Last summer, Disney announced it was ending its licensing deal with Netflix, and it would be launching its own streaming service in 2019.Variety is now reporting that the company has hired Apple veteran Kevin Swint to build and run that new service.Swint will be the senior VP and general manager of the unnamed service, the report states.He’s no stranger to the world of content streaming: he was an early member of Walmart’s e-commerce team in the early 2000s, and helped launch its music downloads site in 2003, according to his employment history via LinkedIn.From there, he joined Apple’s iTunes team, where he helped expand the store internationally and launch its HD movies and iTunes Extras features.In 2013, Samsung also hired Swint to lead Milk, its streaming video and music services.
Alexa on Android just got a little bit smarter.The digital voice assistant from Amazon will receive an update in the next few days that will allow users to ask aloud about restaurants nearby or what movies are playing.The feature will roll out to the Apple iOS app version as well.With this update, it will be easier and faster for those in the Amazon Alexa ecosystem to look up local search results.Other mobile assistants, however, have already been able to look up local businesses, as well as Amazon's own smart speaker, the Echo.Apple's Siri, for instance, can call up restaurants and movie times (along with their Rotten Tomatoes score) and Google Assistant displays ratings for restaurants nearby.
Anyone who keeps a careful eye on the automotive industry will know there has been a strange horsepower arms race going on between the manufacturers of a new breed of 'hyper hatchbacks'.The Audi RS3, for example, packs nearly 400bhp, which is utterly bonkers, but it won't be long before Mercedes-Benz goes one step further just to prove a point.Hasselblad is essentially the hyper hatchback of the camera world, shoe-horning a ridiculous amount of megapixels into a medium-format camera that isn't much larger than the DSLR you and I are used to taking on our travels.But the difference here is that Hasselblad really has no major competition, yet it has decided to outdo itself with the latest H6D-400c MS body, which boasts an effective resolution of 400MP via its innovative six-shot image capture technology.According to its maker, the Multi-Shot capture setting requires the sensor and its mount to be moved at a high-precision of one or half a pixel at a time via a piezo unit.When in this mode, a total of six images are captured, with the first four seeing the sensor move one pixel at a time to achieve real color data.
Square is set to take off, according to Nomura analyst Dan Dolev.The company is rapidly expanding into new businesses and is growing its payments volume.When Wall Street compares one of Jack Dorsey's two public companies to Amazon and Google, you'd expect them to be talking about the one in the tech sector — Twitter.But on Friday, Nomura analyst Dan Dolev said that Square, Dorsey's payments company, is the one that resembles today's tech giants in their early days."In 10 years, Square is likely to be a very different company helped by accelerating share gains from payment peers and relentless disruption of services like payroll and HR," Dolev said in a note to clients.Dolev said that Square's growth is hard to see now because of the method many Wall Street firms are using to evaluate the stock, similar to overlooked growth potential "analogous to Amazon or Google in their early days."
Clearly nobody told Hyundai that the Detroit Auto Show 2018 was being dominated by trucks and slick luxury sedans: the South Korean company instead brought the brand new 2019 Veloster and its crazy Veloster N. The regular Veloster is now available with both a regular and a turbocharged engine for those looking for more power.As for the Veloster N, that’s Hyundai’s attempt to out-play VW’s Golf GTI.Whichever of the three you opt for, the oddball two-plus-one asymmetrical door configuration is carried over from the previous-generation Veloster.Hyundai‘s argument remains that by putting two doors on the passenger side it makes loading passengers in and out more convenient.Hyundai has lowered the roofline, too, while the fender line is also tweaked there’s an integrated diffuser in the rear.The regular Veloster 2.0 gets a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, with 147 HP at 6,200 rpm and 132 lb-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm.
Russia is building a flamethrower for use in battle.Called the "Tosochka", it is described as a heavy flamethrowing system and will be installed on a wheeled-chassis platform.Russia's Splav Research and Production Association will build a prototype first, reported Russian news outlet Tass."The Splav Research and Production Association is carrying out work to develop a prototype of the Tosochka new-generation heavy flamethrowing system for preliminary trials.The system with the improved characteristics will be mounted on a wheeled chassis," a release stated.At this time, it is unclear as to the size, range and even what kind of propellant the Russians are going to use in this flamethrower.
There has been some sort of revival in the manufacturing of mechanical keyboards in recent time.Some people believe that mechanical keyboards are superior to the membrane keyboards we’re used to.However, something more attractive than a mechanical keyboard was displayed at CES some days ago.Gaming company, Razer, displayed a freaking huge mechanical keyboard in its booth at CES.The keyboard was fully functional, with a tactile click, a realistic actuation and a full Chroma RGB lighting.This keyboard is as large as small table and exhibitors could not help but feel this magnificent product.
SCADA mobile app security is getting worseThe security of mobile apps that tie in with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems has deteriorated over the last two-and-a-half years, according to new research.A team of boffins from IOActive and IoT security startup Embedi said they had discovered 147 vulnerabilities in 34 of the most popular Android mobile apps for SCADA systems.Mobile applications are increasingly being used in conjunction with SCADA systems.The researchers warned these apps are "riddled with vulnerabilities that could have dire consequences on SCADA systems that operate industrial control systems".If successfully exploited, the vulnerabilities could allow attackers to disrupt industrial processes or compromise industrial network infrastructure.
Chinese ride-hailing behemoth Didi is beta-testing its electric bike rental service in South China, a person with knowledge of the matter told TechNode.Entering the electric bike sector might seem a brand new effort for the ride-hailing firm, but the business logic behind this move can be seen from its recent layouts.Didi’s foray from four-wheel (long distance) to two-wheel (short distance) sector started years back.Through a series of investments starting in September 2016, Didi tied up with ofo and then embedded ofo’s service into its main app in April last year.Just one day ago, Didi announced it is building a bike-rental platform that integrates ofo, Bluegogo and potentially its own-branded shared bikes.“Compared to bikes that are usually used for 1-3km trips, electric bikes have a mobility radius of 2-8 km, making it a more versatile vehicle for smaller cities and urban districts,” the source noted.
No matter what side of the debate you’re on: it was a waste of time and taxpayer money.Without their leader, former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai, the panel managed to discuss the issue for almost an hour without actually saying anything.The commissioners who could make it included Republicans Michael O’Reilly and Brendan Carr, who voted in support of repealing net neutrality, and Democrat Mignon Clyburn who did not.They were not joined by former Verizon lawyer and current FCC chairman Ajit Pai, who reportedly skipped the event due to death threats.He mostly droned on about 5G and infrastructure in what appeared to be a mission statement for his office in 2018.She called the debate surrounding net neutrality “toxic on both sides” and spent a few moments asking that everyone remain civil.
Vehicle manufacturer Maruti Suzuki has rolled out a nationwide campaign to raise awareness and promote usage of seat belt among drivers and passengers.The TV spot, conceptualised by Happy mcgarrybowen, showcases how a kid is constantly trying to stop his father from driving the car by sometimes puncturing the tyres and on another occasion sticking glue on his father's seat.The kid's father gets really annoyed and angry and shouts at him.The kid then tells his father that he is afraid of letting him drive as he doesn't wear his seat belt.The kid's father then promises to always wear a seat belt and so does everyone in the family.The 360 degree integrated campaign by Maruti Suzuki comprises of print, TVC, radio, digital and on-ground activations.
Tencent briefly outdid Facebook in market valuation reaching a $500 billion valuation mark.Alibaba spread its wings further into Asia, Didi started its global expansion, Huawei overtook Apple as the second largest smartphone seller.Many companies that jumped on China’s sizzling “sharing economy” trend folded in a matter of months.LeEco’s early signs of trouble started in October 2016 when it started running out of cash, partly because of its hyped-up overseas expansion.As one of LeEco’s previous employees explained, the company failed on multiple fronts of its quest for globalization.In between, there was a series of dramatic twists, including the troubles of ride-hailing company Yidao which was relying on LeEco’s financial support to subsidize rides.
Whether it's trucks or cars, Uber's fleet of self-driving vehicles will rely on Nvidia chips to get it done.Uber and Nvidia announced at CES that the two have teamed up on the ride-hailing giant's push into the autonomous space.Uber started using the company's chips on its fleet of modified Volvo XC90 SUVs, and Uber also uses Nvidia chips to run neural networks in not only its self-driving cars, but also its self-driving trucks.When it comes to self-driving cars, it's all about data.Sensors and cameras are constantly mapping the world around an autonomous vehicle, so these cars need some mighty specialized hardware to crunch all those numbers and ensure the vehicle performs as it should.Nvidia is but one of a few different chipmakers, such as Intel, trying to capitalize on self-driving car development.
Unregulated initial coin offerings (ICOs) stormed onto the scene in 2016 and early 2017, raising the collective eyebrows of the entrenched VC community.A company raising funds via an ICO, where its tokens relate to a product under development, would likely be in violation of U.S. securities laws.So how can an ICO issuer avoid selling tokens before product launch yet still raise the funds they need to develop the product?In other words, a SAFT lets an ICO issuer raise sufficient funds to develop its project while conducting an ICO free of securities regulations after product launch.Professionals in the cryptocurrency field generally recognize the SAFT published by Cooley LLP in October 2017 as the industry standard (the basic SAFT).Let’s look at the ways the basic SAFT can be supplemented and improved to protect investors.
GoDaddy, the domain registry and web-hosting company, will drop a neo-Nazi website that recently posted a podcast that called for the death of Jews, Newsweek reported.The website, called Radical Agenda, was created by Christopher Cantwell, a neo-Nazi who'd previously been banned from the dating app OkCupid.GoDaddy said in a statement that the company generally does not take action that would "constitute censorship of content and that represents the exercise of freedom of speech and expression on the Internet."But the Radical Agenda's content "clearly crossed the line and encouraged and promoted violence.""In instances where a site goes beyond the mere exercise of these freedoms, however, and crosses over to promoting, encouraging, or otherwise engaging in violence against any person, we will take action," GoDaddy said.GoDaddy informed the Radical Agenda Thursday that it needed to move to another provider within 48 hours.
Tesla produced a lot more Model 3 cars during the last quarter of 2017 than it did during Q3: it produced 2,425 cars during the quarter, adding to its production total of 23,565 vehicles over all, including Model S and Model X vehicles.That’s a significant ramp from the 260 it made in Q3 last year, but still off its expected pace (even after revising its targets downward).The production total for Q4 comes via Tesla’s customary quarterly update, which precedes its earnings release.The company also revealed that it delivered a total of 29,870 cars during the most recent quarter, including 15,200 Model S, 13,120 Model X and 1,550 Model 3.It’s Tesla’s new best-ever all-time quarter for Model S and Model X deliveries, boosting the total deliveries 9 percent over its previous record (Q3 of last year).Tesla says that it made progress addressing the bottlenecks that have been inhibiting the pace of production thus far, with production ramping so much during the end of the quarter that puts them on pace to be able to manage 1,000 vehicles per week in terms of output.
Marketers are always hunting for the Big Idea.Just look at Adweek’s picks for the 10 Best Ads of 2017.They included “Breaking2” and “Fearless Girl,” two campaigns that looked beyond traditional advertising to find brilliant ways to connect with consumers in culture.180LA’s Eduardo Marques picked three similarly ambitious campaigns when Adweek asked him recently to pick his favorite campaigns of all time for our “Best Ads Ever” series.Marques, who recently took over leadership of 180LA’s creative department, chose Red Bull Stratos, Tourism Queensland’s “Best Job in the World” and Gatorade “Replay.” Those three campaigns, each in their own way, embedded themselves in culture—becoming talked about well beyond the normal scope of an advertising campaign.Check out the video above to hear Marques’ thoughts on each one.
There’s nothing like a bit of love at Christmas and, right now, there are over twenty million reasons for the royals to love social media.And as the old year comes to an end, a quick tally shows that the biggest official royal Instagram account, that of Kensington Palace, has gone and got itself over twenty two million likes in the past twelve months.That one royal account had 22,003,731 likes from 456 posts as of December 22nd.OK, a lot of those likes will have come from regular fans but the very scale of its popularity indicates some breadth of appeal that is going beyond traditional royal watching circles.Given that both Prince William and Prince Harry have spoken out about the problems that social media can bring in recent times, they might not be thrilled to see themselves topping this particular chart at year end.In a world when social media informs many people’s news and where a photo can tell a story quicker than any well crafted press release, what the royals put on their Instagram tells us a lot about how they see themselves.
In this article, we’re evaluating how AMD performed over the course of 2017, and it's certainly been a mixed bag.AMD has had a year of two distinct things: processors and graphics cards.The former was a definite success story, and the latter, well, not so much…As you can’t have missed, 2017 witnessed the launch of AMD’s new Ryzen processors, and these chips have made a big impact, clawing back CPU territory from the dominant Intel.Indeed, CEO Lisa Su made a bold claim when talking-up these financial results, stating that Ryzen desktop processors actually accounted for between 40 to 50% of sales at some (unspecified) online retailers (note that this was backed up by previously revealed figures from one German retailer).There were a number of serious teething issues, including alleged problems with Windows 10’s thread scheduler, incorrect reporting of CPU temperatures, and most seriously, disappointing performance running games at 1080p resolution.
Liberty Global is rumoured to be near to closing a deal to flog its Austrian biz to Germany's Deutsche Telekom for about $2bn (£1.5bn), which could reopen merger talks with Vodafone in Blighty.Blabbermouths briefed on the negotiations told the Financial Times that discussions between Liberty Global and DT over the unit are very advanced.Folk told the paper the move was part of the business's plans to restructure ahead of negotiations with Vodafone about combining to create a global telecom and cable company worth about $175bn (£130bn).Earlier this year El Reg reported that the long-rumoured tie-up between the two companies was back on the table.Voda boss Vittorio Colao has made some not-so-subtle hints that he fancies his chances with Liberty, describing it as "an attractive combination [and] an interesting project", allowing Vodafone to challenge telcos across Europe."If Europe wants the creation of real alternatives to incumbents, Vodafone and Liberty are the only two guys in town," he said at Mobile World Congress in February.