p Something awful has happened in Manchester.It’s still early, and the full details aren’t yet known.What we do know is that Greater Manchester Police has confirmed an explosion took place at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, and at least twenty-two people are dead.The audience would have been packed with young children.Scrolling through the Manchester hashtag, you can see tweets from frantic parents and family members, trying to find where their loved ones are.The attack has caused chaos to Manchester.
p Jonathan is the co-founder & CEO of Appcues, a product for effective user onboarding.Hundreds of today's fastest growing software companies use Appcues to improve new user activation and encourage feature discovery within their products, all without having to write code.If you're in tech, odds are you've already seen Appcues in the applications you use.Appcues was born from Jonathan's experience working at Performable and HubSpot.Frustrated by HubSpot's poor user onboarding, he sought to improve it by giving customer-facing employees the power to run onboarding experiments without having to depend on developers.As a result, teams are able to learn faster and provide a better user experience at scale.
p When Google launched Inbox, its more experimental next-gen email client for Gmail, one of its flagship features was Smart Reply.With Smart Reply, Google’s machine learning algorithms look at your incoming emails and then suggest short, three- or four-word replies (think “Sure” or “Yes, thank you”).Until now, this feature was only available in Inbox and the Allo messenger, but as the company announced today, it’s now also coming to Gmail for iOS and Android.Unsurprisingly, this feature works exactly like you would expect it.Just like in Inbox, when you reply to an email, Smart Reply now appears at the bottom of the screen and offers you up to three potential replies.You can also start your reply with the Smart Reply option and then edit it or add more context.
p I've been working for my uncle who owns is own business with little online presence.He wants me to set up an email marketing campaign to contact past customers and reconnect since he relies a lot on referrals.I've gone through his Google Calendar and Gmail and built a database of everyone he's done jobs for in the past 5 years.Would it be considered spam to send promotional emails to people he's worked with in the past?I'm not sure if this counts as implied consent to receive these types of emails.Obviously the first email would be an introduction to what we're looking to do and would give the option to opt-in to receive future emails.
p I have to register a URL for a Digital Marketing Agency, but literally every .com URL I can think of is taken (not being used, just taken and not willing to sell) does anyone have any creative ideas of how startups work with URLs?So far I thought of (but are taken - note there are not marketing agencies using the name):GetAGENCYNAME MeetAGENCYNAME HelloAGENCYNAME ThinkAGENCYNAME AGENCYNAMEinc weareAGENCYNAMEAny other creative ideas I can search?Also thoughts on .io vs .ca if I just can't lock down a .com?
p Interesting post on medium, on how to start building an audience when you don't have an audience yet.The gist comes down to:Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any social account you are already onStarting to build an email list using your existing following you already have on your personal accounts.And sending them an interesting weekly newsletter.After that start writing yourself and including the content in your newsletter, having a signup form at the bottom etc.
p Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC), mainland China’s largest contract chip maker, reported on Wednesday steady earnings growth in the first quarter, but forecast a modest decline in second-quarter revenue due to a market downturn.Shanghai-based SMIC posted a 13.7 per cent increase in net profit to US$69.8 million for the three months ended March 31, up from US$61.4 million in the same period last year, as demand for its 28-nanometre semiconductor device fabrication ramped up.Revenue grew 25 per cent to US$793.1 million from US$643 million a year earlier.“Our team delivered a good quarter,” newly appointed SMIC chief executive Zhao Haijun said in a statement on Wednesday.Zhao pointed out that earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation – a measure of a company’s operating profitability – grew 42.8 per cent year on year to a record high US$312.4 million.“We are pursuing growth in areas in which we are seeing meaningful demand, such as NOR flash [memory], RF [radio frequency chip] and connectivity, power integrated circuits and others,” he said.
p The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) acknowledged that its site went down on Monday after it was hit by multiple distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks after TV anchor John Oliver blasted the agency on his show over its move to repeal net neutrality rules in the country.The timing here is crucial, as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has already announced plans to reverse the principles currently in place, and the agency is set to vote on his proposal on May 18.While the recent episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight saw Oliver urge viewers to head to gofccyourself.com and express their opinions on the topic ahead of the vote, some folks seem to have misconstrued the message and attacked the FCC’s site.Thanks for your enthusiasm, guys, but sadly, you’ve gone and done us in a bit.You can visit https://t.co/IO1tIHnfBU and urge the FCC to keep strong net neutrality rules backed by Title II.— John Oliver (@iamjohnoliver) May 8, 2017
p China’s hit anti-corruption TV drama In the Name of the People has just come to an end, but the cleanup campaigns for Chinese internet giants is continuing./p p Meituan-Dianping, the acknowledged O2O giant in China, revealed ten graft cases in the group in an internal email, local media is reporting.A dozen employees and merchants were involved in charges of receiving bribes from merchants, deceiving merchants, stealing personal information of clients, and order scalping, whereby merchants inflate their sales through fake orders to cheat for platform subsidies.According to the internal statement, the company transferred 30 employees and nearly 200 illegal merchants in 2016 to relevant authorities./p p The cases Meituan revealed this time include specific examples from employees soliciting kickbacks from merchants to deliveryman making a profit by asking customers to scan fake QR codes.While it is unclear how long this has been happening, what is clear is that corruption has infected all the core businesses of the company from hotel booking to food delivery.
An MP has urged Facebook to tackle fake news in the run-up to the UK's general election on 8 June.Conservative MP Damian Collins expressed his concerns to the Guardian newspaper, saying fake news threatened "the integrity of democracy".A parliamentary inquiry examining the "growing phenomenon of fake news" was launched by Mr Collins in January.Dealing with the problem was "a global priority" and an "evolving challenge", Facebook said.Mr Collins told the Guardian that the top 20 fake news stories were shared more than the top 20 true news stories during the three months leading up to the US election last year."The danger is, if for many people the main source of news is Facebook and if the news they get on Facebook is mostly fake news, they could be voting based on lies," he said.
YouTube is betting big on Asia, aggressively pushing to expand localised content in the region, even as the online video platform threatens to eclipse television viewership in the U.S., Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl said.Alphabet’s video platform has seen triple digit growth across the region in all metrics, including viewer watch time and partner uploads in the last year alone.Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, and India already rank among the top 10 markets with the highest viewership.In India alone, there are 500 YouTube channels that surpassed the 100,000 subscriber threshold within a year, Kyncl said.The region-specific products are aimed at reaching users with limited connectivity and data, part of a broader initiative to get the “next billion” users online.“We’re constantly trying to remove friction from the system, whether it’s advertisers, users, or telcos,” Kyncl said.
A rare copy of the United States' Declaration of Independence has been discovered in a small records office in South East England.Researchers constructing a database of every known copy of the historical document uncovered the document in an archive in the cathedral city of Chichester, West Sussex.The original, drafted by third US President Thomas Jefferson, was signed on 4 July 1776 in Philadelphia, asserting the independence of the thirteen American colonies which were then at war with Great Britain.While a limited number of copies were made at the time, the original is considered to be the one housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.In August 2015, Emily Sneff, a researcher at the Declaration Resources Project found a catalogue listing reading: "Manuscript copy, on parchment, of the Declaration in Congress of the thirteen United States of America".Previously, numerous mentions of the document had been found that turned out to be 19th-century reproductions, so Sneff was sceptical.
Apple’s Live Photos are fun — they’ve definitely captured a few unexpected magical moments for me that standard stills would’ve missed.But for the most part, they live on your phone and stay within the confines of your apps.Seeing them floating around the web, especially on a desktop browser, has always been something of a rarity.Tumblr kicked down that wall a bit last year by adding Live Photos to its web version and releasing a tool to let others do the same.When it came to an official Apple-approved method, however, there was nothing to be found.That quietly changed this morning, with Apple updating its developer portal with a new tool they’re calling LivePhotosKit.
Nvidia & Facebook go advanced with AI and deep learning with new framework, Caffe2.Nvidia and Facebook have collaborated to advance artificial intelligence with Caffe2, a new deep learning framework delivered by Facebook to the open source community.In a blog post, Nvidia said that together with Facebook they are providing AI acceleration with the work on the Caffe2 deep learning framework.Facebook works to develop new AI systems to help manage information generated around the world, making it easier for people to understand the world and communicate more effectively as the volume of information increases.Caffe2 enables developers and researchers to create large-scale distributed training scenarios and build machine learning applications for edge devices.Caffe2 is designed to be a fast, scalable and portable framework.
A stark reminder that 2D platforming really did have something to offer the industry, nearly everything included here is still very playable, especially DuckTales and Chip ’n Dale Rescue Rangers.Proving that level design and smart ideas will always trump visual fidelity, the layout and execution of both is excellent.DuckTales in particular still feels very special.This has more surprises in it than some 2017 releases do, which is saying something given it’s almost 30 years old.That’s not to say it’s perfect – far from it – and the cheap tricks it often pulls which will lead to your demise are horrible.It’s a clear indication that this collection is meant to be played for laughs instead of a true challenge, but there’s still plenty of balance in this regard, too.
Chinese PC maker Lenovo plans to pour over US$ 1.2 billion into artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and big data in the next four years, as part of its efforts to diversify their operations amid the stalled growth of its PC and smartphone business, local media is reporting (in Chinese).Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said the annual investment in the above three areas will represent over one-fifth of the company’s total annual R expenditure by March 2021.Lenovo remained the top PC vendor in the first quarter of 2017, garnering a 19.9% share in the global market by shipping 12.377 million units, IT research firm Gartner noted.Yet its rival HP has narrowed Lenovo’s lead with shipments of 12.118 million.Among the company’s three main lines of business, namely data centers, mobile devices, and PCs and smart devices (PCSD), revenue from PCSD business accounted for around 70% of its total revenue for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2016, according to the firm’s Q3 FY 2016/17 results released this February.As competition with its rivals has become even fiercer and growth in its PC and smartphone business has flatlined, Lenovo has been striving to diversify its revenue source and doubling down on artificial intelligence to explore new growth driver.The company set up its own artificial intelligence lab in March, headed by AI expert Xu Feiyu, who once worked as a principal researcher at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence.Last November, Lenovo appointed Dr. Yong Rui, former deputy managing director of Microsoft Research Asia, to become its chief technology officer, overseeing the company’s corporate research and technology organization, which covers artificial intelligence and big data analytics technologies, among others.Lenovo is not alone in hopping on the bandwagon of artificial intelligence.China’s three internet giants Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent all have been stepping up efforts on this research.Baidu set up Institute of Deep Learning in 2013 and has spent more than RMB 10 billion on its three AI research labs in recent years.Alibaba has introduced its ET program, an “artificial brain” able to tackle complex problems in medicine, urban planning, and the industrial sector.Tencent’s artificial intelligence lab, which was established less than one year ago, has also delivered stunning performance.Its artificial intelligence Fine Art (绝艺 in Chinese) won the 10th Computer Go UEC Cup in March.
Samsung's Galaxy S8 ships with some software tweaks that will force diehard Samsung users to relearn common tasks, such as opening the app drawer.You can bring it back, but you may not want to in the end.With the apps button removed, you can add an extra app to the dock on your Galaxy S8.If having five icons in the dock just isn't your speed, add the Apps Button back with a long-press on the home screen and then tap Home screen settings Apps Button Show Apps Button.Keep in mind, adding the Apps Button back to the dock does not disable the ability to swipe up or down on a home screen to open the app drawer.In the app drawer, a horizontal swipe will cycle through pages of installed apps.
I'm looking for some advice and/or guidance about increasing conversions and effectively gaining sales for a shopify store that I've been working with.The product is a premium skincare line that has been around for a couple of months.My ads are getting a decent amount of clicks and we're seeing some OK traffic through Google Analytics, but barely any actual sales and the numbers for Pageviews/Session duration are pretty bad.I think it may be the site design... but I know so little about how to properly design an ecommerce site that I don't really know where to begin.Any help with this situation is appreciated, the clients are beginning to get antsy.Thank you so much for your help.
Esther Afua Ocloo, also known as “Auntie Ocloo”, was a Ghanaian businesswoman who began her trade selling marmalade as a teenager, and ended it as the founder and chairman of the Women's World Banking initiative.The Google Doodle shows her at various stages of her life and business, sharing her knowledge with fellow Ghanaians.In a blog post, Google explains: "As both an entrepreneur and an advocate for microlending, Esther Afua Ocloo worked tirelessly to help others like her succeed.Today’s Doodle shows Esther empowering the women of Ghana with the tools to improve their lives and communities."Ocloo, born in 1919, began work as a street vendor in the early 1930s.She invested six out of ten shillings pocket money given to her by an aunt into oranges, sugar, firewood and used jam jars.
Intel has announced that it is cancelling its Intel Developer Forum (IDF) programme of events, effective immediately, just as it was about to celebrate its two-decade anniversary.First held in 1997, the Intel Developer Forum started life as a US-only biannual gathering of developers from around the globe.After its first decade Intel added a third annual event in China for those who couldn't make it to the US versions, though in recent years the company has gone back to a biannual format: one event held in the US, the other in China.Regardless of where it is held or at what time of year, IDF has always proven a hotbed of Intel-related information: over the previous years the company has used IDF to showcase everything from novel SSD overclocking and its ill-fated Larrabee graphics architecture, which would see a second life as the basis for the company's more-successful though niche Xeon Phi co-processor boards for high-performance computing (HPC), to the benefits of multi-core gaming and even the first public outings of new microarchitectures like Sandy Bridge back in 2010.Sadly for those who look forward to the company's IDF unveilings, all that has come to a crashing end.'Intel has evolved its event portfolio and decided to retire the IDF program moving forward,' a company spokespeson has explained in a terse note on the official event website.