Kevin Oconnor

Kevin Oconnor

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Microsoft har tillsammans med företaget Johnson Controls utvecklat en termostat för det smarta hemmet som man kallar för GLAS.Med GLAS kan en användare ställa in hemmets temperatur, hålla koll på energiförbrukningen samt få information om luftkvaliteten både inomhus och utomhus.GLAS är även försedd med Microsofts röstbaserade assistent Cortana vilket innebär att man till viss del ska kunna styra termostatens funktioner med sin röst.Känner man inte för att prata med sin termostat har GLAS även en pekskärm som kan användas för att styra termostaten.Microsoft har tidigare sagt att man har planer på att implementera Cortana i allt från kylskåp till brödrostar så jag antar att det inte är direkt konstigt att Cortana även letar sig in termostater.När GLAS kommer att finnas till försäljning eller vad den kommer att kosta finns det inga uppgifter om.
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And not (just) because of the price, but because VR's biggest problem is that you aren't hyped about it -- and you can't be an evangelist about it -- .That game is Marvel Powers United VR, coming exclusively for the Oculus Rift and its Touch motion controllers.(So far, it appears to be four-player co-op.)By launch, the game will have 12 characters from across Marvel comics canon, of which we got to try four: the previously announced Hulk, Rocket Raccoon (from "Guardians of the Galaxy") and Captain Marvel, who's getting her own movie in 2019 -- and newly announced Deadpool, everybody's favorite madman.More heroes may arrive later on: "We're not going to be able to get to the entire universe -- because as we basically know, the Marvel Universe is infinite -- but we'll be able to get a great number of your favorite characters," says Jason Rubin, head of Oculus Studios.Particularly if you're a fan of acting like an ass.
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Amidst a slew of conflicting reports surrounding the forthcoming iPhone 8, a new research note from JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall relays that Apple’s next-gen iPhone will hit store shelves in September, albeit in limited quantities.If accurate, this is somewhat promising news given that a handful of other analysts believe that the iPhone 8 may not see the light of day until October.“Importantly, we do not believe that Apple’s production schedule is still changing materially with most current delay reports simply dated reverberations of decisions Apple made back in the spring,” Hall said in a note obtained by CNBC.“We expect a small amount of late September EMS [electronics manufacturing service] output for the Pro model and then ramping production through October with target output levels achieved in late October/early November.”Given a relatively small supply at launch, Hall anticipates that Apple will sell 42.2 million iPhone units during the upcoming September quarter, a slight decline from the 45.4 million units Apple sold during the September quarter last year.Once Apple gets a handle on supply, Hall, like many other analysts, believes that iPhone sales will experience a discernible spike and that Apple will see iPhone sales growth throughout 2018.
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According to a recent report from a Korean publication (The Investor), it seems that Samsung signed a huge deal with Xiaomi, in order to supply a 6.01-inch rigid OLED panel for the Chinese company with the first shipment starting from December.About 1 million units will be shipped in the first month, followed by another 2.2 million units in the next month!Originally Xiaomi had planned to use a 5.49-inch flexible OLED panel from LG Display but the deal reportedly fell apart as the Korean company’s new plant operation was seriously delayed.During the past couple of years Samsung Display and LG Display are trying to “steal” customers one from the other promoting their OLED screen panels and this time Samsung scored big time.In case you don’t remember, Xiaomi already used such a panel for the Mi Note 2 model (with 1080p resolution) and was expected to use a newer generation (QHD resolution) for the new Note.However – as we mentioned above- LG’s new plant called E5, is expected to start operations in August, about three months later than planned, due to problems from the FHD to QHD panel resolution transition.
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Recently, Facebook released a list of upcoming webinars for brands on Instagram.These webinars were created to assist marketers in developing their Instagram strategies and provide guidance and insights to brands using the social platform.Because we, here at Social Media Today, are always trying to connect our readers to useful resources and inspiring ideas from social media industry leaders, we wanted to share this list of Instagram business webinars.Tune in to learn about trends and best practices, and ask your questions live during their Q sessions.For those unable to participate live, Instagram will add all recordings to their online eLearning platform: Facebook Blueprint.Here is a list of all upcoming webinars:
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Samsung has announced that its mobile payments services, Samsung Pay, now supports PayPal payments in-store, on the web, and in-app — basically anywhere Samsung Pay is accepted.The news comes three months after Google’s Android Pay service added support for PayPal, while last week Apple revealed that you could now pay for digital goods through Apple’s own stores using PayPal — though it stopped short of supporting PayPal payments through Apple Pay itself.Samsung Pay is now fully available in 19 markets, having launched in its native South Korea back in August 2015 — before landing in the U.S., China, Spain, and a number of markets across Europe, Asia, and Latin America.Samsung and PayPal have actually partnered in the past, starting with the launch back in 2014 of the Galaxy S5 smartphone that integrated fingerprint authentication into the device for seamless PayPal payments online and in-store.It was this tie-up that reportedly led to Apple omitting PayPal from the launch of Apple Pay shortly after.Additionally, Braintree, a PayPal subsidiary that helps power online and mobile payments for ecommerce companies, will also support Samsung Pay, thereby extending Samsung’s payments reach to more merchants if they add just a few lines of code to their websites and apps.
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If you peruse our list of smart luggage, you’ll find plenty of options, from rolling trunks with built-in scales to bags that beep when you get too far from them — and that’s only just a handful of what’s available.We often receive notices of new models coming out, whether it’s from a renowned manufacturer or a startup looking for crowdsource funding.It’s a label that’s applied broadly to any bags that incorporate technologies such as hot spots, battery chargers, tracking devices, digital scales, and companion mobile apps, as well as features designed to alleviate the stress from traveling, like built-in organizers, collapsible constructions, and even — we kid you not — a motorized scooter.Samsonite’s CEO, Ramesh Tainwala, told CNN that smart luggage is gimmicky and does not deliver value to consumers – never mind that Samsonite is one of several big companies to enter the business, as well as Delsey, Rimowa, and Travelpro (he probably wasn’t talking about his company’s products).We like to travel light, and compact luggage makes it easy to bring onboard.The Barracuda received critical praise, and coming in a variety of colors, it helps to stand out from the ho-hum black (although black is available).
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At least one of the 10 features I’m about to list wasn’t on every single reader’s radar before witnessing this article.Yes, there’s an awesome display up front and yes, the camera is generally one of the most-used parts of the phone.Swipe down from the top of the phone’s display and find the little person icon (usually inside a blue circle).Set it up and let it go!While in the relatively distant past, smartphones of all sorts had a complicated process to run an internet hotspot, now it’s fairly easy.This can take a few moments or it can take QUITE a while.
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YouTube rocked its own Ads Leaderboard in June, place the No.4 spots on the list of the month’s most watched ads on the video platform.MoreThanARefugee topped the list, while the latest ProudToBe spot for Pride was fourth.Console and gaming spots filled out the rest of the top five, while Audi, Foot Locker and Apple also made appearances on this month’s list.Note: To be eligible for Adweek and Google’s YouTube Ads Leaderboard, videos must be marked as ads on YouTube (i.e., they get some paid views) but must also earn significant organic views.The algorithm factors in paid views, organic views and audience retention (how much of a video people watched).
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When legendary car designer Ian Callum says "this is the car for me" you might expect him to be browsing the pages of a Bonhams auction catalogue, or pointing at a piece of Sixties exotica on the Cartier lawn at Goodwood.It might not find a place on teenager bedroom walls like the Ford Escort Cosworth, Aston Martin DB9 or other highlights from Callum's CV, but the E-Pace is certainly pretty.The E-Pace's softer lines compared to the F-Pace and especially the F-Type sports car shouldn't be confused with an attempt to aim the car at women, Callum explained.We want to get more women into our cars, clearly, but I think women are quite happy to buy quite masculine cars as long as they work for them and as long as they look quite stylish.Jaguar, Callum says, "has that middle ground between muscularity and sensuality, and I think that's very important; this car presents that...this is the car for me, quite frankly."Jaguar has undergone nothing short of a brand transformation since it was purchased by Tata Group and partnered with Land Rover in 2008, but there still lingers a whiff of the golfclub about it.
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Facebook is expected to debut a $200 wireless Oculus VR headset in 2018, according to a report based on unnamed sources by Bloomberg writer Mark Gurman.The new headset will work without being tethered to a smartphone or PC, the report said.If that’s true, it could make VR more accessible to the masses.VR has had a slow start in the past year, but it is expected to be a $75 billion market by 2021, according to market researcher Greenlight Insights.Oculus does not plan to ship new hardware in 2017, and its new standalone project is not considered a replacement for the Rift, based on what an unnamed source told GamesBeat.That means that Rift users don’t have to worry that their hardware will be soon outdated, the GamesBeat source said.
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Whether it's iced tea or piping hot coffee, the Mizu V10 thermos will keep drinks near the temperature they're prepared at.Conversely, nothing is worse during winter than a cold cup of “hot” chocolate.The biggest addition is a copper lining around the inner wall.Copper is a natural insulator, so its placement allows beverages to keep their temperature for longer.Combined, these two aspects provide up to 20 percent greater thermal retention from the competition.Hot drinks stay hot for 12 hours while cold drinks stay cold up to 24 hours.
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Caressa Douglas, senior vice president, content and branded integration at Branded Entertainment Network (BEN) has her own great stories.The one that vaulted her to the stratosphere of brand integration leadership, which will be shared in depth in an upcoming episode of Exceptional Women of the World, is one straight out of Hollywood.The young Douglas had to prove herself to her first boss, who was demanding and stacked the odds against her.She not only persevered, but built a foundation for a highly-lauded career in brand integration and entertainment.In this case, art truly could have imitated life and to Douglas, that’s what makes a great story — that connection that embraces all manner of the human condition.Moreover, she feels that the voices that we may not hear as much, especially in light of current affairs in the world, can make compelling stories.
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Here’s a teaser for you; if Windows Phone falls and no-one is around to see it, does it really fall?Well today Microsoft has ended support for its Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, placing the final nail in the coffin of its expensive and damaging smartphone push.While Windows 10 Mobile remains supported for the time being, the OS covers only 20 per cent of the handsets currently running on Microsoft’s mobile platform.Windows 8.1 is only three years old and arrived as a major update for new and existing phones in 2014.Its death means 8/10 Windows Phones in circulation are now unsupported (via The Verge).Related: Windows 10 Mobile review
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And now, a brief message from Captain Obvious and his sidekick, Sidekick Boy:The goal of marketing is to generate leads that convert to sales, thereby generating revenue.Captain Obvious saves the day again.We’re not here to just raise awareness, get subscribers, or foster engagement.All of these goals should be parts of a strategy to get to the ultimate goal: lead generation.1: Use SlideShare for Increased Conversion Rates
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Sqore hjälper företag med rekrytering, bland annat genom tävlingar och uppgifter.Sedan 2015 har startupbolaget tagit in närmare 60 miljoner kronor i två kapitalrundor med riskkapitalbolaget Northzone (NTL) i spetsen.Nu visar årsredovisningen för Student Competitions, bolaget bakom Sqore (NTL), att tillväxten planade ut i fjol, samtidigt som förlusterna ökade rejält.Under förra året landade nettoomsättningen på 17,1 Mkr, vilket motsvarar en ökning på knappt 9 procent jämfört med året innan.Detta efter en tillväxt på 27 procent under 2015.Förlusten uppgick till drygt 10 miljoner kronor, att jämföra med ett resultat på -5,8 Mkr 2015.
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The technology powering the display on your phone, or even your TV, is a lot different than it was even ten years ago.Display basics: OLED vs LCDWhatever type of gadget-with-a-screen you come across, from phones to TVs, it’s either going to have a display based on OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) technology or on LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) technology.LCD uses an extra backlight layer to illuminate the pixels.Typically, OLED screens are known for faster response times and better contrast — black OLED pixels are completely switched off, whereas black LCD pixels are technically just dimmed as far as possible.Displays using OLED technology have wide viewing angles and a wider colour gamut, and they also open the door to curved and flexible displays (which is why Apple will have to make the switch if it ever wants a curved iPhone).
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A couple of updates – and firsts – have taken place in the NB-IoT (NarrowBand IoT) and VoLTE (voice over LTE) spaces.Deutsche Telekom has introduced two entry packages as pilot NB-IoT solutions in Germany, in a move to widen the scope of its network offerings in the arena and accelerate its 2020 5G communications standard.The packages are NB-IoT Access, a streamlined NB-IoT device connectivity package, and NB-IoT Access & Cloud of Things, which is a more comprehensive product offering.Both packages allow for easy prototyping and piloting of NB-IoT solutions in the markets, the German giant claims.The NB-IoT Access entry package comes with a six-month activation of up to 25 SIM cards each having 500 KB per SIM that uses the NB-IoT network.It includes useful add-ons such as a private APN with IPsec-key encryption.
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Looking for a deal on broadband or fibre broadband?UK provider Plusnet has come over all generous, slashing the price of its various broadband and fibre offerings.The company has discounted its unlimited broadband and superfast “fibre broadband” (FTTC) and phone (line rental) packages for anyone signing up.It's also waiving the £25 one-off activation fee until the July 12, so as long as you sign up to a 12 month contract, you'll be getting a seriously discounted rate.All the packages include unlimited usage so there's no need to worry about capping, and you'll get a wireless router no matter which option you go for.What's more, you get phone line rental, Parental Controls, and UK-based customer support with each package, and theres a choice of optional UK calling add-ons, which will cost you £4 extra per month.
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Another day, another global malware attack made possible by a Microsoft security hole.Once again, attackers used hacking tools developed by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), which were stolen and subsequently released by a group called Shadow Brokers.This time around, though, the late-June attack apparently wasn’t ransomware with which the attackers hoped to make a killing.The rest of the world was nothing more than collateral damage.Microsoft is one of many companies that have beseeched the NSA not to hoard these kinds of exploits.Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, has called on the NSA “to consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits” and stop stockpiling them.
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