John Propps

John Propps

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After all, studies show that nearly all B2B buyers do some form of online research before making a purchasing decision.As a result, we content creators are tasked with turning out informative, engaging and inspiring content that helps our brand be the best answer wherever and whenever our audience is searching.I’ll certainly admit that my computer screen and I have had some intimate moments—mostly me staring longingly at a blank document and praying the words will come.Where can we find inspiration?Whether you’re planning content or looking to weave a creative metaphor into a piece, below my team members share how they overcome creative challenges and find content inspiration in the B2B space.Mining for gold in SERPs.
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A smart meter just lets people see how energy is being used, while a smart TV simply combines television with internet access.Here it is important to better understand people's everyday activities, motivations and interactions with smart objects to avoid them becoming uninvited guests at home.The BBC reports, for example, that energy providers will "reduce costs for someone who allows their washing machine to be turned on by the internet to maximise use of cheap solar power on a sunny afternoon" or "to have their freezers switched off for a few minutes to smooth demand at peak times".Consider the organisation of a "simple" meeting – you have to find the right people to take part (likely across business boundaries) and then identify when they are all available.By using context information (charts of organisations, location awareness from mobile devices and calendars), identifying the right people and the right time for a given event became a technical optimisation problem that was explored by the EU-funded inContext project a decade ago.This question will need to be answered – and soon.
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A sex doll company has crafted a prototype head for its latest salacious creation - a mechanical robot with silicone skin that is controlled using a smartphone app and a PlayStation controller.The doll bonce, dubbed the DS Doll Robotic Head, is the co-handiwork of Japanese company Doll Sweet Dolls and China's EX Doll.The companies claim the disembodied prototype has a "stunningly beautiful" face thanks to the work of makeup artists and the skin-like silicone finish that is layered over the mechanical 'skull'.The doll is capable of voice recognition and will reportedly fit on sex doll bodies that can simulate breathing, and whose flexible appendages allow them to "move as a real person."The robo-head can also respond to 'queries', but currently can only speak (and, if you're into it, sing) in Mandarin Chinese.The creation of English and Japanese-speaking versions relies on the success of a crowdfunding campaign expected at a later date.
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Are you one of those people who shell out a significant amount each month to subscribe to movie channels only to watch with tinny, thin sound emitted from a flatscreen telly?But don't worry, Sky is making it easy for you to upgrade your audio game by releasing the Sky Soundbox – an all-in-one speaker with a tempting price for current customers.When Sky Q was launched in 2016 it set new picture quality standards with its Ultra HD content.Now, audio gets an upgrade with the Soundbox offering an easy entry to home cinema-quality audio as well as Dolby Atmos coming to the service.The Soundbox, created by audio company Devialet, is a single speaker unit sitting larger than a soundbar to help customers boost their viewing experience and will be priced at £249 for Sky Q Mulitscreen customers or £299 for regular customers.Non-Sky customers aren't left out though, who can buy the speaker for £799 – highlighting the heavy discount for subscribers.
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As virtually every school-aged child knows, birds are descended from dinosaurs.But holy toledo, does this newly discovered oviratporid ever look like a modern cassowary—right from the dramatic crest atop its head through to its long neck and ostrich-like shape.This newly-described oviratporid is called Corythoraptor jacobsi, and its fossilized remains—a beautifully preserved and practically complete skeleton—were uncovered near a train station in Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province, in southern China.The discovery of this new species shows that oviraptoridae—a group of bird-like, herbivorous and omnivorous dinosaurs—were among the most prolific and varied group of dinosaurs to live in the arid Ganzhou region during the Late Cretaceous period some 100 to 66 million years ago.Corythoraptor jacobsi had a particularly pronounced casque that’s remarkably similar to the one found on modern cassowaries, a flightless bird that lives in Queensland, Australia (pictured below).As lead author Junchang Lü from the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences pointed out in the new study, a comparative analysis of the physical similarities between the two species could shed light on the functional role played by the crest—a possible instance of convergent evolution, where a similar physical characteristic emerges independently in two different species.
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Google Chrome is making it easier to inspect how secure the websites you visit are without having to leave the page.The latest iteration of the browser brings back the ability to effortlessly look up certificate details straight from the security interface in the address bar.Users running the newest version Chrome (60) now have access to more details about security certificates and their validity by clicking on the padlock in the left side of the address bar.This will pull up an additional box where you can view the authority that issued the certificate as well as its expiration date.Selecting the dropdown ‘Details’ button will reveal additional security information like what encryption and signature algorithms a website uses.This information though might be available only for certain websites.
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For all its drawbacks as a system of governance, you have to admit that communism, with its rich history and Big Brother overtones, makes for an ideal video game setting.Two-fisted shooters that let you blow the brains out of evil reds?Sneaky super-spy stealth games in which you set up both sides against each other?Even communist-friendly versions of city- and world-builders are out there.All of that makes Black the Fall (for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC) easy to enjoy from the get-go.It’s a moody little thriller in which you’re a machinist trying to escape from a communist country that’s closely based on Ceausescu’s Romania – in fact, the developers called on their own experiences of living through that horrifying regime.
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AI is basically about a computing system being smart or sentient like a human being, being able to learn and consider moral and ethical dilemmas.AI is far more complex and difficult to achieve with today’s state of technology.Teaching computers to think and understand the world the same way a human brain does is a nearly impossible endeavour.Perhaps the best way to illustrate the delicate and furious challenges that AI must meet is to use the Clint Eastwood film Sully: Miracle on the Hudson, which is about the actual heroic efforts of US Airways pilots Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles to safely land in New York’s Hudson River after its engines were struck by birds.Aside from landing and take-off, where pilots are generally in full control of the plane, the rest of the journey is characterised as “automation management” where computers control the flight.While that is not machine learning or AI, it is certainly advanced automation at the highest levels.
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Microsoft on Wednesday officially launched their India specific mobile-first productivity app called Kaizala.The app is designed for large group communications and work management.Kaizala app makes it simple for organizations to seamlessly communicate, collaborate, and complete tasks bringing together desktop users and mobile- only users who may be within or outside their organizations.“Microsoft Kaizala, a made for India product, brings together the two disparate worlds of mobile only messaging apps and a digitally integrated modern workplace,” said Anant Maheshwari, president, Microsoft India. "The product will make it possible for organizations to interact with everyone both within and outside, seamlessly and with rich content.Microsoft Kaizala has been optimized for 2G networks to enable connectivity in remote locations and offers features with offline support", said Mr. Maheshwari.
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Vid If you have a hankering to watch eight minutes of billowing clouds of rocket exhaust, NASA's posted the video of the latest test of its RS-25 engine.The RS-25 is, as NASA-watchers know, the power-plant the agency is developing to shove its planned Space Launch System skywards.Yesterday's test was the third time NASA's run up a rocket motor to test the flight controller that'll be in charge of the engines.Its role is to relay commands from the vehicle to the engine, and data from engine to vehicle.The controller, NASA explains here, also provides closed-loop engine management to regulate thrust and fuel mixture and monitor engine health.The SLS uses the same engine design as used to help hoist Space Shuttles, but the agency decided the motor's “brains” needed a refresh – most importantly, because the electronic components of the 1980s aren't available any more.
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Don't panic, because Cyber Monday is here to give you yet more opportunities to bag a tech bargain for yourself.That's right, the sales last all the way across the weekend, so you've got plenty of time to do your shopping - and we've got the very best Amazon offers right here.As well as pointing you towards the most attractive deals, we'll also give you some general tips about how to go about your Cyber Monday 2017 shopping at Amazon.Cyber Monday deals quick linksAmazon Prime and Cyber MondayOne way to get ahead of the pack on Cyber Monday is to sign up for an Amazon Prime subscription, or make use of the one you already have: some of the bargains you'll see are exclusive to Prime members, or exclusive to Prime members for a limited time.
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Behind the scenes of web upstart's shift from Scala to Node.jsNode Summit In April, Paul Ford, cofounder of New York-based digital production studio Postlight, told Twitter its web app was crap."I use the Twitter web client for mobile Safari so that I never forget I am garbage," he wrote in a tweet.Twitter engineers working on a rewrite of the Twitter mobile web app, started in 2015, were aware that other users felt the same way.The culmination of two years of work, it was the social propaganda company's first large user-facing service build with Node.js.The previous version of Twitter for the mobile web used Scala, a programming language that runs on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) on the backend and JavaScript on the frontend.
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Google is finally taking the most logical step towards growing its streaming business: it’s set to merge YouTube Red with Google Play Music, which should make it easier for subscribers to find the tunes they want without all the confusion of the company’s myriad offerings.That’s from Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s head of music, who confirmed the move at the New Music Seminar conference in New York.What we don’t yet know is whether it’ll lead to the launch of an entirely new product.For now, it sounds like Google will simply create a new brand under which both services will be offered with a single subscription.But I’m hoping that the merger also sees the company make YouTube’s premium tier available globally.YouTube Red is currently available in just five countries, and, as an example, India isn’t one of them.
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What if I say that your cute, smart robotic vacuum cleaner is collecting data than just dirt?During an interview with Reuters, the CEO of iRobot, the company which manufactured Roomba device, has revealed that the robotic vacuum cleaner also builds a map of your home while cleaning — and is now planning to sell this data to third-party companies.I know it sounds really creepy, but this is what the iRobot company has planned with the home mapping data its Roomba robots collect on its users.Early versions of Roomba used IR or laser sensors to avoid obstacles in their way, but the company began distributing high-end Wi-Fi-connected Roomba models from 2015, such as the Roomba 980, which includes a camera and Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM) technology that can not only avoid obstacle but also build a map of your home.Roomba robots gather all kinds of data—from room dimensions and furniture position to distances between different objects placed in your room—that could help next-generation IoT devices to build a true smart home.Angle believes mapping data could be used by other smart home devices—such as thermostats, lighting, air conditioner, personal assistant, and security cameras—to become smarter.
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The security industry needs to worry less about technology and more about people, said Facebook's security boss.Alex Stamos scolded the security industry in the opening keynote of the 2017 Black Hat conference.He said there was too much focus on technically complex "stunt" hacks and not enough on finding ways to help the mass of people stay safe."We have perfected the art of finding problems without fixing real world issues," he told attendees."We focus too much on complexity, not harm."He cited examples of technically brilliant presentations at the show, such as insulin pumps being hacked, that had little relation to real issues experienced by people who use technology rather than work with it or understand it well.
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Oukitel U11 Plus has been officially announced in May so it’s already out for several weeks.But they makers decided to bolster the wares with a new variants, sapphire blue and brilliant black versions.And we have a video for you today.On the hardware side of things everything should stay the same so keeping the 5,7-inch FullHD display, MT6750T chipset, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM, but it’s adding dual curved design and the rear battery cover adopting the IML craft similar to the one Xiaomi Mi Mix has.It’s also sporting 3700 mAh battery capacity and identical 16 MP cameras both front and back with dual flashlight, using the OV AR1335 interpolated 13 MP sensors.In the video above you can get some idea about the looks of the new versions and even though you don’t have to agree with the manufacturer’s claim that it’s like a combination of Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and Xiaomi Mi Mix, the phone certainly has something to offer.
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Another day, another terrific roundup covering the best paid iPhone and iPad apps of the day that have been made free for a limited time.OmniFocus’ interface was designed from scratch for iOS and organized around your data—your stuff—to make it easier and more natural for you to quickly get ideas into and out of the app, whether you’re using Getting Things Done (GTD ) or any other productivity system.OmniFocus’ sync format is encrypted so even if your server is compromised, your data is protected• A flexible hierarchy: keep all your to-dos in one list or use as many levels of Folders, Projects, Groups, and Actions as you need to stay organized• Assign contexts based on location, people, energy level—whatever you’d like to use to organize your to-dos• Plan your day’s errands by listing nearby location-based contexts or viewing them on a map
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After multiple rounds of speculation, leaks and rumours, Xiaomi today made the Mi 5X official.In a nutshell, the Mi 5X is something like a OnePlus 5 alternative from the company, compete with dual rear cameras and an iPhone-inspired look.Have a look at the full specifications here.Xiaomi Mi 5X Full SpecificationsRear Cameras: 12 megapixel dual camerasOS: Android 7.1 based MIUI 9
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HIV transmission is a complex process with factors beyond just who you sleep with and how.The virus ultimately needs to find its way to the correct kinds of cells in order to wreak havoc.A team of researchers analysed the bacteria living on patients’ foreskins in Uganda, and they found higher levels of certain kinds of bacteria on patients who remained HIV negative versus those who contracted HIV during the course of another study.The scientists think that controlling specific bacteria on the penis, perhaps with an antimicrobial that targets them, could help reduce the risk of HIV infection.The samples came from a trial performed from 2004 to 2006 and included 182 uncircumcised patients, of which 46 became infected with HIV and 136 did not.All subjects had roughly the same amount of bacteria on their penises, but those who ended up acquiring HIV had higher abundances of the kinds of bacteria that don’t need oxygen to survive (called “anaerobes”), including Prevotella, Dialister, Mobiluncus and Murdochiella, according to the study published today in the journal mBio.
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Mammoth deals in mainland China, Hong Kong and India lifted the total funding raised by venture capital-backed financial technology start-ups in Asia to US$2.7 billion across 67 transactions in the second quarter of the year.That was up from US$1.6 billion generated across 55 transactions in the same period last year, and marked the highest number of fintech deal activity in Asia for the past five quarters, according to a new report from venture capital research firm CB Insights.“Asia saw a burst of fintech investment in the second quarter, putting total deals and funding back on pace to surpass 2016’s record at the current rate,” CB Insights said.Overall funding raised by venture capital-backed fintech start-ups in Asia last year hit a record US$5.4 billion across 165 transactions, compared with US$4.8 billion over 162 transactions in 2015.The global total was US$5.2 billion over 251 deals.The big institutions get it,” Piyush Singh, Accenture’s head of financial services business in Asia-Pacific, told the South China Morning Post.
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