The Essential phone, via Android godfather Andy Rubin, made a lot of promises.An unbloated Android experience, fast updates, and, perhaps most important, a bezel-less screen that rivals both the Galaxy S8 and the still coming iPhone 8.We’re now on day 33 without an Essential in any buyer’s hands, which doesn’t bode well for a very ambitious first try.To be fair, shipping delays aren’t uncommon in this market.But when you make such a bold promise to launch a very bold phone, you better make sure you stick to schedule as close as you can.Essential, however, has essentially gone silent on that front.
After last month's Petya/NotPetya ransomware outbreak you may be feeling like the next global attack could come at any moment.And don't forget angst about power grid hacks.Reports this week revealed that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security are scrambling to defend multiple US energy companies and manufacturing plants from hackers—including a nuclear power plant in Kansas.So far there's no evidence that hackers have accessed the industrial control systems that actually direct physical equipment, so it's not a doomsday scenario yet, but from an anxiety perspective it's not great.Meanwhile, North Korea demonstrated on Tuesday (US Independence Day) that it is capable of launching an intercontinental ballistic missile, bringing the reclusive nation one step closer to possessing nuclear weapons that could directly threaten the continental US or pretty much any other part of the world.Who knows what the next six months hold.
Jason Stein, the CEO of Cycle and founder of agency Laundry Service, joined members of Digiday+ on Thursday for a Slack town hall.We discussed the challenges of building a media company out of an agency, why influencer marketing has its issues and more.Digiday holds Slack town halls every two weeks, and in between, we’ll have editorial chats and group discussions on industry topics.Here’s what you missed from our chat with Stein.We’re building media brands because agencies (branded content and distribution, to be specific) are the best way to monetize and happen to have a pretty good background in doing those things.So, we need to build media brands faster than media companies can build agencies.”
"Game of Thrones" involves a massive web of characters, intersecting plot lines and far-flung places.UK digital agency Catch is trying to help us keep track of all the madness with a Facebook Messenger chatbot called GoTBot.You can ask it for background on characters, find out who's dead or alive or have it tell you silly "Game of Thrones"-themed jokes.GoTBot isn't afraid to be irreverent.Ask what's up with Cersei and Jamie and it delivers a GIF of actor Peter Dinklage giving a euphemistic description of their incestuous relationship.It's also not afraid to go on tangents by serving up photos of Jon Snow as a teenager.
Puolustusvoimat tiedotti asiasta jo aiemmin torstaina.Suomen Puolustusvoimat on saanut valtuutuksen hankkia Bittiumin taktiseen tiedonsiirtoon tarkoitettuja Tactical Wireless IP Network -ohjelmistoradiojärjestelmän tuotteita.Puolustusministeriö on tiedottanut asiasta tänään torstaina ja Bittium myöhemmin puolenpäivän jälkeen.Hankinnasta on suunnitteilla puitesopimus, joka koskee vuosia 2018 – 2020 ja joka on kokonaisarvoltaan 30 miljoonaa euroa ilman arvonlisäveroa.Puitesopimuksen mukaisesti Puolustusvoimat tulisi tekemään Bittium TAC WIN -ohjelmistoradiojärjestelmän tuotteista erilliset tilaukset vuosittain.Bittium pitää tämän vuoden taloudellisen ohjeistuksensa ennallaan sopimuksesta huolimatta.
Hallitus teki Juha Sipilän (kesk.)johdolla viisaan päätöksen ja antoi sotelle vuoden jatkoaikaa.Alun perin Sipilä ilmoitti korskeasti, ettei aikataulusta tingitä.Perustuslakivaliokunta oli jo aiemmin ilmoittanut, että alkuperäinen aikataulu, eli uudistuksen voimaan saattaminen 2019 olisi johtanut terveydenhuollon kriisiytymiseen.Tämä tarkoittaa sitä, etteivät kansalaiset saa oikeita palveluita oikeaan aikaan.Potilas voi esimerkiksi kuolla, saada pysyvän vamman tai tuiki tarpeellinen päätös lastensuojelusta voi jäädä tekemättä.
Many high-end TV shoppers are waiting for prices on OLED TVs to fall within their range.If you're one of them, you just lost a few hundred more excuses to wait.The least-expensive LG OLED TV fore 2017, the C7 series, hit a new price low over the recent 4th of July weekend, shedding another $200.Here are their current prices.Those prices make the premium between the 2016 and 2017 OLED TVs just $300, it's lowest point so far.So should you pull the trigger now?
Despite their empire falling more than 1,500 years ago, the Roman recipe for concrete remains stronger than anything around today.And it's all thanks to seawater.Roman concrete combined volcanic ash, lime, volcanic rock and seawater.That final ingredient, it turns out, is key.The unusual combination of ingredients actually gets stronger as new minerals form over millennia.To make the breakthrough, researchers at the department of energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory made micron-level X-ray studies of samples of Roman concrete from ancient piers and breakwaters.
Äventyrsspelet Oxenfree släpptes nyligen för Android, efter att ha rönt framgångar för plattformar som Windows, PlayStation 4 och Xbox One.Handlingen har övernaturliga inslag och utspelar sig under 80-talet.Du antar rollen som Alex – en tonåring som festar på en ö som militären en gång använde.Spelet ansluter till Google Play Games men använder inte funktionen för att spara i molnet, något som förhoppningsvis integreras längre fram.Oxenfree för Android kostar 44 kronor i Play Store.Oxenfree is a supernatural thriller about a group of friends who unwittingly open a ghostly rift.
The Air Opus makes that setup much easier.There is nothing like camping in the great outdoors during a holiday weekend, but going outside does not have to mean leaving certain amenities behind.Campers allow owners to bring a little bit of civilization with them, but the setup can be tiresome after a long journey.Using Air Pole technology, the Air Opus camper inflates its canopy in less than 90 seconds, leaving owners with more time to actually enjoy the campsite.A small electric pump inside the camper activates with a simple flip of the switch.When it is time to go, deflating is just as easy.
In-video discovery platform Tagos Design raises USD 5 million for Series AFounders: GBS Bindra, Sushant Panda, and Tripat Preet SinghFinancing status: USD 5 million Series A round in 2017In-video discovery platform Tagos Design has raised USD 5 million for it Series A financing round from undisclosed investors.Tagos Design was founded in 2014 by GBS Bindra, Sushant Panda and Tripat Preet Singh, with an outstanding global advisory board.Tagos empowers users to explore video by touch, opening whole new ways for users to interact, engage, advertise, shop or learn.
Fighting to head off Department of Defense blacklistingThe company is moving to try and head off budget legislation which, as we wrote last week, would shut Kaspersky out of American military contracts.The US Senate committee that's proposed the ban cites concerns about the company's alleged links to the Russian government.Visiting Australia in May for the CeBIT conference, Kaspersky said he was willing to let the US look through his company's products' source code, and in an interview with the Associated Press over the weekend reiterated the offer.Speaking at his Moscow HQ, Kaspersky said: "If the United States needs, we can disclose the source code," adding that he's prepared to testify to US lawmakers if needed.He also claimed that unnamed government agencies – not necessarily Russian – had tried to gauge his interest in moving from defensive research to offensive, but he said: "I don't even want to talk about it."
After two years, Canada is back as the leader of the world’s most well reputed countries as political turmoil takes its toll on the UK and US.Based on the evaluation of 17 variables grouped by Effective Government, Advanced Economy and Appealing Environment, Canada’s triumph in the Reputation Institute’s Country RepTrack report coincides with annual Canada Day celebrations today (Saturday 1 July).The United Kingdom, which fell five places in the rankings to number 18, was adversely affected by Brexit with the decision impacting supportive behaviours towards the country, with significant drops in people’s propensity to invest, work and buy from the UK.However, the UK’s internal reputation has improved by 7.5%.Similarly President Trump is impacting the United States’ reputation, with the US experiencing it worst reputation loss in terms of percentage and also in terms of ranking dropping 11 places from 27th to 38th.James Bickford, managing director of Reputation Institute, explained a country’s reputation had a direct impact on tourism, exports and foreign investment.
The Government's anti-terror surveillance powers are being threatened by a legal challenge after the High Court granted permission for a judicial review of the Investigatory Powers Act.The High Court has agreed to the human rights group Liberty's request for part of the controversial law, dubbed by critics as the "Snoopers' Charter", to be challenged with a judicial review.The challenge will focus on three powers outlined in the act that grant the security services' widespread surveillance abilities: the permission to hack into computers, the mass interception and collection of communications data, and the acquisition of personal data sets from companies and organisations.The hearing will go ahead if Liberty's application for a costs cap is granted, the group said.Force internet and communications companies to retain customers’ browser history for up to a yearProtect the ability of GCHQ and MI5 to bulk collect communications data and to hack in to a suspect’s electronic devices
Receiving toxic comments from strangers (or even people we know) is a risk most of us take when using social media.With a focus on photo and video sharing, Instagram is one of the worst offenders when it comes to this sort of behavior, but now it’s using AI to tackle the problem.Late last year, the Facebook-owned company introduced the option to filter out words from users’ comments sections, and even hide entire comments containing words or phrases flagged as inappropriate.Yesterday, Instagram announced a few improvements to the system, which will now be turned on by default.“Many of you have told us that toxic comments discourage you from enjoying Instagram and expressing yourself freely,” wrote Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom.“To help, we’ve developed a filter that will block certain offensive comments on posts and in live video.”
Good news for "Sense8," the Netflix sci-fi series from J. Michael Straczynski and the Wachowskis.Despite loyal fans, the show was canceled on June 1 amid reports that it cost an estimated $9 million an episode to produce.But on Thursday, co-creator Lana Wachowski shared a public letter announcing that Netflix had given the show a two-hour finale."Improbably, unforeseeably, your love has brought 'Sense8' back to life," Wachowski wrote."The passionate letters, the petitions, the collective voice that rose up like the fist of Sun to fight for this show was beyond what anyone was expecting.While it is often true that these decisions are irreversible, it is not true."
Alkuvuonna listauduttiin kansainvälisesti ennätyksellisen aktiivisesti.Myös Pohjoismaissa listautumisia tehtiin kovasti toisella neljänneksellä.Asia selviää konsulttiyhtiö EY:n raporttisarjan tuoreimmasta EY Global IPO Trends Q2 2017 -julkaisusta.Viimeksi yhtä vilkkaasti listauduttiin kymmenen vuotta sitten eli vuoden 2007 ensimmäisellä puoliskolla.EY:n raportin mukaan maailmalla toteutettiin kuluvan vuoden tammi–kesäkuussa yhteensä 772 listautumista, jotka keräsivät markkinoilta yhteensä 83,4 miljardia dollaria.Pohjoismaissa toteutettiin vuoden alkupuoliskolla Nordic Capital Markets Insights -raportin mukaan 50 listautumista, joilla saatiin yhteensä 3,2 miljardia dollaria.
The attack, initially believed to be a variation of commercial malware software known as Petya, appeared to be a vast ransomware scheme.As the story developed, it became clear that the attack was more destructive than it was lucrative, as ransom payments failed to result in a return of decryption keys that would unlock affected systems.Furthermore, at the time of writing, the attack has only generated just over 3.99 BTC — only about $10,300.Meanwhile, large-scale paralysis froze operations at major airports, banks and even Chernobyl’s radiation monitoring system.More than 60 percent of systems affected by apparent ransomware were located in Ukraine.Now, Kaspersky Labs reports that while the finance sector was hit hardest, more than 50 percent of the remaining targets fell into the categories of manufacturing or oil and gas.
In an apparent attempt to discredit The Washington Post the day after it published a report on fake Donald Trump Time magazine covers hanging up at his golf courses, the president posted one of his most confusing tweets since taking office.The AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!Syntax issues aside, this sentence makes absolutely no sense.Of course, there is no such thing as an internet tax.Trump was likely referring to sales tax, but Amazon started collecting sales tax nationwide in April.Also, even though Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought the Post in 2013, Amazon is completely separate entity from the news outlet.
A new ransomware attack similar to last month's self-replicating WCry outbreak is sweeping the world with at least 80 large companies infected, including drug maker Merck, international shipping company Maersk, law firm DLA Piper, UK advertising firm WPP, and snack food maker Mondelez International.Like the WCry worm that paralyzed hospitals, shipping companies, and train stations around the globe in May, Tuesday's attack made use of EternalBlue, the code name for an advanced exploit that was developed and used by, and later stolen from, the National Security Agency.According to a blog post published by antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab, Tuesday's attack also repurposed a separate NSA exploit dubbed EternalRomance.Microsoft patched the underlying vulnerabilities for both of those exploits in March, precisely four weeks before a still-unknown group calling itself the Shadow Brokers published the advanced NSA hacking tools.The leak gave people with only moderate technical skills a powerful vehicle for delivering virtually any kind of digital warhead to systems that had yet to install the updates.The encryption routine that permanently locks data until targets pay a $300 fee starts only after the computer restarts.