Xiaomi has just announced the next major version of its Android-based MIUI custom OS.The announcement was made earlier today by co-founder and senior vice-president of Xiaomi Hong Feng, who coincidentally is the head of the company’s MIUI business unit at the 2017 summary meeting.The latest version of Xiaomi’s custom Android OS and successor to the MIUI 9 is dubbed MIUI 10, and not MIUI X as it was previously rumored.The company hasn’t revealed any details of the MIUI 10 but said the main development team will immediately swing into action.There are speculations that the biggest update to the Xiaomi MIUI 10 will be centered on artificial intelligence, as earlier hinted by representative Huong Zhong back in 2017.It was only a couple of days ago the company put an end to the MIUI 9 development when it released a couple of devices which can be upgraded to the latest MIUI 9.
Harvard Business Review famously described data science as the “Sexiest Job of the 21st Century” in 2012, causing a massive explosion in opportunities in this space.Particularly for social media marketing, data science promises a lot.From advanced analysis of social media activity on branded content campaigns to create insightful user personas via social media listening, to complex data patterns made easy to understand via visualizations, to overcoming the perennial problem of ad fraud in advertising ecosystems, data science has potential applications that significantly improve social media for brands.In this article, I’ll cover four ways in which brands can leverage data science for better social media marketing results in 2018.It’s way broader in scope, and it involves exploration of multisource data to understand unseen underlying pattern that bring out important insights and relationships, which can be expressed through visualizations.Moving beyond word clouds with data-science-powered tools
Google is saying bonjour to France in a major way.Following a meeting early Monday with French President Emmanuel Macron, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced expansion efforts in the country that include a new AI research center, a beefed up workforce and four Google Hubs for teaching online skills and digital literacy.A research team at the artificial intelligence center will work with French colleagues on a broad range of issues, from health to science, art and the environment, Pichai said.Facebook, which already has an AI lab in Paris, also said it would double its team there to 100 people by 2012 and invest $12.2 million, according to Bloomberg.Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg was also a guest of Macron's, along with 140 top execs from different industries, who met for a "Choose France" summit on the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.Pichai said Google will be increasing its staff in France by 50 percent to 1,000.
Microsoft has new PCs, partnerships and software updates as it pitches vision of ‘classroom of the future’Microsoft will offer Windows 10 PCs to schools for as little as $189 (£135) as it looks to get its hardware and services in as many classrooms as possible.The cloud-based Chromebook has established itself in many schools and has led to Microsoft responding with Windows 10 S, a simplified and secured version of the OS.Four new Windows 10 PCs were shown off at the BETT education show in London, alongside a number of updates to the education version of its software, including Office 365, and a number of new partnerships.The cheapest PC is the Lenovo 100e, an Intel Celeron Apollo Lake PC, while the $279 Lenovo 300e is a 2 in 1 machine.The remaining two devices are the Lenovo Classmate Leap T303 $199 and Trigono V401 2-in-1, which starts at $299.
Warning: The following preview outlines general details for the premise of Counterpart, a new Starz sci-fi series debuting this weekend.The “actor as multiple roles” genre has been done in a seemingly infinite amount of ways as of late: clones, siblings, whatever Cloud Atlas was.With Starz' new series Counterpart debuting this Sunday (8pm ET), the premise gets a slight twist.Beloved institution JK Simmons (everything from those Allstate ads to Justice League and Whiplash) portrays mild-mannered office man Howard and alternate-universe spy bad-ass Howard Prime.Luckily, audiences get the gist of this situation early in the series premiere: 30 years ago during the Cold War, scientists were experimenting when something went wrong, opening a passage between two seemingly distinct worlds.Counterpart subscribes to the divergent timeline theory of sci-fi time, meaning Howard’s world and the Prime world have a shared history but then split and evolve based on the different happenings since.
Twitter said Friday that Russian meddling ahead of the 2016 presidential election was more widespread than it initially estimated and it pledged to let users of the service know if they were exposed to propaganda associated with a Kremlin-linked troll farm.The social network said it had identified 3,814 accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency, which was the seat of the Russian propaganda effort.The IRA-linked accounts posted 175,993 tweets between Sept. 1 and Nov. 15, 2016, of which 8.4% were election related, according to Twitter.The acknowledgment comes as Twitter and other social networks face mounting criticism from Washington about the way their platforms were used by Russia in the run-up to the divisive election.Earlier this week, representatives of Google, Facebook and Twitter told Congress the companies had learned important lessons during the presidential election and pledged more transparency going forward.The UK government has also requested that Facebook investigate whether Russia used it to seed propaganda ahead of the country's vote on leaving the European Union, popularly known as Brexit.
We’re getting pretty well-versed in testicular cancer awareness ads, and in the weird—sometimes creepy—ways associations find of getting people to do something we oddly all hate doing: checking ourselves regularly to ensure early prevention.Here’s the Colombian League Against Cancer’s approach.Error loading player: No playable sources foundIt might not be the most imaginative, but we like how the act of scratching (or just adjusting?)your balls is elevated to something almost akin to a birthright, passed from one generation to the next.Back to the serious: Per the association, 99 percent of men who catch testicular cancer early can expect to be fully cured.
Hundreds of gigabytes already slurped, say EFF and LookoutAn investigation by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and security biz Lookout has uncovered Dark Caracal, a surveillance-toolkit-for-hire that has been used to suck huge amounts of data from Android mobiles and Windows desktop PCs around the world.Dark Caracal [PDF] appears to be controlled from the Lebanon General Directorate of General Security in Beirut – an intelligence agency – and has slurped hundreds of gigabytes of information from devices.Crucially, it appears someone is renting out the Dark Caracal spyware platform to nation-state snoops."This is definitely one group using the same infrastructure," Eva Galperin, the EFF's director of cybersecurity, told The Register on Wednesday.Dark Caracal has, we're told, been used to siphon off information from thousands of targets in over 21 countries – from private documents, call records, audio recordings, and text messages to contact information, and photos from military, government, and business targets, as well as activists and journalists.
When I proudly announced around Christmas time that I was committing to riding my bike in the new year, I didn’t find it unusual that my friends and family were fully supportive.These strangers told me I wouldn’t regret the new love affair I was about to have with my bike.Instead, I was welcomed with open arms into this new community of people who showered me with advice, tips and what seemed like genuine excitement to have another person in the club.When I wrote about feeling nervous about crossing busy roads and using the pedestrian crossing instead, they told me it wasn’t a sign of weakness.When I explained I was petrified of cycling alone in London, they told me they had been there and that it would get better.When I shared pictures of my bike parked up after doing my first solo ride, they congratulated me.
Branded Entertainment Network (BEN), which connects global brands to consumers through the power of popular entertainment, and also presents The Drum’s ‘What’s the Story?’ video feature, has unveiled major enhancements to its four key platform functions: searching integration opportunities, planning integration campaigns, executing the campaigns and measuring results.The company also announced that it delivered over 5,000 brand integrations worth in excess of $1bn during 2017, powered by improvements to its platform.To drive further growth in the year ahead, the company is again enhancing its offerings to keep up with the shifting viewing habits of consumers.BEN called out some statistics and trends in addressing the topic.Ad blockers continue to be an issue and with viewership shifts from traditional TV to non-ad supported platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Video, marketers struggle to reach customers when traditional ads do not connect.Cord-cutting is occurring at a much more rapid rate than expected, with 22.2 million people in the US abandoning pay TV during 2017, or 33.2% higher than 2016, according to eMarketer.
The cryptocurrency market has lost around half of its value since hitting an all-time high above $830 billion earlier this month.Joe DiPasquale, the founder of crypto fund of funds BitBull Capital, tells Business Insider this is a market event the crypto world has seen play out over each of the past three years.The cryptocurrency markets are shuddering in what some are calling a "cryptocurrency bloodbath," but long-term bitcoin holders will tell you they've seen this before.In fact, this is the third year in a row that bitcoin — and the overall market for digital coins — has plunged early in the new year, according to a blog post by Joe DiPasquale, the chief executive officer of crypto fund of funds BitBull Capital."It’s worth pointing out that this is nothing new for experienced crypto investors," DiPasquale wrote.In 2016, the cryptocurrency market shed 27% off of a peak above $7.5 billion, DiPasquale illustrated in a chart courtesy of CoinMarketCap.
While artificial intelligence applications in business and industry remain limited to narrow machine learning tasks, we are seeing progressive improvements in the convergence of algorithms and hardware that will have significant implications for how well and how quickly we can implement AI.For example, Google’s AI group, DeepMind, is hard at work unraveling the mysteries of how proteins fold themselves, a discovery that could have far-reaching implications for health care.It is also very much involved with the research community in working through the ethical issues of AI.As I see it, 2018 will be the year AI will meet a crossroads — when companies are better able to skim the hype from the reality, and when we can apply AI for both the good and the bane of humanity.With the use of artificial intelligence, computers can actually corrupt themselves and hackers can achieve their ends far more quickly and surreptitiously.In 2018, there is a strong likelihood of a high-profile data breach in which hackers reverse-engineer or decompile, then defeat, machine learning (ML) security systems via an insider assault, malware, ransomware, or machine-based attack.
Chinese telecom giant Huawei took more than an hour before addressing the elephant in the room.The CEO of Huawei's consumer business, Richard Yu, spent a bulk of his CES keynote on Tuesday talking up the features and the US availability of its Mate10 Pro smartphone.The company was widely expected to announce that AT would partner to sell the device, a breakthrough for the world's third largest phone maker that is virtually an unknown in the US.Yu finally addressed the issue at the end of the keynote, admitting that the loss of US carrier support hurt Huawei.But he stressed that it was a bigger blow to consumers who lose out on a strong option for a smartphone.The keynote capped off a tough CES for Huawei, which was riding into the show with what seemed like good news.
Klipsch has one of the freshest takes on what constitutes a "smart speaker" at CES 2018 with a pair of resolutely old-school tabletop systems.The Klipsch Heritage Wireless speakers The Three and The One offer the use of Google Assistant with their built-in microphone arrays.The speakers are modeled after the company's Heritage range, which includes the Forte III, and features a wood construction with woven grills.Klipsch's The Three ($499) is a large stereo tabletop speaker that comes with an integrated subwoofer.But we have our eyes on The One ($349), which is a "semi-portable" speaker with a rechargeable battery.As a pair of Wi-Fi speakers with Bluetooth, they could make an interesting complement to an existing whole-house system built on Chromecast.
CES is always a big show for laptops, as every manufacturer rolls out some new-and-improved version of their mobile workstations, and there’s usually a lot to talk about.All right, it should come as no surprise to find the Dell XPS 13 on this list, given that it’s been one of our favorite laptops each year as Dell continues to refine the simple, straightforward, and elegant laptop.The new XPS 13 features an updated color scheme and refreshed internals.The exterior comes in the typical aluminum-and-black carbon-fiber design that Dell has popularized over the last couple years, but the new color scheme remixes the existing rose gold version by including a bright white interior made from Gore thermal insulation, or woven glass.The new look is accompanied by a hardware refresh including the latest 8th-generation Intel Core processors.The new HP Spectre x360, a quick and capable 2-in-1, will feature some interesting new hardware.
Organizations today are facing significant challenges as they adopt the latest technologies to power business success.With major shifts from physical, to virtual, to cloud having occurred in the past 10 years, architectures have changed significantly and the rate of change is not slowing down.Technologies like containers and serverless functions are already on the horizon for broad enterprise adoption, adding a new set challenges for security teams.This paper examines the dynamics of the hybrid cloud and the challenges introduced at both the business and technical levels.It also outlines how Deep Security, powered by XGen , helps to address many of these real-world problems in ways that can simplify operations and increase overall security of your data and applications across the hybrid cloud.
JBL's Reflect series sport headphone line has added two new modes for 2018: The Reflect Mini 2, a lightweight, in-ear wireless headphone, and the Reflect Contour 2, an in-ear wireless headphone with an over-the-ear hook.They're scheduled to ship this spring for $100 each, with no word yet on international pricing.Both models IPX5 are sweatproof and have reflective cables as a safety feature for nighttime joggers.They deliver up to 10 hours of playback time at moderate volume levels and have a built-in microphone for making calls.The JBL Reflect Mini 2 will be available in Black, Lime Green, Teal and Blue.Color options for the JBL Contour 2 include Black, Lime Green, White and Blue.
The health technology sector is about to undergo tectonic change as Siemens gets set to list its €40bn ($48bn) medical machines outfit on the stock market.Healthineers, the world’s largest medtech infrastructure supplier, operates in 73 countries, providing equipment such as MRI scanners and X-ray machines.Siemens is expected to sell 15-25% of the healthcare group – worth between €6-10bn – two insiders told Reuters on Monday.Striking while market conditions are hot, the minority sell-off will raise funds for increased investment in the healthcare sector and bolster its individual value.The multifaceted Healthineers is already a major industry provider, treating 209,000 patients every hour in 2014.Among the enterprise offerings at Healthineers are asset management services, healthcare consulting and transformation services – including workflow simulation – and managed departmental services.
Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games (CIG) has offered a strongly worded response to a lawsuit brought last month by CryEngine maker Crytek, saying that suit "never should have been filed" and that its "contrived claims... sacrifice legal sufficiency for loud publicity."Crytek's lawsuit alleged that CIG broke a CryEngine licensing agreement and infringed on Crytek's copyrights by switching from CryEngine to Amazon's Lumberyard platform in late 2016.But CIG contends that Crytek's complaint selectively and misleadingly quotes from the full Game License Agreement signed by both parties.While Crytek argued that the license agreement couldn't be extended for use in CIG's spin-off game Squadron 42, for instance, the actual license agreement CIG shared with the court says directly up front that it applies to "the game currently entitled 'Space Citizen' [sic] and its related space fighter game 'Squadron 42.'"CIG also argues that the "exclusive rights" to CryEngine granted in the license agreement do not extend to a requirement to use that engine."The plain language of the GLA where the grant of rights to CIG appears, plus the well-established concept of an exclusive license, instead establish that the word 'exclusively' simply means that CIG’s right to use the Engine in the Game is exclusive to CIG and Crytek may not give that right to anyone else," the company writes.
Cooking at home will soon be as easy as ordering from a restaurant, particularly now that kitchen appliance maker Gourmia has combined its already smart tools with the power of Google Assistant.At CES 2018, the company debuted a number of new items with Google Home integrations, as well as a new Gourmia app that allows you to control multiple appliance at once.“As with just about everything else in the world, kitchens are becoming a part of our connected lives that can be controlled by our smartphones and voice commands,” Gourmia founder Heshy Biegeleisen said.“Our Internet of Things products offer some of the most innovative, easy-to-use kitchen appliances that make cooking enjoyable, hassle-free, and smart.We are excited to have been working with Google to develop these five new items, which allows cooks to give the appliances specific verbal cooking commands through Google Assistant.”Perhaps the most comprehensive new appliance is the Gourmia GKM9000, effectively an entire kitchen in one countertop appliance.