Andy Haas

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Enterprise software firm Huddle urgently needs to find at least $5 million (£4 million) or a buyer to keep its bank happy, according to a Companies House filing that was first spotted by Computer Weekly.Huddle has until April 30 to explain to its bank how it will raise at least $5 million in equity.It needs the money to ensure
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backing an app that's trying to help people avoid having to payThe billionaire has invested in a new app called Dave that aims to predict coming expenses for users to help prevent them from overdrafting on their bank accounts.Once Dave connects with a user's checking account it forecasts the account's lowest possible balance in seven days based off the
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Chinese technology giant Xiaomi, best known for making smartphones and once hailed as an iPhone slayer, has decided the key to breaking the Indian market lies in a rather different product: the air purifier.The air purifier is the product for us to further establish ourselves in India,” said Eugene Chan, regional manager of Mi Home, Xiaomi’s retail outlet chain.The air purifier is the product for us to further establish ourselves in IndiaEugene Chan, regional manager, Mi HomeThe Beijing-based firm is betting big on a bricks-and-mortar strategy to expand its presence in India, a country viewed by tech companies around the world as the next big internet market after China.Another part of the growth strategy is to branch out into making and selling products besides smartphones in an effort to rejuvenate the brand as an “everything store” in the South Asian country.
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Jack Ma Yun, the founder of Alibaba Group Holding, will headline a two-day trade fair in June to get American businesses to use the world’s largest online shopping platform for selling their products to China’s 600 million middle-class consumers, a step in fulling his January pledge to help create a million American jobs.The fair, to be called Gateway 17, will be held on June 20 and 21 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, the Midwest automotive city that signifies the birth, subsequent demise and most recent rejuvenation of the US manufacturing industry.China overtook the US in 2016 as the world’s largest retail market, with US$4.84 trillion in sales, with a voracious appetite for everything from clothing to foodstuff to electronics.Chinese consumers are expected to spend more than US$150 billion on foreign-made goods by 2020, according to a January report by eMarketer.It’s also made Alibaba’s Taobao and Tmall the two largest e-commerce sites on the planet, in the process propelling the e-commerce operator into a US$286 billion company.“The Chinese market presents tremendous opportunities for U.S. small businesses and farmers to grow their businesses, and in turn, create more U.S. jobs,” Ma said in an open letter on Tuesday.
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ANALYSIS: Liat Ben Zur is showing enterprises how to move from just making and marketing products into becoming fully-realized digital businessesLiat Ben-Zur sat across from me in the Executive Lounge located in the Marriott hotel in this historic city and my attention was immediately drawn to the collection of wearable devices on her arms.On one arm was an Apple Watch, and on the other was a device I couldn’t identify.Ben-Zur is the Senior Vice President and Head of Connected Digital Propositions and Platforms at Royal Philips in the Netherlands.She is also instrumental in helping other companies achieve the same ends.We were both attending the IFA Global Press Conference in which a few companies are invited to preview their plans for the l IFA 2017 trade show in Sept. 1-6.
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Tesla's plan to double its charging network is, on the one hand, as simple as it seems: The company plans to massively increase production with its upcoming Model 3 sedan and the already popular Supercharger network would buckle under the strain of hundreds of thousands of new vehicles.And that change arguably represents a critical strategic change for Tesla.First, there was this: "In 2017, we’ll be doubling the Tesla charging network, expanding existing sites so drivers never wait to charge, and broadening our charging locations within city centers" (emphasis mine).Second, Tesla said: "In addition, many sites will be built further off the highway to allow local Tesla drivers to charge quickly when needed, with the goal of making charging ubiquitous in urban centers."To understand why this matters, consider the typical urban dweller who wishes to own a Tesla.Perhaps they live in an older apartment building and park in an underground garage.
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Programmatic advertising has run into its fair share of problems, from bad ad placement to data quality to slow-loading web pages.At Digiday’s Programmatic Summit in Dublin, Ireland, this week, we gathered over 100 programmatic experts from marketing and publishing to discuss and debunk some of the myths around programmatic.Here’s what we learned on Day One:Myth 1: The YouTube crisis wasn’t what it seemedThe dangers of advertising on user-generated content platforms like YouTube are nothing new.In reality, a lot more money was probably spent dealing with the aftermath than the amount of ad dollars affected in the first place.
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Miller and Valasek spread the word on hacking archiveTwo famed car hackers claim they can save fellow tinkerers and security researchers a lot of time and money – by handing over their tools and blueprints for free.Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek were both hackers of renown before they started working together to see if the hardware and software in modern vehicles could be easily compromised.In 2013, the pair demonstrated their skills at the DEFCON security conference, and followed up with talks in following years.That incident in 2015 sparked a 1.4 million vehicle recall by Chrysler, which cost the car biz some serious coinage.They should be interesting for those who might want to tweak their car's controller area network (CAN) and other systems.
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Oracle doesn't want to be accused of missing the boat when it comes to the next wave of tech.It is launching two new Solution Engineering Centers where it plans to build out all kinds of cutting new technology, such as "artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality and many other exciting technology trends that interest us all," according to an employment ad first spotted by Bloomberg's Brian Womack.The company calls this plan a "startup inside Oracle."The centers will be in located in Reston, Virginia and Denver, Colorado, the ad says and will involve, "a unique and rare opportunity to join the ground floor of building a truly transformational organization inside Oracle North America."And it's looking for people now, including directors of each center.The unit will apparently build custom cloud apps and work on other new-age tech for Oracle customers, the ads imply.For instance, engineers might build virtual reality apps for the resort industry, artificial intelligence apps for the retail industry and so on.Oracle is best known for its popular database and enterprise software that helps companies do everything from run their finances, to manage suppliers to market their wares.But companies are increasingly not buying software the old-fashioned way and installing it in their own data centers.They are renting it all from cloud computing vendors.
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Chevrolet’s all-electric car may not be the automaker’s first attempt at the category – and indeed it joins the similarly-named Volt hybrid on dealership forecourts – nor the first to market, but it’s undoubtedly the first that feels ready not only for electric early-adopters but the mass market as a whole.With range that punches above even the official estimates, an enthusiastic driving style, and that sub-$30k sticker price after subsidies, there’s plenty here to like.Indeed, with 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft. of torque, this compact has grunt more akin to a 2.0-liter Malibu than a city runabout.The low center of gravity helps, there, with the 60 kWh battery pack slung low under the Bolt EV’s floor.Think “supercharged golf cart joyride on public roads” and you’re along the right lines.It’s not just in your mind, though, and there’s plenty of room for four adults, including head-room in the back.
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The folks at Unroll.Me are in hot water for selling user data to Uber this week – but as they are, I’m reminded to do a check.While it does not appear that Unroll.Me really sold any personal data to Uber, the angry mob has spoken.If you’re going to sell user data to 3rd-party companies, you need to make that clear in the user agreement nobody reads anyway!The folks at Unroll.Me offer a fairly valuable service for users of email – basically everyone on earth.They organize emails that come from subscriptions into a single list.Instead of seeing a dozen emails each day, a user might only see one.
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The constant rain in the capital didn’t dampen the spirits of the tens of thousands of marchers who slogged through the mud to cheer for science this weekend.“Hi, my name is Dana from the University of Maryland.“I’m not going to crowd you, but I’ll be here if you have any questions.”Fisher is a sociologist who studies protest movements.Those results will be compared with similar surveys at other protests around the world.Is it for science or for people concerned about Black Lives Matter or immigration and this is a chance to protest the president?”
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Like most media companies, 130-year-old Hearst is having to find new ways of doing business.The privately held magazine publisher, TV station owner, minority owner of cable networks including ESPN and A E, and new media investor makes a quarter of its profits from business services, ranging from ratings agency Fitch to Hearst Health to Floor Covering Weekly.“These businesses have the wind at their back,” said CEO Steve Swartz in an interview with ABC’s Rebecca Jarvis that helped kick off the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas.“For any core media business, the growth is challenged,” Swartz said.There is so much content—very good content—and limited places for advertisers.”While Hearst’s Cosmopolitan magazine is one of the top performing Snapchat channels, Swartz said social media platforms will not save traditional media.
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Deutsch recently welcomed Michelle Rowley as group planning director on Johnson & Johnson’s global Acuvue account and new business efforts.She started in the role on April 3.“Michelle’s passionate about finding strategic insights that will take our creative and our client’s business to new levels,” Deutsch New York CEO Val DiFebo said in a statement.“We’re excited to have her on the Deutsch team.She’s a collaborative spirit and her global, multidisciplinary experience make her a great addition to the agency.”Rowley joined Deutsch from Deep Focus, where she served as director of brand planning since 2014, managing strategy for such clients as Purina, Nestle, Unilever and Frito-Lay.
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The shift in Facebook’s agreements with publishers for video content, , appear to be moving forward, “multiple sources” told .Wagner reported that while the new pacts still include payment for videos, they encourage publishers to create more produced video content on a video-on-demand model.According to Wagner, Facebook is offering publishers a monthly sum in exchange for a minimum amount of produced video content every month and, while Facebook Live content can be included, it cannot represent more than one-half of that monthly minimum total.Wagner added that produced videos must be at least 90 seconds long and Facebook Live videos must last at least six minutes to be included in the pacts, giving Facebook the opportunity to add mid-roll ads.According to Wagner, once Facebook collects revenue from those mid-roll ads to cover its payments to publishers, the social network and the publishers will split the remaining ad revenue on a 55 percent to 45 percent basis, with the publishers getting the higher split.In January, Wagner reported that several publishers told him the social network is no longer emphasizing Facebook Live video during negotiations, and they did not expect livestreaming deals they inked with Facebook last year to be renewed.
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Why isn't milk affected by gravity?It turns out that they consist of particles in the nanometer up to micrometer range, with milk particles being 0.2 to 4 microns, average 0.4 microns.There are several science issues here.They achieve this by having a layered structure, which allows them to carry an electrically charged surface bilayer.A dynamic layer of water molecules then is attracted and surrounds each particle like a shield.I use the term surface energy rather than surface tension, but the concept is the same.
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Over three quarters of shoppers abandon the items in their cart before purchasingExtra shipping costs, having to create an account and an overly complex checkout among top reasons for cart abandonmentRetailers must go beyond checkout best practice and consider: optimizing for mobile, offering several payment options and exploring innovative ways to drive conversions.So, what stops customers from converting?All these issues (with the exception of customers just conducting research) could be improved by simply following basic checkout design best practices.Whether that’s displaying shipping costs more clearly, offering an option to checkout as a guest, or making sure your security credentials are displayed prominently.
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Getty Apple is expected to launch a redesigned iPhone model this fall based around a next-generation display technology called OLED, and Wall Street analysts believe it could cost a lot more than the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.Some analysts have even predicted that the cost of the device could top $1000, which was first reported by Fast Company.
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Feast of solo, multiplayer and online game modesMash-up approach to classic gameplayAdventure mode teachers you to play with skill and strategyAnother brilliant Switch sofa party gameAvailable on Nintendo Switch (version tested), PS4So, you’ve got yourself a PS4 or a brand spanking new Nintendo Switch.
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Nearly a year ago, Yi Technology announced development of a 360-degree VR camera rig using Google's Jump platform.Today, at the NAB show in Las Vegas, the imaging company showed off the results: the Halo VR camera.Halo isn't just one camera, but 17 of them.Using the company's 4K action cams, the array literally one-ups GoPro's 16-camera Odyssey Jump rig by adding a camera that's pointed straight up for capturing seamless immersive sky shots.Despite all the cameras and a removable battery good for 100 minutes of continuous recording, the whole thing weighs in at only 7.5 pounds (3.4 kg).Built into the Halo is a real-time monitoring system, so something like a low battery level or full microSD card doesn't ruin your recordings.
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