Announced back at MWC 2017, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is the first commercial phone to ship with octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.It was first made available in Luminous Chrome and Deepsea Black color options, but now, Sony Japan has added a new red color variant to the mix.The red color variant is only available in Sony’s Home country Japan and it is expected to go on sale exclusively on NTT Docomo Japan from October, with no words yet for international availability.Aside from the variation in colors, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium red variant is largely the same in terms of designs and specs as the other color variants.In terms of specifications, the Xperia XZ Premium sports a 5.5-inch 4K HDR display and is powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory, expandable up to 128GB with the microSD card.For Photographic functions, the Xperia XZ premium has a rear 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera with 1/ 2.3″ Exmor RS memory stacked sensor, while a 13-megapixel front-facing camera with a dedicated camera shutter button is situated up front.
A multidisciplinary group that includes the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Washington at Tacoma has developed a novel platform to diagnose infectious disease at the point-of-care, using a smartphone as the detection instrument in conjunction with a test kit in the format of a credit card.Findings have been published in Analytical Chemistry, demonstrating detection of four horse respiratory diseases, and in Biomedical Microdevices, where the system was used to detect and quantify the presence of Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya virus in a droplet of whole blood.The low-cost, portable, smartphone-integrated system provides a promising solution to address the challenges of infectious disease diagnostics, especially in resource-limited settings or in situations where a result is needed immediately.A useful capability for human point-of-care (POC) diagnosis or for a mobile veterinary laboratory, is to simultaneously test for the presence of more than one pathogen with a single test protocol, which lowers cost, saves time and effort, and allows for a panel of pathogens, which may cause similar symptoms, to be identified.Infectious diseases remain the world's top contributors to human death and disability, and with recent outbreaks of Zika virus infections, there is a keen need for simple, sensitive, and easily translatable point-of-care tests.Zika has become a widespread global problem--the World Health Organization (WHO) documented last year that since June 2016, 60 nations and territories report ongoing mosquito-borne transmission.
While attempting to outsmart Instagram’s elusive algorithm is no easy feat, companies including Authentic Brands Group are employing tactics to get around tricky infrastructure designed to obscure promoted posts.Though Instagram does not share specifics about how the algorithm operates, fashion and beauty marketers have a general understanding that post placement within a user’s feed involves a mix of seven key components.They include engagement levels, relevancy to the user based on interests, how often a user interacts with a specific account, time of publishing, profile searches, direct shares and time spent looking at a single post.Posts are featured in a uniquely customized order for each user, rather than chronologically.However, the shared perception among marketers is that Instagram weeds through promoted posts so they rank lower, making it difficult for companies using the platform to share time-sensitive sales or promotional content.To combat this, ABG started using a process unofficially dubbed “sandwiching,” which refers to a strategically placing promoted posts between imagery forecasted to have high engagement rates, based on existing data.
The Nokia smartphone line is filling in a missing gap today with the Nokia 7, a mid-range Android phone that’ll sell for around $400.The phone has a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS LCD display, a Snapdragon 630 processor, a 3,000mAh battery, and support for expanded storage over microSD.It’ll be available in two models, one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and another with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.This is the second Nokia phone to include a “bothie” camera, which is really just a mode that lets the phone capture photos from the front and rear camera at the same time, combining them into a single image.It’s mostly a gimmick, but it sounds like it could be fun now and then for Instagram and Snapchat.The phone includes a 16 megapixel camera with 1.12um pixels and an f/1.8 aperture on the back and a 5 megapixel camera with 1.4um pixels and an f/2.0 aperture on the front.
Anna Wintour accepted the 2017 Brand Visionary honor earlier tonight at Adweek’s Brand Genius gala awards dinner and thanked her mentor, the late S.I.Wintour was recognized for her broad influence and leadership in both the fashion and publishing realms.“In our ever-changing digital world, the market is chasing what money alone cannot buy: experiences,” Wintour said, addressing a roomful of fellow honorees and attendees at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York.The Brand Visionary award, the highest honor the magazine bestows, recognizes a career’s worth of accomplishments in building a brand and making lasting contributions to business and the wider culture.Wintour joined Condé Nast in 1980 when she became Vogue’s first creative director, rising to editor in chief in 1988.Her first cover that November featured the now iconic shot of Israeli model Michaela Bercu walking down a street in a pair of Guess jeans.
Before we get into the exciting details, it’s worth pausing to point out that last night’s fights obviously weren’t live.In fact, it may even be a stretch to call them “fights.” The exhibitions were more like quality assurance testers gone wild than an actual gladiator fight.Its pilot displayed his true character in a courageous offensive that can only be described as the perfect attack.The pilot inside of Kuratas then sent the signal to his mecha which made it hold it’s left arm out in an apparent attempt at a slow-motion clothesline move.This caused equal parts laughter and excitement at my watching party.I was beyond shocked, and would have definitely spit out my drink had I been drinking.
Dropbox wants its independent workers to ‘stand out from the crowd.’For those independent workers that are sick and tired of file-sharing tools that are aimed more at groups than the individual Dropbox may have a solution.With Dropbox Professional users will be able to store, share, and track work from a single place by bringing together the company’s storage, sharing, and support solutions in to one place.In addition to the standard tools that users of the tech will already be familiar with, the company is also introducing Dropbox Showcase.The feature is said to allow users to share content, track client engagement and, “maximize the impact of their work.”“Work is becoming more fluid as the scope of projects that individuals can take on expands,” said Todd Jackson, Head of Product, Dropbox.
(Millbrook, NY) With support from a $1.47 million grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Dartmouth, and the University of New Hampshire are developing high-tech tools to monitor cyanobacteria in lakes, predict impending blooms, and identify factors that are degrading water quality.Blooms disrupt recreation and can produce toxins that are harmful to fish and people.Under the three-year grant, the research team will explore how population growth, land use, climate change, and lake-specific factors have affected water quality in approximately 2,000 lakes in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.To identify patterns and understand relationships between these complex systems, the team will bring together multiple data types collected via satellite, drone, and mobile app.Kathleen Weathers, an ecosystem ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and co-principal investigator on the study explains, "NASA funding will allow us to tap into the power of both remote sensing and citizen science to better understand, predict, and manage cyanobacterial blooms, which are becoming a real problem in Northeast lakes.David Lutz, an environmental scientist at Dartmouth and the study's principal investigator notes, "There has been a great deal of research focusing on cyanobacterial blooms in the Midwest and southern states, where nutrient pollution is abundant due to runoff from fertilizer applied to agricultural fields.
This is a pretty significant step that puts Apple inside future infrastructure, a move I predicted would take place some time ago.Meanwhile, Apple intends to promote GE’s Predix solution as the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) analytics platform of choice to its customers and developers.This is by no means a consumer play, but with GE software in use across key industries and infrastructure deployments across the planet, the decision adds a lot more substance to Apple’s already-hefty claim to be a company at the core of digital transformation.That means Apple’s decision to boost the relevance of its products to industry firms looks like a very sensible move for a corporation seeking future growth.Apple, GE partner on industrial IoT appsWhat’s happening is that Apple and GE are working together to create “powerful industrial apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial IoT platform, to iPhone and iPad.”
Well that’s the good thing when you own an AndroidOne device: you get monthly security updates and you’re among the first in the world to get the next Android OS.Xiaomi Mi A1 owners must be happy I guess as earlier today, a new OTA update was made available for the device, baring the October 2017 security patch.According to its change log, this specific update is said to improve security and fix bugs.along with greater stability to the device and optimization for Mi A1’s performance.It’s a small update, only 118 MB in size and I think that all Mi A1 owners should already be receiving it.Xiaomi Mi A1 will surely be the company’s first ever device to get the Oreo update in the coming weeks.
Google says the camera on its Pixel 2 can beat the iPhone 8 Plus.Last year's comparison proved the single lens on the Pixel was capable of producing better shots than the two lenses on the iPhone 7 Plus in most categories.As impressed as we were last year with the overall results on the Pixel, portraits were terrible.You know portrait mode is on when you see a yellow box around the subject that says "depth effect".The iPhone applies the portrait mode as you're composing shots, so you're unlikely to forget it's active.Apparently dogs fall in the "face" category because it seemed to do well with the two pooches we photographed, but objects where either out of focus entirely as you can see with the playing cards in the shot bellow, or not in the portrait mode at all.
Earlier on 18 October 2017, the team at iAfrikan and I published all the details we knew at the time regarding what we thought was South Africa’s largest-ever data breach.This was after I had called Troy Hunt, the security consultant, researcher and founder of have i been pwned?, who had initially discovered and announced the data breach.“I typically receive many files relating to data breaches daily but what struck me about this one was that it was 27GB in size,” explained Hunt in a conversation with iAfrikan.However, one major question was yet to be answered in our original article — Who was breached and where did all of this personal data come from?What kind of data was breached?The breached data, which sent to Hunt in a file titled masterdeeds.sql, contains information ranging from ID number, marital status, income, company directorships held (and previously held), employment details as well as property ownership information.
Using our assumptions, our all-flash array costs less than theirsKaminario has claimed its all-flash storage arrays have a lower three or five-year cost of ownership than competing products.But not just a few competitors; the ESG quantitative model it uses has customised results for each inquiring business.ESG says: "The analysis is designed to help IT organizations determine the fully burdened costs and benefits of deploying K2 storage with a 'present mode of operation' (PMO) that reflects a blend of either traditional or purpose-built all-flash storage arrays available on the market today."ESG says: "The modeled scenario was based on typical K2 deployments and consisted of a mixed workload, comprised of 70 per cent transactional database workloads, 10 per cent VDI desktop workloads, and 20 per cent general server virtualization workloads.The scenario modeled a midmarket organization with 2,000 employees deploying new storage (or refreshing its traditional storage deployment) to consolidate IT operations."
A new survey compiled by VoucherCodes has found that British retailers are now taking digital seriously with 50% of those quizzed adopting a joint approach to investment in both physical and digital shopping.At the other end of the spectrum the proportion of respondents prioritising High Street investment alone has slumped to just 8%, highlighting the clear direction of travel toward cross-channel retail.Key takeaways from the report include the fact that 56% of British retailers have put money into payment technology over the past year while 47% have invested in digital receipts – with three quarters doing so in response to consumer demand.Paul Lewis, senior director of marketing at VoucherCodes commented: “It is hugely satisfying to see more retailers than ever before investing in a joint approach to the shopping experience – an approach retail experts have been championing for years to encourage a step away from siloed, ineffective teams.“What this research shows is retailers are finally beginning to understand that the industry is incredibly fickle and requires constant adaptation in order to keep up with consumer demand.Ultimately, consumers are in the driving seat, and retailers can no longer sit regimented if they want to boost sales and keep up with the constant pace of change.”
Cloud-native applications and infrastructure create several new challenges for security professionals, who will need to establish new security programs that support their organization’s use of cloud-native technologies.| Go deeper with InfoWorld’s beginner’s guide to Docker. ]Most existing host-based and network security tools do not have the ability to monitor or capture container activity.This generates large volumes of fast-moving data across the environment to be continuously monitored for indicators of attack and compromise as well as unauthorized data access or exfiltration.Securing container builds and deploymentSecurity for the build and deploy phase focuses on applying controls to developer workflows and continuous integration and deployment pipelines to mitigate the risk of security issues that may arise after containers have been launched.
Two years of slowly shedding Thomson to bring travel company Tui under a single brand has culminated in its biggest ever marketing campaign but it will all be in vein, unless the multi-million pound SEO strategy is watertight.Developed by long-standing agency partner Y, it has centered on the new slogan ‘We cross the ‘T’s, dot the ‘I’s and put ‘U’ in the middle’ and has taken inspiration from musicals to "bring to life the idea that Tui takes care of you"."The campaign promise is brought to life and the script and lyrics strongly re-enforce that commitment," Jeremy Ellis, UK marketing director, said.The advert will air on every key TV station and is backed by comprehensive mix of out-of-home, radio, print, digital and social.It will appear in over 40 large digital outdoor formats and 6000 roadside six sheets in major UK cities including railway stations, bus T-sides in and around Greater London as well as a takeover of Gatwick airport’s shuttle for the next 12 months.Later this month, it will also takeover YouTube’s homepage for 24 hours while partnerships inked with the likes of Snapchat, Spotify, The Mail Online and Tripadvisor will also come into fruition.
The major Queensland beef producer Australian Country Choice has filed a Queensland Supreme Court action against its sole customer, Coles Supermarkets.In a statement of claim over breach of commercial contract, the producer, Australian Country Choice (ACC) claims that Coles has sold and continues to sell beef into international markets, breaching ACC’s external sales contract.“Coles has repeatedly breached its obligations, failed to act in good faith and taken steps that threaten the very core of our business,” ACC Managing Director David Foote said.ACC is Coles’ biggest beef supplier, providing over 50 per cent of the supermarket’s beef products.“It will be business as usual,” Foote said, when addressing what the contractual dispute means for Coles and ACC’s northern supply chain network of cattle suppliers.Foote said ACC had no choice but to commence legal action after exhaustive negotiation failed to resolve differences.
Rackspace’s Lee James talks about his journey from the market stall to becoming a CTOWhat is your role and who do you work for?I’m the Chief Technology Officer at Rackspace EMEA, and responsible for making sure that our products, services, and offering meet the needs of our customers and help drive growth for their business.I recently celebrated my 21st year in IT – although it was slightly quieter than my actual 21st birthday!The first time we trialled it was during a large project with a major automotive company, and we discovered that their CEO’s laptop was about to suffer a malfunction.Without alerting them we backed up all of his data and loaded it onto a new laptop, which we delivered before anything went wrong with his current one.
A new Smartphone from Gionee could be in the pipeline, at least according to a Gfxbench listing.The upcoming smartphone benchmarked as Gionee F205 with the available specs hints at a lower mid-range device that could be announced as a successor or part of the Gionee ‘fashion and lifestyle’ F series of phones.According to benchmark results, the device is expected to pack a 5-inch multi-touch display with 1440 x 720 pixels resolution.A 1.5GHz Quad-core MT6739 processor with IMG PowerVR GE8100 GPU is expected to be at the heart of the device.Working in tandem with Mediatek SoC is 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage space, out of which only 10GB is accessible by users.The device is listed as having an 8MP single rear shooter with 4K video ability, auto-focus, face detection, HDR, LED flash and a 5MP front shooter.
While Google has a long history of partnering with hardware makers to build its range of phones for showcasing the latest developments in Android, it’s created its own mobile processor for the first time, to improve camera performance in the Pixel 2.It’s called the Pixel Visual Core, and it’s designed to tackle image processing duties (the grunt work involved in getting your phone’s camera to take pictures), as well as machine learning tasks.You can already see it in action in the Pixel 2’s HDR+ mode, which allows for increased dynamic range and detail in areas with plenty of shadows and highlights.Our own Napier Lopez noted how significantly that helped boost camera performance on Google’s new phone in his review, and the results certainly speak for themselves.Google says that the octa-core chip is capable of more than 3 trillion operations per second, and can tackle HDR+ processing five times faster than a traditional processor.Plus, it’s said to consume just a tenth of the energy required for these computations.