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What steam engines, robots and analytics have in common

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Are robots going to put us all out of work? That seems to be the question on every click-bait economic article’s mind.The short answer: They aren’t.The long answer: They will change the kinds of jobs we do, just like stone tools, the printing press, the first factories and computers changed how we work. Thinking about how those changes are going to happen and what organizations can do to embrace the changes is critical to success.Societies and individuals have been adapting to new tools for as long as we’ve been using them. We’ve adapted to the water wheel and the steam engine, the automobile and the assembly line and the telegraph and the television — and we’ll adapt to the robot, as well. Initially, the tools are confined to experts, artisans and specialists. But the commercially viable and socially useful tools never stay there for long. The economic incentive is always on the side of getting these productive tools into as many hands as possible.A classic example is the computer so…

Adblock Plus Finally Lands On iOS And In Google Play — As A Browser App

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Popular desktop ad-blocking software Adblock Plus, which has some 50 million+ monthly active users worldwide, has finally launched an iOS app. It’s also managed to convince Google to allow its ad-blocking browser for Android back in the Play Store, noting that this is the first time since March 2013 it’s been allowed in the Google-controlled Android app store.Speaking to TechCrunch back in July, ABP’s head of ops, Ben Williams, said the company was planning to launch an Adblock Plus browser for iOS in “early fall/late summer”. So they’re spot on in their timing.Clearly the company was eager to get its app live before the widespread availability of iOS 9 — which introduces a content blocking feature to the platform that will enable developers to more easily create ad blockers and other content blockers for the platform, spawning more competition for Adblock Plus. (But arguably also raising mobile users’ awareness about ad-blockers as a general category — ABP dubs the move “a big step f…

Linear Algebra

.PrefaceA few words about this book.Chapter 1: IntroductionHow to navigate, notation, and a recap of some math that we think you already know.Chapter 2: VectorsThe concept of a vector is introduced, and we learn how to add and subtract vectors, and more.Chapter 3: The Dot ProductA powerful tool that takes two vectors and produces a scalar.Chapter 4: The Vector ProductIn three-dimensional spaces you can produce a vector from two other vectors using this tool.Chapter 5: Gaussian EliminationComing soon!Chapter 6: The MatrixComing soon!Chapter 7: DeterminantsComing soon!Chapter 8: RankComing soon!Chapter 9: Linear MappingsComing soon!Chapter 10: Eigenvalues and EigenvectorsComing soon!Chapter 11: Higher-Dimensional Vector Space ApplicationsComing soon!Chapter 12: FactorizationComing soon!

Disney partners with Microsoft and Amazon

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Despite its name, Disney Movies Anywhere, the studio’s cloud-based digital movie service, hasn’t really been available anywhere you want to watch its titles. But today, that’s beginning to change. The company is expanding support for the service to additional platforms with the launch of new apps for Microsoft Xbox 360, Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, and Amazon tablets. And, in a few more days, it will have apps for Android TV and Roku, too.The service got its start in February 2014, as an iTunes-integrated application. Users would download the app, then sign in with their iTunes and Disney account information. The Disney Movies Anywhere app would then create a collection of movies you’ve already purchased via iTunes, and allow you to seek out new movies from its online catalog. Users could also redeem the “Digital Copy” codes found in Disney, Pixar and Marvel Blu-rays and DVDs in order to access digital copies of titles they previously only had access to on physical discs.Since …

Raspberry pi touch display

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. You’ve been incredibly patient: thank you. The official Raspberry Pi touch display is on sale today, priced at $60 (plus local taxes and shipping): you can buy it at the Swag Store, at RS Components/Allied Electronics and at Premier Farnell/Newark. Other sellers will be receiving stock later this week.We gave one to Alex Eames of RasPi.TV a couple of weeks back so that he could give us one of his famously clear video introductions:Two years ago, I began the process of looking for a simple, embeddable display for the Raspberry Pi. I honestly believed it would only take us six months from start to end, but there were a number of issues we met (and other products diverted our attention from the display – like Rev 2.1, B+, A+, and Pi 2). But we’ve finally got there, and I thought you might be interested in learning about our journey.Display TechnologyFirst of all, here’s an overview of the technology involved in the different types of display that the Raspberry Pi can support.Currently …

Iphone6s photos leaked

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