Snap Inc s quest to earn enough money to IPO sees it flip-flopping after pledging not to use creepy ad targeting.Snap will now allow advertisers to use a Oracle s Data Cloud formerly Datalogix third-party data about what users buy offline to target ads on Snapchat, according to the Wall Street Journal.Snap tells TechCrunch that this rolled out over the last few weeks, and will allow targeting to 100 different customer demographics like cosmetics shopper or consumer tech shopper .I got an ad this morning for something I was thinking about buying yesterday, and it s really annoying Spiegel declared.Yet the ad targeting based on what people buy at the grocery store which Snapchat is now offering fits that bill.Today s change follows an update in September when Snapchat opened Snap Audience Match, which let advertisers upload their own lists of customer email addresses or mobile IDs and then target them with ads.
But before that, in 1996, he had already founded digital certificate company Thawte, while studying finance and IT at the University of Cape Town, just as the internet age was gaining momentum.Thawte was one of the first companies working on securing internet transactions, and just three years later it was acquired by Verisign for $575 million, making the young Shuttleworth wealthy enough to pay for his trip to space, and much more.When we meet he's straight off the plane from New York--he managed to fit in a bit of coding on the flight.But, he's happy to jump straight into the conversation, and for someone who lists public speaking as one of his dislikes--likes include weightlessness, broadband, Iain M Banks, skinny-dipping, fancy dress, and "flashes of insight"--he's got a nice turn of phrase, at one point describing the work of software developers as "revolutionary magic."Shuttleworth spent a year in training for the flight, eight months of that in Star City, Russia before rocketing off to the ISS.Despite the enthusiasm of some developers and the anti-Microsoft pose, Shuttleworth also saw Linux splitting into proprietary versions and struggling free versions.
At the end of August last year, ordered the EUROPEAN commission to Ireland to claim back the € 13 billion approximately 124 billion plus interest from the american teknikgiganten.the Case, which has been appealed by both Ireland and Apple, in relation to taxes during the years 2003 to 2014.In the worst case, only the interest on the requirement to end up being as high as 1.5 billion, or sek 14 billion.In that case would the total bill for Apple to grow to 14.5 billion, according to Bloomberg News, which refers to its own estimates.Read also: Here is the pc manufacturer that loses the most of all right nowRead about how you implement the
Microsoft might be out of the smartphone-making business for the time being, but the company has been rumored to be working on a high-end Surface Phone.It s unclear whether the company will go forward with a Surface Phone launch anytime soon, although a new discovery suggests that Microsoft is also studying foldable smartphones — the kind of devices that could easily be turned into Windows tablets.Samsung, Apple, and others are also researching foldable smartphones.Just like its competitors, Microsoft also has documentation that highlights its foldable smartphone vision.Found by MSPowerUser, USPTO Patent No.9,541,962 describes a Mobile computing device having a flexible hinge structure.
It's able to deliver stunning 4K content to your living room TV without breaking a sweat, but is ultimately limited by Android TV's lack of native apps and penchant for paid content.Update: Nvidia Shield is getting an upgrade for 2017.The new model it's still called Nvidia Shield will be 40% smaller, integrate with Google Assistant and include a remote in every box.The Nvidia Shield Experience Upgrade 5.0 adds Android 7.0 to the Android TV box, as well as 4K HDR GameStream options, the Amazon Video 4K HDR app and Pascal-powered GeForce Now cloud gaming.They're usually inconspicuous, black little boxes no bigger than a CD case and either look like a rounded puck, like the Roku or Nexus Player, or a deck of cards, like the Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV.It's also longer than it is wide – 1.0 x 8.3 x 5.1 inches or 25 x 210 x 130mm H x L x D .
Finansiella tjänster är idag momsfritt och en ny utredning föreslog i november därför att alla företag som säljer den typen av tjänster istället ska betala en skatt på 15 procent av lönekostnaden, utöver arbetsgivaravgiften.Finansminister Magdalena Andersson har kallat den nya avgiften för en bankskatt - men nu visar det sig att en rad andra branscher också kommer att drabbas av skattehöjningen.Dagens industri uppger att som förslaget är utformat idag så kommer alla företag som förmedlar krediter, erbjuder avbetalning eller försäkring i samband med köp omfattas.Det innebär att bland annat e-handelsföretag kommer att träffas av den nya lagen.Många svenska e-handlare ger nämligen både krediter i form av avbetalning samt erbjuder olika typer av försäkringar.Förslaget, som presenterades av regeringens utredare i november och väntas ge mellan 3,7 och 7 miljarder kronor i ökade skatteintäkter, får kraftig kritik från flera håll.
Kitesurfing in Australia recently, Isabelle Fabre had an unexpected encounter with a great white shark.It ll likely be a story she dines out on for many years, and thanks to her friend back on the beach capturing the entire incident with a camera drone, she ll have some dramatic footage to show, too.It happened while she was kitesurfing in the beautiful Fitzgerald River National Park about 250 miles 400 km south-east of Perth.The French traveler spotted what she described as a big black shadow on the water, but wrongly assuming it to be her kite, she carried on surfing without a care in the world.However, after a short while, she clocked that the movement of the kite and the shadow didn t quite match up.Indeed, her concerns grew when she noticed it circling around me.
Den som inte är så kunnig om fotboll tycker säkert att det ser konstigt ut när en spelare sparkar ut bollen över sidlinjen, trots att den spelaren inte alls är under attack från en motståndare.Den som är mer initierad vet att det beror på att någon annan spelare ligger ner skadad och kanske behöver läkarvård.Det är en oskriven regel som trots att den aktivt motarbetats av de styrande i fotbollsvärlden fortfarande följs av många.Den som vill bli accepterad i ett öppet projekt gör bäst i att följa dem, inte minst som nykomling i ett projekt.Läs på innan du kastar dig in i ett projektInnan du tar kontakt med ett community, inom öppen källkod eller i andra sammanhang, så bör du ta reda på vad det har för syfte och undersöka vad du kan bidra med.
If you ve traveled to other countries, you understand the pain of getting dinged by foreign ATMs when you withdraw cash.It doesn t seem like a big deal, but it can add up if you don t get enough cash the first or second time.Solution: open a checking account that can waive fees.Usually, when you withdraw cash from a foreign ATM, you pay a flat fee of $3-5 to use that terminal in addition to a possible 1-3% foreign transaction fee of the total amount withdrawn charged by your bank.The article linked below suggests 11 checking accounts, such as Capital One and Citibank, that waive, reimburse, or offer reduced transaction fees; but usually if you have a premium account.There is one account, however, that I really like and opened myself: the Charles Schwab High Yield Investor checking account.
Sitting under the company s flagship HTC 10 handset, the new phone s main 5.7-inch display is joined by a second, 2-inch screen at the top of the phone.This additional, always-on display offers a variety of notification and shortcut options without interfering with what you re looking at on the main panel.Unlike the Touch Bar on Apple s new MacBook Pro line, however, this smaller panel doesn't instinctively react to what apps you re using or the content present on the main display.Instead, when not feeding you with new notifications, the time or weather alerts, it can be set to offer shortcuts to your most used apps and favourite contacts.The phone s main 5.7-inch display features a stunning, 2560 x 1440 pixel QHD resolution, making it a perfect companion for on-the-move gaming and video streaming.Echoing the iPhone 7 in culling the iconic connection point, the phone will instead require users to invest in a pair of Bluetooth headphones or make do with the USB Type-C fitted earbuds that come boxed with the phone.
The Nintendo Switch, the new $299 console launching on March 3, will be the first Nintendo console to require a premium, paid subscription service if you want to play games online. Nintendo's site, but the upshot is that the gaming company will offer a free trial of this online service starting in March, but at some point in Fall 2017, it'll transition to being paid —
Nintendo has scored a big third-party partner for its new console.Electronic Arts was onstage at Nintendo s Switch event tonight reveal that it is bringing its soccer series FIFA to Switch.FIFA is the most popular sports franchise in gaming — selling more than 100 million copies worldwide — so this is a big third-party score for Nintendo.It s also a big deal for Nintendo to have EA s support.EA is one of the biggest third-party publishers, and works on popular franchises like Madden, Battlefield, and Star Wars.This could be just the beginning of EA s support for the Switch.EA is making this new FIFA game specifically for the Switch, so it will not be a simple port of FIFA 17.Nintendo s heritage is to always push forward, to dare to choose their own path, and now they are doing it again with the Nintendo Switch, Patrick Söderlund, executive vice president of worldwide studios at EA, said in a press release sent to GamesBeat.We re excited to be partnered with them again, and to bring new experiences to players on this brand new platform.
Flash another, and it delivers a killing blow with its teeth.The mouse doesn t hunt out of hunger — scientists are in control.Those scientists were studying how the vertebrate brain controls hunting behaviour, something that is not well understood.While omnivorous mice normally opt for plants over meat, the researchers found that they could turn their furry subjects into hunters, break their hunting behaviour into a pair of simpler ones after a slew of experiments — and control those behaviours individually.Although we had some indications that the central nucleus of the amygdala could be important for hunting behavior, it hasn t been observed before, lead investigator Ivan de Araujo, an associate professor of psychiatry at Yale, told Gizmodo.It was surprising to see how clear the results were.
Samsung said today that over 96 percent of all Galaxy Note7 phones have been returned following a recall that started in September.First introduced in August, the latest Note7 smartphone received positive reviews until reports surfaced that some devices caught fire after their batteries exploded.After a thorough inspection of its phones, Samsung opted to issue a mandatory recall, but only after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC issued its own recall notice.In October, the Federal Aviation Administration FAA banned passengers from bringing the Note7 on board any aircraft, even if the device had been powered down.This restriction applied to all flights in the U.S. and was in response to a Note7 exploding after a passenger boarded a Southwest Airlines flight in October.If you ve boarded a plane in the past several months, you may have heard flight attendants warning that if you had a Note7, you could not bring it aboard the plane.But Samsung claims that because of the exceptionally high rates of participation in the recall, the U.S. Department of Transportation no longer requires airlines to issue specific pre-boarding notifications.Achieving a 96 percent return rate took about four months, but it wasn t all done organically, as Samsung revealed in December that it would issue a software update to permanently disable charging on the outstanding Note7s.Until that point, the company had received 85 percent of affected devices.During the Consumer Electronics Show last week, Samsung America s president and chief operating officer, Tim Baxter, made reference to the Note7 at the opening of the company s keynote, saying that Samsung would release a report about what had happened to the device very soon.He said, however, that the electronics maker remains undeterred and will not stop nor will we stop innovating.
The cost of an entry-level VR system like this has come down quite a bit.While we have yet to see the Rift itself offered for less than its $600 MSRP, we have seen a few other deals on the VR hardware.Best Buy offered a $100 gift card and a copy of with the headset over the holidays, and it offered a $150 gift card separately earlier this month.Those kinds of deals can go a long way toward paying for that are really required to get the most out of the Rift.
On Wednesday, Norway will become the first country in the world to start shutting down its national FM radio network in favour of digital radio.Norwegians have had years to prepare, but the move is still catching many off guard.The FM apocalypse starts tomorrow morning in Nordland, the country s north.Beginning at 11:11 am local time, the FM network will be taken down in a gradual process that ll take the entire calendar year.DAB currently hosts 22 national stations in Norway, along with about 20 smaller stations.The FM spectrum can only fit five national stations.
A US federal judge may have found a way to curb patent trolls by forcing law firms to pay legal bills.A US federal court judge has ruled that a patent troll's lawyers are personally responsible for paying legal fines, in a bid to make law firms think twice about representing trollsiStockA US federal judge may have finally found a way to get rid of patent trolls – force their lawyers to pay all the legal bills incurred by lawsuits, rather than permitting trolls to pay their legal representatives using a portion of their winnings.Patent trolls are the scourge of the global technology industry.They exist primarily to make money by buying up loads of vague patents that they don't intend to ever actually use, in order to try to bully companies by claiming that the victim has violated a patent's copyright.When a company actually invents a product with an interesting new function, the patent troll looks through its catalogue and picks a vague patent that might possibly encompass the new function to threaten the company with a lawsuit.
It keeps going up and up, with a bunch of new nonsense fees thrown on top every few years.What s worse is that many parts of the world still rely on dirty fossil fuels to produce this energy.By now we have all heard about the potential of solar and other renewables to shake up the energy market, but you might not know that blockchain technology also has its place in the mix.Several startups are developing projects that integrate blockchain and solar energy.It originally used a proof-of-work system for verification but has since switched over to a proof-of-stake-time system because it is more environmentally friendly.Anyone can mine the coins, from individuals to solar farms.For every 1 MWh of electricity generated and verified by a third party , the producer recieves one SolarCoin.
ON DISPLAY: New TVs have been unveiled at CES 2017 in Las VegasTV technology is moving fast with 4K Ultra HD now the standard for most living rooms.But this year's CES technology show in Las Vegas has revealed even more advancements which will be landing in living rooms later this year.So, if you fancy replacing your old TV here s what you need to know about all the latest tellies launching in 2017.Samsung went for something a bit different at CES by announcing its new QLED TVs.Along with being beautifully bright and packed with the colour, QLED also offers an incredibly accurate and precise picture that can be viewed from any angle or in any environment.
Honda Uni-Cub transporters lined-up for demonstration at CES in Las Vegas on January 6, 2017.Honda's self-balancing Uni-Cub personal transporter is a fun way to get around.Never mind that your probably need some exercise, the Uni-Cub will scoot you to your destination at 4 miles per hour, no effort required.Steering is as simple as moving your weight in the direction you want to go and the thing keeps upright thanks to balancing technology first developed for Honda's Asimo humanoid robot.At CES in Las Vegas, Honda was offering Uni-Cub test rides so we hopped onboard.