Danny Martinez

Danny Martinez

Followers 85
Following 17
UK
David Lammy has accused Theresa May of shedding “crocodile tears” over the Windrush generation scandal, saying she was warned of what was happening when she was home secretary.Lammy said a 2014 report had warned of a “a virtually invisible and rarely acknowledged group” who had uncertain immigration status despite having lived in Britain for decades and were being caught up in an immigration clampdown.The MP said this showed the removal of people who came to Britain decades ago was not “a product of bureaucratic error or overzealous officials” but the “direct result” of May’s “hostile environment” policies.May has said people wrongly forced to leave could get compensation “where appropriate” and offered a third apology to Commonwealth leaders in as many days over how the Government has treated Windrush Britons.But Lammy said: “The apologies made by the Prime Minister are merely crocodile tears given that her department was fully aware of the human cost that these policies would have...“It is extraordinary that the Home Office ignored yet more warnings about the impact that their pernicious policies would have.”
1
UK
If you are one of the roughly 28 per cent of households that have a security system, you then need to go punch in a code to turn the alarm off.Nest is still best known for its smart thermostat but faced with growing competition and pressure to expand its product line, back in September it announced it was going to expand into security products: a doorbell, alarm system and a smart lock.The alarm system came out almost immediately but it wasn't until last month that the doorbell – called the Nest Hello – and the door lock – called the, um, "Nest x Yale Lock" entered the market.But we're going to focus on the lock right now because it seems the most significant.The key did not go in the bin, and nor has the previous door lock (which cost far too much money when we first bought the house and decided to change everything out).But if you had asked before testing the Nest+Yale lock whether it was likely to remain, the answer would have been almost certainly not.
2
China
From our last week poll, 35% says they will definitely root their new phones while 31% have already rooted their phones.The last 34% believes that the original device is cool and does not need to be rooted.How much data do you use each month?Do you only use less than 1GB or you are the type that consumes 15GB or more?Personally, I use my monthly data subscription for both work and play (social media).I consume about 15GB each month and this was after I switched to my current Mi Note 2.
5
US
The new "God of War" game is excellent, and critics are singing the game's praises.After working on the game for five years, director Cory Barlog filmed himself looking at reviews for the first time.As he realized that the game was universally praised, Barlog broke down and began crying."Thank you from the bottom of my heart," he said, "I'm glad I didn't f--- it up."In a video he posted to his personal YouTube channel on Thursday, Barlog visibly broke down upon seeing the impressively high score "God of War" received from nearly 100 critics on reviews aggregation site Metacritic.The game's currently sitting at a 95/100 average score, making it the highest-rated game of 2018 thus far.
2
China
And while we wait for Meizu to unveil their brand new handset,the Meizu 15 on the much-anticipated launch event on April 22,just today we caught a glimpse of some images captured by the upcoming device.According to the company their new flagship will be equipped with the best camera technology in a Meizu handset to date.And a pair of leaked photos comes… to confirm this.Having a look at the official camera photos taken from the device’s dual camera, we can see that all in all the Meizu 15 produces photos with more vivid colors, higher resolution, and greater depth of field.Its dual-rear camera that we previously learned about simulates the binocular vision of humans, helping to better capture three-dimensional images.One of the key features of the Meizu 15 camera is that it automatically differentiates between day and night, and optimally adjusts settings, in order to snap the best possible photo in each scenario.
5
US
AT will be launching a “skinny bundle” of television channels that will only cost $15 a month, according to The Wall Street Journal.This would make the offer, which does not include sports, one of the cheapest available for live streaming TV.The deal, to be called AT Watch, was announced by chief executive Randall Stephenson on Thursday when he testified during the AT Warner antitrust trial.Stephenson brought up the new product to counter the Justice Department’s argument that AT continues to raise prices on its traditional DirecTV satellite service.The included channels were not specified, but Stephenson said that AT Wireless subscribers would receive AT Watch for free.The service should be launched within the next few weeks.
3
US
A new report explores how much home values may rise in each of the top cities for HQ2,Amazon's second headquarters.A dramatic rise in home values is usually not great for residents overall, but it's good news for homeowners looking to sell their properties.Home values will likely increase wherever HQ2 lands.Twenty North American cities are competing to become a new home for Amazon, which which will start building a massive second headquarters, dubbed HQ2, in 2019.The $5 billion campus, expected to bring 50,000 high-paying jobs, is bound to transform the character of the city where it lands.City-planning experts also expect HQ2 to bring soaring housing prices, with some areas seeing more dramatic rises than others.
3
UK
AT, if you haven’t already heard, wants to buy Time Warner’s broadcasting business.The government, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to think that such a merger is a good idea, and it’s brought an antitrust lawsuit against AT in an attempt to block the deal.Yesterday, AT CEO Randall Stephenson took the stand to explain why he thinks the merger wouldn’t harm customers, and in the process, he announced a new streaming service that’s set to debut in just a few weeks.Yes, you heard that right: according to CNN Money, Stephenson announced a new, low-cost streaming service called AT Watch from the stand during his company’s antitrust trial with the US government.Apparently, Stephenson offered Watch as an example of how consumers would benefit from AT’s merger with Time Warner.As weird as it may seem, Stephenson’s reasoning for announcing Watch during his testimony is easy enough to follow.
5
UK
Earlier this week, I hosted the launch of a joint report by Brita and Keep Britain Tidy which looked at the behavioural issues around people switching to reusable bottles.People seem to be more aware and more willing to consider alternatives, but convenience has a lot to do with whether someone actually makes the switch and then sticks with it.Given that my reusable water bottle has become a permanent fixture since giving up plastic for Lent, my purge on plastics has shifted to smaller single-use items like cotton wool buds and drinks stirrers which are so imbedded in our everyday lives.As I have made my way around my constituency on my “Pub Tour”, I have become increasingly incensed by plastic straws.As a country, we use a straw for an average of 20 minutes, and throw away 8.5billion each year.The majority end up in our seas, where it will take about 200 years for them to break down – if they aren’t first ingested by one of the 100,000 sea mammals that die from eating plastic waste every year.
5
UK
So much activity is taking place, but the vast majority is unchecked and out of control.There are four main areas that CIOs and other leaders can look at to bolster the cloud security of their organisations in 2018.Departments in the Cloud Security Firing LineAccording to the latest Netskope cloud report, HR and marketing are using the most cloud services, with the departments actively using an average of 139 and 121 respectively.Marketing could also offer a bountiful target for threat actors to plunder, with many marketing apps falling into the shadow IT or unsanctioned categories and carrying valuable data.The average enterprise use of 1,181 cloud services in December 2017 marks a sharp spike from the 1,022 average recorded in September 2017.
2
UK
Ericsson targets 5G, IoT growth in 2018 as the embattled company trims losses .Ericsson has cut a total of 18,000 jobs in the last ten months the Swedish multinational said on Friday, announcing Q1 results that beat analyst expectations, with net revenue of 35.6 billion SEK (£2.9 billion) and first quarter losses of £25 million.Looking ahead, the embattled company expects its rapidly increasing focus on 5G to continue.“We continue to work closely with customers to define the optimal business models to enable them to tap into new revenue streams and capture the full value of 5G” CEO Börje Ekholm said.The company cited its improvements to cost reductions, the continued effort to push forward its 5G systems and positive progress in addressing poor performing contracts in managed services.It has struggled with falling spending on networks by telecoms operators.
1
US
Apple’s efforts to diversify its reliance on Samsung as an iPhone display manufacturer has reportedly hit problems.The Wall Street Journal reports that efforts to get LG Display’s OLED screens into the iPhone production line have hit manufacturing issues.Apple is reportedly divided on whether LG will be able to succeed as the second source of OLED displays for the iPhone.Analysts have been warning for months that Apple is in “urgent” need of finding another iPhone OLED supplier besides Samsung.Apple currently uses Samsung’s OLED displays for the company’s iPhone X model.The reliance on a single supplier means Samsung controls pricing on the displays that Apple is buying — and there’s no other alternative at the moment.
2
UK
Dale Winton’s famous friends have been sharing their memories of the star, following the news of his death.Earlier this week, the former ‘Supermarket Sweep’ host’s publicist confirmed that he had died at his home, at the age of 62.Since then, a number of his peers and close friends have been reflecting on their own memories, including fellow presenter Paul O’Grady who reminisced in a piece published in The Mirror.He recalled: “Dale didn’t have a bad bone in his body.It amazed me he had so much time for members of the public.He was always so jolly.”
5
US
A recent study showed that influencer marketing is twice as fast as conventional approaches in finding customers, and up to ten times more effective.You have to find ways of promoting your brand in a subtle way.The new influencers are now social media users with loyal followers.Although not considered the most important factor, ensuring that your social influencer reaches the target market of your brand is vital, else you’re wasting time and money reaching people who aren’t interested in your brand.A social media influencer with less sponsored content is usually more trusted and seen as more authentic.An influencer with personal, compelling stories will be accepted more than one who writes long product reviews.
1
US
Comcast-owned NBCUniversal yesterday (April 19) announced that it has joined TV providers Fox, Turner and Viacom in the OpenAP consortium, a partnership where participants pool resources to better aid advanced TV media buying.OpenAP helps advance audience targeting capabilities by collectively harnessing members combined data capabilities to improve automated media trading on new platforms, advanced formats, cross-platform measurement, and developing a new TV ad currency.Specifically, the latest move will see NBCUniversal license its Audience Graph – a consumer targeting tool made available via its Audience Studio – fusing these audience insights with OpenAP’s standardized data sets in order to accelerate developments in the participating members’ video offerings.According to NBCUniversal, OpenAP now lets advertisers create audience segments and buy national television campaigns across each company’s portfolio which, combined, represent 50% of total TV inventory across national broadcast and cable entertainment.Krishan Bhatia, NBCUniversal, executive vice president, business operations and strategy, said: “We have spent the last four years developing the industry’s best tools to empower advertisers to better target their marketing campaigns to desired audiences.”In a joint statement, Joe Marchese, Fox’s president of ad revenue, plus Donna Special, Turner’s president of ad sales, and Sean Moran, Viacom’s head of marketing & partner solutions, added: “With NBCUniversal aligning with the consortium, we are all accelerating the industry’s efforts in providing more premium scale to drive greater adoption of advanced audience targeting, while laying the groundwork for future innovation.”
2
US
-- An algorithm tool developed by Purdue Polytechnic Institute faculty will help law enforcement filter out and focus on sex offenders most likely to set up face-to-face meetings with child victims.The Chat Analysis Triage Tool (CATT) was presented last week by principal investigator Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar, assistant professor of computer and information technology, at the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts Conference in Anaheim, California.Seigfried-Spellar said law enforcement officers are inundated with cases involving the sexual solicitation of minors - some interested in sexual fantasy chats, with others intent on persuading an underage victim into a face-to-face meeting.CATT allows the officers to work through the volume of solicitations and use algorithms to examine the word usage and conversation patterns by a suspect."If we can identify language differences, then the tool can identify these differences in the chats in order to give a risk assessment and a probability that this person is going to attempt face-to-face contact with the victim," Seigfried-Spellar said."That way, officers can begin to prioritize which cases they want to put resources toward to investigate more quickly."
2
UK
More popular versions of Linux such as Ubuntu focus on enhancing the user experience by automatically updating packages and providing flashy, resource-heavy GUIs.While user-friendly distributions (distros) certainly have their place, in this guide, we've tried to get back to the glory days when developers would customise their Linux build.These Linux distros allow you to fine-tune your development environment so whether you're a veteran programmer or relative newcomer, you can get on with your coding.This means, for instance, that you can install a barebones window manager like i3 to be certain your system will respond quickly when using your chosen text editor.Debian is one of the oldest Linux distros and is built with stability in mind.All programs included with Debian have to meet the Debian Free Software Guidelines.
3
UK
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo celebrated the birth of a male baby western lowland gorilla this weekend—the first time in nine years that staff at the zoo have managed to get the critically endangered species to breed in captivity, the institution wrote in a blog post.According to the zoo, the baby is named “Moke,” which translates to junior or little one in the Lingala language, and staff are being cautious to give him and his 15-year-old mother Calaya as much space as possible:Animal care staff have observed Calaya nursing the infant who has been clinging closely to his mother, and they are cautiously optimistic that the newborn will thrive.Animal care staff are leaving Calaya to bond with and care for her baby without interference.The Great Ape House is closed to provide Calaya a quiet space to bond with her infant.“The birth of this western lowland gorilla is very special and significant, not only to our Zoo family but also to this critically endangered species as a whole,” primate curator Meredith Bastian added in a statement.
2
US
Google is in discussions with brands about creating how-to videos for Google Assistant, according to CNBC.The step-by-step videos will be a new feature showcased at I/O 2018 in May, the report claims, and will launch to consumers “several months later.” Several companies including Sony, JBL, and Lenovo have announced devices featuring displays that will allow visual answers from Google’s voice assistant; they look very similar to Amazon’s Echo Show and are meant to compete with that product.How-to videos could be another area of content for those devices, though it seems like the branded “official” how-tos-would compete against the plethora of existing instructional content on YouTube.But you can’t exactly go step-by-step in a YouTube video without frequently pausing, so this could be a simpler, more convenient approach even if the topics are already well-covered on YouTube.I’m assuming that they would also work with Google Assistant on smartphones, as well.Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge
2
US
New research from the University of Portsmouth has called for stronger industry legislation in developing countries to help fight business monopolies reducing competition.Over recent decades, Governments around the world have introduced a number of regulatory reforms, including the transfer of ownership of state-owned firms from the public to the private sector, with the aim of making these firms more profitable, efficient and productive.However, the study, published in the journal Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, suggests that these reforms in developing countries, will not bring about the desired policy aim of creating a 'level playing field'.The researchers argue that to make industry competitive and efficient, what is needed is an effective and authoritative regulatory framework and efficient legal and court procedures, backed by legislation, as well as a reduction of government interventions in investigations of market abuse and the subsequent collection of fines.They further argue that regulatory bodies should keep a close eye on particular industries with higher costs.Those industries with transportation issues, such as cement due to the bulky nature of the product and exclusionary practices that makes it easy to exercise significant market power and form tacit collusion due to the building of larger production capacities, among other factors, need to be carefully regulated and monitored.
5
More

Top