Adobe last month announced it had reached its goal of gender pay parity for its employees in the United States, and that it would do so elsewhere by early 2018.Before now, female employees were being paid one cent less than men in the same position.It’s a great move towards fostering a diverse workforce, though Adobe needs to do just a bit more work hiring a diverse workforce.Adobe’s move comes as part of a Equal Pay Pledge, which Adobe signed two years ago along with several other companies, including Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft.Adobe is proud to join the list of companies committed to equal pay.Paychecks are important, not only because they cover the needs of employees and their families, but also because they are an important indicator of fair treatment.
I got to sit down with Microsoft prior to the start of CES to talk about the broad future visions they’ve been sharing with folks all week.As you would expect, given this is CES, focus was on personal technology.They had the advantage of leverage because they had lots of hardware licensees while Apple and Sun had to go it alone.(Strangely this strategy didn’t work with Smartphones but that was largely because Microsoft didn’t capture the developers like they did initially with Windows).Apple must spend (which they aren’t doing well now) considerably more on marketing to drive people to their offerings, while Microsoft (and the hardware OEMs) shoot out many products hoping they’ll hit customers current needs.Apple’s strategy results in higher marketing costs while Microsoft’s results in higher manufacturing and logistics costs.
Serving as an all-purpose media hubs for many players, the Xbox One can be a crowded place, with dozens of games and apps we use regularly.While the ever-evolving dashboard does an admirable job giving you tools to cut through the chaos and find what you need, the Xbox One allows you to avoid all that by “pinning” your favorite games and apps to your home screen for easy access.Here’s our quick guide on how to pin a game or app on Xbox One.How to pin a game or appStep 1: Find the game or app you want to pinTo locate whatever game or app you want, select the “My Games & Apps” tile from the dashboard or Xbox Guide.
This week the folks at Niantic announced an update to Pokemon GO, an update that might not sit well for users of elderly iPhones.This update requires that device have the ability to upgrade to iOS 11.As such, some older iPhones will not be allowed to use the app through the future.If your iPhone is not capable of running iOS 11, you’ll have to quit playing Pokemon GO until you get a new phone.According to Niantic, “In an upcoming update to Pokémon GO, we will end support for Apple devices not capable of upgrading to iOS 11, such as iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c models.” This isn’t the only set of iPhone devices that wont be able to play, but it is the most recent.If you have an iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, or newer, you’ll still be good to go.
It's 2018 and a Word doc can still pwn your Windows computerPatch Tuesday In case you've been hiding under a rock for the entirety of this new year (and we don't blame you if you have) there are a handful of major security flaws that have been dominating the news, and feature prominently in this month's Patch Tuesday update load.First, let's look at the latest developments in the Meltdown/Spectre saga:Nvidia, IBM deliver Spectre patchesNvidia has got around to kicking out graphics driver updates that address the Spectre flaws present in its hardware – for example, here are some patches for Ubuntu.And now back to your regularly scheduled patch headache
2017 was a big year for not only 2-in-1 laptops, but 15-inchers in particular.However, if the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is anything to go by, 2018 is going to be an even bigger year — in both size and importance.Here’s a laptop that calls itself the most powerful 2-in-1 ever, and for a frankly limited time only, that will assuredly be the case.That means that, yes, Dell’s latest flagship hybrid machine supports integrated AMD Radeon RX “Vega M GL” graphics featuring a form of high-bandwidth memory called HBM2.Whereas the 15-inch version of the Surface Book 2 will set you back upwards of $2,500, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 starts at a comparably modest $1,299.Both are equipped with flattering looks intended to make you swoon, and neither is particularly gaudy or peculiar.
It appears that 2018 is already shaping up to be the year of women working together across race and class divides to fight back against sexism and sexual harassment.On the very first day of January, new movement Time’s Up was announced via an open letter from women working in the entertainment industry.Some very powerful women in the entertainment industry created Time’s Up, but this is not about personal gain – they are using their status to help the disempowered.The movement is the work of more than 300 female professionals from the fields of television, film and theatre, including producers, actresses, writers and directors.Just a selection of the starry names leading and contributing to the initiative are Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Ashley Judd, America Ferrera, Rashida Jones, Selena Gomez, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria and Ellen Page, as well as Donna Langley, the chairwoman of Universal Pictures, and top lawyers Nina L. Shaw and Tina Tchen.Their aim, is to raise $15m for a legal defense fund that can benefit low income victims of sexual misconduct.
Samsung has made fridges with touchscreens before.LG has made fridges with doors that turn transparent to show you the inside.But this year at CES 2018, those two ideas are finally merging into one with LG’s new InstaView ThinQ smart refrigerator, which features a 29-inch touchscreen that users can turn transparent to look inside by knocking on it twice.You’ll also be able to use the touchscreen to manage your food using LG’s webOS software and Amazon’s Alexa, which will let you tag food with virtual stickers and expiration dates and get automatic reminders when things are running low or about to go bad.There’s also a wide angle panoramic camera on the inside of the fridge that will let you remotely view your fridge while you’re out and about to check and see if you’re actually out of milk or not.Unfortunately, the only image that LG has shared showing the fridge is a low-resolution shot on its YouTube page banner, but it seems that you’ll be able to still use the screen while turning it translucent, allowing you to tag food directly in a vaguely augmented reality-esque move.
Microsoft just released several updates aimed at helping protect Surface devices from the two security vulnerabilities exposed by CPU bugs.The two bugs, nicknamed Meltdown and Spectre, affect almost every device made in the past 20 years, including AMD, ARM, and Intel systems and processors.Installing the newest patch is one of the main ways users can protect themselves from Meltdown and Spectre.The support article about the new updates by Microsoft states that the company is also aware of how the vulnerabilities could impact its cloud services and has attempted to secure them.For now, there aren’t any confirmed attacks on Microsoft customers exploiting the vulnerabilities.“Microsoft has not received any information to indicate that these vulnerabilities have been used to attack customers at this time,” the article states.
Canadian indie developer Sabotage Studio has announced The Messenger, a new ninja-themed platform game coming in 2018.It’s the debut for this Quebec-based company.It also features an interesting twist: Midway through, the hero moves forward in time, and the art style switches to 16-bit graphics, where the gameplay becomes deeper.That gives the game an interesting take in the increasingly popular and crowded retro sector.The studio has funding from the Canada Media Fund, which provides government money for entertainment startups.Like other Metroidvanias, it emphasizes replayability so you can find hidden objects and new stories and levels the second time around.
Apple is adding another TV project to its upcoming slate: Are You Sleeping, a crime show based on America’s love affair with true crime podcasts (which are, ultimately, all Apple’s fault).The show has a lot of star power attached, as it’s executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and will star Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer (via THR).The series is also created by Nichelle Tramble Spellman, a writer and producer for The Good Wife, and one half of the creative team behind HBO’s controversial Confederate series.Spellman will also write the series, and Serial producer Sarah Koenig will consult to make sure the true crime podcast elements have that real, true crime feel.This marks the fourth series Apple is reportedly working on, including the Amazing Stories anthology series revival, the as-yet unnamed morning news TV show drama starring Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston and the Ronald D. Moore-created space drama, all of which were picked up directly to series.Are You Sleeping is based on a novel written by Kathleen Barber, which was published last summer and focuses on what happens to a murder victim’s daughter when a hit podcast sheds new light on her father’s murder.
So let’s take a look back at a year that was relatively muted for the PC market’s most dominant force, to answer this question: where will Microsoft go in 2018?In 2017, Microsoft was far more conservative.Instead, it fit nicely into an already-crowded segment and included a poorly-explained and execution of Windows 10 S that still doesn’t make much sense.And then at the tail end of the year, the Surface Book 2 was introduced, which added a 15-inch model to the lineup and significantly increased its power.The amount to which Microsoft was playing it safe caused some people to doubt whether Surface had a future, and was merely retreating due to diminishing sales.The division’s leader Panos Panay quickly shot down the rumors as mere “tabloid” gossip, and that’s not surprising.
The US government's trade watchdog, the FTC, has finalized its settlement deal with Lenovo on charges the PC builder sold Americans machines crammed with intrusive adware.The Federal Trade Commission kicked off 2018 announcing it has approved a deal that will end lawsuits against Lenovo in more than three dozen US states – as well as require the biz to cough up $3.5m and agree to various terms.These conditions include opening itself for auditing for the next 10 years, and getting people's express permission before bundling any software as well as giving folks information on how to remove or disable any shipped crapware.Here's the crucial passage in the settlement:IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, commencing no later than 120 days after the date of service of this Order, [Lenovo], its officers, agents, employees, and attorneys, and all other persons in active concert or participation with any of them, who receive actual notice of this Order, whether acting directly or indirectly, shall not preinstall or cause to be preinstalled any covered software unless [Lenovo], or the software provider:A. will obtain the consumer’s affirmative express consent;
Iranian authorities have blocked Instagram and other social media platforms in response to a wave of street protests across the country this week.The clampdown has resulted in Tor users climbing from around 6k at the beginning of December to over 10,000 at the last count as citizens seek to circumvent the controls, according to official stats.The Islamic Republic's government has blocked Telegram and Instagram amid demonstrations, initially about economic conditions, in which at least 22 people have lost their lives.In a possibly related development, a BGP routing protocol outage hit Iran yesterday (January 1).Telegram's "public channels" are an important source of news for many in Iran partly because competing services such as Twitter and Facebook have long since been blocked.Iranian authorities have previously permitted Telegram because of the messaging service's use of local (closed) content delivery networks, a technical decision that has attracted both concern and calls for greater transparency from human rights advocates.
You’ve received some cool gifts for Christmas but all you really needed was a car dash cam?Well, do not despair as electronics manufacturer Uten has recently launched a camera that will do everything you need at a really affordable price.Let’s learn more about it, shall we?Uten’s dash cam comes with a big image sensor that is able to record high quality 1296P videos at 30fps.In addition to that, the camera also comes with a large F/1.8 aperture lens and a wide 170-degree viewing angle.This means you can cover a large portion of the scenery in front of the car while having really clear image quality even at night.
Kodi, the perfectly legal yet notorious media player, is now available to download on your Xbox One.Initial reports suggest availability is restricted by region with Europeans getting first dibs.So be patient if you don't see it yet.Kodi is a very capable player that’s highly expandable thanks to third-party add-ons that include services for live TV with DVR functionality — something Microsoft isn’t going to provide.But Kodi is perhaps best known as the go to app for piracy due to a wide variety of plugins that let you illegally stream television shows, professional sports, and films from the comfort of your living room.This has led to a cottage industry of so-called "Kodi boxes," often built around cheap HDMI dongles like Amazon's Fire TV sticks.
Value created in a token-based economy can be more efficiently shared between the different token holders: founders, builders, customers, service-providers and investors.Two opposing fears are holding back the move to token-networks: a fear of the absence of governance on one side and a fear of regulation on the other.In 2017 we saw projects raise what’s comparable to hundreds of millions of dollars via Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), using little more than a picture of a few smiling founders and an impenetrable white paper.The sheer amount of money flowing into the market allowed early ICOs to have no governance structure whatsoever.Penny-stock IPOs have gone through a similar process before, instigating heavy regulatory counter-action in the 1930s which birted the requirement for companies to have tens of millions in revenue in order to go public.The focus of the investigative report was the principal/agent problem: having governance by a small group of managers with divergent interests is the primary reason that the SEC needs to be involved.
Just over a year ago, HMD Global took over one of the most populous smartphone brands – Nokia.At the time of the take-over, the brand was going down the drain but HMD Global has so far succeeded in revamping this well-known brand and it’s slowly taking it back to its glory days.Analysts have confirmed that there has been a huge demand for Android-powered Nokia smartphones and market share report shows that about 16 million Nokia phones were shipped in Q3 2017.According to Counterpoint research, Nokia shipped 2.8 million Android Smartphones and 13.5 million Nokia Feature phones in Q3 2017 which catapulted the company back to 8th in the global handset vendors ranking in Q3 2017.Generally, this performance earns Nokia the 3rd spot in the feature phone market and in the smartphone vendor rankings it would make do with 16th place.It is important to note that Nokia shipped 1.3 million and 2.8 million devices in Q1 and Q2 respectively thus Q3 performance is a massive jump relative to Q1 and Q2.
None of our actions make sense if you are looking for order and reason.But it makes perfect sense if you filter all of our tech use through a human lens.In order to fully understand where we are and where we are heading with emerging technology, we need to have a paradigm shift in how we discuss our relationship with technology.It is a truism we have forgotten over the years, as we have adopted an engineer’s mindset of solving problems that are hyper-focused and blind at the same time.In other words, we need to also think about the problems that stem from our solutions.Instead of solving for x, we need to solve for humans
New Oukitel K6 model will start its first global presale on December 25th so quite appropriately to become the real Xmas gift.And as a proper gift it will come with a surprisingly solid hardware spearheaded by the brand new Helio P23 processor and what will surely come in handy is also the NFC chip.With the NFC function the phone can become a whole new helper for various tasks of daily life, like mobile payments, subway or air ticket handling, entrance guard and many more.You can check some of the common ways of using the NFC in Oukitel K6 in the following video.Besides the NFC chip Oukitel K6 will also pack some other good hardware specs like the 6-inch FHD+ resolution 18:9 full-screen display, Helio P23 octa-core SoC, 6 GB RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, 6300 mAh battery capacity, 21MP+8MP and 13MP+8MP quad-camera setup, fingeprint scanner, Face ID recognition and Oukitel 7.1.1 as the OS.The global first sales for the Oukitel K6 will be happening on Banggood as the exclusive authorized partner store and the retail price is set at $269.99.