Facebook said we allowed it to snoop on our calls (TNW)Grab acquired Uber’s Southeast Asia operations (TNW)Verge cryptocurrency asked users for $3M to reveal a “potential partnership.” Try using this on your friends next time they bug you about your love life.Over the weekend, the MarchforOurLives gun control protest took place across the U.S.Teen Vogue reports the rallies had a Spongebob meme theme:There’s a SpongeBob theme running through the marchforourlives.
Samsung's Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 8 are two of the best phones you can buy right now.The Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung's premier smartphone.It has a built-in stylus and Samsung's largest display.The Galaxy S9 came out last month and has an advanced camera and runs the latest version of Android.So if you're in the market for a Samsung device, which do you choose?For most people, the Galaxy S9 is the better bet — here are six reasons why.
Facebook's public perception may have taken a massive hit in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, but there's one group that has not turned away from it yet: advertisers.Roughly a dozen prominent ad media buyers told Business Insider that none of their clients are planning to cut spending on Facebook in light of the mishap.This is in part because Facebook has cemented its position as an effective marketing vehicle for advertisers over the years.Facebook has said it will only give apps a user's name, profile photo and email address from now on.But advertisers will still be able to use Facebook Ads Manager to run their ad campaigns.And even if Facebook did put the brakes on psychographic data to advertisers, it wouldn't impact them much.
And now it has exclusive rights to IndyCar Series, which includes the famed Indianapolis 500.NBC Sports Group and IndyCar announced a new, multi-year media agreement on Wednesday that gives the network the rights to present all IndyCar Series races, and other live IndyCar Series events across all of its broadcast, cable and digital platforms.“We’re excited to have NBC Sports serve as the exclusive home of IndyCar, which represents the most competitive open-wheel racing in the world,” NBC Sports and NBCSN president of programming Jon Miller said in a statement.“We’re honored to bring the Indianapolis 500, one of the most prestigious events in all of sports, to NBC, further enhancing NBC Sports’ Championship Season.We’ve seen consistent growth for IndyCar on NBCSN in the past decade, and we hope to continue that growth throughout the series by leveraging the television, digital, production and marketing assets that make NBC Sports a powerful media partner.”As Miller states, the move means that the Indianapolis 500, one of the most iconic events in all of professional sports, will air on NBC for the first time next year.
Nvidia has announced some great new updates to its GeForce Experience application including the long and heavily requested ability to create gifs out of your best gaming moments.With most of the best gaming moments being shared on Gfycat or as just plain GIFs, it was inevitable that Nvidia GeForce would be able to let you create some of your own.Nvidia has added the ability for everyone to export their Highlights as GIFs just as they could have previously shot short videos.Highlights, of course, is a ShadowPlay feature the GPU maker introduced in August 2017 that automatically captures gamers’ greatest moments.Pictures are easy to share but might only capture a single snapshot of a greater story, meanwhile, uploading video requires a YouTube account or another client.Being able to save and share moments as a GIF splits the difference between both as modestly sized segments everyone can share easily.
Ladbrokes Coral and Foxy Bingo owner GVC have seen their £4 billion tie-up to create one of the world’s largest betting firms given the all-clear by Britain’s competition watchdog.It said GVC has a small presence in the UK and only offers services online.It said its probe “looked closely at betting services for individual sports and individual games but found that, in all cases, there will be enough rivals to the merged entity to prevent price increases or a reduced quality of service as a result of the merger”.It sees the deal clear the last hurdle, after shareholders at GVC and Ladbrokes voted to approve the merger earlier this month.The deal will see the creation of an online-led global gambling giant, combining Ladbrokes’ high street and online operations with GVC’s stable of brands, including Sportingbet and PartyCasino.It follows two previous attempts at a combination between the pair, with the most recent discussions breaking down last summer over price and amid uncertainty ahead of the Government’s gambling review.
It’s often said that we know less about the ocean depths than we do about the surface of the moon.That fact was highlighted again this week when Smithsonian explorers published a paper about a new ocean reef zone, aptly called the rariphotic, where about half of the fish were previously undiscovered.Even with 21st-century advances in small submersible vehicles, accessing and documenting marine life still proves to be a challenge.But now engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology hope to have a solution with a soft robotic fish named SoFi, which they say can get closer to real fish by imitating their behavior.“We’ve developed a soft robotic fish that mimics the movement of real fish and has now, for the first time, demonstrated an ability to swim alongside real fish in the actual ocean,” Robert Katzschmann, an MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) doctoral candidate who lead the project, told Digital Trends.Katzschmann and his team think this is the first robot of its kind that can swim freely underwater.
Broadly speaking, they don’t sound as clear or open as over-ear headphones, and are less comfortable to boot.Beyerdynamic is known for its high-end audio gear, and it’s one of the few companies that makes premium on-ears; the DT1350 and T51P are some of the best ever made.Since I began testing the Aventho Wireless, I’ve hardly wanted to wear to any other headphones – whether on the go or at home.They’re also among the most comfortable on-ears I’ve used, with plush vegan leather that blocks outside noise surprisingly well – as good as some IEMs (in-ear monitors).Some will lament the lack of active noise cancellation, but I’m the type of person who uses noise cancellation as a last resort.Certainly, it would’ve been nice to at least have the option – especially in $450 headphones – but nobody complains about the lack of noise cancelling on premium headphones where sound quality takes precedence over convenience.
Data consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked with Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, announced Tuesday that it has suspended its chief executive officer, Alexander Nix, pending an internal investigation.The news comes as Cambridge and its British counterpart, SCL, face a barrage of questions over how their companies managed 50 million Facebook users' data, and also whether Nix and other executives use dirty tricks like extortion and fake news on behalf of their clients, as they appear to discuss freely in a recent undercover video filmed by British news network Channel 4 News.Cambridge Analytica's board of directors announced the suspension on the company website, writing, "In the view of the Board, Mr. Nix’s recent comments secretly recorded by Channel 4 and other allegations do not represent the values or operations of the firm and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view this violation."In the meantime, the company has appointed its chief of data, Alexander Tayler, to act as CEO as it investigates the allegations against the company.Tayler was also present at some of the meetings recorded by Channel 4.Both companies say they deleted the data as soon as Facebook alerted them in 2015, but on Friday night, Facebook suspended Cambridge and SCL from the platform.
"Black Panther" just keeps on ruling.On Tuesday, Twitter said the Marvel film is the most-tweeted-about movie of all time, with more than 35 million tweets focusing on the blockbuster, which stars Chadwick Boseman as King T'Challa of Wakanda.The news came after the movie topped the box office for a fifth-straight week.It's earned more than a billion dollars globally."Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is the second-most tweeted-about film, followed by "Avengers: Infinity War."The most retweeted tweet about the movie came from rapper Kendrick Lamar, who produced and curated the film's soundtrack, announcing the Feb. 9 drop of the soundtrack album.
But after a few months of plateaued contract plans, we reckon that the SE is now as cheap as it ever will be.There are are now plenty of tariffs going for less than £20 per month.That's fantastic value, but we're sorry to say that our favourite epic cashback offer bringing the effective monthly price down to £14 has now finally been withdrawn.It looks and feels exactly the same as the iPhone 5S.But instead of sporting two-year-old hardware it's fully up to date, with a super-fast CPU and graphics, and the 12MP iSight camera straight out of the iPhone 6S.Use TechRadar's comparison chart to easily find the ideal plan, or scroll down further to find our pick of the best SE deals on the market.
The NASA and ESA Hubble space telescope is on a captivating quest to image all 110 space objects listed in a catalog that originated with French astronomer Charles Messier.Messier's catalog dates back to the 1700s and is full of gorgeous galaxies, fascinating star clusters and stately nebulae.NASA released 12 new Messier catalog Hubble images on March 16.Hubble has now observed 93 of the 110 objects as of early 2018.The M90 spiral galaxy is quite a looker in this Hubble space telescope image from NASA.M90 hosts a trillion stars, which can be hard to imagine.
The first title in the series, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, caught a lot of attention not just because of the fact that it was a solid JRPG, but also because of Studio Ghibli’s involvement in the title.Studio Ghibli isn’t returning for Ni no Kuni II, so can the game find success without the company that created films like Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and My Neighbor Totoro backing it up?As it turns out, the answer that question seems to be a resounding “yes.” The reviews that have been published thus far seem to be mostly positive, with Ni no Kuni II currently holding down an aggregate rating of 86 out of 100 over on Metacritic.For the sake of comparison, it’s worth pointing out that the first Ni no Kuni game holds an 85 out of 100 rating on Metacritic, so both titles are near the same level of quality.One of the biggest changes arriving in Ni no Kuni II is its new battle system.In his 9/10 review of the game, Polygon‘s Cameron Kunzelman praises this new battle system, which ditches the turn-based, Pokemon-esque combat of the first game and replaces it with real-time action.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has emerged from the wreckage of MWC 2018, big, bad, and ready to take on the world.How does Samsung’s latest fare against the best Apple has to offer?158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm (6.22 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches)143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 inches)5.8-inch Super Retina AMOLED display2,960 x 1,440 pixels (529 pixels-per-inch)
Gusto, formerly ZenPayroll, is the rare startup unicorn that has stayed relatively mum on its product and growth — it’s last press release, for instance, was more than a year ago.The company’s core offering remains payroll for small businesses, and it has been working to expand its customer base across the nation, including have its CEO, Joshua Reeves, go on a tour of the country to visit SMBs in an RV.One challenge small businesses face though is getting access to high-quality, yet affordable software, particularly in HR.“Small businesses actually get that people are the core more than large companies,” Reeves explained to me.“In a ten person company, you know everyone, your customers are your neighbors, but they never really had access to high-quality software.”Gusto is hoping to fill that gap, announcing the beta launch of a new product it’s calling HR Basics.
It might have once been easy to dismiss soaps as light entertainment fodder, but in the past 12 months alone, ‘EastEnders’, ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Emmerdale’ and ‘Hollyoaks’ have shone a light on drug abuse, child grooming, acid attacks, consent and HIV, sparking conversations on a national level.On Friday (16 March) night, ‘Coronation Street’ will kickstart another important discussion, when David Platt is raped by Josh Tucker, a man he considers to be a friend.The groundwork for the storyline has been carefully laid in recent weeks, and 7.5 million viewers have seen David, a character they’ve followed since he was born, build a friendship with Josh.For storylines that carry this much weight, the writers’ room door does not remain closed.Instead, the producers, storyliners, writers - and later, the actors themselves - meet with experts and organisations, whose guidance plays a vital part in making sure every aspect of the storyline is something the show can be proud of.For months, Duncan Craig, the founder and chief executive of Survivors Manchester, an organisation that supports boys and men affected by sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation across the city and the North West, has been helping the ‘Coronation Street’ team.
Versace’s collections have historically included plenty of fur, from a variety of species including mink, fox and raccoon dog, but that’s a thing of the past according to Donatella Versace, who has promised the brand will be going fur-free.Donatella said her family’s luxury label will no longer use real fur, in an interview with The Economist’s 1843 magazine: “Fur?“I don’t want to kill animals to make fashion.However, it is worth noting that at the time the interview was written, the Versace website was urging customers to consider “fur-embellished coats that turn heads” and Versace’s creative director has not yet provided further details on the change.But then change rarely happens overnight.Claire Bass Executive Director of Humane Society International (HSI) UK, which campaigns globally for an end to the fur trade, said: “Versace is a massively influential luxury brand that symbolises excess and glamour, and so its decision to stop using fur shows that compassionate fashion has never been more on trend.
Logitech is no stranger to the PC speaker market, but now the company is making something new: the Logitech G560, a PC speaker set specifically designed for gaming as part of the Logitech G line.The G560 consists of two primary speakers and a subwoofer, but the main feature comes in the form of Logitech’s G Lightsync technology, which operates as the Logitech version of Razer’s color-syncing Chroma LED lights.The G560 has four lighting zones that let users light up their entire desk with custom colors, with the option to sync it to your old Lightsync-equipped Logitech G gear.But Logitech is also working with some clever stuff on the software side to take advantage of the area lighting the speakers provide.While the company is working with gaming developers to integrate Lightsync into popular games, the software can also automatically detect colors from the screen, making it easier for users to get reactive lighting effects without tons of effort.Logitech is also taking it a step further, letting users designate specific areas of the screen to monitor for color changes — so for example, you could set a lighting area for the corner of the screen with your Overwatch ultimate ability’s icon, and have the speakers light up when it changes color to indicate that it’s ready to use.
The video site neglected to inform Wikipedia that it will be leeching its laborIn Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told the audience at the South by Southwest Interactive conference that the social video site plans to defuse conspiracy theory content by pairing it with corrective information culled from Wikipedia – a site editable by more or less anyone.In a statement, the crowdsourced encyclopedia's parent, the Wikimedia Foundation, said, "We are always happy to see people, companies and organizations recognize Wikipedia's value as a repository of free knowledge.We were not given advance notice of this announcement."Wikipedia contributor Phoebe Ayers framed the issue more bluntly, commenting via Twitter, "It's not polite to treat Wikipedia like an endlessly renewable resource with infinite free labor."The Register asked Google and YouTube to comment but we have yet to hear back.
Testing a vehicle's durability by driving over tons of potholes sounds like a job for the low man on the totem pole.But even the lowest-ranking engineer can breathe a sigh of relief at Toyota, since the automaker found a more efficient way to test vehicle durability.Toyota has started using autonomy-adjacent tech to test pothole-related durability.Toyota has a closed course in Michigan that's built specifically to contain the worst of what a road has to offer -- potholes, odd undulations and other kinds of road defects.Humans used to be the ones getting smacked around hour after hour, day after day, until Toyota subbed in a robot.The automaker realized that having a human behind the wheel wasn't a necessity, so it developed an automated system to handle the task.