Although WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are the two most popular messaging apps, ultra-secure encrypted alternatives like Signal and Telegram are both growing rapidly.They’re niche, but they offer privacy-oriented features that are attractive to those concerned about confidentiality, or living in regimes where surveilance is all-encompasing.The firm contrasted the five most and least corrupt countries, according to Transparency International.In these corrupt countries, Apptopia found monthly active user (MUA) growth massively outstrips that from countries perceived as least corrupt.Signal saw users from the corrupt group of countries soar by 147 percent.In countries that are less corrupt, monthly active users growth was just 11 percent.
Broadcom has been keeping its lawyers busy over the last couple of days, firstly responding to an FTC second request for information, and secondly, starting the redomiciliation to the tax shelter of Delaware.Starting with the FTC and Broadcom’s proposed acquisition of Qualcomm, Broadcom announced that it has received a request for additional information and documentary material.This is of course a normal part of the acquisition process, but doesn’t tell us much about which way the FTC is leaning, even if the Qualcomm board is doing everything it can to resist.The second request for information is part of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.It essentially grants the FTC an additional 30 days to review any acquisition, to properly assess whether there will be negative impact to competition in the US.Of course Broadcom is confident the move would do nothing but good things for the rollercoaster world of processors, but it is questionable whether the scale of acquisition is healthy.
It’s generally agreed that some kind of microbe will be the first form of life we discover on another planet, moon, or other space rock.But hardly anyone thinks we’ll find an alien virus, which is weird, given how prolific and successful these biological entities are on Earth.A new study seeks to correct this oversight, calling for an entirely new discipline known as “astrovirology.”Artist’s depiction of the surface of TRAPPIST-1f, a recently discovered Earth-like planet in the TRAPPIST-1 system.More viruses exist on our planet than any other cellular organism—upwards of about 10 to 100 times more—so it’s a reasonable bet that viruses exist on other worlds.Yet scientists know surprisingly little about these “bags of genes” and how they work, with even less attention paid to the possibility of viruses existing elsewhere in the solar system and beyond.
Outspoken technology pioneer John McAfee has some words of wisdom for any cryptocurrency investor worried about the recurring crash in value: "Everyone Relax!"McAfee, who works for a US-headquartered crypto company MGT Capital Investments, is a firm believer in bitcoin, a decentralised digital currency built upon blockchain technology.Despite recent concerns that the bitcoin bubble has burst, he is holding strong.While travelling to deliver a keynote address at a conference in Thailand, he tweeted Tuesday (16 Jan): "Everyone Relax!"The crypto dip was caused by Mike Bell of JP Morgan claiming governments could ban cryptocurrencies.This is the same company that called BTC a fraud.
PS4 bundles and deals have proved enormously popular in recent times with Sony opening up a big lead over its rivals.If you're ready to get involved and see why the PS4 is so popular, we're here to help.So sit back and let us bring the very best PS4 prices to you right here.First up, we'll show you the best prices for standalone PS4 Slim consoles.Although, you can often get better value by opting for a PS4 console bundle with a game or two which proves cheaper than buying them separately.We've rounded up the best of those PS4 bundles too.
Mercedes has pulled the wraps off three new AMG models that slot into the AMG 53-series.The new models include the AMG 53 CLS, AMG 53 E-Class Coupe, and the AMG 53 E-Class Cabriolet.That engine is an electrified unit with twin-turbos making 435hp and about 383 lb-ft of torque.The electrified portion of the engine is an EQ Boost starter-alternator that can momentarily give 16 kW (22hp) of output and another 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque.The transmission mated to that engine is an AMD SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G and all versions have an AMD tweaked 4MATIC+ AWD system.That electric auxiliary EQ Boost system helps to minimize turbo lag.
Innovation never sleeps…which is why the world-conquering Android operating system is currently on its eighth iteration, codenamed Oreo.Just as with any constantly updating interface, developers building apps for the Android O environment need to be fully up to speed on all the new features and changes it represents.You can find out how to maximize all the fancy updates and create exciting, stable new Android apps with the training available in the Complete Android O Developer Course.It’s on sale right now at the ridiculously low price of $25 from TNW Deals.Your guide to the Android universe is Rob Percival, a top-rated web developer and instructor.With over 7 hours of instruction, Rob will give you a thorough introduction to Android O, offering even novice developers the tools to build exciting apps for Android fans.
At NRF, Tinyclues will unveil its AI-first marketing platform to retailers in North America and show how retail companies are winning on average a 49 percent increase in campaign revenues.LONDON & NEW-YORK & PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 12, 2018–Tinyclues, provider of a leading artificial intelligence (AI)-first marketing solution, today announced it will exhibit at NRF 2018, ‘Retail’s Big Show’ running January 14-16 in New York City.At NRF, booth 1155, Tinyclues will unveil its AI-first marketing solution to North American retailers and demonstrate how major international retail brands are using Tinyclues to dramatically increase revenue from marketing campaigns and improve customer experience.For example, Brandalley, Charles Tyrwhitt, Club Med, FNAC, Holland & Barrett, Lacoste, Thomas Cook or Voyages-sncf.com report a proven outstanding increase in marketing campaign revenue, with an average increase in revenues of 49 percent.After opening its London office in 2016, Tinyclues opened its first North American office in November 2017, in New York City.
Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are already very sophisticated.Gartner predicts that by 2022, AI-enabled personal devices will know a lot more about that person's emotional state.Moreover, AI is a disruptive force that will reshape the way we interact with many personal devices."Emotion AI systems and affective computing are allowing everyday objects to detect, analyze, process and respond to people's emotional states and moods to provide better context and a more personalized experience," said Roberta Cozza, research director at Gartner."To remain relevant, technology vendors must integrate AI into every aspect of their devices, or face marginalization."The current wave of emotion AI systems is being driven by the proliferation of virtual personal assistants (VPAs) and other AI-based technology for conversational systems.
Tableau announced today that its new Hyper data engine is generally available to customers, providing a massive speed boost for existing processes through the company’s business intelligence and analysis software.On top of that, the company also announced the general availability of its Linux server product, built on top of Hyper.That will allow people to run Tableau’s system on top of the popular open source operating system in addition to Windows.It’s a move that fulfills a longstanding request from the company’s users.These two updates come at a time when Tableau faces tough competition in the business intelligence and analysis space.The company has to contend with new cloud services popping up from jar players in the tech market like Microsoft and Amazon.
Voice assistants are the name of the game at CES 2018.Across the Las Vegas tech show, you’ll find LG TVs, Acer laptops, Asus routers, and even cars all getting bundled with Amazon’s Alexa assistant.It's continuing to focus on making “accessible, mainstream” products for customers, and now it's releasing the UHD51A: allegedly the first projector integrated with the Alexa assistant.This 4K, UHD projector can display 2,400 lumens with a 500K:1 contrast ratio, and delivers an HDR10-quality spread of colors.Along with Alexa Smart Home, it comes equipped with a 4K UHD media player, an Android OS and two HDMI 2.0 slots that support 60fps gaming.With the UHD51A, you may not actually need an Amazon Echo or its brethren.
IMG College Licensing created the largest collegiate licensing campaign in the United States over the holidays, creating 96 videos featuring 227 unique items for 48 well-known colleges and universities.The teams, spanning 35 states, each had bespoke digital content created for them via Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.The name-brand schools include Florida State University (FSU), Michigan State, West Virginia, Texas Christian University (TCU), Oklahoma, and Alabama.Some schools took the concept a step further, inviting famous alumni to take part.University of Illinois, for example, enlisted pro football hall of famer Dick Butkus to spread holiday cheer.IMG also partnered with sports apparel site Fanatics for custom sites for 23 of the 48 teams, where college alumni and fans could purchase some of the bespoke merchandise.
Senate Democrats have enough support to force a vote on reversing the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of Obama-era net neutrality regulations.Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, said Monday she will be the 30th co-sponsor of a bill that will use the Congressional Review Act to reverse the FCC's vote to dismantle net neutrality rules.But in order to do that, a majority in both houses of Congress must support the move, something that's unlikely in the current politically divisive environment.While Democrats have reached a crucial threshold for bringing the bill to vote on the Senate floor, it's unlikely to pass since Republicans control both the House of Representatives and the Senate.Even if they could muster the votes from members of Congress, the bill would still need to be signed by President Donald Trump, which seems unlikely.Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii, has said he's hopeful a new generation of voters who care about the internet will see net neutrality as their defining issue, much like members of the National Rifle Association, who support the Second Amendment.
New Rochelle, NY, Jan. 8, 2018 -- In a colorful and first-person look at the discovery of CRISPR short DNA repeats that spawned the genome editing revolution, Francisco Mojica reflects on the momentous events leading up to and following his game-changing research in a fascinating new interview.The content is available on The CRISPR Journal website and will also be featured in the premier print edition of The CRISPR Journal debuting next month (February 2018).In the article entitled "Crazy About CRISPR: An Interview with Francisco Mojica," journal founding Executive Editor Kevin Davies, PhD, conducts a lively discussion with Dr. Mojica, a microbiologist at the University of Alicante in Spain, about his research which ultimately led to the discovery of CRISPR repeats in a salt-loving single-celled organism, and the recognition of their profound implications for biology and subsequently potential to transform genome research and therapeutics.Jacob Sherkow, JD, provides an insightful look at "The CRISPR Patent Landscape: Past, Present, and Future," in an invited Commentary that considers how the continuing intellectual property controversy swirling around the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing system has affected and continues to impact the commercial advancement of the technology.Still unclear is how academic researchers and university technology transfer offices will handle the ongoing patent dispute and how the evolving patent landscape will affect the broad availability of CRISPR tools.Dr. Barrangou, in the Journal's inaugural Editorial "Keep Calm and CRISPR On," describes the new publication as a truly multidisciplinary journal comprised of outstanding primary research studies in both basic and applied research, as well as covering many other facets of interest to the CRISPR community, including developments in intellectual property, ethics, business, regulatory issues, funding, societal implications, and public perceptions.
That was how I summed up Oomi's crowdfunded smart home kit back in August, when I tested and reviewed the system out of the CNET Smart Apartment.With easy NFC pairing, stable, reliable performance and strong versatility -- everything from automation and color-changing bulbs to DIY security and Alexa voice controls -- Oomi had an awful lot to offer budding smart home enthusiasts.But at $700, it was also awfully tough to afford.Oomi soon lowered the price of that starter kit to $500, which was a big step in the right direction.Specifically, Oomi is cutting the once-mandatory Oomi Touch control tablet from the kit and offering it as an optional add-on instead.Oomi says that will bring the cost of a starter kit down below $300.
The Houses of Parliament may look prim and proper but what goes on inside isn't always completely innocent.A freedom of information (FOI) request filed by Press Association and reported by The Guardian found that there were 24,473 attempts to access pornographic websites from computers and other devices in the Houses of Parliament between June and October last year.That works out at an average of about 160 attempts a day.The internet network in the Houses of Parliament is used by MPs, peers, and staff.It automatically blocks access to pornographic sites but that didn't stop people trying.A parliamentary spokesman reportedly told Press Association: "All pornographic websites are blocked by parliament's computer network.
It’s comforting—no, wait, what’s opposite of comforting?—to see that, despite still being able to laugh at Oregonians and gas problems and accidental movie reference mix-ups in news reports, 2018 actually got off to a terrifyingly fast start.What Happened: Everyone who had “the specter of nuclear apocalypse will be heralded by penis envy” in the How the World Ends office pool, congratulations.Yes, that’s a real tweet from the real President of the United States, something that Twitter tried hard to understand and contextualize after it happened…As the media tried to come to terms with Trump’s tweet, one wonderful fact started to become clear: Despite Trump’s boast, there is no button.The Takeaway: After it sunk in that Trump threatened nuclear apocalypse over a mine's-bigger-than-yours argument and some non-existent buttons, people moved on to being concerned about his state of mind.What Really Happened: Perhaps the strangest story last week started with a pre-release news report about Fire and Fury, a then-upcoming book by journalist by Michael Wolff covering the early days of Trump's administration in which former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was quoted saying some quite inflammatory things.
Amazon has made it easier for companies to add its Alexa voice-activated assistant to wearable devices such as smartwatches, fitness trackers and headphones.The online retailer announced Friday the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit, which will remove the need for development teams to "perform the bulk of the coding for their Alexa integration," according to an Amazon Alexa blog post.Devices that manufacturers build with the Alexa kit will connect directly to the Alexa Voice Service through the Alexa App for Android and iOS on the customer's mobile device.The kit will be available later this year, and you can sign up for notifications when Amazon has released it.This means that we'll likely see more devices in the coming year that put Alexa right on you rather than in a smart speaker.
Microsoft gave its cloud customers a free speed boost today with the launch of an Accelerated Networking feature that’s been in beta for almost a year and a half.When customers turn it on, their Azure compute instances will get access to up to 30 Gbps of network throughput.Accelerated Networking taps into specialized chips that Microsoft has installed in its datacenters to offload the work of software-defined networking.That both frees up more compute resources on the tech titan’s cloud servers, and provides customers with reduced latency and reduced jitter in their networking speeds.It’s part of Microsoft’s ongoing work to make Azure more friendly for developers of high-performance applications, and also shows the value of the company’s ongoing deployment of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) inside its datacenters.Those chips, which can be programmed to perform particular processes faster than general processors, help drive the performance gains that Microsoft is touting.
The Clifton Suspension Bridge spans the River Avon in Bristol, southwest England.Competed in 1864, 110 years after a bridge at the site was first planned, the Clifton still carries cars (for a toll of £1 each way) and pedestrians between the districts of Clifton and Leigh Woods.The bridge's designer was Isambard Kingdom Brunel, one of Britain's greatest civil engineers.Brunel also designed London's Paddington Station and the SS Great Britain, the first modern ocean liner, which you can tour in Bristol.With his father, Marc Isambard Brunel, he also developed the technology used to dig the first tunnel under the River Thames in London.