Ant Financial is to invest $184.5 million for a 45% stake in Telenor Microfinance Bank (TMB) in its first foray into Pakistan.A subsidiary of Norway’s Telenor Group, TMB launched Pakistan’s first mobile financial services platform in 2009 which has become the country’s largest branchless banking service.Ant Financial is expected to introduce the technology behind its Alipay platform to develop mobile payments in Pakistan.While India has recently become quite the battleground for Chinese tech firms—to the extent that they are proving kingmakers—this is Ant Financial’s first move into neighboring Pakistan, a country where around 100 million people (over half the population) do not have a bank account, a perfect opportunity for the likes of Alipay.Easypaisa, TMB’s mobile financial platform in Pakistan, has over 20 million users.It offers banking and micro-finance services.
Thanks to several recent high-profile incidents, there’s been a lot of concern around programmatic buying, in particular.Here’s what two of the industry’s biggest players are doing to reassure brands and, most importantly, what you as an advertiser can do to help protect your reputation.YouTube steps up its brand safety measuresIn light of last year’s issues, YouTube is making significant changes to restore its credibility in the eyes of brands who might have doubts about advertising on the platform.More human (as opposed to currently used algorithm) content checks will be built into the verification process and stricter rules will be put in place for those who monetise their content using TrueView ads.For example, vlogger content will be looked at more closely and penalised if it violates YouTube’s rules, to help protect the reputation of brands whose ads appear within the content.
The revitalization of the Nokia brand by HMD Global continues as the company seems to be unveiling attractive smartphones.Late last month, the company unveiled the Nokia 8 Sirocco at MWC 2018 but this smartphone still uses the “outdated” Snapdragon 835 SoC despite its premium design and dual Zeiss branded cameras.However, Nokia is scheduled to unveil two devices with the state-of-the-art Snapdragon 845 chipset.These smartphones are Nokia 9 and Nokia 8 Pro.While Nokia 9 is expected to be a premium flagship device, Nokia 8 Pro will be a cheaper SD845 device.Now, a recent report has buttressed the fact that the Nokia 8 Pro will come with SD845 and other features of this smartphone were also revealed.
This is around two million more than achieved by the S8 and S8 Plus.Recent reports suggest that Samsung plans to ship 43 million units of its flagship Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus smartphones.This report comes from Korean financial news website The Bell, which quotes parts industry shipment plans that suggest Samsung believes it can improve on last year’s sales.The article’s sources say that Samsung has made quarterly plans for 12 million shipments in the first quarter, 13 million in the second, 10 million in the third, and eight million in the fourth.Just two weeks ago, Gartner released a report that suggested there was a 5.6 percent drop in smartphone sales in Q4 2017, when compared to the previous year.However, despite this drop, Samsung was one of the few companies that actually managed to increase its year-on-year sales in that quarter.
When it comes to building a brand, entrepreneurs need to focus on developing a solid foundation of trust with customers -- not just following the latest social media trends.Placing too much emphasis on Instagram -- or any social media platform -- runs the risk of limiting your brand’s potential.When developing your brand strategy, consider these three elements:Having a clear vision, mission and values will help inform why you do what you do and help you when questionable decisions arise.Where do you want to go?You can also take advantage of social media platforms like Instagram, as they are a direct way to hear your customers’ desires and have conversations that will illuminate what’s possible.
Two independent Israeli researchers recently discovered that anyone with access to a Windows 10 PC could use Cortana and a USB-based network adapter to download and install malware even if the machine remained locked.This was accomplished using voice commands directed to Cortana, which could load up a malicious website in a browser without unlocking Windows.The two researchers, Tal Be’ery and Amichai Shulman, presented their method in a session called, “The Voice of Esau: Hacking Enterprises Through Voice Interfaces” during the Kaspersky Analyst Security Summit in Cancun, Mexico, last week.Their attack relied on Cortana’s ability to keep the microphone active at all times to receive voice commands, especially PCs that aren’t restricted to a single user’s voice.After that, the hacker could verbally tell Cortana to open the web browser and head to any specific HTTP-based address that doesn’t rely on a secure connection (HTTPS means the connection is encrypted).The inserted adapter receives the outgoing command but directs the web browser to a malicious website instead.
Most moviegoers may not know Doug Jones, but they’ve almost inevitably seen one of his roles.The beloved monster in The Shape of Water?The Fawn in Pan’s Labyrinth?The Thin Man in Batman Returns, Saru in Star Trek: Discovery, Abe Sapien in Hellboy?That’s all Doug Jones, too.Jones has been in over 150 productions, including film and TV, usually acting under some sort of prosthetic or elaborate costume.
Washington on Monday became the first state in the union to approve its own net neutrality law following the Federal Communications Commission's dismantling of the controversial Obama-era regulations last year.Jay Inslee, prohibits internet service providers from blocking or slowing down web content.The law comes about three months after the FCC voted to dismantle rules that ensured all traffic on the internet is treated equally and prevented broadband and wireless providers from blocking or slowing online content.It allows a student in Washington to connect with researchers all around the world -- or a small business to compete in the global marketplace," Inslee said in a statement."It's allowed the free flow of information and ideas in one of the greatest demonstrations of free speech in our history."Supporters of net neutrality say the rules, which were adopted in 2015 under President Barack Obama, are necessary to ensure broadband companies don't abuse their power as gatekeepers of the internet.
The disgraced pharmaceutical executive and hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli must forfeit $7.36 million in assets (PDF) to the federal government following his fraud conviction, a judge ruled Monday.The assets set for forfeiture (PDF) include the single copy of the Wu-Tang album Once Upon A Time in Shaolin that Shkreli reportedly bought for $2 million, as well as a painting by Pablo Picasso.The forfeiture follows Shkreli’s conviction last October on three of eight counts of securities and wire fraud.The federal government had indicted Shkreli in December of 2015 for running a Ponzi-like scheme, alleging he defrauded investors in two hedge funds he managed and siphoning millions from his pharmaceutical company, Retrophin, to cover losses.But, despite the high-profile trial, Shkreli is best known for raising the price of a drug for parasitic infections by more than 5,000 percent—from $13.50 a pill to $750 a pill—while he was the CEO of Turing Pharmaceutical.Following the fraud conviction, the federal government argued that Shkreli should hand over the $7.36 million in assets because the law states that the court can order forfeiture of any property “which constitutes or is derived from proceeds” of securities fraud.
The firestorm of negativity that surrounded the launch of Star Wars: Battlefront II is still fresh in Electronic Arts’ mind, and the publisher wants to avoid making the same mistake again with its upcoming Battlefield game, rumored to be titled Battlefield V. Though microtransactions will reportedly still be in the game, it doesn’t appear they will have any effect on gameplay.According to Kotaku, Electronic Arts hasn’t yet nailed down the specifics on Battlefield V‘s microtransactions, but developer Dice is “hoping to stick to cosmetics.” This would fall in line with many other multiplayer shooters’ microtransaction strategies, including 2016’s Battlefield 1.Though the game did feature microtransactions and the dreaded “loot boxes,” it managed to avoid significant controversy due to their non-intrusive implementation.By October of last year, more than 19 million people had played the game, and a steady stream of expansions has kept players engaged for well over a year.It will be interesting to see how Electronic Arts moves forward with its other rumored multiplayer shooter, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 3.The previous game did feature microtransactions in order to buy in-game currency, which could be spent on new pieces.
Problems at an Amazon Web Service data center in Virginia today are being blamed for outages affecting some major websites and online services today.Amazon said its highly popular US-East region has been dropping packets all morning, US West Coast time, thanks to unidentified connectivity problem with Direct Connect.That's the system that connects Amazon's data centers to non-Amazon server warehouses and premises.Here's the full text from Amazon's status page:7:29 AM PST We are investigating increased packet loss possibly impacting some AWS Direct Connect customers in the US-EAST-1 Region.9:43 AM PST Connections in the CoreSite VA1 & VA2 (Reston, VA) location, and some connections in the Equinix DC1 - DC6 & DC10 - DC12 (Ashburn, VA) location are inactive.
According to IDC, global spending on digital transformation (DX) was expected to be more than $1.2 trillion in 2017, an increase of 17.8% over 2016.What is more astounding is that this pace of growth will be sustained for the coming years, reaching $2.0 trillion in 2020.Whether it is AI and machine learning going mainstream, the exodus of consumers from retail stores to online ones, the whole-hearted embrace of the sharing economy by Millennials, or the unstoppable rise (and fall) of cryptocurrencies – marketers are staring at disruption everywhere they look.This is likely driven by the inability of CMO’s to manage that budget effectively and prove the ROI on technology investments.However, even that will increasingly come under pressure as market conditions tighten.While some brands see disruption as an opportunity to reinvent themselves and leap forward into the digital age, others have struggled along with half-hearted attempts at change.
Whole genome sequencing is becoming the foundation for precision health, a rapidly growing field that examines differences in people's genetic makeup to provide more personalized and effective healthcare solutions.The University of Texas at Arlington, in partnership with the University of North Texas Health Science Center, is bringing massive genome sequencing capabilities to North Texas through the launch of the North Texas Genome Center housed on the UTA campus.In addition to enhancing healthcare delivery in Texas and the surrounding six-state region, the NTGC will provide important facilities to spur growth in the region's rapidly expanding biotech sector."By bringing together the science, engineering and nursing expertise of UTA with the biomedical research experience of UNTHSC, this new center will be able produce innovative healthcare solutions with a real positive impact on patients."It will offer lower costs and faster service for human whole genome sequencing as compared to other genomics labs.The North Texas Genome Center will feature five NovaSeq6000 gene sequencing systems, which is the most powerful line from Illumina the world-leader in genome sequencing technology.
While the newly unveiled Galaxy S9 duo is yet to hit the shelves, it appears Samsung is already hard at work preparing a new smartphone that could be launched soon, just as a supposed Galaxy Phone leaked online earlier today, having been shared by established industry insider Roland Quandt.Don’t get too excited just yet, the leaked Galaxy phone is not a classy phone meant for the trendy, it is a rugged phone meant for those that are as clumsy as myself.The image shared on Twitter by Roland, show a handset with a single rear camera coupled with a triple LED flash.Its looks also indicate that it might be IP68-certified and MI-STD-810G compliant which is an indication that it might be one of Samsung’s rugged line of smartphone – the Galaxy S9 active and the Xcover 5 easily comes to mind.Like prolific leakster Roland Quandt says, this couldn’t be the Galaxy S9 Active since the baseline Galaxy S9 is yet to hit the stores.Samsung’s Galaxy Xcover was released about a year ago, so we are forced to believe it might be the Galaxy Xcover 5.
Microsoft now provides a new manual update for Windows 10 devices based on sixth-generation Intel processors.The fix is specifically for Windows 10 version 1709 (Fall Creators Update) and Windows Server version 1709 (Server Core).The update applies to most Intel sixth-generation processors in the mainstream market: High-performance desktop chips (S), high-performance mobile chips (H), low-power mobile CPUs (U), ultra-low-power chips in tablets (Y), and those that fall under Intel’s Skylake-U32e umbrella.You can determine the generation of your CPU by the number following the hyphen in its name, such as the “6” in the Core i7-6820HK laptop CPU.The manual Windows 10 update arrives after Intel issued revised updates addressing the Meltdown and Spectre exploits uncovered by Google Project Zero.The company began rolling out fixes in December 2017 just before the exploits when live, but Intel soon pulled the distributions based on reports of incompatibility and frequent system reboots.
Back in the distant past, when Apple was announcing the wireless charging capabilities of the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X, Apple promised a new generation of AirPods that would include a case capable of wireless charging.We even heard a rumor that Apple would sell the case separately for $69.Also, that rumor stated the case would be available in December.While we wait for Apple to get its act together — presumably it’ll launch the new AirPods alongside the upcoming AirPower charging mat, which could literally happen at any time — we turn our collective gaze to Kickstarter to solve this horrible problem of plugging things in.PowerPod Case is a silicone case which holds your AirPod case, which in turn holds your AirPods.Now your AirPod case is protected by silicone, and also now it can charge wirelessly.
Digital Experience Management (DEM) has evolved from traditional network monitoring and application performance management (APM) to become an overwhelmingly important component of IT service delivery and IT-to-business alignment.Featuring recent EMA research on digital, user and customer experience management, this white paper explores the many dimensions of digital experience management and provides insights into:The expanding scope and use cases for DEMWhy companies are failing at DEMPrinciples and practices for effective DEMTop 10 tips for success DEM implementation
If you’re a user of Amazon’s Fire TV, we’ve got some good news for you.Amazon has announced that from February 27 all UK Fire TV devices will be controllable using 'far-field' voice control.What this means is you can bark a command at Alexa on your Echo, and it’ll be able to control your Fire TV.Up until this point, only users with the top-of-the-range Fire TV setup have been able to use Alexa to control their viewing arrangements, and only using the remote with a button.This update means you’re one step closer to ditching the remote control entirely.A whole range of devices
If you’re one of those people who dream of owning a rare piece of Steve Jobs memorabilia, another chance is coming up.But rather than an early computer model or some other product related to his time at Apple, the latest Jobs item to be auction is his very first job application.Dated from 1973, and even signed by an 18-year-old Jobs, the piece of paper is expected to sell for around $50,000.Listed this week by the auction site RR Auction, the 8.5 x 11-inch document includes hand-written responses to an employment questionnaire.The young Jobs filled out the application shortly after dropping out of Reed College, the school he dropped out of after taking classes for only six months.Jobs wrote that he was skilled with computers and calculators, adding “design, tech.”, and that his special abilities included “electronics tech or design engineer.” He listed “english lit” as his major, Reed College as his address, and “none” for a phone number, along with completely skipping over the “past employment” section of the application.
As the US’s leading electric car maker, Tesla knows well that its growing success depends just as much on an accessible charging infrastructure as on simply being able to make enough vehicles to meet demand.Following its previous charing network initiatives, including supercharger locations and charging installations at hotels and restaurants, Tesla has announced another program, this time aimed at business offices.Dubbed the “workplace charging” program, the EV maker’s latest effort offers free Tesla Wall Connectors to employers with office parking lots and commercial property managers.Businesses will need to apply and meet Tesla’s qualifications, and if approved they’ll receive the charging stations and their installation for free.The offer is available across the country, but there are several important details.Namely, that the business will be responsible for the chargers’ operating costs, and that Tesla won’t cover any necessary permitting, construction, or labor costs.