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Robert Slater

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Amazon Prime Day, the e-commerce giant’s eagerly-anticipated day-and-a-half of deals and discounts, is fast approaching.Apple’s iPads continue to rule the roost when it comes to the best tablets in tech, and the 2018 iPad is probably the most pragmatic option for most tablet fans.Prime Day proper may still be a few weeks away, but you may not want to wait when deals like this are already here.Digital Trends declared the iPad Pro to be the best tablet ever last year, but the expensive $900+ price tag is a deal breaker for many would-be buyers.The standard Apple iPad comes at a much more manageable cost, and still includes plenty of the powerful and proficient features that Apple aficionados have come to expect from their tablets.Weighing just one pound, with a 7.5mm thickness and 9.7-inch Retina display, the latest model of iPad is as portable as can be, and comes in three sleek color designs – silver, space gray, or gold.
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Microdata from Swedish population registers provide new insights into cities' economic growth paths.The data reveal a surge in regional inequality, with more and more resources flowing to cities atop the urban hierarchy, which thus acquire an increasing share of national wealth.Cities of different sizes are seen as scaled copies of one another, expected to go through similar lifecycles of socioeconomic growth - only in different historical epochs.In this perspective, cities follow parallel growth trajectories and, as an urban system grows in wealth and people, the relative inequality between cities remains stable.The notion that cities grow completely in parallel appears empirically ill-founded as it is derived from datasets that only cover larger metropolitan areas.It misses out on small towns, many of which face a struggling economy and sustained out-migration of young and educated individuals", says Dr Marc Keuschnigg who is an Associate Professor at Linkoping University's Institute for Analytical Sociology.
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Despite existing for about 15 years, it was only earlier this year that Shopify debuted its first brand campaign.Working with both its in-house creative team and R/GA, Shopify rolled out a campaign targeting people who want to become entrepreneurs.The campaign is part of an overall brand strategy that Shopify’s pushing, as the company has 85 years remaining before hitting its lofty goal of becoming a 100-year company.What we’re starting to do is move up the marketing funnel from being a performance marketing operation first to additionally creating new awareness for Shopify.As you think about moving up a funnel, first you’re converting intention through performance marketing.But there are different techniques that you use, and Shopify is also really interesting because it plays on the fine line between B2B and B2C.
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In the new beginning, it may just be astronaut sperm and Eve.Spanish scientists have recently proven that frozen human sperm is viable in zero-gravity environments — as in outer space — creating the possibility of a cosmic sperm bank.The researchers presented their findings at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology annual meeting Monday in Vienna, Austria.“It’s not unreasonable to start thinking about the possibility of reproduction beyond the Earth,” says Dr Montserrat Boada, researcher at Dexeus Women’s Health in Barcelona, whose team worked with engineers at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona.In theory, this could lead to male astronauts being replaced by all-female crews in order to reproduce while in space, the Daily Mail reports.The concept isn’t as out-there as it might seem: In 2016, NASA published a paperarguing that single-sex crews are best for “cohesion during long-duration exploration missions,” and women are viewed as “more cooperative” in space, according to a 2014 study by the National Institutes of Health.
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If you aren’t yet acquainted with the twice-yearly Games Done Quick marathons, the concept is pretty straightforward: gamers from all over the world gather for a week-long speedrunning marathon with the goal of raising as much money as possible for charity.Any Borderlands speedrun is bound to be ridiculous, but this is no simple speedrun.This is a co-op speedrun that will complete all quests, so you’ll see pretty much the entire game fly by as fast as possible.Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped racePlatformers like Crash Bandicoot are staple of speedrunning, so of course when Activision released the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy in 2017, speedrunners got to right to work on breaking each game in the compilation.Sonic Adventure DX (Big the Cat story)
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Pi-Top today announced its latest model – the Pi-Top [4].Oh, and it’s not a laptop.That’s a weird one, because Pi-Top is known for its elaborate Raspberry Pi-based portable computers.In its early years, the company 3D printed its machines, but as time has dragged on, its computers have become increasingly sophisticated – and, dare I say, a bit more professional.The Pi-Top [4] comes in a square package and looks not too dissimilar from one of Intel’s NUC computers.It’s got a tiny footprint, but somehow manages to include a small integrated screen and a built-in battery.
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With Huawei devices teetering on the edge of digital purgatory after the US government’s ban, those with one of the company’s laptops are getting a little reassurance from Microsoft about Windows.The focus on Huawei’s problems after being added to a Chinese trade blacklist by the Trump Administration has generally been around its smartphone business, which has rapidly gained worldwide traction over the past years.However Huawei’s computing business has also been hit, and the impact of the trade ban – which prevents American companies from working with the Chinese firm – is actually pinching harder there, it seems, or at the very least affecting it more rapidly.Huawei has already canceled one laptop launch because of concerns around how long the blacklist will be in effect.The challenge facing Huawei is twofold, of course.As Huawei consumer division CEO Richard Yu said of the axed laptop launch earlier this month, availability of new models “depends on how long the Entity List will be there.”
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decided to head to the high street and poke around local supermarkets to find out how easy they make it for their customers to correctly recycle waste, and it turns out that the answer is 'not very'.Taking 46 items from the shelves of Tesco, Waitrose, Aldi, and Asda - to name but a few - the study set out to investigate how much of the product packaging was recyclable, and incidentally discovered that a lot of it wasn't even labelled correctly.“Our research shows there is a lot more supermarkets and manufacturers can do to banish single-use plastics and make sure any packaging they do use is minimal, recyclable and correctly labelled, so that shoppers know exactly how they can recycle it,” said Natalie Hitchins of Which?Easy to recycle packaging was deemed as such if it could be disposed of in one of the multitude of bins found in households, and only 52 per cent met that standard.42 per cent wasn't labelled at all, or was incorrectly labelled, with Morrison's apparently being the worst of the bunch.From the selected sample, 61 per cent was deemed not easily recyclable, and Morrison's was quick to pipe up, calling the study "misleading," with a spokesperson stating that over 80 per cent of the supermarket's plastic packaging is recyclable, "and that’s across tens of thousands of items, not the 46 collected by Which?”
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Updated US network services provider Cloudflare has been celebrating its impending tenth birthday with a good, old-fashioned TITSUP*, er, knees-up.Even the usually cheery Raspberry Pi team, currently celebrating the launch of its latest miniature marvel, found things had developed a distinct wobble.— Raspberry Pi (@Raspberry_Pi) June 24, 2019The issue, according to Cloudflare, is "a possible route leak impacting some Cloudflare IP ranges", which the company is feverishly working to fix.Its status page has, at least, remained more or less operational, even if hasn't really told worried users what has actually happened.Cloudflare, while not a hosting provider, is the source of all manner of services needed by websites.
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At Shopify Unite, Shopify’s fourth annual developer conference, it was business as usual—lots of conversations, lots of panels, lots of coffee.That is, until Craig Miller, the company’s chief product officer, announced the Shopify Fulfillment Network (SFN), which gives merchants another fulfillment option than other third-party logistics providers or Fulfillment by Amazon—a choice that Miller said is part of “what’s core to Shopify.”Adweek sat down with Miller after his keynote to chat about some of the announcements Shopify made, as well as how the company decides what’s best to build for merchants.Shopify’s in the business of democratizationThe SFN, Miller explains, came about to help businesses achieve a “best-in-class experience” to merchants of all sizes.Since Amazon’s known for its capabilities in ecommerce, Shopify decided to bring that same experience to merchants—and let the merchants focus on building their brand instead.
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Raspberry Pi is launching its "most powerful" iteration of its teeny tiny PC, which is kind of expected given it's a new product and rolling out a shittier one isn't going to be exciting news for anyone.The Raspberry Pi 4 is being touted as three-times more powerful than the 3B+ with 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB versions available.ranging in price from £30 - £50.“Just as we help make coding more accessible for consumers, we also aim to democratise digital innovation in businesses and public services," said Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton."Today, over 50% of our $35 Raspberry Pi units are destined for industrial and commercial use; Raspberry Pi 4 builds on this success, providing greatly increased performance at the same low cost."We aim to create equality of opportunity across our digital economy, by providing a low-cost platform for technological innovation that is accessible to every organisation, from start-ups to multinationals."
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The UAE is looking at implementing a data protection law, similar to EU’s introduction of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2008, as part of the UAE National Cybersecurity Strategy.TRA has launched the 2020-2025 strategy as the country is entering the fifth-generation era in a bid to enable swift and coordinated response to cyber incidents in the UAE.We want to make sure that whatever regulations are put, are easy to be implemented across different sectors,” Mohammad Al Zarooni, Director of Policies and Programs Department at Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE, told TechRadar Middle East, at an event.Bahrain has launched its Personal Data Protection Law and more countries in the region are expected to follow.GDPR has a ceiling of 4% of global annual revenues or up to 20,000 euros if a breach is not reported within 72 hours.Moreover, he said that there are some talks about a unified GCC law but “I believe that most of the regulations worldwide will be more or less the same, some will be more stringent and some will be relaxed.
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It is still not clear whether the source of the gas was the lettings off of microscopic organisms or whether it was produced by rocks interacting with water.The gas was detected by the Rover's tunable laser spectrometer.It found methane at 21 parts per billion by volume in the Martian atmosphere.But NASA will conduct more experiments this coming weekend to try and discover whether the reading represents a plume or something more substantial.Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Principal Investigator Paul Mahaffy of NASA noted: "With our current measurements, we have no way of telling if the methane source is biology or geology, or even ancient or modern."The rover has found methane at a confusing variety of levels suggesting possible seasonal variation or specific plumes.
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latest B2B benchmarking research from CMI and MarketingProfs found that nearly two out of three respondents (61%) increased their usage of social media for content marketing purposes in the previous year.Another new report shows that social content is atop the list of focal areas for B2B marketers in the coming year.The size of the audiences on these platforms make them essential to any digital strategy, but breaking through suppressive algorithms and showing clear ROI is a perpetual challenge for brands.One pivotal key to excelling with social media marketing is understanding all the tools you have at your disposal.With this in mind, we’re setting out to highlight some of the most useful yet overlooked features for driving results on social media platforms.Today we’re focusing on the channel most pertinent to B2B marketers: LinkedIn*, with its member base of more than half a billion professionals.
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Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates said his "greatest mistake ever" was allowing Google to develop Android and not creating a successful smartphone operating system himself."There's room for exactly one non-Apple operating system," he said, "and what's that worth?$400 billion that would be transferred from company G [Google] to company M [Microsoft]."Microsoft phased out its Windows-powered smartphones in 2017 after they failed to make a significant impact on the market.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Bill Gates has said that his biggest mistake at Microsoft was allowing Google to develop Android — and it cost the company $400 billion.
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Singapore-based Mass Vehicle Ledger (MVL) Foundation, the company behind the blockchain-based ride-hailing app Tada, has inked a partnership with global cryptocurrency exchange Binance.With the tie-up, MVL will apply Binance’s BEP2 standard through the exchange’s mainnet, Binance Chain.Some of the MVL tokens in circulation, which are based on Ethereum’s ERC-20 standard, and existing MVL tokens used for Tada incentives will be swapped with MVL-BEP2 tokens.Both companies also agreed to connect Trust Wallet, Binance’s mobile wallet, to Tada’s platform to support the use of MVL-BEP2 tokens and Binance’s own tokens for payments.In addition, Tada users will be able to pay and trade MVL tokens via Trust Wallet once the exchange’s community approves Tada’s listing proposal.“The integration with Binance Chain is expected to add more vitality to the Tada platform and MVL ecosystem,” said Kay Woo, CEO of MVL.
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Today, Raspberry Pi is introducing a new version of its popular line of single-board computer.The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is the fastest Raspberry Pi ever, with the company promising "desktop performance comparable to entry-level x86 PC systems."The new model is built around a Broadcom BCM2711 SoC, which, with four 1.5GHz Cortex A72 CPU cores, should be a big upgrade over the quad core Cortex A53 CPU in the Raspberry Pi 3.The RAM options are the even bigger upgrade though, with options for 1GB, 2GB, and even 4GB of DDR4.The Pi 3 was limited to 1GB of RAM, which really stung for desktop-class use cases.There has been some upgrades and tweaks to the Pi 4 I/O, too.
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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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Cross-border ecommerce is a massive industry in Asia.A joint study by the United Nations and the Asian Development Bank forecasts that the market opportunity in Asia Pacific will grow to US$476 billion by 2020 – higher than any other region.Case in point, a majority of people in countries like Singapore and Hong Kong already shop from both domestic and overseas sites regularly.But because of how rapid this growth has been, the ecosystem hasn’t caught up.Parcel congestion, poor logistics performance, and inconsistent duty and tax collection are just some of the problems ecommerce firms have to contend with.Thai serial entrepreneur Wootinun Sungong experienced these problems firsthand in 2004, when he set up an ecommerce business that sold boxing equipment.
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Back in February, we first reported that Apple is considering a 16-inch MacBook Pro with a totally new design, and while a more recent rumor suggested that it might not arrive until 2020 (or 2021), yet another piece of speculation has cropped up which believes it actually will ship this year, as reported by Forbes.According to the London-based market analysts at IHS Markit, Apple is readying its 16-inch MacBook Pro for reveal at an event in September, which is traditionally the time of year when the Cupertino company unveils its latest iPhone range."We foresee that Apple will release a new product [at the] Sep’19 Apple event if there’s no unexpected development issue," said Jeff Lin, Associate Director of Consumer Electronics at IHS Markit.While we reported a couple of days ago that Apple could be plotting to switch to OLED for its tablet and laptop displays, the specifications detailed by IHS Markit suggest otherwise, citing a 16-inch TFT-LCD oxide display from LG with a resolution of 3,072 x 1,920.Of course, all of this should be taken with a grain of salt, as there's no telling how accurate IHS Markit's information is.This isn't the only prognostication that the British analytics outfit has made today – the company also believes a foldable Microsoft Surface with Android app compatibility will arrive in 2020.
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