Most of us know TikTok – the app that allows users to create 15-second videos – as a place for silly (and sometimes cringy) videos created by teenagers.Now, and the Indian state of Tamilnadu wants to ban the app while alleging that it causes “cultural degradation.” On Tuesday, the south Indian state’s IT minister, M Manikandan, said the state is planning to block TikTok and urge the country’s government to ban it as well.The minister was responding to a query from Thamimun Ansari, a state legislator, who claimed that the app hosts sexually explicit content and videos with morphed faces of innocent people.He added many young people of school and college age use this app, and their families are being affected.According to a report, a counselor working with a distress line in southern India received 36 calls just in December month from children who were allegedly bullied on the platform.Last October, a 24-year-old man jumped in front of a train after he was mocked for posting a video to TikTok in which he dressed as a woman.
Then from next week you’ll have to make sure you have its registration number showing on the outside of the machine, if it isn’t there already.The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which decides such matters, posted the new rule in an official document on Tuesday.When the drone registration program first launched in 2015, the FAA allowed the ID number to be placed inside the device’s battery compartment, as long as it was easy to open.But following terror-related concerns voiced by the FBI and Homeland Security, the FAA is enacting a new rule that means from February 23, drone owners will need to place the ID number on the outside of their aircraft where it’ll be clearly visible.The change comes amid fears that an explosive device could be placed inside a drone’s battery compartment, the FAA said.If you’re in the U.S. and you’re yet to register your drone, then you really need to get onto it.
Sir Martin Sorrell closed out the IAB Annual Leadership Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz., today with a sprawling conversation that touched on his feelings about retirement, the broken agency model, what Brexit could mean for GDPR and a prediction for Amazon’s growth potential.MightyHive CEO and former Google executive Pete Kim joined Sorrell onstage to talk about their vision for a new kind of advertising firm, fueled by digital disruption and dissatisfaction with the old agency model—one that Sorrell arguably helped build before stepping down as WPP’s CEO last year following a personal conduct investigation.You might think that’s a superficial thing to say, but I have to tell you never in my 40-odd years of experience has there been so much willingness to embrace that concept.”During negotiations for both companies he’s acquired, Sorrel said his first sentence was, “I’m not interested if you want to sell out; I’m interested if you want to buy into those three things.”Kim sees digital, data and media as the keys to closing the gap between the ad experiences consumers want, and the ones they so often get.You can watch anything you want, listen to anything you want, read anything you want, perfectly synchronized across every connected device,” Kim said.
If you want to join in on the debate, but missed this year’s Oscar-nominated films in theaters, there’s good news: Many of them are already streaming.Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Original Score (Ludwig Göransson), Best Original Song (All the Stars by Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar), Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, Best Costume DesignThe first superhero movie ever nominated for an Academy Award in the “Best Picture” category, Black Panther broke all kinds of records on its way to becoming the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time in U.S. theaters and the highest-grossing movie of 2018.The Marvel Studios movie also shattered industry myths when it came to films with predominantly African-American casts, and put the superhero genre on a pedestal critically with its powerful story of an African hero who returns home as heir to his nation’s throne, only to face a challenge from a dangerous outsider.Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Actress (Yalitza Aparicio), Best Supporting Actress (Marina de Tavira), Best Original Screenplay (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Foreign Language Film, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, Best CinematographyFilmmaker Alfonso Cuarón first earned the attention of Hollywood with his 2001 drama Y Tu Mamá También and later went on to earn more mainstream acclaim with 2004’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 2006’s Children of Men, and 2013’s Gravity.
Another Fortnite update has been delayed after the company discovered a bug at the very last minute, Epic Games has revealed.The game was originally scheduled to experience downtime at 4AM ET on February 13, but the update has been delayed to a future date.Epic typically releases updates in the early morning hours (for players in the Eastern time zone, at least).Occasionally the company delays these updates or postpones certain anticipated features due to problems discovered close to the release deadline.In a tweet this evening, Epic revealed that it has been forced to delay update version 7.40 due to “a last minute issue.”The company did not provide any details about the problem, stating only that it will not be releasing the update at 4AM ET as originally scheduled.
All US data from email provider VFEmail was destroyed by an unknown hacker, deleting nearly two decades' worth of emails, VFEmail said Monday.The email provider, which was founded in 2001, scans each email for viruses and spam before they get to someone's inbox.If a virus is found, it's blocked from getting onto VFEmail's servers."Yes, @VFEmail is effectively gone," VFEmail owner Rick Romero said on Twitter."It will likely not return.I never thought anyone would care about my labor of love so much that they'd want to completely and thoroughly destroy it."
There has been a push within Barclays over the past few months for its equity traders to learn the coding language Python.The goal is to empower traders to run post-trade analysis for their own clients, as opposed to asking Barclay's small team of quants, to do it.It's time to go back to school for members of Barclays' equities trading desk.The bank has been encouraging and enabling its traders to learn how to code in the programming language Python in recent months.Daniel Nehren, Barclays' head of statistical modeling and development for equities, told Business Insider the goal is to have traders develop and run their own post-trade analysis, as opposed to relying on Nehren's team of roughly 30 quants to do it for them.Doing so will free up Nehren's team to have more time to analyze post-trade reports and make adjustments to improve how the bank executes trades for clients.
Apple will reportedly hold an event on March 25, though don’t get excited at the thought of new AirPods or a new iPad mini.While the Cupertino company is believed to be working on both new products, it’s a new services launch which will apparently be star of the show at the event late next month.It’ll be the first major product announcement for Apple in 2019, and a sign of just how seriously the company is taking subscription services this year.That’s somewhere many analysts have identified room for significant growth in Apple’s financial results, and could well help offset slowing demand for devices like iPhone.First up, according to rumors earlier today, is a new news subscription service.A paid tier atop Apple News, it would apparently include access to a number of premium sources for a single monthly fee, in the ilk of a “Netflix for news” strategy.
There might be hope for the simple Windows graphics editor yet.It seems Microsoft Paint has been granted a reprieve of sorts from its planned removal from future Windows OS builds in favor of replacing it with another app, Paint 3D.According to MSPoweruser, a recent tweet by Aggiornamenti Lumia noted (with comparison screenshots) that within the Insider preview of Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 build (19H1), the product alert that once announced the Paint program’s future Microsoft Store exile was no longer present in the 19H1 version of Paint.Prior to the 19H1 preview, and over the past two years, the product alert had been featured within Paint.The alert continues to appear for users not running the Insider preview build.It is surprising that the recent limited release of the 19H1 preview build even carries Microsoft Paint at all.
Clearing your iPhone's cache is easy maintenance that you should make a regular priority, as a cluttered cache could be the reason your iPhone is slow.You can clear up space on your iPhone's cache by manually deleting information from your individual apps and browser, or by deleting and reloading apps to automatically clear the cache.Ever wonder why your iPhone's loading speed is slower than usual?Cached data encompasses all the files and images that your phone has hidden away in its memory.So, if you feel your iPhone is in dire need of a spring cleaning, then follow these simple steps, starting with the app you probably use the most, Safari.Before you go deleting data, make sure you know your essential passwords.
Instagram is celebrating Black History Month with its ShareBlackStories initiative.The official @instagram account will share Stories from creators including Tawny Chatmon, Paola “Pao Pao” Mathé and Uzumaki Cepeda, as well as short films featuring distinct black voices, produced by Clarence Hammond and Dougie Cash from Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment, as well as Marsha L. Swinton.Instagram’s iOS and Android users in the U.S. will also have access to new creative tools conceptualized by black voices at Instagram, including camera effects inspired “by the rich cultural history of telling stories through African mud cloth patterns,” Instagram Brand’s André Llewellyn and Joy Ofodu wrote in a blog post.Other camera effects include custom templates designed by community illustrator Loveis Wise and a new ShareBlackStories sticker.
The report, released Tuesday, recommended the creation of regulator-enforced “codes of conduct” for news publishers to govern the relationships they strike with Facebook and Google, and called for the creation of a regulatory body that would oversee the tech giants’ efforts to tamp down on fake and misleading news spreading on their platforms.The report also recommended that the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority conduct a comprehensive investigation into the digital advertising marketplace, particularly because of the overwhelming dominance of the two digital advertising giants.Frances Cairncross, a British economist and former journalist who authored the report, wrote that “the opacity of the market for online advertising” and Facebook’s and Google’s market shares were reason enough to call for an investigation into the market.Cairncross considered the possibility of Facebook and Google paying for the news they share on their platforms, she wrote in the report, but ultimately determined that a requirement might prompt Facebook and Google to “restrict access to news” to avoid the imposed cost.As to the issue of fake news and misinformation, Cairncross recommended the British government establish news literacy programs in addition to oversight of how the duopoly addresses news moderation, saying that the fight against fake news and misinformation should not be left entirely to the companies alone.“While each platform should devise solutions which best fit the needs of their particular users, their efforts should be placed under regulatory scrutiny,” Cairncross wrote in the report.
Are they late to the video party?LinkedIn, the professional social network platform, is preparing to launch a live video service that will allow its users to post real-time video content to selected groups, according to reports this week.LinkedIn is aiming to provide organisations and individuals with the ability to host real-time conferences, Q sessions and product announcements on their pages.LinkedIn hope that the service will be used to cover launch events, graduations, award ceremonies and even be used by organisations to release their earnings calls.According to reports by TechCrunch, LinkedIn has selected third-party live broadcasting developers to help deliver video content in conjunction with creators.So far Switcher Studio, Wowza Media Systems, Wirecast and Socialive and Brandlive have been reported as involved in the project.
Editor’s note: A version of this post was previous published by ValueChampion, a research firm that aims to help consumers make smarter decisions with their money.What is less appreciated is the challenge is poses to the established social networks Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.With daily downloads on par with Instagram across many Asian markets and the United States, it has displaced Snapchat as Facebook’s biggest challenger.In other Asian countries like Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong, Instagram and TikTok were neck and neck in terms of their download rankings, further demonstrating that Instagram’s dominance over this category of apps no longer remains unchallenged in the region.With TikTok’s global reach and easily relatable content, its success could spread to Europe as well.TikTok’s user base outside of China is most likely still much smaller than that of Instagram: it reported a monthly active user base of about 200 million outside of China in July 2018, compared to Instagram’s 1 billion.
“There’s something about this company”I’m running a fraction late for my 30 minute interview with Kaspersky Lab’s Ilijana Vavan, writes Computer Business Review Editor Ed Targett, and by the time Google Maps has walked me in circles, security have checked my ID and introductions have been made by the PR officer, we have just 17 minutes to talk.It quickly transpires that 17 minutes with Russian cybersecurity company’s polyglot Managing Director (appointed at the start of 2018) is the equivalent to a lot more time with a less colourful executive.1: She was born in the late Yugoslavia to Bosnian parents, holds a Dutch passport, and lives in Munich.2: She was champion Yugoslavian speed skater, but has loved computers equally since getting her first Spectrum.3: She’s happy to mention opposition to Kaspersky Labs among unnamed industry rivals.
Microsoft is teasing the reveal of a 'HoloLens 2' next-generation mixed reality headset, ahead of this year's Mobile World Congress 2019 conference.In a teaser trailer posted to the YouTube channel of Alex Kipman (the Microsoft executive leading HoloLens development), we're shown a render of a new device being formed through the power of abstract science fiction imagineering.So yep, don't expect hard facts here folks, just some cool brooding synths and space-age metallic surfaces:Kipman's video shares only one truly concrete piece of information: a date.February 24 of 2019 will mark the unveiling of whatever device Microsoft has up its sleeve, putting it around the same time as the big mobile device showcase, MWC 2019, in Barcelona.Could that suggest a wirefree, truly mobile experience?
Move comes amid push to develop composable disaggregated infrastructureEricsson and Intel have announced a new multi-year partnership that will see the two co-develop a “next-generation” hardware management platform designed to underpin Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), distributed cloud, and 5G and boost network/data centre flexibility as workloads grow more volatile.(NFV allows users to run network functions on general-purpose hardware, scale network functions up and down easily and automate service delivery).The two described the platform as being designed to “extend the agility of the cloud to the hardware infrastructure layer” and “help speed time-to-market, maximize utilization, and reduce total cost of ownership” for service providers.Lars Mårtensson, Head of Cloud & NFV infrastructure, Business Area Digital Services, Ericsson, says: “We have long history of successful collaboration with Intel.”“This new collaboration will focus on software in addition to hardware and we see it to be truly transformative for service providers’ ability to successfully deploy open cloud and NFV infrastructure, from centralized datacenters to the edge.”
Should GCSEs be scrapped and replaced with a broader, more holistic curriculum?Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow and chair of the House of Commons Education Select Committee, says YES.Skills shortages cost our economy £6.3bn annually, while hundreds of thousands of young people are faced with the despair of unemployment and unfulfilled job-seeking.Businesses are clear what they want.A base of knowledge, yes, but alongside that the skills that power any modern industry – communication, problem-solving, teamwork.Those skills aren’t learned sitting in rows memorising facts.
By 2050, it is estimated that 68 per cent of the global population will live in cities – an influx of over 2.5bn.With that many people living in urban areas, it is clear that making cities work better is key to creating a safer, more sustainable world.Local issues are now global issues, and cities must lead the way in addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges: climate change, energy efficiency, and urban mobility.It is the founding block for building many of the solutions that city leaders look to in order to tackle these issues.Data is a hugely personal issue, and it is not clear whether people yet truly understand the value of their information enough to make informed choices.Heated debates, scandals, and cyber breaches have perpetuated a cloud of misinformation and fear.
JD, China’s second largest ecommerce company, has closed a deal to buy the Jade Palace Hotel in Beijing for US$400 million, with the goal of transforming the five-star property into a new innovation and recruitment center.The Nasdaq-listed company said on Monday that it acquired 100 percent ownership of the hotel, which is located near the Chinese capital’s Zhongguancun technology hub.“The purchase of the hotel will serve JD.com’s long-term development,” a JD spokesman said.“The hotel will be transformed into a space mainly for technology innovation and commercial business.”That investment came several weeks after JD announced a restructuring of its main shopping site and the creation of an office of the chief executive to better serve its customer-centric strategy.The overhaul will divide JD Mall, the company’s main revenue driver, into three segments: a unit responsible for understanding customer behavior and market changes, another to provide services to satisfy customer demands, and a third to handle infrastructure-building, service support, and risk management, according to company documents provided to media in December 2018.