing to keep hearing this, but both the NOAA and NASA have published reports that say July 2016 was the hottest month on record.Not just the hottest July on record or the hottest month of 2016, but the warmest since modern record keeping of global temperatures began way back in 1880.Obviously, July is going to be warmer than most of the other months out of the year, but the NOAA found that global temperatures came in at 1.57 degrees Fahrenheit higher than their 20th century averages.The NOAA also said that July 2016 was the 40th consecutive July where temperatures were "at least nominally above" the average recorded for the prior century, meaning we have to go back to 1976 to find a July that had temperatures come in below that average.Meanwhile, NASA says this news continues a trend, as July was the 10th consecutive month to break monthly high temperature records."It wasn t by the widest of margins, but July 2016 was the warmest month since modern record keeping began in 1880," said Gavin Schmidt, Director at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
Trains in america are awful.They re slow, expensive, and not very reliable.And there are a few, largely unsolvable reasons why that s the case.As Wendoverproductions explains, part of it boils down to where American cities are located.Trains are only more convenient than planes when cities are located 200-300 miles apart...which is really only the case if you live in the Northeast, on the west coast, or in Texas.Everywhere else is just too spread out.
You no longer need professional software to make your own filter for Snapchat.A new iPhone app called Confetti aims to simplify the process.While Snapchat does provide instructions and even a few templates on how to get started making a custom geofilter, the process still requires professional desktop software and some basic image editing knowledge.Confetti changes that and streamlines the submission process.The app provides a series of borders, stickers, and other illustrations to use as the basis of your design.The tools are fairly basic, but you can experiment with different colors, fonts and sticker arrangements.
About a week and a half ago the Internet erupted with the latest viral hashtag: firstsevenjobs.The idea was to tweet/blog/Facebook your first seven jobs.Marian Call, a Juneau-based musician, initially posted this question to her Twitter followers as part of research for a new song.Last week, on my way home from the office, I happened to be listening to a NPR Marketplace interview with Call, who was talking about how the project came to be.Marian said something to the tune of: I m not sure how I will analyze it all, and a light bulb went off in my head!Surely this could be a case for Watson, IBM s Cognitive Technology.
Your browser does not support HTML5 videoPlayPausePlayPauseMute0%00:00 / 00:00FullscreenSmallscreen Close Embed Feed Apple profits plunge on the back of poor iPhone sales ReutersLegendary investor Warren Buffett has disclosed increasing his stake in Apple by 55% in the second quarter, even as sales of the company's flagship iPhone taper off.Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway held 15.2 million shares of Apple at the end of June – worth around $1.5bn £1.2bn – up from 9.8 million shares in the first quarter, according to a regulatory filing issued by the investment company.It is one of Berkshire's biggest investments in the tech sector and comes despite sales of iPhones dropping for two consecutive quarters amid competition in China and people not upgrading their phones as often.The investment vehicle's doubling of Apple stock comes at a time other major investors such as George Soros and Carl Icahn are shedding their holdings in the Cupertino-based firm.Apple sold around 40 million iPhones in the three months to 25 June, a 15% drop from the same period a year ago.
Have you ever had the pleasure of hearing an Aston Martin DB11 s glorious V12 engine?If so, it ll be obvious how much time has been spent getting the noise produced exactly right, how important it is to Aston, and how much it completes the DB11 experience.If not, and you happen to be in the Carmel, California area between August 17 and August 20, and visit Aston Martin On Ocean, virtual test drives are being offered in a DB11 where you ll get an excellent idea of what it s like inside one of these cars.To ensure the audio experience matches the visual drama, Aston Martin has teamed up with headphone maker Master & Dynamic.The Aston Martin DB11 has a sonically wondrous 5.2-liter, twin-turbo V12 up front.Master & Dynamic headphones will be the conduit to feed its angry sound into your ears during the virtual test drive.
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That s why it s critical to spend just 1 or 2 minutes to create a simple but attractive thumbnail image for your blog posts.Jeff Bullas showed some statistics about that in his blog post on May 28th 2012.6 Powerful Reasons Why you Should include Images in your MarketingArticles with images get 94% more total viewsIncluding a Photo and a video in a press release increases views by over 45%60% of consumers are more likely to consider or contact a business when an image shows up in local search results
Earlier today, Hillary Clinton tweeted to her over eight million followers that Barack Obama is not, in fact, the founder of ISIS.At the time of publication, that tweet has been retweeted roughly 6,000 times and faved 10,000 times, which is fine.It s a fine tweet.But Hillary—we can do better.As I m sure you know, Gawker Media s future is somewhat uncertain right now.One thing that will never change, however, is the demand for viral content.
A man gazing -- probably in horror while thinking about nuclear war -- at the tweets of Donald Trump claims to have noticed a pattern in the output.The device data appears to show that the angriest tweets are posted by Trump himself, with other tweets posted by an army of users on different devices.The clear inference being we're all doomed.The analysis is based on one simple hypothesis: "When Trump wishes the Olympic team good luck, he s tweeting from his iPhone.When he s insulting a rival, he s usually tweeting from an Android.Is this an artifact showing which tweets are Trump s own and which are by some handler?"
the Stereotype of the it guy, as a geek, we all know.But now can the picture be on the way to change and be replaced with - yes, a bindgalen stalker it looks like.Soon will film IT with Pierce Brosnan.But if you think it means that the it guy now get revenge so you can forget about it.he is good looking but he is also the bad guy.What is it that happened?
Apple is planning its biggest MacBook Pro makeover to date – but the new notebooks aren t likely to launch in September, apparently.The new MacBooks will feature a thinner design, a touch-screen strip for function keys, and more powerful components like advanced GPUs for expert users such as video gamers .Gurman claims that the new computers have been in advanced testing since earlier this year, but that they aren t likely to debut at an event currently scheduled for September 7 – that s the expected iPhone 7 launch day.However, they could still arrive this year.This year s MacBook Pro overhaul is aimed at increasing notebook sales at a time when consumers are taking longer to buy or replace iPads, writes Gurman.The most significant addition to the new MacBook Pro is a secondary display above the keyboard that replaces the standard function key row.
A new report leaked to The Times newspaper says that the British army would be "vulnerable" in the battlefield against Russia, and claims Vladimir Putin would have a "significant capability edge" in state-on-state warfare.The report, which was produced by the British army, warns that the UK and its NATO allies are "scrambling to catch up" with
Paul Fain, in Inside Higher Ed, says one of the biggest criticisms levelled against bootcamps is they don t attract many low-income students.The evidence certainly seems to support this.According to bootcamp industry-watcher Course Report, 79 percent of bootcamp students have a Bachelor s Degree or higher before enrolling.Unfortunately, 62 percent of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings.The types of institutions known for predatory marketing tactics, alarming dropout rates the University of Phoenix s six-year completion rate is just 4 percent and dubious outcomes.Second, we need to consider part-time programs that allow students to work simultaneously.
Earlier this week, Apple made headlines when it changed the iOS 10 pistol emoji from a real gun to a harmless green water pistol.The change, which came amid a larger shift towards more diverse emoji showcasing equality, was seen as a political statement against the gun violence epidemic in the United States.However, with the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary update this year, Microsoft has taken a somewhat different stance.In fact it has taken the opposite stance, by switching its toy gun to an actual pistol.However, when quizzed by Business Insider, Microsoft said it isn t going all overtly pro-gun to counter Apple, it s simply trying to fit in with everyone else.You see Facebook, Twitter, Samsung, LG, HTC and Android all interpret the Unicode standard Pistol description literally.
The biggest torrent search engine, Torrentz.eu, has shutdown.Those on the hunt for a specific torrent within the sea of mirror sites will now find that task a fair bit harder.The site, which acts as a meta-search engine for all the major torrent hosting sites, turned off its search functionality earlier today, essentially ceasing operations.Those with logins for site can no longer use them either, instead presented with the text Torrentz will always love you.And while the site's operator has yet to comment on the decision, text elsewhere on the site refers to itself in the past tense, indicating that it's closing up shop.Running since 2003, Torrentz.eu never hosted torrent files itself, instead directing users to other sources.