Andy Puddicombe’s voiceovers for Headspace, the guided meditation platform he cofounded eight years ago, aim to put users in a thoughtful, receptive state of mind.Last year, to make its programs more accessible to the masses, the company teamed up with production house Nexus for a series of animated videos.Puddicombe, a former Buddhist monk with encyclopedic knowledge of the subject matter, narrates the short films.His unassuming delivery and smooth British accent work in harmony with the campaign’s playful, often cheeky visuals.“Fortunately, the mind can be tamed … by having an awareness of when our attention has wandered off, and gently bringing it back with a kind and friendly hand.”Error loading player: No playable sources found
ZTE was probably thinking “two is always better than one” when designing its new concept phone, and deciding to add two notches.The ZTE Iceberg, as it’s referred to, has a notch on the top and bottom, according to renders shared by WinFuture, leaving the rest as an edge-to-edge display.The bottom notch contains the phone’s front-facing speaker, while the top notch contains a selfie camera, a sensor for ambient light, and an earpiece for phone calls.ZTE doesn’t stop the experiment there.Weirdly enough, the Iceberg also has raised edges of glass on each corner that give the phone a more angular look than the typical smartphone.It makes the phone look a little like it belongs in a museum as a futuristic artifact or like it’s encased in ice, hence the name Iceberg.
More and more people today, 50 percent in fact, are finding their work and personal lives intertwining, according to a global study commissioned by American Express.The brand always wants to ensure that its messaging is reflecting the world that its consumers are living in, so today American Express is launching what it describes as a “360-degree” marketing campaign and a new brand platform, “Powerful Backing: Don’t Do Business / Don’t Live Life Without It.”The new brand platform is designed to, “celebrate this new reality, that life and business are really interconnected and the unique role that American Express plays in helping support people today,” explained American Express CMO, Elizabeth Rutledge.“I have a strong belief that we are going to look back 10 years from now and that this time and this moment was transformational.I truly believe that we are witnessing a significant change in people’s relationship with work, how they earn a living and in particular how that intersects with their personal life,” Rutledge added.American Express then worked closely with agency Mcgarrybowen to develop a creative platform that would highlight the role that American Express plays in this new blended lifestyle that people are living.
You’re running a lot of your business on Windows Server today—mission-critical apps, Active Directory, Domain Name Servers, not to mention virtual machines and storage.For more than 20 years, in fact, Windows Server has been the operating system of choice for enterprise workloads.This guide shows you how you can use your Windows Server expertise to give your organization a boost in the age of cloud computing, addressing these topics and others:• Why move to the cloud?• What are some ways to use Azure for Windows Server workloads?• Who else is doing this?
This week in “The Machines Are Catching Up With Us,” researchers are saying deep learning tactics are improving our ability to predict severe weather events.In fact, with new advances in artificial intelligence, computers will soon be analyzing radar images to spot when dangerous hailstorms will hit with as much accuracy as a human meteorologist.Machine learning is one of the most fascinating growth fields in all of technology — and now, you can get in on this exploding area with this AI and Deep Learning package.Best of all, you can get this career-changing training from TNW Deals for practically any price you want to pay.No matter what you spend, you’ll automatically get the e-book Deep Learning with Hadoop.You’ll uncover how to use the Hadoop environment to create your own deep learning models, which work like a replicated neural network in the human brain to transfer and process information.
This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider.To be the first to know, please click here.US consumers are more likely to use the voice assistant in their smartphones over the one in their smart speakers when at home, according to a new report from Fluent.Among smart home device owners, just 25% turn to such devices for information when in the home, while 47% default to their smartphone’s voice assistant.This signals that US consumers are willing to embrace smart home devices — 20% of American households own a smart home gadget — but they aren’t yet on track to reduce their reliance on smartphones when in the home.Consumers won’t shift voice assistant usage toward smart speakers until these homebound devices develop more unique use cases.
Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, users have flocked to their Facebook privacy settings to sever their connection to third-party apps that no longer wanted to have access to their data.But deleting them all took forever because you had to remove them one by one.Now Facebook has released a new way to select as many apps as you want, then remove them in bulk.The feature has rolled out on mobile and desktop, and Facebook also offers the option to delete any posts those apps have made to your profile.Facebook confirmed the launch to TechCrunch, pointing to its Newsroom and Developer Blog posts from the last few weeks that explained that “We already show people what apps their accounts are connected to and control what data they’ve permitted those apps to use.In the coming month, we’re going to make these choices more prominent and easier to manage.” Now we know what “easier” looks like.
Researchers in Scotland have discovered the dinosaur equivalent of humans stepping in fresh cement.A series of fascinating dinosaur tracks tracing back to 170 million years ago are still visible in a tidal area on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.This area was once a shallow lagoon.The tracks show herbivorous sauropods (relatives of the famous Brontosaurus), and theropods (older cousins of the even more famous Tyrannosaurus rex) once strolled through the muddy ground during the Middle Jurassic period.A team of researchers led by University of Edinburgh paleontology student Paige dePolo cataloged around 50 footprints.Drone photographs of the site helped the scientists analyze the fossil tracks.
The media-sharing app will disappear from your wrist-based device with the latest iOS update of the software.Instagram is the latest in a growing list of companies — Twitter, Amazon, eBay, Whole Foods, and Google Maps — that’s ended support for the Apple Watch version of their app.Instagram’s smartwatch app was built using the original watchOS 1 SDK, but Apple obsoleted this at the beginning of this month as it tries to push developers toward building native apps that will perform better on more recent iterations of the Apple Watch.Despite Apple warning companies about the change at the end of last year, Instagram neglected to update its app accordingly, causing it to disappear this week.The loss probably won’t come as a huge surprise to those familiar with the Apple Watch’s Instagram app.After all, the Facebook-owned company clearly didn’t have much time for it, with most new features for the iPhone version failing to make it to Apple Watch.
It's become a deadly autumn tradition in northern India: after the rains of the late summer monsoon subside, farmers set fires to their fields to clear stubble after the harvest and send choking smoke rolling across the countryside.Last year, the chief minister of the Delhi state likened the city to "a gas chamber."While crop burning has been illegal for years, there hasn't been a large enough deterrent to effectively crack down on the practice, in part because it's been difficult to measure exactly how much smoke from the fires is making it downwind to the city.Now, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have demonstrated that in October and November, a peak burning season in nearby Punjab, about half of all pollution in Delhi can be attributed to agricultural fires on some days."On certain days during peak fire season, air pollution in Delhi is about 20 times higher than the threshold for safe air as defined by the World Health Organization," said Daniel H. Cusworth, a graduate student at SEAS and first author of the paper.To model how much of that pollution is coming from the fires, the researchers used satellite data from NASA to identify hotspots corresponding to active fires.
Imagine that you’re the driver of a four-door family sedan approaching a stop sign.As a result, you decide to let the bicyclist cross the road first, before you proceed to cautiously enter the intersection.Current methods allow you to visually identify the bicyclist, but training systems to recognize and understand complex negotiations on the road remain a challenge for the $10.3 trillion autonomous driving industry.In fact, autonomous driving represents “the single hardest computing problem the world has ever encountered,” as NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang admitted when he unveiled some of the world’s most powerful graphics processors during the GTC 2018 keynote in San Jose, California.Bridging the Real and the Virtual“The world drives 10 trillion miles per year,” Huang said in a pointed presentation — but Atsmon pointed out that self-driving cars only covered three million miles of roads last year.
For a few weeks now, we’ve been waiting on Samsung to push Android Oreo out to the Galaxy Note 8.At the beginning of the month, the update passed through Google’s certification process, letting us know that a release date was getting close.It would appear that day is today, with a number of users reporting that they’re receiving prompts to install the update.You’ll find reports dotted around the internet as a whole, but one of the best places to look is the Galaxy Note 8 subreddit.Users first reported that they were seeing update prompts on Verizon overnight, but more recently, Sprint has hopped on the Oreo bandwagon as well.Similarly, DroidLife reports that the update is rolling out for AT handsets, covering a fair amount the Note 8s here in the US.
Last summer, a study claiming that the gene-editing technique CRISPR might actually be dangerous whipped labs around the biotech world into a frenzy.Researchers found that when they used CRISPR to cure blindness by changing DNA in mice, it resulted in not just a few but more than a thousand unintended effects on other genes.That meant that unless CRISPR could be fixed to to be more precise, the ballyhooed technology might be more a laboratory nightmare than a revolutionary tool poised to rid the world of devastating disease.In the months after the paper appeared in the pages of the journal Nature Methods, sceptics had already called the study’s results into question.Now, the authors have published a preprint paper with some very different results: In a new mouse experiment, the authors did not find an excess of unintended genetic mutations, as they had in their initial work.“Our previous publication suggested CRISPR-Cas9 editing at the zygotic stage might unexpectedly introduce a multitude of subtle but unintended mutations, an interpretation that not surprisingly raised numerous questions,” they wrote.
Easter is a time for resurrections and so El Reg noted with interest that Palm, after an eight-year hiatus, has signed up Verizon as the first telco to stock the device when it launches this year.Word of the development was first broken by Android Police.Palm owner TCL, which also has a licence to use the Alcatel and BlackBerry brands, acquired the Palm tag from HP in January 2015, but has done nothing with it so far that is visible to the public.The original Palm Pilot, launched in 1996, was a smash hit, arising from the ashes of the "pen computing" hype of the early 1990s.Palm launched its first true smartphone, the Treo 600, in 2003, and was still squeezing some life from the venerable PalmOS a year after the Apple iPhone debuted.Palm's final tilt at the market was spectacular but unsuccessful.
Telstra, Australia’s largest telco, has today announced that it has switched on the world’s first 5G-enabled Wi-Fi hotspots on Queensland’s Gold Coast, just ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.The trial next-gen Wi-Fi hotspots will be free to use and are located in the suburb of Southport, making it the first 5G-enabled precinct in the world.The connectivity is provided through Telstra’s newly set up 5G Innovation Centre located on the Gold Coast, which houses the tech for the next generation of wireless standard.As there are no commercially-available 5G devices yet on sale (phones, tablets or otherwise), Telstra’s installed a number of 5G-enabled Wi-Fi hotspots in order to more broadly trial its new infrastructure.The hotspots connect to the telco’s cellular network via 5G and will then allow any Wi-Fi enabled device to access the speeds promised by the new cellular standard.“Our 5G backhaul is capable of delivering download speeds of more than 3Gbps, which is capable of supporting around 1,000 HD movies being streamed simultaneously,” said Telstra’s Managing Director of Networks, Mike Wright.
Google wants to make it easier for you to find that perfect GIF.The search giant on Tuesday announced it's acquiring Tenor, a platform for searching for GIFs on Android, iOS and desktop.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Google will integrate Tenor's library of GIFs into the company's image search engine, as well as using it to improve other products, like the Gboard mobile keyboard software.Last month, Tenor CEO David McIntosh reportedly said the company gets 12 billion GIF searches a month.One service that uses Tenor's platform is Facebook Messenger.
Casio has just announced a new limited edition version of its high-tech adventure watch that runs on Wear OS.The original Casio WSD F20 was announced at CES 2017, and this new version of the watch (this time called the Casio WSD F20SC) is even better for true adventurers, boasting a new and improved durable design.If you buy the WSD F20SC, you'll get all of the same features as the original watch but it has a sapphire crystal display that'll mean it's even more resistant to scratches and bumps when you accidentally hit it on a rock when out trekking.It also has what Casio is calling its Field Composite Band, which the company claims will be more durable.The Casio website says it, "combines the elegant feel of metal with the durability and wearability of urethane and fine resin."We have to agree with Casio considering we tried the new version of the watch briefly at Baselworld 2018 and found it to still feel comfortable and luxurious enough that it's not just for Bear Grylls types.
That’s something that researchers from China’s Guangdong University of Technology’s School of Automation have been working on with a new self-balancing robot called Jet-HR1.Thanks to jet-powered feet, Jet-HR1 is able to step over extremely large chasms equivalent to around 97 percent of its leg length.In order to do this, the robot essentially performs the splits, by balancing on one leg while reaching the other one out to bridge the gap, before repeating the process to move the other leg across as well.“The development of the electric motor and jet technologies contributed to the feasibility of the idea,” Zhifeng Huang, an associate professor at Guangdong University of Technology, told Digital Trends.“High thrust-to-weight ratio is one of the key points.In this research, we [worked] hard on the action planning, including the optimal posture and the thrust planning.
Image credit: ridvan_celik | Getty ImagesOpinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.Content marketers are always looking for ways to increase brand awareness and engagement.With an ever-changing landscape, however, what worked a year ago won't necessarily work now.Related: 5 Tips for Creating Quality Video Content Even If You're Clueless How to Begin"Large volume spam campaigns are falling away from productivity," Michael Litt, co-founder and CEO of Vidyard, told me when asked about the latest trends, noting that marketing automation is becoming a victim of its own success.
The British Army's massively overdue Watchkeeper drone project has failed to gain a critical air safety certificate – yet the Ministry of Defence still insists it is "a satisfactory use of public resources".Next month marks five years since the initial planned April 2013 date in which the battlefield drones were supposed to be battle-ready.The MoD's top civil servant, Permanent Secretary Sir Stephen Lovegrove, took the very unusual step of publicly writing to Parliament's Public Accounts Committee after the Watchkeeper project failed to gain its formal Release To Service (RTS), as highlighted by Jane's Defence Weekly.Lovegrove's letter (PDF, 3 pages) very briefly sets out the reasons for the "delay in meeting the Watchkeeper programme's 'Full Operating Capability 1' 90 per cent milestone in November 2017."The Watchkeeper technical flying programme was delayed between 24 March and 26 June 2017 due to investigations into the cause of an incident on 24 March 2017 and the subsequent development of relevant evidence to allow the resumption of flying under a Military Flight Test Permit.Consequently, and as acknowledged by the IAC in July and November 2017, the risk of not meeting the Full Operating Capability 1 milestone in November 2017 has now been realised.