Over in China law enforcement has a new weapon in the war against crime, and its name is the AnBot!The AnBot isn t really a Robocop as such as is actually more like an automated mall cop/security guard, and has already been deployed in Zhengzhou East train station.This is the first autonomous security robot that has seen action in China and features face recognition features, facial scanning the ability to charge itself and even an air quality sensor.Anbot measures just 149cm tall and weighs in at 78kg boasting a top speed of 11mph.The black and white bot started work on 17th Feb and is charged with scanning faces and passing on information that is deemed necessary.The robot is also used during the evening where it can patrol and report crimes, fires or emergencies.We wonder if this wheeled Robocop is just the start of a new wave or robotic emergency workers and ask just how long it will take before similar machines are armed and given more Policing powers.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
This article was originally written by Shabana Arora and published in MarTech AdvisorsNew York, NY: Madison Logic, the provider of Account Based Marketing solutions, today announced key changes to the company s executive leadership team as well as an expansion of the company s international presence with a new office in Singapore.Madison Logic is poised to serve clients at a global level and to acquire new business at home and abroad, furthering the strategic growth plans, which were invigorated by Clarion Capital Partners acquisition of the company at the end of November 2016.Vin Turk, co-founder of the company, will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer.As COO, Vin will be instrumental in ensuring the success of Activate ABM , Madison Logic s account based marketing platform, through new strategic partnerships and operational excellence.Previously, Vin was responsible for overseeing the growth of the company s data initiatives and global operations.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco is still fresh in everyone s minds.Besides being a hazard for all users of the phone, the mishap even turned out to be a PR disaster for Samsung.To add fuel to the fire figuratively?, a factory in China that produced the Note 7 batteries was reported to have caught fire.According to Bloomberg, that fire wasn t a major one, but certainly trivial.It also seems to have occurred at a waste site on the factory rather than around the production areas, which perhaps also explains how the production wasn t affected.The fire accident occurred on Tuesday morning.The Note 7 lived a short but adventurous life in 2016.The phone was pulled off of the market twice, and then ultimately cut short.Do you think we assume our smartphones to be much safer to use than they actually are?
Yahoo didn't lose much traffic during the final three months of the year, even after it revealed that it suffered one of the worst data hacks in history — and for investors waiting for Verizon to complete its $4.8 billion acquisition of Yahoo, that's very good news.On Monday, Yahoo announced in its earnings report that user engagement numbers have remained largely intact compared to the same quarter of last year, across page views, email activity, and search trends.The numbers are particularly encouraging given recent reports that Verizon could potentially pull out of the deal to acquire Yahoo, as the hacks affected more than one billion Yahoo user accounts and could potentially cause current users to ditch the service altogether."The company's user engagement trends seem to indicate the December data breach notification had very little impact on Yahoo Mail activity, which provides us comfort that the Verizon-Yahoo deal should remain on track," Mizuho's analyst Neil Doshi wrote in a note Tuesday.On top of that, Yahoo noted that 90% of its daily active users have "already taken or do not need to take remedial action to protect their accounts," showing that the company has taken swift action to minimize the hack's impact on its users."We believe that the sale will be completed regardless of Yahoo's most recent hacking disclosure," Oppenheimer's Jason Helfstein wrote in a note.Here's the chart Yahoo shared to show its user engagement:Still, the Verizon-Yahoo deal seems to have a long way to go before it can be completed.In the earnings report, Yahoo said that it's delaying the timeframe of the transaction to the second quarter of this year, postponing it from the initially announced first quarter of this year.Yahoo didn't share more details around the decision to delay the deal.But a source familiar with the matter told Business Insider that the parties are working through additional questions resulting from Yahoo's recent disclosures about hacking incidents affecting its service, as well as customary integration matters spanning sales, product and other operations.Verizon said on Tuesday following its earnings report that it "continues to work with Yahoo to assess the impact of data breaches.
Apple s AirPods are fine.They re lightweight, they re remarkably easy to pair with an iPhone, and they re one of two truly wireless earphones I ve used that can hold a Bluetooth connection without totally freaking out.They work.You d be surprised at how few wireless headphones you can say that about.Still, I d have a hard time recommending them to non-tech-enthusiasts.Though the AirPods are better than most of their fully wireless peers, they can t totally escape feeling like a test run.Most of the deepest flaws should improve over time.Forthcoming Bluetooth updates should bolster battery life and smooth out what connection issues are left.And while Siri is bad, it's a larger project that Apple has plenty of incentive to improve.There are other, more design-centric issues, though, that Apple can address if it wants the AirPods to be a more polished, consumer-friendly product.Here s a few I d like to see in the future.
One question regarding the transition was how the social media handoff would occur between outgoing former President Obama and President Trump.And now about an hour in, some of these accounts are starting to switch over.The most important one is probably @POTUS on Twitter, which now redirects to a new page for President Trump.While it only says he has about 4M followers now, this number will eventually creep back up to the almost 14M followed that former President Obama has on his account as Twitter completes the migration.Notably President Trump hasn t tweeted anything from the @POTUS account yet, but has tweeted about 10 times in the last hour from his personal @realDonaldTrump handle.He did tell us to expect this though, since his personal handle has about 10 million more followers than @POTUS does.
Here s what we know about the Microsoft Surface Phone release date, specs, features, price and more.Update: 16 January 2017 : A recently granted Microsoft patent reveals a new type of mobile device that switches between tablet and smartphone modes using folding hinges.Microsoft has had very limited success with mobile, struggling to acquire any meaningful amount of market share.With titans like Apple and Google currently dominating the industry, Microsoft is under immense pressure to crack mobile successfully.First half of 2017 possibly How much will the Surface Phone cost?
The homepage shows your activity score, which is just a number goal translated from the total steps you've taken and the total amount of activity you've completed.I'm not the biggest fan of these point systems—I'd rather see my total step count and distance calculations and judge my daily activity goal off that.You can also tap on the moon icon to switch to sleep view.This is where your auto-tracked activities appear and where you can give them an exercise category if you wish.Most of the Phase's magic happens in the device settings.This is where you can turn on the vibrating Alarm feature, change app notifications, and turn on on Misfit Move, which is the inactive alert feature that will buzz the Phase when you've been sitting too long and wave the watchhands crazily, too, which is cute .
Astronomers have detected two stars that are on course to collide and create a spectacular explosion in Earth's sky sometime between 2021 and 2023.This binary star system is known as KIC 9832227 and consists of two stars that orbit each other once every 11 hours or so.Astronomers predict that the binary star will merge and create a bright explosion visible in the constellation Cygnus."It's a one-in-a-million chance that you can predict an explosion" of a star, Larry Molnar, an astronomy professor at Calvin College who predicted the timing of the binary collision, said in a statement from the college."It's never been done before."Supernova Photos: Great Images of Star Explosions
As China sees more and more overseas animations doing well domestically, the country is vying to create its own profitable animation industry.China s animation market is still in its early stage and is greatly influenced by companies in neighboring Japan and South Korea.Asian animated films were big hits in 2016.Japanese animation Your Name made 80.5 million USD 556.93 million RMB in China.Chinese animated epic fantasy film Big Fish & Begonia grossed 565 million RMB 81.66 million USD in China.It was co-produced by Korean animation shop Studio Mir.Seeing this success, TV animation companies are also moving from the TV to the movie screen, Mup Ma, CEO of CREATIVE BOMB told TechNode.CREATIVE BOMB, a South Korean animation company recently established a joint venture with Ruyitoon an animation company in China to make a film together.
Hyundai s wearable robots are an experiment—the company s far better known for its automobiles, of course.But the three we saw at CES in Las Vegas gave intriguing glimpses of how Hyundai s mechanical know-how could help humans become almost, well, superhuman.We saw an exoskeleton designed to support walking for paraplegics and have seen other devices like this at prior shows , but we also saw a robot that was mostly legs, and designed for helping people who have to lift and turn repetitively for their jobs, such as at a warehouse.The wearable robot I wanted most was designed with military use in mind.Think about the infantry soldiers who have to march long distances with 50 pounds of gear.They could wear an exoskeleton that would propel them along, so they d be able to carry more and yet feel less fatigued.
TVs are boring aren t they?Aside from being Sony s first ever OLEDs, they re a big deal because they doesn t actually have any speakers.This means speech can emanate from the part of the screen where an actor is speaking or a gust of wind through a window can whizz across your living room.Will they actually sound any good though?Sony s saying the A1s are its best sounding TVs ever , which is quite the claim.We re not sure these qualify for most obscure marital aid just yet, but there s no denying the A1 Series has the looks to set pulses racing.
Chipmaker Qualcomm is going to invest in a new $100 billion £82 billion tech fund, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources familiar with the matter.The fund was announced last October by Masayoshi Son, the billionaire CEO of SoftBank, and Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud, who is the second deputy prime minister of Saudi Arabia and the youngest minister of defence in the world.At the time, The Financial Times reported that the fund — to be run by a new subsidiary company in London and invested over a five-year period — will be made up of $45 billion £37 billion from Saudi Arabia, $25 billion £20 billion from SoftBank, and $35 billion £28 billion from other "global investors." SoftBank, which operates technology and telecommunications companies worldwide, said the fund would be the "largest of its kind" and that it would be used to back new technology companies.Qualcomm, headquartered in San Diego, has moved toward "finalising its commitment in recent days," according to sources cited by The Wall Street Journal.The size of Qualcomm's commitment is unknown.Other tech companies, including Apple, have also been linked to the new mega-fund, with the iPhone maker said to be considering a $1 billion £815 million investment.Unlike other US tech giants, Apple does not operate its own venture capital unit.However, it has invested in companies in the past, including a $1 billion investment in Didi Chuxing, the Uber of China.It also invests in complementary companies like ARM — a Cambridge, UK, company that designs the chips used in the iPhone.Half of the new fund's capital will be allocated to US tech companies, according to US president-elect Donald Trump, who said investments made through the fund will help to create 50,000 jobs in the country.SoftBank, which recently agreed to spend $32 billion £26 billion on ARM, is already heavily invested in the US.
Running a business can sometimes feel a bit like an elongated road race atop Kilauea volcano, on the Big Island of Hawaii.Jump into the driver s seat and you re racing across a course undergoing rapid and tremendous changes.Likewise, an eruption of data over the past few years has dramatically transformed the landscape of wide area networks.By contrast, a successfully implemented hybrid WAN can strengthen the very mission of an individual branch — the primary revenue-generating engine of your business.Its local branches are lean operations with small, consumer-facing staff and typically zero IT support on premise.In addition, you now control policies for optimal application delivery and efficiency throughout the network.
Weird decisions are something Lenovo seems to be rather fond of lately, especially with their latest launch.The brand new Lenovo Smart Assistant I wonder what it is is a smart assistant shocking powered by Amazon s Alexa.This means it ll go into direct competition with Amazon s own Alexa powered Echo.I m not sure what prompted Lenovo do actually carry this out, but it s still interesting nonetheless.The Smart Assistant has a design that s reminiscent of the Echo as well, though in a larger variety of colors.The main exception is the Harman Kardon edition, which is all black and features the company s audio solutions.The Smart Assistant features 8 360-degree microphones with echo cancellation and noise suppression.It seems nice, up until you read that it can only pick up commands from up to 16 feet, or just about 5 meters.
Four words sum up the Silicon Valley hype machine at the end of 2016: squirrels and sea monkeys.That was the repeated response from Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz when Reed Albergotti of The Information asked about the technology behind the startup s augmented-reality glasses.For months, as Albergotti recently reported, Magic Leap has wooed investors and journalists by strapping them into a bulky helmet that augments their world with Star Wars-like spaceships and other digital creations.But this helmet is too big and too expensive for the mass market, so the company is working to squeeze its technology into a sleek pair of wire-rim glasses.The rub, according to ex-employees speaking with The Information, is that the company is having trouble actually making that happen.Abovitz wouldn t let Albergotti try the glasses on, and when asked how they work, all he would say was: Squirrels and sea monkeys.
As the year rolls to a close, marketers are planning, preparing and strategizing based on new B2B marketing trends to expect in 2017.One thing is clear, technology continues to influence the way shoppers research and buy, and the B2B world is no exception.In 2017, digital marketing in the B2B space is the standard for any organization looking to actually connect with and influence customers at each step of the buyer journey.More importantly, is your organization creating clear moments that inspire potential buyers to:Visit your site or sales pageActively use a smartphone to connect with your brand
What do you do when your love of driving conflicts with your deep and abiding love of conference calls?That s a question Volvo hopes it can finally answer, with the integration of Skype for Business directly into its 90 series cars, letting drivers see their future meetings, and join via a single button press on the in-car center console infotainment touchscreen.The Skype integration is a way of getting around the messier parts of joining conference calls, including entering long participant pin codes, and sometimes sequential button requirements that feed you through a chain of options before you ever even get to the meeting itself.Volvo and Microsoft are clearly doing everything they can to position this as a distraction reducer, rather than the other way around.Skype in the car initially sounds like a terrible idea, since it s natural to assume that you re going to be video chatting if you re more familiar with Skype s early role as a video communication pioneer.But it s true that people who re motivated to do business calls on the road aren t going to change their habits just because it isn t easy to get on a call.
If one smartphone has generated more headlines than any other in 2016, it s probably the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.From the early, excellent reviews to its eventual cancelation, the big-screen device has had more than its fair share of attention.Samsung s definitely hoping we forget all about it in 2017, but before we do, let s celebrate its fiery character by gathering round a festive fireplace filled with slow burning Note 7 phones.Before you grab the fire extinguisher, we re not talking about a real fire, but a virtual fireplace created by Anthony Antonellis on YouTube.The crackle of super-heated circuit boards, the popping of a too-hot-to-touch battery, and the imagined smell of burning recycled cardboard packaging is just what we need to get in the Christmas spirit.More: Galaxy Note 7 broke basic engineering rules, says damning report
I am having issues with internal HTML email review cycles due to browsers more effectively caching the HTML of the email flyers I send out for review.When I go to have sales review the flyer, and they have already cached a previous version, I can no longer tell them to refresh the page because it seems browsers have gotten extremely good at caching content.My question is: do any of you have any best practices around HTML email flyer review cycles?A temporary fix I have found is to label the file "index 1.html" rather than "index.html" as to have the browser cache the different, newer version rather than trying to overwrite the previous one.Is this the best way?