Betty Saliba

Betty Saliba

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It's the biggest night for the European digital industry with the annual announcement of the DADI awards where and 360i Europe, LadBibleGroup and Flow Creative took top honours.One of the big reveals was the Chairman's award, 360i Europe also won the retail website, app or campaign award for their work with Lidl.Chair of the judging panel, Phil Jones, founder of Podge Events commented: "The Grand Prix award at the DADI’s is always the highlight of the awards and is the one that creates the most discussion amongst the jurors."When it comes down to the nitty gritty and only one entry can be chosen, the chairman can step in and award a special award for the one that came closest and created such a positive vibe amongst all the judges."The work by 360i for Lidl, with the brilliant Social Price Drop, well deserves my special award for 2017.Taking home the title of the prestigious grand prix, is the LadBible Group, who also won the use of social media and digital media straegy awards, for their work on Redefining LAD in 2017 and UOKM8?
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Arianna Huffington has partnered with Samsung to create an app that helps you disconnect from the internet while also humblebragging to your friends that you can’t be reached.The app, called Thrive, will be available in December exclusively for Samsung devices only through the Samsung Galaxy Store.To be fair, a lot of what Thrive does is already available by toggling the Do Not Disturb button on Samsung devices.Like Do Not Disturb, Thrive can schedule times to be disconnected as well as whitelist people / notifications that can reach you even when the app is enabled.Unlike Do Not Disturb, if someone not on your “VIP” list tries to contact you while your phone is in “Thrive Mode,” a text will be sent to them that you’re “thriving.”It’s a little, “Sorry, I can’t talk because I’m too busy living my best life,” but whatever.
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I know that most of you Xiaomi fans out there are eagerly waiting info and scoops about the upcoming Redmi Note 5 model, so we’re here to… confuse you a bit (I guess).The most awaited Xiaomi model appeared recently on the database of Geekbench equipped with a poor, old Snapdragon 617 chipset (MSM8952), 3GB RAM and a really aging GPU that resulted in these mediocre results you see above.Don’t get me wrong, the SD617 packs eight Cortex-A53 cores at a low clock speed, but they’re no match for the eight Kryo cores the Snapdragon 660 chipset the device was rumored to be equipped with.All of the above suggest however that probably something messed up the benchmark and it wasn’t able to reveal the processor of the device.Or perhaps the Redmi Note 5 was running on an early software that confused Geekbench metrics.In any case, here’s what we know so far about the upcoming model: it will be equipped with a Snapdragon 660 (or SD636) chipset, along with 3GB RAM, a 5,5 inch full display screen, a 16MP + 5MP dual camera and a quite potent 4,000mAh battery!
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The latest company to announce a collaboration with Amazon is Garmin: the wearable and navigation device manufacturer revealed the new Garmin Speak today, a small disk-like device that installs on your windshield and brings Alexa voice commands into your car.Inside that circle is an OLED display that will show arrows, icons, and numbers as it provides audible turn-by-turn directions.You can also use Alexa to ignore or accept phone calls, and you can also control music search and playback so you can ask to hear a new song, artist, or genre without taking your hands off the wheel or eyes off the road.Alexa's smart home controls work when you're in the car as well, so you can ask Alexa to turn on your lights before you pull into your driveway.Garmin's knowledge comes into play with turn-by-turn directions and location information.Garmin created an "exclusive" Alexa skill that you access through the Garmin Speak mobile app.
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for several years the battle for the smartphone market is focused on south Korean Samsung against Apple.But the chinese company Huawei has become an increasingly difficult rival to ledarduon.Huawei has its sights set on Apple and the second place they have with the Iphone has been pretty clear the past few months.For example, waving the chinese company properly against Apple in connection with the launches of their latest models the Iphone 8 and X.Read more: Huawei mocks Apple in the great smartphone battleNow, says IDC's respected analyst Francisco Jeronimo to news channel CNBC that Huawei is able to pass Apple in the smartphone market already this year.
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Venture capital firm Draper Esprit plans to invest $100 million (£75 million) into European seed funds over the next five years, helping to fill a major EU funding hole after Brexit.Its first commitments are to two British seed funds, Episode 1 Ventures and Seedcamp.As revealed by Business Insider in May, both funds lost out on cash from the European Investment Fund (EIF) this year, after it "paused" new investment into the UK.Draper Esprit hasn't revealed how much it's put into the two funds, both of which are still in the process of raising investment.Simon Cook, chief executive of Draper Esprit, said the company planned to invest in up to 20 funds, angel networks, and investment platforms.He said in a statement: "By partnering with the best seed funds, we can help them scale up their series A and B funding rounds more quickly, which in turn will accelerate growth for the most ambitious entrepreneurs."
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On a breezy day in late September, Tod Harrick and his team of around 50 consultants were invited to Amazon’s Seattle headquarters to take a new four-hour training course called E-commerce Training Academy.There, he and his colleagues learned how Amazon’s major advertising programs — Amazon Advertising Platform, Amazon Media Group and Amazon Marketing Services — worked, where ad placements would appear as well as targeting options and changes that agencies needed to know about.“For instance, I learned that AAP changed from a managed-service program to a self-service tool, and Amazon extended AAP to dynamic programmatic ads to duplicate what you can do in AMS.”In addition to E-commerce Training Academy, Harrick’s parent agency Possible is also part of Trusted Creative Partners, a training program Amazon developed around two years ago for select agencies — most of which are creative shops — to get familiar with ad creative on the platform.But getting training from Amazon like Harrick’s team seems to be rare, with only five out of the 13 media and retail agencies Digiday contacted for this story receiving it.It lets service providers figure stuff out and then educate users,” said James Thomson, partner of Amazon consultancy Buy Box Experts, who previously worked for Amazon for six years.
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A New York design firm called Clouds Architecture Office has proposed a tower that would hang from an asteroid 31,068 miles above Earth.The Analemma Tower would be the tallest building ever made.The plans say it would be powered by solar panels and those panels would constantly be exposed to sunlight.It would travel thousands of miles every day between the Northern and Southern hemispheres in a figure-of-eight loop.The idea seems pretty impossible but Nasa has scheduled an asteroid relocation mission for 2021, "which aims to prove the feasibility of capturing and relocating an asteroid.”
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Luftfjädrande chassin ger stabil körning och låga lasthöjder för smidigare i- och avlastning.Freno Air gör kundanpassade chassilösningar med fokus på kvalitet, komfort och ergonomi – oberoende av bilmärke.Den fristående luftfjädringsleverantören har sin verksamhet och tillverkning i Piteå.Varje chassi och fordon är handbyggt och kundspecifikt.Våra chassin som kan lösa många knutar hos våra återförsäljare och slutkunder kan appliceras på vilket fordon som helst, säger vd:n Torbjörn Bäckström.En annan fördel är att du kan justera lasthöjden, det underlättar för föraren att lasta på eller av.
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Instead, employees instruct shoppers to use their phones to scan a product for a price, which is lower for members of Prime, Amazon’s paid membership service.There are also kiosks in store to check prices.One advantage to Amazon of no price tags on shelves is that it has been able to import its online tool of dynamic pricing, where the price may fluctuate to match other deals.(Nonmembers pay the list price.)For example, the hard-copy edition of “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg” by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik was $10.36 recently, up from $9.72 last month.The scanning also allows Amazon a peek at consumer browsing, information retail experts say it can use to better tailor in-store selection and online customer recommendations.
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garymortimer shares a report from sUAS News: DJI, the world's leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, has unveiled AeroScope, its new solution to identify and monitor airborne drones with existing technology that can address safety, security and privacy concerns.AeroScope uses the existing communications link between a drone and its remote controller to broadcast identification information such as a registration or serial number, as well as basic telemetry, including location, altitude, speed and direction.Police, security agencies, aviation authorities and other authorized parties can use an AeroScope receiver to monitor, analyze and act on that information.AeroScope has been installed at two international airports since April, and is continuing to test and evaluate its performance in other operational environments.AeroScope works with all current models of DJI drones, which analysts estimate comprise over two-thirds of the global civilian drone market.Since AeroScope transmits on a DJI drone's existing communications link, it does not require new on-board equipment or modifications, or require extra steps or costs to be incurred by drone operators.
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The opening scene of Shooter, a USA Network drama starring Ryan Phillippe as former Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger, could be read as a sort of conservative fable.As with many fables, it begins with the hero encountering an animal in the woods: a wolf whose foot is caught in a trap.Although each displays its own particular brand of sometimes jingoistic patriotism, all offer insight into the hopes and fears of the conservative male psyche, and how it is torn between lionizing violence and coping with its ruinous effects.The hero of all four series is, invariably, a white man; his name could be Jason, Adam, Bob Lee or Mike, but he is always a good, God-fearing man.Although spectacular displays of military might in foreign cities are commonplace in these shows, their targets tend to be remarkably free of non-combatants—a convenient narrative, given the thousands of civilian deaths caused by U.S. forces overseas.The heroes of NBC's The Brave, on the other hand, meticulously ensure that children have cleared the square where they plan to execute a dangerous operation, and then shake their heads gravely when militants murder not just the target they’re hunting but his wife and child, and later drive a suicide bomb onto a beach where children are playing.
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I don’t know I’ve reached Snap’s global headquarters until I am standing in front of them, leaning on the handle of my rolling suitcase and puzzling over a map app.The campus is really just a half-dozen unmarked buildings up the street from the Venice Beach Boardwalk, each about the size of McConaughey’s former abode, with white shades pulled down over the windows.Yet it’s extraordinary that I’m here at all, considering how the company has interacted with the public—which is not very much.Since Snap launched six years ago, founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy have preferred to keep a very low profile.As CEO, Spiegel has given few on-the-record interviews to the press, and even within the company, he has preferred to work with small, product-focused groups.The challenge Spiegel now faces is that he must help a much broader variety of people—investors, analysts, reporters, potential hires, and its current employees—to understand Snap’s vision, and persuade them of its capabilities without losing the company’s long-term focus on innovation.
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In a potentially serious setback for expanded commercial-drone operations, a federal advisory panel has failed to agree on proposals to identify and track unmanned aircraft nationwide.The committee, which presented its recommendations to aviation regulators earlier this month, couldn’t reach consensus on basic questions regarding categories of drones that should require such remote monitoring, according to these officials.As a result, officials familiar with the details said, it is likely to be more difficult for the Federal Aviation Administration to implement rules acceptable to law-enforcement agencies, hobbyists who fly model airplanes and drone proponents eager to open up U.S. airspace for more uses.But industry officials say FAA leaders have told panel members the agency might reconvene the group in a bid to achieve more-unified results.In a written statement Monday, the FAA said it “will review the advisory committee’s report and its findings carefully.” A spokesman declined to elaborate.The split recommendations, however, represent a setback for the agency because chief Michael Huerta recently described the panel as an important building block to end the regulatory logjam confronting the agency and industry champions.
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America is entering a period that may one day be known as The Great Forgetting.Genetic tests pioneered in the last decade have managed to shed some light on people’s relative risk.People who carry one copy of E4 have a three-fold higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s.But many people who develop Alzheimers don't even carry this genetic marker, while many who do never come down with symptoms, severely limiting its diagnostic applications.Which is why scientists in California have been developing a test that calculates how more than two dozen genetic variants act together to increase or decrease your risk of developing the disease during your lifetime.The only way to get the test now is to take a trip to San Diego.
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BrianFagioli shares a report from BetaNews: With Cortana's in-context assistance, it's easier to keep your conversations going by having Cortana suggest useful information based on your chat, like restaurant options or movie reviews.Cortana also suggests smart replies, allowing you to respond to any message quickly and easily -- without typing a thing," says The Skype Team.The team further says, "Cortana can also help you organize your day -- no need to leave your conversations.Cortana can detect when you're talking about scheduling events or things you have to do and will recommend setting up a reminder, which you will receive on all your devices that have Cortana enabled.So, whether you're talking about weekend plans or an important work appointment, nothing will slip through the cracks."So, here's the deal, folks.
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It perhaps might be too premature to pronounce the death of the humble headphone jack, but one fact is undeniable – it’s on life support.With the Google Pixel 2 also eschewing the 3.5mm port, it’s only a matter of time until it disappears from our devices entirely.Looking purely from the perspective of convenience, Bluetooth is better.That said, it can be bloody inconvenient though, as I found out over the past 24 hours.Yesterday, I flew to San Francisco from the UK – an arduous flight time of nearly 11 hours.And annoyingly, I couldn’t get my fix of 2 Broke Girls and The Revenant because the in-flight entertainment (IFE) system didn’t have Bluetooth built-in, and I’d forgotten the Aux cable for my Plantronic BackBeat Pro 2 headphones.
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When Valor premieres tonight on The CW, it will become the third military-themed freshman drama to air on broadcast this fall, following SEAL Team on CBS and The Brave on NBC.While all three networks insist their shows are distinctive enough to stand out from the others, buyers predict that only two of those series—at most—will be able to survive.So far, SEAL Team—starring David Boreanaz as the head of the Navy SEALs’ most elite team—has performed solidly for CBS in its first two weeks.Last week, it was once again Wednesday night’s most-watched show, with 8.4 million viewers, 2 million more than Modern Family or Empire (though the show finished fourth in its time slot in the 18-49 demo, with a 1.2 rating).Over on NBC, The Brave—which follows a special forces unit as it carries out dangerous missions around the globe with assistance in D.C. from the Defense Intelligence Agency—isn’t taking full advantage of its Monday night lead-in from The Voice.Last week, the show fell to a 1.1 demo rating and 5.2 million total viewers, losing more than half of The Voice’s audience.
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Taxiutmanaren Uber slutar med skjutsförmedlingstjänsten Uber Pop i Norge i slutet av oktober.”Vi vill skicka signalen att vi vill bli reglerade.Det har vi sagt länge”, säger Ubers chef i Norge Carl Edvard Endresen till den norska nyhetsbyrån.Efter flera fördröjningar ska Samferdselsdepartementet senast den 27 oktober svara tillsynsorganet ESA, regleringsdelen av Europeiska frihandelssammanslutningen, EFTA, om hur Norge ska reglera marknaden.I Sverige lade Uber ned sin samåkningstjänst i maj 2016.Då hade ett 30-tal personer hunnit fällas i domstol för svarttaxiverksamhet.
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A study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institute supported by the "la Caixa" Banking Foundation, has demonstrated that exposure to air pollution on the way to school can have damaging effects on children's cognitive development.The study, published recently in Environmental Pollution, found an association between a reduction in working memory and exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and black carbon during the walking commute to and from school.Previous research in the same project found that exposure to traffic-related pollutants in schools was associated with slower cognitive development.The aim of the team undertaking the new study was to assess the impact of exposure to air pollution during the walking commute to school.The findings of an earlier study had shown that 20% of a child's daily dose of black carbon -- a pollutant directly related to traffic -- is inhaled during urban commutes."The results of earlier toxicological and experimental studies have shown that these short exposures to very high concentrations of pollutants can have a disproportionately high impact on health" explains Mar Álvarez-Pedrerol, ISGlobal researcher and first author of the study.
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