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Cryptocurrencies of all sizes got smoked this week, when a “bloodbath” of sell-offs wiped out roughly 43% of the world’s total cryptocurrency market cap.But the highly-volatile space appears to be making a comeback on Thursday, with Ripple’s XRP cryptocurrency leading the charge.XRP, the third-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, has gained over 75% since Wednesday’s lows, trading at $1.589 per coin Thursday morning, according to Markets Insider data.The digital coin had plunged well below the $1 mark on Wednesday, bottoming out at $0.8771, in the depths of a global cryptocurrency sell-off.Less than two weeks ago, the cryptocurrency market reached an all-time high above $830 billion, before fears that South Korea, China, and Russia were all mulling crackdowns on mining and exchanges lead to a global sell off.XRP, which was invented by Ripple for global payments and bank transfers, lost 73% of its value in less than a month.
Tilting Point’s mobile game publishing strategy is paying off.Thanks to viral hits like Nukebox Studios’s Food Truck Chef, its Q4 revenue has increased fourfold year-over-year.It’s also shuffling around its leadership — COO Samir El Agili will become Tilting Point’s president.He’s taking over for cofounder Dan Sherman, who will stay on as a board member.In the last few months, the mobile publisher added Edgeworks Entertainment’s space simulator TerraGenesis to its portfolio.The terraforming game is highly rated by players and currently ranks No.
Match.com today launched a new Alexa skill that gives people first date advice, and it’s not great — not in every regard at least.The Alexa voice app does deliver some helpful tips, like you may want to wait two days to message someone after the date, and the average person spends around $60 on a first date, but the Alexa skill falls short in some important areas.If you don’t, DO YOU.”Ask “What if I want more than one drink?” and the skill says “Allow yourself two cocktails if they’re cute.Have six if they’re not.” If you don’t like your date, the skill suggests you “Smile, nod, and order another drink.”Those are some of the more than 30 questions the Match.com Alexa skill can answer at launch.
But while your Google Home pods, face ID-enabled iPhones, wearable fitness trackers, 3D printers, and the like might be fun and games now, there’s serious power behind those tools – power that enhances the performance of your content marketing efforts, makes them easier to produce, and makes them more enticing to your audiences.These expectations of greater tech dependence are likely well founded.Consider this: While CMI’s research shows tactics like social media, videos, and infographics have adoption rates of well over 50%, only 4% of marketers say they are working with machine-learning-driven content formats like virtual reality or augmented reality.Artificial intelligence in many formsAs Paul Roetzer, founder of the Marketing Artificial Intelligence Institute, told the CMW 2017 audience, you don’t need a degree in computer science or computational mathematics to incorporate AI into your content efforts: “You don’t have to know how it works.Learn more about AI’s role in content marketing in this video with Paul Roetzer:
Fledgling cryptocurrency startup TRON got its first big break three weeks ago, when anti-virus pioneer John McAfee shilled its TRX coin to his 500,000-plus followers.— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) December 26, 2017Shortly after breaking into the top-10 cryptocurrencies by market share, TRON found itself attracting tons of negative press, implicating the company in a series of shifty activities: from plagiarism to misrepresenting announced partnerships.In all fairness, such extreme amplitudes are nothing uncommon in the world of cryptocurrency – but this case calls for closer scrutiny.For those unfamiliar (McAfee followers especially), the TRON blockchain network was built with the purpose to empower content creators across the globe to profit from their work by sharing it in a global entertainment system.Indeed, all stars seemed to be aligning for TRON when CEO Justin Sun – who has previously appeared in Forbes’ 30 under 30 on two separate occasions – revealed that the company had reached a partnership with ‘Chinese Netflix’ Baofeng, which boasts more than 200 million users.
Sir Richard Branson has told Virgin Trains to re-stock the Daily Mail on its services, saying he was unaware of the firm's decision to remove the paper from on-board shops until he read about it in the press.Writing in a blog post on Monday morning (15 January), Branson said the ban wasn't part of "some grand campaign" at his behest.He added that alongside his business partner, Brian Souter, he had asked Virgin Trains to reconsider its position."Freedom of speech, freedom of choice and tolerance for differing views are the core principles of any free and open society," Branson wrote."While Virgin Trains has always said that their passengers are free to read whatever newspaper they choose on board West Coast trains, it is clear that on this occasion the decision to no longer sell The Mail has not been seen to live up to these principles."Last week, a leaked internal memo from the train group revealed it was to cease stocking the paper following complaints from employees.
Second, the sites are filled with incomplete, fake, and outdated listings from brokers due to lack of verification.Asswisessiwakul knew these pain points, having worked at property research and consulting firm CBRE for seven years and founded his own brokerage firm after that.With US$400,000 in fresh capital from KK Fund, ZmyHome aims to give home sellers and buyers the confidence to transact on their own by providing them accurate massive data.This minimizes the possibility of a fake listing, says the founder.It also supposedly guarantees buyers the best prices by excluding the middlemen.Broker listings usually include commission and other fees charged to either the users or the sellers.
Andrew Christou has departed as chief creative officer at Publicis Seattle.According to Adweek, Christou was terminated after more than seven years at the agency, though, according to Publicis, in a statement, the move “was prompted by business evolution and not related to any prior personnel issue.”Approximately three years ago, it was also reported that a claim against Christou was settled in mediation without going to court.The spokesperson further told Adweek that: “In 2015, we handled a personnel dispute quickly and effectively.Publicis takes all personnel disputes seriously, and we have strong policies and procedures in place to protect all our people.”Christou is credited for helming breakthrough work for T-Mobile that placed a premium on celebrities and athletes and leveraged the personality of the brand’s CEO, John Legere telling Fast Company in 2015 that, “John is not the king in the back, standing behind his soldiers.
Canon has now ranked among the top five companies with the most U.S. patents for 32 years in a row.On January 10, Canon announced that the company filed the third highest number of patents in 2017, according to data from the IFI Claims Patent Services.Last year, Canon patents numbered 3,285.Along with sticking at the top of that list for the last 32 years, for Japan-based companies on the U.S. patent list, Canon has took the first slot for 13 years in a row.Canon says the number of patents illustrate the company’s dedication to developing new products.(Remember that, along with cameras, Canon also produces printers, business and medical devices.)
I'm not talking about the flashy keynotes, the annual TV trot-out, or even the gyrating robot strippers (though, okay, that last one sure was...something).Think of it as a battle cry: The virtual assistant has arrived.Everything else is now secondary.It's no exaggeration: As far as Google's concerned, the coming battle is all about artificial intelligence and the vessels that deliver it.The company's made it clear that getting partners and users on board with Google Assistant in as many ways as possible is its core focus moving forward — and, as part of that, the once-critical operating system is becoming far less pivotal.But even so, the level of resources and attention we're starting to see devoted to Assistant marks a seismic shift.
Lyft is on the hunt for some new customers in the Chicago area.And just what exactly is the ride-hailing app’s plan to win over those coveted customers?No compatible source was found for this video.Beginning next week, Lyft will partner with Baderbräu Brewing in Chicago to create a very special craft beer called Five Star Lager.It’s described as a, “Munich Helles-style lager with a medium body and refreshing finish.”You’ll find Five Star Lager for sale in bars but not in stores.
Discovery is to launch a series of humorous animations on Facebook and YouTube which aim to spark young audiences’ interest in the Olympic Winter Games, airing on Eurosport between 9-25 February.The short films were brought to life by Julian Frost the animator behind the acclaimed Dumb Ways to Die, voiced by top British comedians Morgana Robinson (The Morgana Show, House of Fools, Inside No9) and Beattie Edmondson (Josh, Fresh Meat) and written by Hannah Ford (of creative agency Red Bee).The clips focus on two sisters with highly contrasting views, fact-fuelled sports fan Emma and disinterested Robyn, as they discuss the often baffling disciplines of the Olympic Winter Games.Robin Garnett, executive creative director at Discovery Creative London, said: “We looked at a variety of ways in which to bring the upcoming Olympic Winter Games to the broadest audience possible especially non-sports aficionados across all platforms through humour, emotion and storytelling.The Olympic Winter Games Warm Ups are short, sweet and funny, intended for sharing in social.Each alludes to the extraordinary feats of endurance, strength and sheer danger involved in many winter sports, but in a witty and knowing way.”
Apple's Tim Cook and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg are among a host of tech CEOs urging congressional leaders to pass legislation by the end of next week that protects the status of undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US as children.The leaders of more than 100 major companies and trade groups signed an open letter Wednesday pressing Congress to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, by Jan. 19.The Trump administration said in September it would end the Obama-era program, which lets immigrants brought to the US illegally as children before 2007 stay without fear of deportation.Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Google's Sundar Pichai and Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff, among others, signed the letter, which argues that allowing the program to expire could cost the US economy $215 billion."The imminent termination of the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country," the letter (PDF) says."Failure to act in time will lead to businesses losing valuable talent, cause disruptions in the workforce and will result in significant costs."
While the United States can claim that it has been at the front of the pack in the past, its success in the future — especially when no spectrum auctions are scheduled — is far from secure.Today, with only five percent of the world’s population, we make up 15 percent of global 4G connections.We shouldn’t rest on our laurels.These new networks will support dramatic gains in capacity with significant reductions in latency.They will drive the evolution of the internet itself, powering the hyper-connected possibilities of the internet of things — from self-driving cars to virtual reality to other innovative uses that have yet to even be imagined.On paper, 5G is a national priority.
Formula E has picked up its first ever lead sponsor in tech company ABB in a partnership that will look to champion electric-powered mobility on – and off – the race track.Since its founding in 2014, the motorsport has been gaining in prominence but has been on the hunt for a lead partner.The hunt is now over with the signing of a multi-deal partnership that sees the competition crowned the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.Alejandro Agag, founder and chief executive of Formula E, said: “This is a historic day for Formula E and I’m honored to welcome the global technology leader ABB as the title partner of Formula E, with its background and expertise in the field of electrification and digital technologies.”Agag added: “Our two companies are synonymous with pushing the boundaries of what is possible.Together, as partners, we will showcase breakthrough technology on a global scale to fans and consumers who follow the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.”
Hot on the heels of its integration with Razer’s Chroma lighting system, Philips has announced a way to sync its smart lights with not just games, but anything and everything that shows up on your computer.It’ll all work through an upcoming app, called Hue Sync, which will be released for Windows 10 and macOS High Sierra.Hue Sync watches what’s on your screen and automatically changes your lights to match.This is mostly meant for when you’re watching a movie or gaming, but you could even just be browsing a webpage and have the lights change as you scroll.It can also sync up with playing music, and you have the option to dial in exactly how intense all these effects are.In practice, I feel like this could get very annoying, but it’s a neat idea that has the potential to make for some immersive experiences, almost like surround sound for visuals.
The CES show floor might be filled with hundreds of TVs that put your local electronics store to shame, but the real treasures of the show, the TVs packed with technology we’ll have to wait for years to buy, are hidden in back rooms away from greasy fingers.Except ours, of course, as we had a chance to treat our eyes to the concepts LG Display brought to CES 2018.The company’s most impressive reveal at the show is a record-breaking 88-inch OLED TV featuring glorious 8K resolution.If you’re crunching the numbers, that’s a total of 33 million self-emitting pixels that can be individually brightened and darkened to produce an image with enough contrast that it actually creates the illusion of depth.LG Display wasn’t exactly keen on people pawing at its screen, but it genuinely felt like I could reach out and touch the images being flashed in front of my eyes.There’s no timeline on when any of us will be able to buy this for our living rooms, nor any indication of how many successful startups we’d have to sell to Google or Facebook to afford one.
Like many other headphone makers at CES this year, Japanese electronics company JVC released several wireless headphones, bringing us ever closer to a wireless future where we’re all juggling a dozen chargers in our bags.JVC claims its headphones have a water resistance rating of IPX5.The headphones are supposed to stay in place during a workout thanks to a rubber fin at the top of each earpiece that adjusts to a user’s ear shape.Users can choose from three different sizes and either a conventional earpiece style or an “open” ear style that lets runners hear nearby noises in their surroundings.The left earpiece has a built-in microphone and a button that controls music playback.The wireless sport headphones come with a carrying pouch with a belt clip and charging case.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich didn’t dodge the embarrassing issue of the Spectre and Meltdown bugs that rocked the whole computer industry in the past week.At his opening keynote at CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week, Krzanich addressed the issue at the beginning.The massive security flaw in computer processors emerged last week, forcing companies to respond and reassure customers and tell befuddled consumers what steps they are taking to protect them.The flaw is casting a potential pall on the CES, which is a celebration of all things tech.“The collaboration of so many companies has been truly remarkable,” Krzanich said, noting that everyone from chip makers to operating system vendors to system companies has participated in finding ways to patch the bugs and protect consumer data.1 for Intel and our industry, and the primary focus of our decisions have been to keep our customers’ data safe,” Krzanich said.