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Why bitcoin and its digital cousins are under increasing scrutiny – The Guardian

Monday, July 31, 2017

Cryptocurrencies are under the microscope as never before. Financial regulators in the US are concerned about the emergence of bitcoin and its digital cousins as speculative investments and have hinted that much tougher regulation is in the pipeline. Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which regulates the New York financial markets, issued an alert, saying it was “cautioning market participants that offers and sales of digital assets by…

Weta Digital Underway On James Cameron’s Four ‘Avatar’ Sequels – Deadline

Monday, July 31, 2017

Weta Digital has announced that it has gotten underway on the four Avatar sequels that James Cameron will direct for Fox. The Wellington, New Zealand-based visual effects facility built by Peter Jackson to make The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, takes on Cameron’s films after completing The Planet of the Apes trilogy for Fox.  Run by Senior Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Letteri, Weta Digital now embarks on…

To make your phone battery last all day, follow these four simple steps – Quartz

Monday, July 31, 2017

As mobile phone users, all we want is enough battery life to last the day. Frustratingly, the older the device, the less power it seems to have. In fact, the amount of battery life our mobiles have on any given day depends on two key factors: how we use them on that particular day, and how we used them in the past. Mobile phones use lithium-ion batteries for energy storage….

Origin PC’s EVO15-S is a slim, powerful, and customizable Nvidia Max-Q laptop – PCWorld

Monday, July 31, 2017

Origin PC’s new EVO15-S brings Nvidia’s notebook-slimming Max-Q technology to customizable laptops. When the first laptops packing Max-Q launched last month, most of the initial options were limited to bigger gaming laptop brands with set hardware configurations. At Newegg, you can find two MSI laptops, a Gigabyte Aorous model, and the absolutely stunning Asus ROG Zephyrus. Which makes sense! Max-Q achieves its goal of cramming heavy-duty graphics into (relatively) thin and light…

‘Avatar’ Sequels Progress to Next Level as Weta Digital Begins Visual Effects Work – Variety

Monday, July 31, 2017

Visual effects studio Weta Digital has begun work on the four sequels to James Cameron’s “Avatar,” one of the highest-grossing films ever. The Wellington, New Zealand-based shop was most recently in the limelight for its motion-capture work on “War for the Planet of the Apes.” “What Joe Letteri and Weta Digital bring to these stories is impossible to quantify,” said Cameron, referring to Weta Digital’s senior visual effects supervisor. “Since…

‘Avatar’ Sequels Progress to Next Level as Weta Digital Begins Visual Effects Work – Variety

Monday, July 31, 2017

Visual effects studio Weta Digital has begun work on the four sequels to James Cameron’s “Avatar,” one of the highest-grossing films ever. The Wellington, New Zealand-based shop was most recently in the limelight for its motion-capture work on “War for the Planet of the Apes.” “What Joe Letteri and Weta Digital bring to these stories is impossible to quantify,” said Cameron, referring to Weta Digital’s senior visual effects supervisor. “Since…

Feds eye crackdown on digital coin investments – The Hill

Monday, July 31, 2017

A new approach to fundraising by startups that uses digital currencies like bitcoin is sparking concern among lawmakers and regulators, and calls for tougher rules. At issue are initial coin offerings, where new companies or smaller projects seek to crowdfund — or raise investment funds from the public — through crypto online currencies. While many of these offerings are well-intentioned, others are scams and some have weak security making them…

East Bay cartoon animator devastated after laptop stolen in Alameda Starbucks robbery – KGO-TV

Monday, July 31, 2017

An East Bay man says his livelihood as a cartoon animator is in serious trouble after the brazen theft of his laptop computer. Cartoon animator, Gene Hamm was working on his laptop computer inside the Starbucks on Atlantic Avenue in Alameda Saturday night, creating new educational animated DVDs for kids. “I’ve never been so scared in my life,” cartoon animator Gene Hamm said. “If they had a weapon, I wouldn’t…

Man ‘marries’ his laptop, sues for state recognition and a wedding cake – Washington Times

Monday, July 31, 2017

Chris Sevier says that if same-sex couples are able to get married and demand that Christian bakers make them wedding cakes, then he should be allowed to marry his laptop and demand a cake to celebrate the union between one man and one machine. The self-identified “machinist” says he married his laptop in a ceremony in New Mexico, and now he has sued to demand that a Colorado baker —…

For Some Marketers, Digital Transformation Is Still in the Early Stages – eMarketer

Monday, July 31, 2017

Some businesses are still unsure of what it really means to digitally transform their company, as well as what it truly requires. But a study from Technology for Marketing (TFM) and Smart Insights found that some marketers are beginning to adopt digital transformation programs to keep up with ever-changing technologies and evolving consumer expectations. Roughly one-fifth (21%) of the marketers surveyed globally in April had already started a digital transformation…

Man ‘marries’ his laptop, sues for state recognition and a wedding cake – Washington Times

Monday, July 31, 2017

Chris Sevier says that if same-sex couples are able to get married and demand that Christian bakers make them wedding cakes, then he should be allowed to marry his laptop and demand a cake to celebrate the union between one man and one machine. The self-identified “machinist” says he married his laptop in a ceremony in New Mexico, and now he has sued to demand that a Colorado baker —…

Ruff Ruffman Series Returns on PBS Kids Digital Platforms – TCA – Deadline

Monday, July 31, 2017

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What I’m really thinking: the mobile phone refusenik – The Guardian

Sunday, July 30, 2017

I am part of the tiny minority of people in the UK who choose to live without a mobile phone. You probably think I must be old, anti-technology or just plain weird, but I am none of those things. I’m in my 30s, use a computer (desktop) and don’t consider myself odd. I simply don’t see the appeal or advantages of a mobile phone. I had one once, 19 years…

The 13-step digital declutter – The Guardian

Sunday, July 30, 2017

1. Use free tools to clear out bloat If your laptop is running low on storage, Windows’s built-in Disk Cleanup tool can find and wipe unneeded files – just search for it in the Start menu. Mac OS Sierra has a similar feature, but it’s well hidden: to find it, open the System Information tool, then open the Window menu and select “storage management”. You’ll see options for saving space…

What I’m really thinking: the mobile phone refusenik – The Guardian

Sunday, July 30, 2017

I am part of the tiny minority of people in the UK who choose to live without a mobile phone. You probably think I must be old, anti-technology or just plain weird, but I am none of those things. I’m in my 30s, use a computer (desktop) and don’t consider myself odd. I simply don’t see the appeal or advantages of a mobile phone. I had one once, 19 years…

What I’m really thinking: the mobile phone refusenik – The Guardian

Sunday, July 30, 2017

I am part of the tiny minority of people in the UK who choose to live without a mobile phone. You probably think I must be old, anti-technology or just plain weird, but I am none of those things. I’m in my 30s, use a computer (desktop) and don’t consider myself odd. I simply don’t see the appeal or advantages of a mobile phone. I had one once, 19 years…

What I’m really thinking: the mobile phone refusenik – The Guardian

Saturday, July 29, 2017

I am part of the tiny minority of people in the UK who choose to live without a mobile phone. You probably think I must be old, anti-technology or just plain weird, but I am none of those things. I’m in my 30s, use a computer (desktop) and don’t consider myself odd. I simply don’t see the appeal or advantages of a mobile phone. I had one once, 19 years…

What I’m really thinking: the mobile phone refusenik – The Guardian

Saturday, July 29, 2017

I am part of the tiny minority of people in the UK who choose to live without a mobile phone. You probably think I must be old, anti-technology or just plain weird, but I am none of those things. I’m in my 30s, use a computer (desktop) and don’t consider myself odd. I simply don’t see the appeal or advantages of a mobile phone. I had one once, 19 years…

Storing Data in DNA Brings Nature into the Digital Universe – Scientific American

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. Humanity is producing data at an unimaginable rate, to the point that storage technologies can’t keep up. Every five years, the amount of data we’re producing increases 10-fold, including photos and videos. Not all of it needs to be stored, but manufacturers of data storage aren’t making hard drives and flash…

Google and Facebook Still Reign Over Digital Advertising – WIRED

Saturday, July 29, 2017

It was a very good week for two of the biggest tech companies on Earth. Facebook announced it made $9.3 billion this quarter, a 45 percent increase compared with last year, while Google’s parent company, Alphabet, posted earnings of $26 billion in the same time period, a 21-percent jump from a year ago. The vast majority of all this revenue came from advertising—87 percent for Google, and a whopping 98…