Business value with the internet of things is achieved in three main areas: efficiency, management of risks and increased sales.According to a research study made by Deloitte , based on publicly available information from 20 selected large IoT solutions implemented from 2009 to 2013, 65 percent of the solutions focused on cost reduction and increased efficiency, 22 percent focused on the better management of risk, and 13 percent directed toward increased revenue and innovation.the Internet of things makes that the knowledge of the products we have in the market increases.It may be sensor data that describes the product's condition and use, but also on other factors such as geographical location and environmental factors, such as the weather.Qlean Scandinavia has gone even further and monitors its equipment for the production of hyperrent water with the internet of things.the System provides Qlean notice when it is time to replace the equipment filter.
There has been some controversy recently around Cylance and the methodology it recommends to test the efficacy of Cylance Protect compared with other endpoint security solutions.There are certainly issues with how antimalware tools are compared and evaluated—especially by the accepted, industry-standard measurements—but those issues are neither unique to, nor a function of Cylance itself.A recent story from Ars Technica points to a battle over whether or not the files provided by Cylance for prospective customers to test various endpoint products are legitimate or not.According to the story, “In testing, Protect identified all 48 of the samples as malicious, while competing products flagged most but not all of them.The reality, though, is that the fact they’re not recognized as malware by other endpoint security solutions is exactly the point.Chad Skipper, VP of Industry Relations for Cylance, explained, “Cylance does not mislead customers or prospective customers.
When you buy an Android smartphone from one of the major US carriers, the chances are good that it will contain a small logo with that company’s branding somewhere on its case.However, it appears that Samsung has managed to avoid that rather annoying issue with the new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.AT, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint have all elected to not place their logos on the front or the back of the phones.It's very possible Samsung made some behind-the-scenes deals with the US carriers so that all of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus unit look the same, at least on the outside.While there’s not much room for such a logo on the edge-to-edge display found on the front of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, there’s certainly plenty of room for carriers to brand those phones with its logo on the back.Indeed, as The Verge points out, AT and Verizon are notorious for slapping their names or symbols on most of the phones they sell to customers.
Facebook Inc. wants to read your mind.“What if you could type directly from your brain?” asked Regina Dugan, who runs Facebook’s secretive hardware division, Building 8, during a keynote address at the company’s F8 developer conference Wednesday.Building 8, which was created at last year’s F8, has been working on a “brain-computer...
Facebook announced several analytics updates at its F8 developers conference in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday.Amit Finkelstein said in a blog post that the social network has:Added Facebook page interactions, such as Reactions and shares, to omnichannel analytics for websites, applications, services and bots.Announced an open beta of automated insights (pictured above), which incorporate advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence.Added the ability to create event source groups directly via the dashboard.Added the ability to create custom audiences based on users’ behavior across apps, websites and bots.
Owners of the Sony Xperia X single-SIM device in Europe who have been updating the device using the company’s Concept software will have to make other arrangements soon.Sony has confirmed that it will be ending the release of Concept updates.The last such release is scheduled for sometime in early May.The original idea behind the Concept updates was to give Sony the chance to get feedback from Xperia X owners about what new features and improvements might be added to the phone.Sony used that feedback to release those updates under an Experimental track, apart from the regular firmware and OS updates for the Xperia X.In a forum post, Sony stated that the members of the Xperia InTouch community “have been invaluable to us” in helping to release these Concept updates for this version of the Xperia X.
Mark Cale, founder of games publishing firm System 3, told us he had recently found versions of his copyrighted games bundled on a Vega he bought on Amazon.RCL promised rights-holders that a sum of money from each Vega sold would be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), with the option for all royalties to go straight to the children's charity.RCL chairman David Levy had previously said the hospital saved his life as a child.Although RCL did donate £20,000 to GOSH, it appears that tens of thousands of pounds from the sale of Vegas has not been handed over."I confirm that I have never received any royalty statements whatsoever.After complaining about the company's lack of communication and then terminating his contract with them, our game veteran said he received an email from RCL managing director Suzanne Martin promising that royalty statements and payments would be brought up to date within 48 hours.
It's one of those weird science "facts" that many people believe without really knowing why, like the myth that swallowed gum stays in your stomach for seven years, or that you'll drown if you swim after eating.It's the idea that women's menstrual cycles will sync up with those of other women they live with or spend a lot of time with.And if you're a woman, maybe you think you've experienced it, in a dorm, sorority house or just a large family.But a recent study done by Dr. Alexandra Alvergne of the University of Oxford, in conjunction with Clue, a period-tracking app, says this is just as much myth as the gum or swimming ideas.The survey wasn't enormous, but researchers looked at the cycles of 360 pairs of women and tracked their cycles for three months.On average, their cycles didn't sync up -- in fact, they became more out of sync.
The Forbes Asia list of under 30s that has just been published highlights the talent and energy that this region is developing as a pattern of west to east continues to grow.It's the second annual list of 300 up and comers throughout Asia, from New Zealand and Australia to Malaysia and India.Of course, China factors in there too in a big way as tech innovation is maturing in Asia's largest and dare I say, most entrepreneurial.The list showcases young entrepreneurs in consumer and enterprise tech, social enterprise, finance, healthcare, media and industry -- as well as talents in the arts, fashion and sports.These winners showcase the diversity of talent that is rising from Asia -- from experienced expats to first-time founders straight out of school.You can read their profiles here at Forbes Asia Under 30, plus full analysis of trends among the next generation of up and comers.
A Republican lawmaker who voted to eliminate Internet privacy rules said, "Nobody's got to use the Internet" when asked why ISPs should be able to use and share their customers' Web browsing history for advertising purposes.US Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) was hosting a town hall meeting when a constituent asked about the decision to eliminate privacy rules.The person in the audience was disputing the Republican argument that ISPs shouldn't face stricter requirements than websites such as Facebook.He praised ISPs for "invest[ing] an awful lot of money in having almost universal service now."People "ought to have more choices rather than fewer choices with the government controlling our everyday lives," he concluded, before moving on to the next question.They have a choice," Sensenbrenner's press office explained on Twitter.
‘Fake news’ scourge tackled by Facebook after it closes 30,000 fake accounts in FranceFacebook has ramped up its campaign to take down so-called ‘fake news’, that some believe may have impacted the US election.The social networking giant said that protecting authenticity is an ongoing challenge, but on a daily basis it is making changes to its systems to better detect abuse, fake news, and other online nastiness.Last month Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, called on users to help pressure governments and corporations over issues such as misinformation.Facebook revealed its progress in a blog posting this week by Shabnam Shaik, a Technical Program Manager on the Protect and Care Team at the social network.“We’ve found that when people represent themselves on Facebook the same way they do in real life, they act responsibly,” he wrote.
The creator of the Star Wars saga surprised fans Thursday at the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida, appearing for the whole Star Wars at 40 panel to speak with familiar faces such as Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford (also a surprise), Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid and Hayden Christensen.The conversations provided a retrospective of the makings of a galaxy far, far away, with Lucas and actors providing their memories from the making of the films.And as part of a tribute to the late Carrie Fisher, her daughter Billie Lourd took the stage to speak about her mom alongside an emotional video."The idea was simply to do a high adventure film with meaningful, psychological themes," Lucas said.Expanding on the 12-year-old motif, he said that "A New Hope" was a way to show how a young character is told that it's time to join the real world, and the various pieces of advice he is given to function within it.When it came to casting the three lead characters of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa, Lucas said a variety of screen tests with people vying for the top parts took place in an attempt to find which combination of actors could immediately become an ensemble.
When was the last time that you watched a small Chinese device being drilled, hammered, and crack nuts all for the amusement of people at home!Ok, we don’t want your minds creeping too far into the gutter, so let’s quickly tell you what is going on here.Chinese phone maker Gretel is busy on the pre-launch marketing campaign for its A7 smartphone.This will be the 3rd phone from Gretel in a very short time, a point that Gretel like to mention as it makes them sound a little like Nokia.Join GizChina on TelegramSo with the hype machine in full gear, the chaps at Gretel have been feverishly working away on some sort of video that would easily, and conclusively prove that the budget A7 is not only wallet-friendly but also well made.The result is the following video which shows the Gretel A7 is a pretty durable little phone and doesn’t mind an afternoon of hammering nails into wood, cracking nuts, and taking a hammer to the screen!The Gretel A7 will launch sometime in the month and will come with 1.5Ghz dual-core Mediatek MT6580A chipset, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, and room for micro SD cards.The tough 4.7-inch panel is sourced from JDI and boasts a !280 x 720 HD resolution and Gorilla Glass, so you don’t need to worry about placing your keys in the same pocket.Other details include a home button with a notification LED, 8 megapixel Samsung main camera, and Android 6.0, however Android 7.0 is in the works.Gretel will release the A7 in silver, orange, yellow, red and blue.Which one are you likely to take home?Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
Burger King's ad could signal the beginning of a worrisome trend: Commercials that trigger smart home assistants.Arguably one of the Google Assistant’s best features is the ability to respond hands-free.On Google’s Home speaker and supported smartphones, shouting, “OK Google” wakes Google’s artificial intelligence-powered service in a jiffy.But as Google Assistant users who watched a new ad spot from Burger King recently found out, that convenience can be a curse.“You’re watching a 15-second Burger King ad, which is unfortunately not enough time to explain all the fresh ingredients in the Whopper sandwich,” he says.On Wednesday, pranksters amended the Whopper’s list of ingredients to include “100 percent rat,” “toenail clippings” and less publishable foodstuff.
I wrote a post about digital marketing certifications you can complete online.I thought I should post the list here too since I keep seeing this question pop-up again and again.Some of these are free, others are quite expensive.I'm not listing any MOOCs because the list would be too long.I believe employers look for some of these software certifications because of how much it's used on the job.Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Social Specialist
After being accused last week by the U.S. Department of Labor of systematically discriminating against its female employees, Google has issued a detailed denial and defense.The Labor Department on April 7 claimed in a court hearing it had “found systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce” at Google.The Mountain View tech titan has voluntarily admitted through its diversity reports that its workforce is overwhelmingly male, particularly in technical jobs.But the allegations of discrimination against women in pay were, reportedly, met with surprise at the Mountain View tech giant.“We were taken aback by this assertion, which came without any supporting data or methodology,” Google HR vice-president Eileen Naughton said in a blog post April 10.“Google conducts rigorous, annual analyses so that our pay practices remain aligned with our commitment to equal pay practices.“It’s very important to us that men and women who join Google in the same role are compensated on a level playing field, when they start and throughout their careers here.”Companies such as Google that accept federal contracts fall under the scrutiny of the Labor Department, which in January went after Oracle, alleging it paid white men more than women, blacks and Asians.Oracle has denied the claims.Naughton said Google had handed over to the feds hundreds of thousands of documents, and that the Labor Department was still seeking thousands of employee records, including contact information.Google, according to the department, has been battling to prevent access to its salary data.Naughton described the firm’s process for ensuring gender equity in pay.“Each year, we suggest an amount for every employee’s new compensation … based on role, job level, job location as well as current and recent performance ratings.This suggested amount is ‘blind’ to gender; the analysts who calculate the suggested amounts do not have access to employees’ gender data.“Our pay equity model then looks at employees in the same job categories, and analyzes their compensation to confirm that the adjusted amount shows no statistically significant differences between men’s and women’s compensation.”Late last year the company conducted its most recent pay-equity analysis, across 52 “major” job categories, Naughton said.“Our analysis gives us confidence that there is no gender pay gap at Google.”It’s not clear what, if any, evidence federal authorities have that supports the claim that Google engaged in what it called “extreme” discrimination against women.Photo: A Google data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.(AP Photo/Google, Connie Zhou, File)Tags: compensation, Department of Labor, discrimination, gender, Google, labor department, pay, salary, women
Google tar till ytterligare knep för att bekämpa felaktiga och påhittade nyheter, rapporterar Cnet.Under respektive sökresultat i sökmotorn kommer det att finnas ett fält för faktagranskning.Där ska det framgå vilken fakta som det handlar om, vem som hävdar det och vem som faktagranskat det.Tillägget är inte helt nytt eftersom det lanserades redan i fjol för Google News för vissa marknader men kommer nu alltså även till huvudtjänsten, sökmotorn.Läs mer: Tidigare Google-chef ska lyfta svenskt drönarbolagVad gäller etiketterna med faktagranskning så kan det hända att det inte alltid finns ett definitivt svar för varje påstående.
Amazons grundare Jeff Bezos planerar att sälja av aktier för 1 miljard dollar per år för att finansiera sitt nya bolag Blue Origin.Det sa Jeff Bezos nyligen på en rymdkonferens i Colorado.Blue Origin ska kunna skicka passagerare på kortare rymdfärder som tar cirka 11 minuter, rapporterar Reuters.Tanken var ursprungligen att bolaget skulle påbörja sina testflygningar med passagerare under 2017 men de ser nu inte ut att bli av förrän 2018.Det långsiktiga målet är att göra Blue Origin till en lönsam verksamhet som gör det billigare för människor att jobba i rymden.Läs mer: Svensk rymdchef styr amerikanska vädersatelliter
Webbdagarna Debbie Wosskow, grundaren av bostadsbytarsajten Love Home Swap, kom till Webbdagarna Stockholm 2017 för att berätta om hur man lyckas som digital entreprenör och vilka misstag man bör undvika.
Som Computer Sweden tidigare avslöjat har norska Expert stora planer för ett återtåg på den svenska marknaden.Men den här gången kommer kedjan inte inledningsvis öppna butiker, utan som koncernchef Ronny Blomseth tidigare bekräftat kommer man att börja på webben, och det under varumärket Power.Någon exakt tidpunkt har inte angivits, men idag verkar sajten i alla fall ha smugits igång.Tittar man på power.se kan man även se var kedjan kommer att lägga fokus.Som vanligt i kedjevärlden är budskapet om att pressa priserna med i kommunikationen.”Vi är här för att pressa priserna.