Michael Colon

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They want to save money.While the price of some live TV streaming services rivals that of cable itself, there are still some budget options.It costs just $15 a month and AT Unlimited wireless customers get it for free.Watch TV is a cut-down version of DirecTV Now.It has a lot fewer channels, however, and lacks key features, including the cloud DVR.If you're OK with its channel selection and downsides, however, it could be the budget service for you.
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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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Game of Thrones has clearly lost its own thread, and I can’t help but feel held captive by the eight years I’ve already sunk into this series as I begrudgingly plod through its mercifully short final season.No, it wasn’t anything to do with David Benioff and D.B Weiss’ increasingly incoherent character decisions, or the 20-plus minutes of peasants running from falling rubble.It was a simple question asked by my girlfriend who, despite dropping off Game of Thrones somewhere in season four, is nice enough to suffer through its last hurrah with me.In the middle of Daenerys’ basically unmotivated decision to flame-broil the entirety of a surrendered King’s Landing while her own troops were still inside the city, she looked up from work emails, turned to me and asked something to the effect of: “So do the dragons just never run out of fire, or what?”Dear reader, I had no answer.As you might imagine, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R.
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The change will make advertisers resort to less-targeted ads via first-party data or contextual targeting based on what people are reading.Last week, Google said it planned to roll out new controls in its Chrome browser that let consumers block advertisers from serving ads that use third-party cookies.Third-party cookies help advertisers target digital ads, and Google's move has big ramifications for dozens of ad-tech companies that help marketers with that kind of targeting."Each ad impression may have a different set of conditions, which you will need to consider — like someone's consent choices and which browser a person is using," said Chetna Bindra, senior product manager of user trust and privacy at Google, during a keynote at Google's annual Google Marketing Live conference on Tuesday.How the changes could benefit GoogleInstead, Google is recommending advertisers use first-party data like log-in information or email addresses to target ads along with spending on first-party data measurement, including, of course, Google's own technology.
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A criminal gang that used GozNym malware to try and steal an estimated $100m from more than 41,000 victims, have been dismantled.The “unprecedented, international law enforcement operation” went after the gang after it began targeting mostly businesses and their financial institutions around the world.Ten members of the GozNym criminal network have been charged by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, with conspiracy.According to Europol, the gang members are facing conspiracy charges because they infected victims’ computers with GozNym malware, designed to capture victims’ online banking login credentials.The gang members then used the captured login credentials to fraudulently gain unauthorised access to victims’ online bank accounts.They then stole money from victims’ bank accounts and laundered those funds using US and foreign beneficiary bank accounts controlled by the defendants.
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What happened: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi’s consumer finance subsidiary, Xiaomi Finance, has appointed Cao Qiang as its new chief risk officer.Cao previously served a similar role at electronics appliance giant GOME’s financial services arm.Why it’s important: Chinese media previously reported that Chen Xi, the head of risk and credit and loan services at Xiaomi Finance, would be leaving his post to lead the company’s new virtual banking business in Hong Kong.Xiaomi set up Xiaomi Finance in 2015, though it is still small, contributing less than 1% of the company’s 2018 revenue.The subsidiary—which provides a range of financial services including payment, wealth management, loans, and insurance—accounted for nearly 14% of Xiaomi’s total assets as of March 2018.According to its prospectus, Xiaomi intends to spin off the financial subsidiary into an independent entity.
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Risky business: Azure cloud rains billsHundreds of Microsoft customers awoke yesterday to find hundreds of Azure invoices of other customers in their inbox.Each customer was emailed not only their own invoice, but scores of bills intended for others.The Microsoft reseller who alerted us woke yesterday morning to find 187 emails in his inbox, all sent in the small hours of the morning.Each email contained an attached invoice showing the customer details, order number, and the Azure subscription ID to which the invoice applied.The invoices related to Azure in Open, a licensing scheme whereby cloud resellers/ integrators purchase Azure credits which are then applied to customer accounts, enabling them to make a small profit on the deal.
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If you've ever visited a foreign country, you'll know how difficult it can be to get by when you don't speak the language – and even with apps like Google Translate readily available on most smartphones, using translation tools can be a hassle as you struggle to read out their results to puzzled locals.If that scenario fills you with dread, you'll be pleased to know that Google is working on a new AI (artificial intelligence) model that effectively allows you speak another language in your own voice.Called Translatotron, the new model effectively cuts out the middle man when it comes to AI translation.For example, with Google Translate, you can currently speak into your phone's microphone in your own language, and Google will convert that into text in the language you want to speak.Then, you have the option of reading the text out loud yourself, or playing an robotic-sounding audio clip of the translation.According to a blog post by Google, eschewing the usual process of speech-text-speech translation leads to "faster inference speed, naturally avoiding compounding errors between recognition and translation", and "better handling of words that do not need to be translated", like names and proper nouns.
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Japanese venture capital firm Global Brain invested an undisclosed amount in rewards-based crowdfunding site Campfire through its GB-VII Growth Fund Investment Limited Partnership.Campfire allows individuals, small businesses, schools, and local government to fundraise for projects and challenges.The company offers donations, rewards, and lending-based crowdfunding services to generate revenue.Since it started operations in 2011, the startup said it has raised over US$100 million and has helped more than 21,000 projects on its platform through over 1 million patrons, according to a statement.Recently, Global Brain participated in a US$17 million series B round for retail automation platform Vue.ai.The VC firm also became a strategic funding partner for Perlin, a Singapore-based cloud computing startup, late last year.
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Facebook has announced its collaboration with top creative agencies of India to launch Thumbstoppers, a 10-seconds short video format.For this, the social media giant has tied up with Wunderman Thompson, Ogilvy, Leo Burnett, McCann and Mullen Lintas advertising agencies.Thumbstoppers encourages advertisers to create short stories that grab the eyeball of the end-consumer.In partnership with Facebook, Thumbstoppers brings together Sukesh Nayak, Chief Creative Officer at Ogilvy India, Senthil Kumar, Chief Creative Officer Wunderman Thompson India, Rajdeepak Das, Chief Creative Officer at Leo Burnett India, Garima Khandelwal, Chief Creative Officer, Mullen Lintas, and Ashish Chakravarty, Executive Director, and Head of Creative at McCann Worldgroup (India).These key collaborators will spearhead Thumbstoppers at their respective agencies and will help their teams get well versed in creating mobile-first ads.According to a recent study conducted by the Technical University of Denmark, it was revealed that the global attention span is shrinking which is why trending topics don't last very long in the public eye now.
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China Tech Investor is a weekly look at China’s tech companies through the lens of investment.Each week, hosts Elliott Zaagman and James Hull go through their watch list of publicly listed tech companies and also interview experts on issues affecting the macroeconomy and the stock prices of China’s tech companies.Make sure you don’t miss anything.Check out our lineup of China tech podcasts.Check us out on iTunes or Spotify!In this episode, recorded May 9th, 2019 hosts Elliott Zaagman and James Hull are joined by Shai Oster, Asia Bureau Chief of The Information, to discuss SoftBank, the potential Vision Fund IPO and what may be the top of the tech-infused market cycle.
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At I/O 2019 last week, Google announced that Nest would be its single brand not just for existing Nest products but also for its other smart home devices, like the Home smart speakers.It was meant to consolidate the branding strategy and lessen confusion but, as with any reorganization, it produces more confusion at the start.Now Google is providing details on how that transition will proceed, especially with the Works with Nest platform.It would have probably been fine if it were a simple rebranding.Part of the confusion, however, was with Google announcing that Works with Nest would become Works with Google Assistant.Which isn’t a simple change of names.
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Coinbase in advanced talks to acquire Xapo: sources – The BlockWhat happened: Digital currency exchange Coinbase is reportedly in talks to acquire Hong Kong-based crypto storage company Xapo’s bitcoin custody business, according to The Block.The deal could be worth around $50 million, and Coinbase reportedly beat out Fidelity Digital Assets for the acquisition.Xapo is said to hold as much as $5.5 billion in crypto assets under custody (AUC), translating to roughly 700,000 bitcoin.Why it’s important: Adding billions in assets would be valuable for Coinbase, which launched its custody service last July.According to CEO Brian Armstrong at this year’s Consensus conference, Coinbase Custody currently has $1 billion crypto under management and 70 participating institutions.
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Game of Thrones Season 8 has been… controversial.The final season for one of the most popular shows on the planet is its worst rated season on IMDb by a considerable margin.At the time of writing, episodes 3, 4, and 5, are the three worst rated episodes in the show’s history.Perhaps that’s just the combination of reactionary reviews and unreasonable expectations, but many fans feel the show has lost its grasp on its narrative and characters.I’ll keep this post free of spoilerific specifics, but suffice to say, I’m one of those disappointed fans.At least, that’s what over 650,000 signatories are advocating for in a Change.org petition that will obviously never amount to anything, but is making the rounds nonetheless.
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Less well known is how Google tries to staunch this flow with confidentiality agreements and programs like Stop Leaks, a web portal where employees can report suspected leakers.Offenders can be subjected to digital forensic investigations and terminated.Details about the Stop Leaks program came to light as part of a lawsuit—filed in December 2016 by an unidentified Google employee—claiming the company’s confidentiality policies amounted to an internal “spying program” that illegally infringed on employees’ rights to discuss working conditions, report illegal conduct or product defects to authorities, or talk to other employers about job opportunities.Between spring of 2016 and March 2017, Google relaxed a number of its complex confidentiality policies, including easing rules governing when employees can talk to the press, clarifying that some data is not confidential by default, and softening training programs like You Said What?Now, documents filed in April argue that Google has not investigated recent high-profile leaks with the same tenacity as in the past.Those included an internal memo written by former Google engineer James Damore critiquing Google’s diversity efforts; Project Dragonfly, Google’s stalled plan to launch a censored search engine in China; and details about multimillion-dollar exit packages paid to executives accused of sexual harassment.
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Scientists conducting cutting-edge research in computational astrophysics will converge at Rochester Institute of Technology for two workshops in June.Experts from RIT, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Berkeley and other prestigious institutions will speak at the events hosted by RIT's Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (CCRG).The Einstein Toolkit is a community-driven software platform of core computational tools to advance and support research in relativistic astrophysics and gravitational physics.The toolkit has a community of several hundred scientists working together to develop these tools, a set of codes to solve Einstein's equations for binary black hole collisions, neutron star collisions and other astrophysical systems."For people who are already involved in the toolkit, we will also discuss ideas how to improve it.RIT will also host a Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Networks (TCAN) workshop focused on neutron star mergers from June 19-21 to allow researchers and students to discuss the collaboration's projects and future developments.
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While it may feel like chatbots are still an emerging technology, they’ve actually already emerged further than you might think.In fact, by next year, about 80 percent of businesses will be utilizing them.Why are so many companies jumping on board?Simple dollars and cents, mostly.Chatbots are expected to save companies about $8 billion a year by 2022, according to Juniper Research.With that kind of demand, you can reap the benefits of being a go-to chatbot creator with the training found in the IBM Certificate Program: Building Chatbots Powered By AI.
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Not sure which air fryer, cast iron skillet or, since it's finally warming up, grilling products to buy?Flash-forward to that afternoon: My then-partner attempted to light our new charcoal grill and burnt off half of his left eyebrow in the process.We'd fallen victim to low-quality barbecue tools and not even our matching his-and-hers "Licensed to Grill" novelty aprons could shield us from buyer's remorse.One way to go about this is to hop on Amazon and see what's working for everyone else.These products and services are independently chosen by our editors.The thin side of the cooking grate is ideal for delicate food such as fish and shrimp, while the wider side creates perfect sear marks.
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The cyber security industry is failing businesses.Cyber criminals are constantly evolving and evading the market’s most sophisticated detection-based security solutions, with government figures showing that 32 per cent of UK businesses have faced a cyber attack or data breach in the past year.Most security solutions take a “best endeavour” approach to defending against threats – offering little more than 95 per cent protection at best.Yet in a world where data is the new currency and consumers vote with their feet, the cyber security industry appears to expect its customers to introduce that level of risk into their organisation.Read more: Face off: iProov's facial verification system lets you prove who you areI know the issue first-hand.
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The complete list of commands for Google Home keeps growing, and while you may already use it to turn your lights on and off or stream TV, you can also employ your Google Assistant as personal trainer, food diary and meditation teacher.This guide is a list of all of the best Google Home commands for the many facets of wellness: fitness, healthy eating, mind, medical and sleep."Ask Fitbit Coach for exercises" (here's how to sync your Fitbit with Google Home).Get info on your vitals and activityGoogle Fit syncs with an impressive collection of apps, including Lifesum, Runkeeper, Strava, MyFitnessPal and more.The Google Fit app can collect data from these apps and devices, and you can use Google Fit to monitor your progress throughout the day by asking it things like:
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