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Gewiekste Mac-malware spioneert versleuteld webverkeer
De nieuwe malware werd ontdekt door beveiligingsbedrijf Check Point en heeft de naam OSX/Dok gekregen. De malware werkt op alle versies van MacOS en kan zonder gedetecteerd te worden langs GateKeeper komen. Die beveiliging zorgt er normaal gesproken voor dat je alleen software op de Mac kan installeren uit de App Store of van geverifieerde ontwikkelaars. Die ontwikkelaars gebruiken een certificaat van Apple, maar de OSX/Dok-malware heeft ook zo’n certificaat. Als de malware een Mac...

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Trump’s First 100 Days Explained In 100 Tweets

Typically, we evaluate a president’s first 100 days based on what they’ve accomplished. Historians and journalists began using the first 100 days as a tidy benchmark after Franklin D. Roosevelt set legislative records in the early days of his presidency, signing 76 bills into law and rolling out the New Deal.

Sill, some historians say a president’s first few months in office are a poor indicator of what they’ve achieved and what is yet to come. As Princeton history professor Julian Zelizer wrote in The Atlantic, “Putting too much pressure on success in the first 100 days creates incentives for quick, and sometimes hasty, action… Asking how presidents did in the first 100 days usually tells us little about what is to come and might even create the exact political incentives we need to avoid.”

We do have one clear display of evidence for Trump’s productivity—his tweets. By evaluating his presidential performance and character in 100 tweets, we can reflect on what we’ve already gleaned and better prepare ourselves for the months and years ahead. Keep scrolling to learn everything you need to know about Trump’s past and future tweets.

Nostradamus level predictions

No good, very bad science

Hypocrisy 101

“Failing” New York Times

Also “fake news” 

Celebrity obsessions

Obsession with just Robert Pattinson

Obsession with Barack Obama’s birth certificate 

Spelling struggles

Just plain WTF 

Uitpakparty: Sony A1 OLED-tv en Samsung QLED TV
Uitpakparty David had deze week twee gloednieuwe tv's in zijn huiskamer: Samsungs QLED-tv Q7F en de Sony A1, de eerste OLED-tv van Sony. Beide waren het 55 inch tv's, maar er zijn flinke verschillen op het gebied van schermtechniek en de geluidsweergave. Ook is er een prijsverschil: de Samsung QLED-tv kost 1699 euro, terwijl Sony's A1 een prijskaartje van 3999 euro heeft. Bekijk de video: Kijk hier meer...

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EpicLLOYD From “Epic Rap Battles” Has A New Show Called “Epic Studios”

For the past seven years, Lloyd Ahlquist (aka EpicLLOYD) has built a massive digital brand as one half of the duo behind Epic Rap Battles of History. The YouTube channel has amassed 14.2 million subscribers and garnered more than 2.5 billion views to date. As time-consuming as it is to write, produce, and sometimes star in videos, Ahlquist has been steadily carving out his own creative identity with music albums, acting gigs, and most recently his own scripted show Epic Studios.

Epic Studios follows Lloyd Steflan (Ahlquist) from Chicago to Toronto after his estranged father dies and leaves him the deed to a ramshackle recording studio in Canada. Much like Flight of the Conchords or Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Epic Studios features an original song per episode. Yet unlike either show, Ahlquist’s was created specifically for digital–each of the 13 episodes runs only about 10 minutes and will be available for free on Ahlquist’s YouTube channel.

“A lot of people are going to watch on their phones and the music videos, which are fast and flashy and pop-y, are about two to three minutes of that 10 minutes so the story gets there and it stays funny,” Ahlquist says. “I think the level of quality matches any sort of paid subscription platform that we have out there like a YouTube Red or a Fullscreen. Ours is just on regular old YouTube–that’s what used to be really exciting about YouTube is that you can see everything for free.”

The concept for the show was born out of friends prodding Ahlquist to expand his acting and rapping skills beyond Epic Rap Battles of History. He entered the idea for Epic Studios in the Stand Up and Pitch contest at Montreal’s comedy festival Just for Laughs. It didn’t win but it caught the attention of the right people who eventually paired Ahlquist with Toronto-based production companies iThentic and Farmhouse.

“I would never look a gift horse in the mouth about the popularity of Epic Rap Battles–it’s awesome to be recognized from that. But I wanted to see what else I can do and where else I can go,” Ahlquist says. “So it takes a little bit of stamina to explain to people what this is, to explain to people that I’m doing different things.”

Epic Rap Battles of History and Ahlquist’s other YouTube series Dis Raps For Hire both rely on a level of collaboration with the audience in the sense that they help fuel Ahlquist’s creative decisions on what and who to write raps about. Working with feedback and suggestions speaks directly to Ahlquist’s improv background and also helped to frame Epic Studios.

“Collaboration for me is far more natural than anything else. I come from an improv comedy background so it’s sort of in my blood to listen and bounce ideas off each other,” Ahlquist says. “In terms of Epic Studios it was like, ‘What would you like to see me do more of? You like me rapping? Let’s put a rap song in these episodes.’ I have a certain personality that I think people respond to–let’s make a character that’s like that and maybe blow it out a little bit more and see what happens.”

Watch episodes of Epic Studios here.

From Interview Gaffes To Facebook’s New Bereavement Policy: April’s Top Leadership Stories

This month, we learned how to avoid job interview mistakes before you even open your mouth, why Sheryl Sandberg is trying to make Facebook’s work culture more supportive of grieving, and how the most productive people start and end their workdays.

These are the stories you loved in Leadership for the month of April:

1. The Surprising Ways You Ruined Your Interview Before You Even Opened Your Mouth

When you go into a job interview, you probably focus on what you’re going to say. This is definitely important, but you also need to make sure that you’re not overlooking the nonverbal stuff. While first impressions might not count for everything, they’re extremely difficult to undo—especially on a job interview.

2. The 7 Questions Recruiters At Companies Like Amazon And Spotify Wish You Would Ask

Job interviews are unpredictable. But often you can count on the hiring manager wrapping up with, “So do you have any questions for us?” What you say from this point on is just as important as the answers you give beforehand. Fast Company spoke to hiring managers at employers like Amazon and Spotify to find which questions they love being asked, and how posing them the right way can show off your skills, personality, and priorities.

3. Three Habits Of The Best Job Candidates I’ve Ever Interviewed

For many of us, what it takes to excel at job interviews is a bit of a mystery. But an experienced recruiter says that it all comes down to three simple habits that she’s seen time and again among candidates who have passed with flying colors. This month we learned what you can do on your next interview to become the type of candidate hiring managers love.

4. Want To Be Happier And More Successful? Learn To Like Other People

Most self-improvement advice comes down to tips for upgrading some part of ourselves—the focus is on us, and what we need to do. However, research from the University of Georgia hints that there may be an overlooked approach to much the same outcomes: seeing the good in others. This month we explored why the best self-help advice may not have much to do with ourselves at all.

5. I Work At Slack–Here’s How I Use It To Manage My Workday

Many of us probably use Slack and other group chat platforms to message our coworkers, or to make lunch plans with colleagues who sit on the other side of the office. But Slack actually has features that go beyond messaging, including bots that schedule your meetings and order your food for you. One Slack employee shares how he utilizes the app to streamline his workday.

6. Three Questions I Ask Every Job Candidate To Test Their Soft Skills

Soft skills are difficult to test, especially in the highly ritualistic content of a job interview. How on earth are you supposed to grasp a candidate’s attention to detail, or how quickly they learn just by chatting across a table? One entrepreneur shares the three questions he asks every candidate to screen for those traits—and the answers he’s looking for.

7. How The Most Successful People Start And End Their Workdays

What you do when you first wake up and before you go to bed can impact how productive you’ll be for the hours in between. While no hack and habit is universal, it never hurts to take inspiration from successful leaders and entrepreneurs. From 20-minute morning strolls to reading the New York Times on mobile at bedtime (yes, you read that right), here’s how a few of them rise and shine, then power down.

8. Five Things I’ve Learned As A New Manager At Google

Nine months ago, Amber Yust became a manager for a team of privacy engineers at Google. Like anyone stepping into a new role, there were aspects of her job that she didn’t anticipate. This week she shared how she discovered, among other things, how to be more than just a “crap umbrella” for her direct reports.

9. The Bigger Lesson From Facebook’s New Bereavement Leave Policy

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s life came to a halt after her husband’s unexpected death a during 2015 vacation to Mexico. After a leave of absence, Sandberg went back to work and instituted a policy she hopes will change how companies approach bereavement. This month, we learned why grief counselors believe this will be a long process, but are hopeful that Sandberg is moving the needle in the right direction.

10. Could Time-Blocking Replace Your To-Do List?

To-do lists frustrate many of us. We start the day with four things to tick off, and by the end of the day we’ve often only accomplished two (and added eight more.) So one writer decided to experiment with an alternative called “time-blocking—here’s how she fared.

The Main Argument For Rolling Back Net Neutrality Is Pretty Shaky

FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s central argument for eliminating net neutrality rules, which he introduced this week with a plan to “reverse the mistake” of the Obama-era regulations, is that doing so will fire up investment in broadband networks. But that prediction is very optimistic, say experts who warn that his proposal could very well do little or nothing to stimulate such investment.

Back in 2015, the Democratic-controlled FCC reclassified broadband as a Title II communication service to be regulated like a public utility. The new rules prevented big ISPs like Verizon and Comcast from throttling the speed of sites and apps and setting up paid fast lanes.

Ajit Pai

Pai’s central argument is that those net neutrality rules had the immediate effect of slowing down investment in broadband networks. He said the internet was already working fine before the FCC stepped in to impose unnecessary regulations for purely political reasons.

According to backgrounder sent out from Pai’s office, the 12 largest U.S. ISPs spent 5.6% (or $3.6 billion) less on building out their broadband networks during the first two years of the Title II era. (The statistic lacks a citation.)

It’s true that ISPs desperately want to extract more “value” from the networks they operate. They detest the idea of operating a neutral “dumb pipe,” and detest the idea that the government is regulating them into that role. They want to be able to offer fast lanes to internet companies like Netflix, many of which, by the way, are willing to pay. ISPs want to sell zero-rated services where certain websites or services are carved out and delivered with no data charges. When prevented from monetizing the network to the fullest, as they see it, they’re naturally a little less excited about building on to their networks.

But Pai lays the entire blame for the investment slowdown at the feet of the previous FCC that passed the 2015 Open Internet Order, and that’s where his argument starts to sound like a political one.

“While investment in broadband infrastructure has certainly dwindled in recent years, the impact that net neutrality regulation has had is very much open to debate,” says Dan Hays, global tech, media, and telecom lead at PwC’s Strategy& group.

“In fact, it’s quite plausible that growth in market penetration of broadband services, coupled with acceleration of industry consolidation over the past few years, have more to do with reduced spending, despite the pleas of network operators,” Hays says. The subtext here is that investors in telecom companies, as a rule, detest massive new capital expenditure spending on network infrastructure. Combining with other networks is one way to avoid doing so.

Pai said the real losers are poor and rural Americans who have to live with slow or no internet service at all, because the smaller competitive carriers that might serve them are disincentivized from building out their networks. Pai believes the return of broadband to Title I and a lighter regulatory touch will result in more infrastructure investment, more jobs, and better broadband.

PwC’s Hays points out that doing away with network neutrality rules is a change that would apply to the whole ISP industry, and might not have the intended effect of increasing competition, improving service, and lowering prices. In fact, he says, it’s more likely that it wouldn’t have that effect.

“Even if rolling back net neutrality regulations does spark an increase in network investments, the questions will be ‘how much’ and ‘where,'” Hays says. “Deregulation is unlikely to solve the fundamental economics problem of deploying broadband networks in rural and low-income areas of the United States.”

Pai’s rollback of net neutrality guarantees might help one industry (big ISPs) but hurt another (internet companies). Having to pay for “internet fast lanes” might dramatically change the economics of selling an internet service.

“Although network investments could increase . . . internet companies providing over-the-top services—particularly the vibrant startup economy that the country has prized—could well be at risk,” Hays says.

Carriage charges might begin ratcheting up until smaller companies can’t afford to pay. So broadband service might get better and become more available, but the diversity of content consumers can access using it might diminish. And yes, content is king, not the pipe used to grab it.

Pai and the FCC has now opened the new proposal to roll back net neutrality protections to public comment. The commission will vote on the proposal in May.

Meanwhile, Congress is watching closely, and some members believe that Congressional action to settle the matter once and for all might be the best way forward.

And finally, even if Pai can push his proposal through the commission, a raft of internet companies, and tech and free speech advocacy groups will be waiting in line to say “See you in court, Ajit.”

Could You Handle Your Commute In This Iron Man-Like Jet Pack?

Eighteen months ago, British inventor Richard Browning tried an experiment: he strapped a small gas turbine to his arm to see if he could get liftoff (don’t try this at home, we’re obligated to add). Several experiments later, after he and his team added more engines to each arm and leg, his homemade jetpack was working, and he could fly for as long as 12 minutes.

At TED 2017, he headed outside to demonstrate for the crowd. The vision, for the moment, is to build a new type of extreme sports equipment–though it could potentially be used in other ways, such as military rescues in areas where a helicopter might attract gunfire.

“For the immediate future, I would liken it to a jet ski,” Browning tells Fast Company. “There’s no real practical purpose to it, it’s just a massive amount of fun. But, like technology has a habit, I think actually, by accident, we’ve opened up a whole new avenue of human flight.”

Through his startup, Gravity, he’s working to build a version that can stay in the air longer and fly higher. “I don’t think anyone’s going to go down to Walmart or take the kids to school in any of this stuff for a while,” he told the audience at TED. “But the team at Gravity are building some awesome technology that’s going to make this look like child’s play.”

Browning’s vision of an “augmented human” was inspired by his father’s dreams of flight, and his own realization that a set of small jet engines might actually get him airborne.

“I think we all, every now and then, dare believe something that’s on the edge of our capability,” says Browning. “And when that thing is also on the edge of what the rest of society thinks is impossible, that’s even more exciting. Sometimes, very rarely, one of those things gets across the line.”

The engines could run on biodiesel, but Browning acknowledges that the flight suit isn’t exactly sustainable, at least in its current form. “Even in the display today, I think we burned through 12 liters of fuel,” he says. “It’s not an efficient way of moving around. But then, it’s early stage.”

Apple onderzoekt mogelijk draadloos opladen via wifi
Draadloos opladen zoals we dat nu kennen is nog niet echt handig. Telefoons moeten op een laadstation worden gelegd en laden alleen zolang ze daar op liggen. Laden terwijl de telefoon gewoon in je zak zit of ergens op je bureau ligt kan nog niet, maar in de toekomst is dat misschien anders. Apple doet namelijk onderzoek naar opladen via wifi en mobiele frequenties, blijkt uit een patentaanvraag die werd ontdekt door AppleInsider. Krachtigere signalen De patentaanvraag beschrijft het gebruik...

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Smartphonemarkt groeit sneller dan verwacht
In totaal werden er wereldwijd in 347,4 miljoen smartphones verkocht, meldt marktonderzoeker IDC. Die groei van 4,3 procent ten opzichte van een jaar eerder is groter dan de 3,6 procent die IDC had verwacht, nadat de groei vorig jaar afvlakte. “De groei in het eerste kwartaal bewijst dat de smartphone-industrie niet dood is en dat groei nog steeds bestaat”, zegt programmaleider van IDC Ryan Reith. Samsung was ook in het eerste kwartaal van 2017 de grootste smartphonemaker met een...

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See Just How Much Work Goes Into “SNL” Visual Effects On a Tight Deadline

WHAT: “Creating Saturday Night Live: Visual Effects,” a behind the scenes look at some unsung heroes on the show.

WHO: SNL’s visual effects department.

WHY WE CARE: As SNL’s profile has risen in recent months, in tandem with presidential interest in the show and vice versa, the performers and writers have stepped up their game. One element of the show that has remained consistently excellent, though, without getting much credit for it, is how crisp and clean the digital shorts always end up, despite requiring complicated work in a pressure cooker situation. A new video brings us inside the weekly routine of the team who’s responsible.

We’ve already seen how much editing is involved in these shorts, but “Creating Saturday Night Live: Visual Effects” shows how much digital trickery is required to make them pop. When viewers see Mikey Day get karate-kicked through a wall, fly through subsequent rooms and walls, and then crash into a car, destroying its windows, it requires just as much green screen and knob-twirled sweetening as a Fast and Furious fight scene. The difference is, as the video reminds us up top, that SNL‘s VFX team often only has 12 hours each week to make it happen.

Have a look below to see some before-and-after coverage of all the effects work that goes into each week’s episode.

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