After years of headlines about consultancies eating ad agencies’ lunches, the two groups are increasingly starting to look alike.Faced with new challenges in a rapidly evolving marketplace, clients are demanding a wider range of services in an attempt to adapt.As a result, consultancies are building up creative capabilities through acquisition and internal development, and traditional agencies are attempting to offer more consultative services.“There’s probably more similarities than there are differences” in what Facebook looks for in agency and consultancy partners, said Patrick Harris, Facebook’s head of agency partnerships.“The role of a partner and intermediary becomes more important, not less important, as the market and ecosystem gets more complex.”"Our model makes us more open to coming in to solve a problem, not sell an idea."
Before you throw out that old desktop or laptop, consider upgrading its storage.SSDs are getting faster every year and replacing the storage in your old computer with a new SSD won’t cost you too much, it won’t take that long to fit, and it will make a huge difference to the speed of your computing experience.As its name suggests, SSD is solid—unlike the traditional mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) fitted in most desktops and laptops since the dawn of portable computing, which use a read/write head floating over a magnetic platter, there are no moving parts.Not only does that make SSDs more robust, and quieter, it also means read and write times are much quicker—depending on the solid state medium these drives can boot up to five times faster and copy files three to four times faster.And technology is always improving, so a SSD from today could be twice as fast as an SSD purchased even just four years ago.SSDs do have some disadvantages, like a limited lifespan of read/write cycles, but the most modern SSD technology is designed to minimise the problems these disadvantages are going to cause to your day-to-day computing.
Now that we’ve officially declared quality victorious over its long-time nemesis quantity, I’d like to propose that we also retire the well-worn phrase, “Content is king.” Instead, I’d like to propose a new alliterative truth: “Quality is queen.”But how do we make it happen?In an interesting (and somewhat counterintuitive) twist, it turns out Agile marketing teams may have a good answer because they are more likely to prioritize quality than their traditional or ad-hoc process counterparts, according to results from AgileSherpas’ recent survey of marketing teams.Leadership can still determine what needs to be done, but an Agile team gets to decide most of how it happens.Agile marketers’ commitment to qualityWhile AgileSherpas’ recent survey shows that 53% of marketers overall are prioritizing higher quality work in 2018, that stat changes when we look at how each marketer describes how their team handles the work, selecting from these three categories:
Oraimo has announced the launch of its new mobile accessories in India, the world’s second largest smartphone market.Transsion Holdings, Oraimo’s parent company, has collated a strong portfolio so that they infiltrate every segment of the market from Bluetooth enabled headphones and speakers to power banks, including chargers, data cables, smartwatches and selfie sticks.The earphones will cost between Rs 799 and Rs 1999.Alternatively, the Oraimo Bluetooth speakers will cost between Rs 1,499 and Rs 1,999.They claim to have up to six hours of playback time, strong bass, a light show and TF (TransFlash) card support.The Rocker OBS-51D and OBS-32S variants are going to be highlights of this range.
Everyone knows that you’re not supposed to open your oven while it’s doing its thing, but everyone also knows how hard it can be to resist cracking the door just a bit to see how your delectable culinary creations are coming along.Luckily, there’s now a way to satisfy your curiosity without potentially ruining your meal.Meet the new connected steam oven from Stockholm-based company Electrolux.The CombiSteam Pro Smart comes with an integrated camera, which promises to elevate the “cooking experience to a new level.”Thanks to the companion app, available on both iOS and Android, you can check out what’s going on inside your oven from your smartphone, all without disturbing your actual kitchen appliance.Thanks to the Wi-Fi connected app and the integrated camera, you can keep an eye on your dishes no matter where in the world you may be.
The Verizon-owned media giant owns titles including but not limited to HuffPost, Engadget, TechCrunch, Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Sports after a $4.8bn merger between AOL and Yahoo was announced in 2016, resulting in the formation of Oath in June 2017.At the time, Kline promised to build a P of media and technology, and at MWC, she caught up with The Drum to share how the journey was progressing, noting that there will be continued investments in sports and in the women’s space, with a focus on "premium trusted content".To get to this point however, the major business of the day has been integrating the brands it already owns and encouraging collaboration between them.The staff is “prepared for a lot of change,” she said, adding it is important to be transparent at a place "where things will change all the time".This is all part of an aggressive effort to push the company forward.Part of this aggression was noticeable in its decision to cut some 4% of its workforce in November 2017.
In line with our mission of helping to grow Asia’s tech ecosystem, Tech in Asia is taking our biggest step yet in putting our weight behind the rapidly growing blockchain community.We started mentioning Bitcoin as early as 2011 and our coverage of the crypto and blockchain space picked up speed in 2013.That year, we wrote about how Bitcoin mining exploded in China and Terence Lee, our Editor-in-Chief also wrote a piece titled “Bitcoin can change the world but no one knows how.” A writer even gave a first-hand account on how it was like buying Bitcoin in China back in 2015.Community members also chimed in – Anson Zell wrote a piece to explain why Singapore needed Bitcoin and Wayne Wong wrote about the state of Bitcoin in Southeast Asia back in 2014.In more recent times, we reported on Binance’s success shortly after it launched, how China’s blockchain industry looks overseas, the rise of blockchain accelerators, and also provided an in-depth look into Bitcoin mining in Mongolia.Other more educational pieces include explaining airdrop and how ICOs work.
These days, the cloud computing market is one that’s fiercely competitive.Amazon and Microsoft are two companies you hear mentioned frequently when talking about cloud services, and today, Microsoft has announced new services that could give it an edge in the ever-so-important public sector.Perhaps more important for Microsoft is that this move could wipe away an early advantage Amazon has built for itself.According to Reuters, Microsoft is preparing to offer a local version of Azure cloud services to governments.This new service will combine Azure Stack and Azure Government into one product, and though regular consumers would likely never need such a service, it’s one that some government agencies could definitely benefit from.Speaking to Reuters, Azure’s head of global infrastructure Tom Keane brings up examples such as overseas embassies or military operations that would need access to this kind of local cloud computing.
The Infatuation just acquired Zagat from Google.Google acquired Zagat in its entirety back in 2001, and given the continued relevance of the Zagat restaurant review brand in the interim, today’s announcement won’t likely change much.The brand Zagat will be around for a long time, and is only likely to grow from here.Especially since it’ll be with a newer company that seems rather extremely excited to have them onboard.Google integrated Zagat reviews into Google Maps, and continues to list Zagat in Google search results.As Google has its own, separate review system now, moving the Zagat brand to a different company is probably positive for everyone.
As you probably know, March 8th is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, the day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.If you want to do something special for your female partner, friend or you just wanna take advantage of yet another promo, then check out what Geekmaxi has to offer in their Queen’s Day Promotion!The first promo we find on the site is dedicated to our beloved Xiaomi products.We indeed have the Xiaomi Mi Robot 2 Vacuum Cleaner selling for just 419.99€, the Xiaomi Soocare X3 Smart Electric Toothbrush at 46.99€, the Xiaomi Mijia Handheld Electric Mopping Machine at 136.99€ and the Xiaomi Mi Home Sonic Electric Toothbrush on sale for 38.99€.All of them are shipped from within Europe so you don’t have to worry about additional custom duties.We then have various TV boxes heavily discounted going from the Xiaomi Mi Box that comes with top notch hardware and software that is able to play 4K videos flawlessly.
Bentley wants in on the electric car scene of today, hence the creation of the Bentayga hybrid -- a plug-in version of its new SUV for the super posh.It's a slightly odd idea for Bentley to do this, as people spending upwards of £200,000 on a car that's all about having a 3.0 litre V6 engine inside it probably won't want to spend too much time pottering about on full electric mode.Which is actually for the best, as the hybrid Bentayga only has a range of 31 miles when running under battery power alone.That's probably enough to get to Waitrose and the school, though.Of added interest is Bentley's attempt to make all the boring cables and docks EVs and hybrids require seem interesting, by getting famed French designer of expensive things Philippe Starck in to help design the car's home charging dock.It's a glowing metallic sphere you can use to tell burglars there's a nice car usually parked here and additional expensive things in the house, like almost certainly a Nest thermostat.
During the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Telefónica and Huawei jointly demonstrated the industry's first VR service using 5G end-to-end (E2E) network slicing technology.Interactive VR will be introduced to gaming, education, entertainment, e-Health, industry design etc., which will bring new business opportunities to operators.With network slicing, operators can perform on-demand isolation of network resources over a shared physical infrastructure to provide differentiated and quality-guaranteed network services for many different vertical industries.This innovative slicing technology helps open up the possibility for a single physical network to support multiple industry applications.The results of the field test boost 1.5 Gbps data rate and guaranteed E2E latency of 4 ms.The 5G base stations adopt Huawei SingleRAN hardware and software architecture and are designed in accordance with 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) standards.
Alexis Ohanian, the Reddit founder and husband of tennis superstar Serena Williams, elicited a collective awww from the internet today when he posted photos of four billboards he bought on I-10 outside Palm Springs, California—featuring photos of their daughter, also named Alexis, and declaring Serena to be the “G.M.O.A.T.,” or “greatest momma of all time.”The billboards were timed to coincide to Williams’ return to competitive tennis.She is set to compete in the BNP Paribas Tournament in Palm Springs next week, which will be her first tournament since giving birth to Alexis in September.The ads, whose amateurish designs make them even more adorable, were clearly a heartfelt gesture.He used AdQuick, an outdoor advertising company in which he has a financial stake, to design and place the ads—a fact that’s made its way into a number of news stories about the boards.AdQuick pitches itself as a company that brings online tools to outdoor advertising, making the process of buying and measuring easier and more transparent.
Years after it was revealed that HP’s printer ink was more expensive than actual human blood, printing photos at home on an inkjet is still a ripoff.You’re better off having them printed professionally at a photo center, or, by recycling a bunch of old electronics into a home-made printer that uses a tapping pencil in lieu of ink carts.YouTuber Terrormink upcycled an old scanner, hard drive, and CD-ROM drive with some Meccano parts and an Arduino to run the whole thing.The printer itself isn’t easy on the eyes, but there’s a lovely aesthetic to the pointillist images it creates.What isn’t quite as lovely is the incessant tapping sound that’s more grating than even the loudest of dot-matrix-printers of the ‘80s.
By way of a quick recap, Citymapper is a popular transport app used in dozens of conurbations globally, including New York, Boston, San Francisco, Tokyo, and its native London.The company announced last May that it was putting its gargantuan arsenal of travel data to good use by plugging the gaps in London’s transport infrastructure.So Citymapper was effectively shackled in its attempt to use real-time data to tweak its “fixed-route” bus service.According to the powers that be, if a vehicle can carry nine or more people, it is classed as a bus, but if it carries fewere than that, it is branded a private hire vehicle.“As a result, a private hire vehicle can respond to demand, a bus cannot,” the company noted in a blog post this week.“That makes it hard for a bus, even a smart green minibus, to be part of the ‘demand-responsive’ future.”
You'll find no touch screens in —not even when you can watch it at home next month (March 13 for digital, two weeks later for physical).They're all too familiar, too of-this-world, to appear in a galaxy so far, far away.Whether in an X-wing's cockpit or the bridge of a Star Destroyer, every display in The Last Jedi exists to support the story—to provide a graphical complement to the film's action and dialogue.“It would actually appear in the script that you look at a screen and gain a deeper understanding of what’s happening.The challenge was always, what can we do in-camera to create something that feels real and believable?”What's impressive about the interfaces in The Last Jedi is that they feel believable not just to the audience, but to the film's dramatis personae.
It was only a mere week ago that the world got to see what Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robot dog has been up to.Not only did it make a new friend, it also learned how to open doors for said friend.A followup video posted today by the SoftBank-owned company, however, reveals a grave mistake by one of its creators.The video, titled “Testing Robustness,” shows a human attempting to get in the way of SpotMini’s door opening routine.He first halts the robot with a hockey stick, pushing its new arm attachment away from the door.When that didn’t work, he holds the door against the robot to prevent it from successfully pulling it open.
Salesperson-suddenly-turned-coder learned social skills can be more important than technical skillsWelcome to the fifth edition of Who, Me?It's a new Register weekly column in which readers confess to times their skills fell just a little - or a lot - short of what was required to stop things going pear-shaped."All of a sudden, instead of sitting in a big room with all the other salespeople, I was in my own office and with a rack of shiny equipment.""My boss single-handedly invented the meaning of 'VaporWare'.Dom's boss would do things like promise connectivity between a prospect's PCs and then-prevalent accounting applications, all without know how it worked or that he was setting them up to buy massively-expensive synchronous modems to do the job.
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Learn Capital led the round, with participation from The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which joined existing investor Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV).Founded in 2007, the St. Louis, Missouri-based startup started as an offline tutor marketplace, which allowed students to request in-home lessons.“The original business was similar to Netflix’s DVD by-mail business,” wrote Varsity Tutors founder and CEO Chuck Cohn, in an email to VentureBeat.“You’d go to our website and request a tutor come to your home.It was markedly more convenient than driving to a strip mall learning center that provided a Blockbuster Video-like experience that was inconvenient, costly, and one-size-fits-all.”Later on, the startup built a platform to replicate that offline experience online, providing one-on-one live sessions with an instructor using video, audio, chat, document editing, and more.