Sociala medier-jätten Facebook slog analytikernas förväntningar i sin senaste kvartalsrapport, som släpptes onsdag kväll svensk tid.Totalt landade Facebooks omsättning på 9,32 miljarder dollar – motsvarande 76 miljarder kronor räknat med dagens växelkurs.Det var något bättre än väntat.Vinsten ökade med hela 71 procent jämfört med samma period föregående år och landade på drygt 31 miljarder kronor.Vinsten per aktie landade på 1,32 dollar.Bloombergs analytikerkonsensus hade räknat med 1,13 dollar i vinst.
Telltale Games, the developer behind popular titles like The Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy, is holding a sale on the Play Store.From today through July 30, you can save up to 50 percent on season passes for a number of games, which can also be played on Nvidia Shield.You can check out the list of games below.If you see something you like, just click on a link above that will take you to the Google Play Store.Keep in mind that the deals expire in three days, so it’s best to place your order sooner rather than later if you want to save a few bucks.If you’d prefer to play some of these on PC or Mac instead, the Humble Telltale Games Bundle is ongoing at the Humble Store, where you can pick up nine titles for as little as $1 for the next five days.
If you’re into your exercise and want to keep the music pumping while you’re running these new headphones are just what you need.Dodocool has already created an amazing portfolio of products that we can easily buy online.The brand currently specialises in LED lamps, batteries, chargers, and headphones.The all new Dodocool DA104 is a foldable sports headphone that connects to your smartphone wirelessly meaning no messy wires are left hanging around to flop about and get in the way.Dodocool has been smart with the design of the DA104 and has included NFC technology, basically meaning that to sync these wireless headphones to your device all you need to do is simply tap the products together.Another very neat feature is building the headphones with IP certification meaning that they can survive sweat and a little rain, making them perfect for use when exercising.
STEM jobs held by people born outside of the country has grown dramatically since 1990, and California and New Jersey are leading the trend.So says a study by the American Immigration Council.The organization looked at data from 2015 and earlier, excluding STEM careers in higher education.The council calls its STEM definition narrow; it includes computer and mathematics, engineering and surveying, physical and life sciences, and managerial careers, and it excludes health care and social sciences.Here are a few key takeaways:STEM workers as a share of the total U.S. workforce increased from 3.4 percent in 1990 to 5 percent in 2015
One of iProspect’s biggest clients is Circuit City (which went bankrupt in 2008)?iCrossing’s annual revenue is between $1 million and $3 million?Geary LSF (which closed in early 2016) currently has 93 employees and revenue of more than $10M.My company, 3Q Digital, also has revenue between $1 million and $3 million (wrong), has three founders (all of which founded an agency we acquired and only one of which has ever been part of my agency), is located in an office we haven’t rented for four years and is apparently the 7 best mobile marketing company in Australia (if only we had an Australian client).An agency in Lehi, Utah, is ranked 1 in the US for search engine optimization, local SEO, remarketing, Facebook advertising, LinkedIn advertising, YouTube advertising, web design, web development, site audits, App Store Optimization, inbound marketing, infographic design, medical SEO, multilingual SEO, online marketing, video marketing, voice search optimization, and web marketing?(I’m not providing a link here because I don’t want to help the organic results.)
Huawei and the Porsche Design studio already have a bit of history together.Last year, the two launched a special edition of the Huawei Mate 9 which was priced well over its regular counterpart.The two companies are back together again, this time unveiling the Porsche Design Huawei Smartwatch.The new luxury smartwatch is based on the Huawei Watch 2 Classic, which was unveiled at MWC this year.Nothing has really been changed on the inside of the smartwatch, which means this timepiece will unfortunately not feature a SIM card slot or GPS.The exterior of the watch has received a serious makeover courtesy of the Porsche Design team
It’s been rumored for awhile now that Samsung will refresh the Galaxy S Active series with a new device more in line with its current generation of flagships.And today it looks like we’re getting our first hands-on look at the upcoming rugged device.Dominique Henderson, a user on the Android Central forums, started a thread last night, claiming they have a Galaxy S8 Active.The handset is very similar to both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus, however it lacks the curved 3D glass edges.It does retain the unique 18.5:9 aspect ratio, though.Additionally, the Active version comes with severely thicker bezels on all sides, probably for better protection of the display and internals of the phone.
Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator is raising up to $1 billion for a new venture capital fund, Axios is reporting this morning.The fundraising comes less than two years after YC announced the close of its first big investing vehicle, a $700 million growth fund called the Y Combinator Continuity fund that it hired Ali Rowghani to oversee.Rowghani was once the COO of Twitter; he also served earlier in his career as the CFO of Pixar.We’re still waiting on confirmation from YC, but given the pace of the firm’s investments, and the broader, more recent shift by venture investors to raise funds in two-year cycles, the move doesn’t surprise.What is interesting, per Axios: YC no longer plans to separate out its growth-stage investments in a separate fund.This new vehicle will reportedly be used to invest in startups of all sizes and stages.
In a bid to combat violent extremism online, YouTube has rolled out a feature which redirects anyone searching for extremist content to a playlist of videos which confront extremist messages and debunk the propaganda.According to YouTube's official blog, the feature comes as part of the Redirect Method, which Alphabet's technology incubator Jigsaw and counter-extremist startup Moonshot CVE created to redirect people away from violent extremism on the internet.The two companies had conducted extensive research to "understand how extremist groups leverage technology to spread their message and recruit new members" before YouTube actually brought the model into practice."The approach harnesses the power of targeted online advertising to reach potential ISIS recruits and redirects them towards anti-terrorist videos that can change their minds about joining," Google noted earlier about the Redirect Method.While combating extremist content with the new feature, YouTube also plans to upgrade the functionality with a wider set of search queries, which would include not only English but also other languages.The company would use machine learning to dynamically update the search query terms.
Tuna are built to cruise across oceans, usually at around 2 mph.But they can crank up to 45 mph at the drop of a snack (Michael Phelps races at around 5 or 6 mph, for comparison).And tuna are agile, too, able to whip after fast-turning squids or sardines.And as researchers report in a study published today in Science, the fact that these fins are controlled with the help of hydraulics—and not muscles alone—could teach them a lot about bringing underwater robots up to speed.But roboticists may be in luck—biologists are still discovering new ways that fish function underwater.Finding a totally new piece of the tuna’s anatomy intrigued Barbara Block, who has been studying fish at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station for decades.
Google’s Street View has captured 360-degree imagery of roads everywhere, but there’s one place that’s been strictly off-limits: outer space.That frontier has now been crossed.Google had launched a Street View tour of the International Space Station – cheekily dubbed Outer Space View – captured over by Astronaut Thomas Pequet during a six-month mission.The imagery includes notes with more information on life in the ISS, including how the astronauts eat and work out.As you can imagine, collecting 360-degree photos using a camera floating around in freefall isn’t easy, so Google and Nasa teamed up to figure out how to make the whole endeavor work.If you want to learn more on how they figured it out, you can watch an 18-minute behind the scenes clip below:
Robotics investing has taken off in recent years.Though it still represents a small fraction of overall VC spending, related deals are increasing in both frequency and size, with roughly $520 million invested across 40 deals in the first quarter alone, compared with roughly the same amount invested in 130 companies across all of 2014.This week, we sat down with top robotics investors Josh Wolfe of Lux Capital, Helen Zelman Boniske of Lemnos and Manish Kothari of SRI Ventures to ask what they’re shopping for right now and what they hope to hear in startup pitches.In the meantime, some highlights from that conversation:On why robotics investing has taken off:Wolfe pointed to the “outpouring of engineers,” many of whom have been trained at “amazing places” like MIT under the tutelage of professors who themselves have started companies.
Shift, the online used car reseller that takes the crappy dealership out of the sales experience, has raised $38 million in its latest round of funding.The company, which is wildly popular among millennials that still buy cars, managed to raise the money from investors led by BMW i Ventures, which has been on an investment tear recently.Other new investors in the round included DCM Ventures and G2VP, as well as continued participation from DFJ, Highland Capital and Goldman Sachs Investment Partners.As a result of the investment, Christian Noske, a partner with i Ventures, has taken a seat on the Shift board of directors, with Jason Kirkorian of DCM and Brook Porter of G2VP joining as board observers.“Our fund one was focused on customer experiences and creating an excitement for consumers,” said Noske of the decision to invest in Shift.“We believe car buying and car selling is still a very high-touch business… you want to see it, you want to sit in it.”
It looks like it'll be a while before we can fully rely on security robots to keep us safe.The robot apocalypse is clearly a ways off if news out of Washington, D.C. this week is anything to go by.A security robot working at the Washington Harbour complex in Georgetown met a nasty end when it toppled into a water feature and promptly drowned.Steve, as this particular Knightscope K5 robot is affectionately known, had only been patrolling his patch since last week but, for reasons currently unknown, ended up taking an unexpected dip in the water, rendering itself utterly useless.Images posted on social media showed a rather sorry sight, with Steve face down in the fountain, floating in a very unrobot-like way as staff attempted to lift the lifeless bot from its watery grave.It’s a fun day here at @gmmb.
If there’s anything that just about sums up the desperation of the Great Depression in one filthy package, it’s photos of the Dust Bowl, when over-farming resulted in roving dust storms choking large swathes of the US's Great Plains region.Now, scientists are projecting that climate change could bring those hardscrabble days to a dystopian landscape near you.In a study published on July 17th in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers at Princeton University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory used satellite data from 2003-2015 to resolve some of the lingering uncertainty on prior dust activity models.Their research projects that “climate change will increase dust activity in the southern Great Plains from spring to [autumn] in the late half of the twenty-first century – largely due to reduced precipitation, enhanced land surface bareness, and increased surface wind speed.”In other words, deforestation and the mega-droughts which are increasingly becoming a feature of our changing climate are likely to create conditions ideal for the return of massive dust storms.On the flip side, the researchers projected a decrease in dust activity in the northern Great Plains during the spring due to “increased precipitation and reduced bareness.”
It would be quite easy to simply say that Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation is the best backup program; It’s the fastest all-around imaging program we’ve tested, it’s dead reliable, and it sports every imaginable option.But backup in the real world isn’t about feature sets.While we love True Image in the enterprise or SMB venues, its heavy system footprint and cornucopia of options are likely a wee bit much for the home user.It’s light years better than it was before a re-design several years ago, but there are still little oddities, such as thin scroll bars with light-colored sliders on a dark background (the exact opposite of the Windows standard) that require more cognitive effort than they should.The $40-yearly Plus version offers 50GB of online storage as well as backup of your Facebook page, phone support, and updates.The $100-yearly Premium version ups that to 1TB of online storage plus Active Protection, which checks images and the program itself to see if anything has been altered, to fend off ransomware.
The news over the weekend that Peter Capaldi would bow out after the upcoming Christmas 2017 special, and be replaced by Jodie Whittaker, left many sci-fi fans gleeful at the new representation after decades of male Doctors.Indeed, social media was promptly filled with people bemoaning the change, decrying the decision of new showrunner Chris Chibnall to cast Whittaker in the role.Chibnall takes over as head writer and executive producer from Steven Moffat, a shakeup that has arguably proved just as controversial as a female Doctor.Although he was praised for his scriptwriting in the past, not everybody felt Moffat’s direction for the show was the right now.Of course, with more than five decades of history behind it, this isn’t Doctor Who‘s first ride on the bucking horse of popular opinion.Indeed, even the original regeneration – the process by which an old Doctor is phased out and replaced by a new one, allowing the show to continue even as the key cast changes – proved divisive.
HTC has announced that Amazon Alexa functionality is officially rolling out to its latest flagship.The HTC U11 becomes the first smartphone to adopt “hands-free” Alexa capabilities — the Huawei Mate 9 has supported it since March but it requires that the dedicated Huawei Alexa app is launched first — effectively transforming the handset into a portable Amazon Echo.HTC first announced this news late last week and issued a press release earlier today to discuss the finer details.The Alexa functionality arrives courtesy of a new HTC Alexa app, now available in the US and coming to the UK by the end of July and Germany in August.This means that US HTC U11 owners can now take advantage of Alexa’s weather and news updates, smart home control, voice-activated Amazon shopping, Music and Audible services, as well as the 15,000-plus skills in the Alexa Skills Store.The U11 can’t do everything that the Amazon Echo version of Alexa can, however, such as play music from Spotify or Pandora, or set an alarm or reminder (here’s a better look at the feature list).
This week we received news on AMD's upcoming Threadripper and the highlights include the clock speeds and the prices.The Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, yeah that’s a bit of a mouthful, is set to come in at $1000, the same price as the 10-core Core i9-7900X.We don’t yet know what the all-core turbo frequencies are, or how many cores will operate at the maximum 4 GHz turbo frequency.To quickly recap: Threadripper CPUs pack two Zeppelin dies, the EPYC server-grade chips use four of these dies.As you might imagine, sticking two Ryzen 7s together is going to make for a massive CPU and that is exactly what Threadripper is, absolutely massive.AMD has designed a new platform to accommodate the behemoths, supported by the cunningly named X399 chipset.
GoPro makes such fantastic action cams, and it’s newest lineup is its best by far.We would love to recommend the GoPro HERO5 Black to anyone and everyone out there in search of a new 4k action camera, but the truth is there are just too many other options out there that offer the same or nearly the same quality for a small fraction of the price.A perfect example is the FITFORT 4K Action Camera, a product with an insanely good customer rating and an insanely low price tag.At $64 in Amazon’s current sale, you’d be crazy to skip it.Here are some key details from the product page:【100% 4K HD Action Camera】: Provides 4K/25FPS, 2.7K/30FPS, 1080P/60FPS, 1080P/30FPS and 720P/120FPS Video Resolution.