WhatsApp has launched a business version of the popular messaging app, just to make sure businesses don’t actually have to talk to those pesky customers face-to-face.The move should not come as a surprise as the man on the street either doesn’t have the time to talk to businesses on the phone, or quite frankly doesn’t want to.The resentment of conversation goes both ways.“People all around the world use WhatsApp to connect with small businesses they care about — from online clothing companies in India to auto parts stores in Brazil,” the company said on its blog.“But WhatsApp was built for people and we want to improve the business experience.For example, by making it easier for businesses to respond to customers, separating customer and personal messages, and creating an official presence.”
The stars of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul, and The World’s End are hoping to explore more weirdness.Variety reports that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are currently developing a TV show called Truth Seekers, a half-hour horror-comedy about a team of paranormal investigators.“Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something,” Pegg told Variety.“It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global.It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown.Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.”
Riding the coattails of upcoming VR hardware like HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, it was a return to the risque days when CES overlapped with the adult-themed AVN (Adult Video News) show, making an awkward mix of adult entertainment and tech.This year, Naughty America lurked in a smaller closed-off demo space at the back of one of the busiest halls.The videos are better-made, produced with smaller, higher-quality cameras.I see a dancer in the middle of the booth, clothed, twisting and posing.The app, Paul says, will be submitted to the iOS App Store soon, and it doesn't have any X-rated content, it's just models of adult video stars, clothed, as if they're standing in the room with you.It's not much different than existing AR apps like Holo, which places celebrity impersonators in your home for AR photo opps.
"Big Little Lies" was so popular with critics and audiences that the limited series is getting a second season.HBOHBO has given us the gift of some of the greatest TV shows of all time — like "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Wire," and "Game of Thrones" — throughout its history of original programming.But HBO has also released a lot of prestige shows that critics love, but normal people don't.This is especially relevant now that old shows are available to binge-watch on HBO Now or HBO Go.Here are all the HBO shows that critics and audiences agree on, according to their scores on Rotten Tomatoes:(Note: We left off animated, children's, documentary/reality, and foreign programming, as well as miniseries, with a few notable exceptions.)
The North American pickup truck buyer is a strange species of consumer, very unlike any other in any other locale.Their somewhat Freudian motivations for choosing one pickup over another are well documented, but one area that hasn't been fully investigated until now is their concept of brand loyalty.CarGurus decided that brand loyalty was a study worth undertaking, so it surveyed 450 American pickup owners (not necessarily owners of American pickups, mind you) to see how deep their loyalties actually ran and the answers are a little surprising.Typically, when talking about the pickup segment of the market, the conversation revolves around offerings from the Detroit Three: Ford, GM and Dodge.So-called foreign manufacturers (though the bulk of trucks and SUVs from Japanese manufacturers are built in the US of A) are thought of as also-rans, but it turns out that the owners of these also-rans are the most die-hard of all.CarGurus wanted to find out what it would take to make someone switch brands of truck and the results were pretty interesting.
Memories are funny old things – they stretch and distort over time, some are lost to the mists of the past, others solidified so real they could have happened yesterday, others lost entirely to age and memory loss.I was talking this Christmas with my husband about our earliest memories and how strange it is to think that our nearly five-year-old daughter will forget most of the things she’s done and lived before now.I can vaguely recall dancing around my old house in a tartan kilt and arran jumper when I was probably about three but my first solid memory is going to visit my newborn baby brother in hospital wearing that same arran jumper (I must have really loved that jumper for it to be in my two earliest memories!)Currently my daughter can remember her Aunty Lorna reading her Mog the Forgetful Cat when she was probably about two and a family holiday to Crackington Haven in Cornwall – indelibly written into her mind as the place where we went for ice cream and the shop had sold out, as well as the last holiday we had a family of three as I was heavily pregnant with my son at the time.She also has almost photographic recall of every ice cream she’s ever eaten and the intricate plot structures of various Disney films!We too will forget some of these details that seem so important at the time.
An anonymous Instagram account by the name of "Diet Madison Avenue" has started calling out men accused of sexual misconduct in advertising and media.The social media platform has been home to this group of individuals, with the description, "exposing sexual harassment in advertising agencies since October 2017, cuz HR won't."According to whistleblowers' bio, each of the stories have been diligently researched and confidential.The page has posted necessary info for their over 2,000 followers, especially those who have been victimized by industry professionals, including hotlines like the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, Center Against Sexual Assault, the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, and the National Alliance for Mental Illness.It has also given relevant information regarding other key issues in the industry, including mansplaining, speaking up to men who show signs of disrespect, and becoming an ally for underrepresented groups.The page has also referenced the dismissal of at least three men in positions of executive power, including Publicis Seattle's Andrew Christou, and the Martin Agency's Joe Alexander, both released under scrutiny of sexual misconduct.
Derbyshire-based business communications providerA1 Comms has reached a new partnership with Vodafone UK.The deal will expand the range of devices that are available to A1 customers through its websites and high street outlets.Vodafone joins EE, O2 and Three as a network provider to A1 Comms, offering more choice to its customers.AI Comms, which recently won Best Dealer at EE’s annual Indirect Retail Partner Awards, is also hoping that the new agreement will provide more opportunities to its own retail partners and affiliates.The company recently celebrated its 20th anniversary by hitting record sales.The company is forecasting revenue of over £130m this financial year, a 56% increase on the previous year.
Spanning 11 venues, 24 categories and 2.5 million square feet, the show floor of the Consumer Electronics Show is a maze of startups and big brands showing off everything from souped-up television sets to Internet of Things devices and appliances.To help clients manage the show floor, agencies and publishers put together curated tours to feature the crème de la crème of companies that targe specific clients.For example, Mindshare’s hourlong tour stopped at 16 booths from major brands like Sleep Number, which is relaying biometric data about sleep from connected mattresses to health apps, and smaller startups that analyze air-quality data.In terms of how marketers use data,“2018 is going to be the year of consumer privacy,” said Rachel Lowenstein, manager of strategic innovation at Mindshare North America’s Life+, while leading a small tour at Sands Expo.Here are eight companies Lowenstein mentioned during the tour that brands may not know about or what they do.Nail art is a booming trend for beauty brands, and O’2 makes portable printers that decorate nails by placing people’s fingers in a machine.
Since the first announcement of Blizzard’s Overwatch League, I’ve tried to stay excited.After all, this is the first time that an esports organization was going to do some of the things I’ve always said I wanted: city-based teams, seasonal play, and base-pay for players.The problem is that in the time since Blizzard revealed the idea in November 2016, I’ve started to think that even with all the things I like about the Overwatch League concept, that I still wouldn’t want to tune in.In action, the matches look a lot like high-level play from other competitive Overwatch events, but the key is to find ways to give the audience a reason to care about the results of that play.Obviously, if you’re from New York, London, Los Angeles, or one of the eight other cities with an OWL squad, you have built-in rooting interests.I still think that’s important, especially since most people come up with regional reasons to root for one club over another in leagues that don’t use a city model.
Honda has revealed the replacement to the Civic Hybrid, with the 2019 Honda Insight breaking cover ahead of the Detroit auto show next week.The brand new twin-motor car revives the long-standing Insight name, with Honda aiming to slot the hybrid into its range above the Civic as a more premium compact option.That also means Honda can presumably price it higher, though it’s unclear what the sticker on the new 2019 Insight will be at this stage.Honda says it’ll launch the car later in 2018, but for the moment we have a pretty solid idea of what it will look like courtesy of the Honda Insight Prototype that’ll be brought to the North American International Auto Show in just a few days time.By dividing the hybrid away from the Civic, Honda has taken the opportunity to give it a new design.Low-profile LED headlamps and taillamps are combined with a broader example of Honda’s distinctive grille, while the aerodynamically tapering roof-line has echoes of a four-door coupe.
As the months pass, Xiaomi continues to go from strength to strength in India.The company’s budget smartphones have been well received by the price conscious Indian populace.And it looks that, the Chinese brand’s dominance will continue.Xiaomi India head, Manu Kumar Jain, tweeted yesterday that they’ve sold more than 1 million Redmi 5A units in India in 1 month.Xiaomi’s Redmi 5A launched on December 7, 2017, is an entry-level phone, a successor to the Redmi 4A.It was launched at a rock bottom price of Rs 5,999 (2 GB).
We document our lives onto our devices, but for many, a supposedly “smart” device often feels like it is missing a certain spark of intelligence.Much like the CPU and GPU hardware inside your current smartphone, tablet or laptop, the NPU is able to power a number of high-end machine learning algorithms that provide AI smarts far beyond anything else on the market today.The NPU works in tandem with the EMUI 8.0 software running in the Honor View10, creating a profile based on a person’s usage habits and behaviour when using the device.It might be able to recognise what times you use your phone the most, and focus computing power towards those times, or perhaps spot which apps are your favourites, ensuring that you can log in and access these without delay.The more you use your device, the more it learns more about you, working to create a smoother, more efficient user experience.Your smartphone camera is also about to get much smarter, as the Honor View10 brings a number of AI tools to make sure you always capture the perfect shot.
Owen Wilson seemed to enjoy France the last time he was there.Now he’s back—and bringing an American staple, Oreo cookies, with him.A new Oreo campaign in France, from Paris agency Buzzman, is about as goofy as it gets, featuring the actor serving as pitchman but getting all of his commercial lines ludicrously wrong.Because he can’t really speak French, get it?!Error loading player: No playable sources foundYes, it’s a bottom-feeding creative approach, but Wilson brings just enough of his charm to the proceedings that it’s not a completely wretched viewing experience.
The social network is shutting down its virtual assistant chatbot, which uses a combination of human contractors and artificial intelligence software to answer queries and perform tasks for people in Facebook's Messenger app.The M bot, first announced in August 2015 and still in beta, will be shut down on Jan. 19, the company said Monday.When someone asked M a question, the software's AI produced a response.The response was then reviewed by human contractors to see if the software generated answers that were on the right track.If the reply was sufficient, it was sent back to the user.Facebook has had contractors available for the M bot 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Proliferation of video tracking in Blighty 'undermines' efforts to improveThe UK's surveillance camera commissioner has told the British government to adopt a "common sense position" and bring all bodies using surveillance camera systems under its code of practice.Tony Porter, whose term as commissioner was in 2017 extended for another three years, used his annual report, published yesterday, to call for the Surveillance Camera Code to extend to rail franchises, the health sector and transport hubs.He also used it to raise concerns about inaccuracies in the UK's use of Automatic Number Plate Regulation (ANPR) technologies and ask for the database to be placed on a statutory footing by the government, as well as lobby for more resourcing for his office.At the moment, the so-called relevant authorities are those covered by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, which include local governments, but not organisations like Transport for London, the health sector or airports."It is a nonsense that the smallest of parish councils in England and Wales must have regard to the SC Code in the operation of their surveillance camera systems yet the operators of such huge and intrusive systems that invade upon the every day life of citizens, do not," the report stated.
What if I told you that useful information that could help protect you from skin cancer is only a raindrop-sized button away?That's what L'Oreal debuted at CES 2018 with their UV Sense device.The company developed the first battery-free wearable that measures UV exposure.At only 2mm thick and 9mm in diameter, the tiny electronic sensor can be worn on a fingernail, pair of sunglasses or any other item that's exposed to sunlight.It's reusable and re-adhesive, allowing for fashionably decorated models to be cleverly disguised as nail art.The UV Sense works with an accompanying app, available for both iOS and Android, that syncs and translates the data from the sensor using NFC.
Nvidia has banned the use of its consumer-grade GPUs in data centers, the Register reported.This decision forces organizations to pay for the more expensive chips such as the Tesla V100.The GPU company updated the license agreements of its Titan and GeForce software to reflect this change.“No Datacenter Deployment,” the updated agreement reads.“The SOFTWARE is not licensed for datacenter deployment, except that blockchain processing in a datacenter is permitted.”Prior to this change, it was possible for data centers to use several Titan or GeForce GPUs in servers in order to power things such as A.I.
Awards season officially begins this Sunday (7 January) - well, technically in the early hours of Monday morning - when the Golden Globes takes place in Los Angeles.The 75th annual Golden Globes will see stars from the small screen honoured alongside those who’ve taken the lead in the biggest films of the past 12 months, with ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘Call Me Your By Your Name’ all tipped to win.With just days to go, it’s time to plan how to keep up with all the action as it takes place overnight.Sadly, we can’t help with your all-nighter alarms or snack supplies, but what we do have is all the info on how to access the latest videos, pictures and updates through the night…The red carpet action *is* on televisionwill be reporting live from the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, giving fans their first look at the stars as they arrive.
Famed music mogul and Beats Electronics co-founder Jimmy Iovine plans to leave Apple this August, according to multiple reports.Bloomberg, Billboard, and Hits Daily Double all cite sources close to Iovine, who say he is unlikely to change his mind.Some or all of those sources believe that Iovine's departure is timed with the concluding payout to Iovine related to Apple's acquisition of Beats in 2014.Iovine joined Apple with that acquisition and has acted as a creative and business lead for the Apple Music streaming service in partnership of Eddie Cue, who heads up Apple's internet software and services division.Iovine has reportedly been a key figure behind initiatives like exclusive content on Apple Music, like special albums or video series like Carpool Karaoke.It has 30 million paying subscribers, but Spotify has 70 million.