Andy Haas

Andy Haas

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Few people have a better overview of the tech economy than Sir Martin Sorrell, the co-founder and longtime CEO of the world’s largest advertising company, WPP.With WPP’s over 200,000 employees and a $75 billion media book, Sir Martin has a uniquely privileged insight into the future of the online advertising industry.And he believes that 2018 might be the year that a third company joins what he calls the Facebook/Google “duopoly” in online advertising and search.That company is, of course, Amazon which he describes, cutely, as an “up and comer” in online advertising.Along with being an commerce and web services leviathan, Sir Martin predicts, Bezos’ beast is about to become an advertising and search company.Not that Sir Martin is writing off either Facebook or, particularly, Google.
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While there is the general belief that HMD Global‘s sole focus at the moment is probably the flagship Nokia 9 and a few other Nokia phones which should debut a few weeks from now, recent reports indicate that the company is actually working on a new Penta-camera Nokia Phone which when released will shake the industry.We reported recently that the device will make use of an OZO camera -like design that will be slim to fit inside a phone, now thanks to early leaks coming out of China’s Baidu site, more details of what to expect from the have just surfaced.If these details are true, then the device’s cameras unlike what many believe won’t come within a circular arrangement, but rather in a 1-1-3 formation as depicted by the sketch below and adorned by a LED flash and an unknown sensor.A single LED flash will be considered insufficient for a 5 camera system, so we assume the unknown sensor could be a second LED flash.What remains unknown is whether the device will be adopting rotating Zoom camera tech from Zeiss.The device which is expected to drop later in 2018 will come with an unknown screen size utilizing the 18:9 aspect ratio.
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In the already surreal Lapland (Finland’s northernmost region), you’ll find a destination not of this world.It’s home to some of the planet’s most beautiful, Arctic-inspired lodging like the Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos and the futuristic Koutalaki Ski Village, where visitors will be able to ski on the hotel’s roof.The aptly named Snow Hotel is a one-off, temporary resort built entirely of snow and ice, including the beds, furniture, even the cocktail “glasses” at the bar.It was designed in collaboration with HBO Nordic to feature a one-of-a-kind, Game of Thrones-inspired theme.Fans of Westeros will recognize the Braavosi Hall of Faces, an imposing White Walker likeness with glowing blue eyes, and, of course, a full-sized throne of swords guarded by Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane.Sculptors and interior designers were brought in from Poland, Russia, Latvia, and Ukraine to custom create the dozens of rooms and suites.
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At first glance, Kahaila looks like a regular London café: customers tap away on their Macs or chat with friends, sip on hot drinks and eye up cakes.But this Brick Lane hangout isn’t just another hipster coffee shop.The “coffee shop with a conscience” is actually a non-profit charity that runs local community projects helping vulnerable women.Now, after being supported by Luminary Bakery, she works at the café and has launched her own baking business.At the age of nine, Halimot’s father died and without his protection, she was left vulnerable to human trafficking.“My life changed, my dreams where gone,” she explained.
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If he wants to change something, he can, even if it negatively impacts near-term financial results," two Macquarie analysts say.But their critique is a reminder that Zuckerberg has a lot of power, and he makes mistakes.Mark Zuckerberg's control of a majority of Facebook's stock — which gives him absolute power over the company even though it is publicly traded — could damage the value of those shares, according to Macquarie Capital analysts Benjamin Schachter and Ed Alter.They voiced their opinion after Zuckerberg announced that the priorities of the News Feed in Facebook would change, based on how "trustworthy" users believe those sources are.If he wants to change something, he can, even if it negatively impacts near-term financial results," the pair told clients on January 17, in a note seen by Business Insider."It is concerning to us that Zuckerberg’s focus is defined by 'meaningful social interactions' that are more interactive and less passive.
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All rumors thus far point toward Alcatel unveiling its revamped line of smartphones at the MWC 2018, and while the Alcatel 3C already unveiled in Italy a couple of days back, an Amazon France listing for the two of the upcoming Alcatel phones just went live, confirming that the devices will be unveiled on February 26th.Amazon France has listed the Alcatel 5 and Alcatel 3V for pre-order alongside with multiple official images, prices and a few specifications of both devices.As per the listing, the Alcatel 5 is set to retail at about €230, while the Alcatel 3V will be offered for €189.99.The listing further revealed that the upcoming Alcatel 5 will come in an all-metal finishing fitted with a with a 5.7″ 18:9 display with an HD+ resolution, while it will be powered by an unnamed octa-core processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 128GB of expandable storage using micro SD.The listing says the Alcatel 5 will be driven by a 3000mAh battery, 12MP rear camera and will run Android Oreo out of the box.Moving on, the listing reveals that the Alcatel 3V display will stretch to a 6-inch FullHD+ 18:9 display, while the processor is an unnamed Quad-core CPU coupled with 2GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable internal storage.
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If you crave uber clarity you've come to the right place: the Astell & Kern Kann will take your music to the next level.The company has dominated the high-quality portable music player market for years, and when you hold the Kann in your hands you'll start to understand why.Measuring a tidy 1 by 2.8 by 4.6 inches (26 by 71 by 115 mm) and weighing a not-inconsiderable 9.8 ounces (278 grams), it feels like it's crafted from a solid piece of metal.I liked the easy-to-read, 4-inch 480 by 800 pixel screen along with the metal control buttons.Arrayed across the top of the unit there are four outputs: a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, a 2.5mm balanced headphone jack along with 3.5mm stereo and 2.5mm balanced stereo analog output jacks.On the Kann's bottom you'll see slots for the MicroSD and SD cards, a USB-C connector for data/charging and the Micro-USB connector for digital audio output.
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Trump's 140-character outbursts are just what many among his 41.5 million online followers want to hear.To his critics, the tweets sent from his personal handle -- @realDonaldTrump -- rather than the official @POTUS account are proof he's a narcissistic "bully" they consider misogynistic, ill-informed and racist.They say his tweetstorms, while protected by the First Amendment and even by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, often create false controversies aimed at switching attention away from things like his failed health-care reform efforts and the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.Two-thirds of Americans now get some of their news from social media, a Pew Research Center study found in September.Initially claiming his Twitter use would be "very restrained" once in office, Trump, 71, relies on the platform more than ever to say what's on his mind, often firing off tweetstorms in the predawn hours.Like on Tuesday when the president took advantage of Twitter's new 280-character limit and tweeted about an upcoming speech in his trip to South Korea, and later plans to meet with China's leader.
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Bitcoin (BTC) was originally invented as a decentralized and easy-to-use payment system.In this guide, you'll discover five of the most popular Bitcoin wallets for Android available today.When picking a wallet that's right for you, whatever choice you make, we strongly suggest you stick to the ones available either in the Google Play store or the F-Droid repository, as these are less likely to contain malware.We also show you how to mine BitcoinsOccasional issues with QR scannerElectrum is well-known in the Bitcoin world as one of the most popular 'thin clients' for storing Bitcoins, and the Android app doesn't disappoint.
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Kindness from tens of thousands of strangers – not just from the UK but from across the world - is almost unbelievable.These messages of support and solidarity have given me much needed strength to continue in my struggle for justice, a struggle that began exactly four years ago today on 20 January 2014.That was the day that my brother, Nakiea, was shot dead by the Jamaican police in our hometown, Kingston.My brother was unarmed and yet they shot and stole him from us.Between January and September 2017, police killings had increased by 44%, compared with the same period the year before.I have become a broken sister who speaks out so that others won’t forget.
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MADISON, Wis. -- When John Wesley Hyatt patented the first industrial plastic in 1869, his intention was to create an alternative to the elephant tusk ivory used to make piano keys.But this early plastic also sparked a revolution in the way people thought about manufacturing: What if we weren't limited to the materials nature had to offer?Over a century later, plastics are an abundant part of daily life.But these plastics are often derived from petroleum, contributing to reliance on fossil fuels and driving harmful greenhouse gas emissions.Using a plant-derived solvent called GVL (gamma-Valerolactone), University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering James Dumesic and his team have developed an economical and high-yielding way of producing furandicarboxylic acid, or FDCA.One of 12 chemicals the U.S. Department of Energy calls critical to forging a "green" chemical industry, FDCA is a necessary precursor to a renewable plastic called PEF (or polyethylene furanoate) as well as to a number of polyesters and polyurethanes.
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The recent success of Pokémon GO made many people very familiar with the concept of "augmented reality": computer-generated perception blends into the real and virtual worlds.Physicists at the German Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) working together with colleagues at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research (IFW) and the Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) (Austria) have now developed an ultrathin electronic magnetic sensor that can be worn on skin.The results are published in the journal Science Advances (DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aao2623).At first glance, the shiny little gold elements look like a modern tattoo.But on this extremely thin, almost invisible foil that sticks to the palm of the hand like a second skin, there are sensors which provide people with a "sixth sense" for magnetic fields.These sensors will enable people to manipulate everyday objects or control appliances both in the physical world and in augmented or virtual reality with mere gestures, similar to how we use a smartphone now.
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What happens when you take a perfectly good neural network and, figuratively, stick a screwdriver in its brain?You get melancholy glitch-art music videos that turn talking heads into digital puppets.A machine learning developer named Jeff Zito made a series of music videos using a deep learning network based on Face2Face.Originally developed to generate stunningly realistic image transfers, like controlling a digital Obama in real-time using your own facial movements, this project takes it in a different direction.Sometimes the best AI isn’t good enough.By fiddling with the network’s controls – essentially introducing less-than-optimum parameters — Zito was able to generate stark videos that remind us of everything weird about Max Headroom.
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Chinese biz scrambles to tear down injected theft scriptThe Chinese phone company admitted after a week of probing that about 40,000 of its customers had their payment card details nicked while buying stuff from its web shop.Crooks were quick to start plundering victims' accounts using the swiped information, going on shopping sprees with the stolen card data.Here's how it went down: one of the store's servers was hacked, and its code modified so that between mid-November, 2017, and January 11 this year, bank card details typed into oneplus.net by shoppers were copied and sent over to miscreants.Specifically, the software was tampered with to harvest the numbers, names, and security codes on cards before they were encrypted and sent to OnePlus's payment processor.OnePlus said people who opted to use PayPal were not affected, nor was anyone who had paid with a credit card they had "saved" to the site before November 11, because those cards had been encrypted by the payment provider and saved only as tokens by OnePlus.
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Elephone’s P8 lineup of phones has somewhat slipped under many people’s radar as we were more focused on the fancier Elephone S8 that came out at around the same time.That said, the Elephone P8’s we’ll be listing down below are still a great selection of phones bang for the buck; keep reading if you’re looking for a good deal!Let’s kick things off with the big-battery Elephone P8 Max.The smartphone packs a large 5000mAh battery along with a 5.5-inch FHD display, an octa-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.The Elephone P8 Max can be found over on Gearbest for just $139.99 during the promo taking place from January 22nd till the 29th.Next we have the Elephone P8 3D, a smartphone that features a very unique 3D technology that allows you to watch tridimensional videos or movies on your smartphone without the need of additional glasses.
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Travis Farral looks into the malicious activity around previous Olympic events, the geo-political instabilities surrounding South Korea, and the likely tactics malicious actors may take.While a direct, transparent, large-scale attack on the Olympics is unlikely, disruptions have and will happen.These may include denial of service attacks, phishing lures, or the use of hotel Wi-Fi for cyber espionage.One of the larger attack surfaces is the Olympics’ supply chain, which provides numerous targets for sophisticated espionage campaigns and opportunistic criminals alike.One high profile example is the data breach of 40 million customer debit and credit card accounts experienced by retail store Target, which originated from a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) company.Suppliers of the Olympics are particularly vulnerable due to the high impact caused by attacks, which has increased thanks to substantial cloud migration and digitisation.
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On the heels of the Jan. 17 release of 14 Windows and .NET patches, we now have a huge crop of new patches, revised older patches, warnings about bugs, and a bewildered ecosystem of Microsoft customers who can’t figure out what in the blue blazes is going on.Microsoft’s Security Advisory ADV180002 has the dirty details in the fine print, point 7:Q: I have an x86 architecture and the PowerShell Verification output indicates that I am not fully protected from these speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities.A: Addressing a hardware vulnerability with a software update presents significant challenges and mitigations for older operating systems that require extensive architectural changes.The existing 32 bit update packages listed in this advisory fully address CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5715, but do not provide protections for CVE-2017-5754 at this time.It’s the second cumulative update for 1511 so far this month.
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Urban Remedy, a California-based maker of fresh juices and ready-to-eat plant-based meals, has closed $17 million in funding led by 301 INC, General Mills' investment arm, according to Food Navigator.The company ships its products directly to consumers, and operates 13 retail locations and 30 Whole Foods kiosks throughout the Golden State.Food industry veteran John Foraker will join the company's board of directors.Foraker, CEO of organic baby food company Once Upon a Farm, is also the former CEO of organic food brand Annie's, which General Mills acquired in 2014 for $820 million.This new round of funding will help Urban Remedy expand its product capacity and enter a second market outside of San Francisco.At first glance, the partnership between a 152-year-old Big Food company that has built its name on shelf-stable cereal and boxed cake mixes and a newcomer that specializes in ready-to-eat meals with a three-day shelf life seems a bit mismatched.
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The Gionee W919 which made an appearance on TENAA a couple of days ago has again appeared in fresh new renders.With the market filled with full-screen smartphones, the W919 brings to the table, the long forgotten form factor of the flip phone.Recently even Samsung brought to table the W2018, although it was only available in select markets making it no more than a special edition phone.The W919 renders reveal every aspect of the smartphone’s design.As you can see, the phone has a flip form factor, a personal favorite and looks quite appealing thanks to the seemingly high-quality materials used.When closed, the top of the phone features a screen, one of the two present on the phone.
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‘Organic reach on Facebook is dead’: Advertisers expect price hikes after Facebook’s feed purge.Open up those wallets folks!In 2017 nearly 594 million people worldwide used Instagram.62.2% of all social network users (1.54 billion), went on Facebook at least once a month in 2017. eMarketerMajority of Consumers Want Brands to Take a Stand on Social and Political Issues, According to New Study – Most consumers want brands to weigh in on social and political issues, according to a new survey by social media management and analytics company Sprout Social entitled “Championing Change in the Age of Social Media.” Two-thirds of consumers responded that it was either “Somewhat Important” or “Very Important” for brands to take a stand on social/political issues.40% of influencers believe that overly restrictive content guidelines are one of the biggest mistakes brands and agencies make when working with them.
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