If you want to learn how to play the piano, you take piano lessons.If you want to become a better writer, you study the best practices of others and dedicate more time to writing yourself.But what if you want to become a better marketer?There isn’t a single, specific learning path for that.The smartest people I know, and some of the most successful people in history, are voracious readers and learners.They consumer a wide variety of formats and topics, knowing that best practices and ideas in one walk of life can often inspire and direct ideas in another.
The future is here, folks.The robots are going to take over — starting with Ocado's warehouses.The online supermarket has unveiled a bot it calls "SecondHands" — a robot that rolls on wheels designed to do the heavy lifting that working in a retail warehouse involves.SecondHands hasn't been put to work quite yet - it's currently being tested in Ocado's robotics research lab (yes, apparently a supermarket has one of those) with an aim to be implemented in all of Ocado's warehouses across the UK when it's ready.However, Ocado doesn't see that the robot will replace human workers — not yet at least.The company sees the robot as working alongside the rest of the staff, taking out some of the strain of physical labour for human workers.
For the first time in history, a crowdsourced team of amateur citizen scientists has discovered a multi-planetary system.Located 620 light years away, the system contains five exoplanets, and possibly a sixth, the majority of which are super-Earths.Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how it was discovered, let’s dive in and take a look at the new star system.It’s called K2-138, where “K2" signifies that it was discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope during its K2 mission—an exoplanet-hunting mission that’s been ongoing for the past three years.All of its five confirmed planets are packed into a tight orbit in close proximity to the star, featuring orbital periods between 2.35 days to 12.76 days.The most distant planet, K2-138f, is one-tenth the distance that Earth is to the Sun.
A memo written by a former Google engineer claims that senior executives at the company intervened to stop employees discussing matters involving diversity and hiring policies.The memo is titled “What happened to Cory?” and was originally written as an explanation of his departure to co-workers.In it, Altheide says that from July 2015 he participated in a “sadly contentious” internal thread discussing the “pipeline problem” in tech — the idea that tech companies don’t hire more inclusively because of a lack of available talent.Altheide says that two Google executives, senior VP of technical infrastructure Urs Hölzle and senior VP of ads and commerce Sridhar Ramaswamy, got involved in the thread to try and calm the discussion.The thread reportedly stopped when Ramaswamy posted the following message:As both the tech diversity lead at Google and someone who cares deeply about our workplace culture, I respectfully ask that everyone stop engaging on this thread.
No problem: Fox Sports is soldiering on for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, announcing a livestreamed 30-minute daily show on Twitter and a tournament-long Publisher Story on Snapchat.Fox Sports won the bidding in 2011 for the English-language broadcasting rights to all FIFA events from 2015 to 2022, including the 2018 and 2022 Men’s World Cup tournaments, shelling out more than $400 million to top ESPN.However, a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago last October eliminated the U.S. squad from contention for a berth in the 2018 event.Fox Sports did not respond to a request for comment on whether the absence of the U.S. team affected its social media initiatives for the upcoming tournament.But in a statement the day after the loss to Trinidad and Tobago, the network said, “Last night’s World Cup qualifying results do not change Fox Sports’ passion for the world’s biggest sporting event.While the U.S. was eliminated, the biggest stars in the world, from Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo, stamped their tickets to Russia on the same day and will battle teams ranging from Mexico to England that have massive fan bases in America.”
Sam Byford / The VergeNiantic is ending Pokémon Go support for Apple devices incapable of upgrading to iOS 11.Older iPhone models, like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C, will be affected by the incoming update, coming February 28th.If you have a phone without iOS 11, you won’t be able to access your account, use your pokécoins, or use items in your bags.According to the developer, the reason for dropping support is simple: “This change is a result of improvements to Pokémon Go that push the application beyond the capabilities of the operating systems on such devices.”Niantic has been steadily making improvements, like additional catchable creatures and weather systems, to the game since its initial release in July 2016.
Like a lot of us here at CES this week, my diet of fried finger food and coffee leaves a lot to be desired.Doing laps on the convention center floor and chasing stories up and down the Las Vegas Strip certainly helps -- but if I wanted to crank that exercise regimen up to the max, I might consider getting a fitness-oriented wearable like the Coros Pace, launching this week.Granted, the Pace is probably more than I need or could handle.At a retail price of $299, it's designed with triathletes in mind, featuring multiple, dedicated modes for running, cycling and swimming.With built-in GPS, it can also track your location and altitude, but in a nice design touch, that GPS only activates when you tell the watch that you're working out.That's good for the battery -- so good in fact that Coros claims it'll last up to on standby mode.
Methane in shale gas can be turned into hydrocarbon fuels using an innovative platinum and copper alloy catalyst, according to new research led by UCL (University College London) and Tufts University.However, this process causes 'coking' - the metal becomes coated with a carbon layer rendering it ineffective by blocking reactions from happening at the surface.The new alloy catalyst is resistant to coking, so it retains its activity and requires less energy to break the bonds than other materials.This new material could lower this to 400 degrees Celsius, saving energy.The study, published today in Nature Chemistry, demonstrates the benefits of the new highly diluted alloy of platinum in copper - a single atom alloy - in making useful chemicals from small hydrocarbons.A combination of surface science and catalysis experiments and powerful computing techniques were used to investigate the performance of the alloy.
At CES 2018, it is proving exactly that by unveiling a new batch of accessories covering a wide range of uses, from wireless earphones to a car kit that makes any car smarter with Amazon Alexa.All of them, of course, have an element of Anker’s famous charging tech inside.September last year, Anker embarked on an odd venture.Despite being an established company, it went to Indiegogo to crowdfund one of its oddest products as well.Under its new Nebula brand, Anker successfully got the masses to fund a soda can-shaped speaker and smart projector in one.Able to charge quickly and deliver 4 hours of movie playtime, the Nebula Android 7.1 Smart Projector and Speaker is now available for sale on Amazon for $349.
Nielsen Media Research released its annual Music Year-End Report for 2017.It found that audiences are increasingly turning to on-demand streaming to get their music, while sales in physical media is declining.But some formats are experiencing a boost: sales of cassette tapes have increased, hitting their best year since 2012.Cassette Tapes are in the midst of a revival: Nielsen reported last year that sales rose 74 percent to 129,000 units sold.That uptick was led by albums such as the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, which featured the classic cassette tape prominently in the 2014 film.This year, those numbers rose further: Nielsen says that retailers sold 174,000 units, up 35 percent from last year’s numbers.
Recently, there were reports of certain vulnerabilities called Meltdown and Spectre and the latter can affect ARM processors which are found on some iOS and Android smartphones.Android’s January security patch will come with a fix for this issue so that passwords saved in a browser cannot be stolen anonymously.Today, Apple said that Macs and iOS devices are exposed to these issues.Nevertheless, efforts are already been made to tackle the situation.An update is on its way to protect the Safari browser from Spectre.However, watchOS is safe thus Apple watches are not affected.
A council in London has become one of the first employers in the UK to introduce extended maternity and paternity leave for all staff whose babies are born prematurely.The move has been called “great” by Catriona Ogilvy, founder of The Smallest Things, a charity campaigning to support parents of premature babies.In 2015, Ogilvy started a petition to get extended parental leave for parents of premature babies, which gathered 140,000 signatures.“It’s great to hear that, following The Smallest Things campaign to give parents more time off, Waltham Forest Council is extending parental leave for staff affected by premature birth,” she told HuffPost UK.“We don’t know of any other companies that have done this and believe that Waltham Forest is the first council to do so.”Waltham Forest Council said they decided to introduce the new rules as part of their support for The Smallest Things campaign.
Intel reportedly claims that the stock sales were unrelated to the security revelations.Intel CEO Brian Krzanick reportedly sold $24m (£18m) worth of company stock and options in November 2017 after learning about Meltdown and Spectre — the two related major security vulnerabilities that affect nearly every Intel chip processor in the world.The Meltdown and Spectre bugs, which can allow hackers to steal a wide range of sensitive user data, were made public earlier this week and has since sent chip makers and OS vendors scrambling to push out patches."It wasn't something where I had information that allowed me to trade," Krzanich said, as quoted by CNet."Intel has a very rigorous process for how I manage my stock.I have a stock trading plan that is defined over time, so when stocks sell it's defined up front and I have no control over that.
Hisense — the world’s third-largest TV manufacturer — is starting to preview its 2018 lineup of smart TVs that’ll be announcing at CES this year.The big addition this time around seems to be Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant, which is coming to some existing models, including the 100-inch 4K laser TV that the company announced late last year.In addition to the usual suite of Alexa features for music playback, smart home controls, and third-party skills, Hisense says that users will be able to directly control their TV’s hardware, using Alexa to do tasks like change inputs or control volume with voice commands.While the company hasn’t detailed yet which models of its lineup will be getting Alexa integration, expect more details on that news next week at CES.Hisense isn’t the only TV company promising new smart assistant integration for its 2018 models, either — LG has already announced that it’ll be bringing Google Assistant over to its new OLED displays at CES, too.
North Korea has one-upped President Donald Trump’s infamous diet Coke button—the one he uses to ensure he gets his reported 12 cans a day—by providing Kim Jong Un with a similar button that can launch nukes at anywhere in the US on his desk.“The United States can never fight a war against me and our state,” Kim told North Koreans in a nationally televised New Year’s Eve event, per the Washington Post.“It should properly know that the whole territory of the US is within the range of our nuclear strike and a nuclear button is always on the desk of my office, and this is just a reality, not a threat.”Just as the White House has advised the public to take the leader of the free world seriously but not literally, this hypothetical button probably doesn’t exist.For one, while most nuclear-armed countries do maintain a fairly direct line of command for their weapons, a button is a simple mechanical switch incapable of conveying complicated things like where the nukes should be launched at.Instead, there’s usually some process involving military officials and launch codes, and the button is just a metaphor.
“All opinions are not equal.Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.” - Douglas Adams2016 and 2017 brought with them a shift in attitudes toward the concept of ‘expertise’ on both sides of the Atlantic.In Britain, Justice Secretary Michael Gove (defending Brexit) publicly announced that ‘people in this country have had enough of experts.’ In America, President Trump dismissed the almost unanimous scientific view of global warming in favour of tweeting his own unscientific views to his Twitter audience.Increasingly, when the viewpoints of experts are challenged the position is being taken that all people are entitled to have an opinion and that those opinions are equally worthy.Yes, if we wish to avoid Orwell’s thought crime dystopia, we do not want to enter the murky waters of telling people what they may and may not think, for therein lies fascism.
Ericsson and Telefonica have together successfully showcased an Agnostic, 5G-ready Transport Solution for both Radio and Fixed Enterprise Access.It is based on Ericsson's ground-breaking and future-proof eXhaul concept which allows a wide range of transport technologies, including CPRI, eCPRI, and Ethernet, to efficiently and securely share the same physical infrastructure.eXhaul is a research project aiming at identifying a transport system able to concurrently support any type of fronthaul and backhaul services in different network scenarios deployed by operators.In order to validate and test the new network concept in real use cases, a joint activity was carried out with Telefonica.To support legacy and current mobile systems, such as 3G, 4G, 5G and enterprise connectivity, a convergent infrastructure solution was viewed as a fundamental prerequisite.It meets the tight requirements of latency, jitter, synchronization, and high capacity required by 5G, and allows for a smooth network evolution towards 5G according to specific operator needs.
Snap is working on a new feature that will let users share stories outside the Snapchat app, according to a report from live streaming news network Cheddar.The feature, to be called “Stories Everywhere,” is designed to boost Snapchat’s presence beyond the core mobile app as competition with Facebook and Instagram heats up.Since going public in February, Snap has had to deal with stagnate user growth and declining revenue, and the company suffered an abysmal third quarter this year as disappointing figures in both those departments sent shares into a dive.This is due to a number of factors, including Facebook’s ability to replicate Snap’s core features and place them in more popular and accessible products like Instagram.Snap has since committed to making Snapchat more user friendly, starting with a redesign now rolling out but only available to a small percentage of users.Part of the redesign includes a more focused Discover feed, where Snapchat users can get news and entertainment from professional print, TV, and online outlets.
Instagram’s new “recommended for you” section is now rolling out to all users, according to a report from TechCrunch, which notes that the company has also added a new section to its help site documenting the recommendation feature.Last week, Instagram confirmed to The Verge that it was testing the new feature, which displays posts that your friends have liked or that the company’s algorithm has selected to show you in your regular feed.An Instagram spokesperson commented to TechCrunch that the recommended posts will only show up once you’ve already seen all the new posts from people you actually follow, but the posts — which come from accounts that users aren’t already following — are likely to be controversial, especially considering the negative reaction when the company introduced an algorithmic feed last year.
The Christmas holiday season is traditionally a great time to kick back and catch up on forgotten video games, and usually, we recommend doing so with majorly discounted video game sales.That's still the case (and every platform, from Steam to Nintendo eShop to Xbox Live to PlayStation Network to GoG, seems to have a sale going on right now), but this year's coolest holiday offer cannot be purchased: an out-of-nowhere ROM hack for one of Nintendo's best original Game Boy games.Today, a classic-game hacker who goes by the handle Toruzz released a "ROM patch" for Nintendo's 1992 game Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins.This 25th-anniversary release adds a "DX" suffix to the game's name, and that's because it's been designed specifically to run on original Game Boy Color hardware.As a result, the ROM hack adds support for the Game Boy Color's expanded color palette—which could run up to 56 colors on the screen simultaneously, as broken down by various sprite-specific palettes—along with support for the GBC's faster CPU.It also removes the game's issues with screen flickering, and it introduces a few gameplay twists, including the brand-new option to play as a fluttery-jumping Luigi.