Google is updating its search and Maps services with a small but significant update that should make it easier to find the best places to go and things to do when you travel.The next time you’re abroad and look up a place, restaurant, store or point of interest, both Maps and search will surface reviews from locals, translated into your preferred language so you don’t need to decipher them yourself.I typically use Foursquare to scope out places to eat, but they’re usually filled with reviews from travelers from around the world who aren’t always on the mark about which nearby restaurant offers the cheapest or most authentic cuisine.Being able to tap into insights from locals should help folks find better recommendations.Between this and Google’s excellent Trips app that launched last September, the company’s got you covered with the basics for planning your next vacation.The feature is currently rolling out on mobile and should be live worldwide soon.
A hacker is waging war on ISIS, with porn.WauchulaGhost — who formerly pointed out security flaws in President Trump’s Twitter account, as well as those of his cabinet members — claims to have hacked over 250 Twitter accounts known to be associated with ISIS.We started hijacking their accounts, taking over their accounts, basically just to troll them.To annoy them and make fun of them.Take screen shots, phone numbers, IP addresses, the whole nine yards.I have all that information on all the accounts I’ve ever taken.
Google Maps is working on helping you deal with parking your car.Last month, Google focused on what happens after you arrive at your destination by upgrading Maps with tools to help you remember where your car is parked and how much time is left on the meter.This month they’re looking at giving you parking information that helps you plan your route before you leave.Android Police reports that Google Maps v9.51, currently in beta, tells you if there’s on-site parking at your destination and whether it’s free or paid.Here’s how it currently works.Google has also added an “On-site” indicator to the parking difficulty information that appears next to time and distance under a map displaying a marked route.
Editor’s note: This originally appeared on Analyse Asia, a weekly podcast hosted by Bernard Leong, dedicated to dissecting the pulse of business, technology, and media in Asia.The podcast features guests from Asia’s vibrant tech community.Brad Stone, senior executive editor of Bloomberg LP and author of his new book, “The Upstarts”, joined us for a discussion on the back story of Uber and Airbnb and their evolution in the sharing economy.Brad shared his impressions of Cheng Wei, founder of Didi Chuxing in China and offered his perspectives on Airbnb’s chances of success in their recent launch to China.Last but not least, he discussed what the key things to watch out for both Airbnb & Uber.Listen to the episode here or subscribe.Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with timestamps included):Brad Stone (@BradStone, LinkedIn, Bloomberg profile), Senior Executive Editor of Bloomberg LP, and author of two books “The Everything Store” and recently “The Upstarts” [0:43]How did you start your career?[1:17]What are the topics you are currently covering on technology in Bloomberg?[2:08]In your career, what are the interesting career lessons which you can share?
Chinese phone makers have been infamous for ripping off famous designs for a long, long time.Off late, companies from the same countries have been gaining popularity for their ingenious products… what you’ll see here is the best of both worlds.Xiaomi first came out with the Mi Mix (review here) late last year, which has since turned into a super popular design.Apparently it’s not just the consumers that have taken a liking to the design, but fellow Chinese makers too.Find here the top 5 Chinese bezel-less phones that attempt to clone the Mi Mix!Top 5 Bezel-Less Mi Mix Clones from China1.Doogee MixIf you’ve been around a bit, you’ll have seen a bit of Doogee Mix news on GizChina.The company seem pretty serious with the Mi Mix cloning campaign… so much so that they’ve given their attempt at a replica the same name as the original — the Mix.It’ll most likely come with a MediaTek Helio processor unlike the Xiaomi Mi Mix, of course.Bluboo S1A recent announcement, the Bluboo S1 is yet another shot at cloning the fantastic Mi Mix.
If you have a web or mobile app, then this post is for you.I help companies set up their analytics for a living and I have done quite a few projects on Mixpanel.If you never heard of Mixpanel before, it can help understand what your users are doing inside your product.Think onboarding funnels, user retention and engagement.This can be a really powerful tool, if its implemented properly.If you never implemented a tool like Mixpanel before, it's easy to get it wrong.
Who wrote it: Byron SharpWhen was it published: 2011Why this book: Experts have claimed that this book 'has possibly done more to shake up the world of brand marketing than anything else created or published in the last decade' - Brand GeneticsCan I get at look at this Bryon, then?Here's a TEDx talk he gave on the science of brand marketingWhat are the key points?
New York's Richard Kauffman: planning for the emerging energy economyIn March, Austin Texas hosted the Energy Thought Summit, a gathering focused on the topic of designing for our energy future.As a result, the previous demarcations between supply and demand assets have become blurred, and this dynamic will accelerate in the near future.But Kauffman, whose formal title is Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, says that it doesn’t have to be that way.The general concept being developed is to move the utility away from being compensated based on the quantity of electrons sold or the amount of infrastructure it builds.During a wide ranging hour-long conversation on the topic, Kauffman was kind enough to share his thoughts as to what has been achieved to date and what New York’s electricity future may look like some time in the future.
With just two months to go before the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), games companies are preparing to reveal some of their most secretive projects to the public.The E3 is on course to be one of the biggest video game shows ever as fans will be given access to the event for the very first time.Its relatively limited launch line-up is expected to grow substantially at the event.Microsoft will also take the wraps off its high-performance Project Scorpio console at the show.Set to rival the PS4 Pro, it will be released towards the end of the year.In recent years, the Forza franchise has released a new title on a yearly basis, often alternating between the racing-focused Motorsport series and the open-world Horizon games.
Facebook wants to teach journalists how to use Facebook.The social network is launching a free, three-course curriculum – created in partnership with the Poynter Institute – to show journalists how to best use Facebook and Instagram to both share news and gather it.Here’s what Facebook has to say about the course, officially dubbed the Facebook for Journalists Certificate:In our News on Facebook events and in visits to local newsrooms, we heard from journalists that having access to more Facebook product tips and tools would be helpful for their day-to-day job responsibilities.And we know that Facebook has become a key platform for connecting people to the stories they care about.This curriculum should ensure that journalists understand how to use our products and platforms.
I'm currently working as a marketing analyst at a Game developer and publisher who is trying to promote their new console game (F2P).I have to setup an acquisition funnel for console, but I do not know where to start; We can't really track & attribute each user to a marketing campaign yet, as there's a breaking point between the moment a user sees an ad and the moment he download the game (ad on PC/Mobile and game on Console).My job is - among other tasks - to find a way to track this user.So far we came up with promotional codes, but it's not accurate as most users won't bother with writing a code after downloading the game.I thought I would go on Reddit and ask people here if anyone had an idea (or even just a thought) on how to achieve this goal.There is no User Acquisition dedicated subreddit (only /r/PPC, and I might x-post there), so I thought I would ask here.
Microsoft is expected to host a hardware launch event this spring, according to ZDNet, which means we could see new models of its Surface Book and Surface Pro lineup fairly soon.On Friday, new rumored details about the Microsoft Surface Pro 5, the alleged successor of the positively reviewed Surface Pro 4, emerged in a tweet from Paul Thurrott of Thurrot.com, citing a source who has apparently seen the device.Supposedly, the Surface Pro 5 will keep Microsoft's proprietary Surface Connect power connector, which uses a magnet to snap into the Surface's power port.It's a point of contention for some Surface Pro fans, many of whom express a preference towards the new USB-C standard over the Surface Connect power connector.Still, the Surface Pro 5 could potentially retain its proprietary charger and feature a USB-C port at the same time.Admittedly, it would be odd if it didn't come with a USB-C port.USB-C ports and accessories are becoming more and more popular due to their versatility.They can be used for charging, as well as connecting several devices, like external hard drives, and even connect to monitors.A USB-C port would make perfect sense for a tablet/laptop hybrid like the Surface Pro 5, as it could allow users to dock the hybrid to a power, monitor, keyboard, and mouse setup — and almost any other computer accessory — with a single connection using a USB-C dock.The Surface Pro 5 is also said to use Intel's latest seventh-generation of processors, which are named "Kaby Lake."
Choosing the correct palette to use is vital.It determines how usable your app or website is, and how readable any text is.With that in mind, Google has updated its Material Design guidelines to account for color, and introduced a new tool that helps designers and developers in this respect.To recap, Material Design is a set of guidelines that defines what an Android app should look like – at least according to Google.This set of diktats covers everything from layouts to animations.The new color tool is, in my opinion, the most exciting part of this new update.
The Galaxy S8 heralds a change in smartphone design with its newly-enlarged screen, tiny bezels, and complete lack of a physical home button.But the phone's new features aren't limited to the aesthetic, with the latest hardware packed inside that nicely curved chassis, along with a few software additions to top it all off.And one of those new additions is Samsung's own take on the digital personal assistant and rival to Siri and Google Now: Bixby.The Bixby assistant comes with a load of clever abilities, such as using the phone's camera to identify an object and find the best price online for that item, as well as the usual helpful suggestions and updates.And for those who don't want to yell some awkward 'OK Google'-type phrase to get the thing going, Sammy helpfully added a physical Bixby button to the side of its Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus phones which will summon the assistant with one tap.But YouTuber Dylan Bertwell, otherwise known as Reddit user Homeguy123, decided he'd prefer the button to be used for other purposes, following Marques Brownlee's (@MKBHD) tweeted challenge to developers:
This is partly because those accounts usually lend themselves best to ABM, partly because those accounts generally have the highest ROI, and partly because of the relatively large amount of resources necessary to sustain an ABM initiative.Accordingly, marketers have to be judiciously selective about those accounts that they bring under the ABM umbrella – even if applying a more watered-down form of ABM (i.e., ABM Lite or Programmatic ABM).But what if you have your eyes on bringing in a new strategic account?ABM employs a "one-to-one" strategy – and that kind of personalization takes time, money, and other resources."[I]t takes time for ABM-ers to get up to speed on new accounts," says Andrea Clatworthy, a client marketing head at Fujitsu who successfully piloted an ABM program at her company and then expanded it, in an interview for the same book."If you think about it, for the first two to three months as an ABM-er you're learning about your customer and you're doing your planning."
We're surrounded by screens these days – we sit at desks at work, carry phones in our pockets, use GPS in the car, and soon we'll look straight through screens in the corners of our vision as we're conducting our daily business.By extension, this means that someone with control over an aircraft, carrying several hundred people in an aluminium tube whose 5mm thick skin protects the soft flesh of those inside from a minus 70 degree, 0.85 Mach airflow, needs to be able to very easily read their instruments.Physiology and anatomy dictate that certain design considerations taken into account when creating iconography for aircraft displays – delicate, colour symbols on high quality, non flickering displays are not always the obvious choice they might appear."One experienced pilot with more than 5000 hours airtime as a 747-400 pilot states that in a dark cockpit, in haste, it has been known for the wrong fuel shut-off to be switched"Airlines, like most commercial concerns, depend on being able to leverage maximum usage from their assets in a given timeframe (a basic fit Airbus A380 costs around $300 million).While instrumentation and flight display technology cannot be blamed or factored into every incident where crew fatigue is suspected, it is logical that the more challenges there are to the pilot's ability to maintain a constant and accurate "scan" of their instruments, the more likely they are to experience increased fatigue as a result of this process.
China Rapid Finance, which operates an online consumer lending marketplace, has filed for IPO on the New York Stock Exchange to raise up to US$100 million.According to the filing, the company “.[intends] to use the net proceeds from this offering to acquire more EMMA customers to further penetrate our total addressable market, test and roll-out additional products to meet the lifetime credit needs of EMMAs and invest in ourWe may also use a portion of the net proceeds for general corporate purposes, including working capital, operating expenses, capital expenditures and potential strategic investments.”The company has been using an automated system to assess and price credit risk of borrowers since 2014.Apart from traditional data points from the credit reporting platforms including China’s central bank, credit bureaus and data vendors, the company also sources unstructured historical behavioral and transactional data of borrowers from online services including social networks, online travel agencies, e-commerce platforms and payment service providers.It also acquires borrowers from those online platforms.Before the launch of the online platform in 2010, the company had helped Chinese financial institutions, including Bank of China and China Construction Bank, create credit solutions since 2001, according to the company.The target borrower base of the company are EMMAs, or emerging middle-class mobile active users, many of who have quality employment records but no credit history or bank-issued credit cards.Principal amounts are in the range of RMB 500 (US$ 72) to RMB 100,000 (US$ 14,400).
Twitter, Yandex and Mediafire as C for snoopy malwareCisco Talos researchers reckon South Korean users are again under attack from a new malicious RAT (remote administration tool) they've dubbed ROKRAT.Back in February, the security researchers reported an attack that used a compromised government Website to distribute malware in macro-laden documents attacking users of the local-language word processor Hangul.The new attack posted Monday again uses Hangul documents in phishing e-mails to carry the payload, this time ROKRAT.The RAT uses Twitter, Yandex and Mediafire for command-and-control and data exfiltration, since these are “difficult to block globally” because they're legitimate business tools, and also because their use of HTTPS makes it hard to spot at the firewall.If the RAT finds it's been installed on Windows XP, it puts itself into an infinite sleep; if it executes, it checks the victim's process list to see whether they're running antivirus or analytical tools like Wireshark.
The key to getting Apple to refund all your in-app purchases would appear to be GO BIG, as today's happy refund news concerns a kid who managed to invest around £6,000 in tawdry pretend coinage during a couple of weekends of unlimited purchasing fun.The 11-year-old showed no shame in purchasing a game's dismal £99 in-app items, which he then did again some 50 times.In the game world, he must've been quite a high roller.Dad Roy Dobson wasn't particularly impressed, though, and told the BBC: "The first time he spent £700 in less than five minutes, then £1,100 in half an hour and it just racked up and racked up, all on the same game."And that's a child who's only allowed to go on the iPad at the weekends.The good news for Roy and mum Jill is that Apple's agreed to refund the money, so if you ever buy something by mistake simply do it another 49 times then blame it on a kid.
If you open Snapchat tomorrow to use one of the app’s face-swapping lenses, you’ll see an ad for Jeep that makes it look like your hair is blowing around while you’re driving a car.This is the second year that Jeep has used Snapchat for its “4 4” campaign.Last year the brand ran sponsored geofilters where users could apply a graphic of mud tracks over photos and videos and the brand also opened an account to push out organic content.Instead of geofilters, Jeep created a sponsored lens this year because, “of the popularity of the feature on Snapchat—they’re seeing that is their No.1 engagement mechanism on the platform,” said Marcie Perez, Jeep brand media and social media manager.“Jeep Hair Don’t Care,” which is a phrase that car owners use to describe their hair flying around with the top down.