Following a recent decision by its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook opted to give priority to posts from friends instead of public pages in the users’ News Feeds.This new turn for the social media company is even more significant that it seems, putting both media and community managers in a tricky situation.If it was indeed as strong and powerful as advertised, it should have easily ingested the masses of information surrounding us and digest it, spitting out relevant content.Between 2016 and 2017, the average time spent on the platform dropped from 32 hours and 43 minutes per month to 18 hours and 24 minutes per user.According to the company, spending time on its platform is not about discovering new content, but about maintaining close contact with your family and relatives, far from the vision of an open web full of lucky discoveries and closer to a more religious model: family prevails over everything else.Undermining Facebook’s own crusade against fake news
Nielsen is to start measuring the performance of ads served to users of YouTube's mobile app in the UK, France and Germany.The move will expand YouTube's subscription to the measurement firm's Digital Ad Ratings service beyond its mobile and desktop browser services, giving marketers access to cross-device insights.Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings clients will have access to age and gender demographics for consumers viewing ads on the YouTube mobile app as well as reach, frequency and gross rating points (GRPs).The deepening of YouTube's relationship with Nielsen follows on from the director general of the Institute Practitioners in Advertising (IPA), Paul Bainsfair, last year urging both Google and Facebook to take "urgent" action in addressing issues around measurement, brand safety and viewability.YouTube already has existing deals with Nielsen around its apps in countries like the US, Canada and Japan, with further expansion into international markets planned.“As more people watch video across digital platforms and devices, Nielsen’s comprehensive measurement of YouTube through Digital Ad Ratings is crucial to provide a complete picture of media consumption, especially since YouTube accounts for a large share of mobile video advertising in the UK.” said Barney Farmer, Nielsen's UK commercial director.
If you’ve noticed that your Wi-Fi has gone a little funny recently, and you’re the owner of a Google smart speaker or Cast device, the two may be connected.The good news is, Google is aware of the issue and “is working quickly to share a solution”.That’s according to an official Google spokesperson.The problems started to occur with Google’s latest offering to the smart speaker market, the Google Home Max, when used with the the TP-Link Archer C7 router.According to AndroidPolice, as soon as the Google Home Max was connected to the network, it would become inaccessible.TP-Link issued a fix, but as the issue developed it began to look like it originated from the Google device rather than the router.
Austrian lawmakers bump up row over criminal contentThe European Court of Justice has been asked to decide whether Facebook should actively search for hate speech posted by users.The referral was made by the Austrian Supreme Court as a result of a case brought by former Austrian Green party leader Eva Glawischnig.Glawischnig was subject to hate speech on the platform by a fake account, and brought a suit against Facebook in 2016.Last year, an Austrian appeals court ruled in her favour, saying that Facebook must remove the posts globally – rather than just blocking them in that member state.Since then, Facebook – and other platforms – have come under increased pressure to take rapid action against hate or terrorist content.
Plenty of people have preconceived notions about the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.“It’s where you can play with cool gadgets!” say the hopeful.“It’s where you can get good schwag!” say the greedy.In doing so, the company appears to have evolved its CES booth from the cool place with badass gadgets like cameras and TVs and Technics turntables into some sort of multimedia museum.Depending on where you enter the booth—which is one of the biggest in the main area at CES—you’re greeted by conceptual creations of future technology that don’t exist.It’s like an Epcot Center for people who care less about new hardware that actually works than they do about lofty promises companies make to win new clients.
"Copper & Kings has a fiercely independent streak," Bill Newlands, Constellation's executive vice president and chief operating officer, said in a statement."Their entrepreneurship and focus on premium high-end craft spirits aligns closely with our strategy of delivering what the consumer wants.We see our role as adding fuel to their fire.And we think it’s going to burn very bright."Brandy has become the "quiet giant" of the U.S. liquor industry, according to The New York Times.In 2016, more than 13 million cases of brandy — eight million of them American brands — were sold in the U.S.
This Is Us fans are used to the show’s technique of juggling storylines in various time periods, but starting with tonight’s episode, the time jumps won’t stop when the show goes to an ad break.NBC and State Farm are kicking off a multiplatform campaign centered around This Is Us, which includes three 30-second spots that were shot in the style of the hit drama, with the flashback and flashforward devices, and the acoustic-guitar-centric soundtrack, that are a staple of each episode.The plan is to air a different spot, beginning tonight, for three consecutive episodes, said Mark Marshall, evp of NBCUniversal’s entertainment sales group, who added that one of the spots “may” also pop up in This Is Us’ post-Super Bowl episode on Feb. 4.Tonight’s spot, called “Height Markings,” focuses on a family that has measured the height of its kids against a wall in their home over several years.2 broadcast show among adults 18-49 in Nielsen’s “most current” metric, averaging a 5.1 rating that is behind only Sunday Night Football.Error loading player: No playable sources found
Find my iPhone is one of those very useful features that you want to have turned on.It can prevent a thief from erasing your iPhone, or it can help you locate your device.It also lets you erase it remotely, lock it, or simply send an alert.There are times when you will want to know how to turn off Find My iPhone, such as when you’re getting ready to sell your iPhone to trade it in for a new iPhone 8 or iPhone X.How to turn off Find My iPhoneStep 1: Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Find My iPhone.
Baidu is doing its best to enter the smart home industry.This is handy for all three companies.Baidu is the third most valuable publicly traded Chinese company with a huge focus on technology, while Qualcomm is the most popular chip maker in the world.As for Xiaomi, it is the fastest growing startup with tons of innovations and products designed for all cases of life.That’s why this cooperation will bring too many goodies to the market soon.The first results can be assessed even now, as Baidu has announced three new smart home products in face of the Sengled Smart Lamp Speaker, VS1 Smart Video Speaker, and popln Aladdin Projector Lamp.
Details were limited at the time, but Intel has now removed the veil, spilling all the juicy details.AMD and Intel, sitting in a tree…The Radeon RX Vega M graphics chip AMD is providing to Intel is “semi-custom” hardware, which means it’s tailoring Vega hardware specifically for Intel’s requirements.Intel’s Core-i7 8809G and i7-8709G is the first, which will have GH Graphics with 24 Compute Units.Meanwhile, Intel’s Core i5-8305G and i7-8705G will have the less-powerful GL Graphics, which includes 20 Compute Units.The GL Graphics version also has a slightly lower clock speed and GPU clock.
DJI revealed two new stabilizers at the Consumer Electronics Show today, the Osmo Mobile 2 for smartphones and the Ronin S, the company’s first single-handle, 3-axis stabilizer for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.The Osmo Mobile 2 offers a refined user interface to make controlling your phone’s camera easier than before.Integrated ISO and shutter speed controls let you set your phone just like a DSLR, enabling you to lock in the exposure for consistent time-lapse sequences or perfect panoramas.Long exposure, light trail, and subject tracking modes are also offered through the DJI Go app for iOS and Android.It is also the first DJI phone stabilizer that allows for portrait orientation, making it easier to create super smooth Snapchat and Instagram stories.A standard 1/4-inch tripod mount lets you connect the stabilizer to a variety of tripods and other accessories.
GoPro is laying off 200–300 employees this week, mostly from the part of the company that works on the Karma drone, according to TechCrunch.A letter was reportedly sent to these employees this week which stated that the company is restructuring “to better align our resources with business requirements,” though they will remain on the payroll until the middle of February.This would be the fourth round of layoffs at GoPro since 2016.CEO Nick Woodman reported that the company had 1,254 employees as recently as November of last year.A representative for the company declined to comment.After enduring a dismal financial year in 2016, GoPro had rebounded moderately in 2017.
The Sony E-mount lens family is gaining a new member — on Thursday, January 4, Sony announced the new E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens for APS-C cameras.Despite the wide range of focal lengths, the lens still features a lightweight, compact design, Sony says.Designed for Sony’s APS-C cameras such as the a6500 and a6300, the new Sony E 18-135mm lens covers a 7.5x zoom range, equivalent to a 27-202.5mm lens on a full frame camera.The wide zoom range and minimum 1.48 foot focus distance allows photographers to create close-ups with up to a 0.29x magnification.Sony is claiming corner to corner sharpness for the new glass, attributing the sharpness to an aspherical lens that works alongside two extra-low dispersion elements to prevent chromatic aberration, or colored fringing.The entire lens is constructed from 16 elements in 12 groups.
(Reuters) — A U.S. government panel rejected Ant Financial’s acquisition of U.S. money transfer company MoneyGram International over national security concerns, the companies said on Tuesday, the most high-profile Chinese deal to be torpedoed under the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.The $1.2 billion deal’s collapse represents a blow for Jack Ma, the executive chairman of Chinese internet conglomerate Alibaba Group Holding, who owns Ant Financial together with Alibaba executives.The companies decided to terminate their deal after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) rejected their proposals to mitigate concerns over the safety of data that can be used to identify U.S. citizens, according to sources familiar with the confidential discussions.A standard CFIUS review lasts up to 75 days, and the companies had gone through the process three times in order to address concerns.The U.S. government has toughened its stance on the sale of companies to Chinese entities, at a time when Trump is trying to put pressure on China to help tackle North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and be more accommodative on trade and foreign exchange issues.The MoneyGram deal is the latest in a string of Chinese acquisitions of U.S. companies that have failed to clear CFIUS.
Apple just published a letter to customers apologizing for the “misunderstanding” around older iPhones being slowed down, following its recent admission that it was, in fact, slowing down older phones in order to compensate for degrading batteries.Apple says in its letter that batteries are “consumable components,” and is offering anyone with an iPhone 6 or later a battery replacement for $29 starting in late January through December 2018 — a discount of $50 from the usual replacement cost.Apple’s also promising to add features to iOS that provide more information about the battery health in early 2018, so that users are aware of when their batteries are no longer capable of supporting maximum phone performance.iPhone owners have long believed Apple artificially slows down older phones to drive new sales.What made it all seem worse is that the scope of the performance penalty only came to light after being discovered by a developer instead of being clearly disclosed by Apple.The iPhone 6, 6S, SE, and 7 have much slower peak performance as they get older and their batteries aren’t able to provide as much power to the processor.
That’s something everyone can agree on but with how bad light pollution tends to be in the city, many of us only see a few stars at a time.Seeing what the sky really looks like at night involves a bit of traveling.For anyone looking for the best night sky in the United States, the International Dark-Sky Association has designated a piece of central Idaho as our nation’s first (and only) dark sky reserve.The Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve spans more than 1,400 square miles in the Sawtooth Mountains, stretching from Ketchum to Stanly, and is one of just 12 such reserves in the world.This reserve is the culmination of nearly two decades of work and policy changes by local leaders, residents, and business leaders to reduce light pollution in the region.Also granted by the IDA was its “Gold Tier” status, the highest level of a system that ranks the quality of the night sky.
It’s a Christmas miracle of sorts.Julian Assange’s Twitter account disappeared from the site, returned, and now there’s a bouncing baby Corgi up top.The account appears to have gone offline around 7:00/8:00PM ET on Christmas Eve, a silent night for the Wikileaks founder.Attempts to access the page overnight were met with a “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!” message.The site’s official account, meanwhile, stayed online, with several of its most recent posts soliciting donations.As of 10AM ET this morning, Assange’s account is back up — though at present, his follower count has dipped precipitously, dropping below 10,000.
As batteries get older, they don't hold their charges as well as newer batteries, and can have worse problems when the charge is low or the temperature is cold.The aging battery means your phone could have trouble operating or might unexpectedly shut down, as happened to the iPhone 6 and 6S last year.The operating system slows down your device to prevent it from shutting down, Apple says, but only in cases of cold temperature, a low battery charge or very old batteries.Meanwhile, smartphone users continue to look for ways to set things right when their batteries start wheezing and sputtering.Apple said in a statement:"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices.
Back in October, the EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved fixes for 38,000 Volkswagen Group diesel vehicles, but that only covered two SUV models and left many passenger cars with the same engines in limbo.The EPA and CARB have now approved fixes for 24,000 additional Volkswagen Group vehicles equipped with a 3.0-liter diesel V6, Reuters reports.The 2014-2016 Audi A6, A7, A8, A8L and Q5 comprise the list of new additions to vehicles with approved fixes.Cleaning up Volkswagen's diesel malfeasance has required a mixture of hardware and software fixes, depending on the vehicle in question.This new batch of 24,000 cars will reportedly require both hardware and software adjustments.The first round of 3.0-liter diesel V6 fixes were approved in October, covering some 38,000 examples of the 2013-2016 Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg, in addition to the 2013-2015 Audi Q7.
Teenage volunteers in Israel are helping archaeologists uncover the incredible remains of a Byzantine monastery and church.Impressive mosaic floors have been found at the site in Beit Shemesh near Jerusalem.Over 1,000 teenagers are participating in the excavation, which is being conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority.“We were surprised by the wonderful state of preservation of the ancient remains, and the richness of the finds being uncovered,” said Benyamin Storchan, director of the excavations for the Israel Antiquities Authority, in a statement.“The artifacts found in the large building, which seems to be a monastic compound, may indicate that the site was important and perhaps a center for ancient pilgrims in the Judean Shephelah region.”The excavation has already revealed a marble pillar base decorated with crosses and marble window screens.