Four cemeteries, from which at least 123 individuals have been excavated so far, have been unearthed near the remains of a medieval Christian monastery in Sudan.The cemeteries and remains, which have been excavated over the past two years, are located at a monastery called al-Ghazali near the Nile River.The people who were buried there lived about 1,000 years ago, during a time when a series of Christian kingdoms flourished in the area, according to Robert Stark, a doctoral student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, who presented the findings this month in Toronto at the joint annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society for Classical Studies.The discoveries include well-preserved burial shrouds that in a few instances still cover the skulls of the deceased, Stark said.In one cemetery, some people were buried in mysterious ways: For example, two individuals were found with post-mortem cut marks incised in their bones.See Photos of the Massive Burial Ground and Monastery
By Robert Pease, Pipeline Performance Practice Lead for Heinz MarketingWe spend quite a bit of time here at Heinz Marketing helping companies sort out ways to improve their marketing effectiveness and increase sales pipeline growth.We are big believers in building the marketing plan to support the revenue plan and doing the funnel math that tells you how many leads you need to generate and explicitly states assumptions around conversion rates.The next level down of detail is deploying budget to specific programs and activities to execute the marketing plan and we have just released an Excel template that you can download no form to complete that does just that.Download the marketing plan and budget template!It is based on a spreadsheet I have used over many years that not only assigns dollars to activities but helps you think through when certain expenditures need to be made and how the overall budget will be deployed in a 12 month window.
Uber is picking up a lot of ex-Googlers lately – earlier on Thursday, I reported that ex-Google SVP of Engineering Amit Singhal was headed to the ride-hailing startup, and former Google VP of Engineering on YouTube s ads team Kevin Thompson is also joining the company as VP of Marketplace Engineering.That means Thompson will likely report into his former colleague Singhal, whose new role puts him in charge of engineering on both the Maps and the Marketplace team.Marketplace, for those who might not be as familiar with Uber s internal divisions, focuses on things like dispatching drivers to specific riders, calculating price and forecasting demand, among other fundamentals core to Uber s business model.Thompson spent over 12 years at Google – almost as much as Singhal, who was at the search giant for over 15.His most recent gig was overseeing Google s engineering team for YouTube Ads, maximizing revenue while also keeping ads tolerable for end users.A large percentage of Google s YouTube advertising platform is automated, with similar problems to solve in terms of figuring out what ad to serve to what viewer, calculating demand and allocating available inventory, and more.
To learn more and subscribe, please click here.Echelon and the IBM Watson IoT group will collaborate to develop an enhanced streetlight control platform for smart cities, the companies announced in a release.The platform will allow cities to use connected lighting that responds to observed behavior and trends in a way that can both reinforce public safety and reduce energy consumption.The platform will enable cities and municipalities to gather data from sensors and other connected devices, and leverage the power of IBM Watson s AI to make smarter decisions.In particular, Watson will power adaptive decision-making processes, taking sensor data and using it in real time to automate public lighting.Smart lighting platforms can provide cities with a number of clear and tangible benefits.Lights can be activated when there's a person nearby, providing a sense of security and added visibility that may serve to reduce crime by keeping people alert.Enhance automotive visibility: Using a smart lighting platform, municipalities can adjust streetlight output based on traffic volume as well as weather conditions.With low-power LEDs, the lamp can modulate output, so in cases of fog, it can decrease light levels so that visibility isn't further reduced.When typically low-trafficked areas see high volume, lights can adjust to provide output beyond normal hours.Reduce energy costs: By using a connected adaptive lighting platform, cities are able to realize benefits like those listed above while also reducing electricity usage and energy costs.The adaptive nature of a smart lighting platform allows it to only use lights that are needed, transitioning lighting from timing-based to need-based.
There s no doubt about it: the content-meets-paid advertising ecosystem is more competitive than ever—and that competition is only going to increase.The reasons why are clear: As a timeless, powerful marketing asset, content can persuade audiences in key decision-making moments.From launching Facebook ads that reach new audiences to retargeting your website visitors, micro-moments are what make content marketing successful.As a mechanism for building relationships at scale, the success of your content campaign depends on your ability to deliver the right message to the right audiences at the right time.In the paid advertising ecosystem, pay-per-click PPC models are becoming more competitive, with many companies competing in auctions over similar keywords and targeting criteria.Your messaging needs to be relevant and directly tied to your readers pain points and needs.
Some of you might already known about the upcoming Elephone P25 which is said to be launched with a healthy 6GB of RAM.Today, Elephone released an image of the camera that will be equipped on the P25.Let s have a look!Honestly, I m not 100% sure if that s a photo or a render skewed towards the latter for sure but it looks alright, who knows it might even take nice photos, but as of now we ve no idea what the sensor will be or any other info.All we can say is the camera lens looks quite big, so hopefully that will give better results, we ll have to wait and see.What else do we know about the Elephone P25?Well, we already know it ll sport a 5.5-inch Full HD display and it ll have a metal unibody design available in differente colors, Mocha Gold is one of them, as we ve already seen before, as well as a black version photo above Other specs will include 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage and, given the phone s moniker, we may assume it ll pack a MediaTek Helio P25 CPU, but that s all it is, an assumption.That s everything we know as of now, we ll inform you when more info come out.In the meanwhile, you can check out Elephone s official website or Facebook page for the latest details.
Apple could be preparing a new facial and gesture recognition feature for its upcoming iPhone 8 according to an analyst.Cowen and Company's Timothy Arcuri has predicted via BusinessInsider that Apple's next handset will use a new front-facing laser-based facial recognition feature.Specifically, the analyst says the iPhone 8 will come in a 5.8-inch model, that packs "some form of facial/gesture recognition supported by a new laser sensor and an infrared sensor mounted near the front-facing camera .It's the first we've heard of such a feature, and is obviously far from verified.But it bodes well for a more innovative iPhone instalment than last year's somewhat anti-climactic iPhone 7.Apple bought infrared sensor company Primesense in 2013, so it would make sense for the firm to finally be adding some sort of infrared tech to its iPhone series.
The Z2 couple from China s ZUK, the Z2 and the Z2 Pro are now on the receiving end of an Android 7.0 Nougat update.ZUK has started seeding the ZUI 2.5 update for the phones, giving users a taste of the newest-available Android version.Among other features, the ZUI 2.5 update brings custom lockscreen themes, split-screen multi-window feature , professional camera mode, game recording option, info cards for text messages to the phones.The most interesting bit here to me is the professional camera mode, which gives better manual control over the camera.You can now select ISO levels up to 3200, leave shutter open for up to 32 seconds and have manual control over white balance, color tone, focus and more.ALSO SEE: ZUK Z2 Review ZUK Z2 Pro ReviewThe update — ZUI v2.5.334 1.1GB in size — is currently only seeding to Z2 and Z2 Pro devices in China, with an International ROM around the corner.
By Qi Wang Picture this: all of your devices are interconnected – your smartphone, tablet, laptop, car, television set, RoboVac, and even your air conditioner.The connectivity requires in one tenth of a millisecond megabyte of information to be transmitted, processed, analyzed and stored.In this system, a central server collects data from end devices, analyzes these data, draws conclusions, and sends feedback to where they are needed.As amazing as it sounds, issues do exist.Hence, the highly centralized system needs to be decentralized.Cloud computing is highly centralized, whereas fog is less centralized and more localized, and edge is highly localized.And edge computing enables end devices to independently process information and decide for themselves what information to store in its own system and what information to send up the chain.Diagram designed by writerFog vs. edge computing Imagine a metropolis s road network, and all vehicles are autonomous and interconnected.
Last weekend, I spent some time with a couple of friends who both have Windows laptops and I found myself experiencing a hitherto unfamiliar feeling while watching them use their computers: envy.Let s be clear: I m not talking envy for Windows.No, what drew my eye was one specific hardware feature that their laptops—a Microsoft Surface Book and a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga—shared: a touchscreen.But as I watched them swiping away at the screen, I couldn t help but think that perhaps there s a missed opportunity for Apple here.The conventional thinking is that you don t want a touchscreen on a vertical surface, because your arms get tired if you hold them out for any length of time.Which I can say with some confidence as, like many other folks—and like Apple itself advertises—I often use my iPad with a physical keyboard.
Amazon is rolling out a new training program this week aimed at helping underperforming employees placed on the company's infamous performance improvement plan, according to an internal email obtained by Business Insider.The new program, called "Pivot," pairs the underperforming employee with a "subject matter expert" called Career Ambassadors who give guidance and support for a fixed period of time, the email says.The program comes as Amazon's hard-charging work culture and its impact on employees faces increasing scrutiny."Pivot is a program for employees who show a sustained period of underperformance, despite coaching and support.The program provides employees with options to 1 improve performance, 2 voluntarily leave Amazon with severance, or 3 appeal their manager s decision to place them in Pivot," writes the email."Throughout an employee s time in the Pivot program, they receive process guidance and support from a dedicated team of Pivot subject matter experts called Career Ambassadors CAs ."The new program is the first step Amazon is taking to improve its notorious performance improvement plan, more commonly known as "PIP," which is designed to put pressure on those deemed to be failing to reach their goals.The Pivot program is available to those placed on PIP.
Amazon has stayed relatively silent on the topic on VR-based e-commerce and the VR platform in general, especially as fellow tech titans like Facebook and Google have devoted so many resources to virtual reality.The company has been looking to embrace VR content.Last month the company hired former Tribeca Film Festival head Genna Terranova to oversee VR projects at the company s studio.Now it appears, Amazon is looking to bring VR into the shopping experience.A recent job posting shows that the company is looking for a Creative Director of VR to envision the future of Amazon s VR solutions, Variety reports.The job is with the company s A9 division which oversees product search and advertising technologies.
Yet, ironically, upgrading one of the most customer-oriented technologies available to businesses doesn t seem to be a high priority.I m not talking about that old wall phone your grandfather used to have nailed to his shop wall.I am talking about Voice over Internet Protocol VoIP ; this technology has been around for many years, yet it s surprising how many organizations have not fully transitioned from their traditional analog phone system to VoIP technology.Beyond the price paid for lost business opportunities as the pace of competition increases, consider also the mounting costs of maintenance as legacy systems age and grow ever more obsolete.Maybe phones have a familiarity that makes them easy to ignore with all the other moving parts of IT operations.Sure, those other technologies are important, but when an issue arises, many customers who need to interact with you still reach for the phone.
The VR API space is .Facebook's Oculus has its own SDK, the Oculus SDK.Valve has its own API, SteamVR, used with the HTC Vive headset.Parts of this API are open source, named OpenVR, and drivers have been built enabling SteamVR games to be used with the Rift, albeit forfeiting certain capabilities native to the Oculus SDK.The Khronos group, the industry consortium that stewards development of the OpenGL specification, is working on a VR specification of its own.A number of companies including Intel have banded together to create , an open source VR platform.
Crash rates for Tesla vehicles have plummeted 40% since Autopilot was first installed, according to a government report released on Thursday.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the report after closing its six-month investigation into Tesla's first known Autopilot fatality.NHTSA did not find a safety defect in Tesla's Autopilot and is not issuing a recall.The report found that since Autosteer was installed in Tesla vehicles in 2015, Tesla crash rates have dropped by almost 40%.Autosteer is a flagship feature of Autopilot and keeps the car in its lane even when approaching curves.Tesla provided the Office of Defects Investigation with mileage and airbag deployment data for all 2014-2016 Model S and Model X vehicles equipped with Autopilot technology.The investigators used this data to calculate crash rates prior to and after Autopilot installation.It's good news for Tesla Autopilot, which has come under scrutiny in the past few months following the fatal accident in May.Joshua Brown, 40, was driving his 2015 Model S with Autopilot activated when he crashed into a trailer making a left turn in front of his car.Tesla wrote in a blog post following the May accident that the Autopilot system did not notice "the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied.
Wong DAVOS, SWITZERLAND — Bill Gates warned at the World Economic Forum on Thursday that a new form of terrorism could be coming and that we are not prepared for it.The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is part of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation, which focuses on creating vaccines that could stop the outbreak of future diseases.
Alibaba s payment affiliate Ant Financial is aiming to have 2 billion customers in 10 years, the chief executive of the US$60 billion firm told CNBC, adding that the Chinese giant is exploring further uses of blockchain technology.Ant Financial runs the Alipay mobile wallet in China which has over 450 million users.But Eric Jing, the CEO of Ant Financial, said the aim is to more than quadruple that over the next decade.We have an ambition to be a global company, Jing told CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos.So my vision is that we want to serve 2 billion people in the next 10 years by using technology, by working together with partners … to serve those underserved.Ant Financial also offers other financial services including micro finance.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed its six-month investigation into the first Tesla Autopilot fatality and is not seeking a recall.The auto safety agency did not find evidence of a defect that would have required a safety recall of the cars, NHTSA spokesperson Bryan Thomas said during a
Samsung Galaxy S8 LeakedThis is no BS render or image of a screen protector!This is a real leaked photo of the Samsung Galaxy S8!It s widely believed that Samsung is waiting for MWC to launch the Samsung Galaxy S8, and that sounds about right to us but it doesn t mean that there aren t actual live Galaxy S8 s already in the wild!This photo was sent to me earlier today by a company that is making accessories for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 and appears to show a leaked model of the upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone.We can see from the photo that this gold phone is clearly marked with Samsung branding, and in fact the area where the branding is seen is where the physical home button is found on the S7.This either means that the fingerprint scanner is now located on the rear of the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the new phone feature an under screen fingerprint scanner.The glossy gold body is curved to match the curved display of the Samsung Galaxy S8, and we can see from the onscreen icons that the S8 will feature NFC.It s also interesting that the Android system clearly shows Google services in the Chinese UI suggesting that this is an international version of the new Samsung flagship.So there you guys have it!
Democrats pressed the six-term Republican to say that ACA replacement legislation—which as the head of HHS, he would be instrumental in helping shape—would maintain popular ACA benefits.Those include barring insurance companies from discriminating against those with pre-existing conditions; putting caps on the amount of medical care that insurance will cover; allowing young adults to stay on their parents' health insurance plans until they re 26; ensuring women have access to birth control; expanding access to Medicaid; and improving medical care for minorities.Many of those benefits would be lost with to replace the ACA, the Empowering Patients First Act which would also cause millions to lose coverage.Still, she emphasized that an ACA replacement is necessary.The individual market is seeing higher deductibles, higher premiums, and fewer choices, she said.For us to say that everything is going well with Obamacare is just not accurate.