Joseph Polk

Joseph Polk

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You know how it is.You need to get some files off your thumb drive so you go to plug it into your PC and … nope … it ain’t going in.So you flip it around and fiddle and fumble to find the port again and … nope … it still ain’t going in.So you flip it around again and … what the … somehow it still refuses to slot in as it surely should.The final stage of the process usually involves a thorough visual inspection of the USB drive before craning your neck to a potentially vertebrae-shattering position in a bid to ensure the perfectly aligned insertion of stick into slot.Or getting up out of your seat to approach the problem from another angle entirely, and with all the steady-handedness of a crack surgeon carrying out a life-saving operation.
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Which are the startups that are on the path to becoming the next big thing?In this regular post, we give you an overview of the companies that have raised money in the past week, as well as those we think investors should look at.Payments solution startup Razorpay raised US$75 million in a series C funding round co-led by Ribbit Capital and Sequoia India, with participation from Tiger Global Management and Continuity Fund.The company will use the fresh capital to strengthen its neo-banking platform and its lending business.E-scooter rental startup Bounce raised US$72 million in a series C round led by Capital Group and Falcon Edge Capital.M17 is a video streaming startup that recently started a business-to-business arm providing tools and services to social media-oriented sellers.
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Microsoft is reportedly planning to roll out a small, foldable Surface with a pair of 9-inch screens in the first half of next year, possibly as early as the first quarter.IHS Markit’s Associate Director of Consumer Electronics Jeff Lin told Forbes about the upcoming device, citing “supply chain info.” Code-named Centaurus, the device was reputedly shown to some Microsoft employees earlier this month as a continuation of the shelved dual-screen Surface Phone concept that was known as Andromeda.The foldable Surface, according to IHS Markit, will be powered by the long-rumored new version of Windows 10 named Windows Core OS, or WCOS, also known as Windows Lite, geared for a dual-display user interface.The device is also said to be launching with a 10nm Intel Lakefield processor, with an always-on connectivity function for LTE or 5G.It is also rumored to be capable of running Android apps and Apple’s iCloud service.Windows Central’s Zac Bowden confirmed that Centaurus will feature two separate displays and an Intel processor, while highlighting the device’s capability for running Android apps.
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It’s been a rough week for security issues at Dell.A serious security vulnerability in the company’s SupportAssist software was disclosed by cybersecurity firm SafeBreach, and revealed to effect not only Dell machines but also other OEMs which used the rebranded software on their computers.Dell swiftly released a patch for the vulnerability which was made available on Friday.Back in April, security research Bill Demirkapi found a vulnerability which allowed Remote Code Execution through the security software.The feature was supposed to allow drivers to be updated through Dell’s website, but it exposed users to security threats which could have allowed attackers to find sensitive information and to execute their own code on people’s machines.This first vulnerability was patched quickly as well, but it is not clear how many people could have been affected.
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Google has fixed an alarming bug in the Nest Cam Indoor security system that allowed previous owners to still access images from the device, despite performing a factory reset.The discovery, which was first reported by Wirecutter, was made by a member of the Facebook Wink Users Group.Wink is a platform of of both hardware and software that connects with and controls smart home devices.The member revealed that he was still able to access images from his old Nest camera, which was already with its new owner.As its original owner, he connected the camera to his Wink smart home hub, and for some reason, the device maintained the connection even after a factory reset.The bug raised an uproar of security concerns, as nobody would want strangers watching them, their families and their homes through the second-hand Nest camera that they purchased.
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The Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak is going to become a real thing this year, and its maker Wow!Stuff announced that it will go on preorder July 1.The cloak works somewhat like a green screen effect, in that it uses an iOS or Android app in order to film or photograph you disappearing.Those photos and videos can then be saved to your camera roll, and posted anywhere you would like to show off a vanishing act.Of course, you are not actually disappearing.I played with an early prototype of the Invisibility Cloak at the New York Toy Fair last February, and as a big Potter fan, the effect that version created really made me feel like I was playing with the cloak seen in the films.
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PC giant Microsoft has informed its staff not to use popular chat app and competitor Slack, adding it to a list of “prohibited and discouraged technology” comprised of software and services that it does not want employees using outside of specific circumstances, Geekwire reported on Friday.Geekwire wrote that while the list does cite the competitive rivalry between Microsoft and the other tools’ developers, the “prohibited” section specifically consists of software and services that could pose an IT security or intellectual property management risk.Here’s the entry on Slack, per Geekwire, which says that all versions of Slack but the Enterprise Grid version “do not provide required controls” to protect Microsoft’s IPs and employees.Microsoft advises that staff should use its internally developed Team software instead:Slack Free, Slack Standard and Slack Plus versions do not provide required controls to properly protect Microsoft Intellectual Property (IP).Existing users of these solutions should migrate chat history and files related to Microsoft business to Microsoft Teams, which offers the same features and integrated Office 365 apps, calling and meeting functionality.
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In the 1940’s, the world’s first general-purpose digital computer, the ENIAC, was tasked with calculations for creating the hydrogen bomb.Awe-inspiring stuff in its day…but at 27 tons, the ENIAC needed its own room, preferably its own building, to fulfill its mission.However, time still marches forward — and even now, your desktop computer casing is ceding ground itself to better, more size-efficient options…like computers no bigger than a portable hard drive.The Fusion C Mini PC fits comfortably in a backpack or purse, but plug it in to a monitor and you’ve got a powerhouse piece of engineering, capable of handling just about everything your desktop model can do.Right now, you can also save some serious dollars on a Fusion C, now with an additional price drop holding your price down to just $126.99 (almost 50 percent off) from TNW Deals.A look at the specs prove the Fusion C is not to be taken lightly.
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With the historic Rosetta mission now firmly in the rear view mirror, the European Space Agency has set its sights on a different kind of comet, that is, a comet that’s never visited the inner reaches of the solar system.Called Comet Interceptor, the mission will include a mothership and two 'daughter' spacecraft.A press release issued this week by the ESA describes the new Comet Interceptor mission, which is scheduled for launch in 2028.Such objects, dubbed “pristine comets” or “dynamically new comets” feature unperturbed surfaces and structure, having avoided a close encounter with the Sun for billions of years.Comet Interceptor will involve scientists and engineers from University College London, Edinburgh University, NASA and JAXA, among other contributors.Now that the mission has been given the go-ahead, the various teams will work together to iron out the details.
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration confirmed that its Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) was hacked last year, with the attacker able to steal 500 MB of data related to the space agency’s missions using a cheap Raspberry Pi computer.The Raspberry Pi, priced at about $36 for the basic board, is one of the most versatile and understated computing platforms available in the market.The credit card-sized computer is perfect for projects such as a retro gaming station or a smart home gadgets base station, but a hacker has apparently found a twisted use for it.NASA, in an audit report, revealed that in April 2018, JPL discovered an account that belonged to external user was compromised, and was used to steal about 500 MB of data from one of its major mission systems.The account was compromised by a hacker who used a Raspberry Pi to gain unauthorized access to the JPL network.The attacker then took advantage of the weaknesses in the laboratory’s network to remain undetected for 10 months, stealing 23 files in the process.
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After all, some cases are best for high-end gaming, while others might be better for a home office PC, and still others would work best as a home theater PC.In this article, we take a look at our picks for the best computer cases you can currently buy.Finally, we have the mini-tower category, for PCs that can be connected to your big-screen TV, among other jobs.Best computer cases – full tower: Cooler Master COSMOS C700PThe Cooler Master COSMOS C700P full tower computer case is perfect for high-end PC gamers who want to build a rig with no compromises.Dimensions: 639 x 306 x 651mm
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We’ve written plenty about the disruptive impact cutting-edge technologies are going to have on the job market.According to some experts, approximately 43% of current jobs in the United States are at risk of automation in the coming years.One of these new locations is going to be in space, a destination that’s currently booming thanks to renewed focus from NASA and an influx of private companies like SpaceX.Here’s a list of job titles that sound a lot like science fiction now, but almost certainly won’t a decade from now.Regulations concerning areas who has the rights to mine asteroids (more on that later) are broad and vague now.But they’re exactly the kind of areas that are going to be the subject of tomorrow’s multi-billion dollar lawsuits.
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On the first national Windrush Day and in the wake of the scandal, the prime minister paid tribute to the Caribbean migrants who rebuilt Britain.HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Bosses might think they know what they’re doing — after all, how hard is it to just set a deadline and expect people to meet it?But software development has a particular way of working that just doesn’t make sense to non-technical managers.Throwing more people at a project doesn’t helpManagers who are inexperienced or don’t have a software background often think a team will work faster if they introduce more warm bodies into the project.It’s a rookie move that always elicits groans from the dev team.The problem gets even worse if that person is a new hire or a rookie because anything this newbie does will have to be double-checked by one of the veterans — which, again, is valuable time spent away from the actual task.
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Many Walmart customers have likely noticed the appearance of cameras with small displays on the company’s self-checkout registers over the last couple years.In a recent statement, the retailer confirmed that hundreds of its stores have started using AI-powered cameras to monitor checkouts in an effort to cut down on theft and other issues resulting in loss.Computer vision technology is being used in conjunction with checkout cameras to keep an eye on potential issues like theft or products that failed to scan but weren’t noticed by the customer or cashier.More than 1,000 Walmart stores are utilizing this technology, the company confirmed to Business Insider.The camera systems started rolling out in Walmart stores as far back as two years ago under a program reportedly called ‘Missed Scan Detection’ internally.The report claims Everseen, a company based in Ireland, is one of multiple companies providing this technology to the retail giant.
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Rentable public scooters have been deployed in a number of big cities, but they have largely proven divisive among both public safety officials and residents.In addition to complaints about e-scooters taking up space on sidewalks and being operated in places they’re not allowed, multiple cities have also reported a number of serious injuries that occurred as a result of riding these scooters.The type of electric scooters being offered as rentals in cities are similar to the small aluminum scooters that were popular among children in the 90s.There are some important differences, however, including more durable designs and electric assistance, meaning these e-scooters have a throttle and motor for accelerating.The idea is that cars take up a lot of space, produce noise and, in most cases, emissions.They also cost more to rent and aren’t available on-demand as quickly as some people would like.
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Listening to grey seals recite vowel sounds and sing the melodies to Star Wars and 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star' makes for excellent entertainment, but for the researchers who trained these aquatic mammals, it’s serious science.The mockingbird, for example, famously mimics the sounds produced by other bird species, and sometimes even noises produced by human activity, like car alarms and police sirens.Some parrots and ravens are really good at imitating human speech but, for the most part, this is an ability that eludes most animals.That’s a shame, because it prevents scientists from studying vocal learning, a trait critical for language acquisition in nonhuman mammals.As new research published this week in Current Biology shows, grey seals appear to be an exception.In a series of tests, these mammals demonstrated a remarkable capacity to copy simple melodies and human formants, suggesting they’re very capable vocal learners.
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She checks her route via Google Maps, and realizes the best way to get there is on a cab.She gets an Uber and rushes down while sending a message via Gmail to her client to tell him she’s on the way.Finally, she logs on to DoorDash to order some food for them to enjoy while they discuss.It certainly sounds like an average day of life, but in these short couple of minutes, Jill has already valuable data to over four companies that use it to understand consumers better and make products out of it.And taking a step back; Jill is part of a whole network of millions of consumers who leave data trails for corporations and data harvesters to analyze and learn more about what everyone wants.Companies making you do surveys and placing trackers all over websites that note down your every move.
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Today, we’re going to break down those differences and see how the Sony WH-1000XM3 stack up against the Bose QC 35 II headphones.Whether you’re commuting a few blocks or across the country, both headphones are travel-friendly.If you’re a one-bagger looking for the lightest headset, consider the QuietComfort 35 II.You can use a slew of gestures to skip tracks, adjust volume, access your voice assistant, or allow background noise in so you can have a quick conversation without removing the headphones.Sony uses more future-proofed hardware than the older Bose QC 35 II.Both the Sony and Bose noise-cancelling headphones afford more than 24 hours of playback on a single charge.
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One of the major changes to the hunting formula introduced in World were Scoutflies, glowing flies that help you track monsters.The Iceborne beta does help you get going by telling you which area to search for Scoutflies.Once you arrive to the marked region, look for glowing green flies, which circle above footprints and other marks left by large monsters.Examine the footprints with the Circle button and then follow the Scoutflies to the next marking.While hanging onto a monster, press R2 to quickly shoot all Slinger ammo at the monster.But beware that it eats away at stamina — a lot.
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