Justin Cornell

Justin Cornell

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Google entered the smart speaker space with the original Google Home, a device that was designed to tackle the Amazon Alexa but as Amazon went and created the smaller Dot Google followed suit with the compact Google Home Mini.The Google Home Mini was announced during the Pixel 2 announcement, and in actual fact was joined at the launch by a larger smart speaker with beefier audio capabilities, but it’s the affordable Google Home Mini that we’re interested in today so let’s take a look at it.Google has given the Mini seriously competitive pricing and at just £49 (in the UK) the cost is small enough to buy one to experiment with.They’re also cheap enough and small enough to own more than one and place them around your home.3 colour options are available at the time of writing including white, coral, and charcoal, the colour that I chose for my own device.The simple little speaker comes in a small cube box that includes the speaker, some quick start instruction cards, and a mains power adapter.
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A few months ago I was watching Whiteboard Friday (as I try to do every week), and Rand Fishkin released a really interesting episode called 'Minimum Viable SEO'.The idea behind it was simple, Rand compiled a list of the 3 most important things you should do for SEO if you only have a few minutes every week.According to Rand, if SEO isn’t your main thing and you don’t have the time to spend every day working on it, then those were the 3 most important things you should do.This left me wondering, is there such a thing as 'minimum viable conversion optimization'?
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So ingrained (and derided) have autoplay video ads become that the leading browsers are cracking down.Apple is updating its Safari browser to block videos that play automatically with sound on and Google’s Chrome is expected to follow suit early next year when it starts filtering out ad formats that turn off users.The explosion in autoplay can be traced back to Facebook, which started autoplaying videos in its news feed in September 2013.Facebook also has heavily promoted video in its feed generally.Since then, the number of daily video views on Facebook has skyrocketed, reaching 8 billion daily video views in November 2015, the last number it made public, up from 4 billion in April 2015 (although it only counts views as 3 seconds or more).Now, 61 percent of video ads autostart in Chrome, the dominant browser (compared to 66 percent in Safari), according to JW Player.
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Twitter, a platform infested with trolls, hate and abuse, can be one of the worst places on the internet.As a followup to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s tweetstorm last week, in which he promised to crack down on hate and abuse by implementing more aggressive rules, Twitter is gearing up to roll out some updates in the coming weeks, Wired reported earlier today.Twitter’s policies have not specifically addressed hate symbols and imagery, violent groups and tweets that glorify violence, but that will soon change.Twitter has not yet defined what the policy around hate symbols will cover but “At a high level, hateful imagery, hate symbols, etc will now be considered sensitive media” — similar to the way Twitter handles adult content and graphic violence, the email stated.While Twitter already takes action against people who threaten violence, the company is going to take it a step further and take action against tweets that glorify violence, like “Murdering makes sense.Meanwhile, updates to existing policies will address non-consensual nudity (“creep shots”) and unwanted sexual advances.
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The new non-contact DOSIC ultrasonic flow sensor is used to detect the flow volume of conductive and non-conductive liquids, and the rugged and compact model combined with a hygienic design ensures highly reliable measurement results.This makes the sensor ideal for a wide range of application possibilities, including those where space restrictions or aggressive media play a role.Two configurable digital inputs and outputs, and up to two analogue outputs – as well as an IO-Link interface to a superordinate control unit – ensure that users get just the right start position.The IO-Link reduces cabling and also enables complete control and monitoring of the sensor in Industry 4.0 machine environments.The absence of moving parts in the sensor eliminates potential contamination risks in the demanding hygienic environments of the food industry.Also, the sensor has a straight, seal-free and self-emptying measuring tube made of high-quality stainless steel.
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Having set the scene with the unveiling of its Neural Processing Unit a few weeks ago, Huawei has focused on the AI capabilities it apparently gives its new phones.Those phones are the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, which we might previously have called phablets due to their 6-inch screen size.Huawei’s latest devices have all the bells and whistles you would expect from a flagship smartphone, but the Chinese giant seems to think it has found a rare point of differentiation with the chip.The Kirin 970 SoC is Huawei’s own design with a fair bit of help from ARM, which provided the four Cortex A73 and four Cortex A53 CPU cores and the Mali-G72 MP12 GPU that go into every one.Unique to this chip, however is the NPU (neural network processing unit – so technically NNPU), which Huawei says enables the chip to provide 25x better performance and 50x greater energy efficiency for AI-related tasks, compared to one with just four Cortex-A73 cores.A proper comparison would be between the Kirin 970 and an octacore SoC that also has four Cortex A53 cores.
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A few months ago, director Ryan Coogler and the cast of Black Panther came to Comic-Con International and showed a trailer for their new movie.Set to Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA,” it caused a reaction stronger than anything else to hit Hall H for that entire con, and probably a few cons prior.There was a standing ovation, with swaths of the crowd in tears—as well as the cast, which hadn’t yet seen the footage.(For a second, I thought Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o might crawl along her own panel’s table to tackle-hug Coogler.)It was exactly the reaction you want to see in a room full of fans who have waited years for a movie to be made.It’s a slightly different cut, and set to Vince Staples’ “BagBak” mixed with some Gil-Scott Heron, but all of the energy that came through in that Comic-Con Black Panther trailer is here, and it’s a sight to behold.
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A Washington D.C. judge has told the U.S. Department of Justice it "does not have the right to rummage" through the files of an anti-Trump protest website -- and has ordered the dot-org site's hosting company to protect the identities of its users.The Register reports: Chief Judge Robert E. Morin issued the revised order [PDF] Tuesday following a high-profile back and forth between the site's hosting biz DreamHost and prosecutors over what details Uncle Sam was entitled to with respect to the disruptj20.org website."As previously observed, courts around the country have acknowledged that, in searches for electronically stored information, evidence of criminal activity will likely be intermingled with communications and other records not within the scope of the search warrant," he noted in his ruling."Because of the potential breadth of the government's review in this case, the warrant in its execution may implicate otherwise innocuous and constitutionally protected activity.As the Court has previously stated, while the government has the right to execute its Warrant, it does not have the right to rummage through the information contained on DreamHost's website and discover the identity of, or access communications by, individuals not participating in alleged criminal activity, particularly those persons who were engaging in protected First Amendment activities."The order then lists a series of protocols designed to protect netizens "to comply with First Amendment and Fourth Amendment considerations, and to prevent the government from obtaining any identifying information of innocent persons."
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According to MacRumors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said iPad Pro models set to be released in 2018 will come equipped with a TrueDepth Camera and will support Face ID.Apple is believed to be adding TrueDepth cameras to the iPad Pro to introduce a user experience that's consistent with the iPhone X and boost competitiveness.From the report: According to Kuo, TrueDepth Cameras will be limited to the iPad Pro, which is Apple's main flagship tablet device.Kuo also predicts 2018 iPhone models will adopt the new camera technology coming in the iPhone X, as he has mentioned in a previous note: "We predict iOS devices to be equipped with TrueDepth Camera in 2018F will include iPhone X and 2018 new iPhone and iPad models.Because of this, we believe more developers will pay attention to TrueDepth Camera/ facial recognition related applications.We expect Apple's (U.S.) major promotion of facial recognition related applications will encourage the Android camp to also dedicate more resources to developing hardware and facial recognition applications."
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TechCrunch is honored to host this event and here’s the startups presenting at the event.Session 1 – Productivity and Utility at 9:35 AM: WeCashUp, Form+, Delivery Science, Abacus Invest, Sellio, Lori SystemsMany of the problems these startups attempt to solve are rooted in deep personal experiences: One entrepreneur is building an API to make paying across borders, and currencies instantly seamless, because financial transaction barriers cost him his father’s life.Another entrepreneur credits EdTech innovations for bringing him all the way from Ghana to MIT, and is using video vectorization to make video-learning as accessible and affordable as text-messaging.There’s an entrepreneur participating who is using a commodities trading platform to maximize profits while empowering farmers, since the expense of middle-men nearly cost his family their farm.The Startup Battlefield Africa Finalists are attempting to revolutionize access to goods and services across the continent and beyond: They are trying to take the guesswork out of investing, dramatically decreasing logistics costs, scalably triaging health care through telemedicine, and feeding the demand for African digital content.
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An anonymous reader writes: "VPN providers often advertise their products as a method of surfing the web anonymously, claiming they never store logs of user activity," writes Bleeping Computer, "but a recent criminal case shows that at least some do store user activity logs."According to the FBI, VPN providers played a key role in identifying an aggressive cyberstalker by providing detailed logs to authorities, even if they claimed in their privacy policies that they don't.The suspect is a 24-year-old man that hacked his roommate, published her private journal, made sexually explicit collages, sent threats to schools in the victim's name, and registered accounts on adult portals, sending men to the victim's house...FBI agents also obtained Google records on their suspect, according to a 29-page affidavit which, ironically, includes the text of one of his tweets warning people that VPN providers do in fact keep activity logs."If they can limit your connections or track bandwidth usage, they keep logs."
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An anonymous reader quotes Engadget: It's a special moment in the history of clean energy: the 30th anniversary World Solar Challenge has begun.A total of 42 solar-powered cars (the largest field to date) left Darwin, Australia on October 8th to travel roughly 1,880 miles to Adelaide.The race officially lasts a week, but it's likely going to end considerably sooner for the front-runners -- the world record holders, Tokai University, took just under 30 hours in 2009...This year, the race regulations are a clear sign of how rapidly solar technology is changing.Teams have to use a smaller solar collector than before: cars in the Challenger class can have no more than 43 square feet of solar cells versus nearly 65 square feet for the previous race, in 2015.That's half the area allowed on cars from the original 1987 race.
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Hurricanes have left quite the wake of destruction this season in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.The staff of Tampa, Florida agency 22squared took a hands-on approach to help raise hope, awareness and money after Hurricane Irma ripped through the state.The agency has created fresh outdoor billboards from the remnants of their storm damaged predecessors.The billboards, which look like pieced-together notes, drive to a website created by 22squared, IrmaGivesBack.Org, where people can donate or volunteer through Volunteer Florida, a state-run agency for volunteerism and national service.The campaign is called 'Irma Gives Back' and conveys the idea that through her debris, Irma has a chance to redeem herself and a chance to give back.22squared partnered with outdoor media vendor, Lamar, to collect the storm-damaged vinyl and create the unique billboards appearing on donated media space in Fort Myers, one of the cities most affected by the hurricane.
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Sometimes we make our content too logical, trying to cram all of the features and benefits into the stories.Maybe your potential customers don’t care about what your brand or product does, outside of how it helps them do what they want.David Baeumler, Associate Creative Director at Red Hat Films, addressed this in a session today at the MarketingProfs B2B Forum in Boston.David says there’s a better way to approach the audience.Instead of the chase, which can be time consuming and exhausting, it becomes about attraction.We have tons and tons of digital tracks to find our buying audience.
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To improve functionality between Uber's app and the Apple Watch, Apple allowed Uber to use a powerful tool that could record a user's iPhone screen, even if Uber's app was only running in the background, security researchers told news outlet Gizmodo.From a report: After the researchers discovered the tool, Uber said it is no longer in use and will be removed from the app.The screen recording capability comes from what's called an "entitlement" -- a bit of code that app developers can use for anything from setting up push notifications to interacting with Apple systems like iCloud or Apple Pay.This particular entitlement, however, was intended to improve memory management for the Apple Watch.The entitlement isn't common and would require Apple's explicit permission to use, the researchers explained.Will Strafach, a security researcher and CEO of Sudo Security Group, said he couldn't find any other apps with the entitlement live on the App Store.
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: About three quarters of all honey worldwide is contaminated with pesticides known to harm bees, according to a new study.Though the pesticide levels were below the limit deemed safe for human consumption, there was still enough insecticide in there to harm pollinators.The finding suggests that, as one of the study authors said, "there's almost no safe place for a bee to exist."Scientists analyzed 198 honey samples from all continents, except Antarctica, for five types of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which are known to harm bees.They found at least one of the five compounds in most samples, with the highest contamination in North America, Asia, and Europe.The results are published today in the journal Science.
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More than half of the states across the US collect sales tax on tampons and pads, which an organization called Period Equity says makes a woman’s period a luxury.To bring light to this inequity, the organization, J Walter Thompson and model/actor Amber Rose have teamed up for what seems to be a luxurious jewelry ad.The tongue-in-cheek campaign shows Rose sensually modeling diamond-encrusted jewelry pieces.The spot and campaign, created by J. Walter Thompson New York and produced by The Sweet Shop, launched at Amber Rose’s OPENed Women’s Conference and annual SlutWalk on September 30 in Los Angeles.There’s a long road ahead in the fight for safe and accessible menstrual products for all, as well as instigating open, shame-free conversation around periods.This campaign, coupled with Amber’s unflinchingly strong voice on gender issues, is a smart approach to drumming up much needed discourse around menstrual equity, and calling for systemic change as well,” said Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, co-founder of Period Equity and author of the new book, Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity.
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“Alexa, what’s the weather forecast?” “Alexa, when is the next New York Giants game?”There are thousands of things you can find out by asking Alexa, the voice service behind Amazon’s popular Echo, Dot, and other hardware.And, if there’s not already a “skill” that does what you want, it’s not that hard to build your own.In this tutorial, I show you how to create a staff directory so Alexa can look up members of a team.[ Chatbots should be part of your intelligent systems arsenal: Build chatbots with Microsoft’s Bot Framework • Cortana moves way beyond being a personal assistant.| Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ]
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Are you buried under a landslide of e-mail, status updates, blog entries and tweets?Help is on the way.Gist.com creates customized social networks for business users, aggregating contacts from across multiple inboxes, address books and social media websites to build integrated profiles that keep you abreast of all that's going on with your colleagues, clients and collaborators.And Gist does it all automatically, sans invitations or friend requests."So many people complain about their inboxes--the amount of messages they receive is overwhelming, and it's difficult to get the information they want," says T.A.McCann, Gist CEO and a former Microsoft exec, who founded the Seattle-based startup in 2008.
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The 2012 Super Bowl is expected to be the year for lengthy commercials that tell stories.Back in 2009, Miller High Life caused a buzz with a one-second Super Bowl commercial, but such brands as Pepsi, Volkswagen and Audi are expected to go long this year, with 60-second spots instead of the usual 15 or 30 seconds.You can bet the longer commercials will tug at viewers' heartstrings because good storytelling is all about building an emotional connection between the brand and consumer that can lead to loyalty and word-of-mouth promotion.Last year, researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles reported in the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics that ads with a direct, logical approach stimulate more of a consumer's brain than emotional ads.But emotional ads cause activity to decrease in the part of the brain that inhibits response to stimuli.Coca-Cola has long connected with consumers through sentimental commercials, including its legendary "Mean Joe" Greene Super Bowl spot.
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