Some of the most-popular, affordable headphones in the audiophile world are going on sale for Amazon Prime Day: The Audio-Technica ATH-M30x, ATH-M40x, and ATH-M50x.They'll be on sale for a limited time.If you don't have a membership, sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial to get full access to Prime Day deals.Check back at this link for more Prime Day deals to watch on a rolling basis.Audiophiles, semi-audiophiles, and people simply looking for an affordable but powerful pair of headphones will most likely be happy to see the Audio-Technica line of headphones getting big discounts for Amazon Prime Day.The ATH-M30x, ATH-M40x, and ATH-M50x will all be discounted — with the M40x getting the biggest price slash.
After a record performance in its third quarter and a share price spike to an all-time high last week, software technology firm Microsoft will be feeling the pressure ahead of publishing its fourth quarter results on Thursday.The company is expected to report revenue of $29.17bn (£22.1bn) at a 25 per cent year-on-year increase, according to consumer estimates collated by Zacks Investment Research.Earnings per share are forecast at $1.07 for the quarter, up 9 per cent in the same period.If Microsoft meets those estimates, the company will have secured its fastest quarterly sales growth rate in four years.In its last report for its third quarter, Microsoft’s earnings per share and revenue soared 36 per cent and 16 per cent respectively, beating analyst expectations.The tech giant’s share price sat at its highest numbers ever as markets closed on Friday, weighing in at $105.43.
Seems as though some of that factory expansion is reaping dividends, because the delivery times for a new Tesla Model 3 order have been dropped to as little as a month in the US, down from the 3-5 month delivery window that was previously in place.The change comes a couple of weeks after Tesla changed the available options on Model 3s and is a tentative sign of the car maker coming to grips with.Both the long-range rear-wheel model (until recently the only one in production) and the performance dual-motor model are now showing delivery times of 1-3 months.That leaves the long-range dual-motor model configuration, yours in approximately 2-4 months once you've put your cash down.This is just a few days after orders were opened up to everyone in the US, reservation or not.The company has been busy trying to meet production targets for the cheapest car it sells, though as yet the most affordable option – yours for $35,000 (or about £30,000) – still isn't available.
It’s no secret that work is slow as brands begin to tighten spending by taking work in-house or exploring other strategies.While most production studios are struggling, animation-focused studios are doubling revenue quarter to quarter.Budget is certainly a factor for any clients looking to build a new video.While most top production houses are luxurious and exclusive, the most successful animation studios aren’t afraid of working with modest small businesses.Traditionally, live action video studios produce an estimate with line items boasting industry-specific terms ranging from $200–$5,000 for a day of work.As you may assume, 20–30 line items can come out to $30,000–$250,000 and beyond.
In today’s fast-paced world, a person’s opinion about a product, service or individual is unpredictable and changing constantly, yet companies can use this unpredictability for their own benefit.Sentiment analysis is an extremely useful tool to monitor the public opinion of certain topics across social media, like stock market trends or political campaign announcements.By analyzing text—such as posts and reviews uploaded by users on different platforms—sentiment analysis helps businesses understand the social sentiment of a brand, product or service.Sentiment analysis tools work by analyzing an incoming message that dictates whether the underlying sentiment is positive, negative or neutral.Sentiment analysis approaches are divided into two major categories: machine learning and the lexicon-based approach.Recent advances in machine learning have considerably improved any algorithm’s ability to analyze text.
We called it the weirdest acquisition ever and investors don’t get the deal eitherBroadcom’s share price has dipped by nearly 14 per cent after it announced its plan to acquire CA Technologies.The $19bn deal, announced yesterday, was a bolt from the blue.It was also a major change from Broadcom’s most recent quarterly earnings statement in which executives discussed extending the company’s lead in silicon, but didn’t mention acquisitions and according to the transcript did not actually utter the word “software”.Investment analysts are confused and unconvinced by Broadcom’s plan to create a mission-critical infrastructure company spanning hardware and software.One labelled the deal “disturbing”.
Over the past decade, we’ve witnessed an explosion of new channels.Brands have more opportunities for engagement than ever.The tools for content creation have grown more powerful and yet also more accessible.Your creatives shouldn’t just create—an agency or production studio should be leveraged before a camera or workstation is ever switched on.If you’re not making the most of your creative resource, you’re not going to keep up in a world where deliveries are more complicated and budgets are shrinking.We’re living in an integrated age where an artist’s knowledge is just as important as the practical application of their skill.
That's because, just months after Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor Gary King wrote an academic paper about a system that would allow researchers to access the massive data troves held by Facebook and other private companies, it is set to become a reality.Along with his collaborator Nathaniel Persily at Stanford, King created an organization called Social Science One which will lead the effort to identify data inside Facebook, prepare it for researchers, and fund numerous scholars to analyze the data."As social scientists, our goal is to understand and solve the greatest challenges that affect human society," King said."This commission has the potential to open a new chapter in social science research, and in the overall acquisition of knowledge, in which the organizations that possess critically important information about people and institutions, like social media platforms, and professional researchers will be able to more effectively collaborate to address some of the most difficult problems facing our society," said Matthew Baum, Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications at the Harvard Kennedy School, and member of the Social Science One commission.Outlined by King and Persily in a working paper in April, the framework that underpins Social Science One consists of two parts.The foundations span the ideological gamut but their money is pooled, and all decisions will be made by academics, and so no one viewpoint can dominate.
Credit reference agencies also facing ICO auditThe UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has slapped Facebook with a £500,000 fine “for lack of transparency and security issues”, demanded a shakeup of data management practices by 11 UK political parties, and will also be conducting audits of leading credit reference companies like Equifax.The UK’s data watchdog this morning released both the interim results of a 14-month investigation into the use of data in political campaigns – triggered by the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook scandal – and published recommendations resulting from the investigation in a partner report, “Democracy Disrupted?”See also: This 22-Year-Old Spanish Programmer is Building an Open Source, Secure Alternative to FacebookThe fine is equivalent to less than 0.001 percent of Facebook’s 2017 revenues and unlikely to leave the social media giant cowering.It is the maximum allowed, however under the Data Protection Act 1998; the legislation in force when the breach occurred.
The Social Network fixed it in time for Independence DayFacebook’s content-cleansing bots have flagged the United States Declaration of Independence as hate speech.The Liberty County Vindicator, a newspaper serving Liberty, Texas, posted “small bites” from the Declaration on its Facebook page in the leadup to the USA’s July 4th Independence Day, “To make it a little easier to digest that short but formidable historic document”.But as the paper detailed on July 2nd, “The first nine parts posted as scheduled, but part 10, consisting of paragraphs 27-31 of the Declaration, did not appear.Instead, The Vindicator received a notice from Facebook saying that the post ‘goes against our standards on hate speech’.”He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
The wealth of website builders means you've got a great selection of tools to choose from, but it can be difficult to pick out the best from a crowd of so many.To help you narrow down your choice, we've picked five website makers that are particularly well-suited to portfolio work and offer a good balance of price points and features.All of these site builders offer simple ways of customizing your pages once they're online, so you can regularly change the look of your work, and make sure your talents are always being well promoted on the web.Advanced site analytics in paid plansRelatively small choice of themesWeebly was first set up with the intention of making it easy to set up a portfolio of work online, and those origins stand it in good stead today, even as it has broadened its horizons to become more of a general website builder.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey unveiled a comprehensive reorganization, highlighted by general manager of video and former Periscope CEO Kayvon Beykpour succeeding GM, consumer product and engineering group Ed Ho as product lead.Beykpour becomes the sixth head of product at the social network since early 2014.Dorsey announced the moves in two tweets, here and here, and he said of Ho, “As many of you know, Ed Ho went on leave in May to recharge, and while he was on leave, his wife’s mother unexpectedly passed away.Ed has decided that he is most needed at home and isn’t ready to return to work full-time.Instead, he will work in a part-time capacity, advising our efforts one day per week on the health of the public conversation and helping staff where needed.It is his hope that he will be able to return full-time to Twitter, likely running a small, focused skunkworks team, and we hope to make this happen.”
TrendKite is making its first two acquisitions — according to CEO Erik Huddleston, they give the company “the last two components” needed for a complete PR analytics platform.Until now, TrendKite’s main selling point was the ability to look at the articles written about a company and measure things like the audience reached and the impact on brand awareness.But while that kind of journalistic coverage remains important, Huddleston said, “The world now is more complicated in terms of who has influence on the public.” That’s where Insightpool and its database of social media influencers comes in, allowing PR teams to find and pitch influencers who can help spread the company’s story.Union Metrics, meanwhile, provides social media analytics.As Huddleston put it, “they do the same analytics about the conversation around the story as we do around the media coverage.”With these acquisitions, he said TrendKite can build deeper integrations with products that were already being used together.
In 2017, AT had two separate instances where 911 services were dropped or limited for its customers.The outages resulted in a total of over 15,000 calls to 911 delayed or blocked entirely.The FCC fined AT $5.25 million today to settle the investigations.The FCC just fined AT $5.25 million in order to settle an investigation into two nationwide outages of 911 phone services in 2017.One outage lasted for about five hours and affected over 12,000 people looking for 911 assistance.In its last reported quarter, AT pulled in $38 billion.
It seems that drug vendors are running out of luck.The European Union authorities conducted a drug raid against dark web sellers seizing $5.2 million worth of cryptocurrencies, Fortune reports.The authorities seized 800,000 LSD blotters, €3.3 million ($3.85 million) in fiat and real estate property, and 10 luxury vehicles in addition to the cryptocurrencies.The dealers purportedly sold drugs in over 100 countries.Authorities suspect that they had been running an ‘organized crime group’ since at least 2012.The details of which cryptocurrencies were seized and in what amounts are not yet known.
Holland & Barrett has hired Bacardi global vice president Caroline Hipperson as its new global chief marketing officer.Immediately as the hire was announced the health-food retailer also announced that it has embraced Pablo agency to lead creative and advertising.The agency answers directly to newly installed Hipperson, working out of its HQ in Shoreditch, looking to drive footfall to the brand's 1,100 stores.Quick off the mark, Pablo will turn around a summer campaign for H The agency replaces FCB Inferno as lead creative agency.Hipperson said: "We have really enjoyed the journey so far with Pablo.It is an exciting agency with their feet firmly on the ground, going to great lengths to get really under the skin of our business.
A study recently published in the journal Nature Communications reveals that serotonin enhances the speed of learning…at least in the mice that were studied.Researchers used light to artificially activate serotonin neurons in these lab rodents, finding that it resulted in more rapid behavior adaption in applicable situations.The study was conducted by researchers from University College London and the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown.During it, the international team found that the neurotransmitter serotonin may have an important role in learning and knowing that may help pinpoint why SSRIs are more effective in some situations over others.Talking about the findings is the study’s Zach Mainen, who said:When serotonin neurons were activated artificially, using light, it made mice quicker to adapt their behavior in a situation that required such flexibility.
In 2014, Facebook began working on a high altitude platform station (HAPS) system called Aquila.This solar-powered drone was designed to act a relay station for high-speed Internet access beamed from the sky.The goal was to provide rural communities with Internet access beyond what’s available locally, but plans have changed and Facebook is back with a big announcement: it has shuttered the drone aspect of the project.According to Facebook, its Aquila work has been a process of trial and error, one that launched with little competition and required starting from scratch.Facebook’s team had to design every aspect of the drone, as well as test it themselves.The team did so successfully on multiple occasions, demonstrating that their work — and resulting products — weren’t a waste of time.
During Computex, Huawei took the wraps off its new MateBook D laptop with an AMD Ryzen processor.Huawei tapped Walmart to sell the laptop both through its online website and in its retail stores.At $629 USD, the new MateBook D has a comfortable price, but is it worth the money?The Huawei MateBook D is billed as a stylish business notebook with a light weight, powerful hardware, and quad-speaker audio system.When closed, the MateBook D measures 0.62-inches thick; it has a weight of 3.5lbs.The metallic unibody gives the MateBook D a premium look while offering high durability.
Lightning Network, a technology often touted as the solution to Bitcoin’s scalability problem, has been growing leaps and bounds in popularity in the recent months in spite of being at a nascent stage.The technology has been tested successfully for processing micro-transactions swiftly.But it seems Lightning Network still struggles with transferring bigger amounts.Sending $490 – the maximum amount currently allowed on the network – has only one-percent chance of success.Diar sourced the data from Reddit user YeOldDoc who used lnmainnet.gaben.win to plot the probability of successfully routing a payment between random nodes on the Lightning Network.YeOldDoc made the calculations based on how many nodes have the capacity to route a payment of that size.