p Google’s News Lab launched a new tool for making basic data GIFs today.While the Data GIF Maker is mostly geared toward journalists, anybody can use it to make some halfway interesting visuals based on all kinds of data.But don’t get too excited yet.Not only does it take a bit of manual work to make these GIFs, the tool isn’t especially flexible either.This isn’t some GIF-centric version of the Google Data Studio.Instead, you can use it only to compare stats about two different topics over time (Trump/Hillary, iPhone/Android, etc.).
p Enlarge / Finally, a good alternative to the standard Switch Joy-Cons and Pro Controller.For all the known issues with Bluetooth wireless devices, it's pretty incredible to have a single standard that lets devices connect wirelessly to all sorts of different hardware.Case in point: the 8bitdo line of classic controllers which, thanks to a new firmware update today, is now compatible with the Switch in addition to classic consoles like the NES and SNES, plus PCs and mobile phones to boot.Of course, the classic consoles don't support wireless controllers natively—for that you'll need to invest in a Retro Receiver that plugs in to the appropriate controller port.With those attached, though, it's now possible to take a single controller from a Nintendo system released in 1985 to one released in 2017 without even dealing with any wires.We tested the basic NES30 edition of the controller with the Switch this afternoon, and we found the controller more than up to the task of playing games like Mario Kart 8 and Puyo Puyo Tetris.
p Really interesting post on how Hiten Shah has used spreadsheets to grow his companies."Every business I’ve ever started has begun with a simple spreadsheet," he says."In the early stages, it’s easy to get caught up in finding the “right” set of tools that will help each area of your business take off—from sales, to product, to marketing.Tools are helpful, but they’re also distracting early on—especially when you have too many of them."In this article, we’ll talk about why instead of trying to find the perfect set of tools, you should just start with a spreadsheet to build a strong foundation for your business and build your workflows from the ground up."
p Zoji has confirmed that its lightweight Z7 rugged phone is now ready for shipping.Here are the full features./p p Zoji, a new name on the smartphone block, is a brand that specialises in designing and manufacturing rugged smartphones.The company launched their Z6 rugged handset earlier this year, and off the success of that phone has now announced that the Z7 will begin shipping./p p The Zoji Z7 differs from the Z6 a unibody design featuring a brushed alloy rear panel, CNC metallic frame and Corning Gorilla Glass 2.5D display./p Zoji Z7 Design p /p Join GizChina on TelegramZoji Z7 Unboxing p /p Zoji Z7 SpecificationsIP68 waterproof, dustproof, drop-resistence11.9mm ultra-thin body5.0-inch Corning Gorilla Glass Screen, 1208X720p HD display2.5D screenMediaTek MT6737 1.3GHz CPU2GB RAM 16GB ROM storage13MP 5MP cameraFingerprint UnlockBrushed aluminum back case, non-detachable waterproof structure, and CNCmetallic frame3000mAh batteryAndroid 6.0 (be upgraded into Android 7.0 soon) p Zoji has more details of the Z7 plus the 9.9mm Z6 over on the Zojiphone.com website, plus the company is pretty active on Facebook and Instagram too.
p Companies are now more than ever experimenting with in-app messaging to drive adoption to different features or events.Here's a run down on why this strategy is so effective for SaaS and B2C web businesses today.Idea: When you announce new features with in-app messages, you can increase your adoption rates.Details: AdRoll and cMap have found that they get about 20% adoption to new features when they announce them in-app.Email is only about 5%.By announcing features inside of your product, you're hitting your users when and where they're most ready to adopt them.
p Faceted navigation drives traffic and sales for valuable long-tail search phrases because it applies increasingly refined attributes to shoppers’ searches for their desired products.The beauty of faceted navigation is that it creates an automatic system of internal linking that, ideally, mimics the long-tail keywords that consumers input into their favorite search engine.The combination of relevance and authority is critical to gaining a foothold in competitive ecommerce rankings, as well as in the less competitive and vast opportunities to win long-tail searches.My article last week, “SEO: Faceted Navigation Is Your Biggest Opportunity,” is a primer in faceted navigation and in the importance of long-tail ecommerce searches.In this article, I’ll address the ways in which filters and facets may be impeding your site’s natural search potential.Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by Google’s pronouncement that it is “generally able to render and understand your web pages like modern browsers.”
p Apple and Google showed a preference for using Toyota company vehicles when developing self-driving car technologies, but Toyota itself remained relatively quiet on the topic.The Japanese automaker's efforts gained more publicity today with the announcement that it would be using Nvidia's Drive PX platform for its own self-driving car research.Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced the partnership during his keynote speech at Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, noting that Toyota would be using the technology with the intent for production "in the next few years."That timing comes in line with other automakers intent on putting self-driving cars on the road in 2020 or 2021.The Toyota-Nvidia partnership comes amid efforts around the globe to develop self-driving car technology, led not just by automakers, but also automotive equipment suppliers and technology companies.Self-driving cars promise to reduce or eliminate the tens of thousands of traffic fatalities that occur on US roads every year.
p /p p Chinese smartphones under $200 are probably the best devices you can get cost-to-performance wise.We find what we could call 2016 flagships and newer phones that are more power efficient overall.Knowing this, let’s see what the month of May has in store for us!Lenovo ZUK Z2 p /p p You are probably not surprised at all of finding the ZUK Z2 on this list.Even after about a year from its launch, this phone is still a best buy.Packing the never dying Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, the ZUK Z2 can still be considered one of the best phones on the market, if you then take into account its ridiculously low price, there are almost no reasons not to get one, if you aren’t very picky, of course.
I plan to start running Facebook Ads on Clickbank products.I figure if I find offers where you can pretty well determine the demographics of people who'd be interested in it you should be able to get a good target for Facebook Ads.Most offers pay you $20-26 per sale so I figured I'm set if I can just get my cost in Ad dollars per sale around $10.I have a few question:I've checked several of the offers I'd be sending people to as an affiliate it seems like they all have very long videos for people to watch before they even show the offer for them to buy.It seems like people would just back out.
p Everyone’s lost their electricity for a little while, but usually it’s because of something mundane — routine maintenance, a lightning strike, an electrocuted squirrel.The residents of Mukilteo, Oregon have a more dramatic story, which I might not believe if there weren’t video evidence.Simon Li uploaded the footage to YouTube, which shows a plane torpedoing through the sky and hitting a power line, which ignites the fuel and causes a massive fireball.According to Gizmodo, it managed to knock out power for 9,000 local residents.It looks way worse than it actually was.First, the single-engine plane — which lost power shortly after taking off — is tiny.
p /p p British audio startup Audioboom saw revenues jump last year because podcasts are so popular — but it's still losing money./p p According to financial filings, the company brought in £1.3 million for the full year 2016, up from £0.2 million in 2015.That was on a loss of £4.8 million, down from a loss of £7.3/p p Audioboom said it's banking on US expansion, where the podcast
p The company has opened four new cloud data centres as part of its plan to expand its global cloud footprint in 2017.IBM shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to cloud, opening four new cloud data centres as part of its ambitious data centre expansion plans for 2017.IBM has invested heavily in building its global footprint over the past year — tripling data centre capacity in the UK, building the industry’s first data centre in the Nordics and opening data centres in Seoul, South Korea and Chennai, India.Two of its new facilities are based in Dallas, Texas, while the other two are in Washington, D.C.These locations are identified as part of key local markets where clients can run their data and applications locally to meet performance and regulatory needs.IBM already has 55 global cloud data centres located across 19 countries and six continents, designed to give enterprises access to cloud infrastructure anytime and anywhere.
Mumbai is as good a place to start as any, being that it is one of India’s three business hubs and a city with an estimated population of 20 million people.“Mumbai is home to a booming food industry with a vibrant food culture offering both global and local cuisines.The introduction of UberEats in India, with Mumbai as the first city, is a major step in our global expansion and showcases our commitment to the region,” Bhavik Rathod, Head of UberEats India, said in a statement.This new UberEats launch, which was first teased in January, takes the service in 78 cities across 26 countries worldwide.Eats first began as a pilot project in 2014 in Los Angeles, initially inside the core Uber app but it later got a standalone app.It entered Asia through a launch in Singapore back in March of last year, and across the region it is also available in Tokyo, Japan, and Bangkok, Thailand.
The economic models of angel and venture capitalist investors simply require that their portfolio companies aim for fantastical returns by all means necessary.It’s the petri dish that gave us Google.But it also gave us the ethically-challenged monstrosity of Uber – which can’t seem to stay out of the news for five minutes without another horror story of corporate malfeasance.Even worse than the exploits of highflying super villains like Uber is the general decay that leaks into every other tech startup.It’s not just the misdeeds of the worst that matter, but the dark patterns that are normalised for the larger community.But nothing ever stops at the quarterly win.
UK artificial intelligence (AI) startup Babylon has raised $60 million (£47 million) for its smartphone app which aims to put aThe latest funding round, which comes just over a year after the startup's last fundraise, means that the three-year-old London startup now has a valuation in excess of $200 million (£156 million), according to The Financial Times.
Yet another attempt to recreate the success of Sir Clive Sinclair's ZX Spectrum microcomputer has hit the crowdfunding circuit, but this one's a little special: an entirely new machine in a full-size case designed by Rick Dickinson.To say that previous attempts to relaunch the 8-bit Sinclair ZX Spectrum have been underwhelming is not an understatement.The first to hit the big time was the ZX Spectrum Vega, a compact device which lacked the keys for full compatibility with all Spectrum software and hit the market at a whopping £100 - almost as much as the ZX Spectrum cost at launch, without correcting for inflation.Its follow-up, the ZX Spectrum Vega Plus, has fared even worse: a PlayStation Portable inspired design again lacks a full keyboard, while the company behind it is reportedly suffering financial and legal troubles while backers clamour for refunds of the long-delayed device.The ZX Spectrum Next, though, is different.Based around a Xilinx Spartan field-programmable gate array (FPGA), the machine features an implementation of the Z80 processor architecture that ran the original machine - but switchable between 3.5MHz and accelerated 7MHz modes.
If you still have boxes full of printed photos, Google just made it much easier to switch them to digital.An update to the firm's PhotoScan app means users can now turn off the anti-glare mode and make a scan with one tap rather than having to take several pictures.The app was originally created with software to remove the glare associated with digitally scanning old glossy photos, those under glass in a frame, or photos trapped underneath plastic in a photo album.This used computer vision and image processing techniques to align several versions of the same picture, separating the glare from the image underneath."In most cases, we found that every pixel of the photo is likely not to be covered by glare in at least one of the pictures," explained Google in a blog post."While no single view may be glare-free, we can combine multiple pictures of the printed photo taken at different angles to remove the glare".
I always expect an informed, illuminating take on the marketing tech landscape from Chief Martech, Scott Brinker: After all, he's largely responsible for the image of that landscape we all see when we close our eyes.The piece which appeared this morning on his blog, on the ongoing remoteness of consolidation in the marketing tech space, was no exception.Some of the main themes resonated strongly with me, especially the observation that the big marketing cloud players are looking more like platforms, less like soup-to-nuts suites: "Adobe, HubSpot, IBM, Marketo, Oracle, and others now each support and promote integrations with dozens or hundreds of other marketing technology products," writes Brinker.I offered the additional perspective that one time single-focus vendors (or more or less single-focus), by acting more like platforms, ironically start to look more like suites themselves.Brinker also points out that the ongoing proliferation of point solutions (although there's a possibility that it's slowing slightly) is best seen as a characteristic "long tail" eco-system.Perhaps the market is consolidating around a few "blockbuster vendors" and a "seemingly infinite trail of ever-more-niche offerings."
Google’s Chrome browser might be on the verge of launching an ad-blocking tool that could see the search giant take control of a market that threatens a large portion of its revenue.Insiders shared the news with the Wall Street Journal, suggesting the filter could be set to default, blocking all ads classed as "objectionable" under the Better Ads Standards.These standards were drawn up by an industry body (of which Google is a member) in March, based on consumer preferences in Europe and North America.That list was based on the feedback of 25,000 consumers rating 104 different types of ad experiences.The ads which were rated the lowest on desktop included pop-up ads, auto-play video ads with sound, prestitial ads with countdown and large sticky ads.The results for mobile were similar, though also included ads with a density greater than 30 per cent, flashing animated ads and full-screen scroll over ads.
But now, officially, Europe, is also getting the bad news."We can confirm that we are no longer manufacturing the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System," a Nintendo spokesperson told Eurogamer."If production resumes in the future, an update will be posted on the official Nintendo website."The Eurogamer article also says that the NES Classic is discontinued in Japan and the rest of the world, but I can’t find an exact statement to confirm that, and I’ve reached out to Nintendo for a definitive answer.This news comes just a few days after a UK Nintendo spokeperson said the exact opposite, that production was continuing in the region:"Production for the Nintendo Classic Mini: NES continues, and NOE [Nintendo of Europe] will continue to ship units to retail on a regular basis," said a Nintendo UK rep on the 14th.