Welcome to The Drum's APAC Creative Works.As always, this section is dedicated to showing the best creative work and gives you, the reader, the chance to decide which work we feature as our APAC 'Creative Work of the Week.'We've now introduced our new five-star voting system.To vote for your favorite, make sure you click on the stars.The winner be chosen based on the average rating and the number of votes cast.Voting closes on Tuesday 30 January.
Twitter's internal review of the activity on its platform during the 2016 US presidential election led to the identification and suspension of accounts that were "potentially connected to a propaganda effort by a Russian government-linked organization," according to a blog post from the company.Twitter identified an organization it said took park in propaganda efforts; the Internet Research Agency (IRA) — also referred to as Russia's "troll army."Twitter said it emailed notifications to 677,775 users who interacted with tweets originating from IRA during the election period.The social-media platform also said that it identified automated Russia-based accounts during the course of its investigation.Although Twitter alleges that the number of Russian-linked accounts that tweeted election-related content during the election represented a small fraction of the total accounts on Twitter, it acknowledged that "any such activity represents a challenge to democratic societies everywhere.""Twitter is committed to providing a platform that fosters healthy civic discourse and democratic debate," the company's blog post said.
The Romans have invaded Westeros.A new trailer is up for Sky Atlantic’s historical fantasy Britannia.Set during the Roman invasion of Celtic Britain, the show focuses on a Roman general named Aulus Plautius (played by The Walking Dead’s Governor, David Morrissey) who is attempting to conquer the Celtic heart of Britannia, which the series calls “a mysterious land ruled by warrior women and powerful druids who can channel the mysterious forces of the Underworld.” Sounds like an awesome place.The trailer doesn’t show any actual magic being used, but there’s a lot of sexy Druid dancing set to rock music.The show’s cast includes Morrissey, Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes), and Zoë Wanamaker (Madame Hooch from Harry Potter).Emperor Palpatine also shows up (Ian McDiarmid), taking on the role of King Pellenor.
Well seems there’s no rest for Motorola fans after a pair of pictures from Moto E5 and Moto X5 get leaked through the web, it’s time from the new G6 lineup to see the light of day.A new set of pictures, possibly coming from the same source of Moto X5, reveals the entire Motorola’s Moto G6 lineup of smartphones, namely the Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus and Moto G6 Play.The lack of a “Play” variant of Moto G5 made a lot of users to wonder if the smaller affordable edition would make a comeback in the future, apparently, we just got the answer.The three smartphones will be revealed at some point in 2018, but according to some reports, they could come sooner than expected, during the MWC 2018 fair happening by the end of next month.The Moto G6 Plus will be undoubtedly the star of the G6 lineup, featuring the decent Snapdragon 630 octa-core alongside a couple of possible variations in the RAM amount: 3GB/4GB/6GB as well as 32GB/64GB of onboard storage.The smartphone will sport a 5.93-inch display with the resolution of 2160x1080p resulting in the trending 18:9 aspect ratio.
Every year, the Consumer Electronic Show sets the agenda for the biggest trends and gadgets.Thousands of marketers descend into the desert to discuss the tech that consumers will soon get their hands on—and what it means for brands.As technology weaves more intricately into our daily lives and consumer adoption continues to grow, CES’s packed show floor—clocking in at 2.5 million square feet across 11 venues, to be exact—has become a bit of a running joke for marketers in recent years.Advertisers know well that 90 percent of the products (think smart litter boxes or noise-canceling devices connected by Bluetooth) they see during the weeklong event won’t go mainstream.But this year, they’re particularly bullish on the other 10 percent, namely voice and artificial intelligence.“For us to understand how people are interacting with chat is really helpful for us to see the consumer behavior of what’s working [and] what’s not working.”
Have you got the skills to be an ethical hacker?Ethical hackers are extremely valuable today as organisations face an unprecedented level of danger as they take on an increasingly treacherous threat landscape.CBR has compiled a list of some of the greatest names in ethical hacking, including individuals who have been on the dark side of cyber and subsequently served their time for the crimes they have committed before using their incredible skills for good.His black hat escapades included breaching the security of the Digital Equipment Corporation, where once inside he copied the software he found.It is thought that he breached a number of other networks and used tactics including the interception of passwords.Having proven his skills to the world, in the year 2000 Mitnick donned the white hat instead, becoming a paid consultant.
Yongqiang Wang, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is leading a team that is receiving $1 million from the National Science Foundation to fortify computers and devices against cyberattacks associated with timekeeping.The team's focus will be on "GPS spoofing" and attacks on Network Time Protocol, commonly called NTP."In a network where time has to be aligned, such as the internet, cellular communication networks, and power systems, if the time on one device goes wrong, then there could be catastrophic consequences.With a few taps on a keyboard, Ahmad had the software-defined radio send signals to a smart phone sitting on the desk next to him.Ahmad was able to trick the phone into thinking it was four days earlier than the actual date and that it was sitting about a mile away from its actual location.The same GPS system built into smartphones and cars also helps guide ships, trucking fleets and intelligent cars.
First announced in 2017, Singapore’s Parliament moved to set the plans in stone during its first session of 2018 last week.It announced that the committee will make up of 10 members from the government, opposition parties and public sector and it deliberated a green paper called ‘Deliberate Online Falsehoods: Challenges and Implications’, jointly produced by Ahead of the country’s Ministry of Communications and Information and Ministry of Law.Similarly, governments around Asia Pacific have also stepped up efforts to counter fake news, with China introducing its cybersecurity law in June 2017, which is aimed at regulating unwanted Internet activities like terrorism, rumours and pornography.That has seen companies like Tencent to put in more effort to stop the spread of online falsehoods after it was accused of violating Internet laws, together with Baidu and Alibaba.In December last year, the company announced in its annual report that it had removed 1.4 million untrue stories a day, which translates to 1,000 stories per minute.Meanwhile, in Thailand, the country’s Ministry of Public Health launched a new smartphone app called ‘Media Watch’ to allow the public to report any fake news or complaints about misleading information they come across on the Internet.
As those devices become interoperable and voice-controlled, they need more computing power.Over time, the goal of ARM’s new owner, Masayoshi Son, CEO of SoftBank, is to create the artificial intelligence needed for the Singularity, or the day when collective machine intelligence is greater than that of collective human intelligence.At the executive level Simon is still the CEO, so the enterprise functions – enterprise marketing, legal, finance – are all cross-functional.It’s like the smart TVs you bought in the early phase that had their own web browsers and interfaces.We’re in a good spot, because that’s the technology that underpins us.But a lot of it has to do with the way payments are set up, the relationships between banks and so on.
Ever wanted to get a MAZE phone for yourself ?Well then now is the perfect time, because the chinese brand is right now having their New Year Sale event running and the discounts can reach up to 25 %.For example the 4 GB version of MAZE Alpha can be found there for just $149.99.MAZE Alpha is maybe not really a new model, but the 4 GB makes it even more affordable than before without losing any real power edge.It can offer 6-inch FHD display with Gorilla Glass 4, Helio 25 processor, 64 GB of internal storage, 13MP + 5 MP rear cameras and 5MP selfie cam, 4000 mAh battery capacity, 9V/2A fast charge through USB Type-C port or front fingeprint scanner.You can find the aforementioned $149.99 offer for MAZE Alpha for example on Gearbest up until January 15th and if you would maybe crave the higher version, then just throw in another $30, it’s on sale too.
That's because every time one of The Robins score, an absurd player celebration gif is ejected onto social media.The club is making a name for itself off the pitch with these surreal gifs allowing players to show their fun side.And the practice came to a head against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi final earlier this week when there was a gif showdown between the clubs.Across the board, football clubs have been increasingly using their social media identities to have a bit of fun.Roma openly basks in being the oddest club on social media.The standouts have included players celebrating with fire extinguishers, mimicking the beer-swilling antics of wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin and taking an egg to the forehead.
Group says UK healthcare isn't benefitting from advances in AIThe Reform think tank has told the UK government to improve the quality of NHS data and stop relying on paper-based systems to take advantage of the purported benefits of artificial intelligence.In its report (PDF) Thinking on its own: AI in the NHS, published today, the think tank argued that AI has the power to speed the NHS on its way to reaching its goal of better, more targeted interventions, increased access to cutting-edge medicine and diagnostics, and more self-care.However, it laments what it describes as "piecemeal" use of artificial intelligence in the NHS, saying there has been only "patchy realisation of benefits" – and warns that it will continue to miss out without "major reform".Many of the recommendations for this reform are hard to argue with: two of the three major changes set out are to improve public trust and confidence and ensure the NHS gets the ethics right.Similarly, it's a no-brainer (and also not new) to say the NHS needs to move away from paper-based systems.
Its Northern Fleet has now released an explosive compilation video, showcasing its greatest hits.Some of the weapons on display -- including the ships and aircraft that are seen in the short but intense video set to hard rock music -- were identified by the War Zone (TWZ) in one of its reports.Russia's Northern Fleet is their largest of four fleets and also has control over their most important ship- the Kuznetsov, as well as a major portion of the Navy's "large surface combatants" like the "Pyotr Velikiy".The Northern Fleet operates in the far north, near and around the Arctic circle, an area that is growing in strategic importance for various powers in the region.Also, some of the world's largest oil and natural gas deposits are found here.The video opens with the Kuznetsov's flight deck which have the Su-33 and MiG-29K on it.
The British Army is adopting a change in tack as part of continued efforts to bolster its manpower, this time focusing on the ‘emotional support’ a career in the military can provide.This message is being conveyed via a £1.6m advertising campaign spanning radio, TV and online which seeks to tackle head on some of the issues which may have deterred potential recruits in the past.These include issues relating to religion and sexuality as the Army seeks to address preconceptions that it is a career only suitable for straight men, highlighting that the service is in fact open to people of all genders, races and religions.In doing so the Army is tacitly acknowledging the failure of its ‘Be the Best’ slogan, which failed to draw in sufficient numbers of fresh personnel amid the implication that only budding superheroes need apply.From April 2016 to March 2017 just 8,194 civilians signed up to join the army, far below the 9,775 soldiers who left the service to pursue opportunities out of uniform.This was despite ballooning advertising costs, which rose by nearly 50%, jumping from £6.7m in 2016 to more than £10m in the first nine months of 2017.
Asus teamed up with one of the biggest names in e-sports, the Korean League of Legends team SKT T1, to make a new addition to the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Strix laptop line.The ROG Strix SKT T1 Hero Edition sounds like quite the mouthful, but it’s a gaming laptop that is designed to play graphics-intense multiplayer online battle arena games like League and Dota 2.The laptop runs on an Intel Core i7 processor and has a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card to properly display all the decorations and colorful animations of each game.The screen has a wide display with 100 percent sRGB color gamut.The ROG Strix SKT T1 Hero Edition will cost $1,700 and will be available sometime this quarter, as first spotted by Engadget.SKT T1 is one of the best performing League teams out there, having wracked up three out of the seven world championships in history.
Medical giant Omron Healthcare is showing off a blood pressure monitor that you can wear as a wristwatch and that can deliver clinically validated accuracy.The Japanese company has also created a digital platform to track and store heart health data and easily share it with your physician.I’ve been hoping for the past decade that someone would make something like this, but the challenge in miniaturizing the tech hasn’t been trivial.Many companies have shied away from adding such a feature to heart rate monitors because of concerns about regulatory approval.The Omron HeartGuide is a wearable blood pressure monitor that can also track sleep quality and daily activity and fits into a 25-millimeter band.The company, which has four decades of experience making blood pressure monitors, said it filed over 50 new technology patents on the components developed for the HeartGuide, all to do with the miniaturization of blood pressure pumps, valves, and chips.
Intel, to put it mildly, isn’t have a good week.Recent security concerns snowballed into a wider warning from Google about vulnerabilities affecting a huge array of processors made over the last couple decades, particularly ones from Intel.Called Meltdown and Spectre, both exploits were recently disclosed by Google Project Zero, which issued its warning earlier than planned following a bunch of reports and bits of information working people up into a frenzy over the past couple days.The article to the right of this paragraph gives you a good launching point; you can also check out this and this to get an idea of what is going on, as well as statements from a few major companies.If you really want to get into the meat of the issue, there’s an academic paper on Meltdown here with all the technical details, and a similar one on Spectre here.For its part, Intel has announced that both it and its partners “have made significant progress” in pushing out updates to deal with the two exploits.
The number of public companies adding "blockchain" to their name, or announcing a pivot to blockchain technologies, will surge in 2018, says Autonomous Research.The firm's forecast is based on a comparison to the dot-com bubble, which saw a similar phenomenon as companies tried to ride the Internet wave.You'd think an iced tea manufacturer adding "blockchain" to its name would mark the absolute apex of companies rebranding to ride surging interest in cryptocurrencies.That's not the case, says one research firm, which sees the trend only just getting started.There will be more than 100 instances of companies changing their titles in 2018, up from 31 in 2017, according to an analysis conducted by Autonomous Research.The firm's forecast is based on the similarly overwhelming number of corporate name changes seen during the dot-com bubble, when a large number of companies were trying to ride the Internet wave to quick stock gains.
And one form of content known as shoppable media is quickly gaining traction in the retail space.Consumers click on a featured product within a shoppable post or video that they’re interested in, and they are sent directly to a page where they can make their purchase, hassle-free.As this advertising and marketing method continues to prove its potential for monetization, more brands are discovering how it can disrupt the retail industry.Retailers know that people are increasingly turning to social media to discover new products, with 74 percent of shoppers using social media to inform their purchase decisions in 2017.Several companies took the plunge into shoppable media this year thanks to Instagram’s new shoppable posts feature, which was made available to 20 U.S. retailers like Warby Parker, Jackthreads, Kate Spade, Shopify and more.U.K.-based Ted Baker has been experimenting with the format for the past four years.
On December 21, Huawei announced two new products.Of course, the Honor 9 Youth Edition was in the spotlight.But the company also uncovered an amazing speaker dubbed as the Huawei Honor AM51 Bluetooth speaker aka Honor Arena Music.Today it became known the Huawei Honor Arena Music will go on sale on January 8 at a price tag of 199 yuan ($30).The top of the speaker is covered with fabric-like mesh, while the bottom is made of TPU.It also comes with a special string to holster or hang the speaker.