Ad-tech firm The Trade Desk's revenue soared in 2018 to $477 million, ahead of its guidance of $464 million.The company's move into streaming TV advertising particularly boosted revenue.The Trade Desk continues to be an outlier among ad-tech companies that struggling to grow ad revenue as more of those dollars go to Facebook and Google.In 2019, The Trade Desk said that it expects to grow faster than the rest of the programmatic industry, making at least $637 million with gross spending on its platform hitting at least $3.2 billion, said Jeff Green, The Trade Desk's CEO, during the earnings call.In 2018, the company's inventory for streaming TV ads grew sixfold, with the bulk of new inventory coming from networks like NBCUniversal, A+E Networks and CBS that are building their own streaming services.But streaming TV ads are significantly more expensive with higher cost-per-impressions (or CPM) prices than display ads.
GitHub is making things easier for researchers looking for bugs on its code-hosting site by removing the cap on its bug bounty program's top payout and offering new legal protections for white hat hackers.After five years, the Microsoft-owned company has decided to revamp its bug bounty program by providing higher rewards for serious bugs and opening up more of its products to bug hunters.GitHub has removed the limit on the maximum amount it will pay researchers for discovering critical bugs and they can now expect to be rewarded between $20,000 and $30,000 for each critical bug.EU to fund bug bounty program for top open-source softwareThe company's bug bounty rewards have also been raised at lower levels and high-severity bugs will earn researchers between $10,000 and $20,000, medium-severity rewards will earn them between $4,000 and $10,000 and low-severity rewards are now between $617 to $2,000.GitHub is also removing some of the legal risks researchers participating in its bug bounty program have been exposed to for violating the site's terms.
Along with the S10 smartphones and the new Galaxy Fold handset, Samsung officially announced new wearables in its Galaxy family at its Unpacked event today.The company claims the Galaxy Buds' case is 30 percent smaller than that of its previous Gear IconX earbuds.Samsung's much-maligned Bixby assistant is built into the earphones by default, letting users perform some smartphone controls with their voice—send texts, answer calls, change songs, and more—but the earphones can also use Google Assistant.The company says the Galaxy Buds' audio has been tuned by its AKG subsidiary, though we'll have to give them a listen before making any judgments there.Galaxy Watch and Galaxy FitThe Tizen-toting Galaxy Watch Active has the same round case as previous Galaxy watches, but notably, no rotating bezel surrounds the 1.1-inch, 360x360 touch display.
Samsung's tablets have a lot going for them as enlarged Android devices, but the models really worth considering are quite expensive.Samsung announced the new Galaxy Tab S5e today, a mid-range tablet that the company is hoping will capture people's attention with select premium features and a more accessible $399 price tag.The all-metal unibody is the thinnest and lightest of any Samsung tablet, weighing about 14 ounces and measuring 5.5mm thick.Samsung didn't skimp too much on the display, either, sticking a 10.5-inch, 2560×1600 AMOLED panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio on the tablet.It's also the first Samsung tablet with Bixby built in, allowing users to call on the voice assistant to answer questions, control connected SmartThings devices, and more.Galaxy Tab S4 review: Even Samsung’s Dex desktop can’t save Android tablets
On Friday, oil major Royal Dutch Shell and German energy storage company Sonnen announced that Shell would acquire Sonnen for an undisclosed amount.Sonnen’s new battery for solar self-consumption could succeed in USSonnen has been one of the top competitors with Tesla's Powerwall in the US home battery market.The company built its base in Germany, attaching batteries for self-consumption to homes with solar panels.Sonnen now claims 40,000 batteries installed in households in Germany, the US, and Australia.The company's assets include proprietary software that optimizes a home's battery use in combination with solar power.
Some apps may track your activity over time, even when you tell them to forget the past.The data collection appears to violate the search giant's policy on collecting data that can be used to target users for advertising in most cases, the researchers said.Adobe was forced to address Flash cookies in 2011 after complaints that the snippets of software could survive in your web browser even after you cleared all your cookies.Similar complaints arose in 2014 over Verizon's and AT's use of so-called "supercookies," which tracked users between multiple devices and couldn't be cleared.Data collected by mobile apps has provoked even broader scrutiny because of the explosion of smartphones and tablets.In January, Facebook and Google were both found to have used a developer tool to circumvent Apple's privacy rules and build iOS apps that collect user information.
Lenovo is making it easier for businesses to access data center hardware and services with the launch of its TruScale Infrastructure Services which allow organisations to use and pay for them without having to purchase the equipment.As technology rapid evolves, businesses require the ability to integrate new technologies and workloads efficiently and seamlessly.Lenovo's new as-a-service offering allows them to do just that so they can focus on innovating within their organisation.The company's new Lenovo TruScale Infrastructure Services is a new take on procuring IT resources via a consumption-based, subscription model where customers never take ownership of the hardware or other IT assets and instead pay for what they use each month as part of their operating expenses.Lenovo's ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile product portfolios are available through its new offering which includes hardware installation, deployment, management, maintenance and removal.TruScale offers a true consumption-based model with no required minimum capicty commitment and customers only pay for capacity when their workloads are actively running.
On Monday, Samsung issued a teaser video saying "The future of mobile will unfold on February 20, 2019", alongside imagery of Korean and English words that spell out "the future unfolds" sliding along an invisible curved surface.At this point, we expect to see more than the flash of folding phone prototype Samsung briefly waved around at its developers conference this past November.It's already generating buzz, and for good reason.Xiaomi, a Chinese brand relatively unknown outside the US, has already challenged Samsung with a new kind of foldable phone design before it's even announced.Yet after Samsung' video Feb. 11 leak, I'm inclined to think "Galaxy Fold" could win out, since Samsung chose the phrase "the future unfolds" and not something with an X in it, like "the future is exciting".Although Galaxy X sounds a lot cooler and less prone to negative connotation -- "F" stands for "fail" and for a common four-letter curse word -- it makes sense for Samsung to avoid "copying" the iPhone X.
You're calling me a f*cking idiot?!'Back in the late '90s, Trevor was working for a major UK ISP selling cable, which often saw him having to field complaints from irate customers that didn't want to wait for support to pick up the phone."Most callers would understand that we could not help them as we didn't even work with the same product, and were in sales not support," he said.The company's policy was that staffers couldn't hang up unless the caller was abusive, though, so they often had to deal with angry and "fairly [IT] ignorant" callers."One time, I got an extremely irate guy on the phone who had been having a hell of a lot problems with his dial-up service," Trevor told us.Vulture can't resist when a nugget suits another.
Twitter on Thursday disclosed it daily active user figures for the first time.At least nominally, the figures are 48% lower than Snapchat'sBut Twitter warned that its daily user numbers aren't comparable with those of other companies.Twitter may get a lot more attention in the media than Snapchat, but it has a lot fewer daily users, at least at first glance.On Thursday, Donald Trump's favorite social network disclosed for the first time its average number of daily users — 126 million in the fourth quarter.The company's results topped expectations, but its stock fell 10% on the news.
As more high-street retailers turn to online shopping to boost their sales, the team behind the pocket-sized Raspberry Pi computer is taking a different approach by opening its first ever retail store.The company's new “experimental space” in Cambridge, where the Raspberry Pi was originally invented, is designed to attract customers who are “curious” about the brand according to its founder Eben Upton.The new store, located in Cambridge's Grand Arcade shopping centre, will offer a variety of Raspberry Pi models and accessories to help encourage people to try their hand at coding and programming.Upton explained the company's decision to open a retail store showcasing its products and the community behind them to the BBC, saying:"There's always a risk you can get complacent about your customers, but a physical store means we have a place for people, who are curious about Raspberry Pi, to experience it."The Raspberry Pi Foundation was established by a group of Cambridge scientists back in 2006 who created and then launched the first Raspberry Pi in 2012.
Shares in Snap jumped more than 20 per cent in after-hours trading tonight, as it trounced consensus estimates on revenue and quarterly losses.Revenue in the three months to 31 December increased 36 per cent to $389.8m (£300.9m), beating the average analyst estimate of $379.4m million as collated by S Global Market Intelligence.The company's net loss fell to $191.7m, or 14 cents per share, compared with $350m, or 28 cents per share, a year earlier.Analysts had been expecting a loss of $254.4m, or 19 cents a share.Chief executive Evan Spiegel said the business is now "substantially closer" to turning a profit, maintaining a flat cost base while growing its revenue with improved advertising sales.Growth in daily active users on the firm's photo-sharing app Snapchat remained flat at 186m, narrowly avoiding a third consecutive decline in users after an unpopular design change last spring.
The UK may or may not leave the EU on 29 March, and if it does the departure may or may not be facilitated by a formal withdrawal agreement.Unfortunately that's about as precise as anyone can be at the moment.With politicians still wrangling over the kind of Brexit that may emerge, businesses from key sectors are contending with intense political uncertainty in addition to the range of challenges and upheavals that they already face.The automotive industry is perhaps the most critical example of a sector already being buffeted by regulatory and technological headwinds, and which now counts Brexit confusion as another unwelcome element of the storm.Yesterday Nissan confirmed that it has reversed a decision to build the X-Trail model at its Sunderland plant, reneging on a plan it announced – to much ministerial acclaim – in 2016.The company's official statement said that in order to support heavy investment in new technology and equipment at its Sunderland operations (where the Juke, Qashqai and Leaf models will continue to be produced) it has decided to consolidate the X-Trail's production in its Japanese facility.
Android users looking for free VPN apps in the Google Play Store may want to think twice after new research from Metrics Lab has revealed that one in five of the top 150 free VPN apps could be a potential source of malware while a quarter of the apps contain privacy breaking bugs such as DNS leaks.The company's Head of Research Simon Migliano made the discovery and found that these Android VPN apps have already been installed 260m times according to Google.Metrics Lab, which is behind the Top10VPN service, has organised and published its findings in the form of a risk index with the aim of helping Android users understand the privacy risks they are exposing themselves to when installing a free VPN.Of the top 150 free VPNs, 27 apps were flagged as a potential source of malware after being tested using the utility VirusTotal.Additionally 25 per cent of the top 150 free VPNs on the Google Play Store were affected by a DNS leak security issue which Migliano explained further in a blog post, saying:“This security flaw occurs when a VPN fails to force DNS requests through its encrypted tunnel to its own DNS servers and instead permits the DNS requests to be made directly to the default ISP DNS servers.
Group Nine Media is seeking a senior executive to build an e-commerce business as it tries to diversify its revenue.Group Nine's lifestyle site Thrillist's past e-commerce operation, JackThreads, ended up laying off most of its staff and getting sold.But CEO Ben Lerer said the company will take a different approach this time and factor in lessons from JackThreads.The company's e-commerce ambitions go back to 2010, when Thrillist Media Group, one of Group Nine Media's four brands, bought JackThreads, then a 2-year-old flash-sale site.It used the site to help recommend products for its male readers of Thrillist and helped propel Thrillist to a nearly $100 million business in 2014.Ben Lerer, then Thrillist's co-founder, talked of it becoming a $1 billion business.
Valve Software is one of the most-respected game developers in the business, having created the "Half-Life," "Portal," and "Left 4 Dead" franchises.The company's first game in years arrived in late 2018 — a collectible card game named "Artifact," developed by "Magic: The Gathering" creator Richard Garfield.Though the game was warmly received by critics at launch, it has largely flopped with players.The studio that created classic video games like "Half-Life" and "Portal" has a brand-new game named "Artifact."That's because "Artifact" is a rare flop for Valve — a company that specializes in making games that tens of millions of people play for years.That is not normal for Valve's games, which tend to be enormously popular.
After a nine-year court battle that began years before Hewlett Packard split into two companies, HP salespeople that sued the company are expecting to receive thousands of dollars in settlement fees.The salespeople sued, claiming that HP's computer systems weren't tracking commissions properly and they weren't getting paid in a timely manner.In 2017, an HP executive apologized to salespeople about the ongoing problems in a mass email.This week, the court approved a $25 million settlement.About 2,000 of HP's and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise's salespeople will finally be getting their share of a $25 million settlement paid to them by the two companies.In 2017, HP agreed to the $25 million settlement, from which the lawyers will take their cut — but it was just this week that the court approved the settlement arrangement.
The Singaporean government-owned biz responsible for that country's patient database has fined senior executives, including the CEO, and dismissed two managers, after blunders allowed hackers to siphon off private records.The punishments were meted out by Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS), which run a patient record database for Singapore healthcare organization SingHealth, a database system that was hacked in 2018.Miscreants gained access to the network, and stole 1.5 million citizens' health records, including those of prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is presumed to be the ultimate target of the attack.The debacle was probed by a committee of inquiry, which among other blunders, revealed last week IHiS had left Citrix systems needlessly exposed to the internet, and that admin accounts lacked two-factor authentication protection.If you wanna learn from the IT security blunders committed by hacked hospital group, here's some weekend readingIHiS yesterday announced it had dismissed two managers over the incident: a Citrix team lead, and a security incident response manager.
Amazon is working on a video game streaming service, like Netflix but for video games, according to a new report in The Information.Amazon's competition at Microsoft and Google are already openly preparing similar services.And Sony is out ahead of everyone else: The company has been operating the PlayStation Now streaming service for years.Amazon's already a major video game retailer, and it operates the largest video game livestreaming service in the world with Twitch.The company's next move into gaming, though, is even more ambitious: Amazon is working on a Netflix-like service for playing games, according to a new report from The Information.Like Sony's PlayStation Now, the new service from Amazon will reportedly allow players to stream games rather than having to buy and download individual titles.
The delays to its 10nm manufacturing process meant that, instead of exciting new chips, the best we could really hope for was rehashed versions of its current chips, which duly arrived.The company's 10nm process is finally due to achieve volume production this year, and late last year the company told us that 10nm was bringing with it a new architecture named Sunny Cove, a new, much faster GPU, and new manufacturing techniques with 3D die stacking.Since its 2015 introduction, Intel has produced a number of variations of its Skylake architecture.Sunny Cove, by contrast, is a meaningful update to and improvement of that architecture and will represent Intel's first improvement in instructions-per-cycle in four years.The Ice Lake-U parts will retain the U-series 15W power rating and will offer a maximum of four cores and eight threads.The Gen11 GPU is similarly slated to give a big performance boost.