Steven Jones

Steven Jones

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In the febrile atmosphere of today’s politics, hate crime incidents in the US increased by 17% between 2016 to 2017, according to the FBI.It’s strange and saddening to think that men, women, and gender non-conforming people who “travel while gay” are now in a more dangerous – and potentially life-threatening – situation around the world, despite us being well into the 21st Century.There are many incidents where, at hotels, gay travelers have been rejected or forced to book separate rooms, and had to fall back on third-party, unverified, user-generated reviews.Now, misterb, the short-term rental marketplace aimed at the Gay community, has a simple solution.Customers can book an entire home or rent a private room at the home of a gay or gay-friendly host, and with many located in gay-friendly neighborhoods.The startup graduated from the 500 Startups accelerator and has raised US$13.5M from institutional investors like Project A and Ventech, and from angels like Joel Simkhai (founder of Grindr, which sold for $300M USD).
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Slack has moved to make your chats more secure with the launch of a new security management tool.The company has announced the launch of Enterprise Key Management (EKM) for Slack, which will give an added layer of protection and allow businesses admins full control and oversight on their platform.First shown off last year, EKM will customers control over the encryption keys used to encrypt the files and messages within their Slack workspace - essentially providing the security controls of an on-premise service but with the benefits of a cloud tool.Slack wants to turn your business into a 'team of teams'The new service looks to target security-conscious verticals such as financial services, government and health care, and Slack says the security benefits of EKM are three-fold.Firstly, it can provide admins with detailed logs of all the messages and files that are decrypted, offering greater visibility into how your data is being used.
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Microsoft rolled out a new version of Skype to its Insider Preview program this week that expands the maximum number of people on a call from 25 to 50, as well as making audible notifications optional, for all platforms.According to the update note, "When you start a call in these large groups, it will send a notification instead of ringing all the members, to not interrupt those who can't join.With this update you will also see that the audio and video buttons are now enabled in these larger groups."If you think 50 people sounds like horribly large number of video-call participants, you probably don't work for a big corporation.Competitor Zoom, which has rapidly gained on Microsoft for videoconferencing software and services, can already conference 100 people -- 500 with an extra-cost add-on.
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HOUSTON -- (March 13, 2019) -- Cleaning pollutants from water with a defective filter sounds like a non-starter, but a recent study by chemical engineers at Rice University found that the right-sized defects helped a molecular sieve soak up more perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) in less time.PFOS was used for decades in consumer products like stain-resistant fabrics and is the best-known member of a family of toxic chemicals called "per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances" (PFAS), which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describes as "very persistent in the environment and in the human body -- meaning they don't break down and they can accumulate over time."Wong, professor and chair of Rice's Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a professor of chemistry, said, "We are taking a step in the right direction toward developing materials that can effectively treat industrial wastewaters in the parts-per-billion and parts-per-million level of total PFAS contamination, which is very difficult to do using current technologies like granular activated carbon or activated sludge-based systems."Wong said MOFs, three-dimensional structures that self-assemble when metal ions interact with organic molecules called linkers, seemed like good candidates for PFAS remediation because they are highly porous and have been used to absorb and hold significant amounts of specific target molecules in previous applications.Clark, a graduate student in Wong's Catalysis and Nanomaterials Laboratory, began with a well-characterized MOF called UiO-66, and conducted dozens of experiments to see how various concentrations of hydrochloric acid changed the properties of the final product.Wong said the study's focus on industrial concentrations of PFAS sets it apart from most previously published work, which has focused on cleaning polluted drinking water to meet the current federal standards of 70 parts per trillion.
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Spotify has gone to war against Apple in Europe, complaining that the way it runs its App Store is anti-competitive.It's a bold move for a company whose market cap is 32 times smaller than Apple's.But Spotify has bloodied Apple's nose before when it circumvented App Store fees.Spotify's beef is about the 30% fee that Apple charges on App Store subscriptions.Apple makes life extremely difficult for services that try and avoid that fee, Spotify argues, meaning the company will have to raise its prices to account for the levy.Read more: Spotify is going to war with Apple, filing an antitrust complaint over fears it is crushing competitors
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Apple’s March 25 media event in Cupertino is likely to feature not two but three separate new services.Whispers of the Apple credit card — backed by Goldman Sachs — have been making the rounds since last May, when a report suggested that the companies were negotiating terms, including Apple’s split of transactions and possible customer perks for using the service.Today’s report says that the offering, code-named “Project Cookie,” is supported by a freshly tweaked Wallet app in iOS 12.2, and that Apple has invited payments industry journalists to the event.Apart from the convenience of full Apple Pay wireless and encrypted transactions, customer incentives to use the card remain unclear.Rewards cards commonly offer usage perks, such as points that can discount future purchases, a benefit Apple could use to increase sales at its own stores.The report also suggests that Apple is “racing” to make last-minute deals so it can launch its video service with third-party offerings while it works to complete its own TV shows and movies.
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Flygplanstillverkaren Boeing kommer att uppdatera mjukvaran i modellen 737 Max 8.Beskedet kom några timmar efter att USA:s luftfartsmyndighet krävt att bolaget genomför förändringar på flygplansmodellen senast i april.Flygplanstillverkaren säger att man under flera månader - sedan ett Lion Air-plan kraschade i Indonesien i oktober i fjol - har arbetat med en förbättring av programvaran, men nämner inte söndagens krasch i Etiopien som en anledning till uppdateringen.Flygkraschen i Etiopien i söndags kostade samtliga ombordvarande 157 människor livet.Under söndagen och måndagen meddelade flera länder och flygbolag att man tills vidare låter sina plan av modellen bli kvar på marken.Varken Norwegian eller TUI som använder modellen för rutter till och från Sverige har några sådana planer.
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I september ska Porsche visa upp sin första rena elbil i produktionstappning.Modellen Taycan har förevisats i olika koncept och tydligt är att bilen har imponerat på kunderna.För trots att det egentligen inte går att beställa Taycan ännu, har över 20 000 personer armbågat sig in i en slags för-förbeställningskö och lagt 2 500 euro i deposition för att få stå där.– Det här är markant många fler än vad vi hade förväntat oss, vi brukar normalt se att ordrarna har peakat när de första recensionerna kommit – när fordonet presenteras, samt när kunder har möjligheten att sitta i bilen själva, sa Oliver Blume, vd för Porsche, i en intervju med tyska Autogazette.Och just den stora efterfrågan har fått Porsche att tänka om.Till en början hade man planerat att endast bygga 20 000 bilar om året.
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Hello, I am here to upset you and make you feel insanely old.The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will be 30 years old in 2020.Let that sink in for a bit.A fan-made film created by Sun Squared Media saved us the bother of trying to re-imagine what the show might look like in 2019 and... it's actually kind of awesome.To make things clear, this is just a fan-made thing, it's not official -- but I would absolutely watch this show.It's like a strange cross between Creed, The O.C.
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Ägare: Grundarna, Felix Hagnö, Pär Svärdson, Creades och Alfvén & Didriksson.Vad: Snabbleveranser till paketskåp i Stockholm och Göteborg.Ägare: Ryska posten-grundaren Daniel Pilotti, Apoteas vd Pär Svärdson, grundarna.Kunden låser upp för budet med ett smart lås.”Vi tror på en hotell-liknande upplevelse”, säger vd:n Carl Johan Grandinson.Ägare: Alfvén & Didrikson, Northvolts vd Peter Carlsson, Moor Capital, grundarna och personal.
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Our expectations continue to be raised when it comes to smartphones that cost $1,000 or more, but can the same be said for phones that cost a lot less?The rear panel is made of plastic and comes in a choice of gradient-style finishes.However, the low 1520 x 720-pixel resolution lets it down, and viewing photos and video isn’t very impressive, although the color balance is great.Let’s take a look at a far harder feature to crack at this low price: The camera.Activated on demand in the camera app, it enhances the colors and contrast, and brings out more detail on the shaded areas of a photo.Yes, I said stunning photos came from a sub-$150 smartphone.
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the Reason is that Musk smoked marijuana in Joe Rogans podcast in september.SpaceX, the risk not to be given to Musk do not work in the business every day.Musk has also been filling out the form SF-86 again.
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The Duplex national tour is rolling out to almost every state in the US.On Wednesday, Google said Duplex, its human-sounding voice assistant feature, will be coming to Pixel Phones in 43 states across the country.Duplex can make phone calls on your behalf and uses humanlike speech patterns, complete with pauses, umms and ahhs.The Google Assistant feature is designed to sound just like a person and is used to call restaurants and stores to set up appointments and reservations.The states not included are Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska and Texas.Google debuted Duplex during its developer's conference last May and rolled it out to Pixel phones last November after a limited beta test in June.
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Major advertisers are dropping like flies.In response, YouTube on Thursday announced that it is disabling comments on almost all videos that feature minors.The controversy began earlier this month when YouTuber Matt Watson shared a video that exposed the use of YouTube comments by what he called a “soft-core paedophilia ring.” He showed that sexual predators were able to use comments to identify non-sexual video content that featured minors and would appeal to paedophiles.YouTube’s recommendation algorithm helped the predators find each other, Watson claimed, and they would trade contact information as well as links to actual child pornography.YouTube previously announced that it had banned 400 users’ accounts and deleted millions of comments in response to the news.But today it’s going further with a sweeping new policy.
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Optic Gaming has won a lot of esports competitions over the years, and its reward is a new partnership with athletic apparel brand Champion Athleticwear.Frisco, Texas-based Optic Gaming has entered into a collaborative partnership with Champion Athleticwear, makers of authentic athletic apparel since 1919.Such deals will help esports become a $1.7 billion business by 2021, according to market researcher Newzoo.OpTic and Champion will work together on a number of projects to bring co-branded apparel to the esport giant’s fan community, the partnership represents one of the apparel company’s deepest investments into esports products, starting with a year-long campaign to create co-branded clothing in collaboration between Champion and OpTic’s creative teams.“The awesome Optic community, the Green Wall, is all about style and confidence, and just like their name says, Champion comes from a legacy of winners dating back a hundred years.It’s a perfect fit,” says Joe Hills, head of brand strategy for Optic Gaming, in a statement.
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LG has been having a low-key Mobile World Congress, but its most eye-catching feature has been an attempt to implement waving your hands about as a method of interacting with its smartphone.The "Air Motion" UI, which found in its new V50 ThinQ 5G and LG G8, requires you to draw shapes with your hand over the phone.It's very small indeed, as you can see:This is obviously useful for more than secure face unlock.LG candidly admitted its implement of air gestures is an early work in progress.Then you move it left or right.
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TV host Richard Osman, from ‘Pointless’, who is 6ft 7, recently started dating jazz singer Sumudu Jayatilaka, who, at 5ft, is 19 inches shorter.They’re not the only celebrity couple to make headlines for their height gaps: Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum; Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise; Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni have also bridged the gap.On Tinder and Bumble, it’s often listed prominently on people’s profiles – particularly by heterosexual men.Science says yes, relationship experts say no]Kyle Sowden, 23 and 5′11, from Manchester, lied about his height on Tinder.“I noticed that I got more matches when I had 6ft written in my bio rather than when I had 5′11,” he says.
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The myths and legends of days gone by are coming back for a new generation.Fremantle and the Jim Henson Company have announced that they are teaming up with Neil Gaiman to bring back The Storyteller—an anthology series that brings classic folktales to life with puppets.Fremantle is spearheading a “reimagined” version of The Storyteller, an anthology series that originally premiered in 1987.The series adapted classic European folktales, with John Hurt starring as the elfin storyteller, taking inspiration from Jim Henson’s daughter, Lisa, who studied folklore and mythology at university.According to the press release, this new version will create its own mystical world that combines different fairy tales and myths.And with Gaiman at the helm—who’s adapted folklore and myths from a variety of cultures, including with American Gods and Anansi Boys—this re-imagined version will likely expand beyond European folklore into a wide range of stories and myths from around the world.
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Apple and Samsung both shouldered major market share losses: Samsung down from 20.9 per cent globally to 19 per cent, and Apple down from 14 per cent to 13.4 per cent.Apple's smartphone sales fell 11.8 per cent in the fourth 2018 quarter compared to the year before, the largest drop Gartner had recorded since Q1 2016.But it was more dramatic in China: down from 14.6 per cent market share in Q4 2017 to 8.8 per cent in Q4 2018, with annual sales of just over 209 million units.Worldwide smartphone sales to end users by vendor in fy2018Numbers are in thousands of units.Source: Gartner (due to rounding, numbers may not add up precisely to the totals shown)
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The government has announced that it'll be illegal to faff about with drones within a three-mile radius of UK airports, after some plonker at Gatwick messed up everyone's holidays.At the moment, there's a 0.6-mile no-fly zone for drones, but that's clearly not enough.The government is also mulling giving the police more powers to stop and search people they suspect of planning drone shenanigans (anyone with a YouTube channel should be stopped by default, then).Drone manufacturer DJI also recently announced it's updating its geofencing software to keep its drones away from airports.The trouble with drones is that they're really hard to stop.They're small, nimble, and unpredictable -- and there's often no indication of where the person controlling them is.
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