If James Bond were an animal, doubtless he’d be an octopus.Sure, these tentacled sea dwellers may not seem like the most suave of animals, but they certainly could serve as super spies.You see (or don’t see, in this case), a certain species of this cephalopod known as the mimic octopus does just that — it mimics things better than just about any other creature on Earth.Capable of changing colors and shapes, the octopus is apparently able to bear a striking resemblance to anything from a lion fish to a shrimp to an anemone.And now, humans are trying to create camouflage based on this remarkable animal.A team of materials scientists and engineers at Cornell University, along with octopus expert Roger Hanlon from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts, have cracked the code of the mimic octopus with rubber and mesh.
APIs, dev tools, and even infrastructure-as-a-service are all “invisible” products.There’s no user-interface to show off in an ad and no tagline that succinctly sums up everything that the product can be used for.That means there’s a huge time and attention commitment required from potential customers to understand what your product is even capable of.For ipinfo, by running experiments and shaping pricing around what users were doing, they built a business around my API product.
A major obstacle to applying genetic engineering to benefit humans and the environment is the risk that organisms whose genes have been altered might produce offspring with their natural counterparts, releasing the novel genes into the wild.Now, researchers from the University of Minnesota's BioTechnology Institute have developed a promising way to prevent such interbreeding.The approach, called "synthetic incompatibility," effectively makes engineered organisms a separate species unable to produce viable offspring with their wild or domesticated relatives.Synthetic incompatibility has applications in controlling or eradicating invasive species, crop pests and disease-carrying insects as well as preventing altered genes from escaping from genetically modified crops into other plant populations.The results were published online today in the journal Nature Communications.If an engineered organism mates with a wild counterpart, the transcription factors render the offspring unable to survive by activating genes that cause their cells to die.
The new single from U2’s upcoming album Songs of Experience has a companion video, and since I can hear a lot of you rolling your eyes already, let me say it’s actually pretty cool.Made by Tatia Pilieva, who famously directed the super-viral “First Kiss” ad for fashion label Wren in 2014, the U2 film—titled “You’re the Best Thing About Me”—features a multicultural cast of four couples making the most of the day before an indefinite separation.All of their situations are unique, and some, like the military newlyweds and the Syrian refugee family, carry more gravitas than others (namely, the Californian high school sweethearts).Still, Pilieva captures the emotional peaks and valleys exceptionally well in the four minutes she’s given, and without the self-congratulatory bombast one normally associates with U2.Her insistence on filming both happy and sad moments is what makes this film so interesting, and equalizes what would otherwise be seen as vastly different experiences.“These people are saying goodbye, they are still very much in love,” Pilieva says.
One claimed that Giphy’s hold on search results is so strong “we own happy birthday now.” The next day, the company’s search traffic fell off a cliff.The Fast Company profile is a typical Silicon Valley success story.Some bros recall the days they were slumming it in “an Airbnb that wasn’t that great,” while they went around Hollywood cutting deals with media companies to have the most complete set of reaction GIFs on the web.You’ll have to click over to page two to find a result for Giphy when you Google “happy birthday” now.Glenn Gabe, a digital marketing consultant at G-Squared Interactive, soon noted on that Giphy was getting “hammered” by Google.Indeed, data from search tracking services SEMRush and SearchMetrics show a huge drop off immediately after the article’s publication.
Separately, Equifax said Tuesday that a file containing 15.2 million U.K. consumer records was attacked during the company’s hack.Equifax announced the breach, which also affected consumers in Canada, on Sept. 7.In recent weeks, Equifax has told customers, mainly financial institutions, that the driver’s license information for 10.9 million consumers was accessed, the people said.Although information varies by state, licenses typically include a person’s name, date of birth, home address and personal details such as height and eye color.This in some cases happened when consumers were using a webpage meant to resolve disputes about credit-report information.The dispute-resolution page appears to have been at least one avenue hackers used to access the company’s systems.
Indian retailing brands Big Bazaar, Hyper-City, Star Bazaar, D-Mart, Walmart-owned Best Price Modern Wholesale, Big-Basket have accused Amazon of 'ambush marketing'.As reported by Economic Times, retailers are now removing the items as they see this as a move by Amazon to acquire their customers.Packs of brands such as ITC’s Yippee Noodles, Nestle’s KitKat chocolate and Coca Cola’s Sprite and Fanta soft drinks are among the brands that are, or were, being retailed at offline stores along with Amazon gift coupons.Kishore Biyani, founder of Future Group said: “We will not allow ambush marketing at any cost.We have started removing such products from the shelves and told brands not to supply us packs that have any promotional tie-up with a rival retailer.”“The act of promoting a specific distribution channel through a cash incentive on products sold through traditional distribution is not good for the growth of the industry,” he said.
Taking social media to a new level can prove tricky and to stand out from the rest, you need to be thinking innovatively and chatbots appear to be doing just that.This year's Social Buzz Awards nominations have been announced and taken centre stage with the judges is category the best use of chatbots.", expressed judge Rachel Kneen, social media lead UK of Just Eat."We've only just scratched the surface of what we can do in this exciting space and to truly bring AI to the social sphere.70% of chatbots fail, but this area has so much potential and as people 'get it right' it'll fuel best practice and new innovation in this space in the future."The following have made the shortlist: Catch, Columbia Records UK, imperson, PizzaExpress, +rehabstudio and We Are Social.
A deep undercover investigation into the security arrangements of the US embassy in London has exposed the bizarre lengths some people go to in order to keep their appointments with the bureaucrats within, revealing that people who accidentally have restricted items on them are often prompted to hide them outside in the bushes for the duration of their visit.The list of items you're not allowed to bring into the US embassy includes bike helmets, laptops, scissors, glass bottles -- oh, and guns, oddly enough -- with the Wall Street Journal asking some visitors what they do with their things when they accidentally arrive with a prohibited pair of child's scissor in their bag or a glass bottle of aspartame in a sweaty hand.Some put their banned items in the bin and then retrieve them on the way out -- on the advice of staff -- while others realise that the best thing to do is pop out to the park opposite and stash things in the bushes of Grosvenor Square.The paper spoke to a groundskeeper who said he's found penknives, alcohol and even a vibrator hidden in shrubbery while doing his rounds, lost or forgotten about by their owners.
According to information from Reuters, Indian government has given Oppo the “go” light to open their first offline stores in the wider region, paving the way for other companies such as Apple and Xiaomi who are looking for the same thing also.The Chinese company is the first company ever to get such a clearance in the world’s No.3 smartphone market (after China and the US) so it’s a major area of possible profit for all manufacturers.Indian laws have been somewhat strict during the past years, asking companies to source 30 percent of the products locally.The law was relaxed in 2016 in an effort to attract more investors, exempting foreign retailers from local sourcing for three years, after which it applies.As you can obviously understand several other companies like Apple, Xiaomi and Vivo are also in talks with India to open their own stores all over the huge country.
Image credit: Georgijevic | Getty ImagesThere's a fundamental rule in marketing that takes some discipline and some getting used to, but it's undeniably true: You can't be everything for everybody.First of all, you can't possibly please everyone all the time and, secondly, you can't possibly offer everything that everyone would want all the time either.But, when running a business, we can't help but want to maximize our opportunities, so we avoid saying no to anything.We want to please everyone and we want to give people everything that they want, so we say yes all the time.As a result, we try to go for the broadest range of product features and services in an attempt to get as close as we can to offering everything for everybody.
Google Pixel Buds are a new pair of wireless in-ear headphones designed by Google for the newly minted Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL smart phones.While they might sound like a rip-off of a product you’ve heard before (cough, Apple AirPods) they could be one of the neatest, smartest wireless headphones ever released.They’re smarter because not only do they offer the features you’ve come to expect in wireless earbuds at this point, like direct access to Google Assistant with one tap as well as voice commands, but the Google Pixel Buds will offer real-time 1-to-1 language translation.During the company’s Pixel 2 event, the Google Pixel Buds were used to hold a conversation between two of the presenters – one speaking in English, the other in Swedish – and the results were played over the speaker for the audience.As you’d expect, questions were translated from the English speaker to Swedish and the responses, which were said in Swedish, were translated back to English.The process was not only seamless but is was, genuinely, impressive – which could pose real a threat to products like Logbar, Pilot and Bragi’s Dash Pro Babelfish earbuds, especially since the Google Pixel Buds will be compatible with over 40 languages including Italian, French and Japanese, right out of the box.
This morning the folks at Google revealed both the pricing and release info on their newest device, the Pixelbook.This device is a Chromebook, made to be high end, run Chrome OS, and convert from notebook to display to tablet with relative ease.This device will run the newest version of Chrome OS and will be able to run a wide variety of Android apps as well.This Chromebook rolls with a 12.3-inch display with 2560 x 1700 pixels – much like this Chromebook’s predecessor in the Chromebook Pixel.This is slightly smaller (and therefore less dense) than the most recent Chromebook Pixel.The 2013 and the 2015 Chromebook Pixel both had 3:2 aspect rations with 12.85-inches (diagonally) and 2560 x 1700 pixel resolution.
The leaks for the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL just keep coming.Today's leak comes courtesy of Walmart, which happened to include an image of the Pixel 2 XL in a premature posting (and leak) for the Google Home Mini.The new leak showed the Google Pixel 2 XL running the Google Home app, notes 9to5Google, and it confirms many of the rumors we've been seeing in recent months, such as the USB-C port on the bottom of the phone and the front-facing speakers.Walmart's leak follows on the heels of a leak yesterday from Evan Blass, who posted images of the upcoming device in its smaller and larger forms.Both images suggest that the glass on the edges of the display will be slightly curved, but the display itself will be a traditional flat surface.Blass' images showed the phones with a black body, but the image from Walmart seemingly confirms we'll also be able to get it with a white body (although the face will remain black).
The Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL is about to remedy the fatal flaw that left my original Pixel XL vulnerable, broken and hobbled for snapping photos.Yes, the photos were great while it lasted and the bump-free camera design was touted as innovative, but it was a case of be careful what you wish for.A shallow drop of my prized Google Pixel XL onto cement proved that Google's odd glass-and-metal back shattered right through the most important part of the phone, even if the camera wasn't the point of impact.It's all one piece of glass, unlike the mostly bump-free Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8.Here's where things are about to get different in the Google Pixel 2 series.There's less of a chance of similar spiderweb crack incident that gets worse over time.
Following Facebook’s recent investigation into Russian-backed ads which ran on their network in the lead-up to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, The Social Network has announced a new set of measures to help them tighten control over ad content and ensure such misuses of their platform are minimized where possible.Facebook recently conducted an internal investigation after questions were raised over the role the platform might have played in swaying voter behavior.After initially dismissing the idea that their system played any significant part, Facebook has now handed over more than 3,000 ads to congressional investigators which had been purchased by a Russian company, seemingly to influence U.S. politics.The aims of those ads vary significantly – while many don’t necessarily support one candidate or another, the ads clearly sought to amplify divisive political issues, thereby destabilizing the election process.The first initiative will essentially lift the curtain on Facebook dark posts – or ads that are targeted to specific audiences but are not visible on the originating Page or to those outside that focus group.Many of the Russian-backed ads were aimed at very specific audience segments, with the intent to incite emotional response and sway voter response.
Toronto - Call centres can be expensive as well as the source of lots of consumer angst.But companies can get more bang for their buck by doing a better job of coordinating marketing decisions that drive customers to call centres with operational ones about handling them once they get there, says a new study from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.The study, co-authored by Professors Philipp Afèche and Opher Baron in the Rotman School's Operations Management and Statistics Area, and Mojtaba Araghi, an assistant professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, provides an integrated marketing-operations framework to help companies design more effective service policies for their call centres and other service channels.The framework builds on a theoretical model that maps the flow of new and existing customers through the call centre and their consumer decisions afterwards, based on their experience.Unlike previous research, the model links call centre capacity, service quality and how that quality influences future consumer behaviour."Our model highlights that it is important for companies to be able to answer questions like: How does a particular customer behave if they don't get served?
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With the Leagoo moving into the big international spotlight being the sponsors of the Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, it was only a matter of time for some special limited edition of their phone to surface with the ties to the football club.And voilá here they come with the Leagoo T5 THFC (Tottenham Hotspur Limited Edition).Beneath the shiny THFC logo and design it’s more or less the same Leagoo T5 with the 5,5-inch Sharp display with FullHD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 4, MT6750T octa-core chipset, 4 GB RAM + 64 GB ROM, Sony 13MP + OV 5MP rear cameras, 13MP OV selfie front camera, LG 3000 mAh battery with 5V/2A quick charge support, front mounted fingerprint scanner and Leagoo OS 2.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat.But as you can see in the video and the pictures the limited edition looks quite cool and fancy so if you would be a Tottenham fan i guess you would be over the moon with it.And now you have a chance to get it for a full $100 cheaper, because the current presale offer on Gearbest has it listed at $199.99, while the official retail price is full $299.99.Quite a difference so unleash your inner hooligan and go get it.
Q: I operate multiple profit centers.I sell calligraphy and a booklet on garage selling.My third venture is an MLM that I actually help my husband with.You see, the secret to increasing sales doesn't lie in choosing just the right marketing tactic for each of your businesses.I suspect your real problem is one that's experienced by many entrepreneurs--a damaging lack of focus.Suddenly, they discover that their time and budgets are fragmented beyond their ability to produce positive results.