John Larsen

John Larsen

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Noodlecake Studios, the publisher behind the Android release of last year’s hit sequel Alto’s Odyssey, may have yet another winner on its hands with Farm Punks.You’re still trying to make it as far as possible down a mountain, but this time you play as a fruit.Developed by Sleeping Giant, Farm Punks has you plucking a fruit from a tree, then shooting it out of a cannon in the direction of the nearest fruit stand down the mountain.The further down the mountain your little apple, pear, or pineapple travels, the higher the price it fetches at market.It’s a strange premise, but it works.You control your tumbling produce by swiping left, right, or straight, and can jump by pressing and holding down.
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With 5G promising to bring billions of devices into the fold, Japan hopes to meet that demand by announcing plans to create 10 billion 14-digit phone numbers.As The Japan Times reported today, all the new numbers will start with the code “020.”The plan is to introduce the new numbers by the end of 2021 at the latest.Three of Japan’s largest mobile operators — NTT Docomo, KDDI, and SoftBank — agreed to the idea and will update their systems to accommodate the 10 billion new numbers.Japan’s communications ministry plans to reward carriers for ahead-of-schedule support.Japan expects to run out of 11-digit numbers as early as fiscal 2022, which starts April 1 of that year for the Japanese government.
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Elisabetta Romano is Chief Technology and Innovation Officer for TIM and is responsible for ensuring TIM’s technological innovation, the evolution of the networks, and for the Information Technology required to support TIM’s digitization process at Group level.The 5G World team interviewed Elisabetta ahead of the show to gain a sneak peek for what we can expect at our upcoming conference.TIM invested 2.39 billion euros on 5G spectrum in late 2018 for expansion of mobile network.Through such investment, TIM has secured both the best coverage – with the 700 MHz bandwidth – and the highest speeds through higher bandwidths such as the 3.6 GHz and the 28 GHz, necessary to provide specific services.Business and consumer use cases are increasing every day: constantly growing mobile traffic, increasing demand of dedicated networks for industry automation, and we are seeing the first requirements for guided vehicles both in private spaces or in smart cities.‘TIM has done a lot of tests on SMART cities, industry 4.0, entertainment, public safety etc sectors’
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Care needs to be digitized both in order to free up resources and to those with chronic diseases to live a better life.But invalid data from the hälsoappar lead to incorrect evidence regardless of whether it is ai or clinical staff to analyze it, writes Fredrik Westman, Careligo.It departments and decision makers within the health care system in Sweden must begin to listen to the clinical staff on how to best help patients.we Should be able to rely on patientgenererade vårddata need is quality assured and to be clinically validated.Health information can help in the right time asking the right diagnoses and put into the correct treatment, but to trust to the values from the patient's hälsoappar can lead to health professionals must put themselves in the patient who does not have relevance, or, in the worst cases, can cause incorrect evidence on the basis of misleading data.A part of the work consists in creating secure information exchange for vårdprofessionen, where, for example, specialists may be consulted at a distance or to medical records can follow a patient between different health care providers.
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Is the Tesco boss right to call for slashed business rates and an online tax to save the high street?Robert Palmer, executive director of Tax Justice UK, says YES.Tesco’s Dave Lewis is right: the way we tax high street shops and online firms isn’t working.The tax system benefits companies like Amazon and Google, which have perfectly legal ways of slashing their bills.Since it’s likely that an online sales tax would be passed onto shoppers, what we really need is a proper shake-up of how we tax multinationals to make them pay their fair share, including by making it much harder to stash corporate profits offshore.Because the current system is based on rental values, if a landlord improves a property, the value goes up and so does the tax.
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The Cupertino, California, company on Tuesday reported iPhone revenue for the fiscal second quarter fell 17% to $31.1 billion.As a notable bright spot, services revenue reached a new all-time high of $11.5 billion, up 16%.Apple expects to post fiscal third-quarter revenue of $52.5 billion to $54.5 billion, compared with analysts' prediction of $51.9 billion.The results come amid the company's attempt to build up its services business, which include the App Store and Apple Music.That work has become increasingly important for the company since consumers aren't buying new smartphones -- by far Apple's biggest revenue maker -- as often as they did a few years ago.Since it's not selling customers phones as often, Apple has decided to charge more for each device, a move that's helped prop up the iPhone business despite lighter demand.
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Men regionens småföretag växer inte lika snabbt som sina motsvarigheter i Stockholm.Från 2013 till 2017 ökade exporten från Västra Götaland med 41,2 procent.Det visar siffror som Exportkreditnämnden, EKN, tagit fram med hjälp av SCB.– Det är utklassning helt enkelt.Många är vana att jobba internationellt och det gör att tröskeln för att börja fundera på export är låg.Närheten till Norge bidrar också till de starka exportsiffrorna, säger Greger Leijonhufvud, regionansvarig västra och södra Sverige på EKN.
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Bowers & Wilkins’ new Formation Suite, a luxury high-end audio system for the whole home, has officially launched today.It is comprised of five very expensive products — with designs that you’ll either love or hate — that can be wirelessly synced to each other a la Sonos.Each of the speakers in the Formation suite support high-quality 96kHz / 24-bit sound via wireless streaming, and Bowers & Wilkins touts that they feature a simplistic user interface to allow for easy setup.For a broad look at what’s new, there’s a soundbar, a twin-pack of bookshelf speakers, a subwoofer, a wedge-shaped speaker for corners, and lastly, the most affordable product in the lineup is an analog-to-digital / digital-to-audio converter that supports AirPlay 2.Here’s a breakdown of the five products straight from the press release:Formation Bar – Nine optimized drive units provide a wide soundstage including a dedicated center channel, so you always feel like you’re in the center of sound action.
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While the smartphone world was going crazy over foldable phones at MWC 2019 last February, ZTE subsidiary nubia was presenting an alternate and equally eccentric smartphone.A smartphone most people will call a smartwatch.nubia, however, does call it a wearable smartphone and on Thursday it will invite the brave to try that out for themselves.In terms of core specs, the nubia Alpha is really a smartwatch or at least a low-end smartphone.There’s a Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor inside with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage.It even runs not Wear OS but a full but customized version of Android.
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Actors union SAG-AFTRA and ad industry trade groups The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) have come to an agreement on new commercial contracts that they say are better fit for the digital age.The two entities first reached a tentative agreement on April 2 and released the full memorandum of agreement documents yesterday on the website of the Joint Policy Committee, which includes both the aforementioned trade groups.That release was held until the union approved the new contracts on April 13.A summary of the agreement is embedded at the bottom of this story, though the full revised contracts have not yet been released."This is a giant leap forward that more accurately reflects how the industry is creating and distributing commercials."Stacy K. Marcus, partner, Reed Smith
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Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft och Samsung har redan en.Nu meddelar Facebook att de är på gång med en egen röstassistent.Den amerikanska marknaden för smarta högtalare domineras i dagsläget av två jättar: Amazon och Google.Amazon har dock ett stort försprång gentemot sina konkurrenter, med 67 procent av marknadsandelarna 2018 och förväntade drygt 63 procent under 2019, enligt forskningsföretaget Emarketer.Nu står det klart att även Facebook vill ha en bit av kakan.På onsdagen avslöjade CNBC att Facebook sedan drygt ett och ett halvt år tillbaka arbetar för att ta fram en egen röstassistent.
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Astrology has become an increasingly popular fascination among millennials, even generating memes.One such app that's benefited from the craze is Co-Star, which provides hyper-personalized horoscopes to its millions of users.Here's how the app works, and how you can use it to check your so-called compatibility with friends and love interests.Even Silicon Valley has taken notice, and venture capitalists are starting to put money into astrology — an estimated $2.1 billion "mystical services market," as one investor recently put it.One of the companies that has capitalized on the craze is Co-Star, an increasingly popular astrology app that recently announced it had raised over $5 million in funding from prominent VC firms such as Maveron and Aspect Ventures.The concept of Co-Star is simple: providing users with real-time horoscopes and birth charts they can compare with others to see their compatibility.
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We know we are dead when we die because our brains keep working to make us aware of what's happening around us, haunting new research suggests.Top medical experts have forever been at loggerheads over what happens when humans die, with anecdotal evidence of bright lights and flashes reported by people who have 'come back' being the cause of much debate.However, a new study suggests your consciousness carries on functioning after your heart stops beating and your body movements fail.CLICK ON THE SUN FOR MOREThis means you are essentially 'trapped' inside your dead body with your brain still working, if only for a short time.Survivors of cardiac arrest were aware of what was going on around them while they were 'dead' before being 'brought back to life', the study revealed.
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What if the Galaxy Note 10 or next year's Galaxy S11 had a slide-out camera with lenses that take your selfies before swiveling around to snap a portrait of your dog?After all, if Samsung thought this slide-up, swivel-around camera is good enough for a midrange phone, it's certainly good enough for the brand's most advanced Android device, right?Cameras, too, are becoming more mechanized to rise out of the belly of the beast in various ways.Here are four reasons it could make sense to see Samsung bring the Galaxy A80's slide-up swivel camera to a more premium Samsung phone like the Note 10 or Galaxy S11, and three reasons it might not.Why double up on cameras, or use a subpar front-facing sensor for your selfies, when you can use your best cameras to take a self-portrait too?Samsung saved both those milestones for phones in its midtier Galaxy A series.
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According to Qualcomm, it’s expected to create 22 million new jobs and contribute a $12.3 Trillion economic benefit across the globe by 2035.While the UK was a disappointing 54th to launch 4G in the global race, it will be in the first wave of countries to adopt the new networking technology.At this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, every smartphone manufacturer showed off a new 5G device.However, it won’t be until 2020 at least until the 5G revolution really kicks off here and its likely urban centers – where all trials have been held so far - will benefit first.Having said that, the race to 5G is at risk of slowing as it requires extensive government approval.Not to mention the fact the U.S is still trying to ban Huawei, the Chinese supplier of high-speed telecoms systems over fears this would help China conduct espionage or cyber sabotage.
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China’s top government media outlets are adding their voices to the debate around the 12-hour work practice in the tech industry, harshly reminding entrepreneurs to “obey the rules” and “avoid chaos.”According to a commentary released Tuesday via state-owned Xinhua News Agency, China Labor Law dictates that work schedules should not exceed eight hours per day and 44 hours on average per week.Given specific reasons, workers can put in a maximum of three hours per day and 36 hours per month of overtime.“Obviously, the 996 work schedule is illegal,” said Xinhua (our translation).Well-known shorthand referring to 12 hours a day, six days a week at top Chinese tech companies, 996 has triggered extensive public debate over the weekend following Alibaba founder Jack Ma’s pronouncement that overtime work culture was a “huge blessing.” In remarks posted on Alibaba’s WeChat account, the billionaire entrepreneur defended the 12-hour workweek, asking, “how can you achieve huge success if you don’t spare more time and effort than others?” (our translation).Ma endorsed the concept again on Sunday in a WeChat post, saying individuals stick to the 996 or 997 schedule because “they found passion beyond economic benefit.” He added that he had no intention to defend the “inhumane” and “unhealthy” practice, while referring to the country’s success of developing missile bombs and satellites in the 1960s as examples to persuade people to “fight for their future.”
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Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp all experienced worldwide service disruptions Sunday morning that lasted for several hours.The outages, which began around 3:30 a.m. PT, prevented access to Facebook and Instagram, while WhatsApp users were prevented from sending or receiving messages on the chat service.Service to the networks was restored about two hours later.Facebook announced plans in January to merge the services of WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram, allowing users to send messages to one another without switching apps.The apps will remain separate, but they'll be brought together under a single messaging platform or protocol.The outage came a month after Facebook experienced a daylong outage prevented the social network's 2 billion users around the world from using its services.
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Go to any Silicon Valley party, and chance are pretty good you'll hear someone talking about "Sapiens," a book about the past and future of humanity by Yuval Noah Harari.After finally managing to make my way through it, the tech industry's fascination with the book made a whole lot more sense.In fact, in 2016, Bill Gates wrote that he went so far as to ask his wife, Melinda Gates, to pack a copy of the book on vacation.Read more: Why Mark Zuckerberg wants everyone to read an Israeli historian's book about the human raceIn the years since, it's only become more ubiquitous, to the point where it's become a punchline.We were once limited by a supposed law of nature that makes it nearly impossible to organize a group of more than 150 people, a limit known to anthropologists as Dunbar's number.
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Disney might have a lot of ground to catch up on the established players in the streaming world, but its offering does look pretty competitive.Priced at $6.99 per month, the streaming service will be home to an armoury of content, old and new, launching in November.The platform will also give customers the option to bundle in ESPN+ and Hulu services, creating the depth and breadth of content which one day might be able to compete with Netflix.Every title will be available for subscribers to download and watch offline, a move which might push the other platforms in this direction.Netflix is another which has introduced this feature, though it is limited to date.Alongside properties such as Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars, the content library will also include all of Disney’s family favourite films, all 30 seasons of The Simpsons, Fox titles like The Sound of Music, The Princess Bride and Malcolm in the Middle, and original content leaning on well-known assets, such as Marvel Studios’ series Loki starring Tom Hiddleston.
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Twitter’s experimental “Twttr” app is apparently going down a storm with those trying it out.The social media company released the app a month ago as a way of testing new features with regular Twitter users.Participants’ feedback will have a big influence on Twitter’s usability as Twttr’s more popular innovations will transfer to the main app.A tweet posted this week by Sara Haider, Twitter’s director of product management, said initial reactions suggest that most of those using Twttr prefer it to the main Twitter app, with many of the features currently undergoing testing proving popular with the participants.These include the removal of Twitter’s engagement buttons in conversation threads for a less cluttered design.Instead, to like a response in a conversation, you need to perform a right-to-left swipe gesture, while tapping it brings up the retweet and reply buttons.
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