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Microsoft officially ends support for Windows Phone

July 11th, 2017 · No Comments

Does ANYONE actually have a Windows Phone? I haven’t seen one out in the wild in ages!

Source: Microsoft officially ends support for Windows Phone

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Only took Google 5 or so years to fix this

July 10th, 2017 · No Comments

When Google first introduced Google Apps for Domains and one setup an alias for their own email (gmail) domain hosting URL, one would only have to enter their username to login. This was very simple for Google to figure out given the URL was unique to your own domain.

At one point (I am guessing over 5 years ago), Google broke this functionality when they updated their login pages. So after that point one had to enter the entire email login including domain name which was painful and completely unnecessary.

Finally Google has re-implemented this super simple feature.

Google Login Screen

Google Login Screen

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This Email From Elon Musk to Tesla Employees Is a Master Class in Emotional Intelligence | Inc.com

July 5th, 2017 · No Comments

I have no doubt Elon will follow through on this:

Source: This Email From Elon Musk to Tesla Employees Is a Master Class in Emotional Intelligence | Inc.com

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Complete list of wifi routers from WikiLeaks Cherry Blossom release detailing CIA hacking tools — Quartz

June 18th, 2017 · No Comments

Source: Complete list of wifi routers from WikiLeaks Cherry Blossom release detailing CIA hacking tools — Quartz

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Tesla Model X the First SUV Ever to Achieve 5-Star Crash Rating in Every Category | Tesla Canada

June 13th, 2017 · No Comments

Source: Tesla Model X the First SUV Ever to Achieve 5-Star Crash Rating in Every Category | Tesla Canada

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How Document-Tracking Dots Helped The FBI Track Down Russian Hacking Doc Leaker | Techdirt

June 9th, 2017 · No Comments

Source: How Document-Tracking Dots Helped The FBI Track Down Russian Hacking Doc Leaker | Techdirt

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Applying Artificial Intelligence in Medicine: Our Early Results

June 6th, 2017 · No Comments

Pretty amazing development with the Apple Watch:

We’ve developed an algorithm to use the Apple Watch to detect atrial fibrillation — the most common heart arrhythmia — with higher accuracy than previously validated methods.

Source: Applying Artificial Intelligence in Medicine: Our Early Results

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Tomorrow, SpaceX Will Forever Transform Spaceflight

June 1st, 2017 · No Comments

Source: Tomorrow, SpaceX Will Forever Transform Spaceflight

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The Future of VR for Google is on the Open Web with WebVR & WebAR | Voices of VR Podcast

May 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

Except currently it is completely shit. I tried a few weeks ago to get Chromium working and gave up. You would think it would be straight forward but its not as you have to make a couple of special changes to Chromium settings which either didn’t work or don’t work as advertised.

I gave up and will wait for the FUTURE

Source: #537: The Future of VR for Google is on the Open Web with WebVR & WebAR | Voices of VR Podcast

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Excellent Amazon Web Services Support

May 16th, 2017 · No Comments

Had an issue recently with Amazon AWS billing because I rebuilt an instance and mistakenly created it in another zone. What I didn’t realize is that Reserved instances have a zone designation to them so they only apply to instances in the same zone. So, my newly created instance was being charged at the On Demand price rather than being covered by the Reserve instance price. I didn’t notice this until I received a bill for the period. It was obvious that the bill was more than it should have been.

After discovering the problem I contacted their billing department and asked what they could do about it and they promptly reversed the charges so that I was charged as though it was covered by the Reserved instance. In fact I think they just reversed the charges altogether.

That is the right way to do customer service.

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