Apple’s HomePod is a great sounding but ideologically flawed speaker, but it turns out there’s another major problem with the smart speaker aside from its lack of support for Spotify: apparently the silicon base of the HomePod can damage wooden furniture, with multiple outlets (including The Wirecutter and Pocket Lint) reporting that leaving the speaker on top of wooden surfaces can cause a white ring to form.Apple has confirmed the issue to The Wirecutter, stating that “the marks can improve over several days after the speaker is removed from the wood surface,” with the company also recommending that users “try cleaning the surface with the manufacturer’s suggested oiling method” if the white rings don’t fade.Given that HomePods aren’t meant to be put on a soft surface (the tweeters fire down, so putting it on cloth messes with the reflectivity of the sound), it’s not the sort of problem you can solve by just putting down a cloth underneath it, either.Congratulations to everyone on their beautiful HomePods and sorry it secretes a deadly acid that destroys your furniture https://t.co/p1eSAvjCbW pic.twitter.com/uVhAFbIlRJ— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) February 14, 2018There’s no word on whether or not Apple will be taking steps to fix this problem, replace units, or even what is causing the reaction to occur.
In light of revelations surrounding nine Oxfam aid workers’ sexual misconduct in Haiti in 2011, it is not just this charity whose reputation is at threat, but the entire aid and development community who risks losing the support it needs to continue doing vital work.As we are learning on a daily basis, sexual abuse is not an issue exclusive to the humanitarian sector.Humanitarians abusing beneficiaries of aid as claims to be the case during the post-earthquake relief effort in Haiti, is a particularly dark reflection of this.Regardless of the apology and shame professed on behalf of the charity’s chief executive Mark Goldring, Oxfam will quite literally pay a price for the scandal, as donors may respond by withdrawing funding.We must remind ourselves that Oxfam, alongside other NGOs exist, precisely to do work which the government is not doing.This comes at a time when public interest in overseas aid is already dwindling, as a result of increasing mistrust.
When you’re slicing your pie charts and adding up your spreadsheets, do you ever take a step back from your standing desk and ask yourself, “Am I getting enough Turbo time?”That’s why its new Vaio S spec bump (as seen on AnandTech) was designed specifically to maximize how much Turbo you’re getting.The business laptop is mostly unchanged from last year’s model — the VGA port is still hanging on, and USB-C is still absent — but the internals have been bumped up to the latest 8th gen Intel processors.As fun it is to say “Turbo time,” Vaio is actually very serious about this technology, which it dubs “Vaio TruePerformance.” Basically, it builds on Intel’s Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, which allows for bursts of high performance from laptop CPUs.Unfortunately, the realities of power consumption and heat dissipation don’t let that performance spike last very long on a typical laptop.Vaio claims the Vaio S can handle longer peak performance spikes (Turbo Boosts), but it can also handle a higher level of regular sustained performance without overheating or throttling, thanks to its strengthened power supply and improved cooling.
How to pick up an iPhone X deal for cheap – that’s the question on many a person’s mind right now.We’re reaching the sweet spot where the hype has died and the prices are starting to drop.In fact, Apple’s SIM-free iPhone X just dropped by £40 at Argos.Since the iPhone X was released by Apple in November that wallet-destroying price has stuck at a cool £999 for the unlocked handset.But Argos has just (finally) dropped the price of this cutting-edge phone by a generous £40.That means you can now pick up an unlocked iPhone X SIM-free for £959.
Emoji 11.0 is fixed and prepped for delivery in June.Some of them look promising—useful even.But Anthony Hawk, long-time purveyor of fine video games, has taken umbrage with the Unicode Consortium’s depiction of his stock in trade.He’s also been given the opportunity to fix it.Unicode—who seemingly have never seen a skateboard and just sort of winged it—produced the above sample emoji design: grip tape at the front and back only, a deck that’s oddly pinched in the center, mounting bolts not even close to flush.And approximately three hours ago, Hawk expressed his well-placed frustration to his 3.2 million Instagram followers, and the world waited.
Apple’s TV app now supports live news, a feature first shown off on stage at the September event that saw the announcement of the Apple TV 4K.US viewers should now see live news sources appear in the TV app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.Initial news sources include CNN, CBS, Fox News, Bloomberg, CNBC, and Cheddar, all appearing in the primary Watch Now section of the app on iOS and tvOS 11.2.5.The TV app also got support for live sports programming with an update back in December.
Manufacturers of advanced electronic systems will find that advances in adhesives offer the ability to meet nearly any combination of requirements for thermal, environmental, and structural stability.As product manufacturers face greater challenges in assembling die, package, and other components into products able to cope with increasing heat loads, epoxies and silicones are uniquely qualified to meet these increasingly diverse requirements.Learn why ultra low thermally conductive adhesives are the preferred fastening approach in applications requiring careful thermal management.
With organic reach rapidly declining on social media, you need new ways to effectively promote blog content without paying for it.In this post, I’ll walk you through four effective and unconventional ways to promote your blog content on social media without paying for it.It’s no secret reaching people with content (organically) on Facebook is tough.Unless you’ve got millions of fans, your organic reach is going to be tiny.When you do, a notification is sent to all your followers and fans even if the video is only a few minutes long.Brands like HubSpot are taking full advantage of this strategy:
We're guessing by now you've noticed that Samsung has a couple of new phones on the way: the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus.The latest in a long line of leaked details about these much-anticipated phones comes courtesy of a couple of S9 Clear View cases that third-party retailer MobileFun has managed to get hold of.Case specs may not be as interesting as phone specs, but the two demos that MobileFun has put online do tell us that the the upcoming phones are going to be almost exactly the same size as their predecessors, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus.That means your new phone might squeeze snugly into your old case, though from these quick hands-on videos it looks like the S9 variants are going to have edges that are slightly less rounded.Thanks to spec listings leaked out on the web, we already know battery sizes are going to match up with last year's models.The new videos also confirm rumors the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will have a fingerprint sensor under the rear camera sensor rather than alongside it – which is good news – and that you can expect a dual-camera setup on the back of the bigger S9 Plus.
BT reaches 95 percent superfast broadband and 90 percent landmass 4G coverage but BTGS units still sufferThe number of new superfast broadband connections on the Openreach network reached a record 600,000 over the past quarter, bringing the total number to 9.2 million.Earlier this week it was revealed that the government’s target of delivering faster speeds to 95 percent of the UK population had been achieved, with the Openreach fibre network covering 27.4 million premises.BT’s retail business secured a third of the new additions, bringing its total user base to 5.5 million.Nearly two thirds of all of its broadband customers are now on fibre.Openreach also plans to bring ‘ultrafast’ broadband to the majority of the UK within a decade and has increased its target for fibre to the premise (FTTP) coverage from 2 million to 3 million by the end of 2020.
Intel is reportedly looking to sell a majority stake in an augmented reality spinoff company, with plans to potentially launch consumer smart glasses this year, according to Bloomberg Technology.Bloomberg writes that the company will probably be called Vaunt; the smart glasses are reportedly known internally as “Superlite,” and will be made by Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta Computer.They’ll pair with a phone via Bluetooth, and use a laser projector to display information in the wearer’s field of view.The new company reportedly includes some former employees from Recon Instruments, the AR wearables company that Intel acquired in 2015 and shut down last year.If Bloomberg’s report is accurate, this will be far from Intel’s first move into augmented reality.The company has worked with industrial AR headset company Daqri, and attempted to launch a VR-like “merged reality” headset design known as Project Alloy, although that was scrapped last year.
Kept heist secret until cops cuffed bloke.Now suggests – gulp – super-pwned Equifax for the afflictedAustralian car sharing company GoGet today admitted to a June 2017 data breach that includes drivers licence details, payment card numbers and other personal data, but said it did not disclose the matter until now on the advice of Police.In an email sent to members today (and The Register, thanks to kind readers) plus a breach notification and FAQ the company said “On 27 June 2017, GoGet’s IT team identified suspected unauthorised activity on its system and a full internal investigation was immediately commenced.”Police from the Australian State of New South Wales were called not long afterwards and the force says it established “Strike Force Artsy” probe the matter in July 2017.“”With the assistance of company staff, investigators identified that unauthorised access was gained into the company’s fleet booking system and customer identification information from the database was downloaded,” the NSW Police statement says.
Inhabitants of Moscow and St Petersburg live significantly longer than people living in other regions of Russia, according to a recent study carried out by researchers at the Higher School of Economics.Researchers discovered a significant difference between the life expectancy of those living in the big cities and those in other regions.In 2014, women in Moscow were found to live on average 8.3 years longer, and men 5.3 years longer, while in St Petersburg, the average life expectancy was greater by 4.3 years for women and by 2.6 for men.This tendency began fairly recently - as late as the mid-1990s, according to researchers.Previously, this figure had been approximately the same in large cities and in the regions.Between 1994 and 1998, an increase in life expectancy occurred at a greater rate in Moscow and St Petersburg than it did in the majority of other regions.
TALLINN, Estonia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 30, 2018–Tera Ventures announces a new fund to be closed in 2018, Tera Ventures Fund II with a target size of €55 million (1st closing targeted for early this year).The majority of the capital has been committed by some of the most prolific Estonian, pan-European, and global investors.The fund will invest in about 30 seed stage technology startups in Estonia, Scandinavia, and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).The Tera team members have invested in early stage tech since 2009 and our relationships spread across highly lucrative regional tech hubs with untapped potential.View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180129005891/en/
After seven years of planning and construction, Amazon’s mini rainforest spheres are finally opening in Seattle.“The Spheres,” as they’re known, hold 40,000 plants from 30 different countries around the world.They were designed as places employees can go to take a break or meet up with others away from their desks.The spheres also feature living walls, which are vertical gardens with over 25,000 plants woven into 4,000 square feet of mesh.The structure is made of three connected spheres constructed from glass and steel, and, as reported by Bloomberg, they can accommodate up to 800 people.The biggest sphere is 90 feet high and 130 feet wide.
Walmart has struck a deal with Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten that will see the US company become the exclusive mass retailer of Kobo e-readers.Co-branded Walmart and Kobo apps will be released for ebook and audiobook content, which will be available through Walmart's website, and Walmart retail stores will also sell digital book cards.Rakuten bought Canadian company Kobo in 2011 and released its e-readers in Japan before Amazon got into the market.The partnership with Walmart, however, will see two of the world's biggest retailers team up to take on Amazon in the US.Amazon's retail presence for the Kindle is still limited, and although the company dominates the ebook market after vanquishing Barnes & Noble's Nook, the prominent placement of the Kobo brand in America's largest retailer could present another challenge.The move echoes deals that Rakuten has made to place Kobo e-readers in major bookstore chains around the world, such as WHSmith in the UK.
Yann LeCun steps down as boss of Facebook’s artificial intelligence group, replaced by a former IBM executiveYann LeCun, the man who has led Facebook’s efforts to include more artificial intelligence into newsfeeds for the past four years, is stepping down and will be replaced by a former IBM executive who will bring more management-like capabilities to the role.It comes after CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised last week a major shakeup of its newsfeed after concern that public content (i.e.adverts and clickbait from businesses, brands and media) was crowding out people’s personal moments.LeCun is a noted academic who founded Facebook’s AI Research lab (FAIR) in 2013.For example he oversaw the creation of a ‘digital assistant’ to cut out druken posts or selfies that people might regret in the morning.
Instagram is one of the best ways to really make a connection with your audience, because not only are you showing them eye-catching quality visuals, but you’re also creating a back and forth kind of environment that really can’t flourish on any other social media platform.Whether you’re trying to follow influencer marketing trends or grow your brand to a bigger and better version of itself, you’re in the right place.It’s the first impression, so don’t mess it up!You’ll be able to give more tools to the people who want to work with you, making everything easier and more straightforward in the process.Keep Your Profile Picture ProfessionalIt can be tempting to constantly change your profile picture every month, but you should aim to stick to your logo or something more memorable.
Google is rolling out a patch today which will fix a bug that slows down Wi-Fi networks connected to both Android and Chromecast built-in devices.According to a blog post, Google said a bug in its Cast software on Android phones may incorrectly send a large amount of network traffic, which can slow down or temporarily impact Wi-Fi networks.The company notes that the impact to the network depends on which router you’re using.People with an Android phone and a Chromecast device, like Google Home, on the same Wi-Fi network are impacted by the bug.Google says it has identified the issue, and the fix will be issued via a Google Play service update.The company says users experiencing the problem should reboot their phones and check that their Wi-Fi router has been updated with the latest firmware.
Satori—the malware family that wrangles routers, security cameras, and other Internet-connected devices into potent botnets—is crashing the cryptocurrency party with a new variant that surreptitiously infects computers dedicated to the mining of digital coins.A version of Satori that appeared on January 8 exploits one or more weaknesses in the open source Claymore Miner, researchers from China-based Netlab 360 said in a report published Wednesday.Records show that the attacker-controlled wallet has already cashed out slightly more than 1 Etherium coin.That's roughly equivalent to the output of 85 computers each running a Radeon Rx 480 graphics card or 1,135 computers running a GeForce GTX 560M, based on figures provided here.Assuming the wallet address continues to generate coins at the same rate, the proceeds after a few months could be well worth the effort, assuming the massive cryptocoin sell-off—which has caused Etherium's value to drop by 42 percent in the past four days—doesn't continue.Satori: Not just for IoT anymore