Like many entrepreneurial professionals, Lynne Lambert sees a lot of swag in her business travels, and also like many professionals, she has to make a tough call about the swag bags she’s found herself toting around trade-show floors.Do I bring it home and see if anyone in my household wants it?” Lambert says.As Lambert sees it, the problem with swag isn’t so much that it’s bad, it’s just that it’s, well, swag: otherwise useful items that are labeled so conspicuously with brand names and logos that she feels duped if she decides to keep the stuff.“Many of us are not comfortable being a free walking advertisement for a company,” she says, “and many companies aren’t doing anything more than putting logos in big text across the products.She just started her own brand—it’s called Mapt Gear—that makes the anti-swag swag bag, a high-quality, stylish tote that publicizes a brand without turning into a walking billboard.As the name suggests, Mapt Gear puts maps on gear.
Hedge funds wanting a court-ordered higher share price from HP when it acquired Aruba have been dealt a blow costing them $17.3m.HP bought wireless networking supplier Aruba for $2.8bn in May 2015, paying $24.67/share.There were no other bidders and lawsuits were filed by stockholders arguing HP should have paid a higher price.One of them was an appraisal suit from stockholders, led by a pair of Verition hedge funds and filed in August 2015.A judge in the Delaware Chancery court* has held in a 129-page opinion that they should receive just $17.13/share for their Aruba holdings.This price is based on Aruba's fair value as a going concern, not the deal price, he maintained.
- Experimental physicists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst today report that they have developed a fast, dynamic new process for wrapping liquid droplets in ultrathin polymer sheets, so what once was a painstaking process taking tens of minutes can now be done in a fraction of a second.Physics professor Narayanan Menon, with current postdoctoral researcher Deepak Kumar, former postdoc Joseph Paulsen and professor of polymer science Thomas Russell, report their findings in the current issue of Science.As Menon explains, many research groups around the world are working on the problem of wrapping liquid droplets to stabilize emulsions, which can be useful in drug delivery systems, for example, or for remediating oil spills.The customary method is to use a layer of fluid that acts as a surfactant to keep oils and water in suspension.But a liquid surfactant layer has no rigidity, it cannot hold a shape.He says, "Let's say I ask you to wrap up a basketball and I give you tape and paper.
ANN ARBOR -- The added weight, electricity demand and aerodynamic drag of the sensors and computers used in autonomous vehicles are significant contributors to their lifetime energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study.However, when savings from the driving efficiencies associated with self-driving vehicles are factored into the equation, the net result is a reduction in lifetime energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions of up to 9 percent compared to the conventional vehicles examined in the University of Michigan-led study."This study explored the tradeoffs between the increased environmental impacts from adding autonomous vehicle equipment with the expected gains in driving efficiency," said study co-author Gregory Keoleian, director of the Center for Sustainable Systems at U-M's School for Environment and Sustainability."Our findings highlight the need to focus on energy efficiency when designing autonomous vehicles so that the full environmental benefits of this emerging, transformative technology can be realized.The research was supported by grants from the Ford Motor Co.The study is a detailed assessment of the lifetime contributions of the sensing and computing subsystems in autonomous vehicles to energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions.
Tropical Cyclone Gita recently battered and drenched first Samoa and then Tonga as it passed close to both island groups.Gita was a tropical storm with winds of about 40 knots (46 mph) when it passed to the south of Samoa but still caused widespread destruction and flooding.The tropical cyclone's winds had increased to about 125 knots (144 mph) when it battered Tonga as the equivalent of a category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.Destructive winds were the main cause of destruction but heavy rains also drenched Tonga.Many structures were destroyed including Tonga's historic Parliament House.IMERG data were used to calculate estimates of precipitation totals from a combination of space-borne passive microwave sensors, including the GMI microwave sensor on the GPM or Global Precipitation Measurement mission satellite, and geostationary IR (infrared) data.
My name is Sean, and last week, I fell down some stairs and messed up my leg.(Spoiler alert: a whole lot of Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition)Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition's intro cutscene was over before I got called in for X-rays, leaving me with nothing to do but tweet about it.I wasn't completely sold, but the PlayStation 4 version of the game had dug its hooks in me so deep that it actually tricked me into buying Cup Noodles.Damn it all: I just had to keep playing.At least the first taste (no, not of the noodles) is free.
The Hawaii state legislature is now considering two sets of bills that would regulate games containing randomized in-game item purchases—commonly known as loot boxes—much like casino games, barring minors from purchase and requiring odds disclosures and public warnings.House Bill 2686 and its accompanying Senate version would prohibit retailers (including those that operate online) from selling games that include "a system of further purchasing a randomized reward or rewards" to anyone under 21 years of age.Many US retailers already prevent children under 17 from buying games rated "M for Mature" or "AO for Adults Only" by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).Those voluntary restrictions don't have the force of law, though, and a landmark 2011 Supreme court decision overturned state laws that attempted such content-based age restrictions on First Amendment grounds.Hawaii's House bill 2727, meanwhile, would require game publishers to publicly disclose the odds of obtaining specific items from randomized loot boxes in their games.Apple already imposes a similar requirement on games in its iOS App Store, as does a 2017 Chinese law.
A spokesperson for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics organizing committee has confirmed that the Games fell victim to hackers just prior to the opening ceremony.The website for the Games crashed, with visitors unable to print tickets or view information for about 12 hours.Since no official word was forthcoming on the day, speculation was rife that the outage was not accidental.The news of the hack was made official the next day."We know the cause of that problem, but [these kinds] of issues occur very frequently during the Olympic Games," Pyeongchang organising committee spokesman Sung Baik-you said on Saturday.The attack compromised the Games’ internet protocol televisions at the press center.
A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the Google Pixel 2 XL international giveaway: Timothy H. (U.K.)This week we are giving away a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 courtesy of Pisen!Pisen’s 2-in-1 Hand Warmer & Power Bank will not only keep your phone charged, but also keep you warm in the process.It also packs a 7,500 mAh battery inside, which is enough to charge your Galaxy Note 8 well over two times on a single charge.If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone, this might be the perfect gift.Use the coupon code poweruplove to get an extra 25% off your purchase on Amazon!
Email is a powerful tool in the modern world.It can not only be used for professional correspondence, but for a variety of other purposes as well, including messages from your school or university, keeping in touch with distant friends or family, sending digital files, marketing for your business, contacting multiple people at once, or just generally keeping track of your online accounts and purchases.The ease of sending email, and the fact that most people have more than one email address, means your inbox(s) can quickly fill with spam.While you can unsubscribe from mailing lists through Google, you might still find emails in your inbox that you’d rather not see.Gmail users who want to shut out this noise will be pleased to know they can do so with just a few clicks.Blocking a particular email address through Gmail means you will no longer receive messages from that account in your inbox.
Blockchain promises to revolutionize all sorts of businesses, and cryptocurrencies could help rewrite the rules of finance.But today, let's focus on how they let you discover that Elon Musk is worth more than Emma Watson for collectors of a sort of digital baseball card.A group of San Francisco-area programmers launched a site, unveiled Thursday, called Crypto Celebrities that periodically sells new digital cards for various notable people for $1.If you're willing to pay more, you can snatch the card away from its owner.Crypto Celebrities keeps 6 percent of the price, but if celebrities plug the system on Twitter, it'll redirect half of the take to the celebrity or the celebrity's preferred charity.Right now, it's a three-way tie among President Donald Trump, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and Vitalik Buterin, creator of the Ethereum Project cryptocurrency.
Confirmed in April 2017, WhatsApp’s mobile payments service went live in India in beta.The service connects your bank account to India’s UPI platform.It is unknown when the payments service will be available in Europe, North America, and other territories.10 months after WhatsApp confirmed it was working on a digital payments service, the Facebook-owned messaging company seemingly launched the service in India.Available for beta users, the payments service is available from a chat window through the Attachments menu.From there, users can select their preferred bank account and have it connected to the Indian government’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI) platform.
More competition is scheduled for tomorrow including figure skating and freestyle skiing.NBC is the official broadcast partner for the 2018 Winter Olympics here in the United States and plans to blanket its various NBCUniversal networks — NBC, NBC Sports Network, USA, CNBC, and the Olympic Channel — with coverage.Live primetime coverage of Alpine skiing, figure skating, snowboarding, freestyle skiing and short track speed skating.Daytime coverage from 3 to 5PM on weekdays and 3 to 6PM on weekends across all time zones beginning February 10th.Live men’s and women’s hockey finals.If you’ve got traditional cable:
The Uber vs. Waymo trial took a turn for the the weird today when testimony revealed that Otto, the company whose acquisition is at the center of this lawsuit, was entertaining bids from other suitors.For a bit of background, Otto is the self-driving truck company that Anthony Levandowski co-founded with Lior Ron.Both men previously worked at Google/Alphabet/Waymo — Levandowski on autonomous vehicles (first at Google X, the company’s moonshot division, and then at Waymo, which was spun out as an independent subsidiary business of Alphabet, Google’s holding company) and Ron at Google Maps.During proceedings, Ron, Otto’s co-founder with Levandowski revealed that the company was not just in acquisition negotiations with Uber — which eventually acquired the company (the event that triggered this lawsuit) — but was also entertaining bids from Uber’s chief competitor in the U.S. Lyft.Ron says Lyft had discussed numbers and had a written offer.Lyft had discussions with Otto and had set milestones as well.
iOS 11.3 is a pretty major update, and one of its most notable tweaks is in response to one of the bigger PR controversies to hit Apple in recent times.It recently became apparent that iOS contains a feature to slow down older iPhones’ processors when their batteries degrade to the point that they’re no longer able to deliver peak performance; Apple says it’s designed to prevent the phones from unexpectedly shutting down altogether.A lot of people were unhappy with the revelation, and Apple responded by cutting the price of an iPhone battery replacement from $79 to $29 and pledging to give users the ability to turn off the throttling in iOS 11.3.That ability has now arrived in versions of iOS 11.3 rolling out to developers; it should come to public beta testers within the next few days, and it’ll likely be available in a final release within the coming weeks — whenever it does arrive on your phone, here’s how to use it for yourself.The battery management features were only added in the second beta version, so you’ll need to update even if you downloaded the first iOS 11.3 beta last month.Ordinarily we wouldn’t advise installing beta software on a primary device, because it often isn’t stable — that’s why it’s in beta.
Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Anthony Levandowski are accused of conspiring to steal trade secrets from Waymo.Associated PressIT and digital forensics played a big part of Day 2 testimonies at the Uber vs. Waymo trial on Tuesday.Gary Brown, a security engineer at Google, was called to the stand by Waymo to testify on the allegations that former star self-driving car engineer Anthony Levandowski downloaded 14,107 files before leaving the company.Brown testified that he discovered Levandowski's alleged theft by using three IT tools.Brown testified on Tuesday that he was one of two people who ran forensics on the computer belonging to Anthony Levandowski, a former star engineer at Waymo accused of stealing trade secrets and sharing them with Uber.Brown testified that he discovered logs that showed 9.74 GB of data, equalling 14,107 files, were downloaded onto a USB drive from a computer issued to Levandowski by Google.
Cryptocurrency crash extends to another day.Bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin, ripple, and bitcoin cash are all suffering double-digit percentage losses.LONDON — Cryptocurrencies are diving again on Tuesday, extending a slump that began in earnest at the start of January.Bitcoin briefly fell below $6,000 at around 8.00 a.m. GMT (3.00 a.m.Bitcoin is down 11.1% to $6,131.33.Tuesday's slump follows carnage in the crypto market on Friday and a market slump in early January.
A new limited edition version of the Razer Phone is available, which includes a gold color variant of Razer’s logo on the back.This new version, which also comes in some nice red packaging, is available in both the US and Hong Kong to celebrate the Chinese Spring Festival.The price of the Razer Phone Gold Edition is the same at $699.99.The Razer Phone was one of the more impressive Android smartphones released in 2017, at least in terms of its gaming and hardware features.It’s now 2018 and yet the Razer phone remains a compelling choice.Making a great thing even better, today Razer started selling a limited edition version of the phone, which replaces the normal Razer logo on the back for one that has a gold color.
It’s somewhat amusing that in Motorola’s zeal to make sure everyone understands how practical and useful its Moto Mods concept is, it may have neglected the one use case that could appeal to the masses better: stylish covers.The first collection of Moto Mod style shells came out back in 2016 and was never heard from again.Now Motorola is back and this time it added something it should have provided in the first place: protection for your Moto Z phone courtesy of Corning’s Gorilla Glass.To some extent, their absence was understandable.The first style shells were meant to offer the texture of wood or nylon, which would nearly be impossible if you put glass on top.On the other hand, phones with glass backs have already come in fashion last year, so Motorola is still late to the show.
Backed by $46 million from Andreessen Horowitz and Greylock Partners, Caffeine was co-founded by former Product Design Lead for Apple TV and Chomp co-founder Ben Keighran, along with Senior User Experience Designer at Apple, Sam Roberts.He later spent several years working on the look-and-feel for the Apple TV, before leaving Apple in 2016 to start his own company.Of course, it’s no small matter to take on incumbents like Twitch and YouTube, and to a lesser extent, Twitter’s Periscope, Facebook Live, and Microsoft’s Mixer.You can’t simply build yet another live streaming service and hope for the best – you have to create something original and differentiated.For Caffeine, that’s a suite of technology products and new experiences that existing rivals don’t have.“There’s about 800 million gamers out there, but there’s roughly 2 million content creators a month on Twitch.