p T-Mobile has announced the launch of its "Digits" program, coming May 31.Digits is a revamp of how T-Mobile phone numbers work, virtualizing customer numbers so they can work across multiple devices.It sounds a lot like Google Voice—rather than having a phone number tied to a single SIM card or a device, numbers are now account-based, and you can "log in" to your phone number on several devices.T-Mobile says the new phone number system will work "across virtually all connected devices," allowing multiple phones, tablets, and PCs to get texts and calls.This means T-Mobile needs apps across all those platforms, with the press release citing "native seamless integration" in Samsung Android phones, Android and iOS apps, and a browser interface for PCs.The new phone number system is free to all T-Mobile customers.
p became that platform’s first application to support following an update Wednesday.Twitter said in an email to Social Pro Daily that Apple TV users can use the Siri remote to explore 360-degree videos from any angle and search for live 360 videos via the new Periscope Global Map.77 million hours of live user-generated video was streamed via during the first quarter of 2017.Watch more of what’s happening with live 360 video and the Global Map!Update to the latest Twitter app on Apple TV.
p As Google continues to add features to its wide range of services, the company knows that you might want to spread the love with family members.As such, the search giant announced a “family group” feature that makes it easier to share pictures, notes, and content subscriptions, among others.Family groups are comprised of up to six people, with the “manager” granted administrative duties.In other words, managers can change payment methods, monitor accounts for those under 13 years old, and allow or disallow certain services for certain people.“Parent” accounts do not have such privileges, but they can approve or deny purchase requests and make other restriction changes.The family group feature will function according to the service being used.
p SoftBank’s huge $100 billion investment fund — the largest tech fund in history — announced its first close today… and it’s huge.The Japanese telecom giant revealed that its VisionFund has closed an initial commitment of $93 billion from a bevy of high profile backers.They include Apple, Qualcomm, UAE-based Mubadala Investment Company, Saudi Arabia’s PID public fund, Foxconn, and Foxconn-owned Sharp.The fund is committing to a minimum of $100 million deal checks, with a focus on both minority and majority deals with companies that are either private or public.That leaves plenty of scope to play in, but some color can be found in a statement from Son explaining that the fund aims to develop the next phase of the internet and connectivity worldwide:Technology has the potential to address the biggest challenges and risks facing humanity today.
p Owning a Monet or Rembrandt is out of reach for all but the most well-heeled investors.However a new online marketplace promises to give art lovers the chance to buy shares in famous paintings.A British technology start-up is raising funds to launch an eBay-like website where investors can buy and sell shares in works of art.The service will be underpinned by Blockchain, the same secure database technology that lies behind the digital currency Bitcoin and creates a registry of all transactions.Maecenas, which has raised £200,000 from Swiss venture capitalists Polytech and plans to raise the same amount again on crowdfunding site Seedrs, says it is working with galleries and collectors hoping to sell shares in their works ahead of a launch in August, and has a shortlist of artworks due to be listed.It comes after last week’s record-breaking $110.5m (£85m) sale of a painting by Jean-Michael Basquiat.
p From the Hindenburg to the A380, marvel at the aviation engineering at its grandest.Earlier this month, the airship affably known as the Flying Bum spent three hours drifting above the British countryside before returning to its base in rural Bedfordshire.Set to enter commercial operation in 2021, the Airlander 10 now holds the distinction of being the world's largest aircraft.Filled with non-flammable helium, the craft can fly at altitudes of up to 20,000 feet and can stay airborne for up to two weeks.When it enters operation, the 'Flying Bum' will be capable of carrying passengers from London to Paris in as little as 2.5 hours.Designed by famed designed and eccentric recluse Howard Hughes, the H-4 Hercules has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in history, which at nearly 100 metres across made this massive seaplane wider than it was long.
p Six months ago, I was in the National Museum in Beirut, marvelling at two Phoenician sarcophagi among the treasures from ancient Middle Eastern civilizations, when the lights suddenly went out.A few days later, I was in the Bekaa Valley, whose towns hadn’t had power for half the day, as on many days.More recently, I was in oil-rich Iraq, where electricity was intermittent, at best.In Egypt, the government has appealed to the public to cut back on the use of light bulbs and appliances and to turn off air-conditioning even in sweltering heat to prevent wider outages.In the Gaza Strip, two million Palestinians get only two to four hours of electricity a day, after yet another cutback in April.Public fury over rampant outages has sparked protests.
EU:n kilpailukomissaari Margrethe Vestager moittii Irlannin viranomaisia siitä, että näillä kestää liian kauan saada maksamattomat verot teknologiajätti Applelta.Vestager kertoi CNBC:lle toivovansa, että Irlanti saisi Applelta vaaditut 13 miljardia euroa hyvin pian.Kyse on summasta, jonka Euroopan komissio langetti viime vuoden elokuussa Applelle siitä syystä, että komissio katsoi Applen saaneen kohtuuttomia verohelpotuksia Irlannissa.Kiista laittomasta veroavusta on kiristänyt myös Irlannin ja Brysselin välejä, sillä Irlanti katsoo, että komission määräys Applelle saa Irlannin näyttämään epäedulliselta bisnespaikalta.Viime vuonna asiaan otti kantaa myös Applen toimitusjohtaja Tim Cook, jonka mukaan komission päätös haittaa tulevaisuuden sijoituksia Euroopassa.”Minä en ole nähnyt mitään viitteitä tällaisesta”, hän kertoi mainiten edut, joita yritykset saavat Euroopan markkinoilta, jolla on potentiaalinen yli 500 miljoonan asiakaspohja.
p Virgin Trains will make use of Box’s collaboration capabilities and document security featuresVirgin Trains has rolled out Box to more than 1,500 of its employees after opting to move to the cloud content management platform to help drive collaboration and provide mobile access to documents.The UK train operator is known for its long-distance services between several of the country’s major cities and employees will now be able to access documents from any device, wherever they are.This includes working from different offices, as well as on the Virgin train’s themselves through the company’s on-board Wi-Fi network.“With Box, all of our content is in one place, available anywhere, anytime and on any device which is useful when you’re travelling at 125mph around the country.Box has helped to transform the way we work internally so that we’re all using our time effectively.”
p Google has hosted its I/O 2017 conference this week, and the internet giant certainly has a lot to shout about.Starting with the Android OS, the team has launched a lightweight version of the software, Android Go, which is designed for the entry-level segment in emerging markets.Although the BRICs countries have been making a surge in the digital economy in recent years, the phones on the market there are still too powerful for the Android Go idea.In places like India, a smartphone might give you 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage, but Go can be used on smaller specifications, which might suggest the team is targeting lesser developed nations across Asia and Africa.Elsewhere in the Google world, the smart home team has been busy also.If the device has something to tell you a couple of lights will flash up on top and the user can choose to ask Google what it wants or not.
p Telling time seems easy enough—just look at a clock, dummy!Not so easy if you’re a plant without any eyes or ears, though.But seriously, smart plants need to know the time more than many humans do, especially since they rely on sunlight to produce their food through photosynthesis.Us dumb humans, meanwhile, are still trying to understand how our vegetables keep track of their days.At least one important plant has its own protein stopwatch that helps regulate its timekeeping, and the discovery could help us hack plants to turn them into better food-producing servants.One team of scientists from Southern Methodist University has been studying the circadian rhythm in plants for a while, focusing on a few specific proteins in the thale cress weed—the lab rat of plants.
p The latest A portable music player just landed at the Munich High End show – and it's taking aim at the most minted of audiophiles.Say hi to the Astell & Kern A SP1000.Looks like some HTML gone wrong.We'll just call it the SP1000, eh?Joining the likes of the entry-level AK Jr and superb AK70, the SP1000 is the new flagship Hi-Res Audio player from the South Korean company, which is owned by iRiver (remember them?).A claims this is “the world’s best portable player” and that it's a totally new design from top to bottom.
p In a sign of the ongoing tension between European privacy officials and Facebook, the social network was today fined $166,000 in France over changes to its terms and conditions that were announced in 2014./p p The fine is modest for a company of Facebook’s size.But France’s Commission Nationale de l’informatique, or CNIL, noted that France is just one of several European states that have been probing the impact of those changes.Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain also have ongoing investigations at various stages./p p The issue concerns the announcement Facebook made at the time regarding a new tool that it said would help simplify users’ management of their information, as well as clarifying who could and could not see it.Facebook launched Privacy Basics to address ongoing criticism about the vagueness of its rules and difficulties understanding how and when various content could be viewed by others.
Martin, author of the books that inspired HBO's hit fantasy series "Game of Thrones," revealed some details about the new related shows announced last week -- and he doesn't want fans calling them "spinoffs."Here's the short version, since we all have dragons to hatch and kingdoms to conquer:"We had four scripts in development when I arrived in LA last week, but by the time I left we had five," Martin wrote.He's keeping the fifth writer's name under wraps, only to say that, "He's a really terrific addition, however, a great guy and a fine writer, and aside from me and maybe (Westeros.org creators) Elio (Garcia) and Linda (Antonsson), I don't know anyone who knows and loves Westeros as well as he does."Martin also said that though early reports were that he himself was working directly with two of the first writers, he's actually working with all of them."So all of you who were hoping for the further adventures of Hot Pie are doomed to disappointment.
p Skip Suva is a fidgeter.When he worked at paper-intensive administrative jobs, he’d doodle incessantly; when he started a coding career last year, he took up fiddling with an SD-card reader that made pleasant snick noises.But it helps him focus.“When my brain is moving a lot faster than my fingers can,” he says, “it feels like I need something to ground myself.”Recently, Suva bought a tool just for fidgeting: the Fidget Cube, by Antsy Labs.It has six twiddly mechanisms on its faces, and each moves in a fascinating way: a rocker switch, a dial, a set of buttons that go kerchunk.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is the best tool around for detecting and eliminating potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) from your Windows PC.It performs on-demand scans of your whole system (including heuristic analysis to detect brand new threats), quarantines any undesirables it finds, and lets you purge them all with a single click.Free software is fantastic, but sometimes when you download a program, an unwanted extra comes along for the ride.PUPs – also known as adware – aren’t viruses, so they might not be picked up by your regular security software, but they’re a nuisance.They can redirect your homepage, change your default search engine, add toolbars to your browser, and generally make your life miserable.They can also compromise your privacy, monitoring your comings and goings, then reporting back to advertisers.
p Tizen may be popular on smartwatches, but Samsung's lightweight OS isn't just for your wrists as the phone maker announces a new Tizen-powered handset coming out this month.The Samsung Z4 is a 4G LTE-capable smartphone designed to make the most out what Tizen has to offer compared to the likes of iOS and Android, such as slower battery consumption, faster switching between apps, and a potentially lower price point.While it's no Samsung Galaxy S8, the Z4 isn't a slouch either, with the Tizen 3.0-powered phone sporting 1GB of RAM, 5MP front and back-facing cameras, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 2,050mAh battery.Pricing details were not announced at this time.The Samsung Z4 is expected to launch in gold, black, and silver variants this May in select countries, starting with India.This isn't the first time Tizen-powered phones have had limited launch regions, as the Samsung Z1 also made a similar debut starting with India in 2015.
p The Trump administration is likely to expand the airline laptop ban to include incoming flights from European countries, according to reports from Reuters.The US government reportedly has plans to increase the number of origin airports that are affected by the new rules, which first came into effect in March 2017 and listed ten international transport hubs.Expansion of the ban could reportedly now include United Airlines, Delta (who are partnered with Virgin Atlantic), and the American Airlines group (partnered with British Airways), and all operate transatlantic flights from the UK’s major airports.Decisions have not yet been finalised, according to officials who were briefed on Wednesday, as the Department of Homeland Security continues to try and work out how they will ensure lithium batteries stored in the hold do not explode.This is after a number of incidents where batteries caught fire mid-flight, including a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which caught fire on a domestic flight in the USA, and prompted airlines to forbid passengers travelling with the device.In fact, current rules provided by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority, that state: “Portable electronic devices containing lithium ion batteries should be carried as carry-on baggage,” would need to be circumvented if new rules are implemented by Trump’s team.
p There are tens of articles about Facebook ad optimization.However, most of them are full of basic advice like "Install a Facebook Pixel" or "Create a Facebook audience."That's not very helpful, is it?After working with SaaS brands and developing their Facebook ad strategies, I've learned the hard way how to actually improve Facebook ad results through a process of constant tweaking and updates.And I'd like to share my learnings with you.So here they are – the 10 Facebook ad optimization hacks that really work.