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Lawrence Bowman 2018-05-25
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The insanely popular multiplayer game has taken over the gaming industry this year, with PCs, consoles and phones turning into glorified Fortnite machines.

And it keeps getting more popular.

Fortnite began as a zombie-killing, cooperative game where you built fortifications, held off hordes and moved on to the next attack.

It was first revealed by developer Epic Games in 2011, making infrequent appearances for years before finally entering early access in 2017.

That $40 cooperative title stood by itself for months, but it wasn't until Epic decided to add a free battle royale game mode to drum up awareness for the core game that Fortnite went from a mildly successful game to a worldwide phenomenon.

It takes heavy inspiration from its namesake: a Japanese manga and movie of the same name that follows a similar, murderous arc.

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David Brown 2018-06-15
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Not much has changed at Google over the last year, at least when it comes to the diversity of the tech giant's workforce.

Google released its annual diversity report on Thursday detailing the composition of its workforce (PDF).

The percentage of female employees rose .1 percent to 30.9 percent from 30.8 percent, and the percentage of Asian employees grew to 36.3 percent from from 34.7 percent.

The number of black and Latino employees remained low at 2.5 percent and 3.6 percent, respectively.

"Google's workforce data demonstrates that if we want a better outcome, we need to evolve our approach," said Danielle Brown, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Google, in the report.

"That's why from now on ownership for diversity and inclusion will be shared between Google's leadership team, People Operations and Googlers.

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Shane Higgins 2018-04-30
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Alligator attacks don't happen often, but when they do, they can be fatal.

According to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, there have been 23 fatal alligator attacks since 1973.

So, what should you do if you find yourself face-to-face with one of these apex predators?

Maxey told us that even though alligators can get aggressive, they are likely to leave you alone as long as you don't disturb them.

He has some simple instructions for what to do if something goes wrong.

Graham Flanagan: For years, Hollywood movies have shown humans at war with alligators.

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Jeffrey Baldwin 2019-08-18

It's AfternoonTeaWeek so has teamed up with BranstonPickle CheeseAndPickle HighTea afternoontea buff.ly/2ZVqwyd

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Phillip Willis 2018-06-13
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Comcast has been throttling speeds to slow down heavy internet users since 2008, but now Comcast says it's done with its old ways.

Comcast has deactivated this "congestion management" system, according to an announcement on Monday.

"As reflected in a June 11, 2018 update to our XFINITY Internet Broadband Disclosures, the congestion management system that was initially deployed in 2008 has been deactivated.

As our network technologies and usage of the network continue to evolve, we reserve the right to implement a new congestion management system if necessary in the performance of reasonable network management and in order to maintain a good broadband Internet access service experience for our customers, and will provide updates here as well as other locations if a new system is implemented."

In 2008 Comcast was caught slowing down BitTorrent traffic and charged with breaking Net Neutrality laws.

The FCC gave Comcast a cease-and-desist order and required the company to tell its customers how it manages traffic.

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Mary Condie 2018-06-15
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Sometimes you want something compact and portable for travel.

Sometimes you want water resistance for poolside listening.

And sometimes you want something shaped like a fan because, um, fans are neat.

First up is the Owlee Scroll, and if you're thinking, "You know, Rick, much as I love your glorious prose, sometimes I wish you'd just to me about the product" ...here you go:

Yep, I shot some deal videos while I was in San Francisco, and this is one of the first.

It's kind of a proof-of-concept, so let me know what you think!

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Jimmy Richmond 2018-05-23
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The age of the LED is here, and with it, light bulbs that use a fraction of the energy of old-school incandescents.

The glut of affordable new lighting options offer all sorts of no-brainer benefits even beyond the lower energy bills -- but a lot of folks still haven't bought in.

Whether that's because people are skeptical of the new technology or because their old fluorescents and incandescents simply haven't burnt out yet is an open question, but speaking as a guy who evaluates light bulbs for a living, I really don't think there should be any debate.

So please, allow me to pull up a chair and make my case for why it's long past time for you to make the switch.

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Carol England 2018-06-11
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You can't stop the leaks.

You can try to keep them secret, you can try to ignore them, but they aren't going to go anywhere.

Leaks are big business, clearly, especially when the next batch of iPhones are involved.

Funnily enough some information just leaked about those just popped up, thanks to what are supposedly schematics for the iPhone XI Plus and iPhone 9.

Well that's what people are taking to calling them, since we don't know what Apple's actually going to call the new phones when they launch.

But these schematics show off a successor to the iPhone 8, and a larger update to the iPhone X, so it's an easier moniker to adopt for now.

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Thomas Cann 2019-11-14
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It's not really Black Friday anymore, is it?

It's Black November, or Black Any-Day-of-the-Week-We-Can-Try-and-Shove-A-Bargain-Down-Your-Neck-On.

We don't particularly mind though, because we do love a good discount.

You've probably noticed we've already been churning out the deals post, with official Black Friday still two weeks away.

No doubt more will come before the 29th November (the actual date), but in the meantime we've rounded up the bargains you can get your mitts on right now.

We apologise in advance for all the headlines that basically say the same thing: so-and-so already has a sale on!

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0
Edmond Garcia 2018-06-12
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Users started noticing Tuesday morning that the Instagram feed wasn't showing new photos.

Instagram tweeted that it's aware of the problem and working on a fix.

Indeed, it seems to already be better for many people.

Sound the alarm, Instagram appears down for some users.

On Tuesday morning, users started noticing the app's feed wasn't refreshing and loading new photos.

It simply displayed an error message reading "Couldn't Refresh Feed."

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David Clary 2018-05-24
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The HTC U12 Plus is a big, beautiful phone with an all-glass design that’s an absolute joy to look at.

But if you’re buying one, you should probably also consider investing in an affordable case.

No smartphone enthusiast wants a case, truthfully.

But don’t worry, the shimmering glass will still be there, in perfect condition, for you to look at every now and then – that’s how you want to keep it.

While some of these options are untested, they are each a cut above the rest due to their value and design.

Editor's note: There are a startling number of cases available that are molded based on inaccurate rumors.

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0
Gladys Wiggins 2018-06-07
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Insanely ambitious plans by the EU to connect half of the households in member states to 100Mbps by 2020, have unsurprisingly fallen by the wayside - according to a report.

The European Court of Auditors has confirmed the original target for ultrafast broadband take-up will be missed, with the region having managed just 15 per cent of that target so far.

It also found it is unlikely that EU member states tasked with ensuring all Europeans would receive "at least 30Mbps" will meet the 2020 deadline.

Rural areas remain problematic in most member states, with 14 out of all 28 having less than 50 per cent fast broadband coverage, it said.

Ireland and Italy are unlikely to achieve the 100 per cent coverage at 30Mbps by 2020, it said.

"However, if their current plans are implemented as intended, together with Hungary, Ireland and Italy will be better placed to achieve the 2025 targets."

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Donald Ellison 2018-06-06
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Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Worst case scenario, you'll get zero new customers or clients while still pouring an obscene amount of money into marketing that doesn't grow your business.

I certainly hope so, but every day I see small businesses and startups that fail for that exact reason.

Quite frankly, if your business doesn't already have any status, positioning or name recognition to expand on, no amount of brand marketing will help you.

That's exactly why so many small businesses and startups fall into the trap I was talking about.

They read something about branding online, or some marketing firm sells them on the idea that they can get on CNN or whatever, and next thing you know they've spent hundreds or thousands of dollars on branding without any sales to show for it.

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0
Malcolm Vanderveen 2018-04-24
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The BBC isn't one to shy away from experimenting with different ways of broadcasting.

It's played with all sorts of live broadcasts, and while some of them fail to pan out those experiments still happen.

Now the Beeb has gone and performed its first live stream of 4K HDR video in the form of a rugby match.

This isn't the first time the BBC has played around with 4K/UHD content, since a 4K HDR version of Blue Planet II was available to stream last year.

That said, the BBC says this is the first time it's done some sort of live broadcast of something in 4K and HDR.

Well not broadcast, but you know what I mean.

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Eric Calvillo 2018-05-16
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With sunlight pouring in from a giant sliding door in a suite at Palo Alto, Calif.'s luxury Nobu hotel, Carl Pei sits on a firm grey couch.

The company he helped co-found is a month away from announcing the new OnePlus 6 in London.

-- Twitter for a tweet.

But his comments are noteworthy because the notch is the most obvious change in the latest flagship phone from a company that breaks the tradition of working with retail distributors and wireless carriers.

It also collaborates with famous French designers, releases limited-edition colors at low inventory and sets up pop-ups with trendy retailers such as Hypebeast and Colette, the iconic streetwear store in Paris.

Founded in 2013 when Pei was 24, OnePlus is known for high-end phones packed with the latest hardware and priced more affordably than top-tier alternatives like the Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel phones.

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Seth Logan 2018-04-26
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McNally's remarks come as Facebook deals with intense scrutiny over the spread of misinformation and divisive content on the giant social network in an alleged Russian campaign taking place around the time of the 2016 presidential election.

It's a conference on how to stop the very kind of behavior that has Facebook -- and other tech giants including Google and Twitter -- in hot water right now.

Machine learning to fight fraud and fake news

Speakers from Google, AirBNB, Microsoft and LinkedIn also presented at the San Francisco event, though Facebook's speakers were the most focused on the idea of fake news and misinformation.

Others presenters at the conference spoke to the wide range of havoc that fraudsters, scammers, spammers and other criminals can create if left unchecked.

Depending on how it's used, this technology is itself controversial.

collect
0
Lawrence Bowman 2018-05-25
img

The insanely popular multiplayer game has taken over the gaming industry this year, with PCs, consoles and phones turning into glorified Fortnite machines.

And it keeps getting more popular.

Fortnite began as a zombie-killing, cooperative game where you built fortifications, held off hordes and moved on to the next attack.

It was first revealed by developer Epic Games in 2011, making infrequent appearances for years before finally entering early access in 2017.

That $40 cooperative title stood by itself for months, but it wasn't until Epic decided to add a free battle royale game mode to drum up awareness for the core game that Fortnite went from a mildly successful game to a worldwide phenomenon.

It takes heavy inspiration from its namesake: a Japanese manga and movie of the same name that follows a similar, murderous arc.

Shane Higgins 2018-04-30
img

Alligator attacks don't happen often, but when they do, they can be fatal.

According to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, there have been 23 fatal alligator attacks since 1973.

So, what should you do if you find yourself face-to-face with one of these apex predators?

Maxey told us that even though alligators can get aggressive, they are likely to leave you alone as long as you don't disturb them.

He has some simple instructions for what to do if something goes wrong.

Graham Flanagan: For years, Hollywood movies have shown humans at war with alligators.

Phillip Willis 2018-06-13
img

Comcast has been throttling speeds to slow down heavy internet users since 2008, but now Comcast says it's done with its old ways.

Comcast has deactivated this "congestion management" system, according to an announcement on Monday.

"As reflected in a June 11, 2018 update to our XFINITY Internet Broadband Disclosures, the congestion management system that was initially deployed in 2008 has been deactivated.

As our network technologies and usage of the network continue to evolve, we reserve the right to implement a new congestion management system if necessary in the performance of reasonable network management and in order to maintain a good broadband Internet access service experience for our customers, and will provide updates here as well as other locations if a new system is implemented."

In 2008 Comcast was caught slowing down BitTorrent traffic and charged with breaking Net Neutrality laws.

The FCC gave Comcast a cease-and-desist order and required the company to tell its customers how it manages traffic.

Jimmy Richmond 2018-05-23
img

The age of the LED is here, and with it, light bulbs that use a fraction of the energy of old-school incandescents.

The glut of affordable new lighting options offer all sorts of no-brainer benefits even beyond the lower energy bills -- but a lot of folks still haven't bought in.

Whether that's because people are skeptical of the new technology or because their old fluorescents and incandescents simply haven't burnt out yet is an open question, but speaking as a guy who evaluates light bulbs for a living, I really don't think there should be any debate.

So please, allow me to pull up a chair and make my case for why it's long past time for you to make the switch.

Thomas Cann 2019-11-14
img

It's not really Black Friday anymore, is it?

It's Black November, or Black Any-Day-of-the-Week-We-Can-Try-and-Shove-A-Bargain-Down-Your-Neck-On.

We don't particularly mind though, because we do love a good discount.

You've probably noticed we've already been churning out the deals post, with official Black Friday still two weeks away.

No doubt more will come before the 29th November (the actual date), but in the meantime we've rounded up the bargains you can get your mitts on right now.

We apologise in advance for all the headlines that basically say the same thing: so-and-so already has a sale on!

David Clary 2018-05-24
img

The HTC U12 Plus is a big, beautiful phone with an all-glass design that’s an absolute joy to look at.

But if you’re buying one, you should probably also consider investing in an affordable case.

No smartphone enthusiast wants a case, truthfully.

But don’t worry, the shimmering glass will still be there, in perfect condition, for you to look at every now and then – that’s how you want to keep it.

While some of these options are untested, they are each a cut above the rest due to their value and design.

Editor's note: There are a startling number of cases available that are molded based on inaccurate rumors.

Donald Ellison 2018-06-06
img

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Worst case scenario, you'll get zero new customers or clients while still pouring an obscene amount of money into marketing that doesn't grow your business.

I certainly hope so, but every day I see small businesses and startups that fail for that exact reason.

Quite frankly, if your business doesn't already have any status, positioning or name recognition to expand on, no amount of brand marketing will help you.

That's exactly why so many small businesses and startups fall into the trap I was talking about.

They read something about branding online, or some marketing firm sells them on the idea that they can get on CNN or whatever, and next thing you know they've spent hundreds or thousands of dollars on branding without any sales to show for it.

Eric Calvillo 2018-05-16
img

With sunlight pouring in from a giant sliding door in a suite at Palo Alto, Calif.'s luxury Nobu hotel, Carl Pei sits on a firm grey couch.

The company he helped co-found is a month away from announcing the new OnePlus 6 in London.

-- Twitter for a tweet.

But his comments are noteworthy because the notch is the most obvious change in the latest flagship phone from a company that breaks the tradition of working with retail distributors and wireless carriers.

It also collaborates with famous French designers, releases limited-edition colors at low inventory and sets up pop-ups with trendy retailers such as Hypebeast and Colette, the iconic streetwear store in Paris.

Founded in 2013 when Pei was 24, OnePlus is known for high-end phones packed with the latest hardware and priced more affordably than top-tier alternatives like the Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel phones.

David Brown 2018-06-15
img

Not much has changed at Google over the last year, at least when it comes to the diversity of the tech giant's workforce.

Google released its annual diversity report on Thursday detailing the composition of its workforce (PDF).

The percentage of female employees rose .1 percent to 30.9 percent from 30.8 percent, and the percentage of Asian employees grew to 36.3 percent from from 34.7 percent.

The number of black and Latino employees remained low at 2.5 percent and 3.6 percent, respectively.

"Google's workforce data demonstrates that if we want a better outcome, we need to evolve our approach," said Danielle Brown, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Google, in the report.

"That's why from now on ownership for diversity and inclusion will be shared between Google's leadership team, People Operations and Googlers.

Jeffrey Baldwin 2019-08-18

It's AfternoonTeaWeek so has teamed up with BranstonPickle CheeseAndPickle HighTea afternoontea buff.ly/2ZVqwyd

Mary Condie 2018-06-15
img

Sometimes you want something compact and portable for travel.

Sometimes you want water resistance for poolside listening.

And sometimes you want something shaped like a fan because, um, fans are neat.

First up is the Owlee Scroll, and if you're thinking, "You know, Rick, much as I love your glorious prose, sometimes I wish you'd just to me about the product" ...here you go:

Yep, I shot some deal videos while I was in San Francisco, and this is one of the first.

It's kind of a proof-of-concept, so let me know what you think!

Carol England 2018-06-11
img

You can't stop the leaks.

You can try to keep them secret, you can try to ignore them, but they aren't going to go anywhere.

Leaks are big business, clearly, especially when the next batch of iPhones are involved.

Funnily enough some information just leaked about those just popped up, thanks to what are supposedly schematics for the iPhone XI Plus and iPhone 9.

Well that's what people are taking to calling them, since we don't know what Apple's actually going to call the new phones when they launch.

But these schematics show off a successor to the iPhone 8, and a larger update to the iPhone X, so it's an easier moniker to adopt for now.

Edmond Garcia 2018-06-12
img

Users started noticing Tuesday morning that the Instagram feed wasn't showing new photos.

Instagram tweeted that it's aware of the problem and working on a fix.

Indeed, it seems to already be better for many people.

Sound the alarm, Instagram appears down for some users.

On Tuesday morning, users started noticing the app's feed wasn't refreshing and loading new photos.

It simply displayed an error message reading "Couldn't Refresh Feed."

Gladys Wiggins 2018-06-07
img

Insanely ambitious plans by the EU to connect half of the households in member states to 100Mbps by 2020, have unsurprisingly fallen by the wayside - according to a report.

The European Court of Auditors has confirmed the original target for ultrafast broadband take-up will be missed, with the region having managed just 15 per cent of that target so far.

It also found it is unlikely that EU member states tasked with ensuring all Europeans would receive "at least 30Mbps" will meet the 2020 deadline.

Rural areas remain problematic in most member states, with 14 out of all 28 having less than 50 per cent fast broadband coverage, it said.

Ireland and Italy are unlikely to achieve the 100 per cent coverage at 30Mbps by 2020, it said.

"However, if their current plans are implemented as intended, together with Hungary, Ireland and Italy will be better placed to achieve the 2025 targets."

Malcolm Vanderveen 2018-04-24
img

The BBC isn't one to shy away from experimenting with different ways of broadcasting.

It's played with all sorts of live broadcasts, and while some of them fail to pan out those experiments still happen.

Now the Beeb has gone and performed its first live stream of 4K HDR video in the form of a rugby match.

This isn't the first time the BBC has played around with 4K/UHD content, since a 4K HDR version of Blue Planet II was available to stream last year.

That said, the BBC says this is the first time it's done some sort of live broadcast of something in 4K and HDR.

Well not broadcast, but you know what I mean.

Seth Logan 2018-04-26
img

McNally's remarks come as Facebook deals with intense scrutiny over the spread of misinformation and divisive content on the giant social network in an alleged Russian campaign taking place around the time of the 2016 presidential election.

It's a conference on how to stop the very kind of behavior that has Facebook -- and other tech giants including Google and Twitter -- in hot water right now.

Machine learning to fight fraud and fake news

Speakers from Google, AirBNB, Microsoft and LinkedIn also presented at the San Francisco event, though Facebook's speakers were the most focused on the idea of fake news and misinformation.

Others presenters at the conference spoke to the wide range of havoc that fraudsters, scammers, spammers and other criminals can create if left unchecked.

Depending on how it's used, this technology is itself controversial.