I live less than a mile from the campus of the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill.I often find myself approaching cyclists at night and hardly noticing them.My feelings about the risks of cycling in the dark align with what others have been saying.The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that bicyclist deaths occur “most often between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.”And in the most recently released edition of the administration’s Countermeasures That Work [PDF] report, it is recommended that cyclists make themselves more visible in the dark because “a common contributing factor for crashes involving bicyclists in the roadway is the failure of the driver to notice the bicyclist, particularly at night.”People have been making this point for some time.
GamesBeat 2018 is almost here, and we’re thrilled to announce that the fabulous Andrea Rene will be our emcee this go around!We’ve also switched venues to a secluded placed called The Seminary at Strawberry in Mill Valley, California, north of the Golden Gate Bridge.You can get your tickets here at 30 percent off our rate using the code DEAN.As a co-founder of “What’s Good Games,” you can watch and listen to her video game commentary on the weekly show.She also co-hosts the daily video game news show “Kinda Funny Games Daily.” She was recently nominated for “Trending Gamer” at The Game Awards 2017 and has hosted for Facebook Live, VICE, IGN, Gamespot, and many more.If you could see the future of games before it happens, that would give your business a competitive advantage.
Brad Jakeman, senior advisor and consultant for PepsiCo and the former president of PepsiCo’s Global Beverage Group, is no stranger to controversy as the head of the in-house creative group responsible for one of the biggest brand fails of 2017.At the Advertising Research Foundation’s annual conference on Tuesday, Jakeman sat down with ARF president Scott McDonald to talk about brand crises like Pepsi’s maligned Kendall Jenner spot, as well as other recent brand faux pas, which he attributed in part to a divided society, the mainstream media, vocal minorities, social media and inadequate tools.Jakeman said it sucks to be a marketer today—probably more so to work in consumer insights—because of what he called “the marketer’s conundrum.”“I call it a conundrum because particularly with younger consumers, they are expecting the brands they do business with to stand for something, whereas maybe 10 years ago, it would have been enough to feel comfortable that brands weren’t doing harm,” he said.“Now they expect not just [that brands] won’t do harm, but they’ll take a point of view and make society better.”“The work that big brands publish today is under much more scrutiny by many more people in a much more divided society than it has ever been ever before.”
Volkswagen has introduced a close-to-production concept named the Atlas Cross Sport on the eve of the 2018 New York Auto Show.The design study previews a smaller version of the Atlas with five seats instead of seven, and it represents the next step in the brand’s all-important SUV offensive.Designed in America for Americans, the Cross Sport stretches 7.5 inches shorter than the three-row Atlas currently found in showrooms.The concept stands out from its bigger sibling thanks to a more high-tech design characterized by a light bar upfront and illuminated emblems on both ends.It also boasts a sportier silhouette accented by a fast-sloping D-pillar and a roof-mounted spoiler.Twenty-two-inch alloy wheels tucked under pronounced wheel arches add a muscular touch to the look.
The latest version of the container orchestration system Kubernetes, 1.10, moves some storage, DNS, and authentication features to beta status.Kubernetes 1.10 is also the first release under a new issue-lifecycle management strategy for the product.Kubernetes can be obtained directly from source at the releases page of its official GitHub repository.Kubernetes is also available by way of the upgrade process provided by the various vendors that supply Kubernetes distributions.[ Compare container operating systems: Alpine Linux, CoreOS Container Linux, RancherOS, Red Hat Project Atomic, and VMware Photon OS.| Learn how to get started with Kubernetes.
This morning at Chelsea Piers in NYC, Waymo CEO John Krafcik announced a new model of car powered by Waymo’s self-driving technology.Dubbed the world’s first premium fully self-driving car, Waymo has partnered with Jaguar Land Rover to bring the Waymo-outfitted Jaguar iPace to the public.Waymo plans to outfit 20,000 units to be used for Waymo’s public self-driving service over the next few years, which will allow the service to offer 1 million rides per day.This is the sixth model in Waymo’s lineup, including a small car, an SUV, a firefly prototype, a minivan (the Pacifica we’re all familiar with) and a semi-truck for operations.He also said that the Jaguar Land Rover model also has a bigger battery, allowing the car to drive all day.Moreover, this partnership signals a move across the Atlantic for Waymo, expressing interest in bringing self-driving cars over to Europe.
A new Cyber Security Export Strategy outlines plans to promote British expertise abroadThe government has published a policy document outlining plans to support British cyber-security firms in exporting their products and services.The “Cyber Security Export Strategy“, published by the Department for International Trade, said the government plans to identify priority markets and act as a “trusted advisor” supporting British firms bidding for major contracts.The strategy also includes plans to put together “bespoke offers” for top cyber-security buyers and to showcase UK computer security offerings around the world.“The strategy I am publishing today will support UK companies to export our world-leading cyber security expertise, which will help strengthen our capabilities, and protect our country and our allies from those who wish us harm,” said international trade secretary Liam Fox.He said the UK faces a variety of threats, including those from hostile states, that increasingly make use of digital technology.
Ford today announced a partnership with Indian automaker Mahindra Group, specifically for the co-development of new SUVs and an electric vehicle.The two companies will also share powertrain portfolios, meaning we could soon see Mahindra engines under the hood of Ford's global product range.The first new SUV will be based on one of Mahindra's platforms.Ford refers to it as a C-SUV, so it could be roughly the same size as the brand's existing Escape.According to the agreement, the C-SUV will be sold independently by both Ford and Mahindra.The two companies will also co-develop a compact SUV -- something smaller than the aforementioned mid-size utility vehicle -- as well as a small electric vehicle.
called for a new platform that lets elected officials and their constituents engage in more productive and mutually beneficial ways.“The social media platforms we have today usually do not create the kind of productive discourse useful for accurate representation and good government,” Crawford wrote, attributing their shortcomings to the profit motive of the providers.Before the technology can be built, however, we need to acknowledge what our goals are for a democracy-enhancing tech disruptor.Here are some thoughts on what such a platform would look like:Promote productive and civil dialog between elected officials and votersWe all know that etiquette and civility quickly become casualties on the internet, and the normalization of these hostile exchanges are bleeding into the real world in disturbing and damaging ways.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was announced in August 2017 and hit stores in September, but we might see the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 slightly earlier in the year, as Samsung is apparently already working on firmware for the phone.SamMobile reports that firmware builds with version numbers N960FXXE0ARB7 and N960FXXU0ARC5 are both being tested.OK, that might not sound super exciting, but the timing of these tests is, as the company didn’t start testing firmware for the Galaxy Note 8 until early April.That’s only a couple of weeks difference, but as SamMobile notes, the company also started testing Samsung Galaxy S9 firmware two weeks earlier than Galaxy S8 firmware tests had started the previous year, and it went on to announce the S9 around a month earlier, in February rather than March.So this suggests a similar schedule could be planned for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, meaning the phone might be announced two weeks or more earlier in the year than the Note 8, potentially bringing it up to July.We wouldn’t count on this at all, as the evidence so far is slight, but it’s a possibility.
Google has been tinkering with the idea of AR since Google Tango without much success.But when Apple came up with ARKit last year, it woke up a slumbering Google and that resulted in ARCore.ARCore will be the way forward for Augmented Reality on Android.It also holds much more promise since it doesn’t require any special hardware, unlike Tango.Google launched a preview of the ARCore last year that a handful of devices amongst which were the Galaxy S8 and S8+.Last month Google released ARCore 1.0 that opened up doors for developers to start publishing AR apps on the Play Store.
Facebook founder questioned over data being shared to third party companies, breaching sharing conditions.Facebook has fallen short when preparing for the implementation of GDPR, after an investigation found user data has been shared without authorisation.The social media firm has been slammed, following an investigation that allegedly found Cambridge Analytica, a British Political Campaigns firm, has acquired and retained information about Facebook users.Chair of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Damian Collins has now called for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to provide answers following the investigation.“Data has been taken from Facebook users without their consent, and was then processed by a third party and used to support their campaigns,” Mr Collins said on the House of Commons webpage.“I will be writing to Mark Zuckerberg asking that either he, or another senior executive from the company, appear to give evidence in front of the Committee as part our inquiry.”
If you live in the United Kingdom and need both a new smartphone and a new gaming console, then this is the amazing deal of the year for you.Right now, for a limited time, if you pre-order the Sony Xperia XZ2 from either Three or Carphone Warehouse, you get a PlayStation 4 with a copy of Gran Turismo Sport absolutely free.It sounds too good to be true, but apparently Sony really wants to sell the Xperia XZ2, which is going to be tricky with all the negative press the smartphone is getting, like here and here.Now, I know what you’re thinking: you already own a PS4, so you don’t need this free console.Well, you’re in luck because you can opt instead for a PlayStation VR Starter Pack.Or you could get the PS4 and give it to your favorite Android Authority writer.
This week we’re staying close to home, because there’s a new visitor in town: Everyone, meet Steve.Steve is short for Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement, and is a new kind of aurora on earth.You might know the aurora better as the northern lights, but you haven’t seen aurora borealis like this, not like Steve..Auroras are caused by highly energized particles called the solar wind.These particles are spit out from the Sun into space; when they arrive at Earth, though, they run into our very powerful magnetic field, which actually keeps us alive by deflecting solar radiation.As our magnetic field and the solar particles interact, they create a dazzling display of light.
However, the show must go on.Peter Olsen, evp of ad sales for A+E Networks, said that Dubuc’s sudden exit won’t change his months-in-the-making upfront pitch to buyers at tonight’s event, which will be held at the New York Public Library.Abbe Raven, A+E’s chairman emeritus and former CEO who retired in 2015, will return to the company as acting chair and will oversee Dubuc’s transition.“Abbe still has an office, and we see her on a regular basis.”While Olsen’s message is unchanged, there will be one notable difference at tonight’s event: Raven will speak in place of Dubuc, who is heading over to Vice Media as its new CEO (Shane Smith will serve as executive chairman, focusing on strategic deals and content development).During his closing remarks after the presentations, Olsen will discuss the power of premium and long-form storytelling.
EVs are becoming quite the rage from boutique automakers.One of the most recent vehicles of this sort is the Eli Zero and one of the big claims for this car is fast charge speed.Eli says that the Zero can charge from any normal outlet in only six hours.If you have access to a Level-2 charge station the car can be topped off in 4.5 hours using a standard J1772 plug.The EV has an 85-mile driving range per charge and a very slow 25mph top speed.That top speed will certainly limit the ability to use this vehicle on public roads and eliminate any highway or freeway travel.
They don’t see its lack of features as limitations, but as new possibilities.They look at Apple’s wrist-based communicator and imagine talking to astronauts or AIs.Or they just imagine the best way to entertain somebody who’s sitting bored on a bus.This game’s based on puzzles, not musical knowledge, and it’s based on the movement of a knight in chess.While the Watch game is simpler than the iPhone one those L-shaped moves are still awfully tricky, and if you think you’re hot stuff after playing on your wrist there are dozens of increasingly difficult levels to torture you on your iPhone.It’s worth noting that the in-app purchases aren’t of the grasping kind: it’s $1.99/£1.99 to remove the ads and $1.99/£1.99 to add an undo so you can correct your last move.
Minister for Digital Margot James has reiterated the government’s ambition to be a leader in 5G technology and says she is committed to breaking down barriers to deployment in her role.James succeeded Matt Hancock, who was promoted to Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), in January having previously served the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).Mobile operators have continually complained about difficulties with obtaining planning permission and dealing with local authorities and private landlords.They claim this could threaten the UK’s 5G prospects and want more rights.Speaking at the launch of a 5G report commissioned by O2, James suggested that one of the reasons she had been appointed at DCMS was because of her work with BEIS.“We can work better together across departments and that’s probably one of the reasons I was moved across because I have great respect for those at BEIS,” she said.
Switzerland is way ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to drones.The country has already used drones to transport lab samples between hospitals and given the necessary approvals for drone deliveries in populated areas.Now, the nation appears to be in line for another world’s first as it will integrate drones into its air traffic management system.This system will track drones and register drone operators in order to make the airspace safer, whether it’s for unmanned aerial vehicles or, well, much larger manned aerial vehicles.The initiative will spread its wings in June 2018, when Swiss air traffic control operator Skyguide will start merging its own data and traffic management applications with the digital airspace-mapping platform developed by California-based AirMap Inc. AirMap is the world’s leading global airspace management platform for drones, with existing integration with drones developed by DJI, 3D Robotics, Yuneec, and others.The project is part of U-space, a European effort aimed at laying down the digital infrastructure to support safe and secure access to European skies for millions of drones.
A giant fossilized tooth from a massive prehistoric shark has been stolen from a national park in Australia.The 3-inch tooth was taken from an undisclosed location on the remote Ningaloo Coast in Western Australia, the BBC reports.“We are investigating the theft of a 1.6 million year old megalodon (ancient shark) tooth on the Ningaloo Coast,” tweeted the Parks and Wildlife Service of Western Australia's Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Monday.We are investigating the theft of a 1.6 million year old megalodon (ancient shark) tooth on the Ningaloo Coast.Any info can be reported to Parks and Wildlife Service Exmouth office (08) 9947 8000. pic.twitter.com/7xbuiBhHNJ— Parks and Wildlife (@WAParksWildlife) March 13, 2018