Last month, Apple unveiled the next generation of their iPhones.The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus came like incremental updates in terms of hardware from last year iPhone 7.The big undeniable protagonist this year, was in fact the iPhone X.Seems that Apple’s strategy with iPhone X is acting like a double-edged sword.According to KeyBanc Capital Markets Broker, John Vin, iPhone 7 is outselling its successor.The excuse for him, is that Apple’s enthusiasts are waiting for iPhone X before giving they coins on iPhone 8.
Hong Kong’s Chilli International have been around for long enough to know what people want.Seemingly, this year it’s smartphones and fidget spinners that people want.So they put both things in one!Meet the fidget spinner phone.It stays true to its name — you can make calls using the phone, and use it like a fidget spinner at other times.At 1099 INR a pop ($17), the fidget spinner phone seems like a fair deal to us.
Xiaomi’s yearly targets for this year seem to have been met prematurely.The company had a blockbuster followup to the Redmi Note 3 (in the RN4) earlier this year, which happens to be the bestselling phone in India through 2017 so far.Word is that Xiaomi have now revised their targets to a hefty 90 million, which is no mean feat by any stretch of imagination.Xiaomi, however, seem well on course for that target.Earlier this year, Xiaomi had said that they wanted to ship a total of 80 million smartphones in 2017.Given the success their Redmi Note 4 has seen — particularly in India — the 80 million target may well have been already surpassed.
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After a long time of wait, so many rumors and leaks, Huawei Mate 10 and 10 Pro have finally arrived.Both keeping all the glory from past Mate legacy, 3D glass bodies, Kirin 970 processor and the Leica powered cameras.However, there are differences between the pair of Mate phones.In order to help those, we’ve decided to list the main differences between Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro.Apart from the similarities, the same Kirin 970, same Leica Dual 12MP RGB +20MP cameras and same 4000mAh battery.The same 3d glass back, the stripe on the back and the same dual camera layout are found in both devices.
As marketers increasingly move to reach distracted consumers through in-person experiential marketing activations, more and more brands expect their agency partners to follow along.The list of shops launching their experiential divisions grows longer by the day, and its growth shows no signs of slowing down.According to research from IPG-owned Momentum Worldwide, experiential marketing—such as hosting an event versus distributing an ad—gets 82 percent of participants talking about a brand with others, moves 62 percent to research a brand online, changes the way 65 percent view a brand and—perhaps most importantly—inspires 53 percent to go out and buy a brand at retail.“As people delete advertising from their lives, brands must remain visible and relevant,” Lagardère Sports and Entertainment chief strategy officer Jonathan Isaac told Adweek.For that reason, France-based Lagardère is the latest agency diving deeper into immersive projects.Today, it unveiled an experiential and partnership marketing agency called Lagardère Plus, complete with new strategic, creative, digital and analytics capabilities.
This week we're featuring SmithGifford's Woody Boater, a website created by the agency for the antique and classic boat community.Advertisers are notorious for being obsessed with the new and the next, a phenomenon that explains why agencies and brands alike have invested ample resources into virtual reality campaigns in recent years even though the nascent technology is far from reaching mass adoption among consumers.This general propensity for the latest and greatest is why it may seem odd that Matt Smith, founder and chief executive of Virginia-based agency SmithGifford, spends much of his time running a website that’s dedicated to a relic of the past: classic wooden and antique boats that are no longer made.Called Woody Boater, the website - which Smith says attracts roughly 3,000 to 5,000 visitors daily - is a go-to resource for wooden boat enthusiasts who enjoy sharing and reading stories about their favorite pastime.Being an agency owner, he also viewed it as an opportunity to learn more about how to build an online platform and find an audience for it, particularly since he launched the site around the same time that the advertising industry was beginning to truly be upended by the rise of digital.“What I saw was an opportunity for myself to benefit from this and help the hobby grow.”
When Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was recalled, the tech world went agog and many were interested in how the South Korean tech giant plan to bounce back.The company responded by releasing the spectacular Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.Now, Samsung has big plans for its upcoming Galaxy Note 9.In a recent report, the company said that features like the S Pen will be updated.Samsung’s Global Product Planning Group for mobile represented by BJ Kang and Cue Kim revealed this in an interview.The representatives also noted that maximum efforts were involved in the planning process for Galaxy Note 8 and the assessment period was extended to ensure maximum safety.kim said that Samsung took cognizance of the features that users love the most in previous models and that guided them to focus on and improve the camera, S Pen and the large display in the Galaxy Note 8.
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YouTube is huge (currently over 30 million daily visitors, and a whopping 1 billion hours of video consumed).How do you advertise/market on YouTube?This guide tackles the subject and goes deep.
A painting will hit the block at Christie's in New York on Nov. 15, and it's tough to say what's more interesting: that it could fetch $100 million, or the story behind it.As the Wall Street Journal reports, getting to nine figures would be an auction record for a painting by an old master—that is, a European who painted before about 1800.But not just any old master: Leonardo da Vinci.His "Salvator Mundi," or the savior of the world, is one of fewer than 20 da Vincis known to exist, and all the others are held by museums.It's currently owned by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who will likely be selling it at a loss.He bought it in 2013 for $127.5 million, and per his rep, "the forthcoming auction of this work will finally bring to an end a very painful chapter."
A couple of months before Auschwitz was liberated in January 1945, a Jewish prisoner secretly wrote a letter outlining the horrors he had witnessed there.He placed it in a thermos, the thermos in a leather pouch, and he buried it.Now, for the first time, Marcel Nadjari's words have been published in full.Historian Pavel Polian told Deutsche Welle the letter is one of nine buried documents found at the concentration camp.The documents were written by Nadjari and four fellow members of the "Sonderkommando" unit, which was tasked with moving bodies from the gas chamber to the crematorium.Nadjari's letter, found in 1980, was written in his native Greek and is mostly illegible.
There’s a fundamental incongruency between being inflexibly pro ‘free speech’ and operating a global social network for civil public discussion.Facebook is struggling with it too.The principle of free speech on which the United States was founded was not conceived with our modern interconnectedness in mind, nor has it scaled to adapt to it.Women and people of color have been attacked this way for years and have been demanding change for years.But the operators of these new communication utilities must also uphold the spirit of free speech rather than the letter.That will require challenging, messy, expensive and inefficient solutions.
The sky turns orange and yellow in Brittany Monday, Oct.16, 2017 in Chasne-sur-Illet, western France.The sky in France's Brittany region turned yellow as nearby Ophelia storm brought a mix of sand from Sahara and particles from Spain and Portugal's forest fires over the region.Ophelia post-tropical cyclone passed west of the Brittany coast Monday before bringing violent winds to Ireland and the United Kingdom.A strange red sun and bizarre yellow/orange sky were visible in parts of the U.K. and France Monday as a result of Hurricane Ophelia.The “ghostly red sun” was visible in the U.K.’s south West, West Midlands, North West and North East, the Telegraph reports.Ophelia weakened on Sunday night and was no longer classified as a hurricane on Monday, according to the U.K.’s Met Office.
"Our findings expose a threat to the privacy and safety of gay men and women," wrote Michal Kosinski in a paper set to be published by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology—only he's the one now finding himself in danger.The New York Times takes a look at the quagmire Kosinski finds himself in following his decision to try—and, in some fashion, succeed—at building what many are referring to as "AI gaydar."The Stanford Graduate School of Business professor tells the Times he decided to attempt to use facial recognition analysis to determine whether someone is gay to flag how such analysis could reveal the very things we want to keep private.Now he's getting death threats.The Times delves into the research—first highlighted by the Economist in early September—and the many bones its many critics have to pick with it.Kosinski and co-author Yilun Wang pulled 35,000 photos of white Americans from online dating sites (those looking for same-sex partners were classified as gay) and ran them through a "widely used" facial analysis program that turns the location, size, and shape of one's facial characteristics into numbers.
The new anti-cheating system installed in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been banning more than 6,000 suspected cheaters every day.An anonymous reader quotes PC Gamer: That's according to BattlEye, which polices the game's servers.Its official account tweeted yesterday that between 6,000 and 13,000 players are getting their marching orders daily.On Saturday morning, it had cracked down on nearly 20,000 players within the previous 24-hour period...In total, the service has blocked 322,000 people, double the number that was reported by the game's creator Brendan Greene, aka PlayerUnknown, last month.Yesterday the game had more than 2.2 million concurrent players.
It doesn't matter who owns the server, since even if it is MS Ireland, they're almost certainly a wholly owned subsidiary of MS US, meaning that MS US owns that data regardless.And if the US government compels MS US to hand the data over, they'll be making a request that's illegal in the country where the action must be undertaken, regardless of whether it's MS US or MS Ireland doing the deed, so in that regard it also doesn't matter who owns the server.Of course, just because it doesn't matter who owns the server doesn't mean it's legal for the US government to make that request, nor that it's legal for MS (regardless of which brand we're talking about) to hand the data over.Ideally, the people on the ground in Ireland would simply refuse to comply with the order if MS was compelled to hand over the data.After all, the US government has no authority over them, nor an ability to prosecute them, nor an ability to pursue a prosecution of them via diplomatic channels given that the request was illegal in the first place.In fact, the proper way for this to work is that the US government uses those diplomatic channels to seek an extraction of the data pursuant to its treaties with Ireland or the EU.
I'm really fucking concerned about how Google will fix this for Android, the most popular OS in the world.Recent stats [android.com] are showing that only 0.2% of users are using Android 8.0, the latest version.Only about 18% are using Android 7.x releases.A whopping 32% are using Android 6.x!About 28% are using Android 5.x!About 21% are using Android 4.x!
mirandakatz writes: As voice assistants crop up left and right, consumers are facing a decision: Are you an Alexa?Choose wisely -- because once you pick one voice assistant, it'll be difficult to switch.As Scott Rosenberg writes at Backchannel, "If I want to switch assistants down the line, sure, I can just go out and buy another device.But that investment of time and personal data isn't so easy to replace...Right now, all these assistants behave like selfish employees who think they can protect their jobs by holding vital expertise or passwords close to their chests.Eventually , the data that runs the voice assistant business is going to have to be standardized."
From a report: Ordinarily, two signals alert deciduous trees that it's time to relinquish the green hues of summer in favor of autumn's yellows, oranges and reds.First, the days begin to grow shorter.Second, the temperature begins to drop.But this year, unseasonably warm weather across most of the U.S. has tricked trees into delaying the onset of fall's color extravaganza.Temperatures in the eastern half of the country have been as much as 15 degrees above normal since mid-September, and the warmth is expected to persist through the end of October.The unfortunate result for leaf peepers is a lackluster fall.
Readers share a report: In the event of a dirty bomb or a nuclear meltdown, emergency responders can safely tolerate radiation levels equivalent to thousands of chest X-rays, the Environmental Protection Agency said in new guidelines that ease off on established safety levels.The EPA's determination sets a level ten times the drinking water standard for radiation recommended under President Barack Obama.It could lead to the administration of President Donald Trump weakening radiation safety levels, watchdog groups critical of the move say."It's really a huge amount of radiation they are saying is safe," said Daniel Hirsch, the retired director of the University of California, Santa Cruz's program on environmental and nuclear policy."The position taken could readily unravel all radiation protection rules."The change was included as part of EPA "guidance" on messaging and communications in the event of a nuclear power plant meltdown or dirty bomb attack.
But, new research from a team from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, shows there is an exception to this rule: professional STEM events, which could be indicative of the wider problem of gender inequality in the field.The conference, the 2015 International Congress for Conservation Biology, had a clear code of conduct for its 2000 attendees, which promoted equality and prohibited any form of discrimination.The team observed 31 sessions across the four day conference, counting how many questions were asked and whether men or women were asking them.Accounting for the number of men and women in the audience, the findings show that male attendees asked 80% more questions than female attendees.The researchers note that the recognised and ongoing issues of gender inequality in STEM fields and the wider world may be affecting female scientists' confidence and willingness to speak publically.Another interpretation may be that women are more assured in their expertise and do not feel the need to ask as many questions.
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