Earlier this month, Amazon promised it would bring its Echo line of smart speakers to the competitive e-commerce battleground of India.The devices, including the Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot, were initially available through an invite-only program.Today, Amazon says those orders are now shipping to customers, and will arrive in November.To encourage sales, earlier Echo adopters were offered an introductory discount of 30 percent off the purchase price and one year of Prime membership.Amazon Prime is still relatively new to India, having only launched there in 2016.The retailer also hosted its first-ever Prime Day there this summer, to coincide with the U.S. event.
Netflix is suspending production for its hit series “House of Cards” in the wake of allegations that its star actor Kevin Spacey made a sexual advance toward a minor years ago.The Los Gatos-based streaming giant’s announcement Tuesday is the latest fallout since Sunday, when BuzzFeed News published allegations by “Star Trek: Discovery” actor Anthony Rapp that Spacey had “picked Rapp up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him, making a sexual advance” after a party in Spacey’s apartment in 1986.Spacey was 26 at the time, and Rapp was 14, BuzzFeed reported.Netflix and Media Rights Capital, a film and television studio which produced “House of Cards,” said Tuesday in a statement: “MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on ‘House of Cards’ season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew.”On Monday, the companies announced that the next season of “House of Cards” would be its last.They had decided six months ago that the sixth season, expected to be released in 2018, would be the last season, a person close to Netflix told this news organization.
In its home market of Sweden, it’s leaned in to this philosophy with “Where Life Happens,” which has given us heart-wrenching ads about divorce, single parenting, adoption and even the slow dissolution of father-daughter bonds.The latter unexpectedly shines in a new set of YouTube preroll ads, meant to keep people from wanting to skip them.But unlike Geico or Vestel, which seduced us with slapstick laughs and whiplash-inducing brevity, Ikea went the opposite route: It made interminably long ads that celebrate just how boring most people’s lives actually are.It takes about five seconds to be able to skip a YouTube TrueView ad, and that tiny space of time can feel like years when you’re waiting to see what you actually came for.The weird thing about this campaign is how compelling it is; you almost forget what you wanted to watch in the first place.Because these irresistibly pointless ads have slow TV appeal: In a space where content gets ever quicker and more adept at grabbing attention in an instant, the actors here actually beg you to skip because there’s really nothing special to see.
Vanilla Aircraft‘s VA001 36-ft wingspan, diesel-powered drone has broken the world record for longest unmanned internal combustion-powered flight in history — with an epic voyage of five days, one hour, and 24 minutes.Spanning more than 7,000 miles, the aircraft’s record-breaking flight saw it take off from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, controlled by a pilot, before switching to autopilot control, orbiting above Wallops Island’s Virginia Space UAS Runway at 5,000 feet in a 2-mile circle, and ultimately making a successful autonomous landing back at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.The flight was carried out with funding from the Office of Naval Research.“We have begun to fully demonstrate the viability of this ultra-long endurance aircraft system and are anxious to test new payloads and realize capabilities heretofore unimagined,” Tim Heely, CEO of Vanilla Aircraft, said in a statement.“We are excited to bring a new affordable, easily sustainable capability to the quickly expanding Unmanned System environment.”Vanilla Aircraft’s VA001 unmanned aerial vehicle carried multiple payloads during the journey, including a multispectral imager belonging to NASA, as well as a sensor and radio belonging to the United States Department of Defense.
According to Variety, which has word from three separate sources close to Roku, the company could be planning to start streaming video from its existing app on third-party devices – most likely smartphones.At the moment, Roku’s iOS and Android app is largely used as a replacement remote for its hardware though it’s also a way to access Roku’s channel store, content recommendations, voice interaction and universal search functions.To operate, the app has to be on the same Wi-Fi network as one of Roku’s devices but if Variety’s report is accurate the app could become a streaming entity in and of itself with video playback capabilities.Over the years, Roku has been slowly attempting to transition from being a hardware-only company to one that operates a more service-based model.At the moment the most notable step the company has taken has been to license its operating system out to TV manufacturers for direct set integration so if this happened it would be a significant step.It’s likely that the Roku app would host the ad-supported The Roku Channel.
Ett av de vanligaste sätten att anpassa Androidtelefoner är som bekant att byta ut ikonerna.Det är en grundfunktion i alla stora hemskärmsersättare i Play Store och flera av tillverkarnas hemskärmsappar har numera inbyggt stöd för dessa standardiserade ikonpaket.Det kryllar av ikoner i Androids butik.Många av paketen har hög kvalitet men de är samtidigt ofta ganska lika varandra och det kan vara svårt att vaska fram guldkornen.Nu undrar vi om du har hittat en favorit bland alla ikonpaket?Är det något paket du brukar återvända till eller kanske använder hela tiden?
In just over a year, the number of LinkedIn members with English-language profiles who are chief media officers or have a similar job titles has risen by nearly 50 percent to 257.Advertisers have started to realize they’ve spent a lot on online media without regard to business effectiveness, and they now need to fix that.It’s no longer enough for a chief media officer to just orchestrate global media deals.Now, they need to be able to build an ad tech stack, nurture direct relationships with publishers and lobby for independent measurement, skills some agency veterans believe they still have over their client-side counterparts.Recruitment consultants The Lighthouse Company and Ultimate Asset have both had agency veterans ask about client-side media director roles in recent months.The smart executives see how much clients are prioritizing planning expertise in pitches and want to work in those same businesses, recruitment consultants said.
Exclusive Microsoft has something that will compound customers' New Year hangovers for 2018 – a double-digit price hike.According to documents seen by The Register, Microsoft will slap up to 10 per cent on the cost of certain flavours of Service Provider Licensing Agreements (SPLA) in the UK from next year."On January 1, 2018, Microsoft will introduce SPLA price changes for Windows Server, SQL Server, Core Infrastructure Server Suite and Remote Desktop Services," Microsoft confirmed in a missive to hosting firms and resellers.A proposed 10 per cent hike will be applied to Windows Remote Desktop Services (RDS) subscriber access licence (SAL), Server Standard, Server Datacenter and Server Essentials; and another 10 per cent to flavours of SQL including Server Standard Core, SQL Server Enterprise Core, Server Web and Server Standard SAL.The CIS Suite Standard will jump 5 per cent and CIS Suite Datacenter by 7 per cent.No price change is planned for Windows Server Standard Core, Windows Server Datacenter Core CIS Suite Standard and Suite Datacenter Cores.
I welcome media reports that you are planning to make intergenerational fairness a key theme of your Budget on 22 November.There is much to do to address issues such as housing, work, debt, care and of course taxation, as well as building a stronger society for all ages.Please don't tinker in an effort to generate a few headlines - we need fundamental reforms that will tackle and heal some of the grievances dividing our country.And rather than spreading the jam thinly, please focus extra help on those struggling the most.Everyone agrees that we need to build at least 300,000 new homes every year.At the moment not enough affordable homes are being developed and funding needs to be refocused towards building affordable housing.
It may not be as cool as Elon Musk building a rocket ship to Mars, but every day 100 million kids ages 12 to 18 are using Brainly to ask and answer homework questions.That simple service, at that massive scale, has convinced a new investor to commit another $14 million to the company as it seeks to expand its presence further in the U.S.Brainly already has 10% of the market of kids in that age group, using the company’s Quora-like service to help each other learn.And while homework and education may not be autonomously driven electric cars, it will be the toolkit that trains the next generation of engineers who will build them.So far, Brainly has raised cash from investors including Naspers, General Catalyst, Point Nine Capital, and Runa Capital.And now the investment firm Manta Ray is adding its capital to the mix.
During one of its signature Direct presentations, yesterday Nintendo announced the popular Animal Crossing franchise will finally make its way to Android and iOS next month.The mobile edition of the game is slated to debut in late November and will be called Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.But thanks to this handy workaround, there might be a way to skip the waiting and get the game right now.For some reason, Nintendo went ahead and launched Pocket Camp in Australia ahead of the scheduled released date.As you could guess, hardcore fans have already figured out how to get around the geo-restriction so they can install the game on their iOS and Android phones from anywhere else in the world.Here is how you can get the game on your iPhone or iPad (heads-up: Australian netizens can just go ahead and download it the normal way):
And while it may seem easy to draw a connection between this trend and the number of retail stores closing, it turns out that’s not always the case.Millennials and Gen Z buyers actually represent the future for retail stores, but they’re different from other generations in that they’re seeking a more personalized experience with the products they shop for.Although these behaviors seemingly conflict, they’re ones that both brands and retailers must put at the forefront of their marketing strategies by providing in-store, interactive technology experiences that fulfill mobile-savvy consumers’ desires.Forward-looking companies have already started implementing ways to stay ahead of the curve, utilizing various technologies to create digital, personal experiences that these young generations crave when they head into a store.In fact, Fung Global Retail and Technology, which tracks retail openings and closures, reports that store closings have increased 182 percent from last year, seemingly painting a bleak picture for brick-and-mortar.The same Fung Global report shows store openings have increased 58 percent from last year — not exactly an indicator of an industry in its death throes.
Leaders seeking to unionize Tesla employees held a rally at the company's Fremont, California, factory on Tuesday.The group denounced recent firings at Tesla and accused the company of targeting workers who previously complained about working conditions at the factory.A Tesla spokesperson rejected the union supporters' claims but said the company "respects their right" to protest.A number of Tesla employees were fired earlier this month after a round of performance reviews, as the company struggles to ramp up Model 3 production.Leaders seeking to unionize Tesla workers demonstrated at Tesla's factory in Fremont, California, on Tuesday afternoon in protest of recent firings at the company."Given its importance, we expect Tesla to be a responsible employer that leads with fair treatment of its workers."
2017 hasn’t been a good year for anti-virus giant Kaspersky Lab, with allegations that it was hacked by, or colluded with, Russian agencies damaging its reputation enormously.In an attempt to win back the public’s trust, the company has announced what it calls a “comprehensive transparency initiative.”Back in July, allegations that its source code may have been compromised by the Russian government led to Kaspersky Lab's removal from the list of approved federal vendors.Last month, the Department of Homeland Security gave US departments and agencies three months to identify and replace any Kaspersky software they were using.Kaspersky Lab’s new four-point plan begins with an independent review of its source code, which is set to start by Q1 2018 and be undertaken by an “internationally recognized authority.” There will also be an independent review of Kaspersky's internal process, which it says will verify “the integrity of our solutions and processes.”There’s no word on which party will be carrying out the reviews, but the company said they would have “strong software security credentials and be able to conduct technical audits, source code reviews and vulnerability assessments.”
However, one could argue that being able to simply squeeze the phone to illicit some response or action could be quite useful.The U11 allows you to remap the squeeze function to different actions while the Pixel 2 only allows you to silence calls or open the Google Assistant.Button Mapper changes the squeeze function to do many things such as launching the flashlight, going back to the home screen, turning on Do Not Disturb or opening your favorite app.However, XDA also points out that Button Mapper doesn’t literally remap the button but in fact intercepts the instruction to launch the Google Assistant and issues another command instead.Button Mapper developer, Flar2, says the main issue is having the Assistant pop once the phone is squeezed.Yes, it’s basically a hack but for those who eschew security for convenience, it may be a plausible workaround.
This week, social media marketing platform Socialbakers is providing one kind of yardstick.It’s a “near real-time” social ad performance benchmark, based on data from the company’s 2,000+ clients.The Prague-based company describes this as near real-time, although it’s updated the previous day.But competing ad benchmarks, Chief Product Evangelist Moses Velasco told me, are usually more static and updated only annually or quarterly.Without looking at benchmarks for how others in the industry are performing, he said, an advertiser is dependent on its own campaign history.[Read the full article on MarTech Today.]
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that the online retail giant's biggest wind farm to date is now operational.Dubbed its largest renewable energy project, Amazon Wind Farm Texas includes over 100 turbines and will generate 100,000 MWh of wind energy annually to power nearly 90,000 homes.Bezos posted a video on Twitter Thursday (19 October) morning that showed him christening the wind farm located in Snyder County, Texas, by smashing a bottle of champagne on top of one of the wind turbines.Each turbine stands over 300 feet tall with a rotor diameter more than double the wingspan of a Boeing 787.The wind farm is built, owned and operated by Lincoln Clean Energy, which develops wind and solar projects across the country.Amazon has entered into a long-term agreement with the company to purchase 90% of the wind farm's output.
Inom datorer och speciellt spelutrustning är märket ett av de största, och har ofta varit gäst i vårt testrum.Mobiltelefoner från Asus är däremot en nyhet.På ett stort evenemang i Rom nyligen lanserade Asus inte färre än fem smartmobiler på den europeiska marknaden.I det här testet tittar vi närmare på ”normalversionen” som bara heter Zenfone 4 (och har modellkoden ZEE554KL), men vi ska återkomma med tester av de andra så fort vi får tag på dem.Asus har spenderat en åttakärnig Snapdragon 630-processor på Zenfone 4.Det är ingen topp-CPU, men rimlig i prisklassen.
Well yes, you’re not wrong, however, I want to introduce a new breed of robots that might change the way you think about them entirely.These transformations have emerged due to recent new fields of science such as biomimetics (looking to nature to solve complex human problems) and morphological computation (replicating physical systems to improve computation efficiency).Soft robotics were also driven by the need to improve different fields of work, such as enhancing dexterity during bio-medical procedures or being able to save people in unreachable places during search and rescue operations.As robots get softer, their ability to interact with real-world environments is becoming a lot more practical and effective.While the soft robotic technology still has a long way to go, here are some cool examples of soft robots in the pipeline:While current prosthetics do help patients recover ample function, they usually have a limited range of motion, can be tiring to use, and are usually quite expensive.
Google's new flagship smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, are out today.In the life of any major smartphone, there comes a time when it must hit iFixit's workbench for a teardown, and for the 2 XL, today is that day.The site found a few surprises inside the Pixel 2 XL.The mid-frame is also housing a heat pipe for better cooling, which seems to be showing up more and more in smartphones.Under X-Ray, you can see that, like the smaller Pixel 2, the Pixel 2 XL does have antenna bands, but they're invisible on the 2 XL.It is also nice to see the "Active Edge" pressure sensors, which allow you to squeeze the phone to call up the Google Assistant.