Joseph Polk

Joseph Polk

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Too bad my crotchety old iPad will never know the joys of a modern Apple operating system, just as it will never again stream a Hulu show.I stared in mild shock.I had just tapped on the Hulu app icon on my iPad 2, ready to catch up on the second episode of season 3 of The Handmaid's Tale.Instead of Elisabeth Moss, red dresses and dystopian angst, I got a message of doom from Hulu."Version 4.10.1 is no longer supported.I've been in denial for a couple of years now about the lifespan of my Apple tablet.
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Two of Hearthstone’s most powerful cards, Vanish and Mind Blast, will soon head for the Hall of Fame.These cards have been abnormally powerful in the most basic sense of the phrase since I started playing the game – they’re so good, they’d be in almost every deck against which I played, regardless of intent.The game Hearthstone is broken into a set of 9 different classes, each with their own subset of available cards with which they can play the game.According to the creators of Hearthstone, the cards Vanish and Mind Blast did not fit the game’s “established class identities.” They’ve decided that a priest class character probably wouldn’t be delivering a blast of evil magic directly to the brain of their opponent.Priest, said a Hearthstone representative, is meant to control the board, rather than deal direct damage.There are cards like this card in other classes, but destroying what’s most often 1/6th of a player’s life in one shot, for two mana, isn’t what the Priest is supposed to be able to do.
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It was just a few weeks ago, during WWDC 2019, that Apple officially introduced Catalina, the latest version of its MacOS.With its release, the new MacOS brings with it a laundry list of changes, including a host of new features, a few updated apps, and the demise of a beloved app.But among these features, five of them really stand out from the rest.Apple Music, Podcasts, and TV replace iTunesYes, Apple confirmed the death of iTunes during its official MacOS Catalina announcement at WWDC 2019.This announcement also revealed that a new trio of media apps have been named as the joint successors to the beloved media manager app.
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It's a big year for Uber.The first name in ride-hailing is arguably the biggest IPO of 2019, along with a reported confidential filing with the top U.S. stock market regulator.This has stoked the fires of rampant speculation on Wall Street, and some analysts are predicting the company could be worth as much as $120 billion.With such eye-popping numbers, it's difficult to remember a time when the 10-year-old company wasn't the juggernaut it is today.Uber currently has more than 2 million drivers ferrying passengers in more than 63 countries.But back in August 2008, founder Garrett Camp was laying out his dream of a "next-generation car service" in a slideshow on his computer.
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In the ongoing war for your smart home, Samsung’s SmartThings brand is releasing a trio of new products that includes a cheaper Cloud Cam alternative: the lineup of 2019 products consists of the SmartThings Cam ($89.99), SmartThings Wifi Smart Plug ($17.99) and SmartThings Smart Bulb ($9.99) - all of which go on sale today.While the Samsung SmartThings Smart Bulb seems to be a shot across the bow of smart bulb competitors Sengled, Philips and LIFX, it’s the SmartThings Cam and SmartThings Wifi Smart Plug that pose the biggest threat to Amazon.They're a challenge because not only are Samsung’s products cheaper than Amazon’s, but also because they’re also compatible with both major smart platforms, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, plus Samsung’s expanding Bixby platform.The good news is that, according to Samsung, you don't even need a Samsung SmartThings hub for the SmartThings Cam - it works without any additional hardware.Samsung isn't clear if one is required for the Smart Plug and Smart Bulb, but we'd err on the side of caution and buy one if you plan on investing in Samsung's burgeoning smart platform.The battle for the smart home
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The Nintendo Switch arguably reignited the Japanese gaming company’s fortunes, but an Android port for the handheld could make it even more interesting.The Switch is no stranger to hacking – we’ve already seen it run Halo courtesy of a Linux emulator, for example – but Google’s smartphone and tablet OS could be the port that stands the biggest chance of going mainstream.While the Switch as Nintendo envisages it is a locked-down gaming console, the hardware is actually fairly recognizable if you’ve been hanging out in Android circles.Drop it in Nintendo’s dock, meanwhile, and you get 1080p Full HD output via HDMI.It all makes it a tempting target for some unofficial efforts to get Android running on the Switch.More than just an impressive proof-of-concept
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But some members of the academic community have erupted in protest, saying the study is flawed.One expert said the study did not provide an adequate table of results to back up the horn claim.Over the past two decades, studies have looked into potential links between cellphone use and health problems like screen addiction and increased risk of cancer, but such links have not been verified.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.That was the question circulating last week after this headline appeared in The Washington Post: "Horns are growing on young people's skulls.Phone use is to blame, research suggests."
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One of the most challenging issues for game players looks to be resolved soon with the introduction of a zero-latency gaming environment.A KAIST team developed a technology that helps game players maintain zero-latency performance.The new technology transforms the shapes of game design according to the amount of latency.Latency in human-computer interactions is often caused by various factors related to the environment and performance of the devices, networks, and data processing.The term 'lag' is used to refer to any latency during gaming which impacts the user's performance.Professor Byungjoo Lee at the Graduate School of Culture Technology in collaboration with Aalto University in Finland presented a mathematical model for predicting players' behavior by understanding the effects of latency on players.
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Viacom is continuing its push into subscription video-on-demand products with a joint venture between its subsidiary BET Networks and Tyler Perry Studios, the companies announced Monday.The streaming video service, called BET+, will premiere this fall and will feature more than 1,000 hours of library content from BET Networks and Viacom, plus original series from BET Networks, Perry and other film and television creators.“African Americans are the leading consumers of streaming services, with higher SVOD adoption rates than other consumers, which is why we’re so excited to launch a premium product for this underserved audience,” BET Networks president Scott Mills said in a statement.“BET+ is a natural extension of BET’s linear network, which has been the leading home of black culture for decades.Our curated catalog and original programming will keep the BET+ content offering fresh, fueling subscription growth, viewership and retention.”The companies did not disclose how much the service will cost consumers upon its debut.
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Tesco and a team of energy experts from the University of Lincoln have had an idea right out of the pages of a very boring straight-to-Kindle science fiction novel set about seven months into the future.They think supermarket fridges could be engineered to provide the equivalent functionality of a massive battery to smooth out fluctuations in demand across the energy grid.They built a pretend supermarket for the trial, which used an algorithm to cut the electricity supply to fridges for short bursts.This doesn't have much of an impact of the temperature of the stored food, but it does – when multiplied by the number of chiller cabinets keeping our pork pies safe nationwide – free up a lot of power.This on-demand burst could then be used to help balance the grid's energy frequency, a job usually carried out by batteries owned by the utility firms.Professor Simon Pearson from the University of Lincoln said: "Cold food is, in fact, the UK's largest battery.
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That’s why we’re disrupting monthly series with a lunar cycle-based series about the best patents of the last synodic month, picked by the PatentYogi team.Since my last post, the US patent office issued over 31,765 patents and published over 32,673 patent applications.Voice assistants such as Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri are going mainstream now.Amazon has clarified in the patent application, “…does not necessarily perform full ASR processing on all detected speech, thus addressing privacy concerns associated with an ‘always on’ speech processing system.” This implies that only small segments of speech are recorded and analyzed with the new technology.I am certainly looking forward to this upgrade as this will simplify my interactions with Alexa devices.The removal of these parts makes aircraft lighter thereby reducing fuel consumption and the cost of air travel.
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Working for TNW is awesome, but, sadly, they don’t have an office in India.So I work from home, cafes, or coworking spaces.After several days of usage, I found the Jabra Elite 85h a great alternative to Bose’s legendary QC II 35 — especially when they’re priced at a cheaper $299.The pair I tested were Navy Blue — which looks really classy — but there are other color options with the Titanium Black and Gold Beige models too.With an adjustable headband, it’s quite easy to get a nice fit with the headphones., according to your head shape.You can control music with buttons on the right ear cup that lets you play/pause, skip tracks, and adjust the volume.
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Bitcoin’s price continues to rally surpassing the $11,000 mark over the weekend for the first time in 15 months.At the time of writing, Bitcoin‘s price had decreased by approximately 1.15 percent, with each coin being worth $10,873.04, according to Coinmarketcap.Bitcoin’s rise in value comes after Facebook announced the launch of Libra its contentious ‘cryptocurrency.’In fact, Google Trends data shows that interest in the cryptocurrency increased after the tech giant’s announcement.The world’s most famous cryptocurrency surpassed the $9,000 threshold for the first time in 2019 last week, amid rumours that the tech giant was getting ready to go public with its project.It also soared past the $8,000 for the first time approximately five weeks ago.
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The Trump administration is apparently looking into requiring that 5G equipment used in the US be designed and put together outside China.The talks kicked off after an executive order issued last month required a 150-day review of the US telecoms supply chain, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.White House officials want to know if telecom equipment manufacturers can make hardware destined for the US, like cell tower electronics, routers, switches and software, according to the report, which cited anonymous sources.The review deadline isn't until October, so these conversations seemingly are in early stages and any decisions could take years to adopt.Companies like Finland's Nokia and Sweden's Ericsson -- both of which sell equipment to U.S. wireless carriers -- to move some operations outside China to maintain those relationships, the report noted.Trump's May order specifically targeted Huawei, essentially banning the Chinese company in light of national security concerns that it had close ties with the country's government -- a charge it repeatedly denied.
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In the early days of Microsoft, Bill Gates worked through his weekends and never took vacations.While his habits changed later on, he still believes that this level of sacrifice is necessary when launching a company.He did say, however, that people can "over worship and mythologize the idea of working extremely hard."Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Bill Gates worked weekends and never took vacations in the early days of Microsoft, but this is all part of the sacrifice of setting up a company, he said.At an event last week with other business leaders, billionaire businessman Gates chatted to Eventbrite cofounder and CEO Julia Hartz about founding a company.
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Fasthosts registers all its customers' .uk domain names – just for safekeeping, you understandAnalysis For a £100m windfall that apparently doesn't exist, the release of millions of valuable .uk domain names is stirring a lot of activity in the UK's internet name space.Earlier this month, we pointed out that .uk overlord Nominet had created an entire process seemingly designed to benefit its largest members by giving registrars a week-long opportunity to grab dot-uk domain names worth approximately £100m before the public can get them.This week, however, one registrar has decided that it doesn't like its chances under Nominet's special pay-to-play system and has decided, unilaterally, that it will register all second-level .uk domain names that its customers have third-level registrations to, such as .co.uk domains.Just a few problems with that claim, thoughSo if, for example, you registered example.co.uk with Fasthosts a decade ago but decided not to use to your right to also register example.uk over the past five years, don't worry, Fasthosts is going to register it for you.
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Retail chain Game took a step closer toward being purchased by partner company Sports Direct on Friday following a recommendation made by Game's board that shareholders accept an offer totalling £51.88 million.Gameindustry.biz reports that a mandatory buy-out offer triggered by Sports Direct increasing its stake in the company by 10 per cent earlier this month has been given a grudging thumbs-up at Game Digital headquarters.Shareholders were offered 30 pence per share when the share value was 23.55 pence, although the price currently stands at 29.80.Game issued a statement on Friday announcing its decision:"The Board has been considering the merits of the Mandatory Offer and consulting with its major shareholders and advisers, whilst also actively engaging in normal course discussions with Sports Direct and its advisers during this time.Whilst the Board is disappointed that Sports Direct decided to issue its offer document unilaterally whilst these discussions were ongoing, the Board has unanimously concluded, following a period of detailed deliberation and having been so advised by Canaccord Genuity Limited ("Canaccord Genuity"), that 30 pence per share represents a fair value for the Group and intends, therefore, to recommend that shareholders accept the Mandatory Offer, as those members of the Board who hold GAME shares intend to do.
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The Raspberry Pi 4 has been launched, and the latest iteration of the popular compact computer board introduces a much faster processor, plus a selection of models with different amounts of RAM, starting from £34 or $35 (around AU$50).The new CPU is a 1.5GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 (64-bit) which is three times as fast as its predecessor, the Pi Foundation promises, and it’s capable of driving a pair of 4K monitors to boot.Note, though, that the board has a pair of micro-HDMI ports, rather than the previous full-size connector, so you’ll need to buy an adapter to use a standard HDMI cable – fortunately that accessory is a mere £1.50 (around $2, AU$3), or an official (4Kp60 capable) micro-HDMI to HDMI cable will set you back $5 (£4, $7).You also get a pair of USB 3.0 ports, alongside two USB 2.0 connectors, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and on the wireless front, 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0.You can further choose between a board which has either 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB of LPDDR4 SDRAM.The selling points here are a much faster boot-up time, and way faster overall performance than the Pi 3 – in fact the new Pi is comparable to an entry-level desktop PC, but obviously at a much cheaper price.
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One of the biggest questions we’ve been asking about the worldwide rollout of 5G networks is when compatible handsets will be affordable for everyday users, as the current phones like the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G and Oppo Reno 5G cost a lot.But it looks like Samsung has an answer, and that answer is "pretty soon!".That’s according to a report from Galaxy Club claiming Samsung is working on the Samsung Galaxy A90, which is being tested on 5G networks - and, judging by the name, could be the first affordable 5G phone.It’s not clear how Galaxy Club got this information (although the report hints it’s through their sources) so take this information with a grain of salt.These are all the 5G phones we're expectingThe report describes the Samsung Galaxy A90 as having a 32MP main camera and 8MP secondary snapper, presumably with a specific lens like telephoto or wide-angle, but that isn’t detailed.
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Alibaba Cloud chief scientist Min Wanli on Saturday announced his resignation after six years with the e-commerce behemoth, the latest in a series events signaling slowing progress in smart transportation progress across China.In a farewell letter obtained by Chinese media, Min said he had set up a venture capital firm to help fund the integration of cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies into Chinese traditional industries such as manufacturing, agriculture, and healthcare.A spokesman from Alibaba confirmed Min’s departure when contacted by TechNode on Monday.The handover was completed smoothly, and urban management and industrial solutions remain among key areas of focus for the company’s cloud business, he said.After obtaining a doctorate in statistics from the University of Chicago and working as a data scientist at IBM and Google for nearly 10 years, Min joined Alibaba in September 2013 as its principal data scientist.He was tasked with developing data solutions for Alibaba’s online marketplaces Taobao and Tmall to drive sales and target users.
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