Where's All My CPU and Memory Gone? The Answer: $5B Worth Slack App
Posted by News Fetcher on July 27 '17 at 03:12 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's dog-app department:
Slack, valued at $5 billion, has received buyout pitches from several companies including Amazon and Microsoft. But the team collaborations service, which has over 5 million active users, continues to offer one of the most resource intensive apps you could find on Mac and iOS. From an article: TLDR; If you care about battery life or availability of your finite CPU and memory on your computer, then you probably won't want to use Slack desktop with more than one or two accounts. Slack resource usage increases linearly as you add more accounts, and it quickly adds up. [...] I noticed that my machine has been sluggish and its battery life has become poor. Whilst investigating this, it turns out that Slack desktop fails badly when used with multiple accounts. This is because CPU and memory usage increases linearly as you add more accounts to your Slack desktop client. As a result, I believe the growing trend to use Slack to be part of multiple communities is seriously flawed until Slack resolve this problem. The author, Matthew O'Riordan, has shared screenshots of Activity Monitor which shows that Slack application on his Mac was consuming more than 1.5GB of memory, and as much as 70 percent of the energy. The company's iOS app instills several more issues.

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Film Theory: Why Morty WILL KILL Rick! (Rick and Morty)
Posted by News Fetcher on July 27 '17 at 01:22 PM
By The Film Theorists from The Film Theory:


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Why Your Call Center is Only Getting Noisier
Posted by News Fetcher on July 27 '17 at 12:21 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's puzzled-dynamics department:
From a report by research firm McKinsey & Company: Organizations have been investing in all manner of customer-facing technology solutions to replace live calls. Of all operational call-center technologies, digital solutions were ranked as one of the most important over the next five years by four out of five executives. Only agent desktop tools ranked higher. These technologies begin with websites, chat bots, and apps and extend to artificial-intelligence robots that simulate human conversations -- redefining the way organizations interact with customers -- as well as more tried-and-tested functionalities such as improved web, app, or self-service capabilities in interactive voice-response (IVR) systems. And yet, despite this plethora of technology solutions, we see that calls are not going away and instead are catching call-center executives off guard in their efforts to reduce volumes. It's not that a spike in call volumes is necessarily a bad thing. On the contrary, the proliferation of digital tools can awaken previously dormant customers, sparking new inquiries from an engaged customer base. But in many instances, we've also observed that the volumes of unwanted calls exceed what would be expected during a learning period, or remain constant or rise over time, defeating strategic goals and leaving managers bewildered and unable to tie tech investments to improved operational outcomes. Why are so many organizations struggling with reaping the full benefits from these investments? In our experience, the answer often lies in two core areas. First, as companies turn to technology to address call-center volumes, they allow customer experience to take a back seat to digital technology in their operations, creating dissonance in direct customer interaction, where the objective is harmony and efficiency. Second, by counting on technology to solve their call-center issues, executives lose focus on core operations and upset the balance between human interaction and automation in an era of evolved customer service.

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Twitter Added Zero New Users Last Quarter Despite Trump Tweets
Posted by News Fetcher on July 27 '17 at 12:21 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's growth-is-hard department:
Twitter did not add any new users in Q2, a disappointing follow-up to what had been a promising start to 2017. Twitter reported earnings Thursday morning, claiming 328 million total users -- the same number it reported after Q1. Analysts had been hoping the company would add around four million new users last quarter. From a report: Despite its appeal among celebrities and public figures, Twitter has struggled to sustain its closely watched user growth even as it invests in features and live content to help draw viewers and boost user engagement. It is in stiff competition for advertising dollars with other platforms like larger rival Facebook and Snap's messaging app Snapchat. The company also reported a wider quarterly net loss and lower revenue, and said it did not expect its total revenue growth to pick up in the second half of the year. [...] President Donald Trump, one of the most active politicians on Twitter, has tweeted multiple times a day on average since his inauguration in January, according to social media analytics company Zoomph.

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AMD Launches Ryzen 3 Series Low Cost Processors Starting At $109
Posted by News Fetcher on July 27 '17 at 11:02 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's value-for-money department:
Reader MojoKid writes: AMD is launching a new series of Ryzen processors today, the affordably priced Ryzen 3. Ryzen 3 will complement the previously launched Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 series of desktop processors, but will target entry-level price points. Ryzen 3 features the same die as its higher-end Ryzen 7 and 5 siblings, but has fewer active cores and symmetrical multi-threading (SMT) has been disabled. Ryzen 3 processors feature quad-core configurations, leverage the same socket and chip packaging and are also fully unlocked for easy overclocking. The Ryzen 3 1300X has a base clock of 3.5GHz, with a 3.6GHz all-core boost clock, a 3.7GHz two-core boost, and a max XFR boost clock of 3.9GHz. The Ryzen 3 1200's default clocks are decidedly lower. Its base and all-boost clocks are both only 3.1GHz, and its two-core boost tops out at 3.4GHz. XFR pushes its max single-core clock up to 3.45GHz. In the benchmarks, with multi-threaded workloads, the Ryzen 3's quad-core configuration generally gives it an edge over the dual-core / quad-thread Intel Core i3 and in some cases allows it to compete with more expensive Intel Core i5 chips. With single or lightly threaded workloads, however, Kaby Lake-based Core i3s are likely to pull ahead due to their increased IPC and typically higher clocks. Ryzen 3 1300X will retail for $129, while Ryzen 3 1200 will list for $109. Retail chips should be available today in the channel.

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'Apple's Refusal To Support Progressive Web Apps is a Detriment To Future of the Web'
Posted by News Fetcher on July 27 '17 at 11:02 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's what's-happening department:
From a blog post: Progressive Web Applications (PWAs) are one of the most exciting and innovative things happening in web development right now. PWAs enable you to use JavaScript to create a "Service Worker", which gives you all sorts of great features that you'd normally associate with native apps, like push notifications, offline support, and app loading screens -- but on the web! Awesome. Except for is one major problem -- While Google has embraced the technology and added support for it in Chrome for Android, Apple has abstained from adding support to mobile Safari. All they've done is say that it is "Under Consideration." Seemingly no discussion about it whatsoever.

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DLC Podcast Show Season 8, Ep. 23: Irrepairable
Posted by News Fetcher on July 27 '17 at 10:53 AM
From PATV:
This week Gabe and Tycho create the comic Irrepairable. Listen to the podcast here.

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Possible 1/64 Jada Toys The Last Knight Optimus Prime With Trailer
Posted by News Fetcher on July 27 '17 at 10:13 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Thanks to Snakas Blog we have some information about a new 1/64 Jada Toys TLK Optimus Prime With Trailer. The figure surfaced on Ebay for $14.99, but Snakas points out that while the auction indicates it’s an 1/64 scale car, the pictures seem to be of the 1/32 and 1/24 versions. We have to remember that these Jada Toys non-transformable cars are released in 3 different scales for each character. We could assume that there could be a 1/32 and 1/24 scale versions of this new Optimus Prime. The new trailer features an » Continue Reading.

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G1 Shockwave Joins Transformers: Forged To Fight
Posted by News Fetcher on July 27 '17 at 10:13 AM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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G1 Shockwave is available now for purchase on Transformers: Forged To Fight mobile game. He is currently available in the $2 daily card deal. Bio: “Truly one of the most feared and powerful of all Decepticons, Shockwave’s existence is driven solely by one thing: logic. Void of emotion, but teeming with strength and intelligence, he seeks only to advance circumstances to their logical conclusion, however grim that may be.” Special Attacks: Shockblast Laser Sweep Little Friend A demo video showcasing his abilities can be found below:

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Official Transformers Expo In Spain
Posted by News Fetcher on July 27 '17 at 10:13 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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2005 Boards member Tanafor we have pictures of the Official Transformers Expo In Spain. A new official Transformers expo has been inaugurated in Madrid, Spain. It will be open until August 12. It’s a cool little expo with figures from all eras from G1 to The Last Knight with nice touches like customs and other surprises. The expo is sanctioned and promoted by Hasbro via the official Hasbro Transformers Spain Facebook. If you live in Spain, be sure to visit it at El Corte Inglés, Goya St. 76, Madrid. You can check some key pictures after the jump, and share your opinions at » Continue Reading.

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Samsung Said To Open Its Pay Service, Could Make It Available On Rival Companies' Smartphones
Posted by News Fetcher on July 27 '17 at 09:41 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's opening-up department:
Samsung Pay, the second most OEM-Pay mobile payments service (only second to Apple Pay), may be available on smartphones from other manufacturers, according to a report. From an article: Samsung is in talks with other device makers about bringing Samsung Pay to non-Samsung high-end devices, according to a report from Gadgets 360. Samsung is reportedly aiming to offer Samsung Pay support for these non-Samsung devices by mid-2018. As for how it'll happen, Samsung is said to be considering two options. Samsung Pay relies on MST chips in order to offer contactless payments with non-NFC terminals, and so Samsung is said to be talking with other smartphone makers about adding MST tech to their devices. Another option that Samsung is thinking about is an external accessory like the LoopPay Card Case. This would enable Samsung Pay on supported devices without requiring the phones' manufacturers to add MST tech into their phones. Magnetic Secure Transmission technology is patented to LoopPay, which Samsung acquired two years ago. The feature, which mimics a card swipe, enables Samsung Pay to work on any card swiping machine, an advantage it has over Android Pay and Apple Pay.

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Apple Discontinues iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle
Posted by News Fetcher on July 27 '17 at 09:41 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's RIP department:
From a report: Apple today removed the iPod nano and iPod shuffle from its website and online store around the world, suggesting the iconic portable media players may be discontinued. Apple continues to sell the iPod touch. Beyond new colors and storage capacities, Apple had last updated the iPod nano in October 2012 and the iPod shuffle in September 2010. Apple last updated the iPod touch in July 2015 with an 8-megapixel rear camera. Apple introduced the iPod shuffle in January 2005, followed by the iPod nano in September 2005. In total, there were seven generations of the iPod nano, and four generations of the iPod shuffle. The company has confirmed that it has discontinued the devices.

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Lorenzo di Bonaventura Further Explains Bumblebee, Transformers 6 And The Last Knight
Posted by News Fetcher on July 27 '17 at 08:53 AM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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Speaking to Den Of Geeks, producer Lorenzo di Bonaevntura briefly explained few things regarding the upcoming movie Transformers Universe: Bumblebee. “We are starting to shoot a week from today. We had decided to do this well before (The Last Knight) had come out. Our feeling was that we wanted to give the audience a different experience. Bumblebee’s designed to be a more intimate movie. There’s many fewer Transformers in it. It’s set in 1987, so it actually predates all of Michael’s movies and therefore is not burdened by the history of those, ’cause it predates it. You have a » Continue Reading.

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Transformers: The Last Knight Concept Art By Thang Le
Posted by News Fetcher on July 27 '17 at 08:53 AM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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Thang Le, a Visual Effects Art Director at ILM, is sharing with us his concept art for Transformers: The Last Knight. The artwork includes: Quintessa Infernocus Autobot Drift Knight Ship Cybertron Several key scenes from the movie. You can check out some of the art attached with this news post and discuss them at the thread.

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More Than One Billion People Use Facebook's WhatsApp Service Every Day
Posted by News Fetcher on July 27 '17 at 08:21 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's tremendous-growth department:
Facebook has announced that more than one billion people use its instant messages and voice calling app WhatsApp every day. To put that in perspective, there are 7.5 billion people on this planet. And Facebook, whose marquee service itself is used by more than two billion people every month, says that 13.3 percent of the world's population is using Whatsapp every day.

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Not Made in America, Wal-Mart Looks Overseas For Online Vendors
Posted by News Fetcher on July 27 '17 at 08:21 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's tussle-continues department:
Walmart.com, trailing Amazon.com in the number of goods for sale on its website, is recruiting vendors in China and other countries to boost its online offerings in a pivot away from Wal-Mart's Made-in-America campaign. From a report: While there is a financial incentive behind the move, Wal-Mart's decision comes out of necessity: not all the goods its customers want -- ranging from jeans to bicycles to beauty products -- are manufactured within the United States. That reality pits Wal-Mart against President Donald Trump's "Made in America" push. It also risks alienating some of Wal-Mart's existing U.S. vendors since it runs counter to the American-made pledge the retailer made in 2013 in a bid to win customers, and satisfy unions and other critics who said its drive for low cost goods was undermining American jobs. According to two sources with knowledge of the matter, Wal-Mart Stores in February began inviting sellers from China, the United Kingdom and Canada to list on the marketplace section of Walmart.com, where it earns a share of revenue from goods sold and delivered to customers by third-party vendors.

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ACGHK 2017 – Animation-Comic-Game Hong Kong Day 1
Posted by News Fetcher on July 27 '17 at 07:33 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
ACGHK 2017 – Animation-Comic-Game Hong Kong is starting and thanks to ToysTV 玩具TV on Facebook we have some nice videos of the displays shown at the event. Here you are some of the boots with Transformers merchadising, and don’t forget to click on the bar to sound off at the 2005 Boards! * Hasbro Display with The Last Knight, Titans Return, Exclusives and more.   (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); 「玩具TV新聞報道」香港動漫電玩節 ACGHK 2017 會場優先報道Hasbro Transformers Star Wars Marvel part » Continue Reading.

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Flame Toys Drift Pre-Order Bonus And Other Features Revealed
Posted by News Fetcher on July 27 '17 at 07:33 AM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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Flame Toys left a message on Facebook regarding the pre-order process and the distribution of their Drift figure. Pre-order start ! Our Drift will be distributed in HK, China, Taiwan, South Asia, Europe, US and Canada via our distributors from today to 1st September, 2017. To big thanks for our die-hard FANS, we provide a special Helmet bonus part offer if shopping via D4toys.com, HK toys shop SEN-TI-NEL or Flame Toys event (detail will be released soon). Here is the pre-order information : Official retail price : US$290 D4toys.com selling price : US$276 (including special helmet part). D4toys.com Drift <a href="http://news.tfw2005.com/2017/07/27/flame-toys-drift-pre-order-bonus-features-revealed-345557">» Continue Reading.

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Jeff Bezos Surpasses Bill Gates as World's Richest Person
Posted by News Fetcher on July 27 '17 at 07:01 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's new-king department:
An anonymous reader shares a report: A surge in Amazon shares Thursday morning in advance of the online retailer's earnings report has propelled founder Jeff Bezos past Bill Gates as the world's richest person. Shares of the online retailer rose 1.3 percent to $1,065.92 at 10:10 a.m. in New York, giving Bezos a net worth of $90.9 billion, versus $90.7 billion for Gates. If that holds through the 4 p.m. close, Bezos, 53, will leapfrog Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Gates, 61, has held the top spot since May 2013.

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Facebook Employees Living in a Garage Hope Zuckerberg Will Learn What's Happening' in His Own City
Posted by News Fetcher on July 27 '17 at 07:01 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's reality-check department:
At the beginning of the year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg set a goal to visit every state in the U.S. so he could learn more about the millions of people who use the social network every day. But two of his employees tell The Guardian that they wonder when the billionaire is going to get to know his own community. From a report: The employees, a married couple named Nicole and Victor, are both contract workers in the cafeteria at Facebook's Menlo Park, Calif. headquarters. And they wish they, and the problems closer to home, could also get a share of Zuckerberg's attention. "He should learn what's happening in this city," Nicole tells The Guardian. The couple says they can barely make ends meet. Together with their three children, Nicole and Victor share a two-car garage adjacent to Victor's parents' home. They borrow money from friends and family to stay afloat and occasionally resort to payday loans. Although they earn too much to qualify for state benefits, they don't earn enough to afford Facebook's health care plan.

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