New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that she will have a baby in office in a no-nonsense way: “I am not the first woman to multitask,” she stated.The pregnancy is sure to be heavily scrutinised and to attract a welter of stereotyped views about pregnant women losing focus during pregnancy – the whole “pregnancy brain fog” thing, being irrational and the like.She took it in her stride: “It’s what ladies do.”Of course, every woman is different and has a different experience of pregnancy, but most manage to get their job done perfectly well.Indeed, many women go out of their way to overcompensate for the stereotypes and work harder to show that they are still perfectly capable.According to research commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in 2016, three quarters of pregnant women and new mothers experience discrimination and one in nine lose their job as a result.
There’s no question that Amazon is the go-to e-commerce destination for many consumers.It makes sense, then, that retailers looking to expand their reach would want to get their products listed there.Make sure your audience is actually thereMany assume everyone uses Amazon when, in reality, that’s actually not so.– Brendon Schenecker, Travel VegasFind a partner who understands the ecosystem
Facebook has placed a great deal of emphasis on Facebook Live and groups in recent months, and the newest feature it is testing combines the two.Vice president of product Fidji Simo announced in a Facebook post that the social network started testing a feature “with a handful of groups” Wednesday called Watch Party.Watch Party enables members of a group to view videos together, comment on them and react to them.Videos are chosen by group administrators and moderators, and while they can choose any videos on the social network—Live or otherwise—Simo emphasized that engagement with Facebook Live videos was the motivation behind the feature, noting that Live videos drive six times more interactions than non-live videos.Simo said Facebook decided to launch the test with groups because more than 1 billion people use the feature to connect with people who have similar interests, adding that Facebook hopes to use what it learns from this test to expand Watch Party in the future.A Facebook spokesperson said there are no plans to monetize Watch Party at this point.
It may require pulling out a Pensieve to remember, but in late 2017 Warner Bros announced a brand-new publishing label, called Portkey Games, which would be dedicated to creating games tied to the Harry Potter universe.The first game to be announced was Harry Potter: Wizards Unite – an AR game from Niantic, the team behind the wildly popular Pokemon Go.Though we’re still waiting to hear more about the next Harry Potter phenomenon, Portkey Games has revealed another Harry Potter title that will be coming to iOS and Android in 2018: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.Rather than using AR to bring the wizarding world to you, Hogwarts Mystery is a role-playing game that will give players the chance to escape to Hogwarts and live the life of a magical student.Players will start their adventure by creating their own avatar, choosing a pet and getting settled into their Hogwarts house.After this they’ll be able to attend Hogwarts classes, learn magical skills, interact with other players, and make decisions that will affect their character’s story arc as they go through their years at Hogwarts.
The Xiaomi Mi 7, in the past few days, has become a major subject in the rumor mill.The smartphone, though not officially confirmed is set to feature the under-display fingerprint scanner and will be unveiled at the upcoming MWC 2018.Now, fresh information from China suggests there is a second Xiaomi Phone in the making.The latest information which may and may not be true suggest Xiaomi will be launching a revised version of the Xiaomi Mi mix 2 later on at the MWC.The revised version according to reports is codenamed Polaris but will be marketed as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S.If the report is true, then the Xiaomi mix 2S will feature thin-bezel display panel with room for frontal notch equipped with a facial recognition sensor, similar to the one likely to feature on the rumored Moto X5 and on the iPhone X.
Apple CEO Tim Cook noted in an interview that the company will update iOS with a new feature that will allow you to prevent your iPhone from automatically slowing down performance as your battery ages, after coming under fire last month for enabling that function without explicitly informing users.While the company previously explained that the performance throttling function was a measure to prevent unexpected freezes and reboots on devices with older batteries, it raised a question about whether the company intended to make customers feel like their phones were getting slower, so they might want to upgrade to a newer model sooner than actually necessary.Speaking to ABC News, Cook explained:In addition to giving everybody a very very low price on a new battery, we’re also going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery.So it’s very, very transparent.And, we will tell somebody that we’re reducing your performance by some amount in order to not have an unexpected restart.
In 2016, Tristan Harris, whose job title at Google was “design ethicist,” left the company to focus on a new nonprofit he called Time Well Spent.The goal of Time Well Spent is to reverse what it cals “the digital attention crisis” — the brilliants minds at Google, Apple, Facebook, and elsewhere who “hijack our minds” through ever-more sophisticated manipulation techniques delivered through our smartphones.Harris has emerged as a vocal critic of Facebook, appearing on NBC this week to call the company “a living, breathing crime scene.”You might expect that Facebook, which derives its profits from the amount of time people spend interacting with the advertisements in its apps, would reject the Time Well Spent thesis.“By focusing on bringing people closer together — whether it’s with family and friends, or around important moments in the world — we can help make sure that Facebook is time well spent,” he wrote.Today, one of Harris’ collaborators returned the volley.
Apple is giving its employees $2,500 bonuses in restricted stock units following the passing of new US tax law, according to a report from Bloomberg.The stock will be granted to most employees worldwide in the coming months, according to the report.It cites unnamed sources within Apple, who claim that Apple employees below a senior level title of “director” will be eligible for the bonuses.Apple announced earlier today that it would be bringing most of its cash back to the US from overseas (and paying $38 billion in taxes in the process), a move that would seem to be predicated by the recent overhaul of the corporate tax rate in the US.Apple isn’t the only company to issue bonuses to celebrate the lower tax rates: AT and Comcast have also previously announced plans for similar bonuses as well.
Teaching yourself to play piano can be pretty daunting.It uses guide lights to tell you which notes to play when learning a new piece.The device is basically a long strip of LED lights designed to fit any standard 88-key piano, slotting in between the black keys while leaving you enough room to play unimpeded.It uses lasers to detect when the keys have been pressed, and can connect to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth or a cable.It also has the bonus functionality of adding MIDI capabilities to a traditional piano, though it’s not clear if this includes velocity sensitivity.Once attached and connected to the company’s app, you can choose from a selection of sheet music, lessons, games, or Synthesia videos to learn to play new songs.
The Meizu M6S aka mBlu S6 is pegged to be unveiled on the 17th of this month.Just two days before that, the promotional poster has leaked that confirms the presence of the Exynos processor and side mounted fingerprint scanner.The mBlu S6 has been popping up on benchmarking sites and in other reports, but Meizu has been quiet about the smartphone.The promotional poster shows the phone in all its glory.As speculated, it will sport a full-screen display.There will be no mBack button, instead, a side mounted fingerprint scanner.
The search by brand marketers for consumer engagement has led to the continued growth and funding of the social media influencer that has made millionaires of some vloggers and online celebrities the world over.However, as these seemingly normal people have grown their fame, demand by brands for their audiences has similarly grown and the rules and regulations around their ability to promote products became a problem for marketing regulators.Examples are endless, from Cole LaBrant, Mackenzie Davies to Maia Mitchell, who have used different platforms and shared their own life skills and insights to develop personal fan bases.And as Facebook changes its newsfeed algorithm to drive more personalised content to the fore, over media content, those organic relationships will become more coveted by advertisers.“Brands are learning,” states Peter Willems, head of marketing activities & sponsorship for world footballing body, Uefa, while speaking on a panel organized by FCB Inferno about influencers and his experience of working with them through the launch of a new project alongside freestyle soccer skills channel, F2.We believe at the moment that influencers can help us there.” he continues to explain, adding that sharing the objective with the influencers who are involved in the collaboration is now crucial too.
I’m talking polished surfaces, dishes all washed and put away, ironed sheets on the beds, clothes neatly folded and placed in drawers.Most importantly, my (then) two-year-old son’s toys would have been hidden from view, in matching storage boxes.Well, depending on which day of the week you come - because I decided, recently, to only tidy, clear and clean once a week.That means if you pop round on a Thursday evening, the house might look utterly chaotic.Toys will be strewn about the place, washing will be hanging on the line - dry, but stubbornly hanging there.Why have I stopped tidying (except on Saturdays)?
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Southern Indian Ocean and obtained a visible light image of Tropical Storm Irving that showed vertical wind shear was pushing storms away from its center.On Jan. 10 at 4:25 a.m. EST (0925 UTC) the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard Aqua provided a visible look at the effect wind shear was having on Irving.Northwesterly wind shear had pushed the bulk of clouds to the southeastern quadrant of the storm, leaving the rest of the circulation exposed and with just fragmented clouds.The storm was rapidly decaying under wind shear.On Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. EST (1500 UTC), Tropical Storm Irving was located near 31.8 degrees south latitude and 69.0 degrees east longitude, about 846 nautical miles southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius.Irving's maximum sustained winds were near 40 knots (46 mph/74 kph).
While Samsung’s QLED TVs always score some decent news coverage every year, the company’s more lifestyle-oriented products languish in relative obscurity.MicroLED (also referred to as micro-LED, mLED, and µLED) is a technology that shrinks traditional LEDs to a smaller size, and gives them the ability to produce their own light.MicroLED doesn’t require a discrete backlight and there’s no need for LCD shutters.When pressed about the differences between OLED and MicroLED, one Samsung spokesperson after another had the same response: MicroLED has all of the things you love about OLED with none of the tradeoffs.Specifically what Samsung is trying to impart of journalists at CES is that the TV has no problem with contrast or black levels, and yet retains the bright, high dynamic range-friendly whites of traditional LED screens.While most manufacturers might use a scrambled mess of numbers and letters, Samsung has the nail on the head with its name.
Sebastian Tomczak is a music technologist and professor who likes to upload random experiments to YouTube.One of his clips is just 10-hours of white noise that he generated with open source software.Five copyright complaints later, and some vultures are now making money off of his work.On Thursday, Tomczak tweeted a screenshot of the complaints that have been lodged against his video, “10 Hours of Low Level White Noise.” The clip is exactly what its title advertises, and the absurdity of someone claiming ownership of a bunch of frequencies with equal intensity playing simultaneously—that’s all white noise is—clearly illustrates just how beyond broken YouTube’s automated copyright system really is.TorrenFreak tracked Tomczak down to get more details on exactly what happened.His YouTube channel features videos of him tinkering with gear and various pieces of video game music slowed down by 804 percent.
The disproportionately high number of motorcycle-related traffic accidents may be linked to the way the human brain processes--or fails to process--information, according to new research published in Human Factors, "Allocating Attention to Detect Motorcycles: The Role of Inattentional Blindness."The study examines how the phenomenon of inattentional blindness, or a person's failure to notice an unexpected object located in plain sight, might explain the prevalence of looked-but-failed-to-see (LBFTS) crashes, the most common type of collision involving motorcycles.According to human factors/ergonomics researchers Kristen Pammer, Stephanie Sabadas, and Stephanie Lentern, LBFTS crashes are particularly troublesome because, despite clear conditions and the lack of other hazards or distractions, drivers will look in the direction of the oncoming motorcycle - and in some cases appear to look directly at the motorcycle - but still pull out into its path.Pammer, a professor of psychology and associate dean of science at Australian National University, notes, "When we are driving, there is a huge amount of sensory information that our brain must deal with.The researchers recruited 56 adults and asked them to examine a series of photographs depicting routine driving situations taken from the driver's perspective.The respondents were to determine whether the image represented a safe or unsafe driving environment.
Honda and Alibaba are teaming up to work on connected car services, becoming the latest big companies to leap aboard the smart vehicle technology bandwagon.Alibaba will get the opportunity to put its Autonavi mapping services into the Japanese carmaker’s future vehicles, with customers also being able to make online payments via the Chinese tat bazaar’s Alipay platform.Neither company would comment to Alibaba-owned South China Morning Post, which cited Japanese business newspaper Nikkei.Honda and Autonavi have been working together since 2015 on in-car mapping services, according to the Nikkei.The mapping company was bought out by Alibaba in the previous year for $1.5bn.In-car infotainment services are very much the up-and-coming battleground for web and technology companies wanting a slice of a new and potentially lucrative market.
In 2015 and again in 2016, I made a number of political predictions for those years.Labour MPs would start splitting off, but there’s no sign of that happening.No concrete signs of either yet, though perhaps I was simply a year or two early.Boris Johnson, by some unknown secret method, has managed to remain in place.However, I was right that Corbyn will remain leader of Labour, no progress on a US/UK trade deal (people might say that’s because we can’t negotiate a deal whilst in the EU, but that’s no my point here.My point is that there is no overall diplomatic desire for a trade deal from Trump), Article 50 will have been invoked with major challenges in parliament and Trump would be accepted by the electoral college.
In an attempt to cut down on fraud, China’s central bank has announced plans to begin regulating payments by QR codes, barcodes, and other scannable codes.The regulations will initially cap payments by traditional QR codes to 500 yuan, or about $76 USD.When additional security measures are applied, the cap can raise to 5,000 yuan, or around $765 USD.At an even higher security level, banks and payment processors are given discretion over the cap.Beyond that, The People's Bank of China isn’t putting many hard rules in place.But it is mandating that banks and payment processors begin to self-regulate, and the central bank has provided quite a few guidelines on what they should do.
Value created in a token-based economy can be more efficiently shared between the different token holders: founders, builders, customers, service-providers and investors.Two opposing fears are holding back the move to token-networks: a fear of the absence of governance on one side and a fear of regulation on the other.In 2017 we saw projects raise what’s comparable to hundreds of millions of dollars via Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), using little more than a picture of a few smiling founders and an impenetrable white paper.The sheer amount of money flowing into the market allowed early ICOs to have no governance structure whatsoever.Penny-stock IPOs have gone through a similar process before, instigating heavy regulatory counter-action in the 1930s which birted the requirement for companies to have tens of millions in revenue in order to go public.The focus of the investigative report was the principal/agent problem: having governance by a small group of managers with divergent interests is the primary reason that the SEC needs to be involved.