If there's one thing everyone can agree on, it's that big companies are excellent at paying as little tax as possible.Whether that means allegedly currying special tax deals from governments, fudging the books so they only pay significant tax in countries with deliberately low rates of corporation tax, and so on.Phillip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, brought this topic up again in his Spring statement, promising to do more to ensure big tech companies pay an appropriate amount of tax.You might remember that this topic was first mentioned back in the Autumn budget, though we haven't heard a whole lot about it since.Hammond is adamant that the government is super serious about it, and will make sure big tech companies don't try and fudge the numbers to get away with paying as little as possible in the countries where they actually earn their money.Now he's saying that the UK will be working with its international partners, including the EU, to find a solution to the problem.
Forget leaping to Facebook to tell people you love your spouse.Stick to trivial matters at all times.They summate Bill O'Reilly's tip for the day on Monday."America is getting meaner, people less trustworthy.This might make some consider why, if it's true, America is getting meaner.Can we blame violent video games, as the president seems to?
After Baidu’s financial blockchain lab released the blockchain pet Cryptodoggies (莱茨狗), Netease also launched a similar product “Lucky Cat (招财猫).” Now, Xiaomi seems to have to use the same form of blockchain layout.It is reported that Xiaomi’s blockchain product is called “Cryptorabbit (加密兔)” and is currently being tested, Chinese media iFeng is reporting.Xiaomi chose a rabbit since their mascot, “Mitu (米兔, meaning Rice Rabbit),” is a rabbit.According to the “User Services Agreement,” Cryptorabbit is a digital pet service provided by Xiaomi based on the blockchain and feed on digital grain “rice grain (米粒)” in the game.Crypto-collectibles show the potential of future gaming because, unlike traditional games, which focus on recreational entertainment, it is highly opportunistic and attracts players into the game.With blockchain technology, the platform guarantees that every pet is unique in the world, cannot be copied and cannot be destroyed.
Chatting with Amazon Alexa doesn’t always produce the most seamless conversations.When she’s not ignoring you altogether, or laughing at you, she always requires you to preface your questions before she’ll actually give you an answer.And let’s be honest — it can be oh so exhausting to constantly say “Alexa” before starting every request or inquiry.But luckily, it seems as though we can finally rid ourselves of this first-world problem, as Alexa is making it easier for you to ask follow-up questions without saying her name again.Currently available on all Alexa-enabled devices, including the Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Spot, this follow-up mode only works if Alexa is absolutely “confident you’re speaking to her,” Amazon says.So be sure to ask your follow-ups quickly — you have just five seconds between the end of Alexa’s response and the start of your follow-up to hold the smart assistant’s attention.
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The Samsung Internet Beta app was updated with Protected Browsing, a handy tool for the privacy-minded.The browser also features an overhauled URL bar, wider Reader mode support, and more.Samsung updated its Samsung Internet Beta app with some visual overhauls, improved performance on low-end devices, and other features.Most notably, the update introduces Protected Browsing, a handy tool for those browsing the web.Protected Browsing cross-references a URL’s hash with an existing database of dangerous websites.If a website is a perfect match, the browser suggests you turn back to avoid having your information potentially stolen or malware potentially installed on your device.
23andMe currently offer health risk reports for UK customers including Parkinson's Disease, Celiac Disease, and Alzheimer's Disease, but does not test for cancer.Though there are more than 1,000 known BRCA mutations, the 23andMe test will focus on three mutations most common in people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.The variants are far less common in other populations.“The scientific validity is clear cut.”Studies suggest that some 1 in 40 people of Ashkenazi descent has one of these three variants, Wu said, and women with one of the variants have a 45 per cent to 85 per cent chance of developing breast cancer by age 70.This is a giant step forward for consumers in giving them direct access.”
With 51% of B2B customers citing that they will avoid vendors after a bad customer experience, it’s easy to understand why many executives want to focus on their customer loyalty strategy.But what’s interesting to me is how few companies employ a focused customer retention strategy that truly acknowledges, takes care of and leverages those best customers in a way that measurably accelerates market share and recurring revenue while mitigating competitive risk and reducing sales and marketing costs.Meanwhile, the centerpiece of their customer retention marketing strategy consists of a newsletter, maybe some training articles posted to the blog, and an 800-number if customers have questions.For many organizations it boils down to a nebulous concept — the customer experience.The way you deal with customer feedback from your most frequent users is important in developing a trusting customer experience.Even if the feedback is negative, studies have shown that if their issue is resolved, they are 84% less likely to decrease their spend.
If you're using Bumble to hunt for a new love of your life, you're going to have to do it without a gun in your profile.The maker of the dating and networking app is moving to ban images of firearms from its nearly 30 million users' profiles, The New York Times reported Monday.Bumble joins a long list of companies seeking to distance themselves from the National Rifle Association amid growing calls for gun control after a rash of mass shootings."We just want to create a community where people feel at ease, where they do not feel threatened, and we just don't see guns fitting into that equation," Whitney Wolfe Herd, Bumble's founder and chief executive, told the newspaper.Herd's Austin, Texas-based company launched Bumble in 2014 to be a "kinder, more accountable" online space where women initiate conversations.The new policy will treat images of firearms and knives as akin to nudity, fake photos, hate speech and other transgressions.
Neither flash nor html5 is supported!NHS workers are being hailed among the heroes whom have helped keep the nation going as it continues to be battered by the Beast from the East and Storm Emma.Though a number of Trusts have cancelled non-urgent operations and appointments, staff members across the country have been making an extra effort to ensure they can treat patients, with some even sleeping at hospitals overnight.One cancer surgeon walked for two hours and 50 minutes to operate on a patient, the BBC revealed.Please help us get ThankYouNHS trending today for all the NHS staff who have:* Slept overnight in hospital
Honor has launched the Honor 7X Android Oreo update beta program in Spain, Germany and Italy.The news arrives from XDA Developers, which says Honor is also considering rolling out the beta in other territories.To get involved, you’ll need to join the program through the dedicated app (links below) and log-in with your Huawei ID.You should see the beta available in personal > join the project once you’re inside and you’ll receive the beta firmware via an OTA update.France is also said to be among the nations where the beta is currently rolling out, though some commenters suggest it isn’t available there yet; we’ll leave the link below in case it goes live shortly.EMUI 8.0 is the latest software skin developed by Huawei—Honor’s parent company.
No big deal, it's only the consensus game of 2017.The game many believe is the best ever made.The game that somehow managed to actually outsell the Nintendo Switch itself on launch.Still no idea how that actually happened, but it did.The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a legitimate masterpiece that strips back the open-world genre to its core elements and rewrites its DNA for pure adventure.It's a world alive with surprise and dense with detail.
You may know HAL Laboratory as the creator of some of Nintendo‘s most iconic properties, like the Super Smash Bros. series, Kirby, and EarthBound.Now, the first Android game from the prestigious developer is landing on the Google Play Store in an English translation.Originally released under the title Working UFO as a Japanese exclusive, Part Time UFO is a crane claw game where you are a cute little UFO (which looks a lot like a character from early Kirby games) helping humans with odd jobs.Using your crane claw, you stack and move objects around, earning prizes for efficiency.The game is pay-to-play, but has no in-app purchases; the one-time price of $3.99 is the only real currency you’ll have to spend.You can earn in-game cash as you go along, which can be spent on new outfits and abilities for your UFO character.
The first silverware of the domestic season will be decided today as Arsenal take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.Pep Guardiola's men may have had their hopes of a quardruple smashed in their shock FA Cup defeat at Wigan last week, but will be keen to ensure they continue their great season so far with a trophy.The runaway Premier League leaders will go into the game as favourites, and could be set to welcome back striker Gabriel Jesus from his long-term injury, with Claudio Bravo set to return to the starting line-upHowever Arsenal will be keen to spring a minor upset and win their first League Cup title since 1993.The game is also given extra intrigue with the inclusion of VAR technology for the first time in a major English final - so hopefully referee Craig Pawson won't need to refer any decisions upstairs.If you've not managed to get tickets for the big game, and can't get to a TV, here is TechRadar's guide to watching all the action online, wherever you are in the world.
The Democratic memo, though redacted in part, fills out the partial picture Nunes had painted.The Carter Page Timeline Comes Into FocusWhile redactions hide some specifics, the Democratic memo makes clear that the FBI had interest in Carter Page long before he joined Donald Trump's presidential campaign.The FBI also apparently interviewed Page about his contacts with Russian intelligence agents "multiple times," including in March 2016, the month Page joined the Trump campaign.All of that previous interest and activity helps dispel the notion that the focus on Page amounted to a "witch hunt" targeting Trump; it was surveillance into an individual with business ties to Russia whom the country had also spent years trying to recruit.Steele was a longtime FBI source.”
Airbnb today announced a new hotel-like tier of service on its platform the company is calling Airbnb Plus.The news, which went live on Airbnb’s website in conjunction with a story in The New York Times ahead of a big reveal event in San Francisco this morning, confirms rumors that Airbnb has been working on a higher-end accommodations offering that would let it more easily compete with hotels.Airbnb Plus is being marketed as a more standardized style of service that is “verified for quality” and includes a set of amenities one might typically find in a hotel.“Every Airbnb Plus home is one-of-a-kind, thoughtfully designed, and equipped with a standard set of amenities — whether you’re in a private room or have the entire place to yourself,” reads the company’s website for Airbnb Plus.“All Airbnb Plus homes are visited in person to ensure comfort, consistency, and design.They are checked for 100-plus things that guests told us they love, from must-have amenities to the art on the walls.” Airbnb says hosts of the properties must have a 4.8 out of 5-star rating or higher.
Like most new-car dealers, Hyundai franchisees have been clamoring for more crossover SUVs.Seemingly no matter the size, price or class, American customers can't get enough soft-roading in their lives.The problem has been more acute with Hyundai than with most brands, however, which is why its dealers are surely salivating over this all-new 2019 Santa Fe.Now entering its fourth generation, the Santa Fe has been the company's best-selling SUV in the US, and you needn't look past this new model's bold front end and its glowering LED headlamps to realize that it carries significantly more attitude and ambition than before.Base models are equipped with a seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but upper trim levels include a larger eight-inch screen with Hyundai's latest AVN 5.0 navigation system, and a 630-watt, 12-speaker surround-sound Infinity audio system is available.Other tech niceties in the more premium-looking cabin include Qi wireless charging and an available 8.5-inch full-color head-up display.
For more and more people, tapping their phone to pay for those nacho fries is becoming just as normal as reaching for their wallet, and Google just made it even easier to e-pay.It’s just for Android users for the moment – sorry Apple folks – and we’re sure in time Google will call it “G-Pay” just like everyone else.G-Pay, er, Google Pay, can be used inside apps and on websites, and perhaps best of all, can be used to send money to individuals, like all those friends you lost that super bowl bet to, even if they don’t have Google Pay.You can also integrate rewards programs so you keep racking up those airline miles and gas pump points.Pretty much every major bank has signed on, but if you’re not sure if yours is included, check here for the whole list and tips for using G-Pay.Yeah, not so science fiction-y after all: Samsung just announced their latest solid state hard drive and it’s ringing in at just a tick over 30 terabytes.
Long Blockchain, formerly known as Long Island Iced Tea, received a second de-listing warning from Nasdaq for failing to maintain a market cap of $35 million.The company on Tuesday announced a new CEO and plans to spin off its original iced tea business.Long Blockchain, the iced tea company that saved itself from being kicked of the Nasdaq stock exchange by pivoting to blockchain, has a new CEO, as it once again faces a risk of being delisted.Malik previously worked in electronic FX trading in London for Morgan Stanley as well as Citigroup, before joining Long Blockchain's board in January.Last week, the company told shareholders it will appeal a second delisting notice from exchange operator Nasdaq for failing to keep its market value above $35 million.Shares were down 5% in trading Tuesday at a price of $3.06 a share, giving the company a market cap of $27.98 million.
Facebook is the world's largest social network so perhaps it's only natural it would also prove popular with Russians trying to sow discord during the 2016 US election.The social networking giant was singled out in an indictment unsealed Friday that charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups with interfering with the 2016 presidential election.The 37-page indictment detailed how Russians used stolen identities to pose as Americans on Facebook and Instagram, creating Facebook groups, buying divisive ads and posting inflammatory images.Facebook and its photo-sharing app Instagram were mentioned 41 times in the indictment, while Twitter was referred to nine times and YouTube only once.The world's largest social network, along with Twitter and Google, have been scrutinized in recent months by Congress after US intelligence agencies determined that the Russian government had used these platforms to disseminate false news and advertisements in an attempt to influence US elections in 2016.It was considered a major security concern during the Senate Intelligence Committee's annual "Worldwide Threats" hearing on Tuesday.