Using ultra-high-speed cameras and modern audio capture techniques, the researchers, from the University of Cambridge, found that the 'plink, plink' sound produced by a water droplet hitting a liquid surface is caused not by the droplet itself, but by the oscillation of a small bubble of air trapped beneath the water's surface.In addition, the researchers found that changing the surface tension of the surface, for example by adding dish soap, can stop the sound.The results are published in the journal Scientific Reports."A lot of work has been done on the physical mechanics of a dripping tap, but not very much has been done on the sound," said Dr Anurag Agarwal of Cambridge's Department of Engineering, who led the research."But thanks to modern video and audio technology, we can finally find out exactly where the sound is coming from, which may help us to stop it."Agarwal, who leads the Acoustics Lab and is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, first decided to investigate this problem while visiting a friend who had a small leak in the roof of his house.
After Brian Krzanich handed in his notice of resignation, Intel has announced Bob Swan will step out of the accountants office and will lead the company as Interim CEO.An ongoing investigation by internal and external counsel has confirmed a violation of Intel’s non-fraternization policy, after it emerged Krzanich had a past consensual relationship with an Intel employee, though details on the saga are relatively thin for the moment.The search for the next CEO is underway, though with the 5G dawn beginning to emerge, appointing the right person to head the technology ambitions of the company is critical.“The board believes strongly in Intel’s strategy and we are confident in Bob Swan’s ability to lead the company as we conduct a robust search for our next CEO,” Intel said in a statement.We appreciate Brian’s many contributions to Intel.”What this means for the business is anyone’s guess, with future fortunes riding on the appointment of the next permanent CEO.
Netflix’s tax arrangements have again come in for scrutiny after it emerged that not only did the streaming service manage to pay zero UK corporation tax over the last financial year, but that it also wrangled a £174,000 rebate from the government.The entertainment provider earns around £500m per annum from British subscribers, fueling a global market capitalization of £131bn, but recorded a pre-tax profit of a paltry €1.2m last year.Netflix achieved this feat by classing its UK business as a service arm of its Netherlands HQ, routing revenues offshore in a similar controversial fashion to the likes of Google and Amazon.The savvy firm was in fact able to earn money from the government by taking full advantage of a tax credit scheme designed to draw film and TV production to the UK.In a statement Netflix wrote: “We are investing hundreds of millions in the UK entertainment industry, with close to 40 projects under way this year including new seasons of The Crown and Black Mirror and co-productions with British broadcasters.“Netflix is contributing to the UK economy in many different ways, including generating significant amounts of VAT for the UK government through the provision of our service to UK-based subscribers.”
The advertising industry’s grande dame of publishing Campaign turned 50 this year and to celebrate The Drum sent it a little gift during its party in Cannes.As part of our rebrand, launched during The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, The Drum sent its marching brand to serenade the attendees of the annual beach party.As expected, the drummers, wearing the new logo on both t-shirts and instruments, were given a warm reception by the organisers who were over the moon to receive the gift of music.We look forward to another 50 years of working with you.It's been a busy week for The Drum at Cannes Lions, where we have been hosting our own pop-up pub, The Drum Arms, and hosting an array of talks and interviews including a world exclusive one-on-one with Sir Martin Sorrell.Catch up on all our coverage here.
Since its first release, we’ve come to ask Siri everything.The Drum decided to talk to it a bit more, interviewing the human ‘original voice’, Susan Bennett.Fasa ask fasa ask fuzzy.” In 2005, Susan Bennett, a voice-over actor and musician based in Atlanta, Georgia, recorded thousands of such phrases for four hours a day, five days a week, for what she thought was “a sort of phone messaging system”.Six years later this became the first voice of Siri.Among several other voice actors, Bennett’s brief was to read thousands of phrases and sentences at the same pitch, the same pace and in the same tone for a Texan company.“It was very, very, very tedious work, and I didn’t know how it was going to be used or that Apple wanted to create all of the possible sound combinations in the English language.”
McCann London has expanded its creative team with a succession of five new hires and promotions led by the appointment of Ross Neil as new executive creative director.Having previously served as executive creative director at WCRS, Neil will serve alongside McCann London’s chief creative officers Rob Doubal and Laurence Thomson to help run the creative department.Resources have been bolstered further with the arrival of creatives Ran Stallard and Jenna Morrissey from Ogilvy who boast a wealth of experience working for clients such as Vodafone, Greenpeace and Volvo.Elsewhere Jessica Hayes, formerly of Google Ventures business Wonderbly, has been signed up as new head of talent followed in quick succession by McCann’s own Lisa Carrana who has been promoted to deputy head of art.Neil said: “It’s an honour to join an agency with such a creative pedigree.I cannot wait to get my teeth into some of the best accounts in the world, with some of the best talent in the world.
It was the speech John F. Kennedy was supposed to make that fateful day in Dallas in 1963 when he was gunned down and silenced seemingly forever.But, through the power of artificial intelligence, The Times and creative agency Rothco brought JFK’s voice to the speech he never got to make that day, and took home the Creative Data Lions Grand Prix on Thursday in Cannes.Accenture agency Rothco was tasked with helping launch The Times’ ‘Find your voice campaign’ to its readers and potential readers around the world, with the objective of repositioning The Times as a paper that represents many differing voices.Rothco spent months researching and collecting every single piece of available Kennedy analog audio.The final piece recreated, in his voice, the Dallas Trade Mart speech Kennedy never got to make 55 years ago, using bits of 831 speeches in the process.Combinations of sounds were selected and smoothed together by months of painstaking sound engineering to make it happen, a first for data enhanced creative storytelling.
If you find yourself in San Francisco and craving a hamburger, you might want to keep an eye out for Creator on Folsom Street.The new joint, which is set to open to the public on June 27, offers burgers at $6, cooked from start to finish by a robot.The machine has been in the making for the past eight years; The Wall Street Journal explains that the contraption is 14 feet long, contains some 7,000 parts, costs under $1 million, and can prep 120 burgers per hour.It achieves this by dispensing a number of ingredients from tubes (including burger buns, tomatoes, pickles, and a range of sauces), grinding and cooking the meat to order, and assembling each sandwich on a conveyor belt.The process takes about five minutes per order.At some point, you’ll be able to customize your burger by ordering through an app.
In many cases, blockchain startups managed to raise millions of dollars by introducing nothing more than a conceptual whitepaper, a flashy website, a promo video and a team of veteran engineers.However, this wasn’t without troubles and controversies, especially as the crypto industry is still highly unregulated.And let’s not forget that the landscape was marked with fraud and exit scams.A trend worth watching in 2018 is that of reverse ICOs, the process in which non-blockchain companies move from centralized structures to tokenized business models.BigChainDB’s Trent McConaghy provides an excellent description of the reverse ICO and tokenization process.First, the company runs the reverse ICO, in which it issues tokens on the blockchain to replace its shares.
Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) has acquired Klip Desk, a software business that helps sports rights owners measure and monetise content.The business will become a part of the Dentsu Aegis Network’s global sports and lifestyle group MKTG and will change its name to ‘Klip Desk, Linked by MKTG’.Buying the Australian technology company adds strength to the group’s proposition around sports marketing and sponsorship, and DAN says the deal will be widened out to global markets, starting first in Asia.Simon Ryan, CEO, Dentsu Aegis Network ANZ, said: “For Dentsu Aegis, our partners and our clients, the acquisition of Klip Desk signals a huge step forward, and I expect it to bring us a real advantage over our competitors in the sports content and sponsorship space.”The two key services offered by Klip Desk is Klip Studios, which automates the delivery and commercialisation of sports content, and Klip Logic, a tracking tool which will establish the value and impact of sponsorship.Matt Connell, National Managing Director, MKTG Australia, said:“Klip Desk addresses a very real need for rights holders to automate the curation and distribution of content across digital channels, unlocking future capability to fully track and measure all brand and logo exposure for sponsors.
Problems that make it easy for people to hurl abuse at strangers, problems with bullies and Nazis, problems with trolling and problems that make conversations distinctly unhealthy.Recently, Twitter has begun acknowledging these problems.On Thursday, the social media giant announced in a blog post that it has acquired Smyte, a San Francisco-based startup that provides companies with tools to alleviate trolling, spam, harassment and improve security.The terms of the deal were not disclosed.In a blog post titled "Continuing our Commitment to Health", Twitter outlined its goals to ensure "conversation is healthy" and where Smyte fits in that process.Smyte's IP and talent will allow Twitter to "address challenges in safety, spam and security more quickly and effectively.
Is your next phone just going to be one giant screen?It will be if Samsung has its way.The latest concept design to make its way out of Samsung shows the company is working on a button-free, bezel-free, headphone jack-free phone that is all screen, all the time.And if you think that means a notch at the top, it's done away with that too.The company filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office this week showing a new Galaxy concept design that does away with bezels on the bottom and sides of the phone, and slims the top bezel down to wafer thin, notch-free bar.First picked up by Dutch mobile news site MobielKopen, the patent is reminiscent of Samsung's Note design, showing a screen that follows the curved edges of the phone, similar to the Note 8 design that creates that glossy infinity-pool edge on the sides.
After questions from high school exams were leaked online in 2016, Algeria has taken a hard stance against the World Wide Web, deciding to shut off the country's internet in rolling blackouts and block Facebook access during this year's exam period, between June 20 and June 25.Back in my day, if you wanted to cheat in an exam you'd just scribble the answers on your leg, roll up your shorts or your dress and ---- there's your cheat sheet.Then Facebook came along and dedicated groups popped up, sharing exam secrets and trading answers.Algeria suffered through rampant cheating and leaks in 2016, with students sharing exam questions online shortly after exams began.In 2017, the country blocked social media access, hoping to curb the issue.But it appears that was not enough, so now the Algerian government has ordered its telecom companies to pull the plug on the internet over the exam period.
Instagram has become Mecca for bloggers and influencers and it's showing its value for advertisers too.With Instagram being flooded with bloggers and influencers across all genres, sometimes a post or page may need a little added push to reach new customers.Follow this step by step guide to get started with advertising on Instagram, and you should have your ad up on Instagram in no timeSTEP 1: Create a business Page and profileYou must have a Facebook Page to run ads and create a free business profile on Instagram.If you don't have one yet, create a Page.
One of the earliest complex lifeforms to exist on Earth has been named in honor of Barack Obama, continuing a strong love affair between scientists and the former president of the United States.The ancient, disc-shaped animal has been dubbed and lived some 550 million years ago.The discovery, by researchers at the University of California-Riverside and the South Australia Museum, took place in a newly excavated fossil bed located in South Australia's Flinders Ranges that has been dubbed "Alice's Restaurant Bed", borrowing a lyric from the Arlo Guthrie song that says "you can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant."Professor of paleontology Mary Droser, who led the research, told the Washington Post that the Obama moniker was bestowed upon the creature because it reminded researchers of an ear, something that avid Obama watchers and cartoonists will know was one of the former president's more obvious characteristics.Alice's Restaurant Bed is teeming with prehistoric fossils from the Ediacaran Biota, a group of soft-bodied animals representing some of the earliest lifeforms on Earth.Scientists are able to visualize their traits and physiology in the Ranges due to their remarkable preservation in fine-grain sandstone.
Welcome back to your guide to finding out what's new online.Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what's been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now.The audio is about a minute or two long.If you want to watch a bunch of robots and humans interacting, you've got a great option this weekend.The final episode of the new season of Westworld arrives on Sunday, June 24 at HBO's streaming services.The series was renewed for a third season quickly after the season two premiere.
Google is sending out referral codes that give users 15 percent off Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL purchases.The codes, which are being dispatched via email, also awards referrers a $50 coupon if someone uses their unique code.The news arrives via DroidLife, but it’s unclear who exactly Google is sending the codes to; it looks like they’re being handed out to customers who’ve previously purchased a Pixel 2 (so those customers would be incentivized to get others to buy one).The Pixel 2 currently starts at $649 while the Pixel 2 XL costs $849.With 15 percent off, that brings them down to $551 and $721 respectively.Google is also giving away free Google Home Minis with Pixel 2 XL purchases at the moment, worth $49 (just make sure both are added to the basket if you want to cash-in on that).
Facebook Messenger users will soon be able to get automatic translations of messages received on the service.Facebook is rolling out the feature to users in the U.S. and Mexico.Facebook is bringing automatic translation to messages sent on its Messenger platform.According to CNET, the translation is part of the M Suggestions feature that is already built into Messenger.When a user whose default language is English receives a message in Spanish, they will automatically receive a popup asking if they want messages from that person to be translated.If the user selects yes, all future messages will be auto-translated in that conversation.
Finding yourself frustrated once you get to that final circle only to be surrounded by rockets, shotguns and continuous, unchecked building?Epic is looking at how it can help players counter that play style, detailing upcoming changes in a blog post, published Thursday."You should be able to find Victory Royales through multiple strategies," Epic explained."It's important to support a variety of late game strategies, that don't boil down to 'just build lol'."is the reason I, personally, am a total amateur when it comes to Fortnite.The crux of the changes will enable players to counter others in combat -- especially in late-game scenarios which tend to be dominated by excessive building and powerful shotguns.
If you’ve ever chatted with a Google Home device, you know how frustrating it is to be told “I’m sorry, I don’t know how to help with that yet.”Luckily you don’t have to wait for someone to implement this missing feature.Compared to other Google products and services, the Google Assistant platform still feels relatively new, and unlike the crowded mobile app scene, there’s still lots of opportunities to create Actions that feel completely different to everything else currently on the market.If you take a look at the Google Assistant Actions directory, you’ll find some interesting Actions third parties have developed for Assistant and Google Home, but it’s far from an exhaustive list!When designing an Action, it’s a good idea to map out all the different routes the conversation can take, so here’s what we’ll be building:Creating an Actions project and a Dialogflow agent