Coinbase recently announced they are launching an index fund.Long term, this is very good for the industry and the Coinbase Index fund is a great first step.Done well, history has shown that retail investors will benefit far more from an index fund vs trading individual assets (the bulk of the Coinbase business).Before they deploy customer capital, Coinbase needs to fix some of these issues and hire an index or factor-based portfolio manager to research and re-design the index rules.This isn’t frequent enough to deal with the dynamics of our industry.Asset managers would consider these to be big issues in any Index fund outside of the digital asset industry.
There are a few things in history that were so terrible that they have ironically become more famous than if they were perfectly executed.In the gaming world, one of those is the original Xbox controller.Nicknamed “The Duke”, it earned a lot of names that would make parents blush.And yet that huge controller returns next month, albeit with some slight redesigns.And it’s coming back exactly because the very same gamers who derided it decades ago have demanded a throwback they’re actually willing to buy.The gaming world never let designer Seamus Blackley forget that.
From its lineup of Kindle ebook readers and tablets to the latest Alexa-powered smart home hubs, Amazon has released some excellent high-end electronics into the market in recent years.In the shadow of these products is the company’s often-overlooked AmazonBasics line of tech and other accessories, which offers a lot of value for the money when it comes to no-nonsense, daily-use gadgets.If some of the tech around your home or office is running ragged and needs replacing, don’t head out to the store just yet: We’ve rounded up six of our favorite low-cost items, including a waterproof Bluetooth speaker and all-new gaming headset, that are available from AmazonBasics right now.This AmazonBasics laptop sleeve has one purpose — protecting your laptop from bumps, loose materials in your bag, and other such whoopsies that might happen while carrying your laptop around.It comes in five colors — black, blue, gray, navy and purple — and ranges in price from $6 to $12, depending on size.Personally, I measure my ingredients, but after reading up on the benefits of weighing versus measuring, I feel a change coming on.
An ICP license is a mandatory step for companies wishing to host their website in Mainland China.Without an ICP registration number, you will not be eligible for China-based web hosting and CDN services.Your domain also runs the risk of being blacklisted for not abiding by Chinese content laws.Foreign companies successfully apply for an ICP license for China on a daily basis, but this is not to say that the process is easy or straightforward.This info paper will help you walk through the procedure of applying for an ICP license.
Vertical wind shear is an adversary of tropical cyclones because it can blow them apart, and NASA's Aqua satellite found wind shear pushing Tropical Cyclone Dumazile's clouds south of its center.Tropical Cyclone Dumazile is moving through the Southern Indian Ocean and has moved into an area of strong northerly vertical wind shear.The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer is the instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Dumazile on March 7 and showed a well-defined low-level center of circulation, and most of the clouds were pushed south of the center.On March 7 at 10 a.m. EST (1500 UTC) Tropical cyclone Dumazile was centered near 27.9 degrees south latitude and 56.2 degrees east longitude, about 447 nautical miles south of St. Denis, La Reunion Island.Dumazile was moving to the south-southeast at 8 knots (9.2 mph/14.8 kph).Maximum sustained winds dropped to 40 knots (46 mph/74 kph).
Right now we’re probably all hard-pressed to relate Facebook in any productive way to “freedom” or “expression” (worse still, when both words are combined).Its latest work for Facebook in India, “Live What You Love,” released today, manages to tie notions of freedom and expression back to the brand without actually addressing either out loud.By focusing instead on the dynamism of Facebook’s users.Four films introduce you to four characters: Sandeep, Neha, Sunny and Heena.Error loading player: No playable sources found“I like politics and fast cars, as long as they don’t get me in trouble,” Sandy beams.
On stage at a tech conference last month, Campbell Brown, Facebook’s head of news partnerships, fired a warning shot to publishers who think they get a raw deal from Facebook.”My job is to make sure there is quality news on Facebook and that publishers who want to be on Facebook … have a business model that works,” Brown said.“If anyone feels this isn’t the right platform for them, they should not be on Facebook.”Brown’s barbed message to the media was a departure from Facebook’s promises of support for trustworthy journalism and local news subscriptions.Cicilline says the bill is designed to level the playing field between publishers and the tech giants, not dictate the outcome.Without an exemption, collective action by publishers could run afoul of antitrust laws around colluding over price or refusal to deal with competitors.
Segway’s mini (and adorable) personal transporter Loomo is now available on Indiegogo with an estimated delivery date of May 2018.The Verge first saw Loomo at CES, where Paul Miller rode around on the AI-powered, hoverboard-like Segway bot.The Loomo looks different and is more compact than a traditional Segway.Apart from being smaller, it has transformed from just a self-balancing rideable to a friendly robot that responds to commands.It’s also designed to look for faces and bodies to track, so if you say, “Loomo, follow me,” it should follow you autonomously.The company worked with BMW’s self-driving car team so Loomo should “park” itself on its own.
I know that people have done this for years.Why, on the island of St. Maarten, they stand in their swimsuits, waiting to be blown back by large planes taking off from the airport.Even though last year, a woman died after she was blown into a wall.Yet here, courtesy of Norman Graf Aviation Photography, are two people standing beneath a Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet as it takes off from the Naval Air Facility in El Centro, California.The Blue Angels were there this weekend to offer a display of their talents.So two intrepid individuals decided to stand right in line with Blue Angel No.
The researcher at Columbia University's Tow Center for Digital Journalism has dug into the details on how political Twitter trolls manipulate the media, and unearthed an intricate web of conspiracy theory videos on YouTube.Last weekend, while digging through Facebook’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee from last fall, something else caught his eye.In written responses provided to the committee, Facebook’s general counsel Colin Stretch told senator Dianne Feinstein that 1.8 million people had followed at least one Facebook page associated with the Russian propaganda group Internet Research Agency—but the answer made no mention of how many followers these trolls gained on Instagram.Facebook told Congress last fall that it had deleted 170 Instagram accounts linked to the IRA.If such a small fraction of the total Instagram accounts had 2.2 million followers, how many followers did the Russian trolls have on Instagram altogether?“We did not calculate the volume of people who followed at least one Instagram account associated with the Internet Research Agency," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.
The initial hype around bots — applications that run partly or entirely using natural language processing, machine learning, computer vision and other AI tech to help consumers ask and answer questions, buy things and get other stuff done — may have waned a bit, but a startup building the equivalent for the enterprise world, in a fast-growing field called robotic process automation, is seeing its star rise.TechCrunch has learned that UiPath, a startup that builds ‘software robots’ for enterprises to help automate legacy and back-office functions, has raised a Series B round of funding that sources tell us is around $120 million — a round that will catapult it to a valuation of over $1 billion.“Catapult” is the operative word here: the company last raised money in April 2017, a $30 million round that valued UiPath, founded in Bucharest, Romania but now headquartered in New York, at around only $109 million, according to data from PitchBook.From what we understand, this latest round — which the company will use to continue investing in its product and growth — will include existing investors along with some high profile new backers.Its previous backers include Accel, Credo Ventures, Earlybird and Seedcamp.KPCB has not responded to our request for comment, so the final amount and investor names will likely change.
The robot arm hovers over a pile of products before it makes its move, snagging a toothbrush with its suction cup.It holds the product up, waits for the red flash of a barcode scanner, then turns and drops the toothbrush in a cubby hole.Next the arm suction-cups a box of Goldfish crackers, turns, and files it, too.At a startup called Kindred in San Francisco, technicians are teaching robots how to precisely manipulate objects like these.Because somebody's got one hell of an online shopping habit.The idea is to get robots so good at picking and placing products that they make human workers look like sloths on sedatives, thus supercharging order fulfillment centers.
Help may soon be at handBrits may soon have one less thing to whinge about during cold snaps – thanks to research into the performance of Li-ion batteries in freezing temperatures.Once the mercury drops below 0 C, commonly used electrolytes start to freeze and ionic conductivity becomes problematic.In other words, a battery that seems to have plenty of charge will drain faster or suddenly go dead when things get a bit chilly.Wrapping a phone up in a blanket goes some way to alleviating the problem.The Samsung approach to keeping batteries toasty is not advised.
Companies are noticing there is an audience for nostalgic, retro-themed devices.HMD Global has leveraged the Nokia brand to great effect with its Nokia 3310 and 8110 4G phones, and BlackBerry is exploiting the desire to standout from the crowd by combining strong hardware with the same desirable core values that originally built the brand.The latest to follow the trend is Planet Computers’ Gemini, a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) which drags a style popularized by Psion and Ericsson in the ‘90s into 2018.The trouble is, 2018 isn’t utterly convinced the PDA wants to come back at all.It’s a well-engineered piece of tech made by a team with a lengthy history in the mobile industry, a clear love of the PDA design, an understanding of what makes a good one, and the kind of geeky appeal many will adore.This slowed us down, and forced a more precise two-finger typing motion.
We've rounded up all the free games and discounts for the month of March down below so you can enter 2018 in style - plus, you'll find the deals from prior months, too.March 2018 promises to be one the biggest months for free PS Plus games to date, with FromSoftware's classic PS4-exclusive Bloodborne leading the charge, followed by Insomniac's excellent Ratchet & Clank reboot.From the creators of Dark Souls comes Bloodborne, a gothic action-RPG that sees you battle hordes of beasts while trying to terminate the source of a plague that has turned the city of Yharnam's inhabitants into infected maniacs.A visually-stunning reboot that brings two of PlayStation's greatest mascots into the 4K and HDR era, Ratchet & Clank is joyous and inventive sci-fi shooter that happens to be family friendly.An innovative survival horror game, Claire: Extended Cut mixes modern and retro pixel-art style with 2.5D gameplay that reacts to the decisions that you make.We promise he doesn't become the Green Arrow.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, confirmed that the Huawei Watch 3 is currently in development.Since the Huawei Watch 2 is still selling well, Mr. Yu admitted that there are no plans to release the follow-up anytime soon.With the Huawei P20 launch next month, it will be a long while before we hear any solid news on the new smartwatch.Any hopes of Huawei announcing the Huawei Watch 2 follow-up before the end of Mobile World Congress 2018 are now dashed.Richard Yu, CEO of the company, informed TechRadar that while the Huawei Watch 3 is in development, it won’t see a release anytime soon.The Huawei Watch 2 is selling well enough that a new model isn’t necessary.
On March 4, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the 90th Academy Awards ceremony (the “Oscars”), and this year’s field of nominees is one of the most contentious in years, with no clear winners in some of the major categories.If you want to join in on the debate, but missed this year’s Oscar-nominated films in theaters, there’s good news: Some of them are already streaming.While you can buy or rent most of the movies on services like Amazon, the following movies can be watched with just a subscription.The movie follows Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a black man dating a white woman named Rose Armitage (Allison Williams).Sure enough, Rose’s parents seem friendly, if a bit awkward, but strange occurrences lead Chris to realize something is very wrong at the Armitage estate.Nominated for: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“I want to take care of my body in best way possible,” Greenfield said during a webinar earlier this month, in which he spoke to listeners while walking on a treadmill.He has subjected himself to platelet-rich plasma injections, stem cell injections, and even sound wave therapy, all in search of bodily enhancement and better health.Stem Cell, a controversial clinic in Florida, to have his penis injected with his own stem cells.In August 2017, the Food and Drug Administration sent U.S.Stem Cell and its chief scientific officer Kristin Comella (who appears in the webinar video with Greenfield) a warning letter for “marketing stem cell products without FDA approval and for significant deviations from current good manufacturing practice requirements, including some that could impact the sterility of their products, putting patients at risk.” U.S.Stem Cell Clinic, the FDA said, even tried to interfere the FDA’s investigation by denying agency employees access to facilities.
As everybody and their dog knows, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are now official.We checked out the phone at their booth so here are our first impressions.The Samsung S9 Plus, as you probably already know, doesn’t differ much from its predecessor.The main differences are the dual camera setup on the back accompanied by a fingerprint scanner below them, which is how it should have been on the Note 8.Samsung also slightly reduced the bezels around the display, making it more appealing than ever.In addition to that we also find 6GB of RAM; the perfect amount for a real flagship in 2018.
Each year I pull together a list of influential voices that are engaging on social networks around the topic social media marketing.To help showcase speakers for people in the industry to learn from and follow.Because they have specific expertise that they share publicly, consistently and in a way that improves the knowledge, skills and perspectives of those who follow them.Influence is the ability to affect action.When I started out in my digital marketing career, it was thanks to connecting with some generous people that had a lot more experience than me that I was able to overcome introversion and reluctance to write and become an international keynote speaker, author and blogger with over 1.4 million words written so far.About the Methodology for this List: