Leon Rhodes

Leon Rhodes

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There are few software programs whose existence are so essential to some fields that they’ve become virtually synonymous in their industry.Spotify is the reigning king of the music streaming industry, Salesforce rules CRM, and MATLAB is the preferred tool in engineering and advanced sciences.As such, those who wish to improve their career prospects as an engineer or scientist should consider the Complete MATLAB Mastery Bundle.Learn how to use one of the industry’s most relied-upon data analysis tools for only $27.Master one of the industry's most reliable data analysis tools.For the uninitiated, MATLAB, at its core, is just a giant calculator.
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This summer, Amazon will launch a number of warehouses designed specifically to hold hazardous materials, such as the bear mace that caused some of its employees grief last year.The company has been developing these facilities for months, it confirmed in a recent report, including a 500,000sqft fulfillment center that will open in Mississippi in coming weeks.These facilities will be home to products that range from common cleaning agents to nail polish.Amazon confirmed plans to open warehouses dedicated to hazardous materials, telling Wired that it began developing the facilities before a bear mace incident last December that sent several employees to the hospital.The development kicked off with an 80,000sqft test facility in Virginia, the company said, paving the way for the 500,000sqft Mississippi facility it will launch this summer.The facilities are ‘specially engineered’ for these risky products, which can include things like flammable items, potentially troublesome aerosols, cleaning agents, and other similar items.
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A 9-foot juvenile tiger shark that had its stomach cut open and its teeth and jaw apparently removed was photographed on a South Carolina beach this week.The mutilated shark was discovered on the beach of an undeveloped island north of Hilton Head Island by a sea turtle protection team, who sent the photo to state officials, The State reported.Bryan Frazier, a shark biologist at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR), told the outlet the shark appeared to have weighed between 200 and 300 pounds.He also told the outlet the shark seemed to have been cut open by a human -- and it wasn’t done by scientists, he added.“They eviscerated it .... with a straight-line cut that wasn’t done by an animal,” Frazier told the outlet.“It’s really a strange thing to do.”
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At a time when consumer concerns over privacy are seemingly at an all-time high, Google's money-minting ads business is showing signs of sluggishness.This week at Google Marketing Live — the company's annual event for advertising partners — Raghavan and his team unveiled several new ad and commerce products that try to strike a balance between being useful to advertisers while also being respectful of consumer privacy."I don't think any of my colleagues, or Sundar [Pichai], or I think of how much revenue will that deduct," Raghavan said of his team's re-tooling around privacy-focused products.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.When Prabhakar Raghavan was teaching at Stanford University some 20 years ago, he was recruited by two grad students — Larry Page and Sergey Brin — to help run their search engine startup company.Raghavan's response to the young founders: "You'll never make any money."
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The trend was on display at a number of high-profile fashion shows last year, and some smartphone makers have even changed their designs to make their devices easier to wear.Given that smartphones are an everyday tool for millions of people, maybe it shouldn't be surprising that the fashion industry is re-thinking the way we wear them.But as The Wall Street Journal reports, the world of fashion is starting to rethink the way we carry our phones, creating lavish leather carrying cases and designer pouches to go with the latest in high-end looks.Journal reporter Jacob Gallagher noticed wearable phone cases from designers like Prada, Dior Men, and Palms Angels on the runway in the past year.With the size of smartphones steadily increasing, there's certainly no shame in wanting an easy, fashionable way to carry your phone.But the designer wearable case movement seems more interested in luxury than utility.
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Plastic waste has a disastrous effect on marine wildlife, but unfortunately shoppers looking for quick, convenient solutions often fail to consider the impact of their actions while filling their carts.Based on that apparent consumer apathy toward the more than 1 million animals that die yearly due to plastic waste in the oceans, Dream Pack and Ecuadorian agency DDB Paradais wanted to do something to get people to see plastic waste differently.The campaign also comes as, according to a UN report, humans are contributing to species loss accelerating at a rate 10 or even hundreds of times higher than previous levels, leaving as many as one million species under threat of extinction.“The use of plastic is one of the biggest threats to the ecosystem,” Dream Pack CEO Johnny Abad said in a statement.“The whole world is rejecting foam packaging for its contaminating components, which is why we implement ecological solutions based on paper and technology that protect products and the environment.”So Paradais DDB found an attention-grabbing way to dramatize how single-use plastic leads to the death of marine life, utilizing a plastic item we’re all familiar with from our childhood to implore audiences to “Stop The Killing.”
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A recent string of scaremongering and conspiracy theories around purported 5G health risks needs some factual counterbalance.One image has recently gone viral of a person in a ‘hazmat suit’ installing a 5G cellphone tower.The image appears to have originated from Instagram account TheOrgonizedEarth, a page spreading dangerous pseudoscience theories.You can find many examples of videos and images where engineers are installing 5G equipment with the only protective gear being their safety harness to prevent falls.If you don’t follow the telecoms industry, such disinformation around 5G health risks can be understandably terrifying.Just yesterday, The Scotsman reported a couple removed their three children from school over concerns of exposure to a health risk after the building was fitted with a 5G mast.
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SpaceX has its Falcon 9 sitting on the launch pad waiting for the go to launch.That launch was delayed due to wind shear from May 15th to May 16th.The new delay will be approximately seven days as SpaceX issues a software update for the satellites.SpaceX tweeted yesterday that it was standing down to update the satellite software and triple-check everything again.SpaceX noted that it wants to do everything it can on the ground to maximize mission success.Reports indicate that the 60 satellites have some among their numbers with possible software or hardware faults.
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WeChat head Allen Zhang Xiaolong used to approve every change to Tencent’s flagship social media app, down to the colors and fonts.But, as WeChat surpasses 1 billion users and plays host to more than 1 million mini-apps on its ecosystem, operations have finally become too big for him to oversee everything.How to stay agile and nimble in a rapidly changing social media landscape with a top-down approach for a 2,000-strong team, and what happens to strategy should Zhang one day leave or step back, were among the top issues on the minds of WeChat executives as the app enjoys its perch as China’s most dominant super-app.These discussions, gleaned from interviews by the London Business School for a business case study and in written comments provided to the South China Morning Post, offer a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a unit that dominates the country’s social media scene.“I admit I am very dictatorial,” Zhang, 49, told the London Business School for its case study.“A product needs to have a strong identity in order to have everything in coherence.”
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Cryptocurrency rumor mongers are likely to be dancing today as Amazon has successfully filed a patent for a Bitcoin-styled Proof-of-Work system.But don’t get ahead of yourself, it doesn’t look like the Seattle-based ecommerce giant will be accepting Bitcoin for payments.Despite first being filed in December 2016, Amazon’s patent application was granted earlier this week and appears to outline a system that uses Proof-of-Work to prevent distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.“One way to mitigate against such attacks is to configure a service such that requests to the service incur some sort of expense, thereby providing a disincentive to participating in the attack,” the application reads.Amazon proposes to use Merkle Trees to present a Proof-of-Work challenge and make it too costly for a series of computers to perform a DDoS attack.But what’s a Merkle Tree?
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US operators have been reselling the location data they accumulate about their subscribers and have been slow to deliver on promises to stop.This practice was already well-known by the time it was highlighted in an expose at the start of this year.At the time operators were quick to stress that they’re pulling out all the stops to protect their customers’ personal data but Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel was apparently skeptical.Frustrated by their deafening silence on the matter she wrote to the four US MNOs at the start of the month to ask them what they were playing at.“The FCC has been totally silent about press reports that for a few hundred dollars shady middlemen can sell your location within a few hundred meters based on your wireless phone data.It is chilling to think what a black market for this data could mean in the hands of criminals, stalkers, and those who wish to do us harm.
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It’s the birthplace of A-Ha’s Morten Harket.I deserve all the angry hate mail I’ll inevitably get.Boring, even, Worse, most products in the genre are just plain bad, offering shaky reliability and poor audio quality.In fact, a large proportion of the wireless earbuds I receive go unreviewed, just because they’re so unrelentingly bad it wouldn’t be worth the effort.The Urbanista Stockholm earbuds come in four different colors: white, black, rose gold, and a lovely olive-green hue.Broadly speaking, I’m not too keen on the build of the charging case, which feels inexpensive and light.
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LG has unveiled has developed its own artificial intelligence chip in an attempt to muscle in on this increasingly competitive segment of the semiconductor market.The AI market is proving to be rewarding for those who can prove their worth, and each day there seems to be a new ‘thought leader’ entering the fray.While there is a feeling AI could benefit application developers (Uber, Cruise, Waymo etc.)“Our AI C hip is designed to provide optimized artificial intelligence solutions for future LG products,” said IP Park, CTO of LG Electronics.“This will further enhance the three key pillars of our artificial intelligence strategy – evolve, connect and open – and provide customers with an improved experience for a better life.”Nvidia might have made a run at this segment in the early days, though considering its experience lies in gaming applications, whether it can mount a serious challenge remains to be seen.
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First, an awkward acknowledgement: This final season of Game of Thrones has been hella uneven.For every incredible high—Ayra shivved the Night King!—there have been scores of lows.To that end, WIRED gathered some in-house Thrones enthusiasts—writers Emily Dreyfuss, Emma Grey Ellis, and Peter Rubin, and editors Angela Watercutter, Jason Kehe, and Andrea Valdez—to talk about what they need from this final episode, and what questions they need answered, in order to feel satisfied with the show's ultimate conclusion.There Has to Be a Definitive Winner of the Iron ThroneEmily Dreyfuss: I don't know about y'all, but I don't think there's anything this last episode could do to make me feel fulfilled.There's no way showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss are going to end Game of Thrones with a time machine that goes back a few years and undoes their seemingly arbitrary decision to speedily wrap this show up in a manner that requires complicated characters to act in ways we've never seen them act before.
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Sizmek has already started offloading assetsAmazon is closing in on a deal to buy Sizmek’s ad servers, according to two sources speaking to Bloomberg.The claims come after Sizmek fled for bankruptcy in March, when its main private equity backer cut off access to capital amid snowballing losses.Sizmek, once the world’s largest independent buy-side advertising platform, has been selling off assets as part of the bankruptcy proceedings.Sizmek’s bankruptcy filing showed it owed money to between 1,000 and 5,000 creditors.At the time, Sizmek estimated its assets were worth $100 million to $500 million.
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Telecoms.com periodically invites third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues.One of the biggest reasons for going full MVNO has been the ability to switch wholesale partner easily to chase better commercials.However, the rate of change in our industry, particularly technological change, is bringing the tried and tested concepts into review.One of the biggest challenges is getting the right settings onto handsets as the model has changed so much over the years.Traditionally all the settings needed to use a mobile service were stored in the SIM.This is no longer the case, and there’s increasing reliance on settings being pre-populated in direct and market sourced devices across the board.
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Last week, we celebrated the 14th edition of TNW Conference.More than 15,000 people visited from across the globe to discuss the future of tech.Without a doubt, it was the greatest edition we’ve organized.We had a stronger lineup than ever before, including speakers like Guy Kawasaki, Apple’s original marketer, and Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia.Our venue was new, too – we moved to NDSM in Amsterdam North, so we could offer more stages and, more importantly, more food trucks.The location’s artistic vibe was the perfect backdrop for our tech festival.
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I am undergoing the lie detector test and it is not going well.The IT support department where I am occasionally contracted for floor-walking has been renamed – sorry, "rebranded" – several times already this year.Roaming the dystopian open-plan field of uncomfortable meeting pods and bleak rows of benches, I spent my first hour as usual trying not to tread on briefcases, knock raincoats off the backs of seats or get my feet snagged on backpack straps.I half-expect to see one of them pushing a shopping trolley.Just minutes later, the chorus of Stealers Wheel's Stuck In The Middle With You tinkled gently from my pocket, indicating a call on my mobile from the IT support duty manager's desk.When I asked him to demonstrate, he conjured a personal laptop from the backpack at his feet, opened an email in a program that looked suspiciously like AOL running on Windows 98, selected the message text and pressed CTRL+C.
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Imagine if you could pay just £3.99 for the brand new Google Pixel 3a, sounds great right?Well for 50 lucky Google fans, that will soon become a reality - let us explain.To celebrate the launch of Google Pixel 3a deals, most retailers have been offering the incentive of free laptops and Google swag.But Argos has gone a slightly different route.If you go to Argos' website and fill out a quick form before 11.59pm on Monday May 20, you could get yourself a 99% discount on the new Google device.While that's an incredible discount, we are going to very briefly stamp on your dreams...only 50 people can win this absolutely ridiculous offer.
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Last night, Elon Musk’s SpaceX made a huge commitment to the internet.style webcasts that always accompany its launches these days (though it did that too), but by launching the first 60 of up to 12,000 of SpaceX’s own satellites that could eventually bring fast Internet access to every human irrespective of where they are on the planet.Departing Pad 40 in Cape Canaveral, Florida last night was a Falcon 9 reusable rocket loaded with 60 flat-packed satellites.In 19 2018, SpaceX launched a total of 21 times, and in 2019 it's up to four launches.Starlink is a plan by SpaceX to put 12,000 satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO) that offer high-speed, low-latency, cheap internet access to anyone anywhere on the planet.Each satellite will talk to four others using lasers as they constantly orbit Earth, together creating a web of Ku-band and Ka-band broadband connectivity as fast as the speed of light that surrounds the planet at all times, and for all locations.
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