Google said Wednesday that the two top trending topics of 2017 in the US were "Hurricane Irma" and "Matt Lauer."In Google parlance, "top trending" means they had the highest spike in traffic over a certain period of time this year compared to last year.Hurricane Irma was the storm that ravaged the Caribbean and Florida Keys in September.Matt Lauer is the former co-host of NBC's "Today" show, who was fired last month amid allegations of sexual harassment.So popular search queries give us a good look into what people were thinking about over the past year.Last year, people mourned Prince, got lottery fever and, not surprisingly, searched all about the US election.
It's all very well deciding to cut the cord.But what are you going to cut it with?Which of these little sticks and boxes will work for you: Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku Streaming Stick or Amazon Fire TV?Still, Amazon is desperate for you to put your hand into its Fire.It's just released not one, but 12 new ads to inspire you.You're watching a well-known TV show or video and then something happens that requires you to pause it and interact with Alexa, who lives in your Fire.
We have over half our population using the internet, and some of the highest daily internet usage in the entire world.I want to help you understand why.In Brazil, we’ve faced chaotic interest rates — though our selic rate is down to 7.5 percent now, it was previously as high as 15.45 percent in 1999 (and 14.25 percent in 2015).In Brazil alone we are personally hit with an endless stream of taxes for businesses, and our consumer electronics are taxed, sending prices skyrocketing — like a PlayStation 4 costing $1845 USD!Consumer adoption of technology is slowerDespite being the fastest-growing smartphone market in the world, Latin America suffers from multiple luxury taxes.
In addition to our Sunday App of the Week feature, we also summarize some of our favorite B2B sales & marketing posts from around the Web each week.We’ll miss a ton of great stuff, so if you found something you think is worth sharing please add it to the comments below.In the meantime, here are some B2B Reads we love:5 Key Questions to Help You Decide When to Gate ContentWhen you need to deliver results and reach your goals, you need to attract your target audience to your website and ask yourself these 5 questions on when to gate content.Thanks for the advice, Nathan Isaacs.
Honda is experimenting with wind energy to power motorcycle information amenities.At the recent EICMA in Milan, the Honda CB4 Interceptor concept platform bore a headlight nacelle-mounted wind tunnel.An automotive concept platform is a vehicle that exists solely for testing design elements and technology prototypes.Concept platforms differ from the “test mules,” which are early versions of vehicles bound for eventual production.A concept platform such as the CB4, as cool as the current Interceptor version may be, isn’t constrained by production deadlines.The CB4 Interceptor design displayed in Milan is the work of Honda’s Research and Development facility in Rome.
Teens routinely encounter online risks, such as sexual solicitations, cyberbullying and explicit material, but research shows that the negative effects of such exposure appear to be temporary, vanishing for most teens in less than a week.The researchers conducted a web-based diary study of 68 teens.They chronicled the teens' online experiences for eight weeks and used pre-validated psychological scales to assess how negative online experiences impacted teens' emotional state and well-being.The findings will be presented at the 2018 conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing next year."I think if there is a message here, it is that teens are being exposed a lot, but they bounce back and show resiliency," said Bridget McHugh, who worked on the study while a Ph.D student at UCF and is now a leadership development consultant at Ohio State University."I know parents are afraid of all the dangers out there, especially because teens seem to be practically tethered to the internet with their mobile devices," she said.
There's no doubt the actors behind the more physical roles in Star Wars: The Last Jedi have had to put the hard yards in.Stunt people only get you so far.To illustrate the demands placed on the likes of Daisy Ridley and Gwendoline Christie, the Star Wars YouTube channel has published a short training featurette.The clip's two-and-a-half minutes cover some of the physical training Ridley and Christie underwent to prepare them for their roles of Rey and Phasma respectively.There was a lot of it, unsurprisingly.To put things into perspective, here's a tidbit from Christie, who also plays Brienne of Tarth on HBO's Game of Thrones:
Congratulations to six-year-old Martin Wellstead, from Wimborne, Dorset – winner of our 2017 Christmas cover competition.Martin's wonderful design will grace our cover from Monday (December 4).— The Big Issue (@BigIssue) December 1, 2017Martin Wellstead, aged six, from Wimborne, Dorset, was named the winner for his drawing of a smiling snowman underneath the word “Joy!”.He said: “I looked at last year’s winner and the winner from the year before, before deciding what to draw.“I thought that you guys needed a snowman so that is what I wanted to give you this year.
Very quietly, Dungeons & Dragons is testing how to treat the long-lived and beloved brand in the gaming space.Next up came Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, a clicker game that’s seeing a thriving community of streamers (I bet it’s because of Minsc and his cute miniature giant space hamster, Boo).In the background, Beamdog continues to expanded its enhanced edition library with Planescape: Torment and its more recent announcement, Neverwinter Nights, and Cryptic Studios continues to expand on the Forgotten Realms with the Neverwinter MMO.Here’s an edited transcript of my Skype interview with Trembaly and BKOM’s Sophie Grenier, the studio’s marketing and communications coordinator.You see all the different characters in 3D in an isometric view, but the characters feel like they’re inside 3D dungeons with walls, or jungle environments.In this board game, there are four different sequences of gameplay.
Humanity may be divided on a great many issues, but most would agree that it would be very cool to have airplane wings made of shapeshifting metal.The geometry of those fabulous foils affects virtually every aspect of flight, and making them from metal that can change its shape in midair could make your journey smoother, safer, and more efficient.Modern aircraft achieve the same results—OK, much better results—with mechanically driven flaps, slats, ailerons, spoilers, elevators, and rudders.But the actuators, cables, motors, lubricant, hydraulic gear, and other bits needed move those parts around take up weight and space—precious resources on any aircraft.Aircraft makers, researchers, and government agencies like NASA can use these metals to do more than just reduce fuel bills.Temperature activated fold-up wings would allow aircraft carriers to cram more fighters on deck.
The first uncovered that CVS is considering buying health insurance giant Aetna.The second revealed that Amazon has obtained pharmacy licenses in multiple states.(A closer look revealed the licenses covered the distribution of healthcare-related equipment, not the distribution of prescription medications, but it’s apparent that Amazon is likely gearing up to acquire such licenses.)As I see it, these two moves are very much related.But these moves are more about a less obvious connection: Both companies are making a play to “own” the healthcare consumer.Amazon is already known as the everything store, and offering pharmaceuticals would be a natural addition to its extensive consumer-facing platform.
Who lives on the ground in the world of The Jetsons?Homeless people and walking birds.This isn’t a fan theory.Whenever I see jokes about The Jetsons on Twitter (and there are a lot of good ones) people inevitably float fan theories about the show.Some people believe that maybe The Flintstones takes place in some post-apocalyptic world after The Jetsons, which is indeed a fun theory.And other people have theories about why there are no black people in the world of the future.
Vad sägs om att få ta en tur i vår egna galax?Snart kan vi förhoppningsvis göra det, i alla fall nästan.Forskare vid Lunds universitet jobbar på att ta fram en VR-modell av Vintergatan som ska kunna upplevas med VR-glasögon och handkontroller.Det är astrofysikern Oscar Agertz och interaktionsdesignforskaren Mattias Wallergård som står bakom projektet.De hoppas att deras modell ska kunna användas för bättre forskning kring rymden och ge oss bättre insikter.Den data som modellen baseras på är insamlad från satelliten Gaia som observerat över en miljard stjärnor.
ABI Research has pointed to statistics claiming 68.5% of cellular connected M2M devices are telematics or broader transport applications, but telcos need to laser focus to reap the rewards of this window.The connected car is without a doubt an opportunity for the telcos, but ABI has warned the fortunes might be missed if they get distracted by other technologies.This is a genuine opportunity for the telcos, though ABI has cited new LPWA technologies that are being positioned as a competitor to cellular, increased interest in private network opportunities, and the on-going debate on the merits of licensed and unlicensed spectrum, as distractions which could erode margins.“Some of the biggest opportunities and drivers for cellular operators are in telematics and asset tracking; coverage and low latency are the essential requirements for these fast-growing segments,” said Kevin McDermott, Principal Analyst at ABI.At the end of 2016 there were 82.65 million cellular connected M2M devices, 68.5% of which were related to telematics and other transportation applications.The ABI team is also predicting cellular M2M market will grow beyond 300 million connections by 2022 in the US alone.
The Philadelphia Eagles continued to climb up the National Football League standings, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Social marketing firm Unmetric analyzed all of the teams in the league on the three social networks from Nov. 9 through 27, using its cross-channel reports, and it found that the Eagles led in growth on Facebook and Instagram, as well as topping engagement across all three social networks.Other findings by Unmetric included:Once again, there were no changes in terms of audience size, as the Dallas Cowboys continued to top Facebook, while Twitter and Instagram were led by the New England Patriots.Another team moving up in the standings, the Los Angeles Rams, led NFL teams in Twitter growth during weeks 10 through 12 of the league’s regular season.The Cowboys were the most prolific Facebook posters during weeks 10 through 12, while the Green Bay Packers tweeted the most and the most Instagram posts were created by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
PODCAST Tobias, Amanda och Kristoffer följer upp om Logitechs harmony-fjärrkontroll och tidsuppskattning.Sedan diskuteras Battlefront 2-stormen och betalningar och liknande i spel.När slutar man tycka att ett spel är kul, vaknar med ett ryck och känner att det blivit ett jobb?Borde vi agera mer som franska bönder?Sist men inte minst: allt om våra planer för Advent of code 2017!Vi kommer att skapa en leaderboard man får gå med i, men skicka in pull requests till Github-repot så att alla kan bidra, läsa och diskutera.
When Apple finally started shipping the iPhone X, Samsung put out an ad that more or less trolled Apple on how, after 10 years, it still lagged behind some of the innovations Samsung started.It was, in a way, telling iPhone users to “grow up”.Now out of the blue, Motorola is taking a shot at Samsung with a new ad that instead advises users to “up-grade”, ironically with a mid-range Moto Z2 Play.Large screen, stylus, waterproofing, internal storage, headphone jack.Those are just some of the things that Samsung is saying Apple has to catch up with.To some extent, Cupertino did, especially with the large screen.
Battery life on modern smartphones is getting better, but overall, battery technology hasn’t kept up with the advancement of other components such as displays and processors.Most of us still need to charge our devices every night, and, in some cases, getting through a full day requires a bit of planning ahead.Google has made the process a little simpler with the recent introduction of smart battery stats that estimate your remaining battery life based on patterns in your smartphone usage.The feature appears to have rolled out last month, when Google uploaded Device Health Services, a system app, to the Play Store.Yesterday, a Project Manager with Google’s New York office, took to the Pixel product forums to explain how smart battery life prediction works.Previously, Google would use simple assumptions to estimate your battery life.
Philip Hammond’s first autumn Budget was meant to get the country ‘Fit for the Future’.And the OBR had more bad news: it expects wages to rise by just 2.3% next year, down from 2.7% previously.Worst of all for those looking for light at the end of the tunnel, the Institute for Fiscal Studies warned yet more austerity and spending cuts would loom after Brexit.The traditional IFS ‘Day Two Takedown’ certainly felt like it had come a day early as the OBR proceeded to shoot the Chancellor’s big Budget ‘rabbit’– his stamp duty cut – right between the eyes.But as Hammond’s aides spoke, the OBR verdict filtered through and it was withering: the stamp duty cut would help sellers more than buyers, was open to abuse and would at most mean a paltry 3,500 more people getting a new home than otherwise.The wider package seemed thinner than first sold, and not a single new home is guaranteed by the new set of loans and incentives.
Vi har hört det flera gånger förut: Samsung planerar att presentera ett S-flaggskepp tidigare på året.Kanske stämmer det den här gången, då Samsung Galaxy S9 och S9 Plus kommer att visas redan under CES i början av januari, enligt Evan Blass.Rapporten menar dock att det inte rör sig om någon fullskalig presentation, utan snarare en aptitretare inför den ordinarie lanseringen i mars.Designen påstås vara väldigt lik föregångarnas, med Edge-skärmar på 5,8” respektive 6,2”.Till skillnad mot tidigare år sägs Plus-modellen vara mer påkostad genom mer arbetsminne (6GB istället för 4GB) och dessutom dubbla bakre kameror.Båda modellerna har 64GB lagring, minneskortsplats, 3,5mm-jack och stereohögtalare, enligt källan.