The Gang catches its breath as cryptocurrency crashes and rebounds, Facebook attacks its stream or does it, and publishers and their aggregators cozy up to a wave of bundling.Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor
Zelle, the standalone Venmo-like payments app founded by major banks, is still relatively new to the game, and its users — much like Venmo users before them — are unfortunately learning now that it’s easy to get scammed through the app, according to a report from TechCrunch.Unlike a notorious Venmo scam, which involves stealing physical goods by using Venmo to pay for them with stolen credit cards or hacked accounts (which the payments company would then reverse, leaving sellers with neither goods nor money), Zelle users are being preyed upon the other way around.Scammers will offer to sell things like phones or concert tickets, and ask that the buyer use Zelle to make the payment.Considering the app’s association with major banks like Bank of America and Wells Fargo, many are willing to take the seller up on that offer, only to have the scammer vanish after funds are transferred.Unfortunately, according to TechCrunch’s reports, none of the banks are willing or able to do anything about the fraudulent transactions.Because the users authorized the charge, there’s no way for the banks to know that fraud is actually taking place.
I don’t have a gym membership, I’m woefully out of condition and my gluteus is at maximus.My mussels, though, are second to none.The classic way to cook these cheap and tasty shellfish is with white wine or cider and a splash of cream, but with the wintery weather I was craving something spicier.This recipe, based on the Goan sauce I use for fish curries, really warmed my cockles.A note on cleaning and eating mussels: just before you want to cook them, scrape off their beards and barnacles with a knife and rinse them well under cold water, then rinse them again.Discard any with damaged shells or which don’t close up if you give them a sharp tap (before cooking) or with shells that don’t open (after cooking).
American officials warn of ‘international consequences’ for Russia because of NotPetya ransomware attackThe United States has joined the United Kingdom in identifying the Russian military as being responsible for the NotPetya ransomware outbreak last year.The White House condemned Moscow for the ransomware attack that started off targetting Ukrainian government networks and financial and energy assets, before spreading around the world.America, like the British earlier this week, has warned Russia that there will be consequences for its actions.The attack launched in June 2017 by the Russian military “spread worldwide, causing billions of dollars in damage across Europe, Asia and the Americas,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was quoted by Reuters as saying in a statement.“It was part of the Kremlin’s ongoing effort to destabilise Ukraine and demonstrates ever more clearly Russia’s involvement in the ongoing conflict,” Sanders said.
There are a lot of reasons to be impressed with David Bayo’s beautiful Astrée portrait created using a painstaking stipple technique.But what’s more staggering to me than hand-drawing 3 million individual dots is somehow finding enough spare time to dedicate 300 hours to a single work of art.I can’t even find the time to do laundry.Bayo’s technique is essentially how an inkjet printer produces images, except your Epson creates millions of dots smaller than the human eye can perceive, and it can churn out a portrait like this in less than a minute, not the 12-plus days it took this artist.But when you compare the cost of man hours to the cost of printer ink, drawing 3 million dots by hand is probably much cheaper in the long run.
The Porsche 714 Cayman is a very cool little two-seater that shares some DNA with the Boxster drop top.The Cayman has a very cool GT4 version that is hopped up and aimed at those wanting performance on the road and the track.The black car covered in snow you see snapped here is a Cayman GT4.You can tell it’s a GT4 thanks to the big spoiler and other aero tidbits on the car.The images also show cross-drilled rotors, red brake calipers, and lightweight wheels.A dual exhaust sits out back and while the older model had a 3.8L flat-six engine, the new GT4 is tipped for something bigger.
For the last few years, £600, £650, or maybe even £700 was all you needed to get a brand new top-of-the—line phone.And at first, this proposition might sound like another frustrating aspect of an increasingly crazy product cycle, but it doesn’t actually have to be that way.A metal-backed mid-range smartphone with an 18:9 displayLIKE: Solid build, dual cams, headphones jackDON'T LIKE: Still no official price or release date, no wireless charging or water-resistanceA quick glance down the spec list reveals that all the most important stuff is there: from the View 10’s extra-tall 5.99-inch 18:9 LCD display, to the built-in front-mounted fingerprint reader, sturdy aluminum build, and the handy headphone jack down below.
Indian e-commerce website, Flipkart,took to Twitter to tease the Redmi Note 5, the much anticipated phablet from Xiaomi.Scheduled for a 14th February, Valentine’s Day launch,the Redmi Note 5 is speculated to not differ from the recently launched Redmi 5 Plus, with speculations rife that the Note 5 will just be a rebranded Redmi 5 Plus.The video teaser focuses mainly on the display which is confirmed to have an aspect ratio of 18:9.Narrower bezels equal wider perspective and a high PPI count equals better color reproduction.It claims that the Redmi Note 5 will be an all-rounder.The Note 5 will be a mid ranger with specs similar to that of the Redmi 5 Plus.
Three British people have died in a helicopter accident at the Grand Canyon, the Foreign Office said.The helicopter was on a tour of the canyon, one of the top US tourist destinations and more than a mile deep, when it went down on Saturday at around 5.20pm.The crash killed three people and injured three others, all of whom are British.A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are providing support to the families of six British visitors involved in a helicopter accident at the Grand Canyon on 10 February, and we are in close contact with the US emergency services.”The helicopter, an Eurocopter EC130 from Airbus, “crashed under unknown circumstances in the Grand Canyon” and suffered substantial damage, Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said in an email, according to Reuters.Police chief Francis Bradley told CNN: “We are having difficulties getting the four people out of the crash site area to the hospital.
Not only can smart lighting systems save you money on electricity consumption (no more forgetting to turn the lights out when you leave the house — a smart switch can do it for you), but it can also make your house feel more like a home.To have more control over the lights in your living space, check out the best smart light switches on the market right now.Already got a set of Philips Hue bulbs?The neat thing about this dimmer is that there’s no installation process, unless you count peeling off the adhesive covering.Setup is so easy that all you have to do is turn on the lights where your Philips Hue bulbs are installed, then immediately start using the Dimmer.Got Amazon Alexa, Google Home, or Apple HomeKit?
Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to.Wayne Pacelle, one of the most well-known animal rights advocates in the country, has stepped down as the CEO of Humane Society after facing a staff revolt and fleeing donors amid sexual harassment allegations.Kroger has sold its convenient stores to British gas station operator EG group for $2.5 billion as it sharpens focus on its grocery business.Check out our weekly round-up of last week’s top food startup, tech and innovation news below or peruse the full newsletter here.A Gabelli & Co analyst labeled Walmart a logical buyer for Blue Apron, stating the deal would add another valuable e-commerce company to the retailer’s stable.Kroger to Sell Its Convenience Stores to UK’s EG Group for $2.15B – CNBC
Amazon is set to surpass the market valuation of Microsoft after the online retailer’s stock market valuation closed higher than Microsoft for the first time on record.A week of turbulence on Wall Street has seen Amazon emerge less badly scathed than others with a 1.14% decline bringing its market capitalization down to $690.4bn, just ahead of Microsoft’s $690.3bn valuation following a more precipitous 1.83% drop.Global markets have been rocked by fears that a period of unprecedented growth may now be at an end.However Amazon has largely ridden out the storm on the back of an impressive set of quarterly results, in marked contrast to Microsoft.That disparity saw Amazon stock actually rise by 3.8% over the past three sessions to Tuesday, while Microsoft slumped 3.1% over the same period.Over the past year Amazon has surfed a wave of rampant retail and cloud computing growth, which have contributed to a 77% increase in its share price over the past year, far ahead of an equivalent 42% rise at Microsoft.
AirAsia is welcoming in the year of the dog by telling the, now widely used, story of reunion at Chinese New Year, but with a twist, it’s told from the dog’s perspective.The ad starts out in a very recognisable storyline of a mother awaiting her family to return for Chinese New Year.For the majority of the ad it’s unclear who she is talking too, though the film is shot from a lower perspective.The mother frequently references to ‘Ah Boy’ that his ‘Papa’ will be home at some stage, creating the illusion that it may be a small child.As ‘Papa’, one of the sons, arrives back, ‘Ah Boy’ is revealed to be a dog, a cute beagle, who welcomes his owner back.Spencer Lee, head of commercial, AirAsia Berhad, commented: “We are in the business of connecting people, so stories of family reunion resonate well with us.
Google is looking into developing a game streaming service that would allow it to stream software to a compatible Chromecast device or yet-to-be-released home console, according to a report today from The Information.The new service is codenamed “Yeti,” and it would be comparable to game streaming services like Sony’s PlayStation Now and Nvidia’s GeForce Now.That means users would not download software to a hard drive, but stream the game from a Google server instead.So this planned service is not to be confused with existing game subscription offerings like Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass that let users download unlimited games from a pre-selected pool of titles for a monthly fee.It’s unclear whether Google would focus solely on streaming Android games to a consumer’s television, as playing Android games on a big screen is already relatively easy to do with existing casting and mirroring technology.Google’s Chromecast can also natively play some mobile-quality party games directly from the device, as can Amazon’s Fire TV and the Apple TV.
Having survived the great fidget spinner fad of 2017, the world is now struggling to find ways to put billions of abandoned spinners to good use.It might not solve the problem of Everest-sized mountains of unwanted stress toys, but YouTuber Kaplamino’s latest Rube Goldberg machine at least finds a novel use for them.Kaplamino estimates it took over 500 tries to get a perfect complete run of this particular marble machine: all the components are resting on an angle table, and many had to be precariously balanced for them to function properly.But a hot glue gun and more patience than I’ll ever be able to muster became essential tools for prepping this chain reaction.
An internal roadmap and other documents indicate the company is to phase out Windows 10 S in favour of an “S mode” that will be pitched as a feature of various versions of Windows 10, according to reports from industry blogs including Thurrott.com and Neowin.net.Windows 10 S was launched in May of last year as a cheaper version of Windows that would offer improved performance and security for users who needed it only for a limited range of uses.The software was initially launched on Windows Surface Laptop, followed by a range of budget PCs from third-party manufacturers.In theory, Windows 10 S’s locked-down configuration could prevent users from encountering software problems or security issues.But some users said Microsoft’s execution of the idea caused more problems than it solved.One reviewer, for instance, found it was impossible for administrators to fix routine problems without upgrading to Windows 10 Pro, effectively doing away with any benefits of the operating system’s initial simplicity.
Conspicuously absent were the well-placed watermelons of Carl’s Jr’s heyday or GoDaddy’s “supermodel meets real-life nerd” fantasies.But it wasn’t just a lack of sex that left a lackluster taste in the mouths of many agency creatives.“There wasn’t anybody really going for it and pushing any boundaries,” said Wieden + Kennedy executive creative director Jason Bagley, “which is probably one of the reasons why nothing stood out as super memorable this year.”It’s official—sex no longer sellsFCB global chief creative officer Susan Credle correctly predicted that brands would stay far away from both sexy spots and weighty social issues, choosing instead to make more general statements on inclusion as in Wieden + Kennedy’s “A Coke for Everyone.”“If anything was a response to MeToo, it was [the fact that] every brand knew that if you objectify a woman you are going to be crucified,” Credle said.
Toyota’s Super Bowl appearance will be its biggest to date with three in-game ads created by the brand’s agencies of record, Saatchi & Saatchi and Dentsu.Two of the three spots debuted today.“This is an unprecedented opportunity for our team at Toyota to share messages of unity, friendship, diversity and perseverance,” said Ed Laukes, group vice president, Toyota Marketing, Toyota Motor North America.“With the Super Bowl and the Olympics just days apart on NBC, we’re excited to join fans’ enthusiasm for these two world-class events and connect with them by sharing meaningful and inspiring TV spots.”Toyota will air “Good Odds” from the brand’s new “Start Your Impossible” campaign—its first-ever global brand campaign—first.It will run during the first ad break after kickoff on Sunday.
[ Further reading: 40 tips to get the most from your Mac (and macOS 'High Sierra') ]Here are easy-to-follow tips on how to put some of the biggest iCloud data-consuming features on a diet and save money on iCloud storage.Apple has made iCloud storage a seemingly essential element for all its products, from Macs to iPads, iPhones and even Apple TV.There are four principal elements to the service.iCloud Backup: It’s used for all the iPad, iPhone and iPod backups you’ve made without using iTunes.Apple offers four storage options: 5GB (free); 50GB (99 cents/month); 200GB ($2.99/month); and 2TB ($9.99/month).
Following in the footsteps of Periscope, Facebook launched Facebook Live in 2015, which — as the name suggests — lets you live-stream video directly from your Android or iOS device.While initially limited to celebrities, now anyone can make their own live-stream.Creating and streaming live content might sound like a challenge, but setting up a live-stream within Facebook’s mobile app is a fairly straightforward process.For those curious about live-streaming video from your desktop, there are also a handful of solutions for doing so, but Facebook doesn’t officially support any of them at the present (although, broadcast studios should check out the Wowza ClearCaster, an officially supported bespoke piece of hardware for streaming to Facebook Live).That being the case, we’ll stick with the mobile solution in this article, as that’s what most people will be using.(Note: The screenshots below are from the iOS version, but the steps also apply to Android.)