Your phone's most important feature is easily the camera - a good one makes the difference between an all-conquering champion and an also-ran.Sure, picture quality and battery matter too, and for a lot of folks design is just as vital to a phone's appeal.But this year, there's little to choose between the top devices on any of those issues.To help work out once and for all which is best, we've put eight of the best smartphone cameras through their paces, and will be presenting the results to you very soon.Below is a blind test of photos taken with the eight phones: Apple's iPhone 7 Plus, the Google Pixel XL, HTC U11, Huawei P10 Plus, LG G6, OnePlus 5, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Sony's Xperia XZ Premium.We haven't edited, cropped or otherwise tweaked the snaps - they were pulled straight out of each phone.
Much like in a triathlon – the trifecta of swimming, biking, then running – it’s hard to be good at all three disciplines.B2B marketers are familiar with the concept of selling into specific accounts and building relationships that lead to ongoing sales, renewals, and referrals.ABM requires coordination between marketing and sales, which, in many companies, spend more time arm wrestling (as we like to call it at R2i) than aligning.There’s no point in marketing to an account if the sales team won’t pursue it.Thus, ABM often dies because marketing and sales can’t agree on the basics.target account, channel target, services target) to produce useful segments in ABM tools
Foxconn Technology Group founder and chairman Terry Gou Tai-ming could be making the biggest bet of his career as his company builds a highly advanced manufacturing base in the Midwestern United States to rival its operations in China, while dodging the slings and arrows of American politics.Gou joined US President Donald Trump on Wednesday in Washington to unveil Foxconn’s US$10 billion investment in the state of Wisconsin, where a state-of-the-art liquid crystal display (LCD) panel manufacturing plant will be built over the next four years.Taiwan-based Foxconn, known formally as Hon Hai Precision Industry, will receive a generous US$3 billion, 15-year incentive package of tax credits from Wisconsin in the first of a series of expansion initiatives it plans to pursue in the US.But Paul Haswell, a partner at international law firm Pinsent Masons, told the South China Morning Post, warned that since the deal seems to depend so heavily upon tax breaks and initiatives to attract Foxconn to the US, “there’s every risk that with a change of government those tax breaks could dematerialise”.“It’s a gamble insofar as it will associate Foxconn with the Trump administration.”Such a perception did not seem to faze Gou, as he gave credit to Trump, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and the recently established Office of American Innovation, headed by senior adviser to the president Jared Kushner, for supporting his company’s project.
Suddenly, there is extra light blasting from behind my TV screen, making a day-glow title sequence positively atomic.The DreamScreen, a backlighting system that’s designed to make your TV viewing more immersive, is a luxury that I absolutely don’t need.DreamScreen seemed like an upgrade.There’s a smartphone app that works with your wi-fi to download and set up.You do get the “bigger, brighter” TV the product’s website promises, but the lights don’t exactly extend the screen space; they sometimes echo, and sometimes compliment the colours of pixels around the very edges of your screen, sending rays of colour from behind your television across your walls in time with whatever is on.But it can be confounding in undramatic sequences, with bright blurry bits of clothes and other immovable objects echoing off screen, like dislocated fuzzy chunks.
CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, Malaysia's second largest bank by asset scale, said that its subsidiary Touch n Go, in which the bank holds a 52.22% stake, has reached an investment agreement with Alipay to set up a joint venture entity in Malaysia.According to CIMB, Touch n Go will hold a majority stake in the joint venture, while Alipay will hold a minority stake.The joint venture will launch a new payment and related financial services mobile platform in Malaysia.CIMB also said that it is expected that the establishment of this new joint venture will not have major influence on CIMB's profit or net asset value in 2017.If calculating by assets, CIMB is the fifth largest bank in Southeast Asia.Chinese Internet finance enterprises like Ant Financial and WeChat payment are actively expanding overseas recently.
Cyber-thieves have made at least $25m (£19m) from ransomware in the last two years, suggests research by Google.The search giant created thousands of virtual victims of ransomware to expose the payment ecosystem surrounding the malware type.Most of the money was made in 2016 as gangs realised how lucrative it was, revealed a talk at Black Hat.Two types of ransomware made most of the money, it said, but other variants are starting to emerge."It's become a very, very profitable market and is here to stay," said Elie Bursztein from Google who, along with colleagues Kylie McRoberts and Luca Invernizzi, carried out the research.Ransomware is malicious software that infects a machine and then encrypts or scrambles files so they can no longer be used or read.
Several prominent titans in Silicon Valley have voiced their fierce opposition to US President Donald Trump's tweets on Tuesday (25 July) saying the US military "will not accept or allow" transgender individuals to serve "in any capacity".The decision would reverse a policy approved by the Defense Department under his predecessor Barack Obama's administration last year that allowed transgender people to serve openly in the military."After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," Trump tweeted.Many tech leaders, who have voiced objections to Trump's immigration ban and the US exit from the Paris climate deal earlier this year, also took to social media to voice their support for transgender service members and opposition to Trump's proposed ban using the viral hashtag LetThemServe.Here are some of the initial reactions from the biggest technology giants in response to the transgender military ban:Apple CEO Tim Cook, who is a member of the LGBTQ community himself, tweeted: "We are indebted to all who serve.
This lopsided adoption is most clear when we consider that we now trust a car’s built-in collision-avoidance system to protect our lives, yet still question whether a machine can recommend what to write next in a marketing program or which customer should receive a new product offer.Over the past 10 years, marketing automation has grown into a billion-dollar industry by promising to bring personalization and efficiency to marketing programs.The siren call of automated lead nurturing, lead scoring, and triggered responses to critical prospect activities has proved irresistible to B2B organizations: There were nearly 11 times more companies with marketing automation in 2014 than there were in early 2011 (SiriusDecisions), and 60% of companies turning over at least $500 million adopted marketing automation by 2014 (Raab Associates).And every time you measure results, the outcome is that more rules need to be written.To track those looking at how to address this, Forrester recently started a new research theme it calls “content intelligence,” which it defines as “the use of artificial intelligence technologies to understand and capture the qualities inherent in any content.” As the marketing technology analyst David Raab says, “Something has to give: Either marketers stop trying to make the best decisions or they stop relying on rules.”In the face of relentlessly rising customer expectations, leading marketers are investing in AI-based tools – a category that encompasses everything from personalization tools that “learn” from individuals’ online behavior to recommend content more effectively, to tools that can detect minute patterns across massive consumer data sets and predict future behavior.
Black Friday is a boon for shoppers hoping to save on big ticket or popular items.Aside from the stiff competition from other shoppers both online and in stores, Black Friday is one of the best times of the year to get some serious shopping done.These early ads will help you identify some of the deals you want to pounce on quickly.Since stock is generally limited, knowing which deals you want and when they start is the best way to snag them.The discount ranges from 50% to 75% off.The Nerf HyperFire Blaster is $11 off for a price of $43.
Pony Ma Huateng moved up on Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index today and became the second richest man in China–a place previously held by Wanda Group’s founder Wang Jianlin.Ma is the co-founder and CEO of Tencent, one of China’s largest internet companies and is famous for its most-loved instant messaging and social media software QQ and WeChat.A native of Guangdong Province, Ma graduated from Shenzhen University with a computer science degree and started the now-multibillion company with a college friend of his, using his savings from stock investment.He is now estimated to be worth US$33.7 billion.
Content produced in association with Iterable.One core tenet of this approach is prioritizing customer engagement over acquisition: focusing on retaining existing users instead of just acquiring new ones.Studies show that a 5% increase in retention can result in a 25-95% increase in profit.Combined with a robust email marketing strategy, these channels can help drive growth from beginning to end: from early-stage brand building, to boosting conversion rates, to re-engagement and loyalty.Enhanced with the right data, this low-cost approach can deliver astronomical value for money.More than 1 in 10 SMS exchanges in the U.S. are with businesses – used for everything from confirmations and verifications to coupons and customer service.
Huawei is on a highway to success course, especially if we take into account the latest report from analyst company Canalys, regarding the smartphone shipments in China for the second quarter of this year.According to the report, Huawei retains its place as the leader of the Chinese market, with 23 million units sold during Q2 2017 and Oppo is in second place with 21 million units, a significant 37% year to year increase when compared with 2016!Vivo took third place with 16 million shipments between April and June.The Chinese company scored 15 million units during that time and these numbers were enough, to leap over Apple and take the 4th place, with a 60% boost in the Chinese market when compared to last year.This could mean that Xiaomi is in starting to regain all its lost ground during the past few months.According to Canalys, the Mi company still offers the best value in the Chinese market and remains a preferred choice for price-conscious consumers.
Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn on Wednesday announced plans to build a US$10 billion LCD display panel screen plant in Wisconsin.Foxconn, a major supplier to Apple for its iPhones, is formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd.It said last month it plans to invest more than US$10 billion in a display-making factory in the United States.Foxconn said in a statement that it will invest US$10 billion over the next four years to build a factory that “will create 3,000 jobs with the potential to grow to 13,000 new jobs in that state.It signifies the start of a series of investments by Foxconn in American manufacturing in the coming years.”Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said at a White House event that the state will award US$3 billion in incentives and sign a memorandum of understanding on the investment on Thursday.
Sage targets new opportunities in the North America market with the $850m acquisition.Sage is to acquire cloud-based financial software company Intacct for $850m.The deal, which is the largest the company has ever made, will be funded by cash and stock transaction.The idea behind the move to buy the 19-year old accounting software company, appears to be to expand on Sage’s existing cloud financial management offerings and marks the third start-up Sage has acquired this year, following on from Compass, and Fairsail.“Today we take another major step forward in delivering our strategy and we are thrilled to welcome Intacct into the Sage family.The acquisition of Intacct supports our ambitions for accelerating growth by winning new customers at scale and builds on our other cloud-first acquisitions, strengthening the Sage Business Cloud.
If you’re reading this, then you’ve likely followed the same long, arduous journey the rest of have in anticipating the release of AMD Vega graphics chips.The latest chapter in that saga is a huge update to AMD’s Radeon Software Crimson ReLive app for PCs equipped with Radeon hardware.Known verbosely as AMD Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.7.2, this updated version of the app builds off the firm’s sizable Crimson ReLive update that landed six months ago.With this update, you’ll have deeper control of your Radeon graphics card than ever before.Naturally, all we care about here is how the newest Radeon Software version affects how well games run on your gaming PC after the install.How does this make my games better?
Social media marketers, do you feel a brief pang of envy when a brand gets sassy on Twitter or Facebook?We may never get the sweet satisfaction of seeing a tweet full of biting wit go viral.The good folks at Sprout Social just released their Q2 2017 Sprout Social Index, and they’re taking aim at precisely that question.It lets people know that there are actual human beings behind the brand, seeking to entertain just as much as they inform.But we should make sure the humor is not all that we’re bringing to the table.Sprout Social found that while 3 in 4 consumers appreciate humor from brands, being funny was 4th on the list of what consumers really want from brands on social media:
It seems as Elephone have some P9000 left in stock and are ready to give them away at a super discounted price.The special promotion will take place over at Gearbest; let’s learn more about it.The Elephone P9000 is quite an old device but still packs some interesting hardware.Going from MediaTek’s power efficient Helio P10 to a good 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (expandable).The screen on this handset is 5.5-inch big and sports full HD resolution.Camera wise, the P9000 is equipped with a 13MP rear shooter (F/2.0 aperture) and an 8.0MP selfie snapper at the front.
Online marketplace Amazon is working to deploy augmented reality to give its customers a more personalised shopping experience, according to a recently discovered patent filed by the company.The patent, based on an application filed in 2013, describes a system which would use augmented reality to a give a real-life feel as to how certain items will look on you.The technology uses 3D sensors to generate a cloud of data points to determine the exact position of a real-life object.So, if you're willing to try some watch online, the AR technology will use the camera of your device to capture the position and orientation of your hand and superimpose a virtual image of the object.It will also collect lighting data to give a real-world feel of the object with reflection and finer details."The items may include jewelry, eyeglasses, watches, home furnishings, and so forth.
Internet ballot-stuffing has existed for as long as Rickrolling, if not longer, but it used to be a serious endeavour requiring a certain level of commitment, however misguided.Yesterday a Reddit community sprung up dedicated to the proposition that it's worth the trouble to use bots to skew a Radio Times poll.Yes, the TV listings mag beloved of aunties across this United Kingdom, and specifically, its website, radiotimes.com, where the poll was run.The poll, managed by PollDaddy, saw James O'Brien of talk radio station LBC pitted against Brady Haran of the podcast Hello Internet in the final two of the radio and podcast award.The netizens appeared to want O'Brien, who had been shortlisted in the poll, which closed at 2200 BST last night, to lose and Haran, whose Hello Internet listeners are known as "Tims", to win.Judging by the chat on the thread, PollDaddy's developers valiantly deployed bans on IP addresses that voted too often as well as slinging out CAPTCHAs to those voters it was not sure about.
How will artificial intelligence (AI) shape the future of humanity?It's a question that is being hotly-debated among some of the more prominent technology figures, from Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to Tesla's Elon Musk.Cuban, the multi-billionaire tech investor, businessman and star from US Dragon's Den clone "Shark Tank", said he believes that many people are still underestimating the potential AI has to radically alter the world we live in, especially when it comes to the sheer pace of progress."It scares the s**t out of me," he told attendees at the Ozy Fest conference in New York City, as reported by CNBC this week (Tuesday 25 July).He continued: "However much change you saw over the last 10 years with the iPhone, over the last 20 years with the internet, over the last 30 years with PC's, etc., that is nothing."Either you make them think for you or they will take your place and do the thinking for you.