Dallas, Texas is one of the contenders.f11photo/ShutterstockAmazon has narrowed its search for the site of its next headquarters, dubbed HQ2, to 20 cities.The list of candidates include Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, and Columbus, Ohio.The company said it will make a final decision this year.Amazon has waded through 238 proposals from cities across the US eager to become the home of its new headquarters, HQ2.Today, the company announced that it has reduced the list to 20 finalists, which included Atlanta, Dallas, Washington D.C., and New York City.
The versatile, modular console sold more than 10 million units in its first 10 months, and became the fastest-selling console in US history.That's all the more impressive given Switches were nearly impossible to find in the console's early months, as Nintendo (like everyone else) seriously underestimated its appeal.For Nintendo, then, 2018 becomes a year of doubling down.That could come from more games, certainly, or apps like Netflix that would help the device replicate a more traditional tablet.Whatever you buy from Labo will come in a kit, which includes a cartridge and a series of flat, pre-cut cardboard sheets.Pop in the cartridge and follow the instructions to build your accessory (Nintendo calls them Toy-Cons), and you're off and running.
Google has announced its new “Google IT Support Professional Certificate” program through Coursera, offering anyone the chance to get certified for an entry-level job in the field.The course doesn’t require any previous experience and takes between 8 and 12 months to complete, according to Google.Some individuals will be able to take the course and complete the certification process for free.Google launched this course under its Grow with Google initiative, offering it as a way for the public to get their foot in the door, at least as far as the IT field is concerned.The company points out that the average starting salary for IT support is $52,000 USD, making the course a potentially worthwhile way to make a solid salary after only about a year of effort.This builds on the foundation that Google built back in 2014 when it partnered up with Year Up, a nonprofit organization, to create a program for hiring and training related to IT support.
Piaggio India’s Vespa and Aprilia are aiming to create awareness and support the fight against HIV/AIDS in its latest campaign.The campaign was conceptualised by Dentsu Webchutney educates people about a charity called 'Red' founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver which helps fight against AIDS.Ashish Yakhmi, 2W business head at Piaggio India said: “Piaggio has successfully created the premium positioning in the 2 wheeler segments with its iconic Italian brand Vespa and the racing brand Aprilia.We have built a strong connect with the youth through the digital medium.Webchutney is a highly creative agency and we believe that they are the best fit to manage our brands.The initial campaigns they handled for Aprilia and Vespa on the digital, creative and media side are full of creative genesis."
Last summer, while promoting Girls Trip, comedian Tiffany Haddish appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live.She told a delightful story about taking Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith on a Cajun swamp tour with a deal she had purchased on Groupon.Now, Haddish has been named as Groupon’s new spokeswoman, and as part of that deal, she will star in the company’s upcoming 30-second Super Bowl spot.“Nobody knows Groupon like I know Groupon.I’ve been speaking out for them for years,” said Haddish in a statement.“In fact, I should have already been their spokesperson.
Over the weekend, you've probably seen a buzz around Twitter and the internet at large about an update to Google's Arts and Culture app.The app, which lets you discover works of art and curates interesting articles about arts and culture, now has a new feature: upload a selfie, and it'll give you a list of portraits you resemble.There's only one catch: the update hasn't reached the UK yet.Using Google's facial recognition tools, the app maps your face and compares it to over 70,000 words of art it has in its database.It's pretty nifty, and plenty of our friends across the pond have had some fun with it:This google arts and culture app is pretty amazing.
WeChat, Chinese messaging app involving over 980 million monthly active users is holding its fourth WeChat Open Class PRO in Guangzhou, China on January 15th.We’ll update you with WeChat’s latest development of the functions such as mini programs and smart retail.
KFC has a wonderful history of getting in on bizarre tech trends, including a food tray that doubles as a Bluetooth keyboard, a meal box that can charge your phone, a VR training game, and even chicken-flavored edible nail polish.The fast food chain’s latest promotion attempts to cash-in on the growing Bitcoin craze with a limited time meal that can only be paid for with the cryptocurrency.KFC Canada launched the “Bitcoin Bucket” on Friday last week, and it appears to have promptly sold out.The meal could only be ordered online for delivery, and payment was accepted through the Bitcoin payment processor Bitpay.Priced at approximately .0011673 BTC at the time of the promotion — the equivalent of $20 CAD — the bucket included 10 chicken tenders, waffle fries, gravy, a side, and two dips.“Despite the ups and downs of Bitcoin, the Colonel’s Original Recipe is as good as always,” the KFC site writes.
A selection of superhero movies previously set for different dates will now be set in their own individual weekends.This includes Deadpool 2, The New Mutants, and Gambit too.The first film to get a bit of a change is Deadpool 2, which will now be set just one week before the opening of Disney/Lucasfilm’s Han Solo film: “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” That means the tail end of May 2018 is going to be the best couple of weekends of superhero/sci-fi action movies of the year – if not the entire history of the world.Information on Fox’s decisions come from Hollywood Reporter, through whom anonymous insiders say The New Mutants and Deadpool 2 would have played at the same time in certain important overseas markets if not for the changes being made now.Deadpool was originally set for release on June 1st, but will almost certainly stick now with May 18th.This movie is going to be a whole lot like the first, but bigger.
But did ad investment translate into healthy profits or was there more at play during Christmas 2017?While Aldi drummed up the most social media engagement with its lovelorn carrot mascot Kevin, emotional tracking of TV viewers pegged the most effective ad as Coca Cola's Holidays are Coming.John Lewis's Mog the Monster featured the most Shazamed soundtrak over the period.John Lewis' ad got the most views on YouTube.How did the retailers perform and did marketing influence the results?It came under fire from some parties for its inclusivity, briefly showing a Muslim family exchanging gifts.Sainsbury's, the UK's second biggest supermarket chain behind Tesco, saw total retail sales rise by 1.2%, groceries were up by 2.3%.
Mark your calendars for May 15 & 16, as we bring you content stages jam-packed with expert insights and actionable tips to bring your business forward, alongside numerous networking opportunities.Think fireside chats and panel discussions with experienced CEOs and founders – the Main Stage is where the action is at.Last year saw the likes of Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, and Houzz CEO Adi Tatarko share about their startup journeys and lessons they’ve learnt.This year will see the debut of a new expert stage – the Artificial Intelligence Stage.How should businesses prepare for change?To tackle these and more, learn from software developers and AI programmers as they provide insights into the best practices, tools and trends in this region.
A recent paper published in JAMIA, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, illustrates the success of an improved system that tracks foodborne illness via online Yelp restaurant reviews developed by the Columbia University Department of Computer Science.Since 2012 this system has been used by the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to identify instances of foodborne illness in NYC restaurants.The work illustrated in this paper describes the evaluation of methods to increase the sensitivity and specificity to improve system performance.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 48 million illnesses and over 3,000 deaths caused by contaminated food in the United States each year.When these instances are related to restaurants, they have traditionally been identified via health department complaint registration systems.However, social media now provides a public platform to disclose incidents that may not have been reported through established complaint systems.
FCB Worldwide welcomed Jennifer Hohman back to the IPG family in the position of global chief marketing officer.No compatible source was found for this video.In the role, Hohman will be tasked with developing FCB’s new business relationships with current and prospective clients, while reporting to FCB Worldwide CEO Carter Murray.“Jen is an agile, results-focused advertising and media leader.With nearly a decade of experience at our holding company, she distinctively brings proven industry-wide new business expertise and has a profound track record across IPG,” Murray said in a statement.“In fact, she was instrumental in winning the highly competitive global Microsoft account.”
ARKit’s release in 2017 unleashed a new category of mobile apps and created a greenfield for mobile app developers.In addition to creating new standalone apps, both Apple’s ARKit and Google’s counterpart, ARCore, offer developers and companies an opportunity to engage users of their existing apps with new AR features.Depending on your core audience, it could be could be confusing for those unfamiliar with the technology, and by engaging users through multiple potential entry points, users immediately understand the value of the feature.Companies should have multiple entry points for the user to find the tool and to make sure its placement provides relational context for those users that would be unfamiliar to its purpose.Here are some other opportunities and examples of AR as a feature.In gaming, who could forget the craze of Pokemon Go where augmented reality Pokemon and characters could be found at various locations, The company even held a Pokémon Go AR Photo Contest that challenged people to submit the most epic images of the AR characters in the real world.
Lenovo is jumping on the ‘always connected’ PC bandwagon at CES with its new Miix 630 Windows tablet driven by a Snapdragon 835 chip (joining existing Snapdragon laptops that were unveiled by Asus and HP last month).The Miix 630 is thin and light at 0.61 inches (15.6mm) and 2.93 pounds (1.33kg) respectively, and as with all these Qualcomm-powered portables, it comes with integrated LTE connectivity, and a substantial battery longevity of up to 20 hours.The Snapdragon 835 processor is paired up with either 4GB or 8GB of system memory, and storage starts at 64GB, or alternatively you can plump for 128GB or 256GB.The touchscreen is a 12.3-inch display (the same as HP’s Snapdragon-toting effort) with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,280, and is fashioned from Corning Gorilla Glass.As well as the tablet portion of the 2-in-1, you also get a full-size backlit detachable keyboard with a Precision Touchpad.Furthermore, the hybrid will come with a Lenovo Digital Pen, so you can scribble or write on the screen (the stylus offers 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity).
Kia Motors may not have self-driving cars, but through Google Assistant, the company is making its cars as hands-free as possible.At CES 2018 today, Kia announced that drivers will be able to send remote commands to select Kia models through the Google Home smart speaker or Google Assistant app.Drivers with Kia’s UVO telematics system installed can use their Google device to start, stop or charge engines, flicker headlights, heat up or cool down the car, and lock doors.“With more people using smart technology at home and work, it was a natural extension to bring this easy to use and widely adapted platform to the driver’s seat,” said Henry Bzeih, Kia’s director of car and mobility services, in a release.Owners of Kia’s 2018 Niro PHEV, Soul EV, Optima PHEV, or K900 cars will have the first opportunity to play with this new integration.A simple command to your smartphone like “Tell UVO to lock my Niro” will secure your car from miles away.
For the Lumix GH5S, Panasonic has ditched the 20.3MP Micro Four Thirds Live MOS sensor found in the GH5 and replaced it with an all-new 10.2MP sensor.This has allowed Panasonic to improve on the maximum ISO of 25,600 on the GH5, with an ISO ceiling of 51,200 in the GH5S.To reduce the risk of background image noise in low-light conditions, Panasonic has also included its Dual Native ISO Technology – we'll bring you more detail on this when we have it.The Lumix GH5S also gives those shooting stills the option to shoot 14-bit raw files, while the newly developed multi-aspect sensor provides sufficient margin to get the same angle of view in 4:3, 17:9, 16:9, and 3:2 aspect ratios.While the Lumix GH5 was the first mirrorless camera capable of shooting 4K footage at up to 60/50p, the Lumix GH5S takes this one step further and shoots at a world-first 4K 60/50p recording in Cinema 4K (4096 x 2160).That's just part of the story, as the GH5S is capable of internal 4:2:2 10-bit recording, which should deliver even stronger color reproduction, while V-Log now comes pre-installed on the camera – something that was an additional cost on the GH5.
Security company Canary has unveiled a new security camera called Canary View at Vegas electronic show CES 2018.The Canary View is a smaller, more streamlined version of the original Canary camera, for $99 (about £70, AU$120).The original Canary (now being referred to as Canary All-In-One), was a huge Indiegogo success story, managing to secure close to 2 million dollars, 1,962% of its original target.But it’s now finding itself in a market where it’s more expensive than many of its competitors, so it’s not surprising to see a cheaper model hit the market.The Canary View loses HomeHealth, an air quality sensor that frankly the camera could live without.It's also significantly smaller, which is also a positive change.
A bevy of new wireless charging options will be unveiled at CES, courtesy of Belkin.Two quick-charging wall adapters and a battery back up are also coming soon.Belkin is offering many of the pads in several different colors so it is easy to select one that matches your phone or decor.Of the Belkin wireless chargers announced at CES, we are most excited about the Boost Up Wireless Charging Stand.The stand allows you to charge your phone both vertically and horizontally.First, Belkin’s charging stand offers an extra watt of charging power; that extra watt won’t make difference for iPhone users, however, since the phones can only accept 7.5 watts of power via a wireless charging pad.
The Association of National Advertisers made a big move today, expanding its word-of-mouth and social media marketing offerings for members with the acquisition of nonprofit trade group Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA).No compatible source was found for this video.Founded in 2004, WOMMA specializes in what it refers to as “ethical word-of-mouth marketing,” which is essentially what it sounds like—spreading the word about a brand or product, but with influence or support from a company or brand.“Our vision at WOMMA is to grow appreciation for the practice of word-of-mouth marketing and its value while remaining the leading industry resource,” the group says on its website.Spike Jones, chair of the WOMMA board and vp strategy at Spredfast, added that the association is “extremely proud” of their accomplishments for the word-of-mouth industry in “the research, ethics and influencer/advocacy spaces, and now the next evolution of WOMMA begins.”“Becoming a division of the ANA allows us to take full advantage of the resources, diverse member base and thought-leadership the ANA has carefully cultivated,” Jones continued in a statement.