‘Trump & Dump’ program aims to profit off Trump tweets

The "Trump & Dump" artificial intelligence program identifies Trump's market-moving tweets, assesses instantaneous

Techies have devised a program to execute quickfire stock trades to take advantage of President Donald Trump’s Twitter habit of blackballing individual companies.

And the president’s tweets are saving puppies, since when the program earns money, the funds are donated to an animal welfare group.

The “Trump & Dump” artificial intelligence program identifies Trump’s market-moving tweets, assesses instantaneously whether the sentiment is positive or negative and then executes a speedy trade.

Ben Gaddis, president of Austin, Texas marketing and technology company T3, said the idea was sparked by watching Trump’s actions during his transition, when twitter attacks of companies such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin sent the share prices tumbling.

“Everyone is asking themselves how to deal with the unpredictability of Trump’s tweets,” Gaddis told AFP. T3’s response was to develop a “bot,” a piece of software that does automated tasks, to trade on the information.

The company has so far been pleased with the results, which yielded “significant winnings” on two occasions and a “slight” loss on a third trade, Gaddis said.

In early January, T3 scored a “huge” profit by betting Toyota’s share price would fall after Trump lambasted the automaker for building cars in Mexico, it said in a short video on the T3 website.

The time lag between the Trump tweet and T3 trade was only a second, according to a short video on the T3 website.

T3, which has pictures of numerous dogs on its website and describes itself as having “dog friendly offices” is donating the earnings from the bot-directed trades to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

“So now, when President Trump tweets, we save a puppy,” the video.

 

 

 

[Source:- Phys.org]

New Mac mini 2016 release date, specs & feature rumours: Mac mini update due soon

Apple has given nothing away about the new Mac mini yet, but based on past experience and the existing specs of other Macs, it is easy to surmise what to expect from the new Mac mini. We are also pretty sure that the Mac mini will be updated soon as it wasn’t touched at all in 2015. We’ve got all of the new Mac mini rumours and speculation for you right here, so read on for possible specs, features and release date.

If you’re still not certain which Mac is right for you, visit our Mac Buying Guide.

Mac mini 2016 release date: When is the new Mac mini coming out?

Apple last updated the Mac mini on 16 October 2014 after a two year wait, but Mac mini fans are now waiting for the next iteration of the smallest and cheapest Mac, hopefully coming this year. We had expected Apple to announce a new Mac mini in the autumn of 2015, possibly alongside the new iMac with 4K Retina display, or at the same time as the El Capitan launch, but those opportunities have been and gone.

We’re getting impatient, not least because Apple has added new processors to its laptops and desktops, and new Skylake processors have launched since then so even those updated Macs are outdated.

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We had hoped that Apple’s 21 March event would see the launch of the new Mac mini, but Apple chose not to launch new Macs at all then. Instead, we saw the unveiling of the iPhone SE, the iPad Pro with 9.7in screen and new Apple Watch straps.

The next expected Apple event isn’t until June at WWDC 2016, but Apple could choose to sneak out an unexpected Mac mini before then without hosting a special event to do so. We’ll keep you updated with all of the Mac mini release date rumours right here.

Mac mini 2016 price: How much will the new Mac mini cost?

There are currently three models of the Mac mini available, depending on your budget and your specification needs. The cheapest model currently costs £399, the middle model is £569, and the priciest model is £799.

These prices ware significant because they marked a reduction of £100 compared to its price before the Mac mini came out, previously the cheapest Mac mini was £499, for example. Of course, you’ll need to factor in the price of a monitor, keyboard and mouse with the Mac mini, though.

However, we don’t anticipate Apple reducing the price further with the new model when it launches, so you can expect similar pricing, but hopefully better specs.

What is the Mac mini?

It’s understandable that you might not be aware the the Mac mini even exists – sometimes it looks like even Apple isn’t aware of its presence (if the long gap before the 2014 model was launched is anything to go by).

The Mac mini is Apple’s smallest desktop Mac and also its cheapest Mac, at £399. It’s a full-blown OS X desktop that fits into a self-contained chassis no bigger than a set-top box. An inexpensive living room Mac that lacks the power of even some MacBooks and comes with no keyboard, mouse or display, but one that works perfectly as the centre of your digital home – not least because it comes with HDMI sockets making plugging it into a modern TV a doddle.

There used to be a Mac mini with OS X server available for £849 but Apple removed that option from the line up in October 2014.

 
Don’t forget: when you buy a Mac mini you also need a screen, mouse, and keyboard…

New Mac mini 2016 specs and features: Processor & RAM

It seems likely that Apple had been waiting for Intel to ship the new Skylake chips before launching the new Mac mini, although it is still possible that Apple will opt for the Broadwell chips instead, which would still represent a power boost over the current Haswell processors.

Right now, the entry-level Mac mini features just 4GB RAM as standard, which we think should be ramped up to 8GB in the new entry-level model.

The other big change we hope to see in the new Mac mini is more flash drive options. Currently the 2.8GHz model comes with a Fusion Drive, or you can add 256GB flash storage to that model, or the 2.8GHz model.

While the 500GB hard drive in the current entry level model (and the 1TB hard drive as standard in the £569 model) might appear attractive to some flash, memory is so much faster that we believe it is well worth the compromise of storing additional files on an external hard drive.

However, it seems unlikely that Apple would do away with the hard drive storage option all together as many workgroups choose the Mac mini as a server and will need the extra capacity and lower prices that HD storage makes possible.

New Mac mini 2016 rumours: Design

It’s possible that the Mac mini will get a new design. We’re not expecting a major visual or build redesign, but it is certainly possible that it could get thinner and smaller, especially since it no longer has to accommodate a CD drive.

Right now the dimensions are 3.6cm high, 19.7cm wide, and it weighs 1.22kg. How about a Mac mini that has similar dimensions to an Apple TV (9.8cm wide, 2.3cm high, 0.27kg).

There was some speculation that the reason for the long delay prior to the Mac mini update in 2014 was that Apple was looking at redesiging the Mac mini along the lines of the Mac Pro.

This was probably intended as an April Fool’s Day prank, but we like this render of a flat Mac mini, as seen on Apple User.

Even better, how about a Mac mini that was also an Apple TV! Adding Apple TV functionality to a Mac mini would be a great way of getting the Mac mini into people’s living rooms as a home entertainment device.

 

[Source:- Macworld]

How to fix driver issues in Windows 10 & Windows 8: What to do when drivers don’t work properly after an OS upgrade

How to fix driver issues in Windows 8 and Windows 10

If you’ve already upgraded to Windows 10 you may find some of your drivers aren’t working properly. Here’s how to fix driver issues in Windows 10. A reader wrote in to Helproom to ask: “I have a Dell Inspiron 9400 laptop that runs Windows 8.1. Unfortunately, I can’t get any updated video drivers for the 256MB Nvidia GeForce Go 7800 it came with, which means the 17in screen shows an awful, sickness-inducing blurred screen. The update to Windows meant it downgraded to the Microsoft Basic Display Adaptor, which ruined the previously clear picture. It doesn’t even seem to see the Nvidia processor any more. Is there a workaround or any way to replace the Nvidia processor? The rest of the laptop still works really well.”

It’s an interesting issue that affects PC users whenever they make an OS upgrade. The same will be true of anybody upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 10. Here’s how we solved their problem.

How to fix driver issues in Windows 10 (and Windows 8)

It’s an unfortunate fact that this situation often arises when a new release of Windows is released. Unlike desktop graphics cards, laptop graphics processing units are often left in the hands of the laptop vendors when it comes to driver updates. So when a model is no longer sold, there is often little incentive for the vendor to keep on producing driver updates for it. As an example, the GeForce Go 7800 isn’t listed on Nvidia’s list of GPUs supported under Windows 8.1 nor Windows 10.

How to fix driver issues in Windows 10 & Windows 8 - Nvidia 7800

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Under certain rare circumstances it is possible to upgrade the graphics card in a laptop, but it’s seldom worthwhile doing so.

However, all is not lost. As you might imagine, you’re not the only person wishing to get Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 running on an older laptop and there are tricks that can be employed to fool the graphics driver installer into working on your hardware.

You could try searching the forums of a site such as forums.laptopvideo2go.com to see if anyone has found success with the combination of your particular laptop and Windows 8.1. After a little searching, we found one user able to run Windows 8 on a GeForce Go 7800 using drivers found on Microsoft’s Windows Update site at tinyurl.com/mdlfkt2.

Unfortunately, if you’re still stuck on finding the right drivers for your laptop or even desktop PC, then you’ll most likely have to upgrade your parts. Alternatively, you can rollback to an older version of Windows, such as Windows 7 which might still have compatible drivers for your PC (in our case the GeForce Go 7800 has compatible Nvidia drivers for Windows 7).

Thanksfully, with prices constantly dropping you can build yourself a nice high-end gaming PC for under £500! Here’s our guide on how to build a PC the right way.

 

[Source:- PCadvisor]

How to use Snapchat new features: Snapchat introduces Chat 2.0 with video notes, stickers & calls

Another Snapchat update has added new features with Chat 2.0. You’ll find new stickers, video notes, audio notes and even calls in Chat 2.0, which was released on 29 March.  Here’s how to use the new features in Snapchat Chat 2.0, as well as lenses, filters, stories and more. If you have an iPhone 6S or 6S Plus there’s now support for Force Touch, too.

How to use new Snapchat Chat 2.0

First, here’s a list of all of the new changes in Chat 2.0:

  • 200 Stickers available in private chats.
  • Video Notes that let you record 10 seconds of video that’ll loop when your friend watches.
  • Audio Notes that let you record audio if you fancy replying in song or can’t type right now.
  • Video and Audio Calls that turns Snapchat into a phone alternative and brings it closer to rivals like Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp.
  • Multiple photos can be sent in Chat 2.0 at once.
  • Send photos during video and audio calls.

To access Chat 2.0, swipe right on a contact you wish to talk to. This’ll open a Chat window with that contact.

Tap the image on the left to send multiple images, the phone icon to start an audio call, the circle in the centre to open the camera, the video icon to start a video call or the smiley face to access stickers.

You can tap and hold on the phone icon to record and send an audio message, and the same goes for the video icon for a video message.

Note that your friend will need to have updated to the new version of Snapchat if you want to use these features with them.

How to use new Snapchat Daily lenses: How to use Snapchat lenses

Lenses are one of the most popular features of Snapchat – after the ability to send videos/photos that expire after 10 seconds, of course. It seems that Snapchat has also noticed this, with the photo-sharing giants offering the ability for its customers to buy (with real life money) lenses to be used at any time. The firm has since scrapped the idea of selling Lenses, and to stop the feature becoming stagnated, has introduced a new system. Instead of offering the same range of lenses on a day-to-day basis, the selection is updated daily, removing the oldest Snapchat lens and replacing it with a brand new one. Don’t worry, though – if you did buy any lenses, these will still be permanently available to you.

One of the most confusing things to new Snapchat users is how to access these lenses. Turn the camera so your face is on the phone’s screen as if you were to take a selfie, then tap and hold on your face until a mesh appears. Now release. Snapchat will load several lenses to the side of the capture button, which you can slide through to access. Many will require you to open your mouth to get the full effect – you’ll feel (and probably look) silly doing so in public, but at least you now understand why the kids are pulling such strange faces.

How to use new Snapchat: Face Swap

One of the most popular filters right now is Face Swap, which, you guessed it, swaps faces. You can find out exactly how to use Face Swap here.

How to use new Snapchat: Story replies

An integral part of the Snapchat experience is the Snapchat Story, which displays a collection of videos and photos you’ve taken over a period of 24 hours, and can be viewed (and replayed) by friends. With the latest update, Stories automatically advance meaning you’ll move straight on to the next story in your contacts list once the first is finished.

But what if you want to reply to a specific Snapchat amongst the collection of videos and photos in your friends Story?

With the latest update, Snapchat has officially added story replies. When watching a friends (no doubt hilarious) Snapchat story, you can reply to a specific photo or video by swiping up from the bottom of the display, opening a new chat window. Simply type your message, hit send, and your friend will recieve the message along with a snapshot of the photo/video you’re replying to. Not the most groundbreaking addition ever, but it should make replying to Snapchat Stories a little bit easier in future!

How to use new Snapchat: Slo-mo and rewind filters

After you shoot a video in the latest version of the app, simply swipe left or right until you see three arrows (rewind) or a snail symbol (slo-mo). The rewind filter is useful if you want to make ‘magic’ effects such as impossible catches (since you’re actually throwing something away from you).

Snapchat slo-mo rewind filters

How to use new Snapchat: Force Touch

Force Touch integration is currently pretty basic. You press hard on the Snapchat icon and get options to start a new chat or add a new friend.

Snapchat Force Touch

How to use new Snapchat: New lenses

In the previous version (9.15.1.0 on 16 September) Snapchat added new lenses. The app does warn that this is only available on ‘newer Android devices’.

Open the app and make sure your front facing-camera is active. Now long press the screen on your face to load the lenses. You can scroll horizontally through them and for most you’ll need to follow an instruction for it to work properly such as opening your mouth or raising your eyebrows.

Snapchat lenses

How to use new Snapchat: Purchase extra replays (in-app purchases)

It only available for US Snapchatters for now, but now there’s an option to purchase extra replays if you just can’t bear to look at some snaps just once. Prices start at three replays for $0.99.

Snapchat said: “You can use a Replay on any Snap you receive, but you can only Replay any Snap once. They’re a little pricey — but time is money! ;)”

How to use new Snapchat: Trophies

Swipe down from the main screen to bring up your personal Snapchat code and you’ll see a new trophy icon above it. Tap it and you’ll see what trophies you’ve managed to unlock – they’re basically achievements like you get on computer games.

At the time of writing there are 16 to unlock and we’ve only managed the first one (reaching a score of 500) so we better go send some more snaps. Tapping the locked ones simply displays question marks so you’ll have to work out how to unlock them.

Snapchat trophies

How to use new Snapchat: How to skip a story or snap

If you’ve had multiple snaps from the same contact, or what to view someone’s story without it taking forever you can skip each photo or video whenever you’re ready. When you’re holding one finger on the screen to view a snap, simply tap anywhere else with another finger to skip to the next one.

How to use new Snapchat: How to video call in SnapChat

If you fancy chatting to a friend, swipe right on their name in your Snapchat inbox to begin. When you leave the chat screen, messages viewed by both you and your friend will be cleared.

The app will notify you if your friend is online when chatting, and if you’re both chatting at the same time you simple have to press and hold to share live video.

How to use new Snapchat: Filters

In similar fashion to Instagram, Snapchat has filters which you can add to your photos. However, they’re not switched on by default so here’s how to switch on filters in Snapchat.

Once you’ve taken a photo, simple swipe left or right and you’ll see a message which says ‘turn on filters’. Click the ‘I want filters’ button at the bottom of the screen. This will take you to the ‘additional services’ part of the settings menu where you can tick the filters box. Note that you’ll need to enable location to be able to switch them on and for some to work properly.

How to use new Snapchat filters

How to use new Snapchat: Replays

In the same ‘additional services’ settings (swipe left from main screen, hit cog wheel and select manage under additional services) you can switch on replay. Once you’ve switched it on, you can replay one snap every 24 hours.

Permission for others to replay your snaps is there by default and can’t be switched off.

How to use new Snapchat: Front facing flash

You’re probably using Snapchat to send selfies to other users but if you’re in the dark then it’s your rear camera which has a flash. Well you can now switch on front facing flash in the additional services menu.

This turns your screen white to provide some extra light for your photo when you take it. You can turn the front flash on and off in the top-left of the screen.

How to use new Snapchat: Special text

if you like adding captions to your snaps then switch on ‘special text’ in, you’ve guess it, the additional services menu. Now when you add a caption, there’s a ‘T’ at the top of the screen which you can tap to change the look.

How to use new Snapchat: Number of best friends

While you’re in the additional services menu, you can tweak how many friends appear in your best friends menu. Simply select it in the menu and choose how many you want it to be. There’s a maximum of seven – we’re not sure why.

How to use new Snapchat best friends

 

[Source:- PCadvisor]