A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to 16 years in jail after dousing an aspiring model and her cousin with acid as they sat in a car.John Tomlin was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday.Resham Khan and Jameel Mukhtar suffered severe burns on their faces and bodies following the attack on Khan’s 21st birthday in June last year.
Travelers heading to the Maldives will soon be able to spend their entire vacation under the waves, if they wish.The tiny Indian Ocean country already lets you dine in the depths of the deep blue sea, and later this year you’ll be able to book a room there, too.Brought to you by the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort, the residence is said to be the first of its kind in the world.It’ll be called “Muraka,” which means “coral” in the local language of the Maldives, will be able to accommodate up to nine guests.The undersea residence aims to offer “an intimate and immersive experience of one of the Earth’s most breathtaking marine environments,” Conrad Hotels & Resorts said in a release.It adds: “Muraka is designed to blend into its environment, giving guests’ unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean at every turn.
Making full-sized models out of regular sized LEGO bricks isn’t new, but Porsche has gone a little wild and made a super-sized LEGO set to recreate its 911 Turbo 3.0 model.Found at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, the jumbo 911 is a scaled up replica of the LEGO version you can buy.That meant taking all of the individual LEGO pieces for the bodywork, bumpers, hood, and lights, and making far larger versions of them.These have been assembled into something that’s the same size as a production Porsche.What looks fairly blocky in regular LEGO model size gets seriously chunky and lumpy when the size of a regular 911.Factor in the bright green finish, and you have a German sports car you can’t miss.
Last fall, public records showed that Amazon was approved to distribute pharmaceuticals in 12 states.In reaction, the stocks for several pharmaceutical distribution and health care companies fell.But it seems that the e-commerce company might not be going ahead with drug sales afterall.As reported by CNBC, Amazon Business -- which sells large-quantity orders to businesses -- has halted plans to sell drugs directly to hospitals.The article suggests that the challenges of getting into the pharmaceutical space may have been the issue.It's worth noting that Amazon Business currently offers health care products, including medical supplies -- just not drugs.
Nest, the Google-owned company known for its popular smart home products, like the Nest Cam Outdoor and Nest Thermostat E, is reportedly considering a much deeper dive into the connected home tech sector.Nokia, which acquired Withings in 2016, is said to be looking for a buyer, according to sources familiar with the matter.In the runnings along with Nest are three other companies in total, two of which are France-based.Wareable’s reporting on the topic points out that Google’s interest in Nokia’s health division is up against a worried French government, reluctant that such a deal might not be a positive move in the wake of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.Sources say that they would much rather see Nokia’s assets change hands to one of the bidding French companies.A nestful of Nest products
HPE, Arm and SUSE team up with Universities of Bristol, Edinburgh and Leicester to build three supercomputer clusters, running more than 12,000 Arm-based cores, hosted by HPE Apollo 70 HPC systems.It’s official: the supercomputer arms race is getting hotter by the minute.This will see the six partners collaborate to develop and deploy one of the largest Arm-based high performance computing (HPC) installations in the world – at a budget the partners declined to reveal, other than to describe as “substantial”.The clusters at each university will be largely identical, consisting of 64 HPE Apollo 70 systems, each equipped with two 32 core Cavium ThunderX2 processors, 128GB of memory composed of 16 DDR4 DIMMs with Mellanox InfiniBand interconnects.Mike Vildibill, VP, Advanced Technologies Group at Hewlett Packard Enterprise said: “We are currently seeing an insatiable demand for compute performance, as companies seek to gain actionable insights from their data.As we embark on the global race towards more powerful and eventually exascale [computers that can execute a billion billion calculations per second] systems, new approaches and technologies are needed to tackle some of the key challenges in achieving these levels of performance, such as rising energy consumption.”
HP and Lenovo are kings of the ever-shrinking hills, but Dell’s made a movePC shipments continue their slow slide, with analyst firms Gartner and IDC both releasing data for 2018’s first quarter showing further slippage.IDC counted 60.383 million PCs heading out of factory doors around the world, down just 14,000 from Q1 2017’s 60.397 million and an assessment of “flat” sales.Gartner’s count recorded 61.686 million shipments, a -1.4 per cent drop on Q1 2017’s figure of 62,569.Both firms have HP Inc as the planet’s PC paragon, with the company growing its market share by 2.8 per cent according to Gartner and a tick over four points according to IDC.Lenovo is in second, but posted only anaemic growth.
Then you might be interested to learn that there’s a big discount on Porsche’s Design Book One laptop, which has been knocked down to £1,599.99.Yes, that might still sound a little pricey, but bear in mind that this Porsche brand laptop has a recommended retail price of £2,395, so this represents a saving of £795.Plus, you get a well-specced notebook for the money, with the hybrid having a 13.3-inch 3,200 x 1,800-resolution touchscreen.The core components consist of an Intel Core i7-7500U processor running at 2.7GHz (with turbo to 3.5GHz), backed up with 16GB of system RAM, plus there’s a 512GB PCIe SSD for storage.The battery lasts up to 14 hours, and can be fully charged in less than two hours.You get dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a bundled stylus, and Windows 10 Pro installed.
In addition to our Sunday App of the Week feature, we also summarize some of our favorite B2B sales & marketing posts from around the Web each week.We’ll miss a ton of great stuff, so if you found something you think is worth sharing please add it to the comments below.In the meantime, here are some B2B Reads we love:Using Conversational Storytelling to Drive the Bottom LineDespite the abundance of channels and tools for extending the reach of marketing messages, making meaningful connections with customers is only getting harder.How to Do Bad Sales Math
Tech companies in the US that employ foreign citizens won't be able to hire any more until 2019.Applications for the H-1B visa that allows skilled workers to temporarily work in the US are now closed.They opened April 2, only five days ago.While the limited availability of H-1B visas affect every company in the US wishing to hire highly skilled foreign citizens, the tech industry, and Silicon Valley in particular, are hit especially hard.Foreign citizens make up almost three quarters of the area's tech workforce, The San Jose Mercury News reported in January."That's it for the entire year for our nation's ability to bring in the best and brightest individuals through the H-1B program to come create American jobs," Todd Schulte, president of FWD.us, a US lobby in favor of immigration reform.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games are well underway in Australia where teams from 71 nations and territories have come together on Queensland’s Gold Coast to compete against one another in 275 events across 19 sports with 852 medals to be won.As the host of the games, Australia has the most athletes but England, Wales, Scotland, New Zealand, India, Jamaica, Malayasia and the rest of the Commonwealth countries have sent more than 6,600 athletes to the Gold Coast.Whether you’re interested in swimming, cycling, gymnastics, rugby or basketball there is a sport for everyone at the 21st Commonwealth Games that began on April 4 and will run until April 15.We'll show tell you how to catch all the action, wherever you live.Additionally Australians can download the 7CommGames app from Google Play or the Apple Store to watch the games and there is also a website version of the app that will provide desktop and laptop users with the same content.Live stream the Commonwealth Games outside Australia
In an interview with Bloomberg, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg disclosed the fact that ongoing privacy revelations around Cambridge Analytica have some advertisers skittish.When asked about how many advertisers had paused their ad spending, Sandberg would only get as specific as saying that “a few” had done so, leaving plenty of room for interpretation.She told Bloomberg that Facebook was engaged in “reassuring conversations” with advertisers with concerns about data privacy.The slight chill is just one more way that the Cambridge Analytica scandal is shifting Facebook’s relationship to the advertisers at the core of the company’s business model.In the interview, Sandberg reiterated that Facebook’s proactive measures around privacy and security — like doubling its safety and security team from 10,000 to 20,000 workers — will negatively affect profitability in the short to medium term.“We also didn’t build our operations fast enough, and that’s on me,” Sandberg said.
There’s no way to sugarcoat this message: Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg believes North America users of his platform deserve a lower data protection standard than people everywhere else in the world.A spokeswoman for Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch today that the changes it revealed late last month — including finally reducing its historical settings sprawl from 20 screens to just one — were what Sandberg was talking about in those earlier comments.Ergo, even those basic tweaks are a direct result of the EU regulation.And indeed transparency is a key underlying principle of GDPR, which places requirements on data controllers to clearly explain to people what personal data they intend to collect and for what exact purpose — in order to gain informed consent for processing the data (or, if not consent, another valid basis is required for the data processing to be legal).What’s less clear is exactly which portions of GDPR Facebook believes it can safely separate out for users on its platform and not risk accidentally mishandling the personal data of an international user — say who might be visiting or living in the US — thereby running the risk of privacy complaints and, ultimately, financial sanctions (penalties for violations can be very large under GDPR).I’m quite mystified how Facebook is going to reliably distinguish among EU and non-EU users, in order to build separate tiers of GDPR-compliant granular, revocable opt-in consent controls from another tier of opt-out consent controls.
In what seemed like a foregone conclusion, Valve removed Steam Machines from the hardware dropdown on Steam’s homepage GamingOnLinux reports.No official statement has been made about the update, but as of now, it appears to be a quiet acknowledgment that the expensive hardware experiment failed.Revealed in 2013, Steam Machines were originally intended to bridge the divide between PC and console gaming.The machines were manufactured to look like home consoles, supported SteamOS, and the Steam Controller.Boxes from major PC players like Alienware began to release in late 2015.Unlike home consoles, the handful of Steam Machines that reached market had a wide range of specifications, which inevitably contributed to vastly different price points.
Nissan is pretty darn proud of the 2019 Altima, and with good reason.The sedan introduces all-wheel drive at a low price point, has an optional variable-compression turbocharged engine and comes with the company's ProPilot driver-assistance tech.Nissan Vice President of Product Planning Michael Bunce, calls it the "best Altima ever."And in fact, it speaks to the company's larger focus on making sedans truly desirable."We don't see sedans going away in the US at all," Bunce tells Roadshow.Yes, crossovers are seemingly all the rage these days, but Bunce sees huge opportunity for sedans moving forward.
We may buy new smartphones and laptops every year or two, but when it comes expensive medical computers, that’s not an option.There are more than three million medical equipment installed in hospitals today, and more than 100,000 new instruments added each year — that’s according Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said at the company’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC).Nvidia’s technique is to leverage the cloud to provide a “virtual upgrade” to existing medical equipment.Dubbed Project Clara, the medical cloud is described by Huang as a “medical imaging supercomputer that is a data center virtualized, remoted, and is a multi-modality, multi-user supercomputer.”It’s an end-to-end solution leveraging the power of Nvidia’s GPU and its cloud infrastructure, allowing medical practitioners the capability to upload data, analyze and interpret data.Herer at GTC this year, Nvidia is showing off how it uses deep learning to make inferences to detect diseases and pathologies at an earlier state, which could save lives.
The GSMA has identified several key reasons why it believes the United States market will be the pioneer of 5G over the coming years.In a new report, the GSMA estimates the U.S. will have 100 million 5G connections by 2023 and 190 million by 2025.Over half (58%) of the U.S population adopt new smartphone technologies early.Combining the Middle East and North Africa regions brings us the third biggest early adopters with 34 percent.Less than 15 percent of consumers in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia are early adopters.Each of the four major operators in the U.S market – AT, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon – contributed their insights to the GSMA’s report.
When Marc Pritchard uses choice language to call out the advertising industry, it listens.As chief brand officer of Procter & Gamble, Pritchard manages a significant share of the global advertising budget—which is expected to hit $600 billion by 2021—and he recently issued an ominous warning: P would no longer waste money on digital media channels that can’t prove that customers are seeing its ads.According to the Association of National Advertisers, only one-quarter of all digital ad spend ever reaches actual people.Most people don’t want to be bombarded with ads.In fact, they hate ads so much that they install blockers and abandon pages when they break through.When bots make up more than one-half of all internet traffic globally, how much of that 5 percent click-through rate is from a robot?
In Chicago yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook stepped into the auditorium at Lane Technical College Prep High School and told an audience about the future of education.The iPad was two years old, and while it was pricey, it seemed poised to change the way students could learn.The company had been in classrooms for years, as far back as the Apple IIe, which Apple donated to schools by the thousands in the early 1980s.Apple wanted to bring its devices into every school in America, to usher in an era of computer literacy and education.Steve Jobs wanted to put a computer in the hands of every student.It was Apple's chance to reinsert itself into the American classroom.
I’ve been writing about the impact of the big tech giants in our lives and their impact on the marketing sector.On Sunday, Facebook took out full-page ads to apologise for the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal that’s blown up in the social network’s face.The ads are an apology written by founder and chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg.They try to clarify what’s occurred and state that Facebook has stopped third-party apps from “getting so much information,” and that the company has started “limiting what the data apps get when you sign up,” which is what Zuckerburg said on CNN earlier this past week.“This was a breach of trust, and I’m sorry we didn’t do more at the time,” writes Zuckerberg.“I promise to do better for you.” This new, more definitive apology, comes just days after his interview on CNN and The New York Times.